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Big crowds cheer kick off of Alaska’s famed Iditarod race

first_imgView comments Halana Hiatt of Denver was among the scores of fans who packed downtown to watch the action before she is set to return back home on Sunday. She is visiting the state with her Colorado-based mother, brother and grandmother after inviting them to experience the Iditarod, an item on her bucket list.“It seemed like a big deal,” Hiatt said. “I wanted to come check it out.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe serious, competitive portion of the wilderness trek starts Sunday in the small community of Willow, north of Anchorage. From there, the 14-dog teams will cross two mountain ranges, the frozen Yukon River and dangerous sea ice along the Bering Sea Coast. Village checkpoints are staged across the trail before the teams reach the finish line in the old Gold Rush town of Nome on the state’s western coast.The winner is expected in Nome in about nine days. The expected top prize is $50,000, the same amount as last year but more than $20,000 below the 2017 prize. The total purse is again $500,000 — about $250,000 below the 2017 purse. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra The race comes after two difficult years for organizers marked by a dog-doping scandal, the loss of big-name sponsors and escalating pressure from animal activists over multiple dog deaths.But on Saturday, participants were focusing on the race ahead.“I’ve been working for this, building for this, for a long, long time,” Iditarod rookie Richie Beattie, from Two Rivers in Alaska’s interior, said as he waited with his dogs for Saturday’s event to get started. He might be a rookie in the Iditarod, but he’s a veteran musher, having competed twice in the 1,000-mile (1,609-km) Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. So he was looking forward to getting on the trail “for real.”Other participants include defending champion Joar Ulsom of Norway, three four-time winners and a three-time champion.Four-time Iditarod winner Lance Mackey was greeted by multiple fans in his first Iditarod since he scratched in the 2016 race. Mackey, who also won the Yukon Quest four times, is a throat cancer survivor who has an outsize personality popular with fans. He continues to have multiple health problems, including hands that are unusually susceptible to cold and having to drink water constantly because radiation from treatments killed his salivary glands.ADVERTISEMENT Joel Embiid hopes to return from knee injury next week for 76ers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rookie Victoria Hardwick’s team leads the way through cheering fans during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Saturday, March 2, 2019 in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen)ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Big crowds converged on Alaska’s largest city Saturday as hundreds of dogs and their humans kicked off the 47th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race with a ceremonial sprint along snow-heaped streets.The fan-friendly event in Anchorage brought spectators up close to the 52 musher-dog teams gearing up for the famed 1,000-mile (1,609-kilometer) race. Mushers are generally more relaxed here than they will be for the real thing. But the dogs barked furiously before setting off, jumping and straining against their sled lines in apparent excitement to get going on the 11-mile (18-km) dash.ADVERTISEMENT He said he was ecstatic to be back in the race.“I have no expectations,” he said. “My goal this year is to start with a smile, finish with the same smile and 14 happy, healthy dogs.”People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a longtime race critic, protested at Saturday’s event with harnesses dangling from a representation of the burled arch that marks the finish line in Nome. The harnesses symbolized dogs that have died over the Iditarod’s history. By PETA’s count, more than 150 dogs have died in the race, including one last year. Five dogs connected with the 2017 race also died.“Dogs will continue to drop dead as long as they’re forced to run 1,000 miles at breakneck speed just so their owners can win prize money,” PETA spokeswoman Tricia Lebkuecher said.Race officials dispute the total number of deaths, saying no records of dog deaths were kept in the Iditarod’s early years. They have not provided their count of dog deaths to The Associated Press despite numerous requests over the past few years, the latest on Friday. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Local gospel singer ‘Kester D’ robbed by gunman

