Two Donegal initiatives receive almost €200,000 under Personal Development fund

first_imgTwo Donegal initiatives have received almost €200,000 under the Personal Youth Development Programme from the International Fund for Ireland (IFL).The funding comes after calls by the IFL, which will invest €1,359,631 into nine projects, to strengthen partnerships and boost community leadership is key to rebuilding trust, which has been broken by ongoing uncertainty.The Inishowen Development Partnership (€98,810) and Downstrands Family Resource Centre (€82,529) both received a share of the funding. The grant will cover a 15-month ‘CHANCE’ Project, to support marginalised 16-25-year-olds in the Inishowen Peninsula area.Skills training, personal development and leisure activities will facilitate pathways for progression into education, training or work.Meanwhile, Downstrands Family Resource Centre has been covered for 12 months under the ‘Ignite Your Future’ project.The project will target 16-25-year-olds in the rural South West region of Donegal. The project will work with communities experiencing high levels of deprivation. The programme will equip young people with the skills and knowledge to help them overcome social isolation, build peer support and begin to develop critical thinking and independence.The funding has been allocated to a range of initiatives across the Peace Impact Programme (PIP) and Personal Youth Development Programme (PYDP).These groups face many challenges and are working hard to remove the influence of paramilitaries and offer alternative paths of engagement for opportunities and positive life choices.Paddy Harte, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland says: “External challenges such as the ongoing uncertainty of Brexit, the lack of a functioning Executive and the rise of hardline dissidents have created a considerable void, which is having a very negative impact upon communities.“Understandably, we can see that these challenges have resulted in mistrust and alienation for some. It comes at a critical time in the Peace Process where we want to see communities flourish instead of returning to darker times of the past. “The Fund is the only organisation that is engaging with some of the most disengaged in society. We are transforming lives and going where others aren’t in order to give those communities the tools to rebuild trust and prevent the escalation of tensions and polarisation.“Despite a clear lack of political leadership across the board, community leaders must be commended as they have risen to the challenge during these uncertain times. They are unsung heroes but without collaboration with other key organisations/government, they simply cannot deliver positive outcomes on the scale that is required.“Our programmes are making important inroads to help resolve legacy issues, encourage dialogue around difficult conversations as well as tackling deprivation, employment skills, mental health issues, drugs and alcohol abuse and paramilitary activity.”“It is vital that this momentum continues so that communities can prosper, become self-sufficient and offer a better life for generations to come.” Two Donegal initiatives receive almost €200,000 under Personal Development fund was last modified: August 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Chelsea v Arsenal player ratings

first_imgSee also:Chelsea punish Arsenal in fiery derbyBlues wait for news on keeper Courtois Wenger says he has ‘nothing to regret’Wenger outburst ‘not my problem’ – JoseBoss Mourinho hails Chelsea’s ‘magician’Chelsea keeper Courtois given all-clearWise: Duo can be all-time Chelsea greatsWenger apologises for pushing Blues bossOscar following in Deco’s rather than Mata’s footsteps under Mourinho Chelsea pair nursing minor injuriesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Inversion and drift mitigation workshop Dec. 14

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Cindy Folck, Ohio State University ExtensionRecognizing weather conditions that could cause inversions is important when using certain herbicides in corn and soybeans. On December 14, join a discussion about recognizing inversions as well as ways to improve communication between farmers growing sensitive crops and pesticide applicators.Inversion and Drift Management Workshop, presented by the Ohio State University Extension IPM program will be conducted on December 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. Farmers and pesticide applicators can attend the workshop in-person at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 or attend virtually through the online webinar link. More information about the workshop is available at http://go.osu.edu/IPMLeading off the workshop will be Aaron Wilson, weather specialist and atmospheric scientist with OSU Extension and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. Wilson will focus on weather conditions that cause inversions and provide useful measures and observation to help determine if inversions are happening. Wilson will also look at average growing years and the days available for herbicide applications that avoided inversion or wind concerns.Jared Shaffer, plant health inspector with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, will speak next focusing on FieldWatch, the sensitive crop registry available to Ohio farmers and used throughout the Midwest. Shaffer will showcase tools available for farmers with sensitive crops to communicate about the location of their crops. Shaffer will also detail techniques available to applicators to find real-time information about crops in the area and how this information can be used in their spray planning.There is no cost for the workshop; however, pre-registration is required at attend in-person at the Reynoldsburg location and is limited to the first 75 registrants. Registration is online at go.osu.edu/IPM.Commercial and private applicator recertification credits for core will be available only at the Reynoldsburg location. No recertification credits are available for online participants.For further information about the workshop, contact Cindy Folck at 614-247-7898 or folck.2@osu.edu. The workshop is sponsored by the OSU Extension IPM Program and the USDA NIFA Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program (Grant number: 2017-70006-27174).last_img read more

