May 8

SUU Men’s Tennis Adds Spanish Export

first_img Brad James Written by Tags: Division II/Juan Erro/Sadhaf Pucher/SUU Men’s Tennis May 29, 2018 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Tennis Adds Spanish Export FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Tuesday, the Southern Utah University men’s tennis program added a Spanish national to the fold per a statement from head coach Sadhaf Pucher.Juan Erro, from San Sebastian, Spain, comes to Cedar City from Division II Hawaii Pacific. Erro, who will be a junior, went 14-9 while playing in #4 and #5 singles for the Sharks.During his freshman campaign, Erro went 16-3 playing singles and 17-5 as a doubles partner. His freshman season also saw him as part of a team that qualified for the NCAA Division II tournament.Pucher spoke highly of his new player, saying “Winners find a way to win and I see that in Juan.”During his prep career in Spain, Erro was a Marca U16 finalist, won the U16 Mutua Madrid Open and ranked 15th overall in Spanish U16 play.last_img read more

September 18

The Latest: 3 more F1 races canceled because of virus

first_img June 12, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Formula One races in Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: 3 more F1 races canceled because of virus Organizers say the long lead times required to construct street circuits in Singapore and Azerbaijan made it impossible to host those races during a period of uncertainty.The Japanese Grand Prix in October was canceled because of ongoing travel restrictions.F1 had already announced a revamped schedule that confirmed the first eight races of the 2020 season. It is planning to have from 15-18 races in total.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

