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    Fayose awards N1.2b contract to local carpenters.
    Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has awarded a N1.2 billion contract to make chairs and tables in public schools to the Carpenters and Furniture Makers Association.

    Fayose said the gesture was to empower local artisans and grow the local economy.

    Speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the government and the association yesterday, Fayose said the action was part of his administration’s stomach infrastructure agenda.

    Represented by his Chief of Staff, Dipo Anisulowo, Fayose said the project, which is a Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) project, covering six local government areas.


    He said: “This is an empowerment project. We are awarding the furniture aspect of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) project to these local furniture makers.

    “The project covers six local governments. The project would cost the government about N1.2 billion. This gesture by the governor is a first. He did this to make good his promise to empower local contractors and artisans.”
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    Nigeria: Jonathan Offers Employment to 167 Youths.
    Abuja — PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan Monday offered automatic enjoyment to about 164 former members of the National Youths Service Corps ( NYSC) for distinguishing themselves in their service to their fatherland. Besides, he granted automatic federal government scholarship for those who might wish to further their studies up to doctoral degree level.

    The President, who announced the gestures at the combined honors for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Presudent's award winners of the scheme at the Banquel Hall State House, said, they were aimed boosting the morale of the both serving and prospective corps members.

    The 164 winners, according to the Director-General of the NYSC, Bri.Gen. Johnson Bamidele Olawumi, were selected from the 613 nominations which were received from across the country within the period under review.

    A break down of the figure shows that 55 won in 2012; 52 corps members for 2013 Service year while a total of 57 corps members won the award for the 2014 service year, which Jonathan described as marking a crowning point in the year-long service activities of the NYSC Scheme and Corps members to our fatherland.

    Highlights of the event was the endorsement of the Hope Alive, a private initiative aimed at providing succor to injured members of the NYSC. For a start, nine injured members have been penciled down as the first set of beneficiaries.

    Under the scheme, about N23.5 million has been realized. These include N5 million donated by the Managing Director of Ibeto Group of Companies; another N5 million from the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Obong Godswill Akpabio to the nine injured and N1.5 million each to the nine injured corps members as donations by the Heritage Bank

    According to Jonathan, the conferment of the President's NYSC Honours Award on these worthy young men and women, who have diligently served the nation through the National Youth Service Corps Year, is an important moment in youth motivation. It is designed to highlight and promote the creative and innovative contribution of our youths, focused towards building a strong, virile, vibrant, united and prosperous Nigeria.

    He noted that since its inception over forty-one years ago, the NYSC Scheme had continued to play a significant role in actualizing Nigeria's quest for a united nation. In addition, it is also complementing vital manpower requirements in education, health, infrastructure development, entrepreneurship and critical skills

    He lauded managers and successive batches of Corps members for the patriotic zeal with which they have sustained the cardinal programmes of the Scheme, since inception. "Above all, I salute the founding fathers of lthe NYSC whose ideals have not only continued to inspire successes of the noble Scheme, but also remained relevant in the developmental efforts of our great nation.

    "The giant strides recorded by the scheme through its Community Development Projects have greatly contributed to improved living standards of our rural dwellers in all sectors. I urge States and Local Governments, to offer accelerated assistance to the Scheme on programmes of community and rural development and with special emphasis on Agriculture."

    He re-iterated his administration's abiding faith and confidence in the ability of the Corps members and, indeed, the entire youths to sustain the unity and indivisibility of the country, noting, "You must at all times, work conscientiously and tirelessly for the cohesion of our country by regarding your compatriots as brothers with whom you share a common stake in progress and well-being."

    He commended the various efforts of the Ministry of Youth Development and the NYSC towards skills acquisition training. This includes youth entrepreneurship development initiatives aimed at job creation, enhanced service delivery and rural development

    Worthy of note is the scheme's collaboration with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs for the implementation of the War against Poverty a programme that has empowered over three hundred thousand Corps members with skills and follow-up loans for the establishment of agro-based businesses.

