TORONTO – The strength of Canada’s team at the upcoming Invictus Games in Toronto lies in the bond between the veterans and armed forces members who form the group, the team’s co-captain said Thursday as organizers marked the 100-day countdown to the international sporting competition.The games, founded by Prince Harry, will be held in Toronto Sept. 23-30 and will mark the first time Canada hosts the event.The competition for wounded, injured and sick troops, including current and veteran members of the forces, aims to use sport to inspire recovery and draw awareness to the physical and psychological injuries suffered by service members.Canada’s team, unveiled Thursday, is made up of 90 athletes who have acquired a physical or mental-health injury or illness while in service.“It’s… the events that happened that bond us together,” said co-captain Maj. Simon Mailloux. “It’s a special thing to come back and to do a different kind of challenge, a sport one, and represent Canada again.”Canada’s team is already training at a camp in Kingston, Ont., after a previous training camp in British Columbia.Mailloux said the games are a source of motivation for veterans and active service members.“I’ve lost a leg in Afghanistan and sport has been the way for me to rehabilitate and be able to redeploy back, and be able to serve again.”Tickets to the games went on sale Thursday. Sporting event tickets cost $25 and opening ceremony tickets start at $60.Organizers also announced the Canadian musical talent, including Alessia Cara, Sarah McLachlan and The Tenors, that will perform at the opening ceremonies.There will be 550 competitors from 17 countries coming to Toronto to compete in 12 sports, including track and field, swimming and, in a first for the Invictus Games, golf.Michael Burns, CEO of Invictus Games Toronto 2017, said spectators will be amazed to see what the competitors will do — especially if they know how far they’ve come, with some of the competitors struggling just to get out bed months ago.“These are people who are used to winning, because they had to on the field of battle,” he said.The first Invictus Games were held in London, England, in 2014.
We often hear about the NFL’s dominance in the mindshare of sports fans, and it’s hard to argue with the facts and figures floating around to support this notion. Pro football has been No. 1 in the annual Harris Poll survey of Americans’ favorite sports for three consecutive decades, and the NFL’s television ratings routinely trounce those of other sports. But, curiously, I was fooling around with Google Trends, and there is at least one area in which the NFL is not crushing the opposition: Google searches.The NFL is trailing the NBA by about 5 percent since Google’s Trends search data became available in 2004.There are a lot of factors that can cloud these results, including the possibility that not all search terms are being correctly attributed to each league. This is a particular issue for “football,” which is, as you probably know, what everyone outside the U.S. calls soccer. Recent improvements to Trends make this issue less problematic, but it’s still worth mentioning.The numbers also include worldwide searches; the NBA has a large global presence (particularly in Asia), and Google is, by definition, biased toward countries with a greater number of Internet users. For what it’s worth, the NFL is still tops by quite a bit within the U.S.Even so, it’s an interesting data point about the relative global reach of America’s biggest sports leagues. If we look at things from an international perspective, the NFL is not the behemoth it usually appears to be stateside.
Under a rare clear London sky, Allyson Felix shot around the track in the 200-meter race like a woman determined to not have a third failure in the event of her life.With 40 meters remaining to cover before the finish line – and the elusive Olympic gold medal – Felix burst pass Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to glory.The disheartening results of previous Olympics mattered not. The gold was hers, and she left no doubt about it, either, winning by .21 seconds.Felix won the race in 21.88 seconds, topping Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, who won the 100 four nights earlier and Team USA’s Carmelita Jeter, who added a bronze to go with her silver in the 100 meters.One more spot back was Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown, who defeated Felix in the Athens and Beijing Games and was trying to become the first woman to win the same individual track and field event in three consecutive Olympics.It was the third-place tie in 100-meter qualifying at U.S. trials last month that hovered over Felix’s run-up to these Olympics — forcing her to defend herself off the track for the first time in an otherwise-pristine career.Her tie with Jeneba Tarmoh for the third and final spot in the 100 forced USA Track and Field officials to scramble for a solution. One possibility was a coin flip; instead, they settled on a run-off. But Tarmoh begged off. Felix, never a serious medal contender for the 100, had to defend her decision not to give up the spot, and she went on to finish fifth.“Everyone just expected me to give up this spot, because I think lots of people … know me and they know that I’m seen as this very nice girl,” Felix said with a chuckle a few days before the start of track and field in London. “But it’s not just about me.”On this night, finally, it was.
Former Bahamas PM warns new Govt to remain “humble” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Bahama, Bahamas May 8, 2017 – Urban Renewal Deputy Director Michelle Reckley says the Free National Movement (FNM) has “stooped to an all time low” following a fake news report accusing her of tampering with ballot boxes.Yesterday, Reckley said FNM incumbent MP for East Grand Bahama, Peter Turnquest had gone to the Central Police Station with two lawyers supposedly to report the fraud. There were also rumors on social media that Reckley and her husband had been arrested for ballot box tampering. “Yesterday he made a total you know what of himself. Very, very disgraceful and had to come back and say there’s no truth to it,” said Reckley.However, assistant parliamentary commissioner, Reno Smith has cleared the air on the issue stating that neither Reckley nor her husband were guilty. “They were in no way present. They were not in the vicinity of the police headquarters at all. On election day all ballot boxes are empties for everyone to see and touch. Even there were secret compartments in the boxes all of the political operatives are allowed to touch the boxes,” Smith said. Smith assured the public that the process is transparent.Reckley said that she has had enough of the FNM’s Grand Bahama campaign which she claimed has been constantly attacking her character.#MagneticMediaNews#MichelleRickley#fakenews Bahamas Min. Finance vs opposition on Civil servant pay Forthcoming appointments at ZNS, Training Agency leaked Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, fnm, michelle reckley, Peter Turnquest