THE COUNTDOWN FOR RED BULL X-ALPS 2017 IS ON! Tension rises: after a long and intense preparation, 31 athletes from 20 nations arrive at the basecamp in Fuschl am See, Austria ahead of the 2017 Red Bull X-Alps race. In the picturesque village of the SalzburgerLand region, the athletes will make their final adjustments and fine-tune their race strategies with the help of their supporters. The route and the unpredictable weather conditions are one of the main topics of the athletes. For Duncan Kotze of South Africa (Cape St Francis), preparation was tough he explains. “I broke some ribs in March, so I was out of training for three weeks and then got back into it; but just very mild training to keep the cardio up.” Kotze learnt to fly in France back in 1999 and says that Europe has much more to offer for paragliders than his local area. For now, his feelings remain mixed; “I’m excited to get going, but nervous of all the people at take-off. We’re not used to that. The pressure is on for a good launch!” USA’s Gavin McClurg knows exactly what it takes to push himself to the limit; he certainly stands in good stead for the imminently approaching race. He says as confidently as ever; “Since we made it to Austria to prepare for the race, we have pretty much been in the air every single day, so it’s been really good.” Nick Neynens from New Zealand has experienced the blood, sweat and tears of Red Bull X-Alps once before and is mostly excited about the route. He says; “I think it’s great that it passes through the Alps so many times. It gives a lot of options and I really like the turnpoints where you can land at high-up points.” If he gets off to a good start this time around, who knows what he will be capable of. So it seems the athletes are well prepared and ready for the challenges that Red Bull X-Alps 2017 will provide. For those at home here’s what you can expect from 29 June, 2017 onwards. We’ve put together all the important details for you . . .
In the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel, Samuel Pupo and Zoe McDougall took the honours. Samuel Pupo and Zoe McDougall surfed to victory at Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel in Ballito on Thursday, claiming the premier JQS1,000-rated men's and women's event titles, respectively. The opening event in the 13-day Ballito Pro Surf Festival featured the country's best 18-and-under surfers alongside a contingent of highly rated international competitors as they battled for trophies, prize money and points on the WSL Africa rankings lists. Pupo, 17, was the standout performer throughout the three-day event, consistently delivering the highest scores in each round and demonstrating an outstanding ability to perform gravity-defying aerial manoeuvres high above the lip. He faced his toughest test in the final when his opponent, former South African U16 champion Ethan Fletcher, took the lead at the halfway point of the 25 minute encounter with a ride the length of Willard Beach that earned 7.83. But with an excellent 8.67 in his score-line for a huge air-reverse, the Brazilian needed just 5.80 for victory and posted a 6.30 at the five minute mark to establish a lead that Fletcher ultimately could not match. "My strategy really worked for me. Five minutes into the heat I had two scores already and that made me comfortable for the rest of the heat and I'm super-happy to have this win," said Pupo. "I've been trying airs my whole life so now I'm doing them in heats and I can get a nine, or I can get a two, but it worked for me in this final. This win for me is so important as I've been in a couple of Junior finals but I've never had a win. I've turned 17, so I'm really happy to have my first win." The JQS women's final was an all international encounter between McDougall and Pacha Luque-Light of Australia that see-sawed back and forth with the lead changing hands after virtually every ride. McDougall, winner of the . . .
Vibescout, an innovative start-up that provides event listings and city guides, is now listing movies showing on 690 screens in 94 cinemas across South Africa. Vibescout is now officially the largest movie aggregator in South Africa and continues to take the country’s entertainment scene to new heights. Cape Town, South Africa, July 5, 2017 – Co-founded in 2015 by brothers’ Paul and Jonathan Myburgh, Vibescout’s vision is to provide an easy-to-use platform used to smartly curate the best things to do near you. This is done through event listings, comprehensive go-to guides and now, movie listings. The idea behind Vibescout was first born when Paul was travelling in Saigon, Vietnam in January 2014. After visiting all the regular tourist destinations, he scoured the hostel notice boards for more unique things to do and began to wonder how he could get better insight into truly local events and activities. After realizing there was definitely a void that needed to be filled in this space, Paul brought the idea back home to South Africa later that year and soon began work on Vibescout’s first version. Vibescout officially launched out of beta and started providing event listing in October 2016; by April 2017 they reached over 100 000 users for the month! As of 27 June 2017, Vibescout became the largest movie aggregator in South Africa, listing movies showing on 688 screens in 94 cinemas throughout the country. “It took roughly 6 weeks to get a MVP release and from it we have had amazing user feedback. We are currently getting nearly 10 000 users weekly using our movie section to find the latest movies and locate cinemas around them. We didn't realize it at the time and such a goal wasn't even on our radar, but we are now officially the largest movie aggregator in South Africa.” JONATHAN MYBURGH, CO-FOUNDER OF VIBESCOUT Connect with or contact with us: Jonathan Myburgh - . . .
