Press release: Dalí’s Champagne Standard Lamps at risk of leaving the UK

first_imgArts Minister Michael Ellis has placed a temporary export bar on ‘A Pair of Champagne Standard Lamps’ by Salvador Dalí and Edward James to provide an opportunity to keep them in the country.The lamps are at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £425,000 + £15,000 VAT.They are a collaboration between Dalí, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, and Edward James, Dalí’s patron and a keen promoter of the Surrealist movement. In the view of the Committee, the lamps were arguably the most original and important examples of modern lighting designed in the UK.The pair are one of two designed for Monkton House, Sussex, which was built in 1902 – 03 for James’ parents and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. It was home to the most important and influential Surrealist interior ever created in Britain.One pair of lamps were made to flank the marble fireplace in the dining room at Monkton and would have stood adjacent to the Mae West Lips sofa, recently acquired by the V&A after a temporary export deferral was placed in November 2017.The other pair of lamps is still owned by the Edward James Foundation.Arts Minister Michael Ellis said: The lamps are everything one would expect of Dalí. Witty, erotic – the champagne cups can be read as female breasts – the lamps are also strikingly sculptural, standing about the height of a person, with the line of vertical cups resembling a spinal column: a brilliant example of fantasy lighting. The RCEWA made its recommendation on the grounds of the lamps’ close connection with our history and national life, their outstanding aesthetic importance and their significance for the study of furniture history, as well as the history of design and Surrealist art.The decision on the export licence application for the lamps will be deferred until 31 August. This may be extended until 30 November if a serious intention to raise funds to purchase them is made at the recommended price of £425,000 + £15,000 VAT.Organisations or individuals interested in purchasing the lamps should contact the RCEWA on 0845 300 6200.An image of the lamps can be downloaded via our Flickr site.ENDS Notes to editors The decision to defer the export licence follows a recommendation by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA), administered by The Arts Council.RCEWA member Richard Calvocoressi said: For media information contact:Faye JacksonCommunications OfficerDepartment for Digital, Culture, Media and SportTel: 0207 211 6263Email: [email protected] Salvador Dalí is one of the great artistic pioneers of the 20th century. These lamps were created in the UK by Dalí and it is important that we keep them here.center_img The Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest is an independent body, serviced by The Arts Council, which advises the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on whether a cultural object, intended for export, is of national importance under specified criteria. Details of the lamps are as follows:Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) and Edward James (1907-1984)A pair of Champagne standard lampsmodelled as stacked champagne glasses with tray bases decorated with ivy, some ‘glasses’ with removable half-section insertsgold-painted and lacquered brassHeight: 63 in. (160 cm.) Provenance:Made for Edward James by Green & Abbott in 1938. At Monkton House, West Dean Estate, West Sussex, until 1986, and then moved to West Dean House, West Sussex.The Edward James Foundation, West Dean, West Sussex. I was delighted that the V&A was able to acquire the Mae West Lips sofa and I hope that we are able to find a buyer for the lamps so that they too can be saved for the nation. The Arts Council champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. It supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. read more

Police: Man Killed on I-95 is Possible Suspect in Boynton Stabbing

first_imgThe man who was fatally struck by a vehicle on I-95 in Boca Raton last Thursday morning is suspected of a stabbing a woman about 30 minutes earlier in Boynton Beach, according to police.Boynton Beach Police responded to a report of a stabbing at 5:30 a.m. that morning in the Verona community, off Southwest Eighth Street and north of Woolbright Road.Just after 6 a.m., a man was hit by two tractor-trailers in the northbound lanes of I-95 near Clint Moore Road. Florida Highway Patrol authorities said the man was a pedestrian.According to police, the suspected stabber’s car was found that morning on the highway overpass at Clint Moore Road.Police have not named either the male suspected in the stabbing or the injured female, who was last reported in stable condition.Investigators are calling the stabbing “domestic-related.”Anyone with information is asked to call Boynton Beach Detective Nicole Loshelder at (561) 732-8116 or Palm Beach County CrimeStoppers at 800-458-TIPS (8477).last_img read more

