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EU power grab: Brussels demands flying EU flag at Tokyo 2020 Olympics ceremony

European Commissioner Margaritis Schinas and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa wrote a letter to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach asking for the Slovenian team to carry the EU flag.

Slovenia is currently holding the EU Council’s rotating presidency. The two chiefs said that carrying the EU flag at the Olympics opening ceremony would “render Slovenian athletes ambassadors for European unity and the values underpinning our Union, which match those of the Olympic movement”.

They wrote that the flag could stand as a “symbol of peaceful coexistence, tolerance and solidarity”.

They added: “We will fully support you in any way you see appropriate in introducing this special and historical gesture.”

They added that the gesture could “serve as a powerful representation of how unity and peace must be celebrated through this event, fundamental as they are to both the European and Olympic spirit”.

“We believe that, as two organisations united by these shared values, the European Union and the International Olympic Committee are uniquely positioned to promote peace and understanding at a time when the world needs it most”, Mr Jansa and Mr Schinas wrote.

The Olympic Games are scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8 in Tokyo, Japan.

It is not the first time the EU has made such a demand.

In 2004, then European Commission President Romano Prodi called for athletes from EU member states to showcase the EU flag as well as their own national flag during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

The idea was praised by France’s Europe Affairs Minister Clement Beaune.

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He wrote: “Full support, dear Schinas.

“A beautiful symbol, in addition to our national flags.”

With just four days before the opening ceremony in Tokyo, 68 percent of respondents in an Asahi newspaper poll expressed doubt about the ability of Olympic organisers to control coronavirus infections, with 55 percent saying they were opposed to the Games going ahead.

Three-quarters of the 1,444 people in the telephone survey said they agreed with a decision to ban spectators from events.

As COVID-19 cases rise in Tokyo, which is under a fourth state of emergency, public concern has grown that hosting an event with tens of thousands of overseas athletes, officials and journalists could accelerate infection rates in Japan’s capital and introduce variants that are more infectious or deadlier.

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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has said he hopes the Japanese public will warm to the Games once competition begins and as Japanese athletes begin winning medals.

“We will continue to co-operate and work closely with organisers such as Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo 2020, and the IOC to ensure we have a safe and secure environment for the Games,” government spokesperson, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said at a regular briefing.

Games officials on Sunday reported the first COVID-19 case among competitors in the athletes’ village in Tokyo where 11,000 athletes are expected to stay during the Games.

Since July 2, Tokyo 2020 organisers have reported 58 positive cases among athletes, officials and journalists.

Any major outbreak in the village could wreak havoc on competitions because those either infected or isolating would not be able to compete.

Olympic officials and individual event organisers have contingency plans to deal with infections among athletes.

A Tokyo 2020 spokesperson said the village was a safe place to stay, adding the infection rate among athletes and other Games-related people visiting Japan was nearly 0.1 pct.

On Sunday six British track and field athletes along with two staff members were forced to isolate after someone on their flight to Japan tested positive for COVID-19.

“Many athletes may have parties or ceremonies before they go to Tokyo where there may be cheering or greeting. So they may also have a risk to get infected in their own countries,” said Koji Wada, a professor at Tokyo’s International University of Health and Welfare and an adviser on the government’s coronavirus response.

The latest surge in cases in Tokyo comes after four earlier waves, the deadliest of which was in January.

New COVID-19 cases in Tokyo reached 1,410 on Saturday, the most since the start of the year, with new infections exceeding 1,000 for five straight days.

Most of those new cases are among younger people, as Japan has succeeded in getting most of its vulnerable elderly population vaccinated with at least one shot, although only 32 percent of the overall population has so far received one.

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How to watch the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony

Without any fans, next week’s Olympic Opening Ceremony will probably look a little different this year.

WASHINGTON — The Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony will kick off the international sporting competition on Friday, July 23. 

This year’s Olympic Summer Games, already postponed a year because of the pandemic, will be held without fans cheering from the stands after a state of emergency was declared in Tokyo in an effort to fight a surge in COVID-19 cases. 

Here is everything you need to know about the opening ceremony and how you can watch it live, on TV and online:

When is the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony?

The Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday, July 23. It will begin at 8 p.m. local time in Japan, which is 7 a.m. ET/4 a.m. PT.

Time difference between US and Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan, is 13 hours ahead of the east coast of the United States.

How to stream the opening ceremony online 

NBC Olympics will be providing exclusive coverage of the games from start to finish. NBC said the event can be live-streamed from the NBC Sports app and on NBCOlympics.com.

