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Astronaut, Cosmonaut ‘In Good Condition’ After Emergency Landing

American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are “resting comfortably” after making an emergency landing of their launch capsule. A Soyuz spacecraft carrying Hague and Ovchinin left the Baikonur Cosmodrome in […] The p

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Open thread for night owls: Saudi Arabia turns to trolls to spread 'their own version of reality'

The New York Times reports on the Saudi Arabia's efforts to control online dissent using what is fast becoming one of the most reliable tools of autocracies worldwide: A government-run army of social media trolls. Saudi operatives have mobilized to harass cr
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Open thread for night owls: Saudi Arabia turns to trolls to spread 'their own version of reality'

The New York Times reports on the Saudi Arabia's efforts to control online dissent using what is fast becoming one of the most reliable tools of autocracies worldwide: A government-run army of social media trolls. Saudi operatives have mobilized to harass critics on Twitter, a wildly popular platform for news in the kingdom since the Arab Spring uprisings began in 2010. Saud al-Qahtani, a top adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed who was fired on Saturday in the fallout from Mr. Khashoggi’s killing, was the strategist behind the operation, according to United States and Saudi officials, as well as activist organizations. Many Saudis had hoped that Twitter would democratize discourse by giving everyday citizens a voice, but Saudi Arabia has instead become an illustration of how authoritarian governments can manipulate social media to silence or drown out critical voices while spreading their own version of reality. [...] One arm of the crackdown on dissidents originates from offices and homes in and around Riyadh, where hundreds of young men hunt on Twitter for voices and conversations to silence. This is the troll farm, described by three people briefed on the project and the messages among group members. Its directors routinely discuss ways to combat dissent, settling on sensitive themes like the war in Yemen or women’s rights. They then turn to their well-organized army of “social media specialists” via group chats in apps like WhatsApp and Telegram, sending them lists of people to threaten, insult and intimidate; daily tweet quotas to fill; and pro-government messages to augment. TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES • THE WEEK’S HIGH IMPACT STORIES TWEET OF THE DAY xMiami Herald Editorial Board recommends Andrew Gillum for FL governor | Miami HeraldThe Miami Herald endorses Andrew Gillum (& Bill Nelson) https://t.co/UeBSVjrk85— Steven Hanvey (@RantsFromStevo) October 21, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2013—Bush not Cheney's puppet, Peter Baker's new book says. Iraq invasion done to kick 'somebody's ass': For more than a decade, ever since Dick Cheney used his assignment to select a vice presidential candidate for George W. Bush to pick himself, the conventional wisdom has been that the former secretary of defense and former CEO of Halliburton pulled Bush's strings. In 2008, for example, Barton Gellman and Jo Becker of the Washington Post won a Pulitzer prize for their four-part 2007 series—Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency that reinforced the view of Bush as willing and weak-willed marionette. Peter Baker's 650-page new book—Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House—presents a different view of the relationship between Bush and Cheney. Baker, who covered the Bush administration first for the Washington Post and subsequently The New York Times (where he is now chief White House correspondent), agrees that Cheney was the «most powerful vice president» of modern times. But he does not present George Bush as second-in-command to the imperious Cheney […] As one senior official who came to rue his involvement in Iraq put it, “The only reason we went into Iraq, I tell people now, is we were looking for somebody’s ass to kick. Afghanistan was too easy.” That may well be the unnamed senior adviser's perspective, but this we-did-Iraq-to-prove-our-manhood assertion doesn't mesh well with the reality of the Iraq invasion that other Bush White House insiders—such as former Secretary of the Treasury Paul O'Neill—have confirmed was on the agenda in January 2001. The September 11 assaults on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were a convenient excuse for pinning something on Saddam Hussein, even though he had nothing to do it. It wasn't just «somebody's ass.» Hussein's Iraq was a specific target of the neo-conservative Project for a New American Century long before Cheney, one of its charter members, even considered running for vice president. While Cheney and Bush may well have been at odds, that wasn't enough to stop slaughter in Iraq, torture everywhere and a legacy of tens of thousands of brain-damaged American veterans plus a $3 trillion-plus hole in the Treasury.   Monday through Friday you can catch the Kagro in the Morning Show 9 AM ET by dropping in here, or you can download the Stitcher app (found in the app stores or at Stitcher.com), and find a live stream there, by searching for "Netroots Radio.” LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE

Republicans are coming for your Medicare in 2019

Eight years ago, Republicans steamrolled their way to an overwhelming victory in the 2010 midterms. Powered by demonstrable falsehoods about a “government takeover of health care,” Obamacare “death panels,” and Americans being “taxed enough already
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Republicans are coming for your Medicare in 2019

Eight years ago, Republicans steamrolled their way to an overwhelming victory in the 2010 midterms. Powered by demonstrable falsehoods about a “government takeover of health care,” Obamacare “death panels,” and Americans being “taxed enough already,” the GOP gained 63 seats and a huge new majority in the House of Representatives. Perhaps the biggest factor in the Republican tidal wave was a monstrous lie about a mythical Democratic threat to Medicare, the health care program now serving almost 60 million Americans. Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell darkly warned, were planning to pay for Obamacare by “sticking it to seniors with cuts to Medicare.” Then as for years since, future House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned the elderly about President Obama’s supposed “$800 billion raid on Medicare.” Now, none of it was true. The Affordable Care Act realized hundreds of billions of dollars in savings from Medicare providers, not beneficiaries, savings every subsequent Republican budget (including those from President Trump and Speaker Ryan) have maintained. And even as voters headed to the polls in November 2010, Ryan and his House allies were pushing a voucher scheme to privatize and ration Medicare, the first of many such GOP plans the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warned would dramatically shift health care costs on to seniors themselves. Nevertheless, the Republican scam to scare seniors worked to perfection. On Election Day 2010, voters ages 55 to 64 and those 65 and over—the GOP’s two most reliable demographics—turned out in force while those under age 30 stayed home. Eight years later, however, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and their GOP allies are singing a different tune. Having created trillion-dollar deficits for as far as the eye can see, McConnell this week pledged to take an axe to the programs at the center of the social safety net, especially for older Americans. Ignoring the $1.9 trillion, 10-year price tag for the GOP’s tax cut windfall for the wealthy, the Senate Minority leader declared that Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid” funding constitutes “the real driver of the debt.” As Bloomberg News reported this week: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday blamed rising federal deficits and debt on a bipartisan unwillingness to contain spending on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, and said he sees little chance of a major deficit reduction deal while Republicans control Congress and the White House. “It’s disappointing but it’s not a Republican problem,” McConnell said. And as Steve Benen detailed, Mitch McConnell has plenty of company among the GOP’s best and brightest:

Trump’s “junk” health care plans threaten people with mental illnesses

Unlike normal health care plans, these Trump-approved short-term plans can deny those with pre-existing conditions
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Trump’s “junk” health care plans threaten people with mental illnesses

Unlike normal health care plans, these Trump-approved short-term plans can deny those with pre-existing conditions

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#39;Nifty could trade in 10,130-10,600 range this week, suggest staying away from HFCs, IT#39;

«We couldn#39;t see major downfall due to improvement in trade deficit rupee appreciation. However volatility may persist in the market,» Manali Bhatia of Rudra Shares Stock Brokers said.
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#39;Nifty could trade in 10,130-10,600 range this week, suggest staying away from HFCs, IT#39;

«We couldn#39;t see major downfall due to improvement in trade deficit rupee appreciation. However volatility may persist in the market,» Manali Bhatia of Rudra Shares Stock Brokers said.

US pressures SWIFT to cut off Iran from global banking transactions to enforce sanctions

The US aims to disconnect Iran from the SWIFT global payment network as part of new economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic in November. Disconnection from network would make it difficult for Iran to get paid for exports. Read Full Article at RT.com
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US pressures SWIFT to cut off Iran from global banking transactions to enforce sanctions

The US aims to disconnect Iran from the SWIFT global payment network as part of new economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic in November. Disconnection from network would make it difficult for Iran to get paid for exports. Read Full Article at RT.com

Unichem gets EIR from USFDA for Pithampur, Roha facilities

The company#39;s API manufacturing facilities have received EIRs from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) indicating closure of inspections at both the facilities, Unichem Laboratories said in a filing to the BSE.
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Unichem gets EIR from USFDA for Pithampur, Roha facilities

The company#39;s API manufacturing facilities have received EIRs from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) indicating closure of inspections at both the facilities, Unichem Laboratories said in a filing to the BSE.

