The final straw: England bans plastic items from April 2020

The final straw: England bans plastic items from April 2020

The final straw: England bans plastic items from April 2020

The UK government confirmed the ban Wednesday after an open consultation with the public, according to a statement from environment officials.

Officials estimate that 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds are used in England each year, with 10% of cotton buds disposed of down the toilet.

“Urgent and decisive action is needed to tackle plastic pollution and protect our environment,” said Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

“These items are often used for just a few minutes but take hundreds of years to break down, ending up in our seas and oceans and harming precious marine life.”

The ban will include exemptions for those who require plastic straws due to medical needs or disabilities, with registered pharmacies allowed to sell them and restaurants, pubs and bars keeping a stock they will be able to provide to customers on request.

It is hoped the measures will be able to reduce plastic pollution in the oceans, which kills more than 100,000 sea mammals and one million birds each year.

There are 150 million metric tons of plastic in our oceans, and that figure will treble by 2025, according to the statement.

Young sperm whale found dead in Sicily with stomach full of plastic
Whole Foods will ban plastic straws and offer smaller produce bags

“Stopping the production and distribution of these single-use plastic menaces will prevent them from polluting beaches nationwide,” said Hugo Tagholm, CEO of Surfers Against Sewage.

“It’s a really positive and bold step in the right direction in the battle against plastic pollution.”

Further steps include a proposed UK tax on plastic packaging that contains less than 30% recycled content, which is currently in a consultation period.

And global action to tackle the plastic waste crisis is increasing.

Earlier in May the governments of 187 countries agreed to control the movement of plastic waste between national borders, although the United States was not among them.

The move will prevent developed countries sending their plastic waste to developing nations for disposal, which activists argue has turned the latter into “dumping grounds.”

The new international move is “a highly welcome step towards redressing this imbalance and restoring a measure of accountability to the global plastic waste management system,” said the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

The (devolved) governments of Scotland and Wales are also considering similar measures.

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The final straw: England bans plastic items from April 2020

The final straw: England bans plastic items from April 2020

The final straw: England bans plastic items from April 2020

The UK government confirmed the ban Wednesday after an open consultation with the public, according to a statement from environment officials.

Officials estimate that 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds are used in England each year, with 10% of cotton buds disposed of down the toilet.

“Urgent and decisive action is needed to tackle plastic pollution and protect our environment,” said Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

“These items are often used for just a few minutes but take hundreds of years to break down, ending up in our seas and oceans and harming precious marine life.”

The ban will include exemptions for those who require plastic straws due to medical needs or disabilities, with registered pharmacies allowed to sell them and restaurants, pubs and bars keeping a stock they will be able to provide to customers on request.

It is hoped the measures will be able to reduce plastic pollution in the oceans, which kills more than 100,000 sea mammals and one million birds each year.

There are 150 million metric tons of plastic in our oceans, and that figure will treble by 2025, according to the statement.

Young sperm whale found dead in Sicily with stomach full of plastic
Whole Foods will ban plastic straws and offer smaller produce bags

“Stopping the production and distribution of these single-use plastic menaces will prevent them from polluting beaches nationwide,” said Hugo Tagholm, CEO of Surfers Against Sewage.

“It’s a really positive and bold step in the right direction in the battle against plastic pollution.”

Further steps include a proposed UK tax on plastic packaging that contains less than 30% recycled content, which is currently in a consultation period.

And global action to tackle the plastic waste crisis is increasing.

Earlier in May the governments of 187 countries agreed to control the movement of plastic waste between national borders, although the United States was not among them.

The move will prevent developed countries sending their plastic waste to developing nations for disposal, which activists argue has turned the latter into “dumping grounds.”

The new international move is “a highly welcome step towards redressing this imbalance and restoring a measure of accountability to the global plastic waste management system,” said the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

The (devolved) governments of Scotland and Wales are also considering similar measures.

