Reis Thebault, The Washington Post Published 5:51 pm PDT, Wednesday, March 27, 2019 George Papadopoulos was headed to prison - and he was scared. He had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and was sentenced to two weeks hard time at a minimum-security federal facility in rural central Wisconsin. The 31-year-old erstwhile Trump campaign aide who was a focus of special counsel Robert Mueller III's probe was told it'd be no big deal, just some white-collar criminals caught up in financial crimes, "stuff like that," he wrote in his new book, "Deep State Target." But, still, it was prison. Prison. "All I knew about prison was what I'd seen in the movies - gang violence, prison rapes, segregation, abusive jailers," Papadopoulos recounted in the book. "On top of everything, it was going to be freezing cold, with crappy weather. I wasn't sure I would last a day." But when he showed up at the Federal Correctional Institution in Oxford, Wisconsin, in late November, he almost … [Read more...] about Standing ovations, ‘street cred’ and ‘Trump Country’: Papadopoulos’s time in prison
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WITH Christmas just days away, unorganised men and women (but mostly men) have hit the shops to find the perfect present. So how much money are retailers are expecting to rake in this Super Saturday? What is Super Saturday? Super Saturday is expected to be the biggest day for retailers of the year as Brits hit the shops in preparation for Christmas. Shoppers are expected to buy up big for last minute gifts including cosmetics, perfume, clothing and footwear. Footfall on shopping streets is expected to be up by at least 20 per cent in comparison to average Saturdays during the year. Jimmy New, director of marketing at VoucherCodes, said: "Super Saturday will be a big shopping day for both retailers and consumers alike as millions flock to stores looking to snap up last-minute gifts and other essentials before Christmas Day." How much money will be spent? In all, shoppers are expected to part ways with £1.65billion this Super Saturday, which falls three days before Christmas. Around … [Read more...] about What is Super Saturday, how much money will be spent and which UK cities are the busiest?
RETAIL mogul Mike Ashley praised himself as he was questioned by MPS - insisting he is "actually a very fair guy". The Sports Direct founder warned the death of the high street is near, but with his retail skills there could be light at the end of the tunnel for House of Fraser. Quizzed by members of the Housing and Local Government Select Committee, Mr Ashley said nobody would be able to keep all 59 of the department store's branches open "except God". He claimed it would be a stretch to even keep 80 per cent of its stores open, before insisting he was not comparing himself to God. Mr Ashley said: "I'm not Father Christmas, I'm actually a very fair guy." In order to save the high street, he declared ministers should bring in the additional tax for retailers who make more than 20 per cent of their sales online. He raged: “The internet is killing the high street. It’s not House of Fraser’s fault, it’s not Marks & Spencer’s fault, it’s not … [Read more...] about Retail mogul Mike Ashley insists he’s a ‘fair guy’ as he’s questioned by MPs over House of Fraser takeover
RETAIL tycoon Mike Ashley told MPs today the majority of the High Street was “dead at the bottom of the swimming pool” as he painted a bleak picture of Britain’s town centres. But the Sports Direct founder said it could be revived with an “electric” shock - as he urged ministers to bring in a 20 per cent web tax. He declared ministers should bring in the additional tax for retailers who make more than 20 per cent of their sales online to save the High Street. The businessman insisted he was “no crazy capitalist” as he urged radical action to stop Britain’s town centres outside of London turning into “ghost towns”. He raged: “The internet is killing the high street. It’s not House of Fraser’s fault, it’s not Marks & Spencer’s fault, it’s not Debenhams’ fault the high street is dying. “I want to make it crystal clear, the mainstream high street as we think about it today - not … [Read more...] about Tycoon Mike Ashley warns MPs High Street is ‘dead at the bottom of a pool’ and only a 20% tax on web giants can save it
News / UK and world by Press Association December 3, 2018, 5:27 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter High street tycoon Mike Ashley has called for a new tax on online retailers as part of a radical change he says is needed to save the high street. Appearing before MPs, the Sports Direct founder said any retailer that makes more than 20% of its sales online should be subject to an additional tax. He said this would encourage businesses like Sports Direct to open more stores rather than increasingly shifting to digital sales channels. “It’s not House of Fraser’s fault, it’s not Marks & Spencer’s fault, it’s not Debenhams’s fault the high street is dying,” Mr Ashley said. “The internet is killing the high street.” The businessman, who has expanded his high street empire this year with the acquisitions of House of Fraser and Evans Cycles, warned most high streets will … [Read more...] about Mike Ashley urges tax on internet retailers to save high street