Chance For Rosi Tue, 24 May 2022 18:04:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Chance For Rosi 32 32 UNICEF ends its skills training program for displaced women and girls in northeast Nigeria Tue, 24 May 2022 18:04:30 +0000

The United Nations Children‘s Fund (UNICEF) on Monday, May 23, said young women and girls make up the highest percentage of beneficiaries of its Response, Recovery and Resilience (RRR) project, which provided educational opportunities and economic empowerment skills to people. with vulnerability.

The European Union (EU)-funded program, which started in 2019, would end at the end of May 2022. UNICEF is also introducing a new program that would consolidate the achievements of the RRR project.

Paola Ripamonti, UNICEF’s Borno state education officer, told a press conference that the project, which ends this month, “has provided 102,859 children (51% girls) access to inclusive, equitable and quality education in a safe and protective learning environment”. environment.”

“A total of 29,985 out-of-school youth and adolescents (55% women) received vocational skills, including poultry farming, shoemaking, soap and bag production, sewing, painting and production. of interlock tiles. »

Ripamonti said the majority of young people trained are back in their communities and earning an income to support their families’ basic needs.

“Some of them have even gone back to school and are supporting their education with income from their businesses,” she said.

The final program has been designed to ensure that vulnerable children in Borno State have the same opportunity to benefit from a quality education and are the best version of themselves.

During the press conference, UNICEF announced the launch of a new program to integrate with the RRR.

The “EduTrac mobile phone data collection system and integration of psychosocial support into formal education in Borno State” was idealized to “improve education planning, expand access to education for conflict-affected children and strengthen learning outcomes while improving their mental health”. health.”

She said the new program would consolidate the achievements of the RRR project.

She hinted that “among other project achievements, 30 schools have been built or rehabilitated, equipped with furniture and have gender-segregated WASH facilities.”

“Fifty-eight temporary learning spaces were built or rehabilitated, and 28 vocational training centers were established in six LGAs.”

She added that RRR interventions have supported over 300,000 children and young people (52% women).

Among them are 20,104 out-of-school children (53% of whom are girls) who are now accessing informal learning courses and 16,630 children (52% girls) who have made the transition to the formal education system, and more than 29,000 young people (55% of whom are girls). ) who have acquired employable skills through vocational training.

In addition, 750 school management committee members (44% women) improved their school management skills; 1,630 teachers and Community Volunteer Teachers (49% of them women) strengthened their skills on various themes such as psychosocial support, gender-sensitive pedagogy and effective classroom management.

The education sector in northeast Nigeria is one of the most affected by protracted armed conflict. UNICEF and European Union support have led several interventions on the Response, Recovery and Resilience Project in Borno State, which has led to a partnership with the state government to provide a response integrated in education.

This has generated demand for inclusive and equitable quality education from communities; strengthened capacity of education personnel to collect and analyze school data for better education planning and empowerment of school principals and community leaders as active participants in the education response.

UNICEF explained that the EduTrac tool is a mobile phone-based data collection system that allows teachers, school leaders and school management system focal points to send data directly to school administrators. education for rapid interventions.

Husseini Adamu, one of the internally displaced beneficiaries of the RRR project, told HumAngle that he had never been to school in his entire life until he enrolled in the RRR project, which trained in poultry farming.

“Now I make money from the sale of chicken from my poultry to fund my studies at the adult education center,” he said.

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What is West Nile virus and can it cause meningitis? Tue, 24 May 2022 12:17:40 +0000

West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne virus. People can contract the virus through a bite from an infected mosquito. WNV can cause mild symptoms in most cases. In some cases, it can cause a more serious illness, such as meningitis.

Mosquitoes can carry WNV and transmit it to humans through a mosquito bite.

WNV may not cause any symptoms in some people, while others may have mild, flu-like symptoms. In severe cases, WNV can lead to more serious conditions, such as meningitis or encephalitis.

This article looks at what WNV is, how it can happen, symptoms to look out for, and treatment.

WNV is a virus transmitted by mosquitoes. WNV can infect humans through the bite of a mosquito carrying the virus.

WNV can occur in some climates during mosquito season, such as late summer to early fall in temperate regions and year-round in southern regions.

WNV usually causes mild flu-like symptoms. In some cases, WNV can cause serious illnesses, such as meningitis.

A mosquito can become infected with WNV by feeding on infected birds. Mosquitoes can then transmit WNV if they bite humans or other mammals.

