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Formal complaints continue vs. Frontier

 

It’s been less than two months since Frontier Communications took over FiOs Internet, phone and television services from Verizon, and users are still reporting problems.

Since April 1, there have been 619 consumer complaints made to the Public Utilities Commission in the state, and more than 400 have been filed since April 28, said Terry Hadley, director of communication for PUC.

The commission regulates utilities statewide, but only has authority over the phone service that Frontier now provides, not Internet. PUC staff are now reviewing all of the complaints to determine what jurisdiction the body might have, and which have to be reported to the Federal Communications Commission.

“We set up a project to review the complaints and put any informational filings with it, so we’ll be working on that,” Hadley said. “[The complaints] seem to have tapered off in the past week, after they’ve been steady for about two months now.”

Through a public relations professional, Rachel McGallian, vice president for marketing in the southern region at Frontier, said most complaints came from service issues that weren’t part of the switch.

“Frontier Communication’s first priority continues to be our customers. While the PUC has received service complaints, many are unrelated to the conversion and a result of service disruptions caused by either weather related events or issues that arise while operating a complex network,” McGallian’s emailed statement said. “At this time, all service issues related to the conversion have been substantially resolved and the level of reported outages is now trending at approximately the levels we expect for these properties.”

Customers are still having issues with service interruptions and delays in getting service restored, as well as missed appointments and confusing phone calls.

In a recovery action plan Frontier issued earlier this month, it said the company is working to keep training Verizon technicians on Frontier systems, something that wasn’t allowed until the April 1 switch. It also stated that customers who had service disruptions would see credits on their bills by the end of June.

Mike Donnelly, mayor of Double Oak, addressed the PUC last week, noting he’s had several constituents complain about the service and some have been forced to pay cancellation fees to leave the company because of lack of service.

“They were stuck in a bind,” he said. “You had students who couldn’t get service at home to complete their schoolwork, and you have people who work from home, so it becomes a commerce issue and an educational issue.”

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While Donnelly didn’t know at what rate his constituents were experiencing service errors, during the PUC meeting he questioned if only less than 1 percent of customers in the state experienced problems during the switch.

Charter Communications, the other main Internet service provider in the Denton area, has a program where they pay the cancellation fees associated with leaving another service provider for up to $500 of charges, said Brian Anderson, a spokesman for Charter.

While he couldn’t give specifics regarding people leaving Frontier for Charter, he said the company is continuing to upgrade and expand networks across the region — including in Denton.

If people are experiencing problems, visit the meetfrontier.com website or call customer service for residential accounts at 1-800-921-8101 and for business accounts call 1-800-921-8102.

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Carrick and Manchester United yet to discuss new contract

 

Kissing goodbye? Carrick is out of contract at United soon

  Kissing goodbye? Carrick is out of contract at United soon

  Manchester United have not discussed Michael Carrick 's future with the midfielder as he approaches the final month of his existing contract.

  Carrick, who turns 35 in July, signed a one-year extension last year but revealed in February he had not held talks about remaining at United.

  However, M.E.N. Sport understands the club has not even spoken with the club's second-longest serving player about his future and Carrick had to personally arrange for his children to accompany him onto the pitch against Bournemouth on Tuesday.

  Two seasons ago, interim manager Ryan Giggs arranged for Rio Ferdinand 's children to be mascots for his last Old Trafford appearance against Sunderland, a week before he was shabbily informed he would not receive a new contract in the dressing room at Southampton.

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  Rashford limps offIt is believed Carrick, who has now won every major trophy during his 10 years with United, would be open to ending his career at boyhood club Newcastle, but does not want to play for the Magpies in the Championship.

  Carrick jointly hoisted the FA Cup with captain Wayne Rooney on Saturday and United's players are believed to have arranged a get together for Carrick, regardless of whether he is offered a new deal or not.

  A source said the players are 'desperate' for Carrick to stay and injured defender Luke Shaw outlined the significance of the vice-captain's seniority in the FA Cup final programme.

Carrick dances with the Cup

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  Carrick dances with the Cup

  “Carras is like the father figure in the team now,” Shaw said. “He tends to give advice and look out for people because he's a caring guy.

  “What he's been through with this club is massive, but you can forget sometimes because he's so humble. He's a great player who has achieved so much.”

  Jose Mourinho's imminent appointment could clarify Carrick's future, since the club has not agreed any new playing deals this calendar year, with 19-year-old Cameron Borthwick-Jackson also out of contract in the summer.

  Last year, United concluded deals for Tyler Blackett, Paddy McNair and Andreas Pereira when they were in the last six months of their contracts. Chris Smalling and Phil Jones also inked new deals, with their previous deals expiring in summer 2016.

