Bealtaine Arts Festival celebrating “life in your years”


first_img“It’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years”, was the message at the launch of the Bealtaine Festival which took place on the 8th of May at the Donegal Waterbus on the Donegal Town Pier.Bealtaine Festival which is in its 22nd year celebrates art and creativity. It is a unique collaboration across generations and features older people as artists, performers, organisers and audience members.“Be our guest” is the theme for this year’s festival and this was certainly on show at the launch as the audience enjoyed the scenery of Donegal bay from the Donegal Waterbus and were entertained by the comedy storytelling of the Makey Uppers. Waiting to set sail on the Donegal Waterbus for the launch of Bealtaine Art Festival on Wednesday 8th May.The ‘Makey Uppers’ entertaining the audience on the Donegal Waterbus during the launch of the 2019 Bealtaine Art Festival on Wednesday evening.When speaking about Bealtaine, Festival co-ordinator Rita Chapman said “The events taking place throughout the county during May will have something for everybody including; Image therapy in Central library; a showing of the film “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” at the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny; Artist Workshops with artist Ann Quinn at Habinteg Housing Association in Lifford and a drumming and percussion workshop in Milford Library”.The festival is also highlighting getting active this year by partnering with Ballyshannon, Aura and Finn Valley leisure centres to give discounted activities to the over 55’s.Donegal County Council’s Library staff with Pauric Kennedy at the launch of the 2019 Bealtaine Arts Festival on Wednesday evening on the Donegal Waterbus. Photo includes Kevin McCaul, Rita Chapman, Donna Cavanagh, Frances Crampsie and Rory Gallagher.“The Donegal Bealtaine festival is proudly organised by Donegal County Council Culture Division and is one of our most important events of the year. It’s just one part of our ongoing work towards providing an Age Friendly service to this growing section of our community” said County Librarian Eileen Burgess at the launch.This year’s festival has 95 events taking place all over the county and brochures are available from local libraries, Theatres and cultural venues. For more information or to book a place at an event contact your local library at 074 91 53900 or go to www.donegalibrary.ie for more details.  Bealtaine Arts Festival celebrating “life in your years” was last modified: May 12th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Bealtainelast_img read more

