Kendrick Lamar recently jumped on a call with TMZ, providing a candid response to comments made by Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera earlier in the week. After Rivera accused Lamar of expressing “exactly the wrong message” by his staged performance standing on a vandalized police car during the BET Awards – even going so far as to mention the Charleston, South Carolina incident (for some inexplicable reason) – Lamar took the opportunity to clarify that his track “Alright” is intended to convey a positive message. Lamar continued to rebut, stating that Rivera’s reaction only serves to inflame the issue and stir up a flippant controversy by avoiding the truth.
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LONDON (Reuters) – – Britain's private-sector services grew more than expected last month, suggesting the economic recovery picked up going into the second half of the year, a survey showed on Friday. Combined with similar manufacturing and construction surveys earlier this week, Markit said the gain suggested Britain's economy expanded around 0.5 percent from April through June, compared with 0.4 percent in the first three months of the year. The latest services PMI makes it more likely the Bank of England will want to raise interest rates from a record low 0.5 percent later this year, Markit said.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan wants a move to the Premier League, with his preferred destination being Chelsea over Manchester United, according to Cadena SER (h/t AS).
Turan “has an agreement” with the Red Devils but “is still waiting on something concrete from Chelsea,” the club he hopes to represent, per the aforementioned report. This speculation comes after the player took to social media to deny claims he has agreed to join La Liga champions Barcelona.
“Much is being said about me, but the information published is not correct,” wrote Turan on rumours in the Catalan press that a deal with the Blaugrana has been struck, per AS.
Ahmet Bulut, the player’s agent, previously confirmed an imminent announcement will be made to reveal the player’s next suitors: “When you find out who his new team are on Friday you will all agree that we made the right choice,” said Bulut, reported James Robson of the Manchester Evening News.
Turan and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could strike the perfect match. The Portuguese boss loves hard-working, intelligent players who put the team before personal glory.
Although creative in the final third, Turan battles to win possession and is more likely to start attacking moves than round them off. He can play from either wing and through the centre, making him a smart alternative to Oscar in the Blues lineup.
B/R UK’s Andy Brassell believes Arda’s next club will be securing a winner:
United boss Louis van Gaal should be looking at players of his ilk. The Red Devils need added bite in midfield after a number of lightweight performances last season. Turan’s doggedness would slot in well alongside the likes of Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick, but it could once again relegate Juan Mata to the bench.
The Spaniard’s stop-start United career has seen him forced out wide when he is best suited to playing through the middle, but he put together a run of quality form at the conclusion of the 2014-15 campaign. Arda’s arrival could disrupt his progress.
Atletico fans have enjoyed watching a dedicated professional over the last four years, someone who possesses technical acumen and natural energy. Rojiblancos boss Diego Simeone has called on him to perform multiple roles and will find it difficult to replace the 28-year-old’s thirst for getting the job done.
The boss may accept Turan’s departure as an inevitability after losing Diego Costa and Filipe Luis to Chelsea last summer. Arda is well-suited to the Premier League and Stamford Bridge, where he’d be adored by the fans.
Temperatures a little cooler today in the upper 60s as you wake up with partly cloudy skies. As you go through the day the clouds break a little with a high of 80° and winds from the NE.
Overnight into Saturday morning clouds do creep back in due to a low to our South but models are predicting that the rain will stay away from most New York and New Jersey beach destinations, although that doesn’t rule out the chance for a spotty shower later in the afternoon. But the fireworks forecast remains suitable with moderate cloud coverage and temperatures in the low 70s/upper 60s.
Sunday, however, takes the cake with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-80s, setting us up for what looks like a great week ahead.
That’s all I have for now, be sure to check back soon for more weather updates.
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A report on The Journal’s website indicates that TJ Hughes department store wants to convert a section of their space to a sports club after planning permission was granted. A spokesperson for Retail Smart, who provide store planning solutions, commented on the unusual idea.
The Bigg Market section of TJ Hughes discount department store in Newcastle will be converted into a 24/7 sports club, after the retailer received permission to change part of its floor space. A gym on the ground and first floors aims to attract more visitors on a daily basis.
It will be open every hour of every day from Monday to Sunday and the retail giant will hold the gym over 3,000sqft of space. Officers approved the plans because they believe it fits with the National Planning Policy Framework – this requires them to contribute to sustainable development.
Card controlled access will be installed at Bigg Market entrance outside of store opening hours so people can enter the gym throughout the day and night. The development will not start later than April 2018 for the creation of new sport and leisure facilities.
Before work begins a detailed noise survey must be completed. This includes any vibrations from gym equipment and sound insulation between residential and commercial property. The latter needs to be approved by the Local Planning Authority.
A spokesperson for Retail Smart released a statement following the news, they said: “This idea in Newcastle may well be unconventional, but it should be well received in the city of Newcastle. Giving local people more sports facilities is an effective way of making the region healthier with an additional hobby.
“The fact this gym will be open all hours means that this could have a positive effect on the number of shoppers to this particular John Lewis store. The layout will need to be carefully considered so shoppers notice the facilities and opt to join the fitness centre rather than another local gym. At Retail Smart we help customers find particular sections of stores eye-catching from the moment they walk in through the door.”
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Hydrogen has been touted as one of the most promising alternatives to our current dependence on fossil fuels to power cars because it fits our current driving habits. Whereas plug-in electric vehicles have limited range and take a long time to recharge, hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles can be refueled in a matter of minutes from a pump that looks similar to a fuel pump. BMW has continued its development of hydrogen technology with a new 5 Series GT based prototype, which can drive for 500 km (311 miles) before it needs to be topped up.
Latest poll shows narrow lead for Yes vote ahead of referendum decision
Greeks are being asked a question in the referendum which is not factually or legally correct, according to European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis has said.
In an interview with Die Welt, he said:
The referendum question is neither factually nor legally correct.
The proposals of the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund, which are to be voted on are based on a now expired credit program. The Euro Group has not accepted or declined. They do not correspond to the final state of negotiations – as Tsipras announced the referendum, we were still in the middle of the talks. The Greeks, however, on Sunday will also send a political signal to the rest of Europe. A yes will mean that they want to work closely with the other euro-zone countries to find a solution. A No would make the differences even more evident, and a solution more complicated.
It would be wrong to assume that a No would strengthen the Greek negotiating position. The opposite is the case. Following the closure of banks and the introduction of capital controls to attain financial stability again, it has become more complicated and more expensive. Greece is in a substantially worse situation than it was last week.
Markets have opened cautiously, with the FTSE 100 down just 4 points, Germany off 0.3% and Italy, Spain and France flat.