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Ireland votes to liberalise divorce laws after referendum

Overwhelming majority for latest in series of reforms to modernise rules on divorceIreland has voted by an overwhelming majority to relax its constitutional restriction on divorce, results showed, the latest in a series of reforms to modernise the charter of the once devoutly Catholic nation.Eighty-two per cent of voters cast their ballots in favour of removing a provision requiring couples to live separately for four out of the previous five years before dissolving their marriage. Continue read...
Tags: Ireland, Divorce, Europe, Life and style, World news


Why I won’t be joining the queue at the top of Everest

A startling picture of overcrowding near the summit shows the peril of turning the mountain into a form of adventure tourismMountaineering is a physical pursuit demanding an affinity for suffering. Where it is cerebral is in its requirement of good judgment, most importantly in extreme situations when the mind is most clouded and consequences of bad decision-making tend to multiply.Considering risks requires being honest with yourself. At what climbers call the objective level, that involves ass...
Tags: Mount Everest, World news, Mountaineering, Nepal, Adventure travel, Travel, South and Central Asia, Life and style, Sport, Hobbies


How about the ‘pro-life’ lobby get behind these life-positive causes instead? | Hadley Freeman

Banning abortion isn’t the most effective place to start if you want to save livesIt’s always more fun to be on the winning side, and in the US right now there is no question that the pro-life side is – well, “killing it” seems like the wrong term, so let’s say it’s enjoying some triumphs. Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio have banned abortion from six to eight weeks into a pregnancy – before many women even know they’re pregnant – and last week, 25 men passed a law in Alabama ba...
Tags: Health, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Abortion


Dogs, a horse and a goat go to the polls – in pictures

Pets accompany their owners across the UK as the nation votes in the European elections Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, UK, Dogs, Pets, Life and style, UK News, World news, European elections


Prada announces it is to go fur-free

The Italian luxury fashion house is the latest to announce it will ban fur, starting with its SS20 collectionsThe Italian fashion house Prada has announced it will stop using fur in its collections. The ban will come into effect this September for its spring/summer 2020 women’s collections, although items that have already been made will continue to be sold.The move has come about in collaboration with the Fur Free Alliance, an international coalition of more than 40 animal protection organisati...
Tags: Business, Fashion, Life and style, World news, Retail industry, Animal Welfare, Prada, fashion house Prada


Women's brains work better in warmer offices, study finds

Researchers say workplaces may be able to increase productivity by setting thermostat higher Scientists have raised the stakes in the battle of the sexes over office air conditioning by discovering women’s brains work better at higher temperatures.Men, on the other hand, work better when the temperature is cooler, according to a study published in the journal PLOS One. Continue reading...
Tags: Gender, Life and style, World news, Australia news, Work & careers


'I even loved his Twankey': Dench, Hopkins, Mirren and more on Ian McKellen at 80

Wild parties, stunning performances, silhouette erections and marrying Patrick Stewart twice. As the actor turns 80, friends including Derek Jacobi, Janet Suzman, Michael Sheen, Bill Condon and Stephen Fry pay tributeIan has been been very important in my life, even before we became good friends. When I was young teen I remember watching Walter on the TV and being hugely affected by it. Then at Rada in the early 90s, I finally saw him live, in Richard III at the National. I was blown away. I rem...
Tags: Comedy, Activism, Celebrity, Film, Theatre, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Television & radio, Sexuality, Stage, LGBT rights, Stephen Fry, Judi Dench


How Stockholm became the city of work-life balance

With flexible hours the norm, and almost two years’ parental leave for every child, Sweden’s capital boasts a happy and efficient workforce. What can other cities learn?It is 3.30pm, and the first workers begin to trickle out of the curved glass headquarters of the Stockholm IT giant Ericsson.John Langared, a 30-year-old programmer, is hurrying to pick up his daughter from school. He has her at home every other week, so tends to alternate short hours one week with long hours the next. Continue r...
Tags: Europe, Family, Money, Sweden, Children, Life and style, Society, World news, Childcare, Cities, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Ericsson John Langared


