Time Out New York Launches ECommerce Daily Deals Platform

first_imgFrom a strategic standpoint, it’s also a revenue generator for the company. TONY receives a revenue share from all transactions—a percentage that varies depending on the vendor relationship, says van der Wal. For restaurant bookings, TONY partners with reservations site OpenTable; for theater tickets, the company works with local theaters. Daily deals are mostly offered through existing advertisers and is “an extension of what we offer our business partners,” says van der Wal. “When people used to come to our website and start planning their evening, they subsequently had to go to other websites to book,” says Aksel van der Wal, president of Time Out North America and COO of Time Out Group. “From our perspective, it’s a much better user experience if they can book on our website as well.” TONY’s print circulation is just under 150,000, while it’s main website drew 1.85 million unique visitors in February—according to van der Wal, a 91 percent increase since Oakley’s acquisition of the company last May. Moving forward with an expanded focus on digital media, Time Out New York (TONY) has integrated e-commerce and daily deals into its website and newly-launched apps.Users can now purchase theater tickets and book tables at restaurants directly through the site and apps. TONY’s new “Offers & Experiences” platform offers daily discounts from local niche companies.center_img Despite this push to a digital focus, van der Wal says Time Out has no current plans to back off print. “Print is still extremely important for us,” he says. “Like with any print product in the last years, print is under pressure. That’s no news. But it’s still a crucial part of our offering.” The new apps, for iPad and iPhone, are designed to offer relevant, targeted suggestions based on user activity and are powered in part by the personalization algorithm provided by LikeCube, a UK-based semantic analysis company Time Out acquired last August. The apps will also offer picks from TONY editors.The iPad app will launch in London within a couple of months, and van der Wal expects some of the company’s licensees in 35 global cities to have “picked it up” by then as well.Formation of a Global Digital Media GroupPrivate equity firm Oakley Capital acquired a majority stake in Time Out New York last May, following its initial investment in Time Out London in November 2010, with the goal to create a global digital media group called Time Out Group. Part of the plan was to develop a single multi-channel online platform powered by a central content database and transaction engine. TONY’s shift to the new timeout.com/newyork domain is a move to unify the site with Time Out Group’s other global properties.Since Oakley’s acquisition, Time Out also purchased daily deals site Keynoir and luxury shopping site Kelkoo Select, in November and December respectively, in an apparent attempt to acquire the companies’ e-commerce capabilities.last_img read more

Alitas Christoph Waltz sets aside acting techniques for FX blockbusters

first_imgAlita: Battle Angel is packed with cutting-edge visual effects, which means everybody involved had to be on top of their game — and that goes for the actors too, according to Christoph Waltz.Oscar-winning actor Waltz plays a cybernetics expert who nurtures a young cyborg in Iron City, a dystopian future metropolis ruled over by a distant elite floating high above in the sky. It’s an action-packed sci-fi extravaganza laced with political themes about inequality. Filmmakers Waltz trained as an actor in Vienna and New York in the 1970s, studying method acting with legendary teachers Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler. According to Waltz, Strasberg admitted teaching acting was a way of making money, and so Waltz doesn’t romanticise thespian techniques — especially when there’s thousands of dollars at stake during a shoot. With hundreds of technicians and crews standing by, Waltz emphasises that actors have to be focused and prepared.Alita was developed by legendary director James Cameron, who Waltz calls the éminence grise of sci-fi action. But Cameron was busy with the planned Avatar sequels, so Robert Rodriguez took over. Waltz describes how the pair complemented each other with their different styles.Alita: Battle Angel is released in the UK on 6 February and the US on 14 February.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers.  3:46 Alita: Battle Angel’s Christoph Waltz reveals why acting… Post a comment TV and Movies 0 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

