The world of designer fashion is not for the faint of heart or the light of wallet. From a purse that sells for over $300,000, to torn shoes that look like they are well past ready for the dumpster – selling for almost $1500, the world is full of eccentric people willing to pay exorbitant amounts for their fashion fixes.
But there is one dirty little secret that the fashion aficionados want no-one to know about…
For months, rumors, innuendos, and allegations about collusion between the Trump campaign, the Trump administration, and the Russian government swirled around Washington, sometimes in great gushing floods, other times in lazy rivulets. Now it is all about to come crashing down like a giant waterfall.
Baseball may be the nation’s pastime, but gardening is making bank.
An estimated 90 million households participated in do-it-yourself lawn and gardening activities last year – inside and outdoors. That’s about 75-percent of all U.S. households.
As we celebrate our nation’s independence, let’s hope that our citizens can take pause and reflect not just upon the heroes that helped forge America, but on those vital issues that are yet to be solved.
Trump supporters have often been depicted as stupid, poor white Americans. But are they actually racist, as well?
One of the biggest reasons that it’s so hard for facts to change people’s minds is that people have an incentive to keep believing what they already believe, especially if it’s a belief that’s deeply tied to their identity.
The mental gymnastics they do to achieve this are known in psychology as “motivated reasoning.” It’s something that’s extremely hard to get around.
The United States has never had a Senate leader as ruthless, as willing to bend, distort and break the rules, traditions and precedents of the Senate as Mitch McConnell.
This bill will take American healthcare back to what everyone in the U.S. should recognize was a completely broken system before the Affordable Care Act. It will take the country back to a system in which companies often profited not by how well they provided healthcare but by how well they discriminated against or screened out those who faced the most challenges.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway insisted on Sunday that the Senate health care bill “would not make cuts to Medicaid,” regardless of projections that suggest the program will be cut by over $800 billion.
While the current administration seems unlikely to invest in any jobs programs – especially ones that primarily benefit the working poor – they would create long term benefits by having these workers successfully transition to the new retail economy.
Early in Donald Trump’s presidency, the self-declared “Greatest jobs president God ever created” rattled a rhetorical saber at companies he felt were threatening to offshore production and, in the process, lay off American workers.
But now, his rhetoric, once again, runs contrary to the truth.
“Now you have an extreme conservative government in the United States, that smells like a dictatorship,” the former Mexican president said. “This government goes against the founding fathers.”
When a sentence starts out, “I can definitively say the president is not a liar,” as was proclaimed by Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday, you know things are looking grim.
Here are the key points:
The America’s Cup never fails to impress. The very fact that the boats can sail three or even four times faster than the wind that’s powering them is enough to stop spectators in their tracks. And new technology helps racing yachts sail faster than wind that propels them.
Wow! When you have Shell Oil telling you that climate change is real, you’re either having a bad dream, an acid flashback, or the world has gone mad. But that’s exactly what happened recently when twenty-five U.S. companies signed a letter that appeared in full-page ads in the Washington, D.C. editions of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, exhorting the president not to exit the Paris Agreement.
Who would have thought that the world’s most delicious, mouth-watering, savory, scrumptious cupcakes would be sold in vending machines?
Can a budget be immoral? While people can debate cuts and expenditures, some say that the budget introduced this week by the Trump administration constitutes nothing less than a massive transfer of wealth from working families, the elderly, children, the sick and the poor to the top 1%. And this, they say, is an immoral act by evil people.
Anheuser-Busch InBev, the biggest beer company in the world, will no longer supply South African-grown hops to brands the company doesn’t own. Unsurprisingly, the decision is brewing controversy among those in the craft beer community.
Kush Bottles Inc (OTCMKTS:KSHB) is one the most interesting cannabis companies in the public markets. It picked up strength on the back of the recreational legalization ballots towards the end of 2016. The company gained more than 253% between August and November. Kush just made an announcement that could help it push it further up.
Sinclair already has 173 local news stations. The combined operations of the two companies will create the largest-single group of local TV stations. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval, but the Trump administration’s FCC has signaled its openness to media consolidation.
This is another victory for conservatives in the battle for the hearts and minds of average Americans – especially those vulnerable to the type of “bumper-sticker” philosophies promoted by President Trump and the GOP.
The Bible is the most widely read book in the history of mankind. It contains numerous stories, parables, and guidelines for its followers to follow. Ironically, most people that preach certain portions of the Bible, do so while indulging in other activities that the Good Book clearly says are banned. Here are just a few:
There’s a reason Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin keeps insisting that his boss’s tax-cut plan will fully pay for itself through faster economic growth. Politics make it hard for him to say anything else. But math is not on their side. The fact is, the tax plan just doesn’t add up.
