Zone3, the British owned triathlon brand that recently unveiled its super premium, limited edition Zone3 MMXII wetsuit, is offering some top prizes for entrants to the SwimFesT open water swim series at Lakeside, Essex as part of a new sponsorship deal for 2012.All registrations received by 30 April for any event in the three-date race series, taking place on 27 May, 15 July and 16 September, will be entered into a prize draw for a brand new Aspire wetsuit, one male and one female. The Aspire suit retails at £265 and has been the best-selling Zone3 wetsuit since its 10/10 review in 220 Triathlon magazine. According to Zone3, no other wetsuit has ever achieved a full marks review, which has certainly helped to raise the brand’s profile.In addition, each entry received for the new SwimFesT 10K distance race taking place on 15 July will qualify for a separate draw for a Zone3 prize and each 3-race series entrant will receive a Zone3 product gift.“This is a fantastic endorsement by Zone3 of the SwimFesT Series in its second full year,” said race organiser Mike Porter of Triathlon Racing Inc. “And with the continued support of headline sponsor Decathlon providing winners’ prizes for all age groups and PowerBar providing race nutrition for the series, those taking part really get value for money.”The SwimFesT Series, held in partnership with Decathlon at Alexandra Lake and hosted by Lakeside shopping centre, offers first class facilities for open water swimming and spectating. With a great atmosphere, an accurate course, huge marker buoys, electronic chip timing of each lap and professional commentary, it is a high quality option for those who want to compete in open water swimming over the different distances of 750m, 1500m, 3.8K, 5K and now 10K.Triathlon Racing Inc (TRI) works in partnership with high-profile companies to deliver quality professional services and products to triathlon and its discipline sports. TRI also co-organises the Lakeside Triathlon in partnership with One Step Beyond Promotions and the H2Open Day and H2Open Awards with the open water swimming magazine, H2Open.Also on board and partnering with TRI to organise the SwimFesT Series is SwimforTri (SFT). Based in London but now coaching across the UK, SFT is a swim technique and coaching concept from the brother and sister team of Dan and Keeley Bullock.SwimFesT Series sponsor Zone3, started at Loughborough University in 2008 as a specialist designer and manufacturer of swimming and triathlon products. The brand was started by James Lock who still races as an elite triathlete. Zone3 has a bold aim ‘to be the number one brand in the UK by the end of 2012’ and will soon start to appoint distributors overseas.www.swimfortri.com www.onestepbeyond.org.uk www.H2openmagazine.com www.RaceZone3.com Related
Listed City firm Rosenblatt is to set up a litigation funding subsidiary, the business revealed today, announcing strong maiden interim trading figures. Unaudited results for the eight weeks ending 30 June showed pre-tax profits up 18.8% to £0.95m on revenue up 15.4% to £3m. Rosenblatt Group plc listed on the alternative investment market of the London Stock Exchange in May. Its £43m initial public offering is the largest by a law firm to date. Nicola FoulstonNicola Foulston, chief executive, RosenblattChief executive Nicola Foulston said today that the results showed that the practice has made a strong start to life as a public company. ’We are progressing with the strategy we set out at IPO to deliver long-term value to shareholders. This includes using the proceeds to underwrite more of Rosenblatt’s litigation portfolio by increasing the number of cases we are undertaking on either a conditional fee or damages-based agreement basis.’The new subsidiary, Rosenblatt Litigation Funding Ltd, will be set up with £2m of the proceeds of the float, Foulston said. ’This will give us the capability to take on more cases where there is a third-party cost element, thereby retaining the funding margin otherwise paid to an external funder.’ The subsidiary will also syndicate cases across other lenders such as hedge funds, Foulston said. Its first case will be a damages-based agreement arbitration. ’Looking ahead, the market for legal services is stable, despite a cautious UK business environment, with strong demand for litigation services, dispute resolution and third-party funding. The group remains confident that this will continue to be the case, regardless of any uncertainty caused by Brexit.’Rosenblatt shares opened 8.1% down at 96p.