Daily Archives: August 3, 2017

Grand prix motorcycling legend Angel Nieto dies aged 70

Grand prix motorcycling legend Angel Nieto passed away on Thursday in Ibiza following the traffic accident he was involved in last week. He was 70

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Robert Kubica: I have to be realistic over F1 return

Robert Kubica says he must be realistic about his chances of returning to Formula 1 despite impressing when he drove a contemporary car for the first time since 2011

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Tickets to Vogue’s 125th Anniversary Celebration Will Cost $3,000

Anna Wintour announces Vogue's first-ever fashion conference.

“Forces of Fashion”/Vogue mastermind Anna Wintour; Image: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs

On Thursday, October 12 — nine days after the Spring 2018 shows come to a close — New York City’s Milk Studios will host Vogue’s 125th birthday party of sorts. To commemorate a century and a quarter in the biz, Vogue is planning its first-ever conference, complete with celebrity speakers, breakfast, lunch and cocktails. And for a mere $3,000, you can (maybe) attend.

During the 11-hour event, high-profile designers will sit down with big-name Vogue editors to discuss issues today’s fashion professionals face. Dries Van Noten and editor-at-large Hamish Bowles will speak of “the power of independence.” Marc Jacobs, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom and digital creative director Sally Singer will talk “fashion in the age of Instagram.” Virgil Abloh, Heron Preston and fashion news director Chioma Nnadi will provide insight “on keeping cool.” John Galliano and contributing editor Andre Leon Talley will reflect on “success the second time around.” The list of A-list speakers goes on: Demna Gvasalia, Erdem Moralioglu, Francesco Risso, Michael Kors, Joseph Altuzarra, Stella McCartney, Natacha Ramsay-Levi, Victoria Beckham. Somehow, all that fashion wisdom will be packed into 10 30- to 45-minute panels.

“Forces of Fashion [as the conference is called] will bring together some of our favorite names, and allow them the opportunity to speak in a way they’ve never done before; live and direct with Vogue’s editors on a day that we believe will be as informative as it is intimate,” said editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in a statement.

It’s unclear how many tickets will be made available to the public, though Wintour’s use of the word “intimate” implies “not many.” The publication will also release a limited number of discounted student tickets. At the moment, we’re just hoping for a livestream.

[ via Business of Fashion ]


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Video: Free Soloing and Paragliding in the Alps

Last August, climber Hansjörg Auer undertook an impressive expedition to make three big walls climbs, and two paraglider flights on the same day in the Alps, all without using ropes. He free soloed the walls, sailed from the top of the mountains, and continued climbing throughout the day. His adventure is depicted in the video below, which takes us along for the daring climbs and flights….

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Blackwater founder Erik Prince reportedly wants Afghanistan to use his private air force

Erik Prince

Blackwater founder Erik Prince is reportedly trying to convince the government of Afghanistan to use his private air force for close air support and intelligence collection, according to a proposal obtained by Military Times.

The proposal was floated to Afghanistan’s government in March through a company called Lancaster6, led by CEO Christiaan Durrant, an ex-Australian Air Force pilot and former operations director of Frontier Services Group, the firm Prince founded after he sold off his Blackwater empire.

Durrant previously ran FSG’s “special aviation division,” The Intercept reported in 2016.

It’s unclear what Prince’s role is with Lancaster6, although an Afghan military official told The Military Times that Prince personally presented the private air force proposal (Frontier Services Group did not immediately respond to request for comment).

The “turn-key” proposal to the Afghan government included pilots manning small propeller planes, helicopters, light transport aircraft, drones, and A-4 Skyhawk jets — Vietnam-era light attack aircraft that can fire missiles, bombs, and machine gun ammunition. The proposal also said Lancaster6 could provide medical evacuation and door gunners.

The Military Times report comes less than a month after The New York Times reported that Prince had tried to present a plan to the Pentagon that would replace most American troops in Afghanistan with private contractors. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis “listened politely but declined” to hear out Prince’s ideas, the Times reported.

Prince in May wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that a private contractor force under the command of a US “viceroy” working in Afghanistan would save money and fix what he called an “expensive disaster.”

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