Hedge fund Tiger Global takes $1 billion stake in Softbank: source

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Sen. Duckworth takes swipe at Mitch McConnell

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) uses Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell’s 2016 tweet against him to argue against delaying a vote for President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.


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Australian supermarkets work to prevent ‘bag rage’ as plastics ban takes effect

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s biggest supermarket chains are scrambling to combat “bag rage” as frustrated shoppers vent their anger over the removal of single-use plastic bags. One man put his hands around a supermarket worker’s throat, the West Australian newspaper reported, while grocery stores are putting on more staff to help customers get used to the change.


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For years now, Apple CEO Tim Cook reminded the world how vital user privacy and data security are to the company. Just as it made sure that hardware and software encryption, and user privacy, were turned into a marketable feature for Apple products, Cook took direct and indirect shots at the competition whose business model is user data.

Cook’s hits at competitors intensified lately, in the wake of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, with the exec taking apparent shots at Facebook. And Cook is back with a renewed defense of user privacy.

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Gleyber Torres takes Derby decision out of MLB’s hands

Gleyber Torres says he’ll pass on competing in the Home Run Derby next month, and that goes down as a loss for baseball, even if everyone outside New York might not necessarily agree. “I’m not a home-run hitter,” the Yankees’ dynamic rookie told The Post on Wednesday, before his team continued its series against the…
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Designer Kate Spade Takes Her Own Life At 55

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NEW YORK (AP) — Kate Spade, a fashion designer known for her sleek handbags, was found hanged in her Park Avenue apartment Tuesday in an apparent suicide, law enforcement officials said.

The 55-year-old left a note at the scene and was found by housekeeping at about 10:20 a.m. It’s not clear how long she had been dead. The medical examiner will perform an autopsy.

The officials said she was found with a red scarf around her neck attached to a doorknob. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

 

The company she founded, Kate Spade New York, now has over 140 retail shops and outlet stores across the U.S. and more than 175 shops internationally.

A company representative did not immediately respond to phone and e-mail requests.

Spade, who was an accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine, launched her company with husband Andy in their apartment in 1993. She started the company based on six shapes of bags that she thought every working woman needed. It created a smash.

“I grew up in the Midwest, where you have to have it (a fashion item) because you like it, not because you’re supposed to have it,” the Kansas City, Mo., native told The Associated Press in 2004. “For our customers, fashion is in the right place in their life. It’s an adornment, not an obsession.”

From the original boxy handbags, she expanded into shoes, luggage and other accessories, as well as a home line, stationery, and three books. Spade won multiple awards from the Council of Fashion Designers of America and was named a “giant of design” by House Beautiful magazine.

“As an accessory, a great bag that takes the outfit somewhere else is interesting,” she told the AP in a 2000 interview.

She walked away from the company in 2007, a year after it was acquired from the Neiman Marcus Group for $ 125 million by the company then known as Liz Claiborne Inc.

Coach, now known as Tapestry, bought the Kate Spade brand last year for $ 2.4 billion, seeking to broaden its appeal.

Meanwhile, Spade and her husband started a new handbag company a few years ago, Frances Valentine. And she changed her name to Katherine Noel Frances Valentine Brosnahan Spade, she said in an NPR interview this year.

In addition to her husband, Spade is survived by a daughter, born in 2005.

 

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Westminster Debate on U.K. Fur Ban Takes Shape, Backed by Stella McCartney

LONDON — The fur debate continues to unravel in the U.K. with the Labour party now demanding a total fur ban in the country, during a debate held today at Westminster.
Ahead of the debate, designer Stella McCartney wrote an open letter in support of the cause.
In her letter, McCartney highlights the recent shift in attitude toward fur as an indication that the country needs to take a step further and ban fur, to reflect the public sentiment.
“Over the past few years countless brands and designers have woken up to the unequivocal cruelty of the fur industry and have subsequently stopped using fur in their collections. More than 80 percent of British people believe it is unacceptable to buy or sell any animal fur. The world is moving in a more positive direction and it is time for the UK to take the vital next step,” wrote the designer, who has never used fur or leather in her collections.
McCartney added that she sees the U.K.’s current policy of banning fur farming 20 years ago yet allowing fur imports into the country as “hypocritical and unacceptable” and addressed the argument that real fur is a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly option to its

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Video: Maroon 5’s Adam Levine takes Porsche Mission E for a spin, says the car has ‘a soul’

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Over the past few years, Tesla’s Model S hasn’t had to deal with much competition. Sure, there are more affordable EVs available from the likes of Chevy, but we’ve yet to see an all-electric luxury car hit the market and truly give the Model S a run for its money. That, however, is about to change with the impending release of the Porsche Mission E.

Set to go on sale sometime in 2019, the Mission E not only looks incredibly sleek, but it boasts some truly jaw-dropping specs as well. Sporting a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds, the Mission E has a top speed in excess of 155 MPH and can go for 310 miles on a single charge. Moreover, Uew Michael of Porsche recently said that the Mission E will be able to charge twice as fast as a Tesla. Specifically, the Mission E can reportedly charge to 80% in just 15 minutes.

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NFL Takes Hard Stance Against Kneeling With New 2018 Anthem Policy

The NFL and Roger Goodell will now penalize players for protesting.

The NFL approved a 2018 national anthem policy, but the NFLPA is not having it. The new rule will “subject teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem.” If they choose to not participate, they’ll be allowed to remain in the locker room until the performance is done.


Such a rule was bound to happen due to the NFL and President Trump’s continued criticism of both Colin Kaepernick and the movement that he ignited.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired,’” Trump said. “You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.”

But, even with this “solution” to end further criticism and to protect the league’s ratings, the NFLPA are willing to continue the fight for players’ rights.

NFLPA spokesman George Atallah told ESPN of the NFL’s proposed new national anthem policy: “We were not consulted ahead of this meeting on any potential changes to the anthem policy. If there are changes to the policy that put players in a position where they could be disciplined or fined, we are going to do what we always do—fight anything that encroaches on players’ rights to the end.”


 


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Paris exhibit takes a look at ‘forgotten’ Impressionist Cassatt

PARIS (Reuters) – A Paris museum is shining a light on the work of Mary Cassatt, an American woman whose paintings made a profound and often-overlooked contribution to the male-dominated Impressionist movement in France.


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FCC commissioner takes final shot at ISPs on her way out

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In April, Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced that she’s leaving the FCC after a nine-year tenure. During her time, Clyburn forged a reputation as a fierce advocate for consumer rights, and in a final interview with Ars Technica on her way out, Clyburn took one last opportunity to make the case for a strong and effective regulator, even as the Republican-controlled FCC works hard to tear down net neutrality regulation and green-lights huge telecoms mergers.

