World Cup emblem launched

first_imgThis key visual asset of the Women’s U20 FIFA World Cup to be held on PNG soil was unveiled as a key milestone on the road to the November Women’s U20 FIFA World Cup, and one that the host country is extremely proud to share with the world.The emblem blends unique attributes of the FIFA World Cup and of Papua New Guinea as host nation. The creative inspiration for the emblem was drawn from both PNG’s geographical regions and its heritage.Speaking at the event, Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill said, “Hosting the World Cup is a dream come true for sports in PNG.”“We’ve tried to capture that picture of the event in the Official Emblem. The World Cup will change our country and will present a new, modern PNG to the whole world,” O’Neill said.“I’m sure that staging an event of this magnitude will be something that will linger in the hearts of the people of PNG, and in the hearts of fans right around the world.”The Official Emblem, which will now become the visual heart of the 2016 Women’s U20 FIFA World Cup Papua New Guinea will soon be supported by further event brand assets including the Official Slogan “To Inspire, To Excel”, and also the official Mascot, which is due to be presented soon.last_img read more

Honduras gets new anticorruption commission

first_imgTODAY 12:30 PM | #OAS Mission Vs. Corruption #Honduras #MACCIH 2 be presented Tegucigalpa— OAS (@OAS_official) February 22, 2016 TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – The Organization of American States on Monday established an ambitious new corruption-fighting commission in Honduras aimed at replicating the success of a similar, U.N.-backed body in Guatemala that brought down that country’s government.The Support Mission Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras, known by its Spanish initials MACCIH, will target graft and organized crime through a corps of judges, prosecutors and police officers.Its task will be a big one. Honduras ranks 112th out of 168 countries on a global corruption index put out by Transparency International, a watchdog group. MACCIH is led by a Peruvian lawyer, Juan Jiménez Mayor, who attended the inauguration ceremony with dozens of civil servants, leaders of unions and associations, and diplomats. He noted that the OAS considers corruption to be “a risk factor for democracy” and said Honduras was now on a “new path” by seeking to combat it.Guatemala’s example was illustrative of the hopes borne by MACCIH. Last year, the president of that Central American nation was forced to stand down as a scandal over officials taking bribes to cut import duties for some companies engulfed his administration.Guatemala’s new president, Jimmy Morales, is a former TV comedian with almost no political experience. But he rode a wave of popular disgust with corruption to take office. Thousands of people participate in a demonstration demanding the resignation of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández in Tegucigalpa, on June 26, 2015. Protesters also demanded the creation of an International Commission against Impunity in Honduras. Orlando Sierra/AFPIn Honduras, mass demonstrations were held weekly to install a similar body, and MACCIH was agreed to under a convention signed a month ago in Washington by Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro.Its text sets out four areas of action: preventing and fighting corruption, reforming the criminal justice system, political and electoral reform, and public security.Although helping to create MACCIH, Hernández could end up ruing its existence.The president has admitted his electoral campaign that brought him to power two years ago took $94,000 of some $330 million embezzled from the country’s social security agency. However, he maintains that he did not know the origin of the money at the time. Facebook Commentscenter_img Related posts:Guatemala-Honduras customs union first step in regional development plan Brother of Guatemala’s ex-VP Roxana Baldetti, 12 others arrested for fraud In Guatemala, anti-establishment presidential candidate benefits from corruption scandals In Guatemala, Pérez Molina claims US conspiracy behind corruption prosecutionlast_img read more