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What is the first win for your business when it reaches the masses? If it looks good to the eye, you already have a fifty percent chance to get revenue out of that particular customer. So, having agreed that just a little eye candy would actually give your business a boost, monetary and impact wise.

It needs to engage the customer. It should be something that catches their eye and builds the first connection between your brand and the consumer.

If your brand is promoting a new seasonal campaign, like a new collection or if it is launching a new seasonal offer, the product displays that you place for that particular campaign should be indulgent enough.

Animation Companies Dubai Malls, superstores etc. have special sections where brands can display their exclusive launches. The banners, kiosks, stalls etc., where the ambassador interacts with the target audience and your product is displayed plays an important role in success of that specific campaign and in the overall image of the brand.

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Visual Merchandising through window displays is the pivot for first impression is the last impression, because if the customer likes what he/she sees outside the store, they are sure to come inside and look at the merchandise. The display should be appealing and it should depict the style that the store or brand is trying to sell.

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The customer is inside the store. The feel that left him/her in awe of the display should continue. The product should be displayed in a way that colors should enhance the look of the campaign. The store should include mobile buntings, shelves, standees other self-crafted displays that go with the theme of the current campaign Media Buying in Dubai key is to make the customer hooked enough to keep on looking around. If the product is also just as good, a walk-in can totally be converted into a buyer.

The placement of the display matters just as well. The displays should add to the final look of the store not create a bad taste in the mouth. It should not clutter the store. And there should not be too much empty spaces that it looks distasteful.

It needs to engage the customer. It should be something that catches their eye and builds the first connection between your brand and the consumer.

If your brand is promoting a new seasonal campaign, like a new collection or if it is launching a new seasonal offer, the product displays that you place for that particular campaign should be indulgent enough.

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Eyewitness account: from the streets of Bangkok

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

A businessman currently representing his place of employment in Thailand has left the following eyewitness account for Wikinews:

“How safe are the streets of Bangkok? As a somewhat nervous US citizen holed up in a hotel room in this massive South Asian metropolis, I decided to venture forth and see for myself. For courage as much as anything, I walked with my close friend and business partner, who like me, hails from San Diego, California.
“I left my suite at the Royal River Hotel and walked down Soi Charansandwong, the narrow street that leads from the hotel to the busy road that crosses the city and shortly thereafter, the Chao Phraya River, known as the ‘River of Kings.’
“Thailand does, indeed, love their kings, or particularly, their current King. Evidence of this is clear: at least a third of the people walking on the streets wear the ‘King Shirt,’ a bright yellow shirt that bears the crest of the King.
“Even newsreaders on the local television news can sometimes be seen wearing the yellow shirt as a showing of support for the King.
“Leaving the alleyway, we walked to the busy Thonburi district. Immediately, I could see a group of soldiers, some standing, others sitting, along a sidewalk on the main street. They had set up a check point, but I saw but one vehicle stopped, a beat up truck that appeared to have come in from the countryside, loaded with fruit.
“We passed all the various businesses along the street as we walked, all open and apparently unaffected by the Coup.
“Walking slowly down to where the soldiers were and smiling at them as we walked, we approached the man who appeared to be the commanding officer. He smiled back and asked us where we were from. He was a bit business like at first, but this was a man who had a job to do, of course. What his overall job was, I am not sure. It appears that the military, for the most part, is present as a show of support and to act if any anti-Coup action should take place. Perhaps they are merely present to keep the peace.
“My friend noticed that the soldiers appeared to be uncomfortable in their uniforms, not the most comfortable clothing to wear in the hot and humid world that is Bangkok.
“Each soldier, unable to wear a yellow shirt and stay in uniform, instead bore a yellow ribbon of support for the King, usually tied to his rifle.
“Walking back to a small stand, we purchased twenty bottles of cold drinks and returned to the soldiers and handed them to the officer in charge. He smiled and accepted the offering and handed them out to his men.
“As we continued to walk down the sidewalk, three women came out of their shop, one wearing a yellow king shirt, and they thanked us for the gesture.
“The streets of Bangkok, otherwise, appeared completely normal in all respects. Street vendors hawked various items of food, car shops were installing high tech stereo systems and dogs, here and there, sat quietly in whatever shady spot they could find.
“We crossed the street and walked down an alleyway to the nearest Temple. Walking on the cool, green grounds of the Temple complex, the Coup felt like it was a million miles distant. Bowing and placing our palms together, we greeted a monk on the grounds who was trimming a hedge. Despite the Coup, Bangkok seemingly remains peaceful in all respects. We could smell the delightful scent of freshly cut grass.
“Earlier, I asked the doorman at the Royal River Hotel what he thought about the Coup. ‘We needed it, ” he smiled, “things were too corrupt. Don’t worry. It should all be over in three days or so.’
“Perhaps. But, certainly, I felt no danger on the street from the army or from anyone I encountered. Returning to Soi Charansandwong, I approached an ATM and withdrew a couple of hundred dollars worth of Baht, the currency of Thailand, with my US bank issued card.
“Money in hand, I entered a tailor shop and sat down with the shop manager, who was from India, and ordered a new suit to be made. As he measured me, I asked if business had been slowed due to the Coup. ‘No, not at all. I sold a suit today to another American, as a matter of fact.’ He promised me that my suit, which included two pairs of pants and two custom made dress shirts, would be ready early the next morning.
“We left the alleyway and once again walked down the busy road. The commanding officer gave us a very big smile this time as we passed him and several of the soldiers gave smaller, shy smiles as we passed. Encouraged, we once again popped into a small shop and bought additional soft drinks to hand out.”
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Thai prime minister dismisses offer by anti-government protesters

