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    Donald Trump and Ted Cruz

    • Democrats are doing their best to resurface the bitter feuds between President Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, as the Texas lawmaker fends off a strong Democratic challenge this fall. 
    • One team of liberal activists is rolling out billboard trucks featuring Trump's tweets attacking Cruz. 
    • And Democrats are sharing video clips of the two men viciously undermining each other during the 2016 campaign. 

    Sen. Ted Cruz and President Donald Trump have had a tumultuous relationship, to say the least. 

    But that is a history both men would like to forget. They need each other now, as Cruz faces an unexpectedly competitive challenge to his Texas seat in a race that could determine party control over the US Senate.

    So Democratic activists are doing their best to remind Texas Republicans that it wasn't long ago that the president declared Cruz a "maniac," questioned his American citizenship and religious beliefs, promoted conspiracies about his father, threatened to "spill the beans" on his wife, Heidi (and attacked her physical appearance), and nicknamed him "Lyin' Ted" — not to mention asserting that Cruz had done "absolutely nothing" for his state. 

    Antonio Arellano, a Texan activist and Latino community organizer, recently teamed up with David Hogg, a survivor of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and a few other activists to raise money for an idea Arellano hatched: billboard trucks featuring Trump's tweets attacking Cruz. 

    After the group raised $9,760 through a GoFundMe page, they stopped accepting donations and prepared for the rollout, The Washington Post reported. The trucks carrying the billboards will hit the road in the red state on Thursday, Arellano tweeted last week. 

    Democrats are also spreading footage of Cruz's attacks on Trump from when he was a presidential candidate, which included calling Trump a "pathological liar," "utterly amoral," a "narcissist at a level I don't think this country's ever seen," and a "serial philanderer" during the 2016 campaign.

    On Tuesday, Neera Tanden, president of the progressive think tank Center for American Progress, shared a video of the ultra-conservative senator calling the president a "sniveling coward" in March 2016, while insisting that Trump wouldn't be the party's presidential nominee.

    "Everyone in Texas needs to see this," she wrote. 

    Since the election, relations between the two men have made a remarkable recovery. Trump announced via tweet last month that he'll hold a rally for Cruz in "the biggest stadium in Texas we can find" and called the senator's Democratic opponent, Rep. Beto O'Rourke, "a disaster for Texas." 

    Cruz, who was outraised two-to-one by O'Rourke last quarter, is also aggressively courting wealthy donors and conservative groups to send financial support to his campaign. 

    Last year, Trump described his evolution with Cruz as "like, dislike like." 

    The relationship between the two has indeed gone from friendly, to nasty, to apparently amicable again. While the men avoided taking shots at each other in the first months of their respective campaigns for the presidency, their relationship soured as the GOP primary narrowed.

    "This man is a pathological liar. He doesn't know the difference between truth and lies," Cruz said after Trump alleged that Cruz's father was involved in President John F. Kennedy's assassination. "In a pattern that is straight out of a psychology text book, he accuses everyone of lying."

    SEE ALSO: Beto O'Rourke, the Texas Democrat challenging Ted Cruz, is winning national praise for his viral defense of NFL players' protests

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    Ski Dubai

    • China is building the world's largest indoor ski resort in Shanghai.
    • The one milion square-foot project will have three different ski slopes and offer 25 non-skiing activities 
    • The Chinese government is encouraging its citizens to take up skiing and other winter sports ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. 

    Skiers in Shanghai, China, won’t have to travel to faraway mountains anymore to hit the slopes. Foreign real-estate investors recently announced plans to build what they say will be the world’s largest indoor ski resort in China’s most-populated city.

    The development, called Wintastar Shanghai, is projected to span about one million square-feet, with three separate ski slopes. The site will also offer a range of other attractions. The three slopes will each present different levels of difficulty for skiers, with one described as providing “Olympic standard for training,” CNN reported Tuesday.

    To get a hint at what the resort could look like, it might be helpful to know that the the company behind the project, Majid Al Futtaim, was responsible for bringing the first indoor ski slope to the Middle East in 2005.

    Those visiting the company's Ski Dubai development, in the United Arab Emirates, can enjoy a number of outdoor-themed indoor activities. Ski Dubai comes complete with a wooden-cabin located halfway down the slope for visitors to indulge on wintry treats like hot chocolate.

    Wintaster Shanghai will be three-times larger than Ski Dubai, according to the CNN report. It was not immediately clear when the project will be complete.

    The Chinese government is actively encouraging its citizens to take up skiing and other winter sports as it prepares to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Beijing launched an initiative in 2016 to build 240 ski slopes, and 600 ice rinks with the goal of getting 300 million of its citizens to play winter sports by 2025.

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    Landfall prediction Hurricane Florence Wednesday 12 September 5 am Myrtle Beach

    • Hurricane Florence is surging toward the US and is due to make landfall on Saturday after hovering just off-shore for more than a day.
    • The latest update from the National Hurricane Center shows the storm meeting land at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
    • The track is not certain and is subject to change. Yesterday it was predicted to make landfall 100 miles further north.
    • Read Business Insider's full hurricane coverage here.

    Hurricane Florence is powering toward the US and could cause "catastrophic" flooding with a combination of 40 inches of rain and a 13-foot storm surge.

    The storm is due to hit somewhere around the border between North and South Carolina on Saturday, according to the latest information from the National Hurricane Center.

    Its effects will be felt well before then, according to the latest track, which predicts that the hurricane will hover just off-shore for more than 24 hours before hitting land.

    The center's latest prediction, published 5 a.m. Wednesday, indicates that the eye of the storm is expected to hit the coast over Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

    The track had shifted 12o miles southward from advisories on Tuesday, which suggested the storm could make landfall in North Carolina at either Swansboro or Sneads Ferry, towns close to the city of Jacksonville.