August 12

Superb Great Britain & Ireland win the Curtis Cup

first_img Great Britain and Ireland won the Curtis Cup for the first time since 1996 with a superb singles performance at Nairn Golf Club, Scotland. They beat the USA in five of the eight matches for an overall victory scoreline of 10½-9½. It means the Curtis Cup, the Walker Cup, the Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup are currently all held on this side of the Atlantic. GB&I were trailing the USA by a point at the start of today’s play, but matters quickly changed. English champion Kelly Tidy came back from three down after six to win the top match and put GB&I on level terms with the USA. Welsh champion Amy Boulden and England’s Holly Clyburn – playing her second Curtis Cup – quickly followed with their wins. GB&I were two points ahead. Next to put her point on the board was England’s world number five, Charley Hull, who romped to a 5/3 win over her opponent and was an estimated three-under par. Meanwhile the Americans had scored two points with wins over Pamela Pretswell of Scotland and Ireland’s Leona Maguire. The state of play was GB&I 9½, USA 8½  – and 10½ points were required for an outright victory.  It fell to Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow to score the point which brought the Curtis Cup back to these shores. She was round in an approximate four-under par, was never behind in her match and birdied the 15th to go dormie three up, before claiming her victory point on the 16th. Meanwhile, England’s Bronte Law had birdied the 15th and, after halving the 16th and 17th, was just one down with one to play. But, with the overall match decided, the hole and the point was conceded to the USA. Singles scores (GB&I names first)    Kelly Tidy beat Austin Ernst 2/1 Amy Boulden beat Emily Tubert 3/1 Holly Clyburn beat Erica Popson 3/2 Pamela Pretswell lost to Lisa McCloskey 4/3 Bronte Law lost to Tiffany Lua 2 down Charley Hull beat Lindy Duncan 5/3 Stephanie Meadow beat Amy Anderson 4/2 Leona Maguire lost to Brooke Pancake 6/5 Picture caption Standing, from left: Holly Clyburn, team manager Anna Hubbard, Charley Hull, Pamela Pretswell, Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow Kneeling, from left: Kelly Tidy, captain Tegwen Matthews, Bronte Law and Amy Boulden Full details: www.lgu.org   Curtis Cup match set to tee off 07 June 2012 The 37th Curtis Cup match tees off at 8am tomorrow morning when the first foursomes session gets underway at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland. The line-up includes three England internationals – Kelly Tidy, Holly Clyburn and Bronte Law – but omits world number five, Charley Hull. The other player to sit out the first session is Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell. The order of play is: 0800 Kelly Tidy & Amy Boulden v Austin Ernst & Brooke Pancake 0812 Holly Clyburn & Bronte Law v Amy Anderson & Tiffany Lua 0824 Leona Maguire & Stephanie Meadow  v Lindy Duncan & Lisa McCloskey The GB&I team are aiming to win the cup for the first time since 1996. And their captain, Tegwen Matthews, makes no secret of her game plan: she wants her players to go on the offensive against the Americans from the first tee in every match. “Over the years, GB&I teams have been very good at fighting back after letting the Americans get too far in front of us to be caught, “ she said. “This time I want it to be the Americans who are playing catch-up golf. I am hammering home to our girls that they have got to start fast, win holes and put the pressure on their opponents.” If the GB&I team do succeed in their mission, the Curtis Cup will join three other major matchplay trophies which are already held on this side of the Atlantic: the Ryder Cup, the Solheim Cup and the Walker Cup. The full GB&I team is: Amy Boulden (Conwy, Wales) 18, Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) 21, Charley Hull (Woburn) 16, Bronte Law (Bramhall) 17, Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell, Ireland) 17, Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle, Scotland) 22, Kelly Tidy (Royal Birkdale) 20, Stephanie Meadow (Royal Portrush, Ireland) 20. This is Holly Clyburn’s second Curtis Cup and she commented: “Hopefully we will win the trophy. I honestly think we can. Everyone is in good form and on the leaderboard all the time. It’s exciting and I’m really looking forward to it.” Full details and scoring: www.lgu.org Caption details: Back row (l-r) Kelly Tidy, Charley Hull, Pamela Pretswell, team captain Tegwen Matthews, Holly Clyburn, Amy Boulden. Front row (l-r) Leona Maguire, Bronte Law, Stephanie Meadow. 