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Thailand’s prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, has ruled out a compromise offer by anti-government protest leaders for parliament to be dissolved in thirty days, with elections to be held in 90 days.

In a televised address on Sunday, with army chief General Anupong Paochinda at his side, the prime minister dismissed the offer made by the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), saying such issues could not be resolved in such a short period of time, and “because they use violence and intimidation. I cannot accept this.”

Abhisit said the government stood by an offer made during earlier talks with the UDD for the house to be dissolved within the next nine months.

In reaction, the UDD, also called the Red Shirts, maintained an earlier call for parliament to be dissolved immediately. The UDD also withdrew from any further negotiations with the government. UDD leaders have repeatedly warned supporters rallying in central Bangkok’s retail and business areas of the threat of a new government crackdown.

There have been two large incidents of street violence in the past month or so, resulting in 26 deaths and injuries to hundreds of people. The Red Shirts primarily consist of supporters of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, ousted in a 2006 coup. He was later given a two-year prison term on charges of corruption, although Shinawatra left the country in self-exile to avoid being jailed.

Wikipedia founder embroiled in affair and financial allegations

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

This article mentions the Wikimedia Foundation, one of its projects, or people related to it. Wikinews is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation.

The implosion of a relationship between Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and journalist Rachel Marsden has resulted in controversy and international headlines. Associated Press and ABC News have also reported on questionable activity by Wales involving Wikimedia Foundation expenses. The Wikimedia Foundation is a donor-supported non-profit organization which runs Wikipedia.

Marsden had contacted Wales two years ago about concerns she had over the article about her on Wikipedia, and Wales determined the article was not compliant with Wikipedia’s standards. The tech blog Valleywag revealed Wales had a personal relationship with Marsden, and posted supposed transcripts of their instant message conversations on its site, Wales and Marsden met in February, and The Times reported that “An apparent transcript of their conversations before that meeting suggests that, although Mr Wales had withdrawn from the editing process, he was still influencing the editors.” The Times quoted Wales from the chat logs as having stated to Marsden “The truth is of course a much worse conflict of interest than that; but that will do.” — in reference to his conflict of interest regarding Marsden’s article on Wikipedia.

