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New Zealand Police Say “No Signs of Life” Remain After White Island Eruption

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A massive volcanic eruption has taken place on New Zealand‘s White Island this week, and has taken the lives of at least 5 people, with many more casualties feared to be discovered in the days ahead.

Police and rescue reporters have announced that they have called off search and rescue missions in the region, as they have not seen any signs of life in their recent surveys of the area.

At least 30 people have been wounded in the disaster thus far, and they are currently being treated at nearby hospitals and pop-up medical centers. Most of the victims are suffering from very serious burns on large portions of their bodies.

During a press conference on Tuesday morning, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern​ said that there were two separate groups sightseeing and studying on the island when it erupted.

“We can confirm that among those currently listed as missing or injured are New Zealanders who were part of the tour operation, and tourists from Australia, the United States, the UK, China, and Malaysia. That is to the best of our knowledge,” the Prime Minister said.

It is estimated that only 50 people were there at the time of the eruption, but many of them are still unaccounted for. The island is not a heavily populated place, and no one actually lives there full time, but many visitors come each year.

“The police Eagle helicopter, rescue helicopter, and NZDF aircraft have undertaken a number of aerial reconnaissance flights over the island since the eruption. No signs of life have been seen at any point,” a statement from police said.

Eruption of the White Island Volcano

Video of the eruption of the Whakaari/White Island Volcano in New Zealand.This was vision captured by Michael Schade who had been on the island only 20 minutes earlier with his family and a tour group. Up to 50 people may have been on the island at the time, a number of people are unaccounted for.

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Experts have been warning tourists about the possibility of a massive eruption at the site for years. Just three years ago there was another eruption on the island, but it continued to be a hotspot for tourists despite the obvious dangers.

Ray Cas, a professor emeritus at Monash University, wrote in a statement for the Australian Science Media Centre, that the island was a “disaster waiting to happen for many years.”

Cas said that he visited the island himself twice, and has always felt that it was too dangerous to allow daily tour groups to make regular visits.

New Zealand‘s White Island

Photo Credit: MICHAEL SCHADE

While the volcano on the island has erupted many times before, this is the first deadly eruption in over 100 years, since 1914. According to toGeoNet, the longest historic eruption episode was from 1975-2000. During that time, many collapses and explosion craters developed.

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Aside from the tourists who visit on a regular basis, the island is uninhabited and is located roughly 50km off the coast of North Island of New Zealand, in the Bay of Plenty.

However, many generations ago there were people who lived and worked on the island, mining resources like gunpowder and sulfur. The island is privately owned by the Buttle Family Trust. It was bought by George Raymond Buttle, a stockbroker in 1936.

Buttle later refused to sell it to the government, but agreed in 1952 that it be declared a private scenic reserve.

The island itself would not actually be there if it was not for the volcano, as it has been built up by continuous volcanic activity over the past 150,000 years. The island is also sometimes called Whakaari, and it is the most active volcanic site in New Zealand.

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Lil Uzi Vert Has $24 Million Diamond Installed In His Head

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The rapper Lil Uzi Vert has recently had a $24 million diamond surgically installed into his forehead. The rapper has reportedly been saving for the strange body modification for the past three years.

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He told reporters that the diamond costs more than his home and all of his cars put together. Oddly enough, the diamond could cost more than his entire net worth, which has been estimated at no higher than $16 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

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Lil Uzi gained initial recognition following the release of the commercial mixtape Luv Is Rage in 2015, which led to a recording contract with Atlantic Records.

The rapper attracted mainstream attention following the release of his debut single “Money Longer” in 2016. After releasing two additional mixtapes in 2016 and 2017, including one in collaboration with Gucci Mane, Lil Uzi Vert was featured on the Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping Migos’ single “Bad and Boujee”. He later secured his first top ten single with “XO Tour Llif3”, which won the MTV Video Music Award for Song of Summer.

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At the 2018 Grammy Awards, Lil Uzi Vert was nominated for Best New Artist. His second studio album, Eternal Atake was among the most anticipated albums in 2o20 and peaked at number one on the Billboard 200.

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Some fans noticed that the diamond seemed to be loose and off-center, but Uzi clarified that it is only like that temporarily because there is still swelling in the area.

“It’s in the middle. I just got a long bar in it because I just got it pierced. When the swelling go down I’ll get a short bar so it won’t move. Y’all keep talking about it off because I got a long bar in it so it can move ’cause of the swelling. When it go down, it gonna be right though,” he said in the video below.

