UST’s Rondina teams up with new partner in BVR Manila Open

first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil With Ronaldo gone, only Griezmann can hope to stop Messi Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next CONTRIBUTED PHOTOCherry Rondina is set to represent University of Santo Tomas once more in the Beach Volleyball Republic, but this time, she will have a new partner in the sand courts.UST’s explosive Golden Tigress will team up with Babylove Barbon in the Manila Open that will start on Friday at Sands SM By the Bay.ADVERTISEMENT Rondina won a BVR leg in 2017 with former partner Jinggay Bangad in Currimao, Ilocos Norte while Barbon was named as the BVR Queen of the Sands in July.Also in the three-day tournament is the partnership of Dzi Gervacio and Bea Tan for Perlas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’This will also be a reunion of sorts for Gervacio and Rondina who paired up with each other during the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 1-Star Manila Open in May where the two reached the quarterfinals.Apart from Rondina and Barbon, UST will also have a second team in Gen Eslapor and MJ Ebro. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Far Eastern University will also have two teams in Ivana Agudo and Marianne Calinawan as FEU1 and FEU2’s Sheena Gallentes and Jamaica Pascua.Antonette Landicho and Klymince Orillenada will represent National University, while Princess Deana Estanislao and Janine Padue will banner University of Perpetual Help.University of the Philippines will have Jessma Ramos and Justine Dorog as the first team and the pair of Abi Goc and Mikee Osorio will be the second team, while Felicia Cui and Kaila Mendoza will represent College of St. Benilde.Macie Candido and Jona Mae De Lima will suit up for Rizal Technological University, Adamson University will have Hannah Nicole Infante and Gracelchen Ave, and Ateneo has Jules Samonte and Ponggay Gaston.University of the East, the last collegiate team, has yet to name its team while Air Force will have Anna Abanto and Jennifer Manzano, and Kempal will have Roma Doromal and Jasmine Nabor.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

PSG aims to avoid early elimination in Champions League

first_imgAdamson suspends Wednesday classes for do-or-die UAAP Final 4 game vs UP Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The good news for Tuchel is that Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who had been sidelined because of injuries, are expected to be available for the home match against Liverpool.A look at the four Champions League groups on Wednesday:GROUP AAtletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund lead the group and have a chance to secure places in the knockout round in advance.Dortmund needs a draw at Club Brugge, while Atletico needs a home win against Monaco. Atletico can also advance if Club Brugge loses points against Dortmund, which is coming off a blistering start to the season under new coach Lucien Favre.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Victories by Liverpool and Napoli would lock up the group which has proven to be the tightest of the Champions League.Napoli, the group’s only unbeaten team with three draws and one win, hosts a Red Star team which still has chances of advancing in its return to the tournament’s group stage after 26 years.The Serbian club has four points, one fewer than Paris Saint-Germain and two fewer than Napoli and Liverpool.Red Star held Napoli to a 0-0 draw at home in the first round, but then conceded 10 goals in losses against PSG (6-1) and Liverpool (4-0).Liverpool, which beat PSG at home, lost 2-0 to Red Star in its previous Champions League match, but it is coming off two straight wins in the Premier League.PSG, cruising in the French league, beat Liverpool 3-0 the only other time the teams met in Paris, nearly two decades ago.GROUP DGroup leader Porto hosts second-place Schalke in a match in which a draw could be enough for both clubs to advance.They would clinch a spot in the knockout stage with a draw if Galatasaray fails to win its match at already eliminated Lokomotiv Moscow.A victory would secure first place for Porto, which has won eight straight entering the match at its Estadio do Dragao. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title It would be the first time PSG failed to reach the tournament’s knockout round since 2011-12, after Qatar Sports Investments took over the club with the goal of turning it into a top contender. PSG was eliminated in the round of 16 last season, after reaching the quarterfinals four straight years before that.Failure this time would hurt PSG in its second season since signing Brazil star Neymar for 222 million euros from Barcelona in an attempt to increase its chances of succeeding in Europe.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPSG enters the crucial match at Parc des Princes with five points in Group C, one behind leaders Liverpool and Napoli. A victory would put the French club back in position to advance depending on its own results.“It’s a decisive match in a very, very complicated group,” PSG coach Thomas Tuchel told French broadcaster TF1. Paris Saint-Germain’s Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani celebrates his goal during the French Ligue 1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Toulouse (TFC) at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, on November 24, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)MADRID — Paris Saint-Germain’s hopes of breaking through in European soccer could end earlier than usual this season.A loss against Liverpool on Wednesday in Paris, coupled with a home win by Napoli over Red Star, would keep PSG from making it out of the group stage in the Champions League. And that would be a significant setback for the big-spending French team desperately trying to assert itself as a world-class club.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The only setback for Favre so far was the 2-0 loss at Atletico in the team’s previous Champions League appearance.Paco Alcacer, signed on a permanent basis from Barcelona on Friday, scored again on Saturday in a win over Mainz, taking his league tally to nine goals in seven appearances.GROUP BHarry Kane kept Tottenham’s Champions League hopes alive with a late double to sink PSV Eindhoven in the last round of games.Now the striker has some back-up as his team tries to complete an unlikely recovery to qualify from Group B.Tottenham has struggled for attacking fluency this season, mainly because attacking midfielders Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli have been missing at times because of injury.They appear to be fully fit now and were superb in Tottenham’s win over Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday, a 3-1 win that might have been its best display of the season.Spurs need to beat Inter Milan at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday to keep alive ambitions of a top-two finish. That would leave the teams tied on seven points. Tottenham would still likely require a win at already-qualified Barcelona to advance, given that Inter closes group play at home to last-place PSV.Barcelona, without Rafinha, Luis Suarez and Arthur because of injuries, has a three-point advantage at the top and will clinch first place in the group with a win over PSV, or a draw if Inter does not beat Tottenham.GROUP C Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Porto is trying to make it to the round of 16 for the third straight season. The Portuguese champion has 10 points, two more than Schalke and six more than Galatasaray. Porto and Schalke are the only unbeaten teams in the group.Schalke hasn’t made it to the knockout stage since 2014-15.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Fassell FC for Test Matches Outside Liberia Ahead of CAF Cup