    The National Hurricane Center's predictions are subject to change, and the "track" of the storm, seen in the map below, could shift significantly.

    The center predicts only a few fixed points where it believes the storm will be, and the rest of the track is created by drawing straight lines between them. The likely destination of the storm is usually expressed as a cone to reflect this uncertainty.

    Storm Cone 5am advisory Wednesday September 12 Myrtle Beach South Carolina

    For more on Hurricane Florence:

    Read Business Insider's reporting on the evacuation operation as the storm approaches.

    Read our overall report on the hurricane's progress.

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    • Verizon will be the first internet service provider to offer a 5G home internet service.
    • The service, called Verizon 5G Home, will offer customers higher speeds than most are used to.
    • It'll be available only in four cities to begin with.

    Verizon announced on Tuesday evening that it would begin selling the first 5G home internet service starting Thursday at 8 a.m. ET, with the service rolling out to four cities beginning October 1.

    5G is the evolution of the wireless 4G LTE technology that most of us use on our smartphones. The major difference with 5G is that it's much faster and can be applied outside of mobile uses.

    In Verizon's case, wireless 5G technology is replacing the typical wired home broadband internet service. 5G wireless internet data will be delivered to homes by "small cells" — essentially mini cell towers — as opposed to the current wired infrastructure.

    Verizon said customers of the new service, Verizon 5G Home, "should expect typical network speeds around 300 Mbps and, depending on location, peak speeds of nearly 1 Gbps, with no data caps." In short, Verizon 5G Home customers should typically expect extremely fast internet speeds.

    One Gbps translates to 1,000 Mbps, which would let you download a 1 GB file in eight seconds, which is incredibly fast. Even the 300 Mbps speeds that customers should typically expect is fast, allowing customers to download a 1 GB file in 28 seconds.

    To compare, the average home internet speeds in the US as of May measured in at 92.93 Mbps, according to PCMag. Those speeds would let you download a 1 GB file in 1 minute, 32 seconds.

    At the national average of 92.93 Mbps, internet speeds in the US can handle any kind of streaming, even 4K video streaming, without any issues. But Verizon's 5G Home service that offers even higher speeds paves the way for more data-intensive use cases in the future.

    Logistics and initial limitations

    Verizon's 5G Home service will be free for the first three months, after which the service will cost $50 a month for existing Verizon customers and $70 a month for non-Verizon customers.

    Customers from any city can sign up for the Verizon 5G Home service on Thursday, but the service will go live on October 1 in only four cities to begin with: Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, California.

    For customers outside those four initial cities, signing up for Verizon's 5G home internet service will grant them early access to Verizon's 5G Home when it becomes available.

    Verizon said it would offer free installation of routers and router upgrades that would support its 5G Home service.

    As part of the 5G Home deal, you'll get YouTube's TV service free for the first three months, after which it'll cost users $40 a month. Customers will also get a free Apple TV 4K or Google Chromecast Ultra.

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    Donald Trump

    • A top Democrat is taking aim at President Donald Trump's most recent financial disclosure.
    • Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland is requesting a trove of documents related to the disclosure and reimbursements made to Trump's former longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen.
    • Cummings zeroes in on a discrepancy between the financial disclosure and what prosecutors laid out as a part of Cohen's recent plea deal.


    A top Democrat is taking aim at a discrepancy in President Donald Trump's most recent financial disclosure, requesting a trove of documents from the White House and the Trump Organization related to the reimbursement of the president's former lawyer's hush payments to women.

    Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, requested that White House counsel Donald McGahn a top Trump Organization executive provide all documents and communications related to hush money reimbursements by Trump or the Trump Organization to Cohen, according to a letter provided to Business Insider on Wednesday.

    Cummings also requested all documents related to Trump's two most recent financial disclosures, among others related to the Cohen payments.

    In the letter, Cummings zeroes in on a discrepancy:

    • Trump's May financial disclosure said he reimbursed Cohen for a 2016 $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, who alleged an affair with Trump years ago.
    • It was not disclosed in his 2017 report, which was filed months after Cohen began to be reimbursed for the expenditure.
    • In his 2018 financial disclosure report, the value of the reimbursement was listed as between $100,001-$250,000.
    • That raised some eyebrows at the time because Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said earlier in May that the Trump reimbursed Cohen in excess of $400,000. Former Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub tweeted then that Giuliani "may have lied" when he said Trump paid Cohen that much money.

    In an interview with Business Insider shortly after the financial disclosure was reported, Giuliani said $130,000 was "the specific amount that I said" Trump reimbursed Cohen. 

    But in information made public by federal prosecutors last month after Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts of federal crimes, prosecutors said Cohen was reimbursed for $420,000 by Trump's business for his expenses.

    According to the court filings, Cohen submitted an invoice in January 2017 requesting $180,000 — which included $130,000 for the payment he facilitated to Daniels and $50,000 for "tech services." Prosecutors said Trump Organization officials listed in the filings inflated that total to $420,000, which would be paid to Cohen in installments of $35,000, a monthly retainer fee throughout 2017.

    The company accounted for those monthly payments as legal expenses, according to the court filing.

    "In truth and in fact, there was no such retainer agreement, and the monthly invoices Cohen submitted were not in connection with any legal services he had provided in 2017," prosecutors wrote.

    Cummings highlighted that discrepancy between Trump's financial disclosure and what was presented by prosecutors in their filing. The Democratic lawmaker asked why Trump hasn't amended his financial disclosure, since the reimbursement revealed by Cohen and the Justice Department totaled much more than $250,000.

