Volkswagen to introduce new car for new season

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 19 (PTI) Volkswagen Motorsport is set to introduce a new race car, developed at its Pune plant, at the upcoming Ameo Cup, commencing in June. The all-new race machine boasts of major upgrades as compared to its predecessor, starting from the body shell itself all the way to the drivetrain, chassis and electronics. The Ameo Cup race car shares its body with the road version of the Ameo while it borrows the engine from the GTI ? a symbol of performance from the Volkswagen stable. It comes with a Turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine that displaces 1798 cc and produces 205 PS @ 6100 rpm (power) and 320 Nm @ 3200-4600 rpm (torque). This engine is mated to a 6-speed sequential gearbox with steering-mounted paddle shifters,” according to a press release. “With the Ameo Cup we have embarked upon yet another year of exciting races and this season is especially noteworthy as the motorsport team has developed the race car from ground up at the Volkswagen Pune Plant. With this, we continue our commitment to the sport and make our intentions clear ? to offer the best racing technology in India,” said Andreas Lauermann, President and MD Volkswagen India Private Limited. The series will have its first race at Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore in June and will be followed by a couple of rounds at Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT) in Chennai and conclude at Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida. PTI AT ATlast_img read more

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Report: Strasbourg 2 PSG 4

first_imgStrasbourg 2 Paris Saint-Germain 4: Revenge is sweet for Emery’s men Stephen Creek 06:07 12/14/17 angeldimaria-cropped Getty Images Paris Saint-Germain booked their place in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals with a 4-2 win over Strasbourg. Angel Di Maria scored for the second game running as Paris Saint-Germain won 4-2 at Strasbourg in Coupe de la Ligue and claimed revenge for a defeat at the same ground earlier this month.Unai Emery’s side slipped to their first Ligue 1 defeat of the season when Strasbourg beat them 2-1 at Stade de la Meinau on December 2, but there was to be no repeat.The visitors forced the opener through a calamitous error from Yoann Salmier, who turned the ball into his own net after 12 minutes, and Di Maria pounced on a goalkeeping mistake to double the lead midway through the first half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Strasbourg went into the game in fine form, having lost only one of their previous 11 games, and they got under the skin of the league leaders towards the end of the first half, pulling a goal back through Jeremy Grimm.But PSG ultimately booked their place in the quarter-finals after Dani Alves and Julian Draxler both netted, with substitute Jeremy Blayac grabbing a late consolation for the hosts.#RCSAPSG pic.twitter.com/OpcJZRdd9k— PSG English (@PSG_English) December 13, 2017The Parisians played with real poise and purpose from the outset, with Javier Pastore heading wide in the first minute and Edinson Cavani having a low drive saved by Alexandre Oukidja.Just as Strasbourg seemed to be getting a foothold in the game in the 12th minute, Giovani Lo Celso’s deft flick allowed Draxler to set Di Maria free down the left flank and Salmier hooked his bouncing cross into the far corner of the net.Before the home side could steady themselves, another error doubled their disadvantage when Oukidja went to ground to collect Javier Pastore’s throughball into the penalty area but spilled the ball at the feet of Di Maria, who simply rolled it into an empty net.Pastore played Cavani through on goal three minutes later but he blasted wide from 12 yards out and was made to rue the miss after 36 minutes when Grimm stooped to control Anthony Goncalves’ cross and fire a low shot past Kevin Trapp.Salmier came close to atoning for his earlier error when he connected with Vincent Nogueira’s far-post cross early in the second half but he could not apply the finish.The game was put all but beyond Strasbourg when the ever-industrious Marco Verratti started a neat passing move that ended with Alves sliding in to divert Thomas Meunier’s cross into the net with Oukidja well beaten.#RCSAPSG pic.twitter.com/V6vN2iOMU6— PSG English (@PSG_English) December 13, 2017The onslaught on Strasbourg’s goal continued after Oukidja, who appeared to be struggling with a muscle strain, was replaced by Landry Bonnefoi and Cavani teed up Pastore for a fierce shot from inside the box that the substitute saved before it hit the top corner of the net.There was a sense of inevitability about PSG’s fourth goal, which came from a break down the right and a pull-back by Meunier that allowed Draxler to wrap up a deserved win with a low finish into the bottom-left corner of the net.Emery sent on Kylian Mbappe for the final 11 minutes of the game but his players took their eye of the ball at the back to allow Blayac a clear run through on goal before scoring through Trapp’s legs two minutes from time, drawing unwanted attention to PSG’s failure to keep a clean sheet in their last four games.FULL TIME: PSG start off their @CoupedelaLigue title defense with a 4-2 win over Strasbourg ! #RCSAPSG pic.twitter.com/nd4M6J2gKO— PSG English (@PSG_English) December 13, 2017 read morelast_img read more

