LEADERSHIP EDITORS A man has revealed how he slept in the same room as his wife’s body for six days after she died. Wendy Davison, 50, died at home in Derby last month after a 10-year battle with cervical cancer. Russell Davison, who has been left “heartbroken”, said he did not want her body to go to a mortuary and he wanted to challenge attitudes towards dying. It is legal to keep a body at home and Derbyshire Coroner’s Court confirmed Mrs Davison’s GP reported her death. Mr Davison said: “Death seems to be such a taboo subject in our society, no-one seems to want to talk about it. “I did not want her in the mortuary or handed over to a funeral director, I wanted us to take care of her ourselves at our family home, have her in our bedroom so I could sleep in the same room.” Image copyright Russell Davison Image caption...
The outgoing governor of Jakarta has been jailed for two years for blasphemy after judges handed down a sentence that was harsher than expected. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, was accused of insulting Islam by referring to a verse in the Koran in a campaign speech last year. Mr Purnama, a Christian in Muslim-majority Indonesia, has denied blasphemy and plans to appeal. His case was seen as a test of the country’s religious tolerance. Mr Purnama was taken into custody immediately after the verdict was read out. His deputy Djarot Saiful Hidayat will govern Jakarta until the term ends in October. The sentence was harsher than that requested by prosecutors, which was a one-year suspended sentence. The governor was “found to have legitimately and convincingly conducted a criminal act of blasphemy, and because of that we have imposed two years of imprisonment”, the judge told the court. The verdict was met with strong protest....
By Juliana Agbo with Agency Report Left-leaning former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-In won South Korea’s presidential election by a landslide Tuesday, according to official figures, sweeping to power on a yearning for change after a tumultuous scandal. The ballot was needed after Park Geun-Hye was ousted and indicted for corruption, and took place against a backdrop of high tensions with the nuclear-armed North. Voters were galvanised by anger over the sprawling bribery and abuse-of-power controversy that brought down Park, which catalysed frustrations over jobs and slowing growth. They gave Moon, of the Democratic Party, who backs engagement with the North, 40.2 percent support -- some 11.4 million votes -- according to the National Election Commission (NEC). Conservative Hong Joon-Pyo -- who dubs Moon a “pro-Pyongyang  leftist” was far behind on 25.2 percent, with centrist Ahn Cheol-Soo third on 21.5 per cent. Fewer than 4.2 million votes cast in the election were still to be counted...
BY MARK ITSIBOR, Abuja and BUKOLA IDOWU, Lagos The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has tied Nigeria’s economic growth to sincere implementation of the nation’s recently launched economic recovery growth plan (ERGP) 2017- 2020. According to it, consistent and comprehensive implementation of the ERGP will be a good way forward for the country’s economy IMF made the remark on the sidelines of the presentation of Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa tagged: ‘Restarting the Growth Engine’. At a joint press briefing with the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun and Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, in Abuja yesterday, the Fund’s director of African department, Mr. Abebe Selassie, maintained that implementation of the ERGP was very key to rebounding of the economy. IMF had endorsed the EGRP at the IMF/World Bank Spring meetings recently held in Washington DC. It said Nigeria’s inflation rate will remain elevated at 17.5 per cent, with projected fiscal deficit depreciation to 5 per...
The 26th session of the Governing Council of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) opened on Monday in Nairobi with calls for hastening renewal of world’s urban centres. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta opened the biennial meeting that was attended by ministers, industry executives, urban planners and grassroots advocates to discuss a new urban agenda. The five-day meeting will endorse a new action plan to promote sustainable urban development. In his opening remarks, Kenyatta said urban renewal is at the heart of the UN 2030 agenda on inclusive development, peace and prosperity. “The new urban agenda matters to everyone and presents a paradigm shift based on a clear vision on interconnection between economic growth and environmental sustainability,’’ Kenyatta said. Kenyatta said that there was a renewed political goodwill to promote establishment of smart cities to accommodate a surging population of newcomers fleeing rural poverty. “It is high time we created smart towns that are economically viable,...
Authorities in the southern Indian state of Kerala Monday ordered a probe into allegations that an 18-year-old student was forced to remove her bra at an exam centre as part of stringent measures to stop cheating in a national-level medical entrance examination. The alleged incident took place at TISK English Medium School in the state’s Kannur district Sunday, when hundreds of students went to there to appear for the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions to undergraduate medical courses across the country. “My daughter went inside the centre only to return a few minutes later to hand over her bra. As she entered the centre, the metal detector at the gate beeped due to the metal strap of the bra. She was told to remove the innerwear for security, to prevent cheating,” her mother told the media. “Many others were forced to undergo the same ordeal,” she added. Kannur’s District Collector M.M....
The Police on Monday said a hundred and forty-one people were arrested in Paris after trouble flared overnight following Emmanuel Macron’s victory in France’s presidential election. The authorities said those detained in Menilmontant, a north-eastern district of Paris, were accused of offences ranging from throwing missiles at the police to damaging property. The demonstrators were protesting both against Macron – criticized by many on France’s far left as a member of a discredited elite in thrall to global capitalism – and against his defeated far-right nationalist rival, Marine Le Pen. Macron beat Le Pen by 66 percent to 34 on a platform of market-friendly reform and closer European integration. However, an abstention rate of over 25 per cent, and the fact that more than 11 per cent of those who turned out chose neither candidate, pointed to a high degree of disillusionment with the choices on offer in the runoff. The hardline leftist CGT...
LEADERSHIP EDITORS A young man has been killed in violence in the Venezuelan city of Valencia, amid protests against the rule of President Nicolas Maduro. Hecder Lugo, in his early 20s, died from a head wound. Officials said he had been shot. Youths looted shops in several cities. In Caracas an armoured vehicle was filmed ploughing into protesters. At least 36 people have died and hundreds have been injured in weeks of protests. Demonstrators are angry over what they describe as Mr Maduro’s plans to amass power in his own hands. They were particularly incensed by a recent decree that creates a 500-member constituent body to rewrite the constitution, a step that would bypass the opposition-controlled National Assembly. A women’s march took place on Saturday. An AFP correspondent in the northwestern city of Valencia said it looked like a disaster zone. The looting, which broke out earlier in the week, has angered local shop staff. “There was a...
LEADERSHIP EDITORS French presidential candidate, Emmanuel Macron has been the victim of a “massive and coordinated hacking operation,” his campaign team said, slamming the attack as a last-ditch attempt to undermine him before Sunday’s election. The document dump happened on Friday night, less than 48 hours before the country votes in the final round of the presidential election, which pits the independent centrist Macron against the far-right Marine Le Pen. The files were released just before 2 p.m. ET Friday, around four hours before the election campaign period officially closed with its restrictions on campaigning, reporting and polling. These restrictions are aimed at preventing last-minute scandals from emerging and influencing the election’s outcome. Around 14.5 gigabytes of emails, personal and business documents were posted to the text-sharing site Pastebin through links to more than 70,000 files, a CNN look at the data shows. Officials from Macron’s En Marche! Party said in a statement that...
LEADERSHIP EDITORS Donald Trump has waded into the row over Obamacare once again, this time by suggesting that a “good shutdown” would help “fix the mess” in Washington. Efforts in recent weeks and months have failed to get the votes to pass through a new health care act as part of Trump’s plans to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. Over two tweets, Trump said: “The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there! We either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!” A US government shutdown was narrowly avoided on Monday when they managed to agree on a spending bill to see the country through to September. A government shutdown occurs when most services would stop except those deemed “essential”, such as national...