Inside the news: interview with Hans-Peter Zurbruegg, Senior VP at Infront

first_imgContinuing the endurance.biz series of ‘inside the news’ video interviews, we spoke with Hans-Peter Zurbruegg, Senior VP, Personal Corporate Fitness, at Infront.The discussion explored the diverse areas that Infront is involved with. The company is part of Chinese-owned multinational Wanda Sports. Hans-Peter (HP) noted that IRONMAN remains a key strategic partner of Infront, after the sale of IRONMAN by Wanda to Advance earlier this year.He added that Infront is a 360° service provider – offering sponsorship, media rights, digital solutions, event operations and media production. It is based in Switzerland – with Europe a key market, as well as Asia an area of focus.Infront’s Personal Corporate Fitness division is sizeable, and has a B2C and B2B component. Here, there are partnerships with the Berlin Marathon and Abbott World Marathon Majors – while Infront also owns events, such as the Roma Marathon.A big part of its business is corporate fitness, where it holds business/corporate run events – such as the B2Run series, with, so far, over 200,000 individuals participating.Other activities include obstacle events, as well as Megarmarsh, ‘mega hike’ events. A relatively new addition is Hyrox, which aims to ‘create a sport in fitness’. It is a combination of endurance training and physical exercises.For its own forays with virtual racing in recent months, Infront has had positive experiences, with events such as the Digital Swiss 5, the virtual version of the Tour de Suisse, generating notable traction and interest.Commenting on the long-term outlook for mass participation events, HP noted that the underlying trends are totally intact. He pointed out that the need for a work-life balance, and a consumer focus on fitness, is more pronounced than ever before. Going forward, he argued that finishing an event offers an experience that “money can’t buy”.“Events offer emotions that can’t be found anywhere else.”www.infront.sport Relatedlast_img read more

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City governments effective because they ‘have to get things done,’ says Sly James in Prairie Village talk

first_imgBrian Ellison, left, and Sly James participated in the first Village Talk event at Village Presbyterian Wednesday.In a wide ranging talk in Prairie Village Wednesday, Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James touched on everything from the role of cities in American life and how elected officials can work effectively together to the intersection of race relations and policing.The discussion was the first of Village Presbyterian Church’s new Village Talk series, a program of live conversations exploring “the intersection of faith and values, religion and public affairs, social issues and the common good.” The series is hosted by parish Associate Rev. Brian Ellison, a contributor to KCUR.Discussing his role as mayor, James said cities are widely viewed as more efficient than state and federal governments because “we don’t care about all this ideological nonsense. We have to get things done.”“At the state level and the federal level, it’s party against party. Even common sense solutions fail if they don’t meet the party criteria,” he said.While much of the talk revolved around duties as the head of Kansas City government, James also touched on a number of deeply personal topics, including the foundational experiences he had as a child that formed his current beliefs, and how those beliefs influence his views of race relations, policing, education and more in his current role.James described a childhood in the middle of the century that straddled the line between white and black Kansas City communities that rarely intersected. His parents moved the family from Wyandotte County to Kansas City, Mo., and converted them to Catholicism when James was around 9 years old so that the children could attend parochial schools.Education, he said, was something his family believed was worth making tough choices for. James attended a high school that was almost entirely white and lived in a neighborhood that was almost entirely black.“That made me less popular in both places than I would have liked to have been,” he said. “But it also gave me an education about the fact that the stereotypes that were drilled into my head around the neighborhood about white people were not true.”Today, he said, he feels passionately that people need to get to know each other on a one-on-one level before they make judgments. Having an interracial family underscores the point.“My wife is white. My kids are mixed,” he said. “It’s very hard for us to figure out who to be prejudiced against.”At one point in the evening, James said the Kansas City area faces a number of challenges, and that societal problems aren’t confined to Kansas City proper. He noted that many payday loan operations, what he described as one of the “scourges of society,” are headquartered here in Johnson County.“What they do to people and families is horrible,” he said. “But when they have the money to buy politicians, they’re never going to stop.”The next Village Talk will feature Time Magazine editor-at-large David von Drehle on Wednesday, Feb. 11. University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will be the guest April 8, and KCUR host Steve Kraske will be the guest May 13.last_img read more

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Another 14 deportees get help from Diaspora program

first_imgAttorney Wayne Golding Plans to move program to GuyanaThe Jamaican Diaspora Advisory board has continued their outreach efforts for Jamaican deportees, picking up 14 more cases for U.S. reentryAdvisory Board members and attorneys Wayne Golding and Joan Pinnock offered free council with over 350 deportees at a recent session in Kingston at the Jamaica Theological Seminary. The attorneys were assisted by attorney Cecil Rowe from New York, Seminary president Dr. Garnett Roper and founder of the Family Unification Resettlement Initiative Carneta Abarus. Golding said despite the “marathon forum,” the team was able to review each deportee’s case, with some participants traveling from as far as Negril by bus.The 14 individuals identified for possible reinstatement in the U.S. “derived citizenship from their parents,” said Golding. “And numerous other deportees were identified, whose cases have developed relevance because of changes in the interpretation of U.S. immigration law.”The program is in response to data collected at the recent Jamaica Diaspora Conference, showing a majority of deportees were removed for various criminal offenses, but those offenses were not necessarily permanent bars to returning to the U.S. legally.“Deportation from the U.S. has had a devastating effect on Jamaican families, and has led to some deportees illegally returning to the U.S. only to be imprisoned up to twenty years for the offense,” notes Golding. “Some individuals have even died attempting to return to the U.S. illegally.”The popularity of the Board’s initiative has grown to such an extent that the attorneys have been invited to meet with deportees in Guyana later this week. They also are scheduled to return to Jamaica to hold another forum next January.“The success of these forums will effectively afford the Jamaica Diaspora the opportunity to form partnerships in and outside Jamaica,” says Golding. “So we can address U.S. immigration policies affecting Caribbean families.”last_img read more

