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5-county greater Los Angeles area ranks as nation’s worst for smog, again

The five-county Los Angeles region ranks as the nation’s smoggiest metro area for the 19th time in the 20 years, according to the annual analysis by the American Lung Association released Tuesday. While air quality has improved dramatically nationwide and locally over the past 50 years, this year’s report — which covers 2015 to 2017 — shows it deteriorating from the group’s three-year assessment last year. Climate change and wildfires are cited as key causes for the downturn. On the county-by-co...
Tags: News, Congress, California, White House, Environment, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Epa, Orange County, Environmental Protection Agency, Department Of Transportation, Administration, Southern California, Trump, Aliso Canyon


VC-backed Galvanize appoints Patel as CEO

Galvanize, a technology workforce educator, has named Harsh Patel as CEO. He is the former CEO of Hack Reactor. Galvanize’s backers include Catalyst Investors, ABS Capital Partners, University Ventures, New Markets Venture Partners and Colorado Impact Fund. PRESS RELEASE DENVER, April 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Galvanize, the leader in technology workforce education, announced today that Harsh Patel has been named CEO of Galvanize. Karl Maier also joins as Executive Chairman. Former CEO, Al Rosabal...
Tags: Trends, People, Coo, Al, Maier, Patel, Catalyst Investors, Tyler Newton, Bill Cummings, Rosabal, Harsh Patel, Colorado Impact Fund PRESS, Galvanize Karl Maier, Al Rosabal, Enterprise Mr Cummings, Cognizant Digital Engineering


Zoroastrian ‘fire temple’ opens in Houston

On a typical-looking stretch of southwest Houston — down the street from Kwik Kar Lube and Storage Choice, across from a privacy fence hiding cookie-cutter McMansions — a Zoroastrian fire temple opened last week: a brand-new, sparkling-white place where priests from one of the world’s oldest religions tend a holy flame. By Lisa Gray, www.houstonchronicle.com Priest Zerkxis Bhandara tends a fire at Houston’s new Atash Kadeh. Zerkxis Bhandara, a Zoroastrian priest, stands at the san...
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Defy Partners raises $262M to close the Series A gap

Defy Partners, a Silicon Valley investment firm launched in 2017 by a pair of seasoned venture capitalists, has secured $262 million for its sophomore fund. The firm leads investments in Series A startups, providing between $3 million and $10 million depending on the status of the business. To provide its portfolio companies additional follow-on capital, Defy has raised a significantly larger fund than its debut effort, which brought in $151 million two years ago. Alongside the new capital, Defy...
Tags: Tech, Silicon Valley, Dropcam, General Catalyst, Kleiner Perkins, Good Technology, Lee, Valley, Patel, Trae Vassallo, LegalZoom, Brian Lee, VASSALLO, Sujal Patel, Isilon Systems, Neil Sequeira


ShopBack, a cashback startup in Asia Pacific, raises $45M from Rakuten and others

ShopBack, a Singapore-based startup that offers cashback and consumer rewards in Asia Pacific, has closed a $45 million round led by new investors Rakuten Capital and EV Growth. Founded in 2014, the startup had been relatively under-the-radar until late 2017 when it announced a $25 million investment that funded expansion into Australia among other things. Now, it is doubling down with this deal which sees participation from another new backer, EDBI, the corporate investment arm of Singapore’...
Tags: Food, Fundings & Exits, Ecommerce, Asia, Business, Indonesia, Australia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Funding, Tech, E-commerce, Ceo, Economy, Taiwan, Companies


Warwickshire skipper Patel extends contract

Warwickshire captain Jeetan Patel agrees a contract extension to stay at Edgbaston until the end of next season
Tags: Cricket, Warwickshire, Edgbaston, Patel, Jeetan Patel


Jared Leto Releases First Official Look at Sony’s Morbius

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Jared Leto releases first official look at Sony’s Morbius Academy Award-winning actor Jared Leto took to Instagram to share a GIF from Sony Pictures’ Morbius, revealing our first official look at Leto as the titular vampire. Check it out below! PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':[]}; googletag.cmd.push(function() { var standAlone...
Tags: Movies, Instagram, Sony, Sony Pictures, Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Hunter, Matt Tolmach, Patel, Roy Thomas, Leto, Movie News, Morbius, Avi Arad, Gil Kane, Burk Sharpless


The Kenan Show: Punam Patel to Co-Star in NBC’s Comedy Pilot

The Kenan Show: Punam Patel to co-star in NBC’s comedy pilot Deadline is reporting that Kevin From Work’s Punam Patel will star as a series regular opposite Kenan Thompson (SNL) and Andy Garcia (Ballers) in The Kenan Show, NBC’s upcoming single-camera comedy pilot from Universal TV. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':[]}; googletag.cmd.push(function() { ...
Tags: TV, Movies, Nbc, TV News, Thompson, Kenan Thompson, Michaels, Erica, Patel, Kenan, Universal Television, ComingSoon, Kevin From Work, Steven Weber, Andy Garcia Ballers, Andrew Singer


