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    A Union County tax preparer admitted that she helped dozens of clients cheat the government out of nearly a half-million dollars, federal authorities said. Nehemie Leon, of Roselle, worked for Preferred Tax Choice in Irvington, records show. While there, Leon admitted in court, she “fabricated and inflated” certain tax credits, itemized deductions, expenses, and exemptions for a host of clients, said Tammy Tomlins, the acting special agent in charge of IRS-Criminal Investigation’s Newark Field Office. Altogether, Leon prepared more than 100 individual returns for 31 clients, Tomlins said. The total loss to the Internal Revenue Service as a result of the false and fraudulent tax returns Leon prepared for the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 tax years was approximately $479,039, she said. Rather than risk the result of a trial, Leon took a deal from the government, pleading guilty to aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, the SAC said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Samantha C. Fasanello, who secured the plea, will handle the sentencing before U. S. District Judge Esther Salas on April 27, 2023, she said....
    GETTING your nails done is one of life's simple pleasures. While technicians are trained to give you jazzy designs, they are also taught to spot the signs of deadly illnesses. 1Experts in their field say that signs of cancer can be present in the nails - as well as other health conditionsCredit: Getty Speaking to The Sun, experts in their field have revealed what they look out for and how you can learn to spot deadly signs yourself. The biggest red flags they are looking for, education manager, Victoria Evans at Dermalogica said, are signs of skin cancer. The main ones to look out for she explained are: dark streak on the nail marks lesions that crust or weep changes to moles wounds that struggle to heal Read more on nail issues NAILED IT Six fingernail symptoms you must NEVER ignore - & the ones that could be deadly BUG BEAR I went to a salon & they didn't sterilise their tools - now I've got an infection She added that there is a heightened awareness around...
    Mother Jones illustration; Getty Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.This is not a time of optimism in America. People are reeling from inflation, gun violence, partisan rancor, race-baiting, a ruthlessly divisive Supreme Court decision, the long tail of a pandemic, and the very real prospect of political violence. A significant majority of the public, polls suggest, thinks the nation is headed in a bad direction. Nearly three-quarters of the people NBC News polled in August said as much, and more than a third predicted that things would get worse over the next five years. Our societal dysfunction has progressed to the point where many well-heeled Americans are looking for an escape hatch. And David Lesperance’s phone is ringing off the hook.  Lesperance, whom I profiled for Mother Jones in 2017, is a Canada-born lawyer who has specialized in arranging foreign citizenships for extraordinarily wealthy people, from athletes and celebrities to founders, investors, and corporate bigwigs with assets ranging from about $25 million to $20 billion. He calls them “golden geese” because they...
    The year was 2002 and Amy Andersen, a budding entrepreneur from California, was nervously pitching an idea to her boyfriend.  During parties with his tech friends from Silicon Valley, she had noticed that while they were CEOs and company founders — ‘all perfect on paper’ — they were all, oddly, single. ‘They would ask me, “Amy, where are all the great women?” At the same time, I was meeting a lot of impressive women who were struggling to find good men. That was my lightbulb moment. I thought, why don’t I do something to bridge the gap?’  After noodling with the idea of setting up an old-school dating network, where Amy would connect these two lovelorn groups, she took the idea to her boyfriend, ‘thinking he’d be so proud of me’. Instead, Amy recalls, he looked at her and announced: ‘You are not allowed to do that as long as we’re together.’  ‘He wasn’t comfortable with me working with these eligible men,’ she says. He ended their relationship soon afterwards. But it’s Amy who has had the last laugh. Her...
    Dear Amy: My sister moved to my state several years ago when her life was in freefall. She is an alcoholic. She has been in and out of rehab four times since then. Her children and others have revealed that her drinking has been an issue for about 17 years — the last 10 of which she has been working as a nanny and drinking on the job. The past two years she has gone twice directly from rehab into nanny positions. I, and other family members, have been very clear that we think this is unethical and dangerous, but she refuses to consider other options because she can make $25 to $30 an hour as a nanny instead of $15 to $17 in another job. What is my moral and ethical obligation? I’ve thought about contacting families or the Facebook page she has advertised her services with. Related Articles Advice | Ask Amy: I resent this competition with the other grandmother Advice | Ask Amy: Not to judge, but I’ve outgrown my hometown friends ...
