Google rewrites sexual harassment policy after protests

Google is rewriting its policies on workplace sexual harassment following a staff walkout over its perceived failings to tackle abuses.
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Melania Trump Bowls in Victoria Beckham Amid Protests

SECOND DATE: Two rallies, an inflatable baby balloon and an unsolicited barrage started off President Donald Trump’s second-day U.K. tour in London.
The President’s visit sparked two protests in London: a Stop Trump Rally at Trafalgar Square and the Women’s March at Parliament Square, both taking place through Friday evening. The baby balloon — a 20-foot inflatable blimp of the U.S. President in a diaper — was commissioned by London mayor Sadiq Khan and has become the unofficial mascot of the rallies. It took flight early Friday afternoon and is set to fly across London, leading the demonstrations.
As for the barrage, it preceded Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May’s meeting at May’s country retreat at Chequers and included comments from Trump that May’s Brexit plan would “kill any trade deal with the U.S.” Trump made those comments in an interview with British tabloid The Sun and has since dismissed them as “fake news.” The two will discuss “substantive bilateral talks on a range of foreign policy issues,” as reported by Downing Street.

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Earlier in the day, the President arrived at Sandhurst, joined by May, where they observed a counterterrorism exercise. In the meantime, their spouses, Melania Trump and Philip May, visited the Royal Chelsea Hospital.
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Abercrombie & Fitch Highlights Improved Working Conditions in Bangladesh After Protests

In response to last weekend’s student-led demonstrations at 20-plus Abercrombie & Fitch stores, the company pointed to improved factory conditions.
Organized by the International Labor Rights Forum, United Students Against Sweatshops and Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union, Saturday’s National Day of Action was held as part of a Global Week of Action. The objective was to encourage brands sourcing apparel from Bangladesh to sign a legally binding workplace safety program together with two global unions — Industriall and UNI — and eight Bangladeshi unions.
Five years ago, following the Rana Plaza building collapse that killed 1,134 garment workers, Abercrombie & Fitch was among the first to sign the The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. However, Abercrombie & Fitch has not signed the renewal accord, despite urging from USAS. Executives at the company declined to say Monday whether they plan to. A company spokeswoman said via e-mail, “A&F Co. is committed to its clothes being made in safe work environments. We have a responsibility to our stakeholders to thoroughly evaluate the best options for continuing to drive meaningful safety improvements in the factories that produce our clothes. We are proud of the great strides our

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Residents of the neighborhood were offended by “bullet-hole” walls and 40 oz rosé.

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Photographs from ‘A Day Without Women’ and Women’s Protests Around the World

On International Women’s Day, women around the world are participating in “A Day Without Women,” a strike designed to show women’s impact on the global economy. One estimate by the Center for American Progress found that if every woman in the U.S. refused to work, it would cost the country $ 21 billion in GDP for a single day, or $ 7.6 trillion for an entire year.

Many of those who cannot take a day off of work are wearing red or patronizing only female-owned establishments. Organizers are asking men to care for children and support family-oriented policies at work. And in cities across America and the globe, women are rallying for equal pay and equal rights. Here are images from the protests and strikes.

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Yiannopoulos postpones book to include campus protests

NEW YORK (AP) — Life is happening fast for Milo Yiannopoulos, who has postponed his book from March to June so he can include the “craziness and rioting” that resulted from his planned appearances at a handful of West Coast campuses earlier this year.
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Dave Chappelle Hosts ‘S.N.L.’ and Addresses the Protests Against Trump

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Bill Cosby Met With Protests At Denver Show

Protesters descended on a Denver theater hosting a pair of Bill Cosby comedy performances on Saturday night, chanting “Turn back Cosby,” “Rape is not a joke,” in response to the numerous accusations of sexual assault by the embattled comedian.

Approximately 100 protesters chanted and brandished signs outside Buell Theater, which was hosting two performances by Cosby on Saturday night, the Associated Press reported. “Don’t drink the water,” some chanted, referencing the claims that Cosby drugged his alleged victims’ drinks. A brass band joined people holding signs critical of Cosby. Attendees of the performances were waved down with metal detectors by security guards. Before the 8 p.m. MT showing, police officers took positions near protesters outside the theater. No arrests were reported.