first_imgThe Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of the newly promoted 1st division Fassell FC, Cassell A. Kuoh Sr., has said his side might play test matches outside Liberia ahead of their participation in the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup.Mr. Kuoh did not say where in particular his team might go, but he said the test matches would prepare the team for better representation in the Confederation Cup.BYC and Red Lions ended their CAF campaigns last week. BYC ended their journey in the 1/16th stage as well as Red Lions. Lions did not kick a ball in their first game but lost their second game both at home and abroad against Algerian side Club Sportif Constantinois.Fassell FC became the FA champions when last Wednesday, a 6th minute 39 seconds goal by Amos Kollie, dubbed PJ against NPA Anchors at the crowded Antoinette Tubman Stadium.It is Fassell FC’s first experience since its establishment in 2009. On the road to the final, the Soccer Missionaries (Fassell FC) eliminated the Sime Darby, Red Lions and LPRC Oilers.In the female division, Blanco FC pinned Earth Angels 3-2 to get the female knockout championship.Love Kofa, Agatha Niemene and Joy Kollie got the goals for Blanco, while Angeline Kieh netted the brace.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ebola Outbreak, not Punishment from God

first_imgSince the outbreak of the virus was announced by government, there have statements issued by clerics that God had lost favor with Liberia for the country’s sins, and the punishment, according to them was sending Ebola to the nation.However, the Lutheran Church thinks differently and believes that God is not scared or weak as many think.At a press conference yesterday in Monrovia, LCL Bishop D. Jensen Seyenkulo disagreed with those who have characterized God in ways that run contrary to biblical revelation.“The God we know and serve, as Luther pointed to us through scripture, is not a God who kills because of sin. The incarnation is a clear manifestation of the gracious character of God.“Sickness and death have been part of the normal course of life since the fall of humankind through Adam and Eve,” Bishop Seyenkulo declared.LCL argued that assertions by some Liberians relative to said claims have no biblical foundation.Bishop Seyenkulo: “There is no scriptural basis for saying people who fear and love God do not suffer. While it is true that God hates sin, it is equally true that God loves the sinner. This is the Gospel message that we believe and that is what we preach.“To suggest that God is punishing this poor nation because of her sins is to say that God is too scared or weak to take on the more powerful nations that are just as sinful. The God we know and serve is neither timid nor weak.”The church reaffirms its commitment and support to the people and government of Liberia in the wake of the national health crisis, adding; “LCL is concerned about the Ebola crisis and stands with the government, religious and international communities in the fight.”LCL had been part of an effort by the Action of Churches Together (ACT Alliance) reaching out to hospitals and healthcare centers around the country with Ebola preventives and other medical supplies.The Church recounted the numerous assistances it has received and delivered through many different channels involving Global Health Ministers, Operation Blessing International, the Episcopal Relief and Development Organization and other outlets of the Church in the fight against Ebola.“We have, through the LCL-ZOE and Malaria Programs, provided Ebola preventive materials to 240 households of orphans and vulnerable children in Kakata, Margibi County. We declared Sunday, September 7 “Stand Against Ebola” day in the Lutheran Church in Liberia. On this day, all congregations of LCL gathered Ebola prevention materials and food items that will be distributed in Ebola endemic areas. We have begun to organize a task force that will handle all Ebola issues in the Church. We are ready to deliver a truck load of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and other medical supplies to Gbapolu County this week.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Emerge BPO admits to dismissing hundreds of employees