    FLORAL tattoos are a popular, timeless option for any ink enthusiast, but one artist is warning customers of common mistakes that could leave the ink looking cramped and messy. New York City-based tattoo artist, Barry Hua goes by the alias “Unloveable” and specializes in floral designs. 2Barry Hua, an NYC-based tattoo artist shared the most common mistakes clients make when getting a floral tattooCredit: Getty His Instagram account boasts over 15,000 followers at the time of writing and he says that people travel from all over the country to get work done by him. “Trends come and go but flowers are here to stay,” Hua told Insider. “They are not only beautiful but hold so much symbolism for people who get them. “Flowers have been tattooed for so long and in so many types of styles. It’s always constantly evolving but the concept, for the most part, stays the same.” However, Hua also gave a warning on some of the biggest mistakes people make when getting floral tattoos and how they can avoid them. READ MORE TATTOOSUNDER MY SKIN I’m...
    CLEANING ladies know all your secrets – and one housekeeper for the rich and famous is spilling some. Speaking to The Sun, Daysy Rodríguez – known to Real Housewives of Miami fans as Lisa Hochstein's housekeeper – has revealed the craziest things her own clients have done and asked for over the years. 7Celebrity housekeeper Daysy Rodríguez has revealed the craziest things her own clients have done and asked for over the yearsCredit: Daysy Rodríguez 7Rodríguez has catered to wealthy clients with Daysy's Cleaning, Lifestyle & Concierge, which does cleaning and concierge servicesCredit: Daysy Rodríguez "Your cleaning lady knows everything about you – your desires, all your most well-hidden secrets, your temper, virtues, and defects," said Rodríguez, who has catered to wealthy clients through her company, Daysy's Cleaning, Lifestyle & Concierge. Among them have been reality stars, business tycoons, and athletes including the NFL's Anquan Boldin, the NBA's Andre Drummond, and the MLB's Barry Bonds. "In my 15 years working with more than 300 clients, I can tell you one thing: The famous, the wealthy, TV stars, athletes, well-known doctors, lawyers, politicians, even pastors and priests – people...
    (CNN)Even as we look forward to enjoying this summer, the youth mental health crisis, mass shootings and political polarization have plunged many into distress and despair. Anxiety and depression remain significantly higher than before the pandemic, surveys show, and both of those have been linked to anger.As a psychologist, I hear from my clients about how they find themselves lashing out at people around them because their nerves are so fried. Feeling scared, irritable or sad is uncomfortable. Verbally and physically acting out might bring temporary relief, but ultimately it harms our relationships and the people we care about and makes us feel even worse.While it's hard to stop our pain from morphing into anger, we can change how we respond to our emotions. Here are five strategies I share with my clients:1. To act kindly, start with self-compassionRead MoreGood people feel bad about hurting dear ones when they explode, leading to feeling ashamed. And shame, in turn, leads to putting our heads in the sand to avoid dealing with reality. So you first need to accept that all humans...
    HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- The attorney for the accused Highland Park shooter's parents spoke in an on-camera interview for the first time.Steve Greenberg is representing Robert Crimo III's parents and said his clients are distraught, adding that they are suffering along with everyone else."They are people who have lived in this community all their lives," the family attorney, Steve Greenberg, said.RELATED: Alleged Highland Park shooter held without bond on murder charges after confessing: prosecutorHowever, there are questions over what, if any, charges Crimo's parents could face in this case. Especially after members of his family were worried enough to call the police three years ago concerned that Crimo was going to, "Kill everyone."Crimo's father is said to have sponsored him for a FOID card after that incident, when Crimo was just 19 years old, officials said.Greenberg, who once represented R. Kelly here in Chicago, has now been retained by Robert and Denise Crimo as their attorney.He spoke to ABC7 Wednesday, offering condolences from his clients."I don't know how much worse it could get then you wake up in the...
    Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti will have six fraud charges against him dropped after he pleaded guilty to swindling his clients out of settlement funds, federal prosecutors said.  The move comes a week after Avenatti, who's already serving five years behind bars for cheating former client Stormy Daniels out of millions and trying to extort $25 million from Nike, entered guilty pleas in court to four counts of wire fraud and a tax-related charge.  In a court filing, the US attorney's office said it 'expects to move to dismiss the remaining counts of the indictment after sentence is imposed.' Avenatti was initially indicted on 36 counts in 2019, including bank and bankruptcy fraud.  Prosecutors said Tuesday they aren't planning to try Avenatti on six of the remaining charges and asked the court to delay trial on 25 other charges until next year.  Authorities have said the 51-year-old lawyer, who is suspended from practicing law in California, cheated clients by negotiating and collecting settlement payments on their behalf and funneling the money to accounts he controlled.  He is believed to owe his clients...
