by Danielle Harling

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Charlamagne Tha God says Jay Z is his favorite Hip Hop mogul.

Brooklyn rapper Jay Z is one of few Hip Hop artists who have remained grounded throughout the length of their career, according to Charlamagne Tha God. The topic of Jay Z and his moguldom was brought up when The Breakfast Club co-host was asked who his favorite Hip Hop mogul is, during an interview with Montreality.

In regards to Jay Z being his favorite mogul, Charlamagne shared his belief that Hov is one of few who “hasn’t sold his soul.”

“Jay Z’s my favorite Hip Hop mogul because Jay is the one guy who seems like he hasn’t sold his soul, so to speak,” Charlamagne said. “He’s the one guy who seems like he’s still got his Timbs on the ground. He never comes off as a superstar, industry artist. He just comes off as a guy who came from the projects of Marcy and made it. And I guess because his story is so well-documented…so we watched the evolution from Reasonable Doubt to where he is now.”

Charlamagne applauded the rapper-turned-businessman for recruiting his family and close friends to work at Roc Nation.

“It’s real family oriented,” he said. “His sister works up there. His nephews are already up there. And I mean for any black man coming from where we come from, that’s the ultimate end goal. The ultimate end goal is to set up a situation to set up a structure where your family can eat. Where your family and close friends can eat. And he’s done that.”

BY LIZ BRAUN

Kanye West and Donald Trump. (AP photos)

Is it the heat? The humidity? Something in the water?

Whatever the cause, there seems to be a whole new level of stupid on display, courtesy of celebrities everywhere. Social media may be partly to blame, but any sort of soapbox will do when someone famous wants to be heard.

Some of the quotes below are old, some are brand new, some are in-between.

Just see if you can guess which bright light said what:

1. Don’t say I’m not talented. If you haven’t noticed, I wasn’t made. I was found.

2. Wait u didn’t think I would forget about National selfie Day DUH.

3. This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bulls— has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice.

4. Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we’d baptize terrorists.

5. In Roman times the artist would contemplate proportions and colours. Now there is only one important colour… Green.

6. What would it smell like if you compiled all the crotches of all the cut off jeans worn this weekend? #Crotchella 🙁

7.  I worked the drive-through at McDonald’s and tried out different accents — Italian, Russian, Irish.

8. Can somebody sue me already #I’llwait .

9. I’m intimidated by the fear of being average.

10. I can never tell when I have food on my face … or when someone’s high. That’s why I can’t go to Coachella or Glastonbury.

11. You know my feelings about that orange slug.

12. How come every time I show anger, disgust or impatience, enemies say I had a tantrum or meltdown — stupid or dishonest people?

13. My teeth, my car, my vagina, my business.

14) When you are following me on Twitter, you are literally following my life. I think that’s pretty cool.

15. Do ants have d—?

16. I won’t go into a big spiel about reincarnation, but the first time I was in the Gucci store in Chicago was the closest I’ve ever felt to home.

17. I feel like watching my dating life has become a bit of a national pastime.

18.  Sorry I’m late to the party guys I was busy cashing my 80 million video game check & transferring 53 million into our joint account.

19. Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn’t feel good and changes — AUTISM. Many such cases!

20. Trump’s candidacy has exposed, not just that tragic — that ramifications of the betrayal of a transformation of our country, but, two, he has exposed the complicity on both sides of the aisle that has enabled it, OK?

21. I’m okay with having terrible lower teeth.

22. Cop pulled me over and threatened to give me a ticket. I told him to google me. Laws don’t apply to me.

23. No, I’m not going to walk around every day of my life depending on the opinions of other people. Because if I do that, I’ll just be trying to please everybody and that’s not what I’m here for. Just make music. If they like it, they like it. If they don’t, f— you.

24. @CNN is all negative when it comes to me. I don’t watch it anymore.

25. Maybe your weird is my normal. Who’s to say?

Answers:

1 – Justin Bieber

2 – Kim Kardashian

3 – Donald Trump

4 – Sarah Palin

5 – Kanye West

6 – Katy Perry

7 – James Franco

8 – Kanye West

9 – Taylor Swift

10 – Taylor Swift

11 – Rosie O’Donnell (on Donald Trump)

12 – Donald Trump

13 – Kelly Osbourne

14 – Justin Bieber

15 – Kourtney Kardashian

16 – Kanye West

17 – Taylor Swift

18 – Kim Kardashian

19 – Donald Trump

20 – Sarah Palin

21 – Katy Perry

22 – Justin Bieber

23 – Chris Brown

24 – Donald Trump

25 – Nicki Minaj

Two countries tied in vote after Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Sweden are chosen for non-permanent seats.

The Security Council is the most powerful body of the UN [Getty Images]
In a symbolic gesture for European unity, Italy and the Netherlands have proposed to split a two-year term on the UN Security Council, after the two countries tied in a contested race for a non-permanent seat on the council.

