Phish Plays 50-Minute “Tweezer” In Memphis, On This Day In 1995 [Listen]

first_imgWhen scrolling through the glorious annals of Phish.net, one might notice there are almost too many great Phish shows which took place on June 14th to keep count. Over the years, the band from Vermont debuted “Piper”, “Twist”, “Saw It Again”, “Dirt”, and more in the same show on June 14th, 1997, and even jammed with Bruce Springsteen during a performance at Bonnaroo on June 14th, 2009. There was even a stand-out performance on June 14th, 2000 which took place in Japan, which included a grooving four-song second set and featured some great instrumental work from the quartet.For the life-long Phish fans, perhaps no song in the band’s repertoire (with the exception of, say, “Runaway Jim”) is better suited for long-stretching improvisation than “Tweezer”, which infamously made Phish 3.0 history on this day 25 years ago in 1995, when Phish unleashed a 50-minute monster jam within the framework of the song for their fans in Memphis, TN.Related: Phish (a.k.a. ‘Third Ball’) Debuts “Character Zero” And “Waste”, On This Day In 1996 [Listen]Take a moment to let those words sink in: a 50-minute “Tweezer. That’s two full episodes of How I Met Your Mother with some time leftover to bash the show’s terrible series finale.According to Phish.net, “This 50+ minute Tweezer included a brief ‘Gypsy Queen’ jam, a ‘2001’ tease, a ‘Slave’-like jam, and a Digital Delay Loop Jam with whistling.” Sure, you can reduce a jam of this magnitude to a simple sentence, but the best way to experience it is, of course, to listen.Without further ado, here’s the full audio from Phish’s June 14th, 1995 performance at the Mud Island Amphitheater in Memphis, TN with the above-mentioned legendary “Tweezer” coming in at the tail end of the band’s three-song encore.Phish – Mud Island Amphitheater – 6/14/95 [Full-Show Audio][Video: fromtheaquarium]Setlist: Phish | Mud Island Amphitheater | Memphis, TN | 6/14/95Set One: Don’t You Want To Go?, Gumbo > NICU, Mound, Cavern > Possum, All Things Reconsidered, Amazing Grace[1], The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Spock’s Brain > Split Open and MeltSet Two: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Poor Heart > Tweezer[2], Acoustic Army, While My Guitar Gently WeepsEncore: Simple[3], Rocky Top > Tweezer RepriseNotes:[1] Without microphones.[2] 50+ minutes; whistling.[3] A cappella ending.Teases:· Gypsy Queen, Also Sprach Zarathustra, and Slave to the Traffic Light jams in Tweezer· Stairway to Heaven tease· Jump Monk tease in Simple· Jean Pierre tease in Possumlast_img read more

Arsenal gear up for Manchester City by losing to Brentford in friendly at the Emirates

first_img Read More About Connatix V67539 1/1 Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 10 Jun 2020 9:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.7kShares Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Read More Arsenal’s team for the first hour was an experienced one: Leno; Bellerín, Mustafi, Mari, Tierney; Ceballos, Willock; Saka, Pepe, Aubameyang; Nketiah. AdvertisementAdvertisementThe likes of Rob Holdin, Sead Kolasinac and Sokrtais came on at the hour mark but they Gunners couldn’t hold on.Arsenal take on City at the Etihad next Wednesday, which will see Arteta come up against tutor Pep Guardiola for the first time since he left the club in December. The Gunners have little room for error in their pursuit of Champions League football as they’re currently five points off fifth – which could provide Champions League football given Manchester City’s ban. MORE: Manchester United open talks to sign Corentin Tolisso for £31m Top articles SPONSORED Read More by Metro Manchester United captain Harry Maguire / PLAY 1 min. story Arsenal gear up for Manchester City by losing to Brentford in friendly at the Emirates Full Screen Skip Ad Alexandre Lacazette restored Arsenal’s lead with a swivel and shot across the ‘keeper but Arteta will be concerned at his side’s defending as Brentford scored twice to leave the Emirates with a win. Read More Skip Mikel Arteta’s side twice had the lead (Picture: Getty)An experienced Arsenal side that included the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette lost 3-2 to Brentford in a friendly at the Emirates on Wednesday. Mikel Arteta’s side are gearing up for the return of the Premier League next week, when they’ll take on champions Manchester City at the Etihad,The Gunners thumped Charlton in a friendly on the weekend but they came undone against Championship side Brentford today. Arsenal took the lead with a neat finish from Joe Willock but Brentford equalled after the break with a fantastic finish from an acute angle. ADVERTISEMENT Comment Coming Next Video Settings Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

