Facebook Limerick Post Show | Into The Stream | Emma Langford Linkedin WhatsApp Advertisement Twitter AN AWARD-winning Limerick singer-songwriter has added story-telling to her repertoire to for her fans as restrictions on crowds were implemented by Government to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus).Emma Langford addressed the closure of many venues and seeing many artists have tours cancelled by getting creative and announcing on her social media platforms that her Patreon subscribers would be treated to her reading some bedtime stories.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “If this creative lock-down we’re seeing where venues are closing and artists are cancelling tours has shown me anything, it’s that necessity is truly the mother of innovation,” Emma told the Limerick Post.She noted how in recent times we have seen many professions including musicians, artists, and teachers “getting creative” with remote sharing and teaching.“I’ve wanted to record readings of bedtime stories for ages; I love when someone reads to me – properly, doing the voices and everything – my dad always read to me as a kid, and it was so comforting,” she said.As the world faces many difficulties due to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the artist said, “a lot of people need comforting, so I said I’d stop saying ‘I want to start’ and just start.”The Limerick musician said the benefit of making the stories available on Patreon is two-fold:“They’re not expensive to access, people can sign up for $2 a month to access everything, but all of those subscriptions add up, so it’s hugely helpful for an independent artist like me. “And then there’s just the lovely aspect of me getting some reading in, and fans getting read to. “It’s gorgeous really and people have responded really well to it – listeners and authors. I have people sending me their books to read from.”The Patreon model allows fans to support their favourite creatives by paying a monthly subscription of their choice for access to exclusive content and a closer look into their creative journey.You can find the bedtime stories and more content on Emma’s Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/emmalangfordHow you can support local artists:Emma Langford: Patreon BandcampCitrus Fresh: BandcampHazey Haze: BandcampKathleen Turner: BandcampPX Music: BandcampPowPig: BandcampHis Father’s Voice: BandcampPost Punk Podge and the Technohippies: BandcampGavin DaVinci: BandcampBlindboy Podcast: PatreonAKIA: BandcampMankyy: BandcampAswell: BandcampThe Unscene: Bandcampemail [email protected] to be added to this list NewsCommunityLifestyleEntertainmentMusicLimerick musician opens a chapter on bedtime storiesBy Cian Reinhardt – March 16, 2020 164 Email Print Previous articleSeven winners overall for JP as he takes Leading Owner award at CheltenhamNext articleOnline application for job seekers benefits Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Lime Tree Theatre presents Into The Stream with Emma Langford and Friends Limerick Post Show | Raging Sons release Someone Else’s Love Limerick Post Show | Niamh talks Limerick Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region TAGSbandcampCoronavirusemma langfordentertainmentmusicmusicianNewspatreon
It has been revealed that the second ambulance servicing the Killybegs area has been lying idle for over a year due to the withdrawal of a back-up crew.The Killybegs Ambulance base is usually supplied with two ambulances and two crews as well as a back-up crew to ensure response is facilitated.However, Councillor Barry O’Neill says without notification the back-up crew was withdrawn leaving the local area without adequate cover.Councillor Barry O’Neill has described the situation in Killybegs as shameful given that an ambulance has not been utilised for over a year due to the withdrawal of a back-up crew.The current situation leaves only a daytime and night time crew for one ambulance with the absence of a back-up crew to service the second ambulance.Councillor O’Neill has called on representatives from the National Ambulance Service to attend the next sitting of the Donegal Municipal District to outline the reasoning behind the withdrawal of the crew as it has had a detrimental impact on the area.He says there have been instances when an ambulance had to travel from Letterkenny to transfer a patient as the one remaining ambulance was on a call out.Councillor O’Neill says it is imperative the second ambulance becomes operational again and the back-up crew reinstated. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Killybegs ambulance lying idle due to withdrawal of back up crew Pinterest Facebook Previous articleEU invests in new cross-border Community Paramedic ServiceNext articleTransport Minister urged to visit Donegal to see ‘roads crisis’ News Highland WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Facebook Twitter By News Highland – March 28, 2018 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews
“You are not just creating a resume. You are creating a biography,” Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk told graduates at the School’s 2015 Commencement ceremony. He urged graduates to stay alert for “the tap on the shoulder from unexpected opportunities,” and to not be afraid to follow career paths that diverge from traditional trajectories.In his final Commencement address before stepping down as dean later this summer, Frenk told graduates, “As you move forward from today, I urge you to make decisions based on your deepest values.”At the Commencement ceremony, held on a sunny afternoon before an enthusiastic crowd of graduates and their families in a tent in Kresge courtyard, 519 degrees were awarded: 28 doctors of philosophy, 51 doctors of science, 323 masters of public health, 132 masters of science, and 12 masters of arts. Graduates came from 32 countries and 34 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia. Fifty-nine percent of the graduates were women. At a festive reception the evening before Commencement, awards were presented to 24 students, 9 faculty, and 4 staff members. Read Full Story
Rwanda will join, the likes of Ghana and Nigeria in Division Two of African cricket after winning the ICC Africa Zone Three tournament in Accra yesterday.Rwanda beat Seychelles by three wickets in a very tough final game at the Achimota Oval.Rwanda Coach Adam Arnold says there is a lot of work for his team ahead in Division two where there is obviously tougher competition.He said the competition in the Division Two will certainly be fiercer given the competitive spirit of the teams.Coach Arnold believes his side must settle down to training immediately if they are to make an impact in the next competition.Seychelles Captain Kaushal Patel said he and his team mates will encourage each other to do better in subsequent tournaments. Source: Joy Sports/Ghana
However, Trump claims he had asked for Bolton’s resignation that night.One key area of disagreement between the two involved the future role of the U.S. military in Afghanistan.Bolton is not the first high-ranking Trump administration official to be ousted by the president via Twitter.In March of 2018, the President announced via Twitter that Mike Pompeo, the current director of the CIA, would replace Secretary Rex Tillerson at the State Department.In the summer of 2018, former FBI director James Comey was made aware of his firing during a speech he was giving at the FBI field office in Los Angeles.No other information is available at the time. National Security Adviser John Bolton is out.President Trump announced the firing via Twitter on Tuesday.Trump noted that he “disagreed strongly” with many of Bolton’s suggestions, “as did others” in the administration. The president vowed to name a new national security adviser next week.He also thanked Bolton for his service.Bolton seemingly blindsided by Trump quickly responded to the news via Twitter saying that he offered to resign Monday evening.
Patrick Gallagher2663523%54%$466,298 Flavien Prat16631172519%44%$1,794,712 Drayden Van Dyke10311121311%35%$647,839 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Philip D’Amato9019141521%53%$1,047,920 Kristin Mulhall3266219%44%$270,735 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Victor Espinoza5569511%36%$622,660 Carla Gaines3452215%26%$417,410 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 26) Jeff Bonde2772426%48%$167,310 Tiago Pereira703864%24%$239,499 William Spawr2775326%56%$186,997 Brayan Pena433267%26%$94,045 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Abel Lezcano514248%20%$198,364 Steven Miyadi46911720%59%$300,059 J. Keith Desormeaux3365818%58%$238,624 FINISH LINES: Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita, worked five furlongs for his four-year-old debut on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday in 1:02.60. “I’m not pushing him too hard yet,” said trainer Keith Desormeaux. “He’s in a nice rhythm, but I have no race in mind for him right now.” Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Swipe worked four furlongs for Desormeaux in 51.60 . . . Friday’s Pick Six payoff of 124.20 to 337 winning tickets resulted from favorites capturing five of the races in the sequence, and the other by a horse that was almost favored, paying $7.20. Winners in the Pick Six races were Abets Abet ($5.80), Shortstormcoming ($7.20, second choice by a dime), Amazing Lady ($3), Howdy ($4.20), Hawkedon (5.40) and Herunbridledpower ($4.20) . . . Congrats to Daily Racing Form’s Brad Free who had all six winners on top. Five out of six paid $8.80 on 1996 tickets . . . El Camino Real Derby winner Frank Conversation worked four furlongs under Mario Gutierrez in 49 seconds flat for the UAE Derby in Dubai on March 26. Trainer Doug O’Neill plans to ship Frank Conversation “about two weeks before the race” with Gutierrez arriving later to ride the son of Quality Road . . . Tom Quigley‘s guest Sunday in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:25 a.m. will be UK racing commentator and this weekend’s announcer at Santa Anita David Fitzgerald . . . Of Santa Anita’s top 24 jockeys, Kent Desormeaux has the highest in-the-money percentage at 59 with an 11-21-12 mark from 74 mounts. Meet leader Rafael Bejarano, who won three races Thursday to break a tie for the top spot with Santiago Gonzalez, is second with 51 percent in the money. Mario Gutierrez13818232013%44%$1,072,266 Martin Pedroza6998413%30%$232,310 Bob Baffert7316111122%52%$1,203,665 Mike Smith65761211%38%$931,385 Fernando Perez1191112189%34%$614,899 Kent Desormeaux7411211215%59%$973,519 AT 83, THE FUTURE IS NOW FOR AGENT DEGREGORY Vince DeGregory turns 84 on Aug. 29, but he has a lot to celebrate today.On Monday, the veteran agent who now calls the shots for jockey Tiago Pereira, underwent throat surgery for 90 minutes at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank to remove a growth attached to his thyroid gland that left a vertical scar of about three inches just below his Adam’s Apple.If he’s vain about his looks, he can cover the scar with a bow tie. But that’s the least of his worries.“The doctor (Warren Line) told me yesterday that when he first started the procedure he was expecting the growth to be the size of a pea, but as he went further, it became the size of a large grape,” DeGregory said. “He got it all out and thank God there’s no cancer. When I saw him yesterday he gave me a clean bill of health.“I said to him, ‘The scar’s going to remind me that God doesn’t want me to die yet.’”There are still plenty of leaves on the tree, even though the rings are growing.“I started as an agent in 1959,” DeGregory said. “My first jock was Conn Errico at Belmont Park. I went to Aqueduct when it opened later that year. Sword Dancer trained by Elliott Burch won the opening day stakes.“(Eddie) Arcaro was like a stepfather to me. He’s the one who got me to become a jockey’s agent. I had to go in front of (stewards) Marshall Cassidy and Cal Rainey at that time. “They were very, very strict and I remember Arcaro telling me, ‘Vince, never screw anybody at the draw.“When you give a person a call, stand by that. I’ve used that as my motto my whole life.“I’ve seen all the great horses of their day: Bold Ruler, Nashua, Tom Fool, Damascus, Sword Dancer, but the greatest one to me was Kelso (named Horse of the Year five consecutive years from 1960 through 1964).“When I was a young guy coming up I didn’t know enough about Thoroughbreds to give an opinion, but as time progressed and from being around the game, I learned from other people. I paid attention to trainers, and an old man I never forgot was Sam Winninger, who was a private clocker.“He would bet his own money and taught me how horses worked, how they traveled, so that when I got a rider, I could pick one horse from another. That helped throughout my career.”DeGregory, born in Greenwich, N.Y., about 10 miles from Saratoga Springs where he was raised, served in the Army at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, with Dick Groat, a lifelong friend now 85 who would go on to play shortstop with second baseman Bill Mazeroski for the World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates in 1960 and be named National League MVP.“My roommate in the service was (former catcher and longtime broadcaster and comedian) Bob Uecker,” said DeGregory. “He’s my buddy and I love him. He’s still kicking.”As is DeGregory, a living treasure of racing history who has represented seven Hall of Fame jockeys: Angel Cordero Jr., Chris McCarron, Laffit Pincay Jr., Bill Shoemaker, Alex Solis, Jacinto Vasquez and Jorge Velasquez, in addition to Victor Espinoza, Darrel McHargue and Joel Rosario, each with Hall of Fame credentials as well.If there’s room for DeGregory, there would be little argument that he deserves a spot, although he’d be the last to lobby for enshrinement.He got all the glory he needed on Monday. Mike Puype52611312%38%$294,475 David Lopez1132081618%39%$598,201 Alex Solis1930416%37%$218,303 Brice Blanc403478%35%$399,025 Alonso Quinonez614847%26%$206,150 Richard Baltas731210916%42%$890,569 Doug O’Neill12219172016%46%$1,025,373 Joseph Talamo16418202111%36%$961,404 Peter Eurton6612161118%59%$734,968 Ron Ellis2252223%41%$164,730 Peter Miller901171112%32%$444,160 Gary Stevens4796719%47%$1,052,338 Jeff Mullins2456021%46%$164,634 Edwin Maldonado12223101119%36%$804,515 Jose Verenzuela2931310%24%$105,855 Martin Garcia84139815%36%$825,339 Mark Glatt6377311%27%$304,425 QUARTET WORK FOR SAN FELIPE STAKESUndefeated California-bred Smokey Image worked six furlongs Saturday morning under Victor Espinoza in a bullet 1:12.20 as he prepares to run against open company in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 12.The clocking was the fastest of 30 at the distance, the average time of which was 1:14.45. Smokey Image, a son of 2004 Santa Anita Handicap winner Southern Image, won the California Cup Derby at 1 1/16 miles by 8 ½ lengths on Jan. 30 in his first start for Gaines and his first at two turns.Gaines was well satisfied with the drill by Smokey Image, as she was with Bolo’s five furlong workout on the main track in a minute flat.Bolo, winner of the Grade II Arcadia Stakes a mile on grass Feb. 13, is being considered for either the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf or the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap at 1 ¼ miles on dirt March 12.