As soon as she announced her resignation, politicians, colleagues, and industry groups rushed to praise Clyburn’s integrity and the legacy she leaves behind. “Mignon is a voice for the voiceless, always defending the most vulnerable in our society to ensure they are protected against the special interests,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said in a statement at the time. “Her commitment to defending net neutrality, protecting the Lifeline program, lowering prison phone rates, and so many other critical consumer-protection programs has benefited millions of American families.”

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‘Solo’ takes flight

As “Rogue One” demonstrated, there’s a rich vein of material in “Star Wars” prequels, just waiting to be mined. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” will surely make off with plenty of that loot, even if the movie requires considerable time to take flight, recovering from a messy, flat opening half before rallying and picking up speed down the stretch.


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Trump’s prescription to reduce drug prices takes small steps

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s long-promised plan to bring down drug prices would mostly spare the pharmaceutical industry he previously accused of “getting away with murder.” Instead he focuses on private competition and more openness to reduce America’s prescription pain.
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104-year-old scientist David Goodall takes own life at Swiss clinic

A 104-year-old Australian scientist who had campaigned for the legalization of assisted dying in his home country has ended his life at a Swiss clinic, a representative from the pro-euthanasia organization Exit International said.


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‘Drag Race’ Exclusive: Monique Heart Takes a Side in Vixen/Eureka Feud

Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from the Snatch Game episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10. Proceed with caution.

After a rough Snatch Game showing from many of our favorite queens on the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, it was ultimately Monique Heart that was forced to sashay away.

FANDOM caught up with the Kansas City queen the morning after her elimination to find out what went wrong during that Carly Rae Jepsen lip sync. Although they didn’t show it in Untucked, Monique said she did listen to her iPod to try to learn the lyrics before going back on stage, but she also got distracted by “that whole debacle with Vixen.”

“It was a lot because I knew that I shouldn’t have been bottom three. I should not have been bottom two. I knew that going in before they called my name,” Monique told FANDOM, saying that it was Asia that should have been in her place. “But I just wanted to get ready and it was just a lot because it’s like I know that my look is what’s gonna be the very thing that probably gets me through. So trying to prepare and you have someone across from you going postal because they might go home. It’s a lot.”


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Despite the friction with The Vixen, Monique said the Chicago queen was justified in her anger towards Eureka, explaining that the Elephant Queen frustrated her throughout the competition as well.

“People can try to hate Vixen, but everything that happened and every response Vixen gave was somewhat valid,” Monique said. “When she went into it with Eureka, Eureka did try to dismiss her and she was just talking, like, that’s so rude. If it [had happened to] Eureka, it would have been a whole ordeal.”

Monique went on to say that never being recognized for her amazing homemade looks had her feeling like the “judges didn’t want me there.” But now that she’s gone, she’s rooting for “everybody black … and Aquaria.”

When it comes to being a queen of color, Monique told the other queens this week that she doesn’t get political in her Kansas shows because of the demographics of the people attending.

“You can’t do something that’s going to offend them to the core, but at the same time, I need you to be educated and get smarter on the things that are going on in society that may not necessarily affect you,” she said. “I need you to be educated. But I also need your money to pay my bills. So there’s a line that I choose not to cross.”


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But now that she’s become a RuGirl and gained a huge following, what’s next for the outspoken queen?

“I really want to get on daytime television,” she said. “I want to become my own entity. I want to own my own bank. I just want to get all my coins and stack them up and take care of my mother.”

With the exit of Monique, only seven queens remain. It’s time for our weekly power ranking of the contestants based on what we’ve seen all season. Head to Twitter and let us know if you agree.

7. The Vixen


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 The Vixen

Another week, another time Vixen is at the bottom of our list. But like a cockroach or Randy Jackson on the original American Idol, we just can’t get rid of her. If Monique knew the words to the lip sync things may be different, but alas, Vixen lived to see another week. And while her negative energy is depressing and her hypocritical demands that Eureka change her personality are annoying, she’s really only at the bottom of this list because she is not bringing it on the runway or in the challenges. But now she’s in the top seven. And that’s just something we’re all going to have to live with.

6. Asia O’Hara


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Asia O'Hara

Asia still has what it takes to make it further in this competition, but she is in a timeout after that horrendous Beyonce impersonation on Snatch Game. Choosing to do Bey over Whitney was a horrible mistake as it is, but then to portray the pop star as an abusive mother was just uncomfortable to watch. Her Shape of Water mermaid look kept her out of the bottom two, but she better step it up to remind us why she deserves to make it to the top.

5. Kameron Michaels


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Kameron doesn’t talk much, but perhaps she’s just been trying to keep the secret that she’s an actual contender for the crown. After all, RuPaul called Pearl out for having no personality in Season 7 but the queen still managed to sleepwalk her way into the top three. Kameron delivers good looks each week and for someone who isn’t a comedy queen, being safe in Snatch Game is honestly an accomplishment. But as the contestants continue to sashay away, she will have to pull out an actual win to keep herself in the game.

4. Monét X Change


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After two weeks in the bottom, Monét has now spent the past two weeks in the top. She really needs a win under her belt to become an official contender, but the queen definitely has the skills, looks, and talent to make that happen. But for now, being in the middle of the pack can only get you so far so she’s going to have to start showing what it is that makes her such a fan favorite when she’s performing back in New York.

3. Miz Cracker


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We’re not quite ready to take Miz Cracker out of our top three yet, but she still hasn’t landed a main challenge win. And while she seemed to come in second place for the first four weeks of the competition, she has been slipping in recent challenges. And what’s worse, they have been comedy challenges, which should be the time she shines. Even still, there is definitely a charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent that she possesses that would make it feel wrong to not see her in the top three.

2. Aquaria


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Aquaria

It seems we may owe Aquaria an apology. Despite her insane talent at turning out amazing looks, we assumed that her lack of personality would send her home much earlier. But the fact that she was able to win this season’s Snatch Game, which takes intelligence and a great sense of humor to pull off, it’s clear that we didn’t give her enough credit in the performance category. Now that she has two wins under her belt in two different categories (one for costume creation and one for her Snatch Game impersonation) she has proven she has enough skill to take her to the top.

1. Eureka


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Eureka O'Hara

Fresh off of two wins in a row, Eureka landed in the top yet again for her performance as Honey Boo Boo in Snatch Game. And so, after a season of no clear frontrunner, we finally have a queen stepping up to the plate. The Elephant Queen threw us for a loop when she got in her head and landed in the bottom at the start of the season, but she has been a strong contender ever since. She’s got the personality, the looks, and the talent. She may not be the most popular queen online or even in the workroom, but the opinions of others don’t make her any less worthy of the crown based on what she has shown us so far.