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Caribbean countries voted on UN resolution against Trump stance on Jerusalem

first_imgYesterday, despite threats from the Trump administration that country’s who vote for a United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) resolution to declare “null and void” President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, could risk not receiving US aid, 128 UN member countries voted for the resolution.Six Caribbean countries – Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines voted for the resolution.  Six other Caribbean counties – Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago abstained from voting; while the countries of St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Lucia was absent from the assembly and did not cast votes.In addition to the 128 UN member countries that voted in favor of the resolution, nine (the US, Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo) voted against and 35 abstained. The vote is seen as a victory for the Palestinians.Following the vote, the government of Jamaica issued the following statement:GOJ’s Statement Post Abstention on UNGA VoteThe Government of Jamaica has taken note of the recent announcement by the President of the United States of America recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and advising of its intention to move its Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.The Government recognizes the sovereign right of states to determine their relations with others, but notes international concerns regarding the possible implications of same.We unequivocally continue to hope for the attainment of peace and stability for the people of that region, through continued dialogue on outstanding issues.Jamaica therefore reaffirms the statement made by Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade during the UNGA in September 2017 that, “We continue to believe that the best solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis rests in a negotiated political settlement based on a just, lasting and comprehensive agreement that guarantees the security of Israel and provides for a Palestinian State, within internationally recognized borders”last_img read more

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Spring Lake girls lacrosse team thumps Hudsonville, 19-3

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Jason Witten on ‘Monday Night Football’: Revisiting the Cowboys TE’s short, failed NFL broadcasting stint

first_imgJason Witten is back on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” for the first time since he decided to un-retire and rejoin the Cowboys as a future Hall of Fame tight end. Now he’s back on the field in New York as Dallas faces off with the NFC East rival Giants in Week 9.Witten’s lone season as a prime-time NFL game analyst was met with mixed reviews at best. Now he’s back contributing to Dallas’ repeat division-winning cause in 2019. While his former broadcast partner Joe Tessitore has moved on with former field analyst Booger McFarland as the new color commentator in the MNF booth, Witten returned to the Cowboys on a one-year, $2 million deal for his age 37 season. It didn’t help with that, Witten also had a misstep to get weirdly political in calling out the NFL’s roughing the passer penalties as too liberal — for a network that’s made it a point to distance itself from being political.Found the clip. Here’s Witten calling the roughing the passer rule change “left wing” pic.twitter.com/htLzeRcm79— Conor Orr 🐟 (@ConorOrr) September 25, 2018Then came the capper in the Pro Bowl, when Witten misinformed viewers that Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Colts tight end Eric Ebron were teammates all season despite playing for AFC rival teams.Patrick Mahomes throws a TD pass to Eric EbronJason Witten: “Ebron was his guy all year”Good to see Witten in Pro Bowl form pic.twitter.com/Zy4A0lYw9H— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) January 27, 2019You can give ESPN and Witten some credit for trying to make it work, and there was some promise when the hire was announced. But in the end, Witten with the Cowboys and MNF without Witten feels a lot more natural. How did it come about for Witten to give a TV career a try, and why didn’t it work out? Here’s a look back in his one and only season on “Monday Night Football.”MORE: The glory days of “Monday Night Football”Why did Jason Witten leave ‘Monday Night Football’?Witten was never comfortable in the booth and missed being in the action vs. calling it. According to multiple reports, Witten also has had designs on another post-playing football-related career: Coaching. He was even rumored to be a darkhorse head-coaching candidate for his alma mater, Tennessee, before Jeremy Pruitt took the job in 2018.Going back to the Cowboys sets him Witten up to make a smooth transition to either their coaching staff or that of another NFL team in 2020. Ultimately, Witten also saw Dallas had great potential to remain a strong playoff team with a shot at getting him to the Super Bowl for the first time in his 16-year career.”The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong,” Witten said in a statement when announcing his return in May. “This team has a great group of rising young stars, and I want to help them make a run at a championship. This was completely my decision, and I am very comfortable with it. I’m looking forward to getting back in the dirt.”Why did ESPN choose Jason Witten for ‘Monday Night Football’?Witten not only is one of the most likeable players in the NFL, but also has great knowledge of the game. As a good friend and teammate of former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo — who has already turned into a broadcast legend doing CBS’ games of the week with Jim Nantz — there was a thought Witten’s personality and insight would also translate well to the booth.After a disastrous final season of Jon Gruden before he took the Raiders’ head coaching job again — it was brutally obvious he and play-and-play man Sean McDonough didn’t mesh — ESPN went the nice guy approach after moving pro’s pro Tessitore from college football studio duties.Before Witten called his first game of the 2018 season for ESPN, he told Sporting News this about taking the job:”I’m so honored and humbled by this opportunity. You think about all those big names, and I think, ‘My gosh.’ That’s a big reason while I’ll be standing (in the booth)” Witten said.”You can’t fill those shoes, when you think of those guys who have been in there in huge situations as analysts. These are voices we’ve heard over the past three, four, five decades. It’s just incredible the jobs that they did. Now I have that opportunity to carry that vision and what they’ve built. You can’t match what they’ve done — you really can’t. I would be foolish to try to do that. I will be trying to my damndest to make everyone proud.”Witten held his own, but was not given the opportunity to hone his craft in less-pressure environments such as college football Saturdays (which worked for former NFL player Brian Griese, who is a good bet to shine on MNF at some point in the future). Instead, Witten was thrown into a tough situation in the immediate spotlight.There was no real genuine chemistry between Witten and Tessitore, and the presence of McFarland speaking as as third voice made things more complicated and clunky.MORE: Booger McFarland to join Joe Tessitore in MNF boothWhy didn’t it work out for Jason Witten on ‘Monday Night Football’?Witten had some trouble with basics, including properly pronouncing player names and using the telestrator. But ultimately it came down to some shoddy on-field analysis that cost him. In other words, unlike the astute Cris Collinsworth or the all-seeing Romo, it was easy to tell Witten didn’t put in the same kind of relentless study of player and team tendencies.last_img read more

