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Today in Movie Culture: How Jordan Peele Transitioned From Comedy to Horror, Nicolas Cage in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and More

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With Jordan Peele’s sophomore feature, Us, hitting theaters this weekend, Vulture looks at the filmmaker’s career as he seamlessly jumped from being a sketch comedy star to the hottest new horror writer and director. The key to the transition, as pointed out in this video, is that comedy and horror aren’t that dissimilar:

 

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I started ballet lessons aged 26 – this is how it changed my body

To mark the release of Rudolf Nureyev biopic, The White Crow, Victoria Fell started four weeks of intensive ballet training – and the results were amazing

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Surprising fact: I never attended a ballet class as a child. As a slightly more robust kid, I gravitated more towards climbing trees and pony camp, where I spent rainy afternoons eating packed lunches in old caravans.

So ballet, which is often a rite of passage for young girls was something I never got into: no tutu, no pink tights, none of those impossibly tidy hair buns. Apart from a two-month foray into the world of classical dance at the age of 11 when I had ambitions of becoming a musical theatre sensation, my experience with the art form is zero.

Which is why when offered the chance to train with Bennet Gartside, I jété’d (sorry, not sorry) at the chance. A Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet, who also runs Everybody Ballet, Bennet coached Ralph Fiennes leading up to the production of his new film based on the life of ballet legend Rudolph Nureyev, The White Crow, so that he could get a better understanding of the art form. Safe to say then, that I would be in good hands.

Would I be sugar plum failure, or would it turn out that ballet was the pastime I was born to do? Only time would tell.

Week 1, Day 1

I am anxiously lurking outside the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, and I’m pretty sure that at this point, I’m the personification of imposter syndrome. However, Bennet is an absolute pro at making even the most inexperienced beginner (me) feel welcome. We start with the first few basic positions of arms, then move on to legs, and I am immediately using muscles that have pretty much lain dormant for the last 26 years, AND using them all simultaneously. By the end, I had managed a plié and learned what turnout is, and how important it is. Not bad for Day 1.

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My first picture – it might look like I am merely standing on my tiptoes, but I am thinking about at least 6 different posture-related matters at this point.

Week 1, Day 2

Ballet takes mental, as well as physical strength, and the fact that I’m up at 6.30am to do a class before work proves this. After a quick warm-up, today we ventured into the realms of tendus and battements – the latter involving lifting your leg off the floor. It’s so much harder than it looks, and I feel a wave of pride when I manage to bring my straight leg and pointed-ish toe to the heady heights of about 5cm off the floor.

Post-class, I am raring to go for the work day ahead. Outside of classes, I’ve also started thinking about my posture more – the muscles in my back are frankly, killing me, but I already feel that I am sitting and standing more upright.

Week 2, Day 1

The muscles in my back are finally back to normal, but the fact that it’s taken a week is a pretty worrying sign of how bad my posture actually was before. Today’s class was filled with jétés, battements, and even the odd grand battement, but the most fascinating thing for me has been seeing how my body has responded to the training. Bennet has been catering for an old injury in my left knee (I sledged into a wall on a Norwegian mountain aged 9, as one does), yet ballet is the only sport I’ve undertaken where my left leg has a noticeably weaker side… it’s no exaggeration to say that ballet uses every muscle.

Big thank you to the team at Bloch, who put up with my many questions about ballet shoes and have the most social media-friendly packaging ever.

Week 2, Day 2

Today we moved away from the safety of the barre into no man’s land, where we worked on jumps, and this is some serious cardio. Thankfully, having played netball at school definitely helps with the jumping, however the muscle memory for flailing my arms around (interception queen) also remains, which isn’t particularly balletic.

Leaving the class, I felt pretty positive about my new-and-improved posture, but then I see actual Royal Ballet company members gliding into the studio incomprehensibly gracefully as I leave, and realise that I definitely need to keep on practising.

Week 3, Day 1

Today we faced a milestone in my ballet training: the pirouette. However, like most things in ballet, the effortless appearance of these spins is very, very deceptive. The checklist of muscles to keep engaged is lengthier than usual, so means that pirouette prep takes a lesson – there is balancing, there is turnout, there are toes that need to be pointed. This element of ballet is as much as a cerebral workout as it is a physical one, and I’ve noticed that the mornings where I have my ballet lessons before work are often the most productive.

Attempting an arabesque (note the intense concentration).

Week 3, Day 2

Last lesson’s prep came to fruition today… well, sort of. I spun, and I spotted and I almost succeeded at a pirouette (again, see the Marie Claire Insta channel for the evidence). I don’t think I’ll be able to master pirouettes by the end of the challenge, but trying to is amusing enough.

From the way my clothes are fitting me, I am seeing the toning effects of ballet first-hand. This is only with two sessions a week: imagine what the professionals go through, working and training six days a week.

Week 4, Day 1

The final week is here. The pirouettes are still as hard as they were the week before, but my muscle memory has developed to the point where the mental checklist of muscles to squeeze and tighten is being ticked off so much quicker than at the beginning.

Today also saw me attempt what can only be described as ‘speed tendus’, which illustrates the general position I find myself in with ballet, where my mind understands what I need to do but my body just won’t play ball. Having said that, I’ve noticed a definite improvement in my stamina and my consistency, which makes doing 14 of these moves in a row a fraction easier.

Week 4, Day 2

We went all out for our last sessions: think jumps, think turns, think chassés across the diagonal of the floor. All this in The Clore Studio, an incredible rehearsal and performance space in the Royal Opera House, which has hosted such names as Princess Margaret in the audience… no pressure then.

An hour of putting what I’d learned into action, and the mental checklist that I went through with every balance and tendu was getting quicker and quicker. It’s also probably rose-tinted glasses, but in this session, it felt like I was able to balance for longer and could lift my legs higher and more accurately than even the session before. And with a final chassé smiling at my imaginary Royal audience, our final lesson was over.

The Clore Studio

So, what did I learn?

Even in four weeks, a lot. Firstly, a huge thanks to Bennet Gartside, whose knowledge and patience made what could have been a fairly embarrassing challenge (I am that clumsy) so much fun. Post-challenge, my posture is noticeably better and I have so much more awareness of what each muscle in my body controls and is capable of doing: even something as simple as trying to stand in the middle of a tube carriage during rush hour without taking anyone out is easier.

Add on to this a somehow even greater respect for just how intense ballet is, and just how much effort it takes to make an art form so intensely difficult look so breathtakingly easy, and I’m sold.

I’ll see you at the barre.

The White Crow is out on March 22.

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Countries with the funniest people

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Some people are just funnier than others, there’s no denying it, but are people from certain countries typically funnier than others? We’re looking at hilarious people all over the world and deciding once and for all which countries have the funniest people.

UK

Have you ever heard of dry British humor? You’ll never guess where it comes from! Whenever the world gets British people down instead of crying about it, they find humor in the darkest of situations. It’s what makes the country keep going and there isn’t a single thing that British people won’t turn into a joke. Sure the subject matter might be terrible, but the British mentality is essentially; “If we can’t laugh we’ll cry,” and they choose laughter every time.

USA

The US has its own brand of humor that has become popular all over the world. The sitcom has become a staple of American entertainment, and there are a lot of them. That means there are tons of funny people out there coming up with these great ideas for hit shows. Add to that the amount of stand up comedians on tour each night in America, and you know you’re going to be laughing before you go to sleep. While sometimes American humor might lack subtlety, it isn’t afraid to make a joke that needs to be said.

Australia

Australians are hilarious. We could just leave it there, but we thought we’d explain why they are so funny. Australia is a country where literally everything is capable of giving you a fatal bite, sting, or wallop. The environment is so dangerous in Australia, but they are the most laid back people in the world, and that brings great humor.

Australians aren’t afraid to make a joke in bleak times like the British, but will happily hit you with an American style prank to get you laughing too. It’s this combination of English and American humor that make Australians some of the funniest people in the world.

Canada

Some of the funniest actors in the world come from Canada. Comedians such as Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, and John Candy all hail from Canada and they are definitely some of the funniest people to have ever lived. Throw in a healthy dose of sarcasm on top of those great actors and try to convince us Canadians aren’t hilarious.

