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Cotton On partners with UNICEF

NEW YORK, GEELONG, 20 May 2021 The Cotton On Group, one of Australia’s largest global fashion brands, has launched a global partnership with UNICEF to help deliver 1 million COVID-19 vaccines to the world’s most vulnerable.

The Cotton On Group is the first global retailer dedicating an in-store and online campaign to support UNICEF in delivering the COVID-19 vaccine. The campaign kicks off today, with 100% of proceeds from the sale of Cotton On Foundation products to go towards delivering 1 million vaccine doses.

“This unprecedented time needs to be matched with unprecedented support and action. Thanks to the generous support of the Cotton On Group, we can make a positive impact where it’s needed most – because COVID-19 isn’t over for anyone, until it’s over for everyone,” said Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF.

Funds raised will support the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations as part of the COVAX response, and diagnostic tests and treatments. The Cotton On contribution will play an important role in ensuring the vaccine is received by those most in need.

Since 2007, in partnership with its team members and customers, the Cotton On Group has raised over AUD$120 million through the Cotton On Foundation, to deliver quality education around the globe.

“Through our Foundation’s unique fundraising model, we have supported vulnerable communities for the past 13 years. The impact of this pandemic has been felt right across the world and we’re proud to be part of the solution by helping communities get back on their feet” said Cotton On Group CEO, Peter Johnson.


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Launched in Geelong, Victoria – the Cotton On Group has taken its authentic Aussie spirit to the globe.  With eight brands, over 1,300 stores operating in 20 countries, and 18,000 team members, they are one of Australia’s largest global fashion brands.  This major fundraising milestone further cements the Cotton On Group’s role as a purpose led organisation.


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UNICEF is the world’s largest children’s organization, working in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, they work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org Follow UNICEF on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube


About the COVAX Facility 

COVAX is the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, a ground-breaking global collaboration to accelerate the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines. COVAX is co-led by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and WHO. Its aim is to accelerate the development and manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines, and to guarantee fair and equitable access for every country in the world. 
https://www.who.int/initiatives/act-accelerator/covax UNICEF, in collaboration with the PAHO Revolving Fund, is leading efforts to procure and supply doses of COVID-19 vaccines on behalf of the COVAX Facility.   This initiative will lead the procurement and delivery of vaccines for 92 low and lower-middle income countries.

Cotton On Group turns focus global with UK launch and UNICEF partnership

Cotton On Group has sharpened its global focus on the wellbeing of the world, as it officially launches its Cotton On brand into the UK.

Since the launch of Typo in the UK in 2016, the Group has opened 29 stores and built a strong online presence, which it has now expanded with the introduction of Cotton On to the online store.

However, while celebrating this milestone, the Geelong-based retailer has heightened its efforts to support vulnerable communities across the globe through a new partnership with UNICEF.

Cotton On Group is the first global retailer to partner with UNICEF in helping deliver 1 million COVID-19 vaccines to vulnerable citizens in over 90 countries across the world.

The initial vaccines will protect those most at risk, frontline health care workers and teachers, so they can continue to provide services and care for their community.

The business will support UNICEF through the Cotton On Foundation, which has kicked off a fundraising campaign in-store and online to support the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations (as part of the COVAX response), and diagnostic tests and treatments.

100% of proceeds from the sale of Cotton On Foundation products will support UNICEF’s efforts.

Cotton On Group CEO Peter Johnson said it was important for the business to raise funds for this worthy cause.

“Through our Foundation’s unique fundraising model, we have supported vulnerable communities for the past 13 years.

“The impact of this pandemic has been felt right across the world and we’re proud to be part of the solution by helping communities get back on their feet,” he said.

Additionally, the business has called on Cotton On Foundation ambassadors Andy Lee and Bec Harding to help raise further awareness of the campaign.

UNICEF Australia CEO Tony Stuart added that Cotton On Group’s support is vital in helping its mission.

“There has never been a more important time to rally together to help respond to biggest crisis the world is facing right now because COVID-19 isn’t over for anyone, until it’s over for everyone,” he said.

Alongside helping deliver the vaccines, Cotton On is continuing its own efforts to provide essential health services in Africa and South East Asia – communities where the Cotton On Foundation has an extensive history.

