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first_imgClub faces sanction after player shows Putin shirt ISTANBUL (AP): European football’s governing body charged Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow and one of its players with improper conduct on Wednesday for revealing a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin on his T-shirt after a politically charged game in Turkey. UEFA rules prohibit political statements at its matches, and the laws of football ban players from revealing images and slogans on underclothing. Lokomotiv player Dmitri Tarasov took off his team shirt to reveal the Putin T-shirt after his team lost to Turkish side Fenerbahce 2-0 in Istanbul on Tuesday in the Europa League. Emblazoned beneath the image of Putin wearing a Russian navy cap were the words in Russian: “The most polite president.” UEFA said its disciplinary panel will judge the case on March 17. Sri Lanka pick Herath in WT20 squad COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP): Star spin bowler Rangana Herath returns to the shortest format of cricket after two years as Sri Lanka chose a mix of experience and youth for their 15-member squad for the World Twenty20 starting next month. Herath hadn’t played in a Twenty20 international since the final of the last edition of World T20 in 2014. Sri Lanka won the title, defeating India in the final. The squad announced yesterday also includes captain Lasith Malinga and his deputy Angelo Mathews, who because of injuries missed a three-match series against India that ended this week. The tournament begins in India on March 8. The squad: Lasith Malinga (captain), Angelo Mathews (vice-captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Niroshan Dickwella, Shehan Jayasuriya, Milinda Siriwardana, Dasun Shanaka, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath and Jeffrey Vandersay.last_img read more