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Klopp: Salah comparisons to Ronaldo not important

first_imgUEFA Champions League Klopp: Salah comparisons to Messi & Ronaldo ‘not important’ Iain Strachan Last updated 1 year ago 00:09 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo GFX Getty/Goal composite UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Mohamed Salah African All Stars The Egyptian’s extraordinary form has dominated the agenda of late and sparked Ballon d’Or discussion, but his manager has more immediate concerns As Liverpool prepare to face Real Madrid in the Champions League final, Jurgen Klopp says he is not interested in suggestions Mohamed Salah could prove to be the equal of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.The Egypt international has matched Ronaldo’s 44 goals in all competitions this season to loom as a legitimate contender for the Ballon d’Or, which has been won five times each by Ronaldo and his Barcelona rival Messi during the past 10 years. Should Salah maintain his extraordinary form next term and beyond, the 25-year-old would surely find himself considered to be among the game’s elite. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now But Klopp dismissed the significance of ranking individual players, with the decider in Kiev on Saturday taking up all of the German’s focus. “That’s not important,” he told a news conference at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium when asked about Salah’s prospects of succeeding the two superstars.”No manager is interested in that. Messi and Ronaldo deserve their praise and all the things they’ve won. For years they were on that level and now are 30-something but still on that level.”If Mo can do that, we will see. He has fantastic potential. There is one more game to go but the season was outstanding. The next few seasons will show if he can do something similar.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Oklahoma Announces New Contract For Lincoln Riley

first_imgA closeup of Lincoln Riley wearing a grey Oklahoma sweater before a game.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)After leading the Sooners to back-to-back Big 12 titles and appearances in the College Football Playoff, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has become one of the most popular coaches in all of football. In an effort to keep Riley in the fold, and perhaps prevent him from being poached by an eager NFL team, the Sooners have given their head coach an extension and a big pay raise.According to Oklahoma beat writer Ryan Aber, Riley’s new contract runs through January 2024 and is worth upwards of $6 million.Per the report, the contract increases his base income to $3.975 million, with benefits adding up to an extra several million dollars.Lincoln Riley contract extended through Jan. 31, 2024. Base salary: $325,000 (stays the same), increase additional income $400,000 to $3.975M, annual stay benefit $200K to $700,000, supplemental retirement doubled to $1M, additional stay benefit to $1M. #Sooners— Ryan Aber (@ryaber) January 30, 2019USA Today reports that the $6 million salary makes him the ninth-highest paid coach in college football.For comparison sake (based off 2018 figures) and the newly passed salary for Lincoln Riley: pic.twitter.com/OjzripoPjy— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) January 30, 2019Riley has a 24-4 record in his first two seasons at the helm for the Sooners.In addition to the back-to-back conference titles, Riley also owns the distinction of having developed back-to-back Heisman trophy winning quarterbacks in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.Unfortunately for Riley’s team, he has had the misfortune of running into the SEC champion in each of his appearances in the College Football Playoff.The Sooners lost in double-overtime to Georgia in 2017, and then lost by double-digits to Alabama in 2018.Nevertheless, Riley’s aptitude for developing quarterbacks – especially one as experienced as presumptive starter Jalen Hurts – should give Oklahoma fans plenty of optimism that they can win yet another Big 12 title and go even father in the playoffs next year.last_img read more

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Jamaica to Participate in Special Olympics International’s 50th Anniversary Games