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BCF Holds Second Annual Evening of Class

 

BCF Holds Second Annual Evening of Class

On Friday, April 29, students at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville could be seen gathered around the gazebo taking photographs in their formal attire in preparation for the second annual “Evening of Class” formal dinner. The dinner was held in the BCF Wellness Center which was transformed into a formal dining venue featuring white table linens, crystal vases with roses and baby’s breath, and votive candles elegantly arranged on the tables.

This year, over 100 students and guests were in attendance for the formal evening. Students and those accompanying them entered the Wellness Center retrieving their place cards and arranging them on the table, while providing broad smiles as the camera captured memories at the photo booth. The evening began with the invocation and blessing from retired United States Navy Captain and BCF Vice President for Development Charles Parker. Students were served each course by faculty and staff members who were formally trained and dressed as waiters for the evening. Following completion of the salad, students were served the main course featuring entrée selections of either pork loin or chicken pasta. After everyone finished the main course, dessert and coffee was served as students enjoyed the special after dinner speaker, BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen. The Wellness Center was filled with appropriate laughter as Kinchen encouraged students to pursue individuality and dedication in sharing the Gospel.

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“I am genuinely thrilled about the outcome of the formal,” stated event coordinator and Baptist Collegiate Ministries Director Jonah Powers. “I am thankful that students took the time to learn and implement the proper formal etiquette protocols, as these skills will be beneficial in their future.”

As students look forward to next year’s formal and the etiquette classes leading up to the event, there is little doubt that the formal dinners are a huge success with the students and servers. According to several students, the skills learned from the formal evening and the etiquette classes have already proven useful in their personal lives, with one student saying that he used the knowledge obtained through the BCF etiquette instruction on three separate occasions over the past year.

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Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford's advice from Rooney

 

Marcus Rashford embraces Wayne Rooney after scoring the winner against Aston Villa in April

Wayne Rooney has limited his advice to United's teenage striker Marcus Rashford and just wants the Mancunian to enjoy himself.

The 18-year-old has joined his club captain in Roy Hodgson's provisional 26-man England Euro 2016 squad following a spring goal blitz for the Reds.

Rashford's breakthrough came at Rooney's expense when the 30-year-old suffered a knee ligament injury in February.

The academy product has since scored seven goals in 16 starts but Rooney has let him get on with his game.

“At the minute he's a young lad and he doesn't need that much advice from me. Just let him play and enjoy his football,” said Rooney.

“I am sure there will be a time when he does need it from myself, from the manager, from Giggsy, from other players, but I think the most important thing for him and the team is to just let him go and play and enjoy it.

Just enjoy it Rooney tells Rashford

“The young lads have come in at a really difficult time for the team for us. But even though we weren't going through the best of times I think they've been brilliant. They've come in under huge pressure in games that we've had to win and performed well for us.

“In particular Marcus has come in and scored some really important goals for us and really kept us in with a shout. He's been a good attacking point for the team.

“Everyone at the club is delighted. It is always great when you see young players coming through.

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Credit goes to the manager for that. It would have been easier to play players who were a bit more senior but he's put them in and they've done well.

“It's always exciting working with young players. People forget how young Anthony Martial is. The club bought him so he hasn't come through the academy but he's still only a really young lad.

“He's still learning, improving and the same goes with Memphis, Marcus, Jesse (Lingard). It is an exciting time for the club.

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“Hopefully they keep improving as players and it'll be a really bright future for Manchester United.”

Rashford's introduction has seen Rooney move into a midfield role mainly since his comeback and the young hitman's role up front has injected new life into the Reds.

“There have been a few changes in terms of how we play and the lads are enjoying it,” added Rooney.

“I feel we're playing better football – more exciting, attacking football – which obviously we always want to play. In terms of the changes the manager had to make at the time I think that has helped us and we have been more consistent.”

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Phoenix wedding artists file ‘religious

 

Cheryl Taylor and Jennifer Smith hold hands as they arrive for the Grand Pride Wedding, a mass gay wedding at Casa Loma in Toronto, Canada, on June 26, 2014 [AFP]

two Phoenix women who specialize in designing wedding-related artwork filed a lawsuit calling for the city’s anti-discrimination statutes — which covers LGBT residents — to be overturned, the Arizona Republic reported.

The suit was submitted by the conservative group Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, who described themselves as evangelical Christians fearing legal action if they refuse to comply with the statute.

“Joanna and Breanna believe that God created marriage as a union exclusively between one man and one woman,” the suit stated. “And they cannot create art for events that celebrate any other kind of marriage, including same-sex marriage.”

The ordinance, which was approved in 2013 by the city council, prohibits privately-owned businesses from discriminating against LGBT residents, and states that business proprietors that refuse to comply could face a $2,500 fine and six months in jail. An attorney for the two artists, Jeremy Tedesco, said that it violates the state constitution’s free speech and religious toleration clauses.

