Cancer patients deserve support at work

first_imgCancer patients deserve support at workOn 1 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Employers need to offer support to workers who are suffering from cancer, arecent survey has suggested. Cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Relief said seven out of 10 people workingwith cancer felt it was very important for them to continue to work after beingdiagnosed, as it gave them a sense of normality, boosted morale and maintainedself-esteem. Half of the 165 people polled by Mori said colleagues had little or noknowledge of cancer, its treatments or its side-effects. Despite this, eightout of 10 sufferers (82 per cent) did feel colleagues had been very supportive.About 21 per cent felt their bosses had reacted negatively when they hadtold them they had cancer, with 13 per cent demanding they maintain their usualworkload. The most frequently cited problems were fatigue (41 per cent), anxiety (39per cent) and stress (30 per cent), with loss of concentration, depression andpain affecting a substantial number of people. Dr Jane Maher, chief medical officer at Macmillan Cancer Relief, said,”It is worth remembering that some cancers are curable, and that peoplecan live with cancer for a number of years. Employers’ support during keyperiods such as treatment or recuperation can make all the difference.” last_img read more

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is Broadway-Bound

first_imgYou will now be able to visit the sweet factory on the Great White Way! The West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is aiming to land on the Main Stem in the 2016-17 season. The London incarnation, which features a book by David Greig and music and lyrics by Tony winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, was helmed by Sam Mendes, however he will not direct the Broadway transfer. Rumor has it that Tony winner Jack O’Brien will reunite with his Hairspray collaborators Shaiman and Wittman to take charge of the musical this side of the pond.Based on Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory follows the adventures of young Charlie Bucket as he and four other children win golden tickets to visit the strange and eccentric world of Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory. The book was first adapted to the big screen in 1971 under the title Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. In 2005, Tim Burton directed a remake using the novel’s original title, with Johnny Depp playing Wonka. Jonathan Slinger currently appears in the role.The West End production officially opened at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane on July 25, 2013, starring Tony and Olivier Award winner Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka. No word yet on casting for the Broadway incarnation. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 14, 2018 View Comments Related Shows Charlie and the Chocolate Factorylast_img read more

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La Liga chief wants restart by June 12 despite eight new positive tests

first_img“Out of 2,500 individuals only eight positives. And the players already are in the final phase of the disease and this week they will be tested again.”Tebas added that when the competition restarts, players will be tested 24 hours beforehand. “In the match environment, infection is practically impossible because we have carried out a study that we will present that shows the smallest risk is in matches if everyone respects the medical protocol. “If things are done as they should be, there shouldn’t be any infections. If five infected appear in one club, it would suggest some negligence.”Players in Spain’s top-flight and Segunda division were allowed to carry out individual work at training grounds last week.The move was the beginning of a staggered training program with the aim to restart competitive games in the middle of June. La Liga insist identifying infected players through positive tests are part of that plan. The five players, who have not been officially named, will now be quarantined at home and tested again “in the next few days”. They will be allowed to rejoin their club’s training program only after obtaining two consecutive negative test results. La Liga’s training plan includes players initially carrying out work individually before then expanding into small groups and finally taking part in larger team sessions. Barcelona’s players were back for their first session on Friday while Real Madrid’s will return on Monday. The medical protocol for training is strict and includes players arriving already changed and at specific times to avoid contact with others. They wear masks and gloves, and have their temperatures taken before entering the premises. At the end of training, they take away a bag of fresh kit for the next day and shower at home. Last week, Leganes coach Javier Aguirre said he had been told that the proposed date to resume is June 20. That could correspond with the Spanish government’s de-escalation program, which includes outside events being allowed to go ahead in their fourth and final phase, as long as they are attended by fewer than 400 people. Football matches are expected to be staged behind closed doors for several months. Tebas said “it is not an option” to cancel the top flight given he estimates the economic fallout would cost clubs around a billion euros ($1.08 billion). But the third and fourth tiers in Spain will not complete their seasons, as confirmed by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Wednesday. Instead, promotions will be decided through play-offs and there will be no relegations.  The president of Spain’s La Liga on Sunday said he hopes the tournament can resume on June 12 but that their hands are tied by government health policy.Javier Tebas was speaking just hours after five players from Spain’s top two leagues had tested positive for coronavirus.He then confirmed that three non-playing staff had also tested positive. “I would like it [the season resuming] to be June 12, but it will depend on the numbers,” Tebas told Movistar.”In the end it will be up to the health authorities. They explain what can be done. We do not rush, we are not the ones who decide the phases.”Despite Sunday’s announcement of more positive tests, Tebas insisted Spain was on the right track for a speedy resumption of the sport.”It is less than we expected. We expected 25 or 30, according to the numbers seen in the Bundesliga and the potency of the virus in Spain.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Free screenings of