9 automotive design trends that need to die and soon

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2019 Audi A6 Premium 45 TFSI quattro 22 Car Industry Audi More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuecenter_img Cars of the 1950s had their chrome. Vehicles from the ’80s were boxy. In the ’90s, everything got a little melty, like a candy bar left out in the sun. Whatever the decade, specific design trends proliferate across the entire auto industry.But they aren’t all good. Sure, today’s cars are really pushing the styling envelope, but that’s also leading to a number of questionable choices. Here are the modern automotive design trends that need to die, and soon.Light-up badgesI spend every day being assaulted by #brands. The last thing I need is a street full of cars, shouting their names at me in the night. Expressive design should work by itself. We don’t need to get hit over the head repeatedly by the badge. Plus, it invites higher repair costs when its driver inevitably gets distracted on Tinder and smashes into the pickup truck ahead of ’em.– Andrew KrokEnlarge ImageAh, the Mercedes illuminated star. It created a monster. Mercedes-Benz Massive grilles that are mostly closed offIt’s subjectively bad enough that automotive designers are locked in a weird arms race for the biggest grille, but then you get close and realize that, often, more than half of that grille is blocked off because there’s really no practical reason for a grocery-getter to have such a massive maw.– Antuan Goodwin2019 Toyota AvalonEnlarge ImageA vast majority of the Toyota Avalon’s huge grille is nonfunctional. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow Fake ventsWhile performance affectations are almost kind of understandable on humble everyday cars, they’re particularly infuriating on high-performance automobiles. This trend amounts to bra or trouser stuffing, and it’s wholly unnecessary when a car still has “the goods.”– Chris PaukertLong-Term 2018 Kia Stinger GTEnlarge ImageThe Kia Stinger is a formidable performance car — but we hate its fake vents. Steven Ewing/Roadshow Jewel headlightsWhy are designers inspired by arachnids? When I look at a car I don’t want to be looking at a spider. Multiple light cubes in the housing are just design for design’s sake.– Emme HallAcura MDX PMC EditionEnlarge ImageMy, Acura MDX, what overly fancy headlights you have. Steven Pham/Roadshow Fake exhaust tipsThere are some slick-looking exhaust tips on cars these days, but the problem is that a lot of them aren’t real. In many cases it’s just a fancy outlet molded into the rear bumper with a regular round pipe behind it like on the Mercedes-AMG CLA45. And sometimes there’s not even a cutout at all, such as on the 2019 Audi A6. It’s just disappointing to see and it looks cheap.– Jon Wong2019-audi-a6-69Enlarge ImageThe outlets on this Audi A6? All fake. Jon Wong/Roadshow Asymmetrical wheelsIt’s great to have wild wheel designs, but when the wheels end up facing opposite directions on opposite sides of a car, it irks me no end.– Jake Holmes2018 Volkswagen Golf REnlarge ImageWe love the Volkswagen Golf R, but hate its asymmetrical wheels. Volkswagen Floating roofsThis is a stupid bit of design language because it interrupts the eye moving over a car. It’s unforgivable on any car, whether it’s a Nissan Murano or the otherwise gorgeous Aston Martin DB11.– Kyle Hyatt2019 Nissan MuranoEnlarge ImageNissan is doing the floating roof thing more than any other automaker. Emme Hall/Roadshow Coupe-oversAs far as I’m concerned, the word “coupe” is exclusively reserved for vehicles with two-doors — though I’ll make exceptions for the small suicide doors on the Mazda RX-8 and late ’90s and early 2000s Saturn SC. “Four-door coupe?” No. It’s called a sedan. But “coupe crossover?” Like, no. That’s not a thing.But beyond the inherent ugliness and pointlessness of these vehicles, I hate that automakers actually charge more for them than their equivalent, traditionally shaped brethren. You pay more to get less. And your car looks stupid.– Steven Ewing2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC CoupeEnlarge ImageIf it has four doors, it’s not a coupe. Mercedes-Benz Excessively low-profile tiresListen, I too love the look of a tire that’s barely thicker than a rubber band and has been stretched over the edge of a wheel large enough to qualify as an automotive caricature. I agree that it adds a lot of visual presence. But, spend a few minutes crossing a bumpy road on a wheel-and-tire package like that, and then do it again with something offering a higher rubber-to-metal ratio, and you’ll see that not every SUV on the road needs to be rolling on 22s wrapped with low-profile tires. Leave that to the supercars and go with something a little more practical on your next ride.– Tim StevensVolvo V90 R-DesignEnlarge ImageVolvo V90 R-Design: Great look, harsh ride. Volvo Originally published May 26, 2018. Preview • Tags Aston Martin Audi Kia Mazda Mercedes-Benz Nissan Toyota Volkswagen Volvo Acura Comments Share your voicelast_img read more

