VeloVie and Essor USA are Official Bike Sponsors of HITS Triathlon…

first_img Related HITS Inc has confirmed that carbon bike specialist VeloVie and accessories company Essor USA will be the official bike sponsors of the HITS Triathlon Series nationwide US race tour.VeloVie’s claim to fame is its personalized, direct-to consumer approach and its ‘Pay a little and you get a lot’ mantra. According to the company, this translates into significant savings and excellent customer experience. In keeping with that philosophy, the company will provide additional discounts to HITS athletes, competitor swag and podium prizes at all HITS races.“VeloVie is proud to partner with HITS Triathlon Series,” said Mehdi Farsi, Co-Founder and CMO for VeloVie. “Our high calibre products fit hand-in-hand with all that HITS offers – a dedication to the sport and interest in helping both novice and experienced athletes achieve their goals.”In addition to VeloVie, its sister company Essor USA has joined the HITS Triathlon Series as Official Bike Accessory Sponsor. Offering carbon fibre bike products at reasonable prices, Essor USA was created by passionate cyclists and industry professionals. The company provides carbon fibre components, accessories and apparel that ‘take the art of cycling to a whole new level.’Essor USA, like VeloVie, “Is the perfect fit for anyone – those just beginning the cycling experience and those who want to intensify their competitive potential,” added Farsi. “We have high performance upgrades at prices that won’t break the bank. Our commitment to athletes is demonstrated through our rewards programs, outstanding warranty and customer service. Together with HITS, we will empower athletes to take their training and racing to great heights.”With three successful years of racing in the bag and growing numbers of participants, HITS Triathlon Series is dedicated to aligning with sponsors that are offer ‘exceptional service, value-driven pricing, customization and proven dedication to the sport.’ Both VeloVie and Essor USA are seen to exemplify these values, in keeping with HITS’ own.HITS North Country 140.6 champion Adam Folts, who rides a VeloVie bike while racing, said, “VeloVie and Essor are great companies for every athlete. They offer the same material and components as other competing brands at half the price.” Folts added, “They both offer top-notch products at a fraction of the cost. That is something I can stand (or swim, bike and run) behind.”While established in 2011, HITS Triathlon Series has quickly made its mark, gaining momentum and recognition in the multisport community, winning the support of both industry and mainstream sponsors. “It’s rewarding to see HITS’ sponsorships grow with our races,” noted Thomas Struzzieri, HITS President and CEO.“Partnering with companies as dedicated to advancing triathlon as we are, such as Velovie and Essor, benefits athletes and the sport in general. Our participants will appreciate their meticulous craftsmanship and value.”Formed in 2006 and based in Tempe, Arizona, VeloVie was founded on pure love for the sport of cycling and a commitment to creating the ultimate ride. Founder Homay Farsi, along with Mehdi Farsi, Reza Farsi and Eric Ferguson live for the bike, hence the name VeloVie. They offer individual customization on each bike they sell, ‘whittling the bicycle buying experience down to its most essential factors.’Essor, founded by the same partners, designs lightweight and affordable carbon fibre parts. Designed in the USA, these products ‘equip cycling enthusiasts with the tools they need to perform their best and pursue their passion.’HITS Triathlon Series events feature five distances geared to the needs, training, capacity and personal goals of every athlete. In addition to providing a product for the seasoned athlete with the Sprint, Olympic, Half and Full distance races, HITS also developed the entry-level Open format and ‘introduced the sport to those who never imagined themselves beginning or finishing such an event.’HITS Triathlon Series offers ten events in desirable locations across the United States, culminating with the HITS Championship in Palm Springs, California on 6-7 December 2014. The next event will take place this weekend on 16-17 August 2014 in Waconia, Minnesota.HITS Inc is a special events management company focused on producing endurance sports events and hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS is dedicated to ‘creating high-quality events in desirable destinations with unmatched, professional operations.’www.HitsEndurance.comwww.velovie.comlast_img read more

