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Rolls-Royce unveils yacht inspired luxury car worth $30 million



Rolls-Royce, the iconic British luxury carmaker, has introduced an extravagant limited-edition automobile, the Rolls-Royce La Rose Noire Droptail, inspired by 1930s yachts.

This extraordinary vehicle reimagines the conventional Rolls-Royce four-seat sedan as a sleek two-seat roadster, an unparalleled move by the luxury car manufacturer.

While the exact price remains undisclosed, other models in Rolls-Royce’s exclusive coachbuilt line typically retail for around $28 million. However, the La Rose Noire Droptail, of which only four will be crafted, comes with a higher manufacturing cost.

Car’s design

The car’s exterior features a low-slung design, while the interior is adorned in crimson hues, taking inspiration from the French Black Baccara rose. The car is affectionately named “La Rose Noire” due to the rose’s significance to the commissioning owners, believed to be a prominent family, who describe it as “beloved by the mother.”

Inside the car, the dashboard showcases over 1,600 pieces of black sycamore wood trim veneer, meticulously cut into symmetrical triangles with accents of red, reminiscent of rose petals caught in the wind.

The vehicle also boasts a dedicated champagne storage compartment, housing a bottle from the commissioning family’s private vineyard. A custom Audemars Piguet watch is elegantly mounted into the dashboard, offering a lavish touch. Audemars Piguet is known for its luxurious timepieces, with the popular Royal Oak model retailing for approximately $26,200.

Minimalist design

The car’s dashboard maintains a minimalist design, featuring only three buttons for essential functions, such as hazard lights and quick-control tasks. Additional controls are discreetly integrated into the center console.

The exterior of the Droptail reflects the French Black Baccara rose motif with a sumptuous red hue called “True Love.” Rolls-Royce reveals that achieving this unique color took 150 iterations to perfect.

Measuring 17 feet in length and 6.5 feet in width, the Droptail embodies a lower-to-the-ground design at the back, reminiscent of a sailing yacht’s silhouette, while the iconic Rolls-Royce Pantheon-style grille graces the front. A subtle detail noted by the company is the “True Love” painting on the reverse side of the grille’s vanes, visible only through indirect reflection.

Notably, this marks the first time in a century that Rolls-Royce has introduced a two-seater model. The company emphasizes that the La Rose Noire Droptail represents its most complex construction project since its inception in 1906.

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BREAKING: Shots ring out at Trump rally



Donald Trump was whisked off the stage at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after loud noises rang through the crowd.

Trump was showing off a chart of border crossing numbers when bangs started ringing through the crowd. Trump could be seen reaching with his right hand toward his neck. There appeared to be blood on his face.

He quickly ducked behind the riser as agents from his protective detail rushed the stage and screams rang out from the crowd. The bangs continued as agents tended to him on stage.

His motorcade has left the venue.

In a statement, Trump says he is “fine” and says he is being checked at a medical facility.

Donald Trump was safe, the U.S. Secret Service and his campaign said on Saturday after multiple shots rang out at a rally by the Republican presidential candidate in Pennsylvania as video showed Trump grimacing and raising a hand to his right ear.
The former president had just started his speech when gunshots erupted and Trump and other rally attendees hit the deck. Secret Service agents swarmed around him and live video showed blood on the right side of Trump’s face and ear.
Trump repeatedly raised his fist in the air, with an American flag visible behind him, as security ushered him away.
“The Secret Service has implemented protective measures and the former president is safe,” a spokesperson for the agency said on X after what it called an incident.
“This is now an active Secret Service investigation and further information will be released when available.”

A map of the site, showing where the alleged gunman was situated compared to Donald Trump.

CNN reported that Trump was injured, but gave no other details. It was not clear how or what injuries he may have sustained.

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely



Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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Franchising vs. Independent: key differences to choosing the right SMB model



With latest Australian Federal budget, many SMB’s are weighing their options when selecting a suitable business model.

Franchising provides brand recognition, operational support, and economies of scale but involves ongoing fees.

Independent businesses offer full control and profit retention but face higher costs and regulatory challenges.

For risk and reward, the franchising model reduces risk through established practices and support but involves ongoing fees and profit-sharing with the franchisor.

On the alternative, independent businesses retain full control of profits but face higher risks and responsibilities in managing the business.

Sonia Shwabsky, CEO at Kwik Kopy Australia, joins to share her key insights on SMB’s. #featured

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