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Watch the figure skating world championships

Click on the video player above to watch live figure skating action from the 2021 ISU World Figure Skating Championships from Stockholm, Sweden.

Coverage continues on Wednesday with the pairs short program at 1:15 p.m. ET. Check below for the full live streaming schedule.

Stick around after the competitions for more coverage of the 2021 worlds with the hosts of CBC Sports’ That Figure Skating Show, Asher Hill and Dylan Moscovitch. The former Canadian national team members will break down the short program results live immediately following each competition on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

WATCH | Eric Radford joins us live following the pairs short program, approx. 6 p.m. ET:

You can also catch more figure skating action on Road to the Olympic Games, streaming on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET and on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET. Check local listings for television broadcast times.

Full schedule

Wednesday, March 24: Ladies short program (5:05 a.m. ET), pairs short program (1:15 p.m. ET)

Thursday, March 25: Men’s short program (6:35 a.m. ET), pairs free program (1:05 p.m. ET)

Friday, March 26: Ice dance rhythm dance (5:45 a.m. ET), ladies free skate (12:55 p.m. ET)

Saturday, March 27: Men’s free program (5:55 a.m. ET), ice dance free dance (11:55 a.m. ET)

Sunday, March 28: Gala exhibition (8:30 a.m. ET)

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OnePlus Unveils the OnePlus 9, 9 Pro, and OnePlus Watch

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OnePlus has revealed its latest phones today, but there’s not much about them the internet doesn’t already know thanks to the numerous leaks and teasers. The OnePlus 9 Pro is the flagship OP phone, and the OnePlus 9 is a slightly more budget-oriented version of the phone. While the OnePlus 9 Pro is almost a thousand bucks, the OnePlus 9 is more than $ 200 less expensive. OnePlus is also finally talking about its long-rumored smartwatch, but it doesn’t run Wear OS. 

The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro have a lot in common. They both run Android 11 with the latest Snapdragon 888, they’ve got OP’s trademark alert slider, 65W charging, 8 or 12 GB of RAM, 128 or 256GB of storage, and there’s no headphone jack (sorry). 

Priced at $ 969, the OnePlus Pro has a 6.7-inch 120Hz OLED at 1440×3216. This is a new type of LTPO display that can vary its refresh rate anywhere between 1 and 120Hz to save power. It’s also got a new camera array consisting of a 48MP main, 50MP ultrawide, 8MP telephoto, and 2MP monochrome. OnePlus says it worked with Hasselblad to tune the camera experience and make colors more accurate. 

The OnePlus 9 is a little smaller at 6.55-inches, but the price tag is much smaller: $ 729. Perhaps the biggest change is the use of plastic for the frame instead of aluminum as on the Pro. The display is a conventional 120Hz OLED at 1080×2400, and the camera array is a bit different, though. The primary sensor is still 48MP, but it’s an older model that doesn’t collect as much light. There’s also no telephoto camera. 

Both these phones support OnePlus’s latest charging technology, which continues to be the fastest available in the US. Warp Charge 65T can take your phone from zero to 75 percent in about 20 minutes, which is amazing. You have to use OP’s proprietary charging hardware, but the phones also go 45W over USB-PD. If wires aren’t your thing, OnePlus has also made wireless charging faster. The Warp 50 dock, as the name implies, can charge the OnePlus 9 Pro at 50W. That’s faster than the wired charging for any other US phone. The OnePlus 9 doesn’t have Warp 50, but it can do regular 15W Qi wireless charging. 

You can pre-order the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro today, and they’ll ship Friday. You won’t be able to get the new OnePlus smartwatch yet, though. This wearable, which runs a RTOS platform similar to Fitbit’s, will last a week on a charge and costs $ 159. It pairs with any modern Android phone, allowing you to check notifications, track workouts, and more. This device launches on April 14th.

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Jews in Russian city scarred by WWII massacre watch Canada’s decision on Nazi interpreter

As the evening light falls over the gentle slope of the ravine, Natalia Yefimushkina, her head tightly bound in a red scarf, stares into the heart of one of Russia’s largest mass graves.

In the summer on 1942, the Nazi death squads first came to Rostov-on-Don, a city about 1,000 kilometres south of Moscow. Over the next year and half, they would kill 27,000 people here, most of them Jews like Yefimushkina’s grandparents. They were ordered to strip and line up along the ravine before soldiers opened fire and executed them in what has been called a “Holocaust of bullets.”

Yefimushkina is so traumatized by the stories of what happened here that she is haunted by visions of her family members.

“Up there on the top, they were standing. They were speaking in German, there were dogs, and [people were] crying — and I’m standing over there. It’s as if I’m there, too, with them,” Yefimushkina said, crying herself. 

