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Ryan's retirement wreaks havoc in Republican ranks

Speaker Paul Ryan's decision to call it quits, but to stick around until January, has made things in the House even more chaotic than usual. Even though he tapped current Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as his choice, McCarthy's pals think he should lea

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From State Line to Cheerwine to Krystal vs. White Castle, what are the regional brands you love?

For the most part you can walk into any grocery store in the United States and count on finding the same brands you’d find in any other part of the country: Frito-Lay chips, Coke and Pepsi, Jif and Skippy peanut butter, and more. Similarly, when you pull of
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From State Line to Cheerwine to Krystal vs. White Castle, what are the regional brands you love?

For the most part you can walk into any grocery store in the United States and count on finding the same brands you’d find in any other part of the country: Frito-Lay chips, Coke and Pepsi, Jif and Skippy peanut butter, and more. Similarly, when you pull off the highway you can probably count on finding a McDonald’s, maybe a Burger King or a Taco Bell. But what about the brands you can’t find just anywhere? Is there a regional brand you grew up with and can’t quit? Or is finding something that shows you’re far from home, culturally speaking, one of the charms of traveling? Teddie peanut butter is a New England brand that isn’t sold everywhere, but thanks to the miracle of the internet, it wasn’t one more sacrifice I had to make during the year I lived in San Francisco. No other peanut butter compares—and believe me, through years of moving around, I bought a whole lot of brands of natural peanut butter before coming to that conclusion. Potato chips are a classic case of competing regional brands. Utz, Golden Flake, Wise, Mister Bee … the list goes on and on. Cape Cod might sound like the classic New England chip, but the brand dates only to 1980. The real old-school Massachusetts-Connecticut chip, as I remember it, was State Line, but its later years raise the question of whether a brand that’s been brought back from the dead by a big company without the same local connections is really the same. The southern U.S. may be a standout region for fast food. The White Castle vs. Krystal line is widely known (but perhaps less well known is how much better Krystal is), and Waffle House and Krispy Kreme (and here I don’t see how regionalism could win out—Dunkin Donuts is just an inferior product) have spread beyond their origins, to the benefit of all those who now have access. But sometimes it seems like if you drive down any given street in the South, you’ll see three fast food chains you never heard of before. There’s Jack's, for instance, and no, that’s not the much larger Jack in the Box. But the South is not alone in having standout regional fast food. Probably no discussion of regional products is complete without a Cheerwine reference, so there it is. So, what are your favorite regional brands? (Let’s leave discussions of regional cuisines and eating patterns for another day—books could be written on barbecue alone.)

The rate of asteroids striking Earth has actually increased since the age of the dinosaurs

Don’t search up your umbrella or start looking for the nearest underground shelter. The number of impacts striking the Earth and Moon has increased … but only relative to the rate 500 million years ago. According to a study by U.S., Canadian, and U.K. a
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The rate of asteroids striking Earth has actually increased since the age of the dinosaurs

Don’t search up your umbrella or start looking for the nearest underground shelter. The number of impacts striking the Earth and Moon has increased … but only relative to the rate 500 million years ago. According to a study by U.S., Canadian, and U.K. astronomers and published in Science, the Earth is receiving more than two times as many impacts as it did in the deep past.  That’s something of an unexpected result. For a couple of billion years, beginning around the time the Earth first appeared, there was a period known as the “heavy bombardment.” The Solar System wasn’t born with eight (or nine, or 10) planets neatly laid out in their current orbits. Instead, the early Sun was surrounded by a swarm consisting of thousands of much smaller objects (plus Jupiter, which likely formed as it’s own little swirl … but that’s another story). Where the inner Solar System now consists of four planets running from Earth to Mars, it was once home to a staggering number of objects, some of them quite large. Even after the Earth had picked up enough mass to be a sizable planet, there were still some very big objects trying to occupy the same space. It was a collision between the Earth and a Mars-sized planet in a similar orbit that created the Moon and reshaped Earth into the planet we know around 4.5 billion years ago. For hundreds of millions of years after that, large objects continued to strike with enough frequency that early life had to survive several hellish episodes. Most of the marks of that early bombardment are now impossible to find on Earth, as weathering and continental movement has erased most signs. However the scarred face of the Moon gives a sense of just how heavy that heavy bombardment really was—craters on top of craters on top of craters. And not everything is gone from the Earth. Chesapeake Bay? It’s a 90 km wide impact crater. There are at least 27 known craters in the United States with a diameter greater than a kilometer—so you’re probably closer to a structure caused by an impact from space than you ever realized.  Eventually, Earth’s orbit, and that of the other planets, was cleared out by these collisions. All those other objects either became part of larger planets, or were flung in or out until the lanes were nicely empty. There are still plenty of small objects out there, but most of them are very far away, where their interactions with the named planets are extremely rare. A comet may come cutting through on some 100,000-year orbit, and there may be a dark something out there in the distance that occasionally causes some object to veer our way. But for the most part things are generally—thankfully—very quiet here in the inner system. But not, apparently, as quiet as many would have thought.

