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David Coulthard car insurance ad banned for encouraging ‘reckless driving’

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“Furthermore, the manner in which the car was driven was extremely reckless and given it was performed in a regular vehicle and on public roads whilst showing other vehicles to be in motion, were scenes that could potentially be emulated by viewers, putting themselves and others at a significant risk of danger by driving hazardously and in an irresponsible manner.

“Because of that, we considered that the ad had featured reckless driving behaviour on public roads and therefore concluded that ad encouraged dangerous and irresponsible driving.

“The ad must not appear again in its current form. We told Aviva UK Digital Ltd that their advertising must not encourage dangerous and irresponsible driving.”

In its response to the ASA, Aviva stated that the advert was part of a broader campaign driven out of a social purpose to help make Britain’s roads safer.

The firm said “the stunts performed by David Coulthard were not intended to encourage or condone dangerous and irresponsible driving, but to denounce and discourage it”.

The 60-second ad featured on-screen text that stated: “WARNING Conducted under a controlled environment. Do not attempt to recreate.”

Aviva also produced further campaign material to support that, including a behind-the-scenes film showing Coulthard explaining that there was a place for the kind of driving depicted in the ads, but that place was not on public roads.

A spokeswoman for Aviva said: “It’s always our intention to comply with advertising guidelines so we’re disappointed by the ASA’s ruling, but we will, of course, abide by the ASA’s decision. The advert has not been shown since June 2017 and it won’t be aired again.

“We wanted to produce an advert which presented this idea in a completely different way, but still stayed true to the principles of safer driving by encouraging people to use our app which monitors their driving skills and rewards safer motorists.

“However, we appreciate that some viewers felt the advert may have sent out the wrong message.

“We are absolutely committed to helping make Britain’s roads safer and we will continue to develop new initiatives with this goal in mind.”

 

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Croatian language school removes Melania Trump billboards following lawsuit threat

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Mrs Trump hired the law firm to protect her image, which has appeared on various products in her native Slovenia, including cakes, underwear and tourism advertisements.

Ms Pirc-Musar said that the Croatian school had apologised for the billboards, but that the statement also needs to be published by the Croatian and Slovenian state news agencies.

“We are very sorry that the billboards were misunderstood as something intended to mock the US first lady,” Ivis Buric, the woman behind the campaign, told the AP. “It was meant to be something positive, to show her as a role model.”

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Google, Facebook and Twitter told to take down terror content within two hours or face fines 

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 “These companies have some of the best brains in the world. They should really be focusing that on what matters, which is stopping the spread of terrorism and violence. We want them to break the echo chambers.”

Google and YouTube have announced they are increasing their use of technology to help automatically identify videos.

Facebook have also stated publicly that they are looking at developing artificial intelligence to automate the identification of terrorist material.

Twitter said it had suspended almost a million accounts in two years for posting terrorist material. The social media platform has suspended over 930,000 accounts since 2015 as part of a terror crackdown and 300,000 accounts in six months this year.

Ahead of the meeting, Twitter said it had suspended almost a million accounts in two years for posting terrorist material.

The social media platform has suspended over 930,000 accounts since 2015 as part of a terror crackdown and 300,000 accounts in six months this year.

Over three quarters of those were shut down before one tweet had been sent, Twitter revealed yesterday. 

However the social media giant has blocked 20 per cent fewer user accounts than in previous years, largely due to a fall in the number of terror groups attempting to post on the website. 

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Hurricane Maria: Puerto Ricans told to evacuate or die after Dominica ‘devastated’ and storm tears through Caribbean – latest news

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He then wrote that he thought his home had been damaged. And three words: “Rough! Rough! Rough!”

A half hour later, he said: “My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding.” Seven minutes later he posted that he had been rescued.

Hurricane warnings were issued for the British Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Martinique and St Lucia – all of which are still recovering from Irma.

At least 37 people were killed by Hurricane Irma, which caused billions of pounds of damage. Sir Richard Branson’s private Necker island, part of the British Virgin Islands, was destroyed.

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Mexico City hit by powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake leaving dozens dead

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– ‘Everyone was frantic’ –

The disaster immediately recalled the 1985 quake in which more than 10,000 people died, escalating panic among the population.

Jorge Lopez, a 49-year-old Spaniard living in Mexico City, said that when Tuesday’s quake happened he raced to the school in the central Roma district where his children aged six and three were, to find it collapsed but his offspring safe if terrified.

“We arrived at the school and everyone was crying, everyone was frantic, and the kids were holding on to a rope,” he said.

“It’s uncontrollable. You can’t do anything against nature,” he said.

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Donald Trump’s first speech to the United Nations – in full

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In America the people govern, the people rule and the people are sovereign.

I was elected not to take power, but to give power to the American people where it belongs.

In foreign affairs, we are renewing this founding principle of sovereignty. Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens, to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights and to defend their values.

As president of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries, will always and should always put your countries first.

All responsible leaders have an obligation to serve their own citizens, and the nation-state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition.

