Trump administration fires deputy at U.S.A.I.D. to keep the acting chief in top job.

first_imgUnexpectedly on Friday, the administration fired the deputy at U.S.A.I.D., which will keep her boss in power, since the move came just hours before his appointment was to expire.Two officials confirmed that the deputy administrator, Bonnie Glick, was told around 2:45 p.m. Friday that she would be out of her job at 5 p.m. Her termination came shortly after the agency’s acting administrator, John Barsa, was notified by internal lawyers that his 210-day appointment would expire at midnight Friday, and that he would go back to his previous post as an assistant administrator. Had she not been fired, Ms. Glick would have become the acting administrator.- Advertisement – Now, with Ms. Glick gone, Mr. Barsa is in line to be the acting deputy administrator — and will, in effect, run the agency, since there is no Senate-confirmed administrator. One official described it as a “Game of Thrones” move. It is not clear why the White House or State Department refused to name Ms. Glick as the agency’s acting administrator either of the times she was passed over. One of the officials said she and Mr. Barsa have not gotten along since he was given the job in April.The personnel chaos at the aid agency, which has been beset by infighting and delays in distributing coronavirus assistance worldwide, was touched off earlier Friday by a press inquiry from Devex, an online news and community forum for development workers, which had asked about Mr. Barsa’s status given that his appointment was about to expire.Ms. Glick was confirmed by unanimous consent to her post as deputy administrator of the agency in January 2019. She is a registered Republican in Maryland. In a statement, the aid agency confirmed that Friday was Ms. Glick’s last day on the job and called her “a tremendous champion of, and for, USAID.” It did not include details of her firing, and a spokeswoman declined to comment further.Mr. Barsa was a Senate-confirmed assistant administrator, overseeing Latin America policy, when the agency’s former leader, Mark Green, resigned in April.At that point, the Trump administration tapped Mr. Barsa — over Ms. Glick, who was next in line — to run the agency in a temporary capacity.- Advertisement – WASHINGTON — As the nation awaits the final tally in the presidential election, the Trump administration appears to have used a shuffling of top jobs at the United States Agency for International Development to keep a political appointee in charge of the global development organization.The move offers a possible indication that, win or lose, President Trump intends to continue to defy the usual post-election comity to muscle through his policies and appointees for as long as he can.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Syracuse utilizes full-court press late to capture thrilling comeback win over Virginia Tech

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ It was almost all for nothing.Syracuse was scrambling and sweating for more than five minutes, but its go-for-broke full-court press still left it down two points with 19 seconds to go.At that point, the Orange had exhausted all of its options and the game came down to two Michael Gbinije free throws, a backcourt violation and a Gbinije floater that gave SU the final lead of the game and sent the Carrier Dome crowd into a full-on frenzy.And while Gbinije’s last four points were the punctuation mark of a 13-point comeback in the guts of the game, a concerted defensive effort made it all possible.“To make those plays was, I think, it was incredible,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “… It wasn’t just smooth.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse (15-7, 6-3 Atlantic Coast) forced eight turnovers in the final 5:31 of the game and edged Virginia Tech (9-13, 1-8) for a 72-70 win on Tuesday night. By pressing from around the six-minute mark to the end of the game, the Orange buried its defensive deficiencies and forced the Hokies into a pace they couldn’t play at.“When we turned the press on, it turned us up,” SU guard Ron Patterson said. “… We started getting the loose balls, they started turning the ball over and we started getting in transition.”But in the 34 minutes before Syracuse jumped into its press, it could do nothing to stop the Hokies in the halfcourt.The Orange successfully erased Virginia Tech’s shooters by extending the top of its 2-3 zone in the first half, but created a more reliable scoring option in the process.Instead of forcing shots over SU’s scrambling guards, the Hokies — who came into Tuesday’s game as the ACC’s third-best 3-point shooting team — utilized the gaping hole at the free-throw line.It was a hole big enough for Justin Bibbs to consistently sit in and Jalen Hudson to consistently knife through, and it helped Virginia Tech stay within four at the half.Then out of the break, the Hokies traded the high post for the 3-point line and reverted to its usual ways. VT made its first six 3s of the frame which helped it build a sizable lead as the game wound down.“In a 2-3 zone you can’t take everything away, pretty much any defense you can’t take everything away,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “… You want to force them into (the high post) but you don’t want to give them open 3s.”Yet Syracuse never had to figure out how to stop the Hokies in their halfcourt sets. Instead, the Orange sped up the game with its full-court press and Cooney summed up the tactical change in 20 words.“We weren’t really making shots…”SU shot 1-of-12 from 3 in the second half, many of which were open looks.“… we needed something to help go our way…”The Orange already has seven losses with three coming in the conference, and falling to an unranked opponent could be the last straw on the optimal March plans.“… and to jumpstart that normally, you press.”Bingo.Boeheim started cycling in players — Patterson, B.J. Johnson and Tyler Roberson repeatedly ran from the bench to the scorer’s table in the final five minutes — to keep the defense fresh and SU remarkably put itself in position to win. A four-point spurt from Gbinije then made the all-out effort worthwhile.In the locker room after the game, Syracuse players shoveled popcorn into their mouths while they recounted a five-minute stretch that, for now, keeps their season intact.In the end, the win was quite a show.“I’ve been in a lot of games and I’m probably going to overstate this,” Boeheim said. “But the way we were, where we were, they got four guards out there and we’re a little bit tired.“This comeback ranks up there with any that I’ve ever been a part of.” Comments Published on February 4, 2015 at 12:49 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Board approves Ag Day move from Memorial Auditorium to the high school with stipulations

