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From the recording booth of John McEnroe: The Art of Reinventing Yourself. A Basil & Salt “did You Know?”

Did you know John McEnroe has gone from tennis legend to voice legend? When you’ve done it all, what could possibly be next?

If you’re old enough to have watched McEnroe play live in his youth, you either love him or you hate him. His passion for outbursts on the court was unmatched, as was his play. The man is a legend.

Fast forward, McEnroe leads in every field with an impressive list of credentials. But it’s not all about what we see on paper, it’s about that spark of creativity, that fiery spirit, which only a few people possess. Stay an extra minute and watch the video below, as McEnroe and Squarespace team up for a bit of fun.

This is about more than just becoming the most recognizable voice in the world. It’s about creating a lifestyle that everyone can be jealous of.

John McEnroe

Accomplishments? Here are just a few…

  • Number one tennis player in the world for 170 weeks
  • Sports commentator
  • Lead singer and guitarist
  • Talk show host
  • Art gallery owner
  • Dad
  • Narrator of Never Have I Ever on Netflix

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Prime Pubs Introduces The Céilí Cold Fashioned, an Innovative Cocktail on Tap made with Guinness Draught Stout and Bulleit Bourbon Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – New cocktail on tap celebrates the latest trends in Pub culture with a modern spin on the classic Old Fashioned

Prime Pubs is thrilled to announce the launch of its first exclusive signature cocktail on tap, the Céilí Cold Fashioned, now available at Fionn MacCool’s, Fionn’s, D’Arcy McGees, D’Arcy’s, Tir nan og, and Paddy Flaherty’s across Ontario and Manitoba. “We’re excited to be a part of Prime Pubs’ first signature cocktail on tap, bringing together two incredible brands – Guinness and Bulleit Bourbon – as part of an innovative and sustainable new menu offering for patrons,” said Mark Phillips, Director of Marketing at Diageo Canada. “Thanks to the team at Prime Pubs, The Céilí Cold Fashioned reflects a continued commitment to delivering unique and creative cocktail experiences.”

Céilí Cold Fashioned (CNW Group/Diageo)

Developed with Bulleit Bourbon Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Guinness Draught Stout, the innovative cocktail on tap is a modern-day riff on the classic Old Fashioned, showcasing an array of rich and robust flavours. Not only does the blend of Guinness Draught Stout, Bulleit Bourbon Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and coffee pay homage to its Irish roots, but its name Céilí is the traditional Gaelic meaning for ‘traditional social gathering’, representing the true Pub experience.

“Our signature cocktail recipe was curated with a number of things in mind,” says Nathan Cameron Beverage Director, Recipe Unlimited. “We took the nostalgia of the Old Fashioned and paired it with Bulleit, Guinness—thought to be synonymous with Pub culture—then added a Canadian element with the addition of maple syrup. The cocktail is also nitrogenated, providing a velvety mouthfeel when it’s poured at the Pub.”

For more information or to find a Prime Pubs location near you, please visit

Wine Country Gift Baskets® New Summer Wine and Cocktail Collections

The Original Bellini Cipriani Gift Basket

Wine Country Gift Baskets has dozens of new gift baskets designed specifically for summer gifting.  Decoy wine seltzer, Bellini, Moscato, watermelon cucumber margarita, grapefruit paloma, red and white sangria, chardonnay, prosecco and so many other summertime wine and cocktail favorites are now available in new gift basket and tote collections. 

Every gift is handmade, assembled in California with complimentary snacks including pastries, crackers, hummus, salami and mustard, cookies, brownies, nuts, cheese spread and more that are selected to enhance each gift.  Finished with a matching ribbon and bow, these gift baskets and wine baskets make it easy to celebrate and share all summer long with something to suit every style and budget.  

