Ethiopia distributes wheat and oil to millions facing hunger

first_imgEthiopia’s government has started distributing rations of wheat and oil to people facing hunger in the north and northeastern parts of the country.The government is now supplying 15 kilograms of wheat and half a litre of cooking oil per adult in the areas hit by drought conditions, according to Mitiku Kassa, secretary of the Ethiopian Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Committee.More than 8 million people require urgent food assistance, and the Ethiopian government says there is enough food aid to feed them through December.Sisay Gebrselassie, a resident of Wukro town in Northern Ethiopia who recently moved to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, said he believed one in five families in his hometown lost their crops. “They have now left their farmlands for their cattle to scavenge whatever they can get from it,” he said, adding that many farmers are selling their cattle before they die.The UN says the scale of the developing emergency exceeds resources available so far.The food insecurity is fuelled by the failure of Ethiopia’s spring rains that resulted in poor crop yields.last_img read more

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NBA Finals 2019: Warriors’ Steve Kerr explains decision to start DeMarcus Cousins

first_img Klay Thompson injury update: Warriors star (hamstring) ‘questionable’ for Game 3 “He was special,” Curry told reporters. “Obviously you get more comfortable, more minutes and playing aggressive when he’s out there, puts a lot of pressure on their defense. And even on our defensive end, making his presence felt blocking shots, being in the right place at the right time. It’s a big lift for us. I know he’s been waiting a long time to be on this stage.””It’s a big lift for us.”Steph Curry is glad to have DeMarcus Cousins back.#GameTime | #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/jsQrDWVJ3i— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 3, 2019The Warriors will host Game 3 of the NBA Finals, which will tipoff Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET. NBA Finals 2019: 3 takeaways from Warriors’ Game 2 win over Raptors The Warriors made a change to their lineup Sunday.DeMarcus Cousins returned to the court in the opener of the NBA Finals against the Raptors after missing most of the postseason with a torn quad and surprisingly started Game 2. Golden State coach Steve Kerr told The Athletic after the game he made the adjustment in part to offset the loss of Kevin Durant, who has been out since straining his calf in the team’s second-round series. NBA Finals 2019: Raptors were ‘disrespectful’ to Andre Iguodala, says Stephen Curry “We talked about it as a staff two days ago,” Kerr said. “It was pretty much unanimous that we should start (Cousins). He’s starting to feel healthier. I thought he gave us some good minutes the other night.“And let’s face it, with the injury to Kevin (Durant), we need some scoring punch from another position besides the backcourt.” Related News Cousins finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in 28 minutes of action in Golden State’s 109-104 win, which evened the series at 1-1.Warriors center Kevon Looney and Klay Thompson both left the game with injuries.”What an avalanche here from Golden State!”Relive the @warriors big 2nd half as they win Game 2 of the #NBAFinals presented by @YouTubeTV on the road! #StrengthInNumbers🚨: TOR 1-1 GSW, Game 3⏰: 9:00pm/et – Wednesday, 6/5🇺🇸: ABC 🇨🇦: Sportsnet pic.twitter.com/ebRwghf6B2— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 2019“(Cousins) was great,” Kerr said during his postgame press conference. “We came in thinking, all right, he can maybe play 20 minutes and he gave us almost 28. … He was fantastic and we needed everything he gave out there, his rebounding, his toughness, his physical presence, getting the ball in the paint, and just playing big, like he does. We needed all of that.”Warriors star Stephen Curry also praised Cousins after the victory.last_img read more

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Iowa to launch statewide rape kit tracking system

first_imgDES MOINES — After a recent survey found thousands of sexual assault evidence kits were left untested in Iowa, the state is launching a plan to keep close track of such rape kits in the future.Lynn Hicks, communications director for the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, says a sample-tracking software company is being hired to roll out its Track-Kit system to all regions of the state by mid-2020.Hicks says, “Basically, it will follow the rape kits from the time a kit is at the medical facility or hospital and used in an exam, and then all the way through the final disposition of the case.”According to Hicks, the system will connect more than 1,200 users at Iowa medical facilities, law enforcement agencies, crime laboratories, and county attorney’s offices.“Most important, it will allow that sexual assault survivor to be able to get information on the status and location of the kit,” Hicks says, “so they would be able to follow it throughout the process.”A survey in 2017 by the Iowa Attorney General’s Crime Victim Assistance Division found more than 4,200 untested rape kits in police departments and sheriff’s offices across Iowa. Efforts are being made, Hicks says, to tackle that backlog, but the new tracking system is also crucial.“We think this is going to be a big step forward,” Hicks says. “This software will increase the accountability and transparency throughout the process and ultimately will empower survivors of sexual assault.”Of the 4,200 untested rape kits found statewide, more than 1,600 have been sent to private labs for testing. From those, Hicks says 235 DNA profiles have been entered into CODIS, the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System. Of those, 127 were hits, or matches to DNA in the database, enabling the information to be forwarded on to prosecutors.last_img read more

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