Gay Lenol Thu, 02 Dec 2021 21:09:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gay Lenol 32 32 Second brother testifies that Smollett paid for staged attack Thu, 02 Dec 2021 20:03:45 +0000

Olabingo Osundairo’s testimony at Smollett’s trial in Chicago echoed the account his brother, Abimbola Osundairo, gave in the witness stand on Wednesday, including that Smollett wanted the brothers to spray him with gasoline and put a noose, and that Smollett gave them a $ 100 bill to purchase the supplies and paid them with a check for $ 3,500.

Olabingo Osundairo said Smollett told him he received hate messages at the Chicago TV studio “and he had this crazy idea of ​​being attacked by two MAGA supporters,” an apparent reference to the president’s slogan Donald Trump “Make America Great Again”. Osundairo believed the plan was to publicize the attack on social media, not to involve the police, he said.

“He wanted me to put the noose around his neck and pour bleach on him,” Osundairo said. They opted for bleach, Osundairo said, because he was not comfortable with gasoline. He said Smollett wanted his brother to do the punch, and it should feel like a fight and make the actor look like he’s firing back.

Smollett, 39, is charged with six counts of disorderly conduct for doing what prosecutors called a false police report into the alleged attack on January 29, 2019 – one count for every time he made a report – to three different officers. The Class 4 felony carries a prison sentence of up to three years, but experts have said if Smollett is found guilty he will likely be placed on probation and ordered to do community service.

Earlier Thursday, Smollett’s attorney worked to discredit the brothers’ accounts, suggesting they attacked Smollett because they didn’t like him, then tried to make him pay $ 1 million each for not testify that he had organized the assault.

Defense attorney Shay Allen suggested the brothers were motivated to accuse Smollett of mounting the hoax due to their dislike of the artist – who is gay and black – and then saw an opportunity to earn money. ‘money.

He asked Abimbola Osundairo, who worked as a backup on the set of “Empire” in Chicago, if he had tried to get a $ 5,000 a week job to keep Smollett safe and if after been questioned by police and released, he told Smollett that he and his brother would not testify at his trial if they each received $ 1 million. Osundairo replied “No sir” to both.

Allen also asked why Smollett would ask Osundairo and his brother to wait outside for him at 2 a.m. in January when temperatures were well below freezing and why they would.

“You really wanted to lead this attack,” Allen said.

“This fake attack,” Osundairo quickly replied.

During follow-up questioning by prosecutor Dan Webb, Osundairo said he never thought Smollett would go to the police to report the bogus attack as a true hate crime. He said Smollett told him he wanted to use it to gain media attention and that he had never lied to the Chicago police.

Smollett’s legal team must question the brothers’ damaging testimony, but it’s not easy. Abimbola Osundairo stayed true to her story during cross-examination, while denying that she had sex with Smollett or asked the actor to hire him. And much of what the Osundairos told jurors about that night appears to be corroborated by videos and other evidence.

Smollett’s legal team is expected to question Olabingo Osundairo in cross-examination on his previous felony conviction, which he testified on Thursday in 2012, for aggravated assault and battery. As a convicted felon, he could not legally own a gun, but police found several guns when they searched his home after the alleged attack. Abimbola Osundairo said the weapons belonged to him and that Olabingo Osundairo did not live there, but defense lawyers questioned this. They say the brothers made up a lie about Smollett organizing the attack to get out of trouble for possession of guns and heroin which were also found in the house.

Abimbola Osundairo, an aspiring actor who worked with Smollett on the set of “Empire” in Chicago, said he and his brother accepted their roles in the fake attack because he felt indebted to Smollett for having him. helped in his acting career. Olabingo Osundairo said he did not know they were going to be paid for the fake attack and said he would not have participated if he had known Smollett would involve the police.

The morning after carrying out the hoax, as news of a hate crime against Smollett broke, Abimbola Osundairo said he sent a note of condolence to Smollett, also as instructed. He was like, “Bruh, say that’s not true. I pray for a speedy recovery.

Defense lawyer Nenye Uche said the brothers attacked Smollett “because of who he is” and suggested the brothers were homophobic.


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Associated Press writer Michael Tarm contributed to this report.

LGBT senior housing complex in Winnipeg among federally funded projects Thu, 02 Dec 2021 11:00:00 +0000

An affordable housing project for LGBT people over 55 is one of three projects in Winnipeg selected to receive millions of dollars in federal funding.

The proposed 21-unit, four-story complex will feature a mix of affordable units, some catering specifically to a need for LGBT seniors.

“There are currently no 2SLGBTQ-plus housing options, 55 and over,” said Noreen Mian, Executive Director of the Rainbow Resource Center.

“And for this population, it is not always sure, or affirmative, to be in a rally setting or to be in a setting of 55 and over. So what we see is that the people aged 2SLGBTQ and over return to the closet when they have to enter this next phase of life. “

The facility was selected by the City of Winnipeg to receive second round funding from the Federal Quick Housing Initiative.