Since 2007, in partnership with its team members and customers, the Cotton On Group has raised over $120 million through the Cotton On Foundation, to deliver quality education around the globe.

Customers looking to support the Cotton On Group x UNICEF partnership can purchase Cotton On Foundation products in-store or online, or donate across Cotton On, Cotton On Body, Rubi, Cotton On Kids, Factorie or Typo stores.

The UNICEF fundraising campaign began today and will finish on July 04 2021.

Cotton On partners with Elenium Automation

Melbourne, Victoria – Monday 10 May 2021.  One of Australia’s largest global retailers, Cotton On Group, is deploying HealthGate, a new ARTG listed fever detection kiosk designed and developed in Victoria by Elenium Automation to increase safety, provide peace of mind and reduce the risk of spreading illness.

HealthGate offers Cotton On Group automated and highly accurate health screening for entry into its national distribution centre in Avalon, Victoria, to protect its people and operations. The technology allows Cotton On to continue to create a safe workplace environment during a pandemic and beyond.

HealthGate kiosks have been operating at Cotton On Group’s 35,000sqm distribution centre since the start of 2021.  Elenium Automation worked closely with Cotton On to make the device suitable for high-speed, highly efficient operation, building on the ideas in how to increase the throughput of the device.

“During the height of the pandemic, we were looking for health screening technology that would allow us to continue to protect our people and operations. HealthGate is a great solution for our national distribution centre at Avalon, Victoria where we have 300 to 400 team members coming through each day,” said Michael Hardwick, Cotton On Group’s Chief Financial Officer.

The system uses a proprietary multi-spectrum sensor array, which leverages artificial intelligence to detect the appropriate region of interest on a user’s face and accurately measure if they have a fever. It also incorporates health declaration technology prior to arrival at a facility.

“One of the critical differences between HealthGate and other devices is the sophistication of our sensors. Thermometers that are relied upon in the market simply measure a person’s skin temperature at their forehead, which only tells you the temperature of that single spot, not whether they have a fever,” said Elenium Automation CEO, Aaron Hornlimann.

“HealthGate takes accurate readings of specific areas on a person’s face like the inner canthi or the tear duct, where the blood vessels are near the surface of their skin.” he said.

It detects a potential fever in under two seconds and eliminates the potential for human error in administrating the health screening process.

During the Cotton On trial, all team members and visitors must pass HealthGate’s screening in order to gain access to the distribution centre. Team members and visitors are required to answer health screening questions either before they arrive on-site or when they undergo the health screening.

If their self-declaration indicates they are not likely to be ill, the system generates a QR code – essential for contact tracing, scanned by employees from the HealthGate screen, while checking their temperatures. If their temperature is within an acceptable limit, the kiosks grant 24-hour access and print out a pass that can be applied to their uniform.

Rather than requiring people to make contact with common surfaces like touchscreens or buttons, HealthGate is entirely touchless through a virtual touchscreen technology, ensuring a safe and hygienic experience.

The information from HealthGate can also be integrated into a company access control system. This ensures team members are checked daily – and that if they do fall ill between shifts, they will be prompted to take action. The cutting-edge technology also helps to change behaviours in the workplace and to mitigate the risk for all staff.

A recent consumer survey of 1000 Australians commissioned by Elenium Automation1 revealed that 88 per cent of people are more likely to be honest about whether or not they feel unwell if they know they will undergo a health screening before being allowed entry to an event.

The survey also showed the vast majority – 83 per cent of Australians support the use of such new health screening technology to help mitigate the risk for themselves and their loved ones.

“By combining the health declaration with fever detection technology, HealthGate will influence and drive behavioural change. It will prevent someone who is feeling unwell from coming to work knowing that they will be screened on arrival,” Mr Hornlimann said.

Following months of vigorous testing, HealthGate is now listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) as a medical device manufacturer.

“HealthGate has already saved us considerable time, but it has also given us and our team great peace of mind, which is priceless,” said Barnaby Gray, Cotton On Group’s Head of Central Operations. “We know that anyone within the facility has been checked – and, most importantly, safe – and it’s all been done without being invasive or time consuming.”

