Cadbury Nigeria Plc (CADBUR.ng) Q32014 Interim Report

first_imgCadbury Nigeria Plc (CADBUR.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Cadbury Nigeria Plc (CADBUR.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Cadbury Nigeria Plc (CADBUR.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Cadbury Nigeria Plc (CADBUR.ng)  2014 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileCadbury Nigeria Plc manufactures and markets a range of chocolate malt drink mixes, sweets, powder beverages and chewing gums in Nigeria. The company was established in the 1950s to source cocoa beans from Nigeria for the Cadbury Group; it then branched into re-packing imported bulk products and grew rapidly into a fully-fledged manufacturing operation producing a range of popular Cadbury brands. Cadbury Bournvita is the company’s flagship product which is a brand of malted and chocolate malt drink mixes that has energy and nutritional properties. The company introduced other Cadbury brands into its range in the 1970s; TomTom, a large black and white sweet for soothing relief; Cadbury Buttermilk, a delicious sweet with a butter and mint flavour; Tang, a popular powdered beverage; and Clorets and Trident, brands of chewing gum. Cadbury Nigeria Plc has a 99.66% stake in Cadbury Nigeria Plc Cocoa Processing Plant which sources cocoa powder for the manufacturing of Cadbury Bournvita. Mondelez International has a majority equity-interest of 74.97% in Cadbury Nigeria Plc through its holding in Cadbury Schweppes Overseas Limited. The remaining 25.03% equity-ownership is held by a diverse group of Nigerian individuals and institutional shareholders. Cadbury Nigeria Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Cadbury Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

This Sevu Reece tackle was so good that even the guy he smashed laughed about it

first_imgWednesday Oct 31, 2018 This Sevu Reece tackle was so good that even the guy he smashed laughed about it Waikato winger Sevu Reece has had a stand out season in the Mitre 10 Cup, but it’s been a mixed bag for him off the field after his contract with Connacht was terminated, and now he hasn’t been included in the Chiefs squad for Super Rugby.ADVERTISEMENTFijian Reece has been in dazzling form, picking up the top try-scorer of the season honour with 14 in 11 games, and helping his side to their Mitre 10 Cup Championship win over Otago in Hamilton last weekend.His good form was rewarded with a two-year deal with Connacht in Ireland, but after an appearance in caught for domestic abuse, that was immediately terminated.The 21-year-old now finds himself without a contract and hasn’t been included in the Chiefs’ Super Rugby squad that has just been announced.“I would love to have a Super Rugby contract but, at this moment, there is nothing there for me,” Reece said. “This year has been my best I’ve ever played. I’ve had a couple of issues along the way but that didn’t stop me from performing on the field.“I’ve been talking to my agent and I’ve got a few overseas clubs that are interested, but my dream is to play Super Rugby first and then maybe head overseas. I think, personally, that I’ve got a point to prove.”Reece made this outstanding tackle on Otago’s Michael Collins in the final, timing it perfectly as he smashed the fullback to the floor. It even brought a smile to Collins’ face.The former Hamilton Boys High School (moving over from Fiji on a scholarship in 2014) flyer is one of the most talented players in New Zealand right now but unless something dramatic happens, will be watching Super Rugby from the sidelines next season.ADVERTISEMENTChiefs coach Colin Cooper explained that due to Reece originally intending to go to Connacht, they committed to signing another impressive winger, big Tongan-born Japan powerhouse Ataata Moekiola.“With Sevu Reece’s contract not coming through with Connacht, we had already committed to him (Moeakiola), so it’s unlucky for Sevu to miss out,” Cooper said.While Reece had appeared in Hamilton District Court on October 1 for sentencing on one count of male assaults female – an incident involving his girlfriend – he was discharged without conviction and fined $750. He also had a one-match ban with Waikato and has since participated in restorative justice and has undergone counselling with his partner.Earlier this year Connacht posted this welcome video. As of now, the video is still live.ADVERTISEMENTReece’s management also posted this video recently, showing some of his best moments from the season. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Victim’s attorney accuses Epstein estate of attempts to ‘stonewall’ lawsuit

