Young Leicester City fan to run 60 miles in 60 days for Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation

By Luke Pawley

An 11-year-old Leicester City supporter has set himself a mammoth challenge in memory of late club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Kian Deacy is planning to run 60 miles in as many days to raise money for the newly renamed Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation.

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In training: Kian Deacy out running with his dad Liam.

The youngster, who starts his challenge on Sunday, has supported the club since he was four years old and has held a season ticket since Leicester’s Championship winning season in 2013-14.

The money Kian raises for his upcoming challenge will be donated to the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation, formerly the Foxes Foundation, which was recently renamed in honour of the club’s late chairman, who died when a helicopter carrying him and four others crashed outside the King Power Stadium on October 27.

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Proud moment: Kian Deacy with Foxes forward Demarai Gray.

Kian has thought up the challenge himself and will be accompanied by proud dad Liam as he racks up the miles.

“After seeing what people were doing to support the chairman, I wanted to help,” said Kian.

“Vichai has done lots for Leicester, the hospital where my mum works and different things like the money he gave to the Text Ellis fund.

“I thought it might be nice to raise some money for the charity and when Jamie Vardy was auctioning his box, I said I could run and raise some money. So I am going to run 60 miles in 60 days with my dad.

“I’m starting on Sunday with one mile and then I’ll do two or three miles sometimes so I don’t have to run every day.”

This will not be the first challenge that Kian has completed for charity, as the youngster has raised over £1,600 for the Foxes Foundation for the Dorothy Goodman Special Needs School.

“Kian has been extremely lucky as a City fan,” said his dad, Liam.

“He’s witnessed the Championship win, the ‘Greatest Escape’, the Premier League victory and even walked out with the team at the King Power Stadium before the Champions League quarter final against Atlético Madrid.

“All of this is possible because of Vichai and his investment into the club, the city and the community.

“Me and his mum are so proud of how thoughtful he is being and that he wants to help raise some money for others.”

Anybody who wishes to support Kian on his journey by donating to his fantastic cause can do so by clicking here.

Leicester’s Sir David Attenborough polled as most popular person in Britain

By Samuel Hornsby

A new poll by the online market research company Yougov found that Leicester’s own Sir David Attenborough is the most popular public figure among members of the British public.

The 92-year-old nature documentarian came out with a positive opinion rating of 87 per cent, beating contenders such as the Queen (at 74 per cent), respected Victorian author Charles Dickens (with a rating of 75 per cent), and award winning actress Dame Judi Dench (who finished in sixth place with an 80 per cent positivity rating).

The results of the poll were collected between May and October of 2018 and were conducted through the website’s online tracking tool, YouGov Ratings, which correlated the opinions of British adults who are weighted to represent the national demographics of Great Britain.

Sir David, who grew up on the campus of the University of Leicester, has been authoring critically acclaimed nature books and producing documentary projects since the 1950s, with his 2017 BBC series, Blue Planet II, having being given both a National Television Award and two British Academy Television Craft Awards.

As well as this, Sir David himself holds several prestigious titles including both a CBE and the Order of Merit.

The positive reaction forSir David was reflected at De Montfort University.

Max Young, who is studying forensic science, said that he thoughtSir David was “lovely” and that he agreed with the result of the poll as there was ‘no one better that he could think of’.

Likewise, intelligence systems student, Alex Vale, stated that he was ‘not surprised’ by the result of the poll and commented: “You can’t say anything bad about him from what we see of him.”

Then when asked why he thought Sir David was so overwhelmingly liked by the British public, he explained: “He’s very good at what he does and has done a lot for promoting nature and the environment.

“It also helps that he is not involved politically which would sway a lot of the public. He seems to stay neutral on those issues.”

For a more detailed look at the Yougov poll follow the link to their website at: https://yougov.co.uk/topics/entertainment/articles-reports/2018/11/07/david-attenborough-most-popular-person-britain

 

DMU to host musical experience from Ohio

By Erik Dawson and Paschal Nnedu

American composer Marc Ainger and flautist Ann Stimson will be welcomed by De Montfort University’s Music, Technology and Innovation department tonight(WedNOV7) to showcase a selection of electro acoustic pieces in the Pace Building.

