Trump Starts Bashing Clinton

Trump Starts Bashing Clinton, signaling his pivot to the Presidential campaign. The GOP primaries are almost over with both Cruz and Kasich mathematically eliminated.  It’s a smart move.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump attacked his top Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on Friday, calling her “crooked Hillary,” and promised his supporters that he would not bore them by becoming overly presidential. [editor’s note: crooked Hilary doesn’t roll of the tongue like lyin’ Ted]

 

See our official GOP primary calendar.

 

The comments undercut what his aides had said would be an attempt by the notoriously blunt-speaking Trump to project a more serious image after his win in New York’s nominating contest this week, including by rolling out more policy details.

“I can tell you that if I go too presidential, people are going to be very bored,” the New York real estate baron told Fox News in an interview that will air on Saturday. He added that he worried his supporters would “fall asleep.”

He went on to say that Clinton “is a person who’s got many, many flaws” and that she’s “the worst possible representative a woman can have,” as he shifted his focus away from Republican rivals and toward the Nov. 8 presidential election.

 

Keep reading:  Police Union Endorses Trump

 

“The only thing she’s got going is the women card,” Trump said in the excerpts released by the network on Friday. “We call her ‘Crooked Hillary’ because she’s a crooked person. She’s always been a crooked person.”

Clinton said at a campaign event in Pennsylvania she would not respond to Trump’s comments about her.

Donna Hoffman, the head of the political science department at the University of Iowa, said Trump’s fiery personality had put him in a bind at this stage of the race.

 

See the photos of Trump’s 100 Million Golden Penthouse.

 

“The impetus to become more presidential is coming from some of the elite organs of the GOP, but he got to where he is today because of his persona,” she said. “To continue this way will keep him alienated from the party, but to change means his supporters will question his authenticity.”

In a strong signal that his persona matters, a January survey showed that among Trump’s supporters about 43 percent said they liked him because he “speaks his mind,” while only 8 percent cited his policies. The survey was conducted by the Working America arm of labor organization AFL-CIO.

Trump’s win in his home state of New York on Tuesday bolstered his chances for the Republican presidential nomination, prompting a more serious study of his prospects in the general election.

Trump will give a foreign policy speech on Wednesday at the National Press Club, part of an expanded policy roll-out the campaign is planning, his aides told Republican leaders and lawmakers this week.

Read: Mike Ditka Endorses Trump

 

The speech will come the day after a round of primary contests in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, in which polls show him likely to do well.

REPUBLICANS GATHER IN FLORIDA

But Trump’s rivals have said he lacks foreign policy expertise, and several foreign leaders have said they are concerned about the idea of Trump in the White House.

“The mantra that somehow Donald Trump has become the presumptive nominee after New York is ridiculous,” Chad Sweet, campaign chairman for Texas Senator Ted Cruz, said on CNN on Friday.

Nationally, Trump has support from nearly half of all Republicans, compared with 28 percent for Cruz and 17 percent for Ohio Governor John Kasich, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

“Now there’s no path to victory for Cruz so he should get out. They should both get out,” Trump told supporters in Harrington, Delaware. “And when they get out …, we will start on Hillary Clinton like nobody’s ever seen.”

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said on Friday the party was prepared for numerous scenarios, including a contested convention if no Republican has earned the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination.

Republican National Committee officials gathered in Hollywood, Florida to take stock of the race for the White House and prepare for the possibility of a contested convention in July in Cleveland.

Mexico’s new ambassador to the United States, Carlos Sada, vowed on Thursday to combat negative publicity in the U.S. campaign after Trump accused Mexico of sending drug traffickers and rapists into the United States and vowed to build a wall at the border.

Japanese firms said in a Reuters poll released on Wednesday that a Trump presidency would harm security partnerships.

 

 

 

 

Reuters wire.

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Trump Starts Bashing Clinton

Trump Starts Bashing Clinton, signaling his pivot to the Presidential campaign. The GOP primaries are almost over with both Cruz and Kasich mathematically eliminated.  It’s a smart move.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump attacked his top Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on Friday, calling her “crooked Hillary,” and promised his supporters that he would not bore them by becoming overly presidential. [editor’s note: crooked Hilary doesn’t roll of the tongue like lyin’ Ted]

 

See our official GOP primary calendar.

 

The comments undercut what his aides had said would be an attempt by the notoriously blunt-speaking Trump to project a more serious image after his win in New York’s nominating contest this week, including by rolling out more policy details.

“I can tell you that if I go too presidential, people are going to be very bored,” the New York real estate baron told Fox News in an interview that will air on Saturday. He added that he worried his supporters would “fall asleep.”

He went on to say that Clinton “is a person who’s got many, many flaws” and that she’s “the worst possible representative a woman can have,” as he shifted his focus away from Republican rivals and toward the Nov. 8 presidential election.

 

Keep reading:  Police Union Endorses Trump

 

“The only thing she’s got going is the women card,” Trump said in the excerpts released by the network on Friday. “We call her ‘Crooked Hillary’ because she’s a crooked person. She’s always been a crooked person.”

Clinton said at a campaign event in Pennsylvania she would not respond to Trump’s comments about her.

Donna Hoffman, the head of the political science department at the University of Iowa, said Trump’s fiery personality had put him in a bind at this stage of the race.

 

See the photos of Trump’s 100 Million Golden Penthouse.