first_imgGuyanese Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) company Emerge BPO on Thursday admitted that it was indeed reducing its staff in Guyana.Emerge BPO building on Camp Street, GeorgetownGuyana Times first reported on Thursday that hundreds of employees would soon be without jobs as the company on Tuesday served employees with termination letters stating that it was downsizing its operations in Guyana.According to one of the letters seen by this publication, the company stated that one of its largest clients recently pulled its contract which would see the company losing millions. As such, Emerge stated that it would be unable to pay employees and planned to downsize its operations in July.In a statement issued to the media on Thursday, Emerge BPO said it would maintain its operation in Guyana but would be downsizing.“Business decisions such as these that directly impact the lives of employees are extraordinarily difficult; as such, the company has already consulted with the Ministry of Social Protection, Department of Labour and remains compliant throughout the process,” the statement said.According to the company, it is working overtime to ensure that the transition of the affected staff is smooth, and it is committed to providing full separation remunerations, and other benefits for those staff.“The company shall continue to do all in its power to minimise these jobs displacements,” it added.Emerge BPO, Middle Street, Georgetown, is a nearshore leader in customer management, back office and transaction processing services that opened in Guyana in July of 2008.Just recently, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Emerge, Heidi Solomon-Orlick and the company’s Vice President of Operations, Dalgleish Joseph, announced an expansion with investment in a new campus located at Camp Street, Georgetown.Expected to be completed at the end of 2019, the expansion was targeting some 1500 to 2000 employees with 3000 more to be added within the next five to 10 years.After revealing that Guyana is 30 to 35 per cent cheaper than any other nearshore destination for outsourcing, Solomon-Orlick had said that Emerge was in talks with several prospective clients about business.last_img read more

Soccer Goalkeepers clinic this weekend

first_imgThe Fort St. John Soccer Club will be having a goalie clinic this weekend (May 8th to 10th). The camp will be $80 for the weekend and will include a pizza dinner at Pizza Hut Saturday night 6:30 to 8:30 to watch and review soccer videos. Facilitating the clinic will be Shel Brodsgaard, the former Canadian Soccer Association National Teams Goalkeeper Coach, and founder of Island Keeper Clinics (est. 1993).  – Advertisement -Goalkeeper Development Programs Coaches Seminar is for all community level coaches interested in learning more about the position of goalkeeper and aims to educate how to motivate their respective goalkeepers in both training and game situations.   The seminar will include a lecture format analyzing video clips with discussion as well as a practical component in which all participants will be expected to perform light training exercises.Youth Goalkeeper Development is for all goalkeepers U8 to U10 and will introduce the basic skills and techniques required for playing the position: footwork, ball handling, distribution & receiving the ball. Intermediate Goalkeepers Development is for all goalkeepers U12 to U14 and will introduce the basic skills and techniques required for playing the position: footwork, ball handling, distribution & receiving the ball.  Advertisement All participants will need indoor shoes, goalkeeper gloves, elbow pads, knee pads, shin pads, and a water bottle. Sunday, May 10th Advanced GK Training 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm All training will be located at Bert Bowes Secondary. Each of the participants in the goalkeeper training programs will receive a Speed and Agility Training DVD produced by Shel Brodsgaard ($29.99 suggested retail value) as well as a free Pizza Dinner on Saturday evening starting at 6:30 pm at Pizza Hut. Please contact Wayde by phone at 250-787-6882 or norweld@pris.ca or program registration. For further information about Shel Brodsgaard’s Island Keeper Clinics locate: www.islandkeeperclinic.com or www.guardingthegoal.com Advertisement Saturday, May 9th Intermediate GK Training 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Saturday, May 9th Advanced GK Training 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm Saturday, May 9th Pizza Party & Video Review 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Sunday, May 10th Youth GK Training 10:30 am to 12:00 pm Sunday, May 10th Intermediate GK Training 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Advertisement Advanced Goalkeepers Development is for all goalkeepers U16 to U18 and will introduce the basic skills and techniques required for playing the position: footwork, ball handling, distribution & receiving the ball.  Schedule of Events:Friday, May 8th Coaches Seminar Saturday, May 9th Youth GK Training 10:30 am to 12:00 pm Advertisementlast_img read more

