14 years old man charged for raping his mother in Mastic Beach.

A 14-year-old boy in Mastic Beach Home county has been arrested and taken Into police custody for allegedly breaking into mother’s bedroom, and forced her to bed during the night hours.

According to police reports, the 14-year-old, whose name will not be released because he is a minor, reportedly broke in the Mastic Beach home when his mother was totally in a sleep.

Investigators said the mother, 23, heard noises from downstairs and locked herself and her four-year-old daughter inside an upstairs bedroom. 

The police have registered a case under IPC sections 362 (2) (n) and 506 against the accused, saying the mother and the accused lived in the same house.

The incident took place when the suspect went to sleep in his room, woke up at around 12 am and went to his mother’s room and committed the crime.

When the mother resisted and screamed, the accused gagged her mouth with a cloth. He had also threatened her that, if she informed anyone about the incident he would kill her. The accused sexually assaulted her again the next morning.

Presently, the mother is being treated as an inpatient at government hospital.

The accused is married and his wife is staying in her parents’ house. The police are questioning the accused and further investigation is on.

Police distributed surveillance video that showed the suspect walking around the neighborhood before breaking into his mother’s house in Mastic Beach.

The suspect is described as black, one wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt and dark pants with a white strip.

Authorities received tips and used DNA evidence to link the suspect to the violent crime. 

The teenager has pleaded not guilty to all the counts he was charged with. He will be tried as a juvenile and faces a maximum prison penalty of ten years.

My client maintains his innocence and denies these charges,’ the suspect’s lawyer, Christopher Gioe, told the media.

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So Terrible as Catholic priest commit suicide.

A Catholic priest took his own life days after learning police were investigating him over a ‘historic allegation’, a coroner has ruled.

Canon Michael McCoy, 57, was found dead at his apartment in Newcastle on April 10 last year.

An inquest heard that a week earlier, on April 3, an incident involving Mr McCoy had been reported to Northumbria Police. A ‘very brief account’ was obtained from the complainant a day later. 

Mr McCoy, who was Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, was visited by officers on April 6 and told that a historic allegation had been made against him, and that he would be invited for a voluntary interview at some stage.

Detective Sergeant Julie Beattie, of Northumbria Police’s child and adult protection department, said Mr McCoy was ‘upset’ but said he would seek his own support from friends and colleagues.

The inquest at Newcastle Coroner’s Court heard Mr McCoy voluntarily withdrew from his ministry in the cathedral and moved into an Airbnb.

Angela Richardson, safeguarding coordinator for the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, said she spoke to him after his visit from the police.

She told the inquest: ‘He was visibly shaken, he was upset, he was shocked following the visit from the police and the allegations that had been made.’

Ms Richardson said she told Mr McCoy the diocese would look at alternative accommodation for him as ‘normally in these circumstances it’s inappropriate for the priest to remain in that setting’.

She said that did not need to happen in the coming days but Mr McCoy contacted her on April 8 to say he ‘couldn’t stay in the cathedral any longer’.

‘He felt everybody knew and it was an impossible position,’ Ms Richardson said.

He was in the cathedral but wasn’t able to be involved in ministry he found this upsetting and didn’t feel he could stay.

The inquest heard Mr McCoy found his own Airbnb but ‘wasn’t happy there’ and was looking for alternative accommodation before he died.

Ms Richardson said: ‘I suggested he could either return to the cathedral in the interim or if he was really unhappy, the diocese could fund hotel accommodation.

‘He said he would stay there that evening. He felt he wanted to source his own accommodation, he wanted to have some control over where he lived.’

The inquest heard that on April 10 a man attended Mr McCoy’s apartment ‘as part of the provision of support for him’ and became concerned when he did not get an answer.

The concierge service helped him gain access to the apartment, where Mr McCoy was found dead.

Ms Beattie said Mr McCoy had not left a note, and his mobile phone and tablet had been factory reset, and nothing could be retrieved from them.

Ms Richardson said concerns had been raised about Mr McCoy in 2007 and 2010 but the nature of this was not revealed.

The inquest heard a professional standards investigation by Northumbria Police after Mr McCoy’s death ‘found no concerns and no missed opportunities to safeguard him further.

