Kate Hina Sabatine Is Bringing Comedic Queer Content material—and Model—to TikTok

On Kate Hina Sabatines Tiktok page, you’ll often find the 25-year-old content creator morphing into Donkey Kong for her signature comedic lesbian parenting skits. “DK,” as they call the character, is a fictional wealthy lesbian parent of two, um, precocious children, Ramona and Cornelius. “Ramona hates getting compliments from straight people,” they will say. Or, “My 6-year-old Cornelius knows everything about the stock market.” (In our books, Donkey Kong is the coolest parent ever.)

Sabatine now has over 1.4 million followers for her comedic queer content. They started the account to normalize the app’s representation of queers — something they didn’t always have during their own upbringing. “As a kid, I never saw queer people on TV doing normal things (like having a family life). I’ve never seen an Asian non-binary lesbian on TV or in a movie,” says Sabatine. “If I’ve ever seen lesbian portrayals, it’s always been framed in this tragic, serious, or dramatic way. Creating the content I create has healed me a lot and it makes my inner child so happy.”

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But while their skits are hilarious, that’s not all they create on the app. They evaluate zodiac signs as sophisticated cocktailsstyle “male + femaleoutfits (her style is crazy good, by the way) and even suggest Gay outfit ideas for your gay date (we love the bookstore date look, complete with blazer and buttoned vest). “I would say my style is unspoken, eclectic and fabulous,” Sabatine says of her wardrobe. “I love dressing up every day, even if I’m not going anywhere.”

Below, Sabatine talks TikTok inspiration, what’s in her closet, and which video has been filming the longest.

What drew you to create on TikTok?

I used to work for a music artist and was trying to convince him to start a TikTok. Back then, it was the era on TikTok where artists exploded almost daily. They said, “Oh, I don’t know, blah blah blah,” so I made a deal with them: If I explode on TikTok in a month, you have to start promoting your music on TikTok. The idea was like, “Anyone can do it,” and it turned out, yes, anyone could do it. I went viral in 2 weeks. Then I just fell in love with creating content! After about 4 months I quit my job to focus on content creation full time and have no regrets.

Twin Peaks bringing its lodge-style sports activities bars to Philly area

The Philadelphia area is set to see a wave of new sports bars in the years to come as Twin Peaks, a lodge-style restaurant with wall-to-wall TVs and an all-female waitress, begins its first Northeast expansion.

Known for its rugged atmosphere and hearty, freshly prepared menus, Twin Peaks was founded in the Dallas suburbs in 2005 and has expanded to 85 locations across the country. The company now plans to open 10 locations in the Philadelphia area.

“Everything we put into our building is a high-quality weapon of mass diversion,” said Joe Hummel, CEO of Twin Peaks. “We want everyone who walks in to see these weapons of mass diversion and concentrate fully on what’s going on outside the four walls, sounds, fire pits, fire pits. We really want to distract them from everything that is going on outside the four walls so that they can escape in our house, so to speak. ”

Twin Peaks has a combination of company-owned locations and franchises. The 10 restaurants planned in this area are part of a franchise development agreement.

The company and its franchisees are still in the process of selecting the upcoming locations, but have focused on a handful of potential destinations.

“We overlook the King of Prussia Market, Springfield, Willow Grove, Oxford Valley, Bensalem. These are some of the narrowing areas that we are really interested in, ”said Hummel.

The brand’s Pennsylvania presence could include potential locations in Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks, Lancaster, and York. There is also a chance a suitable location is emerging in South Jersey, and the company is also looking to Pittsburgh and the Ohio markets.

In its existing US locations, Twin Peaks is perhaps best known for its frosty 29-degree draft beers.

“Cold beer is a really great way to watch sports, but to say ‘cold beer’ or ‘cold beer’ – they’re two different things,” said Hummel. “We have teamed up with a proprietary type of dispensing system in California and he is developing our dispensing systems for us that actually pour beer at 29 degrees. When it hits our frozen mugs, a beer becomes mushy. It just makes us exercise and our kitchen scratches so much better. ”

The bar’s menu offers a variety of burgers and sandwiches, as well as soups, salads, tacos and hot dishes such as braised beef, steak, grilled salmon and a variety of side dishes.

