Dozens of children have been killed in fighting in South Sudan, where battles rage despite political deals to end almost two years of civil war, the United Nations has said.The UN said that fighting in the northern battleground state of Unity has “intensified with grave consequences for civilians” in recent weeks, adding that 40,000 people are also starving to death.The report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released late on Friday detailed killings in just one area of Unity state during a two-week period.It said that in the Leer district of southern Unity, which has swapped hands multiple times between government and rebel forces, at least 80 civilians were killed between October 4 to 22. Almost three-quarters of those killed were children – at least 57 killed in Leer – while there were more than 50 cases of rape being used as “a weapon of war”, the report said.Both sides are accused of having perpetrated ethnic massacres, recruited and killed children and carried out widespread rape, torture and forced displacement of populations to “cleanse” areas of their opponents.Hunger experts from the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) have warned of a “concrete risk of famine” before the end of the year if fighting continues and aid does not reach the hardest-hit areas.While some aid has reached two districts in Unity – Buaw and Koch – other areas are cut off.Some 3.9 million people are in critical need of aid – a third of the country’s population and a massive 80% rise compared to the same period last year, the UN said.Civil war began in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of planning a coup, setting off a cycle of retaliatory killings that have split the poverty-stricken, landlocked country along ethnic lines.The army and rebels have repeatedly accused each other of breaking an internationally-brokered August 26 ceasefire, the eighth such agreement aimed at ending the nearly two-year long war.
MILTON, Fla. (April 25) – Severe storms threatened as Justin Galbreath made like lightning in winning Saturday’s Bay Area Modified Emerald Coast Tour feature at Southern Raceway. Galbreath was on a rail, leading most of the 25-lapper after starting fourth. The IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified victory was worth $650.Jason Barnhill, Tyler Allen, Brandon Kilpatrick and Scott Sessions completed the top five. Sessions earned $100 for his hard charger efforts from 12th on the original grid. Jessie Barnhill was the $50 hard luck award recipient after losing his second engine in as many races.The third series date of the season is Saturday, May 2 at Northwest Florida Speedway in Blackman.Feature results – 1. Justin Galbreath; 2. Jason Barnhill; 3. Tyler Allen; 4. Brandon Kilpatrick; 5. Scott Sessions; 6. Joey Bartlett; 7. Doug Lea; 8. Trey Cawthon; 9. Dewayne Burchell; 10. Todd Neiheiser; 11. Jimmy McDaniel; 12. Christopher Rutherford; 13. Josh Goodwin; 14. Jessie Barnhill; 15. Greg Hopkins.
A CLINICAL display by Teneze Ferme in the final saw them crowned Champions. In observance of International Women’s Day which was commemorated on March 8, the Department of Youth and Culture in Region 2 held its 4th annual female cricket competition at Imam Bacchus ground in Affiance on Saturday.Four teams participated in the 10 overs-a-side fixture. In their first encounter, Teneze Ferme disposed of Queenstown by 8 wickets. After winning the toss and batting, Queenstown mustered 48-7 from their 10 overs to which Teneze Ferme replied with 51-2 from 8 overs. In the other knock-out match, Marlborough had the better of Red Village who reached 41-6 from their 10 overs.Marlborough then made light work with the target reaching 44-3 from just 5 overs. The final was then contested between the two hinterland villages. Batting first, Marlborough managed 40-8 from 10 overs to which the eventual winners Teneze Ferme replied with 42-3 to win by 7 wickets.The third place was won by Queenstown Village. Teneze Ferme received the winners’ trophy and other incentives. Trophies were also presented to the other teams. In the individual performances, Aleia Moses was adjudged the highest run-scorer and Kenesha Walcott the highest wicket-taker. Both received prizes as well.Among the donors were Lake Mainstay, Charlie Clarke Department of Demerara Life Insurance and K&J Persaud Contracting Service. Coordinating the event were Sports Organisor Debra Daniels and Youth Officer Herald Alves from the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture, Ministry of the Presidency.