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ANEMEL’s Pau Farràs elected as EIC ambassador

ANEMEL’s Pau Farràs elected as EIC ambassador

Pau Farràs, the coordinator of ANEMEL, has assumed a new role as an ambassador for the European Innovation Council (EIC). His appointment, announced at the 2024 EIC Summit during the Research and Innovation Week in Brussels, marks a significant stride in advancing European innovation internationally. Role of an EIC ambassador Selected by European Commissioner Iliana Ivanova, Farràs joins a cohort of 22 new EIC ambassadors tasked with championing the EIC’s initiatives until 2027. His responsibilities involve leveraging his influence to bolster awareness and engagement with the EIC within European and global innovation ecosystems. Serving as an EIC Ambassador is a voluntary commitment, requiring ambassadors like Farràs to remain informed of EIC programmes’ latest developments and impacts. This knowledge equips them to effectively communicate and advocate for the EIC’s priorities across diverse networks, including participating in events and media engagement. In addition to promoting the EIC’s objectives, ambassadors play a crucial role in providing feedback and insights to enhance the effectiveness of EIC programmes. Farràs’ expertise will contribute to ongoing efforts to refine and improve the …

Vaughan Gething elected as Wales’ new first minister – but challenges have just begun for Welsh Labour

Vaughan Gething elected as Wales’ new first minister – but challenges have just begun for Welsh Labour

Vaughan Gething is Wales’ new first minister after winning the Welsh Labour leadership election. Gething narrowly beat his opponent, Jeremy Miles, with 51.7% of the vote, and in so doing becomes the first black leader of any European nation. Gething was voted in by the Senedd (Welsh parliament) and replaces Mark Drakeford who had been first minister since 2018. The leadership race itself was not one that was lit up by different political visions or ideologically charged debates. Both contenders are solicitors by trade, fairly centrist in terms of their rhetoric and political commitments, and without glaring contrasts in their manifestos. Gething was born in Zambia in 1974, to a Welsh father and Zambian mother. They moved to the UK when he was four, and he attended university in Aberystwyth and Cardiff before pursuing his legal career. He was first elected to the Senedd in 2011, representing the Cardiff South and Penarth constituency, and rose up the ministerial ladder thereafter. Gething will be the fifth first minister since Welsh devolution in 1999. He inherits a …

Trump says there will be ‘bloodbath’ if he doesn’t get elected in November as he campaigns for GOP’s Bernie Moreno in Ohio

Trump says there will be ‘bloodbath’ if he doesn’t get elected in November as he campaigns for GOP’s Bernie Moreno in Ohio

Former President Donald Trump claimed that he — not President Joe Biden — will protect Social Security and warned of a “bloodbath” if he loses in November as he campaigned for Senate candidate Bernie Moreno in Ohio. Trump, speaking on a wind-whipped airfield outside of Dayton Saturday, praised his chosen candidate in the race as an “America first champion” and “political outsider who has spent his entire life building up Ohio communities.” “He’s going to be a warrior in Washington,” Trump said, days after securing enough delegates to clinch the 2024 Republican nomination. Moreno faces Secretary of State Frank LaRose and state Sen. Matt Dolan in Tuesday’s GOP primary. LaRose and Moreno have aligned themselves with the pro-Trump faction of the party, while Dolan is backed by more establishment Republicans, including Gov. Mike DeWine and former Sen. Rob Portman. Saturday’s rally was hosted by Buckeye Values PAC, a group backing Moreno’s candidacy. But Trump used the stage to deliver a profanity-filled version of his usual rally speech that again painted an apocalyptic picture of the …

Kamala Harris becomes the first national elected official to visit an abortion clinic

Kamala Harris becomes the first national elected official to visit an abortion clinic

Almost two years after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Vice President Kamala Harris — America’s first female Vice President — made history on Thursday by being the first sitting president or vice president to visit an abortion clinic. Harris, as first reported by NBC News, planned on visiting the Planned Parenthood clinic in Minnesota in a way that would not interfere with the providing of medical services. Instead she toured the clinic and conversed with healthcare providers and patients who were interested in speaking with her. “Walking through this clinic,” Harris said in a press statement after the tour, she described “people who have dedicated their lives to the profession of providing healthcare in a safe place that gives people dignity, and I think we should all want that for each other.” The vice president described a “healthcare crisis” that has resulted since the overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022. “Elections matter,” Harris said. “When it comes to national elections and who sits in the United States Congress, there’s a fundamental point on this issue that I …

Trump says pardoning Capitol attackers will be one of his first acts if elected again | Donald Trump

Trump says pardoning Capitol attackers will be one of his first acts if elected again | Donald Trump

