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The nominees for the 2019 Academy Awards

The nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced this morning. Roma and The Favourite lead the pack in nominations, with 10 each. The Best Picture category has eight nominees this time around, with Black Panther becoming the first film of the
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The nominees for the 2019 Academy Awards

The nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced this morning. Roma and The Favourite lead the pack in nominations, with 10 each. The Best Picture category has eight nominees this time around, with Black Panther becoming the first film of the superhero genre to garner a nomination. Among the snubs being discussed are no nomination for Bradley Cooper for directing A Star Is Born. After considerable conservative whining prior to its release, Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man received no nominations in the major categories, and Emily Blunt did not get any recognition for either A Quiet Place or Marry Poppins Returns. These awards have not been without controversy. In previous years, the Oscars have been plagued with issues surrounding the diversity of the nominees, as well as the demographics of the voters for the Academy, which is about as white and old as the electorate for the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary. There is no announced host for next month’s ceremony, after previous homophobic tweets by comedian Kevin Hart forced his withdrawal. Then there was a public will-he-or-won’t-he return publicity blitz, which involved a controversial appearance on Ellen. Two of the films nominated for Best Picture have been the subject of online debates. Green Book has been beset by questions over accuracy, as well as past comments by co-writer Nick Vallelonga defending and supporting Donald Trump’s claim of Muslims celebrating in the streets of New Jersey after the September 11 attacks. Bohemian Rhapsody has faced similar criticisms over what really happened or what was invented for dramatic license, but has also engendered debates over how Freddie Mercury’s sexual orientation is depicted and questions about Bryan Singer’s involvement with the film. Even though Singer is still credited as Bohemian Rhapsody’s director, he was fired two weeks into filming and has been beset by allegations of sexual misconduct. So which film is your favorite? Which will win? Which deserves to win in the following categories?

Donald Trump nearly tripled his rate of daily lying in his second year in office

In the first 100 days of President Trump’s administration, the Washington Post decided to begin tallying the false and misleading statements made by the white supremacist in chief. According to the newspaper, it needed to do so “largely because we could n
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Donald Trump nearly tripled his rate of daily lying in his second year in office

In the first 100 days of President Trump’s administration, the Washington Post decided to begin tallying the false and misleading statements made by the white supremacist in chief. According to the newspaper, it needed to do so “largely because we could not possibly keep up with the pace and volume of the president’s misstatements.” As of the two-year mark, according to the Post, Trump has made “8,158 false or misleading claims,” about everyone and everything. However, this isn’t simply the output of a consistently lying xenophobic fascist. This is the result of a powerful acceleration in the Trump administration’s proliferation of misinformation. Whereas Trump averaged around 5.9 false or “misleading” claims every day in 2017, the Washington Post says that he almost tripled that output in 2018, lying on average 16.5 times every 24 hours. The content of the bubble of poisoned reality enclosing Trump and those that believe the vomit that passes for his speech has a direct correlation to what he is trying to sell his adoring fanbase. Right now it’s a wall that will solve crime and job loss and the opioid epidemic, and maybe it will give your skin that glow it has lost with age? However, Trump’s proliferation of lies in his second year isn’t the result of the orange racist making up new and more varied lies. It has to do with a big boost in the repetition of his lies and false claims. “It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas in disguise.”  That’s Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels’ opinion of repetition. Goebbels is a likely hero of Trump—and the Republican Party—at least if you believe The Donald’s first wife Ivana’s testimony concerning such things.

Devin Nunes and Jim Jordan still hate the FBI but 'lack much power to do anything about it'

Devin Nunes … Devin Nunes … the name seems sort of familiar. As if he used to actually be someone. The former head of the House Intelligence Committee spent the last two years blocking every. single. subpoena for witnesses or documentation in the Hous
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Devin Nunes and Jim Jordan still hate the FBI but 'lack much power to do anything about it'

