Gasly to replace Ricciardo at Red Bull next season

first_img0Shares0000Pierre Gasly will join Max Verstappen at Red Bull next season © AFP/File / Boris HORVATPARIS, France, Aug 20 – French driver Pierre Gasly will replace the departing Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull next season, the Formula One team announced on Monday.The 22-year-old Gasly, who currently drives for Red Bull’s junior team Toro Rosso, will line up alongside Max Verstappen after Australian Ricciardo leaves for Renault at the end of the 2018 campaign. “It has been my goal to race for this team since I joined the Red Bull Junior Driver Programme in 2013, and this incredible opportunity is another step forward in my ambition to win Grands Prix and compete for world championships,” said Gasly.The Frenchman only made his Formula One debut at the Malaysian Grand Prix last October, but has scored 26 points for Toro Rosso this year, with a best finish of fourth in Bahrain.He is 13th in the drivers’ standings and has scored 24 more points than the second Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley.“Since Pierre first stepped into a Formula One seat with Scuderia Toro Rosso less than a year ago he has proved the undoubted talent that Red Bull has nurtured since his early career,” team principal Christian Horner said on the Red Bull website, adding that Gasly was “one of the most exciting young drivers in motorsport”.Red Bull have struggled for consistency this year, but have managed to win three races, with two of those coming from Ricciardo.Gasly will join one of his good friends in the paddock, 20-year-old Dutchman Max Verstappen, to form a particularly young and eye-catching driver tandem.Horner also pointed out that Gasly brings valuable technical experience, because Red Bull are switching engines next season from Renault to Honda, who already supply Toro Rosso.“Red Bull has always looked to fight for championships or victories and that’s what I want,” added Gasly.“I’m a really competitive guy and when I do something it’s always to fight for the best and top positions.”Gasly comes from a motorsports family and his four brothers all drive. He started karting at the age of six before advancing to single-seater cars, winning a first title in Eurocop Formula Renault 2.0 in 2013 before being recruited by Red Bull and winning a GP2 title in 2016.He is, one of his former mechanics said, “funny, endearing and perfectionist”. He is also known for his rare ability to analyse data from his car.With nine races left in a season that does not end until November 25 in Abu Dhabi, the announcement means that several of the top teams have already made significant moves in the annual game of musical drivers’ seats.Mercedes announced before the German Grand Prix on July 22 that they had locked their two drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, to contract extensions.Then Renault recruited Ricciardo to beef up their challenge next season and that seems to have had a double knock-on effect, freeing a seat at Red Bull for Gasly and creating a crowd of three at the French team.One of Renault’s young drivers, Spaniard Carlos Sainz, like Ricciardo and Gasly a product of Red Bull’s driver development programme, announced last Thursday that he was moving to McLaren to replace the retiring Fernando Alonso.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Press Release: The Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, MP on the Occasion of the Special Luncheon

first_imgREMARKS PREPARED FOR THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY, THE PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA, THE MOST HONOURABLE ANDREW HOLNESS, MPON THE OCCASION OF THE SPECIAL LUNCHEON HELD IN HONOUR OF HIS EXCELLENCY MR.  MIGUEL DIAZ CANEL-BERMUDEZ, PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCILS OF STATE AND MINISTERS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBAON THE MARGINS OF THE THIRTY-NINTH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM)5TH JULY 2018MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA Good Afternoon,Our collective presence at this Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, reaffirms the spirit of unity and solidarity which binds us together as a region. It is in keeping with this spirit of one-ness that I extend a special welcome to His Excellency Mr.  