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first_imgMr Hasto added: “The danger is seen in people who regularly use contraception and then stop. That will create drop-outs.”The absence of contraception, Mr Hasto noted, may cause unwanted pregnancies, which could take a psychological toll on women and have longer-term repercussions, such as stunted development in children of poor families that cannot afford proper nutrition.The pandemic is “bad timing” for women to get pregnant as many are unable to obtain proper healthcare services, said Mr Hasto, who added: “It’s better for couples to use contraceptive methods now.”This appears to be the sentiment among Italians, as over 80 per cent surveyed by University of Florence researchers said they did not plan to conceive during the pandemic, with a third of them abandoning previous plans to have a child.Indonesia is among a number of countries, however, anticipating a baby boom as a result of measures encouraging people to stay home to curb COVID-19 transmission.Dr Augustina Situmorang, a demography expert at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), predicts a jump in the number of pregnancies in Indonesia as people have limited access to contraception.She also underlined that the rise in pregnancies will likely occur among women from low-income families who largely depend on free contraception provided by the BKKBN, and young women who lost their jobs in cities, returned to home towns and were forced into marriage by social norms.”The family planning field officers must change the strategy now. They must reach out to people and deliver contraceptive tools at home and they can cooperate with health community centers to get the data,” said the researcher on family and health issues.Mr Hasto said that BKKBN is deploying its family field officers to give out free condoms and contraceptive pills while distributing food aids to poor families. It will also kick off a campaign to recruit one-million new family-planning acceptors in June. Topics : Indonesia, home to nearly 270 million inhabitants, annually welcomes 4.8 million births.The decrease in the contraceptive use occurred across all kinds of methods, including contraceptive implant, injection and vasectomy, the board’s chief, Mr Hasto Wardoyo, said. Implants were down by 40 per cent, for instance, while vasectomies plunged by 90 per cent.”With the pandemic, the access to contraception has shrunk. Many clinics have shut, while those that remain open have limited the number of people they serve,” he told The Straits Times.This also limits low-income earners’ access to contraceptive pills, which they can get free from BKKBN via clinics and midwives. center_img Stay home and make babies? As condoms and other forms of birth control are unavailable to a growing number of Indonesians during the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s fourth-most populous nation may see a baby boom.The National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN), the authority overseeing the country’s family planning programs, found that in March, about 10 percent more of its acceptors face difficulty in accessing birth control, based on reports it received from 34 provinces. BKKBN has 28 million acceptors of its family planning methods nationwide.The one-month decline in contraceptive use alone could push up pregnancies by 15 per cent, or around 420,000 pregnancies, within a month to three months, according to its estimate. A further drop within three months will increase pregnancies by up to 30 per cent, or above 800,000, within another few months.last_img read more

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first_img Bio Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] ELLSWORTH — Whether runners were wearing various shades of red, white and blue, camouflage-patterned clothing or anything else of note, Ellsworth had a patriotic feel in the air early Sunday morning.A total of 130 runners gathered at the Down East Family YMCA’s James Russell Wiggins Center on Sunday for the this year’s edition of the Veterans Remembrance Road Race. The fourth annual running of the race, which took place behind the Wiggins Center on Pond Street, stretched a total of 4 miles and featured runners as young as 9 years old and as old as 79.Prior to the race, a commemorative walk was held in which a number of contestants carried stones the entire length of the course. Those stones were engraved with the names of fallen soldiers.Among the stone carriers were Jason and Kristin Partridge of Bangor, both of whom are veterans themselves. The two hoisted their stones, which they said contained the names of former Air National Guard members, over their shoulders as they crossed the finish line.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“All these runners are very dedicated to their veterans and honoring what they fought so hard for,” DEFY Fitness Director Robin Clarke said. “They’ve done a lot of research on their soldiers.”One runner proudly held up a Wounded Warrior Project flag in his right hand from start to finish. Two others, James Perry of Eastbrook and Adam Murphy of Bangor, wore American flag-colored body suits that covered everything from their toes to their eyes the length of the race.Despite any possible hindrances that resulted from their festive attire, both Perry and Murphy placed in their respective age groups. Perry finished first among 20-29 men, and Murphy was second in the 40-49 grouping.Spectators applaud Judson Cake as he approaches the finish line at the Veterans Remembrance Road Race on Nov. 12 in Ellsworth. Cake won the race with a time of 21 minutes, 37 seconds. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLElsewhere at the front of the pack, 39-year-old Judson Cake of Bar Harbor was the race’s top finisher with a winning time of 21 minutes, 37 seconds. Ellsworth High School’s Matt Shea finished exactly three minutes behind him to claim second place.Rounding out the top five were Ellsworth’s Rob Shea, Dedham’s Jim Hunt and Tremont’s Stanley Grierson. The top female finisher was Winterport’s Cecilia Dube, whose time of 27 minutes, 31 seconds earned her sixth place overall.Age group winners from Ellsworth were Matt Shea (men, 10-19), Rob Shea (men, 40-49) and Lloyd Harmon (men, 70-99). Second-place award winners from the city were Andrew Kephart (men, 30-39) Jamie Harding (women, 30-39), Tom Kirby (60-69) and Nancy Patterson (women, 60-69).All veterans were allowed to compete in the race for free with valid military identification. A total of 21 veterans competed in the event, and a portion of the proceeds benefited The Summit Project and the Maine Veterans Project.The next scheduled road race in Hancock County will be the Santa Run 5K, which will be held Dec. 3 at the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School. Registration begins 8 a.m. on race day, and the event will begin at 10.center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more

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first_img Published on March 3, 2019 at 11:03 pm Syracuse (19-10, 10-6 Atlantic Coast) received a short respite from top-5 opponents in a win at Wake Forest on Saturday. Enter No. 2 Virginia (26-2, 14-2), which has won six games in a row. The Orange lost twice to the Cavaliers last season.Here’s what our beat writers expect to happen.Billy Heyen (22-7)‘Hoos on firstVirginia 67, Syracuse 56The current No. 2 team in the country will spoil Syracuse’s Senior Night. The Orange simply haven’t had an answer for good man-to-man defense because not enough SU players can beat guys off the bounce. UVA might have the best combo of defensive scheme and individual defensive ability in the country. It’ll be a long Monday night for the Syracuse offense.Charlie DiSturco (20-9)‘Hoos House?Virginia 68, Syracuse 54AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTo me, there is no team more complete than Virginia. The Cavaliers are deep, have a multitude of dynamic scorers, shoot the ball well and boast a dominant defense. Syracuse has been playing top-5 opponents well in recent weeks — think Duke and North Carolina — but this UVA team should have no problem tearing up the 2-3 zone. Virginia shoots 40 percent from 3, fourth in the country, and rarely turns the ball over. Not to mention the Cavaliers’ defense ranks second in adjusted efficiency and first in defending the 3 ball. Expect the Orange to struggle in their last home game of the year.Matthew Gutierrez (17-12)CavalierVirginia 60, Syracuse 53The team to hit 60 points wins this game. Last season, at the Carrier Dome, SU fell 59-44, in a slow game that the Cavaliers dictated by playing excellent defense and rebounding. UVA does all of that stuff right. SU is capable of winning here, especially in the final home game of the season, which should warrant a strong crowd. But UVA has 10 ranked wins this season and has lost only to Duke, twice. The better team picks up the victory at the Dome. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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