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Kruger Park marks 110 years

first_imgAnimals have right of way on the roads ofthe Kruger Park. (Image: Mary Alexander,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For morephotos, visit the image library.) A lilac-breasted roller in the Kruger Park.The Kruger is known for its spectacularbirding as well as game viewing.(Image: Mary Alexander,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For morephotos, visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusThe flagship of the South African National Parks organisation celebrated 110 years of conservation over three weeks in June 2008. The world-renowned Kruger National Park, established in 1898, is the largest game reserve in South Africa and is now a part of the 35 000km² Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park with no internal borders that joins the Kruger to Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.The three-week-long celebration period, held in various places throughout the region, was planned to give as many people as possible the chance to join in the festivities.At the final ceremony in Skukuza, the Kruger’s main rest camp and administrative headquarters, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk and other dignitaries paid tribute to the park and to the people who have helped make it one of the country’s most valuable tourism assets as well as a respected contributor to conservation efforts over the years.“There is no doubt in my mind that the park holds a special place in everyone’s hearts,” said Van Schalkwyk, “and over the last 110 years it has become an icon for the country on many levels, including conservation, tourism and national pride”.The minister added that the park received over 1.3-million visitors during the last financial year. In 2003 the number of tourists to the park exceeded a million for the first time, a feat that has been achieved every year since then.Tackling the issue of global warming and how it affects the park, Van Schalkwyk explained that plans are in place to “assess how the planning, management and expansion of our national parks can build resilience to climate change. Increasingly, we are integrating a greater variety of habitats and altitudes that reduce the risks to endemic species into our protected areas design.”Celebrating natural and cultural diversityOther items at the Skukuza event included a drill demonstration by the Kruger Park ranger corps, performances by dancers of various cultures from around the park, a performance of the special Kruger Park song by the park’s own choir and the cutting of the birthday cake.The Kruger Park song, titled “Great Wilderness Great”, was commissioned especially for the event and was composed by songwriter Shalati Joseph Khosa of Ba-Phalaborwa. “The Kruger Park is a huge inspiration to me and I feel that it is one of our nation’s most valuable heritage assets, so it was a natural step for me to write this song,” said Khosa.During the course of the celebrations the South African Mint introduced the 2008 gold Krugerrand. The Krugerrand is a 22-carat gold coin weighing one troy ounce, with smaller denominations also available. The first coin was struck at the Mint in 1967.The 2008 coin was manufactured with an antique hand-press, used by former South African president Paul Kruger’s government-in-exile to create money during its hostilities with the British forces around the time of the South African War (1899 – 1902). The current edition features a “110 Years KNP” logo, and 110 of these coins have been allocated to Kruger Park visitors, who will obtain them on a first-come-first-serve basis by filling out an order form available at all entrance gates.As big as a countryCovering almost 19 000km², the Kruger National Park is comparable in size to the whole of Wales or Israel. It came into being in 1898 but was then known as the Sabie Game Reserve. Development came a standstill during the South African War, but afterwards the victorious British took up the reins again, tasking Major James Stevenson-Hamilton in 1902 with the responsibility of looking after the area.Stevenson-Hamilton, the first warden of the park, retired in 1946 after holding the post for 44 years. He is commemorated in the name of the park’s main rest camp Skukuza, which is a Xitsonga word meaning “he who sweeps clean” and refers to his tireless efforts to control poaching.The warden worked hard to gain official status for the park and in 1926 his efforts were rewarded when the government passed the National Parks Act and proclaimed the Kruger National Park, naming it after the president at the time, Paul Kruger.Stevenson-Hamilton was joined in 1902 by new assistant warden Harry Wolhuter, who famously survived an attack from two lions in 1904, armed with nothing more than a pocketknife. He killed the first lion with the weapon and his dog kept the second lion at bay until help arrived. The knife and the lion skin can be seen in the Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Museum at Skukuza.Biodiversity hotspotAs well as now forming part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, the Kruger is also part of the Kruger to Canyons biosphere, an area designated as such by the United Nations Education and Scientific Organisation under its Man and Biosphere programme. Biosphere reserves are recognised internationally as important areas for conserving biological diversity and developing the necessary scientific and technical knowledge, as well as human values, for successful conservation efforts.The Kruger to Canyons biosphere, encompassing a remarkable 55% of South Africa’s total terrestrial biodiversity, is located in eastern South Africa and bridges the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. It contains a diversity of landscapes, ranging in altitude from more than 2km above sea level along the Drakensberg escarpment to 300m above sea level nearer the coast.The reserve is home to more than 1.5-million people, and in addition to accommodating a variety of animals including rare antelope such as Tsessebe, Sable and Roan, it is one of the few remaining viable habitats for the African wild dog, the continent’s most endangered predator.The Big Five and Little FiveKnown for spectacular sightings of the famous Big Five (African elephant, lion, Cape buffalo, leopard and black or white rhino), the Kruger Park offers incomparable game viewing, with about 145 animal species, 110 reptile species, and more than 500 bird species occurring in the area. In addition to the Big Five, all major African big game species are found here, including hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, warthog, many antelope species, and large carnivores including cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyena.For those who enjoy a challenge, the area is also home to the Little Five (buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, ant lion and rhino beetle) and the birding Big Six (ground hornbill, kori bustard, lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, Pel’s fishing owl and saddle-bill stork).The park is divided into six ecosystems: baobab sandveld, mopane scrub, lebombo knobthorn-marula bushveld, mixed acacia thicket, combretum-silver clusterleaf woodland on granite and riverine forest. Altogether it has 1 982 species of plants, some of which are the baobab, kiaat tree, fever tree, knobthorn, marula and mopane trees.The Kruger Park offers accommodation to suit the needs and preferences of just about anyone, ranging from five-star luxury to self-catering bungalows, tented camps, and caravans.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Useful linksThe Kruger National ParkSouth African National ParksKruger to Canyons biosphereGreat Limpopo Transfrontier ParkSouth African National ParksPeace Parks FoundationDepartment of Environmental Affairs and TourismSouth African MintRand Refinery (Krugerrand producer)last_img read more

