The Private Sector Financing Programme aims to spearhead an increase in much-needed private investment in small and medium-sized enterprises, farmers’ organizations and financial intermediaries
ROME, Italy, July 14, 2021/ -- Rural businesses, which are so vital for transforming our food systems, will get a much needed boost from an ambitious new financing programme launched today by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) (www.IFAD.org), as part of its broader efforts to address rising hunger and poverty levels in the world’s poorest countries.
The Private Sector Financing Programme (PSFP) aims to spearhead an increase in much-needed private investment in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), farmers’ organizations and financial intermediaries se...
Labour says incursion ‘raises serious questions about security and policing of major events’
The Metropolitan Police has admitted it was caught out by football fans who stormed Wembley before the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy.
An unknown number of supporters without tickets forced their way through security barriers around the UK’s largest stadium, overpowering stewards.
Ticket-holders and onlookers condemned the chaotic scenes, which were followed by reports of intimidation and violence as the intruders claimed booked seats.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor admitted that the Metropolitan Police had not expected so many people to arrive at Wembley without tickets.
“We spent a lot of time encouraging and asking people not to turn up if they hadn'...
England's bid to end their 55-year wait for a major trophy ended in the familiar agony of defeat in a penalty shootout as Italy claimed the Euro 2020 crown at Wembley.
On a night of anticipation, tension and ultimate heartbreak in a feverish atmosphere, England looked on course for their most joyous day since 30 July 1966 when Luke Shaw gave them the perfect start after two minutes.
Italy, unbeaten in 33 matches before this final, slowly edged their way back into the game and were level in the 67th minute when Leonardo Bonucci pounced after England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford turned Marco Verratti's header on to a post.
And after a tense period of extra time failed to find a winner, it was on to penalties and bitter disappointment for England manager Gareth Southgate and his p...
LONDON -- Italy won the European Championship by beating England 3-2 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw.Domenico Berardi, Leonardo Bonucci and Federico Bernardeschi scored for Italy in the shootout and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma made two saves at the end of the shootout.
Italy lifted their second European Championship trophy after they defeated England 3-2 in penalty shoot-outs in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium in London.
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed for the Three Lions on penalties as Italy took a decisive lead in the shootout.
This is the first major international trophy that Italy have won since their 2006 FIFA World Cup win. This is also Italy's second Euros trophy. They had last won the title back in 1968.
Italy had reached t...
LONDON: Queen Elizabeth and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent good luck messages to the England team ahead of Sunday's (Jul 11) Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley.
Gareth Southgate's side have reached the European Championship title match for the first time, ending England's 55-year wait for a major final appearance.
The queen, 95, handed England captain Bobby Moore the World Cup when the Three Lions won their only major trophy, against West Germany at Wembley in 1966.
"Fifty-five years ago I was fortunate to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and saw what it meant to the players, management and support staff to reach and win the final of a major international football tournament," she wrote.
With England on the cusp of a historic triumph, the monarch added: "I...
The odds are in England's favour but mathematicians say it's not going to be an easy match - and it will go into extra time
With tensions rising as we draw ever nearer to the nail-biting conclusion of Euro 2021, everyone and their mothers seem to have an opinion on how the final score will look.
And while it's easy to question the legitimacy of a so-called psychic octopus or the auntie who has a craving for spaghetti and meatballs every time Italy is about to score, it's hard to argue with maths.
The very nature of using maths as a predictor relies of a huge amount of data, and as the old saying goes - numbers don't lie.
With that in mind, we looked to some mathematicians to find out England's chances of lifting the cup this weekend.
Firstly, we looked to celebrity math...
The former Italy manager has identified two areas in which he thinks England could be vulnerable when they face Italy at Wembley on Sunday in the Euro 2020 final
Antonio Conte managed Italy at Euro 2016 (Image: AFP/Getty Images)
Former Italy boss Antonio Conte has identified a potential “weak spot” in England's team ahead of the Euro 2020 final.
England will meet the Azzurri at Wembley on Sunday, having made it to the final of a major tournament for the first time since 1966.
The two sides look evenly matched, though Italy have probably had a tougher run through the knockout rounds.