UW Prof, Entrepreneur Shwetak Patel Awarded ACM Prize in Computing

The Association for Computing Machinery on Wednesday said it has awarded Shwetak Patel, a computer science and electrical engineering professor at the University of Washington, the 2018 ACM Prize in Computing.Patel, who is also a successful serial entrepreneur, will receive a cash prize of $250,000 as part of the award, ACM said.The award recognizes early- and mid-career computer scientists “whose research contributions have fundamental impact and broad implications,” ACM said. The association,...
Tags: Startups, Trends, Tech, Vc, Software, Computer Science, Nest, Seattle, Sears, Alphabet, Belkin, University of Washington, MacArthur Foundation, Patel, MacArthur Fellows, Association for Computing Machinery


US modern Indian food movement

The shiny orange layer of slime sitting on top of the chicken thighs looked suspicious. The sign said “butter chicken,” but it looked more like what was left in the sink when I was done washing dishes. As an apprehensive 10-year-old, pretty much everything under the yellowing lights of the $8.95, all-you-can-eat buffet looked suspect. The walls were covered in pictures of the Taj Mahal, old Bollywood movies played on TV, and the entire place smelled like a New York City bodega took the conten...
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India’s Mswipe raises $30M to grow its smart point-of-sale terminal business

Mswipe, an Indian fintech company that develops point-of-sale terminals for merchants, has pulled $30 million in new funding as it bids to triple its reach to 1.5 million merchants over the next year. The company’s previous funding as a Series D in 2017 that ended up at just over $40 million, thanks to a $10 million extension from B Capital — the investment firm set up by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin that’s backed by BCG. This time around, B Capital has provided the funding alongside othe...
Tags: Facebook, India, Tech, Turkey, UPI, Eduardo Saverin, Patel, Manish Patel, Mswipe, Falcon Edge Epiq Capital, MoneyStore Patel


Early stage investment firm Defy updates the venture partner model

Defy, the early stage venture investment firm founded by Neil Sequeira and Trae Vassallo, is putting a new twist on the venture partner model as it brings Brian Lee and Sujal Patel on board to help out with investing and guiding companies in the firm’s portfolio. Just don’t call them venture partners. Vassallo and Sequeira prefer the term “sage” to describe the folks they’re looking to bring in to help mentor their companies. Here’s how the two describe it in a blog post about the new program: ...
Tags: TC, Los Angeles, Tech, Advisors, EMC, Enterprise Software, Lee, Patel, Trae Vassallo, Prima, LegalZoom, Brian Lee, VASSALLO, Honest Co, Sujal Patel, Isilon Systems


What Drives Actor Dev Patel

Patel, star of Slumdog Millionaire, Lion, and now Hotel Mumbai, says that when he finds a new project, “after that initial excitement, you’re just drenched with fear of, now I have to actually do this. That’s kind of what happens with everything. It’s eagerness, curiosity and excitement, followed by fear and how the hell am I going to get through this?” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Dev Patel, Patel, Hotel Mumbai


LAPD shot and killed elderly man; now his children are suing city

LOS ANGELES — The children of a deceased 70-year-old man are suing the city of Los Angeles, alleging the LAPD’s shooting death of their father in 2017 was unjustified. Alejandro and Alejandrina Linares, the offspring of the late Alejandro Mendez, brought the lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging wrongful death and civil rights violations. LAPD Officers Charles Garcia and Ghanshym Patel also are named as defendants. The suit seeks unspecified damages. A representative for the C...
Tags: Lawsuit, News, Shooting, Office, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Broadway, Local News, Lapd, Garcia, Los Angeles Superior Court, Inglewood California, Patel, Alejandro


A Word With: Dev Patel Goes for Shock and Awe

He talks about living a nightmare in “Hotel Mumbai,” his new movie about a 2008 terrorist attack, and the career moves that make him sweat.
Tags: Movies, News, Terrorism, Patel, Dev, Actors and Actresses, Lion (Movie, Hotel Mumbai (Movie, Slumdog Millionaire (Movie


Jared Leto’s Morbius Takes Flight in Set Video

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Jared Leto’s Morbius takes flight in set video Production is still underway on Sony’s Morbius the Living Vampire in Manchester, and now a new video from the set has made its way online. In the video, Jared Leto’s Morbius is wearing a sort of prison uniform and performing a high-wire stunt. Additionally, a couple of photos show the nightmarish place where the story is set, New York. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {};...
Tags: New York, Movies, Manchester, Sony, Jared Leto, Hunter, Matt Tolmach, Patel, Roy Thomas, Movie News, Morbius, Avi Arad, Gil Kane, Burk Sharpless, Sony's Marvel Universe, Michael Morbius


