Teenager Set His Girlfriend Ablaze Over Infidelity; Says He Prefers Death To Imprisonment

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Victor Orji, 18, who allegedly murdered his girlfriend, Mariam Alabi, 24, opened up to Simon Utebor about what transpired and how he landed in police custody.

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Eighteen year old internet fraudster, Victor Orji

Read his full interview below:

1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Victor Orji, I am 18 years old. I was born on July 9, 2001. I am from Benue State. My mother is from Enugu State while my father is from Benue State Olatagba Abadi Local Government. I attended Al-Barka Primary School and I moved to Oduduwa Junior High School and I moved down to Gbagada Senior Grammar School, Lagos. I completed my secondary education in 2016.

2. The lady you set ablaze, who is now deceased, was said to be your girlfriend, when did you start dating?

We had been dating since February 28, 2019. I met her through a friend.

3. What was she doing when both of you met and became friends?

She was a sex worker. I was aware of that. Initially, our intention was not to date each other. I only wanted to have sex with her and pay her off.

4. How did you get yourself into this situation?

It started on a Monday. I gave her some money to make her hair. She went to Badagry for the hairdo because I did not have enough on me. On a normal day, if she wanted to make her hair, she used to go to Lagos Island to get it done. She left around 7:15am and returned around 8:30pm.

I tried to find out why she came back at that time. I told her the following day (Tuesday) to take her bag and leave. She immediately took her bag and she left. She came back on Wednesday with a female friend. I wasn’t at home at that time. When I got back and saw her and her friend, Olamide, I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to cause a scene while her friend was there. So, we settled our quarrel.

On Thursday, she said she wanted to see her sister who had just delivered a baby at Sango Ota in Ogun State. She also said she would use the opportunity to see her family. So, she left. But I wasn’t convinced she was going to see her family. So I called her mum and asked if she knew where her daughter was and her mother said no. But I told her what her daughter told me.

Her mum, unsure of what to say, gave flimsy excuses to cover up for her. I knew her mum always asked me to forgive her. I felt it was becoming the usual situation.

So, on Friday (of the same week), she returned in the night but before then, in the morning, I had called her. I had already blocked her number. I called to ask when she would return home but her phone was switched off. After calling her for about three hours without success, I blocked her line.

Then suddenly, she started calling me, but it indicated a private number. After calling several times, I picked up. She said, “Victor, I am at home now.”

At home, she said everything was fine. I told her her mother had said she did not know where she was. She responded by asking if her mother would know everywhere she went. Then I got angry again and told her to pack her bag and leave. She called someone; I suspected that the person said he was not around so there was no way she could go there that night. So, she begged me to forgive her and I left her alone but I was sure she called someone because I saw the name (Kunle).

I asked who Kunle was and she said it was one doctor that used to give her medicine. After her explanation, I forgave her and allowed her to stay but she slept in the sitting room and I slept in the bedroom. In the morning, I checked her phone after trying different passwords. I saw the number she called. I checked Snapchat and saw videos of her. She was in a hotel taking hard drugs and having fun. So I took the phone to the sitting room to confront her. I slapped her across the face and she woke up. She already knew what she did. She ran to the kitchen and locked the kitchen door.

I asked her why she closed the door and if I didn’t look like someone that could scold her. She didn’t respond. Then I went to the backyard and tried to come in through the door leading out. When I got in, she pointed a knife at me. I ran to the bedroom to pick up a mop. When she saw me with it, she threw the knife away and ran to the backyard where I kept my generator. There was a keg of petrol there; she brought out the petrol.

5. Are you saying she was the one who brought out the petrol?

Yes. She was saying, “Victor, if you want to kill me, kill me”. I was able to overpower her. I put the keg of petrol down and went inside to get a lighter. I snapped the lighter.

6. Are you denying that you doused her with petrol?

It not like I doused her with the fuel. She was with the fuel but in the process of trying to take the keg of petrol from her, the fire started. I was the one that picked up the lighter and used it.

7. Were you not aware of the implication of such an action?

When I was in school I read a lot about fire, gas and lot of that, I was not thinking properly at that moment.

I wasn’t even angry or happy. I don’t know what really happened.

8. Did you actually weigh the consequences of your action?

I wasn’t thinking. When she was on fire, I ran outside to pick up a fire extinguisher but I didn’t know it was beside me because I wasn’t thinking. I even opted for water but I once heard that water would worsen something like.

