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Vermont man arrested and charged with assaulting police officers on Jan. 6 in attack that left one officer "screaming in pain"

Prosecutors say William Arthur Nichols Jr. wielded a shield on Jan. 6 which he used to push police officers who were attempting to defend the Capitol. Prosecutors say William Nichols Jr. attacked police officers with a large circular shield on January 6, 2021.The Department of Justice A Vermont man was arrested on several Jan. 6 charges this week. Prosecutors say William Arthur Nichols Jr. hit police officers with a shield during the attack. Nichols' scuttle with one officer left them "screaming in pain," according to court documents. A Vermont man was arrested on a slew of Jan. 6 charges this week after prosecutors said he wielded a shield against a line of police officers defending the US Capitol in an attack that left at least one officer "screaming in pain."William Arthur Nichols Jr., 41, is charged with seven counts stemming from his role in the Capitol riot, including assaulting officers with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct, and engaging in physical violence with a dangerous weapon. He was arrested in Vermont on Wednesday, according to a Justice Department press release. Prosecutors said Nichols identified himself by his full name in an open source video "interview" from the scene of the insurrection in which he claimed to be from "the socialist paradise of Vermont."Donning a camouflage jacket and tan combat vest, Nichols was spotted in several instances of open source footage and body-worn camera video engaging in violent interactions with police officers on Jan. 6, 2021, according to court records reviewed by Insider.Prosecutors said Nichols wielded a large circular shield as he worked his way to the front of the crowd where a line of officers was defending the building. Nichols then joined other rioters as they initiated contact with the police, using his shield to hit an officer and causing him to lose his balance, according to court records.Footage shows several officers attempting to fend off Nichols by pushing back against his shield, prosecutors said. In one video clip, Nichols grabbed an officer's helmet from behind and pulled him backward, causing him to stumble, according to investigators.The officer and Nichols then wrestled over the shield and Nichols forcefully pushed the officer and tried to hold on to the shield. Body-worn footage shows other officers attempting to subdue Nichols and going to rescue the officer involved in the scuttle who was left "screaming in pain" from an injury sustained in the attack, according to court documents. Nichols did not immediately respond to attempts to reach him for comment.At least 978 people have been charged in connection with the attack thus far, and more than 470 people have pleaded guilty. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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The green comet and Mars will appear side-by-side next weekend. Spot them together in the sky.

A green comet and the red planet will debut in a colorful showdown next weekend. You can easily find them in the sky, or watch online. Comet ZTF, as photographed on January 18, 2023.Dan Bartlett A green comet and Mars will appear side-by-side in the night sky on February 10 and 11. It's a good opportunity to spot the comet in the early evening, maybe with just binoculars. Here's what you need to know to see the colorful cosmic couple. A green comet shooting past Earth for the first time since the Ice Age is about to skim right past Mars in the night sky.The green comet and the red planet will be visible side-by-side across the Northern Hemisphere on the nights of February 10 and 11. The moon will stay below the horizon for the early evening hours, making ideal dark skies.All that could make it much easier to spot the cosmic visitor, a ball of frozen gas and dust called Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), or Comet ZTF for short. Mars stands out among the stars because it glows bright and orange — easily visible to the naked eye. Once you spot Mars, finding the green cosmic snowball should be a breeze if it's bright enough.Here's what you need to know to treat yourself to a rare, colorful cosmic sight next weekend.How to see Mars and Comet ZTFThe Hubble Space Telescope took this snapshot of Mars in the 1990s.Steve Lee University of Colorado, Jim Bell Cornell University, Mike Wolff Space Science Institute, and NASAMars rises high in the evening sky next weekend, and it should be easy to see it beside the comet well before bedtime.In the first few hours after nightfall, get as far from city lights as you can (safely and comfortably). Bring binoculars at a minimum — the comet may not be visible to the unaided eye.Comet brightness is difficult to predict. Although it's been clear enough for binoculars so far, it's possible that a telescope will be necessary to see Comet ZTF by the time it lines up with Mars.To locate the cosmic couple, face west just after sunset and look for an orange-red point of light just to the right of the Orion constellation. That's Mars, according to EarthSky.com. Then point your binoculars at it and look for the comet. It should be just above Mars."Don't look for a speck," Dan Bartlett, a night-sky photographer and comet enthusiast, told Insider in an email. "Look for a fuzzy, smudge, irregularly fan-shaped."Don't wait until the late evening, when the moon rises and lightens the sky. Check TimeandDate.com to see when the moon will rise in your area.The comet is fading from view, after it passed its closest point to Earth on February 2. But there's still time to see it.If you want to see the Mars-comet pairing from the comfort of your home, The Virtual Telescope Project plans to broadcast telescope observations of the event online.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Brazil"s Jair Bolsonaro addressed right-wing activists at Trump resort in Miami amid calls for him to be ejected from the country

The former Brazilian president spoke at a Turning Points USA event as he faces possible legal action in his home country over last month's insurrection. Far-right former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speaks during the Turning Point USA event at the Trump National Doral Miami resort on February 03, 2023 in Doral, Florida.Joe Raedle/Getty Images Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro addressed right-wing activists at a Trump resort on Friday. Bolsonaro did not address how long he plans to extend his stay in Florida. Back in Brazil, authorities are investigating Bolsonaro's role in last month's violent insurrection. It's been nearly a month since former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro promised to go home, where he faces a criminal investigation over his role in stoking an insurrection that saw supporters trash Brazil's capital over debunked claims of voter fraud.Instead of going back, however, the right-wing politician has sought to extend his stay in the United States, to the chagrin of Democrats and others who want him ejected. In Florida, where he came just before the inauguration of his left-wing successor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — and days before the riot in Brasilia — the right-wing politician has enjoyed American fast food and the support of conservative Brazilian expats.On Friday, Bolsonaro beamed as supporters cheered him at a campaign-style event organized by Turning Point USA, a youth-oriented conservative activist group, and hosted by the Trump National Doral golf resort in Miami. There he boasted of Brazil's economic performance during his time in office and took part in a friendly question-and-answer session led by TPUSA's Charlie Kirk."Liberty is like a great love, we must care for it every day," Bolsonaro said, addressing the crowd through a translator.He was not asked if he will go back to Brazil, where he faces increasing legal jeopardy.In January, just after a mob of supporters smashed windows at government buildings, in scenes reminiscent of the January 6 insurrection in Washington, Bolsonaro told CNN Brasil that he had originally intended to stay "until the end of the month [January], but I intend to bring forward my return."He has since applied for a six-month visa.Have a news tip? Email this reporter: cdavis@insider.comRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Memphis Police Department fires 6th officer involved in Tyre Nichols beating death

