Sierra Leone News : Out Going President Says he will Retire from Politics Immediately After Handing Over…

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This news was tweeted today by renowned journalist Umaru Fofanah.According to him,the out going president of Sierra Leone has made it clear that he will be retiring from Politics come next week after the results would have been called.

The presidential run off between Dr.Samura Kamara and Rtd.Julius Maada Bio have finally taken place today and Sierra Leoneans all around the world are looking forward to see who will be declared the next president of Sierra Leone.

Below is the tweet from Umaru Fofanah:

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Arnold Schwarzenegger underwent An Emergency Open Heart Surgery

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, went to Cedars-Sinai Thursday 25th March, for a catheter valve replacement, but things quickly got serious.

TMZ says the catheter procedure is pretty experimental, and he had complications during that ordeal. Doctors were on hand in case something like that happened, and they determined he needed to have emergency open-heart surgery. The whole thing lasted several hours, and Arnold is said to currently be in stable condition. E! News says his family, including Maria Shriver, have not commented.

Arnold has had to deal with heart problems ( Back in 1997, he went to Mexico for elective surgery to replace an aortic valve. The Terminator claimed it had nothing to do with steroids and everything to do with bad genes.

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Visa applicants to the US must now provide their social media history – State Department

The United States government is proposing to collect social media identities from nearly everyone who seeks US Visa, according to a new State Department filing.

The proposal which is a broad expansion of the information gathered from applicants for U.S. visas, if approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), would require most immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants to list all social media identities they have used in the past five years.

The information will be used to vet and identify them, according to the proposals, which would affect about 14.7 million people annually. The proposals support President Donald Trump’s promise to institute “extreme vetting” of foreigners entering the United states to prevent terrorism.  Previously, under rules instituted last May, consular officials were instructed to collect social media identifiers only when they determined “that such information is required to confirm identity or conduct more rigorous national security vetting,” a State Department official said at the time.

The State Department said then that the tighter vetting would apply only to those “who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities.”  The American Civil Liberties Union expressed concern, saying the move would have a “chilling” effect on freedom of speech and association.

“People will now have to wonder if what they say online will be misconstrued or misunderstood by a government official,” Hina Shamsi, director ACLU’s National Security Project, said in a statement.  “We’re also concerned about how the Trump administration defines the vague and over-broad term ‘terrorist activities’ because it is inherently political and can be used to discriminate against immigrants who have done nothing wrong,” he said.

“There is a real risk that social media vetting will unfairly target immigrants and travelers from Muslim-majority countries for discriminatory visa denials, without doing anything to protect national security.”  The new proposal was published in the Federal Register on Friday. The public has 60 days to comment on the revised procedures before the OMB approves or rejects them.

If approved, the measures also will require applicants to submit five years of previously used telephone numbers, email addresses and their international travel history. They will be asked if they have been deported or removed from any country and whether family members have been involved in terrorist activities, the department said.  The department said it intends not to routinely ask most diplomatic and official visa applicants for the additional information

Canadian Singer “The Weeknd” Admits he nearly gave Selena Gomez his kidney before their break up

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Selena Gomez and The Weeknd, née Abel Tesfaye, went their separate ways in October 2017, after about 10 months together. Selena reunited with on-and-off boyfriend Justin Bieber shortly afterwards.

The weeknd revealed that he nearly donated one of his kidneys to her before their break-up.

He made the claim in his newly released 6-song EP, “My Dear Melancholy” where he clearly spoke about his pop star ex in his new song “Call Out My Name”.

The Weeknd sings “falling for you was my mistake,” and goes on to say: “I said I didn’t feel nothing, baby, but I lied I almost cut a piece of myself for your life Guess I was just another pit stop ‘Til you made up your mind You just wasted my time.’

Last year, Gomez underwent a kidney transplant due to complications from lupus. Her friend, Francia Raisa, eventually donated the organ to save her life.

A month after Selena and The Weeknd broke up in October, after 10 months of dating she linked up with her first love Justin Bieber.

