Posted on

ITF Women’s 60k and 100k events highlights of Performance Competitions Calendar for Autumn and Winter 2022

ITF Women’s 60k and 100k events highlights of Performance Competitions Calendar for Autumn and Winter 2022

We have today confirmed dates for its Performance Competition Calendar for the remainder of the 2022 season. A comprehensive programme of tournaments until December has been announced for both adults and juniors in all categories.

Highlights include Great Britain hosting ITF World Tennis Tour (WTT) Women’s $100K and $60K events, both on indoor hard courts, in Shrewsbury and Glasgow, respectively.

There are further ITF World Tennis Tour (WTT) Men’s $25K events taking place in Sheffield, Sunderland and Glasgow in October and a Women’s $25K event in Loughborough the same month. Abingdon will host an ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour Futures event in October, with the Wheelchair Tennis National Finals to take place at the start of December.

Professional event calendar

  • M25 Sheffield – w/c 3 October
  • M25 Sunderland – w/c 10 October
  • W60 Glasgow – w/c 17 October
  • M25 Glasgow – w/c 17 October
  • ITF Futures – w/c 17 October
  • W25 Loughborough – w/c 24 October
  • W100 Shrewsbury – w/c 31 October
  • Wheelchair Tennis National Finals – w/c 28 November

Check out the full calendar here

The 14U calendar features the new Junior Home Nations event in the week commencing 26 September, as well as in Nottingham the week commencing 24 October followed by the season-ending Tennis Europe Junior Tour category 3 event in Liverpool the week commencing 7 November.

For 12 and under players there will be Junior Home Nations events and Nationals (at Bolton and Corby) in the same weeks as the 14U events. There will also be a Tennis Europe Category 1 event in Bath the week commencing 31 October.

Finally, for 10U players there will be a National Tour event in the autumn in Sunderland and the 9U players will have National Tour events at either the National Tennis Centre or Loughborough University.

The Performance Competitions Calendar is designed to provide significantly enhanced opportunities for British players at each age and stage of the player pathway. Once the season concludes in December, we will have staged a total of 98 international events for age groups from 10U to pro-players on British soil (excluding traditional grass court season events) throughout 2022. This is a percentage increase in tournaments of 139% since 2019.

Posted on

Port Lambton event highlights beauty of St. Clair River

Port Lambton event highlights beauty of St. Clair River

A brand new event in Port Lambton will highlight the beauty of the shores of the St. Clair River.

The first ever Mermaids and Mariners on the St. Clair is being held next month at Brander Park.

Organizer Sherri DeWolf said it’s a chance for people to come out and experience the scenic views of the river while having some fun.

“We find that we just really haven’t done enough to really recognize this beautiful area that we live in,” said DeWolf. “Through my business, Deeply Creative, I attended an event in Key West, Florida. I came back and thought ‘we don’t really do anything here to celebrate this gorgeous area that we live in’. I decided it was time to bring my beach bag of skills back to my hometown and here we are.”

DeWolf said the free family-friendly event takes place on Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

“We have over 50 vendors, artisans and makers,” she said. “They’ve been asked to complement the actual theme of the event by doing actual products that are nautically themed.”

There will also be food trucks, the Landshark Lager ‘watering hole’ grassy patio, and a ticketed event with Ariel from the Little Mermaid.

A full list of the day’s events can be found below:

10am-6pm – 50+ Vendors, Artisans & Makers / “Grub Grotto” (Food Trucks – Brit Boys Fish ‘n’ Chips, Dog Days Southern BBQ, Delizioso Italiano, Dips Soft Serve Ice Cream Truck, Ohana Ice – Hawaiian Shave-Ice & Treats) / Boat Display (St. Clair Boat Sales) / Collaborative Community Painting with Cyn Fay Studio

10am-12pm – Happy Jack’s Galley “Breakfast with Mermaids” feat. Starbucks Coffee with entertainment and speSHELL guest appearance by “The Little Mermaid’s” Ariel

12pm-6pm – Landshark Lager “Watering Hole” Grassy Patio (Licensed Beverage Area with bartending services provided by Memorie Lane)

1pm-5pm – Meet the Mermaids (Park/Pavilion Photo Opps) – 20+ mermaids will be swimming in from Toronto to Pennsylvania, and our local waters in between!

1pm-5pm – Southwind Buoys LIVE Musical Entertainment

1pm-6pm — Pavilion “Paint Splash!” – Paint Your Own Nautical Pottery with Crock a Doodle Sarnia

Further details can be found here.

