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    London (CNN Business)For years, King Charles was preparing to step into the role of monarch following Queen Elizabeth's history-making reign. In the meantime, he was holding down another job: Owner of a profitable business.Charles — long a passionate advocate of environmental causes — founded Duchy Originals in 1990 when he was the Prince of Wales to market produce from his farm. It's since grown into the largest organic food and drink brand in the United Kingdom, according to the company. In the year through March 2021, Duchy Originals earned nearly £3.6 million ($4.1 million) before taxes. The brand has had its ups and downs. But it's thrived since entering into a partnership with Waitrose in 2009. The upmarket grocery chain now has the exclusive right to sell products under the Duchy name, and shoppers can find salmon, sausages, milk, carrots and blueberries bearing the "Waitrose Duchy Organic" name at its stores. Charles: We need a new economic model or the planet will burn "It's turned into a very successful business," said Andrew Bloch, a London-based public relations expert. "You can...
    The case concerns whether the state — in this instance, exercising its authority via a public accommodation law — can force an artist to speak or remain silent without violating the artist's First Amendment rights. The issue was in essence raised before the Supreme Court in 2018. Though the Court refused to decide whether baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, and other such business owners can invoke religious objections to refuse certain persons' service, it ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission exhibited anti-religious bias toward Phillips, who had refused to bake a same-sex couple a wedding cake. After the ruling, anti-discrimination legislation was still enforceable by states, but state officials were warned not to denigrate conscientious objectors' religious beliefs. Among the amicus briefs filed in Smith's case (e.g., by the Claremont Institute's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, etc.), was one filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU has a mandate to "fight government abuse and to vigorously defend individual freedoms including speech and religion." In its amicus brief, the...
    Billionaire tax cheat Robert Smith put up his girlfriend in a lavish apartment using business funds and bought luxury properties around the world using untaxed income, court documents claim. A federal investigator's affidavit lists a 300-acre ranch in Colorado, a club and condos in the French Alps, a $60million New York penthouse and a Sonoma vacation home among the extravagant purchases he made with undeclared gains. Smith, America's richest black man, admitted to illegally hiding tens of millions of dollars from the IRS in offshore tax havens and was slapped with $139 million in penalties last year – but avoided jail in a controversial non-prosecution agreement. He was ensnared by Treasury investigators as part of the biggest tax bust in history. They accused Smith's business partner, hedge fund billionaire Robert Brockman, of hiding $2 billion from the government. Brockman, who had been suffering from dementia, died on August 5. Smith, 59, cut his teeth as an investment banker and became the founder and CEO of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners in 2000. The company made a killing on investments...
    Getty Inside linebacker Roquan Smith has the support of teammate Robert Quinn. Robert Quinn led the Chicago Bears in sacks last year with 18.5 in 16 games, which also set a new franchise record. The 32-year-old pass rusher has 101.0 sacks over his 11-year career, and he’s coming off one of his best seasons ever, finishing with 17 tackles-for-loss, 22 QB hits and four forced fumbles. Quinn has played alongside linebacker Roquan Smith over the last two years, and the two have developed a mutual respect for one another as leaders of Chicago’s defense. Smith recently requested the Bears trade him after negotiations for a new contract did not go as he’d hoped, and the LB has not been participating in team practices. When Quinn was asked about Smith’s current standoff with the team, he supported the linebacker’s desire to get paid. ALL the latest Bears news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on Bears newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bears! Quinn: Smith ‘Deserves’ to Get Paid Read More From Heavy Place a ‘No Sweat...
    CHRIS BILLAM-SMITH says leaving baby boy Frank for training camp is harder than other brutal sacrifices he has made in his boxing career. The 31-year-old Bournemouth cruiserweight has a homecoming Battle on the Beach against Isaac Chamberlain on Saturday, at his local International Centre arena. 2CBS is the European and Commonwealth cruiserweight championCredit: Getty But he has spent his training camp up in East London, slogging away at Shane McGuigan’s Leyton gym, away from his nine-week old boy and wife Mia. And the 15-1 ace, known as ‘The Gentleman’ reckons the weeks away are tougher than any sparring session, early-morning run, depressing diet or defeat he has ever faced. “I have had to drag myself away every Monday to Friday to focus on training and it’s been really hard,” he told SunSport. “Because he is so young, everytime I go home it feels like I have got a new child because he has changed and grown so much. “People always talk about boxing being the ultimate sport for making sacrifices, the strict lifestyle, cutting weight, punishing your body but all...
    Share this: Smith Street is “open” for business! The inaugural “Open Streets” event along Smith Street from Union to Wyckoff streets took place on Saturday, July 9 and featured outdoor dining, live music, promotional giveaways and information booths aplenty. Local elected officials Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon and Councilmember Shahana Hanif enjoyed meeting constituents at their booths, and members of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce were on hand to spread the word about their ongoing efforts to boost business all summer long. “The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Neighborhood Economic Development division invests in neighborhoods through strategic long-term engagements that make commercial corridors cleaner, safer and more vibrant,” said Chamber Senior Director of Neighborhood Economic Development Saloni Sharma. “The launch of ‘Open Streets’ on Smith Street this weekend is a resounding success story of how the Brooklyn Chamber and its local partner — the Smith Street Alliance — brings together neighborhoods around shared, community experiences while promoting business activity in slower summer months. It is also the first time the 250-plus businesses on Smith Street have received this kind of support.” 
