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Authorities ask that climbers wear clothes when climbing

 

A teenager who climbed Mt Snowdon in just his underwear says he has no regrets – despite almost being hospitalised after reaching the summit.

Meanwhile, authorities ask that People planning to climb Snowdon Dress appropriately after a teenager developed hypothermia after hiking up the mountain in just his underwear.

An ambulance crew were called after 19-year-old Nathan French from Halewood in Merseyside completed the 1,085-metre climb of the highest mountain in Wales but became unwell at the summit.

French, who was dressed only in Superman underwear for the climb, was raising money for the Dementia UK charity in honour of his grandmother, who has the condition.

Emergency services were called to treat the student after became unwell while taking the train back down from the summit.

Paramedics discovered his blood sugar and blood pressure had dropped and he was beginning to suffer from hypothermia.

Miles Hill of Llanberis mountain rescue team said the outcome could have been much worse.

He said: “While we are sympathetic to his charity fundraising for a very worthy cause, we would question the planning and perseverance which went into his day on the hill.”

Hill said that, even at the height of summer, the summit of Snowdon could be 10C colder than Llanberis, the village at its base, even before any adverse weather is factored in.

Becky Takes On The BrotherHood

A Sikh lawmaker’s measured response to being heckled by a belligerent woman in Canada has impressed many. Jagmeet Singh was subjected to an aggressive and racist rant by a woman at a campaign event in Brampton, Ontario on Wednesday. He responded by saying: “We welcome you. We love you. We support you.” His supporters chanted “Love and Courage,” Mr Singh’s campaign slogan, as the woman repeatedly yelled at Mr Singh. A video of the exchange is viral.

Mr Singh is in the running to lead the left-leaning New Democratic Party, or NDP, Canada’s third largest party. A practicing Sikh, the 38-year-old politician sports a long beard, wears a turban and carries a kirpan.

In the video, a white woman aggressively invades Mr Singh’s personal space as he is getting ready to speak to a crowd of supporters during an event he calls a “JagMeet and Greet,” a community outreach programme and campaign event.

“We know you’re in bed with Sharia,” the woman, who identifies herself as “Jennifer,” begins angrily. “We know you’re in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Sharia is a system of laws in Islamic tradition. Mr Singh is, quite obviously, not Muslim.

As Mr Singh’s supporters try to calm her and keep her away from the politician, she gets even angrier and threatens to call the police.

Rather than addressing her directly, Mr Singh addresses the crowd saying: “We believe in love and courage… We don’t want to be intimidated by hate, we don’t want hatred to ruin a positive event… So let’s show people how to treat someone with love: We welcome you. We love you. We support you.”

His supporters chant “Jagmeet” and “Love and courage” and break into applause.

After ranting for a full four minutes, the woman finally storms off.

“You know growing up as a brown-skin, turbaned, bearded man that I’ve faced things like this before,” Mr Singh tells the crowd. “There’s going to be other obstacles that we’re going to face and we’re going to face them with love and courage.”

Brampton Focusa local news outlet, captured the entire exchange and posted a video of it on Facebook, where it has gone viral. The video has been watched over 4 lakh times and has been shared well over 3,000 times already.

Sometimes Becky Gotta Punch A Black Woman

Cheryl Tweedy’s spokesperson has responded to comments made by model Munroe Bergdorf about her removal from L’Oréal’s diversity-centric advertising campaign.

Munroe made headlines recently when she was fired by the beauty brand over comments she made about institutional racism, in the wake of last month’s Charlottesville protests.

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Munroe Bergdorf and Cheryl

Making an appearance on the BBC’s ‘Victoria Derbyshire’ show, Munroe called out L’Oréal for allowing Cheryl to continue as one of the faces of the campaign, given her assault on toilet attendant Sophie Amogbokpa in 2003.

“I shouldn’t be sacked for calling out racism when I was in a campaign that was meant to be championing diversity,” she said.

“Especially when I was speaking about the violence of white people, but they’ve got Cheryl Cole on the campaign and she was actively convicted for punching a black women in the face.”

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Following her comments, a representative for the former ‘X Factor’ judge issued a statement to OK! magazine, claiming Cheryl was “disappointed” to hear her name brought into the discussion.

 

“More than 14 years ago Cheryl was unanimously acquitted of a charge of racially aggravated assault,” they said.

 

“She is disappointed to find her name involved in Munroe Bergdorf’s media interview.”

 

While Cheryl was cleared of racially aggravated assault, she was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and was sentenced to sentenced to 120 hours of community service and ordered to pay her victim £500 in compensation.

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Cheryl outside court in 2003

In a statement following the court case, she said she was “thankful that the jury had accepted that this incident has nothing to do with race”.

“I’m not a racist, and anyone who knows me knows I would not say anything racist,” she added.

 

Last week, in response to being fired by L’Oréal, Munroe clarified her comments about systemic racism in a lengthy post on her Facebook, in which she insisted: “When I stated that ‘all white people are racist’, I was addressing that fact that western society as a whole, is a SYSTEM rooted in white supremacy – designed to benefit, prioritise and protect white people before anyone of any other race.

