‘They’re icons’: US women’s champion team take victory parade in New York

World Cup winners, who beat Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday to capture their second straight title, receive traditional ticker-tape parade Amid confetti and chants of equal pay New York honored the U.S. womens soccer team on Wednesday with a ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes, celebrating its World Cup triumph and paying tribute to the players emergence as icons of womens rights. The squads 2-0 win over Netherlands in the final match on Sunday capped a World Cup campaign that attracted vast television audiences and unprecedented public interest. Wednesdays parade down Broadway in New Yorks financial district also cast a light on the teams fight for equal pay with their counterparts on the U.S. mens national team, and by extension, …

Lusail: sleek new city offers glimpse of Qatar’s post-oil future

During the 2022 World Cup, all eyes will be on the coastal metropolis located 16km from Doha From the sands of the Qatari coast rise the towering glass, steel and concrete forms of Lusail, a city being built almost entirely from scratch. Pharaonic in its scale and ambition, the under-construction metropolis is the vision of the countrys former emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, born in part from the desire to diversify the Qatari economy and distance it from oil dependence. Financed by the government via the Qatari Diar real estate company, the city was initially conceived in 2005 but development truly took off when A road and new tramway line. The citys train network will comprise four main …

Cuba Gooding Jr charged with forcible touching after incident in New York

Actor denies allegations that he groped a woman at a Manhattan nightclub on Sunday Actor Cuba Gooding Jr turned himself in to police on Thursday amid allegations that he groped a woman in a Manhattan nightclub. Minutes later he was charged with forcible touching, the New York police department said. Gooding, 51, smiled and waved as he arrived to speak to investigators in the NYPDs special victims division. A 29-year-old woman told police that Gooding, who won a best supporting actor Oscar for Jerry Maguire, grabbed her breast when he was drunk at about 11.15pm on Sunday. Gooding denies the allegations. He pleaded not guilty to forcible touching and sexual abuse charges at a night court arraignment. He was released …

‘This is not a

They call it X Day a major earthquake striking the heart of the worlds most populous city in the most calamitous event since the second world war. Can hi-tech solutions save Tokyo? Every day, at 5pm, the gentle melody of the childrens song Yuyake Koyake chimes across the Minato area of Tokyo from a loudspeaker one of hundreds dotted across schools and parks throughout this megacity of 37 million people. The daily jingle does more than signify the arrival of evening. It is a test for the system that is designed to save Tokyoites from what would be one of the worst natural disasters in recorded human history: an earthquake striking the centre of the most populous city on Earth. …

‘Drake curse’: Canadian star vindicated after Raptors’ NBA championship win

Prior to the victory over the Golden State Warriors, many had fallen victim to the music stars reputation for bringing bad luck His repeated interactions with athletes before critical games and their subsequent losses have earned Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose team lost to loss in almost two decades after defender Layvin Kurzawa posed for a picture with him. Also, boxer Instagram with the caption bout to break the curse only to subsequently lose to his little-known rival. Such is the extent of Drakes reputation for bringing bad luck that AS Roma enforced a tongue-in-cheek win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, which made them the first ever Canadian said: They said I was a curse, now they …

Tokyo’s tipping point: is the impenetrable city finally opening up?

As Japans capital welcomes immigrants and prepares to host the Olympics, 2019 could be the year the worlds largest megalopolis goes truly global On a warm May evening in the narrow alleys of Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane) next to the Kabukicho district of Tokyo, tourists perched on stools study English-language menus offering skewers of grilled meat and vegetables. Others crowd into the garish, glowing Robot Restaurant, a cavernous hall of flashing neon and dancing animatronic figures, or snap selfies in front of the giant replica head of the citys sci-fi nemesis, Godzilla. In neighbouring Shibuya they drive convoys of go-karts through the streets wearing costumes bearing a suspicious resemblance to Mario, Luigi and the other Mario Kart characters. (Last week …

Unbuilt Tokyo: ‘depthscrapers’ and a million-person pyramid

Had the creators of the underground skyscraper had their way, the Japanese capital might have looked very different indeed Protected by cylindrical walls of reinforced concrete, the steel and glass depthscrapers extend hundreds of metres underground. Only a single floor of each inverted 35-storey skyscraper is visible at ground level. Giant mirrors mounted directly above the central wells reflect sunlight to the apartments below. Prismatic glass ensures even light throughout the day, while fresh, conditioned air is pumped down from the surface. The whole structure, in case of an earthquake, will vibrate together, resisting any crushing strain, declared a 1931 edition of Everyday Science and Mechanics that called the design the product of the best engineering brains of Japan. The …

Amir Khan defends 7m Saudi Arabia fight despite human rights concerns

Amir Khan has defended the choice of location, Jeddah, for his next fight, against Neeraj Goyat, in the face of human rights concerns Amir Khan has defended the choice of location for his next fight in the face of human rights concerns by claiming Saudi Arabia is undergoing significant change. The 32-year-old faces the unheralded Indian Neeraj Goyat at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah on July 12 less than three months after he was controversially stopped in six rounds by Terence Crawford. Amnesty International have described the Saudi human rights record as abysmal, adding that the nation is in the grip of a sweeping crackdown against critics of the government, and implored Khan to travel there with his eyes …

