Japan, IOC set July 23 next year for start of delayed Olympics

first_imgBy Jack Tarrant, Antoni SlodkowskiTOKYO (Reuters) – The postponed Olympic Games will now begin on July 23 next year and run until Aug. 8, the head of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee said on Monday, as the coronavirus pandemic made it impossible to plan and prepare for them properly this year.The Games were postponed last week – the first such delay in the 124-year history of the modern Olympics. The move was a huge blow for Japan, which invested $13 billion in the run-up to the event and raised $3 billion from domestic sponsors.Yoshiro Mori, the head of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, confirmed the new dates after he made the decision with the International Olympic Committee. Mori said the Paralympic Games would run from Aug. 24-Sep. 5. “The Tokyo Olympics Games and the successful delivery of these Games will be how we overcome all the problems that the world is facing and that the Olympics could be a symbol for this,” Mori said. “These Games are going to have great historical significance.”Earlier on Monday, the Games’ chief executive, Toshiro Muto, said the committee was moving “in the direction” of honouring tickets bought for the 2020 Games at the rescheduled event, or providing refunds in case of scheduling changes. “We want to honour the hopes of all those who purchased the tickets amid high demand,” Muto told a news conference.It was too early to say what the additional costs of the delay would be, Muto said. The IOC and Japanese government succumbed to intense pressure from athletes and sporting bodies around the world last Tuesday by agreeing to push back the Games because of the coronavirus pandemic.The pandemic had already led to many sporting events around the world being delayed or cancelled. After weeks of insisting the Olympics would go ahead, organizers bowed to what many said was the inevitable and delayed what is the world’s premier sporting gathering. Sporting bodies including the World Athletics association, the International Triathlon Union, and FINA, the international swimming federation, all followed up with statements of support for the delay.The postponement “gives our athletes the time they need to get back into training and competition,” World Athletics said. The association is also working on new dates in 2022 for the World Athletics Championships, it said.The Athletics and Swimming world championships were scheduled to take place next summer around the new Olympics dates, presenting organizers with potential clashes in timing. And problems have already arisen in planning for venues for next year, although organisers have yet to be told that they can not use any facilities, Muto said at the news conference announcing the new date.The Tokyo 2020 Olympics must acknowledge the coronavirus crisis which forced their postponement and incorporate it into next year’s opening ceremony, executive producer Marco Balich told Reuters from his home in Milan.More than 720,000 people have been infected around the world with about 34,000 deaths and governments are taking ever tougher measures such as lockdowns to try to halt the outbreak and support overburdened medical infrastructure.last_img read more

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WWE: The difference Between WWE Of Today And The 1990s

first_imgLast Updated: 18th September, 2019 14:39 IST WWE: The Difference Between WWE Of Today And The 1990s WWE is one of the most popular sporting events in the world; many of the fans believe the 1990s WWE was far superior to today Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV First Published: 18th September, 2019 02:32 IST 11 months ago WWE RAW: Rey Mysterio vs Gran Metalik Match Overview 11 months ago Randy Orton: Rumours about WWE’s Apex Predator that came true 11 months ago Roman Reigns: The Secret behind ‘The Big Dog’s’ enterance theme WATCH US LIVEcenter_img FOLLOW US WWE Raw is one of the most popular professional wrestling television programmes in the world. It is also known as Monday Night Raw. WWE Raw first debuted on January 11, 1993. It is one of the most prominent flagship properties of the WWE brand, the other one being Smackdown. World Wrestling Entertainment has seen a number of transitions over the years and from being WWF – World Wrestling Federation to being WWE, there have been a number of changes within the brand.READ | Randy Orton: Rumours About WWE’s Apex Predator That Came TrueWWE – Vince McMahon’s CreationFor many fans in India, WWE Raw is far more than just professional wrestling entertainment. It is a bonafide institution and a long tradition that has lasted for decades and across multiple generations. WWE Raw captivated audiences in India since the very beginning. Ahead of the new season, let’s take a look at the top three moments of the 1990s WWE Raw, and how a few moments changed how the brand was perceived. READ | WWE Raw 2019: Braun Strowman V Seth Rollins; Sasha Banks V Becky Lynch3. Arrival of the Greats Diesel, Razor Ramon, Ric Flair, Sid, Lex Luger, and Vader. These are some of the athletes who participated in the greatest era of WWE Raw.  Although they were very popular, some of them developed issues with the top management. Lex Luger, for example, was replaced with Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior as the top powerhouse. With time, tastes changed and fans were looking for a different kind of hero, so WWE came with some new top faces. READ | Roman Reigns: The Secret Behind ‘The Big Dog’s’ Entrance Theme2. New FacesEveryone has heard of the names Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, and The Undertaker. They are well-known, not just amongst die-hard WWE fans, but also by non-followers of the game. The Undertaker is quite possibly the most popular of all wrestlers. He was the man who never died and came back from the dead to scare his opponents. The Undertaker started out in the year 1990 and, less than one year later, he defeated none other than Hulk Hogan for the then WWF Title.READ | Rey Mysterio Pays A Unique Tattoo Tribute To Late Eddie Guerrero1. Monday Night RawWWE is the largest professional wrestling company in the world. The credit for its popularity goes to Monday Night Raw. The show debuted on January 11, 1993, and has since been considered a flagship show of WWE. Monday Night Raw boasted of more high-profile matches than on the other show. The likes of Triple H, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Kurt Angle made the brand what it is today.  COMMENT Sherwin D’Cunha 11 months ago WWE Raw 2019: Braun Strowman v Seth Rollins; Sasha Banks v Becky Lynch 11 months ago Kevin Owens gets fired from WWE by Shane McMahon on SmackDown WE RECOMMENDlast_img read more

