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first_imgFrom Aditi KhannaLondon, Mar 9 (PTI) A specially modified 1954 Aston Martin sports car owned by Queen Elizabeth IIs husband Prince Philip will go on sale in the UK next month and may fetch up to 450,000 pounds.The 1954 Lagonda 3 Litre Drophead Coupe was made to order for the Duke of Edinburgh with bespoke features, such as the extra vanity mirror so that the monarch could fix her hat and a radio telephone.The convertible served as Philips personal car for around seven years and is worth between 350,000 to 450,000 pounds when it comes on the market next month, The Telegraph reported.”This car is part of our history. The accompanying paperwork beggars belief,” said Damian Jones, sales manager at auction house H&H.”There is an amusing story about Prince Phillip driving Her Majesty through London in this car and being held up by a policeman on point duty directing traffic. When the policeman saw who was in the Lagonda he did a double take and swiftly waved them on,” Jones said.The car, which has 50,000 miles on the clock, will be offered for sale for the first time in nearly 40 years at public auction in late April at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire.The four-seater upholstered in grey leather has appeared in innumerable press photographs and newsreel films.The Duke is said to have delighted using radio telephone to make calls to his wife in Buckingham Palace, and apparently enjoyed disguising his voice when speaking with his children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne.advertisementIt is thought to be the only one of the Dukes personal cars to be in private hands now when it comes up for sale.The Lagonda engine and bodywork have recently been extensively overhauled and the original paint scheme restored. PTI AK MRJ AKJ MRJlast_img read more

first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Asian football player of the year banned for 5 months This jewelry designer is also an architect Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Becoming his own man FILE – Shaquille O’Neal speaks onstage during the 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia on TNT at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Turner Sports/AFPNBA legend Shaquille O’Neal gave his support to Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey on Tuesday, saying the executive “was right” in his comments that ignited a furor between the NBA and China.Speaking on TNT television’s Inside the NBA show, former Los Angeles Lakers star O’Neal said Morey was entitled to tweet support for Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters earlier this month.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical “And one of our best values here in America is free speech.“We’re allowed to say what we want to say and we’re allowed to speak up about injustices, and that’s just how it goes.“And if people don’t understand that, that’s something that they have to deal with.”Morey triggered a crisis earlier this month after tweeting an image captioned “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.”It came right before the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets arrived in China for what proved to be a tense two-game exhibition tour, with broadcasters refusing to air the games, public anger raging, and local sponsors cutting ties with the NBA.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Hong Kong has been rocked by months of demonstrations by citizens who accuse Beijing of chipping away at its freedoms. China has portrayed the protesters as violent separatists and bristled at what it calls “foreign interference” in the matter.The backlash in China against Morey’s comments cast a cloud over the NBA’s lucrative broadcasting, merchandising and sponsorship interests in the country, where it has legions of fans.NBA commissioner Adam Silver said last week China had demanded Morey be sacked for his tweet, a claim later denied by Beijing.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Daryl Morey was right,” O’Neal said. “Whenever you see something wrong going on anywhere in the world, you should have the right to say ‘That’s not right’ and that’s what he did.”O’Neal said nothing should inhibit free speech.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“We as American people do a lot of business in China,” O’Neal said.“They know and understand our values, and we understand their values.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Knicks won’t re-sign Jimmer Fredette to a second 10-day contract.The former college player of the year appeared in two games with the Knicks, making a 3-pointer on his lone shot attempt. His deal expired March 2 and the team elected not to give him another.Teams can sign players to two consecutive 10-day contracts, then must offer them a contract for the rest of the season if they want to keep them beyond that.Fredette has spent most of the season playing for the Knicks’ NBA Development League affiliate, where he averaged 21.8 points.The Knicks called him up Feb. 22, but interim coach Kurt Rambis made it clear the former BYU sharpshooter would have to outplay the guards already on the roster.Fredette had averaged 6.0 points for three NBA teams before the Knicks.