“We have decided… to increase the number of teams participating in the World Cup final tournaments from 32 to 48,” Infantino told the Asian Football Confederation’s annual congress in Kuala Lumpur.“It will happen in 2026. Will it happen in 2022? You know me. It is possible. It is possible. Why not?” he added.Infantino said an expanded tournament would see Asia’s allocation rise from 4.5 places to 8.5, raising cheers from the delegates assembled at a luxury hotel in the Malaysian capital.“You will have (a bigger) chance. It is possible. It is feasible. We are discussing with our Qatari friends. We are discussing with many other friends in the region. We hope we have it happen. We always have to try,” he said.Accommodating another 16 teams would vastly complicate Qatar’s task in preparing for the World Cup, which was awarded to the tiny desert state in 2010.Qatar has also been involved in a stand-off with neighbours Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, who have cut off diplomatic relations and imposed a blockade on the resource-rich country, accusing it of endorsing terror activities.Hassan al-Thawadi, head of the 2022 organising body, told AFP that Qatar was studying the 48 teams proposal and would make a decision before qualifying gets under way.“We are still looking at the feasibility studies and we will be in a better position to provide a feedback in the future,” he said.“But it will be decided before the qualifications… sometime in the first quarter of next year.”He added that preparations remained on track despite the blockade, and that the budget of $200 billion for the entire infrastructure, including metro and expressway, has not been affected.“We are very happy and excited with the progress. It is on track. By 2020-2021 all our (eight) stadiums will be ready,” al-Thawadi said.“This is the first World Cup in the Middle East and is a perfect opportunity to bring people together and contribute to the process of healing,” he added.Ahead of FIFA’s presidential election next year, Infantino said 180 out of the 211 federations had given him their support.“You know there is an election coming. I have announced I will be a (presidential) candidate. I have received over 180 letters of support,” he said.“And when it comes to Asia, only a couple are missing.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FIFA president Gianni Infantino hopes to expand the World Cup to 48 teams at the next edition in Qatar in 2022. © AFP / Mohd RASFANKUALAR LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct 31 – FIFA president Gianni Infantino said expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams was “feasible” on Wednesday, as hosts Qatar pledged to come to a decision in the early part of next year.Infantino said “Why not?” bring forward the expansion from 32 teams to 48, which is currently due at the 2026 tournament in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
SANTA FE SPRINGS – Pests are pests. Or as former Huntington Park police Chief Randy Narramore likes to say, “management is still management.” Narramore, who spent 30 years as a police officer stamping out crime, now spends his days working to wipe out mosquitoes as interim manager of the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District in Santa Fe Springs. “In law enforcement, the bottom line is to reduce crime. Here, it is to control the mosquito population,” said Narramore, 57, who took over as the district’s interim head in May. “I don’t see my role changed that greatly; management is still management.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The Altadena resident took over after the former district manager, Jack Hazelrigg, retired. Narramore has been busy working on the district’s budget for 2006-07. The spending plan will be voted on next week by the district’s board of trustees. In the plan, Narramore has recommended adding three more mosquito-abatement workers to inspect underground storm drains. The budget also includes funding for a new vector control specialist and for an assistant vector ecologist for the Santa Clarita area, where West Nile-positive mosquitoes were discovered about two weeks ago. Narramore has proposed four-day, 10-hour work schedules for employees as a cost-savings move. Also on his priorities list is the continuation of the district’s West Nile public education campaign, dubbed “Wipe Out West Nile Virus.” Now in its third year, the campaign includes radio ads and other public awareness efforts. Nothing vector control officials have learned so far about the intensity of West Nile virus in any given year can help them predict how widespread the disease will be this summer, said Stephanie Heintz, public information officer for the district. “2004 was our banner year for West Nile,” she said. “And although there was less in 2005, it is still impossible to predict what will happen next,” she said. Narramore, who is married and has five children, earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from San Diego State University. He began his law enforcement career as a homicide investigator in El Cajon. He worked as a police chief and city manager in Ridgecrest before becoming police chief in Huntington Park. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Donegal is set to bask in warm sunny weather next week as temperatures rise up to 20C.A spell of good weather is on the way from Monday, bringing dry conditions and bright sunshine all week.If you’re planning to take the day off for a beach day, then Wednesday and Thursday will be the best options, according to Met Éireann. Temperates in northern counties will begin to steadily rise from Sunday (17C highs) to reach a warm 20C on Wednesday and Thursday.The west and north west coast of Ireland will experience the hottest temperatures, as breezes will keep things cooler near the south-Munster, Leinster and east-Ulster coast.We’ll have to put up with the cold and rain until the hot spell arrives, however.Today (Thursday) will be wet before temperatures plummet to lows of 1 to 3C tonight. Met Éireann forecasters have warned of a risk of grass frost and fog in places tonight. Friday will have a mix of sunshine and showers, before dry conditions set in over the weekend with spells of sunshine coming through.West is best! Delight as hot sunny weather on the way to Donegal was last modified: May 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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) Tags:Maysunshineweather
Adel Taarabt is included in a much-changed but experienced QPR side to face Burton in the second round of the Capital One Cup – his first appearance for Rangers since May 2013. Burton: McLaughlin, Edwards, Cansdell-Sherriff, Mousinho, Taft, Sharps, MacDonald, Knowles, McGurk, Palmer, Harness. Subs: Lyness, McFadzean, Bell, Weir, Beavon, Blyth, Slade. QPR: Murphy, Simpson, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill, Henry, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips, Hoilett, Taarabt, Phillips. Subs: Green, Fer, Mutch, Zamora, Ehmer, Doughty, Harriman.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
From left to right, IWW award winnersFerdinando Pezzoli, Lara Mazzoni, DeboraPatta, Tiziana Grassi, Marco Folegani,and Elena Maria Teresa Calligaro.(Image: IWW) MEDIA CONTACTS • Michelle KirbyE.tv Head of Marketing+27 11 537 9300RELATED ARTICLES• Media awards for SA women• Rhodes hosts world journalism meet• The media and open justice• Jacob Zuma on press freedom• Turning up the media volumeFiona McRae“La vita”, it would appear, is pretty “bella” right now for South African television journalist and media personality Debora Patta.Not only did the Zimbabwe-born anchor and executive producer of e.tv’s hard-hitting investigative programme 3rd Degree add yet another award to her collection last month, but she seems to be revelling in a career decision of a year ago to free up some time so as to be able to concentrate more fully on her “two real passions”: journalism and her family. Happily married to her second husband, Patta is the mother of two young daughters.And it would seem that, like many women her age, the 40-something Patta is discovering the liberation and confidence that the years can bring.“The best thing about this age is no longer caring what other people think of you,” she is quoted as saying in a recent edition of a fashion chain’s club magazine. “I’ve learnt not to be so hung up on people who don’t like you.”The fact that the apparently always self-assured and assertive Patta has ever lacked confidence might well come as a surprise to 3rd Degree viewers who have seen her courageously and tenaciously hold those in positions of power and responsibility to account.Famous for her tough, no-nonsense approach she has had heads of state, politicians, business leaders and many others in the hot seat on the show in the decade that it has been in existence – but has also told the stories of the ordinary person in the street with compassion.Patta has featured high-profile figures such as African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema, the late political leader Eugene Terre’Blanche who, she says, is the only person to have walked out of an interview, businessman Cyril Ramaphosa, President Jacob Zuma, axed Ekurhuleni police chief Robert McBride, and former president Thabo Mbeki.Winning formula Patta’s unrelenting pursuit of not only answers but also excellence in a journalism career spanning two decades has garnered her respect and recognition stretching beyond the country’s borders. Already the winner of multiple accolades, including a 2010 South Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government category award and the 2009 Vodacom Women in the Media award, Patta was honoured by the Italian Women in the World (IWW) association last month when she received a Tricolor Globe Award at