What do Ivanka Trump, the Dalai Lama, Calvin Klein, silver prices and diarrhoea have in common?

Trendy Trenders: Daily round up for Monday 18th July, 2011

Making the headlines today are a celebrity baby, stomach upsets in China, political upsets in China, expensive precious metals and underpants. Read on…

29 Year old Ivanka Trump and her well-to-do news mogul hubbie, Jared Kushner (owner of the New York Observer) are delighted to announce the arrival of their first child, Arabella Rose who was born on Sunday in NYC. Ivanka’s father and real-estate wizard Donald Trump broke the news of the baby’s name this morning while making an appearance on Fox & Friends. The pair married back in 2009.

Ivanka Trump pre-pregnancy.

Ivanka Trump had her first baby on Sunday.

And perhaps of interest to the Trump dynasty, silver prices have raced past the $40 per oz mark over the weekend giving investors a huge sense of relief as prices had taken a beating in the past few months. Many people took to investing in metals such as silver and gold (which soared to $1600 per oz today) which were touted as being a sound place to capitalise, with some countries considering returning to making their coinage from silver.

Silver bullion.

Silver prices soared to over $40 per ounce.

For those who panicked and sold up when prices were low their luck has much in common with around 100,000 Chinese people who have suffered with diarrhoea after a duck processing plant dumped tons of animal waste and innards into a water supply. Fish have also been killed as a result. The reservoirs feed 280,000 homes in Huangchuan County, in the Henan Province and an anonymous factory worker told the Shanghai Morning Post, “The release of pollutants into the river never stopped, resulting in widespread diarrhoea.”

A duck farm in China.

100,000 Chinese villagers have suffered with diarrhoea as a result of pollution from a local duck farm.

It seems China’s problems are not only internal as President Obama ignored the wishes of Beijing leaders by meeting the Dalai Lama over the weekend. Hong Lei made a statement on the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s website which read, “We firmly oppose any foreign official to meet with the Dalai Lama in any form.”

Obama’s feather ruffling comes at a time when he could well come to depend on the Chinese for a loan when the Federal Reserve makes its decision on the debt ceiling in the next month, and while his meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader is seen as a positive thing, his actions may yet harm already difficult relations with China.

Barack Obama upsets China but satisfies Tibetan supporters by meeting the Dalai Lama.

While Obama may have made a political faux pas, Calvin Klein on the other hand is happy to announce the new face (and body) of its Naked Glamour campaign – Lara Stone. The Dutch blonde has been lauded by Tom Murry, the CEO of Calvin Klein who said, “Lara Stone is one of the world’s top models and her distinct look and sex appeal resonates with our consumers and has synergized our branded lifestyle advertising campaigns around the world.”

Lara Stone not modelling Calvin Klein.

Lara Stone is the new face of Calvin Klein. She's curvy apparently.

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