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WWE issued the following on their corporate website moments ago:

World Wrestling Entertainment® Suspends Performer
June 9, 2008

STAMFORD, Conn., June 9, 2008 – In accordance with its Talent Wellness Program, WWE® has suspended James Yun (Jimmy Wang Yang) for 30 days for his first violation of the company’s policy.

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London — Britain’s University of Cambridge announced an inquiry Tuesday into its historic links to the slave trade and how it might engage in “reparative justice.” The two-year inquiry will look into how academic work done at the prestigious university during the colonial era may have supported race-based thinking, as well as how the university may have benefited financially from slavery and the exploitation of labor.

“We just felt that Cambridge ought to… step up to the plate and try to play an active role in this in a constructive way,” Professor Martin Millet, chair of the inquiry’s advisory group, told CBS News.Millet said Cambridge’s faculty had been inspired by recent work done by the University of Glasgow in Scotland, which last year published an in-depth report on the wealth it generated — an estimated $260 million in today’s currency — from the slave trade in the Caribbean and Africa during the 18th and 19th centuries. Based on the findings of that report, the University of Glasgow launched a “reparative justice” program, which includes investing in a center for the study of slavery, according to Britain’s Guardian newspaper.Should U.S. pay reparations for slavery? U.N. experts think so”It’s something that I think is very important, and I feel quite strongly that it’s an area where we need to do it well and we need to do it in an academic way,” Millet told CBS News. He said that what “reparative justice” might look like, exactly, would be explored during the inquiry, but that it might include examining memorials around the university to see if they have ties to slavery and changing them, as well as potentially setting up scholarships for students in nations that were affected by the slave trade.
A press release announcing the inquiry said it, “comes amid a wider reflection taking place in the United States and Britain on the links between universities and slavery.” Princeton has conducted research into its links to slavery, and Georgetown and Yale have renamed buildings.Millet, however, stressed the differences between the British and American contexts.”You (the United States) were the recipients of a slave population. The interrelationship between enslaved people and your own society is rather different from ours, so I’m sure there are things we can learn. I’m sure there are things that we can see make sense in a North American context that perhaps don’t make sense here, but we are open minded and we want to explore things,” he told CBS News.”Only the beginning”  “It is fair to assume that Cambridge, like many institutions in this country, will find that they have benefited in some way from The Transatlantic Trade in enslaved Africans,” Britain’s Black Cultural Archives, a heritage center dedicated to the histories of African and Caribbean people in the United Kingdom, said in a statement welcoming the investigation.”Acknowledging the experiences and contributions of thousands of Black people is only the beginning. What is critical is how Cambridge will ultimately use its findings in order to make meaningful reparations. We would encourage Cambridge to significantly involve organisations who are specialists in the field of reparations on how best to proceed,” the statement continued.Millet conceded that as “an aging white male” he likely doesn’t have the same “insight” into the impact of Britain’s past on its current residents that people of Afro-Caribbean descent would, “but as an academic, I can see that their lives as a group of people over a long period of time have been adversely affected by this history, and I think we need to recognize that and help explore it.””You can’t change history, but you can, as we move forward, think of ways that are reparative to help those communities,” Millet said.

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Two French special forces officers were killed Friday in a military operation in the West African nation of Burkina Faso that freed four people from the United States, France and South Korea who were kidnapped in Benin, authorities said. Four “terrorists” also were killed during the pre-dawn operation in northern Burkina Faso that was carried out to free the two French tourists, French Defense Minister Florence Parly said.

It was “an operation of rare difficulty” that grew more complex with the discovery of the American and South Korean hostages being held with the French citizens, Parly said.Despite careful planning and American and Burkina support, “no one had any knowledge” of the presence of an American and a South Korean, she said at a news conference.
Contacts with the United States and South Korea “show that these countries were probably not aware of the presence of their two nationals on Burkina Faso territory,” she added. Parly said the four freed hostages were in a “safe place.”French President Emmanuel Macron plans to welcome home the French citizens and the South Korean citizen at a military airport outside Paris on Saturday evening, his office said. The American, whom Parly said was a woman, was expected to be repatriated separately.The two Frenchmen rescued were identified as music teachers Patrick Picque and Laurent Lassimouillas, BBC News reported. Both men disappeared while on safari last week at the Pendjari National Park in northern Benin. Their guide was later found dead. It was not immediately known when and where the American and South Korean were kidnapped.In a statement Friday, Macron expressed condolences over the deaths of the two Marine commandos participating in France’s Barkhane Operation, which has been working to root out terrorists roaming the Sahel region.A military ceremony for the commandos is planned for next week. Macron thanked authorities in Burkina Faso and Benin for their cooperation and promised them support in fighting terrorism.Army Chief of Staff Gen. Francois Lecointre said the hostages and their captors were in transit in Burkina Faso “with the intention of the kidnappers to take them to Mali,” according to French newspaper Le Monde.

