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National Microfinace Bank Plc (NMB.tz) Q32019 Interim Report

first_imgNational Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about National Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB.tz)  2019 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileNational Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB) is a commercial bank in Tanzania offering financial solutions for individuals, small-to-medium-sized businesses and large corporations. NMB operates in several segments; wholesale banking, retail banking, agribusiness and treasury. Its product offering ranges from current and savings accounts to time deposits to fixed deposits, and Kilimo, Chap and Chipukizi accounts. NMB also offers loans to entrepreneurs, bank guarantees, and export and import financing, supply chain financing and letters of credit. Other services include forex, cash exchange, institutional and transactional banking, and payment and collection services. NMB has an extensive network of branches and ATMs in the major towns and cities of Tanzania. National Microfinance Bank Plc is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Australia offer to host Lions v South Africa series

first_imgCould the best of Britain and Ireland play the Springboks Down Under this summer? The Lions are due to make a decision on this year’s tour by mid-February. Australia offer to host Lions v South Africa seriesAustralia has offered to host the British & Irish Lions’ series against South Africa, which is due to take place in July and August.The Covid-19 pandemic has put the tour at risk, particularly given the variant strains in both the UK and South Africa. SA Rugby and the Lions have been discussing alternative options, including playing matches behind closed doors in South Africa and moving the tour to the UK and Ireland.Now The Sunday Times is reporting that Rugby Australia has proposed staging the series Down Under.Australia has been hosting sporting events, both domestic and international, with crowds for the past few months, albeit with venues at reduced capacity. The Tri-Nations last year and the recent Australia v India cricket series have had fans in attendance while 30,000 spectators will be allowed in for the upcoming Australian Open tennis tournament.Watching brief: Fans at the Australia v India cricket Test in Brisbane (Getty Images)Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan confirmed to the Sydney Morning Herald that a proposal had been put forward.“What we learnt from the Tri-Nations last year and the tennis that’s happening now is that Australia can successfully stage global tournaments in a Covid world,” McLennan told the SMH.“It’s particularly tough in the UK and South Africa at the moment and I believe the more international rugby that gets played here, the better. We’re here to help.”The plan would be for the Lions and South Africa to share profits from the tour once Australia’s costs had been covered. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS New destination: Could the Lions play the Springboks in Australia? (Getty Images) Red army: Lions fans during the 2017 tour of New Zealand (Getty Images)However, it’s unlikely that travelling supporters from the UK and Ireland – the heartbeat of a Lions tour – or South Africa would be able to attend matches even if the tour was moved to Australia.The country’s borders are currently closed to non-Australian citizens and that policy is set to remain in place throughout 2021. Special dispensation has been given to elite sports teams and players, but an influx of fans, particularly from countries with high Covid rates, would likely be blocked by the government.Still, McLennan believes matches would attract sellout crowds given the large expatriate population. He said: “There is a multi-generational ex-pat community for both South Africa and the UK out here.“I’m confident there would be great patronage for the Tests. Remember, they are some of our biggest communities in Australia. I’m sure we would get a fantastic turnout.” Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Holy cow! It’s Peter’s 64 K bothar

first_imgNewsHoly cow! It’s Peter’s 64 K botharBy Bernie English – June 11, 2016 863 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Siúl go dtí Seasca Ceathar, the annual fundraising walk for Bóthar finished in glorious sunshine on the ‘Living Bridge’ in U.L. last week.  Each year Bóthar founder, Peter Ireton, organises a sponsored walk with participants walking a killometer for each year in Peter’s life.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This year Peter is sixty four and the organization he helped establish celebrates its 25th anniversary by sending a flight full of life-saving gifts to Rwanda. “We’ve christened the plane “The Flying Ark” and on it will be cows and pigs and goats and chicks and AI straws. The special cargo on this flight will be helping hundreds of families in Rwanda – it will change their lives,” Peter explained. “Bóthar is counting on the public to get involved and sponsor an animal, or part of an animal or flock of chickens.“Please send whatever you can afford. Every single donation will help us get this flight to where it is needed most”, he added..Bóthar works in 25 countries across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and South America and is committed to using the most appropriate agricultural development project for the people and the climate of the region in which it is working. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Previous articleParkinsons nurse neededNext article100 extra Gardaí needed to tackle drug crime in Limerick Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. WhatsApp TAGSAfricaarkBótharlimerickPeter Ireton Linkedin Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Global Drug Discovery Outsourcing Market Analysis Report 2021: A Key Aspect to Develop Effective…

