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Tesla Arcade

Bethesda boss hints that Fallout Shelter may be coming to the electric cars soon

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 3:13pm

Tesla owners may soon be able to play video games using their car’s steering wheel as a controller, as the company launches its new Arcade app.

Elon Musk’s electric car company released a small range of retro titles from the 1970s and 80s, including Asteroids and Pole Position, across its electric cars last year, says EV news site Electrek. These were relatively well hidden and could be accessed only by going into the “Toybox” app on the central touchpad found in every model. 

But the company announced this week that it will be releasing its own dedicated app called Tesla Arcade, for games that can be played in its cars. It plans to expand the library of games on offer, too.

Tesla is inviting fans to trial the Arcade app by visiting one of its showrooms, where they can get behind the wheel of a display model and put the in-car games to the test. 

What is Tesla Arcade?

Simply put, Tesla Arcade is an app containing a collection of games, ranging from classics from arcade pioneer Atari to newer mobile titles. 

Playing games on the move would be far too dangerous, so players can access the library of titles only when the car is stationary, notes TechCrunch

The car’s steering wheel acts as the controller for the games, though it’s also possible to use the vehicle’s touchscreen, The Verge says. There’s also two-player mode, where a passenger can play alongside the driver by tapping the screen.

Your next charging session is going to be SO %uD83D%uDC4F MUCH %uD83D%uDC4F FUN %uD83D%uDC4F pic.twitter.com/5YzSL36kCC

— Tesla (@Tesla) 18 June 2019

Judging by the quirky trailer for the app on Tesla’s Twitter feed, the company sees the feature as a way for drivers to kill time while charging their cars - a process that can take up to an hour using a public fast charger.

What games are on offer?

The app, which launched yesterday in the US, features Atari classics Missile Command, Super Breakout, Pole Position and Asteroids. Puzzle game 2048 and racing game Beach Buggy Racing 2 (pictured top) are also available to download, with the latter including some of Tesla’s cars as playable vehicles. 

At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) last week, Bethesda director Todd Howard revealed that mobile game Fallout Shelter may also launch on Tesla’s vehicles, says TechCrunch. 

What cars are compatible with Tesla Arcade?

Tesla has yet to confirm which models are compatible with Tesla Arcade. So far, the app has been shown only on the entry-level Model 3 saloon, but we expect newer versions of the Model S and Model X to support the feature as well.

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Teenagers found guilty of murdering 14-year-old girl in Dublin

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 3:27pm

Two Irish boys have been found guilty of the murder of 14-year-old Ana Kriegel, a year after the schoolgirl was sexually assaulted and battered to death.

The middle-class boys were both 13 at the time of the killing, which has shocked Ireland. Ana’s body was found in a derelict farmhouse in the Dublin suburb of Lucan on 17 May 2018, three days after she went missing.

She was wearing only socks and had scratches and cuts all over her body. It was a “very violent death” and Ana had “fought for her life”, a court in the Irish capital was told.

Following the convictions, Ana’s adoptive parents told reporters she had been “a dream come true for us and always will be”. Patric and Geraldine Kriegel adopted Ana, who was born in Russia, when she was two.

The two boys, both now 14, are identified only as Boy A and Boy B. As the verdicts were announced, says The Irish Times, Boy A’s parents wept and hugged their son. Boy B’s father clapped sarcastically at gardai (police) officers and said: “You bunch of scumbags, you bunch of pricks … innocent boy.”

Who was Ana Kriegel?

Ana had poor vision and hearing because of a childhood tumour that had been surgically removed. According to The Guardian, Geraldine Kriegel told the court her daughter was “a kind, vulnerable soul who loved to sing and dance at home but struggled in her studies and tried in vain to make friends”.

When was she last seen alive?

Ana was at home with her father on Monday 14 May when the doorbell rang. It was Boy B, asking for Ana. This was unusual as the two were not particularly friends. Ana left the house with Boy B and her father realised later he had forgotten to ask where they were going.

How was her body found?

Late in the afternoon of the next day, police went public with an appeal for sightings of Ana. Her body was found by Garda Sean White on the morning of Thursday 17 May in the abandoned farmhouse known as a hang-out for teenagers. He was part of a team combing the area for Ana.

What had happened?