Land Rovers new Defender was potentially leaked again

first_img Checking the tech in the 2020 Land Rover Range Rover… 2018 Range Rover Velar: Effortless SUV elegance on- and off-road Post a comment 2:21 34 Photos 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport packs on the updates Now, we don’t know much in the way of details about the new Defender, but it looks to be a wildly different animal than the beloved off-roader that it’s replacing. For some people, namely the ones who couldn’t abide by the fix-on-a-fix crudeness of the original, that’s probably a good thing. For others, that rough charm was what made them fall in love with arguably Land Rover’s most iconic shape.When asked for confirmation as to whether this was indeed the new Defender, Land Rover’s representatives said only, “Land Rover is aware of an unofficial image in circulation. Through the development of any new vehicle many design options are considered. We will not comment any further at this time.”Land Rover is planning on giving the world its first real look at the new Defender at the Frankfurt motor show this September. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: SUVs Car Industry Enlarge ImageThis photo was taken by a spy photographer and posted to Twitter by the LandRoverPhotoAlbum account. LandRoverPhotoAlbum via Twitter The way that new Land Rover Defender looks seems to be one of the worst-kept secrets around these days. First Land Rover drives it all over Africa in camo with game wardens, then Lego drops a Technic set and now, according to a report published Thursday by Automotive News, it’s got a dang picture of the thing in the instrument cluster of one of its test cars.The photo in question was snapped by a spy photographer and posted to the LandRoverPhotoAlbum Twitter account. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e review: A hard hybrid to recommend 0 Land Rover More From Roadshow Tags The All-New Defender! Someone managed to sneakily photograph the display cluster of the New Defender.#AllNewDefender #landroverdefender #landroverphotoalbum #landroverevolved #Defender2020 pic.twitter.com/H2TOTCr7u3— landroverphotoalbum (@landroverpa) June 24, 2019 Land Rover 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque review: Style, now with more substancelast_img read more

Fitbit Versa 2 could be coming next month

first_img See It Mentioned Above Fitbit Versa (rose gold/peach) See It Comment The first Versa’s battery lasts between three and four days, but only seven hours while playing music. The Versa comes in black and peach versions, while the Lite comes in white, lilac, marina blue, mulberry and charcoal. The Versa sequel will be available Sept. 15, the report said. Fitbit said in an emailed statement it doesn’t have news to share just yet. “We appreciate the interest and excitement around new Fitbit products,” the spokesperson said. “We are constantly working on new devices to help people live healthier lives.” Originally published Aug. 15, 2:04 p.m. PT. Update, 3:25 p.m.: Adds statement from Fitbit. 52 Photos 3:45 More on fitness trackers $199 5 reasons why fitness trackers don’t guarantee you’ll… Now playing: Watch this: See it $169 Fitbit’s new lineup: Versa Lite, Inspire, Inspire HR and Ace 2 How To • Apple Watch 3 vs. Fitbit Versa: Which smartwatch should you buy? $159 11 tips and tricks for your new Fitbit Versa Fitbit Charge 3 vs. Versa: Which is the best fitness tracker?center_img Share your voice Mobile Wearable Tech Walmart Abt Electronics Fitbit Versa News • Fitbit Versa Lite and Inspire HR cost $160 or less CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It 1 The Fitbit Versa Lite launched earlier in 2019. Sarah Tew/CNET Update, Aug. 28: The Fitbit Versa 2 did indeed launch. Original story follows.The Fitbit Versa 2 is reportedly launching next month and could include features like Alexa voice commands, more than four days of battery life, music storage and Fitbit Pay capabilities. Citing leaked marketing for the rumored next-gen fitness tracker, Android Central reported Wednesday that the gadget will also come with a microphone and 24/7 heart-rate monitoring. The first Fitbit Versa was priced at $199 and came out in April 2018, while the budget-edition Fitbit Versa Lite launched earlier this year for $160. The two fitness trackers are now priced at just $170 and $130, respectively. Review • Fitbit Versa review: Giving Apple Watch a run for its money $169 Dell Tags Fitbit Alexalast_img read more

GM Apple and Ford Score Full 100 on Corporate Equality Index on

first_imgIn the latest edition of Human Rights Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), several Fortune Top-20 companies including General Motors, Apple Inc and Ford Motor Company scored a complete 100.The Human Rights Foundation releases an annual CEI report that gauges the state of the LGBT community and how they are treated in workplaces. It also measures the benefits, rights and corporates’ attention towards the community on an annual basis.”When it comes to LGBT equality, corporate America is a leader, not a follower. At every turn, from advocating for marriage equality to providing vital support for transgender employees, this country’s leading companies have asked, ‘what more can we do?,’ and they’ve worked tirelessly to achieve new progress. That kind of leadership changes countless lives around this country, and sets an important example to other companies around the globe,” Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Foundation said in a statement.What the Survey FoundWhile the senate is still debating an exclusive law for protection against discrimination for the LGBT community, the CEI report found that 89% of the Fortune 500 companies already have a “non-discrimination by sexual orientation” policy at work.Also, about a third of the Fortune 500 companies now offer healthcare cover and more than hundred of them have “adopted gender transition guidelines” and education programs that promote identity acceptance and definitions in the workplace.The WinnersThis year, a record 366 companies achieved a 100% rating on the CEI, compared to the 13 businesses that had achieved a full score 13 years back when the ratings debuted.Law firms, banking and financial institutions and retail and consumer product firms were the top sectors where LGBT is most accepted and respected.Below are the top 10 Fortune-1000 companies that scored a full 100:Chevron Corp.Apple Inc.General Motors Co.General Electric CoFord Motor Co.AT&T Inc.Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae)CVS Caremark Corp.McKesson Corp.Hewlett-Packard Co.last_img read more

Trump and Putin among top world leaders to attend PM Modis swearingin

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah wave at party workers during a party programme in New Delhi on May 23, 2019.IANS [Representational Image]US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among top world leaders who are likely to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The BJP is likely to invite leaders from the United Nations (UN) Security Council’s five permanent members – the US, Russia, the UK, France and China), Germany, Japan and Israel. The invites will also be sent to prominent leaders of Organisations of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries.All the global leaders have congratulated PM Modi for his undisputed victory in the Lok Sabha elections. The world leaders attending PM Modi’s swearing-in ceremony will also boost his image as a powerful leader of the world’s biggest democratic country. But there are some questions on whether an invite will be sent to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan after the deadly Pulwama terror attack.However, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that no decision has been made over the invites. They said that the invites would only be issued after a decision is taken over the matter by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). This will also come at a time when India is pushing for permanent membership of the UN Security Council.Modi is the third Prime Minister to return to office after completing a full term after the nation’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru and Congress leader Manmohan Singh.last_img read more

Binny Bansal sells Flipkart stake worth Rs 531 crore to Walmart

first_imgReutersBinny Bansal has sold 5,39,912 equity shares amounting to Rs 531 crore to FIT Holdings SARL, a Luxembourg entity of Walmart. Bansal is monetising his shares to invest in start-ups. With the latest deal he is left with only 3.52 percent of Flipkart shares, down from 3.85 percent during the Walmart takeover. He had sold about 11,22,433 shares to Walmart for about $159 million in 2018. Walmart is the owns 77 percent in Flipkart.As per the Walmart contract, Bansal is slowly cutting his stake in Flipkart even as he turns into a prolific investor in the startup ecosystem. He invested in start-up Acko, an online insurance startup, by writing a cheque of $25 million. He also supported artificial ventures like Spotdraft, invested in health-tech company NIRAMAI and in learning platforms like Crio. NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty ImagesIn May 2018, Walmart had bought Flipkart for about $16 billion for an initial stake purchase of 77 percent. Binny Bansal stepped down from his chairman’s post after he was investigated on an allegation of personal misconduct. He holds a board seat in Flipkart and is a co-founder of xto10x Technologies.Sachin Bansal, the other co-founder of Flipkart, had sold all his shares to Walmart for $800 million to $1 billion.last_img read more