An infected mosquito bite is the The most common cause of WNV, but in rare cases it can also be transmitted by:

  • exposure to WNV in the laboratory
  • blood transfusion
  • organ transplant
  • a pregnant person to their baby, whether during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding

WNV is not spread by any of the following:

  • cough or sneeze
  • human contact
  • handling birds infected with WNV, dead or alive
  • touch live animals
  • eating an animal with WNV

In some cases, WNV can cause meningitis, which is inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord.

WNV can also cause encephalitis, which is inflammation of the brain, or meningoencephalitis, which is inflammation of the brain and surrounding membranes.

If the virus crosses the blood-brain barrier, which helps protect the central nervous system, it can cause inflammation of the meninges, which are layers of membrane protecting the brain and spinal cord.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 8 out of 10 people infected with WNV will not show any symptoms of the virus.

The CDC states that 1 out of 5 people may develop symptoms, such as:

  • fever
  • headache
  • aches
  • articular pain
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • eruption
  • fatigue
  • weakness

In a few people, approximately 1 in 150WNV can cause encephalitis or meningitis, which can lead to the following symptoms:

  • high fever
  • headache
  • neck stiffness
  • stupor, which includes impaired consciousness, extreme lethargy, or decreased response to external stimuli
  • disorientation
  • coma
  • tremors
  • seizures
  • muscular weakness
  • vision loss
  • numbness
  • paralysis

A doctor may first take a medical history and assess symptoms.

To diagnose WNV, a doctor may perform a lumbar puncture. A doctor will insert a needle into the spinal canal to take a sample of cerebrospinal fluid. They may also do blood tests to check for the presence of WNV.

A doctor can then send the samples to a lab to check for the presence of WNV antibodies, which could indicate past or present infection. A lumbar puncture can also test for meningitis.

Viral culture tests can also help diagnose WNV from the fluid sample. Doctors may also perform reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and immunohistochemistry (IHC) tests to help with diagnosis.

WNV can cause serious illness in anyone, but people over 60 are at higher risk of serious illness from WNV infection.

People are also at higher risk of serious illness from WNV infection if they have certain medical conditions, including:

  • cancer
  • Diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • kidney disease
  • an organ transplant

There is currently no specific vaccine or medication to treat WNV. To treat mild symptoms, people can take over-the-counter pain relievers.

Some people who have a fever and other symptoms, such as headaches and body aches, make a full recovery, but may still feel tired or weak for weeks or months following infection.

To treat serious illness caused by WNV, such as meningitis, people may need treatment in hospital, which may include:

  • intravenous fluids
  • analgesic
  • respiratory assistance if necessary
  • prevention of secondary infections

Some people can recover from viral meningitis in 5 to 14 days without needing medical treatment.

Complications of WNV can include:

  • encephalitis
  • meningitis
  • meningoencephalitis

Medical professionals may refer to them as West Nile neuroinvasive disease (WNVD).

People should seek immediate medical attention if they have the following symptoms:

  • high fever
  • headache
  • neck stiffness
  • stupor
  • disorientation
  • tremors
  • seizures
  • muscular weakness
  • paralysis

People with WNVD may also suffer from a coma, which will require immediate emergency medical treatment.

According to CDC, the best way to protect yourself against WNV is to avoid mosquito bites. People can help protect themselves from mosquito bites by practicing the following:

  • use an insect repellent, such as DEET or an Environmental Protection Agency-approved insect repellent
  • spray repellent on any exposed skin but not on skin under clothing
  • applying repellent after applying any other products, such as sunscreen
  • wear long sleeves and pants
  • treating clothing with an insecticide, such as permethrin 0.5%
  • use screens on doors and windows
  • if possible, use air conditioning
  • using permethrin-treated mosquito nets above beds if needed
  • empty standing water once a week

If people have mild symptoms of WNV, they may be able to treat the virus at home with rest and pain medication.

People should contact a doctor immediately if they have symptoms of serious illness from WNV:

  • high fever
  • headache
  • neck stiffness
  • disorientation
  • stupor
  • tremors
  • seizures
  • muscular weakness
  • numbness
  • vision loss
  • paralysis
  • coma

WNV is a virus transmitted by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes carrying the virus can transmit it to humans through a mosquito bite.

In most cases, people do not experience any symptoms of WNV. Some people may experience mild, flu-like symptoms, such as fever.

