Urgent aid needed as Zimbabwes humanitarian crisis worsens – UN relief chief

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes said that an estimated 3.8 million people would be classed as food insecure between now and the end of the year. During the peak of the hunger season, between January and March 2009, nearly half of the population of 12 million is estimated to be going to require food assistance. Mr. Holmes, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said there is a large resource gap and aid is needed now. Although several months of humanitarian service delivery were lost, there is still time to avert increased human suffering.In June, Zimbabwe suspended all field operations by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private voluntary organisations (PVOs) in the wake of a political crisis, now resolved through a power-sharing agreement.Since the ban was lifted over a month ago, NGOs and UN agencies have been re-establishing operations to provide life-saving assistance. Mr. Holmes said that current challenges include critical shortages of all basic services, including food, clean water, and health services. Critically under-funded sectors of the current UN appeal for Zimbabwe include emergency agriculture and education, while funding in health, water and sanitation also remains low. 2 October 2008The humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe is deteriorating and will continue to worsen into next year, according to the top United Nations humanitarian official, who has called for urgent aid to avert increased human suffering in the Southern African nation. read more

Mens basketball Big Ten unveils 201718 conference schedule

Mon. Dec. 4vs. MichiganColumbus Sun. Feb. 4vs. IllinoisColumbus The Big Ten Conference released the 2017-18 men’s basketball conference schedule, giving Ohio State first-year coach Chris Holtmann his first look at a packed calendar, which features two games in December and home-and-homes with Michigan and Indiana.The Big Ten was forced to schedule two conference games in early December due to the conference tournament being played at Madison Square Garden in New York, the week before the NCAA Tournament is unveiled in March. Traditionally, the Big Ten tournament has been the final conference tournament to end before the NCAA selection show.Ohio State will open Big Ten play with a trip to Madison, Wisconsin, on Dec. 2 for its only date with the Badgers, which follows the Phil Knight Invitational in Oregon and the Big Ten/ACC Challenge game against Clemson. Then the Buckeyes play at home two days later versus Michigan.Holtmann and his team will play one game at home against Michigan State (Jan. 7), Maryland (Jan. 11), Nebraska (Jan. 22) and Illinois (Feb. 4), and they will play one game on the road against Wisconsin, Northwestern (Jan. 17), Minnesota (Jan. 20) and Purdue (Feb. 7).Ohio State’s conference opponents it will face twice are Michigan, Indiana, Rutgers, Penn State and Iowa.The Buckeyes have three consecutive road games from Jan. 14 to Jan. 20 followed by a four-game home stand from Jan. 22 to Feb. 4. Ohio State will end the season at Indiana, Holtmann’s third away game in four games. Sun. Nov. 12vs. Radford Columbus Thu. Nov. 16vs. Texas Southern Columbus Sat. Jan. 20vs. Minnesota  (Super Saturday)New York (Madison Square Garden) Sat. Dec. 23vs. North Carolina (CBSSports Classic)New Orleans Fri. Nov. 10vs. Robert MorrisColumbus Thu. Jan. 4at IowaIowa City, Iowa Fri. Nov. 24Florida/Stanford (PK 80)Portland, Oregon Sat. Dec. 2at WisconsinMadison, Wisconsin Sat. Feb. 10vs. IowaColumbus Sun. Nov. 5vs. Wooster (exhibition)Columbus Sun. Feb. 18at MichiganAnn Arbor, Michigan Sun. Nov. 19vs. NortheasternColumbus Tue. Jan. 30vs. IndianaColumbus Wed. Feb. 7at PurdueWest Lafayette, Indiana Sun. Nov. 26TBA (PK 80)Portland, Oregon Thu. Feb. 15at Penn StateUniversity Park, Pennsylvania  Sun. Jan. 7vs. Michigan StateColumbus Sun. Jan. 14at RutgersPiscataway, New Jersey Sat. Dec. 30vs. Miami (OH)Columbus Sat. Dec. 16vs. Appalachian StateColumbus Fri. Feb. 23at IndianaBloomington, Indiana Wed. Jan. 17at NorthwesternRosemont, Illinois (Allstate Arena) Thu. Nov. 23vs. Gonzaga (PK 80)Portland, Oregon Tue. Feb. 20vs. RutgersColumbus Thu. Jan. 11vs. MarylandColumbus Sat. Dec. 9vs. William & MaryColumbus Wed. Nov. 29vs. Clemson (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)Columbus Thu. Jan. 25vs. Penn StateColumbus Tue. Dec. 19vs. The CitadelColumbus Mon. Jan. 22vs. NebraskaColumbus read more