Miguel Diaz Canel-Bermudez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, in whose honour I am pleased to host this luncheon.Excellency,On behalf of my colleague Heads, I am pleased not only to welcome you to Jamaica,  but also to receive you into the region’s fraternity of leaders. We note that since your recent election and appointment to office, this will have been your first official engagement with all the Heads of State and Government of this Community. This is therefore a historic moment in our regional cooperation, and is cause for some celebration.Colleagues,As you are aware, CARICOM and the Republic of Cuba have enjoyed meaningful and mutually beneficial bonds of friendship, since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1972, built on mutual respect, shared interests, extensive bilateral and multilateral cooperation, and a common regional destiny.Since then, Cuba has consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the development of a sustained technical and functional cooperation programme with CARICOM in several areas, allowing us to forge a dynamic and mutually beneficial bi-partisan partnership.This valued cooperation is one which covers a wide range of areas of strategic regional importance. These include support for the health sector through Nurse Training and the Eye Care Programme (Operation Miracle), culture, disaster management, security and human resource development –  to name but a few. Under Cuba’s programme of technical cooperation, over 1,500 Cuban nationals serve in all CARICOM countries. Approximately 1,300 of these persons work in the health sector. The remaining persons serve in the education, construction, sport and agricultural fields.In the critical area of education, the granting of scholarships by the Government of Cuba remains a significant feature of Cuba’s cooperation programme with the Community. To date, approximately 5,432 CARICOM nationals have graduated from Cuban tertiary institutions and over 800 CARICOM nationals are currently enrolled.I recall that in 2016, Cuba and Guyana established the Regional Training Centre in Guyana, for young people with disabilities. Jamaica and Cuba are also in the process of finalising plans for a Regional School of Arts, which is envisioned to be a primer “Pre- University level” regional school for the classic and performing arts. This facility will allow our students to transition more easily into undergraduate studies in the Arts.Cuba has also provided invaluable support to the region in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, despite also being vulnerable to the ravages of natural disasters themselves.Undoubtedly, Cuba’s involvement with the region has redounded positively not just for the region’s social, environmental and economic development, but has deepened and cemented the ties of friendship which binds us. For this reason, the Community has continued to be a strong advocate for Cuba’s full involvement in hemispheric affairs, and particularly for the elimination of the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed against the country.Excellency,At the 6th CARICOM – Cuba Summit held in Antigua and Barbuda last December, Heads engaged in discussions on issues of economic concerns with Cuban senior officials, towards strengthening our trade and functional cooperation framework.Indeed, we have noted an increase in trade relations, and a growing interest among Caribbean entrepreneurs to develop business and commercial relations with Cuba.This,is testament to the potential for deepening our collaboration and mutual engagement with Cuba towards enhanced economic prosperity for all our peoples. The culmination of that meeting with the signature of the Declaration of St. Mary’s, reaffirms this shared commitment.In closing, allow me to reiterate, Excellency, on behalf of all my colleagues, a warm welcome to  this regional engagement process and best wishes for a prosperous term in office. We very much  look forward to working closely with you for the shared benefit of all our peoples.It is now my honour Excellency, to invite you to address the Community of Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community.last_img read more

Chime For Change Funds 210 Projects In 81 Countries

first_imgCHIME FOR CHANGE, the global campaign for girls’ and women’s empowerment founded by Gucci, is pleased to announce that THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE concert event has helped raise funds to support 210 projects for girls and women across the globe.After VAT, the concert raised $3.9M USD to support projects in the three key focus areas of the CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign: Education, Health and Justice.The CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign, launched in February 2013, presented its first major fundraising event, THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE, a global concert held on 1 June at London’s Twickenham Stadium. The concert brought together some of the world’s most talented artists and renowned activists to raise funds and awareness for girls and women. Headlined by CHIME FOR CHANGE co-founder Beyonce, the concert raised funds through ticket sales, mobile giving and online donations. Through Gucci’s underwriting of the concert event, each of the 50,000 concertgoers was able to donate the full value of their ticket price (less VAT and service fees) to projects of their choice.Donations were allocated to 84 different non-profit partners through Catapult, the first crowdfunding platform dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women. CHIME FOR CHANGE selected Catapult as a strategic partner to ensure transparency, accountability and measurable impact, by allowing the CHIME FOR CHANGE community to choose exactly where their donations go and to track the results of their contributions.