Will Ivanka’s role in the White House pay dividends for her business?

April 19, 2017

… trademarks to sell her brand’s jewelry, bags and spa services in the world’s second-largest economy. Though there is no direct evidence linking her trademark approval to the dinner or any other meeting with the Chinese government, the story does draw attention to the fine line the Trump White House is walking when it comes to maintaining its family businesses. registered trademarks in China and 32 pending applications ranging from cosmetics to leather handbags to clothes to …


How ‘Fixer Upper’ star Joanna Gaines is keeping up with Kim Kardashian

April 17, 2017

… “Joanna’s personal recipes.” Browse The Market for Joanna-approved interior touches, apparel, and accessories from an in-house line. At Magnolia Seed Supply, you can buy everything you need to fix up your garden or fill your interiors with succulents, because that’s pretty much the only form of color allowed. But you already know all of this if you watch Fixer Upper, because over the course of the series, the Gaines family has showed you just how their blood, sweat, …


How many bombs has Britain dropped in 2017? – BBC News

April 15, 2017

… stronghold in Iraq. An MoD update from 6 April details a strike against a “Daesh motor team” in north-western Mosul, where a Brimstone missile was used to destroy the target. Islamic State and the crisis in Iraq and Syria in maps Iraqi security forces hold defensive line in Mosul The RAF flight then tracked a truck “carrying a terrorist team who had been planting booby traps” before scoring another “direct hit” on the moving vehicle. Meanwhile in Syria, RAF …


Trump, shocked by Assad, discussed chemical weapons history at Mar-a-Lago

April 13, 2017

… White House around Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical attack, sources with knowledge of the briefing told CNN. The briefing document, one source said, examined “the history of battlefield uses of chemical weapons” that was meant to “demonstrate the declining acceptability of these weapons.” The document showed the “trend line of acceptability of use of these weapons” and how they are only used by “the worst outliers.” …


Hard-line anti-illegal immigration advocates hired at 2 federal agencies

April 12, 2017

(CNN)Two hard-line opponents of illegal immigration have obtained high-level advisory jobs at federal immigration agencies in the Department of Homeland Security. At Customs and Border Protection, Julie Kirchner, the former executive director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, has been hired as an adviser to Customs and Border Protection acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, said Lapan. CIS and FAIR are think tanks based in Washington that advocate restricting …


Li Na Land, reality TV and fashion — what China’s tennis pioneer did next

March 31, 2017

(CNN)She may have hung up her tennis racket more than two years ago, but two-time grand slam champion Li Na is still winning big in business. China’s first major singles champion, Li has been busy since she quit tennis in 2014 following a string of injuries. Follow @cnnsport Now 35, Li has since had two children with her husband and former coach, Jiang Shan. Business interests include movie and book deals, her own clothing line in China with long-time sponsor Nike, appearances in …


The 11 craziest things we learned from this massive Kellyanne Conway profile

March 19, 2017

Kellyanne Conway likes scallions.Image: drew angerer/Getty Images New York magazine just came out with a major profile of Kellyanne Conway, and, yep, it’s crazy, from the cover line (The True First Lady of Trump’s America) on down. The cover story by Washington correspondent Olivia Nuzzi follows the counselor to President Donald Trumpand, yes, again, “true first lady”through the White House, TV appearances, her home life, and one endlessly fascinating steak dinner. …


Amazon isn’t solely to blame for wreckage in the retail industry

March 11, 2017

… “They need to focus on experience.” Doug Stephens, a consultant who describes himself as a “retail industry futurist,” helpfully takes this idea to logical extremes. In his forward-looking vision, the evolved new iteration of big-box stores will reach a point at which they provide such a rousing good time that both the brands whose products line the shelves and the customers will pay to be there. “Imagine if you will, the Best Buy of the future,” he begins, …


What might a post-Brexit EU look like? – BBC News

March 4, 2017

… ranging from shrugging its shoulders to throwing up its hands in horror. But the most likely solution is to make more use of what is known as multi-speed Europe. That’s the idea that “coalitions of the willing” can move forward on big projects even if others want to linger on the starting line. It is already happening with the euro, and with the passport-free Schengen area – not all EU countries are members of everything. An inner core may want to push ahead, if (and …