first_imgTopics : A popular snack when food is bountiful, mice have become a vital source of protein in Malawi since the coronavirus outbreak aggravated food shortages and economic hardship. Vendors waving long skewers of roasted field mice typically stand along Malawi’s main highway, targeting motorists traveling between the two largest cities, Blantyre and Lilongwe.Seasoned and cooked to a crisp, mice are also sold at street stalls and markets across the southeast African country. “We were already struggling before the coronavirus,” he told AFP shortly after preparing his daily mice catch. “But now because of the disease, things have really gone bad.”The 38-year-old is primarily a peasant farmer but he also hunts and hawks mice to supplement his livelihood. His wife Yankho Chalera and their child depend on his earnings.”When times are hard we rely on mice to supplement our diet because we cannot afford to buy meat,” said Chalera, washing dishes after lunch.Malawi’s government has promised a $50 (42-euro) monthly stipend for people who lost income due to anti-coronavirus regulations that restricted movement and business.The scheme was meant to start in June, but last week the government said roll-out logistics were still being finalized.Health officials have meantime urged the poorest communities in some rural villages to supplement their diets with free and naturally available resources.Mice are “one of the sources of proteins,” said Sylvester Kathumba, principal nutritionist in the health ministry.”We have been encouraging a diet of all food groups, especially in this time of coronavirus which attacks people with low immunity,” said Francis Nthalika, nutrition coordinator at a government-run health office in the Balaka district.The area, tucked into Malawi’s Southern Region, is widely associated with mouse hunting.Environmentalists, however, have voiced concern about damage caused by hunting methods as demand increases. The rodents are typically found in corn fields, where they grow plump on grains, fruit, grass and the odd insect.After crops are harvested, hunters burn bushes to identify mice holes so they can trap them.In so doing they destroy a lot of the ecosystem within the bush,” said Duncan Maphwesesa, director of the Balaka-based environmental rights group Azitona Development Services.”Much as we appreciate that they have to sustain a livelihood due to poverty, the bushfire issue is a long-term destruction,” he said.”They don’t see that they are affecting the environment and that they are part and parcel of those who are causing climate change”.But tradition is hard to break.Fifty-year-old musician Lucius Banda reminisces about mouse-hunting adventures during his youth in rural Balaka.”As a village boy, you learn how to hunt mice from as early as three years old,” said Banda, a former two-time parliamentarian for the district.”And in the village, this is not viewed as a task but more as a form of entertainment that is enjoyed by both boys and girls.”Banda added that children in his village were fed mice as a treat even before they tasted beef.”Up to now I still eat mice, but more as a sentimental act than anything else,” he said.center_img But these salty roadside bites also come in handy when times get tough.  Malnutrition and food insecurity are perennial issues in the small, landlocked nation, where more than half of the population live below the poverty line.The coronavirus, which has infected nearly 5,500 people and killed more than 170, has only exacerbated food shortages as many livelihoods have been curtailed by confinement measures.For mice hunter Bernard Simeon, from Malawi’s central Ntcheu district, the pandemic has brought new complexities to his poverty-stricken life.last_img read more

first_imgFinance minister Siv Jensen said: “Based on the recommendations from the 2013 Strategy Council and advice received through the public consultation process, we plan to reorganise the work. “We will integrate the current ethical exclusion criteria in the management mandate to Norges Bank.”The change means the Council on Ethics will be disbanded, a ministry spokesperson confirmed.The council was set up in 2004 as an independent body to advise on firms that should be excluded from the fund’s investment universe.Jensen said openness about the ethical exclusions of companies would still be key in the management of the fund, and said the ministry was appointing a new group of experts to assess Norges Bank’s work in this particular area.