Five Memphis officers have already been fired and charged with second-degree murder in Nichols' death. People protest in Memphis following the release of video showing the deadly encounter between police and Tyre NicholsShameka Wilson for Insider The Memphis Police Department fired a sixth officer involved in Tyre Nichols' death. Preston Hemphill, who had previously been suspended, was fired on Friday, according to officials. Hemphill can be heard on video of the traffic stop saying he hoped his fellow officers "stomp his ass." A sixth Memphis officer was fired Friday after an internal police investigation showed he violated multiple department policies in the violent arrest of Tyre Nichols, including rules surrounding the deployment of a stun gun, officials said.Preston Hemphill had previously been suspended as he was investigated for his role in the Jan. 7 arrest of Nichols, who died three days later. Five Memphis officers have already been fired and charged with second-degree murder in Nichols' death.Hemphill was the third officer at a traffic stop that preceded the violent arrest but was not where Nichols was beaten.—Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) February 3, 2023 On body camera footage from the initial stop, Hemphill is heard saying that he stunned Nichols and declaring, "I hope they stomp his ass."Also Friday, a Tennessee board suspended the emergency medical technician licenses of two former Memphis Fire Department employees for failing to render critical care.The suspensions of EMT Robert Long and advanced EMT JaMichael Sandridge build on efforts by authorities to hold officers and other first responders accountable for the violence against Nichols, who was Black. Six Black officers have been fired and charged with second-degree murder and other charges. One other officer has been suspended. The Justice Department has opened a civil rights probe into the attack that was captured on video.Three fire department employees were fired after Nichols died. Former fire department Lt. Michelle Whitaker was the third employee let go, but her license was not considered for suspension Friday. The department has said she remained in the engine with the driver during the response to Nichols' beating Jan. 7. He died Jan. 10.Emergency Medical Services Board member Jeff Beaman said during Friday's emergency meeting that there may have been other licensed personnel on scene — including a supervisor — who could have prevented the situation that led to the death of Nichols. Beaman said he hopes the board addresses those in the future.Matt Gibbs, an attorney for the state Department of Health, said the two suspensions were "not final disposition of this entire matter."Board members watched 19 minutes of surveillance video that showed Long and Sandridge as they failed to care for Nichols, who couldn't stay seated upright against the side of the vehicle, laying prone on the ground multiple times. They also considered an affidavit by the Memphis Fire Department's EMS deputy chief."The (state) Department (of Health) alleges that neither Mr. Sandridge nor Mr. Long engaged in emergency care and treatment to patient T.N., who was clearly in distress during the 19 minute period," Gibbs said.Board member Sullivan Smith said it was "obvious to even a lay person" that Nichols "was in terrible distress and needed help.""And they failed to provide that help," Smith said. "They were his best shot, and they failed to help."Fire Chief Gina Sweat has said the department received a call from police after someone was pepper-sprayed. When the workers arrived at 8:41 p.m., Nichols was handcuffed on the ground and slumped against a squad car, the statement said.Long and Sandridge, based on the nature of the call and information they were told by police, "failed to conduct an adequate patient assessment of Mr. Nichols," the statement said.There was no immediate response to a voicemail seeking comment left at a number listed for Long. A person who answered a phone call to a number listed for Sandridge declined to comment on the board's decision.An ambulance was called, and it arrived at 8:55 p.m., the statement said. An emergency unit cared for Nichols and left for a hospital with him at 9:08 p.m., which was 27 minutes after Long, Sandridge and Whitaker arrived, officials said.An investigation determined that all three violated multiple policies and protocols, the statement said, adding that "their actions or inactions on the scene that night do not meet the expectations of the Memphis Fire Department."Nichols was beaten after police stopped him for what they said was a traffic violation. Video released after pressure from Nichols' family shows officers holding him down and repeatedly punching, kicking and striking him with a baton as he screamed for his mother.Six of the officers involved were part of the so-called Scorpion unit, which targeted violent criminals in high-crime areas. Police Chief Cerelyn "CJ" Davis said after the video's release that the unit has been disbanded.The killing led to renewed public discussion of how police forces can treat Black citizens with excessive violence, regardless of the race of both the police officers and those being policed.At Nichols' funeral on Wednesday, calls for reform and justice were interwoven with grief over the loss of a man remembered as a son, a sibling, a father and a passionate photographer and skateboarder.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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The Manhattan DA was skeptical about using Michael Cohen to testify against Trump. He"s now helping the office investigate the ex-president"s hush-money scandal.

A grand jury is now reportedly weighing charges against Donald Trump for the 2016 hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels. Michael Cohen and Donald Trump.Spencer Platt/Getty Images; Mario Tama/Getty Images Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg was reportedly skeptical about using Michael Cohen in a criminal case against Trump. A grand jury is now reportedly weighing charges against Trump for the 2016 hush-money scandal. Michael Cohen would likely be a cooperating witness in a criminal case. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg was torn about using Michael Cohen to testify against Donald Trump, according to a book obtained by the New York Times written by a former prosecutor who led the investigation into the Trump Organization.Cohen — a former vice president of the Trump Organization and personal lawyer for the ex-president — has his own criminal history.In addition to pleading guilty to a 2016 hush-money scheme for women who said they had affairs with Trump, he evaded taxes on property sales and lied to banks to perpetuate a New York taxi medallion scheme.Cohen also has a penchant for talking to members of the media, which may risk the secrecy of an ambitious criminal case against a billionaire former president.Bragg said he "could not see a world" in which the district attorney's office would bring Cohen as a witness in a criminal case against Trump, according to a forthcoming book by Mark Pomerantz, a former top attorney leading the office's investigation into the Trump Organization investigation; the New York Times reported on the book's contents.The disclosure about Cohen could complicate another case under consideration by the office, over whether Trump broke the law for hush-money payments ahead of the 2016 presidential election.On Monday, a grand jury in Manhattan reportedly began hearing evidence over whether Trump committed a crime in the Stormy Daniels hush-money scheme.Cohen facilitated payments to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford and who says she had an affair with Trump, to maintain her silence ahead of the 2016 election. Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance charges in 2018, but federal prosecutors who brought the case didn't indict Trump. Cohen said he made the payments at the direction of the then-president, who was referred to as "Individual-1" in court documents.If the Manhattan district attorney's office indicts Trump on state-level charges for the scheme, Cohen's testimony would almost certainly be used in the case. Cohen has also expressed publicly that he'd testify in a case against Trump.Cohen didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.At the time Bragg expressed his skepticism about Cohen, the office was weighing whether to bring racketeering charges against Trump, according to Pomerantz's book.The long-running investigation into the Trump Organization, which remains ongoing, has evaluated whether Trump broke tax, bank, and insurance laws by misrepresenting the values of its properties. The New York attorney general's office last year filed a civil lawsuit against Trump and his family members over misrepresenting property values.In a statement provided to Insider, Bragg said the investigation was ongoing and blasted Pomerantz for deciding "to quit a year ago and sign a book deal.""After closely reviewing all the evidence from Mr. Pomerantz's investigation, I came to the same conclusion as several senior prosecutors involved in the case, and also those I brought on: more work was needed," Bragg wrote. "Put another way, Mr. Pomerantz's plane wasn't ready for takeoff."Pomerantz was hired by Bragg's predecessor Cyrus Vance Jr. A legendary defense attorney and former prosecutor, he returned to law enforcement solely for the Trump investigation.Along with fellow top prosecutor Carey Dunne, Pomerantz quit the district attorney's office in early 2022 after Bragg declined to charge Trump, he wrote in a resignation letter.The prosecutors still haven't brought charges against Trump, but they moved forward with criminal cases against the Trump Organization and its then-CFO Allen Weisselberg over tax fraud.Weisselberg pleaded guilty to the fraud charges, and the Trump Organization was convicted at trial late last year. Weisselberg is under pressure to cooperate in the DA's Trump investigation or he could face more charges, the Times reported this week.Trump has long denied wrongdoing and has cast law enforcement officers investigating him as politically motivated. A representative didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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George Santos once lied that he was a producer on "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," one of the biggest Broadway debacles of all time