“We still haven’t decided on a race,” Gaines said, adding that at this point it makes little difference except to the media, since both races are the same day, so it doesn’t alter Bolo’s routine from a training standpoint.Smokey Image previously was trained by Greg James who is based in the Bay Area.Also working for the San Felipe Saturday was Danzing Candy for Cliff Sise Jr., who called the six furlong drill under Mike Smith in 1:13 flat “Beautiful. I got him galloping out (seven furlongs) in 1:25 and one or two.”Robert B. Lewis Stakes runner-up Uncle Lino also worked for the San Felipe, going five furlongs in 1:03 with Fernando Perez aboard for trainer Gary Sherlock.“He does that all the time,” Sherlock said of the relatively slow time. “He was by himself, nobody around (at 6:45 a.m.) and he’ll do that 100 times. I’ll put another horse with him next week when he works again.”San Vicente Stakes runner-up Exaggerator, also prepping for the San Felipe, worked five furlongs for Keith Desormeaux in 1:00.40.Tomorrow, Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Mor Spirit, Bob Baffert’s leading Triple Crown contender, is set to work under Martin Garcia for the San Felipe.The son of Eskendereya was scheduled to breeze last Tuesday with regular rider Gary Stevens aboard but the drill was aborted when the colt “lost interest,” according to Baffert.“He’ll work tomorrow and Martin will work him,” Baffert said. “He’ll either go out at 7:45 or nine (o’clock).” Baffert did not announce a distance for the workout. George Papaprodromou3372521%42%$197,905 Vladimir Cerin3093430%53%$300,070 Tyler Baze18420292611%41%$1,055,661 SMOKEY IMAGE, DANZING CANDY BREEZE FOR SAN FELIPEOCTOGENARIAN AGENT DEGREGORY FINE AFTER THROAT SURGERYTEXAS RED IN EASY WORK FOR HIS FOUR-YEAR-OLD DEBUT Agapito Delgadillo6898613%34%$249,412 Steve Knapp2551220%32%$150,610 John Sadler5898516%38%$449,649 Jerry Hollendorfer951291313%36%$888,426 Santiago Gonzalez18736282319%47%$1,424,339 Rafael Bejarano17738341921%51%$1,767,342
An appeal has been launched for information following a burglary at a home in the Newtowncunningham area this morning.Thieves entered a house at Monfad between 10am-11am this Thursday (11th July).The home was ransacked, but the thieves did not manage to find any items of high value. A Garda investigation is underway and forensic examinations were carried out at the property this afternoon.Anyone who saw anything suspcious or who has any information is asked to call Letterkenny Garda Station on 074-9167100 or ring the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.Public appeal after home ransacked in Newtown was last modified: July 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
These two traditional midwives or matronnes are now part of a campaign to get women to deliver in hospitals in Madagascar.(Image: Serge Ralaiarivony/UNFPA)MEDIA CONTACTS• Ben ParkerDirector, Irin News+254 20 762 2147 or +254 733 860 08RELATED ARTICLES• Taking the risk out of giving birth• Breathing new life into Hillbrow• SA’s second health train rolls out • SA triage system to go global Source: Irin NewsMadagascar’s traditional midwives, or matronnes, are often thought to undermine safe childbirth practices, delivering babies in unsanitary environments and without provisions to manage complications. Yet they are now being recruited to a campaign to get women to deliver in clinics or hospitals, part of a move to lower maternal and newborn death rates.“We have more work than ever,” said matronnes Bertine, 52, and Marnette, 51. The women, who are cousins, learned the trade from their grandmother 20 years ago.Now they are cooperating with the Centre Sante de Base (CSB II) in Betraka, a tiny village 50km north of the coastal town of Manakara, to ensure that all pregnant women in the area deliver at the clinic.“Sometimes women ask us to do their delivery at home, but we tell them it’s forbidden. It’s much better here, as there are materials. Before, we only had our own two hands,” Marnette told Irin. State of maternal careMadagascar is “facing the triple challenge of fast population growth, growing poverty and political instability”, according to the UN Population Fund’s (UNFPA) 2011 State of World’s Midwifery report.Though the country – which has the highest adolescent fertility rate in Africa – has reduced its maternal mortality since 1990, it still has a moderately high maternal mortality ratio (MMR), according to a new report on MMR trends produced jointly by UNFP, the World Health Organisation, Unicef and the World Bank.Madagascar’s MMR dropped from 710 deaths per 100 000 live births in 1990 to 240 per 100,000 live births in 2010.According to 2011 estimates by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation, of every 1 000 live births in a given year in Madagascar, 43 infants die before they’re even a year old. This number has dropped from 50 deaths per 1 000 live births in 2007, but it is still unacceptably high.