first_imgLocal gospel singer Kester Deane, commonly known as “Kester D”, was on Wednesday morning robbed of his laptop and mobile phones, among other items, while in his yard by a lone gunman.According to reports from the singer, the incident occurred at around 12:45h as heKester Deanehad just arriving home from work.Deane, who also hosts a gospel programme on radio, reported that as he entered his yard, he heard his dogs barking viciously. Upon inspection, he said he noticed a masked man and as the man noticed him, the perpetrator pointed a gun at him, demanding money.“He asked “where is the money”; I replied “I have no money, all I have is my computer and two phones”. He also asked me to take off my wedding band and another gold and silver ring with my initials (KD). He asked for my wallet, I said “I don’t have that”, then he asked me to empty my pockets,” Deane explained.During the robbery, the son of the gospel promoter came out of the house as he tried to determine what was happening, but the gunman reportedly pointed the gun at him and ordered him to return inside (the house).The radio personality said the same thing was repeated when the tenant of the upper flat of the house opted to come downstairs.The gunman reportedly managed to escape with the singer’s computer, important documents and external hard drives, among other items.Nevertheless, in his post on Facebook, the gospel singer sent praises to God, highlighting that while it was a distressing situation to be in, he managed to go through it unharmed.Police confirmed with this publication that a report of the incident was made and an investigation is currently ongoing.last_img read more

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Fort St. John RCMP are investigating theft at Short Busche Auctions

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP are investigating a break and enter at Short Busche Auctions.The theft occurred on Highway 97 during the over night hours of June 15th, 2009.  Thieves cut a hole in the fence facing the Alaska Highway and stole a Mercury boat motor and a Honda generator.  Police are requesting the public’s assistance with information about this theft.  Short Busche Auctions is also offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest.If you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go online to submit your tip at www.crimestoppersfsj.ca – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Leonard’s 3 lifts SBVC

first_img“I think we have the best perimeter shooters in the state,” said Leonard, who scored 20 of his 28 in the second half. “We have a lot of options. I happened to be the guy to get it. I have confidence in my shot and my guards got me the ball.” The Wolverines extended that lead. After a Marauder miss, Hurdle grabbed the rebound, only to be fouled. He made both tries, giving his team the 3-point edge. The Marauders (26-5, 10-2) had the ball back one last time with nine seconds left but Robert Arnold rushed a 3-pointer and Dagunduro misfired on the follow up. The Wolverines started strong out of the gate, surging out to a 26-14 lead with Hurdle tallying 13 of the team’s first 26. But the Marauders chalked up the next 12 and outscored the host team 25-9 the rest of the half to lead 39-35 at intermission. “We started too quickly and that worried me,” SBVC interim coach Gerry Wright said. “We came out too hyped and you can only run on hype and adrenaline so long. It doesn’t last 40 minutes. It’s about playing steady when you come back down from that high.” SBVC (24-6, 11-1) trailed 74-72 after a 3-point play by Ade Dagunduro with 1:03 to go. Then with guards Lance Hurdle and Darrian McKinstry both blanketed by defenders, Leonard took a pass from Hurdle and knocked down the long-distance shot, giving the host team the lead for good, 75-74. SAN BERNARDINO – Lewis Leonard was the No. 3 option for the San Bernardino Valley College men’s basketball team. But he proved to be the right one, drilling a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left that boosted the Wolverines to a 77-74 win over Antelope Valley. The teams started the day in a 3-way tie atop the Foothill Conference with Chaffey (27-5, 11-1). Chaffey also won Saturday, setting up a battle for the top spot when the teams meet Wednesday at SBVC. center_img The visitors took advantage of SBVC foul trouble and led by as many as nine twice, the last time at 63-54 on a 3-point play by Arnold with 9:54 left. The Wolverines took their first lead of the second half at 72-70 on a 3-pointer by McKinstry with 1:16 to go, only to have that answered at the other end when Dagunduro made a free throw, missed the second and grabbed the rebound for a putback and a 73-72 lead. He made another free throw seconds later to set the stage for the dramatic finish. “It was a great game,” Wright said. “We’re expecting another one Wednesday.” The starters combined for all but two SBVC points. Hurdle ended up with 18, McKinstry scored 14 and Johnny Barnes 10. Barnes also had nine rebounds while Hurdle contibuted seven rebounds and nine assists. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Loew defiant as Germany face World Cup crisis

