PSG Neymar and Mbappe’s ‘incredible’ understanding at PSG hailed by Marquinhos Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 23:29 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images PSG Neymar Kylian Mbappé Ligue 1 The Brazilian defender says the big-money frontmen look like they have ‘known each other for years’ after immediately clicking in the French capital Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have struck up an “incredible” understanding at Paris Saint-Germain following their big-money moves, says Marquinhos.The French giants embarked on an expensive recruitment drive over the summer as they sought to restore domestic dominance at Parc des Princes and push themselves into Champions League contention.Neymar 12/1 to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 A record-breaking €222 million was spent acquiring Neymar from Barcelona, while €180m is due to Ligue 1 rivals Monaco once an initial loan deal for Mbappe comes to an end.PSG’s investment has delivered immediate reward, with both of their new frontmen already among the goals, and Marquinhos has hailed the speed at which the pair have clicked in a new-look side.The Brazilian defender told reporters: “It’s incredible to see the connection between Neymar and Mbappe. It seems that they’ve known each other for years.“They need to keep working but I’m confident, I know they will find the perfect understanding on the field.”Marquinhos added: “It was easy for Neymar to feel as part of the team. He’s smart and he knows that it’s very important.“The integration of Mbappe was also natural and quick.“Concerning the foreign arrivals, they know that they have to speak French.“Dani Alves understands French because he plays alongside many French players but he asks me how to say ‘orange juice’ at the restaurant, for example. Concerning Neymar, it’s a little bit more difficult.”PSG boss Unai Emery has also been discussing the arrival of Neymar into a star-studded fold.He has so far taken a back seat as established forward Edinson Cavani has retained penalty duty, but his manager has conceded that the responsibility is likely to be shared once the Brazilian is fully settled in new surroundings.Emery said: “Neymar is here to help the team, to improve its quality. But he’s smart and also knows that the general interest of the team is more important first of all.“I’ve talked to Cavani and Neymar, and Cavani is the one who takes penalty kicks, but Neymar will take them soon, when the time is right.”Neymar has netted five times in as many appearances for PSG so far, while Mbappe has two in two.
Legendary musicians and some of the world’s top artists and filmmakers – including Annie Lennox, Harry Belafonte, Oscar winner Laura Poitras, Jesse Williams, Piper Kerman, and MTV World General Manager Nusrat Durrani – will join Steven W. Hawkins, the executive director of Amnesty International USA, for a press event scheduled during the organization’s 50th Annual General Meeting.A plenary discussion, “The Gatekeepers of Truth,” featuring the musicians and artists will immediately follow the press event at 4 p.m.The gathering coincides with the relaunch of Amnesty International USA’s Art for Amnesty program in partnership with the global Art for Amnesty, which works with artists, musicians, filmmakers, museums, art galleries, and entertainment industry non-profits around the world committed to human rights. By adding their voices to the organization’s campaigns, artists help reach out to their audiences. Using their exceptional skills and talents, they spread the human rights message across countries and continents and inspire people to act.The Annual General Meeting will be held in Brooklyn, N.Y. from March 20-22 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. AIUSA will be celebrating 50 years of gathering human rights activists from around the country who come together to engage in networking opportunities, actions, inspiring plenaries, outstanding key notes, and hands-on workshops as well as to shape the policies of the organization.The theme of this year’s AGM is “From Moment to Movement” because AIUSA believes every action taken to defend and advance human rights makes the global human rights movement stronger and ever more unstoppable. The event will elevate all the ways Amnesty International sustains activism and drive impact while celebrating their collective power to create solutions that respect everyone’s human rights.The Annual General Meeting gives AIUSA members, staff and allies the opportunity to come together to take action, participate in workshops and hear from experts, policymakers, celebrities and activists on pressing human rights issues.In the past year, AIUSA has been at the forefront of human rights developments both in the U.S. – including observing the protests in Ferguson, Mo. and calling for reparations for those tortured decades ago while in the custody of the Chicago Police Department – and abroad, including calling for the protection of civilians terrorized by the armed group Boko Haram in Nigeria and urging for the release of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia.Updates to the conference schedule, including event descriptions, notable guests and media opportunities, will be posted regularly to www.amnestyusa.org/events/human-rights-conference. WHAT: Press Conference with Artists for Amnesty leadership during Amnesty International USA’s 50th Annual General Meeting.WHEN: March 21, 2015, 3:00 PM EST followed by 4:00 PM plenary with the artists, actors, musicians, and filmmakers.WHERE: New York Marriott at the Brooklyn BridgeSource:AmnestyUSA.org
APTN National NewsCountry music superstar George Jones, who rose to stardom with chart toppers like White Lightning and He Stopped Loving Her Today, has died. He was 81.The Texas-born singer was in the middle of a year long farewell tour that was to wrap up in Nashville this fall.The man known as the “The Possum” was supposed to play in Canada last year until doctors ordered him to take a break due to health reasons.“I thank all the fans from the bottom of my heart for their prayers and I look forward to seeing them on the road soon,” Jones said at the time in a statement.Jones battled alcohol and drug addictions throughout his career and was known for his wild reputation in the country music world.Sometimes his rough living led to him having another nickname: “No-Show Jones” for blowing off concert dates.Jones had No. 1 songs from the 1950s to 1990s.He won a Grammy in 1981 for He Stopped Loving Her Today and again in 1999 for Choices.In 1992, he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.Jones was born Sept. 12, 1931 and the youngest of eight children