Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini gathered conservative and far-right European leaders in Milan on Monday to launch his movement to unite populist parties across Europe. Representatives from four parties were in attendance — Salvini’s own League Party, the Alternative for Germany party (AfD), the conservative Finns party and the Danish People’s Party. With major players missing — including Marine Le Pen of France’s National Rally and Hungarian President Viktor Orban of the Fidesz party — it is unclear whether Salvini will find success. On Monday night’s episode of Raw Politics, Estonian MEP Indrek Tarand of the European Green Party called the launch a “failure”, saying divisions among far-right parties will prevent collaboration. “I don’t feel a threat because in a democracy people have a right to be stupid and vote for all sorts of extremist approaches,” Tarand later said on the show. Gerolf Annemans, a … [Read more...] about Raw Politics: MEPs debate Matteo Salvini’s attempt to unite the right
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Feb 07, 6:04 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Eric Brown @ericbrownzzz 02/03/14 AT 1:25 PM On Super Bowl Sunday, Coca Cola aired a minute-long commercial featuring a number of diverse Americans singing the patriotic anthem “America the Beautiful” alternatingly in English and several other languages. The commercial, intended as a heartwarming message of diversity, as well as a way to sell more sugary soft drinks, drew plenty of outrage from the right.Many were angered that the Coke would dare to portray Americans singing “America the Beautiful” in any other language than English. The backlash spawned the embarrassing hashtag #f-ckcoke (in its non-edited version), which became a trending topic on Twitter.How dare you sing "America" in different languages. F-ck Coca Cola. That's so disrespectful. #F-ckCokeâ€” Stoyer (@Stoyer_11) February 3, 2014The outrage wasn’t … [Read more...] about Coca Cola’s Super Bowl Ad Draws Misguided Anger From The Right
Once upon a time, an office building was an office building, a hotel was a hotel, and an apartment building was an apartment building. But today, mixed-use projects combining different property uses are increasingly popular. While the most common mixed-use developments are apartments with ground-floor retail space, many developers are assembling a wide array of mixed uses, sometimes in unexpected combinations. Mixed-use development isn’t the future of commercial real estate; in many cases it’s already become the norm. But mixed-use projects are more challenging than a single-use development. For starters, different property types have differing operating needs and components. The challenge for developers is finding a way to smoothly combine two or more different property uses in a single project. “Mixing two uses is a complex thing. I wouldn’t say it’s simple,” says Tony Barranco, senior vice president of real estate development with … [Read more...] about Are mixed-use projects the right path forward for the Twin Cities?
Is this “the best a man can get”? In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Gillette is invoking its classic tagline to call upon men to hold each other accountable and set better examples for the “men of tomorrow.” And they’re catching criticism for doing so. The Boston-based shaving company, which is owned by Procter & Gamble, unveiled a new marketing campaign Monday seeking to eliminate bad behavior and justifications like “boys will be boys,” acknowledging that “the actions of the few can taint the reputation of the many.” In an ad titled “We Believe,” — which begins by depicting news coverage and mainstream portrayals of sexual harassment, bullying, and other forms of “toxic masculinity” — a narrator says that such behavior has “been going on far too long.” “We can’t laugh it off,” the voice-over says. “Making the same old excuses. But something finally … [Read more...] about Gillette released an ad asking men to ‘act the right way.’ Then came the backlash.
When Denny man Alasdair Brown was made redundant he decided to launch his own local business venture - and is already amazed by the response. He’d previously worked for a household-name chain store firm, and was set on running a company that would be - the exact opposite - a traditional family business. Amid gloomy stories about the difficulties faced by town centre traders he was expecting a bumpy ride for the first few months. Being realistic, he fully expected his firm, Brown for Beds, wouldn’t gain any serious interest until January.Meanwhile he’s been left “frustrated” at what he sees as the difficulty of negotiating a suitable site in Falkirk - his first choice.“Sites that could have been of interest just didn’t seem to be ‘available’, and I spent valuable time really getting no result”, he said. “Yet the same empty units I had been looking at still remain empty”.Could it be that despite the town … [Read more...] about Owner of new Denny family firm says ‘we made the right move’