“HealthGate was created and built entirely here in Australia, so it’s particularly fitting to help such an iconic Australian brand with our technology,” said Mr Hornlimann.

He adds that the company has been in talks with a number of major corporates across a myriad of industries about how safety technology such as HealthGate can be implemented on a longer-term basis especially for office buildings and distributions centres.

They’re interested in a proactive approach and are seeking technology that doesn’t just detect potential symptoms of a fever, but also helps them to manage their health in a way that protects and reassures them and those around them.

“Our solution is not just about now and the global pandemic. It’s all about making sure people feel confident and safe moving into the future. When there is a bad flu season like in 2019 when the annual flu season took 300,000 out of the workforce, we want to ensure we are proactive and we don’t have the same impact we felt during COVID-19,” Mr Hornlimann said.

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The Cotton On Group begins operations with second Vanderlande TRAYSORTER

One of Australia’s largest global retailers has once again selected Vanderlande’s flexible TRAYSORTER solution in order to optimise the processes within its distribution centre (DC) in Avalon Victoria. The Group’s DC serves both Australian retail stores and online customers. The Cotton On Group acquired its first Vanderlande TRAYSORTER in 2018, and following the success of this project, has now begun live operations with its second TRAYSORTER in the same facility.

The Cotton On Group has eight brands, operates over 1400 stores in 20 countries, and employs 20,000 team members across the world. In 2018, it issued a tender for a project that would help to enhance the overall performance at its Avalon Distribution Centre. In response, Vanderlande designed a system that was capable of handling any combination of order type and delivery requirements, as well as adapting seamlessly to the Cotton On Group’s strategic objectives.

The system makes use of a TRAYSORTER – a highly flexible flat sorter, also known as a ‘Bombay sorter’. It is suitable for handling a wide range of products, from apparel, accessories and small parcels, to shoe boxes and multimedia items. The TRAYSORTER’s adaptability (supported by its interchangeable tray types) allows the Cotton On Group to meet its various sorting needs. In addition, its modular design means that it is fully scalable and can be adapted to individual requirements. The solution can also adjust easily to fit into an existing warehouse architecture.

General Manager, Cotton On Group Distribution, Andy Sanderson explains that the first TRAYSORTER significantly improved efficiency and productivity in the distribution centre: “With the Vanderlande solution, we have been able to dramatically reduce the time between picking items through to delivery, as well as improve picking accuracy. The TRAYSORTER also supports a more efficient picking strategy, will help us to achieve sustainable growth, and most importantly, will allow us to continually deliver an excellent service to our customers.

“Given the success of the first project and the positive impact it has had on our DC, the next logical step for us was simple – to add another one! The second TRAYSORTER became operational three weeks ahead of the agreed schedule and we handled the 2020 peaks with ease. We now look on Vanderlande as being a reliable partner to The Cotton On Group.”

Vanderlande’s MD Warehousing Solutions ANZ Roald de Groot adds: “Vanderlande has a focus on solutions for specific industries, such as fashion. As a result, we have an in-depth understanding of the complexities involved in running a successful fashion warehousing business. Our scalable solution was the perfect match for the Cotton On Group’s omni-channel distribution approach. Vanderlande is proud to support one of Australia’s retail icons in further optimising its warehouse processes.”

Arkansas farmers request aid after flooding; $200M in crops lost, Cotton told

PICKENS — Southeast Arkansas farmers expressed to U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton on Tuesday the urgent need for federal relief after last month’s floods caused more than $200 million in crop loss.

More than 40 farmers gathered at the Walnut Lake Country Club, about 3 miles away from Dumas, to speak to the Republican senator.

Farmers spoke about a wide range of topics, mostly related to the need for assistance from their state and federal governments after an unprecedented amount of rain soaked the area and destroyed acres of crops.

“We have a lot of young farmers in this area who are not strong enough to hold this kind of loss for a long time,” Steve Stevens, a Desha County farmer, told Cotton. “Time will be of essence.”

Cotton said in an interview that the event emphasized the strain and stress farmers in south Arkansas faced.

“The clock is ticking for these farmers when their crops in the field have been under water,” he said. “The promises that will come six, eight or 12 months from now don’t pay the bills.”

