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Building Collapse in South Florida

At least eleven people are dead after a building collapse in Surfside, FL. Rescue operations continue.

A condominium partially collapsed in South Florida on June 24, at 1:20 AM. At least half of the 135 units in the 13-story building have collapsed, according to the Miami-Dade mayor Danielle Levine Cava. The Champlain Towers South building was originally shaped like an “L,” but the lower half of that shape was completely sheared off, including the building’s pool and garage. 

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is leading the rescue efforts along with multiple other agencies. The White House and FEMA are also monitoring the situation and will provide assistance to the local officials if needed. 

A woman who resides on the ninth floor recalled her experience to Local 10, “The whole building shook like an earthquake. I opened my sliding glass and I saw a plume of dust and then I opened the door and I saw that the building had pancaked in the back.”

Another resident commented that he and his wife fled to the garage, only to find that the pipes had burst and it was flooded. 

Rescue teams are recovering victims from the rubble, while all tenants in unaffected apartments are being evacuated. Firefighters continue to sift through the wreckage for victims, which includes using dogs and microphones.

“Debris is falling on them as they do their work. We have structural engineers on site to ensure that they will not be injured, but they are proceeding because they are so motivated and they are taking extraordinary risk on the site every day,” says Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, describing the “extreme risk” of the firefighters  dangerous duty.

Over 400 workers are involved in the rescue effort, with up to 200 rescuers searching through debris at all times, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Alan Cominsky.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett cannot think of a reason for this collapse to have happened, other than an unexpected sinkhole or human interference. While he confirmed that roof work was being done on this building, this is a regular occurrence that he doesn’t believe could have caused the collapse. However, former Surfside Vice Mayor Barry Cohen, a resident of the collapsed building, believes that the roof work actually may have compromised the integrity of the building.

Unfortunately, a thunderstorm has paused all rescue efforts for the time being, according to Commissioner Sally Heyman.

On Saturday, June 26, at least 159 people remained missing. On Monday, two more victims were found. As of Tuesday, June 29, the number of missing persons has decreased to 150.

The Champlain Towers South condominium community have continued to mourn the victims of the tragedy in the days following the harrowing accident.

A third lawsuit has now been filed against the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association on behalf of ninth floor resident, Raysa Rodriguez. Rodriguez is seeking unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial. The compliant alleges: ““Despite the obvious duties required by Florida law, and this admitted duty of care by the Association’s Declaration and other governing documents, Defendant, through their own reckless and negligent conduct, caused a catastrophic deadly collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside.”

Rodriguez additionally alleged that in 2018, “major structural damages” were outlined in a structural field survey report submitted to the defendant by Morabito Consultants. The compliant is seeking a class action status lawsuit to represent all of the condominium’s victims of the tragic accident.

Rodriguez’ attorney, Adam Schwartzbaum, argued that the building has been aware of these “critical” structural issues for some time, and that warning signs of collapse have been apparent for the last decade. Schwartzbaum says, “Certainly for at least three years, there was a major red flag…sirens flashing, alerting the condo association of this of this danger.” He elaborated in another comment that, “based on our investigation there were many warnings signs more than 10 years ago, maybe even longer. These are not things that were just a few years ago.”

A letter sent from the building’s condo association president reveals that damage to the basement garage of the building had become “significantly worse” since its prior inspection, three years ago. The letter also reveals that the estimated repair costs had risen from $9 million to $15 million, reveals USA Today.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki has said that President Joe Biden thinks an investigation into the Champlain Towers South collapse should be set in motion.

The harrowing search-and-rescue operation is still currently underway, stretching into day six of the rescue effort.

A family reunification center has been set up for anyone looking for unaccounted or missing relatives at a community center at 9301 Collins Ave. Those searching for their loved ones or to report that they have been located are asked to call 305-614-1819. An emergency information hotline has also been created at 305-993-1071.

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Jacob Blake Shot by Wisconsin Police

In the most recent incident to incite protests against injustices across the nation this summer, a Black man has been shot in Wisconsin. Jacob Blake, witnesses said, was attempting to break up an argument between two women. Following this, he walked back towards his silver SUV this past Sunday, August 23rd while being trailed by a police officer involved in the confrontation. As three of his children watched from their vehicle, the police officer proceeded to fire seven times at Blake’s back and close range. One can only imagine the trauma for his sons. As of today, Blake remains hospitalized in serious condition, but is expected to survive.

The incident, caught on video, has gone similarly viral to other violent misconducts by the police over the course of spring and summer 2020. The officers involved in Blake’s shooting have been placed on administrative leave and have shocked the small city of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Protests across the city have motivated Governor Evers to call in the National Guard, though he attempted to assure constituents it was not in an effort to mimic clashes between protesters and servicemen in places like Seattle, Minneapolis, or New York. Minor confrontations have occurred over the past two days despite this.

Following George Floyd’s murder this past May, protests against the police and in favor of the movement Black Lives Matter have exploded across the country. Blake’s shooting has added fuel to the fire, inspiring renewed protests and calls to action all across the nation. The incident in Kenosha has furthered the call for cities to cut funding to police departments, restructure their legal practices, amongst other changes.

Governor of Wisconsin Tony Evers tweeted in support of Jacob Blake and in condemnation of the actions of police officers involved: “I have said all along that although we must offer our empathy, equally important is our action. In the coming days, we will demand just that of elected officials in our state who have failed to recognize the racism in our state and country for far too long. And we stand against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites.” The Governor also signed an executive order into Wisconsin’s state legislature for a special session to pass legislation and police reforms for August 31st. The reforms are expected to be fought by the state’s Republican leadership.

