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PICS: US military airlifting food and other humanitarian aid supplies from Durban to Mozambique

The US military join in the disaster relief efforts getting food and other humanitarian aid supplies to thousands of those affected and displaced.
Spokesperson for the US mission in South Africa, Rob Mearkle, said the US Consul General, Sherry Zalika Sykes, visited King Shaka International Airport on Sunday to view yet another shipment of food and other supplies from the UN World Food Programme (WFP).Mearkle said the US Air Force was providing airlift support in South Africa for the USAID-led humanitarian response to cyclone Idai. He said the first batch of supplies were jetted out of Durban on Saturday.
The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) and the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) expedited the necessary authorisations for the airlifts, while “invaluable assistance” had been provided by Swissport, Dube Port Cargo, Skytanking, BidAir and Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), Mearkle said.He said the commodities that were being airlifted from Durban were from WFP’s internal stock.
“Separately from these shipments, the United States has provided nearly $3.4m in additional funding for the WFP to deliver approximately 2 500 metric tons of rice, peas, and vegetable oil to affected people in Sofala, Zambezia, and Manica provinces.
This lifesaving emergency food assistance will support approximately 160 000 people for one month,” Mearkle said.”To date, the US government has provided nearly $7.3m (R105m) in humanitarian assistance to help people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi who have been affected by Cyclone Idai, as well as flooding that occurred earlier this month. This includes more than $6.5 million from USAID.”Supplies loaded into US military aircrafts in Durban this morning.

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A hotel room with exactly the right ‘chi’ – 5 crazy travel expense claims done in SA

The beauty of business trips is that you can expense most things to that super handy company credit card – even if sometimes you have to come up,In the US, there have been some pretty wacky items expensed on business trips – llamas, a human skull and a helicopter ride – but don’t think it’s just the Americans that are crazy.

SEE: This is what it takes to be a woman in the competitive MICE industry South African business travellers have their own little array of interesting items and requests, and entertainment and production specialists at Flight Centre Business Travel.The entertainment industry is not a 9-to-5 industry. It’s late hours, last-minute needs, group arrangements and VIP service within a restricted budget, explains Estment. Expense reports are notoriously boring, both for the traveller and the travel manager. However, once in a while an expense will be claimed like the ones below – that will have the travel manager sit up and take note, especially when working in the entertainment sector.

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Junk food adverts could be banned before 9pm in fight against childhood obesity

Junk food advertisements could be banned before 9pm in an effort to stamp out the ‘epidemic’ of childhood obesity. Currently, record levels of children.

Research has shown that watching more than six junk food adverts a week can lead to children eating an extra 18,000 calories a year.Adverts for junk food could be banned from TV and the internet in an effort to tackle childhood obesity (Picture: PA)Cancer Research UK estimates the additional calories are the equivalent of around 70 Mars bars or 60 cheeseburgers – and could amount to a 5lb (2.3kg) weight gain each year.Plans for the new watershed have been put out for public consultation in a bid to combat the growing crisis, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said.Boy who lost his legs after being tortured by parents takes first stepsTV chef Jamie Oliver said: ‘If we don’t find effective ways to improve our kids’ health, UK children will live shorter lives than their parents.‘It’s a fact that kids are hugely influenced by junk food ads – so the media and the food industry has a real opportunity here to do something about it.’Adverts for foods high in fat, sugar and salt will be consulted on, with the proposed pre-9pm ban affecting TV programmes, online streaming sites and social media companies, the DHSC said.
Jamie Oliver has welcomed the move (Picture: ITV/REX)Junk food adverts during children’s TV shows have been banned since 2007 but research by Ofcom claimed that 64% of the time children spend watching TV they are watching shows not aimed at them.Public Health Minister Steve Brine said: ‘The NHS is already preparing to treat more and more children for the serious effects of extreme obesity in the future, so we have a duty to address the underlying causes.’Lover tried to poison diabetic fiancé using ‘remote controlled insulin pump’Up to 1,000 more children per year are expected to require treatment for severe obesity-related problems like diabetes and asthma by 2022-23, the DHSC said.Campaigners, doctors and politicians welcomed the announcement.Green Party leader Caroline Lucas, who said: ‘This is now the first generation of children that will live shorter lives than their parents.’Top spending crisp, confectionery and sugary drinks companies in the UK spend £143 million a year on advertising compared to just £5 million spent annually by the Government on its healthy eating campaigns, research by the Obesity Health Alliance found.

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