Vivienne Westwood under fire for hiring unpaid interns



The eccentric designer’s London office is recruiting a range of “volunteer” interns to assist staff across departments, from accounting and human resources to graphic design and jewellery making. Some of the schemes last as long as three months, for approximately five days a week, between 10am and 6pm – mirroring typical working hours for many paid employees.

The placements, which ask applicants to send in a CV and covering letter, demand that interns undertake everyday office tasks, using computer programmes like Word and Excel, with some stating the need to cover “reception duties” when required.

The adverts, which emerged after Dame Vivienne said “poor people” should buy fewer clothes, will fuel the debate over whether unpaid interns who are being asked to do a job are being “exploited”.

Tanya de Grunwald, founder of careers consultancy Graduate Fog, said: “Dame Vivienne saying ‘poor people’ should ‘buy less’ sounded lofty to most of us – but to fashion interns her comments were downright offensive. Giving lifestyle tips to people on low incomes while advertising five unpaid internships is disgusting.”

The law makes it clear that if people are given set tasks and hours, they are by definition ‘workers’ and must be paid. Earlier this week David Cameron urged unpaid interns to report their employers to authorities if they felt they were being exploited.

Creeping Sharia: New University of Regina bathroom facilities help Muslim students prepare for prayer


The University of Regina is going to great lengths to help its Muslim students avoid doing the same when washing for on-campus prayer sessions.

The university has installed “foot-baths” in a public washroom at its Riddell Centre, in order to allow Muslim students — many of whom pray numerous times a day, and wash themselves beforehand — to clean their feet in a way that isn’t awkward and difficult through a use of regular sinks.

“I’ve seen them do it. It’s tough for them,” Nathan Sgrazzutti, president of the U of R Students Union, said on Tuesday of the troubles that many of the more than 700 practising Muslims at the campus had experienced when preparing for prayers.

“We’re showing our ability to cater to their needs.”

Two foot-baths, resembling large sinks with seats, are in a men’s washroom following their installation earlier this summer at what university spokesman Dale Johnson said was a total cost of about $35,000.

“I haven’t been in the women’s washroom, but I’m under the understanding it’s in both,” Sgrazzutti said, lauding the U of R’s administration for its efforts to assist Muslim students from Regina and those who have come to the campus from other countries.

“There was a bit of a push from our Muslim students society as well as the students union, and the university was very receptive.”

An “official opening” for the foot-baths, said Johnson, will be held by Muslim students on Oct. 2.

“It’s a really neat addition,” Sgrazzutti said of the new bathroom facilities, which some refer to as “foot-sinks.”

“They’re very new. I still have people asking me what they are.”

Christine Teigen Stephen married John Legend

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Now that Chrissy Teigen and John Legend said their “I do’s,” the newlyweds are basking in love’s bliss on their honeymoon.

The 27-year-old Sports Illustrated model shared an Instagram photo Tuesday from their romantic getaway. Wearing a white bikini, Teigen tenderly kisses her husband’s forehead.

“Putting my @beachbunnyswimwear bridal line to good use in Portofino!” she wrote.

As if she didn’t have enough things to do while planning their wedding, Teigen was inspired to launch her own bridal swimsuits line. She partnered with Beach Bunny Swimwear to release her designs that recently launched during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Miami Beach.

“I want to wear a bathing suit for my husband that makes me feel sexy,” she told People. “I know other women feel the same way, so I was inspired to design a line.”

Obviously the swimsuit sex appeal worked as Legend smiles for the camera in the snapshot she posted. The photo also shows off the new bride’s latest accessory, her engagement ring and wedding band.

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