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New UnitedMasters deal will enable its artists get play across NBA properties

UnitedMasters came out of stealth about a year ago with a plan to help artists have a more direct relationship with their customers and fans and, more importantly, retain more control over their actual recordings. With $70MM from Alphabet, A16z, Floodgate an

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Open thread for night owls: Excerpts from the February Harper's Index

Okay, it’s a little delayed given that the Harper’s Index regularly comes out around the 15th of the month previous to the publication date, but better late than …. you know. It was the fault of my vacation, which was 50 percent dedicated to serious veg
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Open thread for night owls: Excerpts from the February Harper's Index

Okay, it’s a little delayed given that the Harper’s Index regularly comes out around the 15th of the month previous to the publication date, but better late than …. you know. It was the fault of my vacation, which was 50 percent dedicated to serious vegging and 50 percent catching up on reading books (remember those?). I didn’t actually catch up, but I did shorten the stack somewhat: Portion of Americans who believe another world war is likely: 2/3 Percentage of Americans who say they would be “not at all” willing to volunteer to fight in another world war: 42 Who say they would be “very” or “somewhat” willing: 31 Estimated percentage chance that the UN’s “worst-case scenario” for  global warming is too optimistic: 35 Year by which a Norwegian company aims to use dead fish to help  power cruise ships: 2021 Percentage of US college graduates whose first jobs do not typically require a college degree: 43 Of college graduates whose jobs five years after graduation do not typically  require a college degree: 35 Average value of labor that US employees annually donate to their employers by  not taking vacation days: $561 Time at which Arkansas shuts down the website on which Medicaid recipients must report their work hours: 9:00 pm Number of states with lower rates of internet access than Arkansas: 0 Percentage of 18- to 29-year-old social-media users who say it’s acceptable for their data to be used to personalize ads: 54 Who say it’s acceptable for their data to be used to show them messages  from political campaigns: 35 Number of degrees since 1999 by which the Leaning Tower of Pisa  has straightened: 0.55 TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “The feminists had destroyed the old image of woman, but they could not erase the hostility, the prejudice, the discrimination that still remained.”                  ~~Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique, 1963 TWEET OF THE DAY xThis shutdown put in place by @realDonaldTrump violates treaties between the federal government and tribal nations. #HonorTribes and end the shutdown today! https://t.co/lZhBql8egZ— Utah Diné Bikéyah (@UtahDineBikeyah) January 23, 2019 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2006—Extend Debate on Alito: It seems clear to me that the significance of Alito's views on executive power, access to the courts, civil liberties, the right to privacy, the federal Commerce power, and a myriad of other issues, is only now coming into proper focus. More time is needed for the Senate to properly carry out its Constitutional function of advice and consent. An appointment to the Supreme Court is for a lifetime. Samuel Alito is 55 years old and, like Justice O'Connor, is likely to sit on the Court for a quarter century if confirmed. Given the stakes, an additional period of consideration and debate seems appropriate. The length of this additional period need not necessarily be long nor the debate protracted. It seems to me that with a fairly brief period of consideration, the members of the Senate can chart a course for appropriate action regarding Judge Alito. LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: The shutdown drags on. It’s anybody's guess how the Senate votes on it tomorrow. Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter frame the (in)action. Ivanka bags bizarre new Chinese trademarks. Trump photoshops himself some weight loss & longer fingers. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!)

Trump allows South Carolina foster care agency to discriminate against Jewish families

After months of speculation, the Trump administration has used the cover of a shut-down government to greenlight the kind of discrimination that recalls policies of Nazi Germany. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar signed a waiver on Wednesday
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Trump allows South Carolina foster care agency to discriminate against Jewish families

After months of speculation, the Trump administration has used the cover of a shut-down government to greenlight the kind of discrimination that recalls policies of Nazi Germany. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar signed a waiver on Wednesday that allows Miracle Hill Ministries, a federally funded Protestant foster care agency in South Carolina, to break federal law. The law that Miracle Hill Ministries has been given the right to break is one that usually protects people of faith from being discriminated against. In this case, Jewish families are being discriminated against by Miracle Hill Ministries, by being denied the chance to foster children in Miracle Hill’s network—under the foster agency’s “strict religious requirements.” The waiver argues that HHS nondiscrimination regulations are broader than those outlined in the specific Foster Care Program Statute, which specifies that agencies receiving federal funding can’t deny foster parents based on race, color, or national origin — but not religion. As the Intercept points out, multiply indicted Texas State Attorney General Ken Paxton has issued a request for a similar waiver, but in his case he hopes to get federal waivers allowing discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation as well as religion. It’s relatively hackneyed at this point to mention how the “religious freedom” that conservatives speak of seems to refer to all of the things religions want to discriminate against others for. And yet, here we are again.

