Posts tagged with "Forbes"

Andy Warhol’s pop portrait of Queen Elizabeth to be displayed for her Platinum Jubilee

April 14, 2022

A rarely seen portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by pop artist Andy Warhol will go on display next month—alongside portraits of Britain’s other ruling queens—as part of a special Sotheby’s exhibit for the Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, which marks her 70th year on the throne, reports Forbes.

The special exhibit will feature portraits of each of Britain’s seven queens regnant—those who ruled in their own right, not as the wife of a king. The Andy Warhol portrait, completed in 1985, is on loan from a private collection. It was based on a photograph taken in 1977 to commemorate the queen’s Silver Jubilee.

 Another rare portrait that will be displayed is the world-famous Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I from the private Woburn Abbey Collection, commissioned to celebrate the 1588 defeat of the Spanish Armada—and widely considered to be one of the finest portraits of the Tudor queen.

 Sotheby’s also will display a selection of aristocratic tiaras and jewelry, rare books, manuscripts and book bindings with royal provenance from both British royalty and from European ruling families, which includes a special copy of Elizabeth II’s Coronation Bible, which was used at her crowning ceremony at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953.

 The exhibit will run from May 28 to June at Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries in London and will include programming including special talks, debates, and musical and drama performances.

Queen Elizabeth turns 96 next week on her birthday, April 21, although her official royal birthday is celebrated in June with the annual Trooping the Colour military parade. Elizabeth became the longest reigning monarch in 2015 when she beat out the previous record holder, her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria, who ruled for 63 years and 7 months.

 Elizabeth is the first British ruler to mark 70 years on the throne. The year-long Platinum Jubilee celebration will culminate this spring and summer with a variety of events across the U.K., including other special exhibits and programs at cultural institutions like the Victoria and Albert Museum and British Museum in London, as well as concerts, parties, parades—and even a dessert contest.

 Research contact: @Forbes

A tease preview from the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

April 5, 2022

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards—”most probably the world’s funniest photography competition,” according to the organizers—has released a series of funny images to kick off its 2022 competition, reports Forbes.

Co-founded in 2015 by professional photographers Paul Joynson Hicks and Tom Sullam, inspired by their passion for wildlife and decades of experience living and working in East Africa, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards focus on the lighter side of wildlife photography to help promote conservation through humor.

The competition is free to enter and open to wildlife photography novices, amateurs, and professionals, alike, who want to celebrate the hilarity of the natural world while highlighting the need to protect it.

Each year, the competition supports a sustainable conservation organization and in 2022 is collaborating with the Whitley Fund for Nature, a British charity that helps conservation leaders working in their home countries across the global South. Over 29 years, it has channeled £19 million (about US$25 million) to more than 200 conservationists in 80 countries.

Photographers can enter up to ten images across six categories: Creatures of the Air, Creatures of the Land, Underwater Category, Video Category, Junior Category and Portfolio Category.

Closing date for entries is September 1. The main prize is a safari in the Maasai Mara in Kenya with Alex Walker’s Serian—a charismatic collection of exclusive and intimate safari camps in the prime wildernesses of Kenya and Tanzania.

Research contact: @Forbes

Ukraine launches NFT sale to fund fight against Russia

March 28, 2022

Ukraine is selling nonfungible tokens (NFTs) inspired by Russia’s invasion, with the proceeds going toward the support of the nation’s army and civilians, Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov  announced on Friday, March 25, reports Forbes.

The project, part of the Meta Museum History of War, aims to memorialize the invasion, “spread truthful information” online and to collect donations for Ukraine, according to the website.

The 54 NFTs that make up the collection so far explore the events of the Russian invasion chronologically, with pieces inspired by landmarks in the conflict—starting with the February 24 announcement by Russian President Vladimir Putin of what he called a “special military operation” in Ukraine.

Buyers will be able to purchase the NFTs with ether, and all proceeds will go directly to the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Transformation.

