Hawks not “tough enough”, hoping “hunger” returns: Mitchell


Tom Mitchell suggests Hawthorn has lacked a bit of toughness as well as hunger in 2020.

The Hawks are currently struggling in 16th position on the ladder with four wins for the season and just one triumph from their last seven games.

Star midfielder Mitchell admits he and his teammates have been devoid of a few key attributes that usually set them apart from the other teams in the competition.

“We know that we probably haven’t been tough enough as a team this year,” he said on SEN’s Dwayne’s World.

“We’ve probably played teams that are hungrier and that’s something that we’re going to address.

“Hopefully with some new players coming into the team and some youth, that hunger really comes back and we can go back to really fighting to wanting to win games.”

Regarding the Hawks under current captain Ben Stratton, there has been talk in recent times of perhaps a replacement waiting in the wings. Mitchell admits he’d love to skipper the club if he was lucky enough to be asked.

“If the opportunity came my way and I was seen to be the best person to do the job then I’d be more than willing to do that,” the 2018 Brownlow Medallist added.

“The priority, I think for all of us, is just to get the club back to having a winning culture.

“Whatever we need to do to do that, whoever the right person to lead us in that direction, I’m sure we’ll all just follow that person and get back to where we want to be.”

The Hawks suffered a cruel blow late in last weekend’s loss to West Coast when James Sicily went down with a serious knee injury which has since been confirmed as a ruptured ACL that will sideline him for up to 12 months.

Mitchell felt for his teammate who has been one of the club’s top few performers in what has been a difficult season to date.

“It was pretty heartbreaking, not only for Sis, but all of us,” Mitchell said of the star defender.

“He’s such a good mate to a lot of us. For something like that to happen really late in the game to someone having a really great season, developing as a leader and person every week, it was a tough pill to swallow.

“But he’ll get a lot of support and we’ll get him through the challenging period of what he’s about to face. Hopefully he can come back bigger and better.”

The Hawks will look to get back on the winners’ list when they meet top-of-the-table Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.



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COVID waste a danger for school kids: quarantined hunger striker


By ERWIN CHLANDA

Hunger striker Braedon Earley, who is detained in the Howard Springs COVID quarantine station, says rubbish he has seen around what amounts to be a medical facility is a “bio hazard.

“Birds and wind could carry this hazardous material into the adjoining school.”

These photographs were taken by him.

Mr Earley, who at 8pm today was in his 56th hour of fasting, says “general waste” is misplaced in a quarantine facility.

The Darwin businessman, who is a certified pesticide, herbicide and agvet chemical operator, says the rubbish “should be collected and disposed of accordingly.

“All bags should be marked bio hazard and handled with full PPE [personal protective equipment] and gloves that cannot be penetrated by sharps.

“These rules are not followed.

“I have observed the waste being handled by people not in full PPE.

“The question needs to be asked, is the waste from here disposed of in a bio hazard facility?

“It’s handled by backpackers.

“When the government says it is using contractors providing soft facilities, that could mean underpaid workers of foreign origin,” says Mr Earley.

The Alice Springs News is seeking comment from the NT COVID authorities.

 



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“No comment” about man on hunger strike in quarantine


ABOVE: Food which hunger striker Braedon Earley left outside his quarantine room.

By ERWIN CHLANDA

“We won’t be commenting on individuals in the quarantine facilities.”

That is the blunt answer to questions from the Alice Springs News put to the Territory’s coronavirus pandemic authorities about Braedon Earley, a Darwin businessman and some-time political figure who is in quarantine, where he is now on a hunger strike, after a flight from Brisbane on Sunday.

Mr Earley has raised major issues about the Howard Springs Quarantine Facility where he is being detained, including what he considers major safety shortcomings.

He says he has observed some repair work today.

However, when he raised issues with two uniformed police officers this afternoon, posted at the facility, they told him: “We don’t take complaints.”

Meanwhile a spokesperson for the facility provided this statement to the News: “The Northern Territory Government is the owner of the Howard Springs Quarantine Facility and has partnered with private contractors to provide soft facilities management including the provision of meals and amenities in the centre.”

“All staff are inducted onto the site and are required to undertake Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) training.”

Mr Earley says: “Some people are wearing PPE, some are not.”

Says the statement: “All persons in quarantine are provided with three meals per day, which are prepared and delivered to Australian standards.

