(ZURICH) JUST IN: Swiss citizens are voting in a referendum which could see their country become only the second in the world to ban synthetic pesticides #AceNewsDesk report

SWITZERLAND: Swiss voting in pesticide ban referendum: One initiative proposes to end subsidies to farmers who use such pesticides, while another one would ban them altogether within 10 years but farmers warn the proposals will put many of them out of business

Cattle grazes on pastures at Muottas Muragl, Switzerland. File photo
Switzerland is a byword for pristine nature – but environmentalists say that image is flawed


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-57457384

Supporters point to worrying levels of pesticides in water, and damage to plants, animals and insects.

Pesticides are chemical or biological agents used to control pests.

Voting is also taking place on Sunday on other initiatives: anti-terrorism legislation, a new tax on fossil fuels and emergency Covid-19 funding.

Switzerland’s system of direct democracy means all major decisions in the Alpine nation are taken at the ballot box.

Campaigners simply have to gather 100,000 signatures to ensure a nationwide vote.

‘Intense debate won’t go away’

If approved, the pesticide initiatives would go much further than the handful of towns and regions around the world that have already banned all synthetic pesticides. 

It would also be of greater global significance than the ban imposed by Bhutan in 2013, as Switzerland is the home of the world’s biggest pesticide manufacturer, Syngenta.

“I’m going to vote ‘Yes’ – we have to think about the future. Pesticides damage our health,” Geneva resident Marie Lenbaus said.

Both proposals are widely backed by young urban voters.

But Swiss farmers say they are already complying with some of the strictest rules in Europe. They have seen their jobs and income decline over the last 20 years, and now they are furious, the BBC’s Imogen Foulkes in Bern reports.

“You find a lot of people, especially in the cities, they have not even a clue what farming means,” said Martin Haab, president of Zurich Farmers Association. 

“So, if they have two tomatoes in their garden in front of the window, they think they understand farming and they know how to do organic farming,” he said.

Switzerland’s farming lobby is strong, and the latest polls show they might just have the edge, our correspondent says. 

But she adds that even if voters reject a ban, this debate over pesticides has been so intense that it will not go away. Everyone agrees the country’s pristine environment must be protected – they just do not agree on how.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.14: 2021:

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#BREAKING144 ‘ Interpol suspends 20-million Euro agreement with #FIFA ‘

#AceBreakingNews#FIFA June.12: Interpol has announced it is suspending a €20-million agreement with FIFA in the wake of the massive ongoing investigation into corruption at world football’s governing body.

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Interpol Suspends agreement with #FIFA 

Interpol and FIFA struck a deal in May 2011, according to which FIFA pledged to contribute €20 million over 10 years to Interpol’s Integrity in Sport programme.This focused on“a global training, education and prevention initiative with a focus on match-fixing as well as irregular and illegal betting,”according to an Interpol statement.

“In light of the current context surrounding FIFA, while INTERPOL is still committed to developing our Integrity in Sport programme, I have decided to suspend the agreement,” said Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock.

The world police body added it will “freeze the use of financial contributions from FIFA.”

“All external partners, whether public or private, must share the fundamental values and principles of the organization, as well as those of the wider law enforcement community,” added Stock.

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GENEVA: ‘ Unnamed #FIFA official arrested appeals Extradition Warrant ‘

#AceNewsReport – Post Update:GENEVA:June.10: One of the seven #FIFA officials arrested in May on US corruption charges in Zurich appealed to the Federal Criminal Court of Switzerland against the warrant on his extradition issued by the country’s Federal Office of Justice (FOJ), the Office said Wednesday.

On May 27, the US Department of Justice charged 14 people — including nine senior FIFA officials — with racketeering, money laundering and taking $150 million in bribes. Seven of the officials were arrested in Zurich, Switzerland on the same day.

“The Federal Criminal Court will rule on whether or not he will have to remain in custody for the entire length of the extradition proceeding,” FOJ said in a statement published on its official website.

Both the official and the Federal Office of Justice may appeal the decision of the Federal Criminal Court in the Federal Supreme Court in Lausanne, the statement added.

The name of the person who lodged the appeal has not been disclosed.

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` FIFA authorises the wearing of ` Veils for Females and Turban’s for Males’ after request from `Sikh Community of Canada ‘

#AceWorldNews says that FIFA, football’s world governing body, authorized Saturday the wearing of head covers for religious purposes during matches after a two-year testing period proved they do not pose a significant risk of injury.

The decision by FIFA will allow female players to wear the veil during games and will be extended to male players after a request from the Sikh community of Canada.

Although what men will be allowed to wear will not be the same as what they wear off the pitch.

“It was decided that female players can cover their heads to play,” said Jerome Valcke, FIFA secretary general at a meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB), in Zurich, Switzerland.

“It was decided that male players can play with a head cover too.

It will be a basic head cover and the colour should be the same as the team jersey,” he added.

“It’s a worldwide authorization:

  1. It was a plus for them to have authorization from IFAB for women to be able to play (wearing head covers).
  2. It was a request from these (Muslim) countries that said it would help support women’s football there,” Valcke said.

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” Switzerland will not be able to sign a `Labour Market Pact’ with Croatia following a Shock Referendum”

#AceWorldNews says after immigration vote, Swiss have to rework Croatia labour deal according to ZURICH (Reuters).
Switzerland has told the newest European Union member, Croatia, that it will not be able to sign a labour market pact as planned on July 1, following a shock referendum vote in favour of immigration curbs.

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