AWARDS: For the second time running the team at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing, “Centre of Excellence” Donegal have been voted as Best Salon in Ulster by Ireland’s leading Celebrity Magazine RSVP. This talented team have gone one step further with Artistic Director Elaine McKean voted as RSVP’s Best Stylist in Ulster. This is an outstanding achievement for the salon, Elaine and indeed for Donegal – who wouldn’t want an award winning salon on their doorstep?Commenting on the success Patrick said, “We are so proud to be selected as RSVP’s Best Salon in Ulster for the second year running and as a team we are beaming with pride for Elaine and her success as Best Stylist in Ulster- what fantastic recognition for Elaine who always shows great passion, commitment and exceptional talent.”RSVP have also shortlisted Patrick Gildea Hairdressing for their NATIONAL AWARD of BEST SALON IN IRELAND which will be voted by you our loyal clients.They really need your votes to bring this award to Donegal for the second time running! Please vote for your “Centre of Excellence” by clicking here http://www.rsvpmagazine.ie” RSVP Magazine describes Patrick Gildea Hairdressing as:“A wonderful hairdressing experience in beautiful Co Donegal. The Centre of Excellence is a five-star hair salon with the highest number of Master Colour Technicians than any other Independent Salon in Ireland.“This team oozes passion, energy and strive for excellence in innovative hairdressing. When you visit you will realise that they truly encapsulate the prestigious RSVP’s Ulster Salon of the Year title”.RSVP’s Best Ulster Stylist Elaine McKean, epitomizes the Patrick Gildea Hairdressing experience, her stunning talent, her client connection and sincere passion for hairdressing make her a worthy winner and obvious choice for this award.”Elaine echoed Patrick’s comments and said, “I am really delighted with our team’s success in the RSVP Magazine awards and would like to thank them for choosing me as the Best Stylist in Ulster- I am really honoured!“It would be amazing if our clients could get behind us again like they did last year and vote for us in RSVP’s online poll for Best salon in Ireland.” If you would like to see your favourite salon win Best Salon In Ireland for the second time simply vote for them here: http://rsvpmagazine.ie/poll-best-in-hair-2016-as-voted-by-the-readers/PATRICK GILDEA HAIRDRESSING VOTED AS THE BEST SALON IN ULSTER FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN-A-ROW! was last modified: June 10th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:awardFeaturesnewsPatrick GildeaSalonUlstervote
16 July 2012Ashleigh Moolman Pasio recently finished in the top 10 of the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, the toughest stage race in women’s road cycling. Another huge challenge awaits her at the 2012 London Olympic Games.She is one of three South African women selected to compete in road cycling at the Games. Her Olympic team-mates, Robyn de Groot and Joanna van de Winkel, are also members of the Momentum Toyota cycling team, and they competed together in the Giro for the Belgium-based Lotto Belisol team, so they know one another well.That’s an important point to make because cyclists seldom win without good support from their team-mates, and it will be no different in London. “Together, anything is possible and I look forward to the challenge come 29 July,” she wrote on her blog after learning of her selection for London 2012.‘Something special’The entry was entitled “A Dream come True: London 2012” and she expressed her thoughts on the magic of the four-yearly spectacle, saying: “As a young girl, I always marvelled at the thought of the Olympic Games. It has always been something special to me, an event that has captured my imagination.“I would watch the different athletes taking part in their respective sporting disciplines with admiration and respect. I have always dreamed of going the Olympics, but now it has become a reality!”She added: “When I think of the Olympic Games, I think of hard work, commitment, passion; people of all ages, genders and races coming together to share in their victories and defeats.”Love of cyclingMoolman Pasio discovered her love of cycling at Stellenbosch University where she met her husband Carl Pasio. He was a serious triathlete and through him Moolman Pasio discovered endurance sports.She gave triathlons and duathlons a go, but struggled with knee injuries. It was then that she decided to concentrate on cycling, a decision she says “I will never regret”.Despite her focus on cycling, Moolman Pasio did not allow it to get in the way of her studies. She achieved seven distinctions in matric and has become a qualified chemical engineer, but her current profession is that of a professional cyclist.Continuing improvementHer recent 10th place finish in the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile underlined a continuing improvement in her performances. Her previous participation in the race resulted in a 17th place finish in 2010 and 13th place in 2011.Last year, her results included winning the African Continental Road Cycling Championships in Eritrea and finishing second in the time trial.She placed sixth in the Emakumeen Bira Tour in Spain, an event that has attracted the world’s top talent over the years, and claimed the Queen of the Mountains’ polka dot jersey.DominanceMoolman Pasio dominated the domestic scene, picking up victories in the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge, the MTN OFM Classic and the Amashovashova Cycle Challenge. She also finished second in the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour. This year she won the race.Her ambitions in 2012 are greater that last year’s, but as she