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  • Trump’s presence felt at U.S. Women’s Open 0 CommentsPosted by Ed Price on July 15, 2017 under Soccer

    BEDMINSTER, New Jersey, July 15 (Reuters) – With U.S. President Donald Trump settled in at his Trump National Golf Club for the U.S. Women’s Open, security became a major issue at the third women’s major of the year on Saturday.

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  • O.J. Simpson’s friend reveals he wants to play golf, spend time with family if paroled 0 CommentsPosted by Mick Elliott on June 21, 2017 under Soccer

    Disgraced football star O.J. Simpson is said to have some very simple plans if he ends up getting released from prison.

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  • Golf WAGs: Paulina Gretzky, Erica Stoll among wives and girlfriends of 2017 Players Championship 0 CommentsPosted by Tim Graham on May 12, 2017 under MMA

    As golfers enter their second day at the 2017 Players Championship, significant others new and old will be cheering on their men along the green.

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  • Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell sell Pacific Palisades house 0 CommentsPosted by Bryan Tucker on February 14, 2017 under NBA


    Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell sell Pacific Palisades house

    Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell sold their longtime home in Pacific Palisades for $6.9 million after listing it last year at $7.25 million. Hawn, who returns to the silver screen for the first time in 15 years with Amy Schumer in the comedy “Snatched,” and Russell, who co-stars in the spring action-thriller “The Fate of the Furious,” purchased the property in 2004 for a bit less than $4.12 million.

    The East Coast-style residence sits behind a high hedge on nearly half an acre in the forbiddingly expensive Riviera neighborhood. There are five bedrooms and five bathrooms in just under 6,400 square feet. A roomy living room with a bank of bookshelves and a checkerboard-patterned kitchen and breakfast room open through French doors to a lush and private backyard with tree-shaded terraces, a swimming pool, and a separate meditation pavilion.

    Take a look at the home in the slideshow below:

    Listing details show that there are two guest bedrooms on the upper level, one lined with floor-to-ceiling mirrors and outfitted as a gym/Pilates studio, and two more guest bedrooms on the main floor, plus a private master suite replete with a fireplace, his-and-her closets, and a chandelier-lit bathroom with a garden tub, a steam shower, and a dry sauna.

    It would appear the long-paired but unmarried couple plan to move just a couple of blocks away to a slightly more-than-half-acre, bluff-top, custom-built, elevator- equipped residence they purchased in early 2011 for $5.7 million.

    The long-paired but unmarried couple, who previously owned the house across the street before they sold it in 2004 for $12 million to Adam Sandler, additionally own: a 5,700-plus-square-foot home in a gated golf enclave in Palm Desert, CA, that they acquired in 2003 for $3.615 million, a multi-residence ranch property just outside of Snowmass, Colo., a vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley north of Santa Barbara, and a 3,500-ish-square-foot penthouse in a Midtown Manhattan high-rise they’ve owned since 1997 when they bought it for $3.85 million.

    listing photos: Coldwell Banker

    Launch Gallery: Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn Sell Pacific Palisades House

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  • Rumors of Obama home purchase in Rancho Mirage persist 0 CommentsPosted by Adam Gretz on November 27, 2016 under Golf


    Rumors of Obama home purchase in Rancho Mirage persist

    Buckle your real estate safety belts, because with President Barak Obama’s eight-year residency in the White House about to come to an end, conjecture and rumor about where he and the First Lady will settle permanently have once again kicked in to high gear. Earlier this year it was widely reported the Obamas plan to set up temporary house in a rented a nine-bedroom mansion in the affluent, embassy-filled Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C. while their youngest daughter finishes high school. But where will they go from there?

    They continue to own a large house in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago and his presidential library will be built there but few seem to think they have any desire to return to on a full-time basis. Over the summer of 2015 there was a wee bit of wholly unsubstantiated chatter they might like to move to New York City and there were also scads of unconfirmed reports before that they might be the ultimate beneficiary of an ocean front home in Hawaii that was purchased for $8.7 million via a corporate concern controlled by financier Marty Nesbitt, a frequent golf buddy of the outgoing president. For the record, Mister Nesbitt confirmed his purchase but said that he “did not have any partners or co-investors” and the White House denied any connection between the president and the property, which was featured in the 1980s television series “Magnum P.I.”