Wales posted a public statement on Saturday on Wikipedia addressing the matter, and stated that his relationship with Marsden was over: “First, while I find it hard to imagine that anyone really cares about my sex life, the facts are: I am separated from my wife. I considered myself single at the time of my one meeting with Rachel Marsden on Feb. 9, 2008 … I am no longer involved with Rachel Marsden. Gossipy stories suggesting that I have been in a relationship with her ‘since last fall’ are completely false … I care deeply about the integrity of Wikipedia, and take very seriously my responsibilities as a member of the board and as a member of the Wikipedia community. I would never knowingly do anything to compromise that trust.” With regard to the conflict of interest in Marsden’s article, Wales had acknowledged to a team of Wikipedia editors in February 2008 that he and Marsden “became friends … and that we would be meeting about that,” and stated “I recused myself from any further official action with respect to her biography.”

On Sunday, The Canadian Press reported that Marsden had posted photos of herself on Ebay, and was selling items that Wales had left at her New York City apartment. In her Ebay posting, Marsden stated: “Hi, my name is Rachel and my (now ex-) boyfriend, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, just broke up with me via an announcement on Wikipedia … It was such a classy move that I was inspired to do something equally classy myself, so I’m selling a couple of items of clothing he left behind, here in my NYC apartment, on eBay. Jimbo was supposed to come visit me in a couple of weeks and pick up some of his stuff, but obviously that won’t be happening now.” Marsden told The Canadian Press “It didn’t really help matters that Jimmy chose to announce the breakup to the entire world via Wikipedia (which apparently now is an online encyclopedia that doubles as a personal soapbox?) rather than to me directly (which he did much later, in an instant message discussion).”

I care deeply about the integrity of Wikipedia, and take very seriously my responsibilities as a member of the board and as a member of the Wikipedia community. I would never knowingly do anything to compromise that trust.

Marsden placed a t-shirt and sweater which she said were left at her apartment by Wales up on Ebay, and started the bidding for each at ninety-nine cents, with the auctions set to end on March 12. By Monday, bidding on the t-shirt had reached US$300, and by Tuesday the highest bid had reached $12,200. In an email to The Globe and Mail, Marsden stated “My only focus right now, to be really honest, is on my career and finding a way to get back into print, TV, or radio here in NYC,” she wrote. “All of this other personal stuff is just an unfortunate distraction.”

Jay Walsh, the Wikimedia Foundation’s head of communications, told the San Jose Mercury News that Wales’ actions in relaying Marsden’s concerns about her Wikipedia article to a team of trusted editors was within his “routine” role. When asked by the San Jose Mercury News if Wales’ actions regarding the Marsden article could compromise his role with the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikipedia, Walsh responded “No, absolutely not.”

On Tuesday, ABC News carried a story by Wired News reporter Megan McCarthy regarding allegations of “excessive spending” by Wales, and Associated Press also reported on questions involving Wikimedia Foundation expenses. McCarthy reported that former Wikimedia executive Danny Wool, who had left the foundation last year, criticized Wales’ use of Wikimedia Foundation expenses in a blog post. Wool stated that Wales had tried to expense $300 bottles of wine, a $1,300 dinner for four at a Florida steakhouse, and visits to Moscow massage parlors to the foundation, and that the foundation rescinded Wales’ corporate credit card in 2006. Wool also stated that Wales paid the foundation $7,000, after being short $30,000 on receipts for expenses.

Wool told EPICENTER that “There were occasions where he used [the Wikimedia Foundation] for personal advancement under the guide [sic] of the mission. And, as someone who was in there for the mission part of it, I found that rather distressful.” Wool commented in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle: “Originally, it was carelessness … But as things developed, it became more apparent and obvious that he was taking advantage of the foundation credit card. It was almost like his personal piggy bank.”

