Explore Your City and Write About it to Win This $1K Scholarship

Going to college is equally exciting and challenging, especially when you throw moving to a new city into the mix.

Have you taken in the local flavors and culture of your new surroundings? Or maybe you haven’t moved, but have you looked at your home city with a new perspective?

The folks over at the Branson Travel Office in Missouri want you to share that experience for a chance to win a $ 1,000 scholarship.

Branson Travel Office is a family-owned business that not only supports but encourages travel, which it says helps cities prosper and strengthens community and culture.

Branson Travel Office Local Adventures Scholarship Details

Eligibility

The scholarship open to all domestic, international and undocumented undergraduate students enrolled — or due to be enrolled — at an accredited college or university as a full-time student.

There’s no minimum GPA requirement to apply.

Pretty sweet so far, huh?

Ok, but then there’s this…

Essay and Proof of Enrollment

All applicants must write a 1,000 to 1,500 word essay about the city they’re studying in.

Your essay should answer the following questions:

  • Since starting your studies, how have your explored your new environment?
  • If you are studying locally, how has your view of your city changed since starting college?
  • How can being engaged in a city’s conversation promote a sense of community?
  • How do you find local entertainment?

Along with the essay, you must submit proof of your enrollment. This could be a transcript, letter of acceptance or a tuition receipt.

There’s only one entry per student per year, and the scholarship does not automatically renew.

How to Apply

Once you have your essay and proof of enrollment, fill out The Travel Office Local Adventure Scholarship Submission Form.

This includes your contact information and info for the university you’re attending, as it will receive the scholarship check.

You’ll have to accept the basic terms and conditions, which say that The Branson Travel Office can use your name, essay and contest-related information on its website and in its communications.

Don’t procrastinate on this one; the deadline to apply is Oct. 15, 2018.

A panel of judges from the Travel Office will select a winner. The winner will be notified by Oct. 30.

Check out the Travel Office Local Adventures Scholarship details. Submit any scholarship questions to info@traveloffice.org.

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And if you’re looking for even more scholarships to apply for, be sure to check out our list of 100 scholarships that will help you pay for college.

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She has never been to Missouri.

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EXCLUSIVE: Fashion Takes a Twirl at New York City Ballet

NEW YORK – Backstage at the David H. Koch Theater here last week, red devils and modernist clowns intermingled off stage right, as dancers of the New York City Ballet ran through a dress rehearsal for the company’s Fashion Gala.
The annual event — set to mark its seventh iteration on Thursday evening — assigns fashion designers and choreographers the team objective of creating a new work that’s innovative in both its movement and visual appeal.
Demonic flamenco dancers are the invention of Gareth Pugh, the London-based designer, who has created costumes for a new piece by choreographer Matthew Neenan.
Monochromatic excess was conceptualized by Giles Deacon, a mad-hatter of London’s fashion scene who currently presents his collections as part of Paris Couture week. His costume designs — a fleet of kicky Renaissance court jesters — will accompany dancers in a new work choreographed by Kyle Abraham.
Flotsam chiffon dresses by Italian designer Alberta Ferretti will also whisk across the stage — hers to join a new work by Gianna Reisen.
The NYCB will dance these new pieces one week into a fall season that began mired in controversy. Following sexual misconduct allegations by a former student, City Ballet terminated two male principal dancers and

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This fall, YETI is traveling the country with a film tour to celebrate Tundra’s 10th anniversary, so catch them while they’re in the area! Each event will showcase a selection of never-before-seen YETI films, appearances from an array of our brand ambassadors, and raffles with exclusive YETI prizes to win. Plus, all proceeds will go straight to supporting local nonprofit organizations that share our love for the outdoors. Find cities, dates, and links to buy tickets below.

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Black Photographer In New York City Is Creating Buzz and Challenging Stereotypes

Ceres “Diaja” Henry merged her love for fashion, painting, and photography to create a brand driven by storytelling. Through a series of photographic work, she’s captured current events, social disparities, and black and African culture. RAW Artists, a global network featuring over 100K artists in visual art, music, fashion, film, and photography, scouted and highlighted her as an artist for their 2017 NYC show—this was her first showcase as a photographer. Recently, she hosted her first solo exhibition that sold out. Plus Vogue Italia, Huffington Post, and many other fashion publications have recognized her work to challenge stereotypes and change the conversation about black culture.

But there’s a business side to the creative industry that’s often exploited and undervalued. Sometimes when people think of creative professions like photographer, artist, or filmmaker, the stereotypical phrase “starving artist” comes to mind. Henry used to sell her work for $ 20–$ 30, but now her prices start at $ 500. I interviewed her to learn about her journey and tips for beating the starving artist mindset.

Black Enterprise: Tell us about the work you are most proud of.

Henry: Recently, my work was publicly installed in two locations in New York. It’s every artist dream to have their work displayed for the world to see. The piece was from My ‘Adam Series’. This photographic series has opened so many doors for me.

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(Photo: Ceres “Diaja” Henry, at 117th St., Lenox and Frederick Douglass Blvd, NYC.)

 

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(Photo: Ceres “Diaja” Henry/diaja.com)

This is my 6-year-old niece Autumn. I used her as my muse for my ‘Eve Series’ (the ‘Adam Series’ being the other half of this). My concept was to create black/African men, women, and children as fine art for people to celebrate and marvel at. I wanted to portray my people positively despite the stereotypes and negative narratives the media perpetrates against us. Each muse is body painted by me then photographed.

