Israeli bid to host Messi in Jerusalem thrust politics to fore

first_imgThe original plan had been to stage the match in the northern coastal city of Haifa, at the state-of-the-art Sami Ofer stadium where Israel usually hosts international games.But Israeli sports minister Miri Regev, an outspoken hardliner in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government, launched a campaign to move the venue to Jerusalem.That hit a nerve with Palestinians, already outraged by US President Donald Trump’s transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May after he recognised the disputed city as capital of Israel.Guatemala and Paraguay have since followed suit.Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev wears a dress featuring an image of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, also known as the Temple Mount, as she attends a screening at the Cannes film festival on May 17, 2017 © AFP / Antonin THUILLIERPalestinians claim the eastern part of Jerusalem, annexed by Israel in a move never recognised internationally, as the capital of their future state.Israel considers the entire city its own “indivisible” capital, and Regev has been at the forefront of the fight to win international backing for that position.Last year Regev, who is also culture minister, turned heads at the Cannes film festival when she arrived in an evening dress featuring the image of a flashpoint Islamic shrine in east Jerusalem.She has publicly supported allowing Jewish prayer at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, currently banned for fears it could spark a backlash by Muslims.The site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is sacred in both religions and a regular scene of flare-ups between Israelis and Palestinians.Regev’s bid to host the Argentina match in Jerusalem comes after the city in May hosted one of cycling’s biggest races, the Giro d’Italia.The timing of the match carried extra symbolism as Israel celebrates 70 years since it achieved statehood and 44 years since it seized Palestinian east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War.Speaking to Israeli army radio on Monday, Regev said she had released $694,400 (598,000 euros) to cover expenses incurred by the venue change.“Jerusalem is worth every shekel,” she said.“After we’ve been fighting for embassies to move to Jerusalem, there is absolutely no question.”– Israel ‘red card’ –More money came from the coffers of Comtec, the private Israeli promoter of the event, which according to Israeli and Argentine media paid up to $3 million to the Argentine Football Association (AFA) to make the June 9 game happen.Palestinian Football Association head Jibril Rajoub stands in front of a “thank you” sign addressed to Argentina’s star player Lionel Messi during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on June 6, 2018 © AFP / ABBAS MOMANIBut Palestinians were equally determined to stop it.Palestinian Football Association head Jibril Rajoub on Sunday urged Messi not to play in Jerusalem and called on fans to burn shirts bearing his name if he did.On Wednesday Rajoub welcomed the about-turn, which he said served as a “red card” to Israel.Pro-Palestinian groups in Buenos Aires had called for protests against the match, saying that “there is nothing friendly about playing the Israeli apartheid game.”Regev’s gambit also came under fire within Israel.At a meeting of parliament’s state audit committee on Monday, chair Shelly Yachimovich raised questions about ticket allocations after only 20,000 of nearly 32,000 places went on sale to the general public.Regev said the remainder were earmarked for the promoter, sponsors, Israeli FA officials and others.Yachimovich said she had also asked sports ministry officials about a claim by one of their colleagues that Regev had conditioned her financial support for the event on having an on-pitch photo opportunity and handshake with Messi.“They strongly denied it,” Yachimovich later told Israel army radio.“We can only wait and see,” she added. “None of us would fall off our seats if it did happen.”Regev was also asked about reports that Messi had said he did not intend to shake any politician’s hand.A Palestinian woman prays near the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem on the third Friday prayers of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan on June 1, 2018 © AFP / Ahmad GHARABLIShe said she was not aware of any such statement.“Let’s wait for Messi and we’ll see who will shake hands with whom,” she said.Following the news of the Argentine retreat, Israeli media carried reports of grumblings against Regev, even among aides to Netanyahu.The premier is himself a vigorous promoter of Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem and has received strong backing from Regev.According to pro-Netanyahu Israeli daily Yisrael Hayom, aides felt that if the match had remained in Haifa, opposition to it taking place in Israel would have been less effective.“Senior sources in Netanyahu’s circle harshly attacked minister Miri Regev for moving the game to Jerusalem,” the paper wrote.“They asked, ‘Why was this necessary?’”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Argentina’s forward Lionel Messi attends a training session at the FC Barcelona ‘Joan Gamper’ sports centre near Barcelona on June 6, 2018 © AFP / PAU BARRENAJERUSALEM, ZZZ, Jun 6 – Israel’s bid to stage a high-profile football match against Argentina in the disputed city of Jerusalem inevitably thrust politics and the festering Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the fore.The Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires confirmed Tuesday that the pre-World Cup friendly international had been cancelled, citing threats against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.last_img read more

