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"Uday Shankar was a student at the Royal College of Art in London when, in 1923, he was summoned to a meeting with Anna Pavlova."...
"Uday Shankar was a student at the Royal College of Art in London when, in 1923, he was summoned to a meeting with Anna Pavlova."...
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The New Yorker this week examines the NBA's drive for internationalization and finds a New York team at the center of it all. And it's not the Knicks, who despite having all the advantages have virtually ignored the international market....
The New Yorker this week examines the NBA's drive for internationalization and finds a New York team at the center of it all. And it's not the Knicks, who despite having all the advantages have virtually ignored the international market. Of course, it's the Nets. Sam Riches lays out in his opening paragraph... The Nets’ C.E.O., Brett Yormark, recently travelled to China and Russia to meet with local executives. ("We want to be the home N.B.A. team in Beijing," he told Bloomberg TV. "I just got back from Moscow yesterday, and we want to be the home N.B.A. team in Russia.") In August, Brook Lopez, the Nets’ starting center, took part in coaching clinics in Singapore. Kevin Garnett, a forward, travelled to China last month to promote a signature shoe with a Chinese sportswear company. The Nets are the NBA's first true international team with an international owner in Mikhail Prokhorov and international management in chairman Chris Charlier (France) and top brass in Irina Pavlova and Dmitry Razumov (Russia) They all understand the value of making it big internationally, as does the league. Riches details why the NBA needs the NBA to flourish overseas and what opportunities there are. Basketball and Globalization - Sam Riches - The New Yorker
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At a business lunch in Australia last week the topic of conversation turned to the troubled local manufacturing sector. A partner in a law firm commented on how New Zealand has such a strong manufacturing base and is behind many well-kno...
At a business lunch in Australia last week the topic of conversation turned to the troubled local manufacturing sector. A partner in a law firm commented on how New Zealand has such a strong manufacturing base and is behind many well-known brands. (She mentioned Mountain Buggy, the children’s pram. Which just goes to show how the residual brand value outlasts reality, given that those prams have long been manufactured in China and owned by former competitor phil&teds.) I asked the lunch group whether they had heard of Sistema. Just like the provenance of Pavlova, Crowded House and Russell Crowe, many around the table thought Sistema was an Australian company manufacturing in Australia. There were impressive nods when I informed them the $100 million business was in fact producing everything in Auckland. Sistema Plastics is a compelling case study on how to build a successful brand. Reading and listening to interviews with the co-founders Brendan Lindsay and Allin Russell, you quickly piece together that the success of the plastic food storage containers is no happy accident. The fact that Sistema is producing 100 per cent locally while building a global brand, exporting to 59 countries and experiencing year-on-year growth of between 80 to 120 per cent, is remarkable. Australians are not easily impressed and are spoiled for choice in every product category, and yet in 2012, the company had an estimated 44 per cent market share across the Tasman. In the course of a discussion on noteworthy brands one of my Australian clients – also a local plastic packaging manufacturer – directed me to a video Sistema has on its website showcasing the technology in its Auckland factory. In the manufacturing industry a business meeting on the topic of brand can be highly entertaining. Too often there is little differentiation and very little evidence of product development led by market strategy. Russell hits the nail on the head when he says competitors are often industrial in their thinking. He believes Sistema is a marketing, not a product company and over the years its owners have invested heavily in their busines – including detailed market research, different operational models in each country, new technology, production capability and staff. The firm designs in ranges rather than single products, making it easy for shoppers to buy multiple products from the same brand. This makes supermarkets like Coles and Woolworths very happy because, you guessed it, shoppers buy multiple products from the same brand. Lindsay has committed to manufacturing Sistema in New Zealand and local production has given the company total control over the process start to finish. The ‘Made in New Zealand’ stamp has resonated strongly in international markets and has also been a point of difference from the plastics that everyone assumes are made in China. But the big factor in Sistema’s success is the way it seeks to understand trends and buyer behaviour in its category in every market, with ranges on shelves that are considered responses to shoppers’ needs.
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In the last few weeks, Brett Yormark flew to Beijing, where he and Kevin Garnett hosted a dinner for 30 executives, all of whom got a KG uniform jersey. Then later, he flew with Irina Pavlova to Moscow, where they hosted an even bigge...