Ireland

If you want a good laugh, then make sure you get yourself to Ireland. While most countries have comedians to make them laugh, Ireland doesn’t need them as everyone is hilarious. Sure there have been some funny comedians, writers, actors, and entertainers from the Emerald Isle, but trust us, there are a million others just like them. Ireland is where you go if you want a good time and you can’t leave this country without cracking a smile at least once.

People all over the world are funny, but we think these countries have the funniest people. The most hilarious humor around the world is born from these nations, and while other countries deserve mention, these are the greatest.

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Amazon isn’t just the place you buy toilet paper and dog treats when you’re too lazy to go to the store. For many, Amazon is responsible for their livelihoods, and it could for you too one day. 

From the Amazon affiliate program to selling private-label products, there’s more than one path to Amazon-made success.

If your interest is piqued, here are three ways to do it:

1. Become an Amazon affiliate

One of the most painless ways to earn money on Amazon is by becoming an affiliate. In a nutshell, an affiliate is someone who serves as an ambassador for certain products. Your job is to get people to buy items through content marketing or a separate e-commerce store, and once someone makes a purchase, you earn a commission. Read more…

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Getting Bored In Your Relationship? That Could Be A Good Thing

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In the rush of schedules, house chores, careers, and Netflix, relationships can get really stagnant. And that’s super normal. We often equate boredom in a relationship to something terrible, but in reality, it’s a natural part of partnership growth.

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“Over time, we get more comfortable in a relationship,” Marisa T. Cohen, an associate professor of psychology at St. Francis College and author of “From First Kiss to Forever” told Washington Post.

“We get set in our ways, and with that comes a wonderful sense of security and trust in our partners.”

But the monotony can start to weigh on folks who see themselves as more adventurous. The routine “may be unnerving to some people, especially those who want or expect that exciting and passionate feeling they experienced at the beginning of the relationship,” Cohen explained.

And let’s be honest, the rush of newness can be addicting–especially when we haven’t felt it in a while due to being in a long-term relationship. The accessibility we now have with dating apps and platforms also makes jumping ship easier than ever before.

“With the rise in swipe-based sites and the ‘gamification’ of dating, part of the appeal for people may be the thrill of the chase, or meeting new people on a regular basis,” Cohen describes.

In the rush of schedules, house chores, careers, and Netflix, relationships can get really stagnant.

“You can have a fear of missing out on something ‘better,’ making the wrong decision, or being stuck or trapped in a relationship that isn’t right,” Rebekah Montgomery, a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Washington told Washington Post.

But all of these feeling and anxiety are real and expected. But the beauty is, if you’ve reached boredom and optimal comfort with your partner, you probably have really invested and built the core foundation of any connection: love and commitment. You may be lacking a little passion, but that aspect is easier to awaken. Humans are endlessly deep and you have to work to create opportunities to get to know your partner on a deeper level.

“When you transition to relationship mode, you are essentially focusing your time and energy on one partner, creating a deep, intimate space with them,” Cohen said of this relationship space.

“Being with someone who is soft, kind and supportive is pretty stable; it’s not the roller-coaster ride, or anxiety and butterflies of wondering what’s going to happen next. It might, at first, even feel a little boring.”

But you can offset the boredom with distance, travel, pursuing separate hobbies and bringing it back home–all of these moments will help turn up the heat. Don’t be bored. Get creative in loving your mate in different ways.


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Emilia Clarke Discusses Surviving Life-Threatening Brain Aneurysms During Her Early Game of Thrones Days

Emilia Clarke has opened up about surviving two life-threatening brain aneurysms during the early days of Game of Thrones.

In an article for the New Yorker, Clarke spoke publicly for the first time about suffering two brain aneurysms, the first of which struck shortly after she finished filming her scenes as Daenerys Targaryen for season 1 of Game of Thrones. She revealed that she experienced her first aneurysm at 24 years old while working out with her trainer.

“I immediately felt as though an elastic band were squeezing my brain. I tried to ignore the pain and push through it, but I just couldn’t. I told my trainer I had to take a break,” she wrote. “Somehow, almost crawling, I made it to the locker room. I reached the toilet, sank to my knees, and proceeded to be violently, voluminously ill. Meanwhile, the pain—shooting, stabbing, constricting pain—was getting worse. At some level, I knew what was happening: my brain was damaged.”

Clarke was rushed to the hospital where she underwent “minimally invasive” surgery for a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a.k.a. bleeding in the brain. A little more than two weeks after her surgery, Clarke discovered that she was suffering from aphasia, a condition that impairs a person’s ability to process language. In Clarke’s case, she couldn’t recall her own name.

“I’d never experienced fear like that—a sense of doom closing in,” she said of that time period. “I could see my life ahead, and it wasn’t worth living. I am an actor; I need to remember my lines. Now I couldn’t recall my name…In my worst moments, I wanted to pull the plug. I asked the medical staff to let me die. My job—my entire dream of what my life would be—centered on language, on communication. Without that, I was lost.”

The aphasia passed after about a week, but before Clarke left the hospital, she was told that she had a smaller aneurysm on the other side of her brain that could “pop” at any time. Two years later, when she went in for a brain scan after finishing season 3 of Game of Thrones, doctors told her that the aneurysm had doubled in size and it would be best to “take care of it.”

Although she was promised a relatively simple operation, the procedure failed and Clarke was left with a massive brain bleed that required a subsequent fully invasive surgery. But in spite of all the complications, Clarke said that she has fully recovered in the years since.

“I have healed beyond my most unreasonable hopes,” she wrote. “I am now at a hundred per cent.”


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General Mills (GIS) announced, for fiscal 2019, the company now expects constant-currency adjusted EPS to range between flat and up 1 percent from the base of $ 3.11 earned in fiscal 2018, which is ahead of the previous range of flat to down 3 percent. Constant-currency adjusted operating profit is expected to finish toward the upper end of the initial guidance range of 6 to 9 percent growth from the base of $ 2.6 billion reported in fiscal 2018.
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We Made 10 Million Computer-Generated March Madness Brackets. Will Any of Them Be Perfect?

There’s a secret to winning your March Madness pool that Vegas doesn’t want you to know: All you have to do is enter 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 brackets, and you are certain to pick perfectly. Once.

There are 63 games in the NCAA tournament, not including the four play-ins. Filling out a bracket involves making an up-or-down decision for each one. Of course, after the first round of 32 games, not everyone guesses the outcome of the same remaining 31 matchups since it depends on who you’ve predicted will advance.

This means there are, in fact, 9 quintillion — hold on, let me count those digits again — yes, 9 quintillion possible outcomes for the tournament, or 2^63. By way of context, that’s 1.2 billion outcomes per human being on Earth, or 21 times the number of seconds since the Big Bang. Even if you reduced every bracket to just 63 bits, the size of a computer file containing every possible outcome would be about 72,500 petabytes, which is many times larger than the Internet itself, by most estimates.

Which is not to say we can’t still try to crack March Madness with what computer scientists call a “brute-force attack,” in which one tries to solve a problem by testing every possible solution rather than gaming it out methodically. (Like, say, cracking a password by trying thousands and thousands of possibilities until one works.) So rather than making any attempt to fill out a bracket wisely, I stayed up one night writing a short program that generates about 1,000 brackets a second, weighted slightly toward plausibility. By noon the next day I had over 10 million entries, none of them the same.

As the the tournament progresses, I’ll be scoring each of these March Madness brackets and comparing the best-performing entry to public data on how the nation is faring on popular bracket sites. I’m genuinely curious whether any of my entries stand out or whether even a few million attempts is insufficient to break through the noise. (We’re not putting our money where our algorithmically-generated mouth is, of course, seeing as $ 10 million in entry fees might raise a few questions with the expense department.)

I suspect the odds would be slightly greater in my favor if I had carved out more time to embolden the code with data from the regular season. College basketball dilettantes like USA Today’s Jeff Sagarin have developed techniques over the years that take into account all sorts of factors, like the difficulty of a team’s schedule and each game’s proximity to its home campus.

As it stands, the only factor my code weighs is the difference in the seeds of the two teams. When two teams have the same seed, the algorithm forks, Sliding Doors style, and guesses that both teams will win in parallel brackets.

