first_img Facebook Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan Blocks Ticket Bots ticketmasters-verified-fan-successfully-blocks-ticket-bots Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan Successfully Blocks Ticket Bots Twitter Email News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Watch: Adele wins Album Of The Year for ’25’ The program to block ticket bots and brokers from buying tickets shows a 90 percent success rateRenée FabianGRAMMYs Sep 8, 2017 – 6:12 pm The battle against ticket bots has plagued the ticket sales industry, and especially the live music business. But Live Nation’s Ticketmaster seems to be making strides with their Verified Fan program. Verified Fan separates actual music fans from bots and scalpers by allowing fans to pre-register to order tickets. Once the system verifies an actual human is looking to purchase tickets as opposed to a bot, the fan receives a pre-registration code that “unlocks the opportunity to purchase tickets.”According to Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, they’ve had a 90 percent success rate so far, which is crucial for fans who want to land a ticket to see their favorite artists. The demand is always higher than the number of tickets available. For example, more than 10 million Adele fans attempted to buy tickets for her 2016 tour, but only 400,000 seats were available.As demand for live shows continues to increase, blocking bots is good for both fans and business alike.”There’s probably not been an industry with compounded growth as consistent as the live music business,” Rapino said. “Live concerts continually ranked in the top three things that a consumer wants to attend every year as their escape.”Apple Secures Deal With Warner Music Grouplast_img read more

first_imgLon White prepares to water a plant inside his nursery, Strawberry Fields. Kayla Desroches / KMXTSummer is fast approaching, which means Kodiak gardeners are looking forward to crops of kale and other hardy greens – and also fruit. The last few years of warm weather means that more apples and even pears have popped up around town.Listen nowOn a sunny day this week, KMXT dropped by Strawberry Fields Nursery to check in with owner Lon White and see what the growing season had in store for the island.Customers catch up while the cashier rings up their purchases. It’s hot and a little humid inside the nursery. The flowers have bloomed, the herbs are ready for fostering and the vegetable plants come in many different promising shades of green.And just through the door back in the fresh air, a lady eyes a kiwi tree leaning against a wall.“And they stay alive outside?” she asked.Linda Suydam said she’s usually out fishing, but this year she’s sticking around for summer. So she’s looking into growing fruit — like cherries.“Lonnie, I wanna get that kiwi tree too,” Suydam said.Kodiak isn’t typically famed for its fruit, but trees line the walls outside the nursery. White points out the bees flying around, busy pollinating the trees.“You can see all these flowering plants,” White said. “We have a lot cherries and plums here. I probably did more fruit trees this year than I have ever before.”White said they’re also now selling pear trees, which locals have had luck with recently.“We’ve had such good weather in the spring and through the summer that it’s provided the heat that’s allowed people to successfully grow a lot more fruit than what we’ve seen in the past, so it’s kind of a new phenomena actually,” White said.White said good drainage, high quality soil, and lots of sun is vital to establishing fruit trees.As far as vegetables go, White said the garden season has just begun and rhubarb is the first arrival. He said lettuce, kale and chard will follow.But, White said with the aid of greenhouses, kale, lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini and soon enough, tomato plants will be ready for harvest.last_img read more

