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‘Experience Grande Prairie’ making debut on Friday

‘Experience Grande Prairie’ making debut on Friday

Friday, August 26 events will be at 101 Avenue and 101 Street and will carry a more adult theme featuring:

  • Live entertainment featuring Trooper (from 8:15 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and Who Made Who (from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.)
  • Top 40’s hits playing from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
  • Beer gardens
  • Art walk showcasing historical photos of downtown
  • Experience Downtown Passport
  • Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, August 28 events will be at 100 Avenue and 101 Street, and will be more family-friendly with:

  • Live entertainment featuring the Confusionaires (3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.), Travis Fowler Band (1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.), and Mandee Rae (12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.)
  • Experience Downtown Passport
  • Art walk showcasing historical photos of downtown
  • Wagon rides
  • Kids zone with bouncy castles
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Roaming entertainment
  • Municipal showcase

All events on the weekend will be free to attend and have the Art Walk and Experience Downtown Passport, which can be brought to different downtown businesses to receive a stamp. Once you get five stamps, you can bring your passport back to the City Booth and be entered to win a prize.

Live entertainment will be appropriate for all ages, and the beer gardens includes free entry with all being served on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Stenson wins LIV Golf event, gets $4 million in debut –

Stenson wins LIV Golf event, gets $4 million in debut -

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Henrik Stenson’s decision that cost him the European Ryder Cup captaincy paid large and immediate dividends Sunday when he won the LIV Golf Invitational at Bedminster and picked up more than $4 million for three days’ work.

Staked to a three-shot lead going into the third and final round at Trump National, Stenson opened with a 20-foot birdie putt and never led anyone closer than two shots the rest of the way.

He closed with a 2-under 69 for a two-shot victory over Matthew Wolf (64) and Dustin Johnson, who birdied the last hole for a 68.

Stenson, five years removed from beating a field of more than 20 players, picked up $4 million for winning and an additional $375,000 for his team finishing second.

The big payoff — not including a signing bonus reported to be about $50 million — comes less than two weeks after he 46-year-old Swede decided to join the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series.

Stenson had pledged full support to the European tour when he became Ryder Cup captain and March, and the tour stripped him of the job four months later when he changed his mind.

“I guess we can agree I played like a captain,” Stenson said on the LIV Golf telecast.

He finished at 11-under 202.

Asked by the LIV-paid broadcaster if he felt validated by the win, Stenson chose not to engage and replied, “It’s been a good first week.”

“It’s been a busy 10 days. I’m extremely proud I managed to focus as well as I did,” he said.

Stenson won the Hero World Challenge in December 2019 in the Bahamas, the holiday event hosted by Tiger Woods with a 20-man field. Before that, he won the Wyndham Championship in 2017. And while he felt pressure in the final hour, it didn’t always look like it.

Stenson poured in an 8-foot birdie putt on the 14th that gave him a three-shot lead with four holes remaining, two of them par 5s. But he took four to get down from left of the green on the par-5 15th. Two holes later, Stenson made a 10-foot putt for par to take a two-shot lead down the par 5 closing hole.

“The putt on 17 was massive to keep the cushion coming up the last,” Stenson said.

Johnson now has finished eight, fourth and tied or second in the three LIV Golf Invitationals. His team, “4 Aces,” has won the last two times, paying $750,000 to each player. In three events since Johnson reportedly received a $150 million signing fee, the two-time major champion has made over $5.2 million on the course.

Carlos Ortiz of Mexico (68) finished fourth, while Patrick Reed (69) was fifth.

Phil Mickelson shot an even-par 71, only the second time in nine rounds of LIV Golf that Mickelson has shot par or better. He finished 35th.

The LIV Golf Invitational is off for a month during the FedEx Cup playoffs on the PGA Tour, returning over Labor Day weekend about an hour west of Boston, and then two weeks later plays in the Chicago suburbs.


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Have grown up watching events like these, Harmanpreet Kaur on CWG debut | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

Have grown up watching events like these, Harmanpreet Kaur on CWG debut | Commonwealth Games 2022 News - Times of India
BENGALURU: Indian women’s cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur has “grown up” watching multi-sporting events like the Commonwealth Games and she is already getting goosebumps thinking about the walk she will take with the rest of the contingent at the opening ceremony on July 28.
Women’s cricket is making its debut at the Commonwealth Games.
“This tournament is very important for us. This time we are playing for a medal. If I speak about myself, we have grown watching these kinds of tournaments and we are glad that we are also getting an opportunity, we will be part of a big event.
“I think in the future, if we keep getting these (kind of) opportunities, it will be great for us,” Harmanpreet said at the pre-departure press conference on Saturday.

