Military and Civilian Professionals Train to Respond to Natural Disasters

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo September 20, 2017 Forest fires, heavy rainfall, floods, and accidents at chemical plants were some of the alarming situations that the 150 participants faced in the third edition of Joint Exercise in Support of Civil Defense (ECADEC, per its Portuguese acronym), held July 31st and August 4th on the initiative of the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, in conjunction with the Ministry of Integration and the Ministry of Health, as well as state and municipal agencies from Rio de Janeiro. The military personnel from the three branches of the armed forces and civilian professionals from different organizations gathered at the 32nd Infantry Battalion headquarters in the city of Petrópolis, in the state of Rio de Janeiro to come up with coordinated initiatives to deal with problems simulated by the organizers of the training program, based on a natural disaster that occurred in the highland region of the state of Rio de Janeiro in 2011, when floods and landslides took the lives of almost 1,000 people. “The exercise was conceived so that each participant could learn how the others act, in order for us to appraise this integration between the respective institutions and so that, when a future natural disaster does occur, we will be ready to respond in a manner that the population expects,” said Brazilian Air Force (FAB) Major General Hudson Costa Potiguara, the deputy head of operations at the Ministry of Defense and commander of the third edition of ECADEC. Participation in the exercise was balanced. Among the approximately 75 military personnel present, most worked in healthcare, social assistance, and in field hospitals. Civilian participants were from agencies such as Civil Defense, the Fire Department, Military Police, and the Red Cross, among others. Cooperation with civil defense initiatives is mandated under the law as an auxiliary assignment for the Armed Forces, and this responsibility has been fulfilled by teams of military personnel on a number of occasions throughout Brazil. Network of operations Since the first edition in 2015, ECADEC has proposed simulated training exercises, wherein the professionals involved interact over an electronic platform. “The system we use is akin to what happens in war games,” said Maj. Gen. Potiguara. In the 2017 edition of ECADEC, the scenarios were conceived virtually with support from three programs: Pacifier and Combatant of the Brazilian Army, and Apolo, a system created by the Ministry of Defense and the Brazilian Navy. With these tools, a network of information is established through which the challenges are presented to the participants, who then discuss and interact as a team, recording their solutions electronically. “When the screen shows an activity in red, it means that the issue is still being resolved,” said Maj. Gen. Potiguara. “Green means that an adequate solution has been applied. Accordingly, everybody facing that situation can see that the particular issue has been resolved.” Robson Teixeira, the undersecretary for Civil Defense in Nova Friburgo, one of the towns in the highland region most affected by the 2011 disaster, was one of the participants. “We received word that there were people injured, one of them in serious condition, in a place that was difficult to access,” said Teixeira about one of the activities. “A helicopter was called in to rescue those people. The aircraft got to the victims but when it attempted to take off again, it broke down. How were we supposed to solve this problem?” he asked. “Our solution was to call in the fire brigade to find an overland route into the area and to bring in machinery to clear a number of obstacles.” In addition to Teixeira, the Civil Defense of Nova Friburgo had another six participants. Teixeira said that the training was a learning opportunity for everyone. “It is a very relevant exercise because we discovered several areas where we can improve our joint operations with so many other agencies,” he said. From reality to simulation Despite basing the training around events that took place in the highland region of Rio de Janeiro in 2011, the situations covered in ECADEC include scenarios common to the entire country. In August 2017 alone, 1,296 municipalities, comprising about a quarter of Brazilian towns and cities, requested assistance from the federal government to address problems caused by rain or drought, according to an investigation conducted by the Folha de São Paulo newspaper, based on data released by the Ministry of National Integration. “In this edition of ECADEC, we not only replicated what happened in 2011 but we also presented other situations based on past events here in the region and in Brazil. Now, for example, we are moving into the dry season, and brushfires are not uncommon,” emphasized Maj. Gen. Potiguara. Accordingly, among the problems raised in the third edition of the joint exercise, two were of particular importance. One of them was a fire about to engulf a FAB radar station in Pico do Couto, located within an environmentally protected area at 1,800 meters above sea level. In addition to the losses to the natural environment, a disaster like this could compromise air traffic control. “This could happen but logically in terms of an exercise, we are training to avoid it from happening,” stressed Maj. Gen. Potiguara. The other situation covered was an industrial accident at the Duque de Caxias refinery in the state of Rio de Janeiro, a strategic installation for Brazil, as it is responsible for 80 percent of national lubricant production and the largest natural gas processing plant in the country. In January 2017, one of the refinery’s units caught fire. The fire was quickly brought under control, without causing major material damage or physical injury to workers at the plant. At the end of ECADEC, the solutions envisaged for all the situations that arose during the exercise were documented in a report. “Especially the capacities tested and the areas that could be improved,” said Maj. Gen. Potiguara, in order to share the lessons with the participating institutions.last_img read more

