The Curadmir at Mamore Gap.Curadmir Ulster Cycle makes its way into Inishowen on Saturday 25th of May as part of a 3 day cycling rolling base camp sportive which will be situated at Fort Dunree for the Inishowen stage. Designed to be one of the toughest and most spectacular multi-stage events in the British Isles, Curadmir is a fully supported cycling sportive covering 360 miles of breathtaking landscapes, ascending over 6000 metres and travelling through six of Ulster’s nine counties.Day one kicks off in Rostrevor Co. Down, towards Belfast and onto the Causeway Coast, finishing in the scenic town of Cushendall. Day two sets off along the Antrim coast passing iconic landmarks including The Giants Causeway, Duncluce Castle, Royal Portrush and of course, Bushmills Distillery.Once at Magillian, riders will use the Lough Foyle Ferry to Greencastle where they will head north to Malin Head. Fully exposed to the weather off the North Atlantic, this can seem like one of the most rugged and hostile areas on earth and will put test to riders’ physical and mental stamina.Rounding Malin, riders will then head south towards the conclusion of the day’s stage at Fort Dunree, Buncrana but not before taking on the infamous Mamore Gap which has broken many an ego with a recorded gradient of 27% on its hairpins.The Last day, leaves Buncrana towards Letterkenny and enters the stunning and unspoilt Glenveagh National Park. The final inward approach takes riders through Killeter Forest and into the Fermanagh Lakelands where a hilltop finish line greets them overlooking the breathtaking Lough Erne. Jennifer O’Donnell, Inishowen Tourism who has worked with the event organisers said ‘ It is fantastic to see an event of this calibre coming into Inishowen and according to organisers day two is their highlight as it offers outstanding scenery and a demanding route with Mamore Gap being the ultimate challenge. Cycling is a key growth area in Inishowen and we hope the international coverage that this event will receive can only help establish Inishowen as a top-class cycling destination’. CURADMIR CYCLE TO PASS THROUGH INISHOWEN THIS WEEKEND was last modified: May 21st, 2014 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:Curadmir CycledonegalInishowen
THE Sean Mac Cumhaills GAA club in Ballybofey were excellent hosts today as the Donegal Senior and Minor teams met their fans at an open day.Here are some more pictures from today. PICTURE SPECIAL: MORE SNAPS FROM A MEMORABLE DAY AT MAC CUMHAILL PARK was last modified: September 6th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Donegal GAAopen daySean Mac Cumhaills
US rules differ to those in Europe. United Airlines, still recovering from the controversy over its treatment of a 69-year-old doctor, is red-faced again after failing to catch a passenger who boarded the wrong plane and ended up in San Francisco instead of Paris.The story broken by US television station WABC has gone global as United investigates how passenger Lucie Bahetoukilae apparently got through two boarding pass checks to head off in the wrong direction.Bahetoukilae, who doesn’t speak English, apparently did not understand an announcement by United that there had been a last-minute gate change at Newark airport after going to the gate stamped on her boarding pass.A United representative scanned the French speaker’s boarding pass, which was marked Newark to Charles de Gaulle, and allowed her on the plane.Once on board, Bahetoukilae discovered someone sitting in her seat, 22C. A flight attendant looked at her boarding pass and moved her to another seat.She spent 11 hours in San Francisco turning what would have been a 7.5-hour journey into a 28-hour odyssey that included an 11-hour stay in San Francisco while United found new flights.Bahetoukilae’s niece, Diane Miantsoko, told WABC that her aunt would have moved had the announcement been in French or she had received a text message.“With everything going on this country people have to be more careful,” Miantsoko said. “They didn’t pay attention. My aunt could have been anyone. She could have been a terrorist and killed people on that flight and they didn’t know they didn’t catch it.”United told the TV station it had given Bahetoukilae a refund, a voucher for another trip and compensation for accommodations in San Francisco WABC said it had not offered the stranded woman while she was waiting for the new flights.An airline representative said United is working with its team in Newark to prevent a recurrence of the mistake, dubbed “an unacceptable experience’’.Ironically, the mistake comes as United is expanding its services from San Francisco with increased flights to eight destinations and the replacement of regional jets with bigger mainline aircraft in ten markets.“Every day in San Francisco we proudly welcome more than 30,000 customers aboard United Airlines and today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to being the Bay Area’s leading U.S. airline,” said Mike Hanna, United’s vice president of its San Francisco International Airport hub.“These additional flights and larger aircraft to new cities and those already part of our network will offer customers even more convenient flight options and easy connections to popular destinations around the U.S. and Canada.”The eight destinations to get increased flights are Seattle, from August 1, and Albuquerque, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Nashville, Philadelphia and Portland, all from August 15.Despite finding itself embroiled in controversy, United’s April operating figures showed consolidated traffic figures, expressed in revenue passenger kilometres, were 7.4 per cent higher than the same month last year. This included a 7.7 per cent rise on domestic operations.Group passenger numbers were 7.6 per cent higher in April compared to a year ago at more than 12 million while the equivalent passenger load factor rose 2.6 percentage points to 83.1 per cent.The load factor on domestic flights was even higher at 87 per cent.The airline completed 99.9 per cent of its flights and 69 per cent departed on time, figures the airline said were ahead of its peers.
