When you go out dancing on your birthday, the last thing you expect is to be degraded for the way you look.
On the hidden camera show What Would You Do?, a woman is trying to celebrate her birthday by going out to her favorite nightclub with her friends but gets denied at the door by the overly aggressive and critical bouncer.
The newly hired bouncer guarding the velvet rope humiliates the birthday girl by spouting out comments like,“Let’s hold it right there. This is Havana Club… not The Biggest Loser. It’s not gonna happen.”
The bystanders in linehave no idea that the woman, her friend and both bouncers arehired actors so when they hearthe bouncer’s humiliating comments, their reactions are put to the test on hidden camera.
Watch the video below to see if anyone in line will stick up for this poor woman.
This experiment does a great job of shedding light on body image and societal pressures to look a certain way.
What would you do if you overheard this type of harassment? Would you get involved, or would you shy away from the situation? Let us know in the comments, and please SHARE this important video with your friends on Facebook.
Reports of killer clowns have emerged in three new states, as Virginia, Florida and Colorado struggle with Internet rumors and reported sightings that have left several towns shaken.
Residents and authorities in Palm Bay, Fla., have been on high alert since a resident reported seeing two creepy clowns staring at her from across a road as she walked her dog. And in Marion County, Fla., deputies are concerned after it emerged that a Facebook viral video, depicting a clown standing silently on the side of the road in the dark, had been filmed along a main thoroughfare in the area.
The video has more than a million views on Facebook.
According to the police report, the father was approached by two separate vehicles leaving the area at a high rate of speed. Both vehicles stopped to warn him that several people in the adjacent woodland area were dressed up as clowns. According to the caller, the people leaving the area were pretty upset over the clown sightings.
Guardian photojournalist Murdo Macleod went to the Balmenach Distillery in the Highlands to follow the production process for its Caorunn gin. Jill Mead photographed the final drink being served in a London bar
Study of more than 200,000 births over five years in New Zealand, where midwives are the dominant care-givers, produced unexpected results
The health outcomes for babies born in New Zealand where primary care is led by midwives are significantly worse when compared with care led by doctors, a major new study has found.
New Zealand and the Netherlands are the only two western countries to operate under a midwife-led birthing system. Midwives are the dominant care-giver for four out of five births in New Zealand from pregnancy through to delivery and post-natal care.
However a new study released today by The University of Otago has found health outcomes for babies cared for by a midwife rather than a GP or obstetrician are significantly worse. The ministry of health said in a statement the results of the study were unexpected and required further investigation.
The study examined 244,000 births in New Zealand between the years 2008 to 2012, and found an unexplained excess of adverse events in midwife-led deliveries in New Zealand where midwives practice autonomously.
The study found that mothers who had medical-led care had a 55% less chance of the baby suffering oxygen deprivation during the delivery, a 39% less chance of neonatal encephalopath (a condition that can result in brain injury) and a 48% lower chance of having a low Apgar score, which is a measure of infant wellbeing immediately post-delivery, with a low score being indicative of an unwell baby.
Lead researcher Ellie Wernham a former midwife who is studying to be a doctor said further study into the reasons for the discrepancies needed to be conducted immediately, and a detailed review should be led by the ministry of health.
Contributing factors could include high-risk mothers receiving midwife care inappropriately, staffing issues, collaboration issues, the level of training midwives receive and delays in mothers being referred to a medical professional, she said.
Sweeping health reforms in the early 1990s transitioned New Zealand mothers from medical-led births to midwife-led births. Wernham said the changes were designed to empower women and give them greater autonomy and be subject to less frequent medical intervention, but the significant changes had yet to be analytically studied, and a review was overdue.
However, Karen Guilliland, chief executive of The New Zealand College of Midwives, criticised the study, saying it lacked high evidence and did not take into account the added challenges midwives often faced with their patients.
Essentially the study has compared midwife care with obstetrician care. And studies have found midwives are more likely to look after poorer, sicker patients, who may register later, smoke or are Maori or Pacific. If you can afford to have an obstetrician you are not in that demographic. said Guilliland.