    These hilarious signs are funny enough to stop you in your tracks.  Social media users from around the world have shared snaps of the placards, billboards and pickets that made them chuckle, with the best examples shared in a Daily Stuff gallery.  One romantic supermarket worker came up with a novel way to signpost their fruit and veg and wrote: 'I love you from my head to-ma-toes'.  Meanwhile a liquor store in the US came up with a fun way to mark the start of the school year, writing: 'Welcome back, teachers'.  There were also signs from sports fans, coffee shops and churches with a sense of humour. Here, FEMAIL shares some of the best...  You might think it's obvious! This sign in a British swimming pool stated the obvious and warned visitors not to try and swim underwater Don't hold back! This brutal sign from an American male grooming salon leaves visitors in little doubt of who's to blame if they don't come out looking good...   Always on my mind... This coffee shop knew how to make people stop...
    MINO RAIOLA is one of the leading agents in the world of football. His clients include Borussia Dortmund strike sensational Erling Haaland and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. MINO RAIOLA NEWS LIVE - LATEST UPDATES 2Mino Raiola represents some of the top players in the world What is Mino Raiola's net worth? Mino has a net worth of a whopping $700M (£563M) as an Italian football agent. His main source of income is his sports company where he manages a number of professional athletes. It was reported that Paul Pogba’s agent spent £7 million of his cut from Raiola’s world-record move to Manchester United on Al Capone’s former Miami house. Read more on Mino RaiolaMino Raiola latest Super-agent takes to Twitter to deny reports of his deathmino raiola clients Who has the Italian super-agent represented? Who was Mino Raiola? Born in Nocera Inferiore in Salerno, Nales, Raiola and his family moved to Haarlem in Holland when he was just one.  They opened a pizzeria called Napoli and this soon expanded to 11 restaurants but at the age of 19 he striked out on...
    An ex-Morgan Stanley adviser conned investors out of $4.8million in a 10-year Ponzi scheme to fund his lavish lifestyle and pay for his Tesla car, regulators have said. Shawn E. Good from Wilmington, North Carolina, targeted 'novice investors' including retirees and a single mother with young children and little income in his craven scheme, the SEC said. The alleged swindler convinced the clients to part with their money into his personal bank account to supposedly make low-risk investments in real-estate development projects from 2012 until February this year, it has been claimed. An ex-Morgan Stanley adviser conned investors out of $4.8million in a 10-year Ponzi scheme to fund his lavish lifestyle and pay for his Tesla car, regulators have said He is accused of using $13,000 of stolen money to make payments towards his $60,000 Tesla Model 3 (file image) He is accused of using $13,000 of stolen money to make payments towards his $60,000 Tesla Model 3, $23,000 towards his $45,000 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, and a staggering $800,000 towards his credit card bills.  Good sent $110,000 in Venmo payments...
    ONE tattoo artist is sharing the three common lies he tells his clients when things are going wrong. In a TikTok, tattoo artist Winnie The Jroo is getting candid about those moments when tattoos aren't going as planned. 2The user made the TikTok to share the three liesCredit: TikTok/winniethejroo 2The video has been viewed more than 1.7million timesCredit: TikTok/winniethejroo The video's caption reads: "what tattoo artists really mean." Winnie The Jroo presents three scenarios during the video, sharing first what he tells clients and then what he's actually thinking to himself. First, when he tells a client, "the tattoos going great!," he really means, "the stencil is falling off." The second scenario starts with Winnie The Jroo saying, "we're almost done!" READ MORE TATTOO STORIESTATT'S WRONG I wanted my daughter’s handprint tattooed on me - I ended up with a DISASTERART ATTACK I wanted a tattoo of legendary artist - what I got looks more like an ALIEN What he really means is "still need to do highlights," the on-screen text reads. The final lie starts with Winnie The Jroo...