“I think the changes will give better results and a more efficient and consistent use of available resources,” she said.“At the same, we take steps to strengthen the legitimacy of the ethical side to the management.”In the report to Parliament, the Finance Ministry said: “There is a risk, as noted by the strategy council, that the decisions of the ministry are perceived as expressing the position of the Norwegian state with regard to a company or a country.”Such risk would probably increase in the coming years, it said.Integrating all responsible investment tools into Norges Bank might show clearly that exclusions were just the result of the ethical restrictions governing asset management, the report said. “This will also reduce the risk that the actions of the fund are interpreted as reflecting a desire to exercise political influence over companies or markets in which the fund is invested,” it said.The new expert group, which has been set up at the request of Parliament, is to assess whether excluding coal and petroleum companies from the GPFG is a more effective way in addressing climate issues than engagement with the companies.Up to now, the ministry said the prevailing view was that there had been no need to exclude such companies.“The exercise of ownership and exertion of influence have been the preferred strategies for addressing climate-related issues in the management of the fund,” it said.The group is to be chaired by economist Martin Skancke and will include Elroy Dimson, Michael Hoel, Laura Starks, Gro Nystuen and Magdalena Kettis.Separately, in the report to Parliament, the Finance Ministry said it had decided there was no reason to exclude oil and gas equities from the fund’s portfolio to mitigate the Norwegian economy’s already significant vulnerability to oil and gas prices.The ministry had been re-assessing the issue following a decision made in 2009.“The analyses of the relationship between the oil price and financial market investments do not justify changing the current benchmark index,” it said in today’s report. The Norwegian government is to shift responsibility for excluding investments from the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) to Norges Bank, which runs the fund, and disband the 10-year-old Council on Ethics.In its annual report today to Parliament on the NOK5.1trn (€621bn) former oil fund, the Finance Ministry said it was presenting plans in the report to “strengthen the strategy for responsible investments”.The move is in part an effort by the Norwegian government to make sure decisions to exclude particular investments from its high-profile sovereign wealth fund are not seen by the outside world as being politically motivated.While the Council operates independently from both Norges and the government, it is the finance ministry that ultimately needs to sanction any exclusions.  last_img read more

first_img3News 26 August 2015The Government could present changes to paid parental leave, which would include premature, special needs and multiple births, within days, ACT leader David Seymour says.It comes on the day Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill to give new parents an extra eight weeks of paid leave above the Government’s current policy will enter the House for its first reading debate today.Paid parental leave increases from 14 to 16 weeks in April this year, then rising to 18 weeks in April next year.ACT Party leader David Seymour says he won’t be supporting Ms Moroney’s Bill, but says negotiations are continuing with National to make further changes to the Employment Standards Bill, which would cover people in “special circumstances”.The Bill was introduced into Parliament earlier this month.Family First has backed the policy, saying the Government should value parenting and the role parents play during the early years of a child’s life.“The political and policy focus has been on the needs of the economy, rather than on the welfare of children and the vital role of parents,” national director Bob McCoskrie says. read more