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jamel Artis added 24 points and Michael Young had 22 points and nine rebounds as Pittsburgh overcame another terrific performance by Boston College’s Olivier Hanlan in a 71-65 win on Tuesday night.Cameron Wright added 10 for the Panthers (19-10, 8-7 ACC), who have won six of eight to keep their hopes of a third straight NCAA tournament appearance alive. Pitt led by as much as 15 but needed to sweat out another spectacular night from Hanlan.The ACC’s leading scorer put up 39 points despite battling foul trouble in the second half but could not stop the Eagles (9-18, 1-14) from losing their ninth straight. Aaron Brown chipped in 20 points for Boston College. The rest of the team managed just six points and the Eagles went just 17 of 24 at the free throw line, including a handful of critical misses in the second half.Pitt won the first meeting between the two schools 61-60 in overtime back on Jan. 6. Things weren’t quite as close this time around, though Hanlan and Brown did an admirable job of keeping the sagging Eagles in it deep into the second half.The Panthers, coming off an emotional win at Syracuse on Saturday, never trailed over the final 33 minutes but struggled putting Boston College away. While the Eagles relied heavily on their backcourt to keep them in it, Pitt answered by going to their sophomore big men.Young has played most of the season out of position at center but had his way with whoever the Eagles threw at him with a variety of old-school spin moves. Artis, who has flourished on the wing, is becoming one of the best mid-range shooters in country.Several times in the second half the Eagles would get within a basket and each time Young or Artis would respond. Artis hit a layup after a nifty interior pass from Young to make it 44-39. After a Brown 3-pointer pulled Boston College to 50-47, Artis knocked down a 17-footer.Pitt needed just about every one of them. The Panthers kept throwing different players at Hanlan, from James Robinson to Wright to the occasional double-team and Hanlan found ways to get open. He made 5 of 12 3-pointers, made a handful of twisting layups and drilled all 14 of his free throws for his fourth game of at least 30 points this season, the most in the nation.He just didn’t have much help outside of Brown. The two combined to go 17 of 33 from the field. The rest of the team went just 3 of 9 from the floor.The Panthers had little trouble building a comfortable lead for much of the first half, holding Boston College without a field goal for more than eight minutes. A layup by Cam Wright put Pitt up 35-20 and the Eagles hardly appeared interested in putting up much of a fight before Hanlan got loose.He hit a layup in traffic, added a free throw then drilled a deep 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer as Boston College closed to within 35-30 at the break.___TIP-INSBoston College: Aaron Brown earned a technical foul midway through the first half following a no-call by officials after Brown had the ball stolen from him by Cameron Wright.Pitt: Reserve senior forward Aron Phillips-Nwankwo played five minutes in his return from a shoulder injury that forced him to miss seven games.UP NEXT:Boston College: hosts N.C. State on Saturday.Pitt: travels to Wake Forest on Sunday
The 125th hosting of the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field Stadium was staged last weekend. There was the traditional outstanding display by Jamaican athletes cheered on by the usual mammoth crowd of supporters travelling from both within and outside of the United States. This gathering of the nation’s people has mushroomed in the years which have elapsed since Kingston College first graced the spectacle in 1964. Now, it outnumbers by a long way the natives, many of whom lend their voices in support of the black, gold and green, although they wear the colours of their individual schools and colleges. Apart from the Reggae Boyz’s campaign for the finals of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, no other event has matched the fervour and passion of the Jamaicans all centred on a single aggregation of athletes. LACK OF TELEVISION COVERAGE However, there was a disappointment to a whole host of supporters, including Foster’s Fairplay. Television coverage to Jamaica of the three-day event was non-existent. Every available method of communication was used by the multitude of interested parties to keep abreast of what was happening on the tracks and in the field in Philly. Did anyone see the 43.62 sprint relay by Kevona Davis and the three 14-year-olds, including the Clayton twins of Edwin Allen High School? No one could say ‘yes.’ In the past, when such a situation arose, the evening newscasts would do a rescue act by carrying limited video footage. Not even that was available this time around. Kudos to KLAS FM, which kept fans up to date with their regular voiced reports, albeit sometimes delayed to accommodate other sponsored live programmes. This was a long way from being good enough. The exploits of Jamaica’s world-class athletes on the global stage has spoilt the fans, especially so since the likes of Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Elaine Thompson arrived in the mid to late 2000s. The undoubted female stars of Champs 2019, Kevona and the twins, were absent from the recent Carifta Games. Penn was the next item on their competition menu. Fans would have been keen