World-class field for Mr Price Pro Ballito

first_img17 March 2014Many of the world’s leading surfers, including South African superstar Jordy Smith, will be in action at the ASP Prime Mr Price Pro when it returns to Willard Beach on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast from 30 June to 6 July.A favourite stop among the world’s touring professional surfers, this year’s event will see 96 competitors from 18 countries compete for a lucrative R2.7-million ($250000) prize-purse and critical ratings points for those hoping to qualify for the elite ASP World Championship Tour in 2015.Crowd-pullerCalifornian Dane Reynolds, widely regarded as the one of the world’s most exciting surfers, has confirmed his entry into this year’s event where he is sure to be a crowd-puller with his aerial mastery and go-for-broke approach.Leading localsLocals will have plenty to cheer about with perennial world title contender Jordy Smith and experienced World Tour campaigner Travis Logie, the top two South Africans, featuring in this year’s classy line-up.With two podium finishes under his belt at the Mr Price Pro, Logie is always a title contender, but he is well aware of the intense competition that the event attracts.‘Up there with the best’“The level is up there with the best of them,” Logie, who recently sent shockwaves through the surfing world when he eclipsed Hawaiian John John Florence at the Quiksilver Pro in Australia, said in a statement last week.“The Mr Price Pro is definitely one of the toughest ASP Prime events as so many of the top surfers love surfing in Ballito. I really want to win the event as I’ve come so close so many times that every year I become more determined to win it.”‘He can blow minds’Logie and Reynolds share the same apparel sponsor, Quiksilver, and he agreed that “Reynolds is arguably the best surfer in the world. He can blow minds in any type of surf and is fun to watch because he’s so unpredictable. It’s really going to be exciting to see Dane back in SA.”Many of South Africa’s rising stars, such as Beyrick De Vries from Umhlanga, will be looking to make their mark on home soil, while at the same time they will be aiming to gain some ground on the world stage.Beach festivalRenowned as one of the biggest beach festivals on the African continent, the Mr Price Pro Ballito saw over 100 000 fans soak up the non-stop entertainment over the seven days in 2013. This year’s Festival is expected to see record numbers once again, with more cultural, retail, lifestyle and sports entertainment in store.While the surfers ride the ocean waves by day, spectators will again be rocked by sound waves at night when Mr Price and the KwaDukuza Municipality present free music concerts at Salt Rock on 3 and 4 July.On 1 and 2 July, the event will also feature a Food and Wine festival, adding an exciting, extra element to the lifestyle event that proved to be so successful last year.CharityThe RedCap Foundation has been selected as the event’s Corporate Social Investment programme as it has been actively involved in the region since 2010, with the Foundation’s health and education programmes impacting low income communities in KwaDukuza.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Shipwrecks and Geocaches – A River Reveals a World of Shipwrecks

first_imgShipwrecksThe gurgling waters of the Credit River in Ontario, Canada tell a story of seafaring disaster.  Nearly every 1/10th of a mile those floating the lazy waterway unlock the story of a shipwreck. That’s if they know the secret. The stories of more than 140 shipwrecks are recorded in geocache after geocache.Tubing the Credit RiverKeith Watson (username Keith Watson) and a crew of more than a dozen geocaching friends hid the geocaches. But their original intent was a walking tour, not floating the river in a tube or canoe. Keith says, “At the beginning of the summer a few of us decided to start placing caches along a local river. The plan was to walk down the river placing caches and others would have to walk down the river as well to find them. After walking down the first section we decided that walking down a river sucked and we would use tubes to do the next section. After using tubes to do the next section was a blast and we decided that was the best way to do it.”The team used technology and old tales from the sea to make the string of geocaches more inviting. It’s an age-old recipe for geocaches: history + discovery + adventure. Check out this interactive map of the Credit River – Shipwreck Series the team created to help people navigate to river and unlock seven seas of history.The Shipwreck series went live over the summer. It started small, Keith says, “Cachers are going out in groups floating down the Credit River having fun. I have taken my son a few times and he loves it.” Testimonials and videos started turning up, like, “This was probably one of the best caching days I have ever had, and I can’t wait to do more.” And, “You’ve created a unique caching experience that I really don’t think can be found anywhere!” And, “Thanks to all of the COs s[cache owners] for placing this fun-filled series of caches.”Keith says he and the other geocache owners were blown away, “The extent of the series has surpassed in size and popularity far beyond what we thought it would be.”If you’re in Ontario during months warm enough to float a river, you too, can enjoy a river float with a side of history, that didn’t float.Check out one of the videos from the river float: Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedColumbus RiverWalk GeoTourAugust 7, 2015In “GeoTours”Lamanai High (GC19505) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 10, 2013January 9, 2013In “Community”Cool caches in Canada, according to Signal the Frog®May 30, 2017With 14 commentslast_img read more

