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US and UK ban Russian oil on International Women’s Day

Of the more than 2 million refugees who have fled Ukraine, UNICEF reported that half are children and the rest are mostly women. In a video address, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that Ukrainians usually celebrate International Women’s Day with gratitude and congratulations, but this year he “cannot say the traditional words…when there are so many of dead”. Instead, Ukrainian women pleaded for peace amid the chaos of war. Meanwhile, the United States and the United Kingdom increased pressure on Moscow by banning imports of Russian oil, and other major companies, including McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and Starbucks, withdrew from Russia. (Source: AP, BBC, CNN)

Capitol Punishment

First January 6 rioter to go to trial is found guilty on all counts

Guy Reffitt, a Texan who stormed the U.S. Capitol armed with a gun and zippers, was convicted of five counts, including transporting a gun to the support of civil unrest and obstruction of due process. The week-long trial included video footage of Reffitt leading a crowd down the steps of the Capitol, as well as dramatic testimony from his teenage son, Jackson Reffitt, who tipped off the FBI about his father before the insurgency. The jury deliberated for barely two hours before reaching its decision. More than 750 have been arrested in connection with the riot and 200 have already been convicted. (Source: NBC News)

“Don’t say gay” here to stay

Florida State Senate Passes Anti-LGBTQ Education Bill

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign the bill, banning teachers from educating children about sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade. Parents could sue districts for violations, which many educators fear will marginalize LGBTQ children and families. Under the vague and far-reaching bill, it’s unclear whether queer teachers would even be able to talk about their lives without repercussions. Students and activists have been protesting for weeks across the state, and US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has accused Florida lawmakers of ‘prioritizing hateful bills that hurt some of the students most needy”. (Source: NPR, The Guardian)

Fight for what is right

Nigerian women see promising victories in the fight for equality

Nigeria’s National Assembly is to reconsider three women’s rights bills it initially rejected last week. One bill would grant citizenship to foreign-born husbands of Nigerian women, one would give women citizenship rights of their husband’s state after five years of marriage, and the third would reserve 35% of legislative seats and leadership positions in political parties for women. The decision to reconsider the bills came hours after women protested in three states and in Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos. They were also protesting for justice in recent cases of sexual violence and ritual killings targeting women. (Source: Al Jazeera)


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Discovery of the wreck of an Antarctic explorer. Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance had not been seen since it was crushed by ice in 1915. (Source: The Guardian) Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers are demanding that the verdict be overturned. A juror testified that he mistakenly failed to disclose that he had been sexually abused during a jury selection inquiry. (Source: The Hill) Leader of Proud Boys charged in connection with January 6 attack. Enrique Tarrio is said to have been instrumental in planning the riot. (Source: ABC News)

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Spill the beans

The future of coffee becomes clearer with a glimpse into its past

A team of coffee genetics experts recently confirmed that the beloved beverage originated from the East African countries of Ethiopia and South Sudan, where the most diverse range of coffee beans continues. to thrive. Knowing the genetic history of the crop is key to knowing how coffee can survive climate change by adapting to a rapidly warming world. But East Africa didn’t just give coffee to the world: it’s also where coffee culture was born. In Ethiopia, coffee drinking has long been seen as a community ceremony where people can connect and take time to exchange information. Sound familiar? (Source: NPR)

The bears are back in town

North Carolina to lift ban on black bear hunting after population rebounds

In 1971, there were fewer than 1,000 black bears left in Tarheel State. Five decades later, thanks to a ban on hunting at state bear sanctuaries, the population has steadily increased to around 15,000. That prompted the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to propose overturning the ban to allow hunting in the Panthertown Valley, a vast backcountry area with three bear sanctuaries. The proposal, which would come into effect in August, has yet to win over public opinion: Of the 2,744 comments submitted on the proposed rule change, 86% opposed lifting the ban. (Source: The Hill)

Lead, lead everywhere

170 million Americans exposed to dangerous levels of lead as children

That’s about half of all adults. A new study of early childhood lead exposure between 1940 and 2015 also found that 90% of children born between 1950 and 1981 had blood lead levels above the Center for Disease Control’s threshold for harmful exposure. and Prevention. The researchers found that the high exposure, which they attributed largely to leaded gasoline, lowered average IQ by 2.6 points and increased the risk of developing hypertension and heart disease. Study author Michael McFarland described the results as “infuriating” because the scientific community has long known about the cognitive and physical dangers of lead. (Source: The Guardian)

From victim to survivor

Indian actress breaks silence to talk about sexual assault

Bhavana Menon, who has worked in more than 80 films and won numerous awards, has long kept silent about her “nightmare” in 2017 when she was kidnapped and assaulted by a group of men while traveling – a group that would have included one of his longtime colleagues. stars. She eventually spoke out on Instagram and in interviews, revealing that in the aftermath of the attack there were “many attempts to humiliate, silence and isolate her”. Now Menon goes on the offensive and fights for dignity, describing her “journey from victim to survivor”. The case against her co-star is still pending. (Source: BBC)

develop the fantasy

ESPN will launch fantasy women’s basketball for the 2022 WNBA season

The league saw a huge increase in viewership in 2021, mirroring a similar increase in women’s sports in general. Now, ESPN has announced that ahead of the WNBA season opener on May 6, it will launch the first full-season, full-scale fantasy game focused on a major women’s sports league. Fantasy sports is a multi-billion dollar business, attracting young fans who gravitate towards virtual and immersive direct engagement. The WNBA hopes interest in the fantasy league will have a positive effect on viewership and lead to another banner year. (Source: ESPN, Axios)


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