Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Rich kids of Dubai

Listen, if you’re going to shop you may as well do it properly.

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… No doubt she’s just waiting in the queue for McDonald’s Drive-Thru.

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Ciara looking all great.


Lil' Kim celebrating her 42nd birthday

Lil' Kim


Lamar Odom’s Latest Behavior Will Have You Worried for His Life

After his miraculous recovery from a near-death overdose, Lamar Odom is getting dangerously close to rock-bottom once again. 

The former NBA player has been rumored to be off the wagon for months now, returning to his drinking and drug habits, but his latest behavior on a flight from Los Angeles to New York truly has people worried for his life. According to TMZ, Odom got wasted in the airport lounge while waiting for his flight, and then threw up all over the cabin as soon as he boarded. He even had to be escorted off the plane after flight crew deemed him too tossed to fly.

According to eyewitnesses, Odom was slamming beers and whiskey at the airport just before his flight. When he took his seat in first class, he reportedly immediately got sick and then threw up all over the galley and the bathroom. 

The flight crew "gently" escorted Odom off the plane, TMZ reports, but he reappeared ten minutes later with vomit on his clothes. Within minutes, he was making his way to the bathroom once again to vomit. It got so bad that he had to steady himself on the heads of other passengers as he walked down the aisle — and this was before the plane had even left the runway, so turbulence had nothing to do with it.

The crew reportedly removed him from the flight for good after a passenger said, "Don't you know his history? I don't want a dead body at 30,000 feet."

Utterly tragic. 

Odom has had a rough go of it lately, following his divorce from Khloé Kardashian and getting kicked out of the home she had rented for him during his recovery. According to reports, Khloé gave Lamar the boot as a form of tough love after he fell off the wagon and refused to get help. Sounds like nothing is helping the athlete when it comes to fighting his demons. We just pray that he gets help before it's too late...again.

Catch up on Khloé and Lamar's latest divorce with BET Breaks, above.


Nicki Minaj looking good in pink

Nicki Minaj looking good in pink

Music stars hit the streets to protest police brutality

The Game, Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg and The Game

Janelle Monae
Janelle Monae


Nas, Russell Simmons, Kevin Liles
Nas and Russell Simmons

Killer Mike
Killer Mike

Tyrese brought his daughter, Shayla, along to protest. Dressed in all black, the singer/acto took part in the Black Out Hollywood Rally, where they marched throughout the streets of Los Angeles.

Public Enemy, Flavor Flav
Flavor Flav 

John Legend
John Legend

'What have white people ever done for us?'

Tweet of black man sitting on bench as whote man with assault rifle passes by
This tweet references one of the two black men shot dead by US police last week
In a week of angry demonstrations and soul-searching following the fatal shootings of two black men by police officers, and five police officers by a black gunman, the issue of race is again centre stage in US national debate.
These tensions have been reflected in several social media trends that express solidarity with the African-American community, notably the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag which has become the rallying cry for an active protest movement.
But in the last couple of days the double-edged use of newer tags such as #WhitePrivilegeMeans and #WhiteInventions has revealed further divisions and nuances when it comes to question of race.

On Monday morning #WhiteInventions was one of the top trends on Twitter in the US and was used more than 30,000 times. An early tweet widely shared using the hashtag came from Whitey McPrivilege, an account, which as its name might suggest, prides itself in annoying liberals. In the tweet Mr McPrivilege called on "caucasiophobes" to pipe down and be grateful for all the wonderful inventions that he credited to white people.
List of things white people invented

If this was intended to provoke a reaction then it worked. Some people responded in kind by posting that the first pinhole camera was invented by Arab physicist Ibn al-Haytham in 1021 AD. Others suggested that some of the discoveries on the McPrivilege list depended heavily on the pioneering investigation of algebra by the 9th Century Persian mathematician, Muhammad Al-Khwarizmi.

But there were several people who expressed support for the sentiments of Whitey McPrivilege.
Computer, social media etc
However, the tag was soon taken over, and given a sardonic spin.
Slave trade etc

This sort of hashtag hijacking was not an isolated case. Over the weekend #WhitePrivilegeMeans was used more 340,000 times mostly by people wishing to express the sentiment that non-whites get a significantly worse deal from US society than whites.
White privilege
Others mentioned Dylann Roof, the man accused of gunning down nine people inside a historic black church in South Carolina in 2015, who was bought a Burger King meal by police while he was in custody.
Dylann Roof
However several people used the tag to say that such a privilege does not exist and that it was time it stopped being mentioned.
Being called a racist tweet
Perhaps needless to say when views are as polarised as those revealed by the 'white' hashtags then statistics put up by one side are disputed by the other.
The statistical basis for the above tweet, for example, is contested by Sam Sinyangwe, who is a researcher who started the Mapping Police Violence project. He told the BBC:
"Black people are three times more likely to be killed by police in the United States than white people. More unarmed black people were killed by police than unarmed white people in 2014. And that's taking into account the fact that black people are only 14% of the population here."
However, a new study, spanning 10 years and looking at more than 1,000 cases, released by Harvard University, stated that while black men and women are more likely to be "touched, handcuffed, pushed to the ground or pepper-sprayed by a police officer", there was no evidence of intended racial bias when it came to shootings by police officers.
But whatever the figures underlying the existence or non-existence of "white privilege" some on social media feel the outbreak of racially-slanted hashtags is not doing anybody any good.