I definitely wouldn’t want to bet any money against Sagarin, but a computational experiment that TIME ran last year lends some confidence to relying on seeding. As much as people complain about the NCAA selection committee, a 1,000-trial live simulator we developed found that, if you just always choose the higher seed to win and flip a coin when the top seeds face off in the Final Four, over time — a long time — you generally either win or lose a small net amount when pitted against colleagues who rely more on historical data.

Whether this experiment succeeds will probably hinge on the Madness Quotient this year, and the more dramatic the better. Had I tried this last year, about 3 percent of my brackets would have chosen UMBC to defeat Virginia (my alma mater) in the first round. That’s not very many, but that’s the beauty of delegating the work to a computer: It can spend all night guessing and only has to be generally correct once.

Methodology

Every matchup begins with 50-50 odds. For any matchup between unevenly seeded teams, the odds are adjusted to favor the lower-seeded team by about 3 percentage points for every 1-point difference in the seeds. This means a team that is one seed lower than its opponent has 53% odds of winning, while a first-round faceoff between the top-seeded team and the 16-seed will go to the 1-seed 97% of the time.

This generates a sensible spread of championships based on seeds: 10% for the four top-seeds, 6.1% for the 2-seeds, all the way down to between 5 and 7 total victories each for the 16-seeds out of 10 million trials.

Our source code is available on GitHub.

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Amazon is bringing video ads to its mobile app

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Amazon shoppers, get ready to start being hit with video ads, as the company has apparently decided they represent a potentially lucrative new revenue opportunity.

Amazon is said to be getting ready to start rolling out video spots within its mobile app, something the company has been beta testing for several months now. That’s according to a new Bloomberg report, which went on to note that this rollout is coming to both the iOS and Android versions of Amazon’s mobile app, with the brief video clips playing in response to search queries generated by users within the app.

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The Inexpensive Watch Guide

The truth is, not everyone can afford a $ 1,000 watch or even a $ 200 watch. Style doesn’t have to depend on how much money you have in the bank, so today we will look at how to buy a great looking watch for under $ 100.

How to Buy an Inexpensive Watch Under $ 100

These days, men no longer need a watch to tell time. Dress watches no longer serve a true purpose, other than to communicate your style and your means. Inexpensive watches won’t make you look like an investment banker, but they certainly have a role to play in every stylish man’s wardrobe. You’re going to get what you pay for, but there’s no reason it can’t still be a nice watch.

In the following, we will highlight a variety of wrist watches that are intended to support your style rather than your technical needs. That means you won’t find smartwatches, a GPS watch, or fitness trackers such as an Apple watch, a Fitbit Surge, or an Asus Zenwatch. These watches will complement your outfit but won’t be a triathlon watch that can measure your heart rate.

Three Places to Buy an Inexpensive Watch (and One Place Not to)

1. Online

While this may be a dangerous marketplace for fine timepieces, there’s no risk when you’re only looking for a basic wristwatch. By searching eBay, Craigslist, Amazon and various discount sites, you’ll probably be able to find the watch you’d buy in the store, but at a fraction of the price. This is an excellent source for low budget watches, and you might even look for pocket watches for less than $ 100, if you are so inclined.

2. Thrift, Goodwill & Pawn Shops

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Treasures can be found at vintage stores but rarely during sales

Often, these are some of the best places to look for a great deal. You can generally find vintage watches at these places for a small fraction of what they’d sell for brand new in the store, and in the majority of cases, the staff doesn’t know much about horology, so you can actually find some pretty amazing deals. These opportunities may be hard to find, but they do occur frequently. Recently a man found a 1959 LeCoultre Deep Sea Alarm at a Goodwill store in Phoenix. He bought it for $ 5.99 and turned around and sold it for $ 35,000 to a collector who also threw in an Omega. This same buyer who frequents Goodwill stores has also seen a variety of other luxury watches in the past at stores like these.  You can read the story here.

3. Department Stores

If you don’t have much time to spend and are just desperate to get a watch on your wrist, the final recommendation is to buy at a local department store. Typically, department stores sell higher quality watches than the bargain bin stores like Walmart and Target, but offer competitive pricing. This is the place to locate fashion watches and other watches that are of better quality. Of course, that’s not to say that Walmart and Target can’t be a viable source — I believe they also carry brands like Casio and Timex, which can be very good watches for the money.

4. But Not on Kickstarter

Kickstarter, along with fellow crowdfunding Indiegogo, has become the new frontier for men’s inexpensive watchmakers. Brands like MVMT (which was recently bought by Movado) and Vincero watches have aggressively moved into the low-cost watch market with sophisticated influencer and social media campaigns. These brands are due credit for reinvigorating the watch as an accessory for every man, but there’s a catch: very few of them offer watches under $ 100.

Kickstarter watches are rarely under $ 100

If you’re looking for a great inexpensive watch, we would recommend staying away from crowdfunding, or even brands that have evolved away from Kickstarter. To begin with, they tend to be oversized and minimalist to a fault, and they aren’t really adding much to that more established watchmakers aren’t already doing. Furthermore, they mislead customers into thinking their “direct to consumer” model benefits them; in fact, the quality isn’t better than other watches at the same price point. It’s simply a new way to market watches.

Inexpensive Watch Buying DOs & DON’Ts

The first step when buying a watch in this price range is to understand that it’s perfectly acceptable to play it safe and stick with the basics. Focus on watches with fabric straps or metal bracelets and go in expecting to buy a quartz movement. Anything with a mechanical movement will be inferior, although occasionally you can luck out.

DON’T buy a faux gold or plated gold watch

Fake gold Nixon is something to avoid
This Nixon watch commits 2 sins: gaudy fake gold plating and trying to imitate much more expensive brands

There are a few things you want to look for when buying a watch in this price range. The first thing is making sure it doesn’t contain any fake or plated precious metals like gold. If you plan on keeping the watch for any considerable amount of time, both plated and fake gold (often called ‘gold-colored’) have the tendency to strip off or change color. A perfect example of this is with plated gold, as after some use you’ll notice that it turns a greenish color, usually starting at the lugs. Furthermore, fake plated gold will always look cheap compared to the real thing, so why bother? We recommend skipping it entirely.

DON’T buy a knockoff or a fake

The first rule to remember is that if you can’t afford the $ 10,000 Rolex, don’t try and imitate it (better to buy it used from a specialty retailer like Bob’s Watches). One of the biggest mistakes men make is buying a watch that just makes them look cheap. I’m talking about the oversized, fake gold, plastic stone-encrusted watches. There is no humanly possible way to look good wearing these.

Can you spot the fake Rolex
Can you spot the fake Rolex? Those who can won’t tell you they know your secret

Buying a fake or imitation of an elegant watch poses the same risk. While you may be able to trick the average Joe into believing you’ve got a real Rolex on your wrist, anyone who knows a thing or two is never going to take you seriously. Wearing a knockoff is like trying to pay your check with Monopoly money. The second someone notices it, you’ve lost all credibility. If you want to be taken seriously, avoid the fraudulent watches because, in the end, you’re going to look like a joke.

DO focus on an “authentic” watch

As in, look for a watch that is not desperately trying to be something it’s not. This Seiko watch is classy and has a few interesting details, but it’s not trying to be something other than a Seiko. Try looking for watches that are made of a standard metal, plastic or composite, and you’ll end up getting the best bang for your buck.

DO lower your expectations for a leather strap watch under $ 100

Greg Stevens watch straps
Leather watch straps

Avoiding leather is usually a good idea since inexpensive watches tend to have cheap leather or imitation leather straps which will show wear very quickly. Unless you plan to use an after-market strap (which is a good idea), focus on finding watches that have fabric straps, metal bracelets or rubber straps. They’ll last longer and maintain their appearance, provided of course the metal isn’t plated or poorly made.

DO buy a quartz movement

Even under $ 100, your watch should work well. This isn’t such a big deal when buying new, but it’s still a good idea to make sure it keeps accurate time. Quartz watches are going to be your best bet. They may not have the appeal of mechanical or automatic, but they do keep better time and are usually what you’ll find in this price range.

