King James — who’s always been outspoken about his love for wine — is switching gears and joining forces with Lobos 1707, which launched Wednesday.
Bron revealed his decision to get involved in an interview with WSJ Magazine … saying he tried the product on vacation in Italy and instantly fell in love.
“If it’s organic to who I am or what I’m doing, then it’s a lot easier for me to be a part of something,” LeBron said.
“I was in a perfect place in my life. Me and my friends were trying different tequilas. I actually bought a place with Maverick Carter in Cabo a few years ago. There’s obviously a big tequila heritage there.”
The move adds to Bron’s growing list of business ventures — including Blaze Pizza, SpringHill Entertainment and more.
The Lobos tequila will run from $45-$150 depending on which bottle you get — Lobos 1707 Tequila, Joven; Lobos 1707 Tequila, Reposado; Lobos 1707 Tequila, Extra Añejo; and Lobos 1707 Mezcal Artesanal.
Of course, MJ recently got involved in the booze biz as well … launching the Cincoro tequila brand with Jeanie Buss and Wes Edens.
James could barely contain his excitement on Twitter, saying, “We live!!! We’re excited to have all of you, your family, and friends around the table. And if we run out of room… we’ll just build a bigger table!”
For the last 10 years, Africa has seen a rise in tech startups most prominently in countries like Nigeria, South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya, to mention a few. This has been as a result of the massive inflow of mobile devices and the keen interest by the continent’s inhabitants in them.
To be fair, technology is turning out to be the best thing to happen to Africa in the recent years. With the introduction of mobile money, fintech, online banking, on demand transport and social network services, the continent has seen massive growth and has been propelled to a height that was not anticipated soon. With all this efficiency and services already running Africa, the train does not seem to stop moving as more and more startups and well established companies are delving into the bubble and creating applications to help grow the continent.
Fyndhouse, a subsidiary of the Zambian software company Achi Software is directing their resources in the housing industry. It has been intertwiningly compared to the American property listing company Zillow. It is clear that there is a gab and a need for a place or platform that offers an ease in finding property in Africa. Fyndhouse is that platform. Its services include; advertising space for people that want to list their property and free viewing for people that want to buy or rent property.
Fyndhouse has been running for 2 years (since 2018) and is currently active in two countries, Zambia and Namibia. One would say with the introduction of Fyndhouse in the African tech boom, the puzzle is complete as every sector is now catered for. What is left now is to strengthen the structure and build the continent digitally.
This is definitely a good sign. it’s great for Africa! It’s great for the world!
Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien: “There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results. The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so.”
On the menu today: We don’t have a declared winner in the presidential race as of this writing, but last night taught us a lot.
Twelve Big Lessons from Last Night and This Morning
Wow. As of this writing, we don’t have a clear president-elect. You would probably rather be in Joe Biden’s position than President Trump’s position at this hour . . . but Biden doesn’t have it locked up. Here are twelve things we know already:
One: Joe Biden may reach 270 electoral votes, but this election was no comeuppance, rebuke, or vengeance upon Donald Trump. There was no “blue wave.” If Trump loses, it will not be by much, and among the swing states, Trump won Florida, Ohio, Iowa, almost certainly North Carolina, and probably Georgia. At this hour, he still leads the vote count in Pennsylvania. Trump appears to have come very close to winning in Arizona, Nevada, and Wisconsin. The popular vote, as of this hour, is 50.1 for Biden, 48.2 percent for Trump
One is the number of questions on its surveys. “I don’t believe in long questionnaires,” Cahaly says. “I think when you’re calling up Mom or Dad on a school night, and they’re trying to get the kids dinner and get them to bed, and that phone rings at seven o’clock — and they’re supposed to stop what they’re doing and take a 25- to 30-question poll? No way.”
Why does that matter? “You end up disproportionately representing the people who will like to talk about politics, which is going to skew toward the very, very conservative and the very, very liberal and the very, very bored, “Cahaly explains. “And the kind of people that win elections are the people in the middle. So I think they miss people in the middle when they do things that way.”
The President captured almost half of the group in Florida, up from 35 percent in 2016. Former Vice President Joe Biden earned just over half of the Latino vote in the state, compared to 62% who supported Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton four years ago.
