The Bugatti Group now distributes Celine Dion Collection handbag, luggage and accessory in Asia at Tmall

Fashion and Apparels

The Bugatti Group is proud to announce that the Céline Dion Collection is now available in Asia on the largest business-to-consumer (B2C) online retail platform with Alibaba Group that owns Tmall.com, The Bugatti Group is opening the global market in distributing its flagship collections of Céline Dion Collection which are worn and loved by women all over the world.

Our collections such as Adagio, Minuet, Libretto and most importantly an exclusive leather collection called Harmonic especially designed for the Tmall launch which reflects what the Céline Dion Collection is all about; effortlessly chic with a touch of greatness!

We are proud of our new partnership with Tmall.com Asia, this is a big step to the growth of our Global distribution says -Andrew Hattem CEO of The Bugatti Group based in North America

About Tmall.com
Tmall.com is the largest business-to-consumer platform for local Chinese and international businesses to sell brands to consumers in mainland ChinaHong KongMacau and Taiwan. Being one of the world’s biggest e-commerce websites, it has over 500 million monthly active users.

BBK Worldwide Repositions as The Patient Experience Company™ and Unveils New Brand Platform

Health, Technology

Patient Recruitment Pioneer Leverages Its Communications and Technological Expertise to Enhance the Clinical Trial Patient Journey

 

For 35 years, BBK Worldwide has been on the crest of the wave with regard to the development and evolution of the patient recruitment industry. Today, the company announces its new marketplace position as The Patient Experience Company. BBK’s promotion of its trendsetting commitment will be reflected in a redesigned company brand, including logo mark and website (bbkworldwide.com). The website details the services and technology-driven solutions devoted to educating consumers, engaging participants, unburdening sites, and supporting sponsors—the combination of which is essential for a company dedicated to enhancing the patient experience.

“Backed by efficacy data and market research, we’ve encapsulated everything we’ve learned to become The Patient Experience Company,” comments Joan F. Bachenheimer, founding principal and CEO, BBK Worldwide. “A critical component of an experience is ‘choice.’ Our technological platform, combined with our creative communications expertise, makes it possible for us to respond to stated preferences—whether expressed by site staff, patients, caregivers, CRAs, or sponsors—and more specifically, to meet the needs of individuals within those subsets. We are dedicated to the type of support that creates a positive synergistic effect.”

BBK leverages its experiential insights through ongoing Patient Voice and Site Voice initiatives. “Our research shows that even the most compliant of participants may still feel a sense of disenfranchisement,” comments Matt Kibby, principal and president, BBK Worldwide. “Engagement is not the same as experience.”

“Every phone call, office visit, and in-person interaction contributes to the overall participant experience,” explains Bonnie A. Brescia, founding principal and corporate development officer, BBK Worldwide. “Our orientation pays homage to the fact that nothing surpasses attention from medical and nursing providers with regard to creating a positive study experience for a participant. Our products and services are designed to alleviate administrative burden, enabling providers to spend more time with their patients.”

The company has a long history of appreciation for sponsor, CRO, patient, caregiver, and healthcare consumer needs. The Patients to Find the Cure® has been BBK’s tagline since its inception. Delivering the best experience at each key touch point in the patient journey guides BBK’s innovative approach to solving recruitment and engagement challenges.

BBK’s announcement coincides with the Annual Meeting of the Drug Information Association in Boston, June 24–28, 2018. Reporters interested in speaking with BBK can visit booth #1607, or they may contact Elizabeth Gargill by phone at 617-630-5513 or by email at egargill@bbkworldwide.com.

Why Yangzhou fried rice was served at the Trump-Kim dining table?

Food

Every movement and fine detail of the recent first meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and the top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un has been dissected online. For one, during their working lunch, one of the dishes they shared is a specialty that originated in China. That dish was Yangzhou fried rice.

Many countries around the world have different varieties of rice dishes, from Spain to Thailand to India, each with its own distinct features. And the Yangzhou fried rice dish from China carries its particularly exquisite quality of fine dining. It typically uses the highest quality long-grain rice, with fresh eggs as the main ingredient, complemented with no less than eight other ingredients, including soaked sea cucumbers, Chinese cured ham, batter-coated prawns, fresh bamboo shoots and green peas. The dish is presented in an array of subtle and vibrant colors, bringing together a pleasant blend of fresh and salty flavors on the palate. Different from other fried rice dishes, traditional Yangzhou fried rice dish usually does not include special sauces to enhance its color or flavor; master chefs create the dish with its own unique, mouth-watering aroma.

