France head coach Didier Deschamps refused to be drawn into the geopolitical controversy surrounding Turkey’s national team ahead of Monday’s Euro 2020 qualification showdown.Some of Turkey’s players gave a military-style salute after Cenk Tosun’s winning goal against Albania in Istanbul on Friday – actions that have been widely interpreted as a gesture of a support of the armed offensive against Kurds in Syria.UEFA is looking into the matter but Deschamps wishes to focus squarely upon securing the victory that would secure a place at next year’s finals for the world champions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “We know the importance of the match. It’s a confrontation against an opponent who has the same number of points as us,” he told a pre-match news conference for the game at the Stade de France.”There will be a good atmosphere, that’s obvious. As for the geopolitical problems, they are there but we will not think about that.”We are in a sporting sphere. We must stay focused on it.”I will not go into this debate [about Turkey’s goal celebration]. What interests me is just the match.”Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane was similarly one-track in his assessment of France’s opponents, who prevailed when they last met at the Torku Arena in June”It [the celebration controversy] is not something that concerns us. We, we have an extra motivation, which is due to the pitch and our bad performance at Konya,” he said.”We want to make a great football match and give pleasure to the fans. And to qualify of course.”Les Bleus gearing up for Monday’s crunch #Euro2020 qualifier against Turkey at the Stade de France #FRATUR #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/VNsVNUiFTf — French Team (@FrenchTeam) October 13, 2019 However, Deschamps feels being motivated solely by a desire for revenge would be counter-productive against a foe he rates highly.”There is never revenge. We will not recover points that we lost,” he said. “They beat us at home and that’s another game.”It’s just a match that can be decisive. We have to make things happen differently this time.”There is nothing positive to keep for us from that game at Konya, except Hugo Lloris’ performance. We failed and they were very good. But it will not necessarily be the same match.”Turkey are a team that has 18 points and they did not steal them. They are efficient and strong.”They have only conceded two goals [during qualification] from set pieces. They have interesting offensive potential also with [Burak] Yilmaz, [Cenk] Tosun and [Hakan] Calhanoglu.”They are experienced and animated by a state of mind and a passion. They’ve played some very good matches, especially against us. They have character.”
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This decision may not have hit the headlines in the world media, but for most members of the disarmament community, it was an unexpected achievement. In recent years, the 65 Members of the Conference, established in 1979, agreed by consensus on a formal programme of work only in 1998 and 2009. Those attempts were short-lived since they were defeated by further disagreements about which items to negotiate on and on linkages established between some of those issues. This is why the CD, which had not negotiated any single agreement since the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty adopted in 1996, was often derided as the ‘Geneva Sleeping Beauty’ ”.“The compromise achieved thanks to the diplomatic skills of the President paves the way for the establishment of four subsidiary bodies (Ad Hoc Committees) to explore the possible common ground on the so-called four ‘core issues’ of the agenda (adopted by the UN General Assembly). In addition, a fifth subsidiary body will examine the remaining agenda items.This decision reflects the necessary ‘constructive ambiguity’ and the flexibility required to rally consensus between the states that wish to jump start the negotiations and those who are less enthusiastic and advocate more exploratory talks”. The Decision arrived at during Sri Lanka’s Presidency of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) to resume substantive work, and the role played in this regard by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, has been commended during the High-Level Segment of the CD held in Geneva this week.In his address to the CD on Monday (26 February 2018), the UN Secretary-General (UNSG) Antonio Guterres, referred to the recent Decision of 16 February 2018 as an effort “to find ways to break the long-standing stalemate in this Conference”. He further said “I believe you are off to the best start in nearly two decades, and I look forward to building on this new momentum”. She requested Sri Lanka to help with the immediate next steps in the implementation of the recent CD Decision. The Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organziation (CTBTO) Mr. Lassina Zerbo in his address at the High – Level segment noted that “The decision taken by the Conference on 16 February has sent a very encouraging message to the international community: Concrete steps are being taken to advance the substantive work of the Conference on Disarmament”.The Foreign Minister of the current CD Presidency – Sweden, Ms. Margot Wallström observed that, “It is in these times of hardship that we must multiply our efforts and show that the conference on disarmament, as a platform for diplomacy, can achieve results that bring us closer to our common goal of disarmament. During the past weeks, intensive consultations have been conducted under the able leadership of the Ambassador of Sri Lanka. During these consultations we sensed that there was an emerging will, underpinned by a spirit of compromise, to get the CD back on track. That sense proved correct. The CD eventually managed to adopt a decision that paves the way for structured discussions.”“My gratitude also goes to the Ambassador of Sri Lanka Ravinatha Aryasinha for his hard and successful efforts to establish Subsidiary Bodies of the CD”, the Minister added.In their statements to the High-Level segment, Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs from Brazil, Egypt, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Myanmar, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Venezuela commended the recent Decision and Sri Lanka’s leadership role. Earlier, the delegations from Australia, China, Cuba, France, India,Pakistan, Spain, UK, and the USA had welcomed and extended support for the decision secured during Sri Lanka’s Presidency.Meanwhile, in an analysis written on the ‘February 16 decision’ titled “The Conference on disarmament agrees to start working: a wake-up call for ‘sleeping beauty’?” ,Marc Finaud, Senior Programme Advisor and Arms Proliferation Cluster Leader, Emerging Security Challenges Programme, at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), observed; At a follow-up meeting held on the sidelines of the High-Level segment, UNSG’s High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu said she was “deeply impressed and grateful for the leadership offered by Ambassador Aryasinha in adopting the Decision which is a contribution not only to the CD, but also towards the overall objective of disarmament”. “On 16 February 2018, after intensive consultations, the current President of the Geneva Conference on Disarmament (CD), Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha of Sri Lanka, banged his gavel to mark the decision of the CD to start substantive work.
Pythons pose a major threat to native wildlife in Florida (BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE)(BBC) A national park in Florida has captured a record 17ft (5.2m) python using an innovative approach to tackling the invasive species.The female snake, the largest ever to be removed from Big Cypress National Preserve, weighed 140lb (63.5kg) and was carrying 73 developing eggs.Pythons pose a major threat to native wildlife in the state.Researchers in the park track down breeding females by fitting male pythons with radio transmitters.“The team tracked one of the sentinel males with the transmitter and found this massive female nearby,” the park said on Facebook.As well as removing invasive snakes, Big Cypress says it uses each discovery to collect data for research, develop new removal tools and learn how pythons are using the area.The Burmese python has been considered an invasive species since it was first spotted in Florida’s Everglades in the 1980s.The species is native to Asia but some pythons are believed to have been released into the wild in Florida as overgrown pets, while others escaped from a breeding facility destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.The snakes have no natural predators in Florida and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) says they have contributed to “drastic declines” of midsized mammals.Tens of thousands of Burmese pythons are currently estimated to be living in Florida’s Everglades. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Longest-ever’ captured python dies in MalaysiaApril 11, 2016In “World”Python bites man in a VERY painful place – in toilet attackMay 29, 2016In “World”Snake lover strangled to death by his pet python named ‘Tiny’January 26, 2018In “latest news”