New York bar serves up gold-dusted chicken wings

admin   •   June 12, 2018   •   7125

Golden Chicken Wings on plate. Image grab from Reuters video

A New York restaurateur hopes to strike gold with foodies by elevating the chicken wing by dressing it up in the shimmering precious metal.

Two Manhattan locations of “The Ainstworth” are now selling 24-karat gold dusted chicken wings, which adds “the right touch” to the beloved bar food staple, said owner Brian Mazza.

“I felt like gold would be great to pop on Instagram and gold is you know in. A lot of people are wearing gold now,” he said.

Despite its extravagant exterior, the preparation of the wings is rather conventional, involving brining, frying and tossing it in a honey-chipotle sauce.

“After that process then our chef has the magic touch and then puts the gold on,” Mazza explained.

An Instagram-worthy snap of the glittery wings doesn’t come cheap. The bar sells 10 wings for $45 (USD), 20 wings for $90 at its Chelsea and East Village Locations. For deep-pocketed guests, the bar also offers a special package for $1,000, which will get you 50 wings plus a bottle of Champagne Armand de Brignac owned by Jay-Z. — Reuters

Fake heiress who dazzled New York elite sentenced to up to 12 years in prison

Robie de Guzman   •   May 10, 2019

Anna Sorokin, 28, posed as a wealthy heiress to scam banks for loans in millions | Courtesy: Reuters

A German woman who posed as a wealthy heiress to scam boutique, New York hotels and fashionable friends was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison.

Blinded by the glitter and glamour of New York City, Anna Sorokin, 28, was sentenced to prison for defrauding hotels, restaurants, a private jet operator and banks out of more than $200,000.

Sorokin, a would-be art collector, planned to open a members-only arts club but became known as the “soho grifter” after her deception upon New York’s glitzy social scene came to light. She was found guilty last month of grand larceny and theft of services.

She was also fined $24,000 and ordered to pay restitution of about $199,000.

At the hearing, Judge Diane Kiesel rejected the Defence Lawyers’ claim that Sorokin was merely trying to make it in New York, in the words of the Frank Sinatra song about the city.

“Sadly I agree with the people, if Miss Sorokin spent half as much time, half this much time, working legitimately to raise money for a foundation that sounded like a good addition to New York as she spent concocting phony bank statements, fake wire transfers, and non-existent financial advisers, she might have done quite well for herself. She’s clearly smart and very creative,” Judge Kiesel said.

Under her assumed name Anna Delvey, Sorokin falsely claimed she had a multi-million-dollar trust fund at her disposal, as she hired a private jet, attended elite parties, and lived in a luxury New York hotel. She maintained the scam for almost four years.

Meanwhile, prosecutors said, Sorokin had “not a cent to her name”.

Her father is reportedly a former trucker, who runs a heating-and-cooling business.

U.S. immigration and customs enforcement said in a statement that Sorokin was a German citizen who had illegally overstayed in the United States.

The agency said it will seek to send her back to Germany once her criminal proceedings are over.

Meanwhile, during the trial, she was admonished for throwing tantrums when she couldn’t get her stylist-curated outfits and drew unflattering sketches of the lead prosecutor during testimony.

“The defendant repeatedly delayed these court proceedings because she was not happy with the clothing that was offered to her by the department of corrections.

“She seemed to be basking in the press attention and rather than thinking seriously about the crimes she committed and how it affected people,” saidNew York Prosecutor Catherine Mccaw.

But at sentencing she was humbled.

“I apologize for the mistakes I made,” Sorokin said.

Sorokin’s story became a media sensation, and a tv series about her life was also planned.

Facebook overhauls messaging as it pivots to privacy

Robie de Guzman   •   May 1, 2019

Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has revealed a series of changes to the firm’s portfolio of social platforms, including Instagram and Whatsapp.

The new designs and features for its apps are a direct response to widespread criticism of how the firm protects user data.

Zuckerberg said the company plans to put privacy first.

He acknowledged that there was much to do to rebuild trust.

In a speech to developers, Zuckerberg described the firm’s new focus on privacy as “a major shift” in how the company is run.

“As the world gets bigger and more connected, we need that sense of intimacy more than ever, so that’s why I believe that the future is private. This is the next chapter for our services,” Zuckerberg said.

Some of the more visible changes to those who use the firm’s products will include:

Messages sent via messenger will be end-to-end encrypted by default, meaning Facebook itself won’t see the contents, and the platform will be fully integrated with Whatsapp.

Instagram is trialing a “private like counts” feature which would hide the “likes” a post attracts from viewers, but not the account owner.

A whatsapp secure payment service trialled in India is set to be rolled out to other countries later this year.

“It’s going to take time, I’m sure we are going to keep unearthing old issues for a while, so it may feel like we are not making progress at first but I think that we have shown time and time again as a company that we can do what it takes to evolve and build the products that people want,” Zuckerberg said.

Other Facebook executives introduced changes within the Messenger and Instagram apps aimed at helping businesses connect with customers, including appointment booking and enhanced shopping features, as well as a tool to lure customers into direct conversations with companies via ads. (REUTERS)

Fatal, drug-resistant fungus targets hospital-bound New Yorkers

Robie de Guzman   •   April 10, 2019

Photo of a drug-resistant, fatal superbug fungus strain that Doctors at the Nassau University Medical Center said has infected hundreds of hospital-bound people in New York and New Jersey. | Photo grabbed from Reuters footage

Doctors at the Nassau University Medical Center warned New Yorkers to take caution against a drug-resistant, sometimes fatal superbug fungus that has infected hundreds of people in the tri-state area and nationwide.

The recent outbreak of the fungus candida auris, which was discovered in 2009, has disproportionately affected New York and New Jersey, with 309 of the nation’s 617 cases in New York state alone.

Typically spread within healthcare facilities, the fungus kills 20 to 50 percent of patients.

“Anybody who has concerns about fevers, chills, sweats, wound infections, anything like that, should seek care as soon as possible. They should certainly let their healthcare provider know about their symptoms. They should let their healthcare provider know about prior use of antibiotics. They should let their healthcare provider know about travel,” Dr. Janice Verley, an Infectious Disease Specialist at Nassau University Medical Center said.

People in hospitals and nursing homes, particularly those with already suppressed immune systems, are at the greatest risk of becoming infected.

Infection can spread to the blood, heart or brain in severe cases.

The fungus is difficult to identify, as doctors frequently mistake it for other candida strains, and even harder to treat because it is resistant to common antifungal medications.

“This particular species is resistant to the Azole class, which is the class that we would use first-line. So it is possible, if you don’t know what it is, you may be treating it with an ineffective drug,” Verley explained.

According to the Center for Disease Control, several U.S. cases of the superbug may be linked to hospital stays in India, Kenya, Kuwait, Pakistan, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela.

“The infections occur on two levels, one its introduction of the infections from other areas, and clearly the New York-New Jersey area has a high amount of immigrant populations coming from all over the world. And then, once it’s introduced then they’re spread within that community, within that organization,” Verley said.

“You know we know that we have seen it going from hospitals to long-term care facilities, so people who get admitted, transferred to a nursing home, transferred back to a hospital, these cases, if, you know, would be at an increased risk,” she added. (REUTERS)

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