Daily Archives: December 7, 2017

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports cans Tristan Gommendy Indy 500 deal

IndyCar’s Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has cancelled its Indianapolis 500 partnership with former Formula 1 team co-owner Didier Calmels and former Champ Car driver Tristan Gommendy

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Porsche and Audi to discuss Formula E collaboration

Volkswagen Group manufacturers Porsche and Audi will meet in the near future to discuss whether they need to collaborate in Formula E

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Senna joins Alonso, Norris, di Resta at United for Daytona 24 Hours

Ex-Formula 1 driver Bruno Senna is the final big name to be brought into a United Autosports Daytona 24 Hours line-up that already includes Fernando Alonso and Paul di Resta

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Honda Formula 1 boss Yusuke Hasegawa leaves role in reshuffle

Yusuke Hasegawa will leave his role as head of Honda’s Formula 1 project at the end of 2017 as part of a management structure overhaul

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Natalia Vodianova, Irina Shayk and Others Get in the Party Spirit on Vogue Italia’s December Covers

Vogue Italia delivers yet another themed issue for December, dubbed ‘The Celebration Issue.’ Photographic duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott captured a festive crew having fun at a Parisian eatery for the occasion. Cover one (below) features Natalia Vodianova tucking into a burger and fries, cover two (after the jump) catches Joan Smalls, Anja Rubik, Catherine McNeil and Jamie Bochert in their swimsuits taking a quick break in the kitchen, and cover three gives us a smiling Irina Shayk as she crawls across the dining table.

Vogue Italia December 2017 : The Celebration Issue by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

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Was the Italian Vogue themed issue a success with our forum members? “YEAH, THIS is Vogue Italia cover worthy!” rejoiced Bertrando3. “It’s glamorous, sensual, fashionable and a real supermodel is on the cover where she belongs.”

“Yeah, this is the VI that’s been missing the last few years. Love all the covers,” declared MyNameIs.

“Love all three covers. The Vogue Italia vibes are back!” applauded StockholmFW.

Sharing the same positive attitude was forum member Sensation: “All three covers are great with perfect model choices!”

Vogue Italia December 2017 : The Celebration Issue by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

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Not everyone was a fan, however. “I desperately want to like this, but I cannot. It’s the silly layout and the way they’re posing with food as if it’s props, LOL. The one with Irina is executed the worst. One would think she’s got a stole over her shoulder instead,” ranted Benn98.

Cottonmouth13 wasn’t pleased either. “These covers are so desperate. Even if you have these well-established models, the theme that you are going for is tedious, you will end up producing a more tedious result! But what I do not get is the fact that it has been themed issues since the new EIC took over. What’s the point?” he asked.

Conbothsides agreed, writing, “This is depressing. Mert & Marcus have been copying other photographers’ work to much lately but they never get it right. They lost it. Should get Testino or Meisel for this instead.”

“Haven’t we seen all this crap before in W Magazine?” slammed mikel. “Where are the days that M&M transported us to another world with their work?”

Vogue Italia December 2017 : The Celebration Issue by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

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Oh well, you can’t win them all. Check out Mert & Marcus’ huge cover story and let us know your thoughts here.

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Video: Wild and Wonderful – Deepwater Soloing Documentary

This video is the full 13+ minute award-winning documentary about PsicoRoc 2016, America’s first deep water soloing climbing competition to take place on real stone. It is filled with stunning footage of climbers who took part in the competition, which was a groundbreaking event for sure. The clip also includes an amazing tribute to Hayden Kennedy and Inge Perkins, who won the female…

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Federal appeals court grapples with a third version of Trump's travel ban following his administration's early Supreme Court victory

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  • Federal appeals court judges in Seattle heard arguments Wednesday on President Donald Trump’s third travel ban.
  • The ban targets people from eight countries, imposing various restrictions on their entry to the United States.
  • The arguments were highly anticipated, after the Supreme Court appeared to hand a small victory to the Trump administration two days earlier.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle heard fiery arguments on Wednesday regarding the latest iteration of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, which the Supreme Court on Monday allowed to fully take effect.

The ban targets roughly 150 million residents of eight nations — six of which are majority-Muslim — and imposes varying restrictions on their entry to the United States.

The case was first brought by the state of Hawaii, which convinced Judge Derrick Watson to block its implementation in October — as he had done with Trump’s previous two travel bans. Wednesday’s arguments were highly anticipated after the Supreme Court on Monday appeared to hand a small victory to the Trump administration in allowing the ban to be enforced pending the two federal appeals.

The Ninth Circuit’s three-judge panel, all of whom were Clinton appointees, appeared at times skeptical of the government’s arguments. They frequently interrupted an attorney representing the Trump administration who argued that the eight countries named in the ban have “inadequate information-sharing practices” or other factors that warranted tailored entry restrictions.

“The president was setting restrictions in a manner that was designed to encourage countries to improve their practices,” Justice Department attorney Hashim Mooppan said, arguing that the third ban was written following an extensive review of data that foreign governments have collected on their travelers.

But the judges questioned Mooppan on whether the Trump administration recognized any limits to its authority to use a federal statute giving the president the power to determine that certain classes of foreigners are detrimental to the interests of the US and can warrant restrictions on their entry.

donald trumpMooppan likened the travel ban to similar measures former presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan had used to restrict travel from Iran during the hostage crisis in 1980 and from Cuba in 1985, respectively.

The judges asked fewer questions, however, of Neal Katyal, the attorney representing the challengers to the ban. He called Trump’s ban “unprecedented and sweeping,” and argued that the president has not made any findings to support his conclusion that the entry of those travelers identified in the ban would harm the US.

The Trump administration’s “argument is, essentially, the president can take an iron wrecking ball to the immigration code, that finely reticulated system that Congress has done, and put the president in the driver’s seat,” Katyal said. “That’s certainly — it may be some constitution, it is not the Constitution of the United States.”

Katyal went on to argue that the government had presented “zero language” or evidence that the current vetting process for travelers to the US was failing.

“The burden is always on the individual visa applicant to come to the US, and if you can’t show that bad folks are coming here, there is no finding,” he said. “As long as the individualized vetting system is working, that’s enough.”

The court will issue an opinion as soon as is practical, Judge Ronald Gould said before adjourning.

“I think the Supreme Court has asked us to do that, so we shall comply,” he said, drawing laughter from the audience.

A separate challenge to the travel ban will be heard in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia on Friday.

SEE ALSO: Dozens of House Republicans are demanding a permanent DACA fix by the end of the year

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