This is from my ‘Black History Series.’ Each year I create a new body of work around this theme. I always make sure I uplift black/African women within this series and include images of unity. I also include images to get a conversation going like this capture of a woman breaking down because she’s constantly bombarded with European standards of beauty.

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Ceres “Diaja” Henry

What’s the change that you’d like to see in your field of work? 

There’s definitely a lack of female representation within this field. Most photographers are men and before there were photos of me on my social platforms, people who booked me assumed I was a man. The saying ‘Representation Matters’ is key. I make sure I speak into the lives of aspiring female photographers any chance I can get. I remember encouraging and sharing my story with a young girl about 12/13 years old.  She wants to be a photojournalist, which is a genre that’s extremely male-dominated. I had to let her know that she’s more than capable of accomplishing her dreams and to not allow outside forces to dictate what she can and cannot do.

Many artists adopt the struggling artist mentality, what’s your best advice or tips for succeeding at a creative life? 

I don’t believe artists adopt the mentality of the “starving artist” as people say. I feel that’s a label artist get slapped with once they decide that art will be how they make a living. Creatives don’t wake up and say “I’m an artist and I’m ready to struggle so let me brace myself for the rough road ahead” We’re actually extremely optimistic and excited about our choice of career, and we’re passionate about what we do. Like any other profession, we simply say ‘I want to be a [insert creative genre:]. That negative saying stems from outside forces, projecting their fears upon that creative because in their eyes the arts aren’t profitable. For me, having a positive support system plays a major part in being successful coupled with a passion for what you’re doing. The encouragement of my parents and siblings carries me along this journey. I’ve had my share of negativity but I’m still here, in love with art more than ever, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I just refuse to let anything/anyone stop me.

You used to sell your work for $ 20–$ 30, but now you price your work starting at $ 500. What inspired you to charge more for your work?

Recently, I had my first solo exhibition that sold out. I recall giving myself a pep talk and telling myself that this is the big leagues, no more selling art for cheap, I’m worth more and years down the line my work will be coveted among art enthusiasts and collectors. When I announced the price at my exhibition my heart skipped a beat but I didn’t bat an eye. I even said that $ 500 was the introductory price. I was not playing! I plan on adding zeros to my work in the years to come. Things got real during my next exhibition at X Gallery, it was like the floodgates were opened. I finally came across my ideal client who saw the value in my art and purchased my pieces with no questions asked (at this point my work was priced a little higher). Currently, my work from my Adam & Eve series has been in demand so I continue to build on it to have more options for potential buyers.

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For anyone who reads Armistead Maupin’s Tales of The City, it doesn’t matter that 28 Barbary Lane in San Francisco is a fictional address. When you’re in the city, at least for the first time, you want to find it. You want to be there, and screw-fiction, find its occupants­­­­—landlady Anna Madrigal, and that first book’s golden group of tenants: Mona, Michael (Mouse), Brian, and Mary Ann­­­­­.

DeDe, D’or, Edgar, Beauchamp, Jon, Frannie, Mother Mucca, Thack, Shawna, Ben: sure it would be lovely to see them too. But really you want to see Mrs. Madrigal, sweeping the steps, fixing a stray wisp of her hair, and welcoming you, in her grandly mysterious way, to all the intrigues within.

Yes, Macondray Lane on Russian Hill exists, the nearest-as-heck approximation of where 28 Barbary Lane is. When I visited it it felt thrilling to be in its shadowy, leafy embrace. But 28 Barbary Lane felt even more natural, even more alive and pungent, in my imagination. That is Maupin’s great skill in the Tales series.

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Wyclef Jean Awarded Key To The City Of Brooklyn

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Wyclef Jean and the arc of his career has been largely associated with New Jersey by way of his fame with The Fugees. However, the Haitian-born producer and global artist first arrived in America and settled in the planet of Brooklyn with the borough awarding him a key to the city over the weekend.

Jean was nine years when his family came to New York from his native Haiti and while New Jersey is where he came to form The Fugees alongside Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel to worldwide acclaim.

At the Wingate Summer Concert Series, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams handed Jean the award for his contributions to music and beyond. Also in attendance were his wife, Claudinette Jean, and their daughter, Angelina.

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“I accept this key for the forgotten. If you can make it in Brooklyn. You can make it anywhere,” said Wyclef Jean to the masses.

The timing couldn’t be better for the multi-talented star as he’s gearing up for the release of his upcoming mixtape, Wyclef Goes Back To School and doing a tour stop next month at New York’s Sony Hall.

Wyclef Jean’s mixtape drops on Sept. 6, and his tour stops on the same day in New York City.

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Say What Now? Burglar Strips Naked for Security Cameras Before Robbing a New York City Restaurant [Photo]

Most thieves cover up completely to avoid being identified — but one man decided to do the exact opposite and stripped down before committing his crime.

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The man, 28 to 35 years old with a trim build, got butt-naked when he knocked over the Adalya Mediterranean restaurant on Irving Place near E. 17th St. at 7 a.m. July 5.

After forcing his way in through the side door, he disrobed for the security cameras.