Timex Intelligent Quartz Depth Gauge
Timex Intelligent Quartz Depth Gauge

Ideally, you want to find a watch that has Japanese movement. You can often determine this by looking at the back of the watch or the six o’clock position on the dial. Finding something that’s Swiss Made is almost out of the question, although you may find ones labelled Swiss Movement or Swiss Quartz —they are not the same. While some watches with Chinese movements aren’t bad, for the most part they tend to be the least reliable when it comes to watch production. It’s not the end of the world if you find a watch you like with it, but it shouldn’t be your first pick.

DO look for watch styles as if you had an unlimited budget

Frederique Constant Automatic Dress Watch
The Frederique Constant Automatic Dress Watch may be out of reach, but you can find something similar

By keeping this in mind, you’ll only buy one you really like and one that suits your lifestyle. If you’re going to wear it with a business suit, avoid sports watches; and if you’re going to wear it to the beach, make sure it’s water resistant.

DO save for the watch of your dreams

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch with a metal band
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch with a metal band

Furthermore, we always recommend saving more or paying less. The majority of watches between the $ 500 and $ 1500 mark aren’t worth the markup, because they aren’t adding quality above the $ 500 price point aside from better branding. In almost all cases, they’re overpriced. Stick with either a cheap daily wear watch or save up until you can afford the watch you really want where the quality matches the price tag.

Recommended Watch Brands

Watch Model Brand Price
T2N747KW Weekender Timex $
Casio GA100-1A1 Casio $
SNK805 Seiko $
699.02 Aviator Quartz Stuhrling $
N14555G NST Nautica $
AK715SSB “Retro” Stainless Steel Akribos $
BF0580-06E Citizen $
Silver Dial Black Bulova $

When it comes to watches that cost less than $ 100, the only thing that really matters is whether you like how it looks. The movement is not going to be anything fantastic so focus on its appearance — you just want it to look good on your arm.

Timex

Timex Weekender Central Park
Timex Weekender Central Park

You may remember Timex being mentioned in our Low Budget Watch Guide. Their Weekender line is a GG favorite watch for daily wear. It’s easy to wear, relaxed, and not so precious that it can’t get dirty or wet. If it breaks, oh well, it’s replaceable. It’s a nice looking, classic timepiece that is great dressed down but also with a suit. You can make it preppy for the beach with a NATO strap or dress it up with leather. All-in-all, it’s a great watch and when it comes to Timex, you really can’t go wrong. As far as classic watches go in this price range, Timex is a top pick.

Casio

The Casio G-Shock definitely isn’t for the office, but it’s a great sports watch under $ 100

Casio is a very safe brand when it comes to sports watches. They don’t try to make their watches look better than they are by adding imitation stones or gold colored metals. Most of their products are sturdy workhorses that add the necessary features, like water resistance for a day at the beach. If you’re looking for a decent sports watch for casual wear, any Casio in this price range is a solid investment. Check out this Casio G-Shock on Amazon.

Seiko

Seiko watches are about as good as they get in this price range as well as in many higher price points. They make some exceptional watches and a quick search on Amazon netted two pages of choices for between $ 50 and $ 100. This military inspired Seiko watch with a canvas band has a great retro look ideal for a casual men’s watch. It is an automatic watch with a stainless steel case,so it ticks the boxes for a weekend timepiece under $ 100.

Stührling

A lot of people don’t realize that Max Sturhling was actually a master watchmaker who studied under Louis Audemars of Audemars Piguet — one of the world’s most renowned luxury watchmakers.

Sturhling Original watch for under $  100
Sturhling Original watch for under $ 100

However, Stührling wanted to make well-built timepieces that every man could afford. He left the luxury industry, in which he could have easily made a name for himself, and developed a line of watches that retails for no more than a few hundred dollars. Many of the watches feature automatic or mechanical movements and you can easily find some of their watches, like this one, for under $ 100.

Akribos

Unique and fun Akribos
Unique and fun Akribos

Akribos is one of those brands like Invicta, Fossil and Nixon that caters to a younger crowd. They do attempt to imitate the appearance of some famous luxury watches, but they don’t put imitation stones or metals on their timepieces or make watches that are as big as fists. Granted, some of their watches should be avoided, but they also make some pretty interesting timepieces that are great for the hipster crowd, design-conscious artists or someone wanting a fresh look. Check out this interesting Arkribos watch for a great price.

Citizen

Citizen watches are really quite good for the price. Granted, their $ 500 timepieces are terribly overpriced, but any of the watches priced under $ 100 are well worth it. In 1979, the brand created Citizen Eco-Drive, the first analog quartz movement to be powered by light. Many of their watches with this feature are priced under $ 100. They are a very respectable watchmaker and one that is globally popular across almost all demographics. Here’s a handsome Citizen quartz dress watch. The case diameter is 39mm, which is an ideal size for most men.

Bulova

Many falsely assume that Bulova is a luxury brand. In effect, they’ve done a fantastic job making a lot of people think that they are. Bulova, despite these questionable marketing practices, actually realize what (some) of their timepieces are really worth. They do offer some crystal-encrusted and over-the-top chronographs, but if you look through their collection there are a few classy pieces. This simple Bulova stainless steel one is one worthy of your attention as it’s a perfect dress watch for a low price.

Conclusion

Inexpensive watches, by virtue of their cost, shouldn’t seem less-worthy. Just because something is less expensive doesn’t mean that it’s ‘cheap.’ However, let’s call it what it is. When you’re buying a fifty dollar watch you’re foolish if you expect that you’re going to get a Rolex. You’re even more foolish if you try and get one that imitates it. Be proud of your watch, regardless of whether it’s a $ 30 Casio or a $ 30,000 Jaeger-LeCoultre. Your watch may not be an heirloom piece to hand down to your child, but you can be confident wearing it when you buy one that is simple, works well and didn’t cost more than a car.

Buy what you like, what you can afford and what you can justify. I know many men who can afford expensive watches but can’t justify in their own head spending so much on something that tells time.


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Black investors have historically invested in land to build wealth. Real estate is generally seen as a solid investment because property values typically rise over time. Property can be passed from one generation to another; used to diversify an investment portfolio; and is considered less risky than the stock market. Now, there is a new option for blacks to become investors and receive tax breaks with a new real estate asset class: Opportunity Zones.

Opportunity Zones are low-income areas the U.S. Treasury classifies as “qualified opportunity zones.” Investors can make these asset investments through Qualified Opportunity Funds.

The investments are geared to accelerate economic development in almost 9,000 designated areas in America and Puerto Rico, says tax attorney Steve Moskowitz, a founding member of the San Francisco-based tax law firm Moskowitz L.L.P.

Opportunity Zones were added as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. They allow investors to defer tax on any capital gains until 2026 and avoid a capital gains tax on the sale of an Opportunity Zone. Those funds are then invested in property and businesses located or operated within the designated QO Zones.

What Exactly are Opportunity Zones?

According to the Economic Innovation Group, the 2017 tax provision provides “a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into dedicated Opportunity Funds.” African American Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) played an integral part in including the zones in the tax law.

The ante is high as there is a massive amount of capital gains that could be invested in Opportunity Zones. Based on estimates that U.S. households and corporations possess over $ 6 trillion in unrealized capital gains, some officials contend that the program has great potential to trigger an influential change in distressed communities.

Even if a portion of that amount of money was committed, it could possibly mean billions of dollars for poor areas across the country. That is because the program is specifically designed to increase economic opportunity by incentivizing new development in low-income urban and rural areas, says Leslie Anderson, president and CEO of the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority (NJRA).

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Leslie A. Anderson, executive director, NJRA

The NJRA is a multimillion-dollar independent financing New Jersey authority created to transform urban communities through direct investment and technical support.

In New Jersey, where the NJRA is based, many of these designated neighborhoods are predominantly black and have suffered from systemic inequality, Anderson says.

How Low-Income Communities Could Benefit

Anderson says Opportunity Zones give residents in these communities a chance to benefit in several important ways. First, the program can create new development with the potential to generate increased employment opportunities, more affordable housing, improved property values, and more comprehensive and higher quality services.

Unfortunately, without incentives, Anderson says investors often see low-income areas as too high-risk, making it very difficult for needed projects to attract the capital necessary to move forward.