first_imgIlonggo senator Franklin Drilon. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “It has a strategic and accessiblelocation – Iloilo has major connections to domestic destinations and directlinks to Singapore and Hong Kong,” Drilon./PN In 2017 and 2018, Iloilo hosted atotal of 46,000 participants in various meetings, conventions, trade fairs andexhibits. And for the first half of 2019, the Iloilo Convention Center was hostto almost 80,000 MICE participants, he added. Promoting Iloilo as a MICE center isexpected to contribute significantly to Western Visayas’ development, too, saidDrilon. She added, “Hindi lang masarap ang pagkain but there are so many places tovisit.” Drilon said he is confident that thecampaign will succeed, saying that Iloilo has all the makings of an excellentMICE destination. ILOILO City – Iloilo as a MICE(Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) hub is seen open moreopportunities to further boost the local tourism industry, drive investmentsand development, and create jobs. Iloilo has contributed significantlyto the attainment of Western Visayas of its high regional Gross DomesticProduct (GDP) growth rates in the last five years. The region’s GDP grew by 9.4percent in 2015; 8.4 percent in 2016; 10.4 percent in 2017; and 6.1 percent in2018.center_img “It is one of the few cities in thecountry that could host large-size conventions such as the Asia-PacificEconomic Cooperation and Association of Southeast Asian Nations summits,”Drilon said. “It will significantly contribute tothe economy and in the process, improve the lives of our people,” according toIlonggo senator Franklin Drilon who graced yesterday’s launching of the “Meetyou in Iloilo” MICE campaign at the Iloilo Convention Center in Mandurriaodistrict. It aims to draw more tourists, businessvisitors and exhibitors to Iloilo City. For her part, Tourism secretaryBernadette Romulo-Puyat said, “What makes Iloilo City a unique MICE destinationis its rich in history, heritage and culture providing enriching experiences todelegates, and adding value to their stay.” Iloilo’s hospitality industry is alsobooming as the tourist arrivals in the province have doubled in the last fiveyears, from 627,000 in 2013 to 1.24 million in 2018, according to Drilon. The P50-million campaign includes abasket of incentives, promotions and related tourism packages in partnershipwith various tourism stakeholders.last_img read more

first_img“DOH recognizes the need to institutes responsive strategies and mechanisms that will enable the community and service providers to cope with psychosocial issues brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic,” Te assured Western Visayans. Physical distancing. Self-isolation. Working from home. Loss of social contacts. These experiences during this long period of community quarantine could sink some people into loneliness and depression, and even suicide, according to the Department of Health (DOH) in Western Visayas. “We need to strengthen not only our physical health but also our mental health,” said Dr. Marie Jocelyn Te, medical coordinator for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases of DOH Region 6. * It is okay to feel not okay. In situations of extreme stress, one can expect not to feel okay. * 41-year-old-male from Bacolod City (Patient No. 108) * Taking or venting feeling to somebody you trust is helpful to overcome negative feelings due to stress. * 43-year-old-male from Bacolod City (Patient No. 118) * 28-year-old-male from Bacolod City (Patient No. 101) Meanwhile, Dr. Bernard Argamosa, a psychiatrist at the National Center for Mental Health, said the number of calls they received has increased during quarantine months with over 2,000 calls from March to May. * A healthy lifestyle can help maintain positive mental health during this time (such as daily exercise, eating healthy food and good sleep). “If a family member’s health is compromised, there is a feeling of helplessness, even economic instability. These are the common worries and anxieties today,” said Te. Te said Patient No. 130 was a repatriated overseas worker. * Talking to mental health professionals is okay. People should not be afraid of feeling judged and stigmatized for doing so. But there was good news, too, yesterday. Te said six more COVID-19 patients recovered. They were the following: Feeling isolated and lonely during this time is a normal reaction, Te stressed but some people may be having a hard time adjusting. “Talagang napaka-importante ang mental health. Itong pandemiya na ito 8is just 10 percent medical, it’s 90 percent psychological. Pwede kang maging asymptomatic, pwede kang hindi tamaan, pero ‘yung effect sa ‘yo napakatagal,” said Argamosa as reported by state-owned People’s Television Network. Te said the COVID-19 pandemic challenges not only individuals but families and communities. * Engage in helpful activities that can help you enjoy