“Weak infrastructure, referral systems and equipment, and lack of qualified staff make access to health care especially difficult in the provinces,” the UNFPA report said about Madagascar, which has about 3 000 health centres, but many are in disrepair or are closed because of the country’s ongoing political crisis.The country only has four trained midwives per 1 000 live births. And although there are 21 midwifery schools which train skilled midwives to hygienically deliver babies and deal with complications, the number of graduates is not meeting needs. In many areas, people have to rely on traditional midwives as their main maternal care providers. Priority focus The government had made maternal and newborn health a top priority in 2008; a national plan for maternal and newborn health was launched the same year. A policy of free healthcare at birth – including expensive caesarean sections – aims to promote institutional birth and increase the use of skilled birth attendants during delivery to a target of 75%. Yet many areas struggle to meet this target.The Centre Sante de Base in Betraka offers a success story.“The mayor of this town had lost a family member to childbirth, so when we went to see him, he immediately set a new rule: anyone who doesn’t come to deliver at the CSB could be fined,” said CSB head Hasiaina Rakotoarinaivo. “We also went to see the local [heads] and matronnes. They signed a letter saying that they agreed with the new rule. The amount of deliveries in the CSB doubled to 30 a month after that.”With encouragement from the matronnes, women in labour walk or are carried into the CSB. The matronnes come with them and assist at the clinic; they still receive their usual fee and five cups of rice.In the 1980s, aid agencies tried to train traditional midwives, supplying them with sterile delivery kits, but the project failed because the women were not taught how to deal with complications..“By the time they see that a delivery is not going well, the patient is often too far away from a hospital to be saved, as the most dangerous time for the mother is the first two hours after delivery,” Achu Lordfred, chief technical adviser at UNFPA, told Irin. ”When the woman tries to deliver at home, there are too many delays for her to receive the help she needs.”But by convincing matronnes to promote hospital deliveries, health workers have found a valuable ally.“It’s good these matronnes come here. They assist with tasks we don’t have time for, like fetching water and walking the women around the courtyard,” said a skilled midwife.“When I was in school, the teacher told us that there will be matronnes to deal with once we started practicing. He said, ‘You can either work with them, or against them, but I advise you to cooperate’,” said one of her colleagues. Co-operation between matronnes and skilled midwivesMatronnes often use traditional practices that can harm women. Local doctors complain that they make women drink traditional herbs to speed up labour – a practice they say can rupture a patient’s uterus.Skilled midwife Miora Tahinjanoihay said women around Betraka are made to drink water with gold in it, which supposedly proves that the husband is the father’s child. “Then, when there are complications, the women think it’s the magic working and they become afraid,” she explained.“We show the townspeople the consequences of these methods. Sometimes women are brought in with convulsions because they drank this kind of herbal tea. After treatment, we use their examples to inform the villagers,” she continued. “Women believe the traditional herbs will speed up delivery and clean the baby, but it often has the opposite effect.”“We found that it’s easy to convince the matronnes to take patients to the hospital,” said Lordfred. “These women are merely looking for respect and a special position in society. The problem we’re working on now is for the [skilled] midwives to accept them. Often, when a matronne takes a patient to the hospital, the midwife will start to insult her and tell her off for giving traditional herbs.”The agency is trying to reinforce hundreds of CSBs to handle the influx of deliveries. UNFPA has spent US$2.6-million (R22-million) since 2008 to get 200 health centres up to a basic level for deliveries; a further 44 centres are now equipped to perform C-sections and blood transfusions.“Some places are easy to transform – they just need light or water. It’s the more advanced units that are expensive, as they need equipment for operations,” Lordfred said. The agency also trains midwives and pays their salaries.“I came here because all my friends deliver here,” said 28-year-old Raharisoa in Bekatra. She is expecting her second child; the first was born 15 years ago, at home with a matronne. “I didn’t know there was a hospital then. I didn’t have problems during the first delivery at home, but I heard it’s better for your health to come here.”
