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Italian shoe designer, Sergio Rossi, dies aged 84

One of world’s most respected cordwainers may have died from coronavirus in CesenaThe Italian footwear designer Sergio Rossi has died at the age of 84. Having been admitted to hospital a few days ago in Cesena, a city in Emilia-Romagna, one of the regions hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, it is being reported that he may have died from the disease.Announcing news of the designer’s death on Friday morning, the brand’s chief executive, Riccardo Sciutto, told the fashion website Women’s Wear...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Life and style, World news, Italy, Women's Shoes, Emilia Romagna, Cesena, Sergio Rossi, Riccardo Sciutto


Primark and Matalan among retailers allegedly cancelling £2.4bn orders in ‘catastrophic’ move for Bangladesh

Coronavirus cutbacks amount to a ‘wholesale abandonment’ of garment workers, says labour rights groupCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than a million Bangaldeshi garment workers have been sent home without pay or have lost their jobs after western clothing brands cancelled or suspended £2.4bn of existing orders in the wake of the Covid-19 epidemic, according to data from the Bangladeshi and Garment Exporters Association (BGMEA).Primark, Matalan and the Edinburgh Wo...
Tags: Business, Fashion, World news, Poverty, South and Central Asia, Fashion industry, Global development, Bangladesh, Primark, Matalan, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Coronavirus outbreak, BGMEA


Primark among retailers cancelling £2.4bn orders in ‘catastrophic’ move for Bangladesh

Coronavirus cutbacks amount to a ‘wholesale abandonment’ of garment workers, says labour rights groupCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than a million Bangaldeshi garment workers have been sent home without pay or have lost their jobs after western clothing brands cancelled or suspended £2.4bn of existing orders in the wake of the Covid-19 epidemic, according to data from the Bangladeshi and Garment Exporters Association (BGMEA).Primark and the Edinburgh Woollen Mil...
Tags: Business, Fashion, World news, Poverty, South and Central Asia, Fashion industry, Global development, Bangladesh, Primark, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Coronavirus outbreak, Garment Exporters Association BGMEA Primark, BGMEA


Fashion brands' cancellation of £2.4bn orders ‘catastrophic’ for Bangladesh

Garment workers left ‘abandoned’ by move to cut losses in wake of coronavirus crisis by retailers including Primark and Edinburgh Woollen MillCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than a million Bangaldeshi garment workers have been sent home without pay or have lost their jobs after western clothing brands cancelled or suspended £2.4bn of existing orders in the wake of the Covid-19 epidemic, according to data from the Bangladeshi and Garment Exporters Association (BGM...
Tags: Business, Fashion, World news, Poverty, South and Central Asia, Fashion industry, Global development, Bangladesh, Primark, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Coronavirus outbreak, Edinburgh Woollen, Garment Exporters Association BGMEA Primark, BGMEA


This way for brain tingles: ASMR gets a shiver-inducing exhibition

From cucumber-crunchers to cranial exams, YouTube is full of ASMRtists provoking the strangely pleasurable autonomous sensory meridian response. Now they’ve got their own euphoric museum showSome whisper gently into the microphone, while tapping their nails along the spine of a book. Others take a bar of soap and slice it methodically into tiny cubes, letting the pieces clatter into a plastic tray. There are those who dress up as doctors and pretend to perform a cranial nerve exam, and the ones ...
Tags: Psychology, Art, Science, Technology, Sweden, Youtube, Video Art, Painting, Life and style, Society, World news, Anxiety, Culture, Art and design, Alternative Medicine, Health & wellbeing


Billionaires, please back off – we can't all self-isolate on a giant yacht

David Geffen and the world’s second-home owners need to stop with their social media smugness. Not everyone can ride out the crisis like themCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHow can I make self-isolation more glamorous?Jeremy, London Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, London, Media, Instagram, Social Media, Life and style, World news, Digital Media, Kirstie Allsopp, David Geffen, Coronavirus outbreak


Late-breaking news: there's been a pandemic while you were away

A full-scale disaster unfolded as we switched our phones back on after nine days of Colombian beaches and junglesYou can learn a lot about yourself in times of crisis, but you learn a hell of a lot more about the person you weather said crisis with. Best to strap in and bite your tongue. A lifetime of three weeks ago, my clever, rational other half and I went on a holiday to Colombia. He’s a man who rarely travels without a first aid kit, gaffer tape and a multi-tool thing allegedly essential fo...
Tags: Family, Americas, Life and style, UK News, World news, Best, Colombia, Infectious Diseases, Pakistan, Parents and parenting, Caribbean, Cartagena, Coronavirus outbreak


