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A hoard of Bronze Age weapons was discovered ahead of construction for two soccer fields in Scotland. Here's a look at the glittery treasure.
Core77
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Happy President's Day! Today we'll take a look at what's been unofficially dubbed White House North, President Trump's New York residence that maintains a Secret Service detail due to members of his family living there.* The Trump residence is a triplex that's reportedly 30,000 square feet. I couldn't find a floorplan of the actual penthouse, but did find a floorplan for what an average floor of Trump Tower looks like. Assuming the Trump residence spans the entire width of the building over all three floors, this will give you an idea of its scale: Now let's have a look at the inside. Here is the receiving room, where there is rather a lot of gold. Gold can be heavy, very heavy. But if you hold it up with marble columns it's no problem. This recessed marble area can be filled with chips and a variety of delicious dipping sauces. One issue with gilded rooms is that sometimes chandeliers, recessed cove lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows do not provide enough illumination; for this reason a candelabra is always within reach on the coffee table.
TIME - Top Stories
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Ruptly TV
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So-called NATO barbed wire' which promised "effective protection against burglars, animals, migrants," sent a ripple through the Trade Fair for Building and Energy in Vienna, on Saturday, attracting the of attention of many curious visitors. Not completely serious, unbeknown to many of the exhibition's attendees, the company 'Happy Homes' was offering a selection of barbed wire. One model included a cheaper 'Schengen' variant, and another more expensive 'Secession' wire, hand gilded with gold. Peter, Visitor (German): "I think, that this product is a bit too rough. Especially as there are many people who have kids. And also it looks a bit like a prison. So I think this is a bit too brutal." Ernst Neurath, Visitor (German): "I am living in the city of Vienna. I think it will be impossible to get a permit from the municipality. Our fence [at our home] is not very high.
Max Keizer
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Politico
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But club members dismissed it as just an example of Trump being the man he has always been with them — available. President George W. Bush had the respite of his Crawford, Texas, ranch to get away from the pressures of the Oval Office, often mountain biking with his more athletic staffers. President Bill Clinton, unlike many of his predecessors, took a liking to the wooded Camp David. President Barack Obama often had his high school friends visit him at the White House to provide some balance to the daily pressures of being the leader of the free world. For Trump, the “Winter White House” of Mar-a-Lago offers him more than a warm and gilded setting outside of Washington, D.C. — it puts the isolated president back in the mix with his club family, where friends said he feels most like himself. “So, this is my real group,” Trump said at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, on November 18, according to the audio tape.
Daily Mail - Entertainment
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Daily Express - Columnists
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NEVER has a therapy session been held in such gilded surroundings.
Washingtons Blog
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KyivPost
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The oligarch is hungry. So Dmitry Firtash crams into a small elevator with his entourage. Slowly, they rise to the private rooftop level of Do & Co, a modernist hotel in the otherwise Old World tourist heart of Vienna. The doors open into a tiny, glass-walled private dining room that seems like a long catwalk suspended in air, affording the oligarch a 360-degree view of the European capital he’s called home the past three years. Downstairs, he’s left behind his two bodyguards, who will spend the evening glowering at anyone entering or leaving the elevator. Up here, he’s exposed yet insulated—a billionaire in a gilded cage. Read more here. The post Bloomberg: Will Trump rescue the oligarch in the gilded cage? appeared first on KyivPost .
The Iran Project
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I like this mosque because of the many pillars used inside, says Ganji. As you enter, the repetition of these pillars makes the place grand and beautiful, and gives the impression of many separate spaces. In my photo I've tried to show this repetition in the best way. Vakil Mosque, situated to the west of the Vakil Bazaar, Shiraz Iran; Vank Cathedral, Isafan Built during the 17th century by Armenian settlers, this cathedral's decorations include delicate blue and gilded ceiling paintings depicting the Genesis creation story. The church is still used by Armenians in Isfahan today and is open to visitors. I was amazed by the golden color of the ceiling and the unique paintings all around, says Ganji. I put my camera on the floor and tilted it upwards using a wide lens to capture this photo. Vank Cathedral, Jolfa District, Esfahan Iran;
RT
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Politico
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In other words, he’s an increasingly rare species on Capitol Hill, and he largely stayed out of the divisive 2016 presidential race. He never formally endorsed Trump but he wasnt a #NeverTrumper either – and he even met Trump briefly to discuss the vice presidential nod before withdrawing from consideration. In the fall, he joined in the chorus of criticism after the “Access Hollywoodtape became public, saying an apology was in order. Soon after Trump’s election upset, Corker ended up on the short list for secretary of state, pushed by fellow senators who saw him as confirmable when compared with bombthrowers like Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton also in the mix, and he was summoned to the gilded tower in New York for a Tuesday, Nov. 29 meeting with Trump and key advisers like Vice President Mike Pence and chief ideologist Steve Bannon. At the interview, Corker found himself doing a quick survey of global hot spots with the president-elect.