Posted on

‘Stand together’: Event highlights refugees and Indigenous shared experiences

'Stand together': Event highlights refugees and Indigenous shared experiences

Newcomers to Edmonton and Indigenous people shared cultures in a unique way to learn from each other and grow understanding.

A celebration at city hall brought together refugees from around the world and Indigenous people to recognize National Indigenous Peoples Day, World Refugee Day, and the start of Indigenous History Month.

Razia Saramad, who was forced to leave her home in Afghanistan after the Taliban took control last year, had no idea where she would end up.

“We tried so many countries, and finally, we succeeded to have Canada,” Saramad said.

Now six months into her new life in Edmonton, Saramad was excited to learn about the local history and share her own experiences.

“The Indigenous is the historical people of this city, and the refugees or the newcomers are just coming here, and I think they need to know each other and be together,” Saramad said.

“To learn from each other and know the value of each other and respect it,” she added.

Trent Daley, Alberta Hate Crimes Committee member, said events like this help build awareness of differences and similarities.

“I think it’s incredibly important to have a space to really root newcomers on Indigenous land,” Daley said.

Organizers hoped the event would combine the shared lived experiences of both groups to focus on the inequities they face.

“It’s important to show that we’re always going to stand together, and a way that we’re standing together is by hearing what people have to say,” said Aaima Azhar, an organizer with Roots on 6. 

Posted on

New promo video highlights huge range of events during Stampede in Williams Lake – Williams Lake Tribune

New promo video highlights huge range of events during Stampede in Williams Lake - Williams Lake Tribune

New promo video highlights huge range of events during Stampede in Williams Lake

Stampede weekend is more than a rodeo, it includes events for everyone

A new video by John Dell and Ultimate Arty premiered at the Williams Lake city council meeting in council chambers on June 7, 2022.

While not your typical location for a video premiere, the city hall hosted the short video for mayor, the councillors in attendance and public attending.

The video showcases all of the many events to take place in the lakecity over Stampede weekend, from the pancake breakfasts, to the street party, to the rodeo itself, car racing and the well-attended rugby tournament.

It of course mentions the Williams Lake Stampede parade with it’s theme this year of “Back in the Saddle Again”, which Ultimate Arty, also known as Willie Dye, has taken on organizing.

So far there are over 50 entries in the popular parade, with more still to come.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

auto racingEventsParadepro rodeorugbyvideoVideosWilliams Lake

Posted on

Ocala CEP highlights tiny horses helping Ocala residents that experienced traumatic events

Ocala CEP highlights tiny horses helping Ocala residents that experienced traumatic events

To keep up with the latest local news subscribe to our TV20 newsletter HERE and receive news straight to your email every morning.

OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) – Residents of Ocala, who have experienced traumatic events, are getting a little help.

Our friends from the CEP share with us how tiny horses are bringing therapy to those in need.

RELATED STORY: Ocala CEP highlights HCA Florida’s Comprehensive Stroke Center’s acceptance of patients

Copyright 2022 WCJB. All rights reserved. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.

Posted on

Highlights from RENEW: TEDxToronto’s flagship event series

Highlights from RENEW: TEDxToronto’s flagship event series

Spanning three thoughtfully curated evenings of new ideas, new perspectives, and engaging dialogue.

Guests gathered in the Royal Ontario Museum’s charming Eaton Theatre for TEDxToronto’s flagship event on May 17—the initiative’s first live event in over two years. “There’s an unmatched sense of connection that’s created when we gather in person,” says event co-chair Gillian Cameron. “While ideas are a huge part of why we gather, it’s the conversations we have about these ideas that make TEDxToronto events really special.” 

Inspired by the global resilience proven over the course of the pandemic, this year’s theme of renewal addressed a unique opportunity for pause and reflection. “RENEW is a chance to reestablish our perspectives and a chance for all of us to reimagine what our collective future could look like,” says Cameron. “In reflecting on where we’ve been, what we’ve been through and what we want to do differently as a global society, I hope our attendees can take these ideas and turn them into action.”

During night one of the three-evening event, four inspiring speakers shared the TEDxToronto stage—each advocating for different ways to shape ‘how we care’ through the ethos of business, news media, performing arts and the power of local community. 