Farmers in several counties in southeast Arkansas suffered more than $205 million in direct crop loss after the major flooding and storm event in early June, according to an estimate Tuesday by experts with the University of Arkansas System Agriculture Division.

Vic Ford, associate vice president of agriculture and natural resources at the division, said the crop loss total could reach even higher after a final analysis.

Andrew Ross, a Dumas farmer, said the timing of the flooding couldn’t have been worse.

“We had 1,600 acres of soybeans lost,” he said. “The issue here is that we already had so much invested. We had already sprayed and fertilized the beans and we put a cost into it. Now it’s gone.”

Replanting these crops is a challenge because of the need for adequate rainfall, which can be difficult this time of year.

“This will have a ripple effect,” Ross said. “This will affect the banks, the chemical companies and the salesman who needs to meet a quota to get a bonus. It goes way beyond the farmers. We will take the brunt of it because we borrowed the money and we lost it all.”

Jay Coker, a Stuttgart farmer, said farm families in the region were hurting mentally, physically and financially.

“In some of these areas like this, farmers will have a hard time recovering and you will start to see these rural communities fade away,” he said. “You start to lose local ownership of these farms; it will have a big impact.”

A number of farmers expressed concerns about being forgotten by the federal government because of where they live.

“I just hope this is enough to get y’all’s attention,” Ross said. “We are sometimes treated like the redheaded stepchild because we aren’t the Midwest.”

Cotton told the farmers that their stories might not be making national headlines, but he hadn’t forgotten their dire situation.

“To get attention of all Congress, it has to be on the nightly news and in the headlines, it has to be a hurricane or an earthquake, but that is why we have a system of representative government,” he said.

Cotton said he will work with officials from the surrounding states that also were affected by the deluge.

“Local economies don’t stop at state lines,” he said.

Cotton said the main problem that stood out to him was with the drainage districts in the area.

Water flows into Desha County from as far northeast as between Pine Bluff and Grady, and continues until it reaches the Mississippi River, the county’s eastern border.

Canal 19, just southeast of Dumas, usually captures the excess rainwater, but the canal overflowed in June, leaving miles of roads and fields under water for hours at a time.

Farmers told Cotton the drainage infrastructure in the area can no longer handle the amount of rain that is falling in the area and needed to be adjusted.

“Some of these ditches were designed in the ’40s and not designed to handle the amount of rain that occurred,” Coker said. “The amount of significant weather events we are enduring means that we are now at risk. This is a short term issue that needs to be resolved.”

Cotton told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette he was hopeful that the federal government will allow state and local governments to spend some of the surplus covid-19 funds to help their communities.

“If we are going to spend that money, then they should be able to spend it on things that matter most to their community’s economy, and from what you have heard today, one of the biggest single needs they have in this part of the state is more effective drainage infrastructure,” he said. “That isn’t going to be the case in Los Angeles or San Francisco or New York City, but it’s the case here.”

Farmers also stressed the importance of the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program that allows farmers to bring non-immigrant foreign workers to the country to work seasonally.

“If we lose that program, then you can forget what you see here,” one farmer told Cotton.

Coker said the bureaucracy around the program is making it more challenging to get help from foreigners who have been laborers for years.

“The day they go back we are starting the process for next season almost six months ahead of time, and even then, it will come down to almost the last minute,” he said.

Cotton said the H-2A program often gets tied up in more controversial elements of the immigration debate.

“Right now the border is in chaos and that makes it harder to focus on some of the legal pathways to immigration here like a green card or the guest worker program,” he said. “That is why it is really important to secure our border and enforce our immigration laws. To give them confidence that our system is working.”

From fashion to field: shredded cotton clothing used to help grow future crops | Recycling

There are lots of places where unwanted cotton clothes could go to escape landfill – the op-shop, a garage sale or turned into rags for tradies.

But what about shredding them and putting them back into the soil? And what if, in a world of perfect circularity, that soil was on a cotton farm?

Cotton Australia launched just such a trial on Wednesday to see if old cotton textiles – including sheets and worn-out coveralls from state emergency services – could improve the soils on a farm in Goondiwindi, Queensland.