    By not doing so, Cummings said Trump is failing to comply with the law.

    "These payments include a number of increases, bonuses, and anomalies that raise even more questions about the nature and scope of the services President Trump obtained from Mr. Cohen," Cummings wrote.

    Cummings asked multiple questions in addition to why the payment wasn't listed as greater than $250,000 and why the disclosure has yet to be amended. Those questions included why didn't Trump report a payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal as a liability, and whether Trump or the Trump Organization made any other similar payments that have yet to be disclosed.

    Read the full letter:

    SEE ALSO: Trump reportedly exploded at his ex-lawyer after he heard Mueller was looking into his relationship with Deutsche Bank: 'This is bulls---!'

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    ballers

    • AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson compared HBO to Tiffany, the luxury jewelry retailer, and Netflix to Walmart at a Goldman Sachs conference on Wednesday. 
    • The comparison follows remarks made by WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey in July about expanding the quantity of HBO's offerings to reach a "broad" audience that could better compete with services like Netflix.  

     

    AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson used a striking retail metaphor at a Goldman Sachs conference on Wednesday to compare the streaming offerings of Netflix and the AT&T-owned HBO. 

    "I think of Netflix as kind of the Walmart of SVOD [streaming video on demand]. HBO's kind of the Tiffany," Stephenson said at Goldman's Communacopia conference.

    Stephenson's comparison of Netflix and HBO follows a series of comments from WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey in July about expanding the quantity of HBO's offerings to reach a "broad" audience that could better compete with rival streaming services like Netflix.  

    Stankey said in a townhall conversation with HBO CEO Richard Plepler in July that HBO's current subscriber numbers, around 40 million in the US and 142 million worldwide, were insufficient, and that the company would have to become a "much more common product," according to a recording obtained by The New York Times. 

    Stephenson on Wednesday reportedly said he "concurs" with Stankey's assessment, but his comments helped to clarify the cable outlet's content-spending strategy.

    “You'd like to fill out the schedule," Stephenson said. "We're not talking about Netflix-level of investments."

    Stephenson added that HBO needs a "more fulsome lineup and schedule" to combat the flux of subscribers who sign up for HBO to watch "Game of Thrones" and then leave when a season ends.

    Nevertheless, BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield seized on Stephenson's Tiffany-Walmart metaphor to note how drastically Walmart outperformed Tiffany in revenue last year: 

    And oddly enough, Walmart is itself exploring a subscription video-streaming service that would reportedly seek to challenge Netflix and Amazon, according to a  Wall Street Journal report from July.  

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    Saint Frank Facebook

    • Facebook's Menlo Park campus has its own Saint Frank Coffee location.
    • Saint Frank Coffee is a San Francisco-based specialty coffee business. 
    • Business Insider spoke to two Saint Frank baristas about what it's like to work at the Menlo Park café.

    Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters serves up some delectable— and free — meals for its employees.

    But a good number of Facebook employees don't opt for a free cup of coffee in the morning. Instead, they head to Saint Frank Coffee, a café nestled on the border of Zone 3 and Zone 4 in MPK 20.

    Saint Frank Coffee is a specialty coffee chain that operates two other locations in San Francisco. It's even got a daughter venture: St. Clare Coffee. On Yelp, the chain's Russian Hill location's price range is listed as "under $10," while its SoMa roastery's price range is listed as "moderate."

    According to barista Cris Mendoza, Saint Frank was initially supposed to just operate a cart on Facebook's lush rooftop park. But in July 2016, Saint Frank opened up a new location in the belly of the tech company. As a result, the Menlo Park Saint Frank location is only accessible to Facebook employees and their guests.

    Business Insider spoke with Mendoza and his fellow barista Jason Yeo about what it's like to work at Saint Frank's Menlo Park café.

    Here's what they had to say:

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    Facebook and Saint Frank share more than a location.

    Facebook may be a tech powerhouse and Saint Frank may focus on crafting high quality coffees, but the two entities have a few things in common in terms of their stated company values.

    Facebook's mission statement is to "bring the world closer together." Saint Frank, on the other hand, is named for both its hometown of San Francisco, and St. Francis of Assisi.

    "Saint Francis had a passion for life and connection with people and the world around him in a way that shapes our direction in coffee and service," the company's website reads.

    Mendoza said that Saint Frank Coffee founder and owner Kevin Bohlin is drawn to the writings of St. Francis, namely "the idea that everybody has value, everybody matters." He said that everything about Saint Frank is built to reflect that philosophy. He said that Saint Frank works to forge close relationships with its coffee producers in Guatemala, Honduras, and Kenya.

    "We want to value the people in every aspect of the supply chain within coffee," Yeo told Business Insider. "That means honoring the farmers who put in a lot of hard, labor-intensive work toward the product that they're producing for us."

    Mendoza said the coffee business operates with the goal of "making this huge world smaller in little ways" — like sharing a cup of coffee.



    Facebook employees order between 350 and 450 drinks a day at Saint Frank.

    Saint Frank is open every week day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Baristas have three shifts to choose between: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The line typically swells in the morning, as Facebook employees swing by to grab their daily pick-me-up. Facebook product manager Merlyn Deng previously told Business Insider that she always makes a pit stop at Saint Frank.

    "It's the best coffee that you'll get in Menlo Park," she told Business Insider.

    After lunch, more people convene by Saint Frank for small or one-on-one meetings and interviews.

    "People like to come here because it feels like you're not quite at work," Mendoza said. "It feels a little bit separate from that."

    Tuesdays and Thursdays are usually packed. Wednesdays are quieter, thanks to Facebook's tradition of allowing "work from home" Wednesdays. Mendoza said that the team fixes anywhere between 350 to 450 drinks on an average day.



