Harry and Meghan face losing Sussex Royal brand

first_img (Chris Jackson/Getty Images) whatsapp Harry and Meghan stepped back from public life at the beginning of the year hitting out at media intrusion and are now living in Canada with their son Archie. Show Comments ▼ Under the arrangement with the royal family, Harry will remain a prince and the couple will keep their titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they split their time between Britain and North America. Angharad Carrick Harry and Meghan face losing Sussex Royal brand (Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Also Read: Harry and Meghan face losing Sussex Royal brand Wednesday 19 February 2020 11:49 am Get the news as it happens by following City A.M. on Twitter.  (Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Also Read: Harry and Meghan face losing Sussex Royal brand Harry and Meghan first used the Sussex Royal titled when they created their own household, following a split from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Kensington Palace. “As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are stepping back as senior members of the royal family and will work towards financial independence, use of the word ‘royal’, in this context, needed to be reviewed,” a royal source told Reuters. Harry and Meghan are facing the loss of the Sussex Royal brand after giving up their royal duties to live in Canada. Sign up to City A.M.’s Midday Update newsletter, delivered to your inbox every lunchtime David Haigh, chief executive of Brand Finance, said: “It could dent some of their earnings in the short term but I think it will be a minor setback for Harry and Meghan as they can still make a lot of money using another name.” If the Queen decides to ban Harry and Meghan from using the Sussex Royal brand they will have to restyle their entire charitable platform. Last year the couple applied for a global trademark on the Sussex Royal brand, which covers a range of items and activities from clothing to charitable fundraising. The use of the word ‘royal’ in the couple’s Sussex Royal brand is being reviewed after they said they were moving towards financial independence, according to Reuters reports. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likezenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerbonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comNinjaJournalistThe Most Expensive Royal Weddings In Royals HistoryNinjaJournalistDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStorymoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comAbsolute HistoryAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongAbsolute HistoryNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteabley Share whatsapp They announced they would no longer receive money from the sovereign grant, which amounts to just five per cent of their income. The source added that the discussions are still ongoing. last_img read more

Covid Christmas talks to continue with rules ‘unlikely’ to change

first_imgA poll conducted yesterday showed that more people in Britain oppose the government’s plans to relax coronavirus restrictions around Christmas than support them. Wednesday 16 December 2020 8:49 am Edward Thicknesse and Poppy Wood whatsapp Jenrick added that the government would issue stronger guidance to reflect the “rising number of Covid cases”, but stop short of changing the rules. “If they don’t change the rules, my message is we’re under no obligation to do all that’s allowed, there’s no reason you have to kiss or hug an older relation,” he added. Michael Gove will continue to lead the talks, which broke up without agreement yesterday. (Getty Images) whatsapp But with cases on the rise, especially in London and the southeast, ministers have been warned that going ahead with the plans could further exacerbate the spread of the disease. More From Our Partners Feds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Share Michael Gove to hold Covid Christmas talks with devolved nations over ‘rethink’ Show Comments ▼ However, ministers are said to be considering slashing the number of days the rules are relaxed for, along with placing a limit on the distance people can travel over the Christmas period to stop the virus spreading across the country. Michael Gove will continue to lead the talks, which broke up without agreement yesterday. (Getty Images) Also Read: Michael Gove to hold Covid Christmas talks with devolved nations over ‘rethink’ “We believe the government is about to blunder into another major error that will cost many lives”, they added. “If our political leaders fail to take swift and decisive action, they can no longer claim to be ‘protecting the NHS.”center_img The British Medical Journal and Health Service Journal said the government should U-turn on its “rash decision to allow household mixing and instead extend the tiers over the five-day Christmas period in order to bring the numbers down in the advance of a likely third wave”. Ministers are understood to favour a cross-UK approach to the measures, rather than having different rules for different regions. Around 50 per cent of respondents in the poll, which was conducted by Kantar, said they opposed or strongly opposed the planned relaxation, while 40 per cent backed it. Under the current plans, three households will be able to meet and form a “bubble” between 23 and 27 December. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the government “haven’t got it right”, and urged ministers to rethink the decision. Michael Gove will continue to lead the talks, which broke up without agreement yesterday. (Getty Images) Also Read: Michael Gove to hold Covid Christmas talks with devolved nations over ‘rethink’ It is understood that Number 10 is concerned that a cancellation of Christmas plans could lead to lower compliance with the rules in January and later in the winter. An information campaign providing guidance for the period is expected to be released later this week. Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove will continue to lead negotiations with representatives from the UK’s devolved administrations, having failed to reach agreement yesterday. Talks over the plans to relax coronavirus restrictions over the Christmas period will continue today amid concerns that doing so could lead to a surge in cases of the disease. It comes after the UK’s two leading science journals yesterday issued their first joint editorial for more than 100 years slamming the Christmas relaxation of rules. 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Pandemic profiteers face tax hike on Covid winnings

