Cristiano Ronaldo Makes EUR 230366 for Each Tweet

Miami – Not only is Cristiano Ronaldo one of the most expensive soccer players in the world, he is a sports celebrity loved and followed by millions. And if that is not enough, he is also the athlete charging the most money for each of his publicity posts on his Twitter account.According to Opendorse, a social communication agency, Ronaldo who plays for Real Madrid, ranks 1st as the player making the most euros every time he ‘tweets’ an advertising message on his Twitter profile (@cristiano).A report in Sport.es published the rankings in which Ronaldo is earning EUR 230,366 for every tweet dedicated to promote a brand or specific product. Several companies around the world are utilizing social media as a means to advertise their products and services. Twitter’s global impact makes it a profitable choice for publicity; hence, companies are using sports celebrities’ images to attract consumers.Amongst the list of athletes are also Neymar from FC Barcelona charging EUR 98,417 per tweet.Outside of soccer and in the number 2 spot is NBA’s star Lebron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers, making EUR 125,638 for each ad post.Ronaldo is also the athlete with the most followers on Twitter nearly 38 million. He appears in the Guinness World Records Book for earning this title.The list of the top 20 athletes charging for publicity tweets is as follows:1- Cristiano Ronaldo2 – Lebron James3- Neymar4- Kevin Durant5- Rafa Nadal6- Kobe Bryant7- Gareth Bale8- Floyd Mayweather9- Serena Williams10- Dwyane Wade11- Tiger Woods /12- Novak Djokovic13- Mahendra Singh Dhoni14- Usain Bolt15- Andy Murray16- Roger Federer17- Manny Pacquiao18- Rory Mcilroy19- Derrick Rose20 Maria Sharapova read more

Swiss to get tough on Sri Lankan refugee status

“Anybody who returns risks being treated like an LTTE sympathiser. They will be taken in for questioning at the airport and most likely tortured and imprisoned,” Anna Annor, vice-president of Swiss Council of Eelam Tamils, told swissinfo.ch.She claims that many prisoners of war from the 2009 war have still not been released.A 47-page report released by the SEM on Tuesday – based on visits to Sri Lanka in January and February – testifies that conditions have improved since its last analysis in 2014.Poverty and lack of economic and career prospects were cited as the biggest problem in conflict-affected north of the country. The report acknowledged that individuals entering the country from abroad are investigated and those who left the country illegally (by sea using the services of human traffickers) can be denounced and fined for violating immigration laws. Swiss authorities have announced that they will apply more stringent criteria for granting Sri Lankan nationals – mostly ethnic Tamils – refugee status. They believe that the situation on the ground has improved since the 2009 civil war, swissinfo.ch reported.“Today we acknowledge that considerable progress has been made in the area of human rights, for example in the freedom of expression and assembly,” the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) said in a statement. However, the authorities acknowledged that “some gaps remain, especially in the area of human rights” and as a result individual circumstances will be taken into consideration while examining asylum requests.At the end of May 2016, 1,316 asylum applications from Sri Lankan nationals were pending at the SEM. In total, over 5,000 Sri Lankans have been taken in by Switzerland, of which 3,674 have been given refugee status. A total of 1,613 have been admitted provisionally and potentially face the threat of expulsion. “Therefore, more restrictive conditions now apply for recognising the refugee status of journalists, human rights activists and opposition politicians.” “Although police violence is known to be a general problem, no more recent information is available on ill treatment upon entry at the airport in Colombo,” the report states. The SEM also added that the need to protect those with a link to the vanquished Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a separatist rebel group of ethnic Tamils, was decreasing since the end of the bitter war in 2009 between the Sri Lankan army and LTTE for control of northern, Tamil-dominated part of the country, in which the latter were defeated. During the visit of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera to Switzerland in March, there was talk of strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries, especially in the area of economic cooperation. The trade between Sri Lanka and Switzerland is worth around CHF300 million. A “migration partnership” was also agreed during the visit whose technical details ought to be finalised soon.Annor claims that Switzerland’s keenness to trade with Sri Lanka is affecting its stance on the human rights situation in the country.“The Swiss government needs to be neutral on the issue instead of supporting Colombo. It is all about business,” she said. (Colombo Gazette) read more