 

“The impetus to become more presidential is coming from some of the elite organs of the GOP, but he got to where he is today because of his persona,” she said. “To continue this way will keep him alienated from the party, but to change means his supporters will question his authenticity.”

In a strong signal that his persona matters, a January survey showed that among Trump’s supporters about 43 percent said they liked him because he “speaks his mind,” while only 8 percent cited his policies. The survey was conducted by the Working America arm of labor organization AFL-CIO.

Trump’s win in his home state of New York on Tuesday bolstered his chances for the Republican presidential nomination, prompting a more serious study of his prospects in the general election.

Trump will give a foreign policy speech on Wednesday at the National Press Club, part of an expanded policy roll-out the campaign is planning, his aides told Republican leaders and lawmakers this week.

Read: Mike Ditka Endorses Trump

 

The speech will come the day after a round of primary contests in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, in which polls show him likely to do well.

REPUBLICANS GATHER IN FLORIDA

But Trump’s rivals have said he lacks foreign policy expertise, and several foreign leaders have said they are concerned about the idea of Trump in the White House.

“The mantra that somehow Donald Trump has become the presumptive nominee after New York is ridiculous,” Chad Sweet, campaign chairman for Texas Senator Ted Cruz, said on CNN on Friday.

Nationally, Trump has support from nearly half of all Republicans, compared with 28 percent for Cruz and 17 percent for Ohio Governor John Kasich, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

“Now there’s no path to victory for Cruz so he should get out. They should both get out,” Trump told supporters in Harrington, Delaware. “And when they get out …, we will start on Hillary Clinton like nobody’s ever seen.”

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said on Friday the party was prepared for numerous scenarios, including a contested convention if no Republican has earned the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination.

Republican National Committee officials gathered in Hollywood, Florida to take stock of the race for the White House and prepare for the possibility of a contested convention in July in Cleveland.

Mexico’s new ambassador to the United States, Carlos Sada, vowed on Thursday to combat negative publicity in the U.S. campaign after Trump accused Mexico of sending drug traffickers and rapists into the United States and vowed to build a wall at the border.

Japanese firms said in a Reuters poll released on Wednesday that a Trump presidency would harm security partnerships.

 

 

 

 

Reuters wire.

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Chinese Investors Stampede To Pay 68 Million

An investigation by SCMP into a recent stampede by Chinese investors to pay $68 million in two hours.  Chinese Investors are rushing to hide laundered money in Real Estate.

An SCMP investigation reveals the obscure transactions behind a commercial real estate frenzy, including a two-hour stampede by investors desperate to pay C$60m for a site valued at C$16m. Then, a month after taking ownership, they resold it for C$68m

For the past four months we have been closely following the sheer bubble panic, if not outright insanity, that has gripped the Vancouver housing market which has been over the past year, converted into the personal offshore piggybank of wealthy Chinese Investors oligarchs seeking to park laundered money outside of their home nation.

Nothing compares to this fascinating story reported first by the South China Morning Post, in which the paper’s investigation revealed the obscure transactions behind a commercial real estate frenzy, including a two-hour stampede by investors desperate to pay C$60m for a site valued at C$16m. Then, a month after taking ownership, they resold it for C$68m.

Julia Lau (inset) boasted on social media that the October sale of C$60 million
worth of shares in 1059 and 1075 Nelson Street (main picture) in Vancouver
had been sold out to investors in “7,200 seconds”.

It was in fall last year that Bruno and Peter Wall received an offer too good to refuse.

The prominent Vancouver property developers behind Wall Financial Corporation had spent C$16.8 million (HK$102 million) to buy two ageing walk-up apartment blocks on adjacent lots on Nelson Street in 2013. They had big plans for the downtown site: a glittering 60-storey residential skyscraper, taking advantage of the location within the city’s West End Community Plan, where a building could rise 168 metres tall under new zoning. The project was dubbed “Nelson on the Park” and the Walls turned to favourite designer Chris Doray to come up with what they hoped would be a new Vancouver landmark.

But now a consortium of investors was proposing something even more remarkable.

They would pay the Walls C$60 million for the site alone, which had just been valued at C$15.6 million by BC Assessment. The huge profit was impossible to resist, and the sale was completed in late January.

Doray, a 25-year veteran of the Vancouver development scene whose design has now been shelved, said he was “astonished” by the transaction, which he said set a new benchmark for commercial real estate in the city.

“The price on this block of land has now thrown everybody in the industry out of whack,” said Doray. “The property is worth, what, C$20 million, and somebody pays C$60million? One wonders what’s going on. Is this New York? Is this Hong Kong?”

1059 Nelson Street in downtown Vancouver, where property developers
Bruno and Peter Wall had once hoped to build a
60-story skyscraper.

The scale of the purchase, orchestrated by Sun Commercial Real Estate (Suncom) – a firm that specialises in pooling wealthy investors from Vancouver’s Chinese immigrant community – was exceptional enough.

The now-shelved design for ‘Nelson on the Park’.

But an investigation by the South China Morning Post now reveals the strange and frantic backdrop to the transaction – including a two-hour stampede by Suncom’s investors, desperate for a slice of the deal. It is a transaction that also sheds light on the rush of Chinese money fuelling Vancouver’s soaring real estate market.