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Molly Goddard first won over Rihanna with her voluminous, Cinderella-like tulle confections, and now she’s also earned the approval of the British Fashion Council: On Wednesday evening, the London-based designer was named the winner of the 2018 BFC/British Vogue Designer Fashion …

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Ron Perlman Takes No Prisoners: Trump Is a ‘Cardboard Cutout Piece of Shitfuck’

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Don’t get Ron Perlman started on Donald Trump.

“I grew up in New York,” says the 68-year-old actor, whose latest film, The Escape of Prisoner 614, opens April 27th in theaters and On Demand. “Trump is the quintessential Howard Stern guest, because all he wants to do is lower the bar. He’s been a joke all my life.”

Joke or not, Trump is a constant on Perlman’s entertaining Twitter feed, which is filled with pithy comments and retweets about the reality TV host-turned-president, as well as right-wing bloviators like Sean Hannity.

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Athletics: Amateur Kawauchi takes alternative route to Boston glory

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) – Yuki Kawauchi’s improbable victory at the Boston Marathon on Monday is the crowning glory in the career of an amateur Japanese runner who has defied every convention in modern athletics and taken the road less traveled to make his mark.


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US takes aim at Putin’s allies in Russia with new sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States punished dozens of Russian oligarchs and government officials on Friday with sanctions that took direct aim at President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, as President Donald Trump’s administration tried to show he’s not afraid to take tough action against Moscow.
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Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDOL Alum David Cook Takes First Bows in KINKY BOOTS!

Rock singer and former American IdolDavid Cookjust madehis Broadway debut as Charlie Price inKinky Boots,playing a limited run through Saturday, May 5, 2018. Cook, who just released his brand new EP Chromance, succeedsJake Shears. Check out photos from his first curtain call below
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The immigration courts in the US have some problems. A lot of problems, from the sounds of it.

In the video above for Last Week Tonight, John Oliver breaks them down one by one — everything from the massive discrepancy in the deportation rate between cities to the fact that people who can’t afford a lawyer are often forced to represent themselves.

“The truth here is we are going to need big changes,” says Oliver. “Ideally the biggest change would be to make the courts fully independent from the DOJ, which is something that can’t happen overnight or, under this particular congress, probably at all. Read more…

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Elon Musk Takes Over Tesla Model 3 Production

After months of faults and delays with the production of Tesla‘s Model 3 car — reportedly due to using flawed partsElon Musk has now taken over control of the division in charge. Musk originally estimated that Tesla would be making 20,000 of the cars per month by December, however that was later downgraded 2,500 cars per week by the end of March. This revised target was also missed, with the real figure ending up closer to 2,000 per week.

Initial reports had claimed that Musk has taken over the duty from Doug Field, Tesla’s Senior Vice President of Engineering, although Musk said this wasn’t true. On Twitter, the entrepreneur explained that his “job as CEO is to focus on what’s most critical, which is currently Model 3 production. Doug, who I regard as one of the world’s most talented engineering execs, is focused on vehicle engineering.” Musk also went on to reveal that the move meant he was “back to sleeping at factory. Car biz is hell…”

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If at first you don’t succeed, try again. At least, that’s according to activist investor Jonathan Litt who is making a second bid to get on the board Taubman Centers, owner of the posh Mall at Short Hills in New Jersey. “A true shareholder representative with a deep knowledge of REITs and regional shopping malls…
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The hits keep on coming for Papa John’s. Two days before the NFL dropped the pizza chain as its official sponsor last week, Peyton Manning relinquished his stake in 31 Papa John’s locations in the Denver area, the Denver Post reported Monday. Manning, who retired as the Broncos quarterback after winning Super Bowl 50 in…
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Is Kim Kardashian trying to tell Us that she has a new fitness video coming our way? The beauty magnate has been giving us her best Jane Fonda of late and upped the ante on Monday, March 5, wearing yet another aerobics instructor-inspired outfit.

The recently-minted mom of three is no stranger to a spandex look, as we are sure you are aware, but this most recent style is notable for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it’s shockingly colorful (though tonal). Kardashian paired a cerulean cropped zipper jacket with a teal tube top and a pair of shiny gray-blue spandex shorts. Perhaps she is moving away from the tans and nudes now that she has shocked Us all by dyeing her platinum mane bright pink (it’s not a wig, btw, she clapped back to those in doubt last week.)

Kim isn’t the only member of her fam to be on board with the retro bike shorts trend. Baby sister Kylie was rocking the trend pre-pregnancy and has also stepped out in the last few weeks wearing a black pair — clearly it’s not a look she is retiring anytime soon.

Full-on spandex not quite your style? Well, Kendall Jenner has been at the forefront of the tracksuits comeback, which she started by rocking Adidas breakaway pants and then totally w-e-r-k-ing the Adidas redux full tracksuit in the spirit of #TracksuitNation founder Armie Hammer. Of course, it wasn’t long until big sis Kourtney Kardashian modeled her own take on the tracksuit while traveling in Tokyo.

The takeaway: it’s chic to look athletic which means if you want to feel as comfortable as you are on-trend, you best get on board with the Kardashians. So what will it be: Spandex shorts or tracksuits?

 

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It Takes a Village: How the U.S. Can Lift Up Single Moms

I just googled “Single Parent Awareness Month” because I didn’t know if there even was one, although for six years I have raised my daughter as a single parent. This is typical; single parents don’t have much time to think about themselves. It turns out there is a Single Parent Awareness Month. As of today, we’re in it. 

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My partner died when my daughter was three. I have raised her in a town where I have no relatives, no nanny and no financial assistance from life insurance, child support or alimony. 

What I do have are friends. I am raising my daughter with the help of a village, and I absolutely need to be. Ariel picked her up from school every Monday for a year. Bjorn lets her hang out with his girls every Thursday. When my daughter was very little and sick, I couldn’t leave her at night to pick up Pedialyte or children’s Tylenol, so I’d call my friend Dave and he would drop them off for me. Joe and his sons shovel my sidewalk every time it snows. If I am running a little late, I have neighbors who will pick her up from school; in the mornings when I’m rushing to work I have neighbors who will walk her to school.

According to the 2016 U.S. Census, there are around 12 million single parent families in the U.S., and a quarter of all U.S. households are headed by single mothers. It has been more than two decades since the sitcom Murphy Brown depicted the female journalist choosing to parent alone, causing a cultural stir and helping to widen notions of family. Today, 25 percent of never-married women in their 40’s are following her lead, and she’s coming back to the small screen. 

