Michelle Smith
Swimmer
Michelle Smith
Michelle Smith de Bruin is a retired Irish swimmer who achieved notable success in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, becoming Ireland's most successful Olympian to date, and whose career ended with a ban from the sporting authorities for tampering with a urine sample.
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The Making of an 'It' Dress
Wall Street Journal - 9 months
After Milly designer Michelle Smith noticed, that one dress from her spring collection was garnering interest on social media, she accelerated the production process. WSJ's Christina Binkley joins Tanya Rivero to discuss how Milly's "Selena" dress became a surprise best-seller. Photo: Getty
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Strangers Made Sure This Homeless Man And His Dog Stayed Warm During Blizzard
Huffington Post - about 1 year
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A teenage girl hopped out of a car at a red light as the snow pelted down, and handed a red wool blanket to a stranger. "God bless you," said Shawn Harmon, who held his dog's leash in one hand and a sign that read "need work!" in the other.   "You two try to stay warm," 19-year-old Michelle Smith told him. She leaned down and rubbed the wet, shivering dog, then hurried back to her car before the light turned green. Harmon and Tucker, a bluenose pitbull, stood at this intersection for hours, despite the freezing temperatures and a blizzard expected to dump between 4-7 inches of snow in Louisville by midnight Friday. Other parts of the state and East Coast were staring at potentially 2 feet of snow. Homeless shelters across the region were welcoming anyone during the storm, but Harmon said the local one won't take dogs. And he won't leave Tucker. He needed $20 more for a $75 motel room. "Don't worry, buddy, won't be long now," he told Tucker. ...
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Michelle Smith: On The Essence of Success
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Paradigm Shifters is a series of interviews with a select group of women and men from eclectic walks of life. It will highlight unspoken, real-life insights on how they have been able to turn weakness into strength. A naked soul point of view of how their breakdowns were really a preparation for breakthroughs. They are your quintessential paradigm shifters; internal shifts converted into genuine change. Everything I have ever done has been focused on this underlying theme of shifting the paradigm because, "what we think determines what we feel and what we feel determines what we do." Hence why Empowered by You takes lingerie, which has traditionally been seen merely as a tool of seduction and redirected that energy as a tool of empowerment. I hope from these stories you will look at your own situations, struggles and accomplishments through a different lens. At the very least you will be more equipped with real life tools to change your own paradigm. At the end of the day, we are ...
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Fed Held Test of Press Teleconference Wednesday
Wall Street Journal - almost 2 years
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday held a phone call with members of the press aimed at testing a teleconferencing system that would be used if Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen decided to hold an impromptu press briefing, such as following a policy meeting with no scheduled media gathering. Investors have largely come to expect the Fed will only make major policy changes at its quarterly meetings that are followed by press conferences with Ms. Yellen, who uses the briefings to explain the actions in detail. She has emphasized that every Fed policy meeting is “live,” meaning the central bank could take action. The test on Wednesday was aimed at ensuring the technology would work. “We are testing those technical capabilities with today’s call,” said Michelle Smith, a Fed spokeswoman. “This test is not signaling any planned future [Fed] action.” The call “would likely be broadcast live on the board’s website,” Ms. Smith said. That would mean members of the public could listen to the call. ...
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The Fed Chairman Wore Sensible Shoes Today
Mother Jones - about 3 years
Elizabeth Williamson of Real Time Economics, the home for "economic insight and analysis from the Wall Street Journal," analyzes Janet Yellen's first appearance before Congress today: She took her seat at 10:01 a.m., clad in a monochrome suit and sensible shoes, carrying a black vinyl binder with rainbow-colored tabs. Once chided by an uncharitable commentator for wearing the same black dress twice in a row, Ms. Yellen hadn’t bought a new suit for the occasion, her spokeswoman, Michelle Smith, confided to a reporter. “I’ll try to come up with some color for you,” she whispered. Seriously?
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O’Brien smashes Michelle Smith’s 18-year-old Irish 100m butterfly record
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Shauna O’Brien completed the short-course 100m butterfly final in 59.38 seconds.