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“Artists shouldnt be threatened with jail for disagreeing with the government,” Tedesco said in a statement. “The government must allow artists the freedom to make personal decisions about what art they will create and what art they won’t create.”

Mayor Greg Stanton, who voted in favor of the ordinance, has already promised to “defend it aggressively.” Attorney and LGBT advocate Brendan Mahoney, who helped write it, also criticized the lawsuit.

“Fifty years ago, people argued that their religious beliefs protected them and allowed them to refuse to serve blacks at white-only lunch counters,” he said. “The only difference today is now we’re talking about

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New D.C. Fashion & Art Gallery Opens as the ‘The Museum’

 

The Museum isn’t your typical art gallery.

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After launching on April. 8, many young D.C. residents are already showing up at this creative space. Greg Harrison, general manager, said The Museum is an attempt to influence young leaders in the world of fashion and art through his eyes. “I expected more,” said Harrison. “I’m an extremist.” Before Harrison became an owner of his own art gallery, he was heavily involved in the music industry. In 2008 he owned a “multifaceted marketing and managing company” which helped build brands for their clients involved in music, entertainment, sports management and more. As a proud native of D.C., he has worked with music artists who have taken their talents outside of the district (respectfully) while working with Wale and Northeast rapper, Fat Trel. Growing up in Southeast, D.C., Harrison saw his city rapidly changing for the better and worse, but knew in order for him to continue to see his city grow in a positive direction, it would start with working with other inspirational artists who shared his passion. Even though the fashion and art gallery carries an un-Googleable name, it is far from an actual museum. Harrison focuses on the “root” word of museum, “muse.” He wants his shop to become “a source of inspiration” for other artists to follow. “We wanted to display artwork from the old D.C. culture,” said Harrison. Thus far, The Museum has hosted an array of pop up shops, a fashion show collaboration with Reebok, a book signing with Karen Civil, author of “Be You & Live Civil,” and listening parties. Located in Northeast, D.C., The Museum is surrounded by a small market strip that serves more nutritional meals than your average fast food carryout most may run into while in D.C. “This looks like Fairfax District in L.A. to me, so to me this is going to be Fairfax,” said Harrison. “I want to have that coffee shop feel. This is a more family and more neighborhood feel…it’s like that pure culture.” Inside the art space the feel of the energy of urban culture and a modern lifestyle is everywhere. From graffiti that says, “The Museum” to an exclusive sneaker collection displayed as art to hand crafted chairs and a sofa blocked off by a gated rope, because it is not art but furniture for sale for between $2400 and $7500. Further inside the building there are canvas paintings, a station for people to curate posts on social media, figurines, sneakers, and clothing and accessories from well-known designer labels like Ceast and Desist, Billionaire Boys Club and Publish. Harrison collaborates with many brands by hosting pop up shops before selling any of the designer’s merchandise at The Museum. “When we do pop up shops that’s how we introduce new brands,” said Harrison. The Museum even has their own private label that is sold in the store, like their original Southeast hoodies, called “S.E” as well as designer fitted baseball caps. As for how the art displayed is picked, “For the most part we’ve been getting artists who’ve been organically hitting us up,” said Harrison.

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Zaha Hadid Show in Venice Will Celebrate Architect’s Career

 

LONDON — An impromptu retrospective of the work of the Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid will open in Venice this month during the city’s Architecture Biennale. It will be the first Hadid exhibition since her death on March 31 at age 65.The 10-room exhibition, which will run from May 26 to Nov. 27 at the Palazzo Franchetti, is financed by the Fondazione Berengo, a Venetian foundation that promotes the art of glass making.The show will offer an overview of 35 years of Ms. Hadid’s career, from unrealized early projects — including a 1985 plan to transform Trafalgar Square in London — to works in progress, such as a port headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium, that is to open in September and a residential building on the High Line in New York that is due to be finished early next year. The retrospective will be announced this week by Ms. Hadid’s studio and the foundation.The idea for a Hadid exhibition came up in October when the Fondazione Berengo’s director, Jane Rushton, got in touch with Ms. Hadid on a visit to London. Ms. Hadid subsequently designed sinuous, vase-like sculptures for the Berengo glassmaking studio, which have yet to be produced, said Adriano Berengo, the studio’s founder. Berengo is based in Murano, in the Venetian Lagoon, and has worked with artists including Jake and Dinos Chapman and Joana Vasconcelos.Ms. Hadid intended the exhibition to be a smaller, research-focused show, illustrating the new technologies and computational design methods used by her London-based practice, Zaha Hadid Architects. After her death, her studio decided to turn it into a survey of her career.“We felt the responsibility to address the fact that, unfortunately, Zaha passed away,” said Manon Janssens, head of exhibitions at Zaha Hadid Architects. “We couldn’t just have the show as it was.”Other Hadid retrospectives have been held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, in 2006, and at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2015.Photo

