Anthony Joshua: I won’t let fame change me

first_imgWorld heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua will never let fame change him and insists he’s as grounded in reality as he ever was. Loading… Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With The 30-year-old British boxer believes some celebrities and sportsmen cut themselves off from their fans but he’ll always remember that he comes from humble beginnings just like many of his supporters. Speaking on JD Sports’ new ‘In The Duffle Bag’ podcast, Anthony said: ”I think famous people act famous because they’re scared to interact with people they don’t know, fame is distancing yourself from reality, you think you’re different from most people. ”The difference is I’m not shy of people. I’m not like that, I’m not really into all that fame stuff to be honest.” AJ – who is a two-time heavyweight world champion and Olympic gold medallist – will never lose touch with his roots and he’d rather meet normal people as opposed to the rich and famous. The pugilist – who was born and grew up in Watford, England, to Nigerian parents – said: ”I’m still roots, I’m going to go to Nigeria soon to connect with certain people and they’re like, ‘Ah you’ve got to meet this governor,’ and I’m like, ‘Nah take me to the ghetto.’ ”A person who is running a million dollar company doesn’t need any inspiration from me, but the person who is trying to get out of their situation that needs some support, may need some inspiration. ”When I link up with all my boys and we talk about where we grew up and we all talk about the old days which was only 10 years ago, so still we connected, still well respected, and that’s the main thing. I haven’t distanced myself so far from what’s real in my opinion.” AJ also hinted that he plans to go into the world of business once he retires from boxing. He said: ”I have to sell myself and educate myself and the game, I have a shelf life … I have to build myself and my value before I stop boxing and go into my next life so that’s why it’s important to be business minded as an individual because I am my own brand at the minute. ”I thought the business world is a lot harder than fighting, I’ve created a great team and I can focus on being the best version of the boxer I’m trying to be right now. I’ve gone through tough times; not just in boxing but the business world … it’s tough. But now I can focus solely on my boxing. read also:Joshua receives huge pay to fight Wilder, Fury in Saudi Arabia ”I have all these business men who’ve been to the best schools and universities in the country and I am discussing business with them and I’m fighting my corner as the AJ brand, I had to learn the intricacies of what being a business man is all about it.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Diversity and Inclusion Summit held on campus

first_imgOver the next few days, the USC School of Dramatic Arts will host a series of events to start a dialogue about the divisive issues such as race, gender, culture, ethnicity and personal identity. This year’s Diversity and Inclusion Summit began on Thursday with a series of workshops, panel discussions and performances focused on generating conversations among students. The summit, which runs through Oct. 30, was organized by SDA Associate Professor Anita Dashiell-Sparks, and follows a similar event held last year. According to Jacqueline Lawton, an assistant professor in the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and one of the summit’s speakers, last year’s summit focused on trying to diversify SDA in both its admission program and academic offerings. The event, Lawton said, came as a response to students pointing out to Dean David Bridel the lack of diversity in both the student population and the courses the school taught. Lawton led a workshop on gender identity and how that plays on stage, as well as a workshop specifically geared toward using theater for social change. “My work is very specifically geared towards student identifying micro-aggressions,” Lawton said. “It can be from the lenses of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, whatever it is that causes pain or angst within them, so they can address it directly and speak about who they are.”This year, the program is split into two different sections. One part, which took place on Thursday and will take place again Saturday and Sunday, offers a series of panels open to the entire USC community. These panels offer perspectives on issues that are at the cornerstone of today’s social activism, including gender politics, cultural appropriation and the importance of making sure that artistic endeavors mirror the diversity of the population. One panel on Thursday afternoon focused on how gender is performed on stage, using the example of the play SEVEN. The panel featured one of the play’s seven playwrights to discuss the creative process involved with staging a play based on current events. Friday’s section is reserved for SDA students and faculty, and features a variety of breakout sessions and workshops with distinguished faculty from the department as well as guest speakers from all over the country. The finale of this event is the town hall at the end of the day, in which students can address questions and concerns directly with faculty and the directors of the program. The program features several more speakers, including writers and producers from shows like Empire and Private Practice, during its panels on Sunday on performing race and class struggles on screen. Sunday’s events also include a panel on how identity politics affects and is represented in mass media, led by the SDA faculty.last_img read more

