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Riot police squads intervene as pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters clash in Montreal



People wave flags atop cars in traffic during a demonstration to voice support for the people of Palestine, at Toronto City Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 15 May 2021.

People wave flags atop cars in traffic during a demonstration to voice support for the people of Palestine, at Toronto City Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 15 May 2021.

  • Violence
    between pro-Israel and pro-Palestine protesters in Montreal was condemned by
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
  • Montreal’s
    city police force intervened and declared the protests illegal after tensions
    heightened and clashes broke out.
  • Israeli
    strikes killed 42 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the worst daily
    toll in almost a week of clashes.

– Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday condemned the violence and
“despicable rhetoric” that marked several weekend protests throughout
the country, after clashes between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters in

worst violence in years, sparked by unrest in Jerusalem, is raging between the
Jewish state and Islamist militants.

strikes killed 42 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the worst daily
toll in almost a week of deadly clashes.

after protests in Montreal, Trudeau condemned what he said was “despicable
rhetoric and violence we saw on display in some protests this weekend”.

insisting on the “right to assemble peacefully and express themselves
freely in Canada”, Trudeau stressed in a tweet that there was no tolerance
for “antisemitism, Islamophobia, or hate of any kind”.

on Sunday, Montreal police used tear gas following clashes between pro-Israel
and pro-Palestinian protesters.

hundred demonstrators, draped in Israeli flags, had gathered in a central
Montreal square to express solidarity with the Jewish state.

‘Protesting is a right’

the protest started peacefully, tensions ratcheted up with the arrival of
pro-Palestinian demonstrators and clashes soon broke out.

SPVM, Montreal’s city police force, declared the protests illegal, and squads
of riot police intervened, using tear gas to separate and disperse the two
groups, according to an AFP journalist at the scene.

police spent much of the afternoon in pursuit of the pro-Palestinian
protesters, who spread out and regrouped in commercial streets in the city centre.

the clashes, Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said on Twitter that
“protesting is a right”, but that “intolerance, violence and
anti-Semitism have no place here”.

She said:

Montreal is a city of peace.

thousand pro-Palestinian demonstrators had gathered on Saturday in central
Montreal to denounce what they said were Israeli repression and “war
crimes” in Gaza.

Israel”, some protesters chanted, while others held up a banner that read,
“Stop the genocide of Palestinian children”.

protests happened the same day in multiple Canadian cities, including Toronto,
Ottawa and Vancouver.

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Peter Thiel Helps Fund an App That Tells You What to Do




“How would you feel about being able to pay to control multiple aspects of another person’s life?” asks the BBC.

“A new app is offering you the chance to do just that.”

When writer Brandon Wong recently couldn’t decide what takeaway to order one evening, he asked his followers on social media app NewNew to choose for him. Those that wanted to get involved in the 24-year-old’s dinner dilemma paid $5 (£3.50) to vote in a poll, and the majority verdict was that he should go for Korean food, so that was what he bought…

NewNew is the brainchild of Los Angeles-based entrepreneur Courtne Smith. The app, which is still in its “beta” or pre-full release stage, describes itself as “a human stock market where you buy shares in the lives of real people, in order to control their decisions and watch the outcome”. For many of us that sounds a bit ominous, but the reality is actually far less alarming. It is aimed at what it calls “creators” — writers, painters, musicians, fashion designers, bloggers etc. It is designed as a way for them to connect far more closely with their fans or followers than on other social media services and, importantly, monetise that connection…

Whenever a vote is cast the creator gets the money minus NewNew’s undisclosed commission… In addition to voting, followers can also pay extra — from $20 — to ask a NewNew creator to do something of their choosing, such as naming a character in a book after them. But the creator can reject all of these “bids”, and if they do so then the follower doesn’t have to part with the money…

Co-founder and chief executive Ms Smith, a 33-year-old Canadian, has big plans for NewNew, and has some heavyweight backers. Investors include Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal, and the first outside person to put money into Facebook. Others with a stake in the business include leading US tech investment fund Andreessen Horowitz, and Hollywood actor Will Smith (no relation to Courtne). Snapchat has also given technical support.

