By Luis Alberto Facal / Voice of America / edited by Diálogo Staff December 11, 2019 The crisis in Venezuela is urgent and must be given a sense of urgency, said Carol Thompson O’Connell, principal deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, on October 31.“When almost 5 million people have been forcibly displaced and have had to flee their country to find the basic necessities of life, shelters, food, water, security, there is nothing that can describe it, but urgency to face the political situation in Venezuela,” Thompson O’Connell said.The official spoke at a telephonic press briefing about the results of the International Solidarity Conference on the Venezuelan Refugee and Migrant Crisis, held in Brussels October 28-29.“Countries in the region have been dealing with this crisis for months, and at times for years. They have done a phenomenal job in helping Venezuelan refugees and migrants. But the rest of the world must understand the magnitude of this crisis and must understand that this is not just a regional crisis. It’s a crisis that affects the countries of the rest of the world and should be treated as such,” said Thompson O’Connell.The State Department official said the United States is proud to lead worldwide efforts to provide humanitarian assistance. During fiscal year 2019, the U.S. government contributed nearly $9.3 billion to support humanitarian crises, she said.“When I was in Brussels, I announced an additional $10 billion in economic and development assistance that will provide treatment for HIV, critical vaccinations, and support for activities to counter human trafficking,” Thompson O’Connell added.The aid comes in addition to the nearly $119 million in humanitarian assistance for Venezuela U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in late September.The U.S. government’s total response to the crisis involves more than $650 million, of which almost $473 million goes to humanitarian assistance to save the lives of people affected and to promote stability in Venezuela and the region, the U.S. official said.The United States has been the largest financial contributor to the Venezuelan crisis.“Almost 4.5 million Venezuelans have escaped from Venezuela due to the actions of the Maduro regime,” she said.The United States has said it is working with international and nongovernmental partners to complement the efforts of governments that receive Venezuelan refugees.“Our system also increases the original capacity of the asylum authority and provides legal support to Venezuelans seeking asylum. The program also helps Venezuelans to integrate into the communities that host them by finding them employment and access to education and health care,” said Thompson O’Connell.She stressed that during her recent visit to Colombia, she was able to see her assistants in action, caring for Venezuelan refugees who had arrived in the country. “I met with children in Colombia who have been able to go to school and receive an education, because access to education provides hope, and it helps children find stability and normalcy in very difficult situations.”She also thanked European partners for their response to the crisis, and urged them to increase their support for the Venezuelan people, in response to the “tyranny of the Maduro regime.”“This is a global crisis that requires a global solution,” she added.The Brussels conference, she said, “demonstrates that Europeans are focused on this problem and are willing to consider new ways to try to solve the crisis Maduro caused.”
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By Clifton RossGUYANA Jaguars new cap, Kemol Savory, says he’s more engrossed than ever on upping his cricket, after being named in the team for the upcoming Colonial Medical Insurance Cup, which bowls off on November 7.Savory, Essequibo wicketkeeper/batsman, is one of two fresh faces in the team with the other being pacer Nial Smith. He was the leading run-scorer for the Jaguars 50 Overs League which ended last Thursday and was subsequently named in the 14-man team; on Friday when Cricket Guyana Inc. (CGI) released the squad for the Regional 50 Overs tournament which is being played in Trinidad.Guyana Chronicle Sport caught up with the classy left-hander after his call-up and the Essequibian said despite being joyful over his selection, he was more eager to do more to keep his cricket at a high level.“The feeling was great, especially putting in all the hard work over the years and now being rewarded. But my plan right now is to focus on my game, play basic cricket so if I get the opportunity to play in the Cup I can hopefully help Guyana win the title after a few years,” said Savory.With 337 runs from the 7 rounds in the Jaguars League, the left-hander racked up scores of 81, 37, 32, 84, 51, 46 and 6. He continued to progress as he followed up 2019 with another strong performance, coming off of the 2018 season where he had knocks of; 103, 39, 56, 30, 28, 44* and 62.With the gloves, the former Guyana Under-19 player ended with 15 dismissals in last year’s tourney, but bettered his feats this season as he ended with 18 victims – a true testament to his improving athleticism and clean glove-work behind the stumps.“It was very important to be consistent especially when you’re looking for your first call up,” said Savory who acquired more runs off the bat this season and continued exceptional wicket-keeping as factors which aided in his selection.With Anthony Bramble being Guyana and, possibly, the Caribbean/West Indies next big wicket-keeper/batsman, given his talents, the chances of Savory becoming the future of Guyana’s ’keeping is likely, especially with just a handful of players who could fit into a similar role.Meanwhile, the 23-year-old said that despite all the good fortune, he’s not fazed by doing too much and plans on sticking to his training regime and putting in the work when he steps out in the middle.He further credited Safraz Sheriffudeen, CEO of VNET for his continued support and sponsorship, which he has provided over the years.