and relax. She shared some ideas from the Philippine Council for Mental Health that DOH also recommends. Among these are the following: As to the three new COVID-19 cases in Western Visayas, Te said these were a 32-year-old-male from Bacolod City (Patient No. 128), 28-year-old-male from La Castellana, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 129) and 61-year-old-male from Arevalo, Iloilo City (Patient No. 130). The region now has 130 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Three new ones were recorded yesterday by DOH-6. * 27-year-old-male from Bago City, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 99) * 27-year-old-male from Bacolod City (Patient No. 86) ILOILO City – How do you keep your sanity in the time of pandemic? “They are all asymptomatic and naka-facility quarantine,” said Te. Taking care of one’s health is thus important, she stressed. * 38-year-old-male from Bacolod City (Patient No. 116) Here’s the latest breakdown of the 130 cases: Aklan, six; Antique, 14; Capiz, six; Guimaras, zero; Iloilo province, 21; Negros Occidental, four; Bacolod City, 10; Iloilo City, 19; and repatriates, 50. The region’s recovered COVID-19 cases rose to 94. Its deaths due to the disease still stood at 11./PNlast_img read more

first_imgPhyllis Utter, 81, of Versailles passed away at 7:25am, Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born at Holton on February 13, 1936 the daughter of John and Minnie Beach Gross. She was married to Robert Ensinger in 1954 and he preceded her in death on November 4, 1994. She was married to Jim Utter on October 24, 1998 and he survives. Other survivors include one daughter Diana (Tim) Lawler of Cincinnati; four grandchildren Chris (Carolyn) Foster of Chandler, Arizona, Brent (Chrissy) Foster of Herndon, Virginia, Katrina (Jeff) Savage and Brandy Herbert both of Versailles; 5 great-grandchildren, 9 step-grandchildren, 11 step-great-grandchildren, and two step-great-great-grandchildren; one step-son Jamie (Ruth) Utter of Park City, Montana; three step-daughters Peggy (Chad) Day of Covington, Kentucky, Becky (Steve) Chipman of Dillsboro, and Beverly Utter of Covington, Kentucky. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son Michael Ensinger, and her brothers Robert Gross and Earl Gross. Mrs. Utter was a 1954 graduate of Holton High School. She once worked as a cook for the Jac-Cen-Del schools and finished her career as an administrative assistant for Contel Telephone in Versailles and Greensburg, a position she had for 14 years. In their retirement years Jim and Phyllis enjoyed traveling to Hawaii and throughout the continental United States. Phyllis was a member of the Osgood First Baptist Church, the Osgood-Versailles Eastern Star, and was a former member of the Osgood Beautification Committee. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 31st at 11am at the Osgood First Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Allen officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Osgood First Baptist Church or the Holton Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

first_imgGreensburg, In. — The Greensburg Police Department will implement an “Autism alert System” for local children this week. The system is designed to add another layer of protection for parents will children diagnosed with the disorder.The alert will provide first responders with information specific to the child and family. The information will direct emergency workers to the scene faster with more up-to-date information.The system can also be used for autistic adults as well.The effort will also use Operation Lifesaver, a bracelet system used to track kids and adults with special needs.Families can enroll by calling the police department at 812-663-3131.last_img read more

first_img A first-half Christian Benteke header was enough to seal a 1-0 win for Villa at White Hart Lane and move them six points clear of the bottom three as Sherwood looks to complete his task of keeping the club in the Premier League. The Belgium striker turned home Leandro Bacuna’s 35th-minute strike to separate the two sides, with Carlos Sanchez sent off late on for the visitors having picked up two yellow cards. “We are playing it to him a lot earlier, and (Gabriel) Agbonlahor. Keeping them in the game I think is key. It stretches the opposition and I think we saw that today, the Tottenham defence could not settle.” Sherwood still has a good relationship with key figures at Tottenham and insists