Michael Cohl, who produced the play, told Bloomberg that George Santos was not a producer and that his name was nowhere on the playbill. New York Congressman-Elect George Santos speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) annual leadership meeting.David Becker for the Washington Post/via Getty Images Rep. George Santos told campaign donors he produced the most expensive Broadway play of all time. But it turns out Santos was never a producer for "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," per Bloomberg. The play cost $75 million to produce and at the time, Santos was a customer service rep in Queens. Rep. George Santos' web of lies has expanded after a new report emerged the New York politician told campaign donors that he was a producer of a chaotic Broadway adaptation of Spider-Man.Within Santos' first weeks in office, the New York congressman has been caught in a seemingly unending list of lies, including that his grandparents survived the holocaust and that his mother died as a result of 9/11. On Friday, Bloomberg reported that Santos told donors on the campaign trail that he was a producer on "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," a Broadway adaptation of the superhero saga.Michael Cohl, who produced the play, told Bloomberg that Santos was not a producer and that his name was nowhere on the playbill. The play, which ran between 2011 and 2013, was the most expensive production of all time.It cost $75 million to put together and featured performances by the likes of Bono, but the play flopped and recorded a financial loss. Actors were gravely injured during stunts and there were a series of production delays during opening night, according to USA Today.At the time, Santos was working as a customer representative for Dish Network in Queens, according to the report. Santos is under investigation by US federal authorities, as well as Brazilian police.Santos' attorney did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.A pattern of deceitSantos' Broadway fib is one of many he told voters and prospective donors while on the campaign trail.Just before entering Congress a series of publications revealed that Santos lied about his religion, education, work history, and even a nonexistent collegiate sports career.Santos has since apologized for his past lies, which continue to pile up by the day."If I disappointed anyone by my résumé embellishment, I'm sorry," Santos said on WABC radio.The embattled congressman has repeatedly stated he won't step down from his new seat in Congress, even though the leaders of New York's Republican Party have each called for him to.House Republican leadership initially sat Santos on two committees: the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the Committee on Small Business.In a surprise move, however, Santos announced on January 31 that he'd be temporarily recusing himself from the committees amid the plethora of investigations surrounding his past."With the ongoing attention surrounding both my personal and campaign financial investigations, I have submitted a request to Speaker McCarthy that I be temporarily recused from my committee assignments until I am cleared," Santos said. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Two United aircraft collided at Newark Liberty Airport and now the FAA is investigating

The event comes three weeks after a Delta Boeing 737 and an American Boeing 777 nearly collided on the runway at New York-JFK airport. A United Boeing 787, like the one pictured, clipped the wing of a United Boeing 757 at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday, February 2.United Airlines Two United Airlines aircraft collided at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Friday. The aircraft involved were an empty Boeing 787 Dreamliner and a Boeing 757 headed for Orlando. The Florida-bound passengers were on board at the time, but no one was injured and everyone was rebooked. Two United Airlines aircraft collided at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday morning, the airline confirmed to Insider.According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a parked Boeing 757 that was going to head to Orlando was clipped by the wing of an empty Boeing 787 that was being towed into a neighboring gate. Photos of the incident show the 757's winglet was nearly gone.—Pei-Sze Cheng (@PeiSzeCheng4NY) February 3, 2023 "The left wing of United Airlines Flight 2135, a Boeing 757-200, was struck by a Boeing 787 aircraft around 8:45 a.m. Friday, at Newark Liberty International Airport," the FAA said in a statement to Insider. "The second aircraft was being relocated by a tug. The FAA will investigate." United passenger Rebecca Blum told ABC7 New York that she heard a noise and felt a "jolt" when the two aircraft collided, but said no one onboard panicked. The Orlando-bound passengers, who were on the jet at the time of the event but were uninjured, were deplaned and rebooked on different aircraft, United told Insider.Friday's event comes three weeks after a Delta Air Lines Boeing 737 and an American Airlines Boeing 777 narrowly avoided a collision at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport.The Delta plane was cleared and rolling for take off when the American plane crossed the same active runway. The 737 plane managed to stop within 1,000 feet of the 777, but the close call is now being investigated by both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.While these two events happened back-to-back, aircraft collisions at airports are not common. According to aviation safety website SKYbrary, "on-gate" occurrences like the two United planes are more common between one plane and support equipment, like a catering truck. Meanwhile, runway incursions like the one at New York-JFK, in which an aircraft was incorrectly situated on a runway, occurred 1,732 times in 2022, according to the FAA. That's out of millions and millions of flights each year.These typically occur at smaller airports and many can be attributed to pilot error, with the FAA saying 75% of pilot-related incidents were those operating smaller general aviation aircraft — not commercial airliners.The last fatal accident in the US involving an aircraft on the wrong runway was in 2006. A Comair Bombardier CRJ-100ER lined up on the wrong runway, which was too short to take off from, and ended up running out of pavement and hitting a wall on takeoff, killing everyone but the first officer. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Elon Musk said he"s getting rid of the "legacy" Twitter Blue badge, the longtime free verification for labeling famous and notable users

Elon Musk tweeted Friday that legacy Twitter Blue, which he calls Blue Verified, will soon be sunset. Elon Musk tweeted Friday that legacy Twitter Blue would soon be sunset.Susan Walsh/AP Elon Musk tweeted Friday that legacy Twitter Blue, which he calls Blue Verified, will soon be sunset. Since Musk took over Twitter, he has allowed paying subscribers to receive blue checks. Until now, the platform allowed people with "free" blue checks under Twitter's old verification system to keep them. In a few months it might be even harder to tell which Twitter accounts are authentic and which ones are not. On Friday, Elon Musk tweeted that the legacy version of Twitter's verification system was "deeply corrupted" and would be sunset in a few months. —Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 3, 2023 Before Musk took over Twitter and revamped the platform's verification system, Twitter doled out "blue checks" to the active accounts of notable athletes, politicians, and public figures to let other users know they were the real deal and prevent others from falling for fake accounts. But one of Musk's first orders of business after taking over Twitter was to revamp that system. He decided to envelop it into the platform's already existing subscription tier, Twitter Blue. That meant that blue checks wouldn't just go freely to notable figures to denote their authenticity, but to anyone who paid a monthly fee for Twitter Blue. The first version of Twitter Blue, which was rolled out on November 5, resulted in almost 140,000 paying for a subscription in its first five days. However, it also led to an onslaught of celebrity impersonators, including fake Elons, swarming the platform. By November 11, Twitter suspended the rollout of Twitter Blue, relaunching again in December, with gold checks for verified business accounts, gray checks for government and multilateral accounts, and blue checks for paying subscribers, or those who were verified in the pre-Musk era. Right now, when you hover over the latter checks you'll see a box pop up that says, "This is a legacy verified account. It may or may not be notable."In a few months though, the only thing a blue check will signal is that someone is paying at least $8 a month to use the platform. But some key questions remain: What will happen to notable figures who fail to pay for Twitter Blue? Will they be confused with imposters who paid for Twitter Blue but use famous names on their accounts?Twitter did not immediately respond to Insider's request for a comment.   Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Division I university cheerleaders refuse to perform at basketball game after getting ignored on "Women in Sports Day"

