by Awesome Author | Dec 4, 2021 | Olympics
Everything in the world came to a standstill when the pandemic came into existence. From sports to tourism, everything stopped. In March 2020, the news was announced that all the nations worldwide are imposing an unprecedented lockdown for an indefinite period. The result was that people could not travel from one country to another, local travels were put on a halt, and people could not come out of their homes. Speaking of which, this also affected the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games. Yes, today, we are going to talk about the games, in particular.
So, if you have been feeling out of the entire loop, you are not alone here. We will give you an overview of everything you must know about the games to get you updated and up to your speed. To begin with, what are the Olympics? The games’ opening ceremony was scheduled for July 23, Friday, with the closing ceremony on August 8, 2021. Having said that, did you know that Japan is 13 hours ahead of the ETZ? Well, yes, we are talking about 3:30 AM. and, where can you watch the games? CBD tends to hold the broadcasting rights to the games with coverage present and free streaming via the CBC website and CBC Gem, along with the mobile app.
However, if you are one of the viewers who do not know why the games are called Tokyo 2020, know that the pandemic officially postponed the games. And, if the management had changed the name and merchandise of the entire tournament, many things would have been affected.
What is The Tokyo 2020s Emblem?
The native of Tokyo Asao Tokyo happened to beat the 14,598 designs to succeed and win an open competition, which was the first-ever in the Games’ history to create and design the Olympic emblem. The emblem comprises a chequered design, composed of three rectangular shapes, traditional Japanese motifs in a conventional Japanese color of white and indigo blue, representing different cultures, countries, and ways of thinking. The emblem is known to integrate a message called unity is diversity and convey the intention of the games to promote the platform to connect the world.
How about a mascot?
The mascot of the Tokyo Olympics is known as Miraitowa, whose design was chosen by elementary school children across the entire nation. If you did not know, the name is a blend of the Japanese words for eternity and future and is reckoned to symbolize a future of hope for people worldwide. This is one of the designs that incorporate a similar chequered motif, which is also available in white and blue, just as the emblem of the tournament.
What are the COVID-19 updates in Japan?
Tokyo fell under the fourth state of emergency, leading to a spike of COVID cases, with the infection reaching out through the deadly delta strain this time. However, a state of emergency is not similar to total lockdowns imposed by the Canadian government. Japan’s lockdown was like closing bars and restaurants early and not serving alcoholic beverages while the games were happening. In addition, even the torch relays are scaled back from the public roads along with dropping promotional events.
Over 80% of people in the games’ village have been vaccinated. Moreover, the IOC announced that BioNTech and Pfizer might donate vaccines to participants from Paralympic and national Olympic committees.
What about fans?
Did you know that fans from abroad were banned months ago? No fans were allowed from foreign countries to attend the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Speaking of which, only a few outlying venues allowed a meager amount of fans, but Tokyo 2020 games were effectively the TV-only event.
How many events?
If a viewer watches everything, how many events will they be watching? This is one of the questions asked by several people online. Know that the competition featured more than 330 events, 339 to be specific, across 50 disciplines and 33 sports. Nut, what was new? Well, four sports were making Olympic debuts. Sport climbing combined three disciplines over the artificial rock wall: bouldering, speed climbing, and lead climbing. Forty athletes took part in surfing for the very first time, competing on the six-feet long “shortboards.”
Softball and baseball also returned to the regular schedule, having been removed in 2008’s Games. Various other sports comprised new events, such as basketball, which included a three-on-three competition.
What’s on its way out?
This was the last year where viewers and Olympic enthusiasts saw the vintage 50km race walk at the games. This event will be discontinued after 2022, where around two of 10, 20, 30, or 35km events will be making their way up.
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by Awesome Author | Jul 22, 2021 | Animal Rights & Welfare
If you have been reading the coronavirus news and going through the Facebook timeline, you have been a sufferer yourself. Whether it is about you, your family members, and especially your furry friend without whom you cannot live, this post is for you.
