American Indian headdresses are banned at San Francisco's Outside Lands music festival


American Indian headdresses are banned at San Francisco's Outside Lands music festival

American Indian headdresses have been banned at San Francisco's Outside Lands music festival, organizers have confirmed. 
The feathered head pieces, which have become a controversial fashion trend at music shows across the US, are on a list of items not allowed at the three day event. 
Organizers said in a statement to The San Francisco Chronicle they were banning the headdresses 'out of respect for Native American heritage and culture'. 

They added: 'We are committed to creating a safe, respectful and inclusive environment for all.'
Native Americans argue that tribal headdresses should only be worn by chiefs and warriors as a symbol of bravery and not by non-natives as fashion items or fancy dress. 

Festival goers are also banned from taking totems, according to an official list online. 
They will also be stopped from bringing in selfie sticks, fireworks and drones. Native American headdresses have been banned at San Francisco's Outside Lands music festival. The feathered head pieces, which have become a controversial fashion trend at music shows across the US, are on a list of items not allowed at the three day event
Native American headdresses have been banned at San Francisco's Outside Lands music festival. The feathered head pieces, which have become a controversial fashion trend at music shows across the US, are on a list of items not allowed at the three day event

Assistant professor of American Studies at Brown University Adrienne Keene first wrote about the issue in 2010, saying wearing them helps to 'promote stereotyping of Native cultures'.  
Keene said the items have 'have deep spiritual significance' and it is 'just like wearing blackface'.  
She tweeted following the news: 'Almost a decade since my first post about 'hipster headdresses' at music festivals, @sfoutsidelands has banned headdresses! I'll take it.'

Keene added: 'Though, @sfoutsidelands your statement has one of my biggest pet peeves: 'Out of respect for Native American heritage and culture, we do not allow headdresses at Outside Lands'...can anyone spot it?

'HeritageS. CultureS. Plural. More than one. There's no such thing as 'Native American Culture.' There are 570+ nations with their own cultures and traditions. Also only a few tribes wear warbonnets so you could even list them.

'Still glad though. Would have liked it in 2010 when it was still trendy, but grateful they took a stand. @coachella with their tipi village next, please.'  

They have become such controversial cultural and religious symbols that musicians Pharrell Williams and the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne apologized for wearing them as costume items.

And in 2015 traders were banned from selling them at the British Glastonbury music festival after a petition was presented to organizer Emily Eavis. Big Gigantic perform on the Sutro Stage during the 2018 Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park in 2018. Organizers said in a statement they were banning the headdresses 'out of respect for Native American heritage and culture'
Big Gigantic perform on the Sutro Stage during the 2018 Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park in 2018. Organizers said in a statement they were banning the headdresses 'out of respect for Native American heritage and culture'


It is understood Outside Lands Music festival, which will be held in Golden Gate Park from August 9 to 11, first banned the item last year. 
The music event will be headlined by Childish Gambino, Counting Crows and Paul Simon. 

In 2017, Keene called out two Coachella festival goers for wearing Native American headdresses.
One of those pictured wrote on Instagram: 'I want to genuinely apologize to anyone who has been upset about my headdress post at Coachella. I'm human and I admit there are many things I'm still unaware of. While the headdress I wore was beautiful and I wanted to highlight its beauty, I regret wearing it.' 


And in 2104 the Bass Coast Festival in Canada banned 'all feathered war bonnets' out of respect for 'the dignity of aboriginal people'. 
They said at the time: 'We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets.


'They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated. Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people.' 
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Daughter of Tetra Pak billionaire to marry at father's £12million home


Daughter of Tetra Pak billionaire to marry at father's £12million home

She's the scion of the Tetra Pak dynasty, separated from her parents Eva and Hans in childhood as they spiralled into a world of drugs.
But Lucy Rausing will put her father right at the centre of celebrations to mark her marriage next month.
I can reveal that Lucy, 24, will wed photographer Constantin Kirwan-Taylor on Saturday, September 7, at the tiny St Mary’s church overlooking Lasborough Park, her father’s £12 million pile near Tetbury, Gloucs.
The event comes seven years after Lucy’s mother Eva (pictured left with Hans in 2003, and right on their wedding day) was found dead following a drugs binge at the family’s £70 million Chelsea townhouse

Following the ceremony, guests will stroll to the 11th Century manor house for a dinner in a marquee and a fireworks display in the grounds.
The event comes seven years after Lucy’s mother Eva was found dead following a drugs binge at the family’s £70 million Chelsea townhouse.

