COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on November 3, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Another head coaching vacancy has been filled.After a tumultuous 2018 college football season, Maryland has finally found its new head coach. Former Maryland assistant and interim head coach Mike Locksley – currently offensive coordinator for Alabama – is headed back home.Maryland took to Twitter to make the news official.Welcome Home!We are excited to announce Michael Locksley as the head coach of Maryland Football. #LOCKedIn ? | #FearTheTurtlehttps://t.co/7ysnt51mQz pic.twitter.com/CLeCcqVDuC— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) December 5, 2018Matt Canada, who entered the season as the offensive coordinator at Maryland, assumed head coaching duties after the school placed DJ Durkin on leave. He took over as the interim head coach when Durkin was fired as well.Despite his close proximity to the program, Canada did not get the “interim” status removed from his title.Locksley formerly coached at New Mexico where he racked up a rough 2-26 record. After his stint there, Locksley took over as the offensive coordinator at Maryland and then served as the team’s interim head coach for six games – going 1-5.Now there’s an opening on Nick Saban’s staff.
“Blake Vinson is out. We’re going to go ahead and do surgery on him. He’ll miss the rest of the year with a patella injury,” Swinney said. “They’re going to go ahead and do it now so he’s fully recovered and ready to go for spring practice. Hate that for Blake.”In the interim, Swinney announced that freshman Will Putnam will take over for Vinson.Clemson backup LT Blake Vinson out for the season https://t.co/MRLpyub3w3— Phil Steele (@philsteele042) September 25, 2019A three-star prospect from the state of Florida in 2017, Vinson redshirted his freshman year. But according to The State, he is eligible to get a separate medical redshirt and potentially get a sixth year at Clemson.It’s a tough break for Vinson, but may be far from the end of his college career.Good luck on recovery Blake! CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 15: The Clemson Tigers Rally Cats perform during a stoppage in play of the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers have steamrolled the opposition this year en route to a 4-0 start to the season. But it looks like they’ll have to go the rest of the campaign without offensive lineman Blake Vinson.Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney announced this week that Vinson has been ruled out for the rest of the year with a patella injury. Vinson was the designated backup left tackle, and a crucial piece of depth along Clemson’s line.Swinney also announced that Vinson will be undergoing surgery soon. He expressed optimism that Vinson will be ready to return when spring practice come around.Via The State:
“Zimbabwe’s health system has completely collapsed – it cannot control the cholera outbreak which is spreading throughout the country, with a daily increase in the death toll,” the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, Anand Grover, said of the epidemic which has already infected 20,000 people, killing over 1,100.“New cholera cases are being reported with no medical system or staff with the capacity to contain the epidemic,” he added.Meanwhile, the first ever UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) airlift of critical emergency supplies to Zimbabwe has landed in Harare, the capital, bringing intravenous fluids, drip equipment, essential drugs, midwifery and obstetric kits to boost the agency’s cholera response and help the Government to deliver some essential health services to expecting mothers. “This is a strategic measure to address a desperate situation,” acting UNICEF Country Representative Roeland Monasch said. “We are already supplying 70 per cent of the country’s essential drugs, and these airlifted supplies will further boost UNICEF’s lifesaving support.”The experts, whose comments ranged over a wide range of issues from lack of clean water and food to the unjustified use of force by the authorities and civil rights abuses, expressed particular concern about the closure of the main public hospitals due to lack of medical supplies and health professionals.They also highlighted the shortage of anti-retroviral therapies and essential medicines to treat acute diseases, stressing that the participation of communities was crucial for the development and implementation of plans to rebuild the failing health system and warning that the situation was becoming disastrous and was likely to deteriorate as the rainy season approached. “There is no access to clean water sources and the country is faced with poor sanitation and meagre waste disposal and management infrastructure, greatly exacerbating the incidence of the disease,” the Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, said, noting that unsafe drinking water is also contributing to severe malnutrition. The Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, warned there was just not enough food at the national or household level. “An estimated 5.5 million people may need food assistance. Food and agricultural production have decreased drastically. With rising unemployment, and hyperinflation due to several years of economic instability, people have been suffering for too long in Zimbabwe; their right to adequate food has to be fulfilled now.”Ongoing violations of civil and political rights make it harder for the authorities and the people of Zimbabwe to unite and cooperate with the international community to tackle the humanitarian crisis, the experts stressed.“The crisis is compounded by the use of unjustified force by the authorities in response to peaceful demonstrations and the recent abductions of human rights defenders,” the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, said. The Rapporteurs, who are independent unpaid experts reporting to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, noted that Zimbabwe had one of the best public health systems in sub-Saharan Africa, and was considered its ‘breadbasket.’“Stable systems for providing access to health, water, sanitation and food must be restored and respect for civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights assured,” they added, reiterating their willingness to work with the Government and the international community to find urgent solutions to these problems. 22 December 2008Four independent United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government of Zimbabwe and the international community to do more to rebuild the country’s health system, end the worst cholera epidemic ever recorded there and ensure adequate food for all people as millions face hunger.