In severe cases, the virus can cross the blood-brain barrier and cause serious illness. WNV can cause meningitis, encephalitis or meningoencephalitis.

If people have severe symptoms, such as a stiff neck, muscle weakness, or high fever, they should seek medical attention immediately.

The limits of food marketing are advancing | News, Sports, Jobs Tue, 24 May 2022 05:20:43 +0000

Tougher standards for junk food advertising may be on the way in New York State.

Members of the state Senate agriculture committee recently passed S.7487B, 6-3, with state Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, voting against. Borrello said the intent of the bill was valid, but questioned a clause allowing anyone who believes they have suffered damages to be permitted to sue in state or federal court.

“I understand the intent of this and appreciate the intent of this one,” said Borello. “My concern is that this includes a private right of action that I’m just not a fan of. I think it’s kind of an under-the-radar giveaway for special interests to do that.

S.7487 is sponsored by Senator Zellnor Myrie, D-Brooklyn. It would amend the State Farm and Markets Act to require that claims made in an advertisement, failure to disclose material facts and the target of an advertisement all be considered in determining whether an advertisement is false or misleading. In addition, it pays particular attention when the target audience of an advertisement is children.

The state Department of Agriculture and Markets and the state Department of Health would be required to produce a report to the state Legislature indicating which foods are bad for children according to nutritional standards. generally accepted. Myrie’s proposal also gives regulators additional authority to target specific food industries such as ultra-processed foods for implementing a childhood obesity prevention program.

“I take note of your point of view, Senator Borrello, on the private right of action”, said Myria. “But it’s not just in this bill, but used in several others as a motivator for people to do the right thing. Hopefully it doesn’t have to come to a dispute. That is my goal with this bill. And I also want to say that, generally speaking, the intent of this bill to prevent corporations that spend billions of dollars from targeting our children with unhealthy food and overconsumption is one that I think that we all agree. I think that’s just the destination – how do you get there?

The accompanying legislation (A.8583) was not withdrawn from the Assembly Agriculture Committee this session. Myrie said the New York Farm Bureau has raised concerns about some New York-produced items being labeled as unhealthy. Myrie said her intention is to open up markets and opportunities for state farms so children eat healthier foods produced by state farms rather than the items they see on TV advertising.

Borrello said he’d also like to see the state address another advertising truth involving the dairy industry, which is what is and isn’t considered milk.

“I’ll also make a comment that has nothing to do with your bill, but talks about truth in advertising, which is what you’re talking about here,” said Borello. “I would love for us to have the power here in New York State to eliminate calling things like almond milk actually milk instead of things that come from a mammal. By the way, I wish it was within our power, I know it’s a federal power, but it’s certainly an advertising truth as far as I’m concerned.

Committee members also passed S.8973, which would allow a dog that is not dangerous to be returned to the owner on the dog’s license. Current state law requires that stray dogs be taken to the local animal shelter. A valid license would be required for the dogs to be returned to their owner. Unlicensed animals would still be taken to the nearest shelter.

“It was surprising to me that it wasn’t the law to begin with,” said Rep. Michelle Hinchey, D-Kingston. “I’m really happy that we’re able to do this now. If a dog is found or if you lose your dog and someone finds it, it must now be turned over to a shelter, not the owner. So obviously we want to make this as easy as possible for people to find their beloved pet.

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Klarna layoffs signal wider slowdown in buy it now and pay later Mon, 23 May 2022 22:18:29 +0000
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The mental gymnastics it takes to justify a $400 pair of designer sneakers becomes a mere somersault when it only costs you $100 per paycheck. And no one understood this better than the buy now, pay later (BNPL) startups that exploded in popularity during the pandemic’s e-commerce boom.

Now those same companies are seeing their quick wins plummet. BNPL giant Klarna, Europe’s largest private technology company, mentioned yesterday, he laid off 10% of the company’s approximately 7,000 employees.

It’s a bit like a set aside: BNPL companies Klarna, Affirm, Afterpay and a number of other startups named after quirky verbs offer point-of-sale installment loans for online shoppers. Last year, American consumers spent more than $20 billion through these services, just over 2% of the $870 billion they spent on online purchases in total. And Klarna, the leader in helping you pay for your ASOS transport, boosted its valuation from $11 billion in September 2020 to $46 billion last June.


Last week, the WSJ reported that Klarna was currently looking to raise funds at a valuation closer to $30 billion, a 30% reduction from its peak valuation. The company’s job postings also fell sharply from March 24.