While the year has been a challenging one, this might be the rain-like way out you have been expecting for a long time. As a pet parent, you may think about specific ways to help your pals out. However, there are many things you need to keep in mind. The deadly virus that infiltrated our lives in early 2020 has been all about bad news and increasing numbers of deaths worldwide. But, with time, many things have alleviated, and scientists and researchers have laid down a foundation of solutions and tips that we need to incorporate into our diet and lifestyle. It goes the same with pets.
It is understood to feel a little left out and confused about the entire scenario. The sound pieces of news are that the fatality rate and figures are about to go down, with more mild cases coming to light. As a result, even if you do not want to shake hands with your mailman right now, consider giving your dog a huge ol’ snuggle to comfort yourself for the entire week. To top it all, even government and health officials have said that the best anyone can do right now is to keep ourselves away from any sort of panic, practice social distancing, proper hygiene, and prepare beforehand.
Moreover, in the case of the novel coronavirus, one does not have to stock-pile everything. Instead, look for specific things. However, when it comes to pets and their essentials, you need to stock some items that may be pivotal for the pet. Having extras by your side while you are home quarantined can do wonders. Here is a list of what you need to buy for your pets with coronavirus looming large on the horizon.
Two-week supply of water and food
It’s ideal to have a minimum of one extra bag of pet food with you in case of any sort of emergency. But, when it comes to the pandemic, there are essential things to consider. Because of factories and businesses worldwide temporarily shutting down thanks to the pandemic, it has gotten tedious to shop for pets as there aren’t many supplies for them. In addition, what you can do is avoid long queues at stores around you. Instead, order online.
Moreover, you must have enough water to feed your pet for a minimum of a couple of weeks. So, consider your furry pal’s water intake and estimate the correct numbers to stock up.
If your pup has specific medications, it would be ideal to have a two to three-month supply. You can have a word with your vet regarding the pet’s prescription that can be filled in advance. In case you are already limiting your hours with your pet in public, consider ordering it online with pet supplies from an online store that deals in various things at once.
Besides, you can also write down instructions for the pet’s medication and give your veterinarian’s contact if you plan on moving or leaving your pet with a relative or friend. Remember, a big heads-on is to keep the pet’s medical history and vaccination record in his kit. That not only gives the pet’s history but also allows another member of the family to take note if the pup is corona-free or not.
Several other non-food items that may have got affected due to the overall shutdown and slow production rate comprise fresh litter in case you own a cat, urine cleaner, and poop bags. Buy some extras to place in their emergency kits and have them with you while the stores run out. Such a method will be pretty effective if you and your little furry pal have been away from the hustle-bustle of the market.
Toys and Entertainment
Speaking of getting stuck indoors, your pal might go into isolation and be deprived of outdoor activities. Besides, community parks are also under total lockdown in some parts of the world, allowing pets to stay home. Activities are not only beneficial for your pet but also his health. Senior dogs tend to develop muscle pain and other tissue problems that hinder their movement. However, if you have such things in mind, you and your pal can look for other options as well. Buy fun toys for your dogs and cats to nib on and play around with. These toys will keep them stimulated and allow them to move around, keeping them active at all times.
Experts suggest that you go for toys that consist of fetch balls to make sure your furry pal is getting enough activities to keep him running and puzzles to indulge his mind.
Consider planning for pet care.
In the end, you need to create a specific plan for the pet if you tend to get sick or have to isolate yourself because of the infection. Have a conversation with your friends and family to know where your furry pals can stay. They might be your friends and family but if you have run out of options because of isolation activities, look for pet onboarding and day-care facilities. You need to keep all these ready.
We all know how much this phase of life has affected our pet’s lives. Do you know, pets can also suffer from depression? Yes, they do. And, such a reason can also contribute to this health issue. However, if you already know what to do, you are in for a treat. In conclusion, an additional treat for your pup-bud can be deep snuggles, an excellent Netflix queue, along with a profound breath. So, what do you think of this? Keep yourself updated and incorporate every way of easing out such situations.
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