Jimmy has never used Wikimedia money to subsidize his personal expenditures. Indeed, he has consistently put the foundation’s interests ahead of his own.

In an instant message exchange with Associated Press, Wales denied that the Wikimedia Foundation had taken away his corporate credit card, and asserted that he had made the decision to stop expensing business travel for the foundation. Wales highlighted a statement by the foundation’s executive director Sue Gardner: “Jimmy has never used Wikimedia money to subsidize his personal expenditures. Indeed, he has consistently put the foundation’s interests ahead of his own.” In an email to Associated Press, Brad Patrick, a former attorney for the Wikimedia Foundation, stated “Danny seems interested in blogging his way straight to a lawsuit”.

Florence Devouard, who chairs the Wikimedia Foundation, told Associated Press that Wales had been “slow in submitting receipts,” and that the foundation had rejected Wales’ expense at the Florida steakhouse. Devouard told fellow foundation board members in a private email that she had convinced Associated Press that “the money story was a no story,” and told Wales “I find (it) tiring to see how you are constantly trying to rewrite the past. Get a grip!” Wales told Associated Press: “The board, the current executive director, the previous executive director, and independent auditors have reviewed our books and publicly agree that all of my expenses were appropriate and fully accounted for.”

Media reports speculated on how the controversy would end up being represented in Wikipedia itself. On Wednesday, the St. Petersburg Times wrote: “Wales’ Wikipedia page said only this about Marsden: ‘Wales had a brief relationship with Canadian journalist Rachel Marsden.'” An article in The Australian surmised: “History will decide whether Mr Wales broke his own principles, but before that happens there may well be a Wikipedia page devoted to the controversy.”

C Afaria 02 Test Certification}

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Judith M. Ehlers

Question: 1

The Microsoft Certificate Authority server is required for use in provisioning iOS devices in for management in SAP Afaria. Determine whether this statement is true or false.

A. False

B. True

Answer: B

Question: 2

When a device is moved from one tenant to another, the policies do follow? Determinate whether this statement is true or false

A. False

B. True

Answer: A

Question: 4

When preparing to manage devices, certain conditions may need to be satisfied for a device to be able to communicate with Afaria to enroll, receive emails, or install applications.

Determine whether this statement is true or false.

A. False

B. True

Answer: B

Question: 5

Where is Installed the Relay Server?

Choose the correct answer.

A. Is Installed in an Server Farm

B. Is Installed in an Internal Network

C. Is Installed in an External Network

D. Is Installed in a Demilitarized Zone

Answer: D

Question: 6

Which of the following devices do NOT use custom defined clients. Choose the correct answers.

A. Windows Mobile

B. iOS

C. BlackBerry

D. Windows (PC)

E. Android

Answer: B, E

Question: 7

Which are Questions to Help Define an Alert?

Choose the corrects answers

A. Will the system forward a run executable file for alert?

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B. Who are the handling raised alerts?

C. What events will trigger an alert?

D. Will system-defined events be used to trigger events or will events be defined?

Answer: C, D

Question: 8

Which are the Activity Summary Views of the Afaria Data?

Choose the correct answers

A. Calls

B. Location

C. Data

D. Messages

Answer: A, C, D

Question: 9

Identify which of the following is a Value is Specific to Tenant Configuration.

Choose the correct answers.

A. iOS Branding/Notification

B. Administrators

C. Certificate Authority

D. Access Control Option

Answer: A, C, D

Question: 10

Where is Installed the Relay Server?

Choose the correct answer.

A. Is Installed in an External Network

B. Installed in a Server Farm

C. Is Installed in a Demilitarized Zone

D. Is Installed in an Internal Network

Answer: C

Question: 11

Which are the Features Enabled by the Relay Server?

Choose the correct answers.

A. Secure communications for Web Traffic

B. Load balancing

C. Accepts a single, inbound connections for Afaria client devices

D. Failover protection

Answer: A, B, D

Question: 12

Which are the Supported Device Type for Enrollment?

