Shakira: ‘I needed surgery or divine intervention’

When Shakira lost her voice she was so desperate she went to Lourdes. Now its back and after re-evaluating her life shes got her sights set on a J Lo-assisted Super Bowl show There was a time, in late 2017, when Shakira thought she might never sing again. After suffering a haemorrhage in her vocal cords, she could barely speak. I always thought there were going to be things in my life that would go away, like beauty, youth, all of that stuff, she says. But I never thought that my voice would leave me, because its so inherent to my nature. It was my identity. So when I couldnt sing, that was unbearable. There were times I couldnt even …

Queen follows fashion’s lead in going fur-free

Activists welcome Her Majestys move, in line with Prada and Guccis abandonment of fur although she will still wear her existing fur items A crown, diamond necklace and fur stole were once the bedrocks of the Queens going-out-out style, but in yet another revelation from the recent memoir by her senior dresser, Angela Kelly, it has been disclosed that, from this year, Elizabeth II has gone fur-free with her new outfits. If Her Majesty is due to attend an engagement in particularly cold weather, from 2019 onwards fake fur will be used to make sure she stays warm, writes Kelly, who has been dressing the Queen for 25 years, in announced it would stop using fur in its collections in …

Donald Trump booed and greeted with ‘lock him up’ chants at World Series

The President was greeted with boos by the crowd at Nationals Park when he attended Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night Game 5 of the World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros at Nationals Park, a short journey from the White House. When Trump was shown on the video screens in the stadium he was loudly booed by fans. That, perhaps, was predictable: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon and both Bushes were all booed while attending baseball games as President. What came shortly afterwards was a little more personal in a city that is heavily Democratic as cries of Lock him up! rang out, a reference to the chants about Hillary Clinton used at …

Typhoon Hagibis: Japan orders evacuations as storm arrives

Flights grounded, trains halted and supermarkets shut, while rugby and F1 Grand Prix also affected Hundreds of thousands of households in Japan were advised to evacuate due to fears of flooding as a powerful typhoon was set to make landfall late on Saturday, bringing with it the heaviest rain and winds in 60 years. A man in his forties was killed in an overturned car early on Saturday in Chiba prefecture east of Tokyo, where high winds were reported, according to public broadcaster NHK. It said four other people were injured when roofs were blown off houses in the prefecture, which was hit hard by typhoon Faxai a month ago. A number of municipal governments issued evacuation advisories to areas …

‘We good now China?’ South Park creators issue mock apology after ban

Facetious statement comes after reports that show was banned in China after episode critical of the country South Parks creators have responded with a mock apology to reports that China has censored the programme, ridiculing the country and comparing President Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh. The apology from Trey Parker and Matt Stone comes after reports on Monday that China had scrubbed all episodes, clips and content related to the long-running comedy cartoon from Chinese streaming and social media platforms in response to a recent episode that was critical of the country. The episode, called Band in China, took aim at what it portrayed as a tendency in US culture to adjust content to accommodate Chinese censorship laws. Its …

‘I kept going’: Nine-year-old enters 5km race … and accidentally wins 10km event

It took nine-year-old Kade Lovell longer than expected to finish his 5km race in Minnesota, but only because he was busy accidentally winning a separate 10km race It took nine-year-old Kade Lovell longer than expected to finish his 5km race in Minnesota, but only because he was busy accidentally winning a separate 10km event. Kades mother, Heather, became worried when her son didnt cross the finish line of the Francis Franny Flyer 5K in Sartell earlier this month. Original Article : HERE ;

Judo star left fearing for safety after defying orders from Iran

Saeid Mollaei was told to pull out of world championships to avoid possible fight with Israeli An Iranian judo athlete could seek asylum in Germany after he ignored orders from his national federation to pull out of the world championships to avoid a potential final against an Israeli. The International Judo Federation (IJF) said that Saeid Mollaei, the defending champion, was pressurised by Iranian authorities to drop out before his quarter-final at the world judo championships in Tokyo last week to avoid the prospect of fighting Israels Sagi Muki in the final. Mollaei said in an IJF statement: Even if the authorities of my country told me that I can go back without any problems, I am afraid. I am …

