Party in Richmond with the Anthem Richmond Marathon

first_imgRichmond loves a party. Street party, porch party, block party. Party on the James River. We love to celebrate, especially if it involves our active community. And there’s no better party than the one that takes place during the Anthem Richmond Marathon, Richmond Half Marathon, and VCU Health 8k every year along the scenic courses and finish festival at Brown’s Island on our downtown riverfront. And we’re celebrating a pretty big birthday, too, which is another reason to party. That’s right—this year the Richmond Marathon turns 40(!).When you #RunRichmond on November 11, you’ll find out why it’s often called ‘America’s Friendliest Marathon.’ From registration to race day, we aim to offer the best experience possible so you can crush your goals on the way to the finish line. The Marathon relies on the support of an energetic community that will inspire and encourage you. Hundreds of volunteers spend countless hours preparing for race weekend and supporting every athlete on race day. Thousands of spectators line the course, along with bands, DJs, and cheering groups (did we mention it’s a huge party?), all with the goal of making the Anthem Richmond Marathon weekend the best of the year.The Anthem Richmond Marathon course takes in some of Richmond’s most vibrant neighborhoods and includes scenic views of the James River. Relatively flat with a few rolling hills, it’s great for first timers or those looking for a new personal best. If you need an extra burst, we’ve got energy gels, junk food stops, and wet wash cloths! Hoping to qualify for Boston? We’ve got you covered there too. The Anthem Richmond Marathon was named one of the top 25 races for qualifying for Boston , and we’ve been known to give out a special gift to Boston qualifiers to celebrate the accomplishment!If you’re really into treating yourself (and who isn’t), the Run Richmond Premium Package adds a unique touch to your experience. Let us roll out the red carpet so you can run in style. The package includes indoor pre-race hospitality near the start line, special parking on race day, access to the invite-only party area at the finish festival, and an exclusive premium finisher item, among other amenities. Like we said…treat yourself!So you’re probably saying, “This huge party known as the Anthem Richmond Marathon sounds great. But what’s a party without gifts?” We have those too. Every runner gets a long-sleeve technical race shirt, and waiting for you at the end is a great finisher medal, hat, and fleece blanket, which is perfect for spreading out on Brown’s Island and enjoying some post-race food, live music, and Sierra Nevada beer at the finish festival.The 40th running of the Anthem Richmond Marathon on November 11 promises to be the best yet, so register now to secure your spot. Richmond is an incredibly special place with a vibrant culture that’s gaining national recognition, and we are excited to show you why!last_img read more

Developer bags a bargain in inner Brisbane suburb

first_imgThis property at 49 Victory St, Zillmere, has sold for $587,500. Pic supplied.DEMAND for development opportunities close to the city drove the sale of this rundown Zillmere property.The three-bedroom home on 810 sqm sold in just 10 days to a local developer for $587,500 after attracting seven offers.Selling agent Ben Jacobs of Ben Jacobs Real Estate said the sale of the property at 49 Victory Street defied the negative sentiment in the market surrounding unit oversupply.“I didn’t expect to see that level of interest in a property like that in Zillmere, so it shows there is a lot of interest in that area for development even in the current market,” he said.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“Regardless of the sentiment in the market, there are definitely still developers willing to push ahead.” Inside the property at 49 Victory St, Zillmere. Pic supplied.Mr Jacobs said the property was attractive because of its price point and proximity to the CBD.“To be able to still pick up a block in the late $500,000s and develop it this close to the city is pretty good buying,” he said. The property comprises two lots on one title, enabling it to be split.It’s a short walk to Zillmere Train Station and close to state schools and Chermside Shopping Centre.The property is currently rented for $390 a week and leased until February 2018.last_img read more