Tariq Fancy, former Wall Street investor turned non-profit founder, called out inaction within the corporate world; advocating for a generation of “young people today, who see a system that is not responding to long-term challenges.” Kelly Boutsalis, journalist and lead producer of CBC’s Six Nations Bureau, shared her experience in discovering the power of authentic representation, and what happens when Indigenous people are able to tell their own stories.

Chandra Maracle, founder of Kakhwa’on:we/Real People Eat Real Food, energized a new conversation around motherhood, postpartum and the role of healthy food access in preventative healthcare. Earning a standing ovation, award-winning human beatboxer Andre Gibson closed the show with a story of overcoming anxiety by way of creative expression and an incredible live performance. 

The sold-out event, live-streamed for viewers at home, garnered laughs, tears and an eager audience that met after the talks for an open brainstorming and networking session. A common topic of discussion: the importance of access to such educational and inspiring events. 

For the fourth year in a row, TEDxToronto has practiced a subsidised ticket program to break down financial barriers for attendees, and has donated more than 500 tickets to local organizations including The 519 Community Centre, ImagiNATIVE and FoodShare Toronto. As the city continues to move toward the end of a pandemic, and anticipates a greater sense of togetherness, the 70-plus volunteers that make up TEDxToronto are already working on the next chapter that will spread ideas, build community and change lives across Toronto and the world.

Chris Graham, speaker coaching lead, host, TEDxToronto


Tariq Fancy, founder and CEO, the Rumie Initiative


Andre Gibson, human beatboxer


Kelly Boutsalis, freelance journalist (left); Chandra Maracle, founder, Kakhwa’on:we/Real People Eat Real Food


Gillian Cameron (left) and Kapil Khimdas, event co-chairs


Posted on

SU highlights class of 2022 with special ceremonies, events across campus

SU highlights class of 2022 with special ceremonies, events across campus

Get the latest Syracuse news delivered right to your inbox.
Subscribe to our newsletter here.

As the class of 2022 prepares to graduate this weekend, students reflected on the past four years of their lives and how they grew — academically, personally and emotionally. Syracuse University hosted four events this past weekend to send off graduating seniors, commend their achievements and celebrate the identities they forged along the way.

Indigenous Graduation Celebration
A traditional Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving blessing, “words that come before all else,” began the Indigenous Graduation Celebration on May 7. Translated into English, the blessing reflected key pillars of Indigenous culture: gratitude and humility.

The event highlighted the Indigenous community at SU. The Native Student Program honored 17 graduating seniors, 15 undergraduates and two graduate students, hailing from seven different Indigenous tribes and seven clans.

Maya Swamp, the program’s valedictorian, spoke about the unique challenges of being Indigenous and pursuing a college degree.

Swamp was worried about feeling like an imposter and feared losing touch with her native culture. But as she navigated college, she said that the Native Student Program both affirmed her cultural identity and empowered her to use it for a higher purpose.

“In the creation story, it is said that we are sent to Earth with certain gifts and duties, thrown into our lives to better those around us,” Swamp said. “I found that we were able to use our similarities and differences, our gifts, to complement each other and to create a sense of family and community, connected with each other through an incredible program.”


As the graduating students walked across the stage, they were recognized by name and degree, along with their tribe and clan. Each was presented with a traditional Haudenosaunee stole and given the choice between two books written by Indigenous authors.

Regina Jones, assistant director of the Native Student Program, emphasized that a college degree represents a great deal more than academic achievement for Indigenous students.

“Many of our students were always told they’d never go to college,” she said. “Pick up a trade, go to work, those are their usual options. The 17 students we are graduating today defied those expectations… Today we celebrate them, their bravery and perseverance.”

Blessing of Students
As seniors prepare to leave campus and their friends, they are also leaving the institutions that offered respite during their stressful college careers. For many seniors, that respite is often found in Hendricks Chapel.

Eighty-five students were recognized in the Blessing of Students ceremony that combined music, prayer and congratulations for all the seniors that will be leaving the university and the Hendricks community.

After Abigail Wood, an SU sophomore, played the organ to welcome students and supporters, Reverend Brian Konkol, the Dean of Hendricks Chapel, spoke proudly of graduating students who worked at the chapel.

“This is a wonderful day, because we have wonderful students,” Konkol said.

Reverend Gerry Waterman, the Catholic chaplain, offered a prayer for seniors, emphasizing their friendship and goals for the future. The prayer then asked for peace within the SU administration and wished well to the family, friends and supporters of the graduating class.

