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iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- Scientists from 60 countries voted in a historic event in Versailles, France on Friday to change the definition of the kilogram, basing it on electric currents rather than a single solid object.

The decision, made at the General Conference on Weights and Measurements, will retire the object known as "Le Grand K," a small cylindrical ingot made of platinum-iridium that has been used for more than 130 years to define a kilogram.

Le Grand K is stored at the International Bureau of Weights and Measurement in a vault, where it stands within three bell jars. Three keys are required to access it, and each one is held by a different person. Yet, despite its heavy security, the cylinder has begun to wear away, causing slight inaccuracies in the way we define and measure a kilogram.

The new definition will rely on the Planck constant, a fundamental constant used in quantum physics much like the speed of light is fundamental in Albert Einstein's theory of relativity.

"It describes the size of the packets of energy... that atoms and other particles use to absorb and emit energy," according to a statement from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

“The current kilogram mass exerts a specific amount of force in Earth’s gravity,” NIST said. “The revised definition replaces this determination of mechanical force with an electromagnetic measurement tied to the Planck constant and based on electrical current and voltage.”

Relying on a natural constant to define kilogram will pave the way for more accurate and precise work, particularly in the fields of science and technology, said Barry Inglis, director of the International Committee for Weights and Measurements, in a statement.

For the average person, however, the new definition shouldn't make much of a difference.

In addition to redefining the kilogram, the scientists voted on Friday to redefine three other base units from the International Systems of Units: the ampere, the kelvin and the mole.

The changes will be effective starting May 20, 2019.

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Hasbro(NEW YORK) -- Monopoly is targeting millennials and actual millennials are sounding off.

Hasbro released this version of the board game earlier this year, but recently, Gen Y has been expressing feelings via Twitter.

"Whoever has the most debt gets to go first," one tweeted.

@Hasbro Can you provide the URL for the Hasbro-official website featuring "Monopoly for Millennials," where you trash on my age demographic because baby boomers caused an economic catastrophe that rendered us financially impotent for a decade? Thanks! pic.twitter.com/wmm0WQwnld

— Steven Briggs (@TrnDaBeatAround) November 11, 2018

“Whoever has the most debt gets to go first” #MonopolyforMillennials pic.twitter.com/cmEz0N7v4g

— Kevin (@kwprime) November 15, 2018

"Let’s play a game of MILLENNIAL MONOPOLY," another wrote. "The rules are simple, you start with no money, you can’t afford anything, the board is on fire for some reason and everything is your fault."

Monopoly for Millennials is currently being sold in Walmart stores for $19.82, but is not listed on Hasbro's website.

Hasbro said in a statement that it created the game to poke fun at the oft-teased generation.

"We created Monopoly for Millennials to provide fans with a lighthearted game that allows Millennials to take a break from real life and laugh at the relatable experiences and labels that can sometimes be placed on them," the company said. "With many of us being Millennials ourselves, we understand the seemingly endless struggles and silly generalizations that young Millennials can face (and we can’t even!). Whether you are a lifestyle vlogger, emoji lover or you make your “side hustle” selling vegan candles, Monopoly for Millennials is for you!"

What should be on the board of #MillennialMonopoly ?
I say #CraftBeer and something that's #glutenfree pic.twitter.com/4IeMJbEFAV

— Chris Walker (@WalkerRadio678) November 13, 2018

#millennialmonopoly is $19.82 at Walmart. No millennial is gonna waste their money on a board game; we have other uses for our money: bills, debt, food, etc.

What are we gonna do anyways, play monopoly by ourselves in our parent’s basements? #wild pic.twitter.com/6EfymE6Duo

— Steve Juliff (@liljuliff) November 15, 2018

On the box, Mr. Monopoly appears to be snapping a selfie while wearing a participation award and ear buds. The mascot is also holding some sort of coffee drink, arguably poking fun at us millennials' love for lattes.

The board includes "Bike Share" spaces and no real estate available for purchase -- presumably due to the game's tagline: "No real estate. You can't afford it anyway."

So, I’m a #Millennial who can’t afford to save for a house or even rent somewhere because rent per month is more money than money I get per month and I’m single so no second income to help, but I also think #Monopolyformillennials is hilarious. #Monopoly #MillennialMonopoly

— Wavey Cowpar ~ (@WaveyCowpar) November 14, 2018

While some expressed offense, others found humor in the theme.

