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National Play the Parks event series coming to New Westminster

National Play the Parks event series coming to New Westminster

Music may be the centrepiece of a nationwide event that’s coming to New West – but there are plenty of other offerings at the upcoming Play the Parks event series.

New Westminster is one of 13 Canadian cities selected to host four Play the Parks events in September. Play the Parks is a free, musically and culturally diverse concert series that will spotlight more than 100 diverse artists from Black, Indigenous, Chinese, South Asian and 2SLGBTQ+ communities. 

“There’s been so many great events this summer,” said Lisa Kemp, the city’s program coordinator of special events. “It’s nice to have something to do in September when the weather’s still, hopefully, really nice.”

In addition to a musical performance, a variety of family-friendly activities will be taking place at each event, including Jedi training, dancing with Elsa and superhero training with Spiderman. A food truck has also been invited to attend the events, which are taking place on four Fridays in September.

Play the Parks is presented in partnership by the City of New Westminster, the TD Music Connected Series, and is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. (Canada’s Music Incubator is a not-for-profit organization that helps emerging artists and bands of all genres develop their businesses, push their craft and expand their networks.)

“At TD, we believe music plays an important role in fostering a sense of belonging and helping to unite diverse communities,” said Michael Armstrong, vice president of brand and corporate sponsorships at the TD Bank Group. “Play the Parks is an opportunity to help bring Canadians together to experience art, culture and nature, while helping to celebrate the summer and sustain a sense of pride and connection.”

In addition to New Westminster, concerts are taking place in dozens of parks between Aug. 15 and Sept. 30 in Victoria and Surrey, B.C.; Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Toronto, London, Brantford, Barrie and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; Sydney, Nova Scotia; and St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Play in the Parks was launched in Toronto in 2012. This is the first year that artists and fans will be gathering in person to experience Play the Parks in other Canadian cities. 

“We are very excited to have been selected amongst so many larger cities from across Canada,” Kemp said.

Kemp said she’s been in conversations with Canada’s Music Incubator for some time, but plans for Play the Parks kept getting derailed by COVID-19. She said the city’s role is to enhance the musical offerings by providing other activities at the events.

“They select the performers, they have a stage manager that’s there, and they are coordinating the larger program. So they’re all about the music and we’re all about the space, city services, like access to the park and power and all that, and then enhancing the experience.”

Everything at Play the Parks is free, except the food. In keeping with the Canadian Music Incubator them, the city has aimed for diversity with the food choices being offered at the events.

Play the Parks is envisioned as an event where folks may bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a picnic dinner or food truck fare, and take in some fun activities before enjoying the performances that will begin at 7 p.m.

Attendees are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages to three of the neighbourhood events. (Alcohol isn’t permitted at the event in Moody Park, as that one is being offered in partnership with the New West Youth Centre.)

“We thought that was kind of unique too,” Kemp said. “There’s been so many community events, but they’re usually like more beer gardens, whereas this would be like a bring your own. There won’t be alcohol sales.”

Kemp said the event is a great way of supporting local musicians and local parks.

“There’s something for everyone. We’re really trying to have activities that are for the little ones, like Elsa, but then also like the caricature artists that like age would be interested in. So there’s something for everyone,” Kemp said. “You can bring a picnic, or you can support the food truck. It’s very open; you can choose what you like.

What’s happening at Play the Parks?

Friday Sept. 2, 6 to 8 p.m. at Westminster Pier Park.

Activities will include a chance to sing and dance with Elsa, face painting, balloon twisting and lawn games. A caricature artist will also attend tonight’s event. Vietnamese Banh Mi will be available at the Camion Café food truck. At 7 p.m., the Will Clements Jazz Trio will perform.

Friday, Sept. 9, 6 to 8 p.m. in Upper Hume Park

Activities include Superhero training with Spiderman, and police car and fire truck tours. Mexican food will be available from the Dos Amigos food truck. A concert featuring Parlour Panther begins at 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 16, 6 to 8 p.m. at Westminster Pier Park

Activities include Jedi training with Rey Skywalker, face painting, balloon twisting and lawn games. A caricature artist will also attend tonight’s event. Mexican and Greek food fare will be available from the Meet2Eat food truck. Hyaenas will perform at 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 23, 6 to 8 p.m. at Moody Park

Activities include a professional yo-yo champion and photo booth. Jamaican food will be available at the Jerk Shack food truck. At 7 p.m. Incendiary Sweet will perform.

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Two International Series events added to schedule

Two International Series events added to schedule

The Tour will first travel to the International Series Morocco, to be played at Royal Golf Dar Essalam, in Rabat, from November 3-6, before going on to the International Series Egypt the following week, at Madinaty Golf Club, in Cairo, from November 10-13.

Both events will boast prize money of US$1.5 million and play a key role in determining the Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, as well as the International Series money list winner.

