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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The town of Woodstock is some 60 miles away from the actual site of the 1969 festival, but tourists seeking a piece of the historic event's myth venture there anyway WOODSTOCK (UNITED STATES) - Music blared from the church near local Woodstock teenager Richard Heppner's home -- but it wasn't bells that sent his father over the edge."You cannot call the cops on Jimi Hendrix," Heppner recalls insisting until his dad conceded, as the guitar hero rehearsed in the abandoned place of worship.The town of Woodstock -- a municipality 107 miles (172 kilometers) north of New York City -- didn't actually host the festival carrying its name, but rubbing shoulders with greats like Hendrix was standard fare, said Heppner, who holds that his home town's artistic bent reaches back long before 1969."We like to believe the spirit that gave birth to the festival started right here," said the now 67-year-old, who serves as the town's historian.Organizers of the Woodstock weekend, whose 50th … [Read more...] about ‘Magical’ Woodstock: the town that lent the festival its name
Indian stuntman Chanchal Lahiri, known by his stage name 'Jadugar Mandrake', has drowned after being lowered into the Hooghly river and failing to re-emerge KOLKATA - Indian police on Monday recovered the body of a magician who drowned while trying to replicate an underwater Houdini-inspired stunt -- tying himself up with chains and ropes and being lowered into a river.Rescue workers found the body of Chanchal Lahiri late Monday in the Hooghly river, the deputy commissioner of the port division of Kolkata police, Syed Waquar Raza, told AFPThe 40-year-old Lahiri, who was known by his stage name "Jadugar Mandrake" (Wizard Mandrake), was lowered by winch into the river in Kolkata on Sunday in a yellow and red costume.But the 40-year-old -- his legs and his arms tightly bound -- failed to emerge from the water, to the horror of onlookers including his family and team members.Authorities had initially believed that the vanishing act could be part of the stunt but immediately … [Read more...] about Indian Houdini drowns after ‘magic’ act goes wrong
NEW YORK — So many rats regularly lurk on a sidewalk in Brooklyn that it is the humans who avoid the rats, not the other way around. Not even cars are safe: Rats have chewed clean through engine wires. A Manhattan avenue lined with trendy restaurants has become a destination for foodies — and rats who help themselves to their leftovers. Tenants at a public housing complex in the South Bronx worry about tripping over rats that routinely run over their feet. New York has always been forced to coexist with the four-legged vermin, but the infestation has expanded exponentially in recent years, spreading to just about every corner of the city. “I’m a former Marine so I’m not going to be squeamish, but this is bad,” said Pablo Herrera, a 58-year-old mechanic who has counted up to 30 rats while walking on his block in Prospect Heights, just around the corner from the stately Brooklyn Museum. Rat sightings reported to the city’s 311 hotline have soared … [Read more...] about News Rats are taking over New York City
LOS ANGELES: NBA superstar LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers will be coached next season by Frank Vogel, a former coach at Indiana and Orlando, with Jason Kidd as an assistant, media reports said Saturday. Vogel has agreed to a three-year deal to coach the Lakers with former NBA star guard Jason Kidd to serve in a major assistant’s role, ESPN and the Los Angeles Times reported, each citing unidentified sources. The move came two days after Vogel interviewed with the club, which has missed the NBA playoffs for six consecutive seasons and hopes to rebuild around James, who joined the team last season after eight consecutive trips to the NBA Finals. It also follows reports that Tyronn Lue, a former coach of James with the Cleveland Cavaliers, was set to become the Lakers coach before talks fell apart. Vogel went 304-291 in eight seasons as an NBA coach, six with Indiana from 2010-2016 and the next two with a rebuilding Orlando Magic squad. Vogel guided the Pacers to the … [Read more...] about Vogel will be new NBA Lakers coach with Kidd assist: Reports