Indonesia’s Mandalika MotoGP could yield $15m: Organizer

first_imgThe MotoGP motorcycle race to be staged in Indonesia next year could earn the country US$15 million, say the organizers of the prestigious event. The 2021 Indonesia MotoGP is to be held on a newly built street circuit in Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara.The income estimation is based on expected ticket sales as well as tourism revenue, Mandalika Grand Prix Association (MGPA) revealed on Thursday. MGPA operations and support head Dian Delato said that, given the significant number of MotoGP fans in the country, the race was a good financial opportunity for Indonesia, which could outclass other Southeast Asian countries that  staged the event in the past.“At the Sepang MotoGP [in Malaysia], the average was 120,000 visitors [per series], with 60 percent of them being Indonesians.”Can you imagine how much money we’ve wasted [overseas] for the Sepang MotoGP [all these times]?” Dian told the press during an event to launch motorcycle lubricant brand Motul in Sentul Circuit, West Java, on Thursday.He went on to say that each Indonesian spent up to Rp 6 million ($438.4) only for one ticket for a Sepang series, plus funds for flights and accommodation. Meanwhile, each MotoGP racer typically had a crew of up to 10 people per race, which Dian said illustrated the potential of their spending while competing in Mandalika.He said the economic impact of hosting the MotoGP event, which is to be held from 2021 to 2025, would be different from other sports events, like the Asian Games or the Olympic Games, due to its annual nature. Meanwhile, the Asian Games and Olympics are both quadrennial events.With regard to funding, the MotoGP event is covered by private-sector investment, including for the circuit construction.According to the MGPA, the $15 million in potential economic impact, if it materializes, would surpass the Buriram MotoGP in Thailand’s, which raked in $10 million generated from transportation and accommodation services, food and beverages as well as entertainment.“The most important pertains to the image of our country. [Hosting the MotoGP race] means that Indonesia is no longer just a spectator,” he said.Meanwhile, the construction of the Mandalika circuit, which is designed to have 17 corners, has reached 10 percent so far. According to the schedule, the circuit is to be asphalted in September.“Dorna [the MotoGP commercial rights holder] expects Mandalika to be ready for pre-season testing. This is a good sign, as Buriram needed five years until it received the go-ahead for hosting the event,” he added.Motul Indonesia managing director Carlo Savoca said the company was in discussion with the Mandalika MotoGP organizers for a future partnership. Motul has sponsored four MotoGPs, namely in Argentina, Japan, the Netherlands and Spain.Topics :last_img read more

GT Beer Super Sunday football

first_imgUpper Dem. to face Georgetown, West Dem to clash with Essequibo/PomeroonWITH the battle lines drawn for Sunday, it’s anybody’s guess who will make it to the inaugural final of the GT Beer Inter-Association Super Sunday night cup football championship, being staged by the Upper Demerara Football Association at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.The die is cast for two interesting matches especially as Upper Demerara and Georgetown will collide in the second game of a double-header. The first brings together Essequibo Pomeroon and the emerging powerhouse West Demerara.With an unbeaten run from their three group stage matches, Upper Demerara will face a Georgetown side which suffered a 1-0 loss to West Demerara but still managed to qualify as the second team from Group B.Upper Demerara gained nine points after three wins and netted 10 goals while giving up three in the process. Georgetown on the other hand with two wins, that lone loss to West Demerara, ended with six points while scoring nine goals as against conceding four with six points.Essequibo Pomeroon came through after securing one win, one defeat and one draw for four points, bettering East Bank who had one win also, but lost twice after scoring five goals and allowing seven.East Coast the other team in their group failed to win after getting a draw and two defeats for one point. (Joe Chapman)last_img read more