first_imgStephanie Keith/Getty ImagesBY: JAMES HILL, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — An attorney for a woman who claims to be the first known child sex-abuse victim of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell is accusing the legal team representing Epstein’s estate of withholding evidence and attempting to prevent the testimony of a key witness, according to a letter sent to the judge overseeing her lawsuit on Wednesday.“This behavior flies in the face of fairness, professionalism and much needed justice,” wrote Robert Glassman, the lawyer for the accuser, who filed the suit under the pseudonym Jane Doe.According to the letter, attorneys for the estate have failed to turn over “a single page of evidence” in the three months since being served with pre-trial requests. The estate missed a previously agreed-upon deadline to begin producing documents in the possession of the estate that contained Doe’s name and information, Glassman wrote, and he claimed they abruptly called off a scheduled deposition of Darren Indyke, one of the estate’s co-executors and a long-time lawyer for Epstein and his affiliated companies.The estate is “engaging in obstructionist litigation tactics intended to stonewall and deprive Jane Doe of plainly relevant discovery,” Glassman wrote, in asking for a conference with the court. “It is clear that absent court intervention, the Epstein Estate will not comply with its basic discovery obligations.”Doe has already turned over more than 190 pages of documents to the estate earlier this month, according to the letter, but balked at the estate’s request for what Glassman called “largely irrelevant and, quite frankly, outrageous information” from Doe. Glassman claimed that among the requests were documents referencing “any and all medical procedures and consultations she has ever had throughout her lifetime, including while she was a minor,” even if such medical care was unrelated to Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged abuse of her.Bennet Moskowitz, a lawyer for Indyke and Richard Kahn, the estate’s co-executors, declined to comment on the allegations raised by Glassman’s when reached Wednesday by ABC News.But in a response filed in court Thursday, an estate attorney called Glassman’s letter “very premature” and a misrepresentation of what had occurred.The estate claims that Indyke’s deposition was taken off the calendar to allow time for Maxwell’s lawyer, who had just entered the case, to confer with all parties about setting new schedules, and contended that production of documents in their possession was being held up only because Doe’s lawyers had yet to agree to a confidentiality order “which must occur before we produce documents that refer to [Doe], who filed this case anonymously, by her real name.”That is for [Doe’s] benefit,” wrote estate lawyer Mary Grace Metcalfe.Glassman told ABC News Thursday that he hadn’t agreed to delaying Indyke’s deposition and that he sees no need to for a confidentiality agreement to protect the identity of his client because there is a prior court order which deals with that.“We’re interested in taking this case to trial and getting the evidence that we need in order to prepare the case for that time,” Glassman said, “And it appears that they’re more interested in sitting in their offices writing letters and objecting to everything that we’re trying to do.”Lawyers for the estate have previously asked the court to dismiss some of Doe’s claims as beyond the statute of limitations. The lawyers for the co-executors have also encouraged Doe to participate in an alternative resolution program established by the Epstein estate, which launched last month after protracted delays.The details in Doe’s lawsuit, which was filed in January against the Epstein estate and Maxwell, are substantially similar to the allegations pertaining to one of the three minor victims included in the federal charges against Maxwell, who is accused in a six-count indictment of assisting, facilitating and contributing to Epstein’s alleged abuse of three minor girls between 1994 and 1997.“Jane Doe was their first known victim and was subsequently abused by Epstein and Maxwell for years as a young girl, suffering unimaginable physical and psychological trauma and distress,” her complaint said.Maxwell pleaded not guilty to the charges at a hearing earlier this week and was ordered held without bail pending trial in July 2021. A week after Maxwell’s July 2 arrest in New Hampshire, her attorney filed an answer to Doe’s lawsuit, denying the claims while also noting the overlap between the lawsuit and the criminal case against Maxwell in New York.“Ms. Maxwell’s denials of factual allegations [in Doe’s lawsuit] shall be interpreted the same as pleading not guilty to the various counts in any criminal indictment,” wrote Laura Menninger, a lawyer who has represented Maxwell in civil litigation for five years.According to Doe’s civil complaint, she first met Maxwell and Epstein in 1994 as a 13-year-old student at a music camp in Michigan. A months-long grooming process continued, she alleges, after she returned home to Florida, where Epstein had a seaside estate on Palm Beach Island.Doe’s father had recently passed away, the complaint said, creating an opportunity for Epstein and Maxwell to fill the void.“Epstein gave himself the name of Doe’s ‘godfather’ while Maxwell acted like an older sister to her,” her complaint said. “They took her to movies, went shopping with her and lounged around Epstein’s estate with her.”Doe, now 39, alleges the abuse escalated over the next few years as Epstein and Maxwell asserted more and more control over her life and aspirations. Epstein paid for voice lessons, private high school tuition and even co-signed a lease on a New York City apartment for Doe and her mother, according to her complaint.She claims the abuse occurred at Epstein’s homes in Florida, New York and his ranch in New Mexico, and that she would often travel to those locations with Epstein and Maxwell on one of Epstein’s private jets.“Epstein’s system of abuse was facilitated in large part by his co-conspirator and accomplice, Maxwell, who helped supply him with a steady stream of young and vulnerable girls,” the complaint said, “many of whom were fatherless, like Jane Doe, and came from struggling families.”Doe’s case is one of just a few civil actions against the Epstein estate that are being actively litigated. Most of the pending lawsuits have been put on hold by alleged victims while they submit their claims to the alternative resolution program.Epstein’s estate is valued at more than $655 million, according to a May 5 filing in probate court in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Epstein owned a private island compound that served as his primary residence since 2010.The criminal indictment against Maxwell is likely to further complicate Doe’s efforts to obtain evidence and testimony necessary to pursue her civil claims. It is expected that Maxwell will eventually seek to pause the case, at least as it pertains to her, while the criminal case against her is pending.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. NewsOn 1 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today This week’s newsVibration syndrome The management of hand-arm vibration syndrome in the workplace was thesubject of a presentation by Fiona Middleton, senior occupational health nurseat Mitsui Babcock Energy. She described the history and presentation of thecondition and explained how it was managed by her own department at MitsuiBabcock Energy. Call centre stress Stress in the call centre environment was the topic discussed by SallyDavies, an occupational health adviser at Standard Life, who described theinitiatives being taken to reduce the levels of stress-related illness inStandard Life’s customer call centres. Measures taken range from the provisionof alternative therapies to training in stress reduction techniques and the useof ergonomic principles in the design and layout of offices. Privacy rights The Human Rights Act covers rights broad enough to cover every aspect ofpublic and private life, said employment lawyer at Scottish and Newcastle ToniMcAlindon. Privacy rights are likely to be of particular concern in the workplace,especially with regard to areas such as blood and urine testing. OH in Spain Occupational health services in Spain were studied by Fiona Begbie, alecturer at the Robert Gordon University who won the Mair Scholarship 2000. Therole of the occupational health nurse in Spain and the provision ofoccupational health services there threw up some interesting similarities toand differences from the British model, she found. Rehabilitation The TUC is committed to action on rehabilitation, according to DavidBleiman, President of the Scottish Trades Union Congress, who spoke at theconference. This should be achieved partly through extending the legal dutieson employers and partly by a social partnership approach, involving all therelevant stakeholders. Heart of the Borders A multi-disciplinary approach to addressing coronary heart disease in theBorders region of Scotland, was the theme of a presentation by David Dalgliesh,pharmacy adviser at the Borders Primary Care NHS Trust. The scheme, Hearts inthe Borders is aimed at training all health professionals to make a differenceto the health of the Borders population, with an emphasis on lifestylemodification. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