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The Black Photographer: Race and Photography (a Conversation With Brent Lewis)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line" wrote historian and sociologist W. E. B. Du Bois for the Exhibit of American Negroes in 1900, Paris Exposition. Du Bois compiled three albums containing 363 black-and-white photographs, mostly of middle-class African Americans from Atlanta and other parts of Georgia. Du Bois's photographs were in contrast, to other turn-of-the-century images of criminal mugshots of African Americans, racist caricatures and lynching photographs. Du Bois's act of curating and presenting theses images was essential in deliberately challenging racist representations of African Americans. Describing the exhibit he wrote, ...an honest straightforward exhibit of a small nation of people, picturing their life and development without apology or gloss, and above all made by themselves. In a way this marks an era in the history of the Negroes of America. A hundred and thirteen years later, visual representation created to militate ...
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18 Hours: Lingering Questions Surround Boston Marathon Watertown Shootout
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When explosions rocked the Boston Marathon finish line six months ago this month, it was hard for many in this area to imagine the world would ever be the same. Since then, WGBH News has been taking a closer look at the events of that memorable and deadly Friday in Cambridge and Watertown. This is the first of four stories in an ongoing series. In between the Marathon bombings and the arrest of a suspect hiding in a boat, 18 hours will be frozen in our collective memories. This timeline tells just part of the story: On Thursday April 18th at 5:07pm, the FBI release photographs of bombing suspects number one and number two with a warning to the public from Richard DesLauriers, FBI Special Agent in Charge: "We consider them to be armed and extremely dangerous. No one should approach them. No one should attempt apprehend them except law enforcement." At 10:10 pm a Seven Eleven store in Cambridge is robbed. Ten minutes later Cambridge police respond to a report of shots fired o ...
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Five days of fear: What happened in Boston
Fox News - almost 4 years
In the tight rows of chairs stretched across the Commonwealth Ballroom, the nervousness — already dialed high by two bombs, three deaths and more than 72 hours without answers — ratcheted even higher. The minutes ticked by as investigators stepped out to delay the news conference once, then again. Finally, at 5:10 p.m. Thursday, a pair of FBI agents carried two large easels to the front of the Boston hotel conference chamber and saddled them with display boards. They turned the boards backward so as not to divulge the results of their sleuthing until, it had been decided, they could not afford to wait any longer. Now the time had come to take that critical, but perilous step: introducing Boston to the two men responsible for an entire city's terror. "Somebody out there knows these individuals as friends, neighbors, co-workers or family members of the suspects," said Richard DesLauriers, the FBI agent in charge in Boston. As he spoke, inve ...
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Restaurant manager, 8-year-old among bomb victims
Fox News - almost 4 years
Third-grader Martin Richard had just gotten ice cream and was near the Boston Marathon finish line, eagerly watching for friends to run by. Krystle Campbell was enjoying the race with her best friend, hoping to get a photo of the other woman's boyfriend after he conquered the last mile. Then the unthinkable struck. The spirited 8-year-old with a wide grin who dressed up one Halloween as Woody from "Toy Story" was dead, along with the outgoing 29-year-old woman and a Boston University graduate student — victims of twin blasts that turned a scene of celebration into chaos. Some 180 others suffered injuries that included severed limbs, shrapnel wounds and abdominal lacerations. Jeff Bauman Jr., a man pictured in an Associated Press photo being rushed from the scene Monday in a wheelchair, lost both legs. Rescuers took the 27-year-old to Boston Medical Center, where doctors had to amputate because of extensive vascular and bone damage. ...
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Enter For a Chance to Be Styled by Milly's Michelle Smith!
PopSugar - almost 4 years
We are excited to announce our next One of a Kind series starring designer and Milly founder Michelle Smith! Michelle has dressed everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Victoria Beckham to Beyoncé in the iconic brand known for its exquisite colors and prints, and now she wants to style you! We are giving away a trip to NYC, where you'll get one-on-one fashion advice from the designer and come away with a one-of-a-kind look courtesy of Michelle herself. Entering is simple; click here and describe your favorite outfit and why it showcases your one-of-a-kind style. Good luck!