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Sandpapergate will haunt Australia cricket forever: ex-bowling coach




Cameron Bancroft. (Photo by Brenton Geach - Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Cameron Bancroft. (Photo by Brenton Geach – Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The 2018 ball-tampering scandal will haunt Australian cricket forever, much like the infamous underarm delivery of 40 years ago, the team’s former bowling coach David Saker said on Monday.

Saker was responding to opening batsman Cameron Bancroft suggesting that Australia’s bowlers knew about the plan in Cape Town to alter the ball which earned him a nine-month ban and rocked the game.

Saker was Australia’s bowling coach when Bancroft was caught trying to rough up the ball with sandpaper during the third Test against South Africa.

While refusing to be drawn on who knew what, Saker said “the finger-pointing is going to go on and on and on”.

“It’s like the underarm, it’s never going to go away,” he told Fairfax Media, referring to a 1981 incident when Trevor Chappell bowled underarm to ensure New Zealand lost a one-day match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The notorious delivery is still cited in New Zealand and in cricketing circles as a prime example of unsporting conduct.

However, the ball-tampering scandal – dubbed “sandpapergate” – had a greater impact on Australian cricket, with the then-captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner suspended for a year from all cricket and stripped of their leadership roles.

Darren Lehmann also quit as coach and all the top brass from Cricket Australia left after a scathing review blasted their “arrogant and controlling” win-at-all-costs culture.

No one else among the team or coaching staff was held to account but Bancroft’s remarks in an interview with The Guardian newspaper hinted that the team’s bowlers at least knew about the plan.

“Obviously what I did benefits bowlers and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory,” he said.

Saker added: “There was a lot of people to blame. It could have been me to blame, it could have been someone else. It could have been stopped and it wasn’t, which is unfortunate.

“Cameron’s a very nice guy. He’s just doing it to get something off his chest … He’s not going to be the last.”

In response, Cricket Australia said that if anyone had new information, they would look into it.

Saker said he was not opposed to a fresh investigation but added “I just don’t know what they’re going to find out.”

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Mexico’s Andrea Meza crowned Miss Universe




Miss Universe Andrea Meza

Miss Universe Andrea Meza





1. Mexico

2. India

3. Brazil

4. Dominican Republic

5. Peru



1. Jamaica 

2. Dominican Republic 

3. India

4. Peru 

5. Australia 

6. Puerto Rico

7. Thailand

8. Costa Rica

9. Mexico

10. Brazil





1. Columbia

2. Peru 

3. Australia 

4. France

5. Myanmar

6. Jamaica 

7. Mexico 

8. Dominican Republic 

9. USA

10. Indonesia 

11. Argentina 

12. India

13. Curaçao

14. Puerto Rico

15. Phillipines 

16. Brazil

17. Great Britain

18. Nicaragua

19. Thailand 

20. Costa Rica

21. Vietnam



74 contestants will compete for the title of Miss Universe on 16 May in Hollywood, Florida. 

The Miss Universe pageant takes place on 16 May in the US (02:00 to 05:00 on 17 May SA time). The show will be broadcast live on 1 Magic (DStv Channel 103) with a repeat at 21:30. 

Reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa will crown her successor at the end of the event.

Representing South Africa is Natasha Joubert, and South Africans are hoping for the “magic double” – back-to-back consecutive wins, which has only happened once before in the pageant’s history.

Natasha wowed crowds at the national costume competition last week and on Friday impressed during the preliminary round

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Miss Mexico crowned Miss Universe 2021




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Washington – Miss Mexico was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday in Florida, after fellow contestant Miss Myanmar used her stage time to draw attention to the bloody military coup in her country.

Sunday night marked the Miss Universe competition’s return to television, after the pageant was cancelled in 2020 for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Andrea Meza, 26, finished first ahead of the Brazilian and Peruvian finalists in a flashy televised event, hosted by American actor Mario Lopez and television personality Olivia Culpo.

Former Miss Universe contestants Cheslie Kryst, Paulina Vega and Demi-Leigh Tebow (who won the title in 2017) served as competition analysts and commentators, and a panel of eight women determined the winner.

Dressed in a sparkling red evening gown, Meza tearfully walked the catwalk as Miss Universe for the first time, before rushing back for a group hug with the other competitors.

Meza beat more than 70 contestants from around the globe in the 69th installment of Miss Universe, which was held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

In the days leading up to the final competition, Miss Myanmar Thuzar Wint Lwin, who made the top 21, made waves when she used her time in the spotlight to bring attention to the coup in her country.