India's history at the Commonwealth Games

India’s history at the Commonwealth Games

Harmanpreet, who has played in the World Cups before, is looking forward to a “different” experience.
“When you were speaking, I actually felt that I am walking on that (CWG) road, because that is what we are talking about and this time we are going to be part of a multi-sporting event.
“Now it is not only about cricket but other teams also and we will be there for them to cheer up and we want to celebrate each and every medal. This time it will be totally different and we are all very excited,” she said.
Each game crucial
India are clubbed in Group A alongside arch-rivals Pakistan, Australia and Barbados. They open their campaign against Australia on July 29.
“Whenever we play against them (teams like Australia), they have always given us tough competition. And this time also, we are looking very positive. Every game will be crucial for us and we will try to give 100 percent.”
According to Harmanpreet, it is important to perform well in big events.
“Yes, as a cricketer, we always want to play more cricket and this year we are getting to participate in a multi-sport event. So, when you go for a big-event it is important to perform well, the more we get such tournaments, it is good for women’s cricket.”
Harmanpreet said she will think about what approach the team will take after seeing the conditions. The team departs on Sunday.
“Look, you are speaking about targets (totals), once we reach England, then only we can see. Right now we don’t have any idea about the wickets. If you talk about our team, we always love to play positive cricket and that is what we have been doing for a long -time and the approach will be the same,” she added.
Important to have batters who can bowl
“….it is very important, when you have so many (bowling) options, the main bowlers do not feel pressure. And if you have more options, then you take off pressure from the bowlers,” she added.
Head coach Ramesh Powar wants team to meet Sindhu and Neeraj
“If there is an opportunity, we all would like to meet PV Sindhu and Neeraj Chopra, because both of them have set the bar high. And I would love to go into their minds and I am curious about their preparations, because the way they handle the pressure of billion people, it is commendable,” Powar said.
“We as a group would like to exchange some notes with these top-class athletes.” the head coach added.
Powar is excited to be a part of a multi-sporting event.
“This is the first time we are participating in a tournament of this magnitude. It is a bigger platform for our girls and a great opportunity to showcase talent, our game. We can tell the world that women’s cricket can participate in different kind of events.
“We all as cricketers, myself watched the Olympics and Commonwealth Games and we see our nation’s flag flying high. It is kind of opportunity for all of us to showcase good performance, give our best and make the country proud.”
“Happy with the squad”
Powar said the team management was happy with the squad chosen for the CWG.
“We all get together and we try and pick the best combination, which is suited for that particular competition. We are happy with the squad, because we were part of the discussion and we took this call collectively.”

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Editors’ Picks: 11 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From a Midsummer Dance Party to Cindy Sherman’s Debut at Hauser and Wirth | Artnet News

Editors’ Picks: 11 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From a Midsummer Dance Party to Cindy Sherman's Debut at Hauser and Wirth | Artnet News

Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events, both digitally and in-person in the New York area. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all ET unless otherwise noted.)


Wednesday, July 6–Thursday, August 18

Liu Shiming, right with the clay maquette for Cutting Through Mountains to Bring in Water” (1958). Photo courtesy of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum.

Liu Shiming, right with the clay maquette for Cutting Through Mountains to Bring in Water (1958). Photo courtesy of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum.

1. “Passages: Sculpture by Liu Shiming” at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College

Liu Shiming was one of the China’s first Modern sculptors, marrying the influence of ancient Chinese art and Western artists such as Auguste Rodin. Shiming, who lived from 1926 to 2010, gets a retrospective of 62 ceramic, wood, and bronze sculptures, as well as 12 drawings.

Location: Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Klapper Hall at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, Queens
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception, July 21, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; email to visit

—Sarah Cascone


Thursday, July 7

The Morris Jumel Mansion. Photo courtesy of the Morris Jumel Mansion.

The Morris Jumel Mansion. Photo courtesy of the Morris Jumel Mansion.