Blue Origin launches New Shepard rocket for 10th flight

At its Boca Chica, Texas, location, SpaceX suffered a delay when a storm toppled the nose section of the Star Hopper test vehicle, setting back plans for testing. Meanwhile, across the state at Blue Origin’s launch facility, the company that could be Space
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Blue Origin launches New Shepard rocket for 10th flight

At its Boca Chica, Texas, location, SpaceX suffered a delay when a storm toppled the nose section of the Star Hopper test vehicle, setting back plans for testing. Meanwhile, across the state at Blue Origin’s launch facility, the company that could be SpaceX’s biggest rival in the near future got off another flight of its suborbital New Shepard rocket. x x YouTube Video The 10th flight of the reusable New Shepard booster and capsule still didn’t carry any human crew, but it did bring along eight NASA-sponsored experimental payloads. Those payloads spent a brief time in space as the capsule arced to an altitude of 107 km (355,000 feet or 66 miles) in a flight lasting just over 10 minutes. New Shepard is slated to begin carrying human beings on suborbital flights later in the year and is expected to eventually become Blue Origin’s platform for space tourism. Meanwhile, Blue Origin is also well along in the development of its much larger New Glenn vehicle. The scheduled first flight of the large (large) New Glenn orbital rocket is slated for 2021. The actual launch doesn’t occur until just after the 42-minute mark in the linked video, so scroll ahead if impatient. The booster lands on its tail at the 50-minute mark, with the capsule parachuting to earth at 52:50. Meanwhile, the first uncrewed mission for the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule has been rescheduled for Feb. 7.

Harris Wofford, a Martin Luther King ally who played key role in JFK's narrow win, dies at 92

Former Sen. Harris Wofford, a Pennsylvania Democrat who served from 1991 until he was defeated by Rick Santorum in the 1994 GOP wave, died Monday at the age of 92. Wofford, whom the New Republic dubbed “The Man Who Was Everywhere” in a must-read 2014 pro
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Harris Wofford, a Martin Luther King ally who played key role in JFK's narrow win, dies at 92

Former Sen. Harris Wofford, a Pennsylvania Democrat who served from 1991 until he was defeated by Rick Santorum in the 1994 GOP wave, died Monday at the age of 92. Wofford, whom the New Republic dubbed “The Man Who Was Everywhere” in a must-read 2014 profile by Jason Zengerle, had a very long career in public service despite only spending a few years in elected office. Among many other things, he was an early supporter of Martin Luther King Jr. and an aide on John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign. He even helped convince JFK to defy his campaign advisors and call Coretta Scott King after her husband was arrested, a politically risky move that probably tipped the election towards Kennedy. Wofford was born in upstate New York into a wealthy family of transplanted Southerners, and at the age of 11, he accompanied his grandmother on a six-month tour around the world. In perhaps the first example of Wofford’s Forrest Gump-like presence at major historical events, he personally witnessed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini declaring that he was withdrawing Italy from the League of Nations, an announcement that Wofford later recounted was followed by “a fascist torchlight parade.” However, it was his stop in India, where Wofford saw and became fascinated by Mahatma Gandhi and his nonviolence movement, that would most impact his future. Wofford would later say that he returned from the trip as a “know-it-all foreign policy expert.” In high school, Wofford founded a group called Student Federalists that called for united world government. The organization would grow to include 30 chapters, and when he was only 18, Newsweek published an article predicting he would be president. The Student Federalists would later transform into the group that is now known as Citizens for Global Solutions. Wofford went on to serve stateside in the Army Air Corps during World War II and later enrolled in graduate school at the University of Chicago. In 1948, he married fellow student Clare Lindgren, and the two traveled throughout India and Pakistan, which had just gained their independence from the British Empire and where Wofford studied the recently murdered Gandhi and civil disobedience. Wofford would later recount that Gandhi’s disciples asked him about the nascent civil rights movement back in America, a movement that he would soon become immersed in.