"What should be on the board of #MillennialMonopoly? I say #CraftBeer and something that's #glutenfree," one tweeted.

"Pass go and collect 200.......then give 180 back for bills"

Community Chest: "Make student loan payment of 300"

Chance: "Get pestered by adults for not having children and a house by 27, pay stress tax"

*Goes Bankrupt*: "Lol you think the games over?"#MillennialMonopoly pic.twitter.com/wyaueZooPs

— Steven (@SteveLo510) November 11, 2018

"Laughed so hard I fell off my dinosaur," another wrote in a Walmart review.

Game pieces include a hashtag and emoji, but hopefuls on Twitter were rooting for a ripe avocado.

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Facebook(NEW YORK) -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hunkered down and attempted to defend his leadership of the social media giant amid reporting that detailed how the company failed to effectively combat fake news and Russian political meddling.

The accusations were detailed in a year-long investigative report, "Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis" published by the New York Times on Wednesday.

One of the more damaging aspects of the Times report was that Facebook hired a Republican-linked D.C. consulting firm to plant negative stories about Facebook's competitors and critics. The move seemingly contradicts the company's public claims that it is transparent about how it handles fake stories on the platform.

Since the 2016 elections, Facebook has launched several "transparency" initiatives over the past year.

Announcing a campaign targeting accountability for ads in June, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said, "we are providing much more transparency than any other advertising platform, either online or offline."

Facebook fired the D.C. consulting firm, Definers Public Affairs, on Wednesday. Zuckerberg, in a conference call with reporters Thursday, repeatedly claimed he did not know that the company had been hired, trying to distinguish Facebook's culture with repeated references to "Washington, D.C., firms."

"I learned about this relationship when I read The New York Times piece yesterday. I looked into whether this was the kind of firm we should be working with. And we’re not working with them," Zuckerberg told reporters. "This type of firm might be normal in Washington but it’s not the kind of firm I want Facebook to be working with."

Zuckerberg also defended his key lieutenant, Sandberg.

"I want to be clear, I mentioned a couple of times I was not in the loop on some of these decisions, and Sheryl was also not involved and she learned about this the same time as I did," Zuckerberg said. "Overall Sheryl is doing great work for this company, she’s been a great partner to me and will continue to be a great partner to me.”

Sandberg commented on Facebook late Thursday, saying she "wanted to address some of the claims that have been made in the last 24 hours."

"On a number of issues -- including spotting and understanding the Russian interference we saw in the 2016 election -- Mark and I have said many times we were too slow. But to suggest that we weren’t interested in knowing the truth, or we wanted to hide what we knew, or that we tried to prevent investigations, is simply untrue," she wrote. "The allegations saying I personally stood in the way are also just plain wrong. This was an investigation of a foreign actor trying to interfere in our election. Nothing could be more important to me or to Facebook."

The company has repeatedly admitted it had not done enough to prevent the spread of fake news and political manipulation on its site, which executives repeated on Thursday through multiple press statements and on a call with reporters.

"But to suggest we weren't interested in knowing the truth, or that we wanted to hide what we knew is simply untrue," Zuckerberg said at the beginning of the call, which was originally meant to tout the company's progress cracking down on fake accounts, hate speech, terrorist propaganda, bullying and child pornography.

For example, Facebook removed over 1.6 billion fake accounts between April and September of this year, the company reported on Thursday.

Instead, the call turned into a crisis management session in which Zuckerberg and other executives defended their decisions amid a barrage of media questions related to the claims in the Times story and continuing problems with bad actors on the platform.

"There are lot of things I’d do differently in retrospect," Zuckerberg said about the company's actions regarding the election meddling.

Earlier in the day, Facebook fought back against the Times story.

"The story asserts that we knew about Russian activity as early as the spring of 2016 but were slow to investigate it at every turn. This is not true," Facebook wrote in a statement. "We also saw some new behavior when [Russia-linked group] APT28-related accounts, under the banner of DC Leaks, created fake personas that were used to seed stolen information to journalists. We shut these accounts down for violating our policies.'"

When asked if Facebook monitors the messages of journalists on its platform, Zuckerberg replied, "Absolutely not."

