Scam, kidnap by South African police

Scam, kidnap by South African police

Medical Writing Institute click here

MJoTAtalks click here

Emerald Pademelon Press LLC click here


Peace Scientists click here

Dr Susanna loves the countries and the peoples of Africa

Scam, kidnap by South African police

Scam, kidnap by South African police

 
Bookmark and Share
Humanity Index click here

Saudi Arabia

Map, flag and data from Wikipedia.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2015 v9p0115

Saudi Arabia is the second largest Muslim country (Algeria is the largest). Its population of 27 million does very well if a citizen is one of the 7,000 princes who can do whatever they like, and less well if the citizen is a man, men can travel freely and divorce without reason but cannot say a syllable against the absolute monarch or sharia law; and horrible for women who are treated all their lives like children or useful beasts of burden.

The very look of a woman is offensive; in public they must be covered completely. So poisonous is a woman that if she is raped she must be executed, even if she is only 6 years old. Because the law insists it was her fault. Always.

Saudi Arabia gets away with massive human rights abuses because it is swimming in oil, and ridiculously wealthy, and a major buyer of weapons, which the United States falls over itself selling to totalitarian regimes.

The success of religionists in planting the idea that cold-blooded murder of little girls and bloggers is holy has been widely noted. Religionists in neighboring countries have convinced young unemployed men lacking skills that shooting cartoonists and Jews and Syrians and Nigerians is good. And Saudi Arabia responds by building walls around its country, to keep out the fighters they so happily groomed.
Follow Us On:
Condemn cold-blooded murder, including that of Raif by Saudi Arabia; 50 lashes a week until he dies click here
News sources from Saudi Arabia all spew out stories about men and the greatness of the cruel despots who think nothing of lopping off body parts including heads. This news feed is about fashion, and I like it.

Latest Top (5) News


Does responsibility trump affordability in fashion? This Pakistani designer thinks so
Author: 
Amna Ehtesham Khaishgi
Wed, 2017-11-29 14:49
ID: 
1511945799625288100

KARACHI: Those who are fashion conscious should look for the responsible, not the affordable, a leading Pakistani fashion expert has said.
“Affordable fashion means that somewhere, at some stage, someone was exploited,” Mohsin Sayeed, creative director of The Pink Tree Company, told Arab News.
He is unapologetic about his brand The Pink Tree being relatively expensive, saying: “Each piece we create carries lots of hard work and creativity. We don’t believe in mass production.”
The Pink Tree Co. was established in 2011 by three friends, including Sayeed, 50, who spent most of his professional life as a journalist before moving to fashion.

Bougainvillea Diaries by The PinkTree Company at the #madeinpak17 show!! We proudly showcase the best of Fashion tonight!!! Credits: Styling Amal Qadri; Shoes: Hobo by Hub Leather @safia_minney @mrfashionscout @safia_minney @portia_pop @pop_pr_uk @dellacqua @lucy_yeomans @vogueitalia @voguerunway @londonnaturalco @opportunique_london @winwoodfashion @doverstreetmarketlondon @doverstreetmarketginza @annaorsini @christineellisassociates @the_alphabet_london @meadowstoby @sarahmower @suzymenkesvogue @rebekahroy @mrfashionscout @fashionscoutlondon @edward_enninful @carineroitfeld @hillaryalexander #london #saksfifthavenue #nordstrom #karachi @libertylondon @harveynichols @harrods @holli_rogers @therealgracecoddington @theofficialselfridges @matchesfashion #fashionblogger #fashion #fashions #hongkong #fashion #style #sustainablefashion #responsiblefashion #ecofashion #collections #LFW #selfridges #voguemagazine #vogueparis #nyc #Fenwick #brownsfashion #anthropologie #matchesfashion #harveynicholstr #libertylindon #harveynichols #Harrods #doverstreetmarket

A post shared by The PinkTree Company (@thepinktreecompany) on

“Our designs come straight from the heart. Our passion is to delve into the rich history of fashion and textiles, bring back something from the past and give it a contemporary feel. That leaves the viewer with a cozy, déjà vu feeling. Our identity is our design diversity,” said Sayeed, adding that the boom in the fashion retail industry comes at the expense of creativity.
“Ready-to-wear fashion can be affordable for many, but it doesn’t cater to the creativity that good fashion should carry,” he said.