2. “Á La Mode: Revolutionary Rum and Rye” at the Morris Jumel Mansion, New York

The Morris Jumel Mansion’s annual fundraising event is titled “Hercules Mulligan” this year, after the American Revolution spy (and character in Hamilton, which premiered at the mansion). The interactive event will feature a rum tasting and a DIY ice cream-making lesson. It’s also a chance to view the new exhibition “At Ease: Photographs by Military Veterans in New York” (through September 11), which includes photos taken by 23 veterans as part of free workshops with the Josephine Herrick Project.

Location: Morris Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, New York
Price: $60
Time: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Thursday, July 7–Saturday, August 20

Shara Hughes, <em>Truth Search</em>. Courtesy of Nichola Vassell Gallery, New York.

Shara Hughes, Truth Search. Courtesy of Nichola Vassell Gallery, New York.

3. “Uncanny Interiors” at Nicola Vassell Gallery, New York

Summer group shows can be hit or miss, but Nicola Vassell has a strong line-up for her entry into the field. The exhibition of paintings of interiors features a wide-ranging list of artists including David Hockney, Kerry James Marshall, Henri Matisse, Tschabalala Self, Shara Hughes, and Toyin Ojih Odutola.

Location: Nicola Vassell Gallery, 138 Tenth Avenue, New York
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception, 5 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Friday, July 8

Parrish Art Museum Midsummer Party 2014. Courtesy of photographer Joe Schildhorn/BFA.

Parrish Art Museum Midsummer Party 2014. Courtesy of photographer Joe Schildhorn/BFA.

4. “Midsummer Dance” at the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York

The Parrish has wisely split its annual gala festivities into two events: Saturday’s dinner, where a table can run $100,000, and a fun Friday night dance party for the rest of us mere mortals. There will be music on the terrace thanks to Oscar Nñ of Papi Juice; Larry Milstein and Destinee Ross-Sutton are chairing the event. It’s also the last chance to catch the touring exhibition “An Art of Changes: Jasper Johns Prints, 1960–2018” (through July 10), which originated at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art in 2019.

Location: The Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, New York
 $250 and up
Time: 8 p.m.–11 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Saturday, July 9

Michele Oka Doner. Photo by Jordan Doner, courtesy of LongHouse Reserve.

Michele Oka Doner. Photo by Jordan Doner, courtesy of LongHouse Reserve.

5. “LongHouse Talks: Michele Oka Doner in conversation with Carrie Rebora Barratt” at the LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton

Artist Michele Oka Doner’s wide-ranging work includes sculpture, furniture, jewelry, books, and design—all inspired by nature. At this East End sculpture garden, she’ll talk about growing up in Miami Beach surrounded by banyan trees, and maintaining her connection with the natural world even while living in the urban jungle that is New York City. “I feel embedded,” she has said, “in the veins of leaves. I looked at those and I looked at my hands as a child—I knew it was the same as us.”

Location: LongHouse Reserve, 133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton, New York
Price: $35
Time: 5 p.m.–7 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Harold Granucci, <em>Nine Planets with Sun</em>. Photo courtesy of AS&R Gallery.

Harold Granucci, Nine Planets with Sun. Photo courtesy of AS&R Gallery.

6. “Harold Granucci: Geometry – Brunch Reception and Estate Talk” AS&R Gallery, Clinton Corners, New York

Outsider artist Harold Granucci, born in 1916, began making art at the age of 65, drawing eight hours a day until his death at age 90. The resulting geometrically-based artworks incorporate his unique view of the world in grids and sequences. His daughters will give a talk about his largely unseen body of work, which uses math-based ratios that occur in nature.

Location: AS&R Gallery, 99 Willow Lane, Clinton Corners, New York
Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Through, Thursday, July 14

James Bidgood (1933-2022); James Bidgood's "Lobster, Water Colors (Jay Garvin)," early 1960s. Courtesy of ClampArt

James Bidgood’s “Lobster, Water Colors (Jay Garvin),” early 1960s. Courtesy of ClampArt.

7. “Provincetown Pop Up” at the Pillow Top, Provincetown

P-town is a quaint seaside New England vacation locale that is both a gay mecca and a destination for chowder-swilling straight people. New York’s ClampArt has assembled a knockout group show that caters to the former contingent. It leans heavily on the sensual male form. All of the work assembled from queer icons like Peter Berlin, George Platt Lynnes, and Will McBride is redolent of the summer season. Of particular note are the lovely and languid black and white PaJaMa photographs of painters Paul Cadmus and Jared French on the shore of rival homosexual beach destination Fire Island.