    These collaborative efforts with other agencies towards actualizing the Federal Government's Agricultural Transformation Agenda, demonstrates the adaptive capacity of the Scheme to identify with lofty programmes of Government.
    Nigeria: Jonathan Offers Employment to 167 Youths.
    Abuja — PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan Monday offered automatic enjoyment to about 164 former members of the National Youths Service Corps ( NYSC) for distinguishing themselves in their service to their fatherland. Besides, he granted automatic ...See more
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    Boko Haram killed hundreds as Chadian troops seized Nigerian town. MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA—Chadian troops have seized a strategically located Nigerian town from Boko Haram, but not before the defeated Islamic extremists killed hundreds of civilians, Chad’s military said. Chadian forces regained control Monday of Dikwa, a northeastern town occupied by the militants for weeks, said Chad’s military spokesman Col. Azem Bermandoua. One soldier was killed and 34 were wounded, most by a suicide car bomber, Bermandoua said on national television. Dikwa is at a crossroads to two border crossings with Chad and a route north to Lake Chad. Separately, southwest of Dikwa, Nigerian troops Monday repelled an attack by Boko Haram on Konduga, killing more than 70 insurgents, according to a Nigerian corporal who helped defend the town. A security official confirmed the attack. Both spoke on condition of anonymity. Boko Haram invaded the town between herds of cattle and a suicide bomber driving an explosives-laden car, the corporal said. But the military had been warned and were well prepared to drive back the insurgents, he said. Konduga has been attacked many times in recent months because it is a final defence for Maiduguri, the biggest northeastern city 35 kilometres away, which is the birthplace of Boko Haram. Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan said Tuesday that “utmost care was being taken by the federal government to avoid collateral damage to the lives and properties of civilians as the military intensifies its ongoing offensive against Boko Haram.” The military has been accused of gross abuses including indiscriminate killings of civilians. Jonathan claimed his government has investigated previous reports of abuse that “were mostly blown out of proportion for political reasons.” The United Nations said Tuesday that fighting in the northeast forced 16,000 Nigerians to flee across the border into Cameroon over the weekend. Some 1.6 million Nigerians have been forced from their homes and unknown hundreds of girls and young men have been kidnapped in the 6-year-old Islamic uprising by Nigeria’s home-grown Boko Haram group.Boko Haram killed hundreds as Chadian troops seized Nigerian town. MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA—Chadian troops have seized a strategically located Nigerian town from Boko Haram, but not before the defeated Islamic extremists killed hundreds of civilians, Chad’s military said. Chadian forces regained control M...See more
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    Hundreds of koalas killed in secret. Hundreds of koalas have been killed in secret by wildlife officials in Victoria due to concerns over starvation in a key habitat. The Victorian government euthanised 686 koalas near the Great Ocean Road in 2013 and 2014 in response to overpopulation in manna gum woodlands in the area. The koalas, many of which were starving, were killed via lethal injection after being captured in trees. The recently elected Andrews Government is considering options on how to deal with starvation in the koala habitat at Cape Otway, about 230km southwest of Melbourne. During three emergency welfare operations, veterinarians captured and sedated koalas to assess their health. Koalas suffering starvation were euthanised, while healthy koalas were released back into the wild and healthy females were treated with control hormone implants. The cull is said to have occurred in secret to avoid a backlash from activists and locals. Koala expert Dr Desley Whisson, who advised the government on the euthanasia program, stressed that the objective was to humanely deal with suffering koalas rather than reduce population size. "Watching an animal starve to death is a horrible thing," Dr Whisson, from Deakin University, told Daily Mail Australia. "For every one koala that was euthanised there were probably two or three that starved without intervention. "It at least was a good thing to put them out of their misery." Dr Whisson said moving the population to other areas or conducting fertility control programs were expensive options. "A lot of people ask why we can't just move the koalas somewhere else, but I think it's important to recognise the translocation koalas often has a negative impact," she said. "A large number would die, and they don't want to move from manna gum. "It's sort of a lose-lose situation all round." Dr Whisson said the problem in the manna gum woodland at Cape Otway was caused after koalas were introduced to the area in the 1980s from French Island. "Manna gum is a very good food source for koalas, it's low in toxins and high in nutrients so koalas love it," she said. "To the point where they don't move for the food supply. "Koalas can move one or two kilometres in a night but in this population, they stay in these manna gum areas and numbers build up." At Cape Otway there are up to 11 koalas per hectare, but the sustainable density is less than one koala per hectare. Victorian Environment Minister Lisa Neville said she was putting in place a koala management program to deal with the 'a very challenging and complex issue'. 'It is clear it's an overpopulation issue and it is clear that we have had koalas suffer in "that Cape Otway area because of ill health and starvation," Ms Neville told ABC. 'That's just not good enough and that's a terrible way to treat koalas. "I'm wanting to make sure that we're taking the best action we can in this terrible situation of overpopulation. "I don't want to see koalas suffer."Hundreds of koalas killed in secret. Hundreds of koalas have been killed in secret by wildlife officials in Victoria due to concerns over starvation in a key habitat. The Victorian government euthanised 686 koalas near the Great Ocean Road in 2013 and 2014 in response to overpopulation in manna gum...See more
