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Dems make massive gains in Texas courts. Here's why it matters

The full Texas story is still being written, as massive Democratic gains continue to get tallied. Beto O’Rourke may have narrowly lost the Senate race, but the movement he helped fuel has transformed Texas and put it straight onto the path of “purple” s

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Morning Digest: Longtime Tennessee GOP senator won't seek another term in 2020

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ●
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Morning Digest: Longtime Tennessee GOP senator won't seek another term in 2020

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● TN-Sen: On Monday, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander announced that he would not seek a fourth term in 2020. Alexander sounded eager to run again last month, so this decision comes as a surprise. However, the senator now says that he'd made his choice all the way back in August.   Campaign Action Tennessee is a reliably red state, and Team Red will be heavily favored to keep this seat. Naturally, there's no shortage of possible Volunteer State Republicans who could get in. The biggest name to watch is termed-out Gov. Bill Haslam, who said on Monday that he was giving a run «serious consideration.» Haslam, who will leave office in mid-January, publicly flirted with running in 2017 after Sen. Bob Corker decided to retire, but he ended up passing. Last week, the Nashville Post also reported that orthopedic surgeon Manny Sethi, who is close to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, was considering a bid in the event the seat opened up. In additon, GOP operatives have mentioned wealthy businessman and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty. While Hagerty hasn't said anything publicly yet, Alexander named both him and Haslam as «obvious favorites ... in addition to four or five of our congressmen.» Speaking of those congressmen, Politico writes that Rep. David Kustoff, who represents part of West Tennessee, is interested, but he's also not said anything publicly about his plans. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, who represents the Chattanooga area, spoke and didn't rule anything out, saying he was «solely focused on the responsibilities of my current role for the time being.» Politico adds that Rep.-elect Mark Green «had begun making calls to some Republicans touting his potential as a statewide candidate prior to Alexander's retirement.» Green made the bad kind of national headlines last week when he suggested that the Centers for Disease Control was hiding data on a link between vaccines and autism, but that didn't stop the radical anti-tax Club For Growth from encouraging him to jump in on Monday.

Grab some popcorn for Rocket Tuesday! The year in space goes out with style

It’s Rocket Tuesday! If everything goes off there will be a launch of a Falcon 9, a Delta IV, a Soyuz, AND Blue Origin's New Shepherd. All on one day. SpaceX will start the day, at 9:11 ET, with a Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral. That flight will be de
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Grab some popcorn for Rocket Tuesday! The year in space goes out with style

It’s Rocket Tuesday! If everything goes off there will be a launch of a Falcon 9, a Delta IV, a Soyuz, AND Blue Origin's New Shepherd. All on one day. SpaceX will start the day, at 9:11 ET, with a Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral. That flight will be delivering a next generation GPS satellite for the Air Force. But it will barely make it to orbit before it’s time to seek out the You Tube channel for Blue Origin. They’re launching the sub-orbital New Shepherd at 9:37ET from their Texas pad with a stack of NASA experiments on board.  Then there’s time to grab a snack before ArianeSpace sends up a Soyuz carrying a French recon satellite at 11:37 ET. Finally, grab a nightcap and tune in the West Coast to see a United Launch Alliance Delta IV-Heavy hefting a classified military package away from Vandenberg.  After a spectacular year in space, it seems appropriate that we finish off the year with a hardware showcase. Except that it’s really not the end. India will be sending its GSLV skyward on Wednesday, and it’s likely the year will still fit in two or three more launches after that. And all this right after the 4th flight of Rocket Lab’s Electron and the flight of Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity to 82km.

Open thread for night owls: Is your Democratic rep signed on to restore net neutrality protections?

Jake Johnson at Common Dreams writes—With Friday Deadline, These 16 House Democrats About to Go Down in History for Helping GOP Kill Internet as We Know It: The U.S. House still has an opportunity to side with the vast majority of the American public an
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Open thread for night owls: Is your Democratic rep signed on to restore net neutrality protections?