Most of our maternity hospitals are understaffed and often struggle to provide immediate response when midwives request medical input. This means that often women in labour have to wait to see a specialist causing unacceptable delays for them and their babies. None of our main maternity hospitals have an obstetric consultant on site after hours or weekends which are when the majority of births occur.
The ministry of health said in a statement that adverse outcomes for births in New Zealand are low, and comparable to countries like Australia and Britain. The statement said the ministry had referred the study to the national maternity monitoring group for advice.
It also said the study did not explore the reasons why higher adverse outcomes were recorder for midwife-led births, but contributing factors could include that women under the care of midwives were more likely to be younger, overweight, non-European, to have higher deprivation and to smoke.
Football in China is enjoying a boom as investors not only snap up overseas clubs but also lure big name players and coaches to the nation’s Super League.
Its government wants to see China become a footballing superpower, and that means that as well as big stars, the nation is also hungry to acquire knowledge and expertise from overseas.
That provides numerous potential business opportunities, from the grass roots to top tiers of Chinese football, for British firms and clubs to get a foot in the commercial door.
A team of 11 Chinese sports firms is currently in the UK until 2 October, on a visit organised by the UK government’s Department for International Trade (DIT).
They have been attending the Soccerex football business convention in Manchester to make contacts and learn more about the game in the UK. All have different reasons for visiting this country.
Newcastle United stint
“I want to learn about the best way of doing things from English clubs,” says Weidong Yuan, a keen football player from the age of five.
He is general manager of Sports Leader, a firm which operates the biggest football centre in Beijing.
It provides numerous services to different levels of football teams, coaches and players, and also opportunities for Chinese football players to go abroad for high level training and study.
Mr Yuan already has some experience of British football, as he is a former youth coach at Championship club Newcastle United, and also studied and played in the UK.
“I am interested in how English clubs commercialise the assets at their clubs, to learn ways about running our football centre in Beijing more effectively commercially.
“I am also interested in learning about player rehabilitation, as I see an opportunity to introduce a rehabilitation facility into our centre,” he says.
Increased football interest
On this trip, with the other Chinese delegates, he will visit the Football Association’s national training centre of excellence St George’s Park, and attend the Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City game on Sunday.
Mr Yuan says there has been a huge surge in interest in football in the past two years, after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s declaration about making China the world’s biggest sports economy by 2025.
“Previously football was only really followed by people like me who had played the game,” Mr Yuan says.
“But since 2014 when the government said we need to pay attention to football, at grass roots as well as professional level, then things have changed.
“Now we are developing the ‘hardware’ of the industry, building up the clubs, players, finance.
“But we also need to pay attention to the ‘software’ for example there needs to be awareness of football culture and educating the fans, for example that you do not change your support to just back the winning teams.
“If Newcastle United was in China, then after being relegated the fans would have left them.”
Charles Li is director of the Chinese FA’s marketing department.
He says the growth of football in China can be put down to the moves to wean the country’s economy away from exports and towards an internal consumer market.
“Many people now have enough income for things like overseas travel, and entertainment spending, and an important part of that is on sport.
“I am now talking to people in Europe about how we can market our football better.
“But it is not just our marketing people who can learn from overseas, our coaches and teams also need to gain experience internationally,” he says.
David Ran is director of strategy and business development at Super Sports Media Group, which is the exclusive English Premier League broadcast rights holder in China.
He says the firm has brought England’s top flight football league to more than 1.2bn Chinese viewers through its far reaching sports distribution network in China.
Despite the surge in interest in the sport, he says there is still a lot of growth to come in the Chinese football market.
“We want to learn more about football commercial opportunities off the playing pitch. We are still partly in the development stage,” he says.
And what is the view from the British side?
Jeff Mostyn is chairman of Premier League club Bournemouth, and has already established football contacts with the country.
