United Nations acts irresponsibly

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe actions taken by the Trump administration with regard to the United Nations are long overdue. More should be done with less of our taxpayer money.I give the UN the benefit of the doubt that its inception was with the best intentions. I really don’t believe that, but I wrote it to make you feel good — another brick in the “road to hell.” Who could forget the League of Nations? That really worked. The UN is like our Congress and Senate in America. It knows right from wrong, but choses to act irresponsibility (partisan). Ditto the UN. It’s not a matter of money; it’s a matter of lack of character of the members.The fact that North Korea exists with all of its existing torments is a testament to the failure of the UN. There are other examples. The UN has no problem getting its “act together” when it comes to denouncing Israel and America. When I see a leader of a poor nation living in splendor, adorned with medals for who knows what, I know my tax dollars shouldn’t be going to that bottomless pit.Like Jesus, salvation in the material form is found within, not someone else’s pocketbook.As for the poor of other nations, let their affluent give till it hurts. They won’t. We need to fix our infrastructure, not the “shovel-ready” boondoggles of former President Obama. What difference does it make? Dance fool dance.Edmond DayRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Why is the Europa League final in Baku? How Arsenal vs Chelsea came to be in Azerbaijan

first_imgWhy is the Europa League final in Baku? How Arsenal vs Chelsea came to be in Azerbaijan The stadium holds just over 70,000 people (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)The tiny amount of tickets on offer to fans of the clubs competing was seen as a real problem by many, but it was something brought up in Azerbaijan’s bid and accepted by UEFA in the evaluation.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe hotel facilities in Baku do not meet the minimum requirement set out by UEFA, but as the number of tickets on offer to foreign fans are hugely restricted, the failure was ignored.‘Although the number of hotel rooms within a 60km radius of the stadium falls short of UEFA’s minimum requirements for fans, visitors and UEFA’s key target groups, the lower share of tickets allocated to the two finalist  teams reduces potential risks,’ read the Evaluation Report.In comparison, Seville’s and Istanbul’s hotel arrangements exceeded minimum requirements.Choosing a destination that has to offer the finalists a feeble amount of tickets for their fans does seem odd.However, despite the lack of tickets, both Arsenal and Chelsea have returned a substantial amount of their allocation due to the difficulty of getting to Baku.6,000 tickets were awarded to each club and a UEFA spokesperson said: ‘Approximately 6,000 tickets have been returned by the two finalists together.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAs to why UEFA plumped for Baku over Sevilla and Istanbul is not entirely clear, other than their desire to keep moving their showpiece matches to new locations and rotating the honour of hosting big games.Seville hosted the Europa League final in 2003, while Istanbul was handed it in 2009.Istanbul hosted the Champions League final in 2005 and has it again in 2020 and while it is not in Seville, Spain have the Champions League final this year in Madrid, with the same city hosting in 2010.Neither Baku nor anywhere in Azerbaijan has ever hosted a Champions or Europa League final, so the new opportunities and rotation policy is certainly behind the move, as is preparing the ground for the three group games and quarter-final of Euro 2020.AdvertisementMORE: Why isn’t Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan playing in the Europa League final in Baku?MORE: What TV channel is the Europa League final on and how to watch Arsenal vs Chelsea for free? Advertisement Comment The Olympic Stadium in Baku, pictured two days before the 2019 Europa League final (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)The actual match between Arsenal and Chelsea seems to have taken a backseat in the build-up to the Europa League final with so much controversy swirling around the contest taking place in the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku.There have been widespread complaints about the distance the teams and supporters have to travel, the lack of tickets on offer to each club and the fact that Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not playing because of political tensions between his country and Azerbaijan.Obviously some of the issues in terms of distance only arose when two English teams qualified for the final, but with other problems entirely foreseeable, the question is being asked: Why did UEFA take the Europa League final to Baku?AdvertisementAdvertisementThe decision was announced in September 2017 after the UEFA Executive Committee met in Nyon and little was explained over the choice to head to Azerbaijan.ADVERTISEMENTA UEFA announcement simply read: ‘The Olympic Stadium in Baku has been selected to host the 2019 UEFA Europa League final.‘To be held on 29 May 2019, the final will be the first such decider played in the Azerbaijani capital. The stadium was built for the 2015 European Games and has previously been chosen to stage three group games and a quarter-final at UEFA EURO 2020.‘The stadium was one of the arenas used for the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, attracting a competition-record 33,000 crowd for Azerbaijan’s opening game against Poland. Baku was also a venue for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and hosted the 2014 UEFA Futsal Cup finals.’center_img Phil HaighWednesday 29 May 2019 10:24 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link103Shares Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang trains at the Olympic Stadium (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)In June of 2017, UEFA announced that there were three bids formally submitted to host the 2019 Europa League final, with Seville’s Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and Vodafone Park in Istanbul being the other two.What we have to go on to see why Azerbaijan beat Spain and Turkey in this race is UEFA’s Evaluation Report which also covered the bids for the Champions League final, Women’s Champions League final and Super Cup.The document praised the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) for producing, ‘a very creative and professional presentation of its vision, concept and anticipated legacy.’There is no mention of the potential issue of Armenian players competing in the final, with UEFA summing up: ‘The AFFA confirms that there are no legal or other constraints that would impact the fulfilment of the host associations’ obligations.’ This is despite UEFA being well aware of tensions as they keep the countries apart in international competition draws.UEFA were satisfied by the travel situation, which entirely comes down to fans traveling into Heydar Aliyev airport, which is 20km outside of Baku.The Evaluation Report stated: ‘Due to its geographical location, most foreign spectators would arrive in Baku by air, resulting in high demand for flights. Heydar Aliyev International Airport is the only international airport within easy reach of Baku. The in and outbound airport capacity meets the requirements. ‘Despite this assessment, The Times reported that the airport’s small capacity of only accommodating 15,000 passengers-per-day was part of the reason that Arsenal and Chelsea were only offered 6,000 tickets each. Advertisementlast_img read more

Sourav Ganguly urges world cricket to emulate test cricket played in the Ashes

first_imgAdvertisement xcfqd9NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3mcbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec0p( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) aWould you ever consider trying this?😱yzlCan your students do this? 🌚l79fRoller skating! Powered by Firework India great Sourav Ganguly has praised the standard of cricket being played in the ongoing Ashes series and has asked the rest of the cricketing world to raise their standards. This year’s edition of The Ashes has produced some exhilarating action in the first two Tests of the five-match series. The former Indian captain tweeted, “The ‘Ashes’ series have kept test cricket alive …. up to rest of the world to raise their standards.”Advertisement Advertisement The 4th Day of the second Test match gave cricket fans round the globe a spectacle as there was a fierce battle between the two great sides. Aussie superstar Steve Smith was at the focal point as he had to deal with two dangerous blows, both of which was bowled by English pacer Jofra Archer. First a hit on the elbow, followed by a deadly hit on the neck which forced him to retire hurt. Cricket Australia later released a statement that Smith had suffered a delayed concussion and was ruled out of the second Test. And on the final day, a Ben Stokes century saw England set a target of 267. The hosts almost got a grip on the match, but in the end, Travis Head and Pat Cummins helped Australia to draw this riveting contest.Earlier in the first test, Nathan Lyon scalped six wickets in the second innings which enabled the Kangaroos to register a 251-run victory. Having won the first Test, Australia is leading 1-0 in the series and both the teams will lock horns for the third Test at Headingley from August 22. Advertisementlast_img read more