first_img Hannah Godfrey Also Read: Pandemic profiteers face tax hike on Covid winnings Companies that have cashed in a result of the coronavirus pandemic, including the likes of Amazon, will face a double tax raid under plans being draw up by the government. The finance ministry was not immediately available for comment on the Sunday Times report.  Share  The government has summoned companies to discuss how an online sales tax would work, while plans are also being drawn up for a one-off “excessive profits tax,” the Sunday Times reported. He has promised to put public finances on a sustainable footing once the economy begins to recover. Also Read: Pandemic profiteers face tax hike on Covid winnings Finance minister Rishi Sunak is unlikely to announce the taxes at the budget announcement scheduled for March 3, which will focus on an extension of the Covid-19 furlough program and support for businesses. Instead, the tax hike is instead likely to surface in the second half of the year. Pandemic profiteers face tax hike on Covid winnings Sunak faces pressure from some in the Conservative party to show spending is under control when he presents a new budget, after what is on track to be the heaviest annual borrowing since World War Two.center_img Tags: Coronavirus whatsapp Sunday 7 February 2021 9:42 am Show Comments ▼ Amazon’s sales in Britain leapt by 51 per cent last year to £19.5bn as those in lockdown became more reliant on home deliveries. But the company pays little corporation tax — just £14.5m in 2019. Firms likely to be hit by a one-off Covid windfall tax include online retailers such as Amazon and Asos, food delivery firms such as Ocado, Just Eat and Deliveroo, and parcel firms and the big supermarkets. whatsapp The move is in an attempt to plug the black hole in Britain’s finances, with Covid-19 having cost the government more than £271bn.last_img read more

Snap! Instagram leaves Twitter in the dust with 300m daily users

first_img Snap! Instagram leaves Twitter in the dust with 300m daily users Oliver Smith whatsapp Share Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof FACEBOOK’S photo-sharing service, Instagram, yesterday said it now had more than 300m users sharing over 70m photos and videos each day.Meanwhile, microblogging service Twitter, which recently listed on the New York Stock Exchange, reaching a valuation of $23.4bn (£14.8bn), had just 284m active users, according to its website.Instagram, bought by Facebook in April 2012 for $1bn, also said in a blog that users would now see a “verified” badge for celebrities, athletes and brands as it pushed to deactivate spam accounts.“We’re thrilled to watch this community thrive and witness the amazing connections people make over shared passions and journeys,” wrote Instagram chief executive Kevin Systrom in a post on the company’s blog.“What began as two friends with a dream has grown into a global community that shares more than 70m photos and videos each day.”Instagram also said it would permanently delete spam accounts, which may cause a drop in some users’ follower counts. whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Wednesday 10 December 2014 8:54 pm Tags: Twitterlast_img read more