The risk of their being transferred to an extremist group in Mali – which would have made efforts to free them impossible – triggered the operation, Lecointre said. Islamic extremists have become increasingly active in Burkina Faso, raising worries the militants could be infiltrating northern Benin and neighboring Togo as well.France has 4,500 troops in a military force in the Sahel aimed at helping local governments fight extremists. Pendjari National Park is part of a vast wildlife area that stretches across the countries of Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger. The entire area is home to most of the world’s remaining West African lion population.

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A meteoroid “about the size of a washing machine” broke apart and rained down on a Costa Rican town last month. It’s since been classified as an “extraterrestrial mud ball” that could provide insights into the origin of our solar system, scientists say. 

Residents of Aguas Zarcas, a small town in Costa Rica, originally reported the meteor as a “large fireball in the sky” when it first appeared April 23. As the meteoroid entered the atmosphere, it broke into hundreds of meteorites that landed around the town, including a two-pound rock that crashed through someone’s roof, breaking a dining table.While dry meteorites are fairly common, scientists found the ones that landed in Costa Rica to be made of wet clay.  The rare “carbonaceous chondrites” are rich in organic compounds and full of water, which could provide insights into how to extract water from asteroids in space. “Many carbonaceous chondrites are mud balls that are between 80 and 95% clay,” said Laurence Garvie, a research professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and a curator for Arizona State University’s Center for Meteorite Studies. “Clays are important because water is an integral part of their structure.”
Following early reports, scientists raced to get a piece of history before the meteorites could be destroyed by rainfall. A total of 55 pounds have been recovered so far. Garvie said that scientists around the world will be studying the meteorites for years to come, searching for a glimpse into the history of the solar system. “Nature has said ‘here you are’ and now we have to be smart enough to tease apart the individual components and understand what they are telling us,” Garvie said.Scientists have already determined a bit about where the meteorite came from. “It formed in an environment free of life, then was preserved in the cold and vacuum of space for 4.56 billion years and then dropped in Costa Rica,” Garvie explained.A significant carbonaceous chondrites meteorite hasn’t landed on earth in 50 years, since one arrived in Australia in 1969. It went on to become one of the most studied meteorites in the world. “Carbonaceous chondrites are relatively rare among meteorites but are some of the most sought-after by researchers because they contain the best-preserved clues to the origin of the solar system,” center Director Meenakshi Wadhwa said. “This new meteorite represents one of the most scientifically significant additions to our wonderful collection in recent years.”

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The robust growth the American economy enjoyed in 2019’s first three months could weaken sharply if the country’s trade fights with China, Mexico and other countries worsen, according to the World Bank. The international lender expects U.S. GDP growth to fall to 2.5% this year and to 1.7% in 2020, down from 2.9% in 2018. Although government spending and corporate tax cuts have boosted economic activity this year, that impact is fading, the organization concludes in a new report.

“An increase in U.S. tariffs on all remaining imports from China, and retaliatory responses by China, would result in significant economic losses for exporters of the targeted products and lead to cascading trade costs to other sectors,” the bank said, noting that heightened trade tensions have weighed on U.S. exports to Asia and Europe.  The Trump administration has threatened to subject $300 billion worth of Chinese goods to a 25% tariff later this summer. President Donald Trump last week also vowed to impose a 5% tax on all Mexican imports starting on June 10 unless the country acts to stem the flow of migrants to the U.S. Barring a deal, those levies would rise monthly until they hit 25% in October, a blow economists said would roil company supply chains and potentially push Mexico into recession.
Conflict over trade is also taking a toll on the global economy. The World Bank expects growth around the world to slow to 2.6% this year, down from 3% in 2018, citing the escalation of trade disputes as its No. 1 risk.