first_img Special Olympics Jamaica, which marks its 40th anniversary this year, will participate in several events organised by the international body, which get under way on July 17 with a four-day unified football tournament in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Story Highlights Jamaica will join a host of other countries from around the world in celebrating Special Olympics International’s 50th anniversary this year.Special Olympics Jamaica, which marks its 40th anniversary this year, will participate in several events organised by the international body, which get under way on July 17 with a four-day unified football tournament in Chicago, Illinois, USA.Jamaica is the only Caribbean country slated to participate in this event.In March 2019, the global body will stage the Special World Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to which Jamaica will be sending a 98-member delegation, inclusive of three unified teams.More than 7,000 athletes from 172 countries will parade their talents before a global audience from March 14 to 21.As part of preparations leading up to these events, over 600 athletes drawn from all the parishes competed in various sporting disciplines in Special Olympics Jamaica’s 35th annual National Summer Games on June 29 and 30.The events, which were held at Special Olympics Jamaica’s multipurpose court at Independence Park in Kingston, included bocce, badminton and volleyball on the first day.The second day saw a Cayman Islands team joining local participants in the unified basketball competition. The day also included track and field events at the Stadium East complex.State Minister in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, who represented Portfolio Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, at the opening ceremony, commended the games’ organisers and volunteers for their tireless efforts in supporting persons with special needs.“The essence of Special Olympics is creating awareness, fostering a culture of acceptance and ensuring that the spirit of inclusion is alive across the world for our fellow citizens with special needs. Together we are stronger when we give every single Jamaican, irrespective of mental or physical disability, an opportunity to try,” he said.Special Olympics Jamaica Board Chairman, Aldrick “Allie” McNab, said this year’s games hold special significance in the context of the organisation’s 40th anniversary.“No less than a Usian Bolt or Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, (are) our (special) athletes (who) take pride in wearing the colours of Jamaica and representing (their country),” he stated.Public Relations and Administrative Manager for the event’s main sponsor, the Culture, Health, Arts, Sport and Education (CHASE) Fund, Hillary Coulton, who represented Chief Executive Officer, William “Billy” Heaven, also commended Special Olympics Jamaica for its unwavering dedication to heightening awareness about persons with special needs and facilitating their inclusion in society.“The CHASE Fund has been supporting the Summer Games since 2004. As a policy, we are committed to providing meaningful opportunities, so that persons with disabilities can achieve their full potential. These national games are more than a competition… . They provide a window for fellow Jamaicans to see what persons with physical and intellectual challenges can achieve with the appropriate support,” she said. In March 2019, the global body will stage the Special World Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to which Jamaica will be sending a 98-member delegation, inclusive of three unified teams. Jamaica will join a host of other countries from around the world in celebrating Special Olympics International’s 50th anniversary this year.last_img read more

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APL Enhances IntraAsia Coverage

first_imgzoom Singapore-based container shipping company APL has revealed that it will expand its Intra-Asia coverage with the launch of the Japan Taiwan 6 (JT6) Service and the upgraded Japan Thailand 2 (JT2) Service, starting from December 2016. The new JT6 Service will link Japan, Taiwan and South China to the Philippines.The JT6 Service will call the ports of Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Osaka, Kobe, Tokyo, Yokohama (Japan), Xiamen, Hong Kong, Nansha, Shekou (China), North and South Manila (Philippines).The first sailing of the new service is scheduled to start on December 2, 2016, from Kaohsiung.Furthermore, the company enhanced its JT2 Service with 7 additional ports of call in Japan, Taiwan, South China and Thailand.The upgraded JT2 Service will call the ports of Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya, Yokohama, Tokyo (Japan), Keelung, Taichung, Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Hong Kong, Shekou (China), Laem Chabang and Bangkok (Thailand).“Redesigned with market access to Bangkok, the upgraded JT2 Service complements its current port call in Laem Chabang to provide shippers a wider network coverage in Thailand,” the company said.The service will feature a new Japan to Taiwan coverage with Keelung and Taichung calls, in addition to Kaohsiung.The JT2 service will commence its first sailing from Bangkok also on December 2, 2016.last_img read more

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Ontario man charged with threatening Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

first_imgWINDSOR, Ont. – A 60-year-old Ontario man has been charged with uttering threats against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Windsor police say an incident occurred on Tuesday and they later charged Royce VanEvery, 60, of Leamington, Ont., but wouldn’t provide further details.The Ontario Provincial Police say VanEvery was arrested in Leamington, where Trudeau will be visiting on Canada Day.VanEvery’s lawyer, John Sitter, has told local radio station AM800 that his client has mental health issues.Sitter says VanEvery went to MPP Percy Hatfield’s office to complain about an issue and while there called the prime minister’s officer over the speaker phone when he allegedly uttered the threat.Sitter has told AM800 that with the prime minister visiting over the weekend, VanEvery will remain in custody until a bail hearing on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Gabrielles Angel Foundation Hosted The Angel Ball Launch Party 2016

first_imgDenise Rich and Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research celebrated the generous support of the foundation through its Angel Ball Launch Party 2016 at TAO Downtown on Thursday, October 6th, 2016.Guests toasted the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation with cocktails by Manhattan Moonshine, the world’s first premium silver whiskey. Manhattan Moonshine served up its signature Earl Grey Sour cocktail, which is a delicious Whiskey Sour infused with Earl Grey tea. Due to its naturally sweet, grain forward flavor, Manhattan Moonshine makes the perfect whiskey for cocktails. Founder and CEO William Kehler was on site to serve up these delicious cocktails. Sufi Wines also served guests its perfectly balanced red and white wines.Attendees included: Denise Rich, Will Kehler, Lauren Day Roberts, Amrita Singh, Sam Bhatia, Michelle Herbert, Paola Bacchini-Rosenshein, Alisa Roever, Cynthia Ott, Jasper Ott, Morris Moinian, Michelle Rella, Frank Rella, Tatiana Byron Marx and Brad Marx.For more information and tickets to the Angel Ball 2016 on Monday, November 21st, 2016 at Cipriani Wall Street, please visit www.gabriellesangels.org.last_img read more

