May 24th, 2019.
A controversial new stadium has just been built for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The stadium, designed by Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, has been criticized for its high cost and the use of foreign workers – many of whom died during the construction. Brazilian scientists are building a new revolutionary radio telescope in the Northeastern part of the country, which will enable the study of the dark part of the universe. UK prime minister Theresa May announced she will step down from office, after failing to negotiate a Brexit deal with Parliament. She will remain as head of the Conservative Party until her replacement is elected. John Walker Lindh, who became known as the ‘American Taliban’, will be released from prison. Captured in 2001 during the US invasion of Afghanistan, he reduced three years of his sentence for good behavior, and now will be under constant surveillance. Finally, Economy minister Paulo Guedes has announced he will resign and live outside Brazil if the social security reform is not approved in its entirety. According to Guedes, without this reform the country will likely be bankrupt by 2020.
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One of the new stadiums built for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has just been inaugurated in the city of Al Wakrah, 23 kilometers south of the capital, Doha. Named Al Janoub Stadium, it will hold matches up to the quarterfinals. The structure was built by one of the world’s most prestigious architects, Iraqi-born Zaha Hadid, who died in 2016. The 40-thousand seat stadium has been criticized due to its unusual shape, its high cost, and also because several immigrant workers lost their lives during its construction.
USP will lead project to analyze the dark part of the universe
A new radio telescope is being built in the Brazilian region of Serra do Urubu, on the border of the states of Paraíba and Pernambuco. Called Bingo – Baryon Acoustic Oscillations in Neutral Gas – it will be the first of its kind to detect Baryon Acoustic Oscillations through electromagnetic waves by radio frequency. By measuring such oscillations it will be possible to observe the geometry of the universe and study the so-called dark matter. The research is being led by three Brazilian institutions: the University of São Paulo, the Federal University of Campina Grande, and the National Institute for Space Research.
UK prime minister steps down after failing to get Brexit deal approved
The prime minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, announced she will step down as the Conservative Party leader on June 7th. In a brief speech, May explained she will remain in office until a replacement is elected by the party before June 20th. May took charge after the 2016 referendum in which the majority of the people chose to take Britain out of the European Union, but was forced to step down after her failure to establish a deal regarding this process with Parliament. She leaves office as one of the country’s shortest-serving post-World War II prime ministers.
‘American Taliban’ is released from prison
38-year-old John Walker Lindh, who became known as the ‘American Taliban’ after being captured by United States forces in Afghanistan, has been released from prison. Lindh was arrested along with other jihadi fighters in 2001, during a rebellion in the city of Mazar e-Sharif, where he was wounded. Sent back to the US in October 2002, he was sentenced to 20 years in jail; but his alleged good behavior enabled him to reduce three years of his sentence. He was released from the Terre Haute high-security federal prison on condition of not having a passport, undergoing a mental health treatment, and the monitoring of his internet access.
Paulo Guedes claims he will leave the country if reform is not fully approved
Economy minister Paulo Guedes reemphasized the need for the approval this year of the social security reform by Congress; without it, he says that Brazil will go bankrupt by 2020. And he added: if the reform is trimmed he will step down from office. “I will catch a plane and live abroad. I am already old enough to retire,” said the 69-year-old minister in an interview with Veja magazine. According to Guedes, the social security deficit has been increasing by R$ 40 billion each year, and the further delays may discourage foreign investors from coming to Brazil.