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Cost-cutting and fewer fashion parties in Milan

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30/09/2009

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After eight days of frenzied shows and presentations, Milan fashion week officially ended on Wednesday, but the majority of the international press and buyers had already gone.

As the luxury goods sector also feels the pain of the global downturn, its fans and followers are also under pressure to cut costs
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Cyprus tourism eyes options as climate warms

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30/09/2009

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Sun and sea tourism to the Mediterranean could feel the brunt of climate change and the industry should start diversifying if it is to survive, say scientists.

The Mediterranean basin attracts about 20 percent of the world’s tourists each year, but its appeal as a sunny holiday destination may diminish as temperatures inch higher.

“Climate change is going to affect this region in a relatively strong way, and differently than northern Europe,”
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Will savers stifl holiday sales

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30/09/2009

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It’s not just lower credit limits and the difficulty of getting a credit card that’s striking fear into the hearts of retailers desperate for holiday sales — it’s consumers’ new desire to save.

No matter if their personal credit scores are good or bad, shoppers will manage their money more carefully.

That bodes ill for the holiday shopping period in which the bulk of most retailers’ profits are made. In addition, tougher restrictions on credit card fees and other terms mean many stores will offer more creative ways to use debit, or cold hard cash, to pay for gifts.
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Morocco’s star magnet hotel La Mamounia re-opens

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29/09/2009

mamounia1Marrakesh’s Mamounia hotel opened its doors on Tuesday after a three-year facelift aimed at fending off rival establishments trying to lure its free-spending guests.

None of them competes with the Mamounia on history. Since it opened in 1923, the world’s top stars and leading politicians have passed through its tranquil gardens laid out by 18th century Sultan Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah for his son, Mamoun.
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How to market your business like Playboy

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29/09/2009

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This article is an edited excerpt fromBuilding Brand Value the Playboy Way, available from Palgrave Macmillan.

Whats the first thing you think of when you hear the word, Playboy? If you said sex, then youre just one of hundreds of millions of people around the world who make the same association, and Im going to tell you two things right now based on that association:

1. The Playboy brand is working.
2. This book is not about sex.
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Capri,the isle of the sirens

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27/09/2009

capri1How can I begin to describe the island of Capri? “Capricious” – playful, unpredictable? Or, how about “capricciosa”, a rather delicious pizza? Maybe it’s a little of both: something utterly special, unique, delicious, florid.
It had started on the wretched internet with a picture of the island’s Hotel Punta Tragara; a simple image of a table and two chairs on a balcony high on a cliff, and a blissful-looking sea below. A late booking saw us on a British Airways flight over the Alps to Naples, where we were to take a taxi to the ferry for Capri. A kindly fellow passenger warned: “Get the ‘legit’ taxi. Don’t go with the hustler.”
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Milan catwalks go for short but demure womenswear

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27/09/2009

dolceDesigners at Milan fashion week preferred the demure to the provocative in womenswear collections for next spring, with some names sticking to their roots and what they are best known for to woo crunched buyers.

As the warm season brings out more of the skin, designers in Italy’s fashion capital made sure to show off the flesh with bare backs,
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Danger zones for business travelers

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26/09/2009

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A decade ago, the main terrorism risk for business travelers was that they could be caught up in an attack targeting an embassy, government office or airliner. Now, they are increasingly becoming targets themselves.
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48 hours in Pittsburgh

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25/09/2009

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Once known as America’s Steel City, these days Pittsburgh is more famous for its Super Bowl winning “Steelers” football team, its universities, hospitals and its lush, hilly vistas.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge provide hints to help visitors make the most of a short stay in the city where leaders of the Group of 20 rich and developing countries are meeting for a two-day summit.
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Somber environment for luxury industry

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25/09/2009

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Even the world’s mega-rich are feeling the effects of the worst recession in seven decades.

Luxury isn’t what it used to be. Conspicuous consumption is frowned upon and greed has been replaced by a new frugality, according to research on the spending habits of the wealthy.
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www.diafthora.com,our site soon:to Fight against Corruption in Greece-E.U

Ever since antiquity, corruption has been one of the most widespread and insidious of social evils. When it involves public officials and elected representatives, it is inimical to the administration of public affairs. Since the end of the 19th century, it has also been seen as a major threat in the private sphere, undermining the trust and confidence which are necessary for the maintenance and development of sustainable economic and social relations. It is estimated that hundreds of billions of Euros are paid in bribes every year.