3 Dead, 6 Injured After Train Derails In Scotland

first_imgLONDON (AP) — A passenger train derailed in northeast Scotland after stormy weather, killing three people and injuring six others Wednesday, authorities said.The train’s driver is believed to be among the dead, but formal identification has yet to take place, the British Transport Police force said. Six people were hospitalized, but their injuries are not considered serious.“I would like to reassure the public that this was not a busy service, and from (closed circuit television) inquiries and witness statements we believe all passengers have been accounted for,” British Transport Police chief superintendent Eddie Wylie said. “However, once the area has been made safe, then a full and thorough search will be conducted, which is likely to take some time.″Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the derailment as a “major″ incident and said she would be convening an emergency response meeting.The transport police said officers were called at 9:43 a.m. (0843GMT) to the railway line near the coastal town of Stonehaven, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northeast of Edinburgh and south of Aberdeen.Smoke could be seen billowing from the wreck. Photos showed that several cars of the four-carriage train had left the tracks and tumbled down an embankment. Air ambulances and coast guard helicopters came and went as the rescue operation unfolded.Local lawmaker Andrew Bowie had been in Stonehaven surveying flood damage earlier Wednesday.“The situation was really bad this morning. The River Carron, the main river which flows through it, had burst its banks, and the heavy rain had caused flooding in the center of Stonehaven and lots of the side streets leading off it,″ he said.Bowie added that the water had receded and it was unclear if flooding was connected to the derailment.“I don’t think speculation is helpful at this stage,″ he said. “We obviously don’t know why the derailment took place, but obviously we have suffered terrible weather here.”Serious train accidents are rare in the U.K. The country’s last fatal derailment was in 2007.The head of Network Rail cut short a family vacation to return to the UK. The chief inspector of railways, Ian Prosser, said inspectors were at the site and assisting in the preliminary investigation.“We will work with other agencies, including the emergency services, to find out exactly what happened and identify the causes of this tragic incident,” he saidPrime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “I am saddened to learn of the very serious incident in Aberdeenshire and my thoughts are with all of those affected. My thanks to the emergency services at the scene.”last_img read more

Action! Film Scenes Shot on Location at RFH

first_imgBy Bernadette Hogan |RUMSON – When a handful of students were asked to spend last Saturday inside Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, there was no grumbling.The young actors and film fans chosen by Film Studies teacher Dana Maulshagen were given an opportunity to be in a feature film, “Immortal,” and work alongside a film industry professional, Rob Margolies.Immortal is a 4-part anthology feature film about ordinary people who come to realize they cannot die, told in the style of the Twilight Zone. Margolies is the producer of the series, and director of this installment.RFH alum Rob Margolies, left, directed and filmed a portion of a four part series, “Immortal,” at his alma mater. Photo courtesy Eliana WeinfeldMargolies, an alumnus of RFH Class of 2001, has always been passionate about film. After high school, he graduated from Chapman University with a BFA in Film Production. During his senior year he won a scholarship to work with Oscar Award-winning director William Friedkin (“The Exorcist”) and his first film “Lifelines” was borne of this venture.Growing up, Margolies divided his weekends between the comfort of the Red Bank movie theater alongside his grandmother, Thelma LaBove, and trips to the former Movie City Video Store of Little Silver. Pouring over video box descriptions, film credits and teases, Margolies was hooked.In the fifth grade, Forrestdale English teacher Jeff Pedone noticed Margolies’s creative writing, and suggested he combine that talent with his love for movies.“A lightbulb flashed,” Margolies recalls. “I thought: I can do that for a living? I can tell crazy stories for a living?”As a film student, he recalled feeling fueled by immersion in a creative environment. Forfeiting frat parties, he spent time writing and experimenting with ideas.“In film school, I found I had to work harder than everyone else. I hate being competitive, but I believe everyone should have their dreams come true.”His experience working with Friedkin helped him learn fast. “It was his bluntness I respected so much. It made me work ten times harder. I didn’t take anything personally, but his words of wisdom pushed me further. Two years later, I was making my first feature film.”Margolies will tell you, for every dream, there’s an algorithm. Finding financing for films is no walk in the park, it’s a numbers game. That’s where his knack for producing comes into play.“If you’re asking 100 people for funding, and keep getting turned down, then you need to reevaluate yourself and the project.”This is a subject Margolies, a resident of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, covers at The Actor’s Green Room in New York City, a training space for actors, where he draws upon his background teaches courses on auditioning for independent films, finding investors for feature films and “Everything You Need to Know About Making a Movie.”Instruction is based off personal experience: as a director what he looks for within the first ten minutes of an audition – “first impression is everything” – and how if you’re going to embark on a film venture of your own, finding investors and persistence is everything.“To struggle and overcome, to focus on a passion – it’s both a blessing and has a curse element to it,” he said. That’s why growing up Margolies says he didn’t fit the mold.“I was a film geek. But I knew I wouldn’t be that normal person in any respect – even in film,” he said. “I didn’t have a choice.”Margolies has two sons, 4 ½-year-old Bastian – named after his favorite character in his favorite film “The NeverEnding Story” – and 3-year-old Ellis, a name owing to his love for New York City.“If I can inspire my sons, if I can see that my kids live their dreams, then that’s enough for me. I want them to see me as someone who may not have won an Oscar, but someone who worked toward their dreams.”He admits with a laugh, “And it’s all based on luck, I’m getting closer to making a movie like ‘Shawshank’ [Redemption]. I’m getting closer to fulfilling my dreams.”Margolies predicts “Immortal” will be finished within the year, with actors Dylan Baker (CBS’s “The Good Wife,” SHOWTIME’s “Homeland”) and actress Lindsay Mushett, of whom Margolies says, “I’ve never met someone give such a natural, riveting performance” upon her first audition.In his spare time Margolies attracts talented filmmakers via developyourmovie.com. Those interested have the opportunity to pitch the film idea, and Margolies determines whether or not he can help find financing for the project.This article was first published in the May 10-17, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Fraser Valley Three-peats Female Midget AAA

