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China’s Dog Meat Festival Raises Hackles of Fans

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For many residents of China’s southern town of Yulin, the peak of summer is the perfect time to get together with family and friends – and consume copious amounts of dog meat.

Thousands of dogs are expected to end up on the chopping block during the city’s annual dog meat festival, which has become increasingly controversial in China.

Dog ownership was once looked down upon as a decadent bourgeois habit, but China’s growing middle class has started to fight what it sees as barbarous abuse of man’s best friend.

On Monday, a group of about 25 animal rights activists briefly unfurled banners in front of the city government office, demanding an end to the festival, but they were quickly hustled away by unidentified men.

The city’s dog market has become a site for clashes of supporters and opponents of the trade. In the sweltering heat, tempers can often flare.

“There are all sorts of cultural norms about what you can eat, you eat turkey, so why are you trying to force us to not eat dog meat?” shouted one dog meat supporter.

Eating dog is good for your health at the hottest time of the year, say supporters, and it is just like any other meat.

“It’s healthy, just like raising pigs or chickens, it’s fine,” said Teng Jianyi, as he tucked into a dog dish with some friends.

While many Chinese have signed online petitions seeking a ban on the festival, others take a more direct approach.

Last year, Yang Xiaoyun made the headlines after spending 150,000 yuan ($24,160) to rescue about 350 dogs.

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June 23, 2015 |

Full Text: Welcome Speech By Senate President On Resumption of the 8th Senate

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WELCOME SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON) TO SENATORS OF THE 8TH SENATE ON RESUMPTION FROM A SHORT RECESS ON TUESDAY, 23 JUNE, 2015.

Protocol:

1. Distinguished colleagues, I am especially delighted to welcome you back to the hallowed Chamber of the Senate after a short recess. It is my hope that the recess afforded some of us time to rest from the dizzying activities of elections and inauguration such that we could feel the pulse of the nation again and be ready to get unto the business of making laws for the peace, order and good government of Nigeria.

2. As I had noted in my inaugural address, the task before us is enormous but very clear. Nigerians voted for change. They demand that we deliver to them tangible change. They expect that we improve the quality of governance. Three clear issues agitate their mind today; the falling government revenues and the current fiscal crisis in many of our states, the unsustainable cost of governance in the country and the rising cost of doing business in Nigeria.These concerns have also agitated our minds individually and collectively and we must provide answers because it can no longer be business as usual.

3. It is clear that it is at times like these that nations either buckle up, face the realities of their predicaments, and forge ahead to ensure a brighter future for the next generation, or turn a blind eye to the extravagant facts that are staring us in the face. As it stands, given the trust that Nigerians have placed on us, legislators of the 8th National Assembly, to leave a historic impact on the affairs of our nation, we must choose to show that we are made for this …read more      

June 23, 2015 |

Gunmen Invade Borno, Shoot And Slit Guts Of Villagers

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Assailants believed to be Boko Haram members have invaded Debiro village in Hawul local council in Borno State, shooting and slitting the guts of defenseless villagers.

Witnesses say 20 people were killed in the attack.

The assailants also set houses ablaze.

Locals say security personnel were not on ground to repel the bandits who unleashed mayhem unchallenged.

Hawul, which borders neighbouring Adamawa State, is over 200 kilometers away from Maiduguri.

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June 23, 2015 |

Gunmen Invade Borno, Shoot And Slit Guts Of Villagers

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curfew

Assailants believed to be Boko Haram members have invaded Debiro village in Hawul local council in Borno State, shooting and slitting the guts of defenseless villagers.

Witnesses say 20 people were killed in the attack.

The assailants also set houses ablaze.

Locals say security personnel were not on ground to repel the bandits who unleashed mayhem unchallenged.

Hawul, which borders neighbouring Adamawa State, is over 200 kilometers away from Maiduguri.

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June 23, 2015 |

Imo SSS Parades Five Suspected Kidnappers

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The Department of State Security Service Imo State Command has arrested six suspected kidnappers, including one female, for allegedly kidnapping one Nnawike Chinaka in Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State.

The suspects were paraded at the SSS Headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital, in the presence of the State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.

The Director of SSS in the state, Mr Francis Ejiofor, said that the command is desirous to curb the trend and menace of kidnapping in the state and as such set up a special task force to address the issue of kidnapping and one of the early successes of the new task force was the arrest of the 6-man gang of suspected kidnappers and the rescue of the kidnap victim alive.

Governor Rochas Okorocha commended security operatives in the state for trying to see that kidnapping and related criminal activities are reduced in the state.

He assured the people of the state that the state government would provide adequate support and partnership to all security operatives in the state in order to make Imo a peaceful and crime free state.

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June 23, 2015 |

Southern Kaduna Indigenes Urge Govt. To Intensify Efforts At Curbing Insecurity

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Unknown gunmen on Thursday stormed Katsak Village in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna, killing 13 and injuring 15 others.

The incident happened while residents were celebrating their annual cultural festival amid funfair as the ceremony that began peacefully turned bloody, leaving the people in a state of confusion and devastation.

The attack took the residents by surprise as they never expected it. The victims included men, women and children.

Angered by this latest attack, the people of the area have condemned government’s effort at providing security to them, calling on both the federal and state governments to step up the fight against terrorism and insurgency in the area.

Also shaken by the high scale destruction of lives and property in the southern part of Kaduna State, the Senator representing the zone in the National Assembly, Danjuma La’ah, has called for a thorough investigation as well as a proactive action to end the rampage of gunmen against his people.

The senator also wants the Federal Government to rebuild all destroyed villages just as in the northeast and also train local vigilantes to compliment the effort of security operatives in the affected areas.

There had been constant clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the southern part of Kaduna state over grazing land.

Such bloody clashes over the years have claimed more than 500 lives.

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June 23, 2015 |
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