About Wine Country Gift Baskets® 
Wine Country Gift Baskets has been delighting customers and their recipients for more than 35 years.  Their gifts are filled to the brim with delicious food, spa and wine.  They love nothing more than playing the perfect host because they believe the best gift is a lasting memory.  Every gift is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee: If you or your recipients are not completely satisfied, simply let them know and they’ll make it right.

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McEvoy Ranch, Petaluma Purveyor of World-Class Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Launches Ginger Turmeric Olive Oil – This tiny lot of estate-produced Agrumato olive oil is like nothing else in its category and packed with health benefits and fresh flavor

McEvoy Ranch Estate-Produced Ginger Turmeric Olive Oil

Today, McEvoy Ranch announces the launch of their inaugural estate-produced Ginger Turmeric Olive Oil ($20). Their Ginger Turmeric Olive Oil boasts powerful health benefits and phenomenal flavor. The oil was milled using the Agrumato method and features turmeric and locally-grown ginger combined with our organic, estate-grown olives. Intensely bright and extremely fresh, this oil’s balanced flavors produce a spicy, earthy, triple-health tonic. Tiny batch and uniquely McEvoy, this is the golden unicorn of their collection. Ginger Turmeric Olive Oil is available exclusively at and in person at McEvoy Ranch (5935 Red Hill Rd, Petaluma, CA 94952).

McEvoy Ranch
For over 30 years, McEvoy Ranch has been making the highest quality, award-winning, estate olive oils, small lot wines, and culinary products. Located 30 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the rolling hills of Petaluma, McEvoy Ranch is a 550-acre working, organic ranch, committed to good land stewardship and sustainable farming practices. An oasis in its own right, the Ranch is home to 57 acres of Tuscan olive trees nestled amongst natural ponds, hiking trails, coastal fog, and native wildlife. Visit us to experience the extraordinary beauty and serenity for yourself.

Real-World 6G Predictions are Here; The Next “G” Levels Up – Mobile Data Traffic to rise by factor of 170 over the next 14 years

 Mobile Experts has released one of their popular Expert INSIGHTs, this time covering Predicted Profiles for 6G Traffic.

The report answers the question, “how long will mobile data growth continue at 40-50% per year?” and provides a peek at probable scenarios for 6G.

“We see the number of users at all levels rising over the next 15 years, as well as data usage per user. Increase in video and other rich formats will drive massive demand for quick, abundant data—but, how quick, and how abundant? This report provides answers, and maps out the data mountain the industry must climb to maintain growth,” commented Chief Analyst Joe Madden.

Real-World 6G Predictions are Here; The Next “G” Levels Up

As new VR and other rich media formats mature, Mobile Experts foresees an increase in data intensity. No counter-force is pushing the consumer to reduce their data consumption today, making a factor of 100x growth in data consumption not only reasonable but realistic.

“Today’s mix of fixed and mobile data will continue to migrate onto mobile devices for the next 15 years due to a combination of technology availability and human factors,” commented Chief Analyst Joe Madden. “People want convenience; now that the cost of mobile broadband is close enough to the cost of fixed broadband, many users don’t perceive a cost difference, and will drop their fixed connection in favor of a mobile-only strategy.”

One key issue addressed by this report is the rise of indoor data usage, and the ability for mobile networks to service high levels of capacity from outdoor infrastructure. Millimeter wave and Terahertz (THz) networks are expected in 6G, but a fundamental issue with indoor penetration will create a business-model issue related to deployment of indoor infrastructure. This report evaluates the level of indoor data, the use of Cognitive Radio (CR) techniques to utilize shared low-band spectrum, and applicability of mm-wave and THz spectrum.

For more about this report, click here.

Passion Tree Hard Seltzers is Making Unprecedented Movement in The Hard Seltzer Space – Out with the old and in with “The People’s Seltzer”

Passion Tree Hard Seltzers is committed to developing the perfect hard seltzer that’s crafted to be lightly carbonated, 5.5% ABV, gluten-free, and infused with 100% exotic all-natural fruit flavors from around the world.  Passion Tree has a goal to make a positive impact on planet earth by planting 50,000,000 million trees worldwide, so we made a promise to plant one tree for every case of Passion Tree Hard Seltzer sold.

