By Susanne Masters The New York Times Sun., May 12, 2019 While primarily a painter of people, Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn immortalized at least one tulip. In 1634 he painted his wife, Saskia van Uylenburgh, as Flora, goddess of spring and flowers, crowned with a wreath of blooms, of which the largest is a tulip. Its petals are unmistakably striped, with white and red running in flamelike lines. Flowers like it became known as Rembrandt tulips, named by bulb traders in homage to his chiaroscuro painting style and to tap cachet from a famous name. Saskia in her finery crowned with the most expensive type of tulip is in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. But tulipmania, which lifted the Dutch economy to dizzying heights followed by a cataclysmic crash, began in the Hortus botanicus, the botanical garden in Leiden, the city of Rembrandt’s birth. Tulips first arrived in the Netherlands in 1562. Mistaken for a Turkish onion, they were tasted, found … [Read more...] about An ode to Rembrandt’s tulips
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MULTIMEDIA Aaron Favila, AP Posted at May 10 2019 03:56 PM Children fly a kite beside a tree at Smokey Mountain, a former dumpsite in Tondo, Manila, on Thursday. Many poor families still live in the area despite the health risks. /news/05/10/19/3-patay-8-sugatan-sa-bangaan-ng-tricycle-van/news/05/10/19/jinggoy-bong-revilla-slam-online-bashers/life/05/10/19/watch-opm-artists-unite-to-perform-song-about-ph-elections/sports/05/10/19/nba-backcourt-boosts-blazers-past-nuggets-sets-up-game-7/sports/05/10/19/uaap-usts-rondina-is-season-81-mvp … [Read more...] about News Flying high
NOTES FROM THE EDITOR - Singkit (The Philippine Star) - May 5, 2019 - 12:00am This is a neanderthal attempting to get with it. I was quite surprised to learn that electronic games have been included in the list of sports – under the category ESports – at the Southeast Asian Games that we are hosting later this year, and that tryouts are being held to form a national team, spearheaded by the ESports National Association of the Philippines (with the catchy acronym ESNAP). I am told it is a really big thing worldwide, wildly popular and involving big money, big even by superstar athlete standards. The Oxford Dictionary defines sport as “an activity involving physical exertion and skill” (I can hear someone out there saying only neanderthals still use the Oxford Dictionary); I am sure there is skill involved in working those devices, but still…it’s a sport? And there is even talk of getting it into the Olympics! Anyway, I … [Read more...] about Got Dota?
But, if fans want to truly support their heroes, there are ample reasons why they should stick with genuine products and official streams. Speaking at World Intellectual Property (IP) Day 2019 in Bangkok, the La Liga Delegate for Thailand, Jose Maria Gotor, spelled out why buying genuine products benefits not only the teams but the fans themselves. Gotor noted that the revenue from TV companies and official merchandise suppliers is critical to pay for clubs’ recruitment programmes, training facilities, support staff and other services that keep them competitive. Philipp Dupuis, Head of Economics and Trade Section, EU Delegation to Thailand said IP (intellectual property) rights were crucial for the sports sector, which has to rely on the protection of its IP assets - these are linked to the name, and sports associations, TV rights, merchandise and the internet. Why do the clubs need IP protection? It’s an economic asset. It’s a name they build. They … [Read more...] about Why buying fake products is cheating the club you love