Why the slowdown? Online shopping in general has been a drag: the number of e-commerce transactions has decreased by 1.8% a year ago, according to a Mastercard SpendingPulse report released earlier this month.

Additionally, as investors seek companies with positive cash flow ahead of a potential economic downturn, BNPL startups are racking up heavy losses.

  • Klarna lost $700 million in 2021 (65% of which came from credit defaults).
  • Affirm’s net losses widened to $430.9 million in fiscal 2021 from $112.6 million in fiscal 2020.
  • Afterpay, which was acquired by Square (now Block) last year, posted losses of $345.5 million for 2021.

Big Picture: Blame the BNPL outage on a perfect storm. Numerous US and UK agencies have launched investigations into potentially predatory corporate lending practices. In December, the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said it was reviewing BNPLs, citing concerns about consumer debt accumulating.MM

Photos of Refugees: Then and Now Mon, 23 May 2022 04:42:21 +0000

“The war (in Ukraine) has caused a
fastest large-scale displacements
children since World War II.

Catherine Russell, UNICEF Executive Director

In 1946, inside Germany, a displaced little girl is wrapped in blankets and seated on a mound of other refugee belongings. © UNICEF Archives.

In 2022, young Valeria arrives in Romania with limited possessions in search of shelter from the conflict that began in her home country, Ukraine, less than a week before.  © UNICEF/UN0599229/moldova

In 2022, young Valeria arrives in Romania with limited possessions in search of shelter from the conflict that began in her home country, Ukraine, less than a week before. © UNICEF/UN0599229/moldova

During this journey, keeping warm in harsh winter conditions is essential to the survival of children.

In 1946, refugee children wore clothes donated by citizens of host countries to keep warm and protected in harsh conditions. In 2022, thanks to the generosity of our donors, UNICEF is helping children in the same way by delivering warm clothes, blankets and other emergency supplies to Ukraine.

In response to ongoing and urgent needs, our teams on the ground are delivering lifesaving supplies to children and families. Make a tax-deductible donation and help deliver vital supplies to children in Ukraine.

Receipt of essential supplies

The conflict is having devastating consequences for children’s access to basic services in Ukraine, just as it did 75 years ago.

Many children live underground or flee to rural areas to find safety and shelter from bombardment, not knowing when they will be able to return home.

Across Ukraine, large numbers of local volunteers are coming together in solidarity, responding to the conflict by converting public buildings into assistance centres, creating safe spaces for children and new mothers at train stations and distributing essential supplies.

1946 refugee children in Poland, fed by volunteers.

In Poland, 1946, a nun serves bowls of soup to a group of children who receive their only meal of the day in this UNRRA-provided kitchen in the Slask Dabrowski neighborhood. UNRRA (later UNICEF) boxes are at his feet. © UNICEF/UNI43101/Kubicki .

In Poland 2022, volunteers provide supplies to children and families.

In Poland, 2022, volunteers supply children and families arriving at the border crossing after fleeing violence in Ukraine. © UNICEF/UN0607344/English

UNICEF continues to work with local partners to provide water, sanitation and school supplies for children of all ages.

We know that keeping children safe, healthy and experiencing moments of normality in such extreme circumstances is essential for them to recover from trauma.

Children learning in Yugoslavia, 1946,

In Yugoslavia, 1946, three boys affected by World War II receive help and support to continue their learning at a school in northwestern Croatia. © UNICEF/UNI43103/Unknown

In Ukraine, 2022, children draw and make postcards in the Kharkiv metro.

In Ukraine, 2022, children draw and make postcards in the Kharkiv metro. UNICEF has equipped the Kharkiv metro station with learning materials for art, games and reading. It’s one of the few entertainments they currently have during the continuous bombardment of their war-torn city. © UNICEF/UN0615949/Yakimenko

Finding Relief at Blue Dot Centers

In times of conflict and displacement, women and children are at increased risk of gender-based violence, abuse, psychological distress and family separation.

Many displaced children supported by UNICEF are often shocked, confused and exhausted when they finally reach refuge.


In Poland, 1946, a refugee family seeks safety.

In Poland, 1946, a refugee family returning from Rudki, south of the Ukrainian city of Lvov, rests on a pile of their belongings on their journey west to the farmhouse that awaits them in the southeastern region. western Lower Silesia. © UNICEF Archives

In 2022, a family escapes violence in Ukraine.