St. John's University cheerleaders wore "WE ARE WOMEN IN SPORTS" shirts to Wednesday's basketball game against Seton Hall in protest. Former SJU cheerleaders and dancers were quick to call the school out on the alleged snubbing.Icon Sportswire/Getty Images St. John's University is receiving backlash for an Instagram post shared on Women in Sports Day. Fans said the school failed to recognize its cheer and dance squads in its dedication to women's sports. In response, Red Storm cheerleaders refused to perform at Wednesday's game against Seton Hall, reports say.  St. John's University was called out by its cheer squad during a Wednesday night basketball game after the team said the school failed to recognize them "Women in Sports Day."The Red Storm refused to perform during the Division I men's basketball game against Seton Hall, according to St. John University's student newspaper, The Torch. The backlash comes after the New York City-based school reportedly failed to tag its cheer and dance teams in an Instagram post recognizing the school's women sports teams. In a tweet shared by the The Torch's sports section, a member of the cheer squad is seen donning a red shirt with the phrase "WE ARE WOMEN IN SPORTS" written across the back in marker.—Torch Sports (@TorchSports) February 2, 2023 February 1 is National Girls and Women in Sports Day, an annual event created by the Women's Sports Foundation in 1987 to inspire "girls and women to play and be active, to realize their full power," according to the organization's website.  The Wednesday Instagram post is still live as of Friday afternoon and features photos of various women's teams at the university, but no pictures of the cheer and dance teams. View this post on Instagram A post shared by St. John's Red Storm (@stjohnsredstorm) St. John's followers and alumni shared their outrage over the perceived snubbing in the comments of the post. "Extremely disappointed as a @stjohnscheer alumni that you don't recognize these hardworking women. That show up to every single event needed FOR the university! As well as @sju_dance," one user wrote.The official St. John's cheer team Instagram account made its own post recognizing the female cheerleaders for Women in Sports Day. The post included videos of Red Storm cheerleaders performing pyramid stunts and tumbling skills. View this post on Instagram A post shared by St. John’s Cheerleading (@stjohnscheer)  St. John's didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment, but told Fox News on Thursday "there was an inadvertent omission in a social media post from the Athletic Department celebrating 'Women in Sports' that failed to tag or depict our cheerleaders and dance team." "The cheerleaders expressed disappointment with this perceived slight and are now engaged in an active dialogue with the Athletic Department to move forward. St. John's University values the active and dedicated contributions made by all our students especially our student-athletes," the statement said. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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6 ways to fix AirDrop not working on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac

If AirDrop isn't working on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you can fix it by making sure both Bluetooth and AirDrop are turned on. You can AirDrop photos, videos, or files between Apple devices.Westend61/Getty Images If AirDrop isn't working on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, ensure Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are on. Make sure that your Apple devices are all up to date and your iPhone is unlocked.  Be sure to restart your devices after making changes to your settings and try AirDrop again. AirDrop is doubtless one of the most useful and convenient features for Apple users. Designed to let you send media, links, and documents via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to other Apple devices within a certain range, it's a powerful asset for any iPad, iPhone or Mac user.And while most contemporary Apple devices include AirDrop, it can be a surprisingly finicky feature that sometimes fails to work for seemingly no particular reason. If this is happening to you, here are the top six ways, from toggling wireless networks to restarting your devices, to get back up and sharing wirelessly as quickly as possible. 1. Make sure the iPhone is unlockedIf you're trying to AirDrop something to someone else's iPhone or someone is AirDropping to you, here's an easy fix: Make sure the target phone is turned on and unlocked. A locked iPhone won't appear as a device that's available to receive files via AirDrop. Likewise, if the iPhone is unlocked and it's still not working, try bringing them closer together. This can be especially important if the Wi-Fi is spotty and AirDrop is trying to use Bluetooth. 2. Try turning off your Wi-Fi hotspotIf you're using your iPhone as a personal hotspot, here's some bad news: AirDrop won't work. The solution is to disable your hotspot, at least as long as you are using AirDrop. You can turn it back on when you're done sharing files. To turn off your hotspot, start the Settings app and tap Personal Hotspot. At the top of the page, swipe the button for Allow Others to Join to the left. Your personal hotspot is now disabled and you can try to AirDrop again. Disable your Personal Hotspot to get AirDrop to work.Dave Johnson/Insider3. Enable Bluetooth and Wi-FiYou probably know that AirDrop relies on both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to transfer files, so you should make sure both of these wireless networks are turned on for the devices you want to use to AirDrop. To check your wireless settings on iPhone and iPad: Start the Settings app and then tap Wi-Fi. To the right of Wi-Fi, make sure the button is swiped to the right. Then tap the Back button to go back to the main Settings page and tap Bluetooth. Make sure the Bluetooth button is on as well. Toggle your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on and then try AirDrop again.Dave Johnson/InsiderTo check your wireless settings on Mac: Click the Apple logo in the desktop's menubar, then choose System Preferences. Click Network. You should see Status: Connected. If you don't, click Turn Wi-Fi On. Then click the Back button and choose Bluetooth. You should see Bluetooth: On. If you don't, click Turn Bluetooth On. If you find that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are already on, it's a good idea to toggle them off and back on again as an easy way to quickly resolve any potential issues. 4. Make sure your devices are updatedDoes the device you want to use support AirDrop? While all "modern" Apple devices generally work with AirDrop, if you are trying to send to an older device, you might run into trouble. You can use AirDrop on any iPhone running iOS 7 or later. If you're having issues, you should check on the iPhone's iOS version and update it if needed. Likewise, if you are using an iPad, AirDrop works on the iPadOS 13 and later – update your iPad to the latest version of the operating system if needed.  Make sure your device meets the minimum system requirements to work with AirDrop.Dave Johnson/InsiderYou can also AirDrop to and from your Mac, as long as it is running OS X 10.10 or higher. If you need it, here's a refresher on how to check for the version of your Mac OS and how to update it. 5. Disable your Mac's firewallIf you are trying to AirDrop to a Mac, you should also check that your firewall settings allow for new connections – otherwise, AirDrop might not work. You'll need to make your computer's firewall settings less strict, which should allow it to receive AirDrops.1. Click the Apple logo in the desktop's menu bar, then click System Preferences.2. Select Security & Privacy.3. Click the lock icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen, and enter your password or use Touch ID to unlock access to these settings.Clicking the lock icon in the bottom-left corner will allow you to make changes.Stefan Ionescu/Insider4. Select the Firewall tab.5. Click Turn Off Firewall or, if you prefer, click Firewall Options and, in the pop-up window, uncheck the box next to Block all incoming connections. Then click OK.You can turn off the firewall here or further navigate to the firewall's settings.Stefan Ionescu/Insider6. Reset the deviceIf nothing else has worked, try to restart your devices. A restart might be needed if you recently changed some settings on your mobile device or computer, and a restart can also flush out an intermittent glitch that's keeping your device from working properly. Simply turning your device off and then on again can get you up and running; here's how to restart it regardless of which iPhone model you own. Likewise, you can restart your iPad, or restart your Mac. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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How to create folders in Gmail to better organize your inbox

