Lifestyle – Lotts Photo http://lottsphoto.com/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 06:02:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://lottsphoto.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/default-130x130.png Lifestyle – Lotts Photo http://lottsphoto.com/ 32 32 A 4.8 billion shilling mansion and a Hollywood lifestyle for a fraudulent Kenyan nurse https://lottsphoto.com/a-4-8-billion-shilling-mansion-and-a-hollywood-lifestyle-for-a-fraudulent-kenyan-nurse/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 06:02:33 +0000 https://lottsphoto.com/a-4-8-billion-shilling-mansion-and-a-hollywood-lifestyle-for-a-fraudulent-kenyan-nurse/ By Vincent Achuka In the second and final part of this series about how a Kenyan family stole 230 billion shillings from US taxpayers by filing fraudulent claims on a medical scheme for poor elderly US citizens, we explain how Faith Newton, a nurse, ran a parallel scam that mirrored a previous one that was […]]]>

By Vincent Achuka

In the second and final part of this series about how a Kenyan family stole 230 billion shillings from US taxpayers by filing fraudulent claims on a medical scheme for poor elderly US citizens, we explain how Faith Newton, a nurse, ran a parallel scam that mirrored a previous one that was run by her husband and managed to steal three times the sum stolen by her husband before his arrest.

Sprawling over six acres of lush green lawn in North Andover, Massachusetts, USA, sits a 10,777 square foot red brick mansion that is so well known in the world’s wealthiest country that several real estate agents have called it “the most popular house in America”.

With its nine bedrooms, six homes, four-car garage, gourmet kitchen, helicopter landing pad and backyard overlooking Lake Cochichewick, 440 Great Pond Road, as the property is called, can best be described as an over-the-top mansion, castle, or real estate suitable for celebrities or anyone with an endless supply of money.

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The colonial-style house is so popular that in 2013, the American cable television company HBO decided to make it the central location of their comedy film. Clear storystarring Hollywood star Larry David, attracting interest from news networks.

But with a price tag of $2 million and located thousands of miles from Hollywood, where it would have been easier to find a buyer, the house, for years, found no one who could afford it. .

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Then suddenly, on March 10, 2016, the agents selling it announced that they had found a buyer.

He wasn’t a celebrity or a famous entrepreneur. She was a nurse from Kenya. Faith Newton Kimaru, 56, had come to the United States years earlier to provide care for the elderly and had finally found her American dream – or so it seemed.

First, she spent $150,000 on a brand new white Italian-made Maserati Granturismo, with a 4.8-liter V8 engine that can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds.

Faith Newton

Faith Newton fraudulently made $100 million (230 billion shillings) using a network of recruiters, mules and money launderers using Arbor Homecare Services LLC, a company she started in February 2013 and which she led until last year when she was arrested.

She then paid for the entire house by wire transfer of $2,012,177 from her Bank of America account to attorney Robert Wyman, who then forwarded the money to property manager Anthony Dinapoli.

Mr. Dinapoli had bought the property in 2002 for $2 million and had spent more than a decade expanding and renovating it in the hopes of making a killing.

But after failing to find a buyer, he just sold it at any price as long as it wasn’t less than he paid.

FBI lead

Around the time the mansion was put on the market, detectives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were closing in on Faith’s husband, Francis Nderitu Kimaru, who is also a Kenyan and was wanted for fraud.

Compassionate Homecare LLC, a company the couple started in 2010, was suspected of fraudulently receiving $34 million by making sham claims to a medical insurance plan for elderly, sick and poor Americans.

With his passport frozen and unable to travel to Kenya, where he could have at least tried to get rid of US law enforcement who were on his case, Mr Kimaru opted to strike a plea bargain deal with the US government.

But, instead of keeping a low profile, his wife, who hadn’t been arrested for the scam, created a side scheme using the same tricks she had learned over time. In total, the family allegedly stole $134 million between 2010 and January last year.

Faith fraudulently made $100 million (12 billion shillings) using a network of recruiters, mules and money launderers using Arbor Homecare Services LLC, a company she started in February 2013 and has run until last year when she was arrested.

Like her husband’s business, Compassionate Homecare, also in Massachusetts and launched three years earlier, Arbor marketed itself as a home care facility that provided services to the elderly.

But unlike Compassionate Homecare, where Faith and her husband were on the list of directors, Arbor Homecare had on paper Benjamin Njoroge Muiruri as the sole owner.