Keep your eye on the white board

first_imgSo went the wisdom from the Chair of one of the nation’s largest credit unions. The other Chairs in the room, all from large credit unions, agreed. As their credit unions grew, they realized they weren’t able to elaborate on every aspect of the financial or operational details, nor should they. Their emphasis – and one not reserved for only the largest credit unions – was to focus on long-term strategy (the “white board,” where ideas are considered and developed) and oversee subsequent results on the balance sheet. Here’s how your Board can do the same as it partners with the CEO and some questions to help your Board along the way.Concentrate on constant motion in the direction you’re headed. What are your top three strategic priorities for the next several years? How is your business model changing to match your priorities?  How will your footprint serve current and future members, and must it change? What markets do you serve, and what markets present opportunity? What new lines of business are you introducing to serve members and expand your reach in local financial services? Leave a legacy. Your strategic plans often highlight several years; however, uber-strategic foci centers on decades. What significant trends will shape your credit union ten years from now? What scenarios could occur (growth, contraction, demographic, disaster) and how might your credit union respond? What organizational and legal changes might, will, or should occur that affect your credit union’s ability to evolve in financial services?Seek confirmation of value. The true tests of success for any business are new, repeat, and referred sales. Strategy has a lot to do with those realities. With reasonable, CEO-designed plans in place, are new members joining your credit union? Are they using its products, services, and features? Over time, are members’ relationships with your credit union maturing and becoming more profitable?Expect sound, tangible, and predictable results. Fiduciary responsibility is part of serving on your credit union’s Board. How stable and sustainable are profit margins? How is accumulated capital supporting planned growth? And, is your Board regularly updated with audits confirming that the credit union is in compliance with applicable, laws, rules, and regulations?Every monthly Board meeting needs an update of financial status and noteworthy operational matters. It’s part of looking after the members’ credit union. Equally significant, your Board can help the CEO work “on” the business, rather than be “in” the business. By investing more time on “white board” items of direction, legacy, and value, your Board helps your CEO lead a credit union that delivers the kind of results that keep your credit union relevant for years – decades – to come. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Rendel Jeff Rendel, Certified Speaking Professional, and President of Rising Above Enterprises works with credit unions that want elite results in sales, service, and strategy. Each year, he addresses and facilitates … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Teresa Freeborn receives 2020 Herb Wegner Memorial Award

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » In recognition of her passionate leadership and unwavering dedication to living out the credit union principle of “cooperation among cooperatives,” the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is pleased to announce Teresa Freeborn, President and CEO of Xceed Financial CU, El Segundo, Calif., as a recipient of the 2020 Herb Wegner Memorial Outstanding Individual Achievement Award.Freeborn will be one of three Herb Wegner Memorial Award winners honored at the annual fundraising gala hosted by the Foundation at the Marriott Marquis on February 24, 2020 in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. Tickets and sponsorships are available for this must-attend event by clicking here.“Teresa is a ball of energy who lights up any environment in which she engages,” said John Gregoire, Chair of the Foundation’s Wegner Awards Selection Committee and President of The ProCon Group. “The impact she has made upon credit unions she interacts with, as well as the whole of the credit union movement at large, is undeniable. Her leadership of the Open Your Eyes Campaign is just one, but a very important example, of her vision and her impactful leadership that has earned her this prestigious award.”center_img Teresa Freebornlast_img read more