Devin Nunes … Devin Nunes … the name seems sort of familiar. As if he used to actually be someone. The former head of the House Intelligence Committee spent the last two years blocking every. single. subpoena for witnesses or documentation in the House version of the Trump-Russia investigation. He also drafted up “memos” intended to provide Trump with an absolutely ridiculous “no collusion” report available for reference in any given Twitter fit. But all that was pretty much a sideline of Nunes’ effort to simply derail the investigation—a project that is still underway. There was Nunes’ infamous leap from a moving Uber so that he could sneak into the White House and collaborate with a White House attorney and a Michael Flynn flunky on a completely made-up “unmasking scandal.” When that series of chest-pounding press conferences blew up in Nunes’ face, requiring him to get a ceremonial cleansing from Trey Gowdy and the GOP-controlled House Ethics Committee, Nunes put himself in a state of pretend-recusal. He would no longer lead public sessions about the Russia investigation, but behind the scenes he retained absolute control. While he was at it, the man who claimed to be so concerned about the “unmasking” of potential suspects thought nothing of revealing FBI field resources and methods, even when doing so put agents at risk and imperiled the ability of the FBI to conduct operations. Now, in the twilight of his career, Nunes has joined up with fellow war-on-the-FBI veteran Jim Jordan to reopen an investigation into whether the FBI was right to launch the Russia investigation in the first place. This is a continuation of the same investigation that Republicans announced last year as a joint effort between the Judiciary Committee and the Oversight Committee. An investigation that, despite the leadership of a team of Republican “all-stars” that included Nunes, Jordan, Gowdy, and Bob Goodlatte concluded that, grumble, the appointment of Robert Mueller was by the book, there was no evidence that he was acting in a prejudicial manner, and his final report “must be trusted." As Politico reports, Nunes and Jordan want to reopen this investigation, even though it was conducted and closed entirely under GOP control, so they can continue digging for ways to demean the FBI and distract from the results of the Russia investigation. But, well, it’s kind of sad: Unlike their Democratic counterparts, they will not have the authority to set up hearings, compel the attendance of witnesses, or use subpoenas to get their hands on relevant documents.

How the press keeps whitewashing the racism that fuels Trump's base

A shameful new image from the Trump era was recently added to the rogues’ gallery when a feral mob of white MAGA-hatted teenage boys from Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Kentucky, surrounded, jeered, and mocked peaceful Native American prot
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How the press keeps whitewashing the racism that fuels Trump's base

A shameful new image from the Trump era was recently added to the rogues’ gallery when a feral mob of white MAGA-hatted teenage boys from Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Kentucky, surrounded, jeered, and mocked peaceful Native American protester Nathan Phillips on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The student at the center of the controversy and the GOP public relations firm he hired have pushed back, insisting the whole spectacle was a big misunderstanding. And far too many journalists have embraced and amplified that spin, suggesting the episode may have been misconstrued. (It was not.) In trying to gaslight the public over the ugly encounter, the press has simply continued its troubling tradition of coddling Trump voters and supporters. The sad Lincoln Memorial spectacle certainly raised concerns about what's been a media hallmark of the Trump era: publishing puff pieces about his supporters and usually whitewashing the racism that fuels his base. The Trump voter journalism genre, featuring (white) locals from red counties inside red states assembled at local diners blindly extolling Trump's virtues (“I think he’s doing a great job”; «Hitting it out of the ballpark”), has become so bountiful, so predictable, and so never-ending that it's turned into something of a Twitter punch line. Yet lots of leading news outlets, especially the New York Times, remain utterly obsessed with detailing the deep love between Trump and his dead-end supporters. (Actual Times headline: »These Guys Really Like Trump.") These GOP-friendly profiles seem to be a way for the supposedly liberal media to signal to conservatives that it’s willing to present their best side—over and over and over. And yes, the entire Trump voter newsbeat was invented out of whole cloth. Early in President Barack Obama’s first term, newsrooms weren't fanning out to Atlanta and Chicago and Los Angeles to stock up on quotes from black voters who loved the new president. Back then, what Obama voters thought of the new president simply wasn’t considered to be newsworthy by the political press. Yet today, what Trump voters think of Trump has been deemed to be wildly important, and is covered relentlessly. But what's been almost universally missing from the nonstop deluge of Trump voter stories? A look into the dark crevices of Trump Nation, and an open acknowledgment that his base is often fueled by racism.