Hospitals 'furious' at Trump's Medicaid block grant proposal

The Trump administration is reportedly finalizing a proposal to begin dismantling Medicaid, bypassing Congress in the process. The administration is considering fulfilling the long-held Republican dream of turning the program into a block grant through a wai
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Hospitals 'furious' at Trump's Medicaid block grant proposal

The Trump administration is reportedly finalizing a proposal to begin dismantling Medicaid, bypassing Congress in the process. The administration is considering fulfilling the long-held Republican dream of turning the program into a block grant through a waiver process, which would allow states to forego the normal funding stream for what the administration calls «flexibilty.» The nation's hospitals call it bullshit. If states decide to use the block grants, federal funding for the program will be capped, and states would then be responsible for filling healthcare needs beyond that cap, either by kicking people out of the program, or reducing payments to the hospitals that care for the uninsured and to nursing homes. Chip Kahn, CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals, told Modern Healthcare that he is worried about what this would mean for hospitals and access to coverage, and he also «questioned whether the [Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] can legally allow these waivers.» His organization isn't the only one «furious» at the proposal. «We have long voiced concerns about how block granting Medicaid could ultimately result in losses of coverage and negatively impact access to quality care,» said Ashley Thompson, senior vice president of public policy analysis at the American Hospital Association. That's one of the reason the AHA, along with the other hospital groups, strenuously opposed a block-grant proposal from South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Louisiana Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy offered up as Obamacare repeal. The AHA officially opposed the proposal, telling congressional leaders that it would have «serious negative consequences for communities across America» unless alternative coverage for low-income Americans was guaranteed. The bill ended up going nowhere because there weren't enough Republican senators supporting it. Which is why the Trump administration is trying to get it done this way. Probably illegally. As usual.

Health care is the top concern for Iowa Democratic and swing voters, new report finds

A strong focus on health care was one of the keys to Democratic wins in 2018, and a new report on Iowa voters suggests health care should stay high on the agenda going forward. Working America’s latest Front Porch Focus Group report draws on conversations
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Health care is the top concern for Iowa Democratic and swing voters, new report finds

A strong focus on health care was one of the keys to Democratic wins in 2018, and a new report on Iowa voters suggests health care should stay high on the agenda going forward. Working America’s latest Front Porch Focus Group report draws on conversations with 304 base Democratic and swing voters in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Cedar Falls, and some smaller communities, finding that 42 percent of Democrats and 28 percent of swing voters listed health care as their top issue. ”Other” was the runner-up and only other issue to break into double digits with both groups: 14 percent of Democrats and 16 percent of swing voters. It was followed by jobs and the economy, retirement, and education. No other issue reached five percent with both groups, though government corruption came close. Democrats should look to Iowa voters not because of the state’s early caucuses, but because “Between 2012 and 2016, Iowa’s drop in Democratic vote share at the presidential level was the largest of any state in the country.” In 2018, Democrats picked up two House seats in the state but fell short of winning Iowa’s gubernatorial race, even as they flipped seven governor’s seats nationwide. We can’t afford to write off any state, let alone a battleground like Iowa.

Race will play a central role in the 2020 elections. So why can't CBS find black reporters?

For the last few years or so, it seems that Democrats and the mainstream media have finally caught on to the importance of the black vote. Though this has been long overdue, it is right on time for the 2020 election cycle. Not only will black voters play a
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Race will play a central role in the 2020 elections. So why can't CBS find black reporters?