Brighton’s Guggenheim

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Mikel Arteta reveals what he told Ainsley Maitland-Niles after nonchalant spot-kick in penalty shootout win over Liverpool

first_imgMaitland-Niles was beaming after his penalty (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has jokingly admitted he told Ainsley Maitland-Niles that his nonchalant penalty style is going to give him heart attack as the defender casually tucked away his spot-kick in Arsenal’s shootout victory over Liverpool.The Gunners secured their place in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup, getting the better of Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield on penalties.Liverpool had plenty of chances in the second half, but Bernd Leno made several key saves to keep his side in the game, and as the match finished 0-0 in normal time, a penalty shootout was required to separate the two sides. Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 2 Oct 2020 12:23 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link710Shares Mikel Arteta reveals what he told Ainsley Maitland-Niles after nonchalant spot-kick in penalty shootout win over Liverpool Willock scored the winning penalty (Picture: Getty Images)After Leno saved Divock Origi’s spot-kick, it was Maitland Niles’ job to take his side’s fourth penalty, and in his usual laid-back style, the 23-year-old practically walked up to the spot and side-footed the ball into the net.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTGerman Leno went on to make another save from Harry Wilson, before Joe Willock’s effort crept under Adrian to send the Gunners through to the quarters.After the game, Arteta revealed Maitland-Niles’ penalty style had his heart rate through the roof.‘I told him in the dressing room that I’m going to have a heart attack because with his body language… Jesus Christ,’ the Spaniard said.‘He puts it in the net which is the reason why he was one of the subs.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal were unlucky to draw Manchester City in the next round of the competition, as Arteta goes up against former mentor Pep Guardiola again.The Gunners got the better of City in last season’s FA Cup semi-finals, and the Spanish boss will be hoping his side can put in a similarly strong performance when the two sides meet again in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.MORE: Paris Saint-Germain open talks to sign Arsenal target Houssem AouarMORE: Gareth Southgate hails Bukayo Saka as Arsenal star gets his first England call-upFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf and Health Secretary Expand ‘Stay at Home’ Order to Beaver, Centre and Washington Counties to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19, Counties Now Total 22

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 28, 2020 Governor Wolf and Health Secretary Expand ‘Stay at Home’ Order to Beaver, Centre and Washington Counties to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19, Counties Now Total 22center_img Press Release,  Public Health Governor Wolf’s Amended OrderSecretary of Health’s Amended OrderStay at Home GuidanceAs the state continues to seek relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, today Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised their “Stay at Home” orders to include Beaver, Centre and Washington counties, bringing the state total to 22 counties under a stay-at-home order. This order takes effect at 8:00 PM Saturday, March 28, 2020, and will continue until April 6, 2020.The order now includes these 22 counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Centre, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties.Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from homeGetting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residencesEngaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancingTo perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining businessTo care for a family member or pet in another householdAny travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activitiesTravel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable personsTravel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related servicesTravel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdictionTravel required by law enforcement or court orderTravel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealthAnyone performing life-sustaining travel does not need paperwork to prove the reason for travel.The following operations are exempt:Life-sustaining business activitiesHealth care or medical services providersAccess to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banksAccess to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows: child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19, 2020 business closure OrdersNews mediaLaw enforcement, emergency medical services personnel, firefightersThe federal governmentReligious institutionsIndividuals experiencing homelessness are not subject to this order but are strongly urged to find shelter and government agencies are urged to take steps needed to provide shelter for those individuals.International students, foster youth, and any other students who would otherwise experience displacement or homelessness as a result of campus closures are exempt and may remain in campus housing.At this time, law enforcement will be focused on ensuring that residents are aware of the order and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement. To report a noncompliant business, contact your local law enforcement agency’s non-emergency number or the nearest Pennsylvania State Police station. Please do not call 911 or the Department of Community and Economic Development to file reports. Law enforcement officers should refer to Business Closure Order Enforcement Guidance available online.Read Governor Wolf’s original order here or view on Scribd. Read  Governor Wolf’s amended order here or view on Scribd.Read Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s original order here or view on Scribd. Read Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s amended order here or view on Scribd.For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit: this information in Spanish here.last_img read more

