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Man Jailed For Life For Plotting To Kill Ex Wife But Murdering Her Sister By Mistake

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A man has received a life sentence in prison for orchestrating a plot to kill his ex-wife and mother of his 3 children, which resulted in the accidental death of her sister instead.

Kevin Lewis, 34, was handed the sentence in the Snohomish County Superior Court, Washington after committing the crime back in 2017.

The jury deliberated the verdict for 4 hours before finding the plotter guilty of both first-degree conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree aggravated murder with a firearm.

He was then given a lengthy sentence of ‘life without parole’ by Judge Paul Thompson.

The trial revealed that Lewis had hired his 18-year-old cousin, Jerradon Phelps, to murder his ex-wife Amanda Canales rather that opting to commit the physical act himself.

Original target Amanda Canales. Credit: Newsflash

Told to get Lewis’ ex-spouse ‘out of the way’ and reportedly paid $2,400 (£1,700) to do the job, Phelps and a female defendant, Alexis Hale (who was 16 years old at the time), reportedly then went to the home of Canales, where Lewis’ 3 children also live.

Unbeknownst to the duo, Amanda had gone on a business trip to New York and her sister was in the family home babysitting her children.

Murdered victim Alisha Canales-McGuire. Credit: Newsflash
Murdered victim Alisha Canales-McGuire. Credit: Newsflash

It was therefore Alisha Canales-McGuire, who was only 24-years-old, who was shot 5 times by Phelps when answering the door to the duo at 1.55 am.

After the crime, police reported that Hale and Phelps then fled the scene, only to flex their earnings on social media.

A police statement stated: “The male suspect posted photos on social media showing off several hundred-dollar bills just a few hours after the murder.”

It continued: “The female suspected allegedly bragged to several acquaintances that she’d been hire to kill someone in Snohomish County.”

Both duo were brought into custody a year later, before Phelps was sentenced to 31.5 years behind bars and Hale 15 years.

Jerradon Phelps. Credit: Newsflash
Jerradon Phelps. Credit: Newsflash

During the trial, however, it was Lewis, the orchestrator of the crime who intended victim Amanda Canales directly addressed.

She branded her ex-husband as ‘pure evil’ and added in reference to the former couple’s 3 children: “I thought you loved them, but someone who loved them would never want to subject them to danger and to trauma.”

The mother and businesswoman continued: “Did you care that if it was just me home that night, they would have woken up to find their own mother dead, lying in a pool of blood?”

“They’re healing and they’re moving forward, despite all of the damage that you caused. And in case you’re wondering, they don’t ask about you or talk about you at all.”

As well as giving Lewis a life sentence, Judge Thompson also ordered the murder orchestrator to no longer have any contact with his ex-wife, his children, and Phelps and Hale for the rest of his life.

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Burkina Faso leader’s ‘resignation letter’ read on TV

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A presenter on state TV in Burkina Faso has read out a letter purportedly written by President Roch Kaboré to announce his resignation after he was toppled in a coup.

The handwritten letter was shown on TV in a news bulletin on Monday night.

“With this letter, and in the best interest of the nation and following events that have taken place since yesterday [23 January], I have decided to resign from my position as president of Burkina Faso, head of the government, and supreme commander of the national armed forces.

“God bless Burkina Faso,” it said.

The letter was addressed to the “president of the Patriotic Movement for Safeguarding and Restoration” or MPSR, the French acronym by which the junta is known

The coup was believed to have been led by Lt-Col Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba.

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What is The Difference Between Cryptocurrency and Fiat Money?

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Two essential features of conventional currencies and cryptocurrencies are that they work as a store of value and the next thing is that they enable frictionless payment options. Though the trust vested on the fiat currency is ensured through the supply of the money from the central authority; and to have the vested trust in the cryptocurrency based on the technology which is called blockchain technology. When we purchase a product or get a service and pay with the use of fiat money, we have to be dependent on the trustworthy authorities. This body or institution acts like an intermediary that looks for the worth of the currency.

Either way, the seller and the buyer have faith that the currency that you are using to pay will have its value even after the transaction is complete.

What Do You Mean By Fiat Money?

The value of the commodity money gets its worth same as the precious metals such as silver and gold. As the government is the one that declares the legal tender, this is why the fiat money gets its value. This does not have any intrinsic value.

What Do You Mean By Cryptocurrencies?

These are the digital assets that are used as a medium of exchange between two different parties. With the use of cryptocurrencies, people have performed direct transactions. These transactions work between two individuals without any restriction or interference of intermediary sources like a bank. Inflation is responsible for the change in the worth of fiat money. The central bank can even print more money at one time whereas there is a fixed supply of 21.000.000 units of Bitcoin makes it more rare. The Cryptocurrency can be traded on the platforms like 1k daily profit.

Is There any Similarity Between Fiat Money and Cryptocurrencies?

The answer to this would be both yes as well as no. It can also be stated that cryptocurrencies are money as they allow people to exchange them for products and services. The exchange happens between parties and it acts as storage of value. However, there are certain types of features associated with the crypocurrencies which can never be implemented with fiat money.

All across the world, people can receive or spend cryptocurrencies and anyone can do it without any middle institution like government or bank. This is one of the most revolutionary aspects that most cryptocurrencies have.

However, in case of the fiat money, it equates to debt. When the bank notes are issued by the bank, you will simultaneously get a percentage of the debt of the government. Now you might ask how is this happening. For example, if the United States and EU create money, there will be value attributed to fiat money. This is mainly because the government declares the legal tender and there is no intrinsic value to it.

Government creates money mostly when people take loans. When people start borrowing money, the bank starts to get more money.  In the case of the US dollar, if people do not take any loan, there would not be circulation of dollars. The dollars would not be out there if consumers do not take bank loans.

Though the fiat money might seem like it contributes majorly to the debt value, this is not the case when it comes to Bitcoin. There is an intrinsic value attached to Bitcoin. The value is usually beyond the community trust. Bitcoins do not generally lean of the debt system and the value goes down below as well. It is effective as a medium of exchange.

Anyone from anywhere in the world can spend and receive cryptocurrencies at any time without any organizational body like government or bank in between. This is what makes Bitcoins revolutionary.

For the future system of money, Bitcoin has started to create a new and better form of trust. This system will be behind Bitcoin as it will become completely transparent and will be based on maths and along with it on the actual consensus of the users every day. Having all this in mind, which one would be best for future fiat money or Bitcoin?

This is the difference between the two which one cannot ignore. Now whether cryptocurrencies will rule the world or not will depend on the users. We as users will decide whether cryptocurrencies will overtake fiat money or not.

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Kenya lifts ban on UAE flights

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Travellers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be allowed to enter Kenya after the East African country lifted a ban on all incoming flights.

The director general of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), Gilbert Kibe, said the ban was lifted on Monday night.

Kenya had suspended all passenger flights from the UAE on 10 January.

It was reciprocating UAE’s ban on all passenger flights from Kenya over allegations that some Kenyan travellers had tested positive for Covid on arrival in Dubai yet they had certificates indicating that they did not have the virus.

The ban however did not affect cargo flights.

The UAE is yet to lift its ban on Kenyan flights

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