The Post interviewed key players and pored over land titles, company directorship and address changes, and English and Chinese social media postings to understand a transaction that looked, from the outside, incomprehensible – and potentially disastrous.

But Suncom, whose activities are being reviewed by the BC Securities Commission, knew exactly what it was doing.

Because on February 29, one month after taking ownership of the Nelson Street site, the Suncom consortium flipped it, corporate records show.

The price was C$68 million. And the Post met the new buyer, a rich Chinese immigrant named Gao Shan, last month.

‘Prepare the bank draft tomorrow. The shares will be sold out on Monday’

The blocks of apartments at 1059 and 1075 Nelson St could not be more nondescript. On a recent afternoon, there was a broken ground-floor window at weary-looking 1075, a Canadian flag draped as a makeshift curtain. Next door, at 1059, a waft of marijuana smoke drifted out of an open window.

But as she considered the apartments last October 8, Suncom’s self-professed vice-president, Julia Lau Chi Yuen, told her Facebook friends she was feeling excited.

Julia Lau (centre) with performers at a Suncom party last July 19.

Once among the most successful realtors in Vancouver, the Hong Kong immigrant had been prohibited from practising the previous January, after voluntarily surrendering her license ahead of a disciplinary hearingby the Real Estate Council of BC.

Nine months later, she was busy rounding up investors for 1075 and 1059 Nelson Street, the site still owned by the Walls, which Suncom was promoting as “1065 Nelson St”. Lau was a good fit with Suncom, having fostered close connections with the city’s rich Chinese immigrant buyers; in a 2013 interview, she told the SCMP they made up 80 per cent of her customers and later boasted on her website of selling more than C$560 million worth of homes from 2009 to 2014.

In a Facebook post that Thursday, Lau claimed “we just bought” 1065 Nelson St. Suncom was offering C$60 million worth of “shares” in the property that were poised to go on sale the next week – and they would go fast.

“Whoever want [sic] to invest has to prepare the deposit with bank draft tomorrow. The shares will be sold out on Monday,” she predicted.

“The shares will be sold out on Monday”. An October 8, 2015,
Facebook posting by Suncom’s self-professed vice president Julia Lau.

It was no idle brag.

The Nelson Street sale was not the biggest that Suncom had promoted, but with its prominent downtown location and massive price-to-valuation mark-up, the transaction represented a culmination of efforts.

On February 21 last year, Suncom had pitched C$30 million worth of shares in two lots at Tisdall Street on Vancouver’s Westside, that had a BC Assessment valuation of only C$11.7million. Investors snapped up the shares in one day, Lau said on Facebook. Land titles show 5826 and 5860 Tisdall Street are now owned by a holding company (“5826&5860 Tisdall Holding Ltd”) whose directors are Suncom president Davidson Guo and Denise Dan Wei She.

A Chinese language flyer posted online by Julia Lau declares that shares in
1065 Nelson Street sold out in just “7,200 seconds”

Then, on May 22, Suncom put the site of Richmond’s Silver City entertainment complex up for grabs, with C$103 million worth of shares selling out in one week. Guo and She are also the directors of the company (“14111 Entertainment Blvd Investments Ltd”) that now owns that sprawling 10-hectare site.

Meanwhile, capital outflows from China were reaching a fever pitch, as companies and individuals scrambled to send money overseas last year in record volumes ahead of a feared yuan devaluation. The Canadian dollar was also plummeting, making Canadian property relatively more affordable to yuan earners, and average detached house prices in metro Vancouver soared more than 40 per cent last year, hitting an average of C$1.8 million.

Peer-reviewed research had previously indicated how Vancouver’s property market had decoupled from the local economy, and was instead being steered by recent immigrants’ foreign earnings and wealth. The vast majority of those rich immigrants have been Chinese.

And so, against this heady backdrop on the morning of October 12, Suncom threw open the gates for the Nelson Street sale.

The result was nothing short of a frenzy.

“The 60million dollars project at 1065 Nelson St Vancouver’s shares sold out in two hours! Thank you very much for the supporting from all my clients!” Lau announced on Facebook on October 14.

A Chinese-language flyer on Suncom letterhead she posted at the same time trumpeted the sale as her “perfect success”.

“Sale of C$60 million property project completed in 7,200 seconds,” it said. “My perfect success – thanks to the strong support and love of shareholders. My only return – the maximum returns I can bring to you.”

The Post has no evidence that Lau received remuneration for providing real estate services while unlicensed, as prohibited under the Real Estate Services Act; her Facebook posting from October 14 suggests that she claims not to have been paid. Nor does the Post suggest that Lau was selling shares in real property at the Nelson St site, as opposed to shares in a company that owned the site. Neither Lau nor her lawyer, Joe Carangi, responded to SCMP questions about her role in the Nelson Street sale and her other activities on behalf of Suncom.

“I’m so proud to call myself the vice president!” Julia Lau at a Suncom
party in photos she posted online last September.
The firm has since
claimed she was never an employee or
officer of the firm

Fundraising tactics used in deals involving Suncom have previously drawn the attention of the BC Securities Commission, which in January announced it was reviewing the firm’s activities, partly in response to an SCMP article about whether the firm was involved in crowdfunding. In BC, crowdfunding – the mass online recruitment of investors – is limited to C$250,000 per project and a maximum of two projects per year. Individual investors are limited to C$1,500 per project. The BCSC told the Post this month that the review of Suncom was ongoing.

