Marks, a Florida resident and member of Trump’s exclusive Mar-a-Lago resort, according to a source familiar with the club, was born and raised in South Africa, where she attended the University of the Witwatersrand and the Institute of Personnel Management in Johannesburg, the White House said in a statement.
Marks is photographed and quoted giving a warm testimonial on the website of Mar-a-Lago’s official photographer, saying she had captured her daughter’s wedding at the club “in a very special way.”
Marks is known for luxury handbags in exotic animal skins, such as ostrich and alligator, with prices that can hover above $19,000. One of her more expensive creations, a $400,000 clutch, has been carried on the red carpet. The designer’s website features photos of celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston carrying her goods and says her accessories have become a favorite among “royalty and entertainment style makers.”

Ballet and tennis

Described by the Palm Beach Daily as “like Trump, a relentless self-promoter,” Marks speaks Afrikaans and Xhosa, two of South Africa’s languages, according to the White House.
Her website chronicles an upbringing that included studying at the Royal Academy of Ballet. The concept for starting an exotic leather handbag line came, the site says, when Marks couldn’t find a bag to match the suit she planned to wear to a birthday celebration for Queen Elizabeth. According to her Instagram account she attempted to qualify for the French Open tennis tournament in 1978.
Marks’ site also notes that she was appointed to the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of government, which supports the Women and Public Policy Program. Both the board and the program focus on gender equality and improving lives around the world, the Harvard site says. The Harvard site notes that board members “engage philanthropically” with the policy program “through three annual giving tiers.”
Board members provide a minimum annual gift of $10,000 per individual member, $20,000 per Leadership Circle member and $25,000 per corporation.
Los Angeles Police Department officer Jeff Lee said the domestic violence report was taken on Tuesday in West Los Angeles and the arrest was made Wednesday.
“We can confirm that today LAPD Detectives arrested Michael Avenatti on suspicion of domestic violence. This is an ongoing investigation and we will provide more details as they become available,” the LAPD Twitter account posted Wednesday.
In a statement, Avenatti called the allegations “completely bogus.”
“I wish to thank the hard working men and woman of the LAPD for their professionalism they were only doing their jobs in light of the completely bogus allegations against me,” he said. “I have never been physically abusive in my life nor was I last night. Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation. I look forward to being fully exonerated.”
The alleged domestic assault incident was first reported by TMZ.
Avenatti emerged this year as a regular antagonist of President Donald Trump, beginning with his legal representation of Stormy Daniels and his frequent media appearances. For months, he has publicly flirted with a potential bid for the Democratic presidential nomination to challenge Trump in 2020.
The alleged domestic violence incident could dash Avenatti’s prospects as a potential insurgent Democratic candidate and clash with the image he has presented of himself as an advocate for women, including Daniels in her clash with Trump and an accuser against recently confirmed Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The Vermont Democratic Party canceled Avenatti’s appearances for Friday and Saturday following his arrest, and it will refund all ticket sales, said Christopher Di Mezzo, the party’s communications director.
The decision to cancel the events was made “almost immediately after the news broke,” he said.
The allegation would also mark another legal issue for the California attorney, whose firm settled a case with the IRS in July and was ordered last month to pay a multimillion-dollar judgment over debt to a former law partner.
Following his representation of Julie Swetnick for her allegations against Kavanaugh, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said in October that he was referring Avenatti and Swetnick to the Justice Department. Avenatti said at the time that the referral was “baseless.” Several Democrats said in the wake of Kavanaugh’s confirmation that Avenatti and Swetnick’s involvement damaged their efforts to prevent Kavanaugh’s confirmation — a charge Avenatti denied.
Los Angeles Police Department officer Jeff Lee said the domestic violence report was taken on Tuesday in West Los Angeles and the arrest was made Wednesday.
“We can confirm that today LAPD Detectives arrested Michael Avenatti on suspicion of domestic violence. This is an ongoing investigation and we will provide more details as they become available,” the LAPD Twitter account posted Wednesday.
CNN was not able to reach Avenatti on his cellphone or at his law firm Wednesday evening.
The alleged domestic assault incident was first reported by TMZ.
Avenatti emerged this year as a regular antagonist of President Donald Trump, beginning with his legal representation of Stormy Daniels and his frequent media appearances. For months, he has publicly flirted with a potential bid for the Democratic presidential nomination to challenge Trump in 2020.
The alleged domestic violence incident could dash Avenatti’s prospects as a potential insurgent Democratic candidate and clash with the image he has presented of himself as an advocate for women, including Daniels in her clash with Trump and an accuser against recently confirmed Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The allegation would also mark another legal issue for the California attorney, whose firm settled a case with the IRS in July and was ordered last month to pay a multimillion-dollar judgment over debt to a former law partner.
Following his representation of Julie Swetnick for her allegations against Kavanaugh, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said in October that he was referring Avenatti and Swetnick to the Justice Department. Avenatti said at the time that the referral was “baseless.” Several Democrats said in the wake of Kavanaugh’s confirmation that Avenatti and Swetnick’s involvement damaged their efforts to prevent Kavanaugh’s confirmation — a charge Avenatti denied.
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom delivers the ball to the Atlanta Braves during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