Lip Service: How controversial is it to kiss your child on the lips?

Victoria Beckham kissing Harper

This picture of Victoria Beckham kissing her daughter Harper on the lips has already been liked more than half a million times. But there has also been a backlash against it. Why?
No it's not the matching sunglasses that people are discussing. It's a mother giving her five-year-old daughter a birthday kiss - on the lips. "Gorgeous picture," writes one person. "Beautiful picture! Shows the love between mother and daughter," posts another, echoing the sentiments of most people.
But a quick glance at the comments beneath Victoria Beckham's Instagram post indicates that not everyone sees it the same way. "It's nice but you're not supposed to kiss you're children on the lips. I'm not trying to be rude but it's true," comments one detractor. Another wrote: "Not a fan of kissing my kids on the lips..That's just me."
While these comments, and others like them, stop of short of full-on criticism of the fashion designer's actions, they express a vague sense of unease about the image - an unease that has, in turn, caused consternation among others.
Tweet from Samantha Owen-White: What has the world come to, when a loving mom can't kiss her own child on the lips, very sad. @victoriabeckham

Lisa Hayward tweet:

The social etiquette expert, Liz Brewer. She believes that while kissing a son or daughter on the lips is an unusual practice it should still be a parent's choice as to whether they consider it appropriate or not.
"Normally with a member of your family you don't kiss on the lips unless it's your husband," she said. "With children, I wouldn't have thought it's a particularly good habit to get into but it's her child and she's at liberty to do what she thinks is best."
"I would be uncomfortable doing that and I think most people would be. If she feels it's appropriate, so be it. I wouldn't say it sets a particularly good example."
It's an issue which has caused discomfort before."I find it a bit icky," says one contributor on a Mumsnet discussion thread. "It's only weird if you use tongues," responds another.
This is not the first parent-child picture this year to stir controversy. This image of a father holding his sick son in the shower drew negative and positive reactions with some claiming it is inappropriate at best and at worst has undertones of paedophilia.


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Italy train crash: 'Twenty killed' near Bari in collision

Crash site where two trains collided on a single-track stretch between Ruvo di Puglia and Corato, in southern Italy
The trains were travelling at high speed

Twenty people have been killed and dozens more hurt in a head-on collision involving two passenger trains in southern Italy, officials say.
The two trains were on a single-track line at the time of the crash, between the coastal towns of Bari and Barletta.
The emergency services have been trying to free passengers from the shattered carriages, near the town of Andria.
One of those pulled from the wreckage was a small child, who was airlifted to hospital.
The local authorities have appealed for blood donors to come forward.
A handout picture provided by the Italian Fire Brigade shows emergency services working at the crash site where two trains collided in southern Italy
Wreckage lay strewn around the olive grove beside the tracks
It was unclear what led to the collision, which happened in good weather at 11:30 local time (09:30 GMT) in the southern region of Puglia.
A local prosecutor in nearby Trani said it was too early to speculate on the cause, although human error was likely to have been a factor.
Map of crash site
Italian reports said one of the trains had come from Andria, and the other from Corato, a short distance to the south-east. Both were travelling at high speed.

'Worst scene of my life'

Both trains had four carriages and images from the fire service showed wreckage strewn across a large area. Some of the carriages were so badly damaged there was little left but debris.
Corato Mayor Massimo Mazzilli said the damage was so extensive it was as if a plane had crashed.
"I saw dead people, others who were begging for help, people crying. The worst scene of my life," one policeman told journalists.
Rescuers set up a field hospital at the scene to help care for the large number of wounded passengers.
"The situation is dramatic," Antonio Nunziante, from the local civil defence, told Ansa news agency.

In total, about 200 were involved in the rescue operation, working in temperatures up to 40C (104F).
Firefighters trying to free trapped passengers
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi interrupted a trip to Milan and returned to Rome, after ordering an investigation into the crash.
"I want to express my condolences to the families and I have ordered, with no holding-back, [an inquiry] to find who is responsible," he said.
"I think we must have absolute clarity on this. We will not stop until we understand what happened."
Transport Minister Graziano Delrio was at the scene with ministry inspectors and local prosecutors to survey the wreckage.
The line, managed by Ferrotramviaria, is used by thousands of people daily on about 200 trains. Work is under way to make it a double-track line.