Spain Pioneers QR Codes to Track Ancient Artifacts

first_img“(T)he name of the site, the archaeological level at which it was found and an inventory number. This information is essential because it remits to a complex network of data which contextualises each artefact individually.”Geolocation information on each object is also included. Using QR codes, which are like two-dimensional bar codes, to do this obviates a number of common errors that come with manual marking. Besides effacement of the codes themselves. They include scriptural error and misreadings. QR also saves a great deal of time, as hand-writing, nearly always on challenging surfaces, using a number of different media, is a demanding task. The code information also becomes instantly available online to associated scientists. CEPAP has managed to reduce artifact coding errors to 1% with this process. Artifact photo from CEPAP | other sources: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Internet of Things#web The Center for the Studies of Archaeological and Prehistoric Heritage (CEPAP) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona have developed a process using QR codes to ID and track ancient artifacts, from kraters to potsherds. Previous methods of on-artifact ID shared one thing in common: it was painfully easy to rub out, rub off or scratch out the identifying number of code written directly on or in the artifact. That process also ran the risk of marring the object. The CEPAP team has tested this process for two years, affixing QR tags on everything from sword blades to bone remains. They did so at Spanish sites, including Roca dels Bous and Cova Gran de Santa Linya in Lleida, and African sites like the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania and Mieso in Ethiopia. Marking artifacts helps to associate information that would otherwise be lost once the object were moved. According to the center, the information includes: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Asked A Recruit To Play For Michigan The Same Way The Recruit Asked His Date To Prom

first_imgJim Harbaugh with a weird sign.New Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is getting rather creative in his attempts to land four-star defensive tackle recruit Boss Tagaloa. Harbaugh, who really seems to be embracing social media the past few months, found a photo of Tagaloa asking his date to prom. Harbaugh then copied the format to ask Tagaloa to play for Michigan. You can’t make this stuff up.Prom with this butt head @_BT75— Sof (@sofmorales13) March 11, 2015I usually don’t tweet things like this, so forgive me but this is just really too funny not to! haha #ImDone— Boss Tagaloa (@_BT75) March 14, 2015We have no idea if this is going to work, but it’s clear that he’s got Tagaloa’s attention. Sometimes bizarre tactics like this can be the difference.last_img read more

Louisville Released A Hype Video After Its First Spring Football Practice

first_imgWatch this fan-made Louisville vs. Clemson hype video and try not to feel like you could run through a wall afterwards.In case you weren’t already pumped up enough for the No. 3 Louisville vs No. 5 Clemson matchup this week, Mike Sanchez put together this hype video to get you more than ready for the weekend’s most anticipated game.The video starts off by showing us scenes from both school’s campuses before delivering four simple yet strong words: “The wait is over.”The Jeulz track used as the video’s music picks up as we get a glimpse of Howard’s Rock before moving to some behind-the-scenes shots of both teams.Each school gets it’s fair share of highlight plays featured in the video with the final shot being the Tigers running down The Hill.Clemson held off Louisville a year ago, 20-17. The two teams have only met twice in school history with the Tigers taking both games.Louisville and Clemson will kick off at 8:00 p.m. E.T. on ABC.last_img read more