New location for free ‘Party in the Park’ teen festival

first_imgParty in The Park is back!  Donegal Youth Service is excited to announce that this year’s Party in the Park event is part of the 50th Anniversary of the Letterkenny International Folk Festival. This year the popular annual event for young people is taking place on Sunday the 25th of August from 3-6pm in the new location of O’Donnell Park, the home of St. Eunan’s GAA.  As always, entry is absolutely free. Donegal Youth Service have an action-packed day planned for all teenagers. A variety of bands, solo artists, DJs, and performers will be on stage from 3pm.  There will also be marquees offering festival face painting, henna tattoos, chill out zones, an information point, challenge games from The Cube TV show, and lots more.  There will be a wide range of music and performances on the day, with something to suit all tastes from Sheerbuzz, DJ Slothman, Lachlann O’Fionnain, Tadhg Brennan, Ryan Cunningham, Moyne Ulster Scots Highland Dancers, White Rose, marching bands and more to be announced.Youth Worker Dominic McGlinchey is looking forward to the big day and said “This year’s Party in the Park is part of the 50th Anniversary of the Letterkenny Folk Festival. Donegal Youth Service in partnership with Letterkenny Community Development Project and St. Eunan’s GAA Club are bringing their energies together under the Letterkenny International Folk Festival banner to bring the ultimate Family Fun Day, an event that will entertain everyone in the family.”There will be something for all ages on the day as the Letterkenny CDP will be running events for everyone in the family as part of the festival.  There will be face painting, games, children and adult racing, sports, obstacle race, health and fitness, foods prepared by various cultures, a photo booth, arts and crafts, animal farm, cartoon characters, fancy dress competition, wet sponge throwing, glamorous granny, trendiest Granda, and many more activities, games and information. Party in The Park is a strictly no alcohol event. Contact Donegal Youth Service on (074) 91 29630, e-mail [email protected], visit, or call in to us at 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny.  You can stay up to date with everything Party in The Park on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. Donegal Youth Service is a registered charity. Charity No. CHY 15027.New location for free ‘Party in the Park’ teen festival was last modified: August 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donegal Youth ServiceO’Donnell ParkParty in the parklast_img read more

SA women golfers to defend All Africa Challenge title

first_img6 June 2014 Magda Kruger, Michaela Fletcher and Cara Gorlei will line up for South Africa as the country defends the prestigious All-Africa Challenge Trophy (AACT) at Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi, Kenya from 10 to 12 June. The prestigious biennial event is supported by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A) and this year marks the first time that the AACT will also carry World Amateur Golf ranking points.Domination South Africa has dominated the winner’s circle since the inception of the championship in 1992, winning every year with the exception of 1996, when Egypt lifted the title at the Ikoyi Golf Club in Nigeria. Pretoria’s Kruger is ranked second and Fletcher, from Pietermaritzburg, is third on the current Women’s Golf South Africa (WGSA) senior rankings, while Gorlei, from Milnerton, ranks second on the junior and sixth in the senior standings.‘Strongest possible team’ “I believe we have chosen the strongest team possible to drive our title defence in Kenya,” WGSA President Karen Olivant, who will accompany the team to Nairobi, said in a statement on Wednesday. “Magda, Michaela and Cara have all claimed individual victories this season and they are quite determined to uphold South Africa’s proud tradition in the event. “However, the AACT brings together the best amateur golfers throughout Africa and the team will definitely face some stiff competition.” The AACT has enjoyed consistent growth since it launched with 12 countries represented at the first event. 17 countries This year’s edition has drawn entries from 17 countries, with the South African trio set to line up against the host nation and teams from Botswana, Cameroon, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Kenya will be hoping for a home victory from Naomi Wafula, the current Africa Junior champion and Kenya’s amateur stroke play champion, Josephine Ainley and Christina Engell Anderson. The Zimbabwean team will be anchored by the experienced Loice Chingono, and Zambia is sending the formidable Dawa sisters, Melissa and Tina, who performed well against Kruger and Fletcher during the Zambia Ladies Open at the Ndola Golf Club in March.‘Unknown entities’ “We know very little about the northern Africa countries, because we seldom compete against them,” Olivant said. “Quite often, it is the unknown entities that throw up the surprises. “It is a popular tournament, because most of the African nations don’t get the chance to travel to Europe or America often due to budget constraints. “The tournament offers the top players the chance to compete at international level and gain some much-needed competitive experience. The teams always show great enthusiasm throughout the tournament and the standard of golf has definitely improved in the last couple of editions of the AACT.” The format will be similar to the World Amateur Team Championship with the best two scores per round to count towards the daily team score in the 54-hole stroke play format. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Solar Power Fees Are an Issue in Spain, Too

