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Avon To Launch Avon Life Colour, Exclusive New Fragrance Collaboration With Iconic Fashion Designer Kenzo Takada

Thursday July 19 th 2018

LONDON, July 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE:AVP), a globally recognised leader in direct selling of beauty and related products, today announced the launch of Avon Life Colour, its second fragrance collaboration with world-famous designer Kenzo Takada.  Coming in late 2018, Avon Life Colour builds on the success of the first fragrance Avon created with the acclaimed designer, which was introduced in 2016: Avon Life.  Avon Life broke the company’s sales records by recording the highest ever sales for a fragrance in the first quarter after its launch.

As the third largest player in the fragrance markets of its top 15 countries, collectively worth over $18,963 million1, Avon is increasing the power of its fragrance portfolio with this exclusive new launch.  The company is backing the fragrance with extensive marketing, including advertising, innovative digital engagement and an activation with Kenzo Takada during Paris Fashion Week.

“We’re incredibly excited about the potential of this new fragrance and the opportunities that it will bring to Avon and our Representatives around the world,” said Jonathan Myers, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Avon. “With marketing activation across 50+ markets, this collaboration will be one of the Avon’s biggest launches of the next 12 months.  We know that our global network of nearly six million beauty entrepreneurs will love, share and be eager to sell this exciting new fragrance. Importantly, this launch reinforces our fast-beauty strategy and furthers our commitment to democratise beauty: making sure our customers all over the world have access to the latest beauty trends, innovations and designer equity – quality products at accessible prices.”

It’s giving everyone access to great quality, on-trend products that endeared Kenzo Takada to Avon.  He said, “It’s not easy to find good partners like Avon. This company is wonderful, full of great young talent, dealing with a business in a complex and competitive environment, looking to offer great products at an affordable price, such as the case with Avon Life Colour. It follows what I initially did in fashion, trying to democratise great products.”

Avon Life Colour – for him and for her – was created by Kenzo Takada together with two of the world’s best master perfumers from Firmenich, Frank Voelkl and Olivier Cresp.  It’s inspired by the joie de vivre and irreverent personality of the legendary fashion designer who became one of the first Japanese fashion designers to succeed in the Parisian fashion industry.

“One of my greatest inspirations has always been the power of colours. They are a universal language which most of us instinctively understand and which exert a great impact on how we feel,” says Kenzo Takada. “The world is filled with colours and this beautiful collaboration with Avon allowed me to capture in a scent the colourful spirit of positivity that is inside of all of us. The fragrance imparts the vibrant, joyful energy that we need so much nowadays.”

Avon is the Company that for 130 years has proudly stood for beauty, innovation, optimism and, above all, for women. Avon products include well-recognized and beloved brands such as ANEW, Avon Color, Avon Care, Skin-So-Soft, and Advance Techniques sold through approximately 6 million active independent Avon Sales Representatives. Learn more about Avon and its products at

1 Based on 2017 Euromonitor data.

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The EU is already preparing for trade talks with Trump to fail — and is readying a major retaliation

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  • The EU is set for crunch talks with the Trump administration over possible tariffs on automobiles made in Europe.
  • Officials are preparing for the worst and readying a list of retaliatory tariffs should they fail to reach an agreement with Trump.
  • “If the US would impose these car tariffs that would be very unfortunate but we are preparing together with our member states a list of rebalancing measures as well,” the EU’s trade chief said on Thursday.

European Union officials are preparing for the worst ahead of talks with the US about the future of trade next week.

Trump and his administration are considering tariffs of as much as 20% on European automobiles imported into the US. EU officials are readying a list of retaliatory tariffs to hit the US with should the two sides fail to reach an agreement.

Senior EU officials, including European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker, are set to fly to Washington next week to discuss trade with the administration, with the aim of persuading Trump not to levy punitive tariffs on European automobiles. However, the EU is ready to hit back if he cannot be persuaded.

“The aim of President Juncker’s visit is to try to establish a good relation, try to see how we can de-escalate the situation and avoid it from going further and see if there is a forum where we can discuss these issues,” Cecilia Malmstrom, the EU’s trade chief, said at a press conference on Thursday.

