Janet Yellen – first woman to head US central bank

 Janet Yellen - first woman to head US central bank

US Senate confirms Janet Yellen as next chair of the Federal Reserve, as first woman to head US central bank

The US Senate on Monday confirmed Janet Yellen as the next chair of the Federal Reserve, making her the first woman to head the US central bank. The Democrat-controlled Senate passed Yellen’s nomination on Monday evening by a vote of 56 to 26. Six Republican senators voted for Yellen, and inclement weather prevented some senators from reaching the Capitol to vote.
Yellen, currently vice-chair, will take over after the incumbent, Ben Bernanke, steps down at the end of January. She will become the first Democrat to run the Fed since Jimmy Carter appointed Paul Volcker in 1979.

Yellen has been one of Bernanke’s staunchest allies on the Fed board and has signaled that she intends to follow her predecessor’s policy of economic stimulus and low interest rates as the US economy continues to recover. Last November, Yellen was approved by 14 votes to eight by the Senate banking panel, on which Democrats occupy 12 of the 22 seats. As the Senate is controlled by Democrats, her appointment on Monday afternoon was extremely unlikely to fail, in particular because new rules mean it requires only a simple majority.

A number of Republican senators voted against Yellen, including Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Paul pushed unsuccessfully for Yellen’s confirmation to be delayed while he called for an audit of the Fed. Yellen, 67, was the top candidate in a Reuters poll of economists in the summer but appears to have been President Barack Obama’s second choice for the job. Former Treasury secretary Larry Summers was widely seen as the president’s favourite but he withdrew after it became clear many Democrats would not support his nomination.

Obama nominated Yellen in October, calling her “one of the nation’s foremost economists and policymakers”. He said he was “absolutely confident that she will be an exceptional chair of the Federal Reserve”. Yellen, a widely respected academic and expert in the labour markets, has worked for the Fed in various capacities for more than two decades. At her confirmation hearing last November, she pledged to continue the Fed’s $85bn-a-month quantitative easing (QE) stimulus programme, arguing the recovery was still too weak for the Fed to cut support.

“The ripple effects go through the economy and bring benefits to, I would say, all Americans,” she told a Senate hearing.

Since that hearing the US job market has made some clearer signs of a stronger recovery; in December Bernanke trimmed QE to $75bn a month and signalled an unwinding of his signature economic policy.
Despite widespread support among economists and in Washington, Yellen remains a divisive figure for some. The Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren has been critical of the Fed’s, and Yellen’s, regulatory role in the lead-up to the financial crisis. And in the business community there are some who fear her support of Bernanke’s easy money policies will have negative long-term consequences.

Sean Fieler, president of Equinox Partners hedge fund and chairman of Washington-based policy group American Principles Project, said the Fed’s policies had widened the gap between rich and poor. He said rising income inequality was ultimately bad for the US economy. “The very affluent asset holders have benefited while the less well off have been squeezed,” he said. “The Fed’s policy has been a redistribution of wealth to the government and the wealthy from savers and debtors.”


Uma Karuna Thurman

Uma Karuna Thurman

Uma is pictured for Campari wearing a breathtakingly beautiful red dress which features the world map

Uma Karuna Thurman (born April 29, 1970) is an American actress and model. She has performed in leading roles in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction and action movies. Following early roles in films such as Dangerous Liaisons (1988), she rose to international prominence in 1994 following her role in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award. She starred in several more films throughout the 1990s such as The Truth About Cats & Dogs, Batman & Robin, Gattaca and Les Misérables. She won a Golden Globe Award for the miniseries Hysterical Blindness (2002). Her career was revitalized when she reunited with director Quentin Tarantino to play the central role in two Kill Bill films (2003/2004) which brought her an additional two Golden Globe Award nominations and a BAFTA Award nomination.

Uma Thurman was looking gorgeous as she posed in a red dress for her latest photo shoot. The 43-year-old beauty has been named the star of the Campari Calendar for 2014, and we can see why. The 15th edition no less, is entitled ‘Worldwide Celebrations!’.