Zuckerberg effectively said he would not step down as chairman of his board of directors when asked specifically by reporters. Many corporate governance experts said it's an inherent conflict of interest for a CEO to also be chairman.

"I don’t think that specific proposal is the right way to go," he said, when asked if he'd give up the chairman role.

Activist investors had already been pushing for Zuckerberg to step down as chair.

"I think The New York Times reporting illustrates exactly why we are recommending an independent board chair. The fact that they kept the board in the dark for so long shows us that an independent board chair is necessary," Jonas Kron, whose company Trillium Investments owns 53,000 shares of Facebook, told ABC News. "We knew that already, but the report should remove any lingering doubts."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you plan to hit the road this Thanksgiving, there’s something to be thankful for: lower gas prices.

The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is down to $2.65 -- that’s a drop of 23 cents from a month ago.  

In some states -- like Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio, Louisiana and Texas -- drivers may even be able to find gas below $2 a gallon.

Gas prices are expected to continue dropping into the Thanksgiving holiday, when 54 million Americans are expected to hit the road.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- More than 30.6 million people across the country are expected to fly during the Thanksgiving holiday this year and it could set a record.

The current record was set when an estimated 29 million passengers flew during the 2017 travel period, which this year spans from Friday, Nov. 16 through Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Transportation and security officials have said they are prepared for the rush, but travelers should expect increased crowds throughout the 12-day period.

The Sunday after Thanksgiving is projected to be the busiest when an estimated 3.06 million passengers will take to the skies, according to Airlines for America, a trade organization for some of the largest U.S. carriers. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving could be the second busiest with about 2.93 million travelers. The lightest travel day is expected to be Thanksgiving day with an estimated 1.73 million passengers.

To accommodate, U.S. airlines will be adding 158,000 seats per day for an additional 137,000 daily passengers by adding more flights and using bigger aircraft, with a total of 2.94 million seats available each day. The traveling forecast predicts 2.55 million people per day during the two weeks.

The Transportation Security Administration said it is ready to handle the crowds.

A shift toward automation and biometric technology by the agency will help get passengers on their planes faster and safer, TSA Administrator David Pekoske told reporters at a briefing. An additional 80 canine teams and more than 1,200 TSA officers will be manning the checkpoints over the holiday travel period.

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Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit(NEW YORK) -- Luxury brand Dior and actress Jennifer Lawrence are facing claims of cultural appropriation amid backlash from a recent ad campaign.

The actress, who started working with the French fashion house in 2012, and has since starred in multiple campaigns for the label, is featured in its Cruise 2019 campaign. Dior said the inspiration for the collection was, "the escaramuzas of Mexico," female equestrians who take part in a competitive, rodeo-like sport called charreada.

"With their strong, sculpted bodies clad in costumes that emphasize their femininity (full skirts, embroideries, bright colors, large hats and flowers), these women proved an inspiration to Maria Grazia Chiuri, the artistic director of the Dior women’s collections," according to the brand.

In the advert, Lawrence describes the meaning behind the collection.

"One of the main inspirations for this collection is the traditional women riders of Mexico. So I'm really excited that this collection is looking at and celebrating these women's heritage through such a modern lens," Lawrence said. "We've been shooting in a beautiful ranch in California with rolling hills, and I can't think of a better landscape to highlight this collection."

"I grew up riding horses, so for me, it reminds of a time before fear. And freedom," she added.

Listen as House muse Jennifer Lawrence and photographer Viviane Sassen discuss the #DiorCruise 2019 campaign. Discover more https://t.co/WViBTc3oyo! pic.twitter.com/oBl3iKNNAk

— Dior (@Dior) October 26, 2018

However, many people are taking issue with the fact that there aren’t any Mexican women in the campaign.

Phoebe Robinson, a comedian and co-host of the "2 Dope Queens" podcast, drew major attention to the campaign earlier this week when she reposted the video of Lawrence along with a pointed take in the caption.

"Lol. Wut?! Sooooooooo, #Dior & #JenniferLawrence wanna celebrate traditional Mexican women riders thru a 'modern lens' ...by having a rich white woman named Jennifer be the face of this campaign?” she wrote alongside a re-post of the campaign video.