Biden also lost support among Latino voters in Georgia and Ohio, important states to capturing the White House. The former vice president was up only about 16 percentage points in Georgia and about 24 points in Ohio, compared to Clinton’s margin of 40 percentage points and 41 points in Georgia and Ohio, respectively.
Remember those pre-election Jolts and Corner posts about how the Trump campaign was specifically targeting Cuban Americans, Venezuelan Americans, Nicaraguan Americans, and Colombian Americans? News flash, Democrats, Bernie Sanders’s open embrace of the label “socialism” is killing you among these demographics! This is why Trump won Florida by about 112,000 votes in 2016 and he’s on pace to win Florida by 377,000 votes this time. The “socialist” label is a loser, and until Democrats wake up and smell the Cuban coffee on that, they’re going to find themselves dramatically underperforming among group of voters they arrogantly took for granted.
Four: On that above list of swing states, I didn’t mention Texas. I left it off because the Lone Star State is not a swing state, and never should have been considered one. At this hour, with 96 percent of the vote in, Trump won by six percentage points, or 670,000 votes. That’s about half his margin from last time, but . . . that’s still not all that close. Trump has nearly 6 million votes!THE MORNING JOLT
Get Jim Geraghty’s tour of the political news of the day.
After skipping the Senate race this year, [Beto] O’Rourke has his eye on the 2022 Texas gubernatorial race, and since ending his presidential campaign he has devoted his efforts to organizing for Biden and Democrats up and down the ballot. “Beto will get credit if Biden wins Texas,” said someone close to him.
This is another case where we feel gaslit. Beto O’Rourke is just some guy! He is not some seer or prophet, the harbinger of a Democratic Party resurrection in Texas. In 2018, he was held aloft by a national media, who wanted to see him as Lone Star Jesus, and Democratic grassroots donors who loathed Ted Cruz with a judgment-skewing obsession. The moment he lost those unparalleled advantages, everybody else saw what we on the Right saw from the beginning.
Five: At this hour, it appears Republicans will retain control of the Senate, but that’s not carved in stone yet. With all precincts reporting, Thom Tillis is ahead by 96,000 votes. I’m as surprised by that result as you are, because we’ve heard so much about Democrat Cal Cunningham’s extensive efforts to reach out to women voters. In Georgia, Republican David Purdue is eight-tenths of a point away from avoiding a runoff; he’s a good four points ahead of Jon Ossoff. In Maine, there’s still a lot of votes to count — they don’t start counting them until the polls close — and Susan Collins is just short of the threshold to avoid “ranked choice voting.” In Michigan, John James is still ahead by a percentage point, with 84 percent of the votes counted. In Montana, Republican Steve Daines is a good seven points ahead of governor Steve Bullock. For the National Republican Senatorial Committee, this was a surprisingly good night.
Seven: Speaking of Great Southern Democratic Hopes, Amy McGrath is Alison Lundergan Grimes’s stunt double. Every six years, Democrats talk themselves into the idea that they have a shot at beating Mitch McConnell. And every six years, Cocaine Mitch just steamrolls them. This year, insanely over-optimistic Democrats gave $90 million to Amy McGrath . . . and she lost by more than 20 points. One of the great advantages for the Republican Party in this era is that the Democratic Party’s grassroots are angry, generous, and stupid.
Eight: House Republicans quietly put together a good night. At this hour, the House picked up four seats, none of their vulnerable incumbents lost, only a handful of the 30 or so “toss up” districts went to Democrats, and they picked off a few in the “lean Democrat” pile. (You know, New York Times, Joe Cunningham in South Carolina’s first congressional district probably shouldn’t have been in the “lean Democratic” pile.)
After 2018, Democrats and the media convinced themselves that Nancy Pelosi was no longer an electoral liability for House Democratic candidates. Are you sure about that, guys?
Nine: There weren’t a ton of governors’ races at stake last night, but the Republican Governor’s Association can stride with confidence this morning. They kept every governor’s mansion they were supposed to keep, and in North Carolina, heavy underdog Dan Forest is only down by four points with 95 percent of votes reporting. The Republicans in North Carolina won the lieutenant governor’s race — Republican Mark Robinson will be the state’s first African-American lieutenant governor — and the Democrat leads the state attorney general’s race by a tenth of a percentage point.
