Famine Looms Over Somalia as Half of the Population Faces Food Insecurity
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Somalia Drought: At Least 110 People Dead From Starvation In 48 Hours

Severe water shortage puts millions at risk. 

An ongoing drought in Somalia claimed dozens of lives over the span of just two days. At least 110 people died from starvation and "water-related diarrhea" in the Bay and Bakool regions, according to Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire.

“About 110 people have died in the past 48 hours due to drought and severe water-related diarrhea in southern Somalia, especially in the Bay and Bakool areas,” Khaire revealed Saturday (March 4). “Somalis, wherever they are, must rescue their needy brothers, who will starve if they are not helped,” he added. “The government’s priority task will be to help those affected by the drought.”

The severe water shortage has put millions at risk of starvation, including more than 300,000 children. In addition, as much as 60 percent of the country’s livestock has been wiped out by the drought.

“There is no medicine and the disease has now become an epidemic,” said a local authority in the Awdiinle village, where approximately 69 people (mostly children and the elderly) died.

The death toll announcement is the first since newly-elected Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo declared the drought a national disaster Tuesday (Feb. 28).

“Those of us gathered here today can neither make the rain come nor provide adequate water to keep livestock alive," Farmaajo said during a meeting attended by federal government cabinet members, alongside officials from the United Nations, the African Union, and more. "But we can respond more effectively and we must do so now simply because the Somali nation is threatened with famine.”

The East African country, which has been ravaged by famine and deadly droughts before, is turning to the international community for help. “We need to act decisively,” noted Somalia’s Deputy Prime Minister Mohamed Omar Arteh. “We need to act massively, and we need to act now if we are to prevent a repeat of the awful scenes of 2011 and 2012 when more than a quarter of a million people died.”

According to the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, the number of Somalis in need of assistance spiked from an estimated 5 million in September 2016 to over 6.2 million today.

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White Teen Girl Arrested For Plotting Mass Shooting At Black Church

Police in Georgia have put a stop to what could've been another tragic mass shooting at a predominantly black church.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports a 16-year-old girl was charged with criminal attempt to commit murder after her plan to attack the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church was revealed. Gainsville Police shared in a news released how they teamed up with Gainesville City School officials to prevent the tragedy.

Gainesville High school resource officers were notified on Friday (Nov. 15) about the white minor's plans by school administrators. Students claimed the teen wrote a plan in her notebook to attack members of  Bethel AME Church based on the color of their skin.

“Our investigation indicated the church was targeted by the juvenile based on the racial demographics of the church members,” police Chief Jay Parrish said Tuesday (Nov. 19). “The church was immediately notified of the incident by Gainesville police to ensure the safety of our community and the current threat was under control.”

The teenager is now at the Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center.

“This is an active investigation and a prime example of how strong relationships between the student body, school administration and law enforcement can intercept a potentially horrific incident,” Parrish said.

 

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Carmelo Anthony Braces For "Next Chapter" With Portland Trail Blazers

Rocking a No. 00 jersey, Carmelo Anthony will have all eyes on him when he takes the court as a Portland Trail Blazer this evening (Nov. 19). The match-up will take place against the New Orleans Pelicans, not only continuing both teams' pursuit of a championship title, but also Anthony's return to form.

"Carmelo is an established star in this league that will provide a respected presence in our locker room and a skill set at a position of need on the floor," the Oregon team's president Neil Olshey said in a statement published by ESPN.

The news, which arrived earlier this month, has been a long time coming for the native New Yorker who consistently expressed his desire to play pro-basketball again. Previously, the 35-year-old played for the Houston Rockets before seeking a new home within the league. According to ESPN, it's been over a year since Anthony played in the NBA.

Anthony's family also wished him well on his journey per an Instagram post from Power co-star LaLa Anthony.

 

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He is his dad’s #1 fan & super excited for this new opportunity...but when it’s all said and done, he’s still a 12yr old that is going to miss his dad 😢🙏🏽🏀Portland you got a great one 🏀🙏🏽#portlandtrailblazers #stayme7o

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Roc Nation Denies Jay Z's "Disappointment" In Colin Kaepernick's NFL Workout

Everyone has an opinion on Colin Kaepernick's current strife with the NFL but Jay Z isn't one of them.

Several reports over the weekend indicated how the mogul felt "disappointed" in Kaepernick, whose audition for the NFL turned into a very messy sideshow. Kapernick changed the location of his workout in Atlanta, which was oddly scheduled 24 hours before Sunday Night Football. “I’m a little bit pessimistic because I’ve talked to all 32 teams,” Kaepernick’s agent Jeff Nalley told CBS. “I’ve reached out to them recently, and none of them have had any interest. I’ll tell you this: No team asked for this workout. The league office asked for this workout.”

The workout was scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. but was moved from the Falcons' practice facility to Charles R. Drew High School in Riverdale by Kaepernick. It's not known when the workout was initially planned but it has happened just a few weeks after the NFL and Jay Z suffered backlash and criticism for their philanthropic partnership. The workout was reportedly intended to showcase Kapernick's abilities to showcase his skills to teams, showing he has the skills and mindset to play again.

Despite no one asking for the workout, it still happened with the presence of a waiver that included murky language that reportedly blocks the activist from taking legal action against the league in regard to his claims of collusion. Kaepernick previously filed an NFL Players Association grievance, calling out the league's collusion against him for protesting during the National Anthem. NBC Sports Mike Florio and Chris Simms discussed the ins and outs of the waiver which was also given Kaepernick's team just days before the workout.

All of this leads to Sunday's reports that Kaepernick supporter and Roc Nation honcho Jay Z was "disappointed with Colin's actions and believes he turned a legitimate workout into a publicity stunt." Oddly enough, the same quote was reported by Sports Illustrated, TMZ and XXL as original reporting (which is a mystery in itself). Nearly 24 hours later, Roc Nation released a statement by way of Twitter that said, "A source at Roc Nation tells us JAY-Z (@S_C_) hasn’t spoken to any sources."

A source at Roc Nation tells us JAY-Z (@S_C_) hasn’t spoken to any sources.

— Roc Nation (@RocNation) November 18, 2019

In somewhat positive news, Kaepernick's workout tape was sent to all 32 teams despite him refusing to sign the mystery waiver. In a matter of days, the narrative quickly shifted from the NFL and Kaepernick to the Jay Z and Kaepernick, allowing the league to slide away from the nightmare they seemingly created.

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