Saudi Arabia to build world’s tallest tower that will reach one kilometer into the sky

It is expected construction of the tower will require 5.7 million square-feet of concrete and 80,000 tons of steel. It is expected construction of the tower will require 5.7 million square-feet of concrete and 80,000 tons of steel.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Saudi Arabia is set to start building the Kingdom Tower, slated to be the world’s tallest building
  • The Kingdom Tower will reach 3,280 feet, nearly 1 kilometer, have 200 floors, and cost $1.2 billion
  • It would require 5.7 million square feet of concrete and 80,000 tons of steel
  • The foundations would be 200 feet (60 meters) deep

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Rebased GDP, World Bank and Nigeria’s realities

First it was the World Bank Country Director, Marie-Francoise Marie-Nelly who claimed las t year that 100 Million Nigerians were living in destitution. Then the Bank President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim while speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington early this month, rated Nigeria among the world’s extremely poor countries.

Dr. Kim’s grouping of Nigeria in the same poverty bracket with the likes of India, China, Bangladesh, DR Congo, Indonesia, Pakistan, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya, was hotly disputed by Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. This is in spite of the fact that the country stands to benefit from the Bank’s policy aimed at ameliorating the economic hardship in those middle-income countries, including a $100 billion increase in lending.

For a country that has worked so hard in the past few years to reposition its economic growth indices — and making appreciable success of it –the World Bank’s exaggeration of the nation’s poverty level was rankling. It rankled mainly because of the premise on which the classification was done– premises that are grossly inaccurate a

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Easter: U.S. Warns Citizens Of Possible Dangers In Nigeria

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The U.S. Department of State yesterday warned American citizens living in Nigeria over possible attacks that might be carried out by extremists during the forthcoming Easter celebration that will begin on Friday through Monday.

This warning came barely 48 hours after the United States issued a fresh travel alert for Nigeria as a result of the bomb blast that reportedly claimed 75 lives and a lot of properties in Nyanya area of Abuja.

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Rumors That Beyonce And Jay Z Will Tour Together Give Us Hope For Summer [UPDATE]

UPDATE, APRIL 17: Though nothing has officially been announced, the Los Angeles Times now reports that the tour is expected to be named the “Mr. and Mrs. Carter Tour.” It will kick off on June 13 in Atlanta and end on Aug. 6 in San Francisco. The couple will then take the tour to Europe to play multiple dates in Paris in September. “Drunk In Love,” indeed! Continue reading

Kate Middleton Wins More Than The Style Game In New Zealand

     

The royal couple visited Auckland Harbor, in New Zealand’s “city of sails” to compete against each other in two races. Kate wore skinny jeans, a striped Me + Em top and Stuart Weitzman wedges. Oh, and did we mention the Zara blazer? Be cooler, duchess, we dare you.

The couple was reunited post-race, and from these adorable photos, it doesn’t look like William seemed to mind his losses all that much.

What do you think of Kate’s nautical look? Sound off below!

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Kate Middleton and Prince William meet Olympic athletes and open new velodrome in Hamilton

In other engagements today, the Duke of Cambridge viewed an aircraft factory while the Duchess visited a children’s hospice.

 

 
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Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of day six of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s tour of New Zealand and Australia.

 

Today, the couple will be visiting Hamilton, on the North Island.

First up, the Duke of Cambridge will be given a tour of an aircraft factory, while his wife will be shown around a children’s hospice.

Afterwards, they will travel through Hamilton town centre together where they will meet Olympic athletes and open a new velodrome.

 

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Kate and William have landed at Hamilton Airport ahead of their first engagements of day six of their tour of New Zealand and Australia.

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Why logo branding is back in fashion

 
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From left: S/S 2014 from Alexander Wang, Missoni, DKNY

After years in the fashion wilderness, the look-at-me logo is back. Whether it’s on sweatshirts, T-shirts or bags, designers have rediscovered the guilt-free way for consumers to indulge in their fetish for brands: irony, and lots of it.