“Gucci has a long history of supporting girls and women, and we know that the solutions exist all around us. There are hundreds of credible, dedicated organizations around the world actively supporting the advancement of girls and women,” said CHIME FOR CHANGE Founder and Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini. “My vision for CHIME FOR CHANGE was to facilitate further awareness and fundraising by bringing together a global community to support the important work that is already happening. This is the first time in history that CHARITY concertgoers have been able to choose where their money goes.”THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE concert was broadcast in more than 150 countries globally reaching an audience of one billion viewers, enabling people from around the world to support real change for girls and women.“The partnership between CHIME FOR CHANGE and Catapult channeled the generosity and enthusiasm of a massive global audience,” said Catapult Founder Maz Kessler. “By using the collective power of the crowd, CHIME and Catapult together tap into an increasingly solutions-oriented culture, enabling people to engage directly and transparently with those working on the frontlines for girls’ and women’s education, health and justice.”Projects funded through CHIME FOR CHANGE have supported a diverse range of non-profits, from well-known global organizations to small, grassroots NGOs. Project amounts ranged from $695 to $57,750. Examples of fully funded projects include: • $25,150 to help Syrian refugees access healthcare through Doctors of the World • $50,020 to showcase the stories of sex trafficking survivors through Equality Now • $15,005 to send 30 girls in Houston to Camp SMART through Girls Inc. • $57,750 to build the first floor of Humaira Bachal’s Dream Model street school in Pakistan – further supported by a matching grant from Madonna’s Ray of Light Foundation to complete the school buildingDonors not only have the unprecedented chance to choose exactly where their money goes, but can also regularly monitor the impact of their contributions. Partner non-profits submit reports to donors via Catapult at regular intervals, describing how each project is improving the lives of girls and women. In this way, CHIME FOR CHANGE is leveraging the power of technology to keep its community engaged and inspired.“The Gates Foundation believes strongly in the power of innovation to drive change,” said Kate James, Chief Communications Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “We were enthusiastic to partner with CHIME FOR CHANGE because of the campaign’s unique ability to bring women’s and girl’s issues to a global audience, and through Catapult give donors direct access to the real people and work being done on the ground.”Over the course of the next year, CHIME FOR CHANGE will continue to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world through special events, new partnerships and the ongoing creation and dissemination of unique journalistic and film content, especially through its digital and social media platforms. In June 2014, CHIME FOR CHANGE will celebrate the global impact of its community’s engagement with an event that will highlight the progress of the first year of the campaign.“It’s so important to drive awareness to the issues surrounding girls’ and women’s empowerment,” said Carolyn Everson, VP of Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook. “Facebook is an ideal platform to support Chime for Change, with over 1.1B people discovering what matters most to them, including these issues that touch our lives and are critical to the future of women globally.”CHIME FOR CHANGE comes at a historic and pivotal moment for girls and women globally, as the world’s attention is drawn to international stories ranging from the fight for girls’ education in Pakistan to headlines of violence against women in all corners of the world. The campaign brings together a coalition of organizations and individuals to effect meaningful change for girls and women worldwide. In addition to Catapult, the campaign’s strategic partners include the Kering Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Facebook and Hearst Magazines.The Advisory Board of CHIME FOR CHANGE includes Hafsat Abiola, Muna AbuSulayman, Valerie Amos, Jimmie Briggs, Gordon and Sarah Brown, Lydia Cacho, David Carey, Joanne Crewes, Minh Dang, Juliet de Baubigny, Waris Dirie, Helene Gayle, Yasmeen Hassan, Arianna Huffington, Musimbi Kanyoro, Alicia Keys, Yang Lan, John Legend, Madonna, Pat Mitchell, Alyse Nelson, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Francois-Henri Pinault, Julia Roberts, Jill Sheffield, Alison Smale, Jada Pinkett Smith, Caryl Stern, Meryl Streep, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mpho Tutu, and Monique Villa.To stay informed, please visit Newswirelast_img read more