We will face hostile crowd in Tunis- Shakava

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava defending well against Esperance defender. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 15- Having been part of the team that lost 5-0 against Esperance in 2014, Gor Mahia captain Harun Shakava has warned his team-mates to be prepared for a hostile crowd at the Stade Olympique de Radès when they face the Tunisians on Sunday.Shakava, who was just in his second year at Gor Mahia then, scored one of the two goals at home in the 3-2 loss, but partnering David Owino (now with Zesco in Zambia) in defence for the return tie, they endured a torrid evening. “It was very tough and what I have told the players is that we have to be mentally prepared for a tough game on and off the pitch,” Shakava noted.He added; “The have very hostile fans who light up flares the entire game and support the team with so much noise from the first to last minute. It is a huge stadium and can sometimes fill up to its 70,000 capacity,” the defender said.Gor Mahia captain Shakava screams in celebration after scoring Gor’s only goal in their 1-0 Super Cup win over AFC Leopards at Afraha Stadium on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I have told the players that we should calm our nerves because most of us are not used to playing in front of such a crowd. It is a big game and we should rise to the occasion as big players.”Though he knows it will not be a walk in the park, Shakava however, does not expect a big thrashing like they had four years back and in fact says they have the ability to match the Tunisians and can pull off a surprising result in Rades.“Football changes a lot and I believe we have a stronger squad with experienced players compared to 2014. As players we have matured, we know what is needed in such a big game anbd we are going there to battle. It will be 11 versus 11 on the pitch,” the defender noted.“We have to ensure we keep a clean sheet. We played very well in the first leg and only got unlucky with chances to score. We expect them to come very strong in the first 15 minutes but if we can be able to contain them, that will be good for us,” adds the skipper.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DDTV VIDEO: HOW ONE DONEGAL DANCE DUO DID ‘STRICTLY’

first_imgFORGET Robbie Savage and Holly Vallance – Donegal does ‘Strictly’ just as well…well kind of!We’ve been getting lots of emails this past week from donegaldaily.com readers begging us to show off the dance skills of the county. So without further ado…here’s Ciaran Rooskey and Amy Mc Carron performing their brilliant cha cha in the Mount Errigal at Donegal’s Strictly of all Strictlys.Click to play! (and more emails in the STRICTest confidence welcome to info@donegaldaily.com).DDTV VIDEO: HOW ONE DONEGAL DANCE DUO DID ‘STRICTLY’ was last modified: November 18th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ciaran Rooskey and Amy Mc CarronletterkennyMount Errigal HotelStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more

NINE DONEGAL PROPERTIES GO UNDER HAMMER IN LARGE AUCTION

first_imgA mixture of nine residential and commercial properties located in Milford & Letterkenny are to be offered for sale by public auction, all at bargain prices this Saturday.There is set to be major interest in a number of the properties which are being put under the hammer on one day by Sherry Fitzgerald Rainey.Two 3 bed houses are on offer in Mount Marian, Milford from €25,000 each whilst two modern 4 bed & 3 bed semi-detached houses at Carraig Craobh and An Gleann Rua, Letterkenny have reserve prices of only €40,000 each. The bargain of the day, however, must be a two bedroom house at Kelly’s Lane, Lower Main Street, Letterkenny for which a reserve price of only €10,000 is being quoted.Commercial properties include a site at Canal Road, Letterkenny on offer at a reserve price €40,000 and a 2,200 Sq Ft office building at Fortwell Road, Letterkenny at a reserve price of €25,000. Two other residential / commercial properties are on offer in Fortwell Road with reserve prices of €20,000 each.The auctions will be held at each property and full details and schedule of times are available from the auctioneers Sherry FitzGerald Rainey Tel: 074 912 2211 www.sfr.ie email: property@sfr.ie  NINE DONEGAL PROPERTIES GO UNDER HAMMER IN LARGE AUCTION was last modified: November 27th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Allsop auctionletterkennyMilfordlast_img read more