An investigation by the diocese also concluded there was nothing ‘that could or should have been done differently’ to prevent Mr McCoy’s death, and there were no concerns at the time that he was a risk to himself.

Medical records showed he had an anxiety disorder but no history of suicidal thoughts or self-harm.

Senior Coroner Karen Dilks found Mr McCoy ‘initiated his death in association with an historic allegation against him.

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President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, in an interview defended Putin for his inhumane action.

The Belarus President, Alexander Lukashenko has claimed his support for the Russian president, Vladimir Putin for his action toward the people of Ukraine.

The whole city of Ukraine has been under the attack of the Russian troops as streets, buildings, roads, and bridges are destroyed.

Airstrike missiles and rockets have destroyed most of the cities in Ukraine and it has claimed lots of innocent lives.

The Russian invasion has made other European countries and powerful nations stand against Russia and its government.

While other countries are trying their best to stop the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, in an interview defended Putin for his inhumane action.

He said that he is fully in support of the Russian president for invading the cities of Ukraine.

He claimed that Putin’s action is just trying to see how friendly and integral Ukraine is, and not occupying the territory of Ukraine.

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Joe Biden appoints Karine Jean Pierre as white House press Secretary.

United States President Joe Biden, on Thursday announced Karine Jean-Pierre as White House Press Secretary, the first Black woman to hold the post.

Jean-Pierre, 44-year-old daughter of Haitian immigrants, will replace Jen Psaki, who was originally expected to serve for only the first year of Biden’s term.

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No fewer than 53 persons reportedly killed in a building collapse in China.

A building collapse one week ago in central China killed 53 people, state media reported Friday as the search of the large pile of debris ended after rescuers found 10 survivors.

Authorities said at a news conference that all the missing had been accounted for as of 3:00 a.m., state broadcaster CCTV said in an online post.

The residential and commercial building in the city of Changsha suddenly collapsed the afternoon of April 29. Aerial photos showed it pancaked to about the second story between other buildings about six stories tall.

At least nine people have been arrested on suspicion of ignoring building codes or committing other violations.

Survivors were pulled out of the rubble over several days. The 10th and last one was pulled out shortly after midnight on Thursday, five and a half days after the collapse.

All of the survivors were reportedly in good condition after being treated in a hospital.

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Darier disease or Keratosis Follicularis is an autosomal disorder.

Definition

Darier disease (DAR Darier disease Dyskeratosis Follicularis Darier White disease/ Keratosis follicularis) is a rare, often chronic, genetic disorder characterized primarily by non-contagious skin changes.

Darier disease or Keratosis Follicularis is an autosomal disorder, meaning that a single gene inherited from one parent causes this disease. Like Hailey-Hailey disease, Darier Disease is also grouped as a hereditary acantholytic dermatosis. Skin changes commonly start in adolescence.

Flare-ups of Darier Disease or Keratosis Follicularis are triggered by tight-fitting clothes, humidity, stress and sun exposure. Darier disease affects both men and women equally and is not contagious.

Majority of the patients develop symptoms of Darier Disease or Keratosis Follicularis before the age of 30. Many patients can also have this disease in a mild form of which they are not aware of. Individuals with severe Darier Disease have chronic relapsing-remitting symptoms. In some patients, the symptoms may resolve spontaneously. The rashes or lesions of Darier Disease or Keratosis Follicularis worsen upon exposure to sun and sometimes by corticosteroid use. Patients with Darier Disease or Keratosis Follicularis can have flare ups of this condition with bacterial infections. Patient’s overall health commonly will be good irrespective of the severity of this condition.

Pathophysiology

Mutations in the gene ATP2A2 on chromosome 12q23-24, which codes for sarco-endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ ATPase, leads to both acantholysis and apoptosis. Defects in Ca2+ sequestration from the cytosol into the lumen of ER damages the normal processing of junctional-adhesion proteins such as impaired synthesis, maturation, or function of the desmosomes in epithelial cells.