    Saint Frank handles orders a bit like Chipotle.

    Saint Frank's Menlo Park location isn't the biggest café — but Mendoza said it's one of the fastest of its size.

    "We've crushed 25 person lines in less than 14 minutes," he said.

    According to Mendoza, the secret ingredients are teamwork and a well-designed café.

    "When I go to other cafes, a lot of times they'll have someone on the register — taking money, greeting customers, and ringing stuff up," he said. "Here, everybody's hands are involved in making the drink. You don't have someone just standing there. We maximize staffing and efficiency."

    Saint Frank doesn't hand out tickets, either.

    "You don't order at the register, have someone ring you up and walk away," Mendoza said. "You kind of hang out for the whole process."

    Mendoza and Yeo both said that the process is a bit more humanizing for both the barista and the customer.

    "We have a company saying: 'We don't serve coffee, we serve people,'" Yeo said.

    But Mendoza said this specialized attention to each order doesn't slow things down.

    "Some people are like, 'Wow, that was really fast. I love your guys' ordering process. It's very efficient,'" he added. "I joke around with them, 'Yeah, it's kind of like Chipotle, right?'"



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    Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer

    • New polls show Democrats with 10, 12 and 14-point leads over Republicans in the midterm congressional elections — a possible indication of a "blue wave" this fall. 
    • But it's not entirely clear whether this imbalance will hold — the Democrats' advantage over the GOP has swung from single digits to the teens this year.

    Democrats had massive 1o, 12, and 14-point leads over Republicans in the midterm congressional elections, according to three new polls of the generic House ballot released Wednesday.

    An NPR/Marist Poll conducted during the second week of September found that 50% of registered voters would cast their ballots for Democrats and 38% would vote for Republicans if congressional elections were held then. Another poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University during roughly the same period, found that Democrats have a 14-point lead over their Republican opponents. And a third Politico/Morning Consult poll found Democrats 10 points ahead of the GOP. 

    No demographic group approves of the job Congress is doing — and 72% of Americans overall disapprove of the lawmakers, according to the Quinnipiac poll. While 58% of voters say Congress should act as more of a check on President Donald Trump, 56% of all voters don't want the body to begin impeachment proceedings against the president. 

    A late August Washington Post-ABC News poll also found that Democrats have a 14-point advantage over Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections. Just 38% of registered voters said they would vote for Republican House candidates, while 52% said they'd vote for Democrats. 

    Many observers pointed to the polling as further evidence of a "blue wave" in the midterms this fall. In the last three midterm elections — 2006, 2010, and 2014 — the party in the White House saw massive losses in Congress. Many analysts believe that if Americans' dissatisfaction with Trump and his party remain high, Democrats will flip the 23 seats they need to take control of the House, and possibly the two US Senate seats they need to control the upper chamber.  

    Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,038 voters across the country between September 6-9 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points. The NPR/Marist poll surveyed 949 adults between September 5-9 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

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    • One of the newest luxury hotels in vacation hotspot Ibiza is the Robert De Niro-owned Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, a spinoff from the swanky New York Japanese fusion restaurant Nobu.
    • I recently stayed at the hotel on a trip to Ibiza to see what it was like. I found that the hotel, bathed in whites, blues, and golds, was a calming, luxurious, expensive place to stay.
    • The standout of the hotel is its four restaurants, each with a different cuisine and style. The hotel's edition of Nobu stood out for top-notch cocktails, sushi, and seafood. But the beach in front of the hotel left a lot to be desired.

    If you've ever wondered what it's like to vacation like the rich and famous, the Robert De Niro-owned Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay isn't a bad place to start.

    Opened last year and officially inaugurated by De Niro in May, Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is one of eight hotels opened by the high-end chain since it was formed by De Niro, Hollywood producer Meir Teper, and Japanese celebrity chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa in 2013. The hotels are a spin-off from their swanky Japanese fusion restaurant chain Nobu, which has long been known as a haunt for Wall Street bigshots and celebs alike. 

    While the majority of Nobu's hotels are located in the US, the company has recently made an international push, opening the Ibiza Bay and Marbella hotels in Spain and announcing eight new hotels in places ranging from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    The Ibiza Bay hotel, however, has the good fortune of being deemed "the most beautiful Nobu in the world" by De Niro. 

    While I can't vouch for every Nobu hotel, the Ibiza edition, located on Talamanca Bay on the Balearic island of Ibiza — long a vacation and partying hotspot for the wealthy — is stunning, chic, and secluded. But, at the end of the day, it's the hotel's dining options of immaculate sushi and new spins on classics like paella that make it a place to pretend you're a Kardashian. 

    I recently visited Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay on a recent trip to Spain. Keep reading to see what it's like:

    SEE ALSO: I stayed at one of the best hotels in the world, where a $16,000-a-night suite includes its own movie theater, popcorn maker, and 'cabinet of delights'

    I arrived at Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay relatively early one Monday, after being picked up in a Range Rover by the hotel's transfer service from Ibiza Town. The driver, a young Moroccan-Spaniard who spoke five languages, was incredibly personable. After reading some spotty reviews about staff and service, I was delighted.



    When you enter the hotel, the initial impression is one of openness. The lobby opens directly onto the pool deck and the sea, which draws a refreshing breeze.



    While most Nobu restaurants and hotels seem to try to emulate the original's sleek, black-and-gold downtown New York-aesthetic, Ibiza Bay is brighter and beachy. The minimalism is still present, but it is transmuted into shades of white, teak, marble, and stone. It's calming to the eyes.