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Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays and Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets were named the best pitcher in their respective league when they were announced as the 2018 Cy Young Award winners on Wednesday. 

Snell won the vote ahead of Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros and Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians to win the American League trophy.

Per BBWAA.org, Snell led the way with 17 first-place votes and 169 total points. Verlander came in second, receiving the remaining 13 first-place votes and 154 total points. 

The Rays southpaw joins David Price (2012) as the only pitchers in franchise history to win a Cy Young award. 

DeGrom beat out Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals and Aaron Nola of the Philadelphia Phillies on the National League side. 

There wasn’t nearly as much drama in deGrom’s win as their was with Snell. The Mets right-hander received 29 out of 30 first-place votes and 207 points, per BBWAA.org. Scherzer was a distant second with the other first-place vote and 123 points. 

Prior to the voting announcement, both races were defined by favorites who had to overcome a historical bias if they were going to win. 

Snell led the AL with 21 wins and a 1.89 ERA, ranked fourth with 11.01 strikeouts per nine innings and tied for sixth with 221 strikeouts. The big question was whether or not voters would penalize him for only throwing 180.2 innings. 

For perspective, the fewest innings by a starting pitcher to win the Cy Young award was 198.1 by Clayton Kershaw in 2014. Kluber (215) and Verlander (214) ranked first and second in the AL in innings pitched. 

One thing that may have worked in Snell’s favor was pitching in the American League East. He went 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA and 27 strikeouts over 25 innings in four starts against the Boston Red Sox. 

Another favorable aspect of Snell’s season was keeping the same company as Pedro Martinez during his historic 2000 campaign:

DeGrom was trying to fight the voting block that still favors pitcher wins. The Mets did their ace no favors by giving him 3.53 runs of support per game, second-fewest in MLB after Cole Hamels (3.34). He posted a mediocre 10-9 record but led MLB with a 1.70 ERA, 216 ERA+ and 1.98 fielding independent ERA. 

Per CBS Sports’ Dan Budick, history was on deGrom’s side to win the NL Cy Young award:

Two of the previous four pitchers on that list won the Cy Young award. Walter Johnson didn’t because there was no award yet. Luis Tiant failed to win the honor in 1968 because Denny McLain, who was also named AL MVP, went 31-6 with a 1.96 ERA for the Detroit Tigers. 

In addition to keeping that company, deGrom also became the seventh player in MLB history to win a Cy Young and Rookie of the Year award:

Per Jeremy Frank of Next Generation Baseball, deGrom’s worst month in terms of ERA was better than Scherzer and Nola had for the entire season:

Even with some potential inherent bias available to the voters, there really was no substantial argument to be made against Snell and deGrom this year. 

DeGrom, in particular, became the hard-luck example of why judging pitchers by their win-loss record isn’t a substantial way to value their overall performances. 

Snell’s lack of innings doesn’t hide the fact he dominated American League lineups when the Rays put him on the mound. 