The court in Dublin found that Boy B told Ana he would take her to Boy A, in whom she was known to have an interest. Boy A had made his way to the abandoned building with a backpack containing what was described in court as a “murder kit”.

How did Ana die?

Boy A inflicted severe injuries to Ana’s head and neck and violently sexually assaulted her. Forensic evidence suggested she was beaten to the ground with a heavy stick and then hit four times with a heavy object such as a concrete block.

What did Boy B do?

Boy B was found to have watched the assault and then helped cover up the murder. Both boys denied everything and invented implausible stories that made the gardai suspicious.

What was the Satanism element?

Gardai collected evidence that the two boys had set up what they called a “satanic cult”. However, prosecutors decided not to place much emphasis on this element because some classmates corroborated the claim that the “cult” was in fact a homework-sharing system. 

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the 2018 Formula 1 French Grand Prix

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Can anyone stop Lewis Hamilton’s march to the 2019 title?

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 2:38pm
2019 Formula 1 French Grand Prix
  • When: 21-23 June 
  • Where: Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France 
  • Race start time: 2.10pm (BST) on Sunday 23 June 
  • TV coverage: live on Sky Sports F1, highlights on Channel 4

After experiencing a “wake-up call” in Canada Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff is expecting another tough weekend in France.

The Silver Arrows head to this week’s French Grand Prix flying high in both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships, but in Montreal they suffered a number of reliability problems.  

Valtteri Bottas’s car had a fuel system problem in first practice and Lewis Hamilton’s car had a hydraulic leak which had to be fixed on the morning of the race.

Following Sebastian Vettel’s controversial time penalty Hamilton went on to win in Canada - his fourth victory in seven races in 2019.

However, the victory would not have happened had it not been down to the team work in the Mercedes garage.

“Canada was something of a wake-up call for us,” said Wolff. “After a run of very good reliability over the opening six races, we experienced a number of problems over the course of the weekend, almost all of which were of our own making.

“We were fortunate that those reliability issues were exposed when we still had the chance to solve them, but we know that they could have easily ruined our weekend and it is down to the great skill of our mechanics that they didn’t.

“We expect another tough fight in France. The circuit features some similarities to Montreal and the long straights will present a challenge for us. However, unlike Canada, the corner characteristics are spread across a range of speeds, which should play to our advantage.

“We’re looking forward to the chance to put a few things right again. Part of our strength over the past three months was that the entire team - at the track, in Brackley and in Brixworth - delivered to a very high level and we need to make sure that we achieve the same high standard again for France.”

Hamilton won the French Grand Prix in 2018 and is favourite to continue Mercedes’s domination with an eighth successive victory this season.

After a decade away, the #FrenchGP returned with a bang (or two) in 2018 %uD83D%uDE2C#F1 pic.twitter.com/fpuscYDgvL

— Formula 1 (@F1) June 18, 2019

What the drivers and teams are saying Mattia Binotto, Ferrari team principal

“Following Canada we definitely want to get back on track and go racing with our rivals once again. In France we will have a few small evolutions, elements that represent for us a useful step in defining the direction we will take in developing the car. What we will be bringing won’t be the solution to our problems, but the technical feedback we get from these evolutions will be important for the next steps we take.”

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing

“We maximised things in Canada and we are working hard to improve all aspects. I feel comfortable in the car so I hope we will be able to challenge the frontrunners more closely in France.”

Pierre Gasly, Red Bull’s French driver

“It’s a really special weekend for me, so I’m really excited to be on track there with all the fans and extra support. I’m fully focused and dedicated to get the best result I can and it would be a special moment to do well in front of my home fans. Quite a lot of people are coming to support me, which makes the weekend extra special. It brings good vibes and creates a special atmosphere.”

Carlos Sainz, McLaren

“We are now a third of the way through the season and, as expected, the midfield is getting tighter. Every race is an opportunity we must take. We are coming to France fully focussed and wanting to push hard again. I’m looking forward to heading back to the south of France this weekend. The track might still be new to modern Formula 1, but I have had some great races there before in the junior formulae. It’s a lovely part of the world and I really hope we can put on a good show for all the fans.”

Lando Norris, McLaren

“I’m excited to get back racing again after Canada and to experience Ricard in an F1 car for the first time. The teams in the midfield are really close and we’ve had some good battles over the last few races. We know the fight in France will be just as tough and I’ve been doing plenty of work in the factory to prepare for this weekend.”