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An 1989 painting by Ms. Hadid of Hafenstrasse, a street in Hamburg, Germany. CreditZaha Hadid ArchitectsAll of Ms. Hadid’s completed buildings will be represented in some way at the Venice show, through Ms. Hadid’s own paintings, as well as models in paper relief and 3-D printing, line drawings, photographs, and videos.Inside the 16th-century Palazzo Franchetti, the first thing that visitors will see is a forest of undulating towers. The models, created by 3-D printing and presented as an example of the practice’s working methods, were studies for a 2010 competition (entered but not won) for the Central Business District in Beijing.The first room will illustrate Ms. Hadid’s early designs, with paper relief models in the middle and walls covered by her large architectural paintings. Many of these were for projects that were never built, such as the Peak hilltop leisure complex in Hong Kong (1982-83) or the Cardiff Bay Opera House (1994-96).One room will be devoted to her furniture, jewelry and exhibition designs (such as a 2008 mobile art pavilion for Chanel). Another will feature filmed interviews with Ms. Hadid.Three career milestones will be presented in a dedicated room: the Vitra fire station (1990-93) in Weil am Rhein, Germany, Ms. Hadid’s first built project; the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati (1997-2003), which helped Ms. Hadid win the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004; and the Maxxi National Museum of 21st-Century Arts in Rome (1998-2009), an illustration of how the practice evolved.Woody Yao, a co-curator of the exhibit with Ms. Janssens and one of Ms. Hadid’s longest-serving architects, recalled accompanying her to the Architecture Biennale in other years.“Usually when we went to Venice, we would walk around with Zaha, and she was an exhibition, basically,” he said. “Every two steps, you had to stop and talk to people. Everyone was taking pictures with her.”It will be a very different Biennale this year, Mr. Yao added.

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Square misses Q1 expectations, swinging to a wider loss

 

Jack Dorsey - Sept 2012

Payments firm Square recorded better than expected revenue for the first quarter, but recorded a greater than expected loss.

The company lost 14 cents a share, excluding some one-time costs, on revenue of $379 million in the quarter. Analysts, on average, expected a loss of 6 cents a share, excluding some items, on $345 million in revenue. The company’s

Square also raised its guidance range for 2016 adjusted Ebitda — a profitability metric that doesn’t take into account costs like stock-based compensation — to $8 million to $14 million, from $6 million to $12 million. The company also raised adjusted revenue guidance — which excludes its soon-to-end Starbucks relationship — for the year to $615 million to $635 million, from $600 million to $620 million.

Square’s stock was down about 4 percent in after-hours trading and later plunged as much as 12 percent.

Square went public in November in a high-profile offering. The company priced its IPO at $9 a share, below the range it had originally forecasted, as questions about its path to profitability and Dorsey’s two-CEO situation hung over the company. It opened its first day of trading at $11.20 a share and finished the day at $13.07.

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The company generates the vast majority of its revenue from payment processing, but has been trying to add new businesses to help it differentiate its service and get more profitable.

Another thing to note: The so-called lock-up period on shares expires May 16, after which early investors are free to sell their shares on the open market.

Square also announced that it had accrued $50 million in costs associated with the settlement of a lawsuit with a college professor, Robert E. Morley, Jr., who claimed he had invented the Square card-reader but was unjustly cut out of the business.

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Brides on a budget visit Bristol charity store

 

Bristol brides on a budget are loving the gorgeous new Bridal Rooms in St Peter's Hospice stores. Natalie Banyard visited the Portishead branch.

Savvy brides-to-be can bag a stunning gown on a tight budget while supporting a fantastic charity. What's not to love?

Some of Bristol's best loved St Peter's Hospice stores have opened specialist Bridal Rooms, offering a wide range of quality wedding and special occasion items at a fraction of the usual cost.

In addition to the great quality clothes, accessories, homeware and toys already sold at Bristol's St Peter's Hospice stores, frugal fashionistas with a wedding to plan can discover a gorgeous range of quality bridal items in the charity's Portishead, Westbury-on-Trym and Nailsea branches.

St Peter's Hospice Area Manager Louisa Merchant-Locke says: "Our Bridal Rooms are a great opportunity for couples to find wonderful treasures for their wedding day, without breaking the bank.

"Often as soon as you mention the word 'wedding', suppliers double the price of products, but our stores counteract that with thousands of items available for minimal prices, some under £5.

"Weddings are hugely costly so anything couples can do to help their budget is so worthwhile. Having said this, we understand that it is the most important day of people's lives so we ensure that only the best quality items make it on to the shop floor."

When I visit the Portishead shop on the town's vibrant High Street, Manager Sue Cox, who has been working at the store for 18 years, shows me upstairs to the Bridal Room.

