Lightsabers at the ready for Donegal’s Star Wars festivities this May

first_imgDonegal’s Inishowen peninsula was part of Fáilte Ireland programme of events unveiling for this year’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival on the Wild Atlantic Way. Celebrating May the 4th, the day when fans across the globe commemorate the Star Wars Universe, the festival includes a Star Wars themed 3km Fun Run, Yoda Yoga on the beach and outdoor drive-in movie screenings, all set against the breath-taking backdrop of the northern headlands.Speaking about the announcement of the programme, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross said: “The ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival was designed to attract visitors to explore the Wild Atlantic Way, not only over the May the 4th weekend but throughout the year and the addition of Donegal as a location for this year’s festival will certainly highlight all that the North West region has to offer visitors.” Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin said: “I’m delighted to see an amazing programme of activity in Donegal for this year’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival.“Following the success of the inaugural ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival in Kerry in May 2018, Fáilte Ireland has worked with local communities across the Inishowen Peninsula to extend the festival to Donegal this year.“As fans across the world celebrate May the 4th, the festival is a brilliant opportunity to promote Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way to a global audience.”Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh said: “The decision by the makers of Star Wars to choose Donegal, and Malin Head in particular, was inspired. “The image that the film created was second to none and now the Government is in a position to throw its weight behind a brilliant festival which will be coming to Donegal for the first time.“This is a great opportunity for fans to be on the site of some of the most stunning scenes in the movie and to sample the best of what the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer.”Speaking about the festival programme, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Festivals and Events, Ciara Sugrue said: “We’re delighted to bring the ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival to Donegal this year and we have a fantastic line up of events which not only celebrate the Star Wars Universe but the history and natural landscape of the Wild Atlantic Way.“From boat tours exploring the coast to star gazing at the Planetarium and I’d like to thank the local tourism industry in Donegal who have worked very hard to build this year’s festival.”Heidi Doherty, Programme Manager at Inishowen Tourist Office, added: “The ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival is a wonderful way to celebrate the Star Wars filming location at Malin Head and it promises to be an action-packed weekend. “Today we not only announced the programme of activity, we officially cut the ribbon on the newly renamed “R2D2”, formerly the R242.“We are delighted to be the other bookend film location to celebrate the May the 4th Be with You Festival with County Kerry – it’s an exciting time for tourism in Inishowen and we welcome this opportunity to work in collaboration with the Fáilte Ireland.”Filming for recent Star Wars films took place in locations across Kerry, Cork, Clare and Donegal.Following the success of Fáilte Ireland’s first ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival in Kerry in May 2018, the festival will also take place in Malin Head, Donegal this year. Photos: Clive WassonLightsabers at the ready for Donegal’s Star Wars festivities this May was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Malin HeadStar Wars‘May The 4th Be With You’ festivallast_img read more

South Africa marks Women’s Month

first_img1 August 2013 South Africa marked the start of Women’s Month on Thursday, with the government set to host a variety of events to celebrate women’s achievements in the country, along with dialogues on the opportunities and challenges facing women today. The national Women’s Day event will be held at Thulamahashe in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga province on Friday, 9 August. The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs kicked off the month by hosting a conference focusing on women in local government. The Department of Science and Technology will be hosting the annual Women in Science awards, while the Department of Health will be hosting a dialogue with young women on teenage pregnancy and sexual and reproductive health and rights. The Department of Basic Education will highlight their flagship Techno Girls project, which encourages girls to study science and follow science-related careers. An alumni function will be held with girls who have benefited from the programme. Various roundtables will be held by the departments of Trade and Industry and Public Works with business women in various sectors including the construction industry. South African Women in Law will host their annual programme promoting the role of women in the law fraternity. The Department of Home Affairs, meanwhile, has honoured the four women who led the 1956 Women’s March against apartheid’s pass laws by naming the four machines that will produce the country’s new smart ID cards after them. “Our Constitution recognises women as equal citizens, with equal rights and responsibilities,” acting Government Communications and Information System CEO Phumla Williams said on Thursday. “We are inspired by all patriotic women who took up the fight for gender equality and freedom.” Williams added that the country was marking Women’s Month “mindful of the growing scourge of child and women abuse. “Government continues its fight against acts of crime as we have seen recently with the speed with which the police moved in apprehending those who seem set on inflicting harm on our sisters and mothers.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Lady Red Spikers up