The main building at Kirkman’s Kamp is a fine example of the old colonial style.(Image: Chris Thurman) It happens to everyone who encounters animals in the African bushveld, from the most experienced game ranger to the first-timer “on safari”.We see a giraffe munching on leaves and think of a baseball player chewing gum. Lionesses with cubs look to us like any human mothers of triplets would – exhausted, exasperated, while their broods run playfully over and around them.Spotting an elephant stripping the bark off a broken branch by rotating it carefully in his mouth, we find ourselves stuck between similes: is he like a craftsman, turning a piece of wood in a lathe; or a guy watching rugby on TV, working away at a tough stick of biltong?A group of young male buffalo, separated from the herd, remind us of a gang of moody, testosterone-filled teenage boys. A lone leopard, knowing no territorial boundaries and roaming over hundreds of kilometres, is Clint Eastwood or James Dean – an outlaw, a rebel without a cause.Those who like long words call this anthropomorphism: seeing human characteristics in things that aren’t human.Anthropomorphism is also what makes us pity the poor dung beetle, not only because of the unpleasant raw material Mother Nature gave him to work with, but because we see his daily struggle in terms of human endeavour. He can spend hours pushing a dung ball ten times his size up a hill, only to see it tumble down again – like Sisyphus who, in Greek mythology, was condemned to perform a similarly hopeless task for eternity as a punishment for disobeying the gods.The male, presenting his carefully crafted ball to a potential mate, may have his proposal rejected: a failed suitor. Or the female might take up his offer, and join him in making a little dung-centred home: the perfect picture of husband and wife cooperating in domestic bliss.But then there are sights that make us realise how irreconcilably different wild animals are to us. A lion at an impala kill, licking the dead animal’s neck with its rough tongue – not in a gesture of tenderness, but to soften the hide before taking the head in its mouth and cracking open the skull. A pack of hyenas chasing a leopard from a two-day-old buffalo carcass, before ripping into the rotting flesh with bloody abandon.And there are stories about animal behaviour that seem to take the survival instinct, or the law of natural selection, to extremes: lions killing the offspring of competing males, or entire prides abandoning weak cubs to save their energy for nurturing offspring that are more likely to prosper.Common groundWe sometimes think that this is what separates us from animals – but as we know all too well from the evidence of human selfishness and violence, we have much in common with a natural world that is “red in tooth and claw”.And yet, paradoxically, if we want to maintain some form of relationship with the animal kingdom we must overcome our “animalistic” impulses to destroy and, instead, desire to conserve. In the process, we might also learn how to treat our fellow-humans better.That is, I think, what lies at the heart of our collective fascination with “the bush”, and what makes game viewing a mentally, emotionally and spiritually invigorating activity. It’s the reason that a stay in the bush is top priority for most tourists to South Africa and, for South Africans, it’s the reason that our pristine savannah is a source of national pride.I was reminded of this on a recent trip to Kirkman’s Kamp in the Sabi Sand private game reserve, which shares a fenceless border with the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga.How far we have come, as even a brief acquaintance with the human history of the Sabi-Kruger area reveals. Just over a century ago, my great-great-uncle Harry Wolhuter was a game ranger in the newly-formed Kruger Park. His conservation efforts were stymied by a close encounter with two rogue lions: he was attacked, knocked off his horse and dragged almost 100 metres, before managing to stab one of the lions and climb a tree to escape the other.Heroic stuff, indeed, and Uncle Harry’s legend has been proudly recounted by many of his successors over the years; but I’d prefer to watch a lion from the safety of a jeep, thank you.Lion countryA lion-killing Harry of an entirely different sort was Harry Kirkman. In the 1920s, Kirkman was given the job of managing a cattle ranch called Toulon Farm, owned by the foolhardy souls at the Transvaal Consolidated