After Russian rock legend Andrey Makarevich said that Russians are turning into “mean idiots,” fellow rockers, politicians, and diplomats replied with indignation and demands to stop publicly insulting the nation. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Antarctica. The name evokes images of bitter extremes, an environment unkind to humans. Stories of polar explorers battling with the weather and perishing on their way back to safety. Why would astronomers choose to go there?
Yesterday we reported that Match, the parent company of Tinder, was suing Bumble for patent infringement and misuse of intellectual property. Specifically, Match alleged that Bumble “copied Tinder’s world-changing, card-swipe-based, mutual opt-in premise” for which a patent was filed in 2013 (before Bumble was founded) but just granted a few months ago. Today Bumble has responded to […]
Lydia launches Lydia Premium French startup Lydia announces two new things today. First, the company is launching a financial hub with multiple new products. Second, Lydia is announcing a new premium subscription to access those new features. “Today, we’re lucky enough to have you here to announce you the biggest thing we’ve done since Lydia’s […]
Sacrê merde sur un bardeau! You have only 48 hours left to apply for TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Europe. The Battlefield takes place at VivaTech at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles on May 24th -25. The deadline — March 22, at 9 a.m. PST — is fast upon us, but you still have time. So, […]
Dahmakan, a vertically-integrated Malaysian meal delivery startup, announced today that it has acquired Polpa to enter Bangkok. Dahmakan was the first Malaysian startup to participate in Y Combinator and recently received a $2.6 million round of funding earmarked for its expansion into new markets. The company, which was launched in 2015 by former Rocket Internet […]
Eight Roads Ventures, the proprietary investment arm of Fidelity International, is officially launching its new European fund today. Targeting scale-ups in Europe and Israel, ‘Eight Roads Ventures Europe’ will have $375 million in capital to deploy, mostly at the Series B and Series C stages but also in scale-ups that although bootstrapped have found market […]
BERLIN (AP) - Budget airline Ryanair says it is taking an initial 24.9 percent stake in an Austrian-based airline being set up by former Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda. It plans to raise its holding to 75 percent. LaudaMotion is the successor to Niki, long a subsidiary of bankrupt Air ...
Responding to its astounding success in a very short span of time in the Asian region, Phillips will inaugurate its first gallery space in Asia at the St George’s Building in Central, Hong Kong, on March 26, 2018.Located in the same building’s 14th floor where the auction house recently relocated its Asia headquarters, the gallery space will be a cutting-edge destination for global art connoisseurs with Phillips’ proposed calendar encompassing several exhibitions, auction previews, private sales, cultural programs and other special events, which aims to augment a seamless communication between the auction house’s clients and partners.The auction house has seen buoyant growth in its business in this region since its inaugural Hong Kong sale in November 2015 — as the number of Asian buyers in Phillips’ auctions across the globe increased by 133 percent. From 2016 to 2017 itself, its total sales in Asia saw a growth of 13 percent and it continued to add to its client base in the continent. This growth is believed to be instrumental in the company’s deeper move into Asia with this new gallery space. The CEO, Edward Dolman, pointed out, “Phillips’ consistent trajectory of growth in Asia since our inaugural sale in Hong Kong in 2015 consolidates our position as a key player in this important and dynamic market in just less than three years. The expanded headquarters in Hong Kong is an important addition to our business, along with our headquarters in London and New York. Such exponential growth reflects the continued increase in demand and appreciation for art and culture across the region, affording Phillips the opportunity to further invest in our business here.”To commemorate the inauguration of this new Asia gallery, the company will host a cross-category selling exhibition, “Hong Kong. Spotlight. Now,” on view at the new venue from March 26 through April 13, 2018, showcasing works by artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Marc Chagall, Keith Haring and Peter Doig. Alongside bringing these international artists together, the show will also present exceptional works of design, photographs, watches and jewels, and display the highlights from Phillips’ forthcoming Geneva and Hong Kong watch auctions at the same occasion.
What: Ancient CeramicsWhere: Pescheteau-Badin, Room 4 - Drouot-Richelieu, 9, rue Drouot 75009 ParisWhen: 23 March, 01.30 PM CESTTop lots of the sale:- Important part of the service of Petites vues de France. Consisting two shelves with three trays, four pedestal compotes, four standing fruit compotes, two oval sugar dishes, four pedestal trays and sixty plates. Estimate: 30,000 – 50,000 € (36,970 – 61,615 USD)- Round covered porcelain bowl of the first size service of the Duke of Orleans after the Natural History of Birds of the Count of Buffon. Eighteenth century, circa 1787. L. 19 cm, H. 12 cm. Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 € (24,650 – 36,970 USD)- Porcelain plate serving the Duke of Orleans according to the Natural History of Birds of the Count of Buffon. Eighteenth century, circa 1787. D. 23 cm, slightly worn gilding. Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 € (18,450 –24,650 USD)- Teapot covered with the service of the Duke of Orleans according to the Natural History of the Birds of the Count of Buffon. Eighteenth century, circa 1787. H. 13 cm, L. 18.5 cm. Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 € (18,450 –24,650 USD)- Soft porcelain shell dish serving the Duke of Orleans after the natural history of the birds of the Count of Buffon. Eighteenth century, around 1787. L. 22 cm, some gold wear, light shot on the heel. Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 € (18,450 –24,650 USD)- Sweet Porcelain Serving Plate Rich in Color and Rich in Gold chosen commissioned by Queen Marie Antoinette in 1784. 18th century, 1784, D. 23.5 cm. Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 € (18,450 –24,650 USD)- Porcelain plate serving the Duke of Orleans according to the Natural History of the Birds of the Count of Buffon. The birds named on the reverse. Eighteenth century, around 1787, D. 23 cm. Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 € (12,325 –18,450 USD)- Porcelain plate serving the Duke of Orleans according to the Natural History of the Birds of the Count of Buffon. The birds named on the reverse. Eighteenth century, around 1787, D. 23 cm. Some wear of gilding. Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 € (12,325 –18,450 USD)- Cup and saucer in soft porcelain of the Duke of Orleans service after the Natural History of the Birds of the Count of Buffon. Birds named in black on the reverse. 18th century, circa 1787, H. 6 cm, D. 10 cm. Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 € (12,325 –18,450 USD)- Cup and saucer made of soft porcelain from the Duke of Orleans, after the Natural History of Birds of the Count of Buffon Birds named in black on the reverse. 18th century, circa 1787, H. 6 cm, D. 10 cm. Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 € (12,325 –18,450 USD)- Large ovoid vase in majolica with two angular handles, each adorned with two winged and draped masks, Workshop of Maestro Domenico. 16th century, around 1560-80, H. 37 cm L. 37.5 cm. A restored handle, a small crack on the neck. Estimate: 10,000 - 12,000 € (12,325 –14,790 USD)- Egg cup on the pedestal of the Duke of Orleans service after the Natural History of Birds of the Count of Buffon. Eighteenth century, circa 1787, H. 8 cm. Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 € (9,860 - 14,790 USD).- Part of porcelain service with gold decoration of the DT monogram and on the edges of an ivy frieze in brown and gold. Estimate: 6,000 – 8,000 € (7,400 – 9,860 USD)- Pair of white enamelled porcelain bottle buckets with two side sockets in the form of a smiling fantasy animal mask, Eighteenth century, around 1720-40, H. 19 cm, W. 29 cm. Estimate: 5000 € - 8000 € (6160 - 9,860 USD)- Lunch in a rectangular cabinet with marquetry of quarries on a mosaic background. The sugar pot marked: interlaced LL, letter-date P for 1768, mark of the painter Micaud. Eighteenth century, 1768, the spoon of Louis XV style. H. of the sugar pot: 6.5 cm, H. of the cup: 3 cm, D. of the saucer: 7.5 cm, L. of the spoon: 7.5 cm. Box: L. 17 cm, prof. 10 cm, H. 9.5 cm. Estimate: 5000 € - 8000 € (6160 - 9,860 USD)For details, visit: http://www.pescheteau-badin.com/index.jspClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.
Fendi recently launched a new collection of T-shirts 'Pop Tour' with a definite tropical look and feel. Modeling for the brand’s ad campaign and donning the Italian tropical looks are Barbara Palvin and Hailey Baldwin. Available in brilliant spring-friendly colors, the tees spotlight some of Rome's iconic locations with glittery embellishments, palm trees, and flamingos. 'Pop Tour' is all about youth, vibrancy, colors, and playfulness. The capsule collection has limited number of tees.Fendi is a luxury fashion house from Italy that specializes in fur, ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, fragrances, eyewear, timepieces, and accessories. Above all Fendi is famous for its fur and fur accessories. The house was established in 1925 at Via del Plebiscito in Rome by Adele Fendi and Edoardo Fendi. Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi are the creative directors of the brand. The parent organization for the brand is LVMH.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the collection.
Daring innovation has always been the bedrock of Bulgari's collection and has culminated into unique jewelry pieces loved by equally exceptional women. In 2018, Bulgari celebrates these women and invites them to be larger-than-life, like the jewelry they wear.Starring stunning and sophisticated jetsetters Bella Hadid and Lily Aldridge, the campaign calls on women to invent their own rules for lives that are joyful, grand, and unprecedented. Apropos, Bella and Lily themselves are at the vanguard of a new class of supermodels driven by an unrivalled social-media celebrity status. Shot by visionary photographer Sølve Sundsbø, the campaign has four chapters each inspired by one of Bulgari's remarkable jewelry collections and each an encouragement for women to own their power with an incitement to rule.There are four chapters in the campaign and each is inspired by one of Bulgari's jewellery icons. Each chapter is an encouragement for women to own their power with an incitement to rule.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the campaign.
Vivienne Westwood recently launched Bridal Couture, a line for Brides-to-be and others. Bridal Couture is an introduction to a selection of Vivienne Westwood Couture gowns from her Spring/Summer 2017 Collection. The couturier helps women create their own personalised Vivienne Westwood look. Each design is specifically made as per the measurements by the ateliers in London. This unique service requires a number of toile and silk fittings including design consultations with the couture team over a period of three to four months. “I spend a lot of my time in Italy as this is where most of the collections are made — we have a studio and a team there and after all these years we have fallen in love with Italy and the Mediterranean. I love the sea and being close to it. I thought ‘I want to make the summer collection about the Mediterranean,’ an homage to the people and the place. We are calling it ‘Europa.’ I love everything around this big sea. There is a similarity if you are in Italy or Greece, Spain or France — suddenly you are in front of this fantastic blue and time changes and your attitude to life changes and the way you look changes. It makes people look so lovely and healthy. It’s this Mediterranean way of life I adore and am inspired by,” said Andreas Kronthaler, the iconic British designer. Vivienne Westwood is a fashion designer from Britain who is largely responsible for bringing in new wave fashion and modern punk into the mainstream. She is an epitome of a modern-day female impresario.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the bridal couture line.
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Annual U.S.-South Korean military drills that infuriate North Korea will begin on April 1, the allies said Tuesday, but they will likely be more low-key than past years ahead of two highly anticipated summits among the countries' leaders. This year's drills were postponed during the ...