Samanth Subramanian reports on the Mumbai bank jobNirav Modi didn’t seem like the kind of person who needed to rob $2bn (€1.7bn) from a bank. He’s a short man, 47 years old and losing hair, the pocket square in his jacket always arranged to fussy perfection.His daintiness befitted a jeweller to the stars. Kate Winslet wore a Modi bracelet and Modi earrings to the Oscars. Dakota Johnson wore a similar set to the Golden Globes.Priyanka Chopra gazed out of Modi advertisements. Naomi Watts attended the opening, in 2015, of his emporium on Madison Avenue. Christie’s once put his Golconda Lotus necklace on the cover of its catalogue and auctioned it for over $3m.His stores — in Las Vegas, Macau, Singapore, Beijing, London — were boutiques of bling, where white light bounced off the arrayed gold and diamonds. He told people he wanted 100 shops by 2025. Last year, Forbes estimated his worth at $1.8bn.A good casting director would have marked him for the role … [Read more...] about Did a jeweller to the stars commit India’s biggest bank fraud?
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A colleague tells the story of interviewing a Manchester United player when, while deep in conversation, one of the club partner's representatives interrupted and asked the United player to 'rep the brand' with the camera rolling. Cut. In films, this is called product placement and there was something very Hollywood about United's stay in Los Angeles last year, where the squad rubbed shoulders with Jamie Foxx and Emily Ratajkowski at an Adidas event after Romelu Lukaku was unveiled on a red carpet. Few at Adidas would have objected to Jose Mourinho's desire to return to the immaculate UCLA campus this summer. The rampant commercialisation of Manchester United Plc has sometimes compromised the FC. During Thursday's quarterly conference call, John Saulitis of Jeffries asked chief financial officer Cliff Baty: "Do you see any potential for the amount of sponsorship opportunities given to your performance?" Baty answered and then Ed Woodward amplified. "Does the impact of a successful … [Read more...] about Manchester United need to respond in transfer window after what Ed Woodward said
High street travel agent Thomas Cook has rolled out its new Lyk money card in stores and online - which is set to replace the Cash Passport, with more 'benefits' for the customer. This is the prepaid holiday card that launched online last November, however it's now available in branches, where customers will be able to apply, activate and top their cards up on the spot. It's an alternative to carrying around pockets full of cash (and cards) abroad that can offer peace of mind - and it promises no transfer fees between currencies. Plus, each time you top up, you get free wi-fi. In an upgrade to the Cash Passport, new payment options have also been introduced including Apply Pay and Touch ID. This will allow customers to pay using their fingerprint wherever they see the Apple Pay logo. What is the Lyk card? Lyk is essentially the upgrade to Thomas Cook's Cash Passport which is being phased out. It allows customers to travel without cash in hand and works as a prepaid Mastercard (with … [Read more...] about Thomas Cook revamps popular travel money card
Whether your children are looking for the full gamut of watersports while on holiday (surfing, stand-up paddleboarding or diving), educational gains (archeological digs, theatre courses, pizza-making), or are happy with simply help-yourself gelato and a swimming pool (or seven) – this comprehensive list, selected by our experts, covers all bases – from budget to luxury – for a fun-tastic family break. SPAIN Whether you like secret coves where the children can run wild, or miles of sand with all sorts of watersports on offer, there are beaches to suit all families in mainland Spain and the Balearic and Canary Islands. All ages will love learning to dive in Menorca, paddleboard in Ibiza or kitesurf in Fuerteventura. There are plenty of toddler-friendly beaches with shallow water, from the Costa del Sol to Formentera and Gran Canaria. Head to northern Spain –Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country – for unspoiled beaches where you can surf … [Read more...] about 50 amazing hotels for family fun in the Mediterranean
To report corrections & clarifications, contact: Please indicate whether you're responding to content online or in the newspaper. The following corrections & clarifications have been published on stories produced by USA TODAY's newsroom: April 2018 News: A previous version of this story misstated Elliot Rodger's weapons. He used both a knife and a gun. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/03/31/masculinity-traditional-toxic-trump-mens-rights/99830694/ Video: A previous version of this video misstated the number of Americans living with unhealthful levels of pollution. https://www.usatoday.com/media/cinematic/video/33952141/8-of-americas-10-most-ozone-polluted-cities-are-in-this-state/ Opinion: Because of an editing error, a headline in an earlier version of this column incorrectly described Amy Wax's job status. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/20/black-students-law-school-amy-wax-column/510510002/ … [Read more...] about Corrections & Clarifications