first_img0Shares0000Germany coach Joachim Loew (right) must lift his team after they lost their first match at the World Cup © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZVATUTINKI, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – Joachim Loew is facing the biggest crisis of his 12-year reign as Germany coach after the holders slipped to a shock defeat against Mexico in their World Cup opener in Russia.Germany are licking their wounds after slumping 1-0 to a Hirving Lozano strike in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium — their first defeat in their opening game of a World Cup since 1982. “We won’t fall apart,” insisted Loew, but that is exactly what his defence did in the first-half.Loew is under contract with the German Football Association (DFB) until 2022, but Sunday’s result tarnishes the glittering reputation of the 2014 World Cup-winning coach.“I have not seen the German team so weak at a big tournament for a long time,” said West Germany’s 1990 World Cup-winning captain Lothar Matthaeus.“Almost everything was missing. There were concentration errors, unnecessary bad passes and also the attitude was not there.”Loew has been heavily criticised in Germany for his tactics and keeping faith in under-performing players, especially Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil.Germany forward Thomas Mueller was just one of several 2014 World Cup winners who struggled in their 1-0 defeat to Mexico in Moscow © AFP / Juan MabromataThe decision to leave Manchester City starlet Leroy Sane out of the squad after a dazzling season for the Premier League champions has led to searching questions.Loew’s faith in Ozil, who came to Russia after a series of frustrating performances for Arsenal, and Khedira, who is no longer the midfield dynamo he was, leaves Loew open to accusations of misplaced loyalty.He got his tactics wrong in Moscow, telling his players they would be pressed high up, only for Mexico to counter-attack from deep at speed.When their gameplan was shredded, none of Loew’s senior players could stem the Mexico attacks or fix the disarray in defence.– ‘Helpless’ –Now the Germans must beat Sweden in Sochi on Saturday to get their Russia 2018 campaign back on track.The fear in Germany is that the national team will not qualify for the knockout stages of a major tournament for the first time since the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal.The last time they failed to progress beyond the first round of the World Cup was in 1938.Worryingly for the remaining group matches, the Germans lacked leadership when they needed it most — despite the return of captain Manuel Neuer in goal.“What bothered me most is that no player is capable of solving a problem when it gets difficult,” Paul Breitner, a 1974 World Cup winner with West Germany, told Munich-based paper TZ.“It was depressing to see how helpless our team was.”There are calls in the German media for Mesut Ozil (left) to be dropped © AFP / Yuri CORTEZLoew is under pressure to make changes and only his former captain Philipp Lahm, who lifted the World Cup trophy in 2014, offered hope amid the deluge of criticism.“They have the experience to turn things around. Sometimes a small setback doesn’t hurt to pull the team together,” Lahm said at an event in Moscow.However, the performance suggests there are deeper problems and the first-half disarray was glaring.Matthaeus said Marco Reus, Germany’s most dangerous player, who only played the last 30 minutes, must start against Sweden.– Warning –German daily Bild demanded Ozil, Khedira, Julian Draxler and Thomas Mueller step up in training this week or be dropped.“For me, Mesut Ozil was missing speed and body language,” said Matthaeus.“He has so much freedom from Loew, but nothing comes back from him. Thomas Mueller was also disappointing.”Centre-backs Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels complained about being isolated at the back.However, the fleet-footed Mexicans exposed Boateng’s lack of pace, while Hummels was on the halfway line when the attack started that led to Lozano’s winning goal.“Against Mexico, the motto was ‘it will be OK. At some point, the ball will go in the net’,” former international Manfred Schwabl told the Muenchner Merkur newspaper“Of course, that doesn’t work in football, not in the third division and especially not at a World Cup.”Matthaeus offered a chilling warning.“Just because Germany are world champions, doesn’t mean they will automatically reach the last 16.“Just a reminder: three of the last four champions all went out in the group stages,” he added after France, Italy and Spain all bowed out early, four years after lifting the World Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, August 14