But single mothers still face significant challenges managing childcare and work. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook CEO and author of the book Lean In, admitted to the steep difficulties of single parenting after her husband passed away from a heart attack in 2015. “Some people felt that I didn’t spend enough time writing about the difficulties women face when they have an unsupportive partner or no partner at all,” she wrote in a Facebook post on the anniversary of her husband’s death. “They were right.” This new awareness has led her to advocate for family leave and childcare benefits for single, working mothers.

While our definitions of families are shifting, policies to take care of families have not kept pace with the change. Women, married or not, mothers or not, still make 79 cents to the man’s dollar to do the same job if they are white, 60 cents to the man’s dollar if they are black and 55 cents if they are Hispanic—and according to the Pew Research Center, single mothers earn only 60 percent of the salaries of married, working mothers, a number that represents the millions of mothers forced into part-time work in order to simultaneously care for their children. Traditional two-parent families earn an income more than three times that of households headed by a single mother, but only 42 percent of single mothers receive the child support owed to them.

These disparities—and the fact that the U.S. is the only country not to mandate paid, family leave—are why the U.S. ranks 23rd in inequality out of 30 developed nations, according to an index by the World Economic Forum. The U.S. scores particularly low on providing social safety nets that protect the most vulnerable of our society, including our children. 

Today, 57 percent of babies born to Millennial women are born to unmarried mothers, and 67 percent of these births are to college-educated Millennial women. These figures suggest that this current generation of single mothers will continue to work while raising children—which means that paid family leave, equal pay, child tax credits, full-time benefits and childcare reimbursements will become even more essential in the next decades.

The challenges of single parenting disproportionately affect lower-income women, wage workers and women of color, and these women deserve the social safety nets that will allow them and their children to succeed. But single mothers in every profession face hurdles that remain invisible to outsiders. Even with hard work, good benefits, a leadership position and a loving community, it is very difficult to parent alone and simultaneously “lean in.”

I teach full-time at a prestigious university, where I direct an academic program, but a few years ago, as I was listening to an NPR story about saving for college—while I made my daughter’s lunch, put on my makeup, scrambled her eggs and helped her find her homework—I heard a numbers breakdown and realized that we were nearly a low-income family. 

Oftentimes, childcare costs prohibitively outweigh the costs—or pay—of attending conferences, yet my absences from such conferences have significant professional fallout. Even my absence at evening workplace events, because of childcare costs or my need to re-center my daughter as her only parent, have career fallout, since these social gatherings result in new ideas, personal visibility and networking opportunities.

If you are the employer of a single mother, give her a raise. Do not take advantage of how much she needs her job—which, along with her gender, will make it far less likely for her to negotiate or job search like a person with the safety net of a spouse. If you are her manager, you may advocate for her, teach her how to negotiate or inform her of opportunities for career advancement. If possible, provide her with professional development funds to use at her discretion.

When I look back at the heart of my daughter’s childhood, I can see that it hasn’t been all struggle. I see us all crowded around our little pine table during potlucks with our friends in the neighborhood. I see myself picking up my daughter after a long day, and then staying for soup and conversation in Ariel’s cozy kitchen. I see myself learning gratitude, humility and connection in the face of so much receiving.

I see how single mothers and their children could thrive if our businesses, institutions and lawmakers learned from our communities.

Rachel Jamison Webster teaches at Northwestern University, where she Directs the Creative Writing Program. She is a 2017-18 Public Voices/Op Ed Fellow.

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New dating app takes a swipe at Tinder

For daters tired of giving their lives to Tinder swipes, Europe’s “slow dating” app makes its US debut on Tuesday. The 4-year-old app — named “Once” for the number of daily matches it delivers each user — already ranks No. 1 in downloads from Google Play in its eight European markets. Once hopes to re-create…
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Bank of America takes aim at gun-making clients

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SEC takes aim at cryptocurrency firms run by ex-NFLer

Another red flag was raised on Friday over the thinly regulated cryptocurrency markets. In the latest clampdown, trading in three penny stocks was shut down for 10 days while regulators looked into whether they were trying to take advantage of investors by making blockchain and cryptocurrency announcements. Each of the companies is led by Patrick…
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Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

Thousands of angry students, parents and residents demanded stricter gun control laws as new details were revealed about the suspect accused of shooting and killed 17 people in a Florida high school.
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White House says Trump takes ‘domestic violence very seriously,’ despite public comments

The White House maintained on Monday it did not know the “extent” of the allegations against Rob Porter until last Tuesday evening, when they were first reported in the Daily Mail.


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Uber founder’s competitive streak takes center stage in trade-theft trial

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick’s famously competitive nature was the focus of questioning on Wednesday in a trade-secrets trial in which Uber is accused of stealing self-driving car designs from rival Waymo. In Kalanick’s second day of testimony, Waymo sought to portray the ex-CEO as so eager to improve Uber’s lagging autonomous…
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Consumer Focus Takes Hold at SIL

PARIS — The sense of a renewal was tangible at the recent Salon International de la Lingerie and Interfilière trade shows here, with heritage brands visibly shifting to a more consumer-oriented discourse and a strong focus on offering solutions for retailers seeking to boost their business in what remains a difficult market.
The events, which ran from Jan. 20-22 at Porte de Versailles, both saw slight upticks in visitor numbers, according to show organizer Eurovet, which no longer discloses traffic data. Premium and VIP visitors were up 12 percent at SIL and 5 percent at Interfilière, Eurovet said.
“The energy is incredible,” said first-time visitor Gloria Barrigan, owner of Alberta, Canada-based Night Owl Lingerie. “We’re seeing the high-end collections we are looking for, which we don’t see in North America anymore,” she commented.
French lingerie and hosiery sales fell 2.5 percent to 2.95 billion euros last year, according to IFM data sourced from Kantar Worldpanel, a decline principally attributed to changing consumption patterns and the growth of online, with department stores, mass distribution, independent and multibrand retailers all losing market share. According to estimates, meanwhile, the global lingerie market was flat in 2017.
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Title of Work Takes Over CFDA’s Retail Lab

The Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Retail Lab is changing over again and this time, the space is devoted to Title of Work.
Led by designer and artists Jonathan Meizler, Title of Work’s shop will remain in the space for three months and will feature several installations and special events during its run.
“I am excited to share my vision in a three-dimensional environment from an artistic and social perspective,” said Meizler. “I want people to come to the space and let their guard down and experience what a lot of people are feeling and thinking at the moment.”
The location will house Title of Work’s spring “Dirty Words” collection, comprised of men’s accessories that are intended to “explore the shock, anger, thought and humor of emotionally and socially charged words,” according to the company. Title of Work offers neckwear, pocket squares, scarves and an array of jewelry.
The merchandise, which will be displayed in portfolio cases, will change every three weeks and there will be a customization desk that will allows shoppers to personalize jewelry and neckwear.
The “Dirty Words” collection tapped photographers Michael Beauplet, Jorge Perez Ortiz, Clemens Kois, and Brooke Didonato who interpreted specific ‘dirty words’ for the brand’s official marketing campaign

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Hundreds of supporters of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny began a day of protest against the authorities.
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Bright lights, big city: Light art festival takes to London’s streets

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s dark winter nights will shine a little brighter starting Thursday, as a nighttime art exhibition featuring a range of publicly displayed works that use light as a medium gets underway.