Farmer Sam Coulton and his grandson Harry spread two tonnes of shredded cotton on a paddock on Wednesday before the next cotton-growing season.

One big advantage that cotton products have over their synthetic, fossil fuel-based counterparts is their natural fibres are generally harmless and can break down in soil.

Last year, the industry’s Cotton Research and Development Corporation ran an experiment, burying 2cm-squares of cotton into moist Goondiwindi soil and then incubating it at 20C for almost six months.

Lab tests suggested the shredded cotton increased the bacteria and fungus in the soils, had no impact on the germination of seeds and all but the tightest woven cotton pieces broke down significantly in 24 weeks.

“We need to get smarter about how we reduce and manage waste,” said Dr Oliver Knox, a soil scientist at the University of New England who is being supported by the industry to supervise the trial.

“The big benefit here is diverting what currently goes to waste. There’s a risk that [the cotton items] go to landfill and produce methane, which is a damaging greenhouse gas,” he said.

He said because cotton fibres are made up from cellulose, it can become food for bugs and microbes in the soil, which means the “soil becomes more active”.

The cotton industry, alongside a circular economy consultancy Coreo, is watching the Goondiwindi Circular Cotton Project closely to see if it could be a large-scale solution for unwanted 100% cotton textiles.

Finding out what to do about synthetic threads, zips, tags, buttons and fabric finishes will be one of the jobs. For the trial, the cotton items were shredded at Sydney company Worn Up to resemble fluff.

Harry Coulton, 21, works on the farm called Alcheringa that’s been with the family since 1972. He said the cotton fluff had been mixed with a compost before it was spread across the paddock.

“We were naturally a bit worried but there’s a beautiful blanket over the ground now. It’s covered the ground nicely. We’re really happy with how it looks.”

The soil will be turned over – as is the usual practice – to help the cotton biodegrade before planting the crop. The coming season will be the first for three years where cotton could be planted.

“After the last three years we had this perfect flood giving us a great early start,” he said.

“We’re farmers and we are caretakers of the land and we have to give back what we take. With cotton we have to do our best to be sustainable for the future.

Grandfather Sam said: “We grow it here and we should be able to bury it here with positive environmental and economic impact on the local community.”

Brooke Summers, supply chain manager at Cotton Australia, said: “We know the cotton biodegrades really fast and the microbes and worms love it and that’s a really important part of our system for growing cotton.”

If the trial worked “we could deal with a huge amount of cotton material”.

“This is just one farm, but we have 1,500,” she said.

According to federal government data, an estimated 780,000 tonnes of textile waste is generated each year – or about 31kg a person. The recycling rate for textiles is just 7%.

Rebecca Gilling, deputy chief executive of environment charity Planet Ark, said throwing textiles in the bin meant throwing away a valuable material.

She said it was important to only buy what you need, to buy good quality classic clothes that don’t go out of fashion, and to find a second-use for anything that you don’t need.

“There’s no doubt with fast fashion now we see a huge amount being produced at low cost and low quality and often with mixed fibres that are much harder to deal with than natural fibre.”

A gas clap occurred in an apartment building in Elista

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A cotton of gas occurred in an apartment building in Elista

A cotton occurred in an apartment building in Elista, residents are being evacuated, the representative of the GUMVD of Russia in Kalmykia Andrey Baskhaev told RIA Novosti.RIA Novosti, 03.03.2020

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ROSTOV-ON-DON / MOSCOW, 26 Feb – RIA Novosti. The cotton occurred in an apartment building in Elista, residents are being evacuated, Andrei Baskhaev, a representative of the GUMVD of Russia in Kalmykia, told RIA Novosti. “About 120 people were evacuated from the building. the representative of the republican Ministry of Emergency Situations, injured as a result of the incident – the owner of the apartment. “He reported that when he turned on the light, there was a clap,” – said the interlocutor.According to the ministry, the interroom and interroom partitions of 3 apartments on the 8th floor were damaged, the glazing from the 9th to the 6th floors was broken.

