*Here’s wishing our State President a speedy recovery from ‘Flu and all those who are unwell, especially those afflicted by Covid-19. Although restrictions on our current movements have been relaxed countries in the northern hemisphere are approaching their wintry months and cases of Covid are spiking yet again. Therefore it is incumbent on us to be cautious and to continue exercising anti Covid-19 protocols.
*The US Coronavirus death toll has passed 200,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU). More than 6.8 million people are known to have been infected in the US, more than in any other country. In March, President Donald Trump said if deaths were between 100,000 and 200,000, the country would have done a “very good job”. The previous month, when 15 cases had been reported in the country, he predicted that the number was going to be “close to zero” within a couple of days. JHU reported the new death toll of 200,005 on Tuesday. The university has been collecting US and global Coronavirus data since the outbreak began late last year in China. The first case in the US was confirmed in January.
*Are we being paranoiac or are there enough grounds to consider child trafficking a real threat? This is the confusion in many people the Herald spoke to. Many felt the threat to child safety is indeed real. A few believe it is blown out of proportion and the media and rumour mongers are having a field day to force parents to “police” children beyond reasonable bounds. One irate parent insists all these false stories will actually plant ideas in the minds of ruthless thugs to use children to demand ransom from parents or to use children for muti purposes. Yet another lady stated that even if it involved one child, it is one child too many. Whatever your take on this matter please be careful and school your children to beware of any suspicious person.
* Police records confirm that kidnapping of adults has increased over the last year. Foreigners are accused of having “imported” this modus operandi into South Africa, whereby a member of a wealthy family is kidnapped, held incognito and a huge amount of ransom money is then demanded from the family for the release of the person. The police are working on a few cases right now and have trained personnel trying to apprehend the culprits.
* The Prefect saga at the Middleburg High School attracted widespread interest. Some learners indicated that the school has relied on the recommendations of fellow learners to nominate prefects as has been the practice for many years. A few learners said the prefects did not reflect the demographic content of the school. We will reserve comment until the Department of Education which has intervened in this sensitive matter issues a directive and a way forward.
*September is Alopecia Month. Alopecia Areata is a condition that causes hair to fall out in small patches, which can be unnoticeable. These patches may connect, however, and then become noticeable. The condition develops when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss. Sudden hair loss may occur on the scalp and in some cases the eyebrows, eyelashes, and face, as well as other parts of the body. It can also develop slowly and recur after years between instances. The condition can result in total hair loss, called Alopecia universalis, and it can prevent hair from growing back. When hair does grow back, it’s possible for the hair to fall out again. The extent of hair loss and regrowth varies from person to person. There’s currently no cure for Alopecia Areata. However, there are treatments that may help hair grow back more quickly and that can prevent future hair loss, as well as unique ways to cover up the hair loss. Resources are also available to help people cope with stress related to hair loss. Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune condition. An autoimmune condition develops when the immune system mistakes healthy cells for foreign substances. Normally, the immune system defends your body against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria. If you have Alopecia Areata, however, your immune system mistakenly attacks your hair follicles. Hair follicles are the structures from which hairs grow. The follicles become smaller and stop producing hair, leading to hair loss. Researchers don’t know the exact cause of this condition.
*Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich held secret investments in footballers not owned by his club, an investigation has discovered. The players included the Peruvian winger Andre Carrillo, who turned out against Chelsea in Champions League matches in 2014. He held rights in the players through a company based in the British Virgin Islands. Mr Abramovich’s spokeswoman stressed no rules or regulations were broken. But former Football Association chairman Lord Triesman has questioned whether it was “proper” for the owner of a football club to have an interest in players in other teams. This confirms that many owners of football clubs have no real interest in the sport but use such clubs to collect dividends. Like the Glazer family who own Man United.