‘Yarn bombing’ for World Aids Day

first_img29 November 2012Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile will mark World Aids Day by joining in the “yarn bombing” of a tree at the Hillcrest Aids Centre outside Durban.Yarn bombing (or “guerrilla knitting”) is, according to Wikipedia, a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre in the place of paint or chalk.“This unusual visual arts project aims to raise awareness around HIV and Aids in a fun, playful manner. It will also create employment for those infected and affected by the disease, specifically the community within the Valley of 1000 Hills,” Mashatile said.The plan is to wrap the tree at the entrance to the Hillcrest Aids Centre in crocheted squares made by the centre’s crafters.“The squares will be sewn together around the trunk and branches; it is going to be bright and cheerful,” said the centre’s Paula Thomson.The initiative has resulted in over R170 000 being put back into the community.As part of the initiative, at least 140 crafters have been taught to crochet, along with 130 school children from five different schools. Local religious bodies, old age homes and businesses are also contributing crocheted squares.“We are supporting this initiative because we too believe the creative economy can be at the centre of our endeavours, to grow the economy, create jobs and build sustainable livelihoods,” said Mashatile.“The work being done by the Hillcrest Aids Centre and the surrounding community is a great example of how using arts and crafts can empower and up-skill even the most marginalised amongst us.”The Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (HACT) is a faith based, non-profit organisation that supports and empowers people infected and affected by HIV and Aids.Woza Moya is the income generation faculty of HACT. Woza Moya proactively equips people through training and job creation to be self-sufficient. Some of its well-known “Dreams for Africa projects” are the “Dreams for Africa Chair’, “the Green Suit”, “the Little Traveller” and the four-metre long beaded “African love letter”.“We have brought an international concept to South Africa and are the first to do it on such a grand scale,” Thomson said. “We are hopeful this will be the largest yarn-bombed tree in South Africa, if not in Africa.”The public is invited to join this year’s World Aids Day celebration under the beautifully yarn-bombed tree at 26 Old Main Road, Hillcrest.There will be entertainment, crafts, a kiddie’s area, yarn exhibition, tea garden and food stalls. For more information, visit www.hillaids.org.za.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Gov. DeWine makes NW Ohio farm visit: I can’t remember a situation bad as this 🔊

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dale Minyo and Joel PenhorwoodOhio Governor Mike DeWine, alongside Director of Agriculture Dorothy Pelanda, made a special trip to northwest Ohio Wednesday to see firsthand the struggles of Ohio crop and dairy farmers due to this year’s inclement weather.The Perrysburg area visit was hosted by Kris Swartz and welcomed farmers from multiple other counties to give their take on this year of hardship, whether it be in the fields or in the barns.“I wanted to come here and see this for myself,” said Gov. DeWine. “I’ve talked to a number of farmers in regard to this problem with the weather and it being too wet to put the crop in. Time is moving forward very quickly and this is probably in my lifetime, I can’t remember a situation that was bad as this.”Gov. DeWine did send a letter to Sec. of Agriculture Sonny Perdue last week requesting a secretarial disaster declaration, in hopes of qualifying more Ohio farmers for federal aid.Listen to the full press briefing with DeWine and Swartz here. Audio Playerhttps://www.ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/DeWine-and-Kris-Swartz-Press-Brief.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“We’re calling it a disaster in slow motion. Very little planted around here and I think economically on the farm and the farm communities it’s going to be a really tough year,” said Swartz. “If we miss the rain here tonight and tomorrow, I think I still can get some beans in, maybe 7-800 acres. But if we get an inch and a half of rain tonight, I think it’s just about game over.”Hear Dale Minyo’s conversation with Kris Swartz below. Audio Playerhttps://www.ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/190619_Kris-Swartz-Host-Wood-County-Farm-Visit.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Wood County farmer Mark Drewes was on hand, highlighting the feed shortage concern dairy farmers are facing.“Those cows have to have feed. There’s no neighbors corn to buy either and this is coming off a historically bad winter where we lost all of our forages. We no longer have alfalfa – or very little alfalfa – we have very little corn, and this is the first time in my farming career I’ve felt our backs are truly against the wall,” Drewes said. “I’ve never felt this kind of stress before. Crop insurance is a big part of our risk management program on our farm, but it does not put feed in those cows’ mouths.”last_img read more

Govt to buy potatoes from farmers to stop suicides

first_imgA day after a potato farmer allegedly committed suicide after suffering heavy losses, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said her government will purchase 28,000 tonnes of potatoes, required for Anganwadi centres and midday meal programme, directly from farmers. Her announcement comes at a time when potato farmers across the State are facing a severe crisis — at least two of them have committed suicide — due to the sharp drop in prices following this years’ bumper crop.Krishak Dibas“We have decided to buy 28,000 tonnes of potatoes directly from the farmers which we need every month for the Anganwadi centres and the midday meal programme. The government will buy potatoes at ₹4.60 per kg,” she said. Ms. Banerjee was speaking at a government programme on Krishak Dibas (Farmers’ Day) observed by the Trinamool Congress government on March 14 to pay tribute to those who died during the anti-land acquisition movements at Singur in Hooghly district and Nandigram in Purba Medinipur district. As per the projected estimates of the State government, the number of schools (up to Class VIII) to be covered under the midday meal scheme is 83,673 and the number of students is about 1 crore. According to potato merchants, this is the first time that the TMC government is directly purchasing potatoes from farmers.The development comes a day after a potato farmer allegedly committed suicide due to losses in farming in the Anandapur area of Paschim Medinipur district’s Keshpur block. According to his family, Swapan Hajra (45) committed suicide after sustaining “heavy losses” in potato farming. ‘Heavy debt’“He incurred a large debt for cultivating potatoes in four bighas (1.60 acres) of land,” Mr. Hajra’s son Indrajit told journalists.The Opposition, however, is sceptical whether the move will be beneficial for the potato farmers. “This is nothing but a face saving move. If the TMC government is really bothered about the farmers they would have purchased potato from them at a much higher rate,” said CPI-M district secretary of Paschim Medinipur Tarun Roy.last_img read more

Inflamed shoulder tendons

first_imgTearing and inflammation of the tendons of the shoulder muscles can occur in sports which require the arm to be moved over the head repeatedly as in tennis, pitching, swimming, and lifting weights. Most often the shoulder will heal if a break is taken from the activities that caused the problem and pain. Intermittent ice packs applied to the shoulder and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can also help reduce inflammation and pain. Review Date:7/6/2011Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more