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Nigeria and the world have marked
the first anniversary of Boko Haram’s
abduction of 219 schoolgirls, with
protest marches, candlelight vigils and
pledges of solidarity.
But as the teenagers entered their
second year of captivity at the hands
of the Islamist militants, Nigeria’s
incoming president said he could give no
guarantees about their safe return.
Muhammadu Buhari, who defeated
President Goodluck Jonathan in
elections two weeks ago, said there was a
need for “honesty”, with nothing seen or
heard from the students since last May.
“ We do not know if the Chibok girls
can be rescued. Their whereabouts
remain unknown. As much as I wish to,
I cannot promise that we can find them,”
he said in a statement overnight.
“But I say to every parent, family
member and friend of the children that
my government will do everything in its
power to bring them home.”
The comments by Buhari, who takes
office on May 29, contrast with those
from Jonathan, who was criticised for
his response to the crisis in the restive
north-east. Jonathan had vowed the girls
would be found.
The military said last year it knew
where the teenagers were being held yet
ruled out a rescue mission because of the
danger to the hostages.
Amnesty International said the Chibok
girls’ kidnapping was one of 38 in north-
east Nigeria since the start of last year
that had seen at least 2000 women taken
by the militants.
Testimony from women and girls who
escaped the militants said they were
subject to forced labour and marriage, as
well as rape.
Chibok elder Enoch Mark, whose
daughter and niece are among the
captives, said no events were planned in
the town, as it was still in “perpetual fear”
of Boko Haram, despite the presence of
“The last year has been a period
of sadness, emotional torment and
hardship. It has been a year of mourning.
We are a bereaved community that has
lost 219 daughters,” he said.
Buhari was now their hope of finding
the girls, dead or alive, he said.
The mass abduction brought the
brutality of the Islamist insurgency to
worldwide attention and prompted a
social media campaign demanding their
involving 219 schoolgirls, was also held
in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja — one of a
number of anniversary events that also
drew in the Empire State Building in
New York, which was lit up in red.
Boko Haram, whose name translates
roughly from the Hausa language as
“ western education is sin”, has attacked
numerous so-called “secular” schools,
their teachers and students since 2009.
Boko Haram fighters stormed the
Government Secondary School in
Chibok on the evening of April 14 last
year, seizing 276 girls who were preparing
for end-of-year exams. — AFP
Aust mental health system ‘shemozzle’ costing lives
An adviser to the former Labor
government on mental health says
care in the sector is a “shemozzle”,
which is costing lives.
Professor John Mendoza, chairman
of the national advisory council on
mental health under prime minister
Kevin Rudd, says he has a fire in his
belly like never before.
“This cannot go on. We cannot have
this differential health care system
that says ‘you get great care if you
have cancer, you get the world’s best
care with cardiovascular but you get
crap care, if you can find it, if you have
a mental health condition’, ” he told
ABC television on Tuesday night.
The issue, Professor Mendoza says,
His nephew Jeff took his own life
last year, a day after being discharged
from Gold Coast University Hospital
where he had been admitted for an
urgent mental health assessment.
receive a higher standard of care.
“I have no doubt today that if he was
afforded better care on that occasion
back in November last year, he’d be
here today,” he said.
“ We have a shemozzle and the
shemozzle has to end because it is
costing lives, it’s costing our nation
In opposition, the coalition
promised a priority review of mental
health ser vices.
That ’s now been completed and
handed to the government but not
actually released. However, parts have
It says the mental health system is
a collection of often unco-ordinated
ser vices introduced on an ad-hoc
As well, the National Mental
Health Commission found there was
no agreed way to measure whether
almost $10 billion in commonwealth
funding was leading to effective
outcomes or improving lives.
The system needed to focus on the
needs of users rather than producers
by redirecting funding to ser vices such
as prevention and early inter vention,
recovery-based community support,
stable housing and participation in
employment, education and training,
it recommended. — AAP
An Apple iPad which belonged
to Pope Francis fetched $US30,500
($40,580) at auction overnight, with
proceeds going to a school for the poor
in Uruguay, the local auction house
selling the item said.