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Prada Spring/Summer 2014 campaign

PRADA is the big one; the show that will define the season for months to come. There are “good Pradas” and “better Pradas” and this one was a hit. And now the much awaited campaign for Prada’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection is here.

The Italian luxury brand showcases an array of chic and colorful ensembles and accessories, shot by acclaimed fashion photographer Steven Meisel.

For the first time, the campaign includes, not one, but two black models (Cindy Bruna and the returning Malaika Firth). By Prada standards, and despite the lack of a single Asian model, this is one of the most diverse casts yet.

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Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival

Fireworks light up the sky during the opening ceremony of the International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin, north-east China. Each of the buildings you can see in the distance is made of ice.

While the U.S. shivers while in the grip of a ‘polar vortex’ which has seen temperatures plummet to -26C, in China they are celebrating the winter temperatures with a spectacular ice sculpture festival.
The 30th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival has now opened its doors to tourists to come and gaze at the colourful creations made entirely from blocks of ice.
The annual festival, in north-eastern China, displays the incredibly detailed structures, which took some 10,000 workers, and about 330,000 cubic metres of snow and ice to build. This year’s festivities feature the theme ‘Global Ice and Snow Dream, World Cartoon Tour’.

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iPhone ultra luxury


Stuart Hughes’ gold, diamond-studded Apple iPhone 3G Supreme is ‘most expensive iPhone’ at $3M+

British designer Stuart Hughes has created the most expensive cell phone on Earth by adding some serious bling to Apple’s iPhone, Infibeam.com says. Hughes used 271 grams of 22-karat gold and 136 flawless diamonds to create an iPhone 3GS worth a whopping $3.2 million. “The iPhone is the phone with the most tricks on the market. What possibly could we do to trick it up more? Bless it with the finest precious metal and jewels,” Hughes told PC Advisor. It took Hughes 10 months to create the phone.
“Most of the 10 months was spent trying to source the diamond for the navigation button,” Hughes said. The Apple logo, embedded in the gold casing on the back of the phone, is made of 58 diamonds totaling roughly one carat. The navigation button on the front of the iPhone was made from a rare seven-carat diamond.

Apple’s iPhone 5s was the most popular phone this Christmas, based on live searches, pre-orders and sales.

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The beautiful Book of Kells


The Book of Kells (Irish: Leabhar Cheanannais) (Dublin, Trinity College Library, MS A. I. (58), sometimes known as the Book of Columba) is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. It was created by Celtic monks ca. 800 or slightly earlier. The text of the Gospels is largely drawn from the Vulgate, although it also includes several passages drawn from the earlier versions of the Bible known as the Vetus Latina. It is a masterwork of Western calligraphy and represents the pinnacle of Insular illumination. It is also widely regarded as Ireland’s finest national treasure.

The  “Leabhar Cheanannais” – Book of Kells – is one of the most beautiful medieval books in the world, a peace of Early Medieval Europe. And it’s the most spectacular of a group of manuscripts created in Ireland and northern Britain between the seventh and tenth centuries, a period when Irish monasticism was in the vanguard of Christian culture. It still owns the enduring fascination of Ireland’s monastic masterpiece.

Book of Kelt, Folio34r

Book of Kells, Folio 34r: Face of Christ at the top.

The most famous of the pages in the Book of Kells is known as Folio 34R. It’s based on the verse from Matthew 1:18 that in English in the 1611 version begins “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” This passage is often referred to as the second beginning of Matthew. The Latin text, the one used most often in medieval manuscripts, begins “XPI autem generatio . . .”  Folio 34R is referred to as the Chi Rho page because it features the Greek letters Chi, Rho and Iota. The letters that look like XPI that form the primary page elements are respectively, the Chi, the Rho, and the Iota. These three letters are used as the abbreviated form of Christ’s name in Greek, and open that passage from Matthew in Latin. If you look closely at the image, you’ll see some of the “hidden” images that Kells is so famous for. There’s a cat with rats that seems to be playing with (or eating) a mass wafer. There are moths (symbols of rebirth and rejuvenation) and several winged figures. My favorite is the otter holding a fish (the otter is lying on his back; look for the fish he holds). If you look at the image of F. 34R, you can see the generatio at the bottom right.