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    California Apartments Raided in Federal Investigation of Chinese ‘Birth Tourism’ Federal agents stormed 37 locations in Southern California early Tuesday, gathering evidence about what they say are three illegal “birth tourism” businesses for wealthy Chinese women. According to affidavits unsealed Tuesday, the businesses arranged for pregnant women to come to the United States on tourist visas to give birth to babies. The children will be American citizens, entitled to birth certificates and passports — and, when they turn 21, able to help their parents become legal residents of the United States. “This is still very much an ongoing investigation, coming after undercover activities that have lasted most of the last year,” said Virginia Kice, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman. “Today is just the execution of search warrants and evidence gathering. We are not anticipating any arrests right now.” The affidavits, filed in support of search warrants, describe businesses that charge clients up to $60,000, with the size of the fee depending on housing arrangements, the number of Chinese-speaking nannies desired once the baby is born and other factors. The businesses arrange the women’s transportation, housing and prenatal care, and obtain birth certificates and passports for the babies before they leave the country. The companies caution the women to wear loosefitting clothes, to lie to the American authorities about the intent of their trip and not to wait too far into their pregnancy before traveling. Most women arrive two to three months before their due date, many initially flying to a tourist destination like Hawaii or Las Vegas rather than the Los Angeles airport, where there is greater scrutiny. They usually stay for about a month after giving birth. According to the affidavits, clients were told not to bring any maternity clothes and were given some coaching on how to answer immigration questions; one company, USA Happy Baby, promised a refund if a client was sent home at the airport. While Mexicans, Koreans and families from other countries have also engaged in so-called birth tourism, in recent years it has been most often Chinese families who have been willing to pay large sums to have their children born in the United States. The births usually occur in Southern California, where, one of the affidavits said, Chinese women delivered more than 400 American babies at just one Orange County hospital. The affidavits quote Chinese government sources as reporting that Chinese nationals had 10,000 babies in the United States in 2012, up from 4,200 in 2008. One of the businesses said on its website, starbabycare.com, that since it began in 1999, it had served 8,000 pregnant women, 4,000 of them Chinese. Complaints about Southern California maternity hotels for Chinese women have surfaced with some regularity in recent years. Four years ago, in San Gabriel, a city in east Los Angeles County with a large Asian population, local officials closed a house where neighbors had reported many women, some pregnant, some with infants, coming and going. And in 2013, Los Angeles County brought code violations against 16 maternity hotels for operating as boardinghouses in residential areas; one of those cited was Pheasant Ridge, a 600-unit apartment complex in Rowland Heights, where 11 units were raided on Tuesday. Zoning laws have generally been the primary legal tool against maternity hotels, since it is not illegal for pregnant foreigners to visit the United States or to give birth while visiting. And while lying to get a tourist visa is illegal, it is not easy to prove. Tuesday’s raids, the largest so far, were an attempt to crack down on the industry promoting maternity tourism, rather than the women having the babies. “It’s a good start if the goal is to discourage fraudulent acts related to birth tourism,” said Jon Feere, a legal and policy analyst at the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, which favors tighter immigration laws. “It’s a possibility that this will send a message to future birth tourists that maybe the trip isn’t worthwhile. But if the government isn’t going to prosecute the actual birth tourists, or prevent the issuance of passports to their babies, this may not have much effect.” On Tuesday, dozens of federal agents raided upscale apartment complexes — and the business owners’ homes — in Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties, looking for documents, computer records and other evidence of tax and immigration fraud. According to the affidavits, the businesses hid their income and foreign bank accounts. The federal authorities used undercover informants to find out the details of the businesses. In one case, an American-based Chinese national posing as the cousin of a potential client in China explored the different options and even asked to see the “confinement” accommodations that might be available.California Apartments Raided in Federal Investigation of Chinese ‘Birth Tourism’ Federal agents stormed 37 locations in Southern California early Tuesday, gathering evidence about what they say are three illegal “birth tourism” businesses for wealthy Chinese women. According to affidavits unsealed ...See more
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    Transfer to ‘execution island’ signals end close for Bali pair. AFTER news of the pair’s transfer, Chan’s distraught parents left their inner western Sydney home. Helen and Ken Chan shook their heads as they got into a car and drove from their Enfield home just this morning. Mr Chan, who is understood to be in bad health, was using a walking stick to move around, while Mrs Chan shook her head and sighed. The parents said their last goodbye to Chan in February when they spent a few weeks in Bali and visited Kerobokan prison. They returned to Australia on February 16 due to health problems. 11.15am: INDONESIA has released details about the transfer of Sukumaran and Chan this morning, reveali.ng it took 10 minutes for the pair to be ready for their final journey from Bali. Komang Gede Tri Utama Aria, of Bali Provincial Law and Human Rights Office, said prison guards entered the men’s cells to remove them. “When they were picked up from cells, they didn’t seem tense, they were relaxed,” he said. “There was no fighting.” Prison governor Sudjonggo said the Bali Nine pair were aware it was time to go when guards entered the supermax cells. “We didn’t have to say ‘wake up! Wake up,’ they knew it was the morning because we had told them during the night.” The pair washed quickly and were dressed in less than ten minutes. After some administrative procedures, the Australians were handcuffed and taken to separate armoured vehicles each with 10 heavily-armed police. Authorities say Chan was wearing a red training jacket and Sukumaran was wearing a black parachute jacket and both were wearing shorts. Nyoman Putra Surya, Head of the Corrections Division at Bali Provincial Law and Human Rights Office said the men thanked authorities for their care while they were in Bali. “They were ready,” he said. “They even said thank you.” Mr Nyoman said the men smiled and shook their hands before they were searched and handcuffed. The pair said “not a word”. “We handcuffed them, they were silent,” he said. “We handcuffed them to the front. We didn’t cover their eyes. “We treated them well.” Mr Nyoman defended the decision not to allow Chan’s brother Michael into the jail as he men were leaving. “Yesterday, we gave all day,” he said. “Today was not visiting time. “We gave the maximum chances last week. “Myuran has said to his mother, he has promised that his sister and mother would meet him, in Cilacap. Tomorrow his mother will go to Cilacap.” 