The Asian Tour season is due to be completed in the month of December with several additional events to be announced in due course.

“This has been an unprecedented season and we are delighted to be able to announce exciting news about the Asian Tour’s first visit to North Africa,” said Cho Minn Thant, Commissioner and CEO, Asian Tour.

“This series of events has received tremendous feedback and it continues to build exciting momentum for our sport’s future.” – Greg Norman.

“The International Series Morocco and International Series Egypt are two spectacular additions to our schedule that will provide our members with a unique opportunity to compete somewhere new while allowing the Tour to broaden its reach.”

The two destinations have highly contrasting golfing history. Morocco, with its rich golfing pedigree, has been a regular fixture on the global golfing calendar hosting numerous international golfing events over the past two decades. On the other hand, Egypt is a relatively new market for professional golf with the International Series set to be the largest golf event ever staged in the country.

“We are honoured to be working alongside the Federation Royale Marocaine de Golf in adding this new event in Morocco, which has illustrious golfing heritage, as well as breaking new ground in Egypt beside the Egyptian Golf Federation. Outside of golf, these two destinations are undeniably high up on anyone’s travel bucket list with their storied past and spectacular historical sites,” added Cho.

The International Series was launched earlier this year thanks to a new landmark partnership between the Asian Tour and LIV Golf to invigorate the game in Asia and the Middle East.

“LIV Golf’s investment in The Asian Tour through The International Series is already delivering new opportunities for golfers from all over the world. These events are enhancing the player experience, creating pathways for career development and reinforcing golf’s growth on a global scale,” said Greg Norman, LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner. “This series of events has received tremendous feedback and it continues to build exciting momentum for our sport’s future.”

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Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy ‘spearhead new PGA Tour stadium event series’

Tiger Woods (R) and Rory McIlroy (L) have teamed up to launch new PGA Tour 'stadium' events

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have teamed up to spearhead a new PGA Tour ‘stadium’ competition, according to reports.  

Woods and McIlroy have been two of the PGA Tour’s biggest supporters amid golf’s battle between the traditional tour and the new Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series and the duo have taken it upon themselves to contribute to the fightback. 

The plan was shared with their fellow professionals during the crunch players-only meeting held in Wilmington, Delaware on August 16, which was believed to be organized in response to the ongoing LIV Golf threat.  

The pair have a proposed a series of one-day events that will be staged in front of a live audience, be technology-forward and be held in a non-green grass, stadium environment, according to Golfweek

The events will be held in partnership with the PGA Tour and will complement, rather than conflict with, the Tour’s schedule. 

They will reportedly launch in 2024 and will run from January through to March with a finale scheduled for later in the season. 

Tiger Woods (R) and Rory McIlroy (L) have teamed up to launch new PGA Tour 'stadium' events

Tiger Woods (R) and Rory McIlroy (L) have teamed up to launch new PGA Tour ‘stadium’ events

Broadcast and gaming partners are reportedly being discussed with NBC Sports touted as a potential media partner.

It is not clear exactly what the events will entail but more details are expected to be revealed by commissioner Jay Monahan at the Tour Championship next week. 

The project has been two years in the making for Woods and McIlroy and the duo presented the idea to other anti-LIV pros last Tuesday as the movement against the Saudi-backed breakaway has gained momentum in recent weeks. 

More details are expected to be revealed by Jay Monahan at the Tour Championship

More details are expected to be revealed by Jay Monahan at the Tour Championship

LIV Golf has already managed to lure away some of the PGA Tour’s biggest names, such as Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, with mega-money deals. 

However, Woods and McIlroy have remained loyal to the PGA with the former reportedly rejecting an $800million offer to join the rebel series. 

The project, along with their united stance against the rebel series, is said to have brought them closer together. 

Dustin Johnson (pictured right with Donald Trump) has been lured away to the LIV Golf Series

Dustin Johnson (pictured right with Donald Trump) has been lured away to the LIV Golf Series

Woods and McIlroy arranged an informal meeting of players to discuss countering LIV Golf during last month’s J.P. McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor in Ireland before the follow-up meeting this week. 

Woods took off from Stuart, Florida Tuesday lunchtime with Rickie Fowler and two hours later had landed on the east coast, just a half an hour drive from Wilmington, Delaware, where the BMW Championship was played this week.

The meeting lasted 3.5 hours and was described as ‘good’ by one player, as reported by ESPN. 

The duo have been working on the project for more than two years and have become closer

The duo have been working on the project for more than two years and have become closer

Woods is pictured leaving the meeting of PGA Tour golfers on Tuesday evening

Woods was a vocal leader in the meeting

The 15-time Major winner is pictured leaving the meeting of PGA Tour golfers on Tuesday

The idea was pitched to their peers as a long-term opportunity for players to build equity in the enterprise, which will have private funding in addition to corporate partnerships and sponsors. 