“If the US would impose these car tariffs that would be very unfortunate but we are preparing together with our member states a list of rebalancing measures as well,” she added.

According to an EU source cited by Bloomberg, any retaliatory tariffs would be ready immediately.

Bloomberg also reported that President Juncker will put two separate plans on the table during the talks to try and stop any further escalation of the trade war.

The first plan is a so-called plurilateral deal, whereby tariffs on autos and auto parts will be reduced by all major auto-exporting countries. Second, Juncker will propose a “limited” free-trade agreement between the EU and US.

Trump mulls auto tariffs

The US Commerce Department is investigating auto imports, and Trump has previously threatened large tariffs on imported cars. Earlier this week, Trump said he was ready to impose a “tremendous retribution” against the EU.

“We said if we don’t negotiate something fair, then we have tremendous retribution, which we don’t want to use, but we have tremendous powers,” Trump said in a cabinet meeting.

“Including cars — cars is the big one. And you know what we’re talking about with respect to cars and tariffs on cars,” he added.

Many European automakers already have production plants in the USA. BMW and Mercedes both produce cars on large scale in the USA. Mercedes employs 4,000 people at its production plant in Alabama, while BMW’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina makes close to 2,000 cars per day.

Trump, however, wants more production in the USA, saying in a June tweet that companies should: “Build them here!”

Almost every major auto manufacturer, from foreign companies like Hyundai to American brands like GM and Ford, has submitted comments to the Commerce Department warning about the possible effect of tariffs on US auto workers and consumers.

Resonance Consultancy Announces Destination Branding Of Aman’s First Mexico Resort

NEW YORK, July 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Resonance Consultancy, leading global advisors in real estate, tourism, and economic development for countries, cities and communities, is pleased to announce their place branding work for Irongate, the developer of Amanvari, as the prestigious hospitality brand opens its first destination in Mexico.


Located 45 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport, Amanvari (“Peaceful Waters” derived from the Sanskrit words for “peace” and “water”) will be set within Costa Palmas, a 1000-acre (400 hectare) private beachfront resort community in Baja’sEast Cape and featuring two miles of calm, swimmable beach on the Sea of Cortez. In addition to Amanvari, the Costa Palmas master plan includes 18 acres of organic farms, a private members-only Costa Palmas Beach Yacht Club, the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Los Cabos at Costa Palmas, and a Robert Trent Jones II golf course. 

“Resonance is honored to have been chosen to work with Amanvari’s developer, Irongate, to bring Aman’s first Mexico destination to life,” says Resonance President Chris Fair. “Destination branding takes a holistic approach to the envisioning, storytelling and marketing of place. Working on Amanvari complements the work we’ve done since 2015 with Irongate to create the destination brand story and marketing of Costa Palmas and Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas.”

As leading advisors in real estate, tourism and economic development for three decades, Resonance combines business strategy and marketing creativity to shape the future of communities, cities and countries. Working in partnership with developers, planners, architects, DMOs, economic development agencies and others, Resonance has completed more than 100 visioning, strategy, planning, policy, public relations and branding projects in more than 70 countries. To learn more about Resonance and their services, please visit

For further information about Resonance, please contact:

Sara Fahy, Vice President, Strategy Communications


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Manage My Pain Helping Wean Patients Off Opioids in Clinical Trial Across 5 Hospitals

Wednesday July 18 th 2018

TORONTO, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — A randomized controlled clinical trial focused on weaning patients off opioids has licensed “Manage My Pain“, an app-based chronic pain management and monitoring tool.  The 3-year multi-site trial will examine the effectiveness of the Transitional Pain Service Program (TPSP) at 5 Ontario hospitals and integrate “Manage My Pain” alongside a variety of methods to support patients to manage their pain and wean off opioids in the months after major surgery.