"People are always wowed when they come in," says Sue as we walk into the pretty showroom. "I think they are taken aback by the number and quality of the dresses we have on display."

Complete with mirrors and a changing area, the room boasts rails of gorgeous bridal dresses as well as beautifully displayed hats, handbags and shoes.

From vintage to contemporary, there's every style, shape and size to suit all ages, body shapes and budgets.

In whites, creams and golds, there are classic A-line gowns, flattering empire dresses, strapless numbers and elaborate princess gowns complete with trains.

Some are beautifully embellished and bejewelled while others are stylishly simple.

Though pre-loved, you would never know these dresses had been worn before; they are all in superb condition and absolutely spotless.

"Since we opened this section, people have been really supportive, parting their gorgeous dresses and saying that they want them to go on and be loved again.

"Initially, we expected to receive very dated, flouncy dress, but they've all been lovely. We have some very beautiful, contemporary ones.

"A couple of them still had the labels on when they were donated, but we didn't like to ask the story behind those."

All styles have proven popular with customers, with vintage gowns particularly in demand.

"Vintage-style weddings are really popular," says Sue. "Brides-to-be can shop for dresses and accessories in one room and then browse our very popular vintage room opposite for decorations and finishing touches."

And if the fit isn't quite right, you'll be saving so much that you can afford to have the dress altered so it fits like it was made just for you.

Prices for the gowns start at £75 with the most expensive dress at £300. Accessories start from around £5.

"I know the bride who donated the dress the £300 dress," smiles Sue. "She paid £1,300 for it and found it hard to part with, but she wanted to support the charity and let another bride enjoy the dress as much as she did."

The Bridal Room, like the rest of the shop, has a lovely atmosphere. There's none of the pressure or hard sell that you might experience in other bridal stores and staff are always patient and happy to help.

"We try to give you space but are here when you need us," says Sue. "We want this to be an enjoyable experience and the start of your special journey towards your wedding."

Following the success of the Portishead and Westbury-on-Trym stores, the Nailsea shop launched its new Bridal Room earlier this week, offering a wide range of wedding attire alongside a new hat hire service.

Area Manager Louisa says: "We reopened the Nailsea store to a great response. We decided to offer a hat hire in this store due to the number of gorgeous hats we have had donated. It's very exciting.

"The Bridal Rooms are a really exciting development for us and one we hope will not only benefit the charity but also the customers who will be able to take advantage of the wonderful, affordable goods we have handpicked.

"Of course to make this venture a success we rely on the generous donations from the public. We would greatly appreciate any gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the-bride outfits, accessories and vintage goods that people may want to find a new home for."

As Bristol's only adult hospice, St Peter's Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members.

All services are provided free of charge but this care costs around £19,000 a day. For around £14,000 of that, the hospice relies on gifts in wills, kind donations and funds generated by the hospice shops.

The Portishead St Peter's Hospice shop has been open for 22 years and raised almost £39,000 last year which went towards vital patient care for those with life-limiting illnesses in Bristol and North Somerset.

Louisa says: "It is vitally important that we continue to revolutionise our shops and come up with ways to sustain the amount of funding we need to be able to support our patients in the way we have become renowned for.

"The profit raised from our Portishead shop last year enabled our community nurses to make 387 home visits to our patients, which is just a fantastic achievement and is so valued by our patients."

St Peter's Hospice shops with Bridal Rooms are at 76 High Street, Portishead;126 High Street, Nailsea; 12 Canford Lane, Westbury-on-Trym. For more information visit www.stpetershospice.org.uk

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4 Financial Planning Tips We Can Learn From Princ

 

It’s been nearly two weeks since American pop superstar Prince was found dead in his Minnesota home. While fans continue to mourn the loss of the iconic singer-songwriter, Prince’s estate — worth an estimated $300 million — is in limbo because the singer didn’t have a will (at least not one that’s been discovered).

It turns out, Prince was in good company. According to a survey by Rocket Lawyer, 64 percent of Americans don’t have a will.

Now Prince’s surviving family members — a sister and five half siblings — are seeking control of his estate, the Prince Brand, which includes his record label, and the contents of a vault of music at his home believed to contain thousands of unreleased songs.

St. Paul-based wealth management firm Bremer Trust was appointed by the court Monday to serve as the temporary special administrator for the estate, CNN reports.

Minnesota law states that if a person dies without a will and no surviving spouse, children, parents or grandchildren, the next heir becomes the siblings of the deceased. There’s no legal distinction between full siblings and half siblings.

If no will is found for Prince, determining how his assets should be split among his family members could get ugly, according to CNN legal analyst Danny Cevallos.

“It’s one thing to divvy up dollars among six people, but how do you divide a guitar collection, or ‘Purple Rain,’ or an unfinished piece of music, among heirs? And what if they don’t agree on how to use or sell those things?”