Pentagon’s ‘lost’ trillions went to people connected to US military-industrial complex

Former Republican congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul has said that “the Pentagon’s lost trillions have nothing to do with defense, adding that the “money propping up the high lifestyles of those connected to the military-industrial complex.” Dr. Paul, a three-time American presidential candidate and the founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, made the remarks in an article published by his website on Monday. Deputy US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has recently acknowledged that the Pentagon has failed its first-ever comprehensive audit, saying, “We failed the audit, but we never expected to pass it.” “It was an audit on a $2.7 trillion dollar organization, so the fact that we did the audit is substantial,” Shanahan claimed. The first-ever audit of the of the $2.7 trillion enterprise that is the Pentagon identified widespread problems in cybersecurity, but found little in the way of savings that could offset potential budget cuts next year, according to officials. Pentagon’s comptroller David Norquist, who has played a key role in the audit, said after the report release that although no glaring instances of fraud were detected in the US military establishment, its Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Special Operations and the Transportation Command all received failing grades.

“The Outlook For The Global Economy Has Deteriorated”: Oil, Copper And Lumber

Oil, copper and lumber are all telling us the exact same thing, and it isn’t good news for the global economy. When economic activity is booming, demand for commodities such as oil, copper and lumber goes up and that generally causes prices to rise. But when economic activity is slowing down, demand for such commodities falls and that generally causes prices to decline. In recent weeks, we have witnessed a decline in commodity prices unlike anything that we have witnessed in years, and many are concerned that this is a very clear indication that hard times are ahead for the global economy. Let’s talk about oil first. The price of oil peaked in early October, but since that time it has fallen more than 25 percent, and the IEA is warning of “relatively weak” demand out of Asia and Europe…

Amazon Rolling Out ‘Amazon Pay’ Digital Wallet In Physical Stores

As FAANG stocks lead the market lower during what has become a relentless Q4 selloff, Amazon is hoping to reassure anxious investors that the company's relentless expansion and revenue growth will continue. To wit, the company is taking another big step toward establishing itself as the American WeChat or Alipay as it seeks to become the dominant player in electronic consumer payments in the US and beyond. According to the Wall Street Journal, the e-commerce giant is hoping to undercut Apple's Apple Pay by persuading more brick-and-mortar merchants to accept its Amazon Pay digital wallet. As it tries to build a foothold in payments outside of its Amazon Go stores, the company is reportedly focusing on building partnerships with restaurants and gas stations (businesses that have yet to be scalped by the Bezos revenue-absorption machine). To entice owners to give Amazon Pay a try, the company is dangling what appears to be a pretty enticing carrot: Amazon is promising to lower processing costs at a time when so-called "interchange" fees charged by Visa and MasterCard have been rising.

YouTube Lets California Fire Conspiracy Theories Run Wild

The Camp Fire in California has killed at least 79 people, left 699 people unaccounted for, and created more than a thousand migrants in Butte County, California. In these circumstances, reliable information can literally be a matter of life death. But on YouTube, conspiracy theories are thriving. Currently, when a user starts typing “California fire” into YouTube, the top autocomplete search suggestions are “conspiracy 2018,” “agenda 21,” and “laser beam,” all of which refer to conspiracy theories related to California’s wildfires. Similarly, typing in “California wildfire” leads YouTube to suggest “lasers,” “directed energy weapon,” and “dew,” which is an acronym for “directed energy weapon.” Simply typing “California fire” and searching it does return straightforward news coverage, which is an improvement over, say, the false flag and crisis actor conspiracies YouTube was surfacing about the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting earlier this year. Believers of this false California wildfire conspiracy theory think that the US government shoots directed energy weapons, or lasers, from a plane in order to to start fires at predetermined targets. The goal of this attack, which is not actually happening, is to support a bastardized interpretation of “Agenda 21,” a sustainable development plan developed by the United Nations in 1992. This conspiracy theory also gained a little bit of traction on Twitter. The conspiracy theorists use doctored or out-of-context images in order to falsely argue that directed energy weapons, or laser beams, caused the wildfires in California—not climate change. By incorrectly claiming that the houses were consciously struck, these theorists ignore ecological science which explains that the arrangement of homes and topography of the land