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    Seabourn Sojourn

    • The luxury cruise line Seabourn plans to take 450 or so guests on a round-the-world tour in 2020.
    • The Seabourn's flagship Sojourn liner is set to visit five continents in 146 days.
    • The ship is scheduled to depart from Miami in January 2020 and conclude its journey in San Francisco in May.

    Would you embark on a 146-day cruise around the world?

    That's exactly what Seabourn, a luxury cruise line, has in mind for its upcoming "Extraordinary Destinations" cruise. The line's flagship, the Seabourn Sojourn, is set to visit five continents and 62 ports in 146 days in 2020.

    According to Seabourn, this marks the line's first world cruise in six years. The Sojourn is scheduled to cast off from Miami in January 2020 and reach its final destination, San Francisco, in May.

    Here's a look inside the luxury cruise ship where passengers will reside during their voyage:

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    The 650-foot Sojourn is registered in the Bahamas and can hold 458 passengers. Its fastest speed is 19 knots.

    Source: Seabourn



    In total, the ship will make stops in 26 countries.

    Source: Seabourn



    Some of the "Extraordinary Destinations" on the Sojourn's itinerary include Sydney, Australia ...

    Source: Seabourn



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    ballad of buster scruggs

    • Netflix has released the first trailer for its anticipated original film from the Coen Brothers, "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs."
    • The Western film was originally conceived as a six-episode Netflix original miniseries, but the Coens cut it together into one feature film and premiered it at the Venice Film Festival in August. 
    • "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" debuts on Netflix and in select theaters on November 16.

     

    Netflix on Wednesday released the first trailer for its anticipated original film from the Coen Brothers, "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs."

    Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, the Western film features an anthology of stories, and was originally conceived as a six-episode miniseries. The Coens reportedly "decided instead to jam the episodes" into one feature film before screening it at the Venice Film Festival in August.

    "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" stars James Franco, Liam Neeson, Zoe Kazan, Tim Blake Nelson, and Tom Waits in an ensemble cast.

    The Coens told reporters at Venice that the material for the film originated from stories they wrote over a period of 25 years. 

    "We would write these short stories and not really know what to do with them and put them in a drawer," Joel Coen said. "Then we decided to make them all together."

    The film has a 94% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes from the 17 critics who saw it in Venice. 

    "Richly entertaining and blackly funny but told with sincerity and heart, the half-dozen Western tales packed into 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' show the Coen brothers loading up their six-shooter and firing barely a blank," Philip De Semlyen wrote in a review for Time Out. 

    "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" debuts on Netflix and in select theaters on November 16.

    Watch the trailer below:

    SEE ALSO: AT&T's CEO compared Netflix to Walmart, while calling HBO the 'Tiffany' of streaming services in reference to the luxury jewelry retailer

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    • The Trump administration diverted nearly $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund immigration detention centers, documents show.
    • The news comes as a Category 4 hurricane barrels toward the Carolinas, and President Donald Trump continues to defend his widely criticized response to last year's hurricanes in Puerto Rico.
    • A Homeland Security spokesman said the money transferred from FEMA wasn't taken from its disaster relief funds due to "appropriation limitations."


    The Trump administration transferred nearly $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund immigration detention centers just ahead of hurricane season, according to documents a Democratic senator provided to news outlets.

    Budgeting documents from the Department of Homeland Security lists a $9.8 million transfer from FEMA's operations and support budget, which was given to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The sum makes up roughly 0.9% of FEMA's overall budget.

    The documents list similar transfers to ICE from the Transportation Security Administration and the US Coast Guard, and even show a $23 million transfer from the Customs and Border Protection agency's border security fencing, infrastructure, and technology budget.

    In total, DHS transferred $201.88 million in funding to ICE detention facilities, the documents show.

    "ICE must have sufficient detention bed capacity to detain illegal aliens when necessary as it enforces the Nation's immigration laws as fairly and effectively as possible," the budgeting documents say. "Ensuring adequate funding for the detention beds requires projecting an Average Daily Population (ADP) for adult detainees as well as the daily costs incurred in keeping a detainee in custody."

    hurricane florence

    Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon provided the documents first to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. In an interview on Maddow's show Tuesday night, Merkley accused the Trump administration of taking money from FEMA's "response and recovery" operations just as a Category 4 hurricane barrels toward the Carolinas.

    A Homeland Security spokesman said via Twitter that the transferred money was not taken from disaster relief funds, and accused Merkley of pushing a political agenda amid Hurricane Florence's impending landfall.

    "The money in question — transferred to ICE from FEMA's routine operating expenses — could not have been used for hurricane response due to appropriation limitations," spokesman Tyler Houlton said. "This is a sorry attempt to push a false agenda at a time when the administration is focused on assisting millions on the East Coast facing a catastrophic disaster."

    The news comes as the Trump administration continues to face scrutiny over its handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people.

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday called his government's response to the hurricane an "incredible, unsung success," and tweeted Wednesday that the "great job" was done in spite of "an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan."

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: E-scooters from Lime and Bird sit outside San Diego Comic-Con on July 20, 2018 in San Diego, California. More than 100,000 attendees are expected at the annual comic and entertainment convention. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    • Rentable e-scooters will be pulled off the streets of Washington, DC, in advance of Hurricane Florence hitting the East Coast at the end of the week.
    • The individuals who routinely charge the scooters will store them in their homes during the hurricane.

    When Hurricane Florence pummels the East Coast this week, cities on the edge of the massive storm — like Washington, DC — could be hit with high winds and heavy rains. Because Washington's sidewalks are covered with rentable e-scooters from several different companies, they will have to be taken care of for the week.

    The three biggest e-scooter suppliers in Washington — Bird, Lime, and Skip — will all be taken off the streets as the storm approaches.