Donald Trump has said one of his first acts if given a second presidency would be to pardon the insurrectionists who carried out the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, referring to them as “hostages” in a Truth Social post on Monday night. “My first acts as your next President will be to Close the Border, DRILL, BABY, DRILL, and Free January 6 Hostages being wrongfully imprisoned!” Trump wrote. Though he has long said he will dismiss charges against the rioters if elected, the post is the closest Trump has come to saying that pardons for the Capitol attack rioters is a first-day priority, along with oil and gas drilling as well as a crackdown at the US-Mexico border. Trump’s post came after he has implied that he plans to be a “dictator” on his first day back in office if returned to the White House after losing to Joe Biden in 2020. “We’re closing the border and we’re drilling, drilling, drilling,” Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity at a town hall event in …

Newly elected leaders to be held to same climate obligations, says Cop29 chief | Cop29

Newly elected leaders to be held to same climate obligations, says Cop29 chief | Cop29

The governments that assume power after elections around the world this year will be held to the same climate obligations as their predecessors, the chief of this year’s UN climate summit has warned. Cop29 will be held in Azerbaijan in November, near the end of a crucial year in which most of the global population – from the UK, the EU and the US to India and Russia – will head to the polls. The US presidential election, likely to be a bitter fight with climate a key issue, will be held on 5 November, with Cop29 to take place days later, from 11 to 22 November, in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku. Even if new administrations are formed, they will face the same need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle global heating, the incoming president of Cop29, Mukhtar Babayev, has said. “I don’t think that any election will change the policy of any countries to move forward the consolidation of these issues [on the climate],” Babayev told the Guardian in his first big interview …

Trump vows to free Jan. 6 defendants as one of his first acts if elected

Trump vows to free Jan. 6 defendants as one of his first acts if elected

Former President Donald Trump said Monday that one of his first acts as president if he wins in November would be to “free” those charged and convicted of crimes related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. “My first acts as your next President will be to Close the Border, DRILL, BABY, DRILL, and Free the January 6 Hostages being wrongfully imprisoned!” Trump wrote on his Truth Social account. It appeared to be the first time that he has definitively referred to releasing the Jan. 6 defendants as a Day One priority. A Trump campaign spokesperson did not immediately respond Monday night to a request to provide further details on the post. Trump has repeatedly called on President Joe Biden to “release” the Jan. 6 defendants and has suggested he would be likely pardon a large number of them if he is elected in November. He also regularly characterizes the defendants as “hostages,” a comparison the White House has called “grotesque.” Nearly 500 people have been sentenced to incarceration over the riot on …

Shehbaz Sharif elected Pakistan’s prime minister for second term

Shehbaz Sharif elected Pakistan’s prime minister for second term

KARACHI — Pakistan’s newly formed parliament elected Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday as prime minister for a second time, three weeks after uncertain national elections caused delays in the formation of a coalition government. He beat Omar Ayub, the candidate backed by jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan, who secured 92 votes. Sharif returns to the role he held until August when parliament was dissolved ahead of the elections and a caretaker government took over. No single party won enough seats to form government on their own. “Shehbaz Sharif is declared to have been elected the prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq said, after announcing Sharif had secured 201 votes, above the required 169 votes in the house. The declaration was met with loud protests from the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) party backed by Khan. The lawmakers called for Khan’s release and shouted slogans alleging Sharif had come to power through electoral rigging. In a wide ranging speech, Sharif touched on a number of topics, including the need for …

Shehbaz Sharif elected for second term as Pakistani prime minister after controversial polls

Shehbaz Sharif elected for second term as Pakistani prime minister after controversial polls

Pakistan’s newly formed parliament elected Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday as prime minister for a second time, three weeks after uncertain national elections caused delays in the formation of a coalition government. Issued on: 03/03/2024 – 10:35 1 min “Shehbaz Sharif is declared to have been elected the prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq said, after announcing Sharif had secured 201 votes, above the required 169 votes in the house. He beat Omar Ayub, the candidate backed by jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan, who secured 92 votes. The declaration was met with loud protests from the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) party backed by Khan. The lawmakers called for Khan’s release and shouted slogans alleging Sharif had come to power through electoral rigging. The Feb. 8 election was marred by a mobile internet shutdown, arrests and violence in its build-up and the unusually delayed results triggered accusations that the vote was rigged. Sharif returned to the role he held until August when parliament was dissolved ahead of the elections and …

Shehbaz Sharif elected Pakistan PM for second term after controversial vote | Politics News

Shehbaz Sharif elected Pakistan PM for second term after controversial vote | Politics News

Sharif returns to the role he held until August last year when parliament was dissolved ahead of the February 8 election. Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistani legislators have elected Shehbaz Sharif as the country’s prime minister for a second term following a controversial election last month. The South Asian country voted on February 8 in a vote marred by allegations of large-scale rigging and delayed results. On Sunday, the National Assembly, as the lower house of parliament is called, met to elect the premier. “Shehbaz Sharif is declared to have been elected the prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq said. Shehbaz secured 201 votes in the 336-member National Assembly, comfortably prevailing over rival Omar Ayub Khan, who won 92. The winner needed at least 169 votes. Khan was backed by the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), the political group legislators belonging to former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party joined after the PTI was barred from contesting for allegedly violating election laws. Sharif, 72, served as prime minister …