first_img Previous articleStrategy Analytics: Service Robot Sales Volumes Surge as Covid-19 Pandemic Drives Demand.Next articleLam backs Hong Kong electoral changes excluding opponents Digital AIM Web Support TAGS  Pinterest Local NewsBusiness Facebook Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 23, 2021 DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 23, 2021– The “Drug Discovery Outsourcing Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report by Workflow (Lead Identification & Candidate Optimization, Others), by Therapeutics Area (Oncology, Respiratory System), by Drug Type, and Segment Forecasts, 2021-2028” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. The global drug discovery outsourcing market size is expected to reach USD 5.4 billion by 2028 registering a CAGR of 7.4% over the forecast period. Drug discovery is a costly and lengthy process. This has forced pharmaceutical and biotech companies to opt for outsourcing their research activities to academic and private Contract Research Organizations (CROs). Thus, factors such as high R&D costs, patent expiration of best-selling drugs, and the need to speed up the drug discovery process, are expected to boost the demand for outsourcing of drug discovery in the coming years. Rising cases of chronic diseases have compelled companies to develop better medicines. Some of the key therapeutic areas where companies are actively involved in outsourcing include oncology, cardiovascular, and anti-infectives. In November 2020, AstraZeneca collaborated with 9 of the foremost oncology medical centers to expedite research in some of the hardest-to-treat cancers. The company will be funding clinical and non-clinical research proposals from members within this network. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought pharmaceutical companies in limelight. It is demonstrating the value of drug discovery and development. Several companies are proactively involved in developing an effective vaccine to treat the disease. Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE received the first approval for the vaccine following a worldwide Phase 3 trial of a potential strain to combat the virus. As for clinical trials, many of them are halted, while some are functional by adopting remote monitoring technologies. Thus, the pandemic has brought the pharmaceutical industry to center-stage, with drug discovery outsourcing becoming a key aspect to develop effective treatments against the virus. This is expected to boost the market revenue for the next 2 years i.e. a short-term boom, after which it shall regain its original growth curve. Drug Discovery Outsourcing Market Report HighlightsLead identification & candidate optimization was the dominant workflow segment of the global market in 2020.The segment will retain its leading position throughout the forecast period as lead identification & candidate optimization is one of the critical processes in drug discovery.The oncology therapeutics area segment is projected to register the fastest CAGR from 2021 to 2028.The small molecules drug type segment led the market in 2020 and is also projected to record the fastest growth rate during the forecast period. This, however, may change in the short term with a higher emphasis on biologics.In terms of revenue share, North America is estimated to be the leading regional market during the forecast period.However, Asia Pacific is projected to be the fastest-growing regional market from 2021 to 2028 owing to government initiatives to forge alliances with the U.S. pharmaceutical companies. Key Topics Covered: Chapter 1. Methodology and Scope 1.1. Market Segmentation & Scope 1.2. Research Methodology 1.3. Information Procurement 1.4. Information or Data Analysis 1.5. Market Formulation & Validation 1.6. Model Details 1.7. List of Secondary Sources 1.8. List of Primary Sources 1.9. Objectives Chapter 2. Executive Summary 2.1. Market Outlook 2.2. Segment Outlook 2.3. Competitive Insights Chapter 3. Drug Discovery Outsourcing Market Variables, Trends & Scope 3.1. Penetration & Growth Prospect Mapping 3.2. Industry Value Chain Analysis 3.2.1. Reimbursement framework 3.3. Market Dynamics 3.3.1. Market driver analysis 3.3.2. Market restraint analysis 3.3.3. Industry challenges 3.4. Drug Discovery Outsourcing Market Analysis Tools 3.4.1. Industry Analysis – Porter’s 3.4.2. PESTEL Analysis 3.4.3. Major Deals & Strategic Alliances Analysis 3.4.4. Market Entry Strategies Chapter 4. Drug Discovery Outsourcing Market: Workflow Estimates & Trend Analysis 4.1. Segment Dashboard 4.2. Definitions and Scope 4.3. Drug Discovery Outsourcing Market Share, 2020 & 2028 4.4. Market Size & Forecasts and Trend Analyses, 2016 to 2028 for the following 4.4.1. Target Identification & Screening 4.4.2. Target Validation & Functional Informatics 4.4.3. Lead Identification & Candidate Optimization 4.4.4. Preclinical Development 4.4.5. Other Associated Workflow Chapter 5. Drug Discovery Outsourcing Market: Therapeutics Area Estimates & Trend Analysis 5.1. Segment Dashboard 5.2. Definitions and Scope 5.3. Drug Discovery Outsourcing Market Share, 2020 & 2028 5.4. Market Size & Forecasts and Trend Analyses, 2016 to 2028 for the following 5.4.1. Respiratory System 5.4.2. Pain & Anesthesia 5.4.3. Oncology 5.4.4. Ophthalmology 5.4.5. Hematology 5.4.6. Cardiovascular 5.4.7. Endocrine 5.4.8. Gastrointestinal 5.4.9. Immunomodulation 5.4.10. Anti-Infective 5.4.11. Central Nervous System 5.4.12. Dermatology 5.4.13. Genitourinary System Chapter 6. Drug Discovery Outsourcing Market: Drug Type Estimates & Trend Analysis 6.1. Segment Dashboard 6.2. Definitions and Scope 6.3. Drug Discovery Outsourcing Market Share, 2020 & 2028 6.4. Market Size & Forecasts and Trend Analyses, 2016 to 2028 for the following 6.4.1. Small Molecules 6.4.2. Large Molecules (Biopharmaceuticals) Chapter 7. Drug Discovery Outsourcing Market: Regional Estimates & Trend Analysis 7.1. Regional Market Dashboard 7.2. Regional Market Share Analysis, 2020 & 2028 7.3. Regional Market Share, 2020 Chapter 8. Competitive Landscape 8.1. Company overview 8.2. Financial performance 8.3. Product benchmarking 8.4. Strategic initiativesAlbany Molecular Research Inc.EVOTECLaboratory Corporation of America HoldingsGenScriptPPD IncCharles RiverWuXi AppTecMerck & Co., Inc.Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.Dalton Pharma ServicesOncodesignJubilant BiosysDiscoverX CorporationQIAGEN For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/5gt8gf View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210223005547/en/ CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 KEYWORD: INDUSTRY KEYWORD: HEALTH PHARMACEUTICAL SOURCE: Research and Markets Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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Half of tenant subletting occurs without consent

