NAIROBI: Kenya's Olympic 800m bronze medallist Margaret Nyairera Wambui can feel her career slipping away from her, with no idea when, or if, she will be able to compete internationally again.The 24-year-old is one of several star female athletes affected by an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ruling this month that requires women with high levels of testosterone to take medication to suppress it.Seated at a dirt-track stadium at the foot of the Ngong Hills outside Nairobi where she trains, Wambui has just returned from a disappointing sixth-place finish in the 800m at the Doha Diamond League.She was meant to leave for the IAAF World Challenge athletics meeting in Nanjing next week, but now her future is one big question mark."I am very disappointed, I don't feel even like going on with the training because you don't know what you are training for," she said.The new IAAF rules took effect on May 8 after South Africa's two-time Olympic 800m champion Caster … [Read more...] about Kenyan runner Wambui fears testosterone rules will end career
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By Rob Ferguson Queen's Park Bureau Thu., May 9, 2019 Premier Doug Ford scrambled to quell controversy over his government’s position on abortion after one of his MPPs told hundreds of protesters on the front lawn of the legislature Thursday that it’s time to make the termination of pregnancies “unthinkable.” The premier, who had ducked opposition questions on whether the views of Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff reflect the position of the Progressive Conservative government, released a statement later in the day clarifying his administration’s stance. “The Ontario PC Party is a big tent. We welcome members from a wide variety of backgrounds and beliefs,” wrote the premier, who courted social conservatives to win the party leadership last year when he questioned why teens need parental consent notes to go on school trips but not to get abortions. “The government will not re-open the abortion debate,” he … [Read more...] about Ford says his government ‘will not re-open the abortion debate’
LONDON — In Spain, activists were convicted for social media posts that violated an expanded anti-terrorism law. The Twitter accounts of German citizens were blocked because of rules enacted last year that prohibit hate speech. And a Dutch court determined Google must remove search results about a doctor punished for poor performance, in compliance with a privacy law. Heralded as the world’s toughest watchdog of Silicon Valley technology giants, Europe has clamped down on violent content, hate speech and misinformation online through a thicket of new laws and regulations over the last five years. Now there are questions about whether the region is going too far, with the rules leading to accusations of censorship and potentially providing cover to some governments to stifle dissent. The unintended consequences may be compounded as European governments pursue more laws and policies to restrict what communication can be shared online. Last month, Britain proposed appointing … [Read more...] about News Europe takes on big tech: Has it gone too far?
By Kathy English Public Editor Thu., May 2, 2019 Why does journalism matter? I asked. You answered. In anticipation of today’s World News Day, a time to recognize and celebrate the power of journalism to make a difference in people’s lives, I asked for your perspectives on why journalism matters to you. The responses, as always when I reach out to Star readers for your views were (for the most part) thoughtful and constructive, showing tremendous insight into the value of the public service mission of journalism and deep appreciation both for journalism’s purpose in our democracy and for the work of journalists who aspire to journalism’s highest ideals. Thank you to all who participated. Here is some of why you believe #NewsMatters: Good journalism speaks truth in the face of lies, without fear or prejudice. When the public is confused by those with powerful self-interest, then the duty of the journalist is to lay bare the facts as (s)he … [Read more...] about ‘Great journalism holds the mirror to our souls’
By Heather Scoffield Economics Columnist Tues., April 30, 2019 Canada’s new Special Representative for Nature is in an awkward position. Janet Sumner is a long-standing activist who is still on the payroll of her environmental organization. And she is also involved in building a legal action against the very government that just hired her. She was named to the new role at the end of February, although no official announcement has been made yet. Sumner has a reputation for bringing disparate parties together, fostering collaboration where there was none. She steered and delivered a unanimous conservation strategy for the federal government, finding common ground among ecologists, industry and Indigenous Peoples. The government clearly liked her work and has now gone to the wall to bring her more fully into the fold. Officials spent six months figuring out how she could work for the government and stay involved in her organization — CPAWS-Wildlands … [Read more...] about Harrison Ford, bitter barbs and a secret meeting show the absurdity of politicians’ climate-change efforts