The British Government denies its commitment to foreign aid

Boris Johnson’s government opened another front of antagonism on Wednesday with its conservative deputies and the parliamentary opposition. Finance Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed in the Chamber the decision to reduce spending on foreign development aid from 0.7 to 0.5% of the National Domestic Product (PIN) in the next fiscal year. The measure undermines a 2019 electoral promise and more recent guarantees. “Adhering to foreign spending has difficult justification before the British citizens at this time of national fiscal emergency,” defended Sunak, who yesterday presented his investment program for 2021. The minimum ceiling of 0.7% of the PIN is an aspiration of the UN of 1970, which former Prime Minister David Cameron adopted in 2013 and was legally ratified two years later. Johnson’s resignation amid the pandemic and a month after the EU withdrawal upset the moderate ‘Tory sector.

Former Minister Jeremy Hunt warned that “respect” for the United Kingdom is at stake with this cut, which “will impoverish us in the eyes of the world.” His colleague Andrew Mitchell lamented that the snip “will be the cause of 100,000 preventable deaths” and Peter Bottomley incited the revolt to “ensure this percentage change does not happen.”

The Ministry of International Development was absorbed by Foreign Affairs in September. It was Johnson’s first major administrative reform and was accompanied by a government commitment to spending on foreign aid. “The decision is deplorable … it raises questions of confidence in the Government,” denounced Jenny Gilruth, the Scottish Executive Councilor.

THE KEY:

Criticism in the Chamber.

“The snip will be the cause of 100,000 preventable deaths”

For the committee on International Development, which remains active, the Cabinet is sending a “mixed message” when it tries to define the country’s “role on the world stage” and will assume the presidency of the G7 and COP26 in 2021. “I hope you reconsider and find a way to cancel the cuts and protect the education of girls, “asked Johnson the Nobel Prize Malala Yousafzai through Twitter.

Frozen wages

Foreign aid and the public sector, where salaries are frozen except for nurses and doctors, are the most affected in the new plan in the face of the pandemic. “It is a hammer blow to consumer confidence,” replied Labor Chief Finance Officer Anneliese Dodds.

Instead, the Government reaffirmed its investment plan in Education, Health, Security and Infrastructure, in addition to the increase in Defense announced last week. “Our immediate priority is to protect people’s lives and their livelihoods,” said the minister. Sunak made no reference to Brexit in his presentation of the economic program, which he put into context with data from the Office of Financial Responsibility. Thus, a GDP contraction of 11.3% is expected in 2020, the “sharpest drop in more than 300 years,” he said. In addition, according to the independent entity, the setback will be exacerbated by an additional 2% if the United Kingdom leaves the EU without a trade agreement.

Sunak estimates at 300,000 million euros the state cost in subsidies and incentives incurred since the spring to face the Covid. He placed the debt level at 91.9% of GDP and pointed out that the economy will not recover the lost ground until the last quarter of 2022. A rough Brexit will delay the recovery for another year.

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The British Government denies its commitment to foreign aid

Boris Johnson’s government opened another front of antagonism on Wednesday with its conservative deputies and the parliamentary opposition. Finance Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed in the Chamber the decision to reduce spending on foreign development aid from 0.7 to 0.5% of the National Domestic Product (PIN) in the next fiscal year. The measure undermines a 2019 electoral promise and more recent guarantees. “Adhering to foreign spending has difficult justification before the British citizens at this time of national fiscal emergency,” defended Sunak, who yesterday presented his investment program for 2021. The minimum ceiling of 0.7% of the PIN is an aspiration of the UN of 1970, which former Prime Minister David Cameron adopted in 2013 and was legally ratified two years later. Johnson’s resignation amid the pandemic and a month after the EU withdrawal upset the moderate ‘Tory sector.

Former Minister Jeremy Hunt warned that “respect” for the United Kingdom is at stake with this cut, which “will impoverish us in the eyes of the world.” His colleague Andrew Mitchell lamented that the snip “will be the cause of 100,000 preventable deaths” and Peter Bottomley incited the revolt to “ensure this percentage change does not happen.”

The Ministry of International Development was absorbed by Foreign Affairs in September. It was Johnson’s first major administrative reform and was accompanied by a government commitment to spending on foreign aid. “The decision is deplorable … it raises questions of confidence in the Government,” denounced Jenny Gilruth, the Scottish Executive Councilor.

THE KEY:

Criticism in the Chamber.

“The snip will be the cause of 100,000 preventable deaths”

For the committee on International Development, which remains active, the Cabinet is sending a “mixed message” when it tries to define the country’s “role on the world stage” and will assume the presidency of the G7 and COP26 in 2021. “I hope you reconsider and find a way to cancel the cuts and protect the education of girls, “asked Johnson the Nobel Prize Malala Yousafzai through Twitter.

Frozen wages

Foreign aid and the public sector, where salaries are frozen except for nurses and doctors, are the most affected in the new plan in the face of the pandemic. “It is a hammer blow to consumer confidence,” replied Labor Chief Finance Officer Anneliese Dodds.