In The Weeknd’s closing track, “Privilege,” he apparently wished Selena the best in life.

He sings: “Enjoy your privileged life ’cause I’m not gonna hold you through the night . . . And I don’t wanna hear that you are suffering, you are suffering, no more.”

Fans of the weeknd,had reactions to this shocking revelation,check out their comments below:

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The world’s most Beautiful Restroom-Norway

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Looks like in Norway,the idea of a public restroom is all about to change,as the Scandinavian country just opened up what is being called, “The World’s Most Beautiful Public Restroom.” And, well, it’s pretty cool looking.

Set on the edge of a fjord in the town of Gildeskål, the wave-shaped building with glass walls offers visitors not only a place to relieve themselves, but views of the Norwegian Sea, distant snow-covered mountains, and if they’re lucky, the Northern Lights.

‘Ureddplassen,’ as it’s otherwise known, is actually a $2 million memorial that pays tribute to 42 men who died in 1943 when their Royal Norwegian Navy submarine hit a German mine during WWII and sank.

The installation can be found along the Norwegian Scenic Route, Helgelandskysten (meaning the coast of Helgeland)– the longest of Norway’s 18 scenic routes. The drive spans from Jektvik to Kilboghamn, and brings road trippers on a journey through glaciers, across the Arctic Circle, and down the western coast. The trip is about 270 miles long and includes six ferry rides. Ureddplassen lies roughly in the middle of the route, making it the perfect place to take a break.

The building is stunning year round, so be sure to stop for a nice break, picnic on the beach or just simply to marvel at the surrounding rock formations and Norway’s idyllic landscape.

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Woman Ordered A pair of white trousers online but Instead She Got Something else.lol (Photos)

The picture above is the the trousers she ordered but Instead of what she paid for online she was given an oversized one.lol

She bought the white trousers from Pretty Little Thing and it was delivered, but she was shocked to see the giant-sized trousers delivered to her.

Sophie said she ordered the correct size, so it wasn’t her mistake. She shared photos of what she ordered vs what she got on twitter and tagged Pretty Little Thing with the caption: “@OfficialPLT not what i ordered tho is it”.

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Al Sharpton Embraces Stephon Clark’s Brother at Funeral; Slams White House for calling shooting a ‘local matter’

The Reverend Al Sharpton is not impressed with the White House’s response to the police overkill of an unarmed black man in Sacramento, California. 22-year-old Stephon Clark was shot 20 times after he was spotted hopping a fence into his grandmother’s backyard during a police foot chase.

Clark is suspected of attempting to break into a car and a home on 29th Street on March 18. Police say he fit the description of the suspect who wore a black hoodie. Two pursuing officers claim they mistook his cell phone for a gun.

Sharpton supported Clark’s family, including his brother Ste’vante Clark, at Clark’s funeral on Thursday.

The reverend condemned the White House for calling the police shooting a “local matter” rather than a federal rights violation.

“They have been killing black men all across the country,” said Sharpton. “We are going to start standing up. It’s time to stop this madness. We will make Donald Trump and the whole world deal with police misconduct. Stephon Clark has woke up the nation.”

Report: Fabolous punched Emily B SEVEN times, knocking out her two front teeth

More details have emerged about the domestic violence incident involving rapper Fabolous and his longtime partner Emily Bustamente. The violence outlined in court papers is much worse than originally reported.

The rapper, whose real name is John Jackson, allegedly knocked out Bustamente’s 2 front teeth and threatened to kill her, her father and her brother.

Englewood Police said in a statement, obtained by Northjersey.com, that Jackson, who turned himself in to police on Wednesday night, became enraged when he found out Bustamente was in California.

Jackson and Bustamente are New Jersey residents.

According to court documents, the alleged violence stemmed from an earlier incident on March 7, when Jackson traveled to Los Angeles on a business trip and “became enraged” after he found out via Instagram that Bustamente was also in Los Angeles.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, while on a flight back from Los Angeles, Bustamente received a text message from Jackson, 40, saying he wanted to hit her in the head with a baseball bat and that he would kill her but he “did not want to go out like that.”

