Helping our young queens

first_imgNtsako Shipalana, at just 24, has been chosen to become one of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part ambassadors. This is in recognition of her efforts to improve the lives of women through her initiative, the Royalty Campaign. Ntsako Shipalana, along with her partners Lerato Hlongwane and Nthando Tembe, has listed the Royalty Campaign under the Assaggi Girls Foundation, to maximise their reach and help more girls around the country. (Image: Ntsako Shipalana)Play Your Part ReporterBorn in the northern town of Tzaneen in Limpopo, 24-year-old Ntsako Shipalana has been selected to join Brand South Africa’s group of Play Your Part ambassadors.This is in recognition of the significant strides she has made in improving the lives of South African girls through her women’s health initiative, the Royalty Campaign.Play Your Part ambassadors are selected for their selflessness and willingness to go above and beyond to improve the lives of their fellow citizens. They are examples of how active citizenship can help transform South Africa for the better.A helping handShipalana says that while she was growing up, when she had to buy sanitary products, she began to notice that some girls couldn’t get these products whenever they needed them.“What about girls who can’t just get up and buy whenever they feel like it, like I do,” Shipalana asked herself. “What happens to them monthly especially being unfortunate?”Knowing how important access to sanitary products was for women, Shipalana decided to do something about this and help give underprivileged women these necessities.She created the Royalty Campaign, which she says was inspired by her birthdays and how she often got gifts to celebrate growing up.The Royalty Campaign provides women of all ages with the sanitary products they need to live their lives with dignity and pursue their dreams without having to worry about hygiene.“I’ve always desired to give back on a big scale, but never knew how. So I jumped on this one without looking back,” explains Shipalana.“I am strong and persistent about girls being queens. This campaign aims to help girls feel like they really are.”Going further and doing moreShe hopes the Royalty Campaign spreads to other provinces and invites supporters to jump on board.And in her efforts to help women beyond the reach of the Royalty Campaign, Shipalana partnered with Lerato Hlongwane and Nthando Tembe, two women who share her passion for empowering themselves and other women.The trio listed the Royalty Campaign with the Assaggi Girls Foundation, a non-profit organisation that provides monthly supplies of sanitary pads to schools so that girls don’t have to miss a day of school as a result of their menstrual cycle.“We have listed the Royalty Campaign project under the Assaggi Girls Foundation as we have a common passion for women empowerment and giving girls encouragement in the best way we possibly can,” Shipalana says.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Rajasthan Anti-Corruption Bureau unearths riverbed sand smuggling

first_imgThe Rajasthan Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has unearthed a racket in the smuggling of bajri (riverbed sand), allegedly involving police officials who were taking bribes from trucks carrying sand brought from the Banas river in the Tonk district. A police constable carrying bribe money worth ₹1.4 lakh was arrested on Thursday night.‘Large-scale corruption’The Station House Officer (SHO) of the Peeplu Police Station, suspected to be involved in the racket and named as a co-accused in the case, is missing. Constable Kailash Jat reportedly told the ACB sleuths that large-scale corruption involved several police officials among whom the bribe money was distributed.According to the ACB’s sources, trucks packed with sand passing through highways in the Tonk, Sawai Madhopur and Dholpur districts were stopped by policemen for checking and their drivers forced to pay a bribe. Illegal sand mining is reported to be rampant in these districts.Riverbed sand, which is mixed with cement for construction, has not been legally available in the State since November 2017, when the Supreme Court imposed a ban on its mining. The non-availability of sand had an adverse impact on the construction of houses and stalled several government and private projects, besides leading to illegal mining.Complete ban Though the halt to construction activities rendered a large number of workers and labourers unemployed, the Supreme Court later came down heavily on the State government for giving licences for sand mining without environmental clearances, while staying as many as 82 such licences.The complete ban on riverbed sand mining came following the failure of State government and miners to get environmental clearances on time. The apex court earlier this month also stayed the auction of sand mining blocks for which Letters of Intent were issued without getting clearance from the Environment Ministry.last_img read more

Hyphema

first_imgDefinitionHyphema is blood in the front area (anterior chamber) of the eye. The blood collects behind the cornea and in front of the iris.Causes, incidence, and risk factorsHyphema is usually caused by trauma to the eye. Other causes of bleeding in the front chamber of the eye include:Blood vessel abnormalityCancer of the eyeSevere inflammation of the irisAdvanced diabetesBlooddisorderssuch as sickle cell anemiaSymptomsBleeding in the anterior chamber of the eyeEye painLight sensitivityVision abnormalitiesYou may not be able to see a small hyphema when looking at your eye in the mirror.With a total hyphema, the collection of blood will block the view of the iris and pupil.Signs and testsEye examIntraocular pressure measurement (tonometry)Ultrasound testingTreatmentTreatment may not be needed in mild cases. The blood is absorbed in a few days.If bleeding comes back (usually in 3 – 5 days), the likely outcome ofthe condition will be much worse. The health care provider may recommend the following to cut down the chance that there will be more bleeding:Bed restEye patchingSedating medicinesYou may need to use eye drops to decrease the inflammation or lower the pressure in your eye.The eye doctor may need to remove the blood, especially if pressure in the eye is very highthe blood is slow to absorb again. You may need to stay in a hospital.Expectations (prognosis)The outcome depends upon the amount of injury to the eye. Patients with sickle cell disease are more likely to have eye complications and must be watched closely. People with diabetes will probably need laser treatment for the problem.advertisementSevere vision loss can occur.ComplicationsAcute glaucomaImpaired visionRecurring bleedingCalling your health care providerCall your health care provider if you notice blood in the front of the eye or if you have an eye injury. You will to be examined and treated by an eye doctor right away, especially if you have decreased vision.PreventionMany eye injuries can be prevented by wearing safety goggles or other protective eye wear. Always wear eye protection while playing sports such as racquetball, or contact sports such as basketball.ReferencesCrouch JrER, Crouch ER, Trauma: Ruptures and Bleeding. In: Tasman W, Jaeger EA, eds. Duane’s Ophthalmology. 2012 ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2012:vol 4; chap 61.Fudemberg SJ, Myers JS, Katz LJ, Spaeth GL. Glaucoma Following Trauma. In: Tasman W, Jaeger EA, eds. Duane’s Ophthalmology. 2012 ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2012:vol 3; chap 54C.Tingey DP, Shingleton BJ. Glaucoma associated with ocular trauma. In: Yanoff M, Duker JS, eds. Ophthalmology. 3rd ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier; 2008:chap 10.17.Review Date:11/20/2012Reviewed By:Franklin W. Lusby, MD, Ophthalmologist, Lusby Vision Institute, La Jolla, California. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more