first_imgLandlords and managing agents should regularly check their rental properties to ensure that their tenants are not subletting without consent after new research found that almost half of tenants who sublet their property do so without their landlord’s permission.The findings from the NLA found that of the 11 per cent of tenants who say they have sublet all or part of their property before, just 5 per cent did so with their landlord’s authorisation.The NLA is now urging all landlords to insert a clause into new tenancy agreements that makes clear sub-letting is only permitted with the landlord’s consent, which should not be unreasonably withheld.“This would reduce their exposure to a whole host of unnecessary risks, including hefty fines and even a prison sentence,” said Carolyn Uphill (left), Chairman of the NLA.Some 26 per cent of tenants say they have approached their landlord about sub-letting but have had the request declined, and 63 per cent say they have never asked their landlord about subletting their property.Overall, the findings show that 32 per cent of tenants have approached their landlord about sub-letting their property, with 22 per cent of requests being permitted by the landlord.“These findings indicate that subletting is not common in private rented homes, but worryingly that where it does happen, much of it takes place behind landlords’ backs, without their knowledge or permission,” said Uphill.She added, “This isn’t something apparently harmless, like putting your flat on AirBnB while you are on holiday. We are talking about individuals looking to deceive their landlord and maximise their personal gains at the expense of proper property management standards and the risk of others. It not only increases the cost of renting for the unwitting sub-tenants, it affects their rights and can reduce security of tenure.“Subletting can also breach a landlord’s mortgage terms, the conditions attached to licenses granted for letting out shared homes, and invalidate existing insurance products – so they must be aware of the problems it presents.”Meanwhile, the impending change in the tax system has prompted many landlords to slash the amount they spend maintaining furnished rental properties, according to new research by the chartered accountancy firm, HW Fisher & Company.In a study of residential landlords, the company found that 31 per cent intend to spend less than £250 on maintaining furniture and fixtures in the existing tax year. The figure compares poorly with previous tax years with 86 per cent of landlords saying they usually spend more than £250 per year.Their reluctance to spend on maintenance now appears to have been triggered by a planned change in landlords’ tax allowances that gives them a perverse incentive to delay spending until next April.The existing wear and tear allowance, which is claimed by the vast majority of landlords letting furnished property, will be abolished from next April in favour of a new system, under which they will only be able to deduct costs they actually incur.Tim Walford-Fitzgerald (right), Tax Principal at HW Fisher & Company, explained, “The new system is intended to be fairer and more transparent, only giving landlords tax relief for the money they really pay out.“But the impending change has thrown up an anomaly – landlords can spend nothing on maintenance this year and still claim 10% tax relief on their rental income. And they could save more tax on what they do spend if they delay doing so until after April.“So it’s not surprising that many are holding off on all but the most essential maintenance until the next tax year. This is smart tax planning – but it will come as little comfort to tenants struggling with battered furniture and tatty carpets in their homes.”insurance products invalidated subletting tax relief breach of landlord’s mortgage terms consent sub-letting tenant subletting November 26, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Half of tenant subletting occurs without consent previous nextRegulation & LawHalf of tenant subletting occurs without consentA third of tenants wish to sublet their properties, while many landlords slash amount they spend maintaining rental homes.The Negotiator26th November 20150594 Viewslast_img read more

