Related IMG has confirmed the official charity partners for this year’s Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, which takes place on Sunday 12 June. The official charities are: The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), LIVESTRONG Foundation, Michael J Fox Foundation, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), Real Options for City Kids (R.O.C.K.), Save the Children and the Travis Manion Foundation.From supporting cancer patients to providing less fortunate children with fitness opportunities, athletes will compete to raise funds and awareness for a variety of important causes at the 2016 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.“For three years our partnership with the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon has helped the LIVESTRONG Foundation stay on course to serve thousands of cancer patients and survivors,” said LIVESTRONG Fundrasing and Events Manager Robert Ramos. “We are so appreciative of all the devoted Team LIVESTRONG participants and wish them the best of luck as they swim, run and ride to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now.”All partner charities will all have coveted race slots available to the public, each with its own fundraising requirements to help raise money on behalf of the charity. Interested supporters are encouraged to reach out to the charity closest to their heart for more information on becoming a team participant early as spaces fill up quickly. The deadline to participate on behalf of a partner charity is 7 March 2016.“Partnering with the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon over the last six years has made a significant impact on our overall fundraising efforts and we are grateful to be locked in as a partner charity moving forward,” said R.O.C.K. Executive Director Curt Yagi.“As a small, San Francisco-based nonprofit organization with a focus on active-based learning, the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon Charity Partner program has been and will continue to be a great way to gain exposure to an entirely new group of people and raise money in a way that is aligned to our mission.”Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) – The CAF is the world leader in helping people with physical challenges lead active, healthy lifestyles. CAF believes that participation in physical activity at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. Since 1994, more than US$70 million has been raised and more than 11,000 funding requests from people with physical challenges in all 50 US states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. CAF’s mission is clear: ‘give opportunities and support to those with the desire to live active, athletic lifestyles.’LIVESTRONG Foundation – Athletes can secure an entry through Team LIVESTRONG and ‘cross the finish line for something bigger than miles.’ As a member of Team LIVESTRONG, fundraising efforts will help the Foundation provide free programs and services for people currently affected by cancer. Helping cancer survivors and their loved ones has been the organization’s goal from day one. LIVESTRONG believes in putting the patient first, and has created tools and resources to help ease the challenges of a cancer diagnosis. Participation with LIVESTRONG ‘ensures no one will have to fight cancer alone.’Michael J. Fox Foundation – The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensure the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today. Each year, thousands of community members worldwide turn their passions and interest into unique fundraising events and athletic feats as a part of Team Fox, the foundation’s grassroots fundraising program. Over the last 10 years, Team Fox members have raised over US$45 million to speed a cure for Parkinson’s.Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) – The MMRF is a cancer research organization that is breaking down barriers and leading the way to cure cancer Multiple myeloma is, at this time an incurable blood cancer. The organization’s goal is to change that. The MMRF’s research model which demands collaboration and opens data worldwide, has helped triple the life expectancy of myeloma patients in just 12 years, while also accelerating and developing treatments that are being explored for 30 other cancers. The MMRF has raised over US$300 million since it was founded in 1998. A significant 90% of all funds raised go to cancer research.Real Options for City Kids (R.O.C.K.) – R.O.C.K. is an award-winning non-profit organization providing San Francisco children with positive opportunities. R.O.C.K. offers sports and fitness, community service, learning enrichment, leadership training and outdoor adventure programs for girls and boys ages 6 – 17 who need it the most. The mission of R.O.C.K. is to nurture the healthy development of children by listening attentively to their needs and providing opportunities to those who might not otherwise have access.Save the Children – Save the Children is an international children’s relief organization coming up on its 100th birthday. By fundraising with this charity, triathletes will help provide children with what they deserve – a healthy start, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. Working in more than 120 countries including the United States, Save the Children focuses on programs involving literacy, health & nutrition, hunger, and much more. Racing with them means bringing a better future to children at home in the US and around the world.Travis Manion Foundation – Shortly after the death of 1st Lt. Travis Manion in Iraq on 29 April 2007, the fallen Marine’s mother, the late Janet Manion, founded the Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) to assist the US nation’s veterans and families of the fallen. TMF engages with veterans and families of the fallen in all stages of their personal journeys and offers them unique opportunities to empower them to achieve their goals.Top triathletes from around the globe will take over the streets and waters of San Francisco for the 2016 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on Sunday 12 June. Showcasing the beauty of San Francisco, triathletes will embark on a 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the shoreline of Marina Green, an 18 mile hilly bike ride through the Presidio and an eight mile trail run out to Baker Beach and up the infamous Sand Ladder.IMG is a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, operating in more than 25 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages thousands of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is ‘the world’s largest independent producer and distributor of sports media.’IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, the world’s leading entertainment agency, to form WME | IMG.www.escapefromalcatraztriathlon.com
