As abuse allegations heat up R Kelly removes post on Sri Lanka

However today the singer had deleted the announcement from his social media accounts. The singer took to social media to announce that he will be on tour in Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Further details were not given. Controversial singer R. Kelly, who is facing multiple abuse allegations, has removed a post published on social media that he will be in Sri Lanka soon.The post was published two days ago on his official social media accounts. The announcement came weeks after Surviving R. Kelly aired featuring Kelly’s accusers and industry insiders detailing allegations against the singer that included physical, emotional and sexual abuse against women and underage girls.In response to the show, which gave rise to the #MuteRKelly campaign, a number of artists and former collaborators spoke out against Kelly, with Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Chance the Rapper, Jennifer Hudson and more either pulling their collaborations with Kelly from streaming services or expressing their regret for working with him. The following year, Kelly would court notoriety offstage by producing Aaliyah’s debut album “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number” amid a flurry of speculation that the pair had wed despite Aaliyah apparently being underage – the first of many controversial incidents in Kelly’s career. In 1996, he had arguably his biggest success to date with the anthemic “I Believe I Can Fly” from the movie “Space Jam”; it scooped him three Grammy Awards and remains his signature song. (Colombo Gazette)By Easwaran Rutnam He’s demonstrated an impressive penchant for being able to reinvent himself over the years; his early successes in the first part of the nineties saw him make a name for himself with his debut solo record, “12 Play”, and especially the smash hit single “Bump ‘N Grind”, which spent twelve weeks at the top of the charts in his native U.S in 1993. Additionally, Sony BMG — the parent company of Kelly’s record label, RCA Records — parted ways with the Grammy winner in the wake of the docuseries. Kelly’s music had also reportedly been banned from two Dallas-area radio stations, while some community organizers had begun to call on iHeartRadio and Radio One to ban his music from their playlists. The singer has also been banned from Philadelphia by its city council.Kelly was first arrested in 2002 for his alleged involvement in a child pornography tape. Surviving R. Kelly — which averaged 2.1 million viewers, a significant number for Lifetime — explored that scandal in particular, along with the stories and allegations from a number of women, including Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Lee, former underage partner Lizzette Martinez and former backup singer Jovante Cunningham.Over the course of a twenty-five year career that’s been marked by controversy off stage, Kelly has amassed a slew of hit records, awards and accolades – not to mention huge personal worth. read more

Oil falls 2 as traders await policy signals from Fed government report

Oil falls 2% as traders await policy signals from Fed, government report on supplies by The Associated Press Posted Aug 20, 2013 6:38 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil fell two per cent Tuesday, the sharpest decline in two months, as traders waited for the U.S. central bank to signal when it will shift its monetary policy.West Texas Intermediate crude for September delivery fell $2.14 to US$104.96 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Analysts said some of the decline was driven by the expiration of the September contract at the end of trading. The October contract fell $1.75 to US$105.11 a barrel.Brent North Sea crude, which is used to price imported oil used by many U.S. refineries, rose 25 cents to US$110.15 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London. Upheaval in Egypt, which controls the Suez Canal, and lower oil production in Libya are supporting the price of Brent.Evidence that the U.S. economy is improving has led to speculation that the Fed will begin to reduce its $85 billion a month in asset purchases as early as September.The Fed’s stimulus policy has lowered interest rates and made oil and other commodities a more attractive investment by offering potentially higher returns. A “tapering” or phasing down of the program could push down oil prices.Traders were awaiting the release Wednesday of minutes from the Fed’s July policy meeting for hints of whether and when the bank might begin cutting back on its bond buying.Investors will also be monitoring fresh information on U.S. stockpiles of crude and refined products. A report on U.S. stockpiles will be released Wednesday by the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration, the market benchmark.Crude stockpiles have declined in seven of the past eight weeks.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, heating oil rose one cent to US$3.08 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), wholesale gasoline lost one cent to US$2.93 a gallon and natural gas fell two cents to US$3.44 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more