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Laureus Legends announce pioneering Model City Hong Kong ahead of showcase Sevens event

They have set world records, won Olympic gold medals and lifted the Rugby World Cup, and today an illustrious group of Laureus Academy Members and Ambassadors joined together to celebrate Laureus’ charity partnership with the Hong Kong Rugby Union ahead of this weekend’s Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. Laureus Sport for Good became the first […]

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They have set world records, won Olympic gold medals and lifted the Rugby World Cup, and today an illustrious group of Laureus Academy Members and Ambassadors joined together to celebrate Laureus’ charity partnership with the Hong Kong Rugby Union ahead of this weekend’s Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.

Laureus Legends announce pioneering Model City Hong Kong ahead of showcase Sevens event
Laureus Legends announce pioneering Model City Hong Kong ahead of showcase Sevens event

Laureus Sport for Good became the first ever official charity partner of the Hong Kong Sevens in 2018. The ongoing support of this incredible event is helping Laureus to improve the lives of children and young people. In partnership with HKRU, funds raised at this year’s event will help support Laureus Sport for Good’s work both in Hong Kong and throughout Asia. To date, the partnership between the Union and Laureus Sport for Good has raised $1,135,000 HKD.

In Hong Kong to help support Laureus’ long-term plans were track and field legend Michael Johnson, Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Li Xiaopeng and Rugby World Cup winners Bryan Habana and Nolli Waterman. Also supporting the partnership were Hong Kong Laureus Ambassadors Asian Games silver medal winning swimmer Lee Ying Shih Vivian and triathlete Daniel Lee Chi Wo.

The Laureus legends visited the Sevens Central fan activation zone in Hong Kong to engage with young female rugby players from the Laureus-supported Childfund Pass it Back programme from Laos and Vietnam, along with local sport for development organisations Operation Breakthrough, InspiringHK and Deaf Rugby. The interaction between the sporting legends and programme participants was a powerful demonstration of using sport as a driving force to enhance the lives of children and young people.

The engagement is one of several planned in what is a day-long celebration of the HKRU’s community outreach with numerous clinics held for members of Hong Kong’s schools, community groups and the HKRU’s wheelchair and deaf rugby programmes.

Funds raised throughout Sevens week in Hong Kong will also help support the development of Model City Hong Kong, a pioneering initiative Laureus has brought to New Orleans and Atlanta in the USA and London in the UK, and is now bringing for the first time to Asia.  Based on research Laureus has carried out in Hong Kong, combined with focussed discussion groups with various stakeholder groups conducted over the week before the Sevens, Model City Hong Kong will focus on using sport as a tool to support mental health and well-being. Results of the research will be released at the end of April.

The focus will be on building coalitions between like-minded organisations, such as educational institutions, social services and other local stakeholders, working together to create long-term measurable and sustainable change in mental health and well-being of children and young people through sport. Laureus also intends to host a Sport for Good Forum in Hong Kong later in 2019, to facilitate knowledge-sharing in the region.

Laureus Sport for Good will also benefit from a new initiative as part of the HKRU’s Green Sevens campaign, which will see the introduction of a reusable cup made from fully recycled plastic inside the stadium. Sevens fans can donate their $10 deposit for the reusable cup to Laureus and the Hong Kong Rugby Union Community Foundation by placing their reusable cup in the ‘cup for charity’ barrels at the end of each day. Over 250,000 reusable plastic cups have been purchased for use across the event.

Laureus Academy Member Michael Johnson, said: “We are so thankful for the generous support we have received from the Hong Kong Rugby Union over the years, and specifically since 2018 in our role as charity partner of this special event.

I have learnt about the issues facing young people in Hong Kong, specifically around mental health awareness and support. Through the long-term engagement of the Model City Hong Kong programme, we want to help community organisations in the area make a real difference to the lives of young people. For me, that’s what sport is all about.

Laureus Academy Member Li Xiaopeng, said: “As a resident of Hong Kong, I’m aware of the challenges and issues young people here face. Our long-term partnership with the Hong Kong Sevens enables us to support organisations who are doing such an incredible job in tackling these issues head-on.

As Academy Members, we are passionate about Laureus Sport for Good, and after spending time with the young people from Pass it Back, Operation Breakthrough, InspiringHK and Deaf Rugby, it’s clear to me that sport really can help enhance the lives of young people in Hong Kong and beyond.

Robbie McRobbie, CEO of the Hong Kong Rugby Union, said: “We are passionate believers in the power of sport to bring lasting change to young people’s lives. The long standing relationship with Laureus Sport for Good and our own Hong Kong Rugby Union Charity is a natural partnership in shared values. I am excited that the HKRU will be working alongside Laureus to help bring its Model City research and intervention to Hong Kong. Children and young people growing up today face intense pressure from many sources not only in Hong Kong but globally, Model City Hong Kong’s emphasis on helping support mental health and well-being through sport will provide another resource in addressing this particular challenge to young people in Hong Kong.

Laureus currently supports three sport for development programmes who use sport to improve the lives of young people in Hong Kong and a further 13 programmes in seven countries across Asia. Globally, Laureus Sport for Good supports more than 160 programmes in over 40 countries, offering both funding and knowledge-sharing. Each programme Laureus supports is measured against charitable standards set out by the United Nations, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Hong Kong Rugby Union Community Foundation was established in 2013 and since then has lead the way in the area of “sport-for-change” in the Hong Kong community. Foundation programmes use sport as a medium to tackle social problems and effect change, focusing on the areas of social inclusion, health, disability, education and youth crime. For more information please visit: http://www.hkrugby.com/pages/community.

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“Bayern” – the winner of the European Super Cup 2013

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In 2013, the match for the Super Cup of Europe was particularly interesting. “Bayern” and “Chelsea” determined the fate of the trophy. By the way, fans can watch live soccer with these clubs on the sports statistics website.