Where Roberto Mancini’s side have overcome Austria, Belgium and Spain, England have beaten Germany, Ukraine and Denmark in the last 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively, to earn their...
First there was Jorginho, then there was Harry Kane. One nonchalant hop, skip and a side foot from the former and a one-two with the goalkeeper from the latter. Both Italy and England required penalties of some description to construct their path into the final of Euro 2020.
After completing 120 minutes of gruelling, breath-taking football, Italy and England booked their places in the showpiece final at Wembley with victories over Spain and Denmark respectively.
For the Azzurri this is familiar territory. Italy have been to two European Championship finals since the turn of the millennium, falling at the hands of France in 2000 and Spain in 2012. They’ve won four World Cups and lifted the Euros in 1968 with a 2-0 win over Yugoslavia in a replay having drawn the first game 1-1 - ...
European heavyweights Italy and Spain clash in the first semi-final at Euro 2020 on Tuesday night at Wembley.
Italy, the standout team so far in the competition, reached the last four by beating Belgium, while steadily-improving Spain needed penalties to overcome a spirited Switzerland side.
The winners will play either England or Denmark in the final at Wembley on Sunday.
Here, the PA news agency takes a look at the semi-final ties.
Italy not favourites – Enrique
Spain head coach Luis Enrique does not agree with the notion that Italy are favourites to reach the final (Stuart Franklin/AP)
Spain coach Luis Enrique does not believe there is a favourite for the game as he maintains his side are still getting better as they progress.
Their performances have ...
A file photo shows Italian police officers patrol at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport on March 22, 2016 as security measures were reinforced in the wake of attacks in Brussels. (Tiziana Fabi/AFP)
Italian police said on Monday they had arrested four men accused of sending funds to people across Europe and the Middle East who were collecting on behalf of ISIS, in an investigation that led to a larger suspected terrorism-funding network.
The four men were suspected of wiring 30,000 euros in total from a money transfer agency in the southeastern Italian town of Andria to 42 collectors of funds for militants, in countries including Serbia, Germany, Turkey, Jordan, Thailand and Russia.
Subsequent investigations showed the same 42 collectors had received as much as 1 million euros in suspicious...
Mancini has given Azzurri winning mentality says midfielder
(ANSA) - ROME, JUL 5 - Italy's Euro 2020 semi-final against Spain at Wembley is set to be a battle of two teams with the same characteristics, midfielder Nicolò Barella has said before Tuesday's clash.
Barella was on target along with Lorenzo Insigne to help the Azzurri to a deserved 2-1 win over Belgium, the world's top-ranked team, in the quarter-finals in Munich on Friday.
Roberto Mancini's men have now gone a record 32 games unbeaten and are on a 13-match winning streak. "Spain have had great champions in the past, players who have inspired not only me but also many of my colleagues," said Inter midfielder "The Spaniards can count on great players nowadays too and Tuesday night will be a complicated ma...
Football fans think Italian striker Ciro Immobile faked an injury during a game and they are seething.
In their quarter-final match against Belgium yesterday, Immobile fell to the ground after coming into contact with Jan Vertonghen.
Instead of stopping the game, the referee did not act and Immobile’ teammate Nicolo Barella quickly scored a goal, causing Immobile to get up and join his teammates celebrating.
This has led fans to be suspicious about whether the footballer was actually injured, or was just trying to get awarded a cheeky penalty and people weren’t happy.
Alan Shearer said “I don’t even want to laugh at that because that’s pathetic. You can see him having a little look at the referee before he even goes down.
Watch Ciro Immobile's incredible recov...
Gianluigi Buffon will not leave Italy after all but still avoid facing Juventus next season, as he desires. The goalkeeper has joined Parma on a two-year deal. The Gialloblù introduced him with a series of Superman-related clues. He turned proposals from Barcelona, where he would have been the backup, and Besiktas, preferring to move back to his first team, Sky Sport reports.
Buffon decided not to extend his contract with Juventus in early May, ending his second stint at the club. He was Wojciech Szczesny’s reserve in the past two campaigns after a season at PSG. He will reportedly earn €1.3M per season and be the captain.