first_img7 July 2014South Africans will be able to watch a free morning screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom at selected cinemas across the country on 18 July, Nelson Mandela International Day.The Nelson Mandela Foundation and Ster Kinekor have partnered for the screenings, enabling members of the public to watch the 9.45am show of the award-winning biopic at any of 31 selected cinemas, on a first come, first served basis.The film, which covers Mandela’s extraordinary life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his election as president of South Africa, pays tribute to the revered world statesman who dedicated his life to the struggle against apartheid and the fight for freedom.“We are delighted to host South Africans for free in our cinemas to be inspired by this magnificent film based on our Madiba’s magnificent legacy,” Ster Kinekor CEO Fiaz Mohamed said. “We hope that many will leave our cinemas motivated more readily to serve others and serve our country.”Producer Anant Singh said his company had partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Mandela Day activities since its inception, and was delighted to continue the association.“We hope that the audience watching the film will be inspired to give back to their communities by following Madiba’s example,” Singh said.Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang said Madiba’s value system “rests on three pillars: free yourself, free others and serve every day. Let us all emulate the servant leader we loved by all becoming servant leaders ourselves.”The film will be screened at the following cinemas: Blueroute; Bridge; Brooklyn; Carlton; Carnival City; Cavendish; Cresta; Eastgate; Festival Mall; Gateway; Greenstone; Mall Of The North; Maponya; Mimosa; Mooi Rivier; Musgrave; N1 City; Northgate; Northmead; Parow; Promenade Mall; Riversquare; Rustenburg; Sandton; Secunda; Shelly Beach; Southgate; Sterland; Westgate; Wonderpark; and [email protected] Mandela International Day was officially adopted as an annual international day by the United Nations in November 2009.The idea is to do something of benefit to those around you on the day, which was inspired by Mandela himself when he said, at his 90th birthday celebration in London’s Hyde Park in 2008: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Activation Gallery – Diepsloot

first_imgPlay Your Part was at Akani Primary School in Diepsloot for a clean-up campaign that taught pupils about the importance of keeping their environment free of litter.Despite the morning heat, Miss Earth South Africa Carla Viktor and her runner-up, Jade Axon, as well as representatives from Play Your Part and GEM Project joined the schoolchildren on Saturday, 24 October, as they cleared the school of litter. According to Play Your Part representatives, the campaign was in line with Brand South Africa’s mandate to build pride, patriotism and a spirit of active citizenship. Its Play Your Part programme aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Viktor, who was crowned Miss Earth South Africa in September, said the clean-up formed part of the environmental work she would undertake during her year as titleholder. However, her biggest initiatives would be greening projects. “It involves a lot of tree planting, a lot of educational work at schools, teaching the kids why it is important to clean up and recycle, and also getting them to be active citizens.”At the same time as she undertakes her environmental work, she is also preparing for her next big project, that of winning the international Miss Earth pageant in Austria in December.               Play Your Part was at Akani Primary School in Diepsloot for a clean-up campaign that taught pupils about the importance of keeping their environment free of litter.last_img read more

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Ebay: SMBs Are Optimistic About the Holidays, New Year and Mobile Commerce

first_imgSmall and medium-sized businesses that sell online are expecting the remainder of this holiday shopping season to be strong, generally have an optimistic view of how their businesses will do in the near future, and consider mobile commerce an important part of that future. This is according to Ebay’s Online Business Index survey, which was conducted in the United States for the first time this year, after being done in Europe in Australia since 2008. Sixty percent of those surveyed said they were “optimistic” about the future of their businesses and 72% expected sales to increase as the holidays get closer. Most SMBs consider it important for businesses to be able to sell products from mobile devices, something eBay sellers have the luxury of being able to do quite easily. For small businesses operating outside of eBay’s e-commerce empire, however, mobile commerce is not always as easily achieved, given the costs associated with mobile development. The survey covered a range of other issues, including the proposed Internet sales tax, which small business owners overwhelmingly oppose. The survey results were based on an online query of 435 small businesses who are actively selling on eBay. Tags:#Analysis#biz Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… john paul titlow 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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What’s the Hardest Thing You Ever Had To Do? Startup Founders Share Their Darkest Moments