Sergio Perez, Racing Point

“It’s been a busy time since Canada. I spent a few days in the factory working with the engineers and doing simulator work for France. It’s still a new race and I need to explore the area properly. It was great to see how many fans came last year. It’s important to race in countries that love our sport. I remember there was lots of interest and good energy from the fans, even though there was a lot of traffic.”

Lance Stroll, Racing Point

“I’m feeling good heading into this weekend. The Paul Ricard circuit is almost the other extreme from Montreal. There are massive run-off areas and it’s a very different experience. That’s not something I enjoy because if you run wide, you can get away with it quite easily. It’s just less of a challenge for the drivers.”

Robert Kubica, Williams

“The combination of high-speed long corners, long straights and low speed corners make it a challenging circuit. I am looking forward to what should be a hot weekend, that will be demanding on the tyres with the high-speed long corners putting a lot of stress and energy into the tyres. We will need to investigate these factors to prepare for the race.”

George Russell, Williams

“I am really looking forward to driving at Paul Ricard and returning to the European leg of the season. It has been great fun racing overseas, but it will be nice to get back to some tracks that we know well and can maximise. Last year in FIA Formula 2, France was a great event for me, as I won the feature race.”

F1 French GP race and circuit guide
  • Where: Circuit Paul Ricard 
  • First grand prix: 1971   
  • Number of laps: 53 
  • Circuit length: 5.842km 
  • Race distance: 309.69km 
  • Lap record: 1:34.225 by Valtteri Bottas in 2018
  • 2018 podium: 1st Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 2nd Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing); 3rd Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari)
When are the practice sessions?

There are three full practice (FP) sessions in France. On Friday 21 June FP1 takes place from 10am to 11.30am and FP2 is from 2pm to 3.30pm. FP3 is from 11am to 12pm on Saturday 22 June. All times UK.

When is qualifying?

Qualifying for the F1 French GP starts at 2pm on Saturday 23 June.

What time does the race start?

The 2019 F1 French Grand Prix starts at 2.10pm (BST) on Sunday 23 June.

The fans, the location, the proper test of #F1 machinery... %uD83D%uDCAA

There are plenty of reasons to be excited for the #FrenchGP, and we've picked out five of our favourites %uD83D%uDE0Dhttps://t.co/WtimUEoYHV

— Formula 1 (@F1) June 17, 2019

Predictions: who will win in France? Matthew Atkinson, The Stats Zone: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

“Lewis Hamilton is continuing to run away with the 2019 drivers’ championship, and more so after that notorious decision in Canada. Was it a win for Hamilton or a stolen victory for Vettel? Ferrari will be determined to put things right in France. Canada showed some of that pre-season promise could finally be coming to fruition. The mistake aside, Vettel will be encouraged by his performance in Canada, and Ferrari will be in the mix and competitive. That said, given how Hamilton comfortably won in France last year with a one-stop strategy, coupled with the fact that he has been the best driver this season, and the prediction is for another Lewis Hamilton win.”

French GP betting odds

Prices according to Oddschecker, as of 19 June.

French GP race winner odds
  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): evens 
  • Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes): 11/4 
  • Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari): 5/1 
  • Charles Leclerc (Ferrari): 8/1 
  • Max Verstappen (Red Bull): 22/1 
  • Pierre Gasly (Red Bull): 350/1 
  • Daniel Ricciardo (Renault): 1,000/1 
  • Nico Hulkenberg (Renault): 1,000/1

#F1 - Round Eight of the 2019 FIA @F1 World Championship takes Formula One%u2019s teams and drivers to Le Castellet and the Circuit Paul Ricard for the second edition of the @GPFranceF1 since its hugely popular return to the calendar last year. %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 %uD83C%uDFC1https://t.co/nn6sxoRltG pic.twitter.com/vtD19hE5VU

— FIA (@fia) June 19, 2019

French GP TV guide

Sky Sports F1 will show live coverage of practice, qualifying and the GP from France. Channel 4 will show highlights of qualifying and the race.

Watch on Now TV

F1 fans can also watch the action live on Now TV. Viewers can subscribe to a Sky Sports F1 season ticket via Now TV for all race weekends in 2019. A one-off payment costs £195 - the equivalent of £5 per week.

