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8 OTHER NEWS Friday, March 9 2018| NEW ERA Children who look like their fathers are healthier - study Staff Reporter According to a new study children who are born with a resemblance to their fathers tend to live healthier lives. In fact the study says that in some instances children who look like their dads reported less cases of hospital visits because of sickness and asthma episodes. The study is by two researchers from Binghamton University, State University of New York. The researchers Marlon R. Tracey and Solomon W. Polachek looked at 715 families in which babies lived with only their mother. The study was published in the Journal of Health Economics, in January 2018. “Resembling the father reduces the incidence of child asthma episodes, decreases child visits to health practitioners for illness by 21.4 percent, cuts child visits to the emergency room by 23.5 percent, and decreases a child’s longest stay in hospital by 54.7 percent,” the researchers say in their report. They also warn that the magnitude for hospital stay should be interpreted with caution because several large outlier hospital days for children not resembling the those resembling the father. between at-birth father-child resemblance and child health one year later, holding constant the controls previously described,” the researchers say of their paper. They also say that the “effect of father-child resemblance on subjective child health is greater child resemblance has a greater (and child health is denoted by visits for illness and emergency visits.” The whole research is premised //KHARAS REGIONAL COUNCIL HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT THE FOLLOWING VACANCIES CURRENTLY EXIST ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF llKHARAS REGIONAL COUNCIL. CANDIDACY IS LIMITED TO NAMIBIAN NATIONALS ONLY. A) Post Designation : Salary Scale : Housing Allowance : Motor Vehicle Allowance : : Duty Station : Keetmanshoop Period : Requirements: Supplementary Additional Requirements: Responsibilities: MAIN DUTIES: CANCELLED Enquiries: NB! Qualifying women and persons with disabilities who meet the advertisement requirements are encouraged to apply. THE ACTING CHIEF REGIONAL OFFICER //KHARAS REGIONAL COUNCIL PRIVATE BAG 2184, KEETMANSHOOP on the argument that a father is more likely to spend more time with the child, if the child looks like him. The team assessed the health of the infants using reports from the mothers, who were asked to classify the child’s health status as poor, fair, good, very good, and excellent, and health outcomes, including whether the child had experienced an asthma attack since birth; the number of visits to a healthcare professional for illness since birth; number of emergency room visits since birth; and the longest stay in hospital. “Those fathers that perceive the baby’s resemblance to them are more certain the baby is theirs, and thus spend more time with the baby,” explained one of the study’s authors, Dr Polachek, adding, “Fathers are important in raising a child, and it manifests itself in the health of the child.” Intriguing… Researchers have suggested that children who look like their fathers live healthier because the resemblance encourages fathers to spend more time with the children. Photo for illustration purpose only. Ouch!!!… The procedure is said to be painful and takes a whole year to heal. Below, The ring is said to be a hit with some people. Instead of a wedding ring, get a instead of wearing a wedding ring and it looks excruciating. How people choose to show their commitment to someone else is evolving. You can say it with diamonds. Or you can say it with a massive Whilst your bony digits may seem like the last body part you’d get pierced, pierced is now a trend which is catching on. A graphic clip, shared by Cultura Colectiva + , shows people getting their Given that it’s not for the fainthearted, videos of people having this done have, unsurprisingly, split opinion. Plenty of viewers were left feeling a little queasy by the process. “Ouch! Hell no! I’ve been engaged for 1 month,” one response read. “I have hit my hand off of things at This day in history... 09 MARCH least once a day...hat would hurt like a mother...” Another weighed in with: “That is just DISGUSTING. Why would anyone “Oh well that’s just waiting for infection, being ripped off, getting stuck on something, hey their problem, they’re ones who will be crying,” pointed out someone else. But, the internet is a graphic, disgusting place at the best of times, with the bar getting constantly raised higher. So while there were certainly people piercing, there were others who were OK with it. “I liked it,” one woman added, “everyone to their own I say and I’m in my 50s, sometimes I think us old farts are more open minded lol.” It remains to be seen whether this catches on or not. – 1831: The French Foreign Legion is founded in Algeria to serve in the French colonies in Africa. 1919: Britain deports Egyptian independence leader Saad Zaghlul to Malta. Britain grants Egypt nominal independence in 1922. 1917: On 21 February 1917 the SS Mendi troopship sunk. As a result 616 South Africans lost their lives, 607 of whom were Black men serving in the South African Native Labour Contingent. On 9 March 1917, the South African House of Assembly rose as a symbol of respect for the fallen troops in the SS Mendi. Prime Minister Louis Botha addressed the house and relayed the details of the ship’s sinking. The Minister went on to announce the names of the White men who had lost their lives or survived. 1947: Representatives of the African National Congress (ANC), Natal Indian Congress (NIC) and Transvaal Indian Congress (TIC) meet in Johannesburg. The presidents of the three Congresses – Dr Xuma, Dr Naicker and Dr Dadoo sign a “joint declaration of cooperation” - The Three Doctors’ Pact. 1964: The United Nations Special Committee on the Policies of Apartheid resumes its meetings and decides to draft an appeal to the Security Council and the General Assembly to ensure implementation of resolutions on South Africa adopted by them. They recommend that South Africa halt current trials of anti-apartheid leaders and refrain from executing persons already sentenced to death. 1970: The United States declines to recognise the Republic of Rhodesia and closes its consulate in Salisbury.