“Our people are dying and being shot by the military every day,” she said during her biographical video, which showed photos of her taking part in the anti-coup protests. “Therefore I would like to urge everyone to speak out about Myanmar.”

Natasha Joubert, Miss Universe South Africa 2020 competes on stage in Ema Savahl swimwear during the MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Competition.

She also won the award for best national costume: during that competition segment on Thursday, she wore an outfit beaded in traditional Burmese patterns and held up a sign that said, “Pray for Myanmar.”

Myanmar has been in uproar since February 1, when the army ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

At least 796 people have been killed by security forces since then, according to a local monitoring group, while nearly 4 000 people are behind bars.

Miss Singapore Bernadette Belle Ong – who did not make the top 21 – also used the national costume portion to make a political statement.

Dressed in a glittering red bodysuit and matching thigh-high boots, she turned around to reveal her cape – in the colours of the Singaporean flag – was painted with the words “Stop Asian Hate.”

“What is this platform for if I can’t use it to send a strong message of resistance against prejudice and violence?” she wrote on Instagram alongside pictures of her outfit.

The United States in particular has seen a surge in anti-Asian violence in the past year, which activists have blamed on former president Donald Trump’s rhetoric, especially his repeated description of Covid-19 as the “China virus.”

The pageant has also drawn criticism in the past for objectifying the contestants.

In recent years, the competition has shifted image, focusing more on female empowerment and activism.

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Sport 2050: Beneath the dome – how cricket could look due to climate change




A domed stadium. Cricket venues may have to look radically different by 2050

Cricket has been warned. The sport will be one of the worst affected by climate change if nothing is done.

So what does cricket in 2050 look like?

BBC Sport has imagined a version of the future where intelligent ‘bio-domes’ create an atmosphere like nothing we have seen… yet.

Before it opened earlier this month, the Melbourne “Dome of Cricket” was hailed as the saviour of Test cricket in Australia.

But just days after the first ball was hit, it was dubbed a “real problem” for the sport, according to Australia captain Bobby Iluka.

The controversial dome – costing A$3bn [£1.65bn] was designed to not only protect players and fans from extreme heat and provide a controlled environment, but also reduce the rising number of days lost to wildfire pollution.

But it has already come in for criticism from players and fans alike both for its impact on the game, and technical difficulties with the climate-control system caused by the size of crowds varying dramatically.

So what happened in the dome?

Following the drawn fourth Ashes Test with England, Iluka became the highest-profile critic so far, insisting it was “impossible” to prepare for the conditions inside the dome.

“On day one, the first session with 100,000 people inside, it was almost hotter and more humid than outside and unpleasant to play in let alone watch. I saw many fans had resorted to leaving,” Iluka said.

“Then by the afternoon session changes had clearly been made but the temperature dropped rapidly.

“These aren’t good conditions for any sport or athlete but batting out there it was impossible to predict what the ball would do from one session to the next – we got lucky basically.”

When asked if he would want to play at the dome again, Iluka was typically blunt: “No, we’ve got a real problem here.

“We have moved the Ashes later in the summer (losing the Boxing Day/New Year’s Day element that has been such a big part of cricket here) and although that has helped in other areas without domes, I am not sure cricket indoors is the future… at least not yet.”

Beneath the dome: Cricket faces a challenging future by the middle of the century
Beneath the dome: Cricket faces a challenging future by the middle of the century

Reaction – what did people make of the dome?

By 2050 cricket has already experimented with making Test matches six days, rather than the current five, to accommodate more intervals and reduce the length of sessions.

But Iluka dismissed that concept as “too long and asks too much of players and fans alike”.

Instead, he suggested: “I would favour a complete reversal, let’s make cricket a winter sport, I know there would be calendar conflicts with the European season but it’s the best of a bad bunch of solutions.

“Cricket is a sport so in touch with its conditions that playing indoors feels wrong.”

Imagined tweet from Cricket fan

Fans too were not amused. Some were vocal about how they were so uncomfortable they left the dome and missed wickets as a result, although others were impressed by the set-up.

Imagined tweet from Cricket fan

The dome, which uses solar panels to power itself, has been defended by its private owners, who have built indoor sports infrastructure in countries across the world to combat adverse climates.

