October 19

Chinese toddler’s condition improves after suspected Wuhan coronavirus infection in Manado

first_imgThe condition of a 2-year-old Chinese toddler who showed several symptoms of the coronavirus has improved after being put in an isolation room in the Prof. Kandou General Hospital in Manado, North Sulawesi.The boy had been in Manado with his parents since Jan. 21. He was taken to the hospital on Monday after he showed symptoms of the coronavirus.“His health condition is stable and is starting to improve. There are no more complaints, his body temperature remains at a normal range of 36.3 degrees [Celsius] and his cough has begun to improve as well,” the hospital’s medical services division head Hanry Takasenseran said on Friday. He, however, could not yet announce whether the toddler had tested positive for the novel coronavirus as he was still waiting for test results from the Health Ministry’s research and development center in Jakarta. The hospital previously took two blood samples from the patient.“We are still coordinating whether we have to wait for results of both samples or just one of them to know his condition,” Hanry said, adding that both of the toddler’s parents were in good condition.The isolation room in which the toddler was being observed was under strict guard, Hanry went on to say.He previously stated that the toddler had been experiencing fever and cough for the previous nine days, according to his medical record. The toddler was referred to the hospital by a private hospital in Manado. Read also: Chinese toddler becomes first suspected Wuhan coronavirus case in ManadoNorth Sulawesi Health Agency dismissed a rumor on social media that the toddlers’ family were hiding in the Four Points Hotel in Manado before eventually taking their children to the hospital. Rumor had it that the entire family was infected by the coronavirus. Residents were also told to stay away from the hotel as well as Manado Town Square shopping center, which the family visited.“It’s not true that they were hiding here [in the hotel]. They were monitored by travel agents who brought them here,” the agency head Debie KR Kalalo said. She also dismissed the report that the entire family was being put under observation in the hospital’s isolation room.Four Point Hotel spokesperson Novrico echoed Debie’s statement, saying the health condition of the remaining Chinese tourists staying at the hotel had been verified as good.Debie added that there was no scientific evidence that the novel coronavirus could be spread by airborne transmission, such as through the hospital’s air conditioning system. She went on to say that the virus would need respiratory droplets in order to survive.AFP reported that the official Chinese death toll from the coronavirus outbreak rose on Friday to 636, with the government saying total infections had climbed past 30,000. Indonesia has yet to have any confirmed cases, although an Indonesian domestic worker in Singapore was tested positive for the virus on Tuesday. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