    Over the summer of 2014, after they spent a long weekend there, rumors began to circulate and then went hog wild the First Couple was on the hunt for a getaway in the affluent and golf-centric California desert community of Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs. Unsubstantiated rumors have persisted since and today comes word courtesy of unidentified “sources” in the New York Post that their long speculated about potential desert home purchase is now “a done deal.” It should be noted not a single detail of the home they allegedly bought was provided and Coachella Valley real estate agents and community leaders contacted by the local paper, The Desert Sun, expressed skepticism about the veracity of the latest post-presidential desert home purchase rumors.

    PHOTOS: Obama at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California

    The Post went on to report that the Obamas are “also said to have bought a holiday getaway” in his native state of Hawaii — again with no specifics about the home — and that “Folks in the know believe” the soon to be former first couple will engage the expensive decorating and design services of Michael S. Smith to overhaul both homes. There doesn’t seem to be anything in the way of actual evidence of a property purchase yet but if the Obamas were to buy a house in Rancho Mirage and/or Hawaii and/or anywhere else it wouldn’t be such a stretch they’d hire Mister Smith to do them up. Not only did the celebrated decorator, known for his approachably luxurious style, spruce up the Oval Office for the president, he and his longtime domestic partner, James Costos, the Obama-appointed ambassador to Spain and Andorra, are personal friends of the Obamas and own a huge home in the guard-gated Thunderbird Heights enclave in Rancho Mirage where both the President and the First Lady have visited on several occasions.

    Rancho Mirage may or may not be the future permanent home or wintertime getaway of Barak and Michelle Obama but either way the hot as Hades desert community is certainly no stranger to presidential power or former White House residents. Sunnylands, a 200-acre estate custom-built by media tycoon and diplomat Walter Annenberg and often referred to as the Camp David of the West, has over the years hosted a veritable army world leaders — Obama has several times met with international power brokers there — and former president Gerald Ford retired to a 6,300-square-foot custom-built home inside the guarded gates of the Thunderbird Country Club.

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  • Trump spends Thanksgiving ‘working hard’ on Carrier plant 0 CommentsPosted by Adam Gretz on November 24, 2016 under Soccer


    Trump spends Thanksgiving 'working hard' on Carrier plant

    WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Thursday he was spending part of his Thanksgiving holiday trying to persuade an Indiana air conditioner maker to keep production in the United States – reflecting his campaign pledge to stop the flow of jobs abroad.

    Trump, who is also weighing decisions on his Cabinet during a family retreat at his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida, said on Twitter he was “working hard, even on Thanksgiving, trying to get Carrier A.C. Company to stay in the United States.

    Carrier Corp, a division of United Technologies Corp, responded on Twitter that the company has had “discussions with the incoming administration” but had “nothing to announce at this time.” A representative for the company had no additional comment.

    Earlier this year, the company said it would move 1,400 jobs to Mexico from Indiana, giving a three-year timetable for the shift.

    The state’s Republican governor, Mike Pence – later picked by Trump as his vice-presidential running mate – decried the decision, and spoke out against it often on the campaign trail.

    Trump made Carrier’s decision part of his rallying cry against trade deals that he said were unfavorable to American workers. He said he would slap taxes on the company’s air conditioners shipped back to the United States.

    Asked by Reuters last week whether the company was reconsidering its decision given Trump’s victory in the Nov. 8 election over Democrat Hillary Clinton, the company said in a statement it was “making every effort” to help its Indiana employees during the shift.

    Carrier also cited an agreement it had reached with the United Steelworkers union about compensation for affected workers.

    Trump also railed against Ford Motor Co. during the campaign, and took a victory lap on Twitter last week after the company informed him it would not shift production of a Lincoln sport utility vehicle to Mexico from Kentucky.

    “I worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in Kentucky,” Trump tweeted, referring to Ford’s executive chairman.

