Archive: Jul 2015

US family make million-dollar gold find from Spanish fleet off Florida

 

Gold coins and gold chain

A family made the discovery of a lifetime off the coast of Florida after getting a catch of a million dollars worth of Gold.

Diver Eric Schmitt was diving off the Florida coast when he discovered the sparkly treasure from a 1715 Spanish shipwreck.

The find included 51 gold coins of various denominations and 40ft (12m) of ornate gold chain, said Brent Brisben, whose company, 1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels LLC, owns the rights to the wreckage.

Brisben said he timed the announcement to coincide with Friday’s 300th anniversary of the sinking of 11 galleons brought down by a hurricane off the coast of Florida, as the convoy was sailing from Havana to Spain.

Eric Schmitt found the artefacts in 15ft (4.5m) of water off Fort Pierce, approximately 130 miles (210km) north of Miami.

The Spanish convoy’s manifests indicated the ships carried cargo valued today at about $400m (£257m), of which $175m had been recovered, Brisben said.

His company bought the rights to the site in 2010 from heirs of treasure hunter Mel Fisher. The firm allows others, including the Schmitts, to search under subcontract agreements.

Director General of the DSS, Lawal Daura is APC member – PDP

 

Press statement from the PDP…

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at its meeting today thoroughly considered a number of very important issues pertaining to the state of affairs in our nation.

The NWC brings to the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari to some disturbing development in the polity which, if not nipped in the bud, might significantly affect our democracy and stability as a nation negatively, and that is the growing and unwarranted intrusion of some over-zealous security operatives on issues bordering purely on politics.

In particular, the NWC wishes to draw the attention of the President to the continued intimidation, harassment as well as the hounding, arrest and detention of Electoral Officers and members of election tribunals by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Rivers, Akwa-Ibom and other PDP states.

The NWC notes that this unfortunate development has been the case since the appointment of the new Director General of the DSS, Alhaji Lawal Musa Daura, whom we learnt was a critical intelligence stakeholder of the APC as a card-carrying member of that party during the campaigns. This is ungodly and unacceptable.

We do hope that in his new job, the Director General of DSS is not mixing issues on the APC presidential candidate and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, hence the need for Mr. President to rein him in as the development is capable of eroding the cherished independence of the judiciary and the electoral commission, a sine qua non for a virile democracy, which guarantees our unity and stability as a nation.

Similarly, we urge Mr. President to take a critical look at the issue of the appointment of Mrs. Amina Zakari as Acting Chairman of INEC for which our party has severally raised some salient issues why she is not suitable for that position. It is incontrovertible that Mrs. Zakari by virtue of her blood relationship with Mr. President cannot preside over the affairs of an Independent National Electoral Commission.

Nigeria belongs to all of us irrespective of political, religious and ethnic affiliation and as a responsible political party we shall not fold our hands and watch while our nation drift along dangerous line.

Furthermore, the NWC commends and congratulates the PDP caucuses in the Senate and the House of Representatives on the smooth emergence of the Minority leadership in the National Assembly. We note that the process was without any interferences whatsoever from the leadership of our great party in keeping with the dictates of the independence of the legislature.

Finally, the NWC deliberated on the state of the party in Ekiti State and resolved that it only recognizes the state Exco led by Chief Idowu Faleye. The NWC however summons all critical stakeholders in the party administration in Ekiti State to a meeting with the national leadership on the issues in the state chapter.

Signed:

Prince Uche Secondus
Acting National Chairman

Mikel Obi May be the next Chelsea Captain – Mourinho

Mikel and Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has said that Super Eagles midfielder, John Mikel Obi, has all the qualities required to become Chelsea captain some day.

The Blues boss was responding in a question and answer session with reporters.

“Mikel is, after John (Terry), the guy with most years of Chelsea. I think (Cesc) Fabregas has personality for a captain too. Eden is coming with big status now and was voted one of the top ten players in Europe last year. In my opinion he should be in the top three not in the top ten.

