first_img22 September 2003As the Gay Pride Festival gears up for its 14th annual run, the event – or phenomenon, as it has undoubtedly become – has plenty to celebrate. Each year the festival, highlighting the rights of gays and lesbians, gets bigger and better.As the largest event of its kind it the country – and the continent – the Gay Pride Festival, which drew as many as 20 000 participants last year, has become a major tourist attraction, enticing like-minded travellers from around the world to join in the fun.And plenty of fun will be on offer. This year’s theme is “Celebrate our City”, and the event, which spans a whole week, will feature plays, poetry, art, photography, cabaret, comedy, workshops, church services, theatre and music.Many organisations from other African countries, including Mozambique, Nigeria, Zambia, Swaziland, Namibia and Zimbabwe, will be participating.The Pride Festival 2003 takes place from 18 – 26 September 2003 in and around Melville, Johannesburg, includes the Pride 2003 Film Festival, an art exhibition, cabaret evenings and stage productions.Pride 2003 culminates in the Pride Parade through the streets of Rosebank on 27 September, and the Fair Day at Zoo Lake on the same day.The Gay Pride Festival has come a long way since the first event of its kind, the South African Lesbian and Gay Pride March, took place on 10 October 1990, with about 800 marchers. It was billed as a protest march, but even then the relatively small event had the feel of a carnival.Now this atmosphere of celebration is Gay Pride’s trademark, with the colourful parade of spectacularly decorated floats and participants the primary focus of the annual ritual.Despite all the fun and fanfare, protest has always been at the forefront of festival-goers’ minds. Before South Africa’s Constitution was adopted in 1994, gays and lesbians sought freedom from discrimination. Now, with a Constitution in place that protects the rights of all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, some of the battles have been won.However, there are plenty of other battles still being fought – not least for the rights of gays and lesbians in countries like Zimbabwe and Namibia, where oppression and discrimination are rife.As the Gay Pride Festival becomes an increasingly prominent and inclusive event, it is supported each year by a growing range of cultural, political and recreational organisations.For full information, visit SA Pride 2003, as well as Pride 2003’s online partners, Q-Online and Mambaonline.com.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

first_imgThese are really cool if a bit expensive. My wife really likes these hair bands. It has definitely reduce the amount of hair that comes off when she takes the hair band off. She tries to wear her hair down but soon gives up, so she always carries a hair band on her wrist. These ones definitely look s lot more stylish on her wrist than a regular hair band. They also hold the hair very well in a ponytail. However, the claim about not leaving a kink in the hair is not true and they are a bit expensive, hence 4 stars. A dramatic improvement on all alternative hair bands and more decorative. Ordered not for personal use on behalf of another family member, it was unclear at the point of ordering just how ‘popband ponytail holders, tie dye’ could function. The intended user was no better informed until she handled them when all became clear. Had the description included ‘elasticated fabric’ or similar, the issue would not then exist. They are to be used identically to elastic bands but are softer to the touch and much kinder to the hair. They are smaller than was anticipated but of more than adequate length and made from tie-dyed fabric, this set in muted and neutral colours so less likely to clash with brightly-coloured clothing. For contrast, there are other sets offered in various brighter colours, some almost fluorescent but mostly mixed. The person for whom these are intended has been using elasticated hair bands of various types for years but they either break where the ends are stitched or are held by a clasp, or they stretch and eventually break. These are knotted to join the ends, broader, inherently stronger and appear not to tangle with the hair. They should also be longer-lasting and less subject to breakages. Absolutely fabulous on my daughter. She loves the popbands whether used to tie her hair or on her wrist as a bracelet. They looked bigger in pictures (always misses the dimensions on product description) than they really are so my wife and daughter was very happy with the actual size. They are about the same size as other bands these guys have been using but these are way superior than most of those. I received:1 x black1 x