The mechanisms by which specific ATP2A2 mutations impact the function of the ATP2A2 protein have been investigated using an in vitro model. The investigators found that the resultant transfected cells showed defects in ATP2A2 protein expression, ATP hydrolysis, calcium transport and calcium binding. Thus diverse biochemical mechanisms are responsible for altered protein function.

Causes of Darier disease

Darier disease is caused by mutations in the ATP2A2 gene. This gene gives the body instructions to make an enzyme known as SERCA2. This enzyme helps control the level of calcium ions inside cells. Calcium ions act as signals for many cell functions needed for normal development.

Mutations in the ATP2A2 gene affect the amount or function of the SERCA2 enzyme. This enzyme is expressed throughout the body, and it is unclear why mutations in this gene affect only the skin.

The linear form of Darier disease is also caused by ATP2A2 gene mutations, but these mutations are acquired and arise in only some body cells after conception (somatic mutations).

Darier disease symptoms

Darier disease is a skin condition characterised by wart like blemishes on the body. These are usually coloured (yellow-brown or brown), hard to the touch, mildly greasy and can emit a strong odour.

Common sites for blemishes are the scalp, forehead, upper arms, chest, back, knees, elbows, and behind the ear. Pits (depressions in the skin) may be present in the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. The mucous membranes may also be affected including the mouth (palate), inside the cheeks, gums, and throat, the vulva and rectum.

Red and white streaks in the nails, with irregular texture, can occur.

The symptoms usually appear in late childhood to early adulthood.  A person with the condition may have ‘flare-ups’ where more symptoms are present and periods with fewer blemishes.

Other characteristics may include:

Mild intellectual disability

Epilepsy

Depression

Learning and behavioural difficulties.

Another form of Darier disease is the linear or segmental form which has blemishes on localised areas of the skin; these blemishes are not as widespread as typical Darier disease and may only occur on one side of the body.

Typical sign of Darier’s disease in lower back area

Complications

Most affected patients develop signs before the age of 20 years.

Many have mild and unnoticed Darier disease.

More severe disease may have a chronic relapsing-remitting pattern.

The signs may clear up altogether.

Flare-ups may be caused by any of the following factors.

Exposure to sunlight or heat.

Topical steroid use

Bacterial infection, usually Staphylococcus aureus

Herpes simplex infection – including severe Kaposi varicelliform eruption (see eczema herpeticum).

In most patients, general health remains good regardless of the severity of the disease. However, it can have a major impact on psychosocial functioning.

Darier’s disease in nail

Diagnosis and test

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. It will focus on the skin. This is often enough to make the diagnosis.

The skin may also be tested. This can be done with a biopsy. A small sample of skin will be removed. It will be sent to a lab for testing.

blood test may also be done to look for signs of the faulty gene.

Treatment and medications

Oral retinoids have been reported to be effective treatments. However, prolonged use of oral retinoids can cause significant side effects and individuals using these drugs need to be monitored closely by their physicians. Symptoms of the disease will return if the retinoid therapy is stopped.

Topical retinoids such as tazarotene, isotretinoin, and adapalene have been shown to be effective in some individuals. Tacrolimus ointment, a calcineurin inhibitor, has been helpful in moderating symptoms in some patients.

Surgical treatments, including dermabrasion, carbon dioxide laser, and erbium YAG laser, may be effective in treating localized areas.

Antibacterial washes, antiseptic creams, and oral antibiotics may help with odor and skin infections.

Using high factor sunscreen, avoiding sun exposure, and wearing cotton clothing may help reduce flare-ups of the disease.

Other useful treatments:

Laser treatment or resurfacing of very thick areas has been reported to be successful and may be offered by some dermatology departments. Surgical excision or Dermabrasion (removing surface layers) of very thick areas has been used occasionally.

Photodynamic therapy, a type of photochemotherapy delivered in dermatology departments, that is used to treat other skin conditions (e.g. Actinic Keratosis) has been used effectively in some cases of Darier disease. Botulinum toxin injections has been reported in a small number of patients and may be helpful for severe Darier disease. This can be helpful in reducing sweating and can be discussed with your dermatologist.

Prevention of Darier disease

The avoidance of triggers is paramount in preventing exacerbations of Darier disease.