Bustamente told police she was scared for her life.

After arriving home in New Jersey, Bustamente was punched by Jackson “seven times” in the face “causing severe damage to her two front teeth,” which she later lost, according to court documents.

Court documents state that Bustamente called her father and asked him to remove two handguns in the New Jersey home she shared with Jackson.

“The victim called her father to remove two handguns from the residence due to her fear that they may be used against her,” according to the affidavit. When Jackson arrived at the Kenwood Street residence, he confronted the victim, her brother, and father, but then went to the upstairs of the residence looking for the handguns which had been removed.

“When he could not locate the guns, the defendant left the house, but not before informing the victim, her father and her brother that he had a bullet for them,” according to court documents.

Jackson was accompanied to the police precinct on Wednesday by his attorney. He was booked, fingerprinted and released on bond with a court date.

Jackson and Bustamente share two sons. She also has a 20-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

United Nations peacekeepers finally leave Liberia after 15 years!

Today, UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) finally concluded a 15-year mission in the one-time war-torn country, describing its operations as a success.

The UN said the peacekeepers were departing a “stable and grateful Liberia” as peacekeeping mission in the country formally ceased operations on Friday after aiding Liberia’s transition from ravaging civil war to a hopeful era of peace.

The conclusion of the 15-year operation follows a landmark election that resulted in the country’s first transfer of power from one elected president to another in 70 years.  The newly elected President, George Weah, spoke for many Liberians as he thanked the UN for helping to make that possible.

“In our darkest days, the UN stood with us,” Weah said in his inaugural address in January.  Weah, a former football star, won the presidency in a runoff election in December, succeeding Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who had served since 2006. Speaking at an event recently in Monrovia to mark the completion of the peacekeeping mission, Weah pledged that the good work of the UN would not be forgotten.  “We will not fight again, we promise you,” the new president said.

Liberia, the first independent country in Africa, enjoyed nearly a century and a half of stability before falling into chaos, enduring two devastating civil wars between 1989 and 2003.  By some reports, more than 250,000 Liberians were killed and nearly a third of the population was uprooted while 80 per cent of Liberian women and girls suffered conflict-related sexual violence. The Security Council established the peacekeeping mission for Liberia in October 2003, as violence lingered even after warring factions agreed to a cease-fire and a plan for political rebuilding.  As peacekeepers first arrived, “the entire country was in turmoil,” Lt.-Gen. Daniel Opande, the pioneer Commander of UN forces in Liberia, said, adding: “People were moving from place to place, looking for safety or for food”.

A newly secure environment enabled more than a million refugees and internally displaced persons to return to their homes.  The Government established its authority throughout the country and by now has successfully held three presidential elections.  According to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the Nigerian troops were the military backbone of (UNMIL), from 2003 to 2018 while about 20,000 Nigerians served in Liberia, with more than 1,500 women.  However, their service did not come without sacrifice as 200 peacekeepers lost their lives due to illness, accidents or other causes while serving in Liberia.  With peace elusive in many regions where UN forces have been deployed for years, the auspicious conclusion of the Liberia mission represents a success for UN peacekeeping, which has 110,000 men and women deployed in 15 operations worldwide.  UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Amina Mohammed, noted during her visit to Liberia recently that a generation ago, Liberia was in “free-fall”.  According to her, “the closure of UNMIL marks the transition of all three countries to peace and democracy.”

In a sobering statement to the Security Council in New York, UN Secretary-General António Guterres praised the successes of peacekeeping in West Africa.  The UN chief, however, highlighted the “serious challenges” that confront ongoing deployments in several other African countries and called for advances in military equipment and preparedness on the limits and roles of UN peacekeepers.  “Put simply, peace operations cannot succeed if they are deployed instead of a political solution, rather than in support of one,” he said.  In Liberia, a broadly shared commitment to a new, democratic political order was an essential key to progress.