L.A. Dodgers suffer a historically lopsided loss to the New York Mets, 15-2

first_imgRavin had only walked one batter in eight major league innings prior to Saturday, but picked a bad night to re-discover the control problems that kept him in the minor leagues until age 27. He walked three batters in 1 1/3 innings and allowed two runs.The Dodgers got their only runs on solo home runs by Jimmy Rollins and Joc Pederson. It was Rollins’ third home run in three games at Citi Field, something no Dodgers shortstop has done since 1930.Greinke will start Sunday hoping to extend his streak of 43 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings. He and Clayton Kershaw, who’s thrown 29 consecutive scoreless innings, aren’t merely having two of the best seasons in the major leagues. They’re establishing themselves as one of the best 1-2 starting combinations in history.As for the rest of the pitching staff? Consider this: Despite Kershaw and Greinke’s heroics, the Dodgers have a 3.78 ERA for the month of July, 21st in the league — and that was before Saturday’s debacle.“Obviously tonight we just couldn’t – whatever we were doing wasn’t working,” manager Don Mattingly said. “Chalk it up to ‘one of those games’ at this point.”Certainly the margin of defeat Saturday was more a fluke than a trend. But the dangers of playing with three or four healthy and reliable starting pitchers, in addition to some still-unproven relievers, has become clear.The Dodgers have the luxury of two off-days next week sandwiched around a two-game series against the Oakland A’s. In theory, that means a schedule quirk could boot this problem all the way to August. Should Mattingly choose, he won’t have to start a pitcher other than Kershaw, Greinke or Brett Anderson until after the trade deadline has passed.That doesn’t mean the problem isn’t there. Between Anderson’s latest health scare (he pitched only 2 2/3 innings in his last start because of a tender ankle) and Saturday’s 13-run loss, the Dodgers’ front office doesn’t need to imagine the consequences of not making a move at the deadline. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error All three men could be back in the minors by the time the Dodgers return home Sunday night. Tsao and Ravin were optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City after the loss. Lee could also be optioned to make room for Sunday’s starter, Zack Greinke, who is coming off the paternity list.Saturday the trio was entrusted to 6 2/3 innings against the team with the lowest batting average in the major leagues. By the time Ravin gave the ball to Joel Peralta in the seventh inning, the Mets had already scored more runs against the Dodgers than they had in 54 seasons of existence.The Mets’ 19 hits were a season high. Lee, the Dodgers’ first-round draft pick in 2010, was charged with seven runs in 4 2/3 innings in his major league debut. He allowed 11 hits, walked one batter and struck out three. “I kind of fell behind early to a couple guys in the first inning,” he said. “Walking (Curtis Granderson) to lead off the game is never a good way of doing it. Some weak contact hits in the first inning got me behind. Jumping out to a four-run lead put a little pressure, trying to keep that at 4-0.”Tsao faced 10 batters and recorded two outs. Six scored.center_img NEW YORK >> There was a point this season where it could be argued the Dodgers didn’t need any major upgrades to their pitching staff.Saturday, the non-waiver trade deadline couldn’t come soon enough. The Dodgers lost 15-2 to the New York Mets at Citi Field.To be fair, neither starting pitcher Zach Lee (0-1) nor the first two men out of the bullpen, Chin-Hui Tsao and Josh Ravin, were even among the first wave of reinforcements when the inevitable injuries hit the Dodgers’ pitchers.Lee began the season at Triple-A and Saturday became the 14th pitcher to start a game for the Dodgers this season – more than any other major league team. Ravin wasn’t on the 40-man roster until June. Tsao began the season at Double-A and wasn’t even invited to spring training. last_img read more