Folders and labels in Gmail allow you to organize your inbox and keep your sanity. Here's how to set them up. Gmail labels are a great way to keep your email inbox organized.Shutterstock To create folders in Gmail, go to the Labels section in Settings. Click on Settings > Labels > Create New Label > Save. Gmail uses labels instead of folders to organize emails, but labels function similarly to folders. Folders are a must for keeping your email inbox organized. Gmail uses labels in addition to folders, but they're effectively the same thing and oftentimes you'll hear the terms used interchangeably. But unlike folders, you can apply more than one label to an email in Gmail.Folders and labels should not be confused with Google's built-in Categories, which are similar to the Spam folder and include Promotions, Social, Updates, and Forums. These can be toggled, but are not fully customizable like labels. To use a label as a "folder," use the "Move to" option to move an email or thread out of your inbox and into a label, which you can access in the left panel of your inbox.All work-related emails for a specific client, for example, can be put into one folder, and wedding planning related emails can be stored in another. You can even nest labels under other labels, which act like subfolders.Here's how to do it all.Note: Check out our guide to all the tips and tricks to master your Gmail inbox, including how to delete all of your emails.How to create a folder in Gmail on desktop1. Go to the Gmail website. Log in to your account if you aren't already logged in.2. Click the gear-shaped Settings icon at the top-right of the screen, then select See all settings.Select "See all settings" to create, edit, and delete folders.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Insider3. In the Labels tab, scroll down to the Labels section and click Create new label.4. Enter the name of the label you want, then click Create. If you want the new label to nest under an existing label (like a subfolder), click the box next to Nest label under and select the folder you want the new label to go into.Label names can be a maximum of 225 characters.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/InsiderQuick tip: You can also create a label from an email by clicking the Labels icon, then Create new.How to create a folder in Gmail on iPhoneUnfortunately, folders cannot be created on the Android app for Gmail. The option does exist for iPhone, and you can take the following steps to set them up:1. Open the Gmail app on your iPhone or iPad.2. Log in to your account. 3. Tap the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines) on the top-left of the screen.4. Scroll down to the Labels section, then tap Create new.Scroll down past the list of already created labels to make a new one.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Insider5. In the pop-up menu, enter the name of the label you want (225 characters max), then tap Done.Quick tip: You can also create a label from an email by tapping the three dots icon at the top-right of the screen. Tap Move, then the plus + symbol.How to apply labels in Gmail1. In your Gmail inbox on desktop, click the boxes next to the emails you want to label and click the Label icon on the right side of the top toolbar. On the mobile app, tap the circular profile icon of the sender on each email you want to label, then tap the three dots icon, and select Label in the pop-up.2. On both desktop and mobile, check the boxes corresponding to the labels you want to apply (you can choose more than one). On desktop, click Apply and on mobile tap the check mark to apply the labels.Select "Apply the label" and choose which label in the drop-down.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/InsiderQuick tip: To move a labeled message from your inbox to the label folder, click the Move to icon instead of the Labels icon, then click on the name of the folder you want to move the message(s) to. Note that you can only choose one destination folder.How to automatically apply labels via filteringYou can change your Gmail settings to automatically apply labels, and even forward emails with a certain label, by changing your filter settings.1. In your Gmail inbox on desktop, click the Show search options icon, which looks like three hatched lines, on the right side of the search bar.2. Set the parameters for the filter. You can filter by From, To, Subject, Has the words, Doesn't have, Size, and Date.3. After setting the criteria, click Create Filter.Add, delete, and edit labels in this section of the Settings menu.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Insider4. On the next page, click the box next to Apply the label and choose a label from the drop-down menu.5. Click Create Filter.Select "Apply the label" and choose which label in the drop-down.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/InsiderHow to edit or delete a labelYou can edit or delete Gmail labels at any time, on desktop or iOS. On desktop:1. In your Gmail inbox on desktop,click the gear-shaped Settings icon at the top-right of the screen, then select See all settings.2. In the Labels tab, scroll down to the Labels section.3. To edit a label, click on the label name, enter in the new name, then hit the Enter or Return key. Alternatively, click the corresponding edit button in the Actions tab. You can also change a label's nesting properties in this window.Add, delete, and edit labels in this section of the Settings menu.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Insider4. To delete a label, click the corresponding remove button in the Actions tab, then click Delete.On iOS:1. In the Gmail app, tap the hamburger menu icon in the top-left corner, next to the search bar.2. Scroll down and tap Settings.3. On the next screen, select the email address you want to apply the change to.4. Scroll down on the next page and select Label settings in the Labels section.Go to "Label settings."Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider5. On the Label Settings page, tap the label you want to edit or delete.Select the label you want to edit.Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider6. Tap the Name field to enter a new name, or tap the Delete [label name] button at the bottom to delete the label.Here you can rename or delete your label.Grace Eliza Goodwin/InsiderRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Companies like Amazon, Walmart, and BlackRock that have pushed back against some parts of climate-disclosure rules might see one aspect eased

Companies and investors are asking the Securities and Exchange Commission to rethink parts of its proposal, according to The Wall Street Journal. SEC Chair Gary Gensler.Evelyn Hockstein/Pool via AP The Securities and Exchange Commission wants companies to disclose climate risks. Companies and others are pushing back on aspects of the plan, The Wall Street Journal reports. The SEC is aiming to finalize the rules this year. Companies like Amazon, Walmart, and BlackRock, which have pushed back against parts of a proposal to make businesses report the risks they face from the climate crisis, might see one aspect of the plan eased.The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering revising a component of its proposed climate-disclosure rules after resistance by some companies, elected officials, and investors, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing people close to the agency.One aspect of the SEC's proposal drawing criticism is a plan to require companies to report climate costs that total 1% or more of each line item in corporate financial statements, the Journal reported. Line items represent different income and expenses, such as revenue and cost of goods.BlackRock, the massive asset-management firm, said this would result in "highly inaccurate disclosures and unduly burdensome compliance costs," the Journal reported.For its part, the SEC in its proposal said the 1% threshold, known as the bright-line test, would make it less likely that companies would underreport climate-related costs. Now the agency is considering a higher threshold for disclosure or eliminating the bright-line test altogether, according to the Journal.An SEC spokesperson declined to comment to Insider.The Journal said that the SEC's move to ease the proposed financial-reporting requirements could make the final rules easier to defend in court by showing the agency was responsive to feedback from businesses.The agency proposed its climate disclosure rules in March 2022 and is aiming to finalize them this year. Agency officials have been "taken aback" by opposition to the proposal, according to the Journal. Some investors have pushed the SEC to issue the rules so they could better assess what climate risks companies face, from extreme weather events and supply-chain disruptions to stricter regulations. The proposal would require a broad range of corporate disclosures, including greenhouse gas emissions from operations and energy use. Companies that set goals to reduce the carbon footprint of their supply chains would have to disclose those emissions as well.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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CIA chief says Ukraine needs to puncture "Putin"s hubris" in the next 6 months

