If you’re a skydiver, you know all about adrenaline addiction and the pull of gravity – so don’t miss out on the chance of a quick jump while you’re on holiday (or a business trip) in South Africa.South Africa boasts numerous long established and reputable skydiving clubs close to Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, on the Wine Route, along the scenic Garden Route, and in some of the smaller university towns, such as Grahamstown. (Image: Cape Town Tandem Paragliding)With it’s excellent climate, largely clear skies and spectacular scenery, skydiving is a very popular sport practiced throughout the year, right across South Africa.ParaglidingIf you’re into paragliding or hang gliding, the sky’s the limit in South Africa!Parachuting history in South Africa started with the formation of the historic Pietermaritzburg Parachute Club back in 1954 – making it one of the oldest parachuting clubs in the world, from the era when skydiving as recreational and competitive sport activity began.Today South Africa boasts numerous long established and reputable skydiving clubs close to Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, on the Wine Route, along the scenic Garden Route, and in some of the smaller university towns, such as Grahamstown.If you’re a skydiver already then you know all about adrenaline and the pull of gravity – so don’t miss out on the chance to jump at the numerous drop zones scattered throughout South Africa!Tandem introductory skydiveIf you have never skydived before, a tandem introductory skydive will see you strapped to an experienced instructor for the ride of your life. It will give you a birds-eye view of some of South Africa’s fantastic scenery, will definitely get your adrenalin pumping, and will certainly give you an experience to remember forever.You might also like to consider enrolling in the internationally recognised Accelerated FreeFall Program (AFF) while in South Africa. Over the 10-jump programme you learn to skydive on your own. Once graduated, you will be signed off to jump at any registered drop zone, anywhere in the world.AffordableWith the favourable exchange rate, excellent climate and spectacular scenery, South Africa is a great place to experience skydiving. You will find it cheaper than in most other countries, and it’s an excellent view from up there!Drop zones in South Africa operate within rigidly defined and enforced safety parameters set out in the Parachute Association of South Africa’s Manual of Procedures. Safety and training standards are on a par with, or better than, international standards.As they say on the drop zones “Blue Skies & Great SkyDives”.Travel and Planning InfoWhether you are an experienced sports skydiver, a first time jumper, or wanting to do beginner through to advanced skydiving training, SkyDiversity – http://www.skydiversity.co.za – provides up to date advice and information on skydiving and skydiving events, as well as facilitates enquiries and bookings for all drop zones in South Africa.Tandem Introductory skydiving packages range from R 1 750 for a basic tandem skydive, through to R 2 850 with all of the camera options.Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) Ground School, Training and Level 1 will cost you between R 2 000 and R 2 500. From there the AFF Levels get cheaper as you progress through the course. On average the 10 level, 10 jump programme will cost you between R 1 400 and R 1 700 per jump.Sports skydiving slot rates for experienced skydivers with their own equipment range from R 300 to R 400 per jump, depending on which drop zone you are jumping at.What to wearWear athletic/comfortable casual clothing suited to the weather conditions of the day.Bring a pair of pants and a long sleeve top (not a hoodie) to maybe wear for your actual jumps.You will need nice fitting, comfortable lace-up footwear/running shoes.Big boots with hooks, high heels and loose open slops are not acceptable.If you have long hair bring a couple of decent hair ties.If you wear contact lenses or prescription glasses, let your tandem instructor know and you will be provided with goggles that will protect your eyes/contact lenses, and /or will fit over your prescription glasses.Most drop zones will give you a jump suit to wear over your clothing.What to packAll skydiving equipment will be provided by the drop zone.Just bring your sense of adventure along.Parachute Association of South Africa (Pasa)The Parachute Association of South Africa is the governing body for skydiving in South Africa – www.para.co.zaPasa Registered Drop ZonesGauteng (Johannesburg/Pretoria and surrounds)SkyDive Rustenburg – www.skydiverustenburg.co.zaSkyDive Parys – www.skydiveparys.co.zaPretoria SkyDiving Club (Wonderboom) – www.skydivepretoria.co.zaJohannesburg Skydiving Club (Carltonville) – www.jsc.co.zaCape TownSkydive Cape Town – www.skydivecapetown.za.netSkydive Robertson (start of the Wine Route) – www.skydive.co.zaMother City SkyDiving – http://www.mothercityskydiving.co.za/Garden RouteSkydive Knysna – www.skydiveknysna.comSkydive Mossel Bay – www.skydivemosselbay.comSkydive Plettenberg Bay – www.skydiveplett.comSkydive Oudtshoorn – www.skydiveoudtshoorn.co.zaEastern ProvinceEP Skydivers (Grahamstown) – www.epskydivers.co.zaKwaZulu-NatalDurban Skydive Centre (Eston) – www.skydivedurban.co.zaSkydive Ballito – www.skydivedurban.co.zaFree StateSkydive Central (Tempe – Bloemfontein) – www.skydivecentral.co.zaMpumalangaWitbank Skydiving Club – www.dropzone.co.zaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As if the hot, dry weather during pollination and compaction issues in Ohio fields weren’t enough to put pressure on this year’s corn crop, corn rootworm may be just one more issue farmers may be dealing with. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins caught up with Eric Anderson, a product development agronomist with Syngenta, to discuss corn rootworm evaluations and management.
