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41  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Guys, would you buy this handbag for your girl friends. on: 20-09-2016 06:25 AM
Someone in New Zealand has turned a real dead cat into a handbag and described it as ''a very stylish handbag... for the girl that has everything a one off purse that will grab attention where ever you go."

The bizarre and possibly morbid item - including the intact cat's head - is up for sale on New Zealand auction site TradeMe - for a whopping $1,400 (over N560k) starting price.

A description provided says it was made by professional taxidermist Clare Hobbs and stated no
animals were killed for Ms Hobbs' work.

Spokesperson for the website, Logan Mudge, said the company took assurances no cruelty was involved 'at face value', reported.

    'It is certainly a statement bag and while it's not for me, we suspect there will be a buyer out there who is keen. This is a pretty unusual bag and we expect the auction will attract a lot of attention over the next few days.'

Animal activists have condemned the bag, saying the bag was in 'poor taste' and 'disrespectful', Stuff reported.

    'If you were to do these with people it would be absolutely not acceptable ... is turning a cat into a handbag any worse than turning an elephant's foot into an umbrella stand?'

In New Zealand, carrying out taxidermy on animals that had died naturally or been euthanased is legal.

Would you rock this bag?

42  Forum / The Buzz Central / Breaking News: Justin Bieber and Sophia Richie split after months of dating on: 20-09-2016 05:53 AM

Singer, Justin Bieber deleted his Instagram account some months ago when fans started saying mean things about his model girlfriend, Sofia Richie. He even got into a war of words with his ex- girlfriend Selena Gomez over her interference in his relationship with Sophia so it's a little bit of a surprise that he has called it quits Sophia.
According to Us Weekly sources, the couple ended its relationship after six very intense and equally controversial weeks. Bieber and Richie first made real waves when they took a trip to Tokyo together some months ago. She even accompanied him on a leg of his world tour and cozying up to him on the street... in the backseat of a car... and even in a hotel room.

However, according to Us Weekly insider, things started “cooling off” between Justin and Sofia earlier this month. And the insider confirmed the split.

Just a few days ago, Richie spoke publicly for the first time about Bieber to Billboard saying:

    “Justin is very easy to talk to, and that’s hard to find with people in Los Angeles.”

43  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / I just don’t give a f***!’: Kim Kardashian on flaunting her bare Bosom s on: 20-09-2016 05:35 AM

 Kim Kardashian is not bothered by critics of her new boob baring antics.After years of relying on push-up bras and even taping her Bosom s to get the perfect cleavage, she has been flaunting her bare Bosom s in sheer outfits.She took to her blog on Monday to boast about her 'nipple vibes'.

    'I have always loved sheer—I just don't GAF(give a f-k), LOL,' she wrote.

Whatever she did to achieve the perfect body is still a secret as earlier this year ,Kim  revealed how she keeps her boobs perky,she wrote

    'I definitely had to share my tape secret with you guys!! It's my secret trick to have perfect cleavage in photos,' she advised her fans.You tape them up so they are super lifted. It takes a little work but trust me it's all worth it LOL.

44  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / I'm sorry for molesting you on: 14-09-2016 07:25 PM
A father accused of rape sent a stream of apologetic messages to his alleged victim, telling her: 'I wanted you to say no one more time', a court has heard.

Ryan Falconer, 24, told the woman he had 'f****** up' after she sent him a Whatsapp message accusing him of rape and threatening to report him to the police.

The court heard how the father-of-one sent the woman a sad face and said he 'felt bad' before telling her to 'focus on the good' and begging her not to go to police.

He told the woman: 'I'm sorry! I wanted you to say no one more time then it would have stopped. I've f***** up!'

When he then tried to suggest the pair 'touched each other', the woman replied: 'Don't even f****** dare blame me', the court was told.

Prosecutor Jonathan Sharp told the court that the exchange of messages was a 'clear and comprehensive admission' and that the complainant was  'deeply, deeply upset' by what happened.

Falconer, from Bradford, denies one count of rape.

Bradford Crown Court was told how the pair had met a few years previously.

Despite Falconer being in a relationship, the pair had struck up a friendship and the court was told he would often send the woman suggestive messages.

Although she sometimes engaged in the flirting, she would fob him off most of the time, the court heard.

The young woman, who lived at home with her parents, invited Falconer to her home on the evening of Saturday May 16, last year.

The jury heard he arrived at around 8.45pm and the pair went to her bedroom.

It was there that Falconer allegedly raped the woman, after pulling her on top of him, even though she kept saying no, the court heard.


He also tried to orally rape her while they were watching TV, the court was told.

The woman told the court that Falconer had said: 'You can do it, you know you want to,' while she kept saying: 'No, I don't want to. Stop. Get off me.'

Mr Sharp told jurors: 'She made it perfectly clear that she did not want it to happen.'

