11 July 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that, following forced suspension in May due to insecurity, food delivery has resumed along the southern ring road – a major artery linking Kandahar to the western province of Herat and the site of most incidents involving WFP deliveries. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that, following forced suspension in May due to insecurity, food delivery has resumed along the southern ring road – a major artery linking Kandahar to the western province of Herat and the site of most incidents involving WFP deliveries. “While there are still major problems, getting trucks moving again along the major ring road is an important breakthrough for our operations, particularly in the western region where WFP has been unable to distribute promised food to tens of thousands,” said the agency’s Afghanistan Country Director Rick Corsino. He noted that roughly 100,000 poor Afghans have been waiting for food for weeks. Between 4 and 9 July, 280 metric tons of WFP food supplies were moved from Kandahar to Herat, which has faced a shortage of stocks since deliveries were halted on 28 May due to attacks on the southern ring road. As a result of the suspension, vulnerable families – including many deported from Iran – in Herat, Farah, Badghis and Ghor faced food scarcity. Among these were 65,000 people who work for their communities in exchange for food as well as 55,000 participating in food-for-training programmes. An additional 4,000 tuberculosis patients who receive rations to spur them to receive treatment were impacted. “We are planning to gradually increase movements along the southern ring road as long as the security conditions remain acceptable and our transporters feel confident of their safety,” said Mr. Corsino. “We want to get back to normal operations as quickly as possible, where 1,500 to 2,000 tons is shipped along the road each week.” WFP aims to supply over half a million metric tons of food to 6.6 million people in Afghanistan yearly. Since June 2006, there have been 26 incidents involving vehicles transporting WFP food, threatening projects in the western, southern and eastern parts of the war-wracked country. On 6 July, four WFP-contracted commercial trucks traveling with armed escort were attacked by unknown assailants on the way to Khashrod District in south-western Afghanistan. Two police officers and 13 attackers are reported to have died, with a driver and his helper being held hostage for two days. Approximately 40 tons of food were lost in the incident. Insecurity on the southern ring road has also impeded deliveries in the reverse direction from Herat to southern and eastern portions of Afghanistan, preventing WFP from providing 1,200 tons of biscuits for almost one million children. However, other projects in western Afghanistan remain uninterrupted by the insecurity. Since late April, food has been supplied to 1,500 Afghan families who have been deported from Iran, while schoolchildren
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail By Adrianna PitrelliTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — A new voice with a southern drawl will lead the House Democrats in the 2018 legislative session.“I’m speechless and [the caucus] laughed at me and said, ‘You’ve never been speechless,’” said Rep. Terry Goodin after being elected as the new leader of Democrats in the Indiana House of Representatives.Rep. Terry Goodin, D-Austin, is the new House minority leader. Goodin will fill the position after Rep. Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, stepped down earlier in the month. Photo by Lesley Weidenbener, The Statehouse FileThe 30-member caucus elected the Austin Democrat Monday to fill the position of House minority leader, which was formerly held by Scott Pelath, who announced earlier in the month he would step down from leadership. Pelath, of Michigan City, said the decision was made partly so he and his family could spend more time together.“Immediately after the past election, I confided to many of you that I was not going to do this forever,” Pelath said in a letter to the caucus. “And after several months of repressed doubts, soul-searching, and discussions with my family that time has come – as it does for most of us.”Pelath and his wife recently had a baby.As leader of the House Democrats, Goodin said he will focus on bettering lives of the constituents by listening to their concerns.“We’re going to be very focused as we move forward because the constituents that we represent have been very clear with us, ‘Here’s what we’d like the state of Indiana to become to make our lives easier and more importantly allow our children to have better lives than what we have,’” Goodin said.As the legislative session draws near, Goodin said the House Democrats will work through their top priorities. One of those priorities is expected to be gerrymandering as Goodin has echoed the message that voters should be able to choose their lawmakers, rather than lawmakers choosing the voters.“That’s got to be the message that goes across the state,” Goodin said. “It is a real issue, not just in Indiana, but nationwide.”A 2014 study by the Social Science Research Network said Indiana’s House districts are some of the most gerrymandered in the country. The districts are redrawn every 10 years by whichever party holds the majority, allowing them to draw the lines in a way that reduces competitive elections and often guarantees incumbents victory.The Republicans control the House of Representatives 70-30, but Goodin said he is ready to work across the aisle.“We will be able to reach across the aisle, shake hands and disagree when we disagree and when we agree, we will move forward,” he said.Goodin is more socially conservative compared to most of his Democratic colleagues.He voted to ban same-sex marriage in 2011, and when the issue came up again in 2014, he was excused and didn’t vote on the bill. He also recently encouraged drug testing for people receiving welfare and coauthored a law that allows victims of domestic violence to carry a gun without a permit, which most Democrats didn’t support.Goodin, 50, has represented portions of the southeastern part of the state since 2000. He is also superintendent of Crothersville Community Schools and raises cattle on his family farm. Goodin will continue to serve at superintendent of the school system, which has fewer than 1,000 students.Meanwhile, Goodin said he is looking forward to the upcoming session and helping Hoosiers.“This could be a very eventful session and I hope it is because the more events that happen, the better off the people of Indiana are going to be,” Goodin said.FOOTNOTE: Adrianna Pitrelli is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. November 27, 2017
Bargain plantsOn the July 13 show, Reeves shows how to prune an azalea’s top growth to make a compact plant that, properly planted, can be a low-cost bonus in your landscape.”Gardening in Georgia” is produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV. It airs twice each Saturday, at noon and 7 p.m.Reeves demonstrates, too, how to make a tuteur out of an tomato cage and long privet limbs. Small vines like clematis are well suited for a small, upright structure like this. It’s an example of how a bad plant like privet can do a good deed in your garden.Griffin vegetable patchThe show then shifts to the Research and Education Garden vegetable patch on the UGA campus in Griffin, Ga. Master Gardener Jerry Robinson and horticulturist Tony Johnson constantly evaluate plant varieties, mulching practices, bed design and other management methods in this garden.Finally, Reeves introduces some members of the Quercus family, commonly known as the oaks. Quercus is their genus name. Family members are distinguished by their species name. He also shows how three members of the Cornus (dogwood) family differ from each other.