The sale’s format and prices will be announced in the coming days, a representative told Forbes, saying they hope the project raises millions of dollars for Ukraine.

More NFTs are in the works, the representative told Forbes, and the museum plans to create digital collectibles to “continue depicting … history until this awful war will end.”

To date, Ukraine has received $65.9 million in cryptocurrency to help fund its war efforts. Earlier this month, an NFT of the Ukrainian flag sold for roughly $6.75 million, with proceeds going to Come Back Alive, a group that supports the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Ukraine, which in 2019 established its Ministry of Digital Transformation, has used the internet and crypto to help wage a “digital battle” against Russia. Federov has used his Twitter account to shame companies still operating in Russia, as many choose to suspend business there amid the invasion.

The ministry also has  directed  hackers—who are volunteers and not officially affiliated with the Ukrainian government—to temporarily take down websites for the Moscow Exchange and other Russian institutions.

“We are the first in the world to introduce this new warfare. And it’s powerful, yet simple at the same time,” Oleksandr Bornyakov, Ukraine’s deputy minister of digital transformation, told Politico earlier this month. “It’s impossible to disrupt it or break it down.”

Research contact: @Forbes

Derek Jeter steps down as Miami Marlins CEO; sells stake in the team

March 1, 2022

Derek Jeter is stepping down as chief executive of the Miami Marlins and selling his stake in the Major League Baseball franchise, the Hall of Famer announced on Monday, February 28, reports CNBC.

The reason? In a statement announcing the move, Jeter, 47, said the “vision for the future of the franchise is different than the one I signed up to lead,” when he took over the Marlins.

“We had a vision five years ago to turn the Marlins franchise around, and as CEO, I have been proud to put my name and reputation on the line to make our plan a reality,” Jeter said. “Through hard work, trust and accountability, we transformed every aspect of the franchise, reshaping the workforce, and developing a long-term strategic plan for success.”

Jeter, the New York Yankees icon, took over the team’s top C-suite role in 2017. The Marlins finished in fourth place in the National League East division last year. The team made the postseason once during Jeter’s tenure, a wild card spot in 2020.

The Marlins are worth $990 million, according to Forbes.

Marlins chairman and principal owner Bruce Sherman said the club would work as a committee to run business and baseball operations while searching for Jeter’s replacement.

Sherman also said the team is “committed to keep investing in the future of the franchise—Marlins fans and the local community.”

The news came on a big deadline day for MLB. Owners gave the players union until Monday to agree to a new labor deal—or Opening Day and potentially other games would be canceled.

Research contact: @CNBC

Storyliving is Disney’s new venture into planned residential communities

February 18, 2022

The Walt Disney Company has announced the launch of a new initiative to develop residential communities called Storyliving by Disney, reports Forbes magazine.

According to Disney, the new communities will feature “distinctively designed spaces, unique amenities, and world-renowned service.” The first community is set to be developed in Rancho Mirage, California, and additional locations around the United States are under exploration.

The master-planned communities are intended to, as Disney says, “Inspire residents to foster new friendships, pursue their interests and write the next exciting chapter in their lives—all while enjoying the attention to detail, unique amenities, and special touches that are Disney hallmarks.”

The first location of Rancho Mirage is a nod to Walt Disney, himself; who once owned a home in the area, where he would spend leisure time with his family. It will be called Cotino, a Storyliving by Disney community.

Homebuyers can choose from estates, single-family homes and condominiums to purchase, along with feature neighborhoods for those 55 years old and over.

Rental units are not anticipated to be available. There will be a voluntary club membership through which Disney will provide access to a variety of curated experiences, entertainment, and philanthropic endeavors. Each location within the community will be operated by Disney Cast Members.

 Disney also has announced that Cotino will have a mixed-use district with shopping, dining, and entertainment. A beachfront hotel and beach park will also be available. The hotel and park will also be able to be accessed by the public with a purchase of a day pass.