Then he snatched an iPad, a cordless phone, a company credit card and $ 600 from the bar’s cash register.

Before he left, he donned a black t-shirt, dark-colored shorts, white socks and blue sneakers — and made his escape fully clothed.

“You can’t get anymore naked than that,” said a police source. “We really can’t make sense of it.”

Maybe he thought investigators would be too distracted by his dick to focus on his identity. Or maybe he was just having a little fun in the process.

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Positioning Inner City Businesses for Long-Term Success

Many small business owners aspire to grow and create jobs, but need the necessary information, tools and resources to do so successfully. To help fill the gap, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, in collaboration with Inner City Capital Connections, recently provided an opportunity for small business owners in underserved areas of Los Angeles and San Bernardino to gain expert advice.

Eighty ambitious entrepreneurs attended ICCC’s free, kick-off seminar at the Hilton San Gabriel, where they received executive education and instruction on how to access capital to take their businesses to the next level. The 10-hour day ended with personalized coaching sessions. Several Kaiser Permanente Southern California executives were paired with finance/consulting experts to provide this coaching.

Kaiser Permanente is in its third consecutive year sponsoring ICCC. The sponsorship is in partnership with the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City — the national nonprofit research and advisory organization that supports ICCC — to reduce income disparity and improve lives by promoting local microeconomies. This support of small businesses allows them to grow, hire more people, and contribute to creating a thriving community.

Kaiser Permanente understands well why this work is so important. Economic, social and environmental factors in communities — beyond the medical care provided – greatly affect people’s health. Economic security, for example, is vital to enabling a person to afford nutritious food, have secure housing, attain a good education and access health care services — all critical elements for quality of life.

“Kaiser Permanente’s mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said John Yamamoto, vice president, community health, government relations, and community engagement, Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “Kaiser Permanente promotes local economic vitality in under-resourced areas because the social and economic conditions in our communities profoundly influence the health of people who live, work, and play there.”

Experienced presenters share practical tips

Seminar attendee Beate Chelette, owner of The Growth Architect, which specializes in growing, building, and scaling businesses, appreciated the event.

“The quality of speakers is like a ‘Who’s Who,’” said Chelette, noting that experienced faculty from distinguished institutions such as Harvard Business School and executives from various types of financial institutions participated. “They offered information that makes you think of your business on a high level of strategic positioning. They stressed the importance of making sure that there’s a cohesive plan aligned with that strategy, with a clear end goal.”

Richard Pallay Jr., BusinessSource director, economic and workforce development department, City of Los Angeles, encouraged entrepreneurs not to be intimidated by the program’s high caliber of presenters. “The speakers are very approachable,” Pallay said. “They give practical information that can be applied immediately to help these businesses expand, employ more people and better people’s lives.”

Inspiring cohort makes ICCC history

Chelette’s small business is one of 107 organizations that ICCC accepted into the Los Angeles/San Bernardino group. The cohort’s profile is especially impressive. In fact, 59 percent of the small businesses are women-owned — making Los Angeles/San Bernardino the largest cohort of women-owned businesses in ICCC’s 13-year history nationwide.

“Women’s entrepreneurship has increased dramatically during the past few years, driven by the desire for personal and financial independence, wealth creation and the willingness of capital providers to invest in successful, growing businesses that demonstrate gender, racial and ethnic diversity,” said Steve Grossman, chief executive officer, ICIC. “Kaiser Permanente’s extraordinary commitment to increasing its spending with certified women- and minority-owned businesses has undoubtedly played a meaningful role in the unique results from the Los Angeles area cohort.”

Additionally, 70 percent of the cohort’s businesses are minority-owned, and 55 percent are seeking capital. The businesses from a wide range of industries also have on average:

  • 16 years in operations
  • $ 2.6 million in annual revenues
  • 13 full-time employees

ICCC program alum Vanessa Faggiolly said what she and her mother Nora Saca learned helped them to transform Amerisal, LLC, their food distribution company of imported goods.

woman at conference writing on a notepad

Vanessa Faggiolly was one of many small business owners who attended the event.

“ICCC had such a big influence on me,” said Faggiolly, chief financial officer, Amerisal, LLC. “When we first started our business, we only had four products for distribution. Now we have more than 50 and we’re growing every day. I am so thankful to Kaiser Permanente for its vision to help small business owners succeed.”

Next steps

After completing the opening seminar, business owners will receive another approximately 32 hours of coaching and webinars. “We call it ‘a mini MBA on steroids,’” Grossman said. They will also have an opportunity to attend a culmination event in Boston, where they can network and make pitches to capital providers, like the real-life TV show, “Shark Tank” — only “kinder and gentler,” Grossman said.

Since Kaiser Permanente’s first sponsorship of the ICCC program’s introduction three years ago, approximately 300 businesses have been mentored in Southern California. Kaiser Permanente San Diego is up next. They will launch the San Diego small business cohort on Sept. 27. The Southern California Region has led the way for the program. Kaiser Permanente Northern California will have a cohort in Sacramento this year. Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States started a Baltimore cohort in July.

To learn more about Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s work in the community, visit community.kp.org.

For more information about ICIC and its ICCC program, visit icic.org.

Thank You to the Educators and Mentors

A special thank you to our Kaiser Permanente colleagues for contributing their knowledge and energy as mentors.