The company was registered in February 2013 under number 454320346, with its physical address at 3 Court House Lane, Unit 9.

In fact, no one knew Faith was involved in any way with Arbor Homecare until she was arrested along with her employee Winnie Waruru.

“Faith Newton was co-owner and operator of Arbor Homecare Services LLC. Waruru was a licensed practical nurse employed as a home nurse in Arbor. The two engaged in a conspiracy to use Arbor to defraud Medicare of at least $100 million,” the US Department of Justice said after their arrest.

False declarations

Arbor’s modus operandi was in many ways similar to that of Compassionate Homecare. The idea was to make as much money as possible from fake claims to the US Medicaid program using non-existent patients.

The program, which is funded by the states and federal government, is administered indirectly by licensed medical providers.

Francis Kimaru, a Kenyan nurse

Francis Kimaru, a Kenyan nurse who in February was ordered to return $6.53 million in exchange for a two-year suspended sentence after agreeing to steal $34 million while running a fraudulent medical scheme in the Massachusetts, United States.

Providers then enroll eligible members of the population who meet the criteria established by individual states, and then bill the government for the services they provide after certification by a licensed physician.

Arbor received her certification to join the program in August 2013, just seven months after its incorporation. Faith and her accomplices immediately got to work.

First, they hired patient recruiters whose job was to scout the neighborhood for potential “patients”.

These fake patients, who in most cases were entire families, would be paid whether or not they needed health services to shut up.

Recruiters would in return earn $600 for each fake patient recruited into the program.

Millions of dollars poured in.

The money was then transferred to 40 different bank accounts to other Kenyans, including Mercy Nyagah, Andrea Njoroge, Marcus Njoroge and Benjamin Muiruri before being used to buy the luxury property or saved in trust funds.

It is not known whether Faith or her husband have ever invested their stolen money in their home country of Kenya. The Nation was unable to establish where they came from in Kenya before emigrating to the United States.

Along with the nine-bedroom mansion at 440 Great Pond Road in North Andover, Massachusetts, Faith also invested an additional $2.3 million in a five-bedroom home at 2 Woolsack Drive in Westford for her accomplices Mercy, Andrea, Marcus and Benjamin live there.

She also spent $347,074) on a three-bedroom mansion at 12 Mountain View Drive in Dracut that she put up for rent and another $116,069 on a three-bedroom house in the same neighborhood that was also put up for rent. .

The US government filed a lawsuit seeking to confiscate all of these assets and the money saved in Faith’s 40 bank accounts.

His accomplices Mercy, Andrea, Marcus and Benjamin, although not prosecuted in the robbery orchestrated by Arbor Homecare, have been put on notice in the forfeiture case.

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Los Angeles brand Rams and Legends creates limited-edition ‘We are Legends’ lifestyle collection https://lottsphoto.com/los-angeles-brand-rams-and-legends-creates-limited-edition-we-are-legends-lifestyle-collection/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 16:01:40 +0000 https://lottsphoto.com/los-angeles-brand-rams-and-legends-creates-limited-edition-we-are-legends-lifestyle-collection/ Fans are encouraged to visit the Equipment Room and purchase the first of two items in the “We are Legends” collection online. Items available include Legends’ iconic Relay shorts in an exclusive yellow splatter print, a unisex Hawthorne Tech hoodie, and rounding out the collection, Legends’ iconic aviation t-shirt in black and white (men’s cuts […]]]>

Fans are encouraged to visit the Equipment Room and purchase the first of two items in the “We are Legends” collection online. Items available include Legends’ iconic Relay shorts in an exclusive yellow splatter print, a unisex Hawthorne Tech hoodie, and rounding out the collection, Legends’ iconic aviation t-shirt in black and white (men’s cuts and women). Reminiscent of the laid-back Los Angeles lifestyle, the four pieces highlight the athleisure elements of the collection. Limited edition merchandise can be purchased while supplies last.

Featured in the collection’s marketing assets are Rams defensive back Nick Scott and 2021 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Andrew Whitworth.

Fans who attended the Rams-Falcons game had the chance to preview and purchase the limited-edition apparel in the SoFi Stadium Equipment Room, ahead of today’s official launch.