The court was told how the woman asked Falconer to leave at about 10pm. She then googled 'I think I have just been raped' and 'was I raped' because she was confused about what had happened.

She told jurors she hadn't been screaming or crying during her ordeal as you usually see in rape cases.

When asked by Judge Jonathan Rose why she did not scream, she replied: 'Because I just froze. I kept saying no. And you don't want your parents to see you getting raped.'

The woman went to the police two days later and Falconer was arrested and interviewed.

He told investigating officers she consented and did not tell him to stop at any stage.

The trial continues.

45  Forum / Relationships & Romance / HERE ARE Ten(10) MONEY SAVING TIPS on: 7-09-2016 05:24 PM
Money is a necessary thing in our life. There is a saying that say, “not all that glitters are gold” but paper currency is in fact gold. We cannot exclude money from our lives as we need money for different things. Every good and services are paid for by money.
The difference between a poor man and a rich man is their mentality. When a poor man gets his salary; he ends up using it to purchase beers, such a person cannot be rich due to the fact that he can not save.
The money saved is invested into the future. Money can not keep coming in everyday but saving helps to prepare for rainy day. A Billionaire is a big saver. Listed below are ten tips of saving money;

1.    Have a Savings Bank Account: this is one necessary step to take in saving money. Some banks in the world today have different withdrawal minimum limits with high rate of interest. Saving money in a bank is a means making money because the bank will pay you for saving with them as an interest.
2.    Plan your budget considerately: Careful planning of the expenditure for each month should always be taken into serious consideration. There is a saying that goes, “He who fails to plan has planned to fail”.
3.    Spend wisely: “do I really need this?” should be a question you should ask yourself if you want to purchase something.
4.    Go for quality not quantity: there are different kinds of quality for different goods. Some are durable while some can’t last long. Go for those which can last longer.
5.    Don’t invest in rosy business: Investment is a delicate thing; don’t invest in business that takes a bounty from you today with big promises for tomorrow.
6.    Don’t be too expensive: Flashy things are expensive besides they attract thieves. Instead of buying an expensive wristwatch for $5,000 buy $50 worth of wristwatch since the time will also be accurate on it.
7.    Make reasonable phone calls: Phone credits are very expensive; it is not a must you call everyone on your phonebook everyday. SMS is not as expensive as making phone calls.
8.    Create a household income: You have to plan your means of household income so as to ensure the continual flow of income into your household.
9.    Don’t spend big money entertaining your children: the purchase of big screen TVs and paying high subscription for cable TV is exorbitant and it can affect your savings.
10.   Drink more water: Water promotes good balance and it is highly recommended by health Experts to consume water every day. The purchase of acidic drinks known as soft drinks can also affect the health; when it affects the health, it will also affect the savings.

46  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Confession time: Sex starvation led me into rape, man tells court on: 7-09-2016 05:02 PM
A middle-aged father, Ojo Adewole, on Wednesday told an Ikole Customary Court in Ekiti that he was involved in rape because his wife starved him of sex.

Adewole, who made this known when he testified in a divorce petition by his wife, Omotayo,35, admitted being involved in a rape case but blamed it on the wife.

He said, “Your honour, my wife had always starved me of sex. Instead of taking care of me and the house, she went about partying and making friends.

“My wife is simply wayward and the family had always supported her deeds.

“Your honour, I may not have the moral justification to ask for the preservation of the marriage, but I am praying the court to reduce my monthly financial obligation to my children to N5,000.”

“My prayer for the slashing of the upkeep money hinges on the fact that I have just been released from detention and I do not have any tangible source of livelihood at the moment.’’


Omotayo had told the court that Adewole had been “sexually unruly’’, adding that he had gambled out their collective property and money.

She said, “Your honour, my husband is so addicted to gambling to the extent of using my three cell phones, cooking stove and other house utensils to gamble.

“His habitual drunkenness made him to beat me so often.

“He is not also responsible for the upkeep of our five children as he evades paying their school fees. Your honour, I am tired of the marriage and I want it dissolved forthwith.”

She further said, “The father of my children does not have respect for her family members even though all of us stood by him when he was involved in a rape case.’’


The mother of five had sought for the custody of all the children and prayed the court to compel the respondent to assign some amount monthly for their upkeep.

In her Judgment, the President of the court, Mrs Yemisi Ojo, dissolve the 15-years-old marriage between Omotayo and Adewole for promiscuity and gambling lifestyle.

Ojo held that the petitioner’s request had merit and “in the light of the evidence before the court it is clear that the respondent’s lifestyle had put off the feelings the petitioner initially had for him.

“It is appropriate in the circumstance for parties to be allowed to go their separate ways.

“I, therefore, order that the custody of the children from the union would remain with the petitioner,’’ the president held.

Ojo said: “the respondent is ordered to give his ex-wife the sum of N10, 000 monthly for the upkeep of the children on monthly basis.’’