    A former Hudson Valley resident is heading to federal prison for defrauding prospective franchisees of his bagel company. Joseph Smith, age 57, formerly of Fishkill in Dutchess County, was sentenced to three and a half years behind bars after pleading guilty in February 2022 to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and tax evasion. Federal prosecutors said between 2014 and 2016, Smith sold more than 160 franchises of his company, New York Bagel Enterprises Inc., to individuals in Pennsylvania and other states. The problem, prosecutors said, was that Smith misled operators by guaranteeing that New York Bagel could get them financing, which he later admitted was not true. He also misrepresented the actual cost to open a franchise, the number of franchises that were already open or opening, and the profitability of existing franchises, prosecutors said. Some franchisees were surprised with charges of up to $44,000 after they had already opened When some operators demanded their money back, Smith refused to refund the fees, prosecutors said. In all, Smith raked in more than $2.1 million from the scheme working...
    Delegates wait in line at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Cannes, France, June 2019Cannes Lions While media executives are meeting with advertising leaders this week over glasses of rose at the annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, they can't help but talk about the disconnect between hanging out with celebrities on yachts and the creeping feeling that a recession is around the corner. "It feels like a party here," NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said to CNBC's Julia Boorstin from Cannes on Wednesday. "I don't know if that's because most of you are out for the first time in a long time or because we're in the south of France in June, but no, it doesn't feel like a down market." But Shell did acknowledge there are warning signs, albeit complicated ones. "The scatter market has weakened a little bit," he said, referring to the real-time cost of TV commercials, rather than the preset "upfront" market. "It's very complicated because there's so many things going on." Macroeconomic downturns have historically led to a spike in layoffs throughout the media...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Axon, the company best known for developing the Taser, said Monday it was halting plans to develop a Taser-equipped drone after a majority of its ethics board resigned over the controversial project. Axon’s founder and CEO Rick Smith said the company’s announcement last week — which drew a rebuke from its artificial intelligence ethics board — was intended to “initiate a conversation on this as a potential solution.” Smith said the ensuing discussion “provided us with a deeper appreciation of the complex and important considerations” around the issue. As a result, “we are pausing work on this project and refocusing to further engage with key constituencies to fully explore the best path forward,” he said. The development was first reported by Reuters. The board had voted 8-4 a few weeks ago to recommend Axon not proceed with a pilot of the Taser drone and had concerns about introducing weaponizing drones in over-policed communities of color. But after the mass shooting at an Uvalde, Texas elementary school, the company announced it was beginning...
    Norse mythology has a colorful warning about the danger of distraction derailing an important project. According to the Icelandic scribe Snorri Sturluson, the Vikings believed that the gods of Asgaard once employed the services of a mysterious smith to build a wall around Valhalla. The gods promised the smith the hand of Freya, Valhalla’s local beauty queen, if he could build the wall in a single winter aided by no other man. They had no intention of giving over Freya because they believed completing the project in that time was impossible. They were, as we would say today, shorting the smith’s ability to finish the wall. Aided by his powerful stallion, however, the smith came very near to finishing the wall. Yet before he could do it, Loki transformed himself into a mare and seduced the giant’s horse into chasing him far off into the hills. Without his horse, the smith despaired of completing the project. He then flew into a rage, revealed himself to be a jotun—a kind of fiendish giant—and was struck dead by Thor’s hammer. This story...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minnesota girl is blazing a trail as an entrepreneur at just 3 years old. For AJ Smith, it all started a year ago. READ MORE: Man Killed In Uptown Shooting Late Saturday Night“From the age of 2, she’s always really been into watching me when I wear makeup,” AJ’s mother Angela Smith said. “With her wanting to express herself, we thought of ways to, how do we make it developmentally appropriate for her to explore makeup? Her dad’s compromise was lip gloss and nail polish, so that was a safe way to let her explore.” So along with the help of her co-creator, her twin brother Jax, and her parents, AJ started making her own natural coconut oil lip gloss. (credit: CBS) Her parents are both teachers so it started as a teaching moment. “It’s math, it’s science, it’s reading, it’s measuring, it’s so much more, when we are doing it as a family we’re teaching her that she doesn’t know, it’s just fun,” Angela Smith said. And then friends started asking about the...
    There were allegedly nine criminal charges and more than 90 citations launched in connection with the gym being open during the lockdown, according to the owners of the gym. The owners claimed to have paid more than $300,000 in legal bills, had $173,000 seized, and were fined $15,497.76 per day over the span of five months. In December 2020, Smith estimated that the gym was fined more than $1.2 million. In January 2021, Smith said that he and Trumetti had no money in their bank accounts because "the state emptied out every single dollar that we have." The Atlilis Gym owners said that when the government took its business license that it robbed them of their "ability to pursue the American dream." "The fight is far from over, but from the bottom of our hearts we are sending out the biggest of thanks to the community that kept us safe, gave us a reason to fight, and picked us up every single time we got knocked down," the owners said. "No matter how determined we were, it would...
    Pandemic restrictions over the past two years were rough on many hair salons and other personal care services. But a Stockton natural hair salon with Bay Area ties has grown its business and is expanding this spring into the South Bay and soon after, the state capital. Natural Do is a membership salon and retail store that offers natural hair care services and products specifically for people with kinky, curly, wavy, hair textures. Members pay on monthly or annual plans, but Natural Do provides a la carte services to non-members as well. It also has an apprenticeship program that helps people working toward a cosmetology or barber license gain on-the-job experience hours at a salon. The natural hair movement got a boost with the House of Representatives passing the Crown Act in March 2022, which would prohibit discrimination based on a person’s texture or style of hair. California adopted such a law in 2019 and more than a dozen other states now have similar measures. We sat down with Natural Do founder and Chief Executive Officer Valonne Smith at the downtown...
