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Brittney Griner is going to a penal colony after a Russian court dismissed her appeal

A Russian court has dismissed Brittney Griner’s appeal, dashing any hopes the U.S. basketball star had of escaping the nine-year jail sentence early.

Griner will now be sent to a Russian penal colony as Washington labels the whole case a “sham”.

President Joe Biden said his administration will not let up efforts to bring Griner and her fellow American detainee, Paul Whelan, home.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price confirmed America will continue to push for the basketball player’s release.

“At the very least they should engage seriously and constructively and in good faith”.

The worsening relationship between Russia and the West has further complicated talks to secure her release.

In a final statement, Griner said how stressful her eight-month detention and two trials had been.

“I was barely over the significant amount [of cannabis oil] … [There are] people with more severe crimes have gotten less than what I was given.”

The verdict will be upheld “without changes”.

What are Russian penal colonies like?

Many consider Russian penal colonies as some of the worst prisons in the world.

This follows high-profile anti-government protestors, including Kremlin critic Alexi Navalny, giving firsthand accounts of their experiences.

Navalny says it’s like a “friendly concentration camp”, with prisoners constantly monitored. The jailed critic says guards often into his cell to harass him and film him sleeping.

Almost all of Russia’s prisons are set up to be traditional penal colonies. They are barrack and dorm-style detention complexes, with prisoners forced to perform hard labor tasks.

A recent 100-page human rights report conducted by the U.S. Department of State, found overcrowding, poor sanitation and heating, and food shortages were common.

The report also documents instances of systemic abuses, including torture and sexual violence, continue to be ignored.


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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Victoria’s Secret criticized for trans woman’s apology



Victoria’s Secret is facing backlash after issuing an apology to a transgender woman who had a negative experience while trying on bras at one of their stores.

The incident has ignited a debate about inclusivity and sensitivity in the fashion industry.

The controversy began when the trans woman, who remains anonymous, visited a Victoria’s Secret store to shop for bras. She reported feeling uncomfortable and discriminated against by store staff.

In response to her complaint, Victoria’s Secret issued an apology, acknowledging the incident and expressing their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

However, the apology itself has come under fire from both supporters and critics.

Some argue that the brand’s apology is insincere and merely an attempt to save face, while others believe it is a step in the right direction towards a more inclusive shopping experience for all customers.

The incident raises important questions about how brands should handle situations involving discrimination and whether their apologies are genuine or performative.

It also highlights the ongoing challenges faced by transgender individuals when accessing spaces traditionally designed for cisgender customers.

As the fashion industry continues to evolve, many are calling for a deeper examination of inclusivity and sensitivity, not just in policies but in practice.

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Has the Australian Defence Force become top heavy?



Despite a decrease in overall personnel numbers, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has seen a notable increase in senior officers, leading to concerns about its top-heavy structure.

In recent years, the ADF has undergone significant downsizing efforts, resulting in a reduced total workforce.

However, a closer look at the numbers reveals a surprising trend – a growing number of senior officers within the organization.

The rise in senior officers has raised questions about the efficiency and effectiveness of the ADF’s hierarchy.

Critics argue that a top-heavy structure may hinder decision-making and resource allocation, potentially impacting the ADF’s operational capabilities.

Is the increase in senior officers a deliberate strategy, or is it the result of unintended consequences from downsizing efforts?

What implications does a top-heavy structure have on the ADF’s ability to respond to evolving security challenges?

Are there plans to rebalance the officer-to-enlisted personnel ratio within the ADF?

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India’s shift to coal amid declining hydro generation



India has been grappling with a significant challenge in its energy sector as hydroelectric power generation has experienced a sharp decline.

This shift in the energy landscape has forced the nation to increasingly turn to coal as an alternative source of power.

The dwindling water resources and changing weather patterns have led to a decrease in hydro generation, posing a pressing dilemma for the country’s energy sustainability.

With India’s growing population and expanding industries, a steady and reliable power supply is crucial.

However, the drop in hydroelectric power output due to factors like reduced rainfall and glacial melting has strained the nation’s electricity grid.

As a result, coal-fired power plants have become a more prevalent choice to bridge the energy gap, despite concerns about environmental impact and carbon emissions.

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