    A spokesperson for Skip told Business Insider that in the nation's capital, scooters will be pulled off the streets on Thursday night by the individuals tasked with charging them as the storm approaches to hit the city over the weekend.

    "Our plan is to have all of the scooters in the hands of our chargers so we can redeploy faster once the storm has passed," the spokesperson said in an email. "We want to be able to serve the public immediately after the storm in case there are road closures or anything else that is slowing down or disrupting travel."

    "We will review and address weather issues as they arise on a case-by-case basis in each of the markets where we have Skips on the ground, prioritizing the safety of our riders," the spokesperson added.

    Bird will also be using the individuals who regularly charge the scooters to pull them off the streets for the week.

    "We are removing all Birds from the road in cities likely to be impacted by Hurricane Florence and any related inclement weather," a Bird spokesperson told Business Insider. "Bird's community of trained Chargers will store the vehicles until the bad weather has cleared and once again permits safe riding in affected cities. Our thoughts are with the communities that will be impacted by the storm, and we hope everyone stays safe."

    For Lime, which deploys scooters and bicycles in Washington, the company is "proactively removing our scooters and bikes off the streets as well as alerting our juicers and riders in communities that could be impacted by Hurricane Florence," Lime spokeswoman Mary Caroline Pruitt said in a statement.

    "Lime has been closely monitoring the hurricane, and will continue to track the storm’s path to ensure we are doing whatever we can to help our local communities stay safe," she added. "We strongly urge everyone in the regions expected to be impacted to be vigilant and pay close attention to guidance from their local authorities."

    Hurricane Florence is expected to primarily hit states in the southeast and mid-Atlantic, such as North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia. Many of those states and the District of Columbia have declared states of emergency in preparation for the hurricane.

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    • It's important to know how to get a job on LinkedIn.
    • But you might be making a number of mistakes on LinkedIn that could be hurting your chances of landing a new opportunity.
    • Amongst nine of the biggest mistakes are having an unprofessional headshot and not posting enough updates.

     

    LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for connecting with recruiters or those in your network who could help you to the next stage of your career.

    Unless, of course, you're scaring them off before they can even connect with you.

    Career coaches Marc Dickstein and Evangelia Leclaire shared with Business Insider a few of the most common mistakes that people make on LinkedIn. 

    Luckily, you can avoid most of them by making sure you're consistently engaging with your network in a way that's professional and friendly.

    Here are nine of the most common mistakes people make on LinkedIn:

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    Your headline says your job title, but nothing else

    "This is a great opportunity to showcase your personal brand, which is typically not a priority for those who create job titles," Dickstein said.

    Instead of saying you're simply a "software engineer," say what programming language or field you've specialized in. I could have mentioned that I'm a "careers reporter covering the trucking industry."



    Your summary doesn't explain much about your passions, what you're seeking on LinkedIn, or what sets you apart

    Many people forego writing a summary. Dickstein said that's a problem.

    "(Your summary) should be demonstrative of your passion and excitement about whatever it is that you do — and want to do," Dickstein told Business Insider.

    Your summary shouldn't just rehash what's in your job experience. Instead, use LinkedIn to highlight the most interesting parts of your career, what you're passionate about, and what you're looking for.



    Your photo is unprofessional

    "Don't ever expect a recruiter to represent you if you cannot positively and professionally represent yourself on LinkedIn," Leclaire, who is also founder and chief evangelist of Ready Set Rock Academy, told Business Insider.

    "If your LinkedIn profile is bare and your picture looks like it's cropped from a group photo from a family wedding, a recruiter will pass you up," she added.

    Dickstein said you don't need to hire a professional photographer, necessarily, but make sure your head is visible, the background is simple, your face is shown clearly, and you're in casual business attire.

    And yes, anyone can tell if you've cropped out your friends or a wine glass, Dickstein said.



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    • Hurricane Florence is expected to hit the coasts of North and South Carolina on Thursday or Friday.
    • The storm is expected to being heavy rain, powerful winds, and a strong storm surge.
    • Many coastal communities that are expected to be impacted by the storm provide live streams of the surf.

    Hurricane Florence is expected to being heavy rain and strong winds to the coasts of North and South Carolina as early as Thursday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is forecasting.

    Experts predict that the storm could bring rainfall up to 40 inches and up to 13 feet of floodwater in some areas.

    The Category 4 storm is expected to make landfall around Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, but the massive hurricane will have a major impact along a long stretch of the North and South Carolina coasts.

    Read more:Here are the areas that could get hit by Hurricane Florence

    The National Weather Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and both the governors of North and South Carolina have warned that the storm could be extremely dangerous and mandatory evacuations are underway in many parts of the Carolinas.

    "This is not going to be a tropical storm … this is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast," Jeff Byard, the associate administrator for FEMA's Office of Response and Recovery, said on Wednesday.

    Read more: Here's the latest forecast on Florence

    Many of the beach communities expected to be impacted by Hurricane Florence have livestreams to monitor the surf conditions.

    We've collected a few of those streams below, ranging from beaches just above Wilmington, North Carolina down to areas just below Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

    As conditions get worse, the livestreams may become inoperable.

    Here are a few resources to watch the storm live:

    Read our full coverage of Hurricane Florence here »

    SEE ALSO: Hurricane Florence could bring 40 inches of rain and 13 feet of floodwater in a 'catastrophic' landfall

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    • Passengers on a United Airlines flight from Newark to Glasgow, Scotland said they saw their pilot napping in the cabin during the flight.
    • Despite photos published in a Scottish newspaper going viral, this is actually standard practice — it's a federally-mandated safety measure.
    • Pilots on longer flights, including trans-Atlantic routes, are required to take a mid-flight rest period. On some larger planes, pilots have access to a separate rest area. On smaller aircraft, pilots rest in a reserved first class or business class seat.
    • On those flights, there's always at least one extra pilot on board so when one takes a rest, there are still always two pilots in the cockpit.