The proposal was said to be received well by the 22 stars who attended the meeting and the plan, along with other suggestions discussed, have been passed onto Monahan. 

The PGA Tour chief is believed to already be on board with the new events with the details on the format, potential participants, the experiential elements and the planned location of the events thought to be announced by Monahan at East Lake. 

The world's top golfers met at the five-star Hotel du Pont to assemble a plan of action

The world’s top golfers met at the five-star Hotel du Pont to assemble a plan of action

Woods' private jet, pictured in 2010, which flew him from Florida to Philadelphia on Tuesday

Woods’ private jet, pictured in 2010, which flew him from Florida to Philadelphia on Tuesday

Woods drove away from the Hotel du Pont after acting as an 'alpha' in the fight against LIV Golf

Woods drove away from the Hotel du Pont after acting as an ‘alpha’ in the fight against LIV Golf

Monahan is scheduled to hold a press conference on Tuesday ahead of the Tour Championship but a PGA Tour spokesperson declined to comment on what he may discuss, according to Golfweek

Following, Tuesday’s meeting McIlroy hailed Woods as the ‘alpha’ of the group, revealing the 46-year-old made himself heard with a hands-on approach to finding ‘actionable steps’ to secure the Tour’s future.

‘We’re all great players but we’re not Tiger Woods,’ the Northern Irishman said on Wednesday. ‘He is the hero that we’ve all looked up to and his voice carries further than anyone else’s in the game of golf. His role is navigating us to a place where we all think we should be.

‘I think it’s pretty apparent that whenever we all get in the room there’s an alpha in there and it’s not me. He cares a lot.’

The Northern Irishman hailed Woods for his role in leading the PGA Tour players' meeting

The Northern Irishman hailed Woods for his role in leading the PGA Tour players’ meeting

Woods acted as 'the alpha' in the meeting of the world's top players, according to McIlroy

Woods acted as ‘the alpha’ in the meeting of the world’s top players, according to McIlroy

McIlroy and his colleagues have kept tight-lipped about what was agreed in the meeting but it is understood the Tour’s top players agreed on trying to find ways to face each other more often – while avoiding LIV Golf rivals outside of majors.

Xander Schauffele, ranked sixth in the world, said there was ‘new’ and ‘fresh’ ideas raised at the meeting. 

And Woods was at the center of the bid for unity among those who have not defected to LIV Golf.

Of Woods’ contribution, McIlroy added: ‘It shows how much he cares about the tour, it shows how much he cares about the players that are coming through and are going to be the next generation.

‘He’s carried the tour for a long, long time. Players that were his contemporaries, we’ve all benefited from that.’

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A series of unfortunate events plague the GOP

A series of unfortunate events plague the GOP

The FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s home is just the latest in a series of unfortunate events that plague the GOP. It all started on June 24 when the Supreme Court, dominated by justices appointed by Republican presidents, nullified Roe V. Wade and the abortion rights that women have had for half a century.

Since then, it has been all downhill for the party with less than 100 days left until the midterm elections.

A national survey for The Economist conducted just before the Supreme Court’s Dobbs abortion ruling showed the GOP with a 4-point edge in the generic congressional trial heat. A new poll conducted last week for the magazine showed that Democrats enjoyed a 5-point advantage. That’s a swing of 9 points and millions of votes for Democrats in the last seven weeks.

Kansas voters clearly demonstrated their reaction against the Dobbs ruling when they overwhelmingly rejected an attempt by anti-abortion forces to allow the state legislature the right to limit choice in the Sunflower State. The resulting vote in favor of keeping abortion rights in this traditionally red state is a clear signal to Republicans that the party’s anti-abortion crusade is an electoral albatross.

But there is much more to the erosion in GOP support besides abortion.

President Joe Biden is on a roll. Gas prices are declining while the supply of jobs continue to grow. The most recent Democratic initiative is the Inflation Reduction Act, which is the most significant step the United States has taken to fight climate change, passed the Senate and is poised to reach Biden’s desk soon. The bill would be a welcome relief to millions of hard-working Americans who pay more than their fair share of taxes and to the people who have endured the death and destruction from the flooding, drought, insufferable heat waves and forest fires associated with climate change. The bill would fund the fight against climate change by making corporate scofflaws pay their fair share of taxes.

The agreement would also allow the federal government to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies, a change that could save billions of dollars for millions of Medicare recipients. Senate Democrats also aimed to place a cap on the price of insulin dosages for Medicare payments at $35, but Senate Republicans blocked the provision. Soon Americans will see ads that attack vulnerable Senate Republicans for their callous indifference to the millions of people who suffer from diabetes.