I ran to the bedroom to get a duvet which I used to cover her immediately to put out the fire. It wasn’t even up to a minute, let me just say it all happened in about 59 seconds because everything happened really fast.

9. What did you do after that?

I called her mother and told her I had burnt her daughter and she hung up. I was confused and began to shout for help. Instead, people tied me up.

10. Now that the law has caught up with you, how prepared are you to face the consequences?

I won’t lie, I am not prepared. If I had taken a second to think about it, I would not be in this mess. I am still young; I have dreams and goals to accomplish in my life.

Within the little time we spent together, I understood her. She did things that she was not proud of and I was the only one that understood that. She said she had a five-year-old child and had to go through a lot of things. She had to leave her father’s house and that led her into prostitution. She said some friends introduced her to prostitution. She also told me she was going to stop and that she needed someone to take care of her, so I promised to take care of her.

11. How old was she?

She told me she was going to be 24 years old on December 28, 2019.

12. That means she was about six years older than you?

When I was in school, I never had a girlfriend. And when I was looking for a girlfriend, I met her and felt she was more experienced in life and would be able to guide me. Also, I felt that because of the things she had gone through, she wouldn’t behave like other girls out there. I felt I wouldn’t have to worry that she was going to cheat on me, especially since she also had a child.

13. What were you doing for a living?

I was into Internet fraud. I had been doing since 2016.

14. How much did you make from fraud?

What I used to get was not so much. At times, I got $1,500, at times $1,000. I’m really good at saving. I don’t like going out. I might just stay at home for like three months and save.

15. How were you operating your ‘Yahoo’ business?

I always used Instagram. I would go to some pages and follow people. Once they accepted, I would send them a message. From there, relationship would develop. If I realised that the person was interested, other things would follow. I could make demands, etc. You can’t get anything from some people.

16. The law has already caught up with you. What do you have to say about this incident?

There’s always consequence for every action. This is the consequence of my own action.

17. Are you prepared to face the consequences?

I’m scared but I know that between going to jail and facing death, I prefer death.

18. You mean you prefer death to serving jail term?

Yes; I prefer death. I cannot go to jail for two months. If I go to jail, my life will be messed up.

19. So you prefer to be killed for killing your girlfriend?

Yes, because that’s what everybody is saying now. They are saying something like “I’m not supposed to be human – that I must be an animal to have killed someone”. I didn’t even do intentionally. But it has happened.

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Hunt for veg lobber as second car damaged by ‘turnip the size of football’ hurled from bridge – Devon Live

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A second car has been damaged by a large vegetable which is believed to have been thrown from an overpass above a busy Devon road.

Paula Clifford said a large root vegetable, believed to be a turnip, was hurled from the bridge and hit the front of her car – causing £700 worth of damage.

The incident left her shaking and tearful and she believes if the turnip had gone through her windscreen it would have killed.

It happened in the same spot as a similar incident which we reported yesterday, when a swede damaged Steve Anderson’s Range Rover to the value of £1,000.

It’s understood these two incidents are the latest in a long line of damage caused by items including potatoes and rocks that have been thrown at moving cars.

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Paula, 49, had been driving home in her Hyundai IX35 from Newton Abbot to Paignton on the A380 South Devon Expressway around 9.30pm on November 8.

She said: “I had been driving with cruise control on when it smashed into the front bumper.

“It’s lucky I’d had cruise control on because if my feet had been on the pedals I’m sure I would have crashed.

“At first I thought it was a pumpkin.  It hit the front of the car and then shot off to the side.  It caused monster damage, completely annihilated the front bumper.

“If it had hit the windscreen I’d be dead.”

Paula said she drove straight to a friend’s house nearby.

She said: “I was in absolute shock.  I got to my friends house and just burst into tears – I couldn’t use the phopne to call the police because I was shaking so much.”

When she had calmed down Paula inspected the damage and found some of the missile still lodged in her car.

She said: “It was definitely some sort of vegetable, either a swede or a turnip.

“Judging by what was left it must have been very big and hard, about the size of a football.”

The vegetable caused £700 worth of damage to Paula’s car, which she has had to claim through her insurance.

She said: “I’ve had to pay a £150 excess and my premium will now increase too.

“I reported it to the police but over the last few weeks I’ve seen lots and lots of similar reports on Facebook – and the Devon Live’s report yesterday.

“Something has got to be done about this.  I’m too scared to drive that stretch of road at night now in case it happens again.

