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Ice maidens: 10 first ascents by female mountaineers

In a world dominated by men, a select group of women have shattered the ice ceiling. Here we review some daring first ascents by female mountaineers I’ll be honest: it rankles to write the words ‘the first female’ to do such and such. It feels patronising, as if to say you weren’t good enough to play with the big boys but I’ll pat you on the head anyway.  The truth is, of course, that being the first female to do something great is and should be an achievement. We in the western world have lived under a patriarchy for centuries; one that has undermined and undervalued women at every turn. The select few that have broken through deserve to be hailed as great. Today, we pay homage to 10 daring first ascents by female mountaineers.  first ascents by female mountaineers: Specific pea...

Finland vs France preview, team news, betting tips & prediction

France will look to extend their lead at the top of their group with a win over Finland when the two sides meet in the World Cup qualifiers this week.  The two sides will meet on the 16th of November at 19:45 pm BST. France are currently four points clear at the top of their group and they will be confident of picking up a win away from home this week. They have been quite impressive in their last few outings and the away fans will be expecting a comfortable win.  The visitors are currently unbeaten in the World Cup qualifiers and they will look to add to that run here.  Meanwhile, Finland are second in the group and they will be hoping to pull off a win in front of their own fans and reduce the deficit with France here. They have beaten Bosnia and Kazakhstan in their last t...

France vs Kazakhstan preview, team news, betting tips & prediction

France will look to extend their lead at the top of Group D with a win over Kazakhstan when the two sides meet in the World Cup qualifiers this week.  The two sides will meet on the 13th of November at 19:45 pm BST. France are at the top of the qualifying group right now but they have not been at their best in recent months. The likes of Ukraine are breathing down their necks and they will be desperate to pick up a win here.  Meanwhile, Kazakhstan have been in abysmal form in the World Cup qualifiers and they will be massive underdogs heading into this contest. They are undoubtedly the weakest team in Group D.  France vs Kazakhstan team news France possible starting line-up: Lloris; Kounde, Upamecano, L. Hernandez; Pavard, Kante, Tchouameni, T. Hernandez; Griezmann; Mbappe, ...

Real-life hobbit houses that you can actually stay in

As travellers turn to nature in a post-pandemic world, we share 10 real-life hobbit houses that offer the perfect retreat It’s said that humans are one of the most adaptable species on the planet. We have settled the High Arctic and explored the deep sea, making homes in the unlikeliest places. When circumstances change drastically, as they did in 2020, we are able to adapt rapidly to a new way of living. In fact, our collective slowdown last year was so profound, we saw immediate effects on the natural world.  These changes encouraged us to reflect on our way of life on an almost unprecedented scale with many of us vowing to live, eat and travel more sustainably once things returned to normal. Few of us are ready to give up luxury hotels altogether but more of us are opting for natur...

Belgium vs France preview, team news, betting tips & prediction

Belgium takes on France in the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League and they will be looking to book their place in the finals of the competition with a win. The two sides meet on Thursday at 19:45 pm BST. Spain are in the finals of the nations league after beating Italy last time out and the likes of Belgium and France will be desperate to join them. Belgium vs France team news Roberto Martinez has a fully fit squad to choose from but France will be missing the likes of N’Golo Kante and Anthony Martial due to injuries. Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen; Castagne, Witsel, Tielemans, Carrasco; E. Hazard, De Bruyne; Lukaku France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez; Rabiot, Pogba, Tchouameni; Griezmann; Mbappe, Benzema Belgium vs France form guide The B...

Kylian Mbappe admits he wanted to leave Paris Saint-Germain in the summer

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe has confirmed that he wanted to leave the French outfit during the summer transfer window. The 22-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid and the Spanish club reportedly submitted multiple offers to sign the player. PSG were always adamant that the player would not leave during the summer and they managed to hold onto him eventually. Mbappe said (via GFFN): “I asked to leave, because from the moment where I did not want to extend, I wanted for the club to receive a transfer fee so that they could bring in a quality replacement. This club has given me a lot, I have always been happy, the 4 years IO have had here, and I still am. I said it early enough so that the club could react. I wanted everyone to come out of this stronger,...

