Adam van Koeverden misses the ‘three H’s’ from our pre-pandemic world: hugs, handshakes and high-fives. When all three of those return, a fourth “Capital-H” should fall into place. “That’s our health, physical and mental, getting together and being able to cheer for each other,” the Olympic champion said. Van Koeverden, 39, now serves as a federal member of parliament for the district of Milton, Ont. One of his duties in that role is to serve as secretary to the Minister of Heritage (Sport), Steven Guilbeault. As a three-time Olympian and four-time Olympic medallist, van Koeverden said he wanted to get into politics in part to promote an active lifestyle in Canada. Now, as COVID-19 continues raging across the country, the former sprint kayaker sees people stuck at home more than ever. “I think there’s a lot of barriers between people and families and particularly young kids and physical activity. One of them is currently obviously the pandemic and closures and stress and anxiety about gatherings and everything. And those are very warranted,” he said. “But as we come out of this, I think we really want to fight against some of the longstanding barriers between people and access. We’re talking about barriers between people and their best selves, people and their healthiest possible selves. We have an ability to alleviate some of those stresses.” WATCH | Youth athletes’ mental health hampered by community sport cancellations: Van Koeverden spoke to CBC Sports to promote the Power of Sport, a grassroots initiative by the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), all national sport organizations (NSOs) and CBC Sports to encourage Canadians to get more active. He says parents reach out to him constantly with frustrations over a lack of access to community sport for their children. “The solution is really, really inexpensive, and it takes and requires investment and physical activity, programming, capacity and infrastructure across the country,” van Koeverden said. Van Koeverden suggested making community sports more accessible by making them free for certain families. Instead of relying on volunteer coaches, commissioners and programmers, the Toronto native advocated for further government and NSO resources to help make that active lifestyle a reality. “I think we can always do more. And I think we should absolutely do more. And certainly during the pandemic, what’s clear is that these investments are ones that are very, very uniquely positioned in their ability to make quick change,” van Koeverden said. “Our mental and physical health depend on sport and physical activity, recreational infrastructure and ecosystem in Canada. And if that ecosystem isn’t healthy, then we won’t be either.” Still, it remains tough to reconcile the ongoing stay-at-home orders throughout Canada with the idea of physical activity – for everyone. Van Koeverden said he’s been challenged to get his exercise in, especially with the recent snowfall in the Toronto region that made one run “trepidatious. ‘Movement is medicine’ “Movement is medicine for me and without it, I’m not myself. The transition from being an athlete to being a politician for me wasn’t swift or easy,” van Koeverden said. “I went from being really focused on my own performance and my own fitness and just a little bit of work in not-for-profit and charitable spaces, and now the vast majority of my work is at work, which provides a great opportunity to focus on solutions for other people working from home.” With many gyms and rinks closed, Olympic and Paralympic athletes have had to get creative in training. One basketball player returned home from overseas to local parks, where her parents doubled as rebounders. More recently, Canada’s speed skaters trained on picturesque frozen mountain lakes due to the closure of Calgary’s Olympic Oval. They then went and won five medals in February’s world championships. Meanwhile, those simply looking for regular exercise have turned increasingly to outdoor winter sports like cross-country skiing, which has seen a 50 per cent increase in participation, per Nordiq Canada. Frozen ponds have been used more than ever for skating and curling, while any park with a snowy hill can quickly become a local luge track. “I believe strongly in the power of sport — not just in Canada, but around the world — to change and improve lives. And I think we need to focus on that energy and that positive momentum as we get out of COVID-19,” van Koeverden said.
Instagram Expands Live Video to Meet Covid Demand for Content – BNN
(Bloomberg) — Instagram is expanding its real-time broadcast service to allow creators greater freedom to collaborate on videos.
Facebook Inc., Instagram’s parent, debuted a new feature on Monday called Live Rooms, which will allow as many as four people to broadcast simultaneously. Previously, Instagram users could only stream with one other person, according to the company. The photo-sharing app first tested the new tool in India and Indonesia last fall.
Instagram is hoping creators will take advantage of the new feature to stream podcasts, talk shows, concerts and other content at a time when the pandemic is sending more users to the platform for at-home entertainment.
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OnePlus teases March 8th announcement with a single photo – MobileSyrup
OnePlus has started drumming up hype for its next set of devices with an image and the promise of news coming on March 8th.
That iconic photo was taken with a Hasselblad camera, which makes sense since some rumours point to the photography company partnering with OnePlus.
— Pete Lau (@PeteLau) March 1, 2021
We’ve been expecting news from OnePlus in March, so it’s nice to see that’s still happening despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Beyond the new camera module, rumours suggest that the company will use a new high-end display tech in the OnePlus 9 Pro.
Instagram Live Rooms allows four users to go live simultaneously – MobileSyrup
Instagram has announced its latest feature, ‘Live Rooms.’
Previously, users could only go live with one other person at a time, but now the social media platform allows twice the number of users at once.
To get this feature to work, swipe left and select the Live camera option. Following that, add a title and then tap the Rooms icon to add guests. You can search for a guest to add or add one of the people who have requested to live with you.
The user who starts the room will be at the top of the screen after adding guests. Broadcasters (the ones who started the room) can add up to three guests at once or one by one. People blocked by any of the active users in the Live Room will not be able to join the Live. Live Rooms offer the ability to report and block comments and apply comment filters.
Instagram says that Live Rooms is launching globally soon.
It seems like Instagram is trying to compete against Clubhouse, a social audio app that allows more than 10 people to go live at once in a single room. Rooms can also have more than 8,000 people in them.
Instagram Live, however, requires its users to go on camera, which sets it apart from Clubhouse and Twitter’s ‘Spaces.’
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