“We are exploring opportunities in China, with Chinese companies and Chinese Super League clubs, looking at potential collaborations, in particular on youth development and exchange of coaching expertise,” he says.
He says that earlier this year, the club, in collaboration with Bournemouth University, hosted sixty Chinese coaches.
“They provided education, and we provided the ability for the coaches to get their FA Level One badges, which they did.”
He says the Chinese are interested in using football to spread messages among people about not indulging in anti-social behaviour, and in adopting healthy diets and keeping fit.
Mr Mostyn will be visiting China in early October to get a better idea and understanding of the industry there.
“At the moment I am not convinced the infrastructure compares with Europe, and a lot of the money currently being spent is being put into the big name player acquisitions,” he says.
‘Joining the dots’
Player signings by Chinese clubs that have grabbed the headlines have included big international names such as Ramires, Gervinho, Fredy Guarin, Jackson Martinez, Hulk and Alex Teixeira.
“At a very superficial level, anyone in the UK football industry looking at China would equate it with money, finance, revenues,” says Trevor Watkins, Global Head of Sport, at UK law firm Pinsent Mason, which has two offices in mainland China and one in Hong Kong.
“That is what underpins business, and China represents one of the last untapped global markets for sport generally, and football particularly.
“At this point we have a confluence, because we also have a very clearly stated aim from within China that it is also going to use football to make an even greater name for itself on the global stage.
“What we are seeing now is people in the UK football industry and in China trying to join the dots, and bring the two sides together.”
Speaking with tears in her eyes, she said the judge’s decision was “overwhelmingly fantastic – just brilliant, amazing”. She said she did not have a plan for using the embryos soon but added: “I would love to be a mum.”
“There was so much compassion within the court, that it didn’t feel like it was a fight. It felt like they were more supportive rather than it being a battle,” she said.
Embryos, like sperm and eggs, can be stored for a maximum of 10 years before couples must renew their written consent.
The couple had already had two unsuccessful cycles of IVF on the NHS, and were about to undergo their third when Mr Jefferies, a former army medic, died suddenly of a brain haemorrhage in 2014 aged 51.
Mrs Jefferies was then told the embryos must be destroyed because a two-year storage period had expired.
This was despite the couple signing consent forms for 10 years’ storage and posthumous use of embryos.
The court heard the forms had been amended because the couple had only two years of NHS funding, which has now expired.
Mrs Jefferies says neither she nor her husband signed the amendments and cannot remember how the changes were made.
Her legal team suggest the changes on the forms reflect the clinic’s policy at the time, which was to offer storage only for the period for which they were guaranteed payment and the law states that embryos cannot legally be stored once consent has expired.
Judge Munby said the case “turned on a signature”.
The clinic – Sussex Downs Fertility Centre – has since changed its policy and supported Mrs Jefferies’ application.
It said its previous policy had not been driven purely by financial concerns, but also because of the desire to maintain regular contact with couples. It has also paid Mrs Jefferies’ legal costs.
‘I want to be a mum’
Clive Jefferies served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was on board the transport ship Sir Galahad when it was bombed in the Falklands in 1982, killing 48 men.
He later worked as a nurse.
In early 2015 Mrs Jefferies received a letter from the clinic saying that consent for the embryo storage would expire that August.
The law states that embryos cannot legally be stored once consent has expired.
But Mrs Jeffries said she did not want to be denied the last chance to have her late husband’s child by “bureaucracy”.
She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme before the judgement was announced: “It’s pure red tape. They [the embryos] are going to be allowed to perish, which would be the worst-case scenario.
“I want to be a mum and I want my husband’s children. We chose each other… based on lots of reasons… when two people fall in love.
“He was a wonderful man and I’d like to continue to have his children.”
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) wrote to all IVF clinics in 2012 urging them not to restrict embryo storage to two or three years.
It said the policy risked “causing significant distress” in the event of a patient dying and urged them to allow couples to store embryos for 10 years, even if their funding ran out sooner.