Economic Survey 2017 makes interesting observations on Air India

first_imgAir India, the state-run carrier, found an indirect mention in the 319-page Economic Survey 2017, but it may not bring cheers to the approximately 20,000 employees of the airline. Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian was not happy with efforts to make it “world class.” Read: Air India hits back after being ranked ‘third-worst performing’ airlineAir India had earned an operating profit of Rs 105 crore in 2015-16, the first time since its merger with Indian Airlines about nine years ago; the ailing airline had incurred net loss of Rs 2,636 crore in the preceding financial year. The carrier’s total income rose to Rs 20,526 crore in 2015-16.”The most well-known example is the difficulty of privatising public enterprises, even for firms where economists have made strong arguments that they belong in the private sector. Consider the civil aviation sector. Defying history, there is still the commitment to make the perennially unprofitable public sector airline ‘world class.’ Moreover, policy reform in the sector has been animated as much by an interventionist as liberalising spirit, reflected for example in restrictions on pricing,” Subramanian observed.A few days ago, the national carrier’s 20,900 employees had reasons to cheer after it was announced that they would get a hike of 2 percent, lifting the salary freeze imposed in 2012.”In view of the operating profit of the company for the financial year 2015-16, it has been decided that yearly increment rate for all categories of permanent employees of Air India and its employees posted in subsidiaries will be applicable at 2%,” the Mint quoted A Jayachandran, executive director, finance, as writing to his employees on January 19, 2017. Air India Express, the budget carrier of Air India, recorded net profit of Rs 415 crore for six months ending September 2016, while revenues stood at Rs 1,897 crore.Air India’s share in the domestic passenger traffic is about 13.5 percent, with the market leader being budget carrier IndiGo.last_img read more

Australia bring in Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh with injury cloud over

first_imgTwitter/Cricket World CupJust as they prepare for the all-important semi-final of the ICC 2019 World Cup against England, the Australian cricket team have been hit with two serious injury concerns. Both Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis were suffering from possible injuries in the match against South Africa on July 6 and are doubtful to play on the July 11 clash againsts the hosts. Australia have now called up Matthew Wade as cover for Usman Khawaja, just in case the latter is unable to get fit in time. The 5-time world champions have also brought in all-rounder Mitchell Marsh to be available in case of Stoinis not recovering. While Khawaja had to retire hurt after spending very little time at the crease, Stoinis too, had to receive attention from physio several times when he was at the crease. Commentators like Michael Clarke surmised that Khawaja’s problem seems more severe as he is suffering from problems in the hamstring or calf region which may be a grade 1 tear – an injury that won’t heal in time.Luckily for Australia, both Wade and Marsh may be very useful additions to the team. While the former has been plundering runs for around an year in domestic cricket and now for Australia A, Marsh has had good success at the international level before. The two men are currently in England itself with the A team, hence, their joining the team could be easily expedited.last_img read more

Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 This how much Parth Erica Karan and others

first_imgKasautii Zindagii Kay 2instagramThe makers of Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 have been successfully managing to keep the viewers hooked to their screens with dramatic twists and turns in the storyline. With such popularity, no wonder the cast has to put in extra effort and work round-the-clock. For this, they are paid a massive amount too.But ever wondered how much the actors charge to play the characters convincingly? Rumour has it that the actors, including Parth Samthaan, Erica Fernandes, Karan Singh Grover and others, charge a hefty fee and some are jaw-dropping. Take a look:Pooja Banerjee, who plays the role of Anurag’s sister Nivedita Basu, reportedly charges a big amount of about Rs 65,000 per episode.Parth Samthaan, who plays the male lead role of Anurag Basu, apparently takes home a massive sum of Rs 1 lakh per episode. His chemistry with lead actress Erica Fernandes is loved by millions. Pooja Banerjeeinstagram Parth SamthaaninstagramErica Fernandes, who essays the role of Prerna, has risen to stardom with Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2. She is the heart and soul of the show and is rumoured to be paid a whopping amount of Rs 1.2 lakh per episode.  Kasautii Zindagiii Kay 2 actress Erica FernandesinstagramKaran Singh Grover entered the show quite late but his role of Mr Bajaj and his chemistry with Prerna has grabbed a lot of limelight within a short span of time. Karan apparently demanded Rs 3 lakhs per episode, TellyChakkar reported. Besides this, he wanted to work for only 12 hours a day and 25 days in a month. Rumour has it that Ekta Kapoor was keen on bringing Karan on board and hence agreed to all his demands.  Karan Singh GroverTwitterHina Khan, who played the role of Komolika, is one of the big names of telly town. The actress reportedly charged a huge amount of approximately Rs 2 lakh till the time she was part of Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2. Hina had to quit the show due to her prior film commitments. Hina Khaninstagramlast_img read more