House Of Lords Member disgraced bows out of office after snorting Cocaine

 

Lord Sewel was secretly filmed snorting a line of cocaine at his Westminster flat with  £200-a-night call girls

Lord Sewel has today quit the House of Lords and finally apologised for the ‘pain and embarrassment’ he caused his humiliated family.

The disgraced peer caved in to pressure and resigned his peerage saying: ‘I can best serve the House by leaving it’.

He added: ‘I hope my decision will limit and help repair the damage I have done to an institution I hold dear. Finally, I want to apologise for the pain and embarrassment I have caused.’

It came after yet more lurid details about his sex life emerged, including his boast of bedding a mystery BBC presenter.

He told two prostitutes he snorted cocaine with: ‘I had her in the attic’.

Lord Sewel’s reputation is in tatters after a video emerged of him cavorting with two sex workers in his central London flat, behind the back of his third wife Lady Jennifer.

The married father of four was filmed necking champagne and vodka before using a £5 note to snort lines of cocaine from a table and later from the breasts of a sex worker 45 years his junior.

Last night a Scotland Yard drugs squad with sniffer dogs raided the London flat where he held his sex and drugs parties. They searched the flat for three hours and left carrying several bags of evidence as part of their investigation.

Sewel, who has not been arrested, is said to have fled the property in Pimlico’s Dolphin Square development on Saturday night and has not been seen since.

The next morning he quit his £84,500-a-year role as deputy speaker of the Lords and chairman of the Lords Privileges and Conduct Committee in the wake of the scandal – but had refused to leave the Lords completely until today.

New scandal: Lord Sewel today finally resigned his peerage as he boasted of having sex with a BBC presenter

He is also to be stripped of his privileges and banned from using Parliament’s grand dining rooms.

Under rules drawn up to encourage older members of the Lords to stand down, retiring peers can apply for a special parliamentary pass, eat in exclusive restaurants and use the library.

Lord Sewel’s humiliated wife Lady Jennifer made it known to MailOnline yesterday that he was ‘not expected’ to return to their marital home in Aberdeenshire.

Culled from the Daily Mail 

Saif – Al Islam Sentenced To Death In Libya

 

saif al islam

Saif Al-Islam, the son of of Former Libyan leader, Col. Muammar Gadaffi has been sentenced to death by a Libyan court over war crimes during the 2011 revolution which led to the toppling of the Gadaffi regime.

Former Prime Minister, Baghdadi al-Mahmoud as well as Abdullah Senussi, Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief were also sentenced to death.

Saif Al-Islam, held by a militant group who have refused to give him up was sentenced in absentia. Although the International Criminal Court has voiced concerns about the conduct of the trial, it is important to note that the death sentence can be appealed.

 

Late Whitney Houston daughter Bobbi Kristina finally dies

 

Bobbi Kristina

After 6 painful months in a coma, and failed attempts to resuscitate her, Bobbi finally died yesterday 26th July 2015.

Brown, the daughter of late superstar Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, died Sunday at the age of 22, a representative of the Houston family said in a statement.

“Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away Sunday, July, 26 2015, surrounded by her family,” the statement said. “She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”

On June 24, Bobbi Kristina’s aunt, Pat Houston, announced that her niece had been moved to a hospice facility.

“Despite the great medical care at numerous facilities, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s condition has continued to deteriorate,” Houston’s statement said. “As of today, she has been moved into hospice care. We thank everyone for their support and prayers. She is in God’s hands now.”

Many had worried the young woman was haunted by some of the same demons as her mother.

She opened up to Oprah Winfrey during an interview in March 2012 about how she was coping with the loss of her mother.

“I can hear her voice telling me to keep moving, baby, I gotcha,” she said. “She’s always with me. I can always feel her with me.”

Brown was joined in her grief by Nick Gordon, who was taken in by Houston when he was 12 years old and who was raised alongside Bobbi Kristina.

Gordon and Brown became romantically involved after Houston’s death, and tensions between the Gordon and Houston families over the relationship were part of the storyline on Lifetime’s short-lived reality show “The Houstons: On Our Own.”

Rest In Peace Dear