August 13

Thursday March 5th Local Sports

first_imgDES MOINES — Clear Lake faces Bishop Heelan of Sioux City in the Class 3A semifinals at the girls state basketball tournament today. The 2nd-ranked Lions are 23-2 after beating Assumption of Davenport 60-46 in the quarterfinal round on Monday night, led by a 26-point effort by senior Sara Faber. Bishop Heelan is 20-4 and has four players who average double figure scoring per game, led by senior Ella Skinner’s 16.1 average. You can hear the Clear Lake-Bishop Heelan game on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com starting with the pre-game at 2:45 this afternoon, with tipoff from Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines scheduled for 3:15. The other 3A quarterfinal has top-ranked Dike-New Hartford facing North Polk. CEDAR RAPIDS — The NIACC men travel to Kirkwood to face the top-seeded Eagles in the Region XI semifinals tonight. Kirkwood beat NIACC both times in conference play this season, edging the Trojans 89-88 in Cedar Rapids on January 29th and posting a 97-84 win on February 22nd. NIACC beat Southwestern on Tuesday night 113-78 to advance to tonight’s semifinal game. You can hear the NIACC-Kirkwood game on AM-1300 KGLO starting at 7 o’clock tonight. DES MOINES — — St. Ansgar outscored Montezuma 22-14 in the fourth quarter on their way to a 51-46 win in the Class 1A quarterfinals yesterday afternoon, as you also heard on KGLO. Saints Scott Cakerice says it was a typical battle of two teams seeded fourth and fifth in the tournament.Cakerice says the game plan was to tire out Montezuma and take advantage of that toward the end of the game.Gracie Urbatsch had 15 points while Hali Anderson and Brooklyn Hackbart each added 13 to lead the Saints, who will face Newell-Fonda in the 1A semifinals on Friday afternoon at 1:30. Newell-Fonda beat St. Albert of Council Bluffs 77-47. TODAY:AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com, Radio.com app — Class 3A girls state semifinal — Clear Lake vs. Bishop Heelan of Sioux City — pre-game 2:45, tipoff 3:15AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com, Radio.com app — Region XI semifinals — NIACC men at Kirkwood — pre-game 6:45, tipoff 7:00 — other 1A quarterfinals WednesdayMarquette of Bellevue 60, Gehlen of LeMars 53Bishop Garrigan of Algona 55, Martensdale-St. Marys 40 DES MOINES — West Hancock scored 16 points off of turnovers as the Eagles moved into the state semifinals with a 57-31 win over Logan-Magnolia in a Class 2A quarterfinal at the girls state basketball tournament in Des Moines on Wednesday, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. West Hancock coach Paul Sonius compared Wednesday’s game to last year’s first-round state tournament contest.Sonius says the rhythm of the Eagles’ defense helped set up things on the offensive side.Rachel Leerar had 15 points, Kennedy Kelly had 12 while Amanda Chizek added 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead West Hancock. The Eagles will face North Linn in Friday morning’s semifinals at 11:45 AM. North Linn beat Western Christian of Hull 49-44 in their quarterfinal round game. IOWA CITY — The 19th ranked Iowa Hawkeye women open defense of their Big Ten Tournament title Friday night in Indianapolis. The third seeded Hawkeyes are 23-6 and coach Lisa Bluder likes their chances of hosting the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament.Bluder admits a good showing this week will help their cause.Bluder feels having won the tournament last year is a plus.The Hawkeyes have a double-bye and must wait to see who they will play in Friday’s quarterfinal round. WEBSTER CITY — The Clear Lake boys basketball team was denied a return trip to the state tournament after a 65-56 loss to Ballard in a Class 3A substate final played in Webster City last night, as you heard on KRIB. Andrew Formanek led Clear Lake with 23 points while senior Jaylen DeVries added 13. The Lions finish their season with a record of 20-4. MASON CITY — The top-ranked NIACC women’s basketball team outscored Little Priest Tribal College 36-0 in the first quarter on their way to a 116-36 win in the Region XI quarterfinals last night at home, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. The Lady Trojans didn’t allow Little Priest to score until the 3:20 mark of the second quarter and led 67-8 at the half. Sydney Wetlaufer had 18 points, Allie Negen had 15, while Autam Mendez, who was honored on Wednesday as the junior college national player of the week for last week, had 12. NIACC will host the Region XI Final Four on Saturday and Sunday, facing Iowa Lakes in the regional semifinals on Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock. Kirkwood will face Southeastern in Saturday’s other semifinal.last_img read more