HMAS Ballarat Holds Memorial Service in Honor of HMAS Perth’s Crew

first_img View post tag: Perth HMAS Ballarat Holds Memorial Service in Honor of HMAS Perth’s Crew View post tag: Defence September 13, 2013 View post tag: Australia View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Ballarat View post tag: Defense Share this article Training & Education View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Memorial View post tag: holds View post tag: crew HMAS Ballarat held a moving memorial service to commemorate the crew of HMAS Perth (I) whilst passing through the Sunda Strait on September 11.After having survived the Battle of Java Sea on 27-28 February 1942, Perth (I) (Commanded by Captain ‘Hec’ Waller, DSO and bar) was passing through the Sunda Strait heading for Tjilitjap on Java’s south coast when she encountered the Japanese invasion force assigned to western Java. The Battle of Sunda Strait ensued, and despite fighting valiantly and sinking multiple Japanese ships, Perth was sunk by several torpedo hits on 1 March 1942. Of Perth’s ships company of 686 men, 468 were killed during or soon after the battle, or later died as prisoners of war.Attended by all of Ship’s Company, the memorial service honoured the lives of those lost from Perth’s crew. During his address, Ballarat’s Commanding Officer Commander Matthew Doornbos spoke of the effect Perth’s sinking had on the Australian psyche.“The sinking of Perth so soon after the sinking of her sister ship Sydney had a major psychological effect on the Australian people. Perth lived the creed that the Navy lives by today, to Fight and Win at Sea.”CMDR Doornbos also spoke of Mr David Manning, who several of Ballarat’s crew had met on Anzac Day this year in the ship’s home town of Ballarat. Mr Manning, a Ballarat local, was a survivor of Perth (I) as an 18 year old Cadet Midshipman. He spoke very highly of CAPT Waller, who died during the battle, and after whom the Collins Class submarine HMAS Waller is named. Administered by Ballarat’s chaplain, Chaplain Walker, the service was concluded by the laying of a wreath in the Sunda Strait where Perth (I) lies today.[mappress]Press Release, September 13, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Honor View post tag: Service Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Ballarat Holds Memorial Service in Honor of HMAS Perth’s Crew last_img read more

