Queen Elizabeth was target of assassination plot during 1981 New Zealand visit, documents reveal

Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 9:22 PM

Queen Elizabeth II was the target of an assassination plot in 1981 when she visited an island in the Commonwealth of New Zealand, according to recently revealed secret documents.
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Queen Elizabeth II was the target of an assassination plot in 1981 when she visited an island in the Commonwealth of New Zealand, according to recently revealed secret documents.(Chris Cole/Allsport/Getty)

Recently declassified intelligence documents revealed that a troubled 17-year-old boy attempted to murder Queen Elizabeth II while she was visiting the Commonwealth nation of New Zealand in 1981.

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While the queen was touring the city of Dunedin on New Zealand’s south island on Oct. 14, 1981, a mentally disturbed teenager named Christopher Lewis fired a single shot toward the her as she exited her motorcade at the Otago Museum, according to papers from the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS). No one was harmed in the incident.

Lewis turned himself in to local police, who found a .22-caliber rifle and a used cartridge in the building where he had used the firearm. Official believed that the incident would damage the country’s chances of another royal visit, so they only sought firearms and robbery charges against the teen, the documents suggest.

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“Current police investigations into the shots have been conducted discreetly, and most media representatives probably have the impression that the noise was caused by a firework of some description,” a 1981 memo from the intelligence service said.

“There is a worry, however, that in court the press may make the connections between the date of the offence and the Queen’s visit,” it added.

“Lewis did indeed originally intend to assassinate the Queen,” the intelligence memo reads. “However [he] did not have a suitable vantage point from which to fire, nor a sufficiently high-powered rifle for the range from the target,” Agence France-Presse reported.

Lewis informed officials that he was a member of a right-wing militia group known as the National Imperial Guerilla Army, although police soon concluded the organization only had three members, which included a higher-ranked figure called the Polar Bear and another called The Snowman, who reportedly issued an order to “terrorize Dunedin.”

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Lewis eventually ended up in jail after he was convicted of a string of offenses. He committed suicide in his cell in 1997, authorities said.

The details have prompted a fresh police investigation into the alleged “cover up.”

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Joe Jackson tweets after reports of terminal cancer diagnosis: ‘the sun sets when the time comes’

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:42 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 6:01 PM

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UPDATE June 24:

After reports emerged that Joe Jackson had cancer and not much longer to live, the Jackson family patriarch appears to have commented on the matter himself.

“I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see,” he tweeted Sunday with a photo of himself against a sunset. “The sun rises when the time comes and whether you like it or not the sun sets when the time comes.”

ORIGINAL STORY, June 22:

Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family, doesn’t have much longer to live, according to one of his sons, Jermaine Jackson.

According to the Daily Mail, Joe Jackson, 88, has an “undisclosed terminal illness” and his family members alleged that his handlers are not allowing them to see him. TMZ reported that he is in a hospital with terminal cancer.

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“No one knew what was going on -- we shouldn’t have to beg, plead, and argue to see our own father, especially at a time like this,” Jermaine Jackson told the Daily Mail. “We have been hurting. We were not being told where he was and couldn’t get the full picture. Even from the doctor. My mother was worried sick.”

Jermaine Jackson said family members just want to be near their patriarch during this time.

“He’s very very frail. He doesn’t have long. The family needs to be by his bedside -- that’s our only intention in his final days,” he said.

Reports say Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family, is terminally ill and does not have much longer to live. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for BET)(Leon Bennett/Getty Images for BET)

According to the Daily Mail, Jackson family matriarch Katherine, her daughters Rebbie and Joh'Vonnie and Rebbie’s daughter Yashi Brown were able to visit Joe Jackson in Las Vegas Tuesday. TMZ reported that Katherine Jackson and some children and grandchildren were able to come by for a hospital visit. It is not clear from the Daily Mail’s report if family members visited Joe Jackson at his Las Vegas home, at the hospital or both.

The British tabloid claims that, according to a source close to Janet Jackson, she has also been denied access to her father.

No other members of the Jackson family have publicly commented on the reports.