An alleged mischief has made the Congress replace one of its four women candidates in Arunachal Pradesh with a male leader. This has not gone down well with many in the party, which lost two “bankable” women leaders who were denied tickets.The Congress had on Saturday announced the names of candidates for 53 of the State’s 60 Assembly seats, elections for which are scheduled for April 11. The list had the name of Marina Kenglang for the Changlang North seat apart from Dayum Para (Tali), Yaman Bagra (Along West), and Komoli Mossang (Nampong).But on Monday, the last day of filing of nomination, someone else submitted the papers for the Changlang North seat.Two nominations “Only two candidates filed nomination for the Changlang North seat today. They are Tesam Pongte of BJP and Thinghaap Taiju of Congress,” Changlang district’s Deputy Commissioner R.K. Sharma said.Ms. Kenglang accused State Congress president Takam Sanjoy of manipulation after failing to stop the All India Congress Committee from nominating her for the Changlang North seat. “Since I live very far away, I sent Mahila Congress representatives to Takam Sanjoy to collect forms A and B (required to be submitted by political parties for sponsoring nominated candidates). He refused and instead gave the forms to Mr. Taiju, a former MLA who lost the last election,” Ms. Kenglang told The Hindu.‘Clerical error’She said she had urged Congress president Rahul Gandhi to take action against Mr. Takam for disrespecting the AICC list of candidates and undermining the party’s policy of providing adequate space to women. Mr. Takam, however, said he went by the list he had and the inclusion of Ms. Kenglang’s name could be a case of “clerical error”. “I joined the Congress in 1999 and have been a zila parishad member twice. I fulfilled the criteria to become a candidate but was denied ticket. An individual has kept me out, not the party. I will remain with the Congress because I believe in its ideology,” Ms. Kenglang said. Two other women leaders, however, quit the Congress after being denied tickets. While former Women’s Commission chairperson Jarjum Ete joined the Janata Dal (Secular) to contest from Arunachal West Lok Sabha seat, Toko Yaram left the party after failing to get the ticket for Yachuli Assembly constituency. read more
Janaka Gunaratne and Asanka Silva scalped three wickets each as Ruhunu Eleven defeated Leicestershire Foxes by four runs in a nail-biting finish to keep their hopes of qualifying for Champions League Twenty20 main round alive here on Wednesday. ScoreRiding on Dinesh Chandimal’s strokeful 51-ball 62, Ruhunu set a competitive total of 160 for six after being asked to bat and then restricted Leicestershire to 156 for eight at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.Veteran Pakistani Abdul Razzaq fought a lone battle for Leicestershire, hitting a superb 68 off 46 balls, studded with six fours and two sixes, even as wickets kept falling at regular intervals at the other end.Though Leicestershire batsmen managed to come near the target but the Ruhunu bowlers had the last laugh. Ruhunu had lost to Trinidad and Tobago in their first match on Monday.Chasing 161 for a victory, Leicestershire made a strong start and looked like getting there as they brought up 81 for two in nine overs. But some sensible bowling and quick wickets by Ruhunu bowlers ended the England outfit’s hopes.Openers — Joshua Cobbs (15) and Razzaq — gave the Foxes a flying start. The pair took the team to 31 in 2.2 overs before Janoda removed the former. But that did not stop the Foxes run-riot as Razzaq and captain Andrew McDonald continued sending the opponent bowlers on a leather hunt.McDonald hit three fours during his quickfire 24-run knock off 15 balls before Chandimal stumped him off the bowling of Silva.Silva went on to add another wicket to his kitty in his very next over by removing Will Jefferson (3) to give a ray of hope to Ruhunu.advertisementWhile Razzaq continued to hit the ball all around the park and brought up a quick half-century, wickets kept falling at the other end.After Razzaq got out, it became difficult for Leicestershire to accelerate but Jacques du Toit (13) and Claude Henderson (8 not out) gave a tough fight.Earlier, Ruhunu openers Sanath Jayasuriya (6) and skipper Mahela Udawatte (2) got off to a disastrous start as they lost the first two wickets for 17 runs in 3.1 overs as Harry Gurney sent both the batsmen back in his first two overs.Chandimal and Kushal Janith Parera, then joined hands to steady the boat. To begin with, Parera was the more dominant of the two as he