GlobalGrind.com Attempts to Meet the Needs of the Hip-Hop Culture

Think digg or netvibes aimed specifically at one demographic-hip-hop culture. Imagine RSS feeds and widgets geared to meet the needs of consumers, not necessarily the tech savvy. Take CEO and President Navarrow Wright, former web designer, programmer, and chief technology officer for BET, and combine his know-how with the experience, knowledge and ideas of hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons. The end result is Global Grind, a website specifically aimed at the hip-hop demographic and culture in hopes of getting them to gather, collect, share and find data relevant to them in one place-globalgrind.com.

What is Global Grind?

In their own words, Global Grind says that, “it’s the global view of all the content that is relevant in the hip-hop community.” The website, modeled after and pulling components from such social networking sites as Facebook, Netvibes, and digg, is the vision of Navarrow Wright and Russell Simmons. However, unlike websites that are hoping to appeal to the masses, the intended audience for Global Grind is clear. Because they aren’t trying to reach everyone, they have more freedom with their design and features. Wright informed Lindsay Campbell in a recent Wallstrip interview that there isn’t one place online that meets the needs of the hip-hop community, and that he and Simmons feel that Global Grind can be that place. Wright defines himself as part of this demographic, and is working hard to have the site meet his needs, too. His vision is clear.

What makes Global Grind unique?

In a recent interview with Lindsay Campbell on Wallstrip, Navarrow sat down and went into detail about the vision for Global Grind. In addition to their unique and specific audience, Global Grind is attempting to consumerize widgets and RSS feeds, which he feels that up until now haven’t really been understood and utilized by American consumers. They hope to make their site more user-friendly and hands-on, and to meet the needs of their clientele through this attention to detail.

Global Grind is planning a big year in 2008 with a site re-design and added press attention. They are hopeful to draw in the hip-hop community, and were even mentioned in a recent episode of Run’s House on MTV. Their goal, today’s media geared towards the hip-hop audience and culture, seems clear cut and well designed.

You can view Navarrow Wright’s complete interview with Lindsay Campbell on Wallstrip here.

 

Shock Disinfection of Your Well: Eliminate Harmful Well Bacteria

The following is a guest post from Houston, Texas real estate developer and entrepreneur Tracy Suttles.

I have stated in multiple articles that well supplied water in rural residential properties can be a source of concern. Having water contaminated with E. Coli or Coliform bacteria can drastically impact the sale of your home, by making the water unsafe to drink.

Most municipalities have testing facilities so you can check prior to the sale of your home to see if the water is safe. Regardless of whether you are selling or not it is a good idea to test your water supply twice a year.

Testing will return a numeric result based PPM (Parts Per Million) found in the tested sample of E. Coli and Coliform bacteria. The preferred reading is 0 E. Coli and 0 Coliform but up to 5 PPM Coliform is considered a safe level.

There is a method that doesn’t require the expensive addition of adding a reverse osmosis system or UV system to clean the bacteria out of the water supply before it exits the tap. This method is called Shock Disinfections or chlorinating your well.

Shocking your well supply is recommended if,

  • Lab results indicate a level of bacteria,
  • After you’ve replace or repaired the pump,
  • When the water distribution system is opened for repairs
  • Flood waters have reached the well supply and possibly contaminated the system

Shock Chlorination is recommended in these circumstances to ensure that bacteria contamination is controlled.

In order to shock your well there are a few simple steps you must take,

  1. Fill a five-gallon container with fresh water. If concentrated chlorine comes in contact with your skin or eyes use fresh water to flush the effected areas for several minutes. If contact is with your eyes go to the nearest medical facility for treatment immediately.
  2. Next ensure the well construction is able to prevent the direct entry of contaminates. Fin and eliminate any direct sources of contamination.
  3. Disinfect any well components that could be a source of future contamination.
  4. Isolate portions of the well system that could be degraded by the Chlorine solution.
  5. Mix sufficient chlorine-based chemical (I personally use household bleach) with the well water to create a solution containing 200 milligrams per litre (mg/l), of chlorine throughout the entire system. So mixture of ½ gallon of bleach to 5 gallons of fresh water is usually adequate.

Drain as much water from the system as possible. A good rule of thumb is to run the taps in the house until you no longer smell bleach in the water supply.

Jody Kriss, Embattled Real Estate Developer, Has One Lawsuit (Of Many) Dropped Against Him

It has been over three years since a real estate development consultant accused former business partner Jody Kriss of utilizing mob tactics to put his life in danger. Last week, developer turned Mob informant Sal Lauria withdrew a $5 million lawsuit against Kriss, stating that he wished to move on with his life and distance himself from the scrutiny brought on by connections with President Donald Trump.
Salvatore Lauria, who worked for the Bayrock Group several years ago, sued East River Partners principal Jody Kriss for allegedly putting his life in harm’s way with persistent legal suits against Bayrock themselves. Bayrock Group worked on several Trump-branded developments, including the Trump International in Fort Lauderdale and the Trump SoHo in New York City.
In the lawsuit, Jody Kriss was accused of illegally handing over sealed government files to a lawyer representing mob members who Lauria assisted with putting behind bars. Allegedly, this led to a Mafia member assaulting Lauria in the middle of the day at a restaurant in Brooklyn. According to the lawsuit, the Mafia member then threatened Lauria’s life.
Regardless of these accusations against Jody Kriss, Lauria did not actively pursue this case in court. In March 2016, Erika Edwards, Supreme Court Judge for the state of New York, requested Lauria to respond to discovery requests by April 3, and then to appear for a deposition the following month. On the deadline day, Lauria changed attorneys, filing for extensions on both the deposition and discovery requests.
In an affidavit, Lauria told the courts that he did not wish to further pursue the suit, as the pain Jody Kriss had caused had faded. Salvatore Lauria added that he felt vindicated, as two frivolous lawsuits Jody Kriss had filed against him and hundreds of others (including President Donald Trump) had been dismissed from the courts with prejudice.
“When this action was commenced in 2014, the physical and emotional pain that I was feeling due to the actions of Mr. Kriss was fresher in my mind, and my desire to hold him accountable was stronger than it is now,” Lauria wrote. “My desire to hold him accountable is no longer strong enough to justify the continuing expense and other problems… that continued litigation would entail.”
Lauria also stated that he wished to distance himself from media scrutiny that was amplified by the election of Donald Trump.
Jody Kriss denied Lauria’s claims, stating that the lawsuit’s purpose was only to further damage his spotted reputation, which includes involvement in billion dollar legal suits, a case of child endangerment, unlawful tenant eviction, and potential involvement in a real estate scam led by former NBA star Tate George. Kriss has been accused on multiple occasions of using his affiliations to President Donald Trump to persuade sales and potentially commit fraud.
There have even been allegations of Kriss having connections to the Russian Mafia, and funneling Mafia money through East River Partners to use in real estate transactions. As written in Georgia Today in June 2016:
Kriss’ current financial backing must come from other sources, which, in turn, poses the question that journalists and law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and other countries are trying to answer.