Hans, who, like his 48-year-old wife, had become hooked on heroin and crack cocaine, failed to report her death for two months and was later given a suspended ten-month prison term for preventing the lawful and decent burial of a body. 

As the couple descended into drugs, Lucy and her three siblings were sent to live with Hans’s sister, Sigrid Rausing.Lucy, 24, will wed photographer Constantin Kirwan-Taylor (pictured together) on Saturday, September 7, at the tiny St Mary’s church overlooking Lasborough Park, her father’s £12 million pile near Tetbury, Gloucs
Lucy, 24, will wed photographer Constantin Kirwan-Taylor (pictured together) on Saturday, September 7, at the tiny St Mary’s church overlooking Lasborough Park, her father’s £12 million pile near Tetbury, Gloucs

Today Hans, 57, who is now clean and has remarried, is a philanthropist, giving money from his £6 billion packaging empire fortune to causes including Action On Addiction, which is supported by the Duchess of Cambridge. 

Indeed, the marriage celebrations are being organised by Alex Fitzgibbons, whose firm Fait Accompli oversaw the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding party. 
Neighbours say Lucy and Constantin, who live in London, have been regular visitors to Lasborough Park since her father moved there in 2014.

‘She had her 21st birthday party there,’ one said. ‘She has the right to get married on Lasborough because of her family connection. The banns have been read and everything is in order.’
Say what you like about Jeffrey Archer (and we’ve all had a go in the past), but at least the egotistical peer cares about good manners.

‘I went on the London Underground a couple of days ago and there were two young boys sitting in a packed carriage. A pregnant woman got on and they remained seated,’ rants the 79-year-old, right.

‘I actually wanted to throw them on the tracks, I got so angry with them. I was brought up by a mother who was very polite, and I come from a family where you stand up when a lady comes into the room. My sons stare at me in disbelief when I still do it.’
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Tlaib says Trump 'scared' of 'Squad'


Tlaib says Trump 'scared' of 'Squad'

Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibMichigan city declines to renew contract with ICE to hold detainees Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support MORE (D-Mich.) said in an interview published Sunday that she believes President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE is afraid of the "Squad" amid an ongoing feud between the president and the group of four Democratic congresswomen.
“It’s been very clear to me, especially this last week, that he’s scared of us,” Tlaib told The Guardian. “He’s afraid of women of color … because we’re not afraid of him and we’re not afraid to speak up and say that we have a white supremacist in the White House who has a hate agenda.
“He’s afraid because we have a real agenda for the American people,” Tlaib added.
“He can bring it,” Tlaib told The Guardian. “Because we actually have policies that came from the people. What he’s doing by choosing us four as his target is trying to distract folks from the fact that more people are living in poverty than ever, because he has failed as a president.”
Trump has continually attacked the "Squad" lawmakers, Tlaib and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: Dangers loom for Trump on immigration Students retreating from politics as campuses become progressive playgrounds Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTrump to return to North Carolina to stump for special election candidate Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support MORE (D-Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyFormer GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas NJ college censures trustee over posts targeting 'the squad' MORE (D-Mass.). 
Trump said in a tweet last month that legislators, who are all women of color, should "go back" where they came from. Democrats and a handful of Republicans slammed that remark as racist.
He also recently encouraged Israel to deny entry to Tlaib and Omar.
The president has moved to paint the freshman congresswoman as party leaders.
Shortly before the Israeli government announced that it would not admit Tlaib and Omar, Trump said in a tweet “Representatives Omar and Tlaib are the face of the Democrat Party, and they HATE Israel!.”
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Tour Championship: Fans injured by lightning strike at PGA Tour finale


Tour Championship: Fans injured by lightning strike at PGA Tour finale

Tour Championship in AtlantaLightning hit a tree on the course at the East Lake Golf Club
Four people have been injured after two lightning strikes at the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.
Play was suspended at 4.17pm local time because of thunderstorms in the area and at 4.45pm there were two lightning strikes close to the 15th green at East Lake Golf Club.

