Thursday, 29 March 2018

Cannes Global Short Film Awards and Luxury Fashion Shows: Reaching New Heights

Andres Aquino's couture dress at the red carpet Cannes Film Festival 

Critics have called the Cannes Global Short Film Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Shows an event you not to be missed during the Cannes International Film Festival. This year’s festive event will be held on Saturday May 19, 2018 at the famed Intercontinental Carlton Cannes on the prestigious Boulevard La Croisette.

According GSF Awards Festival Director Andres Aquino: "This will be our third annual unforgettable evening of short film awards, luxe fashion, beautiful models, world-class entertainment, gourmet dinner, drinks, music and dancing."

Members of the international press will be covering the event. Top fashion media house Logos Publishing, publishers of Collezioni Haute Couture, Collezioni Donna, and many more, has partnered with the event. Another top sponsor is Qoobex, which is set to launch its cutting edge 3D super smartphone and the first global 3D content distribution platform. Qoobex will be filming the event in 3D.

In addition to the 2018 Global Short Film Awards winners, a Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Franc D'Ambrosio (The Godfather 3, star of Broadway's Phantom of the Opera with over 2,600 performances, more), who will also perform some of his iconic songs. A Top Designer and Top Model will also receive awards.

An international panel of judges selected the winners from dozens of outstanding entries from many countries. The 2018 Global Short Film Awards winners are:

Best Actor: Sasha Feldman, A Date in 2025
Best Actress: Catherine Roberts, Pearl
Best Animated Film: Heavenkid
Best Beauty Film: The Flower of Life
Best Dance Film: Taste of Night
Best Drama: Blind Faith
Best Fashion Film: Pearl
Best Music Film: Taste of Night
Best Romance Film: Till Death Do Us Part
Best Science and Technology Film: Glycotreat: Using Glycans to Cure Cancer
Best Science Fiction Film: A Date in 2025
Best Social Concern Film: MUM
Best Travel Film: City of My Heart
Best Young Talent: Gunn Mihani, MUM
Acting Rising Star: Janel Tanna
Best Director: TBA in Cannes
Best Film: TBA in Cannes

In addition to Franc D’Ambrosio, performers scheduled for the Cannes event include Soprano Alexandra Hrabova, young Romanian singing sensation Doinita Ionita, award-winning Romanian singer Raisandra, pianist Prince Igor, soprano Valeria Florencio and tenor David Paez. Famed European DJ Kocelia Chougar will also be part of the festivities.

Guests will enjoy luxury fashion shows by designers including JAL Fashion by Chirawan Lewis, Andres Aquino, Pure Elegance by Parna Ghose, Thuyet Le and more.

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“Dare to be yourself” a Luxury brand by Ivana de Haan

Ivana de Haan was born in Serbia, former Yugoslavia. She came to Holland at the age of five were she studied and obtained a Bachelor Degree, she started her first business with two other partners, a recruitment agency for technical and specialised personal. The company was active in the oil- and gas industry, (mechanical) maintenance, shipbuilding, on-and off shore construction all over Holland,   18 months later the second company was born, a factory associated to the food industry - distributing to a foreign company based in Poland. 

Ivana de Haan CEO of IVANA BAGS
This company had their own workshop, production machines and employees. This business was also a great success. In 2004 she found out that she had been let down financially by untrustworthy people and the damage they caused took Ivana five years to recuperated from. After this she succeeded once more financially in business – growing an organisation from zero to a more than one million euros company all this in a period of less than a year. Yet again she founded other companies and after these were settle and producing good revenues she had the freedom to leave and follow her passion. 

In 2015 she decided to do something completely different with her career, she made her own luxury brand of handbags, IVANA.  She became a designer, creating unique patterns and partnered with specialised manufacturers and put her designs on the market, all within six months.



She launched her first collection in December 2016 at the LXRY FAIR IN AMSTERDAM. After the success on this exhibition she was asked to showcase her collection at TOP MARQUES in Monaco and she designed a customised handbag with matching ties for the Royal Family of Monaco. In May 2017 she was invited to participate at the Fashion Week in Monte Carlo and in October she was one of the sponsors of the Monte Carlo Polo Cup.


