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Drama as ‘dead’ woman ‘resurrects’ in mortuary

An investigation is underway after a South African woman who was pronounced dead at the scene of a car crash by an ambulance company, was reportedly found alive inside a mortuary.

According to the BBC, a worker made the discovery after he went to check on the body and noticed the woman was breathing, leaving family members to demand how such a crucial oversight could happen.

Paramedics pronounced the woman – who has not been identified – dead at the scene of a car crash that killed two others on June 24, with the ambulance company claiming she showed “no form of life,” reports say.

The woman has been transported to a hospital where she is recovering, as a family member told the broadcaster, “The issue is that we need answers, that’s all we want and we don’t have any clarity now”.

The manager of the ambulance company are insisting that the incident wasn’t a fault of the paramedics being improperly trained and that there was “no proof of any negligence” on the company’s part.

World Cup: Man seeks divorce from wife who rates Ronaldo higher than Messi

 

A Russian man has filed for divorce after a fight with his wife over whether Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to a report in newspaper Argumento I Fakti, the football-mad couple — named only as Arsen and Lyudmila — fell out when Arsen celebrated Argentina’s victory over Nigeria, reports Mirror UK.

Arsen decided to pack up his things and leave when his wife, Lyudmila, continued to insist that Portuguese star, Ronaldo, was a superior talent to Messi.

It was the latest in a series of arguments about football and the relative merits of the world’s two best players.

But this time, Arsen decided that the marriage was over and the next morning, he filed for divorce at the courts of the city of Chelyabinsk in the Urals in Russia.

After telling the newspaper that the couple had fallen in love when they met in a bar whilst watching the 2002 World Cup, he said: “Since the beginning of the World Cup, she mocked Messi and said he couldn’t even score a penalty against Iceland.

“I could not contain myself and told her what I thought about the vain Ronaldo, the Portuguese national team and all the clubs she likes.

“Then I took my belongings and left her forever.”

Gangster breaks out of French prison with helicopter

A notorious gangster has escaped by helicopter from a prison in the Paris region, the French authorities say.

Redoine Faid was helped by several heavily armed men who created a diversion at the prison entrance while the helicopter landed in the courtyard.

The helicopter flew to the nearby Gonesse area, where it was found by local police.

Faid, 46, has been serving a 25-year sentence for a failed robbery during which a police officer was killed.

This is his second prison break: in 2013, he escaped after seizing four guards as human shields and blowing several doors off with dynamite.

He staged that escape less than an hour after arriving at a prison in northern France, and spent six weeks on the run.

Rats invade ATM, tear money to shreds

Police in India have blamed rats for nibbling on currency notes worth more than $18,173 stored in an ATM of the State Bank of India in Tinsukia district.

According to Hindustan Times, the police said they received a complaint from officials of the local branch of the state-run lender on June 14, saying they found notes worth Rs 12,38,000 in shreds in one of the ATMs on the outskirts of Tinsukia town.

Prakash Sonowal, Tinsukia’s additional superintendent of police, said the bank in its complaint revealed that the ATM was not functional for about 12 days.

An official from Sijuguri police station, who visited the ATM, reportedly said the problem was found out after a vault cutting unit arrived from Kolkata to check the malfunctioning machine.

The official was quoted to have said the rats could have entered the machine through a small hole meant for wires.

“The carcass of a rat was found among the shredded notes,” the official said; adding that the bank officials managed to salvage another Rs 17,10,000 stored in the ATM.

The damaged banknotes were of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 denomination, the police said.

The police have ruled out any foul play even though the bank officials did not get a wind of it for more than 12 days after the ATM was shut down following technical failure.

“We have not found the involvement of any bank official or any outsider,” the police official said.

The photographs of the shredded notes inside the ATM have gone viral on Facebook and Twitter. Many have called it a “surgical strike by mice”.

Woman shoots husband dead for beating family cat

A woman has been accused of shooting her husband dead because he had been beating their pet cat.

