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Trademarks show Amazon has sights on meal-kits, “single cow burgers” and other fast food options

 Amazon has made no secret of its ambitions to expand into more fresh food services, from its own, homegrown efforts like AmazonFresh for groceries (first launched in 2013) and Amazon Restaurants for restaurant delivery (first launched in 2014), through

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Duma passes bill on counter-sanctions, gives Russian govt power to impose restrictions

The Russian State Duma has passed a bill aimed at defending «economic interests and security» in response to the latest sanctions introduced by the United States and its allies. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Duma passes bill on counter-sanctions, gives Russian govt power to impose restrictions

The Russian State Duma has passed a bill aimed at defending «economic interests and security» in response to the latest sanctions introduced by the United States and its allies. Read Full Article at RT.com

Donald Trump was right: Trade wars are “easy to win”! For the Chinese, anyway

In the chronicles of Trumpian bluster and gaslighting, his thoroughly pointless trade war holds a special place
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Donald Trump was right: Trade wars are “easy to win”! For the Chinese, anyway

In the chronicles of Trumpian bluster and gaslighting, his thoroughly pointless trade war holds a special place

How a typical government leak turned into a three-way war between Comey, McCabe and Trump

Two former allies have offered contradictory accounts of the orchestrated FBI leak that spawned an investigation
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How a typical government leak turned into a three-way war between Comey, McCabe and Trump

Two former allies have offered contradictory accounts of the orchestrated FBI leak that spawned an investigation

Making Mexico great again — by bashing Donald Trump: Presidential candidates agree

One issue can bring together all four of Mexico’s presidential candidates: They’re fed up with Donald Trump
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Making Mexico great again — by bashing Donald Trump: Presidential candidates agree

One issue can bring together all four of Mexico’s presidential candidates: They’re fed up with Donald Trump

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EU Parliament to grill Facebook’s Zuckerberg over data mining, election meddling - CNET

The CEO of the world’s largest social network is set to answer questions about the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal.
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EU Parliament to grill Facebook’s Zuckerberg over data mining, election meddling - CNET

The CEO of the world’s largest social network is set to answer questions about the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal.

Greece offers to boost resurgence of Russian shipbuilding

Athens is ready to create joint ventures for the construction and servicing of Russian ships in Greek shipyards, according to Greek prime ministerial adviser Dimitrios Velanis. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Greece offers to boost resurgence of Russian shipbuilding

Athens is ready to create joint ventures for the construction and servicing of Russian ships in Greek shipyards, according to Greek prime ministerial adviser Dimitrios Velanis. Read Full Article at RT.com

Too late for Bulgaria to ask Russia for gas pipeline after ditching South Stream – Russian senator

Bulgaria missed its chance to have a gas pipeline from Russia after backing out of the South Stream project four years ago, Russian Senator Aleksey Pushkov wrote on Twitter. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Too late for Bulgaria to ask Russia for gas pipeline after ditching South Stream – Russian senator

Bulgaria missed its chance to have a gas pipeline from Russia after backing out of the South Stream project four years ago, Russian Senator Aleksey Pushkov wrote on Twitter. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Announcing the last judges for the TC Startup Battlefield Europe at VivaTech

VivaTech is starting in a couple of days, which means TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Europe is also starting on Thursday. So let me introduce you to the last batch of judges that will come to Paris for the event. If you haven’t been to TechCrunch D
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Announcing the last judges for the TC Startup Battlefield Europe at VivaTech

VivaTech is starting in a couple of days, which means TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Europe is also starting on Thursday. So let me introduce you to the last batch of judges that will come to Paris for the event. If you haven’t been to TechCrunch Disrupt, the Startup Battlefield  is arguably the most interesting part of the show. Before […]

Maze turns your InVision prototypes into flexible testing tools

Meet Maze, a startup building a user interface testing tool for your app prototypes. Maze is a simple web-based service that lets you turn InVision and Marvel files into UX tests. While most designers work with InVision and Marvel, it’s hard to turn those d
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Maze turns your InVision prototypes into flexible testing tools

