Celebrity Fashion Labels That Land In The Name Recognition/Design Chops Sweet Spot

Instant brand recognition is something even the most highly skilled marketing firm can’t buy, so when celebrities from the music, film, or even (and sometimes especially) reality TV worlds enter the fashion industry, they’re arriving with a kind of head start. What they lack, however is fashion and design world cred — it’s hard, at least at the outset, to take seriously a line launched by the least likeable member of a ‘90s-era girl group. And yet former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham is one of a handful of celebrities who’ve managed the transition from red carpet to runway with both critical and financial success.  

From Jennifer Lopez’s recent collaboration with Coach to Rihanna’s star-studded and industry-shifting Savage x Fenty lingerie

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Scientists develop new land surface model to monitor global river water environment

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Climate change and human activities, including heat emission, nitrogen (N) emission and water management, are altering the hydrothermal condition and N transport in the soil and river systems, thereby affecting the global nitrogen cycle and water environment.


“We need to assess the impacts of these human activities on global river temperature and riverine N transport,” said Prof. Xie Zhenghui from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. “Quantitative assessment can not only improve our understanding of the material and energy cycle that occur in response to anthropogenic disturbances, but also contribute to protecting river ecosystems.”

Xie and his collaborators from the Chinese Academy of Sciences incorporated the schemes of riverine dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) transport, river water temperature, and human activity into a land surface model, and thus developed a land surface model CAS-LSM. They applied the model to explore the impacts

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Black Friday deals land next week as retailers look to spur early shopping

Halloween is weeks away and summer weather still hangs in the air in Houston, but retailers will blast out a flurry of Black Friday-like deals next week in an effort to capture early holiday shoppers during the pandemic.

Walmart, Amazon, Target and Best Buy are offering major markdowns with multiday sales as retailers aim to encourage early shopping in what will be a strained holiday season, spreading deals out over more time and discouraging large crowds.

“It didn’t make sense for us to be driving large amounts of people to (Sam’s Club) in a single day like we had in the past,” said Tony Rogers, chief member officer at Sam’s Club, which is running early promotions this month rather than one-day events later in the season.

On HoustonChronicle.com: Walmart hiring up to 20,000 in preparation for holiday e-commerce spike

Americans are projected to spend about $1.15 trillion this year during

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Jaguar Land Rover Reveals Headphone-Style Noise Cancelling Tech To Cut Driver Fatigue

Driver fatigue brought on by the monotonous drone of road roar and wind noise could soon be a thing of the past, as Jaguar Land Rover reveals new noise-cancelling technology.

Similar to how headphones with ANC (active noise cancelling) work, the new system uses sensors on each wheel to monitor vibrations. These are then used to produce a sound wave through the car’s audio system that cancels out the unwanted noise, particularly low-frequency sounds up to 300Hz.

The system debuts on the new Jaguar F-Pace, new Jaguar XE, and Range Rover Velar, but is likely to soon roll-out across the rest of the JLR range.

JLR explains how the system “calculates the opposite phase sound wave needed to remove the noise heard by the

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TimesOC: Did Anaheim gift stadium, land to Angels owner Arte Moreno?

Good morning, and welcome to the TimesOC newsletter. It’s Friday, Oct. 2.

My name is David Carrillo Peñaloza, the author of the TimesOC newsletter and an editor for Los Angeles Times Community News.

At the 11th hour, the Anaheim City Council voted to keep the Angels in Anaheim until at least 2050.

But was it a fair deal for the city, or Anaheim’s version of a baseball giveaway?

Reporters Bill Shaikin and Ben Brazil covered the almost eight-hour online City Council meeting, which went past 1 a.m. Wednesday. Council members voted 5-2 to approve a revised deal with Angels owner Arte Moreno, selling Angel Stadium and the 150 acres it sits on for $150 million in cash

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