Jake Johnson at Common Dreams writes—With Friday Deadline, These 16 House Democrats About to Go Down in History for Helping GOP Kill Internet as We Know It: The U.S. House still has an opportunity to side with the vast majority of the American public and overturn the Republican-controlled FCC's net neutrality repeal, but time is quickly running out. With Friday, Dec. 21, marking the official deadline to restore net neutrality in this session of Congress, the House still needs 38 signatures to pass the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would reverse the FCC's deeply unpopular repeal, which was crafted by agency chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai. According to Fight for the Future, 16 Democrats—all of whom are major recipients of telecom cash—still haven't signed on to the CRA. To pass, the CRA needs every Democrat and at least 22 Republicans to sign on before the Friday deadline. The 16 House Democrats who still haven't signed on to the Congressional Review Act (CRA) measure to restore net neutrality protections are: Reps. Brandon Boyle (Pa.), Robert Brady (Pa.), G.K. Butterfield (N.C.), Matt Cartwright (Pa.), Jim Costa (Calif.), Henry Cueller (Texas), Dwight Evans (Pa.), Vicente Gonzalez (Texas), Josh Gottheimer (N.J.), Gene Green (Texas), Tom O'Halleran (Ariz.), Brad Schneider (Ill.), David Scott (Ga.), Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), Filemon Vela (Texas), and Pete Visclosky (Ind.). View the full list of House members who have yet to back the CRA here. «Lawmakers have no excuse. Signing on to the CRA discharge petition is the clearest way to show support for real net neutrality protections. It's a simple up or down vote on the future of the free and open web,» Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, said in a statement. «Any rep who doesn't sign is making it clear that they don't really support net neutrality, and would rather take money from big telecom companies than side with the overwhelming majority of voters from across the political spectrum.» [...] «The internet still works. But unless something changes soon, either in the courts or in Congress, it might not work the same way for very much longer,» noted Slate's April Glaser. «Internet service providers stand to make a killing without net neutrality rules, since they can essentially operate a two-way toll, charging both subscribers for access to the internet and websites to reach subscribers at faster speeds.» TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “No animal, according to the rules of animal-etiquette, is ever expected to do anything strenuous, or heroic, or even moderately active during the off-season of winter.”                 ~~Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows (1908) TWEET OF THE DAY xRe-upping this @eosnos quote from earlier this year:«At the heart of the Russian fraud is an essential, embarrassing insight into American life: large numbers of Americans are ill-equipped to assess the credibility of the things they read.»Ã¢Â€Â” Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 17, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2009—Magical Thinking Prevails in Copenhagen: With demonstrators being arrested every day and non-traditional media, plus some mainstream media, being kept out of discussions, the climate change talks in Copenhagen are teetering on the precipice of outright failure. While some progress has been made, even the arrival of the chiefs of more than 100 governments Friday, including President Barack Obama, seems unlikely to accomplish in less than 24 hours what hasn't been achieved in two weeks of talks or the months of preparation for them. Meanwhile, long-time environmental advocate Bill McKibben revealed in a Daily Kos diary Thursday afternoon, and traditional media subsequently have reported, leaked documents from the United Nations call into serious question governments' claims that they are aiming for carbon dioxide cuts that would hold average global temperatures to a rise of 2°C over the next century. Instead, the cuts could allow a temperature rise of 3°C or 4°C, with more than 550 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. That's well above the 350 ppm scientists believe is a (relatively) safe level. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Turns out people think Trump benefited from Russian misinformation. And American! Weird! Greg Dworkin has news and polls, and points to 2018's best local investigative reporting in every state. NC-09 gets worse, again. The POTUS who got arrested. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE

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Pramerica to acquire DHFL’s stake in DHFL Pramerica Asset Managers

The transaction will make DPAM a wholly-owned business of PGIM, the global asset management business of Prudential Financial.
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Pramerica to acquire DHFL’s stake in DHFL Pramerica Asset Managers

The transaction will make DPAM a wholly-owned business of PGIM, the global asset management business of Prudential Financial.

Ex-president of Oberoi Group, Kapil Chopra announces launch of The Postcard Hotel, India’s all new experiential luxury hospitality brand

The Postcard Hotel has announced the opening of three luxury hotels on the opening day, ready to receive guests, spread across Goa.
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Ex-president of Oberoi Group, Kapil Chopra announces launch of The Postcard Hotel, India’s all new experiential luxury hospitality brand

The Postcard Hotel has announced the opening of three luxury hotels on the opening day, ready to receive guests, spread across Goa.

Yes Bank sells 2.13% stake of Fortis Healthcare in multiple tranches

Yes Bank sold 12,337,323 equity shares, constituting 2.1279 percent of the paid-up share capital of Fortis Healthcare (FHL), in various tranches, the last one being on December 18, 2018.
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Yes Bank sells 2.13% stake of Fortis Healthcare in multiple tranches

Yes Bank sold 12,337,323 equity shares, constituting 2.1279 percent of the paid-up share capital of Fortis Healthcare (FHL), in various tranches, the last one being on December 18, 2018.