first_imgUS Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with Jerry Falwell Jr. at a campaign rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, January 31, 2016.Months before evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr.’s game-changing presidential endorsement of Donald Trump in 2016, Falwell asked Trump fixer Michael Cohen for a personal favor, Cohen said in a recorded conversation reviewed by Reuters.Falwell, president of Liberty University, one of the world’s largest Christian universities, said someone had come into possession of what Cohen described as racy “personal” photographs — the sort that would typically be kept “between husband and wife,” Cohen said in the taped conversation.According to a source familiar with Cohen’s thinking, the person who possessed the photos destroyed them after Cohen intervened on the Falwells’ behalf.The Falwells, through a lawyer, declined to comment for this article.Cohen, who began a three-year prison sentence this week for federal campaign violations and lying to Congress, recounted his involvement in the matter in a recording made surreptitiously by comedian Tom Arnold on 25 March. Portions of the recording — in which Cohen appeared to disavow parts of his guilty plea — were first reported on 24 April by The Wall Street Journal.The Falwells enlisted Cohen’s help in 2015, according to the source familiar with Cohen’s thinking, the year Trump announced his presidential candidacy. At the time, Cohen was Trump’s confidant and personal lawyer, and he worked for the Trump Organization.The Falwells wanted to keep “a bunch of photographs, personal photographs” from becoming public, Cohen told Arnold. “I actually have one of the photos,” he said, without going into specifics. “It’s terrible.”Cohen would later prove successful in another matter involving Falwell, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Cohen helped persuade Falwell to issue his endorsement of Trump’s presidential candidacy at a critical moment, they said: just before the Iowa caucuses. Falwell subsequently barnstormed with Trump and vouched for the candidate’s Christian virtues.Reuters has no evidence that Falwell’s endorsement of Trump was related to Cohen’s involvement in the photo matter. The source familiar with Cohen’s thinking insisted the endorsement and the help with the photographs were separate issues.Cohen’s connection to the Falwells sheds light on the formidable alliance between Trump and a man who, through his university, is one of the most influential evangelical figures in America. Falwell’s backing helped galvanize evangelicals and persuaded many Christians concerned about Trump’s past behavior to embrace him as a repentant sinner.Falwell’s support for Trump has not wavered throughout the New York celebrity-politician’s own tribulations, including the Access Hollywood recording of Trump talking about grabbing women’s genitals and payoffs made by Cohen to hide Trump’s extramarital affairs. This past weekend, Falwell tweeted that “Trump should have 2 yrs added to his 1st term” to make up for the two years of the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.Blockbuster EndorsementFalwell’s endorsement of Trump, however, did surprise some students and staff at Liberty University, the school in Lynchburg, Virginia, founded by Falwell’s father, Jerry. It was at Liberty where fellow Republican presidential candidate and major Trump rival Ted Cruz had chosen to launch his campaign the previous year. Cruz’s father was an evangelical preacher, much like Falwell’s father; Trump has been married three times and divorced twice. For years, prior to running for president, Trump boasted of his sexual exploits and supported a host of social positions, such as abortion rights, that run counter to beliefs espoused by Falwell.Although Falwell declined interview requests for this story, he has said repeatedly that he endorsed Trump because Trump was the strongest candidate, had significant experience running a business, and had the right vision for the country.The connection between Trump and Falwell goes back years. In 2012, Trump gave the convocation at Liberty University. One link between Trump and the couple appears to have been Cohen, a now-disbarred New York lawyer who formed a close bond with the Falwells.During the campaign, Cohen worked closely with Liberty University to help promote Trump’s candidacy. It was around that time that Cohen heard from the Falwells about the photographs, said the source familiar with Cohen’s thinking.The Falwells told Cohen that someone had obtained photographs that were embarrassing to them, and was demanding money, the source said. Reuters was unable to determine who made the demand. The source said Cohen flew to Florida and soon met with an attorney for the person with the photographs. Cohen spoke with the attorney, telling the lawyer that his client was committing a crime, and that law enforcement authorities would be called if the demands didn’t stop, the source said.The matter was soon resolved, the source said, and the lawyer told Cohen that all of the photographs were destroyed.Months later, in early 2016, Trump faced what seemed like an enormous challenge. The Iowa caucus was coming up, and Cohen — then deeply loyal to Trump — was concerned about how Trump would fare, the source said. Cohen felt Trump “was being slaughtered in that community,” and “didn’t want to see him embarrassed or, you know, without support,” said the source familiar with Cohen’s thinking. Cohen repeatedly reached out to Jerry Falwell, and pleaded with him to back Trump, the source said.Soon after, according to this account, Falwell made his historic announcement. “I am proud to offer my endorsement of Donald J. Trump for president of the United States,” Falwell was quoted saying in a statement issued by the Trump campaign. “He is a successful executive and entrepreneur, a wonderful father and a man who I believe can lead our country to greatness again.”last_img read more

first_imgIndira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts raised the curtain for ARTH – Art for the earth on July 5 at the IGNCA, CV Mess, Janpath, New Delhi.The chief guest for the inauguration ceremony was the State Minister of culture, environment, forest and climate change, Dr Mahesh Sharma.The exhibition which is up for display until October 22 – is the first its kind public art project on the environment by one of India’s leading contemporary artists – Manav Gupta. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfComprising of “Excavations in Hymns of Clay”– a suite of environmental art installations by the artist, weaving all of them with a story-line and poetry. ‘Arth’ is an evolving, site-specific and dynamic engagement.As a public art project, the artist has tried to deploy the quintessentially Indian potter’s produce of clay objects such as the earthen lamps (diyas), local cigar (chilam), earthen cups (kullar), with the idea to transform their individual identity into metaphors and idioms of sustainability, context, perception and treatment. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe clay objects and other items displayed in the exhibition will stun the viewer with the artist’s originality of thought as he produces a cutting-edge contemporary language whose global vocabulary is derived from the “local”.Emotive content like that of an epic story, Manav’s statement is dipped gently into the essence of the Indian Vedic practices to subtly bring to light the repository of solutions that the ancient way of life could offer in today’s context of sustainable development and current issues around rivers like the Ganga. Whether it be the latest ‘Rain’ or the ‘River waterfront’ ‘Time Machine’, ‘Bee-hive Garden ‘, ‘River Bed of Love’, or the ‘Noah’s Ark’, the fragility of clay juxtaposed with the limitlessness of the “cup of life” question the paradigm of time and human engagement with it in today’s rapidly mechanized and constructed consumerist engagement with earth’s resources.The works, conceptualised, created and constructed by the artist while taking into consideration the venue – is a sensitive natural interface with the ambience, seeking to engage fresh and locally relevant dialogues and questions that audiences can have with the art and within themselves.last_img read more