The Virtual Space Weather Modelling Centre

first_imgAbstract The englacial stratigraphic architecture of internal reflection horizons (IRHs) as imaged by ice‐penetrating radar (IPR) across ice sheets reflects the cumulative effects of surface mass balance, basal melt,andice flow.IRHs,consideredisochrones,havetypicallybeentracedininterior,slow‐flowingregions. Here, we identify three distinctive IRHs spanning the Institute and Möller catchments that cover 50% of West Antarctica’s Weddell Sea Sector and are characterized by a complex system of ice stream tributaries. WeplaceageconstraintsonIRHsthroughtheirintersectionswithpreviousgeophysicalsurveystiedtoByrd IceCoreandbyage‐depthmodeling.Wefurthershowwheretheoldesticelikelyexistswithintheregionand that Holocene ice‐dynamic changes were limited to the catchment’s lower reaches. The traced IRHs from this study have clear potential to nucleate a wider continental‐scale IRH database for validating ice sheet models. Plain Language Summary Ice‐penetrating radar is widely used to measure the thickness of ice sheets, critical to assessments of global sea level rise potential. This technique also captures reflections fromchemicalcontrastswithintheicesheet,causedbytheatmosphericdepositionofconductiveimpurities, knownas “internalreflectionhorizons” (IRHs)thatcanbetracedoverlargedistances.Asthese depositsare laid down in distinct events, most IRHs are isochronous age tracers and contain valuable information on past ice sheet processes. In this paper we trace and place age constraints on stratigraphic horizons across a large portion of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, including regions where fast ice flow has disrupted the ice sheet stratigraphy. The resulting data set allows us to identify where the oldest ice is buried in the study region and provides evidence that flow of the ice sheet interior has been stable during the Holocene. Our results can be used to test the performance of ice sheet models, which seek to simulate the response of ice sheets to long‐term environmental change.last_img read more

