TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Despite starting off the season with back-to-back blowout victories, Nick Saban still wants to see his team make improvements. In order to make that happen, the Alabama head coach is making a switch to one very crucial position.While the Crimson Tide continue their dominance against their competition, the reigning champions could still use consistency from their special teams unit.After having consecutive abysmal outings, Austin Jones is no longer the starting kicker for Alabama. Instead, redshirt freshman Joseph Bulovas will take his place.Saban: Joseph Bulovas will be the kicker moving forward— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) September 12, 2018Jones struggled mightily in the season opener, missing an extra point and 27-yard field goal. As for their second matchup, the senior kicker failed on two extra point attempts.On the other hand, Bulovas was perfect against Arkansas State, converting every single opportunity, which included a 39-yard field goal.It’s hard to find many flaws on Alabama’s roster, but clearly Saban believes their kicking game needs an upgrade.Bulovas will have his first chance to prove Saban right on Saturday, as they face Ole Miss on the road.
In Chad, more than 5,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) received food and nutrition assistance for the first time as insecurity and access concerns had cut them off from any support. Distributions are now ongoing, and WFP said it aims this month to reach up to 35,000 displaced people, similarly cut off previously from any assistance.“In the areas north of Baga Sola, in Chad, the displacement sites have mushroomed in a matter of months – up to 22 sites,” said Mary-Ellen McGroarty, WFP Country Director in Chad, who said the agency had been told that people have been struggling to survive. Some people said that they have been surviving on nothing but maize for weeks. “We have started distributions at five sites where the needs are most critical and we are working to reach others. There are no roads so reaching these sites means a 300 kilometre round trip in the sand. We would like to move quicker but the challenges are enormous,” she added.Since December, continued and increased violence in northeast Nigeria and along the border areas uprooted 400,000 more people, according to WFP. During the same period, the number of people displaced in Niger, Cameroon and Chad has nearly doubled. To date, an estimated 2.8 million people have been displaced internally or across borders; 2.2 million are in Nigeria.Insecurity, displacement, and disruptions to agricultural activities and cross-border trade, continue to undermine communities’ livelihoods and their ability to produce or buy enough food for their families. There are more than 5.6 million people facing hunger in areas of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger affected by the Boko Haram violence in. WFP is concerned that the lean season, which normally starts in May/June, could start much sooner.“This assistance comes at a critical time as we have seen a rising flow of people forced to flee their homes due to ongoing violence,” said Denise Brown, WFP Regional Director for West and Central Africa.In response to growing food insecurity, malnutrition concerns and continued displacement in the Lake Chad Basin, WFP aims to scale up its assistance from 600,000 to nearly 750,000 people, including refugees, internally displaced people, returnees and host communities.In areas where food is available and markets are functioning, WFP aims to gradually introduce cash-based transfers, allowing people to buy the food that they need, and at the same time injecting money into the local economy.In recent days, 35,000 internally displaced people and vulnerable local residents have benefitted from the first cash-based transfers in Niger’s Diffa region. The vast majority fled their homes 12 to 18 months ago but as violence continues they cannot return.WFP is entirely voluntarily funded by contributions from governments, the private sector and individual donors. WFP urgently requires $75 million to cover immediate needs until July for displaced people and vulnerable host communities in the Lake Chad Basin. Of this, about half has been secured.