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Europa League final: Henrikh Mkhitaryan absence from showpiece occasion leaves UEFA red-faced

Europa League final: Henrikh Mkhitaryan absence from showpiece occasion leaves UEFA red-faced

Europa League final: Henrikh Mkhitaryan absence from showpiece occasion leaves UEFA red-faced

“We’re very disappointed to announce that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be travelling with the squad for our #UELfinal against Chelsea,” tweeted Arsenal.

On any other day this could be a fairly mundane update on a player cruelly struck down by injury right on the cusp of what would be one of the biggest games of his career.

But this is no case of misfortune or any sort of recklessness on behalf of the player in question. Rather a globally supported soccer giant has had to withdraw an international superstar from a major European showpiece final for no other reason than where he was born.

The Mkhitaryan case is a major embarrassment for UEFA and raises huge questions over it’s decision to stage the game in Baku.

Forget the travel impracticalities of hosting a major European final in the far reaches of Azerbaijan that has made it virtually impossible — both financially and logistically — for the majority of both sets of supporters to reach.

Even forget the measly allocation of just 6,000 tickets for each club’s fans in a stadium that holds 69,870.

Simply consider that UEFA, the governing body of soccer in Europe and upholder of its values, has chosen to host a showpiece final in a country where people of a certain nationality are deemed unsafe and are usually not permitted entry.

Armenia — where Mkhitaryan is from — and Azerbaijan have a century-long conflict stemming from the fall of the Russian Empire in 1917 and there were fears the Arsenal midfielder would not be safe in Baku.

That leaves one team technically handicapped by the forced withdrawal of a key player because of a non-footballing decision taken by the organisation which is supposed to promote the sport and uphold its values.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan in action for Arsenal against Napoli in the Europa League quarterfinals.

UEFA’s core principle on their RESPECT social responsibility campaign, which positively promotes inclusion, diversity and accessibility in football is: “Everyone has the right to enjoy football, no matter who you are, where you’re from or how you play.”

Hopefully that’s a message that comforts Mkhitaryan and other Armenians around the world as the international captain sits at home watching on TV on Wednesday May 29.

How can this not go against every principle of sport and competition? And if Arsenal lose the game the question will always be asked — what would have happened if Mkhitaryan had played?

It also risks making UEFA’s future equality and anti-discrimination campaigns sound pretty hollow when they continue to back a game in a country where such exclusion and conflict is so prominent?

A penny for the thoughts of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich as well given all the work he’s done to fight anti-Semitism.

Neither the Azerbaijan Football Association nor the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately responded to CNN’s request for comment, but UEFA argue they have made every effort to support the participation of Mkhitaryan.

“Working alongside Arsenal FC, UEFA sought and received assurances regarding the player’s safety in Azerbaijan from the highest authorities in the country,” said European football’s governing body in a statement.

“As a result of these guarantees, a comprehensive security plan was developed and given to the club. While the club acknowledges the efforts that UEFA and the Azeri government have gone to in this matter, we respect the personal decision not to travel with the player.”

In essence, if Arsenal and Mkhitaryan aren’t brave enough to roll the dice with the safety of their players and staff, then that’s their problem.

If it’s clear UEFA will continue to serve their own interests at the expense of fans and players, so the only option that preserves the integrity of the competition — and human decency — do Arsenal and Chelsea need to do more in making the case for the game to be moved? Perhaps even to boycott the game?

That would be a particularly tough decision for Arsenal to make, given the financial implications of any boycott as the Europa League offers the club it’s last chance to qualify for the Champions League.

There are stadiums all over Europe which can hold a major game at short notice — namely Wembley Stadium and New White Hart Lane in London, where both finalists are from.

Yes, this would represent a drastic and unprecedented move, but there has never been an occasion in the modern game where such restriction was forced upon a player, and what an example of togetherness and respect for all nationalities and beliefs it would be for two London rivals to set.

But surely some things in sport are more important than winning, losing, financial reward or financial penalties.

This is a moment that could etch both proud, illustrious clubs in the history books of peace — which is far greater good than a tainted Europa League trophy.