AMA Warns Doctors to Stop Stockpiling Chloroquine for Personal Use

first_imgThe American Medical Association is warning doctors and dentists to stop hoarding medications touted as possible coronavirus treatments.Medical doctors and dentists are writing prescriptions for themselves and family members, according to pharmacy boards in states across the country.The stockpiling has become so worrisome in Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, Nevada, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Texas that the boards in those states have issued emergency restrictions or guidelines on how the drugs can be dispensed at pharmacies. More states are expected to follow suit.The medications being prescribed differ slightly from state to state, but includechloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, and remdesivir recently approved by the FDA for off-label use. The drugs are commonly used to treat malaria, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV and other conditions.Pharmacists have been swapping stories on social media about the spike in prescriptions written by doctors for themselves or their families.“I have multiple prescribers calling in prescriptions for Plaquenil for themselves and their family members as a precaution. Is this ethical?” one person wrote Sunday in a Facebook group for pharmacists, referring to a brand name of hydroxychloroquine. Others weighed in — some noting similar experiences — and expressed their hesitancy to dispense such prescriptions.“I got called a communist for telling a prescriber, who was trying to call it in for themselves, no,” someone posted Friday in another Facebook group for pharmacists.Carmen Catizone, executive director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, said state boards were “trying to stop the hoarding and inappropriate prescribing, but balancing what patients need.”The American Medical Association denounced the practice in a statement from its president, Dr. Patrice Harris.“The AMA is calling for a stop to any inappropriate prescribing and ordering of medications, including chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine, and appealing to physicians and all health care professionals to follow the highest standards of professionalism and ethics,” she said.The first restrictions imposed a temporary rule that bars pharmacies from dispensing two drugs — chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine — unless the prescription includes a written diagnosis of a condition that the drugs have been proven to treat. The rule also limits prescriptions to a 14-day supply unless a patient has previously taken the medication.In a statement, CVS said that pharmacists are to use their “professional judgment to determine whether a prescription is valid and appropriate to dispense,” noting that pharmacists would comply with any applicable state board regulations.A spokeswoman from Walgreens concurred that its pharmacists will follow whatever requirements are set in the state where they practice, also noting that the company had issued guidelines for dispensing two of the drugs in highest demand — chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine. Walgreens will only allow a 14-day supply for new prescriptions in order to help ensure that the medications remain available for those who need them, the spokeswoman said.last_img read more

Manchester City confident of Lionel Messi deal

first_imgManchester City believe they have a chance of signing Lionel Messi after the forward told Barcelona he wants to leave.Pep Guardiola was Messi’s manager at Barcelona for four hugely successful seasons from 2008-12 and would love to be reunited with the 33-year-old Argentinian. He had never anticipated Messi leaving the Camp Nou but City, whose chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain also worked at Barcelona, will try to secure a deal.It is understood City are banking on being able to get Messi on a free or for a relatively minimal fee, and a legal battle may determine that. Messi’s camp believe he can walk away for nothing. Barcelona, by contrast, insist that he is still bound by a €700m (£629m) buy-out clause.A clause in Messi’s contract allows him to leave for no fee provided he communicates that decision, which he did on Tuesday by burofax – in effect a recorded letter to ensure Barcelona are legally considered to have been informed. But there is disagreement over whether the window for that has closed.Barcelona maintain Messi’s chance to walk away ended on 10 June, a date understood to be set by the principle that the player had 10 days after the end of the season. But in the event, the season did not end until 23 August.The dispute suggests the wording does not specify a date but expresses it in more vague terms relating to the end of the season. That is reinforced by Barcelona’s belief that a season refers to a typical season. Messi’s camp will argue that it refers to the season in question and that he cannot be expected to communicate a decision such as that with games ongoing and Barcelona competing for the Champions League.City will not be alone in trying to sign Messi, with clubs helped by the relaxation of Uefa’s financial fair play rules. Paris Saint-Germain are expected to be among other interested clubs but it is understood Manchester United will not attempt to get him. Source: The Guardianlast_img read more