Used car business may be more than half of new car business by FY19-end: Report

With an estimated growth of 10-15 percent year on year, the used car segment is growing at roughly twice the rate at which the new car segment is currently growing
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Used car business may be more than half of new car business by FY19-end: Report

With an estimated growth of 10-15 percent year on year, the used car segment is growing at roughly twice the rate at which the new car segment is currently growing

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Addison Lee and Oxbotica ink self-driving deal, will offer autonomous car services in London by 2021

After undertaking a year-long investigation with Ford and four other mobility specialists on how to build self-driving systems that integrate with London’s existing transport infrastructure, Addison Lee today is announcing the next step in its autonomou
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Addison Lee and Oxbotica ink self-driving deal, will offer autonomous car services in London by 2021

After undertaking a year-long investigation with Ford and four other mobility specialists on how to build self-driving systems that integrate with London’s existing transport infrastructure, Addison Lee today is announcing the next step in its autonomous strategy. The on-demand ride company — which competes with black cabs, Uber and other car services — announced a […]

Egypt and Thailand: When the military turns against free speech

Ziad Reslan Contributor Share on Twitter More posts by this contributor Elon Musk deserves tougher love from the SEC Solve, MIT’s take on social innovation challenges, may be different enough to work Wael Abbas, a human rights activist focused on police bru
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Egypt and Thailand: When the military turns against free speech

Ziad Reslan Contributor Share on Twitter More posts by this contributor Elon Musk deserves tougher love from the SEC Solve, MIT’s take on social innovation challenges, may be different enough to work Wael Abbas, a human rights activist focused on police brutality in Egypt has been under arrest since May on charges of spreading fake […]

Apple Watch Series 4 is the most accessible watch yet

I can confidently say I could live without my Apple Watch. But I also can confidently say I wouldn’t want to. The fourth-generation Apple Watch is the best, most accessible Apple Watch to date.
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Apple Watch Series 4 is the most accessible watch yet

I can confidently say I could live without my Apple Watch. But I also can confidently say I wouldn’t want to. The fourth-generation Apple Watch is the best, most accessible Apple Watch to date.

Super Mario Party is Nintendo Switch’s best game

When I bought the Nintendo Switch a few months ago, my friends told me to buy Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. That’s precisely what I did, but none of those games were enough to get me hooked, which
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Super Mario Party is Nintendo Switch’s best game

When I bought the Nintendo Switch a few months ago, my friends told me to buy Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. That’s precisely what I did, but none of those games were enough to get me hooked, which is probably for the best. But […]

Early-bird pricing to Disrupt Berlin 2018 flies away in four days

Die uhr tickt, menschen — the clock is ticking, people. Early-bird pricing on passes to Disrupt Berlin 2018 migrates to parts unknown in just four days. If you want to join us at the Arena Berlin on 29-30 November — and save up to €500 in the process
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Early-bird pricing to Disrupt Berlin 2018 flies away in four days

Die uhr tickt, menschen — the clock is ticking, people. Early-bird pricing on passes to Disrupt Berlin 2018 migrates to parts unknown in just four days. If you want to join us at the Arena Berlin on 29-30 November — and save up to €500 in the process — you need to buy your pass before the […]

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Auction Preview: Automobiles sur les Champs 14 at Artcurial, Paris, Nov 4

What: Automobiles sur les Champs 14Where: Artcurial, 7 roundabout Champs-Elysees, 75008, Paris, FranceWhen: Nov 4, 4:00 PMPublic Viewing: 3 November, 11 am-6pm, 4 November, 11 am-4pmTop Lots of the Sale:- «1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster» - Ext
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Auction Preview: Automobiles sur les Champs 14 at Artcurial, Paris, Nov 4