Bees Sting Aces

first_img Tags: Baseball/PCL/Salt Lake Bees FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  The Bees racked up four runs in both the second and third innings as they stung the Aces 10-6 in Salt Lake City.Jared Walsh, Jabari Blash and Alberto Triunfel each launched home runs in the win.  The series continues tonight. August 29, 2018 /Sports News – Local Bees Sting Aces Written by Robert Lovelllast_img

Coronavirus adds uncertainty to oil and gas mergers and acquisitions

first_imgThere have been 262 M&A deals announced in the sector this year, compared to the 354 confirmed across the same period in 2019 Greenpeace’s analysis shows that almost 20 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent were released in the five years to 2019 (Credit: Wikimedia Commons/CSIRO) Coronavirus has caused uncertainty for planned oil and gas mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the sector, according to analytics firm GlobalData,This comes as the virus, which has now led to a global pandemic, has drastically affected supply and demand across several critical industries.Oil and gas has been plagued by oversupply and declining prices amidst a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia – leaving several planned M&A agreements in doubt.According to data from GlobalData, there were 262 M&A deals announced in the sector this year between 1 January and 15 March, while there were 354 confirmed across the same period in 2019 – marking a 26% decline in deals.Lead analyst at GlobalData Aurojyoti Bose highlighted that the corresponding value for planned M&A deals this year has represented a 15% drop on 2019’s figures.“Arranging finance for pursuing deals may emerge as a challenge, while completion of some of these deals is likely to be delayed – and some may be called off altogether,” he added. Mergers and acquisitions decline as oil prices and demand drop due to coronavirusThe International Energy Agency (IEA) announced last week it expects global oil demand to decline for the first time since 2009 as the spread of coronavirus continues to wreak havoc across global economic activity.The organisation significantly downgraded its February oil outlook, now forecasting a 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) year-on-year contraction in 2020 to 99.9 million bpd, compared with its previous estimate of 825,000 bpd growth.The spread of coronavirus has had a stifling effect on global oil demand, largely as a result of a slowdown in travel, economic and industrial activity, as well as various quarantine measures imposed in the key market of China — the epicentre of the health crisis and the world’s biggest crude importer.This has led to some companies reassessing their strategies for the year ahead, with M&A deals becoming less of a priority.As much as three million bpd of additional crude oil could saturate global markets in April (Credit: Flickr/Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)On top of this, oil prices fell to their lowest in almost two decades on Wednesday (18 March), with Brent crude dipping below $26 per barrel – the cheapest since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.According to Bloomberg, West Texas Intermediate crude fell as much as 16% in the day’s trading on Wednesday to below $23 per barrel, its lowest since 2002, as markets reacted to evaporating demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia.The promise of additional supplies hitting the market next month as Opec+ members are released from their existing production-cut commitments, risks even more dramatic price drops, putting global storage capabilities – and the resilience of financial systems – to the test.As much as three million bpd of additional crude oil could saturate global markets in April, as Opec+ countries prepare to open the floodgates after years of agreed production cuts to tackle competition from cheap US shale.The price drop affected the deal for BCE-Mach III LLC, a subsidiary of Oklahoma-headquartered oil firm Mach Resources, to acquire Texas-based Alta Mesa Holdings’ upstream assets – the sector that experienced the most M&A activity in 2019.An agreement was made in January, but last week BCE-Mach III said the $320m deal could not be completed as financing from the Swiss investment bank UBS fell through due to plummeting oil prices.center_img Oil majors’ mergers and acquisitions could be affected by the coronavirusIn 2019, oil companies focused on improving their finances and reducing debt, which drove multinational oil and gas majors, such as ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, and Chevron, to review their global operations and begin divesting non-profitable ventures.GlobalData’s oil and gas analyst Ravindra Puranik said that during the oil price downturn between 2014 and 2017, many exploration and production companies were able to receive refinancing from investors for about six to seven years amid hopes of price recovery.But oil prices have now taken a huge hit, while the debt raised by operators is nearing its repayment period in the next two years – which will raise alarms across the sector.That could lead to the major firms struggling to continue finding potential buyers for minor assets as smaller rivals opt to avoid rash acquisitions and take stock with what they currently own.This could also scupper plans to scale up on renewables as oil companies will have less capital to spend on the cleaner technologies that could define their future beyond fossil fuels.last_img read more