How Stockholm became the city of work-life balance | Richard Orange

With flexible hours the norm, and almost two years’ parental leave for every child, Sweden’s capital boasts a happy and efficient workforce. What can other cities learn?It is 3.30pm, and the first workers begin to trickle out of the curved glass headquarters of the Stockholm IT giant Ericsson.John Langared, a 30-year-old programmer, is hurrying to pick up his daughter from school. He has her at home every other week, so tends to alternate short hours one week with long hours the next. Continue r...
Tags: Europe, Family, Money, Sweden, Children, Life and style, Society, World news, Childcare, Cities, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Richard Orange, Ericsson John Langared


From bleak to bustling: how one French town solved its high street crisis

Mulhouse has turned around its image and now boasts more shops opening than closing, thanks to smart planning, investment and community effortsOn a lane in what was once considered eastern France’s grimmest town, a street artist is up a ladder finishing a mural, the independent bookshop has a queue at the till, the organic cooperative is full of customers and Séverine Liebold’s arty independent tea shop is doing a brisk trade.When Liebold opened Tilvist in Mulhouse three years ago, in a space th...
Tags: Europe, Business, France, Life and style, World news, Retail industry, Cities, Shops and shopping


From bleak to bustling: how one French town beat the high street blues

Mulhouse has turned around its image and now boasts more shops opening than closing, thanks to smart planning, investment and community effortsOn a lane in what was once considered eastern France’s grimmest town, a street artist is up a ladder finishing a mural, the independent bookshop has a queue at the till, the organic cooperative is full of customers and Séverine Liebold’s arty independent tea shop is doing a brisk trade.When Liebold opened Tilvist in Mulhouse three years ago, in a space th...
Tags: Europe, Business, France, Life and style, World news, Retail industry, Cities, Shops and shopping


Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West name fourth child Psalm

Reality TV star and musician ‘blessed beyond measure’ with arrival of baby boyKim Kardashian West and her husband, the musician Kanye West, have named their new child Psalm after its recent birth via surrogate.Kardashian West posted a picture of the boy on social media with the caption “Psalm West”. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Reality TV, Celebrity, Life and style, World news, US news, Kanye West, Culture, Television & radio, Kim Kardashian West, Kardashian West


US more anti-abortion than other developed countries - global poll

America on a par with India and Turkey, with almost half finding abortion unacceptableThe US is much more hostile to abortion than other countries in the developed world, with more Americans opposed to terminations than supportive, according to a survey of 23 of the world’s biggest countries.The YouGov-Cambridge Globalism survey, which was conducted before this week’s move in Alabama to impose the strictest abortion legislation anywhere in the US, found 46% of Americans said abortion was unaccep...
Tags: Health, India, Women, US, Alabama, America, Life and style, Society, World news, Turkey, US news, Global development, Abortion, Reproductive Rights, Reproductive rights (developing countries, YouGov Cambridge Globalism


Behind the bloodshed: the chilling untold stories about Charles Manson

Tarantino’s epic is the big draw at Cannes. But there are other Manson movies around – including one about what ultimately happened to the young women who fell under the murderer’s spell Over the last half century, one villain has loomed large over Hollywood. The gruesome murders committed by Charles Manson and his followers in the summer of 1969 have filled countless films and documentaries about stardom and the debaucheries of the 1960s. But his malign influence extends far beyond the screen. ...
Tags: Hollywood, Television, Media, Celebrity, Film, California, Drugs, Los Angeles, Life and style, Society, World news, US news, Culture, Television & radio, Leonardo Dicaprio, US crime


Cannes 2019: jury speaks out against 'rage and anger' of populist politicians

Jury president Alejandro González Iñárritu takes aim at Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policiesA familiar trio of topics – Netflix, gender disparity and Donald Trump – were on the agenda as the this year’s Cannes film festival got under way.At the press conference introducing this year’s festival jury, its president, Birdman and The Revenant director Alejandro González Iñárritu, took aim at Trump and offered support to theatre chains battling the dominance of the streaming service. Another jury m...
Tags: Europe, Business, Media, Film, France, Women, Life and style, World news, Film Industry, US news, Happy, Netflix, Culture, Festivals, US immigration, Cannes film festival


