Friday, June 18
Europe

Sweden’s government could be about to collapse in line for rent

The Swedish government is on the brink of collapse.Prime Minister Stefan Löfven received an ultimatum: withdraw his plans to implement reforms to the laws governing Sweden's rental market or face a vote of no confidence on Monday.But while the timing of this crisis may come as a surprise, the fact that it happened was inevitable.From day one, the Left Party made clear that it could not keep the government alive if it decided to let market forces drive rental prices.It is just the last row in Sweden's current "red-green" minority government, which was founded in January 2019.The cabinet, made up of Social Democrats and the Green Party, has only 116 seats out of 349 in the Swedish Parliament, about a third.While keeping its formal supporters, the Center Party and the Liberals, happy, the ...
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Bring the noise! Tartan Army descends on London ahead of Scotland and England | Scotland

In the quiet, soggy streets of central London, I heard them long before I saw them. They might only be half a dozen fans, in disposable ponchos and plastic bags full of cans, but they sounded like a battalion. "When you hear the noise of the boys from the Tartan Army, we will be walking down the street."On Friday, just for one afternoon, Soho belonged to Scotland. The Euro 2020 match with England at Wembley had been preceded by a week of warnings: of 20,000 Scots descending on the English capital, of masses in kilts roaming the streets without tickets or a pub table reserved in advance for call yours. It was a situation that required intervention from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, the Prime Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, and the UK Government Minister for Sports, Nigel Hu...
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Danish immigration decisions tearing apart Syrian refugee families

A family divided twice lives in the quiet Danish town of Vejle. The Alatas faced their first disaster in Syria when the father of the family was mutilated and executed by the forces of President Assad. They fled in 2015. All five members of the family were granted temporary refugee status in Denmark. Sabrieh, the mother of the family, has since been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).He sadly recalls his last moments in Syria. “There was fear and tears. First, my husband was murdered, then my children left the house. There were bombs, the noise of airplanes and the noise of raids in the houses ”.Tearing apart a familyThe anguish and suffering of the Alata family have not entirely ended with their arrival in Denmark. This March they received a letter informing the...
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Walter Schneiderman’s Obituary | Films

The complex make-up required for the main character in The Elephant Man was almost the undoing of that celebrated 1980 film. Its director, David Lynch, was the first to design viable prosthetics. "But when I tried a part of John Hurt," Lynch recalled, "he couldn't move and he said, 'A valiant effort, David.' Lynch was in despair, certain his film would be a disaster, until British make-up artist Christopher Tucker came to the rescue. But the application of the resulting designs, which had been modeled after a cast of the real Joseph Merrick, whose story the film told, fell to make-up artist Walter Schneiderman.Schneiderman, who died at the age of 98, called the film "one of the most difficult films I had to make." It took seven hours each day to put the makeup on Hurt, and another t...
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Who dominates the Supreme Court of the United States, for now

How to understand the ideological balance in the United States Supreme Court 2:53 (CNN) — Chief Justice John Roberts, along with Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh, demonstrated their collective power in America's highest court on Thursday. They pushed for Supreme Court views on Obamacare and religious freedom, in an action that marks a turning point for the conservative-dominated bank. In addition, it adds to the suspense of the next two weeks as the court finishes its annual term. A central question in the session that began last October was whether Roberts would still exercise meaningful control, after former President Donald Trump appointed Barrett to succeed the late Liberal Justice Ruth Bad...
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Electrobras: The Brazilian Senate approves the privatization of the largest electricity company in Latin America | International

The Federal Senate approved on Thursday night the provisional measure that allows the privatization of Eletrobras, the Brazilian state company responsible for about 40% of transmission and 30% of power generation in the country - it is the largest company in the country. electricity sector in Latin America. The project approved by the senators will cost between 40,000 and 66,000 million reais (about 8,000 million dollars) to the public coffers, according to a group of 45 entities from the energy and industrial sectors. And the profits would be 61,000 million reais (about 12,000 million dollars).These institutions, which have joined the United for Energy movement, estimate that the final consumer's electricity bill will increase by around 10%. The government of Jair Bolsonaro, in turn...
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US Open golf 2021: second round – live! | Sport

Fog caused delays yesterday morning at Torrey Pines, inevitably 36 stragglers who started late were forced to return and complete their first rounds today. The evening's co-leader, Louis Oosthuizen, ordered the pair at 8, then made another at 9 to sign a bogey-free 67. As a result, after 18 holes, the top of the leader board at 121S tThe US Open looked like this: -4: Henley, Oosthuizen-3: F Molinari, Cabrera Bello -2: Koepka, Schauffele, Buckley, Matsuyama, Rahm, Hoshino-1: E Molinari, Gomez, Rodgers, Wolff, Fitzpatrick, Hatton, Hadwin, Bland, Scott, McIlroy, Montgomery, Cantlay, Wu It's going to be another long day / night. So relax and enjoy. Many big names have already started their second round, and we will catch up with them all in one hot minute. But for the record, ...
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar narrates the history document “Fight the Power”

Earlier this postseason, the Grizzlies' Ja Morant made history by becoming the fourth player in league history to score at least 100 points in the first three playoff games of his career. Morant joined an elite roster that also includes George Mikan, Wilt Chamberlain, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.Abdul-Jabbar broke and set so many records in basketball that it can be difficult to follow all the accolades. He left a lasting mark on the game, finishing his career as the NBA's all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points. He also won six MVP awards, as well as six championships and two Finals MVP awards. Before dominating the pros, he was a three-time NCAA champion at UCLA, where he was a three-time Final Four Outstanding Player, and also received national college player of the year honors.Ti...
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New York’s last chance?

Midtown NYC Food Block, 2021. Photo: Andrés Correa Guatarasma / Courtesy EFE.- Eating next to the garbage is the new menu in New York. The improvisation of the authorities in their dance of limiting and expanding restaurants at the same time during the pandemic has led to the saturation of sidewalks and streets, now narrower than ever. Thus, they serve cocktails and ravioli alongside rats, sewage, cars, bicyclists, pedestrians, thieves and homeless, in an anarchic scene more typical of a market in Bombay than of the very expensive 5th or Madison avenues for rent. It's a war for subsist in a city many have fled precisely because of disproportionate taxes, crime, impunity and the deterioration in the quality of life. Without surprises, in this ...