first_imgThe Fraser Valley Phantom made it a Female Midget AAA Champion Three-peat by sweeping the Thompson/Okanagan Rockets in the best-of-three league final Saturday in Langley. The Phantom will now advance to the 2014 Esso Cup, April 20 – 23 in Stoney Creek, Ontario.Chelsea Wilson and Kaely McMurty scored singles in Fraser Valley’s 2-0 win Friday to open the series. Saturday, Kirsten Martin scored the only goal as the Phantom pulled out the narrow 1-0 victory.Valencia Yordanov and Rachel Fontinha each posted shutouts for Fraser Valley.Fraser Valley defeated West Coast Avalanche in three games to advance to the final while the Rockets edged out Northern Cougars, also in three games.The Avs got past Kootenay Wildcats in two games in quarter final playoff action. The Cats, 6-19-5, finished the regular season in fifth place in the six-team league.The Female Midget AAA League was initiated in the 2007-2008 season in response to the membership’s desire to provide an opportunity for elite female hockey players to come together on zone teams to challenge other elite Female Midget teams. Since its inception, the FMAAA league has had over 50 players go on to play at post-secondary institutions in Canada and the United States.last_img read more

LOCAL RUNNERS SAN ONOFRE, WILD DUDE & COASTLINE ALL PROMINENT, ALONG WITH MIDWEST INVADER SUBTLE INDIAN, IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 KONA GOLD STAKES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS

first_imgWILD DUDE: One of three Jerry Hollendorfer-trained entrants, this 6-year-old Florida-bred horse by Wildcat Heir was second, beaten one length by San Onofre, as the even money favorite in the Los Angeles Stakes April 16 with Kent Desormeaux up. He’ll be reunited with Rafael Bejarano on Saturday, and although he drew the rail, he is a perfect two for two from that post and will hope for a lively pace. A winner of the Grade I, six furlong Santa Anita Sprint Championship four starts back on Oct. 3, Wild Dude is a four-time graded stakes winning sprinter who also took Del Mar’s Grade I, six furlong Bing Crosby Stakes on July 26. A nationally prominent sprinter dating back to February, 2014, Wild Dude, who is owned by Hollendorfer and Green Smith, Jr., is 21-7-5-4 overall with earnings of $975,232. DREAM SATURDAY: Owned by Top Racing, LLC, he’s been away since Aug. 9 at Saratoga and will be making his first start for Hollendorfer on Saturday. Third, beaten 2 ¼ lengths three starts back in the Grade I, seven furlong Carter Handicap at Aqueduct on April 4, this 5-year-old horse by Any Given Saturday has an impressive local work tab to his credit as he seeks his initial stakes win with Mike Smith aboard for the first time. With a win from two starts at 6 ½ furlongs, Dream Saturday is 12-4-2-1 overall with earnings of $198,156. SUBTLE INDIAN: A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Indian Charlie, Subtle Indian comes off a huge gate to wire win in the Grade III, six furlong Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn Park on April 10. Trained by Robertino Diodoro and owned by Mercedes Stables, LLC, Subtle Indian, who broke from the rail in a field of nine, won the Count Fleet by 3 ¾ lengths and dating back to Jan. 15, rattled off four consecutive sprint wins at Oaklawn. With seven wins from nine overall starts, Subtle Indian figures to be well-backed in the betting with regular rider Ramon Vazquez shipping in for what his connections hope will be his fifth consecutive win. With six of his seven wins coming at Oaklawn Park, Subtle Indian has earnings of $500,300. KAFISTER: Trained by David Bernstein, this 6-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Kafwain is a nose shy of having won three starts in a row. A game nose winner of a six furlong classified allowance here on March 25, Kafister, who was claimed by Bernstein for $20,000 some 16 starts back in March, 2014, has been in the money in his last seven starts, winning his last two. Owned by longtime clients Alan Aidekman and Gaylord Ailshie, Kafister is razor sharp, but will be making his first added money start since running fourth in his third career start, Santa Anita’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. Kafister, who will be ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat, is 26-11-3-4 overall with earnings of $324,450. THE GRADE II KONA GOLD STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 9 (of 11)                                                                                     ARCADIA, Calif. (May 18, 2016)–With recent graded stakes winner San Onofre leading the way, several locally based sprinters such as Wild Dude, Coastline, Cherubim, Sahara Sky and Kafister, along with out of state invaders Subtle Indian and Dream Saturday, all loom dangerous in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes, for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs. Named for trainer Bruce Headley’s Eclipse Award winning sprinter (2000), the Kona Gold has attracted a wide-open field of 10. Wild Dude–Rafael Bejarano–122Souper Knight–Abel Lezcano–120Cautious Knight–Santiago Gonzalez–120Coastline–Tyler Baze–120Cherubim–Tiago Pereira–120Dream Saturday–Mike Smith–120Subtle Indian–Ramon Vazquez–120Kafister–Flavien Prat–120Sahara Sky–Martin Garcia–120San Onofre–Edwin Maldonado–120Saturday is Preakness Day at Santa Anita. Admission gates will open early at 8 a.m. First live race post time is at 12 noon. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. SAN ONOFRE: Trained by Karen Headley, bred by her father, trainer Bruce Headley and owned by the family’s Matson Racing, San Onofre relished his outside post position in the Grade III, 5 ½ furlong Los Angeles Stakes on April 16, as he stalked a fast pace and went on to an authoritative one length win under Edwin Maldonado. A 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Surf Cat, San Onofre will again break from the far outside and will hope for a similar trip in the Kona Gold. With four wins and as many seconds from 11 starts at Santa Anita, San Onofre has six wins from 13 overall starts and earnings of $402,385. SAHARA SKY: Trained and owned in-part by Hollendorfer and Kim Lloyd’s Sweetwater Stable, this 8-year-old son of Pleasant Tap gained national acclaim when he won the prestigious Grade I Metropolitan (Mile) Handicap at Belmont Park in May, 2013. A dedicated deep closer, Sahara Sky’s last win came eight starts back in Santa Anita’s Grade II, seven furlong San Carlos Stakes in March, 2014. Third, beaten one length in the Kona Gold 13 months ago, Sahara Sky, who is now based with Hollendorfer at Golden Gate Fields, was likely in need of his a last race there, as he had been away nine months prior to finishing fifth in a six furlong classified allowance on April 23. Classy Sahara Sky, who will be ridden for the first time by Martin Garcia, has three wins from seven starts at 6 ½ furlongs and is 25-8-4 overall, with earnings of $1,180,238. COASTLINE: One of two Phil D’Amato-trained horses in the lineup, this 5-year-old horse by Speightstown comes off a good second, beaten a length and a quarter, by top sprinter Kobe’s Back here in the Grade II, seven furlong San Carlos Stakes on March 12. Originally based in the Midwest, Coastline, who is owned by Agave Racing Stable or Jaam Racing, Inc., won the restricted Clockers’ Corner Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf two starts back and will be making his fourth start for D’Amato in the Kona Gold. In his first-ever start at 6 ½ furlongs on dirt, Coastline should be mid-pack early with Tyler Baze riding him back. A winner of five of 20 overall starts, he has earnings of $396,806. CHERUBIM: Trained by D’Amato, this 5-year-old Henny Hughes gelding posted a game nose victory in a 6 ½ furlong classified allowance at Los Alamitos on April 22 but will take a steep raise in class in the Kona Gold. Prior to his win at Los Alamitos, Cherubim had been idle since running second in the restricted Pirate’s Bounty Stakes going six furlongs at Del Mar on Sept. 7. Owned by Gerald Frankel, Cherubim, who is 13-3-5-1 overall, will be making his first graded stakes assignment with regular rider Tiago Pereira set to ride back.last_img read more

Live preseason updates: Warriors vs. Lakers, Friday at 7:30 p.m.

first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis Friday at 7:30 p.m. for the Warriors final preseason game as they take on the Lakers in San Jose.The SAP Center crowd will not be happy to hear LeBron James won’t play Friday night as the 33-year-old is resting before the Lakers’ start of the regular season next Wednesday.This is unfortunate news considering the show LeBron, the Lakers and Warriors put on in Las Vegas during Golden State’s 123-113 loss. King James played just 18 minutes but was in …last_img read more