to see them take the track again. This opportunity was denied them. It was not a good look, and that type of deprivation should not be allowed to happen again. How can it be avoided? In previous years, fans have been treated to a television highlights package from the organisers sent each day of the action and viewed locally a day after the actual events. That was acceptable then, but a further step is essential in these times of much increased interest. It is a fact that the athletes on display do not just spring from nowhere. They have families and relatives who put in the early work long before they were recognised by the schools and colleges for which they now compete. Many of them are supported and financed by unknown benefactors, who wish to play some role in their development. These persons desire to know how their little Wayne, Oblique, or Joanne is doing against the best at their level from other parts. In many cases, they were left in the dark – no television facts to revel in, respect and sustain their interest. For feedback email [email protected]
Middle-order batsman Jermaine Blackwood achieved a personal milestone but the Jamaica Scorpions’ batting continues to struggle after day one action of their fourth-round Regional Four Day Championship match against hosts Guyana Jaguars at Providence. The Jaguars, replying to the Scorpions’ first innings score of 187, were 17 without loss at stumps. Blackwood top-scored for the Scorpions with 81, which included his 3,000th Professional Cricket League run. Earlier, the Scorpions won the toss and decided to bat. However, that decision backfired as the visitors lost two quick wickets. Local lad Assad Fudadin was the first to go, bowled by spinner Kevin Sinclair for three with just eight runs on the board. The very next over, captain John Campbell was trapped in front by Raymon Reifer for five to leave the Scorpions in trouble at eight for two in the ninth over. Blackwood then found a useful partner in Paul Palmer Jr, and the pair added a valuable 40-run partnership for the third wicket to take the Scorpions to lunch at 47 for two. Immediately after the lunch break, Palmer lost his wicket as he was undone by a beauty from seamer Nial Smith for 15. Nkrumah Bonner then joined Blackwood and the veteran pair put together the biggest partnership of the innings, 74 runs. Bonner rode his luck to get to 29 as he was put down twice by opposing captain Leon Johnson. But with the score on 122, Bonner could not pull his bat away from a Christopher Barnwell delivery and was caught behind. All this time, Blackwood batted with maturity, bringing up his half-century off 122 balls, including six fours. After sharing in a 42-run partnership with wicketkeeper Denis Smith, Blackwood would be the fifth wicket to fall as he played around one from Veerasammy Permaul for a top score of 81, which included 10 fours. Permaul then wrapped up the innings, including picking up the wicket of debutant Pete Salmon for a duck, to claim four for 34 as the Scorpions lower order failed to add much resistance. There were two wickets each for Smith and Barnwell for the Jaguars, who negotiated the remaining eight overs on the day to close on 17 without loss, still trailing by 170 runs. Chandrapaul Hemraj is unbeaten on 13, and with him his Tagenarine Chanderpaul on four.
Zendaya and Tom Holland; JoJo Whilden/Sony Pictures Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) — After Spider-Man: Far from Home became Sony’s highest-grossing release of all time, the studio has decided to end its partnership with co-producer Marvel Studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Apparently, Sony and Disney, which owns Marvel, couldn’t hammer out an agreement to extend the landmark deal the studios cut in 2015, which brought Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.That leaves a big hole in the MCU, which now potentially must do without Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. It also hurts Sony, which benefited from the inclusion of MCU characters like Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Samuel L. Jackon’s Nick Fury.It also eliminates Marvel president Kevin Feige, the lead producer on 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far from Home, from shepherding future Spider-Man films.In a statement to THR, Sony says, “We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have [Feige] continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film…Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.”There is hope though, as sources tell Entertainment Weekly that negotiations are still ongoing, so the character’s fate isn’t sealed yet.Sony announced Monday that Far from Home had surpassed Skyfall to become the studio’s most successful release, delivering $1.109 billion globally. The film will be re-released over the Labor Day weekend with four minutes of additional footage.Disney is also the parent company of ABC News.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.