“There will be a fatality soon, it’s scary.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police on 101 quoting crime reference number CR/101314/19.

Yesterday we reported how £1,000 worth of damage had been caused to Steve Anderson’s Range Rover when a swede was thrown from the same bridge.

He said: “If it had gone through my window I’d be dead, I could have been killed.

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“The force of it hitting the car was so great I wondered at first if I had hit a person or large animal.”

Steve is now offering a £250 reward for anyone who provides information that leads to a prosecution in relation to the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log number 784 of 01/12/2019.

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Naples Senior Center offers drum circle twice a month to senior members

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Naples Senior Center members move to beat of a drum


Liz Freeman


Naples Daily News
Updated 8:00 AM EST Nov 26, 2019

Martha Davis arrives early for drum circle at Naples Senior Center, a giveaway she’s fond of the activity.

“It just makes you feel happy,” Davis, 82, said. “I know it’s healthy for us. (Afterward) I’m full of energy I didn’t have before.”

The 45-minute drum circle sessions began earlier this year as an experiment to see if it held any appeal to members. The center offers 40 different programs each week to keep seniors engaged and active.

Scheduled initially for once a month, attendance at the drum circle quickly mushroomed. The center’s purchase of eight drums didn’t suffice.

Now drum circle is twice a month. The center has purchased a dozen drums and counting.

Jim Sernovitz, 74, is a volunteer who leads drum circle. He wasn’t surprised how quickly it became popular with the seniors.

Drum instructor Jim Sernovitz, center, leads the drum circle, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at the Naples Senior Center.
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“It helps everybody. With drums, you really don’t have to know a lot about music. In a group, it is so loud if you make a mistake, nobody knows.”

The drumming provides exercise through the hand movement, and the vibration can be a stress reliever.

“You feel good when you are done,” he said.

Jackie Faffer, the center’s president and CEO, said drum circle provides members with a connection to others and a sense of interpersonal support.

“This epitomizes the purpose of Naples Senior Center,” she said. “We are all about connecting, energizing and supporting all who participate in our programs. And, when you see the smiles on the faces of our drummers, you know we are also all about having a good time, too.”

Mary-Rina Longo, left, Terry Butts and Carolyn Mulligan participate in a drum circle class, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at the Naples Senior Center.
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Sernovitz started a recent session with some warm up drumming before picking up the tempo. Most of the participants in a recent session were women, except for Art Sturm, 86. He started coming to drum circle three months ago.

“It kind of relaxes me,” Sturm said, adding that he likes it when Sernovitz picks up the pace.

Drum circle events are plentiful in Southwest Florida, with gatherings held in Cambier Park in Naples, at Shangri-La Springs in Bonita Springs and in Centennial Park in Fort Myers, according to a public Facebook page, Fort Myers Drum Circle.

Participants play drums in a drum circle class, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at the Naples Senior Center.
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The Naples center purchased djembe drums, which hail from West Africa. The drum traditionally is carved from a single piece of African hardwood with animal skin as the drumhead, according to a detailed history on the website, drumconnection.com, and is affiliated with a drum circle program in Boston.

Numerous websites refer to health benefits of drum circles as a way to address stress, provide a sense of belonging and a connection to others. Drumming is a way to decrease anxiety and depression, and can improve motor skills and energy.

Terry Butts plays her drum during a drum circle class, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at the Naples Senior Center.
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For Terry Butts, 89, the drum circle at the senior center doesn’t help with her essential tremor, a neurological condition that causes involuntary shaking, but it makes her feel good.

“I love it,” she said. “I like the rhythm. I like the camaraderie.”

The drum circle helps her forget that she’s got essential tremor.

 “I don’t think about it, and the people here are nice,” she said.

Mary-Rina Longo participates in a drum circle class, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at the Naples Senior Center.
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Naples Senior Center is located at 5025 Castello Drive.

For more information, go to naplesseniorcenter.org or call 239-325-4444.

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Stoned to death by her own family: Mysterious grave of 8-year-old girl in Dadu sparks horror

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Another day, another tragedy. The bone-chilling grave of 8-year-old Gul Sama in Sindh’s Dadu has sparked fear and horror. The incident came to limelight on Saturday after police initiated an investigation into the matter.

