Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi Could Miss Champions League Matches, Face UK Travel Ban after Brexit

first_imgJuventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona star Lionel Messi may be at risk of missing future Champions League matches in England if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union (EU) at the end of October. The UK is currently scheduled to exit from the European Union on October 31, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson unlikely to secure a deal in the remaining time.The UK’s exit from the European Union may prevent some of the world’s top football players from entering the country and compete for their clubs after October 31. A new law will come into force that will restrict anyone with a criminal conviction  and without  the requisite paperwork. The new law that will come into force after the UK exits from European Union, will be applied on anyone who has been convicted of tax fraud when visa requests are considered even though the person in question is not deemed a threat to national security.This could dash hopes and plans of several teams for the Champions League and Europa League.Andrew Osborne, a lawyer with the firm Lewis Silkin, has been quoted by several UK media saying, “If you are an EU citizen and you have been convicted of an offence or have had a prison sentence imposed (including suspended sentences), you will be denied entry to the United Kingdom.”Osborne claimed Messi’s tax evasion sentence could impact his chances of playing on British soil. “There is a specific point around European games,” he added. Osborne further explained, “If you are an EU citizen with a criminal conviction, you can travel to the UK, as long as you are not deemed to be a threat to national security. If you are not an EU citizen and have a conviction or prison sentence imposed – even if suspended – you are banned from coming to the UK.”Messi and Ronaldo as well as several other football players, who have been convicted of tax fraud in Spain, Marcelo and Diego Costa, could fall foul of the new law. Notably, in 2017, Lionel Messi received 21-month sentence, which was later successfully exchanged for a fine, while Ronaldo was sentenced 23-month term along with fine of 18.8 million euro earlier this year.This clearly indicates that neither the Barcelona nor Juventus star would be able to represent their clubs on British soil after October 31 as soon as the Britain exits from EU. Meanwhile, other football players will also be subject to the same travel ban if they are found to have defrauded the Spanish tax authorities. barcelonaBoris JohnsonBrexitchampions league First Published: October 9, 2019, 5:15 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

The Oldest Cheese in Recorded History Found in an Egyptian Tomb

first_imgNo one is saying, “Bon appetit,” but it’s a discovery that is newsworthy, to say the least. The oldest solid cheese known to humanity was discovered in an ancient Egyptian tomb. Several years ago, scientists identified a “solidified whitish mass” in a collection of jars in the tomb of Ptahmes, the mayor of the ancient city of Memphis in the 13th century B.C.Cheese had never before been found in Ancient Egypt. Tests recently confirmed that it was cheese, made from a mixture of cow milk and either sheep or goat milk.Photo by University of Catania and Cairo UniversityThis ancient cheese would have had a “really, really acidy bite,” cheese historian and chemistry professor Paul Kindstedt told the New York Times.It was amazing to the researchers that the cheese lasted so long.“The interactions for thousands of years with the strong alkaline environment of the incorporating soil rich in sodium carbonate and the desert conditions did not prevent the identification of specific peptide markers which showed high stability under these stressing conditions,” said study author Viale A. Doria of the Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Catania, Italy.Rumi cheese (Egyptian Arabic: جبنه رومى‎ gebna rūmi [ˈɡebnæ ˈɾuːmi], also known as gebna torki [ˈtoɾki] in Alexandria) is one of the main types of cheese in Egypt. Photo by Tour d’Afrique CC BY 2.0The cheese might have posed a danger in the ancient world, interestingly.“Other peptides in the food sample suggest it was contaminated with Brucella melitensis, a bacterium that causes brucellosis,” the researchers said. “This potentially deadly disease spreads from animals to people, typically from eating unpasteurized dairy product.”Brucella melitensis colonies growing on agar.Brucellosis comes from consuming unpasteurized dairy products and it is still a problem today. Symptoms are fever, sweating and muscle aches.Chemist Enrico Greco says he did not sniff the cheese but given its degraded state it is unlikely to have an odor, pleasant or not, according to Live Science.The burial site, at the Saqqara necropolis near Cairo, was dug up in 1885. But, after being lost, it was rediscovered in 2010.The oldest standing step pyramid in Egypt,designed by Imhotep for King Djoser, located in Saqqara, an ancient burial ground at 20 miles south of modern-day Cairo.Many discoveries have been made in the last year in ancient Egypt, including the fact that embalming took place much earlier than researchers realized.A prehistoric mummy found near the banks of the Nile holds the key to understanding the “recipe.” The mummy is dated to about 5,600 years ago, but the ingredients used to preserve it were also employed much more recently in the history of Egypt.The continuity in the mummification recipe means that it must have been invented in the distant past.The ancients mixed plant oil, heated resin from conifers, a plant gum or sugar, and an aromatic plant extract into a sticky paste that was then spread on the fabric wrappings. It seems that antibacterial properties seeped through the textiles to prevent decay.University of York archaeologist Stephen Buckley said to the BBC, “Until now, we’ve not had a prehistoric mummy that has actually demonstrated — so perfectly through the chemistry — the origins of what would become the iconic mummification that we know all about.”Most recently, archaeologists found dozens of mummified cats.An Egyptian archaeologist cleans mummified cats during the demonstration of a new discovery made by an Egyptian archaeological mission through excavation work at an area located on the stony edge of King Userkaf pyramid complex in Saqqara Necropolis, south of the capital Cairo, on November 10, 2018. Photo credit KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty ImagesAn Egyptian archaeological mission recently discovered the cat mummies in seven ancient tombs that are believed to be 6,000 years old, at a site in a pyramid complex in Saqqara, south of Cairo.Antiquities minister Khaled el-Enany said the team also discovered a rare collection of mummified scarab beetles.Three of the tombs were devoted to the cats, which held a special place in ancient Egypt and were mummified as religious offerings.Besides the cat mummies, the scientists found 100 wooden and gilded statues of cats and one in bronze dedicated to the cat goddess Bastet.Read another story from us: The Oldest Weapons Ever Used by Humans in North America Found in TexasCats were respected for their ability to kill poisonous snakes and were believed to have protected the pharaohs since the time of at least the First Dynasty.last_img read more