They describe the technology as cutting edge, but did admit that the tech is a work in progress and would have to be adapted as they go along.

Imagined tweet from Cricket fan

However, they insisted that in the face of more severe climate impacts and wildfires, their stadiums are the future of not just cricket but maybe more sports around the world.

Cricket stadium design
A wildlife sanctuary? Campaigners want to see the dome repurposed

Eva Bakker, captain of the Netherlands women’s team who played at a recent test event, said that when the stadium was less full it was often almost too cold. She also pointed out that the pitch just didn’t deteriorate in a natural way.

“Our understanding of cricketing decisions as a fielding side, bowler or batsman have to change dramatically when playing indoors, Test cricket is facing a real challenge in these hotter countries,” Bakker explained.

“The game has exploded in my home country as a summer sport and in other less familiar areas like Scandinavia but for its traditional heartlands like Australia, India, and so on I don’t know what the answer is in the face of rising temperatures.”

One group of environmentalist sports fans, WIDES (Western Australia Defending Earth & Sport), has now mounted a campaign against the future use of the dome and has enlisted the backing of celebrities to turn into it a rescue centre for animals affected by the wildfires.

Organiser Lou Olsen told BBC Sport: “I love and want to save Test cricket but this hasn’t worked, it’s most important we save the animals – let’s turn it into something good and use it as a sanctuary/bio-dome.”

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Why have we chosen this story? – The expert’s view

Kate Sambrook – Priestley International Centre for Climate

Of all the major sports played on pitches, cricket will be hardest hit by climate change – regardless of whether it is being played in England, Australia, India or South Africa.

Extreme heat, in particular, is a major issue for those playing the game, as it not only affects the condition of the pitch but also impairs the performance of athletes and poses significant risks to their health.

Combined with high levels of humidity, the risk of heat illness – which is characterised by nausea, dizziness, vomiting and faintness, and can even result in death – is progressively greater as the environment becomes hotter and more humid.

But this isn’t just something that players will have to endure in the future – extreme heat is affecting international cricket here and now.

England captain Joe Root receives treatment for dehydration in Australia
England captain Joe Root receives treatment during the 2017-18 Ashes in Australia. He would later be taken to hospital

During the Sydney Ashes Test in January 2018, England captain Joe Root was taken to hospital suffering from dehydration and viral gastroenteritis as air temperatures hit 42°C.

A heat tracker in the middle of the ground showed a reading of 57.6°C.

While cricket has always had to endure hot spells in the past, higher concentrations of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere will increase the intensity of summer heat and pose enormous risks to the longevity of the game as we know it.

What is the climate change science behind our scenario?

Air pollution from wildfires will become more common

Matt McGrath is the environment correspondent for BBC News

While heat stress is a major threat to future sports events, air quality is another factor that can have a negative impact on competitors.

We’ve seen examples in recent years of athletes being impacted by smoky air from wildfires in Australia and the US.

Climate change is likely to make this experience more common.

If carbon emissions continue on a very high path, then by the middle of this century we could be seeing 35% more days with a high danger of wildfire across the world.

This presents a danger not just to places we currently associate with fires such as California, parts of Australia and southern Europe.

Smoke from fires can rise up to 23km into the atmosphere and be carried across continents on the winds.

As well as smoke these fires produce huge amounts of fine, particulate matter. These tiny fragments, 30 times smaller than the width of a human hair, can penetrate deep into the lungs and into the blood stream, exacerbating asthma and leading to a spike in heart attacks.

The dry conditions and water shortages that will produce the fire-weather days of the future will also impact the sporting arenas we know and love.

In many cities, attending a sporting event could become very unpleasant because of an aspect of climate change called the heat island effect.

All the roads and buildings in a city absorb and re-emit much more heat from the sun than a rural landscape.

This heat island effect can be up to 5C, which could make attending a sports stadium in a big city in hot regions of the world, uncomfortable at best.

An important thing to remember about climate change is that it is set to make a difference to the number of warm days we experience all over the world.

The recent run of record-breaking warm summers that have been experienced in the US, Europe, and Asia will likely become much more common.

Research shows that 50% of summers in the 2030s will be warmer than the hottest ones of the past 40 years.

By 2050, every summer will likely be warmer than what we’ve experienced recently.

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