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Navigating major life events with Old Colony Company of Huntington

Navigating major life events with Old Colony Company of Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – During major shifts in your life, you may find yourself in need of a relator.

Todd Nelson with Old Colony Company of Huntington stopped by First Look at Four to talk about how he can help when navigating those major life events.

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Saudi Arabia has over 11,000 open spaces for cultural events

Saudi Arabia has over 11,000 open spaces for cultural events

DAMMAM There are a total of 11,623 open spaces for cultural activities in Saudi Arabia, according to a recent report.

These include urban centers, festival grounds, children’s playgrounds, public parks, and municipal squares, in addition to 48 popular and heritage markets. These markets are an example of the public squares available for holding local cultural festivals, and these represent an urban environment with which members of the community of all segments can interact, Al-Watan newspaper reported.

The report showed that the number of tourist trips for domestic tourists, which include cultural activities, reached unprecedented levels, with a total of 10.5 million trips in the first 10 months of 2021. This figure recorded a growth rate of 24 percent compared to 2019.

There has been a growing tendency on the part of domestic tourists to participate in cultural activities, with an increase of 18-20 percent. In another sense, one among each five tourist trips includes participation in one or more cultural activities. This is a general positive indicator of the growing interest in cultural activities, which means an increase in demand for the cultural show mainly related to tourism, such as attendance and participation in festivals and cultural events, and visiting heritage and archaeological sites. The cultural presence in open spaces is not limited to cultural events, but takes diverse forms, including mobile libraries, literature platforms, and display of murals and various forms of arts.

The report also highlighted the diversity of the cultural shows, and its availability and ease of access for the unaffluent members of the society. This shows that the cultural practices are no longer an elite affair, and that the cultural field is not limited to certain age groups with a prominence for elders and far from catering to the interests of the younger generation.

There was discrepancy in the frequency of cultural activities between various segments of society. This was evident from the fact that the participation of individuals belonging to higher economic levels frequently increases in cultural activities compared to their counterparts from the lower economic strata.

According to the data of the Cultural Participation Survey for 2021, the vast majority of the survey participants stated that they participate in the nearest cultural event being held in a public space no more than 40 minutes away from a car drive, and that only a quarter of the participants can reach these events in open public places in less than 20 minutes.

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Life in Colour – GlobalNews Events

Through their diverse, individual approaches, 4 Toronto-area painters explore their practical relationships with colour. The emotions, memories and sensations it has captured and evoked throughout their lives, and the myriad ways in which they’re able to use colour to speak to us.  Don’t miss, Life In Colour.

Life in Colour takes place from August 24 – September 4, 2022 and the featuring artists are: Lori Fonger, Kareen Hague, William Parker, Ruth Thorogood. For more information on the exhibit or featured artists, click here!

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Summer arrives ahead of B.C.’s first heat event of the season

Summer arrives ahead of B.C.’s first heat event of the season

After a cool and unsettled spring, B.C. will get its first taste of the newly ushered in summer season with a significant warm-up on the weekend. Saturday you’ll notice the warmer temperatures, but Sunday is the first day temperatures spill into the lower 30s across inland sections. However, the forthcoming warmth may have complications for the ongoing flood threat in B.C. For more details, read on.

RELATED: Delay in snowpack melt leads to growing flood fears in B.C.


An offshore flow will allow temperatures to reach the mid-to-upper 20s along the South Coast, possibly reaching the 30-degree mark for downtown Vancouver, and into at least the low-to- mid-30s for some inland locations, including the Fraser and the Okanogan valleys.


Be forewarned, though, as the incoming heat could have some negative ramifications for the ongoing flood threat in the province.

The sudden uptick in temperatures could accelerate the snowmelt, which has been delayed, potentially leading to flooding in parts of the province, similar to what Kelowna saw this month. Numerous flood watches and high streamflow advisories are in place.

Temperatures will remain warm through early next week, but keep it mind, that this heat is nothing like the heat dome of 2021.


In fact, morning temperatures last June were significantly warmer and more humid than our forecast highs next week across the province.

As of now, next Sunday and Monday are a tossup in terms of the warmest day of this heat event, before more of an onshore flow develops by Tuesday, June 28.

Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest forecast updates for B.C.