According to the available reports, the case occurred in the remote village of Wahi Pandi and came to public knowledge after the rumors surfaced that a minor girl has been allegedly stoned to death by her own relatives for dishonoring her family. After kick-starting the investigation, the police detained a man named Maulvi Mumtaz Leghari, who performed final funeral prayers of the victim in a village near Shahi Makan.

Police registered an FIR against six people, Ali Nawaz, son of Shahnawaz Rind, Sami, son of Wahid Bux Rind, and four unidentified persons, based on the information they have collected initially. Maulvi Leghari has also been implicated in the case for ‘hiding the crime’.

Area residents said that a few days ago, a jirga was held and the leader had declared a fatwa to stone the girl to death under the karo-kari tradition.

Karo-Kari is a commonly used name for honor killing in Pakistan. According to the tribal tradition in remote areas of Sindh and Balochistan, if a girl or a boy is found to have extra or pre-marital affairs, they are declared as ‘Kari’ and the death of the victim is viewed as a way to restore the reputation and honor of the family.

“The girl was a minor but her age has not been confirmed even by her parents. The matter is being investigated.”

According to Maulvi Mushtaq, the victim’s relatives came to him at 8 pm on 22nd November and informed that he has to perform her funeral. He went along them to buy the necessities for her final prayers. Then he asked them about the age of the deceased, to which they responded that she is 8-year-old.

On the other hand, Sama’s father says that she was not murdered or stoned to death. They claim that she was playing with her friends when a stone from a mountain fell on her head. However, they are no mountains in the locality.

The police said that it is a serious matter and a case has been registered on the state’s behalf. After legal formalities are fulfilled, the body will be dug out of the grave for post-mortem.

SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNITY DEMANDS JUSTICE FOR GUL SAMA

Grave of 10 year old Gul Sama stoned to death for “honor” in Wahi Pandhi, Dadu, after she was declared ‘Kari’ by the members of a Jirga.
14 year old Huma Masih abducted and forcibly converted in Karachi.
Prosperous, peaceful and tolerant #Sindh has been thrown into dark ages. pic.twitter.com/dyfKoclS9U

— Ayaz Latif Palijo (@AyazLatifPalijo)

Here lies a 10 year old Gul Sama who was declared “KAARI” by the jirga in Dadu, Wahi Paandhi. After the jirga decision, she was stoned to death in the name of “honor” and buried like this. Look at any 10 year old child around you and tell me how a child could be declared Kaari? pic.twitter.com/2lZ74GtgJl

— hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia🌈 (@Kanjarology)

Every animal involved in this gruesome murder of this 10-year old little kid deserves to be hanged in public. These people don’t deserve to be called human. #JusticeForGulSama

Die with shame @BBhuttoZardari @BakhtawarBZ. #بھٹو_مرے_تو_سندھ_جیئے pic.twitter.com/160228FRR4

— Jawad (@WoShakhs)

Why the Government @BBhuttoZardari @OfficialDGISPR consistently failing to protect our innocent children? First we faced barbaric MQM and now honour killings and conversations. Wake up.

— Rafaqat.Sapra (@RafaqatSapra)

Can some one find me a single verse for stonning in Quran..?? Lashes yes according to who and whom adultery was committed … but stoning … I admit my ignorance could not find a single verse about stoning in it…

— Afat qiamat (@afatqiamat)

Sindh has always been in dark ages and it will stay there lest people will stand against pppp and waderas…

— باگڑ بلا (@khalaimakhloq3)

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Dog in the Middle of Road Hit by Alam Flora Lorry, Netizens Believe It Might Be Intentional

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There have been so many animal abuse cases in Malaysia to a point where we can hardly keep up anymore. The interesting thing is that a lot of these animal abuse incidents revolve around government workers, such as municipal council dog catchers, and now, Alam Flora truck drivers.

The A Fortress of Fur Facebook page took to their profile to share a video sent to them by a mystery netizen, in which a dog chilling in the middle of the road was knocked down by an Alam Flora truck.

Informer alleged that this Alam Flora driver purposely knocked down the dog to death despite seeing him sitting there. The cries were so loud his other dog friends were concerned and came to help. 😭Hope police will investigate this as serious as the laundry cat case. A report will be lodged soon.

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They had written, “Informer alleged that this Alam Flora driver had purposefully knocked down the dog to death despite seeing him sitting there. The cries were so loud that his other dog friends were concerned and came to help. Hope the police will investigate this as seriously as the laundry cat case. A report will be lodged soon.”