first_imgTags:#start#startups How to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative … Related Posts scott gerber How to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio…center_img AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them The ends justify the means, according to Machiavelli in The Prince back in the early 16th Century. The concept is hardly to news to countless startup founders who find themselves facing intense pressuresto survive and grow their companies in extraordinarily challenging conditions. Hopefully, the struggles and compromises are worth it in the end.We asked a panel of eight successful young entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to reveal the hardest, most wrenching thing they’ve had to do to build their businesses. When battling the economy, the competition and the many voices that say it’s impossible, some startup founders see these sometimes questionable actions as necessary parts of a larger strategy: 1. Unhooking From My Non-Entrepreneurial FriendsOne of the hardest things to do for me was to unhook from my group of non-entrepreneurial friends. It wasn’t necessarily a conscious choice at first; it just happened because we had different goals and found ourselves busy at different times. I noticed that as soon as I started surrounding myself with more entrepreneurs, things really took off in my business. That’s when I became conscious of the importance of the people you hang out with, and how much it impacts your business. Now I’m not saying I don’t talk to my non-entrepreneur friends, but I’m just more conscious about how I spend my time. – Nathalie Lussier, Nathalie Lussier Media 2. Turning Down a Dream Book DealIt’s always been my dream to be a published author, and I was elated when a major publisher came knocking a few months ago. But it became clear that writing this book was going to interfere with the big plans I had for my company for the latter half of 2012: namely, the creation of my new, advanced Web mastery course for women. Midway through our contract negotiations, I realized that writing the book would take up way too much of my time when I knew, deep down, that my first priority had to be developing my new offering. So although it was an extremely difficult decision, I turned down the offer. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, but saying “no” instantly opened up my heart and mind to all the amazing things I’m currently creating. – Amanda Aitken, The Girl’s Guide to Web Design 3. Burning Through the Talent PoolWithout any brand equity and very little capital, our startup, like many others, attracted only mediocre talent in our early stages. The odds of tackling the many challenges we faced at that time were stacked up against us, but we rallied our team around a well-articulated vision and with a greater sense of purpose to succeed beyond reason. But that was not the hardest part. Along the way, we admittedly burned through a lot of people who gave the company a lot. We learned that the those who take you from one stage to another may not always be right for whatever the next step is. In the short term, such changes are heart-wrenching and feel unfair – unless measured against the future prospect of greater success for an even larger group of stakeholders. – Christopher Kelly, NYC Conference Centers 4. Downsizing My LifestyleThe hardest thing that I’ve had to do to build my company is give up all of the lifestyle comforts that my extra money used to buy. Money that I used to spend on entertainment, trips or a better apartment had to be funneled back into my business. One day, one of my employees said, “Wow, you’re really getting a lot of use out of those shoes aren’t you?” That would have mortified me three years ago – not keeping up with new trends or not having a nicer apartment. It may sound shallow, but slowly giving up all of those life perks I used to have has made me realize how important it is to me for my business to grow and where my priorities are. – Caitlin McCabe, Real Bullets Branding 5. Admitting WeaknessIt is very hard for us to look at our flaws, let alone to correct them. It was around the age of 30 that I realized that even though I had the business talent, I lacked the leadership and people skills that turn a young entrepreneur into a successful leader. This realization meant changing old habits, such as listening to the employees of my firm, listening to my clients, valuing relationships more and understanding that in business, you can only control so much and you have to let the rest fall into place. It was very difficult for me to come to this realization, as we tend to only focus on what we are doing correctly, simply because it’s more pleasant to do so. However, it’s also best to look at our weaknesses and correct them. – Ken Sundheim, KAS Placement 6. Bootstrapping the CompanyBootstrapping has been our most gut-wretching choice in building our business. We’ve had several opportunities to accept funding from angels, but our team was committed to self-funding because we wanted to have full control over our business’ vision and direction – without any distraction from investors and their opinions. There were certainly moments in our history where cash flow was tight – and where our business completely depended on a successful launch of some feature or product. But we were able to make it through those tough times, and today, we enjoy a healthy business that is very profitable and fully under the control of our team. – Eric Bahn, Beat The GMAT 7. Rejecting Attractive Job OffersI’ve been offered full-time jobs since I’ve built my business. The idea of at least doubling what I’m actually taking home (based on how much I funnel right back into the business) is incredibly appealing. But I’ve done it, and I’ll keep on refusing job offers. The same holds true of big projects and contracts that aren’t a good match with what I need to do to grow my business, as hard as it is to turn down cash in hand. – Thursday Bram, Hyper Modern Consulting 8. Sacrificing Family TimeI’ve sacrificed quality time that I would be spending with family and friends. Building a successful company requires time and focus, and that means I have less time to spend with my wife and friends. Even when I did have the time, my mind was usually thinking about building the business, rather than being present. It ís difficult, but as long as you work toward achieving goals and let yourself ease up once you achieve them, itís worth it. – John Hall, Digital Talent AgentsThe Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC recently published #FixYoungAmerica: How to Rebuild Our Economy and Put Young Americans Back to Work (for Good), a book of 30+ proven solutions to help end youth unemployment. How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…last_img read more