Don’t end up like Prince and countless other Americans who put off their estate planning until it’s too late. Here are four reasons you need to stop delaying and create a will now:

Children: If you have minor children at home, creating a will is a must. It’s the only document that allows you to name guardians for your children. If you don’t have a will, the state will decide who gets custody of your children. “Not having one once you have kids is unconscionable,” writes Forbes contributor Jean Chatzky.

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Your stuff: Creating a will allows you to dictate how your stuff gets divvied up after you die. For example, if you don’t want your cousin Hank to get the watch your grandfather left you, you can say that in your will, according to Rocket Lawyer.

Charitable help: If there are certain causes or charities you support, you can use your will to direct part of your money to those groups. Forbes says that during his life Prince “was a quiet but powerful charitable force, donating millions to schools, thousands to a local library, and putting technology in the hands of kids who wouldn’t otherwise have had access to it.” Because Prince didn’t have a will, there’s no guarantee that any part of his money will be used to support those types of causes going forward.

It’s easy: You can easily create a will online for $34 to $70 using WillMaker, LegalZoom.com or Nolo.com, according to Forbes. If you have more complicated assets or you need to make sure someone is cut out of your will, you may have to meet with an estate-planning attorney.

Check out “Do It Now: The Essentials of Estate Planning” for more tips on leaving your affairs in order so you don’t leave a mess for your loved ones.

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PURPLE IS HIRING A PR DIGITAL STRATEGIST, BEAUTY IN NEW YORK

 

Purple is actively seeking a bright, enthusiastic and entrepreneurial Digital Strategist to join its thriving beauty division.

Based in SoHo, New York, Purple represents a number of fantastic beauty brands; including, Wexler Dermatology, James Read, ODIN Fragrances, Too Cool For School, Lano, Natura Bissé, RMS Beauty, Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa, Blo Blow Dry Bars, Nicole Winhoffer, Eyeko, special projects for Maybelline, and several exciting, new client wins to be announced soon in May 2016.

The successful candidate must have a solid background with a minimum 1-2 years of experience in the online beauty marketing & communications industry, be results driven and have a proven track record in successfully implementing a digital strategy, while also demonstrating a high degree of initiative and creativity when pro-actively proposing new ideas.

Key Responsibilities:

The right candidate will hard-working and proactive, and will have a proven track record in social media strategy across community management, content creation, promotions and online blogger/influencer campaigns. They will also be an articulate presenter, be competent at media analysis, reporting and thrive on attention to detail.

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Day-to-day supervision and execution of client campaigns including (and not limited to) social media community management, content creation, social media promotions, partnerships, blogger and influencer outreach initiatives, and analytics

Support account leads and help develop and manage initiatives in the digital space, including: strategy, planning & implementation of press launches, collaborations and events

Monitor and benchmark social media activities of other competing brands

Identify and track emerging trends, initiatives, and vendors in the digital space and develop relevant client applications

Develop social media content to be deployed across brand-owned social media communities

Analyze outcomes and create reports summarizing results

- Established, industry contacts with digital influencers and bloggers across the beauty, lifestyle and fashion sectors

- Manage interns; while supporting them in their growth to the next level

- Liaise with London team on mutual clients when necessary

- Possess excellent team skills, working alongside junior and senior members of the team

Assist in driving, organizing and executing digital PR programs in North America & Global projects

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Liaise with all clients to ensure the brand voice is consistent in each market

- Efficient, organized with excellent time management skills and adherence to deadlines

- Experience managing and compiling client reports and presentations – PowerPoint and Photoshop experience preferred

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- Understands both niche and corporate brands

- Will bring dynamic, creative insight into the agency through personal contacts network and interests

 

How to save money when planning a wedding

 

The median cost for a wedding is about $15,000, according to the industry's Wedding Report. But many people shell out much more. Consumer Reports found plenty of ways to cut costs without sacrificing your celebration.

One great way to save is to schedule the wedding for any day but Saturday night. Or go for January or February. Those are often the cheapest months.

Don't let vendors charge more just because it's a wedding. Consumer Reports secret shoppers found a good percentage of businesses do just that. In its calls, Consumer Reports found photographers and limo services often charged more for weddings. But when asked, some businesses suggested lower-priced alternatives. And Consumer Reports says it always pays to negotiate for everything.

Some other ways to save:

Limit the entrée choices.

Limit the hours of the open bar. Consider serving only beer and wine.

Send the photographer home an hour early. A lot of guests will have left by then.

My first reaction to a “save the date” I received recently was not the appropriate one. I exclaimed “Oh, God” and immediately began racking my brain as to how I would find the time and money to attend.

Of course, once I got over the initial shock — this wedding wasn’t on my radar and I already had five other nuptials on the calendar for this year — I felt excited for my friends and honored to be included. Still, the save the date served as a reminder that with so many friends’ special days on the horizon I should probably start doing more to make sure they don’t sink me financially.