What: Automobiles sur les Champs 14Where: Artcurial, 7 roundabout Champs-Elysees, 75008, Paris, FranceWhen: Nov 4, 4:00 PMPublic Viewing: 3 November, 11 am-6pm, 4 November, 11 am-4pmTop Lots of the Sale:- «1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster» - Extra-Community traffic title - Temporary import vehicle. Chassis n ° 198.042.7500093, Engine n ° 198.980.7500112, Body n ° 198.042.7500019. Royal origin - «Matching numbers», original engine. Same owner for 45 years. Sold with original documentation. One of the first 30 roadsters produced. Estimated Price: $1,038,000 - $1,268,500- «1937 BMW 328 roadster» - Belgian Traffic Title, Chassis # 85105, Engine # 85105. Exceptional History. Rare original configuration. Complete quality restoration. Estimated Price: $634,200 - $865,000- «1939 BMW 327/28 cabriolet» - French gray card, Chassis # 74356 - Rare model, beautiful combination of colors, in accordance with the origin. Presentation of excellent level. Estimated Price: $254,000 - $300,000- «1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2 + 2» - Dutch circulation title, Chassis # 12963, Engine # 12963. Matching numbers. Complete history with 3 owners only. With four real seats, high performance and a line of elegance, it is legitimate that this model has become legendary, and the home today. Estimated Price: $231,000 - $288,500- «1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV», French - Registration card Chassis # ZA9DE21A0XLA12082. An ultimate «SV» version rare and popular. The latest Diablo propulsion. In the same hands for 11 years. Its powerful 5.7L V-12 engine, equipped with the Valve Timing Management system, develops a whopping 530 hp and promises exceptional performance. Estimated Price: $231,000 - $288,500- «1962 Facel II», French - Registration card Chassis No. HK2-A180, Body n ° 081, Engine n ° P38 3-16. Only 183 units. Manual box. Delivered new in Italy. Estimated Price: $207,600 - $323,000- «1965 Citroen DS 19 cabriolet Chapron Palm Beach», French - Registration card Chassis # 4294001, Engine # 0214014615, Chapron number 7527. Only 32 units, elegant line, known history. Estimated Price: $207,600 - 300,000- «1970 Maserati Ghibli 4,9L SS», French - Registration card Chassis # AM115 491974. Recent restoration, mythical model, very good mechanics. The Maserati Ghibli has a breathtaking line designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro for Ghia, with this long bonnet and low flag and slender. Estimated Price: $207,600 - $278,000- «1958 Facel Vega FV4», French - Registration card Chassis # FVSNY277. Major restoration in 1998. Equipped with the powerful Typhoon engine, well tracked auto. Estimated Price: $207,600 - $242,500- «1994 Porsche 964 Carrera 2 Speedster modified 993» - French gray card, Chassis No. WP0ZZZ96ZRS455512, Engine No. 62R00856. Unique and very successful model. Realization by a Porsche Center. Fabulous tribute to the mythical model. Estimated Price: $173,000 - $230,700For details, visit: https://www.artcurial.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin 

Auction Preview: Fine Japanese Art at Sotheby's, London, Nov 6

What: Fine Japanese ArtWhere: Sotheby's, 34-35 New Bond Street, London, W1A 2AA, UKWhen: Nov 6, 10:30 AM GMTPublic Viewing: Sat, 03 Nov 18 | 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM GMT, Sun, 04 Nov 18 | 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM GMT, Mon, 05 Nov 18 | 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM GMTTop Lots o
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Auction Preview: Fine Japanese Art at Sotheby's, London, Nov 6