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Igor Rudenya held a meeting on restoration work and assistance to residents of the house where the household gas cotton occurred

On January 4, Governor Igor Rudenya held a working meeting, during which they discussed issues related to emergency and recovery work in house no. 19 on Gusev Boulevard in Tver, where on the morning of January 2, a household gas popping occurred in one of the apartments.The meeting was attended by the heads of the regional ministries, the head of the Main Directorate of the EMERCOM of Russia in the Tver region Arsen Grigoryan, the leadership of the city of Tver.

Currently, a specialized construction expertise is being carried out to diagnose the condition of an apartment building. After a complete survey, a project will be developed to strengthen the structures of the building, a “road map” for house renovation. Igor Rudenya instructed to accelerate the pace of work at each stage. Currently, measures are being taken to strengthen the slabs and external structures of the building.

Particular attention during the meeting was paid to support measures for residents evacuated from the entrance of an apartment building.

On behalf of the Governor, all residents of the entrance are provided with the necessary assistance, a responsible person is assigned to them to promptly resolve all emerging issues.

The Governor stressed that all residents of the entrance during their absence from the apartments should be compensated for payment for utilities, as well as compensated for the cost of repairs in the apartments themselves.

Igor Rudenya ordered to organize the work of shuttles to transport people from their place of temporary residence to work and places of study. All services responsible for the restoration of the house and the support of residents must switch to an enhanced mode of operation, until the complete completion of the repairs, the house must be provided with round-the-clock security.

Prior to the start of the meeting, Igor Rudenya examined the house and met with tenants who are temporarily accommodated in the Yunost Hotel. Currently, 28 people live there, including children.The rest of the citizens are staying with their relatives.

“All repairs and all work will be carried out at the expense of the reserve fund of the city of Tver, we, as the regional government, are ready to support. None of the residents will be left unattended, ”the head of the region said at the meeting.

On January 2, at 6:40 am, a pop of household gas occurred in one of the apartments in the house No. 19 on Gusev Boulevard in Tver. Because of the incident, the windows were broken in the apartment. The situation was promptly reported to Governor Igor Rudena.The head of the region instructed to take all the necessary measures to help people.

A regional commission for emergency situations was created, which included representatives of regional departments – the Ministry of Energy and Housing and Utilities of the region, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Construction, as well as the administration of Tver. A group of the Russian Emergencies Ministry Administration for the Tver region worked on the spot.

As a result of the accident, two people were injured, they are receiving medical assistance in the regional clinical hospital.

Investigators initiated a criminal case on the fact of injury of two people as a result of household gas cotton in a residential building. A number of forensic examinations have been appointed.
In total, rescuers evacuated 52 people living in the entrance.

90,000 Cotton is harvested in Uzbekistan in the same way as in the Soviet years

There is a cotton harvest. Just like in Soviet times, part of the population is mobilized to pick cotton: these are high school students from all regions of Uzbekistan, secondary school teachers, students of colleges and lyceums outside the capital, students of regional universities, including contract students, as well as students of the Agrarian University and the Irrigation Institute. in g.Tashkent.

Civil servants mobilized for cotton found a way out, they instead of themselves sent hired day laborers to cotton, since informal bazaars are overcrowded with labor. They pay them out of their meager wages. “I have three children, I am a teacher of my native language in high school, all my students are on cotton. The teachers are also mobilized for cotton. Although my children have grown up, I cannot leave the house and the household – it feeds me, so I am on this bazaar hired a young woman to go to cotton instead of me, “says Adolat, a resident of one of the villages in the Tashkent region.

Well, what are the living conditions of those students who are now working in the cotton harvest, “We were told that we will be at the cotton harvest until mid-November. We live in the school building. Of course, there is a roof over our heads, but it is still cold, there are drafts all around There are no glasses in the windows, everything is broken. There are various insects, mice and rats all around, “says Kudratulla, a college student.

In accommodation as you are lucky. This student is still lucky. More often cotton pickers are housed in unheated barracks and “long-term construction” buildings left over from Soviet times, where basic amenities are out of the question.