Kaiser Permanente Executives
• Greg Christian, Senior Vice President and Area Manager, San Bernardino County Area
• Anthony Coleman, Assistant Hospital Administrator, San Bernardino County Area
• Rita Essaian, SCPMG HR Executive Administrator
• Trish Lopez, Chief Financial Officer, San Bernardino County Area
• Ken Rivers, Chief Operating Officer, Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center
• Murtaza Sanwari, Chief Operating Officer, Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center

Faculty
• Dobbin Bookman, Program Director, Owner/President Management Program, Harvard Business School; Principal, TBG Advisory
• Susan Perkins, Visiting Professor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and Associate Professor of Strategic Management, University of Illinois-Chicago
• Steven Rogers, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
• Gail Taylor, Clinical Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College

Business Faculty
• Brian Chow, Vice President, St. Cloud Capital, LLC
• Alexander Eng, Senior Vice President and Market Executive, Commercial Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
• Alex Guerrero, Business Development Officer, VEDC
• Lara O’Connor Hodgson, President and Chief Executive Officer, NOW Corp
• Antonio Pizano, Vice President and Director of CDFI Lending, The Small Business Finance Fund
• Jonathan Tower, General Partner, Arctaris
• Antonio Zate, Senior Vice President – SBA Lending, Bank of America

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City Girls’ JT & Resha, The Other Women Name Dropped In Drake’s “In My Feelings”

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Drake‘s smash hit “In My Feelings” is gearing up to be the song of the summer, with viral dance challenges and such making national news for the right and wrong reasons. While the mysterious “Keke” or “Kiki” has gotten much of the audio spotlight, the Miami rappers JT and Resha, the other women mentioned in the song, make up the musical duo City Girls.

The video for “In My Feelings” just made its debut this week and already sitting at 1 million views a day after its release. Filmed in New Orleans, the inventor of the dance that fueled the #InMyFeelings challenge, Shiggy, makes a cameo as does the infamous Resha, also known as Yung Miami, of City Girls along with a loving shout out to her partner, the currently incarcerated JT.

City Girls got their first big break as a guest act on the Quality Music Control 30-song compilation album, Control The Streets. The track “F*ck Dat N*gga,” which invokes the spirit of the raunchiest rap this side of 2 Live Crew, Trick Daddy, Khia, and Trina combined.

With an unapologetic sound that is no doubt immersed in the vibe of the 305, JT and Yung Miami were completely poised for stardom but JT entered into the prison system on June 29 for credit card fraud.

The City Girls Instagram page posted a video of a cartoon of Drake discovering the group and fawning over the ladies ahead of throwing them in his hook for the song. With Yung “Resha” Miami holding down the fort for her sister, the clip shows how fans can send letters of love and support to JT in prison and she promises to return all the love when she gets free.

Check out the clip below along with Drake’s “In My Feelings.”

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New York City Completely Bans Smoking in Public Housing

The New York City Housing Authority issued a ban on smoking in all New York City public housing (including smoking inside apartments) as of July 30.

The policy “prohibits the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and hookah pipes in indoor common areas, within public housing units, in administrative offices, and in outdoor areas within 25 feet of NYCHA buildings,” according to NYCHA’s website.

NYCHA issued the ban after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mandated that all public housing had to be smoke-free.

In a statement from the New York City Mayor’s Office, “the final smoke-free rule was announced at the end of the Obama Administration, under HUD Secretary Julian Castro. It was published in December 2016, but did not take effect until February 2017.”

“Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, healthy home free from harmful second-hand cigarette smoke,” said then-Secretary Castro in a press release. “HUD’s smoke-free rule is a reflection of our commitment to using housing as a platform to create healthy communities. By working collaboratively with public housing agencies, HUD’s rule will create healthier homes for all of our families and prevent devastating and costly smoking-related fires.”

“My office has long warned the public about the dangers of smoking, including second-hand smoke,” said then-U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy. “For children who are exposed to second-hand smoke, it can mean everything from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and ear infections to asthma. Protecting our children and families from the devastation caused by secondhand smoke must be a priority for all sectors of our society, including public housing.”

When HUD first proposed the ban, the policy was criticized by homeless advocates who said it could increase the amount of homeless—addicted smokers who violate the ban could potentially be evicted.

ThinkProgress, a progressive news site, said that smoking bans in public housing was essentially, “nannying the poor.” From a blog post at ThinkProgress: “…people who are eligible for public services of various kinds still have to contend with a variety of other attempts to micromanage their lives and choices from afar.”

NYCHA has been under fire for providing sub-standard living conditions for public housing tenants. From reports of vermin infestation, rampant mold, to a recent report that more than 800 children living in NYCHA housing tested positive for elevated levels of lead.

 

 

 

 

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At 1pm on Wednesday, 7/11/18, The City of San Diego Rules Committee is Scheduled to Vote on The Single Use Plastic Reduction Ordinance

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SAN DIEGO (July 11, 2018) — The Rules Committee agenda ITEM-2: Proposed Ban on Polystyrene Foam and Restrictions on Single Use Plastics in the City of San Diego, comes after a May 31st joint press conference. Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry, Councilmember Chris Ward, as well as Surfrider Foundation, Coastkeeper, 5 Gyres Institute and Business For Good leaders announced proposed regulations that would place restrictions on the use of expanded polystyrene (commonly referred to as Styrofoam) and reducing the distribution of other types of single-use plastics in the City of San Diego.