What: Fine Japanese ArtWhere: Sotheby's, 34-35 New Bond Street, London, W1A 2AA, UKWhen: Nov 6, 10:30 AM GMTPublic Viewing: Sat, 03 Nov 18 | 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM GMT, Sun, 04 Nov 18 | 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM GMT, Mon, 05 Nov 18 | 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM GMTTop Lots of the Sale:- «A Magnificent Pair of Imperial Presentation Lacquer Two-Fold Screens Meiji Period», Late 19th Century Signed Makie-Shi Yasui Hochu No in [Yasui Hochu (1857-1922)] and Sealed Shibayama - The finely decorated two-fold screens each with four framed panels, four in shibayama style to the front. Measured at each panel: 189.5x85.5 cm, 75x33 2/3 in. Quantity: 2. Estimated Price: $658,100 - $921,340- «Portrait of the Actor Segawa Kikunojo III As Oshizu, from the Play Hana - Ayame Bunroku Soga» - Toshusai Sharaku (Active 1794 - 1795); woodblock print, signed Toshusai Sharaku ga, published by Tsutaya Juzaburo, 5th month, 1794. Measured at 38x25.5 cm, 15x10 in. Estimated Price: $236,920 - $329,050- «A Very Large Shoki Imari Dish», Edo Period, 1630-1640s - The deep dish with wide everted rim on ringfoot, decorated in underglaze blue with reeds and grasses beneath wispy clouds and a floral design to the rim. Measured at 48.3 cm, 19 in. diam. Estimated Price: $197,430 - $236,920- «A Pair of Rare Wood Sculptures of Nioedo Period», Late 17th - Early 18th Century Each Sealed Ritsuo - Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo) (1663-1747); The kongorishiki figures are carved from dark-stained softwood with oil litharge lacquer decoration to the skirts. Quantity: 2. Measured at each: 26.3 cm, 10 1/3 in. Estimated Price: $105,300 - $131,620- «An Imperial Presentation Suzuribako [Writing Box]»,  Meiji Period, Early 20th Century - The large, square box with overhanging cover decorated in gold hiramaki-e on a gold nashiji ground, designed on the exterior and interior with large. Measured at 28.9 cm, 11 3/8 in. Estimated Price: $105,300 - 131,620- «A Nanban Lacquer Shrine» - Momoyama Period, 16th Century. The rectangular shrine, with two hinged doors opening to reveal an inner European gilt frame containing a picture of Christ inset into a shallow box form with slightly domed top and fitted loop fixing. Measured at 42x29.5 cm, 16 1/2 x11 1/2  in. Estimated Price: $92,130 - $131,620- «A Nimai-Dō Gusoku [Armour]» - Edo Period, 18th - 19th Century. The whole armour made of hardened leather apart from the neck guard which is of iron, the sujibachi kabuto in simulated russet iron with gilt kuwagata, with armour box. Estimated Price: $92,130 - $118,450- «A Fine and Rare Kakiemon Vase» - Edo Period, Late 17th Century. Oviform with short ring neck and deep foot rim, decorated in iron red, green, yellow, aubergine, blue and black enamels, with three panels each containing two Chinese figures. Measured at 30 cm, 11 7/8 in. high. Estimated Price: $78,970 - $105,300For details, visit: http://www.sothebys.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the salehttps://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin

Auction Preview: Rugs and Carpets at Sotheby's, London, Nov 6

What: Rugs and CarpetsWhere: Sotheby's, 34-35 New Bond Street, London, W1A 2AA, UKWhen: Nov 6, 2:30 PM GMTPublic Viewing: Sat, 03 Nov 18 | 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM GMT, Sun, 04 Nov 18 | 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM GMT, Mon, 05 Nov 18 | 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM GMT, Tue, 06 No
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Auction Preview: Rugs and Carpets at Sotheby's, London, Nov 6