Well-educated, high profile CEOs sometimes become synonymous with their companies.
Steve Jobs and Apple, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, and Jeff Bezos and Amazon. It’s hard to separate the man from the operation.
However, investing in a company simply based on its leadership might not be the best strategy, according to Warren Buffett.
President Donald Trump would like to move on from the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia. That’s not speculation, or imputing a motive onto Trump actions; it’s the White House’s official line.
However, the president’s enlisting “a leading law firm” to insist he has no connections to the country— is something he could easily prove if he just released his tax returns.
Americans are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns than people in other developed countries, a new study finds. The United States also accounted for 90 percent of all women killed by guns among developed nations.
Juan Carlos Enriquez was born and raised in Miami, the son of Cuban immigrants. He worked for paint giant Sherwin-Williams for two decades and then decided to go into business with his brothers. Nine years ago, they launched The Paint Spot, which now has three locations in the Miami area.
In the fall of 2013, the small business got a big job. A subcontractor on the $200 million remodeling of the Trump National Doral golf resort ordered $142,000 worth of paint from Enriquez.
The paint was delivered and used, court records show. Trump Endeavor, the company that operates the resort, paid the early installments of the bill, but after the subcontractor walked off the job, Enriquez never got a final payment of about $32,000.
With a sympathetic administration in place, the food and beverage industry has wasted no time, lobbying intensely to roll back or delay a myriad of Obama-era healthy food and drink rules. Yesterday, they had their way with federal school meal stand
In October 1945, as he prepared to announce the signing of Jackie Robinson to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball, Branch Rickey visited his friend, the well-known broadcaster Lowell Thomas.
“Branch, all hell will break loose!” Thomas told Rickey, as recounted by Lee Lowenfish in “Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Ferocious Gentleman.” “No, Lowell,” Rickey replied. “All heaven will rejoice.”
While most successful businessmen and entrepreneurs guard their secrets to success, Justin Jones and Greg Gamet literally give it away. The partners are two of the most highly regarded experts in the legal cannabis industry, and now make a living sharing their secrets of success.
Eric Trump, the rich-kid son of our current president, has been telling people that it will be hard to make a living now that daddy is president.
While the Trump Organization’s revenue and income are expected to continue to rise during Mr. Trump’s term in office, it will likely be at a slower rate, Eric Trump said, because of efforts to separate the Trump presidency from the family businesses. “We would be doing 30 deals across the globe” were his father not the president, Eric Trump said in an interview.
Increasing inequality means wealthy Americans can now expect to live up to 15 years longer than their poor counterparts, reports in the British medical journal the Lancet have found.
Researchers said these disparities appear to be worsened by the American health system itself, which relies on for-profit insurance companies, and is the most expensive in the world.
Their conclusion? Treat healthcare as a human right.
Westinghouse Electric Company, which helped drive the development of nuclear energy and the electric grid itself, filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, casting a shadow over the global nuclear industry.
Good leaders are trustworthy; they are worthy of trust. If they tell you they are going to do something, they do it. If they can’t do it for some reason, they apologize and tell you why
U.S. computer chip and processor giant Intel will acquire the Israeli smart car tech firm Mobileye in a deal valued at $15.3 billion.
Supplying such automotive giants as General Motors and Volkswagen AG, Mobileye is one of the key producers of the onboard vision systems that anchor current advanced driver assistance systems — as well as tomorrow’s autonomous vehicle technology. The acquisition will help position Intel as a major player in the development of smart and driverless car systems.
One of the very reasons the framers of the constitution wanted the president to take a salary, even if they were wealthy enough not to need it, was to avoid potential conflicts of interest.
There is at least one thing President Trump and George Washington have in common: Both the first and current presidents said they didn’t want to be paid for the job.
As the estimates continue to mount, predicting how many people will lose their insurance with the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), it starts to become clear: The Republicans must simply hate average Americans.
GM’s just-announced deal to sell its long-struggling Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary for $2.5 billion may end the company’s long history in Europe — it acquired Opel in 1929 — but it doesn’t completely end the massive losses for GM, which is expected to take a $4 billion to $4.5 billion hit once the deal closes later this year.
In the modern era of Google searches, social media, video marketing, streaming content and digital presentations, the necessity of yearly trade shows has gone the way of the dinosaurs. If you are a business owner who is prepping for a pilgrimage to an upcoming trade shows, here are four things to consider before packing your bags:
Donald Trump was thundering about a minority group, linking its members to murderers and what he predicted would be an epic crime wave in America. His opponents raged in response—some slamming him as a racist—but Trump dismissed them as blind, ignorant of the real world.
