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Red Bull Cliff Diving Series Returns to Abereiddy

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Kent De Mond - ActionUntouched rocks, monoliths, iconic landmarks and buildings. This purest extreme sports competition hits new waters in its fifth year and determines a new champion during eight challenging competitions across Europe, Asia and North and South America.
And on 13th and 14th of September, ten of the world’s top divers and four wildcard entrants will compete at Abereiddy’s famous Blue Lagoon as part of the Red Bull Cliff Diving Championship.

 

What is real cliff diving
In theory cliff diving is jumping from high cliffs into water.
Platforms are used in competition to allow the athletes to do the most difficult dives.
Diving directly from the rocks limits the diver to easier dives. In competitions artistic moves are performed during the dive and judged by a jury identifying the winner.
The discipline has a very long tradition and was “invented” in Maui, Hawaii, back in the 1770s. Within years cliff diving emerged from an initiation tactics for warriors as a competitive sport. However, in the past cliff divers were usually characterized as world-weary kamikazes and the sport was erroneously considered a mere tourist attraction from Acapulco. Cliff diving is far more than Acapulco or a pleasing background for lovely TV commercials; it is a sport, which places the highest demands on mind and body. Many high divers see their discipline as a further development of the Olympic diving competition, which most of them exercised before changing to cliff diving. Through continuous competitions around the globe wide acceptance for this extremely demanding discipline is being established and the athletes are receiving the respect they deserve.
In competitive cliff diving safety plays an important role. Thus, certain regulations have been defined, such as the height limit (28m) and the water depth (at least 5m), as well as emergency scuba divers and paramedic units on site.
Why did Red Bull create a Cliff Diving World Series?
In the past Red Bull used to organise cliff diving competitions always in direct collaboration with the divers. The divers’ feedback and the spectators’ enthusiasm lead to a natural development of single events to a world series with strong locations and the world’s best athletes, providing them with a platform to spread this pure extreme sport all over the world.
When did the World Series start?
The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series started in 2009 and after four seasons, the championship can look back at 28 successful competitions, more than 460.000 spectators and 1.650 international media on-site, including live broadcasts.
Since the introduction of the World Series the sport of cliff diving has pushed its limits to new heights and the athletes have increased the level of high diving to an extent, which was not even thought of a few years ago.
Why is Red Bull Cliff Diving a high-class sports competition?
The best cliff divers in the world participate in these competitions and the whole set up (at least 26.5 metres or higher and at least 6 stops per year) challenge the divers not only physically but also mentally. The impact of hitting the water after 27 metres of free fall is nine times harder than jumping from a 10m tower. If you are not perfectly trained and experienced you risk your life.
What is the Format of the Competition?
The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series follows the traditional high diving format and is a mix of the rules from FINA and HDA. Each competition has four rounds in 2 days. Divers hand in their four planned dives the day before the 1st day of competition – dives shall consist of two required dives of a maximum degree of difficulty (DD) of 3.8 and two optional dives assigned a degree of difficulty computed from the HDA (High Diving Alliance) table. These dives are judged by five high diving judges. The highest and lowest score are discarded; the remaining three scores are added and multiplied by the degree of difficulty to provide the total score for each dive.
Ahead of each competition a draw will determine the diving order for the first round. The first round of dives will feature one required dive of a fixed DD of 3.8, the results of which will determine the ranking for the head-to-head. 1st goes against 14th, 2nd against 13th, etc.
In the head-to-head rounds, all divers do one required dive (DD 3.8.) and one optional dive. 7 winners will advance from the head-to-head. There will also be one lucky loser (the diver with the highest score of all losers). The 8 remaining divers will do one final optional dive. The order will be determined by the points accumulated from the first 3 rounds of dives and will be in reverse order. The winner of any individual tour stop will be the diver with the highest points total from all 4 dives.
Winner of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series will be the athlete with the hig

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Freshwater West: Inquest hears how pensioner ‘lost control’

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A 67-YEAR-OLD man who died after he fell from a clifftop at Freshwater West ‘lost control’ as he was walking along the coastal path, an inquest has heard.

