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Cover-up: Jakarta hides foul river with giant net before Asian Games

Authorities install mesh net to hide sight and smell of Sentiong River from athletesThe Jakarta city government has come under fire for buying a giant nylon net to cover up a polluted and foul-smelling river weeks before the Indonesian capital hosts th…

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Cover-up: Jakarta hides foul river with giant net before Asian Games

Authorities install mesh net to hide sight and smell of Sentiong River from athletesThe Jakarta city government has come under fire for buying a giant nylon net to cover up a polluted and foul-smelling river weeks before the Indonesian capital hosts th…

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When did football become a spitfest? | Brief letters

Footballers | Italian taxes | Extrajudicial killings | Mnemonics | Pie | Frozen pipesOn football past and present (Letters, 7 March), one particularly unpleasant feature of today‚Äôs game is the compulsive spitting. Watching Match of the Day now is to ob…

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Megan Kalmoe: I will row through shit for you, America

The media’s interminable hand-wringing over the water quality at the Rio Olympics insults both the host city and us athletes, who have spent years working toward our dream. It’s time to move on

Today I depart for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Competition starts in 12 days; and in 18 days I will have completed the final race of my career. Rio will be my third Olympic team after walking on to my college rowing team in 2002 with no knowledge or background in the sport. Rio will be my first trip to South America. My family and friends are planning on being there to support me for my last ever attempt to make the podium while representing the United States in rowing competition. I will be traveling to Rio as part of one of the most talented and decorated women’s rowing squads in history. I am incredibly excited for this trip, and this opportunity. I have worked for 10 years to get to this point and will continue to work as hard as I can over the next few weeks to make the most of this very special and unique opportunity.

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Megan Kalmoe: I will row through shit for you, America

The media’s interminable hand-wringing over the water quality at the Rio Olympics insults both the host city and us athletes, who have spent years working toward our dream. It’s time to move on

Today I depart for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Competition starts in 12 days; and in 18 days I will have completed the final race of my career. Rio will be my third Olympic team after walking on to my college rowing team in 2002 with no knowledge or background in the sport. Rio will be my first trip to South America. My family and friends are planning on being there to support me for my last ever attempt to make the podium while representing the United States in rowing competition. I will be traveling to Rio as part of one of the most talented and decorated women’s rowing squads in history. I am incredibly excited for this trip, and this opportunity. I have worked for 10 years to get to this point and will continue to work as hard as I can over the next few weeks to make the most of this very special and unique opportunity.

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Grassroot efforts lead the clean-up of Brazil’s Guanabara Bay ahead of Rio 2016

The government promised to clean up Guanabara bay before the Olympics, but civil society is having to step in and do the job instead

Entering the mangrove forest, trees tower overhead as crabs scuttle along the muddy floor and metre-wide spider webs take advantage of the overwhelming number of mosquitoes. Here, the usual putrid stench coming from Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay is almost unnoticeable.

Related: Brazil drought: water rationing alone won’t save Sao Paulo

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Brazil struggles with drought and pollution as Olympics loom large

Pollution in Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailing and windsurfing contests are scheduled to be held, is so bad that competitors have described it as an ‘open sewer’

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The 20 photographs of the week

The Walter Scott shooting, the aftermath of the Garissa attack in Kenya, the ongoing crisis in Syria, the 2015 Masters at Augusta – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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Rio 2016: Occupy takes swing at Olympic golf course

Demonstrators unhappy at building of site in environmental reserve and question officials’ relationship with property developers

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Brazil struggles with drought and pollution as Olympics loom large

Pollution in Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailing and windsurfing contests are scheduled to be held, is so bad that competitors have described it as an ‘open sewer’

Amid what is normally considered the rainy season, Brazil, the home of the Amazon River, is suffering from a historic, punishing drought.

In a country accustomed to ample water supplies, neighbors are turning against neighbors and hoarding water as taps run dry while businesses close and protesters take to the streets. Some have even speculated that São Paulo, one of the world’s largest cities, is failing.

Related: Why Brazil’s megadrought is a Wall Street failure

Related: São Paulo – anatomy of a failing megacity: residents struggle as water taps run dry

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Grassroot efforts lead the clean-up of Brazil’s Guanabara Bay

The government promised to clean up Guanabara bay before 2016, but civil society is having to step in and do the job instead

Entering the mangrove forest, trees tower overhead as crabs scuttle along the muddy floor and metre-wide spider webs take advantage of the overwhelming number of mosquitoes. Here, the usual putrid stench coming from Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay is almost unnoticeable.

Related: Brazil drought: water rationing alone won’t save Sao Paulo

We need to change the approach and sweep the bay as we sweep the streets.

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California’s drought creates an unexpected casualty: sports

As a result of the recent drought ravaging California, high schools and universities struggle to provide outdoor sports for students Continue reading…