New court-ordered Virginia House map gives Democrats a great chance to take the majority this year

On Tuesday, the federal court that last year struck down 11 Republican-drawn state House districts in Virginia for unconstitutionally diminishing the power of black voters ordered the adoption of a replacement map to remedy the GOP’s now-invalid gerrymander
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New court-ordered Virginia House map gives Democrats a great chance to take the majority this year

On Tuesday, the federal court that last year struck down 11 Republican-drawn state House districts in Virginia for unconstitutionally diminishing the power of black voters ordered the adoption of a replacement map to remedy the GOP’s now-invalid gerrymander. The court’s map is similar to the Democratic plaintiffs' proposals and makes changes to more than two dozen of the chamber’s 100 districts, since many of those adjacent to the illegal districts need to be redrawn as well. As a result, this map would give black voters greater clout in several districts, consequently making several Republican-held seats considerably bluer ahead of this November's elections. In fact, as you can see in the map at the top of this post (see here for a larger version), Hillary Clinton won 56 districts to just 44 for Donald Trump, a big jump from Clinton’s 51-49 advantage under the old lines. In the House, Republicans are clinging to a 51-49 edge. As the map below demonstrates, none of these 49 Democratic incumbents would hold Trump seats (currently one does). On the flip side, seven Republicans would be placed into Clinton districts, compared to just three right now: Tim Hugo (HD-40), Kirk Cox (HD-66), Chris Jones (HD-76), Christopher Stolle (HD-83), Gordon Helsel (HD-91), David Yancey (HD-94), and Robert Bloxom (HD-100). Click to enlarge In a fitting twist, Cox is the state House speaker, and his district would flip from backing Trump heavily to voting for Clinton by a 50-46 margin. And as analyst Chaz Nuttycombe notes, Jones was the architect of the GOP’s original map that the courts struck down, while Yancey infamously won re-election in 2017 thanks to a tiebreaker that never should have happened in the first place. Democrats could therefore enjoy a whole lot of karma on their way toward winning their first majority in more than 20 years.

Michigan sheriff's office limits ICE cooperation after U.S.-born Marine veteran nearly deported

A Kent County, Michigan, sheriff’s office has announced that it will no longer hold detainees to hand over to deportation agents unless they have an order signed by a judge or magistrate, after the sheriff’s office transferred a U.S.-born Marine veter
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Michigan sheriff's office limits ICE cooperation after U.S.-born Marine veteran nearly deported

A Kent County, Michigan, sheriff’s office has announced that it will no longer hold detainees to hand over to deportation agents unless they have an order signed by a judge or magistrate, after the sheriff’s office transferred a U.S.-born Marine veteran to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation last month.  Lance corporal and tank crewman Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, who has post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Afghanistan, had been held by the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, “accused of trespassing and damaging a fire alarm at a Grand Rapids hospital.” But as he was set to be released, “authorities then contacted ICE because it believed the incident may have been a possible act of terrorism, according to a statement released by the police department.” ICE claims that the Michigan-born man told them that he was undocumented, but ICE lies, and quite frequently. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) believes it was more of a case of good old-fashioned racism. “”If his name is John Smith, ICE isn’t interviewing him,’ Miriam Aukerman, a senior attorney with the ACLU of Michigan, told BuzzFeed News.” The veteran was held for three days before being released to family, and is now reportedly getting mental health care.  Under a barrage of public blowback, the sheriff’s office will now limit cooperation with ICE—which it should have done from the start—by honoring only judicial warrants (PSA: if ICE agents show up to your home with warrant in hand but its not signed by a judge, ’ICE is not allowed to enter or search your home’”). “The basic probable cause standard used in every other area of law enforcement will now be applied to ICE, at least in Kent County,” noted WOOD TV.  «Jilmar’s case,” Aukerman continued, “shows that blindly turning people over to ICE based on ICE’s error-ridden detainer system is a recipe for disaster. We call on local law enforcement across the country to follow the lead of the Kent County Sheriff, and ensure that no one gets held for ICE unless a judge signs off.  We also call on ICE—which has refused to do an investigation—to do so.»