Homo naledi finds its home at Wits vault

first_imgThe Homo naledi fossils have been carefully placed in the highly secure Phillip V Tobias Fossil Primate and Hominid Laboratory, which houses most of the world’s information on human evolution. We take you on an exclusive tour. Homo naledi fossils has been relocated to the Phillip V. Tobias Fossil Primate and Hominid Laboratory where further tests will be done. (Images: Shamin Chibba) The gallery • Local researchers honoured at their ‘Oscars’ • Space science can solve socio-economic problems• Hanli Prinsloo: ‘Fall in love with the ocean, to save it’ • New push for careers in science and innovation • DNA detective work could end poaching  Shamin Chibba The Homo naledi fossils, which were recently discovered in the Dinaledi Cave in Gauteng, have been given a new home at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.The fossils are now housed in the vault at the Phillip V Tobias Fossil Primate and Hominid Laboratory on campus, after spending a month on display at the Cradle of Humankind in neighbouring Mogale City.The new species, Homo naledi, was named after the chamber in which it was discovered, in the Rising Star caves. The underground room where the fossils were found was called the Dinaledi Chamber, which means “chamber of stars” in SeSotho.At a recent Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) media tour hosted by Brand South Africa, local and foreign journalists were given exclusive access to the vault.Archaeologist Lee Berger, an American based at Wits’ world-renowned centre, said the vault was home to almost 60% of the world’s fossils, including the recently discovered Homo naledi. Berger and his team of excavators were on hand to show and explain their experiences during their discovery of the Homo naledi fossils.At its opening in July, Berger said the vault held more scientific information on how humans evolved and where we came from than any other facility worldwide. “Right here in this vault, this word-class vault, is the majority of their assemblage. It’s held in high security because this is all of human heritage.”“This is a very special place,” he told the journalists on the FOCAC tour earlier this month. “We don’t allow anyone other than scientists to enter here.”But the press members were given a chance to view the Homo naledi remains up close.And now, we present to you exclusive pictures from the vault taken during that media tour.  Pictured is the inside of the vault at Wits University. Berger said there was an “extraordinary spike in discoveries across Africa over the last decade” and that there is still more to find on the continent. Berger believes that this young woman’s curved hand could have been shaped that way for climbing. What startled Berger and his colleagues is that the Dinaledi Cave where the homo naledi fossils were found was just 1.5-kilometres away from Sterkfontein, a site that is rich in hominid fossils. Homo naledi had the ability to move its arms and legs like modern humans. The homo naledi fossils were on display at the Cradle of Humankind between September and October this year. Schoolchildren were given the chance to view the remains of the homo naledi when it was kept at the Cradle of Humankind earlier this year. The bones showed no traces of their being in fights with carnivores or other hominins. This suggests that the Dinaledi Cave was where the homo naledi disposed of their dead, a sort of burial site. This is an indication of their sophistication and what Berger said was a recognition of their own mortality. “It is what separated us from the animal kingdom.” Berger said fossils of 15 individuals of various ages were found 12 metres into the Dinaledi Chamber. Taung Child, pictured above, which is a fossilised skull of a young Australopithecus africanus, is also housed in the vault at Wits University. It was discovered in 1924 by quarrymen working for the Northern Lime Company in Taung, North-West province. An illustrated representation of the Dinaledi Cave where the homo naledi fossils were found. (Image: Wits University)last_img read more

