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Boosie Celebrates Ending 10 Years of Parole and Probation


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Tsu Surf Freestyle on BARS on I-95


Tsu Surf Freestyle on BARS on I-95

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Tesla to close a dozen solar facilities in 9 states

Tesla Makes Cuts
Electric car maker Tesla move last week to cut 9 percent of its workforce will sharply downsize the residential solar business it bought two years ago in a controversial $2.6 billion deal, according to three internal company documents and seven current and former Tesla solar employees.

The latest cuts to the division that was once SolarCity, a sales and installation company founded by two cousins of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, include closing about a dozen installation facilities, according to internal company documents, and ending a retail partnership with Home Depot Inc that the current and former employees said generated about half of its sales.

About 60 installation facilities remain open, according to an internal company list reviewed by Reuters. An internal company email named 14 facilities slated for closure, but the other list included only 13 of those locations.

Tesla declined to comment on which sites it planned to shut down, how many employees would lose their jobs or what percentage of the solar workforce they represent.

The company said that cuts to its overall energy team - including batteries to store power - were in line with the broader 9 percent staff cut.

Positive Projections
"We continue to expect that Tesla's solar and battery business will be the same size as automotive over the long term," the company said in a statement to Reuters.

The operational closures, which have not been previously reported, raise new questions about the viability of cash-strapped Tesla's solar business and Musk's rationale for a merger he once called a "no-brainer" - but some investors have panned as a bailout of an affiliated firm at the expense of Tesla shareholders. Before the merger, Musk had served as chairman of SolarCity's board of directors.

Sites To Be Closed
The installation offices that the internal email said were targeted for closure were located in California, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Arizona, and Delaware.

The company also fired dozens of solar customer service staffers at call centers in Nevada and Utah, according to the former Tesla employees, some of whom were terminated in last week's cuts. Those employees spoke on condition of anonymity because making public comments could violate the terms of their severance packages.

"It's been a difficult few days - no one can deny this," a Tesla manager wrote in a separate internal email, sent to customer service employees shortly after the cuts were announced.

Tesla has been burning through cash as it tries to hit a target of producing 5,000 Model 3 electric sedans per week after production delays. The company faces investor pressure to turn a profit without having to tap Wall Street for additional capital.

The total number of cuts to the solar workforce remained unclear. Some personnel at facilities closing down were being transferred to other sites, the current and former employees said. SolarCity employed about 15,000 people at the end of 2015 but has since cut thousands of workers.

Ending the Home Depot partnership, which allowed for solar sales in about 800 stores, is part of Tesla's larger effort to absorb SolarCity into its high-end brand and sell through 90 of its 109 U.S. retail stores and its website, the company said.

"Tesla stores have some of the highest foot traffic of any retail space in the country," Tesla said.

Analysts questioned Tesla's plans for the solar business in light of the latest cuts to staff and retail operations.

"In effect, they seem to be saying, 'We have no strategy for selling solar,'" said Frank Gillett, an analyst at Forrester Research, adding that the SolarCity purchase "looks pretty awful right now."

In the first quarter of this year, Tesla installed 76 megawatts of solar systems - down from SolarCity's more than 200 MW a quarter in early 2016, when it was the leading player in the industry. In announcing quarterly results in February, Tesla said growth in solar deployments would resume later this year.

Tesla's falling solar sales also could jeopardize the future of a joint venture with Panasonic, announced as Tesla moved to acquire SolarCity in 2016, to produce solar modules at a new factory in Buffalo, New York.

Tesla has an agreement with New York state requiring the company to spend $5 billion within 10 years. If Tesla fails to meet that obligation and others, the company may be required to pay tens of millions of dollars in penalties at various milestones, could lose its lease, or be forced to write down the assets, the company told investors in a May filing.

In response to questions from Reuters, Tesla said it is meeting its hiring and spending commitments for the factory.

Troubles In Court
In March, a Delaware judge ruled against a Tesla motion to dismiss a lawsuit by the company's shareholders over the SolarCity deal. The lawsuit alleged Tesla's board of directors breached its duties to shareholders by approving the merger.