Twins Peaks’ marketing gestures refer to the general lumberjack ethos, or “mantality,” as the company quips in an ad.

The bar has sometimes been compared to Hooters, but Hummel said the resemblance only came from the women serving.

“Our brand has so many dynamic parts,” said Hummel. “If you look at our lodge compared to any sports bar out there, we have so many other things that can get you to add to the sport.”

The company is already in the midst of significant growth and plans to use the Philadelphia area as a launch pad in the coming years to venture north into New York and Massachusetts.

“We think Eagles fans, Phillies fans, Flyers, Philly Union, all of these sports are a great fit for our fan base who will have a game day in our lodges outside of the Philly market,” said Hummel.

Twin Peaks plans to open between 22 and 25 new locations in the coming year, and between 30 and 35 a year in the following years. The company is also targeting soccer fans in Mexico, where 32 new locations are to be planned in the coming years.

In the Philadelphia area, the first of 10 new lodges is slated to open in late 2022 or early 2023.

Hummel expects Twin Peaks to attract sports fans from across the spectrum when it gets to the area.

“Sport has resonance – and there are so many different sports,” said Hummel. “Boxing, UFC, of ​​course the NFL and college football, college hoops, NBA, hockey, baseball. There are Champions League and World Cup qualifications that go straight to the MLS.”

Though the company was born in Dallas, Hummel says the new lodges will be a welcome atmosphere for rival Eagles fans who will be watching the scoreboards closely for the final weeks of the NFL season.

“Philly, they’re hanging in there,” said Hummel. “They haven’t had as much success (like the cowboys) but they are still on the hunt, especially if Washington beat the cowboys that Sunday.”

WhatsApp is a step nearer to bringing Snapchat-style disappearing images and movies to iPhones

The new update, titled “Watch Once”, will be available to all iOS beta users.

  • WhatsApp made disappearing photos and videos available to iOS beta testers on Friday.
  • View Once allows users to send photos and videos that disappear from chats after a single view.
  • View Once continues Facebook’s push to mirror popular mirror features Snapchat.
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WhatsApp is one step closer to bringing disappearing photos and videos to iPhones now that functionality is rolled out to beta testers.

The new feature called View Once was released for iOS beta testers on Friday. WABetaInfo reported. It comes after a rollout for Android beta testers in June.

WhatsApp and Instagram are owned by Facebook. View Once continues Facebook’s push to mirror popular mirror features Snapchat and resembles one already found Instagram.

Aaccording to WABetaInfoView once does not prevent recipients from taking screenshots of photos and videos that have disappeared, and it does not notify senders when screenshots are taken.

View Once users can see when their content has been viewed by looking for an “open” message WABetaInfo. Further details, e.g. For example, to know who opened your photo or video, see Message Information.

WhatsApp already allows users to send messages that are automatically deleted after seven days.

A soccer star bringing skilled abilities, methods and leisure to summer season camps

By Mayra Franco

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MISHAWAKA, Indiana (WBND-LD) – A soccer star known as “Hollywood” brings his expertise to children in Michiana.

But before we find out all about summer camp fun, we wanted to tell how he started futboleros.

Founder James Ortega has played football professionally for over 30 years and had a vision to entertain the football world with more than just dribbling the ball.

So he combined the two, football and entertainment.

It was about 15 years ago that the whole concept of mixing football and entertainment came about.

Ortega was recognized and worked with companies like Nike and Red Bull who decided to start their own company doing what he loves most: entertainment, classes and playing soccer.

This is where the Futboleros Soccer Academy comes in.

It has turned into a camp to get kids involved in the community by mixing football with entertainment here in Michiana. But before he took root locally, he was a professional Los Angeles soccer player who starred in four films, 20 soccer commercials, and was the main entertainment for the LA Galaxy.

He appears annually at over 300 events with his team ‘Futboleros Soccer Entertainers’, which are other professionals from all over the world.

They appear in halftime shows for companies like Copa America, which is like the superbowl for the soccer world, LA Galaxy, local events and more.

Ortega felt that there was more than just football, he felt a passion to entertain football fans with spectacular shows of special tricks and choreographies across the country and with the kids every day too.

