Press review from 28 September to 4 October 2020
On Sunday 4 October in Paris, in the late afternoon, the Japanese designer Kenzo, at the age of 81, also a victim of Covid-19, leaves us definitively at the American Hospital in Neuilly-Sur-Seine.
Famous all over the world, father of the fashion house in Paris, the first Japanese designer. The man had contracted the disease in the past few weeks but unfortunately was unable to defeat the virus.
Kenzo Takada, born in Japan in 1939, has always represented the world of fashion, an important trait d'union between Japanese and Asian aesthetics. Culture and fashion merged into a single soul. Kenzo's dresses are true works of art, a mix of colors and patterns.
The floral prints capture the attention of the trade press and critics, making the designer assert himself also in the men's sector and arrive at the turn of the 70s and 80s in the world of fragrances, with his first perfume. In 1999 he left the world of high fashion and decided to devote himself to interior design.
A life full of successes, discoveries and talents, a fresh and indelible fragrance over the years. A farewell to Kenzo Takada.
President Donald Trump and his wife Melania tested positive for Covid-19.
Being in the middle of the election period Trump had no intention of being hospitalized but was forced to give in to pressure from doctors after he was given an ultimatum: he could go to the hospital while he was still able to walk or the doctors would be forced to take him in a wheelchair or on a stretcher if his condition worsens, as reported by CNN. The president waited for Wall Street to close, and now he continues to campaign by tweeting from his hospital bed. National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien told CBS that Donald Trump is feeling better but will still be hospitalized despite wanting to return to the White House.
"I came to Walter Reed because I didn't feel very well, but now I feel much better and I think I'll be back soon to continue the election campaign but the real test will be in the next few days”States Trump with a video on Tweeter to reassure Americans. Sean Conley, White House doctor, points out: "Cautiously optimistic but still not out of danger". "We are working hard for me to come back, I have to come back because we still have to make America great again, we have done a very good job but there are still some steps left, we have to finish the job. I'm looking forward to picking up the campaign where it left off", has explained.
The president stresses that he could not do anything else to avoid getting infected, his role and his commitments could not limit him.
"I couldn't isolate myself in the White House, not see and speak to anyone. This is America, this is the United States, we are the largest and most powerful country in the world", He continued, stating that"a true leader has to face problems". Then he reported that First Lady Melania is recovering in the White House and doing very well, and playfully points out that the 24-year age difference that divides them plays greatly in her favor, statistics testify.
CLASHES IN NAGORN - KARABAKH
Azerbaijani authorities report that Azerbaijan's second city, Ganja, is 'under fire' by Armenian forces, while clashes continue in Stepanakert, the main city of Karabakh, in the throes of a conflict between Armenian separatists and Azerbaijani forces. The sirens went off on October 3, around 9.30 local time (7.30 in Italy) in the city, followed by multiple explosions. "The Azerbaijani city of Gandja is under fire from the Armenian forces”Said the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense on its Twitter profile. Meanwhile, the authorities of the Nagorno-Karabakh independence region claimed to have destroyed a military airport.
EUROPEAN UNION - UNITED KINGDOM
The European Commission on 1 October launched legal action against the British government for a bill that unilaterally amends, in violation of international law, some clauses of the Brexit agreement signed with the European Union. As reported by the International newspaper, London's aim is to re-establish border controls between Ireland and Northern Ireland to ensure unhindered access to the British market in Belfast. A new round of negotiations on the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom is underway in Brussels.
Since 1 October the governments of Tel Aviv and Beirut have announced negotiations, with the mediation of the United Nations, on the delimitation of their maritime border. The two states, still at war with each other, will begin negotiations on October 12 in Naqura, in southern Lebanon.
On October 1, a law came into force that strengthens the control of the authorities on social networks. The possibility of closing the most popular social networks, including Twitter and Facebook, is foreseen if any unwelcome content is not removed within 48 hours at the request of the courts.
On 2 October, European Council President Charles Michel announced new sanctions against forty Belarusian leaders involved in the repression of the opposition. Among them is not President Aleksandr Lukashenko. To overcome the Cypriot veto on Belarus, European leaders have reached an agreement that threatens Turkey with possible economic sanctions for its oil explorations in the eastern Mediterranean.
Transgender Green MEP Petra De Sutter has become Deputy Prime Minister of the new Belgian government and Minister of Public Administration. In Europe she is the first transgender person to become a minister. De Sutter was also the first transgender woman to stand for election and to be elected to the Belgian Parliament in 2014. Elected in 2019 to the European Parliament, at the age of 57, where she was chair of the Internal Market and consumer protection. De Sutter is a gynecologist and an activist for medically assisted reproduction and for the rights of transgender people.