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Bright Akwetey puzzled by appalling Hearts of Oak

first_imgIt’s the 104th anniversary of the oldest club on the land. Usually, it should be greeted with much merriment, conviviality and joy.The glory days of 2000 where Hearts conquered Ghana and Africa with the dreaded 64 battalion still remains the pinnacle of the Phobians’ success.In the midst of this commemoration is a cloud of inability to make an impact both on and off the pitch.This has led to the former director of Hearts of Oak, Bright Akwetey ripping into the current administrators of the club for how low the club has sunk in the current years.”Hearts of Oak has fallen on bad times, deplorably so, lamentably so, it is antagonizing to see where Accra Hearts of oak is now,” he told Joy Sports exclusively.”The club that used to move us from our homes to go and sit at the Accra Sports stadium at 11.00am for a game at 4pm is not the Hearts now.” “Those there know what Hearts of Oak is, what constitutes Hearts of Oak, what makes the club gel, and they are calling it Hearts of Oak. There are too many wrong things being done.”When asked if the club was now regarded as a failure, Akwetey was adamant the club was heading towards that direction especially with, what he says are, corrupt figures in and around the club”We are on the verge of being described as such, but there is still hope. That’s why we wanted to build the stadium with the monies from the transfers.”“This happens when we have a situation where we cannot protect the monies, and the monies pass through people’s accounts in Europe before they come to the club.”“I don’t accept it, everything must be transparent. People don’t like it that way, so even wehn they went to buy land at Pobiman, what happened to it? “If the so called owners are calling it their club, who will come to their aid? I think there are issues to take up and settle before the club will go back to its former self.”Success on the pitch has also eluded the Phobians with league victory last being tasted six years ago.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Matt Gilmore, Gary Hilderman finish 1-2 in Blizzard Bike Club’s mountain bike race

first_imgGeorge Gamble finished in third spot. He crossed the line in 44:06, while fourth place went to Pat Ferris who clocked in at 45:26.Roger St. Jean finished in fifth place at 47:05. He was followed by Robin Sipe, Dawit Feyissa and Dan Webster. They finished with times of 48:44, 54:04, and 54:56 respectively. Up next on the schedule for the Blizzard Bike Club is the Baldonnel time trial tonight at 7 p.m., that’s followed by the Cactus Death mountain bike race at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Are Starfish Eyes Missing Links?