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US-China trade war is a ‘blessing in disguise’ for Indonesia

The trade dispute between Washington and Beijing could unlock opportunities for other players in Asia, the Indonesian minister of industry said in an interview with RT during the World Economic Forum in Davos. Read Full Article at RT.com
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US-China trade war is a ‘blessing in disguise’ for Indonesia

The trade dispute between Washington and Beijing could unlock opportunities for other players in Asia, the Indonesian minister of industry said in an interview with RT during the World Economic Forum in Davos. Read Full Article at RT.com

Yes Bank Q3FY19 review – overshadowed by ILFS exposure

In the days to come, the direction of ILFS resolution along with the appointment of the new MD will be the key drivers of the stock.
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Yes Bank Q3FY19 review – overshadowed by ILFS exposure

In the days to come, the direction of ILFS resolution along with the appointment of the new MD will be the key drivers of the stock.

Market Wrap, Jan 24: Sensex gains 87 pts, Nifty at 10,850; YES Bank up 14%

The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 36,195, up 87 points, while the broader Nifty50 index settled at 10,850, up 18 points
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Market Wrap, Jan 24: Sensex gains 87 pts, Nifty at 10,850; YES Bank up 14%

The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 36,195, up 87 points, while the broader Nifty50 index settled at 10,850, up 18 points

Yes Bank names Deutsche#39;s Ravneet Gill as MD CEO effective March 1, 2019

Ravneet Gill has led Deutsche Bank in India for over 6 years now and he has over 30 years of experience across bank functions.
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Yes Bank names Deutsche#39;s Ravneet Gill as MD CEO effective March 1, 2019

Ravneet Gill has led Deutsche Bank in India for over 6 years now and he has over 30 years of experience across bank functions.

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Apple cuts 200 staff from its Project Titan autonomous car division

Apple’s secretive efforts to develop a self-driving car — its so-called ‘Project Titan’ — have taken a hard turn in 2019 after it emerged that the iPhone-maker has reassigned 200 employees previously involved in its development.
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Apple cuts 200 staff from its Project Titan autonomous car division

Apple’s secretive efforts to develop a self-driving car — its so-called ‘Project Titan’ — have taken a hard turn in 2019 after it emerged that the iPhone-maker has reassigned 200 employees previously involved in its development. That’s according to CNBC which, citing sources, reported that a portion of the 200 staff were moved to other […]

To fight election meddling, Google’s cyber unit Jigsaw extends its anti-DDoS protections to European politicos

Jigsaw, the cybersecurity-focused division owned by Google parent Alphabet, is now allowing political organizations in Europe to sign up for its anti-web flooding technology for free. Until now, the free-to-use technology designed to protect political campai
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To fight election meddling, Google’s cyber unit Jigsaw extends its anti-DDoS protections to European politicos

Jigsaw, the cybersecurity-focused division owned by Google parent Alphabet, is now allowing political organizations in Europe to sign up for its anti-web flooding technology for free. Until now, the free-to-use technology designed to protect political campaigns and websites against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks — dubbed Project Shield — was only available to news sites and journalists, […]

China finally grants a game license to Tencent

Tencent has finally come out of a prolonged freeze on game approvals as Beijing granted licenses to two of its mobile games this month. According to a notice published by China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television on
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China finally grants a game license to Tencent

Tencent has finally come out of a prolonged freeze on game approvals as Beijing granted licenses to two of its mobile games this month. According to a notice published by China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television on January 24, Tencent is one of nearly 200 games assigned licenses in January. That’s […]

Zimbabwe’s government faces off against its tech community over internet restrictions

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Harley Davidson reveals more about its push into electric vehicles Venture capital, global expansion, blockchain an
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Zimbabwe’s government faces off against its tech community over internet restrictions

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Harley Davidson reveals more about its push into electric vehicles Venture capital, global expansion, blockchain and drones characterize African tech in 2018 After days of intermittent blackouts at the […]

Singapore’s Credit Culture raises $29.5M for its soon-to-launch digital loan business

Singapore’s digital fintech companies are attracting investor attention and dollars in 2019. Fresh from Singapore Life — a digital-only insurer — raising $33 million across two recently closed rounds, so Credit Culture, a digital loan specia
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Singapore’s Credit Culture raises $29.5M for its soon-to-launch digital loan business