"A tree was hit and debris from that strike injured four people," a PGA Tour statement said.
The PGA Tour said an emergency medical team "tended to those fans and two others immediately and transported them from the property via ambulance for further medical attention".

The third round was suspended with play to resume on Sunday at 8am local time (13:00 BST).
American Justin Thomas was leading by one shot from Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and world number one Brooks Koepka when play was suspended.
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Britain will withhold $37 billion from EU in no-deal Brexit: Mail on Sunday


Britain will withhold $37 billion from EU in no-deal Brexit: Mail on Sunday

An EU flag and a British Union Jack flag are seen flying near the Houses of Parliament in London
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to tell European Union leaders he will withhold 30 billion pounds ($37 billion) from the Brexit divorce bill unless they agree to changes to the deal, the Mail on Sunday reported.

If Britain leaves the bloc without a trade deal, lawyers have concluded the government's will only have to pay the EU 9 billion pounds, rather than 39 billion pounds, the newspaper reported. This is because there will not be any of the costs associated with any transition period, the newspaper said.
Johnson's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Man, 25, has colony of bees settle on his backside while on his way to a garage


Man, 25, has colony of bees settle on his backside while on his way to a garage

A 25-year-old man got that buzzing feeling while he was travelling to a garage.
Looking down, Velelhu found a swarm of bees had gathered on his backside after their Queen landed there.
He had been driving through Nagaland, north-east India, when the insects congregated on his nether regions.
Unusual footage, taken on August 20, shows the busy insects hanging off the back of his jeans in a swarm. Velelhu, 25, got quite a shock when a swarm of bees decided to settle on his nether regions in Nagaland, India. Footage recorded on August 20 shows the swarming insects
Velelhu, 25, got quite a shock when a swarm of bees decided to settle on his nether regions in Nagaland, India. Footage recorded on August 20 shows the swarming insects
They are claimed to have been following their Queen when they landed. They removed her and put her in a jar to get the other bees to fly away
He bends forward to try to shift them, but they don't budge.
His passenger, who recorded the video, said: 'We were on the way to a garage when their Queen came flying to me to eventually rest on Velelhu's backside.
'Soon, scores of them joined her. After struggling a while he managed to grab the Queen and tore her wings a bit.
'He put her in a container and the rest of them soon flew into it.'
After removing the unwelcome residents, Velelhu locked himself in a car in case they came back.
The passenger mused afterwards: 'We were amused and lucky to capture the rare natural phenomenon'.  The Queen bee flew onto Velelhu as they were driving through the area on the way to a garage
The Queen bee flew onto Velelhu as they were driving through the area on the way to a garage
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Human chain across Hong Kong expresses solidarity and determination, say protesters


Human chain across Hong Kong expresses solidarity and determination, say protesters

Hong Kong (CNN) Protesters formed a human chain across Hong Kong Friday evening in a show of solidarity for the city's pro-democracy protest movement that continues to gain traction almost three months after it began.
The action was planned to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the "Baltic Way," a historically significant peaceful demonstration against Soviet occupation. On August 23, 1989, an estimated two million people formed a 600 kilometer (372 miles) long human chain across the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Starting from around 8 p.m. local time (8 a.m. ET), thousands of Hong Kong protesters began holding hands, forming chains along three subway lines to form the "Hong Kong Way."
In a flyer shared over social media, protesters said it is not intended to disrupt traffic or the public but is "an iconic move that reinforces Hong Kong's solidarity and determination in hope of making our voices heard on the international stage."
The human chain is one of several events planned in what will be the 12th consecutive weekend of protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.
On Saturday, protesters have planned a "stress test" of Hong Kong's international airport, which will involve traveling to the airport using all, and any, means available to them, to put pressure on airport transport and create a surge in traffic. Protesters have been urged by organizers to go as slow as possible to create maximum disruption.
However, a High Court order on Friday extended an injunction order prohibiting protesters from entering the airport.
Also planned are protests in Kwun Tong, in Kowloon, on Saturday and others in Tseun Wan and Kwai Ching districts on Sunday.
The protests this weekend are coming off the back of a massive demonstration on August 18 that attempted to restore peace after weeks of violence.
Organizers said 1.7 million protesters of all ages joined the march through the downtown areas, transforming much of the city center into a sea of slow moving umbrellas.
This week was one of the first peaceful weeks since the start of the protests but police say harassment has moved online
Speaking at a background briefing on Friday, several senior police officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that members of the police have been doxxed -- their private information including family photos, posted in chat rooms and on social media.
Calling the tactic "a kind of psychological war" police officials said they had arrested 16 people on suspicion of disclosing personal data without consent and causing harm, and unauthorized access to a computer.
"It's disturbing because a lot of people are leaking police information," one officer said. "There is an online radicalization now (to) the whole movement and that is worrying. In any country, this sounds like extremism. Not like a protest. This is not protest. This is not peaceful."
The protest movement, which began in June over a now-shelved extradition bill, has since expanded to include calls for greater democracy and government accountability.
Hong Kong's international image has suffered as a result of the ongoing protests, particularly disruption at the airport, and the government admitted last week that the economy is suffering.
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Boris Johnson Heads to Paris For Second Day of Fresh Brexit Talks