Abseiling & rapp jumping in SA


first_imgIt’s only recently that abseiling has become an activity in its own right. Really it’s just the method climbers use to get off mountains – or special services forces use to descend deserted buildings into enemy territory in adventure movies – but it’s fun, and so it’s become available as an activity in its own right.You can hang out high over Cape Town abseiling from Table Mountain. The “long drop” is 112m high – and about a kilometre above the city – making it the world’s highest commercial abseil.Bungee jumpingWeehah! South Africa has the second highest commercial bungee jump in the world – it’s official. There are three abseil routes on the spectacular western head at Knysna, further up the Cape east coast – including a really high, very exposed site hanging right out over the crashing waves.Not far from Knysna, and also with fantastic views, you can do a combination abseiling and kloofing (canyoning) trip down the Storms River Gorge, which involves a 100m abseil into the gorge, a tubing trip down the river, a short walk out of the gorge and then a cycle back to the village.You can abseil down buildings in Durban and Johannesburg, or even rapp jump if you like. Rapp jumping is abseiling with the ropes attached to your back instead of your front, so you go down facing the ground – and at a run, if you’re in a hurry.To find out more about the above abseils, and a whole lot of others around the country, check out our list of abseil operators – most of whom offer plenty of adventure activities besides.ABSEILING, RAPP JUMPING OPERATORSAbseil Africa offers abseiling off Table Mountain, including a 112-metre controlled descent off the famous landmark, and Kamikaze Kanyon, which features a 65-metre cascade of water. Other options include the Table Mountain Summit Walk and team building.Adventure Realm is a company based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. It caters to individuals, small groups, scholars, corporates and intrepid travellers. Among the offerings are rapp jumping, scuba diving, 4×4 driving, quad biking, orienteering, archery, rock climbing, paintball, white water rafting, horse riding, offroad buggy driving, and sailing. Rapp jumping opportunities are available in both Durban and Johannesburg.Ashanti Travel Centre and Lodge has a nice selection of adventure activities. They include abseiling on Table Mountain and kloofing in Kamikaze Kanyon. Other activities on offer are diving with Great White Sharks, hiking and sleeping on Table Mountain, downhill mountain biking, paragliding, sandboarding, scuba diving, sky diving, and surfing.Ceres Zip Slide Tours presents 1.4 kilometres of zip line fun, with eight slides of between 100 and 290 metres. The action takes place in the Schurweberg Mountains, below the Koekedouw Dam, in Ceres, a 90 minute drive from Cape Town.Downhill Adventures offers a 112-metre controlled abseil descent off Table Mountain. It’s the world highest commercial abseil and it features stunning views of one of the world’s most beautiful cities.Eden Adventures offers kloofing, abseiling and a combination of both in the beautiful Kaaimans Gorge on the magnificent Garden Route. Another option is abseiling at Robberg in Plettenberg Bay, another spectacular site.Extreme Scene is an adventure tour operator based in Cape Town. They offer kloofing in the Kamikaze Canyon and abseiling down the 65-metre high Thunder Falls.GoVertical Mountaineering Adventures offers some exciting options, including abseiling in the Magaliesberg and near the Hartebeespoort Dam, rock climbing in the Magaliesberg and at Eagles Rock near Harrismith. They lead tours in the Drakensberg and to Mount Kilimanjaro (the highest mountain in Africa), as well as offering mountaineering in the Drakensberg. Other activities include trekking, kloofing, and caving.The Oribi Gorge Hotel, Conference and Adventure Resort presents a number of adrenaline-filled activities, including white water rafting, the wild slide, the wild swing, hiking and bike trails, and abseiling. The abseiling includes the highest natural abseil in the world at 110 metres. It’s an experience for the adventurous and the brave.Outsidedge operates in and around Gauteng and the North West Province. The list of activities on offer includes abseiling, rock climibg and kloofing. Abseiling takes place at Broederstroom and is appropriate for anyone, even those with no experience.Over the Top Adventures offers abseiling at the Howick Falls, the second highest waterfall in South Africa at 107 metres in height. The abseil takes place next to the thundering falls and you’re met at the bottom by an inflatable two-man kayak. Over the Top also presents rock climbing, hiking, rapp jumping, white water rafting, and team building.Perlemoen Escapes offers various tours, including for golf, game and bird viewing, leisure/health and hydro, and extreme sports. The extreme sports options include bungee jumping, rafting, abseiling, kite surfing, surfing, and sky diving. The bungee jumping takes place from the Bloukrans Bridge over the Storms River, the highest commercial bungee jump in the world.Purerush Industries, based in Johannesburg, offer something different. Rapp jumping takes place at the massive Orlando Towers in Soweto, while they also offer freebording which, they say is like snowboarding on the street; street luge and butt boarding; mountain boarding; sandboarding; and adventure trips of up to four days in duration.Operating in the beautiful Southern Cape, Quad Biking Adventures offers combos that also feature abseiling next to the Kaaimans Waterfall, canoeing on the Kaaimans River, and kloofing.Roc ‘n Rope Adventures is based in Waterval Boven in the Mpumalanga Highlands. It’s an awesome place for rock climbers and recognised as one of the best rocking climbing destinations in South Africa. Roc ‘n Rope also offers abseiling, mountain biking, fly fishing, and horse riding. In addition, they present a good number of rock climbing and abseiling courses.The Simonskloof Mountain Retreat features kloofing and abseiling in the Nuy River Gorge. Rafting and boulder-hopping are also on the menu. Small groups, consisting of six to eight members are hosted, for anywhere from one-day to two-and-a-half day adventures.Sabie Backpackers and Extreme Adventures is located in Sabie in Mpumalanga. For those in need of an adrenaline injection, they offer the Big Swing, abseilling and repelling into the Sabie Falls.Spirit of Adventure is located midway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal at the Shongweni Dam. A wide range of outdoor activities is guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping, including abseiling, rap jumping, rock climbing, white water rafting, guided mountain bike rides, game walks and drives, hiking, rafting, canoeing, 4×4, and an assault course.Stormsriver Adventures is an adventure company that places a premium on enriching the environment and the communities in the areas in which it operates. They offer a unique eco-wilderness adventure with the Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours that takes place in the Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest. It involves travsering from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended 30 metres above the forest. Most of the platforms are located in giant Yellowwood trees.Unreal, based at Sun City, features the ZIP Slide 2000. It is the world’s longest, highest, and fastest zip slide. Measuring 2 000 metres in length, it is 280 metres high, and the average speed attained is 120 km/h! A BIG adrenaline rush!Wild Cave Adventures are based in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage area. They offer a tantalising mix of options, including abseiling, caving, rock climbing, mountaineering, wild caving, trekking, kloofing, and teambuilding. Besides abseiling at the Cradle of Humankind, excursions are also undertaken to the Swartberg Mountains and the Magaliesberg.SAinfo reporter and South African TourismWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

