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Natalie Portman says hitting Chris
Hemsworth was "one small slap for
The actress, who reprises her role as
Jane Foster in Thor: The Dark World,
gives the superhero a smack in the
Thor: The Dark World has its world
premiere in London yesterday and is out
in US cinemas on November 8.
In an interview on Saturday, Portman
said that she channeled all her single
girlfriends: "You hear all these stories
about guys and it's just good to get a
nice on-screen slap like 'you didn't call
The intention may have been payback
but, according to Hemsworth, the result
was less so.
"It just got really funny and ridiculous
you know. It's like in high school when
you're not meant to laugh," he said.
And fun and laughs is what Portman
wants audiences to have. Despite
appearing in many more serious and
highbrow roles, the Oscar winner will
not have the Hollywood blockbuster
She says "escapism" is the main
reason people go to the movies and
there is no room for snobbery. (AP)
Thor takes a hit for womankind
In a heated election season, there s almost no
escape for us citizens from the relentless, inva-
sive, exasperating yet sometimes catchy songs,
jingles, and advertisements that political parties
use in an attempt to win votes, or really brain-
But radio and television weren t the only chan-
nels being over-used and abused. Just look around,
and not even walls, lamp posts or electricity poles
were safe in this "vote for me" time of year.
Overnight, some streets and communities across
the country transformed into something similar
to the walls of a teenage girl s bedroom, but
instead of copious boy band posters, there were
dozens upon dozens of candidate portraits and
banners staring you in the face, willing you to
put your X next to their names on the ballot.
But is this allowed?
Yes and no.
Technically, yes, because it s part of the cam-
paigning process and there s a stipulation from
the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC)
on their removal.
A source at the EBC explained it s not an illegal
practice by the commission s standards, and "it s
all part of the campaigning."
What is illegal is leaving those ads up on the
day of elections.
Shelly Dolabaille, communications officer at
the EBC, said, however, that rule only applies to
posters and other campaigning material that are
within 100 yards of a polling station.
Posters and banners have to be removed before
the day of elections, or the people who put them
up could be charged, Dolabaille said.
Here s where the technical no comes in.
As for the rest of it, outside the 100-yard limit,
there s no law in place to have them taken down
by those who put them up---whether on private
or public property.
Attorney Kevin Ratiram explained that for the
most part, charges could be laid against people
who put up posters on people s walls---if there
is resulting damage to the property.
"If you stick something like a poster and the
owner has to pay to fix their wall and so on, that
could be a malicious damage to property charge,"
he said by phone. He said there must be actual
damage to the wall.
To a hypothetical question about whether a
person could be in trouble for sticking up posters
on the wall outside Gulf City Mall, Gulf View,
for example, Ratiram said that could be trespass-
He explained there was nothing specific in the
Summary Offences Act, so there was nothing
definitive to say in terms of what was allowed
and what was prohibited. He said simply that
there was a general offence of damage to prop-
"At election time, every candidate wants to
campaign and advertise himself as much as pos-
sible. So I think it is inevitable to have posters
being affixed to various places and various things.
It has become part of our election culture," he
said, adding that he doesn t see that changing
or political parties breaking the habit.
Ratiram believed it was a harmless practice,
unless posters and other material were being
affixed to private property without owners con-
He added that even though there was no law
in place to force parties to remove their adver-
tisements post-election, they should be motivated
to do so anyway.
"I think every political party that does that has
a moral duty at the very least to remove these
Corporate Communications manager at T&T
Electric Company (T&TEC) Annabelle Brasnell
said it was illegal to post any signage, political
or not, on its electricity poles.
"T&TEC poles are private property," she said
Even though it is illegal, Ratiram indicated there
was no actual offence related to sticking posters
on the electricity poles within the T&TEC Act.
The Environmental Management Authority
(EMA) also indicated that there was no legislation
by the authority about posting or removing and
disposing of political posters.
Former San Fernando mayor Dr Navi Muradali
called on his Facebook page last Friday for all
political parties who were seeking City Hall to:
• Continued on Page B2
Photos taken on the
morning after the local
government elections show
that not all the election
posters and paraphernalia
have been removed.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Political campaigns unleash
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