Kerry Washington’s tour of her beautiful New York City apartment on the Hudson River

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Kerry Washington takes us on a tour of her beautiful New York City apartment, designed by RH, Restoration Hardware. From the unobstructed view of the Hudson River to her impressive crystal collection, Kerry shares it all! Kerry is wearing a Prada shirt and Dior skirt with Manolo Blahnik shoes, Mindi Mond earrings and a Movado watch.

How Hugh Hefner Built The Playboy Empire making it one of the world’s Top Brands

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Playboy is an American men's lifestyle and entertainment magazine. History: it was founded in Chicago in 1953, by Hugh Hefner and his associates, and funded in part by a $1,000 loan from Hefner's mother. Notable for its centerfolds of nude and semi-nude models (Playmates), Playboy played an important role in the sexual revolution and remains one of the world's best-known brands.

Today it has grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc., with a presence in nearly every medium. In addition to the flagship magazine in the United States, special nation-specific versions of Playboy are published worldwide. After a year-long removal of most nude photos in Playboy magazine, the March-April 2017 issue brought back nudity.

Elon Musk’s $100K Roadster Sent To Space on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket

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In February of 2018, Elon Musk launched his personal Tesla Roadster into space on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket. A little more than a year later, the Roadster is still cruising around our solar system on its elliptical path around the Sun.

BBC and ITV in joint venture to launch Netflix rival BritBox

( via – – Wed, 27th Feb 2019) London, Uk – –

Streaming service to launch this year will feature archive shows and new commissions

The BBC and ITV have confirmed plans to join forces and launch a paid-for streaming service called BritBox by the end of this year, in an attempt to head off Netflix.

Netflix is eating into the market share of traditional broadcasters, as audiences increasingly desert established channels and expect shows to be available instantly on streaming services.

BritBox will mainly feature archive BBC and ITV shows, alongside new British commissions made especially for the service. There were no details on pricing; the announcement said it would be “competitive”.

However, BritBox will not have the latest BBC and ITV shows, which will remain available through the catch-up BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub services. Other broadcasters are expected to join the service later, with Channel 4 known to have taken part in discussions, which were revealed by the Guardian last year.

ITV has pledged to invest up to £65m in the joint venture over the next two years. The publicly funded BBC would not comment on whether it was putting a similar amount of money into the project.

The decision means British broadcasters are likely to stop licensing their archive material to services such as Netflix to try to drive subscribers to the new UK service, which will operate on a fraction of the budget of its deep-pocketed US rivals.

The ITV chief executive, Carolyn McCall, said BritBox would be pitched as an add-on for British households that already had one streaming service: “It’s complementary to Netflix because it’s doing a very different thing.”

She said Netflix commissioned shows on a global basis but BritBox’s original material would be aimed at UK viewers: “When we’re commissioning content we’re looking at it working in the UK specifically. It is a permanent, comprehensive home for the widest range of British content available in one place.”

The decision to launch the service came a decade after Project Kangaroo, a proposal for a similar British cross-channel streaming service, was blocked on competition grounds. Many in the British TV industry blame the Competition Commission’s decision for opening the door for Netflix to dominate.

This time around, the media regulator, Ofcom, said it welcomed the BritBox proposal because it wanted to see British broadcasters “collaborating to keep pace with global players, by offering quality UK content that’s available to viewers whenever and however they want to watch it”.

BritBox is already available in the US, where it has 500,000 customers who pay for a selection of UK television shows. The new service will only be available to British subscribers. They will be able to watch it on holiday within the EU, but only if the government strikes a trade deal with Brussels.

McCall admitted the existing ITV Hub catch-up service was not good enough and “very clunky”, but said ITV was investing heavily in improving it.

She said: “If you look at it today, the look and feel has already changed. It’s much cleaner and nicer to be on. You’ll also be led through it in a much better way. There’s a whole load of things to come.”

ITV programmes are available on ITV Hub for a month after their initial broadcast, in line with the BBC’s iPlayer policy. However, the BBC is seeking approval to make many shows available on iPlayer for up to a year, which could affect when material becomes exclusively available on Britbox.

The announcement that talks on Britbox had almost concluded was timed to coincide with ITV’s annual financial results, which show the broadcaster’s profits dipped slightly in a tough market.

The company warned this year could be tougher, since 2018 was aided by strong advertising in a World Cup year and success in its production business, which makes shows for other channels, such as the BBC’s Bodyguard.

The BBC director general, Tony Hall, said the streaming service would be “truly special”. “A new streaming service delivering the best homegrown content to the public who love it best,” he said. “The service will have everything from old favourites to recent shows and brand new commissions. It’s an exciting time for the viewing public.”