Legends is a lifestyle and performance brand based in Los Angeles, California. With an ownership group that includes some of the world’s greatest athletes and entertainers, Legends harnesses the power of culture, entertainment and sport to craft unique pieces for everyday comfort and self-expression. Launched in 2019, Legends is the first direct-to-consumer athleisure brand designed and developed by professional athletes influenced by modern culture and fashion.

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Almanac for Saturday, September 17, 2022 | Way of life https://lottsphoto.com/almanac-for-saturday-september-17-2022-way-of-life/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 07:37:00 +0000 https://lottsphoto.com/almanac-for-saturday-september-17-2022-way-of-life/ Today is the 260th day of 2022 and the 89th day of summer. TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Rube Foster (1879-1930), baseball player/manager; William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), physician/poet; Hank Williams Sr. (1923-1953), singer-songwriter; George Blanda (1927-2010), football player; Anne Bancroft (1931-2005), actress; Ken Kesey (1935-2001), author; Phil Jackson (1945- ), basketball player/coach; Baz Luhrmann (1962- ), filmmaker; Kyle […]]]>

Today is the 260th day of 2022 and the 89th day of summer.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Rube Foster (1879-1930), baseball player/manager; William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), physician/poet; Hank Williams Sr. (1923-1953), singer-songwriter; George Blanda (1927-2010), football player; Anne Bancroft (1931-2005), actress; Ken Kesey (1935-2001), author; Phil Jackson (1945- ), basketball player/coach; Baz Luhrmann (1962- ), filmmaker; Kyle Chandler (1965- ), actor; Jimmie Johnson (1975- ), racing driver; Flo Rida (1979- ), rapper; Alex Ovechkin (1985- ), hockey player; Patrick Mahomes (1995- ), football player.

FACT OF THE DAY: NASA unveiled its first space shuttle, Enterprise, at a ceremony in Palmdale, California on this day in 1976.

SPORTS TODAY: In 2004, Barry Bonds became the third player in baseball history (after Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth) to hit 700 career home runs.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “All I know is this: No one is very big in the first place, and it seems to me that everyone goes through life tearing everyone down.” — Ken Kesey, “Flight Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

NUMBER TODAY: 30 years — A state of war existed between Israel and Egypt when the Camp David Accords were signed on this day in 1978.

TODAY’S MOON: Last Quarter Moon (September 17).

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Bhagyashree presents exercises that will help burn fat around the belly https://lottsphoto.com/bhagyashree-presents-exercises-that-will-help-burn-fat-around-the-belly/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 07:50:21 +0000 https://lottsphoto.com/bhagyashree-presents-exercises-that-will-help-burn-fat-around-the-belly/ Some new mothers worry that their bellies will become “loose and flabby after giving birth.” While a slow and gradual recovery through diet and nutrition is recommended, some core strengthening exercises can also help burn belly fat, especially around the belly. As such, actor and nutritionist Bhagyashree Dassani took to Instagram to share effective exercises […]]]>

Some new mothers worry that their bellies will become “loose and flabby after giving birth.” While a slow and gradual recovery through diet and nutrition is recommended, some core strengthening exercises can also help burn belly fat, especially around the belly.

As such, actor and nutritionist Bhagyashree Dassani took to Instagram to share effective exercises that can help if done daily. “New mothers worry that their bellies will become loose and flabby after childbirth. But core strength is also important for most of our daily activities,” she captioned her post.

How can belly fat be reduced?

According to the actor, fat reduction is mainly achieved through eat properly and ensure your gut is working optimally. Combining diet and fitness can help achieve your goal optimally.

She also demonstrated some simple exercises to build core strength as well as targeting fat burning around the belly.

*Mountaineers

* Get into a plank position with the weight evenly distributed between your hands and toes.
*Check your form – your hands should be about shoulder-width apart, back flat, abs engaged and head aligned.
* Pull your right knee towards your chest. Switch legs by pulling one knee out and tucking in the other.
* Keep your hips down and run your knees as far and as fast as you can.

*Bosu Ball knee pads

* Press your feet into the stability ball.
* Use your abs to hold as you bend your knees and tuck back.

* Leg extensions or bosu ball lifts

* Press your feet into the bosu or stability ball.
* Use your arms to alternately hold each of the legs of the bosu ball.

How many times?

Beginners can do three sets of 20 mountaineer reps, moving to bent knees on the bosubal then to leg extensions (lifts).