Sky Sports coverage of the French GP 
Thursday 20 June
  • 2pm: drivers’ press conference 
  • 5pm: Welcome to the Weekend
Friday 21 June
  • 9.45am: practice one build-up 
  • 10am: practice one live 
  • 1.45pm: practice two build-up 
  • 2pm: practice two live 
  • 4.30pm: French GP The Story So Far
Saturday 22 June
  • 10.45am: practice three build-up 
  • 11am: practice three live 
  • 1pm: qualifying build-up 
  • 2pm: qualifying live 
  • 4.45pm: The F1 Show
Sunday 23 June
  • 12.30pm: Pit Lane Live 
  • 1.30pm: On The Grid 
  • 2.10pm: French Grand Prix live 
  • 4pm: Paddock Live 
  • 5pm: French GP - The Notebook 
  • 8pm: French GP highlights 
  • 9pm: French GP race replay
Channel 4 coverage of the French GP
  • 6.30pm on Saturday 22 June: qualifying highlights 
  • 7pm on Sunday 23 June: French GP race highlights

Circuit Paul Ricard graphic: Formula1.com

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Gardener Susannah Hall on maximising space for your home garden

In Depth Susannah Hall
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 3:02pm

When people think of growing their own, it’s hard not to imagine expansive, lush gardens or allotments that demand a significant investment of time and money. However, even in the tiniest of London living spaces it is possible to plant a beautiful mixture of flowering herbs, greens and fruit plants that will provide a feast both you and for the threatened bee and butterfly population. Here are some of the top tips I will be sharing at Taste of London’s Wild Kitchen workshop later this month (details at the bottom of the page).

Windowsill sowing

It is so exciting to see tiny shoots emerging from the soil, so why not start by sowing some seeds in a pot on your windowsill - this is also a great way to recycle and re-use a plastic pot, taking care to add some holes in the bottom for drainage.

Basil, coriander, rocket and mustard are all easy to grow and should appear within a couple of weeks on a warm windowsill. Once they have at least four leaves you can harvest some of the shoots as ‘micro-greens’ and add them to salads or sandwiches for a burst of flavour and a good dose of nutrients. What is great is that you can carry on re-planting for repeat harvest of micro-greens.

You could even plant a few of the seedlings in an outside pot to grow into larger plants. This will allow you to harvest leaves from them as and when they flower, and as a bonus they will attract bees and butterflies to enjoy their nectar.

Herb pots

Most common herbs start budding into leaves from spring onwards, and must-haves for pots include thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary, lavender and mint. Look for different varieties of herbs - for example, silver posy thyme has pretty variegated leaves and tricolor sage has pinky, creamy leaves. Both will add instant colour to any dish with their foliage.

Mint is great in a pot by itself, since it likes the space - plus, it’s a real treat to pick a fresh sprig for mint tea. There are many different varieties, but my favourite is chocolate or apple mint, both for delicious teas and to chop up for extra flavour in salads. It doesn’t work to combine more than one variety in a pot (they end up tasting the same as each other) so I would advise having a couple of small pots instead. When they flower, their fuzzy, purple flowers will be covered in insects enjoying their nectar.

Fruit trees & berries

If you have space for a larger pot, you could grow a small fruit tree. Look for a variety on a ‘dwarfing rootstock’ to find an apple, pear, plum or cherry tree that won’t grow much more than two metres high. 

You could also try growing redcurrants or blackcurrants, which bear pretty pink flowers in spring and whose berries are delicious in a summer fruit compote. If you want something a bit more unusual, Chilean Guava (Ugni molinae) is an attractive evergreen plant with small delicate leaves and the most delicious sweet berries, a favourite of Queen Victoria!

Maximising space

Make the most of the nooks and crannies in your pots by considering smaller plants with edible flowers such as violas, calendulas and French marigolds (tagetes). Use either the whole flower or some petals to create a beautiful salad or garnish a dessert.

Or finally, consider drooping strawberries over the edge of a pot. There are varieties available that have pink flowers (most garden centres have started stocking them) and once they’re ripe you can pick and add them to your breakfast yogurt, or for a quintessentially English treat of strawberries and cream.

Susannah Hall is head gardener at the Cecil Sharp House permaculture garden. She will be giving ‘Wild Kitchen’ workshops at Taste of London in Regent’s Park on Friday 21 and Sunday 23 June and at the London Permaculture Festival on Sunday 7 July. For more information, visit london.tastefestivals.com.