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Women in PR Canada and USA Releases Global Gender Pay Gap Annual

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter When it comes to salaries women are also falling behind. Comparing like for like, the average salary for men in PR is US $61,284(CDN $76,365) compared to women US $55,212 (CDN $68,799), revealing a gender pay gap of US $6,072 (CDN $7,566).“Women are a driving force in PR. We are not just sitting back on the sidelines and watching change. We are making change happen. Women in PR USA marks growth and commitment, and a goal to continually advance our roles in the profession,” states Deirdre Breakenridge, CEO, Pure Performance Communications.By far the biggest gender pay gap is at the boardroom level. There is a staggering gap amongst the highest earners, with more than double the number of men (28%) earning over US $150,000 (CDN $186,915) compared to 12% of women.“The PR industry is nearly two-thirds female and we are still faced with some of the same challenges we had 50 years ago. We still have a wage gap in our profession and there are still only a few female CEOs at large PR firms. We still have unrealistic ideals and limitations in the work force for women,” says Daniela Kelloway, Founder and CEO, ClutchPR.The PR workplace does not appear to be more gender equal as we get older – 36% of women believe the PR industry is ageist, compared with 25% of men.The survey also provided an important insight into the work/life balance and working practices giving clues as to why more women are not better represented at the top of a profession where they dominate.“Women in PR USA is focused on elevating women and comprised of dynamic, industry-leading PR professionals. True success comes only when we support one another,” says Shannon Furey, Public Relations Director, M studio. “We are working to close the industry’s leadership gap and support the next generation of women PR leaders.”One noticeable finding in the survey was the confidence gap. Twice as many women (26%) say they are ‘not confident’ asking for a promotion or pay rise, compared to 13% of men. And when asked if they think they will reach the top of the career ladder – 28% of men believe they will ‘definitely’ get there, whereas only 18% of women believe this.“Fostering a community of collaboration versus competition is so important and often overlooked in our industry.  Shared insights and mentorship that drives cumulative success and confidence will always have the highest return.” – Christine Faulhaber, President & CEO, Faulhaber Communications.The results will be presented in a panel discussion at the Global PR Summit in Toronto on November 21, 2017. The discussion will be moderated by Talia Beckett Davis, Founder of the Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations and President of Pink Pearl PR.“One of our main goals when forming this organization in North America was to provide a place for women to thrive earlier in their careers and to strengthen the capabilities of established leaders in the PR industry,” explains Beckett-Davis.Speakers include: Colleen Harris, Former Press Secretary to Princes Charles, William and Harry; Sheri Morgan, Senior Communications Manager, PepsiCo Foods; Christine Faulhaber, President and CEO, Faulhaber Communications; Daniela Kelloway, Founder, Clutch PR; Cynthia Gutierrez-White, Senior Director, Strategic Marketing and Outreach Director, Administration, Johns Hopkins Medicine.The organization is building chapters across Canada and the USA. Through student, individual and corporate subscriptions, members have access to online courses, resources, case studies and networking opportunities. Memberships are reciprocal across Canada and the USA.For more information, visit www.womeninpr.caSocial MediaJoin the conversation online:#WomeninPRCanadaTwitter: @WomeninPRCanadaFacebook.com/WomeninPRCanadaLinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8445471Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WomeninPublicRelations/ Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO – The Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations (Women in PR Canada) and the Organization of American Women in Public Relations (Women in PR USA) together announce the annual gender pay gap survey results with sector group Global Women in PR.The results revealed that although women represent two-thirds of the global PR industry, 78% of the CEOs in the top 30 PR agencies worldwide are men and that they also occupy 62% of seats at the PR boardroom table.The data collected from the annual gender pay gap survey with Global Women in PR, into the working practices of the global PR industry, highlights the fact that very few PR women make it to the top of the profession.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Women in PR Canada and USA Releases Global Gender Pay Gap Annual Survey Results; Survey Reveals Significant Gender Pay Gap at the Boardroom Level (CNW Group/The Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations) Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Police question Wijedasas actions

