Your period-tracking app could be sharing intimate details with all of Facebook

Womens health apps are again raising concerns of privacy as a new study finds some are sharing information without consent Sign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newsletter on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. Surveillance is a feminist issue When was the last time you had sex? For most of us, that isnt information wed like to share with just anybody. However, if youre using a period-tracking app, theres a decent chance Facebook knows all about your sex life. A encouraging its employees to use family-planning apps. These apps then shared user information with the company so it could keep track of how many of its employees were trying to get pregnant. And Ms Monopoly: The first game …

Iranian female football fan who self-immolated outside court dies

Death of Sahar Khodayari, facing prison for trying to enter stadium, provokes outcry An Iranian female football fan has died a week after setting herself on fire outside a courtroom, after learning she may face six months in prison for trying to enter a stadium, a news agency reported on Tuesday. Sahar Khodayaris death immediately ignited an outcry in Iran, where women are say these instances have been publicity stunts and that little is being done to dismantle the unofficial ban. Infantino gave the Iranian government a deadline of 15 July to lay out what steps were being taken to ensure women could attended qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup that will be held in the country from October. Whilst …

Why The Third Man is an essential primer for no-deal Brexit

As the classic noir gets a 70th anniversary re-release, its hard to ignore the parallels between a shattered postwar Vienna teeming with spivs and the future the Brexiters have in mind What perfect timing for The Third Man to step back out of the shadows. Often hailed as the finest film Britain ever made, a 70th anniversary re-release will see it return to cinemas with the government much in the market for symbols of national grandeur. While Boris Johnson has named his favourite film as Dodgeball for once, eerily believable as the great British breakdown goes on it is easy to imagine him waving a tiny Union Jack at Carol Reeds majestic noir. It is true, of course, that there …

Hong Kong’s leader withdraws extradition bill that ignited mass protests

Chief executive did not concede to other demands including an inquiry into police violence Hong Kongs leader, Carrie Lam, has said her government will formally withdraw an extradition bill that has ignited months of protests and plunged the territory into its biggest political crisis in decades. In a five-minute televised address on Wednesday, Lam said her government would formally withdraw the controversial bill to fully allay public concerns. The bill, which would have allowed the extradition of suspects to China to be tried under the mainlands opaque judicial system, prompted the start of mass protests in June that have led to police and the arrest of more than 1,000 people. Our citizens, police and reporters have been injured during violent …

My daughter was raised during the siege of Aleppo. I had to make a film for her

For Sama, a new documentary from award winning Syrian journalist Waad al-Kateab has won global acclaim The camera focuses on Samas face. She is the sweetest baby and looks, at first glance, as though her life might be ordinary. Her eyes are a transitory newborn colour, greyish green, waiting to turn brown. Her gold earrings look over-large in her tiny ears. Sama means sky in Arabic a sky, as her mother imagines it, where no bombs fall, with ordinary clouds and sunshine. So far, this is footage that could be the work of any doting parent, but Samas mother is journalist Waad al-Kateab and this is her documentary For Sama, filmed during the Syrian war. In the film al-Kateab sings …

‘Ecological grief’: Greenland residents traumatised by climate emergency

Islanders are struggling to reconcile impact of global heating with traditional way of life, survey finds The climate crisis is causing unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety to people in Greenland who are struggling to reconcile the traumatic impact of heating with their traditional way of life. The first ever national survey examining the human impact of the climate emergency, revealed in the Guardian on Monday, shows that more than 90% of islanders interviewed fully accept that crisis is happening, with a further 76% claiming to have personally experienced global heating in their daily lives, from coping with dangerous sea ice journeys to having sled dogs euthanised for economic reasons tied to shorter winters. Original Article : HERE ;

A town of love and peace: El Pasoans support each other in wake of attack

A community, united on both sides of the border, is shocked by the hatred that spurred a mass shooting event I know this kind of thing happened in other places, but it could not happen in El Paso because everyone here is very caring. It was shocking to me and the rest, said Kevin Guerrero, 24, a hospital emergency room team leader standing at the improvised memorial for the victims of the El Paso shooting. The shooting at a Walmart that killed 22 has shocked a town known for its friendliness and concern for others. What happened is unprecedented, said Eliot Shapleigh, 66, a lawyer and former state senator. Its a tragedy of historic proportions. Were a town of love …

The culture cure: how prescription art is lifting people out of depression| Helen Russell

From singing in a group to being read to in a library, participation in the arts is having amazing results among a pilot group, says journalist Helen Russell In a whitewashed studio in northern Denmark, 11 unemployed strangers are embarking on a hearty rendition of Yellow Submarine. Jonas Thryse is not one of them. At least, not yet. The 36-year-old has agoraphobia, rarely leaves the house and cant think of anything worse than a group singalong. And yet by the second chorus he is putty in the choirmasters hands. I swore Id just stand at the back and listen, he says. But the mood was infectious. Out of work and in his second year of sick leave because of anxiety …

House of pain: who are the Sacklers under fire in lawsuits over opioids?