 

“Unknowingly, white people are SOCIALISED to be racist from birth onwards. It is not something genetic. No one is born racist.

“We also live in a society where men are SOCIALISED to be sexist. Women are SOCIALISED to be submissive. Gay people are SOCIALISED to be ashamed of their sexuality due to heterosexual people’s homophobia. Cisgender people are SOCIALISED to be transphobic.

 

“We do not need to be this way. We are not born this way and we can learn to reject it.”

Students Protest Becky With The BlackFace

Students refusing to sit finals after white girl posts blackface picture

It started after a white student wore a poncho on Cinco de Mayo

Students at UNH are refusing to sit finals after a scandal involving cultural appropriation, blackface, and death threats made to a sophomore.

The college has agreed to push back today’s and tomorrow’s exams amid protests over a white student who uploaded a picture of herself in blackface to Instagram.

The scandal began earlier this week, when a video circulated of a white student wearing a poncho on Cinco de Mayo, and sophomore Danique Montique took him to task.

She uploaded a status and a clip of her holding Mike to account (“I don’t care! I’m here to have fun” was his response), and was inundated with violent messages and death threats.

The latest twist came last night, when a picture was uploaded to Instagram from a white student at UNH in blackface. It was posted with an extract of her own status: “And I was forced to become the very thing society deemed me to be, angry.”

“It pissed me off,” Danique told The Tab. “It added fuel to my anger. If I was angry before, I’m pissed off now. It was infuriating but also not surprising. Instances like this and worse have happened to us students of color on campus. The other young lady in the video was spat on in the past but the student got away.”

Danique said she contacted the police to report the picture, she was met with clueless officers. “When we called the police about the pic,” she explained, “a direct quote of both responding officers was ‘what’s blackface?’ They didn’t even know what it was.”

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She added 50 students of color are protesting in the lounge across from the student who posted the picture on Instagram. “We’re refusing to go to finals,” she said. “We’re walking and demanding these students be held accountable.”

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finals week @ UNH students of color host a sit in because a student did black face & university refuses to do anything

Students are using the hashtags #ListenToDanique and #8PercentSpeaks (referring to the diversity of UNH) to publicize the protest.

A meeting with faculty is planned later today to discuss everything that’s happened. More to follow.

Maria Claudia Gimenez Wilson: White Nazi Woman Punching Muslims

A 39-year-old journalism student punched four Muslim women in unprovoked attacks in Sydney, Australia.

Maria Claudia Gimenez Wilson was charged with assaulting women aged 18-23, who were all wearing hijabs, as they walked near University of Technology, Sydney.

Hanan Merheb, one of Wilson’s alleged victims stated she was listening to some music and minding her own business when she was punched in the face.

“She didn’t speak to me, didn’t run away, she just punched me and walked off, as casually as if she had just come to say hello,” Merheb said on her Facebook page. She also said another woman in a hijab was punched moments before her and yet another one was attacked after her.

A UTS lecturer, Kais Al-Momani witnessed the entire incident and rushed to help one of the women. He also took a snapshot of the woman’s face to provide to the campus security.

Thankfully, the women were only slightly injured and the alleged assailant was caught soon after by the police.

However, what’s maddening is the fact, that like many other white perpetrators of hate crime, the woman appears to be mentally unstable.

A report by Justice Health nurse insists that Wilson had schizoaffective disorder and “appears to be suffering persecutory beliefs.”

Vanya Hampel, Wilson’s attorney, told the court that her client’s previous convictions had been dealt under the Mental Health Act and the latest charges of assaults will be dealt with similarly.

No credence was given to the fact that the woman’s Facebook account was filled with far-right and anti-Islam posts, according to Sydney Morning Herald.

Wilson also unabashedly told the police she was motivated by her hatred towards Muslims and while her attorney was pleading her case, she interrupted the proceedings claiming she was not unwell.

“The only thing I did was to take a bull cut [sic] to a Muslim lady. I don’t see any problem with that,” the woman announced proudly.

However, what her victim said was on point.

“My God don’t ask me if I think this was a race/religion thing. And don’t try to tell me she was mentally ill. Even if that is the case, honestly I don’t even care. Stop making excuses dammit,” wrote Merheb.

Becky’s “Art” Matters N’ Stuff

Toronto gallery cancels show after concerns artist ‘bastardizes’ Indigenous art

Non-Indigenous artist Amanda PL says she is inspired by the Woodlands style — and plans to continue her work

By Shanifa Nasser, CBC News

Amanda PL, a non-Indigenous artist, says she was inspired by the Woodlands style made famous by Norval Morrisseau, with a focus on nature, animals and Indigenous spirituality. (Martin Trainor/CBC)

Outrage over a Toronto artist borrowing from the style of an acclaimed Indigenous painter has prompted a gallery to cancel its plans for an upcoming exhibit.