“Art is an exclusive form of expression. It can’t be produced in factories like soaps and shampoos. Those who do that aren’t creating art pieces, they’re just making clothes,” he added.
“Responsible fashion means you take care of your costumes for years and, perhaps, for generations. It means all those craftsmen who made this piece have been paid properly and their work has been respected. Affordable fashion means you’re treating your dress as a tissue paper: Use and throw.”
Sayeed, many of whose clients are from the Middle East, said Arab women should not be obsessed with Western fashion trends.
“The new generation of Arab women is very fashion conscious, but unfortunately they consider Western brands as the ultimate fashion word,” he said.

“Asia, particularly South Asia, has more amazing creative fashion designers that can cater for style with a good understanding of their social circumstances. We in South Asia can proudly say we have the best craftsmanship.”
Sayeed said Pakistani craftsmen are among the best. “They’re not mere embroiderers or tailors. They’re like poets who create poetry on a piece of cloth,” he added.
“We have a history of craftsmanship as old as 500 years. We produce best fabric in the world. No one can beat us when it comes to creativity in fashion.”

Main category: 


Wed, 29 Nov 2017 08:57:19 +0000


Christian Louboutin releases Lahore-inspired shoe
Author: 
Sabah Bano Malik
Mon, 2017-11-27 15:37
ID: 
1511775767098334900

LAHORE: Earlier this year, Pakistani social media flew off the handle when shoe designer Christian Louboutin landed in the country and now shoe fans have been treated to the designer's latest creation, which is named after the city of Lahore.
Louboutin, who was in Pakistan attending an exclusive dinner hosted by the Art Divvy Foundation in April, visited design and art schools, made appearances at art events and traveled to sites to take in what Pakistan had to offer.
Known worldwide for his infamous red-soled shoes, owning a pair of his shoes is as much a style bucket list item as it is a status symbol.
Last week, reports broke out that on his website, a new shoe design had been released dubbed the “Lahore Flat.” Naturally those that love when Pakistan gets a nod abroad collectively rushed to the site to get a look at the shoe and its description. Curiously enough, though the shoe holds the name of Lahore, the description itself refers to the designer’s visit to Venice as the inspiration behind the shoe.

Follow in the footsteps of Lahore.

A post shared by Christian Louboutin (@louboutinworld) on

A flat shoe complete with a pointed toe and a wrap-around scarf for the ankle — which one could say resembles a dupatta, or scarf — comes in a classic black and two variations of the designer’s signature scribbles.
With Pakistan aiming to be a brand among international shopping enthusiasts, the little nod to his trip has been appreciated.

Main category: 


Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:43:26 +0000


From Palestinian refugee camp to London, Paris, Dubai boutiques
Author: 
AFP
Mon, 2017-11-27 06:02
ID: 
1511761145357778300

JERASH CAMP, Jordan: In a small workshop in a Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan, Halima Al-Ankassuri embroiders traditional patterns onto a blue shawl, destined for sale in an upmarket Paris, London or Dubai boutique.
The 54-year-old mother of seven describes her work as “modern products with shimmering colors, embroidered with Palestinian and Islamic motifs.”
“I’m proud to see Europeans wearing what we produce here and to see top fashion magazines take an interest,” she said referring to the German online edition of Vogue, a large smile on her face, girded with a red veil.
The Jerash camp where she lives, in northern Jordan, was established to host more than 11,000 Palestinians who fled the Gaza Strip during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war — hence its alternative name, Gaza Camp.
Half a century on, more than 29,000 refugees live in the camp amid poverty, unemployment and crumbling infrastructure.
In 2013, Roberta Ventura, an Italian with a background in investment banking, decided to set up a social project to help women in the camp after visiting it and seeing their intricate skills close up.
SEP Jordan (SEP for social enterprise project) aims to “change lives not only of dozens but over time, hundreds, perhaps thousands of women,” she wrote in a message to AFP.
On the workshop’s tables lay traditional keffiyeh chequered headscarves with inscriptions of different colors, along with cashmere shawls and handbags.
“The project started with 10 women and now they are 300,” said the program’s director, Nawal Aradah. “We make products on request: shawls, handbags, towels, sheets and all kinds of household decor.”