If the Inflation Reduction Act becomes law, it will boost Biden’s standing before the midterm election which in turn boosts the prospects of Democratic midterm candidates. He has already encouraged Congress to pass significant legislation to fight COVID-19, improve infrastructure and to combat gun violence. The Inflation Reduction Act would be is the jewel in the crown of an impressive presidential legislative resume.

But the biggest problem that has plagued the GOP is Trump’s refusal to leave the stage. The raid on Mar a Lago is just another episode in the tragic Trump soap opera. Predictably, Republicans, like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), rallied behind their idol after the FBI search and seizure of Trump’s home in Florida. Trump’s hold on his party makes it easier for Democrats to tie the GOP to its fallen leader. Days after the raid related to documents that should have been turned over to the National Archives after leaving the Oval Office, Trump took the Fifth Amendment in a another legal matter and refused to answer questions posed in the investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James about his dubious business dealings in the state.

His legal jeopardy on multiple fronts guarantees he will dominate media attention for months — while the GOP tries to keep the spotlight on the sitting president. The GOP congressional leadership wants to make the midterm campaign a referendum on Biden. Now the campaign pivots on a choice between the recovering incumbent and his disgraced predecessor.

The House committee investigating Jan. 6 exposed Trump’s failure to stop the pillage of the temple of American democracy. He has campaigned widely to aid candidates who believe in his Big Lie about a false narrative of the 2020 election. Senate Republican candidates like Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania and Herschel Walker in Georgia won their GOP primary campaigns with Trump’s support but now are struggling in the last few months of the midterm campaign.

The worst thing for Trump’s party is that he has threatened to announce his candidacy for president in 2024 before the end of the 2022 midterm campaign. This is a clear indication that Trump cares more about himself than he does about his party or anything else for that matter.

Since the first of the year, about every pundit living and breathing has predicted a GOP takeover of Congress, but the GOP just couldn’t stand success. While inflation is still high and the president’s approval rating is still low, the GOP may recover. But even if it does, the magnitude of the Republican victory in the fall will be far less impressive than it appeared to be in the spring.

Brad Bannon is a Democratic pollster and CEO of Bannon Communications Research. His podcast, “Deadline D.C. with Brad Bannon,” airs on Periscope TV and the Progressive Voices Network. Follow him on Twitter: @BradBannon

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Lived Experience Luncheon Series with Dr. Alex Auerbach – Events Calendar

You are cordially invited to the Mental Health and Well-Being Research and Training Hub’s (MeWeRTH), virtual, back to school-hello Fall, kick-off event with Dr. Alex Auerbach, Director of Wellness and Development for the Toronto Raptors. Wed. Sept. 21, 2022, noon-1:00 p.m.

Dr. Auerbach will be discussing, “How to get your head back into the game: Wellness foundations of high performance”.

“We all face challenges that can prevent us from achieving our goals, both short- and long-term. This talk will explore the states and traits that support high performance in elite sport and the parallels to overcoming and thriving in everyday life. How do you refocus after disappointment, how do you let go of the past, and how do you be in the moment? We’ll cover what it means to prepare effectively, the psychological skills needed for execution, how to recover, and what it takes to sustain ourselves and performance over time. I will also talk about developing and sustaining an environment that helps us be our best.”

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A vacant building near Washington Park is to be converted into an events venue. It would be the latest in a series of nearby developments. – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A vacant building near Washington Park is to be converted into an events venue. It would be the latest in a series of nearby developments.  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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‘Locke and Key’ Season 2 Recap: All the Major Events Leading Up to the Series Finale

Locke and Key-Cliffhanger

The final chapter of Netflix’s fantasy series Locke and Key is almost here, closing the door on the fate of Dodge (Laysla De Oliveira), the Locke family, and the thrilling new Big Bad, the demon-possessed Captain Frederick Gideon (Kevin Durand). Season 2 raised the stakes for the Locke children as Tyler (Connor Jessup), Kinsey (Emilia Jones), and Bode (Jackson Robert Scott) faced off against Gabe (Griffin Gluck) (a.k.a. Dodge) and his growing army of formidable demons.

While we await the mysteries lurking behind the doors of Season 3, let’s take a quick look back at the major things you need to remember from last season, starting with our favorite demonic duo.


Gabe/Dodge and Eden Succeed in Creating a New Key

Poor Kinsey. High school boys are already disappointing enough as is, but not knowing your high school boyfriend is also a demon just puts the cherry on top of a supremely lackluster sundae.

At the end of Season 1, it was revealed that the “Dodge” that the Locke children pushed through the Black Door was not in fact the real Dodge, but Ellie Whedon (Sherri Saum). Dodge had used the Identity Key on Ellie, turning her into a spitting image of her demon form. The real Dodge took the form of Gabe, who in a twist of events, turned out to have been Dodge all along. That means that for a good chunk of Season 2, Kinsey is walking around unknowingly dating a demon — that is, until she takes a discomforting stroll through Eden’s head using the Head Key.

