March | 2017 | Red Robot


“Smurfs” And UNICEF Celebrate International Day Of Happiness


Demi Lovato, Mandy Patinkin and Joe Manganiello deliver keys to ‘Smurf Village’ at the United Nations Headquarters in New York

UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK – In the lead up to the United Nations International Day of Happiness on Sunday March 20th, cast from the movie SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE will attend a special ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York on March 18th to lend their support towards the human pursuit of happiness and well-being throughout the world. The campaign themed “Small Smurfs Big Goals” encourages everyone to support Sustainable Development Goals that include ending extreme poverty, protecting the planet and giving everyone the chance to enjoy peace and prosperity.

Keep an eye out for special event footage and images out of New York City and around the world through to March 20th as the population observes and celebrates the International Day of Happiness.

“Smurfs: The Lost Village” will be released in cinemas globally from 29rd March 2017.

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Shows: Event Highlight Package 18 March 2017

(00:15 second b-roll tease-not slated)

Slate 2:

Table of Contents:

1. Press Information

2. Event Featurette

3. Blue Carpet Soundbites

4. Blue Carpet & Event B-Roll

5. General Assembly Hall Selects

Slate 3

Press Information:

In the lead up to the United Nations International Day of Happiness on Sunday March 20th, cast from the movie SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE will attend a special ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York on March 18th to lend their support towards the human pursuit of happiness and well-being throughout the world. The campaign themed “Small Smurfs Big Goals” encourages everyone to support Sustainable Development Goals that include ending extreme poverty, protecting the planet and giving everyone the chance to enjoy peace and prosperity.

Keep an eye out for special event footage and images out of New York City and around the world through to March 20th as the population observes and celebrates the International Day of Happiness.

“Smurfs: The Lost Village” will be released in cinemas globally from 29th March 2017.

Slate 4:

Event Featurette

Slate 5:

Blue Carpet Soundbites

Slate 6:

Demi Lovato

‘Smurfette’ and Joe Manganiello ‘Hefty Smurf’

Slate 7:

Mandy Patinkin ‘Papa Smurf’

Slate 8:

Kelly Asbury Director

Slate 9:

Caryl Stern President & CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Slate 10:

Blue Carpet & Event B-Roll

Slate 11:

General Assembly Hall SelectsRed Carpet Event (Saturday March 18th): UN and UNICEF dignitaries along with Smurfs actors Demi Lovato (voice of ‘Smurfette’), Mandy Patinkin (voice of ‘Papa Smurf’), Joe Manganiello (voice of ‘Hefty Smurf’) and film director Kelly Asbury.

UN Ceremony where Smurfs actors present Youth Champions with the keys to “Smurfs Village”.

Talent present global campaign in the iconic General Assembly Hall of the United Nations.

Bentley Debuts An Electric Choice For The Future – The EXP 12 Speed 6e

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND –  Bentley Motors is today unveiling the future of electric luxury with the EXP 12 Speed 6e at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show.

The concept showcases Bentley’s approach to a zero-emission, electric future as well as the seamless integration of state-of-the-art on board technology in a truly luxurious, authentic way.

All-electric Bentley vehicles in the future will offer performance levels expected from the luxury brand – an immediate, effortless surge of torque and grand touring range as well as new high performance technology such as rapid inductive charging and state-of-the-art on board concierge-style services for an effortless ownership experience.

The Luxury of Electric : Effortless, Exclusive and Exhilarating

Bentley’s vision is for customers to benefit from high-speed inductive charging to minimise inconvenience on the move, and provide a range sufficient for grand touring requirements. An electric Bentley would, for example, between able to drive between London and Paris or Milan and Monaco on a single charge and the on board experience will be enhanced for both driver and passenger thanks to the integration of state-of-the-art technology.

This fusion of cutting-edge technology and beautiful materials is evident right throughout the EXP 12 Speed 6e’s luxuriously appointed cabin. The entire central tunnel, for example, is hewn from a solid piece of elegantly curved glass encompassing a high-definition OLED screen. All of the car’s principle onboard controls are accessible from here, including navigation, entertainment and climate control.

Handmade, cut-glass sections on the steering wheel contain the controls for media, communications, navigation and car set-up, as well as an instant performance boost via two dedicated buttons at the top of the cut-away wheel design. The passenger, meanwhile, has their own control panel on the front fascia with access to social media, email and entertainment.

Exquisite copper elements around the gear selector, Bentley charisma dial and in the door veneer panels are integrated into the cabin to highlight the electric performance potential of the concept’s advanced new powertrain.

The car’s intelligent infotainment system includes a personal, digital concierge – a virtual butler with the ability to connect to real-world services. This digital companion will, for example, be able to book a table at a favourite restaurant or look up flights for a business trip – all via voice command.