Why do them?

“These exercises will help regain and build core strength,” she said.

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Healthy eating: nutrients that women don’t get enough of https://lottsphoto.com/healthy-eating-nutrients-that-women-dont-get-enough-of/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 23:11:05 +0000 https://lottsphoto.com/healthy-eating-nutrients-that-women-dont-get-enough-of/ how much you need Daily: 750mcg for adult women. Foods rich in it: Poultry, eggs, mackerel, fruits like mango, papaya and watermelon, as well as vegetables like tomatoes, red pepper and carrots, and cornflakes. A 100g serving of chicken has 50mcg of vitamin A, 100g of duck will give you 69mcg, 100g of cornflakes has […]]]>

how much you need Daily: 750mcg for adult women.

Foods rich in it: Poultry, eggs, mackerel, fruits like mango, papaya and watermelon, as well as vegetables like tomatoes, red pepper and carrots, and cornflakes. A 100g serving of chicken has 50mcg of vitamin A, 100g of duck will give you 69mcg, 100g of cornflakes has 812mcg, while 100g of red pepper has 1,510mcg.

Too many good things: This can lead to vision changes such as blurred vision, bone pain, nausea, vomiting, dry skin, and sensitivity to bright light like sunlight.

6. VITAMIN B12

Why it matters: Helps with brain function, nerve tissue health, red blood cell production and energy levels – it has been linked to the production of serotonin (the chemical messenger that makes us happy).

Deficiency symptoms: Fatigue, weakness, nerve damage, megaloblastic anemia, depression, memory loss and dementia.

how much you need Daily: 2.4 mcg for adult women and 2.6 mcg-2.8 mcg for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Foods rich in it: Beef, tuna, enriched nutritional yeast, sardines and cheese. A 100 g serving of beef contains 5.9 mcg of vitamin B12, 100 g of tuna contains 10.9 mcg, and 100 g of cheese contains 1 mcg to 3 mcg.

Too much of a good thing Although it is rare to have serious side effects from consuming too much, it can still lead to rashes, rosacea, headaches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

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World Suicide Prevention Day 2022: Ways to Reduce Anxiety and Depression https://lottsphoto.com/world-suicide-prevention-day-2022-ways-to-reduce-anxiety-and-depression/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 07:55:45 +0000 https://lottsphoto.com/world-suicide-prevention-day-2022-ways-to-reduce-anxiety-and-depression/ Depression and anxiety manifest in different ways for different people, and the level of anxiety and depression one experiences also varies. “When anxiety or depression affects daily life and interferes with your daily activities for a prolonged period, professional help should be sought,” said Sana Rubiyana, Counseling Psychologist, Fortis Hospital, Richmond Road, Bangalore . This […]]]>

Depression and anxiety manifest in different ways for different people, and the level of anxiety and depression one experiences also varies. “When anxiety or depression affects daily life and interferes with your daily activities for a prolonged period, professional help should be sought,” said Sana Rubiyana, Counseling Psychologist, Fortis Hospital, Richmond Road, Bangalore . This world suicide prevention dayObserved annually on September 10, Rubiyana lists activities that can help deal with anxiety and depression.

* Make time to practice yoga daily, listen to soothing/relaxing/rhythmic music, meditate (mindful meditation), receive a message once in a while for the momentary release of tension or practicing relaxation techniques (deep breath, inhale and exhale slowly).

* Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip meals, your mood also depends on what you eat, as people who do not feel like eating when they are anxious or depressed, may try to eat smaller meals with increased frequency.

*Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and other substances that can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks. Alcohol acts as a depressant and should be avoided. Caffeine has been shown to make people more nervous.

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* Get enough sleep. Your body needs extra sleep and rest during any mental health crisis. The number of hours doesn’t really matter, but the quality of sleep does. Avoid screen time two hours before bedtime. Screen time delays sleep by at least two hours. Give yourself “me time” before bedtime to improve sleep quality.

*Daily exercise preferably during the day. Your brain releases endorphins during exercise, a happiness hormone. It helps to improve your mood and you will feel good and it will help you maintain your health well.

Reduce feelings of anxiety and stress with some breathing exercises. (Source: Pexels)

* Perfectionism is an anxiety disorder. Instead of aiming for perfection, which is not possible, be proud of being so close to your goals. Design “SMART” goals that are (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound).

