Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán found guilty on all counts, faces life in prison

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Famous Mexican drug lord, Joaquin  “El Chapo”  Guzman has been found guilty on all counts against him and is expected to spend the rest of his life in a US jail

 

El Chapo who escaped from prison twice, made his first successful attempt in 2001 and broke out of a Mexican jail by hiding in a laundry bin.

 

Then, in 2014, he fled jail through a mile-long lighted tunnel which his associates had fitted with a motorcycle on rails. He was arrested again in 2016 and extradited to the US the following year.

 

On Tuesday, Guzman was convicted of running a criminal enterprise that amassed him a $14 billion (£11 billion) fortune. He ran the Sinaloa cartel, becoming the world’s most notorious drug baron since Pablo Escobar, the Colombian who was shot dead in 1993.

 

The 61-year-old showed no emotion as a jury in New York found him guilty of 10 drug-related charges. He will be sentenced on June 25, and will face a mandatory life term.

After the verdicts were read the Mexican drug lord, dressed in a charcoal suit and tie, leaned back in his chair and looked at his wife Emma Coronel, 29, a beauty queen. Both placed their hands on their hearts and gave each other a thumbs up. She had tears in her eyes.

The jury of five men and seven women, who have been under special protection since the trial began in November, deliberated for six days

During the trial, they heard allegations of gruesome murders, guns encrusted with diamonds or plated with gold, cocaine hidden in jalapeno cans, and a naked escape by Guzman with a mistress through a tunnel.

Prosecutors presented what they called an “avalanche” of evidence showing how Guzman, and his murderous Sinaloa cartel, made billions of dollars in profits by smuggling tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and cannabis into the US.

The court heard an allegation that Enrique Pena Nieto, the former Mexican president, took a $100 million bribe from Guzman. Mr Pena Nieto denied it.

Jurors were also told of Guzman’s personal brutality. On one occasion he was alleged to have kidnapped an associate who left his cartel, beating and shooting him, before having the victim buried alive.

A cast of 56 witnesses, many of them Mexican drug traffickers already in US prisons, gave evidence against him.

They included a Colombian known as Chupeta, or Lollipop, whose face had been so altered by plastic surgery while on the run that the court collectively gasped at his appearance.

One of Guzman’s many mistresses, Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez, told how she was in bed in a safe house with the drug lord when he was in hiding in 2014.

Mexican marines broke down the door but Guzman led her to a trap door beneath a bathtub, which led to an escape tunnel. “He was naked. He took off running,” she told the court.’.

Guzman will be held in a maximum-security prison in the US to avoid any jailbreaks.

 
Source: Telegraph

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Republican lawmaker says he would drown his kids if they are gay

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A Republican lawmaker said during a TV interview that he would drown his own children if they came to him and told him they were gay.

Eric Porterfield, a West Virginia lawmaker and Baptist preacher, appeared on WVVA TV, an NBC affiliate, to discuss his recent inflammatory comments about the LGBTQ community.

 

During the interview, the GOP lawmaker was asked what he would do if his young children came to him one day and told him that they were gay.

Wearing a red MAGA cap, Porterfield replied with a creepy smile:

 

Well, I would dress my daughter first, as I would take her for a pedicure, I’d take her to get her nails done, and see if she could swim.

If it was my son, I would probably take him hunting, I would take him fishing, then I’d see if he could swim.

 

The reporter caught Porterfield’s apparent threat to drown his own children and she asked him to clarify his statement.

Porterfield continued smiling and replied:

 

I just want to make sure they could swim.That’s it. I’d take them out to do activities.

 

Following his alarming comment, Porterfield has been called out by a number of people.

Reporting on Porterfield’s disturbing remarks, LGBTQ Nation notes:

 

He was still smiling, as if threatening to kill his own children were cute.

 

Porterfield has previously made other homophobic remarks, such as arguing that people should have the freedom to fire or deny someone housing based on their sexual orientation. He also claimed that LGBT people are terrorists and likened the LGBTQ community to the Ku Klux Klan.

The West Virginia Democratic Party called for Porterfield’s resignation after his initial comment likening LGBT people to terrorists. In a statement, WVDP Chairwoman Belinda Biafore said:

 

West Virginia has no room for someone who expresses such hate. Let alone room for him to hold a public office where he is supposed to represent the people of West Virginia.

His hate-filled remarks and actions speak volumes and so does the Republican Party’s silence. The Republican majority’s leadership needs to condemn these actions. Their silence is complicit and the people of West Virginia deserve better.

Republican lawmaker says he would drown his kids if they are gay (video)

 

Breaking: Sport journalist, Bunmi Ashebu dies after months of battle with stage 4 ‘duct cancer’

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42 year old sport journalist, Bunmi Ashebu has passed on months after a public appeal to raise funds for her cancer treatment abroad.
Late Bunmi was diagnosed with stage 4 cholangiocarcinoma. A very rare form of bile duct cancer that had spread to her liver on the 23rd of May, 2018  and since then her life had not remained the same.

When she was initially diagnosed, she was taken to a German hospital for treatment but after 6 weeks, she began reacting to the chemotherapy and her organs were failing and on the 20th of August, 2018; she was told that she had one week to live.

She fought and lived on till she died yesterday.Feb. 12th. May her sould resy in peace.

