Loving life, fighting Aids

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first_imgWilma den HartighFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialSouth Africa’s national youth HIV prevention campaign,  LoveLife, has launched a new initiative to fight the spread of HIV and Aids by building identity and self-worth in young people.The campaign tag, L2 M3 What’s your formula? (L2 = loving life M3 = making my move), is a slight change of tack from the previous “Make Your Move” initiative. L2 M3 builds on the earlier campaign that encouraged people to take control of their lives and believe in themselves.“Youth is a time of turbulence for all young people and issues of identity are massive,” said  LoveLife CEO Grace Matlhape. “This is why our starting point is self-worth.”The new approach puts the spotlight on the absence of belonging and purpose, particularly in the lives of marginalised young people.  “We know that awareness of HIV is high, but young people still put up with risk and we want to address to reduce people’s risk tolerance,” Matlhape said.The campaign will focus on the way young people perceive their circumstances and how they deal with societal pressures. “Without a sense of future, identity and self-worth, youngsters may have little motivation to protect themselves from infection,” she said in a statement.One of the main goals of the campaign is to get young people to think about their future and how they plan to achieve their goals. Trina DasGupta, media director for  Lovelife, explained that young people can only do this if they understand their identity. “The formula will address the universal teen feeling of invisibility and the desire for acceptance, as well as provide an alternative to materialism, which is often used today to achieve acknowledgement,” DasGupta said.HIV/Aids communication programmes in South AfricaMatlhape emphasised that even though a lot of work still needs to be done to bring the pandemic under control, the importance of HIV/Aids communication programmes in South Africa should not be underestimated.The recent Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) National HIV/Aids survey findings suggest that HIV/Aids communication programmes have helped to highlight the importance of testing, the dangers of risky sexual behaviour and knowledge of HIV.Of South Africa’s four large-scale ongoing national programmes – LoveLife, Khomanani, Soul City and Soul Buddyz – LoveLife and Soul City had a high reach into the youth age group. In 2008,  LoveLife reached 79.1% of youth aged 15 to 24. Interestingly, although  LoveLife is considered to mainly target the youth, its reach also extended to 71.2% of adults in the 25 to 49 years age group.The findings also show a slight decrease of HIV prevalence, from 10.3% in 2005 to 8.6% in 2008, among youth between the ages of 15 to 24. This decrease is attributed to a significant increase in condom use among males and females within this age group. It is also believed that HIV communication programmes that reach a large population within this age group may have played a role in HIV education.Matlhape said that she is encouraged by the survey findings.  “It gives us feedback on how young people are responding to the messages they are receiving and the survey shows a shift in thinking, particularly in young people.”The 2009  LoveLife media campaign will run for a year. Various media will be used, including television, radio public service announcements, radio programmes on 22 stations nationwide, print, a new-look website, as well as  LoveLife’s mobile social network, www.mymsta.mobi.Related articlesFree Femidoms free women HIV in South Africa stabilising Changing SA one heart at a time Preventing HIV with OneLove Anti-Aids gel offers hope Useful linksLoveLife Human Sciences Research CouncilSouth African National HIV Prevalence,Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey, 2008 Medical Research CouncilCentre for Aids Development, Research and EvaluationDepartment of Healthlast_img read more


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first_imgMandy Ramsden climbing a vertical ladder in her quest for the top of Mount Everest. Ramsden crossing a crevasse at the top ofthe ice fall. MEDIA CONTACTS • Adventure Consultants +64 3 443 8711 info@adventure.co.nz Freephone from US: 1 866 757 8722 RELATED ARTICLES • The adventure starts here• Wartrail – a winter wonderland• Hiking the dragon’s back• The Tour de Kruger – a wild rideFiona McIntoshSouth African climber Mandy Ramsden is not well-known outside mountaineering circles, but she’s on the brink of a remarkable achievement: becoming the first African woman to climb the highest peaks on each of the world’s seven continents.Few people know that Ramsden, a banker from Johannesburg, is currently poised to summit 8 850-metre Mount Everest, the final peak she needs to conquer in her quest