Germany beats Turkey for right to host Euro 2024

first_img“I’d like to thank the UEFA Executive for their incredible confidence and I feel the responsibility — we will do our utmost to live up to expectations,” said German Football Association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel after the announcement.“We want to put on a huge football festival and show the world how hospitable we are,” said ex-Germany captain Philipp Lahm, who will head the organising committee.UEFA considered that the German bid already had everything in place to host a successful event — from stadiums to infrastructure and hotels.European football’s governing body has also said it wants to make as much money as possible from the 2024 tournament and Germany was considered the better financial bet.The win also offers a boost to German football after a disastrous 2018 World Cup, when the country failed to qualify for the last 16 — after winning the tournament in 2014.German foreign minister Heiko Maas said the 2024 tournament “will be an opportunity to show what we stand for in Germany: openness to the world and tolerance, freedom and respect.“Together, we have to make the European Championship a tournament for all Europeans,” he added in a statement.Turkey meanwhile had been desperate to host its first ever major sporting event but its bid was weakened by concerns over its faltering economy, lacking transport network and, perhaps most importantly, human rights.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan loomed large over the campaign and Thursday’s defeat may be seen in part as a personal rebuke.His government’s unprecedented crackdown, including thousands of arrests, following a failed 2016 coup has raised worldwide concern.That unease was shared by UEFA, which noted in its evaluation report that the Turkish bid’s “lack of action plan in the area of human rights is a matter of concern.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000German Football Association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel (L) is congratulated by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin after it was announced that Germany will host Euro 2024 © AFP / Fabrice COFFRININYON, Switzerland, Sep 27 – Germany on Thursday won the race to host the 2024 European Championship as UEFA backed a bid seen as safer than the rival Turkish proposal.UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin announced the winner following a campaign that saw politics and concerns over human rights in Turkey play a central role.last_img read more

Don’t put that in the trash!

first_imgWith millions of dead batteries, burned-out fluorescent light bulbs and outmoded electronics dumped into landfills every year, officials want residents to know: It’s no longer OK to trash your trash. Starting Feb. 8, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, answering machines, cordless telephones, radios and pre-1997 tennis shoes with flashing lights are banned from the garbage bin. Those once-innocuous electronics are now on a long list of hazardous materials barred from landfills because they contain mercury, corrosive chemicals or heavy metals that can eventually seep from dumps into groundwater or put sanitation workers at risk. “These items pose a human health and environmental threat,” said Karl Palmer, chief of regulatory and program development branch at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. “In the long run we don’t want these materials to get into the groundwater and the environment.” Rather, these discarded goods should now go to household hazardous waste collection centers or willing retailers. The new waste disposal rules make it illegal to throw out so-called universal waste, which includes electronics and appliances that contain mercury or other heavy metals. Mercury can cause nausea, vomiting, skin rashes and eye irritation when its container is broken and the neurotoxin is released. State officials said they’re focused on public education more than enforcement. “We’ll go after egregious violators, but we’re not going to go door to door looking in people’s trash,” said Ron Baker, DTSC spokesman. But some environmental groups worry Californians don’t know about the new rules and the local governments and recyclers aren’t ready for an onslaught of electronics and appliances. State waste officials estimate Californians will throw away 600 million batteries and 17 million fluorescent bulbs this year. Roughly 500,000 tons of toxic electronic waste that was landfilled in 2003 now has to be decontaminated and recycled. “It’s not going to be pretty,” said Mark Murray, executive director of Californians Against Waste. He believes manufacturers need to phase out the use of hazardous materials in electronics, and manufacturers should be required to take back and recycle products with toxic parts. Also the state may need to copy the bottle and can program and consider a 5- to 10-cent refund on batteries or fluorescent light bulbs to encourage recycling. Los Angeles officials said they already take batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and electronics at the city’s household hazardous waste disposal sites, and are prepared for the increase. “We do get a fair number now, nothing tremendous,” said Wayne Omokawa, the city’s program manager for e-waste collection. “People are very up to date and we don’t expect any big changes.” Goodwill Industries of Southern California takes electronics and its disabled work force dismantles and recycles the equipment. Facilities Director Gerardo Castro hopes to see more televisions, radios and answering machines coming his way. “We think its a wonderful opportunity to expand our recycling services. It increases our volume. We can provide more environmentally friendly jobs.” In addition to Goodwill, a number of thrift shops will take phones, computers, televisions and other universal waste that can be dismantled and individual pieces recycled. Some electronics dealers will take batteries. Many wireless phone stores will take old cell phones. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Related Flight Geek of the Week Laura WilsonFlig

first_img RelatedFlight Geek of the Week – Laura WilsonFlight Geek of the Week – Laura WilsonRecession making Brits more flexible with travel plansRecession making Brits more flexible with travel plansGet personalised flight deals from your local airport with SkyscannerHave you set up an account with Skyscanner yet? Sign up and we’ll deliver personalised flight deals to and from your local airport, straight to your inbox. We’ll also send you the best travel articles and all for free! Here’s how it works in 5 simple steps… It was Skyscanner’s unique, flexible, search system that lets users enter their dates and search for the cheapest flights to any destination that won praise from the Lonely Planet writer. Skyscanner also allows users to enter just the destination and find the cheapest days to fly.The recommendation follows a slew of recent press coverage for Skyscanner across the media including: The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Men’s Health, The Sun, News of the World, The Scotsman, The Daily Mail, ABTA Magazine, Sainsbury’s Magazine, MoneySavingExpert.com, Cosmopolitan, Best, Prima and dozens of other titles.Barry Smith, Skyscanner director and co-founder commented:”Here at Skyscanner HQ, we’re big fans of Jo Whiley, so it was great to hear Skyscanner being recommended on her show by the highly respected travel expert, Tom Hall of Lonely Planet. This is one of the reasons we’re growing so quickly – people try us, like us and then recommend us to their friends.”Click here to listen to the clip.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Skyscanner was given a big thumbs up on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 1 show yesterday (2 June 09), by travel expert Tom Hall of the Lonely Planet.last_img read more