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has released his summer reading list – it includes Richard Dawkins’ latest, and the XKCD book

first_img Share Tuesday 19 May 2015 3:28 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent ExpressLearn It WiseAfter Losing 70lbs Susan Boyle Is So Skinny Now She Looks Like A ModelLearn It WiseLoan Insurance WealthGrab A Tissue Before You See Richard Simmons At 72Loan Insurance Wealth Microsoft founder Bill Gates has released his summer reading list – it includes Richard Dawkins’ latest, and the XKCD book Tags: Bill Gates Microsoft People whatsapp Emma Haslett whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Now in its third year, Bill Gates’ summer reading list has become something of a tradition for Gates-watchers. While last year’s was hardly a laugh a minute (it featured Tim Geithner’s Stress Test and Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction. Festive), this year Gates is clearly in a breezier mood – 2015’s list even features an anthology of cartoons. Want to read like the richest man in the world? Here’s what Gates recommends.Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh”You will rip through it in three hours, tops,” enthuses Gates of the book, which features “brief vignettes and comic drawing about [the author’s] young life”.”But you’ll wish it went on longer, because it’s funny and smart as hell.”The Magic of Reality, Richard DawkinsNo matter what you think of Dawkins’ brand of outspoken atheism, there’s no denying he’s popular. Although Gates describes The Magic of Reality as an “engaging, well-illustrated science textbook” (a classic holiday read, then), he also praises Dawkins.”[His] antagonistic (and, to me, overzealous) view of religion has earned him a lot of angry critics, but I consider him to be one of the great scientific writer/explainers of all time.”What If?, Randall MonroeWith a subtitle of “Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions”, Gates reckons this book, which takes a question-and-answer format, is “funny, but the science underpinning [it] is very accurate”.Sample question, courtesy of Gates: “From what height would you need to drop a steak for it to be cooked when it hit the ground?”. Answer: “High enough that it would disintegrate”. XKCD, Randall MunroeThere aren’t many who haven’t stumbled – whether knowingly or not – across a cartoon from the unfailingly brilliant XKCD at some point during their online lives. “It’s [a] kind of humour which not everybody loves, but I do,” says Gates. We’re inclined to disagree. We challenge him to find someone who doesn’t snort their tea out laughing at it…On Immunity, Eula BlissGiven recent work by the Gates Foundation to distribute vaccinations, this seems like a pretty fitting read for Gates.”I had no idea what a pleasure reading it would be,” he says. “This is a thoughtfully written book about a very important topic.”How to Lie with Statistics, Darrel HuffThis isn’t exactly a new release: the book was first published in 1954. But given the prevalence of infographics, charts and numbers “in your Facebook and Twitter feeds these days”, Gates suggests this is worthwhile reading.”A useful introduction to the use of statistics, and a helpful refresher for anyone who is already well versed in it.”Should We Eat Meat? Vaclav SmilIs meat as bad for the planet as everyone says? Er, apparently so. “The richer the world gets, the more meat it eats. And the more meat it eats, the bigger the threat to the planet. How to we square this circle?” asks Gates.Spoiler: he doesn’t think we can expect “large numbers of people to make drastic reductions” in the amount of meat they chow down on – but “innovation, including higher agricultural productivity and the development of meat substitutes” can help. Although he helpfully points out that while timely, this book is “the least beach-friendly” on the list.  last_img read more