“I’m unique, so I do everything, so you want entertainment, you want to learn, that’s what I’m here for. I’m a real soccer player … I’ve done it all my life, I love it, I have a passion and not only do I train, but I show you exactly how to kick the ball and hit it right into the goal, ”said Ortega, when he kicked the ball towards the goal post.

The Futboleros soccer camp is open to children ages 7-14 of all skill levels with a few different camp options. You can choose whether you want to train for half a day or a full day on the lawn, in the hall or in the sand.

“Do you want to just stick it on your finger or around your head, right on your neck, for a little entertainment, or if you just want to learn how to juggle and be in total control. You’re coming to Futboleros, ”said Ortega as he showed us these tricks.

Laughter, fun and kids who love playing soccer are what you hear here at Outpost Sports, one of the camp’s three locations.

A group of children meet five days a week to learn how to become skillful players who learn to showcase their talents in fun ways.

It contains extreme air balls as a new way of motivating children and training for adults too.

Ortega brings a lot of energy to give the children some professional experience while training.

Ortega says one of his favorite parts about the camp is the kids.

“Watching the kids smile, watching them have fun, watching them grow, watching them progress to the next level, it’s nurturing like adding water to a flower,” said Ortega.

There is also a tournament for adults and children on July 25th and the last registration date is July 10th.

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Earmarks are again, bringing cash and old-school politics to Orange County – Orange County Register

Projects that tackle homelessness, traffic congestion, fire safety and a range of other issues in Orange County could get up to $107 million in federal funding this year as local House members take part in a revived version of the controversial Congressional program known as earmarks.

The once traditional spending routine — in which Congress members seek money for specific projects, almost always in their districts — had been shelved for a decade in the wake of bipartisan complaints about fairness and abuse. But the process has been revived this year by House Democrats who argue that, with new safeguards in place, it will be particularly helpful for projects that have been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

And it turns out earmarks are pretty popular. Three quarters of all House members, including more than half of all Republicans, have requested funds for projects in their districts through what the Appropriations Committee has re-branded as the “community project funding” program.

Democratic Rep. Lou Correa of CA-46, for example, is seeking money to expand a Tustin veterans center and to improve parks in Anaheim, Orange and Garden Grove. And GOP Rep. Young Kim of CA-39 wants money to bolster firefighting efforts in Yorba Linda and to help the county build a new mental health facility.

Similar requests are common in most of the rest of the county — with some key exceptions. People living in much of coastal and eastern Orange County won’t get any of those federal funds, at least not through earmarks. Their representatives in the House, GOP Rep. Michelle Steel in CA-48 and Democratic Rep. Katie Porter of CA-45, are refusing to submit earmark requests over similar philosophical objections.

Porter is the only Democrat in the country who isn’t using the program. She argues the executive branch should make independent decisions about how to dole out funds, saying the national interest should outweigh the interest of any individual House member.

“Congress members should not be the ones directing funds to specific projects,” said Porter’s spokesman Jordan Wong. “That is the job of the executive branch, according to our system of separation of powers.”

Steel was among 101 out of 211 Republicans who didn’t request earmarks for projects in her district. Her spokeswoman Danielle Stewart said Steel is “working hard to help the community through the normal funding process,” which includes other appropriations requests, one-on-one meetings with appropriations leaders, and trying to get local money, rather than federal funding, for local projects.

Supporters will say Porter and Steel — who usually are on opposite ends of the political spectrum in terms of how they vote in Congress — are standing by principle even if it costs them political capital. Pork, after all, is a time-honored path to getting re-elected.

Detractors will say both representatives — Porter, in theory, for idealism, and Steel, in theory, for party loyalty — are putting personal ideology ahead of helping their constituents get federal dollars.

It remains to be seen if their stances will help or hurt them them in the 2022 elections, when both representatives are expected to seek re-election in targeted, purple districts.

Meanwhile, their House colleagues who did request earmark funding should start to find out incoming weeks which projects will get money. And with three quarters of House asking for funding, some experts hope the revived process might bring more bipartisan support to this year’s federal budget, since it’s tough for Republicans — the party that has threatened to kill appropriations bills in recent years — to vote against money for their pet projects.

“I don’t think this is going to be a silver bullet,” said Laura Blessing, a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute who studies budgetary politics.

“But earmarks grease the wheels in a way that helps make us less gridlocked.”