Behind enemy lines: Five questions with Chiefs beat writer

first_imgFive questions with Adam Teicher, who covers the Kansas City Chiefs for The Chiefs have the week off. Andy Reid is known for having his teams well prepared after a bye with a 17-3 record in Philadelphia and Kansas City. Can you shed any light on why Reid is so good at this?Teicher: Reid and his staff put the extra time to good use. Their game plans usually look fresh after having some time off. The players look fresh, too. Reid gives the players the entire bye week off from …last_img

South African actors join The Flash TV series

first_imgSouth African actors Neil Sandilands and Kim Engelbrecht join the fourth season of the hit superhero series, The Flash, in high-profile roles.The Flash television series featuring the DC Comics character debuted in 2014 and has proven to be a critical and popular hit around the world. The fourth season begins in October 2017 and will feature new characters played by South African actors Neil Sandilands and Kim Engelbrecht. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonSouth African acting talent is strong in Hollywood, from the Oscar-winning Charlize Theron to Pearl Thusi’s star turn in the hit series, Quantico. While Arnold Vosloo may not be a household name, thanks to his roles in geek favourites The Mummy and Darkman, he is a cult favourite.The fourth season of the hit show The Flash begins in October 2017 and will feature new characters played by South African actors Neil Sandilands (left) and Kim Engelbrecht. (Image: Twitter)Now two more South African names have been added to the list of local stars making it in Hollywood.Former Isidingo star Kim Engelbrecht and 7de Laan alumni Neil Sandilands have landed roles in the hit TV series, The Flash, which is based on the comic book. The two actors will appear in the forthcoming fourth season of the show, in major roles.This is not Sandilands’ first foray into US television. In 2016, he starred in the cult sci-fi series The 100 and he was a member of the supporting cast in the Sundance Channel’s crime drama Hap and Leonard. Sandilands has also had high profile guest roles in NCIS and The Americans, playing South African characters.South African audiences know him for his dramatic performances in local films such as Die Ballade van Robbie de Wee and Jakhalsdans. Although, of course, for most local fans, Sandilands is best known for his breakout role as Bart Kruger, the awkward but lovable deli owner on the soapie 7de Laan, whom he played from 2000 to 2007.Sandilands plays Clifford DeVoe in the forthcoming season of The Flash. DeVoe is also known as the Thinker, master of mind control and arch-villain to The Flash, played by Grant Gustin.Sandilands will be joined by a fellow South African in The Flash, actress Kim Engelbrecht, who plays the Thinker’s gadget maker, the Mechanic, a character created exclusively for the show.Engelbrecht also got her start in television in a popular South African soapie, playing the teenage rebel from the wrong side of the tracks, Lolly van Onselen, in Isidingo from 1998 to 2005.Since leaving Isidingo, Engelbrecht has built up a formidable acting resumé, appearing in film and television, including local indie hits such as The Flyer and A Boy Called Twist.Since seeking out fame and fortune in Hollywood in 2012, she has appeared in a number of international productions, including a role alongside Helen Mirren in the espionage thriller, Eye in the Sky, and in the action film, Death Race: Inferno.Engelbrecht also made an impression in two short-lived international television series, the sci-fi show, Dominion, and action series SAF3, alongside action star Dolph Lundgren.Thank You so much for the incredible messages ! I sooooo Appreciate it ! Hugzzzz #AppreciateIt ?#SweetTweets ?— ??Kim E (@kimengelbrecht) July 26, 2017Speaking to TshisaLIVE following the announcement of her role in The Flash, Engelbrecht said she was looking forward to making her mark in the popular show and acting alongside Sandilands. “I am really excited… [It’s a show] I have followed and liked for some time. It’s also exciting to be working in Vancouver for the first time, and to be working with such great actors.”Meanwhile, Sandilands took to Twitter to give fans a taste of what they could expect from the Thinker.Watch this space.— neil sandilands (@njwsandilands) July 22, 2017The South African actors will be joining another newcomer to the series, none other than cult film actor Danny Trejo, best known for his tough guy persona and his work with action director Robert Rodriquez.The fourth season of The Flash starts in the US on 10 October 2017. A date for the South African broadcast of the season, on DStv channel Vuzu Amp (103), has not yet been confirmed.Source: News24, IMDBWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Twitter Analytics Outfit Topsy Extends Its Tweet Index Back To The Beginning