wrote on her blog, the Olympic Spirit is best expressed in the Olympic Creed:“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Tribal dances add colour and vigour to any local festivalDelightful trails that wind their way through pear orchards or lead to the shores of the serenely rippling lake await you in Jharkhand. If you’re adventurous enough to go deep into the forests, you may stumble on one of the leaf huts in which the local adivasis live, tucked away in the deepest shadow of the sal trees. And if you’re even luckier, you may tread in the footsteps of a tiger that has climbed the plateau. Satyajit Ray was so charmed by the forests that he shot parts of Aranyer Din Ratri here. Jharkhand, in the last five years, has wandered experimentally down new trails of many kinds.Metro mixEating options are everincreasing in the capitalUrban Jharkhand has always been developing in cities like Jamshedpur, but now Ranchi is catching up. The city has the Big Bazar shopping mall at its heart with all the convenience of electronics on the first floor, furniture on the second and fashions of the third. There’s a two-screen multiplex, Eylex showing the latest blockbusters and the Sujata Miniplex, that has been recently upgraded. The City Centre Mall is being built with Singapore consultancy and when complete, will include Ranchi’s first five-star hotel.Culture curryVisit tribal artists in Ranchi to pick up souvenirsIt isn’t all about modern shopping. Jharkhand is working on how best to display its traditions too. The Hotwar Museum is as recent as September 2009 and it sprawls over 10,000 sqm at the mega sports complex in Ranchi. Its air-conditioned interior houses an impressive collection of artefacts from the pre-historic and Harappan periods, along with recent historic finds excavated at Khukhragarh in the Ranchi district. Among must-sees are the prehistoric hand tools, monoliths and painted and unpainted pottery, some of them moulded between 1100-350 BC, the period in which Vyasa wrote the Mahabharata. There are also over a hundred 12th-century sculptures of Yakshas and Yakshinis found during an excavation at Ichagarh in East Singbhum.Another museum, this time focussing on Jharkhand’s tribals is to be found at the Sanskriti Centre in Hazaribagh. The Centre is housed in a heritage building set in the middle of six acres of lush orchards and trees. The museum houses a detailed archaeological record of the Hazaribagh region, ranging from the Lower Palaeolithic to the present, while the art gallery showcases 15 styles of painting in the Khovar and Sohrai schools with over 300 works of art on display.Tribal women artists exhibit their work at the gallery and, all in all, the Centre is a celebration of the colour and vibrancy of tribal life. In the last five years it has also worked around to developing its website so that it can appeal to a worldwide audience.Arty talesThe Hotwar Museum, a must visit, sprawls over 10,000 sqmHundreds of families of Amadubi village near Jamshedpur in Jharkhand have been illustrating local folk dances and tribal legends as well as other religious tales through the unique paintings that they have been making for centuries. What makes the paintings unique is the brightness and appeal of the illustrations that are made from different base media and colours ground from local herbs and stones. The tradition of paintings has been kept alive through the Guru-Shishya teaching method. The State Government is training the villagers to make their work more commercially sustainable.Tribal lifeAlong with art and culture, adivasi tourism is also developing fast. The Santhals are one of the oldest tribes in the country and then there are the Asurs, the Lohars and the Mundas. Some of them weave baskets, some are skilled blacksmiths forging intricate ornaments from iron, while others work with the bamboo. Thanks to a new tourism initiative many of these villages have opened up to tourists so that it is possible to sample their unspoilt way of life.Mine aheadOpt for the speedy way on the waters of JharkhandJharkhand has always been known for its mineral wealth, but there is an initiative to use the mines for something more than just minerals. Mining tourism is a concept that has been booming in Australia and South Africa and steps are being taken to make areas like the Regrappa mines and the North Karmpura mines in Ranchi district suitable for mining tourism. Hindustan Copper Ltd (HCL) and Central Coalfields Ltd (CCL) are consulting with the Jharkhand Tourism authorities and offering their mines for the experience.Festive spiritBig Bazar shopping mall in Ranchi is a huge step towards modernismThe Baba Baidyanath Vishva Mahotsav was kick-started in 2008 and ‘rollicking’ is how everyone describes the three-day affair. A blend of religion and adventure tourism, it gives visitors a chance to explore Deoghar’s temples and after the blessings try their hand at kayaking, snorkelling and yachting in 18 specially chosen lakes and rivers. Performers are brought in from the eastern states during August and there are also tribal dances and folk songs adding their rhythm.Adventure tourism is coming to Jharkhand in a big way promising to make life even more of an adventure in the coming days. With new hotels and a scenic setting, this is a destination that is sure to surprise the visitor.advertisementadvertisementFact fileAfter Australia and South Africa, mining tourism is now here to make wavesRanchi’s first five-star hotel Carlson Hotels Worldwide-Asia Pacific plans to open a Radisson hotel in Ranchi in April 2010.Hotwar Museum Mega Sports Complex, Hotwar, RanchiSanskriti Centre, Dipugarha, P.O. Hazaribagh; timings: 1.30p.m.-5p.m.; tel: (06546) 264 820; www.sanskritihazaribagh.comAmadubi village 90 km from Jamshedpur.Adivasi tourism Currently organised in Simdega and Lohardaga by Jharkhand Tourism. Contact (0651) 240 0981 or check www.jharkhandtourism.inMining tourism http://jharkhandi.com/miningtourism.aspxBaba Baidyanath Vishva Mahotsav 3 days in Jul/Aug 2010; www.babadham.org
