Minerva Punjab to get rematch against Real Kashmir: AIFF

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 5, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 11:47 IST AIFF are awaiting Real Kashmir’s reply for rematch against Minerva Punjab (@ILeagueOfficial Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMinerva Punjab and Real Kashmir were slated to meet in Srinagar on February 18The I-League encounter did not take place after Minerva refused to travelReal Kashmir were awarded all three points as Minerva gave a walkoverDefending champions Minerva Punjab FC, who pulled out of their I-League clash against Real Kashmir in Srinagar citing security concerns, will get a re-match against the debutants, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has decided.The game was originally scheduled for February 18 but did not take place after Minerva refused to travel to Srinagar, insisting that their foreign players had been advised against it by their respective embassies in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.Minerva said the AIFF failed to give written security assurances that were sought by the club after the terror attack which killed more than 40 CRPF personnel.”The AIFF Emergency Committee on Monday decided that there will be a re-match of Real Kashmir and Minerva Punjab but the date and venue is yet to be decided,” I-League CEO Sunando Dhar told PTI.”We have communicated this to Real Kashmir (since they are the host team) and we will take a decision (on the venue and date) after they give a reply. The plan is to have the match before the Super Cup preliminary round starts (on March 15).”I don’t want to say anything on date and venue now,” he added.Real Kashmir had turned up for the game last month, asserting that all the security arrangements were in place and they be awarded the three points after Minerva’s no-show.Minerva went on to argue that their pullout could not be considered a forfeiture as it was security grounds. The club refused to forego the three points, taking the matter to the Delhi High Court.advertisementThe court asked Minerva to go back to the AIFF I-League Committee for a resolution. The decision to have a re-match was, however, taken by the AIFF’s Emergency Committee.The League Committee had referred the matter to emergency panel, which comprises the AIFF President, five vice-Presidents and the Secretary General.Asked if there was still a chance of the match being held in Srinagar, Dhar said, “Let us wait for what Real Kashmir wants, in their reply.”Both the clubs are already out of title contention.Also Read | Delhi High Court rejects Minerva Punjab plea against AIFF over Real Kashmir game in SrinagarAlso Read | Exclusive: Secure or not? Minerva Punjab, Real Kashmir in war of words over Srinagar matchAlso Read | Disappointing not to play the game vs Minerva: Real Kashmir coach David RobertsonFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow i-leagueFollow AIFFFollow Minerva PunjabFollow Real KashmirFollow SrinagarFollow rematch Minerva Punjab to get rematch against Real Kashmir: AIFFMinerva Punjab and Real Kashmir were slated to meet in Srinagar on February 18 but the I-League encounter did not take place after Minerva refused to travel to Srinagar with Real Kashmir being awarded three pointsadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

McDonalds says it will phase out plastic straws from all UK restaurants

first_imgEarlier this year, Leon announced it has replaced plastic straws with a biodegradable alternative.Co-founder John Vincent told the Evening Standard at the time: “A third of the Barrier Reef is just not functioning, a third is in peril. There’s plastic everywhere on the beaches. I vowed to come back and make a dramatic contribution to end this madness.” Show more Higher-end restaurants have also joined the initiative, including the 40 owned by D&D, which include Quaglino’s and Le Pont de la Tour.Many MPs are urging bars, restaurant and pubs in their constituencies to stop using plastic straws. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. This campaign has cross-party support; earlier this year Business minister Andrew Griffiths asked the pub companies in his constituency to stop using plastic straws. Rosena Allin-Khan, the MP for Tooting, began an initiative to do so earlier this year, and has managed to encourage over half of the local bars and restaurants to sign up.26 out of 41 bars and pubs from Balham, Earlsfield and Tooting have said they will stop using the straws.She told The Telegraph: “Plastic straws can be particularly dangerous for sea-life; if we replaced them with an environmentally friendly alternative, it would go a long way to protecting our oceans and reducing plastic consumption. “As the MP for Tooting, I am proud of how our community always comes together for the greater good. That’s why I’ve been asking local bars and pubs to pledge that they will go plastic straw-free. We all have a responsibility to protect the environment, and this is a small change that can make a big difference.”26 out of the 41 bars and pubs in our area have signed the pledge, other bars have commented that paper straws are more expensive and this prevents them from switching over. The Government should roll this out across the UK and support the small, local pubs and bars to ensure they can get biodegradable straws at the same price as plastic.” McDonald’s has become the latest restaurant chain to say it will phase out plastic straws from its UK restaurants. The fast-food chain said it is “really close” to the point where all its packaging can be recycled, but its straws are still unrecyclable.To remedy this, the company is trialing paper straws from May in some of its 1,300 restaurants, and will be keeping straws behind the counter, so customers have to ask to receive them.Paul Pomroy, the UK chief executive, told Sky News: “Customers have told us that they don’t want to be given a straw and that they want to have to ask for one, so we’re acting on that.”Straws are one of those things that people feel passionately about, and rightly so, and we’re moving those straws behind the front counter.”Other chains have also banned plastic straws from their restaurants.last_img read more