    Ford had never considered moving the whole factory south of the border, but said it was encouraged by Trump’s business policies.

    CABINET DELIBERATIONS

    Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, has been interviewing candidates for his Cabinet and other top White House positions. He and Pence have held more than 60 such meetings since the election.

    Trump announced two picks on Wednesday for his Cabinet – South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and wealthy Republican donor and school choice advocate Betsy DeVos to lead the Education Department. Both are subject to Senate confirmation.

    Major choices for the Pentagon, State Department and Treasury are still to come. A spokesman said no announcements were expected on Thursday.

    Trump’s State Department deliberations have spurred debate within his inner circle – particularly his consideration of Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and businessman who ran against Democratic President Barack Obama in the 2012 election.

    Romney would be a comforting pick for establishment Republicans. But hardline Trump backers believe he should be disqualified because he called Trump a “fraud” during the Republican nominating race and urged Republicans to stop him from becoming their candidate for the 2016 election.

    Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s senior adviser, said on Thursday she was on the receiving end of a “deluge of social media & private comms” about the Romney option, noting being “loyal” was a positive attribute for the job.

    Trump and Pence were “spending significant time” on the secretary of state pick, spokesman Jason Miller told reporters on Wednesday.

    “They’ll be looking for things like chemistry, experience, a similar vision into what the president-elect and vice president elect are trying to do with this administration,” Miller said.

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  • Three Trump children seen managing president-elect’s company 0 CommentsPosted by Chris Tomasson on November 12, 2016 under Tennis


    Three Trump children seen managing president-elect's company

    Nov 11 (Reuters) – The Trump Organization said on Friday it was vetting new business structures aimed at transferring management control to three of President-elect Donald Trump‘s children and a team of executives.

    The Trump Organization said in a statement it was planning to transfer control of the portfolio of businesses to Donald Trump Jr, Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and other executives.

    Earlier on Friday, the three Trump children – the oldest of Trump’s five children – were also named as members of Trump’s Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee.

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    “This is a top priority at the organization and the structure that is ultimately selected will comply with all applicable rules and regulations,” a spokesperson for the Trump Organization said in a statement.

    Federal conflict-of-interest law does not apply to the president, but most White House occupants in the last few decades have voluntarily placed their assets in a blind trust to avoid any suggestion of impropriety.

    Experts in government ethics said that giving over control to Trump’s children would do virtually nothing to prevent potential conflicts of interest, since there’s usually no daylight between one’s personal interest and the interest of one’s immediate family members.

    “It doesn’t meet any of the standards of a blind trust if the kids are running the company,” said Kenneth Gross, a Washington lawyer who specializes in advising political clients on compliance and ethics.

    Gross noted that the official transition team roles that Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump now have would appear to complicate matters further.

    “If they’re going to be involved in government functions – and they’re starting down that road – and running the business, that’s going to make it very difficult to separate the government and business functions and deal with the conflicts of interest,” Gross said.

    All three children already have roles in the Trump Organization, according to the company’s website. Ivanka Trump is executive vice president of development and acquisitions, charged with domestic and global expansion of the company’s real estate interests.

    Donald Trump Jr is an executive vice president, and works to expand the company’s real estate, retail, commercial, hotel and golf interests nationally and internationally. Eric Trump is executive vice president of development and acquisitions, responsible for new project acquisition, development and construction globally.

    Typically, a blind trust involves turning over assets to an independent financial manager with no prior relationship to the owner. In addition, a blind trust derives its name from the idea that the owner would no longer know what assets are sold or bought. For instance, someone with extensive stock holdings would have no way of knowing which companies’ shares he or she still owned in a blind trust.

    Trump’s portfolio includes interests in hundreds of limited liability companies, many overseas, as well as numerous real estate properties both domestic and foreign.