47  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / You don Hear Say Landlord Evicts Tenants For Supporting APC on: 7-09-2016 03:46 PM

A landlord identified as Mr. David Agberemole has rendered at least 5 tenants in his house in Uzea Community in Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo State homeless for supporting the All Progressives Congress, APC against the People’s Democratic Party PDP.

The tenants, Mr Sylvester Chukwuemeka, Okosun Christiana and Ogbeide Elizabeth who lamented their ordeal said they have suffered untold hardship from their landlord for not supporting the PDP which the landlord was sympathetic to.

One of the tenants, Okosun Christiana who spoke in her native dialect (Esan) said, “We don’t have any problem, just party differences, he told us he wanted everyone in the house to support PDP, because he is a member of the party, but i refused.

“I told him that i have been in APC for a very long time that even if the PDP is buying me a car I prefer to remain in the APC, and he said since that is my stand; I should consider myself evicted from his house”. She explained.

Also speaking, another of the evicted tenants Sylvester Chukwuemeka revealed that his rents were up to date, adding that the action of their landlord negates the principle of fair play and justice just because they refused to support the PDP.
“I don’t understand why the landlord will just decide to drive us out of his house because we are not supporting PDP. I pay my rent regularly and this is not fair to me.
“The state government should come to our aid because I don’t know when it became a crime to support a party.”

Chukwuemeka called on relevant authority to come to their aid just as the Acting Executive Chairman of Edo State Internal Revenue Service, Barr. Emmanuel Usoh has given the evicted tenants some bags of cement and money to build their own houses.

48  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Hungry Police: Lagos Demands Transfer of Policemen Over Illegal Raid on: 7-09-2016 03:21 PM
The Lagos State Government has told the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, to move out some policemen with the state Task Force on Environmental & Special Offences (enforcement) unit.

It was gathered that the request followed last Friday’s raids in different parts of Lagos by the affected policemen, which involved rough treatment and arrests of innocent citizens.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, on Tuesday said the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, wanted an immediate redeployment of the officers from the unit and possibly from the state over the “unacceptable conduct.”

He said, “The request became necessary in order to checkmate the recurrence of the unathorised raid.

“Preliminary investigation showed that the unauthorised raid was carried out with the knowledge of the second-in-command to the task force Chairman, SP Taiwo Adeoluwa, without the approval of the Chairman, SP Saheed Egbeyemi.

“The conduct of the affected officers is not in tandem with the vision of Lagos State Government. Their conduct is also unbecoming of officers who are expected to protect the citizenry.”

49  Forum / The Buzz Central / I Regrets slamming Obama Says Philippine President Duterte on: 6-09-2016 06:19 PM
“Washington has been so liberal about criticizing human rights, human rights and human rights. How about you? I have so many questions also about human rights to ask you. So … people who live in glass houses should not throw stones," Duterte said, the Associated Press reported.

Later Duterte issued a formal statement.

"While the immediate cause was my strong comments to certain press questions that elicited concern and distress, we also regret it came across as a personal attack on the U.S. president," Duterte said in a statement. "Our primary intention is to chart an independent foreign policy while promoting closer ties with all nations, especially the U.S. with which we have had a long-standing partnership."

Duterte declared a “state of lawlessness” in his country after an explosion Friday at an open-air market in Davao City killed more than a dozen people during a presidential visit to the city. Duterte previously served as the city's mayor for more than two decades.

The region was under heightened security amid a military offensive against Abu Sayyaf, an Islamic extremist group based in southwestern Philippines. The U.S. has been a major financial supporter of the Philippine military effort.

The tough-talking Duterte took over as president pledging a war on drugs and threatening to "dump all of you (drug dealers) into Manila Bay, and fatten all the fish there." He came under sharp criticism from the United Nations and others for encouraging vigilante-style killings of drug dealers and criminals. Duterte was unmoved.

"Maybe we'll just have to decide to separate from the United Nations," Duterte said.

His statement Tuesday concerning Obama and the United States was high on compromise, low on bluster.

"We look forward to ironing out differences arising out of national priorities and perceptions, and working in mutually responsible ways for both countries."

Bacon reported from McLean, Va.

50  Forum / The Buzz Central / Six outrageous things Philippines president has said on: 6-09-2016 05:50 PM
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is known for his outspoken comments and controversial governing style. Ahead of a meeting with President Obama this week, he described the president as the "son of a wh*re" amid suggestions Obama might ask him about 2,000 people police and vigilantes have killed for alleged drug activities since Duterte took office in June. Obama canceled the meeting and Duterte expressed regret over his words.