Visions Gallery had planned to showcase the work of Amanda PL, 29, a local non-Indigenous artist who says she was inspired by the Woodlands style made famous in the ’60s by the Anishinabe artist Norval Morrisseau, who focussed on nature, animals, Indigenous spirituality and medicine.

But within hours of the gallery’s email announcement promoting the exhibit, there was a backlash, with people alleging that PL had appropriated Indigenous culture and art.

Chippewa artist Jay Soule was among those leading the charge. He argues PL blatantly copied Morrisseau with virtually no regard for the storytelling behind his work.

“What she’s doing is essentially cultural genocide, because she’s taking his stories and retelling them, which bastardizes it down the road. Other people will see her work and they’ll lose the connection between the real stories that are attached to it,” said Soule.

Artist surprised by reaction

PL said she first became inspired by the Woodlands style when she was living in Thunder Bay, Ont., studying to become a visual arts teacher and taking Native studies.

“I just tried to learn all I could about the Aboriginal culture, their teachings, their stories, and I’ve tried to capture the beauty of the art style and make it my own by drawing upon elements of nature within Canada that have meaning to me,” she told CBC Toronto in an interview Friday.

She was surprised by the reaction when her exhibit was announced, especially online.

“A lot of the Aboriginal people had issues with me not being native.… I feel like they think that I’m taking away from the culture, but really I’m not,” PL said.

“I think it’s a shame to say that an artist can’t create something because they’re not from that race,” she said.

“That’s like saying any other culture can’t touch something like abstract art unless you’re white, or you can’t touch cubism art.”

Artist’s background didn’t come up before exhibit

PL said she’s never intentionally led anyone to believe that she herself is Indigenous.

“I always tell people that I’m a Canadian artist,” she said.

‘Everyone here in Canada has to be aware of the history of how Indigenous people have been dealt with from the time of colonial settlements.’– Tony Magee, co-owner of Visions Gallery

Visions Gallery co-owner Tony Magee acknowledged PL didn’t misrepresent herself to him or his partner, artist Francisco Castro Lostalo, in their conversations ahead of the planned exhibit.

Magee said it never came up, and he didn’t think to ask whether she was Indigenous. “In retrospect, I wish that I had,” he said in a phone interview Friday.

It was only after the exhibit was announced on Monday that he learned PL was not Indigenous.

The first thing they did in response, he said, was reply with an apology to every single individual who wrote with concerns, noting that they hadn’t anticipated the issue.

‘Everyone here in Canada has to be aware of the history’

By Tuesday, they’d spoken to PL and offered her the chance to display another style of work, which she turned down. The gallery owners felt they had no choice but to cancel the exhibit.

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‘This is how I choose to express myself and this is how I choose to continue to paint,’ PL says. Above is an image from her Facebook page. (Amanda PL/Facebook)

Magee said that in his own opinion there is no debate about appropriating from Indigenous people.

“Yes it’s tricky, cultural issues and borrowing from different cultures — everybody has an opinion. But everyone here in Canada has to be aware of the history of how Indigenous people have been dealt with from the time of colonial settlements, and there is a specific perspective that we have to have with respect to that culture,” Magee said.

‘Our culture has been slammed down’

Soule shares that view.

His own work flips Indigenous stereotypes on their head in everything from sports teams to film — taking well-known movie posters and recasting them with titles like The Bride of Frankensioux and Tribe of Dracula. But Soule said borrowing from Indigenous people is a different case altogether.

That’s a point he sees reflected in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which affirms full protection over Indigenous Peoples’ intellectual property — ranging from oral stories to artwork.

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Chippewa artist Jay Soule says the artistic appropriation is a form of ‘cultural genocide.’ (CBC)

“Our livelihood and our culture has been slammed down for over 150 years,” said Soule.

Asked if she would consider no longer painting in the Woodlands style after reactions like that of Soule’s, PL said she will continue.

“This just happens to be the style that I’m drawn towards at this time. This is how I choose to express myself and this is how I choose to continue to paint,” PL said.

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Valerie Hoff of 11Alive Is Bout That “News Nigga”.

Veteran 11Alive reporter Valerie Hoff resigned today two weeks after she used the N-word.

“I was quoting something the gentleman said in a public tweet back to him in a private message but that doesn’t make it any less offensive,” Hoff wrote me in an exclusive message. “It was incredibly stupid and reckless. I was in the middle of a pressure-filled day trying to chase down the video of a man being beaten and kicked by two Gwinnett police officers, which this particular gentleman had posted on twitter. I repeatedly apologized and continue to do so. I also offered to resign immediately.”

Her boss John Deushane offered this message: “11Alive does not tolerate any form of racial insensitivity and aggressively enforces our standard policies. We acted promptly to address this situation. Valerie Hoff has chosen to resign and apologizes for her actions.11Alive is committed to treating the communities we serve with dignity and respect.”

“I look forward to being a stay-at-home mom,” Hoff added, “and working on my Food and Travel Blog, ValerieHoff.com this summer.”