How earmarks work

In the federal government’s regular spending process, Congress allocates money to a broad category of spending, such as highway repairs. Then the relevant executive branch agency, such as the Highway Trust Fund, allocates funding to specific projects, usually after ranking each project based on the greatest need.

In the earmarks process, individual members of Congress can bypass the federal rankings and evaluations and simply ask for a specific amount of money for a specific local project.

Earmarks aren’t new. The appropriations bill of 1789, signed by then President George Washington, included funds earmarked for a light house in Cape Henry, Virginia.

For the next two-plus centuries Congress members of all political stripes used earmarks, typically behind closed doors and mostly to fund projects that might struggle to get recognized in the regular spending process. Critics occasionally pushed back, but support for earmarks generally remained high. Voters got local projects (and, often, local jobs), and their Congress members got credit for making it happen. 

Then, in the 1990s into the early 2000s, this so-called pork barrel type of spending increased (though Blessing notes it always remained less than 1% of the $1.4 trillion in annual discretionary spending). In 2005, there were two high-profile earmark fails — the so-called “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska and an admission by San Diego area Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham that he’d accepted at least $2.4 million in bribes in exchange for using earmarks to benefit defense contractors.

In 2007, Congress introduced reforms that required members to disclose what projects they were seeking to fund and state that neither they nor their spouses had financial ties to the project. But opposition to the process continued to build, and with Tea Party Republicans and President Barack Obama leading the charge, earmark appropriations were banned in 2011.

Even with new safeguards aimed at curbing abuse, Lee Ohanian, an economics professor at UCLA, said there are objections to taxpayers around the country paying for a local project that might benefit a very small number of people. He cited a $5,000 earmark request by Rep. André Carson, D-Ind., to fund a “Secret Santa for Seniors” program as an example.

“It’s hard to support it from an economic perspective,” Ohanian said. With exceptions for very poor communities, where federal funding can have a high return on investment for everyone, he added that it makes economic sense for local communities to fund local projects. “We shouldn’t be asking others to pay for them.”

For several years, President Donald Trump (who pardoned Cunningham) and Congress members from both parties pushed to revive earmarks, but their efforts fizzled.

Then, in February, House Democrats announced they were officially resurrecting the process, though only with restrictions. Under the new rules lawmakers can make no more than 10 funding requests per year, money can’t go to for-profit companies or organizations, and House members have to submit evidence that there is community support for the project they’d like to fund. Also, the House can conduct random audits of expenses related to any project.

House members had until April 30 to submit requests, with some extensions possible. As of late May, 327 of 430 House members had requested earmark funds.

In June, those requests will go to the appropriate subcommittee or committee for review before being included in an appropriations bill, which will come back to Congress for a vote. If it passes, that bill would go to President Joe Biden for final approval.

Blessing and others say it’s no coincidence that Congress hasn’t approved appropriations bills since earmarks went away 10 years ago. Without earmarks, she said, there are few incentives for lawmakers to cross the aisle to get support for projects that can have real impacts in their communities.

Blessing hopes the revival of earmarks might dial down the rhetoric both during the budget process and in the coming election campaign.

“I don’t want the contest to be who can oppose the other party more and say the nastiest things about them,” she said. “I would much rather have a match-up where they can say, ‘I actually got some bills passed this Congress and I got you a bridge. Isn’t that nice?’”

Wish lists

When it comes to bragging rights for bringing home federal dollars, Rep. Mike Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano, is seeking the largest possible haul among Orange County representatives, with more than $45 million in earmark requests.

A whopping $30 million is for one request: to help the Army Corps of Engineers replenish sand along beaches in Encinitas and Solana Beach. A majority of Levin’s requests are for projects in the north San Diego County portion of his narrowly blue 49th District, including adding cameras to Oceanside Police Department vehicles, building a new homeless center in Oceanside and building a hydrogen fueling station to power electric city buses. Levin also requested $1.87 million to add bike lanes, landscaping and sidewalks, and improve improve roadways, in Dana Point’s Doheny Village area.

Next up is Kim, who was among 110 Republicans who did request earmarks despite GOP caucus opposition.

