TBI announces ‘Triathlete’s Choice’ best event finalists

first_imgTriathlon Business International (TBI) has announced the finalist events that were voted by triathletes as the ‘Triathlete’s Choice’ best events in each of four categories: best large, small, bucketlist and intro race for beginners. More than 300 events from around the world were submitted in the nomination process.The finalist events received the most nominations in each category. Overall winners will be announced at the 7th Annual TBI Conference, taking place on 22-24 January 2017 in Dallas, Texas.Triathletes can now declare their choice for the very best in each category. The voting link is surveymonkey.com/r/TriathletesChoice. Voting closes on Friday 13 January.TBI notes that, as voters look at each category – large, small, bucketlist and intro race for beginners – they should consider whether the event:Challenges, inspires or brings out the best in participants;Creates an atmosphere of fun, excitement and energy;Goes beyond the ‘call of duty’ when it comes to customer service, great organization and information, reasonable fees, coaching/advice, race day assistance, great volunteers, and/or;Raises money for charitable causes.Each person will be limited to one vote per category. The finalists in the Triathlete’s Choice events are: (events in each category are listed in alphabetical order.)Best Large Race (1,000+ registrants)IRONMAN 70.3 Atlantic CityNew Jersey State TriathlonTRIFEST for MS, Bentonville, ARUSA Triathlon Age Group NationalsWildflowerBest Small Race (less than 1,000 registrants)Ocean City TriSan Diego Triathlon ClassicSavagemanSummer Round Up Joplin, MOTri the WildwoodsTurkey Triathlon – San DimasBest Intro Race for BeginnersLaguna NiguelNew Jersey State Triathlon – SprintSummer Round Up Joplin, MOTri the WildwoodsTRIFEST for MS Bentonville, ARBest Bucketlist RaceChallenge RothEscape from AlcatrazEscape the CapeGut Check TriathlonIRONMAN World Championship, Kona, HawaiiIsklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon2017 TBI Conference registrationA current conference schedule can be found on the TBI Conference webpage. Additional speaker and panel topics will be announced in the coming days. Current registration fees for the 7th annual TBI event are US$695 for current TBI members and US$795 for non-members. Registration includes all sessions, meals, the networking events and one ticket to the Ron Smith Awards celebration.For the first time, TBI and USA Triathlon are collaborating to consecutively present their respective annual conferences. Once individuals register for the TBI Conference they can register for the USA Triathlon Symposium at a 25% discount. Sponsors of the 2017 TBI Conference include ACTIVE Network, the Dallas Sports Commission, Headsweats, Endurance Sportswire and Bicycle Retailer and Industry News (BRAIN). TBI Corporate Partners are Ashworth Awards, MPA Event Graphics and FinisherPix.Registration rates for the 2017 Annual TBI Conference presented by ACTIVE Network:10 December to 10 January 2017: US$695 for members / US$795 non-members11 January and after: US$795 for members / US$895 non membersCompanies interested in conference sponsorship or Expo space should contact feedback[at]triathlonbusinessintl.com. Conference details and online registration are available online.www.triathlonbusinessintl.com Relatedlast_img read more

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South Fork News

first_imgProject MOSTProject MOST has opened registration for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for children of all ages every Tuesday in March from 4 to 5 PM. The five sessions will cost $80 for members and $100 for non-members. Advance registration is required.Also, registration is now open for 3D Pen Creations, which will be held on Thursday, March 5, and Friday, March 6, from 4 to 5:30 PM for children ages 9-13. The two sessions are $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Both classes will be held at the Project MOST Community Learning Center in East Hampton. Advance registration is necessary. To register or for more information, visit www.projectmost.org.Community Health FairThe East Hampton Healthcare Foundation and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital will co-host a free community health fair at the Most Holy Trinity Parish in East Hampton on Friday, March 6, from 11 AM to 2 PM.Some of the highlights include health screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, and HIV, applications for colorectal screenings, and appointments for no-cost mammogram and Pap tests for uninsured women over the age of 40.Representatives will be on-hand from health insurance organizations, Medicare, HRHCare Community Health (Hudson River Health Care), the Town of East Hampton’s Human Services Department, The Retreat, and others with information for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with a nutrition educator.Healthy refreshments will be served. For more information, call 631-329-2425 or visit www.easthamptonhealthcare.org.Southampton DemocratsThe Southampton Town Democratic Club’s monthly breakfast called “The Resistance and Me” will feature author Barbara Weber-Floyd. The meeting will be held at Buckley’s Inn Between in Hampton Bays on Saturday, March 7, from 10 AM to noon. The event is open to all those who would like to attend. For more information, visitwww.shdems.org.Northwest Woods HikeThe East Hampton Trails Preservation Society will explore the Northwest Woods with its sublime and beautiful white pine forest. Enjoy many surprises along the way on Saturday, March 7, beginning at 10 AM. For more information, visit www.ehtps.org.Free Qigong ClassesThere will be free spring Qigong classes beginning on Sunday, March 8, at noon at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork on Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike. Find healing and balance as well as gentle, powerful exercises and massage techniques. For more information, visit www.uusf.org.Battle Of The BrainiacsBob DeStefano will host a “Battle of the Brains” trivia night on Monday, March 9, at 5:30 PM at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton. The contest will consist of 50 general-knowledge questions to be answered by the entire team. Bring your smartest friends or come alone. Register online at www.myrml.org.Volunteer For BideaweeBideawee, an animal shelter in Westhampton, is looking for volunteers.According to President and CEO Leslie Granger, 20 percent of the organization’s volunteers are senior citizens, who walk dogs, socialize kittens and puppies, do office work, and become foster parents for homeless animals.“Volunteers are a vital part of the Bideawee family,” Granger said. “They devote their time, energy, and talents providing love, compassion, and support to the vulnerable pets in our care who need forever homes. If you love animals and have a couple of spare hours a week, Bideawee would welcome you into our volunteer family.”Volunteers of all ages are welcome. To apply, visit www.bideawee.org. Sharelast_img read more