Click here for a live stream of the event.

How to watch the opening ceremony on TV

The Tokyo Opening Ceremony will also be broadcast live on NBC across all time zones, with coverage starting at 6:55 a.m. ET/3:55 a.m. PT.

It’s the first time ever that NBC has aired a live morning broadcast of an Opening Ceremony.

Meanwhile, NBC’s primetime broadcast of the Opening Ceremony will kick off Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT on TV, as well as on the NBC Sports app and NBCOlympics.com.

NBC’s primetime broadcast will then be replayed overnight. 

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Opening Ceremony theme

The Toyko Olympics said the theme for the Opening Ceremony is “United by Emotion.” Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the goal of the event is to bring everyone together, despite physically being apart.

“In the Opening Ceremony, we will aspire to reaffirm the role of sport and the value of the Olympic Games, to express our gratitude and admiration for the efforts we all made together over the past year, and also to bring a sense of hope for the future,” the Toyko Olympics said in a statement.

The Closing Ceremony theme is “Worlds we Share.”

Where is the Opening Ceremony?

The ceremony will take place at Japan’s National Stadium in Tokyo.

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New SDSU stadium celebrates big milestone with topping out ceremony

When finished, the stadium will hold 35,000 people.

SAN DIEGO — It’s a major milestone in the building of the new Aztec Stadium in Mission Valley! 

Wednesday afternoon, the final steel beam was officially lifted into place. 

Construction workers, Aztecs boosters, San Diego State officials and city leaders attended the topping out ceremony inside the stadium.

“It makes me bursting with pride to see my University stepping up and being a major player – not just in San Diego, but California and the West Coast,” said SDSU Grad Steve Doyle. “San Diego State is the place you want to be.”

With that final steel beam in place, the new stadium is actually starting to look like a stadium, which is good because the first event has already been scheduled: A San Diego State Football game against Arizona on September 3rd, 2022. 

So far, 2,500 construction workers have had a hand in the project… and another 3,500 will be added to complete the stadium. 

When finished, the stadium will hold 35,000 people.

“The intimacy of the seating bowl will easily make this the best venue in the region to watch football, soccer, concerts and, yes, even tractor pulls,” said John David Wicker, SDSU’s Director of Athletics.

While today’s event was all about celebrating the new stadium, Mayor Todd Gloria made it clear this project is a lot bigger than that… with plans for university research facilities, housing, hotels, and a huge river park that all San Diegans can enjoy. 

“San Diego, I believe, should think big and it should think bold,” Mayor Gloria said. “This project, this stadium project, the eventual expansion of SDSU’s campus, that’s big. That’s bold. It’s exciting. It’s the kind of stuff the 8th largest city in the country should be doing.”

The project’s economic impact is expected to top $ 3 billion, allow for an increase in enrollment at San Diego State and provide 17,000 jobs annually.

As for what’s next at the stadium, officials say the seats will start going in, along with the building of concession stands and suites. “This is as cool as it gets,” said SDSU Grad Kit Sickels. “It is spectacular. It is more wonderful and beautiful than I expected… and I expected a lot!”

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Emma Bunton: Spice Girls star marries Jade Jones in secret ceremony after 20 year romance

Jade also announced the news on his Instagram account to his 33,400 fans, sharing a full length snap of him and his new wife standing underneath a floral arch.

Despite her mini dress-style wedding dress, Emma also kept things traditional with a stunning floor-length train.

Instead of wearing a veil, ‘Baby Spice’ opted for a more modern floral headband, which she wore around her loose, blonde curls.

Taking to her Instagram stories, Emma posted a cheeky thigh-high snap showing off a lacey floral garter around her leg.

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Jill Biden to attend Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony

The last time Jill Biden attended the games was in 2010, when she and her husband led the U.S. delegation to the Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada.

WASHINGTON — First lady Jill Biden will attend the opening ceremony of the summer Olympics in Tokyo, the White House announced Tuesday, even as the city has entered a new state of emergency over a rise in coronavirus cases.

Biden will attend the opening ceremony on July 23 without President Joe Biden. It will be her first solo trip abroad as first lady.

The last time she attended the games was in 2010, when she and her husband led the U.S. delegation to the Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada.

This year’s games will be held with no fans in the stands, after a state of emergency was declared in Tokyo.

A key U.S. ally, Japan has made remarkable progress in vaccinating its population against COVID-19, but the drive has lost momentum because of supply shortages.

