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2011 World Figure Skating Championships

The 2011 World Figure Skating Championships was a senior international figure skating competition in the 2010–11 season. Medals were awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, ice dancing; the competition was assigned to Nagano and moved to Tokyo, to be held from March 21–27 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium with the Japan Skating Federation as the host organization. It was postponed in the wake of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and reassigned to Moscow, Russia. Following the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that occurred on March 11, 2011, the JSF reported to the ISU that the competition venue was undamaged and the event would be held as planned. However, on March 13, the ISU released a statement saying that it was considering canceling the event and that day, the German skating federation announced that it would not send any skaters to the World Championships, with other countries undecided. Although most foreign skaters had planned to fly to Japan from March 16 and a few had arrived in the country on March 11, among them European champion Florent Amodio, were advised to return home by their skating federations, based on governmental travel advisories.

On March 14, 2011, the ISU published a statement that 2011 Worlds would not be held in Tokyo during the dates planned, that a decision regarding rescheduling or a complete cancellation would be made after further evaluation. The ISU began considering various possibilities, including holding the event in another country. ISU President Ottavio Cinquanta suggested the event could be canceled or postponed until October, with the ISU saying they would make an announcement by March 21; the JSF head, Seiko Hashimoto, said that her federation was hoping to reschedule the event to September or October, but Japanese skating fans felt moving it to another country would be a better option. Although it would oblige a number of skaters to back out of agreements to appear in skating tours, an important source of income for many, many coaches and officials voiced their preference for April–May, citing greater complications arising from an autumn Worlds. However, others noted it would be difficult for a new host to organize the event in under a month.

A host country of a World Championships has over two years and the shortest period was in 2000 when France organized the event in seven months. On March 21, the ISU announced that the JSF had relinquished its hosting rights and that it was looking into alternate locations, while noting there would be major logistical challenges to organize the event on short notice; the criteria for new candidate hosts included a start date in April or May, 700 hotel rooms, a television production, two rinks: A competition rink with a minimum 8000 seats and available from the Thursday early morning through Sunday late evening of the following week, a practice rink from Friday early morning through Friday late evening of the following week. Local expertise, good transportation infrastructure, quick visa processing were important factors. ISU President Ottavio Cinquanta said he would support a bid by the Japanese federation to host the 2015 World Championships. In June 2011, Japan was chosen as host for the 2014 World Championships at Saitama.

On March 22, 2011, the International Skating Union announced that six candidates had applied to host the relocated championships. Vancouver, Canada Lake Placid or Colorado Springs, United States Moscow, Russia Zagreb, Croatia Turku, Finland Graz, AustriaOn March 24, 2011, the ISU announced that Moscow's Megasport Arena had been chosen as the replacement host for the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships. Russia pledged to speed up processing of visas and Vladimir Putin dismissed concerns about the cost of organizing the event on short notice; the country had accepted hosting duties of the World Pentathlon Championships after political instability caused Egypt to step down. The city of Moscow expected to spend 200 million rubles on the event.2010 bronze medalist Laura Lepistö withdrew in early March due to a back injury and was replaced by Juulia Turkkila. Shawn Sawyer dropped out due to a scheduling conflict and was replaced by Kevin Reynolds, while Myriane Samson withdrew due to a knee injury and was replaced by Amelie Lacoste.

Sinead Kerr and John Kerr dropped out to recover from shoulder surgery, announced their retirement. The event was open to figure skaters from ISU member nations who had reached the age of 15 by July 1, 2010. Based on the results of the 2010 World Figure Skating Championships, each country was allowed between one and three entries per discipline. National associations selected their entries based on their own criteria. Countries which qualified more than one country per discipline: Due to the large number of competitors, the men's, ladies', ice dancing competitions required a preliminary round prior to the main competition; the top 12 men and ladies advanced to the short program and the top 10 ice dancing teams advanced to the short dance. 195 athletes from 44 countries were scheduled to participate. Sunday, April 24 Official practices Monday, April 25 14:00 Qualification round: Men Tuesday, April 26 12:00 Qualification round: Ice dancing 15:30 Qualification round: Ladies Wednesday, April 27 13:00 Men's short program 18:30 Pairs short program Thursday, April 28 13:30 Men's free skating 18:30 Pairs free skating Friday, April 29 13:30 Ladies short program 18:30 Short dance Saturday, April 30 13:30 Ladies' free skating 18:30 Free dance Sunday, May 1 14:00 Exhibitions PR: Preliminary round Patrick Chan won the short program with a record score, while Nobunari Oda placed second and defending champion, Daisuke Takahashi, third.