Cotino is being developed in collaboration with DMB Development of Scottsdale, Arizona, which is widely known for its execution of planned communities. “Cotino represents the creativity and operational excellence of Disney combined with the extensive community development expertise of DMB Development. We are delighted to collaborate with Disney in this groundbreaking new concept,” said Brent Herrington, CEO of DMB Development.

“As we prepare to enter our second century, we are developing new and exciting ways to bring the magic of Disney to people wherever they are, expanding storytelling to storyliving. We can’t wait to welcome residents to these beautiful and unique Disney communities where they can live their lives to the fullest,” said Josh D’Amaro, chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products in a press release.

Storyliving by Disney isn’t the company’s first dip into the world of real estate and community development. According to Click Orlando, Disney announced plans for Celebration to the public in 1991 and broke ground in 1994. The master-planned community had plenty of homes, schools, shopping, and dining. However, Disney ultimately let go of Celebration in 2004 and sold it to private investors.

Those with millions of dollars to spend and a love for Disney can also live in the private, ultra-luxe neighborhood of Golden Oak set in the heart of Walt Disney World. Prices start at $2 million and go upwards, to well over $10 million for a home in the desirable neighborhood.

Research contact: @Forbes

Club Med will open its first five-star resort in Utah

December 1, 2021

Home to some of the greatest snow on earth, Snowbasin—located about a half hour from Salt Lake City–will welcome a new all-inclusive resort with the opening of Club Med Utah, scheduled for December 2024, reports Forbes.

The ribbon-cutting will celebrate the brand’s first ‘Exclusive Collection’ Five-Star resort in the United States, as well as the brand’s first new resort in the USA in more than 20 years.

“Club Med is known for pioneering new destinations, and we are eager to introduce Snowbasin to travelers as well as bring the very first luxury all-inclusive mountain resort to the U.S.,” Carolyne Doyon, president and CEO of Club Med North America and the Caribbean said in a statement.

While the architecture and decor is said to be inspired by the area’s natural surroundings, the 320-room resort will combine American luxury with Club Med’s trademark all-inclusive experience.

In addition to lift tickets, all day dining and nightly entertainment, the resorts direct ski-in, ski-out access—as well as ski and snowboarding lessons—will be a big part of the draw for guests who stay here.

During the warmer months guests will have the opportunity to explore area’s 3,000 acres of peaks and valleys through guided activities like hiking through national parks, mountain biking, and Club Med’s trademark circus activities.

“Continuing our 70-year legacy, Club Med Utah will give travelers additional opportunities to discover Utah’s natural beauty and welcoming communities through a transformative mountain getaway experience,” Doyon said.

The announcement comes on the heels of the opening of Club Med Quebec which will officially open its doors to the public this month.

Research contact: @Forbes

YouTuber MrBeast recreates ‘Squid Game’ with $456,000 top prize

November 30, 2021

Hundreds of cash-strapped “Squid Game” fans recently competed in a real-life recreation of the dystopian smash-hit Netflix series for a $456,000 cash prize, reports the New York Post.

Popular YouTuber MrBeast, who boasts 81.5 million subscribers, said he spent US$3.5 million on the elaborate reenactment, in which 456 contestants battled for the jackpot.

The social media star, whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson, said on Twitter that it cost him around $2 million to build and produce, while he spent around $1.5 million on prizes.

In addition to the six-figure first prize, Donaldson doled out $2,000 to every competitor and $10,000 to the runner-up.

The recreation included the same Korean children’s games played in “Squid Game,” such as Red Light, Green Light; marbles and tug-of-war —played within huge sets that took weeks to construct.

However, there was one major difference from the real-life show: No contestants were harmed.

Instead, players were rigged with “wireless explosives” packed with fake blood that burst open when a player was eliminated. In the tug-of-war and glass bridge challenges, losing contestants fell into a foam pit rather than plummeting to their deaths.