French Police Violated Human Rights at Crackdown of Illegal Rave, Report Finds

A new report has uncovered human rights violations at the hands of the French police, specifically at the illicit Teknival festival in June 2021, Radio France International reports.  One attendee, a 22-year-old man, infamously lost his hand when nearly 400 law enforcement officials attempted to break up the ill-fated rave of nearly 1,500 people. Dozens were reportedly injured in the chaos. The study was organized by human rights group Amnesty International, which synthesized dozens of interviews, videos and official documents for its evidence. It found police tactics to include a seven-hour barrage of tear gas, sting-ball grenades and GM2L explosives, as well as the seizure and destruction of the event organizers’ sound equipment.  Altogether, the report concluded that...

Rave In Parisian Refugee Camp Draws Backlash After Migrants Endangered

An unauthorized rave which was organized in the middle of a refugee shelter ended in confrontation between law enforcement and the area’s residents.  Promoters La Toilette contacted United Migrants, the nonprofit running the encampment, on Saturday, September 4th with a request to host a concert of 500 attendees. The promoter’s offer of €6,000 appealed to United Migrants, who initially saw the proposal as a way to raise funds fast, but things quickly went awry, Electronic Beats reports. According to United Migrants, La Toilette’s promises were broken almost immediately when 1,500 guests showed up instead, which drew law enforcement to the scene at 2AM. As Electronic Beats noted, viral videos began to emerge showing the absurdity of subjecting the vulnerable...

Three Premier League stars nominated for UEFA Men’s POTY

The three-man shortlist for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award has been revealed. The award is given to the player who performed the best in UEFA competitions over the last year. This includes the Champions League, Europa League, European Championships and the Nations League. There wasn’t any room on the shortlist for Ballon d’Or frontrunners Lionel Messi or Robert Lewandowski, nor for Euro 2020 Player of the Tournament winner Gianluigi Donnarumma. Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo were also among the big names to miss out on the top three. Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City & Belgium He’s already scooped one huge individual prize with the PFA Player of the Year award, and now he’s back for another. De Bruyne was one of the stars of the Champions League knockout stages. He netted...

Rev. Jesse Jackson To Receive France’s Legion of Honour

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Brandon Bell / Getty Although he hasn’t been free of scandal throughout the years, there is no denying that the Reverend Jesse Jackson has put in plenty of work as a Civil Rights activist and leader for most of his life. France recognizes this, too, and will be awarding Jackson the Legion of Honour, its highest award for a civilian. France’s President Emmanuel Macron’s office made the announcement on Friday (July 16). “Jesse Jackson has never ceased to campaign for peace, justice and brotherhood. He is also committed to education and the climate,” said Macron’s office in a statement. “Its action, based on the strength of argument, on the rejection of all forms of racism and exclusion, always placing citizenship and the aspiration for progress at the cente...

Messi miles ahead of Bayern and Chelsea stars in Ballon D’Or race

The 2020/21 season has officially come to a close, and it’s around this time when we start to speculate about our award winners. The Ballon d’Or is the most high profile individual award in the game, recognising the world’s best player from the past 12 months. With the season over, we’re now looking at our potential winners. Two months ago, we compiled a list of the leading candidates for the prize. Since then, we’ve had a Champions League final and a summer of international football. Some of the list has aged well. Other parts….not so much (whose idea was it to give Antoine Griezmann an honourable mention?). Anyway, two months on, and we now have a clearer picture of who our 2021 Ballon d’Or winner could be. Lionel Messi The Copa America has tipped the balance in Messi’s favour As things ...

Euro 2020: Team of the Tournament

After a month of goals, late drama, penalty shoot-outs, controversy and everything else that makes football so wonderful, Euro 2020 has finally come to an end. Congratulations to Italy, who defeated England on penalties in the final on Sunday. All things considered, it was the correct result. Over the last few weeks, they’ve been the best side of the 24. Following all that excitement, here is our pick for the Team of the Tournament. Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK) – It feels like Donnarumma has been around for a while now, but he is still just 22-years-old. He’s already one of the best goalkeepers in the world and could go down as one of the greatest of all time if he continues on his current trajectory. Donnarumma was crucial in two penalty shootout victories He was given the Player of the...