Mary Harrison, 47, was charged with murdering her husband, Dexter Harrison, in Fall Manor Drive in Dallas, Texas.

Harrison told detectives in Dallas that she shot her 49-year-old husband during a heated argument on Saturday.

She also said that her husband had been beating their cat.

Mr. Harrison was taken to hospital, where he died.

Neighbours have said the family cat recently went missing.

Mrs. Harrison posted notices about its disappearance, and the pet eventually returned home.

Harrison is being held on a $100,000 bail.

(Mirror)

Lady holds on to boyfriend’s tongue during break-up kiss

A 23-year-old man in eastern China had to be rescued by Police after his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend apparently bit his tongue and refused to let go.

According to some onlookers, the bizarre incident happened when the man had proposed to break up with the 26-year-old woman, and she asked for a last kiss.

Officers in Anhui Province had to use pepper spray on the woman to free the man, according to Police.

The woman’s parents explained to Police that their daughter recently became ‘mentally unstable’ after being scammed while shopping online, and that could be the cause of her behaviour.

The parents said their daughter and the man had been in a relationship for several years. They didn’t comment on whether or not they were breaking up.

The incident happened on the street of Qianshan in Anhui Province on May 20.

Mobile phone footage has emerged online, which shows the couple appearing to be kissing outside the town’s disease control and prevention centre.

The man can be heard crying and struggling to break free as his girlfriend bites on his tongue.

According to Police, the man, surnamed Liu, was taken to the hospital. He didn’t sustain major injuries.

His girlfriend, surnamed Zhou, was taken to her parents’ house to be looked after.

Police officer Wu Changfeng said: “When we arrived, some passers-by said the couple were talking over issues of a breakup.”

Officer Wu added that the woman’s parents had claimed she had suffered from mental health problems in the past.

“Her parents said she had received treatments in Hefei for five years and then she had fully recovered,” policeman Wu said.

Boko Haram attacks: Maiduguri residents turn spent bullet shells into rings

 

Residents of Maiduguri, Borno State, have found an ingenious ways of turning ugly objects of bloody warfare into beautiful items of adornment, as they turn spent bullet shells into jewelry — mainly rings.

A Facebook user, Mohammed Chiroma, who shared the details on his wall, claimed that he and a group of people had gone to a community in Maiduguri to sensitise them about the dangers of landmines and other residues found in places that were once battlefields, only to find at least three men showing him and his friends the rings that they had made from the spent bullets.

Bullet casings or jackets are usually made from brass or other metals for hardness.

Chiroma shared his encounter as well as photos of the rings. See his post:

“We went to one settled village in Maiduguri today, to sensitize them on dangers of landmines and other unexploded devices.

“To my surprise, when they saw the pictures of bullets and other dangerous objects, they said, “we use to make rings with the empty bullet shells. I was like really?, I then said let me see the rings that you guys claimed to have make from the bullets shells, three guys showed me the rings on their fingers.”

See the photographs, courtesy, Mohammed Chiroma:

Nigerian lawyer sues Oxford University over wrong dictionary definitions

A legal practitioner, Ogedi Ogu, has filed a N10m lawsuit against Oxford University Press, publisher of Oxford Dictionary, over an alleged wrongful definition of the words “mortgagee’’ and “mortgagor” in the dictionary.

The first defendant in the suit filed before the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere is the University of Oxford while Oxford University Press was joined as the second defendant.

In his statement of claim, Ogu claimed that he was embarrassed and suffered a loss of reputation as a lawyer when he relied on the definitions of the words in Oxford Dictionary, which, he claimed, were found to be incorrect.

According to him, in the Oxford Mini Reference Dictionary and the Oxford English Mini Dictionary, which he purchased in 2005 and 2006 respectively, the word “mortgagee’’ was defined as the borrower in a mortgage transaction, while “mortgagor’’ was defined as the lender.