    A DOORDASH employee was concerned when she learned how a customer tracked her down. It turns out the Panera dinner she dropped off wasn't the only thing the man was interested in and he made sure to tell her. 3A Doordash employee was a bit creeped out when a previous customer reached out to her on social mediaCredit: TikTok 3The man noticed how pretty she looked on his home surveillanceCredit: Getty In the clip, the woman who goes by Puja on social media shared a screenshot of their conversation. For starters, it appeared the man wanted to be sure she first delivered for DoorDash so he bluntly asked her. Once she clarified that she does deliver food for the company, she wondered why he was asking in the first place. He initially admitted it was going to sound weird but attempted to chat her up. Read more dating disasters 50/50 Woman moans her date didn’t pay for dinner - but splits opinionEX FILES My ex’s search history revealed he’s fetishizing me – at least I’m on his mind...
    An 84-year-old man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is out of a home and life savings after, authorities say, he was preyed upon by a funeral worker who took advantage of him following his wife’s passing, CBS Miami reports. Authorities say 57-year-old Maribel Torres is the woman who took it all away. “In this case, Ms. Torres took advantage of a 84-year-old man at one of the weakest points — it was just the day after his wife had passed,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle told the station, adding that she worries there may be other victims. It all started back in Aug. 2019 when the victim met Torres while he was making funeral arrangements. “She could see that he was obviously not himself, on a whole bunch of different levels, and she began to befriend him,” Rundle explained. Torres reportedly told the victim she knew him. Their new relationship opened the door for Torres to not only file paperwork to take his home but take out business loans under a corporation she created, using the victim’s residence. She collected...
    New York (CNN Business)Goldman Sachs is exiting Russia, becoming the first major Wall Street bank to announce plans to do so after the invasion of Ukraine."Goldman Sachs is winding down its business in Russia in compliance with regulatory and licensing requirements," a Goldman Sachs spokesperson told CNN on Thursday. The decision by Wall Street's most influential firm to get out of Russia deals another financial blow to Moscow. News of Goldman's exit from Russia was previously reported by Bloomberg."We are focused on supporting our clients across the globe in managing or closing out pre-existing obligations in the market and ensuring the wellbeing of our people," the Goldman Sachs spokesperson said. It's not immediately clear how many people Goldman Sachs (GS) employs in Russia nor how much money the firm makes there. Read MoreCitigroup confirmed on Wednesday that it is continuing its previously announced efforts to exit its consumer business in Russia. Citi said it is operating that consumer business "on a more limited basis given current circumstances and obligations." Citi said it is supporting corporate clients in Russia, including many...
    A HOMEOWNER claims she caught a realtor showing her house to potential buyers even though it wasn't up for sale. TikToker @busymomonli says she made the discovery thanks to her security Ring camera. 4TikTok user @busymomonli says she caught a realtor showing her home, which is not for sakeCredit: TikTok/@busymomonli 4Ring camera showed the moment the realtor and clients arrive at the homeCredit: TikTok/@busymomonli She shared a clip that shows a real estate agent ringing her doorbell as he waits for clients to show up. In a voiceover, the homeowner explains that she and her husband were not home at the time, and she thought it was probably some "religious group or salesman" knocking on the door. Once the realtor's clients arrive, they head to the side of the house, before the homeowner sets off the alarm. The realtor and clients are then seen returning to the front of the home. Most read in LifestyleFISH OUT OF WATER Harry 'clearly unhappy' & 'embarrassed' as Meg revels in getting awardsSWEET WILLIAM Prince William gives rare insight into relationship with Kate MiddletonWEDDING...
    A 60-year-old man from Monmouth County has been arrested for stealing more than $175,000 from 10 clients who had entrusted him to invest large sums of their money, authorities said. Jeffrey Loretta, of Manalapan, is charged with second-degree theft and 10 counts of  misapplication of entrusted property, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey An investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Unit revealed that the 10 alleged victims gave Loretta a combined total of slightly more than half a million dollars at various times between January 2020 and February 2021, in exchange for promises that the funds would be responsibly invested, Linskey said on Tuesday, Feb. 22. On several occasions, Loretta allegedly provided multiple victims with inaccurate and false gains figures, inducing them to reinvest additional money, Linskey said. Instead, Loretta lost nearly $200,000 of the funds via bad investments and spent more than $175,000 of the funds on himself, taking out thousands of dollars at a time in ATM withdraws and making checks out to himself, payable in cash, the prosecutor said. Loretta turned himself in to authorities on Friday, Feb. 28, and...