A SET OF SIX – VOLUME SEVEN

first_imgFriday June 22, 2007: Alice Springs Grand Finals Touch West web-site: www.touchwest.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play: #4Gove Touch Wet Season Grand FinalsGove Touch began its season in March with nine men’s teams and seven women’s teams. Towards the end of the season both the men and women’s competitions were split into two divisions – Men’s A, Men’s B and Women’s A, Women’s B. The finals were held on Friday June 15, 2007, at the Gove Touch Fields.Men’s A: Kamasutra def Who U Men’s B: Delta Reef def GIS  Women’s A: Leo’s Tigers def Big Mamma’sWomen’s B: Exterminators def Lookers  Kelly Roos was awarded ‘Best and Fairest’ in the women’s category while Daniel Bromot was the ‘Best and Fairest’ of the men’s division. The Gove Touch Dry season Mixed Competition starts in August, 2007.Other events: In the A-grade mixed final, Nagle College and Roulette Cinema were locked at 5-5 at the end of regular time. The youngsters from Nagle (Bairnsdale) won in a drop off to secure the title. The Mixed B final was won by Sale’s local heroes, Top Draw Krills.The Touch Football Victoria web-site:www.victouch.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPTIAL TERRITORY (ACT) PLAY: #6ACT Primary Schools ChampionshipsThis Friday June 22, 2007, the best ACT junior Touch Footballers will take the field for the ACT Primary Schools Championships. Teams representing the seven Canberra regions will compete in Boys and Girls Divisions. The tournament will be run by ACT Touch Game Development Trainees Adam Raptis and Tim Arnold who are undertaking internships with ACT Touch as part of the their studies at the University of Canberra.ACT Game Development Officer, Chris Tarlinton is expecting a strong showing from all teams as each region has undertaken trials to select the best players for the Championships. The ACT selectors will be casting their eyes over the talent with a view to selecting the ACT Under-12s representative sides for the National Primary Championships in Melbourne in October.The action gets underway from 9am at the Deakin Playing Fields.Other events:ACT Touch continues to work with the ACT Government and other ACT sporting bodies to plan and manage the drought issues currently threatening to close ovals in Canberra region.The ACT Touch Association web-site: www.acttouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of A Set of Six.Be sure to check out all the latest news in Touch Football this week by going to each State’s web-site for further information. Sale Association held its Winter Grand Finals. Thursday June 21, 2007: Darwin Touch Mixed Grand Finals The Touch Football Northern Territory web-site: www.touchnt.com.au VICTORIA (VIC)Play: #5Victorian Junior Teams primed for Queensland Junior State CupThe Victorian Under-12, 15, and 18 representative teams are putting in final preparations for the Queensland Junior State Cup tournament on the Sunshine Coast from July 5 – 8, 2007.The Victorian teams that are travelling north for the tournament are looking forward to broadening their exposure to the game of Touch Football. It’s the start of a new three- year program aimed at developing and strengthening the skills and talent of junior Touch players based in Victoria as well as exposing them to a new level of competition.  The five teams will be managed by TFA Victoria Game Development officer Carly Goodrich, and a panel of experienced coaches.These coaches include Miles Davine, Mick Carter, Leah Percy, Hamish McLean and John Katal.It will also be the first ever appearance of Victoria in the under-12 age group in any Touch Football competition in Australia – a positive milestone in the development of Touch in Victoria.                                          