“The return of logos, especially those used in an ironic manner, makes sense right now,” says Dana Thomas, author of the book Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Lustre. “Young creators, in music as well as in fashion, are turning to the 1980s for inspiration and that was the period when logo mania first hit hard . . . The new take on logos is more romantic, softer, and even humorous – it has all been filtered through the haze of time. We’re all a bit more jaded, a bit more wise. We bought into marketing then; we mock it today.”

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Zooey Deschanel dishes about her fashion collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger

Zooey Deschanel is almost bubbling over with excitement: Her show New Girl is a hit, she just released a pop song with Prince, she’s working on a movie with Bill Murray and Bruce Willis, and now she’s sitting in a Tommy Hilfiger store filled with racks of dresses she helped design.

It’s fitting, then, that bubbles are a theme of her new fashion collaboration with Hilfiger, To Tommy From Zooey.

A self-described ‘fabric nerd’ known for her bright blue eyes, long bangs and retro-inspired dresses, Deschanel spent two years working with the designer to create a collection of flirty frocks based on her own personal style.

 
Nautical habit: Zooey Deschanel poses in one of her designs created in collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger for their 'To Tommy, From Zooey' line

Nautical habit: Zooey Deschanel poses in one of her designs created in collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger for their ‘To Tommy, From Zooey’ line

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Filipino fashion blogger Bryanboy back in Dubai

We caught up with the fashion critic as he settles in to watch the Fashion Forward shows this weekend

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Dubai: He’s back! Fashion blogger Bryanboy — who we met in January this year when he had a flying visit to the city — will be spending the next week in the UAE.

And while he does have high hopes of a desert safari, he’s really here to take part in the third season of Fashion Forward, the fashion event with catwalk shows and industry talks focused on regional designers.

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10 best summer fashion trends

Here are the hot looks for warm weather

 

Bold prints and bright colors ruled the runways. Here are the hot trends for summer:

1. Everything’s coming up roses. The floral trend is everywhere — dresses, tops, bottoms. Even for the guys!

2. Mules rule. No longer a tired fashion, open-toe mules freshen up a summer look.

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What every man should know about fashion in 2014

What does smart casual actually mean? How much should one spend on a suit? And is it ever OK to wear a fleece? We answer 2014′s most pressing style conundrums

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Even the word fashion is enough to make some men break out in an unsightly rash. Illustration: David Sparshott for the Guardian

Men and fashion, it is sometimes said, go together like socks and sandals. We rub along, but not comfortably or happily or prettily. It’s certainly true that some men feel excluded from and threatened by fashion. The word alone is enough to make them break out in an unsightly rash. But this needn’t be the case. Indeed, it shouldn’t be.

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10 things you’ll definitely see at Coachella this weekend

Kate’s sorted for Coachella but are you? (Picture: Donato Sardella/WireImage)

Ladies, dust off your denim cut-offs. Gents, get your finest neon vest from the back of your wardrobe. It’s time: festival season is here.

Kicking off with Coachella in sunny LA today, the sparkling elite of America’s society (mostly Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson) will be sunning themselves at the hottest pool party on site, while the rest of the crowd get sunburned in style. Glastonbury this is not.

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WATCH: Ed Sheeran Covers Beyoncé’s ‘Drunk In Love’

Ed Sheeran performing on stage in London. (Yui Mok—PA Wire/AP)
Ed Sheeran performing on stage in London. (Yui Mok—PA Wire/AP) Yui Mok—PA Wire/Press Association Images/AP

The English singer-songwriter gives Bey’s hit an acoustic spin

Another day, another serfbort: Beyoncé’s “Drunk In Love” has been covered, remixed and parodied so many times since it came out, you’d think she made a bet with the “Let It Go” songwriters to see who could break the Internet first.

