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Guys eat meat to feel ‘manlier’ according to new study

 - Food - Jul 16 SHARE ON:
Guys eat meat to feel ‘manlier’ according to new study

A new study by the University of California, Los Angeles has reported that men consume meat to adhere to masculine stereotypes. The UCLA surveyed around 1,706 American adults between the ages of 18 and 88, and found that anything from ordering bloody steaks to standing over a BBQ can be interpreted as ‘masculine’ behaviour. The goal of the study was trying to identify whether or not traditional gender roles are reinforced through meat-eating. 

Participants were thus asked about their current habits and openness to vegetarianism and vegan lifestyles. Men were less likely than women to consider a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, whilst also having an increased tendency to consume chicken and beef. The study, which was published in the academic journal ‘Appetite’, stated that altering how we view gender stereotypes could reduce meat consumption as a whole. The study noted that ‘a deeper understanding of the role of gender may help reduce public meat consumption to improve human health and environmental responsibility’. This, however, may be an arduous task. 

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235 COVID-19 cases registered with 6 recoveries

 - COVID-19 - Jul 16 SHARE ON:

Malta has registered 235 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours from 3,879 swab tests, while 6 patients have recovered. No deaths were registered in the past 24 hours. This information was announced by the official Facebook page of Malta’s Ministry for Health.

As of Thursday 15th July 2021, 718,418 vaccine doses were administered of which 379,380 were 1st doses. 354,985 people are currently fully vaccinated. 

To date, Malta has registered 32,069 COVID-19 cases in total, of which: 30,208 have recovered, 420 died and 1441 are still active.

Mater Dei Hospital is currently treating a total of 14 COVID-19 positive patients, one of which is in the ITU. Of yesterday’s 222 reported cases, 195 were between ages of 10-39. The average age of yesterday’s cases was 24.

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22% discount in Internet services for senior citizens

 - Local - Jul 16 SHARE ON:
22% discount in Internet services for senior citizens

Senior citizens over the age of 60 living in the community will be able to benefit from new offers on internet services using their Senior Citizen ID card. The agreement was signed between the Department of Active Ageing and Community Care and GO, with Elderly and Active Ageing Minister Michael Farrugia stating that around 120,000 seniors could potentially benefit from this discount. Aimed at encouraging senior citizens to use different methods of technology and stay communally active, senior citizens who present their Maltese ID card will get a reduction on their internet service ranging between 17% and 22%.

Anzjani li għandhom ‘il fuq minn 60 sena u li jgħixu fil-komunità, se jkunu jistgħu jibbenefikaw minn offerti ġodda fuq…

Posted by Tabib Michael Farrugia on Thursday, 15 July 2021

GO’s chief commercial officer Antonio Ivankovic explained that senior citizens can benefit from a price reduction on Home Internet and a TV package which includes over 10,000 hours of films/series at a reduced price of €30 per month from € 35.99. For older people who wish to benefit from online offers outside the home, the Mobile Internet Service will have a price reduction from € 24.99 to € 19.99 per month whereas those who have the Home Pack will have a price reduction from € 22.99 to € 17.99 per month.

With 60 companies and 114 businesses forming part of the Kartanzjan scheme, the benefits allow over-60s to get discounts from a number of different shops around the Maltese islands. The minister also stated that the expression of interest is still open to businesses and other companies which are interested in being part of the scheme. 

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Parts of China to deny access to hospitals and schools for the unvaccinated

 - COVID-19 - Jul 16 SHARE ON:
Parts of China to deny access to hospitals and schools for the unvaccinated

As the country targets an inoculation rate of at least 80% against COVID-19, parts of China will be banning access to hospitals, schools and nursing homes to unvaccinated individuals. Dozens of county-level governments in at least eight provinces have published notices, giving citizens until late July or early August to receive their jab. After this deadline, everyday life public services will be restricted to anyone who does not comply. The push by local governments comes as the ruling party outlined its goal to achieve herd immunity by December of this year. 

Epidemiologist with the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention Shao Yiming stated that given the protection rate of Chinese vaccines is below 100%, China needs to fully vaccinate 80-85% of residents. This is equivalent to 1 billion of the country’s 1.4 total population. China largely contained the spread, with many residents seeing little need to receive the jab. However, recent outbreaks in localities have pushed fear of infection and prompted a rush to get vaccinated. 

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