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Report: Google takes down 60 apps, many geared toward kids, due to porn content

Check Point, a cybersecurity firm, recently said that its researchers identified malicious adware prominent in Google Play, the official app store of Google. Once notified, Google removed the apps, but not until they had reached an estimated 1.5 to 7.5 million downloads, the firm said.

Adware is programs that run advertisements on your computer. They are known for redirecting the user to other websites and often gleaning marketing data from you during the process. Check Point said that many of the apps were flashlight and related utility apps designed for the Android operating system. But according to CNBC, several of the apps, with names like “Spinner Fidget Toy” and “Drawing Lessons Angry Birds,” were also geared toward children.

Google shuts down 60 apps geared toward kids due to porn

Once redirected, many users could be exposed to pornographic content, CNBC reports. Check Point identified the suspect script, dubbed “LightsOut,” in a January 5 blog post. “Its purpose? To generate illegal ad revenue for its perpetrators at the expense of unsuspecting users.”

Check Point said that even when users tried to disable certain functions, the application would override the command, continually subjecting unsuspecting users to external content.

The security firm added: “As some users noted, they were forced to press on ads to answer calls and perform other activities on their device. Indeed, another user reported that the malicious ad activity continued even after he purchased the ad-free version of the app.”

This latest incident is a scary reminder that consumers, especially parents, need to be skeptical of children’s apps in the Playstore as well as Apple’s App Store. With that in mind, here are three important things parents can do to protect children online.

 3 crucial online safety tips every parent should know

Encourage openness with your child: If you happen to allow your child unfettered access to electronic devices, make sure you encourage them to be open with you about what they encounter. If they see something that makes them uncomfortable or scared, assure them that they can come to you about it. That way, you’ll have a better handle about the effects certain games have on your child — and what safeguards to put in place to avoid them.

Establish boundaries online: Many parents are good at establishing boundaries with their children in the real world, but when it comes to digital life, many children are “giving away the farm” so to speak. Make sure your child’s username does not contain personal information such as real name or address. Reinforce the dangers of online bullying and what’s appropriate to post. That way, you’ll be not only protecting your child, but your home and personal information.

Beware of in-app purchases: Money expert Clark Howard says that apps either on your phone or tablet can be a gateway into debt for some parents. “Smartphones and tablets are great for keeping kids entertained on long road trips or in the carpool line. But there are some dangers to your wallet when your kids play with your gadgets,” he writes. “In-game app charges on kids’ games have become a real problem for parents. It’s not uncommon for parents to find their checking accounts or credit cards dinged for anywhere from $ 5 to $ 100 each time their children play ‘free’ games.”

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Michelangelo’s David Takes Center Stage During Pitti

Michelangelo’s David performed double duty Tuesday night in Florence when the iconic marble sculpture was the backdrop for an innovative — and striking — video installation.
In an event on the first night of the Pitti Uomo show, Italian fabric producer Lanificio Luigi Ricceri presented “Fabric as Art,” a presentation by multidisciplinary artist Felice Limosani.
The installation featured 10 of the mill’s fabrics that were projected on the wall behind — and then directly onto — the 17-foot-tall statue.
Following the seven-minute installation, guests were treated to cocktails and small bites at the Galleria dell’Accademia.

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Angelina Jolie Takes Injured Daughter Shiloh To NYC Gala After Upsetting Brad Pitt At Golden Globes

Angelina Jolie stepped out at an NYC Awards gala on Jan. 9 with daughters Shiloh and Zahara, days after she upset Brad Pitt by bringing son Pax to the Golden Globes.


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EXCLUSIVE: Stella McCartney Takes the Plunge Into Men’s Swimwear

STAR OF THE SEA: Stella McCartney is plunging into men’s swimwear with a debut collection that launches Tuesday in partnership ISA SpA, the Italian textile manufacturer, WWD has learned.
Animal and tropical prints — including a jaunty parrot one — from the ready-to-wear collection, star embroidery and a geometric pattern have been cast onto boxers, briefs, rash guards, cover-ups, towels and sustainable beach totes made in Kenya. The color palette includes lavender, yellow, blush pink and bottle green for the organic cotton and recycled nylon fabrics.
McCartney said because she designs swimwear for women, it was only right that she should do the same for men, and that launching the collection felt like a natural progression.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to broaden the men’s collection. I wanted to explore an area of a man’s wardrobe that is important and is perhaps slightly under-designed at times. And I wanted to bring the personality of the man into swimwear, so the relationship of the man and the woman on the beach has consistency.”
The collection will drop at the designer’s boutiques and on her web site and will also be stocked at stores including Harrods, Matchesfashion.com and Mr Porter. Prices range from 155 pounds to 255 pounds for

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NORAD takes calls from kids around the world awaiting Santa

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of volunteers at an Air Force base in Colorado were answering questions on Sunday from eager children who wanted to know where Santa was on his Christmas Eve travels. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump also pitched in and took calls for the NORAD Tracks Santa program from their Florida estate.
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SNL Takes Shots at Donald Trump, Roy Moore and Al Franken in Cold Open

Saturday Night Live took aim at politicians on both sides of the aisle with sexual harassment allegations against them — including Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, who used to work on the show.

The cold open skit begins with cast member Kenan Thompson dressed as Santa and greeting children who have various questions about the sexual harassment scandals that have recently plagued the political world. Kate McKinnon stands alongside Thompson, dressed as an elf.

After asking for a Mega Bloks dinosaur and laser tag, a boy named Tyler asks: “Can you tell me, what did Al Franken do?”

Franken announced on Thursday that he was resigning from the Senate after multiple women had accused him of sexual harassment.

Thompson appears dumbfounded by the question and defers to McKinnon, who says she can’t answer the question either. Thompson ultimately tells Tyler that Franken is on Santa’s naughty list this year. Tyler then asks what list Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is on. Multiple women have said Moore pursued them romantically when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.

“It’s not really a list, it’s more of a registry,” McKinnson explains.

After Tyler, a girl named Jessica visits Santa, and wants to know if President Donald Trump is on the naughty list. As Thompson tries to explain Santa is apolitical, McKinnon interjects, saying: “Nineteen accusers, Google it.” A succession of other children come up, all with political questions Thompson is uncomfortable answering. The skit ends with a message from McKinnon who tells the last child to visit Santa: “Most people in America are good people. And eventually, good people will fix our country.”

