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Gaza protests against Israel suspended for 3 months: organisers

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Protests on Friday would be the last until March 30, 2020, Talal abu Zarifa, a member of the organising committee for the ‘March of Return’, told AFP.

The weekly protests began in March 2018, calling for an end to Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip and for Palestinians to be allowed to return to their ancestral homes inside the Jewish state.

When they resume, the demonstrations will be monthly, rather than weekly, Zarifa said.

He did not give a specific reason for the decision, but the number of attendees has dwindled in recent months.

Israel contends that any ‘return’ of Palestinians to their ancestral homes would mean an end to its status as a Jewish state.

It accused the Gaza Strip’s Islamist rulers Hamas of orchestrating the protests as cover for cross-border attacks.

But Hamas has over the last year gradually shaped an informal — if precarious and at times intermittent — truce with Israel, under which the Jewish state has slightly eased its blockade of the enclave in exchange for calm along the border.

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As part of the agreements, Israel has allowed Gulf state Qatar to bring millions of dollars worth of fuel and cash into Gaza every month, easing a humanitarian crisis.

Demonstrations have seen Palestinians throw stones and molotov cocktails at Israeli forces along the border, who have used live fire on protesters.

The protests initially attracted tens of thousands of people.

At least 348 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza by Israeli fire since the marches began, the majority during the demonstrations, according to an AFP toll.

A further 7,800 people have been wounded by gunfire, according to the World Health Organization.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.

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Only 100 people will attend late Archbishop Ndingi’s funeral

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IEBC postpones all scheduled by-elections over Coronavirus pandemic

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IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati at a past event

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has postponed all scheduled by-elections to a later date due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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The by-elections affected by the postponement are Dabado ward in Kilifi, Kisumu North ward, Kahawa Wendani in Kiambu and Wundanyi/Mbale ward in Taita Taveta.

In a press statement, the IEBC said that conducting the by-elections would involve party nominations and campaigns, which would inevitably involve human contact, thereby exposing the public to the dangers of contracting the new coronavirus.

It said the commission is mandated to adhere to the government’s directive for the observance of social distancing and the 5 am to 7 pm curfew.

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Six ways to prevent pregnancy stretch marks

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The best way to avoid the stretch marks after pregnancy, is to prevent them from occuring (Shutetrstock)

Stretch marks can really weigh down on your esteem especially if you enjoy wearing particular outfits and partaking in certain outdoor activities. They take a long time to heal and some don’t go away completely.

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Prevention is always better than cure and that’s why the best way to avoid the stretch marks after pregnancy, is to prevent them frfom occuring, and prep early on.

With enough preparation, you have a higher chance of preventing stretch marks or reducing their appearance from pregnancy.

Here are simple tips on how you can avoid stretch marks during pregnancy.

  1. Keep your weight in check

Stretchmarks appear whenever there is rapid weight gain or weight loss. And during a pregnancy, there is usually a lot of weight gain in many women, which results in stretch marks on the skin. However, you can prevent this by doing some light exercises and by avoiding overeating especially the unhealthy foods. For your diet, ensure that you eat foods rich in vitamin C and zinc. Having a healthy lifestyle not only prevents stretch marks but also keeps you and your baby healthy throughout.

  1. Drink lots of water

Your main focus during pregnancy should be drinking enough water. Water will hydrate your skin from the inside and improve its elasticity. Drinking a good amount of water everyday has significantly prevented the presence of the streaks in pregnant women.

Moisturize your skin to improve its elasticity externally (Shutterstock)

  1. Moisturize your skin

Now that we’ve seen how you can improve your skin’s elasticity internally, let’s look at what you can do externally. There are so many oils and moisturizers that can significantly prevent the appearance of stretch marks. Some of the best natural oils include cocoa butter, Shea butter, avocado oil and vitamin E.

You can get some stretchmark prevention lotions sold in stores although they might not be as effective. Normal moisturizing lotion should also work well because it’ll keep your skin moisturized.

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  1. Massage your skin

As you moisturize your skin, it’s important to massage the oils in every day. Massaging your skin is one of the unbeatable hacks because it also has many other benefits including anti-aging benefits. Basically, massaging improves your skin’s elasticity so you need to massage the oils in whenever you apply them.

  1. Exfoliate

This simple process will help keep the stretch marks away when done right. Using a hydrating scrub or an exfoliating glove could really improve your skin rapidly. They will help to remove the dead skin cells and improve the effectiveness of the creams and oils. Do this just a few times a week for best results and don’t go overboard with the scrubbing.

  1. Be consistent

Preventing stretch marks needs a lot of time and dedication. If you want to see real results, you have to be consistent with your routines throughout. Following up for one week and the skipping for the next two months won’t help. It is a commitment. Be patient with the process and focus on a day at a time.

Sometimes however with all this prepping, some stretch marks might still occur. But it’s much better to do all you can to reduce the appearance of some. At the end of the day you really can’t tell.

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