Both pitchers checked the narrative boxes and were able to let their overall performances do the heavy lifting when it came time to determine the best pitcher in each league for the entire 2018 season.

Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday that her cabinet supported the deal, but she must still push it through a divided parliament. If she does, executives and investors will at long last have a road map.
“This is a decisive step which enables us to move on and finalize the deal in the days ahead,” May told reporters following a marathon cabinet meeting. “It is a decision that is firmly in the national interest.”
Here’s what the deal would mean for business, markets and the economy.
Companies in Britain and the European Union have spent months preparing for a chaotic Brexit. Their biggest fear is a scenario where the United Kingdom crashes out of the European Union, leading to new trade barriers.
That risk hasn’t been completely eliminated and companies remain cautious. Still, business groups including the British Retail Consortium welcomed news of a potential deal.
“It is vital that we avoid the cliff edge of no deal in March 2019 as this could immediately lead to consumers facing higher prices and reduced availability of many everyday products,” said Helen Dickinson, the industry group’s chief executive.
Key manufacturing firms also cheered the emergence of a deal.
“My gut feeling is we need to get behind it and we need to make this deal work. What we need is certainty,” Juergen Maier, UK CEO of German engineering giant Siemens (SIEGY), told BBC Radio.
The deal includes a transition period during which most trading rules for companies in Britain will remain the same. A joint declaration published Wednesday said that agreement had been reached on a close relationship on trade in financial services, and broad cooperation on transportation and energy.
But businesses have also been warned to prepare for a scenario where the deal falls through.
“We still urge business to continue preparing for both a deal and no deal scenario until the deal is ratified,” said Andrew Gray, head of Brexit at PwC.
One more problem: The deal only covers the divorce terms, and doesn’t give businesses much clarity about a future trading relationship between the United Kingdom and its biggest trading partner following the transition.
The joint declaration said that negotiations had been “particularly challenging” on how future trade in goods would be conducted.
Judgment day for Brexit as Theresa May awaits Cabinet verdict

The pound has been volatile since Brits voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, and it’s still trading almost 14% lower than on the day of the referendum.
Analysts said it would strengthen following a deal.
“If the deal as described in the press were to pass into law, both [the pound] and [the euro] would benefit,” Kit Juckes, a strategist at Societe Generale, wrote in a note to clients.
Is Brexit done now? Of course it isn't

Is Brexit done now? Of course it isn't

Kallum Pickering, a senior economist at Berenberg bank, said the pound would likely jump higher in two stages, along with government bond yields and shares in companies that do business in Britain.
He expects the first increase to happen after the UK parliament approves the divorce deal, which could happen in December, and the second to occur over the following year as investors update their outlook for the United Kingdom.
If a deal can’t be struck and Britain crashes out of the bloc, S&P estimates the pound will slump 15% against the dollar.
Economists say a Brexit deal would boost the beleaguered UK economy.
“While the long-term risks to UK potential growth from Brexit loom large, the prospect of a deal presents considerable upside potential for the UK economy over the medium-term,” Pickering said.
Berenberg estimates that a deal would lift economic growth to 2% in 2019, from 1.3% this year.
The UK economy slowed sharply following the Brexit vote, but it has avoided slumping into recession. Investment also slumped dramatically.
A chaotic Brexit, without a deal, could sink the economy into a prolonged recession, S&P warned last month.
She will remain in the administration.
In a statement, press secretary Sarah Sanders said, “Mira Ricardel will continue to support the President as she departs the White House to transition to a new role within the Administration. The President is grateful for Ms. Ricardel’s continued service to the American people and her steadfast pursuit of his national security priorities.”
Sources said the President told advisers Tuesday that he had decided to fire her.
The decision comes a day after first lady Melania Trump’s office issued a surprising statement calling for Ricardel to leave the White House.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.

The husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway is among a new group of conservative lawyers that seeks to provide a “voice” to speak out in favor of principles that it feels are under attack in the Trump era. CNN’s Brian Todd reports.