    BERLIN (AP) — A German newspaper and other media on Sunday said a leak of data from Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second-biggest bank, reveals details of the accounts of more than 30,000 clients — some of them unsavory — and points to possible failures of due diligence in checks on many customers. Credit Suisse said in a statement that it “strongly rejects the allegations and insinuations about the bank’s purported business practices.” The German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung it received the data anonymously through a secure digital mailbox over a year ago. It said it’s unclear whether the source was an individual or a group, and the newspaper didn’t make any payment or promises. The newspaper said it evaluated the data, which ranged from the 1940s until well into the last decade, along with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and dozens of media partners including The New York Times and The Guardian. It said the data points to the bank having accepted “corrupt autocrats, suspected war criminals and human traffickers, drug dealers and other criminals” as customers. Credit...
    WHETHER it's the decision to go from blonde to brown, or fringe to side bangs, we've all faced many hair dilemmas in our time. But if you've spent months debating whether to go from long to short, TikTok user @Bondenavant may just be able to help you make that all-important decision. 3TikTok user @Bondenavant (right) has offered the magic formula for working out if short hair will look good on youCredit: TikTok/@lanadoma 3The hair and skin fanatic explained that all you need is two pencils and a tape measureCredit: TikTok/@lanadoma And best of all, it's super simple! Responding to a question sent by @Lanadoma, the skin and hair fanatic says: "This is an easy way to know if short hair will look good on you." "All you need is two pencils and a measuring tape. Put the pencil underneath your chin. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED "You place the second one at the base of your ear." She then goes on to demonstrate how you measure the distance from the base of the...
    A WOMAN who charges up to $200 per hour to cuddle clients craving a human touch has lifted the lid on some of the strangest requests she's received since embracing the unusual career path seven years ago. Keeley Shoup, 33, is a full-time professional cuddler from Chicago, Illinois. 5Keeley Shoup, 33, is a full-time professional cuddler from Chicago, IllinoisCredit: Keeley Shoup 5She cuddles, comforts and spoons her customers to help combat symptoms of depression, loneliness and anxietyCredit: Keeley Shoup With many of her clients having suffered trauma or abuse, Shoup cuddles, spoons and comforts her customers in platonic displays of affection to help combat symptoms of depression, loneliness and anxiety. "Cuddle therapists are professional counselors that give access to platonic touch through boundaries of consent education for the purposes of comfort, validation, and alleviating loneliness," Shoup explained to The US Sun. "We give access to platonic touch, but that doesn’t mean it’s mandated or expected. It’s just the access to it. "I have lots of clients who are working through various stages of grief or trauma and actually touching...
    A Pennsylvania pool shop owner was slapped with dozens of charges Tuesday after an investigation found that he had spent years scamming at least 26 customers out of thousands of dollars, the district attorney announced. Roger Kornfeind, of Bethlehem, faces 26 counts each of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, as well as 23 counts of home improvement fraud, Northampton County District Attorney Terence Houck said. Kornfeind — the owner of Hydro Dynamic Pools — has been defrauding customers at locations in Pen Argyl, Northampton County; Slatington, Lehigh County; and Oley, Berks County since July 2018, Houck said. After entering into an agreement for the purchase of a new pool and receiving at least $2,000 as a down payment, Kornfeind would allegedly fail to fully install the pool. In some cases, victims provided up to $41,000 and had “nothing to show for it except a hole in their yard” or some individually delivered parts, authorities said. Meanwhile, Kornfeind would insist to victims who requested a refund that a check was “on its way in the mail” without ever...
    Michigan Democrats were heavily criticized over the weekend for telling parents that they are not 'clients' of public schools and that public education teaches kids what society 'needs them to know.'   A Facebook post on Saturday shared by the state's Democrats on their official page blasted the idea that parents should be involved in what public school teach their children. The post was taken down on Monday morning following heavy disapproval. 'Not sure where this "parents-should-control-what-is-taught-in-schools-because-they-are-our-kids" is originating, but parents do have the option to send their kids to a hand-selected private school at their own expense if this is what they desire,' the post read.  'The purpose of public education in public schools is not to teach kids only what parents want them to be taught,' the Michigan Democratic Party’s post added. 'It is to teach them what society needs them to know. The client of the public school is not the parent, but the entire community, the public.' The Michigan Democratic Party later deleted the post on Martin Luther King Day and retracted its original statement. It is...
