Daily Archives: June 5, 2019

UAE leaders congratulate Denmark’s Queen on National Day

ABU DHABI, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has sent a congratulatory cable to Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II on the occasion of the National Day of her country.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, sent similar cables to the Queen.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed also dispatched similar cables to Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE Press: Acceptance of Muslims should not depend on goal-scoring ability

ABU DHABI, News that the arrival of Mohamed Salah at Liverpool FC has coincided with a sharp drop in Islamophobia in the city is bittersweet, said The National in an editorial on Wednesday.

“Since the Egyptian footballer signed for the club in 2017, he has become one of the English Premier League’s most recognisable and successful players. Fittingly, his penalty in the Champions League final on Saturday propelled Liverpool towards cup glory over fellow English club Tottenham Hotspur.

“Salah � who performs the sujood prayer as a goal celebration � is a beacon of sporting prowess for this region and a role model for its millions of children,” it added.

“Now, a report produced by Stanford University’s Immigration Policy Lab suggests that his presence is rubbing off on the people of Merseyside. Since the people of Liverpool took Salah to their hearts, the city has witnessed an 18.9 per cent drop in hate crimes, while anti-Muslim tweets by Liverpool fans have halved.

“It is a reflection of Salah’s affability and family-man persona that he is, in the words of the report, ‘humanising’ Muslims. But people should not need to be reminded by sporting success that Muslims are normal members of society,” the Abu Dhabi-based daily continued.

It went on to say that there is value in opening minds as Salah has done. “As the report notes: [‘Viewers see what a Muslim prayer looks like, perhaps for the first time, when Salah scores.’ However, adoration from fans for such an accomplished player should not be seen as an achievement; it should be a given.

“Meanwhile, declining levels of Islamophobia in Liverpool have come amid a rise elsewhere, both in stadiums and on British streets.

“This month, Muslim groups renewed calls for extra security after incidents at mosques in London and Cardiff. Following the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 51 people were shot dead, reports of Islamophobia in the UK rose by a horrifying 593 percent,” the UAE daily added.

It concluded, “So concerned are Muslim communities that many have implemented their own security measures around mosques. It is not to diminish Salah’s triumphs, either on or off the pitch, to insist that tolerance and acceptance of Muslims be based on recognition of our shared humanity, not on goal-scoring ability.”

Source: Emirates News Agency

Former UEFA President Lennart Johansson dies aged 89

STOCKHOLM, Lennart Johansson, a Swede who presided over European football for 17 years, has died after a short illness aged 89, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

Johansson, president of the European Football Association, UEFA, from 1990 to 2007, was a driving force behind the formation of the Champions League, giving the continent’s championship a new identity and a huge revenue stream for big clubs.

“Swedish football is in mourning,” the Swedish Football Association said in a statement.

The Swedish FA said Johansson had taken over the top job in European football at a turbulent time when money from television coverage was flooding into the sport and players gained complete freedom to move between countries and clubs in Europe.

“The Champions League became an enormous success, but Lennart Johansson’s other major achievement was finding a fragile balance between the big clubs’ demands and the needs of the broader football family,” the statement added.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UN SG urges decisive action to save environment

UNITED NATIONS, The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged world governments to take decisive steps to save environment on the occasion of World Environment Day.

“Today, we face an equally urgent crisis. It is time to act decisively. My message to governments is clear: tax pollution; end fossil fuel subsidies; and stop building new coal plants. We need a green economy not a grey economy,” he said in his message on the occasion.

The United Nations designated 5th June as World Environment Day. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in more than 100 countries.

Highlighting the issue of ‘air pollution,’ the theme for this year’s World Environment Day, the Secretary-General’s message continued to say that all around the world � from megacities to small villages � people are breathing dirty air. An estimated nine out of ten people worldwide are exposed to air pollutants that exceed World Health Organization air quality guidelines. This is lowering life expectancy and damaging economies across the planet.

This polluted air kills some 7 million people each year, causes long term health problems, such as asthma, and reduces children’s cognitive development. According to the World Bank, air pollution costs societies more than US$5 trillion every year.

Many air pollutants also cause global warming. Black carbon is one such example. Produced by diesel engines, burning trash and dirty cookstoves, it is extremely harmful when inhaled. Reducing emissions of such pollutants will not only improve public health, it could alleviate global warming by up to 0.5 degrees Celsius over the next few decades.

Guterres ended his message with this appeal: “On World Environment Day, I ask each of us to act so we can breathe more easily. From pressuring politicians and businesses to changing our own habits, we can reduce pollution and beat climate change.”

Source: Emirates News Agency