LA 2024 Olympics bid team tries to soothe nerves over Trump

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Bernard Lapasset said a Paris 2024 Olympics would “see sport as a driver of positive change”.Los Angeles and Paris are seen as the favorites to host the 2024 games.Los Angeles has the games twice before, in 1932 and 1984.Paris hosted the Olympics 100 years before, in 1924.Budapest has never previously hosted.The International Olympic Committee will make its final decision next September.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We are young FILE – In this Aug. 20, 2016, file photo, United States’ Allyson Felix celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women’s 4×400-meter relay final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With 10 months before the vote in the race for the 2024 Summer Games, bid leaders from Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest, Hungary, have traveled to Doha, Monday Nov. 14, 2016, to pitch their case to the general assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees. The Los Angeles bid team selected sprint star Allyson Felix, a Los Angeles-born African-American athlete who has won six Olympic gold medals and three silvers _ as one of its key speakers for the presentation. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)Six-time Olympic champion Allyson Felix led the Los Angeles 2024 bid delegation in seeking to calm the fears of the “Olympic family” following the election of Donald Trump as president.The American city, alongside rivals Paris and Budapest, unveiled for the first time details of their bids to host the Summer Olympics in eight years’ time to the Association of National Olympic Committees’ General Assembly being held in Qatar.ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather abhors being compared to Conor McGregor EDITORS’ PICK 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND And although Felix nor LA mayor Eric Garcetti mentioned the president-elect by name, they addressed concerns delegates might have about a US Olympics bid following comments made by Trump during the presidential election.Felix told delegates that America needed the Olympics “now more than ever”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“We have just finished our presidential election and some of you may question America’s commitment to its founding principals,” said Felix.“I have one message to you — please don’t doubt us.” PH among economies most vulnerable to virus “An America that remains actively engaged in the world.“An America that is outward looking, ready to play its role alongside the competing nations to address our world’s most pressing challenges.”Each city gave a 30-minute presentation on their 2024 bid to some 1,000 delegates gathered in Doha.LA went first and was followed by outsider Budapest, which claimed it only needed to build three more arenas to be ready for the games.The chairman of Budapest’s bid, Balazs Furjes, played on the relative small size of the Hungarian capital, claiming a “mid-size global city” should be awarded the Olympics.“We offer something totally different, it’s the right city at the right time,” he said. “A real alternative.Deputy-mayor Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky emphasized the cultural strengths of Budapest’s bid but afterwards refused to be drawn on the issue of Trump, saying that the Hungarians remained confident after their presentation.Sharing the loveLast up was Paris, which included contributions from Tony Estanguet, a three-time Olympic canoe slalom champion and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo.She emphasized the cultural aspects of the French bid and said: “At Paris 2024, we will swim in the River Seine, we will travel in driver-less vehicles.“We will open our doors and hearts to the world, to share our love of life and love of others. 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Millions left Wuhan before quarantine In a stirring address Felix, who was born in Los Angeles, also emphasized America’s “diversity” and also mentioned that her ancestors were transported to America against their will.There has been speculation that Trump’s election victory could harm Los Angeles’ chances.His remarks on policy issues during the campaign, especially regarding a potential ban on Muslims going to America and calling illegal Mexican immigrants rapists, are seen by some as being potentially harmful to LA’s bid outside the US.Felix, who won two relay sprint golds in Rio this year, was followed on stage by Garcetti.“My vision of America is a country that is informed by the Olympic vision,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View commentslast_img read more

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Sesame Street And Autism See Amazing In All Children

first_img“If it’s happening on Sesame Street, we know we can create awareness on every street in America,” says Ernie Merlan, the Program Director for Exceptional Minds, one of 14 collaborating partners for a new Sesame Street initiative launched this week called Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children.Shane McKaskle, center, and the other artists at Exceptional Minds school of young adults with autismThe vocational school and studio for young adults with autism was chartered in 2011 with a vision to create a world in which individuals on the spectrum are recognized for their talents and abilities, and are able to achieve their full potential. That vision has since been realized many times over, both in the growth of the school and in the achievements of its graduating artists who now work in the demanding field of visual effects for the entertainment industry.Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children is the latest in a growing list of impressive projects that the visual effects artists at Exceptional Minds have worked on, among them “Ant-Man,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “American Hustle.”“We are proud to partner with Exceptional Minds to create these critical resources for the community,” says Sherrie Westin, Executive Vice President of Global Impact and Philanthropy for Sesame Workshop. “This collaboration is a perfect example of what this initiative is all about: seeing the amazing in all people. These young men and women at Exceptional Minds are creative, determined and amazing artists.” “We hope to lead by example and help educate the public about autism, and we recognized immediately that Sesame Street shared that same goal,” adds Merlan.For the Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children initiative, Exceptional Minds Studio and its artists (who are all in their 20s and on the spectrum) met with Sesame’s creative and production teams at the school’s Sherman Oaks studios to brainstorm ideas and collaborate on the media content. This resulted in the creation of Benny’s Story, an animated short of young Benny as a typical grade-schooler with autism—which was originated and created by Shane McKaskle and the other artists at Exceptional Minds.Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children will provide resources to families, teachers and caregivers around the country to educate them about autism, and tools to help families touched by autism with everyday activities. This initiative was funded with generous support from American Greetings, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and Kristen Rohr, and aligns with Sesame Workshop’s mission to help all children grow smarter, stronger and kinder.“I think all of us have felt left out or different when we were younger. I don’t think I ever felt truly accepted until I got here at Exceptional Minds,” says McKaskle, who is part of Exceptional Minds’ graduating class of 2015 and now provides contract services by the project for Exceptional Minds Studio, an approved studio for Paramount, HBO, Disney, Marvel Studios, 21st Century Fox and Lionsgate.Autism affects one in 68 children. Currently, the majority of the nation’s 3.5 million people with autism are unemployed or underemployed, according to government statistics. More than 500,000 U.S. children impacted by autism will enter adulthood during this decade, with one in 68 children to follow. Exceptional Minds is the only vocational school and working studio to prepare and successfully place young men and women with autism in careers in the fields of animation and visual effects.last_img read more