Calls from the countries Democratic leadership have come again for immediate reform, including the voice of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as he “wakes up yet again with grief and outrage that yet another Black American is a victim of excessive force.” President Trump has not commented directly on the shooting, but Vice President Pence made a statement yesterday emphasizing the administration’s loyalty to their men and women in blue.

The situation involving the shooting of Jacob Blake and ensuing actions in Kenosha, Wisconsin continues to develop.

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Toyota Avalon TRD

By Abigail Baldwin × Vaughn Lowery

Los Angeles traffic is a sea of homogeneity and it’s hard for your car to stand out amongst the sprawl of uninspired sedans and low-performance hatchbacks. The 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD is the perfect, unique commuter car that’s practical while also making a standout statement. The sleek, high-performance vehicle is perfect for a youthful executive with a small family in tow. It’s red accents, curved tail lights, and high-speed performance variants set it apart from the dull monotony of the commuter car market.

Design

The design of the 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD is sleek and vigorous. It’s low to the ground, and 1.8 inches longer than a Toyota Camry, giving it a sporty look. Driving the Avalon TRD makes a visual statement with a massive grill. The taillights are elegant and concave, above TRD exhaust tips, and the side-skirts feature a unique red pin-striping detail.

Toyota has continued its uses of the push-button start and keyless entry features with the Avalon TRD. The car also features a remote start by holding down on the unlock button on the key, allowing you to start your car from inside the house on a cold day. The key also includes a trunk button that gracefully opens the exceptionally spacious trunk.

The interior of the Avalon TRD is airy and luxe. The black leather features red contrast stitching to match the vibrant red seat belts, red piping accents on the seats, and the exterior pinstripe. No one has to fight for shotgun because the back seats have ample legroom, two charging stations, and a convenient center armrest that has a drop-down cup holder for everyone’s Starbucks…

The attention to detail includes the front seat door panel, which is padded leather with classic window and mirror controls. The red piping and cloth inserts make the heated front seats sporty and comfortable. The red contrast stitching is incorporated throughout the interior of the vehicle, including the steering wheel. The dashboard and gages have a simple, uncluttered look. The center console matches the sporty aspect of the car and doesn’t skimp on handy features: four USB charging stations, a Qi-compatible wireless charging station, two cup holders, and a button parking brake below the shift. A large sunroof set into the dark leather ceiling completes the luxurious interior.

Technology

The state-of-the-art technology enhances the commodious interior of the Avalon TRD. The Avalon TRD features cruise control on the steering wheel and a back-up camera with multiple angle options. The media center is a touch screen and provides voice activation Bluetooth for handsfree calling and music control. The voice control button is placed on the steering wheel for easy access. The Audio Plus system includes eight speakers for surrounding sound. The media center has an audio jack and a USB 2.0 port. The car is Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatible, as well as Scout®, GPS Link, Siri®, and HD Radio™ compatible. This model also offers an HD radio with a SiriusXM® 3-month All Access trial.

Performance and Safety

What’s most unique about the 2020 Avalon TRD is that it’s a commuter sedan with multiple performance variants. The car includes eco, normal, and sport modes. The Avalon TRD has an incredibly luxurious and sporty feel. It is an 8-speed automatic with the option of manual gear shift, using steering wheel tabs or the traditional stick shift.

The car has an almost silent start and minimal road noise. It has a responsive, natural feeling throttle and fast acceleration. The 2020 Avalon has two-piston brake calipers. The breaks are smooth with a gradual bite and require that you push halfway down to get a more dramatic break. The 2020 TRD has a lower center of gravity and stiffer springs than the previous Avalon model. It features 19-inch rims, lighter than the standard, s, and the car has updated, track-tuned suspension. Also, the special suspension accompanies a 15.8 gal fuel tank capacity, a 3.5 L V6 engine, and a horsepower of 301 hp. With a curb weight of 3,638 lbs and an MPG of 22 city/31 highway, the Avalon’s features are space and resource-efficient. The steering is a bit heavier than the previous Avalon but still exceptionally light, allowing for flat turns with a great grip.

The Avalon TRD has great visibility, with additional trunk windows on either side. The car’s protective system offers fast response times and enhanced vehicle stability control for a safe drive you can trust. It includes ten airbags: driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, rear seat-mounted side airbags, and front and rear side curtain airbags. Additionally, the 2020 Avalon has front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zones, a blind-spot monitor, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Overall, the 2020 Avalon TRD is a unique, luxury vehicle with safety and security you can feel, and style you can see.

Pricing

The 2020 Avalon TRD goes for $45,000 before market adjustment, making it a competitor for Audi and BMW models. The suggested retail price or MSRP starts at $42,375. The TRD, however, is larger than the competition, with a more spacious and luxurious interior, and its own sleek, red-accented look. Additionally, the TRD comes with a memorized steering wheel position and a higher fuel economy when compared to the 2020 Nissan Maxima.

For updated pricing details and a closer look at the model, visit Toyota’s website.