Keen to buy a new home? There’s more than 20,000 to pick from

first_imgCoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher.NEW figures have revealed more than 20,000 properties were for sale across Brisbane.According to CoreLogic data, stock levels were tight in many capital cities, but a few more properties were making their way onto the market nationally.Research analyst Cameron Kusher said typically the number of properties advertised for sale in spring climbed as vendors took advantage of the warmer climate and improved weather.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoHe measured the amount of advertised stock on the market on a rolling 28 day basis and said nationally they were tracking 226,007 properties advertised for sale – which was 5.3 per cent lower than a year ago.“Across the combined capital cities, total stock advertised for sale is one per cent higher than it was a year ago with 110,909 properties advertised over the past 28 days,’’ Mr Kusher said.Mr Kusher said looking at what was available across capital cities for this time of year, there was more stock for sale than there had been each year since 2013.What was on offer in regional markets was substantially lower than it had been in recent years.In Brisbane, the number of properties advertised for sale was 2.5 per cent higher than a year ago with 20,611 properties currently on the market.This was the highest level since a peak in 2012.last_img read more

You’ll be king of the castle in this Brisbane home with its own tower

first_imgA newspaper article from 1932 about the house at 100A Norman Cres, Norman Park. Picture: The outlook from one of the rooms in 100A Norman Cres, Norman Park. Picture: Ms Mitchell said most of the inquiries she had received had come from renovation enthusiasts.“This is the ultimate renovator’s delight,” she said.“I’ve never seen a property like it — it’s just epic.” RECORD APARTMENT RESALE IN ABIAN YOU’VE NEVER SEEN A TARDIS LIKE THIS BESPOKE HOME IS BRISBANE’S CRAFTIEST The ornate ceilings inside the home at 100A Norman Cres, Norman Park. Picture: prime minister Kevin Rudd and his wife, Therese Rein, sold their family home in Norman Crescent two years ago for $1.145 million and earlier this month, a five-bedroom house at 47 Norman Crescent sold for $1.89 million.100A Norman Crescent is scheduled for auction on Saturday, December 9. This home at 100A Norman Cr, Norman Park, is going to auction.Other features of the house include a billiard room, a formal dining room, a huge curved wall with french doors and two open fireplaces. Norman Park has become one of Brisbane’s most sought-after suburbs given its proximity to the CBD and the river.The latest data from property analytics company, CoreLogic, shows the median house price in the suburb has increased nearly 40 per cent from five years ago to $890,000. The view from the sunroom in the home at 100A Norman Cres, Norman Park. Picture: designs have been drafted by a heritage architecture company and an architect will be on hand at each of the upcoming inspections to provide advice for would-be buyers.Ms Mitchell said the owners had originally planned to renovate the home themselves, but their children had since moved out and the house was now too big for just the two of them. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The tower stands out on the home at 100A Norman Cres, Norman Park. Picture: couple adorned the six-bedroom, four-bathroom residence with lavish antiques and treasured furniture collected during their overseas travels. Not that it wasn’t ornate enough with its ceiling detailing, grand columns, open fireplaces and stained glass Georgian windows.Perhaps the most striking feature of the home though is the turret.Marketing agent Beth Mitchell of RE/MAX Results said it was one of only a handful left in Brisbane and boasted 360 degree views.“When you’re up on the turret, you’re standing taller than everyone,” she said.“It literally does take your breath away.” The home at 100A Norman Cres, Norman Park, holds a commanding position. Picture: from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoRecords show the property last sold for $2 million in 2008, which is still the highest price paid for a residential home in the suburb.A decade on, “Tranent” is expected to fetch more than that when it goes to auction next month.Sitting on a huge 1232 sqm of land comprising two lots with breathtaking city and river views, there is the opportunity for a buyer to make use of the smaller 360 sqm block to build another home and renovate the existing one on the larger block. This castle-like home at 100A Norman Cres, Norman Park, is for sale. Picture: of Brisbane’s most regal homes, complete with its own tower rising high above the city, is going under the hammer — and it’s set to break records.The grand mansion, “Tranent”, at 100A Norman Crescent is a rare piece of the city’s history, waiting to be restored to its former glory.Shortly after it was built in the early 1930s, The Courier-Mail ran an article about the home’s first owners — well-to-do Brisbane couple, John Bardwell and his wife, Frances.Frances was the daughter of John Archibald, a former Queensland politician and founder of the Brisbane Milling Company. The kitchen in the home at 100A Norman Cres, Norman Park. Picture: read more