For the last few years or so, it seems that Democrats and the mainstream media have finally caught on to the importance of the black vote. Though this has been long overdue, it is right on time for the 2020 election cycle. Not only will black voters play a definitive role in deciding local, state, and national elections, but there is also the possibility that there will be one or more black candidates in the race.  This emphasizes why the media needs to invest in hearing more from black voices— from voters, journalists, politicians, activists, and black communities in general—in order to understand issues that are important to us, what’s motivating us, and our impact on American politics.  Sadly, it seems to be a tough sell to many networks and organizations that say they value diversity but can’t seem to actually live up to it. This is exactly why CBS News came under fire this past weekend when it announced its 2020 election team—without a single black campaign reporter or associate producer to be found. xIt's Official: The @CBSNews 2020 Election Team has assembled! https://t.co/0GBCw4mj7s pic.twitter.com/E0rUDAkzf7— Ben Mitchell (@bfmitchell) January 11, 2019

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ILFS SPV fallout: Ratings of 6 MF schemes under scanner of ICRA; see if you are impacted

ICRA has downgraded Aditya Birla Sun Life Short Term Opportunities Fund to [ICRA]AAmfs from [ICRA]AA mfs and brought the ratings in line with five other schemes
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ILFS SPV fallout: Ratings of 6 MF schemes under scanner of ICRA; see if you are impacted

ICRA has downgraded Aditya Birla Sun Life Short Term Opportunities Fund to [ICRA]AAmfs from [ICRA]AA mfs and brought the ratings in line with five other schemes

WEF summit: Industry 4.0 presents huge opportunities for India, says DIPP Secy

Speaking at a session on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion Secretary Ramesh Abhishek said efforts are being made at the central and state government level to provide necessary policy enable
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WEF summit: Industry 4.0 presents huge opportunities for India, says DIPP Secy

Speaking at a session on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion Secretary Ramesh Abhishek said efforts are being made at the central and state government level to provide necessary policy enablers.

Bajaj-Triumph partnership to take longer; Bajaj Auto to first focus on Husqvarna

With the Bajaj-Triumph partnership, expect to see some premium 300-750cc motorcycles in India at some really affordable prices.
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Bajaj-Triumph partnership to take longer; Bajaj Auto to first focus on Husqvarna

With the Bajaj-Triumph partnership, expect to see some premium 300-750cc motorcycles in India at some really affordable prices.

Vivimed Labs down 20% for second straight day; hits 5-year low

The stock locked in lower circuit for the second straight day, down 20 per cent at Rs 21.25, its lowest level since August 1, 2013 on BSE.
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Vivimed Labs down 20% for second straight day; hits 5-year low

The stock locked in lower circuit for the second straight day, down 20 per cent at Rs 21.25, its lowest level since August 1, 2013 on BSE.

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Digital Garage teams up with Blockstream to develop blockchain financial services in Japan

The global crypto market may have tanked last year, but notable names have joined forces to develop Bitcoin and blockchain financial services in Japan, which has emerged as one of the world’s most crypto-friendly markets. Blockstream, a blockchain start
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Digital Garage teams up with Blockstream to develop blockchain financial services in Japan

The global crypto market may have tanked last year, but notable names have joined forces to develop Bitcoin and blockchain financial services in Japan, which has emerged as one of the world’s most crypto-friendly markets. Blockstream, a blockchain startup founded by Bitcoin contributors, announced this week that it has launched a joint venture in Japan […]

Neurons in the human visual cortex that respond to faces

A new study identifies the neurons in the human visual cortex that selectively respond to faces. The researchers showed that the neurons in the visual cortex (in the vicinity of the Fusiform Face Area) responded much more strongly to faces than to city landsc
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Neurons in the human visual cortex that respond to faces

A new study identifies the neurons in the human visual cortex that selectively respond to faces. The researchers showed that the neurons in the visual cortex (in the vicinity of the Fusiform Face Area) responded much more strongly to faces than to city landscapes or objects. In an additional experiment, the neurons exhibited face-selectivity to human and animal faces that appeared within a movie. The results provide unique insights into human brain functioning at the cellular level during face processing.

Youthful cognitive ability strongly predicts mental capacity later in life

Early adult general cognitive ability is a stronger predictor of cognitive function and reserve later in life than other factors, such as higher education, occupational complexity or engaging in late-life intellectual activities.
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Youthful cognitive ability strongly predicts mental capacity later in life

Early adult general cognitive ability is a stronger predictor of cognitive function and reserve later in life than other factors, such as higher education, occupational complexity or engaging in late-life intellectual activities.