    Jada Pinkett Smith broke her silence on Tuesday, two days after the Oscars, after her husband Will Smith's violent confrontation with comedian Chris Rock. "This is a season for healing and I'm here for it," Pinkett Smith posted on Instagram. Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock during the televised awards show over a joke Rock made about Pinkett Smith's hair. Pinkett Smith shaved her head as a result of her alopecia diagnosis, and Rock teased that she looked like the titular character from the film G.I. Jane. WATCH: WILL SMITH TEACHES BOY TO FAKE-SLAP MONTHS BEFORE OSCARS Smith's son Trey expressed his frustration over coverage of the event. "If white people cared about white people business half as much as they cared about black people business racism would’ve been extinct by now," Smith tweeted Monday. "Also casseroles would taste much better." if white people cared about white people business half as much as they cared about black people business racism would’ve been extinct by now. also casseroles would taste much...
    Ruth’s Chris has brought its famous steaks, fine wine, and signature decor to the Smith Haven Mall on Long Island. The steakhouse giant - which has more than 150 locations around the world - opened its latest restaurant at the Suffolk County mall in Lake Grove. Ruth's Hospitality Group, which oversees the franchise, said that the latest location is at the site of the former Bonefish Grill at the Smith Haven Mall. The near 7,000-square-foot Lake Grove restaurant is the second on Long Island, joining the existing location on Old Country Road in Garden City near the Roosevelt Field Mall, which has been open for decades. A third location is also scheduled to open on Walt Whitman Road in Melville at the former site of Bertucci’s, which has been vacant for years. Earlier story - Popular Steakhouse Adding Two Long Island Locations According to Ruth’s Hospitality Group, the Lake Grove restaurant includes two main dining rooms, a bar with high tops for dining, and a pair of private dining rooms that are to be used for meetings or celebrations....
    In this article RLPeople walk by Ralph Lauren's Fifth Avenue Polo store in New York City.Getty ImagesRalph Lauren said Wednesday that its executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Howard Smith, will resign immediately after the retailer learned of allegations regarding his personal conduct. Upon learning of the allegations, the audit committee of the board of directors launched an independent investigation with the assistance of outside counsel, Ralph Lauren said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The investigation revealed conduct that violated Ralph Lauren's code of business conduct and ethics and other policies, it said. Smith did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Ralph Lauren said that regional leaders who already oversee the day-to-day business will report on an interim basis directly to CEO and President Patrice Louvet. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    BURLINGTON, N.J. (CBS) – Drop the lights, raise the beat, and let your feet take your heart rate to the sky. Ryde is an indoor cycling studio in Burlington, New Jersey that rolled into town in 2020. “It’s not just about the workout, it goes beyond that,” said Owner and Chief Motivational Officer Nakia Smith. “Coming in and going into that dark room and just being able to let it go. Some people are just like, they had a crap day and were like ‘I just need to get on this bike and just stomp it out.'” READ MORE: Jonathan Akubu Charged With Murder In Connection To Multiple Philadelphia Carjackings, Officials SayIn just a year this intense, high-energy exercise escape has caught fire – but most importantly, Smith says it’s created a community for anyone to belong and bike to the beat. “You belong, no matter what that is. You belong here and that’s the kind of space I wanted to create,” said Smith. “As an African American woman in this industry and also someone who’s a little...
    A day after being sentenced to a year of probation for refusing to shut down his gym during the pandemic, news broke that Ian Smith is running for Congress in New Jersey's 3rd District. Smith, who made a name for himself by defiantly keeping his Bellmawr, New Jersey, gym open despite court orders, has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission and is expected to announce his bid next week, Save Jersey reported. He would be the second challenger to join the Republican primary against incumbent Democratic Rep. Andy Kim, who was elected in 2018. "Yes, he's serious. We have a fundraising consultant on board. I'll be bringing in a campaign manager next week. It's serious," political consultant Steve Kush told New Jersey 101.5. Kush, who is reportedly working with Smith, helped Republican truck driver Ed Durr defeat Stephen Sweeney, New Jersey's then-president of the Senate, in last year's election. Smith is embroiled in several lawsuits and has paid about $1.5 million in fines for his noncompliance. His outspokenness earned him nationwide recognition through media appearances,...
    The New Jersey gym owners who refused to comply with lockdown orders have been sentenced to one year of probation. Ian Smith, who gained fame during the height of the pandemic restrictions for his vocal opposition to the lockdowns, announced Thursday that he was sentenced to a year of probation. He has already paid $1.5 million in fines, according to Townhall. "Thanks to all who joined in on our sentencing hearing. So many came that the server crashed," Smith said on Twitter. "We got one year probation for the crime of taking our doors off to prevent government goons from locking us out of our gym." NEW JERSEY GYM OWNERS ARRESTED AFTER REPEATEDLY DEFYING GOVERNOR'S LOCKDOWN ORDERS He added that the gym is "open and will remain open at any cost." Smith and his business partner Frank Trumbetti both pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree criminal contempt of court, which was reduced from seven counts, he said on his Instagram account Wednesday. They faced a maximum sentence of a $10,000 fine and 18 months...