Meet Maze, a startup building a user interface testing tool for your app prototypes. Maze is a simple web-based service that lets you turn InVision and Marvel files into UX tests. While most designers work with InVision and Marvel, it’s hard to turn those designs into a quantitative test. Maze isn’t a video recording tool […]

Razer’s new external graphics enclosure is compatible with Macs

A couple of gaming hardware announcements just dropped from team Razer. What makes the Core X graphics enclosure arguably the most notable of the bunch is the inclusion of a standard Thunderbolt 3 connection on the rear of the device. In addition to Razer’
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Razer’s new external graphics enclosure is compatible with Macs

A couple of gaming hardware announcements just dropped from team Razer. What makes the Core X graphics enclosure arguably the most notable of the bunch is the inclusion of a standard Thunderbolt 3 connection on the rear of the device. In addition to Razer’s own systems and Windows 10 PCs, the new enclosure is compatible […]

U.S. and China reportedly working on a deal to save ZTE

The United States and China are said to be working on a deal that would keep ZTE from going out of business. According to the Wall Street Journal, the two countries have agreed on a “broad outline” of a deal to settle a trade dispute sparked when the Comm
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U.S. and China reportedly working on a deal to save ZTE

The United States and China are said to be working on a deal that would keep ZTE from going out of business. According to the Wall Street Journal, the two countries have agreed on a “broad outline” of a deal to settle a trade dispute sparked when the Commerce Department banned American companies from selling […]

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Auction Preview: Handbags & Accessories at Christie’s, London, June 12

What: Handbags & AccessoriesWhere: Christie’s, 8 King Street St. James 'sWhen: June 12, 01.00 pmPublic Viewing: 7 Jun, 10 am - 04:30 pm; 8 Jun, 10.00 am - 04:30 pm; 9 Jun, 12.00 pm – 05.00 pm; 10 Jun, 12.00 pm – 05.00 pm; 11 Jun, 10.00 am – 04.30
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Auction Preview: Handbags & Accessories at Christie’s, London, June 12

What: Handbags & AccessoriesWhere: Christie’s, 8 King Street St. James 'sWhen: June 12, 01.00 pmPublic Viewing: 7 Jun, 10 am - 04:30 pm; 8 Jun, 10.00 am - 04:30 pm; 9 Jun, 12.00 pm – 05.00 pm; 10 Jun, 12.00 pm – 05.00 pm; 11 Jun, 10.00 am – 04.30 pm; 11 Jun, 06.00 pm – 08.30 pm; 12 Jun, 10.00 am – 12.00 pmTop lots of the sale:- An Exceptional, Matte White Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Diamond Birkin 30 with 18k White Gold & Diamond Hardware. Hermes, 2008. Grade: 2. 30 w x 22 h x 15 d cm includes lock, keys, clochette and dustbag. Crocodylus niloticus, Annexe Cites II-B. Estimate: GBP 100,000 - GBP 150,000 (USD 135,000 - USD 202,500)- A Rare, Matte Gris Cendre Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 30 with Palladium Hardware. Hermes, 2011. Grade: 1.5. 30 w x 22 h x 15 d cm includes lock, keys, clochette and dustbag. Crocodylus niloticus, Annexe Cites II-B. Estimate: GBP 62,000 - GBP 80,000 (USD 83,700 - USD 108,000)- An Exceptional, Shiny Bleu Roi Porosus Crocodile Diamond Birkin 30 with 18k White Gold & Diamond Hardware. Hermes, 2006. Grade: 2.5. 30 w x 22 h x 15 d cm includes lock, keys, clochette, small dustbag and dustbag. Crocodylus porosus, Annexe Cites II-B. Estimate: GBP 60,000 - GBP 80,000 (USD 81,000 - USD 108,000)- An Exceptional, Shiny Vert Fonce Porosus Crocodile Diamond Birkin 35 with 18k Yellow Gold & Diamond Hardware. Hermes, 2010. Grade: 2. 35 w x 25 h x 18 d cm includes lock, keys and dustbag. Crocodylus porosus, Annexe Cites II-B. Estimate: GBP 60,000 - GBP 80,000 (USD 81,000 - USD 108,000)- An Exceptional, Shiny Graphite Porosus Crocodile Diamond Birkin 30 with 18k White Gold & Diamond Hardware. Hermes, 2006. Grade: 2. 30 w x 22 h x 15 d cm includes lock, keys, clochette and dustbag. Crocodylus porosus, Annexe Cites II-B. Estimate: GBP 60,000 - GBP 80,000 (USD 81,000 - USD 108,000)- An Exceptional, Shiny Cocoan Porosus Crocodile Sapphire Birkin 35 with 18k White Gold & Yellow Sapphire Hardware. Hermes, 2010. Grade: 1.5. 35 w x 25 h x 18 d cm includes lock, keys, clochette and dustbag. Crocodylus porosus, Annexe Cites II-B. Estimate: GBP 60,000 - GBP 80,000 (USD 81,000 - USD 108,000)- An Exceptional, Shiny Bleu Jean Porosus Crocodile Sellier Diamond Kelly 32 with 18k Yellow Gold & Diamond Hardware. Hermes, 1997. Grade: 2.5. 32 w x 23 h x 10.5 d cm includes lock, keys, clochette and dustbag. Crocodylus porosus, Annexe Cites II-B. Estimate: GBP 50,000 - GBP 60,000 (USD 67,500 - USD 81,000)- A Red Classic Monogram Supreme Boite Skateboard Trunk with Silver Hardware. Louis Vuitton, 2017. Grade: 1. 86 w x 21 h x 26 d cm includes skateboard, wheels, canvas zipped toolkit, clochette, keys, luggage tag, leather straps and dustbag. Estimate: GBP 40,000 - GBP 60,000 (USD 54,000 - USD 81,000)For details, visit: https://www.christies.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin

Auction Preview: Modern Decorative Art & Design at Bonhams, New York, June 7

What: Modern Decorative Art & DesignWhere: Bonhams, 580 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022, USAWhen: 7 June, 02.00 pm EDTAuction Preview: June 1, 10.00 am – 05.00 pm; June 2, 12.00 pm – 05.00 pm; June 3, 12.00 pm – 05.00 pm; June 4, 10.00 am – 05.00
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Auction Preview: Modern Decorative Art & Design at Bonhams, New York, June 7

What: Modern Decorative Art & DesignWhere: Bonhams, 580 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022, USAWhen: 7 June, 02.00 pm EDTAuction Preview: June 1, 10.00 am – 05.00 pm; June 2, 12.00 pm – 05.00 pm; June 3, 12.00 pm – 05.00 pm; June 4, 10.00 am – 05.00 pm; June 5, 10.00 am – 05.00 pm; June 6, 10.00 am – 05.00 pmTop lots of the sale:- Harry Bertoia (1915 - 1978): Untitled (Bush Form), circa 1970. Welded copper and bronze, with applied patina, height 24 1/2 in (62 cm); width 22 1/2 in (57 cm); depth 21 in (53.5 cm). Estimate: US$ 80,000 - 120,000- Robert Goossens (1927 - 2016): Water Lilies Chandelier, circa 1970. Hand hammered ormolu and brass, with rock crystal, drop 48 in (122 cm); diameter 47 1/2 in (121 cm). Estimate: US$ 60,000 - 80,000- Thorolf Holmboe (1866 - 1935): Rare Centerpiece, circa 1907. For David-Andersen, plique-a-jour enamel, silver mounted, engraved 'Til Gustav Jebsen og Frue Fra Elektrokemisk, 29 Juni 1917', stamped 'David Andersen Christiana 830S', height 6 1/2 in (16.5 cm); width 6 in (15.3 cm). Estimate: US$ 50,000 - 70,000- Marc du Plantier (1901 - 1975): Coffee Table, 1955. Gilt bronze, glass, height 16in (41cm); width 57in (145cm); depth 23 1/2 in (60 cm). Estimate: US$ 50,000 - 70,000- Harry Bertoia (1915 - 1978): (Untitled) Sonambient, circa 1970. Beryllium copper rods silvered to brass base, one in a circle, one in a semi-circle configuration, seventy-six rods in total, on teak sound box, height including sound box 34in (86.5cm); width including box 10in (25cm); depth including box 6 1/2 in (16.5 cm). Estimate: US$ 40,000 - 60,000- Jean-Michel Frank (1895 - 1941): Gueridon, circa 1925. Gilt patinated wrought iron, parchment, height 22 1/2in (57cm); diameter 14 1/4 in (36 cm). Estimate: US$ 30,000 - 50,000- Carlo Scarpa (1906 - 1978): Rare Monumental Battuto Vase, circa 1942. Model 3990, for Venini, pale amethyst tinted glass, with deep wheel carved surface texture, acid stamp 'venini murano', height 18 1/4in (45.5cm); diameter 9 1/2 in (24 cm). Estimate: US$ 30,000 - 50,000- Kam Tin: Pair of Bedside Cabinets, 2017. Hurquoise, brass, lacquered wood, cast metal label to each 'K', height 29 1/4 in (74 cm); width 18 1/4 in (46 cm); depth 17 in (43 cm). Estimate: US$ 30,000 - 50,000- Robert Goossens (1927 - 2016): Mirror with a Crown of Wheat, 1973. Ormolu, glass, engraved 'Robert Goossens 1973', diameter 29 in (74 cm); depth 4 1/2 in (11.5 cm). Estimate: US$ 30,000 - 50,000- William Morris (born 1957): Fish Trap (Oval with Amber Hook), 2007. Blown and lamp worked glass, enameled steel stand, glass engraved 'William Morris 07', height 17 3/4 in (45 cm); width 12 in (30.5 cm); depth 4 in (10 cm). Estimate: US$ 30,000 - 40,000For details, visit: https://www.bonhams.com/Click on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin

Auction Preview: Fine Watches, Wristwatches and Clocks at Bonhams, New York, June 6