grayish3 x grayish/ black random colour mixture. With a pretty marbled look which would go nicely either for a. This pack includes one black, one silver and three tie dye bands – the tie dye ones are nicer than i was expecting, with a pretty marbled look which would go nicely either for a night out or with an office outfit. The usual great quality which allows you to tie up and let down your hair without snagging or pulling any hairs out, and they don’t loosen over the course of the day either, and keep your hair looking neat and tidy. Overpriced pre-tied elasticated ribbon.Smart and stylish hair tiesFab ponytale holders even if you have very fine hairA dramatic improvement on all alternative hair bands and more decorativeA new take on the elasticated ponytail bandBetter than the usual fabric covered elastic hairbandsPopband Ponytail Holders, Tie DyeThe ‘original’ Popbands that are kind on hair cute on wrists! The must have hair accessory for every a-list celebrity and savvy fashionistaPopbands hold hair up tight without leaving creases in your hair. Our soft and stretchy hair ties won’t damage hair like regular hair bandsPerfect for sport workouts yoga running and everyday use Popbands hold hair up tight no matter how thin/thick (without leaving a dent)Popbands double up as super-cute wrist accessories with so many colours and styles available the accessorising possibilities are endlessFantastic gift ideas for all occasions. Popbands come pre-packaged so arrive clean fresh and beautifully presented Lovely hairbands – better quality than many others i have used. Hold hair in place really well and don’t leave it full of kinks when removed. I like the designs of these but. Think they’re more suited to thicker hair. In thinner or layered hair too many turns of the band are needed and it makes the band a bit bulky in the hair. I think this pack of these bands are brilliant as wristbands though. The designs are really, for want of a good old fashioned word, trendy. Since trialling the denim version of popbands, i’ve been converted. I have been a huge invisibobble fan for years but these are an interesting and attractive alternative. My hair has a tendency to get tangled, but these don’t snag or catch which is vital with unruly hair like mine.They’re pretty and even the patterned ones are subtle. Good quality and well made in a very appealing range of colours and patterns. Good mix of monochrome colours. My daughter loves these bands for her hair, they don’t slip but don’t get tangled either and this is another nice mix of monochrome/silver colours – which also work well as wrist-bands as they don’t cut off the blood supply, ready for when you need to tie your hair back. Fab ponytale holders even if you have very fine hair. As someone with very long (and very fine) hair i’m always looking for better hairbands. I stopped using bands with metal on them years ago because they’re so damaging to your hair and tend to leave you with millions of split ends but i have problems with other bands i’ve tried since then because i have to wind them around my hair so many times to get them tight enough to stay in place. I have to admit i was nervous when i saw these bands, they’re large enough to wear comfortably on your wrist as a bracelet / friendship band so i thought i’d have a similar problem and end up struggling to get these to hold my fine hair in place but i was actually really impressed. I only had to wind them round 3 times and i have a perfectly secure ponytail that stays put all day. (i have to wind bands that are half the size of these 4 or 5 times usually to get them to stay in place). I can’t say i agree with their claim to leave hair kink free at the end of the day but they certainly don’t leave hair looking any worse than any other hairband i’ve tried and since i have to tie them less tightly they definitely do less damage to my hair. They also look pretty and i love the range of colours you can collect so you’ll have something to match every outfitthis particular pack contains 5 bands1 black1 white1 very pale grey that’s almost a non-shiny silver3 black, white & grey marble patternedi’ll definitely be buying more of these bands in the future. These are pretty hairbands, designed to be able to colour co-ordinate either with hair colour or outfit. I like the fact i can slip one on my wrist without looking ‘odd’, ready for the inevitable moments in my day where i need to tie back my hair. The bands are stretchy and easy to use. I don’t feel they tear or pull my hair excessively. They look neat, and do the job intended. My only gripe is that they don’t perform quite as claimed – there is always a ‘kink’ in my hair after tying it back. It’s inevitable, and i’m a little unsure how any hairband could