But making a better life for our people also requires us to work together in close harmony and unity to create a more safe and peaceful future for all people.

The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies. But we can no longer be taken advantage of, or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return.

As long as I hold this office, I will defend America’s interests above all else. But in fulfilling our obligations to our own nations, we also realize that it’s in everyone’s interest to seek a future where all nations can be sovereign, prosperous and secure.

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Hartlepool takes offence at monkey hanging play: ‘We’re very welcoming’

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Ray Martin Wells, one of Hartlepool’s Conservative councillors, said: “It’s entirely unfair to suggest that’s the way most Hartlepool people view foreigners. We’ve always been very welcoming.”

The tale of the unfortunate monkey stems from an incident reputed to have taken place during the Napoleonic Wars, when fear of a French invasion of Britain was at its height.

When a ship ran aground on the coast, with the only survivor a monkey dressed in French naval regalia, Hartlepool’s terrified citizens – never having seen a French person before – mistook it for a spy and staged a trial on the beach.

The verdict was guilty and the monkey was hanged from the mast of a fishing boat.

Toby Olié, one of the play’s directors, said: “The play can be viewed as an allegory for Brexit. We’d like that in people’s minds when they watch the show.

“Blame is being placed on minority groups. But whether you agree with them or not there are reasons they [Leavers]​ ​voted ​the way they did and we have to take the audience on a journey with us to understand the choices people in the play make.”

He suggested that the monkey’s fate would strike a chord at a time when migrants are regarded with suspicion.

“The audience have a way into this story of being a foreigner on unwelcoming shores by having the monkey’s point of view,” said Mr Olié.

Finn Caldwell, the play’s co-director, who, like Olié, also worked on the acclaimed dramatisation of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse, added: “It’s about communities that feel isolated and because of that isolation they develop a sense of us and them. With Brexit and Trump being elected the story has taken on a real resonance for us.”

Carl Grose, the writer of The Hartlepool Monkey, says his play, which opened in Stratford, east London, on Tuesday night, is about a “community driven to the point of hysteria”, adding “And I look around and see communities driven to the point of hysteria”.

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Boris Johnson faces grassroots Tory revolt over Brexit intervention

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Bernard Bateman, chairman of the Skipton and Ripon Conservative Association in Yorkshire, said that public interventions by ministers over Brexit were “losing us support in the country”. “They’ve got to keep quiet. Wash your dirty linen in private, don’t bring it out to the public all the time. If they want to be at each others throat, let them be at each others throats, but in private.”

But Helen Harrison, chairman of Corby and East Northants Conservative Association, defended Mr Johnson, saying that it was his job to address issues relating to Brexit. “It seems to me a strange situation if Boris Johnson, our Foreign Secretary, can’t make a comment on foreign policy, which obviously leaving the EU is,” she said.

Graham Clack, the chairman of Sevenoaks Conservative Association, whose MP is Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, added: “Ultimately I think his article was a good article. I voted for Brexit and I’ve got an optimistic view of it so it goes along with my views.”

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Man, 25, arrested in Wales in connection with Parsons Green bomb attack  

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A 25-year-old man has been arrested in Newport, Wales, in connection with the Parsons Green terror attack, Scotland Yard have said.

Police are searching a property in Newport following the arrest on Tuesday evening.

Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Met Counter Terrorism Command, said: “This continues to be a fast-moving investigation. A significant amount of activity has taken place since the attack on Friday.

“We now have three men in custody and searches are continuing at four addresses. Detectives are carrying out extensive inquiries to determine the full facts behind the attack.

“We anticipate that the searches will take some days to complete and may cause further disruption. However it is important that we continue with these searches and I’d like to thank all those affected for their support, patience and cooperation.”

Two other men have been arrested so far in relation to the attack and remain in custody – an 18-year-old and 21-year-old Yahyah Farroukh

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Seamus Heaney landscape to have motorway built through it after Court of Appeal loss 

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One stretch will come within 20 yards of Nobel Laureate poet Heaney’s family farmland in Mossbawn, while skirting the townland, Anahorish.  The landscape informed the poet’s own highly tactile use of language, and was the nucleus of his imaginative universe.

Anahorish and its surrounding countryside feature throughout Heaney’s poetry, appearing in early works and exerting an influence in titles as late as 2010’s Human Chain. 

As a result, academics such as Bernard O’Donoghue of Wadham College, Oxford, still regularly send students to the area, maintaining that, since Heaney was a ‘poet of place’, it is indispensable to understanding his work.

Heaney voiced his opposition to the Department’s preferred ‘Red Route Variant’ back in 2007, writing to then-Secretary-of-State Peter Hain to suggest a brownfield alternative through a nearby disused aerodrome, and calling the proposed route a “desecration”.

The broad support of the international literary community and some of its luminaries has galvanised Murphy’s judicial review challenge.

The Court of Appeal upheld his March defeat in the High Court, but Murphy intends to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Officials from the Department for Infrastructure argue the planning proposals have gone through ‘due process’, despite charity Friends of the Earth’s claims the area has not undergone adequate, up-to-date environmental checks.

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