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Ottawa, Oct 20 (Canadian-Media): Karina Gould, Federal Minister of International Development, pledged Oct 20 during a virtual ministerial round table on the humanitarian deteriorating security situation in the Central Sahel to increase Canada’s international assistance in the region, including plans to establish bilateral development assistance programs with Chad and Niger.
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4 new projects in Burkina Faso were also announced by Karima to address critical gaps in sexual and reproductive health and rights, food security and agricultural resilience to climate change in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We must respond to the crisis caused by COVID-19. We remain engaged, alongside development partners, to address the needs of vulnerable populations and strengthen protections for people in the Sahel, including women and girls,” said Karina.
Canada had announced in June 2020 that it would join the International Coalition for the Sahel to help advance the group’s priorities for peace and security, economic and social development, inclusive government, gender equality and climate change.
The International Coalition for the Sahel is a group that aims to facilitate coordination and interaction between the various dimensions of international action to support the G5 Sahel countries.
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Canada has provided $20.6 million to date in 2020 for humanitarian assistance in the Central Sahel region as well as development assistance to the G5 Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) totalling $281.1 million in 2018 to 2019.
#Washington; #USPresidentDonaldTrump; #Covid19; #WhiteHouse
Washington, Oct 07 (Canadian-Media): Shortly after his return from the dramatic return to the White House without a protective mask Oct 6 night from the military hospital where he has been receiving an unprecedented level of care for COVID-19, he declared that despite his illness the nation should not fear the virus that has killed more than 210,000 Americans, media reports said.
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After announcing his coronavirus diagnosis early Friday, the 74-year-old Trump was expected to continue his recovery at the White House, where he will be cared for around the clock by a team of doctors and nurses.
Trump's message not only alarmed infectious disease experts as new coronavirus cases were detected Oct 6 but also the families who lost their beloved ones due to the coronavirus.
Staying in the presidential suite of one of the nation's best hospitals, Trump had been given experimental drugs not readily available to the public, who have always in fear of their recovery at home and alone.
Trump's anxiety, said the White House officials, to leave after three nights at the facility, where he was given steroid typically only recommended for the very sick, had caused great concern as White House itself is still being uncovered with new cases of coronavirus.
For more than eight months, Trump's efforts to play down the threat of the virus in hopes of propping up the economy ahead of the election have drawn bipartisan criticism.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden also said that while he was glad to see Trump recording a video message on the weekend, he urged him to support a mask mandate.
"Listen to the scientists," Biden said during a campaign stop in Miami. "Support masks," reported by CBC News.