Jill Biden was vaccinated in January, before her husband became president.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters previously that a team had been sent to Tokyo to assess the feasibility of Jill Biden’s visit. Last week, she said that despite the increase in coronavirus cases, the president still supports U.S. athletes traveling there for the competition.

“We’re well aware of the careful preparations, including the public health measures necessary to protect athletes, staff, and spectators, that the government and international committee has undertaken, which is why, as we said, we support the Games moving forward,” Psaki said.

Previous first ladies also have represented the U.S. at the Olympic Games.

Hillary Clinton traveled to the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games and the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Laura Bush led the delegation to Turin Olympics in 2006. She also accompanied President George W. Bush to Beijing for the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in China.

Michelle Obama led a delegation to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly dons mariachi jacket he traded for his jersey at White House ceremony

While everyone else was wearing a suit, Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly wore a jacket that drew more attention at a White House ceremony celebrating the team’s 2020 World Series Championship on Friday.

The piece of embroidered clothing, formally known as a charro jacket, is traditionally worn by mariachi players.

Kelly acquired the embroidered jacket earlier this week after he asked Grover Castro Tibucio, a mariachi player, if he would trade the jacket for his jersey.

Tiburcio is a trumpet player in Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar. Earlier this week, the band was serenading the team at Dodger Stadium as they warmed up on the field before a game.

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Admiring the band’s ornate outfits, Kelly approached them and proposed the trade to one band member in an exchange that was caught on video.

Later, Kelly walked through the bullpen and completed the swap.

Mariachi Garibaldi later shared images of Kelly wearing the jacket in an Instagram post that read: “Check out what Joe Kelly wore to meet President Joe Biden at the White House!…New fashion trend?”

Castro called the moment surreal and said he had no idea the jacket would be inside the White House.

“I almost cried. I had tears in my eyes… That was crazy. It’s so surreal to think that a little piece of us is standing in front of the Abraham Lincoln portrait… He’s Joe Kelly, it’s just a Joe Kelly thing to do,” he said, referring to a photo Justin Turner posted on Instagram.

Kelly is just over 6 feet tall and Castro is about six inches shorter, but the jacket somehow fit the former Corona High School star well.

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BAFTAs 2021 viewers blast 'woke' ceremony: 'It was stomach-churning nonsense'

The BAFTA TV Awards took place in London with the stars of the small screen gracing the red carpet at the paired-back ceremony amid the coronavirus pandemic. Richard Ayoade hosted the event which was later criticised by some on social media.

Viewers took to Twitter to slam the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for having a “woke” agenda.

They claimed the ceremony had been “totally politicised”.

This year the academy celebrated its most diverse list of winners.

However, some said the organisation should be renamed the “WAFTAS” or “Woke Academy”.

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“It was so great to see so much diversity in the #BAFTAS last night. Hopefully this is a sign of the future and not a one off,” another added.

Last night’s winners included Paul Mescal, who won the leading actor accolade for his role in Normal People, and Michaela Coel who scooped the leading actress award for I May Destroy You.

The show, which was written and produced by the 33-year-old star, also won best miniseries.

Also at the event, dance troupe Diversity won Virgin Media’s must-see moment for their Britain’s Got Talent routine, which was inspired by the BLM protests.

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WATCH: UT-Austin celebrates Class of 2021 at commencement ceremony

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As University of Texas at Austin students are set to celebrate Saturday’s Class of 2021 commencement, some are planning to walk out to send a message about the school’s controversial anthem “The Eyes of Texas.”

A Facebook event organized by two UT students, “Eyes of Texas Walk Out: Commencement 2021”, is planned to happen near the end of Saturday night’s ceremony at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium, where the song will be played.

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Glenn Close fans rage over Oscar snubs ahead of 2021 ceremony: 'Enough is enough!'

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Others however weren’t so sure, with one admitting: “Yes, Glenn Close deserves an Oscar but not THIS one.”

“I don’t think it’s in the stars tonight for poor Glenn Close…..” a second winced.

If the actress fails to win again, she will be tied with the late Peter O’Toole as the Academy’s most “reliable runner-up”.

Ahead of the ceremony, Close shared a few snaps of her pre-red carpet glam to Instagram, showing off her CBD-infused pedicure and a cheeky photo of her enjoying a drink in her robe while waiting to get dressed.

Despite her losses, she said about her history at the Academy Awards: “It was 38 years ago I went on the red carpet for the first time and it’s been an incredible journey and I’m just so happy to be here.”