The Single Use Plastic Reduction Ordinance has been advocated by volunteers of the Surfrider Foundation’s San Diego Chapter. Volunteers have successfully advocated for single-use plastic reduction ordinances of EPS in Solana Beach, Encinitas, and Imperial Beach.

The Surfrider Foundation’s San Diego Chapter volunteers collected 12,575 pieces of expanded polystyrene from San Diego County beaches in 2017 alone. Unfortunately, the majority is blown into the ocean because it is light in weight and easily breaks into very small, uncollectible pieces. Once in the ocean, polystyrene is often mistaken as food by marine life and ingestion of the single-use plastics can become fatal.

“Expanded polystyrene food ware containers are negatively impacting the environment, marine life, and the public’s health”, said Michael Torti, Executive Committee Chair of the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter. “Surfrider Foundation’s 250,000 members, volunteers, and advocates support the adoption of the Single Use Plastic Reduction Ordinance.

The Single Use Reduction Ordinance would restrict the sale and distribution of polystyrene foam products for the use of food service ware, fish and meat trays, egg cartons, and coolers in the City of San Diego. Furthermore, the proposal would make single-use plastic food ware, such as straws and utensils, available only upon request.

 

The Surfrider Foundation advocates for the protection and enjoyment of our ocean, waves, and beaches by supporting the reduction of single-use plastics.

 

The 5 Gyres Institute’s mission is to empower action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, education and adventure.


For additional information, visit http://surfridersd.org/ or contact Michael Torti (info above) or Roger Kube, Policy Advisor for 5 Gyres Institute at 619.701.4027 or roger@5gyres.org

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How San Francisco sends less trash to the landfill than any other major U.S. city

San Francisco diverts 80 percent of its waste from landfills, more than any other major city. It hopes to achieve zero waste by 2020. Here's a look at what makes the city's waste management system so successful.
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Review Roundup: What Did the Critics Think of SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD at City Center?

Opening the 2018 Off-Center season running through June 30, is Songs for a New World- the first musical from three-time Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown. This powerful collection of songs examines life, love, and the choices ordinary people make when faced with extraordinary moments. From the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to the ledge of a Fifth Avenue high-rise, each character faces a new world which follows the unique challenge they encounter.
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Inside a makeshift tent city housing hundreds of migrant teens

Eleven days ago, the farm town of Tornillo, Texas received more unaccompanied teenage residents to live in a makeshift tent city propped-up at a detention center.
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City Scooters

In many cities a new kind of ridesharing is taking off. For just a couple of bucks, you can activate a lightweight electric scooter, ride it to your destination, and simply leave it there. But as reporter Aditi Roy found, while gaining popularity, the dockless vehicles are also generating controversy from SF to LA to DC.

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‘It feels like I never left’: Workers laid off in Atlantic City are getting their jobs back at ‘new’ casinos

The Taj Mahal is reopening as the Hard Rock casino, and Revel will open its doors as the Ocean Resort Casino. Together, they are restoring more than 6,000 jobs lost after a brutal two-year stretch when five casinos closed.
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Frida Kahlo’s neighbourhood: exploring vibrant Coyoacán, Mexico City

Ahead of a major Frida Kahlo exhibition at London’s V&A museum we visit the artist’s bohemian district – from her house to the cantina where she drank, and from arts venues to fantastic markets and restaurants

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Coyoacán was once a hard-to-pronounce place, little known outside of Mexico City. Now it is an almost-obligatory destination for most visitors. Blame it on Frida Kahlo-mania. The artist’s birthplace and final residence, now the Museo Casa Azul, is here on a quiet residential street between similar still-private homes built around the turn of the 20th century. The folk art-filled museum, open as such since 1957, now draws queues that snake around the tree-lined block (advance online purchase of tickets is advisable). But this was not always the case.

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I Made the Daily Beast Staff Tell Me Which ‘Sex and the City’ Characters They Are

Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast

On June 6, 1998, Sex and the City premiered on HBO.

Twenty years later, I learned that someone I work with self-identifies as Berger, the man who infamously dumped Carrie Bradshaw via post-coital Post-it note. I also learned that you shouldn’t ask your entire office which Sex and the City character they are unless you want to be completely mystified by the people you work with every day and start to question if you can ever really know anyone at all.

I couldn’t help but wonder, in this year of our future governor Cynthia Nixon 2018, why people weren’t more ashamed to out themselves as a Carrie. And to my co-workers who did not respond to me, or simply responded with the name of the character a BuzzFeed quiz assigned them, in the immortal words of Kim Cattrall: “We’ve never been friends. We’ve been colleagues.”

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Taste the rainbow. That’s the name of the game for Pride month in New York City — whether you’re craving sweet or savory. At a time when a same-sex wedding cake can create a firestorm, these companies proudly prove they’re gay-friendly with these colorful desserts and dishes.

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New Atlantic City hotels and big-name acts heat up Tri-state casino scene this summer

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Dating columnist reveals how ‘Sex and the City’ ruined her life

“Sex and the City” premiered on HBO 20 years ago this week, imprinting on a generation of women a love of fantastic fashion and dreams of their own Mr. Big. Among them was Julia Allison, who moved to New York in the early 2000s to live the Carrie Bradshaw lifestyle. She became a dating columnist,…
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NYC ballet dancer shares his favorite city rooftop

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KOSTOLAC, Serbia (Reuters) – Serbian archaeologists at the site of the ancient Roman city of Viminacium have found an intact sarcophagus with two skeletons bedecked with gold and silver adornments.