In July, the federal government announced that the city would get $ 12.8 million from the initiative, launched last year with the goal of quickly bringing new affordable housing to market.

The senior housing complex – run by a partnership between the Westminster Housing Society, the Rainbow Resource Center and the West Broadway Community Organization – will receive $ 5 million from the initiative.

It will be built on the corner of Good Street and Broadway, next to the historic Wilson House.

“These units are for people on social assistance and people with disabilities,” said Mary Agnes Welch, chair of the board of directors of Westminster Housing Society. “The working poor with genuinely low incomes will be able to afford these units. “

Housing for women, homeless

A 21-unit complex for women and gender-diverse people and their families fleeing violence, run by the West Central Women’s Resource Center, will also receive funding from the Quick Housing Initiative this year.

The same will be true for a short-term accommodation center of 22 units for people on the verge of homelessness, proposed by the Fédération des Métis du Manitoba.

The Midwest Women’s Resource Center plans to use the initiative’s $ 4.3 million to convert an apartment building at 590 Victor Street into a transitional housing center for women and individuals. of various genders and their families fleeing violent situations.

“The plan is for people to be able to live with us for up to two years while they stabilize and then… be able to begin to heal from their trauma,” said Lorie English, executive director of the West Central Women’s Resource Center.

Existing services to help people fleeing violence or people who are homeless often lack enough trained staff to help those treating both simultaneously, English said.

The new facility will fill that gap by providing services while allowing people to stay long enough to get back on their feet, she said.

Will Goodon, Minister of Housing and Property Management for the Manitoba Métis Federation, said his project aims to help people who are homeless and struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

These people are “in danger to their lives, and we want to make sure we can catch them before things get really out of hand for them,” he said.

The proposed 22-unit facility at 670 Main Street will receive $ 3.4 million from the initiative. People will be able to stay for a few months, with some larger units reserved for families fleeing domestic violence.

1st round almost finished

The city’s selection of projects in this cycle of the Rapid Housing Initiative comes as some undergraduate projects are about to open.

As part of the conditions of approval, all projects must be completed within one year.

Two projects – a 20-unit supportive recovery center by Siloam Mission and a 13-unit women’s housing complex by the Salvation Army – are expected to begin occupancy by December 9, while Shawenim Abinoojii Inc. expects its 18 housing units for native youth to open by Dec. 21, according to a report prepared for the city’s property and development committee.

At the same time, the city has struggled to secure funds for Rapid Housing Initiative projects due to a lack of staff resources, according to the report.

The city’s preliminary budget for 2022 includes $ 250,000 next year and the pledge of an additional $ 250,000 the following year, to hire more staff to administer the funding.

More affordable housing options are needed, according to Mian of the Rainbow Resource Center. Once opened, their LGBT senior housing center will be a “drop in the bucket” of what’s required, she said.

“This is the start of something much bigger, and I hope it will be an inspiration for other cities across Canada to follow suit.”

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DUBAI, December 2 (Reuters) – Here are some factors that could affect the Middle East stock markets on Thursday. Reuters has not verified the news articles and does not guarantee their accuracy.


* GLOBAL MARKETS – Asian stocks rise but Omicron worries leave markets on edge

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* Oil Rises As Investors Focus On OPEC + Decision Amid Growing Omicron Fears

* PRECIOUS-Gold edges lower as the rising dollar decreases the attractiveness Read more

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf markets rebound after virus-fueled rout read more

* First Omicron case in US adds to global alarm over virus variant

* OPEC + weighs production policy amid falling oil prices, Omicron fears

* Iran makes nuclear advance despite talks to save 2015 deal

* Turkish President Erdogan appoints new finance minister amid pound collapse read more


* Egyptian Mansour and General Motors to develop plan to manufacture electric cars read more

* Egypt closes the ports of Alexandria and Dekheila due to bad weather



* OVERVIEW – Saudi Arabia May Raise January Oil Prices to Asia Read More

* Saudi CMA approves clean water bottling offer for Sahres of Al-Jouf

* NEOM and Volocopter form joint venture to create the world’s first bespoke public eVTOL mobility system

* Red Sea International announces the signing of a contract with Baker Hughes Company

* Yemen’s racehorses battle famine as war continues Read more


* UAE announces first case of new COVID-19 variant – WAM

* UAE’s ADNOC to invest $ 127 billion in 2022-2026 as oil and gas reserves increase Read more

* Dubai utility DEWA hires Citi and HSBC for leading roles in IPO – sources read more

* UAE ADQ and Taqa sign agreements with a sovereign wealth fund of Kazakhstan worth up to 22 billion UAE dirhams

* Air passengers entering Denmark from Doha or Dubai must pass compulsory COVID-19 test – Danish Minister of Health


* Ahli United Bank re-appoints specialist professional advisers to deal with KFH


* Masraf Al Rayan announces the finalization of the legal merger with the commercial bank Al Khalij

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