    Short of selling the entire Trump empire, experts said, he will find it difficult to create a trust sufficiently “blind” to avoid the possibility of any conflicts. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson, David Lawder and Joseph Ax; Editing by Eric Beech and Leslie Adler)

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  • Romney reflects on 2016: Why didn’t I run — ‘I ask myself that a lot’ 0 CommentsPosted by Pedro Gomez on October 27, 2016 under MMA


    Romney reflects on 2016: Why didn't I run — 'I ask myself that a lot'

    Mitt Romney says he often wonders why he’s not running in the 2016 election.

    “I get asked on a regular basis, ‘Boy, why aren’t you running this year?’ I ask myself that a lot too,” Romney said Wednesday at a summit hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce, ABC News reported.

    The 2012 Republican nominee was welcomed by a zealous audience who greeted him with a standing ovation, according to Politico. He joked about his loss to President Barack Obama four years ago and encouraged the audience to run for president if they have the chance.

    Romney expressed disappointment that debates in this election cycle haven’t address key issues and rebuked both presidential candidates — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — without naming them, for not discussing some real challenges facing the country such as national debt and poverty.

    “I’ve watched the presidential debates, I’ve looked at the give-and-take, there’s been almost no discussion of those things I’ve described,” Romney said. “I don’t think either candidate for president has said they’re going to reform entitlements one way or another.”

    Romney declined to comment on the state of the presidential race in Utah, where he got a landslide victory in 2012 and now independent candidate Evan McMullin is leading, and declined to say which candidate he is going to vote for — he said earlier this year that he refused to vote for either Clinton or Trump and may vote for a third party candidate.

    Romney announced in early 2015 that he will stay out of the 2016 presidential race, saying in a statement that he didn’t want to “make it more difficult for someone else to emerge who may have a better chance of becoming that president”. Early this year, his son was still urging him to run for president.

    Speculations about a possible 2016 Romney White House bid had been going on for a while. The former Massachusetts governor made it abundantly clear on the “Today” show in November last year: “I’ve said it. I’ll say it again today, which is: I’m not running. I’m not planning on running.”

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  • Here are the 9 best internships at Wall Street banks 0 CommentsPosted by Yahoo! Sports - NFL News on October 16, 2016 under MMA


    Here are the 9 best internships at Wall Street banks

    Internships are key to shaping your career path. They allow you to gain real world experience, and most importantly, let you test drive a company.

    Good internships, however, are tough to get. It’s especially intense on Wall Street, where thousands of applicants with stellar grades pour in each summer.

    To make your life easier, Vault.com has surveyed more than 11,000 current and former interns to compile a list of best internships for 2017.

    The respondents were asked to rate and review their own internship experiences based on various factors, such as compensation and meaningfulness of assignments. On a scale of 1 to 10, respondents rated their internship experiences in five main areas: interview process, quality of life, career development, compensation and benefits, and full-time employment prospects.

    Vault then averaged the rating for each company and ranked them in order. Take a look at the 10 highest rated internships among investment banks:

    9. Lazard Summer Analyst Internship Program

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    Score: 8.474

    Pros: “The people – everyone is willing to train and help you become great. We also had great exposure to the full teams, and the senior people.”

    Cons: “The internship was great, although the hours took some getting used to. That being said, I wouldn’t have changed the experience.”

    Advice to potential interns: “I do think it comes down to not just culture or strength of the employer, but the combination of the two. You can end up with a great name, but not a great experience. Talk to as many people as you can, both employees and former interns/Analysts so you can get a true perspective on the experience you will have. You will learn more if you like the people you are with, but if you can like the people with whom you are staffed and you’re doing meaningful work, it will be that much more rewarding.”

    Source: Vault

    8. Barclays Investment Bank (Americas) Front Office Summer Analyst and Associate Programs

    Reuters

    Score: 8.596

    Pros: “The culture of the firm was top-notch. The HR department does a great job organizing events that help network interns with both senior and junior bankers across the firm.”

    Cons: “The work flow was very unpredictable. Sometimes I was incredibly busy; sometimes I was twiddling my thumbs.”

    Advice to potential interns: “In general, Barclays takes care of its interns. The summer experience can vary widely based on your group placement. Some groups have a fantastic culture; others are much more demanding. When thinking about group placement, find people in the bank you can trust to give you candid advice on which groups to preference and which groups to avoid.”

