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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Chaos in the WH and an overdue focus on Mitch McConnell

Politico: McConnell aims to reshape courts in case Senate flips The Kentucky Republican is prioritizing confirmation of conservative judges in what may be his final months as majority leader. Mitch McConnell is making a last dash to stock the judiciary wi
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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Chaos in the WH and an overdue focus on Mitch McConnell

Politico: McConnell aims to reshape courts in case Senate flips The Kentucky Republican is prioritizing confirmation of conservative judges in what may be his final months as majority leader. Mitch McConnell is making a last dash to stock the judiciary with conservatives this year as a hedge against the chance that Republicans lose the Senate in November. The GOP may have only a few more months of unified control of Washington to repeal Obamacare or enact President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan. But the Senate majority leader is taking a longer view — and confirming as many conservative judges as possible to lifetime appointments. The move will show conservative voters that the Senate can still get things done even if Republicans lose the House and is part of McConnell’s years-long plan to reshape the courts after the presidency of Barack Obama shifted them to the left Does Mitch know more than he’s letting on? Oh, and for those of you who don’t vote, this is what happens when you don’t. Don’t make that mistake in November. xBTW the best thing about the new GOP obsession with the FBI's supposed strong liberal bias is it informs how seriously one should take the GOP obsession with the media's supposed strong liberal bias.— Jonathan Bernstein (@jbview) April 20, 2018

Cuomo's belated restoration of felon voting rights is welcome, but he's motivated by pure cynicism

In a surprise move, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that he would issue an executive order to restore the voting rights of most of New York’s 35,000 citizens who are currently disenfranchised because they are on parole for a felony convi
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Cuomo's belated restoration of felon voting rights is welcome, but he's motivated by pure cynicism

In a surprise move, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that he would issue an executive order to restore the voting rights of most of New York’s 35,000 citizens who are currently disenfranchised because they are on parole for a felony conviction. This is a welcome development that will help curtail a policy that is rooted in white supremacy. However, it will still leave tens of thousands of incarcerated citizens without voting rights. Furthermore, by excluding parolees who have committed certain crimes, this solution gives the governor undeserved discretion over who gets to the right to vote. And given that Cuomo’s been in office for over seven years, it’s only natural to wonder why he waited so long to use his executive powers. It’s hard to see this decision as anything other than a transparent reaction to the fact that Cuomo now faces a serious primary challenge from the left from actress and activist Cynthia Nixon, who has harshly criticized the governor’s record on voting rights. Indeed, for years, Cuomo has been a master of cynically doing the bare minimum to placate the left while forever thwarting more substantive reforms. In a true display of chutzpah, Cuomo tried to blame Republicans in the state for blocking a bill to reform the state’s felony disenfranchisement laws. But Cuomo almost single-handedly ensured that those very same Republicans would remain in power by signing off on their extreme gerrymander at the start of the decade and by propping up a faction of renegade Democrats known as the IDC who for years have allowed the GOP to retain control of the Senate. Cuomo has tried his best to appear as if he's a champion of voting rights, but his actions have repeatedly stymied efforts to improve democracy by passing early voting, automatic and same-day voter registration, and an end to gerrymandering. But only now that he and his IDC allies face a threat to their political careers has Cuomo finally begun to take steps toward expanding voting rights. Restoring voting rights to citizens who have served their time is the right thing to do, but if Cuomo wins a third term this fall, expect him to suddenly forget how to do the right thing anymore.

Republican appointed to succeed lawmaker killed by drunk driver failed to disclose his own DUIs

The Indianapolis Star reported on Thursday that in 2003, when Luke Messer was persuading local Indiana GOP leaders to appoint him to replace a state representative who had been killed by a drunk driver, Messer kept his own two DUIs a secret. Messer got th
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Republican appointed to succeed lawmaker killed by drunk driver failed to disclose his own DUIs

