Patek Philippe wristwatch raises over £24m at charity auction

first_img A Patek Philippe watch has become the most expensive watch in the world, raising £24.2m at a charity auction.The 8th Only Watch auction was hosted by Christie’s on Saturday 9 November in Geneva and in the presence of Prince Albert of Monaco, offering 50 rare watches. A biennial charity auction, it has been taking place every two years since 2005 to raise money for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Founded by Luc Pettavino whose son had the disorder, the proceeds go to the Monaco Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies AMM).The Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime in steel (pictured) was created for Only Watch 2019 and sold for CHF 31 million, fetching the highest price in the auction, and the highest amount ever for a watch. The watch is the first and only Grandmaster Chime in steel: a very rare metal in the Genevan manufacture’s collection and particularly uncommon for a watch with so many complications (special functions).Launched in 2014 for the company’s 175th anniversary, the Grandmaster Chime became part of the manufacture’s regular collection in a white-gold version in 2016. The most complex Patek Philippe wristwatch there is, the one off auctioned by Only Watch has a reversible steel case with golden opaline and ebony-black dials as well as the inscription “The Only One” on the subsidiary alarm time dial at 12 o’clock. It also features 20 complications, including five acoustic functions, two of which are patented global firsts: an alarm that strikes the pre-programmed alarm time and a date repeater that sounds the date on demand.The watch had only been expected to sell for 2.5-3m Swiss Francs, and was bought by a private telephone bidder. Overall, the auction raised over £30m for the charity. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Advertisement Image: Patek Philippe  437 total views,  2 views today  438 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7center_img Patek Philippe wristwatch raises over £24m at charity auction Melanie May | 12 November 2019 | News Tagged with: Charity Auction About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

Guyana – RSF urges President Granger not to adopt new broadcasting legislation

first_img FEDERICO PARRA / AFP Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges President David A. Granger not to assent to the Broadcasting Bill that was adopted by Guyana’s National Assembly last Friday, and calls for consultations with broadcasters in order to take into account their recommendations. The current Bill, which was adopted without such consultation, raises multiple press freedom concerns. Organisation Guyana – RSF urges Guyanese Parliament to amend drafted Cybercrime Bill News GuyanaAmericas Media independence August 8, 2017 Guyana – RSF urges President Granger not to adopt new broadcasting legislation On August 4, Guyana’s National Assembly adopted The Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill of 2017, a piece of legislation which has drawn sharp criticism from broadcasters as well as local and regional press groups. Guyana’s President David A. Granger still has to assent to the Bill before it can take effect.According to the government, the new legislation is meant to address the issue of illegal broadcasters who have long been operating without a license. Yet the Bill calls for all broadcasters to apply for a license within 30 days of its entry into force, a time limit that is being criticized by local and regional press freedom groups as too short. Broadcasters found operating without a license could be fined up to one million Guyanese dollars and sentenced to one year imprisonment. According to local press freedom advocates, these burdensome provisions threaten the existence of many TV and radio stations who have operated without a license since no renewals were ever issued at the time of their expiration.Another point of contention is a provision mandating that 60 minutes of “public service programs” be broadcast on TV and radio stations between the hours of 6am and 10pm free of cost, which has been heavily criticized by the Guyana Press Association (GPA). In a statement issued last week, the GPA argued that this requirement would “disrupt and violate contractual obligations that stations will have with advertisers and program sponsors.” The GPA went on to argue that the government’s desire to define the meaning of “public service programs” would limit independence from government interference in private broadcasting. But what is most worrying about the Bill is its process of adoption, which involved no consultations with any broadcasters, even though repeated attempts were made to meet with Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo both leading up to and during parliamentary debate last week. Nagamootoo claims that broadcasters were consulted in 2011 when the original Bill was drafted, but the legislation adopted last Friday involved several amendments for which broadcasters were never given the opportunity to provide their input. “It would appear that the legislative process in Guyana failed to adequately address broadcasters’ concerns regarding a new law that would impact their day-to-day operations and could even threaten their existence,” said Margaux Ewen, Advocacy and Communications Director for RSF’s North America Bureau. “RSF urges President Granger not to assent to this legislation until these concerns can be addressed through meaningful consultation.” In a statement issued Monday, the regional group Association of Caribbean MediaWorkers (ACM) called for meetings between the President and broadcasters and argued “this is the best option to avoid what may be a protracted legal matter that would be unhelpful in achieving the desired objectives of the parties concerned.”Guyana ranks 60th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en News Follow the news on Guyana Newscenter_img to go further President Jagdeo postpones opposition TV station’s suspension Help by sharing this information June 7, 2018 Find out more Receive email alerts News October 17, 2011 Find out more Leading TV journalist banned from president’s office GuyanaAmericas Media independence July 16, 2008 Find out morelast_img read more