Choose the correct answers

A. Symbian

B. Windows CE

C. Windows XP, Vista, 7

D. Windows NT

Answer: B, C

Question: 13

Which are the Key Points about Tenants?

Choose the correct answers

A. Is placed in is dependent on the enrollment policy that is used to enroll the device

B. Is prompted with an acceptance message

C. Some server configuration values can be tenant specific, other cannot

D. Ability to move devices from one tenant to another

Answer: C, D

Question: 14

Which are the Examine Error Logs?

Choose the correct answers

A. Replication Log

B. WinPhone Connection Log

C. The Most Common Log

D. iOS Connections Logs

Answer: C, D

Question: 15

Which are the Server Properties of the SAP Afaria Server?

Choose the correct answers

A. Replication Screen

B. Server Type Screen

C. Server Farm Screen

D. SMS Gateway Screen

Answer: C, D

Question: 16

Which are the apple components requiring for configure in SAP Afaria?

Choose the correct answers

A. Certificate Authority Server

B. Communication with Apple Push Notification Services


D. AAICA Certificate

Answer: A, B

Question: 17

To upgrade from SAP Afaria 6.6 to SAP Afaria 7.0 SP3. several conditions must be met.

Select the correct changes from the options.

A. Changes to the restrictions to the supported upgrade path

B. Changes to the profiles used in the Profile Manager channels

C. Changes to the upgrades on the Symbian device type

D. Changes to the supported databases for the back-nd SAP Database

Answer: A, C, D

Question: 18

Which of the following items are attributes of the Self Service Portal Configuration file?

Choose the correct answers.

A. Contains codes specified during installation

B. XML Structured

C. Users are not limited to codes in this file

D. Used with configuration of the GCM server

Answer: A, B, C

Question: 19

What port is used by SAP Afaria to connect with Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) to send outbound notifications to devices?

Choose the correct answer

A. 80

B. 5223

C. 5228

D. 443

Answer: D

Question: 20

Which of the following are valid SAP Afaria server device communication protocols?

Choose the correct answers.

A. soap

B. http

C. smtp

D. xnet

Answer: B, D

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Demonstrators protest Condoleezza Rice’s trip to Australia

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Anti-war demonstrators in Sydney, Australia on Thursday dubbed U.S. Secretary of State Dr Condoleezza Rice a “war criminal” and “murderer.” Two protesters were evicted and five people were arrested during protests against the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Dr Rice, on a three-day trip to Australia, said she understood why people found it hard to be positive about Iraq when all they saw on their television screens was violence.

Soon after Rice began her speech at the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music, two protesters shouted from the rear of the auditorium, “Condoleezza Rice, you are a war criminal,” and “Iraqi blood is on your hands and you cannot wash that blood away.” Standing with their palms towards her, the young man and woman repeated their accusation until security intervened to remove them from the hall.

About 15 minutes into Rice’s address, a third protester appeared at a balcony door, interrupting her speech as she referred to freedom. “What kind of freedom are you talking about? You are a murderer,” said the demonstrator before he was quietly escorted from the hall. “I’m very glad to see that democracy is well and alive here at the university,” she said.

In her speech, Rice sought to justify the U.S. occupation of Iraq, describing Iraqis as now more free. One student asked about abuses committed by U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. She said the abuses had made her “sick to her stomach.” However, she defended Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where human rights groups say detainees are held in inhumane conditions and in detention flouting international laws.

Before Rice began her speech, about 50 protesters were gathered at the front gates of the Conservatorium. The group were confronted by police on horseback and by police dogs. Police used the horses to charge into the group of activists and push them back, as a police helicopter hovered.

A police spokeswoman said the group was blocking pedestrian access to the building and that police had spent more than 20 minutes warning them to move. The police then moved in and pushed the crowd back 20 metres. Police say five people have been charged with “hindering police in the execution of their duties.”