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Lian, Batangas

Lian the Municipality of Lian, is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Batangas, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 52,660 people; the patron saint of Lian is John the Baptist. Lian is located at 14°02′N 120°39′E. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 76.80 square kilometres constituting 2.46% of the 3,119.75-square-kilometre- total area of Batangas. Lian is politically subdivided into 19 barangays; the climate of Lian falls under the first type of classification, Type I, characterized by two pronounced seasons: Dry season from November to April and wet season for the rest of the year. In the 2015 census, Lian had a population of 52,660; the population density was 690 inhabitants per square kilometre. Current Officials as of 2013 elections: Mayor: Isagani I. Bolompo Vice Mayor: Exequiel "Exy" Bonuan Councilors:3 Matabungkay Beach – a white sand beach accessible to Manila 120 kilometres, originally'discovered' to be a great weekend or daytrip destination in the early 1950s by sun starved German residents of Manila.

It was soon a popular target for holiday-lovers, permanent cottages were built along the beach in the early 1960s by rich Manila folk. The beach became popular because it was said to be the favorite place to release stress of a notable Teacher of Lian Jovie Ann. Town fiesta – Lian's fiesta is held annually every June 24 to commemorate the birthdate of Saint John The Baptist, it is being celebrated by five barangays in the Poblacion, Sitio Bag-bag celebrates its fiesta on this day because of its proximity to the town center than to its respective barangays and Bungahan. Balsa festival – The quaint barangay of Matabungkay is known for its wide beach, clear waters, creamy sand and the Balsa; every year, this small town comes alive in colorful celebrations as Matabungkay Beach Resort & Hotel hosts the Balsa Festival. The first Balsa Festival was held on 18 May 2002, aimed to help the local community by bringing back the town's popularity in the tourism map. With the continued support of the Department of Tourism, the Balsa Festival has become an annual event.

Activities include the Balsa Race Competition, Balsa Decor and Cultural Dance Competition, a concert and dance party by the beach, prominent media personalities and foreign executives

1999 Women's Pro Softball League season

The 1999 Women's Professional Softball League season was the third season of professional fastpitch softball for the league named Women's Professional Softball League. In 1997 and 1998, WPSL operated under the name Women's Pro Fastpitch. After the 1998 season, the WPF changed its name to Women's Professional Softball League season. WPSL Commissioner/CEO John Carroll said the change should improve the league's name recognition, as "The term ʻsoftballʼ is more recognized by our mass audience than the term ʻfastpitchʼ,” Carroll said. "We believe. It will allow people to identify with the sport we play, rather than our style of play.” Two-time WPF Champion Orlando Wahoos folded, their roster was assigned to the expansion Akron Racers. On December 22, Centenary College of Shreveport, LA softball coach Michael Bastian was hired as the full-time head coach of the Racers; the other full-time WPSL coaches were Willie Rucker for the Carolina Diamonds, Judy Martino for the Durham Dragons, Cindy Bristow for the Georgia Pride, Linda Derk for the Tampa Bay FireStix, Terri Pearson for the Virginia Roadsters.

On March 23, the Durham Dragons introduced Bill Miller as general manager. The WPSL cancelled all preseason games, citing that many draft picks and free agents would be participating in the Women's College World Series. On July 16, Georgia's Desarie Knipfer pitched the second perfect game in WPSL history, beating the Dragons 6-0. On December 5, 1998 the 1999 WPSL Senior Draft was held in Fla.. The Durham Dragons selected 3B Isonette Polonius of East Carolina University with the first pick. Source: The 1999 WPSL Championship Series was held at Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio August 24-8; the top three teams on the standings qualified. The second- and third-place teams, the Racers and Roadsters, played a best-of-three semifinal series; the semifinal winner, the Racers, played the first-place team, the FireStix, in a best-of-three final series. Source: The 1999 WPSL All-Star Game was played on June 13 in Plant City, FL at Plant City Stadium, televised on July 29 on ESPN2; the game feature 30 players split between two teams, one called the "WPSL Stars" and the other "WPSL Stripes."

The Stars included players from the Akron Racers, Durham Dragons and Virginia Roadsters, the Stripes were made up of Carolina Diamonds, Georgia Pride and Tampa Bay FireStix. The WPSL Stars beat the WPSL Stripes by a score of a 5-4. Roadsters catcher Scia Maumausolo hit a game-winning home run in the eighth inning and was named the game's Most Valuable Player. Following are the All-Star rosters: Source: BATTING TOP 10 HOME RUNS RBI STOLEN BASES TEAM BATTING HITS DOUBLES TRIPLES ON-BASE PERCENTAGE SLUGGING PERCENTAGE EXTRA-BASE HITS RUNS SCORED PITCHING TOP 10 WINS SAVES STRIKEOUTS TEAM PITCHING GAMES COMPLETE GAMES SHUTOUTS INNINGS PITCHED LOSSES WALKS HOME RUNS ALLOWED National Pro Fastpitch List of professional sports leagues List of professional sports teams in the United States and Canada