San Francisco News

World Cup 2022: Qatar is accused of ‘sportswashing’ but do the fans really care?

Argyro Elisavet Manoli, Loughborough University Fifa’s choice of Qatar as host of the 2022 men’s football World Cup has been controversial since day one. Questions continue to be raised about the nation’s attitude to human rights, and its treatment of migrant workers. To some, the entire event exemplifies the concept of “sportswashing” – using sport as a tool of soft power, to clean up (and distract from) a murky political or humanitarian reputation. And as a PR exercise, the men’s World Cup is a massive deal. The last one, hosted by another controversial host nation, Russia, attracted 3.5 billion viewers

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Man in Brentwood road rage arrested

Brentwood Police Department arrested a 25-year-old man who wielded a gun during a road rage incident.  Officers were called to O’Hara Avenue and Sand Creek Road and searched the area. With the help of the citizens in the area, they were able to find Omar Massoud, 25, of Antioch.  He was detained inside a Pet Food Express.  Police determined that the car Massoud was driving was the same car described. Upon searching the vehicle, they found a loaded semi-automatic handgun.  Massoud was on active probation and was placed under arrest.  “Had it not been for our citizens assisting reporting this

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Music teacher arrested for abusing students

A 43-year-old music teacher was arrested by the San Jose Police Department on suspicion of multiple counts of sexual assault or molesting a child under the age of 12.  Israel Santiago is accused by at least 10 victims of inappropriate conduct. According to detectives, students accused him of assault in the music room and band room at the Adelante Dual Language Academy A warrant of arrest was executed and he was arrested by the members of the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force/Child Exploit Detail.  He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail. “Detectives believe there

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Suspect arrested in the Stanford Shopping Center shooting

Police have identified and arrested the suspect in the Stanford Shopping Center drive-by shooting on Monday.  Zachary Michael Ginsberg, 32, was a former employee at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and had recently started sending threatening text messages to his supervisor at the restaurant.  According to police, the suspect fired at least two rounds during the shooting. Fortunately, no people were hit by bullets but a large plate glass window near the front door of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse was struck by gunfire.  At that time, the restaurant was open and had customers inside.  On Tuesday, detectives executed a warrant for Ginsberg’s arrest

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Ron DeSantis: the Florida governor who may steal the Republican nomination from under his mentor Donald Trump’s nose

Thomas Gift, UCL Is Ron DeSantis the heir apparent to Donald Trump? It sure looked like it on Tuesday. In a US midterm election that saw his Republican party underperform nationally, DeSantis was the spectacular outlier, turning in a dominant performance in Florida’s governor race that turned heads among friends and foes alike. Most remarkable about DeSantis’s win wasn’t just his total margin of victory – a whopping 19 percentage points in a supposed “swing state”. Instead, it was how he did it: making huge inroads in the Latino community, flipping previous Democratic strongholds and eclipsing the share of the

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COP27: one big breakthrough but ultimately an inadequate response to the climate crisis

Matt McDonald, The University of Queensland For 30 years, developing nations have fought to establish an international fund to pay for the “loss and damage” they suffer as a result of climate change. As the COP27 climate summit in Egypt wrapped up over the weekend, they finally succeeded. While it’s a historic moment, the agreement of loss and damage financing left many details yet to be sorted out. What’s more, many critics have lamented the overall outcome of COP27, saying it falls well short of a sufficient response to the climate crisis. As Alok Sharma, president of COP26 in Glasgow,

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