After major surgery, patients are at-risk of developing chronic post-surgical pain (CPSP) and using opioids persistently to manage their pain. The Toronto General Hospital created the Transitional Pain Service Program to deliver innovative treatment aimed at reducing the incidence and severity of CPSP, disability, and enabling safe opioid prescribing / weaning after major surgery. It the world’s first multi-disciplinary program focused on post-surgical pain management and includes physician-guided opioid and non-opioid pharmacotherapy and tapering, clinical psychology services, pain education, and the Manage My Pain application.

“There is a need to use all the tools we have at our disposal to help patients manage their pain after surgery,” says Dr. Hance Clarke, the Principal Investigator of the clinical trial and Medical Director of Pain Services at the University Health Network.  “Manage My Pain is a strong complement to the variety of methods we use for pain management and opioid weaning within the TPSP.”

The 3-year project is funded by the Health Services Research Fund of the Ontario Ministry of Health of Long-Term Care. The clinical trial will include pain clinics based out of Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences, Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital, and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

“The Transitional Pain Service Program is an amazing example of how clinical innovation can help address the opioid crisis,” says Tahir Janmohamed, CEO of ManagingLife. “We are proud that Manage My Pain is part of that innovation and we are excited to work with Dr. Clarke and the rest of the study team.”

About ManagingLife

ManagingLife is a privately held Corporation based in Toronto, Canada that uses patient engagement and analytics to help chronic pain sufferers and practitioners learn more about their condition and better communicate with each other.  ManagingLife’s app-based tool, “Manage My Pain” is used by over 30,000 chronic pain sufferers from over 130 countries to record their pain, function, and medication consumption. ManagingLife works with hospitals, clinical trials, and insurers to help healthcare professionals better measure, monitor, and manage their patients’ pain and medications.

About the Health Services Research Fund (HSRF)

Building on the scientific excellence and strategic value provided by Ontario-based researchers, the HSRF funds policy relevant research across the province.  The HSRF is based on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care health system research strategy, established in 2008 and updated in 2012.

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Premier Developer, Emaar, to Build Middle East’s Largest Chinatown at Dubai Creek Harbour

DUBAI, UAE, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ –

Premier developer, Emaar announced a landmark development that will strengthen UAE-China relations, coinciding with the historic visit of President Xi Jinping of China to the UAE.

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To honour Chinese expatriates in the UAE and bolster business ties with China, Emaar will develop the Middle East’s largest Chinatown within the retail district of Dubai Creek Harbour, its six-square-kilometre mega-development, only 10 minutes from Dubai International Airport and the iconic Burj Khalifa.

The retail precinct will occupy a central location within Dubai Creek Harbour – to be home to the world’s new icon, Dubai Creek Tower, and encompass vibrant lifestyle elements. Set by the Dubai Creek waterway, elegantly designed homes in Dubai Creek Harbour will offer spectacular views of the city’s dramatic skyline, the waterfront and the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.

Further strengthening Emaar’s outreach to China, the company also announced that it will open three dedicated pavilions in ChinaBeijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, all cities served by direct daily flights to Dubai on Emirates Airline. The three offices will promote tourism, education, trading and investment between UAE and China.

In a third announcement, Emaar will expand its premium luxury hotel and serviced residences brand, Address Hotels + Resorts, to China. Discussions are ongoing to develop and operate Address branded hotels in key cities in the country, given the familiarity that the brand enjoys among Chinese tourists.

Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties, said: “The visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the UAE is historic and will strengthen UAE-China relations, underpinned by initiatives such as the UAE-China Week. The development of the new Chinese retail and lifestyle district at Dubai Creek Harbour – as well as Emaar’s expansion into China, in property and hospitality – highlight our commitment to thr country.”

Emaar’s expansion to China complements the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, in which the UAE will have a significant part to play.

China is the fourth largest visitor source market for Dubai, with tourist and Emaar’s hotels are among the most-preferred by Chinese visitors, given their central location and effortless access to lifestyle destinations such as The Dubai Mall.

Emaar’s Downtown Dubai and its attractions including Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall and The Dubai Fountain are popular destinations for Chinese visitors.; WeChat ID: emaardubai

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