The “Stop the War Coalition” says Rice is a “war criminal” and is not welcome in Australia. The group’s spokeswoman, Anna Samson, says the protest is one of many planned in the lead-up to the third anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq on March 20.

Paddy Gibson, from the University of Sydney’s Student’s Council, says the protest is in opposition to the Iraq war, and to the use of the University of Sydney’s campus to host Rice, “the most powerful woman in the world,” who they say is a war criminal. “They’re saying, ‘… you’ve got Sydney Uni’s support to stand up and peddle your murderous hate speeches,’ which is what we see it,” he said.

“You’ve got 180,000 people killed, as we said, for no other reason than strategic control of the region’s oil resources. And the anti-Muslim racism that’s been whipped up to justify this war is being felt by Sydney University students,” said Mr Gibson.

Bikers begin descent on South Carolina resort for rallies

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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina —This weekend is the kick-off for two motorcycle rallies held annually in the U.S. eastern seacoast town of Myrtle Beach. Enthusiasts this year are expected to meet or exceed the 170,000 bikers that arrived last year in droves to the small resort town of 23,000. Festivities span two weeks, and extend again this year into the Memorial Day.

Leading off is the week-long Harley rally, followed by the next week’s BikeFest. In and around town, both day and night are punctured by the sounds of bike engines gunned and revved at stop lights and in parking lots. Groups of cycle riders dominate the streets.

“By Friday night, the front parking lot will be a full line of motorcycles to the corner.” said motel owner Ranjan Patel. The Super 8 motel takes up half a block at its location in the heart of the downtown motel strip. “Both sides [of Ocean Blvd] are nothing but bikes.” Both she and her co-owner husband agree, the influx of bikers dwarf in size the numbers of tourists who visit during regular summer months for ocean-side and family amusement park attractions.

The highly accesorised bikes, decked with chrome and polished to show it, flashed the townscape. Choppers made a showing, but road hogs dominated the ridership, often going twosome. Many rally goers arrived on the scene with SUV’s or big pickup trucks towing cargo trailers loaded with cycles.

Growth in the sheer size of the two rallies led police to make changes in the handling of traffic flow. During BikeFest last year, the mostly black crowd that came in on the heels of the largely white Harley rally the week earlier, were faced with confusion when the two-lane Ocean Blvd was made one-way.

A branch of the NAACP in Conway, the next town over from Myrtle Beach, alleged discrimination by Horry County and Myrtle Beach Police. They claimed authorities and police used an overwhelming and aggressive police presence, combined with a restrictive one-way traffic pattern, to intimidate and discourage the participants in the rally.

An injunction was issued earlier this week by U.S. District Judge Terry Wooten, who ruled that bikers at both rallies be treated the same. Myrtle Beach city lawyers immediately filed an appeal to the ruling at the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, saying “the trial court erroneously determined that the plaintiffs would likely succeed on the merits; that is, that the city of Myrtle Beach intentionally treats Memorial Day weekend tourists differently from others similarly situated because of their race.”

A plan to submit an opposition to the notice has already been announced by Michael Navarre, an attorney for Steptoe & Johnson, who represents the NAACP civil rights group. “We certainly don’t think the judge has ruled erroneously,” Navarre said, according to The Sun News.

Traffic control and safety measures were in full swing Friday morning on US-17. Both directions of the 4-lane divided highway south of Myrtle Beach had traffic cones and parking barriers set up to control traffic. Large flashing road signs on each side of the highway warned cars to use the passing lane. The warning sign flashed a message that the right lane was for motorcycle use only. Police monitored the pull-offs near a Harley dealer’s lot where popular attractions were set-up in the immediate vicinity.