claim otherwise. I like these patterned tones, they match my blonde/mousey hair nicely, and look good on the wrist. Very pretty, and available in many other colours too. I love these hair ties so much. I wear them on my wrist all the time, they are comfortable and never get stuck in my thick, tangly hair. Popband ponytail holders – tie dye. I was so underwhelmed when i opened the packet as they looked so flimsy, but they are extremely attractive. This set is great for using with black or white outfits and i like the grungy feel of the tie dye. I didn’t expect they would be any use in my hair – i have extremely thick curly long hair and need to wear it up for gym sessions. However, even though they feel loose and flimsy on the wrist, they tie up extremely strongly and were also easy to remove. I wore my hair up high in a tight knot and it stayed put for my entire gym session. These are a bit smarter than simple covered elastic bands, and as claimed, they don’t leave a mark in your hair. The elastication starts to slacken after a few uses though, so they won’t last for a very long time. This pack is a good neutral mix. The details call the lightest band ‘white’. It is actually a light silver, and much better than white. Small pieces of knotted elasticated fabric, in minimal packaging. These bands loose their elasticity fairly quickly. Coupled with the high price, they are poor value for money for an online purchase. Versatile desings and easy to post, so could be suitable as a simple gift. Soft, stretchy hairbands in appealing colours. I use these soft, stretchy popbands when i want to quickly tie my hair up. They’re great for keeping my hair out of my face when i’m exercising. I like the neutral tie-dyed colours in this pack, and there is also a plain black for when i simply want a plain colour. The back of the pack suggests wearing the bands on your wrist as “arm candy” when they’re not in your hair. I thought this was a somewhat odd suggestion, unless perhaps you’re a 13-year-old girl. I think these bands will appeal to all age groups: preteens, teens and beyond. Nice ponytails holders and they don’t make marks in your hair. Again like the hair bands these are easy to use and don’t leave any wrinkly marks in your hair, some bands leaves a ridge where you have put your hair up and leaves wavy ridge, not with these, had some before and are great for anyone who put their hair up, very kind to hair and doesn’t pull either. Terrific hair bands – i appreciate them. These are basically knotted elastic strips so i was a bit doubtful about them. They are neat and in a stylish tie dye grey pattern – a bit diverse to my standard scrunchies. They do not slip, even when working out, and never snag at all when i pull them out. They maintain a unwanted fat bunched pony tail as properly as skinny hair strips equally properly. My teenage daughter has now operate off with most of them as she enjoys them far too. Most hair bands are really unexciting, or a little bit much too shiny but these are distinctive. I definitely like the tie dye pattern , it is delicate and goes with most of my outfits.They arrive in genuinely charming colours. They occur in genuinely beautiful colors. They secure my hair with pulling at it much too a lot. When i am not working with one particular they also search cute on my wrist. I want them in each and every colour.Good and classy hair ties. With us all acquiring very long hair, my ladies and i will all attest to the fact that ponytail hairbands can be a serious pain. Putting them on can be a faff, remembering them in the initial place is an challenge, as is using them off with no leaving your hair wanting like its absent by way of a hedge backwards. These popband ponytail holders purpose to solve these concerns and, for the most part, do a good position of addressing them all. Firstly, they’re uncomplicated to set on. They’re broad strips of elasticated content in pleasant colors (this set arrives with black and silver colors, with one silver, one black, 3 black and silver/white tie-dye model coloured band) so they you should not have the problems those people string-like bands do. It took about 3 twists to get them tight enough to keep my daughters’ extensive hair in a restricted ponytail. They have a knot with a very little tassel at the finish, which appears to be like good when you’ve finished the band up. Secondly, they’re built to search just as superior close to the wrist, which means that you can carry them all over as a vogue accessory even though you might be not sporting a ponytail and then continue to have them for when you do want a person. As they’re larger than a looped elastic ponytail hairband, they’re harder to get rid of as nicely.These are tender and light hair