first_imgStarfish are found to have “primitive” image-forming eyes on the tips of their arms.  Do these represent links between simple and complex eyes?  Some reporters seem to think so.Deborah MacKenzie at New Scientist leapt at the opportunity to score one for Darwin:We have known about the sensors that starfish have at the ends of their arms for 200 years, but no one knew whether they are real eyes that form images or simply structures that detect changes in light intensity.We finally have an answer: they appear to act as real eyes. The discovery is another blow to creationist arguments that something as complex as a human eye could never evolve from simpler structures.In a similar vein, PhysOrg asked if it is a “missing link in eye evolution.”  Dr. Andrews Garm at the University of Copenhagen experimented on blue sea stars.  When deprived of the photosensors, starfish wandered aimlessly, but their fellow stars with intact sensors migrated toward the coral, where the food source is.  The article contains photos of the starfish and its photoreceptors.Surprisingly, after 200 years of knowing these photoreceptors exist, nobody had checked to see if they are capable of providing directional cues to the animals.  New Scientist said they are “good enough to show the way home” but more primitive than the compound eyes in arthropods.  MacKenzie continued the evolutionary angle:In evolutionary terms, says Garm, it is interesting because starfish eyes are structurally close in form to the hypothesised first image-forming eyes.For instance, light receptors in more advanced eyes are built either out of modified cytoplasmic projections called microvilli, or out of filament-shaped cell organelles called cilia. Starfish eyes contain both structures, so “have features that look a bit ancestral“, says [Dan-Eric] Nilsson [Lund University].“This shows what visual task drove this important step in eye evolution,” says Garm. “Navigation towards large stationary objects – here the reef – that were preferred habitats.” In other words, he thinks our eyes may have first evolved so we could find our way home.PhysOrg said that the structure on the blue sea star, “except for the lack of true optics, resembles arthropod compound eye.”  Neither article mentioned the whole-body lenses on brittle stars, another echinoderm (8/23/01).In other echinoderm news, PhysOrg reported that some starfish are able to shed arms to prevent overheating.  Nature News reported a Cambrian fossil that they claim is an early echinoderm.  It lacked arms, but had five-fold symmetry.  It “resembled an egg with its tapered end planted in the sea floor,” the article said.  “Its mouth opened upward and its body spiralled down.”Nice try, Darwin Party, but no score.  Starfish are not ancestral to arthropods or vertebrates.  Eyes appeared abruptly in separate phyla during the Cambrian explosion, as seen in molluscs, jellyfish, comb jellies, and arthropods (trilobites and the Burgess Shale animals), and in some extinct phyla.  Trilobite eyes were very complex but appeared abruptly like all the others.   If starfish represented a transitional form, why do starfish still exist hundreds of millions of years later with the same “primitive” eyes?  Where’s the evolution?The authors made another tactical blunder in their evolutionary tale.  “Visual tasks” do not “drive evolution.”  You can’t drive an aimless mechanism on a random walk.  Eyes don’t evolve “so we could find our way home.”  That makes no sense theoretically or evidentially.  All living things have some common “tasks” including finding their habitat.  Why don’t plants have eyes?  Why don’t seeds have eyes so they can find the right soil?  Many plants and animals could have benefited from sight but didn’t “evolve eyes.”  You can’t use “evolve” as an active verb.  Evolution is whatever happens, without anyone guiding it or needing it.  Once again we see evolutionists misusing and misunderstanding their own theory.The fact is, each animal has the senses it needs for its place in the ecology.  Everything is equipped for its role.  The story should have been that starfish are more amazing than previously thought, not that they represent a missing link.  Maybe the evolutionists are panicking at the release of Stephen Meyer’s best-selling book, Darwin’s Doubt, laying out the case for intelligent design as seen in the Cambrian fossil record.  For a shorter explanation of the Cambrian explosion, see Illustra’s film Darwin’s Dilemma. (Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Farm Economics Changing Dynamic of Seed Purchasing

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While at Farm Science Review, many growers take a look around at new equipment and technology making their ways to the farm. Most say it may not be the right time for a big purchase, but it is nice to know what is available if and when the time to buy arrives. Although buying new gear can wait, but seed can’t. Daniel Call with Seed Consultants visits with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about how farmers are approaching seed buying for 2019.last_img read more