By Jim Waterson 

Victoria Beckham On The Road To Launch Her Latest Collection In New York

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Join me as I travel to New York to launch my #ReebokxVictoriaBeckham collection, celebrate female artists at the Old Masters preview event at Sotheby’s and chat all things fashion on Live with Kelly and Ryan. Click the links below to shop my exclusive travel edit with items from my #VBSS19 collection!

HMV rescued from administration by Canada’s Sunrise Records

( via– Tue, 5th Feb 2019) London, Uk – –

Enterpreneur Doug Putman has pipped retail tycoon Mike Ashley to the purchase of the collapsed music retailer.

HMV has been bought out of administration by Canada's Sunrise Records in a deal which will save 100 stores but result in 27 closing.

The rescue will see 1,487 employees transferred to the new ownership but 455 made redundant, with 122 workers kept on in warehouse functions to assist in winding down operations.

HMV collapsed into administration in December for the second time in six years, after weak Christmas trading and a collapse in demand for CDs and DVDs amid the rise in streaming.

It became a takeover target for Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley – who Sky News revealed had demanded a six-month rent holiday from landlords if he were to buy the chain, to add to a slew of acquisitions over the last year including House of Fraser and Evans Cycles.

Instead, HMV has now come under the control of 34-year-old Sunrise owner and chief executive Doug Putman, who has bought the business for an undisclosed sum.

Stores will continue to trade under their current name, including four Fopp sites.

Mr Putman said: “We are delighted to acquire the most iconic music and entertainment business in the UK and add nearly 1,500 employees to our growing team.

“By catering to music and entertainment lovers, we are incredibly excited about the opportunity to engage customers with a diverse range of physical format content, and replicate our success in Canada.

“We know the physical media business is here to stay and we greatly appreciate all the support from the suppliers, landlords, employees and most importantly our customers.”

Will Wright, partner at KPMG and joint administrator, said: “We are pleased to confirm this sale which, after a complex process, secures the continued trading of the majority of the business.

“Our immediate concern is now to support those employees that have unfortunately been made redundant.”

Sunrise, founded in 1977, was acquired by Mr Putman in 2014 and went on to take over stores vacated by HMV Canada when it went bust.

By John-Paul Ford Rojas

How Disney is putting the pressure on Netflix to change streaming

Source: The Verge

By late 2019, Disney has promised to launch its own online streaming service, further complicating the options for viewers who just want to watch their favorite films and TV online. The competition between streaming services has been great for consumers, so far. Outlets like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Shudder, and Filmstruck have been ramping up content and giving us a lot for very little money, but they have the power to take it away too (password lockdowns, pull content). As corporate consolidation heats up, that deal may get a lot worse — and fast.

Samsung Reveal Their New Shape-shifting TVs At CES Tech Show Vegas

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Samsung has revealed a 75in (190cm) television made of modular micro LED panels, at the CES tech show in Las Vegas. The BBC's Chris Fox explains why micro LEDs, which have predominantly been used in large applications such as billboards, may soon be heading for our homes.

Sony to move European headquarters from the UK to the Netherlands

( via – – Wed, 23rd Jan 2019) London, Uk – –

Sony will move its European headquarters from the UK to the Netherlands to avoid disruptions caused by Brexit.

The company said the move would help it avoid customs issues tied to Britain's exit from the EU.

Despite the move, Sony won't shift personnel and operations from the existing UK operations.

It is the latest Japanese company to flag a move to the continent in response to Brexit.

And on Tuesday appliance maker Dyson announced it was moving its headquarters to Singapore, from Malmesbury in Wiltshire, although it said it had nothing to do with Brexit.

The UK is on course to leave the European Union in March, but the two sides have yet to strike a deal.

On a recent trip to the UK, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed concern over a no-deal Brexit.

He said it could hurt Japanese companies, which employ up to 150,000 people in the UK.

Electronics firms switch off

In a statement Sony said the move would mean “we can continue our business as usual without disruption once the UK leaves the EU. All our existing European business functions, facilities, departments, sites and location of our people will remain unchanged from today.”

Sony spokesperson Takashi Iida said the move would make Sony a “company based in the EU” so the common customs procedures will apply to Sony's European operations after Britain leaves the bloc.

Sony's rival Panasonic has already moved its headquarters to Amsterdam, mostly because of tax issues potentially created by Brexit.

Both companies say the decision is unlikely to have a major impact on jobs in the UK.

When Panasonic announced its move, it said “fewer than approximately 10” people would be affected out of a staff of 30.

Bank withdrawal

Several Japanese firms, including Nomura Holdings, Daiwa Securities and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, have said they plan to move their main EU bases out of London.

Japanese bank Norinchukin announced earlier this month that it would set up a wholly-owned subsidiary in the Netherlands in response to Brexit and other economic changes in Europe.