2. Sergio Leone: Renault 18 DieselA little known fact of movie trivia is that acclaimed director Sergio Leone’s (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) last production was a car commercial for Renault 18, a French station wagon. Reuniting Leone with his longtime composer Ennio Morricone, the spot was one of many the director did for European television throughout his career.3. Martin Scorsese: Dolce & GabbanaFeaturing a trio of stars (Scorsese, Matthew McConaughey, and Scarlett Johansson), the short film spot Street of Dreams was made for the luxury Italian fashion company Dolce & Gabanna. The film is a high-concept Italian neorealist vignette set in a seemingly empty (and beautiful) black-and-white New York City.Scorsese’s brand is a great match for the Italian fashion company, as Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have built their brand on similar Sicilian and Catholic roots. While Scorsese maintains that the project had “always been inspired by the black-and-white neorealist Italian cinema of the early 1960s,” McConaughey was a little more blunt about the investment.I like the financial aspect of the relationship. I don’t want to work with a brand I don’t believe in, that I don’t care about. But I like that it’s a good give-and-take and I get a nice pay cheque – that’s very good for me and helps me live my life. — Matthew McConaughey via Telegraph UK4. Ridley Scott: AppleArguably regarded as the greatest commercial of all time, Steve Jobs and an upstart Apple Computers hired Scott to help take the world by storm during the 1984 Super Bowl. The spot, an homage to George Orwell’s novel 1984, was a shot at Apple’s chief competitors IBM and served as the flashpoint to Apple’s emergence on the personal computer scene. In a behind-the-scenes featurette on the commercial, Scott talks about how he’d always viewed commercials as films. Not even Academy Award-winning directors are above the commercial paycheck now and then. Here are seven of the best commercials that were directed by famous directors.Chances are that many of your favorite famous directors have made mainstream television commercials that you’ve seen hundreds of times before. You may not have realized it, as television commercials don’t laud their writers, directors, and stars the same way as major motion pictures. However, some of the biggest names in Hollywood have all taken commercial gigs to help companies sell their products to the masses.Once a director becomes big enough to have a signature style, that style (along with the director attached to it) becomes a commodity of its own. As we’ve seen in the recent release of H&M’s new Wes Anderson-produced commercial short film Come Together, brands are keenly aware of how to translate a director’s name and style to sell a product.Commercials are a big part of the video production industry, so if you’re currently in (or considering) a career in film and video, commercials can be a great way to build your brand’s worth and make a quick buck. Here are some of the best examples of how some famous directors have successfully cashed in.1. Spike Jonze: IkeaThe ingenuitous (Editor’s note: yes, apparently, that is a word) Spike Jonze rose to fame in the 1990s with a kinetic DIY-skateboarding aesthetic which was perfect for music videos and commercials. Perhaps directing one of the most famous (ultimately unaired) commercials for Gap, he was able to touch heartstrings in audiences with his 2002 commercial for Ikea (above) before ultimately reaffirming his commercial vitality with his recent long-form ad for KENZO World (below). 5. Steven Spielberg: British PetroleumAs you can see, even the most successful directors are not above lending their talents for the right price. Perhaps the best case in point could be Steven Spielberg shilling for BP back in 1994. The video is squarely in the vintage Spielberg adventure model and even includes effects done by ILM and music composed by John Williams.6. Spike Lee: NikePerhaps regarded as Spike Lee’s most iconic contribution to pop culture at large, his 1991 Is It the Shoes? commercial helped catapult Michael Jordan and Nike’s brands into mainstream success (along with Spike Lee’s as well).The commercial was the birth of a series of “Mars Blackmon” spots which Nike would revisit with Spike Lee for years to come. It also squarely tethered Spike Lee’s likeness and directorial style with the NBA and hip hop culture for the rest of his career.7. David Lynch:Playstation 2Probably the self-branded weirdest of the bunch, David Lynch’s campaign of commercials for Sony’s launch of the Playstation 2 back in 2000 stands out for… well… it’s weirdness. The black-and-white spots played before movies in theaters and included several Lynchian icons such as shadowy hidden rooms with odd talking characters. You can watch a behind-the-scenes feature on the making of the campaign below. What’s your favorite famous director commercial? Let us know in the comments!