Hair academy empowers women

first_imgA hairdressing student at Images 1 Hair Academy designed and modelled her outfit at their academic-year-end hairpiece show. Another Images 1 Hair Academy student displaying her talent at the ceremony. (Images: Images 1 Hair Academy) MEDIA CONTACTS • Marietta Millard Images 1 Hair Academy principal +27 41 365 1491 RELATED ARTICLES •Itlhabolole: beauty from waste •SA colleges get $6.7m boost •e-Cadre to boost service delivery •New youth agency for SA Bongani NkosiNoluvuyo Peter says she’s set to make her mark as a hairdresser and create a better life for herself in the Eastern Cape, thanks to a novel training programme offered at the Images 1 Hair Academy in Port Elizabeth.The academy was awarded a Service Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta) contract in 2008 to train unemployed people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Thirty-eight-year-old Peter is one of the 40 beneficiaries currently enrolled there, having first seen the programme advertised in the local media.“Everything is going well at the school. We are receiving a lot of practical and theory training,” said Peter, who comes from Zwide Township.Fellow trainees come from nearby Motherwell, Missionvale, Helenvale and Gelvandale – all sprawling urban settlements on the outskirts of the city. But Peter has recently moved to the suburb of Walmer within Port Elizabeth to be closer to the academy.Images 1 is a well-established institution that’s been going for 18 years. According to its principal, Marietta Millard, it’s also the only accredited private hairdressing academy in the province. Some, like Peter, are there on full government bursaries, but there are many privately funded students as well.The group of 40 beneficiaries, ranging in age from 18 to 38, completed the first training module in August and are now working towards a level-two hairdressing certificate.Millard said the first level focused on basic hairdressing skills such as shampooing, head massaging, blow-drying, relaxing, colour application and hair-extension maintenance. The next stage teaches students entrepreneurial skills.Practical trainingThe students are on a short break at the moment and working at salons in the city to get practical experience. Peter is doing her stint at Cutting Edge salon in Walmer, but she has also spent time at other hairdressers to learn the ropes. “I have been to different salons [around Port Elizabeth] to see how things are done,” she said.Millard and her team, which includes lecturer Elizma Powell and academy co-owner Anny Britz, source the paid internships from a network of 40 salons in the area, half of which are owned by the college’s alumni.The salon has offered Peter a permanent position and she plans to work there part-time while continuing her training at the academy.But, bigger things beckon for Peter. She plans to use her skills to establish her own businesses, either in Zwide or Walmer. “I would love to open a salon in this place [Walmer] but I can also make a success in Zwide,” she said.“I want to support myself by owning my own businesses – we’re being taught how to run our own salons.”Peter is also the official spokesperson of Images 1 Hair Academy. Millard said she’s ideal for the job as she can communicate in isiXhosa, the most widely spoken language in the Eastern Cape, and is incredibly knowledgeable about the institution.Qualified and empoweredThe group will finish their training in 2011 after completing all four academic levels.Although the students are already well-equipped to work as hairdressers from home, the intention is for them to have a recognised qualification for the trade.“They will be fully qualified by the end of level four. My goal is that they become self-employed and self-empowered with certificates,” said Millard.“The group is very determined. I think they will all complete their course. [The training] has changed their lives already … they’re extremely talented.”The students have the option of training further to receive additional certificates sponsored by Softsheen Carson, which owns cosmetic brands like Dark and Lovely and Blue Ice.Softsheen Carson, Millard said, is very supportive of the institution and the sponsorships are based on a “good relationship”.But more sponsorships are needed to “give the students what we don’t have”, said Millard.Not just a flair for hairNot only is the group showing an aptitude for splendid hairstyles, they’re also incredibly resourceful.It’s the academy’s tradition to celebrate a successful academic year with a hair show, for which students are encouraged to make headpieces and hire models to show off their creations. But this posed a problem for the bursary students, as they didn’t have the funds to make the garb or pay models, who they had to style and dress themselves.The group set out to collect waste such as plastic bags and bottles, boxes, wool, cans and bottle tops and, by sheer hard work and dexterity, they crafted their own headpieces, jewellery and outfits from it. To save money, the students modelled their own designs.The event took place on 25 July at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. “We had an amazing show,” said Millard.The group’s creative efforts soon became a hot topic and a few days after the show their story was shown on a local television programme, Kwela.Some of the jewellery made by the students was auctioned off and proceeds went to the Eastern Province Children’s Home, but the academy kept the collection of headpieces, aptly named Mama Africa. They are now reserved for exhibitions.“The designs are priceless really … I can’t throw them away,” said Millard. “I’m looking for exposure for them.”An exhibition is being organised for Jeffreys Bay, an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth down the coast. The academy is also hoping to take the headpieces overseas and it’s negotiating to stage a show in Chicago, US, early next year.“I would love it if a piece was exhibited in our Parliament or the White House. The students are handy and they’ve got patience and creativity. All they need is a little direction.”Millard is hoping the bursary programme at the academy will continue after the first group graduates in 2011. “My vision is that this training will never stop. We’ve got so many unemployed people in the Eastern Cape.”last_img read more