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Egyptians, at least some of them, don’t seem too fond of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This week, during Clinton’s visit to Egypt for high-level talks, protesters yelled, ”Monica, Monica, Monica” and threw tomatoes and shoes at her car as she drove by. Clinton was in Egypt to help reopen the US Consulate in Alexandria.
The ceremony was pushed inside the building after protesters became too vocal.
“I want to be clear that the United States is not in the business, in Egypt, of choosing winners and losers, even if we could, which, of course, we cannot,” said Clinton. The US has been criticized for choosing sides in Egyptian politics, creating huge internal divides in the country.
“I have come to Alexandria to reaffirm the strong support of the United States for the Egyptian people and for their democratic future.”
One of the tomatoes hit an Egyptian official in the face, as riot police had to hold the crowd back. The chants of “Monica!” were in regard to the Monica Lewinsky scandal that happened with Clinton’s husband 14 years ago.
Egypt is currently a country in confusion. Mohamed Morsy is the new president, after the military leadership seized power away from Hosni Mubarak back in February of last year. To date, the president has no Cabinet and the country has no parliament.
“There has been some suspicion, some assertion, and we heard some of that today, that somehow the U.S. has put its finger on the scale in favor of one side or another in this transition,” Clinton said. “And she wanted in very, very clear terms, particularly with the Christian group this morning, to dispel that notion and to make clear that only Egyptians can choose their leaders, that we have not supported any candidate, any party, and we will not.”
Just this week, Rev. Michel Louis, a black pastor out of Boston, was kidnapped in Egypt. There is no apparent relationship between the Louis kidnapping and Clinton’s visit. His family remains hopeful that he will be returned safely.
A bomb has exploded beside a gasoline station in Okene township in Kogi State.
Eyewitnesses said a vehicle parked at the gas station exploded, apparently timed to cause significant fire from underground gasoline tanks underneath the area.
Casualties are not known as at the time of filing this report.
- Sahara Reporters
Things are getting so rough in the Big Apple that even toddlers are getting mugged.
A cruel thug ripped a $400 gold chain off the neck of a 3-year-old boy who was sitting in his stroller and being pushed by his mom in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn on Tuesday, law-enforcement sources said.
The crook and an accomplice attacked tot Harvey Hernandez in the lobby of his family’s Malcolm X Boulevard apartment building at 11:45 p.m. after following him, his teenage brother and mom Riyana Guerrero home from a Laundromat.
“I was screaming ‘Let go of my baby! Let go of my baby!’” the mom told The Post in Spanish yesterday.
“[The man] didn’t say anything — he just looked at us and laughed, almost mocking us.
“How could he do this to a helpless little baby!”
Guerrero believes that the thieves might have even kidnapped the boy if neighbors, alerted by her screams, didn’t scare them away.
“I just started screaming and fighting with him, trying to get him away from my baby,” Guerrero said of the teenage creep who snatched the necklace.
He and his thug pal had stalked the family back to their home from the laundry, where Guerrero had just finished her weekly wash.
“They were eye-balling them — and the chain,” said one police source.
The duo attacked as the family got inside the lobby of their building, kicking in the door after the desperate mother had locked it.
After neighbors started coming out of their apartments at the sound of the mother’s screams, the crooks fled with the necklace.
The chain was a gift from Harvey’s godparents for his baptism. It has a small medallion on it with the image of hands holding a child.
Guerrero said she’s just happy that she and her children weren’t hurt.
“I didn’t care about the gold; I was just worried about my [kids],” Guerrero said. “It was horrible. I don’t feel safe going out into the street now.”
The mom said her 13-year-old son was “traumatized’’ to the point where he’s afraid to go outside.
“Now, none of us feel safe,’’ she said. “We plan on moving.’’
The chain-snatcher and his pal, believed to both be about 16 or 17, remain at large.
“I just want the police to catch all of them and do what needs to be done,” Guerrero said.