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Manchester City makes history with victory in FA Cup final

Manchester City makes history with victory in FA Cup final

Manchester City makes history with victory in FA Cup final

Not since the all-conquering Arsenal Ladies team of 2007 has a team won the FA Cup, League Cup and Premier League title.

First half goals from David Silva and Gabriel Jesus — although there was some debate as to whether Raheem Sterling got the final touch — gave City a deserved lead at the break, though it wasn’t all plain sailing.

Roberto Pereyra had a glorious chance to give Watford the lead early on but was unable to find a way past Ederson to finish off a scintillating counter attack.

It proved to be the wake-up call City needed and it didn’t once look like relinquishing the lead after Silva opened the scoring just a few minutes later.

As Watford pressed and probed for a way back into the game in the second half, it left itself exposed on the break.

Kevin De Bruyne ended the final as a contest on the hour mark, receiving the ball from Jesus before showing remarkable composure to round Heurelho Gomes and slot into an empty net.

Kevin De Bruyne celebrates scoring City's third goal.

City got a fourth soon after through Jesus and now had more history in its sights. Only twice in FA Cup final history has a team scored more than four goals — Bury in 1903 and Blackburn in 1890.

It would soon equal Bury’s all-time record for biggest FA Cup final victory, as Sterling scored two quickfire goals inside the last 10 minutes to make it 6-0.

Though it was a painful day for everyone involved at Watford, its fans never stopped supporting their team. But by the time the sixth goal went in, even Pep Guardiola was looking somewhat embarrassed by the score.

Sterling, who grew up on an estate in the shadow of Wembley as it was being built, said winning the FA Cup at the stadium he used to cycle past was a “dream come true.”

His captain, Vincent Kompany, praised Guardiola for the relentless intensity he instills in this talented squad every year.

“It starts with the manager, who set the standard at the start of the season,” he told BT Sport. “It’s a positive group with young players, talented.

“As soon as we scored the two goals and they had to come and press, it opened the game up. It wasn’t as easy as the score says, but what a season and what a tremendous club.”

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Manchester City makes history with victory in FA Cup final

Manchester City makes history with victory in FA Cup final

Manchester City makes history with victory in FA Cup final

Not since the all-conquering Arsenal Ladies team of 2007 has a team won the FA Cup, League Cup and Premier League title.

First half goals from David Silva and Gabriel Jesus — although there was some debate as to whether Raheem Sterling got the final touch — gave City a deserved lead at the break, though it wasn’t all plain sailing.

Roberto Pereyra had a glorious chance to give Watford the lead early on but was unable to find a way past Ederson to finish off a scintillating counter attack.

It proved to be the wake-up call City needed and it didn’t once look like relinquishing the lead after Silva opened the scoring just a few minutes later.

As Watford pressed and probed for a way back into the game in the second half, it left itself exposed on the break.

Kevin De Bruyne ended the final as a contest on the hour mark, receiving the ball from Jesus before showing remarkable composure to round Heurelho Gomes and slot into an empty net.

Kevin De Bruyne celebrates scoring City's third goal.

City got a fourth soon after through Jesus and now had more history in its sights. Only twice in FA Cup final history has a team scored more than four goals — Bury in 1903 and Blackburn in 1890.

It would soon equal Bury’s all-time record for biggest FA Cup final victory, as Sterling scored two quickfire goals inside the last 10 minutes to make it 6-0.

Though it was a painful day for everyone involved at Watford, its fans never stopped supporting their team. But by the time the sixth goal went in, even Pep Guardiola was looking somewhat embarrassed by the score.

Sterling, who grew up on an estate in the shadow of Wembley as it was being built, said winning the FA Cup at the stadium he used to cycle past was a “dream come true.”

His captain, Vincent Kompany, praised Guardiola for the relentless intensity he instills in this talented squad every year.

“It starts with the manager, who set the standard at the start of the season,” he told BT Sport. “It’s a positive group with young players, talented.

“As soon as we scored the two goals and they had to come and press, it opened the game up. It wasn’t as easy as the score says, but what a season and what a tremendous club.”

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