RELATED: ‘Locke & Key’ Season 2: Breaking Down the New Keys

Gabe/Dodge recruited Eden (Hallea Jones), who at the end of Season 1 was hit with a bullet of Whispering Iron, allowing a demon to take possession of her body. Together, Gabe/Dodge and Eden are on a mission to create a new key. They succeed in creating the Demon Key, forcing Uncle Dunc (who now remembers magic and knows how to make keys, but more on that next) to make it for them. The Demon Key functions exactly as it sounds : it can turn anyone into a demon. Gabe/Dodge uses the key to forge a small, but powerful demon army.

Uncle Dunc Got His Memories Back

In Season 2, it is revealed that the reason Duncan (Aaron Ashmore) can’t remember magic is because as teenagers, the Keepers were forced to remove Duncan’s memories after he witnessed Rendell (Bill Heck) brutally bludgeon Lucas (Felix Mallard) to death. Unbeknownst to Duncan at the time, Lucas was no longer in fact Lucas, but Dodge, who was able to possess Lucas’s body after the Keepers accidentally set her free from the other side of the Black Door. The Keepers removed Duncan’s memories of that fateful night, along with all his memories of magic, using the Head Key. They stored his memories inside jars and hid them in the roots of a tree near the cemetery using the Plant Key. Before removing his memories, however, the Keepers had Duncan make a new key, the Memory Key, which allowed the Keepers to remember magic past their 18th birthday.

Jumping forward to the present, Duncan struggles with vague, barely-there memories of his past at the Keyhouse, especially when Erin Voss (Joy Tanner), Rendell’s high school girlfriend and former Keeper, temporarily stays at the Keyhouse. Tyler and Kinsey find Uncle Dunc’s memories and put them back inside his head, but it does not go according to plan. Duncan is unable to grasp the existence of magic — even with the memories — and is constantly overcome with painful headaches and hallucinations, causing him to lash out at the Locke children and Erin. It isn’t until Tyler relocates the Memory Key at Matheson Academy and uses it on Duncan that Duncan’s memories are fully restored.

Gabe/Dodge and Eden Killed Erin

In one of the most tragic storylines of Season 2, the Locke children free Erin, who accidentally trapped herself inside her own head for 23 years, only for Dodge to kill her a few episodes later. In a flashback to two years following the death of her friends, we see a young Erin sitting catatonic, having just used the Head Key. A housekeeper finds her and panics when she is unable to wake her from her trance. While she is trying to shake her awake, she accidentally dislodges the Head Key from Erin, leaving Erin trapped inside her own mind.

In Season 2, Tyler and Kinsey go inside Erin’s head in the hopes of finding out how the Keepers were able to maintain their memories of magic past their eighteenth birthdays. While inside her head, they talk to Erin’s consciousness (in the form of a young Erin, played by Nicole James), who isn’t aware that 23 years have passed. Tyler and Kinsey lead her out of her own head and into the real world, where she is shocked to find her current body in a hospital. Erin removes the Head Key from her head and awakens in her current body, now fully recovered.

When Kinsey makes the horrifying discovery that Gabe is actually Dodge, Erin secretly comes up with a solo mission to get rid of Dodge for good. She takes the Chain Key and confronts Gabe/Dodge in the Winterfest maze. She has Gabe/Dodge trapped in the chains until Eden intervenes, freeing up Gabe/Dodge to strangle Erin. Gabe/Dodge strangles her so hard that her neck snaps, and he then uses the Plant Key to make the vines consume Erin’s body so that it can’t be found. Duncan and the Lockes find her before her body is completely swallowed by the vines, but by then it is far too late.

The Alpha Key Fails to Save Jackie

Throughout Season 2, Tyler struggles to come to terms with the reality that his girlfriend Jackie (Genevieve Kang) is gradually starting to lose her memories of magic as her 18th birthday rapidly approaches. Unfortunately, Jackie suffers an even worse fate than Tyler had ever imagined. Tyler makes the devastating discovery that Jackie has been turned by Gabe/Dodge’s Demon Key. He scrambles to find a way to save her, using a secret bit of Whispering Iron left behind by Rendell to create a new key, the Alpha Key. He fills it with the intent to remove the demon side of Jackie, and for a few brief moments it appears to work. Then, devastatingly, Tyler watches as Jackie’s eyes start to bleed black liquid. She dies in his arms, the Alpha Key killing not only the demon inside her, but Jackie herself. At the end of the season, Tyler tells his siblings that he doesn’t want to remember magic anymore because it is too painful.

