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Alex Salmond sells major stake in his TV company ‘to help pay legal bills’

Alex Salmond hired one of Scotland's top QCs to help him fight charges - Andy Buchanan/AFP
Alex Salmond hired one of Scotland’s top QCs to help him fight charges – Andy Buchanan/AFP

Alex Salmond has sold a major stake in his TV production company to help pay his legal bills following his acquittal on sexual assault charges, The Daily Telegraph understands.

Documents lodged at Companies House show that the former First Minister is no longer listed as a person with “significant control” over Slainte Media, which he set up in 2017 when he launched a TV and stand-up career after losing his Westminster seat.

Mr Salmond is believed to retain a small stake in the company, of around 10 per cent, although Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, the former SNP MP and his business partner, now holds more than three quarters of shares. The pair previously held half of the company each.

The company is behind Mr Salmond’s controversial weekly chat show on RT, formerly Russia Today, which Ms

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Former Glossier Employees Demand Change With Letter Accusing Company Of Mistreatment

A group of former Glossier retail employees sent a letter to the beauty and skin care brand demanding “accountability” and “change” amid accusations that the company’s culture has been far from inclusive.

Over the weekend, “a collective of former Glossier retail employees” banded together to create a series of social media accounts called “Outta the Gloss,” a riff on Glossier’s blog, “Into the Gloss.” Additionally, they put together a Medium post outlining accusations against the company with anecdotes from employees’ time at the company.

Earlier this month, Glossier announced that it would be closing all of its physical stores and laying off its retail staff, who had been furloughed since June.

The open letter addressed “hostile” interactions retail employees allegedly experienced in the stores, the human resources department being a “dead-end resource,” “rat-infested” workspaces, an environment that touted “anti-Blackness,” and a “work culture that renders its broadest tier of employees

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Product photography is a make-or-break decision for any company. Here’s how to get it right

TLDR: In the Master Product Photography Course, you’ll learn everything you need to know to capture stellar product images and start building a career as a professional photographer.

Photography comes in many shapes and sizes. And while you may instinctively think of a professional photographer as someone who captures nature or news or portraits, the reality is usually much more mundane.

In fact, the lifeblood of a photography studio is often in product photography. It isn’t hard to understand why. According to Justuno, 93 percent of online consumers consider a product image as the key deciding factor in their buying decision.

Clean, effective product shots are the bedrock of any sales campaign. Understanding what it takes to capture the best possible image of a new makeup product or a book or a cheeseburger can make you an in-demand professional photographer. With the training in the Master Product Photography Course

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4 ways you and your company can make flexible work better

Did you know we have an online event about the future of work coming up? Join the Future of Work track at TNW2020 to hear how successful companies are adapting to a new way of working.

The world of work is fast changing. As life expectancy lengthens and labor markets shift, our working lives have become more complicated. The old expectations about how we work have become unsustainable – not least the expectation that we religiously travel to and from a fixed location ten times a week during rush hour, with all the knock-on effects that this has for carbon emissions.

Flexible work has the potential to solve many issues that see people fall out of the workforce. For employees, this means being better able to fit their jobs around other responsibilities, such as looking after children or elderly relatives. For businesses, this means retaining staff and saving the

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How a mysterious company tied to ‘Titanic’ villain landed government coronavirus contracts

Billy Zane, the Hollywood actor best known as Rose’s villainous fiance in “Titanic,” was the celebrity pitchman for a venture capital firm that specializes in flashy global networking events.

It’s the same company that taxpayers paid $2.4 million for ventilators and protective garb this year as the firm set its sights on the global coronavirus pandemic. And the U.S. government appears to have grossly overpaid for t.

But trying to track down information about the company and its product exposes the tangled web the government has created for itself by relying on a growing number of middlemen, brokers and newcomers to secure emergency supplies.

Parkpine Inc. is a Delaware company registered to a single-family home in Los Angeles, with a mailing address at an apartment in Chinatown, and tied to a business with “offices” in Silicon Valley and Hollywood that really are just UPS Store mailboxes.