August 13

AFCON: Kabananga strikes as DR Congo stun Morocco

first_imgDRC players celebrate after going ahead against MoroccoOyem, Gabon | AFP | Junior Kabananga pounced on a goalkeeping error to give the Democratic Republic of Congo a 1-0 win over Morocco in an Africa Cup of Nations upset on Monday in Gabon.Success came two days after the central Africans refused to train over a bonuses row and a red card and an injury meant they were briefly reduced to nine men in the closing stages.Victory took the “Congolese Leopards” to the top of Group C after the opening round as defending champions the Ivory Coast were held 0-0 by Togo in the first half of a double-header.Kazakhstan-based midfielder Kabananga profited from a mistake by Munir Mohamedi in the Morocco goal to score from close range 10 minutes into the second half.Defeat was a major blow for France-born Morocco coach Herve Renard, winner of the competition with Zambia in 2012 and the Ivory Coast in 2015, who has set a last-eight place as his minimum target.After the disappointment of watching the Ivorians and the Togolese draw 0-0 in a dour duel, the small crowd in Oyem were hoping for more excitement in the second match.They almost saw a goal in the second minute as Morocco midfielder M’bark Boussoufa rattled the crossbar with goalkeeper Ley Matampi well beaten.It was a sign of things to come as the “Atlas Lions” from north Africa stamped their authority on the early exchanges only to be let down by poor finishing.The Congolese, third at the last Cup of Nations behind the Ivory Coast and Ghana, were reduced to hopeful long-range shots during the opening half.Striker Cedric Bakambu tried his luck from well outside the box and the effort was comfortably held by Mohamedi. Defender Chancel Mbemba was equally ambitious with his shot on goal that flew wide.The opening half ended with Morocco, whose lone Cup of Nations title came in 1976, on top territorially but with nothing to show for it.And the frustrations of Renard turned to disappointment when his team fell behind 10 minutes into the second half largely due to a blunder by Mohamedi.The Spain-based goalkeeper failed to grasp a routine cross and when the ball broke loose, Kabananga nipped in to score with a left-foot shot.Renard made several substitutions as the match entered the closing stages, but the lack of goals that afflicted Morocco in recent World Cup qualifiers continued.The Congolese were reduced to 10 men with eight minutes left when a wild challenge from Joyce Lomalisa earned a second yellow card.DR Congo were temporarily reduced to nine men when injured captain Gabriel Zakuani had to leave the field for treatment.He returned to see Matampi pull off a great save from a Youssef El Arabi header to keep the two-time African champions in front.IT IS DESTINY FOR CRANESShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

August 12

Putting fun into golf for families

first_img At Duxbury Park there’s a Golf and Games Family Park which mixes pitch and putt – to giant holes – with giant versions of games such as Snakes and Ladders and Connect 4. There’s even a giant sandpit complete with pirate ship, where the children can play while their parents enjoy a coffee.  There’s also a Family Orienteering Course at Duxbury, set safely away from the golf, to offer yet another opportunity for families to spend time together, mixing golf and other activities.  July is Family Golf Month – and clubs and centres across the country are spreading the message that golf is a fun game for all the family.  They’re backing England Golf’s campaign to get more families playing, by highlighting golfing activities that all the generations can enjoy together.  Tom Brooke added: “All our ideas came out of a series of discussions with staff at our centres and we all worked very hard to get everything in place for the summer holidays. Clubs are increasingly recognising the importance of appealing to families. Abbie Lench, England Golf’s Head of Club Support, commented: “Our strategy at England Golf is to put the customer at the heart of everything we do. It’s so encouraging to work with clubs who really listen to their customers and give them with what they want – which is fun for all the family.” Clubs are offering opportunities on the getintogolf.org website and family golf is being featured all month on social media activity and supported by digital advertising.  Managing director Tom Brooke explains: “Golf needs to be made far easier for children and beginners and it also needs much more of a fun element if we really are to break down the barriers to entry.” 11 Jul 2017 Putting fun into golf for families Glendale Golf has worked with England Golf as its Tilgate Forest centre in Sussex to create a Family Fun Zone with colourful targets and a points-scoring system to create fun games. Food and drinks are served directly in the bays, which are super-sized to enable safe dining while players get on with their golf games. Balls are free and unlimited and families simply pay for the time they spend in the bay. Caption: Young golfers have fun at a Glendale Golf centre Glendale has also renamed each of its par three courses at Tilgate Forest, Duxbury Park in Lancashire and Edwalton, Nottinghamshire, as The Fun Course. The par number have been dropped from scorecards and each hole now has two tees and two holes – an 8in cup on the green and a FootGolf hole beside the putting surface. Players, who can hire easy-to-use SNAG Golf equipment, choose their experience to suit their skill.  “The Family Fun Zone is a great example of how golf can be enjoyed by all the generations together,” said Abbie. “We’re looking forward to sharing what we learn with other clubs that want to be family friendly.”  The family activities are offered alongside traditional 18-hole golf for players at all seven centres. “We continue to provide the highest-quality golf experiences for the traditional golfer,” said Tom.  “We are all excited to see how the new innovations will be received by our customers. The early signs are good and we had fantastic attendance at our recent launch events. Over 300 people attended the launch of the Golf and Games Family Park at Duxbury for example, which is a source of great pride for the team there.” Glendale Golf, which operates seven golf centres in the UK, is at the forefront of providing fun and friendly golf which attracts beginners and families with children.  That approach has meant going much further than offering beginner coaching and relaxed dress codes. Double tees, giant holes, lots of games, easy-to-use equipment and no mention of par are all part of the successful formula.last_img read more