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26 ways ‘Sex and the City’ left its mark

It was June 6, 1998, when “Sex and the City” premiered on HBO — introducing the world to only-in-New-York dramas, trends and heartbreaks that women in Seattle and Omaha nonetheless recognized (or at least wanted to emulate). Here are 26 ways the show made its mark. A: Amy Sacco In the early aughts, the nightlife…
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Meenakshi Srinivasan’s ‘landmark’ service to the city

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WATCH: Police officer confronts armed man at Illinois high school: City

The armed man first shot at the Dixon police officer at about 8 a.m. at Dixon High School in Dixon, about 100 miles west of Chicago, Dixon City Manager Danny Langloss said in a statement.
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Return to Tunis: why now is the time to visit this historic city

Tourism is on the rise in Tunisia after the 2015 terror attacks, but international visitors remain in short supply in its capital, leaving its Roman ruins and key attractions largely empty

It’s late evening at Tunis’s Sidi Bou Said TGM train stop. A group of teenage boys skip across the tracks to disapproving looks and head for the waiting room where a homeless person is asleep. It turns out they are looking for somewhere with an echo so one of them can sing. When the boy begins, the sleeper sharply suggests they go away.

The boys move to another waiting area where the sound of unaccompanied singing soon drifts along the platform. Tunisians heading home after a Saturday evening wait to board the service for La Marsa Plage, the last stop on the line. The train, when it comes, is a little scruffy.

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Dolce & Gabbana Threw a Very Extra ‘Alta Moda’ Weekend In New York City

When it was announced that Dolce & Gabbana would throw its three-night Alta Moda extravaganza in New York City, we were curious to see how Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s would showcase their couture offerings on U.S. soil — especially since the designers are known for …

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Nipsey Hussle Wants to Bridge the Gap Between the Inner City and Silicon Valley

 

 

Visionary artist and multipreneur Nipsey Hussle has been building the foundation for his latest album Victory Lap over the last decade. By staying focused, watching trends, and strategically using his skills, he is set to disrupt the music and technology industries, one venture at a time.

Hussle’s Victory Lap comes on the heels of a partnership with his label All Money In and Atlantic Records, several mixtapes, and smart business moves. Last year, Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, helped open The Marathon Clothing with business partners including his brother Samiel Asghedom, Karen Civil, and Steve Carless. The store serves as a vehicle to sell his apparel as well as any music he puts out. The first ‘Smart Store’ of its kind, it offers customers an enhanced shopping experience and is located in the heart of the Crenshaw District, where Hussle grew up. He also invests in cryptocurrency, real estate, and recently opened Vector 90, a part co-working space and incubator, part STEM center for youth in his old neighborhood as well.

Black Enterprise Contributor Mia Hall sat down with Hussle to discuss his latest ventures and his plans to bridge the divide between low socioeconomic neighborhoods and  Silicon Valley.   

How did the concept for your ‘Smart Store’ come about?

That was really an idea of a young prodigy, a young tech prodigy [Iddris Sandu]. He just had so many ideas and so much proficiency in the tech space that he was like, “Man, we can do this, we can do this, we can do this, we can do this.” And, when he showed me (it’s called augmented reality) the demonstration and what could be done with content and products and actual installations in the store, I’m like, ‘yeah, this is crazy.’

This is just taking the retail space to the next level and also, offering a different experience when you come here as opposed to buying it online. It’s not even fully activated just yet. Like, we’re going to be able to really do some next-level things once we start utilizing the technology with content. So, it’s just a theory right now. We got one piece of content that we engraved into the products, but it’s so much we’re going to do so that we really see the potential of it over time.

 

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Nipsey Hussle and David Gross at the Grand Opening of Vector 90 in Los Angeles, California.

Can you tell us a little about how the co-working space and STEM center came about and what you want to do with it?

It’s called Vector 90 and then, the bottom STEM center part of it is called Too Big To Fail. Basically, it’s what you described it as; it’s a coworking space for inner-city entrepreneurs, and it’s also an incubator. So, basically, [there are] these different office spaces rented by entrepreneurs that are starting apps, or got skincare companies or product lines. So, they got investors in the building with David Gross, who’s the founder and my partner, and in myself.

And then so, every year we’re gonna be able to do a first round of seeding for one of the entrepreneurs. They can make a pitch and say, “This is what I’m doing. This is what we need to take it to the next level,” and they can have access to investments in the same building. Instead of having to fly somewhere. It’s right here in the Crenshaw district. I think that’s empowering and it’s an opportunity that entrepreneurs that are serious can reap the benefit from.

Watch the full interview in the video at the top of the article.

 

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Antigua Guatemala city guide: what to see plus the best bars, hotels and restaurants

Thousands of visitors descend on Antigua for its famous Semana Santa celebrations over Easter, but this colonial gem is worth a visit at any time of year

Cobblestone streets lined with brightly coloured colonial buildings, a jacaranda-wreathed central plaza, 16th-century ruins and with volcanoes surrounding it … Few cities in Latin America can match Antigua Guatemala (usually referred to as just Antigua) for postcard prettiness. But this Unesco-listed city is about much more than surface-level charm and Instagram opportunities.

