Baseball tournament to benefit community waterpark project

first_imgThe Stonewell Development Society – a non-profit group behind the effort to construct an outdoor waterpark next to Rotary Lake – organized a second annual baseball tournament to raise money for the project. Johanna Kunz, project manager CEO of the society, said the tournament will be played in a fun format where each time a team wins a game they will be given a playing  card, and the team with the best poker hand at the end of the tournament wins.“It takes out the competition part, because we want to make it a really fun ball tournament,” said Kunz. “If you’re not the best ball player, you can just come out and have a great time, have a lot of fun and support a worthwhile project.”The tournament begins on Friday from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., continues on Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight and again on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It costs $150 per team to register for the entire weekend, and interested teams can do so by calling Kelly Svennson at 250-219-5779. Kunz said anyone who wants to play but doesn’t have a team should call Svennson to see if a team can be organized.- Advertisement -Also, for every team that registers, the society will fill up a backpack full of school supplies to be donated to students who need them.For those who are not interested in entering the tournament but who want to support the waterpark project, there will be lots of other activities going on throughout the weekend. Kunz said beer gardens will be open from noon until midnight on Saturday, and that evening, spectators will be treated to a performance by What the Moon Brings, winner of the Battle of the Bands contest at this year’s Grizfest.“Even if people aren’t involved in the ball tournament, we’re encouraging people to come down and just take part, watch the ball games, come through our beer gardens and listen to the band,” she said.Advertisement She added there will be many more games and contests games such as a home run contest, a silent auction, relays and 50/50 draws, as well as treats and activities for children, including face painting.  Mr. Mikes and Boston Pizza will be on site serving up hot food during the tournament. Camping for the weekend is being offered on the Lakota Agriplex grounds.Kunz said right now the society has raised about $50,000 towards the goal of $400,000 to complete the waterpark project. She said they had great success fundraising earlier this year at the wine festival they hosted at the Bear Mountain Ski Hill in June, and through the partnership with this year’s Bushstock music festival in July, and she said those events and the baseball tournament are examples of the kind of events she would like to happen annually.“My goal is to set up fundraisers that consistently happen throughout the entire year, so at every event we can build on the momentum from the previous year.”Advertisement She added the baseball tournament last year raised $4,000 and received a very positive response from participants, so she expects it will do very well again this year.More information on the Stonewell Development Society and the Mr. Mikes Kinsmen Community Waterpark Project can be found online at Kunz said they are always eager to have new members get involved with the society.last_img read more

Half-time: Wigan 0 Brentford 0

first_imgBrentford were unable to make a breakthrough against Uwe Rosler’s Wigan despite creating the better of the first-half chances at DW Stadium.The Bees laid siege on the home side’s goal early as both Moses Odubajo and Jota tested keeper Scott Carson.Odubajo had an effort from outside the area tipped around the post and Jota failed to lift the ball over the onrushing Carson from a tight angle.Alan Judge then threaded a ball through to Odubajo in the box, but the winger was flagged offside as he thrust his leg out to direct the ball against the post.David Button ensured scores remained level at the break denying Shaun Maloney after Oriol Riera slipped the ball to the Latics captain on the edge of the area.At the other end Andre Gray raced onto a long Jonathan Douglas ball to lob the best chance of the half onto the roof the net, with Carson racing off his line to force the striker to try the chipped finish.Wigan went close to snatching the lead before the break when Bees defender Tony Craig stabbed the ball narrowly wide of his own goal as Callum McManaman tried to find Riera.Brentford (4-3-3): Button; McCormack, Tarkowski, Craig, Bidwell; Judge, Douglas, Pritchard; Odubajo, Gray, Jota.Subs: Bonham, Dean, Tébar, Toral, Betinho, Proschwitz.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Bollywood male superstars and their obsession with newcomers