Kim asked for nearly $23 million in earmarks for projects in CA-39, which leans narrowly blue and includes portions of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Her requests are spread throughout the district, including $5 million for an overpass over railroad tracks along Turnbull Canyon road in Hacienda Heights and City of Industry, creating more fire-defensible space around homes in Chino Hills, and funding the North Orange County Public Safety Task Force, which brings together police chiefs and community organizations from 10 cities to reduce gang violence and address homelessness.

Correa requested $16 million in earmarks for his solidly blue 46th District. Requests include $314,000 to help Children’s Hospital of Orange County expand mental health services, $1 million to help Chapman University expand mapping capabilities at its Earth Systems Science and Data Solutions Lab, and $2 million to help Discovery Cube Orange County buy land in Santa Ana for a planned festival space.

Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, asked for $12 million in earmarks for his deep blue 47th District, which straddles Orange and Los Angeles counties and includes Catalina Island. The largest request is $4.7 million for sand replenishment and seawall repair at beaches in Avalon on Catalina. Other requests focus on education, health care and veterans programs in south Los Angeles County, plus $850,000 to build a new “parkette” in Stanton.

Rep. Linda Sánchez, D-Whittier, submitted nearly $10 million in earmark requests largely to upgrade parks and other community facilities throughout the 38th District, which is also solidly blue and primarily in Los Angeles County but includes a sliver of Orange County. She also requested $2 million to add drought-tolerant landscaping on median islands throughout La Palma.

Many of the projects championed by local lawmakers align with causes close to their hearts. Levin’s wish list focuses largely on projects aimed at combating climate change, for example, while Lowenthal, a former professor, has a number of projects focused on education.

The goal, Blessing said, is for lawmakers to pitch projects they’ve vetted, that they believe will have a real impact on their communities, and that stand a realistic chance of getting built.

In practice, of course, representatives also always have an eye to reelection, Ohanian noted. But it was a bit tougher for them to target particular communities of voters with this round of earmarks because district boundaries will be redrawn before the next election.

So far, there hasn’t been much in the way of conservative blowback for earmark requests, likely because half of the Republican delegation — including several in targeted seats, such as Kim — are in that camp.

Steel and Kim’s opposite stances on this issue shows how the long-time friends who took office together in January as two of the first Korean American women in Congress continue to differentiate themselves, as Steel increasingly sides with the more conservative GOP faction while Kim continues brandishing her credentials as a moderate Republican.

While Porter may have left dollars for her district on the table, Ohanian said he doesn’t think her vocal objection to earmarks is likely to hurt her politically. The stance is in line with the brand she’s built, which is about continually pushing for fiscal oversight. She isn’t likely to attract a major Democratic challenger or to face a Republican challenger anxious to use this position against her. Plus, her opposition to earmark spending makes it harder for the GOP to continue to paint her as always standing with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

But Blessing said you never can tell how these issues will play out come election time.

“It’s a game, and the game isn’t played yet.”

Leaping Jasper bringing new leisure for teenagers

Dubois County will have an indoor bounce house entertainment center in Jasper in mid-June. If things go really well, it could happen even sooner.

Adrianne with the couple’s two children, Forrest (4) and Vierrah Lynn (8).

When Adrianne and John Nyberg open Jumping Jasper at 21 South Clay Street (the purple building with the Jasper Sports Academy sign), they’ll have nine inflatable fun houses, slides, and obstacle courses for daily fun for all ages. In addition, the 9,000 square meter building will have three special birthday rooms for private celebrations.

And depending on how the public reacts, the Nybergs have plans to further expand the new fun business.

Adrianne and John are somewhat new to the region. Adrianne is from Bremerton, Washington, a ferry ride across from Seattle, and John is from Erie, Pennsylvania. The couple met when John, a Navy veteran, was stationed on a submarine from Bangor, Washington. After their honorary discharge, they moved to southern Indiana to look after John’s grandparents. John got a great job at Jasper Engines and they moved to Jasper in 2019.

Adrianne plans to offer many inclusive options for children of all ages. This is a commercial photo of one of the structures she plans to add to the new center on Clay Street.

Adrianne appreciates the idea of ​​giving the area an indoor bounce house facility for a number of reasons. At first she and John were stationed in Virginia for a while.

“In Virginia it’s constant 80 to 100 degrees with 100 percent humidity,” said Adrianne, whose temperament doesn’t play well with the heat in the Pacific Northwest. “So you always try to have fun with your kids, but go inside.”