Other events: Game Development Officer Glen Richardson is currently visiting Weipa presenting Referee and Coaching Courses Friday June 22, 2007: Darwin Touch Men’s and Women’s Grand Finals Touch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s Media Scholarship Holder Henry Holland and TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks will bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s A Set of Six – volume 7. QUEENSLAND (QLD)                                                                                   Play: #1 Queensland Touch and Sporting Wheelies WorkshopsOn Tuesday June 19, 2007, Queensland Touch took part in the first of two ‘No Limits Sports Expos’. The workshops are run conjunction with Lifestream and the Sporting Wheelies – organisations that work with disabled children in sport. The aim of the expos is to assess students from special education units and schools for suitability to participate in mainstream sport. Skills are tested through drills such as catching, passing and scoring. The participants’ motor skills are monitored, as is their ability to learn the rules of the game. Tuesday’s expo was held for 12 schools and units from the Sunshine Coast. 90 children were tested with approximately 80% judged as suitable for mainstream sport. On Thursday June 21, 2007, the second expo will be held for seven schools and units in the Logan and Beenleigh regions. 75 kids are expected to participate. Other events:  Touch Football Queensland web-site: www.qldtouch.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA) Play: #2 Botanics Touch Club Winter Competition The Botanics Touch Club winter competition will be played at Campbelltown Memorial Oval on the corner of Darley and Lower N.E. Roads, Campbelltown, commencing June 18, 2007.The competition format will be 2 x 25min games per team per week over the course of six weeks with all finals to be conducted on the seventh week.The competition dates are as follows:June 18, 25 July 2, 9, 16, 23 Finals July 30.Games will be played at 6.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm, 8pm and 8.30pm if required.Other events:During the SAPSASA championships over 80 children were invited to the Under-12 State Trials to run on June 23 – 24, 2007, at the Citytouch Grounds in Eastwood. Announcement of the coaches will occur this week.Touch Football South Australia web-site: www.touchsa.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA) Play: # 3Training camp for WA Under-18 PlayersOn the weekend 23 – 24 June, 2007, the first of two training camps will take place for all junior Metropolitan Touch Football players interested in taking part in the Under-18 National Championships, in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, from 17 – 20 September, 2007.The camp is part of an open selection process and will be conducted at the Northern Districts Touch Association in Doubleview, Perth. 30 – 40 players are expected at the camp, which will be supervised by Toby Hohapata (WA Under-18 Boys’ Coach), Russell Moeahu (WA Under-18 Boys’ Manager), Shelley Matcham (WA Under-18 Girls’ Coach and current Australian Women’s Open representative), Nelly Hokianga (WA Under-18 Girls’ Assistant Coach) and Connie Jackaman (WA Under-18 Girls’ Manager).The players will be educated on fitness, nutrition, and recovery, as well as participating in general ball skill drills and game play. Last year WA wasn’t able to field teams in the Under-18 National Championships. This year, a boys and girls team will contest the championships and is expected to make their presence felt. Sharron Wong, Jenaya Quan and Blane Edwards are all National Youth Squad members and will lead the sides strongly. The training camp will be the first opportunity for players from the south to stake their claim to represent their State. On the weekend of June 2 – 3, 2007, players from the Northwest region got the opportunity to impress at a junior development camp in Broome. The second and final Metropolitan camp will be held in July and will include invited players from the Northwest region.Other events: WA State teams continue to train for the upcoming Barbarians Cup on 13 – 14 July, 2007. Sunday June 24, 2007: 74 teams to compete in the last leg of the Delfin TRI-Series, the Junior Sharks Cup                                         last_img read more