Winsor Harmon actor from "The Bolt and the Beautiful" and Ivana de Haan 

Winsor Harmon actor from "The Bolt and the Beautiful" and Ivana de Haan 

Ronn Moss,  actor from "The Bolt and the Beautiful" and Ivana de Haan 

In the meantime she has been asked to partake as a Business Speaker in various international conferences like in Dubai and London. IVANA is not only about luxury but a brand that brings inspiration, for that reason she often organise events, called Women’s Platform by Ivana. Were women from different areas in Holland can came to hear her story and get inspired by it. Her brand, IVANA, has been in several national magazines, newspaper and on the national TV in Holland. Is the must have fashion accessory  for national and international celebrities, but the fact she is the most proud of is that the  Royal family of Monaco, His Royal Highness Prince Albert II and his wife princess Charlene wears and love IVANA brand.

 H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco receiving IVANA brand luxury items by Ivana de Haan


 “Dare to be yourself”
Live your life to the full potential and achieve the highest level, if I can do it, you definitely can.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018



Founders Racho Bajadjan and Nezir Yozgat together with professional boxer legend Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. 

A duo that you have never seen before: High-end luxury brand Karmaloog is collaborating with Hublot to launch a unique jacket and watch set that will beat every superlative and redefine luxury fashion. Karmaloog designs a bullet resistant jacket made of the finest crocodile leather and combines it with a Hublot watch established with 16.41 carats of diamonds. A million-dollar set that will amaze the fashion industry, custom-made for you!

Two powerhouses have initiated an extraordinary partnership that combines fashion, haute horlogerie and cutting-edge technology. Hublot is internationally recognised for its innovation and fusion of material, therefore being an excellent and fitting partner for Karmaloog. The design of the jacket reflects Hublot’s values as Karmaloog added leather, gold, diamonds, bulletproof material and innovation. Founders Racho Bajadjan and Nezir Yozgat have created their brand specialising in ultra luxurious clothing and accessories, using only the skills of the finest craftsmen and are renowned for only working with the most exclusive and refined material. Selecting a suitable leather skin is a delicate process, and it can take up to several months to find the perfect material for an item. For this spectacular partnership Karmaloog’s artistic director Racho Bajadjan has designed an astonishingly stylish bomber jacket, made from black crocodile leather. Karmaloog carefully hand picks their leathers only from suppliers that guarantee the international animal laws are respected. The extremely fashionable and exclusive statement jacket has been created with a unique lining, a material developed using the latest technology to add protection without bulk it is called Carbon aramid fabric and made possible by multiple layers of finely woven carbon nanotube fabrics. This enables the jacket to withstand and absorb the impact of powerful projectiles*. The lining has then been covered in elegant screen-printed silk using Hublot colours.

Karmaloog is known for exceeding limitations and thoroughly understands what their audience wants. The brand targets customers who seek exclusivity and unique statement garment that will make them stand out even more. Karmaloog’s gear can be fully customised by the wearer, which is also the case for this special collaboration with Hublot. The client is able to customise the various zip closures on the jacket. A set of three jewellery sliders is provided for each zip closure: The main slider at the front is 18 carats white gold and paved  with diamonds (39 diamonds totalling 0,88 carats) combined with a slider crafted in white gold and two side pocket sliders all in the shape of an H ( for Hublot), these sliders are interchangeable with the recognizable Karmaloog sliders hand crafted in 18 carat white gold.

Even though these zip sliders are incredibly jewels themselves, they are also designed for the secret inside pocket fitted within the jacket. Karmaloog created four notches in the lining to house two watchstraps, and the sleeve of the jacket is integrated with Hublot’s patented “One Click” device. This smart system allows the watch face to be attached directly to the sleeve cuff of this jacket, enabling the watch to be admired at all times. Once the wearer takes off this ultra stylish jacket, he or she can simply bring their choice of straps with them. With just one click the watch can swiftly be moved from jacket to wrist, due to the integration of the incredibly smart One Click system developed by Hublot. Elegant yet practical.

Besides the jacket, the watch itself showcases some innovative features as well. The “Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon High Jewellery” is set with 380 baguette diamonds, cut and arranged to look like scales. They cover the case, the dial and the clasp, in a layout of size and shape carefully designed to recreate the pattern of crocodile skin. This again highlights the craft and refinement of this sensational duo set.

The dial alone is set with 102 baguette diamonds (totalling 4.71 carats). There is an aperture at 6 o’ clock opening onto the crowning glory of the calibre HUB6016 movement, a stunning tourbillon. The movement is housed in a case measuring 45 mm in diameter, which is set with another 234 baguette diamonds (totalling 9.84 ct). Self-winding, it boasts an immense power reserve of 115 hours – almost five days!