What: Fine Watches, Wristwatches and ClocksWhere: Bonhams, 580 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10022When: June 6, 1:00 PM EDTTop Lots of the Sale:- «A fine and rare diamond set 18K gold minute repeating bracelet watch with perpetual calendar and moon phase&
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Auction Preview: Fine Watches, Wristwatches and Clocks at Bonhams, New York, June 6

What: Fine Watches, Wristwatches and ClocksWhere: Bonhams, 580 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10022When: June 6, 1:00 PM EDTTop Lots of the Sale:- «A fine and rare diamond set 18K gold minute repeating bracelet watch with perpetual calendar and moon phase» - Breguet. Reference: 3438. Date: 1990's. Strap/Bracelet: Gold, brushed and polished molded links. Buckle/Clasp: Deployant. Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet. Estimated Price: US$ 80,000 - 100,000- «A Small Olivewood Marquetry Longcase Clock» - Thomas Tompion, London, pre-numbered, circa 1680, the case attributed to Jasper Braem. The backboard mounted with a movement securing bracket 77 in. Measured at (195cm) High. Estimated Price: US$ 60,000 - 80,000- «A fine and rare 18K gold minute repeating wristwatch with erotic automaton” – Blancpain. Model: Piece Unique. Date: 1990's. Dial: White with applied gold roman numerals, gold leaf hands. Case: Circular with molded bezel, glazed back revealing an amorous couple. Measured at Size: 33.5mm. Estimated Price: US$ 60,000 - 80,000- »A fine 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with perpetual calendar and moon phase« - Patek Philippe; Reference: 3970 E, second series. Date: circa 1990. Case: Circular with polished concave bezel and chamfered lugs, brushed solid screw down back, no. 2860442. Strap/Bracelet: Maker's leather. Buckle/Clasp: Maker's 18K gold deployant. Measured at Size: 36mm. Estimated Price: US$ 55,000 - 75,000- »A fine and rare Quarter Repeating Ebonized Table Clock« - Signed by Thomas Tompion's journeyman, James Tunn, London circa 1715. The backplate profusely engraved with leafy scrolls and birds flanking the scale work signature cartouche 17 in. Measured at (43cm)high. Estimated Price: US$ 50,000 - 70,000- »A fine Dutch Striking Small Ebonized table Clock« - Joseph Knibb, London, circa 1680. the tulip engraved backplate signed Joseph Knibb Londini fecit in a slight curve. Measured at 12 in. (30cm) high. Estimated Price: US$ 50,000 - 70,000- »A fine platinum automatic center seconds watch with perpetual calendar, retrograde date and moon phase« - Patek Philippe; Reference: 5059P - 001. Date: Circa 2000. Movement: 31 – jewel Cal. 315 S – QR. Dial: White with fifth seconds ring enclosing roman numerals, date ring and aperture for moon phase, small apertures for day, month and Leap Year indication, blued hands. Measured at Size: 36mm. Estimated Price: US$ 45,000 - 55,000- »A fine Empire month going skeleton clock with calendar, moon phase and annual calendar indicating Equation of Time and time of sunrise and sunset"; signed 'Verneuil a Dijon', circa 1810. beat adjustment to crutch, twin going barrels, pinwheel escapement. Measured at (66cm) high. Estimated Price: US$ 40,000 - 60,000For details, visit: http://www.bonhams.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin

Auction Preview: Fine Jewels at Christie’s, Paris, June 6

What: Fine JewelsWhere: Christie’s, 9 Avenue Matignon, ParisWhen: June 6, 3:00 PMPublic Viewing: 1 Jun, 10am - 6pm, 2 Jun, 10am - 6pm, 3 Jun, 2pm - 6pm, 4 Jun, 10am - 6pm, 5 Jun, 10am - 6pm, 6 Jun, 10am - 0amTop Lots of the Sale:- «Sapphire Ring And D
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Auction Preview: Fine Jewels at Christie’s, Paris, June 6

What: Fine JewelsWhere: Christie’s, 9 Avenue Matignon, ParisWhen: June 6, 3:00 PMPublic Viewing: 1 Jun, 10am - 6pm, 2 Jun, 10am - 6pm, 3 Jun, 2pm - 6pm, 4 Jun, 10am - 6pm, 5 Jun, 10am - 6pm, 6 Jun, 10am - 0amTop Lots of the Sale:- «Sapphire Ring And Diamonds, By Boucheron» - Set with a sapphire cushion shoulder on each side of a baguette diamond, gross weight: 5.41 g, platinum setting (950) and 18K yellow gold (750), French hallmarks. Estimated Price: EUR 100,000 - EUR 150,000 (USD 118,214 - 177,320)- «Diamond Ring» - Set with a brilliant cut round diamond weighing approximately 5.35 carats on each side of a baguette diamond, gross weight: 4.95 g, platinum setting (950). Estimated Price: EUR 70,000 - EUR 100,000 (USD 82,750 - 118,214)- «Diamond Pendant» - Set with a pear shaped diamond weighing approximately 4.74 carats, gross weight: 2.12 g, silver mount (800). Estimated Price: EUR 70,000 - EUR 100,000 (USD 82,750 - 118,214)- «Diamond Solitaire Ring» - Set with round diamond weighing approximately 14.5 carats, gross weight: 11.03 g, platinum setting (850). Estimated Price: EUR 60,000 - EUR 80,000 (USD 70,928 - 94,571)- «Diamonds Ring, By Mauboussin» - Set with a pear diamond weighing approximately 5.17 carats, in a circle of baguette diamonds and round diamonds, gross weight: 13.52 g, 18K yellow gold (750) setting, French mark, in its case. Estimated Price: EUR 60,000 - EUR 80,000 (USD 70,928 - USD 94,571)- «Diamond Solitaire Ring» - Set with a round brilliant cut diamond weighing approximately 4.03 carats, gross weight: 21.59 g, platinum setting (850), French hallmark. Estimated Price: EUR 60,000 - EUR 80,000 (USD 70,928 - 94,571)- «You and Me Diamond Ring» - Set with two round diamonds weighing approximately 2.49 and 2.40 carats, gross weight: 8.02 g, 18K white gold setting (750). Estimated Price: EUR 45,000 - EUR 55,000 (USD 53,196 - 65,018)- «Diamonds Ring» - Set with a brilliant cut round diamond weighing approximately 6.90 carats shoulder on each side of a baguette diamond, gross weight: 8.55 g, platinum setting (850), French hallmark. Estimated Price: EUR 45,000 - EUR 65,000 (USD 53,196 - 76,839)- «Diamond Solitaire Ring» - Set with a round diamond weighing approximately 4.21 carats, gross weight: 4.62 g, platinum setting (950). Estimated Price: EUR 40,000 - EUR 60,000 (USD 47,285 - 70,928)- «Diamonds Bracelet, By Virano » - Ribbon shape, set with round cut diamonds, punctuated with marquise diamonds and rectangular cut diamonds, 18 cm, gross weight: 49.12 g, platinum setting (950) and 14K gray gold (585). Signed Virano. Estimated Price: EUR 40,000 - EUR 60,000 (USD 47,285 - 70,928)For details, visit: https://www.christies.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin

Two Rare Whiskies Set New World Auction Records at Bonhams’ Hong Kong Sale

Bonhams Fine and Rare Wine and Whisky auction on May 18 in Hong Kong made history by setting new world auction records for any whisky sold at auction with the sale of two of the rarest vintage Macallan bottles.The auction house stated: “Unseen in public in
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Two Rare Whiskies Set New World Auction Records at Bonhams’ Hong Kong Sale

Bonhams Fine and Rare Wine and Whisky auction on May 18 in Hong Kong made history by setting new world auction records for any whisky sold at auction with the sale of two of the rarest vintage Macallan bottles.The auction house stated: “Unseen in public in over three decades, the Macallan Peter Blake-1926-60 Year Old (lot 381) went under the hammer first for HK$7,962,500 (US$1,014,422 / £751,703) to a phone bidder, and the record was further pushed when the Macallan Valerio Adami-1926-60 Year Old (lot 608) later sold for HK$8,636,250 (US$1,100,197 / £814,081) to a bidder in the room, surpassing the original estimate of HK$3,600,000 to HK$4,500,000 each.”«These two bottles are the most significant whiskies ever produced in 20th century and truly presented a once-in-a-generation opportunity for collectors to acquire the Holy Grail of Macallan,» commented Daniel Lam, Head of Fine Wine and Whisky, Bonhams Asia, from the auction floor. «Active bidding came in from around the world but we saw new bidders from Southeast Asia including Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia reflecting the growing appetite and appreciation for whisky among Asian collectors and further reinforcing Bonhams market leadership in Hong Kong in the field of Whisky.»“The record setting whisky was bottled in 1986, and Macallan commissioned Peter Blake and Valerio Adami to design labels for very limited editions corporate gifts to the distillery's most valued customers. Only 24 bottles, out of which 12 were of the Blake label and 12 were of the Adami label, were ever produced. They are elegantly presented in specially commissioned cabinets or Tantaluses, based on the traditional 'Brass and Glass' distillery spirit safe,” says the auction house.The auction house also reported that along with these bottles, spectacular prices were also achieved throughout the auction including the oldest Expression of Karuizawa-1960-52 year old-The Dragon, one of 41 bottles, which went for HK$2,450,000 (US$312,130 / £231,035) (lot 468) against an estimate of HK$1,500,000 to HK$1,800,000 — setting a new record for a single bottle of Japanese whisky.The Bonhams Hong Kong sale concluded with a grand total of HK$46,619,335 (US$5,938,674 / £4,406,694), close to 91% sold by lot and 95% sold by value of the 645 lots. All top lots sold for two or three times their estimates, indicating a positive sign for market demand among private collectors in Hong Kong and Asia.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/                              Founder Louise Blouin 

