first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — When Bruce Bochy rides off into the sunset this offseason, he won’t be doing it in a brand new SUV.The Giants planned to give one lucky fan at Sunday’s season finale a Toyota Rav4 to wrap up Fan Appreciation Day.Neither Bochy nor any of the Giants fans in attendance to support him on Sunday won the giveaway contest. As if the Dodgers’ ride to the postseason couldn’t get any smoother, the …last_img read more

first_imgSouth African students writing thenational matric exams in 2010 managedto score a 67.8% pass rate – a 7.2%improvement on the previous year’s result. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) Shouts of joy echoed through many of South Africa’s poorer communities on the morning of 6 January 2011 as the previous year’s national matric results were released. Several matriculants in these areas – with little or no family income, scant classroom resources and lack of transport – managed to rise above the odds and pass the exams convincingly, significantly boosting the profiles of the schools they attended.Countrywide, there have been pass rate increases of between 10% and 50%, making matriculants’ families, schools and communities extremely proud.Eddie Sebaya, principal at Raphela Secondary School in Johannesburg’s Orange Farm township, was chuffed after receiving his school’s results. “It’s really a dream come true for us to achieve these results. From the first term of the year we started working to ensure we improved our pass rate,” he said.Despite Orange Farm being hit hard by poverty and HIV/Aids, the school managed to up its pass rate from 45% in 2009 to 89% in 2010.Education the key to a better life“Education is the only way we can fight poverty and improve lives in our community,” said Raphela school matriculant Noluthando Khumalo.“With a good matric pass, we can study further or get a good job and improve our families, and then our community. It was not easy, but we did it. We hope our results inspire those who follow us to do even better.”Sebaya said his pupils had overcome many obstacles to achieve such good academic results. “This is a very poor community and our school has very few resources to work with.”Key to the school’s success was making a few changes to help pupils study and grasp the subject matter.“We asked the students to start coming to school earlier in the first term. This was to give them a chance to read and go through their work before classes started. They would then ask questions on anything they did not understand before starting on the new work of that day. The students committed to this and it clearly proved successful,” Sebaya said.But this is only the beginning, the principal added. “The real hard work starts now, we have to maintain this kind of result, we cannot drop below 90% now. The community will expect us to keep up this kind of result and increase from here.”Parent involvement vitalLethukuthula Secondary School in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg, grew its pass rate from 61% in 2009 to 97% in 2010. “Im really proud of the students’ achievement this year,” said principal Doctor Ngobese.“We were determined from the beginning of the year to achieve this kind of pass rate. With the help of our governing body, who are the parents of the students, we realised our goal.”Langeberg High School in Robertson – a farming area in the Western Cape – increased its pass rate by 35%, achieving an 87% average in 2010. Principal Dr Adriaan Landman said hard work helped bring about the good results.“The learners worked hard throughout the year. They were very motivated. Parent involvement played an important role in ensuring the learners did well,” he said.‘Worth every step’Thandi Hlogwane from Lugaju High School in Impendle, rural KwaZulu-Natal, said she had to walk vast distances to get to school, but it was worth every step. “I walked very far every day to get to school. There are no high schools near my house, so I had to walk for about two hours to get to school. I would leave home early to ensure I was at school by at least 6am, so I could start studying and going over my school work.”Hlogwane got a distinction in mathematics and physics, and hopes to study medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal this year.“Waking up early every morning and studying over the weekends while my peers hung out was all worth it. My dream is to be a doctor and I’ve achieved the academic results to realise that dream. Now my next step is to secure a bursary.”last_img read more

first_img A Cute Accessory Wear as a cute bracelet on-the-go without leaving tight marks on your wrist Bought these as i wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Naturally these will be different for everyone, because everyone’s hair has a different behaviour and consistency. My hair is naturally straight and quite fine. I was nervous because the band is quite wide which i’ve never had before but this doesn’t really make any difference to how it ties in your hair. For me personally the ‘no dent’ doesn’t work if i’m wearing my hair up all day, but perhaps when tying up for a couple of hours this would be different. The great thing i find is when pulling the hairband out it doesn’t rip my hair. If you pull slowly using the tag left after the knot it slowly releases and weaves out of your hair. This is awesome as with other hairbands i struggle to pull them out and then see snaps of hair wound all around the band. I was sceptical about them holding my hair, but it hold my hair up in a high ponytail all day without feeling tight on my head, i tie with 3 twists to get the right fit for my hair. These are really nice to wear