Of course, such a refined piece demands sophistication down to the smallest detail. This is why the clasp on the crocodile strap is also set with 44 baguette diamonds (totalling 1.87 ct).

Karmaloog differentiates itself from other high-end brands by not only providing customized hand-made luxury garment, but also by focussing on the entire customer experience itself. As this incredible jacket and Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Croco High Jewellery watch form a unique duo, it deserves a showcase to match: the set is delivered in a black and crocodile leather sports bag. Inside is a briefcase which houses the watch and can be stored in a safe. It is designed to hold the 9 precious zips, and also contains a second small box with the same dimensions as the secret pocket within the jacket, to allow the watch to be hidden away for safekeeping.

Taking luxury to a next level, this spectacular statement set is the ultimate must- have for anyone who has a love for ultra-exclusive fashion and jewellery. For one million dollars you can be the owner of this once in a lifetime design, which will be completely custom-made for you.

Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Croco High Jewellery 

Reference 405.WX.9204.LR.9904
Diameter 45 mm
Thickness 14.70 mm
Water Resistance 3 ATM (30m)
Case 18k White Gold, polished Set with 234 diamond baguettes
for 9.84 carats
Bezel 18k White Gold, polished
Glass Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment with Hublot logo on the
 inner side
 Case back 18k White Gold, polished engraved “SPECIAL PIECE”
Dial 18k White Gold, polished
Set with 102 diamond baguettes for 4.7 carats
Movement Caliber Hublot HUB6016, manufacture manual-winding
power reserve skeleton tourbillon
N° of Components 175 (25 rubies)
Frequency 3 Hz (21’600 A/h)
Power Reserve Approx. 115 Hours
Strap -Black rubber and Alligator 18k White Gold, polished, set with 44 diamond baguettes for 1.87 carats, black plated titanium deployant.

*About the bullet resistance of the Karmaloog jacket, the guarantee statement provided by Karmaloog is the following:
“Karmaloog tests all of its products. It is absolutely essential that those who select body armor and each person who wears it realize that there is no such thing as a bulletproof vest. The routine use of appropriate soft body armor significantly reduces the likelihood of fatal injury, but 100% protection in all circumstances is impossible. Body armor selection is to some extent a trade-off between ballistic protection and wear ability. No armor is 100% bulletproof. Among other things, specialized armor piercing bullets and ultra-high velocity rounds may not be stopped by armor. No soft body armor will completely protect against rifle or long gun ammunition. All of our products are tested in certified laboratory conditions. We guarantee that our products will meet the appropriate standards of testing and safety, but we can never guarantee 100% protection, as body armor protection is never 100% guaranteed. Karmaloog cannot be held responsible for any injuries incurred during the wearing of protective clothing. The product you purchase is guaranteed to meet appropriate standards of testing and quality however, and will offer protection up to and including the weapons and/or ammunition outlined in official documentation. Body armor can only protect against threats outlined at its respective level, and cannot protect against any weapons and/or ammunition at a higher level. All of the Karmaloog products are guaranteed to meet the appropriate standards of testing and safety. 

Karmaloog is not liable for any injuries you sustain while wearing any of our clothing. Karmaloog assumes no liability and bears no liability for any use, misuse or failure to perform. All products are sold ”as is” and ”with all” faults.” No warranties of fitness, or use are provided. The entire risk of use, quality and performance of all products remains solely with the consumer. Ballistic, edged and spike resistance ratings are limited to the conditions under which laboratory testing was conducted, including but not limited to, barrel length, shot distance, shot placement, temperature, powder, velocity, bullet mass, bullet composition, backing material etc.”

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Monday, 26 March 2018

WOMEN IN ACTION _ The inclusion Convention Event at the Telegraph Headquarters London-UK

The Inclusion Convention's inaugural  event was powered by and held at the Telegraph's prestigious Headquarters on Thursday 22nd March 2018. 

The Inclusion Convention is an interdisciplinary activist and advocacy 'Think Tank' - dedicated to collaboratively developing solutions on topical issues to drive and shape social-political, cultural and economic developments.

Their founding members are Gulrukh Khan  (Holistic Specialist, Documentary Film Maker, and Chair of the London arm of the Women's Economic Forum), Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu (Lawyer and Founder of Women In Leadership publication) and Jacqueline Onalo (Senior Human Rights Lawyer). 

The event was led by their Patrons, Baroness Verma of Leicester and Baroness Burt of Solihull. With a round of 6 panels and 3 keynote sessions, this  inaugural conference focused on the: ‘Institutional Sexual Harassment - Are Institutions Silent Witnesses?’ Drawing action points on disabling the inaction of institutions - which has inevitably created an enabling environment and culture for sexual harassment, they also discussed the possible creation of a regulatory body or Ombudsman to monitor institutional behaviour, with power to reprimand and penalise.

There were many high profile guests including Her Excellency, Mrs Sinha, the wife of the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, 26 speakers included Jane Garvey - BBC Radio 4 Presenter, Sam Smethers - CEO of the Fawcett Society, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah - Co-Founder & Executive Director of UK Black Pride, Marchu Girma - Executive Director Women for Refugee Women, Helen Pankhurst - Care International Senior Advisor,  Sarah Gavron - Film and TV Director, Farrukh Dhondy - Screenwriter and Columnist, Claire Cohen - Telegraph Women Affairs editor, Sophie Walker - Politician & Founding Leader of Women's Equality Party, Stella Creasy MP - Labour Member of Parliament for Walthamstow, Homayra Sellier - Founder and CEO of Innocence in Danger, Rebeca Riofrio - Founder of Art Infusion TV, Taha Kutay -Chair of UK Asian Business Council, Lan Wu - Co-Chair Democrats Abroad UK, Amal Fashanu - TV personality and fashion designer, Dr Diahanne Rhiney - Psychologist and Women & Children's rights advocate, Emma Grace - Body and Movement specialist, Ava Etemadzadeh - Labour Activist and Sexual harassment campaigner, David Mahoney - Norman Broadbent Solutions, Kristiane Backer - Art consultant and Former MTV Europe presenter, Jay Kamara Frederick -Social Entrepreneur and Campaigner,  Farai Mubaiwa - Founder of Africa Matters, Jillian Kowalchuk - Founder and CEO of Safe & The City*, Simeon Adewole Ademolake - Chairman of Newham Partnership for Supplementary Schools, Jennifer Nadel - barrister and senior broadcast  journalist, Azadeh Akbari - survivor of sexual violence, abuse and honour based violence, Yasmin Khatun Dewar - News Editor of TRT World.

For more information on their upcoming events please visit their website on

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Stephen Hawking, science's brightest star, dies aged 76

The physicist and author of A Brief History of Time has died at his home in Cambridge. His children said: ‘We will miss him for ever’

His family released a statement in the early hours of Wednesday morning confirming his death at his home in Cambridge.

Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world.

“He once said: ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him for ever.”

For fellow scientists and loved ones, it was Hawking’s intuition and wicked sense of humour that marked him out as much as the fierce intellect which, coupled with his illness, came to symbolise the unbounded possibilities of the human mind.

He was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 1963 at the age of 21. Doctors expected him to live for only two more years. But Hawking had a form of the disease that progressed more slowly than usual. He survived for more than half a century.

He began to use crutches in the 1960s, but long fought the use of a wheelchair. When he finally relented, he became notorious for his wild driving along the streets of Cambridge, not to mention the intentional running over of students’ toes and the occasional spin on the dance floor at college parties.

Hawking’s first major breakthrough came in 1970, when he and Roger Penrose applied the mathematics of black holes to the universe and showed that a singularity, a region of infinite curvature in space-time, lay in our distant past: the point from which came the big bang.

Penrose found he was able to talk with Hawking even as the latter’s speech failed. Hawking, he said, had an absolute determination not to let anything get in his way. “He thought he didn’t have long to live, and he really wanted to get as much as he could done at that time.”

There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark - Stephen Hawking
In 1974 Hawking drew on quantum theory to declare that black holes should emit heat and eventually pop out of existence. For normal-sized black holes, the process is extremely slow, but miniature black holes would release heat at a spectacular rate, eventually exploding with the energy of a million one-megaton hydrogen bombs.

