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'The worse the photo, the better': how Instagram keeps me honest

I have always been, uhhhhh, an enthusiastic Instagram user (19.8k posts at last glance, over the course of five or so years), and little has changed other than the fact that some of my more, shall we say, disposable thoughts can now be flushed down the toilet of Instagram Stories.  There is a more compelling reason for sticking with Instagram other than its cornucopia of cute bulldogs and as-it-happened makeup broadcasts, though. Insta has ended up playing a large part in my ongoing weight gain/weight training ~journey; it was an…

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Leicester City 1-1 (3-4 pens) Manchester City: Bravo heroics keeps City quadruple hopes alive

Claudio Bravo was Manchester City’s penalty hero as they kept their hopes of a dream quadruple alive to beat Leicester and reach the Carabao Cup semi finals. The goalkeeper saved Riyad Mahrez’s spot-kick as Pep Guardiola’s side won 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time. Jamie Vardy missed in the shoot-out after scoring an added-time penalty to take it beyond 90 minutes, after Bernado Silva’s first-half goal looked to have given the visitors the win. They can still take a clean sweep of trophies this term with…

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Why the fashion industry keeps failing to fix labour exploitation

Worker exploitation is rampant in the global fashion industry, according to countless investigations, studies and reports. So why haven’t fashion brands cleaned up their acts? Even if brands want to be part of the solution (as they are frequently asked to be) they are hindered by the current legal system. The problem is if brands are to eradicate labour exploitation, they must take more control of their supply chains. But if they take more control over their supply chains, they open themselves up to the risk of tremendous legal liability….

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Fashion's interest in alternative fabrics keeps growing

High-end fashion and sportswear brands are taking a growing interest in recycled and alternative fabrics made from unusual materials like mushrooms, oranges and even proteins inspired by spider-web DNA, but not just out of concern for the environment. They are recognising that these cool materials of tomorrow could be something people want to buy today. Over the next 12 months, brands are expected to announce partnerships with businesses that have figured out ways to make leather without cows, silk without worms, fur without animals and fabrics from recycled waste. Already…

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News: AHIF 2017: Hotel development in Africa keeps on growing

Hotel development activity in Africa is still rising in the face of the continent’s economic problems, showing a 13 per cent increase in 2017, according to the annual survey by W Hospitality Group. The ninth edition of its Hotel Chain Development Pipelines in Africa has 36 international and regional contributors reporting almost 73,000 rooms in 417 hotels. The figures have grown each year, more than doubling since 2009. This year, bragging rights are shared; Marriott International, boosted by its merger with Starwood, comes top of the table in terms of…

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