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From Creases to leases

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UK right not to adopt EU justice measure, Lords committee says

first_imgEuropean Union laws setting minimum rights for defendants and victims are in the interests of British citizens, but the government was right not to sign up to a Lisbon treaty proposal guaranteeing suspects access to a lawyer, a committee of peers has said. The Lords Justice and Institutions EU sub-committee reported this week: ‘There are legitimate concerns that EU citizens who find themselves involved in the criminal justice system of another member state, either as defendants or victims of crime, are disadvantaged.’ British citizens, who are ‘accustomed to high standards of legal protection at home’, may find themselves with fewer rights than they would expect in their own country, the report says. The report follows the committee’s enquiry into the growing body of EU criminal justice legislation and its likely effect on British citizens, during which it heard evidence from the Law Society and the Bar Council. It found: ‘There is a widespread perception that the development of cross-border law enforcement measures has not been matched by balancing measures to ensure the rights of those defendants and victims involved.’ To date, it said, the EU legislative effort has prioritised law enforcement, with a focus on facilitating mutual recognition – so that decisions made by the judicial authorities of member states are given effect by the judicial authorities of another. The committee welcomed the 2009 Lisbon treaty, which put in place ‘road maps’ of planned legislation to secure defendants and victims rights, It says such road maps are the best way to protect British people from possible legal problems abroad and recommends that the government take a positive approach to opting in to such EU legislation. However, it accepts that there are problems in incorporating the rules into the UK’s criminal law systems and agrees with the government that the proposal for access to a lawyer in the current road map proposal would be ‘too disruptive for the UK criminal justice systems’, supporting its decision not to opt in. But the committee hopes the outcome of the negotiations on the directive would be legislation that the UK could opt in to. It concludes that the government should continue to look favourably in principle at opting in to further road map legislation, bearing in mind particularly the influence that the UK can have in raising standards across the EU. But it recommends that, before the European Commission expands its criminal justice policy, the road map legislation should be put in place and its impact assessed. Committee chair Lord Bowness said: ‘Significant EU law enforcement legislation such as the European arrest warrant now needs to be complemented by measures protecting European citizens. ‘By establishing minimum legal rights for both defendants and victims, regardless of which EU member state they are from, we can ensure that British citizens are guaranteed a high level of care and protection, regardless of where they might find themselves in trouble,’ he said. ‘However, we recognise that EU legislation could easily cause significant problems as member states have such diverse national laws. To protect against this, we recommend that the minimum rights set at EU level should be firmly grounded in the European Court of Human Rights and other international law norms.’ A Law Society spokeswoman said the Society supports the principle of improving procedural rights provision in criminal proceedings across the EU and supports the current initiative for a directive on the right of access to a lawyer. Head of policy at Fair Trials International Catherine Heard, said: ‘We are delighted that this report sees a clear need for safeguards to be built into EU law for basic rights like access to an interpreter and a lawyer, which are fundamental to a fair trial but are sadly under-protected in many EU countries. ‘This report echoes what Fair Trials International has been saying for years – prosecution measures like the European arrest warrant have been prioritised, at the expense of these crucial defence rights.’ She added ‘The UK must work with its EU partners to get these safeguards right, or more cases of injustice will follow.’last_img read more

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Protests hit Gabon over changes to constitution

first_imgPresident Ali Bongo Ondimba has been out of the country since October seeking medical treatment.Thousands of Gabonese workers took to the streets on Monday to protest against recent changes to the country’s constitution regarding leadership.President Ali Bongo Ondimba has been out of the country since October seeking medical treatment – first in Saudi Arabia, followed by Morocco. Reports indicate that he suffered a stroke while on an official visit to Riyadh.In his absence, Gabon’s Constitutional Court amended part of the constitution to allow the vice-president, Pierre-Claver Maganga Moussavou, to hold ministerial meetings and to unblock pending cases.The country’s trade union alliance wants the president of the Senate to act as interim president, which is what the constitution outlined before the amendments.Related Burundi Protests Suspended Rebuilding Ebola Hit-Statescenter_img Ping slams proposed changes to Gabon constitution as ‘autocratic’last_img read more