There were many indoor bounce house facilities that they lived in in Virginia.

“I loved going to them with my kids,” she said.

When they moved to Indiana, the heat and humidity didn’t improve, and Adrianne noticed that there were indoor play facilities in the area, but only in Evansville and Washington. After numerous birthday parties at the Bounce House facility in Evansville, she decided it was time to take a step to bring something to Jasper’s life.

“I was just wondering why I went to so many birthday parties in Evansville than we should in Jasper,” Adrianne said.

She also comes from an entrepreneurial family. Her father owned a fiber optics company and her mother ran a distillery for a while. “I’ve seen them be entrepreneurs and support their community,” she said. “And I think it will be worthwhile to offer something to this community.”

With Jumping Jasper, Adrianne can’t wait to help families make great memories. “I look forward to being part of this community and bringing laughs and smiles over the years,” she said.

You can follow Jumping Jasper’s progress along the way Facebook page here.

4 Fifteen Estates: Bringing a Fashionable Leisure Venue Again to the Texarkana Space

For years Shelby Stephens dreamed of all things wedding after falling in love with planning her own in just under six weeks. “After planning my own wedding, I was so sad when it was over. I knew I wanted to do something with weddings and events. After a friend suggested that I open my own wedding venue, all I knew was that I had to, ”said Shelby. Her mother deepened her daughter’s love for weddings when she bought the now Gracyn Elizabeth Bride in Texarkana, where Shelby worked for a year. “One day I finally looked at my husband and told him we could afford to open a wedding venue,” says Shelby, and her husband Caleb agreed. A few months later they bought 50 acres in New Boston. In July 2020, the Stephens broke ground with fourteen stands.

Four Fifteen Estates Chapel

Shelby and her husband have set out to provide COVID brides with a new place for their special day that so many venues continue to cancel or close. Many decisions were made during the construction process, including the specific design of each building. The lobby was originally supposed to be white, but Shelby had other plans. Four Fifteen Estates now has a gorgeous black lobby and chapel with blue stained glass windows on the door, following the traditions of something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue that Shelby loves. Every building, from the chapel to the foyer to the bridal suite, is decorated with modern chic, exposed wood and beautiful land surrounding the venue. The focal point of the venue and the main photography location is the outdoor fireplace, which was salvaged from one of the remaining houses on the property when the Stephens was first purchased.

“We were very nervous because everything got so modern,” says Shelby, “but we wanted it to be different and it’s definitely a selling point for our customers and the community,” says Shelby. To date, Four Fifteen Estates has booked 24 weddings and hopes to book more weddings and events in the future. “What we built isn’t just for the next modern bride, we built a community event center for the whole community to come out and enjoy,” says Shelby.

Four Fifteen Estates Chapel

Four Fifteen Estates offers clients a fully equipped kitchen for catering, a bridal suite (to get dressed and ready) and a grooms loft for getting dressed for the wedding reception. They also provide tables and chairs for large parties as well as a coordinator for the wedding day. In addition to the regular one-day event package, Four Fifteen Estates offers a weekend package to offer its customers a relaxing experience. This package gives customers the opportunity to prepare for a day, celebrate a day, and clean up a day. “We wanted to give everyone who comes here a chance to get ready and create a party atmosphere,” said Shelby.

Four fifteen booths will have their grand opening this Thursday April 15th at 6 p.m. and their first wedding will be this Saturday April 17th.

Four Fifteen Estates is located at 415 Co Rd 2101, New Boston, TX 75570.

https://www.fourfifteenestates.com/

Tom Brady launching NFT firm, bringing collectively prime names in sports activities, leisure, vogue and popular culture

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Future Hall of Famer Tom Brady does more than just win Super Bowls these days. The seven-time champion is also trying to become a winner in the business world. He already owns a range of workout apparel, equipment, supplements and groceries and is moving to another company. Brady is launching a non-fungible token or NFT platform called Autograph, according to a representative from TB12.

The company will bring together some of the biggest names in sports, entertainment, fashion and pop culture and work with the creators to create unique digital collectibles. NFTs will also have an autograph with the goat itself.

If eye emoji is seen as confirmation of the news, Brady confirmed the announcement on Twitter Tuesday night.

