Ladies who crunch outraged over Dorito’s women-friendly snack

The newer – quieter – version will be less messy, and will be just the right size for women to fit the snack in their handbags.

“When you eat out of a flex bag — one of our single-serve bags — especially as you watch a lot of the young guys eat the chips, they love their Doritos, and they lick their fingers with great glee, and when they reach the bottom of the bag they pour the little broken pieces into their mouth, because they don’t want to lose that taste of the flavor, and the broken chips in the bottom,” Indra Nooyi, global chief executive at PepsiCo said in an interview with Freakonomics Radio.

“Women would love to do the same, but they don’t. They don’t like to crunch too loudly in public. And they don’t lick their fingers generously and they don’t like to pour the little broken pieces and the flavour into their mouth.”

But, fear not, ladies who crunch – Nooyi raised hopes of a solution to the burning issue: “Are there snacks for women that can be designed and packaged differently? Yes, we are looking at it, and we’re getting ready to launch a bunch of them soon.”

Predictably, the move was quickly panned. The Women’s Equality Party said: “The idea of shrinking products for women, no doubt for the same price, is as old as the ad-men making these decisions. Companies that perpetuate these tired gender stereotypes will continue to lose out on the single biggest consumer group: women.”

People also took to social media to hit out at the decision. One user tore apart Doritos’ claim that women detest licking their fingers after a tasty crispy snack, while another claimed the move undermines the whole feminist movement:

Bloggers Tom&Lorenzo asked to what extent such labelling will go and tweeted:

The new snack, however, may run into problems when it arrives in the UK as the Advertising Standards Authority will not allow the tortillas to be marketed as “ladies’ crisps”. It follows a new law being introduced this year which bans gender stereotyping in advertising.

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Protesters clash with police in Rome as Pope meets Erdogan (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Despite Pope Francis’ 24-hour ban on city center demonstrations, around 200 Kurd supporters turned up near Castel Sant’Angelo on the banks of the River Tiber to stage a sit-in protest. The demonstration turned violent after protesters tried to march closer to Vatican, where Erdogan and Francis were meeting. Some pushed through police cordons to have their voices heard in the Vatican, resulting in two arrests.

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A pro-Kurdish activist group met resistance from police officers as they attempted to break through the security line. Police officers dressed in riot gear and wielding batons pushed back the protesters who shouted “Shame, shame.”

At least one demonstrator was injured in the scuffles, with pictures from the scene showing a man with a bloody forehead injury lying on the ground.

A demonstration was earlier authorised several blocks away from the Vatican, and some 3,500 police officers were dispatched to Rome in preparation for president Erdogan’s official visit Monday.

Pope Francis put the city on lockdown to facilitate the safe travel of Erdogan’s motorcade. The protests took place despite Italian authorities banning protests for one day in “green zones,” spanning the Vatican, Erdogan’s hotel and Italian palaces.

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Erdogan was returning the gesture by Pope Francis who visited Turkey in 2014. The trip marks the first visit by a Turkish president to the Vatican in 59 years.

The pair met privately for around 50 minutes and discussed “the situation in the Middle East, with particular reference to the status of Jerusalem, highlighting the need to promote peace and stability in the region,” as well as the condition of Catholics in Turkey and Ankara’s reception of refugees, according to a statement from the Vatican.

The meeting concluded with Francis presenting Erdogan with a bronze medallion which featured an “angel of peace who strangles the demon of war” as a “symbol of a world based on peace and justice.”

Erdogan’s trip to Italy comes as the Turkish army is engaged in a military campaign in Kurdish-held Afrin in northern Syria which sparked a wave of protests abroad. Dubbed ‘Operation Olive Branch,’ it’s targeting Kurdish groups such as the PKK and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) which Ankara considers to be terrorist groups.

Ankara says it wants to prevent Kurdish militias from “infiltrating” Turkey and aims to create a 30-kilometer “secure zone” within Syrian territory. While Turkey claims hundreds of “terrorists” have been killed, the Kurds have accused Turkish troops of targeting civilians. Some 15,000 people have been displaced since the start of the offensive, according to UN figures.

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Sausages sold in Morrisons and on Amazon made from pigs at farm where animals were found in 'sickening and illegal' conditions

Spanish sausages sold in Morrisons and on Amazon UK are sourced from a pig farm rife with animal neglect and suffering, an animal welfare group claims.

Investigators say they witnessed “deformed, diseased and dying” pigs in a centre that supplied the El Pozo brand of meat products stocked by major stores, including Morrisons chorizo sausages.