ties for ponytails, uncomplicated to place on and take off with out pulling or damageing hair.Improved than the typical cloth lined elastic hairbands. I ordered for assessment both equally the pink candy set of five and the tie dye established of 5. They are elastic and about a centimetre extensive with a knot at the conclude which suggests it is not a ongoing loop except all other elastic hair bands as much as i am informed. The elastic is superior density woven into the material there are no noticeable elastic strips and it all feels pretty uniformly stretchy. I tried putting on these in a pony tail and then pig tails as i wished to test how they stayed and the no kink promise so the pig tails ended up a later decision. I found there was some kinking of my hair but it was as a final result of its currently being still left in right away. Much more importantly i discovered that the elimination was effortless and i misplaced no hairs compared with when i choose out my usual elastic hair bands. I attempted putting on just one on my wrist but it appeared stupid with the knoted ends sticking out and i also located these ends annoying when in use as i experienced to transfer the band about so they were concealed each and every time i employed them. If the manfacturer could uncover their way to sew the finishes together so a steady loop i would give these 5 stars.Helpful and pleasurable to dress in. I am delighted that i been given these for assessment via the vine programme because i do not think i’d have bought popbands devoid of becoming capable to take a look at them as i would have assumed they would not be potent adequate for my reasonably thick hair. In reality they hold my hair pretty securely and they never snag your hair or truly feel not comfortable.last_img read more

first_img Click on the graphic to access a PDF copy. Return to article. Long DescriptionClick on the graphic to access a PDF copy.The Early Intervention team’s four-part webinar series for 2019 will focus on supporting young children with autism and their families. This webinar series will take us through important steps in the lives of families of children with autism and related disorders. These free webinars are easy to join and offer continuing education credits for early intervention and Board Certified Behavior Analysts.  To learn more and to RSVP, use the links below.What Do We Know: Autism Screening, Diagnosis, & Supporting Young Children & FamiliesDr. Hedda Meadan will lead us through the process of diagnosing autism. The prevalence of autism, early signs, and the screening and diagnosis process will also be covered. In addition, Dr. Meadan will discuss strategies for supporting families during this time.Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition & Selective Eating in Young Children with Autism In this webinar, Dr. Jamie Pearson and Dr. Meadan will discuss common challenges families of children with autism face related to diet, nutrition, and selective eating. Drs. Pearson and Meadan will talk about the effects of dietary preferences and limitations. They will also share strategies for helping children eat a more balanced, nutritious diet.Stepping Out: Family Outings with Young Children with Autism Dr. Katie Wolfe and Dr. Meadan will provide strategies professionals can use to support families who experience challenges during outings. The presenters will share information about safety and social concerns related to outings with children with autism. In addition, Drs. Wolfe and Meadan will promote building a family’s confidence to support their children. Welcome to the Group: Inclusion for Young Children with AutismLearn how young children with autism can be included in preschool and childcare programs in this session with Dr. Mandy Rispoli and Dr. Meadan.  What inclusion is and its benefits will be discussed.  Drs. Rispoli and Meadan will provide information about environmental modifications that may help children with autism in group settings.Series Homepage by Crystal Williamslast_img read more