The police said that 19 people have so far been questioned over the incident and two police teams have been deployed to conduct investigations. The police said that the MP had however not informed the policeman giving him security about the incident nor did he call the police emergency hotline. According to the police, if the alarm was raised as soon as he heard there were gun-shots fired outside his house then the suspects could have been arrested sooner.The shooting incident had been reported to the police several hours later and spent bullets were found outside the house, the police media unit said. The police have raised questions over the failure by the President of the BAR Association, Wijedasa Rajapakse, to report the shooting incident outside his house to the police officer providing him security or to the 119 emergency hotline soon after he realized an incident had occurred.The police media unit said that according to a statement provided by the parliamentarian, he had said that on Thursday early morning he heard a sound similar to firecrackers outside his house but when he looked outside he saw nothing. However his son had then come to his room and said there were gun-shots fired outside the house. read more

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Sri Lanka confident Mahathir will guide Malaysia to greater heights

Wickremesinghe noted that Sri Lanka and Malaysia enjoy a traditional and longstanding friendship which has reached new dimensions. Sri Lanka says it is confident the newly elected Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad will guide Malaysia to greater heights of prosperity.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in a congratulatory message to Dr Mahathir Mohamad, said that he was confident that Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s wisdom and diverse experience, combined with commitment and vision would guide Malaysia to greater heights of prosperity. “I am confident that these close and cordial relations will be further strengthened and consolidated in the years ahead for the mutual benefit of our countries,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Twin brothers charged with war crimes in Bosnia transferred to UN tribunal

Nenad Banovic and brother Predrag Banovic were arrested on Thursday in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia before being transferred to the court’s detention unit. According to the indictment, the 32-year old Bosnian Serb brothers participated in abusing, beating, torturing and/or killing detainees in Keraterm camp, where they regularly performed guard duties.“Severe beatings, torture, killings, sexual assault, and other forms of physical and psychological abuse were commonplace at Keraterm camp,” the indictment states. “The camp guards and others who came to the camps used all types of weapons and instruments to beat and otherwise physically abuse the detainees.” At a minimum, hundreds of detainees, whose identities were known and unknown, did not survive.Nenad Banovic faces five counts of crimes against humanity, including persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, inhumane acts, murder and torture, as well as four counts of violations of the laws or customs of war, including outrages upon personal dignity, murder, torture and cruel treatment. His brother Predrag is charged with 13 counts of crimes against humanity, including persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, inhumane acts, murder and torture, as well as 12 counts of violations of the laws or customs of war, including outrages upon personal dignity, murder, torture and cruel treatment.Also today, the Tribunal announced that its indictment against former Bosnian Serb Commander Dragomir Milosevic had been unsealed on Sunday. Dragomir Milosevic faces four counts of crimes against humanity and three counts of violations of the laws or customs of war for his part as Commander of the Sarajevo Romanija Corps between 1994 and 1995. read more

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UN narcotics panel to probe drugrelated crime at local level

The 13-member International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), elected by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which normally monitors compliance with international drug treaties, this session will “review the impact of the different forms of crime and violence associated with drug use, including violent crime perpetrated by or against individual drug users and the plight of innocent individuals caught in the crossfire of violent drug cultures,” according to the UN Information Service (UNIS).The panel will examine “localized and targeted interventions with respect to groups engaging in or at risk of violent drug related crime and on the affected communities,” UNIS said. read more

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UN agency condemns murder of newspaper employees in Guyana

Continuing his campaign to spotlight threats to press freedom worldwide, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the murder of four employees at a newspaper in Guyana.The workers at the Kaieteur News printing plant on the outskirts of the capital, Georgetown, were murdered on the night of 8 August, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Masked attackers armed with automatic weapons first shot a plant guard, then forced five employees to lie down before shooting them in the back of the head. One survivor reportedly remains in critical condition.“I condemn the brutal killing of Richard Stewart, Chetram Persaud, Elion Wegman, and Mark Mikoo,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, in a statement issued in Paris. “I am deeply shocked by this heinous crime against innocent workers.”“This must be considered as an attack on freedom of the press and democracy,” he went on to say, adding: “I trust that the authorities will do all they can to bring the culprits to justice, thereby protecting democracy and rule of law.”In recent weeks, Mr. Matsuura has condemned the murders of journalists in half a dozen countries. read more

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Merkel visits Athens after Greece regains market access 5000 police push back