Trump lifting sanctions against Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, punishing him with profits

For weeks, the Treasury Department has been attempting to relax sanctions against companies owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. In making this change, the Trump White House has insisted that it had made big demands on Deripaska concerning ownership in t
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Trump lifting sanctions against Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, punishing him with profits

For weeks, the Treasury Department has been attempting to relax sanctions against companies owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. In making this change, the Trump White House has insisted that it had made big demands on Deripaska concerning ownership in those firms. However, as the details emerge, that turns out not to be the case. The New York TImes reports that the deal that Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have offered the Russians is much, much kinder to the oligarch than previously advertised. Far from having to divest himself of ownership of Russian aluminum giant Rusal, Deripaska gets to keep it. And far from losing money in the process, “The deal contains provisions that free him from hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.” Deripaska was Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort’s boss when Manafort was working for the Russians in Ukraine. Manafort also acted as a money launderer for Deripaska and seems to have ended up owing him several million dollars. In the middle of the Trump campaign, Manafort attempted to pay back some of his debt to Deripaska by sharing internal polling information — demonstrating the apparent value the Russians placed on this information. Manafort also offered to broker a private discussion between Trump and Deripaska. In fact, Manafort met with Deripaska’s representative, Konstantin Kilimnik, in the month just before he joined the Trump campaign, suggesting that his signing on to Team Trump might not have been his own idea. Sanctions against Rusal and other Deripaska-connected companies have been delayed multiple times. Mnuchin made a point of saying that the sanctions were not intended to “put Rusal out of business,” which is an extremely odd thing to say about a sanction put in place supposedly to punish Deripaska and his firm for “a range of malign activity around the globe.” That malign activity never really resulted in much against Rusal, and Trump’s representatives have been negotiating with Deripaska’s representatives for a way to simply walk away from the sanctions while claiming victory. Mnuchin has now sent a letter to Congress claiming that, through negotiation, Treasury had reached a deal that would “sever [Deripaska’s] control of these entities.” But instead, the restructuring agreement appears to leave the oligarch in charge, while mostly shuffling shares among his own companies. Critics of the deal pointed out that, after Treasury announced it, the share prices of Rusal and EN+ rose sharply, providing a boost to the portfolios of Mr. Deripaska, his family and VTB.

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China#39;s CNOOC boosts spending target to highest in 5 years

The company plans to spend 70 billion to 80 billion yuan ($10.3 billion to $11.8 billion) on exploration and production, CNOOC said in a press release on January 23, compared with an expected 63 billion yuan in capital spending for 2018.
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China#39;s CNOOC boosts spending target to highest in 5 years

The company plans to spend 70 billion to 80 billion yuan ($10.3 billion to $11.8 billion) on exploration and production, CNOOC said in a press release on January 23, compared with an expected 63 billion yuan in capital spending for 2018.

ITC Q3 net profit rises 4% YoY to Rs 3,209 crore

Total income from operations for the quarter under review came in at Rs 12,267.65 crore, up 15.79 per cent against Rs 10,594.55 crore in the year-ago period.
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ITC Q3 net profit rises 4% YoY to Rs 3,209 crore

Total income from operations for the quarter under review came in at Rs 12,267.65 crore, up 15.79 per cent against Rs 10,594.55 crore in the year-ago period.

Exclusive | Tata Motors may launch its first fully electric vehicle in 2020

The electric version of Tiago, Tata Motors#39; top-selling model, was set to debut in 2017 but was put on the backburner.
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Exclusive | Tata Motors may launch its first fully electric vehicle in 2020

The electric version of Tiago, Tata Motors#39; top-selling model, was set to debut in 2017 but was put on the backburner.

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Xiaomi teases a double-folding smartphone… ohhai digital triptych!

China’s Xiaomi has become the latest smartphone maker to tease a folding smartphone, dropping the below video clip of its president and co-founder, Bin Lin, fondling the device on social media today. The twist is the tablet does not have a single cente
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Xiaomi teases a double-folding smartphone… ohhai digital triptych!

China’s Xiaomi has become the latest smartphone maker to tease a folding smartphone, dropping the below video clip of its president and co-founder, Bin Lin, fondling the device on social media today. The twist is the tablet does not have a single center parting but rather two folds that divide it into three panels, with […]

Amazon has paused sales of its Echo Wall Clock due to connectivity issues

Amazon launched an Echo Wall Clock before the end of the last year but, less than a month later, things aren’t running to schedule. The e-commerce giant has paused the sale of the $30 Alexa-powered smart clock after a number of customers reported conne
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Amazon has paused sales of its Echo Wall Clock due to connectivity issues

Amazon launched an Echo Wall Clock before the end of the last year but, less than a month later, things aren’t running to schedule. The e-commerce giant has paused the sale of the $30 Alexa-powered smart clock after a number of customers reported connectivity issues, according to The Verge. The clock is still listed on Amazon but, […]