According to him, Oxford Dictionary mixed up the meanings of the two words.

Ogu, in his statement of claim, said he relied on the definitions while offering a legal advice to a professional colleague, who later pointed out to him that the definitions were wrong.

According to him, his professional colleague drew his attention to the correct position in many other dictionaries apart from Oxford, which defines the word “mortgagee” to be the lender and “mortgagor” to be the borrower.

Ogu claimed that he had since suffered a loss of professional respect among his colleagues, as his legal advice was no longer being sought.

He said on account of this, he instructed his lawyer, Emmanuel Ofoegbu, to write a pre-litigation letter to University of Oxford and Oxford University Press on November 4, 2016, seeking redress.

He said the defendants replied with a letter dated November 30, 2016, by their legal director, admitting the wrong definitions complained of but refused to accept any liability.

The letter, he said, read partly, “Our dictionaries are made available as a reference tool only; they are never held out by OUP as being an alternative to seeking independent legal or financial advice, and we cannot take responsibility for an individual’s decision to use them as such.”

Ogu said it was consequent upon this that he filed the suit, seeking damages in the sum of N10m.

He also wants the court to order Oxford University Press to always ensure that all dictionaries published by them have a caveat warning readers that they are only available as reference tools and that anyone who relies on them as an alternative to seeking legal or financial advice, does so at his risk.

The court has yet to fix a date for the hearing of the suit marked

Shocking: Romanian man says he’s alive, court declares him dead

…Constantin Reliu, 63, fails to overturn 2003 death certificate because he appealed “too late”

In a case reminiscent of a Kafka novel, a Romanian court has ruled that a 63-year-old man is dead despite what would appear to be convincing evidence to the contrary: the man himself appearing alive and well in court.

Constantin Reliu asked the court in the town of Barlad to overturn a death certificate obtained by his wife after he had spent more than a decade in Turkey, during which time he was out of contact with his family. The court told him he was too late, and would have to remain officially deceased.

“I am officially dead, although I’m alive,” a bemused Reliu told local media outlets. “I have no income and because I am listed dead, I can’t do anything.”

Reliu left Romania for Turkey in 1992, apparently to seek employment. He last returned to the country in 1999, and appears to have cut off all contact with his family. After years of silence from her estranged husband, Reliu’s wife obtained a backdated death certificate for him.

The Romanian daily Adevarul said Reliu’s wife had argued in court that having heard nothing from her husband since 1999, she had assumed he had died in an earthquake while in Turkey. The paper said Reliu believes she sought the death certificate in order to annul the marriage and allow her to remarry.

He may never have found out about his death in his homeland had he not been apprehended by Turkish authorities earlier this year and deported back to Romania because of expired documents. Reliu had planned to renew his passport in Romania and return to Turkey, but on arrival, he was detained by immigration officers who informed him he had died in 2003.

Reliu said he wants to return to Turkey and has set up a small company there, but is now faced with a confusing legal battle to regain his identity and obtain a passport.

A spokeswoman for the court explained to local news outlets that Reliu had been too late with his appeal against the death certificate and had thus lost the case. The ruling is apparently final and cannot be appealed against, leaving Reliu in legal limbo
*Shaun Walker*
First published on Fri 16 Mar 2018 12.02 GMTbo.

At least 16 dead as lightning strikes church

At lleast 16 people were killed and dozens more injured after lightning struck a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Rwanda, a local official said Sunday.

Fourteen victims were killed on the spot as lightning hit the church in the Nyaruguru district in the Southern Province on Saturday, local mayor Habitegeko Francois told AFP over the phone.

Two others died later from their injuries, he said.

He added that 140 people involved in the incident had been rushed to hospital and district health centres, but that many had already been discharged.

“Doctors say that only three of them are in critical condition but they are getting better,” he said.

According to the mayor, a similar accident took place on Friday when lightning struck a group of 18 students, killing one of them.

AFP.