10 ‘Dubcations’ to take during lockdown – as Dublin hotels get creative to drum up local business

When Level 3 kicked in, Dublin’s hotels were hit fast and hard.

estaurant fridges were full, staff rostered for the weekend. Phones had been ringing since the rumours started, but when An Taoiseach confirmed the lockdown that Friday afternoon, cancellations really started flooding in.

“We saw 50pc of what we had on the books for the weekend cancelling straight away,” says David O’Connell of the Tifco Hotel Group, whose Dublin hotels include Clontarf Castle, the Hard Rock and two Crowne Plazas.

“The business we had on the books has fallen off a cliff.”

In Buswells on Molesworth Street the following week, Paul Gallagher tweeted a photo of himself in chef’s whites in the kitchen.

He had had to let 54 staff go, the General Manager explained, “so we are running a slimmed-down, loss-making hotel with just six great staff”.

Dublin had already been suffering. Through summer, according to the Irish

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Being creative | Feature | Law Gazette

A high-ranking judge once told me he sketched portraits of barristers and witnesses in the margins of his notebook. Aside from confounding traditional advice to advocates about watching the judge’s pen to ensure he had finished writing down evidence, such an admission might initially give rise to concern about a lack of concentration and involvement in the case. In fact, research shows that being creative may be one of the best things we do to keep our lawyers’ brains in full working order. Being creative impacts on our mental wellbeing, as well as the quality of our work.

Creativity is often seen as the domain of the arts: music, painting, acting, writing and the like. In fact, creativity is simply the act of creating new combinations. Being creative is having trained your brain to do that easily. Steve Jobs famously said: ‘Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative

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Scaling creative: Can technology make marketers’ jobs easier?

Brands are creating more content than ever. According to a study conducted by Forrester Consulting, three-quarters of marketers (77%) say they spend more time creating content than what they would prefer. However, with consumers demanding greater variety and relevance in the advertising messages they see online, marketers have little choice but to continue. The Drum and Celtra spoke to some of APAC’s marketing leaders to learn how marketers can scale these issues.

As the pandemic accelerates, the time consumers are spending online is increasing, so too are the demands on marketers. From the ever-growing list of new channels to the different formats, sizes and languages, as well as personalisation, demographic targeting, and localisation, the challenges for marketers are significant.

Made to order: personalisation

The demand for personalisation is on the rise with 60% of consumers wanting more consistency in the messaging they receive from brands. Yet despite this, marketers continue

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High-scoring Jaguars are efficient, creative, entertaining

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — It’s been a while since anyone could honestly say this about the Jacksonville Jaguars: They’re fun to watch on offense.

The Jaguars (1-1) are off to their best two-game start on that side off the ball in two decades, scoring a combined 57 points against division rivals Indianapolis and Tennessee.

They’re balanced and efficient. They’re organized and unpredictable. They’re creative and convinced they’re only going to get better. They host Miami (0-2) on Thursday night.

”We feel like we can go toe to toe with anybody,” receiver DJ Chark said. ”It doesn’t matter. . I think it’s just the mentality that we have, whether it’s 30-17 or it’s a tie game.”

It starts with quarterback Gardner Minshew, who has flourished so far in his first year as a full-time starter. Minshew has more passing yards (512) than Lamar Jackson, more touchdown passes (six) than Patrick Mahomes

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Aiken artists paint picture of creative slump amid COVID-19 pandemic | Local News

As theaters, stages and even an art class or two cautiously begin to reopen, a shadow still lurks over the creative minds of members of Aiken’s arts community.

Many artists have had to practice their craft in more constrictive environments since the coronavirus pandemic began, taking away some of the interpersonal constructiveness they need to thrive in their work and, in some cases, altering the way they create altogether. 

The pandemic overall has created both negative and positive effects on performers and their work, suggests Paul Crook, the executive director of USC Aiken’s Etherredge Center.