Location: The Pillow Top, 351 Commercial Street, 2nd, floor, Provincetown, Massachusetts
Price: Free
Time: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; open late for Friday gallery strolls

—William Van Meter


Though Friday, July 29

Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #21 (1978) © Cindy Sherman Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #21 (1978). Photo ©Cindy Sherman, courtesy the artist and Hauser and Wirth.

8. “Cindy Sherman 1977–1982” at Hauser and Wirth New York

In the artist’s first show at Hauser and Wirth since the closing of her longtime gallery, Metro Pictures, Cindy Sherman offers an overview of the early years of her groundbreaking photography career. The exhibition starts, naturally, with Sherman’s famous “Untitled Film Stills” (1977–80), and also includes the series “Rear Screen Projections” (1980), “Centerfolds” (1981), and “Color Studies” (1981–82).

Location: Hauser and Wirth New York, 69th Street
Price: Free
Time: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Through Friday, August 12

Dana Sherwood, Inside the Belly of the Reindeer (2022). Courtesy of Denny Dimin Gallery, New York.

Dana Sherwood, Inside the Belly of the Reindeer (2022). Courtesy of Denny Dimin Gallery, New York.

9. “Dana Sherwood: The Cake Eaters” at Denny Dimin Gallery, New York

Bring your appetite to this fantastical visual feast from Dana Sherwood, inspired by her imaginings of life with a horse for a mother, and all the dessert she would have eaten in such a scenario. Each work shows a woman snug inside an animal’s stomach, sitting before an array of tasty baked goods—the foods we are instructed to deny ourselves. “We need to be nurtured inside of animals’ bodies, precisely because we are not nurtured otherwise in Western society,” Sherwood said in her artist’s statement.

Location: Denny Dimin Gallery, 39 Lispenard Street, New York
Price: Free
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Through Saturday, September 4


10. “Two Centuries of Long Island Women Artists, 1800–2000” at the Long Island Museum, Stony Brook

This exhibition featuring more than 80 works by nearly 70 women artists who lived and works on Long Island in the 19th and 20 centuries is a celebration of women’s under-appreciated contributions to the island’s cultural and artistic legacy. The show, part of the off-site programming for East Hampton’s Guild Hall, will explore the obstacles that prevented women from achieving the professional success as their male counterparts, as well as highlighting the work of women who have been overshadowed despite their accomplishments in the field. Expect unfamiliar names as well as artists who have begun to be better recognized in recent years, such as Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, and Howardena Pindell.

Location: Long Island Museum, 1200 NY-25A, Stony Brook
Price: $10 general admission
Time: Thursday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–5 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone



Pierre Jean David d'Angers, <em>Thomas Jefferson</em> (1833). Collection of the Public Design Commission of the City of New York. Photo courtesy of the New-York Historical Society.

Pierre Jean David d’Angers, Thomas Jefferson (1833). Collection of the Public Design Commission of the City of New York. Photo courtesy of the New-York Historical Society.

11. “The Thomas Jefferson Statue in Context” at the New-York Historical Society

In November, the New York City Council Chamber arranged to move its controversial sculpture of Thomas Jefferson by French artist Pierre-Jean David d’Angers to the New-York Historical Society. There, it could be shown in a historical context, allowing viewers to learn about the Founding Father’s complicated legacy as an owner of hundreds of enslaved people.

Location: New-York Historical Society, 1st floor, Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History, 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York
Price: Free
Time: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Friday–, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

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All Elite Wrestling preparing for debut of live events in Canada

All Elite Wrestling preparing for debut of live events in Canada

There are at least three other Canadian cities Khan is considering for live events: Winnipeg, the home of former AEW world champions Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega; the promoter also organizes the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament, making Calgary a natural choice; and Vancouver, where tag-team specialist Kyle O’Reilly is billed from.

“We have a lot of great Canadian wrestlers and I’m excited about the possibility of our live events here because we’ve had great success on TV here,” said Khan, who was an invited speaker at Collision, a tech conference in downtown Toronto that runs until Thursday.

Khan acknowledged that Canada, with its plethora of hockey arenas, is well suited to hosting pro wrestling events. Choosing those specific venues would come down to a handful of key factors.

“Most important thing is quality of the arena for the fans and the wrestlers and the staff, and then followed by the size for the opportunity to create revenue,” said Khan, adding that the logistics of shooting live television would also affect his decision.

