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US president Barack Obama nominates Shamina Singh to prominent government post

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

US President Barack Obama has nominated an Indo-American businesswoman, Shamina Singh, as the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

As per the announcement of White House, Singh’s nomination has been sent to the Senate for review.

At present, Singh works as the Executive Director of the Master Card Center for Inclusive Growth. It was in 2013 that she joined as the Global Director for Government Services and Solutions, where she expanded MasterCard’s business capabilities to digitize social subsidy programs in over 40 countries, as per the World Economic Forum.

Singh led government and public affairs for Nike and also spent five years with Citigroup’s Global Community Development Group before joining the Master Card Center. In addition, she has also spent 15 years in the public sector holding senior positions within the Clinton Presidential Administration and the U.S. House of Representatives.

She was the deputy campaign manager for Ron Kirk’s Senate campaign in 2002, and served as a senior advisor to U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in 2003.

From 1999 to 2001, Singh acted as an executive director for the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Singh has obtained a graduate degree in public policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School for Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. She has also completed executive programs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Yale’s Jackson Institute for Diplomacy and the India School of Business.

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US: Infections from Three Sexually Transmitted Diseases Hit New Highs for Fifth Consecutive Year

The infection rate rose 3 percent from 2017

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FILE - A billboard above a gas station, April 1, 2016, promotes testing for sexually transmitted diseases. VOA

U.S. infections from three sexually transmitted diseases have risen for the fifth consecutive year. US.

More than 1.7 million cases of chlamydia (kluh-MID’-ee-uh) were reported last year. The infection rate rose 3 percent from 2017.

It’s the most ever reported in a year, though the trend is mainly attributed to increased testing.

About 580,000 gonorrhea (gah-nuh-REE’-uh) cases were reported. That’s the highest number since 1991. The rate rose 5 percent. Scientists worry antibiotic resistance may be a factor.

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More than 1.7 million cases of chlamydia (kluh-MID’-ee-uh) were reported last year. Pixabay

And the syphilis rate rose 15 percent. About 35,000 cases of the most contagious forms of the disease were reported — also the most since 1991.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers Tuesday.

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The increases coincided with public health funding cuts and clinic closures. (VOA)