New Morbius Set Photos Reveal First Look at Jared Leto

BEGIN SLIDESHOW New Morbius set photos reveal first look at Jared Leto As production continues for Morbius, new photos from the set of Sony’s upcoming film have arrived online through Twitter (via Comic Book Movie). Featuring our first look at Jared Leto as Michael Morbius and Matt Smith as Loxias Crown, you can check out the full photos below. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAd...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Manchester, Sony, Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Hunter, Matt Tolmach, Patel, Roy Thomas, ComingSoon, Movie News, Morbius, Avi Arad, Gil Kane, Andrew Stuart


Much revered Zeiss lenses, used throughout the film industry, is opening high-end showroom in Sherman Oaks

Carl Zeiss Cinema Sales Manager Snehal Patel, talks about products at the Zeiss Cinema Lens Demo Center in Sherman Oaks,Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Carl Zeiss Cinema Sales Manager Snehal Patel, talks about products at the Zeiss Cinema Lens Demo Center in Sherman Oaks,Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Optics on display at the Zeiss Cinema Lens Dem...
Tags: Business, News, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Local News, Zeiss, Ventura, Carl Zeiss, Jena, Patel, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles Daily News, Griffith Observatory, Mathers, Sepulveda


A play in Mumbai on Parsis called Geedra of Thrones

A play that imagines a world with no Parsis reminds us why we need them more than ever There are people outside of Mumbai, who think Parsis are a figment of our imagination. “You can’t blame them,” says theatre director Meherzad Patel. “Sixty thousand is literally the crowd in this area. But, we are so loud and boisterous that one Parsi sounds like 50 Parsis. We look at swear words as punctuation. Article by Ekta Mohta | Mid-Day The way we treat our car, our bike, our food, our drinking habi...
Tags: Life, Buckingham Palace, Theater, Mumbai, Nowruz, Antia, Patel, Parsi, Geedra, BPP, Nallasopara, Moti Antia, Meherzad Patel, Ekta Mohta, Meherzad Patel Sixty, Shazneen Acharia


Vonage brings number programmability to its business service

Chances are you still mostly think of Vonage as a consumer VOIP player, but in recent years, the company also launched its Vonage Business Cloud (VBC) platform and acquired Nexmo, an API-based communications service that competes directly with many of Twilio’s core services. Today, Vonage is bringing its VBC service and Nexmo a bit closer with the launch of number programmability for its business customers. What this means is that enterprises can now take any VBC number and extend it with the...
Tags: Cloud, Enterprise, Voip, Developer, Tech, Broadband, Telecommunications, Api, Nexmo, Twilio, Patel, Vonage, Jay Patel, Vonage Business Cloud VBC


Priti Patel's brazen anti-aid agenda is ultimately all about Brexit | Peter Beaumont

Backing calls from the TaxPayers’ Alliance to face down ‘NGO cartels’ shows a profound misunderstanding of how the aid system worksPriti Patel is not known for her transparency or her subtlety.The former international development secretary was forced to resign over misleading prime minister Theresa May over an undeclared “family holiday” to Israel that – among other things – saw her fail to tell the British embassy that she would be meeting with Israeli politicians and visiting the occupied Gola...
Tags: Politics, Israel, UK News, Theresa May, Aid, Global development, Brexit, Patel, Golan Heights, Priti Patel, Peter Beaumont


WorkClout brings SaaS to factory floor to increase operational efficiency

Factory software tools are often out of reach of small manufacturers, forcing them to operate with inefficient manual systems. WorkClout, a member of the Y Combinator Winter 2019 class, wants to change that by offering a more affordable SaaS alternative to traditional manufacturing software solutions. Company co-founder and CEO Arjun Patel grew up helping out in his Dad’s factory and he saw first-hand how difficult it is for small factory owners to automate. He says that traditional floor manage...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Y Combinator, Enterprise, Tech, SaaS, Manufacturing, Dad, Cto, Patel, WorkClout, Y Combinator Winter 2019 class, Arjun Patel, Bryan Trang, Richard Girges


Stories Of The Victims Of The New Zealand Mosque Attack

An attack on a New Zealand mosque took the lives of 50 worshippers Friday and left dozens more wounded when a white supremacist opened fire and live-streamed the shootings. Here are the stories of some of those killed and wounded. THE DEAD HUSNA AHMED Farid Ahmed refuses to turn his back on his adopted home, despite losing his 45-year-old wife, Husna Ahmed, in the Al Noor mosque attack. They had split up to go to the bathroom when it happened. The gunman livestreamed the massacre on the inter...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, News, Minneapolis, Saudi Arabia, India, Ap, Malaysia, Pakistan, West Bank, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Associated Press, Jordan