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Brinks Cat Series NFT

360 Magazine is excited to announce the launching of the Brinks Cat NFT series, exclusively on Opensea, The collection can be found, and purchased, HERE. To stay ahead of the curve, we’re launching our second ever NFT collection with the help of artist Mel Quagrainie. We will be selling both tangible and non-tangible items, that are going to be one-of-a-kind pieces. Each cat is an adorable creature with a cute face and a different load in between. Be sure to snag yours before it’s too late!

Our first project, Merging Versus, can be found HERE. If you want more information on it, click HERE.

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE UNITED STATES

Human trafficking can be defined as “a crime that  involves the exploitation of a person for labor, services, or commercial sex.” 

The illegal ring of human enslavement primarily for sex acts has been a problem in the United States for quite some time. The popularity of social media combined with the ongoing stresses from the COVID-19 pandemic have only furthered the presence of human trafficking in the country.

Human enslavement has been a rampant problem often stemming from the Midwest, expanding through the rest of the country. The Midwest serves as the epicenter for trafficking endeavors for several reasons. First off, the number of federal interstates that are common make it easier to transport victims. Commerce tends to be high in areas such as St. Louis and Chicago, simplifying the traveling process of victims. The Midwest has, too, been regarded as a safe part of the country, which masks the existence of human exploitation in this part of the country.

Although servitude of humans has great linkage to the Midwest, it has an intense correlation to the Black community, specifically Black woman. According to the FBI, 53% of all children involved in juvenile prostitution arrests are Black.

This linkage stems back to the racism and oppression prevalent in US history, combined with sexualization of people of color. The Center on Poverty and Inequality generated a study to investigate this point, and found that adults generally regarded Black girls as “less innocent and more adult like than white girls.” Black women continue to be targeted, predominantly by white men. A 2012 research study found that about 85% of people who purchased sex online were white men.

These prejudices impact perpetrator motives, as they are statistically more likely to go after Black girls/ women. A two-year review of alleged enslavement occurrences found that 40% of sex trafficking victims were Black women.

The pandemic and the rise of social media, too, has played its factor in the rise of human subjugation. With many individuals suffering from economic and social deficiencies, trafficking systems have grown exponentially. The victims tend to be vulnerable, often children, in search of some form of attention. Victims often are coerced into enslavement with false promises of jobs or stability.

The growing commonness of human trafficking in the US is alarming and must come to a stop. One of the key problems that prevents victims from being identified is that they often do not believe they are victims. Victims cannot comprehend or see what they’re going through to be considered exploitation, as they often form trauma bonds with their abusers, are hidden in plain sight.

Common signs that can help us identify human trafficking:

  • Physically appearing malnourished
  • Physical injuries
  • Avoidance of eye contact, social communication; primarily with law enforcement
  • Rehearsed replies in social communication
  • Lack of identification documents
  • Staying at hotels/motels with older males
    • Victims refer to males as boyfriend or “daddy” – street slang for pimp
  • Young children serving in family restaurants
  • Individual not allowed in public alone, often spoken for

Trafficking cases continue to grow in numbers, with victims regularly becoming younger and younger. A North Carolina woman was recently sentenced to over 19 years in prison for sex trafficking a 13-year-old girl. This NC proceeding provides insight into common patterns that occur in human enslavement circumstances. It highlights the dominance of social media used in trafficking acts, the susceptibility that victims face and how perpetrators are typically somewhat close to victims.

Authorities were made aware of this case on January 1, 2020, when a 23-year-old girl was a believed victim of sex trafficking. They were able to uncover that from December 2 to the 25 of 2019, Simone McIllwain had been sex-trafficking the young girl in the Charlotte area.

The girl met McIllwain through a shared relationship, when McIllwain started advertising the girl online for commercial sex. She arranged that the 13-year-old girl would perform sex acts in her own hotel room, while she obtained segments of the profits.

She pleaded guilty of sex trafficking of a minor in April 2021, when she was placed in federal custody. Now, she has been sentenced to 235 months in federal prison and 20 years of supervised release.

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1 (888) 373-7888

SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”)

Website: http://humantraffickinghotline.org/.

Written By: McKinley Franklin 

DEVIL'S REIGN: OMEGA #1 cover artwork via InHyuk Lee for use by 360 MAGAZINE

DEVIL’S REIGN: OMEGA #1

Swarming the Marvel Universe as an amplification of Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto’s DAREDEVIL comes the finale issue of DEVIL’S REIGN. The final issue, DEVIL’S REIGN: OMEGA #1, is set to hit comic stores in May, showcasing transformations of the Marvel heroes and villains we know and love.

Stemming from one of the most prominent Marvel stories, New York City draws a new, reimagined form. New York’s superheroes strive to become accustomed to their new way of living in a post-battle world. The dangerous reality that swarms the city of NYC leaves citizens questioning the infamous superheroes. The storyline takes several twists and turns, from the NYC mayoral marathon to the destiny of Elektra as the Woman Without Fear, you will want to keep up with this sensational narrative.

DEVIL’S REIGN: OMEGA #1 marks the start of the up-and-coming periods of Daredevil, Elektra, Kingpin and the new-found Thunderbolts.  Stories are written by creatives such as Zdarsky and artist Rafael De Latorre.

Don’t miss out on the issue when it releases this May. For more information, visit Marvel.com.

Cover designed by InHyuk Lee.

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MORGAN RELEASES THREE WHEELED MODEL

The model is the company’s first clean-sheet visual design since the Morgan Aero 8, which was launched in 2000

All-new model will be Morgan’s most configurable vehicle ever with an extensive array of accessories available at launch

The Morgan Motor Company has confirmed its all-new three-wheeled model will be launched on 24 February 2022. The new car marks Morgan’s first new design language and product ethos since the launch of the Aero range, which went on sale more than two decades ago.