Singapore’s digital fintech companies are attracting investor attention and dollars in 2019. Fresh from Singapore Life — a digital-only insurer — raising $33 million across two recently closed rounds, so Credit Culture, a digital loan specialist — has banked SG$40 million ($29.5 million) ahead of its imminent launch. Credit Culture has raised its capital from […]

Twitter testing ‘Original Tweeter’ tag to distinguish who started a thread

Twitter is testing a new tag that will make it easier to parse who started a thread. The new feature, which is starting to pop up for some users, makes it easier to find posts from the original tweeter within a thread, but may also help curb (some types of) a
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Twitter testing ‘Original Tweeter’ tag to distinguish who started a thread

Twitter is testing a new tag that will make it easier to parse who started a thread. The new feature, which is starting to pop up for some users, makes it easier to find posts from the original tweeter within a thread, but may also help curb (some types of) abuse on the platform, making […]

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Auction Preview: Asian Art & Antiques at Altair Auctions, Norwood, Feb 6

What: Asian Art & AntiquesWhere: Altair Auctions; 151 Carnegie Row, Norwood, MA 02062, United StatesWhen: February 6; 11.30 pm GMTTop lots of the sale:- China, Sung dynasty, Junyao brush washer. Width 9  in., Height 2 7/8 in. Estimate: $ 60,000 - $ 9
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Auction Preview: Asian Art & Antiques at Altair Auctions, Norwood, Feb 6

What: Asian Art & AntiquesWhere: Altair Auctions; 151 Carnegie Row, Norwood, MA 02062, United StatesWhen: February 6; 11.30 pm GMTTop lots of the sale:- China, Sung dynasty, Junyao brush washer. Width 9  in., Height 2 7/8 in. Estimate: $ 60,000 - $ 90,000- China, Yuan Dynasty, blue and white Meiping vase,  small mouth with rounded lip, wide shoulders,  sides tapering to flat base, Phoenix and floral  border with scenes of figures together, with  repair. Height 17 in. Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 60,000- China, Song dynasty, Cizhou Yao Meiping vase, small mouth, wide shoulders, sides tapering to flat base, decorated with mythical birds and flowers design against creamy ground. Height 18 in. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 40,000- China, Ming period, large blue and white dragon  Meiping vase, lipped small mouth, wide shoulders,  tapering sides to flat base, dense decoration of  blue dragons against white ground. Height 17 1/2 in. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 40,000- China, antique bronze cow, Height 7 in., Width 13 in. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000- China, Yuan Dynasty, Lung Quan Yao Guanyin  Boulder. Height 15 in. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000- Rome, antique stone mask, on stand. Height 5 in, Width 4 1/2 in. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000- Cartier Gold Bracelet with Diamond, new design. Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 25,000- China, gilt Buddha, free standing statue featuring eight armed Buddha, with halo of flames, high headdress and flowing robes, standing on lotus blossom base, mark stamped base. Height 42 in. Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 18,000- China, Ming period, blue and white charger, deep potted dish, flared rim, geometric design of floral patterns and swirls within center and exterior sides with unglazed base. Diameter 16 1/2 in. Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 20,000- China, Qing dynasty, blue and white gourd vase,  small mouth, double gourd body, flat base, bright  blue floral designs throughout against white  ground, Qianlong mark and of period. Height 12 1/2 in. Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 20,000- China, 19th C., Doucai Vase, low bulbous body on  footed and flared base, painted scene of wise man  seated  on the ground in a natural landscape with  Yongzheng mark on base. Height 4 3/4 in. Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 20,000- China, Qing dynasty, Ge Yao moon flask vase with a  circular body, and the three necks protruding  from the top, with small decorations. Pale green  in color, with five Chinese characters on either  side. Yong Zhang mark on base. Height 2 1/4 in. Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 20,000For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/Click on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin 

Dorian Stefano Tarantini Collaborates with Swarovski for Autumn/Winter 2019 collection

Dorian Stefano Tarantini, the multidisciplinary artist and designer behind M1992, teamed up with Swarovski to inject signature sparkle into his Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, marking a third season of collaboration with the brand, as per the Swarovski website
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Dorian Stefano Tarantini Collaborates with Swarovski for Autumn/Winter 2019 collection