In Ukraine, 2022, Mikhail holds his daughter, sitting next to his other children in a tent in a reception area on the border with Moldova after escaping violence in their village. © UNICEF/UN0607407/Modola

To support the hundreds of thousands of families and children fleeing Ukraine today, UNICEF has a unique and effective solution.

Working with local authorities in host countries, UNICEF and partners have set up safe places at border posts for children and families.

Blue Point centers provide respite, allowing families to reunite or rest in a safe space before traveling to their next destination.

Refugee children play in Egypt, 1946

In Egypt, 1946, refugee children, including two boys in a reclaimed wooden cart, play in the UNRRA (later UNICEF) refugee camp at Tolumbat. Ante holding the teddy bear, comes from Yugoslavia. © UNICEF/UNI43123/Mihanoff

A child in a Romanian Blue Dot centre, 2022

In Romania in 2022, 11-year-old Ukrainian Anastasia poses for a photo with her new toy as she is at the UNICEF-supported Blue Dot centre, where she and her family are receiving emergency aid after escaped the escalation of violence. © UNICEF/UN0627036/Nicodim

At Blue Dots, services include safe spaces where mothers, babies and children can learn, play and receive medical and psychosocial first aid.

Families also receive legal services, protection of unaccompanied children, reunification services, access to housing and transportation assistance for travel.

UNICEF helps children and families in crisis

1946 supplies delivered to those in need.

In Czechoslovakia, 1946, workers unload a cargo of 60,000 hatching eggs from a Veterans’ Airline plane in the capital, Prague. The eggs were donated to UNRRA (later UNICEF) as food aid. © UNICEF/UNI41888/Unknown

2022, supplies are delivered to those in need in Ukraine.

In Lviv, Ukraine, 2022, boxes of medical, educational and recreational supplies are delivered to a children’s hospital. This is the first shipment of supplies from UNICEF to Ukrainian hospitals, with more to follow in the coming days, with the aim of reaching 22 hospitals in five regions. © UNICEF/UN0606248/Filippov

Mosquitoes resistant to insecticides discovered in Jigawa Sun, 22 May 2022 21:43:29 +0000

A mosquito species resistant to most insecticide-treated bed nets except Primiphosmethyl-treated bed nets has been discovered in Jigawa State.

The discovery was made by a team of researchers from the Federal University of Dutse, led by Professor Mustapha Musa Dogara as part of their efforts to help in the fight against malaria.

The research is sponsored by the Global Malaria Program, as part of monitoring mosquito resistance against 3 classes of insecticides (pyrethroids, organochlorines and organophosphates) in the 36 states of the federation and the Territory of the federal capital.

Professor Dogara said the research became necessary when it became clear that mosquitoes around the world were developing resistance to long-lasting insecticide-treated nets coated with pyrethroid-based insecticides.

According to the professor, the breeding sites of the mosquito species have been identified and samples of its lavas have been collected from six local governments in Jigawa: Dutse, Birnin Kudu, Kafin Hausa, Auyo, Ringim and Taura.

The research results, Professor Dogara explained, show that only Primiphosmethl insecticides provide 100% protection against mosquitoes and their recommendation is that now only Primiphosmethl coated bed nets should be deployed in Jigawa State.

Reporting by Usman MZ; Editing by Muzha Kucha and Tony Okerafor

]]> Book examines college readiness • The Yellow Springs News Sat, 21 May 2022 22:00:11 +0000

During her time as an educator and researcher at the historically black institution Central State University, villager and writer Barbara Fleming, Ph.D., noticed a trend that troubled her: Black students seemed to have been less prepared to enter college by school districts. served them, making them less likely to complete post-secondary education. Another disturbing element is the heavy debt contracted by these students to pay for their college studies, whether they obtained a diploma or not.

These observations—along with a wealth of supporting data—form the core of Fleming’s latest work, “A Desperate Search for Higher Education Among the Ruins of Great Society.”

The work comprises two volumes; the first was released in November, with the second debuting this month. The volumes are published by Silver Maple Publications, a small press operated by Fleming and her husband, John E. Fleming, Ph.D.

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Barbara Fleming spoke to The News last month about her two-year research and writing process and her intentions for the work, which she says will be a go-to text for educators and community leaders.

“I wrote it like this [they] would have a source they could go to to find out what’s going on with black education,” she said.

Fleming, an Alabama native with a doctorate in developmental psychology, is also a fiction writer and playwright, with several books published by Silver Maple. “Desperately Searching”, however, is the first large-scale academic text she publishes through her press.