“I’m standing here as if my grandparents see me. I can feel them … do you understand?” Yefimushkina said. “I can feel them.”

Zmiyovskaya Balka, which translates to “the ravine of snakes,” is now the site of a towering memorial to those who died here. It consists of a cluster of stone figures with outstretched arms and terror, despair and sorrow etched in their faces.

One of the figures in the memorial to the tens of thousands of people killed in Zmievskaya Balka. (Corinne Seminoff/CBC)


These feelings are reflected in the faces of the living. Inna Rizhevskaya lost family here, too. The remains of her pregnant aunt and cousin lie somewhere in the ravine.

“I did not know them at all,” she said. “Of course, this is sad. It’s sad that for no reason, for nothing, they were killed.”

Given the sheer horror of what happened, many people in Rostov-on-Don were shocked to learn that a man who translated for the Nazis responsible for this ended up building a life in Canada. 

And that more than half a century later, the Canadian government still hasn’t been able to remove him.

Inna Rizhevskaya stands in front of the memorial. Her aunt and cousin were among those who died in the ravine. (Corinne Seminoff/CBC)

“He’s living a quiet life there? He isn’t having nightmares?” said Yefimushkina.

“They should send him to this place, then for sure he will feel his guilt. Let him come here. There’s no way he won’t feel something. The children, the young people, pregnant women, the old people — there were thousands in this pit.”

Settled in Ontario

Helmut Oberlander was just 17 when he started interpreting Russian for the German-speaking Einsatzkommando 10a, one of the Third Reich’s most brutal mobile killing units.

The kommando squads, a subgroup of the Einsatzgruppen, would move into newly German-controlled territory and kill people considered “unacceptable” or a threat. The 1946 Nuremberg tribunal estimated the units were responsible for the execution of more than two million Jews between 1941 and 1944.  

In the summer of 1942, Oberlander’s unit moved through Rostov-on-Don.

After the war, in 1954, he moved to Canada and settled in Waterloo, Ont., where he became a successful developer and community leader. But his past was eventually revealed.

According to declassified government documents, it began in 1963, when the RCMP quietly started a file on him after receiving diplomatic information from New York alerting them to Oberlander’s presence in Canada and alleging he may have taken part in war crimes.

He would face questions about what happened in Rostov when German investigators looking into war crimes deposed him in Toronto. At that time, Oberlander said he did not know the name of the unit to which he was assigned.

Helmut Oberlander has said he was forcibly conscripted by the Nazis when he was 17 years old. The 97-year-old now lives in Kitchener, Ont., and is facing deportation from Canada. (CIJA)

“I do not know anything about any executions of Jews in Rostov,” he said.

Oberlander told the authorities he only remembered working alone as a sentry in a boat anchored nearby. “I had to guard the grain so that the population could not loot it.”

But one of Oberlander’s fellow unit members, Leo Marr, repeatedly told German investigators in the ’60s that Oberlander was more involved in the operation there. He described an operation in which Jews were processed in a house: men were directed to one room, women to another. They were ordered to strip and remove their jewellery and any valuables before being transported to the ravine.

“Oberlander, the interpreter that I knew, came into our room with a girl of 19 or 20 years of age who still had her clothes on,” Marr said. “The girl was crying profusely and swore she was not a Jew, but Russian.” Marr testified that Oberlander translated for her and told her she was free to go home.

Oberlander told the authorities he has no recollection of this incident.

Case became public in ’90s

In 1985, Canada created the Commission of Inquiry on War Criminals, which started an exhaustive review of potential war criminals living in the country. Once-secret documents reveal Oberlander was among 29 cases flagged for special investigation. 

The next year, according to the documents, Quebec Superior Court Judge Jules Deschênes recommended “no prosecution should be started against Helmut Oberlander” because German investigators failed to prove Oberlander took part in any crimes.

Instead, it recommended he be stripped of his Canadian citizenship because he did not divulge his membership in the SS and the Einsatzgruppen to immigration officials.

Ten years later, the news of Oberlander’s past became public when Canada started proceedings to remove him. His Canadian citizenship would be revoked four times after 2000. Three times it was overturned by the Federal Court of Appeal, but his final appeal was quashed in 2019.

Now 97, Oberlander is awaiting an immigration hearing, which has been delayed because of complications around COVID-19 and a hearing disability that prevented him from fully communicating with his lawyer.

On Thursday, Oberlander’s lawyer, Ronald Poulton, filed a motion to permanently stay the proceedings against his client, alleging he had new evidence the government withheld important evidence.

In a statement, Canada Border Services, which handles deportation matters, said it cannot comment on matters before the courts, but added that it places the highest priority on removal cases involving national security, organized crime and crimes against humanity.