Diabetic patients advised to wear soft, closed shoes at all times

first_img Sharing is caring! National Epidemiologist Dr. Paul RickettsPatients who suffer from diabetes are being advised to ensure that they wear proper foot gear which is soft, closed shoes at all times.Diabetes Mellitus is a disease of the pancreas which is an organ behind your stomach. Normally, the pancreas releases a hormone called insulin that helps your body store and use the sugar and fat from the food you eat.One local doctor has admonished diabetic patients to pay special attention to the shoes they wear as statistics indicate that there are an increasing number of amputations on the island.National Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Ricketts noted that amputations are an issue and are increasing at a media breakfast meeting last week.“Individuals who are diabetic need to understand and we need to work with them to ensure that their blood sugar levels are adequately controlled. The less control you have the more likely you are to develop problems with your feet. In addition to that diabetics need to understand that they have to take care of their feet to avoid some of the trauma that goes on and which then predisposes them to develop infections in the feet which could ultimately lead then to amputations.”According to Dr. Ricketts most patients do not wearing proper shoes which can protect their feet against abrasions or injuries which could lead to amputations.“I have a difficult time trying to convince patients to that they need to wear protective foot wear at all times. I tell them you need to wear a soft close up shoe, once you get up and start walking around make sure you have shoes on; you’re coming to Roseau, you’re coming to the doctor make sure you have proper shoes on but u know what happens? Many people feel well they want to wear stylish shoes or they feel their foot is too hot in the sneakers.”Of importance is that many diabetic patients loose sensation in their feet and often innocently knock their feet while walking around in their homes and do not realize it, the foot then “becomes infected and that’s where the beginning of a cascade of events end up”.He said many times some patients do not fully grasp the situation which they are in but he is “absolutely positive” that amputations are done in the patient’s best interest.According to him patients have to understand that while they may not want to lose an entire limb, by refusing to amputate may lead to them losing their lives. “So we ought to choose which do you prefer? Do you prefer to lose a toe or do you prefer an entire limb or do you prefer to lose your life?”Dr. Ricketts also announced that the Ministry of Health has undertaken a Foot Care Program in which they offer training for the health care workers which will enable them to detect “that something is going wrong early and therefore refer on to a specialist for further treatment or intervention”. They are certain medications available as well which may improve circulation in the feet and the Ministry is also promoting these medications to assist patients with circulations challenges. Dr. Ricketts also acknowledged that “a lot needs to be done in terms of educating and promoting proper foot care; awareness by patients, also the need which we are addressing for more skills in identifying and managing foot problems as well as treating those individuals who develop problems that may be threatening the survival of that limb”. Dominica Vibes News Share 23 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Diabetic patients advised to wear soft, closed shoes at all times by: – February 14, 2012 Tweetlast_img read more

Are UEFA scoring environmental own goal with Euro 2020?

