The buzz is building fast about the royal couple's upcoming three-day visit to the United States, which starts on Friday. Many event planners spent this Fourth of July preparing for newlyweds, Prince William and his bride, Catherine, who will make their first stop in California, home of the eternal sunshine and Hollywood glitz.
A fabulous dinner at a Consular-General Reception Friday evening inside a private home will be their first official event. The reception is invitation only and being held on behalf of the United Kingdom Trade and Investment, a government department that looks after British business interests and start-ups overseas, according to Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, private secretary for the royal couple.
It has been reported that celebrities are competing for an invitation to the event dinner. more >>
An estimated 1,300 reporters are following Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, during their first trip abroad as a married couple, confirming to Americans they have that undeniable “star power.”
The media has already reported on the couple's every move during the Royal Tour in Canada this week, from Prince William’s habits to former Kate Middleton’s wardrobe changes.
The Royal Tour was tagged as “Moving Forward Together" by palace officials. more >>
OMAHA, Neb. – An estimated crowd of 200 College World Series fans turned out for the 12th annual 9th Inning Ministry breakfast in Omaha Saturday morning. They heard former big leaguer Ed Hearn, Texas A&M assistant coach Mike Clement, and Texas A&M players Jacob House and Troy Stein talk about their faith journey.
Clement, a former player who went on to serve in various coaching capacities, told the audience he wasn’t always motivated by his faith. Instead, he said he was driven by the thrill of competition and the opportunity to win.
“At one point in my coaching career, the Lord sort of pushed me up against the wall and really asked me to check myself and see why I was doing what I was doing,” Clement told the audience. more >>
An increasing number of sports teams are using a similar marketing strategy to get people to come out to ballparks and arenas – faith.
Major League Baseball teams such as the Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants will hold, or already have held, promotions for Christian groups this season.
The Giants are also planning a Jewish Heritage and LDS Family Night. The Oakland A’s will hold a Jewish Heritage Night with fans getting an A’s yarmulke. The Philadelphia Phillies will also hold a Jewish Heritage Night. The Florida Marlins are offering an Inspirational Forum. And the Colorado Rockies will hold their fifth Faith Day for people of all faiths. more >>
On Friday, nearly a billion people around the world focused on a wedding taking place in London’s Westminster Abbey: The marriage between Prince William, second in line to the British throne, and his bride, Kate Middleton.
For months people have focused on wedding details: Who will design the wedding dress? What jewels will she wear? What food will be served at the wedding breakfast?
But maybe we’re focusing on the wrong things. As my colleague Anne Morse noted this week in National Review Online, divorces among the royals have become so common that, shortly after the engagement was announced, British bookies began taking bets about when William and Kate’s divorce would take place. more >>
Former major league pitcher Brian Bannister recently informed Japanese baseball officials he has no plans to play in Japan or the United States, according to an AP story released Tuesday. The Japan Times is saying the 30-year-old will retire.
Bannister signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract with the Yomiuri Giants during the off season. According to the Japan Times, he left Japan last month in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami, citing fears over the nuclear crisis facing the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
The Giants placed him on the restricted list, which forbids him from playing for any other team in Japan, or anywhere else, without first resolving matters with the Giants. more >>