The COVID-19 evacuation wasn’t Harvard’s first

first_img“I certainly think that many Americans, and certainly Harvard men, felt an obligation to serve following the war,” said Wright. “Speaking of today, I’m reminded of one of my daughters, who is in her second year of medical school. I’ll be willing to bet that for many people at her stage of training, careers in public health are going to seem very appealing. Circumstances, opportunities, and training can go together to influence the courses people follow.”On her last class on campus on March 11, Chaplin walked by the Widener Library, where the Class of 2020 was having their class picture taken, and felt a mix of emotions.“I remember saying to my colleague, ‘This is very sad, but they are going to have an epic class reunion when they come back,’” said Chaplin. “They will have an amazing story, and amazing grounds for solidarity.” The evacuation of campus two months ago due to the mushrooming coronavirus outbreak was a jarring if orderly affair. But then, it turns out, Harvard has had significant and varied experience with upheaval.In 1775 George Washington’s Continental Army occupied the campus, and the Massachusetts Committee of Safety ordered Harvard to vacate its grounds. Professor Joyce Chaplin reminded her students of that earlier crisis during their last on-campus class on March 11 as a way to offer some comfort by putting the move to distance learning into a historical context.“I wanted to try to reassure students that this was not unprecedented,” said Chaplin, the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History. “The assumption was that Harvard had never had to do this before.” And other experts of the period note that not only has Harvard faced other trials, but the one in the early days of the Revolution left many students then with a renewed sense of commitment to make a difference.In that earlier evacuation students were told to leave the campus on May 1 and move to nearby Concord, where they stayed for eight months. Commencement was postponed “in consideration of the difficult and unsettled state of our public affairs,” according to records of Harvard’s Board of Overseers from that time. Students reconvened in Cambridge on June 21 the following year.This year, March brought similar changes. As the threat from COVID-19 rose globally in the first part of the year, the disease drew inexorably closer until reaching the Boston area. Before it struck hard, but when it became clear it would, Harvard decided to conduct the rest of the semester remotely through digital learning. Students shortly left for spring break, but this year not to return. Faculty had about 10 days to pivot their teaching toward online platforms. Staff members had to adapt to doing their jobs remotely, or to add masks, gloves, and caution to their campus routines if they were essential personnel.For a major university, these were lightning-quick changes. But in the weeks to come, the internet systems held strong, professors taught, students learned, and Harvard continued its mission, to the point of having its graduation ceremony, this year called “Honoring the Harvard Class of 2020,” online this Thursday morning. The program begins at 10:30, with the ceremony starting at 11. A grander, in-person celebration of the class will await safer times.Harvard has weathered other disruptions during its long history, though they were more common in the University’s early years, said Zach Nowak ’18, a College Fellow at the History Department.In 1639, Harvard shut down for a year after Nathaniel Eaton, the School’s first head, was fired over allegations that he’d severely beaten students and that his wife had served them spoiled fish and hasty pudding that had somehow been laced with goat dung.,“There are periodic student rebellions,” said Nowak, who taught the class “Intro to Harvard History: Beyond the Three Lies” last fall. “Most of these rebellions are set off by bad-quality food, but the ultimate causes are a really boring curriculum in Latin and Greek, a strict discipline, and a very paternalistic system. Remember, there were kids who were 12, 13, 14 years old going to Harvard in the 1700s.”Smallpox and diphtheria were public-health crises in the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1752, a smallpox epidemic shut down Harvard for five months and canceled Commencement for that year.For historians, it is too early to know how the coronavirus pandemic will be remembered in Harvard’s records. “We are probably pretty early in the pandemic, though, so there is no way to be sure of its long-term consequences,” said Conrad Wright ’72, Sibley Editor at the Massachusetts Historical Society. “Only when it is in our rear view will we really be able to take its measure.”Historians hope students will learn from their counterparts who lived through the first student evacuation. Students from that era showed greater interest in government and public service than their predecessors or those who came after them. The end of the war and a new federal government provided new opportunities to hold office and serve, Wright said. In 1775 Commencement was postponed “in consideration of the difficult and unsettled state of our public affairs.” — Harvard’s Board of Overseers The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Healthy habits

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaAmerican girls who are overweight in their “tween” years — between 9 and 12 years old — are 10 times more likely to grow into overweight adults, says a recent Journal of Pediatrics report. Experts say good family nutrition habits and plenty of exercise are keys to helping these girls stay healthy.”The best way is to adopt family nutrition and physical activity habits that promote healthy food choices,” said Connie Crawley, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension food and nutrition specialist.The new U.S. Dietary Guidelines say children and youths need at least one hour per day of physical activity. “That doesn’t necessarily mean a solid hour of formal exercise,” said Crawley, who is also a professor in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.It could be “a combination of sports, play and just increased activity, like biking or walking,” she said “Any activity is better than always sitting in front of the TV or computer or riding in cars.”Healthy habit modeling by parents, Crawley said, is vital, too. “Parents’ attitudes are paramount for younger children,” she said.”A big no-no is for female family members to say negative things about their own bodies or the bodies of others,” she said. “This just makes the body be seen as an enemy to overcome instead of a wonderful entity that has all these capabilities.”The goal is to make sure a girl’s looks aren’t the primary criteria for her self worth. “It’s important to honestly compliment her other gifts,” Crawley said. “Poor self-esteem is a primary cause of over- and undereating.”Determining a healthy weight can be tricky. Crawley recommends having a pediatrician chart the girl’s growth pattern. This compares her growth to a standard set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Ideally, she should be between the 25th and 85th percentiles for her body mass index,” she said. A less formal healthy weight goal is the girl’s weight when she’s regularly eating a healthy diet with regular physical activity.”Most people can look at their children and decide if they’re carrying too much weight,” she said.Weight loss isn’t the answer, though, unless she’s morbidly overweight. “Ideally, girls will stabilize their weight gain for a while and grow into it by changing to healthier eating and activity habits,” she said.If more exercise and healthier eating isn’t working for your child, consult a registered and licensed dietitian at a local hospital or clinic. Before you try to help her manage her weight, it’s wise to talk to a nutritionist. Eating too few calories can slow growth and hamper school performance.Make sure your child is getting a healthy diet without sacrificing needed protein, calcium and other nutrients. Crawley suggests serving low fat and nonfat dairy foods, more cooked dried beans and peas, skinless poultry and fish (not fried), and leaner cuts of red meat.”Eat the least processed foods possible, as fresh as possible and only when you’re truly hungry, not just because it’s there or tastes good or it’s time for a meal or snack,” she said.”Not having healthier food choices available at home, school and when eating out is a big challenge for young girls,” Crawley said. “Along with wanting to eat what all their friends eat, they often have the ‘dieting’ mentality that starts very early in this country and makes eating feast or famine.”Other obstacles to healthy tweens, she said, are eating while watching TV and other sedentary activities and linking any social event with food.While doing their best to model healthy habits, she said, parents “need to keep an eye out for the signs of eating disorders. They’re usually the last to know or recognize this problem.”For good tips on healthy eating, Crawley recommends the new MyPyramid Web site (www.mypyramid.gov).last_img read more