Global condom shortage looms as coronavirus shuts down production

World’s biggest producer says lockdown has already caused shortfall of 100m condomsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA global shortage of condoms is looming, the world’s biggest producer has said, after a coronavirus lockdown forced it to shut down production.Malaysia’s Karex Bhd makes one in every five condoms globally. It has not produced a single condom in its three Malaysian factories for more than a week because of a lockdown imposed by the government to halt the s...
Tags: Sex, Life and style, World news, Asia Pacific, Malaysia, Coronavirus outbreak, Karex Bhd


Haifaa Al-Mansour: 'Female leaders are crushed. Look at Hillary Clinton'

The Saudi Arabian director directed her first film, Wadjda, hiding in the back of a van on the streets of Riyadh. Now her latest, The Perfect Candidate, is opening doors in HollywoodHaifaa Al-Mansour’s latest film, The Perfect Candidate, opens with a doctor in her 20s driving to work. In any other film you wouldn’t register the fact that she’s behind the wheel. But this woman, dressed in a black abaya and niqab, is in Saudi Arabia, which until 2018 banned women from driving. Al-Mansour added the...
Tags: Film, Saudi Arabia, Women, Life and style, World news, Culture, Hillary Clinton, Middle East and North Africa, World cinema, Haifaa Al Mansour, Riyadh, Al Mansour, Wadjda, HollywoodHaifaa Al Mansour


Spring-heeled: concept that could see Usain Bolt rocket to 50mph

Prototype of revolutionary running device being worked on by scientists at US universityA wearable spring-based contraption that attaches to the legs has the potential to boost human running speeds by 50%, according to researchers who hope to build the first prototype over the next year.Scientists came up with the concept after computer models showed that it was possible to dramatically increase the amount of energy people put into each running step by enabling them to do work when their feet ar...
Tags: Science, Technology, US, Sport, Life and style, World news, US news, Engineering, Running


Higher step counts could lower risk of early death, study finds

Monitoring of adults aged 40 or over shows any activity is good and doing more is betterIt may be worth dusting off the fitness tracker when you head out on your government-approved stroll: researchers have found higher step counts are associated with a lower risk of early death.While the figure of 10,000 steps a day is a popular goal, researchers have long criticised the fact it has its roots in a Japanese marketing campaign, rather than scientific research. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Fitness, Cancer, Life and style, Society, World news, Heart Disease, Medical Research, Health & wellbeing, Coronavirus outbreak


Is it OK to shout at strangers who aren’t social distancing? Absolutely | Hadley Freeman

My favourite video right now shows a variety of Italian mayors telling off their citizens in no uncertain terms – and it is exactly the approach we need hereCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIs it acceptable to shout at people – not just friends and family, but also strangers – for not practising social distancing?Martin, LondonStatus update on me: I am spending every day, all day, inside my home with three children under five and a deranged, underwalked terrier who bar...
Tags: Fashion, Life and style, World news, Infectious Diseases, Hadley Freeman, Coronavirus outbreak


A tale for our times: laughter is still the best medicine | Nancy Banks-Smith

For one moment 100 years ago a war widow and a plague orphan had fun courtesy of Charlie ChaplinGather round my skirts, children, while I tell you about the great plague of 1919. It killed my Aunt Lucy, who was not, as her name suggests, an elderly spinster.She was young and pregnant and wore a yard of red gold curls piled on her head. To have hair long enough to sit on was considered a mark of beauty. My grandmother always blamed her husband, believing the pregnancy had killed her. He may well ...
Tags: Family, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Lucy, Nancy Banks Smith, Coronavirus outbreak, Charlie ChaplinGather


Garment workers face destitution as Covid-19 closes factories

Campaigners call for fashion brands to protect workers in their supply chains globally as coronavirus causes orders to dry upCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe fashion industry is facing calls to step in and protect the wages of the 40 million garment workers in their supply chains around the world who face destitution as factories close and orders dry up in the wake of the Covid-19 epidemic.Many factories in garment-producing countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia...
Tags: Business, Fashion, China, World news, Poverty, Fashion industry, Global development, Vietnam, Bangladesh Cambodia, Coronavirus outbreak


It's time to embrace the internet's perma-positive brigade

Instagram’s relentless optimism and promises of silver linings are giving me unexpected comfort when I’m distinctly lacking my own The ramifications of the coronavirus outbreak are still unfolding, changing how we work, interact and, for me at least, use social media. Self-isolation means that most of us are using our phones even more than usual. It was already a great deal, with the average Brit checking their phone about every 12 minutes of the waking day. A digital detox is probably more nece...
Tags: Health, Technology, Instagram, Internet, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Mental Health, Coronavirus outbreak