and don’t snag your hair. Just a little over priced i think. I do believe that i have less hair breakage since using these. I believe that is their usp. Lovely colours and these hairbands are so comfortable don’t snag the hair at all. Really nice colours and hold my hair up well. Seem good quality and should be as quite expensive. These bands are especially kind to the hair, yes they are a little expensive but last a long time. I have been using them for about 7 months and they are still going strong. When they’ve lost a little bit of elasticity i just pop them in the washing machine and they come out like new again. Feel soft in hair! Popbands are: Posted on June 12, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Ponytail HoldersTags Popband Your Style Finish off any outfit with a hair tie to match, hold hair up tight whatever the thickness 5 Pack Printed Hair Ties -Allegra 5 Pack Solid Hair Ties – Ink 4 Pack Solid Hair Ties – Sherbert 3 Pack Headband – Blonde No Tie Stretchy Poplaces – Grey The world’s kindest hair ties! Great for not ripping hair out. Love these, you can buy cheaper ones but these are such good quality i would rather pay a little more for better quality. The cheap ones i found are rubbish compared to these. Would highly recommend them. Good product, but the claim about not kinking your hair is not true. They don’t keep the elastic tightness after a while. Nice colours, nice quality, seem to hold ponytail well without leaving a kink. Be interesting to see how they last. Bought them for sunshine holiday (holiday for me, not the hair bands), and think they will be ideal. I like that they can be worn on wrist and look slightly better than an elasticated band when not deployed in hair. A bit different from the usual ones. Popbands hold hair up tight without leaving creases/dents in your hair. I am now a complete convert to popbands and haven’t used anything else to tie back my hair since i’ve received them. They are very effective at holding my hair in a pony tail or in a bun and manage to do that without being excessively tight or tearing my hair. These day glo colours wouldn’t be my first choice but they are fun and eye catching. Good looking and good quality. I can’t believe how good these are. I have very long thick hair and these grip better than any other hair tie. They don’t snag or kink your hair whilst being a stylish addition to your hair style. These ponytail holders are very popular with my 5 year old granddaughters;the colours are bright and funky,and the bands hold their fine hair really well without snagging or getting entangled. They are very stretchy so you need to wrap them around a few times,but they don’t fall out easily and can fit nicely onto wrists for a fun bracelet;that way you always have one on hand if their hair is falling into their eyes. Perfect for sports, workouts, yoga, running, and everyday use, Popbands hold hair up tight no matter how thin or thick (without leaving a dent) Impressed so far Kind To Hair Soft and stretchy hairbands that hold hair tightly but still leave hair ‘kink-free’ We Are Definitely Fanscenter_img A Beauty Essential Keep hair away from your face for applying make-up without creasing your hair Popband Pack of 5 – Pop Fantastic gift ideas for all occasions, Popbands come pre-packaged so arrive clean, fresh, and beautifully presented Popbands double up as super-cute wrist accessories, coordinate with the Popband in your hair, or choose one to compliment your outfit. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-06-12 11:20:39Reviewed Item Popband Solid Colour Ponytail Holder Hair Bands/Ties 5 Pack – PopRating 4.4 / 5  stars, based on  285  reviews These pop bands are at the higher end of the scale for quality. Stay in place and keep their elasticity well, can highly recommend. These stretchy bands work really well for my granddaughters,who are 5 and have fine,curly long hair. It’s normally quite a job to keep their hair tied back as most hairbands soon come undone and fall out,but popbands last a long time in their hair but are really easy to remove. They never seem to get tangled in the hair,or to leave marks even if they are in all day. They also make a cute little bracelet to wear on the wrist,(mine or theirs)so you always have one handy if you need it. They are pricier than most,but they are very effective and don’t tend to get lost,so a pack of 5 lasts a long time. These bands never crease the hair highly recommend. Very expensive but worth it. They are one of the few versions of a ponytail holder that will stay in my very fine silky hair. Also they do not pull the way other cheaper ones do. Not as stretchy as the usual pop bands. With so many designs and colours to choose from, there is a Popband for everyone The hair ties that every girl needs, with a design of bands perfect for every occasion from sparkly designs for parties, vibrant prints for summer to plain for work and school. THE KINDEST HAIR TIE If you are fed up of dented and damaged hair from scruffy hair ties, then it is time to try Popbands! Available in endless colours and prints to match any outfit, these super-stretchy hairbands are designed to protect your luscious locks. Developed and tested to perfection, we have created the ultimate hairbands and headbands for girls and women of all ages. They look fabulous as bracelets for when you need a hair tie on-the-go, without the impression marks left on your wrists. There’s a design for everyone with new designs inspired by the latest catwalk trends, urban styles or classic chic. With active hair ties available too with a slightly wider design to provide additional support during sports activities! Hairbands Pack of 5 last_img read more