CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Bronco Mendenhall of the Virginia Cavaliers watches the clock in the second half during a game against the Louisville Cardinals at Scott Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)One of the top remaining Class of 2019 prospects, four-star defensive tackle Jeffrey M’Ba, has been putting off his commitment decision until the last minute. That decision appears to have now been reached.Taking to Twitter on Saturday morning, M’Ba announced that he is committing to the University of Virginia. Making the announcement in English and French, he expressed his delight at playing for the team next season.@UVAFootball I COMING THIS JUNE !!!Per 247Sports, M’Ba is the No. 341 prospect in the country. He is considered the No. 25 defensive tackle in the country, and the No. 4 prospect from the state of Connecticut.In picking the Cavaliers, M’Ba turned down a number of top programs from the SEC and Big Ten. He had outstanding offers from Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State, Florida, and Tennessee, among others.@UVAFootball I COMING THIS JUNE !!!🔸⚔️🔹⚔️ #GoHoos pic.twitter.com/2lEHmRIh9A— A.J ⚙️m’ba🇫🇷 (@71THANOS) March 23, 2019Last night, the Cavaliers basketball team was able to avoid another upset by a No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Round of 32. The addition of Jeffrey M’Ba caps off a terrific week in University of Virginia sports.For the Virginia football team, the addition gives them their second four-star commitment for the Class of 2019. The previous several classes have not even had one.Suffice it to say, things appear to be getting even better for head coach Bronco Mendenhall and the Cavaliers.
“Insufficient production, a deficient diet, lower incomes and rising prices mean that 6.4 million vulnerable North Koreans – most of them children, women and the elderly – will need food assistance totalling 500,000 tons next year,” according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP). The DPRK has been hit by a decade of floods, droughts and economic hardship, and the agencies reported that most of the 16 million people receiving subsidized cereals from the Government-run Public Distribution System (PDS) averaging 300 grams per person per day – half a survival ration – cannot make ends meet. They turn to more expensive private markets yet “they are still not able to cover their basic energy requirements,” FAO and WFP said. The report, which followed a joint assessment mission in September and October by the Rome-based food agencies, noted that, increasingly, “the most critical problem for poor households is their lack of access to basic and nutritious food because of declining purchasing power.” “A balanced diet is out of reach for all but a few PDS-dependent households,” it added. “The situation remains particularly precarious for children in kindergartens, nurseries, orphanages and primary schools, pregnant and nursing women, and elderly people.” While the prices of state-subsidized rice and maize rationed through the PDS have remained low and stable, prices in private markets have risen dramatically since the introduction of economic reforms in mid-2002. Last month, rice cost as much as 600 won a kilo in such markets – almost 30 per cent of a typical monthly wage – compared to the 2003 average of 120 won; maize was 320 won a kilo, up from last year’s peak of 110 won. In September, one euro bought 1,600 won on the parallel market. The typical wage earner’s family now spends one-third of its monthly income on PDS rations that meet only half its minimum caloric needs. Another one-third is spent on non-food essentials such as rent, heating and clothing. The remainder is insufficient to purchase enough food in private markets to meet the rest of the family’s very basic needs.