Yet, true to form, the real-life “Squid Game” contestants were seen in footage of the game trembling as they tried to carve shapes out of honeycomb in the “dalgona challenge.”

According to the Post, the “Squid Game” reenactment isn’t the first time Donaldson has pulled off an extravagant stunt like this for his YouTube channel. Donaldson is famed for offering outlandish prizes to his online followers willing to compete in absurd challenges, such as when contestants stood in a circle for 12 days for $500,000 cash.

The social media sensation was the second-highest paid YouTube star in 2020—earning about $24 million and garnering some 3 billion views, according to Forbes.

But his latest video has attracted harsh criticism from viewers who slammed Donaldson for reenacting a game about rich people exploiting the poor for their macabre viewing pleasure.

Finally, in the latest, stunning development kickstarted by the original Netflix series, the stunt video was released just a day after a smuggler who sold copies of “Squid Game” in North Korea was sentenced to death by firing squad.

Research contact: @nypost

Fire? Flood? Tornado? An all-in-one survival kit is designed to protect a family of four for 72 hours

October 8, 2021

Last year, if there was one thing most of us thought about a lot more than normal, it was survival. The pandemic turned out to be a wake-up call—demonstrating that everything can go south in a matter of days, if not hours, reports Futurism.

As a result, panic buying and hoarding—and photos of empty store shelves—began to appear in the news. And now that things have calmed down (relatively speaking), more people than ever have learned that, when it comes to disaster preparedness, you can’t wait until a disaster strikes.

But, now a New York city-based private company called Judy Kits, founded in 2019 by CEO Simon Huck, is marketing a variety of survival kits and products, such as portable power stations and survival go-bags, depending on your needs and circumstances.

Judy works by providing four levels of kits in addition to content—The Starter ($60), The Mover ($150), The Mover Max ($180), and The Safe ($250)—which are filled with items one may need in an emergency, including First Aid, Warmth, Safety, Food, Water and Tools. Once a Judy kit is registered, a customer receives safety-tips and advice through text communication. Customers can also text real-time emergency questions to Judy for real-time guidance, Forbes reports.

If you want to be prepared for nearly any disaster, the company suggests that The Mover Max could be just what you need. The Mover Max is described on the Judy Kit website as “a versatile, all-in-one kit that is ready to support up to four people for 72 hours.”

The company has packed a whopping 53 survival essentials into a waterproof, easy-to-transport backpack—among them:

  • Tools and first aid: The first section of the backpack includes a variety of essential tools, such as a 3-in-1 radio, charger, and flashlight, duct tape, multitool, biohazard bag, pocket tissues, and hand sanitizers.
  • Food and water: The second section contains 7 food bars and 14 water bottles—each of them boasting a five-year shelf life.
  • Safety and warmth: The backpack also contains a poncho, dust masks, gloves, a couple of emergency whistles, and more.

All of the tools are orange, so that they can be easily located in difficult environments.

“We aim to create a safety movement that empowers people with the tools, resources, and community to be prepared for the unexpected,” Huck said.

Among expert reviewers contacted by Business Insider, Thomas Coyne, a former Helitack firefighter and the founder of Coyne Survival Schools, said, “Getting a starter kit is better than nothing, but I still recommend building your own.”

Personalized kits would include medications, paperwork, and other individual and family necessities. It’s also worth mentioning that he suggested having at least 30 days’ worth of supplies.

Research contact: @futurism

LinkedIn is hiring for 1,000 jobs—and here’s how to get one, according to the site’s director of inclusion

September 23, 2021

LinkedIn has more than 1,000 job openings right now, and you don’t have to be a career expert to apply for one, according to the company’s Director of Inclusion Loni Olazaba, who spoke to Forbes recently.

The job-search platform is looking to hire for a variety of talent, from technical sourcers to member-engagement consultants.