Boards not borders: Gaza youth skate in search of fun – in pictures

Calling themselves the Gaza skate team, a group of young Palestinians get together to skate and rollerblade amid deprivation and high security Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Africa, Israel, Life and style, World news, Cities, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Palestinian territories, Art and design, Gaza, Skateboarding, Hamas


A cold-water cure? My weekend with the ‘Ice Man’

Wim Hof claims cold-water immersion can help fight modern diseases. As outdoor swimming becomes ever more popular in the UK, photojournalist Jonny Weeks joined him for a weekend to experience it firsthand“Look at this beautiful tree. An oak, Quercus robur. It’s yelling at us, ‘Helloooo!’” says Wim Hof, the doyen of cold endurance stunts, as we head across Hampstead Heath, north London, for a swim in one of the ponds.Soon he’s catapulting himself into a gaping hole in its trunk, peeping out excit...
Tags: Psychology, UK, Science, London, Fitness, Life and style, UK News, World news, Health & wellbeing, Swimming, Hampstead Heath, Wim Hof, Jonny Weeks


Viard’s first show as Lagerfeld successor marks new era for Chanel

After 30 years at the highest level of fashion, Virginie Viard makes debut as solo designer“Complacency,” designer Karl Lagerfeld once said, “is the beginning of the end.” Three months after his death, this spirit lives on at Chanel. The house has sprung out of mourning and back into action, transforming the Grand Palais in Paris into a Belle Époque railway station for the first collection by Lagerfeld’s successor, Virginie Viard. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, France, Life and style, World news, Paris, Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel, Belle Epoque, Lagerfeld, Grand Palais, Viard, Virginie Viard


Halima Aden becomes first model to wear a burkini in Sports Illustrated

Born in a Kenyan refugee camp, the Muslim Somali-American model returned to her birth country for historic photoshoot Somali-American model Halima Aden has become the first Muslim model to appear in Sports Illustrated magazine wearing a hijab and burkini. She appeared in the swimsuit edition, out in May, wearing a number of different colourful burkinis.The model told the BBC: “Young girls who wear a hijab should have women they look up to in any and every industry. Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Media, Religion, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Bbc, Magazines, Islam, Sports Illustrated, Halima Aden


Paolo Di Paolo's Italy in the 1950s and 60s – in pictures

The Paolo Di Paolo: Lost World exhibition presents more than 250 largely unseen images from the photographer’s archive. Di Paolo chronicled life in his country as an economic boom followed the destruction of the second world war. Although those were the years of la dolce vita he was an anti-paparazzo – he shunned the salacious and respected his subjects. The exhibition is at MAXXI in Rome until 30 June Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Photography, Celebrity, Film, Life and style, World news, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Maxxi, Di Paolo, Paolo Di Paolo


Trieste half-marathon backtracks on exclusion of Africans

Organisers invited only Europeans to draw attention to exploitation of African athletesThe organisers of a half-marathon in the northern Italian city of Trieste have backtracked on their decision to exclude African athletes from the race following accusations of racism.“After launching a provocation that hit a nerve, drawing great attention to a fundamental issue, contrary to what was communicated yesterday, we will also invite African athletes,” Fabio Carini, the manager of the Trieste Running ...
Tags: Europe, Sport, Life and style, World news, Italy, Athletics, Marathon Running


Wife-tracking apps are one sign of Saudi Arabia’s vile regime. Others include crucifixion | Catherine Bennett

Treating women as chattels and executing 37 of its citizens are of a piece for a sick stateCredit where it’s due. The Saudi Absher app, just described as “inhuman” by two clearly terrified Saudi refugees, also has some fabulous user reviews on its supplier websites, Apple and Google Play.To read the surge of five-star tributes placed after the app’s invaluable contribution to human enslavement was widely exposed earlier in the year is to understand that, aside from adding value to Apple and Goog...
Tags: Apple, Google, Apps, Technology, Saudi Arabia, Women, Life and style, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Computing, Global development, Alphabet, Women's rights and gender equality