Boris Johnson Heads to Paris For Second Day of Fresh Brexit Talks

PARIS (AP) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson is likely to find little support for his drive to reopen Brexit negotiations when he meets with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, the second stop on his first European tour as leader of the British government.

Johnson was buoyed Wednesday by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who raised the possibility that a negotiated departure from the European Union may still be possible if Britain comes up with alternative plans for the Irish border within 30 days.

But Macron has already dampened expectations for his meeting with Johnson, saying renegotiating the Brexit deal is “not an option.”

Johnson is seeking concessions from the EU to win support in the British Parliament, which has already rejected three times the agreement negotiated by his predecessor.

“We must help the British deal with this internal democratic crisis, but we mustn’t be hostage to it nor export it,” Macron told reporters on Wednesday, referring to the British government’s struggle to honor the result of the 2016 referendum in which the country voted to leave the EU.

Johnson became prime minister last month when former Prime Minister Theresa May stepped down after failing to secure parliamentary approval for the withdrawal agreement she hammered out in more than two years of talks with EU leaders.

The primary sticking point is the so-called backstop, which would keep the U.K. closely aligned with the EU if the two sides can’t find another way to prevent the return of border checks on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The EU has twice delayed Britain’s departure date, which is now scheduled for Oct. 31. Johnson says Britain will leave the EU on that date, with or without an agreement, raising concerns about economic damage on both sides of the English Channel.

Speaking alongside Johnson on Wednesday in Berlin, Merkel indicated that an agreement might yet be reached, but she said it was up to Britain to offer a solution to the contentious Irish border issue.

“(We) might be able to find (a solution) in the next 30 days, why not?” Merkel told reporters.

Her comments marked a departure from the pessimism that has prevailed on both sides in recent months. While the EU has ruled out renegotiating the Brexit agreement, Johnson says the backstop must be scrapped.

Johnson welcomed the “blistering timetable” Merkel suggested, but appeared to acknowledge that the ball was now in Britain’s court to avert an economically devastating no-deal Brexit by proposing a viable solution to the Irish border issue.

“You rightly say the onus is on us to produce those solutions, those ideas, to show how we can address the issue of the Northern Irish border, and that is what we want to do,” he said.

The EU says the backstop is merely an insurance policy meant to avoid checkpoints between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which were a flashpoint for sectarian violence in the past, and won’t be needed if other solutions are found to regulate goods moving across the border.

But technological solutions have so far proved inadequate, and it is unclear what new proposals Johnson may offer.

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The best headphones for gaming for 2019


The best headphones for gaming for 2019

The best headphones for gaming might not scream gaming pedigree or gaming-focused design but there are some that prove themselves worthy alternative should you find yourself without access to one of the best gaming headset. Substitute players, if you will. While some will be wireless and require Bluetooth and its potential for audio latency, there is still some reliability and quality to be found in the best headphones for gaming. (The latency might not make them ideal for multiplayers particularly, but their overall sound quality should have you covered for single player games.)

Best gaming headset
Away from these studio audio-focused sets, these are our picks for the absolute best gaming headsets money  can buy right now.

