Kate Spade: Tributes pour in for 'great talent' after apparent suicide


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The Council of Fashion Designers of America has paid tribute to Kate Spade, who died on Tuesday, calling her "a great talent who had an immeasurable impact on American fashion".

Spade, a handbag and fashion designer, was found dead in her New York home.

Police said they were investigating her death, at 55, as an apparent suicide.

Spade's family said in a statement that they were "devastated by today's tragedy" and would "miss her terribly".They asked for privacy.

The designer is survived by her husband, Andy Spade, and their teenage daughter, Frances Beatrix.

Spade, a former editor of fashion magazine Mademoiselle, created a fashion sensation in the 1990s with her line of handbags, and built an accessories empire that grew to hundreds of shops internationally.

"Kate Spade had an enviable gift for understanding exactly what women the world over wanted to carry," Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, said in a statement.

What were the circumstances of her death?

Image copyright AFP Image caption Reporters gathered outside Kate Spade's apartment as news of her death emerged

Police said the designer's housekeeper found her unresponsive on Tuesday at her Park Avenue apartment in Manhattan.

The New York police department chief of detectives, Dermot Shea, said a note had been found at the scene but he declined to reveal its contents.He said the evidence at he home pointed to "a tragic suicide".

The New York Police Department confirmed Spade's death under her birth name, Katherine Noel Brosnahan.

How did Spade become a household name?

Spade founded the Kate Spade Handbags brand in 1993 with her partner Andy, whom she had met while studying journalism at Arizona State University, and another friend, Elyce Arons.

The brand opened its first store in New York in 1996, with a stated aim of designing the perfect handbag.Its logo was the spades playing card symbol, and its bright and colourful patterned designs became a hallmark of its products.

She married Andy Spade in 1994 and they had one daughter.

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Spade sold her namesake brand in 2007 and it was bought last year by New York rival designer Coach[1] in a deal worth $2.4bn (£1.8bn).She and her husband then set up another design venture, Frances Valentine, named after their daughter.

Spade legally changed her name to Kate Valentine[2] (Valentine was her grandfather's middle name) in 2016 to "separate the two worlds", she said.

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Quirky fun and country club

By Natalie Sherman, BBC News business reporter, New York

In the 25 years since Kate Spade's founding, the name has become a byword for a certain preppy style.

The former fashion editor told the New York Times she was looking for function, sophistication and "some style" when she launched her line of handbags in 1993, uninspired by other purses of the era.

Her look - bright colours and clear lines - quickly gained traction, appearing on the shelves of upmarket New York department stores like Barney's.

In 1999, Neiman Marcus took a majority stake, sealing the firm's ascendance in the fashion world and as a brand that embodied quirky fun, without straying too far from the country club.

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Tributes pour in

Celebrities and public figures from the world of fashion and beyond paid tribute to Spade and her work.

Actress Reese Witherspoon said the designer was a "wonderful, talented woman who will be dearly missed".

Where to get help

From Canada or US:If you're in an emergency, please call 911

You can contact the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255

Young people in need of help can call Kids Help Phone on 1-800-668-6868

If you're in the US, you can contact the Crisis Test Line by texting HOME to 741741

If you are in the UK, you can call the Samaritans on 116123

For support and more information on emotional distress, click here.[4]...

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Poldark fans flock to preview screening

Poldar cast members on the red carpet Image caption Luke Norris (Dwight Enys), Eleanor Tomlinson (Demelza Poldark), Christian Brassington (Osborne Whitworth) and Jack Farthing (George Warleggan) attended the red carpet event

Poldark fans were treated to a preview of the first episode of series four at its premiere in Cornwall.

The period drama, based on novels written by Winston Graham, attracted audiences of more than 9.4 million in it first series in 2015 and has since had global success[1].

The fourth series which begins on BBC One on Sunday is the "best yet," according to cast members.

Several attended the special screening at Redruth cinema on Tuesday evening.

Image copyright Google Image caption Eleanor Tomlinson said she agreed with some fans that Luke Norris who plays Dwight Enys was "absolutely" more of a heart throb than Aidan Turner Image copyright BBC / Mammoth Screen Image caption Aiden Turner who plays Ross Poldark could not attend the screening due to other work commitments

Eleanor Tomlinson who portrays Demelza Poldark said she felt "very humbled" by the success of the programme.

She said she "does not engage in any hype on social media" because "haters just make you feel bad" and she wants to be "known for my acting not my personal life".

When asked during a question and answer session what her all time favourite scene was to date she said:"It's a scene I'm not in and hasn't been on yet...Luke (Norris, Dwight Enys) getting out of the sea".

Image copyright BBC / Mammoth Screen Image caption Producers said series four would bring more "decadence" as the Poldarks spend time in London Image caption Crowds outside Redruth Cinema were thrilled to see cast members before the show Image caption Cast members and senior programme figures gathered for drinks at the cinema bar area before the show Image copyright BBC / Mammoth Screen Image caption Christian Brassington said he "ate all day" to put on 2st 7lbs to play the "repulsive" Osborne Whitworth

Debbie Horsfield, writer and executive producer, said the "scale and stakes are higher" in series four and one new character includes the mother of "baddy" Ossie Whitworth who is "a monster".

The mother-of-four revealed that she has written every single episode of the hit drama whilst on a treadmill, as she believes "getting oxygen to the brain helps".

Image caption Poldark fans Katy Cook and Victoria Holmes from west Cornwall queued outside for four hours to get a good spot Image caption Sisters Debbie Malyan and Liz Liz said the first episode gave them "goose-bumps" and seemed to "grip" the whole cinema

Karen Thrussell, executive producer with Mammoth Screen - which makes the programme, said series five is already under way but that the series was then "coming to a natural conclusion".