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Happy Birthday, John Daly

first_imgGolf fans celebrated the 54th birthday of John Daly, one of the most popular professional golfers of all time, on April 26. For most people, turning 54 isn’t a big deal, but many that know Daly would call it remarkable. He was only 25 years old when he won the PGA Championship in what could be referred to as the most unlikely win since Francis Ouimet won the 1913 U.S. Open Championship. By the way, the winning purse for Ouimet that year was $300. By comparison, in 2019, Gary Woodland banked a cool $2.25 million for his victory at Pebble Beach. Daly’s big break took place in 1991. He had only played in 23 PGA Tour events, had made just 12 cuts, and was the ninth alternate to get in the PGA Championship at Indiana’s Crooked Stick Golf Club. The eight other alternates on the list ahead of Daly weren’t available — it was already Wednesday of championship week. As soon as Daly got the call that he was in the field, he jumped in his car and was on his way. He arrived just hours before his first-round tee time. Luck continued to be on Daly’s side as Nick Price was the last player to withdraw as his wife was in the late stages of her pregnancy. Price knew his caddie, Jeff “Squeaky” Medlin, was available, so he offered Squeaky’s services to Daly. Of course, the caddie was happy to handle a bag for the championship. The rest is history. Long John Daly went on to win his first major championship and made a name for himself in the process with his prodigious length off the tee. Little known fact: Squeaky Medlin is the only caddie in history to win back-to-back PGA Championships with two different players. The following year, he was on the bag when Price won, in 1992. That achievement earned Medlin a spot in the Caddie Hall of Fame. As it turned out, Squeaky and I became good friends, and we shared some good times out on the Tour. I was heartbroken when he told me he had been diagnosed with leukemia. Medlin reached out to me during his final days. “Bob, you tell everyone I had a good run,” he told me. Jeff passed away the next day. He was 43. At the time, Daly’s 1991 PGA Championship win was considered by most to be a “fluke,” but he silenced all critics four years later by winning The Open Championship on the hallowed grounds of St. Andrews Links in a four-hole playoff with the Italian, Costantino Rocca. In his career, Daly won two major championships and three other PGA Tour events. He is now an active member of the PGA Tour Champions and has one over-50 victory to date. There’s no doubt Daly had an up-and-down personal life, but he is a good guy with a big heart. In fact, during that 1991 PGA Championship he won, a fan had been struck by lightning and unfortunately died. When Daly found out about it, he quickly wrote a check for $30,000, which he gave to the family. It’s been said Daly’s high-octane lifestyle is the main reason he was never chosen to be part of a Ryder Cup team. He is the only two-time American major winner never to wear the red, white, and blue. In fact, many felt that with the lifestyle Daly chose, he had a greater chance of shooting 54 for 18 holes than reaching 54 years old. Daly, who has been married five times, was the poster boy for the theme song “All my exes wear Rolexes.” In casino slang, Daly was known as a high-roller. During one PGA Tour event where he was a star attraction, a rain delay came into play, so we had some spare time. I was enjoying some blackjack at a nearby casino when Daly walked in and took a seat at a $25 slot machine. I watched in amazement as he started playing two $25-machines simultaneously, and didn’t stop for the next four hours. Daly has played in eight Masters Tournaments, with his best finish being a third-place tie in 1993. He played his last Masters in 2002, but remains on the scene each year not on the course, but in the Hooters parking lot. That’s where he parks his RV full of John Daly merchandise. He spends his Master’s week selling and signing hats, T-shirts, and other memorabilia for fans. The next time you hear on television that familiar introduction to the Masters: “It’s a tradition unlike any other,” just think for a moment that 54-year-old John Daly fits that mold [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

