How Robert Kraft became a billionaire

New York (CNN Business)Robert Kraft bought the New England Patriots in 1994 from an owner who wanted to move the team to St. Louis and call them the Stallions. And the Patriots today are worth $3.7 billion, the sixth most valuable pro franchise in the world, and Kraft is worth $6.6 billion, according to Forbes. He is the 79th wealthiest person in America. On Friday, Kraft, 77, was making headlines for other reasons. He was facing charges of soliciting prostitution, stemming from a raid on a day spa in Florida. A spokesperson for Kraft denied that he had committed a crime. Lee Igel, an associate professor at NYU’s Tisch Institute for Global Sport, said Kraft transformed the Patriots into a …

Churches can get rid of Sunday services

Previously, a rural priest would need to apply for permission from a bishop to not hold a Sunday service in each church. The Bishop of Willesden – the Right Reverend Pete Broadbent – chairs the Simplification Task Force formed in 2014 to improve the process of the Church of England. He said changing the law reflected the current practice of priests who look after multiple churches. Following the vote, he said: “You’re meant to get a dispensation from the bishop – this just changes the rules to make it easier for people to do what they’re already doing. It stops the bureaucracy. “This was just one (amendment) where we said, ‘Out of date, doesn’t work, we’re operating differently in the …

Culture of abuse and violence at the heart of some of South Korea’s biggest companies

Seoul (CNN)Forced to kneel and assaulted for forgetting to buy ginger. Kicked and spat on for being late. Drenched with water for driving too slowly. Struck on the forehead with a mop handle for seemingly no reason. Yet the family is by no means alone in facing accusations of abuse from staff. The scandals have sparked a nationwide debate on gapjil — a Korean word for those in power who lord over their underlings — within the elite families who dominate South Korea’s business and politics. A family problem South Korea’s economy is dominated by family-run conglomerates called chaebols. Their boards are dominated by family members and close associates, meaning some owners run these major conglomerates as their own personal …

Forget wedding presents — this Indian couple wants guests to vote for Prime Minister Modi instead

New Delhi (CNN)Indian weddings can be extravagant affairs with couples often showered with lavish gifts and money on their big day. “It was my idea to include this on the invitation as I have always supported the BJP and I want them to win,” Yande, a retired engineer, told CNN. “The guests have been supportive. Those that I have spoken to said they were happy to see that I’d taken this initiative to support the BJP. They say it’s a good thing.” The family has invited more than a thousand people. Wedding vote banks The BJP isn’t the only party garnering potential votes through weddings. Earlier this year, a photo of an invite sent by a family in northern Haryana …

Howand whyan ailing U.S. veteran is helping these Venezuelan refugees start a new life.

Luis and Jude Vivas, with their son, Luis Jr. Editor’s note: If you want to help the Vivas family, you can contribute directly to their GoFundMe campaign here. The campaign has been verified by the GoFundMe team, with 100% of the proceeds going toward immediate food, medical and housing needs for the family. When I connect with Jude and Luis Vivas, the couple is resting inside a tiny motel room in  Cúcuta, Colombia. The width of the room barely holds a small, twin sized bed that is covered in the six backpacks they carried across the Venezuelan border with their young son, Luis Jr. “We are very tired,” Jude says, translating the words of her husband into English. “Tired of …

Eighth MP quits Labour for Independent Group

BBC Newsnight’s political editor Nick Watt said Conservative whips were reporting three MPs – Sarah Wollaston, Heidi Allen and Anna Soubry – had gone “very, very silent”. We’ll listen to critics, vows McDonnell Labour MP sorry for Israeli breakaway claim Who are the Labour MPs resigning? While the Independent Group are not confirming anything, he said he had been told by one member that Wednesday would be a “very busy day”. Announcing her decision on Twitter, Ms Ryan said she would continue to represent the north London seat in Parliament. Ms Ryan, who served as a minister under Tony Blair, follows Chuka Umunna, Mike Gapes, Luciana Berger, Ann Coffey, Angela Smith, Gavin Shuker and Chris Leslie in quitting the party. …

Huawei UK cyber-security risk ‘manageable’

Most of the UK’s mobile companies – Vodafone, EE and Three – have been working with Huawei on developing their 5G networks. They are awaiting on a government review, due in March or April, that will decide whether they can use Huawei technology. As first reported by the Financial Times, the conclusion by the National Cyber Security Centre – part of the intelligence agency GCHQ – will feed into the review. The decision has not yet been made public, but the security agency said in a statement it had “a unique oversight and understanding of Huawei engineering and cyber security”. Analysis Rory Cellan-Jones, technology correspondent If anybody knows just how Huawei works and the threat it might pose to the …