Most details will remain undisclosed until the global unveil on 24 February. But Morgan has confirmed the use of a Ford three-cylinder engine for the upcoming model, continuing the long-standing use of Ford powerplants in the company’s line-up. 

It will also be Morgan’s most customisable vehicle to date. Several identities of the model will be shown at launch, showcasing the diverse and versatile options available. They will highlight some of the personalities that have inspired its design, from bold, individual, and eccentric colours to fit-for-purpose adventure and motorsport-inspired mid-century racers.

Steve Morris, Chairman and CEO of Morgan Motor Company, said: “The next chapter of Morgan’s three-wheeled story will begin on 24 February, and we couldn’t be more excited to finally show it to the world. The all-new model continues a 113 year legacy of three-wheeled Morgan cars, and – as has always been the case – the new model will be totally different to anything else.”

Jonathan Wells, Head of Design, Morgan Motor Company, said: “The energy and imagination that the design and engineering teams have invested into creating the all-new three-wheeled model is incredible. I am confident that this will be apparent through the sheer quantity of options, quality, performance and attention to detail.”                                    

About Morgan Motor Company: 

Morgan Motor Company is a British manufacturer of handcrafted sports cars, located in Malvern, Worcestershire, UK. The world-famous Morgan cars offer a unique blend of charisma, quality materials, craftsmanship and performance. Morgan has been handcrafting coach built traditional British sports cars that are thrilling to drive and unique within the marketplace since 1909. In March 2019, Investindustrial purchased a majority share of the company, and by doing so invested in the long-term future of the Morgan Motor Company building cars in Britain. The Morgan family, along with the senior management team and the wider workforce, retain a shareholding of the company and work alongside Investindustrial. Morgan produces around 850 vehicles annually, of which over 70% are exported. Its model range – comprising the Plus Four and Plus Six, and forthcoming three-wheeled product – is sold through more than 70 official dealerships in around 30 countries worldwide.

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ELYANNA × BALTI

Palestinian-Chilean singer and songwriter Elyanna releases her new single entitled “Ghareeb Alay” feat. Balti via Universal Arabic Music, with an accompanying music video. Born and raised in Nazareth and now living in Los Angeles, the rising songstress collaborates with the Tunisian singer and rapper on an entrancing track that fuses Arabic music with pop and R&B beats.

 On the song, which translates to “Strange To Me” in English, Elyanna says, “‘Ghareeb Alay’ characterizes the story of a love song, but it’s much deeper than that. ‘Ghareeb Alay’ reflects change, around us and inside us. For Elyanna, as an immigrant, as an artist, and as a young female in the beginning of her journey. Everything and everyone feels new and strange. Ghareeb.”

Balti chimes in, saying, “‘Ghareeb Alay’ is one of the best songs I’ve ever worked on in my career. My collaboration with Elyanna adds a new artistic touch to the Pop Urban Arabic genre.” 

Ghareeb Alay” is Elyanna’s first release under Universal Arabic Music and follows a string of previous releases, including her 2020 self-titled debut EP and breakout single “Ana Lahale” feat. Massari, which has over 14.5 million Spotify streams to date and 11 million video views. Not to mention, last fall, Elyanna was featured on fellow Universal Arabic Music artist Issam Alnajjar’s song “Hada Ghareeb”. Together, Elyanna and Issam are paving the way for a new generation of disruptive music arriving from the MENA region for fans around the world. 

Amassing over 100 million global streams to date and receiving critical acclaim from Vogue Middle East, Cosmopolitan Middle East, GQ Middle East, and more, Elyanna has all eyes on her as she gears up to drop more music this spring.

ABOUT ELYANNA

No matter what lines, borders, or boundaries seemingly separate us, songs bring us back together. Elyanna unites listeners worldwide around a sizzling signature style steeped in Arabic music, pop, and R&B. Singing in Arabic and English, the Palestinian-Chilean singer, songwriter, and performer instantly enchants with soul and spirit. Growing up in Nazareth, she discovered her calling early on. At just six-years-old, she often donned her mom’s heels and black coat and performed in front of the mirror. One day, her mother and siblings caught her to which she responded, “You don’t even know what I’m capable of doing yet.Soon after, the budding talent practiced daily with her older brother Feras who played piano and penned songs of his own. She regularly shut down talent shows and even practiced for photo shoots. At just 15-years-old, she landed on the radar of GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter, and MAGIC! frontman Nasri Atweh [Justin Bieber, Pitbull, Chris Brown]. Nasri introduced her to Lebanese-Canadian star Massari and powerhouse manager, SAL&CO Founder, and Universal Arabic Music C.E.O. Wassim “Sal” Slaiby. Following a series of buzzing releases, she made waves internationally with the self-titled Elyanna EP in 2020, boasting fan favorites such as “Ana Lahale” [with Massari], racking up 14.5 million Spotify streams. After amassing 100 million global streams and earning acclaim from Vogue Middle East, Cosmopolitan Middle East, GQ Middle East, and more, she perfects this vision on a series of singles and her forthcoming 2022 debut for Universal Arabic Music led by “Ghareeb Alay.”