    As the nation celebrates Small Business Saturday, D.C. business owners say, for them, the day is a chance for people to support businesses in the community, and not the usual big box stores. Amaya Smith, co-founder of The Brown Beauty Co-op in Dupont circle, says she’s happy that Small Business Saturday has become a staple of the holidays. “Everybody thinks of Black Friday and the big box stores, but small businesses really power our economy and it’s great for small business to have a piece of this huge retail opportunity that takes place after Thanksgiving,” she said. “It’s been a critical part of our business success, and I think it’s important in general.” As someone who has built a business from the ground up, Smith recommends small businesses learn to make themselves as visible online as possible so potential customers aren’t limited to their immediate area. Kimberly Smith is the owner of Marjani Beauty and also co-founded the Brown Beauty Co-op. She says Small Business Saturday is a reminder for people to shop local whenever they can. “We’re competing against...
    AT a Chrome Dev Summit held by Google, the company awkwardly admitted that sharing user data takes priority over privacy. During a Q&A session at the summit, the global lead for Chrome Barb Smith explained that “it’s difficult” for developers to meet the expectation for privacy. 2A Q&A session ran by Google got a little awkward when questions about privacy came upCredit: EPA “When so many capabilities rely on third-party cookies and other cross-site tracking mechanisms that weren’t designed with privacy in mind.”  Smith described “new privacy-preserving technologies” however the spiel seemed to be more about showing users “relevant ads and content” rather than privacy. Google argued that this is an important part of the business model to create “a healthy, sustainable ecosystem” on the internet, according to Smith.  However, privacy advocates aren’t buying it. Privacy Sandbox, an initiative by Google uses technology that has been shown to be contentious in the past but Smith presented the initiative as being more beneficial to developers. Web developer Jeremy Keith asked why should users trust any Google initiative “ostensibly focused on privacy?”...
    New York City workforce 93% vaccinated; world reaches 250M cases: Latest COVID-19 updates Murphy campaign calls on Ciattarelli to concede NJ governor election Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Lisa Barlow has weighed in on Sunday's bombshell episode of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, during which Homeland Security officials turned up in pursuit of Jen Shah. Shah and her assistant Stuart Smith were arrested and charged in March with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing — through which they allegedly victimized 10 or more persons over the age of 55 — and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. The two pleaded not guilty during an arraignment in April. © Chad Kirkland/Bravo (2) Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah was arrested in March for her alleged involvement in a nationwide telemarketing fraud scheme During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen after the episode aired, Barlow, 46, said she "never questioned" Shah's business before her arrest. "I was under the...
                      by Jon Styf  Tennessee’s State Funding Board is scheduled to approve $22.7 million in FastTrack economic incentive grants at its Monday meeting. The grants include $10.5 million to Life Technologies Corporation’s Thermo Fisher Scientific for its technology assembly facility in Lebanon, which the company has invested more than $100 million in and is expected to employ 1,400 people. The Smith & Wesson Company is set to receive a $9 million FastTrack grant as it prepares to move its operations and corporate office to Maryville in Blount County. IMC Companies is slated to receive $2 million for a facility in Collierville, and a $1.2 million grant will be awarded to a company that isn’t named. FastTrack grants are state grants sent to local governments for specific infrastructure improvements or to companies to help offset the costs of expanding or moving into the state with the goal of increasing the number of full-time jobs and the average wages of jobs available in an area. Smith & Wesson, a leading firearms manufacturer founded in 1852, announced in...
    Marianne Campbell Smith’s defiance of anti-mask rules didn’t end at a Costa Mesa supermarket. In an unusual move, Orange County prosecutors took her to trial. On Wednesday, a jury found Smith, who is married to a sixth-generation heir of the Irvine development family, guilty of misdemeanor trespassing and obstructing a business or its customers. It was the first mask-related criminal conviction in a county known for its vocal minority of anti-maskers who have staged oceanfront protests and picketed government meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The jury took roughly an hour Wednesday afternoon to decide the case, which not only focused on the rights of a private business to enforce its policies but also on whether Smith’s refusal to wear a mask inside the store or leave was intended to interfere with and obstruct the business. After the verdict was read, Judge John Zitny sentenced Smith to a $200 fine, 40 hours of community service and a year of informal probation. Smith, who wore a plastic face shield in the courtroom, was also ordered to stay away from the...
                        Leon County Circuit Judge Layne Smith has ruled against a business in Sarasota requesting to impose a vaccine mandate for its customers to enter. The store, Bead Abode, requested that Smith grant their request for a mandate, but denied them saying Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ vaccine mandate ban “assures open markets.” “Prohibiting businesses from requiring patrons to produce documentary proof of vaccination or recovery may or may not be a good idea,” Smith said. “Notwithstanding, that decision belongs solely to the legislature and is subject to approval or rejection by the voters at the ballot box.” It was speculated whether or not Smith would rule this week, and the ruling came backing the state’s law. Smith also noted in his concluding remarks that his ruling does not impact the store’s First Amendment freedom of speech, but impacts conduct. “The only issue before the Court, and the only one the Court decided, is where Florida State Section 381.00316(1) abridges Bead Abode’s First Amendment right to freedom of speech,” Smith...