All Elite Wrestling was founded in 2019 by Khan and his father Shahid Khan, who are also co-owners of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham FC of the English Premier League. AEW produces two weekly television programs for Turner networks in the United States, with Dynamite — its flagship show — available in Canada on TSN.

Digital media is at the heart of AEW’s business model, with two shows exclusively on YouTube. Khan said that those properties are helpful for expanding beyond the United States, since YouTube, podcasts, and wrestler vlogs can be accessed worldwide.

“It’s been a huge part of our growth. I don’t think it was possible to launch AEW without the TV deal being originally in place at the time and that wouldn’t have been possible if we hadn’t had the online experience,” said Khan, who noted he had been involved in online wrestling communities since the mid-1990s.

“The more ways you can make your shows and wrestlers available to fans and create awareness of the product, that’s a good thing. For the hardcore fans, there’s tons of demand for more content than even what we already provide, which is a lot.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 21, 2022.

John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

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Get All the Details on RomaDrama’s Stacked Lineup and Find Out Which Hallmark Movie Will Make Its Debut – E! Online

Get All the Details on RomaDrama's Stacked Lineup and Find Out Which Hallmark Movie Will Make Its Debut - E! Online

Get ready for a weekend to remember.

RomaDrama Live! is staging the ultimate event for lovers of feel-good content, providing access to their favorite stars and creatives behind Hallmark Channel, Lifetime and GAC Network’s beloved TV movies. Plus, attendees will receive an early Christmas present from Hallmark. 

The convention, which runs from Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26, 2022 in West Palm Beach, Fla., will host a sneak peek of the new Hallmark original movie Two Tickets to Paradise, E! News can exclusively reveal. Ryan Paevey, who stars in the film, will be there in-person to watch with the audience, along with other actors from the network.

Plus, Ashley Williams and Jess Hutch and producer Maura Dunbar have joined the roster of talent set to appear during the weekend, E! New can confirm.

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Samsung Galaxy A event recap — Galaxy A53, Galaxy A33 make their debut

Samsung Awesome Galaxy A event live blog


The Samsung Galaxy A33 and A53 reveal at the Galaxy A Event 2022

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And after 18 minutes of peppy announcements — I dare you not to have “Awesome camera, awesome screen, long-last battery life” echoing in your brain — Samsung has told us all we need to know about the Galaxy A53 and Galaxy A33. Thus concludes today’s episode of “things that could have been handled via an email.”

The Samsung Galaxy A33 and A53 reveal at the Galaxy A Event 2022

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Here’s the pricing and availability information: The Galaxy A53 arrives April 1, but you can place pre-orders on March 18. The A53 costs €449 and the A33 costs €369; that phone arrives later in April — April 22, to be exact. 

“What about US prices?” you demand. Friend, they only gave us the Euro prices, but I’m sure Samsung will update us soon on US pricing.

Pre-order the phones and you can get some Galaxy Buds wireless earbuds as part of your purchase.

The Samsung Galaxy A33 and A53 reveals at the Galaxy A Event 2022

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SIM trays, side keys and other parts of the phone are made out of recycled phones, part of Samsung’s efforts at making sustainable devices.

The Samsung Galaxy A33 and A53 reveals at the Galaxy A Event 2022

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One UI 4 is the interface of choice for the Galaxy A53 and Galaxy A33. Samsung is touting the privacy dashboard feature that comes with that Android 12 interface, which is a smart move given the concerns about privacy these day.

Samsung Galaxy A53 and A33 reveals at Galaxy A Event 2022

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Let’s talk durability. The A33 and A53 have IP67 water- and dust-resistance and boast a sturdy frame to guard against drops. (We’d imagine you still want to get a case, though.)

Samsung promises multi-day battery life from the 5,000 mAh power packs in both phones. Apparently, apps that aren’t in use get put to sleep without any intervention from you.

The Samsung Galaxy A53

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If you want to cut to the chase, our Galaxy A53 first look is now live, as is our Galaxy A33 first look.

The Samsung Galaxy A53 And A33 reveals at the Galaxy A Event 2022

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Samsung’s message appears to be that the Galaxy A phones shouldn’t be thought of as discount devices. Between the AI-powered features and Quick Share capabilities, the Galaxy A33 and Galaxy A55 should be considered every bit a frontline phone as the Galaxy S22 flagships.

