Day: August 21, 2015

هواوي تعيد تعريف تقنية المعلومات والاتصالات الابتكارية لتمكين الطاقة الذكية في قمة صناعة الطاقة العالمية 2015

August 21, 2015

ألماتي، كازخستان، 21 آب/أغسطس، 2015 / بي آر نيوزواير — على ضوء كون الطاقة هي القوة المحركة للتنمية الاقتصادية العالمية، فإن شركات الطاقة حول العالم تواجه مجموعة من التحديات فيما تنتقل إلى التحول الرقمي. وعلى هذه الخلفية، استضافت شركة هواوي قمة صناعة الطاقة العالمية 2015 تحت شعار “تقنية المعلومات والاتصالات الابتكارية تمكن الطاقة الذكية” في […]

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Fashion Mag Couture Africa Turns 2 (allAfrica.com)

August 21, 2015

A touch of Ankara was the theme dress code as Couture Africa magazine partnered with Ciroc Vodka to recently celebrate its two year anniversary. The event that saw heads of industry from media, fashion, corporate and advertising come o…

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Air Astana becomes official carrier of Expo 2017 (AKIpress Central Asian News Service)

August 21, 2015

Air Astana becomes official carrier of Expo 2017 Bishkek (AKIpress) – Air Astana, the flag carrier of Kazakhstan, has become the “Official Air Carrier” of Astana Expo-2017, a major international exhibition focused on the theme “Future Energy”. The official signing ceremony was held in Astana on August 20 with the signatories being Astana EXPO-2017’s Chairman […]

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Seven Australians prevented from travelling to join IS (PM News (Nigeria))

August 21, 2015

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday that seven young Australians were stopped at airport as they tried to leave to join Islamic State in the Middle East. Abbott said that they …

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Paper patterns help inspire fashion (China Daily)

August 21, 2015

Fashion designer Yang Fang makes origami an essential element in every collection her brand has produced. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Shanghai fashion designer Yang Fang is definitely not the first to seek inspiration from origami for her runway looks.

One of the most notable collections in recent years, if not also the most wearable, it may just be the work of Japanese fashion house, Issey Miyake, with their collections featuring three-dimensional structures reduced to two-dimensional geometric patterns.

But Yang, a “country girl” whose childhood was filled with simple pleasures of nature and origami, might be the most determined paper-folding aficionado in the fashion world.

In 2008, the graduate of ESMOD, the 174-year-old fashion school in Paris, founded womenswear brand, By Fang. Since then, origami has been an essential element in every collection the brand has produced. Now, almost seven years later, her capacity to be inspired by paper is “far from being exhausted”.

“It’s a thousand-year-old art in China, encouraging millions of children, before the electronic age, to create all kinds of possibilities from just a piece of paper. And now, I am just replacing paper with fabrics, with more possibilities from silk, to cotton, to cashmere,” Yang says.

Yang, the daughter of two middle school teachers who were sent to China’s rural areas to be “reformed” in the 1960s, spent her childhood years in the countryside where she got familiar with origami. Yang first had the idea of starting her own ready-to-wear fashion brand in Paris. The French capital was, for Yang, a “revolutionary” fashion experience. But in 2013, when Chinese fashion buyers, independent designers and press suddenly poured into Paris’ Fashion Week, she decided it was time to bring the label back to her parent’s hometown-Shanghai.

Fashion designer Yang Fang makes origami an essential element in every collection her brand has produced. [Photo provided to China Daily]

“I had never seen so many people from the fashion industry than in that single week,” Yang says. In China, Yang was witness to “radical change” in the public mindset: Fashion-oriented women no longer took pride in owning or carrying a Birkin, but found it embarrassing to wear the same dress as, say, colleagues, or even strangers on the street.

Yang’s elegant, feminine, and slightly dressy collections happened to fill the gap between super-expensive pieces from luxury brands and mass-produced items from fast fashion lines. A silk top with a floral print and hand-crafted petals-the bestseller from her 2015 spring summer collection, is priced at about 5,000 yuan ($781).

“The last thing we need is a so-called fast fashion or high street fashion brand, which is unfriendly to the environment, of low quality, and is manufactured in very poor conditions,” says Yang. Her studio, a spacious apartment in downtown Shanghai, has 15 or so seamstresses dressed in white robes, quietly and patiently hand-folding fabrics. It is, says Yang, “slow fashion”, creating pieces that will: “still be ‘in’ in 10 years’ time”.

The team of seamstresses also help create tailor-made evening gowns ordered by Yang’s customers, which now account for 40 percent of the business. The business was started by Yang and her husband, a French businessman who used to work as an executive in a foreign corporate in Shanghai.

A frequent guest, as well as participant, of Paris Fashion Week, Yang’s collections can be found in New York, Tokyo, the Middle East and of course, Shanghai.

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Australia intercepts seven men bound for Middle East (Al Jazeera)

August 21, 2015

August 20, 2015

PM says arrests over suspicions the men planned to “join terrorist groups” show continuing “allure of death cult”.

Seven young Australian men have been arrested by authorities after they attempted to board flights to the Middle East, according to the Australian prime minister.

Tony Abbott said on Thursday the arrests were “over suspicions they wanted to join militant Islamist groups”.

“We have stopped at the airport seven young Australians who were planning to travel to the Middle East, it seems, to join terrorist groups over there,” he announced in Canberra.

Peter Dutton, Australia’s border protection minister, said five of the men – in their 20s and 30s – were prohibited from flying last week from Sydney airport to an undisclosed location.

He said the men were found to be carrying about USD7,347 each when their luggage was searched.

On the weekend, another two men were intercepted at the airport when they attempted to board a flight.

Dutton said these men had connections with the previously arrested five.

‘Death cult’s allure’

Abbott said “this indicates the continuing allure of this death cult”, and that “it shows the importance of the most vigorous action – at home and abroad – to disrupt, to degrade, and to destroy this menace to the freedom and the security of the world”.

A report in the Daily Telegraph said the passports of the seven men had been suspended, and the group was under investigation by federal authorities.

The development comes after the government pledged a crackdown on “radicalisation”.

Two teenage brothers, aged 16 and 17, suspected of being ISIL recruits, were stopped at Sydney airport in March this year.


Opinion: Australia’s national security and Muslim concerns


Australia is on high alert for attacks by Muslim combatants, including home-grown fighters returning from conflicts in the Middle East, and has carried out series of high-profile raids in major cities.

This high alert status has been in place since a deadly siege in Sydney in December on a city centre cafe, which ended when the police stormed the establishment after a 17-hour standoff.

The incident claimed the lives of two hostages.

The attacker, Haron Monis, who was seeking to align himself with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, was also killed.

Citizenship removal

In addition to attempts to safeguard against any domestic attacks, Australian officials have intensified efforts to prevent dissident citizens from flying to join organisations such as ISIL, which has claimed large areas of Iraq and Syria.

The Australian government is preparing to put in place a bill that will enable the removal of citizenship for dual nationals involved in terrorism.

The bill will also cover a range of other conducts, including damage to commonwealth property. Due to this, the breadth of the bill is being questioned, and many constitutional experts argue that the legislation is vulnerable to a high court challenge.

Dutton has allowed for the possibility of changes to the legislation after the government receives a report from the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security.

Abbott has said in parliament that at least 70 Australians are currently fighting in Iraq and Syria and are supported by around 100 Australia-based “facilitators”.

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