Triggers can include sunlight, heat, occlusive clothing, and friction. Patients should avoid sun exposure, wear loose clothing, use sunscreen, and employ proper hygiene practices.

Cleaning with antiseptic solutions can prevent infections.

As Darier disease is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion, patients should be offered genetic counseling

Unknown gunmen allegedly attack Shell military check point in Bayelsa State.

Gunmen in Bayelsa state stormed a military checkpoint owned by the Shell Petroleum Development Company in three boats recently, according to Dryad Global’s latest Maritime Security Threat Advisory (MSTA) report, which was updated on May 2.

One person died and one member of the military personnel was injured during a gunfight, the MSTA outlined. Rigzone has asked Shell for comment on the incident but has not yet received a reply at the time of writing.

Also in Nigeria, the country’s Senate passed a bill imposing jail sentence of at least 15 years for paying a ransom fee for someone who has been kidnapped, and the act of kidnapping is now punishable by death, the MSTA highlighted.

It remains unclear how the new law will be enforced and how this would impact the payment of ransom by K&R insurance on behalf of the shipping companies, the MSTA noted.

Looking elsewhere, the MSTA pointed out that numerous European port workers and protestors across Europe have refused to unload Russian oil tankers.

“Dutch dockworkers refused to unload a tanker carrying Russian oil after it was rejected entry to Swedish, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam ports, the MSTA stated.

The European Union has thus far excluded oil and gas from its stringent sanctions on trade, however, it is set to propose a ban on Russian oil by the end of the year with restrictions on imports introduced gradually until then, the MSTA added.

Nonetheless, there is an impetus amongst many European dock workers to refuse to unload the oil in a show of ‘international solidarity’ despite the absence of sanctions, the MSTA continued.

Dryad’s latest MSTA also noted that the force majeure at Marsa El Brega continues in Libya due to protests demanding Prime Minister Dbeibah step down.

On 1 May 2022, the NOC announced the ‘temporary lifting of the force majeure from the Zeuitina oil terminal’ in order to allow two tankers to load to allow for enough space to store the displaced volume of the crude oil, the MSTA stated.

The concessions in addition to the resumptions of operations at El Sharara oil ­field signal the potential of the series of force majeures being lifted shortly,” the MSTA added.

Dryad Global’s previous MSTA, which was updated on April 25, highlighted that an explosion at an illegal oil refining depot in the Nigerian Rivers state left more than 100 people dead.

This MSTA also pointed out the refining effects of clashes between government-allied militias in Al-Zawiya and noted that reports indicated that Houthi Rebels had continued their attacks on the Marib government stronghold despite a truce.

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Nigeria newspaper headlines phase 3.

  • The All Progressives Congress, APC, has begun moves to adopt the consensus method at its presidential primary due to the high number of presidential aspirants, which has almost hit 30. Despite the decision of the party to peg the cost of its presidential form at N100m, more aspirants are joining the race.
  • An Ekiti State High Court, Ado Ekiti Division, has sentenced a 42-year-old prince, Ademola Omoniyi, to death by hanging for killing the traditional ruler of his community. Omoniyi was arraigned on one count charge of murder, contrary to Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code, Cap. C16, Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2012.
  • The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has said gone were the days Northerners felt blackmailed and intimidated by threats of restructuring, secession, break up or break down of Nigeria. The forum in a statement issued by the Secretary General, Murtala Aliyu, said the North had never been opposed to the election of any Nigerian as president, nor has it sought to dominate any part of the country.

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Nigeria newspaper headlines phase 2.

  • Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has approved the dissolution of the state executive council. The members were directed to handover affairs to permanent secretaries in their ministries.
  • An Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court, on Thursday, remanded a 30-year-old man, Ajibola Akindele, in the Oba Custodial Centre for allegedly raping a 21-year-old woman in church. The Magistrate, Mrs Olajumoke Somefun, who did not take the defendant’s plea, ordered that the case file be sent to the Directorate of Public Prosecution for advice.
  • President Muhammadu Buhari has said the King David University of Medical Sciences in Ebonyi State will be taken over by the Federal Government. Buhari said this on Thursday when he visited Ebonyi State for the inauguration of some projects built by Governor David Umahi’s administration.

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