It’s now up to a judge to consider the motion. If the stay is not granted, immigration hearings will proceed.

If he were to be deported, Oberlander would likely be returned to Germany, even though he lost his citizenship there in 1960 when he became a Canadian.

Canadian rabbi rebuilds

Rostov-on-Don’s chief rabbi, Chaim Danziger, has struggled to explain to the community how Canada has handled the case.

WATCH | Rostov-on-Don’s rabbi talks about the community’s feelings:

Chaim Danzinger, a rabbi in Rostov-on-Don, says it’s been hard for the city’s Jewish community to learn about Oberlander. 0:43

“They came to me to explain it, like, what’s going on? How could this be? How could there be someone who was involved? What is Canada doing?” said Danzinger, who is originally from Toronto. “How do you answer such a thing?”

Danzinger came to Rostov-on-Don 12 years ago, attracted by the challenge of helping rebuild its Jewish community, which was almost completely wiped out during the Second World War. As a part of that effort, he’s worked with surviving families to put a name to every person lost in the Ravine of Snakes.

“People are still hurting with what happened. We can’t say that it happened so long ago and just let’s move on, let’s turn the page. No, the tragedy that happened in 1942 here in Rostov is felt today. The families are grieving.” he said.

Danzinger says it is unlikely an interpreter working for a Nazi death squad would not know what the unit was doing in Rostov.

“A translator was used to tell the Jews where to put their keys, where to put their jewellery, where to get undressed and where they must march,” said Danziger. “That’s what a translator was doing here.”

Rostov-on-Don reacts

Oberlander’s past denials about knowing anything about the execution of Jews haven’t gone down well in Rostov-on-Don.

“Oh, he didn’t see how they shot people?” said Maya Rozina, whose grandparents and mother’s 13-year-old sister were killed in the ravine.

“How about when he had to translate ‘get naked?'” she asked. “He was blind, I guess? Well, I think for this, too, he should be punished. But not deportation. This is not a real punishment.”

Rozina said even if authorities put him in jail for a month or two, “that will truly be a punishment for a person of 97 years. He will have no freedom. He will be sitting behind bars.”

WATCH | A relative of Jews who were killed in Rostov reacts: 

Maya Rozina’s grandparents and aunt were killed in the Ravine of Snakes. She says deportation wouldn’t be a ‘real punishment’ for Oberlander. 0:43

In the city’s only synagogue, Inna Rizhevskaya shares photos of the family she lost. She, too, is incredulous at Oberlander’s long-standing claim he didn’t know about the execution of Jews in Rostov.

“This is all nonsense. He’s making this all up. At 17, he was a translator, but the fact that they were killing people, he did not know this?” she said. 

“It seems Canada will take anyone in — the good and the bad. A very strange country,” she said.

For his part, Rabbi Danzinger is philosophical about what could happen next.

“What’s justice mean? It’s not about an eye for an eye. It’s not about punishment. Justice just means that someone has to be held accountable for something he did,” Danzinger said.

As the community watches Canada to see what it decides to do with Oberlander, Rostov’s focus is also drawn inward on healing and rebuilding its once-robust Jewish culture, with help from their Toronto rabbi.

Danzinger leads marches of remembrance, and runs an active social media profile that focuses on outreach and education. His efforts are paying off in a city that once had 13 synagogues. 

Danzinger has seen a shift as people who were once afraid to identify as Jews are openly embracing it. He said many families felt “we’re Jewish, but let’s not discuss it. Let’s not practise. Let’s not participate [in the community].” 

But now, he said, “Jews are coming out. They’re coming to participate.”

WATCH | Former Nazi interpreter living in Canada tries to stop deportation proceedings:

Jewish residents of Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia are outraged that the former Nazi interpreter whose unit almost wiped out their community is ‘living a quiet life’ in Canada. WARNING: Some of the images in this story may be disturbing to some viewers. 6:17

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Watch Road to the Olympic Games: World Cup alpine skiing

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Watch Road to the Olympic Games, our weekly program spotlighting the best high-performance athletes from Canada and around the world. On this week’s edition of the program, watch action from the alpine skiing World Cup stop in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

Coverage continues on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET

Watch some of the best skiers in the world compete in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. 0:00

Click on the video player above to watch Road to the Olympic Games, our weekly program spotlighting the best high-performance athletes from Canada and around the world.

On this week’s edition of the program, tune in to watch action from the alpine skiing World Cup stop in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

Coverage continues on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET with the women’s slalom.

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Watch World Cup alpine skiing in Switzerland

Click on the video player above to watch live action from the alpine skiing World Cup stop in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

Live coverage continues on Saturday with the men’s giant slalom (4:30 a.m. ET), followed by the women’s slalom (5:30 a.m. ET).