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli reach agreement with Genoa for Christian Kouameby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli have found an agreement with Genoa for Christian Kouame, it has been revealed.Corriere dello Sport says the deal will be completed on Wednesday – which will include a medical.The move is believed to be worth €20m plus up to €5m from any future sale.The Ivorian striker will sign a five-year contract in the region of €500,000 per season.Kouame will spent the remainder of the season on-loan with Genoa. last_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) stands ready to provide a range of well needed support services to members of the disabled community.Persons with disabilities are therefore being encouraged to register with the JCPD to receive the economic, educational and social development benefits available.Executive Director of the JCPD, Dr. Christine Hendricks, says the registration process is in two parts, which includes medical verification of an individual’s disability.She tells JIS News that the medical report form can be accessed on the JCPD’s website at, at the JCPD’s head office at 18 Ripon Road in St. Andrew, and at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security or the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) offices islandwide.Dr. Hendricks says it is required that a medical professional relevant to the type of disability signs and stamps the forms.The individual should then submit the form to the JCPD, along with a passport-sized photograph, TRN card, birth certificate, a national identification (ID) and provide relevant demographic information as requested.“The disability has to be a permanent physical, intellectual, mental or sensory impairment determined by a medical professional in order for the person to be registered,” Dr. Hendricks points out.Some 33,200 persons are currently registered with the JCPD.Dr. Hendricks notes that among the benefits for members is the provision of economic empowerment grants to help persons become independent by starting or expanding small businesses. Grants range from $30,000 to $150,000.Assistance-in-aid of up to $250,000 is also provided for assisted devices and therapies.Educational benefits include scholarships, school fee support, books and assistance with other school-related materials.Dr. Hendricks tells JIS News that the JCPD also provides medical support and assist persons with accessing National Housing Trust (NHT) benefits.Disabled persons who are members of the JCPD also receive concessionary bus fares for the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).“I want to encourage persons with disabilities in the wider society who have a disability to get registered. Once you have an impairment, the JCPD exists to ensure that you are registered and can benefit from the numerous grants and other support services that are provided through the Government for persons with disabilities,” Dr. Hendricks says.She is urging family members, friends, neighbours and employers to assist the disabled in getting registered with the JCPD. The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) stands ready to provide a range of well needed support services to members of the disabled community. She tells JIS News that the medical report form can be accessed on the JCPD’s website at, at the JCPD’s head office at 18 Ripon Road in St. Andrew, and at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security or the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) offices islandwide. Executive Director of the JCPD, Dr. Christine Hendricks, says the registration process is in two parts, which includes medical verification of an individual’s disability. last_img read more

first_imgActor Kubbra Sait, who is playing a pivotal role in the upcoming youth-oriented web series ‘Rejctx’, says that the language of parenting has to be upgraded to understand the mindset of youngsters. Kubbra is playing a student counsellor in the show, who listens to students’ problems and tries to get solutions. As the show addresses teen problem, asked what kind of problems she faced while growing up, Kubbra said: “I think when I was growing up, for me, the only way to show rebelling is to bunk classes for no reason actually. Today’s rebellions are different. They are into drugs and porn. Today’s challenges are identified with sexuality. I think today’s challenges have a lot to do with parenting of the past as well. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”If parents are not evolving with their children, they really would not be able to understand the internal problems that children are going through. Children will live in suppression. That will make them depressed and they will remain misunderstood by the elders,” shared the “Sacred Games” fame actor. Created by Goldie Behl, “Rejctx” features Sumeet Vyas, Masi Wali, Anisha Victor, Ayush Khurana, Prabhneet Singh, Ridhi Khakhar, Saadhika Syal and Pooja Shetty among others. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”It is important to understand that youngsters rebel because they are trying to tell us something,” Kubbra added. The show has started streaming on the OTT platform ZEE5 from Friday. Before this, Kubra marked her presence on the web space with the much loved show ‘Sacred Games’. Featuring the actor as a transgender named Kuku, the show also stars Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Sacred Games is based on Vikram Chandra’s 900-page thriller from 2006, set mainly in the Mumbai of the 1980s and ’90s, when encounters between gangsters and the police were common and film actors paying obeisance to gangsters was routine. The crime drama, co-directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap, has received positive reviews from critics around the world.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission on Sunday announced by-elections to one Assembly seat each in Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Chhattisgarh and Kerala.The bypolls for Dantewada (Chhattisgarh), Pala (Kerala), Badharghat (Tripura) and Hamirpur (Uttar Pradesh) Assembly seats will be held on September 23. The bypoll in Hamirpur was necessitated by the disqualification of BJP MLA Ashok Chandel. By-elections to 12 other Assembly seats in UP are also due as most of the sitting MLAs won the Lok Sabha elections this year. But the dates are yet to be announced by the poll panel. The Dantewada, Pala and Badharghat bypolls were necessitated following the death of the respective sitting MLAs. While the notification for the by-elections would be issued on August 28, counting will be held on September 27, the EC said.last_img read more

The Agadir Regional Tourism Council recorded over 4.5 million overnight stays by tourists in the 10 months of January to October 2018, up from 4 million overnights during the same period in 2017, increasing by 13 percent.Domestic tourists from other Moroccan cities topped the list of visitors in the first ten months of 2018, with 950,000 overnight stays. The figure is an increase of 4 percent compared to the same period last year’s 920,000 overnight stays. Read Also: New Motorway to Connect Agadir’s Al Massira Airport with TaghazoutFrench tourists, the most common foreign tourists, made 910,000 overnight stays compared to 730,000 overnight stays during the same period in 2017, read more

27 May 2009Dozens of police officers from Sierra Leone today joined the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission, known as UNAMID, in the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan. Tomorrow, a further 22 Sierra Leoneans will join the 40 who arrived today in El Fasher, including 10 women, and UNAMID intends to deploy them across Darfur following a two-week induction programme.Meanwhile, the mission reported today that the security situation in the area is relatively calm, having carried out nearly 70 military patrols and 85 police patrols to ensure civilian safety in the past 24 hours.Yesterday, UNAMID evacuated 19 seriously injured people following clashes, between Sudanese Government forces and armed elements of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), earlier this week in the North Darfur town of Umm Baru. The Mission also delivered medical supplies to the area.The violence claimed more than 50 lives and forced hundreds to flee their homes, the Mission said in a news release. UNAMID was established by the Security Council in 2007 to protect civilians in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million have been forced from their homes since fighting erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen. read more

After suspending the case against a Congolese warlord on trial for allegedly enlisting child soldiers, the International Criminal Court (ICC) today ordered his release.Last week, the ICC’s trial chamber suspended proceedings against Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, founder and leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots in the Ituri region of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), saying that prosecutors have refused orders to disclose information to his defence.Mr. Lubanga faces two counts of war crimes: conscripting and enlisting child soldiers into the military wing of his group and then using them to participate in hostilities between September 2002 and August 2003. His trial began at The Hague-based ICC last January.The trial chamber ordered to stay the proceedings last week, “considering that the fair trial of the accused is no longer possible due to non-implementation of the Chamber’s orders by the Prosecution.”The ICC judges said today that defendants cannot be held in preventative custody on a speculative basis, namely that the proceedings may resume at some point in the future.But the order will not be implemented for five days, giving the prosecution time to appeal.The ICC is a permanent court and tries people accused of the most serious international offences, such as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.Other than the DRC, the ICC currently has investigations open in four situations: the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur, northern Uganda, the Central African Republic (CAR) and Kenya. 15 July 2010After suspending the case against a Congolese warlord on trial for allegedly enlisting child soldiers, the International Criminal Court (ICC) today ordered his release. read more

Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), arrived yesterday in Baghdad, the capital, to take up his duties. Today, accompanied by senior UN political and humanitarian officials in Iraq, he met Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, stressing that he would try to build on the achievements of his predecessors and provide support for the Government as requested so it can help the country’s people. The talks between Mr. Kobler and Mr. Zebari focused on the key challenges Iraq still faces as it moves to become a democratic, stable and prosperous State, according to a press release issued by UNAMI. “We are here to serve the Iraqi people and I am looking forward to working closely with the Iraqi authorities in the fulfillment of the mission’s mandate,” the Special Representative said. He added that he hoped to work closely with Ira’s Council of Representatives, State institutions and civil society, as well as its Government. Mr. Kobler, who is from Germany, succeeds Ad Melkert, who served as head of UNAMI from July 2009 until August this year. 9 October 2011The newly arrived United Nations envoy to Iraq has begun meeting with senior officials from the country’s Government to discuss how the world body can help the Middle East nation rebuild and become more prosperous and stable. read more

He said that the former Government had maintained ties with the LTTE both during and after the war but the current Government has no ties with the rebels. Ranawaka also noted that the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) under which the JHU is contesting the Parliamentary election next week, is the only political part or alliance which has the support of all communities.He said that the UNFGG is not based on policies on the South or the North but the entire country and this shows they have the support of the entire country. “We will not leave room for democracy to be threatened. We are actually going through a new stage of democracy in the country and we will not allow that process to be harmed. We give a firm assurance on National Security,” he said. The Government today insisted that there is no room for the LTTE to regroup in Sri Lanka and that the unity of the country will be maintained.Power and Energy Minister and Jathika Hela Urumaya General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the current Government does not have double standards on the LTTE like the previous regime. The Minister also said that the UNFGG will not allow criminals to operate freely in the country and this has been proven by the fact that the “white van” culture has come to an end.On the human rights issue, Ranawaka said that Sri Lanka was able to defer the human rights report at the UN Human Rights Council, as a result of the actions taken by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.He said the current Government was able to maintain a non-aligned foreign policy and strengthen ties with all countries, including the United States and China. read more

by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press Posted Sep 15, 2015 10:04 am MDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2015 at 5:26 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FDA bans 4 cigarette brands from R.J. Reynolds for not meeting review requirements WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday banned sales of four cigarette brands from R.J. Reynolds because they did not meet the agency’s safety review requirements.Under FDA rules, companies that launch new cigarettes must show that the products are essentially the same as older products in terms of health risks. The FDA said four brands from R.J. Reynolds failed to show that they don’t raise new safety concerns.Agency officials said they participated in a “considerable back and forth” with North Carolina-based R.J. Reynolds before ordering the cigarettes off the market. The FDA’s action doesn’t explicitly mean that the products are more dangerous than older cigarettes, just different.“All we have to conclude is that the different characteristics of these products raise different issues of public health,” said FDA’s tobacco director Mitch Zeller, on a call with reporters. “In our mind, these changed features raised questions for us.”The brands are Camel Crush Bold, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter Menthol and Vantage Tech 13.Tuesday’s action means it is illegal for retailers to sell or distribute the four cigarette brands. However, the agency said it will not take action for 30 days to give stores and distributors time to dispose of the products.R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. said in a statement it “strongly disagrees” with the FDA decision.“Our submissions to the agency on these brands were comprehensive and we believe we effectively demonstrated substantial equivalence. We’re examining all of our options at this time.”The FDA has previously banned a number of new tobacco products, including a dozen in 2015. However, anti-tobacco activists said Tuesday’s action was the first to target a major cigarette brand: Camel Crush Bold.Camel is one of the three most popular cigarette brands among youth smokers, with 15 per cent preferring Camel, according to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.“The FDA’s action is a critical step in preventing the introduction of tobacco products that may be more appealing to youth, more addictive or more harmful,” the group said in a statement.Camel Crush Bold features a menthol capsule in the filter that releases the flavour when squeezed by smokers. The FDA determined that this and other new features and ingredients raised new health concerns.The FDA action only applies to Camel Crush Bold cigarettes. Reynolds markets other variations of the Camel Crush brand.In 2009 the FDA gained authority to regulate some aspects of cigarettes and other tobacco products. The agency can evaluate new tobacco products for their health risks and ban those that pose new or uncertain health risks.FDA officials said Tuesday they have cleared 257 new tobacco products for marketing since the regulations took effect. The agency has also rejected 113 applications for new products. read more

Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Nigeria’s current UN Permanent Representative, was elected to head the world body by acclamation on Tuesday in the General Assembly Hall in New York and will succeed Ecuador’s Maria Fernanda Espinosa.The newly-elected @UN General Assembly President @UN_PGA, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande of Nigeria, was elected Tuesday. Here’s our news video of the day.— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) June 4, 2019 Strengthening global action to tackle climate change, which is integral to the effective implementation of the SDGs. Accentuating inclusion, human rights, and the empowerment of youth and women, respectively. Promoting partnerships for advancing the achievement of the SDGs, in particular Goals 1, 2 and 4 on poverty eradication, zero hunger and quality education, respectively.,He also highlighted that efforts must be maintained to strengthen the relationship between the General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).“I will count on the support and solidarity of all Member States as well as the Secretariat”, he maintained, saying that he would use his office’s advocacy tools to promote multilateral approaches for “workable solutions” to pressing issues. “I will work with Member States on streamlining our work and improving the way we do business at the UN”, he added.Noting the growing number of events, which may risk undermining genuine dialogue and over-stretching delegations, he assured “I will work with you all on appropriate solutions, as I believe we must make the UN more efficient, effective and accountable to the people we serve”.,President-elect offers ‘invaluable insights’ – GuterresIn his remarks, Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated Mr. Muhammad-Bande and noted some of the “many important and admirable qualifications” he brings to the office.  He cited the president-elect’s tenure as Nigeria’s UN Ambassador; his expertise in political science and public administration; and the “invaluable insights” he has into Africa’s challenges and world affairs in general, particularly regarding the Organization’s peace and security work, sustainable development and human rights.The UN chief said that “as we gear up to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations”, he hopes to use the occasion “to reaffirm the value of international cooperation and the vision of the Charter”.Mr. Guterres also commended the current Assembly President, María Fernanda Espinosa for her “outstanding work”, saying “I am most grateful for her support for United Nations reform and her overall stewardship of this body”.The Secretary-General concluded by offering the president-elect his support “as we strive to reach our shared goals and uphold universal values”. “Peace and security, poverty eradication, zero hunger, quality education, climate action and inclusion will constitute a major priority of my presidency”, said the Nigerian ambassador.When he takes the reins at opening of the 74th session in September, he committed “to promoting partnerships that are needed from all stakeholders to achieve our objectives, and ultimately ensure that we do our best to ensure peace and prosperity, particularly, for the most vulnerable”.Mr. Muhammad-Bande spoke about a number of September’s high-level events that will be convened at UN Headquarters in New York to support the Sustainable Development Agenda, including a High-Level Political Forum, the Climate Change Summit, the High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development, the High-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage, as well as the high-level meeting to review progress made in addressing the priorities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).“The promotion of human rights and the empowerment of women and youth deserve special attention, and I will be devoted to the promotion of gender parity throughout the whole UN system, starting from my own Office”, said the president-elect.Noting that the 75th anniversary of the UN’s founding would be commemorated during his tenure, he called it “a unique opportunity for us to reduce the trust deficit between nations”.To “achieve the visions of our founding fathers, we must ensure that indifference and cynicism does not creep into our Organization”, he asserted, saying that the 193-nation Assembly “must play its role in bridging the gaps and promoting collective action”.,Mr. Muhammad-Bande’s in-tray includes: Promoting international peace and security, in particular, conflict prevention. read more