My approach to wedding budgeting has been pretty haphazard thus far. Since I graduated college, I’ve attended between five and 10 weddings of friends. I’ve scrimped when I can with hotel points, cheaper flights or other resources available to me, but essentially I’ve spent whatever it takes to attend.

My reasons for this are twofold. First of all, I have fun at weddings. Often, they’re an opportunity reconnect with people I haven’t seen for years, make new friends and just generally exist in a universe of love and happiness away from the Internet and other stressors. Perhaps more important, it’s a special time for my friends that I want to witness and be a part of.

But that doesn’t erase the fact that they’re expensive. So far this year, I’ve spent more than $1,300 on wedding travel, gifts and ancillary events like bachelorette parties. And I haven’t even bought all the gifts or booked all the flights, buses and trains I’ll take this year to be a part of friends’ nuptials.

Erin Lowry, the author of , a personal finance blog, estimates that between the ages of 23 and 33 — prime wedding-going years, if you will — young adults will spend roughly $15,000 on attending their friends’ weddings. That’s a back-of-the-envelope calculation, based on the average cost of travel, clothes, gifts and other expenses, but she doesn’t appear to be far off. Guests say they expect to spend $703 per wedding in 2016, more than double the $339 spent in 2012, and they anticipate attending three weddings this year, according to data released Tuesday from American Express’s Spending & Saving Tracker. And if history is any indication, that cost is likely to grow.

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Let your florist pick flowers that are in season. They'll be the least expensive.

When it comes to planning a wedding, you may hate the thought of reading the fine print. But Consumer Reports says to check every contract carefully. It found that some caterers included a built-in tip as high as 26 percent, and one charged a fee of $7 per person to cut a cake brought in from the outside.

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How to save money when planning a wedding

<P>The median cost for a wedding is about $15,000, according to the industry's Wedding Report. But many people shell out much more. Consumer Reports found plenty of ways to cut costs without sacrificing your celebration.</P>
<P>One great way to save is to schedule the wedding for any day but Saturday night. Or go for January or February. Those are often the cheapest months.</P>
<P>Don't let vendors charge more just because it's a wedding. Consumer Reports secret shoppers found a good percentage of businesses do just that. In its calls, Consumer Reports found photographers and limo services often charged more for weddings. But when asked, some businesses suggested lower-priced alternatives. And Consumer Reports says it always pays to negotiate for everything.</P>
<P>Some other ways to save:</P>
<P>Limit the entrée choices.</P>
<P>Limit the hours of the open bar. Consider serving only beer and wine.</P>
<P>Send the photographer home an hour early. A lot of guests will have left by then.</P>
<P>Related:<A href="http://www.graziaaustralia.com/white-bridesmaid-dresses">ivory bridesmaid dresses</A></P>
<P>Let your florist pick flowers that are in season. They'll be the least expensive.</P>
<P>When it comes to planning a wedding, you may hate the thought of reading the fine print. But Consumer Reports says to check every contract carefully. It found that some caterers included a built-in tip as high as 26 percent, and one charged a fee of $7 per person to cut a cake brought in from the outside.</P>
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<P style="BOX-SIZING: border-box; BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-TRANSFORM: none; TEXT-INDENT: 0px; MARGIN: 0px 0px 15px; OUTLINE-STYLE: none; OUTLINE-COLOR: invert; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; OUTLINE-WIDTH: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT: 16px/24px OpenSans, sans-serif; WHITE-SPACE: normal; BACKGROUND: rgb(255,255,255) 0px 0px; LETTER-SPACING: normal; COLOR: rgb(51,51,51); VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; WORD-SPACING: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px">Of course, once I got over the initial shock — this wedding wasn’t on my radar and I already had five other nuptials on the calendar for this year — I felt excited for my friends and honored to be included. Still, the save the date served as a reminder that with so many friends’ special days on the horizon I should probably start doing more to make sure they don’t sink me financially.</P>
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Australian Dress Brand To Move To Los Angeles

 

An image from Fame and Partners' lookbook for its Partners in Crime collection

Sydney-based online custom dressmaker Fame and Partners closed on a $7.6 million Series A and now has plans to move its headquarters across the world.

The Fame and Partners e-commerce company is very unique because it turns around custom dresses in about seven to 10 days, but some of the made-to-order styles can be shipped as quickly as 48 hours from the time an order is placed.

Currently, the dress brand's U.S. sales account for about 70 percent of its overall income. Fames and Partners is currently in the process of relocating headquarters from Sydney to downtown Los Angeles.

"I think downtown and the Arts District are up-and-coming areas," Nyree Corby, a seasoned entrepreneur who launched Fame and Partners in 2013, told WWD.