Confirmed: Page McConnell’s Vida Blue Is Recording With Spam Allstars In Miami [Photos]

first_imgVida Blue and the Spam Allstars back in the studio together for the first time in 15 years!: Russell Batiste warming up in the studio: Posts on the Spam Allstars’ Instagram page have confirmed the revival of Page McConnell (Phish), Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Co, Allman Brothers Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit), and Russell Batiste‘s (The funky Meters) early-2000’s live electronic trio, Vida Blue, nearly 14 years after their last performance together.Earlier this week, a Facebook post by Miami Afro-Cuban outfit Spam Allstars stoked excitement for the potential return of the group. Vida Blue recorded their sophomore album, The Illustrated Band, with the Spam Allstars in 2003, and toured alongside them throughout 2004 until their final performance at the third annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 11th, 2004.The initial post was somewhat cryptic. It read: “14 years ago we had the honor to record and perform with Page McConnell’s Vida Blue with Russell Batiste & Oteil Burbridge. Today Spam Allstars are looking forward to getting into the studio again with this crew!! Stay tuned…”Since then, a series of photos and video clips have appeared on Spam Allstars’ Instagram, confirming that this highly-talented group has not only reconvened but is also recording music at the venerable Criteria Studios in Miami. Criteria has hosted numerous well-known artists over the years. Roughly 250 Gold or Platinum-certified singles and albums have been recorded there, including the Allman Brothers Band‘s Eat A Peach, Derek and the Dominos‘ “Layla”, and James Brown‘s “I Feel Good”.You can check out various clips and photos from Vida Blue and the Spam Allstars ongoing recording session at Miami’s Criteria Studios below via Spam Allstars Instagram:Korg VC10 vocoder with lyrics posted on it, including Gary Numan‘s “Cars”, among others:center_img We can’t wait to hear what this incredibly talented and creative group is cooking up! Welcome back, Vida Blue![Cover photo: Spam Allstars Instagram]last_img read more

Mountain Jam Announces Festival Will Not Return To Hunter Mountain

first_imgThe 15th annual Mountain Jam will not be held at its longtime host resort, according to a message posted on Hunter Mountain’s Facebook page, which reads,This past Monday the organizers of Mountain Jam, which is now under new ownership, informed us that after 14 years the festival will not take place at Hunter Mountain in 2019.While we are disappointed to see the festival move, we would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to the many supporters who made Hunter Mountain a successful Mountain Jam venue for more than a decade, including our loyal customers, the Town of Hunter and Greene County.We remain excited by our 2019 summer and fall event schedule — headlined by the popular Taste of Country festival on June 7-9 — and we will provide our loyal guests with updates on new events and entertainment opportunities as they are added.According to a not-so-subtle hint posted to social media by Mountain Jam in November, fans of the jams are going to be pleased with the lineup for the 15th annual edition of the event in 2019. “We like our PB&J with lots of Jam. How ’bout you?” the post asked, along with the hashtag “#backtothejam”.Mountain Jam was founded by Warren Haynes, Gary Chetkof, and members of WDST/Radio Woodstockin 2005 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the local rock radio station. Named after the beloved Allman Brothers Band song, it began as a one-day event centered around jam-oriented music and continued that way for many years, hosting acts like Gov’t Mule, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Benevento/Russo Duo, Mike Gordon, Phil Lesh & Friends, Umphrey’s McGee, RatDog, Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, the Allman Brothers Band, The Derek Trucks Band, Les Claypool, My Morning Jacket, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Widespread Panic, and more. Co-founder Warren Haynes played the festival every year from its inception through 2016.In recent years, the look—and, more importantly, sound—of the festival’s lineup has changed considerably, shifting toward more mainstream, radio-friendly rock acts. In 2017, the first year without Warren on hand, the Mountain Jam lineup was led by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Peter Frampton, and Steve Miller Band, to name a few. The 2018 lineup, led by Jack Johnson, Sturgill Simpson, and Alt-J, marked the festival’s biggest departure yet from its jam roots.The dates and new location for Mountain Jam 2019 have yet to be confirmed, so keep an eye on the festival’s website for the new location, dates, and lineup!last_img read more