“And like they couldn’t think of a better landscape to shoot than in California?! Hmm, I dunno, maybe...like...shoot...in...Mexico...with...a...Mexican...actress like Salma Hayek, Karla Souza, Jessica Alba, Selena Gomez, Eva Longoria, or many others. But I guess they were all unavailable, so you had to go with Jennifer Lawrence," Robinson wrote.

She said that using ‘modern’ to describe the campaign was, "ignorant and gross," and asked her followers to comment with names of Mexican designers she could lend support to.

The post garnered almost 60,000 views and over 1,000 comments.

The collection, which features everything from full skirts and embroidered jackets to corsets and saddlebags, was first revealed during the Cruise 2019 show on May 25, 2018, in France.

For the show, an escaramuza team of eight women on horseback, clad in custom-made Dior dresses, appeared alongside models. It's unclear if any of those on the team were Mexican.

“The reason I like the escaramuzas is because they do something that is so macho -- rodeo -- in our vision, but they decided to do that in their traditional dresses which are so pretty, so feminine,” Chiuri told Women’s Wear Daily in May.

ABC News has reached out to Dior for comment.

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Chesnot/Getty Images(MENLO PARK, Calif.) -- Facebook removed over 1.6 billion fake accounts between April and September of this year, the company disclosed on Thursday.

"We also took down more fake accounts in Q2 and Q3 than in previous quarters, 800 million and 754 million respectively. Most of these fake accounts were the result of commercially motivated spam attacks trying to create fake accounts in bulk," Guy Rosen, vice president of product management wrote in a post on the company's website on Thursday.

"Because we are able to remove most of these accounts within minutes of registration, the prevalence of fake accounts on Facebook remained steady at 3% to 4% of monthly active users as reported in our Q3 earnings," Rosen added.

The company revealed information about its efforts to crack down on fake accounts, hate speech, terrorist propaganda and child pornography ahead of a conference call with reporters that is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Go green or go big?

Or both.

Automakers are flooding the market today with hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric battery-powered cars, with more models on the horizon.

Even as production of green cars ramp up, automakers are unveiling a dizzying number of vehicles with larger and ever more powerful engines.

A Jeep Grand Cherokee with 707 horsepower. A Lamborghini SUV that can whip laps like its supercar siblings. A Rolls-Royce truck built with a twin-turbo 6.7-liter V-12 engine that averages 14 miles per gallon on city roads and highways. SUVs account for 70 percent of the U.S. market versus 1.5 percent for electric vehicles. Automakers are happy to give customers what they want: sport-utility vehicles have higher margins and generate more revenue.

With more gas guzzlers on the road, can automakers still tout their carbon-cutting credentials?

“In the industry today there is such a disconnect between today and tomorrow,” Jeremy Acevedo, manager of industry analysis for Edmunds, told ABC News. “Automakers have set their sights on the future, which include autonomous and electrified vehicles. But automakers are selling high-profit SUVs in record numbers.”

The average new vehicle transaction price in October was $37,007, according to Kelley Blue Book, which tracks monthly sales. Sales of SUVs and CUVs, which have a higher sticker price than traditional sedans, are helping to push that number to new records.

“The bulk of America speaks with its wallet,” said Acevedo.

Last month an electric vehicle sold for an average of $63,366, according to Kelley Blue Book data. Compare that to the price of a full-size SUV/crossover ($62,833), mid-size car ($25,548) and luxury car ($56,234).

“In order to become a mainstream, practical option, the overall cost and range of an electric car must be on par with a traditional ICE [internal combustion engine] vehicle,” Brandon Mason, an automotive analyst at PwC, told ABC News.

He estimates that will happen by at least 2027.

“Right now they’re not cost competitive,” he explained. “But everyone agrees -- electric cars are the future.”

Ford Motors said it will offer 16 electric vehicles (EVs) and 24 plug-in hybrids and regular hybrids by 2022 -- an investment of $11 billion. The Detroit automaker currently sells five electrified vehicles, including an electric battery-powered Focus. Even its iconic Mustang sports car will go green; a V8-engine hybrid version debuts in 2021. General Motors said it was increasing production of its Bolt electric car by 20 percent to meet global demand. Sales of the Bolt are up more than 15 percent this year, though the majority of sales are outside the U.S.

