‘My life flashed before my eyes’: Richard Branson recalls serious bicycle crash.

VIRGIN GORDA, British Virgin Islands, Aug. 27 (UPI) — Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson said he’s “glad to be alive” after a bicycle crash in the Virgin Islands left him with a fractured cheek, torn ligaments and cuts and bruises.

Branson was training for an upcoming athletic challenge when he hit a bump in the road while traveling down a hill.

“The next thing I knew, I was being hurled over the handlebars and my life was literally flashing before my eyes,” he said in a blog post on the Virgin website. “I was flying head-first towards the concrete road, but fortunately my shoulder and cheek took the brunt of the impact and I was wearing a helmet that saved my life.”

Branson was flown to a hospital in Miami for x-rays and scans.

Branson shared a photo on Twitter Friday of himself drinking tea out of a straw due to the extent of his injuries.

“Forget my injuries (cracked cheek, torn ligaments),” he said in the caption. “I’m having to drink tea out of a straw!”

Branson was biking around the island Monday with his children, Holly and Sam, as they prepare for September’s Virgin Strive Challenge which will see participants travel from the base of the Matterhorn, to Mt. Etna in Sicily over the course of a month to raise money for British charity, Big Change.

No one parties like the son of ‘El Chapo’

Ivan Guzman is definitely his father’s son.

Ivan Guzman, a son of the infamous drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, lives life to the fullest, as his Twitter account shows.Image via Twitter Photo: Twitter

The child of the infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman knows how to live it up, as his Twitter account shows.

Ivan Guzman, a son of the infamous drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, lives life to the fullest, as his Twitter account shows.Image via Twitter Photo: Twitter

Ivan Guzman Archibaldo, 33, lives a life full of guns, expensive cars, partying in the ocean and being surrounded by women, according to the pictures he’s posted online.

Ivan Guzman, a son of the infamous drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, lives life to the fullest, as his Twitter account shows.Image via Twitter Photo: Twitter

The Spanish website Blog del Narco shows El Chapo’s son in even more extravagant photos, with lion cubs in a Mercedes-Benz and stacks of money with guns on top of them.

Ivan Guzman, a son of the infamous drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, lives life to the fullest, as his Twitter account shows.Image via Twitter Photo: Twitter

It appears he’s since taken the photos down from his Twitter page and other social media accounts.

Ivan Guzman, a son of the infamous drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, lives life to the fullest, as his Twitter account shows.Image via Twitter Photo: Twitter

According to Bolg del Narco, Guzman and his siblings received everything from “helicopters to submachine (guns) bathed in gold” growing up, after seeing people tortured in his home and having nightmares.

Ivan Guzman, a son of the infamous drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, lives life to the fullest, as his Twitter account shows.Image via Twitter Photo: Twitter

Since his father’s arrest, Guzman vows to continue the family business. On Jan. 10, he tweeted in Spanish, “Nothing changes here, we will continue to work.”

Ivan Guzman, a son of the infamous drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, lives life to the fullest, as his Twitter account shows.Image via Twitter Photo: Twitter

Guzman was believed to be abducted with his younger brother, Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, 30, in Puerto Vallarta, but it turned out only El Chapo’s youngest son had been taken. He was eventually freed and is reportedly well.

Ivan Guzman, a son of the infamous drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, lives life to the fullest, as his Twitter account shows.Image via Twitter Photo: Twitter

Both of El Chapo’s sons have been implicated in their father’s drug-trafficking organization and are assumed to take on larger roles in the cartel since their father’s arrest.

Ivan Guzman, a son of the infamous drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, lives life to the fullest, as his Twitter account shows.Image via Twitter Photo: Twitter

Whether they meet the same fate as their father remains to be seen. For now, El Chapo’s sons are partying like there’s no tomorrow.

Canadian Fishermen Caught Fabled 650-Pound, Century-Old Sturgeon

Nicknamed “Pig Nose,” the fish was quickly released back into the wild

For decades, an enormous sturgeon known as “Pig Nose” has eluded fishermen in British Columbia. Named for its stubby nose, lopped off at the tip at some point during its long life, the massive sturgeon was a dream catch for fishermen up and down the Fraser River. Now, after decades of avoiding hooks and lures, a group of fishermen finally reeled the enormous beast out of the depths, Cara Giamo reports for Atlas Obscura.

 Nick McCabe is a tour guide with River Monster Adventures, a company based out of Lillooet, B.C. that specializes in taking fishermen on trips up and down the Fraser River searching for sturgeon. It’s been decades since the last time Pig Nose was sighted, but earlier this week, McCabe and a tour group nabbed the enormous fish. After two hours of struggling, they finally wrangled Pig Nose out of the deep waters. The legendary fish is more than 10 feet long and weighs 650 pounds.“We’re walking on clouds,” Jeff Grimolfson, another guide with River Monster Adventures, tells Erika Tucker for Global News. “This fish has been the talk of fishing and sporting goods shops for years.”

