Ivanka Trump Claimed To Love Phish And McDonald’s, According to 1996 Interview

first_imgIn 1996, People Magazine ran a story about then-14-year-old Ivanka Trump, who at that time gaining exposure from some modeling gigs–as well as the fact that she was the daughter of well-known businessman Donald Trump. While most people only know the Ivanka they saw on the campaign trail with her father last year, the ’96 interview gives us some amusing glimpses into who she was as a child.According to the article, written by Michelle Green, “When she isn’t modeling, Ivanka spends time as her schoolmates do—waking up at ‘a horrible hour, 7 o’clock,’ she says, jumping into her uniform (pleated skirt, white shirt) and cabbing to Chapin. Back at 5, she does homework in her bedroom (with its canopied bed adorned with a pillow that says, “When a Woman Is Tired of the Plaza, She Is Tired of Life”), phones friends and watches Beverly Hills, 90210. She snaps up CDs by Phish and pigs out with pals at McDonald’s. “I’m a big eater,” she says. “After all, I am 14.”Yep, you read that right. Among the details one might expect to hear about a young heiress, we find out that young Ivanka was a Phish fan. Or, at least, she was enough of a fan to mention it to People.Whether or not Ivanka is still into the band is unknown, but now that we’re aware of her early fandom, we’ll be keeping an eye out for her at the Phish’s Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden this summer.[via People, 1996]last_img read more

Dutch government withdraws controversial merger bill

first_imgIt cited the stringent conditions attached to a merger, which would have allowed schemes to temporarily keep their assets ringfenced if the coverage ratio differed too much, allowing different funding levels to gradually converge within a five-year period.Several political parties linked their criticism to objections voiced by the sector.In October, the Dutch Pension Federation asked the government to withdraw its bill, because of the multitude of constraints set for a merger between sector schemes.It highlighted the condition that merger partners with assets above €25bn would be excluded from the proposed rules, limiting the options for small pension funds to join larger ones.Speaking to Dutch financial newspaper FD, Pension Federation director Gerard Riemen said that, under the proposed rules, six smaller schemes in the building industry would not be allowed to join the €56bn BpfBouw, the main scheme for the sector.In addition, the planned legislation required potential merger partners to be affiliated and that no more than five pension funds could merge into a new scheme.Moreover, merger partners would have to split up if their funding levels failed to converge within five years.The federation also indicated that the proposed solutions for bridging funding differences between merging schemes, and letting participants benefit from increased scale, were not workable.The Pensions Federation said it was pleased with the minister’s decision to withdraw the bill. The Dutch government has abandoned legislation aimed at enabling mandatory industry-wide pension funds to merge.In a letter to parliament, social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees said he would consider alternatives to achieving benefits of scale for sector schemes that wanted to consolidate.The decision followed fierce criticism of the proposed bill from both the pensions sector and parliament. All said that the legislation – tabled by the previous government – would make mergers needlessly complicated.Last April, the lower house of the Dutch parliament welcomed additional options for consolidation in the pensions sector, but had also made clear that the proposed legislation was the wrong instrument.last_img read more

License branches, government offices closed

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — All license branches and most government offices will be closed this weekend in observance of the New Year Holiday.License branches will be closed Saturday (12/31) through Monday (1/2).Branches will resume normal business hours on Tuesday (1/3).Banks will be closed on Monday as well, and there will be no mail delivery on Monday.last_img