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The 40th birthday of Ironman was always going to be a special race, and so it proved with the Kona debut of Javier Gomez, course records broken, emotional stories of redemption and some heavyweights showdowns between the world’s greatest long-course athletes.

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Grabbing the headlines in the men’s elite event was Patrick Lange, who broke the Ali’i Drive finish line tape in 7:52:39 to become the Ironman World Champion for the second time. Following the German home was Belgium’s Bart Aernouts in second and David McNamee of Scotland, who ran in his way to third in 8:01:09.

Brit Joe Skipper would come home in seventh, while Javier Gomez was 11th on debut in Hawaii. Tim Don, after his horrific bike crash just over a year ago, crossed the line in 36th in tear-jerking scenes.

BRIT EXPECTIONS

Not since the multiple Ironman world champ Chrissie Wellington went toe-to-toe with Julie Dibens, Rachel Joyce and Leanda Cave in 2011 have British elite athletes received some much focus in Kona (head here for the women’s report featuring Lucy Charles).

In the men’s race, Scotland’s David McNamee was hoping to go even better than in 2017, when his third-placed finish was the best British male placing in Kona history. East Anglia’s Joe Skipper – second behind Jan Frodeno at Challenge Roth in 2016 – was also vying for his first top 10 finish in Hawaii, and there was the emotional appearance of Tim Don in the starting field, following a severe crash ahead of the 2017 edition of Hawaii.

Elsewhere on the starting pontoon was the five-time ITU World Champion, Javier Gomez, making his Kona racing debut, the reigning champion Patrick Lange, former winner Sebastian Kienle, and a Jan Frodeno-shaped hole after the two-time Kona champ pulled out ahead of the race.

In relatively cool and calm conditions for Kona, the men’s event saw Aussie athlete Josh Amberger first out of the water, closely followed by France’s Denis Chevrot. Gomez came out in 5th after 47:46mins and David McNamee was in 13th, 1:52mins down after a time of 49:31mins. Don would exit Kailua Bay in 50:34, 20th pro man overall

Some big names were already 2-3mins in arrears, including the reigning champion Patrick Lange and 2014 winner Sebastian Kienle. The 2017 second-place finisher and uber-biker Lionel Sanders was a further 3mins back.

.@JoshAmberger is in the lead and nearing the swim exit. #IMWC

Tune in to catch all the action from the @rokasports Swim Course via NBC Sports (US) and https://t.co/DRAL10Rxpg (Global). pic.twitter.com/sSGEq4Of2g

— IRONMAN Triathlon (@IRONMANtri) October 13, 2018

Onto the bike, and the major early news was that Kienle had suffered a puncture and was riding with a replacement wheel. But the German star had moved up to 14th by halfway through the 180km bike leg, with the field being led by biking powerhouses Andrew Starykowicz (USA) and Australia’s Cameron Wurf. Gomez was in ninth, Lange tenth, while the Brits of McNamee, Skipper, Don and Will Clarke were riding in proximity to each other in around 20th place.

Approaching transition two and Wurf’s bike course record of 4:12:54 from 2017 was in jeopardy, and the Australian would once again enter the Hawaii record books after a 4:09:36 split.

#IMWC @cameronwurf has come off the bike with the lead and established a new course record of 4:09:36! pic.twitter.com/koj3J5Y9Ee

— IRONMANLive (@IRONMANLive) October 13, 2018

Lange would enter T2 around 6mins back, with Gomez 8mins behind, and both in serious contention to see their run prowess move them to the front of the race. Kienle, meanwhile, would quit in T2.

THE 8HR BARRIER

With the 40 years of Ironman in Hawaii being celebrated in the build-up to the race, it was apt that major landmarks in the sport’s history would be broken in 2018. And that was the men’s course record and the magical eight hour barrier in Hawaii, a time that had eluded such greats as Mark Allen, Dave Scott, Craig Alexander and Jan Frodeno in Kona history.

