BROKEN RECORDS EXPECTED The World Para Athletics Championships kicks off the Summer of World Athletics today with 10 days of action at the London Stadium. On the morning of the first day of action from the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017, organisers have confirmed that the event will enjoy the biggest audience in World Para Sport championship history. Tonight’s session at the London Stadium will open with 20,000, before a Saturday night attendance expected to exceed 27,000. With tomorrow night set for at least 31,000 spectators, athletes will experience the best support ever experienced outside of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The excitement will be further heightened in the early part of the week as the Mayor of London-backed schools’ ticketing pro-gramme will see tens of thousands of schoolchildren attend the Championships – 70,000 of whom will help fill the stadium on Monday and Tuesday’s morning sessions alone. In addition, records are set to be broken in terms of broadcasting, with TV pictures set to be beamed to more than 20 countries around the world. The final days before the Championships have also garnered royal support to #FillTheStadium, with Prince Harry joining forces with T42 sprinter and Paralympic bronze medallist Dave Henson to encourage people to show their support for the world’s best Para athletes. Niels de Vos, championship director, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce a record-opening weekend for a World Para Sport championship as well as the amazing global reach of the broadcast figures. We wanted to make this the most watched World Para Athletics Championships in history for the sport.” Sir Philip Craven, International Paralympic Committee president, said: “Even before London 2017 begins, it is record breaking in pretty much all areas. Not only has the event shattered all records in terms of spectator attendance and commercial support for a Para Sport championships, the global reach of the event will also make history. “With TV pictures set to be beamed to more than 20 countries and over 800 media accredited, the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 will reach more people than ever before around the world. Just like London 2012, this is going to be an event not to be missed.” The World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 kick off the Summer of World Athletics and the biggest sporting event in the world in 2017 with the IAAF World Championships following at the London Stadium, August 4-13.
If you struggle to see while driving at night, then watch out this Friday, the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Winter Solstice officially arrives at 10:08 p.m. on Friday, bringing 14 hours and seven minutes of darkness between sunset at 4:48 p.m. and sunrise at 6:55 a.m. on Saturday. The good news is the long night should not be too troubling on the eyes. In fact, experts say many drivers will not even notice. “There’s no reason to (worry about) five to 10 minutes of extra darkness,” said Ed Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory. In fact, 70 percent of women say they sometimes have trouble seeing in the dark compared with 49 percent of men, according to a recent survey from Acuvue. People report troubles judging distances while passing cars and changing lanes. Some say that constantly changing focus from the dashboard to the street leaves them dizzy. Others have problems with their field of vision, which can result in a failure to react when hazards are coming from the right or left, Brisco said. Acuvue recommends the following tips for driving at night: Avoid highway hypnosis: Keep your eyes moving from side to side, rather than focusing solely on the center line of the road. Use the night setting on the rearview mirror. By flipping the lever at the mirror’s bottom, headlights appear dim in the reflection and bring less glare to your eyes. Keep your car in good condition. Clean the headlights, signal lights and windows at least once a week. Get your vision checked regularly. People under 40 should have eye exams every three years. Those between 41 and 60 need the tests every two years. Motorists 61 and older should do annual eye tests, according to the American Optometric Association.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champBut Winter Solstice serves as a good reminder that night driving in general is a risky pursuit. One in three drivers already report difficulties of driving at night – and the accident statistics verify it. “Drivers don’t realize that driving at night is one of the greatest hazards they face, but everybody does it,” said Elise Brisco, a Los Angeles-based optometrist. “It’s a necessity.” Nearly 50 percent of fatal crashes happen at night despite fewer cars on the road, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. After the Winter Solstice, daylight gradually grows longer each day until June 20, when the Summer Solstice begins and with it comes the longest day. Brisco says the time of year is also a good reminder to get eyes tested, because even those with 20/20 vision during the day have a reduction in visibility at night because pupils dilate in low light. Drivers’ vision can drop to 20/60 or worse.