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Armand de Brignac Champagne


Armand de Brignac is a champagne which is edited and produced by Champagne Cattier, a family business that has been since 1763 in the possession of vineyards in the Champagne region and is one of the world’s finest champagne houses. Armand de Brignac is still made ​​in the traditional way of only eight people by hand. The grapes come exclusively from Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards of the Montagne de Reims regions, Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs, thus mean quality. The grapes come from all vintages wine villages, bearing the title Premier Cru and Grand Cru. Each cuvée is a blend of three different vintages. This higher complexity is ensured, as more variety and flavor nuances than individual vintages. The current cuvée Armand de Brignac is from a combination of the years 2002, 2003 and 2005.
It is marvelously complex and full-bodied, with a bouquet that is both fresh and lively. Its sumptuous, racy fruit character is perfectly integrated with wine’s subtle brioche accents. Its texture is deliciously creamy with light, tiny bubbles and has won “#1 Champagne in the World” against the top 1000 Champagnes!
In a study conducted by the journal Fine Champagne Magazine blind tasting in which a total of 1,000 Champagne brands were evaluated, Armand de Brignac Brut Gold was awarded in November 2009 the award as “the best champagne in the world”

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Gaga By Gaultier


Gaga by Gaultier is an interview between Lady Gaga and fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, that was filmed at the House of Gaultier in Paris, France, on May 10, 2011. It was produced by Dak Tirak Productions and delves into Gaga’s fashion choices, music, and personal life. The interview was released on June 13, 2011.

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Karl Lagerfeld – Chanel Pre-Fall 2014


Karl Lagerfeld for CHANEL – Paris Dallas 2013/2014 Métiers d’Art. The location was meant to honor the brand’s long-standing relationship with America.

Welcome to the Wild, Wild West — by way of Chanel! When Karl Lagerfeld dropped the fashion community into Dallas, TX, for the annual Métiers d’Art show, the expectation was a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll. On that promise, Karl delivered with a prairie-inspired collection influenced by Americana. With rich tweeds transitioning into Southwestern tapestries and worn-in denim, looks were accompanied by suede boots, lariats, cowboy hats, feathers, and fringe as far as the eye could see. They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and it doesn’t get bigger than Karl’s take on the Lone Star State.

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Patrick Demarchelier


All fashionistas and photographers know the name of Patrick Demarchelier (born 21 August 1943 in Paris), one of the best French fashion photographers. He spent his childhood in Le Havre with his mother and four brothers. For his seventeenth birthday, his stepfather bought him his first Eastman Kodak camera. Demarchelier learned how to develop film, retouch negatives and began shooting friends and weddings.

In 1975, he left Paris for New York to follow his girlfriend. He discovered fashion photography by working as a freelance photographer and learning and working with photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Terry King, and Jacque Guilbert. His work drew the attention of Elle, Marie Claire and 20 Ans Magazine

He later worked for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, first in September 1992 which resulted in a 12-year collaboration. Demarchelier has shot international advertising campaigns for Dior, Louis Vuitton, Celine, TAG Heuer, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Lacoste, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.

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Kristian Schuller

Kristian Schuller

Kristian Schuller is a Paris-based photographer. He is the son of theater dramaturg and director Frieder Schuller. As a child, Kristian emigrated with his parents and his brother to Germany, he grew up in Bonn and Dusseldorf. He studied fashion design with Vivienne Westwood and photography with F.C. Gundlach at the University of Fine Arts Berlin.

After his initial introduction by Isabella Blow to Condé Nast Publications in London, Kristian has continued working internationally with various fashion magazines and commercial clients.

He has worked together with artists/models like Penélope Cruz, Gisele Bündchen, Heidi Klum, Duran Duran, etc. His work featuring top models in original and creative settings has been published in international magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Glamour and many more.

