EU provides emergency relief to flood victims in Sri Lanka

Following the devastating floods and landslides which have struck Sri Lanka over the last weeks, the European Commission gave €160 000 (approximately LKR 29 million) in humanitarian funding to bring emergency assistance to the communities affected by the recent floods.Some 17,500 people in the seven most affected districts of the country will benefit from aid. Priority will be given to those who have been displaced. The funding is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). This EU funding supports the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society in delivering relief assistance to those families who are currently living in temporary shelters or evacuation centres. They will receive cash grants which will enable them to purchase essential households items. Priority will be given to access to clean water and sanitation, particularly through the cleaning of wells with contaminated water. First aid and medical services will also be provided, together with hygiene awareness sessions to avoid the spread of waterborne diseases. Since May 19, the southwest monsoon weather conditions have caused heavy rainfalls in the southwest parts of Sri Lanka, triggering floods and landslides in various locations.  According to information released by the national Disaster Management Center, close to 175,000 people have been affected across 19 districts, and 26 people killed. Puttalam, Gampaha, Ratnapura, Colombo, Kurunegala, Kalutara and Kegalle are amongst the worst affected districts. read more

Ohio State womens rowing team wins 2nd consecutive NCAA championship

The Ohio State rowing team celebrates after winning the program’s first NCAA Championship in 2013. The team tacked on another championship June 1, making consecutive championships.Courtesy Walt Middleton Photography / provided by OSU athletic departmentSometimes, repeating a championship performance is harder than winning the title the first time. But one Ohio State athletic team held on to its crown in style.The OSU women’s rowing team claimed its second straight NCAA championship Sunday morning in Indianapolis. OSU now boasts five individual national championships, good for the fourth highest in NCAA rowing, according to an OSU press release.The No. 1 ranked Buckeyes finished with 126 total points, and their closest competitor was California, with 118 points.OSU also walked away with individual national titles in the first and second varsity eights and a seventh-place overall finish in the first varsity four, according to the press release.The winning first varsity eight team is made up of seniors Eelkje Miedema and Claire-Louise Bode, juniors Ashley Bauer and coxswain Victoria Lazur, sophomores Catherine Shields, Holly Norton and Aina Cid Centelles, and freshmen Stephanie Williams and Elodie Ravera. They finished their season with an undefeated 12-0 record.The second varsity eight team features seniors Lauren Eckles, Meghan Birkbeck, Katie King and Taylore Urban, juniors Chloe Meyer, Nicole Becks and coxswain Sami Jurofsky, sophomore Daphne Socha and freshman Anne Dietrich. The crew was the third team overall to win consecutive titles in the event.The varsity four team picked up 16 points toward the total with senior Katie Beletskaya, junior Sarah Kessler, and sophomores Anna Ralph, Anna Gackowski and coxswain Sarah Asad.The Buckeyes are the fifth team to win consecutive titles and the first team to do so since Brown captured back-to-back wins in 2007 and 2008.The OSU Department of Athletics did not immediately return a request for comment. read more