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Dispute resolution: Ask an expert

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

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Justice Department advised FBI against Clinton email letter

first_imgJustice Department advised FBI against Clinton email letter Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE Author: AP center_img Published: October 30, 2016 7:44 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department discouraged the FBI from alerting Congress to the unexpected discovery of emails potentially related to its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, given the proximity to the presidential election and the potential for political fallout, a government official said.Justice Department officials who were advised of the FBI’s intention to notify Congress about the discovery expressed concern that the action would be inconsistent with department protocols designed to avoid the appearance of interference in an election.In an apparent departure from the wishes of top Justice Department leaders, FBI Director James Comey acted independently when he sent several members of Congress a letter about the emails on Friday, according to the official, who was not authorized to discuss internal deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.The move creates the potential for a divide between the Justice Department and Comey, who has served in government under both Democratic and Republican presidents. And it provides political fodder for Republican nominee Donald Trump.Speaking at a rally in Phoenix on Saturday, where the crowd cheered “Lock her up!” at the mention of Clinton’s name, the billionaire accused the Justice Department of doing everything it can to protect the Democratic nominee in another example of what he claims is a “rigged system.”“Now it’s reported that the Department of Justice is fighting with the FBI. That’s because the Department of Justice is trying their hardest to protect the criminal activity of Hillary Clinton,” Trump said, offering no evidence for the assertion.It was not immediately clear what the emails were about or what significance, if any, they carried to the email investigation. Nor was it clear when agents would complete the process of reviewing the recovered emails, and Comey made no guarantees that would happen before Election Day.The newly discovered emails were on a device seized during a sexting investigation of disgraced former New York congressman, Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, one of Clinton’s closest aides.A person familiar with the investigation, who lacked authority to discuss the matter publicly and insisted on anonymity, said the device that appears to be at the center of the new review was a computer that belonged only to Weiner and was not one he shared with Abedin.As a result, it was not a device searched for work-related emails at the time of the initial investigation. The person said it is “news to (Abedin)” that her emails would be on a computer belonging to her husband.Abedin told lawyers in June in a deposition that, like millions of internet users who don’t manage their inboxes, she never deleted old emails on her devices, either at work with Clinton or at home with Weiner.“I didn’t have a practice of managing my mailbox other than leaving what was in there sitting in there,” Abedin said. “I didn’t go into my emails and delete State.gov emails. They just lived on my computer. That was my practice for all my email accounts. I didn’t have a particular form of organizing them. I had a few folders, but they were not deleted. They all stayed in whatever device I was using at the time or whatever desktop I was on at the time.”In February 2013, Abedin signed a routine State Department document under penalty of perjury in which she promised to “turn over all classified or administratively controlled documents and materials” before she left her government job, and promised that she was not retaining copies, “including any diaries, memorandums of conversation or other documents of a personal nature.”The document required her to give back all “unclassified documents and papers relating to the official business of the government acquired by me while in the employ of the department.”Abedin and Weiner separated this year after Weiner was caught in 2011, 2013 and again this year sending numerous woman sexually explicit text messages and photographs of himself undressed. Federal authorities in New York and North Carolina are investigating online communications between Weiner and a 15-year-old girl.last_img read more

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CMC complaints increase 39% in the space of a year

first_imgThe number of complaints about claims management companies increased by almost 40% in the last year, the Legal Ombudsman has said.The complaints service had 23,000 consumer contacts in the first year of regulating CMCs and 32,000 in the past 12 months. To date, the ombudsman has accepted 4,683 complaints for investigation.The two main areas of complaints received relate to delays and a failure to refund upfront fees as agreed: these accounted around half of all complaints.Complaints about delays included failures to issue claims within a reasonable timeframe and failing to update clients on the progress of their claims.Kathryn Stone OBE, chief ombudsman, said the service had made a difference to hundreds of people’s lives over the past two years.The ombudsman service said it had made an impact on the wider claims management industry and adopts a ‘tough but fair’ approach when trends are identified in a CMC’s conduct.In August 2016, it published information in the public interest about JAS Financial Advisory Services after numerous complaints were made about failure to progress claims and to keep consumers updated.JAS has since closed and the ombudsman said it has helped 500 customers, some of whom were able to claim a refund.The ombudsman starting accepting complaints about CMCs in January 2015 after intervention from the government in an effort to ‘clean up’ the industry.The service was expecting to handle an extra 9,000 complaints every year, most of which relating to payment protection insurance.last_img read more

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