10.54am: Advocates are lining up to appeal directly to Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo to spare the lives of Bali nine prisoners Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Mercy Campaign co-founder Matthew Goldberg says the images of the men being moved from Kerobokan are distressing, but he still holds out hope that Mr Widodo would spare them. “It is still within President Widodo’s jurisdiction to exercise his discretion, to acknowledge circumstances of their claim and to grant them clemency. That can still occur,” he said this morning. One of their Australian lawyers said the men were coping remarkably well despite the clock ticking down. Melbourne barrister Michael O’Connell said it was appalling that Indonesia is moving the men to their place of execution when a final legal appeal and allegations of judicial corruption were yet to be resolved. “It’s been very distressing to see what’s happening this morning,” he said of the chaotic scenes outside Bali’s Kerobokan prison, as the men were driven away, bound for the island where they will be shot. “There’s always hope while they are alive.” Mr O’Connell the men should not have been moved, given their legal team is pursuing an appeal in a Jakarta court. He said there were also proceedings before a judicial commission, alleging judges in the trial that saw the pair sentenced to death, offered more lenient sentences in return for cash. “It would be expected that Andrew and Myuran would give evidence about the allegations and about what happened in the earlier hearings, and obviously they can’t do that if they were to be killed,” Mr O’Connell told Fairfax radio. “If Indonesia is to respect the rule of law then it can’t proceed with these executions in these circumstances.” He said the men’s last night at Kerobokan jail was calm. “Both Myuran and Andrew were last night quite calm and in good spirits and really coping remarkably well given all of this terrible speculation about what will happen to them,” he said. 10.45am: What we know so far: - A police mobile brigade Barricuda vehicle arrived at Kerobokan jail at 8.00am AEDT this morning, 5am local time to transfer the two men, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, as an Australian Consular official also went in. - Hundreds of police guarded the entrance to the jail and Andrew Chan’s brother and girlfriend were banned entry. - The two men were escorted through the VIP terminal at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport, not the adjoining military airport. It’s the same airport Chan was arrested in as he sat on a plane waiting to take off 10 years ago. - Sukumaram and Chan will be given 72 hours’ notice of their execution once they arrive at Nusakmbangan’s seven-prison compound, the site of the executions. They will be executed with nine others including five foreigners. - Foreign Minister Julie Bishop warned that it would be “totally unacceptable” and “unthinkable” for executions to occur while legal avenues remained open. Urgent talks are ongoing. 10.16am: THE plane carrying the condemned men departed Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport at 6.55am local time (9.55am AEDT), reports Deborah Cassrels. 10.02am: JULIE Bishop says the Australian government will continue to press for a stay of execution for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran and revealed she held long talks last night with Indonesian foreign minister, Retno Marsudi, writes Joe Kelly. As the Bali Nine ringleaders began their journey from Kerabokan prison in Bali to their place of execution on Nusakambangan penal island, the Foreign Minister said there was still a case involving alleged bribery charges arising from the original trial. She warned that it would be “totally unacceptable” and “unthinkable” for executions to occur while legal avenues remained open. 9.58am: THE plane carrying the men is preparing to take off for Cilacap now, reports Deborah Cassrels. Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport is where Chan was arrested as he sat on a plane waiting to take off 10 years ago on April 17, the day of Sukumaran’s 24th birthday. Sukumaran was arrested at Melasti Hotel, Kuta. 9.45am: SUKUMARAN and Chan have been escorted through the VIP terminal at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport, not the adjoining military airport, reports Deborah Cassrels. They are expected to depart for the hour-long journey to Cilacap shortly. 9.40am: HERE’S how Indonesia carries out executions. The convicted must be notified 72 hours before execution. While waiting, they must be held in a special prison. If the convicted wants to say something, the statement or the message must be received by the prosecutor. If the convicted is pregnant, the execution will take place 40 days after the child is born. Their lawyer can attend the execution. The execution is not performed in public. The head of local police forms the shooting team, consisting of one non-commissioned officer and 12 privates, under the command of an officer. The convicted can be accompanied by a spiritual counsellor. They must dress modestly and orderly. The commander will blindfold them with a piece of fabric, unless asked not to. They can stand, sit or kneel. If necessary their hands or feet will be tied to a pole. There will be between five and 10 metres between the convicted and the shooting team. In previous executions, the shooting team has comprised 12 men with rifles, three of them with live rounds who aim at targets over the convicted’s heart. Using a sword for the signal, the commander will order “ready” by swinging his sword up, ordering the team to aim at the convict’s heart. By swinging his sword down quickly, he orders “shoot”. If the convicted isn’t yet dead, the non-commissioned officer is ordered to shoot his pistol in his/her head, above the ear. A doctor will confirm the death and a report will be prepared on the execution. The body is handed to family or friends for burial, or to the state, with attention paid to religious beliefs. 