Good morning! Today is Wednesday, April 5, and here are the stories that interest me.
Reports of a chemical attack by Syria against rebels in the Idib Province has occurred today. The airstrikes by the Syrian military were made on the town, following what seem to be an attack of Chlorine. Reports claim that 58 people have already died from their injuries. International condemnation has been swift. Israel, who has been accused of using chemical warfare against the Palestinians have condemned the attack. The US has also condemned the attack with the President placing blame on Former President Obama for creating the situation that led to the bombing.
The National Hockey League in the US and Canada has announced that they will not be allowing NHL players to participate in the 2018 Olympics. The professional league and the IOC has allowed Professional players to play in the Olympics since 1994, but negotiations between the NHL and the IOC has stalled in recent months, and the NHL made the decision not to allow their players to participate. This has placed considerable doubt on Canada as it looks to defend it 2014 Gold.
Tonga has renewed its pledge banning whale hunting in its territorial waters. Speaking at the three day “Whales in a Changing Ocean” conference, Acting Prime Minister Hon Siaosi Sovaleni reiterated the pledge of protecting the whales. “[Whales] are custodians of the ocean and are living indicators of the health of the ocean…What happens to whales living in a polluted ocean will surely also happen to Pacific Islanders,”Several Pacific Island nations participated in the conference, part of a 2 year push to protect Pacific Whales across the entire ocean.
And that is it, big personal post coming, so be on the lookout for that!