The CIA chief said Ukraine needs to show Putin that Russia won't gain any more territory and is at risk of losing ground in occupied regions. Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2014.Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images CIA chief William Burns said the Ukraine war is entering a "critical" phase in the next six months. Burns said it will be crucial for Ukraine to puncture "Putin's hubris" on the battlefield.  Russia is expected to launch a major offensive in the near future. CIA Director William Burns on Thursday warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin is "betting right now that he can make time work for him" and "grind down Ukrainians" as the West's support for Ukraine fades. The CIA assesses that the next six months of the war in Ukraine will be "critical," Burns, a former US ambassador to Russia who makes frequent trips to Kyiv, said during an event at Georgetown University.During this "crucial" period, it will be vital for Ukrainian forces to puncture "Putin's hubris" on the battlefield, Burns went on to say, underscoring that Ukraine needs to make it clear to the Russian leader "that he's not only not going to be able to advance further in Ukraine, but as every month goes by, he runs a greater and greater risk of losing the territory that he's illegally seized from Ukraine so far."Burns' assessment echoed comments from NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg in mid-January, when he said the war was entering a "decisive phase." The fight in Ukraine has morphed into a grinding war of attrition, with heavy losses on both sides and incremental gains. But Russia is expected to launch a major offensive in the near future, as Ukraine ramps up its requests for more advanced weapons from the West to help it defend against the Russian invaders and push to reclaim occupied territory. The US, Germany, and the UK recently announced they would provide battle tanks to Ukraine, fulfilling a major request. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov on Wednesday suggested that the expected Russian offensive is likely to occur close to the one year anniversary of the Russian invasion — February 24."We think that, given they live in symbolism, they are going to try to attempt something around February 24," Reznikov told French TV station BFMTV.Meanwhile, there are evolving discussions in Kyiv and Western capitals over the potential for Ukrainian forces to push Russia out of Crimea and regain control of the crucial Black Sea peninsula."We must do everything to ensure that Crimea returns home by summer," Maj. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, Ukraine's military intelligence chief, recently told the Washington Post. "Crimea will be returned to us. I'll tell you more: It all started in Crimea in 2014, and it will all end there," he added. Russia invaded Ukraine and illegally annexed Crimea in 2014, prompting outcry across the world. In many ways, this provocative action laid the foundations for Russia's full-scale invasion of its next-door neighbor last February.Crimea, home to a number of Russian military bases and Russia's Black Sea fleet, was used as a staging ground for Russia's invasion last year. Russian aircraft and warships continue to use Crimea as a base of attack for striking Ukraine. Top military analysts have made the case that regaining control of Crimea is key to Ukraine's long-term survival."The decisive terrain for this war is Crimea. The Ukrainian government knows that they cannot settle for Russia retaining control of Crimea," retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, a former commander of US Army Europe, told Insider in late January. "The next few months will see Ukraine setting the conditions for the eventual liberation of Crimea," he added.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Trump "demanded absolute loyalty" and stayed "one step ahead of the law" like a mafia boss, ex-prosecutor says in new book

Trump built his business empire "through a pattern of criminal activity," an ex-prosecutor said in a new book. A Trump attorney has threatened legal action. Former President Donald Trump speaks during an event at his Mar-a-Lago home on November 15, 2022 in Palm Beach, FloridaJoe Raedle/Getty Images An ex-prosecutor in Manhattan DA's office compared Donald Trump to mafia boss John Gotti. "He demanded absolute loyalty," Mark Pomerantz said of Trump in his new book, per NYT. Pomerantz served in the DA office from early 2021 until his resignation a year later. A prominent ex-prosecutor accused former President Donald Trump of building his business empire "through a pattern of criminal activity" and compared him to the late mafia boss, John Gotti, according to a New York Times report on Friday.Mark Pomerantz, a former prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney's office, made the comments in his forthcoming book, "People vs. Donald Trump," of which The Times obtained an advance copy."He demanded absolute loyalty and would go after anyone who crossed him. He seemed always to stay one step ahead of the law," Pomerantz wrote of Trump, according to The Times. "In my career as a lawyer, I had encountered only one other person who touched all of these bases: John Gotti, the head of the Gambino organized crime family."A lawyer for Trump in a recent letter threatened legal action against Pomerantz for "defamatory statements against my clients" and said on Friday that "injecting the name John Gotti into this seems like just another desperate attempt by Pomerantz to sell books," per The Times.A spokesperson for Trump did not immediately return Insider's request for comment.Pomerantz had helped lead the investigation into Trump and his businesses in the Manhattan DA's office from early 2021 until his resignation a year later. He left after the new Manhattan DA, Alvin Bragg, refused to pursue charges against the former president.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Filling Cambodian lakes with sand creates pricey new land. It also displaces families.

Communities living on Phnom Penh's largest natural lake, Boeung Tamok, face eviction after the Cambodian government reallocated their land. Sand is the most exploited natural resource on Earth, after water.  The Cambodian government is using sand dredged from the Mekong to fill in lakes around Phnom Penh. One community is fighting to save their homes on the city's largest natural lake. Sand is the most exploited natural resource on Earth, after water. In Cambodia, the government is using sand to fill in lakes around its capital, Phnom Penh, to create prime real estate for villas and shopping malls. Now, one community is fighting to save their homes on the city's largest natural lake.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Elon Musk was reportedly cleared by a federal jury"s verdict that his "funding secured" tweet in 2018 didn"t harm Tesla investors