The Castells auction house in
Montevideo said the winning bid
was placed by telephone, but declined
to disclose the buyer’s identity or
It is not the first time Pope Francis,
who has often criticised orthodox
market economics for fostering
inequality, has donated a personal
belonging. Last year, a Harley-
Davidson motorcycle he had received
as a gift fetched 241,500 euros
“ May you do something good
with it,” Uruguayan priest Gonzalo
Aemilius recalled being told by the
Argentinian-born Pope when he
handed over the iPad.
Aemilius in turn donated the tablet
to the Francisco de Paysandu high
school, located about 370km north of
the capital, Montevideo.
School officials said that, after a
string of failed attempts to sell the
iPad through auction houses Christie’s
and Sotheby’s, they were offering
the iPad through local auction house
The device carries the inscription
“His Holiness Francisco. Ser vizio
Internet Vatican, March 2013,” and
has a certificate signed by the Pope’s
personal secretary, Fabian Pedacchio
Pope Francis has called the internet a
“gift from God,” but confesses to being
a “disaster” with technology. — Reuters
An Apple iPad which belonged to Pope Francis is seen at Castells auction house in Montevideo.
Papal iPad fetches $40,000 for school
More than 20 passengers were
injured when an Asiana Airlines
Airbus A320 overran a runway in
western Japan, officials and local
The South Korean carrier’s F light
OZ162, which took off at Incheon
airport, was attempting to land
in Hiroshima when the incident
occurred last evening, officials said.
“Around 23 passengers were injured,
but no one was killed,” a local fire
department official said. “So far we
have heard that all of the injuries were
All of the passengers and the eight
crew members on board escaped from
the plane’s emergency exits, local
media reported. — AFP
20 hur t as airliner overruns runway
The Asiana Airlines airliner that arrived from Incheon airport, and ran
out of runway while landing at Hiroshima airport in Mihara, Hiroshima
Up to 400 illegal migrants trying
to reach Europe have died after
their boat capsized off the Libyan
coast, sur vivors who were saved and
brought to Italy says.
The Italian coastguard
previously said that they managed
to rescue 144 of the people after the
vessel capsized on Sunday, while nine
bodies were also recovered.
Quoting sur vivors, the International
Organisation for Migration and
the charity Save the Children said
between 144 and 150 sur vivors
arrived last night at Reggio Calabria,
located on Italy’s southern tip.
“There were 400 victims in this
shipwreck, which occurred 24 hours
after (their vessel) left the Libyan
coast,” Save the Children said in a
statement, citing sur vivors.
“There were several young males,
probably minors, among the victims,”
the international NGO said, adding
there were children among the
IOM spokesman in Italy Flavio
Di Giacomo said his organisation
has also inter viewed sur vivors, who
said there were between 500 and 550
people on board when the ship sank.
“ We are continuing to investigate
ito understand how the shipwreck
happened,” Di Giacomo said.
According to initial findings,
the boat may have capsized after
passengers started moving when they
saw the Italian rescue team.
Overnight, the coastguard said
its teams had rescued nearly 8000
people at sea since Friday.
Recent good weather in the
Mediterranean has prompted a surge
in the number of migrants attempting
to reach Italy aboard boats.
An increasingly violent and chaotic
situation in Libya, a key jumping off
point for migrants, has also helped
prompt the huge hike in the number
of asylum seekers trying to make it to
According to Italian authorities
more than 15,000 migrants have
arrived in Italy so far in 2015. There
were 15,000 in April alone last year
and an average of 25,000 each month
between June and September.
People smuggling remains a
lucrative business for traffickers, with
refugees and migrants rescued in the
Mediterranean in February saying
they paid up to $US1000 ($1330) for
their crossing in boats often no more
than rubber dinghies. — AFP
Capsize off Libya kills 400 migrants
Space X’s unmanned
Dragon cargo ship has
blasted off towards the
Station, carrying a load of
food and supplies for the
astronauts living in orbit.
company ’s Falcon 9
rocket launched from
Cape Canaveral, Florida
at 4.10pm local time
yesterday, and was to be
followed minutes later by
an attempt at guiding the
first stage of the rocket to
land upright on an ocean
The cargo mission is
the sixth official journey
contracted with Nasa as
part of a $US1.6 billion
($2.13 billion) deal for 12
The supply is on track
to arrive at the orbiting
outpost on Saturday,
when it will be grabbed
by the space station’s
robotic arm, operated by
European Space Agency
Cristoforetti, and guided
in for berthing.