The Indianapolis Star reported on Thursday that in 2003, when Luke Messer was persuading local Indiana GOP leaders to appoint him to replace a state representative who had been killed by a drunk driver, Messer kept his own two DUIs a secret. Messer got the job, which he used to launch a political career that would lead to his election to the House in 2012. Messer is now running in the three-way May 8 primary to take on Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly. Both DUIs, which happened when Messer was in his 20s, eventually became public, though he wasn't the one who revealed either of them. In 2009, around the time that Messer was unsuccessfully challenging then-Rep. Dan Burton in the primary, an anonymous person mailed court documents to the media about his 1995 conviction. Three years later, Messer's Democratic foe brought a previously-unknown 1990 charge to light. However, several of the local party leaders who picked Messer for the state House seat in 2003 told the Star that they didn't know about either DUI until the paper contacted them for the story. Several of them said they were not happy he hadn't told them 15 years ago, and that he probably wouldn’t have been selected had they known.

ICE kept a 22-year-old man with Down Syndrome detained for three weeks

Campaign Action Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested Juan Gaspar-García, a 22-year-old diabetic man with Down syndrome, during a workplace raid and kept him detained for three weeks before releasing him to his outraged Florida community. 
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ICE kept a 22-year-old man with Down Syndrome detained for three weeks

Campaign Action Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested Juan Gaspar-García, a 22-year-old diabetic man with Down syndrome, during a workplace raid and kept him detained for three weeks before releasing him to his outraged Florida community.  According to the Miami Herald, “federal authorities insist that it was not an immigration raid but a ‘criminal search’ conducted at the business.” Yet both Gaspar-García and his brother, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, were swept up. Under DACA requirements, applicants must pass a background check. Gaspar-García is DACA-eligible, but had not applied for protections. “My brother does not have the ability to understand certain situations without a proper explanation because he has Down syndrome, and probably does not understand why he is there or what is happening,” his sister Dolores Gaspar-García said during his detention. “He also has diabetes, he takes medication and it is very important that he is with us so we can take care of his special needs.” ICE initially released the DACA-protected sibling—his name is not yet available—but kept Gaspar-García detained, with threats to deport him to Guatemala. Gaspar-García came to the U.S. at just 14 following his mom’s death. His siblings and dad all live in Florida, meaning he would be deported to a country where he’d have no one to help care for him.

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Bullion: Gold extended gains for second straight week

On the global front, Gold futures suffered a second consecutive session of losses, as strength in the dollar and gains in Treasury yields sent prices for the metal lower for the week.
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Bullion: Gold extended gains for second straight week

On the global front, Gold futures suffered a second consecutive session of losses, as strength in the dollar and gains in Treasury yields sent prices for the metal lower for the week.

HDFC Bank Q4 Net rises 20%, meets expectations; gross NPAs largely stable

Net profit stood at Rs 4,799 crore, as against Rs 3,990 crore in corresponding quarter last year, helped by healthy fee income and stable loan growth driven by retail loans
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HDFC Bank Q4 Net rises 20%, meets expectations; gross NPAs largely stable

Net profit stood at Rs 4,799 crore, as against Rs 3,990 crore in corresponding quarter last year, helped by healthy fee income and stable loan growth driven by retail loans

Right to equality can be invoked COC violates IBC: NCLT Chairman

"Article 14 of the Constitution can come in case of COCs (committee of creditors) violate IBC (Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code) law, Kumar said while addressing a seminar on #39;Business Restructuring-Evolving Legal Issues and Imperatives#39; organised by PHDC
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Right to equality can be invoked COC violates IBC: NCLT Chairman

"Article 14 of the Constitution can come in case of COCs (committee of creditors) violate IBC (Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code) law, Kumar said while addressing a seminar on #39;Business Restructuring-Evolving Legal Issues and Imperatives#39; organised by PHDCCI.