Elon Musk didn't break rules and influence Tesla investors after tweeting he had "funding secured" to take the carmaker private, per a WSJ report. Elon Musk at the 2022 Met Gala. A federal jury in San Francisco vindicated Musk over his 2018 tweet about his plans at the time to take Tesla private.Noam Galai/GC Images A jury found investors failed to prove Elon Musk derailed them with his tweet that he had "funding secured" to take Tesla private, per the WSJ.  The outcome vindicated Musk, who had argued that he didn't believe his tweet influenced Tesla's stock price. Tesla investors had alleged that his public statements resulted in billions of dollars in damages. Elon Musk was reportedly vindicated late Friday Friday when a federal jury found that Tesla investors failed to prove that he derailed them with a 2018 tweet that he had "funding secured" to take the electric carmaker private, a deal that never materialized. The nine-person jury arrived at the conclusion shortly after deliberations started, per a Wall Street Journal report. The verdict was the culmination of a civil trial in San Francisco federal court, in which jurors heard testimony from high-profile witnesses including Musk himself, along with Tesla's former chief financial officer Deepak Ahuja, and Musk's former chief of staff Sam Teller.  Musk's defense highlighted his meeting in July 2018 with Yasir Al-Rumayyan, an official in Saudi Arabia's Private Investment Fund, in which he said Al-Rumayyan had committed to helping to finance the deal. Those verbal assurances in part led him to tweet that he had "funding secured" for a take-private deal for Tesla, he told jurors last month. Nicholas Porritt of Levi & Korsinsky LLP, an attorney for Tesla's shareholders, had challenged that narrative. In closing arguments Friday, Porritt told the jury that a conversation over financing, which he estimated could be to the tune of $60 billion, would have had to at least be put in writing, yet Musk took no notes. "Sometimes we substitute what we wished happened for what actually happened," Porritt argued in court. "That can happen when you're facing government investigations and lawsuits for billions of dollars."Musk's tweet, which he posted in August 2018, read, "Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured." In closing arguments, Musk's attorney, Alex Spiro of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, argued that Musk's adversaries had painted him as a "fire-breathing dragon" and that the billionaire couldn't be faulted for being a "bad Tweeter."Before the trial, US District Judge Edward Chen had ruled that the billionaire's tweets should be considered "untrue," but that jurors had to decide if they were "material." In securities parlance, that meant jurors had to consider whether Musk's statements were significant enough to influence investors' trading choices.Musk's statements about the potential deal also drew the attention of securities regulators, who in September 2018 extracted a $40 million penalty from Musk and the company, and said he could no longer helm Tesla's board. Porritt, the Tesla investors' attorney, had framed the stakes of the case in sweeping, existential terms, arguing that it came down to a question of whether regular investors could trust the public markets. "Whether it is the securities markets or a football game, rules must be fair and must be applied to everyone," he told the court on Friday. "And this case, ultimately, is about whether the rules that apply to everyone else should also apply to Elon Musk."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Love them or hate them, Hoka"s chunky sneakers are hot. Just ask Gen Z and millennial women.

Hoka is seeing significant growth in the 18-34 consumer demographic. The group drove the largest year-over-year increase in the most recent quarter. Hoka is seeing significant growth in the 18-34 consumer demographic.Hoka One One Hoka One One grew sales 90% to $352 million in its fiscal third quarter, ending December 31.  The brand is seeing significant growth in the 18-34 consumer demographic, especially among women. "It just expands the breadth of our brand from ages 18 to 80," Deckers CEO David Powers said. More young consumers are opting for performance sneakers for daily use, and that's driving sales of Hoka One One to record highs.Hoka's chunky look has its fans and its detractors, but parent company Deckers reported on Thursday that the running brand grew sales 90% to $352 million in its fiscal third quarter. Wholesale revenue for Hoka increased 83%, while direct-to-consumer sales more than doubled. Deckers also raised full-year revenue guidance to $3.53 billion due to the brand's meteoric growth, the company said. Deckers also owns Teva, Sanuk, and Ugg — the latter is Deckers' largest portfolio brand. According to Deckers CEO David Powers, Hoka is seeing significant growth in the 18-34 consumer demographic. The age group drove the largest year-over-year increase in sales in the third quarter, ending December 31."I think in the early days of Hoka, we were selling obviously to core runners and beyond, and then some people were using it for comfort and longevity reasons. And the younger consumers weren't really adopting it as part of their own yet," he said to investors on an earnings call. "But we've seen that shift change dramatically in the last year or so."Gen Z and millennial women have especially driven sales growth for Hoka by regularly visiting the brand's website to view what's new and purchasing shoes, Powers said. The new Solimar cross trainer released in the fall is an example of this trend, he said. The Solimar launched without much brand marketing behind it, but is still in the top five of styles purchased by women aged 18-34.Powers said Hoka is also resonating well with males, "but we see a great deal more opportunity to further expose the brand's product depth by testing access points to specialize in serving this target consumer."Hoka released a collection with Bodega in March 2022.Deckers BrandsHoka is admittedly penetrating the all-important 18-34 demographic more quickly than it expected. But Powers credits the collaborations Hoka has done over the past year for helping increase brand awareness. Hoka partnered with popular boutique Bodega as well Moncler and activewear brand Free People Movement on releases in 2022. Within its own DTC channels, Hoka consumer acquisition and retention increased 95% and 109%, respectively, Deckers said."It's working as we planned, probably a little better than we planned," Powers said. "But you're seeing teenage girls and boys trading from traditional athletic brands into Hoka and raving about it.""It just expands the breadth of our brand from ages 18 to 80," he added.Deckers company sales grew to $1.3 billion in the third quarter, increasing 13% compared to the same period last year.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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I"m a virtual therapist who booked $350,000 in revenue last year. Here"s how I built my business with patients, coaching clients, and social media.

Kelly McKenna, who started her business in February 2021, shares how therapists can diversify their revenue streams and grow their businesses. McKenna started her practice in 2021.courtesy of McKenna Kelly McKenna started her own virtual therapy practice in February 2021. Last year, she booked $350,000 in revenue from working 30-hour weeks. McKenna shares how therapists can diversify their revenue streams and grow their businesses. Kelly O'Sullivan McKenna knew something was missing from her job in 2020. She worked in nonprofit business management, but the role lacked the client relationships she'd fostered seven years earlier while earning her master's in social work. She started a part-time job as a therapist in March to fill that void, and two weeks later, she transitioned from in-person work to telehealth. Her longing for customer connection and her experience with telehealth prompted McKenna to launch a virtual therapy practice in February 2021 called Sit With Kelly. Today, McKenna meets with 15 clients per week – a decrease from 20 clients per week in 2021, to make room for more streams of income – and teaches other therapists how to start their own virtual practices. What's more, she booked $350,000 in revenue last year— more than double what she made at her previous job — which Insider verified with documentation.The telehealth industry grew in popularity during the pandemic, and virtual therapy and mental-health services saw substantial increases. By February 2021, 50% of psychiatry appointments and 30% of substance-use treatments were being conducted virtually, a study by the management-consulting firm McKinsey & Company found. There has never been a better time to start a virtual practice, McKenna said. Her Instagram account, which had 55,300 followers at the time of writing, brought in most of her clients.McKenna shared her advice for finding clients, developing multiple revenue streams, and finding a foothold in the telehealth industry. The interview with McKenna has been slightly edited for length and clarity. Take advantage of a virtual world to connect with clientsMcKenna meets with all of her clients online.courtesy of McKennaTwo weeks after I started with the private practice as a therapist, COVID-19 sent the world into lockdown and moved our clients online. That made the idea of starting my own business much more attainable. With telehealth, I saw a new opportunity. I went from working more than 60 hours per week — including nonprofit work and evening private-practice hours — to about 30 hours per week when I started my own business.But when shifting from insurance-based pay to private pay, therapists either have to be well known in the community or have a strong online presence in order to generate referrals. Whether that's through Instagram or a blog, clients need a reason to make the shift from "I'm looking for a therapist who takes my insurance" to "This therapist understands my issues. I want to work with her."Most therapists weren't taught anything about marketing in school. It's important to invest in learning those skills if you want to run a successful business, and social media is a great way to make sure those potential clients know you exist. Building that presence can ensure you keep your caseload full.Expand business offerings authentically  A post shared by Kelly | Anxiety Therapist (@sitwithkelly) Many of my Instagram followers are therapists who want to start their own business, so I launched an online course and additional coaching products to help them. The course comes in three tiers, which focus on specific aspects of running a virtual business. That way, I'm able to connect with people at all stages of their business-launching journey. Brand partnerships on social media are another arm of my business – bringing in $37,000 in revenue in 2022. But I keep my "influencing" posts separate from my therapy business.In an industry as focused on ethics as therapy, I make sure to only work with brands I use and love. Creators have to be careful with brand partnerships. You don't want to lose trust with your audience. I always make sure it's something that makes sense for my brand, such as CBD gummies or weighted blankets, and that I actually use and believe in.The future of therapy is digital, but not all platforms are equalVirtual therapy is a great opportunity for therapists, but we have to be conscious of the way we perform our services. As a virtual-only practice, I don't take any high-risk clients or those who need in-person meetings, where the therapist might have to physically see the patient to assess their progress.My biggest advice for early therapists is to create a network of other mental-health professionals who specialize in the services you don't. If I'm not the best fit for a client, I'll refer them to other psychiatrists or doctors I know. If you don't have a big professional network yet, starting a professional Instagram page is a great way to begin. Another recent change mental-health professionals have to be mindful of is the arrival of new startups in the virtual-therapy space. These can be affordable options for clients, but they often don't pay therapists nearly what they're worth. That's one of the reasons I'm so passionate about business coaching. Teaching therapists how to do it themselves, market themselves, and create a practice of their own is important to me and the future of the therapy space.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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US stocks drop but end the week with strong gains after latest Fed move and mega-cap earnings