“People undertaking quarantine also have access to click and collect services where they can order products from Coles, Woolworths, Kmart and Big W including non-perishable goods and personal items such as yoga mats, puzzles, books and clothing.

“Alcohol is prohibited.

“Online orders are delivered to rooms by trained persons wearing Personal Protective Equipment.”

Mr Earley says he has been unable to obtain groceries from Coles because the click and collect at Coles Coolalinga was sold out, and with Woolworth the phone kept cutting in an out with the WiFi.

“Two of the airborne precautions require doors remain to be closed, and cleaning hand between entering and leaving the room,” says Mr Earley.

“There is no sanitiser inside nor outside of the room and the laundry.

“The cabin doors butt up to each-other. People entering or leaving at the same time would not be maintaining social distancing,” says Mr Earley.

“That means the design of the facility is absolutely unsuitable.

“When you are sitting on a balcony, people on adjoining balconies are too close for airborne particles. Even with face masks in use, eyes and skin are exposed.”

BELOW: Signs Mr Earley says he saw being put up today.



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John Kerr’s hunger for history was his undoing — and Australia’s


John Kerr was far more than a best-hatted buffoon — he represented all the absurdity and squalor of Australia and the 20th century.

John Kerr (Impression: National Archives of Australia)

Sometime I will tell you about my previous involvements in the two sides, Sir John Kerr writes of remaining and proper politics in a single of his absurd, toe-curling letters to a Buckingham Palace non-public secretary who could not treatment significantly less.

It was a weird put for a bizarre guy to wind up. From the start, he had been found by his close friends as a person who may well do excellent items. John Robert Kerr had been born in Balmain, his father a employee and radical unionist at the Eveleigh railways works (now a unsuccessful arts location — symbolism will in no way be much absent in this tale).

He acquired a scholarship to Fort Street Substantial, the Sydney selective high college, and then a further 1 to Sydney University in 1932, acquiring topped the calendar year. There he impressed everybody with his intellect, his generate, his force of character. He was the man who had read through everything, especially in sociology and history Marx, Lenin, Nietzsche, Spengler, Sorel, Hegel, Pareto, the is effective.





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Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson claims Jennifer Lawrence wet herself after he pranked her on set


Jennifer Lawrence once “peed herself” when Josh Hutcherson played a prank on her.

The pair starred together in the ‘Hunger Games’ movie series and loved springing jokes on one another, but one day the 27-year-old actor’s gag left his co-star “terrified”.

He told Cosmopolitan magazine: “My pranking days are behind me now but unfortunately, when we were shooting ‘The Hunger Games’, there was a very realistic life-size human recreation of one of the characters who had been stung by tracker jackers (giant wasps).

Camera IconJosh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark in a scene from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.” Credit: Murray Close/AP

“We put it in the bathroom in Jen’s trailer and waited to see what happened. She actually peed herself. Terrified.”

Hutcherson – who is in a relationship with Spanish actress Claudia Traisac – revealed he has attracted some devoted fans over the years, with one family even travelling 400 miles to visit him at Christmas.

He recalled: “I was at home in Kentucky one Christmas Eve and the doorbell rang. “It was two sisters who were about 12 years old. Their mum had driven them down from Chicago.

“I was having a family dinner with my grandparents.

Jennifer Lawrence in 2019.
Camera IconJennifer Lawrence in 2019. Credit: Paul Zimmerman/REX/Shutterstock/Paul Zimmerman/REX/Shutterstock

On another occasion, the ‘Future Man’ actor was stunned to discover a fan who he had given his autograph to had had his name tattooed onto her arm.

He said: “Another time, one fan asked me if I could sign their arm with a sharpie and later I randomly saw them in the street and they showed me that they’d tattooed over my exact signature.”

Meanwhile, Hutcherson wishes he could teleport because it would make travelling much easier and quicker.

Asked his dream superpower, he said: “Teleporting. Being able to snap your fingers and arrive anywhere would be cool. “I could be like, ‘Hey, I’m going to check out the pyramids in Egypt for a second.”



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Coronavirus: Millions in India facing hunger during COVID-19 lockdown measures | World News


Millions of Indians who have been without work for weeks are facing hunger as the country battles the coronavirus outbreak.

The most vulnerable are daily wage earners, contract workers and migrant labourers who have been without work and earnings since the country was shut down on 25 March.