The 2017 presidential election, which led to the victory of Weah, was a collective success for all Liberians, said Farid Zarif, the former Afghan diplomat who has served as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNMIL for nearly three years. “It was a culmination of all the hard work that was done in post-conflict Liberia – on the part of the people of Liberia, the political leaders, the media, the civil society organisations,” Zarif said.  One of UNMIL’s core mandates was to help the Liberia National Police build its capacity to take over security responsibilities.

In July 2016, the UN handed over all security tasks to the Liberian authorities – a benchmark on the path to the March 2018 full withdrawal of the mission.  Bintou Keïta, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, saw first-hand the results of the years of mentoring, training, and capacity-building.  She said during a recent visit to Liberia: “One proof that it worked is that there was no such huge violence during the preparations for the election.”

With stability restored and UNMIL planning to exit, the mission partnered with local organisations on development projects that could improve the lives of the Liberian people.  A series of “quick impact” projects were carried out across the country, including sustainable farming, agriculture, baking collectives, recycling, climate action, and urban development.  Yacoub El Hillo, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Liberia, said that the projects are an example of ongoing UN support for sustainable peace and development.  “It is true that UNMIL is closing, but through projects like these, new openings are being made possible for Liberians to go further,” said El Hillo, who will stay on as the UN Resident Coordinator, working with numerous UN agencies whose development work in Liberia will carry on.

Despite all of its achievements, Liberia still remains fragile on many fronts, noted Special Representative Zarif adding “We should not just presume that everything is fine and leave the country without any assistance.”  “Liberia is going to continue to require the solidarity, the support, and help of the international community for the long haul but they have already started demonstrating that they are the ones who are responsible for the future of their country.”

Naomi Campbell in Nigeria for Arise Fashion Week…

Nigeria’s President Buhari caught up with international model, Naomi Campbell, at the Eko Atlantic city today March 30th. The President was at the Atlantic center to commission it. Naomi is currently in nigeria for the Arise Fashion week…

Sony Pictures Television Has set a deal with Nigeria-Based Studio EbonyLife For Action-Drama TV Series 

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The deal includes three scripted television series, one of which will be based on the Dahomey Warriors, the real-life warriors who served for over 200 years in what is the present-day country of Benin. The Dahomey Warriors are considered to be the inspiration for Black Panther‘s all-female bodyguards, the Dora Milaje.
The development of this series will begin immediately and the other scripted projects will be set soon, with Sony Pictures Television distributing the shows internationally.

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Beautiful people 💕💕 I am pleased to announce to you all, the good news that I promised to share with you. EbonyLife Limited and Sony Pictures Television has signed a 3 year deal on 3 exciting scripted TV projects set to be distributed internationally, yes!! To networks around the world👏🏾👏🏾 The 3 year project deal is the first of its kind, between Sony Pictures and a Nigerian/African company. Our 3 projects will include a TV series inspired by The Dahomey Warriors. This action packed series inspired by true events took place in the West African kingdom of Dahomey in 1890's. This is an empowering story of the all female warriors from our continent!!! I could not be more proud as we developed this story👏🏾. I thank Sony for being such visionaries, for committing huge resources to this project. The plans for these projects are massive. To include A listers as part of our cast. I am talking: Game of Thrones, Outlanders, Marco Polo. This is the level of support being made by Sony Pictures. But what also gladdens my heart, is that there will also be great opportunities for cast and crew from across the continent to include Nigeria of course🇳🇬 This is a true partnership. Thank you Sony Pictures TV for believing in us. I have said time and time again, "if you can think it, you can do it". My vision for EbonyLife has always been to take our stories to the world, and to change our narrative and now we have an opportunity to do this with a world class organization such as Sony Pictures. My Lord and God, thank you 🙏🏾🙏🏾. I congratulate the EbonyLife team on all the hard work that has brought us this far. To my mum, my kids, sisters, friends, thank you all so much for your love, support and prayers. Hollywood here we come, meet Nollywood💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 In this picture with me are; Mark Young, Senior Vice President, Distribution & Sales UK, Ireland, Africa, Iberia at Sony Pictures and Kunle Falodun, Vice President Distribution Africa – Sony Pictures For more update – #varietymagazine #thisdaynewspaper #businessday #guardiannewspaper #c21media