Passion Tree has been dominating the San Diego market since their launch in June 2021. This weekend they will be available in over 12 Ralph’s locations and expected to be available in 20 Ralph’s locations by mid-August covering all of San Diego and up to the Carlsbad area.

Passion Tree Hard Seltzer

Passion Tree Hard Seltzers is just surpassing the market goals in their first 7 weeks and are continuing to knock them out of the park. This is an unprecedented movement by a brand-new company that is led by local consumer demand and heavy direct marketing techniques that have gotten the community behind the brand and the sales are here as proof. By the way they are San Diego based & brewed locally.

Here is that proof:

  • 7 weeks after Passion Tree Hard Seltzers initial launch in San Diego the brand got the approval for placement at Ralph’s the largest grocery chain in Southern California.
  • 24 hours after placement the product completely sold out at all Ralph’s and retail locations, incredible feat for any big brand let alone lead by 3 young 25-year-old co-founders
  • July 4th weekend Passion Tree out sold the top selling SKU’s of White Claw® & Truly® by a wide margin at multiple Ralph’s locations.

Fourth of July weekend is one high in sales for alcohol companies, especially hard seltzers. Here are some spectacular numbers around San Diego for Passions Tree’s Holiday sales (if they had more cases, they would have sold out of more at each location by each only had a certain amount):


Chef Gordon Ramsay Set To Debut Largest HELL’S KITCHEN Concept To Date At Harrah’s Resort Southern California

The Third Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN Location in the Country (and First in Southern California) Is Anticipated to Open in Spring 2022

Today, Harrah’s Resort Southern California announced their partnership with celebrated multi-Michelin-starred chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay to launch a brand-new HELL’S KITCHEN restaurant, set to debut in Spring 2022.

The opening of this Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN will mark the first for Southern California, the third in the country, and the largest outpost to date with 332 seats for guests. In line with the legendary HELL’S KITCHEN concept, the restaurant design and menu elements will be inspired and executed by the long-running FOX culinary competition series of the same name. The restaurant space will feature three areas for guests to experience HELL’S KITCHEN, including an elevated bar, full-service restaurant and elegant lounge.

“HELL’S KITCHEN at Harrah’s Resort SoCal represents one of our most exciting projects to date,” said Chairman Bo Mazzetti of the Rincon Tribe.  “It’s an exciting moment to be able to bring such a well-known, high-energy concept to the resort and it’s perfectly in line with our continued commitment to keeping our guests excited, energized and full of options, while visiting us here at our resort,” he said. “We welcome Gordon Ramsay to the Harrah’s SoCal/Rincon family—we know HELL’S KITCHEN will bring an unmatched ‘Funner’ experience to our guests, family and friends, beginning early 2022.”

Rob Sedgwick’s Memoir Is One Degree From Kevin Bacon

BOB GOES TO JAIL On Sale July 27th

Rob Sedgwick’s Memoir Is One Degree From Kevin Bacon

Rob Sedgwick was born into one of America’s oldest families and Manhattan royalty. His cousin, Edie Sedgwick, was Andy Warhol’s muse. His sister is Kyra Sedgwick, the actress; his brother is painter Nikko Sedgwick; his brother-in-law is movie star Kevin Bacon, and his stepfather was renowned art dealer Ben Heller, who pioneered the careers of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. In his hilarious and touching memoir,  BOB GOES TO JAIL (Rare Bird Books, hardcover and e-book, on sale: July 27, 2021; $26.00; 9781644281086) Rob relates his journey from lost little boy to teenage alcoholic to inept criminal with honesty and heart.