    On a recent United Airlines flight to Glasgow, passengers were surprised to see one of the plane's pilots emerge from the cockpit, change clothes in the forward lavatory, and take a nap in an empty business class seat.

    However, while this may have seemed unusual at first glance, it's actually common practice on commercial airlines — and it all has to do with ensuring in-flight safety.

    Photos allegedly showing the napping pilot — taken by a passenger and published this weekend by the Daily Record, a Scottish tabloid — quickly went viral.

    According to passengers, the pilot went to the seat about an hour into the flight and stayed for about 90 minutes. Then, he returned to the cockpit, and another pilot emerged to take a turn napping.

    The August 22 flight, United 161, departed from Newark (EWR) at 8:10 p.m., and arrived in Glasgow (GLA) at 7:17 a.m. local time, according to data from flight-tracking website FlightRadar24.

    According to United, pilots napping mid-flight is standard practice on a trans-Atlantic route.

    Under a set of federal aviation regulations known as FAR 117, pilots are required to rest outside of the cockpit for a certain amount of time during long flights. These flights — which are operated by aircraft with two-pilot flight decks — will have at least three pilots on board who rotate. That way, each of them can get the required rest.

    That was the case on this particular flight.

    In a statement provided to Business Insider, a United Airlines spokesman said: "The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. On trans-Atlantic flights such as the flight between GLA and EWR, our pilots are required by the FAA to take a rest break. The aircraft on this route was operated by a cockpit crew of three and this pilot was following the FAA-mandated crew rest requirements."

    According to Patrick Smith, a veteran airline pilot who runs the website Ask The Pilot, the key is that there are always two active pilots in the cabin.

    "All long-haul flights carry augmented crews that work in shifts," said Smith, who is also author of the book Cockpit Confidential, in an e-mail to Business Insider. "There are always at least two fully qualified pilots in the cockpit at any time."

    The rest requirement kicks in on flights that are eight hours or longer, but the EWR–GLA flight is usually shorter than that. However, the United spokesman confirmed that three pilots are scheduled for the flight anyway — allowing each of them to take a turn resting. 

    As for why the pilot was resting in the passenger cabin — that comes down to the type of aircraft being flown, a Boeing 757.

    The 757 is a mid-sized, narrow-body plane, similar to the venerable 737 but with a larger capacity and greater range. It's often used on shorter trans-Atlantic routes, since it's smaller and cheaper to operate than the wide-body jets that operate most long-haul flights.

    According to Smith, who flies the 757, small and mid-size aircraft don't have a separate crew rest area.

    "We use a designated seat in a first or business class," he said, "usually cordoned off with a curtain."

    Larger aircraft, on the other hand, often have a dedicated crew rest compartment for pilots to use.

    "There are three different classes of crew rest areas," said Ben Granucci, a senior editor of NYCAviation.com. "Class 1 rest areas are bunks, typically located above the passenger compartment. The pilots are completely separated from the passengers."

    The second type, Class 2, is simply a lie-flat first or business class seat in the passenger cabin, sometimes — but not always — separated from the rest of the cabin by a curtain. Class 3 areas are simply recliner-style seats.

    Passengers often won't notice the pilots taking their scheduled rest period, but sometimes, a flight crew will take proactive measures to avoid confusion, according to Smith.

    "Some pilots will make a public address announcement reminding passengers that they might see a pilot resting in the cabin," he said. "That this is normal and two pilots are always at the controls."

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    • Viola Davis said in a New York Times interview published Tuesday that she regrets her role in the 2011 film "The Help."
    • The film starred Emma Stone as a white journalist writing a book on the lives of black maids in Jackson, Mississippi during the Civil Rights movement.
    • Davis, 53, said she regretted the role because "it wasn't the voices of the maids that were heard."

    Viola Davis may have won an Screen Actor's Guild award for her role in the 2011 film "The Help," but the actress says she now regrets taking the part.

    In an interview with The New York Times on Tuesday, the 53-year-old actress was asked if she regrets turning down any roles. Davis said there have been "one or two," but that she's more concerned with the roles she's taken and regretted after shooting.

    "'The Help' is on that list," she said.

    The film depicts a white journalist (played by Emma Stone) writing a book on the experiences of black maids working in Jackson, Mississippi during the Civil Rights movement. Davis plays one of the maids, named Aibileen.

    "I just felt that at the end of the day that it wasn't the voices of the maids that were heard," Davis told The Times. "I know Aibileen. I know Minny. They're my grandma. They're my mom. And I know that if you do a movie where the whole premise is, I want to know what it feels like to work for white people and bring up children in 1963, I want to hear how you really feel about it. I never heard that in the course of the movie."

    Davis went on to say that she had a great experience working on the film, and that the friendships she gained "are ones that I'm going to have for the rest of my life."

    "I had a great experience with these other actresses, who are extraordinary human beings. And I could not ask for a better collaborator than Tate Taylor," she said.

    The film was largely well received by critics, and a box office success to boot — making nearly $170 million in North America alone.

    In addition to winning the Screen Actor's Guild award for best actress in a leading role for the film, Davis was also nominated for best actress at the Academy Awards, the BAFTAs, and the Golden Globes.

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    • Eric Trump on Wednesday slammed journalist Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear," during an appearance on "Fox and Friends," describing it as "sensational nonsense." 
    • The president's son dismissed the allegations in Woordward's book and said he wrote it to make "three extra shekels," and was subsequently accused of being anti-Semitic. 
    • Trump also used Wednesday's appearance to bash Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, which are set for November 6.