first_imgU.S. electric utilities aren’t the only ones worried about the impact of renewable energy on their long-term ability to pay grid operating costs.A number of utilities here are worried that as more homeowners install photovoltaic systems at home, income will fall. That’s not only because solar customers buy less power, but also because utilities have been buying their surplus power at retail rates under net-metering programs.These trends have shifted more of the costs of maintaining the grid to non-solar customers, and some utilities fear the trend is a long term threat to maintaining the grid. Utilities in some states are seeking changes in net-metering rules that would help their bottom lines.Now, as The Wall Street Journal reports, the government in Spain also is worried about coming up with the money to pay for the grid. The immediate cause was an economic slump that reduced power use, not a tidal wave of PV installations. But it’s coming at a time of increased interest in renewables, and the dampening effect on homeowners may be the same.In July, the government, proposed a new fee on renewable energy systems that is expected to win approval from the Parliament and go into effect on Jan. 1, the newspaper said in a story published Oct. 21. It’s part of an effort to come up with as much as 5 billion Euros a year for the electrical grid. Installations on the risePV installations in Spain seem tiny compared with some other European countries. According to the newspaper, just 5,000 homes and businesses have gone to “self-production” since it was authorized in 2011 and solar electricity amounts to less than 0.1% of the country’s total. However, that was expected to grow 10 times by 2020.Now that’s in doubt. Under the new rules, those with grid-tied systems will be charged a fee for the electricity they generate for use at home or their place of business. Fines for scofflaws or those who fail to register are steep.The newspaper said the fees have been defended by the country’s energy minister as a way of helping to pay for the operating and fixed costs of the grid, which he says homeowners with grid-tied systems still need. Spain’s largest solar industry trade group criticized the pending change.Some homeowners and businesses that invested in solar panels say the fees will eat into projected savings. One architect in Madrid said the three panels he bought should have paid for themselves in eight years. Now it looks like it will be 17 to 19 years, so he gave the panels away.last_img read more

5 Steps to Finding (and Closing) Video Production Jobs

first_imgLet’s take a look at the five steps to help you find — and more importantly close — jobs and clients for consistent work you can count on.For everyone who’s ever worked in freelance or as part of a video production company knows, the constant chase and struggle of finding (and keeping) clients is truly endless. It can be a boom or bust industry, which means that even while work is flooding in you have to be on your game to make sure you’ll have leads ready for the lean months, too.And while there are plenty of pieces of advice for how you can best position yourself in getting more work by networking, creating solid demo reels, and — you know — consistently doing good work, some of the biggest challenges in the video production world come from closing those connections and setting up jobs and clients for repeat business.Here’s how to lock in your leads.1. Make Yourself a Known CommodityYes, a part of this is networking and meeting people (and don’t get us wrong — networking is a very important part of the process of finding and developing leads). But, perhaps a more important part of the process is making yourself known as a commodity. Not just who you are, but what you do and how well you do it. If you operate in a specific film or video niche, for example, it’ll help if you’re known as a documentarian, or a run-and-gun guru, or the RED Dragon master.2. Check in and Be PersistentImage by G-Stock Studio.Once you have some connections and leads, it’s perfectly alright to be persistent in checking in and making yourself part of their business. Don’t pester. Look for social cues of being intrusive. But, for the most part, sending a text or email every week or so (or heck even a call, if you’re old school) is a great way to stay on your client’s radar, in case a need or problem might come up that you could fill or solve.3. Do Research and Make SuggestionsAnother great way to “close” clients and secure jobs is to do a lot of the research yourself. For many video professionals, the job these days isn’t so much as a day laborer providing a defined service, but more as a marketing consultant who’s there to work with a company in helping them grow their business, impress their own clients, or provide value.If you’re focused on a specific industry (say the legal field, advertising agencies, real estate, etc.) you can and should do your own research. See what their competitors are doing with video. Look for some of the best, most successful examples of a project you’d like to pitch diving into, then provide some solid insights into how and why it would help your clients out.4. Have Your Camera, Gear, and Team ReadyImage by Gerain0812.You also want to be ready for any opportunity the moment one pops up. This is a fast-paced industry, and for better or worse, it’s why a lot of veterans get burned out or simply move on to other, more consistent roles. The young and hungry will always be the ones to be the most successful, mostly due to their eagerness and responsiveness to opportunities.If you’re operating solo, then having your gear organized, charged, and ready to go is a good way to start. But, even if you have a team (or have a group of friends who can help you assemble a crew in a hurry), having those contacts prepared will help you move whenever the ball is suddenly put into motion.5. Don’t Stop After the First ProjectPerhaps the biggest mistake that many freelance videographers make when working with clients is treating every project as a one-off job. There are no one-off jobs in the video world. If a client needs you or your company for one video, there will undoubtedly be more video needs in the future. At worst, it might be a yearly job if it’s for a specific event.But more often than not, if you do a good job and your work gets results, there will most probably be more jobs for you in the future. It’s just up to you to stay engaged, communicative, and always ready and responsive for when that next opportunity presents itself.Cover image by H_Ko.For more video industry advice and tips, check out some of these articles below.5 Quick Tips to Help Gain New Video Production Clients7 Things Clients Look For in a Video Production Company7 Things All Video Professionals Should Share with Clients5 Ways to Add Value to Your Corporate Video Production ProjectsFreelance Tips: 7 Best Practices for Invoicing Clientslast_img read more