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Akeem ReachnaijaJune 12, 2019
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Seventeen gang members have been jailed for 117 years after undercover police made Britain’s biggest land based cocaine siezure in a dramatic swoop on the M6.

Helicopter footage shows the moment drug kingpin Jamie Simpson, 31, was arrested on the motorway near Knutsford, Cheshire, after police vehicles surrounded his Ford Transit.

Officers found 186 kilos of high purity cocaine worth an estimated £20million, hidden under the floor of the van, as well as in the passenger seat and stuffed inside boxes.

The raid was part of a covert police investigation called Operation Dreadnought into Warrington based organised crime groups lead by Simpson and Jamie Oldroyd.

Cheshire Police said the ‘gangster lifestyles’ led by the two ringleaders and gang members led to their arrests, as they flaunted their wealth.

Officers found 186 kilos of high purity cocaine worth hidden under the floor of the van.

One video (pictured) filmed on a phone showed Oldroyd and another gang member counting out an estimated £150,000 in cash on a coffee table where Rolex watches were seen.


Akeem ReachnaijaJune 6, 2019
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When Donald Trump visited UK Prime Minister Theresa May  yesterday , Larry, “the very” important cat that lives at Number 10, took a lie down underneath the US President’s car –––Meaning the $1.5m armoured high-tech Beast, that is kitted out with bullet-proof windows and puncture resistant tyres, couldn’t leave Downing Street.

The cat, well known as Number 10’s official mouser, is 12-years-old and his antics have become well-known around Westminster.

 


Akeem ReachnaijaJune 6, 2019
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US Customs and Border Protection officers at Baltimore Airport have seized over $15,000 of undeclared cash from a Nigerian couple at the airport.

The Nigerians, according to reports, arrived from London but failed to declare the exact amount of money they had with them.

US Customs seize $15,860 undeclared cash from Nigerian couple

The couple had reported to CBP officers that they possessed $15,000. However, officers discovered an additional $5,850 in the woman’s purse.

The officers seized the $20,850 and then released $4,990 to the couple as humanitarian relief. The officers also released the couple to continue their visit, saving them from criminal prosecution.

The Nigerians were not identified in a press statement issued on Tuesday.

US Customs said it is perfectly legal to carry large sums of currency in or out of the United States.

However, federal law requires that travellers who possess $10,000 or more in currency or other monetary instruments must report it all to a CBP officer at the airport, seaport, or land border crossing when entering or leaving the country.

Customs and Border Protection officers are highly trained to uncover illicit activity and they are committed to enforcing the laws of the United States.

“Customs and Border Protection officers are highly trained to uncover illicit activity and they are committed to enforcing the laws of the United States,” said Casey Durst, CBP’s Field Operations Director in Baltimore.

“Unreported currency often can be proceeds from alleged illicit activity, or used to fund transnational criminal organisations and I commend our officers on this interception”.

CBP recently issued travel tips for international travel through BWI. Chiefly among those tips is for travellers to truthfully report all currency they possess to a CBP officer during inspection.

Consequences for violating U.S. currency reporting laws are severe; penalties may include seizure of most or all of the traveler’s currency, and potential criminal charges.

CBP uses a variety of techniques to intercept narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, counterfeit consumer goods, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products, and to assure that global tourism remains safe and strong.

On a typical day, CBP seizes an average of about $290,000 in unreported or illicit currency along the nation’s borders.


Akeem ReachnaijaJune 5, 2019
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As US President Donald Trump’s $1.5m (₦460m) Cadillac One Limo “The Beast” rolled into London for his three-day official state visit , AutoJosh wants you to know how far some countries go and spend to protect their leaders on the road.

From Vladimir Putin’s night vision Limo that keeps its occupants safe when fully submerged in water to Queen Elizabeth’s blast-resistant Bentley State Limo, these cars are the top of the line when it comes to protection.

1) Vladimir Putin
President of Russia
Aurus Senat L700 Limo
Estimated Cost: £440k or ₦171m

Officially unveiled at his inauguration in May last year , Vladimir Putin’s £440,000 Bunker-on-Wheels Limo can be described as a Rolls-Royce Phantom with the military-specs of US President Beasts Limo.

Two of the 6 tons Limos (one acting as a decoy and a spare, and the other to carry the President ,

2) Elizabeth II
Queen Of The United Kingdom
Car:Bentley State Limousine
Estimated Cost: £11m or ₦4.3b

Created in 2002 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Queen’s accession to the British throne, this Bentley State Limousine is the most expensive state car in the world,with each of the two in her fleets costing around ₦4.7b (10 million GBP).