Brussels Brings the Curtain down on Memorable Season

first_imgSlightly surprisingly, though, the 21-year-old Kenyan has yet to run under eight minutes in his career but he is still going for a full-blown world record attempt in Brussels, taking aim at the mark of 7:53.63 set by Saif Saaeed Shaheen at the same meeting in 2004.USA’s Olympic silver medallist Evan Jager will also be in the race and is aiming to break his own North American record of 8:00.45.Another terrific duel should ensue in the women’s 100m, which features Jamaica’s Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, who has an eight-point lead in the Diamond Race, and the Netherlands’ European champion Dafne Schippers, who will be looking for revenge after finishing out of the medals in this event in Rio.Speculation is mounting that, with a warm night in prospect, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s meeting record of 10.72 from three years ago could be in jeopardy.There will also be a constant theme of athletes wanting to do well in Brussels to make up for Rio disappointments and get some redemption for having come up short at the Olympics.Almaz Ayana is not quite as certain as Kipruto of taking the Diamond Race but she still has a big advantage of 14 points in the 5000m standings.She has decided that, having acquired the 10,000m world record, she wants to try to add to her list of accolades with an attempt on the 5000m record of 14:11.15, which has been held by her Ethiopian compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba since 2008.Ayana has already come close to that mark at three IAAF Diamond League outings this year, clocking 14:12.59 in Rome, 14:14.32 in Shangai and 14:16.63 in Rabat, and she now owns three of the six fastest times in history.A world record will, somewhat, also make up for the visible disappointment of not getting the gold in this event in Rio, when stomach problems restricted her to third behind Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot.Kipruto and Ayana have the luxury of being able to chase times but many of the Diamond Race disciplines will go down to the wire.One of the highlights of the night should be the men’s high jump in which only six points separates the top four in the Diamond Race: Mutaz Essa Barshim, Bogdan Bondarenko, Robbie Grabarz, and Erik Kynard. The quartet, with Barshim leading the way with the silver medal, were also all in the top six in Rio.In the men’s 800m, both Pierre-Ambroise Bosse and Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich went to the start line in Rio with medal ambitions but left empty handed after finishing fourth and fifth respectively.With only a six-point lead, Rotich will need to finish ahead of his French rival to stay top of the standings and claim the Diamond Trophy.However, the loaded field also has US rising star Clayton Murphy, the Olympic bronze medallist, and European champion Adam Kszczot, so the race itself could be unpredictable.Asbel Kiprop seemed to be the star of the 1500m prior to Rio but the three-time world champion drifted back to sixth down the home straight in the final so he will be also hoping to redeem himself with a good win in Brussels, which will ensure he lifts the Diamond Trophy.A fast race, which might challenge his world-leading time of 3:29.33, might be in store but he will face the quick-finishing Olympic silver medallist Taoufik Makhloufi, who has opted for this event over the 800m.Great Britain’s Eilidh Doyle went to Rio with 400m hurdles medal aspirations but she had a mediocre race in the final and wound up eighth. By contrast, Denmark’s Sara Slott Petersen had the race of her life and got the silver medal.Doyle will obviously want to beat Petersen but also needs to make sure she finishes in front of USA’s Cassandra Tate to take the Diamond Race, with world champion Zuzana Hejnova also in the field.In the men’s long jump, South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga will be having his first competition since he took the silver medal in Rio, where he set a personal best of 8.37m but the Diamond Race essentially comes down to a head-to-head between Gao Xinglong and Fabrice Lapierre, who are level on points.In the women’s 400m, there are four women who made the Olympic final but the Diamond Race is a duel between Jamaica’s Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Natasha Hastings, with three points separating the pair who finished sixth and fourth respectively in Rio.By contrast, some Diamond Race contests have been as good as decided with the main protagonists only having to start to make sure they take home the Diamond Trophy.Caterine Ibarguen is on course to pick up a fourth Diamond Race title and the big question is whether the Colombian triple jumper can go beyond 15 metres again after her world-leading 15.17m to win the gold in Rio.Greece’s Ekaterini Stefanidi has already as good as secured the women’s pole vault Diamond Race but she will once again face a challenge from USA’s outdoor world leader Sandi Morris, who took the silver medal at both the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.Like Ibarguen and Stefanidi, Spain’s Orlando Ortega has the 110m hurdles Diamond Trophy in the bag but the Olympic silver medallist should be pressed on the night by the French pair of Dimitri Bascou and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde who finished in the next two places behind him at the Olympics.Panama’s Alonso Edward, who finished seventh in Rio, has enough points to win his third consecutive Diamond Race in the 200m but will face three men who finished in front of him at the Olympics: Christophe Lemaitre, Adam Gemili and Churandy Martina, who were third, fourth and fifth respectively.Latvia’s Madara Palameika has a 14-point lead over Australia’s Kathryn Mitchell in the women’s javelin Diamond Race but Czech Republic’s world record-holder Barbora Spotakova and European champion Tatsiana Khaladovich from Belarus both finished in front of them in Rio and are the favourites to win on the night.In the other long throw of the night, the men’s discus, world champion Piotr Malachowski won many friends for putting his Rio silver medal up for sale to provide funds for the treatment of an ill child in his native Poland and a 17-point lead in the Diamond Race gives him a huge advantage in this contest.Nevertheless, a deep field sees Malachowski up against Sweden’s world leader Daniel Stahl and Austria’s Lukas Weisshaidinger, who have both been throwing well since their return from the Olympics.The first Diamond Race decided actually was yesterday evening when the women’s shot putters took to the ring in the famous Grand Place in the centre of Brussels.All three medallists from Rio were in action as at press time although USA’s gold medallist Michelle Carter has had the upper hand in the past couple of competitions, Valerie Adams has an unassailable lead in the Diamond Race and will pick her fifth Diamond Trophy.She will also want to gain revenge for the US putter snatching the gold medal from her in the last round in Rio.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUEThe second of the two IAAF Diamond League finals for this season brings the curtain down on the IAAF one-day meetings for 2016, and should do so in spectacular fashion with the 16 remaining Diamond Race contests being decided at the AG Insurance Memorial Van Damme in Brussels today.Conseslus Kipruto has already clinched the 3000m steeplechase Diamond Race so he only has to start in the Belgian capital, but the question is how will the Olympic champion finish?He has been winning his races with apparent ease this year and leads the world with his 8:00.12 personal best that he ran at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham.last_img read more