Founder and managing partner

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Some members of multilevel-marketing company Young Living are making questionable claims about ‘essential oils’ curing cancer and coronavirus

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young living health claims 5

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  • Some sellers of Young Living products are using social media to claim that essential oils are “tested and shown effective against corona viruses.”

  • That isn’t true. The $1.5 billion multilevel-marketing company has a long history of making unsupported medical claims. In 2014, it received a warning letter from the US Food and Drug Administration.

  • Insider interviewed more than 80 people connected to Young Living and reviewed thousands of pages of FDA and court records in its investigation of the company.

  • We found that Young Living members dispensed medical advice without scientific basis, and its members have repeatedly placed themselves at risk by following what sources say is the company’s advice.

  • For some, Young Living’s oils may have caused serious harm, from rashes and burns to a medically induced coma.

  • “Young Living is determined to prevent misleading claims relating to the COVID-19 pandemic,”

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How your company can limit its liability for US data collection lawsuits

This article was originally published by Built In.

As families and schools across the country adjust to the new normal of remote learning, litigants are heading to court claiming that the very technologies that make remote learning feasible may be impermissibly collecting children’s personal data.

Allegations that remote learning tools are violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act are coming from both state and private litigants. COPPA requires online providers that collect the data of children under 13 years of age to take specific measures to protect that data, including privacy policies, parental consent and reasonable data security practices.

In the remote learning context, the Federal Trade Commission has issued guidance stating that schools can consent on behalf of parents to the collection of students’ personal information, provided the information is used for a school-authorized educational purpose and is not used for any commercial purpose. For the school

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This $3 billion online education company is seeing a ‘paradigm shift’ due to coronavirus

As more and more colleges weigh their options for adding online education in the fall, one online ed company is reaping the benefits of the shift away from lecture halls.

Industry leader 2U (TWOU) helps big name universities like Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and dozens of others offer educational programs online and as its CEO explained to Yahoo Finance Tuesday, business is booming.

“Over the last three months, we’ve spoken to more presidents and provosts than we had in our entire 12-year history,” CEO Chip Paucek told Yahoo Finance’s YFi PM. “So this is definitely a paradigm shift moment for online ed without question.”

As Paucek highlights, many colleges had been caught off guard when the coronavirus pandemic first hit back in March. Shifting to online classes for many meant little more than a Zoom video conference with a professor. With 2U’s tech, the company is offering the prospect

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Student Loans Company accused of encouraging graduates to make unnecessary payments

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The universities minister has been urged to intervene following claims the Student Loans Company is giving graduates a “demoralising, damaging and dangerous” picture of their debts.

Martin Lewis, the consumer affairs journalist, has accused the company of urging graduates to make payments they don’t have to make.

Mr Lewis, the founder of Money-SavingExpert.com website, criticised the SLC’s new repayments website.

The site highlights an overall balance from the loans taken out as students.

But Mr Lewis said it failed to point out that the size of the debt made no difference to the amount graduates had to pay, which is linked to income.

Estimates suggest many people will never have to pay back the full balance of their debt, he added.

Repayments are currently set at 9% of a graduate’s income above £26,575. Any remaining debt not paid off after 30 years is written off.

Mr Lewis called on

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Martin Lewis hits out at “dangerous” new tool from Student Loans Company

Martin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert, has been campaigning against scam ads online for over a year: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/PA Images
Martin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert, has been campaigning against scam ads online for over a year: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/PA Images

Financial campaigner Martin Lewis today blasted the Student Loans Company’s new website, dubbing it “demoralising, damaging and dangerous”.

The SLC moved its site from SLC.co.uk to Gov.uk and features tools to show students how much they owe.

However Lewis argued the tools encourage students to pay off their debts faster, even though there is no financial benefit to doing so. Annual repayments are set at 9% of anything a former student earns over a certain threshold, which is currently £26,575 per year.

Lewis, the founder of financial planning site Moneysavingexpert.com and the former head of the independent taskforce on student finance information, said: “The first thing university leavers see when they log in, in a large font, is the amount of ‘debt they owe’. This is demoralising, damaging and dangerous….

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