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Busy CPRA August Long Weekend Run Underway, Includes Variety Of Events – FloRodeo

Busy CPRA August Long Weekend Run Underway, Includes Variety Of Events

We’ve embarked on a busy Pro Rodeo Canada weekend that features five events. 

Headlining the run are two SMS Equipment Pro Tour rodeos: The Strathmore Stampede and the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede.

Since 1966, the community of Strathmore, Alberta, has presented an annual “Heritage Days Rodeo” on the August long weekend. 

In 1985, the event came under the approval of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association. A few years later, World Pro Chuckwagon Racing was added to the weekend schedule. 

One of the larger Canadian Pro Rodeos (featuring athletes from across North America), the Strathmore Stampede (which runs July 29-Aug. 1) provides a family-oriented weekend with children’s entertainment, a trade show, parade, fireworks, local entertainers and a special attraction: Running With the Bulls.

More info is available here

Another longstanding and very popular stop is the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede. 

Set in the southeastern city of Medicine Hat, Alberta, in the midst of ranch country, this event enjoys much tradition and western heritage. 

The July 27-30 attraction includes the rodeo, grandstand night shows, midway, trade fair, horse competition and sale, kids’ day and visual arts show. 

For details, click here.

Additional weekend events include the Hardgrass Bronc Match in Pollockville, Alberta, on Saturday, the historic Bruce Stampede on Sunday and the High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Flo Rodeo is livestreaming The Strathmore Stampede, Medicine Hat Stampede and Hardgrass Bronc Match.

So, if you can’t get there in person, head over to for information about how to sign up.

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2022 Tim Hortons Brier underway in Lethbridge

2022 Tim Hortons Brier underway in Lethbridge

Teams practicing at Enmax Centre

By Justin Goulet and Connor Gunn

Mar 4, 2022 | 6:12 PM

LETHBRIDGE, AB – Excitement is in the air as the 2022 Tim Hortons Brier takes over the ENMAX Centre.

The 93rd edition of the Canadian men’s curling championship will be played March 4 through 13, 2022 in Lethbridge. This makes Lethbridge just the fourth city that has hosted all four major Season of Champions events.

These events include the Tim Hortons Brier, the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the World Men’s Championship, and the World Women’s Championship. Most recently, the ENMAX Centre played host to the 2019 World Men’s Curling Championship. Sweden’s Niklas Edin defeated Canada’s Kevin Koe to win the tournament.

This week’s event will not feature any international teams, though, as it will be a battle between teams from Canadian provinces and territories, as well as the defending champion Team Canada.

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MWC 2022 live blog: Realme GT 2 launch event is underway

MWC 2022 live blog: Realme GT 2 launch event is underway


It’s time for the first launch of the day.

The Realme GT 2 series is here, and Realme’s YouTube livestream is just warming up now.

We actually know a bit about these devices already, since they launched in China a few months ago, and you can see our Realme GT 2 hub here for all the news. Saying that, they could have changed some specs for the international launch, so we might be going in blind.

Welcome to (the official) Day 1 of MWC 2022!

We’ve got a few reporters on the ground, a few in the cloud (well, remotely), ready to bring you all the news from this super-busy day of tech.

There’s not too long to wait before the events start either.

Well, that’s it for TechRadar for today.

Thanks for following along with the MWC 2022 announcements that we’ve already seen, and we’ll pick this live blog back up bright and early tomorrow morning ready for the busy day of fun.

Tomorrow, or Day 1 as we’ll call it, is looking a lot busier. There’s set to be launch events from:

  • Realme
  • Xiaomi / Pocophone
  • Oppo
  • Honor

And maybe a few more brands besides. Each company could unveil multiple devices, and it could be a really busy couple of hours. So this is set to be the day when our coverage will really ramp up.

So what have we seen today, in day -1 of MWC?

Nope, it seems that’s it for the first pre-day of MWC. We’ll give brands a little more time before winding down this live blog for the day.

The very short Samsung event is over, and the laptops were the only products unveiled during it.

The pre-MWC day is nearly over, so if there’s more to come, we expect it to be along very shortly. Or maybe there isn’t.

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro

(Image credit: Samsung)

Samsung’s event is for the Galaxy Book 2 Pro and Galaxy Book 2 Pro 5G – yep, those are some tongue-twister names.