Here are 6 more outrageous things the Philippines president has said.
On dealing with the illegal drug trade and criminals

"Forget the laws on human rights. If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor. You drug pushers, hold-up men and do-nothings, you better go out. Because I'd kill you," he said at a campaign rally before his election in May. "I'll dump all of you into Manila Bay, and fatten all the fish there."
Speaking at a campaign rally about an Australian missionary who was raped and murdered

"I saw her face and I thought: 'What a pity ... they raped her, they all lined up. I was mad she was raped but she was so beautiful. I thought, the mayor should have been first."
Insulting the Pope on his 2015 visit to the Philippines

"We were affected by the traffic. It took us five hours. I asked why. They said it was closed. I asked who is coming. They answered, the Pope. I wanted to call him: 'Pope, son of a wh*re, go home. Do not visit us again.' "
On his sex life and what he uses to make sure it's still happening

"I was separated from my wife. I'm not impotent. What am I supposed to do? Let this hang forever? When I take Viagra, it stands up."
His strategy for dealing with Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants operating in the Philippines

“If you make me mad, in all honesty, I will eat you alive, raw ... I will really carve your torso open. Give me vinegar and salt and I will eat you. I’m not kidding.”
On his support for environmental issues and fight against illegal logging

"Cut the trees and I will cut your heads."

51  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Venus crashes out of US Open on: 6-09-2016 06:10 AM

Home hopes of an all-Williams US Open semi-final clash were dashed as Czech Karolina Pliskova knocked out Venus in a thrilling Labor Day fourth-round match in New York.

Williams had a match point to become the oldest US Open quarter-finalist in the Open Era but the 36-year-old could not get across the finish line as Pliskova triumphed 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in two hours and 25 minutes.

Pliskova, the No 10 seed, said: ‘I was prepared that I was going to play Venus and that it was going to be tough because all the people were cheering for her.”

Williams went into the match as the favourite but she was beaten in three sets on Monday‘It was a great atmosphere. It was my first time here on Arthur Ashe [Stadium]. I really enjoyed the match.’

It was Pliskova whom Williams had beaten last November in Zhuhai to secure a return to the top-10 of the world rankings after four and a half years.

Sixth seed Williams made a strong start, quickly moving 5-1 ahead with a double break but she failed to serve out the first set twice.

Pliskova lets out a winning roar as she triumphed 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in two hours and 25 minutes

Sixth seed Williams made a strong start, quickly moving 5-1 ahead with a double break.

But the American made amends by breaking the Pliskova serve, taking a third set point as her opponent hit a backhand wide.

Venus during the match

Williams was in control at 3-1 up in the second set but Pliskova then fought back by winning five of the next six games, levelling the match at one set all by firing down two consecutive aces.

Pliskova was 4-2 up in the deciding set but, with the home crowd willing her on, Williams typically battled hard and broke for 4-4.

Pliskova then took out the next two sets to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final

With Pliskova serving to stay in the match at 4-5, Williams brought up a match point but could not convert as Pliskova saved it with a brave forehand drive volley.

Pliskova then broke serve for 6-5 and had three match points at 40-0 but Williams saved them all and broke back with a forehand winner to take this tense match to a deciding tiebreak.

The 24-year-old Czech made no mistake this time, however, bringing up another four match points at 6-2 and taking the second to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final as Williams hit a backhand return long.
Pliskova shakes hands with Williams at the net following her victory in New York

Pliskova said: ‘To be honest, it was very difficult after I lost my serve for 6-6. She played a very good game but I was still focused, I put everything in there and I am happy I won it.

‘So far I’m happy that I got my first quarter-final. I’m going to enjoy the moment and prepare for my next match.’

After working so hard to force a tie-break, Williams was left disappointed with her performance when it came down to the crunch.

Williams said: ‘We both competed really well. Of course I’d like to come out on top of that match. I just kept fighting till the end, but I don’t know, she had a little more luck today. I had a few too many errors in the tie-breaker.

‘I think in the breaker I went for a little bit more but I didn’t put the ball in enough. I went for some aggressive shots, didn’t necessarily put them in. Obviously she played well.’

52  Forum / Relationships & Romance / Our Youths need guidance when using social media’ on: 6-09-2016 05:47 AM
The General Manager of the Lagos State Printing Corporation, Mr. Sakirudeen Odusanya, on Monday said parents and guardians should ensure a responsible use of the social media by children.

He added that youngsters must be appropriately guided on the use of the internet to prevent them from accessing contents that could jeopardise their lives.

Odusanya spoke at the Lagos Book Expo organised by the Lagos State Television with the theme, ‘Book Publishing and Challenges of the Social Media.’

He said the social media had come to stay, adding that a proper guidance on which medium to visit would prevent regrets in the future.

The LSPC boss, who was represented by the LSPC Secretary, Mrs. Adefunke Odutola, observed that in as much as the social media would assist people to do their jobs efficiently, the culture of reading and writing books must not be abandoned.

Odusanya said the expo provided the opportunity for individuals and firms to showcase their equipment and products, especially in the publishing industry.

“For instance, LSPC has new machines and we are introducing some new products into the market which are of high quality.