first_imgKEEP IT SIMPLE, tell a good story – and don’t take yourself too seriously.That’s the advice that The Einstein Couple (aka Danish married couple Philip Einstein Lipski and Maria Einstein Biilmann) have for marketing films, but their words could apply to anyone who’s looking to get their message out there.They were in Dublin this week for the Digital Biscuit event, where they spilled the beans on how they crafted the marketing campaign for Lars Von Trier’s latest film, Nymphomaniac.They were working with a controversial Danish director who doesn’t do press (and didn’t talk to them after their first meeting) to market a four-hour movie about a sex addict. So it’s fair to say they had some unusual circumstances to deal with.But no matter what you’re dealing with, they gave this advice at their Digital Biscuit talk on how to get your message across:The audience doesn’t careThey don’t care how hard you worked on the project – they only care about themselves. You have to give them a story about themselves, and one they can relate to.“We told a story about Nymphomanic that was about the audience,” the couple said.Don’t use buzzwordsJust don’t.Tell a good storyIt’s not about the most creative strategy, it’s being able to tell a good story, or the real story. What’s the story? How can you sum up the film in one sentence?When people say “It’s so much more than that [one sentence]“, the Einstein Couple respond: “Nobody cares”.“Communication really is that simple,” they contend. Make it simple and easy to understand.Never market it yourselfThe golden rule – don’t market your own film. Find someone else to do it, who isn’t so personally connected.Don’t take yourself too seriously“Life is not serious,” Lipski said. “Don’t fill it up with more seriousness.”Even if the film is a very dark and serious one, audience members “always need to have a little bit to puncture the seriousness”, said Biilmann.Be surprisingEntertain people – even if your project is dark, you can still bring some entertainment into the marketing of it.How they used all of this to market NymphomaniacFirst, the Einstein Couple met with Von Trier, who has a somewhat formidable reputation. Due to an incident at Cannes Film Festival in 2011, after which he was banned from attending, he no longer does interviews, and didn’t want his words to form part of the campaign.The couple were dealing with “a Nazi scandal and a dirty title for a four-hour movie”, as they put it. Plus, Von Trier had looked over the marketing campaigns for all of his previous films.They wanted “to make Nymphomaniac relevant for a wider audience” than just hardcore Von Trier fans.That meant they had to make it accessible “to everyone – except nuns, monks and children”.Working off the script alone, they came up with ideas for how to market Nymphomaniac.They decided:If you’ve ever had a little sex, this movie might be for you.The tension between porn, or ‘low culture’, and Von Trier, or ‘high culture’, was what they called their ‘battlefield’.They took their initial cues from album covers for Kylie and Madonna, and perfume ads, which showed off the ‘sex sells’ aesthetic.But “aesthetics alone are boring”, they determined.So they took further inspiration from Davidoff’s D spot’ cigar ads, and merged:HumourAestheticsAuthenticityThat was the key their successful campaign, from their initial poster:Pic: FacebookTo this character-driven poster campaign:Pic: Facebook“Sexuality is ugly, funny, adorable,” explained the couple. For them, these posters showed all the different sides to sexuality.“Once you’ve seen it, you can’t unsee it,” they said of their posters. “Once you’re sucked into the curiosity”, you want to investigate everything else.The campaign was so eye-catching that it even inspired take-offs, which was when they knew they’d hit on the right approach:Pic: FacebookIf they had to sum it all up in one line, the Einstein Couple’s motto would be this: “There are no good strategies – only good stories”.What do you think of their work?Read: New Irish movie filmed in Sligo wins major US distribution deal>last_img read more

first_imgNAMA’S CHAIRMAN FRANK Daly says that their work “will become increasingly visible”, some of it through “the sight of cranes returning to Dublin’s Docklands”.Daly made the remarks as the state’s bad bank published its 2013 annual report which showed a profit of €211 million for the year.The profit represents a 8 per cent fall on that which was achieved last year. Much of the decline is due to cash reserves set aside to deal with the fall in value of unrealised property assets.These costs, known as impairment charges, were €914 million last year, up from €518 million in 2012 with NAMA saying that the increase came following a “comprehensive review of impairment provisioning”.Daly said following the report’s publication that last year saw a “remarkable turnaround” in how investors viewed Ireland, something he says means that it is likely that NAMA will achieve its goals “sooner than anyone would have expected”.