By Jeffrey E. Stern The New York Times Tues., Dec. 11, 2018 Just before midnight, a businessman named Rabee’a was on the phone, trying to calm his friend down. Rabee’a owned a drill rig, and his friend had heard stories from elsewhere in Yemen about jets bombing well sites. It was Sept. 10, 2016, a year and a half into the war between the Saudis and the Houthi rebels. But to Rabee’a, it was a war happening over the horizon, out of sight. He was unbothered. That kind of thing wouldn’t happen in a poor place like this one, a district called Arhab that, though deep in rebel territory, was home to nothing and no one of interest to a fighter jet. Besides, things like airstrikes didn’t happen to people like him. Rabee’a was a charitable man from a privileged family — a little self-satisfied, perhaps, but he had enjoyed good fortune for much of his life, and that wasn’t about to change. Despite a mischievous grin, he was a godly … [Read more...] about A tragedy in Yemen, made in America
Make a wish car donation review
By David Barstow The New York Times Susanne Craig Russ Buettner Wed., Oct. 3, 2018 President Donald Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents, an investigation by The New York Times has found. Trump won the presidency proclaiming himself a self-made billionaire, and he has long insisted that his father, legendary New York City builder Fred C. Trump, provided almost no financial help. But The Times’ investigation, based on a vast trove of confidential tax returns and financial records, reveals that Trump received the equivalent today of at least $413 million (U.S.) from his father’s real estate empire, starting when he was a toddler and continuing to this day. Much of this money came to Trump because he helped his parents dodge taxes. He and his siblings set up a sham corporation to disguise millions of dollars in gifts … [Read more...] about Donald Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from his father, investigation reveals
caption The Tew family during their mini-retirement in Nicaragua. source Courtesy of Mark Tew Mark and Amanda Tew and their four children spent a year on a mini-retirement in Nicaragua. Over six years, they saved $30,000 after paying off debt and building an emergency fund, all of which they accomplished by living below their means and maintaining side hustles. That $30,000 should have been enough for the year, but they were surprised by big expenses like health insurance, a car, and schooling for their kids – plus a cancer diagnosis for Mark just before they left. Even with the unexpected costs, including an extra month in Nicaragua, they still spent less than they would have in the US. Mark says that “the experience was worth the investment.” For Mark and Amanda Tew, taking a yearlong mini-retirement in Nicaragua with their four children just felt right. Mark has always had a love for Latin America, and he previously told … [Read more...] about An American family who moved to Nicaragua for a year to live cheaply ended up blowing their $30,000 budget thanks to unexpected costs — but still spent less than life at home in the US
By Robb Engen Special to the Star Mon., March 12, 2018 How do you disrupt a mature, billion-dollar mattress industry? Take the mattress out of the store, put it online, and deliver it right to your door with a money-back guarantee. That’s exactly how a growing number of online direct-to-consumer startups led by Endy Sleep and Casper have begun to nibble away market share from traditional retailers like Sleep Country, Leon’s and Ikea. Ordering a mattress without lying on it in a showroom might seem akin to buying a car without taking it for a test drive. Online mattress sites elegantly solve this problem by shipping the mattress directly to your home and offering a generous risk-free trial period. My wife and I decided to replace our 12-year-old Sealy Posturepedic mattress earlier this year and so we researched the mattress-in-a-box trend to see if one would work for us. We looked at dozens of online mattress retailers and found that most of them had … [Read more...] about Can you rest easy buying a mattress in a box?