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Rihanna Honored As Barbados Becomes A Republic, Officially Removing Queen Elizabeth II As Head Of State | PHOTOS

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Barbados has officially removed Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and became a republic.

In an overnight ceremony on Monday, November 29, in the capital of Bridgetown, Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as president in the ceremony coinciding with the country’s 55th anniversary of independence.

Rihanna honored as Barbados becomes a republic, officially removing Queen Elizabeth II as head of state(photos)

Singer Rihanna, who is from Barbados attended the event alongside the Prince of Wales, Charles, who represented the Queen.

Rihanna honored as Barbados becomes a republic, officially removing Queen Elizabeth II as head of state(photos)

In a speech, Prince Charles acknowledged the “appalling atrocity of slavery” the Caribbean island suffered while stating it was time for the Island to move ahead as a republic.

Speaking as the guest of honour at the event, Prince Charles reiterated the continuing ties between the two nations despite the constitutional status change.

Rihanna honored as Barbados becomes a republic, officially removing Queen Elizabeth II as head of state(photos)

He described the moment as a new beginning before being awarded the prestigious Order of Freedom of Barbados by the new president.

The Queen sent the country her “warmest good wishes” for “happiness, peace and prosperity in the future” and said the nation holds a “special place” in her heart.

To signify the official change of power, a final salute was made to the British monarchy and the British Royal Standard flag was lowered and replaced.

Dame Sandra Mason, 72, the island’s governor-general since 2018, was named as president-elect of the nation following a vote in parliament last month. She now replaces the Queen as the head of state.

“Vessel Republic Barbados has set sail on her maiden voyage. May she weather all storms and land our country and citizens safely on the horizons and shores which are ahead of us,” she said after being sworn in.

She later announced that pop star Rihanna would be named a national hero by President Mason. The artist and businesswoman, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was previously named an ambassador by her home country in 2018.

“May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honour to your nation,” Ms Mottley said, in reference to one of Rihanna’s songs.

Barbados announced its plan to become a republic last year, but it says it will still remain within the Commonwealth.

Barbados was one of England’s first slave colonies. English settlers first occupied the island in 1627 and, under British control, it became a sugar plantation economy using enslaved people brought in from Africa.

Slavery was abolished in Barbados in 1834 and the country became fully independent in 1966.

Before Barbados, which has a population of about 285,000 people, the last nation to remove the Queen as head of state was Mauritius in 1992.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Involved In Car Crash | PHOTOS

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Hollywood actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been involved in a car accident, his spokesman has confirmed.

The four-vehicle crash, which occurred on Friday afternoon, January 21 in Los Angeles left one person with injuries, Los Angeles Police said.

Actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger involved in car crash (photos)

Photos from the scene published by TMZ show a large SUV on top of at least two vehicles at an intersection in Brentwood while the ‘Terminator’ actor can be seen standing nearby.

Police said that no arrest has been made and ruled out the involvement of drugs and alcohol.

Actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger involved in car crash (photos)

Officers did not identify those involved but the actor and former California governor’s spokesman confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that he was driving the SUV when the incident occurred.

A report by police, seen by CBS Los Angeles, said that the SUV driver was “near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Allenford Avenue, when a collision occurred with a red Prius making a u-turn as he continued through a ‘red arrow’ signal to turn left.”

It added that the SUV rolled on top of the Prius and ended up hitting two other vehicles.

One person was taken to hospital by ambulance, but the injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger involved in car crash (photos)

Schwarzenegger’s spokesman said that the actor was uninjured and had spoken with emergency services and the injured person.

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Man Is Found Dead In His Home Surrounded By 125 Caged Snakes Including Black Mambas And A 14-Foot Burmese Python | PHOTOS

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A man has been discovered dead inside his home in Maryland, US alongside cages containing more than 125 snakes, including the highly venomous spitting cobras and black mambas.

David Riston, 49, a dad, was found dead at his home in Pomfret on Wednesday evening, January 19, surrounded by his caged pets – some of which are so dangerous they’re illegal to keep as pets in the United States.

Man is found dead in his home surrounded by 125 caged snakes including black mambas and a 14-foot Burmese python (photos)

Investigators are yet to say whether one of the snakes may have killed Riston.

Man is found dead in his home surrounded by 125 caged snakes including black mambas and a 14-foot Burmese python (photos)

Charles County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in the 5500 block of Rafael Drive in Pomfret at around 6pm on Wednesday night after receiving a 911 call from a neighbor, who said that he went to check on the homeowner, whom he had not seen since the day before, and saw him through a window lying unresponsive on the floor.

Inside the house, police officers found tanks on racks housing 125 snakes.

Man is found dead in his home surrounded by 125 caged snakes including black mambas and a 14-foot Burmese python (photos)

According to the sheriff’s office, there were no obvious signs of foul play and Riston was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.

Man is found dead in his home surrounded by 125 caged snakes including black mambas and a 14-foot Burmese python (photos)

Jennifer Harris, a spokesperson for Charles County Animal Control, told the station WRC-TV that the breeds included rattlesnakes, spitting cobras, black mambas – the most venomous snakes in Africa – and a 14-foot-long Burmese python.

Just two drops of a black mamba’s fast-acting venom can kill a human by shutting down the nervous system and inflicting paralysis while a spitting cobra can spray venom from its fangs into its victim’s eyes from 10 feet away, causing blindness. Both breeds are illegal to keep as pets in the US.

Man is found dead in his home surrounded by 125 caged snakes including black mambas and a 14-foot Burmese python (photos)

All the snakes in Riston’s home were well-cared for by their owner according to Police. Police had to assure neighbors that if any of the other snakes have escaped, the cold winter weather will kill them before they get very far.

Charles County Animal Control Chief Ed Tucker said this is the largest private collection of snakes he has ever encountered in his 30 year career.

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Little Girl Spotted Studying While Selling At The Market | PHOTOS

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A little girl has chosen to assume control over her fate by not permitting her conditions to restrict her.

In a photograph that has sprung up on the web, the youngster who we believe to be around the ages of 6 – 7 was seen writing a few things in a book she set on her thighs in what appears as a studying session for her while taking care of her mum’s petty business.

She was perched on an unfilled plastic can while zeroing in on the thing she was doing.

The fascinating thing about the image was that she was additionally selling a few groceries. Her current circumstance didn’t look excessively comfortable for studies however the young girl as determined as she is didn’t appear to be disrupted.

The photo has melted hearts on social media and some wished her all the best in her quest to become a successful woman in future.

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