first_imgTags:#analytics#data#now#Topsy#twitter Topsy, a social analytics platform for searching and analyzing tweets, announced today that its data history will now include public tweets dating back to Twitter’s hatching in March 2006. Users will be able to track the number of times an account was mentioned, how many users a given tweet potentially reached, and the general location and sentiment of tweets on particular topics throughout the history of the service. Prior to this update, Topsy’s data index only extended back to July 2010. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img readwrite Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img

10 Factors for Forecasting Deals

first_imgCompelling reason to change: If your dream client doesn’t have a compelling reason to change, it’s difficult to forecast that deal. Like a crime, you are looking for a motive. No compelling reason to change doesn’t mean you may not win eventually, but it’s not a deal you can forecast with any certainty that you are going to win it by a certain date.Client driven date: If the prospect doesn’t have a date by which they believe they need to–or want to–implement your solution, the date in your CRM is merely a placeholder. How can you forecast a date when the client isn’t even aware of the date you have selected?Support beyond formal process: Do you have access to the stakeholders you need? Do you have access to the information you need? How much closer than “arm’s length” are you? It’s a mistake to forecast a blind RFP with any certainty over 17% unless you helped write it.All stakeholders are known and engaged: In small companies or large companies with a dominator hierarchy, you may be able to make a deal with a single stakeholder. But in larger, more complex deals, you are likely to need consensus. You won’t know how to build consensus if you don’t know who the stakeholders are. Not knowing them means they don’t support you. Maybe lower your certainty.Obstacle identified: If you don’t know who your obstacles are, you may want to reduce your certainty when it comes to forecasting. If you don’t know how you are likely to lose a deal, then you don’t know where you are likely to be flanked by your opposition or your competitor. Knowing how you may lose is how you know what changes to make. And who you need to help. Hold on that 75% certainty score.All stakeholder needs are addressed, and the solution tailored: If you don’t know what people want and how your solution may be difficult for them to accept, you can’t give them what they want. If you have “a” solution, you might want to think about “solutions,” (plural) tailoring your proposal for the people whose support you need and who you will later serve.Collaboration on solutions: You are much more likely to win a deal in which you collaborated with the contacts within your dream client’s company. If it’s your solution alone, it is not “our” solution. The more the solution belongs to your prospect, the greater the likelihood you win.Support of leadership: Just because you need consensus doesn’t mean that there isn’t still someone who has to sign an agreement. Consensus still requires the support of leadership. You don’t want to ask if leadership supports the change initiative you are working on with your prospect. Would you rather lose?Access to investment: A lot of people and companies have problems worth solving. Few of them have an unlimited budget for everything they would like to have. The question isn’t “Is there a budget?” It’s “is this compelling enough for you to make the necessary investment?” You can forecast a deal, but if there isn’t a reason to pay for the change, you are looking a “no decision.”Competitor’s known: If you haven’t had a scrappy competitor sneak into a deal and beat you, you will. You can’t easily differentiate your offering from your competitors if you don’t know who they are. You also can’t always generate the best deal strategy. It’s better to know who you are competing against than not to know and do nothing.last_img read more