Yellow Vest movement blowback to financial crisis that never ended – RT’s Keiser Report

Current events happening in France or the so-called #GiletsJaunes movement is a blowback of the financial crisis of 2008, say Max and Stacy from RT’s Keiser Report. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Yellow Vest movement blowback to financial crisis that never ended – RT’s Keiser Report

Current events happening in France or the so-called #GiletsJaunes movement is a blowback of the financial crisis of 2008, say Max and Stacy from RT’s Keiser Report. Read Full Article at RT.com

With demand falling, retailers offer gold to Indians for as little as Re 1

Demand for gold is falling, partly as a result of government measures, higher local prices and the metal's fading appeal among more youthful customers
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With demand falling, retailers offer gold to Indians for as little as Re 1

Demand for gold is falling, partly as a result of government measures, higher local prices and the metal's fading appeal among more youthful customers

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Seismic scores $100 million Series E investment on $1 billion valuation

Seismic has been helping companies create and manage their sales and marketing collateral since 2010. Today the company announced a $100 million Series E investment on a $1 billion valuation. The round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and T Rowe Price.
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Seismic scores $100 million Series E investment on $1 billion valuation

Seismic has been helping companies create and manage their sales and marketing collateral since 2010. Today the company announced a $100 million Series E investment on a $1 billion valuation. The round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and T Rowe Price. Existing investors General Atlantic, JMI Equity and Jackson Square Ventures also participated in […]

How much are we learning about the genome? Natural selection is science's best critic

Even as they've struggled to highlight parts of the human genome worth investigating, scientists have wondered how much they're actually learning through the methods they use. Now, two researchers have determined that natural selection and our own evolutionar
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How much are we learning about the genome? Natural selection is science's best critic

Even as they've struggled to highlight parts of the human genome worth investigating, scientists have wondered how much they're actually learning through the methods they use. Now, two researchers have determined that natural selection and our own evolutionary history might be science's best critics, and guides for future research.

Ada nets $19 million Series A to grow its customer service chatbot

Ada is on a mission to build chatbots powered by artificial intelligence. The company today is announcing a $19 million Series A that will go far in helping it reach that goal. The company sees the capital fueling international expansion and launching product
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Ada nets $19 million Series A to grow its customer service chatbot

Ada is on a mission to build chatbots powered by artificial intelligence. The company today is announcing a $19 million Series A that will go far in helping it reach that goal. The company sees the capital fueling international expansion and launching products into new verticals as well as doubling down on employees. Chatbots were […]

All That Glitters Is Not Food: FDA Warns to Watch Out for Non-Edible Glitters

If you're thinking about glitzing up your holiday baking with some food glitter, health officials have a warning for you.
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All That Glitters Is Not Food: FDA Warns to Watch Out for Non-Edible Glitters

If you're thinking about glitzing up your holiday baking with some food glitter, health officials have a warning for you.

Too Much Screen Use Really Might Change Your Kid's Brain

Some say the hysteria over screen time echoes parents' worries that their kids were watching too much TV in the 1980s. But new studies show there's nothing overblown about parents' growing concern.
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Too Much Screen Use Really Might Change Your Kid's Brain

Some say the hysteria over screen time echoes parents' worries that their kids were watching too much TV in the 1980s. But new studies show there's nothing overblown about parents' growing concern.

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Auction Preview: Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles at Montgomery Auction, Columbia, Dec 22

What: Fine Chinese Snuff BottlesWhere: Montgomery Auction, 9570 Berger Rd, Suite D, Columbia, MD, USAWhen: December 22, 09.00 AM ESTTop lots of the sale:- Chinese enamelled snuff bottle, Qianlong Mark, Signed Lang Shi Ning. H 7 cm. From the collection of Sar
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Auction Preview: Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles at Montgomery Auction, Columbia, Dec 22

What: Fine Chinese Snuff BottlesWhere: Montgomery Auction, 9570 Berger Rd, Suite D, Columbia, MD, USAWhen: December 22, 09.00 AM ESTTop lots of the sale:- Chinese enamelled snuff bottle, Qianlong Mark, Signed Lang Shi Ning. H 7 cm. From the collection of Sara Janet Shaw, Maryland. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000- Chinese caved white jade basket shape snuff bottle. H 6.5 cm. 18/19 century. Red coral stopper. Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 10,000- Chinese ruby-red glass snuff bottle carved with imperial poem. Qianlong Mark. H6.6 cm. Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 8,000- A set for four white jade snuff bottles. 19th Century H 6.1 cm. Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 8,000- Description: A pair of Chinese white jade snuff bottles. 19th Century. H 6.2 cm. Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000- A group of twelve red overlay glass snuff bottles. Smallest H 5.8 cm, biggest H 8.8 cm. Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000- Chinese white jade snuff bottle. H 6.2 cm. Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000- Set of four erotic scene jade snuff bottles and a jadeite snuff dish. H 6.1 cm. Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000- Chinese white jade snuff bottle. 19th Century. H 12 cm. Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000- Chinese inside-painted glass snuff bottle. H 8 cm. 20th Century. Signed Gu Yue. Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000For details, visit: https://www.invaluable.com/Click on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin 

