The Current

The Current for May 13, 2022

Today on The Current: Helping Ukrainian refugees start a new life in Newfoundland; Nigeria makes it illegal to pay a kidnapper’s ransom; scientists unveil first picture of supermassive black hole in our galaxy; and the race to stop a catastrophic oil spill in Yemen.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Ukrainian refugees arrived in Newfoundland this week, but what supports will they need if local officials want to help them build a life there? Matt Galloway talks to new arrival Lesya Dunaevskaya, local volunteer Brandon Ramey, and Tony Fang, a professor of economics at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Plus, Nigeria's government has made it illegal to pay a ransom to kidnappers. But critics say the law won't solve the problem, and it will actually hurt victims and their families. We talk to Paul Mshelia, who paid a ransom when his adult son was kidnapped last year; and security expert Ebenezer Oyetakin, the executive secretary at the Anti-Corruption Network.

Then, scientists have unveiled the first picture of a supermassive black hole lurking in the heart of our galaxy. Avery Broderick, an associate professor at Waterloo University and one of the scientists involved in the discovery, explains what it might teach us about the universe. 

And the FSO Safer tanker in Yemen is carrying more than a million barrels of oil — and it's damaged beyond repair. We hear about the risk of a disaster and the plans to avert it, with Ala Mustafa, the global ambassador for Youth4Nature; and David Gressly, the UN resident and humanitarian co-ordinator for Yemen.

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