    Eric Trump on Wednesday slammed journalist Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear," during an appearance on "Fox and Friends," describing it as "sensational nonsense." 

    Woodward's book paints a chaotic portrait of life in the Trump administration, depicting President Donald Trump as an inept, erratic leader who is routinely undermined by his top advisers. The president has referred to the book as a "work of fiction."

    Eric followed his father's lead in his appearance on "Fox and Friends" and dismissed the allegations in Woodward's book while claiming he wrote it to make "three extra shekels."

    Eric was subsequently accused by some of using an anti-Semitic slur over the reference to "shekels" and faced backlash on social media. The shekel is the official currency of Israel. 

    Some felt Eric was playing into the conspiracy that the media is controlled by Jews. Woodward, however, is not Jewish.

    Eric also used Wednesday's appearance to bash Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, which are set for November 6. He claimed Democrats have no message other than being anti-Trump. 

    But recent polls suggest his father and the Republican Party could be in trouble when it comes to this year's elections, as the president is rapidly losing favor with independent voters and is unpopular nationwide. 

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    This role specifically focuses on the team that owns the consumer experience as it pertains to our Digital sites (e.g. Insider.com, BusinessInsider.com) and Mobile applications. You will partner with the the Product team to build world class experiences for our readers.

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    • I quit my job after 10 years of working at an aerospace brand and in finance.
    • By many measures, I had excelled in those roles — I earned great money and ran prestigious teams all over the world.
    • However, the 12-hour days and little free time became too much to bear, and I felt that life was passing me by.
    • So I quit my job to travel the world — and unexpectedly became a CEO. 

     

    Ever since I was five years old, all I've ever wanted was to travel and meet people around the world. I grew up in communist Poland. The borders were closed, and passports were nearly impossible to get. Everyone around me said  I would never be able to see the world.

    But I never believed it. I've always felt like a global citizen. 

    Soon after communism collapsed in Poland, I put all of my drive and ambition into my education.

    I came to the US, finished college in three years while working full time, graduating summa cum laude. I quickly got recruited by a multi billion-dollar global aerospace brand.

    Within six months, I began leading global IT programs, creating and managing remote teams on four different continents and training thousands of members around the world from my laptop.

    We accomplished amazing things, and soon new career opportunities poured in. I wanted to challenge myself and grow, so I moved to the financial industry.

    I had finally made it to the VP level. Running large global programs and leading high-performance teams sounded prestigious.But each new career step was becoming more intrusive, stressful, office-bound, and time-consuming.

    I spent agonizing hours in traffic getting to and from a job that was less than inspiring. My 12-hour work days were filled with spreadsheets, slide presentations, endless meetings, and canceled vacations.

    Swiveling in my chair in my almost-corner office, I wondered: Is this all there is to life?

    I started wondering what had happened. Where was the adventurous soul who wanted to travel the world? Now I could barely scrape together a week to get away.

    Life was passing me by

    Like many people I know, I was living on autopilot: finishing school, giving up the best years of my life to work, and postponing my dreams for the elusive idea of retirement. Deferring life was my norm.

    Essentially, I was betting my entire life on the possibility of truly enjoying it near the end. The more I thought about it, the more the idea sounded like an irresponsible and risky gamble. There was only one option: I had to take time off to begin living — now.

    Quit my job

    The stakes were high — I was leaving behind my entire 10-year career and giving up the security of my income in exchange for one year of travel and living. I was scared, but the more I looked around, the more I realized that there are no guarantees in life.

    We have only one life, and there is no do-over. I began to see that quitting my office job to finally live my life was not the riskiest decision — staying in my taxing job and not giving my life a chance was. So I packed my bags and bought a one-way ticket to Spain.

    I traveled — and started a business

    I visited over 50 countries and six continents, soaking up the sun in Bali, sipping wine in Santorini, climbing to the base camp of Mount Everest, and scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef. Travel became my new life.

    Quit my job

    Every time I visited a new country, I was blown away by the talented people I met — amazing people with so much untapped potential and so few opportunities. I couldn’t stand it.

    I could clearly see how many of the people I met could drive innovation for top companies worldwide, if only given a chance. 

    Drawing on my own remote-work experience, I quickly realized that I didn't have to give up my dream of travel and helping people around the world to accomplish my career goals.

    All of a sudden, my vision was clear: Everybody deserves a chance to live up to their potential, and the flexibility of remote work can help them do it.

    Quit my job.

    So I created my first Facebook group for remote and travel jobs, and began working with progressive and forward-thinking employers worldwide who shared remote work opportunities daily.

    Initially, there were only 100 members, but when the community reached 3,500 people, I knew this was bigger than me. These were extremely talented people from all over the world. I believed in them, and they counted on me.

    So I did everything I could to help. I reached out to every employer I could to bring more remote job opportunities and I went to every meetup out there to learn more about how to create a successful business.

    Eventually, I met entrepreneur Gregg Pollack, who recommended that I apply to Starter Studio, an innovative hub he created for entrepreneurs.

    Quit my job

    I made a few slides showing how amazing our community is. After many subsequent steps, I was accepted to the program. For the next three months, I spent every waking hour learning from top entrepreneurs how to build a successful business.

    At the end of the program, Pangian, our borderless digital nation, was born.

    Today, Pangian is platform powered by machine learning and AI, matching top talent around the world with high-quality, long-term remote work. We just expanded to 121 countries with top global companies and over 39,000 members united by our goal of flexible work that has meaning and fulfills us.

    And this is just the beginning.

    SEE ALSO: I'm a burned-out millennial who quit a high-paying 9-to-5 job to travel full time

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