World’s wheelchair tennis stars headed for SA


first_img13 March 2014Two major wheelchair tennis tournaments are set to be staged in South Africa next month: the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) Gauteng Open and the Acsa SA Open. Many of the world’s leading players will be in action.The Acsa Gauteng Open will be played at the Gauteng East Tennis Centre at Benoni Lake from 23 to 27 April and is a grade one event, one of only 13 such tournaments in the world.Top international playersTop international players are expected to participate in the event, in preparation for the even more prestigious Acsa SA Open, which takes place at Ellis Park in Johannesburg from 29 April to 3 May.The Acsa SA Open is a Super Series event, one of only six such tournaments in the world to hold that status. The other Super Series tournaments are played in Australia, France, Japan, Britain and the United States.‘An important tournament’“It is a tremendous honour to be awarded such an important tournament,” Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) general manager Karen Losch said in a statement on Wednesday.“It is evidence that South Africa has been recognised as one of the powerhouses of wheelchair tennis. We expect stars from around the world to come to South Africa for the tournaments, and we hope the people of Gauteng will come in their numbers to support our players.”Star SitholeSouth Africa boasts some of the world’s leading wheelchair tennis players, led by US Open quad champion and world number two Lucas Sithole, who finished as runner-up to world number one David Wagner in the Australian Open in January.In the 2013 SA Open, Sithole beat Wagner on his way to the final where he lost to Andy Lapthorne. With that result, Sithole climbed to fourth in the world rankings and has since improved markedly.Defending Gauteng Open championSouth Africa’s number one female player Kgothatso Montjane, known as “KG”, is ranked seventh in the world, and is the defending champion in the Gauteng Open. She was also the runner-up in last year’s SA Open.Evans Maripa is the world number 15. He was encouraged by Montjane to take up the sport in 2007. Just two years later, he won Gold at the Asia pAcific Youth Para Games in Tokyo.DrawsBoth South African tournaments will have draws of 32 players for the singles and 16 pairs for the doubles in the men’s event, and 24 and 12 in the women’s event, while the junior and quads events will have draws of 16 players for singles and eight pairs for doubles.As part of WTSA’s outreach programme, stars from wheelchair and able-bodied tennis will conduct a special clinic for schools on 30 April at Ellis Park.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