    Getty Cowboys QB Dak Prescott with owner Jerry Jones Dak Prescott made his first public comments since the Dallas Cowboys surprisingly released linebacker Jaylon Smith. Prescott noted that he exchanged text messages with Smith and emphasized that the move serves as a reminder that the NFL is sometimes a difficult business. “I shot him a text message and then I think the team message is just what a business this is,” Prescott noted on October 7. “And I think that was the eye-opener, I saw Micah’s [Parsons] comment right that [this] was his ‘Welcome to the NFL moment’ he felt. At the end of the day, we all have to understand this is a business and that’s what it’s about. And obviously, coming in with Jaylon, knowing everything that he’s been through and to overcome his injury and to come back and to play well and become the player that he is. He’s an inspiration to so many.” ALL the latest Dallas Cowboys news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Cowboys newsletter here! Join...
    By Larry Keane The decision to move a flagship manufacturer isn’t easy. It’s also not hard when legislators target an industry for destruction. That’s the case with Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc., which recently announced it will move its headquarters and a large portion of their manufacturing from Springfield, Mass., to Marysville, Tenn. The company has been rooted in western Massachusetts since it was founded in 1852. In 2023, it will open the doors to their new manufacturing facility and headquarters nearly 900 miles south. That’s not an easy decision. The company will invest hundreds of millions to build a new production plant. It will consolidate warehousing from Missouri to the Tennessee location. That’s where Smith & Wesson will transition the production of semiautomatic pistols and rifles, while revolvers will continue to be produced in Massachusetts. That move will require transferring 750 jobs. “This has been an extremely difficult and emotional decision for us, but after an exhaustive and thorough analysis, for the continued health and strength of our iconic company, we feel that we have been left with no...
    The director of a day care center slammed New York Governor Kathy Hochul on "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday for the child care mask mandate saying the policy is hurting her business as the future of many child care centers remains unknown.  Michelle Smith, executive director of TLC Adventures in Child Care, expressed her frustration with the state mandating toddlers wear masks.  "It doesn't make sense. It's very difficult to make a two-year-old comply and wear a mask … I think that there's a compromise that we can come to at an age, possibly four years old, that understand this," she told host Brian Kilmeade. She also explained many parents have pulled their children from the facility and others are contemplating the same action if the policy does not change. "I have many parents who have decided to withdraw from the facility in the interim, hoping that there's a change in the government policy." TIMES SQUARE SWARMED BY HUNDREDS PROTESTING COVID VACCINE MANDATE, ‘F--- JOE BIDEN’ "I have some that are holding out, possibly for a week, and have notified me that...
    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Brandon Smith (80) runs for a first down during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 29, 2021 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.Matthew Pearce | Icon Sportswire | Getty Images The National Football League is on the clock and ready to commence its 102nd season on Thursday. The defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play the Dallas Cowboys in what should be a highly rated opener among two popular quarterbacks -- Tom Brady and Dak Prescott. Meanwhile, the NFL's overall opponent remains Covid, with more variants developing and fears of another wave of cases in the fall. A positive case has already affected the season opener, with Cowboys starting offensive lineman Zack Martin missing the game. And last month, a mini outbreak occurred within the Tennessee Titans. The NFL said more than 99% of league and team staff are vaccinated, but added it expects more positive cases this season even among vaccinated individuals. Still, the league remains adamant about finishing the season on time. The NFL already fined...
    SKY SPORTS believe they will keep Anthony Joshua out of the clutches of new boxing broadcast rivals DAZN. The streaming service has already snapped up Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn and his stable, with stars like Josh Warrington, Conor Benn and Katie Taylor fighting on the app this weekend in Leeds. 3Sky Sports are confident they will be able retain Anthony Joshua as their boxing 'ambassador'Credit: PA 3Eddie Hearn is keen to lure Joshua to his streaming venture DAZNCredit: PA:Press Association Hearn hopes his long-running relationship with the WBA, IBF and WBO king will help him take AJ over to the market’s new £7.99 a-month force. But Sky Sports’ head of boxing Adam Smith believes Joshua’s proven loyalty, especially to trainer Rob McCracken after he faced blame for the Andy Ruiz defeat in 2019, will prove to be the deciding factor in keeping him on Sky Box Office. Launching Sky’s return to boxing with stars like Chris Eubank Jr, Josh Taylor and Caroline Dubois, Smith said: “Anthony was already a star after winning gold at London 2012 and we think we...
    INROADS congratulates Yvette Smith as the new Chair of its National Board of Directors. Smith serves as Senior Vice President of Customer Success and Business Transformation at F5 Networks.  INROADS reaches a historic milestone within its organization with the election of Yvette Smith as its new board chair, the first Black woman to serve at the highest levels at INROADS. For more than 50 years INROADS has served as a global leader in providing career equity solutions. Yvette, an INROADS alumna, was first introduced to INROADS 37 years ago. She was 16 years old, and her exposure to the organization helped shape what she believed was possible for her career and leadership. Today, Smith is Senior Vice President of Customer Success and Business Transformation at F5 Networks, a company that specializes in application delivery networking, security and performance, multi-cloud management, network security and online fraud prevention. “I am always proud to tell people that I am a product of INROADS. Leading at INROADS is my way of giving back to an organization that has given me so much,” said Smith. “Having the thought leadership of Yvette on...
    A Colorado web designer has lost her challenge to Colorado's anti-discrimination law in a suit she filed against the state because she didn't want to design wedding websites for gay couples. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Monday rejected the appeal from business owner Lorie Smith of 303 Creative, according to court documents. Smith filed a pre-enforcement challenge to Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA), which restricts a business from refusing to provide services based on a customer’s identity, in preparation to expand her business services to include wedding websites. Smith argued that while she has clients of all gender identities, it's against her religion to promote same-sex marriage, and therefore doesn't want to be forced to make them for gay couples, court documents state. "I will not be able to create websites for same-sex marriages or any other marriage that is not between one man and one woman," Smith said, according to the documents. "Doing that would compromise my Christian witness and tell a story marriage that contradicts God’s true story of marriage." A judge's ruling said that Smith's arguments do not supersede Colorado's anti-discrimination law, CNN...