With about half of S&P 500 companies having reported fourth-quarter earnings, 70% of those companies beat profit estimates by a median of 6%. Traders work on the floor at the opening bell of the Dow Industrial Average at the New York Stock Exchange on March 18, 2020 in New York.Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty ImagesUS stocks fell on Friday but finished the week higher after a slew of market-moving news.The Fed hiked interest rates, mega-cap tech reported earnings, and the January jobs report surprised to the upside.The US economy added 517,000 jobs in January and the unemployment rate fell to 3.4%.US stocks fell on Friday but finished the week higher after a slew of market-shaking news, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 gaining about 2% and 3%, respectively. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 25 basis points and acknowledged that central bank policymakers are making progress in taming inflation. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell signaled to investors that future rate hikes are still on the table.On Thursday, Apple, Alphabet, and Amazon reported earnings results that mostly missed analyst estimates. They also offered mixed guidance. Alphabet and Amazon fell in Friday trades, while Apple gained about 3%. Finally, on Friday the January jobs report showed the US economy added 517,000 jobs in January, more than double the estimate of 188,000. The unemployment rate fell to 3.4%, representing the lowest level in 54 years. About half of S&P 500 companies have reported fourth-quarter earnings. Of those companies, 70% are beating profit estimates by a median of 6%. Meanwhile, 62% of those companies are beating revenue estimates by a median of 4%, according to Fundstrat.Here's where US indexes stood at the 4:00 p.m. ET close on Friday:S&P 500: 4,136.44, down 1.04%Dow Jones Industrial Average: 33,925.58, down 0.38% (128.36 points)Nasdaq Composite: 12,006.96, down 1.59%Here's what else happened today:Nordstrom soared more than 30% on Friday after a report said activist investor Ryan Cohen is building a stake in the retailer. Cohen is known for his involvement in meme-stock GameStop.The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell back near 6% in an encouraging sign for potential home buyers who were previously priced out of the market. The US Justice Department is reportedly investigating Silvergate Capital's ties with FTX and Alameda Research.Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers warned that the US economy could come to a "sudden stop" despite the strong January jobs report.Logan Paul has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit that alleges the YouTube star helped perpetrate a crypto "rug pull" scam by promoting an NFT-based project that scooped up buyers' money.In commodities, bonds and crypto:West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell 3.36% to $73.33 per barrel. Brent crude, oil's international benchmark, dropped 2.82% to $79.85.Gold fell 2.69% to $1,878.80 per ounce.The yield on the 10-year Treasury jumped 10 basis points to 3.50%.Bitcoin fell 0.74% to $23,343, while ether rose 0.76% to $1,653. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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The Manhattan DA"s office considered charging Trump with racketeering before backing off, book says

Mark Pomerantz, a former prosecutor in the DA's office, writes that he built a sweeping case against the former president. Former President Donald Trump speaks at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla., on November 15, 2022.Joe Raedle/Getty Images The Manhattan DA considered charging Trump with racketeering, a new book says. Mark Pomerantz, a former prosecutor in the DA's office, writes that he built a sweeping case against Trump, according to NYT. Bragg ultimately decided not to indict Trump, and Pomerantz and the other lead prosecutor resigned shortly after. The Manhattan district attorney's office considered charging former President Donald Trump with racketeering in connection to his business practices, according to a new book by Mark Pomerantz, a former prosecutor in the DA's office.Pomerantz made a sweeping case that would've seen Trump indicted under New York's racketeering law, but Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg ultimately decided not to charge the former president, Pomerantz writes in his forthcoming book, an early copy of which was obtained by The New York Times.Pomerantz and Carey Dunne, the two prosecutors leading the DA's investigation into Trump and his business empire, resigned early last year, shortly after Bragg elected not to move forward with a case against Trump.In his resignation letter, Pomerantz wrote he had "no doubt" Trump was guilty of "numerous felony violations.""His financial statements were false, and he has a long history of fabricating information relating to his personal finances and lying about his assets to banks, the national media, counterparties, and many others, including the American people," Pomerantz wrote. "The team that has been investigating Mr. Trump harbors no doubt about whether he committed crimes — he did."The Times reported at the time that the investigation into Trump had stalled amid Bragg's hesitation to pursue charges, and that neither Pomerantz nor Dunne had questioned any witnesses before a grand jury in more than a month before they resigned."After closely reviewing all the evidence from Mr. Pomerantz's investigation, I came to the same conclusion as several senior prosecutors involved in the case, and also those I brought on: more work was needed," Bragg said in a statement. "Put another way, Mr. Pomerantz's plane wasn't ready for takeoff."He added that Manhattan prosecutors are continuing to "follow the facts of this case wherever they may lead without fear or favor."The DA's office charged the Trump Organization and its chief bookkeeper, Allen Weisselberg, with 15 felony counts in July 2021. Weisselberg pleaded guilty to the 15 charges in August, and the Trump Organization was convicted on all counts in December.Pomerantz writes in his forthcoming book, "The People v. Donald Trump," that the former president built his business empire "through a pattern of criminal activity." He also compares Trump to the mafia boss John Gotti, according to The Times."He demanded absolute loyalty and would go after anyone who crossed him. He seemed always to stay one step ahead of the law," Pomerantz writes. "In my career as a lawyer, I had encountered only one other person who touched all of these bases: John Gotti, the head of the Gambino organized crime family."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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