Workers clash with police over arrears in Ctg

first_imgJute mill workers blocked the Chittagong-Hathajari road at Amin Jute Mill area since 9:00am on Tuesday.They clashed with the members of law enforcing agencies over realising two months’ arrear wages.The blockade on the road continued till 2:00pm, creating a huge tailback.According to witnesses and police, about 300 workers of Amin Jute Mill blocked the road at 9:00am on Tuesday.They enforced the blockade on the road by setting fire to tyres and piling up logs. Vehicles came to a halt on both sides of the road.The workers clashed with the police, at one stage throwing stones when the police told them to remove the blockade.Officer in charge of Bayzid Bostami police station Abul Kalam said the workers blocked road in demand of two months’ arrears.”We are trying to convince them to remove the blockade,” the OC added.last_img read more

Court calls Nizam Hazaris MP status legal

first_imgNizam Uddin Hazari. File photoThe High Court on Thursday declared parliament membership of the Awami League’s Nizam Uddin Hazari legal, reports UNB.The single bench of justice Md Abu Zafar Siddique handed down the verdict rejecting the writ petition filed challenging the legality of his parliament membership.On 27 February, the same bench set Thursday for delivering its verdict on completion of the hearing, said Satyaranjon Mandal, lawyer of the petitioner.On 15 January, the single HC bench of justice Farid Ahmed felt embarrassed to hear the petition and sent it to the then acting chief justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah.Later, the acting chief justice assigned justice Md Abu Zafar Siddique for hearing and disposing of the petition.The High Court felt embarrassed for eight times to hear the writ petition and gave split orders once after hearing the pleas.On 6 December last year, an HC bench delivered the dissenting verdicts on the writ petition challenging the legality of AL MP Nizam Uddin Hazari’s parliament membership.Senior judge of the bench justice Md Emdadul Huq declared the election of the Feni-2 constituency MP illegal while junior judge justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan rejected the petition.In 2014, Shakhawat Hossain Bhuiyan, a Jubo League leader of Feni, filed the writ petition with the HC attaching a newspaper report of 10 May 2014, stating that Nizam Uddin Hazari had been awarded 10 years’ imprisonment in an arms case, but had been freed from prison two years and 10 months before his jail term was completed.last_img read more

2 minors drown in Faridpur pond

first_imgMap of FaridpurTwo minor were drowned in a pond in Doksim Tepakhola area in Faridpur on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased are Tabassum Reshma, 7, daughter of Lokman Meridha and Safayet Meridha, 5, son of Jakir Meridha. Both of them are from the same village.Locals said the two minors were playing near the pond and suddenly slipped into it around 10:30am.Later, locals rescued them and rushed them to Faridpur General Hospital where the physicians declared the duo dead, said municipality councillor Mahfuzur Rahman.last_img read more

Founding Member Of WuTang Shares Raw Memories Of Growing Up

first_imgDaga SamitowskaLamont “U-God” Hawkins, an original member of the iconic rap group the Wu-Tang Clan.The Wu-Tang Clan is widely regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop groups of all time. And now, one its founding members is telling his story.Lamont “U-God” Hawkins had a pretty rough life growing up before making it big. In his new memoir, Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang, he tells a lot of his personal story – from growing up in the projects, to selling drugs in New York City, to serving time — and how that all fueled his desire – and that of the other Wu-Tang members – to make it.In the audio above, U-God tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty how everything he went through as a young man gave him the drive to make something of himself.He appears at a Brazos Bookstore event on Tuesday, March 12. Sharelast_img read more