a month agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson hails ‘enormously valuable’ Milivojevic after Norwich win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson hails ‘enormously valuable’ Milivojevic after Norwich winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was delighted with their 2-0 defeat of Norwich City.Palace captain Luka Milivojevic scored a first-half penalty on his 100th appearance for the club before Andros Townsend sealed the win for Hodgson’s side.”When you see the five minutes go up on the board it was a bit of a deja vu situation. Norwich are a good team with good, quality players and they came back into in the first half which made our one goal lead look fragile,” said Hodgson.”The second goal was coming but we couldn’t produce the last pass or last shot and it was nice when it eventually came.”On captain Milivojevic, he added: “He’s enormously valuable, that’s why he’s captain of the team. He’s been a massive influence on and off the field, particularly on the field, with the way he plays and his understanding of the game.” last_img read more

UAE says Qatar fighter jets intercept flights Doha denies

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The United Arab Emirates claimed Qatari fighter jets intercepted two of its commercial airliners in international airspace on the way to Bahrain, allegations denied by Qatar.The claims Monday could further escalate tensions between Qatar and the four Arab nations that have been boycotting it for months, among them the UAE, home to the world’s busiest international airport. They also could affect long-haul airline travel, as the region’s carriers are a crucial link between the East and West.It follows two complaints by Qatar to the United Nations about Emirati military aircraft allegedly violating its international airspace amid the diplomatic crisis. The UAE denies the allegations.The UAE’s state-run WAM news agency made the claim about the Qatari jet fighters on Monday, citing the country’s General Civil Aviation Authority.WAM quoted Saif al-Suwaidi, the director-general of the GCAA, as saying the intercepts happened at 10:30 a.m. and 11:05 a.m. He said Bahraini radar, as well as crew and passengers on board, saw the military aircraft, “which constituted a clear and explicit threat to the lives of innocent civilians.”WAM did not identify the aircraft involved, nor did it elaborate on details of the purported encounters. The GCAA did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press.Bahrain’s state-run BNA news agency, citing its own civil aviation authority, identified the two flights as Dubai-based Emirates flight No. EK837, a Boeing 777, and another flown by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad. The flight number it offered for Etihad did not correspond with any scheduled flight to Bahrain.“Qatari military fighter jets came within two miles of the Emirates aircraft, which put the lives of passengers and crew at risk,” BNA said. It offered few details about the Etihad flight.Both airlines declined to comment when reached by the AP.Qatar’s Foreign Ministry called the UAE’s allegations a “totally false claim” in a statement Monday night. “It seems that the UAE is trying to draw attention away from other incidents that have caused media crises,” it said.That appeared to reference a video released Sunday night of an exiled Qatari ruling family member, once promoted by Saudi Arabia as an alternative to the country’s ruling emir, claiming he’s being held against his will in the UAE, an allegation denied by Abu Dhabi.The video of Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani recalled the bizarre, now-reversed resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri while on a trip to Saudi Arabia, a Nov. 4 decision that was widely seen as orchestrated by Riyadh.Emirates flight No. EK837 was scheduled to depart Dubai at 8:20 a.m. Monday, but pushed off nearly an hour late. It flew out over international waters near the northern tip of Qatar, a peninsular nation that juts into the Persian Gulf, before arriving in the island nation of Bahrain 46 minutes after takeoff. That’s been the standard route of all Emirati commercial airliners since the crisis began.FlightRadar24, a plane-tracking website, did not show any unusual routes between the UAE and Bahrain. “There appears to be no deviation from standard routing and approach patterns in today’s flights,” FlightRadar24 spokesman Ian Petchenik told the AP.U.S. Air Force Central Command, which is based at the sprawling al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar, did not have any reports of incidents involving commercial aircraft in the region, said Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, an Air Force spokesman. However, Pickart cautioned that U.S. forces don’t routinely monitor the flights and operations of the Qatari air force.Qatar’s stock exchange dropped some 2.5 per cent in trading Monday, one of its biggest jolts since the crisis began.Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE cut off Qatar’s land, sea and air routes on June 5 over its alleged support of extremists and close ties with Iran.Qatar has long denied funding extremists. It recently restored full diplomatic relations with Iran, with which it shares a massive offshore natural gas field that makes the country and its 250,000 citizens extremely wealthy.The crisis has hurt Qatar Airways, Doha’s long-haul carrier that competes with Emirates and Etihad.Qatar had complained to the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization about the boycotting nations cutting off its air routes, forcing the carrier to take longer flights through Iran and Turkey. Its regional feeder flights in Saudi Arabia and the UAE also have been cut off.However, widening the Gulf dispute to include civilian aviation and airspace could hurt Emirati airlines already stung by President Donald Trump’s travel bans, as well as last year’s since-lifted ban on laptops in airplane cabins.The White House said Trump spoke Monday with Qatar’s ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, saying the president reiterated his support for unity among Gulf Arab nations. Trump also thanked Sheikh Tamim for Qatar’s “action to counter terrorism and extremism,” the White House said.Qatar earlier accused Emirati military jets of violating its air space in December and January in two incidents, filing a complaint to the United Nations. Anwar Gargash, the Emirati minister of state for foreign affairs, wrote Friday on Twitter that Qatar’s airspace complaints were “incorrect and confused,” without elaborating.Sheikh Tamim also travelled Monday to Ankara to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkish officials said Erdogan and Al Thani discussed bilateral ties and regional issues, without offering specifics. Turkey has a military base in Qatar and has supported Doha in the diplomatic dispute.___Associated Press writer Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey, contributed to this report.___Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jongambrellap . His work can be found at http://apne.ws/2galNpz .last_img read more