In a statement issued on March 12 via lawyer James Carpick, the company said that “as far as Suncom knows, Ms Lau was never involved in ‘crowdfunding’.”

But the firm distanced itself from Lau, saying that she was never formally employed by Suncom, but was “allowed to use the title ‘Vice President’ for a few months in the summer of 2015”. “Suncom terminated her use of that title, although she may have placed ads that used it that could not be recalled instantly, and she may have used it for a longer time than she was permitted to do, but, if that happened, this was not something within Suncom’s control or done with its approval,” the statement said.

Suncom refused to discuss the identity of its investors, and whether they qualified for exemptions from prospectus-issuance, normally required in the case of securities sales.

As for Suncom’s plans for the site, the firm revealed that it had “no ongoing involvement” in the property.

The site had already been resold – and with speed that suggested negotiations were underway even before the purchase from the Walls had closed at the end of January.

Who owns 1065 Nelson Street?

Keeping up with the changing ownership of the Nelson Street site has been no simple matter.

The changes do not show up in land titles for the two lots, because they remain to this day in the hands of Nelson Street Residences Ltd, a firm set up by the Walls in 2013 which was added to the titles in March 2014.

Instead, it is ownership of Nelson Street Residences that has changed hands, thereby avoiding property transfer taxes of C$1.78 million for Suncom’s consortium. The share-transfer tactic is common among commercial real estate deals and perfectly lawful.

These transfers are depicted in directorship and mailing address changes for the company, which switched on January 30 from Wall Financial Corp’s office, to a multimillion-dollar penthouse in the downtown Shangri-La Estates. The new director was named as “Peter She”; Suncom refused to discuss his connection, if any, to the firm, and Peter She did not respond to SCMP questions delivered via a registered letter that was accepted at his address.

The land title for 1075 Nelson Street, obtained in January 2016, lists the
owner as Nelson Street Residences, whose address is
the Burrard Street
offices of Wall Financial Corp

A corporate search for Nelson Street Residences, conducted on February 10,
2016, lists Peter She as the new director, with the mailing address switching
to a penthouse in the Shangri-La Estates on West Georgia St.

However realtor David Taylor, the Colliers International vice-president who acted as a consultant to the Walls on the sale, confirmed that they had sold the Nelson Street site to Suncom’s consortium for C$60 million.

Joanne Liu, vice-president of Wall Financial, said she was prohibited from discussing the sale by a confidentiality clause, although she confirmed that Peter She did not represent the Walls.

In any case, Peter She did not last long in his position at Nelson Street Residences, because on February 29, directorship again changed, to a man named Gao Shan, whose address was listed as an accountancy office on West Broadway.

By keeping his name off the land titles, Gao legally avoided paying more than C$2million in property transfer taxes.

Another corporate search, conducted on March 24, shows that on February
29, 2016, Peter She was replaced by Gao Shan as the
sole director of
Nelson Street Residences, with its address moving
from She’s downtown
penthouse to an accountancy office on West
Broadway.

‘The whole industry is astonished’

Chris Doray, who designed Vancouver’s Wall Centre and was again commissioned by Bruno and Peter Wall for the ill-starred Nelson on the Park project, has watched the site change hands with a mounting sense of disbelief.

His innovative design for the site, nicknamed the “pixelated tower”, was shortlisted at the 2015 World Architecture Festival in Singapore. It features a lattice-like façade that seems to dissolve into the sky.

But Doray now considers the plans shelved. “[They] weren’t so much interested in the project, but more in the land, as an investment,” Doray said of the consortium that bought the site off the Walls.

The widespread industry rumour – since confirmed by the SCMP – that the site had already been flipped seemed to validate Doray’s suspicions that the previous sale was a purely “speculative purchase”.

“I cannot believe that people will pay that kind of money for a plot of land”.
Chris Doray, designer of the shelved “Nelson on
the Park” skyscraper.

A source familiar with the initial C$60 million sale said “this is Chinese money, looking for an increase in value of the land”. “It seems crazy to think that someone might pay more, say a year from now, but it’s happening all the time,” the source said apparently without realising that a subsequent sale had already taken place.

Doray said Wall Financial had attempted to persuade its buyers to press on with the skyscraper project, which he said had been “quite well received by the City” last summer.

“It was there, pretty much ready to go, but they were not interested. They just sold it to another party,” he said.

He said that in a quarter century of involvement in Vancouver’s real estate scene he had seen nothing like the transactions linked to the Nelson Street lot. “I cannot believe that people will pay that kind of money for a plot of land. The whole industry is astonished.”

The now-shelved design for ‘Nelson on the Park’, and its “pixelated” roof.

Meeting Mr Gao

In a strange twist, the new buyer of the site, Gao Shan, shares his name with a well-known Chinese investor and embezzler who lived as a fugitive in Vancouver before surrendering in 2012 to authorities in the mainland, where he is less than two years into a 15-year jail term.

A third Gao Shan, meanwhile, is listed by Interpol as a fraud suspect and international fugitive.

And so the SCMP requested to meet the director of Nelson Street Residences, to confirm that he was not acting on behalf of either of his dubious namesakes by using their identity documents. An April 4 meeting took place at the office of Gao’s accountant, Jonathan Wong.