In “sickening scenes of illegal cruelty”, filmed by Animal Equality, they saw:

  • Numerous animals with infected abscesses, ulcers and giant hernias
  • Pigs with severe deformities 
  • Flies and larvae on open wounds
  • Animals living alongside others already dead and dying 
  • Pigs too weak to fight back when trampled on or cannibalised by others
  • Tiny piglets slowly dying
  • Skips overflowing with corpses

Animal Equality says the farmer stated on film that meat from the farm, Hermanos Carrasco, in the Murcia region, goes into the human food chain and ultimately supplies Morrisons and Amazon UK. 

Some of the photos were the most shocking ever taken on a European farm, the campaigners claimed. Toni Shephard, head of the group and one of the investigators, said: “As far as neglect goes, this is the worst I’ve ever seen. To leave so many animals suffering for days and weeks on end defies belief. I’ve never seen anything like it. 

“We saw pigs deformed by giant hernias and abscesses, severely infected ulcers, cannibalism, dead animals in a state of putrefaction next to those still alive – all apparently without veterinary care.

“This farm is a scandal of negligence in the face of severe animal suffering. But also these diseased animals could be sent to the slaughterhouse and the parts considered ‘fit for human consumption’ and used in El Pozo products. I don’t doubt that in the UK there would be prosecutions.”

Ms Shephard said the investigation, carried out in conjunction with Salvados, a Spanish investigative television programme, found that on the farm of about 900 pigs, there were at least a dozen with multiple hernias, abscesses and emaciated, and that they were scattered among the group and in filthy conditions. The farmer told the investigation that the diseased animals were isolated but denied any were suffering, she said.


She described how she saw one pig with a growth so large that its rear legs could not touch the ground. “The sheer negligence doesn’t make any sense from an economic perspective – it’s crazy. Those pigs would have been in sheer agony for weeks on end. This level of negligence and cruelty on any farm, let alone one in the EU, is an absolute scandal.”

The campaign group said the farmer stated on film that meat from the farm, Hermanos Carrasco, in the Murcia region, supplied El Pozo. 


Morrisons has El Pozo chorizo sausages on sale on its website, priced £2.64 – although the supermarket said that the farm no longer supplied the sausage brand. Two third-party Spanish Amazon Marketplace users have El Pozo products on sale, one of which is a set of cured meats for £49.99. 

Ms Shephard said Spanish farms were subject to EU legislation on inspections but few are unannounced. The EU’s Food and Veterinary Office is in charge of health and hygiene inspections and enforcing animal welfare laws on farms. 

The animal welfare group called on Spanish authorities to act on the findings and prosecute those involved.

After anger in Spain when the investigation aired on Sunday night, El Pozo issued a statement saying: “The animals that appear in the images of the report would never enter the production chain.” It said its vets inspect animals at farms before and after slaughter and that the footage was filmed in a monitored “sanitary recovery area” for animals that are diseased. Those that did not recover were slaughtered in accordance with the law, it said.


A spokesman for Morrisons said: “The welfare of animals is extremely important to us. The images in this video are deeply distressing and we are concerned to see the condition of these pigs. El Pozo have been clear that they stopped taking any animals from this farm last year.”

Amazon UK declined to comment.

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Theresa May is taking Britain out of the EU's customs union – but what comes next?

Whether Britain should stay in the EU’s customs union, has become the issue now levering Britain’s Brexit divisions open.

Staying in is the only thing that guarantees the tariff-free trade the UK currently enjoys, but both the Conservatives and Labour have ruled that out.

Leaving it, on the other hand, would guarantee the ability to agree new free-trade agreements with other nations.

But what arrangements with the EU would come instead of it, is not something any party wants to spell out.

In fact leaders in both main parties seem happy with a degree of ambiguity, vaguely talking about “a” – not “the” – customs union, “a partnership” or simply “arrangements”.

For its part, the EU has made clear anything other full involvement in “the” customs union means increased barriers to trade.

Here The Independent takes the temperature from key figures in the debate…

Prime Minster Theresa May

Her spokesman said: “The Government’s position was set out in a future partnership paper on the customs union.

“We will be leaving the EU and the customs union and it is not the Government’s policy to be members of ‘the’ customs union or ‘a’ customs union.

“That paper in August set out two possible options and they are a highly streamlined customs arrangement and a new customs partnership with the EU.”

Jacob Rees-Mogg, Conservative MP 

“In leaving the European Union we must free ourselves from the Common External Tariff which protects inefficient Continental producers on the backs of the poorest UK consumers.” 

Dominic Grieve, Conservative MP

“Tariff-free trade with our European Union partners and its maintenance is much more important than potential tariff-free arrangements with non EU countries.

“It will always, in my view, deliver a better economic boost to this country.