Founded in 1543 as the seat of Spanish power in the region, it served as its cultural, religious and economic centre for more than 200 years. The city was largely destroyed by earthquakes in the 17th century but many of the colonial buildings were rebuilt and have since been renovated. The remnants of others dot parks and gardens across the city.

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Mayan city beneath guatemalan jungle has thousands of palaces

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The Mayans have been a mystery of the world for hundreds of years. For a colony that discovered so many breakthroughs in the modern world years before their time, how did they all just suddenly disappear? Now it looks as though a new hidden city could raise even more questions than ever before…

Who were the Mayans?

Back in 2000 BCE, a civilization emerged that were about to change the entire world as we know it. The Mayans created a numerical system as well as a written language, but these weren’t their only skills. The Mayans were also pioneers in math, building incredible structures, and creating art. Their priests spent hundreds of years studying the stars which gave them the knowledge they needed to create calendars. Do you remember the 2012 phenomenon where thousands believed the world would end on December 21, 2012? Yup, that’s all thanks to the Mayan calendar coming to an end. While their calendar may have lived on for hundreds of years, the Mayans themselves began to decrease in 900 CE.

Their reign

The Mayans were so successful that they were thought to be more advanced than any of the other cultures of the time, including the Ancient Greeks, or those living in Ancient China. It is estimated that around 15 million people were all living within the Mayan community when it was at its peak. All these people needed plenty of space to survive! The area the people covered is now where we find southern Mexico, including Tabasco and Chiapas, as well as western Honduras, Belize, and Guatemala.

Secrets of the jungle

The Peten jungle is located on the borders of Belize and Mexico; only this jungle hold more secrets than scientists once thought. There are many remaining structures from the Mayans that have proved how advanced the civilization was, but this discovery was about to change everything. Scientists have recently been working with aerial mapping technology which was about to uncover one of the biggest Mayan secrets to date… just what had the jungle been hiding all these years?

The results are in

The technology used by the scientists has discovered a whole secret location that was once inhabited by up to 10 million Mayans. The researchers have uncovered at least 60,000 individual buildings so far, but that’s not all. The findings also prove that the Mayans of the area had extensive agricultural land with irrigation canals, as well as intricate defensive fences. There also looks to have been a wall around the city which indicates that war was prominent during these times. Over the 810 square mile area, the Mayans even had room to build at least four ceremonial centers in addition to various pyramids and plazas.

What it all means

The researchers’ findings all tell that the Mayans were larger than ever before thought. The discovery also shows that the community was more extensive than once thought as they were farming around 95% of the land that has been discovered. A lot of the time these ancient structures are destroyed due to the weather, or new communities demolishing the buildings to create their new colony. However, the Peten jungle grew over the buildings to keep them preserved for thousands of years.

It looks as though it could be months or even years before researchers finish uncovering all the secrets that have laid buried beneath the jungle for so long. We may never get to see the preserved city after it was conquered by the wilderness, but we may finally be one step closer to answering the mystery of the Mayans.

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

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The Dutch city that is more like Dubai

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Dubai is a place we associate with opulence, luxury, and ostentatiousness. Many people see it as a playground for the rich and famous, while others view it as an example of the evolution of Arabia toward a more Westernised way of life. However, if you feel the UAE is not for you, you most likely want to check out somewhere that’s a little more like home.

Well, the great news here is that the Dutch city of Rotterdam is actually a city that is really like Dubai in a lot of ways. The largest port in Europe, Rotterdam is one of the most fun and vibrant cities in the Netherlands, and an absolute must for anyone wanting to visit Europe. These are some of the ways in which Rotterdam is very like Dubai.

Awesome architecture

One of the most striking correlations between the two cities is the stunning use of architecture that can be found throughout both. The stunning, shimmering skyscrapers of Dubai give a breathtaking skyline to tourists and locals alike. And Rotterdam also has its fair share of stunning architecture, not least Rotterdam Central Station. This is one of the most recognizable and awe-inspiring structures in the whole city. In fact, the city is full of architecturally intense and bold designs, and this makes it similar to Dubai in a lot of ways.

It’s come a long way

Sure, Rotterdam has evolved organically over several generations, as opposed to being thrown up by wealthy investors to boost economic and global reputation. That being said, the two cities have both come a long way from what they used to be like. Dubai has grown to become the cultural, economic, and tourist hub of the Middle East. After being reduced to rubble by German bombers in the war, Rotterdam has slowly rebuilt itself, and has evolved into the great city it is today. Both cities came from humble or tumultuous pasts, and are now both hugely iconic and popular across the world.

A city of experimentation

Dubai is well-known for being an experimental city, full of bold choices, unusual decisions, and striking buildings. And Rotterdam is very much the same; the architectural laboratory of Europe, where stunning constructs offer the promise of a unique and original adventure. Rotterdam is very much a post-war Dubai in Europe. Except you don’t get that feeling with Rotterdam that everything has that artificial feel to it. You very much get the impression and visual aesthetic, that Rotterdam is a magical and exciting city, full of secrets to discover.