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CEC class hosting Relay for Life event June 16 | SaltWire

CEC class hosting Relay for Life event June 16 | SaltWire

TRURO, N.S. — True leadership is about giving of yourself, and Kevin Hayden’s Grade 12 Leadership Class at CEC is learning that by hosting a Relay for Life event on June 16.

“Relay For Life not only helps students learn valuable life and leadership skills, but it also unites your school community under one common goal of making a real difference for real people who have been affected by cancer,” Hayden said. 

Money raised through Relay for Life events goes toward the Canadian Cancer Society. As of June 5, participants in CEC’s Relay had raised almost $6,300 – nearly 32 per cent of their $20,000 goal. And with almost two weeks still to go, students Hadley Bent and Abagail Hovey, who are leading their class in organizing the event, are confident they’ll get there. 

“We took this on as, kind of, our end of the year project,” Bent said. “Last year, we were able to do an online one – a virtual Relay – but this year we’re happy to be back in person.

“It’s a good chance for us to get together and support all those around us.” 

Hovey said it feels good to take on a significant role in this important project.

“It’s nice to take on a bigger part in my school community,” she said, as both students talked about cancer affecting so many – either directly or through a loved one.

“We know in our school there are some teachers who are survivors, and, in our community, we know there are many people facing cancer right now, so we’re just here to support them and help raise money … that is what we’re all about,” Bent said, before talking how she has been impacted.

“No direct family fortunately but, on my street, I have had some close friends who have lost their lives and some who are suffering right now.”

Hovey had a similar answer.

“I haven’t been personally, directly affected, but I know good family friends… close friends of my parents, who have been,” she said.

Bent talked about sharing a video where cancer survivors were highlighted, during their launch event for Relay.

“To get the message across to students in our school that everyone is affected in one way or another, and they’re not alone,” she said.

Event activities

The CEC Relay will be held on the athletic field just outside of the school, from 2 to 8 p.m. on the 16th.

“There will be a lot of different activities,” Hovey said. “We’ll have different food trucks on-hand, live entertainment, some local bands. There are students who are band members; if they can play an instrument and sing (they would be welcomed to entertain), and I’m pretty sure there will be some people acting as well.”

Bent said the event is also a chance to bring more awareness about the Canadian Cancer Society and the work they do, as well as what a person who has battled cancer and maybe still battling, goes through.

“You’re learning about what others have gone through,” she said. “It’s a good learning experience all the way around.”

She added they plan to have Relay staples – a survivors’ lap and a luminary ceremony – as part of their event.  

Global movement

Relay for Life is active in 29 countries and 6,000 communities worldwide. The Pictou County Relay for Life, which includes participation from Colchester folks, takes place this Saturday (June 11) at North Nova Education Centre.

For more on any of the events, including how to donate to a team or individual, visit, and click on the appropriate link. 

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Guildhall events will bring past to life

Guildhall events will bring past to life

Published on Friday, May 27, 2022

Picture - Gerald Dickens, the Signalman. CREDIT: Lewis J Brockway

TWO forthcoming events at Leicester’s historic Guildhall promise to bring the past to life.

On Sunday (29 May), at 2pm, a talk by renowned author Leanda De Lisle will take place, entitled Henrietta Maria: The Queen behind the Black Legend. On the anniversary of the 1645 Siege of Leicester – when royalists stormed the city during the Civil War – the talk will explain why King Charles I’s wife is one of British history’s most reviled queens.

Damned in her lifetime as ‘that Popish brat of France’, Henrietta Maria is remembered as frivolous and fanatical, the wife who ‘turned Charles I Catholic’ and paved the way for civil war.

Today, Leanda de Lisle will look behind the black legend to reveal a remarkable woman of great wit and intelligence. A friend to many Puritans, she was respected even by her enemies, survived wars and eventually flourished as Britain’s Phoenix Queen. 

Tickets cost £4.50 and booking is recommended on this link: Henrietta Maria – Leicester Museums

On Friday 10 June, at 7.30pm, there’s a unique opportunity to experience a Dickensian classic, as performed by Charles Dickens’ great-great grandson, Gerald Dickens.

Gerald Dickens – The Day That Charles Dickens Nearly Died, featuring ‘The Signalman’ is a brand new show detailing the events that inspired Dickens’ novella, ‘The Signalman’. It will tell the story of the great Staplehurst rail crash of 9 June, 1865, when Charles Dickens was a passenger on the tidal train from Folkestone to London as it crashed off a bridge, killing 10 people and injuring 40 more. The great author was fortunate to escape with his life and spent three hours assisting the rescue effort.