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATHENS, Greece – Police banned protests across most of central Athens on Friday as German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to pay a brief visit, a day after the crisis-hit country returned to international bond markets.Unions and the left-wing main opposition party, Syriza, are backing protests planned outside the cordon, to be manned by some 5,000 police officers. Merkel has been among the most vocal supporters of the austerity measures that have helped heal Greece’s public finances but proved painful for Greeks.During a visit in 2012, the German chancellor had been greeted by mass anti-austerity protests that turned violent. Security this time was also tightened further after a powerful car bomb exploded early Thursday outside the Bank of Greece, causing damage but no injuries.Merkel’s visit comes as Greece this week reached a milestone in the recovery from its financial crisis — it successfully tapped bond markets for the first time since 2010, raising 3 billion euros ($4.14 billion) in five-year debt.The country, however, still has far to go to heal its economy, which has shrunk by about a quarter during the crisis, and to reduce unemployment from around 27 per cent.Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras in a newspaper article criticized the cordon, saying Merkel would not get a sense of the impact of the austerity measures she supported.“I encourage her to visit a hospital and witness the third world conditions … or a school where teachers try to cope with underfed children,” he wrote.During visit her Friday, lasting only several hours, Merkel plans to meet fellow conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who is facing opposition demands to hold early elections along with next month’s vote for the European Parliament. German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during her speech as part of a federal budget 2014 debate at the German federal parliament, Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) Merkel visits Athens after Greece regains market access, 5,000 police push back protests by The Associated Press Posted Apr 11, 2014 3:44 am MDT read more

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Nationbuilding amid insurgency an uphill struggle for Afghanistan – UN envoy

“The Government has to pursue both an inclusive peace process and economic growth against the backdrop of an intensifying insurgency and worsening security,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Afghanistan, during a UN Security Council quarterly debate on the situation in that country.Mr. Yamamoto said that the National Unity Government – almost halfway through its five-year term – has made visible steps forward on anti-corruption, the electoral process and women’s economic empowerment.“Fortunately, the ground is being prepared to make Afghanistan a success,” he stressed. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), headed by Mr. Yamamoto, will launch its first anti-corruption report, titled Afghanistan’s Other Battlefield: The Fight against Corruption soon. The report will highlight the Government’s achievements in addressing corruption, and recommends options for further progress, he explained.The Government has committed to holding parliamentary elections which are seen as fair, inclusive and transparent by the Afghan people, he said, noting that the commissioners of the Independent Election Commission and the Electoral Complaints Commission have been appointed. Special Representative and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Tadamichi Yamamoto, briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Afghanistan remains one of the most difficult places in the world to be a woman, he said. However, just two days ago, on International Women’s Day, the Government launched a national plan that recognizes women as key economic actors.The deteriorating security situation remains of great concern, he pointed out, urging the Taliban to enter peace talks without preconditions and warning against attacks by foreign fighters, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh).Last year, UNAMA recorded the worst number of civilian casualties since record-keeping began nearly a decade ago.Deteriorating security also led to the highest-ever level of internal displacement in 2016. More than 650,000 Afghans were displaced. Returns from Pakistan exceeded 620,000 people. Displacements and returns for 2017 are likely to remain at these levels. Developing a nation while fighting an insurgency is an uphill struggle, he emphasized, noting that due in part to the worsening security situation over the past two years, service delivery has become increasingly difficult. “We have witnessed some downward trends in key indicators, such as access to health clinics and education facilities,” he said. More focused action on governance, social services and private sector development to promote equitable growth will be necessary, he said.He urged the countries concerned, particularly in the neighbourhood, to support the Afghan Government’s interest in the intensified regional peace effort, and asked the Council to renew UNAMA’s mandate, which expires on 17 March.VIDEO: Concerned about insecurity, Head of UNAMA briefs the Security Council on AfghanistanUNAMA is mandated to support the Afghan Government and the people of Afghanistan as a political mission that provides ‘good offices’ among other key services. ‘Good offices’ are diplomatic steps the UN takes publicly and in private, drawing on its independence, impartiality and integrity, to prevent international disputes from arising, escalating or spreading.UNAMA also assists the process of peace and reconciliation; monitors and promotes human rights, including the protection of civilians in armed conflict; promotes good governance; and encourages regional cooperation. read more