Samsung Galaxy A53 and A33 reveal at Galaxy A Event 2022

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The phones use AI when you capture video to adjust frame rate. And that artificial intelligence also helps remove unwanted objects from photos. (The Pixel 6 offers a similar feature.)

AI feature appears to be powered by a 5nm processor, which we assume is the Exynos 1280.

Samsung Galaxy A53 and A33 reveals at the Galaxy A Event 2022

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Here are the camera specs: 64MP main camera on the Galaxy A53, 48MP on the Galaxy A33.

The Portrait mode has been enhanced across the A series to capture greater depth. Samsung also promising low-light innovations like an improved night mode.

Samsung Galaxy A Event 2022 images

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The Galaxy A53 features a 6.5 inch screen and the A33 has a 6.4-inch speaker. Samsung’s promising a rich, immersive sound from a louder Dolby Atmos speaker. The phones rely on an algorithm to adjust brightness when they’re outside.

Galaxy A event 2022

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Do not adjust your set. Samsung is showing the video of its live stream in a vertical orientation, aimed at smartphone users.

We’re seeing the Galaxy A53 and Galaxy A33 by the way.

Samsung Galaxy A52

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More evidence as to why the Galaxy A phones are getting their very own launch event today — Android Central reports that A-Series phones made up 58% of Samsung’s phone sales last year. You’d hold an event, too, if the Galaxy A52 (pictured above) and its friends were that big a part of your phone business.

Samsung Galaxy A event

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We’re less than 15 minutes away from the Galaxy A event getting underway, and Samsung’s live stream is now, in fact, live. There’s a looping video playing if you’re the kind of person who likes to get hyped up before your phone launches or if you’d like to be driven slowly made by the peppy launch music.

“Awesome is for everyone,” is the oft-repeated chorus, just in case you were wondering what theme Samsung is shooting for today.

Depending on who you ask, there could be other phones making their debut during today’s Samsung event. The one that pops up most frequently among rumor mongers is the Galaxy A73.

The rumors surrounding the Galaxy A73 are particularly intriguing as some leakers believe it’s going to get a 108MP camera — a first for the Galaxy A lineup. The A73 would also feature a telephoto lens, which is not something you see on a lot of midrange phones.

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The problem, of course, is that these features are uncomfortably close to the Galaxy S21 FE, the phone Samsung released back in January as a lower-cost member of the Galaxy S21 lineup. That phone was almost immediately overshadowed by the Galaxy S22 launch, especially since the Galaxy S22 only costs $100 more than the S21 FE and is arguably a better value.

We can’t necessarily imagine Samsung releasing another phone that further undercuts the Galaxy S21 FE, at least not on a global scale. It’s possible the Galaxy A73 is limited to select markets, much in the way the Galaxy A72 was. Whether that means it gets any stage time today at the Galaxy A event is anyone’s guess.

If you’re looking for a last-minute round-up of what we’re expecting Samsung to launch today, Evan Blass has summarized the expected specs for the Galaxy A53 and Galaxy A33 in tweet form.

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OnePlus Nord 2 review

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Other mid-range phones are also set to be rivals for the Samsung Galaxy A33 and A53, most notably the OnePlus Nord 2

Last year we dubbed the OnePlus Nord 2 as “the new mid-range phone to beat” and reviewer Richard Priday concluded: “OnePlus has again produced a phone that offers so much for a handset of its price that you may struggle to believe the specs sheet. It’s just a pity that it’s still not coming to the United States.” 

Samsung may have the advantage by bringing its more affordable phones to the U.S. but time will tell if it can oust OnePlus in other markets. 

Google Pixel 5a resting against a metal pipe

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While the iPhone SE 2022 is the current budget phone darling that’s grabbing headlines, the Galaxy A33 and A53 will need to also square off against the Google Pixel 5a

While the rumroed specs put the Galaxy phones on top, Google’s latest budget phone is a bit of a triumph, offering a great take on Android in a neat package with killer phone photography, all for under $400. 

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G camera

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When it announced today’s Galaxy event over the weekend, Samsung was uncharacteristically forthcoming about what to expect at the March 17 product reveal. “Samsung is taking the impactful Galaxy innovations for the A series even further,” the company said in its event announcement. “The awesome new Galaxy A series devices are designed to provide the fully-loaded experience that people want from a smartphone.”