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Descent into the abyss…

first_img…via PNC neurosesTo read about the goings on at GECOM’s meetings is like looking at Eugene O’Neil’s classic Long day’s journey into night. In the latter, the dysfunctional Tyrone family’s fatal flaws of addiction and alcoholism erupt in every act, and with depressing regularity, all end up in frustration as the ties of togetherness become increasingly frayed. With GECOM, the fruit of Granger’s fatal unilateral choice of Patterson spills over in rancour and bitterness at every meeting – as the former pulls the strings to prolong the life of his Government.Each in its own way, is a tragedy and from the beginning, we know what the ending will be – and it ain’t gonna be pretty. After all, alcoholism, drug addiction and elections rigging to hold onto power are all compulsions that have a logic of their own – a logic that drags everyone around into a vortex of destruction. In O’Neil’s case, he knew what he was writing about – pretty much a history of his own self-destructive family. And in our case, those of us like your Eyewitness who lived through the first, long iteration of the PNC that ended in the destruction of everything we held dear, it’s like “déjà vu all over again”!!Just look at the latest Act in the GECOM tragedy. With the CCJ’s decision on the NCM looming over the political system that was thrown for a loop when the PNC did a volte face and refused the NCM that was validated by the Speaker – who Granger had also appointed – GECOM ignored the warning signals thrown their way by the august Justices. The latter wanted to know why the hell, after the said approval by the National Assembly of the NCM, GECOM didn’t crank into action for the constitutionally mandated General Elections in three months!!And ditto when the said approval was affirmed by the High Court in the person of our eminent Chief Justice – after the PNC clutched at the “half-person” straw thrown their way! Well more of GECOM neuroses were exposed at this last meeting. Seems the legal counsel of GECOM informed the CCJ there was no need for an appearance of her body, since, having no skin in the game, would comply with whatever decision was handed down.All hell broke loose as Patterson and the PNC Commissioners laced into her. And now we know why GECOM sent up miserable Marcus to the CCJ. And was crucified!!But even more damning was the legal counsel’s circulated opinion that there really was no need for a house-to-house exercise!!How dare she offer her opinion, without being told by the PNC what that is!!…on GECOM’s racial discriminationThe pathology of the PNC’s condition was best described by Walter Rodney. It emanated from Burnham – its “founder leader” – who was afflicted with a “reverse” Midas Touch. Unlike the original Greek King, everything Burnham touched turned to “sh*t”!! Rodney defended his seemingly harsh diagnosis of Burnham and the PNC’s condition by pointing to the destruction of lives emanating from their actions.And today, we can appreciate Rodney prescience when we examine GECOM’s operations run by Granger’s hand-picked appointee, Patterson. After a complaint was filed with the ERC that GECOM’s hiring policies were racially discriminatory, Patterson was summoned by the ERC to explain their hiring practices.Patterson showed up but climbed up on such a high horse, he had to be rebuked. To every question, he answered, “don’t know” but would get back to the ERC with the data requested.The man – who was supposed to be a “fit and proper” Judge – never did!!Touched by the PNC, he’s willing to close his eyes to racial discrimination!! Ka-Ka everywhere!!…in other CommissionsJust like GECOM, the Forestry Commission’s being “touched” by the PNC, after a “task force to reorganise and restructure” the body was launched.Addressing concerns by present staff about his personal AFC appointee Clayton Hall, Trotman dismissed them as “misguided”!!last_img read more

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