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Shelley Hansel, Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Director; Vince Wetta, Wellington City Council member; and Larry Steckline, owner of KWLS 107.9 radio and the popular program “The Steckline Report” approached the USD 353 School Board last week asking that the Kansas Wheat Festival Ag Day festivities be moved from downtown to the WHS campus.The two-day statewide agriculture event coincides with the Kansas Wheat Festival. The event, to be held Friday and Saturday, has occurred for the past two consecutive years at Memorial Auditorium. A large implement exhibition was also featured out front on Washington Avenue.However, because of the soaring temperatures during that time of year and Memorial not having air conditioning, Ag Day representatives are hoping of moving the festivities out to the high school. This will also open up Washington thus allowing the parade to return to its traditional route and including other festivities downtown. Steckline, who was not in attendance but visiting by conference phone from south Florida, said the air conditioned high school building is appealing in that he could feature a gamut of entertainment and events without worrying about the heat. There is also plenty of room to park farm equipment and other ag displays.After discussing the matter, the board approved the move, but had some stipulations. The Ag Day people need to provide a detailed schedule of events and what facilities will be used and where the exhibits were to be parked. The members also wanted to make sure certain guidelines were met especially the prohibition of alcohol and tobacco products on the facility.•••••In other business:•The board accepted the resignation of Jason Cline, the principal of Kennedy Elementary, which will become effective on June 10, 2015;•The use of the schools for Sumner County 4-H Day was approved that will include four classrooms and two music rooms on Feb. 28.•The board approved concrete work at the Sellers Park facility by Russell’s Excavation for $35,400.•Executive session for non-elected personnel was called for 20 minutes. No action was taken thereafter.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Wellington teams are victorious; Conway Springs girls finally beat Garden Plain

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Both Wellington varsity basketball teams were victorious in Augusta. The Conway Springs girls scored a big league win over Garden Plain, but the boys had no such luck…Wellington boys 73 Augusta 69The Crusader boys would hit nine three-pointers, including five in the first quarter to pull off a huge win on the road.Wellington is now at .500 with a 7-7 record.A.J. Snipes scored 24 points to lift the Crusaders to victory. Wesley Gilmore had 10.The Crusaders opened hot, getting treys from Gilmore, Snipes and Cade Phelps as both teams were tied 21-all at the end of the first quarter. Wellington opened up a seven point lead in the second, holding Augusta to 10 points. At the half it was 38-31.The Crusader staved off a late rally, going 9 of 14 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Connor Phelps score back-to-back layups late to lift the Crusaders to the win. Crusaders host Winfield Tuesday. 15 Wellington 4 19 Wellington girls 62 Augusta 44The Wellington girls improved to 14-0 using a big 14-2 third quarter run to bat back the feisty Orioles.Wellington opened with a 20-15 first quarter lead, but the Orioles stifling defense held Crusaders in check in the second and held a mere 28-24 lead at the half.Augusta tied the game early in the third quarter, but Wellington’s Grace Mitchell opened its big run with a 3-pointer. Lauren Snipes would then score six of the next nine points.Mitchell scored 21 points for the game while Snipes had 13.Wellington hosts Winfield Tuesday, the first in a three-game home stand.Conway Springs girls 46 Garden Plain 34. Conway Springs won its first game over Garden Plain since 2006 on the road in a key Central Plains League tilt.The Cardinals are 12-2 and have a perfect 4-0 CPL record.Sabrina Bellar had 13 points while Lacey Pauly had 10 to give Conway Springs the win. The Cardinals would outscore Garden Plain by two or four points in every quarter – leading 6-4 at the end of the first quarter and 16-10 at the half and 27-19 after three quarters. 69 — 11 Wellington: A.J. Snipes 24, Gilmore 13, King 9, Co. Phelps 9, Ca. Phelps 9, Frame 7, Burnett 2. 17 9 34 Augusta: Howerton 17, Weakly 17, Clausing 8, Patterson 7, Trebbe 7, Whitehead 6, Barclay 5, Wesbrooks 2. 15 Garden Plain 21 10 — 6 Augusta 20 19 46 Wellington boys 73 Augusta 69 21 19 73 Conway Springs 10 6 Conway Springs: Bellar 13, L. Pauly 10, H. Jones 9, Koester 5, Ebenkamp 4, K. Jones 2, J. Pauly 2, Akiu 1.Garden Plain: Schmelzer 9, Joplin 9, Doyle 7, Flax 4, Bourne 4, Thimesch 1. Garden Plain boys 44 Conway Springs 37.The Cardinal boys lost their third of the season and their second game against Garden Plain. This was a tougher loss to take, as Conway Spring had cut the lead to three late in the fourth quarter several times.Medicine Lodge boys 43 Belle Plaine 36Belle Plaine fell to 3-12 with a loss to the Indians. Medicine Lodge was leading at the half 16-15, but used a 13-8 and 14-13 run in the third and fourth quarter to pick up the win.Peyton Nolan led Belle Plaine with 7.SCBL scores: Girls:Udall 36  Central 30Flinthills 50  Oxford  13Sedan  38  South Haven  37Argonia 39  CVDX 34Yates Center 33  West Elk  26Boys:Central. 60   Udall  50Sedan. 83  South Haven  29Flinthills  54   Oxford  42Argonia.   51   CVDX  46West Elk 68.  Yates Center 56Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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