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Dodge is Gone… But Not For Long

If there is one thing you can count on in Locke and Key, it’s that the Locke children sure know how to underestimate Dodge. In the Season 2 finale, “Cliffhanger,” Kinsey, Tyler, Duncan, and Scot (Petrice Jones) execute their plan to eliminate Gabe/Dodge once and for all. Tyler, Duncan, and Scot sneak into the cliffside villa that is Gabe’s demon headquarters to attempt to steal the Demon Key while Kinsey distracts Gabe/Dodge using the Angel Key, which Kinsey finds in the birdhouse with the help of ghost Sam Lesser (Thomas Mitchell Barnet). The Angel Key forms a harness around the user’s waist and grants them large, white wings that allow them to fly. Kinsey is able to momentarily distract Gabe/Dodge, but not for long: Gabe/Dodge and the demon army are too strong. Dodge (who uses the Identity Key to change back to her “original” form in the midst of the fight) begins to strangle Kinsey using the Chain Key and commands the army to get Duncan, Tyler, and Scot who are mere moments from snatching the Demon Key.

But luckily for the Locke family, magic is on their side yet again. Uncle Dunc and the Locke siblings are shocked to discover that Duncan can control the demons because as the creator of the Demon Key, his blood is connected to the key. He commands the horde of demons to go after Dodge, allowing him to grab the Demon Key from the vault. Tyler then jams the Alpha Key into the back of Dodge, killing the demon and leaving behind Lucas, Rendell’s childhood friend who was possessed by Dodge when they were teenagers.

But is Dodge gone for good? Based on the trailers Netflix released for Season 3, it certainly does not look like the Lockes have seen the last of Dodge.

Bode Introduces Nina to Magic

Nina Locke (Darby Stanchfield) went on a difficult emotional journey last season as the only Locke family member to not know about magic. She briefly started dating Josh Bennett (Brendan Hines), Matheson Academy’s new history teacher who moved to Matheson after the death of his wife and daughter’s mother last year. The two put their blossoming relationship on pause after Josh becomes obsessed with uncovering the mystery of his ancestor’s fate (the ancestor in question being Captain Frederick Gideon, the series’ new antagonist). Nina can also tell that her children and her brother-in-law are keeping things from her, which leaves her feeling painfully isolated. At the end of Season 2, Bode shows Nina magic using the Head Key, allowing her to revisit old memories of her and Rendell. He tells her that he is not going to let her forget, suggesting that he is going to use the Memory Key on her next season.

Ellie Reunites with Rufus

In Season 2, the Omega Door is briefly opened once more after Eden, who has been betrayed by Gabe/Dodge, takes Josh to the caves in hopes of creating her own demon army. This allows Ellie to exit the portal and escape back to the real world. She is still trapped in Dodge’s body, but the Locke kids use the Identity Key to restore her to her real body, and she and Rufus share a tearful reunion.

The Big Bad: Captain Frederick Gideon and the Origin of the Keys

And that brings us to Captain Frederick Gideon, Locke and Key‘s newest and biggest villain. At the end of Season 2, Eden uses the Echo Key to release Gideon with the intention of using him to help her open the Black Door. But alas, he promptly drops her into the well and takes the Anywhere Key.

So, who exactly is this guy?

We learn in a flashback to 1775 that Captain Gideon was a former captain of the British soldiers in colonial Massachusetts. Greatly feared due to his reputation of terrorizing the North Shore and killing suspected rebels, Captain Gideon storms the Keyhouse one night with his men, having heard rumors that Peter Locke (Joseph Kathrein) has been creating weapons for American soldiers. Just as he is about to burn members of the Locke family alive, Peter’s son Benjamin (Carson MacCormac) saves them. However, Gideon still manages to fatally stab Peter and retreat to a very familiar nearby sea cave to escape Benjamin’s revenge. Inside, Gideon accidentally activates the Black Door portal, causing a Whispering Iron bullet to pierce one of his men and allow a demon to take possession of his body. Seeing his soldier’s newfound strength and durability, Gideon allows himself to be hit by an incoming bullet and also get possessed. The demon remains in control of Gideon’s body up until his execution.

When Eden uses the Echo key to unleash Gideon, it’s clear that it is still a demon using Gideon’s body as the host. Furthermore, it appears that this demon is someone important in their world because Eden recognizes him and tells him, “I thought I was just conjuring some old, evil soldier dude. Didn’t know you possessed him. That is so much better. … You are who you are in our world. But here’s different.”

The final season of Locke & Key premieres on Netflix on August 10.

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Thailand organises series of events to mark 75 years of diplomatic ties with India

Thailand organises series of events to mark 75 years of diplomatic ties with India

India and Thailand Monday celebrated the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and in tune with the same a series of events and activities have been planned throughout this year to reflect the multi-faceted cooperation between both sides.

To celebrate the 75th year of relations between both sides, the Royal Thai Embassy has organized a series of celebratory events all throughout the year.