SMILING MORE IS THE KEY TO INCREASING DONEGAL’S TOURISM BUSINESS, CLAIMS GAY BYRNE

first_imgBroadcaster Gay Byrne has said smiling more is the key to the Donegal tourism industry attracting more visitors in the years ahead. Broadcaster Gay Byrne launching the Donegal Tourism Brochure and app at Glenveagh Castle today.The former Late Late Show presenter was speaking as he launched the new Donegal Tourism Brochure and app for 2015 at Glenveagh Castle today.He said he had spoken to a number of connected people before the launch and all of these had one word of advice – smile. “The secret is to smile. What people don’t realise is that very often we Irish don’t smile at eachother. We are very good at smiling at strangers.“Other nationalities tend not to smile. They’re grumpy in their service……They don’t do it very well unless they are well paid to do it.“But the ability we have in Ireland is not necessarily to smile at each other.“Just the little welcome we have for eachother – “How young doing?”, “Is there anything we can do to help you?”, “Are you having a good time?” That’s what people appreciate. “When you realise that everybody who comes here is your advertising agent because they are going back to everyone to tell them what they have found.“If they found a welcome and smiling and hospitality then that’s it. Smile – the welcome counts for everything,” he said.Gay and wife Kathleen Watkins have a holiday home outside Dungloe and have been coming to their retreat for almost 40 years.He said the weather in Donegal could be very different from anywhere else in Ireland.He admitted that because he has a holiday home in Donegal, he knew very little about the rest of Ireland. Mr Byrne was presented with Donegal Pens made by the McGarvey Brothers from Loughanure.He praised the foresight and wonderful presentation of the new Donegal Tourism Brochure and app.County Manager and chairman of Donegal Tourism Mr Seamus Neely also addressed the launch.He stated “this 58 page brochure beautifully captures many images that display the diversity and majesty of Donegal. It sets out an array of activities, places of interest, and services that are available to potential visitors. Over 20,000 copies of this brochure have been printed and distributed worldwide and a PDF version has also been circulated to many tourism providers for inclusion on their websites”. He added “the new app will serve to assist visitors by providing a first class mobile friendly interface with www.govisitdonegal.com . With travellers using their mobile devices on the go to find out information, this app will let them access up to the minute information that is available on the website through their mobile devices”.The brochure uses over forty different themes and headings from popular activities, such as Surfing, Golf, and Angling; to unique Donegal amenities and resources, such as Local Produce, Islands and the Gaeltacht, and Festivals, to allow the reader to easily plan their visitThe photography is captivating and demonstrates the strengths of Donegal as a major player in the tourism sector. The themes are all complemented with useful information and contacts for whatever your interest may be and it brings to life a strong visual image of Donegal for the potential visitor. The brochure also offers the visitor six recommended touring routes for different regions of the county in addition to the newly developed Wild Atlantic Way route that has been rolled out in recent months.Joan Crawford of Failte Ireland said the 2014 figures for tourism in Donegal showed an increase of up tot 8% on 2013.Vice-chairman of Donegal County Council, Cllr Nicholas Crossan remarked that people often said that Donegal was a long way away.“I would ask them where it is a long way away from? I’m slightly biased but I think we have the most beautiful county in Ireland and the increase in our visitor numbers year on year is showing that other people think that as well,” he said.For more information on the brochure or app, log onto www.govisitdonegal.com or download the Donegal Tourism app from Google play store or the app store.SMILING MORE IS THE KEY TO INCREASING DONEGAL’S TOURISM BUSINESS, CLAIMS GAY BYRNE was last modified: March 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County CouncilDonegal Tourism BrochureGay ByrneGlenveagh Castlelaunchlast_img read more