In the last few weeks, Brett Yormark flew to Beijing, where he and Kevin Garnett hosted a dinner for 30 executives, all of whom got a KG uniform jersey. Then later, he flew with Irina Pavlova to Moscow, where they hosted an even bigger event at Mikhail Prokhorov's ONEXIM offices, this time with Andrei Kirilenko hosting. In January, the team will fly to London to play the Hawks in the O2 arena. The NBA is on an international push and why not? Its players want to push their brand internationally, particularly in Asia, and each NBA team has a 1/30th share of NBA INternational. Yormark is not shy about the ultimate plan for the Nets, as the Nets CEO tells Bloomberg News."We want to be the home NBA team in Beijing. We want to be...
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The tastiest conifer you'll eat all year. Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel went foraging, in a way, among the inventory in his kitchen pantry on Spring Street and emerged with the gingerbread pinecone, pictured above. It's actually a ging...
The tastiest conifer you'll eat all year. Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel went foraging, in a way, among the inventory in his kitchen pantry on Spring Street and emerged with the gingerbread pinecone, pictured above. It's actually a ginger-caramel cream-filled nutmeg cake, with feuillantine-speckled speculoos mousse, and the baker's first nod to fall desserts. The full menu includes an updated classic French Mont Blanc, because that's how Ansel rolls. But that's not all — exactly zero pumpkin-spice-flavored items, straight ahead. The full roster of new, sweet items (the bakery will debut a new savory menu as well) is as follows: Gingerbread Pinecone A solitary chocolate pinecone made with moist nutmeg cake, a feulletine crunch spiced mousse and caramel ginger cream ($6.25) Apple Tart Tatin One whole caramelized Gala apple with a salted butter cookie base ($5.75) Purple Plumberry Tart A celebration of Fall’s purple fruits with a Cassis-poached plum on top of elderflower blackberry cream and concord grape gelée; dotted with red currants ($6.00) Sweet Potato Mont Blanc Roasted sweet potato (with a splash of rum) mousse, confit orange, whipped cream, and Tahitian vanilla meringue ($6.50) Lychee Coconut Pavlova (Gluten Free) An all-white pavlova made with lychee meringue, coconut lime cream, lychee gelée and fresh young coconut slices ($6.00) Butterscotch Mascarpone Religieuse Butterscoth mascarpone cream-filled two-tiered cream puffs ($6.00) Pumpkin Cranberry Tart Comes with cinnamon marshmallow knot ($5.75) And of course, it wouldn't be a new month without a new cronut. October's flavor is a caramelized-apple crème fraîche. The pastry layers are piped with caramelized-apple compote that's been folded into a crème fraîche ganache (and a splash Calvados, of course). The cronut is rolled in vanilla-cinnamon sugar and decorated with a dried apple chip. Dominique Ansel Bakery, 189 Spring St., nr. Thompson St.; 212-219-2773 Read more posts by Hugh MerwinFiled Under: autumn leaves, cronut, cronuts, dominique ansel, dominique ansel bakery, religieuse
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Marc Berman of the New York Post: James Dolan wore mostly a stoic look on stage, sitting next to commissioner David Stern and was joined by Nets minority owner Bruce Ratner and Mikhail Prokhorov’s assistant Irina Pavlova. Prokhorov...
Marc Berman of the New York Post: James Dolan wore mostly a stoic look on stage, sitting next to commissioner David Stern and was joined by Nets minority owner Bruce Ratner and Mikhail Prokhorov’s assistant Irina Pavlova. Prokhorov was not in New York. Dolan took on his usual curmudgeon persona when the discussion turned to the meeting Stern brokered between Dolan and Prokhorov last season to quell any ill feelings — as first reported by The Post’s Fred Kerber.
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The six heroes from this month’s BRAZENS are battling it out to be your Mr. September. Who gets your vote? Each day this week the six heroes are stopping by some awesome blogs to answer both sexy and sweet personal questions, so you can...
The six heroes from this month’s BRAZENS are battling it out to be your Mr. September. Who gets your vote? Each day this week the six heroes are stopping by some awesome blogs to answer both sexy and sweet personal questions, so you can really get a taste of what they’re like   Each day you get to cast your vote, and at the end of the week one sexy hero will be crowned the winner of the #MrSeptember Throwdown! Remember, each vote also counts as an entry for one of SIX prizes so be sure to follow along and vote every day to increase your chances of winning!  Visit Entangled in Romance for a recap on the awesome prizes! Now, to meet the men competing in the #MrSeptember Throwdown! Whew! Hot, hot, hot – these men have definitely turned up the heat! Ian: Wicked Games by Samanthe Beck (part of the anthology) Grayson: Seducing Mr. Right by Katee Robert (part of the anthology) Landon: Tempted by His Best Friend by Cari Quinn (part of the anthology) Derek: Protecting What’s Theirs by Tessa Bailey (part of the anthology) Jett: Wicked Heat by Nicola Marsh Trick: Dirty Trick by Christine Bell Here are today’s questions for the men Question #7: What’s the sexiest fantasy you’ve had about your leading lady? Ian: Well, there was the shower thing, but we’ve done that. And then there was the Halloween, incognito thing, but we’ve done that too. Then, of course, there was the bondage thing, and, yep…you guessed it… Grayson: It involved bending her over my desk… Trick: How much time do you have? Not a lot? I’ll just tell you the dream I had last night, then. We were at a little Italian restaurant tucked into a dark corner. Right when the waiter came over, I ducked my hand under the table and slipped it between Gracie’s legs. She was wearing a skirt but no underwear, and as soon as I touched her, her face went all pink and her eyes got glassy. She was so hot and…*clears throat* anyway, when it was her turn to order, her voice did that sexy little hitch it does? She didn’t move away though. She just sucked in a shuddery breath and asked for a glass of wine. When the waiter left, she looked me dead in the eyes and said “You better be prepared to finish this, buddy. And remember, payback is a bitch.”  That was a lie. Because payback? Was fucking mind-blowing. Derek: I’m working late and she comes into the police station. Dripping wet from the rain. I can tell she’s feeling a little desperate for me. Which is perfect, since I’m always desperate for her. As usual, I’ve been growing restless…I always do when I’ve been deprived of her too long. Without a word, I walk her to my office and tell her to strip while I look my fill. Then I put her on my desk, where she’s been inhabiting my head for hours. Then I make her ask nicely for every thrust of my hips. Jett: The moment I saw that Kink Kit in Allegra’s hotel suite, I imagined exploring what was in that box with her. Tying her up, teasing her mercilessly…oh yeah, frigging hot. Landon: Refer to the law firm encounter mentioned above. Steff bent over the counter, her firm, supple body bared to my touch, her moans echoing off the walls… *clears throat* Next question, please. Question #8: Favorite comfort food? Ian: Bourbon or whiskey Grayson: Breakfast food–eggs, French toast, bacon, hash browns. Trick: Rib-eye steak, medium rare, baked potato with sour cream and butter, creamed spinach on the side, followed by Apple pie with caramel sauce. Derek: Ginger’s chicken pot pie. The way she keeps trying to improve the recipe…she doesn’t realize I love it just because she made it. Jett: Pav. Nothing beats the perfect Aussie pavlova. Meringue base, lashings of whipped cream, topped with strawberries and passionfruit. Best comfort food ever. Plus there’s always whipped cream left over and I can think of many sensual uses for that… Landon: Pizza at Mama Leone’s, with optional garlic enha
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Apr 6, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Andrei Kirilenko (47) dribbles the ball down the court in the first half against the Detroit Pistons at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Spor...
Apr 6, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Andrei Kirilenko (47) dribbles the ball down the court in the first half against the Detroit Pistons at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports Newly acquired Russian Small Forward Andrei Kirilenko has been actively promoting the Brooklyn Nets in Moscow, Russia. He spoke at a reception and visited an Adidas store in Moscow stocked with Kirilenko Nets gear. Nets executive Irina Pavlova expects to see many Russian fans at Barclays Center this season now that the team has a Russian player and owner. She told reporters: We often talked with the leaders of NBA about how the team lacked a Russian player. And we’re delighted that Andrei will now wear the black-and-white uniform. Many Russians are going to come to our games now. We were all waiting for you! Indeed, with Brooklyn’s large Russian population in Brighton Beach, it will be interesting to see how big a presence Russian fans have at Nets games this upcoming season.
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For at least three days, the Knicks and Nets will call a truce on their battle for New York City. That was the overarching message coming out of Wednesday afternoon’s press conference to announce the Knicks and Nets will co-host the 2015...