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Perry Garfinkel: Documentary Envisions What the Blind Can Teach the Sighted About Truly Seeing
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart." -- Helen Keller After making a darkly moving documentary about a military mercenary training camp, Navy vet turned filmmaker Garrett Zevgetis wanted to focus his unblinking lens on something positive for his next project. Exploring the subject of beauty, he stumbled upon the above quote from the woman who has come to symbolize the human capacity to overcome life's most challenging "disabilities" and "disadvantages" -- whether they be blindness or one's own internalized limitations. As it so happened, Zevgetis lives very near the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts, whose most famous pupil was Helen Keller. After volunteering at the school for several months, he met a young woman around whom he felt a dramatic narrative could be built to tell a story about something more than beauty -- something about facing fear, facing down fear and finally of ...
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Mary Ellen Harte: Climate Change This Week: Freaky Fracking, the Solar Sell and More
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Friggin' Fracking Foiling Human Health all over the U.S., as both underground and accidental above ground releases of toxic chemicals enter our air and water, reports Elizabeth Royte at The Nation. Think organic chemicals, heavy metals and even radioactivity. Fun, huh? The real price of this "cheap, clean" natural gas may be far higher than anyone wants. Go solar and wind, my friend! Would You Like a Solar Panel with That Tupperware Set? Taking a page from Tupperware, solar companies across the US are having enthusiastic customers host parties to spread the great news about solar rooftop installations, reports Diane Cardwell at the New York Times. And it's working! Be the first in your neighborhood to go solar... ***** What does George Clooney, the Wakhan Corridor, and Integrated Cooking have in common? They're all in the 2012 Solar Cooker Review, at Solar Cookers International. Fascinating stuff. Next time the drought hits you, think about solar cooking your meal ...
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Court bomb hoax 'absolutely disgraceful': top judge - Brisbane Times
Google News - over 4 years
Brisbane Times Court bomb hoax 'absolutely disgraceful': top judge Brisbane Times Chief Justice Paul de Jersey speaks to the media after police investigate a bomb threat at the Brisbane Supreme and District Court. Photo: Michelle Smith. UPDATED. More than 100 criminal hearings had to be adjourned after a bomb threat forced the ... Brisbane's Supreme Court cleared after morning bomb threatHerald Sun Security scare closes Brisbane courts complexABC Online Brisbane's Supreme Court cleared after bomb threatThe Daily Telegraph Sydney Morning Herald -Rockhampton Morning Bulletin -Caboolture News all 40 news articles »
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Milly’s Michelle Smith proudly makes happy clothes
Houston Chronicle - over 4 years
In 2007, I met designer Michelle Smith at her sunny New York office, which was decorated with feminine details and a warm shades of pink.  Smith, the designer and owner of Milly clothing brand, was pregnant with her first child, Sophia, and was wearing a pair of jeans fastened by a rubber band. We both  Read More
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State explores savings of moving elderly inmates out
Beaumont Enterprise - over 4 years
State explores savings of moving elderly inmates out Associated Press Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 9:40 a.m., Wednesday, October 3, 2012 "There's no question there are a large number of immobile, critically ill, incapacitated and old inmates who could and should be released to a nursing home," said Senate Criminal Justice Committee Chairman John Whitmire, D-Houston, who said legislation or policy changes might be necessary to establish the nursing homes. Rash's attorneys disagree. "Because of his age and disability, Mr. Rash's likelihood of recidivism is extremely low - and there is no reason to keep him locked up," said Michelle Smith, a justice fellow at the Texas Civil Rights Project in Austin that is pushing for Rash's early release.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michelle Smith
    THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 38
    Her first book, Transnational Litigation: Jurisdiction and Procedure was published in 2008 by Thomson Round Hall which is respected in legal circles.