AMD Stiff-ARMs Intel By Offering ARM Server Chips


first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#AMD#ARM#cloud computing#Intel#servers brian proffitt Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… AMD is pushing its chips in on its commitment to ARM-based server technology, announcing the new “Seattle” ARM processor for launch in the second half of 2014.The release of an ARM-based processor built specifically for servers, instead of the smartphones and other smaller electronic devices they currently power, marks a significant step in moving away from the power-hungry and heat-generating Intel-based chips that have dominated the server market for decades, as well as a big opportunity for AMD to get out of the shadow of Intel.AMD is not the first manufacturer to commit to the creation of ARM-based processors for servers: Applied Micro Circuits announced that it would be launching its own 64-bit ARM Systems on a Chip back in April.The “system on a chip” (SoC) name describes pretty much what these devices are: an entire server’s worth of hardware packed onto a single small chip. Only memory, which uses hard drives or solid-state storage, is not present.AMD’s announcement this week will do a lot to fuel the increasing interest in ARM-based processors, a technology that could bring significant cost savings to hardware operations by bringing low-power ARM servers to market.The ARM And Intel DanceIn “traditional” computing devices like laptops, desktop computers, and servers, there’s Intel, AMD, and well, that’s pretty much it. Intel has not only developed the x86 architecture that has been powering PCs and other devices for 30-odd years, it also builds the chips itself, licensing the specs to only one other company: competitor AMD.Intel and AMD processors, since they share many of the same features and architecture, have a lot of things in common. For one thing, they are very powerful and, since they have been around for such a long time, plenty of operating systems can run on machines with these chips, including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.ARM processors, though, are not made by just one company like Intel. Instead, ARM Holdings only develops the core architecture and licenses it to any hardware maker that wants to use the design to make its own processors. Because of the way it is designed, ARM processors use very little power, which makes them perfect for personal electronic devices where battery resources must be frugally maintained.Cloud Computing Is HotWith the rise of cloud computing, many people are noticing that maintaining racks and racks of servers can get expensive. Processors, like the kind produced by Intel for servers, get hot. If they get too hot, things start melting, so you need to use even more energy to keep all those servers cool. You can’t make these servers too compact, either, or you can’t use air or water to pull the heat away.The average Intel server processor pulls in something like 80 watts of power just to run. But a multi-core ARM SoC draws only about 4 watts of power. Remember, that’s a whole system on a chip, too, not just the processor.Less power means less resistance and less heat. Less heat means less money wasted on cooling and more capability to compress ARM-based systems together.If the implementation is successful – meaning that if the chips actually perform well, don’t break down and don’t cost more than their Intel-based equivalents – then large-scale data centers should see a significant reduction in power and cooling costs, and an increase in computing power per square foot, since theoretically you can jam a lot more SoCs into the space of a single server box.ARM Not The Magic SolutionThere is one additional catch: as nifty as ARM servers would be, applications and operating systems will still have to be ported so they can run on ARM processors. Some Linux distributions and Windows RT already do have various levels of ARM support, but the problems with the ARM-based Microsoft Surface RT reflect the fact that there are still a lot of applications that need to be ported from Windows to Windows RT.Perhaps for these reasons, AMD isn’t going all in on the Seattle chips. The company also announced it will be shipping Intel-based “Berlin,” available in both a plain CPU version as well as an advanced processing unit that will integrate a graphics co-processor. “Warsaw” was also introduced, a high performance computing processor that should compete with Intel’s Xeon product line.Intel itself has yet to directly respond to this sudden interest in ARM chips for servers, but they’re aware of it. In the mobile device sector, where ARM dominates for now, Intel’s Clover Trail+ Atom chips are getting very good processing speed for lower power costs than equivalent ARM-based processors.Meanwhile, in the server sector where ARM is starting to creep in, Intel’s Haswell-based processors have enough power savings of their own to fend off ARM technology… but they are still pretty expensive compared to their ARM counterparts. But if Intel can make the case that the power savings in Haswell and no need to port applications from x86 to ARM-based platforms is enough to offset the cost difference, then Intel should be able to stay in the game.A processor fight that decreases power use, in the long run, is something that all customers will be able to cash in.Image courtesy of ARM Holdings. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudlast_img read more