JPMorgan joins the ranks signing up to military code

first_img Tags: JP Morgan Chase Show Comments ▼ JPMorgan joins the ranks signing up to military code Express KCS whatsapp City initiatives to help ex-veterans are growing, Michael Bow findsFINANCIAL firm JP Morgan (JPM) last night became the first US investment bank to add its name to the UK Armed Forces corporate covenant, underscoring a new push by City firms to help ex-military personnel find work at a time of shrinking defence budgets in the UK. The bank joins a roster of firms like Barclays, HSBC and BNY Mellon who have signed the voluntary pledge, which has attracted around 115 signatories in London alone since it was launched two years. Last night’s ceremony at JP Morgan’s offices coincides with a week-long series of events by military organisations to help foster closer relations between the military and the City ahead of annual Armed Forces Day on 28 June. Fears over cuts to Britain’s £34bn military budget, and a steep reduction in soldier numbers, have sharpened the debate over employment opportunities for ex-military personnel in recent months. JPM, along with other City firms, has a long-running initiative to attract ex-military talent into the bank, hosting an annual internship programme for about 25 veterans to help candidates get jobs in the City after exiting the military. “The armed forces are shrinking so what you have is a lot of talented people who are looking for opportunities outside the army,” Patrick Thomson, global head of sovereign wealth funds at JPM’s fund management arm, said. “We want to make sure we’re accessing this pool of talent to not only provide them with jobs, but to also help them make the transition,” Thomson, who was in the army for five years before joining JPM in 1995, helps run the internship plan and said the bank hoped to bridge the knowledge gap for ex-soldiers seeking a career in finance. Around 70 per cent of interns go on to get a job with the bank after the programme ends. “The transition isn’t that easy because while there are a lot of skills candidates have that are applicable, such as good organisation skills, the technicalities of working in finance and the complex jargon and language takes a bit of time to learn,” he added. The pressing need to help veterans back into work was thrown into stark light yesterday by a study from Barclays, showing nearly one in ten employers look upon a past military career unfavourably. Against that tide, the Ministry of Defence has funded Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers, which works with City HR departments to encourage firms to support reservists. Greater London employer engagement director Niall Ahern, who tours City firms on behalf of reservists, said ex-military staff were well suited to financial careers.“Big City firms have to control budgets and hold relationships with international clients,” he said. “Someone from an officer rank, for example, might have the skillset to suit a role in that type of bank.” With a battle over military cuts looming this parliament, City initiatives like JPM’s are set to take on growing relevance to the men and women adjusting back to civilian life after their time in uniform comes to an end. center_img Share Wednesday 24 June 2015 8:32 pm whatsapplast_img read more

UK immigration: Businesses including Asda, Lloyds Banking Group, Rolls-Royce, Siemens warn Tories over migration curbs

first_imgFriday 14 August 2015 4:56 am More From Our Partners Institutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org UK immigration: Businesses including Asda, Lloyds Banking Group, Rolls-Royce, Siemens warn Tories over migration curbs whatsapp Britain’s biggest businesses have warned the government against tightening rules for employing foreign workers, saying that new restrictions could increase costs, jeopardise graduate schemes and encourage firms to move their operations overseas.Asda, Lloyds Banking Group, Rolls-Royce, Siemens and others made their case in formal submissions to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), a group of experts which advises the government on immigration issues.After the General Election, Prime Minister David Cameron asked the MAC to look at proposals to cut migration to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), in­clud­ing raising the minimum salary requirements for skilled foreign workers on so-called “Tier 2” visas.But after spending two weeks in June and July listening to businesses, the MAC said in a report published yesterday that the government should think twice before lifting the salary threshold, which currently stands at £20,800 per year for new hires and £41,500 for long-term intra-company transfers.In yesterday’s report, the committee said: “There is little doubt that an immediate introduction of a salary threshold at this level would be strongly opposed by many employers and would cause serious problems in particular sectors.”According to the MAC, Tata Consult­ancy Services said higher salary thresholds would likely force it to cut costs by providing “off-the-shelf”, rather than customised, solutions for their clients. PwC told the MAC that increasing salary requirements would push firms to move operations to other countries, hurting not only employees but also UK-based supply chains.Rolls-Royce warned that threshold changes could reduce the affordability of graduate recruitment to the extent that it would “ultimately abolish the entry-level rate”. The London First business group cautioned against the effects rules changes could have on innovation, telling the MAC that start-ups would be “very hard hit”, saying: “If startups or small businesses choose to locate elsewhere because of the difficulty of recruiting talent in London, this will have a knock-on effect on London’s creative sector.”Lloyds Banking Group wrote to the committee to say that it has “significant concerns with a proposal that increases remuneration for non-EEA employees”, noting that such changes would increase costs for employers.“With the proposal of a skills levy a live issue, we consider a decision to increase salary levels at this stage to be premature,” the bank said.Chancellor George Osborne proposed a new so-called “skills levy” on firms employing foreign workers in his emergency Summer Budget last month. It remains unclear whether the levy would be introduced as a one-off cost or an annual tax.Sir David Metcalf, a former London School of Economics professor who chairs the MAC, echoed Lloyds yesterday, saying that as a result, salary thresholds “should not be considered in isolation”. He said: “Salary thresholds are closely linked with other issues the government has asked the MAC to consider in its wider review, including proposals for an immigration skills charge on migrant workers.”The MAC is expected to publish a wider review, taking into account the impact of a skills levy, in December. Show Comments ▼center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailPsoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsWhat Is Psoriatic Arthritis? 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Political Prisoners Used as Martial Arts Targets