Prospects for corn trade in 2018/19 and beyond

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ben Brown, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State UniversityThe agricultural industry is a global economy with buyers (consumers), sellers (producers) and traders. In the United States, producers of corn have a comparative advantage- the ability to produce it cheaper per unit or at higher quality- over most other parts of the world. However, genetics, changes in weather patterns, land limitations, politics and global gross domestic product affect quantities of production and consumption.Long-term trade projections for U.S. corn published by the Economics Research Service of the USDA look positive due to the expected rise in world GDP and population; however, increases in competition from other exporting countries continue the decreasing trend of the United States’ share of world exports. Trade negotiations between the U.S. and China are in the middle of a 90-day trade truce, which ends the beginning of March. It is uncertain what, if any, resolution will surface before or at the deadline. In December 2018, commodity indices declined before the previous trade deadline, but rallied at the announcement of the 90-day extension. Long-term projections include a continuation of current policies, accounting for tariffs from Mexico, the European Union, Mexico and Canada.The USDA World Production Report, published Feb. 8, 2019, puts the size of the 2018/19 world corn crop at slightly more than 43 billion bushels. With production in the United States estimated at 14.4 billion bushels, any reduction in world supply will likely come from Brazil’s short season corn crop.Long-term trade estimations for world corn continue to see growth, with corn trade expected close to 163 million metric tons in 2018/19, up from 147 million metric tons in 2017/18. This increase in trade comes from expected strong corn production in Argentina and Brazil after last year’s drought.last_img read more

Why The World Needs Business Intelligence Apps

first_imgGuest author Dr. Rado Kotorov is chief innovation officer at Information Builders.The challenge of making business intelligence (BI) easier to use and more pervasive has been widely debated for the last five years. During that time, BI has stalled at an estimated penetration of between 10% and 20% of enterprise users. Every year sees a new analytical technology, a new analytical tool, a new process that promises more analytical power to the business analysts, but none of them have been able to move the needle toward widespread adoption, or “consumerization” of BI.How Many Business Analysts Do We Really Need?But is it reasonable to expect more tools for the business analysts to increase Business Intelligence’s enterprise penetration? How many business analysts does a business really need?Instead, we should be thinking about delivering BI to operational employees, suppliers and partners. For every business analyst, there are thousands of other employees who could benefit from the timely information BI can provide. To jump beyond BI’s current adoption rate, the needs and skills of those stakeholders must drive BI’s technology and the usability considerations.Apple vs. Microsoft And Apps vs. ToolsWhen we look at BI through the eyes of end-users as well as business analysts, we can see two different approaches centered on two different philosophies, roughly comparable to the differing philosophies of Apple and Microsoft. While Microsoft has always tailored itself to the business world, Apple aimed its software to the consumer, creating an epic battle between tools and apps.Microsoft offers a relatively limited set of tools packed into its Office productivity suite. They were designed to satisfy every business need. But of Excel’s approximately 30,000 different functions, guess how many the average Excel user utilizes? Most use less than 5%. Only a few know how to use Pivot tables, and IT departments have to build thousands of macros to simplify Excel templates.Apple, meanwhile, created an app store with 500,000 mostly single-purpose apps designed to meet the broadest possible set of wants and needs, many of which you didn¹t even know you had!When asked whose paradigm is better, the vast majority of BI stakeholders would likely agree that their end-users would prefer apps over tools.Fighting Functionality OverloadThis is because knowledge workers suffer not only from information overload, but also from functionality overload. End-users are not analysts. When individuals need to check the weather, they do not perform a detailed analysis of the weather patterns. They trust what the weather app says. Similarly, business users want apps that deliver them the trusted information they need to do their jobs.From this perspective, the consumerization of BI can only be driven by technologies that turn the classic enterprise BI portal into a BI app store, where end users can go and select targeted, specific apps that address their concrete questions.Two Kinds Of BI ToolsOf course, the simplicity of end-user info apps should be complemented with higher-end tools to help professional analysts learn to perform new and more complex analyses and derive even better business insights.Rather than striving to turn end-users into analysts, we have to give those users info apps that let them focus on their primary job skills. And vice versa: Rather than making simplistic BI tools for analysts, let’s help them learn new methods and methodologies to maximize the insights they can derive. Analysts are coping with new data sources, new types of data and new forms of interaction with consumers, all of which provide plenty of opportunities for analysis, but also requires significant skills development.How to “consumerize” Business Intelligence may not yet be completely clear, but one thing is certain: It’s pretty clear that a one-size-fits-all approach won’t do the job. BI-related apps could meet the varying needs of end-users more efficiently than the all-encompassing tools analysts require, and help make BI a core part of enterprise decision making.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Analysis#analytics#business applications#business software rado kotorovcenter_img Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