for what is known as the Seven Summits. These, the highest mountains on each continent, are Aconcagua in South America, Carstensz Pyramid in Oceania, Elbrus in Europe, Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount McKinley (also known as Denali) in North America, Vinson Massif in Antarctica and, of course, Mount Everest, the summit of Asia and the world. The first African of all to climb the seven was Sean Wisedale, also a South African.Ramsden is part of a team led by veteran New Zealand guide Mike Roberts and organised by Adventure Consultants that are currently climbing from Everest’s south side. The team, whose other members are another South African, Tony Hampson-Tindale, and Irishman James Haydock, have now completed their acclimatisation phase, which involved various moves up and down through the infamous Kumbu Ice fall to the higher camps.Two weeks ago they reached their highest point so far, Camp 3, at around 7 300 metres.Getting there was an epic struggle. In Mandy’s own words:Better acclimatised, we reached Camp 1 an hour faster than on our previous trip. By now, the moon halo had given way to a rainbow around the sun. Known as a sun dog, this solar phenomenon is caused by the refraction of the sun’s rays through ice crystals high in the sky – confirmation of impending snowfall.We could stay at Camp 1 for a night and risk being trapped by the risk of avalanche off [neighbouring peak] Nupste for one or two days, or we could continue to Camp 2, requiring the stamina to continue for at least another three hours in the scorching heat of the Western Cwm.The prospect of dispensing with a frosty start and earning full rest day made the decision unanimous, and we completed our longest day so far – 10 hours – a fair test of endurance. We trudged into Camp 2 to be greeted with a flask of hot sherpa tea, closely followed by dark snow clouds billowing up the Cwm and spilling over Nuptse’s lower ridge.Like Base Camp, Camp 2 is perched on the edge of the glacial moraine and is alive with gurgles and creaks. It’s also exceptionally dirty, with the detritus of many years of expeditions scattered about the rocks and ice.The rusty tins, odd shoes, bits of plastic and general waste present a very similar scene to that a Johannesburg runner may encounter along the Braamfontein Spruit! Perhaps only the discarded oxygen cylinders are a reminder that we’re aiming to climb the world’s highest garbage dump.While we had certainly earned one rest day, we hadn’t expected two. After a day of lurking between the mess tent and our own tents, doing nothing but eat, sleep and occasionally read (conditions are good up at Camp 2), we were ready to face the shiny blue slope bearing down above us. Other than a light nocturnal dusting, the promised snow had not materialised and we had spent much of our rest day keeping an eye on the ant-like activities up and down the fixed lines of the Lhotse Face and psyching ourselves up to do the same.But it was not to be, and the team spent another frustrating day in their tents.The following day dawned still and clear and the sherpas were brimming with enthusiasm. Two days of sloth behind us and the prospect of beers and beds in a Khumbu Valley Lodge ahead catapulted us from our down nests and into the mess tent for a fortifying pancake or four.We jangled our way out of camp and plodded towards Lhotse, still snug from the mess tent heater and unconcerned about the light wind beginning to pinch at our cheeks. The terrain that took two hours to cover on our previous cycle took only an hour this time, and in that hour the occasional ripple of breeze transformed into blasting waves that cascaded the freshly fallen snow over the edge of the gaping bergschrund at the base of the Lhotse face, where we now stood fiddling with ropes and jumars. These were not the conditions we were expecting. Out came the “just in case” down jacket.After a somewhat inelegant start over a sizeable crevasse and up an ill-fixed ladder, I managed to front point my way to a vertical position and over the first bulge of blue ice. The route meanders over and around the course of the glacier, sometimes flattening, sometimes bulging, always treacherously angled and mostly glassy blue. The previous traffic had left some vaguely chipped steps, but mostly a good firm kick of the crampon was required to get a confident stance.And so it went on for six hours. Clipping and unclipping, burning and trembling calves, fumbling with carabiners in unwieldy mitts and cramping fingers. We moved at an excruciatingly slow pace, three or four steps at a time mustered from monumental physical and mental effort, then nothing, until breath returned, heart moved back from throat to chest and head instructed another go.Our sherpas had established Camp 3 on a small precipice carved from the ice of the Lhotse face, a tent- and a boot-width platform on which the tents