Gerald Dickens has written a book about the crash and will be appearing at The Guildhall sharing his research into the circumstances which led to the tragedy. Gerald will also perform the haunting Gothic ghost story The Signalman in the atmospheric surroundings of the Guildhall. Written just a year after the crash, it was certainly inspired by Charles Dickens’ experiences.

Booking is recommended and tickets cost £10/£8 concessions on this link: Gerald Dickens – Leicester Museums

To book for either event, you can also call the Guildhall Box Office on 0116 253 2569 or visit


 Picture – Gerald Dickens, the Signalman. CREDIT: Lewis J Brockway    



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Charting the Non-Linear Events in Life

Charting the Non-Linear Events in Life

Mathematician Eugenia Cheng explores the uses of math beyond the classroom. Read more columns here.

Many of us have experienced grief recently, having lost loved ones to the pandemic or suffered other tragedies. It is often said that grief isn’t linear; it doesn’t plod in a predictable straight line, but takes terrible twists and turns, rearing up without warning.

I can think of few things as unmathematical as grief, yet we use this oddly mathematical term “linear” to discuss it. Linear algebra is essentially the math of things that move in straight lines. It is a very stringent requirement. Like grief, most things are not linear. But there are other types of behavior we can look for in mathematical functions and real life.

If a function keeps going in generally the same direction, though not in a straight line, it’s called monotonic. Exponentials and logarithms are monotonic but not linear. Some people argue that rates of taxation should be monotonic with income, so that someone who earns more doesn’t pay a lower effective tax rate; however, this is often not the case in practice. People who want to lose or gain weight often get frustrated that body weight is not monotonic across time, but fluctuates up and down with things like fluid retention. Sometimes a monotonic function can be derived, despite fluctuations, by taking averages across chunks of time, say a week, or a month.

Charts are not just about drawing pretty pictures, but finding ways to understand key features about a function quickly.

The behavior of functions is much easier to recognize visually than in a formula, so we draw graphs to help us. Turning a function into a graph is an amazing process of translating something abstract and invisible into something that allows us to invoke our visual intuition. When we draw a function out on a graph we can immediately see other features beyond linearity and monotonicity, such as whether or not it has gaps or sharp corners. If it has no gaps it is called continuous, and if it has no corners it is called smooth.

Calculus provides techniques for figuring what the graph is going to look like beyond plotting points, because even if you plot millions of points you might miss some feature in between those points. The idea is to understand how abstract features give rise to the visual features (corners, gaps and so on): It’s not just about drawing pretty pictures, but finding ways to understand key features about a function quickly.

We might also do the reverse and take some data, plot the graph, and then try and fit a function to it. We can then use the function to predict what will happen in the future. This is what is done with data in the pandemic: Case numbers provide data that can be plotted in a graph, and then a function can be found that approximates those numbers. As the function can be applied to points in time beyond the data we have now, this gives us a way of estimating what will happen in the future. It’s not an exact science, because many non-linear functions that start off with the same shape behave differently later.

Reverse-engineering a function to fit some experimental data can also give us insight into causality. The structure of the function may indicate to us some basic principles at work, such as the laws of physics. Tracking the motion of planets enabled mathematicians to fit their path to an ellipse shape, with the motion dependent on a planet’s position relative to the sun at any moment. This is just a mathematical formula, but hints at the sun’s physical role in influencing the movement of the planets.

Saying grief isn’t linear is a severe understatement, as it’s not even monotonic, continuous, or smooth. Math gives us ways to carefully distinguish between different scenarios and sequences to delineate any situation. This doesn’t make grief go away, but it can be cathartic to have ways to depict its unpredictable trajectory.

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WWE looks to boost its sponsorship revenue as live events return and a key media deal expires

WWE looks to boost its sponsorship revenue as live events return and a key media deal expires

Chief Brand Officer and TV Personality of WWE, Stephanie McMahon delivers her keynote address at the opening of Sports Matters in conjunction with All That Matters 2016 in Singapore on September 14, 2016.

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WWE and industry analysts agree: The pro wrestling and media company can squeeze more revenue out of sponsorship deals.