World Cup Twenty20: IPL helps opponents plot India’s downfall

first_imgIt has almost become fashionable for the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be blamed for all the ills that plague cricket, all around the world.But in the case of India’s campaigns at every World Twenty20 since the billion-dollar league made its debut back in 2008, there’s a clear trend – opposition teams exploit their familiarity with the Indian players to plot their downfall.Take the example of India’s two tormentors in Friday’s game – Aussies Shane Watson and David Warner. They have played five and four seasons of the IPL respectively and the former admitted after the game that the fact that he was used to facing the Indian spinners helped his cause.”I have been lucky in a way that I have been able to play all those spinners in the IPL over the past few years, so I knew how they were going to bowl to me and how they were going to try to get me out,” the all-rounder said.Australia and South Africa are the two countries that contribute the maximum number of players to the league, apart from India, and almost every player from those countries talks about using his IPL experience against the Indians.George Bailey, the Australia skipper, has played just four IPL games for the Chennai Super Kings, but has seen the likes of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin and Lakshmipathy Balaji at close quarters over the last four years.”This game can be very fickle and you don’t decide on basis of one or two performances. I have tried to follow that while selecting the Australian team. I have learnt a lot there,” Bailey had said before the game. Chennai teammate Albie Morkel of South Africa is more blunt in his assessment.”Well, it certainly helps having played alongside these players. Since I have shared the change room with these guys, I will be able to give inputs to my team about them and vice-versa. But then, they will also need to make adjustments to stay ahead of everyone,” he says.That’s something the Indians seem to do very irregularly, which has led to a massive decline in their T20 record. None of the players in the squad of 15 – bar Ashoke Dinda and, to a certain extent, Ashwin – has used the IPL as a vehicle to the India shirt. That just goes to show that the league, which was supposed to be a showcase for Indian talent, has had the opposite of the desired effect.advertisementlast_img read more

Rob Cross: ‘After the world darts final it was like I’d hit rock-bottom’

