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Wikipedia sets new rule to combat “toxic behaviour”

Wikipedia sets new rule to combat “toxic behaviour”

Technology
Wikipedia is to institute a new code of conduct to battle what the firm called "toxic behaviour" by some volunteers.The Wikimedia Foundation, the organisation that runs the site, voted on new measures that will be finalised by the end of the year.Wikipedia is written and updated by volunteers. Many, particularly women and members of the LGBTQ community, have complained of abuse and harassment from other editors.Wikimedia's board of trustees said maintaining civility was a core value."We must work together to create a safe, inclusive culture, where everyone feels welcome, that their contributions are valued, and that their perspective matters," said Katherine Maher, the chief executive officer of the Wikimedia Foundation."Our goal is all the world's knowle...
Palau is first country to ban ‘reef toxic’ sun cream

Palau is first country to ban ‘reef toxic’ sun cream

Science
The Pacific nation of Palau has become the first country to ban sun cream that is harmful to corals and sea life.From Wednesday, sun cream that includes common ingredients, including oxybenzone, is not allowed to be worn or sold in the country.Palau's President Tommy Remengesau said: "We have to live and respect the environment because the environment is the nest of life."The island nation markets itself as a "pristine paradise" for divers.A lagoon in Palau's Rock Islands is a Unesco World Heritage site. The country has a population of around 20,000 dotted across hundreds of islands.The ban - which was announced in 2018 - prohibits sun cream containing any of 10 ingredients. The list includes oxybenzone and octinoxate, which abso...
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital: Babies and mums died ‘amid toxic culture’

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital: Babies and mums died ‘amid toxic culture’

Health
Babies and mothers died amid a "toxic" culture at a hospital trust stretching back 40 years, a report has said.The catalogue of maternity care failings at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust are contained in a report leaked to The Independent. It reveals that some children were left disabled, staff got the names of some dead babies wrong and, in one case, referred to a child as "it".The trust apologised and said "a lot" had been done to address concerns.In 2017, then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced an investigation into avoidable baby deaths at the trust, which runs Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford's Princess Royal.It is being led by maternity expert Donna Ockenden, who authored the report for NHS Improvement. ...
Comedian Daniel Sloss gives toxic masculinity a ‘gut punch’ in ‘X’

Comedian Daniel Sloss gives toxic masculinity a ‘gut punch’ in ‘X’

Entertainment
Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Comedian Daniel Sloss' new HBO special, X, takes an unexpected turn into deeply serious territory in its final half hour, and the stand-up said there was a long period of time during which he "thought it would never work." X, which premieres Saturday on HBO, features about an hour of Sloss, 29, profanely joking his way through topics that include his young goddaughter's intelligence (or lack thereof), getting in touch with his emotions and unlearning behaviors associated with "toxic masculinity." The final third of the special finds the Scottish comedian getting deeply serious about his experience with a friend who was raped. Sloss told UPI in a recent interview that it wasn't long after the incident that he decided to talk about it in his stage show. "It was something th...
What happens when pop reunions turn toxic?

What happens when pop reunions turn toxic?

Entertainment
Producers, promoters and publishers turned down Melanie Blake's story The Thunder Girls for two decades because it's about four women in their 50s, the writer says. Now the tale of a former girl group is a book and sold-out play.Pop reunions are big business, but one thing fans are even more fascinated to see than their idols back on stage is how they really get on behind the scenes (or not). The response to the hilariously revealing Bros documentary proved that.Melanie Blake saw the truth about pop stars' personal relationships while working on Top of the Pops in the 1990s, as a journalist and then as an agent. She used to manage Bros's Luke Goss, as well as Steps' Claire Richards and Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp.While she was a...