Land and Exploration Company.Yes, that’s right: they decided to farm cattle in an area with what was then one of the world’s highest concentrations of lions. Go figure. It was left to Mr Kirkman to deal with the leonine menace – a job he was alarmingly good at, killing over 500 lions during his six-year stay at Toulon.Fortunately, however, the land was subsequently sold to more environmentally-minded owners. Years later, the homestead once shared by Harry and his wife became the centre of Kirkman’s Kamp. This lends the lodge a “colonial” atmosphere, with large verandas and sweeping lawns offering a different aesthetic to other Sabi Sand lodges.Style and architectural charm are one thing; the socio-economic legacy of colonialism and apartheid another altogether.The “human ecology” in rural Mpumalanga – as throughout the country – remains fragile. Many people, desperate for food or some form of income, turn to poaching.For this reason andBeyond – the company that manages Kirkman’s Kamp and other lodges in the Sabi Sand area – is attempting to address community needs: turning former poachers into trackers and rangers; helping schools and families to tend their own vegetable gardens; planting trees to provide shade in which plants can grow; and, crucially, undertaking educational initiatives to prevent the spread of HIV/Aids.It seems, then, that humans and animals have more in common than we think – and protecting wilderness areas is a matter of mutual interest. So perhaps anthropomorphism isn’t such a bad thing: if we see ourselves in animals, and see animals in ourselves, we might just survive as a species after all.
28 June 2011South African motorists struggling to keep up with rising costs will be pleased to know that the price of fuel will decrease from next week.Consumers will pay between 20 and 30 cents less for their petrol from the 6th July.Diesel is also set to drop by around six to ten cents a litre.In May, petrol prices reached their highest level since 2008.The South African Petroleum Retailer’s Association’s Peter Noke said: “We can certainly expect some relief for motorists. We need more relief than this, but this is good. We will take it. We will take what we can.”Sapa
Each step to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, no matter how slowly it is taken, will be for beneficiaries of Caring4Girls, says Melissa Rehbock. She is one of about 40 participants of the 2016 Trek4Mandela Kilimanjaro Expedition. The expedition takes place annually.She is aiming to take it slowly, one step at a time. The Capetonian and others left South Africa for Tanzania on Wednesday, 13 July to start the expedition up Mount Kilimanjaro. Kili, as it is known, is the highest mountain on the African continent. It rises approximately 4 877 metres from its base to 5 895 metres above sea level. Melissa Rehbock says she will take it one step at a time to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. She and others aim to fundraise to assist thousands of girls with sanitary pads. (Image supplied)The aimThe target of the initiative this year is to help 350 000 South African girls who are not able to buy their own sanitary towels, says the Trek4Mandela website. According to research, girls from impoverished backgrounds could miss up to 50 days of school each year as a result of these challenges.“Trek4Mandela aims to create awareness of the Caring4Girls programme and give much-needed accessibility to sanitary towels. This, together with effective hygiene education, will ensure the development and growth of thousands of young South African and African women. Our ultimate goal is to reach two million girls by 2020,” reads the site.In a video on YouTube, a teacher says that some of the girls at her school are afraid to ask for a sanitary pad. This is one of the reasons she is happy that the Caring4Girls initiative was created by the Imbumba Foundation.Watch the beneficiaries of Caring4Girls explain how this project affects them:Nerve-racking expedition“It’s the altitude that is the biggest factor [on the expedition] and not always how fit one is,” Rehbok explains, although she thinks she is fit enough for the expedition. “No-one knows how their body is going to react to the altitude, so that’s a little nerve-racking.