    When Cara Solomon, of Philadelphia, was moving into a new apartment 14 years ago, she knew one thing: She didn’t want to live like she’d been living. The move to a new two-bedroom, two-story apartment was her chance for change. “Maybe if I had an organizer,” she thought, “I could start out on the right foot and turn my home into some place I wanted to be, not just a place to sleep.” Solomon, a massage therapist who owns and operates a successful day spa, excels at creating an atmosphere of calm and serenity for her clients. But, the single entrepreneur said, “I had gotten so busy building my business that I never took the time to make my apartment my home.” So she called certified professional organizer Darla DeMorrow, owner of HeartWork Organizing. One of the biggest transformations happened in the closet, a crowded mess with heaps of clothes. DeMorrow dug in, asked a few questions and learned the problem was not simply an unwillingness to hang clothes up. “As is often the case, the issue was deeper and...
    Candis and Andy Meredith did their best to refute claims from the homeowners they worked with on their former Magnolia Network show, "Home Work," after criticism led to its cancellation as well as them and their children being the alleged target of online ridicule.  Last week, shortly after the show’s TV debut on the newly launched Magnolia Network from Chip and Joanna Gaines, three participants on the show came forward with allegations of a poor working experience with Candis and Andy and detailed the entire process. In separate, lengthy posts on Instagram, they shared their frustration, hardship and financial burdens with the public.  On Wednesday, the Merediths responded with a lengthy series of Instagram posts of their own in which they attempted to tell their side of the story and "adamantly deny" that they "scammed" anyone while simultaneously trying not to "take away" from their client’s feelings about working with them.  Among the eight posts on Instagram, which show photos and text message exchanges they had with the clients who are now complaining about their experience, were three videos in...
    WHILE many businesses floundered in lockdown, Sarah Butcher’s was buzzing - literally. The 30-year-old from Bournemouth is a self-proclaimed “kink educator” who helps thousands of people around the world live out their sexual fantasies. 4Sarah helps couples live out their sexual fantasiesCredit: Supplied 4Sarah's kinky workshop business was booming in lockdownCredit: Supplied Sarah, who posts under the domain @subinthecity, quit her job in marketing as demand grew for her kinky workshops in lockdown. One of Sarah’s most popular workshops is BDSM 101 - an introduction to kink - and her spanking class.  Up to 100 people a time will join these workshops online and up to 50 will participate in real life sessions.  Sarah - who got into BDSM (which stands for bondage, discipline, sadism, masochism) over 10 years ago - uses her own experiences in the kink world to educate her clients.  She tells The Sun: “When I first started exploring kink there wasn’t much out there. The internet was a dark and scary place. I made my own mistakes and learnt through trial and error.  “But I don’t...
    New York (CNN Business)Citigroup is ending its consumer banking operation in Mexico as part of a broader strategic shift under CEO Jane Fraser. The bank announced Tuesday that it's exiting the consumer, small business and middle market banking operations of it Mexican business, Citibanamex. Citi, which has operated in Mexico for over a century, said it would continue to have an institutional presence in the country, focused on its private banking clients. Since taking over as CEO in March last year, Fraser has sought to streamline the bank's operations and bolster investors' confidence after years of mismanagement and scandal. As part of the bank's broader "refresh," Fraser shed most of Citi's consumer banking operations in Asia to focus more on wealthy clients and the bank's credit card business. "The strategy refresh Citi has undertaken will result in a stronger, more focused bank," said Mark Mason, Citi's chief financial officer, in a statement. "We will execute a targeted consumer strategy, double down in wealth, and focus on our higher-returning institutional businesses where we have competitive advantages."
    House-flippers Andy and Candis Meredith have released a statement after their show Home Work was pulled by the Magnolia Network. The couple are facing allegations that they ripped off clients, let budgets spin out of control, performed poor work and ran an unsafe work environment. In their defense the duo wrote: 'Whatever was wanted from this campaign I believe has happened - so many believe that we are frauds, that we have hurt people intentionally, and that we are not who we say they are. That is simply not true.' Embattled: House-flippers Andy and Candis Meredith have released a statement after their show Home Work was pulled by the Magnolia Network The show bowed Wednesday along with the Magnolia Network - which is spearheaded by Chip and Joanna Gaines - but was scrapped two days later. One accuser called Teisha Hawley called their work the 'remodel from hell' and said that '2 years later talking about it makes me sick and brings tears to my eyes.' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Chip and Joanna Gaines take...
