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Video: Russian plane crashes in Egyptian desert killing 224; Russia denies claims ISIS downed flight
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<p>A flight carrying 224 people, mostly Russians, crashed in Sharm el-sheikh, in the Egyptian Sinai Desert. Investigators said passengers were still strapped in their seats and cell phones were ringing, NBC reports. ISIS has claimed responsibility, but Russian officials deny the assertion.<br /> Photo: NASA</p>
What we're reading: finding that work-life balance
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<p>Challenges for foreign firms in China, new philanthropy models, je ne regrette rien says Blatter,  controlling tech and brilliant Kiwis. Here are some good reads for the weekend.</p> <p>How multinationals can thrive in China. A slowing economy and tougher local competition means that multinationals operating in China must learn from mistakes, be sensitive to government goals and improve productivity. The Economist</p> <p>Silicon Valley’s philanthropy credo. Billionaire tech entrepreneurs reckon poverty and inequality are engineering problems that can be resolved through their brain power not wealth redistribution. International New York Times</p> <p>Lunch with Sepp Blatter. The suspended president of FIFA defends his long tenure in football’s top job as he faces extradition to the US on corruption allegations. It’s almost possible to feel sorry for him. Financial Times</p> <p>Striking a work-life balance. Communications technology has brought enormous benefits to both individuals and societies, but it is also intrusive and demanding. Workaholics Anonymous can help you cope with those late-night emails from your boss. The Guardian</p> <p>All Blacks beat the Wallabies in an epic rugby final. There’s worldwide media coverage of this pulsating World Cup Rugby final, but start here for match reports, analysis, lists and reactions. The greatest New Zealand side ever? Daily Telegraph<br /> Photo: mohit_k</p>
Your new book hub
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<p>For the reading obsessed, whether it's investment insights, historic fiction, or a biography, BookBub has become the new go-to.</p> <p>BookBub offers readers hugely discounted ebooks in every genre, and some even for free, reports The Book Insider. Last year registered users were offered Dan Brown's bestselling "The Da Vinci Code" free for one week.</p> <p>Follow authors and genres to know when the deals you want pop up. Everyone deserves a little pleasure reading now and then!<br /> Photo: Ginny <br /> &nbsp;</p>
Real Estate Porn: Brooklyn condos
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<p>Brooklyn may be holding on to its hipster stereotype, but the New York City borough also houses some of the most expensive and stylish real estate- all with gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline.</p> <p>This Park Slope condo holds five bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Listed with Warren Lewis Sotheby's International Realty, the property is going for just over $3.5 million.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Nearby in Dumbo, this corner condo has three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms.</p> <p>More sleek and modern than the Park Slope property, Sotheby's lists this condo at $4.6 million.</p>
Nevena Couture’s top 5 rules for evening dress code in London
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<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>London is a magnificently fast-paced city, which naturally combines business, fashion, the arts, and “time-out” culture. There is always a gala-dinner, exhibition opening, charity event, or evening ball. What differentiates London from other vibrant capital cities can be found in its strong English tradition, giving a special recognizable flair to British society.</p> <p>Strict, detailed dress code for most evening events is ever present. Whether white tie or black tie for the evening, or cocktail versus smart casual for day parties, they all dictate the style of dress. Some day parties still expect ladies to wear a hat, even for a Sunday lunch. Having said that, the “spotless” dress policy in England requires awareness of small, but still meaningful rules, characterizing the society we live in.</p> <p>Women are emotional beings and clothes play an important role in self-representation. Evening dresses are a particular signature item for women. They can be the most inspiring fashion item and give women the opportunity to express femininity and charm.</p> <p>The desire to discover something both radiant and striking for the upcoming season inspired FinBuzz to present the Bulgarian Personal Couture London-based designer, Nevena Nikolova. A sophisticated young woman with a bright appearance, an intellectual mind, creative soul, entrepreneurial spirit and obvious charisma has shared with FinBuzz the concept behind the Haute Couture collection and the chronology of her creations in the arena of fashion.</p> <p>FB: How long have you been in the industry and what has influenced you as a designer?</p> <p>I founded the brand back in 2001 in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, my home country I left when I moved to London three years ago. I still have one boutique in Sofia and as you can see one here in London, in the renowned Belgravia neighbourhood</p> <p>My fashion path was very natural, organic, as I have always been amazed by haute couture. Influenced by Dior and Audrey Hepburn, I fell in love with craftsmanship. It used to be my hobby, which I consciously developed into my primary business.</p> <p>By profession, I am a linguist, with a major in Scandinavian languages. Being a successful student, I got a grant and went to work in Norway. Working as a translator, I was still looking for something special in terms of clothes, something which reflected a woman’s femininity and I was never attracted to mass-fashion or ready-to-wear garments. Also, working with different cultures, I learned how to transmit a message from one language to another. I worked with social phenomena and developed cross-cultural virtues. All of these invaluable experiences suggested that I should start “speaking” through dresses and couture. I believe I tell stories through my clothes to my customers.</p> <p>So what is the story of the season? And how many collections per year do you have?</p> <p>I never do seasonal stuff. There is one collection per year, which is constantly refreshed with new couture creations. For our clients, we usually organize small events, where we present my new masterpieces and talk to them. Each and every client represents an entire special universe for me. Dress creation for me is more than just creating a garment following modern trends. I always dress a mind, rather than a body. The body can be easily modified, while the mind usually grows or develops together with you. It is ‘experience’ which I put into my dr</p>
