Dan Aykroyd

Daniel Edward Aykroyd, is a Canadian actor, comedian and filmmaker, an original member of the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" on Saturday Night Live. A musical sketch he performed with John Belushi on SNL, the Blues Brothers, turned into an actual performing band and the 1980 film The Blues Brothers, he conceived and starred in Ghostbusters, which spawned a sequel and an entire media franchise. In 1990, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy, he starred in Soul Man. Aykroyd is a businessman, having co-founded the House of Blues chain of music venues and the Crystal Head Vodka brand. Aykroyd was born on Dominion Day, 1952 at The Ottawa Hospital in Ottawa, Canada, he grew up in Ottawa, Canada's capital, where his father, Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd, a civil engineer, worked as a policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. His mother, Lorraine Hélène, was a secretary, his mother was of French Canadian descent and his father is of English, Irish and Dutch ancestry.

His brother, Peter, is an actor. Aykroyd was born with syndactyly, or webbed toes, revealed in the film Mr. Mike's Mondo Video and in a short film on Saturday Night Live titled "Don't Look Back In Anger". Aykroyd was raised in the Catholic Church, until age 17 he intended to become a priest, he attended St. Pius X and St. Patrick's high schools, studied criminology and sociology at Carleton University, but dropped out before completing his degree, he worked as a comedian in various Canadian nightclubs and ran an after-hours speakeasy, Club 505, in Toronto for several years. Since childhood, Aykroyd has struggled with symptoms of Asperger's syndrome. Aykroyd developed his musical career in Ottawa through his regular attendances at The Owl, a club that featured many blues artists, he describes these influences as follows: there was a little disco club there called Le Hibou, which in French means'the owl.' And it was run by a gentleman named Harvey Glatt, he brought every, I mean every, blues star that you or I would have wanted to have seen through Ottawa in the late'50s, well I guess more late'60s sort of, in around the Newport jazz rediscovery.

I was going to Le Hibou and hearing James Cotton, Otis Spann, Pinetop Perkins, Muddy Waters. I jammed behind Muddy Waters. S. P. Leary left the drum kit one night, Muddy said'anybody out there play drums? I don't have a drummer.' And I walked on stage and we started, I don't know, Little Red Rooster, something. He said'keep that beat going, you make Muddy feel good.' And I heard Howlin' Wolf. Many, many times I saw Howlin' Wolf; as well as the Doors. And of course Buddy Guy, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. So I was exposed to all of these players, playing there as part of this scene to service the academic community in Ottawa, a well-educated community. Had I lived in a different town I don't think that this would have happened, because it was just the confluence of educated government workers, also all the colleges in the area, Ottawa University and all the schools—these people were interested in blues culture. Aykroyd's first professional experience, which he gained at the age of 17, was as a member of the cast of the short-lived Canadian sketch comedy series The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour with Lorne Michaels, among others.

He was a member of the Second City comedy troupe in 1973 in both Chicago. Aykroyd gained fame on the American late-night comedy show Saturday Night Live, he was hired, paid $278 a week, as a writer for the show, but became a part of the cast before the series premiered. The original cast was referred to on the show as "The Not Ready For Prime Time Players". Aykroyd was the youngest member of the cast, appeared on the show for its first four seasons, from 1975–1979, he brought a unique sensibility to the show, combining youth, unusual interests, talent as an impersonator, an lunatic intensity. Guest host Eric Idle of Monty Python said that Aykroyd's ability to write and act out characters flawlessly made him the only member of the SNL cast capable of being a Python, he was known for his impersonations of celebrities like Jimmy Carter, Vincent Price, Richard Nixon, Rod Serling, Tom Snyder, Julia Child, others. He was known for his recurring roles, such as Beldar, father of the Coneheads family. Buzz Miller and his cousin, corrupt maker of children's costumes Irwin Mainway.

He co-hosted the Weekend Update segment for one season with Jane Curtin, known for their point-counterpoint debates enlivened with vicious personal insults including his catchphrase "Jane, you ignorant slut". Aykroyd's eccentric talent was recognized by others in the competitive SNL environment: when he first presented his famous "Super Bass-O-Matic'76" sketch, a fake T. V. commercial in which a garish, hyper-pitchman touts a food blender that turns an entire bass into liquid pulp, "to the'Bass-O-Matic' was so exhilaratingly strange that many remember sitting and listening, open-mouthed... Nobody felt jealous of it because they couldn't imagine writing

2019 South Africa Women's Sevens

The 2019 South Africa Women's Sevens was a tournament held at the Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa from 13–15 December 2019. It will be the first edition of the South Africa Women's Sevens and will be the third tournament of the 2019–20 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series; the teams are drawn into three pools of four teams each. Each team plays every other team in their pool once; the top two teams from each pool advance to the Cup/Plate brackets while the top 2 third place teams compete in the Cup/Plate. The other teams from each group play-off for the Challenge Trophy. Twelve teams will compete in the tournament with eleven being the core teams that compete throughout the entire season; the invited team for this tournament is South Africa. Source: World Rugby World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2019–20 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2019 South Africa Sevens World Rugby info

The Scout and Guide Association of Qatar

The Scout and Guide Association of Qatar is the national scouting and guiding organization of Qatar. Scouting was founded in Qatar in 1956 and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1965, it serves 1,916 Guides. The Scout president facilitated the building of the local zoo. Program emphasis is on out-of-school education in religion and health as well as the usual Scoutcrafts, physical fitness and community service. There are Scout courses in wildlife conservation and projects for increasing plant life. Guiding was started in 1995, as the present government issued a decree and accepted the formation of the Guiding movement; the Guides joined the Scouts and The Scout and Guide Association of Qatar was established. The Minister of Education has recruited six Commissioners to promote Guiding as an extracurricular activity in all schools. All leaders are teachers in the schools. Guiding is gaining a high profile in society, reflected in their membership. Members come from various sections of society.

Guiding operates from Doha, however some units have started in different parts of the country. Membership stood at 2,011 as of February 2002. There is a special program for Sea Scouts who are trained in all boat activities. There is a small Air Scout section; the Scout Motto is كن مستعداً, translating as Be Prepared in Arabic. The noun for a single Scout is كشاف in Arabic; the membership badge incorporates elements of the coat of arms of Qatar, both the trefoil representing the girls and the fleur-de-lis representing the boys. There are American Boy Scouts in Doha, linked to the Direct Service branch of the Boy Scouts of America, which supports units around the world, as well as Girl Scouts of the USA). British Scouting Overseas is represented in Doha and Al-Khor by the [ British Scouting Overseas exists to support families around the world where, due to cultural or language barriers, it is not always possible for young people from the UK to join local Scout Groups in the country where they reside.

Existing members of the UK Scout Association who wish to continue their involvement with the Movement while living here in Qatar can do so if they wish. The 1st Doha Scout Group consists of Beaver Scout Colonies (one at Sherborne School, one at Doha English Speaking School, two Cub Scout Packs and a Scout Troop based at DESS. In Al-Khor, a town north of Doha, a Beaver Scout section, a Cub Scout section and a Scout section are operating to deliver British Scouting to young people in the town. Official website 1st Doha Scout Group 1st Doha Cub Pack - part of British Scouting Overseas