    Refusing to donate to corrupt American politicians would result in corrupt American politicians passing laws to retaliate against you. In Rolling Stone, Andy Kroll reports that the pledges the nation's top law firms took—you know, those promises to stop funding Republican lawmakers who allied themselves on Jan. 6 with a seditious attempt to topple government?—have by and large met the same fate as pledges from other powerful companies and interest groups. They didn't last a year, much less a single election cycle, and a host of big-name law offices have resumed political donations to those lawmakers and to the campaign committees funding them. That means the 147 Republicans who voted to challenge the election results have already raked in nearly $500,000 in Big Law donations from over two dozen firms, reports Kroll. It turns out that attempting to erase a United States presidential election based on flat-out hoaxes—hoaxes that have now landed several of the pro-Trump "lawyers" in ethical hot water after they presented fraudulent claims to courts—is not, in fact, enough to earn permanent condemnation from the alleged top legal firms in...
    THREE lash technicians are exposing the most annoying things that clients do on a daily basis, and it would seem the customer is not always right. Shelly Walia, Stacey Cooper and another lash tech have all dealt with annoying clients working in their industry. 4Stacey is telling it how it isCredit: TikTok 4Stacey feels she needs to educate clientsCredit: TikTok Shelly, who owns Iced Lashes in Ontario, Canada, took to her TikTok account to explain how annoying it is when clients ask for very voluminous lashes and then think they are too much when finished. Posting under the domain @icedlashes Shelly said: "When you finish a mega volume set, and the client says 'these are way too full for me'." Adding: "Ever have these clients? But you requested this babe." Shelly's post has been viewed over 45k times, and many TikTok users have been quick to comment with similar experiences. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED "Or when you do a mega and it's 'not full enough' like sis, you have no more lashes" commented...
    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced several local organizations Wednesday that are receiving grants for their work with the African community. A total of $70,000 is going to eight organizations in the form of African Community Grant Awards. Leonce Byimana of the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition said they had their $7,000 grant renewed. “This money comes at a good time, because during the pandemic, 60% of our clients lost their jobs,” Byimana said. He said the funds will go toward the organization’s career development services to help immigrants find jobs based on their previous experience and education. “We’re actually helping D.C. to fill out positions that were not filled out before because we have people with diverse educations, backgrounds, experiences and languages,” Byimana said. Joan Hodges-Wu, founder and executive director of AsylumWorks said they received $6,000 from Mayor Bowser’s African Community Grant Awards. “This grant will allow us to provide our holistic suite of services to help the clients that we work with get back on their feet and rebuild their lives,” Hodges-Wu said. She said the pandemic has...
    Georgia Southern University Georgia Southern University’s RiteCare Center for Communication Disorders has been named a recipient of the 2021 SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd Grant Program. The grant is awarded annually by the Parkinson Voice Project with the goal to make quality speech treatment accessible to people with Parkinson’s disease across the globe. With the grant, the center will receive free SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd training as well as teletherapy training for their speech-language pathologists and graduate students in Georgia Southern’s Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program. Additionally, the center will receive speech therapy supplies and funding for their LOUD Crowd groups. “The grant from the Parkinson’s Voice Project has been significant in improving the student clinicians’ knowledge of Parkinson’s disease,” stated Tory Candea, clinic coordinator for the RiteCare Center. “Further, the grant has allowed the RiteCare Center to become an invaluable resource for members of the community impacted by Parkinson’s disease.” The Parkinson Voice Project is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the world solely dedicated to helping...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Fed up with brazen property crimes, residents in San Francisco’s Marina District are taking matters into their own hands to protect themselves. “We don’t feel safe in our neighborhood,” said Beach Street resident Katie Lyons. “And we have an alarm, we have cameras on our property, but we want the extra security of having someone have eyes on our place.” READ MORE: UPDATE: Alameda Businesses Fight Back Against Serial ADA Lawsuit FilerShe said home and auto burglaries in her neighborhood have gotten so out of hand, she is now paying for security services from Patrol Special Officer Alan Byard. Several of her neighbors have also recently become clients. Byard said he makes several rounds in his vehicle from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. looking for anything out of place or suspicious. He charges a monthly $65 per residence. “It’s a nice area down here, people are afraid of what’s been going on,” said Byard. “They want a safe place to raise their kids. In the last year, I’ve had 10 of my clients...