On Wednesday, August 8, David Benson had attended the beach near Castlemartin, along with his grandson and his wife.

Coroner for Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, Mark Layton, heard during Thursday’s inquest (Nov 8).

Coroners’ Officer for Dyfed Powys Police, Jeremy Davies, told the court that whilst they were walking a grass path to the beach, when Mr Benson’s wife said it was too steep for her and their grandson. Mr Benson said he was going to continue walking down the path, and would meet them on the beach.

However, his wife noticed that as he was travelling down the path, he started walking ‘quicker and quicker’, and went from walking to running, which led her to believe he had ‘lost control’.

After Mr Benson fell from the cliff, three lifeguards from the RNLI and an air ambulance, as well as other emergency services, and attempted to save Mr Benson’s life.

The inquest heard that Mr Benson, who was a former employee of the Ministry of Defence, was sadly pronounced dead shortly after 1pm on the beach at Freshwater West.

Coroner, Mark Layton, gave a conclusion of accidental death, stating Mr Benson ‘unfortunately at some point he lost control’, whilst walking toward the beach with his wife and grandson.

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Newport: Library to close as it prepares for move

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NEWPORT COMMUNITY LIBRARY will close next month as it prepares to move to a new location.

The current site, at Bank House on Bridge Street, will close its doors to the public for the final time at 12:30pm on Saturday, December 8.

The library will then begin the process of moving to Newport Visitor Centre on Long Street, where it is projected to open on Wednesday, December 19.

In advance of the closure period, Newport Community Library customers may borrow a further six books, in addition to the normal allowance, from December 3-8.

All items loaned from the current site will be given a longer loan period, so no overdue notices will be issued, and customers are welcome to return their items to any other library in Pembrokeshire during the closure period.

For more information, contact Newport Community Library on 01239 821 169.

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BBC’s Question Time to be broadcast from Milford Haven tonight

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DAVID DIMBLEBY will be chairing BBC’s Question Time from Milford Haven tonight. The show, which takes place on one of the most dramatic days in Westminster in living memory will be broadcast on BBC One at 22:45 tonight.
The program features a studio audience quizzing top politicians on the events of the day. The panel will be, as usual, comprised of at least one member of the three major parties.
Those who can’t watch the show, which is being broadcast from The Torch Theatre, it will be repeated at 6pm on Sunday on the BBC Parliament channel.
The management of the Torch Theatre have posted on Facebook saying they warmly welcome the crew and panel to Milford Haven.

Did you know?
Each week Question Time aims to select a panel with a broad range of views, knowledge and experience, with panellists who are relevant to the big stories or debates of that week.
The composition of the panel varies week to week, but across each series there is a range of politicians, journalists, and public figures from the arts, business and elsewhere, to add a variety of perspectives and represent a breadth of viewpoints.
Question Time is usually recorded “as-live” shortly before transmission. The recording is done in a single take, precisely as if it were broadcast live. The first time the panellists hear the questions is when they are asked by the audience; they are never pre-warned.
Question Time selects local audiences which reflect a broad range of political views. People apply to be in the audience for Question Time via the website and by phone and producers get in touch to ask questions on their previous voting record and future voting intentions, whether they have party political membership and also how they voted in the EU Referendum. This is to ensure a range of views are represented in the audience. Occasionally, if production staff feel any group or view is under-represented in the applications, they will promote the programme through relevant local media channels to encourage people to apply.
As with the make-up of the panels, Question Time is aiming to achieve due impartiality in the membership of the audience across the series as a whole, rather than being confined to an exact mathematical formula for each programme. However, particular guidelines will apply during election periods to both panels and audiences.
Audience members write and submit questions on the night. The production team chooses questions which represent the most popular topics. Throughout the programme, audience members are also given the opportunity by the chair to ask further spontaneous questions to the panel, or, of course, to make their own comments.

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