9.30am: From Homebush High to the firing squad. Read a backgrounder here on how the lives of the Bali Nine duo unfolded. 9.27am: POLICE have closed off Cilacap’s airport more than two hours ahead of the expected arrival of the chartered Wings Air chartered flight carrying Chan and Sukumaran from Bali, reports Peter Alford. At Cilacap they are expected to be transferred to a helicopter for the short flight to Nusakambangan. 9.23am: THIS is the aircraft that will carry Sukumaran and Chan from Bali, a chartered Wings Air ATR72-600PK, It is expected to land in Cilacap at 7.30am local Java time (10.30am AEDT). 9.17am: THE Australian Bar Association says Indonesia has failed to respect the rule of law by transferring two condemned Bali Nine drug smugglers before their legal appeals are exhausted. The bar association says it has grave concerns about the lack of respect for due process, AAP reports. “In this case, court proceedings have not concluded and the appeal concerning the decision to refuse clemency has not been determined,” association president Fiona McLeod SC said. “In such a case the authorities should await the outcome of judicial processes.” The association has called on Indonesia’s attorney general and prison authorities to respect the rule of law. 9.07am: INDONESIAN media is reporting one of the eight other condemned convicts, Nigerian Raheem Agbaji Salami, is being moved by road to Nusakambangan this morning. Sentenced to death in 2006 for bringing heroin into Indonesia in 1999, Salami has been held in Madiun prison, East Java. 8.58am: THERE has been a change of plan in how the Australians will be transferred to the island, reports Deborah Cassrels. Sukumaran and Chan will be transported from Bali to Cilicap on a chartered ATR 72600 Wings Air plane with a maximum passenger capacity of 50, according to the head of Bali Corrections Nyoman Surya. A military aircraft had been expected to transfer the men. The plane carrying the men is expected to arrive at Cilacap at 7.30am local time. 8.54am: SPEAKING outside parliament house this morning, Bill Shorten said that nothing would be solved by executing the men. The Opposition Leader said there would be “no daylight” between the government and the Opposition on the issue. “We should not give up,” he said. “We don’t ask that these men be forgiven or freed. But we do ask that they don’t be executed. “There is no doubt that there is a contest underway between the rule of power and the rule of law. And we mustn’t give up our faith in the rule of law.” 8.30am: AUSTRALIANS Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are making their final, terrible journey from Kerobokan prison to their place of execution, reports Deborah Cassrels. They left their Bali prison for Nusakambangan prison island, the site of their execution by firing squad, at 5.20am local time in an armoured barracuda vehicle, for Bali’s airport, escorted by a security car. In a heavy show of force, elaborate preparations had been under way for the transfer Sukumaran, 33 and Chan 31, since 2.30am when police started pouring into to the area blocking of the main road . Hundreds of heavily armed Indonesian police with water cannons and the elite paramilitary Brimob (mobile Brigade) were deployed at Kerobokan jail to guard the two Bali Nine prisoners to be transferred to Bali’s airport. Andrew Chan’s brother Michael arrived at the jail shortly after 5am local time but was not permitted to enter. Michael left with Chan’s Indonesian girlfriend, who was in tears. Sukumaram and Chan will be given 72 hours’ notice of their execution once they are transferred to Nusakmbangan’s seven-prison compound, the site of the executions. They will be executed with nine others including five foreigners. Lawyer Peter Morrissey said the Australians were going through a “very serious” process of dealing with the news they might be at the end of their lives. Chan and Sukumaran were handling it, he said: “But they don’t have much choice”. “They’re coming to terms with that and trying to make sure their community around them and families are with them, supporting them and not too upset,” he said. “It’s a very raw time for them.” 8.20am: THE Barricuda vehicle and a second smaller fortified vehicle left the prison at 5.18am local time. The second vehicle, known as a Wolf, is believed to be carrying Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. They were expected to go directly to Bali’s airport where military aircraft would fly Chan and Sukumaran to Cilacap, the departure point for the prison island Nusakambangan. Earlier Chan’s older brother, Michael Chan, arrived at the jail but was turned away. He left on foot with Andrew’s Indonesian girlfriend, who was in tears. 8.10am: AN Australian consular officer and prosecutors have arrived at Kerobokan jail just after a police mobile brigade Barricuda vehicle reversed into the jail building. It is thought this will be the vehicle that will transport the pair to the airport. At midnight local time, a handful of former art students of Myuran Sukumaran and other supporters of he and Chan held a small prayer vigil at the prison door. They lit candles and remained in silence Prison governor Sudjonggo said he had supper with Chan and Sukumaran until 9pm local time. They asked him what they were allowed to pack for Nusakambangan, the island where they will be executed with eight other drug offenders. Sukumaran, who has become an accomplished artist during his nine years in jail, would take pencils and a drawing book. Chan, who has been ordained as a Christian minister, would take only clothes, Sudjonggo said. Both men would take bibles, he told reporters. 