he would not be Villa manager now were it not for the faith put in him by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. Levy chose Mauricio Pochettino to replace Sherwood in the Tottenham dugout and the Argentinian is still getting his own philosophy across to the squad. Defeated in the Capital One Cup final by London rivals Chelsea, Pochettino admits qualifying for next season’s Champions League is starting to look improbable – having also dropped points to struggling Burnley last weekend. “To be realistic, it’s difficult,” he said. “But after the last two weeks, we need to be realistic. We need to increase our level of performance. It’s not easy. We are in a position where we need to win all the points.” Villa now have breathing space over the clubs beneath them and this victory would have been all the sweeter for Sherwood – who was sacked as Tottenham head coach at the end of last season. When asked if he enjoyed the victory, Sherwood replied: “Yes, but I didn’t enjoy it while it was still going on. “If we hadn’t won here today, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it (coming back) but it is most satisfying because it is the most important stage of the season. “This week so many people told me ‘you can’t win there, Villa never win there’ – so where do we win?” Those doubters had a point. This was Villa’s first win at Tottenham since 2008 and Sherwood was full of praise for his match-winner – as well as the players behind him. “He’s done well,” Sherwood said of Benteke. “To score 12 goals in 25 games before I came in, there was something wrong. Something wrong with the team behind him, not creating chances. “Benteke – he’s prolific. If you give him a chance he will score. Tim Sherwood enjoyed watching his Aston Villa side beat his former club Tottenham and silence the doubters in the process. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgMeanwhile, Fayetteville-Manlius was at home, having little trouble with Corcoran and Nottingham in a three-team SCAC Metro division meet.The girls Hornets prevailed 105-34 over the Bulldogs and 100-38 over the Cougars as Susan Bansbach ducked under the one-minute mark in the 400 sprint in 59.3 seconds, also winning the 200 in 26.8 seconds.Phoebe White went 2:23.3 in the 800 to beat Grace Kaercher (2:30.1) as Hannah Kaercher ran the 1,500 in 5:06 flat ahead of Adrianna Sydorowych (5:07.6) and Chloe Bullough (5:07.8), with Emily Cook taking the 3,000-meter run in 10:59.3.Samantha Pynn claimed first in the long jump by going 14’7” and the triple jump with 35’5 ¼”. Harper Stoppacher cleared 5 feet in the high jump, with Wren Usiatynski topping 7’6” in the pole vault.Fiona Mejico, who won the 400 hurdles in 1:08.6, paired with Phoebe White, Claire Walters and Brennan Jolly to win the 4×400 relay in 4:14 flat after the Hornets ran the 4×800 in 10:28.8 and also won the 4×100 relay in 54.1 seconds.The boys meet had F-M defeating Nottingham 102-33 and Corcoran 99-40, with Ryan Serp going 1:02 flat to win the 400 hurdles and also prevailing in the 110 high hurdles in 16.2 seconds. Corey Gallagher won the 100 sprint in 11.7 seconds.Nolan Chiles was first in the mile in 4:37.7 to beat out Sam Otis (4:37.9) and Peyton Geehrer (4:38.3), with Otis first in the 3,200-meter run in 9:55 flat and Evan Krukin going to first place in the 800 in 2:12.0.F-M also swept the 4×100 (46.7 seconds) and 4×400 (9:45.0) relays as Sawyer Dereszynski threw the discus 122’3” and Dan Sokolovic won the shot put with a throw of 42’11”. Alex Williamson went 37’2” in the triple jump and Francesco Tibaldo topped 8’6” in the pole vault.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Riley Nash, in 11:49.3, held off Zach Medicis (11:49.7) in the 3,200-meter run, with Nash second in the mile to Adam Kantor, who won in 5:06 flat as Dan Melvin, in 2:20.6, beat out Mike McMahon (2:20.9) in the 800-meter run.Medicis did win the 400 hurdles in 1:09 flat, while Noah Slifka was first in the 110 hurdles in 17.6 seconds. To cap it off, the Brothers got a clean sweep of the 4×100 (48.2 seconds), 4×400 (3:52.6) and 4×800 (9:43.0) relays.CBA also won three of the six field events. Jared Mitchell went 16 feet 5 inches in the long jump, just ahead of Marcus Howard (16’1”), who did take the triple jump with 36’2” as Phillip Tam threw the discus 92’6”. While Christian Brothers Academy has a long and rich tradition of claiming titles, it had never won boys and girls league titles in outdoor track and field – until 2019, anyway.The