Groww, an investment app for millennials in India, raises $6.2M

Groww, a startup hoping to make saving and investment opportunities more widely available to young people in India, has closed a $6.2 million Series A to grow its business. Founded in 2017, the Bengaluru-based company was part of Y Combinator in the U.S. las
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Groww, an investment app for millennials in India, raises $6.2M

Groww, a startup hoping to make saving and investment opportunities more widely available to young people in India, has closed a $6.2 million Series A to grow its business. Founded in 2017, the Bengaluru-based company was part of Y Combinator in the U.S. last year and it went on to raise a $1.6 million “pre-Series A” […]

Google launches clean energy project in Taiwan, its first in Asia

Google has launched its first clean energy project in Asia. The company announced today that it struck a long-term agreement to buy the output of a 10-megawatt solar array in Tainan City, Taiwan, about 100 km south of its data center in the country. Google al
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Google launches clean energy project in Taiwan, its first in Asia

Google has launched its first clean energy project in Asia. The company announced today that it struck a long-term agreement to buy the output of a 10-megawatt solar array in Tainan City, Taiwan, about 100 km south of its data center in the country. Google already has solar and wind projects across North and South […]

VCs give us their predictions for startups and tech in Southeast Asia in 2019

The new year is well underway and, before January is out, we polled VCs in Southeast Asia to get their thoughts on what to expect in 2019. The number of VCs in the region has increased massively in recent years, in no small part due to forecasts of growth in
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VCs give us their predictions for startups and tech in Southeast Asia in 2019

The new year is well underway and, before January is out, we polled VCs in Southeast Asia to get their thoughts on what to expect in 2019. The number of VCs in the region has increased massively in recent years, in no small part due to forecasts of growth in the tech space as internet […]

Uber Rewards is rolling out. Here’s how the perks work

Did you blow enough money on Uber to get Diamond status? A lot of users are finding out tonight as Uber rolls out its rider loyalty Rewards program to San Francisco and a slew of other cities. The feature calculates how much you’ve spent on Uber and Ube
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Uber Rewards is rolling out. Here’s how the perks work

Did you blow enough money on Uber to get Diamond status? A lot of users are finding out tonight as Uber rolls out its rider loyalty Rewards program to San Francisco and a slew of other cities. The feature calculates how much you’ve spent on Uber and Uber Eats in the last six months awards […]

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Super Poopers’ Fecal Matter Could Help Save Lives

Fecal microbiota transplants (FMTs), though increasingly popular for curing diarrheal infections, are not exactly versatile. Trials for other conditions, as the University of Auckland put it, “have hit a bum note.” New research, […] The pos
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Super Poopers’ Fecal Matter Could Help Save Lives

Fecal microbiota transplants (FMTs), though increasingly popular for curing diarrheal infections, are not exactly versatile. Trials for other conditions, as the University of Auckland put it, “have hit a bum note.” New research, […] The post Super Poopers’ Fecal Matter Could Help Save Lives appeared first on Geek.com.

Diageo recognised in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index

Diageo is one of the 230 companies included in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI), which distinguishes companies committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality, reports the Diageo website.“This year’s overall sc
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Diageo recognised in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index

Diageo is one of the 230 companies included in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI), which distinguishes companies committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality, reports the Diageo website.“This year’s overall score demonstrates our continued strong performance on representation of women within our business, our policies to promote gender equality among our employees as well as our wider initiatives to ensure women are empowered throughout our supply chain and beyond,” says the website.Commenting on the news, Mairead Nayager, Chief Human Resources Officer of Diageo said: “We firmly believe that inclusive and diverse businesses perform better. To date we’ve made strong strides to promote gender balance within our business where currently 40% of our Executive Committee are women and we have targets for our global senior leadership team to be 40% female by 2025. We also strive to empower women throughout our value chain and in 2018 alone, our community programmes reached over 164,000 women. I am therefore delighted that Diageo has been included in this year’s Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index. This is welcome recognition and we have a clear ambition to achieve more.”Diageo receives recognition for the diversity of leadership within its Executive Committee and Board for a second year in row. It also scored highly for a number of policies that they have in place to foster a diverse and inclusive culture, particularly around flexible working hours, family care, and health care.“This year our community engagement received the maximum score for educational programmes and public support. Our women’s empowerment programmes have supported over 390,000 women to date through initiatives such as education and skills training. In total, our community programmes reached over 164,000 women in 2018 alone,” says the website.Peter T. Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg and Founding Chairman of the U.S. 30% Club, said: “We applaud Diageo and the other 229 firms tracked by the index for their action to measure gender equality through the Bloomberg GEI framework. Diageo’s GEI inclusion is a strong indicator to its employees, investors and industry peers alike that it is leading by example to advance ongoing efforts for a truly inclusive workplace.”This year’s list has doubled in size from 2018’s and includes firms from 10 sectors, headquartered across 36 countries and regions. Bloomberg’s standardized reporting framework offers public companies the opportunity to disclose information on how they promote gender equality across four separate areas – company statistics, policies, community engagement, and products and services. Reporting companies that score above a globally-established threshold, based on the extent of disclosures and the achievement of best-in-class statistics and policies, are included in the GEI.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at Diageo  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Auction Preview: Contemporary Art, Decorative Art & Jewellery at Isbilya Subastas SL, Sevilla, Feb 6