Designing the Future of Luxury

On the outside, the iconic Bentley mesh grille features a complex 3D geometry and smoked finish with copper highlights that identify the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e as a fully electric vehicle.

The exterior design is an expression of muscular, athletic surfaces inspired by contemporary architecture, the natural world and the aerodynamic shapes of aircraft fuselages.

It represents a natural evolution of Bentley’s design DNA and signifies future design direction, taking the famous powerline and haunch to new levels of drama and tension. When combined with muscular proportions and an athletic stance through the use of a short front overhang, long bonnet, low grille and wide rear shape, the exterior styling hints at the high-performance potential of the car.

The twin bonnet scoops act as highly effective heat sinks that supply additional cooling to the battery and powertrain.

The wing mirrors – which are cameras rather than traditional reflective glass – are exceptionally sleek and were inspired by the sculptural form of stealth aircraft fuselages.

When rapid inductive charging is not available, EXP 12 Speed 6e can be connected to a mains AC power supply via the auxiliary charging point, subtly concealed behind the rear number plate.

A Commitment to an Electric Future

Bentley will utilise the EXP 12 Speed 6e concept to garner public opinion and feedback to help shape its future electric vehicle strategy.

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Shows: GVs Bentley Press Conference with Mr Wolgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive unveils the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept.

GVs of the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept

Interview Stefan Sielaff, Director of Design

Interview John Paul Gregory, Head of Exterior Design

Interview Brett Boydell, Head of Interior Design

GVs of the Bentley stand at Geneva Motorshow

GVs of Bentley Bentayga Mulliner

GVs of Bentley Mulsanne Hallmark series

GVs Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible

GVs of Bentley Flying Spur W12 S

Other: Notes to editors

Bentley Motors is the most sought after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s four model lines, Continental, Flying Spur, Bentayga and Mulsanne.

The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 4,000 people at Crewe.


Music, Glamour And The Most Exclusive Montecristo Cigar At The 19th Habano Festival Gala Evening

HAVANA, CUBA – The biggest international event of the Habano tobacco culture comes to a close. The Gala Evening provided a fitting end that saw the presentation of the new Linea 1935, the brand’s most premium offer. Guests at the evening celebration could taste the three vitolas of the novel Línea 1935: Maltés (53 x 153 mm) and Dumas (49 x 130 mm), while Leyenda (55 x 165 mmm) takes the form of the Montecristo 80 Aniversario.

The Habanos in this new line are full hand-made cigars with long filler, following a selection of exquisite filler, binder and wrapper leaves from the grassy plains of Vuelta Abajo (Pinar del Río). Linea 1935 comes with a full strength flavour blend for the first time in the Montecristo brand.

The Gala Evening included performances from the Latin Grammy winner Haila, David Torrens, and the Ballet de Litz Alfonso, one of Cuba’s most international dance companies. The Spanish violinist Ara Malikian together with his musical ensemble closed proceedings.

The traditional Humidores Auction provided the finishing touches to the Festival. An exquisite Bolivar-branded humidified cigar box was put up for auction. The seven lots auctioned raised a total of €1,265,000, which will be donated in full to the Cuban Public Health System.


Shows: 00:00 Master class of rolling technique

00:40 Habanos Alliance with Brandy de Jerez

00:55 Trade Fair Opening with Rodrigo Malmierca, Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment of Cuba

01:30 Quai D’Orsay Night

03:20 Visit to the habanos factories of H.Upmann and La Corona

05:35 Habanosommelier contest

07:11 Guest welcome at Gala Night dedicated to Montecristo

08:14 Live music of Cuban artists

09:10 Performance by Spanish violinist Ara Malikian

10:05 Auction of humidors

Mar, 04, 2017



The Future Of Urban Delivery Is Electric Cargo Bikes

· DHL expands green urban delivery with City Hub for cargo bicycles

· Containerized trailer can act as mobile hub for up to two DHL Cubicycle

· Pilot projects launched by DHL Express in Utrecht, Netherlands and Frankfurt, Germany

BONN, GEMANY- March 1, 2017: DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, is piloting a new City Hub concept that will enable increased use of cargo bicycles for inner-city deliveries. The City Hub is a customized trailer which can carry up to four containers for the DHL Cubicycle, a customized cargo bicycle which can carry a container with a load of up to 125 kg (one cubic meter in volume). A DHL van delivers the trailer into the city center, where the containers can be quickly loaded on to two Cubicyles for last-mile inner-city delivery. It can then be reloaded for outbound shipments. The solution significantly reduces emissions by minimizing the mileage and time spent on the road by standard delivery vehicles. Each City Hub can replace up to two standard delivery vehicles, with an equivalent CO2saving of over sixteen tons per year and a significant reduction in other emissions

DHL has launched two pilots of the City Hub concept – in Frankfurt, Germany’s fifth largest city, and Utrecht in the Netherlands, which has announced the target of becoming climate-neutral by 2030.