And all who sail in … it? The language row over 'female' ships

The Royal Navy is committed to the tradition, but academics say it could betray a patriarchal viewAnachronistic and patronising, or benign nautical tradition? The appropriateness of referring to ships as “she” has been challenged by the Scottish Maritime Museum’s decision this week to adopt gender-neutral signage for its vessels.The move has provoked debate over when, if ever, it is acceptable to use the feminine pronoun for inanimate things. Continue reading...
Tags: Scotland, Women, Life and style, UK News, World news, Military, Feminism, Royal Navy, Water transport, Scottish Maritime Museum


How I learned to love my afro hair: ‘I went from tolerating it to enjoying it’

Growing up mixed race in Ireland, I longed for sleek, straight locks, and spent years having treatments that burned my scalp. That horrifies me nowI remember being 13 and sleeping over at a friend’s house. I use the term “friend” loosely because, years later, I realised that most of these girls were never really my friends. Making her bed in the morning, my host reached down and plucked something from the pillow.“Ugh, ugh, ugh! Gross!” she shrieked. Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Race, Women, Life and style, World news, Ireland, Beauty, Women's Hair


Experience: I was crushed by an elephant

Before I could register the danger, I felt a massive weight on my ribcage. It felt like a truck was driving over meAs my 70th birthday approached, I decided to make a start on my bucket list and booked a two-week adventure volunteering at a Thai elephant sanctuary. I remembered a magical encounter years ago with an elephant in Kerala: at the end of the day, she had laid down to rest and let me clamber over her, scrubbing her clean with a coconut shell. Elephants are extraordinary creatures; I’m ...
Tags: Animals, Environment, Life and style, World news, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Conservation, Kerala


Hypocrisy without borders: the pomposity of Ivanka Trump’s trip to Africa | Arwa Mahdawi

The first daughter is visiting Ethiopia and Ivory Coast to promote women’s rights – yet she stays silent while her father’s administration stifles female empowermentWe don’t deserve Saint Ivanka, we really don’t. Nobody asked Donald Trump’s favourite child to devote her life to empowering women, she just knew it had to be done. Nobody elected her to serve in the US government, but she took a senior role in her father’s administration anyway. And not content with simply empowering the women of th...
Tags: Health, Florida, Africa, Women, US, Life and style, World news, Global development, Ethiopia, Abortion, Ivory Coast, Donald Trump, Arwa Mahdawi, Ivanka, Ivanka Trump


‘It’s not just a wolf whistle’: how catcalls became anti-harassment street art

With teenage girls a particular target of street harassment, Farah Benis is on a mission to document incidents and raise awarenessCatcallsofLdn is an Instagram account that raises awareness about street harassment using chalk art. Inspired by and working with @catcallsofnyc, founder Farah Benis collects submissions from the public then chalks them onto the pavement in the place where they happened. The hope is that chalking, documenting and sharing images of the words will help to raise awarenes...
Tags: Children, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Cities, Sexual Harassment, Farah Benis


Undercover: female football fans in Iran

For nearly 40 years, Iranian women have been banned from watching stadium football matches. The photographer Forough Alaei, a World Press Photo winner in the sports category for her Crying for Freedom series, describes following the story of Zeinab, one of the first women to disguise herself as a man to watch matchesIt takes Zeinab about 15 hours to travel from Ahvaz to Tehran by train to watch Persepolis, her favourite football club. Since the Islamic revolution of 1979, women have been banned ...
Tags: Women, Football, Sport, Life and style, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Tehran, Zeinab, Ahvaz, Forough Alaei


The Bedouin women breaking new ground – in pictures

Four Bedouin women are leading tours in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, breaking new ground in a deeply conservative community where women almost never work outside the home or interact with outsiders. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Women, Life and style, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Sinai Peninsula


Penny Mordaunt says UK will defend abortion rights amid global pushback

Development secretary vows government will ‘hold a strong line’, after attempts by Trump administration to weaken commitmentsBritain’s international development secretary has promised to stand firm in her support for abortion rights in the face of growing opposition.Speaking at an event hosted by the Canadian embassy on Monday, Penny Mordaunt said: “Leadership means not shying away from issues like safe abortion when the evidence shows us these services will save women’s lives.” Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Gender, UK, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Global development, Abortion, Trump, Penny Mordaunt, Department for International Development (DfID, Global gag rule, Women's rights and gender equality



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