SolarCity founder Lyndon Rive, who is Musk's first cousin and left Tesla last year, did not respond to a request for comment.

The move to end the longstanding Home Depot partnership blindsided many staffers because Tesla had announced an expansion of the arrangement as recently as February.

GTM Research analyst Austin Perea estimated the partnership has recently accounted for about half of sales, in part because of previous Tesla moves to cut back on other sales and marketing costs.

Such third-party retail partnerships are among the most expensive means of generating solar sales, according to the clean energy research firm, in part because retailers take a cut of each sale.

Home Depot Partnership Details
The cost of winning a customer through a store like Home Depot can be up to $7,000 per system, according to GTM Research, compared with a national average of $4,000 per installation.

Home Depot spokesman Stephen Holmes said the retailer's relationship with Tesla would last through the end of the year, adding that Home Depot would continue a partnership with Tesla competitor Sunrun in an undisclosed number of stores.

Over the past year, Tesla has stepped up efforts to sell solar and batteries for energy storage in its retail stores, something Musk said last year was "a much more efficient channel for demand generation."

At the same time, Tesla stopped door-to-door sales, once among SolarCity's most successful means of reaching new customers, and salespeople were no longer allowed to hold local events or buy online leads, the former employees said.

Such tactics are standard practice across most of the competitive residential solar industry.

The Home Depot partnership was costly but also integral to Tesla's solar panel sales, a former employee told Reuters.

"It's an expensive account," the former employee said, "but it does bring in all the revenue."

Source: MSN Money,


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10 Reasons Why You Aren't Rich - Perspective


10 Reasons Why You Aren't Rich - Perspective

To be rich can mean a multitude of things to different people, my personal definition of being rich is having the financial freedom to achieve whatever goals in life you have set for yourself. What qualifies me to give advice? Not much, I am a great advice giver and I am currently operating a consulting agency, non-profit and a social media marketing company.Have you ever worked at a job(s) and just felt like they did not understand you? They didn't know how to properly utilize all that good talent that you have to offer? Felt like the job didn't promote you fast enough? Felt like you outworked every single person in the building.....but never got any love for it? If so you just may be an entrepreneur waiting to explode.That was my breaking point. I got so tired of taking orders or utilizing my talents to create someone else's dreams while living paycheck to paycheck, which prompted me to start my own company. The beginning was rough because I was not mentally prepared. Below are some tips that I utilized that took my company from zero to grossing around $40,000 a month in six months (with just two employees btw):1.) You Don't Have a Plan:You need to have short, mid, and long-term goals. The road to financial freedom is not fun and no one definitely is not trying to give you the blueprint. In order to even have a chance at becoming rich, you must know exactly what you want to do and you plan of how you will execute your plan.2.) You Don't Have an Emergency Fund:My mother uses to always tell me "Spend a dollar, save a dollar"...When I first began I wish I would've spent .25 cent and saved $1.75. Life is unpredictable, you never know what unexpected expenses such as a car breaking down, sickness etc. Without having the financial cushion, these things become bothersome, and a lot of us have to become dependent on credit cards, which just wreck shop for everyone's financial dreams, quickly pigeonholing the poor in debt with high interest rates.3.) You Haven't AutomatedI know we have all heard, "The only way to become rich is to make money in your sleep.", well, this is very true. Automation allows for a process to be done without your effort, which in turn allows you to focus on more tasks that will push you towards financial freedom.4.) You Have No Sense of UrgencyAll I have to say is opportunity comes and goes....but that debt you are in stays forever (well at least for seven years). Can you handle seven years not being rich, or at least working towards becoming more financially free than you are now? I couldn't and I didn't.5.) You Don't Read EnoughReading is fundamental and some of the worlds most rich people admit to reading an insane amount of books in order to achieve the knowledge they needed to build their massive empire. For example:Warren Buffet stated that he read 500 pages a day.Bill Gates: Aims to read 50 books a year.6.) You Focus On Obstacles and Not OpportunitiesStop looking at the negative in each situation and notice how you can create an opportunity for yourself in each. Its all about perspective.7.)n You Are Not Focusing on Growing Your Net worthOften times many of us are stuck only focusing on our working income (income that derives from the amount of work we input into something.). The rich know that you can earn a huge amount of money per hour, but if you don't know how to keep it (which in turn increases your net worth) then, in the end, you will be broke.8.) Investing In The Wrong Things100 dollar bottle at the club? 500 Dollar VIP? 200 dollar Concert Tickets? Everything is an easy purchase and many of us will save up just for these moments. When there is an opportunity to invest in a business mentor or training that could cost you a couple hundred bucks.....*crickets and frogs*. Most of us are not willing to invest in our future, only things that will give instant gratification.9.) You Don't Network/VolunteerYou have to be social in the environment that you are trying to prosper in. You want to own a business? Go to business conferences and network, get new ideas from other people, gain contacts or even potential clients.10.) Early Bird Gets the WormWhile the world is sleep, you will get a lot of task completed without people bothering you. Sticking to this method. You want more content about lifestyle motivation, business, social media or fashion?Follow me on Social Media:Instagram: @RazhedeFacebook: Razhede HighsmithThe post 10 Reasons Why You Aren't Rich - Perspective appeared first on The Konnected.via:

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Designer Louboutin Sues Company on Red Soled High Heels

Red Bottom Replica?
On 6/12/2018, The European Union's top court has defended French fashion designer Christian Louboutin's claim to trademark red-soled high-heel shoes.


The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that Van Haren, a Dutch company that sold similar shoes, had infringed the trademark. This case has been ongoing since 2012. The Dutch company attempted to prove that they had the red bottom style first.

The court said that it did not matter that its shoes were different in shape. It said the registration of the trademark "sought solely to protect that application of a color to a specific part of that product."

Louboutin said in a statement that it "warmly welcomes this judgment."


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10 of The Worst Airlines in The World in 2018


10 of The Worst Airlines in The World in 2018

Flight compensation company Airhelp has produced a ranking of 72 of the world's airlines, revealing the best and worst - and some are certainly surprising.

The company's sixth annual AirHelp Score rates airlines based on the quality of service, on-time performance, and claim processing in order to produce an overall score.

A spokesperson for AirHelp told Business Insider that in order to ensure consistency, where data wasn't available across each of these metrics, an airline was excluded from the survey, which resulted in a ranking of 72 international carriers in total.

Of the 10 lowest scoring carriers on AirHelp's ranking, six were European.

10 of the worst airlines in decreasing order
10.) Jet Airways 6.20/10
The Indian carrier scored 65% for on-time performance, a 7 for quality of service, and was awarded 5.62 points for claim processing.

9.) Aerolineas Argentina
The Argentine Airlines was awarded a good score of 85% for on-time performance and a 7 for service, but just a 3.59 points for claim processing.

8.) Iberia 6.13/10
Spains  flagship airline was awarded 84% for on-time performance and a solid 8 for quality of service, but just 2.30 points for claim processing, putting it in the 65 place overall.

7.) Korean Air - 6.13/10
The South Korean airline received a score of 8 for quality of service, but just 64% for on-time performance and 3.72 points for claims processing.

6.) Ryanair- 6.03/10
The Irish airline came in at 67th place overall in AirHelp's global ranking. It was awarded 86% for on-time performance, but just 3.27 points for claims processing, and a 6 for quality of service.

5.) Air Mauritius - 5.99/10
The airline received a score of 8 for quality of service, but its 69% for on-time performance and 3.33 points for claims processing put it in fifth place.

4.) Easyjet - 5.66/10
The British airline has an on-time performance of 79% and received an 8 for quality of service, but a very low claims processing pointage of just 1.31 points.

3.)Pakistan International Airlines - 5.43/10
The carrier received an on-time performance score of 61%, 4.22 points for claims processing, and 6 for quality of service.

2.) Royal Jordanian Airlines - 5.13/10
The Jordanian airline scored relatively high for on-time performance (83%), but lowest overall in the ranking for claims processing, with just 0.83 points, and a 6 for quality of service, making it the second worst airline according to AirHelp.