Original Content podcast: We conquer clutter with Marie Kondo’s new show

On the surface, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” sounds like a simple show: Over the course of eight episodes, organizing guru Marie Kondo helps a variety Los Angeles residents sort through their belongings and clean up their homes. But for some, fol
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Original Content podcast: We conquer clutter with Marie Kondo’s new show

On the surface, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” sounds like a simple show: Over the course of eight episodes, organizing guru Marie Kondo helps a variety Los Angeles residents sort through their belongings and clean up their homes. But for some, following Kondo’s KonMari method can be a surprisingly difficult or emotional experience — after […]

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Auction Preview: Art & Design Auction at Hughes Estate Sales, Inc., Altadena, Feb 2

What: Art & Design AuctionWhere: Hughes Estate Sales, Inc., 711 W Woodbury Rd, Unit A, Altadena, CA, USWhen: Feb 2, 7:00 PM PSTTop Lots of the Sale:- «1929 Hudson Super Six Sedan» - Vehicle just underwent a major mechanical and cosmetic refres
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Auction Preview: Art & Design Auction at Hughes Estate Sales, Inc., Altadena, Feb 2

What: Art & Design AuctionWhere: Hughes Estate Sales, Inc., 711 W Woodbury Rd, Unit A, Altadena, CA, USWhen: Feb 2, 7:00 PM PSTTop Lots of the Sale:- «1929 Hudson Super Six Sedan» - Vehicle just underwent a major mechanical and cosmetic refreshing and is now ready for the road. It was previously sorted extensively by Hudson guru Geoff Clark. The auction includes a spare engine and clutch, as well as all documentation, including a very rare service manual. This timeless piece of American history is ready for any gathering or cruise and will be the crown jewel of any collection or show. Estimated Price: US$ 25,000 - US$ 35,000- «Platinum Diamond Wedding Set» - Center diamond 2.90 cts. E SI2. Estimated Price: US$ 22,000 - US$ 27,000- «Cryptic Dweller», 2002 - JP Munro; Oil on Linen. Signed on reverse. Measured at 20 x 15 inches (50.8 x 38.1cm). Estimated Price: US$ 10,000 - US$ 15,000- «Magazine Painting (Caribbean Blue/Horizontal)», 2013 - Kim Fisher; Oil on aluminum on dyed linen. Signed, titled and dated on reverse. Measured at 31.75 x 53 inches (80.6 x 134.6cm). Estimated Price: US$ 8,000 - US$ 12,000- «Untitled» - Robert Irwin (b. 1928); Oil on Masonite. Measured at 36 in x 36 in. Estimated Price: US$ 4,000 - US$ 6,000- «Inuit Quartzite Woman & Walrus Cub Sculpture» - Kenojuak Ashevak (1927-2013); #4087 Canadian Eskimo Cape Dorset origin. Measured at 14 in. H x 8.5 in. W x 8 in. D. Estimated Price: US$ 4,000 - US$ 6,000- «Untitled» (Black and White Alvarado Blvd), 2006 - David Korty (b. 1971); Watercolor on Paper. Retains Michael Kohn Gallery and China Art Objects Galleries labels on reverse. Framed. Measured at 13.5 x 19.5 inches (34.3 x 49.5 cm), 22.5 x 28 inches (57.2 x 71.1 cm). Estimated Price: US$ 4,000 - US$ 5,000- «Untitled» - Claude Grosperrin (French, 1936-1977); Oil on Canvas. Signed lower right. Framed. Measured at 65 in H x 51.5 in. W. Estimated Price: US$ 3,000 - US$ 5,000- «Tip toe down to the lonely places», 2018 - Leo Mock; Oil, charcoal on Canvas. Signed, dated, titled on reverse. Measured at 30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6cm). Estimated Price: US$ 3,000 - US$ 5,000- «Blossom Time in Arizona California Plein Air Landscape Painting» - Louise Everett Nimmo (American, 1899-1959); Pencil signed and dated Louise Everett 1921 lower right. Pencil titled Blossom Time In Arizona on reverse. Measured at 16 in H x 20 in W; Frame 20 in H x 24.25 in W x 2 in D. Estimated Price: US$ 3,000 - US$ 4,500For details, visit: https://www.invaluable.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin 

