The host venues for the women’s events will be finalised by a working group comprising ICC directors who will arrive at a shortlist from the bids received. ESPNcricinfo has learned that ICC has received 16 proposals from seven countries for the four events.
Based on the recommendations of the working group – comprising former New Zealand fast bowler Martin Snedden who is also chairman of New Zealand Cricket, former India captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, Cricket West Indies’ president Ricky Skerritt and former England women’s captain Clare Connor who is also the acting ECB CEO – the ICC will take the final call at the meeting on July 26. The annual conference will begin with the Chief Executives Committee (CEC) meeting on July 24 followed by the Finance & Commercial Affairs committee meeting on July 25, and will end with the annual general meeting which follows the board meeting.
Unlike in the previous cycles when women’s rights were sold as part of the consolidated rights package, the ICC has decided to unbundle the rights for men’s and women’s events and sell them in different territories separately. There are a total of 103 matches across the six women’s events with the rights being sold for three packages – TV, digital, TV and digital combined – for four years. The aim was to maximise the financial returns, and, as part of the new plan the ICC has also decided to sell the TV and digital rights separately. Accordingly, a rights tender for men’s events for the Indian market, the most lucrative territory, went on sale recently with successful bids to be announced in early September.
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ICC also likely to discuss Afghanistan’s future
The ICC working group on Afghanistan is chaired by Imran Khwaja, Ross McCollum, Lawson Naidoo and Ramiz Raja, and the panel is set to update the board.
The conference agenda also includes finalising the process for the ICC chairman election, which is likely to take place in November when the current chair Greg Barclay’s first term ends. Apart from this, the members are also set to iron out FTP further, and a final version is expected only post the annual conference.
Looking for something fun to do this Father’s Day weekend?
Family Fishing Weekend kicks off summer events
To kick off the summer fishing season, free Family Fishing Weekend events are taking place across the province. On the Malahat, Victoria Fish and Game Protective Association hosts an event from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on June 18. Hands-on instruction along with loaner rods, reels and tackle are available with the opportunity to fish in a local setting. For more information, go to bcfamilyfishing.com.
Maritime-themed Father’s Day open house
Point Hope Maritime is hosting its annual open house on Sunday, June 19, with shipyard and Victoria Harbour Ferry tours. Also on site will be the Fairway Gorge Paddling Club with dragon boats, a Model Shipbuilding Society exhibit, live music, local artists, and a Ralmax Group job fair.
This free, family-friendly event runs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 345 Harbour Rd. Attendees are asked to wear closed-toe shoes (no flip-flops).
The water ballet by Victoria Harbour Ferry also runs at 10:45 a.m.
Father’s Day walk honours men
The Raymond James Father’s Day Walk Run is a family-friendly event hosted each year on Father’s Day to honour men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and remember those who have been lost to the disease. Opening ceremonies begin at 9:45 a.m. at the Vancouver Island Technology Park, 2201-4461 Markham St.
Sunday matinee celebrates family
The Victoria HabourCats take on the Coquitlam Angels during a Sunday matinee starting at 1:05 p.m. at Royal Athletic Park, 1014 Caledonia Ave. For more information or tickets, go to harbourcats.com.
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With an eye toward increasing participation in Austin, organizers for the Albert Lea/Austin Walk to End Alzheimer’s are expanding some of the summer events in Austin this year.
Taking a cue from Paint the Town Pink, the week of June 20-25 has been designated Paint the Town Purple in honor of the walk and will feature events in both communities.
It will also serve as a precursor to the walk itself, which will be held on Sept. 17, at Frank Hall Park in Albert Lea.
“This year, more than ever, we have a lot more events in Austin, which can get more people involved,” said Walk chair Jaclyn Bird.
Several events will be held throughout that week that haven’t been in Austin before in the hopes that the walk can make full use of the two communities who are so close to one another.
The goal is simple: get people involved.
“We just kind of wanted to get the word out that there are some of these events happening and obviously, our walk is in September,” Bird said. “This is our big push to get the word out.”
Bird, who has been involved with the walk since 2019, first as a member of the committee and then as walk chair for the last two years, has a vested interest in being so closely connected to the walk.
The company of which she is a part of, Edward Jones, is a presenting sponsor and through her clients she sees the effects Alzheimer’s has on families.
On a personal level, her grandfather grappled with Alzheimer’s disease for the last eight years and finally succumbed earlier this year.
All of these things have contributed to Bird pushing for more Austin participation in the walk. In just two short years, Bird has seen the results of the push.
“It was just far enough away for the businesses … They want to make sure it’s going for a good cause and get a little bit of publicity for it and that’s understandable,” Bird said. “We’re seeing a transition now and we’re getting more support.”
“A lot more sponsorships for sure,” Bird continued. “Businesses are taking the time, volunteers too. We’ve had businesses say we can’t necessarily sponsor, especially coming out of COVID-19, it’s been tough for sponsorship dollars, but they say ‘we’ve got 10 employees, what do we need to volunteer?’”
In the past, the walk has been averaging just under 200 participants, which breaks down to around 23 teams. This year’s goal has organizers hoping for over 200 participants.
For Bird, the hope remains that more events can find their way over to Austin.
“I would eventually like to see if we could get more events at least,” Bird said. “Not the full walk, because I don’t want to take that away from Albert Lea either, because they’ve done an amazing job over the last couple years. Just more walkers. The businesses have been amazing so far. If we can keep that momentum and get more walkers in Austin, that would be ideal.”