1.) Wow Air - 5.04/10
The Icelandic carrier came in at the very bottom of AirHelp's ranking, at 72nd. It scored 75% for on-time performance but just 1.68 points for claims processing, and a 6 for quality of service.

[Article first published by Rosie Fitzmaurice of the Business Insider]


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How To Cook Every Type Of Steak


How To Cook Every Type Of Steak

ITS THAT TIME OF YEAR! ITS TIME TO BRING OUT THE GRILL MASTERS 2000'S (you know which ones I'm talking about.......)

If you don't have these on, more than likely the people at the cookout will question your legitimacy as a griller (not really but you get the point. In all seriousness, one staple item that most men claim that they have the best recipe for is the infamous STEAK.

Steak to some is a very difficult dish to make. Compared to chicken and beef, steak has many different styles that it can be cut into, in the details below, I will give you all some tips on how to recognize the perfect steak for the occasion, as well as tips on how to cook certain cuts:

When shopping for steak, if at all possible, you want to make sure that the steak is grass feed. You can do this by reading the label as shown below:

You always want to make sure that the claims being made are from an accredited third-party source such as the USDA. In the picture below it will give you a brief description of what makes the difference between a grass fed animal and a grain fed animal and why it makes a difference in how it will affect the meat:



If you are not familiar with the term, marbling is the thin, white lines of fat that are exhibited throughout the steak, that when cooked, is responsible for a lot of the meats boldness, flavoring, and tenderness. "What happens is as you cook the meat, these layers of fat melt and cover the meat, resulting in more flavor, moisture, and tenderness." - Craig Morris, USDA deputy administrator, "Beefing Up Your Knowlege"


Basics To Cooking Steak:
Just like with any other meat, you must let steaks thaw out, but it is ideal that the steak is at room temperature before you begin the process of seasoning and cooking. "Frying or grilling from the cold will prevent the heat from cooking the middle of the steak effectively." - Jamie Oliver, British Celebrity Chef

Use the seasonings of your choice, but do not season the pan. All seasonings should go on the steak, including things like butter, olive oil etc. Allow cooking utensil to become extremely hot before cooking. "Aim to cook medium-rare to medium, as you will be dealing with a tough piece of meat if cooked any further" - Jamie Oliver, British Celebrity Chef

(Me personally I do medium well, I just can't do a lot of pink in my meat.)


Types of Steak:

Aka: Culotte (literally, 'trousers') in France and (confusingly) sirloin in the US.

Found: This cut is located on the animals bottom/backside/booty, whatever you want to call it.

What To Look For: You won't see much marbling as it's a lean cut - the rump does more work than other parts of the animal - but make sure yours has been cut against the grain. The ideal size is about two inches thick.

Taste: This is the ideal steak for your everyday steak. It is typically packed with flavor but since this is a naturally tougher piece of meat, it requires extra care when cooking it.

How To Cook It: It needs a minimum of three minutes on each side with plenty of basting. As it's a muscular cut, you need to break down the fibers with heat and fat to make sure it's tender. Resting is vital here, too.


Found: On the front ribs of the cow. The ribeye section spans from ribs six through to 12.

What To Look For: A good example should be well marbled with a central layer of fat running through.

Taste: Its fat content brings the flavor.

How To Cook It: This is a cut of meat that is said you can cook as rare as you want due to the meat not being "worked" as much as the other cuts of the cow (even though...that is not my style).  Always remember, get the pan HOT AF!! Then get to cooking this juicy piece of meat.

Found: From the middle-back section of the cow, covering the spine

What To Look For: These types of steak will be dark red but don't accept anything with a green, almost slimy deposit as it means it has started to spoil.

Taste: Due to it's typical even fat to muscle ratio, its easy to achieve a melt in your mouth, beefy consistency while cooking this cut of meat. Typically juicy and flavorful as most butchers let this meat age for up to 60 days as it responds well to aging.

How To Cook It: You need to properly render the fat, which means a super-hot pan. Keep cooking until the fat has taken on a golden brown color the entire width of the steak. Take it rare, medium, or well done.

Found: Inside the sirloin, running along the side of the animal's spine.