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The company that owns gun maker Smith & Wesson got hammered by investors Friday after it revealed its earnings plunged 90 percent in the most recent quarter. With President Trump and a Republican-led Congress firmly behind Second Amendment rights, the panic-driven buying that had boosted business during the Obama Administration is no longer goosing sales,…
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Photo Flash: The First National Tour of FUN HOME Takes Its Final Bow

After 32 markets, over half a million audience members, and 14 months on the road, the national touring company of FUN HOME took its final bow at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, FL on December 3, 2017. Writer Lisa Kron and director Sam Gold joined the company on stage for an emotional curtain call.
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Tommy Hilfiger Takes TommyNow to Milan for Spring 2018

NEXT STOP, MILAN: After staging TommyNow fashion shows in New York, Los Angeles and London, Tommy Hilfiger will take his next show to Milan. The company, a division of PVH Corp., will close Milan Fashion Week with the spring 2018 TommyNow experiential runway event. The show will take place on Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. CET.
The show reflects Hilfiger’s ongoing commitment to bring TommyNow to new cities and audiences globally, following productions with “Tommy Pier” in New York for fall 2016, “Tommyland” in Los Angeles for spring 2017 and “RockCircus” for fall 2017 at London’s Roundhouse concert venue. The Milan venue hasn’t been selected yet.
Hilfiger continues to show in the see-now-buy-now format, which has been successful for the firm, generating huge spikes in traffic and billions of social media impressions.
“My vision for TommyNow was to create a global platform that we could take on tour to bring our show experience to new audiences around the world,” Hilfiger said. “It’s about the fusion of fashion, entertainment and pop culture and experiences, performances and inspiring interactions that are designed around our consumers. As one of the fashion capitals of the world, Milan is the perfect place to celebrate our next TommyNow show.”
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Alison Hammond leaves This Morning viewers in hysterics as she takes on huge Thanksgiving meal

ALISON Hammond left This Morning viewers in hysterics today as she tucked into a huge Thanksgiving meal.

The presenter sat down to enjoy a feast, prepared by Phil Vickery, alongside Holly Willouhgby, Phillip Schofield, Rochelle Humes and guests Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice – and couldn’t wait to get stuck in.

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In fact she started chowing down on half a left of turkey before Holly and Phil had even finished the cooking segment.

Those watching at home loved watching her get stuck in, comparing her with themselves on Christmas Day.

One viewer wrote: “Alison is all of us on Christmas day…😂😂 #thismorning.”

While another commented: “Alison is me on x mas day I go in on the food  #ThisMorning.”

Alison made Holly and Phil laugh with her turkey dinner

And someone else tweeted: “Alison is getting seriously involved! #ThisMorning.”

Earlier in the week, the presenter revealed that she had managed to  sneak a phone into her hotel room when she took part on I’m A Celebrity.

The This Morning presenter entered the famous Croc Creek six days after the rest of the contestants when she took part in the creepy-crawly show in 2010.


She was meant to hand over her electronics before she went into isolation ahead of her stint, but she came up with a cunning plan to ensure she could speak to her mother and son in the 10 days leading up to her appearance on the programme.

She revealed: “Because I’m a reality TV veteran I took two phones, I gave them a dud one and kept the other one. SO as soon as I was in the hotel I was on the phone to my mum, like, ‘Alright mum, whose in the jungle, what’s going on?’ It also meant I could speak to my son every day, so for 10 days I had a phone.

“When I had to go in, I turned it off and put it into my suitcase because I thought they would have checked it, but you know what? They never checked anything, I could have taken it in. I’m sure I would have been busted quickly but I could have took it in the dunnie and used it.”

The stars all sat down together to enjoy the meal

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Zooey Deschanel Takes a ‘Know It or Grow It’ Approach When Feeding Her Kids

Zooey Deschanel and husband Jacob Pechenik are firm believers that the greatest wealth is health, and they’re dishing on the importance of “know it or grow it” in their new educational series “Your Food’s Roots with Zooey Deschanel.”

When Deschanel got pregnant with their first child, Elsie Otter, 2, the pair began to research whether or not the food they had been consuming all of these years would “the best thing for our child’s brain.”

“When I started looking into where our food was coming from, we all of the sudden starting seeing all this opaqueness – there were all these walls to finding out where your food came from, but that is a part of how we socialize, how we interact with our peers,” Deschanel told PEOPLE about how being a mother has changed the way she sees food.

“There are a certain amount of restaurants that tell you which farm your food came from, but most places don’t know, and a lot of places can’t tell you where your beef or chicken comes from,” she continues. “We started realizing that wall was making it difficult, though we were curious and slight obsessive and even we were having trouble finding out.”

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The 5-episode original series — which is a collaboration between the health conscious couple’s new initiative The Farm Project and ATTN: — will focus on reconnecting people with the food they consume, where it comes from, and how it affects our body as a whole, as well as educating viewers on the benefits of a sustainable lifestyle.

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“The more you eat local produce, the more fruit and vegetables you eat, the better you feel and the healthier you are, which makes it easier to stay fit and also the better it tastes,” says the New Girl actress.  There was only like four percent of sustainable food production and the other 96 percent was industrialized, and that was just a big shock to us.”

In each episode, Deschanel will interview experts and everyday people about the origins of our food and the harmful production process behind it, essentially encouraging viewers to become “knowers” and “growers.”

“We have an organic farm in Texas that grows a lot of stuff, but at our house we grow leafy greens and lettuces, different herbs, tomatoes, squash, zucchini,” she says about the garden they have growing on the property of their own home in Los Angeles. “When you grow your own food, it’s exciting and your kids get excited.”

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And while kids tend to enjoy food that comes from a box rather than the earth, Deschanel makes sure to throw a fun spin on eating healthy by allowing her daughter to take a field trip to the backyard to handpick her food from the ground each time it’s time for a meal.

“Our daughter might not eat a piece of broccoli if you bring it to her on a plate, but if she gets to pick it herself she gets so excited and wants it!” Says Deschanel. “And then she wants to try everything – the arugula, the herbs.”

In fact, Elsie Otter has become so obsessed with her leafy greens that Deschanel and Pechenik often have to hid the salad from her because certain kinds of lettuce have the tendency to get stuck in childrens’ throats.

“She can eat romaine, so I’ve just started making more romaine lettuces, and the arugula just has to be chopped up really small,” says Deschanel.

“Your Food’s Roots with Zooey Deschanel” premieres on Facebook Watch on November 7.