Gao, tanned and dressed casually in a long-sleeved polo shirt, bore no resemblance to either of his namesakes, who are aged 50 and 52; he appeared younger than both. “[There are] many people named Gao Shan,” he joked in English, glancing at the Interpol notice.

Wong handed over his client’s BC drivers’ licence as identification, but the date of birth had been covered with an opaque piece of tape, which the SCMP asked to be removed. Wong was reluctant, citing concerns about identity theft, but Gao waved away his worries and the tape was briefly peeled off to show a 1971 birthdate matching neither that of the convicted embezzler nor the fugitive fraud suspect.

The SCMP makes no suggestion of any wrongdoing by Gao or Wong; nor does it suggest any connection between the Nelson Street Residences director and either of the two men who share his name.

Wong was keen for the meeting to end but the SCMP asked Gao for an on-the-record interview. The accountant demurred, but Gao gave a grin. “One question only,” Gao said, holding up a finger.

Why would Gao pay C$68 million for the Nelson Street properties, when this was so far in excess of the valuation? After a brief discussion in Putonghua, Wong answered on Gao’s behalf, without disputing the sum.

It is an investment that Mr Gao sees will give him a good return, and that’s why he made the purchase. I hate to give such a general answer but that’s how business decisions are made. If it’s not going to make money, he’s not going to invest,” Wong said.

The Post managed one follow-up question, asking Gao if he intended to develop the site. “Yes, this is a development site, it’s for development,” said Wong, after a nod from Gao. Wong also allowed that his client be described as a property developer. “I don’t believe there is anything more,” Wong said, and the meeting was adjourned.

In a subsequent email, Wong said: “Historical price and government assessment values were irrelevant in setting the purchase price of the two properties. Only the projected net profit was relevant.” He added that “you may be amazed” by checking the potential development returns on the site.

Designer Doray, who understands the potential of the site as well as anyone, isn’t so sure. “If the developer pays C$60 million for the piece of land, can you imagine what any condos on it would sell for, if they finally finish this project?” Doray said, laughing. “It will be untouchable – well, for the local market. It could only be an elite group of people at this price.”

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The First Bridal Collection by Elie Saab

Elie Saab’s bridal debut

It’s about time, we sighed, upon finding out that Elie Saab was delving into the bridal market. The Lebanese designer is a fixture of the French fashion scene, showing on both the ready-to-wear and couture calendars in Paris each year. And now, he’s offering his adoration of intricate details and ethereal silhouettes to blushing brides.

Mr. Saab’s nuptial trousers

Launching with 25 styles, Elie Saab Bridal provides options for brides of all sorts. Prefer a sharp jumpsuit, made for the modern romantic? Or would a daisy-encrusted tulle bridal gown be more your speed? What about a sweetly pleated grecian gown with hidden panels of lace? Luckily, all of those options are included in this collection. Particularly striking is a heavily embroidered column bridal gown, featuring an abbreviated train, a slender waist belt and a flowing veil.

A serious dose of embroidery

With this range, Mr. Saab is giving girls exactly what they want. The brand explained in a press release: “Signature embroideries and draperies echo the House’s history of craftsmanship…The collection also features shorter bridal dresses, alongside ballet slippers, speaking to the air du temps and the desires of contemporary brides today.”

She said “oui!”

Accompanying this launch is a digital campaign, focused around the word “oui.” Mr. Saab’s brides accent their Swarovski crystal headbands and sequins with edgy tattoos that say “yes” in French.

Modern bridal fashion

A handful of these bridal frocks are available for purchase and perusal now, in Elie Saab’s Paris, Beirut, Dubai and Hong Kong stores. Harrods, in London, will also be carrying a selection of these dresses. With a launch of this caliber, there’s no doubt that Mr. Saab will soon be joining the ranks of Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta as a go-to couture bridal designer for society swans and celeb sweethearts.

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The First Bridal Collection by Elie Saab

Elie Saab’s bridal debut

It’s about time, we sighed, upon finding out that Elie Saab was delving into the bridal market. The Lebanese designer is a fixture of the French fashion scene, showing on both the ready-to-wear and couture calendars in Paris each year. And now, he’s offering his adoration of intricate details and ethereal silhouettes to blushing brides.

Mr. Saab’s nuptial trousers

Launching with 25 styles, Elie Saab Bridal provides options for brides of all sorts. Prefer a sharp jumpsuit, made for the modern romantic? Or would a daisy-encrusted tulle bridal gown be more your speed? What about a sweetly pleated grecian gown with hidden panels of lace? Luckily, all of those options are included in this collection. Particularly striking is a heavily embroidered column bridal gown, featuring an abbreviated train, a slender waist belt and a flowing veil.

A serious dose of embroidery

With this range, Mr. Saab is giving girls exactly what they want. The brand explained in a press release: “Signature embroideries and draperies echo the House’s history of craftsmanship…The collection also features shorter bridal dresses, alongside ballet slippers, speaking to the air du temps and the desires of contemporary brides today.”

She said “oui!”

Accompanying this launch is a digital campaign, focused around the word “oui.” Mr. Saab’s brides accent their Swarovski crystal headbands and sequins with edgy tattoos that say “yes” in French.

Modern bridal fashion

A handful of these bridal frocks are available for purchase and perusal now, in Elie Saab’s Paris, Beirut, Dubai and Hong Kong stores. Harrods, in London, will also be carrying a selection of these dresses. With a launch of this caliber, there’s no doubt that Mr. Saab will soon be joining the ranks of Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta as a go-to couture bridal designer for society swans and celeb sweethearts.