7.55am: Tony Abbott has acknowledged that Australia’s diplomatic efforts to convince the Indonesian president to spare the lives of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran appear to have failed. Amid expectations the pair will be transferred to their place of execution today, the Prime Minister said it looked liked the Indonesian position toward the pair was “hardening”. More than 100 Indonesian riot police are this morning on guard outside Kerobokan jail with water cannon as authorities prepare to transfer the Australians as early as this morning to an island off Java to be executed. Mr Abbott said he was revolted by the prospect of Chan and Sukumaran’s imminent executions as were millions of Australians. “We abhor drug crime but we abhor the death penalty as well, which we think is beneath a country such as Indonesia,” he told ABC radio. “We frankly are revolted by the prospect of these executions.” Mr Abbott doesn’t want to hold out false hope of a last-minute reprieve for the two men. “There were some suggestions earlier that perhaps at least some people in the Indonesian system were having second thoughts,” he said. But those signals seem to be “dissipating”. “I just want everyone to know that the Australian government will never rest in our determination to let Indonesia know that we oppose the death penalty, we oppose drug crime,” he said. “We will do everything we humanly can to get that message through to the Indonesian government and people. “Even at the eleventh hour I hope that there might be a change of heart in Indonesia, and these executions might be stopped. “These two Australians are actually assets in the fight against drugs, and that’s why I think these executions make no sense whatsoever.’’ Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said steps to prepare for execution should not be done while legal avenues remained open. She also indicated there would be fallout if Indonesian authorities pushed ahead with the planned executions. “I am sure that Indonesia understands it will have consequences,” she told the Nine Network. “Not only in Australia but a number of other countries have their citizens on death row ... Indonesia is receiving representations, not only from Australia, but from other nations as well.” She reiterated calls for President Joko Widodo to show mercy to the Bali Nine ringleaders. “I would argue that mercy and forgiveness has as big a place in Indonesian legal concepts as it does in Australia,” Ms Bishop said. “That is why we are continuing to urge that there be a stay of execution and that they show forgiveness to these men who have rehabilitated.” She said Indonesian authorities were in touch with Australian consular officials in Bali. “We have not received any official information as to the proposed transfer of Mr Sukumaran or Mr Chan. I was asked that the Australian government be kept informed,” Ms Bishop said. She said she planned to speak to the families of the two men later today. Chan and Sukumaran are likely to face the firing squad as early as this weekend after officials said they would be moved to their place of ­execution today. “The preparations have been done. We are planning to go at noon tomorrow,” Bali chief prosecutor Momock Bambang Samiarso said yesterday afternoon. However, the Australians’ transfer to Nusakambangan penal island, where the executions will be carried out, has been repeatedly delayed and even yesterday afternoon Attorney-General Muhammad Prasetyo said he had not received a report from Bali. Upon arriving on Nusakambangan, Sukumaran, 33, and Chan, 31, will be lodged in solitary confinement and some time after that given 72 hours’ notice of their deaths. No date has yet been announced for the firing squads but Mr Prasetyo said Nusakambangan jailers wanted to keep to a minimum the time between the arrival of the Australians and two other condemned prisoners from outside jails and the executions. Chan and Sukumaran, sentenced in February 2006 for their role organising couriers to transport 8.3kg of heroin from Bali to Australia the previous year, will go to their deaths with eight other drug convicts. Only one of the 10 is an Indonesian. On January 18, the Indonesians executed five foreigners and an Indonesian. Mr Joko, who announced in early December he would refuse all appeals for clemency from drugs convicts, has turned a stony face to repeated appeals over the past two months from Tony Abbott and leaders of Brazil, France and the Netherlands to spare their citizens’ lives. The executions are proceeding despite lawyers lodging an application this week to appeal against the Jakarta Administrative Court’s earlier refusal to hear their case that Mr Joko failed to ­properly consider their clemency appeals. Another prisoner in the condemned group, Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso of the Philippines, was in Jogjakarta State Court yesterday asking for a judicial review of her death sentence. In yet another case, local media yesterday quoted Vice President Jusuf Kalla saying Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte, a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, “has to be treated first” before execution. Chan and Sukumaran’s Australian lawyer, Julian McMahon, said on Monday it would be “a shocking thing” if they were sent to Nusakambangan while they were seeking a court hearing. Following the Bali prosecutor’s announcement yesterday afternoon, Mr McMahon went to Kerobokan jail to speak to the men.Transfer to ‘execution island’ signals end close for Bali pair. AFTER news of the pair’s transfer, Chan’s distraught parents left their inner western Sydney home. Helen and Ken Chan shook their heads as they got into a car and drove from their Enfield home just this morning. Mr Chan, who is understo...See more
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    Obasanjo: Buhari is Nigeria’s next president. Former Nigerian President,Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has predicted that Maj. General Muhammadu Buhari will be elected on 28 March as Nigeria’s new president, to succeed incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan. At the same time, he dismissed fears of any election annulment as it happened in 1993, under the Babangida administration, when the lection of Moshood Kashimawo Abiola was annulled by the military junta. Obasanjo spoke in Abeokuta, Ogun state today, when he met a group that styles itself, Concerned Citizens of Nigeria. According to the former Nigerian leader, there will never be a repeat of what happened in the country in 1993 after the Presidential election. Obasanjo declared that he has confidence in the All Progressives Congress,APC Presidential candidate, General Muhammed Buhari because he was a trained military officer. The group called on the former President to intervene in the country’s looming political crisis before matters degenerate. “We have come to express our deep concern over series of dangerous political miscalculations currently going on under Jonathan administration. “We are afraid that crisis is seriously looming and it is like another June 12 crisis is on the way and it may be very tragic for the country. We want you to as a matter of urgency intervene into the matter before it is too late sir,” the group opined. In his response,the former President allayed their anxieties, saying that the 2015 election will never be like the June 1993 election. “You need not to worry about anything. There can never be any June 12 annulment again. Buhari is not Abiola, he is a trained and highly intelligent soldier. “Oyegun is not Anenih, Osinbajo is not Kingibe. Jega is not Nwosu, Jonathan is not IBB and this time around, Obasanjo will not support any interim government. “Obasanjo will rather support a free, fair and credible election.”Obasanjo: Buhari is Nigeria’s next president. Former Nigerian President,Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has predicted that Maj. General Muhammadu Buhari will be elected on 28 March as Nigeria’s new president, to succeed incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan. At the same time, he dismissed fears of any election annu...See more