For at least three days, the Knicks and Nets will call a truce on their battle for New York City. That was the overarching message coming out of Wednesday afternoon’s press conference to announce the Knicks and Nets will co-host the 2015 All-Star Game, with the Nets hosting Friday and Saturday night’s events at Barclays Center and the Knicks hosting the actual All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday Feb. 15. “To our friends in Brooklyn, like so many other times when New Yorkers put their differences aside for something bigger, we are looking forward to giving our rivalry a rest — for a little bit,” Knicks owner James Dolan said with a smile, “to ensure that we deliver the very best All-Star experience the league has ever held.” A similar tone came from every official who stepped to the podium, including NBA commissioner David Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver, Garden CEO Hank Ratner, Nets minority owner Bruce Ratner and Irina Pavlova, the president of Onexim, the investment vehicle through which Mikhail Prokhorov owns the Nets, and who was there in Prokhorov’s place. The reason everyone involved had to make such an effort to declare that all sides are getting along was because of the frosty relationship between the two franchises ever since Prokhorov bought the Nets back in 2010 and soon after put up a giant billboard of himself and Jay Z overlooking the Garden announcing the Nets’ “Blueprint for Greatness.” The teams have traded shots ever since, all the way up to ownership level, where Prokhorov has never missed a chance to take a shot at his now crosstown rivals. It eventually led to Stern, as reported exclusively in The Post, helping arrange a sit-down between Prokhorov and Dolan to ensure things never got out of hand, especially since they had never actually sat down and talked for an extended period of time during Prokhorov’s first three years as owner of the team. “They never sat down [together before], and Mikhail had owned the team for quite a period of time by then, and it was just the right thing to do, to just get together and talk,” Pavlova said. Both sides also made it clear, however, that the burnishing of the rivalry was at least partially driven by business motives. There is little doubt there is plenty of benefits for both teams off the court if both perform well on it. “Of course,” Pavlova said. “It’s a rivalry. It’s all in jest. It’s fun. But I think it makes it more exciting. “If we were just sitting around doing ‘Kumbaya’, it wouldn’t be that much fun for anyone.” And there’s little doubt that for each team, the chance to showcase its brand-new arena — Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the Nets, and a fully transformed Madison Square Garden for the Knicks — was too good to pass up. To that end, Silver said the two sides needed little convincing when the league came to them about the idea of splitting the festivities between the two venues in order to bring the All-Star Game back to New York for the first time since 1998. “Both of them saw this was a unique opportunity,” Silver said. “Such a large investment has gone into the so-called transformation of the Garden, it’s the equivalent of a new arena, plus you have the Barclays Center, so it was truly a unique circumstance. “Given that both organizations knew we weren’t going to come back to New York two years in a row, when we went to both teams and said, ‘What’s the best way to share this?’ and ultimately we came up with two nights at Barclays and one night at the Garden.” Silver also said that there would be a chance in the near future, potentially as soon as 2017 — the All-Star Game is expected to be in Toronto in 2016 — for Brooklyn to have an opportunity to host the actual All-Star Game.
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Mikhail Prokhorov and James Dolan may never be best friends, but the Knicks owner admitted he got something out of his meeting of the minds with his Nets counterpart earlier this summer. “Free lunch,” Dolan deadpanned as laughter erupted...
Mikhail Prokhorov and James Dolan may never be best friends, but the Knicks owner admitted he got something out of his meeting of the minds with his Nets counterpart earlier this summer. “Free lunch,” Dolan deadpanned as laughter erupted Wednesday afternoon at the press conference officially announcing the two New York franchises would share hosting responsibilities for the 2015 All-Star Game. The Post’s Fred Kerber exclusively reported last month that NBA Commissioner David Stern brokered the meeting between the owners in order to help ease any tensions between the two organizations, whose representatives have sparred since Prokhorov bought the Nets back in 2010. But on a day when everyone was stressing just how well all parties are getting along, it was repeated that the two men had no real animosity towards one another. “There was no necessity [for a meeting],” NBA Commissioner David Stern said. “When I heard from each of them, that they would like to sort of get-together and talk about their shared interests and the like, I said, ‘That’s a great idea. So have mine call yours or have yours call mine,’ or something like that. “It was not a major diplomatic initiative, but it came easily, and I was happy to assist in setting it up.” Irina Pavlova, the president of Onexim, Prokhorov’s investment vehicle that owns the Nets, went a step further, saying the meeting was nothing more than a chance for the two men to meet at long last. “This whole thing is totally blown out of proportion,” she said. “They’re two owners of two New York teams that never actually sat down and talked before. They sat down together, they had lunch, they talked … it wasn’t like they had a hatchet to be buried or anything. It was just a conversation between two men who own basketball teams in New York City. “They never sat down [together before], and Mikhail had owned the team for quite a period of time by then, and it was just the right thing to do, to just get together and talk.”
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