McClellan Leaves City Council Amid Praise, Tears

first_imgBy DONALD WITTKOWSKICouncilman Antwan McClellan promised he wouldn’t cry. Moments later, his voice choked up with emotion and the tears began to roll down his cheeks.“I was not going to cry, but I blew it,” he joked.He was not alone. During an emotional meeting, members of City Council tearfully said farewell Thursday night to McClellan as he prepares to leave the governing body to take a seat next week in the state Assembly.McClellan, 45, who has represented Ocean City’s Second Ward since 2012, won election in November as part of a Republican team with Sen. Michael Testa and Assemblyman-elect Erik Simonsen that captured control of the First Legislative District representing Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic counties.In thanking his colleagues for their support and guidance over the years, McClellan vowed he would always keep Ocean City in his heart while representing the district at the Statehouse in Trenton“I love you. I respect you. I love Ocean City, and I’ll wear this wherever I go,” he told his Council colleagues, referring to a shirt emblazoned with the Ocean City logo.He added, “I’m still going to represent Ocean City well.”During his last City Council meeting, McClellan stood next to his mother, Cola Mae McClellan, and his fiancée, Angela Mason, as a proclamation was read in his honor by Council President Peter Madden. Gathered around them were the other Council members and Mayor Jay Gillian.The proclamation praised McClellan for his roles over the years as an elected official, community volunteer, church leader, athletic coach, youth mentor and former member of the Board of Education, among other positions he has held.“(He) has served City Council, the Second Ward and all of Ocean City with honor and distinction since 2012, acting as a quiet leader with a level head and even hand,” it read.Members of City Council and Mayor Jay Gillian join Antwan McClellan while a proclamation is read in his honor by Council President Peter Madden, at left.McClellan embraced his mother after the proclamation was read. In an interview after the meeting, his mother noted that she was “very proud” of her son.In addition to joining the Assembly as a new member, McClellan is also preparing for his Oct. 24 wedding to Angela Mason, 43.“It warms my heart to see all of the love for him and how he has been embraced by the community,” Mason said in an interview.McClellan will be sworn into the Assembly on Jan. 14. He has already made history by becoming the first African-American elected to represent the First Legislative District and will be the first African-American Republican lawmaker in the state Legislature since 2002, according to media reports.His Council colleagues predicted he will become an exemplary state lawmaker. Speaking one at a time, they gave him a warm send-off that was filled accolades, humor and plenty of tears.They often choked back emotion while talking about their deep friendship with McClellan and the love and respect they have for him as a public official and community leader.“Antwan, there’s no better person than you to do this,” Councilman Bob Barr said, pledging his love and support for McClellan as he embarks on his Assembly career.Councilman Tony Wilson also expressed his love for McClellan and said he considers him part of his family.“I’m a better man for having you in my life,” Wilson told McClellan as he fought back tears.Madden, also close to tears, simply said to McClellan, “I love you. I’ll miss you.”Antwan McClellan joins fellow Council member Keith Hartzell in prayer at the start of the meeting.In his prayer to start the meeting, Councilman Keith Hartzell called on God to guide and protect McClellan during a “turbulent time of politics” in the Statehouse.Hartzell said the people in Ocean City know that it was “no accident” that God “picked Antwan to go to Trenton.”“Politics is a contact sport,” said Hartzell, while comparing Trenton to the major leagues of politics.“If anyone’s prepared for the major leagues, you are,” Hartzell said to McClellan.Councilwoman Karen Bergen praised McClellan for serving with “grace, dedication and compassion.”“They need people like you in Trenton,” Bergman said.Councilman Michael DeVlieger made similar remarks, telling McClellan that “Trenton needs you. We need you in Trenton.”“I’ve never met a person who had a more pure heart and clearer mind than you,” DeVlieger said to McClellan.From left, Councilmen Bob Barr, Antwan McClellan and Keith Hartzell share a light moment.Mayor Gillian caused the Council Chambers to erupt in laughter when he joked that all of the accolades showered on McClellan made it sound like “Moses is going to walk up.”Gillian spoke of how McClellan has become a “statesman” of public service who avoided partisan politics by following his conscience.“Be that statesman. Don’t worry about that party line,” Gillian urged of McClellan when he joins the Assembly.Earlier in the meeting, McClellan thanked Gillian and members of his administration for their support during his time on Council.“I’ve learned a lot from you, Jay. You’ve been with me the whole time,” McClellan said.It was then that his tears began to flow. City Councilman and Assemblyman-elect Antwan McClellan expresses his thanks during his last City Council meeting while joined by his fiancee, Angela Mason, and his mother, Cola Mae McClellan.last_img read more