Strathclyde awards £750m in mandates with ‘enhanced yield’ strategy

first_imgStrathclyde Pension Fund is to award £750m (€969m) worth of multi-asset credit mandates as part of the local authority fund’s overhaul of its strategic asset allocation.The decision to award four mandates comes after the £15.6bn Strathclyde decided to double its allocation to short-term enhanced yield (STEY) strategies to 15%The new STEY mandates, which will be funded through a 10-percentage-point cut in the fund’s equity allocation, were tendered late last year.Following the tender, the fund’s pensions committee this week decided to appoint Babson Capital and Oak Hill Capital to oversee two multi-asset credit mandates worth £300m and £150m, respectively. Both mandates will focus on high-yield debt and syndicated loans, the report to the pensions committee said, adding that it hoped to seed both mandates within two months of the contracts being finalised.The committee also decided to split a further £300m private debt award between the Alcentra Clareant European Direct Lending Fund II and the Babson Global Private Loan Fund, with the latter beating Partners Group to its share of the mandate.Strathclyde said the Alcentra allocation would be funded “over time”, and that the Babson allocation would be split between the Babson Global Private Loan Fund, due to close at the end of March, and its successor fund, set to launch before the end of June.As part of the new STEY strategy, Strathclyde also signed off a new investment approach for a £1bn mandate managed by PIMCO.The current PIMCO Absolute Return Strategy (PARS) targeted returns of 1.75% above the three-month LIBOR rate over a three-year period, below the minimum 4% cash outperformance desired by the local authority fund as part of the new strategy.The fund’s pensions committee decided to shift the portfolio to the PARS III strategy, which targeted an outperformance of bonds of up to 5%.As part of a parallel deployment of capital to long-term enhanced yield strategies, Strathclyde has also boosted its commitment to a local property fund and allocated £50m to the first in-house fund launched by the Pensions Infrastructure Platform.last_img read more