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. SBC’s top hitter Cesca Racraquin challenges St. Benildes’ Dianne Ventura as Marites Pablo tries to provide help during their PVL Collegiate Conference clash at the Filoil Flying V Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOChesca Racraquin doesn’t mind being likened to seasoned veteran Rachel Anne Daquis, but as much as possible, she wants to carve her own niche.On Wednesday night she made a strong case for it.ADVERTISEMENT Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal PLAY LIST 02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal02:21‘Bato’ says Robredo has to toughen up: ‘This is war…hindi ka pwedeng pa-cute cute dito’00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side San Beda had the chance to finish the match early but allowed St. Benilde to come back mainly through Ranya Musa, who had 22 points including eight blocks.“We lacked the aggressiveness in the third set because after winning the first two we became very complacent,” said Racraquin.The fourth frame was tied at 13 until “our rotation allowed us to make crucial adjustments,” said Racraquin, whose three straight points gave San Beda a 20-17 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The 20-year-old Racraquin displayed leadership beyond her years in leading San Beda to a 25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22 triumph over St. Benilde in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.“I know that I have something different to offer,” said Racraquin, who scored 15 points including 12 attacks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTrue to her promise, the 5-foot-8 stunner also proved to be as sharp on the defensive end, making 22 excellent digs and 10 receptions for the Lady Red Spikers, who improved to a 2-1 record.In the second match, Lyceum downed Jose Rizal University, 25-20, 24-26, 25-13, 25-22, for its first win. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Never an easy road to the Grand Slam Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Somdev jumps to career-best ranking

first_imgSomdev Devvarman jumped 30 places to reach career best singles ranking of 80 in the ATP charts following his stupendous show at the SA Tennis Open, where he ended runner-up on Sunday.Somdev DevvarmanSomdev lost the summit clash to local favourite Kevin Anderson but earned 150 ranking points, that helped him climb the ranking ladder up.Somdev had broken into top-100 in August last year but kept floating inside and outside that bracket in the next few months.Comeback boy Karan Rastogi is the next best Indian at number 328.Meanwhile the re-united partners Mahesh Bhupathi (5) and Leander Paes (6) kept their rankings intact in the doubles chart.In the WTA ranking, Sania Mirza’s ranking was unchanged in both singles (135) and doubles (66).Poojashree Venkatesha was second best ranked Indian at number 514, a gain of 20 position, in the singles chart.last_img read more

LongHaul Shipments Up in Hurricane Harvey Aftermath

first_imgzoom Refinery outages caused by Hurricane Harvey have led to a jump in gasoline shipments from Asia to the US and Latin America, according to a report from Ocean Freight Exchange (OFE).The hurricane, which wreaked havoc on global oil markets as almost a quarter of US refining capacity was shut, has impacted Asia’s refined products as well as product tanker markets.Charterers have been playing it safe by adding multiple discharge options including the USWC, USGC, WC Mexico and Peru. Around 865 kt of CPP from Asia has been tentatively booked to move to the US and Latin America since August 25. In comparison, around 375 kt was fixed for August loading before Harvey while July volumes were 675 kt. While cargoes from Asia to the US typically move on MRs, some LR1s have been chartered as well.As such, MR rates in North Asia have been creeping up with rates for a South Korea/USWC voyage basis 40 kt up by USD 150,000 w-o-w to USD 1.15 million. Rates for a South Korea/Singapore run basis 40 kt grew by USD 20,000 from last week to USD 350,000. Overall sentiment in the North remains firm as a number of outstanding enquiries remain for transpacific cargoes, OFE said.“It is worth noting that quite a number of ships have failed subjects and are currently continuing to do so. Some ships were released as traders rushed to fix before they had the cargoes, while some traders were unable to find a buyer as key USGC refineries resumed operations, alleviating concerns about supply shortfalls,” OFE added.USGC shipment delays has left LatAm buyers with no choice but to turn to Asia for gasoline imports. PMI, one of the largest buyers of USGC gasoline, has provisionally fixed at least two MRs to carry gasoline from South Korea and Singapore to West Coast Mexico.last_img read more