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Gene Simmons Takes Us Inside His Posh Mansion

At first, Gene Simmons gives off a rough-and-tumble vibe. “I was a bad guy,” admits the KISS frontman of his rock star lifestyle. But it’s clear from the video tour that the musician gave to Us Weekly, Simmons has become a family man at heart. The 68-year-old rocker married former Playboy Playmate Shannon Tweed, 60, in 2011 (after dating since 1975), and gushes openly about her being “the heart and soul” of the Simmons clan, which includes the couple’s kids Nick, 28, and Sophie, 25. “She waited for me to get rid of my self-absorption and self-aggrandizement,” he says. “Until I grew up.”

 

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Simmons has lived in the three-bedroom, 10-bathroom home “for a good 28 or 29 years,” he says, and everything in the space has been tailored to the family members’ “bigger than average” heights. “I’m 6-foot-2, our son is 6-foot-8,” he notes. “So this looks like a normal-sized table, but it’s actually bigger than people expect. The couches are taller and all that.”

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While Simmons is often on the road working on his myriad projects (two bands, books, a forthcoming magazine, a film company and a restaurant chain), he relishes returning to the 16,500-square-foot Beverly Hills spread he’s lived in for nearly 30 years because it’s where he feels most himself. (His favorite spot: the man cave.) “To me,” he reflects, “home is family.”

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The musician says that part of what keeps his brood grounded is the rules he and Tweed put in place. “We’re a very strict family,” he says of raising his two kids. “There’s no drugs, there’s no booze. You’re charming, you’re kind. That’s your job.” And though his two adult children have moved out, they’re still around on a regular basis. Jokes Simmons, “Shannon really has empty nest syndrome, but we force them to come over.”

Even when the kids are elsewhere, it’s a full house. “Lots of things happen on this property,” says the Israel native, who recently hosted a friend’s wedding since the home is where the couple met. His living room in particular, he reflects, “invites all sorts of interesting people to come by. There’ve been at least two heads of state.”

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But Simmons doesn’t just welcome visitors in social situations. His home also acts as the headquarters for many of his business dealings. The bass guitarist estimates that he stocks his home offices with about 40 percent of KISS’ 5,000 pieces of licensed memorabilia — an impressive array he uses as his “home court” advantage. “All of this stuff is meant to disarm people,” says Simmons. “They go, ‘I gotta be in business with this guy. Look at all this stuff.’” One of his latest additions is ‘The Vault,” a box set that weighs a hefty 38 pounds. “If I tried to pick it up, I’d have to use two hands. Hardcore stuff.”

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Lawmakers, law enforcement officials and the nation's health care community are cheering President Trump's move Thursday to officially designate the nation's opioid crisis a public health emergency, even as many of them openly wonder if he has gone far enough.

The action – a 90-day declaration that Trump could then extend – expedites staffing at the Department of Health and Human

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Got Finance Fever? Here’s What It Takes to Enter This Industry

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Are you seeking an exciting finance opportunity that will ease you from your career misery? Do you need more money to pay off those pesky student loans? Are you craving a career that will lead to large annual bonuses?

If this is what you are looking for, don’t shy away from the financial services industry.  Unfortunately, the tenderhearted professional looking to make money by just following a script of responsibilities won’t survive. Finance requires a mindset of growth, achievement, and leadership. These traits are needed to break barriers in an industry that was once only reserved for educated white males.

Is your finance fever causing all nighters? If you are constantly thinking about the possibilities of working on Wall Street or carrying that black leather briefcase filled with the company’s most coveted financial documents, here’s what you should do:

 

1. Sprinkle Finance Buzzwords All Over Your Resume

 

Here is the truth; you won’t get a job in finance with a resume fit for a secretary. Learn what financial firms are looking for, and make sure you are equipped with those skills. Check out the latest job descriptions for various roles in financial services. If you are seeking a role as a financial associate at a large bank, employers may be seeking someone with knowledge of programs like Access and VBA. You may also need to know internal finance systems such as GLW and SAP. Real estate lending and structured equity investment finance experience is a plus.

Bonus Tip: Make sure you know how to use pivot tables, v-lookups, and the most commonly used keyboard shortcuts.

 

2. Don’t Let Finance Be a Foreign Language

 

If you want to be a highly sought after finance professional, you must speak like one. Subscribe to the Wall Street Journal and Barron’s for daily commentary on the markets. Then read discussion boards on the Wall Street Oasis. Next, become familiar with annual reports. You can visit the ‘Investor Relations’ section of a company’s website. Go to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission website for more details.

In addition, go beyond reading lengthy reports and articles. Start engaging with companies on social media and via informational interviews. You can update your settings to receive tweet notifications from company accounts you follow.

 

3. Be Visible on the Networking Scene

 

You may think most financial experts spend most of their time cranking away at interest calculations at their desk. As enticing as this sounds, most finance individuals are number-driven networking gurus. They know how to use their quantitative skills to build quality relationships.

Here’s How This Works: Create a list of conferences and events that financial professionals and recruiters are most likely to attend. This is when Google becomes your best friend. Find out how many people attend these events and read testimonials. If you attend the National Association of Black Accountants annual convention, you’ll notice a full plate of opportunities. A lot of distinguished accounting and finance leaders are there to provide you with job opportunities. You’ll also benefit from continuing professional education credits and the access to potential career mentors. Therefore, you should always try to find ways to network to build your finance net worth!

 

4. Pursue a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.)

 

Are you in a career rut and searching for a more lucrative professional opportunity? Consider an M.B.A.—it’s an excellent option for career climbers.

There are programs such as Forté and MLT that help high-achieving women and minority students get into top-tier MBA programs. Additionally, these programs help students gain access to the most reputable financial firms.

You should also consider The Consortium, if you are a top M.B.A. candidate who has a record of promoting inclusion. An additional bonus of The Consortium is that you may gain access to a full tuition scholarship.

Let’s not forget about Toigo. It’s the premier network for talented minority professionals who are enrolled in finance programs.

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Drama! NeNe Leakes Takes MAJOR Shots at Kim Zolciak for Saying She Lives in a ‘Roach Infested’ Home [Photo]

There’s definite bad blood brewing between NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak.

On her way back from the cast trip to Barcelona, NeNe took to Instagram to take several shots at Kim for allegedly making comments about NeNe living in a ‘roach infested’ home.

We’re not sure when Kim’s comments about NeNe’s home were made (since Kim didn’t go on the trip) and NeNe didn’t mention anyone by name in her post — BUT her hashtags made it perfectly clear she’s talking about Kim.

She added:

#jealousprejudicebitch

#pottymouthtrashychildren — clearly a shot at Brielle Biermann.

#learnedbehavior — again, back to Brielle 

#thisiswhyiwouldntdoashowwithyou — remember when Kim and NeNe announced a spin-off but it never happened? 

