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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit announces Melissia Wood-Tepperberg as a 2023 Rookie



The 40-year-old NYC mom of two is a lifestyle influencer and will make her debut in the iconic May issue

Harnessing the power of social media and a genuine drive to help people live their best lives, Melissia Wood-Tepperberg is building a health and wellness empire and sharing it with the world.

It’s no surprise the popular meditation teacher, certified yoga and pilates instructor, and certified health coach is gracing the SI Swimsuit issue as a 2023 Rookie which hits newsstands in May.

The entrepreneur launched her MWH subscription-based fitness brand before the pandemic and quickly amassed a huge following. As the host of the Move With Heart Podcast, the wellness buff tells her listeners to expect to laugh, learn, and be inspired by topics ranging from mindfulness and spirituality, to nutrition and fitness.

Wood-Tepperberg grew up in Syracuse, N.Y., and worked as a model and actress for nearly a decade during her 20s.

“Since I was a teenager, I remember flipping through the pages of SI and feeling such strength, beauty and empowerment,” Wood-Tepperberg said on Instagram. “Never in my life did I ever think that at the age of 40 and being a mother of two that I would now be in SI.”

Speaking about her recent SI achievement, she said, “what this really means to me is about never giving up on yourself.”

After shifting her focus to all-things wellness and working hard to build her brand, Wood-Tepperberg is stepping into the limelight and sharing her knowledge and talents with her adoring fans across the globe.

News quickly spread on social media about the health guru’s SI shoot. Wood-Tepperberg joined photographer Yu Tsai on the Caribbean Island of Dominica and donned a custom-made Ola Vida bikini for the spread.

“Melissa blows me away both personally and professionally,” SI Swimsuit editor-in-chief MJ Day said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited.”

Wood-Tepperberg is the second SI Swimsuit Rookie for 2023 to be announced. Also making her debut in the issue is model and designer Nicole Williams English.

Embracing the increasing popularity of living an alcohol-free lifestyle, Wood-Tepperberg says she loved the way she started feeling when she stopped consuming alcohol.

“I felt so grounded in myself in a way that I had never experienced before, and I just kept going with it,” she says.

Wood-Tepperberg credits her meditation practice for her sobriety, explaining that she made the choice to live alcohol free in 2019 and now works to reduce judgment from others for being sober.

Often encouraging her followers to find their strength—Wood-Tepperberg certainly has found hers as she strives to educate and inspire her followers.

Veronica Dudo is the U.S. Correspondent for Ticker News covering America’s biggest headlines. As an Emmy® Award nominated global journalist, Veronica has traveled across the country and around the world reporting on historical events that connect all citizens. Lauded as an award-winning international journalist, Veronica has executed stellar news coverage for NBC News, CBS News, The Hill, ME-TV Network and AOL. Her stories have highlighted a plethora of topics ranging from breaking news and politics to economic affairs across the USA, European Union, and Asia; cultural affairs; globalization; governance; education; and sustainability.

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Donald Trump’s legal woes will serve him well



It’s not often that a U.S. President faces federal indictment, but if it’s going to happen to anyone, it might as well be Donald Trump first.

The news that Donald Trump is facing a federal investigation over the removal of secret documents from the White House in 2021 came as no surprise.

Keen watches of the Washington soap opera have seen this playbook before, albeit in a different form.

There is no doubt that Donald Trump is a Washington outsider. But as seriously damaged as he may be (thanks to the events of January 6), his support base has only grown whenever he faces scrutiny.

For his supporters, his legal woes mirror their own relationship with the government – a giant, unfair beast that picks and chooses its fights.

Trump is accused of storing sensitive documents—including those concerning matters of national security—in boxes, some even in a shower.

The documents were seized last August when investigators from the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago.

The Department of Justice has historically avoided charging people who are running for public office. Whether they should do that is a debate for another day. But it’s happening now. And it’s making it all too easy for Trump to claim there is a concerted campaign to get him away from the White House.

Trump exposed the deep state. IF they exist, they probably don’t want him back in power. Whether they exist doesn’t matter really, because plenty of Trump’s supporters agree with him, and believe the secret state is working against them. Call it QAnon, call it a conspiracy – it doesn’t matter in a democracy.

The DoJ now has to go all in. Failing to secure a conviction would be a serious embarrassment for the department.

This is the second time Trump has been indicted in recent months, yet the opinion polls show he only increases his popularity among MAGA and Republican voters. It leaves the Republican party in a difficult position. Support their leading candidate or support the law?

As other Republicans rallied around the embattled candidate, Trump held on to his loyal base of supporters.

For the Democrats, and for Biden, another reality will soon sink in – if Trump becomes President, and they lose office next year, how will a Trump-run DoJ deal with them?

Broadly, the tit-for-tat one-up-manship of U.S. politics is breaking tradition and potentially breaking the country.


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How has the hospitality industry changed since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic?



Many global issues continue to have an impact on multiple sectors of the economy—including the hospitality industry.

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, how has the hospitality industry changed ?

Numerous international challenges including inflation, worker shortages, the Russia-Ukraine war and rising tensions between the United States and China—continue to have an impact on many sectors of the economy—including the hospitality industry.

According to the 2023 State of the Restaurant Industry report, the foodservice sector is forecast to reach $997-billion in sales in 2023—driven in part by higher menu prices.

So, how has the hospitality industry changed since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic?

Priya Krishna, a food reporter with The New York Times joins us to discuss. #PriyaKrishna #thenewyorktimes #food #hospitality #economy #veronicadudo #business

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Why are restaurants adding service charges amid rising prices?



American diners across the nation may be bewildered by an unfamiliar charge at the bottom of the check—a“service charge,”tacked on with little explanation.

So, why are restaurants adding service charges amid rising prices?

You’ve probably noticed it’s a lot more expensive to go out to eat.

The post-covid world is still working try and get back to pre-pandemic economic output.

And the hospitality industry is no different.

An increasing number of restaurants have added service charges of up to 22%—or more—in recent years in to keep up with rising costs.

So, are these changes in the hospitality industry a byproduct of the coronavirus pandemic?

Priya Krishna, a food reporter with The New York Times joined us to discuss. #hospitality #restaurants #PriyaKrishna #veronicadudo #inflation #pandemic #economy #thenewyorktimes

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