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Partners’ Perceptions of PTSD Symptoms

first_imgBy Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCreative Commons [Flickr, I Against I, January 1, 2012]Recently, two researchers from Virginia Tech [1] examined factors related to reintegration stress from the perspective of military members and military service member partners.  The findings of the study offer insight into how partners may view military members’ mental health and PTSD symptoms, and how these symptoms impact reintegration after deployment.Participants in the study totaled 675 and included 380 service members and 295 partners of service members. All participants were the parent of at least one minor child, and all service members had experienced one or more deployments. Participants and partners were asked if the service member had received a diagnosis of PTSD, and if they believed that the military member experienced symptoms of PTSD (regardless of diagnosis).  The service members and the partners rated their perceptions of the military members’ mental health by responding to a survey rating the frequency of 5 emotional states including: nervous, calm, downhearted, happy, and discouraged.  Reintegration stress was determined using a measure designed specifically for this study, with survey questions tailored to military members and partners. It is notable that the partners were not necessarily those of the military service members in the study, so data analyses were not from family dyads and were not linked.The results of the study indicated that the presence of PTSD symptoms, self-reported mental health, and the mental health of the military member as reported by the partner all affected the level of reintegration stress in military families. Military members and partners both rated their mental health symptoms, as well as those of their partner, as high. Partners’ perceptions of PTSD-related symptoms in military service members was a big contributor to reintegration stress. Partners also reported that the military member’s symptoms affected daily life more than the military member did. Interestingly, having an actual diagnosis of PTSD was not significantly related to reintegration stress in this study.When working with military service members who have experienced deployment and their partners, it is important to consider individual perceptions and take that into account when treating couples or families.  In some instances, partners may be more acutely aware of PTSD symptoms, and their impact, than the service members themselves.References[1] Marek, L. I., & D’Aniello, C. (2014). Reintegration stress and family mental health: Implications for therapists working with reintegrating military families. Contemporary Family Therapy, 36(4), 443-451. doi:10.1007/s10591-014-9316-4This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

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The Evolution of Product Placement in Film