“Apart from publishers, printers are also very relevant as we produce materials needed for writing,” he added.
Odusanya said the present administration in the state had embarked on initiatives aimed at injecting a fresh breath into the corporation, assuring the public  that LSPC would soon be part of efforts to bring the culture of writing and reading back into the country

53  Forum / Relationships & Romance / Obama Defends Colin Kaepernick: ‘He Cares About Some Real, Legitimate Issues’ on: 5-09-2016 08:35 PM

During a press conference on Monday at the G20 Summit, President Barack Obama defended NFL star Colin Kaepernick’s recent protest of the National Anthem.

The San Fransisco 49ers quarterback on Friday refused to stand for the Star Spangled Banner, saying that he was “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

While Kaepernick’s protest has generated both praise and condemnation, the president framed the issue as one of free expression. “He’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement,” Obama said on Monday. “I think there is a long history of sports figures doing so.”

“I don’t doubt his sincerity,” he added. “I think he cares about some real legitimate issues that have to be talked about.” Obama continued, “If nothing else, what he’s done is he’s generated more conversation around some topics that need to be talked about.”

Expressing the need for an “active citizenry”, the president  said, “I’d rather have young people who are engaged in the argument and trying to think through how they can be part of our democratic process than people who are just sitting on the sidelines and not paying attention at all.”

On those condemning Kaepernick, Obama stated, “my suspicion is, is that over time he’s gonna refine how he’s thinking about it, and maybe some of his critics will start seeing that he has a point around certain concerns about justice and equality, and that’s how we move forward. Sometimes it’s messy, but, you know, that’s the way democracy works.”

Other athletes have also recently weighed in on issues of race in the United States. LeBron James and other NBA stars paid tribute to Black Lives Matter earlier this summer when they opened July’s ESPY awards with a speech decrying racial inequality in the U.S.

“We asked to start the show tonight this way, the four of us talking to our fellow athletes with the country watching because we cannot ignore the current state of America,” the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony said. “The system is broken.”

In 2014, players from both the NBA and the NFL practiced in shirts that quoted the last words of Eric Garner, a black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by police in New York: “I can’t breathe.”

54  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / How a baby’s umbilical cord helped save this woman’s life on: 5-09-2016 08:22 PM

Jessie Quinn of Sacramento was 36 years old when loss of appetite, weight loss, some eye issues and finally pelvic pain sent her to the emergency room in 2010. Tests quickly revealed she had acute myeloid leukemia — a type of blood cancer that progresses quickly — and doctors told her that chemotherapy would probably not be enough; she would need a bone-marrow transplant.
Quinn, who has a science background, knew that finding a donor would be difficult. In college, she had donated to a bone-marrow registry after learning that people like her, with a mixed racial heritage, have a much harder time than others finding a match.
In fact, when she and her doctors scoured the registry for a match for her, only one name came up: her own.
“I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry,” Quinn said.
While searching unsuccessfully for a match for five months, Quinn underwent four cycles of chemotherapy to keep the leukemia at bay. What eventually saved her, though, was an experimental transplant using stem cells from the blood of a baby’s umbilical cord, an approach that can be used without perfectly matching blood types.

This therapy and another — haploidentical transplantation, which uses bone-marrow cells that are only half-matched to a patient — have revolutionized the treatment of blood cancers in the past few years. Every biological child is a half-match for a parent, and vice versa.
“Many patients who previously died for lack of a match are now cured of their underlying malignancy,” said Richard Jones, director of the bone-marrow transplant program at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

A dangerous process
Bone-marrow transplants, which infuse healthy blood cells taken from a donor, are used when chemotherapy and radiation fail to stop cancerous blood cells from taking over and ultimately destroying a person’s immune system.
The transplant can be taken from either the blood or bone marrow, which produces blood cells. The procedure is typically preceded by high doses of chemotherapy and radiation that wipe out the patient’s faulty blood cells and replace them with healthy ones from a donor.
The process is dangerous because it leaves a patient vulnerable to life-threatening infection for months before the reconstituted immune system begins to work.
In the past, a patient’s body would reject as a foreign intruder anything but a perfect or near-perfect match, a usually fatal development. Umbilical-cord stem cells, however, are sort of a blank slate because they haven’t been exposed to much life — such as bacteria and viruses — and thus are more easily accepted even if they aren’t a perfect match.
When Quinn’s doctor’s found no match on the donor registry, she turned to a clinical trial examining the safety of taking blood cells from umbilical cords, expanding their numbers in a laboratory and then infusing them into patients.



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Because each umbilical cord produces only a tiny number of stem cells, umbilical-cord transplants take longer to work than standard transplants, which makes patients more likely to get fatal infections. And if cells from several umbilical cords are used, the chances of immunity problems increase.

This expanded cord-blood technique has been a “huge home run” for patients, said Colleen Delaney of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, who helped create it.