For more alpine skiing coverage, tune into Road to the Olympic Games on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET and 4 p.m. ET.

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Watch Road to the Olympic Games: Snowboard world championships

Click on the video player above to watch Road to the Olympic Games, our weekly program spotlighting the best high-performance athletes from Canada and around the world.

On this week’s edition of the program, watch action from the snowboard world championships in Aspen, Colo.

Coverage copntinues on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET with the halfpipe event.

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Watch the 2021 freestyle skiing world championships

Click on the video player above to watch live action from the freestyle skiing world championships in Aspen, Colo.

Live coverage begins on Friday at 3 p.m. ET with the halfpipe competition.

Return on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. ET for the slopestyle event.

For more freestyle skiing coverage, tune into Road to the Olympic Games on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET and 4 p.m. ET.

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Watch That Curling Show

Click on the video player above to watch That Curling Show on CBC Sports.

Live coverage resumes on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET and continues each night during the 2021 Brier.

Co-hosts Colleen Jones, six-time national curling champion, and CBC Sports’ Devin Heroux bring you up to speed on everything you need to know as rinks from across Canada battle to be crowned national curling champions.

On Sunday’s edition, Wayne Middaugh – who has been filling in nicely for injured Ontario skip Glenn Howard  –  joins the show to discuss the Brier so far.

WATCH | Celebrating Brad Gushue’s Olympic gold 15 years later:

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Watch Road to the Olympic Games: Short track world championships

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Watch Road to the Olympic Games, our weekly program spotlighting the best high-performance athletes from Canada and around the world. On this week’s edition of the program, watch action from the short track speed skating world championships in Dordrecht, Netherlands.

Coverage continues on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET

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On this week’s edition of the program, watch action from the short track speed skating world championships in Dordrecht, Netherlands.

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WATCH: Perseverance Lands on Mars Today in ‘7 Minutes of Terror’

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About eight and a half years ago, I stayed up until well after midnight to watch Curiosity make Marsfall. At the time, all eyes were glued to what is euphemistically referred to as the “seven minutes of terror.” It took Curiosity and will take Perseverance approximately that long to descend from the top of the Martian atmosphere to the ground below. It takes 11 minutes for a signal from Mars to reach Earth, which means the entire descent will be over before we receive the first signals it’s begun.

“The Perseverance team is putting the final touches on the complex choreography required to land in Jezero Crater,” said Jennifer Trosper, deputy project manager for the mission at JPL. “No Mars landing is guaranteed, but we have been preparing a decade to put this rover’s wheels down on the surface of Mars and get to work.”

If you want to watch the Mars landing live, starting at 3:48 PM EST, you can do so on the NASA YouTube channel linked below. We’ll continue discussing some of what Perseverance faces after the jump:

At 3:38 PM EST, the cruise stage and entry capsule will separate. Atmospheric entry begins at 3:48 PM. The fact that Mars has an atmosphere in the first place allows NASA to use some of the same tactics it uses to return spacecraft to Earth, but Mars’ atmospheric pressure at sea level is less than one percent of Earth’s. Small, light objects can parachute down from orbit the same way they would here, but larger, heavier craft require special tools.

Note: NASA actually has a term for “Purposefully hurling your spacecraft at the ground in an attempt to stop it.” While most of us would refer to this as “crashing,” it turns out that’s only the appropriate term when you hit the planet accidentally. When you throw yourself directly at the planet intentionally, it’s called “lithobraking.” Perseverance is much too heavy for lithobraking, so NASA will deploy a tool it last used for Curiosity: A rocket-powered hover crane.

NASA technically calls this its “Sky Crane,” but in a survey of myself, “Rocket-powered hover crane” polled higher. It’s also a more accurate description of what the Sky Crane actually does.

It’s got rockets. It hovers. It’s a crane. (It’s a ship. It goes through the gate). Random deep cut sci-fi references provided free of charge.

This image from Curiosity’s landing shows exactly the same procedure NASA plans for Perseverance. After it enters the upper atmosphere, Perseverance will brake itself via parachute and retro-rockets. Retro-rockets, however, kick up a tremendous amount of dust if used too close to the surface, potentially damaging the rover. The surface descent stage will lower Perseverance to the surface of the Red Planet from an altitude of ~25 feet. If all goes well, the rover will signal its own survival at approximately 3:55 PM EST.

Perseverance carries its own unique payload of scientific instruments compared with Curiosity and will conduct its own investigations of Jezero Crater as it uncovers past and present conditions on Mars. It also carries the helicopter Ingenuity, intended to be the first powered aircraft to fly on another planet.

Feature Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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