How one night in Birmingham changed college football in the South

first_imgOn the other side of the field, USC head coach John McKay, entering his 11th season at the helm of the Trojans, had an equally impressive resume. McKay hardly ever fell below a .700 win percentage on his way to a 127-40-8 career record.  Alabama’s racial climate  Governing with an iron fist, Bryant expected nothing less than perfection from his athletes. Throughout his 25-year tenure at the helm of the Crimson Tide, Bryant amassed six national championships, 14 conference championships and 323 career wins. USC and Alabama met again to open the 1971 season. The game was much different this time, however. Not only was the game played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, but the Trojans were bested in a 17-10 game by a now albeit barely integrated Crimson Tide. In a Los Angeles Times article by Jeff Prugh titled “USC-Alabama Proved More Than a Football Game” published two days afterwards, Prugh wrote about his experience witnessing the shift that had already begun among the Crimson loyals. “In some ways, slavery never ended,” said John Giggie, an African American history professor at the University of Alabama. “It just simply was transformed into a program of white supremacy.” It is impossible to deny that the game of football, a language Alabamians understood, served as a vehicle to aid in the Civil Rights’ efforts of great men like Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X to prove that skin color should never dictate our beliefs of an individual or race.  In hindsight  While lynchings, bombings and burnings were still prevalent in 1970, some players felt a sense of security solely because they were USC, and they were here to play football. In the ensuing years, Alabama football continued to integrate and by the 1980 season, the Crimson Tide’s roster featured as many African American players as any other elite collegiate football team. For the remainder of the Bryant era, Alabama failed to fall below a .667 winning percentage. The University of Alabama resisted integration until 1963, when Vivian Malone became one of two black students admitted that year. George Wallace, Alabama’s governor, attempted to block Malone’s entrance to the university. “We just had so many horses,” Jones said in a postgame interview with the Los Angeles Times. “These guys are all so good that it really doesn’t matter who we have out there.” The 1970 USC football team made its way to Alabama, and although the team was apprehensive about entering the unknown of the deep South, its focus was on winning a football game. “They saw us as a group of people that could maybe help make their lives better down there,” Jones said.  “You had those thoughts that [racially motivated violence] happens down here,” Jones said. “But we also had that feeling that we were absolved from that because we were USC, and this was more just football than it was the race thing.” In an environment so heavily influenced by beliefs on segregation, the USC-Alabama game became a critical meeting for the fate of collegiate football. Making the switch The face of the Trojans Though Jackson was a single, small speck in the massive dynasty that was Alabama football, Bryant’s decision was, for the most part, well-received by the Alabama community. Although he is mostly remembered for the awards he brought back to Tuscaloosa and his staggeringly great career record of 323–85–17, Bryant became the first head coach in the SEC to integrate a collegiate football team.  “[Winning] takes away a lot of the opinions people had about you going into the game, whether it is a race issue or a [talent issue],” Jones said. No matter who was elected during this era, the governor became a figurehead for a population that was resistant to change. Wallace had lost his first governor race to John Patterson due to Patterson’s segregation centric platform. Though the game started as a friendly showdown between two of the greatest collegiate football coaches of all time, it would later become an unexpectedly significant match.  Entering foreign territory While the team was traveling through Alabama, it was greeted by racial slurs and gawking stares from white members of the Alabama community, Jones said. Though it was met with criticism from the majority of Alabamians, USC’s fully-integrated football team offered a glimmer of hope for black Americans.  “Bear Bryant and my dad were the closest of friends,” J.K. said. “Bear and his wife stayed at our house all the time in the offseason. They’d be at our house a lot.” Sept. 12, 1970, was the first game of the season for USC and Alabama. At the time, the matchup was seen as a clash of two of the nation’s best collegiate football programs, and USC ended up routing Alabama 42-21. In hindsight, the game between Paul “Bear” Bryant’s all-white Crimson Tide and John McKay’s fully integrated Trojans, featuring its all-black backfield, served as a catalyst for the rapid integration of Southeastern Conference football programs. “When [Wallace] lost to Patterson, he swore that he would never lose a race again over black questions,” Giggie said. “So he came out very aggressively in the next election that he won on his ‘segregation now, forever’ campaign.” “[Alabama] hadn’t seen anyone like [Cunningham]: 6-foot-3, 210 to 215 pounds, [good] speed,” Jones said. “They were outmatched for someone like Cunningham coming through the holes that were wide [open].” But Bryant’s legend status wasn’t restricted to his university. To this day, Alabama has never had a professional sports team. Alabama football is the state’s professional sport. This setting allowed Tide coaches to become household names.  The face of the Tide The game’s spectators witnessed a blowout. The Trojans were bigger, stronger and faster. Cunningham posted 135 yards on 12 carries, topped off with two touchdowns en route to a 42-21 USC win. Jones dismantled the Alabama defense on bootleg keepers while aiding USC in a 559-offensive-yard effort, which  he heavily attributed to the strong talent among the Trojans. Donning a suit and tie with a houndstooth emblazoned fedora to accompany his 6-foot-3 stature, Paul “Bear” Bryant was, unmistakably, the face of Alabama football. Sam Cunningham blocks for Clarence Davis in the Trojans 1970 game against Alabama. (Photo courtesy of USC Athletics) The addition of an 11th regular season game in 1970 created a spare game on the schedule. The historic USC-Alabama game was born out of friendship.  Bryant also co-hosted the Bear Bryant Show, an hour-long weekly talk show. Although the show primarily analyzed Alabama football, Bryant also spoke about God, family and the country, furthering himself as an icon among both football fans and members of the Alabama community. Bryant’s show ran in the same time slot as NFL football yet consistently had better ratings than the live professional football games.  As a matter of fact, USC had its first black player in 1925 — guard Brice Taylor. McKay’s 1970 team was not only fully integrated, but it also featured USC’s all-black backfield, consisting of Cunningham at fullback, Jimmy Jones at quarterback and Clarence Davis at running back.   At this time, both the Trojans and Crimson Tide were widely respected as football powerhouses, but the teams could not be more different, as McKay’s Trojans sported a fully integrated squad.  “[My dad’s] view, in general, was that he truly didn’t care what color you were,” said J.K. McKay, John McKay’s son. “It didn’t matter. They were football players.” In 1970 and 1971, USC had its worst two seasons in nearly a decade, finishing 6-4 in both. Heading into the 1970 season, USC was highly regarded, coming off a 10-0-1 season and Rose Bowl win. Alabama was sporting its worst season in the Bryant era. Regardless, both teams were seen as football powerhouses. Players, coaches, football fans and analysts have had nearly 50 years to reflect on the historic game that took place that September night in Birmingham. At the time, it was football:  The University of Southern California versus the University of Alabama.  Jones believes that a crushing victory aided in alleviating some of the racially-driven preconceived notions many fans had. “He is a legend and probably was a legend even by that time,” said Ken Gaddy, the director of the Paul W. Bryant Museum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. “He was bigger than life, even at that time.” “If Coach Bryant was for it, then everybody else was pretty much for it too,” Gaddy said. “That made it easier for other people to accept and move forward.” “‘You know,’ said a man in a plaid shirt. ‘I sure bet the Bear wished he had two or three of them n—- boys on his team NOW. They were huge,’” the article read. “The reason [the University of] Alabama had resisted integrating itself was because this integration was seen as a bellwether for integration,” Gigge said. “If University of Alabama was to remain all white, that would be a sign, a symbol, of the state’s efforts to maintain segregation as normal, as customary, as effectively the law of the land.” “You see images on television, and the civil rights issues at that time were pretty intense. I understood that but never really thought about it,” Cunningham said. “My focus was to play a football game against a very good college football program.” Jones said that as the USC team bus navigated the streets in the predominantly black neighborhoods of Birmingham, people went out onto their lawns and porches to cheer and give well wishes to what was more than just a football team. Looking back at it, the game stood for much more — integration versus segregation. The following year, Bryant made the switch, as running back Wilbur Jackson, born and raised in Ozark, Ala., became the first black football player to play on a football scholarship at the University of Alabama.  Two years after the conclusion of the 14-year-long Civil Rights Movement, segregation was outlawed by the federal government, but in the Deep South, both political figures and a majority of the white population were still resistant to change. When USC ran out of the tunnel that September night, however, the Trojans were greeted by a stark white crowd, as black Americans were still not allowed to enter Legion Field. The black community didn’t let that stop them from watching the game that would ultimately lead to the SEC’s integration. “They were on rooftops and the hills where they could look into the stadium,” Jones said. Those close to the situation have a tendency to overstate the impact of USC and Cunningham’s effect on integration in the South. “You don’t realize at the time [that] it’s happening,” said Sam Cunningham, USC’s fullback from 1970 to 1972. “You realize a day later or a year later, and that’s what happened to me. I realized what we were involved in and how it was a special game.” Football is a game, but for one September night in Birmingham, it was so much more.last_img read more

