Beijing Olympic spokesperson denies human rights criticism
Beijing, China (REUTERS) – Olympic spokesperson Zhao Weidong says the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics will turn attention away from criticism surrounding the host country’s human rights record. Several countries including the United States and Britain have announced a diplomatic boycott of the Games over China’s rights... Read more
Unofficial ban on critiquing minority cultures allows dictators to flourish: Banoo Zan
By Saloni Bhugra Three years after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated, an “unofficial ban” on critiquing minority cultures is allowing dictators to flourish, says Iranian-born poet and author Banoo Zan. On Dec 7, 2021, a suspect in the murder of Khashoggi was arrested in France. The arrest took place... Read more
Coffee prices are going up — here’s why trouble’s brewing
The price of a cup of coffee could get even higher. A devastating frost in Brazil — a top producer of coffee beans — is driving up farming costs, and it might cause a hike in prices at local cafes and grocery stores by the end of this year.... Read more
Advocates call for safer public spaces for gender minorities
By Saloni Bhugra On Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, a woman was harassed, groped, and raped in a SEPTA train near Philadelphia. Initial reports indicated that it happened in the presence of other passengers that filmed the incident and failed to intervene, though Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer later... Read more
Podcast: Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together… already? Thomas Hall and Devin Heroux talk back-to-back Olympics
For the first time since the Summer and Winter Olympics began alternating every two years in the 1990s, the athletic world is set to have two Games very close together as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic pushing back Tokyo 2020 to this past summer. Those Olympics just wrapped... Read more
World gathers at COP26 to mitigate climate crisis
Representatives of almost 200 countries have gathered in Scotland for the 26th United Nation Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26). Embed from Getty Images The main goal of the summit is to secure global net zero greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century and not let temperatures increase by more than... Read more
U.S. film crew members vote to strike over working conditions
Canadian screen productions could be affected by American film and television crews voting to strike over unfair working conditions. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)) and its 36 local unions, which represents 60,000 workers across the U.S, voted on Oct. 1-3 to take strike action. More than... Read more
Star Trek’s Captain Kirk launches to space
Canadian actor William Shatner blasted off to space aboard billionaire Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin NS-18 from Texas on Wednesday. The almost 10-minute flight was originally scheduled for Tuesday but it got postponed for Wednesday due to high winds. Embed from Getty Images Shatner’s space flight drew a range of... Read more
Groundbreaking WSL TV deal seen as proof of continued growth in women’s soccer

New broadcast deal lauded as the next step in the growth of the league, and sport as a whole

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Offshore wind farm energy deal gets $1.6B investment from Norway
(Reuters) – Norway’s $1.3 trillion sovereign wealth fund has directly invested in a renewable energy project for the first time. The fund purchased a 50 per cent stake in the Borssele 1 and 2 wind farm off the Netherlands for $1.63 billion from Denmark’s Orsted, which will resume to... Read more