PG&E disclosed in a regulatory filing Tuesday that it “experienced an outage” on a transmission line in Butte County at 6:15 a.m. on November 8 — just 15 minutes before the Camp Fire that has so far claimed 48 lives broke out.
PG&E said the cause of the fire is still under investigation. But if its equipment is found to be responsible for it, PG&E “could be subject to significant liability in excess of insurance coverage” and that this could have “a material impact” on its financial results.
Northern California fire death toll rises to 48

The utility renewed its liability insurance coverage for wildfire events for an amount of approximately $1.4 billion that covers the period from August 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019, the company said in the SEC filing.
But the fire is far from being under control, which means more damage is likely. PG&E said in the filing that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection estimates the fire won’t be fully contained until November 30.
The damages alone could cost up to $6.8 billion. according to a report from Moody’s this week.
PG&E may not have enough to cover the cost that, let alone any legal fees or fines it might have to pay. The utility said in its filing that it currently has $3.46 billion in cash after borrowing from an existing revolving credit line.
Shares of PG&E (PCG) plunged more than 30% Wednesday following this disclosure and were briefly halted for volatility. The stock has now fallen by half since the Camp Fire began.
Power lines rest on cars that were burned by the Camp Fire on November 10, 2018 in Paradise, California.

Power lines rest on cars that were burned by the Camp Fire on November 10, 2018 in Paradise, California.

The utility could need another bailout from the state of California if it’s found to be liable for the Camp Fire.
Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill in September that lets PG&E issue bonds backed by surcharges from the utility’s customers. Those bonds would help pay for damages tied to deadly California wildfires in October 2017 caused by faulty PG&E equipment.
The bill allows for the possibility that utilities could issue similar bonds for future fires, but that is not guaranteed.
PG&E already faces one lawsuit on behalf of victims of the Camp Fire.
A group of law firms that has dubbed itself the Northern California Fire Lawyers filed a suit Tuesday on behalf of Camp Fire survivors.
The firms allege in the suit that “PG&E was negligent in failing to maintain its infrastructure and properly inspect and manage its power transmission lines.”
A spokesperson for PG&E told CNN Business that “it’s important to remember that the cause has yet to be determined.”
“We are aware of lawsuits regarding the Camp Fire. Right now, our primary focus is on the communities, supporting first responders and getting our crews positioned and ready to respond when we get access, so that we can safely restore gas and electricity to our customers,” the spokesperson added.
See photos of celebrities as they arrive for the 2018 Country Music Association Awards. The show is taking place in Nashville, Tennessee.
(CNN) — New Zealand is known for its strict environmental rules and regulations.
Already, people who travel to the country have to go through rigorous screening when they arrive to ensure they haven’t brought in any outside plants or foods that might affect New Zealand’s environment.

Now, visitors arriving in New Zealand are being asked to sign a document called the “Tiaki Promise,” wherein they pledge to be good stewards of the environment during their trip.

“Tiaki” means “to guard” in the Māori language, and it informs the Māori principle of being responsible for caring for the land.

While some countries may present tourists with a list of specific guidelines to follow, the Tiaki Promise is more of a general request to think about the role humans play in the environment and how best to be respectful.

“The idea of tourism in New Zealand is bigger than the border process,” Stephen England-Hall, CEO of Tourism New Zealand, explains to CNN Travel.

He notes that the promise isn’t a list of “do this” and “don’t do that” guidelines that will remind you of a classroom chore chart — rather, it’s a way of putting people in a certain mindset when they arrive in the country.

“Tiaki talks to guidelines or guiding principles about how we would like people to behave when they’re in New Zealand. The idea is that we have a deep and symbiotic relationship with our environment here in New Zealand. You are welcome to come and to experience our landscape, but we want you to please be mindful of the fact that it’s a really important place.”

Getting into the Kiwi mindset may just help you have a great vacation, too.

Even its national airline, Air New Zealand, encourages people to relax and be kind to each other — while still following air safety guidelines, of course. After all, when you have to spend 17 hours in the sky, it helps to spend it alongside people who are polite.

To England-Hall, tiaki is about both the little things (hey, remember they drive on the left here!) as well as the big ones (being kind to others).