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“Ever since our launch in June 2013, our vision has always been to change the narrative about Africa and to tell our stories from our perspective. We have invested in the creation of quality programming and the development of our people and their ideas. It is this ethos that has given us the opportunity to partner with a world-class organisation like Sony Pictures Television. Now we have the opportunity to bring the fascinating story of The Dahomey Warriors, and many others like it, to audiences around the world. It has been hard work getting here, but that’s what we are known for at Ebony Life. As I always say, ‘If you can think it, you can do it,’ said Ebony Life CEO Mo Abudu.
“Mo Abudu is one of the most formidable and creative figures in Nigerian television, and with Ebony Life her and the team are creating something that is truly ground-breaking and extraordinary. Our aim is to help Ebony Life create a portfolio of African content that will fulfil their aim of being one of Africa’s prime creator of premium content,” Wayne Garvie, President, International Production, Sony Pictures Television added,
This is the third known project on the Dahomey Amazons. Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o are starring in The Woman King, set at TriStar Pictures. Another scripted, live-action series is in development from NCIS producer Charles F. Johnson, along with French producer/director/writer Joy Fleury, and producer Karen Gordy, with no network set.

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According To a Judge,Cancer Warnings Must be Indicated On Starbucks Coffee In California

A little-known not-for-profit group sued some 90 coffee retailers, including Starbucks, on grounds they were violating a California law requiring companies to warn consumers of chemicals in their products that could cause cancer.

One of those chemicals is acrylamide, a byproduct of roasting coffee beans that is present in high levels in brewed coffee.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle said in a decision dated Wednesday that Starbucks and other companies had failed to show there was no significant risk from a carcinogen produced in the coffee roasting process, court documents showed.

Starbucks and other defendants have until April 10 to file objections to the decision.

Starbucks declined to comment, referring reporters to a statement by the National Coffee Association (NCA) that said the industry was considering an appeal and further legal actions.

In his decision, Berle said: “Defendants failed to satisfy their burden of proving by a preponderance of evidence that consumption of coffee confers a benefit to human health.”

Officials from Dunkin’ Donuts (DNKN.O), McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N), Peet’s and other big coffee sellers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The lawsuit was filed in 2010 by the Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT). It calls for fines as large as $2,500 per person for every exposure to the chemical since 2002 at the defendants’ shops in California. Any civil penalties, which will be decided in a third phase of the trial, could be huge in California, which has a population of nearly 40 million.

CERT’s lawyer Raphael Metzger did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Starbucks lost the first phase of the trial in which it failed to show the level of acrylamide in coffee was below that which would pose a significant risk of cancer. In the second phase of the trial, defendants failed to prove there was an acceptable “alternative” risk level for the carcinogen, court documents showed.

Several defendants in the case settled before Wednesday’s decision, agreeing to post signage about the cancer-linked chemical and pay millions in fines, according to published reports.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie accepts 2018 Barnes & Nobel ‘Writers for Writers’ Award in New York👌🏾

In November 2017 Poets & Writers announced that the 2018 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Awards will be given to Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, as well as Steve Cannon, and Richard Russo.

The Writers for Writers Award was established by Poets & Writers in 1996 to recognize authors who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community.

According to Poets & Writers, “The three writers we honor this year have not only expanded our horizons through their own writing, they are dedicated to supporting other writers and to bringing diverse voices into the literary conversation.”

The award was presented at Poets & Writers’ annual dinner, In Celebration of Writers, on Wednesday evening, March 28, in New York City.

For the event which held Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who has been championing a “Wear Nigerian” campaign, was gorgeous in a black and yellow outfit from Nigerian brand Muse Factory.

Moscow says it will close US consulate in St Petersburg and expel same number of diplomats from nations that have expelled Russians

Russia is on a retaliation spree. Moscow has said it will expel 60 diplomats and close the US consulate in St Petersburg in retaliation for the expulsion of Russian diplomats over the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain.