Hasselbaink urges Messi to resist ‘strange’ Man City move

first_img “Of course every player comes to an end but I think Messi should come to an end at Barcelona. You could understand if he says, ‘okay, guys, I want to go back to Argentina and I’m going to play for my boyhood club’. read also:Barcelona board at war over Lionel Messi sale, asking price “What you can’t have is Messi going to Inter Milan or Manchester City like this. That’s what I find a little bit strange! “Messi, from 13 years-old, started at Barcelona. And the amount that he has won at Barcelona – he is the face of the club – he shouldn’t have the badge of another club on him.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Chelsea star, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, does not think Lionel Messi should leave Barcelona. The Argentine is hoping to depart from the Catalan club, where he has played his entire career. He is unhappy with the club’s board and their transfer activity in the past few seasons. And reports have claimed Messi wants to join Manchester City and reunite with Pep Guardiola. Hasselbaink reckons Messi is the face of Barca and he told GentingBet: “Messi is Barcelona and as Barcelona, you don’t let Messi go. Especially after what he has done.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?last_img read more

Klay Thompson hits first 10 from 3 as Warriors rout Lakers

first_imgGolden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson reacts after making a 3-point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — Nothing could stop Klay Thompson, certainly not the Lakers’ defense.The Golden State Warriors made sure of it, too, setting screens and calling plays for the star guard, who tied an NBA record by making his first 10 attempts from 3-point range on his way to scoring 44 points in a 130-111 victory Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “We kind of sold out to look for Klay, to be honest,” Kevin Durant said. “When you’re knocking shots down like that, you have to continue to feed him until he goes cold and tonight I didn’t see that in sight.”Thompson had 23 points in the third quarter, connecting on seven 3s as the Warriors stretched their lead to 36. He hopped and let his right arm hang in the air after hitting his seventh while Golden State fans at Staples Center cheered. He finally missed from deep late in the period.“We had two, three guys flying at him,” Walton said.Durant added 20 points and Stephen Curry had 11 points and 12 assists, going 2 of 10 from 3-point range for the Warriors.“We had 41 assists tonight, so the ball was moving and Klay was just spectacular,” coach Steve Kerr said.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lakers: Host Minnesota on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Boston guard Marcus Smart $35K after DeAndre Bembry altercation SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIEScenter_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Warriors: All 12 players scored. … Their other eight-game winning streak this season was Oct. 22 to Nov. 5. … Evened the season series 1-1, having lost 127-101 on Christmas.Lakers: Walton hopes James is able to return this week when the Lakers have five straight games at Staples Center. … Ball is out four to six weeks with a left ankle sprain. … Walton said Rondo (right ring finger surgery) could return on Thursday, but he’s not as confident about James. … Josh Hart had six points, one assist and four fouls starting in place of Ball. … Jack Nicholson made a rare courtside appearance. Mahershala Ali, Snoop Dogg, James Franco, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao were in the crowd.PLEASING THE PARENTSThompson was going to catch up with his father, former Laker Mychal Thompson, afterward.“He’ll probably just tell me, ‘Good job, should have had 50. Should have gone for 50,’” the younger Thompson said. “It’s never good enough for your parents.”BELL VS KERRWarriors reserve Jordan Bell had a sideline exchange with Kerr. Bell scored two points in seven minutes.“Coach will always, especially the younger guys in the league, definitely be on them a little bit more because he expects a lot out of them,” Durant said. “He lets us know what he sees out there and if you have something to say to him back, he’s not going to be afraid to go back at you. He sees the potential in him. That stuff happens, so we’ll move on.”UP NEXTWarriors: At Washington on Thursday in the third of a four-game trip. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Emblematic of his quiet offensive night, Curry came dribbling in alone for a fast-break dunk, but slipped and fell, drawing gasps from the crowd. He scrambled to his feet, got the ball back and put up an air ball.“That was funny,” Thompson said. “That’ll definitely be on ‘Shaqtin a Fool.’”Ivica Zubac led Los Angeles with 18 points. Brandon Ingram added 17 and Kyle Kuzma had 16.The Lakers were without their primary ball-handlers and playmakers in LeBron James, Lonzo Ball and Rajon Rondo. They fell to 5-9 without James, whose left groin strain has forced him out for the longest stretch of his 16-year career.Coming off a split in two straight overtime games, the Lakers kept it close in the first half, trailing 65-55 at the break. Golden State had just six 3s at halftime.But Thompson fired up a 3-pointer — the first of Golden State’s nine in the third quarter — and the Warriors went on to outscore the Lakers 45-25 to lead 110-80 going into the fourth.Golden State’s sharpshooting silenced the crowd and allowed the Warriors to sit four of their five starters in the fourth, leaving DeMarcus Cousins in for a bit until he also went to the bench.Cousins had eight points, nine rebounds, five assists and four fouls in his second game for the Warriors since being out nearly a year with a severe knee injury.The Warriors have made 141 3-pointers to 93 for opponents during their eight-game winning streak.TIP-INS “I’ve never hit 10 3s in a row in a game. That’s hard to do,” Thompson said. “I just happened to be on tonight and I’m happy I was able to do it in front of my family.”The Warriors equaled a season high with their eighth consecutive victory. The two-time defending champions won their seventh straight road game, too.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“They’re starting to find their stride, not just against us, but against the league,” Los Angeles coach Luke Walton said.Thompson stopped and popped from everywhere, finishing 10 of 11 from beyond the arc and 17 of 20 from the floor overall.last_img read more