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Tuning up: Ann Stimson and Marc Ainger

This evening, the duo will perform a range of musical pieces combining electronic music with acoustic sounds, most of them being played by Stimson on her flute.

The duo, who both teach at the Ohio State University School of Music, have travelled to England to go on a ‘mini tour’ where they will perform the musical pieces in Leicester, Birmingham, as well as other universities across the country.

The show has been described by Aigner as “not only a musical performance but a musical experience.”

He added that the goal of these pieces is to “expand the sound of the flute” by modifying and manipulating the sounds through his computer.

The experience will focus on the movement of the music around the listener, which Aigner described as “flying around your head” through large speakers placed around the room, with the aim to have the audience “surrounded by sound.”

One of the pieces the pair will play, named ‘A walk’ is composed from the noises of Stockholm they heard whilst walking through it. These include the sound of the Metro, and ambient sounds of the city as well as Stimson’s phone ringtone.

The aim of this piece for Ainger is to “provide a narrative of walking through the city” for the listener and to take them on a journey.

If you are interested in experiencing this musical performance tonight, it will be taking place in the Pace Building located on the DMU campus tonight from 7pm until 8:30pm with free entry, and you can contact James Andean at james.andean@dmu.ac.uk to reserve a place.

Locals take to online activism, enraged over sudden pub closure

By Isobel Rix and Beatriz Ferreira

Pub-goers devastated at the sudden closure of The Clarendon in Leicester have launched a Facebook campaign to try to save it.

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The Facebook page ‘Save the Clarendon Pub’ has already accumulated 410 members and an additional page ‘Save the Clarendon – latest news’ has acquired 72 likes, all with a vested interest in saving their beloved local.

The Clarendon unexpectedly closed towards the end of October – the latest in a string of pubs to shut down in the city in recent years.

It is heralded by many as having been a traditional, welcoming and friendly pub, popular in the area with many sharing their fond memories of the establishment.

Meryl Lynn Holohan posted on The Clarendon pub Facebook page: “I remember it from when I lived in Montague Rd where I was born, I used to sit in the yard with my brother. Recently been, still a good atmosphere and still fond memories.”

John Ellison also posted: “I’ve returned here after a year or two away, it’s like coming home. Great traditional pub, friendly, relaxed and a decent pint. What more could you want really?”

The closure and launch of the Facebook page has sparked a lot of comments on social media, with some suggesting the pub’s owners, the Ei Group, formerly Enterprise Inns, had caused its closure through unfair pressures on the tenant landlords.

Jane Whiting, one of the administrators of the Facebook page, ‘Save the Clarendon Pub’ said: “We are planning future actions and intend to fight back.”

The group is discussing the possibility of boycotting Ei Group pubs and there is some have discussed the possibilities of applying to register the pub as an ACV (Asset of Community Value).

Jane claimed the pub closed “because the contract is set in a way that the more profit made, the more they’re [the tenants] forced to pay. But if the profit decreases, they’re forced to pay the same.”

A spokesperson for Ei issued a statement to the Leicestershire Press. It said: “We can confirm that the leaseholder for the Clarendon, Leicester, has taken the decision to close the pub. We would like to reassure members of the local community that we aim to reopen this pub as soon as possible.”

Leicester has lost more than one in ten of its pubs since 2010, according to official figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Students give thumbs up to Wayne Rooney’s controversial final England appearance

By Luke Norman and Oliver Taylor

DMU students have backed the FA’s decision to recall Wayne Rooney to the England squad for one final game, believing his current form for American football team DC United proves him deserving of another call up for the national side.

England’s leading all-time goalscorer will come out of international retirement to make his 120th appearance for the national team. He will play in a friendly against the USA on Thursday, November 15.

It will be a farewell international appearance for the Manchester United legend, and all proceeds from the game will go to the Wayne Rooney Foundation which helps children suffering from health and abuse issues and those facing educational challenges.

There has been some controversy over allowing Rooney to play this final game as it does not fit the current direction that England manager Gareth Southgate has for the national team.

Some, including Leicester and England goalkeeping legend Peter Shilton, have argued, that it cheapens the honour of winning a cap for the national team, as this one has seemingly been gifted to Rooney.

Leicestershire press reporters Oliver Taylor and Luke Norman went out onto the DMU campus to find out what students had to say about the farewell appearance of Rooney.

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