The dog was clearly standing in the middle of the road with nothing obstructing it, which makes it very believable that the driver hit the dog intentionally.

Some netizens on the other hand, pointed out an important question. If he wanted to hit the dog, why would he then stop the truck to check on it?

Hence, some have called it an accident instead of an animal abuse case for the driver might have been distracted or on his phone when he hit the dog.

Source: Facebook

This comment goes, “He may have been chatting away or doing something on his phone. If he were to purposefully hit the dog, he wouldn’t stop. Whatever it is though, pity the dog.”

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This netizen said, “Blind spot or probably on the phone.”

Nonetheless, even if it was an accident instead of an intentional hit, what the driver did was still wrong, and we hope that he at least tried to help the dog instead of leaving it there to suffer and die.

What do you think?

Did the driver stop the truck to check on the dog because he didn’t intend to hit it, or did he stop the truck to watch the dog suffer after intentionally hitting it?

Let us know in the comments section below.

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      How do you think you would do if you were contestants on RuPauls Drag Race?
      Graham Norton:Poorly.
      Alan Carr: Before I started dressing up as women in sketches, I thought: I bet because Im not a looker as a man, Im one of those ones that, when you put on the make up, I am quite something quite stunning. And no. It just doesnt translate.

      Ive seen the first episode of your show and it is a lot more messy and anarchic than the US version.
      Alan:Drag queens in the UK, they survive it all theres a hen party, a stag party, people throwing beer bottles. They work not on their heels, but on their wits.
      Graham: Even the ones that arent funny are funny. Suddenly, you realise how unfunny some of the American ones are.

      Do you think the UK version might get lost in translation?
      Graham: Funny is funny, I think.
      Alan: I sort of hope it does get a little bit lost. I had to go in and tell RuPaul who Kim Woodburn [the TV personality and cleaner] is. How can you explain to Americans who Kim Woodburn is? Its just nice, for once in my life, to not be the campest one in the room.

      Do you ever find that you check yourselves in public any more that you worry about people recognising that youre gay?
      Alan: I give up with all that. I give up.
      Graham: But I understand it. I mean, sometimes you do, because if you feel like someones gonna punch you, then yes, you do. Still, now, you know. Its funny when people talk about coming out, because you want to say to them: it never ends. You think you come out and thats the end of it. No. Because then its the first nice day of the year and the cab driver says something about Oh, I love the summer, you know, theyve all got their tits out, and youre like: is this a moment? Is this worth my time? Do I reveal myself?

      Do you still encounter a loathing of camp among some straight-acting gay men?
      Graham: I think you do in that, still, straight acting is an ideal. And thats just part of our sexuality. Were all prone to that. I remember seeing a BBC Three thing about young gays down in Brighton, and my name came up, and the idea of being me was just horrific to them. And it broke my heart, because they were me. I just thought: But you are little mes, you are the fey, camp ones.
      Alan: I say to Graham, do you remember when we used to get slagged off by the snooty gays, you know: Oh, camp is that really how gay men should be portrayed? I mean, look at whats come since, love. Were like Vin Diesel and Sylvester Stallone, compared with that. Camp is different things to different people. Did you ever watch Dynasty? What about when the son came out as gay and had a fight? That, to me, was the stirring.
      Graham: No, my stirring was Alain Delon in The Yellow Rolls-Royce. He took his shirt off. And I remember trying to discuss with a boy at school how lovely his back was.

      How did he respond?
      Graham: Well, it was a nice car!

      Alan

      Bring it on Alan Carr, Michelle Visage, Graham Norton, judges of RuPauls Drag Race UK season one, with contestants. Photograph: James Spawforth/BBC

      Youre both known as chat show hosts. Who have been your worst and best guests?
      Alan: Im not going down that road. I mean, booking for a chat show is when you are on Channel 4 and youre not
      Graham Norton it is pulling teeth. [Turns to Graham] One time you had David Beckham on, just as an amuse-bouche. He just came out for 10 minutes and then went away! And Im like: Oh no, which reality star am I talking to today?
      Graham: But at Channel 4 when we started we had exactly the same thing. For that audience you have to push things further and its ruder and I think publicists get really nervous. So actually on BBC One where its nice, everythings lovely, its much easier to welcome people on.
      Alan: Towards the end of Chatty Man I just found that they wanted more vitriol. Then the monologue at the end was becoming a nightmare. I mean, you would go to a function and you would be like: Oh my God, Simon Cowell is coming along in his built-up shoes. You cant keep pushing the envelope, because socially you become a pariah. And the people you slag off in the monologues, when you meet them, theyre actually quite lovely. And its the people you like who are the complete arseholes.