3) Pope Benedict
Head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State
Car:Mercedes-Benz M-Class A.K.A The Popemobile
Estimated Cost: £400k or ₦155m

The Popemobile,converted  Mercedes-Benz M-Class,features a cabin that has three-inch thick composite glass.The bombed-proof car has added filters and a spare oxygen supply in case the car came under a biological or chemical attack.

4) Kim Jong-un
Leader Of The Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea
Car:Mercedes-Benz S600 (W221) Pullman Guard
Estimated Cost:  £1.2 m or ₦466m

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler still can’t explain how Korean leader Kim Jong-un got his bomb-proof Mercedes Pullman Guard that can withstand a grenade attack, handgun shots of up to .44 calibre, as well as military rifle attack .

He has about three in his fleet and they all boast of a portable toilet in case the Supreme needs to ease himself.

5) Paul Biya
Cameroon President
Car:Range Rover Sentinel By KLASSEN
£1.4 m or ₦544m

Cameroon President, Paul Biya ,has the most luxurious and safest presidential car in Africa . The tank-like stretched armored limousine from the German luxury tuner , Klassen, was first unveiled on May 20, 2018, during the countries national day.

Based on the Range Rover Sentinel , the stretched SUV with number plate PRC, features stretched rear doors, raised roofs, armored glass, panoramic roofs and Kevlar tyres, that keeps it going when shot.

6) Theresa Mary May
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Car: Jaguar XJ LWB Sentinel
Estimated Cost:  £300k or ₦117m

The bulletproof car’s features includes a self-contained oxygen supply that can protect the Prime Minister from a chemical attack, a 13 mm explosive resistant steel plate underneath the body, titanium and Kevlar lined cabins, armoured windows and run flat tyres.


Akeem ReachnaijaJune 5, 2019
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Israel’s First Lady, Nechama Rivlin, is reportedly dead at the age of 63. Rivlin who died on Tuesday morning, will be laid to rest on Wednesday afternoon at Mt. Herzl. Her coffin will be placed at the Jerusalem Theater between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., after which the cortege will depart to Mt. Herzl. At 6 p.m. Nechama will be laid to rest at the Gedolei Hauma (Leaders of the Nation) section, where eulogies will be delivered.

Flags at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem were lowered to half mast in a sign of mourning, just after Israel’s first lady who is survived by her three children – Rivka, Anat and Ran – and seven grandchildren was confirmed dead.

“At the request of the family, and as a mark of their deep appreciation for the concern shown by the citizens of Israel during her illness, the public is invited to participate in both events,” the President’s Residence said.


Akeem ReachnaijaJune 5, 2019
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Queen Elizabeth II laid on the grandest of welcomes to Donald Trump and his entourage last night, the highest of honours possible for a visiting head of state.

The President led the 170 guests who were treated to a lavish feast of halibut, lamb and strawberry sable amidst the splendour of the Buckingham Palace ballroom.

The opulent room, the largest of the palace State Rooms, was completed in 1855 during the reign of Queen Victoria and is now used for official events, including investitures and State Banquets.

While guests including Melania, Ivanka and Tiffany Trump were no doubt struck by the scale and opulence of the setting, they might not have realised they were also surrounded by countless treasures from the Royal Collection.

1. Six large crystal chandeliers
2. 18th century woven and silk wool Gobelins tapestry
3. Silver gilt sideboard dish circa. 1813
4. Standing candelabra made for Queen Victoria
5. Queen’s Yeoman of the Guard
6. Gilt wood wall lights from 1908
7. Statues symbolising History and Fame
8. Gold-embroidered velvet throne canopy, 1908
9. Two thrones made for the coronation ceremony of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, 1902
10. Silver-gilt candelabra, many from George IV’s reign
11. Pair of mounted jardinières, acquired in 1847


Akeem ReachnaijaJune 2, 2019
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Every village in the United Kingdom used to have a pub, a church, and a general store. Today, pubs (short for “public houses”) have become iconic, a popular destination for visitors to try drinks, traditional pub meals, and the cultural ambiance.

But these local landmarks are closing quickly; only 39,000 are left in England, down a quarter from 20 or so years ago. There are now more church buildings than pubs, according to recent figures announced last month by the National Churches Trust.

But the number of churches overall is falling too, just not as fast. The share of Christians in the UK is declining, as in America and other parts of the Western world. Total secularization isn’t inevitably around the corner for at least two reasons. First, surveys show that many who say they have “no religion” still believe in God, pray, say they have a soul, or even read the Bible. Second, there is actually substantial growth among certain types of churches in the UK, all in the context of God’s promise to build his church.

The three biggest UK denominations—Anglicans, Roman Catholics, and Presbyterians—are all declining quite quickly. Overall, their numbers have gone down 16 percent in just the last five years, Presbyterians the fastest (down 19%). Two other major groups are also declining, Baptists and Methodists, but they are much smaller in size.