first_imgGood friends Anil and Tina Ambani will co-host Bollywood’s gala of the year along with Jaya Bachchan on October 11 when Amitabh Bachchan turns 70. Sources have revealed the party will be hosted at a leading Mumbai 5-star, and names doing the rounds right now suggest it will be either Grand Hyatt or JW Marriott.Last week, Mail Today broke the news that the grand celebration of Big B’s birthday this year will see a guest list of over 1,000 celebrities. Reports doing the rounds hint at the fact that there is already a rush among Mumbai’s swish set to be on the list of invitees. Details coming in reveal that the Bachchans’ favourite designer duo, Abu Jaani and Sandeep Khosla, has been assigned the styling responsibilities.An all-red velvet decor theme will be the order of the day, and guests too will reportedly be expected to follow the theme to the party. “The bash will have plenty of live performances. A mesmerising show by the Quebec-based group Cirque du Soleil will be one of the highlights of the evening, and a top international deejay is being lined up too. That apart, there will be several performances by some renowned international and Indian names,” a source said.The group Cirque du Soleil will perform at Amitabh Bachchan’s birthday partyCirque du Soleil is a Canadian entertainment company known for its unique presentations that are a dramatic mix of circus art, classical music and dances, and street performances. The group, known to employ 1,300 artists, fuses various dance forms including hip-hop, ballet and contemporary dance and gravity defying acts with jugglery, acrobatics, stage performances and surreal music.Jaya Bachchan is reportedly planning every minute detail- from the theme of the party to the designs to the entertainment quotient- in order to ensure it is a perfect bash. Although not much is known about the guest list yet, it has been known that the invitees will include Big B’s friends from Bollywood, the political fraternity and the socialite circles.Big B’s son Abhishek is shooting in Chicago for Dhoom 3 at the moment, and Abhishek’s wife Aishwarya and daughter Aaradhya are spending time with him there.Of course, they will all be back in India in due time to be part of the grand birthday gala.advertisementlast_img read more

first_img(Eds: Changes in headline, intro)Shimla, Dec 29 (PTI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur kept key Home and Finance departments with him after the portfolios were alloted today.Besides Home and Finance, the chief minister will also look after the General Administration, Planning and Personnel department and all other departments not alloted to any minister.Mohinder Singh Thakur has been allocated Irrigation and Public Health, Horticulture and Sainik Welfare departments, while Kishan Kapoor will be in charge of Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Election departments.First-time MLA Suresh Bharadwaj has been given Education (Elementary and Higher), Parliamentary Affairs and Law portfolios.Anil Sharma, who quit the Congress to join the BJP ahead of the assembly polls, has been allocated Multipurpose Projects and Power and Non-Conventional Energy Sources departments.The lone women minister Sarveen Chaudhary has been allocated Urban Development, Town and Country Planning and Housing departments, while Ram Lal Markanda will be in charge of Agriculture, Tribal Development and Information and Technology departments.Vipin Parmar has been given Health and Family Welfare, Medical Education, Ayurveda and Science & Technology, while Virender Kanwar will have Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries departments.Vikram Singh has been given Industries, Labour and Employment, Technical Education and Vocational and Industrial Training, and Govind Singh Thakur has been allocated Forest, Transport, Youth Services and Sports departments.Rajiv Saizal has got Social Justice and Empowerment and Cooperation.Jai Ram Thakur was sworn in as the 14th chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, along with 11 other ministers, at a ceremony at the historic Ridge Ground here on December 27.advertisementGovernor Acharya Devvrat administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 52-year-old Thakur, a five-time MLA from Seraj, and other ministers.The council of ministers has six new faces.The assembly polls took place on November 9 and the results were announced on December 18.The BJP defeated the Congress by winning 44 seats in the 68-member assembly.The Congress managed to bag just 21 seats. Two seats went to Independents, while the CPI(M) won one seat. PTI PCL SMN SMNlast_img read more

first_imgSingapore-based PaxOcean has delivered a 26,000m3 floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) to Indonesia-based Jaya Samudra Karunia (JSK). Karunia Dewata is the largest FSRU to be built in China and the first to feature Type C cargo tanks. The unit was built at PaxOcean’s Zhoushan Shipyard and classed by Lloyd’s Register’s (LR). The FSRU will be capable of regasifying around 50 million standard cubic feet per day.The project is a major milestone in the growing gas shipping industry within China and will help increase the development of Indonesia’s gas supply chain, where the unit will be based, according to LR. This is also the first FSRU that PaxOcean has built.“LR was able to help address this challenge through its connections with equipment manufacturers that it had previously worked with on other projects, to help ensure efficient procedures and deliver a high-quality product on schedule and in accordance with LR’s rule requirements,” the classification society said.“The design is focused on simple and reliable operation for Indonesian water. By working closely with Lloyd’s Register on classification requirements, and international maritime legislations for vessels carrying liquefied gases in bulk, PaxOcean has successfully designed, built and delivered the largest FSRU with type C cargo tanks in China in our Zhoushan Shipyard,” PaxOcean Engineering Director, Lixin Bian, commented.Image Courtesy: PaxOceanlast_img read more