The Sackler name graced some of the worlds top museums and universities. But now key family members are being sued over the US opioid crisis and their wealth and reputation are under threat Eight members of the billionaire that eight people in a single family made the choices that caused much of the US deadly, deceptive illegal scheme. The family have long been lauded in philanthropy circles, and the Sackler name adorns top British and American museums, galleries and universities. But now their narcotics fortune, chiefly distributed via family foundations and trusts, is being growing number of people, and despite strenuous denials of wrongdoing, their reputations and vast wealth are under threat. They are responsible for addiction, overdose and death …

Greta Thunberg to sail across Atlantic for UN climate summits

Teenage activist to travel to US on racing yacht to cut environmental impact of travel Greta Thunberg is to sail across the Atlantic in a high-speed racing yacht next month to attend UN climate summits in the US and Chile as part of a sabbatical year the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist will spend in the US. Good news! Ill be joining the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, COP25 in Santiago Ive been offered a ride on the 60ft racing boat Malizia II. Well be sailing across the Atlantic Ocean from the UK to NYC in mid August, said in June she would be taking a year off school to attend the summits, on 23 September in New York …

100m bacteria a day keep the doctor away, apple research suggests

Study finds organic apples have more diverse and balanced bacterial community The impact of an apple a day in keeping the doctor away may be partly down to the beneficial bacteria it carries and their subsequent colonisation of your gut, according to scientists. A study has found that a typical apple carries more than 100m bacteria. Some of these microbes are important in maintaining a published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology.

More than 40 Swiss military staff hit with vomiting bug

Four critical after members of academy in central Switzerland suddenly suffer acute gastrointestinal problems More than 40 military staff and recruits at an academy in central Switzerland were sent to hospital on Thursday after they suddenly fell violently ill, the government said. The Swiss defence department said that on Thursday afternoon, 43 recruits and members of the Jassbach academy in Linden, in Bern canton, suddenly suffered from acute gastrointestinal problems, with diarrhoea and vomiting. As a result, all 43 service members were sent by ambulance and helicopter to hospitals and military medical facilities, the department said. An army spokesman told the ATS news agency that four of those affected were in a critical condition. The authorities were still trying to …

Toxic caterpillars spark health scare across Germany

People suffer rashes and breathing difficulties as warm weather brings infestation Marauding caterpillars with toxic hairs have brought parts of Germany to a standstill, leading to closures of swimming pools, restaurants, public parks and sections of the motorway. Oak processionary moth caterpillars, named after the nose-to-tail processions they form to travel between the oak trees they devour, have fine, long hairs with an irritating toxin that can cause blistering rashes, feverish dizzy spells and asthma attacks. For years, the caterpillar used to be a relatively rare sight in Germany, found only in isolated areas of woodland. But following a this years mild spring and warm, dry summer, the oak processionarys nests have been found in large numbers all over the …

Deep-sea mining to turn oceans into new industrial frontier

Greenpeace report reveals 29 floor-exploration licences have been granted worldwide The worlds oceans are facing a new industrial frontier from a fledgling deep-sea mining industry as companies line up to extract metals and minerals from some of the most important ecosystems on the planet, a report has found. by Greenpeace revealed that although no mining had started on the ocean floor, 29 exploration licences had been issued covering an area five times bigger than the UK. Environmentalists said the proposed mining would threaten not only crucial ecosystems but the global fight against climate breakdown. Louisa Casson, an ocean campaigner at Greenpeace, said: The health of our oceans is closely linked to our own survival. Unless we act now to protect …

‘I’ve seen terrible, terrible violence’: cocaine and meth fuel crime and chaos in Fiji

The Pacific island nation best known as a holiday destination is grappling with a growing drug problem In the early hours of a Saturday morning in the city of Nadi, on the west coast of Fijis main island, Isaiah* is sitting in a Burger King drinking Fanta through a straw and explaining how he became a drug dealer. He started five years ago, aged 13, selling cigarettes and marijuana. Now he sells cocaine and methamphetamines. My family were selling drugs in Suva, he says. They said there would be a time when me and my cousins would take over. We start training, training, training. Isaiah inhabits Fijis underbelly, far removed from the tourist trail of white sand beaches dotted with …

William Happer: Trump aide pushing climate denial inside the White House

The physicist, 79, has a seat on the National Security Council and thinks the science that proves global heating is wrong By the early 1990s, the man now dubbed the chief climate change skeptic in Donald Trumps White House had already decided he was uneasy with the science that showed humans were heating the planet. William Happer, the former Princeton physicist now on Trumps National Security Council, was then in charge of energy research under George HW Bush. He asked experts at the Department of Energy to discuss their work with him and was displeased with the attitude he sensed from a climate researcher, according to a story recalled by two of his colleagues. They were not just defensive; they …