What: Contemporary Art, Decorative Art & JewelleryWhere: Isbilya Subastas SL, Calle Velazquez 12, Madrid, SpainWhen: 6 February, 06.00 PM CETTop lots of the sale:- Dolorosa: Artist or Maker: Escuela Napolitana, S. XVII. Dimensions 98 x 68 x 47 cm. Estimat
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Auction Preview: Contemporary Art, Decorative Art & Jewellery at Isbilya Subastas SL, Sevilla, Feb 6

What: Contemporary Art, Decorative Art & JewelleryWhere: Isbilya Subastas SL, Calle Velazquez 12, Madrid, SpainWhen: 6 February, 06.00 PM CETTop lots of the sale:- Dolorosa: Artist or Maker: Escuela Napolitana, S. XVII. Dimensions 98 x 68 x 47 cm. Estimate: € 50,000 ($ 56,792)- Calvario: Artist or Maker: «Escuela Colonial, Ecuador, S. XVIII. Dimensions: 94 x 23 x 62 cm. Estimate: € 30,000 ($ 34,075)- Manuscript bound in parchment of time that consists of 281 pages with numerous poems and one hundred and twenty illustrations in ink and colored in gouache. It is in a very good state of conservation, although it has old restorations and some rips. Andres De Rodas (17th century). Dimensions 21.5 x 17 cm. Estimate: € 30,000 ($ 34,075)- Image of Christ: Artist or Maker: Attributed To Alonso De Mena And Escalante (Granada, 1587 - 1646). Dimensions 96 x 87 cm. Estimate: € 30,000 ($ 34,075)- Jonah and the whale: Italian School S. XVII. Dimensions 127 x 44 x 56 cm. Estimate: € 24,000 ($ 27,260)- Architectural frame made in carved wood. Artist or Maker: Escuela Florentina, S.XVI. Dimensions: Total 44 x 23 cm / Relieve principal 22 x 16 cm. Estimate: € 24,000 ($ 27,260)- Allegory of the Game: Signed and dated »A.Petrilli / Firenze / 97". The sculpture rests on a pedestal formed by a pair of dice and a deck of cards. Artist or Maker: Aristide Petrilli. Dimensions 81 x 30 x 50 cm. Estimate: € 20,000 ($ 22,717)- San Sebastian: School Castellana, PPIO. S. XVII (style Gregorio Fernandez). Dimensions 88 cm. Estimate: € 20,000 ($ 22,717)- Venus and Adonis: Artist or Maker: Escuela Veneciana, S. XVI. Dimensions With pedestal 63 x 20 x 22 cm / without pedestal 52.5 x 12 x 15.5 cm med. Max. Estimate: € 20,000 ($ 22,717)- Virgin with child. The memory of the imagery of great sculptors of the sixteenth century, such as Juan de Juni or Alonso de Berruguete, is present in this size, probably made in Leonese or Valladolid workshops. Artist or Maker: School Castellana, S. XVI. Dimensions: With base 93 x 37 x 68 cm / without base 70 x 34 x 56 cm. Estimate: € 18,000 ($ 20,445)For details, visit: https://www.invaluable.com/Click on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin 

Auction Preview: Designer Handbags & Fashion at Chiswick Auctions, London, Feb 13