Auto Weekly Wrap: Warning! The Google in your car is doing more than expected from it

Details like revving of your car engine, speed and engine oil temperature are sourced and shared without your consent or knowledge
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Auto Weekly Wrap: Warning! The Google in your car is doing more than expected from it

Details like revving of your car engine, speed and engine oil temperature are sourced and shared without your consent or knowledge

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Orchid Labs is in the process of raising $125 million for its surveillance-free layer atop the internet

Orchid Labs, a San Francisco-based startup that’s developing a a surveillance-free layer on top of the internet, has raised a bunch of funding, according to a newly processed SEC filing that shows the year-old startup has closed on $36.1 million. The
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Orchid Labs is in the process of raising $125 million for its surveillance-free layer atop the internet

Orchid Labs, a San Francisco-based startup that’s developing a a surveillance-free layer on top of the internet, has raised a bunch of funding, according to a newly processed SEC filing that shows the year-old startup has closed on $36.1 million. The money comes just five months after Orchid closed on a separate, $4.5 million in funding from […]

Nintendo Labo review

I’m here to tell you first-hand: Nintendo Labo is no joke. I’m a grown-up human person, who has spent many hours of his life building things: office furniture, websites, a model of the Batmobile from the 1989 Tim Burton movie. In the fourth grade, I attem
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Nintendo Labo review

I’m here to tell you first-hand: Nintendo Labo is no joke. I’m a grown-up human person, who has spent many hours of his life building things: office furniture, websites, a model of the Batmobile from the 1989 Tim Burton movie. In the fourth grade, I attempted to build Mission Santa Barbara out of sugar cubes. […]

SmugMug acquires Flickr

Two photo-sharing services are teaming up, as SmugMug buys Flickr from Verizon’s digital media subsidiary Oath. USA Today broke the news and interviewed SmugMug CEO Don MacAskill, who said he hopes to revitalize Flickr . At the same time, he said heR
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SmugMug acquires Flickr

Two photo-sharing services are teaming up, as SmugMug buys Flickr from Verizon’s digital media subsidiary Oath. USA Today broke the news and interviewed SmugMug CEO Don MacAskill, who said he hopes to revitalize Flickr . At the same time, he said he’s still figuring out his actual plans: “It sounds silly for the CEO to […]

Friday Night Lights is on Hulu now. You’re welcome.

Friday Night Lights, the football show that was never just about football (and one of the best shows on television), is now streaming on Hulu. Say goodbye to the weekend is all I’m saying. Hailed as one of the most honest depictions of a functioning adu
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Friday Night Lights is on Hulu now. You’re welcome.

Friday Night Lights, the football show that was never just about football (and one of the best shows on television), is now streaming on Hulu. Say goodbye to the weekend is all I’m saying. Hailed as one of the most honest depictions of a functioning adult relationship in its portrayal of the husband and wife […]

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European regulators tighten order for jet fan blade tests

BERLIN (AP) - The European Aviation Safety Agency has tightened a nearly month-old directive ordering inspections of some fan blades in engines like those used on a Southwest Airlines jet involved in a fatal accident. A directive published by EASA late Frida
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European regulators tighten order for jet fan blade tests

BERLIN (AP) - The European Aviation Safety Agency has tightened a nearly month-old directive ordering inspections of some fan blades in engines like those used on a Southwest Airlines jet involved in a fatal accident. A directive published by EASA late Friday called for inspections within 20 days of blades ...

Saudi Arabia uses ancient tourist site to alter its history

DIRIYAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Just outside Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, a group of elementary school children are on a field trip at Diriyah, where engineers and construction workers are busy restoring a 17th-century fortress, mosques and clay-colored struct
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Saudi Arabia uses ancient tourist site to alter its history

DIRIYAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Just outside Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, a group of elementary school children are on a field trip at Diriyah, where engineers and construction workers are busy restoring a 17th-century fortress, mosques and clay-colored structures that were once the ruling family's seat of power. The UNESCO ...