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Magical new augmented reality mobile game is based on Pokemon Go

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 12:35pm

Harry Potter fans are gearing up for the launch of a new mobile game set in the Potterverse that takes inspiration from the massively popular Pokemon Go. 

Previewed in a new cinematic tailer, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite tasks players with venturing out armed with their smartphones to collect magical relics in the real world using augmented reality (AR) technology. 


Harry Potter: Wizards Unite - Official Cinematic Launch Trailer - YouTube

This technology was pioneered by the Pokemon-hunting game in 2016, which was developed by Niantic - the studio behind the new Potter game.

Critics and gamers are eager to find out whether the new title can live up to the success of Pokemon Go, which has brought in almost $2.45bn (£1.95bn) in revenue over the past three years, 9to5Mac reports.

With just days until the big launch, here’s everything we know about Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

What is Harry Potter: Wizards Unite?

According to Metro, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a mobile-only title that challenges players to look for “magical artefacts in order to keep the wizarding world secret from muggles” - a term for non-magical humans.

Players can encounter “anything from simple props and objects to mythical monsters and evil wizards”, as well as “parts of scenes from the books and movies”, the newspaper adds. 

Gamers collect magical items, or battle enemies, while viewing their surroundings through their phone’s camera and AR, the technology that layers computer graphics over real-world images.

They may also stumble across “cuisine-serving inns” that provide them with energy, while greenhouses act as a hub for ingredients used to craft potions, says TechRadar

The special artefacts, called “foundable items”, are protected by “beasts and wizards”, the tech site adds. It’s up to the player to determine whether battling these opponents is worth the risk. 

When is the game out?

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite launches in the UK on 21 June and is free to download.

What are the compatible devices?

Devices running Apple’s iOS mobile system and Google’s Android can download Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Niantic has yet to confirm the minimum software requirements to run the game.

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UN refugee agency says one person is forcibly displaced every two seconds as worldwide total hits record high

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 2:26pm

A total of 70.8 million people worldwide were forced to flee their homes due to violence or persecution last year – the greatest number since records began almost seven decades ago, according to the United Nations.

The latest annual Global Trends report from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says that an average of 37,000 people were newly displaced every day in 2018 - equivalent to one person almost every two seconds.

The yearly total is up by 2.3 million on the number of people forcibly displaced at the end of 2017 – and around double the figure from ten years ago, CNN notes.

UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said: “What we are seeing in these figures is further confirmation of a longer-term rising trend in the number of people needing safety from war, conflict and persecution.

“While language around refugees and migrants is often divisive, we are also witnessing an outpouring of generosity and solidarity, especially by communities who are themselves hosting large numbers of refugees.”

The 2018 total included 25.9 million refugees, 41.3 million internally displaced people and 3.5 million people recorded as asylum seekers.

Syria: 13 million displaced

Of the refugees recorded by the UN, more than two-thirds came from just five nations: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia. Syria produced a considerably higher number than any of the other countries, with 6.7 million fleeing conflict there. Another 6.2 million Syrians are living in internal displacement and 140,000 are seeking asylum.

The Western Asian nation has now been riven by civil war for more than eight years. The ongoing battle between Bashar al-Assad’s repressive regime and internal opposition groups has been complicated further by other belligerents including Islamic State and Kurdish groups.

Afghanistan: 5.1 million displaced

Some 2.7 million people are currently classed as refugees from Afghanistan, with the rest of the 5.1 million figure made up by the internally displaced and asylum seekers. As the government continues to battle the Taliban and other armed groups, Pakistan now hosts around 1.4 million Afghan refugees, with a further 950,000 in Iran.

According to The Strategist, the Afghan National Army is “barely holding out” against the Taliban – but US-based news magazine says the problem is “not primarily a military one” but rather reflects “ethnic, tribal, linguistic and cultural” divisions within the nation.

Venezuela: four million displaced

The increase in Venezuelans fleeing the country’s humanitarian and economic crisis was of “particular note” in 2018, says the UN report, which warns that figures for refugees from the South American nation may rise further as more data is gathered. Around three million Venezuelans were known to have left by the end of 2018, with another 900,000 seeking asylum overseas.