What: Designer Handbags & FashionWhere: Chiswick Auctions, 1 Colville Road, London, United KingdomWhen: 13 February, 01.00 PM GMTTop lots of the sale:- Hermes Black Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 30, c. 2008, gold plated hardware, 30cm wide, 21cm high Include
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Auction Preview: Designer Handbags & Fashion at Chiswick Auctions, London, Feb 13

What: Designer Handbags & FashionWhere: Chiswick Auctions, 1 Colville Road, London, United KingdomWhen: 13 February, 01.00 PM GMTTop lots of the sale:- Hermes Black Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 30, c. 2008, gold plated hardware, 30cm wide, 21cm high Includes CITES certificate, padlock, keys, cloche, rain jacket, dust bag and box Condition Grade B+. Please note there are import restrictions on this item outside of the EU. Estimate: £ 18,000 - £ 22,000 ($23,331 – 28,516)- Hermes Moka Ostrich Birkin 30, c. 2011, brown ostrich skin with gilt hardware, 30cm wide, 24cm high, 10cm handle drop Includes padlock, keys, cloche and dust bag Condition Grade B+. Please note there are import restrictions on this item outside of the EU. Estimate: £ 8,000 - £ 12,000 ($10,369 – 15,554)- Hermes Miel Porosus Crocodile Kelly 32, c. 2000, gold plated hardware, 32cm wide, 22cm high, 9cm handle dropE Includes detachable shoulder strap, padlock, keys, cloche and dust bag Condition Grade B+. Please note there are import restrictions on this item outside of the EU. Estimate: £ 6,000 - £ 8,000 ($7,777 - 10,369)- Hermes Black Porosus Crocodile Kelly 32, c. 2002, gold plated hardware, 32cm wide, 22cm high Includes detachable shoulder strap, padlock, keys, cloche and dust bag Condition Grade B Please refer to department for condition report Please note this item has import restrictions outside of the EU. Estimate: £ 6,000 - £ 8,000 ($7,777 - 10,369)- Hermes Tan Barenia Kelly Sellier 35, c. 1997, gold tone hardware, 35cm wide, 25cm high, 10cm handle drop Includes detachable strap, padlock, keys, cloche, rain jacket and dust bag Condition Grade B- Estimate: £ 4,500 - £ 6,000 ($5,833 - 7,777)- Hermes Black Crocodile Constance, c. 1972, crocodile skin with gold tone hardware, 23cm wide, 16cm high, 5cm deep, 40cm shoulder drop Includes dust bag and box Condition Grade B+. Please note this item has import restrictions outside of the EU. Estimate: £ 4,000 - £ 6,000 ($5,185 - 7,777)- Hermes Miel Crocodile Porosus Plume Bag, c. 1998, brown crocodile leather with gilt metal hardware, 28cm wide, 20cm high, 14cm handle dropE Includes dust bag Condition Grade B+. Please note there are import restrictions on this item outside of the EU. Estimate: £ 4,000 - £ 6,000 ($5,185 - 7,777)- Hermes Black Kelly Retourne 28, c. 1955, Box leather with gilt hardware, 28cm wide, 21cm high, 10cm handle drop Includes dust bag, padlock, keys, cloche, copy of repair receipt and box Condition Grade B+. Estimate: £ 3,000 - £ 5,000 ($3,889 – 6,481)- Hermes Black Taurillon Clemence Birkin 40, c. 2003, Palladium plated hardware, 40cm wide, 30cm high Includes padlock, keys, cloche, dust bag, rain jacket and copy of receipt Condition Grade B.  Estimate: £ 3,000 - £ 5,000 ($3,889 – 6,481)For details, visit: https://www.invaluable.com/Click on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin 

Louis Vuitton Men's Fall-Winter 2019 Show: Savoir-Faire

Louis Vuitton recently launched its Men's Fall-Winter 2019 collection, which it describes as Savoir-Faire.From sketches on paper to finished product on the runway, Louis Vuitton, known for its long history of exceptional savoir-faire, shares a peek behind-the
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Louis Vuitton Men's Fall-Winter 2019 Show: Savoir-Faire