In BOB GOES TO JAIL, Sedgwick—who had the drop-dead good looks of Robert Redford and the judgment of Keith Richards—recounts how the DEA and the NYPD caught him red-handed with 500 pounds of marijuana and arrested him. When his lawyer told him to get a steady job to show he was a contributing member of society, Sedgwick got a role playing a drug lord on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

He writes about how he and his younger siblings brought themselves up in an Upper East Side Townhouse that was “bigger than all the other Upper East Side Townhouses.”  How he sold drugs out of his grandparents’ apartment, carelessly fathered a child, and did lines of cocaine off his parents’ priceless antiques.  Though you cringe at each bad decision—and there are so many—you can’t help but root for him.  BOB GOES TO JAIL is the story of an actor with a price on his head from a Mexican cartel. It’s the story of an emotionally abused stepson struggling with overnight wealth and stunning neglect.   It is the story of the search to find one’s place in the world.  

Rob Sedgwick, a lifelong New Yorker, is an actor, producer and acting coach.  He is the Director of the Sedgwick Acting Studio in New York.  He is the proud father of Audrey, and Caleb, as well as Charlotte, a pit bull, and two cats, Thor and Fernando.  Rob has been sober twenty-five years.   Learn more at

SOURCE Rob Sedgwick

S&P Dow Jones Indices Launches S&P Cryptocurrency Broad Digital Market Index

New index measures the performance of more than 240 cryptocurrency coins

S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI), the world’s leading index provider, announced today the launch of its latest cryptocurrency indices including the new S&P Cryptocurrency Broad Digital Market (BDM) Index. The BDM provides a wide performance snapshot of the cryptocurrency market and includes more than 240 coins at launch.

The index is part of an expansion of S&P DJI’s recently launched series of digital asset benchmarks, the S&P Digital Market Indices. The new indices being added include the following:

These new cryptocurrency indices join the existing benchmarks that make up the S&P Digital Market Indices:

The indices use pricing data from Lukka, a crypto software and data provider, to determine the eligibility universe and pricing of individual constituents. S&P DJI’s Index Committee administers the indices.  S&P DJI first announced new cryptocurrency asset index capabilities with Lukka in December 2020.

The market for cryptocurrency assets continues to grow and with that, transparent benchmarking and index-based solutions based on crypto and blockchain assets are more essential than ever. The Digital Market Indices will make it easier for investors to access and assess this emerging technology-driven asset class while potentially mitigating some of the common risks associated with this traditionally speculative market.

“For more than a century, our indices have offered insight into how the markets are performing. Now, with the introduction of the S&P Cryptocurrency Broad Digital Market Index, we’re providing that answer to cryptocurrency investors,” said Peter Roffman, Global Head of Innovation and Strategy at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “The expansion of our Digital Market Indices family gives one of the broadest snapshots yet of this rapidly growing asset class with the ability to slice and dice by market cap. We’re excited to bring this significant level of additional transparency to the cryptocurrency market.”


S&P Dow Jones Indices is the largest global resource for essential index-based concepts, data and research, and home to iconic financial market indicators, such as the S&P 500® and the Dow Jones Industrial Average®. More assets are invested in products based on our indices than products based on indices from any other provider in the world. Since Charles Dow invented the first index in 1884, S&P DJI has been innovating and developing indices across the spectrum of asset classes helping to define the way investors measure and trade the markets.

S&P Dow Jones Indices is a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI), which provides essential intelligence for individuals, companies, and governments to make decisions with confidence. For more information, visit

SOURCE S&P Dow Jones Indices

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Season Three of “NASA’s Curious Universe” Podcast Takes Listeners Into Deep Space

Season three of “NASA’s Curious Universe” podcast debuts July 12, and will explore the wild and wonderful places on our home planet and beyond.

NASA Logo. (PRNewsFoto/NASA) (PRNewsFoto/)

This summer, Host Padi Boyd, a NASA astrophysicist, guides listeners through NASA’s missions, projects, and people. Season three visits a wide range of tour stops along NASA’s journeys in science and spaceflight, and each episode is an invitation to an adventure with a NASA expert.