Historic Israeli Moon Mission Will Carry Time Capsule to Space

Israel’s first spacecraft—packed full of national, cultural, and traditional symbols—is scheduled for launch from Cape Canaveral in February. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and nonprofit SpaceIL this week unveiled a time capsule that will […
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Historic Israeli Moon Mission Will Carry Time Capsule to Space

Israel’s first spacecraft—packed full of national, cultural, and traditional symbols—is scheduled for launch from Cape Canaveral in February. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and nonprofit SpaceIL this week unveiled a time capsule that will […] The post Historic Israeli Moon Mission Will Carry Time Capsule to Space appeared first on Geek.com.

4 Must-Have New Soundtracks from Waxwork Records for Your Vinyl Collection

For vinyl soundtrack collectors all over, this is truly the golden renaissance. A handful of companies these days have really listened to fans clamoring to get their favorite original scores on vinyl; and […] The post 4 Must-Have New Soundtracks from Wa
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4 Must-Have New Soundtracks from Waxwork Records for Your Vinyl Collection

For vinyl soundtrack collectors all over, this is truly the golden renaissance. A handful of companies these days have really listened to fans clamoring to get their favorite original scores on vinyl; and […] The post 4 Must-Have New Soundtracks from Waxwork Records for Your Vinyl Collection appeared first on Geek.com.

It Turns Out Feathers Are 70M Years Older Than We Thought

A new discovery pushes the origin of feathers back by 70 million years. Paleontologists found that pterosaurs had at least four types of feathers in common with the dinosaurs they lived alongside 230 […] The post It Turns Out Feathers Are 70M Years Olde
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It Turns Out Feathers Are 70M Years Older Than We Thought

A new discovery pushes the origin of feathers back by 70 million years. Paleontologists found that pterosaurs had at least four types of feathers in common with the dinosaurs they lived alongside 230 […] The post It Turns Out Feathers Are 70M Years Older Than We Thought appeared first on Geek.com.

Piaget Launches Flagship Boutique in Sydney, Australia

Piaget celebrated the launch of their first Australian boutique with an intimate harbourside dinner at a private residence in Darling Point. Against a backdrop of sweeping Sydney Harbour views and illuminated by candlelight, the Maison welcomed guests and sha
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Piaget Launches Flagship Boutique in Sydney, Australia

Piaget celebrated the launch of their first Australian boutique with an intimate harbourside dinner at a private residence in Darling Point. Against a backdrop of sweeping Sydney Harbour views and illuminated by candlelight, the Maison welcomed guests and shared insights from the world of Piaget.According to an official press statement, “Striking pieces from Piaget’s Patrimony Collection archive were on exclusive display, taking guests on a journey to a time when Piaget would host parties with artists, movie stars and celebrities who shared the brand’s joie-de-vivre. From rare artisan pieces on loan from private collectors through to Piaget’s current in-store collections, guest admired the extraordinary Piaget creativity and craftsmanship on display,” says the release.According to the release, as the sun went down, guests enjoyed a fresh, local menu with strong native accents, from seared kangaroo with native pepper berry sauce to barramundi with pickled pumpkin, green olives, foraged herbs and a deconstructed lemon myrtle pavlova, accompanied by Ruinart Blanc de Blancs champagne.Attending were key opinion leaders across the fields of style and design, including Jacqueline Perrett and Kelvin Ho, Melanie Grant, Jessica and Roberta Pecoraro, and Maree Andrews, alongside editors Matthew Drummond, Charis Perkins, Melissa Hoyer, Tanya Buchanan, Alison Veness and more, as per the release.“The Piaget boutique is located in the vibrant luxury precinct of Chadstone, Melbourne and is crafted like a jewel itself, evoking the brand’s ‘Sunny Side of Life’ mindset. Housing the brand’s iconic luxury watch and jewellery collections, the store is one of the first in the world to launch with the ‘new Salon’ design,” says the release.  This new environment has been designed right down to the smallest details as a place for living. True to the generous, festive values of the Maison, the new concept invites guests to share exclusive moments in the heart of its salons, regarded as private spaces where one moves from piece to piece and collection to collection. A smooth progression of gentle steps, with an intimate atmosphere complemented by luminous, contrasting touches, composing pleasantly elegant scenes and distilling serene moments, according to the release!“Our ties with our clients and the mindset driving the Maison Piaget are intangible yet very real. A Piaget jewellery or watch creation tells the story of our lives. When sharing such moments, we naturally wish to experience them in a place where we simply feel good, as if at home. It is these special ties, woven from a sense of closeness, trust and companionship – a way of seeing life from its finest angle and of celebrating every moment – that have led to the rebirth of the Salon Piaget,” says Chabi Nouri, CEO Piaget as per the release.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the boutique launch   https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Auction Preview: Antiques at 5 Treasure, Port Jefferson, Dec 29