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London Olympics: Coach Michael Nobbs happy with hockey team’s preparations

first_imgThe Indian hockey team had a longish workout under a clear sky at the Riverbank arena on Wednesday evening.Doubts were raised over the fitness of two key players – Sardar Singh and Ignace Tirkey. However, watching them stretch, train and play a short game, they looked quite comfortable on the blue turf.To someone watching the new turf for the first time, the colour is a bit jarring on the eye. But most changes in the field of play these days are being done with television in mind. Even though the fluorescent green ball travelled quite fast, the dark pink border around the turf again hit the naked eye.Coach Michael Nobbs was quite relaxed after practice when he spoke to Mail Today. “You have seen the entire team at practice and train, so it’s clear there are no fitness issues,” said Nobbs.In his view, the best 12 teams on planet are playing the men’s hockey competition at the Olympics. “It doesn’t matter whether you are back in the Olympic fold after eight years. What matters is the top teams are here and have done so after proper qualification. And India is one of them,” said Nobbs.The Riverbank stadium is a temporary structure and very different from the Capital’s National Stadium. The entire seating is on a temporary steel structure and the view is good.Talking about the weather, Nobbs wished it gets as hot as possible. “That’s the weather which should suit our boys,” feels Nobbs.As regards predictions, Nobbs wasn’t willing to be drawn into a deep conversation. “The first match is against Holland and you know what kind of a record they have in the last three Olympics. Then you have Germany, so it can’t get any tougher,” he said.advertisement”The team has to believe in itself and we will see. There are still a few days to go,” said Nobbs, who became a hero after India won the Olympic qualifier earlier this year. Meanwhile, penalty corner specialist Sardar Singh was also happy. “The turf is now playing better and the bounce is more even. The mood in the Indian camp is good,” he added.last_img read more

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Michael Avenatti charged with trying to extort millions from Nike