German automaker Porsche, which started the luxury SUV craze, boasts seven “E-hybrid” vehicles, including six plug-in Panameras and one plug-in Cayenne SUV, which got a full redesign for 2019. Porsche still leads the competition in terms of performance vehicles with environmentally friendly cred. In Europe, for example, 63 percent of Panamera sales have the hybrid powertrain, which allows the vehicle to go short distances on the electric battery. A fully electric Porsche “Taycan” will begin production next year.

Volkswagen, Europe's largest automaker by sales, said on Wednesday it would convert three factories in Germany to build electric cars. The rise of the electric car can be credited to two factors: Tesla and government regulations.

“Even though it’s a smaller player, Tesla casts a large shadow on the industry,” Acevedo explained.

The Model S, Tesla’s $70,000 sedan, was not an instant sales success, he noted. But it “hit its stride” over the years and regularly outsells its gasoline-engine luxury sedan competitors.

“A lot of Tesla’s market promise came from the Model S,” he said.

Ferrari has been quietly testing its gasoline-electric hybrid car. Aston Martin joined the electric car club with its Rapide E sedan. Not to be outdone, Italian sports car maker Maserati recently announced hybrids are in its future even as it rolls out two high-performance versions of its Levante SUV: the GTS with 550 hp and the 590-hp Trofeo.

“The V8 is predominantly focused on the U.S. market,” Matt McAlear, head of product marketing for Maserati North America, told ABC News.

The two V8 models will make up 10 percent of this year’s sales, he said. But by 2022 the Levante can brag that its driving dynamics and performance come without the help of a conventional engine.

“The Levante is still in its infancy,” McAlear said. “It’s being developed as a global vehicle.”

China, the world’s largest car market, also ranks as the No. 1 market for electrified vehicles. Chinese officials have declared their intentions of putting more electrified vehicles on the road, and sales, unsurprisingly, are up.

“There’s a huge national investment and generous rebates for the production of electric cars,” Acevedo said.

Lawmakers in France, India, Norway and Britain are also toying with banning sales of new gasoline and diesel cars. The dichotomy between government and consumer demands are forcing automakers to hedge their bets, Mason pointed out.

“They need to have a global portfolio,” he said.

Particularly confusing for automakers are efforts by the Trump administration to weaken the fuel economy standards established by former President Obama. In August, the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed freezing CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards at 37 miles per gallon for new cars and trucks manufactured for sale in the U.S. for model years 2021 through 2026. The Obama administration in 2012 put in place rules that raised CAFE standards for new cars and trucks to 54.5 mpg by 2025. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have filed lawsuits against the rollback by President Trump.

Regardless of the upcoming legal battles, electric cars and hybrids are not going anywhere. Automakers have also learned that design is just as important as range.

Electric cars are not as “quirky” and “polarizing” in their looks, Acevedo said, adding that some models, like the Jaguar I-PACE SUV and Audi e-tron, are beautifully designed and “more in touch with what shoppers want.” But don’t write off the gas-guzzling SUV just yet.

“There is a willingness” to build these larger and faster vehicles, Mason said. “People are buying them.”

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Royal Caribbean(NEW YORK) -- From a 10-story slide to a high-energy boardwalk on the deck, Symphony of the Seas is changing the family vacation game.

The newest ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet includes activities that dare its guests to take on their boldest adventures yet, from glow-in-the-dark laser tag to a zip line spanning more than 80 feet.

"Actually doing these activities is really fun, but also watching it!" Mark Tamis, senior vice president of hotel operations for Royal Caribbean International, told ABC News' Good Morning America. "Grandma and grandpa can be watching their kids or their grand kids actually climbing the rock wall, doing the zip line that goes right over ... There's so much to do and so much to watch people doing, it's really an incredible vacation!"

Guests of all ages will also enjoy the on board entertainment -- from the acrobatic performances in the AquaTheater to the live production of the Broadway hit, Hairspray.

"Royal Caribbean is very much a family brand," Michael Bayley, CEO and president of Royal Caribbean International, told GMA. "Whether you're a baby, a 2-year-old, a 5-year-old, into your 90s, or 100, we have experiences and activities that really work for you."

If you’re in the mood for something more relaxing, the cruise has its very own “Central Park” -- a green sanctuary with more than 20,000 plants. This is just one of the options that Symphony of the Seas has on board.