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Flashback: Trump sued Bill Maher for $5 million

Back in 2013 Bill Maher took time off from smoking pot to shoot his mouth off on national tv to insult Donald Trump’s mother.  Trump sued him for $5 million and wiped the smirk of his face.

Donald Trump suing Bill Maher for $5 million after comedian fails to make good on offer to pay if mogul proves his father’s not an orangutan

  • Maher told Jay Leno he would donate $5 million to the charity of Donald Trump’s choice if he released his birth certificate
  • Real estate mogul produced the record of his birth, showing his father was human not an orangutan
  • Trump is suing Maher for $5 million
  • ‘I don’t know whether I will win or lose the Bill Maher lawsuit but had an obligation to sue for charity,’ Mr Trump said

In January of 2013, Bill Maher (who had given $2 million to Obama) appeared on the Jay Leno late night  tv show and proclaimed that he would donate $5 million to charity if Trump provided evidence that he was not the ‘spawn of his mother having sex with orangutan.’ [very entertaining video at the bottom]

Trump produced his AMERICAN birth certificate and now he is taking the comedian to court to force Maher to pay up – $5 million.

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On Monday evening Bill Maher (left) joked on the 'Tonight Show' that he would pay $5 million to charity if Donald Trump released his birth certificate

Bring it: Bill Maher (left) joked on the ‘Tonight Show’ in January that he would pay $5 million to charity if Donald Trump released his birth certificate.

‘I don’t know whether I will win or lose the Bill Maher lawsuit but had an obligation to sue for charity,’ Mr Trump said in a statement.

‘He promised me $5 million for charity if I provided certain information. Well, I provided the information. He didn’t pay. So today I sue Bill Maher for $5 million for charity,’ he said, calling into ‘Fox and Friends.’

‘I don’t think he was joking. He said it with venom. That was venom. That wasn’t a joke. In fact, he was nervous when he said it; it was a pathetic delivery. But he said, “I will give,” and said, “I will accept,”‘ he added.

Maher made his bet on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on January 8, 2013 to mock Trump’s maligned YouTube announcement last October in which Trump said he would donate $5 million of his own money to charity if President Obama would release his birth certificate and college records.

Lawyers for Donald Trump were swift to issue the property billionaire's birth certificate - releasing it the day after Maher's challenge

Evidence: Lawyers for Donald Trump were swift to issue the property billionaire’s birth certificate – releasing it the day after Maher’s challenge

Appearing on the NBC late night show, Mr Maher joked about Trump, the host of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice.

He suggested the multimillion dollar prize could be directed to the charity of Trump’s choice, naming the ‘Hair Club for Men’ or ‘The Institute for Incorrigible Douchebaggery’ as potential recipients.

Comparing Trump to an orangutan, Maher was drawing a comparison between the famously sandy hair of the New York billionaire and the great ape that roams the jungles of South East Asia.

In addition to calling Trump the son of an orangutan, Maher labeled Trump a ‘liar’ and a ‘racist’ and a ‘douche bag’ as he reacted to some derogatory tweets that Trump had posted online about him.

The self-styled “comedian” accused Trump of not even writing the tweets himself, but palming them off as a job to a ‘syphilitic monkey.’

But Trump accepted the challenge.

Shortly thereafter, Scott S. Balber, a lawyer for Trump, 66, sent the host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher a letter with the property magnate’s birth certificate attached and asked the comedian, who is estimated to be worth $40 million, to come up with the cash and honor his ultimatum.

The letter came with a birth certificate attached ‘demonstrating that he is the son of Fred Trump, not an orangutan. Please remit the $5 million to Mr Trump immediately.’

Trump indicated he wants to give $1 million each to charities for the Hurricane Sandy Victims, The Police Athletic League, The American Cancer Society, The March of Dimes and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The letter from Trump’s lawyer in full asking that Bill Maher come good on his multi-million dollar challenge

January 8, 2013

Mr. Bill Maher

Real Time with Bill Maher
CBS Studios
7800 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Dear Mr. Maher:

I represent Mr. Donald J. Trump.  I write on his behalf to accept your offer (made during the Jay Leno Show on January 7, 2013) that Mr. Trump prove he is not the “spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan.”

Attached hereto is a copy of Mr. Trump’s birth certificate, demonstrating that he is the son of Fred Trump, not an orangutan. Please remit the $5 million to Mr. Trump immediately and he will ensure that the money be donated to the following five charities in equal amounts: Hurricane Sandy Victims, The Police Athletic League, The American Cancer Society, The March of Dimes, and The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Regards,

Scott S. Balber

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Flashback: Trump sued Bill Maher for $5 million

Back in 2013 Bill Maher took time off from smoking pot to shoot his mouth off on national tv to insult Donald Trump’s mother.  Trump sued him for $5 million and wiped the smirk of his face.