What: Rugs and CarpetsWhere: Sotheby's, 34-35 New Bond Street, London, W1A 2AA, UKWhen: Nov 6, 2:30 PM GMTPublic Viewing: Sat, 03 Nov 18 | 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM GMT, Sun, 04 Nov 18 | 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM GMT, Mon, 05 Nov 18 | 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM GMT, Tue, 06 Nov 18 | 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM GMTTop Lots of the Sale:- «A silk Kashgar carpet» (dais cover), East Turkestan, late 17th century - Silk pile on silk foundation. Measured at approximately 361 by 217cm; 11ft. 10in., 7ft. 1in. Estimated Price: GBP 80,000 - GBP 120,000 (US$ 104,800 – US$ 157,150)- «A Chinese silk and metal thread brocaded dais carpet» - Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), circa 1800. Inscribed, Qianjing gong yu yong; ‘For Imperial use in the Palace of Heavenly Purity’. Incorporating various symbolic motifs within the design, the pearl (purity and perfection: one of the eight precious things), the Buddhist motifs of the swastika character (good luck), and Buddhist emblems of the happy augury. Measured at approximately 261 by 186cm; 8ft. 6in., 6ft. 1in. Estimated Price: GBP 50,000 - GBP 80,000 (US$ 65,500 – US$ 104,800)- «The Scofield Thayer Ninghsia carpet», West China, late 17th century - Measured at approximately 424 by 414cm; 13ft. 11in., 13ft. 7in. Estimated Price: GBP 50,000 - GBP 80,000 (US$ 65,500 – US$ 104,800)- «The Larsson lion-dog medallion with 'hundred antiques' dias carpet», Ninghsia, West China, first half 18th century - Measured at approximately 273 by 255cm; 8ft. 11in., 8ft. 4in. Estimated Price: GBP 50,000 - GBP 80,000 (US$ 65,500 – US$ 104,800)- «A silk Tabriz carpet», Northwest Persia, circa 1890 - Measured at approximately 409 by 279cm; 13ft. 5in., 9ft. 2in. Estimated Price: GBP 50,000 - GBP 70,000 (US$ 65,500 – US$ 91,700)- «A silk and metal-thread Heriz rug», Northwest Persia, first half 19th century - Signed 'the work of Rajab', inscribed with eight couplets from a ghazal of Sa’di. Measured at approximately 209 by 167cm; 6ft. 10in., 5ft. 6in. Estimated Price: GBP 40,000 - GBP 60,000 (US$ 52,400 – US$ 78,600)- «A Pontremoli needlework carpet», London, England, circa 1924 - 1926, lower left corner with initials JMP - Worked in tent stitch, in gros-point with details in petit-point, with the Elizabethan design, by the workshop of Jacques Mereno Pontremoli (1886 - 1952), the light cream coloured field with an open overall design of bold greenish yellow scrolling vines bearing a profusion of naturalistic and stylised flowers. Measured at approximately 638cm by 442cm; 20ft. 10in., 14ft. 6in. Estimated Price: GBP 25,000 - GBP 40,000 (US$ 32,800 – US$ 52,400)- «A large medallion susani, Bokhara», Uzbekistan, 18th century - Design type 'A'. Measured at approximately 270 by 169cm; 8ft. 10in., 5ft. 6in. Estimated Price: GBP 25,000 - GBP 40,000 (US$ 32,800 - US$ 52,400)For details, visit: http://www.sothebys.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin 

Auction Preview: Fine Japanese Art at Bonhams, London, Nov 8

What: Fine Japanese ArtWhere: Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, W1S 1SR, London, UKWhen: Nov 8, 2:00 PM GMTPublic Viewing: 02 Nov 2018 09:00 - 16:30 GMT, 04 Nov 2018 11:00 - 17:00 GMT, 05 Nov 2018 09:00 - 19:30 GMT, 06 Nov 2018 09:00 - 16:30 GMT, 07 Nov 2018 09:0
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Auction Preview: Fine Japanese Art at Bonhams, London, Nov 8