“Opportunity Zones offer investors an incentive to invest in projects that can help to redevelop and transform these neighborhoods,” explains Anderson.

Yet, concerns remain from community advocates who feel the program could create gentrification pitfalls in some neighborhoods populated by low-income residents and minority groups.

For instance, these advocates foresee rising prices for housing or other new real estate development in targeted Opportunity Zones forcing current residents to leave those areas.

Anderson says she understands those concerns as does New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver. She says that New Jersey created an inclusive process that intentionally engages the communities that have been designated as Opportunity Zones.

The governor’s office is holding a series of community forums to educate residents and local businesses, answer questions, understand community needs, and address concerns.

Additionally, the NJRA will meet with local mayors to advise them on leveraging Opportunity Zones to generate projects that directly impact the people who need them most.

Anderson says the NJRA has used its financial resources to leverage nearly $ 4 billion in new investments, helping to redevelop some of New Jersey’s most economically challenged neighborhoods.

“We are also working to ensure that community-based organizations and existing businesses are full participants in the local implementation of the program and can partake in development opportunities.”

Another issue the NJRA is addressing is one of investors mainly focusing on larger cities to the detriment of smaller urban areas.

“We are making a major strategic push to help investors understand the value and importance at looking at all of the designated zones in the 75 municipalities in the state of New Jersey,” Anderson says.

The NJRA, in partnership with the Governor’s Office and the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), recently launched a website that serves as an online mapping tool and a comprehensive resource for residents, local governments, and potential businesses and investors.

Information for Black Investors and Taxpayers

Black investors looking at Opportunity Zones may do well to ponder these questions:

How does one become an Opportunity Zone investor?

Is there a minimum amount of income or capital gain from the sale of stock or other assets they must have to become such an investor?

In order to invest in an Opportunity Zone, Anderson says an investor must create a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund, which is any investment vehicle organized as a corporation or partnership with the specific purpose of investing in Opportunity Zone assets.

The fund must hold at least 90% of its assets in the qualifying Opportunity Zones property.

Any tax-paying individual or entity can create an Opportunity Fund, through a self-certification process, which is an IRS form submitted with the taxpayer’s federal income tax return for the taxable year.

Anderson says it is important for black investors to know that they can pool their resources and form a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund, something the NJRA can assist with.

If you are interested in how such an investment may impact your portfolio and taxes, contact a tax attorney and also get more information here.

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Empire‘s fall is brutal. Variety reported this morning:

The second episode of Empire after the arrest of one of its stars, Jussie Smollett, was the lowest rated in the series’ history.

The March 20 episode scored a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo, and was watched by just under 4 million total viewers. Last week’s midseason premiere also struggled, with a 1.3 rating and 4.4 million viewers, which means the show dipped by 11% in the ratings and 10% in total viewership since last week.

Empire creator Lee Daniels took to Instagram to speak on the Jussie Smollett fallout: “Me and my cast have experienced pain, anger, sadness and frustration, and really don’t know how to deal with it.”

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Tidying up? Here’s How to Cash in on Everything That Doesn’t Spark Joy

The first thing I learned from Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizing consultant, was this: If you walk into your home and feel some discomfort in your life, it’s time to tidy up.

I’m pretty organized and everything, but… triggered.

Though I maintained order and structure on the surface, the true state of my home was kind of chaotic. After watching one episode of Netflix’s “Tidying Up,” it hit me: I’m all about aesthetics.

For those who haven’t tuned in to the series, just know that Kondo triple-dog dared us to use the KonMari method to organize (and purge!) our homes. No big deal.

Despite the intensity of it, I bravely put myself up to the #tidyingupchallenge — I was even able to pocket $ 38 by the end of the week.

The First Step Toward Tidiness

To get started, I dug up all the clothes from my early 20s that I’d been hoarding in my closet (somewhere by the Narnia portal, I think) to ask the famous question, “Does this spark joy?”

Because letting go, in any context, is difficult, I softened the blow by making extra cash off the items I decided to let go — that’s The Penny Hoarder method.

With my giveaway pile sorted, cleaned and steamed, it was time to start selling. And in true Kondo fashion, I thanked every item before it turned into dolla’, dolla’ bills, y’all.

Sell Anything — for Free

A woman uses steams her clothes before selling them online.

I started by downloading Letgoan intuitive app that lets you sell virtually anything. It lets you snap a photo and upload your item in less than 30 seconds. It removes a lot of the hassle of selling things online, and it’s 100% free to use.

The app lets you select the price you want, giving you the options to set it as negotiable, or to give it away for free if you just want to purge.

Help potential customers find your ad by categorizing it and setting your location by ZIP code. You can also share the listing on Facebook to see whether any of your friends are interested. This doesn’t mean you’ll definitely sell your goods, but it does reveal active, local users who might be looking for what you’re selling.

When it’s time to get paid, Letgo offers some recommendations: Transfer money only after the buyer inspects the item. Take cash, or use a secure payment platform like PayPal. Don’t take a “certified check” — Letgo says this is a common scam. Shipping is discouraged, as well.

I made $ 10 selling two pairs of old shorts. The best part? Letgo doesn’t snag any percentage of the sale, so I got to keep it all.

Pro-tip: We know you want at least $ 20 for the pants that cost you $ 40, but keep in mind that things depreciate with time. Your second-hand clothing might get more play if you’re advertising thrift store–like prices.

Let This App Help You Bank off Old Dresses

A woman shows the OfferUp app while selling clothes.

To earn more cash, I put up the last bit of my clothes for sale using a free app called OfferUp. This app lets you sell just about anything — furniture, clothes, gadgets — even cars.

Seriously. Like, entire vehicles.

Just download the OfferUp app, enter your ZIP code and click the camera to sign up. You can continue with Facebook, which makes the whole process pretty seamless.

The app lets you chat with interested buyers without the pressure of having to exchange phone numbers. When you’re ready, schedule your meeting by using its site SafeTradeSpots.com to find a safe public place to meet your buyer and complete the transaction.

Using the app, I scored an extra $ 20 from selling some dresses I hadn’t worn in awhile.

Pro tip: Let the buyer inspect the item first, then gather the payment. Don’t accept a check, cashier’s check or gift card as payment. We recommend you ask for cash.

Use This App to Sell Everything You Think No One Wants

A woman uses her cell phone to photograph clothes she is selling online.

No shade to Craigslist, but I like to think of it as the place where the misfits of your belongings go. So that’s where I went to sell all the random stuff I accumulated over the years.

Thanks to the buyer who found joy in my picture frame and pair of tennis shoes, I pocketed $ 8.

Since Craigslist doesn’t have its own, I used the licensed, third-party app CPlus. If you’re worried about the legitimacy, you might find comfort in knowing that the app has more than 10,000 ratings and averages 4.8/5 stars in the App Store. Not too shabby.

Plus, through the app, you post directly to Craigslist.

You can get started with CPlus by creating a Craigslist account if you don’t already have one. Enter your email, then verify your account and create a password.

Navigate back over to the app, sign in and start posting what you have to offer (except organs, sorry!). Categorize and title your posting, add a price, specific location, postal code and a description. Next, you’ll add images, then publish.

Be aware of safety issues when it comes to Craigslist. As with the other apps, meet in a well-lit public setting and trust your instincts.

Securing the payment is up to you and cannot be done through the app. For safety, use cash — but not a ton.

Pro-tip: CPlus is a great app for those who already know and love Craigslist. Unfortunately, there are some glitches, and the app doesn’t work as smoothly as others. You might benefit just as well from using the website on your mobile browser.

Done Is Better Than Perfect

A woman uses the Marie Kondo method to organzie her clothing on her bed.

*Deep sigh*

The KonMari method works, guys. Halfway through my #tidyingupchallenge, I realized I’ve formed an unhealthy habit of keeping things for nostalgia’s sake.

I’d secretly been holding onto all the cute stuff I used to wear in my early 20s in hopes that I could be that young girl again, fitting into a size 3. But when I sold my old clothes, I also sold my attachment to them, which has allowed me to embrace who I am now.

As powerful as that made me feel, it felt even better getting to enjoy the end result of my hard work: Neatly folded clothes and a thoroughly organized living space. (Not just on the surface, I swear.)

Oh, and my total earnings? $ 38. That part was pretty sweet, too.