These include the textile seminar and exhibition in Varanasi, Kolkata and Delhi last month, and the painting exhibition at the Lalit Kala Academy in August, which have been supported by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

The Embassy also plans to bring young entrepreneurs from the North Eastern Region of India to visit Thailand in September. The Thai Consulate-Generals in Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai, as well as Team Thailand offices, have also initiated various activities to celebrate this special occasion.

India and Thailand have historical and cultural roots dating back more than thousand years before the establishment of diplomatic relations.

The relations on the political side are closer and friendly at all levels. There have been regular visits from the Royal Thai family, exchanges of visits between head of governments, ministers and high-level officers from various agencies paving the opportunities for a closer cooperation in all areas such as military, security, trade and investment, culture, education, etc.

The ties between the two sides also extended to sub-regional, regional and multilateral levels, including Mekong-Ganga Cooperation, BIMSTEC and ASEAN-India.

The military and security relations are also constructive with regular high-level meetings and joint training and exercises between Army, Navy and Air Forces from both sides.

The sixth Thailand-India Foreign Office Consultations was convened in New Delhi earlier in April. This will be followed by the ninth Joint Commission meeting to be held in Bangkok later this month. Both high-level meetings will help to lay down ways forward to further enhance the dynamic cooperation and joint mechanisms in all areas.

Despite the great challenge posted by Covid-19 pandemic during the past two years, the friendship and cooperation between the two countries remain strong and resilient.

Thailand stood by India during the second Covid wave in April last year with the delivery of medical supplies, including oxygen cylinders and concentrators, from Their Majesties the King and the Queen of Thailand.

Likewise, India also supported Thailand with the same in times of crisis.

On the economic front, India is Thailand’s largest trading partner in South Asia and the 11th worldwide. The trade volume in 2021 reached almost 15 billion USD, recorded as an all-time high.

Currently, there are around 38 Thai companies investing in India in the fields of infrastructure, housing, agro-processing and automotive.

People-to-people connectivity between Thailand and India is also much stronger. Both countries, through their Tourism Authorities, have put efforts into utilizing their full potentials of “Amazing Thailand” and “Incredible India”.

Thailand remains India’s favorite travel destination as it only took five years, from 2015 to 2019, for the number of Indian tourists heading to Thailand to be doubled, from 1.03 million to nearly two million.

India ranks first among international air travelers to Thailand during the first of half this year.


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Apple September Event: iPhone 14, Apple Watch Series 8, and more to expect

Apple September Event: iPhone 14, Apple Watch Series 8, and more to expect

In less than two months, Apple will likely hold its traditional September event. If the company follows the trend, this will be the most important keynote of the year. Although there are several products Apple could be readying, there are two that people are expecting the most, the iPhone 14 series and the Apple Watch Series 8. Here’s what Apple can announce at its September event.

iPhone 14 at the Apple September Event

The iPhone 14 series will be the star of the Apple September Event. With four new models set to be introduced, expect a lot of hype from a new iPhone 14 Plus/Max. Although the regular models won’t have much to differentiate from the current iPhone 13 generation, a bigger model will be a nice addition.

At the Apple September Event, expect great changes for the iPhone 14 Pro, as previously reported by 9to5Mac. A new design, a better processor, and huge improvements on the camera’s side. The iPhone 14 series will likely be one of the biggest Apple launches in years.

Three new Apple Watches are coming

Apple September Event

Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman has been reporting that Apple will introduce three new Apple Watch models in 2022, which he called the most important update for the Watch in years.

These Watches could be unveiled at the Apple September Event. The Apple Watch Series 8 will get at least a new body temperature sensor and a better battery life. The Apple Watch SE will likely be updated, while Apple is also readying a rugged, “Pro” version of the current Watch with a different design and premium finish.

AirPods Pro 2 at the Apple September Event

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Apart from the iPhone 14 series and new Apple Watch models, Apple could introduce at its September Event the new AirPods Pro 2.

With a similar design to the current generation, 9to5Mac sources confirm that the next AirPods Pro model – codenamed B698 – will feature the next version of the H1 chip, Apple’s own audio processor. In addition, references for LC3 codec support on the AirPods Max beta firmware tease that AirPods Pro 2 could be the first to add Bluetooth 5.2 support.

This codec will bring more stability and efficiency to the wireless earbuds. Not only that, but this new standard will help AirPods Pro 2 improve the sound quality for voice calls and songs with higher-bitrate support. Although low-energy Bluetooth and LC3 codec don’t promise “Lossless Bluetooth,” they will surely improve sound quality by a lot.

Apple Mixed Reality Headset

Rumors about the Apple Mixed Reality Headset have been ramping up for this past year. During Apple’s September Event, the company could revive Steve Jobs’ “One More Thing” phrase to tease the company’s upcoming Mixed Reality headset.

Rumors currently expect it to be unveiled as soon as late this year and start being sold in 2023. The Apple September Event could be the perfect timing for Apple to disclose to the public that it’s entering a new market.

