Helping animals, helping people in Khayelitsha

first_imgAt Mdzananda Animal Welfare Clinic, the only permanent animal welfare support centre in Khayelitsha, an impoverished township in Cape Town, residents’ pets are cared for and appreciated. (Image: Mdzananda Animal Clinic) • Mdzananda Animal Clinic +27 21 367 2302 mdzananda@absamail.co.za • Climate park to cool off animals • New animal rehab centre for CT • New lost and found website for pets • Kruger’s animal populations growing • Local solutions for animal healthMelissa Jane CookIn helping others, we should not forget man’s best friends; after all, dogs offer unconditional love and are known to alleviate suffering and bring joy to the lonely. Animals help us be better humans; they show us how to be our best selves.At Mdzananda Animal Welfare Clinic, the only permanent animal welfare support centre in Khayelitsha, an impoverished township in Cape Town, residents’ pets are cared for and appreciated. Mdzananda means “distemper” in isiXhosa, a fitting name as the clinic provides primary veterinary health care services – spaying and neutering, dipping, deworming and vaccination for dogs and cats in this sprawling area that is home to more than a million people. Mdzananda runs from six recycled shipping containers and seven of the nine staff members are Khayelitsha residents.The clinic embraces these animals, and holds the philosophy that human health and happiness improve in meaningful ways from pet ownership. Mdzananda is a partner organisation of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). Highly respected and supported by the community, it was founded in 1996 in response to the need for veterinary services in a fast-growing community that had no access to help for their animals.Initially it worked from a single donated shipping container and with no running water or electricity. Today, thanks to the support of IFAW and others, the project runs on its own land and is fully serviced. It receives no financial support from the city of Cape Town. Mdzananda’s services are provided five-and-half-days a week, and an emergency service operates after hours and on Sundays. The project has a vibrant and busy volunteer programme and regularly hosts visiting veterinarians, veterinary nurses and vet techs.Mdzananda: Pets In Poverty Find LoveMobile clinicsKhayelitsha is huge. To help its many pet owners, many of whom are too poor to take their pets to large clinics in Cape Town or are unable to reach even Mdzananda, the centre has mobile clinics that go to the outlying areas and provide services such as dipping, deworming and vaccinating of dogs and cats. Mobile clinics are conducted Mondays to Friday afternoons and the staff constantly try to extend services to many communities in need.Staff working in the mobile clinics also go door-to-door teaching people about pet care and identifying pets for sterilisation. Sick pets or those due for sterilisation are taken to Mdzananda’s home base for hospitalisation and treatment.Neutering campaignsA key part of the work at Mdzananda is encouraging pet owners to agree to allow the professional sterilisation of their dogs and cats. Every pet owner who brings their dog or cat to the clinic is encouraged to have it sterilised. Sterilisations are carried out from Mondays to Saturdays.The clinic also holds spay campaigns, when residents are taught about the importance of family planning for their pets. During these times, a team of volunteer veterinarians can sterilise up to 100 dogs and cats in a single day. Mdzananda’s sterilisation drives try to focus on a single area at a time to make an impact on a localised population of dogs. Sterilisation is entirely free.Kennels and gardensBig companies have added Mdzananda Animal Welfare Clinic to their social outreach portfolios. From time to time, Mdzananda organises “kennel building” events for their staff, local residents, members of their donor organisations and volunteers to build and decorate kennels from scrap wood.These kennels are then given to deserving pet owners in the community. The clinic also has its own vegetable garden. Veggies are grown for staff, and nutritious soups are made during the cold and rainy winter months. In this way, the clinic takes care of its people as well as its four-legged friends.last_img read more

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NCGA puts focus on building demand

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At the recent Commodity Classic in New Orleans, the National Corn Growers Association finalized a new strategic plan that will focus NCGA’s work on a vision of sustainably feeding and fueling a growing world.The new plan sets four major strategic priorities that reflect the concerns heard through listening to farmers and key stakeholders:Increase DemandStrengthen Customer and Consumer TrustEnhance Productivity & Environmental SustainabilityStrive for Organizational ExcellenceIncreasing demand is vital, noted NCGA President Chip Bowling at a news conference held earlier this month.“Most corn farmers are well past the point of prices being below the cost of production, and prices have been there for some time now,” Bowling said. “Facing this dramatic income drop, farmers have begun tightening their belts. We are already seeing the ripple effects of this on rural communities. Implement dealers are selling less equipment. Manufacturers are scaling back production. Agribusinesses have laid off employees.”For NCGA, this means a particular focus on increasing ethanol demand, exploring new uses, increasing livestock exports and pushing for transportation infrastructure that can more efficiently move corn and corn products to market. The target goal within the new plan is competitive market demand for 19 billion bushels of corn by 2025.“Our growers know what’s at stake,” Bowling said. “They’ve worked hard to bring in the three largest crops ever over the past three years, and now we have the opportunity to lead in building demand, enhancing trust, and improving sustainability.”last_img read more

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Weekly Poll: Where Do You Begin the Road to Cloud Computing?