Harbhajan on the ascendant, the Turbanator is definitely back

first_imgTime and again, commentators have raved about Harbhajan Singh’s ‘tail’ being up as soon as he gets an early wicket. While it may be a clich, it has its basis firmly in fact, for there is perhaps no bowler in world cricket who behaves more differently when he has scalped one to when he hasn’t. Sunday’s England game here was the Jalandhar boy’s first in India colours since the second Test against the same opponents at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, in July-August last year. Since then, he had sustained an abdominal injury, been dropped on form, won the Champions League Twenty20 for Mumbai Indians, failed miserably in the domestic season that followed, and then spent the last month playing Division Two County Cricket for Essex with mixed fortunes. Then, Eoin Morgan decided to play a cut shot to the second delivery of the sixth over. Harbhajan, bowling his first over, fired in the quicker top-spinner and shattered the woodwork. Immediately, one could see the ‘tail’ was up. In other words, Bhajji was pumped up and ready to take on the world again after a confidence shattering 14 months in the wilderness. “For me it was an important game. I hadn’t played international cricket for a full year. Getting a wicket first or second ball gives you a lot of confidence,” he said after the game. “In T20 cricket, it’s important to just read the game. I have tried to cut down my run-up a bit. I was running in too fast, and struggling to find my areas. So I was consciously coming in off a short run, and slowly.” Next ball, Harbhajan bowled a doosra to Jonny Bairstow that beat him in the air and nearly got him stumped. It was obvious that the problem of firing it in quick, that had led to his decline, had been worked on, and an off-spinner’s best friends – variation in loop and bounce – were back. With the pitch affording just a little help, the off-breaks turned, the doosras turned away, and the topspinners hurried through. England’s batsmen, never the best players of spin in any case, decided to commit hara-kiri by trying to play cross-batted strokes. The bowler had to wait till the end of his third over for his next wicket, despite beating the bat on numerous occasions. But Tim Bresnan’s attempted sweep took the top edge because of extra bounce and was gobbled up by deep square leg. Off his very next ball, Harbhajan bowled Jos Buttler with another beauty. The batsman backed away to leg and Bhajji bowled a normal off-break that broke the stumps, before getting his opposite number Graeme Swann, with a doosra so pretty it could’ve won a beauty pageant. Much better batsmen than Swann would’ve taken the bait and gotten stumped. Four for 12 off four overs was a great return for a comeback match, but according to skipper MS Dhoni, Harbhajan can do even better. “It was important that he did well in this particular game — I don’t mean he had to take four wickets — but I think he is someone who can do better than this. But if you go by the circumstances, it was a brilliant performance by him,” the skipper said. But for Harbhajan, even more than the elation of success, it was the relief of donning the India jersey again that was paramount. “Without playing for India, I don’t know what else I could do,” he said. “It’s been a hard year for me. I’ve been out of the side due to injuries and whatnot, and the other boys have been doing really well. So for me it was an important game. This (man of the match) award is for my mom and for the people who have stuck with me in difficult times.” He still has miles to go in order to get back to his attacking best. But Harbhajan has made a good start. And while it was Arnold Schwarzenegger who promised to do so in The Terminator, it’s the Turbanator who is back.advertisementlast_img read more

a month agoSouthampton loanee Elyounoussi enjoys Celtic debut

first_imgSouthampton loanee Elyounoussi enjoys Celtic debutby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMo Elyounoussi was delighted after making his debut for Celtic. The winger, on loan from Southampton, set up the winner in his first start for the Scottish giants.He said: “It was good to get the chance to play. I am proud of getting the win.”It was a good first five minutes and I almost scored but in the end I was happy to assist James in front of the goal and win the game.”It was a tough game and the pitch wasn’t the best and a bit dry but we came here for three points and that’s what we got.”He added: “They have been taking care of me since day one.”In time I will get more time to know them and on the pitch know each other and how they want to play and I want to play and hopefully that will get better in the future.”I am proud to get the debut and the three points is nice and now it’s Rennes on Thursday and we go again.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

2016 4-Star CB Donte Vaughn Releases SEC-Heavy Top 8

first_imgDonte Vaughn announces his top 8 schools.@_cavtion_Donte Vaughn, a four-star cornerback in the 2016 class, has trimmed his list to eight schools. The 6-foot-3, 192-pound prospect out of Memphis, Tenn., is ranked the No. 27 CB in his class by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings. His top eight is very SEC-heavy. Here’s the statement he released with his top schools.  @_cavtion_@_cavtion_Vaughn is considered by most recruiting analysts to be favoring Tennessee, Ole Miss and Notre Dame.last_img