Symphony of the Seas is an evolution of the other ships in its class: Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and Harmony of the Seas. Each ship in the fleet is an evolution of the next, and Symphony of the Seas features a bit of everything from its sister cruises.

The biggest difference of all is the size of Symphony of the Seas.

The ship measures 238 feet tall and 1,188 feet in length, with over 2,700 state rooms, which is more than the next largest in the fleet: Harmony of the Seas. Symphony of the Seas can hold 5,518 guests and 2,200 crew.

Royal Caribbean International's (RCI) latest ship is serving up some unique dining options, as well.

The Wonderland restaurant experience might you make go mad -- but only in the best of ways.

Guests are served surprise, innovative dishes based on six elements: sea, earth, wind, fire, ice and dreams. To top it all off, the Symphony of the Seas is RCI's first fleet to feature a Mad Hatter on staff in their Wonderland restaurant.

Some of the new restaurants include a taste of the seas with Hooked Seafood, and Mexican "street fare" dishes at El Loco Fresh.

Symphony of the Seas will sail for seven-night trips from Miami, starting on Nov. 17, and it will add trips to Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CoCo, opening in May 2019.

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Courtesy Christies(NEW YORK) -- One of the most iconic paintings of the 20th century is poised to shatter the world record for the most expensive work by a living artist sold at auction.

David Hockney's "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)" will be offered Thursday at Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York City, where it is expected to sell for upwards of $80 million, which would smash the $58.4 million record set by Jeff Koons' "Balloon Dog" in 2013.

Alex Rotter, co-chairman of post-war and contemporary art at Christie's, described the acrylic painting as "one of the great masterpieces of the modern era."

"David Hockney’s brilliance as an artist is on full display with this monumental canvas, which encapsulates the essence of the idealized poolside landscape, and the tremendous complexity that exists within human relationships," Rotter said in a statement. "With this painting, Hockney cemented his placement within the realm of history’s most venerated artists, and come November, it is poised to become the most valuable work of art by a living artist ever sold at auction."

Hockney, who is revered as one of Great Britain's most influential artists and a pioneer of the 1960s pop art movement, conceived the composition for the double portrait by chance, after seeing the juxtaposition of two photographs on the floor of his studio in London -- one of a figure swimming underwater in a pool and the other of a boy staring at something on the ground.

He began painting in October 1971 but abandoned the first version of the canvas months later amid the end of his five-year relationship with Peter Schlesinger, a much younger American artist who was Hockney's original muse for the standing figure, according to Christie's.

Hockney started over in early April 1972, hoping to finish the piece for a planned exhibition in New York City the following month. He traveled to English filmmaker Tony Richardson's villa in the South of France, Le Nid du Duc, which became the backdrop for a number of Hockney's works.

There, he took hundreds of photographs of the villa's pool and breathtaking view in preparation for the painting, using his studio assistant as a stand-in for Schlesinger and a young photographer as the swimmer, according to Christie's.

Upon returning to London with the images, which soon covered the walls of his studio, Hockney worked on the painting 18 hours a day for two weeks straight, completing the piece the night before it was to be shipped to the U.S., according to Christie's.

The painting is lauded as a culmination of two of Hockney's most iconic motifs: a pool and a double portrait. The privately-owned work will go under the hammer at Christie's auction house in New York City Thursday night.

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The Ford Motor Company(NEW YORK) -- Ford is getting into the food and diaper business.

The carmaker announced a partnership with Walmart and Postmates on Wednesday, that would use self-driving cars to deliver grocery items using Postmates' infrastructure.

The move highlights the challenges facing Ford as ride-share and tech companies cut into the need for individual car ownership, and gives Walmart something to compete with Amazon's vast logistics operation to deliver consumer items in the traditional retail "last mile" journey home.

"We are exploring how self-driving vehicles can deliver many everyday goods such as groceries, diapers, pet food and personal care items. Enabled by Postmates delivery as a service, we were able to quickly set up a pilot program that explores how our self-driving vehicles can complement Walmart’s existing delivery offerings," Ford Autonomous Vehicles director of business development Brian Wolf wrote in a Medium post.

Walmart has been using Postmates to deliver grocery items picked by the retailer's personal shoppers, which will be available in 800 stores in 100 metro areas in the U.S., Wolf wrote. By next year, the number of stores offering delivery is expected to double.