first_imgBollywood has forever banked on beautiful leading ladies to sprinkle freshness on the screen.B- Town’s top-rated superstars have always realised the power of casting new faces when it comes to drawing audience attention.For the formidable male superstars, age is just a number that never affects their humongous fan following. Loyal fans crazily wait for their favourite hero’s film to hit the theatres and if the heroine opposite him is a new young new face, it acts as cherry on the cake.The blatant age difference between the male and female lead may seem glaring, but it has come to be a foolproof strategy to elevate freshness of the hero’s image.”The big male stars have a strong image and even stronger fan following. A fresh pairing with a new and younger face is a convenient method to bring novelty,” says trade analyst Taran Adarsh, stressing on how loyal fans anxiously wait for their favourite star to romance a young new actress.Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in Om Shanti OmShah Rukh Khan created frenzy when he appeared with the then 20- year- old model Deepika Padukone in Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om. The SRK-Deepika jodi was crackling, happening a good 12 years after the iconic SRK- Kajol pairing happened in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge in 1995. By 2007, when SRK courted Deepika for the first time on screen, Kajol had all but retired.”Most actors trying a new pairing should be careful to justify it through the script. New pairing with young actress can get awkward if not presented appropriately on screen,” says Adarsh.advertisementSRK and Deepika ended up winners again in Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express last year, with the actor sportingly inserting a few jokes about his advancing age in certain dialogues. SRK fans are curious to know as to who will star opposite him in his upcoming biggie, Fan. Speculations are rife that co- producers Yash Raj Films are keen that SRK agrees to romance Vaani Kapoor, whom they launched in Shudh Desi Romance. Shah Rukh’s other film in the pipeline, Raees, might have a new girl too.Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar have created a record of sorts by co-starring with newcomers. Even as Akshay, 46, raises eyebrows by casting himself opposite 22- year- old newbie Kriti Sanon in the upcoming Singh Is Bling, Salman’s Eid release this year, Kick , will see the 48- year- old superstar romance Jacqueline Fernandez, 20 years his junior.Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez in Kick In Sooraj Barjatya’s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Salman is paired opposite Sonam Kapoor, 28.Salman’s last few heroines have been Daisy Shah, the 24- year- old debutant of Jai Ho, Katrina Kaif, who was 27 when she did Ek Tha Tiger with him, and Sonakshi Sinha, who was 23 when he introduced her in Dabangg . The superstar’s also worked with Asin in Ready when she was 25, a good 20 years younger than him.Akshay, too, can boast of working with several new girls ever since he became a superstar in the 2000s.Newly- crowned Miss World Priyanka Chopra and Miss Universe Lara Dutta, for instance, worked with him in Andaaz. Akshay in fact has had a pattern of casting a relatively young girl in about three to four consecutive films before moving on to a fresh face.Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra and Sonakshi Sinha are instances. Right now, Kriti apart, Akshay will romance the 24- year- old Tamannaah Bhatia in It’s Entertainment and Shruti Haasan, 28, in Gabbar . The scene is no different for thinking superstar Aamir Khan. The actor does not necessarily insist on fresh pairing in every film – think Talaash , where he was cast opposite Rani Mukerji – but most of his recent films such as Dhoom 3, 3 Idiots and Ghajini have had heroines who are almost two decades his junior.Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif in Dhoom 3In Rajkumar Hirani’s upcoming P. K., the 49- year old superstar has the 26- year- old Anushka Sharma as his heroine.Aamir Khan: Anushka Sharma (P. K) Aamir is said to cast his lead keeping in mind the script and novelty factor. However, like other superstars he too has worked with girls who are at least two decades his junior in his recent releases. The 49- year- old superstar’s pairing with the 29- year- old Katrina Kaif in Dhoom 3 was considered quite unusual. Earlier, his teaming up with Bollywood debutant Asin in 2008’s Ghajini , who was 22 when the film released, created curiosity among fans. He will soon be seen with Anushka Sharma, 26, in Rajkumar Hirani’s P. K. Since the plot is tightly under wraps, it is unclear if Anushka (above) and Aamir share a romantic angle.advertisementShah Rukh Khan: Vaani Kapoor or Sarah Jane Dias (yet to be confirmed), who will romance SRK in Fan? The question has kept fans engaged ever since the film was announced. The strong contender to play the heroine is Vaani Kapoor, who emerged as the budding sensation of last year with her role in Shudh Desi Romance. Ex- beauty queen Sarah Jane Dias is also rumoured to be approached for the role. Industry watchers are equally anxious about Raees, SRK’s other upcoming film, for which no actress has been finalised as yet.Akshay Kumar: Tamannah Bhatia (It’s Entertainment); Shruti Haasan (Gabbar); Kriti Sanon (Singh Is Bling) Akshay is well aware of the fact that a new pairing can help him create a buzz and add to the curiosity level of his new films.Akshay Kumar and Tamannah Bhatia in It’s EntertainmentMaintaining a record of casting maximum new heroines, he recently announced Kriti Sanon as his lead in Singh Is Bling. He started the trend with Andaaz casting newly- crowned Miss World Priyanka Chopra and Miss Universe Lara Dutta.Salman Khan: Jacqueline Fernandez (Kick); Sonam Kapoor (Prem Ratan Dhan Payo) Salman is known to be a benevolent godfather who proudly announces a new girl opposite himself once in a while. Beginning with the teenager Sneha Ullal, who looked totally mismatched in Lucky: No Time For Love, he created a refreshing chemistry with newcomer Sonakshi Singh in the Dabangg films. He tried launching background dancer Daisy Shah in Jai Ho but the idea flopped. His fans are keen to see him opposite Jacqueline Fernandez in the upcoming Kick.Saif Ali Khan: Ileana D’Cruz (Happy Ending); Parineeti Chopra (Untitled home production) Saif Ali Khan, 43, will be seen opposite Ileana D’Cruz, 25, in Nikhil Advani’s romantic comedy, Happy Ending . He has cast 25- year- old Parineeti Chopra in an untitled film produced by his home banner, Illuminati Films. After creating chemistry with Deepika Padukone, in Love Aaj Kal and Cocktail, Saif has worked with several heroines far younger.He has recently seen romancing 24- year- old Tamannaah Bhatia in Humshakals. Last year, his heroine in Bullett Raja was Sonakshi, 27, and he was also seen romancing 28- year old Jacqueline Fernandez in Race 2.last_img read more