The UN believes that about a quarter of the population of Venezuela is in need of aid, amid widespread shortages of food and medicine, according to the Daily Express

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Team Indeo cyclist Geraint Thomas will defend his title at the 2019 Tour de France 

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Ten things from the world of sport on Wednesday 19 June

Daily Briefing
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 12:24pm
1. Thomas given all-clear for Tour defence

British cyclist Geraint Thomas will be fit to defend his Tour de France title despite crashing out of the Tour of Switzerland yesterday.

Team Ineos said the Welshman was taken straight to hospital having suffered abrasions on his shoulder and a cut above his right eye.

His involvement in this year’s Tour de France is not likely to be affected by the crash.

The 33-year-old said: “Clearly it’s frustrating and a small setback for my Tour de France preparations, but there’s still plenty of time before we start in Brussels in a few weeks’ time.

“We will recalibrate and I’m sure my coach Tim [Kerrison] will have a plan in place to ensure I’m ready for 6 July.”

Thomas’s crash comes a week after team-mate Chris Froome was badly injured in France.

Thanks for all your messages!! Gutted to leave @tds but luckily I%u2019m all ok. I hit my head and needed stitches above my eye, so the doctors stopped me getting back on my bike. It just means I%u2019ll need some big training rides next week now%uD83D%uDE48%uD83D%uDC4D

— Geraint Thomas (@GeraintThomas86) June 19, 2019

2. Neville: we want to win every game

England head coach Phil Neville wants to finish top of group D even if it means his side have a tougher fixture in the Fifa Women’s World Cup round of 16. The Lionesses are already through to the knockout stages and should they win or draw against Japan tonight they would then face one of the best third-place finishers next. If Japan beat England they would finish top, and Neville’s team would face the Netherlands or Canada in the last-16. Neville said: “My view is that we want to win seven games in this World Cup - no matter what route we take.”

Today’s Fifa Women’s World Cup fixtures
  • Group D: Japan vs. England (8pm, BBC One) 
  • Group D: Scotland vs. Argentina (8pm, BBC Four and BBC ALBA)

Women’s World Cup: Lionesses eye top spot and Kerr can’t stop scoring

3. Semenya: I was used by the IAAF

South African athlete Caster Semenya has accused the IAAF of using her as a “human guinea pig”, the BBC reports. The 28-year-old is in a legal dispute with the world governing body over the taking of medication to control her testosterone levels.

4. Lopez named in match-fixing investigation

Andy Murray’s return to tennis has been delayed until tomorrow after rain forced play to be postponed yesterday at Queen’s. Murray will partner Feliciano Lopez in the men’s doubles against Colombian duo Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah. Meanwhile, it has been reported today that Murray’s doubles partner Lopez has been named in a Spanish police investigation into match-fixing.

5. Morgan on fire at Old Trafford

On Monday Eoin Morgan was a doubt for England’s Cricket World Cup clash with Afghanistan, but by Tuesday evening he was a national hero. The England captain scored a sensational 148 off 71 balls to help the host nation romp to a 150-run victory at Old Trafford.

6. Mercedes expect a fight in France

It’s the Formula 1 French Grand Prix this weekend and title leaders Mercedes are expecting a “tough fight” against rivals Ferrari and Red Bull. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said: “The circuit features some similarities to Montreal and the long straights will present a challenge for us.”

7. Mourinho wants World Cup challenge

Former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho would like to manage an international team. Mourinho said: “I want to compete in new competitions. I think about the World Cup and the European Championships. For a long time I have had the desire to try out such an adventure. Right now, I see myself more at a national team than with a new club.”

8. McGregor could make UFC return this year

Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh says the Irish star could make his return to UFC by the end of the year. Kavanagh told ESPN: “I think what has come back around is the love of the sport. He loves doing it, he loves training [and] he loves competing. And legacy, that he’s remembered being one of the best, if not the best ever. So that’s what’s really come back into him since the beginning of the year. That’s what I wanted to see.”

9. Zizou wants Eriksen

Zinedine Zidane wants Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen to join his Real Madrid revolution this summer. Zidane has already signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea and has now set his sights on Eriksen. The Sun reports that the Spanish giants are ready to offer Spurs £45m plus midfielder Dani Ceballos to “get their hands” on the great Dane.

Premier League transfer news: Icardi, Koulibaly, Fekir, Rodri, Sane, Bale

10. £70m for Aubameyang?