Facebook shares smash through investors expectations

first_imgMark Zuckerberg pictured at their headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Image Credit: Dontgetserious Advertisement Another quarter, another conquest.If it sounds like a broken record, it’s because Facebook continues to do just that break financial records.Wednesday, it reported a whopping $5.84 billion in its fiscal fourth-quarter revenue, up 52% from the same three-month period a year ago, and its first $1 billion quarterly profit (79 cents per share). The financial performance bested the projections of analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ, who expected $5.4 billion in revenue and earnings of 68 cents per share. – Advertisement – By any measure mobile user growth or advertising revenue Facebook is proving to be the template for Silicon Valley success story in the face of a roiling worldwide economy. While Apple CEO Tim Cook cautions of “extreme conditions” in Brazil, Russia and other markets, Facebook has retained its sheen.For the past decade, Apple was the valley’s Teflon company, racking up record sales and profits that sent its market valuation into orbit. It was a phenomenal run that was a testament to compelling products, astute management and calculated risk-taking.Yet with Apple facing a slow down in iPhone sales and its top-secret car project stuck in neutral, there is considerable angst over the company’s near future, reflected in a stock nose-dive of nearly 7% on Wednesday.What’s happening to Apple now is what ailed IBM, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard before it: trouble maintaining breakneck growth in established markets popular with consumers and businesses while investing (betting?) on the next big things that are just a product cycle or two away. It’s nearly an impossible balancing act that even Google in all its glorious moon shots grapples with.Facebook finds itself in the position Apple has been in: Benefiting fabulously from a strong product mix, fiercely loyal customers and the dynamic management duo of CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.As Yahoo and Twitter struggle, Facebook  now has more than 2.5 million advertisers and is expected to haul in $9.9 billion in display ad revenue this year, extending its lead in the U.S. market, by percentage, to 31%, according to market researcher eMarketer.Facebook has extended its tentacles into virtual reality, messaging and photo-sharing and thus expanded its marketing and financial horizons through canny acquisitions that at the time were questioned as being too pricey (Exhibit A: Its $19 billion purchase of mobile-messaging service WhatsApp in early 2014.)Photo-sharing site Instagram, called Facebook’s “story of the year” by RBC Capital analyst Mark Mahaney, is likely to ring up $2.4 billion in ad revenue in 2017, eMarketer says. Facebook snapped up Instagram for $1 billion in 2012.Facebook’s success in drawing large crowds has endeared it to marketers and advertisers, and for good reason.[related-posts]The social network’s dominance in mobile grew: Monthly active members accessing Facebook via a mobile device soared to 1.59 billion in its recently-completed fiscal fourth quarter, or 90% of its members. That’s more than the most-populous country, China, with 1.3 billion people. Twitter, by comparison, has 320 million members.Facebook isn’t likely to rest on its digital laurels.It has big plans for virtual reality. The first headsets from Oculus, the VR pioneer Facebook acquired for $2 billion in 2014, are scheduled to ship in March. By the end of the year, SunTrust analysts expect Facebook to sell 3 million of them for $1.8 billion.Before handing the tech crown to Facebook, however, remember that the stock market can paint tech companies with the same brush, regardless of their stellar past quarter: Facebook shares are down 8% this year, just a bit better than the Nasdaq Composite.[USA Today]last_img read more