#IMWC pic.twitter.com/a7KdM06IsT

— IRONMAN Triathlon (@IRONMANtri) October 14, 2018

Lange, who we interviewed earlier in the year about the sub-8hr record, moved to second almost instantly and was in control of the chase group on Cameron Wurf. He made the pass after 15km and gave Wurf a classy fist bump on the way, before taking off at 6min/mile pace to deliver a 2:41:32 marathon run that kicked the course record into touch. His 7:52:39 finish time was nearly 10mins faster than his 2017 course record of 8:01:40, and was scarily only his sixth-ever full Ironman race.

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Aernouts was next home in 7:56:41 to become the second man to dip under 8hrs in Hawaii, while McNamee was third in 8:01:09, which itself was the third-fastest Hawaii time in history. Skipper was seventh in 8:05:54.

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Ahead of Wednesday’s “war council” meeting of the Inner Circle, Santana and Ortiz will be in action on Tuesday’s AEW Dark.

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The duo will meet Sonny Kiss and Joey Janela on the YouTube show, their first straight tag team match since failing to unseat the Young Bucks for the Tag Team titles in mid-February.

The show will also feature QT Marshall in singles action (with Nick Comoroto) against Fuego del Sol. Marshall had a falling out with Natural Nightmares tag partner Dustin Rhodes in Sunday’s Casino Tag Team Royale after Marshall eliminated factionmates the Gunn Club. Marshall eliminated himself and spit at Rhodes before walking off.

The rest of Tuesday’s card:

SCU vs. Azriel and Danny Limelight (This marks Limelight’s return to action after having COVID-19.)
Dark Order (Colt Cabana, Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Alex Reynolds) Reynolds vs. Aaron Frye, D3, Jon Cruz & Vary Morales
Varsity Blonds vs. Cameron Stewart & RYZIN
Kip Sabian (w/ Penelope Ford) vs. Carlie Bravo (w/ Shawn Dean)
Diamante vs. Savannah Thorne
Lee Johnson vs. Baron Black
Powerhouse Hobbs (w/ Hook) vs. Angel Fashion
Abadon vs. Katalina Perez
The Pretty Picture (Peter Avalon and Cezar Bononi) and Ryan Nemeth vs. Aaron Solow, Brick Aldridge & Dean Alexander

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The robust growth the American economy enjoyed in 2019’s first three months could weaken sharply if the country’s trade fights with China, Mexico and other countries worsen, according to the World Bank. The international lender expects U.S. GDP growth to fall to 2.5% this year and to 1.7% in 2020, down from 2.9% in 2018. Although government spending and corporate tax cuts have boosted economic activity this year, that impact is fading, the organization concludes in a new report.

“An increase in U.S. tariffs on all remaining imports from China, and retaliatory responses by China, would result in significant economic losses for exporters of the targeted products and lead to cascading trade costs to other sectors,” the bank said, noting that heightened trade tensions have weighed on U.S. exports to Asia and Europe.  The Trump administration has threatened to subject $300 billion worth of Chinese goods to a 25% tariff later this summer. President Donald Trump last week also vowed to impose a 5% tax on all Mexican imports starting on June 10 unless the country acts to stem the flow of migrants to the U.S. Barring a deal, those levies would rise monthly until they hit 25% in October, a blow economists said would roil company supply chains and potentially push Mexico into recession.
Conflict over trade is also taking a toll on the global economy. The World Bank expects growth around the world to slow to 2.6% this year, down from 3% in 2018, citing the escalation of trade disputes as its No. 1 risk.

Two days after Team USA played its inaugural match of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, fans and critics are still debating whether the players’ celebrations after each of their record-breaking 13 goals were excessive. However, while the focus of the sports world has been on that debate over potentially unsportsmanlike behavior, it seems to have overlooked the touching display of sportsmanship by one of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s star players.