Every two months, 11 to 14 cartons containing 190 to 270 kilogrammes (420 to 600 pounds) of goods are sent to stores in Paris, London or Dubai.
They are also sold inside the Palestinian territories — in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, said the project’s regional manager, Mahmoud Al-Hajj.
In a shop inside a large Amman hotel, prices range from 20 to 300 dinars ($30 to $430, 25 to 362 euros), according to Hajj, who said “most buyers are foreign tourists.”
For women in the workshop, embroidery is an important source of income.
“We all suffer from poverty in this camp,” Ankassuri said. “This work helps us to improve our lives, even if we charge for our products individually at low prices, from 15 to 20 dinars.”
Every product she embroiders requires at least a week’s work.
She says she has pain in her hands, but enjoys being around other women in the workshop.
Ventura said the women’s “unique talent” is “appreciated around the world.”
More than two million Palestinian refugees are registered with the United Nations in Jordan, but about half of the country’s 6.6 million population is of Palestinian origin.
Ankassuri and her colleagues learned the art of embroidery from their mothers and grandmothers. Each region of historic Palestine has its own motifs and patterns.
As well as presenting Palestinian history and culture to a new audience, their craftwork “helps promote the cause of our people,” Aradah said proudly.
A flag and a map hang on the walls of the workshop, reminding the women of their link with the land of their birth or, for the younger ones, that of their ancestors.
“Every woman here has a story,” Aradah said.
“This work helps them to send their children to school, change the furniture in their homes and improve their living conditions, especially since many husbands do not work.”
Hiba Al-Hudari, who was weaving a blue purse with Islamic inscriptions, said the workshop had become “a second home.”
The 37-year-old mother of six said she earns about 150 dinars a month. “With that, I help my husband, who’s a mechanic, provide for our household,” she said.

Main category: 


Mon, 27 Nov 2017 05:39:40 +0000


Victoria’s Secret China show struts on despite controversy
Author: 
AP
Mon, 2017-11-20 03:00
ID: 
1511247187959689100

SHANGHAI: Gigi Hadid and Katy Perry didn’t make it but the Victoria’s Secret show in Shanghai managed to strut on Monday without them, surviving a controversy over visa issues and a model who slipped and fell during the show.
Fifty-five models walked the catwalk inside the Mercedes-Benz Arena, serenaded by Harry Styles, R&B star Miguel, Tony Award-winner Leslie Odom Jr. and Chinese singer Jane Zhang. Styles sang “Only Angel” and later “Kiwi.”
Chinese media reported that Hadid and Perry were denied visas.

Bella Hadid, Gigi’s sister, appeared in the second act of the show, donning blue feather wings, a black high-neck, push-up bra and topped off with hand painted leather gloves.
In a show segment titled “Goddess,” Victoria’s Secret models donned massive floor-sweeping silk wings with gold and silver sequined lingerie — and plenty of bling.
Model Lais Ribeiro was charged with the task of carrying 300 carats down the catwalk while sporting the Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra studded with 6,000 gemstones.
Designed by Mouawad, organizers said the bra valued at $2 million took nearly 350 hours to create. It features diamonds, yellow sapphires and blue topaz.

55 models. 20 countries. One EPIC #VSFashionShow. Get your look in time for Nov. 28 via link in bio!

A post shared by Victoria's Secret (@victoriassecret) on

The show ended with a tribute to lingerie designs based on various ethnic and native origins — with models donning rainbow colored feathers and beaded jewelry.
Shanghai-native Ming Xi slipped and fell to her knees, saying afterward she felt “so disappointed with myself.” A nearby model helped her up and she said many of the others asked if she was OK. “That’s what Victoria’s Secret is — everyone loves each other and we have the most beautiful family in the world.”
In addition to Hadid, Xi and Ribeiro, the models included Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Taylor Hill and Martha Hunt.
Hadid and Perry were scheduled to take part but bowed out just days before the show.

On Mondays we wear pink #regram @karliekloss #VSFashionShow

A post shared by Victoria's Secret (@victoriassecret) on

Hadid’s no-show came a few months after Chinese Internet users accused her of racist behavior. She had been seen squinting her eyes on an Instagram video.
Observers said Perry caused some controversy in China in 2015 for wearing a sunflower-adorned dress while performing in Taiwan. The flower is an emblem of the island’s anti-China movement.
It is not uncommon for entertainers to be denied visas by Chinese authorities for political reasons.
The Global Times, an official newspaper of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, published a commentary on Monday titled “Victoria’s Secret models’ visa denial is of their own making.”
The story named Hadid and Perry and said celebrities who want a piece of the booming Chinese market need to respect what it said were Chinese values.
“They are lifting a stone only to drop on their own feet due to their ignorance of these issues. Payback was unavoidable. Those who are serious about developing careers in the Chinese market can draw lessons from this case and learn to abide by the rules in China,” the newspaper said.