“No one had successfully taken stem cells and gotten them to grow and put back in a person,” she said. The advance should be particularly valuable for minorities and people of mixed-race background, whose chances of finding a matched donor were slim to none.

“This is where cord blood becomes an amazing and beautiful resource,” Delaney said. “We can find cord-blood donors for 99 percent of patients who cannot find a donor.”

Quinn was hospitalized for 30 days, and she said the recovery was difficult but relatively uneventful. Mostly she had to deal with overwhelming fatigue for the first year. She also developed graft-versus-host disease, which caused rashes when her skin was exposed to the sun. But she has been free of cancer for five years.

She remembers learning that she had leukemia and assuming that she would soon die.

“It still gives me pause — I went to Costa Rica — that I am able to travel and went backpacking and kayaking,” Quinn says. “I was so sure I would never get to do those things again. It’s an indescribable feeling.”

In haploidential transplants, rather than wiping out the patient’s immune system, doctors use just enough drugs to suppress it. This reduces the risk of damaging organs or causing a rejection of the donated marrow.

‘Everybody now has a donor’

“Parents are always haploidentical. Children are always haploidentical,” Jones said. “Siblings are half the time and all second-degree relatives (grandchildren, nieces, nephews) have a 50 percent chance of being a half-match. . . . Everybody now has a donor, and that is a major advance.”

Yet doctors and patients may not be aware there are choices other than conventional bone-marrow transplants, Jones said.

“Despite the recent data showing equivalency of half-matched and cord-blood transplants with conventional matched transplants, many cancer doctors and even some transplant doctors still consider these newer transplants not standard practice,” Jones said. “There are still lots of patients in need of transplants that are not getting them because of lack of mismatched donors, and that is unacceptable in the year 2016.”

Jones estimates that about 7,500 transplants of donated stem cells were done in 2014 — primarily for leukemia and lymphoma but also for nonmalignant blood disorders such as sickle cell and aplastic anemia — but that more than 15,000 could easily be done annually if more doctors embraced the new methods now available.

Gregg Gordon, 44, developed leukemia in 2011. He noticed two bumps under his shin and had been feeling unusually tired. He went to his internist, who drew blood and within 24 hours Gordon was in the hospital receiving chemotherapy.

His wife, Caryn, recalls how little they knew about his disease — acute myeloid leukemia — as doctors discussed treatment with them.

“We knew it would be a very long journey to battle this disease,” Caryn Gordon said. “He decided he would be focused on being the patient and said, ‘Do whatever you have to do with me because I want to walk my girls [who were then 12 and 16] down the aisle.’ ”

On advice of their hematologist, the Gordons traveled to Hutchinson, which has established a national reputation as a bone-marrow transplant center, but quickly discovered there was no good donor match.

“We thought we would find a match. It was extraordinarily shocking to us that it was impossible,” Caryn recalled.

According to Be the Match, which operates the national donor program, a patient’s likelihood of finding a donor match on their registry ranges from 66 to 97 percent, depending on ethnic background.

But Gregg Gordon was able to participate in Delaney’s clinical trial and, like Quinn, received lab-expanded cord blood following intensive chemotherapy and radiation. He also will be five years cancer-free in September.

Not everyone is as lucky. Quinn, Gordon and 11 other participants in Delaney’s clinical trial “are all alive, in remission, at a median age of about 4.7 years,” the researcher said, but two patients died when the disease relapsed.

A larger trial using umbilical cord blood that had been expanded in a lab is underway.

55  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Obama: 'Gaps of trust' preventing Syria cease-fire on: 5-09-2016 08:10 PM

On the heels of a 90-minute meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Obama addressed the holdup in cease-fire negotiations over Syria. The two leaders met while they were in China for a G-20 summit.

BEIJING — President Obama said Monday that negotiations between the United States and Russia to reach a peace deal in Syria are hampered by "gaps of trust."

"We haven't yet closed the gaps in a way where we think it would actually work," Obama said after he met for 90 minutes with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Typically the tone of our meetings is candid, blunt, businesslike. This was no different."

Obama, speaking at a news conference in Hangzhou, China, at the end of the Group of 20 economic summit, said the two leaders failed to make a breakthrough for a cease-fire in the 5-year-old Syrian conflict. Obama said he instructed Secretary of State John Kerry to continue meeting with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, to work toward an agreement in the coming days.

The two sides are exploring closer military ties to fight militant groups and reduce the violence but can't agree on how to implement any pact. The delay comes as a wave of bombings Monday in government-held parts of Syria killed at least 48 people, and the Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Obama said he and Putin also discussed Ukraine and U.S. concerns over cybersecurity.

Those discussions took place as global leaders ended the G-20 summit Monday with a forceful endorsement of free trade.

In a joint statement, Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping and the leaders of Britain, Japan, Russia and other G-20 economies pledged to boost sluggish global growth by promoting innovation and to strengthen the global financial system.