Jamaican Nurses to Participate in Training Programmes in China and United Kingdom

first_img A cohort of 18 nurses and five educators/supervisors will depart for the People’s Republic of China later this month to participate in a Nurses Training Exchange Programme. This was disclosed by Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his 2018/19 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 5). Another group is slated to travel to the United Kingdom (UK) to participate in a training programme in that country early next year. Story Highlights A cohort of 18 nurses and five educators/supervisors will depart for the People’s Republic of China later this month to participate in a Nurses Training Exchange Programme.Another group is slated to travel to the United Kingdom (UK) to participate in a training programme in that country early next year.This was disclosed by Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his 2018/19 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 5).Dr. Tufton said both arrangements resulted from bilateral agreements between the Governments of Jamaica and the partner countries.He indicated that these will enable Jamaican nurses to access hospitals in both countries, to complete their clinical rotation after concluding didactic classroom training locally.The Minister said the UK programme will also include faculty exchanges to strengthen nursing trainers locally.Dr. Tufton said this will, in the first instance, increase the number of critical-care nurses being trained by 100 per cent.“This is a novel concept being hailed as an innovative pilot that could be mainstreamed by other countries, if it works. It has involved significant negotiations between the countries, working out details related to nursing councils and training standards, immigration, teaching institutions and health institutions,” he told the House.Dr. Tufton said the Government of Jamaica is thankful for the support of their counterparts in the UK and China, as well as local stakeholders “for exercising creativity and flexibility to allow this pragmatic out-of-the-box but necessary thinking to work”.last_img read more