Listeners will traverse the Antarctic ice sheets with climate scientists, go “planet-hunting” with exoplanet researchers, and spend a day living and working in space with NASA astronauts. New episodes will be released every Monday through August 30.

NASA’s Curious Universe first debuted in March 2020 and has previously released 15 episodes focused on a range of topics, from asteroids to solar science. In February 2021, the show became the first podcast to feature microphone-recorded audio from Mars, collected by NASA’s Perseverance rover during landing.

NASA’s Curious Universe is for everyone and doesn’t require any prior knowledge of NASA or its missions. First-time explorers welcome!

Find the NASA’s Curious Universe trailer now on Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, and Soundcloud.

Discover all of NASA’s podcasts at:

Record Demand For Private Jet Flights To Continue, According To A New Survey of Private Aviation Users

69% of current private aviation users expect to fly more post-Covid than prior to the pandemic; 53% of new private aviation users will continue private flights on a regular basis after the pandemic; 100% retention rate for new users

Demand for private jet travel will continue at record levels, according to a new survey by Private Jet Card Comparisons

Half of the current private aviation users said they had started or re-started private flying due to Covid, and 100% of these new private flyers say they plan to continue after the pandemic. More than half (53%) said they would fly privately regularly even after the pandemic, a 29% increase from 41% who said they would continue private flights regularly in a January survey of subscribers.

“If the question is, will new users stick with private aviation even in a post-Covid world, the answer is a unanimous yes, with many (53%) saying they will now use private aviation regularly,” said Doug Gollan, Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of buyer’s guide Private Jet Card Comparisons.

‘The Flight Of The Monarch Butterfly – The Pollinator Project’ To Air On Discovery, Science Channel And Animal Planet

Most known for their winter and spring migrations spanning more than 3,000 miles, the monarch butterfly is a small but key component to the ecosystem in terms of food and its role as a pollinator. “The Flight of the Monarch Butterfly – The Pollinator Project” will explore the latest science, learnings and the species’ survival issues in its world premiere Sunday, July 25 at 8:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Discovery, Thursday, July 29 at 5 p.m. (ET/PT) on the Science Channel and Saturday, July 31 at 8 a.m. (ET/PT) on Animal Planet.

A Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed

With exclusive access arranged by the Mexican Minister of Tourism, the program highlights the monarchs’ dramatic journey throughout North America and examines scientists’ concerns about the species’ diminishing numbers due to pollution and climate fluctuations. It also addresses what the declining population could mean for the future of the broader ecosystem. 

“Sustainability is at the heart of our decision making,” said Kevin Butt, Toyota Motor North America’s environmental sustainability director. “As we plan, build and manage our facilities across North America, we proactively learn about local species and study how to minimize the disruption of their natural habitats – environmental stewardship then helps drive a culture of conservation beyond our company walls.”

The program also examines what American companies have created in the pathway of the butterflies’ northern flight pattern – a habitat rich with milkweed plants – and issues a call to action for interested people to get involved through local and national clubs and organizations that make their journey easier.

Presented as one example helping to save, protect and nurture the monarch butterflies migration to North America, the program explores Toyota’s 17 pollinator gardens throughout its North American operations and shows how they provide food and shelter to critical pollinator species, including the monarch butterflies at various stages of their life cycle along the seasonal migration path.

Viewers will have the opportunity to see it on the following broadcasts. Check local listings:

Discovery:Sunday, July 25 at 8:30 a.m. (EDT & PDT)
Science Channel:Thursday, July 29 at 5 p.m. (EDT & PDT)
Animal Planet:Saturday, July 31 at 8 a.m. (EDT & PDT)

“The Flight of the Monarch Butterfly – The Pollinator Project” is produced by Bader Media Group for Discovery. Mike Leventhal is executive producer for Bader. Jay Foot served as producer/writer. Toyota funded the production.

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