By Dialogo April 02, 2010 Haitian President René Préval has given his backing to the creation of a UN “red helmet” humanitarian rapid reaction force which could swing into action within hours of natural disasters. In a speech before a donor’s conference at the UN headquarters on Wednesday to pledge help for his quake-hit nation, Préval argued there was a “need for creating a humanitarian intervention force under the auspices of the UN to coordinate response to disasters, which are bound to occur.” Along with the January 12 quake that left over 220,000 people dead, Préval said recent major natural disasters such as the December 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean and 2008’s Cyclone Nargis that struck Myanmar highlighted the need for rapid intervention to save the maximum numbers of lives. Préval was backed in his call by former French minister Nicole Guedj, who founded the “Red Helmet Foundation,” to lobby for the humanitarian force. UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called the goal “a good project that deserves study and reflection,” he added. Wednesday’s conference ended with some 50 international donors making 9.9-billion-dollars in pledges in a bid to help Haiti recover from the devastating earthquake.
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Track the rest of the Class of 2018 here. Comments Class of 2018 four-star offensive lineman Tyrone Sampson Jr. “reopened his recruitment” and will not sign a national letter of intent with Syracuse on Wednesday, he announced in a Tweet. Reopening my recruitment all schools are welcome to talk & communicate with me. pic.twitter.com/G6Rs70FnEh— T. Sampson (@TSamp_51) December 20, 2017 Published on December 20, 2017 at 11:21 am Contact Andrew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @A_E_Graham Sampson originally committed to SU in April. At the time of his commitment, he was the highest-ranked player in Dino Babers’ 2018 class. Currently, Sampson has offers from Indiana, Minnesota and Louisville, among others. 247sports.com predicts the Detroit native to sign with Michigan or Michigan State, although he has not received a scholarship offer from either school.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlso to decommit from SU’s 2018 class is running back Hassan Hall, who said in his Tweet announcing his decommitment that SU would stay in the mix. It is unclear whether Sampson will continue to consider Syracuse.Sampson was one of two four-star offensive lineman committed to SU, the other being Qadir White, who has signed with the Orange. Facebook Twitter Google+