Questions surround asbestos pipes left after replacement works

first_imgQuestions have been raised over a stretch of pipes left behind after pipe replacement works from Lough Salt to Letterkenny.The old pipes, which were made with asbestos, are believed to remain in the ground alongside the new water infrastructure.Cllr Michael McBride raised the matter with the Letterkenny MD on Wednesday. He asked what policy the council has on the disused pipes, given that the public is advised to dispose of other asbestos waste in a safe manner. Joe Ferry, Senior Chemist for the council said that there is no environmental risk with leaving the pipes in the ground, given the amount of time they’ve already been there.“It’s more of a risk if you move them at all,” Mr Ferry said.Cllr McBride replied: “My own opinion is that they should be removed.”The issue was raised outside of the planned agenda at this month’s municipal district meeting. Questions surround asbestos pipes left after replacement works was last modified: May 16th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Natural Fibers, Part One: The Ultimate in Comfort

first_imgSurrounding ourselves with natural fibers is like comfort food—inviting and comfortable in so many ways. All-natural materials like cotton, wool, soy silk, flax/linen, ramie, bamboo, Tencel, corn, jute, and hemp also have less embodied energy than their petroleum-based counterparts.Naturally (pun intended), even these have environmental impacts. As noted in Green Building Advisor’s Product Guide, conventional cotton is grown with significant chemical fertilizer and pesticides. Wool and silk—animal products imported from overseas sources— typically are treated with chemicals to ward off moth infestation and microbial growth. Hemp and jute, also primarily from overseas sources, are fairly resistant to pests, both as plants and after manufacture into fabrics.As a rule, however, natural fibers tend to require minimal processing before manufacturing, which reduces their environmental impact over the entire life cycle. Eco characteristics generally include the minimal use of chemicals and pesticides; responsible land management and sustainable ranching/farming practices; certifications; and fair trade practices. Take into account as well the raw material selection, production, dye process, usage, and disposal in addition to the consumption of energy, water, and chemicals.last_img read more

Traditional Styling, Passive House Construction

first_imgShort of training as a Passivhaus consultant, one way to immerse yourself in Passivhaus technology and practice is to have a home built to the standard and then live in it. That’s what Sarah Evans and her husband, Stuart Rue, have done with their two-story project in Salem, Oregon, which broke ground in August 2009 and earned certification by Passive House Institute U.S. last month.Planted on a roomy corner lot, the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath house has about 1,880 sq. ft. of space divided almost evenly between the two floors. Evans and Rue hired local, green-minded experts to help them shape their vision for the house and get it in the ground: builder Bilyeu Homes Inc. and architect Nathan Good, both based in Salem. And like many other homeowners, designers, and builders who venture into the still-rarefied realm of Passive House construction, the couple blogged about the process and posted lots of photos.The Evans-Rue house features advanced framed double-stud walls (just over a foot thick) and exceptional airtightness, having achieved .20 ACH at 50 Pascals in its last blower-door test. It also features exterior detailing that honors the traditional look of much older homes in the Northwest, including the 100-year-old house that, until about 12 years ago, had occupied the Evans-Rue lot. Evans credits Good with forging a compatible design.“We wanted our house to fit in with the surrounding neighborhood and Nathan really made that happen,” she told Earth Advantage, a nonprofit green building and rating program based in Portland, Oregon, that certified the house with a Platinum rating, its highest, based on the building’s high level of energy efficiency.“We have received two power bills constituting a little less than two months of electricity service at the new house,” Rue wrote on July 16. “We have averaged a tiny bit less than 14 kW per day. By way of comparison, the average American house uses about 30 kWh per day, according to the Department of Energy. Except for a few days last week, the weather since we’ve moved into the house has been very temperate, so we weren’t expecting a huge bill. Still, it’s nice to see such a low bill, especially considering that electricity is our only energy source.”For more information on the house, see Net Zero Energy Homes Case Study 2: Rue Evans Passive House.last_img read more

Jeron Teng wants to join Gilas pool

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES Teng said that he’s hopeful to get an affirmative response from Reyes if he can join the training on Tuesday.“I have no idea how they are working now, but maybe, now that I’ve reached out, I’ll drop by. I didn’t know that you only have to reach out and tell your intention to join the team, so I hope I get the call. Everyone wants to play for the national team,” he said. What ‘missteps’? Jeron Teng. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Joaqui FloresFresh from his stint with Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup, Jeron Teng has signified his intention to be a part of the Gilas Pilipinas pool.“Even in France, I was telling Kief (Ravena) and Kobe (Paras) that I also want to be a part of the training,” he said Saturday in the Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 homecoming press conference.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Teng shared that he already reached out to national team coach Chot Reyes on Saturday after the 3×3 squad arrived from Nantes, France.“I already reached out to coach Chot if I can practice and try out. There’s no player who doesn’t want to represent the country. There’s no greater glory than being a part of the team representing the country,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTeammate Kiefer Ravena and Kobe Paras were earlier called up to join the Gilas pool, together with new additions Raymar Jose and Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger and veterans Kevin Alas and Baser Amer.Reyes has also included Bobby Ray Parks to the pool last week as the national team resumed its trainings at Meralco Gym on Tuesday. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Gamescenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Red Sox retire No.34 for Ortiz: ‘This is his (pause) city’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Short-handed Bolts rally to thwart Fuel Masters