The pledge recognized that economic strains are fueling political tensions around the world. “The benefits of trade and open markets must be communicated to the wider public more effectively,” the joint statement said.

Obama defended the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal he wants to get Congress to approve, despite widespread political opposition. He said the G-20 leaders also discussed unfair currency practices, corruption and global tax evasion. Xi said China would set up two new centers to deal with international tax evasion and corruption.

The summit got off to a rocky start Saturday when there was no staircase at the airport for Obama to exit his plane. The president used an alternative exit, but quarrels with Chinese officials broke out on the tarmac and at other venues over access by U.S. officials and the traveling press.

North Korea added to the drama by firing three ballistic missiles off its east coast  Monday. At about the same time, China's Xi was telling South Korean President Park Geun Hye that China opposes plans to deploy a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea.

56  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Busted: Man arrested after using his own wanted poster as Facebook profile picture on: 5-09-2016 07:27 PM
A wanted Florida man has been arrested for taunting the Police after using his wanted poster on Facebook.
Stuart Police told ABC News they were able to track down Mack Yearwood, a man with two outstanding warrants as well as a possible tie to an open case, after he used his own wanted poster as his Facebook profile picture. Cpl. Brian Bossio wrote in a post on the Stuart Police Department’s Facebook page...

    “Facebook is a great way to communicate and connect with old friends and family,”“If you are wanted by the police, it’s probably not a good idea to use the ‘Wanted of the Week’ poster of yourself as your profile pic.”

Police earlier this week responded to call about an alleged battery at a local home, and while he had already fled the scene, the victim pointed to Yearwood as a possible suspect.

Once officers began digging into the 42-year-old suspect, they learned of his outstanding warrants and then came across his social media accounts, ABC reported.

    “The patrol guys, to look where he was and for some intelligence, they went to his Facebook page,” Bossio told the news outlet. “They discovered that he used his wanted poster for his Facebook profile.”

When officers found Yearwood, he was sleeping at his brother’s house, and upon their arrival, requested an officer hand him his pants.
When he began to dress, Bossio explained, “a bag of weed” fell out of his pants pocket, resulting in a cannabis possession charge.
Yearwood has not yet, however, been charged in the battery case as it is still under investigation, police said.

57  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Lagos Police arrests house guard who killed his employer in Ajah (photos) on: 5-09-2016 07:20 PM
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested one Tanko Abdulateef, a 22-year old House guard who allegedly killed his employer, Mrs Mabel Mba Okafor in Ajah area of the State on August 17, 2016. The suspect, who was arrested from his hiding in Bali, Taraba State, was said to have stabbed the victim in the stomach and left her stomach ripped open.

It was also gathered that the suspect took away valuable items from the victim including three phones, trinket and a lot of clothes, all of which were recovered from him.

When contacted, Public Relation Officer of the State Command of the Nigerian Police, Dolapo Badmos confirmed the arrest, adding that the suspect would be charged to court after conclusion of investigation.

Giving a background of the crime, Badmos said: "On August 17, 2016, there was a murder of one Mrs Mabel Mba Okafor aged 50 of No J68B, Close 9, Victoria Garden City (VGC), Ajah. She was killed and the policemen went there and discovered that the house had been ransacked and a lot of properties carted away.

"The woman had a House guard but the guard was nowhere to be found. The body of the victim was examined and it was noticed that she was stabbed in the stomach and her stomach ripped open.

"She was moved over to the mortuary and the policemen from the division did necessary scene of crime investigations they were supposed to do, while the matter was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

"The Commissioner of Police also called on the Decoy Team of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in charge of Tracking and tasked them to deal with the matter as well, while the Team swung into operation and after about one week of serious work on the matter, they were able to identify the suspect to be the House guard of the victim and they tracked him to Bali in Taraba State.

"After about three days in Bali, they were able to recover some of the phones stolen from the victim before eventually arresting the suspect where he was hiding," she narrated.

Badmos also confirmed that three phones, trinket and a lot of the victim's clothes were recovered from the suspect, adding that he has been brought back to Lagos.

While reiterating the capacity of the Police to deal with criminals and any crime situation in the State, Badmos said people should be rest assured that any crime committed in the State will  be thoroughly investigated and culprit brought to justice.

"There is no escape route for criminals in Lagos State. Any crime committed in Lagos will be unraveled. If you commit a crime in Lagos and run to anywhere in Nigeria, the Police in Lagos will come after you," she said.

Meanwhile, the suspect has been handed over to the State CID for further investigation, while he will be charged to court at the end of investigation.

58  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / OMG : Wicked Wife Kidnaps Her Husband's 2-Year Old Lovechild & Drowns Her In Russian Park on: 5-09-2016 06:03 PM

This is the horrifying moment a jealous mother kidnapped her husband's love child before murdering the girl and dumping her body in a park, say state investigators in Russia.