Both teams changed their coaches in summer 2013. Therefore, the match for the Super Cup was not just a struggle for the trophy, but also the next round of the legendary confrontation between Josep Guardiola and José Mourinho. And the meeting fully met all expectations.

“Chelsea” opened the scoring. As early as on 8 minute Fernando Torres scored. In the opening stages of the second half, Arjen Robben evened it up. The main time ended with the score 1-1. In the extra time both teams scored again. “Bayern” managed to equalize the score only on 120 +1 minutes. As a result, the score was 2-2.

The match went into a penalty shoot-out. The Munich side was victorious in it. All Bayern’s players converted their shots, while Romelu Lukaku was the only one to not score.

As a result, Josep Guardiola began his way at “Bayern” by winning the Super Cup. You can watch soccer matches involving this club live on the sports statistics website. Such a persistent confrontation is not always characteristic for Super Bowl matches. Therefore, the meeting between “Bayern” and “Chelsea” was a real highlight at the beginning of the European soccer season.

Why did Munich beat their opponents?

The Munich club was initially considered the favorite. However, it was clear that there would not be an easy walk for the team. The match was so hard fought. If you are watching the confrontation between the clubs now, but missed the livescore yesterday, the actual data can be found on the sports statistics website. 

So, if highlighting the main factors of the victory of “Bayern” in that fight, we can not go past:

  1. The experience of the club’s leaders. For example, Philipp Lahm, Toni Kroos, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben. They demonstrated a great game, which ensured the team the desired result.
  2. The team’s chemistry. All the interactions between the players were smooth. Thanks to this, their passes were virtually without errors, inaccuracies and faults.
  3. Vivid performances from leaders. For example, Ribery. Franck scored during the game and regularly created chances for his partners. It was he who was recognized as the best player of the meeting.

So, the Munich side deservedly won the trophy, although they encountered serious resistance. 

To not miss any of their livescore matches or to keep up with the latest yesterday news, check out the sports statistics site. Here you can see the Munich club’s games in all competitions. Now it is possible to follow them in a convenient format without missing anything important.

 

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Apple Music celebrates a new milestone – 100 million songs

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Twenty-one years on from the invention of iTunes and the debut of the original iPod, we’ve gone from 1,000 songs in your pocket to 100,000x that on Apple Music. It’s phenomenal growth by any metric. The entire history, present, and future of music is at your fingertips or voice command.

But, whats in a number? Apple Music’s own global head of editorial Rachel Newman discusses what 100 million songs actually means in today’s newsroom post HERE.

Additionally, each of these 100 million songs has a unique story waiting to be told. Apple Music Today is a new audio series that will spotlight a different song every single day, seven days a week. The daily song selection may be new or old, a well-known essential or a fan-favorite deep cut. What they will all have in common is a compelling story and a particular and meaningful relevance to the day. The series kicks off today with the incredible story behind Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U”.
Tune in HERE.

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Ghanaian captain of Oral Roberts University football team, Eugene Quaynor killed in car crash

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Eugene Quaynor,  a team captain on the Oral Roberts University men’s soccer team — was tragically killed in a fiery car crash in Oklahoma this week. He was just 23 years old.

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Lyricist Vows to Restore Storytelling in Hip-Hop

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Two years since the release of his ‘Intellect Is Power’ album, Chicago lyricist Intellect reminds listeners with ‘Intellectual Intelligence’ that Chicago is still an epicenter when it comes to producing superb Hip-Hop artists. Blazing a trail of his own like the city heroes that came before him, Intellect lets his versatility reflect in both hardcore slapping records for core Hip-Hop lovers and sensual mood chillers for the listener that requires a break from gritty rhymes. ‘Intellectual Intelligence’ hits all streaming platforms September 8th.
“I take the ordinary and put my own twist on it. That is what makes me stand out not to mention that my word play is elevated. Greatness is as greatness does. Dare to be great. That’s a code I live by, and I want those that listen to my music to understand that.” – Intellect
“If we are speaking on Intellect’s rap techniques, they exceed! He orchestrates seamless flows, complex rhymes, and witty punchlines.” FM Hip-Hop
“With more than a point to prove and a needle to adjust on the creativity meter, Intellect is set to disrupt the system and he plans to do so with his first task of business seen in his upcoming visual, Ephesians 6:11. “Putting on the armor of God” as the title (and verse) references, Intellect is equipped for war with his lethal lyrical delivery.” APEX Coture
“Not forced to be part of a movement that everyone is finding trendy at the moment, the Chicago native pairs cultivated lyrics of persuasion with his colorful metaphors.” – Hip Hop Since 1987
“the Chicago native pairs cultivated lyrics of persuasion with his colorful metaphors that he’s becoming recognizable for and does so with ease.”Hip Hop Magazine
“Blazing a trail of his own like the city heroes that came before him, Intellect lets his versatility reflect in both hardcore slapping records for core Hip-Hop lovers and sensual mood chillers for the listener that requires a break from gritty rhymes.” – DJ Iceberg
“Chicago-bred rapper Intellect is defining what it means to be a lyrical rapper in 2022. His style can be described as versatile, unique, confident, and honest.” – Remixd Magazine
‘Intellectual Intelligence’ comes on the heels of Intellect’s “Father’s Day” and “Luv the Way” both which received positive reviews from traditional Hip-Hop and Rap outlets. The new project is available now on all streaming platforms.
Watch “Luv the Way” here: https://youtu.be/Q_3u6x9_TNE
Watch “Can’t Relate” here: https://youtu.be/iLweeKnZNLA
Stream ‘Intellectual Ignorance’ https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/intellect/intellectual-ignorance
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