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  2. Some seats held by Labour since the proverbial forever have been gained by Tories. Leigh (since 1922), Stoke-on-Trent (since 1950) and Blyth Valley (since 1950). Neither of these constituencies have ever voted Tory! The icing on the cake would be Labour losing majority of seats in the North East region. They hold 25/29 seats there but it's gonna be a crushing loss if a region so demolished by Thatcher's decisions will suddenly turn to Tory after all those years
  3. [hide] Knockout RoundDecember 13th - December 15th, 2019 4 Nations, Semifinals, Third Place Match and Final Semifinals Date & Time (GMT +9) Nation 1 T1 T2 Nation 2 December 13th 2019, h. 17:30 Norway 1 Spain December 13th 2019, h. 20:30 Russia 3 Netherlands [/hide]
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  5. Yes, in fact some kind of sign language is used by every team - to show which stone you should hit, where your stone should stop, with how big force you should throw... However, they need to use it also while sweeping, which is a little bit harder, because that's where most teams are shouting and the sweepers are looking at the stone, so that they don't touch it with the broom. They somehow manage to concentrate on both - the stone and the skip, who is showing with his hand whether to sweep or not. And while discussing the things on the ice they use a sign language too - that's as good for them as their non-deaf rivals don't understand a lot While it's good for us to speak as they don't hear what we are talking about But more a less we know each other's ideas because showing with the broom is natural for both - mute and non-mute curlers.
  6. Corbyn has been an absolute fraud. Sitting on the Brexit fence just blew up in his face big time. If Boris frickin Johnson leads Tory to their biggest win in 30 years and Labour has its worse result since 1935 (like reported by the BBC) then Corbyn should be shot to the moon first thing in the morning
  7. [hide] Nation Captains ITA WIERER NOR JT BOE Nation Women SWE OEBERG UKR SEMERENKO Vita RUS YURLOVA NOR ROEISELAND Nation Men FRA FOURCADE Martin SWE SAMUELSSON AUT LEITNER RUS LOGINOV [/hide]
  8. I can’t seem to log onto the Totallympics Media website right now, so I’ll post my games preview here I guess. 2019 Winter Deaflympics Get Underway In Italy The 2019 edition of the Winter Deaflympics got underway on December 12, 2019 in the Sondrio region of Northern Italy. The games were at one point not expected to take place following a governance crisis in the ICSD. Italy stepped in as a last minute host to save the pinnacle event of the winter deaf sports community. Italy is now proudly poised for the deaf world to descend upon their northern slopes for two weeks of international sport. The games will feature 506 athletes (377 male/129 female) from 33 countries (Austria, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Mongolia, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America, and Uzbekistan). The sports program features Alpine Skiing, Chess, Cross Country Skiing, Curling, Ice Hockey, and Snowboarding. Chess was the only new edition to the program after the 2015 edition, and will only be held as a demonstration sport (meaning that it will not count towards the final official medal total). The games officially run 10 days, but in reality last 11 days since curling began a day before the opening ceremony. The opening ceremony was a quaint affair when compared to the ceremonies of other multi-sports games this year. It featured a short parade of nations, a few speeches, and some low budget artistic performances. The ceremony began with the parade of nations, with the athletes entering by nation. Kazakhstan stood out as it’s flagbearer wore some of the countries traditional attire. There was great excitement from all of the athletes to be at the games. The last team to arrive in front of the stage were Italy, who received a nice cheer from the home crowd. Then came a plethora of speeches from different officials and people within Italian and deaf sport movement, including Deborah Compagnoni, which was followed by some sign language poetry presented by Fabio Giuranna. The mayor of Sondrio, Marco Scaramellini, then opened the games officially. A beautiful rendition of the Italian national anthem performed by Silvia Mezzanotte followed. The ceremony concluded with about a 45 minute artistic performance from various local groups. There was a light show/dance, a dance themed around breaking barriers, and a dance that featured performers with fire. The ceremony then came to a close with athletes going back to the hotel to prepare for the first real day of athletic action. You can follow the games via Totallympics Media’s daily recaps, or the official website which can be found at the following URL: http://www.2019deaflympics.com. You can also Deaflympics2019’s Facebook page for daily updates and posts: https://www.facebook.com/2019WinterDeaflympicsItaly/. Livestreaming for some sports (and highlights for others) will be available at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOgOK5UzArt70QJeNcdAMZg. If you want to know more about international deaf sports, you can visit the following link: https://www.deaflympics.com. Enjoy the Games!
  9. @Vojthas do they communicate using sign language, hand signals, etc.?
  10. And I think that's how their pad cover looks like - I use it for league only, normally I have another one for trainings and minor bonspiels.
  11. https://www.fifa.com/womensolympic/news/concacaf-discovers-path-to-tokyo-2020 A little bit old, but I've just noticed that. The groups for Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Tournament. 28 January to 9 February 2020 Group A Group B
  12. PS. That's our photo after the game:
  13. There one of the medal favorites after the first 3 draws. They beat Japan 8-5, and then beat the hosts (Italy) 12-3. They play China tomorrow evening. I don’t think that sheet will be the televised game though.
  14. The thing that really perplexes me is that the UK has always (at least in modern times) been the land of reasoned decisions. The popularity of Brexit shows just how strong the far-right is currently.
  15. Hey, I know the guys from curling team - last month we beat them 8:5 in the league Keeping fingers crossed they'll do well at the Deaflympics, they're really good.
  16. Not looking great for the EU and Labour in the UK General Elections. I wouldn’t count this as a populist victory, but an actual conservative victory. Brexit will almost certainly happen if the exit polls are to be believed. LAB through it away by not sacking Corbyn in my opinion. I agree with political pundits that Scotland will move for more independence after they once again vote the complete opposite of rest of the nation. SNP will have a good sized voice in Parliament either way for the time being. I have no clue what will happen in regards to the Northern Ireland issue. Also be interesting to see if Wales begins to move independence if Scotland goes independent and rejoins the EU.
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  18. [hide] Knockout RoundDecember 13th - December 15th, 2019 4 Nations, Semifinals, Third Place Match and Final Semifinals Date & Time (GMT +9) Nation 1 T1 T2 Nation 2 December 11th 2019, h. 17:30 Norway 5 Spain December 11th 2019, h. 20:30 Russia 2 Netherlands [/hide]
  19. [hide] Knockout RoundDecember 13th - December 15th, 2019 4 Nations, Semifinals, Third Place Match and Final Semifinals Date & Time (GMT +9) Nation 1 T1 T2 Nation 2 December 13th 2019, h. 17:30 Norway 6 Spain December 13th 2019, h. 20:30 Russia 3 Netherlands [/hide]
  20. Didn’t think about that...I’ll pass that along to the IOC and Qatari government for you
  21. They don't need a hill if they can dig a hole deep enough for a downhill
  22. They don’t have hills, even the best architects couldn’t make hills big enough for downhill.
  23. I too can not wait for the Doha Winter Olympics somewhere in July.
  24. It fits well with the whole big air thing. The industrial landscape has as much to do with a healthy lifestyle as the big air with the Olympics
  25. [hide] Nation Captains Norway Johannes Thingnes Boe Italy Dorothea Wierer Nation Women Norway Marte Olsbu Roiseland Austria Lisa Theresa Hauser France Justine Braisaz Russia Ekaterina Yurlova-Percht Nation Men France Martin Fourcade Italy Dominik Windisch Germany Erik Lesser Switzerland Benjamin Weger [/hide]
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