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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

L'Wren Scott's Apparent Suicide and 7 More Shocking Deaths in the Fashion World

The news that L'Wren Scott had been found dead in her New York apartment this morning came as a complete gut-check -- and with all indications being that she took her own life, her passing only becomes all the more mysterious as those who knew and loved her start looking for answers. But as has been the case for centuries with any creative pursuit and the people who do the creating, fashion has hardly wanted for tragic figures. Whether it was a death that came at an artist's own hands or a star-crossed twist of fate that senselessly pulled a visionary into the history books before his or her time, here are seven more shocking deaths that rocked the fashion world:
1. Alexander McQueen: The British designer who made skull prints a thing committed suicide in 2011 when he was only 40 and seemingly still at the top of his game, with a devoted celebrity  clientele and a Paris Fashion Week show days away. At an inquest held that April, it was heard that McQueen, depressed and "overwhelmed with grief" following the death of his mother, had taken cocaine, tranquilizers and sleeping pills before hanging himself at his London flat. Despite being in debt when he died, the Alexander McQueen luxury brand lives on, with boutiques around the world and creative director Sarah Burton continuing to send collections down the runway. Burton designed Kate Middleton's instant-classic wedding dress and Savage Beauty, a 2011 retrospective of McQueen's work at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, was one of the museum's most successful exhibits ever.
2. Gianni Versace: The famed Italian designer was murdered on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion after returning from a walk in 1997. He was 50, shot to death by Andrew Cunanan, who, it later turned out, killed at least four other people during a three-month period that year. Cunanan fatally shot himself eight days after killing Versace. The luxury brand has only grown over the years under the charge of Gianni's sister, Donatella Versace. "Gianni was amazing," Donatella later told New York magazine about her brother. "He really was amazing. But if he wasn't like that, he wouldn't have reached what he reached in such a short time...He was my best friend. I really loved him. I couldn't find a reason why he was killed. This was a horrible murder, and this company he created, they were looking at me like, 'What's she gonna do? The king is dead.'"
3. Isabella Blow: The troubled style icon and fashion editor killed herself in 2007 at the age of 48 by drinking weed killer. She had attemped suicide multiple times before, including once by jumping off of an elevated road in London, which left her with two broken ankles. Sadly, she was a close confidante of Alexander McQueen's (she basically discovered him), and her death shook him deeply. Instead of a floral arrangement, a Philip Treacy hat graced the coffin at her funeral that May, and Anna Wintour was among those who spoke at a big memorial held, fittingly, in September.
4. Gia Carangi: One of the world's first supermodels, the Philadelphia-born beauty graced numerous major magazine covers between 1979 and 1982 and appeared in ads for the likes of Christian Dior, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent. But her star burned for only a short while before being snuffed out completely: Gia battled heroin addiction and died of AIDS in 1986 when she was 26. Angelina Jolie won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries for her performance of the ultimately ruined beauty in the HBO movie Gia.
5. Helmut Newton: The acclaimed fashion photographer was killed in 2004 when his car spun out of control and rammed into a wall outside the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood. At 83, the German-born artist had had a prolific and long career, but what a sudden demise. The hotel's ghosts also include that of John Belushi, who OD'd in Bungalow No. 3 in 1982.
6. Ossie Clark: The British designer, known for flowing, ethereal styles, was a favorite of Mick Jagger and then-wife Bianca back in the swinging '60s. His celebrity waned in the 1980s, when punk became the fashion, especially in London, but his vintage pieces remain sought after to this day. Clark is missing out on the rejuvenated popularity of his clothes: He was 54 when he was stabbed to death in his flat by a former lover, Diego Cogolato. The 28-year-old Cogolato was convicted of manslaughter.
7. Sylvie Cachay: The up-and-coming swimwear designer was 33 when she was strangled and left in an overflowing bathtub in her room at NYC's Soho House by off-and-on boyfriend Nicholas Brooks in 2010. He was convicted of second-degree murder last year and
sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
Story by
Natalie Fin, E! Online

Lady GaGa Wears Dress made out of Coffee Filter to the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show on Thursday

Only days after she stunned the world in her gorgeous dress at the Oscar's that made everyone say she looed like a Queen, Lady Gaga, known for her distinctive styles, has decided to look for inspiration at home for her latest outfit - a frilly outfit made out of coffee filters.
She wore the ensemble on Thursday's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live," ahead of her performance at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.
The creation, designed by Gareth Pugh, featured a ruffled dress, cape and giant matching hat complimented by platform shoes. She rode onto the stage in a pedicab.
ABC News

The World goes Green as Expats celebrate St Patrick's Day the Irish Way

The world’s cities turned green for the day as tens of thousands of Irish expats, new and old, gathered to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

Read more about the celebration in The Irish Examiner and have a happy St. Patrick's Day!

Friday, 7 March 2014

The Ghanaian District Chief Executive who said "Tweaaaa" has been sacked!

