Why Brittney Griner Has Been Sentenced to 9 Years in Russian Prison
Now, have you heard of US Basketball star Brittney Griner? A Russian court has just sentenced her to nine years prison on drugs charges. But it’s upset people around the world, who say the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. And there’s a lot more going on here than meets the eye.
Brittney Griner is facing years in a Russian prison after authorities found a very small amount of cannabis oil in her luggage back in February. Brittney Griner is one of the WNBA’s best players. Her arrest earlier this year was a huge deal, and back home, lots of people including her teammates, are really upset about the ruling. They’ve been posting on social media with the hashtag #FreeBrittneyGriner. It’s fair to say the relationship between the US and Russia isn’t the best, especially because America’s spoken out so strongly against the war in Ukraine. Now the pressure’s on the US government to intervene. We don’t know what the offer is, but some people think it could be a prisoner swap between the two countries. Political experts think one of the reasons that Brittney Griner’s sentence was so harsh was so Russia could negotiate a stronger exchange deal. Nothing’s been announced yet, but many are hoping for a resolution soon.
Let’s take a quick detour to Australian politics now because there’s a lot of talk today about the “climate wars”. Yesterday, the government passed a new bill through the lower house of Parliament. To cut Australia’s emissions by 43 per cent by 2030. It’s one of the key things the new Labor government promised it would do, but it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. The Greens are supporting it, but say there also need to be laws to stop new coal and gas projects because of their impact on climate change. The opposition doesn’t support it at all, and says it will push power prices up and Aussies just can’t afford it.
Hold your horses, or should I say cattle? After two years of cancellations because of COVID, the Ekka, Queensland’s agricultural show. That’s right, the 143rd Royal Queensland Show is officially a go! And farmers from around Australia have been busy preparing for this years big event. Like Angus who’ll be taking part in this year’s led steer competition. And from little things to big things. Like Conrad here, who’s already picked up this year’s prize for biggest bull at the Ekka. The Ekka, which is short for Exhibition has been around since 1876, where the first showbag was actually a bag of coal and was free for all visitors. Today, well things are a bit more exciting. The show brings people from all over the country, keen to celebrate agriculture and sneak in some sweets as well!
RUBBER DUCK RACE
First, to the US state of Illinois. Where 75 thousand rubber ducks have been unceremoniously dumped into the Chicago River. But their sole purpose is not marine pollution, no. They’re taking part in a competition. To see who can make it to the finish line first. Each duck has a paid sponsor, this year, organisers raised 500 thousand bucks for the Chicago Special Olympics. Nice.
WHALE IN THE SEINE
Check out this drone vision of a beluga whale, lost in the River Seine. Emergency services have been attempting to help via land boat, and air. But it’s a delicate operation. And not the first time a whale’s found itself lost in the Seine. Or maybe it’s on the run, and knows exactly what it’s doing.
COW ON THE RUN
Hot off the heels of the Ekka show, this cow is now on the run from law enforcement. Nah just kidding. It’s in Alabama in the US. And we’re not quite sure what it’s doing out. But one thing’s for sure. You might be able to run from the cops, but, yeah actually just keep running. You’re doing pretty good.
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