Being one of China’s most iconic specialties, Yangzhou fried rice is offered in most Chinese restaurants around the world, as well as within China. Many people have learned to appreciate Chinese cuisine through this “gateway” introduction of Yangzhou fried rice. It is also enjoyed by many world leaders.

In the year 2013, the United Nations appointed Yangzhou fried rice, along with other Chinese specialties, as the official cuisine on offer. They received special compliments from the U.N. Secretary General at the time, Ban Ki-moon. And in 2014, during a visit to China, the American first lady Michelle Obama specially requested Yangzhou fried rice as the main dish for an official banquet held in her honor. Yangzhou fried rice was also one of the favorite dishes of attending officials during the Beijing APEC summit in 2014.

Then, during the Trump-Kim meeting, Yangzhou fried rice was once again chosen to represent Chinese gourmet food culture, put on display before the top American and DPRK leaders, as well as the whole world. It was reported that a special “XO sauce” or top-shelf soy-based seasoning sauce was introduced into the cooking process on this occasion. This unique version of the dish represents the potential for creativity and cultural awareness within the traditional dish.

Yangzhou fried rice was named for the city of Yangzhou, which in past eras served as the transit point of merchant ships traveling between the north and south. As a result, Yangzhou cuisine has a unique character with its mixing together of flavors and ingredients. Yangzhou fried rice carries with it a rich, historically refined process of preparation techniques as well. It is a fine representation of the qualities of inclusiveness, harmony and creativity in Chinese gourmet cooking, which has made Chinese culture famous around the world.

China Mosaic

http://www.china.org.cn/video/node_7230027.htm

Why Yangzhou fried rice was served at the Trump-Kim dining table?

http://www.china.org.cn/video/2018-06/21/content_52884545.htm

Gold Prices Expected to Fluctuate With Current Trade War Tensions

Business

Gold prices react parallel to geopolitical tensions and economic developments, so periods of geopolitical uncertainty typically boost demand for gold, as it is considered a safe haven asset. The recent announcement by the current Presidential administration to charge tens of Billions of dollars’ worth of tariffs on China, made traders prepare for a new wave of geopolitical turmoil. Meanwhile, the Fed recently signaled that it may increase interest rates at a faster rate than previously anticipated, and higher rates negatively impact gold prices, as investors often abandon gold for bonds. Despite recent declines, the gold price has increased more than USD 32 over the course of one year. Aben Resources, Ltd. (OTC: ABNAF), Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (NYSE: HMY), McEwen Mining Inc. (NYSE: MUX), Golden Star Resources Ltd. (NYSE: GSS), U.S. Gold Corp. (NASDAQ: USAU)

According to an article by the Wall Street Journal, Bart Melek, Head of Commodity strategy at TD Securities, explained the current situation in the gold market, “We can talk about monetary policy all you want, but if the real economy is impacted by real politics here and you see a trade war, that will impact investment, that will impact global trade activity and ultimately employment; That is one reason gold is staying at these levels.”

Aben Resources, Ltd. (OTCQB: ABNAF) is also listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker symbol (TSX-V: ABN). Earlier today the Company announced breaking news that, “it has mobilized field-crews to its 23,000-hectare Forrest Kerr Gold Project located in BC’s Golden Triangle region to begin the Company’s 2018 summer exploration and field program. Aben is planning a 5000-meter diamond drilling program in approximately 18 drill holes at Forrest Kerr.

Construction of camp facilities and core shack is underway and drill pad construction will follow in the next few days. The weather has been favorable. Mobilization of the drill rig will follow when pads are ready.

The initial focus for the drill program will be to expand the high-grade precious metal mineralization discovered in 2017 at the Boundary North Zone, located near the center of the Forrest Kerr Property. Three separate drill holes, collared from the same drill pad, pierced a near-surface high-grade zone of gold-silver-copper mineralization, in addition to broad intercepts containing gold-bearing quartz veins. Select results from those holes include 6.7 grams per ton (g/T) Au, 6.4 g/T Ag and 0.9% Cu over 10 meters, including 18.9 g/T Au, 16.6 g/T Ag and 2.2% Cu over 3.0 meters in hole FK17-04 which contributed to an average grade of 0.26 g/T Au over 387 meters. Hole FK17-05 returned 21.5 g/T Au, 28.5 g/T Ag and 3.1% Cu over 6 meters from the same zone at a slightly greater depth.

