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Music by composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky will replace Russia's national anthem at this summer's Tokyo Olympics and the Beijing Olympics in 2022, the country's Olympic Committee said on Thursday.
"The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has notified the Russian Olympic Committee that a fragment from Pyotr Tchaikovsky's concerto for piano and orchestra no. 1 had been approved," it said in a statement.
Russian athletes are banned from taking part in major international events with their anthem and under their flag until 2020 following a decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last year.
Russian competitors also need to wear neutral clothing, and last week Russia unveiled the blue, red and white uniforms that the country's athletes will be wearing at the Tokyo Olympics.
"The difficult process of agreeing everything with the International Olympic Committee has been completed," Stanislav Pozdnyakov, president of Russia's Olympic Committee, said in the statement.
Tchaikovsky originally wrote the concerto in 1874 before revising it in 1888.
It was used during the final leg of the Olympic torch relay during the opening ceremony of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow and featured in the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
© 2021 AFP
Marjorie Greene wants to debate AOC over the Green New Deal — but admits she's yet to read 'all 14 pages' of the bill
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) claims she is interested in debating Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over the details of the Green New Deal. According to Business Insider, Greene on Wednesday, April 21, tweeted about the possibility of her and the Democratic lawmaker scheduling a debate in the near future.
Greene's tweet came shortly after the two lawmakers talked on the House floor about Ocasio-Cortez's environmental proposal. However, Greene insisted she would only be willing to debate after reading "all 14 pages."
"I'm glad I ran into you today [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ] to plan our debate about the Green New Deal," Greene tweeted. "After I finish reading all 14 pages, like we agreed, I'll schedule time for our debate."
Then, on Thursday morning, Greene followed up with another tweet about Ocasio-Cortez's document describing it as a "Communist's manifesto."
I read your 14 page Communists manifesto @AOC. Looking forward to debating you. #MTGvsAOC— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸)1619095826.0
While Greene believes it would be a good idea to debate the Democratic congresswoman, Twitter users believe the political grudge match could end up backfiring for the Georgia lawmaker. Many Twitter users have shared their reaction to Greene's call for a debate. Some expressed interest in tuning in for the debate while others believe it will only be a waste of time.
One Twitter user wrote, "AOC would absolutely DESTROY Marjorie Taylor Greene in a debate on the Green New Deal. Where can I get tickets?"
AOC would absolutely DESTROY Marjorie Taylor Greene in a debate on the Green New Deal. Where can I get tickets?🍿👀— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1619096226.0
Another user wrote, "That would be a big waste of everyone's time. No one wants to watch a conspiracy theorist shout disinformation she heard on 'Fox and Friends' as AOC tries to explain economics and environmental science as if to a child."
However, others raised concern about the fact that Greene has constantly attacked Democratic lawmakers over The Green Deal but inadvertently admitted in the tweet that she'd never read it. "Wait. Let me get this right... you constantly attack the bill and everything it stands for... but you have never actually read it?" one Twitter user pointed out.
In response to the admission, Twitter users surmised that it must have been difficult for the lawmaker to read 14 pages. Another Twitter user wrote, "14 pages is a lot, maybe someone could make an audiobook for her."
According to Newsweek, AOC has not yet said anything about the possibility of debating Greene.
The View's Sunny Hostin unleashes on police who shoot Black children while taking white murderers to Burger King
Former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin unleashed on the unfairness of the way 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant was killed while white criminals who had shot and killed people were "thanked" by police officers or got to stop by a Burger King for a snack.
The conversation was sparked by CNN host Don Lemon, who agreed with the police that there was a knife in Bryant's hand and they had no way of knowing that she wouldn't kill someone. Others argue that the officer could have used a taser instead of opening fire on her with several bullets to the chest.
"Don Lemon and I are dear, dear friends," Hostin said. "We've been dear friends for a long time. Dear friends oftentimes disagree. Don is wrong here. You know, my question is, you know, why is deadly force always the first order of business and especially the first order of business when it comes to Black and Brown people in this country. I mean, when is it okay and why is it okay? We shouldn't live in a country quite frankly where it's acceptable for the police to shoot a 16-year-old four times in the chest over a fight. It goes from zero to execution very, very quickly when there is a Black or Brown person involved. That is just the truth."
She explained that Lemon was comparing the slaying of George Floyd to Bryant.
"George Floyd was 46 years old," Hostin continued. "You have an officer kneeling on his neck for 9 minutes and 26 seconds. She was 16 years old, in foster care. Yes, she was yielding a knife, but there were other girls also allegedly attacking her. Let's compare apples to apples. Let's compare this young girl, 16 years old or 17 years old, to other 17-year-olds. Let's compare her to Kyle Rittenhouse. He was carrying an assault weapon. Do you know what officers did? The video shows the police shared water with him and thanked him for his presence. After the shooting, he was able to leave the scene, even though caught on video he walked towards police with his hands up as protesters yelled he had shot people."
She went on to call out other white shooters who were given special treatment after killing people.
"Let's compare him to the Atlanta shooter Robert Aaron Long," Hostin went on. "He was taken into custody without incident. You know what the officer said who arrested him, 'he was having a really bad day.' Dylan Roof, he killed nine churchgoers. He was treated so kindly by police that he was taken to a Burger King. Was de-escalation a possibility here in this case? Not with this Black girl, not at all."
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