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"It's got its roots grounded in fashion. Fame and Partners is a contemporary label that happens to be powered by technology so we felt [downtown] was true to who we are," she added. "Obviously, it's a rich source of talent and I think one of the challenges in L.A. is how geographically dispersed it is and so we wanted to find a location that was true to who we are as a brand and attract like-minded people as well as be central."

The most recent round of funding was led by FirstMark Capital and Upfront Ventures.

"Part of the Series A funding is about really heavily investing in the technology infrastructure that we're facing and the growth to really streamline that customer experience," Corby said.

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Fame and Partners could also launch more personalized sizing and shopping tools in 2016, according to Corby. More partnerships are set to be announced for the brand soon.

 

Outlander' Costume Designer Terry Dresbach Talks Claire's Red Dress Moment

 

The biggest star of tonight’s episode of Outlander didn’t have a single line of dialogue, but nevertheless spoke volumes. We’re talking, of course, about the red dress that Claire (Caitriona Balfe) wears to King Louis XV’s royal ball at Versailles, a stunning gown with a plunging neckline that also causes Jamie Fraser’s (Sam Heughan) jaw to plunge. Fans have been longing to see this particular dress modeled in three dimensions since author Diana Gabaldon first described it in detail in the secondOutlander novel, 1992’s Dragonfly in Amber. And the show’s costume designer, Terry Dresbach, went into Season 2 knowing she had to make their two-decade wait worth it.

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“Ron [Moore, Outlander’s showrunner] was like, ‘You don’t have to do it red. We could make it some other color,’” Dresbach tells Yahoo TV in this new video interview. “And I’m like, ‘You must do the red dress! They’ll come and burn us at the stake if you don’t.’” (That would be a particularly unfortunate ending for the pair, since Moore and Dresbach are married and raising two children off-screen.)

With the decision already made for her, Dresbach set about creating what she describes as a “very tricky costume.” Among the factors she had to take into account were the discrepancies between the actual 18th century French gowns she researched and the dress that Gabaldon invented in print, as well as finding a shade of red that would dazzle the eye without being too “intense” on film. Dresbach says that she took her inspiration from the 1940s rather than the 1740s, since that’s the time period the show’s time-traveling heroine hails from. More importantly, she made a point to keep the dress itself simple, even if the design process wasn’t. “When you’re dressing someone like Caitriona Balfe, you don’t have to go overboard,” she says. “You just sort of need to frame her and that’s what we tried to do.”

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For her part, Balfe tells Yahoo TV that she needed slightly more assistance with her #RedDress moment beyond being properly framed. “It was a big dress — 4-feet wide” she remembers. “I had to perfect the art of walking sideways. It’s a work of art, but it wasn’t the easiest piece to wear.” Dresbach confirms that the red dress, like so many of this season’s outfits, demanded a lot of “maneuvering”: “We had many, many test runs, because the actresses can’t get through the trailer doors!”

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Refurbished flowers and botanical prints

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If you are into prepping your season's style guided by the latest trends, you can definitely rejoice about keeping floral prints around. They come and go but seem to make it into the most celebrated runways time and time again. And there's one true reason for that. Florals are rarely unnoticed, nor will they fail to enhance a true fashionable spring style if that's what you are aiming for.

Some designer takes have embraced botanic and floral prints in all they splendor.

Turning maxi dresses, skirts, and light, textured blouses into either ethereal visions that make us think of blossoming secret gardens, or eye-striking color enhanced vintage takes, that merge definite botanic textile designs with flower embroidery, patchwork or some surprising flower geometry, even for guys.

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Nevertheless, you'll notice how designers have gone to great lengths and managed to make unequivocal botanic prints seem as casual and effortless as wearing small, navy stripes! They have become an easy to pair up staple that speaks loud about your fashion sense and on-trend style. If you are wondering how to do it, it's almost always a matter of pairing correctly. We'll show you how!

What to pick?

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• A flower pencil skirt can be the classiest office statement.

• Guys can get the weekend spring look by adding a pair of flower-printed trousers to their closet.

• A light, textured, light-printed, mid-length dress can be an amazingly versatile and feminine, never-seen-before, closet addition.

How to wear it?

• Match flower-printed pieces with tailored, one-hued separates for a sharp look.

• Add the flower print to the slimmest part of your body, and bring all the attention!

• Guys can get the most out of fully botanic printed T-shirts and match with a blazer for a total in style look, or just roll up the sleeves a bit for an urban Vegas look.

Dare to wear it!

• A two-piece botanic suit with one-colored stilettos, or one-tone leather shoes for guys to create a complete fashion statement.

• Go for flower, hand-painted, embroidered or printed-flower accessories, such as backpacks, bags and sneakers.

• Discreetly printed and buttoned-up flower shirts for guys at the office to add some hipster style.

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