Donald Trump suing Bill Maher for $5 million after comedian fails to make good on offer to pay if mogul proves his father’s not an orangutan

  • Maher told Jay Leno he would donate $5 million to the charity of Donald Trump’s choice if he released his birth certificate
  • Real estate mogul produced the record of his birth, showing his father was human not an orangutan
  • Trump is suing Maher for $5 million
  • ‘I don’t know whether I will win or lose the Bill Maher lawsuit but had an obligation to sue for charity,’ Mr Trump said

In January of 2013, Bill Maher (who had given $2 million to Obama) appeared on the Jay Leno late night  tv show and proclaimed that he would donate $5 million to charity if Trump provided evidence that he was not the ‘spawn of his mother having sex with orangutan.’ [very entertaining video at the bottom]

Trump produced his AMERICAN birth certificate and now he is taking the comedian to court to force Maher to pay up – $5 million.

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On Monday evening Bill Maher (left) joked on the 'Tonight Show' that he would pay $5 million to charity if Donald Trump released his birth certificate

Bring it: Bill Maher (left) joked on the ‘Tonight Show’ in January that he would pay $5 million to charity if Donald Trump released his birth certificate.

‘I don’t know whether I will win or lose the Bill Maher lawsuit but had an obligation to sue for charity,’ Mr Trump said in a statement.

‘He promised me $5 million for charity if I provided certain information. Well, I provided the information. He didn’t pay. So today I sue Bill Maher for $5 million for charity,’ he said, calling into ‘Fox and Friends.’

‘I don’t think he was joking. He said it with venom. That was venom. That wasn’t a joke. In fact, he was nervous when he said it; it was a pathetic delivery. But he said, “I will give,” and said, “I will accept,”‘ he added.

Maher made his bet on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on January 8, 2013 to mock Trump’s maligned YouTube announcement last October in which Trump said he would donate $5 million of his own money to charity if President Obama would release his birth certificate and college records.

Lawyers for Donald Trump were swift to issue the property billionaire's birth certificate - releasing it the day after Maher's challenge

Evidence: Lawyers for Donald Trump were swift to issue the property billionaire’s birth certificate – releasing it the day after Maher’s challenge

Appearing on the NBC late night show, Mr Maher joked about Trump, the host of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice.

He suggested the multimillion dollar prize could be directed to the charity of Trump’s choice, naming the ‘Hair Club for Men’ or ‘The Institute for Incorrigible Douchebaggery’ as potential recipients.

Comparing Trump to an orangutan, Maher was drawing a comparison between the famously sandy hair of the New York billionaire and the great ape that roams the jungles of South East Asia.

In addition to calling Trump the son of an orangutan, Maher labeled Trump a ‘liar’ and a ‘racist’ and a ‘douche bag’ as he reacted to some derogatory tweets that Trump had posted online about him.

The self-styled “comedian” accused Trump of not even writing the tweets himself, but palming them off as a job to a ‘syphilitic monkey.’

But Trump accepted the challenge.

Shortly thereafter, Scott S. Balber, a lawyer for Trump, 66, sent the host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher a letter with the property magnate’s birth certificate attached and asked the comedian, who is estimated to be worth $40 million, to come up with the cash and honor his ultimatum.

The letter came with a birth certificate attached ‘demonstrating that he is the son of Fred Trump, not an orangutan. Please remit the $5 million to Mr Trump immediately.’

Trump indicated he wants to give $1 million each to charities for the Hurricane Sandy Victims, The Police Athletic League, The American Cancer Society, The March of Dimes and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The letter from Trump’s lawyer in full asking that Bill Maher come good on his multi-million dollar challenge

January 8, 2013

Mr. Bill Maher

Real Time with Bill Maher
CBS Studios
7800 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Dear Mr. Maher:

I represent Mr. Donald J. Trump.  I write on his behalf to accept your offer (made during the Jay Leno Show on January 7, 2013) that Mr. Trump prove he is not the “spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan.”

Attached hereto is a copy of Mr. Trump’s birth certificate, demonstrating that he is the son of Fred Trump, not an orangutan. Please remit the $5 million to Mr. Trump immediately and he will ensure that the money be donated to the following five charities in equal amounts: Hurricane Sandy Victims, The Police Athletic League, The American Cancer Society, The March of Dimes, and The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Regards,

Scott S. Balber

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Prada Stock Down on Poor China Sales

Prada Stock Down failing to anticipate China luxury downturn.  The fahion house has missed 11 of the last 12 quarters.

Prada SpA reported its lowest profit in five years on ebbing demand in Asia and said it’s impossible to make any forecast this year, increasing the pressure on Chief Executive Officer Patrizio Bertelli to revive the Italian fashion company’s brands. The Italian luxury group reported a 26.6 percent drop in profits in the 12 months ended Jan. 31 to 330.9 million euros, or $364 million, compared with 450.7 million euros, or $590.4 million, in the same period in the previous year. The maker of Miu Miu handbags and Church’s shoes issued a statement last week. Many analysts estimated 348 million euros. Profit has missed forecasts in 11 of the past 12 quarters – a long term negative trend, and Prada stock is down again.

“What they have to do is basically relaunch the Prada brand,” said Mario Ortelli, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein.

Prada has become the poster child for the luxury sector’s woes. Sales fell 16 percent in Asia, its largest market, excluding currency swings. Prada has been hurt by collapsing demand in China, the strong dollar and terror attacks in Europe. Its chief financial officer quit in February after more than a decade at the company. The Prada Stock has fallen more than 40 percent in the past year and at HK$25.65 are below their 2011 initial public offering price of HK$39.50.