Fleming said the work was spurred by her years as director of institutional planning and research at Central State.

“I wrote a five-year strategic plan [while in that position] that covered some of the same topics [in the books] regarding the impact of poverty at home and in the community on the lack of academic preparation of black students – especially students from large urban cities in the United States,” she said.

Both volumes of “Desperately Searching” are large and comprehensive, Fleming said, adding that the work was “not written to be read all at once.” Instead, each of the volumes’ chapters highlights a different aspect or topic within its unifying theme, and they have been written so that they can be read independently from the rest of the work.

“That way you can look at the issues that matter to you,” Fleming said.

In the book’s chapter on methodology, in which Fleming outlines her research methods and how data are presented, she writes that her original intention was for the book to be contained in a single volume. Fleming made the decision to publish the work in two volumes in order to “do justice to the subjects and issues which are discussed”.

She also writes that because “people process information differently,” much of the information included in each chapter is presented in both explanatory text and tables.

The first volume of “Desperately Searching” focuses primarily on elementary through high school students, with much of the data encompassing test scores along socio-economic divides.

Fleming’s methodology chapter indicates that, in order to simplify her analysis, she limited her research to black, white, Asian-American, and nonresident students.

Villager and writer Barbara Fleming with the first volume of her recently published book. (Photo by Cheryl Durgans)

Fleming gathered the data for the first volume primarily by studying several years of figures from two international tests, the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS) test and the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) test, and from the National Assessment of Progress. Education (NAEP).

The book also includes chapters giving general information about black, single-parent households and the American welfare system; household income and child poverty; and urban charter schools.

Through the data, Fleming aims to demonstrate that many students — especially black students — in low-income urban and rural school districts are not having their educational needs met.

“These students have the lowest scores of any racial and ethnic group in the country…but it’s all part of the poor education system these kids are getting in this country,” she said. “We have, essentially, two education systems in America – one for the affluent upper and middle class and one for poor urban and rural families.”

Fleming said the second volume will focus on the unique experience of black students with enrollment, graduation and student loan debt.

She pointed out that education has always held a “high place” in the black community, but according to a 2019 study, the median annual income of black families is around $40,000. For this reason, she said, black students often have to rely on student loans or other financial aid to attend college.

“It’s not a trivial thing – [take out a loan] when you don’t understand the implications of defaulting on that loan and what it could mean for your life,” she said.

Fleming described a cyclical effect: low-income black students receive below-average elementary and secondary education and are therefore underprepared for college, which they financed with large personal loans; and, according to his research, are more likely to drop out of college than their white counterparts – but are still required to pay their student loan debt.

“There is no doubt that one of the things that contributes to the low income levels of black people in this country is the fact that they have this debt hanging over their heads,” she said. “That’s the thing that bothers me more than anything else – for an 18-year-old to get an unsecured loan without really understanding what it means.”

Fleming said he believes the easiest way to deal with debt for young Black Americans is to institute loan forgiveness — or create a post-secondary education system where that debt doesn’t exist.

“President Obama has said he thinks the first two years of community college should be free, and I agree,” she said. “The government really needs to find a way to get people out from under [the burden of debt] because it sinks the economy – no one is smart about it.

In the long term, however, Fleming said the best course of action is for federal and state governments to invest in low-income school districts. Understanding that more resources are needed to do this, she suggested a simple solution: divert money from prisons to schools.

“We spend so much money incarcerating people for drug offences. It is very expensive to keep someone in prison,” she said. “We can spend this money on schools.”

She added that this method would have the advantage of not diverting revenue from school districts that are already adequately funded.

“You don’t have to take it from suburban schools and institutions,” she said. “Let them keep everything they have – because they’re not going to give it up anyway.”

“In Desperate Search for a Higher Education Among the Ruins of Great Society”, vol. I, is available now at Flight. It should be out later this month.

First Commonwealth Financial Co. (NYSE:FCF) expected to post quarterly sales of $97.26 million Sat, 21 May 2022 16:57:21 +0000

Analysts expect First Commonwealth Financial Co. (NYSE:FCF – Get a rating) to post $97.26 million in sales for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks. Four analysts made earnings estimates for First Commonwealth Financial. The highest sales estimate is $98.06 million and the lowest is $96.57 million. First Commonwealth Financial recorded sales of $94.29 million in the same quarter last year, suggesting a positive year-on-year growth rate of 3.1%. The company is due to release its next quarterly earnings report on Monday, January 1.