Ten: With all precincts reporting, turnout in my home county of Fairfax County is . . . 77.5 percent, which is lower than the 82.5 percent turnout in 2016. That’s not enormously lower, but this is prime territory for Democrats. (The county split, 68 percent for Biden, 27 percent for Trump; four years ago, the county split 62–27 for Hillary Clinton.) If turnout in this heavily Democratic county declined a bit . . . is that an indicator that the talk of Democratic enthusiasm was a little overhyped?
Twelve: Throughout the fall, when we noticed Joe Biden had the lightest of light schedules, Biden defenders would insist he was just being responsible in light of the pandemic. Except . . . if you can responsibly and safely do campaign events on Monday and Wednesday, you can responsibly and safely do campaign events on Tuesday and Thursday. Biden’s once-every-two-days schedule didn’t make sense from the perspective of disease control, but did make sense in the context of fatigue, or a deliberate strategy to avoid attention.
If keeping Biden away from the voters was a deliberate strategy, it was probably a terrible mistake.245
ADDENDUM: If Democrats think tonight was bad, how much worse would it have been if they nominated Bernie Sanders? Or Elizabeth Warren?
Election Day in the United States is officially under way. The spotlight is on the race for the White House between President Donald Trump, who is seeking a second term, and his rival, veteran Democrat Joe Biden.
Trump held five rallies in four states – North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin – on the final day of campaigning on Monday. Biden spent most of Monday in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Trump and his team have continually pushed baseless claims that votes counted after Election Day are evidence of malfeasance.
Early voting surged to levels never before seen in US elections – 98.7 million early votes have been cast either in person or by mail.
On Friday, Oct. 9, E! News confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex reached a settlement with photo agency X17 over photos taken of Archie Harrison at a private home.
“Over the summer, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took action against intrusive and illegal paparazzi photos taken of their family at a private residence,” Prince Harry and Meghan’s attorney said in a statement to NBC News. “Today, the agency responsible for those photos—X17—apologized and agreed to a permanent injunction and reimbursement of a portion of legal fees. This is a successful outcome. All families have a right, protected by law, to feel safe and secure at home.”
X17 also released a statement where they vowed to not follow similar practices in the future when capturing celebrities.
“We apologize to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their son for the distress we have caused,” the photo agency said in a statement. “We were wrong to offer these photographs and commit to not doing so again.”
Prince Harry and Meghan took legal action back in July to ensure their “right to be left alone in the privacy of their home.”
In court documents obtained by E! News, the couple’s attorney said the duo decided to file the complaint after learning an unknown photographer was allegedly “shopping photographs” of their son Archie.
According to Prince Harry and Meghan’s attorney, “It is clear from a description of the photographs being shopped that they were taken of activities in the backyard of the residence, unbeknownst to [Meghan and Harry].”
The couple’s lawyer further claimed the family of three had been subject to “invasions of privacy” through the use of drones and helicopters, despite their “best efforts” to fortify their home with mesh fencing.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are filing this lawsuit to protect their young son’s right to privacy in their home without intrusion by photographers,” the lawyer stated, “and to uncover and stop those who seek to profit from these illegal actions.”
In August, E! News confirmed that Meghan and Prince Harry moved into their first family home near Santa Barbara, Calif. And for those wondering, the two are definitely enjoying some time away from cameras.
“They have settled into the quiet privacy of their community since their arrival and hope that this will be respected for their neighbors, as well as for them as a family,” the couple’s rep shared.
“I’m honest, I’ve never voted in my life. This is my first time voting.”
That’s Shaquille O’Nealdropping a Shaq-sized bombshell — confessing he’s NEVER voted in an election!
… UNTIL NOW!!
“I’ve never voted before, America,” Shaq said this week on Wednesday on The Big Podcast… “But, now I’m doing all these voting campaigns and ya know one thing I never like to do, is be a hypocrite.”
Yep, the 48-year-old NBA legend says he felt weird pushing voting initiatives like his #MyStartingFive challenge — which helps people register to vote for Election Day 2020 — while sitting on the sidelines.
So, he decided to actually vote this year — by absentee ballot!
“In other words America, I voted for the first time and it feels good.”
Shaq’s co-hosts were in complete shock — especially after Shaq was virtually sitting next to his buddy President Barack Obama, at Game 1 of the NBA Finals — who obviously didn’t get Shaq’s vote back in the day!
Election Day is Nov. 3 — make sure you get out there!!!