Italy's deadly train accidents

June 2009: Freight train carrying liquefied petroleum gas derails in Viareggio, causing a large explosion. More than 30 people die
January 2005: A head-on collision between a passenger and a freight train near Crevalcore kills 17
July 2002: A passenger train derails in Rometta Messina, killing eight people
April 1978: Two trains collide near a ravine next to Murazze Vado. Some of the carriages fall into the gorge, killing 42
Sources: Ansa, Corriere della Sera

Apulia regional leader Mario Loizzo said he was "deeply shaken" by the crash.
Italy's FS state rail operator expressed its condolences to the dead and wounded.
Earlier this year, 11 people died on a single track in southern Germany when two trains collided head-on at Bad Aibling near the Austrian border. Investigators said a signal controller had mistakenly allowed both trains to use the line, disabling an automatic safety system.
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South Sudan ceasefire declared by Kiir and Machar holding

South Sudanese policemen and soldiers stand guard along a street following renewed fighting in South Sudan
What's happening in South Sudan? Troops have been ordered back to barracks

A ceasefire appears to be holding in South Sudan's capital, Juba, after four days of heavy fighting between rival forces left hundreds dead.
The city is quiet, with no reports of helicopter gunships in the sky or tanks on the streets.
President Salva Kiir and his rival, Vice-President Riek Machar, announced a ceasefire which came into force on Monday at 15:00 GMT.
Clashes between troops loyal to the two men threatened a recent peace deal.
South Sudan became independent from Sudan in 2011 but its short history has been marred by years of civil war.
Mr Kiir and Mr Machar are under intense diplomatic pressure to end the violence.
The US said anyone impeding efforts to end the fighting would be held fully accountable.
The UN called for an immediate arms embargo, as well as attack helicopters to strengthen its 13,000-strong peacekeeping force.
Two Chinese UN peacekeepers and one South Sudanese UN worker were among the hundreds of dead.
US National Security Adviser Susan Rice said: "This senseless and inexcusable violence - undertaken by those who yet again are putting self-interest above the well-being of their country and people - puts at risk everything the South Sudanese people have aspired to over the past five years."

Peace deal shredded

BBC Sudan analyst James Copnall says the latest clashes have traumatised Juba and shredded a peace deal between Mr Kiir and Mr Machar, agreed last August.
He said there were also doubts over how far both men were in command of their forces. Both leaders had called for calm last Friday, but the fighting carried on.
Thousands of people have had to leave their homes.
Hundreds of them have sought refuge in UN premises, including Jebel and Tomping bases in Juba which were caught in crossfire on Monday.
two children, one about 5 and the other about 12 years old, eating from a plate of rice while sitting on blankets surrounded by other people, 11 JulySome people took shelter at a UN compound in Juba
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: "Yet again, the leaders of South Sudan have failed their people. Rarely has a country's conduct squandered so much promise so quickly."
Mr Ban said an "immediate" arms embargo should be imposed on South Sudan, political and military leaders blocking the peace deal should be sanctioned and the UN mission to the country should be fortified.
He also called for military equipment "to fulfil our mandate to protect civilians" and said countries with troops in South Sudan should "stand their ground" rather than withdraw in the face of the violence.
On Monday afternoon, an army spokesman told the BBC that soldiers loyal to Mr Kiir had been ordered back to barracks.

Any who resisted the order, by loitering or looting, would be arrested, he said.
South Sudan Riek Machar, left. Salva Kiir, South Sudan President, right, on 8 July
Vice-President Riek Machar, left, and President Salva Kiir have been locked in a power struggle

Why has fighting resumed?

It seems a disagreement at a checkpoint between rival soldiers led to a shootout on Thursday night in which five soldiers died. This quickly escalated into serious fighting from Friday onwards. Tensions have been high since April, when Mr Machar returned to Juba under a peace deal following a two-year civil war. He took a 1,300-strong protection force with him and they were supposed to start joint patrols with forces loyal to President Kiir. But a lack of trust between the two sides means the patrols have not begun.

Will it become a new civil war?

There are concerns that what we are seeing is a repeat of what happened in December 2013. The two-year civil war started after clashes between rival soldiers in Juba and degenerated into nationwide conflict in which tens of thousands died. The war was fought broadly between South Sudan's biggest ethnic groups - the Dinka, led by Mr Kiir, and the Nuer, under Mr Machar.
News graphic showing the ethnic groups of South Sudan
There is no dominant culture in South Sudan - the Dinka and the Nuer are the largest of more than 60 ethnic groups, each with its own language and traditional beliefs, alongside Christianity and Islam

What can the international community do?

The international community played a major role in the creation of South Sudan and has tried to exercise some influence since independence in 2011. The UN and US have called for an immediate end to fighting, a call echoed by the East African regional group which brokered the recent peace deal.
UN armoured personnel carrier in Juba
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SUN peacekeepers haves suffered casualties in the clashUN peacekeepers have suffered casualties in the clashes

One Proverbs A Day keeps foolishness away

Wealth attracts many friends, but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.