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Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” ― Charles Dickens
• NEXT 2015 menu has been unveiled. The base price for menus past (not including wine and service) has creeped up to nearly $300 a person. For Next’s first two 2015 menus, Parisian bistro and Spanish tapas, the price per diner begins at $80 and $70 respectively. [CHICAGO TRIBUNE]
• The cast of ‘Suicide Squad’ the highly anticipated Warner Bros flick based on the DC Comicbook has been revealed. Joining Jared Leto and Will Smith will be, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne and Jai Courtney. “Suicide Squad” centers around a team of supervillains who are given a chance at redemption by the government. The catch: Their mission will probably kill them all.[VARIETY]
• Nigerian billionaire investor and philanthropist Tony Elumelu has committed $100 million to create 10,000 entrepreneurs across Africa over the next 10 years. The 10,000 start-ups selected from a pool of applicants across Africa will participate in a comprehensive TEEP Program that will include a customized 12-week business skills training course, mentoring, an entrepreneurship ‘boot camp’ and seed capital funding among other things. [FORBES]
• Close but no cigar! In double overtime, the Chicago Bulls lost to the Dallas Mavericks 132-129. [ESPN]
•He gone! Michigan coach Brady Hoke, whom we mentioned yesterday was meeting with interim Athletic Director has been fired after 4 seasons, failing to beat their biggest rival, the Ohio State Buckeyes. Hoke, who got the job primarily on the basis of his charisma and connection to the school as a longtime assistant under Lloyd Carr, was 31-20 overall including 1-3 against archrival Ohio State and 1-3 against Michigan State. [USA TODAY]
• IBM announced the third in a string of billion dollar plus contracts which includes Lufthansa and ABN Amro. It had won a seven-year, $1.25 billion deal with WPP, the world’s top advertising firm, to run WPP operations in the cloud and the new contract signings are not over yet. IBM seeks to differentiate its offering by focusing on hybrid clouds, which mix together the private, on-premise computer systems for which it has long been known with newer public-facing Internet, mobile and analytics systems [REUTERS]
• Uber is planning a cab-pooling service to launch in New York City reports AP. UberPool will allow riders on similar routes to share travel and split the fare with strangers. Already offered in Paris and San Francisco, will begin on Thursday and match two users per ride but allow each to have one person accompany them — for a total of four passengers. [NYPOST]
• Miranda Lambert was honored as one of CMT’s Artists of the Year. Keith Urban for Best Musical Event Of The Year; Lifetime achievement went to country music legend Merle Haggard; Florida Georgia Line accepted the award for Artist of the Year and Jason Aldean with his Artist of the Year. Luke Bryan who was slated to perform canceled due to death of Bryan’s brother-in-law Ben Lee Cheshire Saturday. [CMT]
•L’Oreal Paris honored their Women of Worth Celebration was held to honour everyday women who achieved great things over the past year with guests including Diane Keaton, Andie MacDowell, Eva Longoria, Blake Lively, . The 10 honored women had helped society and their communities and would received a $10,000 grant to donate to a charity or to use for their work.
• Chanel’s Metiers d’Art fashion show took place in Salzburg, Austria. It was also the exclusive screening of Reincarnation, a short film by Karl Lagerfeld starring Pharrell Williams. Lara Stone opened the show, Cara Delevingne closed the show. [VOGUE UK]
LOOK OF THE DAY
• Poppy Delevingne and James Cook
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