first_imgRelated Posts A first step towards creating a virtualized infrastructure often comes at a point when the customer starts experiencing performance issues. Servers start failing as application loads increase. When these issues start occurring, what are the first steps to take into consideration? How should a virtualized infrastructure be deployed? How are these pre-production environments developed? What are the most effective ways to deploy a simplified, reliable and optimized virtualization solution?Already we are seeing replies.But what do you think? Here’s a quick poll to help you think through what you want to say. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#cloud alex williams Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The decisions that come with deciding how to use cloud computing reminds me of conversations that I am sure you’ve had.You look at a few options then you decide. But with the cloud, it’s about a few hundred features to consider. Our Road to the Cloud,” contest, sponsored by VMware and Intel, is looking at how companies get started in cloud computing. Write a comment and you will be a candidate to win a MacBook Air. We’ll be giving out a new MacBook Air every month.Here’s our first topic: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Sixers: Top pick Markelle Fultz done for summer with ankle sprain

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Fultz appeared to roll his ankle in Saturday night’s game and was helped to the locker room by two teammates.He had just signed his contract earlier in the day and was taken for X-rays. The former Washington star had eight points in 15 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIt was the last thing the Sixers wanted to see just when they appeared ready to put years of misery behind them. They have dealt with significant injuries to center Joel Embiid and last year’s No. 1 pick, Ben Simmons, over the last three years.The 76ers pulled off a trade with Boston before the draft to move up from No. 3 to No. 1 to take Fultz, the dynamic scoring point guard that team president Bryan Colangelo felt was the perfect piece to put with Simmons and Embiid.a Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Wednesday, July 5, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz (7) drives around Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game in Salt Lake City. Fultz needed to be helped off the court with an injury to his left ankle in the 76ers’ summer league game Saturday, July 8, against Golden State. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)LAS VEGAS — No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz will miss the rest of the NBA summer league because of a sprained left ankle.The Philadelphia 76ers say Fultz is expected to return to basketball activities in one to two weeks. Fultz tweeted Sunday : “I’m ok, thank you for all who where worried!”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ $50 million boxing tournament announces quarterfinal matchups Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARlast_img read more

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PSC gives 2019 SEA Games hosting green light

first_imgPractice makes perfect for PH booter Belgira Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ramirez said he was invited to the luncheon in the presence of some cabinet members where Go, who represented President Rodrigo Duterte, and Cayetano inquired about the status of 2019 Manila Games.“I was asked if there’s still a chance to push through and I told them that I have no problem with it (hosting),” said Ramirez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn a board meeting on Wednesday, Ramirez said the PSC board, which is also composed of commissioners Ramon Fernandez, Charles Maxey, Arnold Agustin and Celia Kiram, gave the go-signal for the hosting.“We were very upbeat and happy that there is a big hope of holding the 2019 SEA Games,” said the PSC chief. Barring any major obstacle, the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines will most likely push through as planned.Presidential assistant Christopher Lawrence Go and Department of Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano breathed life into the country’s hosting of the biennial sportsfest in a meeting with Philippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ramirez said he asked Fernandez to reconcile with Cojuangco in the spirit of unity and cooperation as the PSC board forms a partnership with the POC in the hosting.Ramirez said Fernandez has thrown his full support and even offered Cebu as a venue for equestrian.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ “The POC welcomes the government support for the hosting and will defer to Secretary Cayetano to announce it. The POC sees the support as a unifying force for Philippine sports,” said POC president Peping Cojuangco.Ramirez, however, added there’s a few more concerns that has to be settled as Sen. Cayetano tries to discuss the positive development with the Philippine Olympic Committee.A reliable source said Cayetano would be named chair of the local organizing committee, replacing Senator Migz Zubiri.The government initially declined to host the 2019 Games, citing the ongoing armed conflict in Marawi City.POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. appealed to Duterte to reconsider the decision before the deadline on Aug. 18 during the SEAG Federation Council meeting in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Give valuebased education to students Partha urges teachers

first_imgKolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee urged the teachers to give value-based education to the students, to help them become useful citizens.He was addressing a youth convention to mark the conclusion of the year-long programme to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Chicago addresses of Swami Vivekananda, at Nazrul Mancha on Friday morning. The programme was organised by the Ramakrishna Math and Mission. Chatterjee said: “We will have to follow the man-making education principle of Swami Vivekananda and the teachers should give value-based education to the students in addition to following the syllabus. We need good and sensitive human beings and the students should learn the role of Swamiji, Vidyasagar and Netaji in removing the negative traits from society.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSwami Balabhadranandaji, assistant general secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Mission, referred to the selfless service which Swamiji had mentioned in his letters and speeches. Talking about the relevance of his addresses at the World Parliament of Religions at Chicago in 1893, he said Swamiji’s words inspire the youths even today to lead a meaningful life based on service and sacrifice. Swami Divyanandaji, secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Sarada Pith, said Swamiji’s lessons help a person to love his country and society. Inspired by his philosophy, the youths in pre-Independent India had taken up several projects to help the homeless and the downtrodden and this trend in still continuing. He urged the students to get themselves involved in social service, which will help them to expand their minds. Professor Raikamal Dasgupta and Vinayak Lohani also spoke at the session. Some youth delegates spoke on the life and work of Swamiji.last_img read more

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