first_imgMore worryingly, Cross put on five stone in as many months. How did he balloon so alarmingly that he ended up thinking he was having a heart attack? “You become set in the routine. I was away playing darts most of the time and I’d finish the night eating the wrong things. You wake up one day and you look down and think [he laughs]: ‘I can’t see my old boy now.’ I didn’t want to be 18 stone. The highest I ever went before was 14-and-a-half stone and that was usually when I had eight weeks easy work, and then we’d go back on the hard graft and get it off. Eighteen stone was a shock.“I then got another scare. It’s a condition where there is inflammation between the sternum and the ribs. It swells up and I felt this tightening in my chest. I was in the practice room in Scotland, thinking: ‘I don’t feel right, I’ve got these pains in my chest.’ Every time I brought my arms back it cracked open and the pressure released. I went on stage to play and I had a nightmare. I was thinking: ‘Rob, you’re going to have a heart attack on TV.’ So I got checked by the medics and when I came back I went straight to the hospital.“There’s not a lot they can do for this condition and it can take a year to disappear. I’ve not had any problems with it since but it made me look after myself. I’m now a few pounds under 16 stone and I feel healthier.”So much has happened since Cross and his friend split the £14 prize for winning a doubles tournament in a pub. “It was a huge win,” he says with a grin. “That £7 would have paid for something. It’s really weird because, since I was 15, playing darts for a living is all I wanted to do. But 12 years ago the money wasn’t there. You had to be top eight to earn a decent living. And even then, it wouldn’t be as great as what the top 16 are on now.” Cross needed time to adjust to his unexpected success – which took its toll. “After the final it was like I’d hit rock bottom. It had drained me. I spent January doing interviews and I only got my darts back when I played the Masters at the end of the month. This year has taken getting used to as it’s my first full year. I’ve really enjoyed it but it’s been demanding – even if I don’t do social media any more. I have everything done for me because one guy caused me to come off it. He said he wished all my kids dead. He said I would live but my kids and my wife should die. He said I should live unhappily alone for the rest of my days.”Was Cross spooked by this threat? “My Mrs managed to get it before me so he was blocked straightaway. It’s just very sad. I wouldn’t wish my worst enemy bad luck. Everything you get in life, you have to work hard for. And if you’re not willing to get out of bed and work then you’re not going to progress. I think they look for a reaction. But at the same time it’s very extreme. Still, if you didn’t get negatives it wouldn’t be life, would it?” Share on Messenger Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on WhatsApp There was one qualifier left in Norwich, 160 miles from his home in Hastings, and Cross refused his uncle’s suggestion that they should make the three-hour drive in a last bid to qualify. “On the Friday I went out with my uncle and had a throw with him. He said: ‘Norwich is on Sunday. I’ll take you.’ I said: ‘No. I’ve not played this week. I’m playing rubbish. I’m not going.’ He said: ‘I’ll still pick you up.’ I said: ‘Phone me tomorrow, and I’ll tell you no again.’ He didn’t phone but half-five on Sunday morning he knocks on the door and says: ‘Let’s go.’ I’m still in my boxers, thinking: ‘What’s happening?’ He shoved me in the shower and we ended up going. It went very well. No danger of losing, only a few legs dropped all day.”Cross qualified for the UK Open and made it to the fourth round where he lost 9-5 to Van Gerwen. “I knew I could play even better,” Cross says, remembering the night he decided to turn pro. “You never know how you’re going to take to the big stage. But when I walked off I said to one of the chalkers [scorekeepers] Scott Gibling: ‘I belong up there.’ From that moment I had one route – the Challenge Tour and over four weekends I got my Tour card. I gave up my job as an electrician, which was risky, but I had one of those weird premonitions it would work out.”After a solid first year as a professional, Cross entered the PDC world championships as a rank outsider. He came through the testing early rounds and then beat Van Gerwen in one of the greatest matches in the tournament’s history. In the final he faced Taylor who, having won a record 16 world titles, was playing his last match.“He was my hero,” Cross says, “but he was retiring. It was his last-ever game and he aimed to go out as world champion. I’d watched Phil dominate for 25 years. He was ruthless. But I said to my Mrs: ‘He ain’t bullying me.’ The night before the final I slept OK but I was nervous. They were the biggest nerves I’ve ever had. An hour before I went to the venue I sat alone in my hotel room for an hour. When I come out, I weren’t nervous no more. I said: ‘I’ve got to play properly from the beginning.’ I did and before I knew it I was 3-0 up.”Cross must have known that victory was coming? “No,” he exclaims, “it’s not done until it’s done. But at 6-1 I went in to the break thinking: ‘One more set and you’ve done it.’ I came out, missed a few doubles, messed around and lost the set 3-0. I was raging with myself because I’d let that happen. I came back out at 6-2 and I thought only about throwing good darts. Luckily enough I got a break and it gave me total control.”After he had won, Cross, rather than celebrating wildly, paid respectful attention to Taylor. “He deserves that. How many people can say they’ve dominated their sport to the degree he has? Not even Roger Federer. It was his farewell and he didn’t need no one shouting in his face.” “Do you ever get these feelings that something’s going to happen?” Rob Cross asks with surprise in his voice. “You don’t know where they come from but you can feel that something’s going to happen. I had that feeling when I won the worlds. I had that feeling when I won the Challenge Tour. They’re like premonitions.”Cross shakes his head and smiles at the mysterious force of the past two years. His life has been transformed from being an electrician who won £7 after victory in a pub tournament, to becoming the world champion of darts 18 months later. Cross won £400,000 on 1 January 2018 when, in the PDC world championship final, he crushed his hero, Phil Taylor, at the end of his first year as a professional. Since then, Cross put on five stone in weight and was disconcerted when the lives of his wife and three children were threatened by a crank who was offended by his stunning rise.Fortunately, Cross has shed over half of that excessive weight and he and his family moved into a new house last week as he prepares to start the defence of his title against a qualifier on Thursday – the opening evening of this year’s tournament. Cross is seeded two, behind the world No 1, Michael van Gerwen, and in the mood to replicate the composed skill and mental toughness that shocked everyone last time. He defeated Van Gerwen and Taylor, arguably the two greatest players in the history of darts, and the memory is fresh enough to give Cross real pleasure as he relives the events which made his sporting story so incredible.In February 2016, while working as an electrician who played darts occasionally, Cross had failed to qualify for the BDO world championships – the PDC’s less illustrious rival. Feeling disillusioned, he rejected his uncle’s urging that he should try to qualify for the UK Open – a tournament open to amateurs who can make the main draw via a series of qualifiers.“If my uncle hadn’t dragged me out of bed to play in that qualifier I wouldn’t be here today,” Cross says, rubbing his bald head in amusement. “I really believe that.” interviews Rob Cross changed his darts this year to little success but says: ‘I’ve gone back to my old ones and I’m practising like a dream.’ Photograph: Tom Jenkins/Guardian Twitter Since you’re here… Facebook PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC)ROB CROSS IS THE 2017/2018 WILLIAM HILL WORLD DARTS CHAMPION 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆#WHdarts #LoveTheDarts pic.twitter.com/0HVnWKrSyCJanuary 1, 2018 Darts Pinterest Share via Emailcenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Twitter PDC World Championships Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Rob Cross (left) sent Phil Taylor into retirement with defeat in the final of the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images Facebook Pinterest Share on LinkedIn This year the world champion will win £500,000. The 28-year-old Cross’s form going into the tournament has not been good since the autumn but he is world No 2 – and the only player with an unbeaten record at the world championships. “I’ve been playing poorly the last few months. We’ve had things going on with the new house and I changed my darts. That was the worst mistake as they weren’t right and I lost confidence. But I’ve gone back to my old ones and I’m practising like a dream. Out of any competition this year, the worlds give my best chance. I know Gary Anderson and Michael [van Gerwen] are tough to beat but I feel confident.”Has he had another premonition as he approaches the end of his first year as world champion? “I want the No 1 spot. If you can’t be the best player in the world then what’s the point? If I had to settle on No 2 it wouldn’t be good enough. I want to be the best. I still believe, in the coming years, you’re going to watch me dominate this sport.”The William Hill World Darts Championship is live on Sky Sports Darts from 13 December to 1 January Share on Twitter Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Chinas Foxconn Confirms Rs12800 Crore Boost for Make in India In Talks

