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Blackpool dreams come true for debutant duo

Watch all nine days of the World Matchplay, from Blackpool’s iconic Winter Gardens, which gets underway on Saturday July 17; Smith and Rydz feature in Sunday’s afternoon session, when they take on Cross and Durrant respectively

Last Updated: 15/07/21 2:02pm

Ross Smith sealed his maiden senior PDC title with victory over Brendan Dolan at the recent Super Series

Ross Smith sealed his maiden senior PDC title with victory over Brendan Dolan at the recent Super Series

The Winter Gardens – the theatre of darting dreams. The World Championship may be the pinnacle for any professional dart player, but the prestige and history attached to the Empress Ballroom makes for a unique summer spectacle.

The World Matchplay is the highlight of the calendar for many of the sport’s elite, and as the event returns to its spiritual seaside home in 2021, the anticipation is tangible, particularly among this year’s debutants.

There are seven players set to make their Blackpool bows at this year’s showpiece, one of whom is emerging star Callan Rydz, who claimed his first senior PDC title in February.

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“I am very excited,” the 23-year-old told Sky Sports.

“It is an iconic place for the darts and my Grandad has always said ever since I started playing that he would love to see me up there and now he can, so it is two dreams come true really.”

Rydz bidding to run riot

Rydz is part of a thriving North-East contingent within the PDC and he will take on Teesside’s finest Glen Durrant in an intriguing opening-round clash.

‘The Riot’ first locked horns with the three-time BDO world champion in a local competition as a 14-year-old, which he claims was instrumental in his darting journey.

Rydz defeated Premier League champion Jonny Clayton to triumph at Players Championship 2 back in February

Rydz defeated Premier League champion Jonny Clayton to triumph at Players Championship 2 back in February

“The first time I ever met Glen was the Northumberland Open about nine years ago. That was my first ever competition and Glen beat us that day in the last eight,” Rydz added.

“I didn’t really watch darts that much back then. I knew of him but I didn’t know much. I went into some research and saw he was an England player at the time, he was a very solid BDO professional and I was like, ‘Wow’.

“I did push him that day as well and I was only 14. I think from there, that competition has just spurred me on.”

Durrant’s current woes have been well-documented. Since lifting the Premier League title last October, he has suffered an alarming slump and has registered just nine victories on the PDC circuit in 2021.

‘Everybody knows how good Glen is’

Durrant has endured a nightmare start to 2021, which saw him lose all nine of his Premier League Darts fixtures

Durrant has endured a nightmare start to 2021, which saw him lose all nine of his Premier League Darts fixtures

However, Rydz is still in the fledgling stages of his career, particularly on the TV stage, and he insists complacency will not be a factor as he bids to match his best performance on the big stage, having reached the last 16 in November’s Players Championship Finals.

“Everybody knows how good Glen is, and it is only a matter of time before he starts hitting those 105 averages constantly again,” he continued.

“It’s one of them where Glen is struggling, but you cannot think he is struggling. You have got to go out there and try and do a job on him early doors.

“I didn’t pick up my darts from the Worlds to that Super Series. I had two months off and I didn’t play at all, and it was probably the best two months that I’ve actually had.”

Rydz reflects on his flying start to 2021…

“I would definitely say I am still learning the ropes. I am not used to the big TV cameras just yet, but it comes with experience and the more experience you get, it becomes an easier environment to come out and play in front of crowds.”

Another debutant set to fulfil a darting dream in Blackpool this weekend is Ross Smith, who takes on 2019 champion Rob Cross in his opener, with the winner set to take on Rydz or Durrant for a place in the quarter-finals.

Smith – a PDC Tour Card holder since 2012, has made considerable strides over the last 18 months, and although he is relishing his first taste of Matchplay action, it will not be his first pilgrimage to the Winter Gardens.

Smudger set to fulfil Blackpool dream

“This has been something I’ve been wanting to do since I was a kid watching it, so to make my debut – it has taken a while, but I’m just happy to be there,” he told Sky Sports.

“I went once when I was a kid. I was there for a tournament called the Bobby Bourn memorial, and that was the weekend before they started the Matchplay.

Smith is set to make his Winter Gardens debut, 16 years after attending the tournament as a teenager

Smith is set to make his Winter Gardens debut, 16 years after attending the tournament as a teenager

“I remember being there with a mate of mine, Kirk Shepherd, up in the balcony. I was about 16 so to be playing there now, it is massive.”

The 32-year-old is no stranger to claiming major scalps on the big stage. He memorably defeated Michael van Gerwen at the 2019 European Championship, having beaten James Wade en route to reaching the UK Open quarter-finals earlier that year.

However, ‘Smudger’ heads to the Matchplay buoyed by his exploits at last week’s PDC Super Series, where he captured the first senior ranking title of his career.

“It means everything to me [winning his first title]. It means absolutely everything. It is something I have worked hard for.

“I probably took my darts for granted a bit as a youngster, but now I’ve grown up, I just wish I had done this a bit sooner.

‘I’m sick of making the numbers up’

Smith will take on 2019 champion Rob Cross for a place in the second round

Smith will take on 2019 champion Rob Cross for a place in the second round

“I feel really good, but I want to keep my feet on the ground and concentrate on this tournament. I am sick of turning up at TV events and seem to be making the numbers up.

“Winning that Players Championship has definitely given me the confidence to believe I can push on in this now and do some damage.”

This year’s World Matchplay has been touted as one of the most open in recent memory. World champion and world No 1 Gerwyn Price has a miserable record at the Winter Gardens, while Michael van Gerwen is extraordinarily still without a PDC title in 2021.

“I want to push on in my career. I don’t want to be somebody there to make the numbers up or win something once. I want to really kick on with my career.”

Smith aiming high ahead of Blackpool bow…

Dimitri Van den Bergh triumphed on debut in last year’s event, and Smith insists there is no reason why he cannot replicate the Belgian’s heroics.

“I remember watching Dimitri win it, and the likes of him and Jose De Sousa – seeing how they have come on leaps and bounds over the last few years.

“That is a big motivation for me. When I look at them, I think: ‘Why can’t I do that?’ It is making me practice harder, it is making me want it, and there is no reason why I can’t do it.”

Darts is back on your Sky Sports screens this month, with nine days of coverage from the iconic Winter Gardens and the World Matchplay – the action gets under way on Saturday July 17.

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Emma Raducanu ‘dreams’ of winning Wimbledon as British star gets ready for fourth round

The results mean that Raducanu will face Australian Ajla Tomljanovic on Court One on Monday afternoon.

Theoretically, it will not be her sternest test of the tournament so far as her most recent opponent, Sorana Cirstea is ranked higher by the WTA.

Tomljanovic is ranked at number 75, and with women’s tennis excitingly unpredictable Raducanu will certainly have real hope of progressing to the final eight.

Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker claimed that the Brit ‘has a chance’ of winning the whole thing, while she goes into her tie with her Australian opponent neck and neck according to the bookmakers.

Author: Charlie Gordon
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Playground – Empowering young people in Ghana to build their dreams

On 2 July 2021, in Jamestown, Accra, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Delegation of the European Union to Ghana, the Sports for Education and Economic Development (SEED) Project (www.SEEDProject.org) and DUNK Grassroots, together with some 200 youth, inaugurated the newly renovated basketball court at the GaMashie Development Agency.

The renovation and inauguration are part of a project titled “Playground” that was created to empower young people to create viable alternatives to irregular migration. It leverages the educational power of basketball to equip the youth with life skills and self-resilience.

“Using basketball as a vehicle to foster life skills, is a fantastic approach that will be beneficial for the youth of Jamestown and neighbouring communities. Our youth has a lot of potential, and they need safe spaces to grow and thrive. This is an opportunity to allow them to create their own alternatives to irregular migration,” said the Mayor of Accra, Honourable Mohammed Adjei Sowah.

The Playground project is a partnership made possible through the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration, funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

“Playground has the youth and community at its heart. We work with our partners to inform about safe migration options as well as the dangers of irregular migration,” said Abibatou Wane-Fall, Chief of Mission IOM Ghana. She added: “Together, we bring the vision of an open and inclusive space to life – a space for girls and boys, young women and young men, from all walks of lives and backgrounds, migrants, returnees, neighbours, and locals. Everyone is invited to play and learn and grow together.”

The Playground project partners work together to empower young people to make well-informed migration choices, to decide on their own futures and to build their dreams. Together with local partners, it builds a culture of self-development and pride on and beyond the court.

“Ensuring youth have access to safe places to play is fundamental, as it’s the place where all the life skills programmes, games and community outreach occur – it all begins on the court,” explained Mactar NDiaye, Director of Operations, SEED Project. “This is why we at SEED are incredibly honored to have worked on the ground with the community of Jamestown to refurbish this basketball court, which also helps better secure their actual needs and ownership.”

This inauguration event concludes a series of youth engagement initiatives designed to empower young people. Implemented under the EU-IOM Joint Initiative since 2017 in 12 countries in the region, these activities mostly happen in public spaces using sports and art. IOM has supported over 1800 Ghanaian migrants to voluntarily and safely return home. Over 700 returnees have completed their reintegration to date, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19. Overall, over 300 awareness-raising sessions have taken place in communities and schools across the country, while radio and TV broadcasts have reached approximately 1,100,000 Ghanaians nationwide.
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For more information: Visit: https://yenna.org/playground

Juliane Reissig Public Information at IOM Ghana [email protected] +233 (0)302 742 930

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How Dreams Might Prepare You for What's Next

What you experience in your dreams might feel random and disjointed, but that chaos during sleep might serve a function, according to Erin Wamsley, PhD, an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Furman University in Greenville, SC. In fact, evidence uncovered by Wamsley and her team suggests that dreams can prepare the mind for future situations it will encounter.

Previous research and anecdotal evidence have shown that dreams use fragments of past experiences, Wamsley explains. While studying dreams, her team found that the mind is using select fragments of past experiences to prepare for a known upcoming event.

“This is new evidence that dreams reflect a memory-processing function,” says Wamsley, who presented the work at the virtual SLEEP 2021 conference.

Some high performers already use past experiences to excel in future events. For instance, Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic swimmer, with 28 medals, would “mentally rehearse” his swims for up to 2 hours a day, according to his coach, Bob Bowman.

Using sleep to strengthen this process is an exciting prospect that scientists have been eager to figure out, says Allison Brager, PhD, director of human performance at the U.S. Army Warrior Fitness Training Center. Deep, rapid-eye-movement, or REM, sleep can lead to improved learning and memory, she says. “So, hypothetically, better dreams mean better sleep, and that equals better performance.”

For their research, Wamsley’s team hooked 48 students up to a polysomnography machine to measure sleep cycles and how often they were in a deep REM sleep. The students who took part in the study spent the night in a sleep lab.

The students were woken up multiple times during the night and asked to report what they were dreaming about.

In the morning, they were given their reports and asked to identify familiar features or potential sources for particular dreams. More than half the dreams were tied to a memory the students recalled. One-quarter of the dreams were related to specific upcoming events the students reported. And about 40% of the dreams with a future event in them also included memories of past experiences. This was more common the longer the students dreamed, the scientists explain.

And this was also more common later in the night, possibly because the dreamer is closer to waking and the anticipated event is approaching, Wamsley says.

Studying dreams is a tricky, subjective business and not always taken as seriously as other aspects of sleep and neuroscience because it involves questions of human consciousness itself, says Erik Hoel, PhD, a research assistant professor of neuroscience at Tufts University in Medford, MA.

In a recent report published in Patterns, he suggests that our weirdest dreams help our brains process our day-to-day experiences in a way that enables deeper learning.

“This type of research is challenged by the method,” Hoel says.

In the Wamsley study, “waking people up from a deep sleep and asking them to recollect their dream content will only get you part of the experience because it fades so quickly.” That said, the value of connecting what happens as a result could be meaningful, he says. For example, study participants could be asked whether their future event went as planned and whether they think the outcome was related to how well they “prepared” in their dreams.

Even then, it would still be a subjective analysis. But going in those directions might lead to meaningful new training, Hoel says.

And training yourself to recall only specific memories right before sleep might prepare your mind in a focused way for certain events, from giving a presentation to having a difficult conversation with someone, or maybe even winning at the Olympics.

This post originally appeared on Medscape Medical News Headlines

Random: Live Out Your Anime Dreams On The Animal Crossing Fruits Basket Island

Animal Crossing X Fruits Basket

Step aside, Disneyworld — there’s a new most magical place on Earth, and it’s the Fruits Basket island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Themed entirely around the mega-successful anime and manga series in which the Sohma family lives under a terrible curse, the island is home to protagonist Tohru Honda, and Sohma family members, Yuki, Akito, Kyo, Shigure, Hatori, Ayame, and Kureno.

Animal Crossing X Fruits Basket

The island is an official creation from the Fruits Basket team, as announced in a weekend tweet, and was made by illustrator Manamoko. Anyone who wants to visit can use the Dream Address of DA-8458-4531-4562.

There are also recreations of various areas from the series on the island, from Shigure’s house to the Sohma Dojo, and you can even download some of the patterns displayed in the photos with the design code MA-0019-7722-5775.

Animal Crossing X Fruits Basket

Unfortunately, Animal Crossing — despite its name — does not allow people to transform into animals, so you’ll just have to imagine that part for yourself. Also, no Momiji?! Everyone knows he’s the best one.

This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News

Life after death: Deceased loved-ones visit your dreams as 'younger version of themselves'

They are characterised by the appearance of deceased loved ones in dreams, who often convey messages of reassurance and hope. The dreams often seem very real and can help people come to terms with their grief. Tree Carr, author of the book ‘DREAMS: How to Connect with Your Dreams to Enrich Your Life’, claims that such dreams bring “amazing amounts of healing and closure.”
On her YouTube channel Lucid Dream Tree, she describes the pattern and rhythms of these visitations dreams.

They are normally very brief and vivid and the interaction with the deceased person is “quite positive”.

Ms Carr continues: “Usually the deceased loved one appears to be a healthier or perhaps younger version of themselves before they died.

“Usually there is a brief conversation.

“The conversation usually goes along the lines of ‘how are you? I am very well, now I am quite happy.’

“Or the conversation even could be that the deceased loved one is giving a message or saying ‘I am always here with you’ – some sort of reassuring kind of message.”

Psychic Anne Reith argues that deceased loved ones visit us in our dreams because it easier for spiritual entities to communicate with us while we are sleeping.

On her website, she then describes a visitation by her deceased mother in a dream she had 20 years ago, while going through a very stressful period in her life.

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“I watched in fear as the tree came crashing through the roof toward us both.

“But before it hit us, the tree split in two pieces and fell on either side of us.

“From the moment she appeared in the dream, she was staring into my eyes.

“She didn’t say a word, but she very clearly communicated to me that all would be well in my waking world, and she was going to do what she could to protect me during this stressful time in my life.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Weird Feed

Bucks Fizz Eurovision 40th: Cheryl on her 'best friend' in the band and her Olympic dreams

Eurovision 1981 – Bucks Fizz – Making your mind up

To celebrate the anniversary of Bucks Fizz’s momentous victory, Cheryl gave an interview today to the official Eurovision Song Contest Youtube channel. As well as revealing her first impressions of meeting one bandmate for the first time in a towel, she also spilled about how the band got their name and which band member became her “best friend for life.” It’s unlikely that the UK will ever triumph again, but the veteran champion also gave her tips on what it takes to succeed. WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW BELOW
Cheryl starts the interview with the rather surprising news that her original dream had been to win an Olympic medal.

She said: ‘At the time I wanted to be an Olympic runner. I wanted to win a gold medal for my country. But I also loved singing. I saw Sandy Shaw win the Eurovision Song Contest and I thought, ‘That’s it, I want to be a singer in a band and win the Eurovision Song Contest.”

Cheryl actually was part of a different band, Co-Co, that represented the United Kingdom in 1978 with the song Bad Old Days. They were “tipped to win.” WATCH THE CO-CO VIDEO BELOW.

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Bucks Fizz Eurovision anniversary

Bucks Fizz Eurovision anniversary (Image: GETTY)

Cheryl said: “The awful thing was, at that time the UK had been in the Top 5 every year. But we came eleventh which broke my heart and I felt like I’d let the Queen down.”

She stayed with the band until 1980 and then started work as a secretary at Mayfair Sound Studios in London.

While there, she bumped into musician and manager Nicola Martin who was putting together some songs and groups for the annual Song For Europe contest which would pick the UK Eurovision entry.

Nicola had lined up Mike Nolan for the track Making Your Mind Up and wanted three more singers who would complement him.

Cheryl said: ‘Mike was short and blonde, so that was the criteria! And the reason we were called Bucks Fizz is because she was drinking one while they were recording the demo… We could have been called Cup Of Tea.”

When Cheryl went to meet Linda about joining the band, she was not expecting the sight that greeted her.

She said: “(Linda) rang me and I went along and the first person I met was Mike, coming down the stairs. He’d just got out of the bath and had this white fluffy towel wrapped around him. He just looked like a dream. He was so handsome, He was so beautiful.

“Mike and I got on so well straight away. I was very lucky. He became my best friend on that day and he still is 40 years later.”

Although Bucks Fizz has been through many splits and line-up changes, Cheryl and Mike are still performing together, along with original member Jay Aston, in the group The Fizz. Fourth founding member Bobby G owns the rights to the Bucks Fizz name. 

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Bucks Fizz; Cheryl and Mike remain best friends

Bucks Fizz; Cheryl and Mike remain best friends (Image: GETTY )

Back in 1981, meanwhile, The BBC had such faith in Bucks Fizz they released the single ahead of the contest and it was already Top 5 in the UK and receiving airplay across Europe.

Cheryl said: “When we flew out to Dublin everybody wanted a piece of us.. I actually felt like, even before winning, we had succeeded. It was an extraordinary time.

“To be perfectly honest, before we went on I was thinking ‘I don’t remember any of the moves, I don’t remember the lyrics.’ Thankfully, it kicks in and you do the performance. We had applause from the other contestants. It was such a lovely experience.”

Bucks Fizz in 1981

Bucks Fizz in 1981 (Image: GETTY)

Cheryl admits that when the first county’s votes came in and they only received three points, she was worried that might set the tone.

Instead, and unusually, they received votes from every single country. Although they only received the maximum ‘douze points’ from two countries, Isreal and The Netherlands, Bucks Fizz scored solidly and consistently throughout the night.

It came down to the nailbiting final vote from Sweden who gave the UK’s main rivals Germany 12 points and Bucks Fizz 8, but it was enough to clinch victory by a margin of 136 to 132 votes.

Bucks Fizz Eurovision 40th Anniversary

Bucks Fizz Eurovision 40th Anniversary (Image: GETTY )

Cheryl said: “It’s the most thrilling that ever happened to me in my entire life and still is, apart from having my children.

“Thanks to Making Your Mind Up I have a wall of singles, gold, silver and platinum. I married my husband, I live in this house, I have my children, I have all of that thanks to Making Your Mind Up – and velcro.” 

Of course, she is referring to the skirts that were whipped off thanks to a velcro fastening. Cheryl reveals that she and Jay have both sold their originals skirts for charity, but Mike refuses to part with his blue velour sweater.

Bucks Fizz: Cheryl, Mike and Jay have formed The Fizz

Bucks Fizz: Cheryl, Mike and Jay have formed The Fizz (Image: GETTY)

Cheryl confesses she is still “addicted” to Eurovision and thinks it is better now than ever before.

She says: “It’s bigger and more for the fans. When we did it, the majority of the audience was stuffed shirts… Now it is an amazing atmosphere, electric. It is the happiest place.”

But it is still a competition of course, and Cheryl is convinced the idea behind their infamous skirts-off moment is as relevant today.

She says: “I think that songs, possibly more so now than then, need a gimmick. There are so many songs, you need to stand out. There are lots of really good songs but you need to stand out and for that you need a gimmick.”