Following Waterman, JoAnn Cooke, the Buddist Chaplain, led the congregation in a guided meditation, asking everyone to imagine an ocean as a metaphor for the possibilities that lay ahead. The Jewish Chaplain, Rabbi Sarah Noyovitz, followed Cooke and sang “Tefilat HaDerech,” or “Traveler’s Prayer.”

Gail Riina, the Lutheran chaplain, emphasized the power of important friendships as graduates begin the next chapter of their lives. Imam Amir Duric, the Muslim Chaplain, gave a poetic, powerful speech to students and asked God to help them on their journeys ahead and bring light to their futures. Lastly, Baptist Chaplain Reverend Devon Bartholomew spoke about two passages from the Bible, 2 Timothy 1:7 and Proverbs 4.

Graduating students were honored with awards as Konkol presented each recipient with a certificate. Each graduate also received a flower from the chapel to represent their time there. Konkol concluded the ceremony with a prayer for the seniors.

“May you have determination to be loyal, the conviction to embody your beliefs, the grit to set and meet your goals, and the resilience to be you,” Konkol said. “May God bless you all, from the spiritual heart of campus to yours, today and always.”

Lavender Graduation
LGBTQ+ students at Syracuse University were honored at this year’s Lavender Graduation, which was the fourth annual event of its kind at SU. The ceremony honored 26 undergraduates, four master’s students and one doctoral student graduate from the class of 2022. To celebrate their graduation, the event included a spoken word performance, speeches of encouragement from SU staff members and an alumni guest speaker.

Jorge Castillo, the director of the LGBTQ Resource Center, kicked off the event with a short explanation of why Lavender Graduation is so significant. Originally an event that began at the University of Michigan in 1995, Lavender Graduations have spread nationally and now occur at almost 250 universities, Castillo said.

“In addition to the immense accomplishment of completing your degree requirements, some of you might have experienced difficulties expressing your gender identities or sexualities,” Callisto said. “So this ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate as your authentic self, and be surrounded by your queer family.”

In doing so, Britt traced the significance of the color lavender through queer history, from originally serving as a color to out queer people to empowering activists at the Stonewall Riots in 1969. The fact that queer students made it to their graduation, Britt said, is a sign of the historic unity and power of the LGBTQ+ community.

“For decades, starting in the early 1900s, the color lavender was used as a way to stigmatize and discriminate against people for suspicions about their sexuality. But, as is typical of those who are oppressed and marginalized, we take the same things people use to demean and belittle us, and we claim ownership of them,” Britt said. “We make those same things our own. We take the ugly and make it beautiful.”

Class of 2022 Launch Party
A scene of SU’s trademark orange and blue, Goldstein Auditorium bubbled with both nostalgia and excitement from graduating seniors. Organized by the Forever Orange Alumni council, the Class of 2022 Launch Party on May 6 marked the end of students’ undergraduate journey, but more importantly, the beginning of a brand new chapter of their lives.

While the celebration was one of remembrance, with special cords given for students to wear at graduation and a photobooth, it also set students up for post-college plans through professional headshots and networking opportunities with successful alumni.

Behind each student was a story of how SU became a place to learn and grow. One graduating senior, Anna Wojcik, looked back on the work she did with her capstone group in her environmental engineering major and how it gave her applicable, real-world experience heading into the workforce. Jessica McGowan, who will receive a degree in civil engineering this weekend, looked back on all the fun moments she had with new friends at Orange After Dark events, and how they helped her acclimate to campus.

But Morgan Eaton, who will receive a degree in citizenship and civic engagement and policy studies, said his biggest takeaway from SU is the relationships he built along the way.

“Everything’s fun when you do it with friends,” Eaton said. “The best part of SU is the people.”

A series of toasts, including a speech by Konkol to graduates about reflecting on and learning from their experiences at SU, ended with the Class Marshalls, Ava Brietbeck and Morgan Storino, as they reminded their peers to make the most out of their last days in Syracuse.

To end the celebration, in true SU fashion, Otto the Orange burst into the crowd to give high fives.


Posted on

Q2 2022 Investor Conference and Events Highlights

Q2 2022 Investor Conference and Events Highlights

2022 is off to a shaky start. The stock and bond markets have endured significant losses and heightened volatility. Uncertainty abounds with inflation risk running high, an inverted yield curve, and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Inflation, inversion, and a military conflict obviously do not paint the most bullish backdrop for a busy second-quarter conference season.

Continue reading Q2 2022 Investor Conference and Events Highlights