For example, early this year the company teased it’s working on a new Mac Pro without further details.

New Macs and iPads could be coming a bit later

Apple September Event

Apple is also expected to introduce several new Macs and at least two iPads in 2022. While the company unveiled a new MacBook Pro in October, Apple could be readying another keynote for a month later to bring new Macs and iPads.

In today’s newsletter, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman said Apple has new Mac minis and high-end MacBook Pros for later this year. 9to5Mac sources already confirmed that Apple is working on the tenth-generation base-model iPad and a new iPad Pro.

When will Apple hold its September Event?

Apple usually holds its events on a Tuesday. If the company follows the past years trend, the keynote could take place on September 13, as it’s the second Tuesday of the month.

Although nothing is confirmed – and there are no rumors regarding the possible date – it’s common sense that this could be the perfect time for the company to introduce the iPhone 14, Apple Watch Series 8, and more.

Since WWDC 2022 had a hybrid experience, maybe Apple is finally readying the first in-person event of the year for the iPhone 14 release.

What are your hopes for the Apple September Event? Share your thoughts in the comment section below and tell us which announcement are you most excited about.

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PDC to expand Women’s Series to 24 events in 2023; Women’s World Matchplay will be staged again

PDC to expand Women's Series to 24 events in 2023; Women's World Matchplay will be staged again

Prize money of 145,000 on offer during expanded Women’s Series in 2023; Women’s World Matchplay will be staged again next year; inaugural Women’s World Matchplay live on Sky Sports Action from 1pm on Sunday, with Fallon Sherrock and Lisa Ashton among the players involved

Last Updated: 23/07/22 9:12am

Fallon Sherrock is one of the eight players participating in the inaugural Women's World Matchplay in Blackpool on Sunday

Fallon Sherrock is one of the eight players participating in the inaugural Women’s World Matchplay in Blackpool on Sunday

The Professional Darts Corporation has announced that its Women’s Series will expand to 24 events for the 2023 season with £145,000 in prize money to be offered in total.

The eight-player Women’s World Matchplay – which is being staged for the first time this Sunday in Blackpool, live on Sky Sports from 1pm – will return in 2023.

Fallon Sherrock and Lisa Ashton are among the players competing at the first Women’s World Matchplay.

Qualification for that event next year will come from a 12-month Order of Merit commencing from the Women’s Series events in August 2022.

Laura Turner has the lowdown on the players who will be battling it out at the inaugural Women's World Matchplay on Sunday, live on Sky Sports

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Laura Turner has the lowdown on the players who will be battling it out at the inaugural Women’s World Matchplay on Sunday, live on Sky Sports

Laura Turner has the lowdown on the players who will be battling it out at the inaugural Women’s World Matchplay on Sunday, live on Sky Sports

Live Women’s World Matchplay Darts

July 24, 2022, 1:00pm

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The Order of Merit will include eight tournaments across the remaining two Women’s Series weekends of 2022 as well as an expected 12 events in the first half of 2023.

Twenty-four Women’s Series events will be held across six weekends next year. Each tournament is worth £5,000 in prize money.

PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter said: “We’ve been hugely encouraged by the increased interest in the PDC Women’s Series this year, with entries up by 50 percent to 100 on average, and there’s a lot of excitement ahead of the Betfred Women’s World Matchplay on Sunday.

“The Women’s World Matchplay will feature a great mix of experienced players and emerging faces, and it’s going to be fascinating to see them on stage at the Winter Gardens challenging for that title.

“With players also competing in the Cazoo Grand Slam of Darts and Cazoo World Championship, the opportunities for women within the PDC have never been greater and it’s a boost that we can continue to grow this aspect of the sport in 2023.”

Sherrock (left) plays Katie Sheldon in this Sunday's quarter-finals, with Lisa Ashton (right) to open up against Chloe O'Brien

Sherrock (left) plays Katie Sheldon in this Sunday’s quarter-finals, with Lisa Ashton (right) to open up against Chloe O’Brien

The Women’s Series will continue with events 13-16 in Hildesheim, Germany on August 27-28 ahead of the year’s final weekend in Wigan on October 29-30 with events 17-20.

2022 Women’s World Matchplay
Sunday July 24
Draw Bracket

(1) Lisa Ashton v (8) Chloe O’Brien
(4) Aileen de Graaf v (5) Laura Turner
(2) Fallon Sherrock v (7) Katie Sheldon
(3) Lorraine Winstanley v (6) Rhian Griffiths

Quarter-Finals – Best of seven legs
Semi-Finals – Best of nine legs
Final – Best of 11 legs

Prize Money
Winner: £10,000
Runner-Up: £5,000
Semi-Finalists: £2,500
Quarter-Finalists: £1,250
Total: £25,000

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