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “We had to deal with a lot of adversities in this game and we really needed to get a win, especially after coming off a loss,” added the multi-titled coach, who didn’t mind playing his remaining players extended minutes with an 18-day break coming their way.Garvo Lanete fired 14 points in the third period and finished with 27, effectively plugging the holes created by the absence of Baser Amer and Mike Tolomia as the Bolts completed a rally from as big as 15 points down to rise to 5-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAmer, a prime candidate for the Most Improved Player of the year award who has stepped up to become the team’s best point guard, and Tolomia, whom Black described as his second best point guard, are both in Kuala Lumpur playing for Gilas Pilipinas in the Southeast Asian Games.Aside from his two guards, Black also missed his best defender in Cliff Hodge, which meant that the Bolts were “not strong defensively,” allowing Phoenix to nearly get away with a victory. LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Brown, though, missed the potential game-tying basket as time expired.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Game: Active PH Volcanoes ready to eruptcenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The next Meralco game will be on Sept. 6 against sister team TNT KaTropa, and that game would mean a seat in the playoffs should the Bolts escape with a win.“Good thing is that all three of them will be back for our next game,” Black said as Allen Durham chipped in his share with 33 points 16 rebounds and seven assists. Chris Newsome and Reynel Hugnatan also finished in twin digits with a combined 33.Phoenix paraded a new import in Brandon Brown and almost hammered out a victory.But the Fuel Masters, who broke in Jeff Chan after acquiring the left-handed gunslinger from Rain or Shine just over a week ago, couldn’t hold on to a 77-62 lead late in the third quarter and went down for the fourth straight game after a 2-0 start.Brown, playing in lieu of the injured Eugene Phelps, finished with 38 points, while Chan wound up with 27 in his biggest offensive game of the season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PBA IMAGESShort on personnel but long in determination, Meralco rebounded from its first loss in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday night by pulling off what coach Norman Black feels is as the Bolts’ most satisfying win yet.“It was just an incredible effort from my guys tonight,” Black said after the Bolts—with three aces out of the roster—carved out a come-from-behind 107-104 win over Phoenix Petroleum to creep closer to a playoff berth at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Streetsmart look of Dil Chahta Hai heroes sets the trend for Indian urban males

first_imgIf one had to pick out a single symbol that reflects the changes in the Indian urban male’s style book, it would be the refreshing, streetsmart look of the heroes of Dil Chahta Hai.Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna and Saif Ali Khan have set a trend that has found clones in,If one had to pick out a single symbol that reflects the changes in the Indian urban male’s style book, it would be the refreshing, streetsmart look of the heroes of Dil Chahta Hai.Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna and Saif Ali Khan have set a trend that has found clones in college canteens, nightclubs, movie halls, even in boardrooms.Here are the basics of the DCH look: a spiffy, sharp haircut, like that of one of the heroes in the movie; short-shirts with slits in the sides, in orange, purple, bright blue or green; loose-fitting trousers or bright pyjamas; and sandals.Literally on the cutting edge of men’s style today are the trio’s trendy, close-cropped haircuts, courtesy Juice, the hair salon run by Adhuna Bhabani, who is married to DCH director Farhan Akhtar. “The response has been overwhelming,” she says. “Fifty per cent of the men who walk in demand the DCH look.”Man in The Mirror: Vishesh Bhatt and Shubham Agarwal getting the DCH cut at Nalini and Yasmin’s, MumbaiThe most prominent, inexpensive and easy way to look in vogue is growing the soul patch or zap that Aamir sports on his chin. And all that it takes is a new shaving routine. Gaurav Gupta, a 24-year-old Mumbai doctor, dons one and calls it “mosquito”.The new look is even finding its way to advertisements, such as the Onida Black ad, which features actor Rajat Kapoor (who incidentally acted in the movie) with an Aamir-style zap.The sartorial style that the DCH trio represents is markedly androgynous. A change largely envisaged by New York-based designer Arjun Bhasin, who experimented with bright, feminine colours like lilac and yellow, and designer Aki Narula, who relished the creative freedom to dress the heroes in two-toned shirts and sheer shirts as outer swimwear.advertisementFashion stylist Yogendra Tripathi cautions that the upbeat DCH look may just be a passing fad, but the way men look now, it seems it will stick around for a while yet.last_img read more