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

Ricky Ponting gets nostalgic sharing photo of longest used bat

first_imgMELBOURNE: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting on Tuesday shared pictures of his favourite cricket bat that he used most in his illustrious career.”Five international hundreds with this baby, four of them against South Africa. The 120 and 143* were made in my 100th Test at the SCG. “And the 164 was made in the famous 434 v 438 ODI at the Wanderers. Used it for as long as I could and as you can see it’s pretty worn out,” Ponting said in a tweet. Rated as one of the best batters of all time, Ponting played 168 Tests, 375 ODIs and 17 T20Is for Australia scoring 27,483 runs across formats. Ponting, who is currently the head coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals, also led Australia to two World Cup victories in 2003 and 2007. IANS Also Read: Manchester United urge fans to stay away from stadiumslast_img read more

Conte cursing Pedro’s back luck

first_imgChelsea I hope Pedro is luckier in the future – Conte Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 00:01 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) antonio conte - cropped Getty Images Chelsea Chelsea v Nottingham Forest Nottingham Forest League Cup The Chelsea manager is saddened by the attacker’s fortune this season but has been impressed with Tiemoue Bakayoko thus far Antonio Conte hopes Pedro enjoys a change of fortune when it comes to injuries after the Chelsea forward was hurt for the third time in as many games against Arsenal.The Spanish forward was withdrawn at half time in Sunday’s 0-0 Premier League draw after receiving a kick on his ankle, although Conte revealed the problem was “not serious” in the aftermath.Chelsea 8/1 to beat Stoke with over 4.5 goals 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 Still, it is a further setback for Pedro, who suffered a concussion and facial fractures in a pre-season friendly with Arsenal in China before also picking up an ankle injury when the teams met in the Community Shield.The fit-again Eden Hazard will step into the team for the EFL Cup clash with Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, with the Belgian starting fot the first time since breaking an ankle in June.Conte also says now is the right time for Eden Hazard to start a game. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 19, 2017″This season he’s not lucky, Pedro,” Conte told the media before the game against the Championship side.”He started with a bad injury in the Arsenal friendly game, where he broke a bone in his face. Then he received a knock on his ankle. Now on his leg…I hope for him, but above all for our team, that he’s luckier in the future.”For sure now, Pedro is trying to recover from the last injury. It’s important for him also to work. Don’t forget, when you’re injured you can’t work.”Sometimes you can lose your best physical condition and you need more time for this. It’s not a serious injury, but he needs time to recover.”Tiemoue Bakayoko came on to replace Pedro at the weekend, although he too is still working his way back to full health.Tiemoue BakayokoThe French midfielder had a knee operation at the end of last season, yet Conte has been impressed with the way the new signing from Monaco has settled in at Chelsea.”Bakayoko now has started to play. He’s playing very well,” the Italian coach said.”Don’t forget last season he finished the season with a surgery in his knee. Now he’s in good physical condition.”He’s starting to adapt himself to our style of football. I’m pleased with him. That’s a good sign for us.”last_img read more