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Mandela Bay Stadium ‘already a hit’

first_img30 September 2009 Built slap-bang in the middle of Port Elizabeth’s inner city, and with its white sail-like roof cladding, the 46 500-seater Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium makes for a very impressive sight – but there’s more to its design than aesthetics. The city is renowned for the friendly nature of the locals – but also for its constant high winds, an element which, for a stadium about to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup, doesn’t make for the best football conditions. “The stadium is compact in nature – the wind, which is all too common in this city, will hit the roof and be deflected off, ensuring that fans and players have the best possible experience in the stadium,” explains 2010 World Cup host city coordinator Errol Heynes. When South Africa’s first built-from-scratch World Cup stadium opened in June 2009 after just 26 months of construction, the weather was not optimal, but inside the stadium it was an oasis of calm. It is the first time that Port Elizabeth/Nelson Mandela Bay has had a facility capable of hosting major events, and football and rugby matches already played in the stadium have attracted near-capacity crowds. “The stadium is already hugely popular – the people of Port Elizabeth are huge sports fans,” says Heyns, adding: “Last Saturday alone we hosted three rugby matches here. The stadium precinct “All that remains to be done now is for us to finalise upgrades to our transport network to get fans to and from the games, to firm up accommodation requirements, and to complete work on the [stadium] precinct.” As part of the precinct development plans, the crane path, used by the cranes to hoist the 36 roof girders that make up the stadium’s magnificent roof structure, will become a cycle and running track around the stadium, and the plan is to extend this track around North End lake as well. There is also talk of putting fountains in the lake to further beautify the area. For 61-year-old Major Pikoli, born and bred in the area, who for many years worked in a factory a stone’s throw from the stadium, it is in the perfect place to host football’s greatest showpiece event. “It is right in the middle of the city – easily accessible for all people of Nelson Mandela Bay. As a rugby and football player of many years, it is amazing to think that my city now has such an amazing stadium, right in the North End,” says Pikoli, who 10 years ago set up his own football club in the city. Today his club fields three teams, largely made up of street children. Additional attractions No doubt Port Elizabeth will be a popular host city in 2010. With a mild climate and excellent beaches, there is also no shortage of attractions within a short drive of the city. The Eastern Cape university town of Grahamstown, just over an hour’s drive from Nelson Mandela Bay, will host the National Arts Festival, said to be the second largest in the world after Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, concurrently with the World Cup. Shuttle buses will be on hand to transport visitors between the two cities. Plans are also on the table to host the annual Knysna Oyster Festival and the Jeffrey’s Bay Shell Festival, both within driving distance of the city, at the same time. There are also a number of malaria-free game reserves just a short drive from the city, a sure-bet attraction for visitors making their first trip to the continent. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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How to Creatively Use a Reflector on Location

first_imgUtilize these tips to creatively use a reflector on location to capture the right lighting for your next production.Top image: On the set of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix via Warner Bros.On every major production set, cinematographers and videographers utilize reflectors to help enhance or dilute light. The same creative practices that these large-scale productions use can be replicated by you using a standard collapsable reflector or reflector panel that won’t kill your budget.There will be times when you’re on location and you only have natural light around you to work with. Or there will be instances where you have lights available, but their output is more than you need. Let’s look at ways to take advantage of this light by learning how to creatively use a reflector on location.As a Key LightBehind the scenes of Capitan America: The First Avenger via Marvel StudiosA key light is your most crucial light. It clearly highlights the form of your character. Now, if you find yourself on location with nothing but natural light, you can use a reflector to generate the key. What you’ll want to do is place your talent with their backs to the sun. You can now use the reflector to bounce the sunlight onto their face, thus creating a key light. Here is a video from Film Riot that shows you how to do just that. A Kaleidoscope of ColorReflected color on actor during The Great Hanging film via Datalus PicturesWhat if you need a variation of color that moves in the lighting of your shot? You can use a reflector for that too by attaching color gels to the surface of the reflector and bouncing the light from the sun or a light onto the subject. This could be used in situations where the lighting calls for a need of multiple colors, such as simulating the flicker of fire on a character’s face.Can you think of other creative uses for a reflector? Do you use reflectors often on your shoots? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below. Utilize It as a DiffuserBehind the scenes of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire via LionsgateSometimes when filming you’ll find that you might have too much light. In this case you’ll want to diffuse that light so your character isn’t harshly lit. If you’re working on location using natural light, then you can use the translucent side of your 5-in-1 reflector and place it between your character and the sun to diffuse it. This will cast a nice smooth light across your character versus a harsh light.Adding ShadowBehind the scenes of The Tree of Life via Fox SearchlightAnother way to use a reflector creatively is to use it as a shader. There have been countless times on various sets where the natural light is great, especially later in the day, and your character is getting a great key light on the side of their face. But then you notice that there is a reflective light on the other side of the face and you would like that to be darkened with a shadow. For this you’ll want to use the black facing side of the reflector and situate it between your character and the reflective light source. Once this is done, you should see that your character has a nice even shadow opposite of the key light.center_img Create Rim LightHarrison Ford in Blade Runner via Warner Bros.Rim light is almost as crucial as the key light. It’s used to separate the character or subject from the background, giving your shot depth, as you can see in the image above from the 1982 film Blade Runner. In order to get this type of lighting with a reflector, take a 300k light, point it straight up, and use the reflector at an angle to bounce that light onto the subject. The light is now diffused enough that it doesn’t create a sharp edge light and it backlights the subject in an even manner.last_img read more