The partnership to use self-driving cars for delivery, ahead of, say, commuting, was a good way for Ford to get into the autonomous game without too much risk, experts said.

"Doubling down on the commercial side of self-driving technology is a safer bet for Ford, but could be one that pays off well in the end. Solving commercial challenges is far easier than solving commuter ones, and is most likely the area where self-driving technology will take off first," Jeremy Acevedo, Edmunds manager of industry analysis, said in a statement.

"People may not be willing to trust a self-driving car to take them somewhere, but if the car is going to bring things to them and make their lives a little easier, suddenly the technology is a lot less scary," Acevedo added.

The Ford grocery delivery program will launch in Miami, where the company has already completed 1,000 deliveries, Wolf wrote. Ford launched its autonomous driving experiment in the beach city earlier this year, partnering with Domino's and Postmates. The Domino's cars have a human driver.

"A self-driving vehicle won’t need to be tipped and it won’t park illegally," Sherif Marakby, Ford's vice president of autonomous vehicles and electrification, wrote in a Medium post at the time.

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iStock/Thinkstock(GENEVA) -- A nearly 19-carat rare pink diamond jewel once known as "Fancy Vivid Pink" sold this week at a Christie's auction house in Geneva for a record-breaking, bank account-busting $50 million.

"The saturation, the intensity of this stone is as good as it gets in a colored diamond," Rahul Kadakia, Christie's international Head of Jewelry, said in the statement.

"To find a diamond of this size with this color is pretty much unreal," Kadakia said in the statement. "You may see this color in a pink diamond of less than one carat. But this is almost 19 carats and it’s as pink as can be. It’s unbelievable."

The pink diamond, an 18.96 carat Fancy Vivid Pink Diamond, was auctioned off during the Magnificent Jewels auction in Switzerland this week.

"Pink diamonds of any size and depth of color have always had a special allure," Tom Moses, executive vice president of Gemological Institute of America said in a statement. "This 18.96 carat emerald cut pink diamond is amongst the rarest of all gemstones."

The "Fancy Vivid Pink" diamond was sold to jeweler Harry Winston, who re-named it "The Winston Pink Legacy" diamond.

Gemologists categorize diamonds into two types: Type I and Type II, with Type II being rarer -- with a homogeneous color.

"Pink diamonds fall under the rare Type II a category of diamonds," Kadakia said. "These are stones that have little if any trace of nitrogen, and make up less than two percent of all gem diamonds. Type IIa stones are some of the most chemically pure diamonds often with exceptional transparency and brilliance."

“Only one in 100,000 diamonds possess a color deep enough to qualify as ‘Fancy Vivid’, and the Winston Legacy set a new record price per carat for a pink diamond,” according to Christie’s.

Only about 10 percent of pink diamonds weigh more than one-fifth of a carat, and Fancy Vivid Pink diamonds are rarely bigger than five or six carats.

Fancy Vivid Pink diamonds which weigh more than 10 carats are "virtually unheard of," according to a Christie's statement, which notes that only four times in the auction house's 250-year history have such precious gems appeared for sale.

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iStock/Thinkstock(HORTONVILLE, Wis.) -- A family-owned business in Wisconsin that makes whiskey, beer and shot glasses with a decorative bullet built into them that they describe as “bulletproof” gave its company employees an unusual gift -- $500 to purchase the gun of their choice.

The announcement came late last month during a company meeting.

"We wanted to give a gift they could use for personal protection and we thought it would be fun," Ben Wolfgram, co-owner of BenShot, the glassware design company in Hortonville, Wisconsin, told ABC News.

The staff of 16 was allowed to pick a firearm at any local gun shop, and use any remaining money to purchase firearm accessories. The staff is a mixture of veterans, experienced gun owners, and first-time gun buyers, according to Wolfgram.

Firearm purchases are usual in this town, where hunting is common, and the company’s decision raised no red flags with local law enforcement.

"Every business has to make a policy on what they want to do. It’s not mandated. If the owners feels uncomfortable [purchasing firearms] there is no problem with that," Hortonville Village Police Chief Kristine Brownson told ABC News.

Training isn’t required to carry a firearm, but Wolfgram said the employees at BenShot were trained on gun safety.