Hundreds of former employees of Sterling Jewelers, the multibillion-dollar conglomerate behind Jared the Galleria of Jewelry and Kay Jewelers, claim that its chief executive and other company leaders presided over a corporate culture that fostered rampant sexual harassment and discrimination, according to arbitration documents obtained by The Washington Post.
AyaWorks is a provider of innovative pipeline compliance management solutions and services for oil and gas and utility companies that can help companies avoid fines and penalties, like the one just imposed on PG&E.
A federal judge sentenced PG&E for crimes linked to the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion, imposing the maximum fine of $3 million and branding the utility as a convicted felon. The judge also ordered PG&E to submit to court-ordered supervision of its natural gas operations.
Relentless curiosity has propelled Leslie Wexner’s career—and made him a billionaire.
After graduating from college in 1959, Wexner worked at a family-owned retail store and began to wonder why his dad always toiled for long hours but never made money.
Procrastination as a productivity tool? As Microsoft’s chief experience officer, Julie Larson-Green’s job is to help people work smarter. But when it comes to her own day, she has a somewhat counter-intuitive approach. A 22-year Microsoft veteran, Larson-Green is responsible for the overarching experience of getting stuff done with Office and other tools on PCs, phones, wearables, and tablets. “We want to help you manage your scarce resource of time,” she says. Here’s how she does that herself.
Trishul Vaghani, CEO at Bluestar Mortgage, Inc, writes about current practices in the mortgage lending:
I joined the mortgage industry in late 2009 during the aftermath of the financial crisis. At a time when banks were permanently closing their doors and Loan Officers were giving up their licenses, I decided to walk toward the storm, the financial storm.
A new company formed by entrepreneurs from Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the United States Air Force Academy, is serving the energy needs of the indoor cultivation sector of the legal cannabis industry.
There’s almost nothing harder than walking away when the time comes. Much of entrepreneurship focuses on the rise up, the hard work, grit and scrappiness it takes to get a business up and running and make it successful. Sure, we give mention to failure – builds character, and all that — but we (rightfully) celebrate success even more.
But sic transit gloria mundi. Our fame, our professional glory lasts but an eye-blink of universal time. In the end, those accomplishments you hold so dear molder in the ground along with you. They aren’t worth clinging to.
Have Cupid’s arrows hit targets on your team? Workplace romances are both a fact of life and a tricky topic for managers. Here’s some advice:
Elon Musk hasn’t given up on his vision to add a digital layer of intelligence to our brain.
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO teased that he may have an announcement about “neural lace,” a concept he first brought up at Vox Media’s Code Conference in June.
Simply managing the status quo is no longer acceptable.
People who play defense and avoid offense are “leader-caretakers.” True leaders constantly must position themselves to boldly guide their organizations into the headwinds of change, despite the tumultuous forces swirling around them in this global age of disruption.
Lyft is rapidly expanding the number of US cities in which it operates. The ride-hailing company plans to […]
Robert Kennedy, brother of former President John F. Kennedy, was known as a problem solver and charismatic leader. He often entered a meeting with just two questions. They are at the center of leadership and problem solving, and should be incorporated into every executive’s, manager’s and supervisor’s daily mindset.
As entrepreneurs, we have to do unpleasant things. We have disagreements with clients over invoices. We have to let go of under-performing employees. We are placed in situations that encourage us to treat competitors as adversaries. And in those unpleasant situations, we are constantly being judged by how we respond.
We work hard to build businesses that benefit our employees and make the world a better place, so it’s hard to believe we’re the ones everyone is talking about at the water cooler. But, sometimes entrepreneurs do turn into jerks. So the next time you look in the mirror, do a quick self-assessment and ask yourself these 10 questions. You might be surprised.
What comes to mind when you think of the term “middle manager?” Is it someone who has little power, spends a lot of time micro-managing people and whose career is in a rut?
We wouldn’t blame you for thinking that. In popular culture, middle managers get a bad rap. From “Office Space” to “The Office,” the middle manager is often hapless, mocked by his employees and bullied by executives.
Growing a startup in today’s competitive industries isn’t easy — especially for a bootstrapped solo founder building and managing a small team.
Your team is not disposable. In fact, its makeup is one of the most important things to get right. If you assemble a motivated team full of the right people doing the right things, you drastically increase your chance of success.
AR Systems, a technology company known for developing world-class automated retailing solutions, announced that it is utilizing its core expertise in system design, engineering, automation, back-end management and technology integration, to open opportunities in new vertical markets.