The proposal came on Tuesday, after five rounds of voting at the 193-member UN General Assembly, where neither of the countries could attain the two-thirds majority vote needed.

Each received 95 votes in the last round.

In earlier voting, Bolivia and Ethiopia – both running unopposed – and Kazakhstan and Sweden secured their two-year council mandates in the most contested elections in years.

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said the proposal of a shared seat was symbolic because it was a “message of unity between two European countries”.

A European diplomat, who spoke to DPA news agency on the condition of anonymity, called the decision a “truly European gentlemanly agreement”.

The diplomat said the two countries will need to come up with an agreement allowing one to attain the official two-thirds majority in the General Assembly vote, with the understanding that it will hand the post to the other country after a year.

The elected countries will begin a two-year stint on the council on January 1, taking their seats alongside the five permanent council members – Britain, France, China, Russia and the United States.

The other five non-permanent members are: Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay.

As the most powerful body of the United Nations, the Security Council can impose sanctions, endorse peace accords and authorise the use of military force.

It also oversees 16 peacekeeping missions in the world, with a budget of about $8bn.

Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden were competing for two spots while Kazakhstan and Thailand were squaring off for a seat reserved for Asia.

Italy was lobbying fiercely for a council seat, portraying itself as a crossroads country in the Mediterranean and touting its experience dealing with the refugee crisis.

Italy was also seen as a player in efforts to pull Libya out of chaos.

The Netherlands, home to the International Criminal Court and other world tribunals, played up its commitment to international justice while Sweden highlighted its role as a major aid donor.

Vying for a council seat for the first time since its 1991 independence from the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan has been criticised for cracking down on journalists and political activists.

Thailand’s rights record has also been questioned, after the military leadership, which seized power in May 2014, has banned political activity and ramped up prosecutions under tough sedition and royal defamation laws.

Source: Agencies

 

Smoke rises from Manbij city, Aleppo province, Syria June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian government said on Wednesday French and German forces were present in northern Syria, an accusation denied by Germany.

Syrian state media said the government strongly condemned the presence of French and German forces in Ain al-Arab, also known as Kobani, and Manbij.

“Syria…considers it explicit and unjustified aggression towards (Syria’s) sovereignty and independence,” state news agency SANA quoted the foreign ministry as saying.

Germany’s defence ministry denied that German special forces were in northern Syria and said repeated claims by the Syrian government to this effect were not and had never been true.

“There are no German special forces in Syria. The accusation is false,” a ministry spokesman said.

The U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) are currently staging an offensive against Islamic State near Manbij, while Kobani is under the control of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, part of the SDF.

(Reporting by Lisa Barrington in Beirut and Andreas Rinke; in Berlin; editing by Dominic Evans)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Is Frustrated but Determined After Concussion

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — After missing three straight Sprint Cup races because of lingering effects of a concussion, Dale Earnhardt Jr. did something on Friday that is part of his therapy: He made his first public appearance to speak about his recovery.

“I missed my team, my teammates,” said Earnhardt, Nascar’s most popular driver. “I just wanted to come see everybody. I get to hang out with my guys a little bit. This has been so weird not to be at the track. It’s frustrating, but it’s the process. We’re just taking it one evaluation at a time.

“I just want to get better. Nothing else is a priority. Our intentions are to get cleared and get back to racing. I’m not ready to quit.”

Doctors told Earnhardt that his latest injury had occurred June 12 at Michigan International Speedway. He was clipped in the rear by Chris Buescher’s No. 34 while racing three wide with A. J. Allmendinger and hit the wall at an angle that softened the impact. He drove three more races before the symptoms became too severe.

“The doctors feel they can make my brain stronger to be able to cope with these common events,” he said. “The event that I had at Michigan, I shouldn’t have had a concussion from. I should be able to get through events like that without having any issues.”

Earnhardt has been keeping fans updated on his condition through weekly podcasts. Besides reconnecting with his team and his competitors in the garage, his appearance at Watkins Glen, a road course in the Finger Lakes area of upstate New York, served a purpose.

“My doctor wants to put me in situations that drive the symptoms,” Earnhardt said. “My doctor calls that exposure, and this is probably the worst situation as far as making my systems go haywire. That’s what he wants. That’s just part of the process.”

Earnhardt said he was most worried about “people making assumptions of where I’m at, what I’m doing, and what I’m up to.”

“To give me peace of mind and to bring down any type of stress and anxiety through the process,” he said, “is to open up and be honest about what’s going on and how we’re doing.”

Earnhardt will not drive here on Sunday and will miss the race on Aug. 20 at Bristol, Tenn. The four-time series champion Jeff Gordon, who came out of retirement to fill in for Earnhardt in the last two races, will remain behind the wheel in the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.