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Panthers edge Vikings in thriller

first_imgRussell HedgesIt started out like it was going to be a Parkway cakewalk. It ended with fans of both the Panthers and the Airline Vikings on their feet at Preston Crownover Stadium, urging their respective teams on.Parkway’s undefeated season and a possible outright District 1-5A championship hung in the balance.The Panthers had jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter. But after that it was a toe-to-toe battle for Bossier City high school football supremacy.Players from both teams put it all on the line for four quarters. For a while in the fourth, the momentum was with Airline and an upset seemed possible.Jere Grice/Press-TribuneParkway’s Brodrick Jefferson caught seven passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 30-23 victory over Airline Friday.With the score tied at 23, the Vikings stopped the Panthers on a fourth-and-3. Airline took over at the Parkway 46 and moved to the 27.On third-and-6, the Vikings came tantalizing close to completing a pass inside the 10. On fourth down, a 40-yard field goal attempt failed.It’s in these moments that big-time players make their presence felt. Parkway has two of the best in senior quarterback Brandon Harris and senior wide receiver Brodrick Jefferson.On third-and-10, Jefferson caught a pass from Harris, escaped a tackle and got a first down. A play later he ran 53 yards up the middle for an apparent touchdown that was erased by a penalty.Harris then broke loose to the Airline 22. On third- and-8 from the 20, he lofted a pass to the end zone. Jefferson went up and got it for the go-ahead score with 1:39 left.It wasn’t over until the Panthers recovered a fumble near midfield that allowed them to run out the clock.With the 30-23 victory, Parkway finished the regular season 9-0, the first undefeated season in school history. The Panthers won the outright District 1-5A title at 5-0. Airline, which could have earned a share of the title with a victory, finished 5-5 overall and 3-2 in district.“It’s an amazing feeling,” Parkway coach David Feaster said. “This is something that we’re going to have some perspective probably more as we grow and look back on it. But to have a perfect season like this, and to be in 5A when we have our perfect season.“It would’ve been one thing if we had gone back down to 4A, and beaten those guys and so forth. But to be in 5A, the largest classification, and have our kids play this well every week, is amazing.”Airline coach Bo Meeks was obviously disappointed in the loss, but he couldn’t have gotten a better effort from his players.He told his team after the game that they had become a “great football team.”“I could not be prouder of the effort of our guys tonight,” he said. “To fight back after being 14 down and being on the verge of winning against a team that everyone is talking about going to the Superdome. We were 2-4 and left for dead after Week 6. It’s just a testament to what these assistant coaches and players have done.”The Vikings put pressure on LSU signee Harris throughout the game, forcing him into some poor throws in the first half.But Harris still accounted for almost 400 yards total offense. He completed 14 of 29 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed 15 times for 90 yards.Jefferson, who grabbed seven passes for 222 yards, caught an 87-yard touchdown pass on Parkway’s second series. Austin Roth was on the receiving end of a 17-yard score on the Panthers’ first drive.Avery Shoebridge kicked a 22-yard field goal with 3 seconds left in the half to give the Panthers a 17-15 lead. Demetrius McAtee also scored on a 1-yard run. William McKnight had a big catch that set up a touchdown.Trey Walker, Dante Williams, Marquis King and Matthew Harper had strong efforts on defense.Walker had 15 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble. Williams had 12 tackles and an interception.King ended a promising Airline drive with an interception and had 13 tackles. Harper had four tackles for losses and recovered a fumble.Zac Scroggins also helped the cause with eight tackles.Airline had its share of stars, too.In his post-game speech, Meeks told junior quarterback Jacob James that he turned in a “warrior’s effort.”James scored touchdowns on runs of 17 and 6 yards. He also completed 18 of 26 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions.James also had a two-point conversion run after his first TD, a 17-yard run.He hit Charlie Matthews on a 7-yard swing pass for a touchdown. Matthews is a defensive lineman who came in and lined up in the slot.Shuncee Thomas also had a big game, gaining 114 yards on 18 carries. A lot of the credit for that goes to Airline’s offensive line.Receivers Darian Germany, Cameron Taylor, Roderick Spurlock and D’Juan Byrd all had big catches.Tyrice Neal and Jawillis McClinton had interceptions.As emotional as the game was, both the Panthers and Vikings will have to put it behind them quickly and get ready for the playoffsRussell Hedges is the sports editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune. You can contact him by e-mail at [email protected] comPremier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. 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