Not all fashion brands are suffering. Gianni Versace SpA has reported a 20 percent surge in earnings for last year and Chief Executive Officer Gian Giacomo Ferraris said last month that he’s cautiously optimistic for this year.

Prada’s inventory of finished products rose 7.6 percent to 614 million euros at the end of 2015. Sales growth hasn’t kept up as Prada has been adding more stores, eroding profitability as rent and personnel costs increase. Sales of leather goods declined almost 10 percent at constant exchange rates.

Prada will host a conference call from New York on Monday.

“In the coming months, the Prada Group will be focusing its energies on the development of new commercial and marketing initiatives to sustain organic growth, also by means of an extensive digital project to strengthen dialogue with our customers.”

Last December, talking about the nine-months results, Bertelli said during a call with analysts that the company was focusing on technology and social media, from Instagram to Twitter, to engage customers. He added that, from mid-January, Wi-Fi service would be available in its network of Prada and Miu Miu stores to make products more accessible to customers.

Chief financial officer Donatello Galli said during the call that Prada’s planned interactivity with customers will also allow the company to acquire “deeper insight” on their behavior. He noted it is increasingly challenging to serve the customer but sees this as “an opportunity.”

 

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Trump Dominates Latest Polls – California, New York, and North Eastern States

In the latest polls Mr. Trump leads in every state in every poll. Trump is expected to win 400 delegates in the GOP primaries in the next 2 weeks and seal the nomination.  Even leading in the polls, Mr. Trump is campaigning very hard, making appearances daily.

See our official GOP primary calendar.

It appears that Mr. Cruz has already given up.  Las week in the critical run-up to the New York primary Mr. Cruz cancelled all his appearances and fled to California leaving his wife Heidi behind.

 

Here are the amazing polls.

New York – April 19th

New York GOP Primary – 95 Delegates – In the latest polls by Emerson Trump leads with 55% Kasich with 21% and Lyin’ Ted with 18% of support.  The “New York values” comment has seriously damaged his chances in this contest, and he has abandoned the state.

 

  Keep reading:  Police Union Endorses Trump

Pennsylvania – April 26th

Pennsylvania GOP Primary – 71 Delegates – In the latest polls by CBS news, taken on April 13-15th, Trump leads with 46% Kasich with 26% and Lyin’ Ted with 23% of support.  The neighbor to Ohio is thought to be a Kasich stronghold, but a closer look at the Ohio results show that Trump support is very strong in Appalachia and in the destroyed manufacturing centers like Pittsburgh.

 

  See the photos of Trump’s 100 Million Golden Penthouse.

California – June 7th

California GOP Primary – 172 Delegates – In the latest polls by CBS news, taken on April 13-15th, Trump leads with 49% Kasich with 16% and Lyin’ Ted with 31% of support.  This is the biggest prize of the GOP nomination calendar, a majority win in this state and there will be no second ballot.

 

Read: Mike Ditka Endorses Trump

 

Maryland- April 26th

Maryland GOP Primary – 38 Delegates – In the latest polls by Momouth, Trump leads with 47% Kasich with 27% and Lyin’ Ted with 19% of support.

Connecticut – April 26th

Connecticut GOP Primary – 28 Delegates – In the latest polls by Emerson Trump leads with 50%, Kasich with 26%, and Lyin’ Ted with 17% of support.

 

 

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Trump Dominates Latest Polls – California, New York, and North Eastern States

In the latest polls Mr. Trump leads in every state in every poll. Trump is expected to win 400 delegates in the GOP primaries in the next 2 weeks and seal the nomination.  Even leading in the polls, Mr. Trump is campaigning very hard, making appearances daily.

See our official GOP primary calendar.

It appears that Mr. Cruz has already given up.  Las week in the critical run-up to the New York primary Mr. Cruz cancelled all his appearances and fled to California leaving his wife Heidi behind.

 

Here are the amazing polls.

New York – April 19th

New York GOP Primary – 95 Delegates – In the latest polls by Emerson Trump leads with 55% Kasich with 21% and Lyin’ Ted with 18% of support.  The “New York values” comment has seriously damaged his chances in this contest, and he has abandoned the state.

 

  Keep reading:  Police Union Endorses Trump

Pennsylvania – April 26th

Pennsylvania GOP Primary – 71 Delegates – In the latest polls by CBS news, taken on April 13-15th, Trump leads with 46% Kasich with 26% and Lyin’ Ted with 23% of support.  The neighbor to Ohio is thought to be a Kasich stronghold, but a closer look at the Ohio results show that Trump support is very strong in Appalachia and in the destroyed manufacturing centers like Pittsburgh.

 

  See the photos of Trump’s 100 Million Golden Penthouse.

California – June 7th

California GOP Primary – 172 Delegates – In the latest polls by CBS news, taken on April 13-15th, Trump leads with 49% Kasich with 16% and Lyin’ Ted with 31% of support.  This is the biggest prize of the GOP nomination calendar, a majority win in this state and there will be no second ballot.

 

Read: Mike Ditka Endorses Trump

 

Maryland- April 26th

Maryland GOP Primary – 38 Delegates – In the latest polls by Momouth, Trump leads with 47% Kasich with 27% and Lyin’ Ted with 19% of support.

Connecticut – April 26th

Connecticut GOP Primary – 28 Delegates – In the latest polls by Emerson Trump leads with 50%, Kasich with 26%, and Lyin’ Ted with 17% of support.

 

 

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