    NORTH LAWNDALE — A restaurant specializing in healthy food is coming to a West Side area many consider to be a food desert where nutritious options are scarce. The yet-to-be-named restaurant will be at 1550 S. Hamlin Ave., along the 16th Street business district. The Lawndale Christian Development Corporation is renovating one of the six ground-floor commercial units at MLK Legacy Apartments for the restaurant. The buildout is being funded by a $166,000 grant from the city’s Neighborhood Opportunity Fund, as well as support from the Steans Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization focused on North Lawndale. Organizers said the restaurant will jump start the local economy and fill the gap in local eateries offering healthy meals. The kitchen will be led by chef Quentin Love, who is “notorious for creating food that nourishes the soul but is also healthy, so it nourishes the body and the mind,” said Whittney Smith, deputy director and counsel for Lawndale Christian Development Corporation. “We don’t have a lot of anything. But what we do have, a majority of it is takeout, quick food, and...
    CHATHAM — Robiar Smith never imagined she would be an exterminator.  Born and raised in Bronzeville and Hyde Park, Smith said taking care of any pests was a job for her father, Michael Benton — the neighborhood exterminator. Her goals were to go to college, “grab every degree she could” and climb the corporate ladder.  Today, Smith is a rarity in the pest control world: a Black woman who owns and operates a pest solution company, R.B. Pest Solutions. Recently, her company received a multi-year contract to operate at the Discover Customer Care Center in Chatham.  As Smith blasts away pests like termites and cockroaches, her goal is to continue her father’s legacy while shifting the narrative of what Black people, especially women, can do. “I didn’t set out to be an exterminator — it was only for my dad and his legacy,” Smith said. “But as I’m moving forward, I see how I can encourage other girls. My goal is to shed light on the fact that Black women are enough, and we can be represented in so many fields...
    MARCUS SMITH got straight down to business with Dan Biggar after arriving in the Lions camp. The England fly-half touched down in South Africa on Monday - less than 48 hours hours after being called-up whilst PLAYING at Twickenham. 2Marcus Smith arrived on Monday after a whirlwind 24 hours Immediately after the 22-year-old rookie arrived in Hermanus he was burying his head in the Lions' playbook for the South Africa series. Wales fly-half Biggar said: “I've just I've just spoken to him and said if he wants to catch up over dinner later and go through some plays and calls, then we can catch up. "We'll do whatever it takes us. "You put yourself in Marcus’ shoes - you would want as many of the senior guys or guys in the know to come up to you and offer as much help and support as you would expect when arriving. "I'll catch up with him and get him up to speed with what he needs. His rugby has done the talking in the last six months anyway. "So I'm...
    Last summer Eliza Garza had a dream – to open a snow cone stand on the beach in South Texas. A few months later, Eliza and her business partner Margret Debruyn turned that dream into a restaurant, opening their first Iced Cube Shaved Ice in Edinburg, TX in November 2020.  Debruyn says people told them they were crazy to open a restaurant in the middle of a pandemic. Despite this, the pair doubled down on their investment, taking over the Iced Cube franchise and opening two more locations, including one in McAllen, TX. "We opened in other cities around the [Rio Grande Valley], and it wasn't this difficult. There was a major struggle to open here in this city," says Garza. Garza blames miscommunication with city leaders for their issues, but hopes the city’s new mayor, Javier Villalobos, will help cut through the red tape in city hall. "The fact that he identified with my struggle, and that he wants to create solutions for it moving forward, not only for me, but any small business owner here - it really...
    VIDEO10:0010:00The First 10 Minutes: The ImposterCNBC One of the most important crossroads on the way to small business success — and one that nearly every entrepreneur will encounter at some point — is incredibly treacherous: deciding whether to take on a partner. How you navigate it can make the difference between success and unmitigated disaster. Done right, a partnership can propel your business to new heights, adding not just someone to share the work, but also new perspective, new expertise, and, potentially, new financial support. "A partnership could mean your business will have access to new products, reach a new market, block a competitor through an exclusive contract, or increase customer loyalty," the National Federation of Independent Business, a small business advocacy group, said in a blog post. But business partnerships can also be disastrous. In one of the most extreme examples, Chris Smith of California ended up dead after a dispute with his business partner, Edward Shin. The two had co-founded 800XChange, which specialized in generating leads for clients in the debt consolidation industry. Shin, now 43, is serving...
    VIDEO0:4600:46Wall Street points to a slightly higher open after Thursday's mixed sessionMorning Report Take a look at some of the biggest movers in the premarket: Adobe (ADBE) – Adobe reported quarterly profit of $3.03 per share, 21 cents a share above estimates. The software company's revenue also topped Wall Street forecasts and Adobe gave stronger-than-expected current-quarter guidance. Its shares rose 3.1% in premarket trading. Smith & Wesson (SWBI) – Smith & Wesson reported better-than-expected profit and sales for its latest quarter, as the gun maker's sales surged 67% compared to the same quarter a year earlier. The company notes that its shipments jumped 70% compared to overall industry growth of 42%. Shares rallied 4.7% in premarket trading. Orphazyme (ORPH) – Orphazyme plunged 52.6% in the premarket after the Food and Drug Administration rejected its experimental treatment for a genetic disorder known as Niemann-Pick disease type C. The Denmark-based biotech company had seen volatile trading in its shares in recent days after it picked up social media attention, falling 10.2% Thursday after a more than 61% surge Wednesday. Delta Air Lines...