There remains no timetable for Earnhardt’s return. That decision will be left to his doctors. Earnhardt underwent further evaluation Monday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Concussion Program and said afterward that he continued to experience problems with balance and an ability to focus on an object while moving his head.

“I never anticipated being out this long,” Earnhardt said. “I didn’t have this massive accident. The symptoms crept in slowly. I didn’t think this was that serious. It’s a challenge.

“I really believe and trust what they’re telling me. They’re telling me without question we’re going to get back to normal.”

Child Dragged by Gator Into Lake Near Disney Resort in Florida, Search Underway Police Say (ABC News)

A search is underway for a 2-year-old boy who was dragged by an alligator into the water Tuesday evening near Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, Florida, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Orange County Sheriff’s Jerry Demings said rescue crews, including the Florida Fish and Wildlife, Reedy Creek Fire Rescue, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, had been actively looking for a the child at the Seven Seas Lagoon early Wednesday morning in a search and recovery effort but had not found him. Demings added they hoped to find him before day break.

The boy was with his family visiting from Nebraska relaxing at the shoreline when the alligator attacked the boy.

“The father entered the water and tried to grab the child from the gator, but was not successful,” Demings said.

Parents then alerted a nearby lifeguard that an alligator had attacked the boy.

Officials said they estimate it between four and seven feet long.

Rescue teams consisting of choppers and marine units are using SONAR equipment and intense spotlights as a part of the search.

There are no signs warning of gators in the area, but there are notices posted against swimming in the man-made lake.

“Everyone here at the Walt Disney World Resort is devastated by this tragic accident. Our thoughts are with the family. We are helping the family and doing everything we can to assist law enforcement.” Jacquee Wahler, Vice president of Walt Disney World Resort, said in a statement.

 

In this July 22, 2015 photo, Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe gestures while talking with Olympics Minister Toshiaki Endo at Tokyo Metropolitan Government office in Tokyo. Preparations for the 2020 Olympics were set back again when Masuzoe submitted his resignation Wednesday, June 15, 2016, ending a weeks-long bid to stay in power despite a mounting scandal over his alleged use of political funds for personal purposes. Masuzoe had been scheduled to attend the Rio Olympics opening ceremony in August, and would have accepted the Olympic flag during a handover at the closing ceremony. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

TOKYO (AP) — Governor of Tokyo Yoichi Masuzoe was set to accept the Olympic flag in a handover during the closing ceremony at the Rio de Janeiro Games in just over two months.

Instead, Masuzoe submitted his resignation Wednesday, ending a weeks-long bid to stay in power in Tokyo and saddling the 2020 Olympic hosts with yet another scandal.

Masuzoe had come under intense questioning in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly for allegedly using political funds for personal purposes. Japanese media reported that the resignation would take effect June 21.

Masuzoe, a former health minister backed by Japan’s ruling party, easily won an election in February 2014, and promised a successful 2020 Olympics.

He initially balked at the high cost of the games, and successfully lobbied to have some events moved to existing facilities instead of building costly new venues in Tokyo.

And the fact he could communicate in English and French was considered by many as an asset for the preparations.

“He had a strong emotional attachment to the games and spoke passionately about making them a success,” Yuko Arakida, a member of the organizing committee’s executive board, was quoted as saying by the Kyodo news agency. “Because of his foreign language proficiency, he brought social skills. It is extremely regrettable.”

Masuzoe’s troubles began earlier this year with revelations that he had stayed in expensive hotel suites at taxpayer expense on work trips to Europe and the United States, and used his official vehicle to travel regularly to a weekend retreat.

Preparations for the 2020 Games have been plagued by a series of scandals involving the new national stadium, the official logo and allegations of bribery in the bidding process.

Tokyo won its bid to host the 2020 Games under former governor Naoki Inose, who also resigned following a political funds scandal.

The first design of the new national stadium was scrapped over ballooning costs, putting construction of the new facility behind schedule. The original official logo of the games was also ditched over allegations of plagiarism in the design.

Leaders of Tokyo’s winning bid have admitted making payments of $2 million to a Singaporean firm headed by Ian Tan Tong Han, a close associate of Papa Massata Diack, the son of former IAAF President Lamine Diack, who is facing corruption charges in France.

Japan’s Olympic committee president Tsunekazu Takeda, who headed Tokyo’s 2020 bid team, insists the payment was for legitimate consultancy work and not made with the anticipation that the money would lead to Diack.