The company leans on the intellectual property built around performers such as superstar personalities like The Undertaker, John Cena, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Roman Reigns and Bianca Belair. Revenue from its live events, which are returning as Covid restrictions ease, and media offerings are fueled in part by sponsorship dollars. 

WWE this year aims to fill football stadiums and expand its programming, according to Frank Riddick, WWE’s chief financial officer. Riddick, who took over the job in November, said after last week’s earnings release that the company is making sponsorship a priority this year.

In 2021, WWE reported roughly $72 million combined for advertising and sponsorships in its media and live events businesses.

WWE made more than $10 million in sponsorship fees alone for last month’s marquee Wrestlemania 38, executive Stephanie McMahon said last week. That was a record for the two-day event held at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. WWE’s sponsorship partners include Toyota, DoorDash, Rocket Mortgage and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty cosmetics line, said McMahon, who is also the daughter of longtime CEO Vince McMahon.

Analysts suggest the WWE is undervalued when it comes to sponsorship revenue, estimating the company lures around $35 million per year just from sponsorships. That’s less than combat-sports company UFC, which attracts more than $100 million annually, according to a Guggenheim Partners note to clients last month.

While WWE lags behind UFC in overall popularity, its fans are the most likely to notice sponsors, according to sponsorship consulting firm IEG. Sixty-seven percent of WWE’s fans are more likely to consume brands associated with the company, according to IEG’s research, which used data from polling outfit YouGov. That’s ahead of the 55% average for the group of the 11 biggest sports leagues, including the NFL, which is by far the most popular sports organization in the United States.

“All that does is spell potential and opportunity,” said Peter Laatz, IEG’s global managing director. He said he thinks WWE can clear over $100 million in annual sponsorship revenue.

But he also noted WWE might not be the “right fit for the most affluent categories or top tier brands.”

The WWE did not return a CNBC request to discuss its sponsorships.

WWE’s place in the streaming world

WWE gets most of its revenue from its media business, accounting for $278.1 million of its $333.4 million overall revenue in the quarter ended March 31. Advertising and sponsorship revenue in the media segment grew 27% to $19.8 million from the year-ago period.

The company is preparing for a key media deals amid an “increasingly cluttered streaming marketplace,” WWE President Nick Khan said on last week’s earnings call. Hulu’s deal for day 2 rights around WWE’s weekly “Raw” program expires this year.

Day 2 rights allow subscribers to watch “Raw” and “Smackdown,” another weekly show, 24 hours after they first air. Raw airs live on USA Network, and Smackdown is shown on Fox. After 30 days, subscribers to NBCUniversal’s Peacock service can watch the shows. (In 2021, WWE entered a five-year deal with NBCUniversal for a reported $1 billion to license its library and show live main events on Peacock.)

Khan also suggested a new player could enter the sports streaming game.

“It’s just a matter of time before Netflix goes with live,” said Khan. He added the live events generate the highest consumer impressions for networks and streaming companies.

Netflix is indeed looking to bounce back as its results suffer while viewers shake off pandemic restrictions and head back out into the world. In April, Netflix reported a decline in subscribers and warned of millions of more losses in the months ahead. Co-CEO Ted Sarandos said at the time he doesn’t see a profitable way for the streamer to get into sports, although its “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” series has been a smash hit.

Netflix probably wouldn’t be interested in WWE, anyway, according to longtime media rights advisor Lee Berke, since the wrestling company is already tied up with Peacock. He said it would make more sense for the NBCUniversal service to add more WWE rights.

“That’s a major relationship for them, and there’s a lot they can do to build on that,” said Berke, CEO of LHB Sports, which advises the sports entertainment industry. “But if [Netflix] is going to make a move for WWE, I see them making an aggressive for all of their content or major live events.”

WWE is also looking at overseas expansion, particularly in India, home to a billion people and a growing middle class. WWE estimates its content is shown in more than 180 countries. The company said it drew 25 million viewers for an exclusive event showcasing U.S. WWE wrestlers competing against India-born performers. Wrestlemania drew more than 50 million viewers last month in India.

Khan, the WWE president, called India a “hugely important market.” But, he added, WWE is waiting for networks to finish bidding on rights to cricket – the most popular sport in the country – before the company determines its future media marketplace there.

Disclosure: Peacock owner NBCUniversal is also the parent company of CNBC.

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Relay for Life in-person events scheduled to return locally in June

Relay for Life in-person events scheduled to return locally in June

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