According to Zacks, analysts expect First Commonwealth Financial to report annual revenue of $393.82 million for the current fiscal year, with estimates ranging from $389.21 million to $400.57. millions of dollars. For the next fiscal year, analysts expect the company to record sales of $426.85 million, with estimates ranging from $417.00 to $443.96 million. Zacks sales averages are an average average based on a survey of sell-side analysts who follow First Commonwealth Financial.

First Commonwealth Financial (NYSE: FCF – Get a rating) last announced its quarterly results on Tuesday, April 26. The bank reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.29 for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.30 per ($0.01). The company posted revenue of $92.15 million for the quarter, versus analyst estimates of $93.91 million. First Commonwealth Financial had a return on equity of 11.51% and a net margin of 32.00%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 4.8% year over year. In the same quarter last year, the company posted earnings per share of $0.41.

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Several analysts have recently weighed in on FCF shares. began covering shares of First Commonwealth Financial in a research note on Thursday, March 31. They issued a “hold” rating on the stock. DA Davidson reissued a “buy” rating on First Commonwealth Financial shares in a research note on Thursday, January 27. Finally, B. Riley cut his price target on First Commonwealth Financial shares from $19.00 to $18.00 in a Tuesday, April 12 research note. Three research analysts gave the stock a hold rating and four gave the company a buy rating. According to data from MarketBeat, First Commonwealth Financial currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $18.33.

Shares of First Commonwealth Financial opened at $13.29 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.89, a current ratio of 0.89 and a debt ratio of 0.17. First Commonwealth Financial has a 12-month low of $12.36 and a 12-month high of $17.63. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.25 billion, a price-earnings ratio of 9.99 and a beta of 1.04. The company’s fifty-day moving average is $14.53 and its 200-day moving average is $15.53.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, May 20. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 6 received a dividend of $0.12 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, May 5. This represents a dividend of $0.48 on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.61%. This is a boost from First Commonwealth Financial’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.12. First Commonwealth Financial’s dividend payout ratio is 36.09%.

Several hedge funds have recently increased or reduced their stakes in the company. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in shares of First Commonwealth Financial by 1.3% during the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 13,993,881 shares of the bank worth $212,147,000 after buying an additional 180,138 shares last quarter. State Street Corp increased its position in shares of First Commonwealth Financial by 12.8% in the 1st quarter. State Street Corp now owns 4,611,897 shares of the bank worth $69,916,000 after buying an additional 524,228 shares last quarter. Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc. increased its position in First Commonwealth Financial shares by 1.5% during the first quarter. Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc. now owns 1,977,742 shares of the bank worth $29,983,000 after buying 28,366 additional shares last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC increased its position in First Commonwealth Financial shares by 0.3% during the third quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 1,655,003 shares of the bank worth $22,557,000 after buying 4,486 additional shares in the last quarter. Finally, Northern Trust Corp increased its position in shares of First Commonwealth Financial by 0.9% during the 4th quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 1,482,950 shares of the bank worth $23,860,000 after buying 13,166 more shares last quarter. 68.56% of the shares are currently held by institutional investors.

Profile of the Commonwealth’s First Financial Corporation (Get a rating)

First Commonwealth Financial Corporation, a financial holding company, provides various retail and corporate banking services in the United States. Its consumer services include personal checking accounts, interest-bearing checking accounts, savings and health savings accounts, insured money market accounts, debit cards, investment certificates, interest rate certificates of deposit fixed and variable loans, mortgages, secured and unsecured installment loans, construction and home loans, safe deposit boxes, credit cards, lines of credit with overdraft protection, IRA accounts and automated teller machine (ATM) services ), as well as internet, mobile and telephone banking.

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]]> Japan provides $1.5 million for drug procurement in Sri Lanka through UNICEF Sat, 21 May 2022 02:57:00 +0000

Struggling with severe drug shortages, the Japanese government has offered to help Sri Lanka by providing $1.5 million for essential drugs through UNICEF to meet the urgent needs of the people.

The $1.5 million contribution will help UNICEF provide medicine to more than 1.2 million people, including 53,000 pregnant women and nearly 122,000 children in immediate need, Colombo Page reported.