managed to set the rhythm with a six and a four off one of Naik’s overs.But his brief cameo of 15-ball 19 came to an end when Jigar Naik caught him off the bowling off Abdul Razzaq. Razzaq struck once again in his next over as he sent the new batsman Janaka Gunaratne (1) packing as well.However Chandimal, who got a life at seven when Nixon missed a stumping chance off Naik’s bowling, held his ground and hit the loose balls that came his way.Mixing cautious with aggression, Chandimal in the able company of Siriwardana (17) added 44-odd runs to the total.After Siriwardana departed, Chandimal continued to frustrate the Leicestershire bowlers along with Karunanayake and brought up his half-century in 45 balls, setting the path for a good total.For Leicestershire, Harry Gurney (three for 33) was the pick of the bowlers while Abdul Razzaq (two for 30) and Claude Henderson (one for 29) also contributed to the team’s cause. read more
Continue Reading Previous congatec shows next generation embedded vision computing at Japan IoT/M2M ExpoNext Lanner: Virtulization-optimized solution with multi-core processor VadaTech announces the AMC741. The AMC741 is ideal for packet filtering, intelligent networking, multimedia, video transcoding, cloud and other applications. The GX72 device includes 72 identical processor cores (tiles) interconnected with Tilera’s iMesh™ on-chip network. Each tile consists of a full-featured, 64-bit processor core as well as L1 and L2 cache and a non-blocking Terabit/sec switch. The high processing density and high internal bandwidth of the GX72CPU make it ideal for intensive computing tasks.The AMC741 provides four 10GbE front-panel ports via LC style connectors, making it suitable for network-centric sensor processing applications. The unit includes IEEE 1588v2 precision timing controller support, which provides precision 1 ns granularity packet timestamping for signal encoding. The AMC741 is available in mid-size AMC for compact integration including in 1U chassis.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules read more
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say McNeil calls on Burnley to continue momentumby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDwight McNeil was delighted with Burnley’s win against West Ham United on Sunday.It was only their fourth win of the season.While the Clarets are still in the bottom three, it does give them a better chance of survival.And McNeil was happy to make his second start in the league for the team and score a vital goal.Now he wants the team to push on in their next game against Huddersfield.”We’ve just got to kick on now. We’ve got to take what we did (on Sunday) into Wednesday,” said McNeil to the Lancashire Telegraph.”Everyone was saying before the game get to the back post and you will get goals.”When it went in I couldn’t believe it. It was a great moment for me and my family.”At first I didn’t think it had gone in but when I saw it I was really happy.”It’s been a dream since I was a kid and now it’s come true.”When you’re in the playground as a kid you always dream about scoring goals like that and it was amazing to get one.” read more
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Diouf urges Real Madrid target Mbappe to leave PSGby Carlos Volcanoa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Lens and Liverpool striker El Hadji Diouf has urged Kylian Mbappe to leave PSG.Diouf insists the striker, a target for Real Madrid, will not win the Ballon d’Or as a PSG player.He told Le Parisien: “It’s good that he had three goals on Tuesday, but he played against Brugge… “I expect it in the decisive matches, against the big guys. Then, I will say yes. “He can be at least a five times Ballon d’Or winner, because he is so young and has talent… but he has to go to an institution.” read more
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks on the court during a stop in play in a preseason game against the Golden State Warriors at T-Mobile Arena on October 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 123-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)During today’s raucous championship celebration in Cleveland, NBA Finals MVP LeBron James has complimented each of his teammates on their roles in the title. Sasha Kaun did not play in the post-season, last getting run during the Cavaliers’ season finale against the Detroit Pistons, but James did not leave the former Kansas player out. During the speech, he recounted a discussion with another former Jayhawk, Mario Chalmers, during which he realized he has always had a KU player on his team when he’s taken home the title.LeBron admitting he needs our fellow Jayhawks to win titles 🙂 #RockChalk #kubball pic.twitter.com/B6r6Z9PAzz— ChiefsJayhawksRoyals (@CJR16255) June 22, 2016Here’s what LeBron said about Sasha Kaun to @mchalmers15 pic.twitter.com/cFT21fVJwk— Joe Davis (@ByJoeDavis) June 22, 2016 Take note, former Kansas greats. Team up with LeBron and you might win a title. This also applies to every other NBA player.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale read more