first_imgDutch legend Wesley Sneijder believes the young Ajax team cannot be underestimated against Real MadridDe Godenzonen have been drawn to face reigning champions Real in the last-16 of the Champions League.Though not many expect the young and inexperienced Ajax team, who boast an average age of 23 years old, to pose much of a threat to Real, who are chasing a fourth successive European title this season.But Ajax have proven themselves to be no pushovers in the Champions League this season following a thrilling 3-3 draw against Bayern Munich.Aside from that, Erik ten Hag’s side are also going strong in the Eredivisie with 15 wins from their 17 games leaving them second and two points adrift of leaders PSV Eindhoven.Sneijder, who started out his playing career at Ajax and also played for Real, warned that an upset could be on the cards.“For Ajax, this is the best moment to take on Real Madrid. I don’t see Real Madrid as being as strong as in previous years,” Sneijder told Marca.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“That’s obvious. Ajax are a very young team, but nobody should be mistaken about them as they have a lot of quality and play very well, especially at home in Amsterdam. It’ll be a difficult tie for Real Madrid.”He added: “Real Madrid are still the favourites despite everything.“But look! If Ajax can achieve a good result in the first leg then Real Madrid could have problems, and we’ve seen that recently when they face teams that keep the ball.“This is a good matchup to check the quality of this Ajax side, one that is very exciting, as they go up against the three-in-a-row Champions League winners.”Sneijder played for Ajax between 2002 to 2007 and won the Eredivisie and two KNVB Cups, while managing 58 goals and 45 assists in 180 appearances across all competitions.The 34-year-old has since played for Real, Inter Milan, Galatasaray, OGC Nice and now Al-Gharafa in Qatar.last_img read more

first_imgJust about an hour away from the Capital in Manesar, far from the hustle bustle of the city, in the midst of nature, is the chance to get away from it all, kicking off with the First Prelude of the Escape Festival – Escape Retreats (Prelude I).This edition is a precursor to the main Escape Festival, which takes place annually at Naukuchiatal and has made a name for itself as a space, which celebrates an alternate culture.Escape Retreats will feature artistes from various genres of music with performances across Saturday evening. The idea of Escape Retreats is to bring weekend retreats for people within the precincts of the city and recreate the overall experience and ambience of the main festival. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The highlight of Escape Retreats (Prelude I) is the carefully handpicked musical line-up which leads you through a magical evening under the stars with various genres of music. The first set includes some good old classic rock along with some African fusion music and foot pumping Jazz funk music, while the second set will be more of Electronica.The aim is to bring together established and upcoming artistes in a unique space where the music changes across the course of an electric evening. The musical line-up includes well known names from Delhi like Grey Area, White Wizard, an electronic act from the city; while there is also an interesting band like Chalo Africa, a band which plays an eclectic rendition of Congolese music styles, western classical music, as well as Salsa Reggae and R & B. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe two electronic acts from Goa up the ante and the tempo of the evening. JJJ brings cutting edge no nonsense dance music, while Giuseppe is a pioneer in electronic psychedelic trance.The Escape Festival started in May 2009 when a few musicians and like-minded people decided to get away from New Delhi for a few days. They chose a picturesque resort at Naukuchiatal, at the foothills of The Himalayas which became their Escape. Escape, has grown since then to become one of India’s foremost outdoor and first camping festival.last_img read more