It’s claimed that Manchester United are interested in Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. TalkSPORT radio host Andy Goldstein said: “I’ve got someone on the inside, not at United by the way, someone on the inside who every so often would tell me transfer gossip. He has told me that United are interested in Aubameyang. He’s got two years left on his deal, he is 29 years old, he is the finished article.”

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Duchess of Cambridge returns to races after missing last year’s event following birth of Prince Louis

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 12:42pm

The Queen and her extended family were out in force in Berkshire yesterday to take part in the celebrations at Royal Ascot.

The Duchess of Cambridge missed the annual race meeting last year after giving birth to son Prince Louis in April, but made a dazzling return on Tuesday, wearing a “light blue Elie Saab dress detailed with lace and a pussy bow”, CNN reports.

Drizzly weather failed to dampen the Royals’ enthusiasm, as Kate and Prince William “happily greeted other family members before heading up the Royal Box”, says People magazine. “And when the rain came down again, William was armed with a black umbrella that he held over himself and his wife.”

Thousands of racegoers also braved the bad weather to greet a procession of royal carriages along the famous Berkshire course.

And there was much amusement over an incident during a conversation between the Queen and Mike Tindall, husband of the monarch’s granddaughter Zara Tindall. The former England rugby star bowed to the Queen and removed his top hat, only to reveal a tiny replica top hat hidden inside.

On the racing front, Charlie Appleby-trained horse Blue Point won the King’s Stand Stakes for a second successive year, finishing ahead of 2-1 favourite Battaash, the BBC reports. Blue Point, priced at 5-2, was ridden by James Doyle and becomes only the 12th horse to win the race twice.

“He is one of the old warriors in the yard and it has been a great effort from everyone at home,” said Appleby.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sparks fierce debate over the term ‘concentration camps’

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 12:17pm

The internet adage Godwin’s Law is the talk of Twitter this week after the US government was accused of “running concentration camps” on its southern border.

The propensity for online discussions to descend into slanging matches involving Hitler and the Nazis was first noted in 1990 by US lawyer Mike Godwin. Now, he has intervened in the ongoing argument over migrants in the US.

So what happened?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “raised a ruckus” this week after declaring on social media that the US detention centres holding undocumented immigrants on the US southern border are “concentration camps”, reports The Times of Israel.

The Democratic congresswoman from New York insisted it was “not hyperbole” but “the conclusion of expert analysis”, pointing to comments by Andrea Pitzer, author of One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps, in Esquire magazine, who said: “We have what I would call a concentration camp system, and the definition of that in my book is, mass detention of civilians without trial.”

This administration has established concentration camps on the southern border of the United States for immigrants, where they are being brutalized with dehumanizing conditions and dying.

This is not hyperbole. It is the conclusion of expert analysis %u2B07%uFE0Fhttps://t.co/2dWHxb7UuL

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 18, 2019

What was the response?

The accusation sparked “intense debate over the meaning of the words ‘concentration camp’ and whether the term could be appropriately used to describe anything other than Nazi death camps”, says The New York Times.

The newspaper notes that the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a concentration camp as “a place where large numbers of people (such as prisoners of war, political prisoners, refugees or the members of an ethnic or religious minority) are detained or confined under armed guard”.

Ocasio-Cortez’s critics - “mostly but not exclusively on the right” - said she had invited comparisons to the Nazis, which “belittles the ways Jews suffered when the Nazis turned the camps into death camps”, says The Times of Israel.

The Republican Jewish Coalition said it was “disgraceful” to “compare our nation’s immigration policies to the horrors carried out by the Nazis”, while Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney tweeted: “Do us all a favor and spend just a few minutes learning some actual history. 6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust. You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this.”

Others, including Ocasio-Cortez’s fellow Democrats and historians, defended her, with New York Representative Jerrold Nadler saying: “We fail to learn that lesson when we don’t callout such inhumanity right in front of us.”

So where does Godwin’s Law come in?

The internet adage is arguably at the heart of the matter. Almost 30 years ago, attorney Mike Godwin developed “Godwin’s Law of Nazi Analogies”, which states that: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.”

Godwin had became exasperated by the level of Nazi comparisons in online debates, telling Wired in 1994: “Invariably, the comparisons trivialized the horror of the Holocaust and the social pathology of the Nazis.”

