DeSantis’s pleas for hurricane aid raise hackles amid vast partisan divide

The Florida governor, having spent millions on migrant stunt, now passes the hat for disaster relief

Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, has become a familiar, and to some a reassuring, face on numerous television channels through the traumatic aftermath of Hurricane Ian’s rampage through the state.

But the near-constant presence of the Republican, who in less chaotic times limits his on-screen appearances largely to the Fox News faithful, is not sitting comfortably with others, nor are his appeals for public contributions for hurricane relief while he is using taxpayers’ money for “political stunts ”.

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Between the Rock and a hard place: the shoe deal hurting UFC fighters

UFC fighters must wear Dwayne Johnson’s Project Rock shoes under a new sponsorship deal, but the Guardian has learned they won’t see any of the proceeds from the lucrative pact

In the lead-up to the final fight on his UFC contract earlier this month, Nate Diaz took aim at Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson over the film star’s recently announced footwear deal with the UFC.

“These shoes fucking suck,” Diaz said while holding up one of Johnson’s Project Rock shoes in front of the camera during an ESPN interview ahead of UFC 279. “Look at these shoes. They made me put this shit on. Fuck these shoes.”

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New-look USA see off China for fourth straight Fiba World Cup before record crowd

  • USA win 83-61 over China in Women’s World Cup final
  • Americans win fourth straight Fiba title and 11th overall
  • A’ja Wilson (19 points) named MVP of Fiba World Cup

A’ja Wilson scored 19 points, Kelsey Plum added 17 and the United States beat China 83-61 on Saturday to win their fourth consecutive gold medal at the women’s basketball World Cup.

This was one of the most dominant teams in the Americans’ storied history in the World Cup that now has won 11 gold medals. They now have won four straight gold medals for the first-time ever. This was also the biggest win in a gold-medal game, surpassing the 20-point wins that the Americans had done twice.

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‘Our entire community is wiped out’: low-income Americans likely to be hit hardest by Hurricane Ian

After the storm knocked out power and destroyed property, people scramble for shelter, funds and news of missing loved ones

For Connie Irvin, 82, and her partner, Cheryl Lange, the cost of Hurricane Ian’s devastating tear across Florida was clear. “Our entire community is wiped out,” said Irvin.

The pair lost their mobile home on Sanibel Island off the state’s west coast and are now homeless, staying in a motel inland about 35 miles away near Naples, Florida, that currently has no electricity.

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Cop15 is an opportunity to save nature. We can’t afford another decade of failure | Phoebe Weston

Ahead of the UN biodiversity conference, our reporter reflects on lessons of hope and change in three years reporting with the Guardian’s age of extinction team

Saying you’re a biodiversity reporter doesn’t mean much to a lot of people. “What do you actually write about?” they ask. And this is exactly why there should be more journalists on this beat. The nature crisis continues to fly under the radar.

In 1992, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, there was a wave of enthusiasm about tackling the great environmental problems, and so governments set up three UN conventions to deal with climate change, biodiversity loss and desertification. Since then, the climate crisis has been treated as separate to the biodiversity crisis, yet there is huge overlap between the two.

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Cal Raleigh’s walk-off home run ends Seattle Mariners’ 21-year playoff drought

  • Raleigh’s walk-off homer lifts Seattle to win over Oakland
  • Mariners clinch return to playoffs for first time since 2001

Cal Raleigh hit a game-winning home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Seattle Mariners ended the longest playoff drought in baseball with a 2-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

Raleigh, pinch-hitting for Luis Torrens, hit a 3-2 pitch from Domingo Acevedo (3-4) just inside the right-field foul pole for a solo homer that sent the Mariners to the postseason for the first time since 2001.

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