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HR Owen London Delivers Three Bugatti Supercars

H.R. Owen Bugatti London gathers three Chiron Super Sport 300+ – 10% of the total production – before they’re delivered to customers

H.R. Owen Bugatti London is delivering three Chiron Super Sport 300+ models to its customers in January, representing 10% of the total limited production run.

The Chiron Super Sport 300+ was first revealed to the world in 2019 when it became the first car from a production manufacturer to break the 300mph barrier, recording a world record speed of 304.773mph, with Official Bugatti Test Pilot Andy Wallace behind the wheel. It was announced shortly after that just 30 examples of the Chiron Super Sport 300+ would be handcrafted and delivered to customers worldwide. 

In order to achieve its world-record speed, the Chiron Super Sport 300+ received a number of meticulously engineered upgrades. Most obviously, its streamlined bodywork was redesigned to include a ‘longtail’, which helped maintain a smooth flow of air over the car to maintain stability at high speeds. The new shape, and a set of vertical exhaust pipes, allowed for a diffusor 32% larger, helping to further increase downforce. 

The legendary 8.0-litre W16 engine was upgraded with reinforced pistons, larger turbochargers and an oil pump capable of operating at higher pressures, to deliver a total of 1,600PS – exactly 100PS more than Chiron. 

The Chiron Super Sport 300+ is marked out by its unique paintwork. Compared with Super Sport, which shares a longtail body, the Super Sport 300+ is finished in black carbon fibre, complemented by a Jet Orange racing stripe running through the center of the car. Carbon continues to flow through into the car’s engine cover, and even the windscreen wiper.

Additional flourishes complete the 300+’s design, including a Bugatti “Macaron” logo made of genuine silver and black enamel, and strong magnesium alloy wheels finished in a bespoke colour named “Nocturne”.

The sold-out Chiron Super Sport 300+ vehicles are being built at Bugatti’s headquarters in Molsheim, France, each starting at a net price of 3.5 million euros.

H.R. Owen is the UK’s leading luxury motor dealer group, representing some of the world’s most sought-after brands including Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, BAC, Puritalia, Rimac and Radford. 

About H.R. Owen 

H.R. Owen is Britain’s leading luxury motor dealer group, dealing with some of the world’s most sought-after premium car brands – Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, BAC, Rimac and Puritalia. 

The H.R. Owen Group not only operates in sales and service of premium luxury cars, but it also offers a number of related divisions across all brands including its Insurance Services. 

The H.R. Owen flagship dealership, Jack Barclay, has been operating in Mayfair since 1927 and although traditionally just a London-based business, the company now has locations in five counties in addition to their six London showrooms – Cheltenham (Gloucestershire), Pangbourne (Berkshire), Byfleet (Surrey), St. Albans (Hertfordshire) as well as Stockport (Greater Manchester).

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Elevate Your Space

Tired of staring at the same four walls? Or has something about your home bothered you persistently? Even if you’re not ready to commit to time and money, there are many little tricks and changes you can DIY that can have a significant impact on the look and feel of your home interior design. Beyond feeling better, many of the easy switches homeowners can make are also far more environmentally friendly, creating a greener, cleaner home.

Here’s a list of inexpensive ideas from experts to elevate your indoor space and tips on how you can change your home’s atmosphere.

  • Plants

Live plants, faux plants, emotional support plants! There are so many options to choose from.
If you have the space and light for live plants, they are able to change the overall appearance of a space, and they have also been shown to boost moods, increase productivity and concentration, reduce stress, and eliminate air pollutants. This makes for a healthier, happier interior space that looks good and makes us feel good, too. In fact, there are many studies on how having plants encourages self care.

However, artificial plants are also great for those who want them just for decorative purposes. They never outgrow their pots, the leaves will never droop, and there’s no need to worry about watering them. Pet-safe and child-safe, perfect for those who travel a lot.

  • Pets

Nothing compares to the unconditional love from a pet that keeps you company. Pets, especially dogs and cats, have been proven that they can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and improve your overall health. While caring for an animal can help children grow emotional and social skills, pets also provide valuable companionship for adults. Other benefits include comfort and support, as dogs are very present and they know how to sit there and be loving.

  • Sponge an Old Door

A few decades ago, sponging an entire room or hallway was a major trend. With today’s color technology, one can paint doors in tight or small hallways to add texture and drama to a once drab space.

While traditional sponging only used 2 to 3 colors, with 4 to 6 colors, this same technique can inherit or take on characteristics of rusted copper, stone or marble – depending on your color choice and technique used. Sponge painting is a technique that can create a beautiful array of ombre color effects, one color blending into another. While this might sound complicated, it involves nothing more than applying a base coat of color, then using sponges to dab on another color so that the underlying color shows through.

  • Epoxy Countertop

An epoxy coating will last longer than pretty much any other type of coating and epoxy coating by itself is scratch resistant due to the composition of its ingredients. When done right, epoxy countertops provide a long-lasting and durable surface. Their non-porous nature also means that they’re resistant to moisture and have other characteristics such as compactness and good leak resistance. While epoxy countertops provide a glossy look that can make cheap materials look more luxurious, you will still need to use common sense and not place hot pots and pans on it as they are not the most heat resistant.

  • Refresh Old Fixtures with Edison Bulbs and LIFX Lights

A really simple way to add character to your interior design is by changing the light bulbs that you use.
Edison Bulbs exceeds the warmth of an incandescent bulb, making your environment warm and cozy while adding detail. However, keep in mind that they are not the best at lighting the entire room.