Hitting the brakes

A number of Japanese carmakers have also expressed concern over the impact of a hard Brexit.

Toyota has warned that a no-deal Brexit would affect investment and would temporarily halt output at its plant in Burnaston.

Honda has already planned a six day halt in April to plan for “all possible outcomes caused by logistics and border issues”.

Mike Ashley Sports Direct founder in talks to buy HMV

( via – – Mon, 21st Jan, 2019) London, Uk – –

Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley has placed a bid to buy music chain HMV.

HMV collapsed last month, its second administration in six years, risking 2,200 jobs at 125 stores.

Sports Direct could not be reached for comment and administrators KPMG also declined to comment.

Mr Ashley owns more than 60% of Sports Direct, and through it he has bought retailers including the House of Fraser department store chain and Evans Cycles.

His company also owns stakes in French Connection and Debenhams.

HMV owner Hilco, which took the company out of its first administration in 2013, has blamed a “tsunami” of retail challenges for the latest collapse, including business rate levels and the increasing use of streaming services to deliver music and movies.

When the chain fell into administration last month, Paul McGowan, executive chairman of HMV and Hilco, said HMV sold 31% of all physical music in the UK in 2018 and 23% of all DVDs, with its market share growing month by month throughout the year. However, he added that the industry consensus was that the market would fall by another 17% during 2019.

HMV's stores are continuing to trade while negotiations are held with major suppliers and bids are considered.

Besides Mr Ashley's bid, KPMG has said it has received “a number of offers on various bases”.

“We now need to evaluate these further over the coming days,” it added.

Game Digital tie-up?

After establishing Sports Direct in 1982, Mr Ashley built his business by buying up well-known names such as Dunlop, Slazenger, outdoor gear specialist Karrimor and the boxing brand Lonsdale.

After many years of growth and the demise of rivals such as JJB Sports, it is now the UK's largest sportswear retailer, with more than 400 stores including Lillywhites in London's Piccadilly.

Sports Direct also owns a stake in Game Digital, which Mr Ashley could merge with HMV if he is successful, according to Sky News, who first reported Mr Ashley's interest in buying HMV.

KPMG set a deadline of last Tuesday for bids for the stores, but has not named any bidders. There is said to be no deadline for a decision.

UK internet betting shares drop as U.S. Department of justic reverses stance on online gambling

( via — Tue, 15th Jan 2019) London, UK —

(Reuters) – Shares of British betting companies, which have been pushing into the United States market because of tighter regulations at home, fell after the U.S. Department of Justice called for wider restrictions on all gambling on the internet.

UK bookies such as William Hill Plc , Paddy Power Betfair Plc and 888 Holdings Plc fell between 1.5 percent to 7 percent on Tuesday after the U.S. regulator reversed its 2011 opinion that made only sports betting online illegal under the Wire Act.

The opinion by the regulator's Office of Legal Counsel, dated Nov. 2, 2018 but disclosed only late on Monday, added that the new interpretation of the law's scope will likely be contested in courts.

UK gambling companies had been pulling off deals to move into the U.S. market after a U.S. Supreme court ruling in May took the United States a step closer to legal sports betting in numerous states, perhaps nationwide, rather than select states like Nevada – home to gambling capital Las Vegas.

GVC Holdings Plc in July agreed to set up an online betting platform in the U.S. with hotel and casino operator MGM Resorts. William Hill in September signed a 25-year sports betting deal with casino operator Eldorado Resorts Inc.

Peel Hunt analysts said in a note that the implications of the developments may not become clear until the U.S. government returns from a shutdown and perhaps until prosecutions start.

Reporting by Tanishaa Nadkar and Pushkala Aripaka 

Emirates Boeing 777 Amazing new First Class Dubai to Brussels

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Boeing 777-300ER featuring the carrier’s newest and game-changing First Class product  from Dubai (DXB) to Brussels (BRU). With floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, virtual windows, beds with zero-gravity position, and a sleek design inspired by Mercedes-Benz, Emirates’ new B777 First Class suites take luxury and privacy to the next level. As of now Emirates’ new First Class is only available on newly delivered B777-300ER aircraft which operate flights between Dubai and Brussels, Geneva, Vienna, Munich and London Stansed. It’s unclear if Emirates plans to retrofit its existing B777 and A380 fleet with the new First Class suites due to exorbitant costs (upwards of $30 million USD per aircraft). Also, it’s currently impossible to book the new Emirates B777 First Class suite with award miles and it’s not clear when that option will become available.

The World’s Longest Zipline, Reaching Speeds Of 90mph

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The world's longest zipline has opened in UAE. The “Jebel Jais Flight” measures over 1.7 miles long, beating the previous record holder “The Monster” which measures 1.5 miles. To put the length of the zipline into perspective, it's longer than the Golden Gate Bridge and the same length as 29 Big Bens stacked on top of each other.  The zipline will send users at travel speeds of up to 90 mph, making it the ultimate thrill seeker experience. 