The idea went viral and Godwin claims the number of Nazi-comparison memes reduced, but over the years the “law” was used to shut down debate as soon as Hitler or the Holocaust was invoked.

Today, Godwin himself joined the discussion, saying he believed Ocasio-Cortez’s use of the term “concentration camps” was actually “appropriate”.

Chris, I think they're concentration camps. Keep in mind that one of their functions *by design* is to punish those individuals and families who are detained. So even the "charged" term is appropriate.

— Mike Godwin (@sfmnemonic) June 18, 2019

It is not the first time Godwin has elaborated on his original theory, insisting that Nazi comparisons are fine if they are thought-out and historically informed.

He told The Washington Post in 2016: “To be clear: I don’t personally believe all rational discourse has ended when Nazis or the Holocaust are invoked. But I’m pleased that people still use Godwin’s Law to force one another to argue more thoughtfully.

“The best way to prevent future holocausts, I believe, is not to forbear from Holocaust comparisons; instead, it’s to make sure that those comparisons are meaningful and substantive.”

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Tottenham and Denmark star Christian Eriksen is linked with Real Madrid

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Real Madrid could offer cash plus a player for Spurs star Christian Eriksen

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 11:13am
Premier League transfer gossip and rumours Zizou wants Eriksen

Zinedine Zidane wants Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen to join his Real Madrid revolution this summer.

Zidane has already signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea and has now set his sights on Eriksen.

The Sun reports that the Spanish giants are ready to offer Spurs £45m plus midfielder Dani Ceballos to “get their hands” on the great Dane.

Icardi and Lukaku to swap?

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku continues to be linked with Inter Milan but his move to Italy could depend on the future of Mauro Icardi. Inter are set to offer Argentine star Icardi plus cash for Lukaku as the Serie A side cannot afford United’s £80m valuation of the Belgian striker. (The Daily Telegraph)

City close in on Rodri and Cancelo

Premier League champions Manchester City are closing in on deals for Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri and Juventus right-back Joao Cancelo. The duo could arrive at the Etihad for a combined £120m. (The Daily Telegraph)

Atletico look at Xhaka

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is a target for Atletico Madrid as the Spanish side seek a replacement for Man City-bound Rodri. Swiss star Xhaka is on Atletico’s shopping list but the Gunners will fight to keep him at the Emirates. (The Sun)

Rivals battle for Koulibaly

Manchester City have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly. City have reportedly made an £85m bid for the Senegal star as they seek a replacement for Vincent Kompany. (Daily Mail)

Goretzka wants Sane at Bayern

Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka would be “very happy” if Manchester City winger Leroy Sane joins the German champions. Goretzka said: “We would all be very happy about it if or when he comes. But I won’t be putting pressure on him or try and influence his opinion. I was in a similar situation last year and I had to take a decision for myself. And I am also of the opinion, it is best to take the decision alone.” (Manchester Evening News)

No loan for Bale

Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has dismissed claims that the Welsh forward could leave Real Madrid on loan. Bale has been linked with Manchester United but Barnett says a move to Old Trafford is “very unlikely”. When asked if a loan move could happen, Barnett told Sky Sports: “I don’t think he wants to go out on loan. He’s got a lovely life and home in Spain. I think it would take something exceptional for him to leave and loans are not on the menu.”

Andersen offered to Spurs

Arsenal have not followed up their interest in Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen, meaning the door has opened for north London rivals Tottenham to make a move. The Danish international, who is valued at £31.2m, has been offered to Spurs. (Daily Star)

Gomes deal close

Andre Gomes’s £22m transfer from Barcelona to Everton is expected to be finalised this week. The Portugal midfielder, 25, spent the season on loan at Goodison Park. (Daily Mail)

Fekir and Ndombele to leave Lyon?

Nabil Fekir and Tanguy Ndombele could both leave Lyon this summer, the French club’s chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has admitted. Forward Fekir has been linked with Liverpool while midfielder Ndombele is linked with Tottenham. (Sky Sports)

£70m for Aubameyang?

It’s claimed that Manchester United are interested in Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. TalkSPORT radio host Andy Goldstein said: “I’ve got someone on the inside, not at United by the way, someone on the inside who every so often would tell me transfer gossip. He has told me that United are interested in Aubameyang. He’s got two years left on his deal, he is 29 years old, he is the finished article.”

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