Snoop Dogg the US rapper was made unwelcome in Norway recently, they wouldn’t let him in and have banned from entering the country for two years. It seems that he was attempting to enter the country with a small amount of cannabis last month.
Border guards kept him prisoner at Kjevik Airport while on his way to a music festival, when customs officers found he was carrying a few ounces of the stuff.
The star’s lawyer said the rapper had no immediate plans to appeal against the ban. His client “wouldn’t loose any sleep”, he added.
It’s not the first time Snoop Dogg has fallen foul of the Norwegian border guards. He was held on arrival in Oslo in October 2011, when agents discovered he had “too much money”. The same thing happened in Sweden four years before when suspected of using drugs. Until 2010, he was regularly refused a visa for tours of the UK.
Recently, Snoop whose real name is Calvin Broadus announced that he is giving up rap to record a genre of music that is even more notorious for its association with marijuana. Recording under the name Snoop Lion, he will release his first reggae album later this year.
In January, Snoop was arrested in Texasafter border agents found cannabis on his tour bus. He was later released with a caution. The rapper is currently on tour and is expected to appear at the Catalpa Festival in New York on Sunday.
The Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) puts aside $2bn to cover mis-selling claims and money-laundering fines as it announces a sharp rise in first-half profits of $12.7bn for the first six months of 2012. The profits were boosted by $4.3bn of asset sales in the US.
The bank is setting aside $1.3bn to cover UK mis-selling compensation and $700m for any US fines following money laundering accusations.
The $1.3bn covers $1.06bn for the mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI) and $240m to cover sales of specialist interest rate protection products to businesses.
The $700m set aside for money laundering fines follows a US Senate report published earlier this month, which found that the bank was being used to launder dirty money from around the world.
“HSBC has made mistakes in the past, and for them I am very sorry,” said Douglas Flint group chairman, as if he were dealing with some minor clerical error.
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UK’s Private Eye Magazine writes: THE world of drugs was rocked to its foundations today by the revelation that some top international drug cartels have been closely involved in seedy business dealings with high street banks.
Said one leading Colombian drug baron, “This could ruin my reputation. This drugs business has been in my family for generations…” He sniffed, “And to know that our money has been laundered by such unsavoury characters brings shame upon us all.”
He sniffed again, “I would like to apologise to all our valued customers on the street – but, hopefully, their minds have already been so scrambled by all the other banking scandals that they won’t have a clue what’s going on…”
Said one top HSBC banker, “It’s like, wow, hey, this is some crazy shit. Woo!” He continued, “Don’t mess with us – we’re extremely unpleasant and we could ruin you. Remember, we know where you live – because we mis-sold you a mortgage.”