Friday, March 9 2018 | NEW ERA ADVERT 9 Official Weekly Communique of the University of Namibia - Volume 06 NEW MASTERS IN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED IN OSHAKATI The Oshakati Campus recently successfully launched the new Master of Arts in Development Studies degree programme, in the presence of key stakeholders and thirty-five admitted students. The MA in Development Studies, a first in the SADC region, is a multidisciplinary programme that will provide advanced education and research opportunities to students who want to contribute to the effective creation and implementation of development frameworks. It will also enable students to tackle a variety of challenges, including poverty, climate change and contagious diseases. It will further Professor Lazarus Hangula produce development practitioners with core competencies, knowledge, skills and research capacity. During the launch, UNAM Vice Chancellor, Professor Lazarus Hangula, congratulated all stakeholders that actively participated in the development of the programme, under the capable leadership of the Oshakati Campus Assistant Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dr Paulina Uugwanga. “Development Studies are concerned with providing a balancing act in a finite ecosystem where survival, progress and sustainability are doomed to coexist and where no aspect should be left unattended.” Acknowledging Professor Paschal Mihyo Standing (From left to right): Ms M Kaundjua, Prof J Kangira, Ms L Mbwale, Dr P Uugwanga, Dr J Sheehama, Dr E Namundyebo. Seated (From left to right): Prof F Gideon, Mr I Shiimi (BoN Governor), Prof L Hangula. the MA in Development Studies project donors, Professor Hangula asserted: “I would like to thank Mr Elmo Kaiyamo, our first Development Goodwill Ambassador, who donated N million, and the Development Bank of Namibia which through its Managing Director, Mr Martin Inkumbi, also donated N million.” Professor Paschal Mihyo, a lawyer by profession, a Professor of Politics and Administrative Studies and current Senior Research Fellow at the Policy Research for Development (REPOA), led the development of the programme. He said: “The programme seeks to break the glass wall between natural and social sciences in order for example to help medical experts to realise that illhealth is not only a medical problem but also a social, economic and governance problem.” Northern businessmen pledged support to the University by offering to lecture students on how to become “good business people”. They further pledged to also offer mentorship and internship programmes to the students. The programme, that received over 400 applications, collected over N.4 million from the northern business community. Programme receives N.4 million from northern business community UNDERSTANDING THE PASSION FOR SOCIAL WORK First year students urged to register with relevant Council Social Work is the art of listening and the science of hope. Every year the Department of Social Work in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS) orients its first year students on the nature of the course and this year was no exception. Welcoming the students warmly Dean of the Faculty, Professor Jairus Kangira, said: “Social Workers play a vital role in the society as they work with diverse populations and social problems which require one to have a passion for the profession and people’s wellbeing.” He added that, to enrich the programme, the Department trains Namibians, students from SADC countries as well as other international students on an exchange programme basis. Highlighting the link and importance of the Health Professional Council of Namibia (HPCNA), Ms T. N. Mungoba, Assistant Manager: Social Work and Psychology Council, said: “The Council’s role is to protect the public through regulated education and practice as well as fostering good practice. The guiding framework is the Psychology and Social Work Act No. 6 of 2004, hence registration is a prerequisite for Social Workers to practice.” She urged the students to register with the Council before they start with their field practice. Emphasising the meaning of the essential skills, values and standards for social workers, was Ester Muinjangue, a Social Work Lecturer in the Department. She said: “It is essential to uphold dignity, integrity, respect, compassion and objectivity in the Social Work profession. Social Workers embody core social work values by promoting social justice, equity and human rights, while embracing diversity as well as exercising professional conduct. Professor Jairus Kangira

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