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Do performers have a responsibility to protect fans?

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Many are labelling the deadly crowd crush at Astroworld as a “preventable and predictable tragedy”. Is the accountability on artists to create a safe space at their own events?

Musician and artist Krystelle Lorraine, says the entire system needs to take responsibility and make an urgent change.

Musician and artist Krystelle Lorraine said artists need to make an urgent change.

“I think there is a clear problem when artists don’t engage themselves in creating a safe space, not just for themselves, but also for secure or coerced for the concert experience,” Lorraine told ticker NEWS.

What if the artist is unaware?

Let’s say he didn’t what was going on?

“Okay, well, there should be a team that has direct access to him that can let him know that things need to immediately hot that it’s not just emergencies like this, but we’ve had active shooters, we’ve had natural disasters, we’ve had stages collapse,” Lorraine said.

What about the venue size?

Astroworld Houston was at a venue permitted for 200,000 people, and there were only at tops 50,000 people allowed to go to this event.

“So it it by standard by permit standard should have been completely safe. There were partitions to protect the concert goers. There were adequate security and staff based on the the standards that Live Nation that has set forth and so what is it that caused the surge?,” Lorraine said.

Investigation continues into deadly Astroworld Festival

Authorities have confirmed that a criminal inquiry has been launched into Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival following the deaths of eight people.

Investigators have already begun investigating what happened at the event, with Houston’s mayor saying it will “will take weeks, if not longer” before answers are found.

This comes as authorities announce the arrests of 25 people during the concert, however it is unclear whether these arrests are linked to the festival tragedy.

8 people died and many more were injured after a stampede caused attendees to be crushed at Scott’s event in Texas.

Witnesses say the crowd of 50,000 was out of control well before the show even started

Is the artists accountable?

“If the artist is the vocal point, they are the focal point. They’re the ones with the literal microphone.”

“So at any point, Travis Scott could have said, Hold up, like, hold on. And I know at one point he did say that, but did he do enough? Absolutely not, eight people are dead,” Lorraine says.

“The system needs to become more engaged and keeping people safe. And that includes the artists that includes the entertainment companies like Live Nation, that includes even people going to these to these events.”

Lorraine says we all need to make sure these events meet security needs and that they are better trained.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous that some that it is likely that a security guard was injected with drugs in the neck by a needle, none of this should be happening,” Lorraine said.

An opportunity to advocate

Lorraine says it is Scott’s responsibility to move forward and move forward graciously.

“I think that at a bare minimum, he can pay for the funeral costs of those who were lost. But I think that really what I would love for him personally to do is to engage in becoming more actively involved and changing the systems,” Lorraine said.

“Artists have something that happened at one of their concerts and they become a a voice to advocate for new and better security systems. So I think that this is a perfect opportunity for him to advocate.”

Scott released a statement on Sunday saying he is “absolutely devastated by what took place”

The singer and event organisers are also facing a civil lawsuit, with attendees suing over what they’re calling a “preventable and predictable tragedy” which could have been avoided. 

Social media is flooding with anger at what unfolded, with people calling for Scott to be boycotted.

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Sleepover at IKEA: dozens stranded amid snowstorm in Denmark

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Two dozen staff and six customers were forced to stay the night at IKEA as up to 30 centimetres of snow trapped them inside

A furniture showroom in the department store in Aalborg, Denmark, became the bedroom of several people who were unable to safely make it home in time amidst a strong snowstorm.

Store Manager Peter Elmose told the Ekstra Bladet tabloid that people could “pick the exact bed they always have wanted to try.”

People working in a toy shop next door also took to the department store to join in on the fun.

Michelle Barrett, one of the toy shop staff, told Denmark’s public broadcaster, DR, “it’s much better than sleeping in one’s car. It has been nice and warm and we are just happy that they would let us in.” 

“We just laughed at the situation, because we will probably not experience it again,” she added.

Another approximate 300 people had to stay the night at the Aalborg airport to keep out of the storm. 

According to Euronews, the IKEA sleepover consisted of feasting on chips and Swedish cinnamon rolls in the staff canteen before watching television.

“It was a really nice evening, enjoying each other’s company,” Elmose told AFP. 

“Everyone had a full night’s sleep, our mattresses are good.”

And when the shop reopened for business the next morning, all the bedding and sheets had of course been changed.

Unmade beds following the overnight stay at IKEA amid snowstorm. Source: IKEA Aalborg’s Instagram

This comes after 61 people were trapped in a Yorkshire pub for three nights last week.

The several people trapped in the Tan Hill Inn during the storm slept on makeshift beds on the floor, watched movies, had a quiz night and enjoyed a buffet meal.

Some guests even claimed they didn’t want to leave the the pub after enjoying the 17th century hotel’s hospitality.

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Hong Kong to launch China style system

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As Hong Kong and China prepare to resume quarantine-free travel, Hong Kong’s government will introduce a Beijing-style health code from December 10

The Hong Kong Health Code will take note of a user’s real name, address and identification number.

The voluntary app is designed to be compatible with systems in both Macau and Guangdong provinces in southern China.

In mainland China, a mandatory health code dictates where residents and visitors can travel to and from, sharing real-time data with authorities.

The introduction of this health code system in Hong Kong will allow Chinese officials to open back up the nation’s borders with the city-state.

Hong Kong’s chief information officer also says records “won’t be transferred to mainland authorities unless the person is infected or has been a close contact”.

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Meghan Markle wins latest privacy battle case

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A UK court dismissed the appeal brought on by Associated Newspapers Limited, after the company published a letter that she sent to her father, Thomas Markle in 2018.

ANL and the Mail have staunchly denied that they have done anything wrong, standing by the decision to publish the letter.

But the court rejected these claims, and says the Duchess has “a reasonable expectation of privacy in the contents of the letter.”

The judge continued, adding “the contents were personal, private and not matters of legitimate public interest”.

ANL says it is disappointed with the decision and is considering an appeal to the UK’s Supreme Court.

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