were anchored with ice screws and a great deal of rope.This was the most miserable night the trip so far. We tossed and turned and gasped in the thin air while the maelstrom raged outside. We popped Diamox and Disprin. The Camp 3 snacks and meals that we cheerfully assembled at base camp several days before were poked and prodded and shunned as distinctly unpalatable. The hours ticked by slowly and the storm showed no signs of abating.Mike confirmed that there were no circumstances in which we would hang around up here and we would leave as soon as the night released us, regardless of conditions.Which is what we did. We abseiled down the Lhotse face in the waxing and waning visibility, communicating with the tug of a rope, the roaring wind stealing any shouted instructions or queries. Snow blew through carelessly fastened zippers, into hoods and down necks, filling mitts and stinging cheeks for the three intense hours it took us to reach the bergschrund.We stumbled into Camp 2, eyelashes and eyebrows frosted, the hair that had escaped from my beanie caked in chunks of ice. And so ended our Camp 3 experience. And our faith in the weather forecast.The team are now enjoying some much needed R&R in the oxygen-rich, warmer climes of Pheriche,a village in the valley some 1000m below base camp before their summit bid.MediaClubSouthAfrica.com will continue to report on Ramsden as she continues her bid for Everest. You can also follow the team’s progress on AdventureConsultants.com and EverestNews.com.last_img read more


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first_imgThe police on Friday filed a chargesheet against eight people, including an Uttar Pradesh resident, for colluding in the Lashkar-e-Taiba attack on the police in June 2017, which left six policemen dead.“Based on the disclosures of U.P. resident Sandeep Kumar Sharma, an accused in the case, who was arrested from an encounter site on July 1, 2017 where two militants were killed, the investigators cracked the case,” said the police.Sharma, son of Ram Kumar, a resident of Muzaffarnagar, faces charges under Sections 302, 397, 326, 427, 120-B RPC, 7/27 Arms Act 16,18, 20 and 40 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The other accused were identified as Mohammad Ashraf Wani alias Molvi of Brenti Dailgam, Khurshid Ahmad Ganie of Brenti Dailgam, Mehraj-ud-Din Bangroo alias Asif of Narparistan, Sahir Ahmad Makroo of Arwani Bijbehara, Zeenat-ul-Islam alias Zeeshan of Sugan Shopian, Bashir Ahmad Wani alias Lashkari of Soaf Shali Kokernag and Abu Maz, a foreign terrorist from Pakistan.Wani and Maz were killed in an encounter last year.Main accusedAccording to the Special Investigation Team (SIT), Lashkari “was the main accused and was involved in the attack.”The police said Station House Officer Feroz Ahmad, who was killed in the attack, “was at the forefront of anti-militancy operations in the area” and was ambushed in Thajiwara village on the outskirts of Anantnag town.last_img read more


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first_imgUnhappy over delay in maintenance work on National Highway-27 here, Congress MLA Bharat Singh on Sunday accused a Minister in the Gehlot government of corruption and hindering the work. Mr. Singh, who represents Sangod Assembly constituency in Kota district, has written a letter to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot alleging corruption in the State’s mining department. ‘Save govt. from corrupt’ In the letter he has requested Mr. Gehlot to save the government from the “corrupt people” to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He also referred to the Chief Minister’s budget speech in which Mr. Gehlot had said his government would work to put an end to “the flowing Ganga of corruption”. The central government wants to repair the highway stretch but the State mining department is raising obstacles, the letter said. He alleged that funds worth ₹208.54 crore have been sanctioned for maintenance work on NH-27, but an assistant engineer of the mining department in Baran is apparently raising hurdles on the directions of the Minister and not issuing the requisite permission letter to the contractor for the maintenance work. “What honesty is there in a department where its head is already corrupt“?, he said in the letter without naming the Minister. The MLA further said in the letter that the contractor himself has narrated his ordeal to him.Mining Minister Notably, Pramod Jain Bhaya, the MLA from Anta area of Baran district is the Mining Minister. Speaking to PTI on Sunday, Mr. Singh said, “The amount has been sanctioned and the work will begin but hindrance is being caused by the Minister who should be expediting the work,” he said. He said Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has responded positively to the work but the ground reality was “very unfortunate”.last_img read more