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Model on the catwalk
Balenciaga show, Runway, Spring Summer 2018, Paris Fashion Week, France - 01 Oct 2017
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Pixelformula/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock (9101715dq) Model on the catwalk Balenciaga show, Runway, Spring Summer 2018, Paris Fashion Week, France - 01 Oct 2017

Deconstructed: Croc shoes



Despite having been invented by a company called Foam Creations, it was a trio of businessmen who saw the potential of these brightly coloured, lightweight, slip-on shoes. Having purchased the design, Scott Seamans, Lyndon Hanson and George Boedecker launched Crocs at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in 2002 as a type of boat shoe. They quickly sold out.

Designed as a foam alternative to the wooden clog, these super-lightweight shoes are made from injection moulded Croslite, a closed-cell resin that shapes itself around the foot. People flocked to buy the shoes hailed for offering superior foot support, and even podiatrists extolled their virtues. However, in 2008, there were cases in the United States and Japan of children getting their rubbery clogs caught in escalators, prompting Crocs to change the design.

The bulky shoe has divided opinion, with many fashion magazines and designers declaring Crocs to be hideous, which seemed to be confirmed when then President George W Bush wore his with socks in 2007. However, as with all things fashion, time has softened the perception of Crocs, so when Christopher Kane sent them down his spring/summer 2017 runway studded with pebbles and rocks, everyone wanted a pair. Meanwhile, models for the spring/summer 2018 Balenciaga show tottered along in platform versions – in bright yellow and bubblegum pink, covered in badges, flowers and even tiny flags. Perhaps because customers were eager to support designer Demna Gvasalia, or maybe just because they needed some support for their tired feet, these designer Crocs sold out before they were released.

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Forced Deportations

While the Lebanese government has deported a number of refugees back to Syria since 2011, the latest round is the first en-mass campaign of its kind, say the Access Center for Human Rights, a non-governmental organization which monitors the conditions of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

“In the past, the Lebanese General Security was responsible for the forced deportation operations of refugees, after forcing them to sign papers stating that they wished to return to Syria of their own free will. Now, the Lebanese army, specifically military intelligence, is responsible for the security operation,” said Mohammad Hasan, head of ACHR.
In just the first four months of 2023 the number of forced deportations is nearly double that of the entirety of 2022.

Since the beginning of 2023, ACHR has reported 407 forced deportations – 200 of which occurred in April alone.

In comparison, just 154 people were forcfully deported in 2022.

Violence

Instances of violence against Syrian refugees are not uncommon.

Just last month, security camera footage of men violently attacking and stabbing an employee at a mini-market went viral. The store’s employees had engaged in a verbal altercation with the men who had come to enforce an order to shutter shops, following the announcement of a municipal curfew for Syrian refugees.
“They thought they were Syrian,” said the mayor of the Nahr el Bared municipality, Charbel Bou Raad, of the attackers.
It later emerged the beaten employees were Lebanese. But the video was an exemplary instance of violence at a time when anti-Syrian rhetoric is particularly heated as Lebanese politicians call for the return of Syrian refugees to Syria.

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Investors: Self-funded

Total customers: 40

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Company name: EduPloyment
Date started: March 2020
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Investors: Angel investors (investment amount undisclosed)

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Company name: Letswork
Started: 2018
Based: Dubai
Founders: Omar Almheiri, Hamza Khan
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Investment stage: $2.1 million in a seed round with investors including 500 Global, The Space, DTEC Ventures and other angel investors
Number of employees: about 20

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Ways to control drones

Countries have been coming up with ways to restrict and monitor the use of non-commercial drones to keep them from trespassing on controlled areas such as airports.

"Drones vary in size and some can be as big as a small city car - so imagine the impact of one hitting an airplane. It's a huge risk, especially when commercial airliners are not designed to make or take sudden evasive manoeuvres like drones can" says Saj Ahmed, chief analyst at London-based StrategicAero Research.

New measures have now been taken to monitor drone activity, Geo-fencing technology is one.

It's a method designed to prevent drones from drifting into banned areas. The technology uses GPS location signals to stop its machines flying close to airports and other restricted zones.

The European commission has recently announced a blueprint to make drone use in low-level airspace safe, secure and environmentally friendly. This process is called “U-Space” – it covers altitudes of up to 150 metres. It is also noteworthy that that UK Civil Aviation Authority recommends drones to be flown at no higher than 400ft. “U-Space” technology will be governed by a system similar to air traffic control management, which will be automated using tools like geo-fencing.

The UAE has drawn serious measures to ensure users register their devices under strict new laws. Authorities have urged that users must obtain approval in advance before flying the drones, non registered drone use in Dubai will result in a fine of up to twenty thousand dirhams under a new resolution approved by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai.

Mr Ahmad suggest that "Hefty fines running into hundreds of thousands of dollars need to compensate for the cost of airport disruption and flight diversions to lengthy jail spells, confiscation of travel rights and use of drones for a lengthy period" must be enforced in order to reduce airport intrusion.

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