a ceremony held in Bologna, Italy.The IWW is a global networking association. Its awards recognise the achievements of men and women of Italian origins, or of Italians working abroad or in Italy for other countries, who have attained outstanding career success within “creative and innovative global industries” such as communication and events; art and design; performing arts; alternative energies and recyclable products; information and communication technologies; science, research, technology and engineering; and tourism.Six achievers from Asia, Africa, South America and Europe were recognised in this year’s awards. Patta was honoured for her “achievements, excellence and contribution to society in the communications field in Africa”.The main goal of the award, according to IWW founder and president Patrizia Angelini, “is to promote the important role of compatriots and other Italians who work abroad, through the spreading of personal success stories and highlighting the cultural and entrepreneurial effort.”Angelini, a television journalist for Italian broadcasting corporation RAI International, founded the association in 2007 after her work brought her into contact with the larger Italian community around the world and she conceived the idea of creating a network to facilitate their international communication.The awards project, which has the support of the Italian government, is active in promoting the “excellence, enterprise and beauty” of Italy and its culture and the Made in Italy brand internationally. This is done through on-line and television information and through events including seminars, international awards and intercultural exchanges.“It is a great honour to be recognised by my country of origin,” said Patta, who owes her Italian heritage to her Calabrian father. “I am extremely proud of my Italian roots, so this is very exciting.”Patta has previously said that while South Africa is where her heart is, Italy is indeed her second home. And like most good Italians, she loves cooking “fabulous Italian food” and relaxing with family, friends and a glass of fine wine.Team effortAlways mindful of the team effort required for the success of the current affairs show that draws close to 2-million viewers, she said: “It is also a great tribute to 3rd Degree and e.tv as they are regarded as making a significant contribution in Africa.”E.tv’s channel head Monde Twala paid tribute to Patta, saying that “Debora is a committed journalist and executive producer who continually aims to better and uplift society by exposing the truth and keeping the public informed. 3rd Degree has been successful for the past 10 years and e.tv congratulates Debora for her ongoing investigative success.”With a career of more than 20 years spanning radio, television and writing – she has co-authored two non-fiction books – Patta is one of the most prominent and respected journalists in South Africa, having reported fearlessly on virtually every major story in the country during that time. She became well known for her extensive coverage of Nelson Mandela from his release from prison to his election as South Africa’s first black head of state – the warm relationship they developed led to her being dubbed his favourite reporter.During her time with e.tv since its inception in 1998 Patta has trained, developed and mentored many budding young television journalists and news anchors. She also led the team that launched South Africa’s first 24-hour news service.Known for her no-holds-barred interviewing and for being unafraid to ask the tough questions, Patta maintains that she has never felt her achievements were limited because she is a woman. Indeed, in receiving the Vodacom Women in the Media award last year she had a strong message for young women: “Don’t just knock on the door, bash it down!”But she does acknowledge the sometimes harsh truth that “women are so often seen as aggressive while men doing the same thing are regarded as tough, assertive, uncompromising”.While Patta too has come under fire from those who feel her style of interviewing is too aggressive and not diplomatic enough, there is no doubt that she has brought many sinister cases to light, which might otherwise have continued to harm society.She admits that finding the balance between career and family can be a tough challenge – and one she handles better at some times than at others. She finds release from the pressures of her “adrenaline-all-the-way” job through “strong coping mechanisms, trying to stay healthy and a supportive family”. A year ago she resigned from the demanding position as editor-in-chief of eNews to be able to concentrate more fully on 3rd Degree and her two real loves, journalism and her family.“You can’t change the world, but you can make a difference to someone,” Patta has said. Over the years, the woman described as having “a unique front row in South Africa’s history” has done that many times over.
