26 Oct
2019

A High School Football Player Has Died After Injuries Suffered During A Game Friday Night

first_imgTwo generic NFL footballs.(Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)We’ve got some awful, awful news out of Zebulon, Georgia this Monday morning. A high school football player named Dylan Thomas, who played for Pike County, has died after sustaining injuries during a game this past Friday night.Thomas, who was a junior linebacker, was injured during his team’s game against Peach County High School. He was transported to a nearby hospital following the injury and underwent emergency surgery. He suffered from brain swelling and fell into a coma.His uncle, Nick Burgess, issued a grave update on Saturday. Sunday night, numerous reports confirmed that Thomas had passed away from his injuries.Alexa Liacko of FOX 5 reports that Thomas was just 16 years old.Things are not looking good at all. I can’t even describe the pain I am feeling. we will know the outcome in 12 hours….Posted by Nick Burgess on Saturday, September 29, 2018BREAKING: We’ve just received word from family that 16-year-Old Dylan Thomas has passed away. We have more information on this heartbreaking news in MINUTES on @FOX5Atlanta. ? #DylanStrong pic.twitter.com/wmtbzJkNOh— Alexa Liacko FOX 5 (@AlexaLiackoFOX5) October 1, 2018It’s unclear what kind of play led to Thomas’ injury.Our thoughts and prayers are with Thomas’ family and friends.last_img read more

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2 Oct
2019

Senior UN official deeply concerned over reports of children used in fighting

However, to date, less than 20 per cent of the Flash Appeal and only about 53 per cent of the $861 million required for on-going operations of humanitarian partners has been received. “Everybody has to do everything possible to ensure [the civilians] live and receive the assistance they need,” said Ms. Grande. The news release also flagged that the UN is deeply concerned over reports of mass graves of thousands of civilians in areas formerly under the control of ISIL.According to OCHA, the crisis in Iraq is one of the largest, most complex and volatile in the world. More than 10 million Iraqis currently require some form of humanitarian assistance, including 3.4 million civilians who are internally displaced, many for the second or third time. “Involving children in fighting is totally unacceptable,” said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande, in a news release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today, expressing deep concern at the reports of recruitment of children in at least one displacement camp in the country.“Nothing is more important than ensuring the safety of civilians during the conflict,” she added.Ms. Grande, who is also the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Iraq, further warned that hundreds of thousands of civilians will require protection and assistance, given that the battle to retake Mosul, the second largest city in the country, is likely to start soon. Reminding that international humanitarian law prohibits all parties to the conflict from recruitment of minors or their use in hostilities and that it requires the parties ensure the protection of civilians and allow them to leave conflict zones safely, Ms. Grande said: “Under no circumstances can civilians be used as human shields. This violates all principles of humanity.” The news release added that humanitarian actors in the country issued a so-called Flash Appeal in July, urgently requesting $284 million to prepare for a response in Mosul. A Flash Appeal occurs within the context of any major sudden onset disaster that requires a coordinated response beyond the capacity of the government plus any single UN agency to respond to, and it outlines specific response plans to address acute humanitarian needs, normally for up to six months. Humanitarian agencies have also sought funding for the regular 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan which provides assistance for 7.3 million Iraqis. read more

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