His proposal that black holes radiate heat stirred up one of the most passionate debates in modern cosmology. Hawking argued that if a black hole could evaporate all the information that fell inside over its lifetime would be lost forever. It contradicted one of the most basic laws of quantum mechanics, and plenty of physicists disagreed. Hawking came round to believing the more common, if no less baffling, explanation that information is stored at a black hole’s event horizon, and encoded back into radiation as the black hole radiates.
Hawking’s run of radical discoveries led to his election in 1974 to the Royal Society at the young age of 32. Five years later, he became the Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge, arguably Britain’s most distinguished chair, and one formerly held by Isaac Newton, Charles Babbage and Paul Dirac, the latter one of the founding fathers of quantum mechanics.
Hawking’s seminal contributions continued through the 1980s. The theory of cosmic inflation holds that the fledgling universe went through a period of terrific expansion. In 1982, Hawking was among the first to show how quantum fluctuations – tiny variations in the distribution of matter – might give rise through inflation to the spread of galaxies in the universe. In these tiny ripples lay the seeds of stars, planets and life as we know it.

But it was A Brief History of Time that rocketed Hawking to stardom. Published for the first time in 1988, the title made the Guinness Book of Records after it stayed on the Sunday Times bestsellers list for an unprecedented 237 weeks. It sold 10m copies and was translated into 40 different languages. Nevertheless, wags called it the greatest unread book in history.

Hawking married his college sweetheart, Jane Wilde, in 1965, two years after his diagnosis. She first set eyes on him in 1962, lolloping down the street in St Albans, his face down, covered by an unruly mass of brown hair. A friend warned her she was marrying into “a mad, mad family”. With all the innocence of her 21 years, she trusted that Stephen would cherish her, she wrote in her 2013 book, Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen.

In 1985, during a trip to Cern, Hawking was taken to hospital with an infection. He was so ill that doctors asked Jane if they should withdraw life support. She refused, and Hawking was flown back to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for a lifesaving tracheotomy. The operation saved his life but destroyed his voice. The couple had three children, but the marriage broke down in 1991. Hawking’s progressive condition, his demands on Jane, and his refusal to discuss his illness, were destructive forces the relationship could not endure, she said. Jane wrote of him being “a child possessed of a massive and fractious ego,” and how husband and wife became “master” and “slave”.

 My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all
Stephen Hawking
Four years later, Hawking married Elaine Mason, one of the nurses employed to give him round-the-clock care. The marriage lasted 11 years, during which Cambridgeshire police investigated a series of alleged assaults on Hawking. The physicist denied that Elaine was involved, and refused to cooperate with police, who dropped the investigation.

Hawking was not, perhaps, the greatest physicist of his time, but in cosmology he was a towering figure. There is no perfect proxy for scientific worth, but Hawking won the Albert Einstein Award, the Wolf Prize, the Copley Medal, and the Fundamental Physics Prize. The Nobel prize, however, eluded him.

He was fond of scientific wagers, despite a knack for losing them. In 1975, he bet the US physicist Kip Thorne a subscription to Penthouse that the cosmic x-ray source Cygnus X-1 was not a black hole. He lost in 1990. In 1997, Hawking and Thorne bet John Preskill an encyclopaedia that information must be lost in black holes. Hawking conceded in 2004. In 2012, Hawking lost $100 to Gordon Kane for betting that the Higgs boson would not be discovered.

He lectured at the White House during the Clinton administration – his oblique references to the Monica Lewinsky episode evidently lost on those who screened his speech – and returned in 2009 to receive the presidential medal of freedom from Barack Obama. His life was played out in biographies and documentaries, most recently The Theory of Everything, in which Eddie Redmayne played him. He appeared on The Simpsons and played poker with Einstein and Newton on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He delivered gorgeous put-downs on The Big Bang Theory. “What do Sheldon Cooper and a black hole have in common?” Hawking asked the fictional Caltech physicist whose IQ comfortably outstrips his social skills. After a pause, the answer came: “They both suck.”

Hawking has argued that for humanity to survive it must spread out into space, and has warned against the worst applications of artificial intelligence, including autonomous weapons.

'Mind over matter': Stephen Hawking – obituary by Roger Penrose
Hawking was happy to court controversy and was accused of being sexist and misogynist. He turned up at Stringfellows lap dancing club in 2003, and years later declared women “a complete mystery”. In 2013, he boycotted a major conference in Israel on the advice of Palestinian academics.

Some of his most outspoken comments offended the religious. In his 2010 book, Grand Design, he declared that God was not needed to set the universe going, and in an interview with the Guardian a year later, dismissed the comforts of religious belief.

“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark,” he said.

He spoke also of death, an eventuality that sat on a more distant horizon than doctors thought. “I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first,” he said.

What astounded those around him was how much he did achieve. He leaves three children, Robert, Lucy and Timothy, from his first marriage to Jane Wilde, and three grandchildren.