first_imgJason giving some advice to Shauna ahead of her trip to DenmarkSHE’S the rising star in Donegal – and Irish – cycling and Letterkenny girl Shauna McFadden is off later today to pursue another goal.The Loreto Letterkenny teenager is being backed by key sponsors and one of them, Voodoo owner Jason Black, is getting right behind the 15-year-old.Shauna will race in the prestigious tour of Himmelfart as a guest rider for team Rytger – a ladies only amateur junior team that creates platforms for talented athletes like Shauna to springboard into the professional ranks. Said Jason: “Shauna will have it all to do as Danish racing is fierce and aggressive but this gutsy young Irish rider is a powerful pocket rocket – never afraid of no-one or nothing; she has a real winning attitude.Rytger Manager Brian Henriksen said he’s been following Shauna’s progress from Denmark and tried to sign her one year ago but unfortunately that never materialised.“We’re so delighted to guest her to the team for this event,” said Brian.Voodoo venue are delighted for 2016 to be one of Shaunas key sponsors to allow her to follow her cycling dreams. Added Jason: “We’re proud of Shauna’s ambition, determination and self belief and her ethic. Our business is proud to be apart of. We wish her every success. She has worked so hard to get where she is.“All the team at Voodoo will be following her progress.” VOODOO’S JASON GETS BEHIND SHAUNA’S BID FOR CYCLING STARDOM was last modified: May 4th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Jason BlackShauna McFaddenVOODOOlast_img read more

UNSC to hold close consultations on Kashmir on Friday

first_imgUnited Nations: The UN Security Council will meet here on Friday to discuss India revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir after Pakistan wrote a letter on the issue to the world body. China, the closest ally of Pakistan, asked for “closed consultations” in the Council, which will meet at 10 am (7:30pm IST) to discuss the matter. A UN diplomat had told PTI that China had asked for closed consultations on the Security Council agenda item ‘India Pakistan Question’. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The request was in reference to the Pakistani letter to Security Council President,” the diplomat said. The Council’s schedule said “Security Council consultations (closed) India/Pakistan”, listed for 10 am. Closed meetings are not open to the public and no verbatim record of statements is kept. Consultations are informal meetings of the Security Council members and are not covered in the Repertoire. The Repertoire, mandated by the General Assembly, provides comprehensive coverage of the Security Council’s interpretation and application of the United Nations Charter and its own Provisional Rules of Procedure since 1946. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Its primary purpose is to provide Member States, including those elected to serve on the Security Council, the United Nations system, academics and others with a source of information regarding the evolving practice of the Security Council. According to UN records, the last time “the Security Council addressed the dispute between India and Pakistan over the territories of Jammu and Kashmir under agenda item ‘The India-Pakistan question’ was in 1964-65. Then, by a letter dated January 16, 1964, the representative of Pakistan had requested the President of the Council to “convene an immediate meeting” of the Council to consider the Kashmir situation. India had asserted that the Pakistani request was “a propaganda move.” The issue of Kashmir was also raised under a separate agenda item ‘Situation in the India/Pakistan subcontinent’ in 1969-1971. Following India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan formally called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss India, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said. Qureshi has sent a formal letter to the president of the Security Council, Polish Ambassador Joanna Wronecka, through country’s Permanent Representative Maleha Lodhi to convene the meeting. Qureshi said the letter will also be shared with all members of the UNSC. Qureshi had air-dashed to Beijing for consultation with the Chinese leadership on the issue of raising the Kashmir issue at the UNSC. He had also said that China backed Pakistan on the issue and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang told him he believed “China will stand up for justice on the Kashmir issue”. During his bilateral meeting with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday in Beijing, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar conveyed that the decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter for India. He said the issue related to changes in a temporary provision of the Constitution of India and was the sole prerogative of the country. Jaishankar noted that the legislative measures were aimed at promoting better governance and socio-economic development and there was no implication for either the external boundaries of India or the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. “India was not raising any additional territorial claims. The Chinese concerns in this regard were therefore misplaced,” he said. Jaishankar told Wang that these changes had no bearing on Pakistan as it was an internal matter. After India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5 and announced the bifurcation of the State into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh, Pakistan announced that it will approach the UN Security Council against New Delhi’s decision. India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution removing the special status to Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to “accept the reality .last_img read more