Dorian Stefano Tarantini, the multidisciplinary artist and designer behind M1992, teamed up with Swarovski to inject signature sparkle into his Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, marking a third season of collaboration with the brand, as per the Swarovski website.Over 466,000 crystals glitzed up five looks from the Nineties Britpop-inspired range, including a black suit and white leather separates, as well as various hoodies emblazoned with the Union Jack, and “Suburra” and “I’m Common” in crystals, according to the website.As per the website, Tarantini commented: “Using Swarovski crystals as a total surface for college-style menswear garments has been a way to reverse the rules and experiment through the sparkle and three-dimensional glare that only Swarovski radiates with such intensity.”Tarantini’s label M1992 presented its Italian style and quality collection. The use of fine fabric that draped the towering personalities of the models looked impressive. The sharply defined look was based on the 1990s fashion sensibilities and tailored styles.Not many know that Tarantini was once a DJ who later entered the world of fashion with his M1992 label. The 1990s Britpop culture highly influenced his Autumn/Winter 2019-20 collection.The perfectly shaped silhouettes and fine cuts did not fail to impress. A bit flared cropped trousers, monochromes, jersey suits, oversized jackets, white turtleneck sweaters and knitwear polos were some of the highlights of his collection.The designer picked clues from his own teens when he frequented London and picked up the British fashion prevalent in the 90s. He fondly relives those memories through the collection.M1992’s womenswear collection had a wider range this season. The '60s-style mini dresses, cool pop prints, and geometric patterns ruled the collection. Again the highlight included the white jacket-and-trousers studded with signature Swarovski crystals.For the uninitiated, Swarovski is an Austrian producer of lead glass (commonly called crystal) headquartered in Wattens, Austria. The company is split into three major industry areas: the Swarovski Crystal Business, that primarily produces lead glass jewelry (commonly called crystal jewelry) and accessories; Swarovski Optik, which produces optical instruments such as telescopes, telescopic sights for rifles, and binoculars; and Tyrolit, a manufacturer of grinding, sawing, drilling, and dressing tools, as well as a supplier of tools and machines, as per Wikipedia.According to the website, Swarovski Crystal Business is one of the highest grossing business units with a global reach of approximately 2,800 stores in around 170 countries, more than 27,000 employees, and a revenue of about 2.6 billion euros (in 2016).Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the collection.    https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Princess Cruises to Activate Three Additional Princess MedallionClass Ships in 2019

Princess Cruises announced, in an official release, the expansion of its Princess MedallionClass experience to three additional ships – Royal Princess, Crown Princess and Sky Princess – building on the enhanced and personalized cruise vacations guests ar
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Princess Cruises to Activate Three Additional Princess MedallionClass Ships in 2019

Princess Cruises announced, in an official release, the expansion of its Princess MedallionClass experience to three additional ships – Royal Princess, Crown Princess and Sky Princess – building on the enhanced and personalized cruise vacations guests are currently enjoying on its Caribbean Princess ship sailing the Caribbean, and with Regal Princess starting February 17, 2019. The OceanMedallion, included complimentary, is a wearable device that elevates the guest experience by delivering an enhanced level of personalization and innovative services resulting in high guest satisfaction scores, states the official release.According to the release, with the Princess MedallionClass experience coming to Crown Princess in July and Sky Princess in October, all guests sailing with the brand in the Caribbean will be able to enjoy an enhanced vacation through simplified, personalized and engaging experiences by the end of 2019. The addition of Royal Princess will also be the first time a Princess MedallionClass ship will be sailing in Alaska.Talking about the expansion, Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, said,  «Guests are finding their vacations enhanced with Princess MedallionClass on Caribbean Princess as a new and memorable experience, and we're ready to offer these experiences and personalized services to even more of our guests, including everyone who sails with us in the Caribbean in the fall and winter. Starting in April, we will continue the expansion to a total of five Princess Medallion Class ships expected this year, as we continue on our path to fleet-wide activation. And we look forward to bringing the experience to new groups for the first time, such as those sailing to visit exciting destinations in Alaska and Mexico.»Considered a breakthrough in the vacation industry and recently honored with a CES 2019 Innovation Award, the OceanMedallion features leading-edge technology that delivers personalized service through enhanced guest-crew interactions, eliminates friction points and enables interactive entertainment, describes the release.The release further states that  Princess MedallionClass vacations offer guests a portfolio of experiences specifically designed to enhance their cruise vacation. Some of the significant features of this experience include,From curbside to poolside in a breeze: Guests who arrive at the terminal with travel documents (i.e. passports) uploaded to their profile have a personalized check-in process that starts their vacation with ease.The best Wi-Fi at sea: MedallionNet is fast, reliable, affordable and unlimited. MedallionNet provides land-like speeds that allow guests to stay connected from anywhere on the ship including staterooms which are each equipped with a Wi-Fi access point.On-demand beverage delivery: Using smart devices, guests have the ability to order drinks using OceanNowTM and have them delivered directly to the ship and even in their stateroom.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at Princess Cruises  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Carnival Corporation's Cruise Line Brands, Leadership Earn Over 600 Awards in 2018