Schedule of events
• June 20: Stop by Ignite Nutrition in Albert Lea (701) Marshall Street and Rave Nutrition in Austin (310 Main Street North). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the walk.
• June 21: Austin Kick-off Party hosted by Edward Jones, 4-6 p.m. at 1405 15th Avenue NW. Sunny’s Ice Cream, face painting by Matchbox Children’s Theatre and all the answers to walk questions.
• June 22: Albert Lea Kickoff Party — Wind Down Wednesday, 5-7 p.m. in Historic Downtown. Get information for and register for the 2022 walk. Stop by Mocha and Mini LLC (1317 SE Broadway Avenue). A portion of all proceeds for the day will be donated to the walk.
• June 23: Purple Hat Lunch at the Mower County Senior Center. Show up in a purple hat between 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and receive a free lunch courtesy of the Cedars of Austin. Treat yourself to Papa Murphy’s pizza in Albert Lea. A portion of all proceeds from 3-7 p.m. will be donated to the walk.
• June 24: Get your boost at The Coffee House on Main (329 Main Street North, Austin). A portion of all proceeds from 9 a.m. to noon will be donated to the walk.
• June 25: Sweet Reads Books and Candy (407 Main Street North, Austin). Enjoy readings from local authors starting at 11 a.m.
Look for donation boxes while you dine at Bleachers, Pizza Ranch and Trumble’s 2.0H.
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Memorial Day events, memorials slated this weekend in Livingston County Daily Press & Argus
In a time of strife and stress, people can find comfort through the power of prayer.
The public is invited to harness that power in the hope of strengthening the community.
Faith leaders through the county will gather people Thursday at multiple events for the National Day of Prayer. Participants are invited to pray for local, state and national governments, as well as other groups in our community, such as the military, health care workers, first responders, schools, businesses, families and churches.
In Greenwood, people can come out at 7 a.m. for prayer and fellowship at the Greenwood City Center. Another event will be held at noon on the lawn of the Johnson County courthouse.
“It’s a reminder of how much broader the church is than any one particular local congregation. We have the same father, so we can call on him together,” said Daniel Jepsen, pastor at Franklin Community Church and one of the organizers of the event. “There is a great power in that.”
The National Day of Prayer, which was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The law was unanimously amended in 1988, designating the first Thursday in May as a day of national prayer.
Across the country, people will celebrate around the central idea of loving their neighbors, while pastors have come together in past years to pray as one. The event is an opportunity to bring people from all denominations together for good, Jepsen said.
“It’s reminding ourselves that we are here to light a candle and not curse the darkness,” Jepsen said. “There are a lot of people, sometimes religious figures, who are all about denouncing things and demonizing the other side of issues they think are wrong. But there are different ways to go about things, and that’s by asking God to bring his rightness to the world.”
With two different celebrations planned this year, people have greater flexibility to take part when it fits best into their schedule.
The Greenwood event will be a 30-minute program in the parking lot of the city center, located on the corner of Main St. and Madison Ave. in old town Greenwood. Speakers from several area churches will lead the group in prayer as well as a chance for individual or small group prayers.
The Franklin gathering will feature a similar set-up, with some opening remarks, group prayers for local leaders, schools and other community institutions.
People will have the chance to pray together in more intimate groups.
“Mainly, it will be direct prayer for local officials and public servants,” Jepsen said.
North Korea is mobilizing students in Pyongyang to prepare for political events to mark the 110th birthday of late national founder Kim Il Sung on Apr. 15. In fact, the country’s education ministry recently issued an administrative order to schools in Pyongyang to “suspend classes.”
A source in Pyongyang said the education ministry issued the order on Apr. 9 to the administrative departments of universities and general higher-level middle schools (high schools) in Pyongyang. The order suspended classes from Apr. 11, and called on students to focus on practicing for holiday political events from 7 AM to 7 PM.
According to the source, Pyongyang’s adult and student populations have been preparing for events in downtown areas and empty areas of the city since last month. University students and high school students had been going to school in the morning, leaving in the afternoon to practice for the events until 9 PM.
However, the order — issued just a few days before the “Day of the Sun,” as Kim’s birthday is called — suspended classes from Apr. 11 so students could practice the entire “flow” of the events, training for 12 hours a day. This means students are spending all day training for the events, just like adults are.
The source said Pyongyang residents and students are leaving home early to practice, bringing their lunch with them. They train until the evening, and only when they finish can they return home.
That the authorities have suspended classes and fully mobilized students for event training — in contrast to the holiday celebrating late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s birthday on Feb. 16 — shows North Korea’s intention to use them in the finale of this year’s political events to celebrate the 110th birthday of Kim Il Sung.
However, the education ministry reportedly excluded graduate students, undergraduate honor roll students, and students from high schools for the gifted from the preparations for the events.
The ministry said the order “temporarily adjusted class hours” to ensure the events marked the “greatest holiday of the Korean people” with “great political passion.” It also issued another order directing that schools make up the progress missed due to event training after the holiday.
In particular, North Korean authorities — concerned about the risk of COVID-19 spreading as people congregate to prepare for the event — are imploring students mobilized for the training to adhere to quarantine rules and health management through the same “five-minute quarantine education” protocol they follow at school (where teachers explain disease control measures in the five minutes before classes start).
Many Pyongyang residents are criticizing the authorities for mobilizing university and high school students, as if mobilizing the adults all day for training was not bad enough. They also complain that in times like this, “people in the provinces [areas outside of Pyongyang] have it easier.”
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