She added:"Everybody loves doing it.Never say never." ...


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World Cup 2018: Welcome with a warning for England fans in Volgograd


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Media captionWorld Cup venue Volgograd saw intense fighting in World War Two

A vast statue of Mother Russia towers over the football stadium in Volgograd where England kick off their World Cup campaign on 18 June.

Sword raised in a pose of power and defiance, the figure is a monument to the brutal Battle of Stalingrad, as the city was then called.It is also a reminder of a time when Russia and Britain were allies.

But as Volgograd prepares to host crowds of England fans, that World War Two alliance is distant history.

The political hostility that exists now appears to have dampened appetite for Russia's World Cup.

There were clear signs of the new reality as city residents made their annual pilgrimage up to Volgograd's iconic war memorial to mark the anniversary of the Soviet victory over the Nazis.

One man climbing the long flight of steps wore a T-shirt depicting Mother Russia slicing the head off the US Statue of Liberty."Welcome to Stalingrad," the slogan read.

"I'm wearing this because the West is Russia's enemy.They want to kill us all," explained Ivan, a former history teacher."I see that they hate us, and they have done for hundreds of years."

Image caption There is now a widespread view among Russians like Ivan that the West is intent on diminishing their country's influence

Such hostile talk is increasingly common, fed from the top by both politicians and the state-run media machine.Both now portray the West as intent on "containing" Russia as Vladimir Putin oversees the country's "rightful" return as a global power.

The same message came from spectators at last month's Victory Day parade of soldiers and tanks through central Volgograd."England was never our ally," a pensioner in military uniform snorted."No-one wants a strong and powerful Russia."

Relations were far warmer in 2010 when Russia won the right to host the World Cup.

Then came the 2014 annexation of Crimea, the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Russia's military campaign in Syria and, most recently, the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter using a military nerve agent.

More on the World Cup

Russia has always denied the Salisbury attack.

No member of Britain's Royal family or government minister will now attend the World Cup, a prestige event for President Putin.

In Volgograd, though, local officials insist that sport and politics should be separate.

"People here will be met with hospitality and smiles.I hope that those who pluck up the courage to come will be surprised," Mayor Andrei Kosolapov enthused, pausing beside what is being styled into the main fan-zone on the banks of the broad Volga river.

"Some people are trying to make our country look bad.But the World Cup will be a big celebration!" he insisted, in the southern sunshine.

Volgograd passes test - but fears remain

As well as more roads and a modern airport terminal, Volgograd has a smart new football stadium.

The light, airy structure stands on the embankment where some of the fiercest fighting took place during World War Two.Specialist diggers had to recover the remains of two soldiers and hundreds of shells before construction could start.

Last month's Russian Cup Final was a last dry run for the ground before England take on Tunisia here.

Outside, a military brass band puffed out cheery tunes and a giant World Cup mascot high-fived passing fans and posed for photographs.

"All people must live together," one girl said, trying out her English."Peace, no politics.With love from Russia!"

Image caption Russia's World Cup mascot has been dubbed Zabivaka, meaning "the one who scores", and he has his own Facebook page

The match was meant to test the pitch and fine-tune security measures and crowd control.But for some visitors the infrastructure is not the issue.

Few England fans have forgotten the violent clashes with Russian hooligans at the Euro 2016.Online chatter at the time made clear that many were wary of a repeat performance at the World Cup.

"If they behave everything will be fine," laughed Russian fan Roman, referring to England supporters.

With him behind the goal were dozens of muscular, tattooed and mostly young men.The flags of their various fan clubs were draped over the barriers and they chanted and sang furiously throughout the match.

Russia has invested heavily in this tournament, though, and does not want violence to tarnish its global grandstanding.

Roman admitted that he and other hard-core supporters had been called in by police and issued an official warning to behave.

But he had his own words of caution.

"Our lads are athletic, they're fit and they know what they're doing.So if England dare to take us on, on our home turf, that won't go unanswered," he vowed.

"I know it's the World Cup and everything," he added."But there has to be mutual respect."

Russia is hoping that all hostile talk will be sidelined when the football starts.It is promising a party.

But politics will hang over this World Cup even as England play beneath the giant figure of Mother Russia:a potent symbol of the days when Britain and Russia were united....

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James Sutherland: Cricket Australia chief executive quits

Cricket Australia chief executive James SutherlandImage copyright Getty Images Image caption James Sutherland says his decision was not affected by a ball-tampering scandal

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has announced that he will step down.

Mr Sutherland said the "time is right" for him to depart his position, which he has held for 17 years.

He denied that his resignation had been hastened by a ball-tampering scandal that has rocked Australia and prompted the suspensions of three players, including former captain Steve Smith.

Mr Sutherland will stay on for up to 12 months until his replacement is found.

"I feel very comfortable that this is the right time for me and a good time for the game," he said on Wednesday.

"It is something that I have been thinking about for a long time...We have had some big, big things to deal with over the course of the last 12 months."

He named a lucrative television rights deal and negotiations over pay for male and female cricketers as key recent achievements.

Mr Sutherland had also faced scrutiny for his response to the ball-tampering incident at a Test match in South Africa in March.

Smith, former vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft are serving suspensions after admitting to the scandal, a ploy to give the team's bowlers an advantage.

Coach Darren Lehmann stood down after the incident, despite being cleared of wrongdoing[1].

Mr Sutherland, a former accountant and first-class player, first joined Cricket Australia in 1998....

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