Spy
According to Variety, Melissa McCarthy will star in an upcoming dark comedy about forger Lee Israel, titled Can You Ever Forgive Me? Based on her memoir of same name, the story follows Israel, who in the ‘70s and ‘80s made her living writing profiles of famous people like Katharine Hepburn and Tallulah Bankhead. Later, though, when she was struggling to get published, Israel began selling forgeries of letters from deceased writers and actors. Then, after arousing suspicion, Israel simply stole actual letters from library archives and sold those instead. Israel pled guilty to conspiracy to transport stolen property in 1993 and received a sentence of six months under house arrest, hopefully along with a genial wink from the judge because this obviously was one of those fun crime sprees destined to be turned into a light biopic.McCarthy is replacing Julianne Moore, who apparently left the project because of creative differences with its writer, Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said, Please Give). At that point, Holofcener was still slated to direct, but now those reins have passed to The Diary Of A Teenage Girl director Marielle Heller. The A.V. Clubpraised Diary for being “refreshingly nonjudgmental,” a quality that will probably be useful in telling the story of a person whose defining attribute is her dishonesty.

By Chris Baraniuk

Customs and Border Protection, within the Department of Homeland Security, would like to ask travellers for their social media details

Travellers seeking visa waiver entry to the US may soon be asked to list their social media profiles – if a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposal is enacted.

An update to application forms would ask users to identify what social networks they use and their “social media identifier” such as a username.

However, revealing this information would be “optional”.

The changes would affect Esta and Form I-94W applications.

The proposal was added to the Federal Register by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), part of the DHS, last Thursday.

Any data travellers choose to share will be used “for vetting purposes, as well as applicant contact information”, the proposal states.

Public comment – which must be submitted by post – will be sought for 60 days before the CBP considers it further.

Profiles, please

“It’s very hard to see travellers not filling out this item – even though it’s optional – as they may fear not getting entry into the country,” commented Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at the Centre for Democracy and Technology.

Mr Hall, who spotted the notice last week, added that he feels the measure could make it harder for people to enter the US.

“Democracy in general requires having spaces free from government scrutiny and increasingly social life happens online,” he told the BBC.

“We would have a poor society if people were chilled from participating in social activity online so I really hope they rethink this.”

Mr Hall spotted the update to the Federal Register last week

A spokesman for the Association of British Travel Agents pointed out that the proposal was not guaranteed to go ahead.

“Just as with any change in entry requirements, the DHS will need to balance security issues against the need to encourage people to visit their country,” he added.

Last year, MSNBC published a memo in which it appeared that officials dropped a plan to vet visa – not visa waiver – applicants’ social media activity.

Recently, the United States updated its policy on visa waiver programs regarding visitors who had a second citizenship in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Sudan – or who had visited those countries within the last five years.

Such individuals must now apply for a visa instead.

Spain’s Gerard Pique, left, and Sergio Ramos attend a training session at the Sports Complex Marcel Gaillard in Saint Martin de Re in France, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Spain will face against Turkey in a Euro 2016 Group D soccer match in Nice on Friday. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

SAINT-MARTIN-DE-RE, France (AP) — Spain is going to stick to its game of quick passing and ball possession.

One game into the European Championship and it’s obvious that the two-time defending champions are not changing their style despite their World Cup debacle two years ago, when the tiki-taka failed and Spain didn’t make it past the group stage.

When the team plays Turkey on Friday in Nice in its second Group D match, Spain will be using the same formula that worked to perfection when it won the last two European Championships and the 2010 World Cup — keeping control of the ball and being aggressive with the final pass near the opponent’s goal.

The strategy didn’t do much against the tight defensive scheme of the Czech Republic in the opener on Monday, when it needed a late goal to earn a 1-0 victory, but the match against the more offensive Turkish team should play to Spain’s advantage.

“There are several ways of playing the game and they are all valid,” Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara said. “It could be like they (the Czech Republic) played or by pressuring more up front. We have our own style and will use it to try to win the games.”

The Spanish had 67 percent of ball possession against the Czechs in Toulouse, the most of any team at Euro 2016 until then. They exchanged 694 passes with an effectiveness of 91 percent. They had 17 attempts and didn’t score more goals only because of a combination of poor finishing and a great performance by Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech.

“We haven’t done too bad in the last few years with this style,” said Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque, who has kept the same formula despite having to revamp the Spanish squad after several top players began to fade.

Spain will have a chance to secure a spot in the quarterfinals with a win or even a draw against Turkey, depending on the result of the earlier Group D game between Croatia and the Czech Republic. Spain and Croatia lead the group with three points each after opening 1-0 victories.

Spain hasn’t lost to Turkey in more than 60 years, since World Cup qualifying in 1954. It will be the team’s first meeting at a major tournament.

Turkey, which was a semifinalist at Euro 2008 but missed the tournament in 2012, needs to rebound from the disappointing performance against Croatia to maintain its chances of advancing to the knockout stage.

Coach Fatih Terim had two absences in training this week because, midfielder Mehmet Topal with a right leg injury and defender Gokhan Gonul with a stomach ailment. It was unclear if they would be ready in time to face the Spaniards at Stade de Nice.

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