Africa’s Top 10 Most Expensive Homes

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In this video we'll try to answer the following questions: What's the most expensive home in Africa? Which are the most expensive homes in Africa? Which are the top 10 most expensive homes in Africa? How much is the most expensive home in Africa? How much are the top most expensive homes in Africa? How much is Aliko Dangote's home? How much is Mike Adenuga's home? How much is Folorunsho Alakija's home? Where are the most expensive homes in Africa?

HMV music retailer poised to enter second administration in six years

( via – – Fri, 28th Dec 2018) London, Uk – –

Music retailer HMV is poised to enter administration for the second time in six years, a move that would affect 2,200 staff at more than 120 stores.

HMV's sales have been hit by competition from streaming services and online retailers.

The BBC understands the company could appoint administrators as soon as Friday.

In 2013, HMV was taken over by Hilco, which specialise in restructuring companies.

Hilco bought 141 stores from the chain, in a deal worth about £50m.

The firm saw HMV host live events in store, with musicians including Kylie Minogue, Stormzy and The Darkness.

‘Sand not rocks'

Digital music revenue overtook sales of physical formats like CDs and records for the first time in 2012.

Since then, online shopping and downloads and streaming provided by platforms such as Amazon, Spotify and Netflix, have continued to eat into sales of physical music.

Julie Palmer, partner at business consultancy Begbies Traynor, says the fall of HMV has been “coming for many years”.

She added; “It has been revealed that the business turnaround has been built on a bed of sand rather than rocks.”

Weak retailing

Richard Lim, Chief Executive, Retail Economics, said HMV's situation came amid a weak retailing climate: “Poor Christmas trading has claimed its first victim.”

While Christmas is normally a time of higher revenues for retailers, the number of shoppers hitting the post-Christmas sales dipped this year.

Britain's shops have also faced uncertainty over Brexit, which sparked a fall in the pound and therefore raised the price of imported goods, rising labour costs, higher business property taxes and unseasonably warm weather.

HMV, famous for its iconic logo featuring a dog and trumpet, is Britain's last surviving national music retailer.

It was launched by English composer Edward Elgar in 1921, selling gramophones, radios and popular music hall recordings.

Social media craze sparks liqueur sales boom thanks to cocktail

( via – – Tue, 25th Dec 2018) London, Uk – –

Instagram appeal of aperitifs helps sell 42m bottles in UK, with summer figures rising by 56%

Liqueurs enjoyed a revival in 2018, with British people consuming 42m bottles at home or in pubs, bars and restaurants in an attempt to keep up with the social media cocktail craze.

UK shops recorded a bumper year for bottle sales over the 12 months to early September, helped by a summer heatwave that boosted the appeal of cocktails such as the Aperol spritz and herbal bitter Campari.

“This summer saw an explosion in popularity of herbal bitter liqueurs and red-orange aperitifs mixed with sparkling wine,” said the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA). “These drinks, served in pretty stem glasses, proved very Instagrammable, and consumers were keen to share their snaps of the vibrant, colourful cocktails on social media.”

After buying drinks at the almost 74% of UK bars that now serve cocktails across the country, consumers were increasingly keen to copy drinks enjoyed on a night out.

The latest figures released by the trade body show that shoppers expanded their drinks cabinet, resulting in a 56% rise in non-cream liqueur sales at UK shops and supermarkets over the 12 weeks to 8 September.

It means shoppers bought 4m bottles over the period, up 1.4m from a year earlier. The trend will have been welcomed by shops across the country, which sell a bottle for Aperol for about £10-£12. Campari’s range, meanwhile, can run up to £16 a bottle.

Cream liqueurs such as Baileys and Kahlua have also grown in popularity, with sales in shops and supermarkets jumping 33% over the 12-week period to early September, to about 1.7m bottles.

Miles Beale, chief executive of the trade association, said: “In the past liqueurs have often been overlooked in the spirits category, but the WSTA market report shows a surge in sales in the UK’s shops and supermarkets in 2018.

“This is partly down to Britain’s long, hot summer, when tall cocktails over ice were a welcome relief in the heatwave. But the liqueur boom has also been influenced by people sharing cocktail creation trends on social media, with consumers keen to recreate these drinks at home.”

By Kalyeena Makortoff

Why competition and the current U.S. economic climate is forcing Disney Parks to expand and raise prices

Source: Business Insider

Competition and the current U.S. economic situation are forcing Disney Parks to expand and raise prices. In 2018 Disney World raised its prices twice and switched to a dynamic pricing model. The new model prices out its early adopters in the middle class from peak park months.