We’ll always have ‘Casablanca’

first_imgFor many people, Valentine’s Day means a special night out, but probably not this year. The pandemic has limited our options, and the deep New England winter is also upon us. The Brattle Theatre, however, remains undaunted and is set to continue its decades-long tradition of airing “Casablanca,” offering the iconic 1942 love-amid-war movie through a virtual screening over the three-day weekend.One secret to the film’s lasting appeal is obvious: its romance.  For starters, “Casablanca,” which has aired annually at the Brattle since the 1960s and on Valentine’s Day since 2000, stars Humphrey Bogart, “who is ineffably cool to every generation who meets him,” said Ned Hinkle, the Brattle’s creative director. Bogart plays Rick, a quintessential American loner, who falls in love with the mysterious Ilsa (a luminous Ingrid Bergman) in the lead-up to World War II, only to have the war — and their own better impulses — come between them.However, those who study film see beyond the timeless tale of star-crossed lovers. “It’s one of the more iconic American films in the Hollywood studio era for a number of reasons,” said Haden Guest, director of the Harvard Film Archive. In addition to its sparkling dialogue and timely themes as America teetered on the brink of war, “Casablanca” “showcased the kind of film that was possible in Hollywood at that time,” said Guest.  That meant taking full advantage of the studio system, which had a great number of talented actors available to fill even the smallest roles. These included many European actors who had found a new home in Hollywood.“It’s the story of the war, and its cast also tells the story of the war,” said Guest. In addition to the Swedish Bergman and the Austrian actor Paul Heinreid (who plays Victor Lazlo, Bergman’s husband), the cast includes several great European actors who had fled the Third Reich, such as Peter Lorre (Signor Ugarte), Marcel Dalio (Emile), and Conrad Veidt, who in a twist of fate was cast as Heinrich Strasser, a Nazi major. Even director Michael Curtiz was an immigrant, originally from Hungary. “He’d come to Hollywood a lot earlier,” said Guest. “Still, the story of emigration and escape is imprinted not just in the film’s narrative, but on its very DNA. That gives the film a real charge.”Tom Conley, Albert Lawrence Lowell Professor in the Departments of Romance Languages and Visual and Environmental Studies, also sees parallels between today’s discussions of immigration and global migration and the film’s running commentary on documentation, as characters fleeing the war resort to desperate measures to secure the necessary paperwork.“Michel Foucault said that any given society has to work on illegalism,” said Conley, who is teaching a graduate proseminar on film, media studies, and history this semester. “Illegalism is, in effect, essential to the operation of a body politic, and as we shift political regimes, illegalisms change.”He pointed out the film’s classic line — “Round up the usual suspects” — noting how the existence of an outside, extraneous class serves the purpose of those in power. “That benefits the society,” he noted. “It functions on illegality.”In other ways as well, the unsettled world depicted in “Casablanca” is relevant today. “The pandemic is a sign of the fragility of the world in which we live,” said Conley. The themes of “Casablanca” resonate today, he said, because “we are at war.”For Guest, even the politics of “Casablanca” have a rosy glow. “In terms of its political relevancy, I think it offers a kind of romantic escape,” said Guest. He pointed to “this idea of American exceptionalism that we look back to: World War II, where there seemingly was a clear cut, tried-and-true hero.” A film like “Casablanca” “provides us with a kind of comfort blanket for thinking about American exceptionalism.”Looking past its message, Guest still views it as a great movie — and a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. “It really is quite extraordinary,” he said. “It holds up, and as time goes by, its singularity and its exemplarity as part of the larger studio system continue to shine.”Admission is available on the Brattle Theatre website. A $12 ticket buys the right to view the film for 48 hours within the weekend.last_img read more