first_img Loading… (FILES) The Puskas Arena in Budapest is the only brand new stadium to have been built for Euro 2020 (FILES) UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin – the next European Championship will be held in Germany in 2024 “The estimates will be based on lots of different assumptions which will themselves be more or less realistic.” UEFA itself has calculated that travelling fans and teams will produce 425,000 tons of carbon emissions over the duration of the Euro. In comparison, it says, Euro 2016 in France created 517,000 tons of emissions. The 2018 World Cup, held in 11 cities across Russia but with 32 teams instead of 24 at the Euro, produced almost 1.5 million tons of emissions, according to reports produced by organisers. – Constant expansion – To compensate, UEFA is pledging to invest in “emission reduction projects”, and intends to plant 50,000 trees in each of the host countries in order to “leave a lasting legacy”. Meanwhile, Budapest’s Puskas Arena will be the only brand new venue for the tournament. This, UEFA says, has spared “a huge environmental cost in energy, concrete and other resources.” In contrast, four new stadiums were built in France ahead of Euro 2016. Andrew Welfle, of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester, admits that construction is “a major source of emissions” for any major tournament. That means there is a “huge difference” between the emissions caused by Euro 2020 and, for example, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where all eight venues are either being built from scratch or modernised for the competition. Emissions caused by travelling supporters can be “the hardest thing to calculate”, according to Welfle. Read Also: Euro 2020: Barca’s Dembele out of tournament after hamstring surgery “Why not base the decision on the host country on the issue of transport? Maybe they can reduce the number of matches, and give spectators longer to travel to venues.” In September, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin acknowledged that football had “not done much for the environment”. The pan-European format is unlikely to be repeated and UEFA has promoted the “excellent transport infrastructure” in Germany, the next host. Maybe 2024 will be the first properly environmentally friendly Euro? FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 2020 European Championship will be the first to be played all across the continent, with 12 different countries hosting matches, forcing teams and supporters to rack up thousands of air miles and leave behind a gigantic carbon footprint. Sold by UEFA as a one-off to celebrate 60 years since the first European Championship, the format of Euro 2020 may be innovative, and organisers have promised to make the tournament environmentally friendly. (FILES) One critic has described the pan-continental format of Euro 2020 ‘a total nonsense’, but UEFA say they are doing their best to make the tournament environmentally friendly That promise seems to ring hollow, however, when, for example, Polish supporters will have to travel over 6,000 kilometres (3,730 miles) in 10 days to watch their team’s group games, to Dublin and Bilbao and then back to Ireland again. Matches will also be played by the Caspian Sea in Baku, nearly 5,000 kilometres from London, where the final will be held. Contrast that with Euro 2016, when the tournament was held in France, and the next Euro in Germany in 2024. Both of those countries are compact enough to travel around easily by train. “This is a total nonsense from an environmental viewpoint,” Karima Delli, a French Green who chairs the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee, told AFP. “They say this new format is about showcasing European unity, but they’re forgetting that there is a climate emergency.” However, UEFA insists it has taken this “emergency” into account and says it is “taking steps to ensure that Euro 2020 is our most environmentally conscious tournament to date.” – Pollution – The format for Euro 2020 will see several leading nations – England, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands – whose fans “are known to travel in their tens of thousands for major international tournaments,” play their group games at home. “This will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the tournament,” UEFA told AFP. But experts are not convinced. “Planting trees is great, but planting trees and then leaving does not resolve the problem,” says Welfle. “At the end of the day that is not going to change the quantity of emissions produced during the tournament.” UEFA is also attempting to reduce emissions, for example giving supporters free use of public transport on matchdays, and recycling more waste. Yet surely the least sustainable aspect of all is the constant obsession with expanding major competitions, with the Euro having grown from 16 teams to 24, while the World Cup will soon balloon from 32 to 48 teams. “If climate change is becoming a priority, there are numerous ways in which these competitions can be organised differently,” Welfle says. 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