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COMING UP ROSES: Los Angeles fast-fashion retailer Forever 21 worked with the sister of the late singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez for an edgy capsule collection.
The offering, called Forever 21 Presents: Selena the White Rose Collection, launches in conjunction with the 22nd anniversary of the movie on the singer.
“We’ve actually been selling Selena products and, in the past, we noticed that every time we brought something in with Selena, it would blow out. So we really wanted to do something special,” said Linda Chang, vice president of merchandising.
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Term Sheet — Thursday, March 21

COFFEE + CASH

Starbucks will serve you a triple venti half-sweet non-fat caramel macchiato with a side of fresh funding. The Seattle-based coffee giant is investing $ 100 million in a new venture fund that will be managed by Valor Equity Partners. Valor, a Chicago-based growth equity firm, has backed companies such as Tesla, SpaceX, and Bird.

The new Valor Siren Ventures Fund is seeking to raise an additional $ 300 million from outside investors in the coming months. It will deploy capital to food and retail-focused startups.

“We believe that innovative ideas are fuel for the future, and we continue to build on this heritage inside our company across beverage, experiential retail, and our digital flywheel,” said Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson.

Johnson, who took over as chief executive in 2017, has more than three decades of experience working at tech companies like IBM, Juniper Networks, and Microsoft. So it’s not surprising that Starbucks is dabbling in more tech & venture-related projects as of late. Although Starbucks has not commented on any specific investments it will make, allow me to read into the news far more than I probably should.

You might remember that Starbucks is working closely with Bakkt, a cryptocurrency trading company. One of Bakkt’s goals is to transform the retail payments system where merchants pay steep fees for every dollar you and I pay at the checkout counter.

In January, Bakkt CEO Kelly Loeffler told Fortune that her company is partnering with Starbucks to build the template for how payments would work. “At first, it will be available for use in apps,” she said. “Think about today’s Starbucks app. You can pre-fund a prepaid or stored value card with a digital app. The first use case is to pre-fund the cards, with Bitcoin. The goal is to give consumers the choice between purchasing with digital or fiat currency.”

To take it one step further, Valor Equity Partners has investments in crypto and blockchain-focused startups including BitGo, Harbor, and Eris Exchange. So while everyone is speculating which traditional food & retail startups this new fund might back, I think it’s worth looking one layer deeper and keeping an eye on the next wave of companies attempting to upend retail as we know it today. And of course, when that happens, Starbucks would be at the forefront.

BLUE JEANS IPO: The hottest company making its public debut at the moment is not a tech startup. Levi Strauss & Co, the 166-year-old jeans maker, priced its shares at $ 17, which gave the company a $ 6.6 billion valuation. My colleague Phil Wahba wrote:

The hot IPO is counterintuitive for a retail and apparel company given the travails companies in those sectors have faced in recent years. But under CEO Chip Bergh, Levi’s has staged a remarkable comeback. Only a few years ago, Levi’s was handcuffed by a heavy debt load and struggling to find a niche for itself in the competitive denim market and the booming athleisure market dominated by the likes of Lululemon Athletica. And it had grown overly reliant on declining department stores.

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VENTURE DEALS

[ts_bullet_primary] Splice, a New York-based music creation platform, raised $ 57.5 million in Series C funding. Investors include Union Square Ventures and True Ventures who are joined by DFJ Growth, Flybridge, Lerer Hippeau, Liontree, Founders Circle Capital, and Matt Pincus.

[ts_bullet_primary] Movius, an Atlanta-based developer of cloud-based secure mobile communications software, raised $ 45 million in Series D funding. JPMorgan Chase & Co. led the round, and was joined by investors including PointGuard Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, and Anschutz Investment Company.

[ts_bullet_primary] Guesty, a property management software, raised $ 35 million in Series C funding. Viola Growth led the round, and was joined by investors including Vertex Ventures, Journey Ventures, Kingfisher Investment Advisors, La Maison Compagnie d’Investissement, TLV Partners and Magma Ventures.

[ts_bullet_primary] Abstract, a San Francisco-based provider of a design workflow platform, raised $ 30 million in Series C funding. Lightspeed Venture Partners led the round, and was joined by investors including Scale Venture Partners, Amplify Partners, and Cowboy Ventures.

[ts_bullet_primary] NS8, a Herndon, Va.-based e-commerce security and website performance company, raised $ 26 million in funding. Edison Partners led the round.

[ts_bullet_primary] WorkBoard, a company focused on enterprise strategy and results management, raised $ 23 million in Series B funding. GGV Capital led the round, and was joined by investors including M12, Workday Ventures, Floodgate, and Opus Capital.

[ts_bullet_primary] Ease, a San Francisco-based provider of HR and benefits software, raised $ 19 million in Series B funding. Centana Growth Partners led the round, and was joined by investors including Propel Venture Partners, Compound Ventures, Freestyle Capital and Upside Partnership.

[ts_bullet_primary] The Plum Guide, a London-based vacation rental company, raised ?14 million ($ 18.4 million) in funding. Talis Capital led the round, and was joined by investors including Latitude, Hearst Ventures and Octopus Ventures.

[ts_bullet_primary] Skymind, an open-core data science company, raised $ 11.5 million in Series A funding. TransLink Capital led the round, and was joined by investors including ServiceNow, Sumitomo’s Presidio Ventures, UpHonest Capital, GovTech Fund, Y Combinator, Tencent, Mandra Capital, Hemi Ventures, and GMO Ventures.

[ts_bullet_primary] Jitjatjo, a mobile staffing marketplace, raised $ 11 million in Series A funding. Morningside Technology Ventures led the round.

[ts_bullet_primary] AppDetex, a Boise, Idaho-based provider of digital risk protection, raised $ 10 million in Series B funding. First Analysis led the round, and was joined by investors including EPIC Ventures and Origin Ventures.

[ts_bullet_primary] Scope AR, a Canada-based provider of enterprise-class augmented reality solutions, raised $ 9.7 million in Series A funding. Romulus Capital led the round, and was joined by investors including SignalFire, Susa Ventures, Haystack, New Stack Ventures, North American Corporation and AngelList.

[ts_bullet_primary] Kaarta, Inc, a developer of real-time mobile 3D reality capture, raised $ 6.5 million in funding. GreenSoil Building Innovation Fund led the round, and was joined by investors including Riverfront Ventures, Zamagias Properties, Quaker Capital Investments, and Startbot.

[ts_bullet_primary] Fetcher, a New York-based recruiting platform, raised $ 5.4 million in funding. Accomplice led the round, and was joined by investors including Slow Ventures, Revel Partners and Picus Capital.

[ts_bullet_primary] WarDucks, an Ireland-based augmented reality game development studio, raised EUR3.3 million ($ 3.8 million) in funding. EQT Ventures led the round, and was joined by investors including Suir Valley Ventures.

[ts_bullet_primary] Figment Networks, a provider of institutional grade proof of stake infrastructure services, raised $ 1.8 CAD ($ 1.3 million) in seed funding. Investors include Bonfire Ventures, FJ Labs, and XDL Capital Group.

PRIVATE EQUITY DEALS

[ts_bullet_primary] GenNx360 Capital Partners acquired a majority stake in Miller Environmental Group, a Calverton, N.Y.-based environmental response and remediation services company. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

[ts_bullet_primary] Acuris, a company backed by BC Partners and GIC, acquired Blackpeak, an investigative research firm with a focus on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and private equity. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

[ts_bullet_primary] Ares Management Corporation (NYSE:ARES) acquired CoolSys, Inc, an Anaheim, Calif.-based refrigeration and HVAC services company, from Audax Private Equity. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

[ts_bullet_primary] Regent agreed to acquire Mavic, a France-based cycling business, from Amer Sports (HLSE: AMEAS). Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

OTHER DEALS

[ts_bullet_primary] CynergisTek (NYSE AMERICAN: CTEK), a consultancy in health IT security, privacy and compliance, sold its managed print services business for $ 30 million to Vereco.

[ts_bullet_primary] One Finance Limited acquired Amplified Payments Ltd, a Nigeria-based developer of an online payment platform. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

EXITS

[ts_bullet_primary] Crossbridge Compliance acquired XCEL NDT LLC, a Clifton, Kansas-based provider of non-destructive testing and pipeline integrity services to the oil and gas industry. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. Pine Tree Equity Partners is the seller.