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“Pig Nose” got its name from its identifying injury, which sheared off the tip of its nose sometime during the last 40 years. (River Monster Adventures)

It might seem crazy, but at one point it was a fairly common sight for sailors and fishermen in North America to spot giant sturgeon swimming up and down rivers. Relics of prehistoric eras, sturgeon have been around since the days of the dinosaurs, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.While they might look a bit like smooth-skinned sharks, sturgeon are bottom-feeders that scrape riverbeds and lake bottoms with their snouts. It’s common for them to live about 60 years, and at one point fishermen throughout Canada and the United States often spotted 100-year-old sturgeon as they traveled up and down the rivers of the New World.Early on, sturgeon were so plentiful throughout North America that they were a common sight in fishing boats and on dinner plates. In New York’s Hudson River Valley, where three of the world’s 26 species of sturgeon are found, the fish were so ubiquitous that it was nicknamed “Albany Beef” after the state capital. They often grow to be about 10 feet long and can weigh an average of 100 pounds, so a single fish meant a lot of meat.The sturgeon’s long life, however, means it also takes a long time for them to reach sexual maturity. It can take the big fish about 20 years to start mating, so their population can rapidly dwindle. Between overfishing and increases in traffic and pollution, some sturgeon species were pushed to the brink of extinction. Many species are now protected throughout the United States and Canada.Luckily for Pig Nose, all of River Monster Adventures’ sturgeon-fishing trips are catch-and-release. After posing for a few photos and having its measurements taken, the giant sturgeon was sent back into Fraser River to await the next hook.

 

What’s next for Mexico’s drug cartels after El Chapo

As Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman awaitsextradition to the United States, he leaves behind what appears to be a new landscape for Mexico’s drug cartels.

Last week, his son, Jesus Alfredo Guzman, was kidnapped by men authorities believe were members of a rival cartel. Sources tell CNN he was released Saturday, but his abduction signals that the game of thrones for Mexico’s next top drug cartel has already begun.

Here’s what you need to know about the power vacuum and the key players:

Jesus Alfredo Guzman, who was kidnapped August 15, was allegedly groomed to take the reins of the Sinaloa cartel his father ran — except he’s got a bit of a party-boy reputation. A senior Mexican law enforcement told CNN, “(The kidnapping) is an important development because it affects the power structure of the Sinaloa cartel. (El Chapo’s) son was supposed to be part of the new leadership,” alleging that he wasn’t taking the role seriously. While the kidnapping doesn’t dismantle the Sinaloa cartel, it was considered a blow to the existing power structure.

Turf war: Sinaloa Federation vs. Jalisco New Generation?

Six men were abducted from a posh restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on August 15. One of them was drug lord El Chapo's son.

Jalisco New Generation, the group allegedly responsible for the kidnapping, is one of the fastest growing cartels and has been actively fighting to gain control of Sinaloa territory in Tijuana and Baja California, according to the Los Angeles Times. A report by the State Department noted a “consistent increase of activity involving rival cartels, specifically Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion in Baja California.” Jalisco New Generation first began in 2011 as the armed unit within the Sinaloa cartel, allegedly murdering 35 Zetas members.

Attacks becoming more personal

One of the gunmen who carried out the early morning kidnapping.

One of the gunmen who carried out the early morning kidnapping.

Since El Chapo’s second capture, rival cartels have directly targeted family members who previously would have been off-limits. Earlier this summer, 150 assailants ransacked the home of Guzman’s 86-year-old mother in the family’s hometown of La Tuna, The Guardian reported. While his mother wasn’t harmed, three people reportedly died in the attack. “I can’t imagine anyone doing this while he was active,” biographer Malcolm Beith told The Guardian. According to NPR, two nephews on his wife’s side were also allegedly killed in a separate incident this summer.

Violence could get worse

Eighty thousand people were killed at the height of the drug wars between 2006 and 2015, theCongressional Research Service (CRS) found. While the government no longer collects data on deaths related specifically to organized crime, “the rate of all homicides in Mexico has declined by 30 percent” between 2012 to 2015, according to a report by the CRS. But a 30% drop in the murder rate does not mean violence has stopped. Journalists are still missing, local business owners are still threatened, extortion still occurs. Analysts say the power vacuum could lead to more chaos as stability weakens.

In April, the US State Department issued a travel warning cautioning Americans in Baja California to be careful. “Tijuana and Rosarito continued to experience an increase in homicide rates from January to October 2015 compared to the same period in the previous year,” the warning said, citing the Baja State Secretariat for Public Security. Many of these killings appear to be “targeted criminal organization assassinations,” but the State Department warned also of “turf battles” that could break out in areas frequented by US citizens.

The fight for territory and power.