    Source: Vault

    7. Goldman Sachs Global Summer Internship

    Reuters

    Score: 8.68

    Pros: “Exposure to different roles within the division, culture of the workplace, access to senior level people, enjoyed getting to meet/spending time with everyone, very determined to find you a role within the firm. It was incredible that every intern was hired at the end of the summer, two of which in roles that they did not anticipate hiring for.”

    Cons: “Very little…only problem was that as an intern, you can do limited “real analyst work” in Sales & Trading since it requires certain licenses. This was not a surprise though.”

    Advice to Potential Interns: “Get to know everyone you can in the office, and attempt to create strong relationships with a few people. Once you do this, people will be willing to go out of their way to help create a position.”

    Source: Vault

    6. UBS Summer Internship Program

    Reuters

    Score: 8.71

    Pros: “High level of MD attention, instant responsibility, deal flow.”

    Cons: “The hours were very long – due to deal flow.”

    Advice to potential interns: “UBS has placed itself in the perfect position to grow and benefit from market fundamentals. It is once of the few firms that understands how to manage its own balance sheet.”

    Source:Vault

    5. Bank of America Internship

    AP

    Score: 8.769

    Pros: “Networking events, co-workers, developing new skills, high pay, lots of learning and work.”

    Downers: “Final presentation.”

    Advice to potential interns: “There is a lot of technology within banks, and they shouldn’t be discounted because they aren’t strictly technical companies.”

    Source: Vault

    4. Robert W. Baird Internship Program

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    Score: 8.913

    Pros: “Flex scheduling, work environment, tasks trusted with networking opportunities”

    Cons: “Lack of information given prior to start date.”

    Advice to potential interns: “Always talk to other associates and focus on doing the best no matter what the task is or how easy it may be.”

    Source: Vault

    3. William Blair Investment Banking Program

    Google Earth

    Score: 9.218

    Pros: “Work was very interesting and had impact on real M&A deals, people are patient, hardworking, and extremely smart.”

    Cons: “Work load was extremely volatile, was very unsure of how I was performing.”

    Advice to potential interns: “Take it if you can get it.”

    Source:Vault

    2. Perella Weinberg Partners Advisory Summer Internship Program

    Reuters

    Score: 9.412

    Pros: “Learning the technical skills involved in investment banking, learning about various industries, seeing how management teams actually view certain industries and opportunities.”

    Cons: “The hours take time to get adjusted to. Once that adjustment is made it doesn’t seem bad because the people at the firm are very smart and fun to work with and the content of the work takes the mind off of time.”

    Advice to potential interns: “Be thoughtful in what industry / what firm you want to work in. It’s okay that you may not have worked in a certain industry before, but you need to speak with as many people as possible so you can get an idea of what your experience may be like. At the end of the day, it’s just an internship, so don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and try new things.”

    Source:Vault

    1. Evercore Advisory Summer Analyst and Summer Associate Program

    Score: 9.809

    Pros: “Significant roles on deal teams, opportunity to try multiple industries, summer associates seated together, outings to play golf and other outdoor activities, lunch and learns with senior leadership, mentorship programs.”

    Cons: “Generalist experience can vary.”

    Advice to potential interns: “Having talked to peers at other banks about their summer experiences, Evercore is by far the best internship on the Street.”

    Source: Vault

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  • The craziest fans at the Ryder Cup 0 CommentsPosted by Jeff Dickerson on October 3, 2016 under MMA


    The craziest fans at the Ryder Cup

    When it comes to sports passion, nothing brings out the crazy in golf fans more than the Ryder Cup.

    Golf’s premier international competition kicked off on Friday at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota. With Team USA looking to win the cup for the first time since 2008, the fans have come out in droves and many of them are wearing their national pride on their sleeve … and their hats, and pants, and even socks.

    Below is a look at some of the fans with the craziest costumes and attire from the opening day of the Ryder Cup.

    Read more: A Ryder Cup fan who heckled Rory McIlroy for missing a putt came out and hit the same shot to win $100

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