“We have a lot of work to do but this work will become increasingly visible – whether in the sight of cranes returning to Dublin’s Docklands or in renewed activity involving our assets throughout Ireland, ” he added. NAMA’s fourth annual report shows that they generated €4.5 billion last year from the sale of assets and from other sources like rental income.Since the bad bank became operational in 2009 it has produced €18.6 billion in cash, including €14.1 billion  from asset disposals. €3.5 billion of this has been raised so far this year.NAMA chief executive Brendan McDonagh said that the cash raised has been in part because of “the very strong demand for the assets in our portfolio”.“We reported a profit for taxpayers for the third year in a row and successfully met our first major milestone of repaying €7.5 billion of NAMA’s debt in full and on time,” he said.Reacting to the publication of the annual report, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said that ”it’s quite clear now that NAMA is a very successful organisation” .He added that a strategic review of NAMA will be finalised and laid before the houses of the oireachtas before the summer recess.The strategic report of NAMA’s operations between 2010-2012 by the Comptroller and Auditor General is due to be discussed by the Dáil Public Accounts Committee on Thursday.Among the findings in the report was one which questioned how the sale of twenty-six properties was undertaken. The state’s public spending watchdog said it found ‘no evidence of open marketing’ in the sale of these properties.Read: Receivers appointed to companies behind former Grand Canal Theatre and Point Village >Read: NAMA and the banks are tapping debtors’ phones and emails, claims TD >last_img read more

first_imgWith improving trends evident both domestically and across Ireland’s key trading partners, we are optimistic of further impressive PMI releases over the coming months at least.Read: Manufacturing orders rising at fastest pace in three years>Read: Factory gate prices fall by 3.1% in March> IRELAND’S GOOD SPELL of summer weather has helped the service sector lock in a pattern of expansion which now stretches back two years.The latest figures by Investec Ireland for the service sector purchasing manager’s index, which measures activity in the non-retail and wholesale sectors, showed another sharp rate of expansion in July.Business confidence also improved to its highest level since February, with higher levels of employment also recorded for the 23rd month in a row.New export business hit a three-month high, with sales to the UK, US and Australia acting as the main drivers.Investec Ireland chief economist Philip O’Sullivan said that the latest release shows “that conditions remain very supportive for services firms”.Firms are also optimistic about the next 12 months, with executives’ view of the future improving to its second highest level in 10 years last month.Panellists expecting an increase in activity in the next year outnumbered their more pessimistic colleagues by ten to one.O’Sullivan continued: “Today’s services PMI data show that the Irish private sector appears to have madea good start to Q3.”last_img read more

first_img– Imagine being a Greek travelling within the EU, say going from Athens to Berlin, nonchalantly carrying nothing more than your state ID, as you normally do when you travel from one Schengen area country to another. – Only this time, instead of just passing through the gate with nothing more than a polite nod from the security officers, imagine being treated as a passenger from a non-Schengen country and asked to go to the respective queue for the appropriate passport control. Of course, being a EU citizen travelling within the EU, you are not carrying your passport around. Which means that you’re up for a long, arduous, exhausting and humiliating process.– Which will take away any shred of proud European identity you may have left. – This is what happened to many Greek passengers who arrived to Berlin this week, only to be treated as ‘passengers from other countries’.– The incidents urged the German Foreign Ministry to admit that passengers on flights from Greece were subject to a great deal of tribulation.– So, does this mean that Greeks are seen as personae non gratae for Germany?– Is this what Grexit feels like?– And if this is indeed some kind of unilateral Grexit, why was Greece not informed?– Well, apparently, it was. Germany had notified the EU authorities in early October that it would increase security controls for flights coming from Greece for six months starting on 12 November. Greece’s Deputy Minister of Citizen Protection, Nikos Toskas, has known since 11 October.– In fact, Greece was expected to have sent Greek police officers to assist German authorities in this task, but they never made it. – Perhaps they got stuck in passport control and were denied entry.– The reason for this action was that during the first quarter of 2017, German authorities noticed 427 irregular entries to the country – of which 234 were Syrians – from flights coming from Greece. This number is far greater than any similar ‘irregularities’ occurring in flights from other EU countries. Overall, throughout 2017 more than 1,000 such irregular entries have occurred, urging Germany to take additional measures.– The truth is that the Schengen treaty has been in quasi-suspension mode for the past couple of years since the refugee crisis fell upon Europe, with countries like Italy, Slovakia, Belgium, Poland, Malta, and the Czech Republic taking additional measures at some point and for at least some time.