That’s a somewhat broad claim, but we’re hoping it means software improvements that deliver more features to the Galaxy A lineup, particularly the cameras. Because right now, the initial links seem to suggest the Galaxy A53 and Galaxy A33 will offer cameras that are very similar to the ones featured on their predecessors — at least on paper.

Samsung Galaxy A33 render

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Looking to stay on top of the Galaxy A news as it happens? As of this writing, the most recent leak about today’s announcements focuses on Galaxy A33 specs.

Specifically, the new phone is tipped to launch at €379, which would translate to more than the $279 Samsung charged for the A32. Phone makers rarely do straight phone conversions, instead choosing to set specific prices for specific regions. Still, that price could reflect rumored improvements for the Galaxy A33, including an OLED panel instead of an LCD one.

a leaked image of the Samsung Galaxy A53

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“Why would anyone care about Galaxy midrange phones?” you may find yourself asking. And we hear you. Certainly, the Galaxy S22 phones launched last month contain more premium features.

But as we noted at the outset, the Galaxy A phones are surprisingly strong sellers, particularly with Samsung paying more attention to its midrange models in recent years. And with the iPhone SE 2022 shipping tomorrow, it’s natural to want to compare the new phones Samsung announces today — particularly the Galaxy A53 — to Apple’s budget phone.

Here’s a closer look at why you ignore the Galaxy A announcements at your peril.

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Slew of DQs mars Olympic debut of ski jumping event, opens door for Canadian medal | CBC Sports

Slew of DQs mars Olympic debut of ski jumping event, opens door for Canadian medal | CBC Sports

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has come under fire after a slew of disqualifications marred Monday’s first Olympic mixed team event, with one athlete saying the governing body had “destroyed” women’s ski jumping.

Germany, Austria, Norway and Japan all suffered disqualification for suit infringements, prompting anger and tears on what should have been a great night for the sport, but which ended up in fiasco.

Each team was made up of two women and two men, and all five of those disqualified were female.

“We were looking forward to the second competition at the Olympics. FIS destroyed that with this action — they destroyed women’s ski jumping,” Germany’s Katharina Althaus, who was one of those disqualified, told reporters.

“Our names are now [out] there and we just pulled the crap card. That is how you destroy nations, development and the entire sport.”

The Canadian team was able to take advantage, earning bronze amid the narrowed field.

WATCH | Canada earns historic ski jumping medal:

Canada wins historic bronze in mixed team ski jumping

Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes secured a bronze for Canada with his final jump of 101.5m at Beijing 2022. 1:20

Horst Huttel, Germany’s head of Nordic events, said the situation was “outrageous.”

“This is a parody, but I am not laughing … It is outrageous that this happens with the four biggest ski-jump nations,” he added.

Norwegian ski jumping chief of sports Clas Brede Braathen said the experience was “very painful” for the athletes and that the issue should have been ironed out before the Olympics.

“The sport of ski jumping has experienced one of its darker days …,” he told reporters.

“I’m lost for words, really. I’m in pain on behalf of our sport.”

‘It’s completely crazy’

With lightning-fast take-off runs and soaring leaps, wind resistance plays a huge part in ski jumping, and skis and suits are regularly checked by officials to ensure that competitors have not done anything to gain an unfair advantage.

Slovenia took the gold medal, with athletes representing the Russian Olympic Committee picking up the silver and Canada taking the shock bronze medal, but the focus quickly shifted from their achievement to how the rules were interpreted.

“I hope nobody ever experiences that again, it’s completely crazy,” Norwegian jumper Robert Johansson, who had been sitting on the bar preparing to jump when he found out about the disqualifications, told Reuters.

Takanashi reacts after her jump. (Matthias Schrader/The Associated Press)

His teammates Silje Opseth and Anna Odine Stroem were both penalized, along with Germany’s Althaus, Japan’s Sara Takanashi and Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria.

A distraught Takanashi quickly left the arena, and Opseth was also in tears as she told reporters how her suit was the same one that she had worn in Saturday’s competition without any problem from the judges.

“I think they checked it in a new way today compared to what they had done previously, I think it’s very strange that they would suddenly change how they do it in the middle of a tournament,” Opseth said before breaking down in tears again.

“I don’t know what to say. I’m really just shaken. I’m sorry that I was disqualified today,” she said.

The judges at the competition declined to comment when asked to do so by Norwegian journalists.