What: Fine Japanese ArtWhere: Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, W1S 1SR, London, UKWhen: Nov 8, 2:00 PM GMTPublic Viewing: 02 Nov 2018 09:00 - 16:30 GMT, 04 Nov 2018 11:00 - 17:00 GMT, 05 Nov 2018 09:00 - 19:30 GMT, 06 Nov 2018 09:00 - 16:30 GMT, 07 Nov 2018 09:00 - 16:30 GMTTop Lots of the Sale:- «Set of 12 kakejiku» (vertical hanging scrolls) - Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942), Taisho (1912-1926) or Showa era (1926-1989), circa 1920-1940; ink and colours on silk in silk mounts, depicting scenes of the 12 months as listed below, each signed and seal. Each overall: 193cmx34.5cm (76inx13½in); image: 115cmx20cm (45¼inx7 7/8in) (13). Estimated Price: $65,400 - $78,500- «A fine wood netsuke of a snail» - By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba Province, Edo period (1615-1868), early-mid 19th century. Emerging from its shell and bending back over the top, its optic feelers fully extended and the fleshy part of the body trailing beneath. Measured at 4.2cm (1 5/8in) wide. Estimated Price: $52,300 - 78,500- «A gold-lacquer three-case inro» - By Shibata Zeshin (1807–1891), Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1870–1890. An inro with three interlocking cases and cover, of lenticular cross-section with straight sides, rounded corners, curved top and base. Measured at 7.5cmx4.9cmx1.7cm (3inx1 7/8inx5/8in). (3). Estimated Price: $52,300 - 65,400- «A large and unusual silver, shibuich and gilt okimono of a Dragon ascending Mount Fuji» - Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th century, circa 1890s. Finely chiselled and wrought with details in shibuichi, silver, shakudo and gilt, unsigned. Mount Fuji: 38.5cmx53cm (15 1/8inx20 7/8in); the wood stand: 34.5cmx58.5cmx31cm (13½inx23inx12 1/8in). (2). Estimated Price: $39,300 - $65,400- «A matching gold-lacquer suzuribako (box for writing utensils) and bunko (document box) together with an unrelated gold-lacquer bundai (writing desk)» - Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th/early 20th century. The suzuribako: 5cmx24.2cmx22cm (2inx9½inx8 5/8in); the bunko: 15cmx41.2cmx33.5cm (5 7/8inx16¼inx13 3/16in); the bundai: 12.5cmx57.5cmx33.6cm (4 7/8inx22 5/8inx13¼in). (13). Estimated Price: $23,550 - $26,150- «A gilt-bronze okimono of Benkei holding aloft a Koro (incense burner) and cover» - By Miyao Eisuke of Yokohama, Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th/early 20th century. Constructed in two detachable sections. The figure: 31cm (12 3/16in) high; the koro: 37cm (14½in) high. (3). Estimated Price: $19,600 - $26,150- «A Satsuma koro (incense burner) and en-suite cover» - By Nakamura Baikei, Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th/early 20th century. Finely decorated in enamels and gilt with two extensive daimyo gyoretsu. Measured at 20.2cm (8in) high. (2). Estimated Price: $19,600 - $26,150- «A Magnificent and unusually large Satsuma bowl» - By Okamoto Ryozan, Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th/early 20th century. Finely decorated in enamels and gilt with three large rectangular panels, each depicting a different scene. Measured at 19.5cmx41cm (7 5/8inx16 1/8in). Estimated Price: $13,100 - $19,600For details, visit: https://www.bonhams.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin 

A Peek Inside Barcelona’s Sardenya Apartment by Raul Sanchez Architects

Spanish firm Raul Sanchez Architects has overhauled Sardenya Apartment in Barcelona to make it compatible with the requirements of its new owner.The new design features two L-shaped elements — a first L-shape partition oriented towards the access houses th
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A Peek Inside Barcelona’s Sardenya Apartment by Raul Sanchez Architects