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Hull are ready to make a record-busting move for Manchester United’s England World Cup striker Danny Welbeck. Steve Bruce will have to pay around £14million for Welbeck, who has been told his chances of first-team action will be limited under new boss Louis van Gaal. (Daily Mirror)Louis van Gaal could turn to Atletico Madrid’s Turkish winger Arda Turan if he cannot land Angel Di Maria. (Daily Mirror)Atletico Madrid have opened talks with Chelsea over a potential deal for German World Cup winner Andre Schurrle. (Daily Mail)Arsenal are still hoping to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani this summer despite the player suggesting that he will stay put. (Metro)Arsene Wenger is considering a shock move to land former QPR midfielder Stephane Mbia on a free. (Daily Star)Aston Villa have joined the list of clubs wanting to take Arsenal prospect Serge Gnabry on loan. The Villans’ boss Paul Lambert is keen, along with Southampton, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Sunderland to sign the Gunners’ 19-year-old wide-man. (Daily Mirror)Morgan Schneiderlin is claiming he has a gentleman’s agreement with Southampton that will force through his move to Tottenham. (Daily Mail)Jack Cork is poised to become the eighth player to leave Southampton this summer as he closes on a move to Crystal Palace. (Daily Mail)Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis is trying to persuade former club Stoke to sell him Steven N’Zonzi. (Daily Mirror)Moroccan midfielder Mbark Boussoufa could be on his way to Queens Park Rangers. Boussoufa, 29, is hoping to get a free transfer from Lokomotiv Moscow, which could enable him to join QPR. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Southampton set to seal £12million signing of Hull striker LongAtletico Madrid to win race for Torino star Cerci?Man United blow? Barcelona to launch £40m raid for Old Trafford targetEx-Arsenal youngster set for Feyenoord moveInter Milan want Soldado and £10m from Tottenham in exchange for Colombia starWest Ham transfer blow! Allardyce misses out on another strikerSporting vow to take action against Rojo as defender attempts to force Man United moveCharlton in talks to sign Ligue 1 midfielder on loanJuventus want cut-price deal for Man United misfitLiverpool transfer blow! Swiss star expects to stay at Bayern MunichHamburg chairman dismisses Van der Vaart to QPR rumoursMan United reported to have offered Juventus £40million AND striker for VidalToure turns down Trabzonspor switch after Rodgers urges him to stay at LiverpoolSwansea face fight to keep in-demand midfielderWatford set to capture former AC Milan goalkeeperEverton ready to make late move for West Brom targetManchester City must sell before they can buy, concedes Pellegrinilast_img read more

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DDTV: HEARTBREAK AS SEVEN PILOT WHALES BURIED ON BALLYNESS BAY

first_imgThere has been widespread sadness expressed as seven of the Pilot Whales that became beached at Ballyness Bay, Falcarragh yesterday morning were buried on the beach this morning. The seven Pilot Whales were buried at the location they became beached, despite the valiant rescue efforts from marine experts and locals yesterday.Gardaí have now cordoned off the location where the Pilot Whales have been buried.The scene today at Ballyness Bay is a stark contrast to yesterday.Hundreds of people packed the beach to help with the rescue efforts in any way they could. Today, only a handful of people are on the beach as the five remaining Whales are being left to die.The Whales who were re-floated at one point yesterday became beached again late yesterday evening.The decision was then made by marine experts that the best thing to do was to let the Whales die of natural causes.The five remaining Whales are still alive but are slowly dying on the beach.Two diggers used to bury the seven Whales earlier this morning, have remained on location and are waiting for the other five Whales to die, and they will also be buried on the beach.Locals believe that one of the Whales successfully returned to sea, but sadly 12 Whales will now die on Ballyness Bay.  DDTV: HEARTBREAK AS SEVEN PILOT WHALES BURIED ON BALLYNESS BAY was last modified: July 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballyness BaybeachedburiedDDDTVFalcarraghnewsStrandedwhaleslast_img read more

