Thursday, February 5, 2015
- Ad for swimwear manufacturer features a ‘curvy’ woman in a bikini
- Appearance comes one year after annual issue featured Barbie on cover
Last year, Sports Illustrated put Barbie on the cover of its annual swimsuit issue, seeking to stoke controversy – and sales – through hashtag-enhanced debate about sexism and body image. This year, a similar debate is under way regarding the appearance in the magazine of the plus-size model Ashley Graham.
Graham’s picture in the magazine is not all it might seem – it is a paid-for advertisement. The company which paid for it, however, is keen to present it as a step forward for “curvy” women and their portrayal in the media.
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An Omaha commodities trader was swindled by emails that appeared to have been sent by its chief executive
The typical victims of cyber fraud are lonely singles searching for love online or anyone who puts too much trust in an email.
But proof that even corporate financial professionals are not exempt from being swindled has come with the revelation that a company based in Omaha, Nebraska lost $17.2m in an email scam.
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Lee expresses her delight over public enthusiasm for Go Set a Watchman, as agent dismisses manipulation claims as ‘nonsense’
Harper Lee’s agent revealed on Thursday that To Kill a Mockingbird was originally intended to be the first of a three-book series, and described as “total nonsense” claims that the 88-year-old author was manipulated into signing a new book deal for her rediscovered novel.
The revelation comes as Lee’s publisher issued a new quote from the author in which she asserts that she is “alive and kicking and happy as hell” about the reactions to the announcement of her new novel, Go Set a Watchman, which is already topping bestseller charts five months before publication.
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Boko Haram fighters have shot or burned to death about 90 civilians and wounded 500 in ongoing fighting in a border town near Nigeria, officials in Cameroon have said.
Some 800 Islamic extremists attacking the town of Fotokol “burned churches, mosques and villages and slaughtered youth who resisted joining them to fight Cameroonian forces”, the information minister, Issa Tchiroma Bakari, said on Thursday. The Nigerian insurgents also looted livestock and food in the fighting that began on Wednesday.
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No, it’s not a substitute for the real thing, but an opportunity to see what a diamond might look like before the genuine one is made. Good idea?
From South Korean beauty products to that envious feeling when an Ocado van pulls up outside someone else’s house, internet shopping has given us so much. The latest innovation? 3D-printed engagement rings, set to “truly revolutionise the online buying industry,” according to jewellers Brilliance.
Here’s how it works: first, the proposer-to-be chooses a selection of diamond shapes and weights from the company’s website. Next, they are sent a selection of 3D-printed rings containing mock-ups of the stones, to help “replicate the in-store shopping experience”, and allow them to “touch and feel different shapes and carat sizes on your finger”, a physical experience the company says is crucial for “such a specific, emotional and expensive purchase” as an engagement ring. And then they make their selection.
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• Januzaj says he suffers under Louis van Gaal’s system
Adnan Januzaj awoke on Thursday to his 20th birthday, though any celebrations may have been tempered with doubt when contemplating his Manchester United future.
The cloud over the potentially sparkling years ahead that seemed apparent during last season’s breakthrough under David Moyes is the present. Now, Louis van Gaal is in charge and the club have splurged £150m-plus on a new galáctico policy that recruited Radamel Falcao and Ángel di María in the summer. With Januzaj viewed as a striker, a No10 or a winger, this means he has yet more competition for regular football – alongside Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, James Wilson, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young – under a manager showing only limited faith in him.
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Australian founder of both Gong and Soft Machine says cancer has spread to his lung, and he will not seek any more treatment
Daevid Allen, the eccentric frontman of the prog-psych-space-jazz fusion group Gong, has announced that he has only six months to live.
In a statement, Allen said the cancer for which he had previously been treated has returned and spread to his lung. He said he would not be pursuing further treatment.
Hello you Kookaburras,
OK so I have had my PET-CAT scans (which is essentially a full body viewing gallery for cancer specialists, ) and so it is now confirmed that the invading cancer has returned to successfully establish dominant residency in my neck.
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