Japan’s Deputy Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Katsuki Kotaro, said: “It is a great honor for us that Japan is extending $1.5 million in emergency aid to the people of Sri Lanka to procure the 25 types of drugs most needed in the next two months. through UNICEF. We believe this will help improve access to essential life-saving medical services, especially for pregnant women and children, who are most likely to be affected by the economic crisis.

The economic crisis in Sri Lanka has largely affected essential services, in particular the health sector. The Ministry of Health has identified a list of essential medicines that will be out of stock in the next two months, especially for children and pregnant women, according to Colombo Page.

“It’s a race against time given the urgent need for these life-saving medicines for the most vulnerable, especially children and pregnant women. The prompt contribution of the Japanese government is commendable. UNICEF will use its vast expertise to rapidly procure and deliver the medicines to where they are most needed,” said Christian Skoog, UNICEF Representative in Sri Lanka.

The Government of Japan’s contributions are crucial to meeting the growing needs of children, including nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), education and protective services, not only in the immediate but also long-term, as Colombo Page reported.

Currently, Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence with food and fuel shortages, soaring prices and power cuts affecting large numbers of citizens.

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Government U-turn on obesity is Eton’s total mess | Jamie Olivier Fri, 20 May 2022 13:38:00 +0000

YesYou really couldn’t catch up. Once again, the government has gotten itself into serious trouble. This time he backtracked on his promise to make children‘s health a priority, blowing a huge hole in his own obesity strategy that at one point seemed genuinely progressive and even world-leading.

Let’s take a closer look at what just happened. At a time when childhood obesity has seen the biggest annual spike since records began, and children from low-income families are twice as likely to be obese, Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Sajid Javid, have backtracked on central policies in their own strategy against obesity. They delayed banning junk food advertising and multi-buy supermarket deals. These policies only recently came into effect – in the case of the advertising restrictions they passed in parliament only last month.

Have no doubt that these policies would have a profound impact on children’s health. Ad restrictions work. A recent peer-reviewed study by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has shown that thanks to restrictions imposed by the Mayor of London on the advertising of junk food on the capital’s buses and Tubes, families are now buying 1,000 fewer calories per week from foods high in fat, salt and sugar.

These policies are also very popular with the public – a recent poll by ComRes found that 74% of respondents support ad restrictions. Measures to stop the promotion of junk food are also supported by doctors, nurses, health experts and charities. My recent open letter to the prime minister asking him to reverse his U-turn has been signed by more than 30 organisations, including Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation. And it doesn’t stop there – these policies are supported by members of his own party, including William The Hague; former ministers of health Lord Bethell and Steve Brine; and “red wall” deputies such as Jo Gideon. According to Hague, the prime minister was torpedoed to push back on junk food marketing restrictions by a tiny minority of Tory backbenchers who threatened to put in letters of no confidence if he didn’t. What a waste of Eton this is, as critical child health policies are decided by a cabal that now appears to have the PM in its pocket.

The bogus reasons the government has given for these glaring policy reversals are that they will help deal with the cost of living crisis and they will also help businesses. The government knows full well that none of these things are true. Why? Because his own research shows that these policies won’t save families money, and multiple purchases are carefully designed to entice people to spend more money (of course they are!), not less. . In fact, they encourage families to spend more on their weekly store. When it comes to restricting junk food advertising, preventing companies from marketing foods high in sugar, fat and salt to children has absolutely nothing to do with the cost of living.

Nor could the evidence be clearer that policies that are good for children’s health can also be good for business. Before transport to London advertising restrictions which came into force two years ago, the advertising and food industries thought they would be hit hard and advertising revenues would fall. What really happened? Food companies just started advertising their slightly healthier products and TfL’s ad revenue actually increased by £2.3 million This year.

So where do we go from here? In a few weeks, Johnson and Javid will try to sell us their shiny new white paper on health disparities. This is looking more and more like a bad joke. How could we take them seriously when just weeks earlier they renounced their own critical, evidence-based child health policies that took years to develop? It’s hard to imagine anything better designed to increase health disparities than this inert U-turn driven by political short-sightedness. And why do they think the small group of backbench MPs who have gouged a huge hole in their obesity strategy will allow them to include meaningful policies in their new white paper?

There’s still time for Johnson and Javid to do the right thing. I love Javid. I think he’s a decent human being, one of the good ones. Now he must step in and tell his boss to protect and promote the health of children. Propose measures that genuinely support those who are already struggling to feed themselves and their families well. Otherwise, the soon-to-be-launched white paper on health disparities and its recently launched cancer plan won’t be worth the paper they’re written on.