first_imgFILE – In this Nov. 14, 2018, file photo, Michael Avenatti speaks to the media outside the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division after posting bail for a felony domestic violence charge. U.S. prosecutors announced Monday, March 25, 2019 they have charged Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said Avenatti was arrested Monday in New York. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker, File)NEW YORK — Michael Avenatti, the pugnacious attorney best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, was arrested Monday on charges that included trying to shake down Nike for as much as $25 million by threatening the company with bad publicity.Avenatti, who was also accused of embezzling a client’s money to pay his own expenses, was charged with extortion and bank and wire fraud in separate cases in New York and California. He was arrested at a New York law firm where he had gone to meet with Nike executives. It was just minutes after he tweeted that he planned to hold a news conference Tuesday to “disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by @Nike that we have uncovered.”ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving “When lawyers use their law licenses as weapons, as a guise to extort payments for themselves, they are no longer acting as attorneys. They are acting as criminals,” said Geoffrey S. Berman, the U.S. attorney in New York.California investigators had been building a case against Avenatti for more than a year, but prosecutors in New York said their investigation began only last week and was completed in days.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn the California case, Avenatti allegedly misused a client’s money to pay his debts and those of his coffee business and law firm. Federal prosecutors said he also defrauded a Mississippi bank by using phony tax returns to obtain millions of dollars in loans.The allegations “paint an ugly picture of lawless conduct and greed,” said Nick Hanna, the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles. Avenatti describes himself on Twitter as an attorney and advocate, but the accusations describe “a corrupt lawyer who instead fights for his own selfish interests.” Prosecutors said Avenatti and another attorney, whom they called a co-conspirator, initially approached Nike on behalf of a client who coached a Nike-sponsored Amateur Athletic Union basketball program in California.They claimed to have evidence of misconduct by Nike employees and threatened to hold a news conference last week on the eve of a company’s quarterly earnings call and the start of the NCAA tournament. Avenatti told Nike the company could either pay them $15 million to $25 million to investigate the allegations, or pay him more than $22 million for his silence, the criminal complaint said.Two people familiar with the investigation confirmed that the unidentified co-conspirator was Mark Geragos, a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer known for his work with celebrities. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the information was not made public by prosecutors.Geragos, a CNN contributor, has a client list that has included Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder, Scott Peterson and most recently Jussie Smollett, the actor accused of fabricating a racist, anti-gay attack in Chicago. Geragos did not respond to messages seeking comment. Within hours, CNN cut ties with him.While lawyers sometimes make demands to seek out-of-court settlements, they cannot threaten to go public with damaging information to get something of value or gain leverage in a civil dispute, attorney Neama Rahmani said.“The Department of Justice historically has been very cautious when charging attorneys, so they likely have evidence that Avenatti seriously crossed this line,” said Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor.Nike officials told investigators Avenatti claimed to know of rules violations by an amateur basketball team sponsored by Nike. Executives immediately reported the threats to federal authorities.The company “firmly believes in ethical and fair play, both in business and sports, and will continue to assist the prosecutors,” Nike said in a statement.He rose to national prominence by representing Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in a lawsuit to break a confidentiality agreement to speak about her alleged affair with Trump. He also made headlines in recent weeks for representing two women who accused R&B star R. Kelly of sexual abuse.Daniels said she was “saddened but not shocked” by the arrest. She issued a statement Monday on Twitter saying she fired Avenatti a month ago after “discovering that he had dealt with me extremely dishonestly.” She said she would not elaborate. Big 12 a bust with early NCAA Tournament flameouts MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss While Avenatti’s lawsuit effectively tore up the gag order that threatened financial penalties if Daniels spoke about the case, a defamation lawsuit filed on her behalf against Trump backfired, and a court ordered her to pay the president’s $293,000 in legal fees.Avenatti himself has been dogged with tax and financial troubles in recent years.A U.S. bankruptcy court ordered his former firm to pay $10 million to a lawyer who claimed it had misstated its profits. The Justice Department also alleged Avenatti made “misrepresentations” in the bankruptcy case and said his former firm still owed more than $440,000 in unpaid federal taxes, which Avenatti dismissed as “part of a smear campaign.” He said he did not personally owe any of the money, and another lawyer later said the matter had been resolved.The bank fraud case involved $4 million in loans he got from Peoples Bank in Biloxi, which prosecutors said he obtained by filing fraudulent tax returns claiming $14 million in income over three years. However, he never filed tax returns those years, nor paid the $2.8 million he reported on the forms. In fact, he still owed more than $850,000 to the IRS at the time for previous income.Mark Pearson, the assistant agent in charge of the IRS office in LA, said Avenatti’s crimes supported a $200,000-a-month lifestyle, a car racing venture and pricey homes in the wealthy Orange County communities of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES Avenatti appeared briefly in court Monday evening in New York and was ordered released on $300,000 bond. He did not enter a plea. Emerging from the courthouse, he thanked the federal agents who arrested him for being courteous and professional.“As all of you know, for the entirety of my career I have fought against the powerful. Powerful people and powerful corporations. I will never stop fighting that good fight,” he said. “I am highly confident that when all the evidence is laid bare in connection with these cases, when it is all known, when due process occurs, that I will be fully exonerated and justice will be done.”The arrest was a sharp reversal of fortune for the 48-year-old lawyer, who, less than a year ago, emerged as a leading figure in the anti-Trump movement, with relentless cable news appearances, a hard-punching style and a knack for obtaining information about others’ wrongdoing. At one point, he even flirted with a presidential run.Donald Trump Jr. gloated over the arrest on Twitter.“Good news for my friend @MichaelAvenatti, if you plead fast enough, you might just get to share a cell with Michael Cohen!” he wrote, referring to the former Trump lawyer set to go to prison next month for crimes that include orchestrating hush-money payments to Daniels. Trump mocked Avenatti by ending with the lawyer’s trademark hashtag #basta, an Italian word meaning “enough.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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