Drug company Actelion to pay 360M in kickback probe

first_imgBOSTON — A pharmaceutical company has agreed to pay $360 million to resolve allegations that it used a charitable foundation to pay kickbacks to Medicare patients.The U.S. attorney’s office in Boston announced the settlement Thursday with Actelion Pharmaceuticals US Inc., which was acquired last year by health care giant Johnson & Johnson.Federal prosecutors say South San Francisco-based Actelion illegally used a purportedly independent charity to cover the co-payments of thousands of Medicare patients taking its pulmonary arterial high blood pressure drugs.Prosecutors say that helped the company convince patients to buy its drugs when the prices it set would have otherwise prevented them from doing so. The U.S. attorney’s office says that violated the anti-kickback law.A message was left with Actelion on Thursday seeking comment.The Associated Presslast_img read more

ALERT investigation results in arrest of a Grande Prairie woman for firearms

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, B.C. – ALERT, the organized crime and gang team alleges, that Misty Kohuch lawfully acquired multiple handguns, which were then sold on the criminal market.The 37-year-old woman was arrested on October 1, 2019, with the help of Grande Prairie RCMP.Kohuch purchased five handguns since July 2019, including one on the morning of the date of her arrest. ALERT had concerns the recently purchased handgun would be re-sold and arrested Kohuch while she was still in possession of the firearm. Kohuch was arrested via a traffic stop. Cocaine and fentanyl were also found in her vehicle.“None of the other handguns have been accounted for, and who is in possession of those handguns should prompt concern from the community,” said Insp. Sean Boser, ALERT Regional teams.Kohuch has been charged with:trafficking a firearm;possession of firearm for the purpose of trafficking;unauthorized possession of a firearm;careless storage of a firearm;unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle;unauthorized possession of a firearm, knowing the possession is unauthorized;possession of drugs; andpossession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking.The investigation began in July 2019 after the RCMP’s National Weapons Enforcement Support Team provided information about suspicious firearms purchases.Straw purchasing typically involves someone with a valid Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) but no criminal record obtaining firearms for someone who otherwise could not, or who does not want their name associated with the transaction.Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.last_img read more

16 pregnant Nigerian teenagers rescued from baby factory

first_imgLAGOS – Sixteen pregnant teenagers, between the ages of 14 and 19, have been rescued from what the Nigeria police described as a “baby factory” operated by a fake medical doctor in Southeast Imo State.“Following investigations triggered by a tip off, our men launched a clampdown on a so-called nongovernmental orphanage where teenagers are enticed with money to get pregnant and deliver same for sale into human trafficking or rituals,” Police Commissioner Mohamed Katsina told Anadolu Agency in a telephone interview on Wednesday.He said the arrest was made at Ezuma Women and Children Rights Protection Initiative (EWCRPI), a registered nonprofit group. “The NGO is a baby factory where teenage girls are encouraged to get pregnant and deliver baby for use in child trafficking and rituals,” insisted the police chief.He asserted that for years that orphanage existed and its registration status has shielded its nefarious activities from the security operatives.The police chief said the rescued girls are between the ages of 14 and 19.The girls, he added, were recruited by one James Ezuma, a fake medical doctor already standing trial over allegations of owning a gun-running business.Katsina said the teenage mothers were paid between N100, 000 and N150, 000 (roughly between $640 and $960) to abandon their newborn babies.Nigeria’s southeast region is particularly notorious for kidnapping aimed at extracting ransom from relatives of the victim.Incidents of “baby factories” are also not new in the region.last_img read more