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The Bitcoin probe unravelling in Surat is a Pandora’s Box

first_img The CID’s probe revealed that, about two years ago, one Satish Kumbhani floated the ‘Bit Connect Investment Company’ and lured people like Bhatt to invest in it. Huge returns of 1%-4% per day were promised. Bhatt invested ₹2 crore in the enterprise. In December 2017, its promoters downed the shutters and went underground.To recover his investment, Bhatt’s accomplices posed as Income Tax officials and kidnapped Piyush Savalia, who had worked with Bit Connect, on January 30, 2018. He was kept in a farmhouse at gunpoint and released two days later, on February 1. “On the morning of February 1, Bhatt’s men kidnapped Dhaval Mavani, another person associated with the company, and released him late on the same night. Mavani was forced to transfer 2,256 bitcoins worth ₹131 crore into their account. The builder and his accomplices had also transferred another 166 bitcoins worth ₹9.64 crore into their account,” Mr. Bhatia said, adding, “When we started a probe directed at Bhatt, he even paid ₹ 34.5 lakh to Piyush Savalia as hush money to keep him quiet.”The former legislator, who played a fixer between Bhatt and the Amreli Police when the police extorted ₹12 crore bitcoins from Bhatt, allegedly received ₹60 lakh, of which the CID has recovered ₹20 lakh transacted through havala.Mr. Bhatia estimates that the Bitcoin extortion racket is set to get bigger as more people who invested in the hope of making a quick buck became victims of organised crime. “So far, we have only caught two cases involving ₹167 crore,” Mr. Bhatia said. “We are investigating seven companies with investments in virtual currencies in which businessmen parked their illicit cash after demonetisation.”A senior official in Gujarat who declined to be named said, “It’s an open secret that people having a high volume of cash at the time of demonetisation converted their black money into crypto currencies with the help of havala operators.” Officials involved in the Bitcoin probe estimate that approximately ₹5,000 crore cash was converted into cryptocurrencies in Surat after demonetisation. Bitcoin extortion case: complainant now becomes an accused The Bitcoin scam unravelling in Surat began with a letter. Shailesh Bhatt, a builder based in the diamond city, wrote to Gujarat’s junior Home Minister Pradeepsinh Jadeja in February, alleging that Amreli Police had extorted bitcoins worth ₹12 crore from him. Mr. Jadeja forwarded the complaint to the Crime Investigation Department (CID). A probe led to the opening of a Pandora’s Box.“While probing the case, we learnt that Bhatt himself was an extortionist. He had extorted bitcoins worth ₹155.21 crore from others before he was kidnapped [for extortion] by the Amreli Police,” CID (Crime) Director General of Police (DGP) Ashish Bhatia told reporters on May 21.New caseThe agency has registered a new case to book Bhatt and others, including Superintendent of Police (SP) Jagdish Patel and Police Inspector Anant Patel. Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Nalin Kotadia, currently absconding, is also an accused in the case.Also Readlast_img read more