August 4

Storm-Battered Bayshore Trail Anticipated to Reopen in October

first_imgBy Jay Cook |ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The opening of a $1 million-plus rebuilt trail providing breathtaking views and tranquil paths along the shoreline could be pushed into next month.After construction began in February on the popular Bayshore Trail, a 1.25-mile-long portion of the Henry Hudson Trail spanning Atlantic Highlands and Highlands, officials from the Monmouth County Park System (MCPS) say the project might not be completed until mid-October, instead of opening at the end of the month.“It’s been a shame to close it,” said Joseph Sardonia, a MCPS supervising landscape architect. “To us, it’s a big priority to go and get this thing done.”Compass Construction of New Egypt was retained for the construction after an $881,677 bid. Changes in design plans and necessary infrastructure upgrades since then bumped up the price to just over $1 million. Monmouth County’s portion cost $700,734; Atlantic Highlands contributed $356,214.Andrew J. Spears, assistant director of MCPS, said he anticipates the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will reimburse about 80 percent of the project costs, leaving Monmouth County to fund $140,147, and Atlantic Highlands $71,243.“Park System staff knew from the beginning that this would be a major improvement project,” Spears said via email to The Two River Times. “With cost sharing from Atlantic Highlands, and an authorized FEMA reimbursement, we knew we could minimize the direct impact on Monmouth County taxpayers.”Drainage and bridge improvements are underway in theAtlantic Highlands section.Sardonia said drainage improvements along the trail could push scheduling back. About a dozen sections of drainage are to be installed underneath the trail in places where water pools. Ken Thoman, a MCPS park resource manager, said the systems are similar to those used in golf courses.New additions to the project’s wide-ranging scope include installing 80 precast concrete foundations in lieu of cast-in-place concrete foundations – where concrete would have been poured on site. The park system scrapped that idea. Sardonia added all bridge construction has been completed.Smaller construction equipment and vibration monitoring equipment was implemented to reduce the impact on underground utilities. Also, about 441 tons of riprap stone was installed between Sandy Hook Bay and the trail to act as another level of protection.Atlantic Highlands owns about a 1/5-of-a-mile section of the Bayshore Trail beginning at the borough-operated marina, located at 4 Simon Lake Drive. In that section, new bridge footings were ordered and installed for resiliency due to soil conditions there.Adam Hubeny, Atlantic Highlands’ borough administrator, said Compass Construction has been working to complete paving in front of the harbor’s dredge pit, as well as beginning cleanup efforts.“It’s come a long way, but we just hope that Mother Nature doesn’t bang us up too much,” Hubeny said.The 1.25-mile long Bayshore Trail was washed out after Super Storm Sandy’s 14-foot stormsurges displaced wooden bridges and eroded the surrounding area.While the trail has been closed to access on the Atlantic Highlands end, it has unofficially stayed open on the Highlands end, where it meets Popomora Point. Sardonia said that section of the trail is vastly popular for walkers, bicyclists and joggers. Despite all the construction, those trail aficionados have worked in ways to still use the bayside path.“This is a typical issue we have with construction on all of our trails,” Sardonia said. “People still use them, and we recognize that. We try to warn people about it, and we also let the contractor know to not be surprised that people show up.”After construction crews had departed for the night, well over a dozen people were using the trail recently as dusk began to fall. A pair of teenagers finished up the last leg of a bike ride, while others were just beginning their evening dog walks.Jersey Girl, a goldendoodle and Atlantic Highlands resident, was moving right along on her unleashed walk with owner, Paul Lenskold.“We come here every day,” Lenskold said. “This is our trail.”Instead of reintroducing wooden bridges, the MCPS decided to go with concrete structures which provide much more resiliency in the event of another storm.He said the soft sound of crashing waves and the view along the water is what draws him back to the Bayshore Trail. He’s hopeful the remaining repairs will ultimately keep the graveled pathway safe.“It’s a great trail,” he said. “So whatever they have to do to restore it, keep it up to date, then that’s a good thing.”MCPS spokesperson Karen Livingstone estimates the 24-mile long Henry Hudson Trail, connecting Highlands to Freehold, gets used by about 202,225 annually. She said there are no specific numbers on the Bayshore Trail section.Although scheduled to reopen at the end of the month, the park system believes a mid-October reopening of the Bayshore Trail is more reasonable.According to the park system, the Henry Hudson Trail was called the Bayshore rail corridor, a 19th-century rail line serving towns from Aberdeen to Atlantic Highlands. In 1980, Monmouth County secured a grant to acquire the property from Conrail. In 1990, the county took control of the right-of-way and began rehabilitating the trail through federal grants a few years later.The Bayshore Trail portion also hosts a local landmark: Henry Hudson Springs. According to Weird NJ, the spring outpouring was the drinking source of the Dutch explorer Henry Hudson before he embarked on exploring the New York waterway which would eventually bear his name.Visit the Park Improvement Projects tab at monmouthcountyparks.com for more information and updates on the Henry Hudson Trail upgrades.This article was first published in the Sept. 21-28, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