If you’ve been anywhere on the Internet in the past few years, you’ve probably seen those color-changing bulbs and wanted them. Not only do they change colors, LIFX lights can also be accessed away from home and are energy-efficient, though their main selling point is their colors.

  • Hang a Skateboard

When it comes to interior design, hanging a skateboard deck on the wall probably isn’t the first thing you would think of doing.

However, this has become one of the latest trends in recent years and has grown so much that it now holds a spot in the modern art world. Skateboard deck wall art gives personal touch and could also potentially become a hobby (though it might be expensive) – and a complete freedom of expression.

  • Build or Fabricate an Installation

An easy fix to an empty space is building or adding an installation, such as a wall mural or wall art to dress your space up. A popular one is faux ivy leaves dangling from your shelves or walls. Be sure to save and reuse any paper scraps as well as recycle any waste possible!

As cryptocurrency has started to take a huge presence in the media world, it’s not surprising that people also want to show off their digital art, and digital art display systems such as Token Frames has made it possible for you to display your NFT art in your home, office, or anywhere else you wish.

  • Install Floating Shelves

Floating shelves offer minimalistic support – barely visible to the eye but giving extra storage and glamor. It seems futuristic in nature and has a “suspended in mid-air” vibe.

Additionally, the floating shelf can be used for an array of things: jars, plants, books, lamps, and more. You can choose the design or color you’d like them to come in and be creative with it.

  • Buy and Use Multi-functional Furniture

Multi-functional furniture reduces clutter and helps to save space – sometimes even providing extra storage. This helps to keep your interior tidy and make the area feel inviting. Such examples include storage tools or ottomans that can also be used as seating or a side table, folding chairs that can easily be compacted and kept away, or sofa beds that can easily be unfolded for a spot for guests to sleep on. There are many other options and furniture that provide multi-functions.

  • Hang a Light Box Painting or Design One with Rechargeable LED Lights

Light has always been used in a plethora of artistic works. Neon lights, backlight, sculptural light, and in most recent years, LED lights. These lights have been used for store signage and in malls for the longest time, and it has been a trend to also use them as a decorative piece in your homes today. Not to mention, they can be easily DIY-ed with purchasing a few strips of LED lights. They’re great because there are no visible wires and they won’t put holes in your walls as they are magnetic.

  • Create a Gallery Wall

You’ve probably seen amazing images of gallery walls online and wished that you could get the look in your home. Good news: creating a beautiful look with wall art is simpler than you think! You don’t need to be a pro interior designer to create a breathtaking gallery wall. Follow Desenio’s step-by-step guide full of gallery wall ideas to get an insta-worthy look in your home.

  • Resurface Old Platforms

While a full-fledged renovation is not always on the table, resurfacing old platforms or surfaces can always be a fun full day project to do (depending on the scale of the project and what is used). Countertops, walkways, doors, and so on. Benjamin Moore sells a glitter paint that brings a touch of shimmer and adds character to any room. This is ideal for an accent wall of even a piece of furniture.

Resurfacing is a cost-effective alternative and a low-cost investment that could potentially last for years to come.

  • Create Vintage, One-of-a Kind, Minimalist Interiors

A modern and artistic piece of furniture is unique, but the price tag isn’t always the most inviting. However, there are many thrift store options available for you to pick up an old piece of (broken) furniture and refurbish it to look like a one-of-a-kind item.

Many people throw out perfectly usable table tops when some of the legs are worn out, and you can always cut off the legs and replace them with something else – a traditional table could look really special with hairpin legs.

Another hot item that has made a comeback is the modern style glass standing desks, a simple and elegant design that you could purchase for $2000, or simply pick up materials from a hardware store and DIY it for less than a tenth of that price.

By opting for a more natural and modern minimalistic style, cut down on the need for extraneous décor items. Choose to bring in one of our earlier tips, plant life, as a way to make a home feel alive instead of bogged down.

  • Install Dimmable Switches or Choose Natural Lighting

There are many good reasons to install dimmer switches around your house. Instead of just turning lights on or off, you get a wide range of variety by installing a dimmer switch. Additionally, when the lights aren’t functioning at full capacity, they use less energy and save bulb life. Dimming lights can also make a room more comfortable and create a lovely ambiance for a party or event. Most dimmers are designed to fit a standard wall box opening, which makes it easy to replace the switch for any incandescent or halogen light with a dimmer.

Setting up your workspace near a window or skylight can also help make an area feel warmer and more welcoming. Natural light is also very flattering on Zoom! Additionally, opting to bring as much natural light as possible into a space can avoid the unnecessary use of electricity better for both home and wallet. By taking advantage of all lighting options, a home can feel bigger and brighter.

  • Paint Dingy Walls

Walls that have collected dust and dirt over the years? You can always paint over a dirty, chipping and flaking surface, but the trick for new paint to stick is to clean the surface and sand them down to be free of dust that could interfere with your paint ability to adhere to walls.

illustration for Alex Bogdan for use by 360 magazine
  • Collectibles

Collectibles like wine, music albums, records, posters and concert tickets are for enjoyment and fun, while some other figurine collections like KAWS or Tenacious Toys might be a little more expensive. Whether it’s a family tradition or an investment, collectibles often add character to someone’s home with personal touch.