Auction Preview: Fine Jewelry at Freeman’s, Philadelphia, May 9

What: Fine JewelryWhere: Freeman’s Auction House, 1808 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USAWhen: May 9, 2018, 12.00 PMPublic Viewing: Thursday, May 3 10:00-5:00pm; Friday, May 4 10:00-5:00pm; Saturday, May 5 12:00-5:00pm; Sunday, May 6 12:00-5:00pm; Mon
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Auction Preview: Fine Jewelry at Freeman’s, Philadelphia, May 9

What: Fine JewelryWhere: Freeman’s Auction House, 1808 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USAWhen: May 9, 2018, 12.00 PMPublic Viewing: Thursday, May 3 10:00-5:00pm; Friday, May 4 10:00-5:00pm; Saturday, May 5 12:00-5:00pm; Sunday, May 6 12:00-5:00pm; Monday, May 7 10:00-5:00pm; Tuesday, May 8 10:00-5:00pmTop lots of the sale:- An impressive diamond solitaire ring, centering an emerald-cut diamond weighing 16.56 carats, flanked by tapering baguette-cut diamonds, mounted in platinum. Estimate: $ 600,000 - $ 800,000- A diamond and eighteen karat gold pendant centered by a modern round brilliant-cut diamond weighing 4.16 carats, surrounded by circular-cut diamond frame within an eighteen karat white gold mount, suspending from a white gold fine link chain. Length: 18 in. Estimate: $ 80,000 - $ 100,000- A diamond and platinum solitaire, set with a pear-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 5.30 carats, flanked by tapered baguettes, mounted in platinum. Ring size: 3 1/2 (adjustable). Estimate: $ 70,000 - $ 90,000- A fancy intense yellow diamond pendant. The cushion-cut diamond weighing 4.09 carats surrounded by pink full-cut diamonds weighing approximately 0.55 carats, set within an eighteen karat rose gold mount, suspended from a fine link chain. Length: 15 in. Estimate: $ 65,000 - $ 85,000- A fancy intense yellow diamond, diamond and platinum ring, centering a cut-cornered rectangular modified brilliant-cut diamond weighing 5.12 carats set in eighteen karat yellow gold and flanked by two cut cornered rectangular modified brilliant-cut diamonds weighing 0.91 and 0.90 carat respectively. Size: 3 3/4. Estimate: $ 60,000 - $ 80,000- A black opal and diamond ring, centered by an oval black opal weighing 7.04 carats, flanked by pear-shaped diamond, one weighing 1.01 carats, and one weighing 1.02 carats, set in an eighteen karat white gold mount, gallery accented by diamonds. Size: 4 (with sizing beads). Estimate: $ 50,000 - $ 70,000- An Art Deco diamond covered bracelet-watch. Cartier, France, set with baguette and circular-cut diamonds mounted in platinum, with a diamond-set cover; Estimated total diamond weight: 17.00 carats, dial signed Cartier, France, bracelet signed Cartier London, Number 17400, watch signed Cartier France, Number 19314, 28429, 2980. Length: 7 in.  Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 50,000- An Art Deco diamond and rock crystal choker/bracelet, designed as a wide openwork strap set with round and circular-cut diamonds; Estimated total diamond weight: 35.00 carats, accented by a central rock crystal and cylindrical link, together with additional diamond link. 50.8 dwt.; Length: 7 1/4 in.; Width 1 in. Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 50,000- A diamond solitaire, centering a cushion-cut diamond, weighing approximately 7.11 carats, mounted within a heavy eighteen karat gold bezel setting. Size: 6. Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 50,000- An eighteen karat white gold and diamond necklace set with pavé-set round brilliant-cut diamond links alternating with straight baguette-cut diamonds; Estimated total diamond weight: 45.00 carats. 111.4 dwt.; Length: 15 1/2 in. Estimate: $ 25,000 - $ 35,000For details, visit: https://www.freemansauction.com/Click on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin

Auction Preview: Modern Design at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago, May 7

What: Modern DesignWhere: Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, 1338 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607, USAWhen: 7 May 2018, 10:00 am CTPublic Viewing: Thursday, May 3 | 10am – 5pm; Friday, May 4 | 10am – 5pm; Saturday, May 5 | 10am – 3pm; Sunday, May 6 | 12pm – 4pm
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Auction Preview: Modern Design at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago, May 7