Classic books to get you in the spirit of Halloween
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<p>Alfred Hitchcock once said, “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” He used that theory effectively in his films, causing us to be more frightened by what we imagined than what we actually saw on the screen.</p> <p>A well-written novel can achieve the same effect. In the hands of a skilled writer, we can stay up all night with our minds running wild on what a character looks like, sounds like and acts like.</p> <p>Although there are many fine “scary” modern novels, some of the best are the classic old ones. If you have only seen film versions of these fine books, you owe it to yourself to read the real thing. And, since most of them are in the public domain and are therefore available to read free online, there is no better time to do so.</p> <p>However, if you delve into one of these classic horror stories tonight, be sure to leave a light on.</p> <p>Classic Books – Dracula by Bram Stoker</p> <p>Irish writer Bram Stoker did not invent the idea of the vampire, but he certainly is credited with popularizing the creature that transforms from human to bat form. First published in 1897, Dracula tells the story of a young British solicitor, Jonathan Harker, who becomes involved with a series of terrifying incidents after he visits a castle in Transylvania.</p> <p>This exciting tale of the supernatural has been recreated many times onstage and onscreen, and it continues to find new fans today. An interesting side note: Bram Stoker (whose working title for the book was The Dead Un-Dead) did not follow proper copyright procedures, and his novel has been in the public domain since its original publication.</p> <p>Classic Books – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley</p> <p>Mary Shelley was only 20 years old when she wrote her famous novel about a young college student who creates a monster. Although many people associate the name Frankenstein with the grotesque creature, it is actually the last name of the student who creates the monster.</p> <p>Shelley, who was the wife of Romantic poet Percy Shelley, revealed that the idea for her memorable novel came to her in a dream. She first published Frankenstein anonymously in 1818, and her name did not appear as its author until its second edition in 1823. Hollywood versions of this thought-provoking book do not capture its themes of life, morality and virtue.</p> <p>Classic Books – The Picture of Dorian </p>
Sting's art collection is on the block
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<p>More than 200 items from Sting's art collection will be up for auction.</p> <p>The British rock star's collection, compiled over 20 years, will be auctioned by Christie's in London February 24, 2016, Artnet News reports. The pieces range from famous paintings and prints to photography and design furniture from the 20th century.</p> <p>Headlining is Ben Nicholson's "March 55," a 1955 piece estimated to go for $459,891-$763,185. "Jazz" by Henri Matisse will also be sold, with an estimated worth between $381,592 and $534,229. No contemporary art sale would be complete without a Picasso. "Le Corsage a Carreaux," a 1949 lithograph, is estimated to go for between $45,791 and $76,318. Other artists in the collection include Georges Braque, Rene Magritte, Gustav Klimt, and Keith Haring.</p> <p>Sting's sale comes after he and his wife sold their Queen Anne's Gate home in Central London for $28 million to downsize to a smaller apartment.<br /> Photo: Alberto Cabello</p>
Kate Middleton helps 100 Women in Hedge Funds raise £550,000 for The Art Room
100 Women in Hedge Funds, a group that represents more than 13,000 women who work in the hedge fund sector, announced it has raised over £550,000 in gross proceeds to support of The Art Room. A national charity, The Art Room provides art therapy to children in nine different schools to help increase self-esteem, self-confidence, and independence. “100 Women in Hedge Funds
Yanis Varoufakis seems to be pretty pleased with himself
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<p>You think getting kicked out of the finance ministry got Yanis Varoufakis down? Wrong. Speaking to the Financial Times, the former Greece finance minister points out that his life isn't just awesome right now, it's gone all the way up to eleven.<br /> “How physically fit are you?</p> <p>Fitter than I deserve, given the past year’s trials and tribulations.</p> <p>What would you like to own that you don’t currently possess?</p> <p>Nothing. A penchant for ownership and possessive individualism are the greatest enemies of the good life. But I do want many more wholesome experiences — which usually come through sharing.</p> <p>If you lost everything tomorrow, what would you do?</p> <p>Exactly what I am doing now.</p> <p>If you had to rate your satisfaction with your life so far, out of 10, what would you score?</p> <p>Eleven.”<br /> Photo: Marc Lozano</p>
Some hedge funders take Halloween very seriously
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<p>Last Halloween in New York City the Upper East Side home of hedge fund billionaire Philip Falcone struck fear in the hearts of neighborhood children, a probably a few adults too.</p> <p>Falcone and his wife Lisa Maria have been forced to tone down their haunted house this year after neighbors protested about creepy old lady holding a dead baby, a beheaded corpse, and a smoke breathing gargoyle, reports the New York Times. But the Falcones did bring back a hearse this year to park on the curb, as well as other "classic" decorations.</p> <p>Many neighbors in the Falcone's billionaire neighborhood have joined in the fun. Goblins, zombies, and bodies peep up from stoops on the Manhattan streets. A few blocks up from the Falcones, Avenue Capital's Mark Lasry has bloody, life-size dummies hanging from a balcony. Another nearby house has a two-headed girl with an army of rats standing on a doorstep.</p> <p>We know where we're going trick-or-treating this year!<br /> Photo: Rildo Moura</p>