Rio de Janeiro will host the Summer Olympics from August 5-21, but preparations for the event are already underway.
The Olympic flame that will burn at the Summer Olympics was handed over to Brazil last Wednesday. The ceremony was held in Greece at the marble stadium that hosted the first modern Games in 1896. The flame was lit by the sun’s rays at the birthplace of the Games in Ancient Olympia.
The flame sat overnight at the Acropolis museum, then traveled through the streets of Athens before being carried into the stadium by Greek high jump Olympic medalist Niki Bakoyianni. Following the relay, Greek rowing champion Katerina Nikolairou lit the golden cauldron and the crowd burst into applause.
Rio Games chief Carlos Nuzman was there for the ceremony, and promised to deliver a spectacular Summer Olympics.
The flame will be flown in special safety lanterns to Switzerland for a ceremony at the United Nations in Geneva on Thursday. It will be arriving in Brazil on May 3rd for a relay across the country in the hands of 12,000 torch-bearers before reaching in Rio for the opening ceremony on August 5th.
The movement continues.
This year is the 46th year of Earth Day, a day that inspires, ignites passion, and motivates people to action. In 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated with a mission to channel human energy toward environmental issues. Today, the mission still remains.
The Earth Day Network continues to lead with groundbreaking ideas and powers of example. They encourage people everywhere to perform “Acts of Green.” Eating less meat, buying local produce, cleaning up beaches, and reducing your carbon footprint are all examples of Acts of Green you can easily accomplish. So far they have reached over 2 billion recorded Acts of Green and are striving to hit 3 billion soon.
The theme of Earth Day 2016 marks the start of the four-year countdown to Earth Day’s 50th anniversary by focusing on planting new trees. The Earth Day Network is pledging to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide over the next 4 years – or one tree for every person on earth.
“That’s incredibly ambitious, but we believe this down-payment must be made in order to combat climate change and keep our most-vulnerable eco-systems from facing extinction” a spokesman from the Earth Day Network said.
Celebrities, businesses, and other high-profile figures are all acknowledging the holiday and encouraging the public to join them. Leaders of 130 nations gathered at the United Nations this morning to sign the historic climate deal reached in Paris last December, a major agreement that has the potential to dramatically change how we handle environmental issues. Large companies are also celebrating Earth Day, with Target giving out reusable bags and offering free samples of sustainable products, and Eddie Bauer honoring to plant one tree for every $1 donation made through Sunday.
You can learn more about Earth Day and events in your area by going to http://www.earthday.org/.
We mourn the loss of another musical great this year. Multiple sources have confirmed that the artist known as Prince has passed. He was 57.
His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told the Associated Press the music icon was found dead at his home Thursday in Chanhassen, Minn.
It was reported earlier this month that Prince wasn’t feeling well, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and canceled at least one concert in the city. In a performance in Atlanta days later, his plane had to make an emergency landing. At the time, it was reported that he was fine and at home. The cause of the singer’s death is still being investigated.
Prince is responsible for several absolute classic ‘80s hit songs. He won seven Grammy Awards and earned 30 nominations. His hits included “Little Red Corvette,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and “When Doves Cry.” Fourteen of his songs hit the Top 10, and five of his singles topped the charts.
Prince broke through in the late 70’s with “Wanna Be Your Lover” and skyrocketed with albums “1999” and “Purple Rain.” But he was far more than that: a fiercely talented, daring artist, always willing to try almost everything. He was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era.
Prince may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.
Former pro wrestler Joan Laurer, known as Chyna in the WWE community, has died at the age of 45. The cause of her death remains unknown to the public.
Chyna was a huge pioneer for female wrestlers in the WWE. Fans and friends of Chyna took to social media to express their deep sadness in losing the icon.
Chyna first entered pro wrestling in the 1990s when WWE was known as the World Wrestling Federation. She became one of WWF’s biggest stars and broke the stereotype of what it means to be a female wrestler. Chyna competed against – and defeated – several top male wrestlers including Triple H and Chris Jericho.
Chyna was the first and only woman to win the Intercontinental Championship, first in 1999 and again in 2000. She was also the first woman to participate in WWF’s Royal Rumble and King of the Ring.
Chyna left the WWF in 2001, a decision that had a profound impact on her life. Claiming she was abruptly let go by management, Chyna faced difficulty accepting and moving forward from the WWE team. Chyna continued on however, and wrestled with New Japan Pro Wrestling and with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
Chyna also dabbled in modeling and acting over the past 15 years. At the time of her death, Chyna was working on a documentary about her life entitled “The Reconstruction of Chyna.” The film was supposed to offer a glimpse into her life since leaving the WWE.
Chyna will always be known as an icon in the wrestling world, proving that woman always have a place in the ring. Chyna didn’t climb over walls, she broke right through them.