7 Jun 2012 Superb Great Britain & Ireland win the Curtis Cup center_img GB&I in great Curtis Cup fightback 09 June 2012 Great Britain and Ireland staged a fantastic fightback in the Curtis Cup match at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland – taking 2½ points from this afternoon’s three fourballs and cutting the USA lead to just one point. The England pairing of Holly Clyburn and Kelly Tidy won one up; England’s Bronte Law and Ireland’s Leona Maguire halved their match; and Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell paired up with Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow for a 2 up victory. The scoreline now stands 6½-5½ in favour of the USA – with the outcome of the match hanging on tomorrow’s eight singles. GB&I are seeking their first win since 1996, while the Americans need 10 points to retain the cup and 10½ for an outright victory. The GB&I performance was crucial after they had managed to win only one of the three morning foursomes and at lunch they were trailing 6-3. But the fightback began straight away. Clyburn and Tidy started birdie, birdie to go one up, but were pulled back to all square by an American birdie on the seventh. On the back nine the wind dropped – and the birdies came to the fore: GB&I birdied the 10th to go one up, but lost the 13th to a birdie. They dropped behind for the first time in the match after they failed to par the short 14th, but had the perfect answer with birdies on 15 and 16 to go ahead again.  Two halves gave them their point. Teenagers Law and Maguire won the first hole and were never behind in their match. Twice they extended the advantage to two holes but the Americans pulled them back and the match was all square after 13 holes – the first time they’d been on level terms since the fourth. The battle continued over the five closing holes, each halved as all four players demonstrated steely nerves. Another precious half point for GB&I. Meadow and Pretswell were down just once in their match, after the USA won the third, but they won the fifth and sixth with birdies to go one up and still held that advantage at the turn. They lost the lead with a bogey on the 10th, regained it on the 13th,  lost it again on the short 14th,  but crucially regained it on the 17th where Pretswell played a superb three-quarter nine-iron to within 3ft of the pin to set up a birdie. The finished two up after the USA failed to hole vital putts on the last green and were three-under par for a five-hour round. The second day’s play attracted nearly 3000 spectators. Fourball results (GB&I first) Holly Clyburn & Kelly Tidy beat Emily Tubert & Amy Anderson 1 up Leona Maguire & Bronte Law halved with Brooke Pancake & Austin Ernst Stephanie Meadow & Pamela Pretswell beat Tiffany Lua & Erica Popson 2up Singles draw (GB&I first) 10:00 Kelly Tidy v Austin Ernst 10:10 Amy Boulden v Emily Tubert 10:20 Holly Clyburn v Erica Popson 10:30 Pamela Pretswell v Lisa McCloskey 10:40 Bronte Law v Tiffany Lua 10:50 Charley Hull v Lindy Duncan 11:00 Stephanie Meadow v Amy Anderson 11:10 Leona Maguire v Brooke Pancake   Full details: www.lgu.org     Irish pair win in Curtis Cup foursomes 09 June 2012 Great Britain & Ireland took one point from this morning’s foursomes sessions at the Curtis Cup match at a very wet Nairn Golf Club in Scotland. The USA, who need 10 points to retain the trophy, now hold a 6-3 lead. The GB&I success was recorded by the all-Ireland pair of Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow who beat their opponents 3/1. But Charley Hull – England’s world number five – and Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell were beaten 3/2 in the top match, while Holly Clyburn of England and Welsh champion Amy Boulden lost 2 down. Maguire and Meadow had the satisfaction of turning the tables on the pair who beat them in yesterday’s opening foursomes. The Irish combination got off to a very quick start, winning the first hole and getting to three-up after four. They were never behind in their match although their opponents twice narrowed the margin to just one hole. However, wins at the 16th and 17th gave the GB&I pair their point. Hull and Pretswell lost the first two holes to birdies and, although they managed to get back to all square after their own birdies on the fifth and seventh, they were never able to take the lead in the match. The Americans forged ahead again, winning the eighth and ninth with pars, to reach the turn at two up. The GB&I pair pulled one back at the 10th, but they lost the 13th and 15th – to a birdie – to go dormie three down, bowing out when the 16th was halved. Clyburn and Boulden won the first hole but were three down after six – only to battle back by winning the next three holes to reach the turn all square. The GB&I pair also won the 11th to go ahead for the first time, but were immediately pulled back to all square and then lost the 15th to go one down. Again, they came straight back to square matters on the 16th, but the Americans edged ahead with a par on 17 and, after both pairs found the wet rough off the 18th tee, also won the last. The USA captain Pat Cornett broke her right ankle in an incident at the start of yesterday afternoon’s fourballs and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.  