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    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Veterinary clinics are struggling to keep up with appointments, which means pets are waiting weeks or even months to get checked out. In the hallway of Pet Central Animal Hospital in Minneapolis, you can see 5-year-old Nova wagging her tail and giving smiles. It’s hard to tell but the Black Mouth Cur mix is actually sick. Nova’s human, Emily Schmeling, said the pup has been having tummy issues for five days. While the pair was able to make an appointment at Pet Central, the road to getting there wasn’t easy. “We called three other vets and a lot of them disabled their online booking systems because they’re not taking new clients,” Schmeling said. “They were saying it was going to be mid-November before we can get her in, this was something where she had to go in this week.” Across the Twin Cities, other pet owners are in the same position. Overwhelmed vet clinics and demand for pet services come after pet adoptions skyrocketed. According to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, one in...
    A woman who exposed the dirty secrets of America's middle classes in a memoir based on her time working as a housekeeper will see them brought to light again in a new Netflix series inspired by her book.  Montana-based Stephanie Land, 43, wrote her memoirs Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will To Survive in 2019, which quickly became a best-seller and recounted her six years cleaning for the super rich in Camano Island, Washington State, where most of her clients never bothered to learn her name.  The book has now been turned into a Netflix series starring Margaret Qualley, with her real-life mother, Andie MacDowell, playing her on-screen mother.  Speaking to the Telegraph, Land, who is now a successful married mother-of-three, admitted she had to hire a maid on one occasion and found it so awkward, she couldn't 'bring [herself]' to do it again.  In spite of exchanging few words - sometimes none - with her clients, she amassed intimate knowledge about their lives - including a seemingly perfect couple who slept in separate bedrooms, where the husband...
    Business owners and residents of an Atlanta neighborhood say they are being terrorized by a "machete man" who wields weapons in public and is accused of squatting in a local house amid an eviction moratorium.  "I pass him. I immediately get alarmed," Kirkwood salon owner Kelsey Womack told Fox 5 Atlanta of the "machete man."  "[I] tried to warn all of the clients and the staff that there was someone out there that didn’t look sane with a weapon," Womack added of her first encounter with the man, whose name is Brandon Barkley.  HOME INTRUDER ATTACKED AND KILLED BY GEORGIA HOMEOWNER'S DOGS, INVESTIGATORS SAY Police were called repeatedly over the summer when he first moved in next to a candy shop and the salon. But his actions did not constitute breaking the law, the outlet reported.  "He was threatening to hurt my clients if they parked in front of my house, which he did not rightfully own," Womack said.  The "machete man" of Atlanta (Dana Fowle/FOX5 Atlanta) (Dana Fowle/FOX5 Atlanta) Barkley claims he owns the home he lives in,...
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    Whether you realize it or not: “You are interviewing everyday.” Jennifer Jones Bryant, executive founder of Reaching Within, An Empowerment Journey. (Courtesy Jennifer Jones Bryant) That’s not just some advice Jennifer Jones Bryant tells people who seek her help during job searches. The founder of her own career coaching business based in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, has lived it. While riding the subway one day, Bryant was chatting with someone on the train as she was heading to a job fair. By the time she got to her stop, the person she had been talking with revealed that they worked for the federal government — and offered Bryant a job on the spot. Now, she’s the executive founder of business Reaching From Within, an Empowerment Journey, and has worked with small business development centers during the COVID-19 pandemic to help people get back to work. As the nation celebrates the worker this Labor Day, many people are heading into a work force that’s very different from the one they left. To Bryant, that means it’s even more important to know how...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A Texas bill banning abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy went into effect Wednesday, Sept. 1, after the U.S. Supreme Court failed to act on a request to block it. The state now has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. READ MORE: Dallas Firefighters Keep Vigil Outside Hospital Where One Of Their Own Is In Critical Condition With COVID-19 “Our parking lot is empty today, in one of the busiest clinics in our company,” said Marva Sadler, senior director of clinical services at Whole Women’s Health of Fort Worth. “Of the few patients we have seen today, we cannot continue to see them because their ultrasounds made them ineligible for a procedure today.” Abortions in Texas are now banned after an ultrasound can detect what lawmakers defined as a fetal heartbeat, which typically happens around six weeks of pregnancy – before many women even know they’re expecting. Staff members at Whole Women’s Health had to tell several women today their only option now is to travel outside Texas for an abortion....
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