*Accept that you can’t control everything. Put your anxious and depressed thoughts into perspective: is it really as bad as you think? Most people experience anxiety because of their “need for control”. Learn to accept the fact that not everything is in your control. The only things you can control are your mindset and perspective.

* Good laughter goes a long way. Use humor, jokes, and laughter as a way to deal with the crisis, as it eases the situations in your mind.

* Maintain a positive attitude. Try to replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts. You can use positive affirmations as much as possible to see changes in your thought patterns from negative to positive.

* Build a network and get involved. Find ways to be active in your community, which builds a support network and gives you a break from everyday stress. Talk to people you trust about what you think and feel. Ask for help from people around you. Speaking out loud and being heard can significantly reduce your anxiety and depression.

* Learn what triggers your anxiety. Is it work, family, school or something else you can identify? Write in a journal when you feel stressed or anxious and look for a trend.

anxiety workout Exercise can help with good nutrition (Source: Canva)

* Start keeping a journal. Write about everything you think and feel, and begin to recognize your emotions. When you have no one to share with, these pages can become your ears. Journaling also puts things into perspective and clarifies your thoughts. You can also keep a gratitude journal if you suffer from depression. It will make you recognize small joy, small positive changes and also increase your sense of gratitude.

* Get a routine. Have a program will keep you grounded and ease your anxiety levels.

*Seek professional help. Start with regular counseling and therapy. Some may also need to see a psychiatrist for medication. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help. Take care of your mental health as much as you would your physical health.

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Women Speak Up Town Hall targets destigmatization of menstruation | Homes and lifestyle https://lottsphoto.com/women-speak-up-town-hall-targets-destigmatization-of-menstruation-homes-and-lifestyle/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 05:02:00 +0000 https://lottsphoto.com/women-speak-up-town-hall-targets-destigmatization-of-menstruation-homes-and-lifestyle/ Posted on September 7, 2022 | 10:02 p.m. The Santa Barbara County Commission for Women will present a free virtual town hall Women Speak Out, 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 15 on destigmatizing menstruation and advancing period positivity. Last October, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 367 (AB 367) into law requiring California public schools, […]]]>

Posted on September 7, 2022
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The Santa Barbara County Commission for Women will present a free virtual town hall Women Speak Out, 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 15 on destigmatizing menstruation and advancing period positivity.

Last October, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 367 (AB 367) into law requiring California public schools, community colleges, and universities in the state of California to provide free menstrual products. , the same way they provide toilet paper and paper towels.

AB-367, The Menstrual Equity for All Act, led by California MP Cristina Garcia, inspired by the Scottish Parliament’s unanimous passage of a bill to make free menstrual products available in all public places in 2020 .

The California Menstrual Equity for All Act follows an earlier version of this legislation aimed at addressing menstrual poverty in California public schools with a poverty rate of 40%. This earlier support was intended to help prevent absenteeism among girls in need, among other economic and social consequences. As many as one in four teenagers have missed school due to menstrual poverty.

Featured panelists for the Town Hall event are:

Third District Supervisor Joan Hartmann
Rose Munoz, president of the Santa Barbara Unified School District
Kind Cup Designer and Founder Christine Brown, Entrepreneur
Jasmine Herrera, student at the University of California at Berkeley

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Anna Everett, Commissioner of the Second District.

To attend the event via Zoom, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87967078953.

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Shoppers ignore lockdown lifestyle as sales of comfy clothes plummet https://lottsphoto.com/shoppers-ignore-lockdown-lifestyle-as-sales-of-comfy-clothes-plummet/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 23:01:00 +0000 https://lottsphoto.com/shoppers-ignore-lockdown-lifestyle-as-sales-of-comfy-clothes-plummet/ Shoppers are putting lockdown firmly behind them as they buy more formal wear and travel-related items rather than loungewear. John Lewis annual sales figures suggested consumers are turning away from wire-free bras, velor tracksuits, jigsaws and wall desks. The retailer’s annual How We Shop, Live And Look report found that sales of wire-free bras fell […]]]>

Shoppers are putting lockdown firmly behind them as they buy more formal wear and travel-related items rather than loungewear.

John Lewis annual sales figures suggested consumers are turning away from wire-free bras, velor tracksuits, jigsaws and wall desks.

The retailer’s annual How We Shop, Live And Look report found that sales of wire-free bras fell by a third, while sales of velor tracksuits fell 50%.