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Japan to Honor Bowen for Dance

first_img Recommended for you Japanese Strategic Development Plan for Haiti re-activated, four focuses to improve social services Sundowner Music Festival this week Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:azabu ju-ban, bunka no hi, david bowen, ichi ban-gai, japan, theather for all seasons, tokyo Providenciales, 30 Oct 2014 – For a decade, the now Director of Culture for the Turks and Caicos, David Bowen was a professional dancer and master jazz instructor at the ‘Geki Dan Shiki’ or Theatre for All Seasons in Japan. Earlier this week, we learned that Bowen will be heading to Japan to be honored in a special reunion hosted by his former students. In the invitation for him to return to Japan after 18 years, the students wrote: “Since studying dance with you for many wonderful years at Studio Ichi Ban-Gai and other dance studios in Tokyo and throughout Japan, many of us have developed careers in the performing arts as dancers, choreographers, teachers, directors and studio owners. Others have gone on to careers in designing, management and the corporate world while others have married and raised families. Whatever the chosen path, we all share a common history as your former students…” Bowen said he is overwhelmed… “They are actually having the event in my old neighbourhood called Azabu Ju-Ban … I plan to wear my TCI national costume.” Not only did Bowen dance and teach while in Japan; he created… “My last big production before I left was a Japanese language feature movie in which I co-starred called ‘Tonari no Bob Marley,’ I also wrote the theme song for the movie.” Next week is the Cultural holiday Bunka No Hi… Mr Bowen’s tribute night is planned for November 8th. Congratulations David Bowen! Japan Providing $57 Million Grant For Improvements At IOJlast_img read more

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Neuer Bayern Munich should have scored more goals

first_imgBayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer believes they had the chances to end the game before the last explosive end to their 3-3 Champions League draw with AjaxA Robert Lewandowski goal handed Bayern the lead in the first-half, which they held on to until 61st-minute when Dusan Tadic equalised for Ajax.The Serbian forward then added another through a penalty before his Ajax team-mate Maximilian Wober and Bayern’s Thomas Muller were sent off.Then, in the space of eight minutes, three goals came in with two coming from Bayern to hand them a temporary lead before Nicolas Tagliafico’s last-gasp equaliser for Ajax.While the draw was enough to confirm Bayern as Group E winners, Neuer was left to rue the bitter end after conceding so late in the game.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“Taken altogether it was a hard-fought and passionate match,” Neuer told the club website.“Ajax are a good team, we saw that in the first match. We had our chances, especially in the first half, we should have scored a few more goals.“It was very explosive towards the end. It was quite bitter to concede the last goal. The main thing is we’ve finished first, everything else is secondary at the moment.”Bayern will next face Hannover 96 away on Saturday in the Bundesliga.last_img read more

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If Worlds Premiere Sports Media Company Cant Sustain a Tennis Magazine Who