Eni Aluko: We all have moments in life when our morals are called into question

When the striker called out racism in the England camp, it ended her international career. She explains why the fight was worth it Eniola Aluko is one of only 11 female footballers to have played more than 100 times for England. She has scored some of the Lionesses most memorable goals, was the first female pundit on Match Of The Day, and is a qualified lawyer, having graduated from Brunel University London with a first in 2008. But it is as a whistleblower that she is destined to be best remembered. And, like many whistleblowers, she has spent the subsequent years being rubbished by those she exposed. Now she has written a memoir. They Dont Teach This is a fascinating …

Sportsman who bit head off live chicken faces legal action

Brigitte Bardot foundation says video of Basque pelota player Bixente Larralde is sickening Animal rights campaigners say they will sue a sporting champion for animal cruelty after he was filmed biting the head off a live cockerel during a dinner with friends. The Brigitte Bardot foundation said the actions of the Basque pelota player Bixente Larralde were shocking and sickening. In the brief video apparently made in June, a smiling Larralde is seen sitting at a table with several wine bottles and a cockerel. Larralde grabs the bird and, as it struggles, bites off its head, which he then spits out. Daniel Raposo from the BB foundation said the organisations lawyers had been instructed to sue. We must absolutely highlight …

Ads for ultra-violent satire The Hunt pulled in wake of US mass shootings

Promotion for movie, in which humans are hunted for sport, is stalled after El Paso and Dayton killings and studio reported to be rethinking strategy TV ads for The Hunt, an ultraviolent political satire in which elites stalk and kill deplorables, have been pulled in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings. A poster for the The Hunt. Photograph: Universal Pictures Original Article : HERE ;

Athleisure, barre and kale: the tyranny of the ideal woman

How we became suckers for the hard labor of self-optimization. By Jia Tolentino The ideal woman has always been generic. I bet you can picture the version of her that runs the show today. Shes of indeterminate age but resolutely youthful presentation. Shes got glossy hair and the clean, shameless expression of a person who believes she was made to be looked at. She is often luxuriating when you see her on remote beaches, under stars in the desert, across a carefully styled table, surrounded by beautiful possessions or photogenic friends. Showcasing herself at leisure is either the bulk of her work or an essential part of it; in this, she is not so unusual for many people today, especially …

Cocaine worth 1bn seized in Germany’s biggest haul

Hamburg customs find 4.5 tonnes in container from Uruguay, bound for Antwerp German authorities say they have seized 4.5 tonnes of cocaine, worth 1bn ($1.11 bn), in the northern port city of Hamburg, making it the countrys biggest haul to date. Hamburgs customs office said it had examined a suspicious shipping container two weeks ago that came from the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, bound for the Belgian city of Antwerp. The containers description said it was loaded with soybeans but authorities instead found 221 black sport bags containing 4,200 packets of pressed cocaine, the office said in a statement. This enormous amount represents the largest single seizure of cocaine in Germany, it said, adding the Hamburg prosecutors office was investigating the …

South Korea: world championship athletes injured in fatal balcony collapse

Two South Koreans killed and athletes from US, New Zealand, Netherlands, Italy and Brazil injured Two South Koreans have died and several others, including athletes attending the world aquatic championships, have been injured after a structure collapsed in a nightclub in the city of Gwangju early on Saturday, a fire department official has said. The deaths happened when a two-level structure in the club, which is next to the athletes village, collapsed at about 2am local time, hitting and pinning revellers, the official said. Hundreds were inside the seven-storey nightclub at the time. The BBC reported the two people killed were aged 38 and 27, and were not competitors at the championships. Yonhap news agency reported that nine athletes competing …

‘Like pitching in a rainforest’: MLB fans and players struggle in brutal heatwave

Even for a sport that promotes high heat, Saturday was a scorcher across the major leagues as high temperatures gripped large parts of North America At Wrigley Field, mist machines tried to cool the crowd. At Yankee Stadium, only one player took batting practice on the field. In Cleveland, rules were relaxed on what fans could bring into the park. Even for a sport that promotes high heat, Saturday was a scorcher across the majors. The National Weather Service said it was part of a dangerous heat wave gripping much of the country. Hours before Baltimore played Boston at sweltering Camden Yards, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde pulled aside starting catcher Chance Sisco and issued a stiff directive. I told Chance, …

‘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 …