Meanwhile, John Lewis has pulled the wall desks from sale altogether as customers have “rejected the pitfalls of a life in lockdown”.

Sales of puzzles, which became popular as people discovered new hobbies during lockdown, were also down 68% from a year ago.

The retailer’s report also suggests customers are returning to lunches away from home, with soup machine sales down 12% and bread bins down 42%.

Instead, sales of carry-on-ready laptop bags increased by 20% and travel mugs increased another 65%.

As weddings and social events resumed their full swing this year, sales of formal hats soared 168% and sales of smart menswear increased 60%.

To prepare for these events, Britons bought more ironing boards (up 19%) and made sure they smelled good, with perfume sales up 24%.

This is in stark contrast to sales during previous UK lockdowns, which saw loungewear sales increase by 1303% in 2020.

When the country was plunged into a strict lockdown again in December 2021, sales of loungewear surged as people swapped party clothes for comfortable clothes to stay indoors.

However, some shopping trends have confused the retailer, with consumers buying seven times more Ugg sheepskin boots than a year ago, while sales of 90s-style Casio watches rose 81%. .

Sales of toastie makers were also up 63% – but John Lewis noted shoppers were “not greedy about it” as sales of sliced ​​white bread rose 17% at Waitrose.

A spokesperson for John Lewis said: “This year we have seen a sea change in buying behavior. Customers appreciated the return of travel, part-time office work and in-store shopping.

“But our in-depth analysis has shown that the combination of living in an always-on digital world and the societal change accelerated by Covid have cemented our appreciation of the everyday.

“Shoppers always want products that help them make the most of everyday moments, like inviting family and friends over for dinner and prioritizing their well-being.”

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R. Kelly’s lawyers begin the defense; he says he won’t testify | Way of life https://lottsphoto.com/r-kellys-lawyers-begin-the-defense-he-says-he-wont-testify-way-of-life/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 21:57:20 +0000 https://lottsphoto.com/r-kellys-lawyers-begin-the-defense-he-says-he-wont-testify-way-of-life/ CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for R. Kelly began mounting a defense Thursday in Chicago against federal charges of child pornography, incitement to sex with minors and the fixation of his state trial in 2008, with a first witness claiming that the singer was himself the victim of blackmail. The presentation to the jurors will not […]]]>

CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for R. Kelly began mounting a defense Thursday in Chicago against federal charges of child pornography, incitement to sex with minors and the fixation of his state trial in 2008, with a first witness claiming that the singer was himself the victim of blackmail.

The presentation to the jurors will not include Kelly on the witness stand.

Judge Harry Leinenweber asked Kelly directly Thursday morning if he wanted to testify, and the Grammy Award winner replied that he would not.

The judge raised the issue minutes before lawyers for Kelly and two co-defendants began calling their first witnesses, working to counter two weeks of government testimony – including from four women who accused Kelly of sexual abuse.

Co-defendant Derrel McDavid, a longtime Kelly business manager, is accused of helping Kelly rig the 2008 trial, in which Kelly was acquitted. McDavid said he would testify. Co-defendant Milton Brown is charged with receiving child pornography. Like Kelly, he said he wouldn’t testify.

Testifying would have been risky. At times, Kelly exploded in anger under tough questions, which could hurt her defense.

He lost his temper in a 2019 interview with Gayle King on “CBS This Morning.” As she pressed him with accusations of sexual abuse, he stood up, crying and gesticulating. “I didn’t do that thing!” he shouted. ” It is not me ! I’m fighting for my… life!

Lawyers for the three defendants essentially share witnesses. McDavid’s legal team called the first defense witness, McDavid’s friend and former police officer Christopher G. Wilson. He testified that McDavid told him in 2001 that a Kelly merchandising agent, Charles Freeman, was trying to blackmail the R&B star.

Free man testified earlier for the government that Kelly and his associates agreed to pay him $1 million to track down and return a video which featured Kelly describing how she was handed bags full of cash as payment. He said the money was for services rendered, not an offer of extortion. Prosecutors say the payments were part of a plot to obstruct investigators leading to Kelly’s 2008 trial.

In cross-examination, Wilson admitted that he had not witnessed first-hand anyone trying to extort Kelly, saying he relied on what McDavid told him.

