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

Steelers miss playoffs but have bright future

first_imgBEN ROETHLISBERGERAll of Pittsburgh was glued to their TV screens Sunday after the Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns 20-7 to see who was going to win the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers game. If the Chargers won the Steelers would watch the playoffs from home, but if they lost, the Steelers despite an 0-4 start would be in the playoffs.Well the Chargers beat the Chiefs in overtime 27-24.Most people, including myself, had written the Steelers off after their 0-4 start and especially after that turned into 2-6. But a 6-2 finish not only put the Steelers in the playoff hunt but it saved, Mike Tomlin and Todd Haley’s jobs. It also gave the coaching staff a chance to take a good solid look at all the young talent on this team to evaluate who will be staying and who will be leaving next season.In essence the 0-4 start did more for the Steelers’ future than if they had started 4-0. First on offense where most of the problems were, but no one was admitting it, Ben Roethlisberger would have never admitted that he was part of the problem. Haley was brought in to diversify the offense and to protect Ben. Before this season Ben had only played in all 16 games once. Well, he played in all 16 games this season and finished the season healthy.last_img read more

DONEGAL GAA MEMBERS DETAILS ON STOLEN DATABASE

first_imgA MAN has been arrested and released pending further investigations after details of GAA members from throughout the country were stolen.We can reveal that the details of hundreds of registered GAA members in Donegal were on the stolen database.However it’s thought that a former disgruntled employee of Servasport in Belfast, the company which managed the GAA members database, was behind an incident where discs containing information were sent to the Gaelic Players Association and the Data Protection Commissioner in Dublin. PSNI sources have ruled out any paramilitary or sinister motive behind the leak.As well as the names and addresses of members, the database holds:288,511 dates of birth107,212 mobile numbers63,695 landline numbers30,171 email addressesIn 544 individual cases, the database referred to a medical condition.The GAA said it would write directly to each of these members setting out the information about them. Over 167,000 of the members on the database are under 18.A PSNI source said they don’t believe any GAA members here or elsewhere in Ireland was at risk as a result of the actions of the former computer company.DONEGAL GAA MEMBERS DETAILS ON STOLEN DATABASE was last modified: December 11th, 2010 by gregShare 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