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Nestled between the hills of Colleen Glen, a new function venue has opened. Kleinplaas Country Estate & Function Venue is inviting the public to attend thier open days this weekend. The renovated sheep-shearing shed in the unspoilt natural setting served as inspiration for the name of the venue. They are inviting everyone to come view the premisis and to see various decor options provided by Lea Draping & Decor. The viewing time slots are 30 June (16:00-21:00) and 1 July (10:00-14:00). This family-friendly event is completely free of charge, with light arrival refreshments to be served. Visit the Kleinplaas Facebook page for more information regarding the opening and pictures of the venue: https://www.facebook.com/kleinplaas/ Contact the in-house events co-ordinator, Janita Hanekom, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 071 382 7354. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Port Elizabeth, 22 June -- SANRAL today announced that as many as 55 000 persons, equivalent to five per cent of the estimated 980 000 currently unemployed individuals in the Eastern Cape, could gain some employment through the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR). “The Eastern Cape’s official unemployment rate stands at 28.6%, expanded unemployment extends to 44.5% and over two million grants are being paid out every month. “As bad as this figure is, it is an average and hides even more horrifying local statistics, with certain rural municipalities such as Ingquza Hill (based around Lusikisiki, Flagstaff and Holy Cross) having unemployment figures in excess of 85%,” Craig McLachlan, SANRAL’s N2WCTR Project Manager said. The N2WCTR is set to alleviate some of the pressure experienced by many as a result of this unemployment. “While some of the estimated 55 000 jobs to be created will ensure people that are currently employed stay employed, a significant portion will be new jobs. “Potentially, as much as five per cent of the estimated 980 000 unemployed individuals in the Eastern Cape could gain some employment through the project and its spin offs,” McLachlan said. Approximately five percent of the budget for the 112 kilometre greenfields section of the N2WCTR will be spent on labour. More than R400 million will be allocated to wages for unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workers employed directly on the N2WCTR project. A further R1.5 billion is destined for local SMMEs comprising of local contractors and local suppliers of goods and services to the road and bridge construction projects. “SANRAL’s direct job creation forecast is 1.8 million man-days or 8 000 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs over the construction period of four to five years. These jobs will not just be for unskilled labour but will include semi-skilled and skilled jobs as well, including local builders, engineers, grader operators, excavator operators, welders, mechanics, foremen, . . .
Winter is the best time to visit game reserves in South Africa. There is less water because most of the country is a summer rainfall area, and this makes for great game viewing opportunities. Dried-up dams and waterholes are typical during the winter months in those regions. There is also less foliage in the bush, so visitors will have a much greater chance of spotting animals walking in search of water. This year, the mid-year school holiday falls during the first three weeks of July, so that offers a perfect opportunity for a family break in the wild. And there are many choices. Addo Elephant Park, a gem near Port Elizabeth, is not as well-known as it deserves to be. Combining a trip through the Eastern Cape or the Garden Route with two or three days at Addo makes for a real treat. You should consider staying over inside the Park, although accommodation options are limited. Because of Addo’s relatively small size, visitors are guaranteed to spot a variety of animals. As its name suggests, elephants abound. It’s not uncommon to find yourself encircled by large herds at water holes – intimidating at first but it then becomes quite fascinating to see close-up how these giants of the bush move and care for one another. Further north, in KwaZulu-Natal, you’ll find one of Africa’s oldest game parks, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. Known for its rhino conservation work and amazing array of bird life, the reserve is also home to an enormous variety of other animals, including many members of the cat family. The location is the magnificent Elephant Coast, where the true wild nature of Africa is showcased. A stayover at the Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris, nestled between the Hlulhluwe Game Reserve and the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, is perfect for travellers keen to experience both destinations. In addition to game sighting opportunities, this park offers boat rides on the Hluhluwe Dam, as well as drives in very scenic countryside. In . . .