Bullying

first_imgBullying is no longer solely an in-person issue. The problem has moved online, and it has University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development specialist Cheryl Varnadoe concerned, especially given that the start of the new school year is just a few weeks away.With access to the internet at children’s fingertips via their phone, tablet or personal computer, cyberbullying, sometimes by an anonymous bully, is on the rise.“I think bullying is more prevalent now because kids can do it much more easily than in years past. With technology, kids can bully anonymously — that’s what’s scary,” said Varnadoe, who has worked with children of all ages during her 32 years in UGA Extension. “Sometimes the ones being bullied don’t know who’s attacking them. Unfortunately, there are many phone and web apps now — like Secret, Whisper and Yik Yak — that can enable the bullying of people anonymously.”Part of Varnadoe’s role with UGA Extension has involved developing workshops on bullying prevention at the state and national levels. She educates 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences Extension agents and students about the dangers of bullying and what to do to prevent it.“We need to realize that wherever kids are, they may bully. We also need to realize what bullying is and what it’s not, take preventative steps to ensure that it doesn’t happen and also make sure the kids know what bullying is and why it’s important not to act that way,” Varnadoe said.Varnadoe said “bullying” involves repeated aggression by an individual or group toward someone else. The aggressors don’t know when to stop and continuously pursue the person being bullied, whether in person or online.She added that kids today are more aware of bullying and what it involves, which has made youth today more sensitive to what bullying is and how they can help those being bullied. Not all children react the same to what some consider simple teasing, Varnadoe said.“Kids tend to pick on each other. They need to realize, though, when they’ve gone too far. Traditional teasing — and there’s going to be a lot of that amongst kids and amongst friends — can go too far, and kids need to know when to stop.”According to Varnadoe, bullying is scary because any child can be a bully, given the right circumstances. Factors like a broken home or unstable family environment may contribute to bullying behavior, but there’s not a profile for what a bully looks like. “Some people who bully, particularly those online, are not what you would define as the traditional schoolyard bully. They may look like an average kid, but exhibit bullying behavior. When you think about it, though, what does a bully really look like? It could be anybody,” Varnadoe said. “Somebody that may feel threatened by others may, in turn, turn into a bully. They may take on a bully’s behavior to prevent being threatened or for self-protection. There’s not really a set descriptor for a bully. It really could be anyone in any place in any situation.”Varnadoe suggests these guidelines for parents to share with their children: – It is not possible to avoid all conflict. Learn how to handle conflict while treating yourself and the other person with dignity. – Think of an in-the-moment strategy. Take a moment to take a deep breath and then address the bad behavior by trying to find the courage to voice your feelings. – Stop and strategize where and when you are going to talk to the person, explain what you don’t like, affirm your right to be treated with dignity and acknowledge anything you may have done to escalate the problem. – Ask for help. It is not a sign of weakness. Reporting bullying is not snitching. – Don’t ignore bullying when you see it. Although it is scary to witness bullying in person or online, it is important to speak out. Report it to an ally. For more information, contact Varnadoe at 706-542-4H4H or by email at [email protected]last_img read more