Instead, the Government reaffirmed its investment plan in Education, Health, Security and Infrastructure, in addition to the increase in Defense announced last week. “Our immediate priority is to protect people’s lives and their livelihoods,” said the minister. Sunak made no reference to Brexit in his presentation of the economic program, which he put into context with data from the Office of Financial Responsibility. Thus, a GDP contraction of 11.3% is expected in 2020, the “sharpest drop in more than 300 years,” he said. In addition, according to the independent entity, the setback will be exacerbated by an additional 2% if the United Kingdom leaves the EU without a trade agreement.

Sunak estimates at 300,000 million euros the state cost in subsidies and incentives incurred since the spring to face the Covid. He placed the debt level at 91.9% of GDP and pointed out that the economy will not recover the lost ground until the last quarter of 2022. A rough Brexit will delay the recovery for another year.

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Climate: Guaidó asks for international help due to rains

(ANSA) – CARACAS, NOV 19 – The Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, president of the National Assembly, today requested international help to face the situation generated by the heavy rains that so far have left three dead and thousands affected in about 10 Venezuelan states

“We are looking for international support to be able to help our people as we did with El Limón, in Aragua. At the same time, we have to raise our voice against abandonment and for the dignified life we ​​deserve,” said Guaidó, recognized as interim president by more than 50 countries. And he added “the tragedy cannot be custom in Venezuela”

In addition, he stressed that in the midst of the torrential downpours registered in the last 24 hours in the country, “there are no bilge pumps to draw water, there is no gasoline for the Civil Protection units destined to attend and help citizens who needed it”

“The maintenance of the drainage system was abandoned and there is no prevention of natural risks,” he warned

Guaidó indicated that Venezuelans “know natural disasters, but now they are aggravated by a humanitarian emergency caused by an indolent and cruel dictatorship that seized power, abandoned the citizen and blocks the aid and solutions that we can get.”

In this sense, he specified that at least 10 states in Venezuela, such as Zulia, Táchira, Lara, Trujillo, Amazonas, Bolívar, Barinas, Falcón, Portuguesa and Sucre have been affected by the heavy rains in recent weeks

“Three dead and thousands of affected with whom is our thought at this moment,” he said. (ANSA)

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Eta Storm: Colombia sends its aid to Guatemala and Honduras | The most important news and analysis in Latin America | DW

The Government of Guatemala reported this Thursday (11/12/2020) that Colombia will send several aircraft to the Central American country to collaborate with the delivery of humanitarian aid for people affected by the tropical depression Eta, while Bogotá also dispatched medical equipment and specialist personnel to Honduras to care for those affected.

The Social Communication Secretariat of the Guatemalan Presidency detailed in a statement that the Colombian collaboration was authorized by the President of the South American country, Iván Duque, at the direct request of his Guatemalan counterpart, Alejandro Giammattei.

“Both leaders have an excellent relationship” and the “response was immediate,” the press release stated. The Guatemalan authorities did not release further details about the number of aircraft or what type of air transport it is. The Colombian collaboration was managed through its ambassador in Guatemala, Juan Hurtado Cano, according to the Guatemalan Foreign Minister, Pedro Brolo.

Until the last update this Thursday, the civil protection authorities of Guatemala counted 46 people dead and 96 missing due to the rains caused by the tropical depression And during the first week of November. In addition, there are 649,000 people directly and indirectly affected by the meteorological phenomenon.

Several towns in the north of the territory, mostly indigenous, continue to be isolated due to burials and floods caused by And, as confirmed by various sources. On Wednesday, Guatemala received international support for the more than 600,000 affected people as “the national response capacity has been exceeded.”

In addition to Colombia, El Salvador and the United States have supported Guatemala with helicopters to distribute food in various towns where it is not possible to enter by land and where hundreds of people are waiting for help.

Colombia sends aid to Honduras

On the other hand, Colombia also sent the first of two Air Force flights with humanitarian aid to Honduras to support relief efforts for the affected people. The Colombian Foreign Ministry detailed in a statement that a Hercules C-130 departed from the air base of Catam, attached to the Bogota airport The Golden, to the city of San Pedro Sula transporting “vanguard equipment recently acquired by the national government to strengthen the capacities of the Colombian Civil Defense.”

The information adds that this team has “accommodation for 100 patients of low complexity, a room for small procedures, a special cabin for patients with suspected COVID-19 and a Unified Command Post, totally autonomous in water, electricity and communications services. “In total, 11.5 tons will be taken to Honduras between cargo and Colombian Civil Defense personnel, made up of professionals from medicine, nursing, pre-hospital assistants, a psychologist and a search and rescue binomial.

Likewise, this Thursday on a second flight, Colombia will transport three rescue boats and an all-terrain vehicle. To help in the emergency, the Colombian Air Force also “ordered the dispatch of a helicopter Black Hawk to conduct search and rescue operations in Honduras, as well as a plane House C-295 that he will travel to Panama for three days to support that country in the transportation of humanitarian cargo, “added the source.

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Tropical Storm Eta: How can we help affected people?

It is sad to see the consequences of natural catastrophes. Too often we hear of storms, landslides and other forces of nature that kill people, destroy homes and devastate entire towns.

How can you help?