– As for relieving Greek passengers from the extreme discomfort, Dimitris Avramopoulos came to the rescue. In his capacity as European Commissioner of Immigration and Citizenship, he called a trilateral meeting which resulted to a decision that travel document checks will be made at the Schengen area arrivals gate and not in another part of the airport, and will be restricted to identity and document validity control. – Which brings us to one of EU’s constant demands upon Greece – to finally update the identity documents that Greek citizens carry around.– Despite their iconic, retro appeal, Greek ID cards are arguably the easiest to forge legal documents in Europe.– A Greek ID is basically a laminated piece of blue paper, featuring the carrier’s photo, signature, fingerprint and some basic info, often handwritten by a semi-illiterate police officer.– No wonder German police need help to confirm if they are real or not.– Only the expert eyes of Greek police officers can tell a forged Greek ID card from a genuine one. – Of course, this was supposed to have changed in 2015, when the new ID cards – plastic, laser-printed, with biometric data stored in microchip – were finally legislated by the Greek parliament.– They should be issued any minute now – or at least sometime by 2019.– Despite what one might think, delay was not due to objections by the Greek Orthodox Church, which has traditionally seen the new ID cards as symbols of the devil, saying that the barcode is actually reading ‘666’.– No, delay was due to the cost of the new ID cards, which was estimated to amount to €80 million. And Greece can’t afford that kind of money, not with the economy still in shambles.– The economy is not the only thing in shambles in Greece at the moment. The country is still reeling from the devastating effect of the floods that destroyed one of Athens outer suburbs, Mandra, destroying property and killing 20 people.– The Greek PM, Alexis Tsipras, attributed this to climate change, which might be partly true.– Another part of the truth is that a large part of modern Athens is built where rivers and streams used to flow, a policy starting from the 50s and 60s, when Konstantinos Karamanlis was Minister of of Infrastructure and later, Prime Minister.– So now, roads and houses are where natural pathways for extreme currents used to be.– Nature doesn’t get city planning.– Add to that the fires that destroyed forests, which also prevent flooding, and criminal negligence by the authorities responsible for the implementation of both fire-prevention and flood-prevention measures, and you see why this disaster was an accident waiting to happen.– Despite Greece being in a state of mourning last week, something officially declared by the PM, Tsipras himself did not lose his cheer. – Maybe because he was out of the country, travelling in Europe.– Apparently, his travel documents are not an issue for concern.– The Greek PM first visited Gothenburg to attend a European Union meeting on Social issues, fair employment and growth.– All areas of expertise for him. – He then flew back to Athens, before leaving again, this time for Paris, where he received the ‘Political Courage’ award, annually handed out to politicians by the French quarterly review Politique Internationale, basically for not respecting the ‘No’ to the bailout program vote of the referendum, but instead opting to make a U-turn and implement the austerity measures and the overall policy he had originally campaigned against. – Another area of expertise for him.– Back in Athens, citizens and non-government organisations have stepped up where the state is still lagging; promptly organising campaigns to collect food, clothing, and money for the flood victims. – The result has been overwhelming – a glimmer of hope for humanity still striving under pressure and adversity. – This kind of solidarity was what we were promised, when the crisis began. – An alternative economy that would leave no person behind. – What we got instead was a dog-eat-dog situation, where the social fabric was torn to shreds and the Golden Dawn Nazis were ready to pick up the pieces. – It’s sad that it took a major destruction – and 20 people dead – for this to change. – But yes, let the Greek people start putting stitches back to the social fabric. – And then go and claim an award of Political Courage of their own. 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first_imgThe Manchester City footballer was injured for a while, but last month he made his first start of the season on Boxing DayAfter missing many games, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is hoping he can represent his team against Liverpool.The two clubs will face off tomorrow night, in one of the most important English Premier League matches of the season.And the Belgian footballer is hopeful he can play against the Reds.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He trained today but we need to check in the morning,” manager Pep Guardiola said according to Goal.“He is much better.”Both teams are currently in the Top 3 of the English Premier League, and a win will surely decide the future of the teams.last_img read more