Carnival Corporation & plc, one of the world's largest leisure travel companies, continued its long history of achieving outside recognition for providing its over 12 million annual guests with extraordinary vacation experiences, earning over 600 awards a
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Carnival Corporation's Cruise Line Brands, Leadership Earn Over 600 Awards in 2018

Carnival Corporation & plc, one of the world's largest leisure travel companies, continued its long history of achieving outside recognition for providing its over 12 million annual guests with extraordinary vacation experiences, earning over 600 awards and honors in 2018 across its nine global cruise line brands, stated an official release by the luxury cruise brand.The release states that the corporation and its brands were recognized for excellence in vacation value, cruise ships, shore excursions, onboard entertainment, dining, itineraries, company leadership and more. Since 2016, Carnival Corporation has received over 1,500 industry awards, recognizing the world-class experiences provided by its nine cruise line brands.Carnival Corporation and its brands were consistently recognized in the industry's top awards programs in 2018, collecting over 145 Cruise Critic Awards, 25 USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Awards, over 50 Travel Weekly awards, and over 20 Porthole Cruise awards, stated the release.Some of the noteworthy achievements include AIDA Cruises receiving the German Gas Industry Innovation Award and Cruise Guide 2018 Award for innovation for its newest ship, AIDAnova, the world's first ship powered by LNG at sea and in port. The brand also received the German Fairness Award from the German Institute for Service Quality for the fifth year in a row.Another significant achievement is Carnival Cruise Line’s being named America's Most Trusted Cruise Line by Reader's Digest for the fourth consecutive year, and receiving 10 USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice honors, including Best Ocean Cruise Line and Best Cruise Ship for Families.Costa Cruises recognition by Seatrade for Corporate Social Responsibility for its 4GOODFOOD program, which aims to cut food waste in half on board its ships by 2020, and being awarded the «Top Employers Italy» certification by the Top Employers Institute for the fifth consecutive year, mark another remarkable achievement by the corporation. The brand also received the WTM World Travel Leaders Award for Italy and set a Guinness World Record for the longest string of bunting ever at its Costa Zena Festival, which celebrated Costa Cruises' 70th anniversary.According to the release, Cunard was also recognized with several Porthole Cruise 2018 Readers' Choice Awards, including Best Onboard Enrichment and Best Service. It also received the No. 1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line award in Travel + Leisure's 2018 World's Best Awards readers' survey for the third consecutive year.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the Carnival Cruise Destinations    https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Global Wine Education Redefined with the Launch of Australian Wine Discovered

Wine Australia is taking global wine education to the next level with the launch of its comprehensive new education program — Australian Wine Discovered, as per an official release.The content-rich and globally accessible program features 22 education modul
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Global Wine Education Redefined with the Launch of Australian Wine Discovered

Wine Australia is taking global wine education to the next level with the launch of its comprehensive new education program — Australian Wine Discovered, as per an official release.The content-rich and globally accessible program features 22 education modules, detailed information guides, videos, maps, tasting tools and more, available online.Wine Australia Chief Executive Officer Andreas Clark said, “This exciting new program is part of our bigger and bolder engagement with international markets. It is about amplifying the Australian wine message and raising awareness of the people, the grape varieties and the places that make Australian wine unique and special. And best of all, it is free!”“The material is available to all and goes well beyond the classroom — it's a training, sales and marketing tool for importers, educators, wineries, distributors, retailers and ultimately consumers,” he added.According to the release, the topics are suitable for beginner to advanced levels, offering an 'Introduction to wine' that covers the basics of how wine is made, how to taste wine and common questions such as how to identify wine faults, to more specific programs including 'Aged Australian wines' and 'Australia's old vines.'As per the release, the program harnesses visual storytelling, using illustrations, videos and imagery to break down complex information into something people can easily and quickly understand. All of the assets are flexible and editable with global access and unrestricted usage.The Australian Wine Discovered education program is supported by the Australian Government's $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package, which aims to amplify the promotion of Australian wine, capture market opportunities and drive export and tourism growth, as per the release.Wine Australia has also started a vintage of Australia’s grape and wine sector leadership development program — Future Leaders.Wine Australia supports a competitive wine sector by investing in research, development and extension (RD&E), growing domestic and international markets, protecting the reputation of Australian wine and administering the Export and Regional Wine Support Package, as per the release.According to the release, Wine Australia is an Australian Commonwealth Government statutory authority, established under the Wine Australia Act 2013, and funded by grape growers and winemakers through levies and user-pays charges and the Australian Government, which provides matching funding for RD&E investments.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at Wine Australia.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Auction Preview: Jewelry, Chinese Antiques Jade, Antiquities at Brownes Auctions, Sydney, Feb 1