first_img Facebook Twitter Political Prisoners Used as Martial Arts Targets There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE By Daily NK – 2005.12.05 2:32pm News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img [imText1]One day in April 1988, in Life Imprisonment settlement No. 22, we were conducting routine military drills when Lt MC Choi, my platoon commander, spotted ten prisoners watching us as they passed by. He stopped them and asked them to come. The prisoners all went down on their knees, trembling and begging, “We will not watch you practice again. Please forgive us.” He said, “You s.o.b! Shut up! Stand up, move forward! Turn left…” He made them stand in the center of the training ground. One of our old timers said, “What a great opportunity! I am going to practice a side kick today.” Another guard said, “I am going to finish up my full roundhouse today.” Then, the commander began lecturing to us, “It is because of the people’s enemy like them, beasts, that the Leader can’t sleep well at night and that we are training hard here today. So, today, you must practice your martial art techniques to be ready to crush our enemy in one blow at any time…” Ten of the newcomers were told to surround the prisoners so that they could not escape. First, two prisoners were tied up against poles two meters apart.The commander called each guard one by one and they began to kick and punch the prisoners until all ten prisoners were finished. The prisoners cried with pain. Most of them bled from the nose and mouth and suffered broken teeth and ribs. None of them were able to walk normally afterwards. They were limping and helping each other when they were told to hurry off immediately. North Korea produced two martial arts moves in 1986, “Hong Kill Tong”(the Korean version of Robin Hood) and “Order No. 027.” Since then it has become common practice for the guards in the prison settlements to reenact come of the scenes from these movies by practicing martial arts using political prisoners as targets.Frankly, we newcomers envied the old-timers for the opportunity to practice what they had learned and we looked at them with admiration, but we were very shocked and trembled with fear when we saw the victims bleeding and groaning with pain.The officers encouraged the guards to use political prisoners for kicking and punching practice. Through casual conversations with my colleagues, I learned that this was common at all the detention settlements. North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News Newslast_img read more