Despute the ‘M’ in ‘MWC’ standing for ‘mobile’, lots of companies do show off their new laptops at the event, so this isn’t a huge surprise – but it does result in lots of mobile journalists having to work out lots of laptop specs!

Read our full Galaxy Book 2 Pro story here for all the specs and information on these new laptops.

We’ll stay tuned to the Samsung Galaxy event in case any new products are launched too.

Samsung’s event has begun – here’s the link to tune in.

Samsung’s event live stream has started, but we’re just seeing a looping animation of the Samsung MWC teaser at the moment. Expect the real deal to start in 10 minutes.

There’s about an hour to go until the next event: Samsung’s MWC event.

You can find a placeholder on YouTube here – it’s set to start 15 minutes before the event actually does, but there will probably be some pre-able footage beforehand. The real thing starts on the hour.

We don’t actually know what to expect from this event, so make sure to pay attention. Or not, that’s what this live blog is for after all.

TCL Nxtpaper 10 Max

(Image credit: TCL)

TCL also showed off a few more gadgets as part of its MWC collection.

The most interesting is the one that’s depicted above, the TCL NxtPaper Max 10, which is a 10-inch Android tablet with an E-Ink screen (like a Kindle). However it seems like this device is only releasing in Asia.

There are also a few more Android tablets, including a re-release of the NxtPaper 10s which we saw at CES in January.

The NxtWear Air was shown off, and these are some smart glasses, though again we’ve already seen them. Finally there was a huge collection of audio products with loads of true wireless earbuds that you might see on store shelves or Amazon soon.

TCL 30 series

(Image credit: TCL)

And there’s been another product launch, and this has brought us the first smartphones of MWC 2022.

TCL has launched five new phones. Check out our coverage on them here, but for the brief low-down, they are:

  • TCL 30
  • TCL 30 Plus
  • TCL 30 5G
  • TCL 30 E
  • TCL 30 SE

These are five budget phones, and they’re all pretty similar too, but we don’t imagine all of them will drop in any one region.

Press render of the new Huawei MatePad

(Image credit: Huawei)

One other interesting device from Huawei’s conference: the new MatePad. Yep, the successor to the Huawei MatePad 11 doesn’t have a number.

You can read our whole Huawei MatePad report here, but it’s a fairly low-cost HarmonyOS tablet that could be tempting for people who are split between an Amazon or iPad tablet.

It’s got a 10.4-inch 2K screen which seems like its biggest feature, but also stylus compatibility and a thin design.

Huawei Sound Joy

(Image credit: Huawei)

Here’s another device from the Huawei press conference that we’re intrigued by: the Huawei Sound Joy may have a weird name, but it’s the company’s first-ever portable Bluetooth speaker.

This gadget has four speakers, a 8,800mAh battery life (26 hours of use, according to Huawei), IP67 resistance and costs €149 (around $170, £130 or AU$230, though availability hasn’t been confirmed yet).

We’ll have to test this out to see if Huawei can hold its own against Sonos or JBL, but it looks pretty neat.

Huawei MatePad Paper in black with screen on

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So that Huawei event was surprisingly eventful.

Perhaps the biggest announcement was the Huawei MatePad Paper, a new E-Ink tablet-slash-ereader that’s coming to Euro soon.

It’s bigger and more powerful that the Amazon Kindle, which is the natural rival to any E-Ink device, and also comes with stylus support, video playback and handwriting recognition. Very nifty!

Read our full news on the Huawei MatePad Paper for all the details on this device, but we’re pretty keen to test it out when possible.

Okay, here we go – things are starting to kick off, and it’s Huawei who are first out of the blocks with their press conference – you can watch it right now.

This conference is named “Huawei Spring 2022 Smart Office Launch”, which means business related announcements, rather than consumer devices. We’re keeping an eye on it however, just in case.

TicWatch x Arty

(Image credit: TicWatch)

Though nothing’s launched yet, some companies have been announcing their MWC 2022 plans.

Case in point, Mobvoi (which makes TicWatch smartwatches) has announced it’s launching a new device on March 1.

This seems to be a smartwatch with an emphasis on heart rate tracking features – we’ll make sure to bring you the news whenever Mobvoi officially announces this device.

And we begin! Sunday technically isn’t part of MWC, since the event only truly kicks off tomorrow, but that doesn’t stop some companies.

We already know Samsung is doing something today, and that’s the biggest news through Sunday that we’re aware of – but we might see other companies debut devices without warning too.