Miami is famous for beach parties, gators that wander onto golf courses and iguanas that tumble out of palm trees. But now the city of "Scarface" and "Miami Vice" is vying to become a new powerhouse of tech startups that some in the business hope will spawn a novel phenomenon -- the "iguanacorn". The word is meant to represent the tropical answer to the Silicon Valley "unicorns", start-ups that are worth more than $1 billion. While still lagging behind San Francisco and New York, the Florida city is trying to position itself as a tech hub, and already has its first "unicorns" under its belt. They include ParkJockey, which has disrupted the car parking sector, and Magic Leap, which takes users into the world of augmented reality. Looking to surf the Florida tech wave, so-called startup accelerators -- firms that invest in fledgling tech ventures and speed up their early development -- are starting to pop up in southern Florida. Among the leaders is 500 Startups, which opened a … [Read more...] about Miami: Beach parties, gators on golf courses…and new tech hub?
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ROCHESTER: A mini-golf course in the nave of a medieval English cathedral to encourage families to visit this summer is proving a match made in heaven - and controversy.The nine-hole course blessing Rochester Cathedral in southern England, which dates back to 604AD, has been drawing in families since the miniature fairways were rolled out last week.The course will stay in the cathedral throughout August, in the latest move by the Church of England to stem dwindling congregations in an increasingly secular Britain."The cathedral is full of people playing adventure golf - it's absolutely wonderful", Rachel Phillips, one of the cathedral canons, told AFP as numerous families putted their way around the nave course.She said visitor numbers were up more than 80 per cent compared to the same period in 2018, and noted other cathedrals were making similar outreach efforts.Norwich Cathedral has installed a 50-foot (15m) helter-skelter ride inside its nave, while Lichfield Cathedral in … [Read more...] about Fairway to heaven? UK cathedral golf course draws fans
WASHINGTON: A strip club said Wednesday (Jul 10) that a charity golf tournament that was to be held at one of US President Donald Trump's courses has been canceled.The event at the Trump National Doral course in Florida was to raise money for a local charity and was offering players the "caddy girl of your choice," according to Shadow Cabaret, the Miami-area club that organised it."Due to the climate of everything surrounding our golf tournament, Shadow Cabaret has decided to cancel the event. We want to apologise to anyone that may have been offended by the tournament," it said on its Facebook page.Shadow Cabaret's website billed the tournament as "Miami's sexiest charity event of 2019" and featured a pink lipstick kiss imprint on a golf ball in a flyer-like announcement that also included the Trump family crest in the bottom right corner.The event was to kick off with "meet your caddy girl" on Friday, followed by the tournament and a "gala show" on Saturday, the … [Read more...] about Strip club charity event at Trump golf course canceled
Inland cultivation of expensive tiger puffer fish has spread from Tochigi Prefecture to other areas in Japan, helping revitalize local economies. Intensive research was undertaken to make use of local hot springs. Cultivation pools have been set up in plastic greenhouses on a former swimming pool site in Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture. In the pools, tiger puffers, which grow to about 35 centimeters in length and one kilogram in weight, swim smoothly. Nasukarasuyama-based company Yumesozo, which cultivates tiger puffer in water from a hot spring, launched its business in the neighboring town of Nakagawa about 10 years ago. The company currently sells 25 tons of puffer fish a year to about 150 stores, mainly in the prefecture. President Katsuaki Noguchi, 62, focused on the prefecture’s abundant chloride springs as a resource to develop the region, while running an environmental consulting firm in the prefecture. As he researched the composition of the hot springs’ … [Read more...] about Japanese company cultivates puffer fish in hot spring water
By Joshua Partlow The Washington Post David A. Fahrenthold Tues., April 30, 2019 HILLSDALE, N. Y.—His bosses at the Trump country club called it “side work.” On some nights, after the club’s Grille Room closed, head waiter Jose Gabriel Juarez — an undocumented immigrant from Mexico — was told to clock out. He pressed his index finger onto a scanner and typed his personal code, 436. But he didn’t go home. Instead — on orders from his bosses, Juarez said — he would stay on, sometimes past midnight. He vacuumed carpets, polished silverware and helped get the restaurant at Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, New York, ready for breakfast the next day. All off the clock. Without being paid. Article Continued Below “It was that way with all the managers: Many of them told us, ‘Just clock out and then stay and do the side work,’ “ said Juarez, who spent a decade at … [Read more...] about At Trump golf course, undocumented employees said they were sometimes told to work extra hours without pay