Despite the hectic setting, hundreds of ticket-holders turned out for the performances. Cosby was met with a standing ovation and he thanked the audience, Reuters reported.

Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred, who has been representing some of the women accusing Cosby, held a press conference before the shows with a Denver woman who said that Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1986, KUSA reported. Beth Ferrier, who was in her 20s at the time of the alleged incident, claimed Cosby drugged her coffee when he was visiting Denver, causing her to lose consciousness. She said she woke up “practically naked” in the back of her car. Ferrier had accused Cosby of assault before, in 2005 alleging that they had an affair in 1984, the Associated Press reported. Allred also led demonstration to the theater before the show.

The 77-year-old entertainer had performed the previous night in Pueblo to little protest and before a packed audience.

Cosby has been accused of sexually assaulting dozens of women over a span of several decades. For years, allegations against Cosby went with little notice. But over the past year, more and more women have come forward accusing the entertainer of sexual misconduct.

The accusations against Cosby escalated in the past week, as model Chloe Goins filed criminal charges against the comedian, alleging he drugged and sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008. Goins would be the first woman accusing Cosby of sexual assault whose case may fall within the statute of limitations, according to her attorney. Prior attempts to charge Cosby have been rejected, and Cosby has maintained his innocence.

Numerous Cosby performances have been cancelled or postponed as the controversy around him has grown.

Several of the shows that have not been cancelled have been interrupted by protests inside the venue and out, audience members at a Jan. 9 show in Canada shouting, “We believe the women!” Prior to his Colorado performances, Cosby issued a statement saying that the North American comedy tour would continue despite the backlash against him.

In addition to cancelled performances, institutions and media networks have cut ties with Cosby. On Friday, NBC announced that it would not work with him ever again.
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Panty Protests In Russia And Kazakhstan Sparked By Lace Lingerie Ban

MOSCOW (AP) — A trade ban on lacy lingerie has Russian consumers and their neighbors with their knickers in a twist.

The ban will outlaw any underwear containing less than 6 percent cotton from being imported, made, or sold in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. And it has struck a chord in societies where La Perla and Victoria’s Secret are panty paradises compared to Soviet-era cotton underwear, which was often about as flattering and shapely as drapery. On Sunday, 30 women protesters in Kazakhstan were arrested and thrown into police vans while wearing lace underwear on their heads and shouting “Freedom to panties!”

The ban in those three countries was first outlined in 2010 by the Eurasian Economic Commission, which regulates the customs union, and it won’t go into effect until July 1. But a consumer outcry against it already is reaching a fever pitch.

Photographs comparing sexy modern underwear to outdated, Soviet goods began spreading on Facebook and Twitter on Sunday, as women and men alike railed against the prospective changes.

“As a rule, lacy underwear … is literally snatched off the shelves,” said Alisa Sapardiyeva, the manager of a lingerie store in Moscow, DD-Shop, as she flicked through her colorful wares. “If you take that away again, the buyer is going to be the one who suffers the most.”

According to the Russian Textile Businesses Union, more than $ 4 billion worth of underwear is sold in Russia annually, and 80 percent of the goods sold are foreign made. Analysts have estimated that 90 percent of products would disappear from shelves, if the ban goes into effect this summer as planned.

The Eurasian Economic Commission declined to comment Monday, saying it was preparing to issue a statement about the underwear ban.

While consumer outrage may force customs union officials to compromise, many see the underwear ban as yet another example of the misguided economic policies that have become a trademark of many post-Soviet countries.

Sunday’s panty protest in Kazakhstan followed a larger demonstration the day before against a 19 percent devaluation of the country’s currency, the tenge.

Other people laughed off the panty ban, seeing it as yet another attempt to add regulations and controls to an already byzantine bureaucracy in the three countries.

“I think (the girls)… will still have the opportunity to wear it (synthetic underwear) whether you can buy it in Russia or not,” said 22-year-old Muscovite Trifon Gadzhikasimov, noting that most of his friends travel abroad regularly. “I think this is just another silly law that shows the ineffectiveness of our government.”

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Vitnija Saldava in Moscow contributed to this report.
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