first_imgTaiwanese tech giant Foxconn Technology plans to make long-term investments in India, giving a fillip to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.The company is in discussions with the Gujarat-based Adani Group and other domestic firms to establish manufacturing plants in the country.”We are very encouraged to invest in India but a decision is not final yet,” said Foxconn chairman and CEO Terry Gou, who is on an India visit for the second time in less than two months.Gou, who met PM Modi on Tuesday, said the company is “very interested” in many government programmes including Make in India, Skill India, Digital India and Clean India.”We don’t want to be just manufacturers or assemblers but we want to get the whole supply chain… We are looking at long term hi-tech investment…. from a five to 10 year view,” The Indian Express quoted Gou as saying.During his earlier visit, the chairman had said the company was planning to create minimum one million jobs in India by establishing 10-12 manufacturing units in the country by 2020.According to the Economic Times,. the investment funnelled out over the next five years will be around 2 billion (Rs 12,800 crore).Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, is also looking to establish data centres and incubators in cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, besides investing in domestic Internet start-ups, small and medium enterprises and handset manufacturers.Currently, Foxconn manufactures iPhones and iPads for Apple and Kindle e-book readers for Amazon Inc, besides making electronic equipment for top global tech firms such as Cisco, Dell, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.Gou said Foxconn is looking to partner with billionaire Gautam Adani’s Adani Group to set up electronics manufacturing units in the country.”We will be working very closely with them,” he said, without giving any details on a “possible deal” with Adani.He also said the company is in talks with local tech companies including Micromax and Snapdeal.Gou also confirmed Foxconn’s investment in the country’s second largest e-commerce firm Snapdeal, without giving any details on the transaction, Livemint reported.A Bloomberg report on Monday said that Snapdeal is in plans to raise nearly $500 million, with Chinese Alibaba Group and Foxconn as the main investors.Without mentioning the exact locations, Gou said the company is evaluating states including Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, and Maharashtra to set up manufacturing facilities.He highlighted “logistics, supply chain, supply risk, infrastructure, particularly power, carbon emissions and land acquisition” as some of the concerns for the company to set up “manufacturing and exporting facilities in India.”last_img read more