  • iHome Technologies

Today’s advancement in technology enables you to have an automated home, one that is intelligent enough to understand your needs and lifestyle. With the touch of a button, what you want is executed immediately. iHome now offers full lines of alarm clocks, portable speakers, Bluetooth vanity mirrors, sleep therapy wellness products, and a licensed line of smartphone, tablet, and smart home products.

  • Changing Your Locks

Sick of losing or forgetting your keys? If you’ve misplaced your keys one too many times, you might be considering a keyless door lock system for your home.

Aside from never having to carry a key around again, a keyless lock would also mean you don’t have to worry about making keys for extended family and friends, and everyone who has the code can get in without fuss. Additionally, locks like the Nest Yale allows for several passcodes that you can add and delete as and when needed.

A few of these tips come from Stephanie Moram, Green Living Expert, CEO and Founder of Good Girl Gone Green. Wanting to limit the unnecessary and potentially harmful items she was bringing into her family’s home, she began DIY-ing her own cleaning and personal care products. Now with over 10 years of experience, she has helped more than 20,000 people to not only live more sustainably, but to live with less, shop ethically, and reduce their exposure to toxins.

With a combined social following exceeding 50,000, Stephanie has spoken at events like The Most Powerful Women in Network Marketing, Slay Online Sales Summit, Expo Yoga & Wellness Summit, and Be True Brand You. She has also been a featured expert on Good Day LAKTLA 5, Morning San DiegoCTV Northern OntarioSan Antonio LivingEarth 911 PodcastVegetarian Times,  Wall Street Journal and more!

You can follow Stephanie on Instagram @goodgirlgonegreen_ 

By: Armon Hayes, Kai Yeo, Justin Lowery × Vaughn Lowery

How Casinos Use Reward Programs to Track Everything You Do 

Gambling establishments often feature the best surveillance systems for monitoring activities within the casino. However, thanks to technology, gambling houses don’t need to rely on hidden cameras to monitor your movements within the gaming venue and collect information. Instead, you give them yourselves. 

Casinos track everything you do with reward programs. They track your preference to capture your habits. This includes how much you spend, how often you play, the games you play, and your choice of beverages or food. Although this appears illegal, it is not. In fact, casinos use this information to help you. By understanding your preferences, they provide incentives that make the gameplay enjoyable. 

What are reward programs? 

Casino reward programs are casino tracking systems that measure players’ preferences, interests, and behaviours. Gambling establishments employ a marketing strategy to encourage players to keep buying their services or using their products. It is also a tool for growing the client base and fostering brand allegiance. 

Reward program involves loyalty programs and opening a loyalty account with a casino. To do this, you will need to fill out an application form to provide your address, email, phone number, etc. By signing the document, you agree to the casino’s privacy policy, which explains how they can use or share the information you have provided. 

After the loyalty status is approved, the casino will grant casino player cards that are similar to debit or credit cards. The card will have an identifier like a chip, magnetic stripe, or bar code, and you can use it for playing games or making purchases on the casino grounds or at an online casino. The best payout online casino Canada has reward programs at different levels. Players can earn credit and rise through the scheme by spending money at different partners. 

How casinos track players

Participants in the loyalty program will swipe casino membership cards at tables and machines instead of wagering with tickets, coins, and bills. Since the card contains an identifier, it notifies the casino host of your location and how much you are betting, winning, or losing. It even details how quickly you use the slot machines. This is how casinos control you.

Remember that the cards are also linked to your choice of food and beverage. As a result, it signals to the host when you need an incentive to motivate your gameplay. When it appears like you are winding down for the day, a host may occur with a beverage or tonic of choice. The loyalty program, courtesy of the player card, gathers information whenever you use your card on a slot machine – it helps casinos track your winnings. The casino operator’s system notes and records data every time you participate in a gambling activity that involves using your card. Another way to look at it is as a behavioural data tracking system. Even when you play at multiple properties that the same casino company owns, it will still notify them of how much you spend at each one and the number of visits. By collecting such information, the company knows what makes you tick. 

It’s all in the marketing 

The marketing department funnels all gathered data to target players and current promotions that fit their calibre. This helps them know deals you will be interested in and offer incentives to keep you glued to their programs. It may include valet parking, complimentary drinks or meals, free offers, or discounts at hotels. 

Significant benefits and advantages will influence players to gamble with more money for longer periods. Not surprisingly, some gamblers have sued casinos for fueling their gambling addictions with incentives. In 2012, Scott Stevens literally gambled to death after losing his job and savings to his gambling addiction. Okay, maybe Steven’s case is a bit extreme – it just shows how the reward systems work to pique your interest. Most casinos are franchises under large corporations. The player’s cards affect slot machines, and the information gathered through the reward program travels the world with you when you travel. 

Should you worry for your safety? 

Conversations surrounding sharing information and internet privacy have always been a hot topic. However, casino reward programs are safe for all. All required information is voluntary, and the casino does not use it for anything nefarious.  

Most reward programs don’t require credit card information. This eliminates the risk of a breach of your financial information. 

Apart from reward programs, casinos still use on-site cameras and surveillance systems to look for employees and players who may be cheating. They can monitor even players that are not in the reward programs by doing this. Nonetheless, the loyalty card provides the most useful insight into how players use the casino facilities. 

Four Types of Internet Plans Everyone Should Know About

We can all agree that we live in an internet-dominated world, where most people (perhaps including you) are heavy consumers of online content. However, we all have different needs and preferences when it comes to internet usage and consumption of digital content

Moreover, it’s a fast-paced world where most people want to accomplish tasks online at supersonic speed, and access information over the web easy-peasy.