Louis Vuitton recently launched its Men's Fall-Winter 2019 collection, which it describes as Savoir-Faire.From sketches on paper to finished product on the runway, Louis Vuitton, known for its long history of exceptional savoir-faire, shares a peek behind-the-scenes at the Men’s Atelier leading up to the recent Fall-Winter 2019 Show by Artistic Director Virgil Abloh. As described on the brand’s website, “Although Michael Jackson was the show's foremost inspiration, Virgil Abloh's follow-up to his Spring-Summer rainbow-colored debut wove in recurring themes and a multitude of influences. Set to an original score composed by Dev Hynes, the looks passed in a meandering choreography against the backdrop of a New York City streetscape.”The Men's Fall-Winter 2019 Fashion Show, held at the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, was an occasion for Artistic Director Virgil Abloh to present his second runway collection to friends and guests, who included Timothee Chalamet, Naomi Campbell, Kris Wu, Joel Edgerton, Kid Cudi, Takanori Iwata, Skepta, Offset, Gunna, JJ Lin, and J Balvin.The show was Abloh’s follow-up to his Louis Vuitton debut last June. Expanding on the vocabulary established in the Spring-Summer 2019 Collection, Abloh elaborated on his vision of universality and inclusivity as it is rooted in the Maison’s travel DNA, according to the website.Describing the show, the website further reports, “This season, the Artistic Director turned to Michael Jackson, whose extraordinary path from humble beginnings to international stardom provided inspiration from concept to set to silhouettes. For Abloh, Michael Jackson became the only recorded study of a man’s sense of dress from boyhood to adulthood to play out on a globally observed stage. The leitmotif of boyhood has been employed by Virgil Abloh to illustrate the time in a man’s lifespan during which he discovers his future wardrobe staples. For this latest collection, the progression of looks was a loose, non-linear, zip-zagging chronology inspired by elements of Michael Jackson’s sartorial signatures. Through military dress, sequinned finishes, sleek loafers, among other elements, the spirit of Michael Jackson reverberated from the runway.’’Echoing the theatrical production value of Michael Jackson's short films, Virgil Abloh sought to elevate the fashion show’s concept to a level evocative of Broadway for his second Louis Vuitton show. “The Men's Fall-Winter 2019 set imagines a New York cityscape, its dwellers meandering through the streets, their steps illuminating the sidewalk as a nod to the King of Pop's iconic music video,” describes the website.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the collection   https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

CRA Unveils the World’s First Self-driving Bar Unit

Turin-based international design and innovation office CRA has proposed GUIDO, a concept for a driverless robotic cafe. Developed for Makr Shakr, the world’s leading producer of robotic bartenders, GUIDO is a self-driving vehicle platform featuring two mech
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CRA Unveils the World’s First Self-driving Bar Unit

Turin-based international design and innovation office CRA has proposed GUIDO, a concept for a driverless robotic cafe. Developed for Makr Shakr, the world’s leading producer of robotic bartenders, GUIDO is a self-driving vehicle platform featuring two mechanical arms that can prepare and serve any drink combination in seconds. The project aims to leverage driverless technology to change leisure in cities.GUIDO is a popular Italian name that also means “I drive.” Empowered by self-driving technology, GUIDO can move around autonomously on wheels. With the help of an app, anyone will be able to book GUIDO and wait till it arrives to where they are. When it arrives, one can order a drink with the app. The robotic bartender will source the cocktail’s components from the bottles atop the counter and craft the drink. The system will be able to verify people’s ages through their IDs and let them pay via mobile phone.“GUIDO is the application of a city-on-demand paradigm. By matching Makr Shakr’s robotic bartenders with the mobility systems of the future researched by CRA, we can put forward a new idea for the experience of leisure,” says Emanuele Rossetti, CEO of Makr Shakr. “Our company has always encouraged a paradigm of participation when it comes to making your own drink. Now, what happens if you extend the same approach to the city? With GUIDO, we show how technologies can make cities more responsive, and ultimately more fun,” adds Rossetti.Makr Shakr is the world's leading manufacturer of robotic bartenders. In the last four years, it has been serving 1,200,000 drinks all around the world, aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ships as well as in casinos in Las Vegas and throughout the United States, according to the press release. CRA designed Makr Shakr 3.0, the first version of the robotic bartender catered for the mass market, with a reconfigurable machine available for purchase at 99,000 euros.GUIDO is part of CRA’s long-time interest in autonomous mobility. The Senseable City Lab at MIT, directed by Ratti, has done extensive research into the way self-driving will change the urban experience, from designing ‘’Roboat,’’ a self-driving boat piloted on the Amsterdam canals, to studying the impact of future shared mobility models, states CRA’s website.  GUIDO is currently a concept, which will be developed in the course of 2019 in collaboration with international municipalities.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

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