Trump’s team saw opportunity in a devastating financial crisis

Millions of average Americans lost their livelihoods and homes as the global financial crisis spiraled out of control a decade ago. But not President Donald Trump and his administration’s top financial advisers, who treated the meltdown as a chance to get richer. Steven Mnuchin, now Treasury secretary, led a group of investors who bought a failed thrift with government help and then sold it at … Continue reading Trump’s team saw opportunity in a devastating financial crisis

‘Vanity project’: Cynthia Nixon gets The Gong Show treatment

Cynthia Nixon did worse than “Sex and the City 2.” In fact, she barely outperformed Zephyr Teachout when she ran against Andrew Cuomo in 2014 as a complete unknown, before Sen. Bernie Sanders’ candidacy and Donald Trump’s presidency. There wasn’t another Democratic primary challenger in the country who got as much attention but such a small share of the vote — 35 percent. It turns … Continue reading ‘Vanity project’: Cynthia Nixon gets The Gong Show treatment

WADA set to lift ban on Russia’s RUSADA

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has been given the green light to lift its ban on Russia’s drug-tainted testing authority (RUSADA) after a recommendation from investigators, the global doping watchdog said. A WADA statement on Friday said its independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) had recommended that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) be reinstated when the agency’s executive committee meets in the Seychelles on September 20. … Continue reading WADA set to lift ban on Russia’s RUSADA

‘Game of Thrones’ back at Emmys for duel with ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

Hollywood’s A-listers gather on Monday to honour the best in television at the Emmy Awards, with record-breaking fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” back in the competition and once again looking to slay its rivals. But winter could come early for HBO’s blood-spattered smash hit if it fails to snare the coveted best drama series prize, with last year’s winner “The Handmaid’s Tale” hotly tipped to … Continue reading ‘Game of Thrones’ back at Emmys for duel with ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

OAS chief says military coup a possibility in Venezuela

The head of the Organization of American States on Friday said “military intervention” to “overthrow” Nicolas Maduro’s Venezuelan government must not be ruled out for the country mired in economic and humanitarian crisis. “With regards to a military intervention aimed at overthrowing the regime of Nicolas Maduro, I think we should not exclude any option,” OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro told journalists in the Colombian city … Continue reading OAS chief says military coup a possibility in Venezuela

Officials free Lebanese woman jailed for insulting Egypt

An Egyptian lawyer says a Lebanese woman who was jailed for insulting Egyptians in a video she posted online has been sentenced to a suspended one-year term and has left Egypt. Emad Kamal tells The Associated Press on Friday that Mona el-Mazbouh has been released, just days after an appeals court reduced her sentence from eight years in prison. Kamal says el-Mazbouh boarded a flight … Continue reading Officials free Lebanese woman jailed for insulting Egypt

US: Denuclearization talks ongoing with North Korea

Talks with North Korea are ongoing over the country’s potential denuclearization, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday, despite the appearance that discussions had stalled. “We are still continuing to have many conversations with the DPRK about how to effectuate achieving all the commitments that were made during the Singapore summit,” Pompeo told journalists. At a landmark meeting on June 12 with US President … Continue reading US: Denuclearization talks ongoing with North Korea

Archbishop of Washington prostrates for abuse victims

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington who was blamed for not doing enough to deal with paedophile priests in Pennsylvania, prostrated on Friday in a sign of repentance at a mass dedicated to victims of abuse. “Our prayers are for those who were assaulted by serious abuse of the clergy and the further indignity of an inadequate response,” said Wuerl, who has said he … Continue reading Archbishop of Washington prostrates for abuse victims

Cristiano Ronaldo chases first Juventus goal before Champions League return to Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo faces Sassuolo on Sunday still chasing his maiden competitive goal for Italian champions Juventus before he returns to Spain for the first time in the Champions League. Bolstered by five-time winner Ronaldo, Juventus begin their quest for the Champions League title which has eluded them since 1996 in Valencia next Wednesday. Despite a seventh straight Serie A title last season the Turin giants … Continue reading Cristiano Ronaldo chases first Juventus goal before Champions League return to Spain

Romelu Lukaku: Jose Mourinho deserves respect for being ‘real’

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku defended Jose Mourinho’s confrontational style of management, saying that the Portuguese deserves respect for not hiding his true feelings like several Premier League bosses. Mourinho has had strained relationships with some of his players at the club since taking charge in 2016. Most notably with record signing Paul Pogba, but Belgian Lukaku said he preferred the manager to be honest. … Continue reading Romelu Lukaku: Jose Mourinho deserves respect for being ‘real’

West Ham co-owner wants to stop agents ‘sucking’ money from football

The co-chairman West Ham, David Gold, has backed proposals to stop clubs spending millions on football agents. At a meeting of Premier League clubs on Thursday, a proposal was made to prevent the same agent representing both the club and the player in transfer deals and receiving a fee from each — a system known as dual representation. “They are sucking tons of money out … Continue reading West Ham co-owner wants to stop agents ‘sucking’ money from football

Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho turns on media ‘lies’ over use of Marcus Rashford

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho turned on the media once more on Friday as he launched a detailed defence of his use of England international striker Marcus Rashford. The 20-year-old forward impressed for the Three Lions over the international break as he started, and scored, against both Spain and Switzerland. That led to questions over whether Mourinho was making the most of Rashford’s abilities as … Continue reading Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho turns on media ‘lies’ over use of Marcus Rashford

West Ham’s Jack Wilshere to miss Everton match due to ankle problem

West Ham will be without midfielder Jack Wilshere for Sunday’s trip to Everton due to an ankle problem. Wilshere’s team-mate, Javier Hernandez, has been suffering from illness and is also a doubt for the Goodison Park encounter. Speaking on Friday, Manuel Pellegrini said: “Jack felt pain in his ankle two days ago. We will see in the next day what is the reason. “He doesn’t … Continue reading West Ham’s Jack Wilshere to miss Everton match due to ankle problem

Dangote Cement, Nestle lead losers’ chart on NSE

Key equities on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Wednesday sustained days of losses with Dangote Cement dropping N13 to close at N210 per share. Nestle followed with N6 to close at N1,479 while Stanbic and Nigerian Breweries dropped N4 each to close at N41 and N84 per share respectively. Also, CCNN declined by N3.05 to close at N27.85 per share. Consequently, the market capitalisation … Continue reading Dangote Cement, Nestle lead losers’ chart on NSE

I’m Upset: Frank Ocean Wants His Vocals Removed From Travis Scott’s Song “Carousel” Immeechiately

Frank Ocean is none-too-happy with previous number #1 album in the country holder Travis Scott. According to TMZ, Frank wants his vocals removed from the Astroworld cut “Carousel” post f**king haste. It is said that Mr. Nostalgia Ultra is upset because his verse or vocals were somehow altered from what he originally recorded. There’s quite a bit of autotune used on his voice and pitch … Continue reading I’m Upset: Frank Ocean Wants His Vocals Removed From Travis Scott’s Song “Carousel” Immeechiately

DJ Quik Talks About Being Robbed Of The Chance To Open For Michael Jackson On His O2 Tour

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a decade since Michael Jackson passed away, but his influence continues to reach far and wide. Janeé Bolden attended Michael Jackson’s Diamond Celebration in honor of what would have been Jackson’s 60th birthday a few weeks ago, where guests enjoyed a live performance of Michael Jackson’s “ONES” show at Mandalay Bay and an afterparty deejayed by Mark Ronson, … Continue reading DJ Quik Talks About Being Robbed Of The Chance To Open For Michael Jackson On His O2 Tour

LeBron James Partners With John Legend And Wendy Calhoun To Bring ‘Lean On Me’ To TV

LeBron James is developing something new every single day, and it just keeps getting better and better. Over the past couple of months, the NBA star has opened a groundbreaking new public school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, and on top of that, he’s also negotiated several deals with various networks including NBC, Netflix, and Showtime to bring a bunch of different projects to … Continue reading LeBron James Partners With John Legend And Wendy Calhoun To Bring ‘Lean On Me’ To TV

Drugs Are Bad M’kay: Mom Steals Pain Medications From Dying Daughter To Fuel Opioid Addiction

A Missouri woman unfortunately went against her own daughter to fuel her drug addiction. Now she’s facing the consequences for stealing pain medications from her terminally ill offspring. According to USA Today, Carol Ballweg, 46, was charged on Wednesday with four counts of stealing a controlled substance and two counts of abuse of a vulnerable person. According to the police, Ballweg was the primary caregiver … Continue reading Drugs Are Bad M’kay: Mom Steals Pain Medications From Dying Daughter To Fuel Opioid Addiction

Eminem Takes Aim At MGK In New Diss Track “Killshot”

#KILLSHOT https://t.co/dJlq7o378C pic.twitter.com/HtMIAUL3VQ — Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) September 14, 2018 Eminem is coming for Machine Gun Kelly‘s neck in a new diss track titled “Killshot”. In case you haven’t been tuned into this white-on-white hip-hop beef, it started when Em came for MGK on his Kamikaze song “No Alike.” MGK responded with “Rap Devil,” accusing the legend of blackballing him and more. He also said … Continue reading Eminem Takes Aim At MGK In New Diss Track “Killshot”

Pompeo accuses Kerry of ‘unprecedented’ meddling in U.S. foreign policy

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday blasted his predecessor, John Kerry, for holding “beyond inappropriate” private meetings with Iranian officials, alleging that Kerry was undermining U.S. foreign policy in an “unprecedented” manner. Pompeo’s comments came after President Donald Trump alleged in a tweet that Kerry’s meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif were “illegal,” an assertion Kerry has dismissed. “What Secretary Kerry has done … Continue reading Pompeo accuses Kerry of ‘unprecedented’ meddling in U.S. foreign policy