What To Look For: You won't find any marbling here - this muscle does not work at all. You're after a deep cut of a similar width, so it cooks at an even rate.

Taste: It's the leanest, most expensive cut and popular among gym-goers. However, its lack of fat means less flavor  It works well with fatty sauces.

How To Cook It: Cook it rare or medium rare and go for a medium heat with plenty of basting. As it's so lean it can easily become tough as the fibers tighten, so be careful not to overcook.

T-Bone Or Porterhouse
Found: The lower middle of the animal. It's part sirloin and part fillet with the two cuts divided by the 'T' of bone.

What To Look For: This cut takes skilled butchery, so make sure everything looks even and cleanly cut. Straight lines and good-sized portions of both steaks make a good steak.

Taste: The best of both worlds. You've got the leanness of the fillet contrasted with the fat of the sirloin. Ready you largest pan.

How To Cook It: The two different cuts require different cooking times, so it can be tricky. Your best bet is to have the butcher leave the bone in. Sear the whole thing in a hot pan, then transfer to a 200°C oven for 10 minutes to make sure everything is properly cooked and tender.



Found: The end of the inner flank, just above the liver and kidney, sitting over the belly.

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J Prince on His New Book and Convincing Drake to Ignore Pusha-T's Diss Track


The entire rap world has been chomping at the bit for Drake to respond to Pusha-T''s scornful diss track, "The Story of Adidon," but only one man was able to stop it from happening: J Prince.The Houston rap impresario has launched classic albums by Scarface and Geto Boys as the CEO of Rap-A-Lot Records, but his name arguably rings even more bells as one of the most feared men in hip-hop -- someone with bona fide street cred who protects his friends by any means necessary. That includes defending the Geto Boys from alleged racism from mogul David Geffen, resolving a stewing beef between Pimp C and Master P, and, more recently, warding off foes of Drizzy, whom Prince''s son Jas discovered on MySpace in the mid-2000s.So this past weekend, when Prince told Maryland''s DTLR Radio that he had instructed Drake to not respond to Pusha-T''s "The Story of Adidon," even fans who were eager for more sparring quelled their excitement. What J Prince says, goes.Still, the drama isn''t over. When J Prince stopped by the Billboard offices to discuss his new memoir, The Art & Science of Respect, he showed off an anonymous text he received earlier that day that told him to "Keep Pusha T''s name out your mouth" and included addresses of significance to Prince. "I understand where it can go, and I''m trying to circumvent it," said a soft-spoken Prince, who wore a black polo shirt, diamond watch, and a pinky ring.Below, Prince tells Billboard about the decision to keep Drake out of the beef, his relationship with Gangster Disciple founder Larry Hoover, and his response to Scarface''s allegations about his business practices.What made you decide to release a book?I wanted an opportunity to share my wisdom, knowledge, and understanding with the world. My wins, my losses -- everything that happened and came in between those episodes. I''m a guy that started with nothing and figured out how to turn nothing into something, and I want to share that. I want to share my blueprint and the trails I blazed along the journey with those interested in having something in life, [those who] want to know a shortcut.A book is an opportunity to take control of your story. You have a reputation for being fearsome and violent. Are you comfortable with your reputation? And what do you want the book to show that people don''t already know?I think my book is going to alleviate a lot of nonsense when it comes to where fear is concerned. I feel like I''m a person that deserves respect, has earned respect, and gives respect. I think reading my book will be a source of information to really show that. I''m sharing some intimate parts of my life. Over the weekend, we learned that you put in a phone call to Drake and asked him to avoid responding to Pusha-T''s "The Story of Adidon." How much convincing did that take?Me and Drake have a mutual respect for one another. When I speak, he listens. When he speaks, I listen. I spoke in a manner where it made sense. I didn''t use my words loosely or lightly. I had some substance about what I said. Basically, in a nutshell, we have a situation that crossed the line of music. He dissed Drake''s mom, he disrespected his father, he disrespected 40 -- a man that''s dying, 

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Childish Gambino - This Is America (Official Video)

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Drake - Nice For What


Drake - Nice For What

Music video by Drake performing Nice For What. © 2018 Young Money/Cash Money Records

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