9 Must-Read Video Editing Articles (April 2015)


first_imgBetween NAB and news announcements, April was a great month for video editors. Here are 9 must-read video editing articles every video editor should read.April has been the busiest month all year for video editors. So, we thought it’d be helpful to share our 9 favorite video editing articles from April 2015. If you can think of any other must read articles, please share in the comments below.1. Life After ‘Life After Pi’: The VFX Industry One Year LaterIt’s been one year since the documentary ‘Life After Pi’ shed some light on the unsustainable state of the VFX industry. In this insightful post, Jonathan Paul gives us an in-depth analysis of the state of the VFX industry in 2015. The posts also outlines a few of the VFX companies that have shut their doors since the documentary was released.2. What if you forget to deactivate your Avid or Adobe cloud license? Both Avid and Adobe are distributed via digital download rather than physical copy. However, you can’t simply download and install the software on more than 2 machines at once. So, what are you supposed to do if you show up to edit on a new machine and you forgot to deactivate the software on your other computer? This insightful post from Pro Video Coalition tells us what to do.3. Essential Listening: 5 Inspiring Podcasts for Creatives Podcasts are a great way to feed your mind while editing without sound or doing motion graphics. Thankfully, there are a lot of good podcasts out there besides This American Life. Check out this list of 5 inspiring podcasts, exclusively curated for filmmakers and motion graphic designers.4. Video Editors Rejoice: Adobe Unveils Creative Cloud NextAdobe recently unveiled their 2015 update to their Creative Cloud video software. In this PremiumBeat post, we break down all of the new updates that video editors should get excited about. Notably, as a part of the update, the all-new Lumetri color panel will be included in Premiere Pro. After Effects users are also getting a new face tracker feature.5. Apple Updates FCPX with New Motion Graphics Features, Faster PerformanceApple also recently got a overhaul, and this post from No Film School outlines everything you need to know. The new FCPX template will include added 3D features to give editors the ability to create 3D text and objects directly in FCPX. Improved features in Motion will bring better shadows and lights.6. DaVinci Resolve 12 Has Powerful New Editing Features, Fusion 8 Coming for Mac & LinuxNot to be outdone, Blackmagic has unveiled a brand new version of DaVinci Resolve: Resolve 12. The program now includes multi-camera editing, improved color correction features, and an updated interface. The post also dives into new details surrounding the release of Fusion 8, which is coming to Mac and Linux users.7. Avid Announces a Free Version of Media ComposerIf you’ve always wanted to learn Avid, but have been afraid of the price tag, Avid has announced a free version of Media Composer. The inappropriately named Avid Media Composer First will have limited features, but for those interested in dipping their toes into Media Composer, this might be a good place to begin. Avid is claiming that their free version is very comparable to Premiere Pro and FCPX.8. After Effects Wishlist: 11 New Features AE NeedsAfter Effects is an awesome program, but it’s far from perfect. In this post from the After Effects template providers at RocketStock, we take a look at 11 ways in which AE is lacking. A few of them might surprise you.9. Will Apple’s FCPX Z-Depth Patent Revolutionize the Industry?Light field technology gives cameras the ability to record the distance with each pixel. Having the ability to manipulate this information in post is incredibly helpful – and some are arguing that it will change the entire industry as we know it. Apple just recently filed a patent for FCPX that will allow it to edit light field information and the implications are astounding.April is also that awesome month when a little event called NAB takes place in Vegas. If you haven’t seen all of the NAB news, here are 11 new gear announcements you should know about:SmallHD Unveils a Pocket-Sized Monitor/Viewfinder HybridCanon C300 Mark II: 15 Stops of Dynamic Range and MorePhantom 3: DJI’s Latest Drone Takes FlightDJI Releases the Ronin-M: lightweight and lower-pricedNAB 2015 Announcement: The Blackmagic URSA MiniThe Super16 RAW Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is Here!Blackmagic Announces DaVinci Resolve 12The Freefly ALTA Drone: A New Way to FlyNAB 2015 Announcements: News You Might Have MissedPanasonic Unveils the DVX200: A Pro All-In-One CamcorderThe 3DR Solo Smart Drone: So Easy a Monkey Can Use ItKnow of any other must read articles for video editors? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Mayweather promoter tired of talk about ticket sales


first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’re going to blow past our own record of $72 million; this fight is massive,” Ellerbe said.Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao’s “fight of the century” saw live gate receipts produce more than $71 million in revenue at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, easily surpassing the previous live gate record of $20 million, for Mayweather-Canelo Álvarez.Mayweather reiterated Ellerbe’s thoughts.“We’re doing crazy numbers, forget what you all (are) hearing. We’re doing crazy numbers,” Mayweather said. “Our fight is doing unbelievable numbers. The pay-per-view numbers are going to be unbelievable and we will have a sold-out crowd. I’m not worried about that.”ADVERTISEMENT That was until he was questioned about slow ticket sales for the upcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena.“I’m actually tired of hearing that question,” Ellerbe said, as the smile disappeared. “Right now, we have over 60 million dollars in the box office. What part of that remotely looks like ticket sales are slow? This isn’t a damn Rolling Stones concert. That’s the only thing that sells out in seconds. We’re talking about tickets that go from $500 to $10,000. That’s an expensive ticket.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAs of Thursday evening, a general search for two tickets on Ticketmaster’s website showed 536 pairs available, ranging anywhere between $1,682.50 to $35,010.09 per ticket.And with thousands of seats still available, and the fight two weeks out, some believe the next sporting event that will sell out in that venue will be a Vegas Golden Knights game, when the newest NHL expansion team opens the 2017-18 season. Critics also believe with some second-tier seats carrying a five-figure price tag, the pay-per-view fee of $99.95 seems like a bargain. Floyd Mayweather Jr. trains at his gym Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Las Vegas. Mayweather is scheduled to fight Conor McGregor later in the month. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Sixty-million dollars sounds pretty good to Leonard Ellerbe.Dressed dapper in a white shirt and slacks, topped with a navy pinstriped blazer, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions flashed an occasional smile while addressing the media Thursday at Mayweather Boxing Club.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Don’t boo Schooling, Malaysians urged DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more