first_imgThe UN report has urged the identification of perpetrators of attacks, saying they should be held accountable. The UN report has urged the identification of perpetrators of attacks, saying they should be held accountable.The United Nations has lamented the heavy toll that armed conflict has had in Somalia, saying the war had killed thousands of people, displaced millions, damaged infrastructure and livelihoods as well as impeded access to humanitarian relief for communities in need.A report released UN Human Rights Office and the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) shows that a total of 2,078 civilian had been killed in the period from 1 January 2016 to 14 October 2017, while 2,507 others were injured.The report dubbed “Protection of Civilians: Building the Foundation for Peace, Security and Human Rights in Somalia,” indicates that more than half the casualties (60 per cent) were attributed to al-Shabaab militants.It added that 13 per cent of the casualties were attributed to clan militias, 11 per cent to State actors including the army and the police, four per cent to the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), and 12 per cent to unidentified or undetermined attackers.The report said that the unlawful attacks targeted civilians through the use of indiscriminate bomb and suicide attacks by non-state groups.It urged the identification of perpetrators of such attacks, saying they ought to be held accountable.“Such attacks, which are prohibited under international human rights and humanitarian laws, are, in most cases, likely to constitute war crimes, and it is imperative that perpetrators are identified and held accountable,” it said.The worst incident on a single day was the twin bomb blasts in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on 14 October, attributed to Al-Shabaab by Somali government officials, in which at least 512 people are officially recorded to have died as of 1 December, along with 357 injured.last_img read more

first_imgPENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida baseball team announced six early signees for the 2015-16 academic year.The Argos added Northwest Florida State transfer JT Granat, Pace High School product Tyler Sharp and central Florida high school standouts Matt Sullivan, Troy Brown, Cole Crowder, and Robert Lopez.”I think we did a great job addressing our needs for the next several years with five high school signees and one junior college pitcher,” UWF coach Mike Jeffcoat said. “We have two left-handed and two right-handed pitchers and hopefully our shortstop and catcher of the future. Assistant Head Coach Shane Gierke did a great job identifying those needs and helping set up some young guys coming through our program for the future as well as a junior impact guy.”Newcomers (6)JT Granat – 6’4” – 220 lbs. – RHP – Northwest Florida StateQuote from Gierke: “He’s a big, strong right-handed pitcher who went to Tate High School. We think he can be a rotation guy right away. He’s a three-pitch guy with a good sinker ball that will give you a chance to win every time.”Tyler Sharp – 6’1” – 175 lbs. – SS/RHP – Pace HSQuote from Gierke: “He’s a three-year starter at shortstop at Pace High School, and he’s a right-handed pitcher. We like his bat, and think he’s going to develop into a nice arm on the mound. But when it comes to swinging the bat, he has a chance to do some things as a freshman.”Matt Sullivan – 5’11” – 190 lbs. – C – Dr. Phillips HSQuote from Gierke: “A big focus of ours is trying to find a freshman catcher to come in and have a chance to play right away. Mike Bradley, the head coach at Dr. Phillips High School, is a great friend who does a great job, and his assistant coach is UWF hall of famer Pete Antoske. So anytime we can get someone from Dr. Phillips it’s always a plus.”Cole Crowder – 6’3” – 210 lbs. – LHP/1B – George Jenkins HSQuote from Gierke: “He’s a dual guy who plays pitcher and first base. We think he’s got a huge future on the mound as a left-handed pitcher. He has a good overhand breaking ball. We really like his frame and what he brings to the future on the mound.”Robert Lopez – 6’1” – 180 lbs. – SS – George Jenkins HSQuote from Gierke: “He’s a strong, physical shortstop who has a lot of pop in his bat. He’s got a lot of potential to do big things with the bat. We expect big things from him as a freshman.”Troy Brown – 6’3” – 200 lbs. – LHP – Lakeland HSQuote from Gierke: “He’s another big left-handed pitcher who has a chance to pitch right away for us in a big role. We think his ceiling as a pitcher is really high. His fastball can get up to 88 miles per hour.”For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.  #ARGOS#Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more