Doing the Dusi – in wood and canvas canoes

first_img27 November 2013Early on Friday morning a hardy band of 16 canoeing enthusiasts will set off on a four-day journey from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, following the original Dusi Canoe Marathon route and paddling replica canvas and wood craft of the same design used by Dr Ian Player when he won the inaugural Dusi in 1951.The Dusi Canoe Marathon is one of the world’s largest canoe marathons and an iconic South African endurance sporting event.The Commemorative Dusi Canvas Journey was started by paddling stalwart John Oliver in 2002, with the intention of replicating the pioneering feats of the race’s founders, right down to the construction of canoes made exactly to plans used in the 1950s.Boat builderAnton Venter, one of the race’s staunchest supporters, has fine-tuned the skills needed to build these boats from suitable timber and canvas, and is able to supply the replica craft to keen paddlers from around R1 500, roughly 25% of the cost of a simple modern fibre-glass craft.The Canvas Dusi participants wear the typical 1950s uniform of khaki shorts and shirts. Those who have done at least one Canvas Dusi get to add a leopard skin band to their hats in memory of the first Dusi when Ernie Pearce, one of the Dusi’s most important historical figures, cut up a leopard skin carpet at home and added it to his hat.The four-day adventure has seen a gradual turnover in personnel since it was first run in 2001, with more and more younger paddlers joining the trip.“In the beginning it was just a bunch of us old ‘balies’,” Hugh Raw, one of the Canvas Dusi’s most passionate supporters, said this week. “It is great to see the younger paddler joining us, like the Wright brothers, which helps to bring down the average age.”Annual eventThe race is run on the first weekend in December to coincide with the good water releases for the two-day 50 Miler race, which is a major build-up race to the Dusi Canoe Marathon in February. However, it does mean that the first and last days of the Canvas Dusi trip are often paddled on low rivers.On the final stage from Molweni to Blue Lagoon in Durban, the paddlers will not carry their craft over the notorious Burma Road portage, but instead face up to the big rapids on the paddle around.“Peter Peacock [a former Dusi winner] has started shooting the big stuff in these wood and canvas canoes, which have open cockpits with no splash covers,” said Raw. “Last year I shot Island One and Two Rapids following Peter’s lines and we both made it!”Typically, both rapids are studiously avoided by the Dusi paddlers of today.“These wood and canvas craft can be quite hard work to maintain and they don’t have a very long lifespan,” Raw added.“If you pick up a rip in the canvas, that’s quite easy to fix because you can patch it with contact adhesive. But when you break one of the wooden ribs in the boat, then they become quite weak.”Support crewThe 16 paddlers, accompanied by a support crew of four, now stay overnight at the Mfula Lodge operated by John Graaff from the Mfula Store premises, close to the halfway point of their journey.Day One will take them to Yellow Rock, close to the first overnight stop of the normal Dusi Marathon. Day Two overnights conveniently at Mfula Store, while the third stage ends at Molweni, below the Inanda Dam wall, and the final stage on Monday ends at Blue Lagoon in Durban.“It is a totally social trip, and we all stay together and help each other out whenever necessary,” Raw explained.“We did lose one of our number last year. He somehow got lost on the Guinea Fowl portage and we were enormously relieved to see him stumbling out of the bush several hours later. But generally speaking the group that starts is the same group that will finish the trip in Durban.”2014 DusiThe Dusi Canoe Marathon, which takes place from 13 to 15 February 2014, is focussing on the pioneering feats of the characters who started the race 63 years ago and profiling the contributions that icons like founder Dr Ian Player, Ernie Pearce, Graeme Pope-Ellis and Robert Lembethe made in helping the famous race become what it is today.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Why Instagram Wins Its Rap Battle With Twitter

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Instagram#twitter In the most shocking coincidence in all tech history, Twitter updated its apps with its rumored photo filters on the same day that Instagram 3.2 came out with an improved camera and new filters. This is really boring news. There is only one thing that’s interesting about the Blurry Photo War, and this is as good a time as any to mention it.Twitter and Instagram have been fighting. Instagram sold to Facebook instead of Twitter, so Twitter cut off Instagram’s access to Twitter followers, so Instagram cut off photo sharing in Twitter Cards, so Twitter partnered up with Aviary and put photo filters in its own apps. This is terrible consumer tech drudgery that doesn’t help anyone. But there is still one grain of interesting social media theory left.There is one very good reason to keep using Instagram instead of (or in addition to) Twitter’s camera. Twitter is a general-interest place. People on Twitter are willing to listen to whatever’s happening out in the world right now. Some of them might not care about your photos at all.Because Instagram has a singular focus on photos, it’s a more appreciative environment for sharing them. The reason it’s still so popular despite the ascendance of Facebook, Twitter, and even Google+ is because of this focus. All those social networks are for broader purposes than just posting photos. People use them for all kinds of things. Instagram is just for Instagram fans.It has been said that Flickr should have been Instagram. It was the most beloved photo-driven social network before the mobile age, and it got beaten. 500px is on the rise as a social network for eye-popping pro photographers. But Instagram is a jewel. Even though Facebook bought it and built its own iOS camera app with filters and all, it hasn’t touched a hair on Instagram’s head. Twitter will surely get some play out of its photo filters, but for people who actually care about sharing photos, Instagram is still the place to be.Today’s Instagram update adds a new filter and a better shooting mode. It improves the depth of field rendering for tilt shift, and it speeds up the app. Instagram has always made the case for a photo-only social network, and Twitter couldn’t and shouldn’t replace that. Related Posts center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification jon mitchelllast_img read more