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'Shocking' level of sexual harassment at music festivals

'Shocking' level of sexual harassment at music festivals

Entertainment
Nearly half of female festival goers (43%) under 40 say they have faced unwanted sexual behaviour at a music festival, a new survey suggests.Overall, 22% of all festival goers have faced assault or harassment, rising to 30% of women overall.The most common forms were unwelcome and forceful dancing and verbal sexualised harassment.YouGov surveyed 1,188 festival goers. The poll also suggested only 2% of such incidents were reported to police.Earlier this year, separate data released in the Crime Survey for England and Wales in February showed more than 80% of victims of sexual assault did not report it to police.Those statistics also revealed that one in five women had experienced some form of sexual assault since they turned 16.Th...
'Shocking' human impact reported on world's protected areas

'Shocking' human impact reported on world's protected areas

Science
One third of the world's protected lands are being degraded by human activities and are not fit for purpose, according to a new study.Six million sq km of forests, parks and conservation areas are under "intense human pressure" from mining, logging and farming.Countries rich and poor, are quick to designate protected areas but fail to follow up with funding and enforcement. This is why biodiversity in still in catastrophic decline, the authors say. Global efforts to care for our natural heritage by creating protected zones have, in general, been a huge conservation success story. Since the Convention on Biological Diversity was ratified in 1992, the areas under protect...
'Offensive,' 'shocking,' 'shameful': World leaders blast Trump's 's—hole' remarks

'Offensive,' 'shocking,' 'shameful': World leaders blast Trump's 's—hole' remarks

World
World condemnation came quickly today after President Donald Trump's remarks calling Haiti and other African countries "s---hole countries" Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, characterized the remarks as "racist." "This isn't just a story about vulgar language, it's about opening the door to humanity's worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia," he told reporters at a briefing in Geneva Friday. "If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States." In an Oval Office meeting at the White House Thursday, Trump grew frustrated at a proposed bipartisan immigration plan that would scale back the visa lottery program, but not eliminate it, asking those in the...