At the end of the game, as Thailand’s fans and players alike wept over the one-sided outcome, Carli Lloyd — the veteran forward who emerged as the breakout star of the last Women’s World Cup — approached Thailand’s goalie with an embrace, then walked the defeated opponent off the field arm-in-arm.”What I thought was so classy was after the end of the game, Carli Lloyd went up to the Thailand goalkeeper, and she put her arm around her and walked her off the field,” embattled U.S. soccer star Hope Solo told “CBS This Morning.” “That’s the kind of class I want to see from the United States.”
It was an act of compassion that was easy to miss if you were simply watching the game on television, or for a commentator swept up in the excitement of the history-making win. However, the understated act of kindness was not lost on Thailand’s goalkeeper.Sukanya Chor Charoenying — who had to endure the humiliation of picking the ball up from the back of her team’s net a staggering 14 times (Team USA’s first goal was called back) — took to Twitter today to express her gratitude to Lloyd.”Thanks so much, Lloyd,” she wrote. “Your words that you told me make me strong. Keep going for this tournament and so on. Firstly, I felt disappointment in worst situation but this is the biggest experience in my life.”Less than an hour later, Carli Lloyd responded with a tweet of her own. “All you can do is give it your best each and every day,” the three-time Olympian wrote. “Keep fighting and never give up!! Still 2 more games to play.”As long as there are sports — and perhaps especially women in sports — debates are sure to rage: Are celebrations unsportsmanlike? What’s acceptable to say about an opponent, while representing your country? Will the vast gender pay gap ever be corrected? Is there a double standard for behavior between male and female athletes?Most of those questions are massive in scope and not likely to be solved anytime soon. In the meantime, however, two things are abundantly clear. First, the U.S. Women’s National Team is one of the most formidable forces in U.S. athletics, male or female. Second, amidst all the controversy over unsportsmanlike behavior, there are examples of sportsmanship that deserve to be both highlighted and heralded, like what occurred on Tuesday between the USA’s Carli Lloyd and Thailand’s Sukanya Chor Charoenying.And in a global tournament like the Women’s World Cup that brings the numerous countries of the world shoulder-to-shoulder, is there any “goal” more important than that?

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Paratriathletes Lauren Steadman and Alison Patrick have both won gold at the Buffalo City ITU World Paratriathlon Event,  gaining automatic qualification for the Paralympics in Rio

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 Steadman, 23, won the PT4 category and has now qualified for her third Paralympic Games, having competed twice before as a swimmer. She said: “The top women weren’t here today so I planned to keep it steady and ensure that nothing went wrong. Meeting automatic qualification was the absolute priority. The swim was calm, the bike was a little hilly. Overall it was a great way to start the season!”

Alison Patrick, 28 from Dunfermline won the PT5 race for visually impaired athletes, guided by Nicole Walters. She finished more than three minutes ahead of Spain’s Susana Rodriguez and will look forward to her first Paralympic Games where she will line up against ITU world champion, Katie Kelly of Australia.

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There was also another gold from Ryan Taylor in the men’s PT2 event two silvers from David Hill (PT4) and Phil Hogg (PT1 ) and one bronze Melissa Reid won bronze in the PT5 category with Hazel Smith guiding..

Head coach, Jonathon Riall said that it was “a great start to 2016 with two more quota places secured for Rio and two athletes meeting automatic qualification.”

Steadman and Patrick will be automatically selected for Rio, however general selection for the rest of the team will take place following the ETU European Championships at the end of May and the conclusion of the ITU World Paratriathlon Event Series in June.

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Related: 

Paratriathlon: the ultimate guide

 Britain’s pioneering approach to elite paratriathlon training

Commonwealth Games to host Paratriathlon for first time

2016 Buffalo City ITU World Paratriathlon Event results

Men’s PT1

1. Giovanni Achenza, ITA, 1:08:00

2. Phil Hogg, GBR, 1:12:09

3. Junpei Kimura, JPN, 1:17:28

Men’s PT2

1. Ryan Taylor, GBR, 1:13:33

2. Mohamed Lahna, MAR, 1:15:52

3. Michele Ferrarin, ITA, 1:16:23

Men’s PT4

1. Yannick Bourseaux, FRA, 1:04:03

2. David Hill, GBR, 1:04:55

3. Alexander Yalchik, RUS, 1:05:46

Women’s PT4

1. Lauren Steadman, GBR, 1:13:00

2. Gwladys Lemoussu, FRA, 1:18:21

3. Tamiris Hintz, HUN, 1:27:41

Women’s PT5

1. Alison Patrick, GBR, 1:07:31

2. Susana Rodriguez, ESP, 1:10:45

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