Thursday, June 23 2022

Dive In


It is the IRL's responsibility to balance the individual's right to participate—a long-standing principle of rugby league and at its heart from the day it was established—against perceived risk to other participants, and to ensure all are given a fair hearing.

That’s the statement released by International Rugby League—which became the latest global sports body to ban transgender athletes from women’s leagues. It comes on the heels of a similar ban in swimming. And there are hints that World Athletics could follow suit. Football superstar Meg Rapinoe recently called these bans “disgusting” and “cruel.”


Something very fun: We are hosting the second edition of our online pub quiz—since the first one was a huge success—this weekend. The deets: Saturday, June 25 at 5:00 pm. It will be hosted by our books editor Anushree Kaushal—who is also an awesome quiz master. Don’t worry—the questions won’t be all about books lol! So sign up to join us for an hour of uncomplicated mazaa on Zoom. A beer in hand is entirely optional! 


Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode.’ the team looks at non-consensual sex videos on Pornhub—and wildlife trafficking in India. Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it. 

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Big Story

The great Marathi mutiny: The end of the Thackeray era?

The TLDR: All eyes are locked on Maharashtra—where Eknath Shinde is set to topple the powerful Thackeray family, and end their dominion over the Shiv Sena. Who is this guy and will he succeed?

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Splainer is hiring!
  • Afghanistan earthquake kills 1000
  • Shanghai is #1 for IPOs
  • Polio virus found in London
  • Say hello to mites that live on your face
  • The high price of fresh salmon
  • Have wheat? Buy house!
  • Harry Styles X Gucci


Sanity Break

  • 'The Stoat’s Game' by photographer Jose Grandío


I Recommend

  • Coffee connoisseur Sadhavi Ashwani's guide to nailing your cuppa


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