Co-founder and CEO of Autograph Dillon Rosenblatt spoke to CNN about the company. “Autograph will bring some of the world’s best-known names and brands together with world-class digital artists to develop, create, and market NFTs and breakthrough experiences for a community of fans and collectors,” he said.

NFTs have grown in popularity lately and Brady is joining in. NFTs are digital files with a unique identity based on a blockchain, the authenticity of which can be verified.

Metropolis council candidates nonetheless bringing in large cash | Western Colorado

The eight candidates for Grand Junction City Council raised an additional $ 27.29, bringing the total for that election to over $ 100,000.

The money collected between March 12 and 28 was reported to the town clerk on Friday. These reports also included the amount of money candidates had at the beginning of the reporting period and their expenses during that period.

The largest amount raised during the second reporting period came from Dennis Simpson, who raised $ 7,809. That amount included a $ 3,000 loan from Simpson for his own campaign that is due to be repaid by now.

Abe Herman raised $ 7,436, including a $ 2,500 loan from himself for his campaign. The terms of this loan reported to the town clerk indicate a repayment date of May 1st. None of the other campaigns received loans during this period.

The total amount available in the weeks leading up to the election included funds the campaigns had with the bank on March 12 and contributions made in the second reporting period.

Rick Taggart had most of it on hand during this time at $ 11,616. Both Simpson and Herman had more than $ 10,000 to spend.

Mark McCallister, who led the fundraiser for around $ 17,000 in the first reporting period, raised $ 725 in the final half of March but still had $ 7,339.

Candidates reported spending on social media advertising, traditional media and sign printing, and payments for web services that they use to receive donations. Taggart spent $ 2,110 on Grand Junction Media, which owns The Daily Sentinel.

Several candidates returned donations including McCallister, Jody Green, and Greg Haitz, all of whom returned donations from a nonprofit group, Stand For the Constitution. Herman and Taggart both returned donations from the Grand Junction Professional Firefighters Union. Taggart also returned a $ 500 donation from an LLC.

The poll is today and the results will be published online after the polls close at 7:00 p.m. Another campaign finance report is required within 30 days of the election.

To ensure your ballot is counted, it must be received by the Mesa County Electoral Department by 7:00 p.m. Postmarks are not considered the date of receipt.

Voters can cast ballots at ballot boxes at Grand Junction City Hall, Mesa County Central Services, Grand Valley Transit West Transfer Facility, or the Department of Human Services.

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One of the world’s greatest hidden fortunes has been wiped out for days