“The Government will look to maintain tariff-free access and do its own thing elsewhere. That’s a delicious ideal, but it may not be feasible.”    

Matthew Elliott, former Chief Executive of Vote Leave 

“When 17.4 million people voted Leave in 2016, they were voting to Leave the EU’s custom’s union, because a big part of Vote Leave‘s pitch was about taking back control of trade policy.

“The UK will not be able to negotiate trade deals if it remains in ‘the’ customs union, or even if it forms ‘a’ customs union with the EU.   

“As a service orientated economy, the EU’s tariff schedule does not suit the UK economy, because EU trade policy is focused on countries more reliant on agriculture and manufacturing. This means that UK consumers lose out by effectively paying higher tariffs (taxes) on the goods they buy. 

“The UK needs to negotiate a fully comprehensive, highly liberalising trade deal with the EU, starting from a point of complete alignment but moving in a direction of mutual recognition of regulatory structures.

“Almost 98 per cent of goods entering the EU from the rest of the world are not inspected at the border, so a UK-EU trade deal is compatible with maintaining a frictionless border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.”

Chuka Umunna, Labour MP

“I have consistently called for the Labour frontbench to adopt a clearer position against this extremism and the unfolding Tory Brexit catastrophe by, at the very least, committing to ensure the UK continues to participate in the EU single market – which protects workers, consumers and the environment – and the customs union if Brexit happens. 

“The overwhelming majority of our membership – who voted for Jeremy Corbyn in the 2015 and 2016 Labour leadership elections – also support staying in both entities. Just last week, the former Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis – who famously fell out with the EU – came to Parliament at my invitation to make the Marxist case for the Labour Party to adopt a ‘Norway-plus’ model as policy (i.e. staying in the single market).

“In truth, one of the biggest obstacles to the leadership adopting a less ambiguous position which would put clear red water between us and the Tories on Brexit is that so many people believe I – and other Labour MPs – make our Brexit arguments out of a desire to oppose the Labour leader.”

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn

A spokesman said: “We want a final deal that retains the benefits of the Customs Union. Options for achieving the benefits of the Customs Union should not be swept off the table.”

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Donald Trump accuses Democrats of 'treasonous' behaviour for not applauding State of the Union address

President Donald Trump has accused Democrats of “treasonous” behaviour for choosing not to applaud him during his first State of the Union address last week.

During a speech in Blue Ash, Ohio, Mr Trump said the Democrats gave off “bad energy” during the speech by failing to even clap at the positive economic news. 

The President called the reception “un-American” and went further by saying he would call it treason: “Shall we call that treason? Why not?” 

It has become standard for members of the President’s opposing party to give him a chilly reception as he updates the nation during the annual State of the Union address. But in a move that will likely play well with his base of supporters, Mr Trump said he believed Democrats were merely showing their lack of patriotism.

“They certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much,” Mr Trump said.  

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Richard Wigglesworth handed England call-up as Ben Youngs replacement

England have called up Richard Wigglesworth to replace the injured Ben Youngs for Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Wales.

Youngs suffered knee ligament damage in the seven-try rout of Italy on Sunday and will miss at least the Twickenham showdown with Warren Gatland’s men and possibly the entire tournament.

The Leicester scrum-half’s name was missing from the 32 summoned to England’s Surrey training base, confirming Wigglesworth will provide cover for Danny Care as a replacement against Wales.

A scan undertaken on Monday afternoon will determine Youngs’ fate and it is also an important week for Nathan Hughes, who is to be assessed by medics to see whether he will play any role in this Six Nations.

The injury robs England of their 74-cap first-choice scrum-half, although in Danny Care Jones is able to call on a vastly experienced replacement who made his 77th Test appearance on Sunday when he came on for his injured teammate.

Wigglesworth also adds plenty of experience to the squad, as despite his 27 international caps, the 34-year-old has made more than 300 Premiership appearances for Sale Sharks and current club Saracens, although he has not featured in the team under Jones and has not been seen in camp since the non-Test match against the Barbarians last summer, where he remained an unused replacement.

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White House shrugs off concern over stock market drop saying US economy is 'very strong'

The White House has said that the fundamentals of the US economy are still strong despite the recent drop in the stock market.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average had dropped more than 1,100 points by close of trading on 5 February as worries increased about higher inflation and interest rates. Following last week’s dip, the S&P 500 had traded more than 1 per cent lower than before.

“Markets fluctuate, but the fundamentals of this economy are very strong and they are headed in the right direction,” White House spokesman Raj Shah told reporters on Air Force One. 

US President Donald Trump was in Ohio to tout that his newly-passed tax plan was cause for celebration because it was responsible for the current improvement in economic conditions. 