    A virtual who's who of Hollywood — including George Clooney, Queen Latifah, Kerry Washington, Katy Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson — are adding their names to an open letter condemning voting restrictions, published following the signing of a controversial elections law in Georgia. The letter published Wednesday appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times and other papers as an ad sprawled across two full pages. "We stand for democracy," the message said in bold letters. "As Americans, we know that in our democracy we should not expect to agree on everything," the letter stated. "However, regardless of our political affiliations, we believe the very foundation of our electoral process rests upon the ability of each of us to cast our ballots for the candidates of our choice." "We all should feel a responsibility to defend the right to vote and to oppose any discriminatory legislation or measures that restrict or prevent any eligible voter from having an equal and fair opportunity to cast a ballot," the letter said. "Voting is the lifeblood of our democracy and...
    JOE SMITH JR sits back in his chair, ponders the question posed to him, looks around the room, thinks a little more, and comes to a decision. "The craziest moment of his career?" he asks back. "I mean, looking back... Andrzej Fonfara, Bernard Hopkins, there have been some amazing times and unexpected moments in my career. 4 "This Saturday I'm hoping to do that again and finally secure myself a world championship." It's been a long road for Smith Jr. He's a simple man who's lived the ultimate life of labour, sprinkled with lashings of the extraordinary. He began boxing at 13 at Heavy Hitters Gym in Ronkonkoma and began work, cutting down trees with his father, just a few short years later, before getting more fruitful work with Laborers Local 66 in Long Island, New York, where he grew up. Smith Jr held the constriction gig on his back but ploughed forward with a full-time pro boxing career in his sights, picking up the opportunities that worked their ways into his path. Signed to...
    Hunter Biden sat down with CBS News’ Tracy Smith ahead of the release of his book Beautiful Things. They discussed Biden’s personal struggles, and in particular his struggles with substance abuse. Smith also asked about the ongoing investigation into his finances. Back in December, then-president-elect Joe Biden’s son said the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware is investigating his “tax affairs.” A CNN report at the time said investigators are “examining multiple financial issues, including whether Hunter Biden and his associates violated tax and money laundering laws in business dealings in foreign countries, principally China.” Smith asked Biden, “There’s a current Department of Justice investigation into your finances. What is it about? Can you say anything more?” “i can’t,” Biden responded. “But I can say this. I’m cooperating completely, and I’m completely certain — 100 percent certain — that at the end of the investigation that I will be cleared of any wrongdoing.” “All I can do is cooperate and trust in the process,” he added. In a preview of the interview released on Friday, Smith asked Biden about the laptop...
    Getty Ryan Smith played multiple roles with the Buccaneers during his five seasons with the team. While Tampa Bay has secured its starters from the 2020 Super Bowl team, a key special teams player and backup defensive back has departed in free agency. Ryan Smith will take his talents to Los Angeles where he will sign a one-year deal worth $1.75 million with the Chargers according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The #Chargers are signing former #Bucs cornerback/special teams ace Ryan Smith to a one-year, $1.75 million deal, per source. — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 30, 2021 Smith played the most snaps of any special teams player with the Bucs in 2020 but didn’t see time on defense according to The Athletic’s Greg Auman. The Bucs lose some depth at cornerback with Smith leaving, which will add to the team’s need to find more depth through free agency or the draft per Auman. The Bucs currently have Carlton Davis III, Jamel Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting, and Herb Miller under contract. Ross Cockrell remains unsigned per Auman. Tampa made...
    Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah and her assistant pleaded not guilty to fraud on Friday during a conference call court appearance.  Shah is facing up to 30 years in prison for allegedly defrauding elderly people via a telemarketing scheme which New York prosecutors say went on for nine years.   The pair allegedly compiled and sold lists of elderly targets to telemarketing firms who then pushed 'business services' like tax preparation or website design services on them, even though many did not have a computer. The telemarketers would then, according to prosecutors, make it difficult for people to get refunds for the services if they complained.  Shah and Smith are said to have gotten the elderly people's names from sales floors all over the country and sold them to telemarketers in New York, where they have been charged.   Shah, 47, was released from on bond earlier this week in Salt Lake City on the condition that she does not contact her assistant and co-defendant, Steven Smith.  Friday's hearing was done via video-conference for the defendants, attorneys and judge but the media...
    AN "arrogant" woman has been blasted for bragging about working out daily and running her own business while other girls her age watch Netflix and binge fast food. Last weekend, Mackenzie Smith - who claims to be able to teach people how to live happy lives through her fitness regimes - shared the damning assessment of 'most' of her 23-year-old peers on Twitter. 5Mackenzie told her 18,000 followers that she's 'not like other girls'Credit: Mackenzie Smith/ Kennedy News The personal trainer, from Phoenix, Arizona, told her 18,000 followers that she's "not the same" as her peers because she works for herself, goes to the gym everyday and is "developing a growth mindset". In contrat, Mackenzie claimed that girls her age are more preoccupied with "partying every weekend, eating fast food and binge-watching Netflix". The tweet racked up over 7,500 "likes" and retweets from outraged users who argued that MacKenzie was tearing other women down to "feel better about herself". "I've taken heat for my tweets before so this is nothing new to me," MacKenzie said. "I specifically word tweets like...