Jonathan Goldsmith is secretary general of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, which represents about one million European lawyers through its member bars and law societies. He blogs weekly for the Gazette on European affairs Last week, I spoke about patents, and despaired over the decision to split the new Unified Patent Court into three venues, because France, Germany and the UK could not agree where it should go. So they all got a piece of it, which is the least satisfactory solution. (However, it appears that the long-running saga is not yet over.) This week, we see a bit more of the same, and in relation to another court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ). I see it as my role to give the positive side of the European project – of which there is much to say – and to berate the UK press, which abuses the EU thoughtlessly day after day. But I am sorry to report that I shall have to continue the theme of last week, and criticise the tendency of national governments to promote national interests over those of the EU in Europe-wide initiatives, to the detriment of us all. On 28 March 2011, the president of the ECJ wrote to the president of the European Parliament seeking amendments to the Statute of the ECJ, and in particular ‘to amend the rules relating to the composition of the Grand Chamber and to establish the office of Vice-President of the Court of Justice, to increase the number of judges of the General Court and to provide for the possibility of attaching temporary judges to the specialised courts.’ The main reason for these changes is that ‘the prospects of a constant increase in the number of cases brought, in particular following the 2004 and 2007 accessions and the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, need to be considered’. One of the chief requests of the president of the ECJ was for 12 more judges for the General Court (from 27 to 39). This was a mistake. He should have asked for 27 more judges, because then each member state could have had its own. But 12 does not go easily into 27. He should have asked rather for 13 and a half judges, which would have allowed, say, France to own the head and Germany the feet. Now, however, with 12, the member states cannot decide how to select the judges’ nationality. The European Parliament’s rapporteur blamed ‘individual national vanities of member states’. We need to stress here whose responsibility it is: not the supposedly ridiculous Eurocrats of Brussels or members of the European Parliament, but the democratically elected governments of the member states which, for the second time in a short period, have put national interests before European ones. As a result, when the parliament debated the matter at its plenary session on 5 July, it split the president’s request into two. All the non-controversial issues went through – such as creating the posts of vice-presidents, allowing the presidents of five-judge chambers not to participate in cases sent to the large chamber, increasing the number of judges who can participate in the work of the large chamber from 13 to 15, and attaching temporary judges to specialised courts. But the issue of the number of judges for the General Court has been postponed, pending further debate. This is a serious matter. The president’s long letter deserves reading in its entirety, but on the backlog faced by the General Court, he says this: ‘The difficulties faced by EU litigants bringing a case before the General Court are well known. For several years now, the number of cases disposed of by the General Court has been lower than the number of new cases, so that the number of pending cases is rising constantly. At the end of 2010, there were 1,300 cases pending, whereas, in the same year, 527 cases were disposed of. ‘From 20.9 months in 2004, the average duration of proceedings rose to 27.2 months in 2009. Even though it was reduced to 24.7 months in 2010, it is much greater in certain classes of action. Thus, the average duration of proceedings in cases dealt with by way of judgment last year was 42.5 months for state aid cases and 56 months for other competition cases.’ He himself refers to the principle that cases should be dealt with within a reasonable period of time, or face being in breach of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention of Human Rights. Let us not blame an abstract ‘Europe’ for this. When the EU is facing such perilous times, can we not ask and expect that our elected governments behave in a more serious fashion?
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FRISCO, Texas – The Northwestern State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee completed its 2014 “Pop Tab” drive to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. With the help of other student organizations on campus, Northwestern State collected a record total 814 pounds of tabs. Sam Houston State finished behind Northwestern State for the third consecutive year, collecting 313.5 pounds of pop tabs. McNeese State finished third with 235.1 pounds followed by Central Arkansas (172.8) and Lamar (100.4) as the only Southland schools to collect more than 100 pounds. As a conference, 1,731.6 pounds of pull tabs were collected for the Ronald McDonald House. The “Pop Tab Drive” is one of several community service projects Northwestern State student-athletes undertake to help the Natchitoches community. Demon student-athletes also take part in activities that support organizations such as Samaritan’s Feet, Operation Support Our Troops, American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, Can River Children’s Home and many other local community groups. The entire Northwestern State campus, including SAAC, Greek Life, Student Activities and other on-campus organizations, contributed to the drive. The total earned Northwestern State the Southland Conference “Pop Tab Drive” championship for the third consecutive year with the Demons collecting more than all the other participating league members. Demon student-athletes collected pop tabs from soft drink cans, which will be turned over for recycling and the money will go to St. Jude’s. The 2014 total was more than 500 pounds than the previous record of 297.6 pounds set by Northwestern State during the 2011-12 academic year.
FRISCO, Texas – New Orleans freshman guard Randi Brown has been named Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced Sunday. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own player. Brown found her grove to end the season, starting with tying a career-high in the home finale against Southeastern on Thursday. Brown went for another 30 points, a mark she accomplished first against the same Lady Lions two weeks earlier. Brown grabbed five rebounds, four steals, and three assists in Thursday’s game. On Saturday, Brown turned it up in the second half against Northwestern State. With the Privateers trailing by as many as 10, Brown went to work going 6-for-8 from the field in the final 20 minutes of play and scoring 15 points to help New Orleans close the season on a four-game winning streak. Brown scored 159 points (26.5 per game) over the final six games and the Privateers were 5-1 in that stretch. Honorable mention this week goes to Houston Baptist senior forward Erin McGarrachan, Lamar junior guard Addesha Collins and Stephen F. Austin senior center Porsha Roberts. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland women’s basketball sports information directors.
Share This!©DisneyAre you looking forward to celebrating friendship with Pixar Fest at the Disneyland Resort? Pixar Fest will kick off on April 13 and run through September 3. This special limited-time event will bring favorite Pixar stories and characters together with special parades, fireworks and more throughout the Disneyland Resort. Guests will also be able to experience new décor, atmosphere entertainment, themed food and beverage and new merchandise items. And yes, there will be Pixar characters too.With those exciting dining opportunities, Guests will be able to take advantage of special dining packages. Take a look at what you can expect:Paint the Night Parade Dining PackageEnjoy a a mouthwatering meal at one of two premier Disney California Adventure Park restaurants. Choose between Carthay Circle Restaurant or Wine Country Trattoria. After your meal, you’ll receive a voucher for entrance to one of the reserved areas designated for viewing Paint the Night. At Carthay Circle, Guests will be able to enjoy a full-service, 4-course dinner from the prix fixe menu. Dinner costs $99 for adults and $45 for children (ages 3 to 9). At Wine Country Trattoria, Guests will enjoy a 3-course lunch or dinner from the prix fixe menu. Lunch starts at $38 for adults and $21 for children (ages 3 to 9). Dinner starts at $49 for adults and $25 for children (ages 3 to 9).Sonoma Terrace Paint the Night Parade ReceptionWith the Sonoma Terrace Paint the Night Parade Reception at Disney California Adventure, Guests can take in the parade from a unique vantage point all while enjoying a charcuterie tray and desserts served with wine, beer, Coca-Cola or other non-alcoholic beverages, plus boxed truffles to enjoy later. The cost is $79 per person (tax and gratuity included).Pixar Play Parade Dining PackageIn Disneyland, experience Pixar Fest by dining at Plaza Inn before enjoying Pixar Play Parade. Dine on a delicious picnic-inspired meal with a chicken breast and leg, white cheddar macaroni and cheese, lemon green beans, watermelon salad, pudding dessert and your choice of beverage. The kid’s meal will include chicken tenders, choice of side, fruit, pudding dessert and your choice of beverage. In addition, vegetarian options are available upon request. Those who book this dining package will receive Disney FASTPASS for special reserved viewing areas for Pixar Play Parade.Reservations for the first two dining packages are available now and the Pixar Play Parade Dining Package will be available to book in early March.
Man City boss Guardiola: We must finish better against Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has warned his players they must take their chances when they face Liverpool.Guardiola was speaking after victory at Southampton.”We missed a lot of chances. The game could’ve been six or seven. We have to score (more),” he said.”Liverpool are not going to give us this amount of chances. I’ve always had this feeling. We scored 106 goals last season – the best ever – but I thought we had to score more.”In every department I think we can improve. I said that two months ago when everybody said how beautiful and how handsome we were. There were many things I liked today.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
MONTREAL – The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board says area home sales increased by 10 per cent in June, driven by a hot condo market.There were 3,952 properties sold last month, the highest level for June in eight years.The data comes amid concerns that a 15 per cent foreign buyers’ tax in the Greater Toronto Area could have a spillover effect on Canada’s second-largest city.Quebec’s finance minister has said he has no plans in the near term to introduce such a tax since foreigners accounted for only about 1.5 per cent of all Montreal-area sales in the first nine months of 2016, according to the Canada Mortgage Housing Corp.Housing sales in June were aided by a 17 per cent increase in sales on the Island of Montreal.Condominium sales were up 20 per cent, marking a steady increase for a second consecutive month, while sales of single family homes rose four per cent.The average price of Montreal area homes was $362,207 for June, up six per cent from a year ago. The average price for single family homes rose nine per cent to $396,367.