Yesterday rapper Angel Haze dropped her aggressive remix of the ode to marital sexytime, and today English crooner and certified

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Thief steals pendant worn by Beyonce and rings made for Selena Gomez

  • Robbery occurred on Friday afternoon at Margo Manhattan’s jewelry store on Madison Avenue
  • Robber posed as customer and tried to tie up manager inside
  • Stole necklace and pendant worn by Beyonce in music video for ‘Blow’ worth $2150
  • Also stole ‘Passion Rings’ made for Selena Gomez worth $510 each

Thousands of dollars worth of jewelry was stolen from a Manhattan store that includes Beyonce and Selena Gomez among its A-list clients.

The robbery occurred on Friday afternoon at Margo Manhattan on Madison Avenue, the New York Daily News reports.
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Beyonce and Kim Kardashian bump into one another at their exclusive dermatology clinic

There’s nothing like getting a recommendation from a personal friend.

And it seems either Kim Kardashian or Beyonce has given a glowing review of their favourite dermatology clinic.

The two were caught arriving for overlapping appointments at the exclusive Lancer Dermatology on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills on Friday within minutes of one another.

 
Not your ordinary meet-up! Beyonce is pictured arriving at her dermatologist clinic in Beverly Hills on Friday

Not your ordinary meet-up! Beyonce is pictured arriving at her dermatologist clinic in Beverly Hills on Friday

Smiling Beyonce, seen through the window sitting in the back of her car, was dressed in a blue and white patterned jumpsuit.

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Beyonce’s Thighs Are The Center Of New Photoshop Controversy

Beyonce is getting plenty of attention lately, but it’s not of the usual adoring kind. A photo she posted to her Tumblr page and Instagram account this week, which shows her in a bikini on a golf course at some gorgeously exotic resort, is getting a ton of heat for a possible Photoshop alteration.

According to several outlets, many people seem to think Bey altered the photo to have it look like she has a “thigh gap,” or in simpler terms, as if her thighs don’t touch.

Apparently, a lot of women who deal with eating disorders fixate on the “thigh gap” issue, and there are countless Tumblr blogs dedicated to the potentially unhealthy phenomenon.

The photo in question:

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Beyoncé Liberated

Behind the scenes of the world’s most powerful brand.

Photography by Santiago & Mauricio

If you pooled the collective memories of the staff at Parkwood, the small, can-do entertainment company that Beyoncé built, you would have enough material for the world’s longest biography. That it would also be a hagiography goes without saying; for those who work closest to her, Beyoncé is, quite literally, flawless. Again and again you will hear that she is the hardest-working person in showbiz, the most demanding of herself, the least complacent. And all of this, you will realize, is most likely true. But in all of the accolades and glowing character references, you will also find little shafts of light that fall on their subject in illuminating and lovely ways.

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Irish fashion makes the cut at start of President’s state visit

Sabina Higgins’s wardrobe for the visit was nearly all bought from about a dozen Irish designers

Yesterday’s engagements at Windsor Castle and Westminster highlighted the sartorial choices of President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina on the first day of their state visit.

The events threw an international spotlight on Irish fashion. The simple lines and colour of the pink, pearl studded Linton silk coat and dress by Louise Kennedy worn by Mrs Higgins to meet the queen were well chosen, the tilted fan chapeau by Philip Treacy adding a cocky, lighthearted touch.

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Zimmerman wins Fashion Laureate

 
Fashion Laureate winners Nicky and Simone Zimmermann at Bondi Beach.

Fashion Laureate winners Nicky and Simone Zimmermann at Bondi Beach. Source: News Corp Australia

DESPITE the ebbs and flows of the fashion industry, for nearly 25 years Zimmermann has continued to not only float, but to ride the crest of the fashion wave.

Now, sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann have received industry recognition from their peers after they were announced as winners of the 2014 Australian Fashion Laureate, sponsored by The Weekend Australian Magazine.

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