Brothers secured those league championships last Wednesday afternoon during an impressive sweep over Phoenix, with the CBA boys and girls both defeating the Firebirds by similar 101-39 margins.In the boys meet, CBA’s depth was on display in the sprints as Jaden Buckingham, in 11.6 seconds, edged David Kenney (11.8) in the 100-meter dash, with Aiden Schimpff (24.5 second) and Sean Smith (25.3) 1-2 in the 200-meter dash. Joel Gaffney won the 400-meter dash in 54.6 seconds.center_img Tags: CBAF-Mtrack and fieldlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 20, 2013 at 6:26 pm Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_ WASHINGTON – For more than 23 minutes, Syracuse shut out Georgetown. The Hoyas had little chance inside where David Hamlin and Brian Megill consistently clobbered any attack brave enough to approach the Orange’s crease.In that stretch, spanning most of the third quarter and nearly all of the fourth, No. 3 SU (10-3, 4-1 Big East) seized control of another trap game to end an exhausting stretch of five games in 14 days. It signaled a stark shift from the opening minutes of the game when GU’s Travis Comeau got free on the crease for two goals in less than seven minutes. The Orange looked slow initially, but it was most damning in defense as the Hoyas (5-8, 2-3 Big East) pulled out to an early lead. But Syracuse adjusted its slide packages, mixed in some zone and comfortably depended on goalie Dominic Lamolinara, only surrendering a brief two-goal run to end the game.“We started calling out our zone and it knocked them off their pace and just unsettled them and it gave us a chance to catch up,” Lamolinara said. “And from there we just tore it up.”The Orange looked torn to start, though. Twice SU overcommitted to a GU attack on the goal line, leaving Comeau wide open on the doorstep to fire past Lamolinara. His second came on a man-up after Megill threw a high cross-check on Comeau, covering for an out-of-position Sean Young.Young struggled with his off-ball defense. The sophomore started his SU career assigned to covering just one man. Largely, he succeeded, limiting John Hopkins’ Brandon Benn and Villanova’s Jack Rice. But Saturday, the Orange needed him to work as one of six shifting, sliding and shouting men on defense. In the opening, he was just one of many sluggish Syracuse players – only his made SU pay.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When he played Benn and Rice from Villanova, his job was to cover the crease guy,” Lamolinara said. “But we can’t have him do that anymore, we need him to do a little more and I feel like he was just watching, ball-watching a little bit more.”Comeau got successfully lost in the shuffle atop the Hoyas offense. But SU began sliding from the backside of the defense, instead of Young’s place on the crease and it paid massive dividends. Piling on, the Orange changed to a zone and Georgetown had no answer for it.After Comeau’s goal with 7:06 left in the first quarter, Georgetown didn’t score for the rest of the quarter. The Hoyas couldn’t get past the perimeter, and when they forced shots from range, Lamolinara saved them easily.But the critical drought kicked in with 10:29 left in the third quarter. GU barely had the ball, and when it did, it gave it away.“Down the stretch it looked like they were just trying to do too much too fast,” Megill said. “And they weren’t looking the balls into their stick and making the sound plays.”Georgetown gave the Orange a scare with two minutes to play. SU led 9-6, but two transition goals from Dan McKinney and Charles McCormick forced the Syracuse defense to clamp down for one last stand.With 1:04 remaining SU took the field in a scattered bunch off a Georgetown timeout. The Hoyas sprayed the ball around the outside, then held the ball in the right corner.Worse still, with 25 seconds left, SU’s Steve Ianzito was backed down the right goal line by Reilly O’Connor. Then, Ianzito’s stick broke, forcing him to sprint off. Panic ensued on the field and the Orange sideline.“If there was a guy next to me I was going to catch the ball and break his hand because I didn’t want him to throw the ball or take a shot,” Megill said.Instead, McKinney threw an easy pass away and the Orange sprinted the other way. The defense had bailed SU out one last time.Said Syracuse head coach John Desko: “Any time you hold any team to six goals for the better part of four quarters I think you’re doing a pretty good job.” Commentslast_img read more