The problem of nutrition and foodstuffs on cotton is acute. There are frequent cases of food theft, so it makes no sense to bring and store food. Says a third-year student Nigmatullo: “We were fed twice a day. In the morning, tea, which was brewed at once for three hundred people. Brought in large basins, so that everyone would have at least a bowl. Mashhurda for lunch every day, for dinner – pasta. Meat. there was no food: the meat was meant for the teachers, and the portion was served strictly according to the norm – no more than two ladles.Due to the constant feeling of hunger, some students ate the scorpions that were in the barracks: they pulled off their tail, and the torso in their mouth. “Parents came to some of the students, now it is rather difficult to come to cotton, there are no regular buses. A university student Bakhodyr says: “Our favorite delicacy on cotton is bread soaked in ditch water. From hunger we forgot about all the precautions against infectious diseases. Not before this: we scoop up water from the irrigation ditch (we don’t think where it flows from, whether it’s clean), soak loaf bread in it and eat it with pleasure. “

The rate of the harvested cotton is set at 50 kg. This norm guarantees student rations. The student collects more – he will receive money. When asked how much a student can earn picking cotton, Nigmat – a university student answers:

“Every day I picked about forty or more kilograms of cotton. After 15 days of picking I got 500 sum ($ 0.5). This money was barely enough for me to escape from the cotton and get home by truck.”

The official cotton picking rate for students is 80 kg, not officially 40 kg.According to the students themselves, this is a completely unrealistic figure. In fact, even with special diligence, you can only collect about 30 kg. If the norm is not reached, then cotton is bought in addition from local residents at a price of 40 soums per kg. By the evening, the rate increases to 50 sum. It is also unrealistic to collect the norm because students have to walk daily to the fields of several kilometers, which take about two or more hours of time. Tired students are physically unable to pick cotton.Students are enterprising people and find a way out in difficult situations – you can pass the same collection twice, you can get cotton from a hirman or from a leaky trailer, fill your apron with stones, earth, etc. So who benefits from such a campaign? . .

The stress received during the day is relieved in an ancient way. Moonshine and vodka are consumed in the evenings by both students and teachers. But the stringency of the cotton picking campaign only applies to students. Escaping or avoiding cotton picking, up to and including expulsion, is a serious consequence and punishment.Each case of escape or evasion is examined personally by the rector or vice-rector of the educational institution. However, you can also negotiate with the dean’s office for $ 200, of which 100 goes to buy cotton, and 100 – for silence.

The most interesting thing is that, in general, all students who returned from cotton remain in debt to the state. In the future, the dean’s office withdraws this money from student scholarships. This amount includes money spent on meals for students during downtime in bad weather.

Cotton has its own “accounting”.So, for example, by collecting 70 kg every day for three days, a student may deserve a trip home. Having agreed with the locals, you can buy a portion of pilaf for 500 sum.

It remains to be noted that such cotton campaigns do not benefit the quality of education received by students and students in Uzbekistan, which has left much to be desired lately. It seems that there is little benefit from such assistance from students and for the state. Moreover, after picking cotton, many students pay not only with educational gaps, but also with their health.It is no secret that a large number of students and pupils are hospitalized with various diagnoses of infectious diseases.

The cotton campaign is not over, how long it will last, it is not known yet, and the number of young people who have lost and will lose their health during this season remains unknown.

Tashkent Women`s Resource Center, [email protected]

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As our correspondents report, in the Fergana Valley more and more layers of the population are involved in the cotton harvest.In Andijan, for example, college students (that is, students in grades 9-10-11 in regular schools) are suspended from their studies and sent to the fields. In order to “get away” from cotton, colleges are already semi-officially demanding a bribe of 10,000 soums (about $ 10), and in universities of Andijan – 50,000 soums ($ 50). According to local reports, there is practically no cotton in the fields: it is either already harvested or remained in the form of unopened bolls – chickens .

IA “Fergana.Ru”

  • How to stretch a cotton item

    If you wash, iron and dry cotton items incorrectly, they can deform, shrink and shrink.In addition, the clothes may be small initially. In this case, you can stretch the product to the desired parameters. But you should use safe methods to prevent your clothes from deteriorating and shrinking further. In this article, we’ll look at how to stretch your cotton garment properly.