Past USA Curtis Cup team member and captain Carol Semple Thompson, served as interim captain for the afternoon’s matches. Pat resumed her duties this morning. Foursomes results (GB&I names first) Pamela Pretswell & Charley Hull lost to Amy Anderson & Tiffany Lua 3/2 Holly Clyburn & Amy Boulden  lost to Austin Ernst & Brooke Pancake 2 down Stephanie Meadow & Leona Maguire beat Lindy Duncan & Lisa McCloskey  3/1 The draw for the afternoon fourballs is: Holly Clyburn & Kelly Tidy v Emily Tubert & Amy Anderson Leona Maguire & Bronte Law v Brooke Pancake & Austin Ernst Stephanie Meadow & Pamela Pretswell v Tiffany Lua & Erica Popson Full details: www.lgu.org   GB&I fight back in Curtis Cup fourballs 09 June 2012 Great Britain and Ireland fought their way back into the Curtis Cup match at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland with two wins from yesterday’s three afternoon fourballs. It narrowed the gap between GB&I and the USA to two points at the end of the first day’s play, with the visitors holding a 4-2 lead. The USA had made a rapid start when they won all three morning foursomes – and they maintained the momentum by winning the top fourball against England’s world number five, Charley Hull, and Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell. The players shared 11 birdies during the 15 holes of the match and the Americans were approximately six-under par, while the GB&I pair were an estimated three-under. But then the American progress was halted by GB&I. The all-England pairing of Kelly Tidy and Holly Clyburn won their match on the 17th, while fellow England international Bronte Law and Welsh champion Amy Boulden defeated their opponents on the 16th. Tidy and Clyburn won the first hole and were ahead for most of their match. They dropped behind after losing the seventh to an eagle three, but got back on level terms when they won the 10th with a par. They moved ahead by winning the 12th and 13th and although they lost the 16th, they came straight back at their opponents to win both the 17th and the match. Law and Boulden had to play catch-up early on when their opponents had four birdies in the first seven holes and held a two up lead. But from then on, the GB&I pair turned the match around and didn’t lose another hole. They won the eighth with a birdie and were all square after the ninth was conceded – and then moved steadily on, winning 10, 13 and 16 to claim their point. Fourball results (GB&I names first) Pamela Pretswell & Charley Hull lost to Amy Anderson & Emily Tubert 4/3 Kelly Tidy & Holly Clyburn beat Brooke Pancake & Erica Popson 2/1 Bronte Law & Amy Boulden beat Lindy Duncan & Lisa McCloskey 3/2 Round three foursomes draw: 0800 Pamela Pretswell & Charley Hull v  Amy Anderson & Tiffany Lua 0812 Holly Clyburn & Amy Boulden v Austin Ernst & Brooke Pancake 0824 Stephanie Meadow & Leona Maguire v Lindy Duncan & Lisa McCloskey Full details: www.lgu.org   USA strike first blow in Curtis Cup 08 June 2012 The USA struck the first blow in the Curtis Cup by winning all three matches in the opening foursomes at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland. It was the exact opposite of the start hoped for by GB&I captain Tegwen Matthews, who had spoken of the need to make the Americans play catch-up golf. She said:  “I’m afraid that wasn’t quite the fast start we wanted. It’s disappointing. There was some good golf played out there but the Americans were just that bit sharper than us on and around the greens. “That’s something I’m going to talk to the girls about at lunchtime. We need to hole a few more putts and if we do that, there’s no reason why we can’t get back into the match. There’s still a long way to go.” The top GB&I pair of English champion Kelly Tidy and Welsh champion Amy Boulden lost by one hole, having held the lead for much of their match. They got off to a quick start when they won the first hole and they were two up after eight and still held that advantage with five to play. However, they lost the 14th to go back to one up; the 16th to go all square and the 17th to drop behind. The all-England pairing of Holly Clyburn and Bronte Law lost the first two holes to birdies and were three down after five. They settled into the match with a long string of halves before winning the 13th and 15th, with a birdie, but bowed out of the game on the 17th. The Americans quickly took the upper hand in the third game, with birdies on the first three holes, and were six up at the turn against Ireland’s Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow. The GB&I pair won the 11th and 12th but lost the 14th and the match. England’s world number five Charley Hull and Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell sat out the first session but are in action in this afternoon’s fourballs.The draw: 13.00 Pamela Pretswell and Charley Hull v Amy Anderson and Emily Tubert 13.15 Kelly Tidy and Holly Clyburn v Brooke Pancake and Erica Popson 13.30 Bronte Law and Amy Boulden v Lindy Duncan and Lisa McCloskey Foursomes results (GB&I names first) Kelly Tidy & Amy Boulden lost to Austin Ernst & Brooke Pancake 1 down Holly Clyburn & Bronte Law lost to Amy Anderson & Tiffany Lua 2/1 Leona Maguire & Stephanie Meadow lost to Lindy Duncan & Lisa McCloskey 5/4 Full details: www.lgu.orglast_img read more