Web lets me experiment with characters

first_imgAfter grabbing eyeballs for his quirky character ‘Jana’ in the horror-comedy Stree, Abhishesh Banerjee played another interesting role of a compounder in the acclaimed Amazon Prime series ‘Mirzapur’. Taking his choice of out-of-the-box roles forward, the actor recently appeared as the ghost in ‘Typewriter’ (a Netflix original). In an interview, the new ‘ghost’ of web space talks about the series, his character, how web as a platform helps him experiment with his craft, and much more: Also Read – An income drop can harm brain What is ‘Typewriter’ about? Typewriter is a show about Jenny, a girl who comes back to her grandfather’s villa with her family where she has spent her childhood and things start going wrong. How is your role in this show different from what you have done in the past? In this show, I’m playing a devil Fakir – a cunning and convincing person who is very powerful. He doesn’t need to speak much, his intense looks speak for him in the entire show. It’s obviously very different. The society has not done good to him, and whatever he’s doing is a revenge back on the society. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award Except you, who all other actors are the part of this show? The show has a plethora of talented actors like Paulomi Ghosh, who has already given some terrific performances in the past and this is another great performance by her. Apart from her, there is Samit Kochhar, Purab Kohli, KC Shankar, Harish Khanna, Masoob Akhtar. And of course, all the kids who have been a part of this show are amazing, especially Sam. There is quite a lot happening in your career right now. How are you balancing it? How difficult is it to switch gears? I’ve always loved multi-tasking in my life. Even in school, I was good in studies, sports and in the extra curricular activities as well. Trying to do one thing at a time becomes really monotonous for me as a person and artist both. Therefore, I love being engaged in as many things as possible at one point of time. Even though acting and casting are two different fields, I am very passionate about both of them. What I like the most about them is that both of them require you to be on toes all the time. They help me love what I am doing without making it feel like a ‘task’. Frankly, I think I am doing really less for my growth right now, so, with the idea of doing more in life, I aspire to use at least 20 hours of my day working and learning new things as an artist. Having said that, I think Amar Kaushik says it very appropriately about me that when I’m in front of the camera I’m an actor and the minute they say “cut”, I’m the casting director who starts working on his phone. Even if I am on vacation, I’m always in touch with my team. I came to Mumbai only to work in this industry and the fact that I’m getting to do it is a very big thing for me. How is web helping you shape your career. Would you try for films as well, or rather enjoy your presence in the digital space as for now? I’m getting a considerable amount of work in movies as well as web series. In web series, I feel I can experiment with the characters, that I might not do in the mainstream movies. Next year, I’m doing a show under Anushka Sharma’s production house Clean Slate productions. That show is incredibly important to me; I have played a very crazy character in that. I have three important movie releases lined up this year, and all the characters are different from each other. For me, more than the platform, working as an actor matters. I look for stories and interesting character, which I can pull off. I am one of those actors who don’t wait for the result. My main focus is to see that I enjoy the whole process of shooting for that character. If I’m not enjoying the process then it’s futile for me. But fortunately I have almost always enjoyed the process of every character I’ve played.last_img read more

Going In Usain Bolt Runs Fastest 200 Meters This

Usain Bolt ran the 200 meters at the 2013 Areva Diamond League meet in Paris and despite hitting his fastest time this year, Bolt wasn’t pleased with himself.The Jamaican sprinter said his efforts were at about 70 percent after running the fastest 200 meters of the season Saturday with a time of 19.73 seconds.“I think I could have run the last 50 after the turn much better,” Bolt said. “I didn’t come in the straight as powerful as I used to. The last 30 meters, I was kind of, I won’t say struggling, but my technique wasn’t perfect.”Bolt slashed 0.01 second off the previous best time this year, set by American sprinter Tyson Gay at the U.S. trials last month. Gay appears to be Bolt’s only threat in the 100- and 200-meter race.Bolt will compete next in the 100 and 4×100 relay in London on July 26-27. That will be his final major races before the world championship, which begins August 10. read more


first_img Recommended for you Overgrown bush moved by MPs and TCEM Deputy Speaker says FSC given too much power in new Trust legislation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Dec 2014 – Magnetic Media met the team which will win from tonight’s Sparkle Gala ball; the second year for Women in Sport to host the evening. The team of girls is working hard and preparing to travel to represent the Turks and Caicos at a tournament in Canada next year. Executives spoke about the significance of the gala and this year’s honoree. QUOTES. Rita Gardiner is President, Edith Cox is Vice President and Hon Josephine Connolly is a new member and they all tout the Sparkle Gala Ball, to be held tonight at the Regent Palms, as an important item on the sports calendar. The Swimming Federation is also a beneficiary. Connolly claims Premier raising smokescreen Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:edith cox, josephine connolly, Rita gardiner, sonia been aime, sparkle gala balllast_img read more