Auction Preview: Designer Jewelry, Diamonds, Bronze Sculptures at Allure Antique Auction Company, Boca Raton, Feb 5

What: Designer Jewelry, Diamonds, Bronze SculpturesWhere: Allure Antique Auction Company, 2516 NW 2nd Avenue, Boca Raton, FL, USWhen: Feb 5, 11:00 AM ESTTop Lots of the Sale:- «Rare Huge Russian Enamel Silver Box» - Important Russian silver enamel
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Auction Preview: Designer Jewelry, Diamonds, Bronze Sculptures at Allure Antique Auction Company, Boca Raton, Feb 5

What: Designer Jewelry, Diamonds, Bronze SculpturesWhere: Allure Antique Auction Company, 2516 NW 2nd Avenue, Boca Raton, FL, USWhen: Feb 5, 11:00 AM ESTTop Lots of the Sale:- «Rare Huge Russian Enamel Silver Box» - Important Russian silver enameled box with hand painted miniature on ivory set under glass screen. The painting after Konstantin Makovsky's 1883 work «A Boyar Wedding Feast». Exterior of box has intricate floral multicolor decoration throughout. Signed and has double headed eagle mark, 84 silver purity mark. Weighs approximately 163 troy ounces (5050 grams). Measured at 6.5« height x 10.6» length x 8« width (16.5 cm x 26.9 cm x 20.3 cm). Estimated Price: US$ 100,000 - US$ 200,000- »Earrings« - 14k White Gold 10TCW Stud Earrings with GIA Certificate. Diamond: 5Ct each stone J Color SI2 Quality comes with GIA certificate for one stone only. Excellent condition. Estimated Price: US$ 90,000 - US$ 170,000- »Panther Cartier Bracelet« - 18K 833 Brilliant-Cut Diamonds Totalling 9 Carats, Emeralds and Onyx. Size: 17. Excellent Condition. Comes with Cartier Box. Estimated Price: US$ 71,000 - US$ 140,000- »Cartier Panther Cartier Ring« - White gold, pear-shaped emerald eyes, brilliant-cut diamond. Does Not Come with Cartier Box. Size: 56. Estimated Price: US$ 51,000 - US$ 100,000- »Jaeger LeCoultre Lady's Platinum Round & Baguette Cut Diamond Bracelet Watch« - Weight: 42.4 grams; Width: 6-19 mm: Length: 6 inches: 79 Round Diamonds, Apx. 73 Baguette Diamonds: Over 22 Carats Total Diamond Weight: Mechanical jewelled back wind and set lever movement. Estimated Price: US$ 36,000 - US$ 70,000- »Diamond Emerald and Pearl Bracelet« - Metal: Platinum; Stones: Pearl, 14mm; 36 marquise, 16 baguette, apx. 220 round diamonds, over 30TCW, VS Clarity, G Color Total Item Weight: 111.1 grams Size: 5.75 Measurements: 18-45mm wide. Estimated Price: US$ 31,000 - US$ 60,000- »Panther Cartier ring« - 18K white gold, set with 308 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 6.52 carats. Emeralds, onyx. Size: 54. Estimated Price: US$ 31,000 - US$ 60,000- »Cartier Juste un Clou Diamond-White Gold Bracelet« - 18k White Gold. Set with 624 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 3.61 carats. Excellent condition. Comes with Cartier Box. Size: 17. Estimated Price: US$ 31,000 - US$ 60,000- »Kurt Wayne Stones: Round Brilliant Diamond Necklace« - Totaling 36.6 TCW Amazing Quality VVS-VS Clarity G-H Color Metal: 18k Yellow Gold Length: 16.5». Excellent Condition. Estimated Price: US$ 31,000 - US$ 60,000- «Large Sweden Bronze Sculpture» - Lena Cronqvist (Born 1938); Signed, dated and numbered. Size: 37"”High. Estimated Price: US$ 26,000 - US$ 50,000For details, visit: https://www.invaluable.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin 

Auction Preview: Fine Art & Important Jewelery at Isbilya Subastas, Sevilla, Feb 5

What: Fine Art & Important JeweleryWhere: Isbilya Subastas, Calle Velazquez 12, Madrid, SpainWhen: Feb 5, 6:00 PM CETTop Lots of the Sale:- «Saint Peter Meditating» - Jusepe de Ribera (1591 - 1652); Oil on canvas, signed under the key Josephu
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Auction Preview: Fine Art & Important Jewelery at Isbilya Subastas, Sevilla, Feb 5