August 5

Manchester City fan charged with racially abusing his own team’s star player

first_imgAdvertisement p5mNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1id2o9Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Efv1o( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1f07ywsWould you ever consider trying this?😱s7Can your students do this? 🌚5b0eRoller skating! Powered by Firework Manchester City’s star player Raheem Sterling has faced his unfortunate fair share of racism in football. He has been racially abused whilst playing for City and England but the winger has showed great mental character to keep performing week in week out. The good news for him and football in general is that a fan who racially abused him has been arrested.Advertisement Ian Baldry, who claims to be a ‘massive MCFC fan’, has been charged with racially aggravated disorder after he allegedly swore at the footballer last year, the Sun reports.Advertisement His friend, 57-year-old James McConnell, has also been charged of racially abusing Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings, 26, and a steward at another match.Their season tickets have been suspended and a court date with the magistrate has been set for them on September 26th.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

August 3

Nelson’s Sawyer Hunt sparks Kimberley past Beaver Valley in Kootenay Conference Finals

first_imgSawyer Hunt’s goal with 32 seconds left in the game sparked the Kimberley Dynamiters to a 4-3 victory over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Kootenay Conference Playoff action Friday in Fruitvale.The goal gives the defending KIJHL Champs a 3-0 stranglehold on the best-of-seven Conference Final Series.Game four is Saturday at the Hawks Nest in Fruitvale.Beaver Valley, leading for most of the game, squandered leads of 2-0 and 3-2. The latter lead coming when Sam Swanson scored what appeared to be the winning marker with six plus minutes remaining in the third period.However, Tyler Van Steinburg scored the tying goal with three minutes remaining in the third period setting the stage for Hunt, a Nelson Minor Hockey grad, to put a dagger into the Hawks hopes of rallying in the Kootenay Conference Series.Kimberley out shot the Hawks 46-28 in the game, including a 20-6 margin in the third period.Tanner Witt scored the other goals for the Nitros.Allan Pruss and Dylan Heppler also scored for Beaver Valley, which lost the opening games of the series to Kimberley by scores of 6-1 and 4-2 in the Bavarian City.Kimberley advanced to the Kootenay Conference Series with wins over Fernie Ghostriders and Creston Valley Thunder Cats while the Hawks won the Murdoch Division Crown with wins over Nelson Leafs and Grand Forks Border Bruins.In the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference Final, 100 Mile House leads Summerland Steam 2-1 with Game four Saturday in Summerland.last_img read more

December 24

MANCHESTER UNITED STAR WAYNE ROONEY EAGER TO SUPPORT MARK FARREN TREATMENT FUND

first_imgManchester United player Wayne Rooney has become the latest high-profile star to lend his support to the Mark Farren Treatment Fund. The kind-hearted England captain contacted former Old Trafford teammate and Derry native Darren Gibson to find out what he could do to help.Rooney was made aware of the issue via social media and was touched by Mark’s heart-breaking story and immediately wanted to do something to help. Farren’s family revealed that Gibson was in contact with them and confirmed that Rooney was keen to lend his support to the treatment fund after becoming aware of Mark’s situation.Seamus Coleman, James McClean, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are just a few of the huge number of professional footballers who have rowed in behind the fundraising campaign set-up for former footballer Mark.The campaign has surpassed its initial target of £30,000 which was needed in order to send Mark to Mexico to undergo revolutionary treatment in which they hope can save the former Derry City striker’s life.An charity game in aid of Mark last night between a Derry City XI and Glenavon FC raised £7,000. The Derry City side was made up mostly of players that played during their epic UEFA Cup run in 2005/2006.A huge crowd turned out for Farren who served both clubs with great distinction throughout his career.The grand total for the Mark Farren treatment fund has almost raised an incredible £40,000.  MANCHESTER UNITED STAR WAYNE ROONEY EAGER TO SUPPORT MARK FARREN TREATMENT FUND was last modified: May 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Manchester UnitedMark FarrennewsSportWayne Rooneylast_img read more

December 17

Coming soon…

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December 12

9 Tips for Stabilizing Handheld Footage

first_imgSometimes you just can’t shoot on a tripod.Heading to the set or into the field without a tripod? Getting beautiful handheld shots can be a difficult challenge – the recent influx of camera stabilizers and Steadicam equipment is a testament to that. Thinking out your approach to handheld shooting and taking several of the approaches listed below can significantly minimize camera shake.1. Use Two HandsOne of the easiest ways to minimize shaky footage is to use two hands instead of one. Even if your camera is too small to be held by two hands, find a way to use both. This can be holding your wrist or simply holding one hand around another. Adding the extra hand will essential take your camera from being on a monopod to a bipod.2. Keep the Camera CloseHolding the camera away from your body will severely increase camera shake. Most people make the mistake of holding the camera like they would if they were taking pictures, near their eyes. But for shooting video you want to hold the camera near your chin and close to your body. By resting your elbows on your chest and holding your arms parallel with your body you can create a “cocoon” that will make your footage more steady. This technique is certainly dependent on where your display screen is relative to your face, but for most DSLRs this should work perfectly.3. Use a WallIf you can, leaning on a wall is a great way to keep your footage steady. By simply putting your weight on a wall you can create a sort of tripod between your two legs and the wall.4. Bend your Knees and FloatWhen moving with your camera the best way to minimize vertical shift due to walking is to think of your camera as a cup instead of a camera. If you apply the same physics of a full cup to your hand held camera you will quickly find the camera shakes much less. Remember to relax!5. Keep Movements SimpleWhile handheld footage does give you the freedom to preform elaborate camera moves, these moves can make your footage incredibly shaky. It is much more advisable to keep your camera moves simple. Unless the shot calls for it, you may get a better result by keeping your camera stationary.6. Move Your AxisArcs make for smoother movement than pivots.When panning and titling try pretending that your camera is rotating around an axis in front of the camera. This will help you avoid the foot shuffling that occurs when you simply rotate in place. In moving your axis you will quickly find more natural and fluid movements. Think of your movements as being arcs rather than pivots.7. Use a Wider LensIt might seem like common sense, but when you are shooting handheld try using a wider lens. While telephoto lenses might offer a shallow depth of field they are incredibly difficult to keep steady, even with an image stabilizer. If you must have a telephoto shot I recommend standing completely still and not moving at all.8. Minimize FocusingAdjusting focus is one of the biggest culprits of shaky footage. Because you have to bring your hand to the front of the camera, focusing completely negates any effort you’re making to stabilize your footage. Try keeping your focusing to a minimum. In most cases I’ve even found that moving my body is much more steady than moving my focus.9. Fix it in PostIt is always better to shoot the footage right on-location instead of fixing it in post, but if you simply can’t get it right on-location there are a few things you can do to fix it in post. Namely, the warp stabilizer built into After Effects and Premiere Pro make it extremely easy to stabilize shaky footage. We’ve traditionally had a lot of success with the Warp Stabilizer, but mileage may vary depending on the shot. Shoot it great on-location, make it perfect in post.Have any other tips for stabilizing handheld footage? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