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Photos Show Epstein Cuddling With Young Girl On Private Jet

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New photos that were recently obtained by journalists at The Daily Mail show Jeffrey Epstein cuddling with a sleeping young girl. The photos are said to have been taken on Epstein’s notorious private jet. The late billionaire pedophile reportedly took the girl to Disney World and was returning home with her when the photos were taken.

The most disturbing image shows Epstein sitting in his airplane with the young girl laying on top of his lap. Other photos showed the group’s trip to Disney World, where Epstein, the young girl, and others were seen posing with Disney characters like “Piglet” from “Winnie The Pooh.”

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Photo: MEGA / The Daily Mail

The young girl in the photos has not been identified, and it is not clear if she was one of Epstein’s victims, but the images certainly paint an ugly picture.

The Disney trip reportedly took place in 2004, which was a few years before he was first arrested. However, many victims say that his abusive behavior goes back far earlier than 2004.

Epstein’s associate and one-time girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell is also believed to have been on the trip, although she does not appear in any of the photos. Some of the faces on the photos are blurred out.

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A source who was on the trip said, “It was a fun day. We ate in a restaurant with two of Jeffrey’s friends who he met there. Jeffrey however did not eat lunch. I hardly ever saw him eat at a restaurant. Food always had to be prepared by a personal chef.”

The source also said that Epstein and his entourage had full VIP access to the theme park and never had to wait in any lines.

“We were given a VIP tour of the park and someone was escorting us around from ride to ride. The group never had to be in line for a ride or a rollercoaster, we went to the front of the line each time,” the source told the Mail.

The source also claimed that the photo was innocent, despite how bad it looks in the context of what we now know about Epstein.

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“It had been a long day and the girl just fell asleep in his arms. The picture is terrifying based upon what we know now but it was entirely innocent,” the source said.

Epstein reportedly flew about ten other people to Disney World for the Trip, including Ghislaine Maxwell, his personal assistant Sarah Kellen and Slovakian model Nadia Marcinkova.

New details about Epstein’s crimes and his associates are expected to be revealed during the upcoming criminal trial against Ghislaine Maxwell. Epstein and Maxwell were connected with major players on both sides of the political spectrum who have a lot to lose if Maxwell discusses their involvement with Epstein’s criminal network. With how many people that Epstein was connected to there is no telling what can be revealed in the upcoming trial.

Epstein allegedly died in his jail cell on August 10, 2019. The medical examiner ruled the death a suicide. Epstein’s lawyers have disputed the ruling, and there has been significant public skepticism about the true cause of his death.

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Nancy Pelosi Reelected As House Speaker In Narrow Vote

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Nancy Pelosi won another term as Speaker of the House of Representatives on Sunday, after a narrow vote.

80-year-old Pelosi will hold the position for a second consecutive two-year term and fourth overall, having previously been elected in 2007, 2009 and 2019.

Pelosi has served as a US representative from California since 1987. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the only woman in U.S. history to serve as Speaker and, until the inauguration of Kamala Harris as Vice President, is the highest-ranking female elected official in United States history.

As House speaker, Pelosi is second in the presidential line of succession, after the vice president.

During her first speakership, she was instrumental in the passage of many of the Obama administration’s landmark bills, including the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the 2010 Tax Relief Act.

Pelosi lost the speakership in 2011 after the Republican Party won a majority in the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections.

She retained her role as leader of the House Democratic Caucus and returned to the role of House minority leader. In the 2018 midterm elections, the Democrats regained control of the House.

When the 116th Congress convened on January 3, 2019, Pelosi was again elected speaker, becoming the first former speaker to return to the post since Sam Rayburn in 1955.

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Under Pelosi’s leadership, the House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on December 18, 2019.

Despite supporting the $2000 checks for struggling Americans, Pelosi, along with everyone in congress have provoked anger from citizens who see them as being out of touch with the average people.

The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) estimated in 2009 that Pelosi’s average net worth was $58 million which ranks her 13th among 25 wealthiest members of Congress.

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Roll Call said Pelosi’s earnings are connected to her husband’s heavy investments in stocks that include Apple, Disney, Comcast, and Facebook. Roll Call reported that the Pelosis have $13.46 million in liabilities including mortgages on seven properties.

According to Roll Call, Pelosi and her husband hold properties “worth at least $14.65 million, including a St. Helena vineyard in Napa Valley worth at least $5 million, and commercial real estate in San Francisco”.

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