What: Fine Art & Important JeweleryWhere: Isbilya Subastas, Calle Velazquez 12, Madrid, SpainWhen: Feb 5, 6:00 PM CETTop Lots of the Sale:- «Saint Peter Meditating» - Jusepe de Ribera (1591 - 1652); Oil on canvas, signed under the key Josephus Ribera. Measured at Dimensions 127 x 102 cm. Starting Price: € 150,000 (US$ 170,500)- «Sagrada Familia with San Juanito» - Miguel Jacinto Menendez (1679 - 1734); Oil on canvas. Measured at Dimensions 206 x 180 cm. Starting Price: € 44,000 (US$ 50,000)- «San Francisco and the Three Saints» - Juan Ruiz Soriano (1701 - 1763). Measured at Dimensions 181 x 219 cm. Starting Price: € 40,000 (US$ 45,500)- «County crown originally from the county of Casillas de Velasco created by King Fernando VII with the date of Decree 15 of September 1814» - The crown is the insignia or headdress representative of the title of count, composed of a circular structure made of 18k yellow gold, presents the exterior silver fretwork with geometric drawings and seed beads, ornamented with rhinestones of diamonds, rubies and emeralds. Weight of 4.40 ct and adding a total of 52 stones. Starting Price: € 36,000 (US$ 41,000)- «San Pedro de Alcantara» - Antonio Arias Fernandez (1620 - 1684); Oil on canvas. Signed in the lower left corner «Antonio Arias Pinxit». Dated h. 1665 - 1670. Measured at Dimensions 145 x 100 cm. Starting Price: € 30,000 (US$ 34,100)- «Tales» - Jusepe de Ribera (1591 - 1652); Oil on canvas. Measured at Dimensions 126 x 100 cm. Starting Price: € 30,000 (US$ 34,100)- «Holy Family, Madonna Montalto» - Annibale Carracci (1560 - 1609); Oil on copper. Particular version of the Madonna Montalto, representation that reached great fame during the S. XVII by its beauty and by the wide diffusion that it had from the engraving of Bloemaert in the decade of 1630. Measured at Dimensions 35 x 27 cm. Starting Price: € 26,000 (US$ 29,500)- «Painful» - Bartolome Esteban Murillo and workshop. Certificate of Mr. Enrique Valdivieso as a work of Bartolome Esteben Murillo and workshop. Measured at Dimensions 104 x 81 cm. Starting Price: € 20,000 (US$ 22,750)- «Couple of scenes from Don Quixote» - Zacarias Gonzalez Velazquez (1763 - 1834). «The priest discovers Luscinda washing his feet», «Don Quixote finds the basin». They were part of the series of fourteen canvases with scenes from Don Quixote presented by the painter at the Exposition of the Academy in 1812. Measured at Dimensions 38 x 30 cm. Starting Price: € 20,000 (US$ 22,750)For details, visit: https://www.invaluable.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin 

Auction Preview: Ancient Masters Modern Art, Belgian Art Objects Session 2 at Brussels Art Auctions, Sablon, Feb 5

What: Ancient Masters Modern Art, Belgian Art Objects Session 2Where: Brussels Art Auctions, 7 & 9 Rue Ernest Allardstraat, Sablon - Zavel, BelgiumWhen: Feb 5, 7:00 PM CETTop Lots of the Sale:- «Bust of Rik Wouters» - Rik Wouters (1882-1916);
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Auction Preview: Ancient Masters Modern Art, Belgian Art Objects Session 2 at Brussels Art Auctions, Sablon, Feb 5