Joe Biden's pledge to pick a female vice-president smells like tokenism | Arwa Mahdawi

Of course I want him to choose a woman as his running mate. But his grand gesture feels more like pandering than policyStacey Abrams? Kamala Harris? Elizabeth Warren? Nobody knows for sure whom Joe Biden will choose as a running mate if – as is almost certain – he wins the Democratic nomination, but we do know it will be a woman.“I’ll pick a woman to be vice-president,” Biden promised during Sunday’s presidential debate with Bernie Sanders. “There are a number of women qualified to be president ...
Tags: Gender, Women, Elizabeth Warren, Life and style, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Biden, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Arwa Mahdawi, US elections 2020


Forward-thinking Utrecht builds car-free district for 12,000 people

Scheme will enhance city’s reputation as bicycling capital of EuropeThe “cyclist-first’ city of Utrecht is constructing the Netherlands’ first high-density car-free residential district for more than 12,000 people, making it one of the largest of its type in the world.The 24-hectare site, located between two canals in the middle of the city, is a business park but by 2024 it is hoped the area will enhance Utrecht’s reputation as a bicycling capital of Europe. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Environment, Life and style, World news, Cycling, Netherlands, Utrecht, Europe Continue


Bag firm adds ‘unique’ appeal by stitching in historical figures’ letters

Antiquarians voice growing anger at the breaking up of original letters by famous names from Queen Victoria to Charles Dickens and even NapoleonLove historic documents signed by figures such as Queen Victoria and Charles Dickens? Love luxury handbags? A new company is targeting this novel crossover market with exclusive bags containing snippets of authentic manuscripts by famous figures – to the fury of antiquarian booksellers, who say they are destroying cultural assets.Sekrè, a German-Swiss st...
Tags: Europe, Books, Fashion, World news, Culture, Austria, Charles Dickens, Victoria, Handbags, Queen Victoria, Dickens, Manuscripts, Frederick William III, Maria Theresia, Henry Lord Hardinge


International Women's Day 2020 around the world - in pictures

A selection of images from events and protests across the globe to mark International Women’s Day, which has been held every year on 8 March since 1977, when the UN invited member states to declare a day for women’s rights and world peace Continue reading...
Tags: Women, Life and style, World news, Un, International Women's Day


International Women's Day risks becoming 'corporate Mother's Day', feminists say

Campaigners call on companies to do more than use day as promotional opportunityInternational Women’s Day is in danger of becoming little more than a corporate Valentine’s Day, with companies jumping on the bandwagon to whitewash their brands rather than promote women’s equality, leading feminists have said.With International Women’s Day products on offer from red roses to hipster T-shirts emblazoned with slogans such as “Woman Up”, leading equal rights campaigners have called on companies to ta...
Tags: Protest, Women, Life and style, UK News, World news, Feminism, International Women's Day


Nine out of 10 people found to be biased against women

Analysis of 75 countries reveals ‘shocking’ scale of global women’s rights backlashAlmost 90% of people are biased against women, according to a new index that highlights the “shocking” extent of the global backlash towards gender equality.Despite progress in closing the equality gap, 91% of men and 86% of women hold at least one bias against women in relation to politics, economics, education, violence or reproductive rights. Continue reading...
Tags: Gender, Women, Life and style, World news, United Nations, Global development, Women's rights and gender equality


Construction starts in Netherlands on longest cycling bridge in Europe

The 800-metre Blauwe Loper will only be accessible to cyclists, pedestrians – and batsConstruction has started in the Netherlands on what will be Europe’s longest bridge for bicyclists and pedestrians – stretching over a lake, canal, motorway and nature reserve – to connect a new village to its closest town.The so-called “Blue carpet bridge”, or Blauwe Loper, will be 800 metres long, but there are plans to ultimately extend it to 1km in length. The first phase is scheduled for completion by next...
Tags: Europe, Life and style, World news, Architecture, Cycling, Netherlands, Blauwe Loper


Can wearing gloves – like the Queen – help protect you against the coronavirus?