President John Mahama has instructed the sack of the The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Ahafo Ano South in the Ashanti Region, Mr Gabriel Barima, whose conduct at a public gathering brought the 'Tweaaaaa' expression into the national discourse.

A statement signed the Executive Secretary to the President; Dr Raymond Atuguba said: 

“The president acting on the Local Government Act section 204 has dismissed the DCE for Ahafo Ano South, Gabriel Barima with immediate effect.”

The statement added that the Ashanti Regional Minister has been directed to act until a substantive DCE is appointed.

'Tweaaaaa', is an Akan interjection used mainly to express contempt for a statement made.

It became popular in January after Mr Barimah exchanged words with a health worker who hurled the word at him at a public function.

The DCE retorted: ‘Who said 'Tweaaaaa'; am I your co-equal?’ 

A video of the exchange soon went viral on social media, prompting the traditional mass media to report on it.

The government had earlier cautioned him for the conduct after he expressed remorse. 

The sack today is, however, believed to be in relation to a radio interview Mr. Barimah granted Accra-based Joy FM Wednesday, in which he is reported to have said that he did not regret the fact that someone hurled the 'Tweaaaaa' expression at him.

According to him, the development had made him popular and people had called to congratulate him. 


Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Apple CFO's Departure Signals Changing of Guard - Peter Oppenheimer won't be the last Jobs-era hyper-growth author to move on

Apple will soon find itself having to replace the man who oversaw the company's finances through its most prosperous years.
Peter Oppenheimer has announced his intent to step down from the company by September, vacating his role as Chief Financial Officer to Luca Maestri and riding off into the sunset to take a board position at Goldman Sachs.

Read more in The Register

Story by Shaun Nichols, The Register

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Ghana Ready for the UN Commission on Status of Women

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection is to lead Ghanaian delegates to the United Nations Session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) which will take place from March 10 to 21 in New York.

The 2014 CSW58 is on the general theme: “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”. The Ghanaian delegation would include women's rights activists, gender experts, government representatives, as well as representatives from gender based civil society organisations.

Nana Oye Lithur, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra today noted that the delegation would use the platform to showcase Ghana’s gender mainstreaming agenda.

She said Ghana would also, as part of the event, organise side events to share “our progressive success story,” whilst participating in others, hold high-level discussions with governmental and non-governmental organisations alongside the conference.

The Gender Minister who is the President of the newly composed Bureau of Ministers of Social Development for ECOWAS said: “We will not achieve gender justice unless we challenge gender stereotyping”.

She explained that real and sustained change was unlikely without a concerted effort on the part of all progressive social justice movements to leverage gender transformation in practice and in advocacy positions.

The Gender Minister said gender equality was not only a basic human right, but that its achievement also had enormous socio-economic ramifications since empowering women fueled thriving economies, spurred productivity and growth.

“Yet gender inequalities remain deeply entrenched in every society. Women lack access to decent work and face occupational segregation and gender wage gaps. They are too often denied access to basic education and health care.

“Women in all parts of the world suffer violence and discrimination. They are under-represented in political and economic decision-making processes,” Nana Oye Lithur noted.

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The main roles of UN Women include supporting inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms.

It is also meant to help Member States to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it, and to forge effective partnerships with civil society.

Furthermore, it is responsible for holding the UN system accountable for its own commitments on gender equality, including regular monitoring of system-wide progress.

Government of Ghana Official Portal

European publisher launches new Pope Francis magazine

Rome, Italy, Mar 3, 2014 / 05:24 pm (CNA).- One of the largest publishing companies in Europe is releasing a first-ever weekly magazine dedicated entirely to Pope Francis due to the impact his pontificate has had in the world over the last year.

On March 3 Mondadori, Italy's largest book and magazine publisher and the third largest in the consumer magazine segment in France, announced their new magazine “Il Mio Papa,” which is to be the world's first magazine dedicated entirely to the Bishop of Rome.

Scheduled to hit newsstands every week beginning on Wednesday March 5, an initial print run of 3 million copies will be released during the first month.

Story by 
Elise Harris - Catholic News Agency

Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial for Reeva Steenkamp's Death

The South African "Blade Runner" faces charges for fatally shooting his girlfriend on Valentine's Day 2013.

Pistorius fatally shot Steenkamp through the bathroom door of his villa Valentine's Day 2013.

The double-amputee Olympian track star, nicknamed "Blade Runner," claimed he thought Steenkamp was an intruder. After a six-month investigation, though, he was indicted by the National Prosecuting Authority in South Africa. He has been charged with murder, illegal possession of ammunition and two other counts of breaking South Africa’s firearms law.

On the first anniversary of the killing, Pistorius released a statement saying, "The pain and sadness...consumes me with sorrow."

Read more about the issue in the Daily News and to watch a live video feed of the court proceedings, click the following link:

A live audio feed can be found here:

Monday, 3 March 2014

Lady Gaga Arrives at the Oscars

According to Elle Magazine, Lady Gaga arrived at the 2014 Academy Awards looking like a Queen. She truly looked heavenly and I loved her dress.