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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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Why Australia is becoming the new home of the Hollywood blockbuster

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Australia’s multimillion-dollar campaign to attract Hollywood productions to its shores appears to be paying off.

The allure of Australia lies not only in its picturesque locations but also in its competitive financial incentives.

The government offers generous rebates and tax breaks to international productions, making it an attractive proposition for filmmakers looking to maximise their budgets.

Despite the recent intake of Hollywood productions down under such as ‘The Fall Guy’ and ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’, Aussie independents are still finding the space to carve their own creative path.

Rob Fantozzi joined the program to discuss the latest in Hollywood, and showcased his own upcoming project – ‘Omerta‘. #featured

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Portal between countries shut down after international flashing

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An international video portal has been forced to shut down after an OnlyFans model reportedly flashed passersby from across the globe.

On this episode of Ahron and Mike Live – Which would you prefer; pay rise or work perks, an international portal closes, the military reveal a submarine stingray and are you on a top or bottom burger bun?

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss. #featured #trending

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U.S. home prices surge 47%

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American home prices are rising at faster pace now than in the last 20-years.

A recent analysis reveals a jaw dropping surge in the cost of American homes.

Since the start of 2020, U.S. home prices have surged 47% easily outstripping the gains seen in recent decades.

On top of that, home price growth so far this decade is on the verge of surpassing all the growth seen in the 2000s.

Many experts believe this decade’s housing market frenzy was ignited by a perfect storm — the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic triggering an unprecedented rush among buyers.

Tom Hutchens, the Executive Vice President of Production at Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions joins Veronica Dudo to discuss.

#IN AMERICA TODAY #economy #housing #housingmarket #homeprices #homesales #inflation #trending

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