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AT LAST! TERMON LADIES GET ALL-IRELAND FINAL VENUE IN GALWAY

first_imgTermon ladies would like to thank Macs Hydrotherapy in the Aura Letterkenny for the complimentary use of their facilities ahead of the big game SundayTERMON’S Ladies footballers have finally been told where their long-awaited All-Ireland Club Final will take place.Their bid for All-Ireland glory will take place in Tuam Stadium with a 2pm throw-in this Sunday.The Donegal and Ulster champions will face Mourneabbey of Cork in the showpiece final. The club has received messages of support from throughout Donegal and Ulster in the past few days.There has even been a message Micheal Divilly, the manager of semi-final opponents Kilkerrin/Clonberne.“You can do it now,” he said.  AT LAST! TERMON LADIES GET ALL-IRELAND FINAL VENUE IN GALWAY was last modified: November 24th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ALL-IRELAND FINALTermonTuamlast_img read more

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‘Nothing lasts forever when it comes to reputation’

first_imgBy Anne Taylor22 October 2013In a recent interview with the Mail & Guardian, Brand South Africa’s UK and US country managers show what they’ve learnt over the past 10 years in talking about South Africa“They seem to positively relish the challenge of turning any ­conversation about the country to the positive,” journalist Phllip de Wet writes.He says John Battersby and Simon Barber are not at all like the “typical overly optimistic cheerleader” but, instead, back up their attitudes with solid arguments and “push their rose-tinted glasses almost exclusively on foreign audiences (targets arguably deserving of such treatment)”.The pair were also interviewed by Business Day about the challenges of marketing a complex country like South Africa. Battersby explains that while South Africa rode the crest of the wave after its success as host of the 2010 World Cup, “nothing lasts forever when it comes to reputation”. He explains how they have managed the fall out after Marikana, where 44 people – mostly striking mine workers – were shot dead.View the video on BDLive: SA ‘managing’ its reputational risk overseas Read the interview in the M&G: It’s a brand new day for sunny Mzansilast_img read more

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Project Dignity offers girls support and female health education