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Black Female-Led Startup Jetpack Takes off With Equity Crowdfunding Campaign

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Providing consumer products to customers anytime they need, Jetpack is a “last mile,” on-demand service with delivery times often less than 15 minutes.

Jetpack is one of several black-owned companies currently running equity crowdfunding campaigns. Equity crowdfunding allows anyone to invest as little as $ 50 in early-stage companies, a privilege previously reserved for wealthy, “accredited investors.”

Goldman Sachs estimates that equity crowdfunding has the potential to be a $ 1.2 trillion industry. For diverse founders, equity crowdfunding can be a game changer for companies seeking investment. Moreover, it’s a wealth-building opportunity for investors previously restricted from investing in startups.

Brandon Andrews sat down with Jetpack founder and CEO Fatima Dicko to discuss her business and the new opportunity presented by equity crowdfunding.

 

Brandon Andrews: Tell us about Jetpack. How did you develop the concept, and what problem does it solve for customers?   

Fatima Dicko:  Jetpack is a peer-to-peer delivery platform that brings you the products you need in less than 15 minutes. There are a lot of moments when college students need certain products right away and stores are either too far and/or closed, or students just don’t have the time or energy to travel. Traditional delivery platforms take too long because students and professionals are located in buildings or on campuses not easily accessible to the public. Whether a student is studying in the library and needs an energy boost or in between classes and forgot a charger, having the right product right away can change the entire day.

I started noticing that students on Stanford’s campus were using email listservs to blast people within their dorm for products they either forgot or didn’t have and needed right away.  That paved the way to our solution: Jetpack! We pre-stock students with the most important items inside cool backpacks, and then we use technology to connect people who need things with the student Jetpackers who have them. We pay Jetpackers to distribute the products.

 

Jetpack Backpack with Products
(Jetpack Backpack with products. Image: Jetpack)

 

Andrews: How is equity crowdfunding helping Jetpack take off? Why was this the right funding opportunity for your business?

Dicko: Equity crowdfunding is helping Jetpack take off (promise there’s no pun intended) by allowing people who would actually use the product to invest in our company. Prior to new laws and regulations passed by the Obama administration and the SEC, only accredited investors could invest in startups. In the United States, to be considered an accredited investor, one must have a net worth of at least $ 1 million (excluding the value of one’s primary residence) or have an income of at least $ 200,000 each year for the last two years. With new regulations, now everyone can invest in privately held companies through equity crowdfunding.

Equity crowdfunding can be really transformative for businesses where the target consumer is likely outside the definition of an accredited investor. So, for us, it was important that we find a way to gain financial support from consumers actually interacting with our product-college students.

 

Andrews: What should entrepreneurs consider before raising money through equity crowdfunding?

Dicko: While there are many benefits to equity crowdfunding, there are also a lot of things to consider beforehand. First, it’s important to note that in order to raise money, you’ll have to verify your financials on the [equity crowdfunding] platform. This [financial] information will be available to anyone who would like to see it. If you aren’t interested in sharing the financial history of your company with the public, equity crowdfunding probably wouldn’t be best. Similarly, if there are proprietary elements of your business you haven’t yet protected, you probably wouldn’t be too interested in launching a public campaign.

Finally, there’s also a time commitment required to manage the campaign. When launching an equity crowdfunding campaign, it’s important that the company can afford to manage it. I recommend considering whether or not your company is in a phase where the team can allocate time and energy to raise capital through a campaign without sacrificing the growth of the business.

There’s always an inflection point where the momentum is steady. That inflection point happens at different times. Prior to reaching that, we spent one to two hours a day answering questions and running the campaign.

 

Andrews: You are currently running an equity crowdfunding campaign on Republic. How did you prepare your business for the campaign? 

Dicko: We had to make sure we put together material that would fully articulate the potential of our business to the everyday person within one to two minutes of visiting our campaign page. Although we understand the ins and outs of our business, we had to take a step back and remember that everyone else may not. This involved creating a short video, powerful visuals, and important metrics that potential investors can understand. It’s really important to invest a lot of time during this phase so that you can focus on managing the campaign once it’s launched.

The equity crowdfunding platform we chose-Republic-offered to help with creating the collateral for our campaign, but I wanted to manage the design process. This took additional time, but was worth it.

 

Jetpack Mobile App
(Jetpack Mobile App. Image: Jetpack)

 

Andrews: How have you successfully maintained momentum during your campaign? How much work does maintaining the campaign require?  

Dicko: I wish I could say we just watched the money flow in after the launch.  There’s a massive chunk of time you’ll have to spend spreading the word about the campaign, answering all the questions from potential investors, and sharing updates on your company’s progress throughout the campaign. The rewarding part is that you end up playing a volume game and can convert people much faster when the minimum investment amount is relatively low.

 

Andrews: You reached your campaign minimum fairly quickly. Congrats! What’s next for your campaign?

Dicko: We just increased the maximum amount we can raise and extended the length of the campaign. We have about a month left to continue raising money on the [equity crowdfunding] platform. We are also using the traction from the equity crowdfunding campaign to successfully pitch institutional investors. We’ll continue to share updates about our progress over the next month!

 

Andrews: Fundraising is hard. Fundraising for diverse founders is harder. What impact do you think equity crowdfunding will have on access to capital for diverse founders?

Dicko: I believe this fundraising method will democratize how capital is deployed to underrepresented entrepreneurs. As many already know, the current VC system is very broken. As a Black, female founder, I want to show other minority founders that traditional VC capital is not the only way to grow an early-stage business. With equity-based fundraising platforms only in their infancy stages, it’s an exciting time for people from all walks of life to invest in the people and ideas in which they believe. There’s never been more opportunity for African Americans to invest in people who look like them.

 

Andrews: Looking back, is there anything you would do differently with your campaign?

Dicko: Initially, we set the maximum amount of money we could raise as $ 107,000. There are extra financial-verification steps necessary to increase that amount to $ 1 million. Toward the initial end of the campaign, we were on track to raise more than $ 107,000, so we increased the limit. In making changes to our campaign, we were required to update our financial information reflecting the change and notify our investors to reconfirm their investment. This can be a be a tedious process, so it’s best to make sure you plan accordingly and set the maximum amount you can raise high if you: 1. believe you realistically can raise over a certain amount, and 2. can afford the time and resources to do so. It wasn’t the worst problem to have but still required time.

 

Andrews: What’s next for Jetpack? How do you plan to grow the business over the next year?

Dicko: We’re super excited to be introducing our product to multiple campuses this fall. We’ve also revamped our tech to allow students to place orders within seconds with a text message. The next year will involve gaining new users across different regions, learning which products work best on different campuses, and eventually opening up our platform to allow the exchange of people’s own personal items and products in addition to the products we provide.

 

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