(Bloomberg) – From his seat high above Midtown Manhattan, directly across from Carnegie Hall, Bill Hwang quietly built one of the greatest fortunes in the world. Even on Wall Street, few noticed him – until suddenly everyone did.His private investment firm, Archegos Capital Management, is now at the center of one of the biggest margin calls of all time – a multi-billion dollar fiasco of secret market bets that were used dangerously effectively and at lightning speed made up of stocks dumped by banks in the past few days – ViacomCBS Inc., Discovery Inc. GSX Techedu Inc., Baidu Inc. – all of which had soared this year and sometimes confused traders who couldn’t understand why . Part of Hwang’s portfolio, which has been trading in blocks since Friday by Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo & Co., was worth nearly $ 40 billion last week. Bankers reckon Archegos’ net capital – essentially Hwang’s fortune – had reached north of $ 10 billion. And as divestments continue to grow, estimates of his company’s total positions continue to rise: tens of billions, $ 50 billion, even more than $ 100 billion. It was gone in just a few days. “I’ve never seen anything like it – how quiet it was, how focused, and how quickly it went away,” said Mike Novogratz, a career macro investor and former Goldman Sachs partner who has been trading since 1994. “This must be one of the greatest personal wealth losses in history. “Late Monday in New York, Archegos broke days of silence over the episode:” This is a challenging time for the Archegos Capital Management family office, our partners and employees, “said Karen Kessler, company spokeswoman, in an email Mail sent statement. “All plans are discussed while Mr. Hwang and the team determine the best way forward.” The cascade of trade losses has impacted from New York to Zurich to Tokyo and beyond, leaving myriad questions unanswered, including the big ones: How could anyone take such big risks by so many banks under the noses of regulators around the world get supported. Part of the answer is that Hwang was set up as a family office with limited oversight and then used financial derivatives to disclose large stakes in companies without ever having to collect. Another reason is that global banks embraced him as a lucrative customer, despite a record of insider trading and attempted market manipulation that pushed him out of hedge fund business a decade ago. A student of hedge fund legend Julian Robertson, Sung Kook “Bill Hwang joined Tiger Asia Management and Tiger Asia Partners after settling a 2012 SEC civil lawsuit alleging insider trading and manipulation of Chinese bank stocks. Hwang and the firms paid $ 44 million, and he agreed to be banned from the investment advisory industry. He soon opened Archegos – Greek for “one who leads the way” – and structured it as a family office. Assets are generally exempt from registration as investment advisors with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. So you don’t have to disclose their owners, executives or their administrations – rules to protect outsiders who invest in a fund. This approach makes sense for small family offices, but as they grow to the size of a hedge fund whale, they can still pose risks, this time to outsiders in the broader market. “This again raises questions about the regulation of family offices. Said Tyler Gellasch, a former SEC advisor who now heads the Healthy Markets trading group. “The question is, if it’s just friends and family, why do we care? The answer is that they can have a significant impact on the market, and the SEC’s regulatory system does not clearly reflect that, even according to Dodd-Frank. “Valuable CustomerArchegos entered into trading partnerships with companies such as Nomura Holdings Inc., Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank AG, and Credit Suisse Group AG. For a time after the SEC case, Goldman refused to do business with him on compliance grounds, but gave in as rivals who benefited from having his needs met. The full picture of its holdings is still emerging, and it’s not clear which positions derailed or what hedges are part of the reason that Hwang has never filed a 13F report on its holdings that any investment manager who is more than $ 100 million Holds US dollars in US stocks must be completed at the end of each quarter. That’s because he has apparently structured his trades using total return swaps and has essentially put the positions on banks’ balance sheets. Swaps also allow investors to add great leverage to a portfolio. Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, for example, are the largest owners of GSX Techedu, an online Chinese tutoring company that short sellers repeatedly target. Banks can own stocks for a variety of reasons, including hedging swap commitments from doing business with their customers. “Unfortunate Investors” Goldman added 54% to its position in January, according to regulatory filings. Overall, according to a Bloomberg analysis of the submitted documents, banks said they hold at least 68% of the outstanding shares of GSX. The banks owned at least 40% of IQIYI Inc, a Chinese video entertainment company, and 29% of ViacomCBS – all that Archegos had bet on: “I’m sure there are a number of really unfortunate investors out there who have bought these names in in the past few weeks, ”said Doug Cifu, CEO of electronic trading company Virtu Financial Inc., in an interview with Bloomberg TV on Monday. He predicted that regulators will examine whether “a family office should ensure more transparency and disclosure”. With no need to market his fund to outside investors, Hwang’s strategies and performance were kept secret from the outside world. Even as his fortune swelled, the 50-year-old remained unremarkable. Although he had once worked for Robertson’s Tiger Management, he was not known on Wall Street or in New York social circles. Wang is a trustee of Fuller Theology Seminary and a co-founder of the Grace and Mercy Foundation, whose mission is to serve the poor and the oppressed. The foundation had assets of nearly $ 500 million at the end of 2018. “It’s not just about the money, you know,” he said in a rare 2018 interview with an executive at the Fuller Institute, in which he talked about his calling as an investor and his Christian faith. “It’s about the long term, and God certainly has a long-term perspective.” His extraordinary stroke of luck turned early last week when ViacomCBS Inc. announced a second offering of its shares. The stock price fell 9% the next day. The value of other securities believed to be in Archegos’ portfolio based on positions traded in block trading followed. By Thursday’s close of trading, the portfolio’s value fell 27% – more than enough to wipe out an investor’s equity that market participants estimate has been leveraged six to eight times. It also hurt some banks that served Hwang. Nomura and Credit Suisse warned of “significant” losses after the sell-off, and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. has reported a potential loss of $ 300 million to Novogratz. “The psychology of all these levers without risk management is almost nihilism.” (Updates to the latest bank for detailed information in the penultimate paragraph.) For more articles like this, visit bloomberg.com. Subscribe us now to stay ahead of your trusted source of business news. © 2021 Bloomberg LP