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    Man Convicted of Rape In Delhi Blames Victim. NEW DELHI — In the months after the death of a young woman who was brutalized and gang-raped on a moving bus in New Delhi in 2012, thousands of politicians, activists and ordinary citizens crowded India’s airwaves and its public spaces to say their piece about the crime. But there was no comment from the six slight, ordinary-looking men accused of her murder. Whisked in and out of the courtroom past shouting crowds of journalists, they listened impassively to testimony and offered monosyllabic answers on the stand. Courtroom guards said they hummed Bollywood tunes under their breath. Their opinions were anyone’s guess. Now, one of the men on death row for the crime, Mukesh Singh, has told a British filmmaker that the young woman invited the rape because she was out too late at night and that she would have lived if she had submitted to the assault. “You can’t clap with one hand,” said Mr. Singh, who was convicted of rape and murder, though he denied taking part in the assault. “It takes two hands. A decent girl won’t roam around at 9 o’clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy. Boy and girl are not equal. Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. About 20 percent of girls are good.” The comments, released as part of a publicity campaign for the film, called “India’s Daughter,” were met with outrage in India, in part over why the filmmaker, Leslee Udwin, had been permitted to interview the defendant in jail. B. S. Bassi, a Delhi Police spokesman, told reporters Tuesday that the police would move to obtain a restraining order against the broadcast of the film. He said statements had “been made about the late victim of a ghastly crime which transgress” the law. Officials said the video violated four statutes in India’s penal code, including one against “intent to cause alarm in the public” and another banning acts “intended to outrage the modesty of a woman.” The home minister, Rajnath Singh, demanded an explanation from officials at Tihar Jail, where Mukesh Singh is incarcerated, as to why they had allowed the interview while the case was pending appeal. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting issued an advisory on Tuesday, telling news channels not to broadcast reports about the documentary. But at least one major news channel, NDTV, said it intended to show the film. The woman, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, had been to see “Life of Pi” with a male friend, and they boarded the private bus without realizing that it was off duty and that the six men aboard had been driving the streets in search of a victim. After knocking her friend unconscious, they took the woman to the back of the bus and raped her, then damaged her internal organs with an iron rod. An hour later, they dumped the pair on the roadside, bleeding and naked. The woman died two weeks later. In the interview, for a film that will air Sunday on the BBC, Mr. Singh said the woman had provoked the deadly assault by resisting the rape. “When being raped, she shouldn’t fight back,” he told the filmmaker, Ms. Udwin, according to a transcript provided by the BBC. “She should just be silent and allow the rape. Then they’d have dropped her off after ‘doing her,’ and only hit the boy.” In footage from the film, Mr. Singh tonelessly narrates the assault, saying that he heard the woman screaming for help but that his brother instructed him to keep driving as they “dragged her to the back” and “went turn by turn.” Afterward, he said, he saw the youngest of the assailants, who was 17 at the time, withdraw something from her body. “It was her intestines,” Mr. Singh said. “He said: ‘She’s dead. Throw her out quickly.’ ” He called the killing “an accident.” Ms. Udwin, at a news conference in New Delhi, said the film crew had interviewed Mr. Singh for 16 hours and had seen no sign of remorse. “He is almost like a robot,” she said. According to police records, the men divided the pair’s possessions: Mr. Singh took one cellphone, and Vinay Sharma, 20, took the other. Pawan Gupta took the man’s watch and 1,000 rupees in cash, a little less than $20. Akshay Kumar Singh took the woman’s rings. The juvenile was given a bank card and some cash. Months before the trial, Mr. Singh’s brother, Ram Singh, hanged himself with his bedsheet in his prison cell. The juvenile defendant, whose identity has not been made public in accordance with Indian law, was sentenced to three years in a detention center, the heaviest sentence possible in India’s juvenile justice system. The remaining four men pleaded not guilty; they are appealing their death sentences. Mr. Singh told the filmmaker that he believed the harsh sentences, instead of acting as a deterrent, would drive more rapists to kill their victims. “Before, they would rape and say: ‘Leave her alone. She won’t tell anyone,’ ” he said. “Now, when they rape, especially the criminal types, they will just kill the girl. Death.”Man Convicted of Rape In Delhi Blames Victim. NEW DELHI — In the months after the death of a young woman who was brutalized and gang-raped on a moving bus in New Delhi in 2012, thousands of politicians, activists and ordinary citizens crowded India’s airwaves and its public spaces to say their piece...See more