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More than 300 people now killed in rebel held area of Syria

first_imgMore than 300 people now killed in rebel held area of Syria At least 67 children were among those killed this week. Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 10:43 PM 11,328 Views http://jrnl.ie/3863240 Image: DPA/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 51 Comments Image: DPA/PA Images By AFP Feb 21st 2018, 10:35 AM Share14 Tweet Email Updated 10.35pmTHE RED CROSS has demanded access to a rebel-held enclave near Damascus where Syrian jets have been raining bombs in a four-day blitz that has killed more than 300 civilians.The United Nations chief Antonio Guterres described the death and devastation that has engulfed Eastern Ghouta since Sunday as “hell on earth” while France called for an immediate truce.Fresh air raids on several parts of the enclave killed at least 40 civilians and wounded 350.Many of the region’s hospitals have also been targeted, leaving many out of service.The International Committee of the Red Cross said the situation was so dire that its teams should be allowed access to Eastern Ghouta to help overwhelmed doctors and nurses.“The fighting appears likely to cause much more suffering in the days and weeks ahead, and our teams need to be allowed to enter Eastern Ghouta to aid the wounded,” said Marianne Gasser, ICRC’s head of delegation in Syria.Syrian warplanes have this month intensified their strikes on the area, which lies just east of Damascus and is home to around 400,000 civilians.UN voteThe UN Security Council is expected to vote, probably tomorrow, on a draft resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow deliveries of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations.Sweden and Kuwait, which drafted the measure, requested the vote “as soon as possible,” the Swedish mission said, adding that it will likely be scheduled for tomorrow.It remained unclear whether Russia would resort to its veto to block the draft resolution.Overwhelmed medicsAccording to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, around 1,500 people have been wounded since Sunday in the one of the bloodiest episodes of Syria’s seven-year-old war.Many of today’s victims were killed when barrel bombs – crude, improvised munitions that usually cause indiscriminate damage – were dropped on the town of Kfar Batna.The hospital in Douma, the largest town in Eastern Ghouta, is still functioning but the influx of wounded is such that doctors and nurses cannot save everyone.The UN and an NGO said at least seven hospitals were bombed on Monday and yesterday.“The regime claims that it’s targeting armed groups and terrorists, but the truth is that it only targets civilians,” said Doctor Ahmad Abdulghani, at he Dar al-Shifa hospital in Hammuriyeh, heavily damaged by a strike.This is a hospital that treats the sick and civilians, why target it?Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said at least 72 children were among the 312 people killed in strikes since Sunday.Syrian state news agency SANA said 18 people were wounded in Damascus by rebel shelling.‘Pretext’Guterres told the UN Security Council he was “deeply saddened by the terrible suffering” of civilians in Eastern Ghouta where he said people “live in hell on Earth”.He called for an immediate humanitarian truce, as did French President Emmanuel Macron who accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime of using terrorism as a “pretext” to attack civilians.Russia, which is Assad’s main backer but denies direct involvement in the Ghouta strikes, called for a Security Council meeting on the issue.Anti-regime groups, mostly Islamist factions as well as Al-Qaeda’s former Syrian affiliate, have controlled the area since 2012.With the Islamic State group’s once sprawling “caliphate” now wiped of the map, the regime looks bent on completing its reconquest.Ghouta, on the outskirts of the capital, is a key target.© – AFP 2018Read: KFC stores across the UK were closed today because of a chicken shortage Short URLlast_img read more

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Indian man chops off index finger in desperation after voting for wrong

first_imgIndian man chops off index finger in desperation after voting for wrong party in national election Pawan Kumar became confused by the symbols on the electronic voting machine. 47 Comments But once he realised his mistake, he was so distraught that he chopped off his inked finger. Apr 19th 2019, 5:38 PM 22,144 Views AN INDIAN MAN chopped off his index finger in desperation after voting for the wrong party in the country’s national election.Pawan Kumar became confused by the symbols on the electronic voting machine and voted for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party instead of its regional rival in Uttar Pradesh state yesterday, his brother told AFP.Distraught, the 25-year-old Kumar went home and chopped off his finger with a meat cleaver.Even though votes are cast electronically at polling stations, the index finger of every voter is marked with indelible ink after they cast ballots, to make sure they do not vote again.“He was very happy that he was voting for the first time ever,” Kumar’s brother Kailash Chandra told AFP by phone. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4600178 By AFP “Every time he saw his ink-marked finger, he felt angry.”Chandra said the family rushed Kumar to the hospital, and videos circulating online showed the first-time voter sporting a bandaged hand standing over the butcher’s knife outside a toilet.“I wanted to vote for elephant but it went to flower,” Kumar says on one video, adding that he had not been pressured to cast his ballot for a particular party.The lotus is the symbol of the Bharatiya Janata Party while the Bahujan Samaj Party, part of an alliance fighting Modi in the northern state, uses the elephant. The party symbol is used on voting machines along with the candidate’s photographs.Thursday was the second day of India’s marathon election which started on April 11 and runs through to May 19.© – AFP 2019 Image: Shutterstock/Tukaram.Karve Friday 19 Apr 2019, 5:38 PM Image: Shutterstock/Tukaram.Karve Share Tweet Email4 Short URLlast_img read more