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Actress Brigitte Nielsen delivers 5th child, a daughter, at age 54

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:22 PM

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Actress Brigitte Nielsen has a new baby, delivering her fifth child, a daughter, on Friday in Los Angeles, according to People magazine.

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Nielsen, 54, announced her pregnancy last month on social media. The  baby, named Frida, is the first child for her husband Mattia Dessi.

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“We are overjoyed to welcome our beautiful daughter into our lives,” the couple told People. “It’s been a long road, and so worth it. We’ve never been more in love.”

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People reported the baby weighed in at 5 pounds, 9 ounces.

The star of “Red Sonja” and “Beverly Hills Cop II” has been married four times before and has four sons. The oldest is 34.

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Actress Brigitte Nielsen, 54, reveals fifth pregnancy in Instagram posts

Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 @ 3:57 PM

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Danish actress, model and reality TV personality Brigitte Nielsen is reportedly pregnant with her fifth child.

Entertainment Tonight reported that the 54-year-old known for her roles in “Beverly Hills Cop II” and “Red Sonja” revealed the news in the form of an Instagram post Sunday. She followed up with another post Wednesday. In each, she wears a white top and cradles what appears to be a sizable bump. 

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“Family getting larger,” Nielsen captioned the Sunday photo post.

“Happy time (heart emoji) positive vibes,” she captioned the follow-up image. Both were also posted on Nielsen’s Twitter page.

Nielsen has been married to Italian TV producer Mattia Dessì since 2006. ET reported that she has four adult sons from previous relationships. Nielsen’s son, Julian Winding, 34, is from her marriage to Kasper Winding, which lasted from 1983 to 1984. She had Killian Marcus Nielsen, 28, from her relationship with Mark Gastineau, and her sons Douglas Aaron Meyer, 25, and Raoul Ayrton Meyer Jr., 23, are from her marriage to Raoul Meyer, which lasted from 1993 to 2005.

Nielsen’s most notable romantic relationships come from her two-year marriage to Sylvester Stallone and her reality TV romance with rapper Flavor Flav after the two met on VH1’s “The Surreal Life.”

Other than posting the photos, Nielsen hasn’t commented on her pregnancy. She only liked a reply to her May 27 post that said, “Congratulations.” She responded to the tweet with a kissing face emoji.

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‘Fixer Upper’ stars Chip and Joanna Gaines fined $40,000 over EPA violations

Published: Thursday, June 07, 2018 @ 3:54 PM

VIDEO: "Fixer Upper" Stars Chip and Joanna Gaines Fined $40K Over EPA Violations

The stars of HGTV’s popular home improvement show “Fixer Upper,” Chip and Joanna Gaines, have settled with the Environmental Protection Agency over alleged violations of lead paint removal at more than 30 properties the couple worked on.

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The Gaines and their remodeling company, Magnolia Homes, based in Waco, Texas, agreed to pay a $40,000 fine after EPA officials saw violations of the Renovation, Remodeling and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) on the show.

The RRP was enacted to insure homeowners and remodelers are not exposed to dangerous levels of lead from lead-based paint often used in homes built before 1978, when the paint was banned. The regulation requires contractors who are remodeling older houses to take precautions to reduce the risk of exposure.

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“Video footage of Magnolia’s renovations of older homes appearing in several seasons of “Fixer Upper” reviewed by EPA did not depict the lead-safe work practices normally required by the RRP Rule,” the agency said in a statement on its website.  

The Gaines took immediate action to comply with the RRP rule and agreed to pay a fine over the violations, EPA officials said. The couple also agreed to spend $160,000 to help remove lead from older homes with children in Waco neighborhoods.

Real estate pros Chip Gaines (R) and Joanna Gaines attend AOL Build Presents: "Fixer Upper" at AOL Studios In New York on December 8, 2015 in New York City.(Rob Kim/Getty Images)

Children younger than 6 are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely impact mental and physical development, and even cause death in the worst cases, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The most common sources of lead poisoning in children are lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in older buildings, but contaminated air, water and soil can also cause dangerous exposure.

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For adults, the most common exposure occurs in those who work with batteries, auto repair workers and home renovators.

 

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