Johanneburg, 3 November, 2015 – At the 2015 EY Strategic Growth Forum on Africa, South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said that if companies want to expand into Africa, they would need to understand that the continent is diverse and that growth strategies need to be tailored according to each country’s needs.South African deputy president, Cyril RamaphosaProgramme Director,EY Chief Executive Officer Ajen Sita,Ladies and Gentlemen,Thank you for inviting me to officially open the EY Strategic Growth Forum, a valuable platform for engagement on the challenges and opportunities in Africa.This Forum is an acknowledgement that Africa’s growth and development narrative is changing.It is an acknowledgment that while we appreciate many of the difficulties, we have not sufficiently explored the possibilities.The programme for this Forum seeks to look beyond conventional wisdom. You will most probably during the course of this conference be looking at what I regard as mega-trends that are unfolding and influencing a great deal of things that are happening in the world.The programme for this Forum is therefore quite exciting.It is a fresh approach that is reflective, evidence-based and forward-looking.It acknowledges that human progress depends on social interactions, better coordination of responses and shared responsibility.It is an approach that allows us all to take ownership of our common future.Ladies and Gentlemen,To do business well in Africa today requires more than traditional economic analysis.It requires an understanding that Africa is a very diverse continent, with a vast array of different social structures, political systems, economies, products and markets.For this reason, there is no single African growth story.And no business that seeks to operate across the continent can pursue a single African growth strategy.Africa is simply too large and too diverse.Yet, despite all this variety, most African economies share common features.Most are reliant on the extraction and export of raw materials.Most are constrained by inadequate infrastructure, low skills levels and limited industrial capacity.This exposes many African economies to fluctuations in commodity prices and depressed global demand.The lack of industrial capacity means that many African countries are unable to extract sufficient value from their natural resources.They are not able to realise the potential benefits for job creation, improved export earnings and inclusive growth.That is the part of the African story we know well.But the African story is changing.Africa’s future depends not so much on the rise of commodity prices but on the expansion and development of its human capital.A continent of over a billion people, Africa is said to have the fastest-growing middle class in the world.Opportunities that were not available a mere generation ago, are now within reach of millions more people.More Africans are educated, more are employed, more own assets.Africa has a young and rapidly expanding workforce.Over the next few decades, as many other countries grapple with the challenges of an ageing workforce, Africa has the potential to become the most vibrant, innovative and productive region in the world.But to achieve this potential, African countries – individually and collectively – need to pursue deliberate political, social and economic measures.Many of these measures are described in the African Union’s Agenda 2063.And many of them are being implemented.Even as many economies still rely on commodity exports, there is significant investment in other sectors.The growth in retail banking, telecommunications, information technology, niche and finished goods has been remarkable.African economies are becoming more diverse, more industrialised and more innovative.Today a large proportion of transfers in foreign currency are not carried out through the international banks, but through mobile money remittances from the African diaspora.Several African airlines, led by the likes of Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines, are becoming more commercial viable, investing in new aircraft, opening up new routes and increasing intra-Africa commerce and trade.In countries like Nigeria and Kenya, even with limited internet connectivity, innovative technological solutions are improving the lives of rural communities.Cellphone-based technologies are revolutionising the practice of medicine.Thanks to apps being developed on this continent, a health worker at a rural clinic can refer an issue for specialist diagnosis, in real time, by simply taking a cellphone photo of a patient’s eye.African economies have both the potential and ability to leapfrog advanced economies in developing technologies suitable for local conditions and needs.Economic change in Africa is taking place alongside political change.Governments are increasingly concerned with need for stability as a precondition for economic growth and social development.African countries are more united than ever before in promoting good governance, regional integration and multilateralism.Through our work in the African Union we are steadily establishing an integrated community that values accountability, good governance and transparency.Through a strong peer review mechanism we are seeing less conflict.With some notable exceptions, changes in government take place through the ballot box and not through the barrel of a gun.More than ever Africa is resolving its challenges through mediation, peace and dialogue.African countries are working hard to transform their economies.Governments are supporting programmes that promote manufacturing and competitiveness.They are encouraging new growth opportunities by investing in economic and social infrastructure.Importantly, African countries are collaborating on cross-border infrastructure projects that foster greater integration and trade.Many of these fall under the auspices of the Presidential Infrastructure Championing Initiative headed by President Jacob Zuma.This initiative is providing political leadership to projects such as the trans-Saharan highway between Algeria and Nigeria, the Grand Inga Dam in the DRC, and the North-South Corridor in Southern Africa.At a national level – in South Africa – we are undertaking a massive infrastructure investment programme overseen by the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission.It is improving the capacity of our economy through better roads, ports, railways, electricity generation capacity and water infrastructure.It is improving people’s lives through new hospitals, clinics, schools and bus rapid transit systems.It is part of a broader economic strategy that seeks to grow the economy by increasing investment in productive economic sectors like manufacturing, agriculture.Central to the economic future of our country is the development of the skills of its people.Nowhere has the impact of apartheid