Toxic Cloud Caused By Hawaii Volcano Lava Emerges Over Ocean

first_imgAPFILE – This May 20, 2018 file photo shows steam rising as lava flows into the ocean near Pahoa, Hawaii. White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two weeks ago: A toxic steam cloud. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two weeks ago: A toxic steam cloud.Authorities on Sunday warned the public to stay away the cloud that formed by a chemical reaction when lava touched seawater.Further upslope, lava continued gushing out of large cracks in the ground in residential neighborhoods in a rural part of the Big Island. The molten rock made rivers that bisected forests and farms as it meandered toward the coast.The rate of sulfur dioxide gas shooting from the ground fissures tripled, leading Hawaii County to repeat warnings about air quality. At the volcano’s summit, two explosive eruptions unleashed clouds of ash. Winds carried much of it toward the southwest.Joseph Kekedi, an orchid grower who lives and works about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from where lava dropped into the sea, said the flow luckily did not head toward him. At one point, it was about a mile (asterisk)1.6 kilometers) upslope from his property in the coastal community of Kapoho.Residents can only stay informed and be ready to get out of the way, he said.“Here’s nature reminding us again who’s boss,” Kekedi said.Scientists said the steam clouds at the spots where lava entered the ocean were laced with hydrochloric acid and fine glass particles that can irritate skin and eyes and cause breathing problems.The lava haze called “laze” from the plume spread as far as 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of where the lava met the ocean on the Big Island’s southern coast. It was just offshore and running parallel to the coast, said U.S. Geological Survey scientist Wendy Stovall.Scientists said the acid in the plume was about as corrosive as diluted battery acid. The glass was in the form of fine glass shards. Getting hit by it might feel like being sprinkled with glitter.“If you’re feeling stinging on your skin, go inside,” Stovall said. Authorities warned that the plume could shift direction if the winds changed.The Coast Guard said it was enforcing a safety zone extending 984 feet (300 meters) around the ocean entry point.Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. John Bannon said in a statement Sunday that “getting too close to the lava can result in serious injury or death.”Gov. David Ige told reporters in Hilo that the state was monitoring the volcano and keeping people safe.“Like typical eruptions and lava flows, it’s really allowing Madam Pele to run its course,” he said, referring to the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes and fire.Ige said he was thankful that the current lava flows did not pose a threat to homes and hoped it would stay that way.On Saturday, the eruption claimed its first major injury when a man was struck in the leg by a flying piece of lava.David Mace, a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency who was helping Hawaii County respond to the disaster, did not have further details about the man’s injuries or his condition.Kilauea has burned some 40 structures, including two dozen homes, since it began erupting in people’s backyards in the Leilani Estates neighborhood on May 3. About 2,000 people have evacuated their homes, including 300 who were staying in shelters.In recent days, the lava began to move more quickly and emerge from the ground in greater volume. Scientists said that’s because the lava that first erupted was magma left over from a 1955 erupted that had been stored in the ground for the past six decades.The molten rock that began emerging over the past few days was from magma that has recently moved down the volcano’s eastern flank from one or two craters that sit further upslope — the Puu Oo crater and the summit crater.The new lava is hotter, moves faster and has spread over a wider area.Early Monday, a small eruption occurred at the Kilauea summit, producing an ash plume that reached about 7,000 feet (2,134 meters). Officials said wind carried the ash plume to the southwest, toward the communities of Wood Valley, Pahala, Naalehu and Waiohinu.Scientists have said they do not know how long the eruption will last. The volcano has opened more than 20 vents, including four that have merged into one large crack. It has been gushing lava high into the sky and sending a river of molten rock toward the ocean at about 300 yards (274 meters) per hour.Hawaii tourism officials have stressed that most of the Big Island remains unaffected by the eruption and is open for business. Sharelast_img read more

MONTGOMERY Ala AP – A defamation lawsuit again

first_imgMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A defamation lawsuit against failed Senate candidate Roy Moore, filed by one of the women who accused Moore of sexual misconduct, is moving forwardMontgomery Circuit Judge Ronan Shaul last week denied Moore’s request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Leigh Corfman. Shaul also denied a request by Moore to move the lawsuit from Montgomery to Etowah County.Corfman is among several women who said Moore sexually pursued them decades ago when they were teens and he was in his 30s. The accusations became an issue in the U.S. Senate race in race in Alabama. Moore lost the race.Corfman’s lawsuit contends that Moore and his campaign defamed her by claiming she was a liar and immoral.Moore’s attorney had argued Moore had a First Amendment right to defend himself.(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more