Spanish firm Raul Sanchez Architects has overhauled Sardenya Apartment in Barcelona to make it compatible with the requirements of its new owner.The new design features two L-shaped elements — a first L-shape partition oriented towards the access houses the kitchen area; and a second L-shape partition houses the bedroom spaces with bathroom en suite. “The rest of the space is intended to flow freely inside, to maximize the sense of space and abolish the boundaries between romos: for example, both the bedroom and the guest bathroom are closed with large oversized pivoting doors, from floor to ceiling, with no perimeter frames. This means that the partitions are not only interrupted when arriving at the doors gaps(there are no lintels), but when they open, the communication is total and the space sneaks through, extending the common spaces to these rooms whose use is expected to be occasional, thus avoiding that they remain closed and residual,” writes Raul Sanchez Architects.This spatial treatment of blurring the boundaries continues in the two L-shaped elements. The kitchen is focused towards the entrance, but at the same time it is separated from it with an independent partition, cladded with a large mirror that blurs the narrowest passage to the kitchen; and simultaneously it opens into the living room through an island that exceeds its limits. Likewise, the bedroom has been undone in several rooms; the anteroom of the same is the study area, communicated with the bed area (separated by the sliding glass doors but communicated by the top of them), and the bathroom is accessed from the bed area, this space is more secluded and private, as described by Raul Sanchez Architects.The predominant color used in the kitchen is black, with a hint of golden details in brass (used in the faucet, the sink), which sit in contrast with the black surfaces. The large pivoting doors of the guest rooms are also lacquered in black, and their handles again in brass, highlighting the interruption of the white walls. The bathroom suite is completely black — a mix of ceramic, granite, microcement, and black varnish — with taps, sinks and other accessories also in black. The guest bathroom, on the contrary, has the opposite treatment. The granite, the microcement, and the varnish are all white, although the wash basin and faucets are kept in black. The interplay of black and white continues in the lighting fixtures, the furniture, and flooring.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the apartment.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/                                                              Founder: Louise Blouin     

The National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts Opens in Taiwan

The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, which opened in Taiwan a few days back is being hailed as the the world’s largest performing arts centre under one roof. Designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo, the single sweeping building covering a surface area o
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The National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts Opens in Taiwan

The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, which opened in Taiwan a few days back is being hailed as the the world’s largest performing arts centre under one roof. Designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo, the single sweeping building covering a surface area of 35 acres is set in the spectacular 116-acre subtropical park. The new cultural hub houses a 2,236-seat Opera House, a 1,981-seat Concert Hall, a 1,210-seat Playhouse, a 434-seat Recital Hall, and an Outdoor Theater. The heart of Weiwuying is the vast, sinuous Banyan Plaza open to the public at all hours and home to a wide-ranging programme of participation.The cultural hub was inaugurated in the presence of the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Tsai Ing-Wen and numerous high-ranking representatives from the worlds of politics and culture. A ceremony in the Concert Hall marked the beginning of the opening festivities.“Chien Wen-Pin, Executive and Artistic Director of the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), conducted the combined forces of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra, Kaohsiung Chamber Choir, and musicians from Kaohsiung Music Alliance. The line-up of Taiwanese and international soloists included the Latvian organist Iveta Apkalna — who inaugurated Asia’s largest pipe organ (9,085 pipes — built by Germany’s Klais Orgelbau Bonn). The opening festivities then shifted outdoors, where an estimated audience of 50,000 witnessed a parade of 300 construction workers “Ode to the Heroes” heralding the “Arts for the People” celebration — a high-tech extravaganza combining light show, Taiwan’s aboriginal dance, traditional theatre, opera, street culture, music, puppetry, digital art — staged by Germany’s interdisciplinary artist network Phase 7, who was also responsible for the opening ceremony of the new Federal Chancellery,” stated Mecanoo.The inauguration season will continue until January 1, 2019. Highlights include concerts by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Maris Jansons; performances by Robert Lepage, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, La Fura dels Baus and Sydney Dance Company; the flagship biannual festival Taiwan Dance Platform.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/                                                              Founder: Louise Blouin

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Hamilton gave Verstappen «way too much space»

Hamilton's two-stop strategy meant he was forced to catch back up to Verstappen and Ferrari's eventual race winner Kimi Raikkonen and mount a late attack. Verstappen ran wide exiting the hairpin with just over two laps to go, which allowed Hamilton alongside
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Hamilton gave Verstappen «way too much space»

Hamilton's two-stop strategy meant he was forced to catch back up to Verstappen and Ferrari's eventual race winner Kimi Raikkonen and mount a late attack. Verstappen ran wide exiting the hairpin with just over two laps to go, which allowed Hamilton alongside and led to the two drivers battling wheel-to-wheel before Hamilton eventually ran wide off-track the fast double-right trying to overtake ... Keep reading

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