There are definitely similarities between Dubai and Rotterdam, most evident in their focus on unusual architecture, and the way both cities have developed over the years. If you’re looking for a Westernised version of Dubai, Rotterdam is definitely the place you need to visit. It’s the culture vultures dream, and like Disneyland for architecture geeks. There is so much here to enjoy and make the most of, and it’s crucial to get a good experience from it. What are you waiting for? Rotterdam beckons!

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Top 20 art exhibitions to visit on a European city break in 2018

From Grayson Perry in Helsinki to Frida Kahlo in Budapest, an exhibition makes a brilliant focal point to city break. Here are 20 of this year’s best, with arty hotels to match

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Rembrandt’s wedding portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit – his only life-size, standing, full-length portraits – were jointly purchased by the Rijksmuseum and the Louvre for €160m in 2016, and this is the first chance to see them – in their full glory after restoration. They are joined by portraits of society figures over four centuries by masters including Cranach the Elder, Veronese, Velázquez, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Sargent and Manet.
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The Chiefs knew what they were getting when they drafted Marcus Peters. Now as he’s traded away to the Rams, the talented cornerback draws the short end of the stick. If Kansas City is successful in 2018, the franchise will reap the praise. But Peters? He’ll be shrouded by questions of many wondering what went wrong in K.C.

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There are a lot of things to take into account when you are booking a flight, and it’s important to consider how you can save money. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting on a plane and jet-setting to some new locale. Unfortunately, the ticket buying process can be one of the more chaotic and stressful parts of the vacation process.

Luckily, there are loads of tips these days you can use to help you save money when booking your flights to go away. For instance, things like booking your flight on a Sunday, setting price alerts, and using frequent flier miles are just a few of the great ways of making savings. But there is another way you might not be familiar with – hidden city ticketing.

What is it?

Open your ears and your mind, because we’re about to drop some knowledge on you. Hidden city ticketing is one of the most effective ways of saving money that nobody knows about. It’s perfectly legal and very simple to do. It’s basically where you book a flight to a destination, but actually get off at the layover city (the place you really intend to visit). This is a sneaky, and frankly, awesome, way of getting to a city without having to pay as much.

Why you should do it

Now you know about hidden city ticketing why would you not do it?! You can save a lot of money by using this method, and there are so many excellent advantages. In fact, by using this approach, you will be shocked by how much money you’re going to save. There are even websites out there dedicated to hidden city ticketing so you can do this much more easily. But, before making a habit of it, you should know that there are drawbacks.

Drawbacks

Hidden city ticketing has a lot of positives, but there are also drawbacks as well, and you need to be aware of these. For one thing, regular hidden city ticketing can drive up airfares, not to mention inconveniencing other customers. Another of the major drawbacks is the fact that you won’t be able to check luggage when you use hidden city ticketing. And you will also have to be aware that there are potential re-routing issues as well.

Be discreet

While it’s not essentially illegal, hidden city ticketing is something that airlines are cracking down on. Many of them have regulations in their small print that make hidden city ticketing a violation, and if they catch you, the can punish you by making you pay the full fare, or barring you from the plane. So, if you are going to engage in hidden city ticketing, you need to make sure you do so discreetly.

As you can see, hidden city ticketing is one of the best ways of reducing your airfares, and saving stress in the process. However, there are a lot of drawbacks to taking this path, and there are negatives if you’re going to do this. Just make sure you are careful, and that you do as much as you can to be discreet about it.

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Tragedy in Panama City Beach

Monday, February 19th a body was discovered on Panama City Beach at about 5:15pm. Panama City Beach Police identified the body as Nevio Visovich, an 83-year-old Canadian citizen.

Upon the discovery of Visovich’s body, the police quick and efficiently cleared and assessed the scene. The male was unresponsive and was announced dead immediately. After further investigation, it was discovered that Nevio Visovich’s family had reported him missing prior to the discovery.

The medical examiner reported that the cause of death was from drowning.

The Panama City Beach Police would like to remind the public to never underestimate the ocean.

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Martin McDonagh’s ‘Hangmen’ Is the Best New Play in New York City

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What a coup for the Atlantic Theater Company to currently house the best new play in New York by a playwright and director nominated for two Oscars.

The mystery is why Martin McDonagh’s brilliant, electrifyingly satisfying Hangmen isn’t on Broadway right from the get-go; caution perhaps—it will likely follow the path of its London trajectory where it began its five-star, rave-reviewed life at the Royal Court Theatre in 2015 before transferring to the West End.

Hangmen is already a sell-out success, which is hardly surprising given the buzz around McDonagh generally, but especially given his Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Original Screenplay for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri—nominations that have proved controversial, given the film’s portrayal of race and racism.

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While I didn’t get married at City Hall myself—in fact, one could argue I went the entirely opposite route—I’ve always appreciated the idea and imagined what I or someone I know would wear to such an occasion. Call it an obsession with Sex and the City and Carrie Bradshaw’s discovery of the perfectly chic but low-key city hall wedding dress, which she temporarily tabled in place of a Vivienne Westwood gown only to eventually return to her original plan (and outfit), but there’s something I simply love about the concept and the outfit potential. With that in mind, today I’ve decided to feed into those fantasies and round up 20 of my favorite dresses that are definitely worthy of a stylish city hall wedding. From different styles to a range of price points, there’s something everyone will love.

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