A huge trove of medical records and prescriptions found exposed

A health tech company was leaking thousands of doctor’s notes, medical records, and prescriptions daily after a security lapse left a server without a password. The little-known software company, California-based Meditab, bills itself as one of the leading electronic medical records software makers for hospitals, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies. The company, among other things, processes electronic faxes for healthcare providers, still a primary method for sharing patient files to other provide...
Tags: Health, Security, California, Articles, Tech, Fax, Social Security, Dubai, Health Insurance, Illness, Puerto Rico, San Juan, University of Texas, U S Department of Health and Human Services, Marrero, HIPAA


Best survival movies rated 7/10 on IMDB with their box-office and interesting facts.

Best survival movies rated 7/10 on IMDB with their box-office and interesting facts. “Life of Pi” Ang Lee, 2012 Budget: US$120,000,000 Box office in the USA: US$124,987,023 Total box office: US$609,016,565 IMDB: 7.9/10 (525,572) Pi Patel is the only one who managed to survive the shipwreck that took the lives of his family. Now, he finds himself in a boat with a zebra, a tiger, and an orangutan, drifting in an endless ocean. Faced with these challenges, Pi tries his best to be brave in ...
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Tyrese Gibson Secures a Spot in Marvel’s Morbius

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Tyrese Gibson secures a spot on Marvel’s Morbius Tyrese Gibson, star of the Fast and Furious and Transformers movies, has landed a role in Marvel’s Morbius opposite Jared Leto, according to Variety. The part in question remains a mystery for the time being. Gibson was recently announced to star in and produce a biopic for Warner Bros. based on the life of R&B singer/songwriter Teddy Pendergrass. And yes, the actor will also appear in the ninth installment of the Fast and ...
Tags: Comics, Movies, Horror, Marvel, Sony, Warner Bros, Jared Leto, Transformers, Hunter, Tyrese Gibson, Gibson, Patel, Roy Thomas, Vampire, Teddy Pendergrass, Movie News


First Morbius Set Photo Shared by Star Jared Leto

Jared Leto shares first Morbius set photo Jared Leto (Suicide Squad) took to Instagram this morning to reveal the first set photo of the upcoming second installment in Sony’s Marvel Universe, Morbius, also revealing that the film has finished the first of twelve weeks worth of shooting. Check out the full Morbius set photo in the gallery below! PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAd...
Tags: Movies, Instagram, Sony, Jared Leto, Hunter, Matt Tolmach, Patel, Roy Thomas, Morbius, Avi Arad, Gil Kane, Burk Sharpless, Jared Leto Suicide Squad, Tolmach, Michael Morbius, Matt Sazama Netflix


Morbius Beckons Jared Harris to Join Its Cast

Morbius beckons Jared Harris to join its cast Sony‘s Morbius continues to snag elite talent. According to The Wrap, actor Jared Harris has joined the cast of the Marvel vampire feature alongside Jared Leto, Matt Smith and the previously announced Adria Arjona. Details about Harris’ role in the film are being kept secret for now. Harris is well known for bit parts in films such as Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, along with AMC’s Mad Men and Netflix’s The Crown. Morbius is Sony’s adaptation ...
Tags: Movies, Amc, Netflix, Sony, Sherlock Holmes, Jared Harris, HARRIS, Matt Tolmach, Patel, Roy Thomas, Morbius, Avi Arad, Arad, Gil Kane, Burk Sharpless, Tolmach


Winner of $1.5 Billion Mega Millions Lottery Ticket Finally Comes Forward After 4 Months

We (finally) have a winner!The South Carolina Education Lottery Commission announced Monday (Mar. 4) that the lucky person holding the winning ticket for the $1.5 billion jackpot from the October 28th, 2018 Mega Millions drawing has come forward almost four months to the date to collect the massive prize.Officials said the winner chose to remain anonymous and picked the cash option for a one-time payout of $877,784,124 (before taxes)—the largest jackpot payout to a single winner in United States...
Tags: New York, Money, News, United States, Jazz, Lottery, Lottery Winner, South Carolina, Lottery Jackpot, Patel, Mega Millions, Fox Carolina, Simpsonville South Carolina, South Carolina Education Lottery Commission, Jason Kurland, KC Mart


Green Knight: Dev Patel in Talks to Star as Sir Gawain

Green Knight: Dev Patel in talks to star as Sir Gawain Variety brings word that Oscar nominee Dev Patel (Lion, Slumdog Millionaire, Hotel Mumbai) is in talks to star in Green Knight from director David Lowery (A Ghost Story) and A24. Patel, whose credits also include Chappie, The Newsroom, and Modern Love, will play Sir Gawain in the project. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[],...
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