Nauert ends bid for US envoy role to UN

first_imgIn this file photo US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert arrives for the release of the 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom on 29 May 2018, in the Press Briefing Room at the US state department in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPFormer Fox News anchor and state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Saturday that she has withdrawn from consideration to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations.”The past two months have been grueling for my family and therefore it is in the best interest of my family that I withdraw,” Nauert said in a statement.The abrupt statement, issued in the evening of a holiday weekend, came after weeks of often mocking criticism of the nomination of Nauert, who had no foreign policy experience until two years ago when she was named state department spokeswoman.Opponents questioned whether Nauert, despite her poise at the podium, had the gravitas and skill to go head-to-head on complex international issues with seasoned diplomats from adversaries such as Russia.President Donald Trump, an avid viewer of conservative-leaning Fox News where Nauert was once an anchor on morning show “Fox and Friends,” told reporters in December that he wanted her to be UN ambassador.Her nomination, however, was never formally submitted to the senate and she has vanished for over two months as she prepared for a confirmation hearing — and, eventually, the top diplomatic job.With Trump’s Republican Party in control of the Senate, her nomination had not seemed to be in serious risk, barring any disclosure that had not been made public.State department spokesman Robert Palladino said that Trump would put forward a new name “soon.”The UN post has been vacant since the start of the year after Nikki Haley, a former governor seen as a rising star in Republican politics, decided to leave after two years in the position.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised Nauert in a statement, saying that he had “great respect” for her “personal” decision to withdraw.last_img read more

Inclement weather affects Rohingyas ISCG

first_imgAn estimated 22,000 Rohingyas were affected since the beginning of July as rain and storm batter the cramped camps, reports UNB.The situation is worse in this monsoon compared to 2018. The total number of Rohingyas affected in July last year was 19,000.In a report, the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) said that at least 5,600 individuals have already been displaced this year in the monsoon.Unrelenting rain and winds have been damaging homes and infrastructure, increasing the risk of waterborne illnesses among the Rohingyas living in makeshift houses.”The rain and wind are causing misery on the ground and our teams are working day and night to provide emergency services and relocate the affected people,” said Manuel Pereira, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Bangladesh deputy chief of mission.He said they are grappling with the immediate effects of the storms but have to remain focused on long-term disaster management. Pereira noted that IOM has supported nearly 6,000 people with emergency items and trained 570 in emergency response since late 2018.”We recognise that this storm system is having a major impact on the people in the camps and we’re only half way through the monsoon season,” he said.In the last 48 hours, IOM teams distributed 5,079 plastic tarpaulins to families affected by heavy rain. A total of 152mm of rain was recorded at Kutupalong in the past 24 hours, IOM said in a statement.IOM is continuing to assist affected communities as needed with its humanitarian partners. If the inclement weather continues, there will be worsening damage to paths, bridges and drainage systems in the camps. On Wednesday, IOM teams reported six landslides, eight wind storms and 174 people displaced.last_img read more