The Company believes the 2017 discovery demonstrates that the Boundary Zone has additional discovery potential for significant precious metal mineralization. This area of the Forrest Kerr Property hosts gold-silver-copper in rock and soil anomalies that span in excess of 2 km by 4km and remain relatively under-explored.”

Aben President and CEO, Jim Pettit, stated: “Notable regional discoveries by Pretium, GT Gold, Garibaldi Resources and others have illustrated the significant discovery upside remaining in the district and we are confident in the potential at Forrest Kerr given the newly discovered and historic high-grade mineralization there as well as the numerous untested gold-in-soil anomalies present”.

The Linux Foundation Announces Initial Keynotes for Open Networking Summit Europe

Technology

Premier open networking event expands outside North America for the first time; speaking proposals due June 24

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the keynote speakers for Open Networking Summit Europe, taking place September 25-27 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Open Networking Summit (ONS) is the industry’s premier open networking event, gathering enterprises, service providers and cloud providers across the ecosystem to share learnings, highlight innovation and discuss the future of Open Source Networking, including SDN, NFV, orchestration and the automation of cloud, network and IoT services. After seven successful years in North America, ONS is expanding to Europe to provide the opportunity for more individuals to share, learn and collaborate on these important technologies.

Keynotes:

Dr. Paul Doany, CEO, Türk Telecom, talking about redefining the competitive landscape
Catherine Mulligan, Co-Director, Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering, Imperial College London, discussing the intersection of networking and blockchain
Virtualizing the Central Office for Mobile Services: A collaboration and demo across companies – including China Mobile, Cumulus, Ettus Research, EXFO, F5 Networks, NetScout, Nokia, Quortus, Red Hat – and multiple open source projects including OpenAirInterface, Open Compute Project, OpenDaylight, and OPNFV.
Speaking proposals are being accepted through Sunday, June 24. The full schedule of sessions will be announced in late July.

Registration is $995 through August 4. Additional academic, non-profit and group discounts are available as well; details are available on the event registration page. Members of The Linux Foundation and Linux Foundation Projects are eligible for a 20% discount; contact events@linuxfoundation.org to request a discount code. Applications for diversity and needs-based scholarships are currently being accepted. For information on eligibility and how to apply, please click here.

The Linux Foundation events are where the world’s leading technologists meet, collaborate, learn and network in order to advance innovations that support the world’s largest shared technologies.

Members of the press who would like to request a press pass to attend should contact Dan Brown at dbrown@linuxfoundation.org.

Open Networking Summit Europe is made possible thanks to Diamond Sponsor Intel, Platinum Sponsor Huawei and Gold Sponsor Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

Additional Resources
YouTube: Why Attend Linux Foundation Events (https://youtu.be/X_rLxfmLlYY)

Open Networking Summit North America 2018 Event Recap (https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/open-networking-summit-north-america-2018/)

15 Year Old, Worth Estimated £1.5 Million, Auctions Exclusive World-Record Breaking Chelsea Flower Show Artwork for Wessex Cancer Trust

Art, Health

The auction for special edition pieces of artwork from the RHS 2018 Chelsea Flower Show is now live.

The world-famous flower show took place in May and at the heart of the Great Pavilion sat “mini-Monet”, Kieron Williamson, a 15 year old art phenomenon whose work has sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds, despite his young age.

Kieron is one of the world’s most sought after professional young artists with a global waiting list of art enthusiasts that eagerly look forward to his next masterpiece. His first painting sold for a phenomenal £14,000 when he was just six years old; he has gained media attention around the world and his work has been secured for many prestigious private collections, including Royalty.

Kieron latest masterpieces were created at the Chelsea Flower Show having been commissioned by Hillier Nurseries to capture scenes from its “Stihl Inspiration” garden. He gained attention from many high-profile people at the show, and subsequently since.

Hillier, which holds the world record for having the most consecutive gold medals in the history of the show, received its 73rd gold medal at this year’s Chelsea and has now launched the auction to raise proceeds for its charity partner, Wessex Cancer Trust.

Kieron has created two paintings for the auction – “Lupins at Chelsea” and “Blue Waves and Goldrush”. Each piece has been valued, and bidding starts at £3,995.

Discussing the partnership with Hillier, Kieron commented: “Working with Hillier has been fantastic. I was so inspired by the Stihl Inspiration garden that it was hard to choose what to paint! I chose to paint the area that had the most colour diversity. I love painting the outdoors and nature scenes so being part of the Chelsea Flower Show was an experience I’m never going to forget!”

George Hillier, one of the fifth generation of Hillier family members to be involved in the business, said: “Kieron is such an amazing talent. It was fascinating watching him painting at the show, he certainly pulled in a crowd and people were amazed by him. We’re delighted to be working with Kieron to offer people the chance to own his next piece of artwork, not to mention something from the Chelsea Flower Show gold medal world record holders!”

To view the auction please visit http://www.hillier.co.uk/chelsea-auction.

Deloitte Named One of Top 50 Community-Minded Companies by Points of Light for Third Consecutive Year

Society

Deloitte recognized by the Civic 50 for its commitment to community and civic engagement

Deloitte has been recognized by Points of Light, one of the world’s largest organizations dedicated to volunteer service, as part of this year’s Civic 50, Points of Light’s list of the most community-minded companies in the United States. The Civic 50 provides a national standard for superior corporate citizenship and showcases how companies can use their time, skills and other resources to improve the communities where they do business. This year’s Civic 50 winners were announced at the Service Unites 2018, Points of Light’s annual conference on volunteering and service in Atlanta, where leaders from across sectors gathered to discuss social innovation, civic engagement and cross-sector collaboration.

“We are honored to be recognized as part of the Civic 50 for the third consecutive year,” said Doug Marshall, corporate citizenship managing director, Deloitte LLP. “A common denominator among thriving nations, people and economies is a broad sense of citizenship and civic responsibility. At Deloitte, we believe when our organization and our people are aligned to devote meaningful effort, time, and experience toward the greater good — everyone can benefit.”

Deloitte is committed to making an impact that matters year-round and understands that real and lasting impact requires collaboration with and support of nonprofit organizations. Deloitte professionals apply their skills and experience to help address needs in the community through many types of volunteerism — including nonprofit board service; skills-based and traditional volunteerism; workplace giving; pro bono service; and Impact Day, Deloitte’s annual day of service. On June 8, Deloitte celebrated its 19th annual Impact Day with professionals in 80-plus cities across the country working on more than 1,000 community service projects. Impact Day is held at the start of Deloitte’s fiscal year because it’s a top priority for the organization. All Impact Day projects are created, led and executed by Deloitte professionals, and the event serves as a catalyst for our commitment to making an impact that matters all year.

The Civic 50 winners are amongst a group of public and private companies with U.S. operations and revenues of $1 billion or more. Winners are selected based on four dimensions of their U.S. community engagement program: investment, integration, institutionalization and impact.

“The Civic 50 truly highlights the commitment of community and civic engagement of America’s leading brands,” said Natalye Paquin, president and CEO, Points of Light. “Points of Light believes that people drive change in addressing society’s growing and most profound challenges. The business community plays an important role in creating and delivering innovative solutions that drive social good in the communities where they live and work.”

Cleartrip and Flyin Join Forces

Business, Tourism

Further strengthening its leadership position in the region, Cleartrip, the leading mobile and online travel company in the Middle East and India, has come together with Flyin, Saudi Arabia’s leading OTA.

The partnership will benefit both Cleartrip and Flyin as they make strides to capitalize on the growing shift to online in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, which is home to a large population of tech-savvy consumers and has among the highest levels of smartphone and internet penetration in the world. Together, the combined company will have over 60% market share throughout the Middle East.

This transaction, the largest in the travel space in MENA, will offer Cleartrip a wider outreach and a larger client base in a key market, providing economies of scale as well as enhanced competencies and regional knowledge. Cleartrip has recorded rapid growth year-on-year since the company launched its regional operations in 2012 to become the largest OTA in Middle East.

Stuart Crighton, Founder and CEO of Cleartrip, said, “We are pushing ahead with our ambitious expansion plans in the MENA region, and together with Flyin, we have reached a major milestone in our journey. The deal represents the culmination of our search for a strategic partner that has outstanding market association in Saudi Arabia and shares our business ethos and principles.”

“Building on Saudi Arabia’s evolving entrepreneurial ecosystem, Flyin has firmly established itself as the leading player in the Kingdom’s online travel market. With its strong customer base and rich travel offerings, Flyin is the natural partner for us in the region. We will leverage each other’s strengths to enhance product development and customer experience,” added Crighton.

Abdullah Al Romaih, Founder of Flyin, commented: “We are embarking on a new journey to reinforce our leadership position in Saudi Arabia’s online travel market. Bringing over a decade’s international experience and industry-leading technologies and skills, Cleartrip will also help us to offer our customers new and enhanced travel experiences. We look forward to having Cleartrip continue to support the economic growth in the Kingdom, as well as the evolving travel needs of our customers.”

Closely aligned with the Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, with a strong focus on building digital infrastructure and attracting foreign investment in local homegrown companies, the transaction opens up new avenues of growth opportunities for Flyin to further strengthen its standing in the Kingdom and expand its footprint globally. Furthermore, it will contribute to the development of the country’s digital infrastructure and create employment opportunities for Saudi nationals.

The transaction will enable both companies to leverage new technologies, talents and business intelligence to strengthen their travel offerings to cater to a diverse global customer base.

The transaction will close once final regulatory and corporate approvals are received.

Thunder Bridge Acquisition, Ltd. Announces Pricing of $225,000,000 Initial Public Offering

Business

Thunder Bridge Acquisition, Ltd. (the “Company”) announced today that it priced its initial public offering of 22,500,000 units at $10.00 per unit. The units will be listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market (“Nasdaq”) and will begin trading today under the ticker symbol “TBRGU”. Each unit consists of one of the Company’s Class A ordinary shares and one warrant, each warrant enabling the holder thereof to purchase one Class A ordinary share at a price of $11.50 per share. Once the securities comprising the units begin separate trading, the Class A ordinary shares and warrants are expected to be listed on Nasdaq under the symbols “TBRG” and “TBRGW,” respectively.

The Company is a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. While the Company may pursue an initial business combination target in any business or industry, it intends to focus its search on companies in the financial technology sector. The Company is led by Chief Executive Officer Gary A. Simanson.

Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is acting as the sole book running manager for the offering. Chardan is acting as lead manager.  The Company has granted the underwriters a 45-day option to purchase up to an additional 3,375,000 units at the initial public offering price to cover over-allotments, if any.

The offering is being made only by means of a prospectus. Copies of the prospectus may be obtained, when available, from Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., Attention: Capital Markets, 499 Park Avenue, 5th Floor New York, New York 10022; Email: prospectus@cantor.com.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with, and declared effective by, the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 18, 2018.  This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains statements that constitute “forward-looking statements,” including with respect to the initial public offering and the anticipated use of the net proceeds. No assurance can be given that the offering discussed above will be completed on the terms described, or at all, or that the net proceeds of the offering will be used as indicated. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous conditions, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, including those set forth in the Risk Factors section of the Company’s registration statement and preliminary prospectus for the offering filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Copies are available on the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release, except as required by law.

NASA Administrator Statement on Space Policy Directive-3

Science

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Monday’s signing of Space Policy Directive-3 by President Donald Trump:

“NASA strongly supports the White House’s continued bold direction in forging a sustainable and focused space policy that strengthens American leadership. It was my honor today to represent the agency at the National Space Council, where the President announced Space Policy Directive-3 – which will guide critical and much-needed progress for space traffic management.

“SPD-3 builds on our continued progress implementing SPD-1, which is galvanizing American space leadership by returning to the Moon with commercial and international partners, and SPD-2, which will create regulatory certainty for entrepreneurs to raise capital to grow the American economy in space.

“As we continue to thrive in space, we also have more people launching to orbit, and an increasingly complex universe of satellites overhead. SPD-3 provides guidelines and initiatives to ensure that America is a leader in providing a safe and secure environment as space traffic increases. Common sense space situational awareness and traffic management will be good for our economy and will help provide a more stable environment for the burgeoning space economy.

“Reducing the growing threat of orbital debris is in the interest of all nations, and NASA looks forward to working with the National Space Council, the Department of Commerce and other partners on a path forward. SPD-3 and the directives that preceded it, along with the President’s enthusiasm for our nation’s innovative work, are providing a strong foundation for our nation to once again do the big things that will shape a bright future for all of us in space.”