first_imgWhat product placement stands out in your mind? Let us know in the comments below. Fire up your Apple MacBook Pro, pop open an ice-cold Pepsi Cola, and learn all about the evolution of product placement in film.Top image via Turkish AirlinesIt’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! Yup, It’s Definitely a Plane. I’ll admit to this: I had never heard of Turkish Airlines until Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now, as the film heads into theaters, I can’t think of anything else but Turkish Airlines. (I wasn’t paid by Turkish Airlines to write this.)Turkish Airlines went to incredible lengths with their insanely multi-layered product placement. You can go to the Turkish Airlines website and choose both Gotham City and Metropolis as destinations. Not only that, you can buy travel guides, apply for travel insurance, and a fake work VISA.Image: Work VISA via Turkish AirlinesHere’s the issue with all of this: it’s super weird. Usually these type of viral promotions are handled by the studio — but in this instance, it falls under the advertiser. How did we get to this point? Let’s take a look at the evolution of product placement. A Brief History of Product Placement in FilmOne of the earliest documented cases of product placement comes from 1920’s The Garage, starring Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton. A sign for Firestone tires was on the wall of the auto shop, but Red Crown Gasoline was featured constantly on the walls and equipment.It was never officially announced if Red Crown Gasoline paid for the placement, but its constant appearance caught enough attention to cause some controversy.Images via WikipediaThe first Academy Award-winning film to feature product placement was Wings in 1927. The film featured several shots of Hershey’s chocolate bars, as well as several scenes with actors eating the candy.Images via Business PunditThis was Hershey’s first appearance on the silver screen, but it certainly wouldn’t be the company’s last. In the 1980s, Hershey made a blockbuster deal for Reese’s Pieces to be the candy of choice for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial; the candy giant paid $1,000,000 in tie-ins and cross-promotional advertising. The script actually called for M&M’s, but parent company Mars, Inc passed on the deal.Within two weeks of the film’s release, Reese’s Pieces sales more than doubled.Images: E.T. via Amblin Entertainment, Reese’s Pieces via Collecting CandyAfter the success of E.T., product placement became big business. Corporate giants started fighting for placement in the biggest blockbusters.Exxon paid $300,000 for its name to appear in Days of Thunder. Pampers paid $50,000 to be featured in Three Men and a Baby, and Cuervo Gold spent $150,000 for placement in Tequila Sunrise, according to Danny Thompson, president of Creative Entertainment Services, in a 1993 New York magazine interview. As for how effective the practice of product placement is, that same article quotes Joel Henrie, a partner at Motion Picture Placement, as saying: “Look what happened to Hermes scarves after Basic Instinct, Ray-Ban sunglasses after Risky Business, and suspenders after Michael Douglas wore them in Wall Street.” — SnopesThree Types of Product PlacementTraditionally there have been three main types of product placement; screen placement, script placement, and plot placement.1. Screen Placement Screen placement uses a product in the foreground or background of a shot. The product is not mentioned by name, but does garner some decent screen time.Director Michael Bay is a master of using screen product placement in his films. He currently holds the record of featuring 55 different brands in Transformers: Age of Extinction, a film already based on a product itself. In this video, you will see 50 seconds of Bud Light products without the product being mentioned. The Beats Pill is an example of script placement.2. Script PlacementScript placement literally puts a product in the script, where a character in the film will mention the product by name. Example: Marty McFly orders a Pepsi in the Back to the Future Part II. 3. Plot PlacementPlot placement makes a product a part of the film. These are products that are always connected to characters, like the many gadgets of James Bond. Aston Martin has been a huge part of the Bond franchise for decades. Even the latest installments feature classic and new Aston Martin cars.Image via Screen RantThe Blockbuster Deals of Marsha R. LevineImage via Turkish AirlinesThe Turkish Airlines product placement in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will end up being a record breaking tie-in, even though official numbers have not been released. The sponsorship actually transcends the three types of product placement.Not only will the airline receive screen time in the film, they also scored original commercials starring actors Ben Affleck and Jesse Eisenberg. Not only that, they scored a promotional piece with director Zack Snyder talking about the benefits of the sponsorship. On top of all of that, the original commercials premiered as TWO SEPARATE SUPER BOWL ADS! THAT IS CRAZY! A deal like that just doesn’t happen everyday.The Batman v Superman placement was managed by Marsha R. Levine of A List Entertainment. While her name may not ring a bell, I guarantee you know her work. Some of her biggest product placements were for Duracell in The Matrix, Dr. Pepper in Spider-Man, Sennheiser in The Departed, and 7UP in Friends.Images via A List EntertainmentDoes Product Placement Work?Absolutely! While there can be negative backlash (like Spider-Man using Bing as his search engine of choice), most product placement can go unnoticed. Many audience members actually prefer to see real products rather than fake brands. In the end, it also benefits the movie itself by bringing in extra money for production or advertising.Even television studios are pushing product placement like never before. Shows that have made their way into syndication now feature digital product placement. Products are added to the show years after the show aired.Personally, I now know more about Turkish Airlines than ever before. The product placement was so great at establishing a real company in this cinematic reality. It’s almost as great as the music found on PremiumBeat.com. PremiumBeat has an amazing catalog of music and SFX. Be sure to visit PremiumBeat.com for all your music needs.Finally, I’ll leave you with one of my all time favorite uses of product placement: the wonderfully meta use in Wayne’s World.last_img read more

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Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar: Master Blaster turns 46

first_imgHappy Birthday, Sachin Tendulkar!Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar turns 46 today. The Little Master, whose full name is Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, was born on this day in 1973 in a Maharashtrian family in Dadar, Mumbai.Sachin’s father Ramesh Tendulkar, who was a renowned Marathi novelist, decided to name his after the legendary musician Sachin Dev Burman, was a big fan of.The God of cricket holds many records during his playing career spanning two decades – 200 Tests, 100 international hundreds, 34357 international runs… You name them and he had them.Sachin Tendulkar made his debut aged 16 years against Pakistan and despite a bloodied nose and a few failures, Tendlkar became the greatest batsman since the days of Don Bradman.Tendulkar finished his career as the leading run-getter in international cricket, with 34,357 runs across formats — 15,921 in 200 Tests, 18426 in 463 ODIs and 10 in 1 T20 international.Tendulkar was the first player to smash a double hundred in ODIs when he struck 200 not out off 147 balls against South Africa in Gwalior on February 24, 2010.He made a record six World Cup appearances eventually ending up on the triumphant side in his last, in 2011 at the Wankhede stadium when India defeated Sri Lanka in the final.He played his final match — his 200th Test — at his home ground, the Wankhede stadium, in November 2013 when India hosted West Indies in a Test series.Tendulkar also played at the lucrative Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians. In 78 matches, the master blaster scored 2334 runs with the help of one century and 13 fifties.advertisementAlso Read | Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar: 5 of Master Blaster’s records that may never be brokenlast_img read more

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