In that case, look no further than the best headphones for gaming 2019 has to offer. Indeed, a high-end pair of headphones is usually more expensive than the traditional gaming headset. To give the Bluetooth connectivity the best chance, you might have to try your luck with a PCIe expansion card. Or settle for the simple approach, plugging your headphones into one of the many 3.5mm jacks that grace our PCs and connected peripherals. Despite the added cost, the best headphones for gaming can be used for so much more than playing games. Their ability to be your day-to-day set of headphones for the commute, movie watching and podcast listening means their versatility is very attractive. As we've said, some of these are without wires, but it's worth adding that there are some wireless gaming cans available and these can be found in our top picks for the best wireless gaming headsets.

1. Sony WH-1000XM3

The best headphones for gaming overall

Wireless: Yes | Speaker size: 40mm | Connectivity: Bluetooth, 3.5mm wired | Frequency response: 10Hz-40,000Hz | Features: Digital noise cancelling, Alexa compatibility, built-on touch controls, ambient sound function, USB-C fast charging, 30-hour battery life

Best-in-class noise cancelling

Extensive battery life

Bluetooth is dodgy

Admittedly, it's rare seeing a pair of headphones that truly shine in almost every regard. But with the WH-1000XM3's, Sony has created an indisputable winner, a categorically top-notch set of cans whose only shortcoming is the absence of 2.4GHz Wi-Fi connectivity, something we hardly ever see outside of the gaming market. They do have Bluetooth, though, so as long as you have a smart TV, an Nvidia Shield, a gaming laptop or a Bluetooth-capable motherboard, you should be set for the reclusive world of active noise cancelling. 

Unlike other noise cancelling headphones, the XM3's use a particularly silent QN1 HD noise cancelling processor. In our own testing, we found it was able to keep out most sounds, even on the crowded New York City subway. While the battery does take a hit as a result, you can take solace in the fact that the WH-1000XM3's last 30 hours fully charged. After 10 minutes of being plugged in via USB-C, Sony claims they can deliver pristine high fidelity sound over a five hour period. And, to top it all off, volume and playback commands are touch-based. Goodbye forever, inline controls.

No active noise cancelling

One the most common misconceptions I hear among haters is that headphones don't have built-in mics. Yet, even the inexpensive AKG Y50 BT has a mic built into the right ear cup, letting you to trash talk teammates and opponents alike as you play video games for enjoyment online. Given that it doesn't extend outward, the mic quality isn't the best, but you don't buy the AKG Y50BT's for their input quality. You buy them for their kickass audio out.

As they're made by the world-renowned AKG Acoustics, known primarily for its professional audio equipment used in radio stations and jazz clubs, the Y50BT's exhibit clear sound through their state-of-the-art 40mm sound drivers. Moreover, they offer a battery life upwards of 20 hours, lasting nearly as long as the Sony WH-1000XM3's, albeit for a fraction of the price. If you've ever wanted audiophile headphones without basically setting your wallet on fire, these are for you.

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Kia Seltos new TVC: Check it out


Kia Seltos new TVC: Check it out

Earlier today, South Korean automaker Kia Motors launched its first car for the Indian market in the form of the Seltos compact SUV. Popular Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff is the brand ambassador of the brand new SUV, which is targeted at buyers between 30-40 years of age. The Seltos’ prices start from Rs. 9.69 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, going all the way up to Rs. 15.99 lakhs for the top-end dual clutch automatic gearbox equipped turbo petrol engined model. The SUV competes with the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur/Duster, Maruti S-Cross and the Nissan Kicks. It’s larger than the Creta, whose next-generation model will use the same platform and engines when it launches next year. Meanwhile, Kia Motors has received over 30,000 pre-bookings for the SUV, and has already produced 5,000 units of the Seltos to meet demand. Deliveries have already commenced. Check out the latest TVC that Kia Motors has launched for the Seltos.

The Seltos is among the sportier compact SUVs sold in India. The top-end turbo petrol engined model uses a 1.4 liter-4 cylinder engine with 140 Bhp-242 Nm outputs. This motor gets 6 speed manual and 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearboxes. The automatic version of this SUV even gets multiple driving modes to vary the gear shift and steering responses, making the SUV more lively to drive.