You can donate money, clothing, non-perishable canned food and personal care items, plus you can donate your time to organize and sort donations and deliver them to families affected by the disaster.

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List of supplies you can donate

Non-food items

Diapers for babies, young children and the elderly, personal hygiene items, masks, hand gel, manual can opener, disposable cups and plates, blankets or sleeping bags, clothing, shoes, raincoats, mats, candles and matches, flashlights and batteries, camping tents, bug repellants, portable gas stoves.

Medicines

First aid kit, flu, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, antidiarrheal, antifungal, dewormers.

Foods

Bottled water, peanut butter, canned soup, canned fruits and vegetables, powdered milk, bread or cookies, powdered drinks, cereal or cereal bars, canned meats, canned sardines or tuna, beans, pet food.

Where can you donate?

Here is a list of several independent organizations and individuals that have been activated to offer aid to communities affected by Hurricane Eta, so you can support those efforts with donations whether large or small.

@domo_hn

@aura.sps

@connectingolidereshn

@unamanoamigahn

@comedor_comunitariotgu

@ ice cream504

@feedinghonduras

@catrin.hn

@maryannkafati

@friteshonduras

@ donandocon.amor

@amoryabrigo

@nativafoodhn

@ afajardo7

@CEPUDO

If you can’t help now, don’t worry!

Please consider contributing in the weeks or months to come as the need for donations and funds will continue to be needed and your help will be as appreciated now as it is later.

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London and Brussels must find a way out that helps the recovery | Opinion

The EU heads of government yesterday supported the extension of the round of talks that Brussels has with London in order to regulate trade relations between both parties before the end of the year, the date on which Brexit enters fully into force. Despite the Council’s pleasure and the determined European will to do everything possible to close a friendly exit of the United Kingdom from the EU, it seems increasingly difficult to achieve that goal. The Council itself yesterday urged the Commission to design possible unilateral contingency measures of a limited duration if Brexit finally ends without an agreement, and there are already several voices that consider the negative outcome of the negotiations as probable. Both the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the Italian President, Giuseppe Conte, have warned that the pact with London cannot be reached at any price, while French President Emmanuel Macron openly acknowledged the possibility that the divorce could take place at the bravas.

The EU guidelines for the negotiation have correct and clearly marked red lines: those established in the withdrawal agreement and in the protocols signed by London and Brussels, which remain fully in force and must be respected. The unusual decision of the British Government to promote a law that breaks with some points of the agreement, mainly those related to commercial activity on the border with Northern Ireland, has become a bone of contention with enough potential to burst the long negotiating path traveled so far in London and Brussels.

Europe must stand firm in defending an agreement that has been widely discussed and negotiated with the United Kingdom and that contains the roadmap on which the commercial relationship between the EU and the British must be built. However, and without departing from that framework, which is fully legitimate, Brussels must also do everything possible to avoid a rupture that could seriously damage the European economy, mired in a crisis of historic dimensions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Both the EU and the United Kingdom are enduring the scourge of an unprecedented recession not only because of its intensity, but also because of the extraordinary uncertainty it has sown in all European economies. Faced with a scenario like this, it is necessary more never to call for responsibility and cooperation to design trade rules of the game that will help the recovery of the whole of Europe instead of hindering it.

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Covid radar skids in aid of covid-19 tracking

Radar Covid is the tracking application launched by the Government as one more tool when it comes to tracking Sars-CoV-2 in its transmission throughout the national territory. App that practically already works in all territories, except in Catalonia.

The Catalan region is left alone, after the Community of Madrid activated it just before the Bridge of October 12. Dates very distant from those provided by the Government through the Secretary of State for Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence (SEDIA).

Despite this, Radar Covid is the tracking application that has been in the Top 1 of the General Ranking for the most days as the most downloaded app on the Play Store. However, only 9.9% have downloaded the Radar Covid tracking application, far behind European countries such as Ireland, which has reached 38% penetration, or Germany, with 20.2%.

According to data from the company Big Data Smartme Analytics, the average profile of use of Radar Covid is a woman between 35 and 44 years old and from Aragon. This study reveals that women are the public that uses it the most with 14.7% while 11.8% are men.

In addition, the report indicates that Aragón is the most active community in the application with 22.8% reach, followed by Castilla y León and Andalusia. By age group, people between 35 and 44 are the ones who have downloaded the Government tool the most on their smartphones.

However, these figures are far from the minimum that the authorities point out for the application to really help in tracing the contacts of a positive for Covid-19.

According to official data, it is estimated that if 20% of the population downloaded their country’s Covid-19 tracking application, it could help reduce the impact of the pandemic by 30%.

Success in Ireland

According to a study carried out by Pickaso, Ireland has been the country with the highest download penetration, with 38% of the population. In total, there are almost 1.2 million downloads that the official application of the country has obtained.

In second place is Germany with a download penetration of 20.2%, followed by the United Kingdom with 18.2%. For its part, Italy would be in fourth place with a penetration of 14.4% and Spain in fifth place.

France and Portugal are the countries in which the least users have downloaded the application, with 4% and less than 1%, respectively. The Spanish tool has more than 3.6 million downloads in the lower part of the ranking with its European counterparts.

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