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    Boko Haram: Nigeria slows down Chadian forces. When battle-hardened Chadian troops overran a Boko Haram camp in northern Nigeria last week, they wanted to press deep into territory controlled by the Islamist group but Nigeria refused to let them. Having defeated al Qaeda in Mali two years ago, Chad’s military believes it could could finish off Boko Haram alone. It has notched up victories that have pushed the Nigerian militants back from the Cameroonian border. But with presidential elections this month, Nigeria is keen to press ahead with its own military campaign against Boko Haram, aiming to push it out of major towns before the March 28 ballot. In a country proud to be a major African power, it would be an embarrassment to President Goodluck Jonathan as he seeks reelection for a smaller nation to tackle Nigeria’s security problems, diplomats say. In their forward base in the town of Gambaru on the Nigeria-Cameroon border, Chadian soldiers displayed dozens of guns seized from Boko Haram and a burnt-out armoured vehicle painted with black and white Arabic script. “We turned back because Nigeria did not authorise us to go any further,” army spokesman Colonel Azem Bermandoa said. Nigeria’s spokesman for operations in the northeast, Mike Omeri, said cooperation between Chadian and Nigerian forces has brought some major military successes and any issues would be resolved via existing command structures. But the Chadians say there have been no joint operations between the two forces. Chad’s offer to join a Nigerian offensive to capture Baga, site of one of Boko Haram’s worst atrocities in January, was rebuffed, Bermandoa said. Officials from Chad, Niger and Cameroon say lack of cooperation from Nigeria has for months hampered efforts to put together a regional taskforce against Boko Haram. Chad was compelled to take unilateral action in January, under a deal that allows it to pursue terrorists into Nigeria, after Boko Haram violence started to choke off imports to its economy. With Niger and Cameroon deploying thousands of troops on their borders, blocking escape routes for Boko Haram, the tide may be turning. In what Nigeria has branded a sign of desperation, the Islamist group has carried out wave of suicide attacks and threatened to disrupt the election. Francois Conradie, analyst with South African-based NKC Research, said that if the current offensive can be sustained, Boko Haram could quickly be driven out of the remaining towns it holds. It would, however, remain a deadly rural guerrilla force. “All of this is good news for stability and will probably be to Mr Jonathan’s electoral advantage,” he said. OPPOSITION CRITICISES RELIANCE ON CHAD Many in Nigeria ask why it took so long to act. Boko Haram killed thousands last year and kidnapped many more in its six-year campaign for an Islamist emirate in Africa’s largest oil producer. Niger, Cameroon and Chad say Nigeria neglected the uprising in its economically backward northeast, an opposition stronghold. Borno state is home to two percent of Nigeria’s 170 million people. But in recent months, Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler who is running as the presidential candidate for the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), has gained popularity with voters desperate for tough policies both on corruption and Boko Haram. Amid pressure from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s electoral commission announced a six week postponement to the Feb. 14 election, to allow the army to tackle the security situation in the northeast so voting could go ahead there. Ernst Hogendoorn, Crisis Group’s Africa deputy programme director, said the government appeared to have engineered the delay in the hope the APC would slip up or the military could boost Jonathan by defeating Boko Haram. “Boko Haram has certainly suffered a strategic setback … Clearly this improves Goodluck Jonathan’s chances somewhat,” said Hogendoorn. “The question is do any of these forces have the ability to maintain this tempo, particularly the Chadians and to a lesser degree the Nigerians?” With Chad already squeezed by a slump in the price of oil, its main export, the government says it can only sustain the offensive in Nigeria for a short time, diplomats say. Buhari, however, has already criticised Jonathan for relying on Chad to push back Boko Haram, saying his government would tackle the problem alone. Many in the military and the government are keen to limit foreign involvement on Nigerian soil, diplomats say. When Chadian forces last month entered the town of Dikwa, they were told to leave by Nigeria’s military, which said it was planning air strikes, Bermondoa said. After Nigeria’s army retook Baga last month, Army Chief Major General Kenneth Minimah said his soldiers would recapture a handful of remaining towns before the elections, listing Dikwa as one of them. “The war is almost ended,” he said. TENSIONS HAMPER REGIONAL FORCE Boko Haram was long regarded by neighbouring countries as an internal Nigerian problem, but attacks in Cameroon and Niger last year prompted the regional response. Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Benin and Cameroon agreed in May to join forces against the militants. Since then, however, distrust and misunderstandings have stymied preparations for the force, due to take effect by the end of this month. Nigeria initially sent low-level representatives to planning meetings, angering its allies. Cooperation between Cameroon and Nigeria has been dogged by long-running border tensions, while Niger accused Nigerian troops of cowardice. “Nigeria must get involved and honour its promise of providing between 2,500 and 3,000 to the multinational force,” said Cameroon’s defence spokesman Colonel Didier Badjeck. Cameroon has stepped up its activities since July, when Boko Haram attacked Kolotafa, the hometown of its deputy prime minister, killing dozens and kidnapping his wife. The government has boosted its security forces in northern Cameroon from 700 to around 7,000. “We have to do whatever it takes to make sure the sect does not occupy any town in Cameroon,” said Colonel Joseph Nouma, in charge of Operation Alpha, the mission against Boko Haram. However, Nouma said he has orders not to enter Nigeria, and Cameroon has denied Nigerian troops the right to pursue insurgents into Cameroon. Along its 400 km (250 miles) border with Nigeria, Cameroon has created 14 new bases, with heavy artillery batteries. It has also deployed surveillance drones, a senior intelligence officer said. Another senior Cameroon military figure said they were attempting to choke off Boko Haram’s revenues, including the trade in fuel with Cameroon, Chad and Niger. “All of this looks to be paying off,” the officer said, with no incursions since mid February.Boko Haram: Nigeria slows down Chadian forces. When battle-hardened Chadian troops overran a Boko Haram camp in northern Nigeria last week, they wanted to press deep into territory controlled by the Islamist group but Nigeria refused to let them. Having defeated al Qaeda in Mali two years ago, Chad...See more
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