The other engines available on the Seltos include a 1.5 liter turbocharged diesel with 115 Bhp-250 Nm and a 1.5 liter naturally aspirated petrol with 115 Bhp-142 Nm. The diesel engine is offered with 6 speed manual and torque converter automatic gearbox options while the petrol gets 5 speed manual and CVT automatic options. The Seltos is front wheel driven and Kia Motors has no plans to launch an all wheel drive version of the SUV in India although such an option is available in markets abroad.

6kia Seltos Petrol Diesel Review

The Seltos is available in a whopping 18 variants, and this could make it quite confusing for those seeking to bring this SUV home. To make things a little simpler for you, we’ve put together a story that details the various variants of this SUV, and the kinds of people who should buy them. The Seltos is quite luxurious, and boasts of features that are unseen in its segment, and at its price point. From an electric sunroof and a massive touchscreen infotainment panel to connected car features and ventilated seats, the Seltos is fully loaded in the top-end trims. Notably, the compact SUV is offered in the top-end, fully loaded trim even with turbo petrol automatic and diesel automatic trims. This will make it quite attractive to those who seek convenience along with a boat load of features, and is something that the competition does not offer.

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TV presenter punched live on air during protest

TV presenter punched live on air during protest

Video footage published by TV network ADM 40 shows reporter Juan Manuel Jimenez speaking to the camera as women yell at him during a march in Mexico City.

Mr Jimenez can be seen standing in the middle of the crowd as women throw glitter at him and a woman holding a young girl’s hand shouts into the reporter’s microphone.

As the reporter continues speaking to the camera, a man dressed in a white T-shirt and blue baseball cap walks up to him and punches him in the face before calmly walking away.

Mr Jimenez can be seen lying on the ground seemingly unconscious as protesters chase after his attacker.

At the beginning of the clip, shaky footage also shows another protester with their face covered who appears to grab the journalist and hit him in a separate incident.

In other footage shared on social media, news presenter Melissa del Pozo de Milenio of the Milenio Televisión network also appears to be attacked by protesters.

The journalist can be seen struggling with a woman dressed in black who has her face covered.

The camera then focuses on two women who appear to be stabbing a sign.

Demonstrators painted the word “rapists” on the wall of a nearby police station and phrases such as “they don’t take care of us” and “rape state” on Mexico City’s Angel of Independence monument.

The feminist protests were triggered by allegations that two teenage girls were raped by a group of policemen.Women march Mexico City on 16 August sparked by two alleged rapes by police (AP/Marco Ugarte)Women march Mexico City on 16 August sparked by two alleged rapes by police (AP/Marco Ugarte)

Women march Mexico City on 16 August sparked by two alleged rapes by police (AP/Marco Ugarte)

The demonstrations have become known as the “glitter protests” after marchers doused the city’s police chief in pink glitter.

Violence against women is a serious problem in Mexico.

Human Rights Watch says Mexican laws “do not adequately protect women and girls against domestic and sexual violence”.

A 2019 report said provisions in Mexican law, including those that make the severity of punishments for sexual offences contingent upon the supposed chastity of the victim, “contradict international standards”.

Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, the first woman elected to head the city’s government, tweeted that the attorney general’s office of the metropolis will investigate and bring charges against those who attacked journalists.

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/tv-presenter-punched-live-air-140937207.html

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Massive Bangladesh slum fire leaves 10,000 people homeless

Massive Bangladesh slum fire leaves 10,000 people homeless

At least 10,000 people were left homeless after a huge blaze destroyed most of a slum area of Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital.

The fire swept through the crowded slum of Mirpur and destroyed thousands of homes, most of them poorly constructed from rudimentary materials. 

Officials said that the fire broke out in the early hours of Saturday and left around 2,000 mostly tin shacks in smouldering ruins. The ultimate number of people without homes could rise as high 50,000.

“I could not salvage a single thing. I don’t know what I will do,” 58-year-old Abdul Hamid, who ran a tea stall inside the slum told the AFP news agency.People gather at a rooftop to watch the fire that broke out at a slum in Dhaka, - Credit: REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir HossainPeople gather at a rooftop to watch the fire that broke out at a slum in Dhaka, - Credit: REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

 

People gather at a rooftop to watch the fire that broke out at a slum in Dhaka

Many residents – largely low-income garment factory workers – were not in the slum as they had left their homes to celebrate the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday with their families.