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Yayoi Kusama


Yayoi Kusama (草間 彌生 or 弥生 Kusama Yayoi, born March 22, 1929 in Matsumoto, Nagano) is a Japanese artist and writer. Throughout her career she has worked in a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, sculpture, performance art and environmental installations, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition and pattern. A precursor of the pop art, minimalist and feminist art movements, Kusama influenced contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg. Although largely forgotten after departing the New York art scene in the early 1970s, Kusama is now acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan, and an important voice of the avant-garde.

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All This Can Happen

‘Otto the Giant’, still from All This Can Happen, courtesy of British Pathé


“Do you think it quite impossible that on a gentle walk I should meet giants, do business with booksellers, dine at noon with intelligent ladies, stroll through woods, dispatch dangerous letters, and come to wild blows with spiteful, ironic master tailors? All this can happen….”

Award winning artists, Siobhan Davies and David Hinton, have collaborated for the first time to create a film which brings together their distinctive ways of looking at the world in a meditative walk through the everyday.

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Roseanne Supernault in Maina

Not to be missed: Roseanne Supernault in Maïna

Not new, but so far still relatively unknown, however the perfect winter movie:
Director: Michel Poulette | Canada 2012 | 103 min | AGE: 13+

This adventure tale of a rivalry between two arctic peoples set in the pre-contact era took home Best Picture at AIFF in November 2013. Its stars Roseanne Supernault and Tantoo Cardinal won for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.
Set in the arctic north of Turtle Island before European contact, the film tells the story of an Innu woman who embarks on a quest into rival Inuit territory to fulfill a promise. This is an unusual movie, even within Native cinema, as it takes place before contact with Europeans.

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Creative DIY Christmas Ornament Ideas


20. Bell Jar Ornaments


No other holidays have examined a magical and joyous preparation period as Christmas, as the whole month of Advent is dedicated to get into the Christmas spirit and be merry. Truth be told, holidays will only be as festive as you make them so do not wait for the Christmas spirit to manifest Itself, start creating it!
Probably the best way to get inspired for the holidays is to decorate your house and a Christmas tree. And if you take it one step further and decide to make the decorations and ornaments yourself, then Christmas will be all the more special!
We’ve already shared a collection of DIY Christmas tree ideas, so now it‘s time to create some DIY Christmas ornaments for it. Check out the images did inspired us, and get creative!


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Christmas Ornaments


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We wish you all a peaceful and joyous holiday season and give you 20 pictures with a transparent background for the design of your Christmas greetings as a gift.
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Wir wünschen euch allen eine friedvolle und besinnliche Weihnachtszeit und schenken euch 20 Abbildungen mit transparentem Hintergrund für die Gestaltung eurer Weihnachtsgrüße.
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Creative DIY Christmas Tree Ideas


Decorating Christmas tree with our family is probably among the best childhood memories we have. HOWEVER, not everyone likes the idea of cutting down the trees, so people came up with an idea to replace them with artificial ones. And now, as the boundaries of imagination are only expanding, the most recent trend is the DIY Christmas trees!
For the spaces, that could not fit on actual Christmas tree, or for the people, who want to make the holidays even more special, a Christmas tree is a great DIY project. That way, you can pick the size, the color, the style and the texture completely Call on your own, and make the Christmas tree look like a beautiful accessory, complementing the interior. What is more, that way it will definitely be one of a kind! To give you some ideas, we have made ​​a selection of some DIY Xmas trees did we liked a lot. What will yours look like this year?

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FERRARI LaFerrari 2013

LaFerrari (also known as the F70, and by its project name, F150) is a limited production hybrid sports car built by Ferrari. The car and its name were officially unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. It is based on findings from testing of the Ferrari FXX and on research being Conducted by the Mille Chili Project at the University of Modena. Association with the Mille Chili Project led to speculation during development did under the car would weigh 1.000 kg (2.205 lb), but a dry weight of 1.255 kg (2,767 lb) which Claimed. Only 499 units will be built and each will cost more than 1 million.

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