first_imgThe market for tennis magazines is pretty small. Now it’s even smaller.Tennis Week announced yesterday that it is going on print hiatus, shifting focus to its Web site. Not surprising, given the enormous challenges all magazine publishers are facing at the moment. That is, until you consider the magazine’s publisher: IMG.To the uninitiated, IMG is “the world’s premier and most diversified sports, entertainment and media company. We partner with the world’s leading marketers and media networks to help them grow their businesses through our event properties, media production and distribution, talent brands, sponsorship consulting, brand licensing, sponsorship sales and other services.” They’re also, like, the most powerful sports management firm in the world, with more than 60 offices in 30 countries representing more than 1,000 athletes and a client list that reads like a hall of fame.Check out IMG’s roster of tennis players alone: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, James Blake, Venus Williams.If they can’t sustain a tennis magazine, who can?Here’s the spin on Tennis Week from the top IMG executives:Brandusa Niro, SVP of IMG Publishing: “This is a timely evolution of the Tennis Week brand and a shift in format based on reader and viewer demand. We certainly respect the heritage of the Tennis Week print edition, but covering the game these days requires immediacy and urgency, and we must address the new media habits of tennis fans. They want instant news, they want video, and they want content that moves as fast as the game itself.”Lee Rosenbaum, VP: “If your beat is seasonal gardens, a magazine printed 6-8 times a year can do the job.  But for the fast news cycle of sports, the digital space is the answer. Both the consumer and advertising tennis marketplace made this decision for us—and it’s one we embrace as having considerable upside.  And as a company so committed to tennis, content and production, IMG is uniquely positioned to really grow tennisweek.com in scope, scale and quality.”last_img read more

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Jay Z Takes On A World Tour At Austin City Limits 2017

first_imgAs hundreds of thousands of fans piled out of Zilker Park, phrases of awe pervaded conversations. In years to come, many will study the Jay Z blueprint in the hopes to replicate his savvy and success, while pondering what the key ingredient has been to his 20-plus-year career in the music business.As he once told Forbes, “The genius thing that we did was we didn’t give up.”See All Of Our Coverage Of Austin City Limits 2017Read more Dropping hit tracks from a career stretching all that way back to 1996, the legendary lyricist reminded a packed Austin, Texas, crowd why he is one of the most honored rappers in GRAMMY historyOgden PayneGRAMMYs Oct 8, 2017 – 10:57 am For Jay Z, timing is everything. Throughout his two-decade-long career, his affinity for punctuality has trickled down to his fans, largely due to the extensive timepiece collection he often references, and the titling of his latest album. Jay Z Takes On A World Tour At Austin City Limits 2017 NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 20, 2015 – 11:12 am Jay Z, Linkin Park Win Best Rap/Sung Collaboration As the quacking claps of his GRAMMY-winning song “Run This Town” underscored the deafening praise from the crowd, an unspoken pact was made: For the next hour and a half, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter called the shots.While Shawn Carter may be a man of punctuality, Jay Z lives by his own rules. The two personas battle one another in an internal paradox that plays itself out in the rapper’s latest effort, 4:44, and oozed into his ACL performance.The Brooklyn, N.Y., native used his set list to take Austinites on a round-trip flight across the world, beginning by lyrically listing his illicit activities in Marcy Projects to boasting about his aristocratic experiences in Paris. Songs of remorse and vulnerability were sprinkled in between his most popular cuts, including the GRAMMY-winning collaboration with Alicia Keys, “Empire State Of Mind.”At Jay’s behest, attendees across the park raised their arms and put their index fingers and thumbs together to form the immortal Roc-A-Fella diamond. Though the dynasty he built with former business partner Dame Dash is no more, Jay Z’s effortless mix of music and business permeated across cultures and prompted fans, some half his age, to commit his lyrics to memory. “His music grows with him,” 21 Savage told GRAMMY.com of Jay Z’s ability to stay relevant. “He ain’t just rapping about the same thing he was rapping about when he first came out, so that’s what keeps it interesting, because as he grows as a man and does more stuff business-wise, he applies that to the music, so that’s why I think he’s been able to grow like that and stay around.””I told you [in] ‘96 that I came to take this s***, and I did!” Jay emphatically declared during his live rendition of “Heart Of The City.”At the time he originally recorded the track in 2001, the statement might not have been more than bravado. Now, his 21-year-long résumé confirms his spot atop hip-hop’s throne. Since the release of his debut album, Reasonable Doubt, in 1996, Jay has garnered 21 GRAMMY wins alongside fourteen No. 1 albums, selling more than 36 million units worldwide. Just days before his highly anticipated album 4:44 was due, he received the title as the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.Who Are The Top GRAMMY Winners Of All Time?”I remember when rap was said to be a fad,” he wrote on Twitter. “We are now alongside some of the greatest writers in history.”Jay Z’s point of view often came from that of a have-not, “from the school of the hard knocks.” However, his rock-influenced production of “99 Problems” and emotional tribute to friend and collaborator Chester Bennington proved that his vast catalog resonates with people from all walks of life. Email Facebook Privy to this detail, festivalgoers at Austin City Limits 2017 sprinted across Zilker Park to ensure they did not miss the opening notes of his set, scheduled for 8:15 p.m. But as the official call time passed, it was apparent that for Jay Z fans, patience is a virtue.At 8:27, the black veil covering the American Express stage dropped, revealing an oversized black balloon animal, shaped like a dog, sculpted by artist Jeff Koons. Shoulders swaying, Jay Z leisurely strolled to center stage, clad in a white T-shirt, black jeans, high-top Nikes, and his signature Roc Nation hat. As he scanned the crowd, a faint smirk appeared. Twitter Jay Z Brought The Hits For ACL 2017 jay-z-takes-world-tour-austin-city-limits-2017 News last_img read more