“Otherwise, the damage would have been bigger,” police chief Golam Rabbani said.

Around 10,000 people have taken refuge in temporary shelters at nearby schools closed for the week-long holiday..

“We are providing them with food, water, mobile toilets, and electricity supply,” a city official, Shafiul Azam, said, adding that authorities were trying to find permanent accommodation.

Some families erected tarpaulins to shelter them from bouts of rain during the monsoon season, but the wet conditions have turned the fields muddy.Up to 50,000 people could be rendered homeless by the blaze - Credit: REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir HossainUp to 50,000 people could be rendered homeless by the blaze - Credit: REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

 

Up to 50,000 people could be rendered homeless by the blaze

Credit: REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

Fires are frequent in Dhaka, with many blaming poorly enforced safety measures. At least 100 people have been killed so far this year in fires across the densely populated city.

Some residents of Mirpur said they suspect the fire may have originated from a short circuit, or from a stove.

Shathi Akther said she rushed out from her home with two children when she saw the flames, the Dhaka Tribue reported. 

Her husband, Mohammed Shohag, a small trader, helped in getting them out, but himself was now missing.  

Saidur Rahman, a rickshaw puller, said he managed to escape the blaze. He lived with 10 other family members in the slum. 

"Everyone was in the same situation; nobody was able to come out with anything. We are poor people. I do not know what to do, or where to go," he added.

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Women Are ‘Four Times More Likely’ Than Men To Send Nudes And Sext

Women Are ‘Four Times More Likely’ Than Men To Send Nudes And Sext

Research conducted among students across the US found women are four times more likely than men to share nudes and sext in order to feel empowered, or to keep the recipient interested. 

Woman are four times more likely than men to send nudes to feel empowered

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The University of Arizona researcher looked into what motivates young people to send sexually explicit images of themselves over text and collected data from more than 1,000 college students, with an average age of 20, from seven US universities.Man texting on phone

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According to UA News, she asked the participants to describe the last time they sent a nude or semi-nude photograph of themselves to another person electronically and presented them with a list of 23 possible reasons as to why they sent the photograph.

The students could check as many or as few reasons as they wanted and in her analysis of the responses Johnstonbaugh found the odds were four times higher when it came to women saying they sent sexually explicit images in order to prevent the recipient from losing interest or from looking at images of others.Woman lying on bed

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Johnstonbaugh said the findings may point to a sexual double standard which could be disempowering for women, explaining:

The sexual double standard is this idea that’s perpetuated in society that men and women have different types of sexuality – that men have uncontrollable, voracious desires, whereas women are capable of making moral decisions and acting as the gatekeepers to sexual activity.

With this idea in mind, women may feel pressured to share images with their boyfriends in order to keep them interested or to please their appetite.

Woman more likely to sext to feel empowered

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However, in contrast the researcher also found women are four times more likely than men to send nude photographs in order to feel empowered. They are also twice as likely as men to say they sent sexually explicit images to boost their confidence.

Johnstonbaugh continued:

Women might find sexting to be really empowering because you can create a space where you feel safe expressing your sexuality and exploring your body.

Women were found to be somewhat conflicted with their responses as it was not uncommon for respondents to select both disempowering and empowering reasons for sexting.

The University of Arizona student said the clash highlights how women have more to gain from a potentially beneficial interaction when sexting, however they also have more to lose.Woman on phone

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She added further analysis was needed to better understand other possible motivations for sexting, as well as to shed light on which motivations might be more common for men.

Through the research, Johnstonbaugh aimed to provide a better understanding of sexting for those interested in reducing harmful sexting practices, to ‘disentangle the pressures young people are experiencing’ and shed light on the ‘potential benefits they might be hoping for’ when sexting.

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‘Gigantic’ Praying Mantis Hilariously ‘Terrorises’ New York City Train

As someone with a paralysing fear of bugs, the idea of a gigantic insect accompanying me on my commute home is less than desirable. 

New York City subway-goers endured my nightmare recently, when a massive praying mantis joined passengers for the ride.

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