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Christine Lagarde, Jessie J, Tasmanian Devil, Michelle Yeoh – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 29 June 2011

29 Jun

Christine Lagarde – not our usual style high trender here, Christine is the newly appointed managing director of the International Monetary Fund. She is 55 years old , the French Finance Minister and is the first woman to hold this prestigious role. The previous head of the IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned after being accused of sexual assault in a New York hotel. see how the appointment is viewed by ABC on their site.

Jessie J – English singer-songwriter has been seen at the Beyonce album launch on crutches after fracturing her ankle falling off stage. She has recently revealed that she has received death threats since becoming famous.

The singer, who was born Jessica Cornish in 1988, first came to prominence as a songwriter and penned tracks for a number of artists including Miley Cyrus and Chris Brown.

Although she began recording her own work in 2006 Jessie was not really heard of much until 2011. Her biggest hit to date is the song Price Tag, which made the Number One spot in the UK and New Zealand as well as  charting in the US.

Look here for a good selection of Jessie’s videos.

Tasmanian devil – the small doglike marsupial, now only found in Tasmania itself has become endangered thanks to a form of facial cancer passed on through bites. Scientists have now been able to identify the gene responsible for the cancer and will use this to segregate the best specimens for breeding and eventual re-release. For more technical information on their findings see the New Scientist.

Michelle Yeoh – Malaysian actress and former Bond girl has been deported from Burma. She arrived on a flight to Yangon and was sent straight back on the next available flight out as she is on a blacklist following contact with the democracy campaigner Suu Kyi.

The 47-year old actress is based in Hong Kong and is engaged to 65-year old Jean Todt, the former French racing driver who is now the head of the FIA ( Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) , the governing body of Formula One racing.

As well as her role in the 1997 Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, Michelle is known for playing the part of  Yu Shu Lien in Ang Lee’s 2000 movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The Oscar-winning Crouching Tiger became the highest grossing foreign language film at the US box-office.

In 1997 Michelle Yeoh was voted one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine.

See plenty more on Michelle at the strangely named Michelle Yeoh Web Theatre.

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