North Korea aims to expand tobacco production facility and foreign currency…

first_img North Korea aims to expand tobacco production facility and foreign currency earnings By Kim Yoo Jin – 2018.08.23 5:35pm NewsEconomy US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again TAGSconstruction SHARE Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AvatarKim Yoo JinKim Yoo Jin is one of Daily NK’s freelance journalists. Please direct any questions about his articles to [email protected] center_img Various brands of North Korean cigarettes. Image: Daily NK file photoThe April 25 Tobacco Factory (also referred to as Changpyong Farm) in Onsong County, North Hamgyong Province, has tabled plans to increase production by recruiting a large number of ex-soldiers for the factory’s labor units, Daily NK has learned from informed North Korean sources.As exports of minerals like coal have been brought to a standstill due to international sanctions, the authorities seem to be relying on other foreign-currency earning enterprises to the greatest extent possible. North Korea has recently started exporting its own brand of cigarettes called “Morning” to the Middle East, Mongolia, and other areas of the world. This comes after years of notoriety for producing counterfeit versions of famous international brands and exporting them globally.As North Korea’s prowess in tobacco manufacturing has improved, residents have widely begun to believe that North Korean tobacco products are of higher quality than low-cost Chinese brands, and North Korean tobacco products are now very popular among Chinese [living and working] near the Sino-North Korea border. According to a source in North Hamgyong Province, the authorities have ordered the construction of two-story houses for the former soldiers who will be working at the manufacturing facility, while the materials and costs for the housing are the responsibility of the local district. There appear to be plans for a major construction project that will lead to the building of 56 two-story residences. Changpyong Farm is divided into eight labor divisions, with each division comprising seven work units.“The apartments constructed for the former soldiers will be built in the modern North Korean style and near the factory road so that the Marshal (Kim Jong Un) will be able to observe them easily when he conducts on-the-spot guidance at the facility in future,” a separate source in North Hamgyong Province said, adding that the authorities therefore seem to be considering the propaganda value of the housing complex. Recently, Kim Jong Un has criticized the attitudes of officials toward state projects as being “too formalistic” and “too bureaucratic” and some of these individuals likely want to be associated with a successful construction project that they can point to as evidence of their hard work. “The state has declared that all materials required for the construction must be provided by the local district,” the initial source said. “The state isn’t even providing one kilogram of cement, and is just applying pressure for the housing to be built, regardless of the conditions on the ground.” When the state declares that construction materials and labor are the responsibility of the local district, it generally means that the state will provide some funds, but that most of the materials and labor are to be provided by local residents. After the order was handed down in mid-July, quotas for cement were given out to each household in the area and housing construction “shock troops” comprising young laborers were organized to begin the construction process. As North Korea’s relations with China and South Korea have improved, the state has moved to make up for foreign currency shortages due to international sanctions by actively promoting tourism and sporting events, which bring in currency from abroad. Kim Jong Un’s visit to the Wonsan-Kalma Coastal Tourism Zone construction site in May and again in August appears to be related to the state’s attempts to support such projects. News News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderslast_img read more

Manulife launches advisor toolkit to support Synergy ad campaign

The consumer campaign, which began on May 28, features a new television commercial that focuses on the key question: “If you can’t cover the bills, who will?” The commercial depicts a number of hypothetical situations where children have stepped in to earn the family income because a parent was unable to work. This helps the viewer begin to question their own insurance coverage. A version of the television ad is available for viewing on the Manulife YouTube channel. The advisor Synergy toolkit includes a video of the TV commercial and updated versions of the Synergy website and Synergy iPad app. It also features several new marketing materials such as customizable brochures, flyers, posters, radio scripts, prospecting letters, website content and sample ads. Using the kit, advisors have additional tools to inform clients of Synergy’s unique 3-in-1 solution that bundles policies for disability, critical illness and life insurance in one convenient package. “We launched Synergy a year ago because we saw a need for a simple money-saving solution to cover the real, everyday risks families face,” said Paul Smith, vice president, marketing and product development, individual insurance. “To build on this initial success, our new advertising campaign and marketing toolkit will help support our advisors and expand their ability to communicate about Synergy with clients.” Advisors are encouraged to share an online version of the Synergy television ad or a link to the Synergy website with their clients. They can also use new marketing materials to run a campaign of their own, taking advantage of the added awareness and recognition of the consumer advertising. “If advisors want to help their clients discover Synergy through interactive resources, they can use the Synergy website and iPad app, which include built-in risk and coverage calculators,” added Smith. “We’ve also provided several options for advisors who want to run traditional campaigns to generate leads. We believe it’s a great opportunity to capitalize on the added awareness of Synergy.” The consumer advertising campaign, which also includes print ads and a series of posts on Manulife’s Guidebook Facebook page, runs through the summer. BMO Insurance offers new option on whole life plans Equitable Bank expands CSV line of credit suite Coverage increases for 2 Canada Protection Plan life insurance policies Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter IE Staff Related news Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC) has launched a suite of marketing tools to help advisors promote its unique Synergy insurance solution. The new marketing toolkit is designed to build off consumer awareness created by Manulife’s new Synergy ad campaign and provides a variety of ways to help advisors introduce Synergy to their clients. Keywords Advertising,  Living benefits,  Life insuranceCompanies Manulife Financial Corp. read more