Main category: 


Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:53:31 +0000


Victoria’s Secret to charm China with fashion gala
Author: 
AFP
Sun, 2017-11-19 07:43
ID: 
1511070997714154300

SHANGHAI: The star-studded, super-hyped Victoria’s Secret lingerie show hits the catwalk in Shanghai on Monday, the first time the US brand is holding its self-described “sexiest show on earth” outside the United States or Europe.
Coming to China is all about business: the company’s bottom line is sagging and it is staking its future on the growing Chinese market.
Here is everything you should know about the annual festival of music, lace and flesh, now in its 23rd year.
Western markets for intimate wear have already matured, but China’s is still blossoming as rapid societal changes help loosen Communist-era prudity.
China’s women are a growing consumer force and more interested than ever before in expressing their sexuality, fashion analysts assert, and they increasingly have the money to do so.
Lingerie is among the fastest growing segments of Chinese women’s apparel market, reaching 112 billion yuan ($17 billion) in 2015, according to market-intelligence firm Mintel Group, which projects it will grow by another 32 percent by 2020.
Victoria’s Secret, whose business performance has withered amid US competition and a product realignment, has taken notice, opening its first two Chinese flagship stores this year, including a huge four-story Shanghai emporium.
Making the VS runway is one of the most coveted gigs in modelling, but the company has been accused of bias toward leggy blondes or Latinas in selecting its “angels” — so-called for the trademark wings they wear.
But last year it tapped a record four Asian models and, in a nod to this year’s hosts, Shanghai will feature six of Chinese origin, according to reports.
They are led by China’s top model Liu Wen, the first Asian on Forbes’ annual list of the world’s highest-paid fashion divas.
She’ll reportedly be joined by Shu Pei, Sui He, Xiao Wenju, Shanghai’s own Ming Xi, and Paris-born Estelle Chen, who will prowl the catwalk along with top earners such as Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jasmine Tookes, and Karli Kloss.
Holding the racy event in Communist-ruled China seemed destined to get somebody’s knickers in a twist.
Sure enough, US model Gigi Hadid withdrew Friday after Chinese netizens accused her of racism and warned her to stay home over a video clip of her making a squinty-eyed “Asian” face.
Hadid, who had apologized to Chinese fans in September, gave no reason for suddenly withdrawing, and it was not clear whether VS or China’s government may have dropped her to avoid a PR fiasco.
US fashion media also have run unconfirmed reports that Russian models Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova, and Ukraine’s Dasha Khlystun, had been denied Chinese visas, for reasons unknown.
Critics pan the show as a sexist and bloated branding stunt, but it nevertheless manages to generate significant buzz with its mix of bling and star power.
Musical performers through the years have included the Spice Girls, Phil Collins, Destiny’s Child, Sting, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga, and A-list celebs typically occupy audience seats that reportedly cost thousands of dollars.
The 2017 performers will include Harry Styles, Grammy winner Miguel, and Chinese singer Jane Zhang.
The night’s highlight comes when a model dons the jewel-encrusted “Fantasy Bra.”
The honor this year goes to Brazil’s Lais Ribeiro, who will model a $2 million bra made by Swiss-based luxury-goods company Mouawad and studded with nearly 6,000 gemstones including diamonds, yellow sapphires, and blue topaz.
The show tapes in Shanghai on Monday night but will not air globally until November 28.
Even with the splashy China debut, Victoria’s Secret and its premium products — a single bra in its Shanghai store runs up to 658 yuan ($100) — may find a tough battle on its hands.
A range of established domestic and foreign brands like China’s Aimer and Cosmo Lady, and France’s Aubade, already have staked out Chinese turf, and growth rates are tapering off.
Mintel said annual growth spiked to 18 percent in 2011 but projects that to slow to just 4.4 percent by 2020.

Main category: 


Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:57:11 +0000