      Do you think comedians should be worried about cancel culture [where someone is called out or boycotted online]?
      Alan: Its a nightmare. I just feel that if standup comedy disappears, where do you go … I dont know. Let me have a think about this. It does wind me up.
      Graham: Im in two minds about it. On the one hand, I think its annoying that youre being told what to say But funny continues you just have to be slightly cleverer about what youre funny about. When alternative comedy began, it was saying, OK, Bernard Mannings act: that doesnt exist any more. And I think we have started to drift back to Bernard Manning. People are using really lazy targets in a kind of look at us, we can say anything way. I think theres nothing fearless about soft targets. Its actually the opposite of fearless. Youre picking on people who dont have a defence, who dont have a voice.

      Graham, do you ever miss the camp smuttiness of your old Channel 4 show, So Graham Norton?
      Graham: I dont. Because [that kind of thing is] still on the telly, if you want that. Its there. But happily, its not being presented by a 56-year-old man. Because I think that it was already getting quite dodgy by the time I stopped doing it, in my 40s. And it just becomes unseemly.

      Alan
      Youve already broken so many rules just to get on stage. It gives you a freedom and theres something dangerous about drag still, and I enjoy that Alan Carr and Graham Norton. Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian

      What do you mean by dodgy?
      Graham: I think its unseemly for someone of a certain age to be doing all of that. I still find it funny, but not as funny as I did. Things shock me now that wouldnt have shocked me when I was 25. Im a bit like [sharp intake of breath] he said cunt twice! Maybe I have become more sensitive.
      I always think its weird when people talk about jokes and what you can do, or you cant say anything now. And its like, the only people stopping you are your audience. They decide whats funny and whats not funny. There isnt some weird comedy police. If I came out in front of my audience on a Thursday night and did some of those jokes we did [on
      So Graham Norton], the audience would just look ashen. And they wouldnt like it. It is partly, I think, because of Twitter and things now, where theres so much bile and viciousness out there that people dont want that in their entertainment.

      Did you see the online backlash against drag queen Baga Chipz when she was announced as a contestant on UK Drag Race? It was because of an old article in which she said it was OK for gay people to vote Tory in the 2017 general election.
      Alan: Well, thats her opinion, isnt it? Its an opinion. Its dangerous when you start telling people they cant have an opinion on something. And, you know, you dont cancel someone, you engage with someone. Thats the problem. I think thats why I was struggling with the cancelling thing. Because it doesnt actually cancel if anything it gives people more column inches. Doesnt anyone make any mistakes any more?
      Graham: Apparently, they do.
      Alan: It sounds like I work at Hallmark, but every day is a journey and you get better and thats the whole point of life.
      Graham: Try working at the BBC. Easy for you to say, Mr ITV over there. Going back to the comedy, I think there is something about drag that gives performers licence to do stuff. Every performer that gets on stage has a persona, youre never truly yourself it doesnt matter who you are. Youre putting something on, but I think, because in drag you are hidden, you can say and do things and an audience will allow you to do them. Like [US drag queen] Bianca Del Rio does material that no one else is doing Joan Rivers type stuff. A proper insult comic. And that isnt that popular right now. But shes getting away with it.

      It does seem that with drag queens the bar for what is deemed acceptable is slightly lower.
      Alan: Because youre otherworldly: your rules dont apply to this world.
      Graham: Youve already broken so many rules just to get on stage. It gives you a freedom and theres something dangerous about drag still, and I enjoy that.

      Do you think things are getting worse for LGBT people in Britain?
      Graham: Well, theyre certainly repetitive. Why does anyone study history? Why do we bother?
      Alan: The one thing you do learn from history is that you dont learn from history. Its becoming a bit of a minefield just the semantics and the language. I feel as if we cant really get to the problems, because we have to tiptoe through this minefield of language. It would be nice just to get it all out on the table and discuss, but I think sometimes social media can blur all that.
      Graham: Twitter, I think, must destroy some young gays. If you stick your head above the parapet and you retweet the wrong thing, or you comment on the wrong thing, suddenly you must think the world is so ugly, and so horrible. And I think thats properly dangerous. Because when youre a kid, the one thing you dont know is that this is just going to blow over. And even though people are saying they want to rip your head off and shit down your throat, theyre never going to say boo to you if they see you in the street.