What: AntiquesWhere: 5 Treasure, 199 Norwood Avenue, Port Jefferson, NY, USAWhen: December 29; 10.00 am ESTTop lots of the sale:- East Han Bronze Animal for Keeping Away from Evil. This bronze animal has two horns which mean to keep away from evil. It ha
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Auction Preview: Antiques at 5 Treasure, Port Jefferson, Dec 29

What: AntiquesWhere: 5 Treasure, 199 Norwood Avenue, Port Jefferson, NY, USAWhen: December 29; 10.00 am ESTTop lots of the sale:- East Han Bronze Animal for Keeping Away from Evil. This bronze animal has two horns which mean to keep away from evil. It has strong body and sharp tooth with flexibility lags and waist. It seemed ready to tear anything raided. Exquisite patterns on it show peoples superb skills and full of imagination in East Han. Many stone and jade animals keeping away evil can be found, but bronze one is rare. A similar one in Yu Tai Museum which is mainly about Han culture decided as the first class cultural relic, so you can see the value of this one. , 11 x 5 1/2 x 8«. Estimate: $ 100,000 - $ 150,000- China Stamp 1897. Estimate: $ 60,000 - $ 200,000- Zhu Wen is used to decorate Palace Housing in two ends of main backbone. In a big Palace house there are only two Zhu Wen. In Ming & Qing Dynasty, Yellow glazed tile specialized to be used by Imperial family. This Zhu Wen is mainly yellow-colored with green decoration. Its in a shape of well carved three dragons with a bigger one opening the mouth to main backbone of the house, another circled above, and the smaller at the back with beautiful saute covered all over their bodies. This Zhu Wen is well preserved without much damage. It maybe belongs to the Palace of Ming Dynasty judging from shape of big opening mouth of the big dragon. 23»x19". Estimate: $ 40,000 - $ 60,000- A Chinese Landscape Painting on Fan-cover by Wu, Guanzhong, 52x36cm. Wu Guanzhong (1919 - 2010), Contem porary famous painters, oil painters, and art educators. Estimate: $ 40,000 - $ 80,000- Guangxu dish (1875 - 1908) 18 cm. Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 40,000- Guangxu dish (1875 - 1908) 18 cm. Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 40,000- A Gild Blue Glaze Big Jar in Dragon & Phoenix Pattern. Estimate: $ 25,000 - $ 30,000For details, visit: https://www.invaluable.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin 

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Loeb's lack of testing no concern for Hyundai

Loeb last week was confirmed for six 2019 rallies for Hyundai, and will share the third car with Dani Sordo alongside regulars Thierry Neuville and Andreas Mikkelsen. Read Also: Loeb's Hyundai deal forces Paddon out of WRC The nine-time World Rally champion w
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Loeb's lack of testing no concern for Hyundai

Loeb last week was confirmed for six 2019 rallies for Hyundai, and will share the third car with Dani Sordo alongside regulars Thierry Neuville and Andreas Mikkelsen. Read Also: Loeb's Hyundai deal forces Paddon out of WRC The nine-time World Rally champion will test the i20 Coupe WRC for the first time just hours after touching down from finishing the Dakar Rally, where ... Keep reading

UEFA investigates alleged offensive chants by Chelsea fans

UEFA says it wants a deeper investigation into alleged anti-Semitic chants by Chelsea fans that the club condemned after a Europa League game
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UEFA investigates alleged offensive chants by Chelsea fans

UEFA says it wants a deeper investigation into alleged anti-Semitic chants by Chelsea fans that the club condemned after a Europa League game

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