“We will be going slowly as one does on Kilimanjaro. The term is ‘pole pole, slowly slowly.’”Training started six months ago. It included hiking, running and strength training in the gym.A morning spent on @LionsHeadCT to send @millydoeskili on her way for her summit pic.twitter.com/97MoQctYob— Stace (@StaceyRehbock) July 3, 2016Rehbock says she learned about Caring4Girls in May last year. “When I heard about the Trek4Mandela climb, I immediately said I wanted to do it. I knew I wanted to be part of something so special and raise as much money as I could for the initiative. The dream has become a reality.”On a Skype call recently with women from Saudi Arabia, she learned lack of access to sanitary pads was a wider problem. “This cause [girls having the lack of access of sanitary towels] does not only happen in South Africa.”Freezing conditionsCarmen Cupido, who lives in Johannesburg, says the idea of summiting Kilimanjaro in the middle of the night by walking 1.5 kilometres over three hours in freezing conditions and little oxygen, terrifies her. “But I am a brave person. That’s what I tell myself.”Her last physical challenge was running a marathon (42.5km) in 2010. She is looking forward to the camaraderie, fitness and rediscovering her deeper reserves of determination. “I want to achieve new goals with my body, mind and spirit.”Cupido is one of six in Seacom’s team. The company is a submarine cable operator.As part of their training, in the last five months they had five group training sessions. “Two of the sessions were Drakensberg 18km hikes. The other three were Suikerbosrand 12km hikes, which were followed the next day with two hours of Westcliff stairs training,” explains Cupido. “Individually, hikers are doing their gym training, running and/or cycling, strength training and Pilates. This varies from person to person.” Albie Bester, Suveer Ramdhani, Carmen Cupido, Kelly Crofton, Sibusiso Khanye and Lizaan de Jongh make up the 2016 Seacom Kilimanjaro team. (Image supplied)Kelly Crofton, one of Cupido’s colleagues, says she is looking forward to meeting new people, sharing stories and learning more about herself.The Kilimanjaro expedition is something completely out of her comfort zone.Happy to be part of a team to raise funds for Caring4Girls, Crofton adds: “Quite frankly, no girl should not have no option but to stay absent from school because they have their period. Nor do they have to face the humiliation of not having a sanitary pad when their period is due.”She hopes their fundraising will give a few girls the opportunity of having one less stress in their lives.Sibusiso Khanye, another Seacom employee, says to summit Kilimanjaro has always been his dream. A Comrades runner, he is proud to be touching lives and making a difference by helping Caring4Girls.Watch an interview with Samantha Pillay, who was diagnosed with lupus disease. She spoke to the SABC about why she is doing this year’s expedition:Promoting Mandela MonthRichard Mabaso, founder of the Imbumba Foundation, started the Caring4Girls initiative in 2012, shortly after he overheard that one of his nieces did not have access to sanitary pads.He told Sello Hatang, the chief executive officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, about Caring4Girls and that fundraising for it was the reason for summiting Kilimanjaro.Speaking to the SABC, Mabaso says: “One thing we owe to Madiba is to start taking a leading role as South Africans to educate people about Mandela Day… in terms of what it means and to really go beyond 18 July.”Madiba is Mandela’s clan name.The pillars of Mandela Day 2016 are: education and literacy, food security, shelter and the environment. The Nelson Mandela Day website encourages South Africans and international supporters to “Make every day a Mandela Day” by taking action and inspiring change. The annual day is on Madiba’s birthday, 18 July.The oldest person to summit Kili was 80, according to Mabaso. “Sometimes it’s not about your fitness, but your discipline. You have to be disciplined: drink water, take one step, take a rest and then take another step.”Supporters flooded Twitter with their well wishes for the expedition:Good luck To all the 2016 @Trek4Mandela climbers! @PennyLebyane @sibueverest pic.twitter.com/Zen61mcvx4—Mpumi Mbethe (@MpumiMbethe) July 11,2016Tothe team, Safe travels, clear perspectives and fresh insights all for a worthy cause,@Trek4Mandela @ubuntubami https://t.co/lfZcHnoaWE—Masire-Mwamba (@mmasekgoam) July 11,2016Advice on climbing KiliSibusiso Vilane, their expedition guide, gave him the following advice, Mabaso says: “He told me to internalise the climb when you get to the mountain. It must be a personal journey.“So one: set up your summit. Break down your summit into mini summits. Your first day you should be about: ‘I want to get to the gate. I want to do the first hike and I want to get to the next camp.’“The minute you step down, it becomes easier. People are more challenged by their mental fitness.”SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See:Using SouthAfrica.info material