The 43-year-old goalkeeper reunites with his old teammate Enzo Maresca in Emilia, who will coach the team. Former Juventus scout Javier Ribalta now heads the ...
G7 leaders met in Cornwall, in the South of England on Friday (11 June) to discuss the main issues of our time.
They are later today expected to commit to using all their resources in an effort to ensure the devastation caused by a pandemic like Covid-19 is never repeated in a declaration that sets out a series of measures intended to achieve this. The G7 (Group of Seven) is an organisation made up of the world's seven largest so-called advanced economies: Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, the UK and the US. The Summit is also attended by the president of the European Council and the president of the European Commission.
Mr Johnson, who is hosting the three-day gathering at the Cornish seaside resort of Carbis Bay, said it was vital to learn from the "mistakes" of the 200...
Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku has been named as the best overall MVP of Serie A after Inter Milan won the league title for the first time in 11 years.
The Belgium international has scored 24 league goals and provided 11 assists.
Cristiano Ronaldo was selected as the best attacker after he scored an impressive 29 league goals — making him the top scorer of the season.
What other awards were given out?
Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic was awarded the best Under-23 player award followed by Gianluigi Donnarumma as best goalkeeper after he kept 14 clean sheets for AC Milan.
The best defender award went to Atalanta’s Cristian Romero.
Nicolo Barella picked up the best midfielder award to join Inter team mate Lukaku on the honours list.
What has been said?
Serie A CEO Lui...
Libyan Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush on Friday met with his Italian and Maltese counterparts and the European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement to discuss the cooperation against the illegal immigration.
Libyan Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush attends a press conference in Tripoli, Libya, on May 28, 2021. TO GO WITH “Libya, Italy, Malta, EU discuss cooperation against illegal immigration” (Photo by Hamza Turkia/Xinhua)
“Libya has been suffering from the illegal immigration,” al-Mangoush said at a joint press conference following the meeting, adding she and the other three all agreed to secure the southern Libyan border from illegal immigration with the assistance of the European Union.
Confirming the willingness of the EU to support Libya, Eu...
Juventus have sacked coach Andrea Pirlo after a single season in charge
Juventus have sacked coach Andrea Pirlo after a single season in charge, the deposed Italian champions announced on Friday. The club released a statement headlined "Good Luck, Andrea Pirlo" after a season in which Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates lost the Serie A title to Inter Milan and were eliminated in the last 16 of the Champions League. "Pirlo has just begun the first steps of what will no doubt become a brilliant career as a coach," Juventus' statement read. "An adventure of transformation, seeking, and often managing, to bring his ideas and his experience as a champion on the pitch from the 'other side' of the fence."
The former midfielder, who enjoyed trophy-laden spells as a player at AC Milan a...
Team Qhubeka ASSOS (TeamQhubeka.com) is delighted to announce their partnership with ABLOC (ABLOCbeer.com) “the ultimate sports beer”. The 2021 Giro d’Italia marks the start of the collaboration of Africa’s UCI WorldTour Team and international sports beer brand ABLOC.
The team, including staff and crew will be able to enjoy a tasty refreshing white beer after every stage. ABLOC Pro Zero is created for those who want to stay sharp. It’s alcohol-free, low in calorie and yet full of taste. The crispness of the Alpine Minerals turbo-charge taste and aid recovery. In the future, ABLOC will expand the partnership with extended support of the Qhubeka Charity as together we continue to change lives with bicycles.
Martijn Snelder, CEO ABLOC: “Team Qhubeka ASSO...
“I, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, swear in the name of the Almighty God that I shall be faithful and bear the true allegiance to the Republic of Uganda…” he said, marking the start of his 6th term in office in what makes him the longest-serving leader in the region.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni was on Wednesday sworn in for a 6th elective term, in a ceremony attended by several heads of state, including Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta.
President Museveni displays the Uganda Coat Of Arms from the Chief Justice Owinyi Dollo
The 76-year-old leader has been in power since 1986, after bloody civil war.
Museveni, 76, won 58 percent of the votes cast in January’s polls, beating his closest rival and pop star, Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine from the National Unity Platform who h...