Eastern Cape, 07 June 2017: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited’s (SANRAL) community development and community access construction roads project – a spin-off programme in support of the N2WCTR - is busy stimulating new construction start-up companies in Mpondoland. It is giving emergent youth business owners a springboard through skills development and guaranteed employment opportunities. The initiative is slowly transforming the socio-economic landscape which typically draws youth into a vicious cycle of poverty, unemployment and inequality. Like many youth in Mbizana, Nombali Hlongwe (27) has had a difficult start in life. We met her for the first time at SANRAL’s training site in Mbizana in a breakaway room where we spoke to her. Nombali has one of the most beautiful voices you will ever hear. She is strong, she is humble and above all she knows she is destined for greater things. Her eyes lost their sparkle when we asked her about her life before the SANRAL scholarship. “I was a former finance student of the Durban University of Technology. A lack of financial resources forced me to drop out of studies. I then worked as a call centre agent for a South African cellular network in Durban. However, for personal reasons, I had to resign and return to my family home.” A NEW HOPE: “We need jobs in this area. Most of the youth are unemployed, there are some who turn to alcohol abuse and using drugs because they have nothing better to do.” She invited us to her home to visit her family, a few kilometres away from the training site. She told us she has to get up every morning and leave her home between 06:30 and 06:45 to walk to class and arrive on time at 08:00. Nombali is a single mother and has a four year old son. At home she lives with her parents, her son, grandmother and 12 other siblings in Mbizana’s Ward 23. Her dad, Sandile is a taxi owner and mom, Nofezile is a house wife, who loves to grow her own vegetables. “When I . . .
For a number of years Google has been signaling their intent to rank web sites using the https:// protocol higher than those using the http:// protocol. SEO gurus say that using HTTPS can improve the SEO rankings of your websites. Though a lightweight ranking signal at present, HTTPS will be an important ranking signal in the future. Recently the Chrome and Firefox browsers began warning users of possible 'insecure connections' whenever users filled in a form or logged into their own web site. The message in Firefox is displayed next to a lock icon with a red strike-through and says; "This connection is not secure. Logins entered here could be compromised." MyPR moved to https:// on Sunday 4 June 2017 and it appears that we are getting more traffic. We say 'appears' as the increase in traffic may just be a blip - the real proof of the pudding will be in whether that increase in traffic is sustained for the next year or so. What does it mean for the many PR Professionals who use MyPR: Most importantly - more traffic and better exposure for your articles A safer environment for you and visitors to enjoy. For those contemplating moving from the http:// protocol to the the https:// protocol we recommend that you read this article: https://blog.templatetoaster.com/redirect-http-to-https-seo-optimized/ For a quick check of your sites compliance (or not) to https:// visit: https://www.whynopadlock.com/check.php Why No Padlock will also highlight calls to other sites that may still use the http:// protocol and thus rendering your pages as 'insecure'. The generic steps to follow, if you want to redirect HTTP to HTTPS are listed below: Purchase an SSL certificate: The first requirement for HTTPS is to purchase an SSL certificate for your website. There are many types of SSL certificates available. Select one based on your business needs. Install the SSL certificate: Once purchased, the SSL certificate is to be installed on your website. . . .
St Francis Links, St Francis Bay - St Francis College brings you the Monte Carlo Royale on Friday 23 June 2017. Book the date, because this exciting event, being held at the St Francis Links Club House, is sure to be great evening of rocking music, awesome food and a whole load of gaming fun. Gaming Events, a company from Johannesburg, will be facilitating the Roulette, Black Jack and Poker tables. Tickets cost R250 per person, and ticket price includes complimentary champagne, dinner, entrance into a lucky draw as well as ‘$500 funny money' to get the gaming evening started. Credit card facilities will be available for purchases of chips thereafter. Arrival at the event is from 19:00, and allows for an opportunity to browse our silent art auction, as well as other general auction items. Gaming tables will open at 20:00, and as dinner will be served canapé style, there is no need to book an entire table. The dress code for the evening is smart, but don't forget your dancing shoes, because there will be a dance floor and DJ set up in Jack’s Bar. For more information contact Heather White 082 292 5909 or the St Francis College on 042 294 1395 Tickets available online at qkt.io/MonteCarlo CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .