Shubenacadie Sam says, despite today’s snow, you will soon be able to trade in your snowsuit for gardening garb. The groundhog stayed out of his burrow today, Feb. 2, predicting an early spring. Nova Scotia’s four-legged weather forecaster was the star attraction during Groundhog Day festivities at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park. The annual event included face painting and crafts for children. The province’s time zone makes Sam the first groundhog to make a prediction in North America each year. According to tradition, if Sam sees his shadow and runs back into his burrow, the province will get six more weeks of winter. If he stays out, spring is just around the corner.
New Delhi: Rapper Divine, set to amp up the cricket fever in Manchester with a live performance of his ‘SockThem’ anthem, is excited about taking his love for the sport to the next level. Memories of playing gully cricket are still fresh in the mind of the “Mere gully mein” singer, whose real name is Vivian Fernandes and whose life inspired Bollywood hit “Gully Boy”. “Definitely a lot of people have heard of me, and heard about my story, my music. There is no platform quite like Bollywood,” Divine said, telling IANS of how the success of the Ranveer Singh-starrer gave a push to his visibility. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography Ahead of the India versus Pakistan match at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, PUMA and Bharat Army are getting the cricket fever rolling. Divine, who has created the SockThem featuring India skipper Virat Kohli for the ongoing cricket series, will perform it at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester on Saturday evening. From playing gully cricket to singing a self-created cricket anthem in the middle of the World Cup, the journey makes Divine nostalgic. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “I never thought I would be doing the things I have gone on to accomplish. So every milestone, and every step of the journey so far feels like a dream. I have worked very hard for everything but to find myself around people I look up to and admire, and at an India-Pakistan match at the World Cup is unbelievable. “It has really been exciting to work with PUMA and Virat for the SockThem anthem, and performing it live for cricket fans is going to be just an amazing experience,” he said. With the anthem, he said he wanted to capture the resilience and confidence that the Indian cricket team embodies, and qualities that he felt are essential for overcoming any challenge. As for his own cricket memories, he said: “I love cricket, and I have spent hours and hours of my childhood playing the sport. And here I am at the World Cup.” What’s next on the anvil? “All my focus is on ensuring my debut album is done right and that I can present it in the best possible way. Alongside that I’m working on a few exciting projects with the talent and team at Gully Gang Entertainment.”
The Alberta government has announced there will be a public state memorial for the late Norman Kwong next week in Calgary.With more details to come, the service will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13, after a private funeral service for Kwong, who died Saturday at the age of 86.In the meantime, books of condolences have been set up in Edmonton and Calgary, as well as an online tribute page for those who cannot sign it in person.Albertans will be able to sign the books at the Legislature’s Rotunda and at Calgary’s McDougall Centre until the September 16.The hours in Edmonton are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays.The hours in Calgary are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.Kwong was an Alberta pioneer in politics, business and sports, becoming the first CFL player of Asian heritage back in 1948, eventually becoming the youngest player to win a Grey Cup at the age of 18.He would go on to have a successful business career, including becoming one of the original owners of the Calgary Flames.He served as the province’s 16th lieutenant-governor and was a recipient of the Order of Canada.On Sunday, Premier Rachel Notley talked about his impact.“He was a gracious person who acted with great humility throughout his term as lieutenant-governor, but more than that, he also was able to make great strides and set an example and inspire many people from a number of different communities through his success,” she said. “He was very generous with his time and his support for many, many worthwhile causes.”“Albertans have lost a great, great Albertan.” The Alberta Order of Excellance/YouTube Public state memorial for Norman Kwong will be in Calgary by News Staff Posted Sep 5, 2016 1:07 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 5, 2016 at 1:11 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email