    More On: jen shah ‘Real Housewives’ star can’t access her own virtual arraignment as fans flood line Meghan McCain is looking for intel on Jen Shah’s arrest Jen Shah’s post-arrest court outfit must be seen to be believed Jen Shah tweeted eerie comparison to Teresa Giudice before fraud arrest This gives a whole new meaning to “partners in crime.” Months ahead of her arrest, “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jen Shah said that her assistant and co-defendant, Stuart Smith, would “literally do anything” for her. While discussing why she has eight assistants on Michelle Collins’ SiriusXM show in January, Shah said, “Some assistants I won’t ask to do certain things, you know? One of them is just, she’s just strictly virtual. So of course I’m not asking her to do… But like Stuart is all in for like crazy stuff.” The “RHOSLC” star also justified her need for the hefty amount of help saying she’s got three marketing companies, a fashion company and a beauty company. “These people are also doing business things too, but...
    ESPN’s Stephen Smith’s love life has always been a topic of discussion during interviews. The sports commentator has kept mum regarding his relationships, telling reporters that it is “none of their business.” 3Stephen A Smith is not keen on discussing his love life publicly Is Stephen A Smith married? Stephen A Smith was once engaged, though it is unclear to who. In an interview with GQ, Smith barely addressed the subject as to why he never went through with the wedding plans, saying: “It didn't work out. Matter of fact, I just told my sister that the other day: none of your business. “Something about my job and my money. I said this is not a discussion. You'll get an answer if I want to give you an answer.” Smith did disclose that he does have two daughters, both 11 and 12 years old, though it is unclear who their mother is. The family reportedly resides in North Jersey. 3Smith revealed he was once engaged but it was unclear to whoCredit: Getty What does Stephen A Smith do? Smith is...
    Before being arrested for fraud on Tuesday, “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” Jen Shah gushed to Page Six about being involved in a “new entrepreneur program for women,” among other business ventures. Shah said in January that she was launching the program, dubbed “Social Commerce,” to assist women amid the coronavirus pandemic. “We’re helping women pivot and shift their business through the quarantine and COVID,” she explained at the time. “To helping them still stabilize their business through online sales because their brick and mortar stores are closed…we’ve been working with some ladies, so you’ll see some of that coming out and hearing their stories and seeing how we help their businesses grow.” But while the 47-year-old star was claiming to be helping women, according to a federal indictment she was actually allegedly running a nationwide telemarketing fraud scheme with her assistant, Stuart Smith. Shah and Smith were arrested Tuesday and hit with conspiracy, money laundering and wire fraud charges — and face up to 30 years in prison on the top count, court papers say. Ironically, Shah...
    More On: jen shah ‘Real Housewives’ star Jen Shah arrested for alleged fraud, money laundering ‘RHOSLC’ star Jen Shah sends cease and desist letter over leaked audio Jen Shah’s ex-designer ‘traumatized’ after working for ‘RHOSLC’ star Jen Shah’s designer accuses ‘RHOSLC’ star of ‘verbal assault’ amid audio leak Before being arrested for fraud on Tuesday, “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” Jen Shah gushed to Page Six about being involved in a “new entrepreneur program for women,” among other business ventures. Shah said in January that she was launching the program, dubbed “Social Commerce,” to assist women amid the coronavirus pandemic. “We’re helping women pivot and shift their business through the quarantine and COVID,” she explained at the time. “To helping them still stabilize their business through online sales because their brick and mortar stores are closed…we’ve been working with some ladies, so you’ll see some of that coming out and hearing their stories and seeing how we help their businesses grow.” But while the 47-year-old star was claiming to be helping women, according to a federal indictment she...
                      by Scott McClallen  Eighty-three days into 2021, Grand Rapids-based Above and Beyond Catering owner Kim Smith said she hasn’t recorded a dollar of revenue in 2021 thanks to COVID-19 restrictions enacted by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Catering isn’t alone. Wedding and funeral owners are pushing back on COVID-19 restrictions killing their business for the last year. Smith has been in business for 45 years, she told the House Oversight Committee Thursday. Although she’s “done everything to keep afloat” since the state forced her business closed in March of 2020, her revenue is down 93.6%. “How do you survive on 6.4% of revenue?” Smith asked. Smith begged Whitmer’s administration to give business owners a timeline to start reopening. Currently, indoor gatherings are limited to 25 people, while outside events are capped at 300. “Without this timeline, our businesses have no timelines, and our dreams are slowly dying,” Smith said. Carmen Tisdale and her husband bought the Holt-based Hidden Gem Event Venue in January of 2020. They moved three kids from West Michigan and invested equity from...
    CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — President Joe Biden turned up at a minority-owned flooring business in suburban Philadelphia to highlight how his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package can help small businesses and to put a face on those who have struggled throughout the pandemic. The visit Tuesday to Smith Flooring Inc. was Biden’s first stop in a cross-country administration roadshow — also involving his vice president and his wife — designed to publicize, and take credit for, the virus relief package. It “took some loud, strong voices to get this done,” Biden said, making a subtle dig at Republicans during his visit to the small union shop that will benefit from the relief. “And it’s not like it passed with 100 votes. It was close.” While Biden was in Pennsylvania for his first stop on the “Help is Here” tour, Vice President Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff were reinforcing the small business theme Tuesday with stops in Colorado. With Harris and Emhoff taking notes during a business roundtable in Denver, Lorena Cantarovici, who began making empanadas in her garage...
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