France survive Tonga scare and set up England game to decide Pool C winner

first_imgFrance rugby union team Share via Email Tonga rugby union team Having secured second place in the pool behind England, three-times finalists France now head to Yokohama seeking victory over Eddie Jones’s men for a kinder route through the knockout rounds.France had laboured to a 33-9 win against the USA on Wednesday but they were switched on on Sunday , when the flair and enterprise of Virimi Vakatawa and Alivereti Raka caught the eye. The latter burst away from a botched lineout before offloading to Vakatawa for the first try in the fifth minute as France went 10-0 up. “For me, happy playing next to another Fijian,” Raka said of his partnership with Vakatawa. “We talk a lot and we are talking on the same level so it’s easy for us.” Quick guide Italy duo receive three-match bans for lifting tackles France lost momentum after their fast start, with handling errors and passes floating forward and wide but their defence remained solid and they hit top gear again when the scrum-half Baptiste Serin caught Tonga napping with a quick-tap penalty, whipping the ball wide to a charging Raka, who kicked a grubber past the last defender and collected it on the try line.Tonga needed to respond and did so. Snatching the ball out of a ruck, the scrum-half Sonatane Takulua was rewarded with a try after a lengthy TMO review to make it 17-7 at half-time.The match turned on its head shortly after the interval, with a thrilling try for the flanker Charles Ollivon ruled out by the TMO because of a forward pass. Tonga immediately won a turnover with a bone-jarring tackle in midfield and the wing Cooper Vuna hoofed the ball downfield where it bounced wickedly and straight into the arms of Malietoa Hingano, who barged over. Support The Guardian Rugby World Cup 1999 Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Thank you for your feedback. Topics Rugby World Cup Hide • Fixtures, tables and results• Top try and points scorers• Stadium guide• Referee guide• Our latest minute-by-minute live reports• Sign up to The Breakdown, our free rugby union email newsletterTeam guidesPool A: Ireland, Japan, Russia, Samoa, ScotlandPool B: Canada, Italy, Namibia, New Zealand, South AfricaPool C: Argentina, England, France, Tonga, USAPool D: Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Uruguay, Wales Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP Show All Blacks fall behind before brushing aside brave Namibia at Rugby World Cup Prop Andrea Lovotti and replacement Nicola Quaglio will miss Italy’s final Rugby World Cup Pool B game against New Zealand, as well as any potential quarter-final and semi-final, after both receiving three-match bans for lifting tackles, a judicial committee said on Sunday.Lovotti was sent off for dropping Duane Vermeulen on his head in the 43rd minute of Friday’s game against the Springboks while Quaglio was cited for his involvement in the same tackle as Italy went on to lose 49-3.”If Italy does not progress, the balance of the suspensions will be served in the players’ upcoming Pro14 matches,” the committee said. Reuters Share on WhatsApp Read more Quick guide Our Rugby World Cup 2019 coverage Show France redoubled their intensity at the breakdown and the pressure told as Tonga’s discipline waned. Ntamack knocked over two penalties to make it 23-14 and the match appeared settled when Penaud cantered over in the 68th minute. But again the try was ruled out to leave French fans howling, with a knock-on by the full-back Maxime Médard spotted by the TMO and setting up Tonga for their last desperate yet fruitless charge. But the France wing Damian Penaud, caught out of position for the final try, soared high to tap back the restart kick and allow France to hold on. “Today it was different to what we wanted to do – it was quite a hard game,” said the France coach, Jacques Brunel. “The most important thing is that we got our ticket to the quarter-finals, so I’m happy about that.”Tonga, whose 19-14 win over Les Bleus in New Zealand remains a fairytale chapter in World Cup history, were 17-0 down before half-time but battled back valiantly. For a fleeting moment it seemed there could be a repeat of the Wellington result but two second-half penalties from the assured boot of the young fly-half Romain Ntamack gave the French a cushion that proved just sufficient.“Definitely frustrated, again we didn’t get off to the best of starts and that probably told in the end,” said the Tonga coach, Toutai Kefu. “The guys dug in there … there was a period in the second half when the game was in the balance and the guys hung in and hung in. You can’t question their effort.” Share on Pinterest Rugby World Cup 2019 match reports … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Was this helpful? Read more Share on Facebook France 23-21 Tonga: Rugby World Cup 2019 – as it happened Hide Rugby union France survived a frantic fightback from Tonga to grind into the quarter-finals with a nerve-jangling win that only just banished the ghost of their surprise defeat to them at the 2011 tournament. The upshot was that they join England in the knockout stages, sending Tonga out with three successive defeats, while also eliminating Argentina and the USA.In a dramatic finale, the Tonga flanker Zane Kapeli collected a cross-kick for a late try, Latiume Fosita’s conversion bringing them within two points with under a minute left. Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more