Breaking: Sport journalist, Bunmi Ashebu dies after months of battle with stage 4

Breaking: Sport journalist, Bunmi Ashebu dies after months of battle with stage 4

Lottery winner wears Scream mask to claim his prize so he won’t be recognized by money-hungry relatives

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A Jamaican man who won a lottery turned up in a mask to claim his £1million prize.

The man, whose name was given only as A. Cambell, wore a mask similar to the one from the movie Scream to claim his winnings. He said he did so so as not to be recognized by money-hungry relatives who would expect him to share the money with them.

 

Lottery winner wears Scream mask to claim his prize so he won

 

Mr Campbell won the lottery in November last year but waited 54 days to collect his $158.4 million ($1.17 million US) prize from the nation’s Super Lotto.

He said after winning the lottery:

 

Normally, I would write down the numbers from the [televised] draw, eat and then go and check my numbers.

I looked at my ticket [that night] and ran into my bathroom and said: ‘I won! I won!’

I want to get a nice house. I haven’t found it yet, but I’ll be looking for one soon. I like to handle money. I don’t beg, I don’t borrow.

So I’m looking at things that can turn over the money. I have a little business, so I plan to make it bigger, buy an apartment. I love to have money.

 

Lottery winner wears Scream mask to claim his prize so he won

 

A. Cambell isn’t the first lottery winner to wear a mask while claiming his money. Lottery winners in the Caribbean country often wear disguises while collecting their prizes due to high levels of crime in the country, and fears that they will be hounded for money by family and friends.

Lottery winner wears Scream mask to claim his prize so he won

Two months after his twin sister’s lavish $100m wedding, son of India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, set to wed daughter of diamond merchant

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Ambani were spotted outside famous Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai on Monday, February 11, where they visited the temple priest, Lord Ganesha, to offer him the first wedding card of their son Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta.

The Ambanis were accompanied by their son Anant Ambani and others as they prayed for their son who would be getting married in a lavish wedding in March this year.

 

Two months after his twin sister

 

For the visit, while Nita wore a orange, red and brown-coloured suit, it was a basic white shirt for Mukesh Ambani. The two looked fabulous and all geared up to host another wedding in the family.

 

Two months after his twin sister

 

It was in December last year Ambani’s daughter who is Akash’s twin sister , Isha Ambani got married to Anand Piramal in a big wedding at her home, Antilla, in Mumbai.

U.S. singer Beyonce performed at the wedding along with Bollywood stars. Top industrialists, politicians, sports and Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas, Karan Johar , Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Salman Khan, Janhvi Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and many others attended the nine day wedding festivities.

Akash and Shloka met in school and fell in love with each other. Shloka is the youngest daughter of diamond merchant Russell and Mona Mehta. Akash and Shloka attended the same school, the Dhiru Bhai Ambani International school in Mumbai.

 

Two months after his twin sister

 

It is believed that Akash had proposed to Shloka when the two were in XII standards and immediately informed their families about their relationship. However, it was only early last year that their pictures started surfacing on the internet. Both the families successfully kept their affair under the wraps for around nine years.

Akash Ambani’s younger brother,  Anant Ambani is rumoured to be getting married soon as he is also engaged to Radhika Merchant, the daughter of the CEO and Vice Chairman of Anchor Healthcare.

Two months after his twin sister

Two months after his twin sister

Two months after his twin sister

Justin Bieber reportedly ‘receiving treatment’ for depression

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Canadian singer, Justin Bieber is currently going through some rough time as it’s claimed that he is ‘receiving treatment’ for depression.

This is coming just weeks after he and his wife, model Hailey Baldwinpostponed their wedding for the third time.

A Bieber source told PEOPLE : “Justin seems down and tired. He has been struggling a bit, adding that the 24-year-old pop star’s difficulties don’t have anything to do with his marriage to Hailey Baldwin.

“It has nothing to do with Hailey — he is very happy being married to her. It’s just something else that he struggles with mentally,” the source continues. “He has good help around him and is receiving some treatment. He seems confident he will feel better soon.”

 

Justin Bieber reportedly

 

A second source close to Bieber confirms to PEOPLE he’s getting counseling. A rep for the singer didn’t immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

A third source who has spent time with Bieber over the years tells PEOPLE that the singer is “emotional and struggles a lot with the idea of fame.”

“He started off as a typical sweet, Canadian teen. He was such a great kid, honestly super sweet and very polite and nice to everyone around him. Having this huge amount of fame completely changed him,” the source says. “He had access to anything and everything and was surrounded by people who just said ‘Yes.’ ”

“He’s emotional and struggles a lot with the idea of fame — being followed, having his every move stalked by fans, cameras in his face. It all sets him off and he often feels like everyone is out to get him,” the source adds.

The insider also tells PEOPLE that growing up, Justin felt a lot of pressure to succeed from his parents, father Jeremy Bieber and mother Pattie Mallette.

“His parents wanted this for him probably even more than he did,” the source says. “He and Jeremy have a complicated relationship. Jeremy pushed him really hard and expected a lot out of him. He’s been up and down with Pattie too.”

Graphic photos: 7 killed in stampede at APC rally in Rivers state

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No fewer than 7 persons lost their lives in a stanmpede that happened at the APC Presidential rally in Rivers state today Tuesday, February 12th.

 

The rally which held at the Adokiye Amasiamaka Stadium Portharcourt, had more occupants than it could contain. As the crowd began to spill out of the stadium, a stampede ensued and seven persons were counted dead after the situation was brought under control.

 

Their remains have since been deposited in the morgue. See more photos from the scene below

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