November 28

Can’t afford Olympic tickets? Soak in the action from Westfield mall!

first_imgThe black market for Olympic tickets is bad business in London.Unlike Wimbledon during The Championships when touts sell tickets at a marked up price in side lanes despite security people in plainclothes keeping a watch, nothing like this happens for Olympic events.Walking to the Olympic Park every morning, from where one moves into the arenas, there are people who walk in with the hope of getting last minute tickets.However, with the London Police, volunteers and security forces drawn from the Royal Air Force, Navy and Army, black marketeers are nowhere to be seen.There is instead a novel way of looking for tickets as people walk with a placard “Do you have a spare ticket please.”At one end of the rows of people walking towards the Olympic Park there are volunteers waiting to guide the corporate VIP visitors as they have complimentary tickets.Just as it is common to see outside the airports drivers holding placards, this new trend of asking for tickets without conversation caught my eye.For most people who can’t afford Olympic tickets, a trip to the shopping malls in Wesfield is in itself a fun trip. Though there are public announcements not to enter the Olympic Park if there are no tickets, people don’t care.Food and drinks are available in plenty at sit-out shops and in the evenings, it is choc-a-bloc.With the athletics programme now on in full swing, the Olympic Stadium can accommodate a maximum of 80,000 people.From curious onlookers to those who can get to see only action on the LED screen, the Westfield shopping mall is the place to be in.advertisementPeople dressed trendily in various colours are here till midnight in the hope they can soak in the atmosphere.There are a huge number of coffee bars doing brisk business though by evening beer is in huge demand. And once the sun sets, which is past 8.30pm, security cover increases immediately.Till now, the Games have passed off peacefully, and with just four days to go, every effort is being made to ensure everything works with clockwork precision.The heart and soul of any Games are the volunteers who chip in. In addition to the police and armed forces, they play a huge role in controlling the crowds, being polite and helpful.Unlike the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, the way crowds are controlled at the convergence point for taxi drop-off, bus arrival and tube passengers is very efficient in London.The sign boards are huge and you cannot miss the directions to the Olympic Park or other venues.But the biggest difference is facilities for the handicapped spectators. There is a separate lane for handicapped people to move around in wheelchairs and they have no problem in getting into the elevators.It is this human touch which makes London’s preparations very special as importance accorded to special people is on top of the priority list.In India, you will find that for a handicapped person to enter a movie hall or a sporting venue is so difficult. And unless they have an escort, getting in or out is next to impossible.The next big challenge for London will be the closing ceremony on Sunday night. It being a holiday, there will be huge crowds, even if they cannot gain access to the Olympic Stadium.I checked if one can get tickets in black and have been told not to attempt any such thing.As of now, only those who managed to win the online lottery for the closing tickets a year in advance will make it.The good thing is, unlike India, people in London do not ask for free passes. At least I have not come across anyone who says “Get me a free ticket!”Be it the IPL, or Commonwealth Games, free pass demand in India soars. Maybe, for just this reason people in London know how to enjoy sport even if they have to pay a big price.last_img read more