What: Ancient Masters Modern Art, Belgian Art Objects Session 2Where: Brussels Art Auctions, 7 & 9 Rue Ernest Allardstraat, Sablon - Zavel, BelgiumWhen: Feb 5, 7:00 PM CETTop Lots of the Sale:- «Bust of Rik Wouters» - Rik Wouters (1882-1916); Bronze with brown patina. Sign, Foundry brand «Fondrie Natle Bronzes J. Petermann St Gilles Brussels». Measured at H. 46 cm. Estimated Price: US$ 28,450 - 39,800- «The White House», 1922 - Gustave de Smet (1877-1943); Oil on canvas, signed lower right. Measured at 51 x 61 cm. Estimated Price: US$ 22,750 - 34,100- «Joys of Nature in Marie-Henriette Park», Ostend 1920 - Leon Spilliaert (1881-1946); Pencil, watercolor, India ink and brush on paper. Signed lower right. This work will be included in the catalog raisonne in preparation by Dr. Anne Adriaens-Pannier. Measured at 48 x 60 cm (day / dag). Estimated Price: US$ 20,500 - 28,450- «Lily in the Mist» - Emile Claus (1849-1924); Oil on canvas, signed lower right. Monogrammed and dated «February AJ» (1910) on the back. Measured at 56 x 61 cm. Estimated Price: US$ 17,050 - 22,750- «Moonlight» - Emile Claus (1849-1924); Oil on canvas, signed lower left. Measured at 44 x 34 cm. Estimated Price: US$ 11,400 - 17,050- «The adoration of the shepherds» - Abraham Van Diepenbeeck (1596-1675) (attributed to / toegeschreven aan); Brunaille on panel. Hand mark of Antwerp on the back. Measured at 44 x 56 cm. Estimated Price: US$ 11,400 - 17,050- «Woman with the watering can» - Franz Gailliard (1861-1932); Oil on canvas. Signed lower left, countersigned and titled on the back. Measured at 70 x 55 cm. Estimated Price: US$ 9,100 - 13,650- «Cows at the watering place» - Emile Claus (1849-1924); Oil on canvas, signed lower right. Dedicated and dated on the back: «Aan mijn nichtje Romanie Vullers January '97». Measured at 21.5 x 44 cm. Estimated Price: US$ 7,950 - 11,400- «Moonrise», 1912 - Emile Claus (1849-1924); Oil on canvas, signed on the chassis by Madame Claus. Study of the largest version (142 x 134 cm). Measured at 44 x 42 cm. Estimated Price: US$ 7,950 - 11,400- «The Patinated Bronze Sower» - Constant Permeke (1886-1952); Monogrammed on the terrace. Measured at H. 59.5 cm. Estimated Price: US$ 8,850 - 9,100- «The Entombment» - German School 16th-17th century. Oil on panel (restorations). Measured at 63 x 97 cm. Estimated Price: US$ 5,700 - 9,100- «Egide giving alms to the beggar» - German School 17th century. Oil on canvas. Measured at 146 x 100.5 cm. Estimated Price: US$ 4,550 - 5,700For details, visit: https://www.invaluable.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin 

James Avery Artisan Jewelry Now Open at Valley Ranch Town Center

James Avery Artisan Jewelry announced the opening of its new store in New Caney, Texas, at Valley Ranch Town Center.Talking about the new store, James Avery Chief Operating Officer John McCullough said, «We're very excited to open our store in New Caney
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James Avery Artisan Jewelry Now Open at Valley Ranch Town Center

James Avery Artisan Jewelry announced the opening of its new store in New Caney, Texas, at Valley Ranch Town Center.Talking about the new store, James Avery Chief Operating Officer John McCullough said, «We're very excited to open our store in New Caney. This new location adds convenience for existing customers, and allows us the opportunity to introduce James Avery to new customers in the thriving New Caney community.»In addition to featuring all of James Avery's newest designs, this store is one of the three James Avery locations offering special-edition, out-of-retirement Designs from the brand’s archives. ‘’This collection features pieces made in small batches and designed by Mr. Avery as well as several of our other designers throughout the years. The exotic animal designs will be available at this store for a limited time,’’ added McCullough.According to an official press release, the store opened on 16 January, 2019, and visitors are invited to register for the gift card drawing to be held during the grand opening celebration on Saturday, January 26. During the grand opening, there will be drawings for James Avery gift cards valued at $50, $100 or $500, and the first 100 guests will receive a gift with purchase.The Valley Ranch Town Center James Avery Artisan Jewelry store is under the direction of manager Kathleen Cole, and is located at 21586 Marketplace Drive, Suite 200, New Caney, TX 77357, as per the release.James Avery is a vertically integrated, family-owned company located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. The brand offers finely-crafted jewelry designs for men and women in sterling silver, 14K and 18K gold; gemstones; and leather wallets – all designed by skilled artisans in Kerrville, Texas. The brand is a multi-channel retailer with 84 James Avery stores in five states. Their jewelry is also available in more than 215 Dillard's stores in Texas and 28 other states.  The brand also retails nationwide through JamesAvery.com.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the brand  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