South China Morning Post
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David Bowie on Sunday won four posthumous Grammys for his final album Blackstar, while Adele set the early pace in her head-to-head battle with Beyonce by winning two early awards, with the main trophies still up for grabs. Beyonce, 35, went into the Grammy awards with a leading nine nominations for Lemonade, an anthem to race, feminism, betrayal and empowerment. In glittery gown, gilded crown and gold choker, a pregnant Beyonce took the Grammy stage in a lengthy...
Breitbart News
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ROME, Feb 12 (Reuters) Facebook must do much more to stamp out hate speech on its site, the president of Italys lower house of parliament said, warning that rising abuse on various social media was being fuelled by fake news. Laura Boldrini, herself often the focus of sexist insults and online threats, complained to Facebook managers in November about hate speech on the social network and put forward several proposals on ways to deal with the problem. Two months after our meeting, they have done nothing. They have not even written to me about what I said. Good manners would have expected at least a reply, Boldrini told Reuters in a gilded, art-filled room in the parliament building. She said she would write an open letter to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week reiterating her call for a more effective and timely policing of his site.
The Huffington Post
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The recent Executive Order affecting immigration by citizens of seven countries has prompted fierce discussion from all quarters, including arguments on who does or does not actually endanger the national security of the United States. As we wait to see how that debate plays out in the weeks and months ahead, there is a sense among some that we may be closing the proverbial barn door after the horse has run. Some argue that there are people already in the US, whose words and deeds on behalf of foreign powers critically threaten America and its allies. Iran is one of the countries named in the President's Executive Action. It goes without saying that the Islamic Republic of Iran remains the number one state sponsor of terrorism according to the State Department. However, more fundamentally, some think that the focus should also be on the threat coming from a well-knit group and gilded circle of the Islamic Republic of Iran's operatives or lobbyists, who are determined to satisfy their paymaster by cajoling, prodding and persuading US policy-makers into believing that appeasement, lifting of sanctions on IRGC, and a soft touch is the only way to contain the top state sponsor of terrorism.
TIME - Top Stories
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She attended nearby Mount Holyoke College (then known as the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary). Around the time she graduated, she came across valentines imported from England. They were beautiful, but also very expensive. Howland thought that she could make cards of comparable beauty for a considerably lower price. So she set to work. Her brother, who worked as a salesman for their fathers company, agreed to show samples of her initial creations to potential clients. He returned from his sales trip with numerous orders. Hiring a crew of local girls, she set up shop in the Howland family home, converting the third floor into a miniature assembly line. Under her oversight, the workers glued together layers of colors and textures. Gilded lace and arrangements of wafer paper made the cards three-dimensional and lifelike. Such ornaments as cupids and flowers were often pasted onto the cards, the centers of which might feature images of frolicking couples or a girl with a bouquet.
Voice Of America
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Voice Of America
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Channel 4
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This morning in Liverpool, John McDonnell set out Labour's vision for the north of England - more money, more power and improved transport links. The next Labour government will shift the balance of power and wealth away from a few gilded places in the south-east and back into the rest of country.
China Daily
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South China Morning Post
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A lawsuit brought by villagers against a Dutch antiques collector, who refuses to return what they claim is a stolen 1,000-year-old statue containing the mummified remains of a Buddhist monk, will take place in the Netherlands in July. The announcement by a court in Amsterdam on Thursday comes two years after villagers in Yangchun, Fujian province, began efforts to repatriate the statue after spotting it on television while it was being exhibited in Hungary. They believe the statue was stolen...
Techradar
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As if looks weren't enough, this gilded machine is actually more powerful than the latest MacBook and for a lower price at that. You won't find laptops thinner than this and with an optional Intel Core i7 configuration to the trio of USB-C ports, it's supremely capable and not to mention future-proof. Even when it only boasts a 1080p screen, it renders deeper blacks and brighter colors than most. If there were ever a such thing as a MacBook killer, it would be called the HP Spectre front and center, folks. Read the full review: HP Spectre If you're all about style and want power to back it up, things don't get much better than Lenovo's latest flagship hybrid Ultrabook. It's much more punch than its Intel Core M-toting predecessor thanks to trading in Core i5 and i7 CPUs, and it has bigger batteries to boot. Though it's no longer one of the lightest Windows laptops to date, the Yoga 900 still retains an incredibly sharp and thin design.
The Huffington Post
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Oddly enough, while it seems clearer than ever that Donald Trump has never really read the US Constitution, he may have inadvertently picked up a wrong idea or two from the Declaration of Independence. Among the founders' grievances against King George III was that the monarch was "obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners" and "refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither." Does it come as any surprise that with his refugee ban Trump favors a ban that sounds more like it came from tyrannical old King George than leaders of the American Revolution? No wonder he leaped at the invitation extended by the UK's prime minister Theresa May last week to dine with Queen Elizabeth. Next thing you know the gilded letters T-R-U-M-P will grace Downton Abbey. You can imagine dreams of reviving old royal traditions like primogeniture jitterbugging in his head -- otherwise, what's the use of having three sons if not so at least one of them can inherit the gilded throne? (Sorry, Ivanka and Tiffany.