From glittering tiaras to diamond earrings, the Queen has an array of exquisite items in her private collection that she can lend to family members. While her loans are usually reserved for important occasions such as weddings and state banquets, the monarch has also loaned simpler pieces, such as pearl earrings, to her grandsons' wives, the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex. Earlier this week it was reported that the monarch had excluded Meghan from borrowing from her private collection, but palace insiders have rubbished the rumours, insisting that the Queen will loan items to Meghan for important royal events. She has already worn the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau tiara on her wedding day, and a pair of pearl earrings on her first official joint engagement with the monarch in June last year. The Queen has also loaned more elaborate pieces to royal leading ladies such as Sophie, Kate and Camilla over the years. Here, Femail looks at … [Read more...] about Which pieces will Meghan pick? The glittering tiaras, necklaces and earrings Her Majesty has loaned to royal leading ladies over the years – that the Duchess WILL be allowed to choose from
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Former acting Lucchese crime boss Michael Madonna (pictured above) allegedly ordered the 2013 hit on Michael Meldish, the notorious leader of the Purple Gang, authorities say Former acting Lucchese crime boss Michael Madonna ordered the 2013 hit on notorious Purple Gang leader Michael Meldish after he refused to repay a $100,000 loan, a prosecutor alleged on Monday. Madonna and his second-in-command Steven Crea Sr ordered the killing of his onetime ally, who controlled the drugs trade in the Bronx and Harlem, after he old him to 'f-k off' over the repayment of the cash, Assistant US attorney Celia Cohen said. Meldish was found shot to death in his car on Ellsworth Avenue in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx in 2013. The claims claim at the start of the trial of Madonna and three associates who are accused of racketeering, extortion, loansharking and other charges, reports the New York Post. Crea and Madonna are co-defendants, along … [Read more...] about Trial hears how Lucchese crime boss Matthew Madonna ‘ordered a hit on his friend Michael Meldish after notorious Purple Gang leader told him to ‘f-k off’ when he asked him to repay a $100K loan’
Joe Biden has called for a constitutional amendment to publicly finance elections as he unveils an ethics plan pointed at President Donald Trump. These proposals are to 'ensure that no future president can ever abuse the office for personal gain,' the Biden campaign told NBC News ahead of its formal announcement of reforms on Monday. The ban on private dollars, reminiscent of Biden's first days as a Senator nearly 50 years ago, comes as he has been lambasted by Democrat rivals for his leaning on lucrative fundraising events. The amendment would overturn Citizens United and mean public financing for all campaigns and Biden also proposes to provide cash to match small donations. Amid accusations Trump obstructed justice, Biden will carry out an executive order on his first day in office 'directing that no White House staff or any member of his administration may initiate, encourage, obstruct or otherwise properly influence specific DOJ investigations or … [Read more...] about Joe Biden calls for a constitutional amendment to publicly finance elections as he unveils ethics plan to ‘ensure no future president can ever abuse the office for personal gain’
‘We dedicate this to the power of We – greater than any one of us, but inside each of us,” proclaims the prospectus for office-sharing company WeWork’s forthcoming share sale. On Monday co-founder Adam Neumann will start trying to sell that vision to potential investors. The signs are not good. After years of hype, Neumann’s plan to become one of the world’s richest entrepreneurs on the back of a 22% stake in WeWork, now known as the We Company, have been hit hard. The value of the company has been cut from $47bn to as low as $15bn. Even their major investor, the Japanese, Saudi-backed SoftBank, has reportedly argued against pressing ahead with the sale, a delay that threatens a $6bn loan needed to fund an aggressive global expansion of the brand. It’s a major dent to Neumann’s dream to build a multibillion-dollar global space-sharing real estate firm built on the trust and community spirit of “we” and the vision “to … [Read more...] about ‘A giant question mark’: can WeWork’s Adam Neumann reassure investors?
Drivers will save £165million a year under plans to ban greedy car salesmen from secretly overcharging customers so they can pocket more commission. As many as 500,000 car buyers have been ripped off by the scam, which sees ruthless brokers and salesmen increase interest rates to ratchet up the cost of a finance deal. As this raises the overall price of the deal, the dealers are paid more in commission. But customers are overcharged by an astonishing total of around £165million year, and many find themselves locked in a spiral of debt. The racket was uncovered following a two-year investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Government’s finance watchdog. Drivers will save £165million a year under plans to ban greedy car salesmen from secretly overcharging customers so they can pocket more commission It found that car buyers could be paying £1,100 extra in interest on a typical £10,000 four-year loan due to inflated salesmen’s … [Read more...] about Car dealers’ finance scam to be banned with buyers set to save £165 million a year as interest rates that rake in commission are scrapped