Well, all this is determined by the web access plan you purchase. Now, finding the best internet plan for your needs can be overwhelming, but, thankfully, we’re here to help break it down for you. 

In this piece, we will cover the four most common types of plans and highlight their differences, so you can choose the one that might be right for you.

1. Fiber Optics Internet 

With a maximum speed of around 2000 Mbps, fiber is today’s fastest, and perhaps the most widely accessible internet connectivity option. If you’re keen on comparing fiber internet plans from different providers, there’s a big chance you’ll never experience slow internet. 

This is especially if you seek professional help in the process. Most fiber ISPs have different plans that you can select from to suit your needs in terms of speed and the preferred services.

Nonetheless, there is one thing you should know about fiber internet. 

The closer you are to the service location, the faster your connection will be. For instance, if you are 15 minutes away from the nearest service center, your broadband could be max out at 5 Mbps. 

Because of that limitation in availability, there are areas where fiber optic cable internet (FiOS) may not be your best option.

2. Cable Internet 

One of the best things about cable internet is that it is not only reliable, but it is also widely available. Apart from Ethernet, cable internet lets you connect to the web via various alternative means, including broadband. 

It is also available in a wide range of plans, which can range anywhere between 3 Mbps and 1 Gbps. On the bright side of things, cable internet is quite easy to install and is compatible with a wide range of devices, including phones, TV, laptops, and – you name it! 

3. Satellite Internet 

Could this be what you need in your home or office? Well, it boasts wide availability but it could hurt your wallet if you’re not an avid user of the internet. Here, no cables or telephone lines are required to access the web, but the internet speed is rather wanting. Some users actually consider it expensive.

Nevertheless, you could get speeds of up to 3 Mbps for uploads and 15 Mbps for downloads at home, even though business plans of 100 Mbps are available these days. For the best experience, you will want to locate the nearest provider to you. 

4. DSL 

This is the type of internet subscription service known as Direct Subscriber Line. It is often touted as one of the most affordable and reliable options, perhaps because it provides convenience even while on the go. You can look at it as the mobile internet option.

What’s more, DSL allows you to share your internet connection with several devices depending on the provider’s specification and the plan you purchase. With DSL, you can comfortably watch your Netflix favorites, stream YouTube, or play games online. 

It is said to be a little slower than cable internet, especially if your device is a bit distant from your provider’s signal booster. 

Moreover, you are likely to have two different options to pick from depending on your provider. These are: 

  • ADSL – Asymmetrical Direct Subscriber Line, which offers faster downloads and slower uploads
  • SDSL – Symmetrical Direct Subscriber Line, where upload and download speeds are equal 

The best part is that DSL is widely available, affordable, and reliable. Nonetheless, the costs can be a bit high if you’re using it for your business. 

Internet connectivity is almost becoming a need in today’s society. More often than not, you will need it at home, in the office, and even while traveling. 

You can consider the above pointers as a summary of your options when looking for a reliable way to stay connected at home or in your business.

Fabolous onstage at Drai's Nightclub via Radis Denphutaraphrechar for use by 360 MAGAZINE

DRAI’S LIVE

Fabolous, GRAMMY and BET nominated rapper stunned fans at Drai’s Nightclub on Friday, January 21. The performance was Fabolous’ first full-length Drai’s LIVE concert of the year held in Las Vegas. Fabolous staged his hits “Throw It in the Bag” and “You Be Killin’ Em” for attendees as they partied all night on The Cromwell Rooftop.

Adding to the excitement, artist and record producer Juicy J performed his own Drai’s LIVE performance on Saturday, January 22. Juicy J played some his top hits like “Show Out” and “Stay Fly,” and some of his leading collaborations with other artists like “Powerglide” by Rae Sremmurd and “I Don’t Mind,” by Usher. Juicy J has, too, worked with other leading individuals in the music industry such as 2 Chainz, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby and more.

Drai’s Nightclub is open on Friday and Saturday’s from 10 PM to 3 AM. Tickets and VIP table reservations can be made on their HERE. All other specific requests can be made by emailing info@draislv.com.

Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub

Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub innovates nightlife, located on top of the extraordinary rooftop of The Cromwell – the 11-story hotel with an impeccable view of the Las Vegas Strip. The Beachclub accompanies 30,000-square feet of numerous pools, cabanas and bungalows and two full-service bars. Inside the scene, Drai’s Nightclub sports 25,000-square feet of pure first-class nightclub luxury. The Nightclub holds Drai’s Live, a performance concert sequence showcasing full-length sets from the best of the best in the music industry, including Wiz Khalifa, Future and 2 Chainz. Located on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Boulevard, Drai’s is set in the ideal location for nightlife enthusiasts.

The Cromwell

Named a Top 10 “Best U.S. Casino” by USA TODAY 10BEST Readers’ Choice and the esteemed receiver of the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Award, The Cromwell brings innovation and excitement to the hotel scene in Las Vegas. Sporting high-tech, advanced technology, The Cromwell is the first hotel in Las Vegas to use mobile key technology for guest room access. Conveniently located across from Caesars Palace, this hotel holds 188 rooms with 19 suites, a virtual concierge service called ‘Ivy,’ an enormous casino, Bound – the hotel’s very own lobby bar, Interlude – casino lounge, and Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub, The Cromwell has everything you could be looking for out of the Las Vegas experience.