“From Broadway to high school drama club, people just can’t practice their craft,” Crook said. “For people where (performing) is their job or career, it’s affecting them …”

However, Crook also notes that artists have had the chance to more thoughtfully work on their art and can use online platforms to stay in touch with

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How to build a creative writing programme as part of academic courses at an Indian university

Perhaps the best-known recent attempt of sustained creative writing instruction in India is the series of workshops run by the University of East Anglia in India since 2013, popularly known as the UEA-India workshops. They are organised by Amit Chaudhuri, who is a Professor of Contemporary Literature at UEA, where he teaches every autumn semester. As part of the initiative of the UEA’s presence in India, Chaudhuri conducts a eight-day creative writing workshop, usually taught by Chaudhuri and one guest writer – a list which has included Adam Foulds, Ian Jack, Anjali Joseph, and Kirsty Gunn, among others.

These are conducted once, and sometimes two times, a year, and admit students on a competitive basis, based on their writing sample, personal statements, and letters of recommendation. Over ten of these workshops have been conducted so far, and their alumni now includes several published authors, editors, and journalists. They are, in

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The Creative Engagement Group launches behavioural science unit led by Guy Champniss

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LONDON, Sep 03, 2020 (PR Newswire Europe via COMTEX) —
The Creative Engagement Group (TCEG) is launching a behavioural science unit, led by Guy Champniss.

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Providing insight and applied psychology thinking to TCEG’s transformative behaviour change programmes, the new unit’s behavioural science team will partner with all areas of TCEG’s strategic divisions.

These include capability development consultancy Cormis, employee engagement consultancy Forty1, Axiom – the scientific engagement and training division and digital learning solutions division, Logicearth.

The unit will also add unique behavioural science insight and models to TCEG’s event and experiential offer through WRG and Just Communicate, as well as its film, digital and immersive technology division – The Moment.

Guy Champniss, TCEG’s new Head of Behavioural Science, is a respected adjunct professor, industry speaker and strategic advisor in applied behavioural science. He joins

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Here Are the Members of the Inaugural 2020 Snap Creative Council

Snapchat teamed up with Adcolor to form the Snapchat Creative Council, a team of top Black creatives who will focus on addressing challenging issues in the U.S. and driving awareness across the messaging application’s community.

The multiyear partnership will bring together a panel of Black creative leaders to choose campaigns that leverage Snapchat’s creative tools, including augmented reality, to address pressing issues that disproportionately affect Black communities, with a focus on civic engagement, education and mental health.

The Snapchat Creative Council will nominate small creative teams to work on cause-related pitches over a five-week period, during which they will be able to connect with Snapchat’s creative strategy teams for help in developing their campaigns.

The winning pitch will be chosen in October, at which point it will be professionally produced and broadly promoted across the Snapchat platform, as well as on Snap Inc.’s off-platform channels.

The inaugural 2020 Snap Creative

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11 Creative Ways To Relax Without Traveling

A year ago, the summer vacation for working professionals was synonymous with traveling to a far-off locale to relax and recharge after months of hard work. Now, with the coronavirus pandemic having forced almost the entire planet into lockdown, workers need to look for something else to scratch their vacation itch.

Luckily, with a little creativity, working professionals looking to take time off can find and choose from a myriad of innovative rest and relaxation methods, whether at home or in their cities and states. To help, 11 members of Forbes Coaches Council provide several creative solutions for the busy professionals who need to relax and take a break from work but aren’t allowed to leave their home country.

1. Focus On The Present

Imagine enjoying every moment of who you

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Snapchat gathers Creative Council to address pressing societal issues

Snap has partnered with diversity body Creative Equals to launch Snap Creative Council (SCC), a group of leading UK creatives tasked with building bridges between industry and Snapchatters.

Leveraging Snap’s core ad products, the partnership encourages Creative Council members to use Snapchat tools to develop creative solutions to pressing societal issues.

What will the Creative Council do?

  • Through the remainder of the year, the SCC will focus on mental health and civic duty amongst Gen Z and millennials.

  • Selected creatives will nominate sub teams to devise pitches by utilising Snapchat’s in-house suite of ad formats.

  • The best of these will be professionally produced and enacted on Snapchat, complete with media support.

  • A chosen global charity will also be awarded a $100,000 donation as part of this process.

  • Will Scougal, global director of Creative Strategy at Snap, said: “The SCC will serve as a powerful forum made up of a diverse

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