“DHL Express has already replaced up to 60% of inner-city vehicle routes in some European countries with cargo bicycles, and we expect that the City Hub and Cubicycle will both help us to accelerate this approach in other markets over the next 3-5 years,” said John Pearson, CEO, DHL Express Europe. ”Bicycles offer a number of advantages in express delivery operations: they can bypass traffic congestion and make up to two times as many stops per hour than a delivery vehicle. The total cost of ownership over their lifetime is less than half of a van. And crucially, they generate zero emissions, which reinforces our own ongoing program to minimize our environmental footprint and supports city governments’ efforts to promote sustainable city living.”

Thanks to its use of standardized containers, which match the dimensions of a standard shipping pallet and can be transferred more easily and quickly between the different modes of transport within the DHL Express network, the City Hub concept will bring additional speed and reliability to DHL’s last-mile delivery operations for documents and small packages. The Cubicycle, which was developed in the Netherlands and introduced to the DHL network in 2015, boasts a number of features that make it ideal for express delivery operations: the reclining seat for the courier allows greater comfort, safety and speed. It boasts electric pedal assistance for additional speed and support in climbing hills, and it easy to handle, with a tight turning cycle. The removable containers are secure and waterproof, and offer a large volume while not impairing the view of other cyclists. They can be equipped with GPS or Internet of Things transmitters, to facilitate real-time shipment tracking and to ensure they can be monitored for security purposes, and they are self-powered through the use of solar panel.

DHL Express has introduced bicycles in more than 80 European cities in 13 European countries to date, including 14 Cubicycles in seven cities. Cubicycle couriers cover on average 50 kilometers per day.

Deutsche Post DHL Group’s environmental protection program GoGreen

Deutsche Post DHL Group’s environmental protection program GoGreen aims to minimize the impact of the Group’s business on the environment, with a focus on optimizing the carbon efficiency of all operations. For this reason, the Group has set itself an ambitious climate protection goal: to improve its carbon efficiency by 30% (against a 2007 baseline) by the year 2020. Deutsche Post DHL Group has improved its carbon efficiency to date by 25%.

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 340,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 59 billion euros in 2015


DHL City Hub Frankfurt

Cargo Pods arrive

Cubicycles arrive

Pods loaded onto Cubicycles

Cubicycles leave for delivery

GV’s City Centre and Cubicycles delivering through out the city

Interview Tobias Wider, MD Operations, DHL Express – Germany

POV Cubicyles

Cubicycles return to City Hub and off load empty cargo boxes

Mar, 01, 2017




The 19th Habano Festival Begins With The Montecristo Brand Taking Center Stage

HAVANA, CUBA – Havana hosts the 19th Habano Festival, the biggest international event for lovers of the best tobacco in the world, from February 27th to March 3rd, with H. Upmann, Montecristo and Quai D’Orsay brands introducing important new releases.

Montecristo will announce its Línea 1935. It features three vitolas: Maltés (53×153 mm), Dumas (49 x 130 mm), and Leyenda (55 x 165 mm). The first two are brand new to the portfolio. Another major release is the H. Upmann Sir Winston Gran Reserva 2011 (47 x 178 mm), with its five-year aging process and exclusive 5,000 numbered cases presentation.

The new Quai D’Orsay brand design has two new vitolas in its portfolio, No 50 (50 x 110 mm) and No 54 (54 x135 mm). The Romeo y Julieta brand presents Petit Royales (47 x 95 mm), a totally new vitola, with a heavy ring gauge, short length, and increasingly popular format.


Shows: Havana, Cuba (Natsot, English and Spanish Speech)

Interviews In Spanish (From 00:00 to 00:47)

Luis Sánchez-Harguindey, Co-Presidente Habanos S.A, on the results of Habanos in 2016

Inocente Núñez, Co-Presidente Habanos S.A, on the launches at XIX Habanos Festival

Interviews In English (from 00:48 to 02:30

Luis Sánchez-Harguindey, Co-President Habanos S.A, on the results of Habanos in 2016 and on the reasons of the Habanos’ market growth

Javier Terrés, Vice President for Development of Habanos S.A, on the mains markets for Habanos S.A and the challenges for the future

02:30 Havana city footage

03:38 Habanos Company press conference

04:09 Trade Fair opening with Rodrigo Malmierca, Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment of Cuba

04:22 Habanos trade fair and stands

06:17 Welcome evening at the Club Habana

08:29 Visit to tobacco plantations at Pinar del Ríorupo Habanos Company spokespersons interviews, Habano Festival opening day, press conference, exhibition show, and welcome party at Club Habana.

Other: Grupo Habanos Company, which markets 27 handmade habanos brands, posted a turnover of US$445 million in 2016, up 5% versus 2015 at a constant exchange rate.

Mar, 01, 2017