The Geocacher’s Guide to Surviving a Zombie OutbreakWe’ve all seen the movies where the undead (slowly… very slowly) walk the earth. A zombie outbreak could happen at any time. It’s best to be prepared. Those uneven footsteps crunching through the leaves behind you might be your first sign of the next zombie attack. As a geocacher, you’re already on your way to being prepared. We’ve compiled a list of 13 essentials to survive a zombie outbreak.Use a Trackable Travelers Walking Stick to avoid that cliché trip and fall when you’re fleeing from a hoard of zombies. Keep the sun, rain, and sweat out of your eyes with The Real Deal Hat. You’ll be able to scan the barren streets for teeth-gnashing ghouls with ease. And let’s not neglect your geocaches. The Mighty Mega Cache Container is waterproof, crush-proof and conveniently -zombie proof.Whether you’re on the run from the multiple moaning zombies, or chasing down a Multi-Cache Shop Geocaching has you covered. For orders outside the United States click here.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe Geocacher’s Guide to Surviving a Zombie OutbreakOctober 7, 2019In “Community”Geocacher vs. Zombie – Who wins?November 12, 2013In “Extreme Geocaching”Aloha from Hawaii! — Honu Beach Cache (GC102CV) — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 20, 2016In “Community”
MELVILLE, NY (AP) — A New York town has padlocked the tennis courts in a brand new $3.5 million park because they were built improperly.The two courts at the recently opened Sweet Hollow Park in Melville don’t have enough clearance between the baseline and the fence. The truncated courts caused at least one player to run into the fence.The U.S. Tennis Association recommends courts have 21 feet behind the baseline. The new courts in the hamlet in Huntington have less than 10 feet, while the sides are about 2 feet short of the recommended 12 feet.The blunder was brought to the attention of Huntington officials by a resident who played on the new courts earlier this month.The town says the courts will be closed while they’re renovated.TweetPinShare0 Shares
New Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday unveiled a curated coffee table book titled ‘The Illustrated History of Indian Hockey: A Saga of Triumph, Pain and Dreams’ capturing the glorious journey of one of India’s most celebrated sports.The book turns back the clock and documents to India’s performance in the sport since the 1928 Olympics and other key international events providing exhaustive, in-depth information including the World Cups, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. With over a century of hockey’s existence in India, the sport has seen both success and pain.On the occasion, Jaitley said: “Preserving history is very important, we often preserve it in the form of museums, publications and now a days as audio visuals. Publications like a coffee table book become very important as they are easy read with beautiful pictures.””I am quite happy with the way hockey has developed in the country over the last decade and I would like to wish the team all the very best for the upcoming World Cup,” added Jaitley, who released the book alongside International Hockey Federation (FIH) and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra.With less than a week to go for the start of the World Cup in Bhubaneswar, Batra said: “I believe this is the best occasion to launch a book which documents the illustrious history of Indian hockey.””We are less than a week away from the World Cup and it is essential for a nation with such a rich history in the sport to be able to read and relive its glorious past,” he added.Hockey India President Mohd. Mushtaque Ahmad, HI Secretary General Rajinder Singh and HI CEO Elena Norman were also present on the occasion.The book traces the golden era of hockey where India emerged as the first ‘Super-Power of the game’. It is a literary destination for all things in hockey including highlights of Women’s and Junior Hockey national team’s performances laced with interesting statistics, snippets and factoids. –IANStri/sedadvertisement