Steinunn Thorarinsdottir’s “ARMORS” at Fort Tryon Park

NYC Parks is presenting “ARMORS,” a new public art exhibition in Fort Tryon Park, on view through September. Icelandic sculptor Steinunn Thorarinsdottir’s site-specific project in the park’s Cloisters Lawn features three androgynous, human-like figure
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Steinunn Thorarinsdottir’s “ARMORS” at Fort Tryon Park

NYC Parks is presenting “ARMORS,” a new public art exhibition in Fort Tryon Park, on view through September. Icelandic sculptor Steinunn Thorarinsdottir’s site-specific project in the park’s Cloisters Lawn features three androgynous, human-like figures in dialogue with suits of armor. The armor was cast from a custom 3D scan of a carefully chosen suit of armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s permanent collection.“The Cloisters are a magical part of Fort Tryon Park, and Steinunn Thorarinsdottir’s sculptures build on its existing medieval collection in such a beautiful way,” said Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “The juxtaposition of these suits of protective armor out in the open in this picturesque park is quite extraordinary. We look forward to the many visitors who will encounter these pieces this spring and summer.”“Ancient armors are, in themselves, sculptural forms,” said artist Steinunn Thorarinsdottir. “They were developed for war, but they give a sharp insight into the psyche of man. The iconographical resonance that a suit of armor has taken on is a testament to how violence and the need to protect ourselves have been central to our lives for centuries; the armor is a materialization of man’s aggression. I wanted to merge medieval armors and ageless, androgynous figures in a way that would speak to the human condition today and in the past.”For the selection of armor, Thorarinsdottir consulted Donald La Rocca, a veteran curator in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Arms and Armor. La Rocca suggested three armors based on their quality and historical importance (each has spent decades on permanent display in the Museum), as well as relative variety and amenability to the 3D scanning process. With assistance from museum conservators, the armors were temporarily removed from display and meticulously scanned by the Met’s Imaging Department. The 3D image files were then sent to be cast in aluminum at a traditional lost-wax-method foundry outside of Shanghai. “ARMORS” will be on view at the Cloisters Lawn in Fort Tryon Park through September 13, 2018. http://www.blouinartinfo.com/                                              Founder Louise Blouin 

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Scotland captain Barclay has op on ruptured Achilles tendon

LLANELLI, Wales (AP) Scotland captain John Barclay will not play rugby until at least the end of the year after surgery on a ruptured left Achilles tendon.
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Scotland captain Barclay has op on ruptured Achilles tendon

LLANELLI, Wales (AP) Scotland captain John Barclay will not play rugby until at least the end of the year after surgery on a ruptured left Achilles tendon.

WORLD CUP: Escobar murdered after Colombia’s exit in 1994

Days after returning home from the 1994 World Cup in the United States, Colombia defender Andres Escobar was shot dead in his hometown of Medellin .
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WORLD CUP: Escobar murdered after Colombia’s exit in 1994

Days after returning home from the 1994 World Cup in the United States, Colombia defender Andres Escobar was shot dead in his hometown of Medellin .

WORLD CUP: Dads Ronaldo and Messi still seek World Cup title

GENEVA (AP) Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have put up impressive numbers - in life and on the field - going into a fourth World Cup.
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WORLD CUP: Dads Ronaldo and Messi still seek World Cup title

GENEVA (AP) Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have put up impressive numbers - in life and on the field - going into a fourth World Cup.

Vinales «didn't care» if he crashed at Le Mans

Starting the Le Mans race from eighth, Vinales was running as low as 13th in the early laps, and only broke into the top 10 on Lap 11, helped by the crashes of Andrea Dovizioso and Johann Zarco.Vinales said the first part of the race was «horrible»
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Vinales «didn't care» if he crashed at Le Mans

Starting the Le Mans race from eighth, Vinales was running as low as 13th in the early laps, and only broke into the top 10 on Lap 11, helped by the crashes of Andrea Dovizioso and Johann Zarco.Vinales said the first part of the race was «horrible», and he only managed to improve late in the race, eventually taking seventh, because «I didn't care if I crashed or not»."I improved ... Keep reading

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