been more keenly felt than in education.By depriving generations of black South Africans of a decent education, the apartheid government sought to deny them and their descendants a prosperous future.We have allocated R640 billion to basic education over the next three years. Much of this will go to improving school infrastructure, ensuring all learners receive suitable learning materials, and improving teacher training.We have significantly expanded access to higher education, and have increased the funding available to poor students through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).The amount disbursed annually by NSFAS has grown by approximately 270% since 2008, and is budgeted to grow even further in the next few years.But what has been made very clear by events over the last few weeks is that the funding of higher education remains a critical problem.We need to ensure that no-one is excluded from higher education because of an inability to pay.At the same time, we need to find funding mechanisms that are sustainable and ensure a high quality of education.We should therefore welcome the decision that the Presidential task team established to look at funding higher education will now be broadened to look at other issues of transformation in the sector.This is a matter of great urgency and great consequence.No country has managed to achieve what we are seeking to achieve without affordable, accessible, quality higher education.Through their actions, the students of South Africa have, quite correctly, underlined this critical imperative.As a country, we must now move with speed and purpose to address these fundamental issues of access, transformation and quality outcomes.Ladies and Gentlemen, there are many ways to describe Africa’s recent progress and the expectations that many have of its imminent economic and social emergence.During the course of this Forum we can expect that these descriptions will be scrutinised and enriched and enhanced.I would now like to turn to what I referred to in my opening remarks as mega-trends that business needs to address and pay attention to.EY has produced a report setting out five mega trends, to which I have added my own five. The 10 trends are:1. Shared value;2. Regional integration;3. Infrastructure development;4. Entrepreneurship;5. Partnership;6. The level of consciousness of the people of the world is rising; people are becoming more discerning and are not prepared to accept shoddy service;7. Growth of the middle class, and on the African continent in particular;8. People’s demand for good governance;9. Innovation, particularly the grasp of technology in Africa10. Hope for the future: people are more hopeful about the future; (even) when they protest, they are doing so to secure a better future.I would like to conclude with what I consider to be one of the most compelling accounts of what we are witnessing in Africa today.It was written over a century ago by Pixley ka Isaka Seme.He said:“The brighter day is rising upon Africa. Already I seem to see her chains dissolved, her desert plains red with harvest, her Abyssinia and her Zululand the seats of science and religion, reflecting the glory of the rising sun from the spires of their churches and universities.“Her Congo and her Gambia whitened with commerce, her crowded cities sending forth the hum of business, and all her sons employed in advancing the victories of peace-greater and more abiding than the spoils of war.“Yes, the regeneration of Africa belongs to this new and powerful period!”I thank you.
“We remained flat in the periods that have passed recently because of the devastating rains, but we have a lot to be hopeful about,” he said. Chief Technical Director, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Courtney Cole, is calling on farmers and agricultural investors to engage in more climate change mitigation plans, in an effort to protect their investments. Story Highlights Mr. Cole said due to climate change, Jamaica has been experiencing inconsistent weather patterns, which have affected crops across the island in the last 12 months, thereby impacting the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). Chief Technical Director, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Courtney Cole, is calling on farmers and agricultural investors to engage in more climate change mitigation plans, in an effort to protect their investments.Mr. Cole said due to climate change, Jamaica has been experiencing inconsistent weather patterns, which have affected crops across the island in the last 12 months, thereby impacting the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP).Addressing a Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) Agricultural Information Forum on March 13 at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew, Mr. Cole pointed out that the sector, in 2016, contributed 7.3 per cent to the GDP, and that was 1.3 per cent over the year before.“We remained flat in the periods that have passed recently because of the devastating rains, but we have a lot to be hopeful about,” he said.“What we have is a situation where we’re operating on something looking like a pendulum or a continuum, where on one side you have extreme drought conditions, and then on the other we have extreme precipitation and flooding. It seems like that has become the new norm,” he added.Mr. Cole said that the seasonal patterns that could have been predicted years ago have now changed due to climate change, and, as such, farmers and investors need to invest more in mitigation plans to prepare for the unexpected.“We have to find ways of mitigating the drought situation by harvesting more of that water that floods us out. We must have mechanisms in place that will capture that water, so that we have it when the drought situation comes around again,” he suggested.Mr. Cole said the Government, through the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, has been making efforts to prevent the devastating impact that climate change can bring to the economy.“The Ministry, through RADA and other affiliated entities, has been engaging our farmers and training them,” he noted.JAMPRO hosted the forum with the aim of increasing local and international investment in the agricultural sector to support Jamaica’s economic growth programme and empower local farmers.It was used as a platform to highlight agriculture as an important business opportunity in Jamaica and to emphasise the Government’s commitment to supporting the growth of the sector.Some of the issues addressed were financing options for agricultural activities; traditional and non-traditional crop opportunities; land availability and suitability issues; marketing of agricultural products locally and overseas; and Government initiatives and programmes to support agriculture, such as agro parks and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) support to farmers.