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The Actors Fund Announces StarStudded 2016 Looking Ahead Awards

first_imgThe Actors Fund has announced that The 2016 Looking Ahead Awards will honor Jordana Brewster (“The Fast & The Furious,” FOX’s “Lethal Weapon”), Lance Bass (NSYNC, Logo’s “Finding Prince Charming,”), Paul Petersen (“The Donna Reed Show,” founder of A Minor Consideration) and the young stars of ABC’s “black-ish” on Tuesday, December 6 at 6:00pm at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.Wilmer Valderrama (“NCIS”) will be making a special appearance to present The Judy and Hilary Swank Award for Parenting to his parents, Sobeida Valderrama and Balbino A. Valderrama. Tickets are now on sale at www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards.Hosted by Fred Savage and Ashley Argota (“The Fosters”), the third annual gala raises awareness and financial support for The Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead Program while shining the spotlight on performers who inspire the world by living the program’s five core values: education, community service, mentorship, social awareness and healthy parenting.The 2016 Looking Ahead Awards honorees are:Jordana BrewsterThe Looking Ahead Award for EducationHonoring a former young performer who has made education a priority in their lifeLance BassThe Looking Ahead Award for Community ServiceHonoring a former young performer who exemplifies giving back to the communityPaul PetersenThe Shirley Temple AwardHonoring an early pioneer for their legacy in paving the way for other young performersABC’s “black-ish”The Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social AwarenessHonoring a current young performer (or cast) who is raising awareness about an important societal issue through a current roleSobeida Valderrama and Balbino A. ValderramaThe Judy and Hilary Swank Award for Parenting presented by Wilmer ValderramaHonoring the parents of a former young performerThis very special evening features exciting “blue carpet” arrivals, cocktail hour, gourmet dinner and celebrity-studded awards ceremony.The Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead Program was created in 2003 in partnership with SAF-AFTRA to work with youth between the ages of 9 and 18, helping them develop the values, skills and confidence they need to make successful transitions to fulfilling adult lives. Now serving more than 300 youths per year, their families and alumni, the program aims to create a nurturing environment where young performers get support through individual, family and education counseling, leadership development, community service and social events. Looking Ahead is guided by an Advisory Committee of professionals in youth development and youth-related entertainment, which is co-chaired by actor, director and producer Fred Savage and freelance casting director and former head of casting at Nickelodeon Sharon Lieblein.The 2016 Looking Ahead Awards is generously sponsored by Disney Channel, Disney XD, Nickelodeon, SAG-AFTRA, Sextant Wines and Devotion Vodka.TICKET INFORMATIONIndividual tickets are $150 per person. Sponsorship packages are available beginning at $5,000 and include multiple press/branding opportunities as well as VIP tickets for the Looking Ahead Awards. To purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities please visit www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards or contact Kathleen Cahill at 323-933-9244 or kcahill@actorsfund.org.last_img read more

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Gen Colin Powell to Keynote 2017 NAPE Summit Charities Luncheon

first_imgNAPE Summit, the largest upstream international exploration and production (E&P) expo in the U.S., announced today that former secretary of state and retired four-star General Colin Powell will keynote the 2017 NAPE Summit Charities Luncheon on Feb. 16, 2017.Powell has devoted his life to public service for more than 50 years, serving as the 65th secretary of state under President George W. Bush from 2001-2005; chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton from 1989-1993; and national security advisor for President Ronald Reagan from 1987-1989. Powell currently chairs the board of visitors of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York.The NAPE Charities Luncheon has raised more than $3 million for charities supporting U.S. veterans since 2009. The NAPE Charity Fund will bestow $50,000 each to Canine Companions for Independence, Operation Homefront and Support a Soldier. Past speakers of the NAPE Charities Luncheon include former first lady Laura Bush, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.NAPE Summit 2017 will take place Feb. 13-17, 2017 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. As part of “NAPE Week 2017,” NAPE Summit will also feature the day-long Global Business Conference; two educational seminars presented by AIPN and the IPAA; domestic and international NAPE Prospect Theaters running two days of prospect preview and capital and service provider presentations; and a two-day Expo on nearly 15 acres of exhibition space.NAPE is the oil and gas industry’s marketplace for the buying, selling and trading of prospects and producing properties. At three expos throughout the year, NAPE creates an environment where attendees can have an expectation of doing business, bringing together all the necessary parties to evaluate, fund and make deals. NAPE Week 2017 is expected to draw 10,000 E&P dealmakers from more than 35 countries.To Attend NAPERegistration is now open for NAPE Summit 2017. Those interested in attending or exhibiting at NAPE Summit can find more information and register at www.napeexpo.com. Attendees who register by December 30, 2016, will receive priority pricing.last_img read more

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