What: Jewelry, Chinese Antiques Jade, AntiquitiesWhere: Brownes Auctions, Luxury District CBD, King Street, Sydney, 2000, AustraliaWhen: Feb 1, 12:00 AM GMTTop Lots of the Sale:- «Bird Pendant Jade» - Western Zhou Dynasty circa 12th century BC. Th
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Auction Preview: Jewelry, Chinese Antiques Jade, Antiquities at Brownes Auctions, Sydney, Feb 1

What: Jewelry, Chinese Antiques Jade, AntiquitiesWhere: Brownes Auctions, Luxury District CBD, King Street, Sydney, 2000, AustraliaWhen: Feb 1, 12:00 AM GMTTop Lots of the Sale:- «Bird Pendant Jade» - Western Zhou Dynasty circa 12th century BC. These features are very special attributes and a delight for collectors of rare archaic jade artefacts. This amulet is in good condition consistent with its age and authenticity. It measures approximately 2 1/4« tall by 1 1/2» deep and is 1« wide (57mm x 38mm x 25mm). Estimated Price: $180,000 - $188,000- »Porcelain Pilgrim Flask Xuande« - Ming Dynasty. An exceptionally rare 15th Century Chinese Crescent Shaped Ewer Pilgrim Flask cobalt blue five claw imperial dragons design to both sides Xuande reign mark 1426 to 1435. Dimensions 21cm by 18cm by 11cm. Estimated Price: $120,000 - $128,000- »Chinese Antique White Nephrite Jade Lidded Vase« - Qing Dynasty. This one of a kind stunning double handled lidded vase was made circa 1750 in China and is carved from natural untreated white nephrite jade. Measured at 9 1/4» tall including the lid by 4 3/16« wide by 2 9/16» deep with the lid itself being 2 3/8« tall (235mm x 106mm x 65mm, 61mm). It weighs approximately 756 grams. Estimated Price: $95,000 - $98,000- »Ring Zigang« - A hand carved officials natural untreated nephrite jade archers ring (banzhi) dating to early Qing Dynasty. The ring has a poem carved into it and shows a man and child. The ring is a size 12 US. The ring is 1/4» thick all the way around. It measures approximately 1 3/16« wide. It weighs 49.18 grams. Estimated Price: $86,000 - $95,000- »Dragon Pendant« - This astonishing hand carved archaic jade nephrite dragon phoenix amulet was made in ancient China during the Eastern Zhou Dynasty Warring States Period circa 4th C BC. The dragon measures approximately 2 15/16» wide by 2 15/16« tall (75mm x 74mm). Weighing 50.6 grams. Estimated Price: $85,800 - $88,800- »Chinese Antique White Jade Pendant« - Antique Chinese Jade Pendant Translucent, Gemological testing including density (specific gravity) and refractive index confirm nephrite jade. This pendant is hand carved. It measures 3 3/4» long by 1 1/4« wide and on average is 3/16» thick across the sliced jade plaque (95mm x 32mm x 5mm). Estimated Price: $82,000 - $88,000- «Chinese Liao Vessel Flask Statue» - Tang Dynasty. Some remnants of painted glaze remain, crystalline encrustation including quartz drusy in one place and soil crystalline concretions, intact. Dimensions are 11cm wide by 11cm deep by 23cm tall approximately. Estimated Price: $82,000 - $88,000For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin 

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