Three new super post-panamax cranes are currently being shipped aboard the heavy lift vessel ZHEN HUA 13 toward their destination – Port Houston’s Barbours Cut Container Terminal.Along the journey, which started in Shanghai on July 23, these 405-feet-tall cranes will travel with booms fully raised. Once they reach their destination after a two and a half month journey, the cranes are slated to replace three older ones at Barbours Cut.They are just a part of a USD 700 million modernization program under way at Barbours Cut to increase cargo-handling efficiency and capacity. In addition to new cranes, other improvements, including wharf and container yard reconfiguration measures, are expected to increase terminal capacity from 1.2 million to 2 million TEUs, adding to the 14 ship-to-shore wharf cranes and 44 rubber-tired gantry cranes(RTGs) currently operating at the site.“Considerable improvements are being made by Port Houston as we strategically prepare for expected growth,” Roger Guenther, Port Houston Executive Director, said.Last month, Port Houston informed that its Barbours Cut terminal established a new record for container lifts from one vessel when it undertook 4,198 moves while working with the 5,000 TEU containership COSCO BOSTON.The USD 33 million purchase of Port Houston’s super post-panamax cranes was approved by the Port Commission in 2015, and they are expected to be delivered to Barbours Cut on or around October 7.Image Courtesy: Port Houston
zoom Japan’s Astomos Energy Corporation and oil company Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) have agreed to further study the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as ship bunker fuel.The parties reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the aim to enhance cooperation, share and research information in the fields of consideration of LPG fueled vessels, organizing global supply sites for LPG bunkering and other fields relating to LPG bunkering.For the past years, KPC and Astomos have been forming respectable business partnership in the fields of LPG supply and import. This MOU made the partnership stronger for the two companies and will contribute to expansion of new business fields, Astomos said.The latest MOU comes on the back of an agreement reached with Australian LPG distributor Elgas in late October, aimed at further studying the use of LPG as bunker fuel. Earlier in 2017, Astomos signed a separate MOU with Norway-based oil and gas company Statoil for the same purposes.LPG bunkering concept was shaped as one of the solutions for the approaching SOx Regulation for shipping fuels in 2020.
TV and radio presenter, Kirsty Young, has been announced as UNICEF UK’s new President, taking over from Lord Ashdown who has been in the position for the last six years.With her exceptional background in journalism, news and current affairs, Kirsty will bring a host of skills to the role, along with passion and dedication for UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation.Kirsty, who presents Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 and also fronts a variety of television programmes, brings impressive experience to the role. She began her broadcasting career twenty five years ago at BBC Radio Scotland and her work has been wide-ranging with stints anchoring network news and television series including BBC’s Crimewatch. Kirsty is a keen long term supporter of UNICEF UK and most recently helped to launch 7: The David Beckham Fund for UNICEF.David Bull, Executive Director, UNICEF UK said: “We’re thrilled to announce Kirsty Young as the new President of UNICEF UK. She brings incredible experience to the role alongside a strong belief in UNICEF’s work for children across the world. Kirsty is able to speak about the issues facing these children with authority and passion. I am excited to have brought a powerful new voice to our mission for children. Kirsty has a natural synergy with UNICEF, it’s values and our desire to put children first. Her experience of current affairs made Kirsty a natural choice for President and we look forward to working with her over the coming years.”Kirsty Young, UNICEF UK’s President, added: “I am delighted to step into the role of President for UNICEF UK and it’s a privilege to follow in the footsteps of Lord Ashdown. I hope that I’m able to help by shining a light on the vital work UNICEF does with children in danger across the world. As a mother, I can think of nothing more important than keeping vulnerable children safe and healthy. UNICEF is dedicated to that cause and I can’t wait to get started by doing my bit to help such a brilliant organisation.”