The law, promoted by strongman prime minister Viktor Orban, bans LGBTQ representation in educational material at schools, or in kids television shows. Shortly after its passage, Hungarian fans displayed a “Anti-LMBTQ” banner at their Euro 2020 opener in Budapest.
UEFA responded with a statement: “UEFA, through its statutes, is a politically and religiously neutral organisation. Given the political context of this specific request — a message aiming at a decision taken by the Hungarian national parliament — UEFA must decline this request.”
The lack of public support for the LGBTQ community from UEFA created a defiant atmosphere at Wednesday's match. German fans showed up in rainbow-colored clothing, and with rainbow flags, as Germany's minister for Europe Michael Roth had encouraged them to do.
The pitch invasion was the most aggressive display of LGBTQ support. The fan, who also wore a Germany jersey, was tackled by security guards. Some German fans cheered him. Hungarian players stood stoically and sang their national anthem with right hands over hearts.
Hungary hosted its first two Euro 2020 matches, then traveled to Munich for its third and final group match. It is also slated to host the 2022 Europa League final, another UEFA event.
Last week, Piara Powar, the executive director of FARE, a prominent organization fighting discrimination in sports, said: “The situation in Hungary is problematic. We do need a better and more firm approach to respect for universal rights being conditional for hosting matches at major tournaments."
China should stop giving tax breaks to online video gaming firms because the industry has grown and some of its companies have now become globally influential players, the state-backed Securities Times newspaper said on Thursday. The report https://stock.stcn.com/djjd/202108/t20210805_3510376.html comes as the Chinese video gaming industry has in recent days become a topic of multiple state media reports, triggering investor concerns that the industry could be next in line to be targeted by Beijing regulators. On Tuesday, the state-backed Economic Information Daily called online video games "spiritual opium" in an article that went viral and wiped $60 billion off the share price of gaming giant Tencent Holdings Ltd at one point.
A thick cloud of smoke surrounded one of the most famous landmarks of the ancient world on Wednesday: the Parthenon in the Greek capitol of Athens.A wildfire tore through a forest on the city outskirts, leaving behind scorched earth and scores of gutted homes, businesses and vehicles.The fire began Tuesday about 12 miles north of Athens, but fire fighters managed to slightly subdue it by Wednesday morning.Nikos Hardalias, who works for the government’s civil protection bureau, told Athens residents to stay indoors to protect themselves from smoke pollution."I want to stress once more, it is absolutely necessary to take care, the weather conditions are extreme, the danger for wildfire is very high in the majority of the country, today and for the upcoming days."Fires were also burning on the island of Evia and in the western Peloponnese, where villages were evacuated near the site of the first Olympic Games.Greece is facing its most severe heatwave in 30 years, with temperatures hitting nearly a high of 110 degrees Fahrenheit.The heat and strong winds are fanning Greece’s fires over the border into Turkey.To try to stop it, France and Sweden have sent their own firefighters.That reinforcement is expected to arrive on Thursday.
President Joe Biden may have averted a flood of evictions and solved a growing political problem when his administration reinstated a temporary ban on evictions because of the COVID-19 crisis. The new eviction moratorium announced Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could run into opposition at the Supreme Court, where one justice in late June warned the administration not to act further without explicit congressional approval. Landlords from Alabama whose bid to lift the earlier pause on evictions failed returned to federal court in Washington late Wednesday, asking for an order that would allow evictions to resume.
Quan Hongchan of China advanced to the women's 10 metre platform diving finals in first place after a series of strong dives at the Tokyo Games on Thursday, while her compatriot Chen Yuxi came a close second. Quan, 14, is the youngest athlete of the Chinese team at the Tokyo Games. After finishing second in the preliminaries on Wednesday, Quan took an early lead in the semi-finals, performing an impressive dive and earning 85.50 points in the first round.
Ryan Crouser broke his own Olympic record on his way to defending his shot put title Thursday on a hot day in Tokyo. On his last attempt, Crouser went 23.30 meters (76 feet, 5½ inches) to earn the first track and field gold medal for the American men at the Tokyo Games. U.S. teammate Joe Kovacs finished second and Tomas Walsh of New Zealand was third.
India won the bronze medal after a thrilling 5-4 victory over Germany at the Tokyo Games on Thursday, giving the country its first Olympic hockey medal in more than forty years. Germany took an early lead in the goal-rich match through a second-minute goal by Timur Oruz, and posed a threat to eight-time Olympic hockey champions India in the first quarter. After Simranjeet Singh equalised with a backhand shot for India, Germany kept their cool, scoring two goals to take a 3-1 lead in the second quarter.
THE Department of Health (DOH) 7 warns the public against inappropriate use of medical grade oxygen as inappropriate use of it can lead to oxygen toxicity or lung damage.Dr. Jaime Bernadas, DOH 7 director,
Australia will provide one-off cash payments of US$60,000 to many Indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families as children, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Thursday, to redress what he described as a "shameful" period in the nation's history.
TOKYO (Reuters) -Portugal's Pedro Pichardo won the men's triple jump at the Tokyo Games on Thursday with a leap of 17.98 metres, giving his country its fifth Olympic gold medal. China's Zhu Yaming produced a personal best of 17.57m for silver and Hugues Fabrice Zango delivered Burkina Faso's first Olympic medal after jumping 17.47m to take bronze. Burkina Faso is the 100th nation to win an Olympic athletics medal.