October 16

Stars Come Together For WE Day Canada

first_imgOn Sunday, tens of thousands of young people, families and community members from coast-to-coast came together on Parliament Hill for WE Day Canada to mark Canada 150 and celebrate as the nation turned their focus to building the country’s next 150 years.Shania Twain at WE Day CanadaCredit/Copyright: Patrick DoyleReady to build a stronger future together, exceptional Canadian youth paired with iconic national celebrities and thought leaders took to the WE Day Canada stage for an evening of epic performances, inspiring speeches and remarkable celebration.Alongside international activists and WE co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, WE Day Canada featured a cast of distinguished Canadians, innovators and trailblazers including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with Barenaked Ladies, National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Roméo Dallaire, Gord Downie, Marc Dupré, Nelly Furtado, Hedley, Tom Jackson, Governor General of Canada David Johnston, Maripier Morin, Alex Nevsky, Kardinal Offishall, Penny Oleksiak, Serena Ryder, Lilly Singh, P.K. Subban, Jacob Tremblay, Les Trois Accords, Margaret Trudeau, Shania Twain and more.“Performing on Parliament Hill for WE Day Canada was an extraordinary experience — as a WE ambassador and proud Canadian, there was nowhere else I’d rather have been this weekend,” said singer, songwriter, producer and WE ambassador, Nelly Furtado. “Having had the opportunity to meet warm and welcoming young people and leaders from across the country, my heart is filled with hope — I’m confident in the difference we can make as a collective good and in the future of our nation.”“As a global organization with our roots proudly planted in Canada more than 20 years ago, hosting WE Day on Parliament Hill was an incredible honour,” said international activist and co-founder of WE, Craig Kielburger. “Canadians across the country have shown us they care, that they’re dedicated, and that they will continue to build a stronger Canada — I’m certain that our country is in good hands and am excited about what we will accomplish together over the next 150 years.”Top show moments from WE Day Canada: • Gord Downie with Pearl and Daisy Wenjack sharing the story of Chanie Wenjack, followed by an emotional 100 person youth choir performance of “Stranger” from Gord Downie’s Secret Path Project • Shania Twain takes the stage to share what being Canadian is all “aboot” • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledges to build a stronger future for CanadaWE Day Canada is part of WE are Canada – WE’s national campaign marking Canada 150 – bringing millions of Canadians together with the collective goal of inspiring them to take action towards building a more caring and compassionate future nation. WE is engaging a generation of Canadians to make local, national and international impacts through the multi-faceted program. WE are Canada engages people coast to coast, challenging Canadians of all ages to raise $1 million for Canadian organizations and commit to one million hours of local volunteer service.The national program empowers Canadians to gain a deeper understanding of social issues, inspiring them to make a difference in their communities and across the country, helping to build the nation’s next 150 years. The first step that every Canadian can take is the WE are Canada Pledge. By taking the pledge, people across the country are joining a collective movement of active change-makers who are committed to building a strong future Canada. Learn more about how to get involved on Facebook.WE Day Canada was taped for a special television broadcast that will air on Saturday July 8, 2017 at 7 p.m. EDT on CTV and Friday July 14, 2017 at 9 p.m. EDT on MUCH.As a part of the Government of Canada’s weekend long celebrations in Canada’s capital region, WE Day Canada was made possible thanks to the support of senior advisor and executive producer Jeffrey Latimer and Honourary Co-Chair National Chief Perry Bellegarde.WE Day Canada was presented by RBC, TELUS, Seventh Generation, and Teck, along with partners including: Canada 150 Champion, The Jim Pattison Group; Canada 150 Champion Families, Paul & Leah Atkinson & Family, Kevin & Mandi Kimsa & Family, and Mark & Sarah Wellings & Family; In-Kind Partners, Cadillac Fairview, WestJet, Freshii, and Farmboy; and, Amplification Partners, Cineplex Entertainment, Facebook Canada, PATTISON Onestop, The Globe and Mail and LeDroit.last_img read more