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Revamp for Greek community groups

first_imgA public meeting was convened by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) to discuss the changing needs of the Greek Australian community and maintaining the future of its organisations. “The aim of the meeting was to engage with the general community with all the other community groups, to sit down and work collaboratively to determine what is needed by the community,” president of the GOCMV, Mr Bill Papastergiadis, told Neos Kosmos. “We want to ensure that all the organisations are appropriately recognised, that they’re relevant in terms of what needs to be done and that their voices are heard. We want to develop a common strategy on how it will be realised.”Many of the smaller community groups had expressed difficulties in finding young people to take over the reins of their organisations, resulting in the selling of community group assets.This highlighted a great need for a meeting of this kind, in order to encourage discussion with the general community about how to attract the current and future generations of the Greek Australian community to continue the hard work of these groups.“We’ve seen a generational change, a lack of interest largely in most of those organisations by the second and third generations,” said Mr Papastergiadis.“The community can’t continue to spit out the same old events like a xoro or something like that and think we’re going to be winning over the hearts and minds of the second and third generations.”Over 110 people gathered at the newly opened Centre for Contemporary Greek Culture on its original site of Lonsdale Street, with close to 40 Greek community groups from across Victoria represented.Officially presenting on the night were Mr Bill Papastergiadis, Dr Marinis Pirpiris and Mr Stelios Koukouvitakis. The GOCMV presented two initiatives to be funded collectively by the community, both looking to education as the way forward. One idea was the funding of a chair of Greek language at one of the universities to fund research projects for university students, in addition to the increase of scholarships currently available for the three Greek grammar schools in Victoria. Additional investment opportunities in the CBD were also suggested, in order to maintain the Greek presence, with examples including a Greek bookstore and a kafenio for the elderly.Following the presentation, the dialogue was opened up to the rest of the attending community members with 20 to 25 different community leaders expressing their ideas and concerns. A surprise proposal put forward by Mr Paul Mavroudis, president of the Thessaloniki Association, was that small community groups change their constitution so that if the groups fold, the assets are passed on to an organisation that continues to represent the Greek community, such as Fronditha Care, the Australian Greek Welfare Society, or to bigger community groups such as the GOCMV. Almost 20 years since the Greek community had a meeting of this kind, Mr Papastergiadis was very enthusiastic with the turn out, saying “not only was I happy with the turnout but more importantly, I was very impressed by the collegiate and supportive atmosphere of all those who attended and their readiness to work collaboratively”.Following the meeting, the concerns expressed on the night will be collated, picking out three main ideas, after which, a follow-up meeting, expected to take place early next year, will be held to discuss the funding of the future projects. To conclude, those attending on the night were given a tour of the new building and took in the beautiful city views from the top floor. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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This Fanmade Rick and Morty Anime Opening is Absolutely Perfect

first_img You Can Now Pre-Order ‘Dungeons & Dragons Vs. Rick and Morty’ SetToy Tuesday: The Schwiftiest ‘Rick & Morty’ Toys Stay on target Rick and Morty lends itself extremely well to anime. You wouldn’t think it could possibly work, but just take a look at this “If Rick and Morty was An Anime” video from artist MALEC, who has truly nailed the look, overall aesthetic, and feel of an anime series with all the hallmarks of a classic Rick and Marty episode.Anime openings are typically known for their coolness factors and panache, and all the flashy songs and animated sequences that go along with some truly melodramatic lyrics. They can be veritable masterpieces. Rick and Morty’s simplistic opening is pretty cool, too, but once it was transformed into an anime-centric piece, it got even better.There’s also a special song created by KronoMusik that incorporates the original music, but with some truly hilarious Japanese lyrics to top things off. The anime itself features some of the most iconic anime opening poses, interspersed with memorable moments from the series if you’ve been watching since the beginning. Most impressively, the animation is done extremely well.You may remember MALEC from the anime version of the Game of Thrones opening, which was also done in a remarkably spot-on manner. Yeah, it’s the same YouTube channel and everything. But don’t get too excited, unfortunately, as the channel only has a couple of anime-inspired openings. They look so great, so authentic that they probably take quite a while to put together.But this Rick and Morty video is absolutely impressive, and of course it begs the question: What could happen if the show got an anime adaptation? We may never know, but if it looks anything like this anime bit of goodness does, it could trump the Western of the show, for sure. Are you listening, Justin Roiland? We need this to happen, as soon as possible, do you hear me?Here’s what we thought of the insane last season of Rick and Morty. We also ponder if more episodes are a necessity. Check out our gift guide for the ultimate fans of the show. Stay on top of all R&M news here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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