This announcement was made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. He said Russia would expel the same number of diplomats from the nations that have expelled Russian diplomats over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Julia, 33, in Salisbury earlier this month.

Lavrov said that Jon Huntsman, the US ambassador, had been informed of “retaliatory measures” on Thursday.

Lavrov added that the same will go for other nations that expelled Russian diplomats this week.

After the poisoning of Skripal, who was a Russian double agent, and his daughter in England, Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats from the UK. Moscow retaliated by also expelling 23 British diplomats from Russia. Then America, in support for their closest ally, expelled 60 diplomats and shut down the Russian consulate general in Seattle. Russia has now replied in kind.

Two dozen countries, including the US, many EU nations and NATO, have ordered more than 150 Russian diplomats out this week in a show of solidarity with Britain.

A Mother with a chronic back pain finds epidural needle in her spine 14 years after giving birth

A woman who suffers horrible back pain has discovered she has had part of an epidural needle stuck in her spine from the time she gave birth 14 years ago.

Amy bright, 41, gave birth to her sixth and youngest son Jacob by c-section at a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida in 2003. Shortly after giving birth, she began to experience severe back pain and it has had a debilitating effect on her life ever since.

Last year she finally discovered the cause of her pain after a CT scan revealed a 3cm-long chunk of needle buried in her spine. The needle had allegedly broken off when she was given an epidural during Jacob’s birth 14 years ago. She said she was “livid, upset and scared” at the revelation.

The needle in her spine caused extensive nerve damage, leaving Amy with limited use of her left leg and foot.

She said: “Every time I move and walk and bend and twist and sleep, that needle moves inside my spine. For 14 years, I’ve been creating scar tissue in my spine from this needle moving.”

Speaking of the pain she has suffered, she explained: “It feels like fire, like a poker next to my tailbone. On occasion, it shoots down the left side of my leg on my calf, and then down and into my foot.”

Amy has been told she could be permanently paralysed whether or not the needle is removed now. She will have to rely on pain medication and physical therapy to manage the damage for the rest of her life.

She said: “It has gotten to the point where it just burns constantly. I’m very scared of my future. [My leg] is getting weaker. I’m probably going to be in a wheelchair. It’s scary because I don’t know. I don’t know what my future holds. I’m very paranoid and scared.”

Amy is now attempting to sue the hospital where she gave birth, Florida’s Naval Hospital, claiming staff knew the needle had broken off but neglected to do anything about it, even though the damage could have been avoided.

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Cricket Player Steve Smith Breaks down in tears and Apologises for The pain he’s brought to Australia

Steve Smith has issued a grovelling apology through tears as he faced a press conference after being sent back home in disgrace for his involvement in the ball tampering scandal.

The 28-year-old arrived in Sydney on Thursday night after receiving a year-long cricket ban and having his multi-million dollar Indian Premier League contract ripped up.

An emotional Smith – who knew of the plan to cheat in the third Test against South Africa but failed to stand in – told reporters ‘good people make mistakes’, and accepted full responsibility.

Good people make mistakes and I’ve made a big mistake by allowing this to happen,’ he said.

‘It was a huge error of judgement on my behalf and I’m deeply sorry.’

Smith broke down in tears several times during the press conference, as his father Peter comforted him by placing a hand on his son’s shoulder.

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New York rapper, DMX has been sentenced to one year in prison for tax evasion.

The 47-year-old rapper was handed the sentence during a hearing in Manhattan on Wednesday, after having pleaded guilty to the charges last year November.

The rapper who was first arrested in July 2017, was facing 14 charges of tax fraud. He initially pled not guilty and paid $500,000 to be released on bail, but later pled guilty to one count in November as part of a deal with authorities.

According to TMZ, the New York rapper would have faced up to 4 years in prison if the deal hadn’t been struck. But following the12 months jail term, DMX whose real name is Earl Simmons will have three years of supervised release when he’s out of prison.

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