A man who’d been married for 25 years and had six children went to the doctor and found out something that would change his life: He was both a man and a woman. Stevie Crecelius, was happily married and working as a photographer when he went to the doctor in Denver and found out that he was intersex, born with both male and female genitalia. Crecelius got the news during a routine procedure involving the removal of a kidney stone.
“I had a kidney stone and we’re in the emergency room,” Stevie told Fox affiliate KDVR. “The nurse is reading the ultrasound and says, ‘Huh, this says you’re a female.’”
Stevie said that when he heard the news, he wasn’t surprised in the least. He said that he’d always had feelings that made him wonder if he was a woman trapped inside a man’s body.
“It validated everything I had always felt inside,” she said.
“I remember wearing my mom’s clothes and makeup, very secretly, not telling anybody,” Stevie said.
“When I was 17, I was working my first part-time job at a TV station as a floor cameraman and the person in charge said to me, ‘You know, you walk like a queer,’” she added.
“And I thought I was hiding who I was, and I wasn’t.”
As a result of becoming more comfortable with who he was, Steve began to live his life as a woman named Stevie. He had to explain the process to his kids, who didn’t quite understand.
“How do you tell your kids that, well, it’s no longer dad, it’s dadette?” she said.
Stevie says that her kids were entirely supportive, and so was his wife. It only took them a few minutes to make the necessary adjustments to realize that their dad was the same person, just with a little bit of modification.
“Within a few minutes, all of them said, ‘I don’t care dad; I love you for who you are.”
Stevie is now living happily as a woman, taking hormone pills with no plan to modify her body in any way. She’s also still married to her wife of 25 years, who stood by her during the transition.
“I didn’t sign on for this, but who signs on for anything?” said Debbie Crecelius, Stevie’s wife. “She’s the same person she was as a he on the inside.”
Debbie says that although marriage can bring things that you don’t expect, she still accepts her spouse for who he/she is, and has decided to stick by her through the transition.
“She relates to my heart and soul, and I still relate to hers,” Stevie said. “And I think that that’s the essence of true love.”
Adams Oshiomhole has won all 18 local governments in the Edo state governorship elections.
The People’s Democratic Party candidate for the governor of Edo state, General Charles Airhiavbere (ret) lost his ward to the incumbent governor, Governor Adams Oshiomhole. Result declared at the Garrick memorial School, Oredo Ward 1 units 18, 19, 20, 20 where Gen. Charles Airiavbere (Rtd) voted suggest that the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) beat the PDP with an astronomical margin.
In unit 20, the PDP’s Candidate polled a total of 38 votes as against ACN’s 360. The ANPP got 2 votes while 33 were declared invalid.
In unit 19, PDP polled 32 while Oshiomhole’s ACN got 254. ANPP again got 2 while 1 vote was declared invalid.
In Unit 18, also in the same centre, Airhiavbere’s PDP got 65 votes while ACN scored 351 votes. ANPP and Labour Party got 1 vote each while 7 votes were voided.
Lastly in unit 21, the PDP scored 33 votes while the ACN got 270 votes. The ANPP got 2 votes, CPC, 1 and LP nil.
A summation of the results from the Centre showed that Charles Airhiavbere of PDP scored a total of 168 votes while ACN’s Adams Oshiomhole got 1,275, ANPP’s Solomon Edebiri got 4 votes and LP 1.
The PDP’s candidate who earlier told newsmen that the polls were free and fair in his unit however stormed out before the result was announcement.
Similarly, at Oba Akenzua Primary School housing Units, 22, 23, 24 and 25, the PDP’s candidate appeared to have been beaten convincingly. PDP received 50 votes as against ACN’s 756. The ANPP got 2 votes from the Centre while the remaining political parties got nothing.
The election was generally peaceful, free, fair and credible in the area as voters stayed behind to monitor the collation and counting of votes.
- Sahara Reporters
Election result in Benin ….imaguero colledge…acn …488…..pdp…..122.
Oredo College ACN -717. PDP – 148
Etsako Central Fugar Ward 2.
unit 7 PDP 169 ACN 129
unit 8 PDP 87 ACN 141
unit 2 PDP 96 ACN 133.