Syrian footballer and ‘singer of revolution’ killed in conflict

Goalkeeper Abdul Baset al-Sarout dies of wounds sustained in battle with government troops A Syrian footballer who became a symbolic figure in the rebellion against the countrys president, Bashar al-Assad, has died of wounds suffered in a battle with government forces. Abdul Baset al-Sarout, 27, who rose to fame as a goalkeeper for his home city of Homs, joined peaceful protests against Assad in 2011 and was known as the singer of the revolution. He later took up arms as the country slid into civil war. Four of his brothers and his father have also been killed in the fighting. Sarouts life and his role in Syrias uprising and conflict was the subject of Original Article : HERE ; This …

As the Kentucky Derby approaches, deaths pose existential questions for US racing

A rash of deaths at the famous Santa Anita Park in California has left many wondering about the future of horse racing in America Tank Team, Unusual Angel, Secret Street, Derby Treasure, Noise Mandate, Amboseli. There will be no statues built at Santa Anita Park in memory of those six thoroughbreds, 23 horses died at the track, either training or racing. Equine death has been called on racing to be suspended at Santa Anita, while the Los Angeles District Attorneys office announced an investigation into the deaths. Animal right activists are calling for the abolition of horse racing in California, an attainable goal in a state where won his last race here. this weekend at Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky …

Rugby World Cup committee warns Japan not to run out of beer

Issue was raised as part of briefing sessions in cities tipped to deal with the largest influx of international visitors Its the stuff of nightmares for rugby fans: organisers of the upcoming World Cup in Japan have raised fears that bars and restaurants in host cities could run out of beer during the tournament. As part of the planning for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the organising committee has urged business operators to order in sufficient quantities of beer to avoid upsetting travelling fans, Japans Jiji Press agency reported. The concerns were among issues raised as part of briefing sessions held in Sapporo, Hokkaido and Oita, the Japanese cities tipped to deal with the largest influx of international visitors. The …

Huawei tech would put UK-US intelligence ties at risk, official says

Chinese firms 5G equipment described as security risk after council gives partial go-ahead A US official has warned that the UKs leaked proposal to adopt Huawei technology for 5G mobile phone networks risks affecting intelligence cooperation with the US, prompting further criticism from Conservatives opposed to the plan. Robert Strayer, a deputy assistant secretary at the US state department, said on Monday that Huawei was not a trusted vendor and any use of its technology in 5G networks was a risk, contradicting the British stance. The official said if an untrusted vendor was used by the UK or another western country, the US would have to reassess the ability for us to share information and be interconnected implying that intelligence-sharing …

Trump sends support to NFL draft pick who called Kaepernick a ‘clown’

Trump tells new 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa, who deleted posts that criticized Kaepernick, to stay true to yourself When college athlete and future NFL star Nick Bosa realized he might get drafted to a team in liberal San Francisco, he started April 27, 2019 The rookie defensive end had been a fervent Trump supporter on social media before he started scrubbing his posts. But he perhaps drew the most scrutiny for describing former 49ers quarterback settled a collusion lawsuit against the league in February. Trump repeatedly condemned Kaepernick during the election campaign, and continued his criticism as president, mocking him during a 2017 rally in Kentucky. Trump also put pressure on NFL team owners to change league rules to …

Scientists find reason behind split-second sporting disputes

Players automatically perceive their own actions ahead of rivals, research shows Whether its rushing to push the buzzer on a quiz show or working out who last touched a basketball before it left the court, players often end up squabbling over moments that turn on milliseconds. But now scientists say there is more to the disputes than sour grapes or angling for an advantage. Researchers have found that when two players press a button simultaneously, they both judge their own action as having taken place about 50 milliseconds before that of their opponent. The upshot is that even if two Jeopardy! contestants hit their buzzers at the same time, each can believe they got there first. The authors say they …

‘I won’t be silent’: Ilhan Omar answers Trump 9/11 attack

Congresswoman says rightwing vitriol cannot threaten her unwavering love for America as president pushes video In the face of attacks from Donald Trump, Republicans and rightwing media outlets, the Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar said on Saturday no one could threaten her unwavering love for America. I did not run for Congress to be silent, Omar wrote on Twitter, less than a day after the president shared a video that included footage of her speaking and graphic images of the 9/11 terror attacks. Trump retweeted his message on Saturday. Omar thanked supporters for standing against an administration that ran on banning Muslims from this country. No one person no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious can threaten my unwavering love for …

Ed Jackson: I want to be the first quadriplegic to climb Everest

Former Wasps player was told he would never walk again after an accident in 2017 but two years on his sights are set very high indeed I seem to be in a good mood all the time, Ed Jackson says as he Wasps and the French rugby player died its like a heart attack because of the spinal shock. Play Video 2:22 loss of his best friend, Tom Maynard, also strengthened Jackson. Maynard, a gifted county cricketer, died on a railway line in 2012 amid a personal crisis. Toms death was my first big trauma. Tom was like my brother. But I got through that. Then the accident happened. It wasnt as bad. What happened to Tom made me stronger. …