After the monarch covered her hands for an investiture on Tuesday, we asked two health experts whether doing so helps keep Covid-19 at bayThe Queen has sent the internet – and, one imagines, glovemakers – into a tailspin by wearing gloves to an investiture for the first time since the 50s. At a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, she donned a pair of cream wrist-length classics to shake hands with honours recipients including the D-day veteran Harry Billinge and the actor Wendy Craig.Wheth...
Tags: Fashion, Science, Life and style, World news, Infectious Diseases, Health & wellbeing, Buckingham Palace, Sky News, Joe Little, Harry Billinge, Coronavirus outbreak, Wendy Craig


James Franco accusers are 'jumping on the #MeToo bandwagon', say actor's lawyers

Franco denies allegations and asks Los Angeles county superior court to dismiss lawsuit against himJames Franco has responded to allegations of sexual harassment by two former students by claiming they were an attempt to “jump on the [#MeToo] bandwagon” and played into “the media’s insatiable appetite to ruin the next celebrity”.In a demurrer filed on 28 February to the Los Angeles county superior court, Franco’s lawyers asked that the lawsuit filed in October by Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaa...
Tags: Film, Women, Los Angeles, Life and style, World news, US news, Culture, Franco, James Franco, Los Angeles County, MeToo Movement, Sarah Tither Kaplan, Toni Gaal


'Health workers are too scared to enter': the fight to treat HIV in a São Paulo favela

Young people with HIV in Brazil’s poorest favelas often have no support, but in Boi Malhado, one team is determined to provide vital helpWords and photographs by Sarah JohnsonOn a hill overlooking a middle-class neighbourhood and a hospital lies one of São Paulo’s slums – home to about 300 families trying to eke out a living in the largest city in Brazil. Here in Boi Malhado, ramshackle dwellings built with planks of wood and corrugated iron are perched precariously on the hillside. Only recentl...
Tags: Health, Family, Money, Pregnancy, Americas, Life and style, Society, World news, Work & careers, Hospitals, Health & wellbeing, Global development, Brazil, Parents and parenting, Young People, Society Professionals


From siestas to saunas: the 10 European wellbeing traditions everyone should try

The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet are well known – but have you considered fangotherapy, uitwaaien and fika?Think of “wellness” and you may well think of Gwyneth Paltrow’s brand, Goop: modern, exclusive, quite possibly rubbish. But a lot of what would fall under that banner dates back centuries and has its roots in Europe, not California.“There is a unique wellness culture in Europe,” says Beth McGroarty, the director of research at the Global Wellness Institute, a US nonprofit group...
Tags: Europe, California, US, Life and style, World news, Health & wellbeing, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mediterranean, Global Wellness Institute, Beth McGroarty


Argentina set to become first major Latin American country to legalise abortion

President Alberto Fernández says he intends to put a bill before congress in next 10 daysArgentina is on track to become the first major Latin American country to legalise abortion.Its president, Alberto Fernández, said on Sunday that he intends to send a legal abortion bill to congress in the next 10 days. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Women, Americas, Life and style, Society, World news, Argentina, Abortion, Alberto Fernández


Rebecca Solnit: ‘Younger feminists have shifted my understanding’

It’s a myth that wisdom comes only with age, the writer argues. Young women and girls offer new tools to useAs you grow older you become an immigrant from a vanished country, a country some of your peers may remember but the young may find unimaginable or incomprehensible. You could call it the land of before; before some great change, before we did things this way, before we decided that was unacceptable, before we shed new light on an old problem. I was shaped by a world that no longer quite e...
Tags: Books, Women, Life and style, World news, Culture, Feminism, Young, Rebecca Solnit


‘I heard the signal – and threw my flour bombs’: why the 1970 Miss World protest is still making waves

It was the year feminists wreaked havoc on the beauty contest. Now their story has been made into a film starring Keira Knightley. They look back at that dramatic momentIt was the most dramatic feminist event since Emily Davison threw herself under the king’s horse in 1913 in the name of women’s suffrage. Now, the 1970 Miss World protests – during which feminist activists dramatically flour-bombed the stage – is getting a Hollywood makeover. The film Misbehaviour will document the period of fizz...
Tags: Hollywood, Keira Knightley, Film, Women, Life and style, World news, Culture, Feminism, Bob Hope, Emily Davison, Jo Robinson, Jenny Fortune


Raf Simons joins Prada as co-creative director

Belgian designer will work alongside Miuccia Prada, with first joint collection due in SeptemberPrada has always been a brand that dictates the rest of fashion. That tradition was stepped up in Milan on Sunday with a groundbreaking announcement at the brand’s headquarters. Designer Raf Simons is to work alongside Miuccia Prada. The two will be co-creative directors.They are two of the most influential designers in fashion, which makes this an unprecedented alpha alliance – the fashion equivalent...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Bruce Springsteen, Milan, Barcelona, Life and style, UK News, World news, Fashion industry, Italy, Pep Guardiola, Belgium, Madonna, Prada, Miuccia Prada, Jurgen Klopp



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