BEIJING, China: Jamaican sprinting star Veronica Campbell-Brown took time out to encourage 2015 IAAF World Championships 200m silver medallist Elaine Thompson after yesterday’s final inside the Bird’s Nest. Campbell-Brown, who finished third in 21.97 behind Thompson, 21.66 and Dafne Schippers, 12.63, believes Thompson, a debutante at this level of competition, has a bright future in the sport. “The key for her is to be mentally tough, take care of her body, eat right, train tight, stay positive. Don’t worry don’t stress and continue to work hard because the sky is the limit,” said Campbell-Brown, who made her first senior team as an 18 year-old at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. “It’s all in the head because no matter how hard you train, if you’re not focused right you cannot execute what you put in training. Campbell-Brown added the importance of Thompson’s development noting that the country must continue to develop and expose its athletes so that the country’s tradition of success can continue. “I am so proud of her,” said. Campbell-Brown. “It’s good for Jamaica that you have youngsters coming up because we have to keep it going. We have a history of great sprinters so its important that we keep it going and I’m just happy for her.” – A.L.
TORONTO — The much-anticipated child of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has arrived, igniting a flurry of baby fever and speculation on all manner of royal gossip.Questions abound for crown watchers and celebrity fiends: When will we see pictures of the baby? Who will his godparents be? What country will the new family visit first? Will Meghan ever get to enjoy Mother’s Day with her son’s birthday so close to her special day? Does England even celebrate Mother’s Day?For some of these and other pressing matters, The Canadian Press turned to monarchy experts to weigh in. Here’s what they said: ONE OF MEGHAN’S BESTIES IS CANADIAN STYLIST JESSICA MULRONEY, CAN SHE BE THE BABY’S GODMOTHER?It’s pretty much a certainty this child will be baptized in the Church of England, although plans have yet to be announced. Royal watcher and author Katie Nicholl suspects that will occur this summer at the historic St. George’s chapel at Windsor Castle, where Harry and Meghan wed in May 2018.She also believes Mulroney has a good shot at participating, after playing a key behind-the-scenes role at the wedding, which featured the Mulroney children as a bridesmaid and groomsmen.“I think it’ll be a mixture of some family and friends and Jessica is clearly at the top of the list,” Nicholl, author of “Harry and Meghan: Life, Loss, and Love,” said from Windsor, England. “I think there’s every chance that we could see Jessica as godmother.”Whether she meets the church’s requirements is another matter, since godparents are required to be baptized and ideally, confirmed Christians. Mulroney is a member of one of Montreal’s most established Jewish families, the Brownsteins, and wed TV personality Ben Mulroney in a Montreal ceremony that blended both Catholic and Jewish elements. Nevertheless, Nicholl suggests this rule may not be uniformly enforced across all parishes, if the godparent is willing to swear to certain Church of England vows.“Even if she’s not a godmother, she’s going to be a part of this child’s upbringing. You know the children will be close and Jessica has been a great friend to Meghan and also to Harry.” DO THE ROYALS CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY?Mother’s Day is this Sunday in Canada and the United States, but not so in England. Over there, mothers are feted on Mothering Sunday, which takes place on the fourth Sunday of Lent and three weeks before Easter Sunday, typically in late March. The next Mothering Sunday is set for March 22, 2020.But that’s not to say that Meghan can’t also mark Mother’s Day this weekend, says MacKenzie, noting that Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, reportedly arrived to stay with the royal couple in the days leading up to the birth.“Her mother, of course, is with her at Frogmore House so I suspect that they’ll be marking that in their own way,” says MacKenzie. “It’s a very special time of year, of course, for a baby to come along and for that child to be with his mother and grandmother. So I suspect there’ll be some American traditions sprinkled in this weekend.” ARE THE ROYALS ALSO CANADIAN CITIZENS? WILL THIS BABY BE PART CANADIAN?Prince Harry, of course, is a senior member of Canada’s royal family but does not actually hold Canadian citizenship. Nor does he hold citizenship for any other Commonwealth nation, says Barry MacKenzie of the Monarchist League of Canada. He says all members of the royal family are British, save for the Queen, who technically does not have any citizenship and does not travel with a passport — because passports are issued in her name.“And of course Prince Charles will eventually, when he becomes king, also not really have a citizenship,” he notes. “It’s sort of a strange sort of phenomenon.”However, the baby’s California-born mother may apply for U.S. citizenship on the child’s behalf, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration website. Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press
January 25, 2010 We were not able to post on Friday 1/22/09, because our website was down due to a terrific storm that came through Arizona on Thursday and Thursday night. [photo: the lake and dam below Arcosanti before the storm] [photo: YoungSoo Kim & text: sue] This storm dropped over three feet of snow on Flagstaff, just an hour’s drive north of us. Here at Arcosanti there was a lot of rain accompanied by fierce winds. This photo was taken by Alfonso Elia during the storm. The water level has almost reached the top of the dam. There is a spillway at the right end of the dam that lets water escape into the field behind the dam. [photo: Alfonso Elia & text: sue] This photo was taken on Friday morning after the storm. [photo & text: sue] The water pressure of the run-offs from the surrounding mesas, feeding into the lake, has broken the dam. On Wednesday, January 27. 2010, we will have one more report about the student group from Kansas City Art Institute. [photo & text: sue]
A preview of Hulu’s live TV offeringHulu CEO Mike Hopkins has revealed fresh details about its forthcoming live streaming TV service, including more clarity on its pricing, launch date and content line-up.Speaking at Citi’s Internet, Media and Telecommunications Conference in Las Vegas yesterday, Hopkins said that the US service will go live in the “next few months” priced at under US$40 per-month – which will include access to Hulu’s existing US$8 subscription on-demand package.On the content front, Hopkins confirmed that Hulu has done a deal with CBS and its related cable channels. This comes on top of existing agreements with The Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox and Time Warner’s Turner, which encompass a slate of channels such as ABC, ESPN, Fox Network, National Geographic.“When you include the thousands of TV shows that we’ve got in our library – our originals, movies, kids [content] – along with this great line-up of channels that we’re amassing, I think you’ve got a very compelling offering for the consumer,” said Hopkins.He claimed that the online TV service would include a “world-class DVR service from launch”, and that download-to-go viewing options are “on our roadmap” but wouldn’t be available at launch.Highlighting the importance of customer experience, he said that the service was based around three design principles: an easy-to-use, intuitive design; a high level of personalisation; and a “seamless, transparent interaction” between live, on-demand and recorded content.“When we decided about a year ago to launch a live service, I really challenged the team to go back and take a look at the eight years of learning that we have at Hulu about consumer behaviour… and come up with a new way to display and give people access to content. We didn’t feel like you could just layer on top of our existing interface live TV,” said Hopkins.Discussing the service’s design principles he added: “We need to be able to anticipate what’s the content that you’re going to want to watch right now – based on where you are, what device you’re using, where you are and what time of day it is.“When you think about your own experience with TV, you really don’t care if you’ve recorded it, whether it’s available via an on-demand asset, or whether it’s live. What this experience is going to do is fuse those things together so that it’s seamless for customers.”The comments came a day ahead of the start of the Consumer Electronics Show, also in Las Vegas, where Hulu will demo the live TV service.Hulu first revealed its live streaming plans last year and the service will go head to head with OTT competition in the US from the likes of Sling, PlayStation Vue and, in the future, Google’s rumoured Unplugged service.