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Australia’s Socceroos protest against Qatar’s World Cup

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Australia’s Socceroos have taken a public stand against the Qatar World Cup

Australia’s Socceroos have become the first team to take a public stand against next month’s World Cup hosts, Qatar.

In a video posted online, the team raise concerns about Qatar’s human rights record, particularly when it comes to migrant workers and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

The 16 players take turns reading a collective statement, which was edited together into a three-minute video.

Goalkeeper Mat Ryan kicked it off, saying “There are universal values that should define football”. Adding, these values include “respect, dignity, trust and courage. When we represent our nation, we aspire to embody these values.”

“We are not experts. But we have listened to groups such as Amnesty, FIFA [and] the migrant workers based in Qatar.

Australian Socceroos celebrate their win over Peru.

“We have learned there has been progress made both on paper and in practice. The kafala system has largely been dismantled, working conditions have improved and a minimum wage has been established.

“Whilst the reforms established in Qatar are an important and welcomed step, their implementation remains inconsistent and requires improvement.

“As players, we fully support the rights of the LGBTI+ people, but in Qatar people are not free to love the person they choose. Addressing these issues is not easy and we don’t have all the answers.

“This must include establishing a migrants’ resource centre, effective remedy for those who have been denied their rights and the decriminalisation of all same-sex relationships.

“These are basic rights that should be afforded to all and will ensure continued progress in Qatar. This is how we can ensure a legacy that goes well beyond the final whistle of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.”

FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

Football Australia releases unexpected statement

It comes as Football Australia also released a statement, declaring “the tournament has been associated with suffering for some migrant workers and their families and this cannot be ignored.”

“As the most multicultural, diverse, and inclusive sport in our country, we believe everyone should be able to feel safe and be their true authentic selves,” FA’s statement said.

“Whilst we acknowledge the highest levels of assurances given by HH Amir of Qatar and the President of FIFA that LGBTI+ fans will be safely welcomed in Qatar, we hope that this openness can continue beyond the tournament.”

A number of other western countries will also make public statements against Qatar’s human rights record when the tournament begins.

Denmark will wear single-colour “protest” jerseys manufactured by Hummel. They have also limited any commercial activity that promotes Qatar.

Players from a further nine European countries, including England, will sport “One Love” armbands. These protests against Qatar’s same-sex laws. This is despite the armbands not receiving approval from FIFA.

The World Cup will take place in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022.

 

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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‘Rust’ armorer sentenced to 18 months for fatal shooting

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Hannah Gutierrez, the chief weapons handler for the Western movie “Rust,” has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins by Alec Baldwin.

The incident occurred during the filming of the movie “Rust” when actor Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm, fatally injuring Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer responsible for handling firearms on the set, faced charges of involuntary manslaughter.

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The court’s decision comes after a lengthy investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragic event. Gutierrez-Reed’s sentencing reflects the legal accountability for safety lapses on film sets and the severe consequences of negligence in handling firearms.

In March, Gutierrez, 27, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for mistakenly loading a live round into a revolver Baldwin was using on a Santa Fe, New Mexico, movie set, as reported by Reuters.

“You alone turned a safe weapon into a lethal weapon,” Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer told Gutierrez as she handed down the sentence.

Baldwin’s trial is set for July 10th after a grand jury indicted him on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in January.

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Hush money: Trump’s criminal trial finally begins

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Jury selection has commenced in the criminal trial of former President Donald Trump, focusing on allegations related to hush money payments made to women who claimed to have had affairs with him.

  • Donald Trump became the first former U.S. president to stand trial
  • He faces charges stemming from a hush-money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels
  • At least 50 prospective jurors were dismissed after saying they could not be impartial

The former U.S. president said, “It’s a scam trial. If you read all of the legal pundits, all of the legal scholars today, there’s not one that I see that said, this is a case that should be brought or tried. It’s a scam. It’s a political witch hunt.”

Trump must attend the trial, which is expected to last through May, as reported by Reuters.

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Prosecutors allege that Trump orchestrated payments to silence Stormy Daniels, who claimed to have had extramarital affairs with him, ahead of the 2016 presidential election

Trump has denied any wrongdoing, maintaining that the payments were not campaign-related and therefore not subject to campaign finance laws.

However, the prosecution contends that the payments were made to influence the election, constituting a violation of federal law.

The trial is expected to delve into Trump’s involvement in the payments and his knowledge of their purpose.

 

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Latest Sydney church horror: Stabbing rocks Wakeley community

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A man has been arrested after a bishop was stabbed at Christ the Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley.

Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel was preaching at Christ The Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley in Sydney’s west on Monday just after 7pm when a man dressed in black walked up to the altar and allegedly stabbed him multiple times.

Eyewitnesses described scenes of chaos and terror as an assailant approached the altar where Bishop Emmanuel was delivering a sermon.

Chstbrl Saliba, the Deputy Mayor of Fairfield, told Sky News that after the attack, the Bishop got to his feet, and placed his hand on the head of the assailant and began praying for him.

NSW Police said in a statement:

“A police operation is underway in Wakeley, following reports of a stabbing. Officers attached to Fairfield City Police Area Command attended a location on Welcome Street, Wakeley following reports a number of people were stabbed. Officers arrested a male and he is assisting police with inquiries.”

2GB Radio host Ben Fordham says the situation is so chaotic outside the church that police have had to use capsicum spray outside of the church. One woman has been treated.

 

Fordham says police are concerned about the volatile situation outside the church.

Without warning, the attacker unleashed a flurry of stabs, targeting the bishop and several worshippers in a frenzied assault.

Horrifying footage captured the moment of the attack, as the live broadcast on the church’s social media pages captured the unfolding tragedy.

Bishop Emmanuel’s expression of astonishment turned to one of sheer horror as he became the primary target of the assailant’s vicious blows.

NSW ambulance has confirmed at least one person has been taken to hospital.

The assault at Christ the Good Shepherd Church echoes previous instances of mass violence that have rocked Sydney in recent years, after six people were killed by a man at Bondi.

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