      Alan, I read somewhere that you live on a farm with Julian Clary and Paul OGrady. Is that true?
      Alan: No! I mean it sounds like the most amazing sitcom, but yeah, its been said that I live on a farm with Paul OGrady and Julian Clary, and I would love it to be true, but its not. I dont know where that came from.
      Graham: But you do farm, dont you?
      Alan: Well, I just mince around in some wellies [on his husband, Pauls farm]. I am so crap down there, because its all shit and death. You see an animal on its side and youre like: Please be a narcoleptic, please dont be dying, please be having a kip. I cant bear it.

      So theres no chance of you doing a farming show on telly?
      Alan: No. Listen, Ive had the phone calls. I know how they want me they want me pulling a cows teat, screaming Ah! Ah! [mimes milking a cow]. They want another Rebecca Loos.

      So, just to bring it back to drag
      Graham: Speaking of death and shit.

      Do you think drag is here to stay in mainstream culture or is it just having a moment?
      Graham: When Drag Race started, drag was nobodys first choice. Something had happened in your life. You failed at something else. Or you were hiding from something or there was some story before you got to the moment where you were dressed as a woman, lip syncing. I think thats changed. There are now children growing up thinking: I want to be a drag queen.
      Alan: It will never go away. I mean, listen, you know, in the Bible obviously I havent read it for ages
      Graham: Well, we didnt expect this, did we! We did not see this coming.
      Alan: Wasnt there something in the Bible about how [men] should never wear womens clothes or the other sexs clothes, what was that all about? Theres something about transvestism and drag in the Bible, I swear it. So its been around for ages. I think it will be around for ever because it is a state of mind. Theres a male energy and a female energy and I think you get it in performers like Prince, Michael Jackson, George Michael, David Bowie there is something magnetic in that fight between male and female going on before your eyes. And I feel in good drag you cant take your eyes off of it.
      Graham: That is really true.
      Alan: Thats actually deep. But cut out the Bible bit. I think we all knew I was out of my depth.
      Graham: I hope drag is here to stay because I really enjoy it. Instagram drag may go away the idea of boys sitting in their bedrooms painting their faces. But actual drag performers Its midnight ladies and gentlemen, please welcome thats going to go on for ever.

      RuPauls Drag Race UK starts on BBC Three on 3 October at 8pm and will be exclusively available on BBC iPlayer

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      Eggs extracted from the last 2 northern white rhinos may save the species

      Eggs extracted from the last 2 northern white rhinos may save the species - CNN

      (CNN)Only beeps from medical monitoring equipment broke the silence as veterinarians harvested eggs from the last two northern white rhinos on the planet.

      The team successfully gathered the eggs Thursday from the two female rhinos, who live at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. The outcome was made possible by years of research, testing and practicing the procedure.
      “Both the technique and the equipment had to be developed entirely from scratch,” Professor Thomas Hildebrandt from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Germany said in a press release. “We were able to harvest a total of 10 oocytes – five from Najin and five from Fatu – showing that both females can still provide eggs and thus help to save these magnificent creatures.”
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        The egg extraction is just the one part of a long journey to keep the northern white rhino from becoming extinct.
        Najin and Fatu, the two rhinos, are not able to carry a pregnancy themselves. Researchers will attempt to artificially inseminate their eggs with frozen sperm from a northern white rhino. If researchers can produce embryos, they would be transferred to a female southern white rhino who would act as a surrogate.

        ‘A tangible reality’