Edo Auchi Poly, 2012! RESULT
counted at Auchi Poly leaves ACN with 178 votes and PDP 18 votes.
Etsako Central Fugar Ward 2.
Unit 6 ACN 153 PDP 115.
Unit 5 ACN 76 PDP 70
Unit 3 ACN 137 PDP 120
Results for Ward 6, Oredo LGA Sapele road, Benin.
Unit 33 ACN 194; PDP 16;
Unit 34:ACN,199; PDP 13
Unit 14, Ward 10 Oza Primary School,
Oredo LGA, ACN 129 PDP 35.
Unit 018, ACN 14 PDP
35. Unit 12 ACN 121 PDP 19.
Unit 16 ACN 131 PDP 23.
Isiukhukhu unit in Adolor ward 3, in ovia north east LGA,
ACN: 122, PDP 17
Urhokpota hall final count,
ACN 235 PDP 37
Unit 4 Ezomo in Ora Adolo ward
ACN 152 PDP 21
Idia college ACN 7,923 PDP 262
ACN 7263 PDP 169
Ovia north east Adolor ward 3 co-operative unit
ACN 208, PDP 17
Ward 5 ovia north east.
ACN 832 PDP 236
weka Primary school, useh ward 7.
ACN. 2,298 PDP 89,
Ward 9 Asora Grammar school
Edo Election result, Oredo Ward 4 Unit 2 orokponta Hall ACN 223 PDP 37
Ward 2, unit 8: ACN 141, PDP 88, unit 7, ACN 169, PDP 129 in Fugar, Etsako
12:00 Large voter turnout, heavy presence of security personnel noticed, as governorship election goes underway in Edo.
Seven candidates are contesting the Edo state governorship election today:
Adams Oshiomhole – Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)
Andrew Igwemoh – Labour Party (LP)
Charles Airhiarvbere – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Frank Ukonga – Social Democratic Mega Party (SDMP).
Paul Orumwense - National Conscience Party (NCP)
Roland Izevbuwa – Congress for Progressive Change (CPC)
Solomon Edebiri – All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP)
Notes: The CPC candidate stepped down on Wednesday, but his name remains on the ballot.
- Business Day
Edo People’s Frontier, an independent monitoring group, estimates that 56,000 were disenfranchised in Benin City alone!
Aggrieved voters at New Era polling centre have vowed not to allow any result to be declared there.
Serious protest at New Era College on account of disenfranchised voters. People not allowing the CP to leave.
Voting started at Lamgbese at 1618hours. INEC officials had arrived at the polling centre at 1502hours.
- Daily Times
Arik flight w3232 from Enugu to Abuja scheduled to depart Enugu at about 10:00am was delayed until 11:40am due to reports of approaching bad weather in Abuja.
According to an eyewitness, in a rush to get to Abuja before the start of the rains the pilot ignored all warnings and took the aircraft and passengers through an extremely turbulent flight.
A passenger on the fight said, “People clung on to their seats for dear life with shouts and cries of Jesus”.
On landing at Abuja the plane almost skidded off of the runway and passengers had to wait on the aircraft for thirty minutes before disembarking due to heavy rains in Abuja.
“This is the hallmark of the flight delays and the resultant effects of lack of NCAA,” the passenger added.
- Daily Times
Minute-to-minute updates by Daily Times:
Results trickling in from Oba Market, Gapiona, Abudu, Ekiadolor and Egor all give ACN a comfortable lead.
Early results coming in from Etsako Central LGA give the ACN a slight lead.
Vote counting begins in parts of Ovia Local Government.
INEC brought a copy of a register that did not contain the pictures of the voters at Ward 12 Unit 17, Forestry Road, and though the 426 people who got disenfranchised claim to be properly registered voters, they have been denied their right to vote.
Central Primary School in Iruekpen, voting commenced a few minutes after 1400hours. The INEC officials have complain that the crowd is too much and they would stop people voting at a certain time which they refuse to reveal.