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[ts_bullet_primary] Karen Appleton Page will join B Capital as a general partner.

[ts_bullet_primary] Heather Widman joined Building Ventures as a principal.

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Scouted: Victorinox’s New Tech-Forward Carry-On Is Proof That Well-Designed Luggage Can Balance Form and Function

When I travel, I’m often faced with a repeating dilemma: Should I forget about trying to work out during this weeklong or half week trip, or should I find a way to fit my fitness essentials alongside my work essentials into my spacially-challenged carry-on?

But after Victorinox sent me its new Connex Frequent Flyer hardside carry-on, I didn’t have to sacrifice any of my belongings to the gods of limited cabin space. Instead, the well-engineered interior compartmentalization of the Connex, paired with its compact design, meant I get to run in the dry, perfect weather Los Angeles is offering up this week. And it easily fit into the overhead compartment inside the cabin.

The tech capabilities in the Connex really shine: It’s packed with an integrated multitool inspired by the Swiss Army Knife that includes a USB port, SIM card replacement tool, ID tag, and pen (and yes, it’s all TSA-safe). The USB port gives you easy access from the outside of the case to a battery that’s connected on the inside. While the battery isn’t included, I actually prefer it this way: I know what my portable charging needs are and am free to choose the right capacity battery for me. And speaking of the TSA, you get a great TSA-approved set of zippered locks in the Connex. Its upright, 360-degree four-wheel design makes it butter smooth to operate and navigate across sidewalks and airport floors alike.

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Signs He’s Taking Advantage Of You

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It makes me so angry when people take advantage of those who are generous, sympathetic, patient, and kind. I worry that, if such people are taken advantage of too much, they’ll ditch those wonderful qualities and just become bitter and cold. People who are generous, sympathetic, and kind deserve partners (and friends) who are equally so—not leeches who just want to drain the life out of them. But, I have to remember that, we’re all adults here and nobody forces the generous, sympathetic type to date or befriend anyone. Part of growing up is setting boundaries so you can still be the sweet, giving person without getting stomped all over. Sometimes, it takes that first person who really takes advantage of you to learn to create those boundaries. Here are signs he’s totally taking advantage of you.

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He asked to move in fast

He asked to move in together very quickly. You felt like it was fast, and you knew it was risky, but, you were just so flattered that he was apparently so into you that you said yes. He didn’t, however, suggest you two find a new place together. He just asked to move into your place.

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Off the beaten path – best travel destinations in rural Europe

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Travel broadens the mind and enriches life experience, and this is the reason it is so important to try to do as much of it as you possibly can. There are so many wonderful travel destinations these days, and the rise of budget travel has allowed more people to see much more of the world.

The most fulfilling travel experiences are those that take you off the beaten track and onto the road less traveled. Who knows what mysteries wait just around the corner, and where you can discover them? If you want an unforgettable break this year, away from the frenzied, tourist-filled streets, here are some amazing European gems just itching to be discovered.

Alentejo region, Portugal

If you’re planning on heading for a vacay soon, one of the best places to check out is Portugal’s stunning Alentejo region. This delightful part of southern Portugal comes alive in the springtime, presenting a smorgasbord of incredible floral colors. With pinks, oranges, yellows, and whites blanketing the ground, there are serene and elegant walking routes around Alqueva Lake and across beautiful countryside. Oh, and there are some amazing restaurants en route in the city of Evora as well.

Pyrenees, French-Spanish border

The Pyrenees Mountains are spread across France, Spain, and Andorra, and you can take an incredible road trip that allows you to travel across borders and see some of the most amazing parts of the Pyrenees. Hire a car and take a remarkable three-day road trip that scales mountain peaks, gorgeous valleys, and picture-postcard villages. Enjoy the 3,000m views from the top of the Pic du Midi mountain, accessible by cable car.

Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia is a must-visit destination in Italy, and it’s one you might not think is that unique. Well, how about experiencing this amazing island as part of a sea kayaking adventure?! This offers an invigorating and unforgettable break, where you can hit hidden beaches, secret coves, and enjoy the gorgeous surroundings of Porto Conte. Starting in April, these trips give you the perfect Sardinian experience, and something unique that lets you have the spring break you’ve always wanted.

Carpathian Mountains, Romania

The Carpathian Mountains demand discovery, and this is one of the places you need to check out for your spring break. There are so many amazing reasons to take a trip here, but one of the biggest is bison tracking! Yes, believe it or not, you don’t have to go on an African safari to get your bison fix. High up in the foothills of the Carpathians, a conservation project has allowed these majestic creatures to thrive. You can stay in Bucharest, and head out in groups (fronted by rangers) into the wilds of the Tarcu Mountains to see bison, bears, and other creatures.

How about these for some off the track destinations to explore the beautiful and majestic underbelly of Europe. These are some incredible choices that can take you away from the crowds, and allow you to experience things you might not otherwise have been able to. Indulge, slip away, and lose yourself in the elegance of European delight.

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Can’t get enough of Elizabeth Holmes? Here’s what to watch after ‘The Inventor’

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Theranos ex-CEO Elizabeth Holmes has yet to lock down a date for her criminal trial, but in the court of public opinion, a verdict has already been rendered. 

If you’ve been on the internet at all in the past week, you’ve likely seen a small truckload of viewer reactions to HBO’s The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley — many of them delighting in the damning portrayal of Holmes and her alleged multi-million dollar fraud. 

But HBO wasn’t the first to profile the entrepreneur and they won’t be the last. From podcasts to movies, the now-defunct blood-testing company is the subject of a whole slew of projects, nearly all of which position Holmes as their star subject. Read more…

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Duane Martin Says Tisha Campbell-Martin Made Up Abuse Allegations

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Details in Duane Martin and Tisha Campbell-Martin‘s divorce and bankruptcy cases continue to be revealed, and Martin is now taking a defensive stance. After being accused of physically abusing his estranged wife, Martin says that Campbell-Martin is making it all up.

The Blast reports:

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Duane filed a declaration as part of his bankruptcy case, in which he is denying allegations he hid a $ 2 million home in Chatsworth, California from creditors as part of his bankruptcy.

In his declaration, Duane accuses Tisha and her brother having “manufactured a false claim of alleged domestic violence against the Co-Debtor which they filed with the police. Even Co-Debtor’s family law attorney would not sign his name on such a claim. The police saw the claim for what it was and did not pursue it.”

He adds, “Additional falsehoods were presented to the Family Law court in order for the Co-Debtor to obtain custody of their children. When it was clear that these falsehoods were not going to work, they were dropped and custody was awarded 50-50 to both parents.”

The outlet adds that Campbell-Martin has been cooperative with the bank trustee and handing in her financial records. Martin has said that any reports that he hasn’t done the same in reporting his earning aren’t true.

Martin also accuses Campbell-Martin and her brother of taking his residuals and removing his name from his bank accounts, thus making it so that he can’t cash checks or access funds.

Earlier this year, Campbell-Martin filed for a domestic violence restraining order against Martin.

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Detroit Couple Builds Chitlin’-Cleaning Empire

Bruce and Cynthia Tucker built a successful business around one of the oldest and most fundamental components of soul food: chitterlings, or chitlins as they are more commonly called.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the Tuckers are the owners and operators of Gourmet Food Center in Detroit which specializes in hand-cleaned chitterlings.

Cynthia got the idea as she prepared to cook dinner for her family. “I was getting ready to have the family over for dinner, so I was going to be cleaning 40 pounds of chitlins, and while I was cleaning these chitlins I thought to myself, boy, this is a lot of work. I need to be getting paid for this,” she told The Detroit Free Press. 

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The Gourmet Food Center is a 5,000-square-foot facility in the Eastern Market district, where “well trained, experienced and health-conscious food handlers clean the Chitterlings under strict Gourmet Food Center guidelines, preparing packaged, fresh and ready to cook Chitterlings,” as posted on its website.