first_imgProject Dignity’s Subz Pants and Pads project was created to reduce the absenteeism and school drop outs among young girls without access to affordable and durable sanitary products, as well as raise awareness around women’s health. Millions of South African school girls don’t have access to sanitary pads as they cannot afford them. Most girls are from child headed homes where there is no one to talk to and educate them on sexual health. Project Dignity offers basic health education and practical affordable products. (Image: Pexels)Melissa Jane CookSue Barnes is an extraordinary woman. She has given hope to young girls, she has given them the opportunity to be free, to participate in daily activities, not to feel shamed or embarrassed, and has empowered them – all with a sanitary pad. They have their dignity back, through her initiative, Project Dignity.For many of us, buying sanitary pads is as easy as buying bread and milk. But this is not the case for millions of girls and women in South Africa. They are at a permanent disadvantage as they are forced to stay at home as they are unable to afford this basic necessity. Barnes was named the 2013 Clarins Most Dynamic Woman of the Year earlier this month in Johannesburg. The event, held at Summer Place in Hyde Park, celebrated the ground-breaking intervention that allows girls and young women in townships and rural areas to attend school while they are menstruating.“My youngest daughter, who attends a remedial school due to her dyslexia, came home with appeals from her school for sanitary pads and panties,” says Barnes. “I went to the school to find out what it was all about, and discovered just how many South African girls skip school while menstruating. I immediately thought of my own daughter. If she missed a week per month of school there is no way she would catch up. It’s tragic that anyone in their teen years should be faced with this dilemma.”Girls use unhygienic alternatives to sanitary pads, such as newspaper or even sand and leaves, or sitting on cow patties. Doing this puts them at a huge risk of infection. And, according to Barnes, of nine million girls aged between 13 and 19 years in South Africa, “80% of those were missing a week of school every month… That’s just time you can’t make up and it’s affecting their education.”A pattern maker and designer with a large clothing chain, Barnes has a background in construction, fabrication and quality control. Using these skills, she decided to design something to address the problem, coming up with her sanitary pad packs. At her own cost, Barnes has been producing these packs and delivering them to schoolgirls in KwaZulu-Natal where she lives. “One pack should last a girl her entire high school career,” says Barnes, who believes that finding a solution to this critical issue is her calling.Watch the videoThe process of the padBarnes realised that she had unearthed a massive social challenge and that donations of sanitary products would not provide a sustainable solution. It drove her to find a solution. She designed and constructed underwear with a built-in, waterproof yet absorbent gusset that acted as a sanitary towel.“It was fully washable and lasted as long a pair of panties does.” But every time the pad needed to be changed, the underwear would also need to be changed and would need time to dry. Each girl would have to have at least 12 pairs. “I then moved on to a [pair of panties] with a built-in gusset and separate sanitary towel which slipped into the gusset, but I found it very difficult to insert and remove.”After much experimentation and several trial runs, the Subz Panty and Pad evolved. Barnes had created underwear with a clip-on, reusable pad that ensured the girls needed never worry about running out of this essential item.“It is a normal [pair of panties] with press studs and a separate sanitary towel which has clips on it. The [underwear] is mad of 100% cotton knit and the elastic has a standard, non-woven, rubber base so it won’t stretch out of shape. The pad is 100% cotton with an outer hydrophobic layer and inside hydrophilic layer which is absorbent.”Barnes says that the panties are washable and will last three to five years. A pack of three pairs of underwear and nine reusable pads costs R150. The pad is fully washable and has SABS absorbency approval. The Subz Panty and Pad has been endorsed by a gynaecologist and pharmacist.“I know girls are fussy, so I made them out of nice fabric, and they come in all sizes. Initially, I was aiming at helping rural schoolgirls, but all women who menstruate can use them. The added benefit is that they are hugely ecologically friendly.”EducationWhile handing out Project Dignity’s Subz packs, Barnes also gives the girls a set of education sessions on puberty, menstruation, personal hygiene, sexual health and HIV.Well-known fashion designer Gert-Johan Coetzee has collaborated with her in developing two interactive aprons for the education sessions, one depicting the puberty process and the other the menstrual cycle. The body parts on the aprons are removable, allowing Barnes to demonstrate the body’s functioning in a very practical way.“The eggs are visible in the ovaries and the fallopian tubes clip on and off for ease of demonstration… The uterus is also removable and through the demonstrations the girls can fully understand the menstrual cycle. These are incredibly practical tools to use, and allow us to drive home the vital facts. Ultimately, the process is just as important to the girls as the Subz packs themselves,” she explains.“A lot of the girls are from child-headed homes and do not have anyone at home to talk to about these crucial issues. Our sessions are very interactive, and Gert-Johan Coetzee’s involvement here has been amazing, in every sense of the word. When a girl asked me once: ‘Where does the blood come from?’ I realised that education on these issues was woefully lacking. If language is a barrier, a teacher or principal translates, but mostly, English is understood,” she says.“The girls are so excited to get help with this as they don’t want to miss school,” she says. “For some, it is the first time they have received panties.”With the aid of corporate and personal donors, Barnes has already been able to distribute 30 000 Subz Panty Pads to girls around the country. Project Dignity has spread to other parts of South Africa, and has been taken to Zanzibar by Margaret Hirsch, the owner of the Project Dignity sponsor, Hirsch’s appliance retailers.Most dynamic prizeIn winning the Clarins award, Barnes received a cash prize of R150 000 and will receive a further R50 000 in 2015 to ensure the sustainability and expansion of the project.“What I do is incredibly rewarding,” she concludes, “providing a sustainable solution and seeing these young girls who can flourish and contribute to the fabric of our society.”For more information on the project, contact Sue Barnes via the Subz Pads Facebook page.Source: Project Dignity, Department of HealthWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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