The Dragon is carrying
around two tonnes
of food and supplies,
experiments and an
The reusable cargo
craft will stay in space
for about five weeks, as
astronauts reload it with
equipment to return to
Earth. — AFP
Singer Percy Sledge dead at 74
Legendary American soul
singer Percy Sledge, whose
rise to fame began with the
iconic 1966 song When a
Man Loves a Woman, has
died of natural causes.
He was 74 years old.
The singer died in
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
overnight, after a long
battle with cancer, Steve
Green, his agent of 35
Sledge had surgery for
liver cancer in January 2014
but soon resumed touring the country.
Sledge, who was working as an orderly
in a hospital in Alabama, began his
career by playing at clubs and fraternity
parties. A former patient who heard
him singing at work introduced him to
producer Quin Ivy, who recorded the hit
and helped him sign a record deal.
“ When I came into the studio, I
was shaking like a leaf. I was scared,”
Sledge said during his inter view for the
2013 documentary Muscle Shoals, the
Alabama town that is home to recording
studios that have drawn
other rock ‘n roll greats like
Bob Dylan and the Rolling
Sledge said in the
documentary that it was
the same melody that he
sang when he was out in
the fields. “ I just wailed out
in the woods and let the
echo come back to me.”
When a Man Loves
a Woman was actually
inspired by a “real-life
situation involving a girl
who left Sledge for another
guy,” according to Sledge’s Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame bio.
The song began its path of creation
with the title Why Did You Leave Me,
Baby? and then evolved into When a
Man Loves a Woman, the biography
Sledge was inducted into the Louisiana
Music Hall of Fame in 2007 and the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.
His other hits include Warm and
Tender Love, It Tears Me Up, and Take
Time to Know Her. — DPA
Percy Sledge in 2005
Australian Cardinal George Pell,
the finance tsar to Pope Francis, is
moving out of the Vatican bank into the
permanent offices of his new economy
The move comes four months after Pell
raised eyebrows by taking up residence
in the bank.
It coincides with a major reorganisation
of the Vatican’s financial structures
ordered by Pope Francis as part of his
reform of the Vatican’s administration.
It also removes any question of Pell’s
direct authority over the bank, which is
governed by a separate commission of
cardinals who report to the Pope.
Pope Francis tapped Pell to bring
order and efficiency to the Vatican’s
Pell has promised a new era of
transparency, budgeting accountability
and internationally accepted accounting
standards, and has been given broad
But he has ruffled feathers within
the Vatican’s old guard, and some saw
his decision to move into the vacant,
spacious presidents’ office of the Vatican
bank as a symbolic assertion of control
over the institution.
Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli
noted that Pell’s presence in the bank
might have led to confusion about who
really ran the show there, him or the
A spokesman for Pell confirmed
overnight he was moving out but denied
it was because of concerns from the Pope
or the cardinal’s commission. — AP
Pell moves out of Vatican bank
Jamie Oliver has called
for a Singapore-style ban
on chewing gum in public
after accusing people who
spit out the sticky residue
of making Britain look like
a “bomb site”.
manifesto to make Britain
cleaner place to live” for the
Independent ’s website, the
campaigning chef turns his
sights on those antisocial
elements gumming up the nation’s
“ I’d ban chewing gum until they can
invent one that doesn’t make every
street in Britain look like a bomb site,”
the restaurateur wrote in a mission
statement that includes age restrictions
on energy drinks and measures to
including a ban on adverts
for follow-up formula.
Oliver’s plea to end
and public transport
echoes measures taken
in Singapore in 1992. A
ban was introduced after
vandals prevented doors
on the country’s new mass
transit railway system
from opening by sticking
gum over the sensors.