    Seven Ways to Stretch Cottons

    1. Soak a sweater or other cottons in cool water, then put on yourself or someone with a large size garment. The product must be worn until completely dry;
    2. Take water with a temperature of 30 degrees and add two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide. Soak the cotton for one to two hours and then put the clothes on. Walk like this until it dries completely. As a result, the material is stretched along the body to the desired size;
    3. In water with a temperature of up to 30 degrees, add a tablespoon of turpentine and vodka, three tablespoons of ammonia and stir. In the resulting solution, soak cotton products for half an hour, then rinse in clean cool water and lay on a horizontal surface with a terry towel or sheet.Leave the product to dry. While it dries, periodically stretch the material with your hands. With this treatment, the fabric will become more elastic and stretched;
    4. White cotton can be soaked for 30 minutes in water mixed with milk. After the procedure, the product is rinsed in clean cool water and laid horizontally on a towel or sheet. Leave to dry completely, periodically stretching the fabric with your hands;
    5. Soak a sponge in 3% vinegar and wipe the garment, while stretching the material in the desired directions. After that, you need to wash clothes in the washing machine with a delicate cycle with the addition of bleach. Alternatively, soak things in a vinegar solution. To prepare the composition, mix three tablespoons of vinegar 5% and ten tablespoons of cool water. Soak clothes for two to three hours, then wash as usual and rinse thoroughly with the addition of fabric softener;
    6. To lengthen short sleeves or stretch a sweater in length, hang a small weight to the garment after washing. This method is suitable not only for cotton, but also for wool, viscose, knitwear;
    7. If the garment is not made of 100% cotton, but contains impurities of other fabrics, it will stretch after washing in the machine.Pre-soak clothes for 15 minutes in cool water. Then you need to wash the product in a washing machine at a delicate mode with a temperature of up to 40 degrees. Hang the washed clothes on soft hangers and let dry naturally. Stretch the desired areas periodically while it dries.

    Universal method to stretch cotton fabric

    Place a T-shirt or other garment in warm water. Wait until the material is completely saturated with water and add a quarter cup of rinse, hair conditioner, or baby shampoo.Stir the composition, smooth the blouse and leave for 10-15 minutes.

    Then rinse thoroughly so that the fabric softener is completely washed out. Otherwise, the T-shirt will become covered with a sticky residue or streaks will remain on the dried clothes. Squeeze the garment lightly and lay it out on a horizontal surface with a terrycloth towel or sheet.

    To stretch the sweater in width, lightly pull the fabric in the right places in different directions, putting your hands inward at the elbow. To stretch the product in length, you need to stretch the shrunken thing between the bottom and the neck in opposite directions, while also sticking your hands inside to the elbow.Pull the fabric evenly to each side. Hair lotion and warm water will soften the fibers of the clothing and they will begin to stretch.

    If you do not want the drawing or print to stretch, iron the area with an iron before stretching. At the end of the procedure, lay the stretched product on a towel, if necessary, place something heavy around the edges and leave to dry completely. To stretch your chest and abdomen, place a heavy object inside your clothing.

    How to stretch cotton with an iron

    Wet your shirt, T-shirt or other cotton garment completely so that each fiber is saturated with water.Place the product on the ironing board and pull it out with your hands to the desired directions. Set the iron to the minimum or medium temperature setting and iron the cotton with force, while with the other hand, stretch the fabric in the desired direction.

    Iron the garment in each direction, pull the garment in all directions. Do these procedures on the front and back sides. Then lay the garment horizontally on a terry towel or sheet. Stretch to the desired size and place a heavy weight around the edges.Leave your clothes to dry in the fresh air.

    How to prevent cotton items from shrinking

    To prevent cotton items from shrinking, the fabric must be washed correctly. Before washing, ironing, or stretching clothes, be sure to read the label and follow the directions. Turn garment inside out and close zips and buttons before washing.

    Wash delicate items at a temperature not exceeding 40-50 degrees, as in hot water thin fabrics shrink strongly.Thick and durable cotton can also be washed at 90 degrees. The washing temperature is indicated on the label of the garment.

    Do not use water with a large temperature difference for washing and rinsing. Otherwise, the fabric will deform and shrink. For washing, choose detergents that match the type and color of the fabric. Be sure to sort things by type and color of fabric. Wash dark, white and colored items, synthetics, natural and delicate items separately.

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