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Chitterlings, which are pig intestines, are notoriously difficult to clean and are known for their rather pungent odor when cooked, even after cleaning. A true American staple, chitterlings were consumed by black people during slavery, although many cultures around the world eat the intestines and other internal organs of animals. What’s Cooking America provides some insightful history on chitterlings:

In colonial times, hogs were slaughtered in December, and hog maws or ears, pigs feet, and neck bones were given to the slaves. Until emancipation, African-American food choices were restricted by the dictates of their owners, and slave owners often fed their slaves little more than the scraps of animal meat that the owners deemed unacceptable for themselves. Because of the West African tradition of cooking all edible parts of plants and animals, these foods helped the slaves survive in the United States.

The site also states that the business has been in operation for 29 years. There are three locations on both the East and West sides of Detroit. The couple says they clean more than 100 tons of chitterlings a year, and that their facility is the “largest Hand Cleaned Chitlin Cleaning Facility in the United States.”

The store’s motto, as per the website, is, ‘We clean the s**t out of chitlins!”

In addition to the stores, the business offers online ordering where customers can purchase cleaned chitterlings, hog maws, honey-glazed ham, and other soul food staples.

 

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A Guide to the Biggest Celebrity Superfans of March Madness

In the 80 years since the March Madness tournament started, it’s been a beloved and much-anticipated tradition for college basketball fans to fiercely rally for their favorite teams and celebrities are no exception.

For some, like actress Ashley Judd, being a super fan comes with longtime school spirit for her alma mater, the University of Kentucky, whose Wildcats are also a favorite for rapper Drake, who counts Coach John Calipari as a close friend and mentor. Others, like Bill Murray, don’t necessarily have an academic connection to a team, but an emotional one; Murray’s son, Luke, was an assistant coach for Xavier’s basketball program, which meant that the funnyman was a popular presence at Xavier games; for the 2019 NCAA Tournament, it appears that Murray will have to change teams, as Luke is now coaching at the University of Louisville.

Ahead of this year’s March Madness NCAA tournament, here’s a run-down of the most avid celebrity college basketball fans.

Drake — University of Kentucky Wildcats

While many have said that Drake is a bandwagon fan for the of-the-moment teams, there’s no denying that the Canadian rapper is an avid fan of the Kentucky Wildcats. From receiving his own “Drizzy” championship ring when the team won the national championship in 2012 to a chummy friendship with Coach John Calipari that even lead Drake to be on Calipari’s podcast.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus — Northwestern University Wildcats

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has plenty of reasons to cheer on the Wildcats when it’s March Madness; not only did the Veep actress attend Northwestern and meet her husband there, her son Charlie currently plays on the basketball team.

Julianne Moore — Davidson College Wildcats

Julianne Moore became a proud Davidson fan after her son Cal Freundlich joined the basketball team, playing the same position (point guard) that Warriors star Steph Curry played while he was at the college.

Ashley Judd — University of Kentucky Wildcats

Perhaps the most famous longtime fan of the Wildcats, Judd has long been a welcome presence at the school’s games, where she faithfully cheers on her alma mater.

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Jason Sudeikis — University of Kansas Jayhawks

Jason Sudeikis grew up in Overland Park, Kansas, roots that have helped to make him a notable fan of Kansas sports, including the Kansas Jayhawks.

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Jennifer Lawrence — University of Louisville Cardinals

While the University of Kentucky might have some major star power from fans like Drake and Ashley Judd, Jennifer Lawrence brings the shine for the state’s other big team, the University of Louisville Cardinals. Lawrence, who grew up in Louisville, is a prominent fan of the team.

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Bill Murray — Xavier University Musketeers/University of Louisville Cardinals

Bill Murray was a proud fan of the Xavier Musketeers, becoming one of their most prominent and popular game attendees while his son Luke was an assistant coach at the college. However, this year, Luke will be coaching at the University of Louisville, which makes many believe that Murray will now be a staunch Cardinals fan.

Paul Rudd — University of Kansas Jayhawks

Although Paul Rudd was born in New Jersey, he grew up on Overland Park, Kansas and even attended the University of Kansas, making him a Jayhawks fan for life.

Brooklyn Decker — University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels

Swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker grew up in North Carolina, making her a diehard UNC fan.

Tim Cook — Duke University Blue Devils

Apple CEO Tim Cook attended Duke for business school and is such a big fan of their basketball program that he used an Apple presentation to troll longtime Duke rival UNC.

Matthew McConaughey – University of Texas at Austin Longhorns

Matthew McConaughey attended the University of Texas, making him a longtime fan of the Longhorns; however, he recently became the university’s basketball arena’s self-proclaimed “Minister of Culture.” While the duties that come with this title are still a little dubious, McConaughey seems to be taking the role pretty seriously, going so far as to hype players during a game earlier this year, all while clad in a suit in the same hue as the school’s trademark orange.

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Ashton Kutcher — University of Iowa

Ashton Kutcher was born in Cedar Rapids and later attended the University of Iowa, making it easy for him to become loyal Hawkeyes fan.

Seth Meyers — Northwestern University Wildcats

Seth Meyers is such a big fan of his alma mater’s sports teams that he often works in references to them in his comedic material.

John Legend — Ohio State Buckeyes

John Legend is a native of Springfield, Ohio and is not shy when it comes to sharing his super fandom for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lands Time Magazine cover

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will grace the front page of the April 1 edition of Time Magazine, a report said early Thursday. The Bronx-native, who shook the Democratic establishment by defeating longtime congressman Joe Crowly in 2018, appears in a headshot taken by photographer Collier Schorr next to the headline: “The Phenom.” The story accompanying…
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UPDATE: The First Iron Throne Has Been Found, New Throne Hidden in the North

UPDATE (03/21/19): The first of six life-sized Iron Thrones from HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones has been found. As an ongoing event to lead up to GoT‘s eighth and final season, HBO will be hiding the Thrones in all corners of the world until some lucky fans finds it.

Posting a 360-degree video to its official YouTube page, the first Iron Throne could be seen hidden in some sort of forest. The mystery setting turned out to be an ancient wooded site in Gloucestershire, England, which was found by two young men.

Now the journey continues as the next throne has been hidden in the “North.” Take a look at the new video posted above to see if you have any idea where it could be located. And according to the #ForTheThrone countdown, there are 13 days left to find this second throne.

Head over to forthethrone.com for more details and find the original story below.


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As fans around the world patiently wait for the return of HBO‘s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones to return for its eighth and final season next month, the network has decided to hide six life-sized Iron Thrones all across the world for them to find.

In a video posted to HBO’s official YouTube channel, the first Iron Throne can be seen hidden in what looks to be a forest with the caption “#ThroneoftheForest.” The 360-degree video is also accompanied by a countdown timer, allowing fans to see how much time they have left to claim it. The network has also shared a marketing video starring the show’s biggest actors to its Facebook page along with, “6 Thrones. 6 Locations. Who will be the first to find them?”

Once the first Iron Throne has been successfully found, HBO will hide another one, totalling up to six. Interested participants can head over to forthethrone.com for more details. Grab your chance to claim the Iron Throne now.

Game of Thrones season 8 returns Sunday, April 14. In the meantime, take a closer look at the highly-anticipated GoT x adidas UltraBOOST collection.

 

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Trump attacks McCain again, saying he didn’t get a ‘thank you’ for approving late senator’s funeral

“I didn’t get a thank you. That’s okay. We sent him on the way. But I wasn’t a fan of John McCain,” Trump said at an event in Ohio, even as Republican senators rose to McCain’s defense.
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Lee Daniels: ‘Empire’ Has Been On A Rollercoaster Since Smollett Incident

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Empire” co-creator and executive producer Lee Daniels says the weeks since cast member Jussie Smollett was arrested and charged with fabricating a racist and homophobic attack have been “a freakin’ rollercoaster.”

In an Instagram video that doesn’t refer to Smollett by name, Daniels says since “the incident” he and his cast have “experienced pain and anger and sadness and frustration and really don’t know how to deal with it.”

 

 

Daniels had been among the first to voice his support for Smollett after he made the report in January.

Daniels says the situation nearly made him forget to tell audiences that the Fox drama returns to the air Wednesday. Daniels and other producers removed Smollett’s character from the season’s final episodes after his arrest in Chicago.

Smollett has pleaded not guilty.


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