It is believed 28 million
Britons chew gum, spending £400
million ($785 million) a year. There are
estimated to be 250,000 pieces of old
chewing gum caking Oxford Street
in central London. The annual clean-
up bill on the nation’s streets has been
estimated at £150m.
Call to ban chewing gum
Wildlife officers have caught a
crocodile believed to have bitten a golfer
in far north Queensland.
The juvenile croc clamped down on
local John Lahiff, in his 70s, after he
went to retrieve his ball on the 11th
hole of the Palmer Sea Reef golf course,
owned by federal MP Clive Palmer.
Lahiff was treated for lacerations to his
lower leg on Monday.
A Department of Environment and
Heritage Protection spokeswoman
confirmed this morning that the croc
had been caught overnight.
She said it was in a holding facility
and would probably be transferred to a
reptile farm. — AAP
Rangers catch croc that bit golfer
Deputy in shooting ‘pay to play’ reservist
The shooting by an elderly white
police reser vist of an unarmed black
suspect has raised questions about
the use of volunteer officers to
supplement full-time police.
Bob Bates, 73, a millionaire
insurance executive, was accused
by the victim’s family of being a
“pay to play cop” who was allowed
to go on police operations after
he donated equipment, including
cars and guns, to the Tulsa
County Sheriff ’s Department in
He was charged yesterday with
involving “culpable negligence” for
the death of Eric Harris.
It was the latest in a string of fatal
shooting by officers in America.
Bates had been chairman of
the election campaign of Stanley
Glanz, the Tulsa county sheriff, in
He became involved in a chase for
Harris, 44, a suspected drug dealer
and weapons supplier.
By the time he caught up, Harris
was held on the ground by other
officers but Bates fired a single shot.
In a video recorded on a camera
attached to another officer’s
sunglasses, Bates could then be
heard saying: “Oh, I shot him. I’m
The millionaire said he meant to
use his Taser, not his .38-calibre
Harris’s family later said: “Perhaps
the most disturbing aspect of all of
this is the inhumane and malicious
treatment of Eric after he was shot.
These deputies treated Eric as less
than human.” — PA
Woman charged for abandoning disabled son
A mother who authorities say left
her severely disabled son alone in
a wooded area near a Philadelphia
park for nearly a week will be
charged with attempted murder
and other counts, police said
Nyia Parler, 41, of Philadelphia
is accused of abandoning her
21-year-old son so she could travel
to Maryland to visit her boyfriend,
Her son, who is quadriplegic,
suffers from cerebral palsy and
is unable to talk, was found by a
passerby on Friday night lying
under a pile of leaves and blankets
with his wheelchair nearby.
Police believe he had been there
more than five days. His school and
relatives had become worried and
reported him missing.
Philadelphia police spokeswoman
Leeloni Palmiero said there had
been some cold weather and rainy
days while the man was left in the
woods. He was recovering in a
hospital, she said.
Parler will be extradited to
where she was in a hospital for an
She will be charged with
attempted murder, aggravated
assault, kidnapping, neglect, false
imprisonment and other charges,
according to Palmiero.
“There may be some more
developments because we still have
to question her,” Palmiero added.
Major canine f lu outbreak in Chicago
At least 1137 Chicago-area dogs
have come down with a highly
contagious strain of canine flu, and
six have died, in the largest and
longest-lasting dog flu outbreak
ever seen in the region, county
officials said overnight.
Veterinarians began reporting
Respiratory Disease, or CIRD,
in January, said Cook County
spokesman Frank Shuftan. There
may be more cases than have been
reported, Shuftan said.
“A lot of vets are so busy now
they ’re having a difficult time even
calling our office,” Shuftan said.
Symptoms of CIRD include
persistent and lingering cough,
lethargic behaviour, poor appetite
and a fever, Dr Donna Alexander,
administrator of the Cook County
Department of Animal and Rabies
Humans cannot get dog flu, but
they can spread it, so Alexander
recommended thorough hand-
washing after touching or petting a
dog. — Reuters
219 girls still missing
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