Living in vans, tiny homes and containers

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe creative solutions to a lack of house affordability For many young people, the pleasures of their own hearth and home are out of reach. About 40% of young adults cannot afford to buy one of the cheapest homes in their area in the UK, with the average deposit now standing at about £26,000. But they also face “unaffordable” rents across most of Britain, according to recent research. So, many are turning to radical, innovative and sometimes mind-boggling alternatives. The owners of three unorthodox homes explained why they’ve turned away from bricks and mortar. Life in a van The 2008 Volkswagen Transporter 4, nicknamed “Iggy”, has been their home since they left …

More MPs could quit Labour and Tories

They were later joined by three pro-Remain Tories – who accuse the Conservative leadership of allowing right-wing hardliners to shape the party’s approach to Brexit and other matters. Chancellor Philip Hammond said he was “saddened” by his former colleagues’ comments, but denied the “relatively small hardcore” – namely the pro-Leave European Research Group – had taken over. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The Conservative Party is, always has been and, in my view, must remain a very broad church. “I understand their concerns, but I hope over time they will feel able to rejoin the party and help maintain that.” ‘Off the rails’ A number of other MPs have expressed sympathy with the group’s grievances. Speaking to the …

Did Banksy paint rat on charity shop wall?

He based his opinion on the photographs he had seen, and the claim that the graffiti was said to be at least a decade old, which is when “Banksy rats” appeared in industrial towns. “I’m happy to go with 50-50 for now that it’s a Banksy,” Mr Brandler said. Llanelli artist and photographer Roz Moreton, 53, is more convinced. She said she recognised the work when she moved back to the area a decade ago. “I studied in Bristol and lived in London and I’ve been exposed to a lot of Banksy including his rats on Westminster Bridge,” she said. Graffiti: Is it culture or vandalism? Banksy artwork sold for ‘six-figure sum’ Port Talbot in new graffiti surprise Related Topics …

Here’s what 2020 candidates should learn from Jussie Smollett

(CNN)“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett made the whole thing up. From a criminal perspective, next steps seem simple. Smollett has been charged with a felony for filing a false police report. He will, presumably, be tried and sentenced — unless he can offer evidence that clears him. What’s harder to sort through is the political reaction to the case — and how we can avoid going down this same road in the future. “This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn, and certainly didn’t deserve,” Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said on Thursday. “To make things worse, the accusations within this phony attack received national attention for weeks. Celebrities, news commentators, even presidential candidates weighed in on something that …

Donald Trump just dropped another bomb in his war on truth

(CNN)President Donald Trump is consistent about almost nothing. Which is what makes his long-running war on truth and facts all the more remarkable. Of late, Trump has expanded his war on truth to those who do the work of fact-checking him. “The Washington Post is a Fact Checker only for the Democrats,” tweeted Trump on Tuesday. “For the Republicans, and for your all time favorite President, it is a Fake Fact Checker!”

A dad used his daughter’s princess phase to teach leadership skills, and it’s perfection.

The way this dad handled his daughter’s “princess phase” is parenting at its best. Thanks to Disney upping their princess game with strong, independent female leads, raising a princess-obsessed daughter isn’t as potentially problematic as it used to be. But parents still worry that their little girls’ fascination with sparkling crowns and palaces may lead them to unhealthy ideas about gender roles and expectations. Will she think it’s desirable to be a damsel in distress waiting for a handsome prince to rescue her? Will she realize that that petticoats and corsets are totally impractical, or see them as the sacrifice one makes for being pretty? Will she romanticize the wrong things and flush away everything her feminist foremothers fought for? …

‘Cowards and traitors’ – how Twitter reacted

Ms Berger, who was one of the most prominent Jewish MPs in the party, cited the harassment she has received online as one of the main reasons for her quitting. Seven MPs leave Labour in Corbyn protest Who are the Labour MPs resigning? Announcing her decision to sit as an independent in Parliament, the Liverpool Wavertree MP said she was leaving behind a “culture of bullying, bigotry and intimidation”. In response, many Twitter users did not hold back in their criticism of the breakaway group, using phrases such as “splitters and Red Tories” to describe the seven. Young Labour posted a short line from the Red Flag – the anthem traditionally sung at the end of the Labour party conference …