A conviction on just one or two of the charges at the Chicago trial could add years to a 30-year sentence Kelly has already received from a federal judge in New York. in June for racketeering and sex trafficking convictions.

Through witnesses on Thursday, the defense also sought to raise doubts about the ages of a few accusers, saying at least one of them may have been 17, the age of consent in Illinois, when Kelly sued her for sex.

There was nothing necessarily sinister about Kelly or his employees dealing with the money, another defense witness, former Kelly studio intern Tom Arnold, told jurors. Kelly rarely used his own credit cards and preferred cash transactions, added Arnold, who said he once brought Kelly $125,000 in a backpack.

The highlight of the prosecutors’ presentation was the testimony two weeks ago of a 37-year-old woman who used the pseudonym “Jane”. She described Kelly sexually assaulting her hundreds of times beginning in 1998, when she was 14 and Kelly was around 30.

Closing arguments are expected to take place in the middle of next week.


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Singer, songwriter and actor Jencarlos Canela will launch a personal and professional NFT series on the ReserveBlock RBX network with an interactive fan vote to determine the direction and results of the release https://lottsphoto.com/singer-songwriter-and-actor-jencarlos-canela-will-launch-a-personal-and-professional-nft-series-on-the-reserveblock-rbx-network-with-an-interactive-fan-vote-to-determine-the-direction-and-results-of/ Tue, 30 Aug 2022 15:30:00 +0000 https://lottsphoto.com/singer-songwriter-and-actor-jencarlos-canela-will-launch-a-personal-and-professional-nft-series-on-the-reserveblock-rbx-network-with-an-interactive-fan-vote-to-determine-the-direction-and-results-of/ MIAMI, August 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — American phenomenal singer, songwriter and actor Jencarlos Canela today announced to his 4 million social media followers and fans that he will be releasing a personal and professional NFT series using the ReserveBlock protocol. .io). The series will cover a variety of personal and professional aspects of Jencarlos’ life […]]]>

MIAMI, August 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — American phenomenal singer, songwriter and actor Jencarlos Canela today announced to his 4 million social media followers and fans that he will be releasing a personal and professional NFT series using the ReserveBlock protocol. .io). The series will cover a variety of personal and professional aspects of Jencarlos’ life and career, including music, acting and lifestyle interactions, mental health and life performance coaching, and subscriptions. exclusive to clothing. The series is expected to be hugely diverse and uniquely useful that goes far beyond digital ownership through ongoing experiences, interactivity and collaboration with Canela itself and potentially even royalty sharing.

For the first time in history, fans who wish to participate in these one-of-a-kind shows will be part of Jencarlos’ creative process with this series by voting and commenting on a site launched by Canela himself. Voting will be cast directly with Canela and will help determine which series launches first as well as influence the scheduling of each before the hit. Voting will potentially expand to certain features in each series allowing for continued fan interaction as each NFT evolves with holders.

The actor and songwriter, who recently starred in ‘The Man from Toronto‘ with Kevin Hartsaid, “I’ve wanted to create an NFT series for a while now, but I really wanted to create them by connecting with my fans in a way I’ve never seen before! While that’s incredibly exciting to me, I’m empowering my fans to getting involved in deciding which series I release first and helping shape the functionality of each!To me, that’s what NFTs should really be about…connecting and interacting with a utility that has multiple possibilities and outcomes. I can’t wait to see what we create together.”

Voting site details will be announced by the end of September, and voting will be open for a two-week period where the final direction of the series will be determined.

About the ReserveBlock RBX Network

RBX is the first open source decentralized NFT core blockchain that enables true peer-to-peer operability for NFT minting and trading with or without the need for centralized authority. With an ecosystem that provides a full suite of on-chain tools, RBX reduces friction and ongoing burdens by providing an environment for everyone to participate with seamless, trust-free functionality through a master wallet or web wallet by validating over the network and/or write a smart contract without the necessary code. The RBX network is currently in mainnet beta.

For Jencarlos Canela and RBX Other requests:
Website: reserveblock.io
Discord: discord.com/invite/PnS2HRETDh
Twitter: twitter.com/ReserveBlockIO
Instagram: instagram.com/reserveblockio
Github: github.com/ReserveBlockIO
Jencarlos Canela:
Instagram: @jencarlosmusic

Press contacts:
Chelsea Olivier[email protected]

SOURCE ReserveBlock Foundation

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