About 89% of LinkedIn employees would recommend the company to a friend, and the company ranked No. 13 on the 2021 best places to work by employee choice, according to job-rating platform Glassdoor. In July, LinkedIn CEO Ryan Roslansky announced the company would forgo its “one-size-fits-all” work model and make most positions remote or hybrid.

LinkedIn’s Olazaba told Forbes that the company is focused on hiring people managers, also known as engineering leaders. “LinkedIn’s culture is our unique differentiator,” Olazaba said. “It’s what sets us apart and defines who we are and shapes what we aspire to be.”

Olazaba shared how anyone can land a role at the job-search platform. To start with, most candidates will have to go through four fundamental steps:

  • Applying for the position,
  • Passing a phone screening with a recruiter,
  • A first interview with a hiring manager to go over technical skills, and
  • One or two (previously) on-site interviews, which are now conducted remotely.

While the LinkedIn interview process typically takes three to four weeks, Olazaba said the hot job market has in some cases shortened it to two. Over the course of these two to four weeks, candidates will go through multiple phone screenings and—a process that has been made entirely remote because of the ongoing pandemic, but the process still will vary based on the job for which the applicant has applied. Some teams add components to this process, including skills tests or case studies, Olazaba said.

“It is important to us that we respond to the timing without compromising the quality of our evaluation process so we approach each situation accordingly,” she said.

Job seekers should be familiar with LinkedIn and the company culture before beginning the hiring process. One way for job seekers to show familiarity with the platform is taking LinkedIn’s skills assessments or learning courses, Olazaba said.

LinkedIn skills assessments are short quizzes that test users’ knowledge of certain desirable skills in the technical, business, and design fields. If users pass the assessment, they receive a badge on their LinkedIn profile that is visible to other users and employers. LinkedIn learning courses also provide certification upon completion and can be used to teach new skills or refresh old ones, Olazaba told Forbes.

“In addition to hard skills, it’s important to showcase your soft skills like communication and leadership during the interview process as well,” she said.

Applicants to LinkedIn should be familiar with the company’s five pillars that define its culture and six values that drive its work, and be able to demonstrate their ability to match these principles, Olazaba said. The five pillars are transformation, integrity, collaboration, humor, and results. The six values are members first; relationships matter; be open, honest, and constructive; inspire excellence; take intelligent risks; act like an owner of the LinkedIn community; and embody diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

LinkedIn values collaboration and humor, she said, so candidates should be open and candid during the recruitment process.

“Each role at LinkedIn has a different skill set needed,” she said, “so take a look at job descriptions to see what role fits best with your current skills.”

Research contact: @LinkedIn

Where ‘s the door? Eric Trump’s lawyer in New York State AG’s suit quits

September 22, 2021

Criminal trial lawyer Marc Mukasey has quit representing Eric Trump , according to a court filing submitted last week. The well-known defense attorney had been placed on retainer by the former president’s scion in the New York Attorney General’s civil suit alleging that the Trump Organization committed fraud.

Mukasey informed a New York state Supreme Court judge in Manhattan that he was  on September 14, Forbes reports.

The move comes  between the parties was filed. Before that agreement, the docket shows . Indeed, according to Forbes, it’s not clear if there’s any connection between the agreement and Mukasey’s departure.

Mukasey declined to comment on the record for this story. He has represented Eric Trump in the case since it was filed in August 2020. Eric and representatives from the Trump Organization have not replied to inquiries.

A former law partner of Rudy Giuliani, Mukasey has worked for several high-profile clients, including Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, oil-field service company Halliburton, and basketball coach Rick Pitino.

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) is investigating the Trump Organization over allegations that it  to secure loans and tax breaks.

Eric will continue to be represented by criminal defense attorney Alan Futerfas, a New York-based criminal attorney who has frequently represented clients in organized crime and cybersecurity cases—and also is representing Donald Trump, Jr.

Research contact: @Forbes