With a seemingly constant stream of mass shootings in the U.S., BenShot is receiving backlash on social media, with some Twitter users vowing to boycott the business.

"We try to respectfully listen to their opinion and respectfully disagree," Wolfgram told ABC News.

The company said it supports the NRA and the 2nd amendment.

"Our Company is based on ammunition. We put bullets in drinking glasses," he said.

Wolfgram said the purchasing of firearms has been great for team building.

"I purchased a Smith & Wesson. I got a revolver, that’s a 38 special. It’s awesome to be a part of something like this," Chelsea Priest, marketing manager at BenShot, told ABC News.

Only two employees chose not to purchase a firearm.

"I decided not to get a gun. My husband isn’t into guns and I didn’t need one at this time," glass technician Jan Westby told ABC News, but added that her decision was not a political one.

So far, Wolfgram said no employee has brought their firearm to work.

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Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Federal authorities have subpoenaed the social media company Snap Inc in an inquiry that appears to focus on Snap’s March, 2017 initial public offering, the company confirmed to ABC News Wednesday.

Both the Justice Department (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC) have subpoenaed the company, which own the popular messaging app Snapchat.

The revelation about the subpoenas comes in the wake of a 2017 shareholder lawsuit alleging that Snap underplayed how competition from Instagram weighed on the growth of Snapchat.

“Snap has been responding to subpoenas and requests for information made by staff from the DOJ and the SEC,” a spokesman said in a statement. “It is our understanding that these regulators are investigating issues related to the previously disclosed allegations asserted in the class action about our IPO disclosures,” the spokesman said, referring to the company's initial public offering.

In May of last year shareholders sued Snap, alleging the company made “material misrepresentations and omissions concerning Snap’s user growth” and issued “materially false and/or misleading statements in Snap’s registration statement for its IPO.”

“While we do not have complete visibility into these investigations, our understanding is that the DOJ is likely focused on IPO disclosures relating to competition from Instagram," the Snap spokesman said in the statement.

"We continue to believe the class action's claims are meritless and our IPO disclosures were accurate and complete,” the Snap spokesman said.

After Snap’s $3.4 billion IPO its signature messaging app has disappointed investors and the stock price has dropped from its initial offering price of $17 per share to $6.71 on Tuesday.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The makers of e-cigarettes are facing new government restrictions on how the popular liquid nicotine products can be advertised and sold, with a top federal regulator making clear that industry hasn't done enough to keep vaping devices away from young people.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration already bans the sales of e-cigarettes and tobacco products to those under 18. And some states have gone farther, restricting sales to customers over 21. But FDA has made clear that it doesn't think enough has been done to prevent a new generation of Americans growing up addicted to nicotine. The agency has called out what it calls an "epidemic" of e-cigarette use among minors and has announced a Dec. 5 public hearing on the subject.

"We will take additional actions in the coming months to address the public health concern of youth e-cigarette and other tobacco product use with the goal of slowing and ultimately reversing these troubling trends," the FDA said earlier this month.

Juul, the nation's leading producer of e-cigarettes, tried to fend off additional regulation this week when it announced it would stop selling flavored vaping devices popular with younger consumers, including mango, fruit, creme and cucumber.

The company says it will only sell those flavors online and is setting up a system that would independently verify a person's age before allowing the sale.

"We don’t want anyone who doesn’t smoke, or already use nicotine, to use JUUL products," according to a company statement posted online. "We certainly don’t want youth using the product. It is bad for public health, and it is bad for our mission."

But Scott Gottlieb, head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said the actions by Juul wouldn't be enough.

"We're deeply concerned about the epidemic of youth use of e-cigs," he tweeted. "Voluntary action is no substitute for regulatory steps #FDA will soon take."

Last month, the FDA raided the San Francisco headquarters of Juul Labs, looking for documents related to the company's marketing practices. The federal regulator had been investigating whether Juul violated the law by targeting minors through its advertising and flavored products.

Gottlieb said he still supports policies that would help adult smokers quit, including the encouragement of adults addicted to traditional cigarettes to transition to e-cigarettes. But, he adds, "I won’t allow policy accommodation we take to promote innovation to come at the expense of an epidemic of use of tobacco products by children. We are now witnessing that epidemic."

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