What: Modern DesignWhere: Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, 1338 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607, USAWhen: 7 May 2018, 10:00 am CTPublic Viewing: Thursday, May 3 | 10am – 5pm; Friday, May 4 | 10am – 5pm; Saturday, May 5 | 10am – 3pm; Sunday, May 6 | 12pm – 4pm; Monday, May 7 | 10am – 5pmLeslie Hindman Auctioneers will be featuring an exquisite collection of modernized art of worksTop lots of the sale:- Tiffany Studios. Early 20th Century. Nautilus lamp. Bronze with a shell shade. Signed Gudebrud and Stamped Tiffany Studios/New York. Height 15 1/2 inches. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000- Francois Pompon (French, 1855-1933): Grand Duc. Designed in 1928 cast between 1934 - 1939. Bronze with black patina with Fonderie C. Valsuani stamp, and signed Pompon. Height 20 3/4 x width 8 1/2 x depth 7 1/4 inches. Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 25,000- Katarzyna Kobro (Polish/Russian, 1898-1951): Standing Female Nude, c.1948. Edition 2 of 8 bronze. Signed on back of base K. Kobro, 2/8, with Fonderie C. Valsuani stamp. Height 18 3/4 inches. Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 25,000- Rene Lalique (French, 1860-1945): A Perruches pattern vase, c.1919. M p. 410, no. 876. Clear and frosted blue glass. Signed R Lalique France to underneath. Height 10 1/4 inches. Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000- Demétre Chiparus (Romanian/French 1886-1947): Egyptian Dancer, 1920s. Bronze, on marble base. Etched signature to base, with Edmond Etling and Cie Foundry mark. Height overall 28 1/2 inches. Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 20,000- Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941): Opaline Spined and White Sea Form Set, 1987. Hand-blown glass. Signed Chihuly 87 to larger. 28 x 26 1/4 x 10 inches. Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 10,000- Rene Lalique (French, 1860-1945): A Penthievre pattern, c.1926. M p. 412, no. 1101 clear and frosted amber glass. Signed R Lalique France to underneath. Height 10 1/4 inches. Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000- Tiffany Studios. Early 20th Century. An Abalone pattern desk set and table lamp, comprising a pair of blotter ends (1152), pen tray (1169), a pair of bookends (1173), picture frame (1166), a covered box (1149), inkwell (1157), letter rack (1151) and table lamp (604) gilt bronze and glass. Lamp: Height 15 3/4 x diameter 10 inches. Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000- Tiffany Studios. Early 20th Century. An Acorn pattern leaded glass lamp shade stamped Tiffany Studios/New York/1435, base stamped Tiffany Studios/New York/29939. Diameter of shade 16 inches, height overall 22 1/2 inches. Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000- Italian, Second Half 20th Century. A pair of garden chairs, in the form of a face carved marble. Height 27 x width 27 1/4 x depth 28 x seat height 15 1/2 inches. Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 8,000For details, visit: https://www.lesliehindman.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin

Auction Preview: Design, Modern & Contemporary Arts at Guillaume Le Floc'h, Paris, May 6

What: Design, Modern & Contemporary ArtsWhere: Guillaume Le Floc'h, 1 ter, boulevard de la République 92210 Saint-CloudWhen: May 6, 2:30 PMTop Lots of the Sale:- «Aldrine on the moon» – Guomunddur Guomundsson says Erro (born in Olafsuk, Ice
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Auction Preview: Design, Modern & Contemporary Arts at Guillaume Le Floc'h, Paris, May 6