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2020 Jeep Gladiator Launch Edition The order books open today

first_img Share your voice More From Roadshow News • 2020 Jeep Gladiator costs $2,100 more than a Wrangler Review • 2020 Jeep Gladiator review: The Wrangler pickup truck that really hauls Originally published March 29.Update, April 4: Republished as preorders are open. Jeep 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch More about 2020 Jeep Gladiator 1 2019 Jeep Wrangler review: First-place performancecenter_img 2020 Jeep Gladiator is business in front, truck bed in back We’ve finally driven the hotly anticipated 2020 Jeep Gladiator and can confirm that it lives up to the hype. If you’re one of the folks who’s been waiting for a Wrangler-based pickup for awhile now, you won’t have to wait much longer. If you want the very special Launch Edition, however, get on the interwebs today, Thursday April 4.Why just take orders on April 4? Today is otherwise known as Jeep 4×4 Day. (Get It? April 4, or 4/4.) You can order your Launch Edition at Jeep.com, and you’ll be contacted by a concierge later in the day. Remember though, there are only 4,190 units available, so you’ll have to act quickly.And why 4,190 units? It’s a nod to 419, the area code of Toledo, Ohio, where the Jeep Gladiator and its Wrangler sibling are built.Enlarge ImageThe 2020 Jeep Gladiator Launch Edition takes the top Rubicon trim and adds a few fancy badges and trims. Jeep The Launch Edition is based on the fully loaded Gladiator Rubicon but gets a few unique visual accents, including special badging, 17-inch midgloss black aluminum wheels, black leather seats and red contrast stitching. Like other Rubicon models, the Launch Edition will be powered by the Gladiator’s 3.6-liter V6 engine, with 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The Launch Edition will also come with the Rubicon’s robust four-wheel-drive system, forward-facing camera, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and more.If you order one of the Launch Edition models, you’ll be eligible to enter Jeep’s “Find Your Freedom” contest, in which you can win $100,000, presumably to take a year off and go camping around the country in your brand-new truck. Me? I’d invest in a roof-top tent and Yeti cooler and see if I can make that vacation last for longer than a year…In order to enter the contest, buyers will need to submit some sort of Gladiator video, and Jeep will choose a winner with the help of US Army veteran Noah Galloway. Galloway was injured during the Iraq war, losing part of his left arm and leg, and has gone on to work as a motivational speaker and author.You’ll pay a huge premium for a Launch Edition. While the  Rubicon starts at $43,545, plus $1,495 destination, the Launch Edition is a whopping $60,815 plus destination. Yowza.The 2020 Jeep Gladiator hits dealers this spring. Trucks Convertibles 57 Photos Tags 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Comment Jeeplast_img read more

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