Critics might feel that Lionel Messi is a better player when he represents Barcelona than in Argentina’s colours, but national coach Alejandro Sabella believes the superstar is above the club versus country debate and is the best player in the world. VideoThe new national coach said that both teams played differently and pitting Messi’s club performances against those for the country was unfair.”Messi is much above the club versus country debate. He is the best player in the world at present, let alone Barca or Argentina.”More importantly, the two teams function very differently so comparing his performances is unwarranted. Barcelona is the best team in the world and the players have been playing together for a long time, so they understand each other really well. Comparing Messi’s various performances would be unfair,” he said.Speaking ahead of Friday’s friendly against Venezuela at the Salt Lake Stadium, Sabella said that he was looking for a playmaker to provide Messi more options and freedom on the pitch.”We definitely need a playmaker in the national side who will make Messi more comfortable on the ground. At the moment, he gets closed down by opposition defenders. We want to let him free and for that, we need a partner who will give him more freedom and options when he has the ball. He needs someone who reads his game well,” he said.Messi’s elevation to captaincy for Friday’s match was thought to be a move to rope in more spectators, but Sabella confirmed that it was a long-term appointment.advertisement”Although it is a bit too early to speak whether we will see Messi leading the national side at the 2014 World Cup, he will definitely be the captain when we play the qualifiers,” he said.Former coach Diego Maradona was blamed for his perceived lack of tactical acumen that saw Argentina lose to Germany in the 2010 World Cup, but Sabella refused to be drawn into any comment on his predecessor’s qualities.”I wasn’t involved with the national team or the management back then, so it wouldn’t be fair on my part to comment if there were tactical errors. The defeat was undoubtedly disappointing, but it is time we move ahead,” he said.Rubishing rumours that Carlos Tevez isn’t in his scheme of things, Sabella said: “When we picked the team for the next two games, Tevez wasn’t even training, so we weren’t in a position where we could select him. But he is back training with Manchester City and the quality player that he is, he will be inducted into the team soon.” Sabella refused to give out his tactics for the upcoming friendly and said that he would decide on them on the match day itself.”We have quite a few options to pick from, so we will measure them before selecting a combination and that wouldn’t happen before match day. I will have to discuss the strategies with the whole team management,” he said.
Beijing Olympics bronze medal winning wrestler Sushil Kumar will lead the Indian contingent at the opening ceremony of the London Games on July 27.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) named Sushil as the flag-bearer for the contingent on Sunday, even as a number of names were doing the rounds.Amongst the others who were in contention were India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, Beijing Games bronze medallist Vijender Kumar and Leander Paes, who won a tennis singles bronze at the Atlanta Games.”It’s a matter of great pride for me that such an honour has been bestowed upon me. I feel privileged to lead the Indian contingent at the Olympics which is considered as the biggest sporting event in the world,”Sushil told Mail Today on Sunday, minutes after arriving from the US where he was training with the wrestling team.Sushil, who rose to prominence after winning the bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics, said that being the flag-bearer will only motivate him to do better in London.”I am aware that the whole country would be expecting a medal from me and I have been training very hard so that I don’t disappoint fans.”There are a lot of other athletes in the Indian contingent and having been chosen as the flag-bearer will only motivate me to perform better at the London Games,”said the 66kg category wrestler.Sushil has a long list of achievements to his credit. Along with the bronze in Beijing, the gold medal at the 2010 World Championships in Moscow is the highlight of his career so far.advertisementThe 29-year-old Sushil also won a gold at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and is a four-time Commonwealth champion.At the Olympics, the wrestling events begin on August 5.The five-member Indian wrestling team is scheduled to leave for Belarus on Thursday night where they will train for two weeks before they fly out to London in the first week of August.However, Sushil will make a two-day visit to London for the opening ceremony. He will fly out from Belarus on July 26 and join his wrestling team after a couple of days.”It’s a matter of just two days and with the kind of training that we have had, I don’t expect it to affect my preparation. Being the flag- bearer will only motivate me,”he added.Acting IOA president Vijay Kumar Malhotra said that Bindra’s father had officially informed them that he will not be able to lead the Indian contingent, while Paes has already had the honour at the Sydney Olympics.”Abhinav has his event the day after the opening ceremony and the same is the case with Vijender who also has his bout on July 28,”said Malhotra.rahul.rawat@ mailtoday.in