December 21

US Veterans bringing ‘walk for freedom’ to Donegal

first_imgTwo US Army Veterans will be completing a protest walk in Malin Head next week after walking from Limerick to Donegal.Ken Mayers and Tarak Kauff, two former US servicemen, were arrested in March facing charges of trespassing and criminal damage at Shannon Airport. The men were accused of an alleged security breach for attempting to ‘inspect’ a plane.Released on bail, the duo began a ‘Boots on the Ground for Freedom’ walk in a bid to return home to their families and to promote peace. The protest movement began on 7th September. Mayers and Kauff will arrive in Letterkenny on Saturday 21st September and walk in stages to Bridgend and then from Buncrana to Malin Head, They intend to arrive at the “Eire” stone sign at Malin Head on Friday 27 September.  US Veterans bringing ‘walk for freedom’ to Donegal was last modified: September 17th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

December 21

Raiders’ Carr can’t keep up with Chiefs, Mahomes

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery or video on your mobile device.)OAKLAND — It was a long-forgotten play with 6:56 left in the fourth quarter. The Raiders trailed the Kansas City Chiefs by a touchdown, and had a first-and-goal at the 9-yard line.Derek Carr dropped back, saw Jordy Nelson being covered in the left corner of the end zone, and then flung it deliberately out of bounds. One play later, Carr threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Marcell Ateman in roughly the …last_img read more

December 20

Sharks forward opens up about his removal from lineup

first_imgSAN JOSE — Joonas Donskoi scored one of the most iconic goals in Sharks history during the 2016 Stanley Cup Final. Now, as the Sharks prepare to make another run at hockey’s coveted prize, Donskoi finds himself as the odd man out, waiting for another opportunity to crack the lineup.Sharks coach Pete DeBoer put Donskoi on alert last week that he was at risk of losing his spot once the team’s forward group returned to full health for the first time since it acquired Gus Nyquist in a trade …last_img read more

December 20

MLB announcer rankings: Kruk, Kuip and company dethroned

first_imgThe website awfulannouncing.com has released its latest in-depth rankings of local Major League Baseball broadcasting crews and — shocker of all shockers — the Giants’ team has bid “bye-bye baby” to the No. 1 spot.That’s right. Duane Kuiper, Jon Miller, Mike Krukow, Dave Fleming, Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez were ranked No. 2 among MLB crews by the website. It’s a stunner, if only because the San Francisco squad was going for a three-peat after holding down top honors in 2017 and 2018.So …last_img read more

December 18

Sanitary pad project gives poor and rural girls dignity

first_imgMany girls use unhygienic alternatives to sanitary pads, such as newspaper or even sand and leaves, which puts them at a huge risk of infection. And nine million girls aged between 13 and 19 miss a week of school every month, for lack of saitary pads. Project Dignity is an effort to change this (Image: www.subzpads.co.za)Sue 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.”last_img read more