What: Design, Modern & Contemporary ArtsWhere: Guillaume Le Floc'h, 1 ter, boulevard de la République 92210 Saint-CloudWhen: May 6, 2:30 PMTop Lots of the Sale:- «Aldrine on the moon» – Guomunddur Guomundsson says Erro (born in Olafsuk, Iceland in 1932); acrylic on canvas, signed and dated 1975 on the back (small gaps). Measured at High.: 98 cm - Width: 58.5 centimeters. Estimated Price: 8,000 - 10,000 € (US$ 9,850 - 12,280)- «Elysée floor lamp called »Lollipop« in brown lacquered metal, the circular base and reflector, the cylindrical barrel» (1971 - 1972) - Pierre Paulin (1927 - 2009). Edition Glass and Light. Estimated Price: 8,000 - 10,000 € (US$ 9,850 - 12,280)- «I doubt» - Benjamin Vautier says Ben (born in 1935); acrylic on canvas, signed lower right and countersigned and dated 1971 on the back (very slight gaps, small depressions). Measured at High.: 114 cm - Width: 146 cm. Estimated Price: 3,000 - 5,000 € (US$ 3,700 - 6,150)- «Model sofa »Koala«, the front legs in natural bronze slightly tapered, the structure, the backrest and the seat fully covered with yellow velvet» - Elisabeth Garouste (born in 1946) & Mattia Bonetti (born in 1952). Editions BGH. Marked BG. Measured at High.: 87 cm - Width: 156 cm - Prof. : 81 cm. Estimated Price: 3,000 - 5,000 € (US$ 3,700 - 6,150)- «Model »Koala« daybed» - Elisabeth Garouste (born in 1946) & Mattia Bonetti (born in 1952). Editions BGH; armrest on the right, the front feet in natural bronze slightly tapered, the structure. Measured at High.: 110 cm - Width: 160 cm - Prof.: 90 cm. Estimated Price: 3,000 - 5,000 € (US$ 3,700 - 6,150)- «Three lamps »Baghdad« model in white, red and black» - Mathieu Mategot (1910 - 2001); perforated sheet metal and folded geometric shape and brass ball (small chips). 1954. Measured at High.: 38 cm. Estimated Price: 2,500 - 3,500 € (US$ 3,070 - 4,300)- «Two-seater sofa model »2557«« - Florence Knoll (born in 1917); chromed metal base, cream leather seat. Knoll International Edition, 2014. Measured at Haut.: 79 cm - Width: 160 cm - Prof.: 80 cm. Estimated Price: 2,500 - 3,500 € (US$ 3,070 - 4,300)- »Pair of sofas model «Madison», armrests in varnished cherry, cream leather upholstery» - House Hugues Chevalier. Measured at High.: 78 cm - Width: 170 cm - Prof.: 95 cm. Estimated Price: 2,000 - 4,000 € (US$ 2,460 - 4,920)For details, visit:http://www.lefloch-drouot.fr/Click on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin

Winners of the 2018 Swarovski Designers of the Future Award

Swarovski and Design Miami have declared Frank Kolkman, Study O Portable, and Yosuke Ushigome as the winners for the 2018 Swarovski Designers of the Future Award.Established in 2006, the Designers of the Future Award acknowledges technologically and conceptua
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Winners of the 2018 Swarovski Designers of the Future Award

Swarovski and Design Miami have declared Frank Kolkman, Study O Portable, and Yosuke Ushigome as the winners for the 2018 Swarovski Designers of the Future Award.Established in 2006, the Designers of the Future Award acknowledges technologically and conceptually advanced designs across multiple disciplines, honoring promising young designers and studios behind these cutting-edge works. Swarovski and Design Miami have collaborated for this award for the fourth year in 2018 to provide the winners an opportunity to present their newly commissioned works to an influential audience of collectors, dealers, and journalists at Design Miami/Basel. Selected from designers across the globe, the 2018 winners —  Frank Kolkman, Study O Portable, and Yosuke Ushigome — will respond to the brief of ‘smart living,’ applying pioneering crystal technologies including psycho activation techniques, touch crystal, and energy crystal, which will be unveiled at this year’s Design Miami/ Basel, to be held from June 12 to 17. These artists will be commissioned to utilize the wide range of resources from Swarovski to develop prototypes or statements, such as wearables, inclusive design solutions, lighting and/or functional home objects, which will illustrate new ways of connectivity and co-existence within our environment, through the integration of new crystal technologies. Experimental Dutch designer Frank Kolkman will present “Dream Machine,” where he will combine the interface of Swarovski crystal with neurobiology, neuropsychology, and psycho-activation techniques to allow individuals to enter a state of deep relaxation or “artificial dreaming,” providing a smart solution to the cognitive demands of modern life. Study O Portable — a research based Dutch-Japanese practice — will explore the blurring of light and color created from the crystals utilizing Swarovski’s avant-garde technologies, and will create a series of surfaces that will be translated into objects, including screens, a table, and lights, evoking the blurry and fading colors associated with the sunset or changing colors of leaves on a tree. Yosuke Ushigome works at the Japanese design studio Takram’s London office as a creative technologist. His exhibition “Can Crystals Interface Us to AI?” will explore the potential of crystal as an alternative interaction between human and machine intelligence that occurs within the Smart Home environment.Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, said: “We are delighted to announce Frank Kolkman, Study O Portable, and Yosuke Ushigome as this year’s Swarovski Designers of the Future. We look forward to seeing these exciting innovators use Swarovski crystal as a creative medium to explore the relationship between human behaviour and new smart living technologies.”All the designs by Frank Kolkman, Study O Portable, and Yosuke Ushigome will be integrated into a single installation at Design Miami/ Basel. Alongside this artificial environment, Swarovski will present Atelier Swarovski’s new home décor collections as a ‘Curio’ exhibition within the core galleries at the fair, which will include functional and decorative table top objects, home accessories, and gifts. www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin

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Ahmed defends Pakistan squad as 'best of the best'

ISLAMABAD (AP) Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has defended the 16-man national squad for tours of Ireland and England as the ''best of the best'' despite criticism over the omission of batsman Fawad Alam.
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Ahmed defends Pakistan squad as 'best of the best'

ISLAMABAD (AP) Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has defended the 16-man national squad for tours of Ireland and England as the ''best of the best'' despite criticism over the omission of batsman Fawad Alam.

How Red Bull turned its RB14 into a race winner

The car builds on the strong platform of its predecessor, but it has been clear that there has been a lot of work done to improve areas which it felt were not perfect – and recover those areas where it had been forced to make changes because of external inf
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How Red Bull turned its RB14 into a race winner

The car builds on the strong platform of its predecessor, but it has been clear that there has been a lot of work done to improve areas which it felt were not perfect – and recover those areas where it had been forced to make changes because of external influence.Suspension evolutionRewind 12 months and a technical directive issued before action even got underway at the start of last ... Keep reading

Fed Cup: Kvitova gives Czechs 1-0 lead over Germany

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) Petra Kvitova defeated Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-2 Saturday to give the Czech Republic a 1-0 lead over Germany in their Fed Cup World Group semifinal.
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Fed Cup: Kvitova gives Czechs 1-0 lead over Germany

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) Petra Kvitova defeated Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-2 Saturday to give the Czech Republic a 1-0 lead over Germany in their Fed Cup World Group semifinal.

Whincup loses second due to pitstop infringement

The reigning champion, who finished second after being passed late on by Scott McLaughlin, had 38 seconds added to his race time for turning off his pitlane speed limiter too early.Rick Kelly moves up to second as a result, while Shane van Gisbergen inherits
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Whincup loses second due to pitstop infringement

The reigning champion, who finished second after being passed late on by Scott McLaughlin, had 38 seconds added to his race time for turning off his pitlane speed limiter too early.Rick Kelly moves up to second as a result, while Shane van Gisbergen inherits the final podium spot.A stewards' report read: "Following a report from Supercars Pit Lane Officials ... Keep reading

Assen WSBK: Rea beats home hero van der Mark to win

Kawasaki rider Rea was up to the lead on the opening lap from second on the grid with van der Mark, starting seventh, making quick moves on Alex Lowes and Xavi Fores to run second.The local rider put pressure on Rea in the first half of the race, and managed
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Assen WSBK: Rea beats home hero van der Mark to win

Kawasaki rider Rea was up to the lead on the opening lap from second on the grid with van der Mark, starting seventh, making quick moves on Alex Lowes and Xavi Fores to run second.The local rider put pressure on Rea in the first half of the race, and managed to take the lead at Turn 15 for two laps before the reigning champion retook first with an identical move.Van der Mark's Yamaha ... Keep reading

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