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Stars unite against the Fifa Men’s World Cup



Qatar’s Fifa Men’s World Cup in the spotlight as stars unite against the event

With the Fifa Men’s World Cup just days away, a whole host of stars have united against the major sporting event.

Pop sensation Dua Lipa has denied reports she is due to perform in Qatar. Lipa says she will “look forward to visiting [the country] when it has fulfilled all the human rights pledges it made.”

“I will not be performing and nor have I ever been involved in any negotiation to perform.”

Fifa has been slammed for selecting Qatar as the host nation amid the nation’s stance on same-sex relationships, human rights record and treatment of migrant workers.

It follows Rod Stewart taking a similar stance.

He says he was offered over $1 million to play in Qatar for the World Cup. But he turned it down.

Stewart believes performing wasn’t an option. He also believes the “Iranian [football team] should be out [of the World Cup] too for supplying arms.”

But not everyone has turned down the cash.

Robbie Williams and Jung Kook from BTS are both set to perform.

Meanwhile, British comedian Joe Lycett has issued a very public ultimatum to Qatar World Cup ambassador David Beckham.

Lycett has promised to donate 10,000 pounds of his own money to charity, if Beckham ends his deal with Qatar.

Homosexuality is illegal in the country, and the comedian says he will shred the money just before the opening ceremony if Beckham refuses to cooperate.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture



U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?



The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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How a ransomware attack would disrupt the food supply chain



Massive financial gains continue to be one of the top motivating factors behind cyberattacks.

The Information Technology – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC) has been tracking ransomware incidents and trends since 2021.

Despite government and law enforcement efforts to take down malicious infrastructure, new ransomware strains continue to emerge.

The company just released its analysis of the 2023 ransomware landscape report and insights for 2024.

Jonathan Braley, Director of the Food and Ag-ISAC joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #IN AMERICA TODAY #featured #ransomware #ransomwareattacks #foodsupplychain

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