DOHA, Qatar – Qatar’s ruling emir and French President Emmanuel Macron signed 12 billion euros ($14 billion) in deals during the French president’s visit to Doha on Thursday, including the purchase of 12 French-made Dassault Rafale fighter jets with the option of buying 36 more.The agreement brings the total number of Rafales the Gulf Arab country will have to 36.Macron is travelling with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who in 2015 as defence minister helped negotiate a deal with Qatar to buy 24 Rafale fighter jets. As part of a deal negotiated two years ago, Qatar exercised its right to purchase 12 aircraft.France and Qatar also agreed that Qatar would purchase 490 VBCI armoured vehicles from French firm Nexter, and signed a transportation deal with France’s national rail authority to manage and maintain Doha’s planned metro, as well as a light rail system north of Doha.Qatar announced it would additionally buy 50 Airbus twin-engine A321s with option of buying 30 more.Macron’s one-day trip to Qatar comes as the Gulf nation faces continued isolation and a boycott by some of its Arab neighbours. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut relations with Qatar over allegations it supports extremists and has too-close relations with Iran.Qatar has long denied supporting extremists and shares a massive offshore natural gas field with Tehran. It has also rejected demands put forth by the quartet as infringement on its sovereignty.In a rare press conference, held with Macron, Qatar’s ruling emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said it was especially disappointing that neighbouring states cut off ties with Qatar during the holy month of Ramadan in June.“For us, our dignity and the sovereignty of Qatar are above everything. If our brothers want to resolve this crisis then we are ready on a basis that is clear and feasible to everyone and without the interference of anyone’s sovereignty,” he said.Earlier this week, a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Kuwait failed to bring the standoff any closer to a resolution.While in Qatar, Macron travelled to the vast al-Udeid air base, which hosts U.S.-led international coalition operations against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and the war in Afghanistan.The air base is home to some 10,000 American troops and the forward headquarters of the U.S. military’s Central Command. France also has a contingent of several hundred French troops in Qatar as part of the 1,200 French forces active in the region in the battle against the IS group.Macron smiled and shook hands with the French and American soldiers who greeted him at the base before walking into a meeting with the base’s top commanders.Speaking to coalition soldiers, he said the next few months of battle will determine the outcome of the war against the IS group in Iraq in Syria.“This military win does not signify the end of the operations and the end of our battle because first we need to stabilize and win peace in Iraq and Syria,” he told troops. “Next spring is decisive in the situation in Iraq.”Macron also stressed in his remarks at the air base that France wants to avoid partition in Syria and “avoid the domination of certain international elements whose interests contradict peace.”Later, during his joint press conference, he noted the importance of maintaining the Iranian nuclear accord that France helped negotiate alongside other world powers. He also called for an internationally defined framework to contain Iran’s regional ambitions and “ways to put limits” on Iran’s presence in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.___Follow Fay Abuelgasim on Twitter at www.twitter.com/fayabuelgasim .__This story has been corrected to show that the deals signed are worth 12 billion euros, not $12 billion.
TORONTO – Police are seeking to arrest a Toronto businessman charged with the fraudulent sale of hundreds of millions of dollars of securities to Chinese citizens.The allegations against Xiao Hua Gong, also known as Edward Gong, follow an investigation by the Ontario Securities Commission.He faces a charge of fraud over $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime, laundering proceeds of crime and uttering a forged document. None of the allegations have been proven in court.The OSC charges against Gong stem from the fraudulent sales of securities in two companies, O24 Pharma PLC and Canada National TV Inc., from Jan. 1, 2012 to Dec. 20 of this year.The OSC alleges that both companies were controlled by Gong and the sale of their securities was orchestrated by Gong from the Toronto area.The OSC also alleges that a significant percentage of the money obtained by the scheme was directed to Gong’s bank accounts in Canada which he then used for his benefit.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Canada National TV Inc.