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  • 2007
    Age 37
    In 2007, she appeared on Celebrities Go Wild, an RTÉ reality television show in which eight celebrities had to fend for themselves in the wilds of rural Connemara.
    More Details Hide Details Smith has always denied using illegal performance-enhancing drugs. In 1996, she released her autobiography, Gold, co-written with Cathal Dervan.
  • 2005
    Age 35
    In July 2005 she was conferred with the degree of Barrister at Law of King's Inns, Dublin.
    More Details Hide Details While a student at the King's Inns she won the highly prestigious internal Brian Walsh Moot Court competition.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Age 29
    Her experiences at the CAS had an effect beyond her swimming career. It was there that she developed an interest in the law; after officially announcing her retirement from swimming in 1999, she returned to university, graduating from University College Dublin with a degree in law.
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  • 1998
    Age 28
    At 14, she became National Junior and Senior Champion and dominated Irish women's swimming until her retirement in 1998.
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  • 1996
    Age 26
    Two years after the 1996 Summer Olympics, FINA banned Smith for four years for tampering with her urine sample using alcohol.
    More Details Hide Details She appealed the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Her case was heard by a panel of three experienced sports lawyers, including Michael Beloff QC. Unusually for a CAS hearing, De Bruin's case was heard in public, at her own lawyer's request. FINA submitted evidence from Dr Jordi Segura, head of the IOC-accredited laboratory in Barcelona, which said she took androstenedione, a metabolic precursor of testosterone, in the previous 10 to 12 hours before being tested. It also became known that two previous samples, taken between November 1997 and March 1998, had also shown traces of androstenedione. The CAS upheld the ban. She was 28 at the time, and the ban effectively ended her competitive swimming career. Smith was not stripped of her Olympic medals, as only samples subsequent to her Olympic involvement tested positive.
  • 1995
    Age 25
    In 1995, Smith set Irish records in 50 m, 100 m, 400 m and 800 m freestyle, 100 m backstroke, 100 m and 200 m butterfly, and 200 m and 400 m medley events.
    More Details Hide Details She was ranked number 1 in 200 m butterfly, sixth in 100 m butterfly and seventh in 200 m medley; she made sporting history by becoming the first Irishwoman to win a European title in 200 m butterfly and the individual 400 m medley in the same year. Smith won three gold medals and a bronze medal in Atlanta, making her Ireland's most decorated olympian. There was controversy at the Olympic games due to Smith qualifying for the 400m freestyle event at the expense of the then world-record holder Janet Evans, an American swimmer who finished ninth in the preliminary swims with only the top eight advancing. Smith did not submit her qualifying time for the 400m freestyle event before the 5 July deadline but did so two days later with the Irish Olympic officials insisting they had been given permission to submit the qualifying time after the deadline. Smith applied for the event after she had arrived in Atlanta. After Smith qualified at the expense of Evans, the US Swimming Federation, supported by the German and Netherlands swimming teams, challenged a decision to allow Smith to compete but were unsuccessful. At a later conference, Evans highlighted that accusations of Smith doping had been heard by her around poolside. Smith later received an apology from Evans as her comments led to Smith being treated poorly by US media.
  • 1994
    Age 24
    She finished fifth in the 200 m butterfly at the 1994 World Championships.
    More Details Hide Details In that same year, she had suffered glandular fever, which affected her training prior to the World Championships.
  • 1993
    Age 23
    In 1993 she trained with Erik de Bruin, whom she had met in Barcelona.
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  • 1992
    Age 22
    She competed in the 200 m medley and backstroke and 400 m medley in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, despite suffering an injury in the months leading up to the Games.
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  • 1991
    Age 21
    She competed at the 1991 European Championships and qualified for the 1992 Olympic Games.
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    Smith's second major championship was at the 1991 World Championships in Perth, Australia, where she finished 13th in the 400 m individual medley.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Age 10
    She enrolled in the King's Hospital Swimming Club in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details At aged 14, Smith won ten medals at the Irish National Swimming Championships.
  • 1969
    Born
    Born in 1969.
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