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New Mi6 Recruits Top Guns Or Top Geeks?}

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Brendan Wilde

Military Intelligence, Section 6, or MI6 as it is more commonly known, has traditionally been cloaked in total secrecy but this important government agency, charged with gathering the UKs foreign intelligence, has recently started to lift some of its veils. Firstly, it now makes no secret of the location of its new head office in London on the south bank of the Thames at Vauxhall Cross. It has even allowed it to be bombed in the new James Bond film, Skyfall.

The latest move to raise its public persona is a recruitment advertising campaign using display ads in the Sunday Times. A century ago when Britain first established a formal secret service, suitable personnel were usually recruited on the basis of them being sound fellows mainly with a military or diplomatic background. With the advent of long distance wireless communications and coded signals, top mathematicians and other scientific boffins were secretly headhunted and invited to work for the service.

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With the advent of the Cold War after World War 2, films based on spy stories like John Le Carres Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy and Len Deightons Ipcress File instilled an impression that the secret services were largely based in spartan offices posing as legitimate commercial businesses and were inhabited by super-intelligent, slightly dysfunctional oddballs who resembled badly dressed international chess masters endeavouring to outwit their Russian counterparts.

Of course, anyone working for MI6 could never disclose the fact to anyone else and they certainly couldnt talk about their activities to unauthorised personnel. This still remains the case today.

What appears to be precipitating change is the digital revolution and the need for the service to harness the talents of the XBox generation who have grown up with social networking sites, global internet connections and interactive gaming. The upper echelons at MI6 seem to recognise that they are not necessarily going to find such people amongst the ranks of ex public schoolboys with first class degrees at Oxbridge. Nor are they likely to be experienced military officers like Commander James Bond.

It is clear that so much vital intelligence is now circulating in cyberspace and the security services need to be able to identify it and interpret it. What they are now effectively admitting is that anyone can help them regardless of race, background and academic achievement. Put bluntly, they are now on the lookout for top geeks and social media wizards. 007, eat your heart out!

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Pizza ‘lust’ campaign attracts numerous complaints

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Friday, November 3, 2006

New Zealand’s Hell Pizza company sparked a storm of protest on Thursday after putting 170,000 condoms in mailboxes.

Hell Pizza, located in 18 cities throughout New Zealand, included a condom and explicit instructions on how to use it during sex in its small pamphlet delivered to promote its “Lust” pizza, and has attracted more than 30 complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority.

Groups such as Family Life International, Focus on the Family and the Catholic Church have condemned the campaign as encouraging children to use the condoms and follow the “explicit instructions” contained in the packet and called for a boycott of the company.

“From the feedback we’re getting a lot of people are making complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority and are boycotting Hell’s Pizza, and we encourage that.”

The church had received a number of complaints from people offended at finding a condom along with the advertising in their letterbox, Bishop Browne said.

Bob McCoskrie, national director of the group Family First said Hell Pizza had crossed the line of what was decent and acceptable advertising material to be put in letterboxes of families and that the connection between “meat-lovers” pizzas and condoms cheapened women and the act of sex, and that Hell Pizza’s advertising has previously been cheeky and fun, but he thinks the line has now been crossed.

“It is offensive to families to have condoms and explicit sex instructions put in their letterbox, and it is unacceptable for Hell Pizza to link pizza with the intimate act of sex,” McCoskrie says.

McCoskrie says children and families should be protected from offensive grubby advertising.

“It is time we started protecting our children and families. Family First believes the Advertising Standards Authority will be receiving plenty of complaints about Hell Pizza’s latest advertising campaign.”

Hell Pizza’s director Warren Powell refused to apologise for distributing the condoms.

Powell says the company discussed the promotion with Family Planning and the Aids Foundation and they completely support the campaign.

“While the primary aim of the campaign is to promote our Lust pizza, let’s not forget that promoting the use of condoms has important public benefits,” said Warren Powell.

“Government and public agencies distribute these things for free to young people.”

“Before this campaign started we rang a number of these agencies and offered them our excess condoms at no charge.”

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