Although power dynamics among cartels are always shifting, the US Drug Enforcement Administration names six other major cartels, not including Sinaloa, that were powerful in recent years as of July 2015: Los Zetas, Tijuana/AFO, Juárez/CFO, Beltrán Leyva, Gulf, and La Familia Michoacana. According to the DEA, these groups alone are likely to have splintered off into nine or as many as 20 other groups.

What about drug trade into US?

The trafficking of heroin, marijuana, cocaine and meth into the United States from Mexico is an annual $19 to 20 billion industry, according to a Department of Homeland Security report. And the Sinaloa cartel has traditionally held a dominant share of that, thanks to Guzman’s sophisticated business strategies and Sinaloa’s control of trafficking routes. But even if the head of the snake is removed, the drugs continue to flow. A Customs and Border Protection report that analyzed seizure data along the border between 2009 and 2010 found that “the removal of key personnel does not have a discernable impact on drug flows” into the US.
Even El Chapo is aware that drug trafficking won’t end once he’s gone. “The day I don’t exist, it’s not going to decrease in any way at all,” he told Sean Penn in an interview recorded during his last escape from prison.

Argentina Olympic team robbed in Puebla – delegation chief

The Argentina Olympic team’s hotel rooms were broken into on Thursday night in Puebla, Mexico, and money and personal items were stolen, Argentina federation delegate Claudio “Chiqui” Tapia confirmed.

Argentina and Mexico’s Olympic football teams played to a 0-0 draw during a friendly in Puebla on Thursday night and Tapia said the players realized what had happened upon returning to the hotel postmatch.

“No one was hurt because no one was in the rooms at the time, but we realized there had been a robbery when we returned to the hotel from the stadium and now we are looking into finding out who was responsible for the crime,” Tapia said. “When we returned to the hotel to change for dinner we realized that everything was all messed up. We were missing personal items and money. Someone must be held responsible.”

Argentina had trained in the United States before traveling to Mexico for the friendly. They face Portugal, Algeria and Honduras in the group stage in Brazil, beginning Aug. 4. Defending Olympic champions Mexico open against Germany on Aug. 4 and compete in a group that also features Fiji and South Korea.

Justin Bieber almost performed at Republican convention event for $5 million

What would you do for $5 million? Or rather, what wouldn’t you do?

Turns out Justin Bieber would turn down a check that big if it meant performing at a Republican National Convention event.

According to TMZ, the Canadian singer missed out on what could have been his “biggest single payday,” and was told by organizers that if he were to perform, it would be not be a political endorsement.

The performance funds were raised by donors who were willing to pay up front, as well as to foot the production costs.

Bieber allegedly sought council from none other than Cleveland hero LeBron James, who urged the singer not to attend. As TMZ reported it:

Our sources say the promoter told Scooter … LeBron James himself was also going to attend an event in Cleveland, welcoming the GOP without taking a political stand. The sources tell us Justin’s people got in touch with LeBron’s people, and they were told LeBron would actually not be in Cleveland for the convention and urged Justin not to go as well.

The report says that Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, who has campaigned and fundraised on behalf of Hillary Clinton, said he would drop Bieber as a client if he went through with the gig.

Braun also apparently talked about putting a “Black Lives Matter” banner on stage during the performance, but was told by donors he could only display an “All Lives Matter” sign. Apparently Bieber’s band didn’t want to do the show either.

It seems Bieber knows that loving yourself is more important than $5 mil.

Tiny Caravans Replace Rooms at This Berlin Hotel

Design lovers looking for unique vacation lodging: add this camper hotel in Berlin, Germany to your bucket list, stat. Located in the hip, artsy neighborhood of Neukölln, the Huettenpalast Hotel brings camping indoors with quirky caravans and wooden huts. Founders Silke Lorenzen and Sarah Vollmer built the hotel in a former vacuum cleaner factory, taking advantage of the large factory windows and open spaces to think outside the box. There are 12 different campers available for nightly rentals, each renovated and then decorated with kitschy-chic vintage items and an eye towards sustainability.

The campers sit in a wide-open communal room outfitted with tables, chairs, and a lounge area. Most are small and only sleep 1 to 2 people, but the reasonable prices (around 69 euros per night, depending on which one you choose) also include breakfast, free wireless, and separate shower and bathroom facilities. The Huettenpalast also boasts six traditional hotel rooms and a garden that was once the storage space for the old factory. The room-within-a-room design is reminiscent of many European hostels, but the Huettenpalast’s playfulness makes this hotel a step above other budget options.

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The “Kleine Schwester” caravan is a classic design from the 1970s.

The interior of the “Kleine Schwester” caravan features a wooden mosaic and a “hat” so that visitors can stand up straight.

The “Schwalbennest” is a West German caravan from the 1960s that used to sleep 5. It can now host three on two separate beds.

The interior of the “Herzensbrecher” caravan, a camper built in 1959 in Dresden.

The Alter Palast uses wooden panels from the former factory and can sleep up to four people with two beds inside and two people on the roof.

The 1950s “Puck” camper features a restored vintage design and room for two.
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