Victoria, now Alberta in Canada pulls out of the Commonwealth Games, creating big questions for organisers in London.
Alberta, the Canadian province, has withdrawn its bid to host the 2030 Commonwealth Games citing escalating costs. The joint bid, centered around the cities of Edmonton and Calgary, as well as the Tsuut’ina Nation and Enoch Cree Nation, was estimated to cost C$2.7bn (£1.5bn; $2bn), a burden deemed too heavy for the province to bear.
Tourism and Sport Minister Joseph Schow expressed concerns about the funding model, which heavily relied on corporate sponsorships and limited broadcast revenues, ultimately placing 93% of the financial burden on taxpayers. The government aimed to be transparent about funding and ensure a satisfactory return on investment, leading them to decide against continuing with the bid for the 2030 Commonwealth Games.
This decision effectively terminates the bid, as the city of Calgary’s participation was dependent on the province’s support. The Commonwealth Games are a multi-sport event held every four years, with participation limited to the 56 member countries of the Commonwealth, most of which were formerly part of the British Empire.
Notably, earlier this year, Hamilton, Ontario, had suspended its bid to host the 2030 Games due to a lack of government commitments. Additionally, Australia had pulled out of hosting the 2026 Commonwealth Games in Victoria due to budget overruns, leading to disappointment from the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).
Despite these setbacks, Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf expressed a willingness to consider proposals for Scotland to host at least part of the 2026 Commonwealth Games, and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan offered support for a bid to host the event in the capital. However, any final decision on hosting the games would need to be made by the respective governments.
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YouTuber Trevor Jacob behind bars for plane crash stunt
YouTuber Trevor Jacob has been sentenced to jail after orchestrating a dangerous stunt involving a plane crash in a reckless bid for views.
The shocking incident unfolded as Jacob attempted to push the boundaries of extreme content creation on his YouTube channel.
In a bid to capture the attention of his audience, Jacob embarked on a perilous mission, piloting a small plane before deliberately crashing it. The stunt, which was filmed and uploaded to his channel, garnered immediate backlash from viewers, many of whom decried the reckless behavior as dangerous and irresponsible.
Authorities swiftly intervened, launching an investigation into Jacob’s actions. Following the investigation, he was arrested and subsequently sentenced to a prison term.
The incident has raised important questions about the ethics of content creation, the pursuit of internet fame, and the potential legal consequences for those who prioritize views over safety.
Russian women want their men back from Ukraine
In a heartfelt plea, Russian women have taken to the streets demanding the safe return of their loved ones from the Ukrainian front.
The conflict in Ukraine has stretched on for years, and the toll on families has been immense. Mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters are uniting to call for an end to the fighting and the return of their men.
The women, often referred to as the “mothers of the front,” are growing increasingly frustrated with the ongoing conflict. They argue that their husbands, sons, and brothers have been away for far too long, and the human cost of the war is simply too high.
With no clear resolution in sight, their calls for peace and reconciliation are becoming more urgent.
This grassroots movement has sparked a national conversation in Russia, with many questioning the government’s handling of the conflict.
While the official stance has been to support the separatist forces in Ukraine, these women are highlighting the personal tragedies and broken families left in the wake of the war. Their determination to bring their loved ones home is palpable.
The situation raises important questions about the impact of long-term conflicts on families, the role of women in peace movements, the government’s response to public sentiment, and the prospects for a peaceful resolution in the ongoing Ukraine conflict.
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