The three major denominations form 60 percent of church members, and the smaller two another 16 percent. The remaining members often belong to the types of churches that are seeing the most growth right now—many of which have a Pentecostal bent, ranging from immigrant-founded denominations to Hillsong campuses.

Their increase, although significant, is unfortunately not enough to compensate for the drop among the bigger churches, but has moderated the overall decline. I’ll share below which kinds of churches are growing the fastest amid demographic shifts in the UK.

Immigrant churches, black majority churches, and reverse mission churches
London is the epicenter for growing churches. Between 2005 and 2012, overall church attendance (not membership) in London went from 620,000 people to 720,000, a 16 percent increase. The number of churches increased by two a week, from 4,100 to 4,800. During this time, the city welcomed immigrants both from Europe and the rest of the world, its population growing from 7 million to 8 million in 10 years.

Many of those newcomers were Christians and sought a church that spoke their language. More than 50 different languages are spoken in London’s churches; 14 percent of all the services held in the city are not in English.

The trend has since spread into other major urban areas, where churches draw in fellow believers who share the same language, outlook, culture, and so on. This is effectively the principle first enunciated by Donald McGavran, the church growth guru, who said, “People like to stay with their own people,” the so-called homogeneous unit principle.

Many of these churches conducting worship in other languages are Roman Catholic. Others are “black” churches, also called Black Majority Churches (BMCs). They too are immigrants but have been in the UK for much longer, often now in their third or fourth generation.

They first came as part of the Windrush generation, named for the ship that berthed in 1948 with many from the West Indies (the Caribbean). Rejected initially by the native white churches, they formed their own groups, like the New Testament Church of God, Elim Pentecostal Church, Apostolic Church, Assemblies of God, and others.

They have been joined in the last 25 years or so by others coming from West Africa, the “reverse mission” churches, like the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Potters House Christian Fellowship, Mountain of Fire Ministries, Church of Pentecost, and others. Many of these are starting new churches.

Founded in Lagos, Nigeria, the RCCG, for example, has started over 800 churches in the UK since 1993, led by a man with clear vision and effective strategy, Pastor Agu Irukwu. His 4,000- strong Church of All Nations in Brent, West London, adopted the mantra “a church within 10 minutes walking distance.” That comes straight out of the Nigerian bush country where no one goes to church by car or taxi.

It is effectively the “parish” system used by the three largest denominations, but the RCCG pursue it energetically: “You live near us, come and join us, you’ll enjoy it, we are warm and lively, and you haven’t far to go.” Many respond; the RCCG is now the largest Pentecostal denomination in the UK.


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 29, 2019
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The death toll from a traffic jam of climbers on Mount Everest in the Himalayas, the world’s highest summit, has risen to 10, officials said on Saturday, as a record number of people tried to use a brief window of good weather to make it to the top.

The death toll for the 2019 climbing season on the 29,000-foot mountain currently stands at 17 over all, according to government tallies, the worst in decades, excluding major natural disasters such as avalanches and earthquakes.

Climbers waiting in queues while climbing are sucking up mountaineers’ limited oxygen supply and exposing them to the harsher winds for longer.

A line of climbers at 150metres away from the summit waiting to reach the summit of Mount Everest on Wednesday.

The lines appear to have contributed to several deaths.

The latest casualty on the mountain was identified as Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, of Britain, who died Saturday morning at about 28,215 feet, the authorities said.

Nepal’s tourism ministry issued permits to a record 381 climbers this season, each at a cost of about $11,000(about ₦4million)

In 2018, 346 permits were granted.

An Australian climber is fighting for life after he was found unconscious on Mount Everest around 7000ft where ten climbers have died in nine days.

Four crew members from the Tibet Himalaya Expedition Company brought the unidentified man down part of the mountain Wednesday evening.

Elia Saikaly posted this picture he took while he was on the treacherous mountain on Thursday, a dead body can be seen still tethered dangling from the mountain.

Mr Sakaily wrote: ‘This poor human being perched 7000ft above.’


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 25, 2019
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Tornado packing winds of 160 mph tore through a General Motors and Toyota auto dealership complex in Jefferson City, Missouri on Wednesday night, damaging or destroying at least 500 vehicles and leaving them piled in crumpled heaps across the massive lot.

This shocking footage has revealed the devastation caused by a monster tornado which ripped through Jefferson City in Missouri leaving a massive trail of destruction.

More than three people have been killed and hundreds homeless.

Carey Riley looks over damaged cars at a Toyota dealership he owns with his two brothers Thursday, May 23, 2019 after a tornado tore though Jefferson City, Missouri late Wednesday.

 

Both cars and homes were destroyed in the devastating tornado that hit Jefferson City on Thursday night.

Trucks and mobile homes were destroyed in the savage winds that hit Jefferson City in Missouri yesterday.