Annette FrancisAPTN National NewsTwo communities went before the Supreme court Wednesday to challenge whether Canada failed to uphold it’s duty to consult.One fo the cases has to do with a pipeline in Ontario, the other deals with fracking in Nunavut.The cases will have implications for Indigenous peoples across the email@example.com
OTTAWA – A federal task force will have the rest of the year to figure out how to help thousands of miners find new jobs as part of the Liberals’ latest move to speed up the demise of coal-fired electricity plants in this country.Putting an end to coal-fired plants by 2030 is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 16 million tonnes — about the annual emissions from four million cars — but also put between 3,000 and 3,500 miners out of work.The largest share of job losses will be in Alberta, which has four coal mines, followed by Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia.But the scope of the issue is likely to go beyond coal workers alone: Labour Minister Patty Hajdu was told last year that more than 42,000 people were directly or indirectly employed in the coal industry and “a significant portion” of them would be affected by the phase-out of thermal coal used to produce electricity.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, who is in charge of the pollution regulations, on Friday promised to create a task force to help affected workers move into other areas of the economy and make the “transition a fair one for coal workers and communities.”The nine-member task force is expected to begin work in March and will have nine months to deliver a final report, according to terms posted online.The briefing material provided to Hajdu, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, included a written submission from the Canadian Labour Congress. In it, the labour group noted that governments often talk about helping workers displaced by economic changes that benefit society, but that talk “is rarely translated into practice.”Still, CLC president Hassan Yussuff said Friday he’s optimistic the Liberals’ plan will allow Canada to meet its climate targets “while ensuring that workers and communities have a strong role in creating a green economy.”The announcement of the federal task force — similar to one in Alberta — came on the same day the Liberals unveiled draft regulations to accelerate the phase-out of coal-fired electricity plants by 2030 and set new emissions regulations for new natural gas-fired plants or coal plants converted to run on natural gas.Federal officials expect more interest in natural gas and converted coal plants given the low price of natural gas and the ease with which plants can be expanded in smaller increments to better meet demand.They estimate implementation of the draft coal regulations will cost more than $2.2 billion, but potentially save the country $4.9 billion in reduced health care costs.Three-quarters of the $2.2-billion price tag would fall on the shoulders of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, which aren’t expected to end their reliance on coal for power until at least 2040.Coal-fired plants are responsible for almost three-quarters of emissions from the electricity sector, even though they only produce about 11 per cent of the nation’s electricity supply.Environmental groups applauded the government’s regulations, but warned more needs to be done to limit the use of natural gas plants in the future.Binnu Jeyakumar, a program director at the Pembina Institute, said the government’s carbon pricing scheme should apply to natural gas plants “to ensure that the market provides an even playing field for renewables, energy efficiency, and storage.”Clean Energy Canada’s policy director, Dan Woynillowicz, said limiting natural gas in Canada’s electricity system would also “minimize the number of Canadian workers who will need to transition jobs in the future.”The Canadian Electricity Association is warning the new regulations add another layer of red tape for the sector, something that is sure to affect rates across the country. read more