“Around the Globe” by Florian Borkenhagen at ammann//gallery

“Around the Globe,” a retrospective of Florian Borkenhagen, features works that have been created between 1994 and 2018. Curated by founder Gabrielle Ammann, the exhibition is on view through March 21, 2019. In continuation of the tradition of Arte P
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“Around the Globe” by Florian Borkenhagen at ammann//gallery

“Around the Globe,” a retrospective of Florian Borkenhagen, features works that have been created between 1994 and 2018. Curated by founder Gabrielle Ammann, the exhibition is on view through March 21, 2019. In continuation of the tradition of Arte Povera — the movement founded in Turin in the late 1960s — the Hamburg-based artist works with found materials and objects from his immediate surroundings in the Port of Hamburg and assembles these into works of art with utility character. According to the gallery, through a process of “artistic recycling,” Borkenhagen transforms the banal into an artwork, detonating a deeper meaning to everyday objects. He invites interaction and provides a new view on reality by reusing recognizable objects in conceptual and humorous ways. “Around the Globe” also reflects Borkenhagen’s fundamental philosophy. As stated in the gallery’s press release, “Like an explorer, Borkenhagen embarks on a creative journey, which in the current exhibition, revolves primarily around the theme of the globe.” As per the release, the globe occupies a central place in the works presented by the artist, whether it is the “Weltenbrüterstuhl” (“World Breeder Chair,” 2015), which is an old Horgen-Glarus chair with an illuminated globe embedded into the seat; or the “Weltentrager” (“World Carrier,” 2018), which is an illuminated glass globe from the 1950s encased in a wooden tool box representing a “Globe to Go.” Borkenhagen’s earliest works “E.G.O.Kosmos,” the cupboard object from 1994 is also on view. Borkenhagen conceived the piece for the eponymous group exhibition at the Museum der Künstlerkolonie Mathildenhohe in Darmstadt, Germany. Describing the significance of the antique cabinet, the release states, “The exhibition at Darmstadt was dedicated to the fictitious studio of Galileo Galilei. The antique register cabinet with a thermometer and a voltmeter is a tribute to the Italian physicist and universal scholar. A miniature globe in the glass cabinet of the piece is homage to Galileo’s discoveries and his contribution to turning away from the geocentric to the heliocentric world view, making him part of the Copernican revolution.” The release adds, “The ‘Liegeplatz’ (Moorage, 2010) sofa is a humorous reinterpretation of a handcart, which combines the two opposites of restful lounging with hand-driven mobility. With ‘Boccaporto’ (‘Hatchway,’ 2018), a mobile coffee table consisting of an antique ship’s hatch on wheels, this ensemble is rounded off. The nautical topic is carried on with the light-object ‘Faro’ (‘Lighthouse,’ 2016). The lighthouse’s beacon is one of mankind’s oldest means of communication. It is a symbol of safety and orientation. Made of a steel frame and hand-cut glass, ‘Faro’ points the way to a constantly changing world.” Two of Borkenhagen’s photographic works, ‘Contship’ (2017) and ‘Lucio’ (2017), make their debut at the exhibition. In continuation with the nautical topic represented through the other exhibits, these photographs depict details of the outer wall of an overseas shipping container in the Port of Hamburg. According to the gallery, Borkenhagen’s works try to capture the duality that reigns in the life of a modern man in the age of globalization with the convergence of people, culture, and religion: constant motion or change, but at the same time a search of anchorage. It is in this context that Borkenhagen conceived the sculpture project “Travel a Head “(initiated in 1998), in which, as described by the gallery, “the artist had a nearly four-meter-high sculpture of a head travel around the world on container ships between 1999 and 2000, as well as the ‘Babel Tower.’ The latter, a large-format outdoor sculpture which the gallery presented at Design Miami/Basel in 2010, is a modern reinterpretation of the biblical Tower of Babel.” Talking about Borkenhagen’s philosophy that guides his art, the gallery states, “Travel and mobility are Borkenhagen’s main themes; they form the starting point of his creative journey ‘around the globe.’” “Around the Globe,” is on view through March 21, 2019, at ammann//gallery, Teutoburger Str. 27, d-50678, Koln, Germany  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

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