        The last male of the species, named Sudan, died of natural causes in March 2018. Another male, Suni, died in 2014. Sperm from both males was cryogenically frozen with the hope that someday the technology would advance enough to use it in reproduction.
        “Yesterday’s operation means that producing a northern white rhino embryo in vitro — which has never been done before — is a tangible reality for the first time,” Cesare Galli from Avantea, an Italian laboratory that specializes in animal reproduction, said in a press release.
        The harvested eggs were airlifted from Kenya to Italy, where the Avantea laboratory will fertilize the eggs in vitro with the sperm from the decreased males.
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        A lot of humans from across the world were involved. It was a team effort by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Germany, Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic, Avantea laboratory in Italy, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Kenya Wildlife Service.
        Having another species carry the embryos of the near-extinct species is something researchers have been exploring for awhile.
        While the northern and southern white rhinos are distinct subspecies, they are closer than previously thought, according to a study published last year in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
        In July, a southern white rhino gave birth to a baby boy at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. It was the first artificial insemination birth of the species in North America, the zoo said.
        Eggs extracted from the last 2 northern white rhinos may save the species - CNN
        The birth of the baby rhino was especially important because it meant the artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer worked. Once the whole process has been perfected in southern white rhinos, it could be used in other endangered species, the zoo said.
          “On the one hand Ol Pejeta is saddened that we are now down to the last two northern white rhinos on the planet, a testament to the profligate way the human race continues to interact with the natural world around us,” Richard Vigne, managing director of Ol Pejeta, said in a press release.
          “However we are also immensely proud to be part of the groundbreaking work which is now being deployed to rescue this species,” he said. “We hope it signals the start of an era where humans finally start to understand that proper stewardship of the environment is not a luxury but a necessity.”

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          Miami Marlins apologise for blaming rival Rays for death of Steve Irwin

          The Miami Marlins have said sorry after their official Twitter account blamed their cross-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays, for the death of TV presenter Steve Irwin

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          The Miami Marlins have said sorry after their official Twitter account blamed their cross-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays, for the death of TV presenter Steve Irwin.

          Floridas two Major League Baseball teams have just finished a two-game series, which was swept by the Rays. The teams Twitter accounts had been engaged in a back-and-forth during the series, until the Marlins decided to change the subject from baseball to Australian conservationists. yOURE LITERALLY THE ANIMAL THAT KILLED STEVE IRWIN LOG OFF, read a statement on the Marlins Twitter account on Sunday. Irwin was killed after a stingrays barb penetrated his heart while he was snorkeling in 2006.

          Andy Slater (@AndySlater)

          JUST IN: Marlins statement.

          This was a regrettable exchange by our otherwise creative social media team. Unfortunately, in this medium, sometimes we swing and miss, and this was definitely a miss.

          Spokesman says the matter has been addressed internally. pic.twitter.com/W5mKgyUonI

          August 5, 2019

          Shortly afterwards the teams account tweeted an apology. Like everyone who grew up watching him, we miss Steve. Were so sorry to have made light of his passing, read the message.

          On Monday the Marlins released an official apology. This was a regrettable exchange by our otherwise creative social media team. Unfortunately, in this medium, sometimes we swing and miss, and this was definitely a miss, read the statement.

          The Marlins have lost 67 games this season, have the worst record in the National League and the lowest attendance in the entire MLB.

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          Baby rhino is America’s first born from artificial insemination

          Southern white rhino calf at San Diego Zoo raises hopes for the future of wild rhinoceroses

          The bumbling, sleepy rhino calf at San Diego Zoo is sure to delight animal lovers around the world. But for conservation scientists, his birth has additional meaning it marks a significant step toward saving wild rhino populations from the edge of extinction.

          The newborn southern white rhino is the first in North America, and the third in the world, born as the result of artificial insemination.

          His mother Victoria, who carried the calf for 493 days, stayed calm during her 30-minute labor on Sunday, the zoo announced.

          Victoria is doing a great job as a mother, said Barbara Durrant, director of reproductive sciences at San Diego Zoo Global, the not-for-profit organization that runs the zoo. And the calf is doing great. As soon as Victoria took the placenta off him, he was moving. He stood very quickly, and of course, he was very wobbly.

          At two days old, he is steadying himself. And though he stays close to his mother, appears to be growing curious about his surroundings, she reported. The zoo has yet to announce a name for the calf.

          He is very cute, but he has much greater significance, said Durrant. The birth of the new southern rhino calf is part of a plan to save the northern white rhino a related subspecies whose population has dwindled to two.

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          The calf stands on its wobbly legs at the zoos Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center. Photograph: Ken Bohn/AP

          Whereas populations of southern white rhinos have recovered and stabilized, thanks to a century of protection and management, northern white rhinos have been decimated by hunting during the colonial era and poaching in recent years. The last male northern white rhino died in March, and only two females of the species remain.

          Durrant and her colleagues at the San Diego Zoo hope that eventually the six female southern white rhinos under their care, including Victoria, will serve as surrogates for northern white rhino embryos, helping revive the population.

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          BIG NEWS: The pitter patter of little hooves at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center ushered in a historic milestone yesterday as Victoria gave birth to a healthy male calf.

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