It comes as World Food Programme analysis suggests an additional 130 million people around the world “could be pushed to the brink of starvation by the end of 2020” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

David Beasley, the executive director of the World Food Programme, has warned the UN Security Council that the world is “on the brink of a hunger pandemic” that could lead to “multiple famines of biblical proportions”.

Hundreds of men, women and their children have been waiting in the blazing sun for a precious meal in Gurgaon on the outskirts of the Indian national capital Delhi.

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Families are struggling for food in Gurgaon on the outskirts of Delhi

Mujibur, a labourer, is there to pick up a hot meal for his wife Mariam who gave birth to a baby boy during the shutdown.

It is past midday and this is the first meal she will eat until dinner time.

She said: “It’s a big problem for me, there is no food, no money and I have a baby, I am very worried about him. Whatever is given to us that’s all I eat the whole day.”

The biggest problem they all face is the availability of food and rations.

For weeks they have been without any work and most have exhausted their savings.

The shutdown has stripped them of everything including their dignity.

Hundreds here live in clusters of one-room homes, some even in tin sheds and huts made of plastic sheets and bamboo.

They are labourers, masons, drivers, maids, cleaners, guards and vegetable sellers that cater to thousands of homes and high-rise apartments that dot this cyber city.

Mariam, left, and Mujibur with their child who was born during the lockdown
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Mariam, left, and Mujibur with their child who was born during the lockdown
Mariam said she has been worried about her baby during the lockdown
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Mariam said she has been worried about her baby’s health

Lalla Bai, a daily wage labourer, left her two children in the village to come here to earn a living.

Desperate to go back home, she said: “We are angry with the government, they are starving us. Neither are they killing us nor are they allowing us to live. We are stuck in the middle. I cannot go back to my children.”

She insists we come inside her bamboo and plastic sheeting hut.

It’s stifling as the temperature is already touching 40C (104F) and this is just the beginning of the long summer.

Social distancing is a privilege these people cannot afford.

Lalla Bai has said she is angry with the government over the lockdown measures
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Lalla Bai has said she is angry with the government over the lockdown measures

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Jamshed lives with his wife and four children in a room with its roof and three sides made of tin sheeting.

A daily wage earner, he came to the city three months ago and regrets his decision.

“Food is the biggest problem and since there is no work I have no money to buy anything,” he said.

Tanuja, a 36-year-old cleaner, broke down as she said: “This disease has crushed us. I have no work, no food, no money to pay rent. My children are in the village and I have to send them money. What will I do.”

The common washing areas coupled with unhygienic living conditions and a lack of personal protection means the pandemic would ravage this cluster.

The informal sector of daily wage earners, contract workers and migrant labourers form almost 81% of the country’s working population.

Jamshed, pictured her with his family, has no money to buy food during the shutdown
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Jamshed, pictured her with his family, has no money to buy food during the shutdown
Tanuja, a cleaner, said the disease has 'crushed us' as she has no food
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Tanuja, a cleaner, said the disease has ‘crushed us’ as she has no food

The government has set up thousands of relief camps where free food and shelter is provided to the poor and migrants who are stuck.

But with the overwhelming numbers, not everyone can be reached all the time.

Two days into the lockdown, Vishal Anand, a restaurant owner, was stopped in his car by people asking for food.

He said they were “not beggars, but skilled and unskilled workers and they just wanted food”.

Mr Anand pooled his finances and with a group of his friends and volunteers started a kitchen making thousands of hot meals.

With limited resources the idea was to provide the most vulnerable with food for only for a few days until the administration stepped up.

But with the overwhelming numbers of hungry people they were unable to stop.

Vishal Anand, a restaurant owner, has started a kitchen making thousands of hot meals
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Restaurant owner Vishal Anand has started a kitchen making thousands of hot meals

Mr Anand told Sky News: “As citizens the first thing I believe in is that we need to help other citizens. The most important thing we have to do is to secure them with basic food and rations for the next 90 days. We really don’t know when the lockdown will be over and when they will get back to their respective jobs.”

With the help of some charities, donations and the administration, he and his friends are making life a bit easier for the thousands of the forgotten poor.

It’s an uncertain future for this vast, invisible majority, many desperate to get back home to their families.

Geeta, from Panna in Madhya Pradesh, said: “Our children are dying of hunger at home and we here, we have nothing here. We want to go back. Our children will die there and we will die here.”