The child's aunt had left two-year-old Yana Leonenko unattended for several minutes in a pushchair when the 27-year-old woman, named only as G. Sharaliyeva, seized her.

The aunt returned to the pushchair to see a woman dressed in a white T-shirt and black trousers in the distance with her niece.

I pleaded for help, and ran after the woman, but fell down,' she said.

No-one helped her chase the woman, she said, while eyewitnesses said the girl had easily gone with the kidnapper.

The suspect dragged the girl through a park, and later carried her, say investigators, highlighting CCTV footage.

A Muslim, she did not normally go outside without covering her hair, but chose to ditch her hijab, it is alleged. Then she took a taxi and vanished. Later the girl's body was found drowned in a river running through a park in the the city of Ivanovo.

A court ordered Sharaliyeva to be detained with investigators alleging she killed her husband's love child. The suspect was held in a metal cage in the court room.

A spokesman said: 'The investigation believes that the person who kidnapped and murdered the child is the wife of the biological father of the girl. The woman made use of the short absence of a relative of the child and kidnapped the girl from the entrance to a residential building.'

A family friend said the woman's husband Sakhyd Sharaliyev had had a relationship with a waitress in his cafe, resulting in the pregnancy.

They explained: 'They had an affair three years ago. She was working as a waitress in his cafe. Soon she got pregnant.

'The man didn't want to leave his wife and their two children but promised to help to raise the child.' The wife had been oblivious her husband had cheated on her.

'His wife came from Azerbaijan about four years ago and for a long time didn't know her husband had a mistress, more than one, in fact.

'He is very kind, and helpful but scatterbrained. He was cheating his wife but she simply didn't know about it.'

The husband admitted he had fathered the child, and denied keeping Yana's existence a secret from his wife, with whom he has children aged four and six.

'When they said it's my wife, I was shocked,' he said.

She never went out without covering her head and she seemed 'naked' to him in the CCTV images, he said.

Her hair isn't covered...she has no such clothes at home.'

He insisted: 'She was always quiet and calm, she has never said anything (angry about the baby).

'I promised her to not see that woman (Yana's mother) again, but to help the child.'

An eyewitness who saw the child as she was abducted said: 'The girl wasn't crying, wasn't fighting.'

59  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / We would Prosecute Pilgrims Who Disobey Rules says Sausi Arabia Government on: 5-09-2016 05:53 PM

The Saudi Arabian government has said that any pilgrim who violates the schedule put in place for the stoning of the devil ritual at Jamarat will be arrested and prosecuted.

The government is putting measures to avoid the kind of stampede that happened last year at Mina, which led to the death of over 2000 pilgrims. The Nigerian government later confirmed that at least 145 of the victims were Nigerians.

In a meeting with officials of Nigeria and other African countries in Mina on Monday, the Saudi Arabia Hajj Ministry representative, Sheikh Mohammed, said arrangements have been concluded to assign guides who will lead a group of 250 pilgrims at a time to the Jamarat and back.

”Any Pilgrim seen alone in Jamarat will be arrested and will face he highest punishment,” the Saudi official said.
He also said each group will not be led by a Saudi guide alone, but, that states would also nominate a guide for each group.
The official, who spoke through an official of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Aliyu Tanko, as interpreter, said the government is adopting the kind of schedule used for airlines at the airport.

”No flight arrives or departs the Airport until it’s rime is due, we intend to apply the same procedure for Jamarat,” he said.
Mr. Mohammed also said apart from the arrest and prosecution of any violating pilgrim, state officials responsible for the pilgrim would also face sanction.
“Take this schedule and timing as serious as the time for prayers,” he said.

Mr. Mohammed said records of all groupings would be taken at the departure from tents and back. He said guides will be held responsible if they fail to return with the exact number of pilgrims they take to the Jamarat for the stoning ritual.
He also said pilgrims must only go with their assigned batch and time.

60  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Over Jealous woman mistakenly sets stranger"s car on fire on: 5-09-2016 02:28 PM
A furious girlfriend got revenge on her ex boyfriend by torching his car - but she didn't realise she got the wrong vehicle.
CCTV showed 19 year old  Carmen Chamblee shoving pieces of paper into the boot of a Honda and setting it on fire . She then casually walked away.
But police believe she got the wrong car - as the owner of the Honda, Thomas Jennings, said he has no idea who the woman is.Jennings's roommate was the first to spot the vehicle on fire and alerted his pal.

 The pair then rushed out with pots of water in an attempt to put out the fire, but Jennings told ABC Action News it was "too much."

The woman was also spotted on separate CCTV footage earlier that day looking into another vehicle.
She was arrested Saturday morning near Clearwater in Florida and charged with second-degree arson.
Chamblee told police she believed the vehicle belonged to her ex boyfriend

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