One official said to CNBC that “we’re always concerned when the market loses any value, but we’re also confident in the economy’s fundamentals.”

Mr Trump has tweeted 47 times in the last year about how the “record high” stock market was doing well and is a reflection of his leadership. 

During a speech at a factory in Blue Ash, Ohio, Mr Trump praised his recently-passed tax overhaul law.

He told Sheffer Corporation that “America is once again open for business.”

Mr Trump was there to tout that workers’ taxes “are going way down” and that American “factories are coming back.”

The President also criticised House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi during the speech for her comment that Sheffer’s and other companies’ $1,000 bonuses to employees were just “crumbs.”

Several Democrats were in opposition to the new tax bill, which they said favoured the top 1% of earners in the economy, not the middle class who could have used the break more.

Ms Pelosi specifically had said: “You’ve set a banquet for the wealthy and corporate America and thrown a few crumbs” to the middle class.”

The real estate magnate who repeatedly flaunted his net worth during the 2016 campaign, hit out at Ms Pelosi for being wealthy and living in an expensive city like San Francisco.

He said it was “not a good day” for Ms Pelosi and referred to her as the “secret weapon” of Republicans who were likely to do well in the November election.

Overall, the Dow is up more than 30 per cent since Mr Trump’s election win. 

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Six Nations 2018: Danny Care 'gutted' for friend Ben Youngs as England scrum-half faces championship-ending injury

Danny Care admitted that he is “gutted” at the prospect of England teammate Ben Youngs facing a potential Six Nations-ending injury even though it will see him reinstated as the first-choice No 9 when they take on Wales this Saturday.

England’s impressive 46-15 championship-opening victory over Italy came with a large downer after Youngs was carted off the field with fewer than 10 minutes on the clock, having suffered a potentially serious knee ligament injury.

Youngs underwent a scan today, but the outlook is bleak given the severity of the injury and the way that Youngs went down screaming in pain after being tackled at the base of a ruck. Eddie Jones all but ruled Youngs out of their second match of the championship against Wales, but the likelihood is that the Leicester Tigers scrum-half will not play again this championship – and potentially this season.

“You never want to see a bad injury like that and I was gutted to see Ben in so much pain,” Care said after coming off the bench to play 71 minutes at the Stadio Olimpico. “First thing is first, he’s a good mate as well as a competitor for the shirt. He’s in pain and all our thoughts are with him. Hopefully, the scan will bring as good as news as we can hope and all the boys are thinking of him. He was in the changing room after the game and was still in good spirits, we’re just hoping it will be good news.

“It would be great to get into the number nine shirt for the Wales game having had 70 minutes under my belt, which is great because I love being out there with the boys. Hopefully we can hit the ground running from where we left off against Italy.”

England ran in seven tries in Rome, with Care somewhat surprisingly not getting himself on the scoresheet having scored five tries in nine appearances since last year’s win over the Italians. But it was the overall performance of the team that pleased Care the most, with England pulling clear in the final quarter after building a solid advantage with three first-half tries.

“It was earlier that I expected to come on – I don’t normally play in the first half – and that was nice,” he added. “We started really well with two tries from first phase moves and then Italy came back us in the middle part of the match. They were great – they kept hold of the ball and caused us problems. It shows they have some good coaches there who know what they’re doing and they are improving every season.

“At the end we were able to produce that loose, unstructured rugby that we try and replicate in training. We are trying to get fitter and you saw some of the tries we were able to score late in the game which made it a good win.”

The victory sets up next weekend’s encounter with the Welsh perfectly, with Warren Gatland’s side recording a resounding 34-7 victory over Scotland to record a bonus point and put them second in the Six Nations table behind England only on points difference.

Having watched the Wales victory together as a team in Rome, England will turn their attentions to the crunch clash back in London, with the squad flying home on Monday before a light training session in the afternoon in order to make up for the loss of a day this week due to the six-day turnaround.


“The Welsh game was very entertaining – we were watching as fans – and we cannot wait to get back to our home patch at Twickenham and welcome Wales with open arms,” Care said. “They will be on a high and we will look at what we did well against Italy and what we can work on for Saturday because we know we have to step up to another level.

“We are going to have to play really well to snuff out all of the Welsh threats while causing themselves some problems ourselves. When Wales are playing like that it’s great rugby to watch.”

There was only one disappointment for Care on Sunday, as the retirement of AS Roma legend Francesco Totti meant that he was no longer able to steal the glory inside the changing rooms and sit where the Italian football great used to sit.

“Totti’s gone so I was in [Aleksandar] Kolarov’s seat this time. He’s still a good footballer, so I was happy with that. They should have retired Totti’s number and seat, but I don’t think they did.”

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