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Specter of hunger rises in Brazil as coronavirus wrecks incomes


RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASILIA (Reuters) – In a brick warehouse on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, dozens of charity workers filled trucks with bags of beans, rice, flour and other staples to be distributed throughout the Brazilian metropolis’ sprawling slums.

For thousands of residents in Rio – Latin America’s third-largest city – these foodstuffs provided by a non-governmental organization, Citizens’ Action, are crucial to fend off a plight which could prove as deadly as the novel coronavirus: hunger.

Lockdowns have ravaged the incomes of Brazil’s poor, throwing many of Brazil’s 38 million informal workers into unemployment.

Here, as elsewhere across Latin America, an increasing number of people are unsure where they will get their next meal.

In Brazil, huge strides were made to eradicate hunger in the first decade of this century, when one-sixth of the population was lifted out of poverty. For many now in Rio, its return is devastating.

The refrigerator of Rosana de Paula, 37, was empty but for a bottle of water, an eggplant, a wedge of cheese and a piece of pumpkin – all donated by local restaurants.

De Paula scratched a living sorting recyclables from trash at a cooperative in Duque de Caxias, a working-class city on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

But when work dried up due to the coronavirus lockdown, so did her income.

“When I was working, the weekend would arrive and the fridge wouldn’t be overflowing, but we had enough,” said de Paula, who lives with her husband and 8-year-old daughter in a cramped cinder-block home. “But now, it’s like this,” she said, pointing to the bare shelves.

Although there are no national statistics on rising hunger since the pandemic hit, humanitarian groups said they are already scrambling to step up food programs, diverting cash from other areas to rush parcels to people like de Paula.

They warned the new coronavirus will cause hunger on a scale not seen in decades, worsening poverty that was already rising due to cuts to social programs after Brazil slid into a deep, long-lasting recession in 2015 amid a collapse in commodities prices.

The mounting tragedy brought into sharp focus the human cost of lockdowns that health experts said are necessary to slow the spread of the virus.

This crisis is also likely to provide ammunition for President Jair Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly derided hardline social-distancing measures as a “poison”, the economic fallout of which could be more dangerous than COVID-19.

Despite Brazil being a top food exporter, nongovernmental organizations said some families have not eaten a meal for two or three days. With the World Bank predicting the economy to shrink by 5% this year, the situation was expected to deteriorate further in one of the world’s most unequal societies.

“We have more than 30 million informal workers in Brazil that were thrown into extreme poverty overnight because they can’t work during quarantine,” said Kiko Afonso, executive director of Citizens’ Action, which is distributing hundreds of tons of food throughout Rio and several other Brazilian cities.

“Families with this level of income don’t have credit, they don’t have savings, and without income, they have absolutely no way to pay for food.”

JUST ABOUT THE FOOD

Brazil’s Congress approved in late March a monthly cash payment of 600 reais ($114) to informal workers who have lost their incomes, an emergency program that will cost the government 98 billion reais and benefit 54 million people.

But experts said that will not be enough to feed families sliding into extreme poverty.

The pandemic hit Brazil as Latin America’s largest economy was still struggling to overcome the 2015-2016 recession that resulted in deep cuts to social programs that had pulled 30 million people out of poverty and removed Brazil from the United Nation’s World Food Program hunger map in 2014.

Over 3 million Brazilians were dragged below the extreme poverty line between 2014 and 2018, according to Marcelo Neri, an expert on social inequality at the Rio think tank FGV Social.

Over 13 million Brazilians were considered to be in extreme poverty at the end of 2019, according to federal statistics agency IBGE.

Experts said that number has ballooned, at least temporarily, by tens of millions.

Caritas, the Catholic relief organization, said poorer Brazilian families were already suffering the impact of austerity policies, and the economic crisis caused by the pandemic made it hard to put food on the table.

The organization is restructuring its programs to focus on the increased demand for food, said Carlos Humberto Campos, Caritas’ executive director in Brazil.

“There’s nothing else to be done,” he told Reuters. “Now, it is just about food.”

Reporting by Anthony Boadle and Gram Slattery; with additional reporting by Sergio Queiroz and Rodrigo Viga in Rio, additional reporting and editing by Stephen Eisenhammer in Sao Paulo; Editing by Cynthia Osterman



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