Cold Cases Unit probing 5 murder cases

first_img…technology leading to more cases being solved – Crime ChiefThe Guyana Cold Cases Unit is currently probing five murder cases that have been pending for a number of years due to insufficient evidence collected when those crimes were committed.Crime Chief Lyndon AlvesThis is according to the Crime Chief, Deputy Police Commissioner Lyndon Alves, who has responsibility for law enforcement in the Guyana Police Force.In an exclusive interview with Guyana Times, Alves explained that these cases are being pursued by both the Cold Cases Unit and the Major Crimes Investigations Unit (MCIU).“There are quite a few cases that are unsolved, so we are working to take care of these. For the first quarter of this year, we already solved two cold cases, where each had been unsolved for almost 10 years; and with those two out of the way, we are looking at five now, and they are very, very old. These are the current cases of interest to the MCIU and the Cold Cases Unit,” he explained.According to Alves, the five cases could not have been further investigated, due to either lack of evidence at the time that each occurred or because the appropriate technology had not been available. However, those hindrances of the past will not prevent the Units from probing them this time around, he said.“Due to the hard work and dedication of staff at the Cold Case Unit and the MCIU, coupled with technology, the systems put in place by both Units are working to help solve these murders. That’s what helped us close those two cold cases for this year. The additional information, staffing and equipment etc. I would not say we have reached where we wanted in terms of bolstering human resources and equipment, but we are definitely getting there,” the Deputy Police Commissioner further explained.He said that while there are five cases being heavily focused on by the above-mentioned Units, this does not mean that other cold cases and unsolved murders are any less important. Those, too, will be probed again, sooner rather than later, Alves added.The most recent cold case to be solved in Guyana is that of the murder of businessman Ramzan Alli, which occurred at Coldingen Railway Embankment Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD) between July 11 and 12, 2009.His then wife, Milaimi Alli, has been nabbed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) recently for the 2009 murder of the businessman. She appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday to answer a murder charge.Milaimi Alli was not required to plead to the indictable charge, which stated that while being in the company of another, she murdered her husband Ramzan Alli at Coldingen Railway Embankment Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD) between July 11 and 12, 2009.The 49-year-old woman of Kissoon Housing Scheme, Good Hope, ECD was represented by Attorney-at-Law Bernard DaSilva, who told the court that his client is a mother of five, and given that the murder happened 10 years ago, he would like to have an early date for the preliminary inquiry to commence.The Police Prosecutor has told the court that the Police file is incomplete.The woman was remanded to prison and the matter has been transferred to the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court for April 15.The woman arrived in Guyana mere days after a wanted bulletin was issued for her arrest. Upon her arrival on a Caribbean Airlines flight from the United States of America, she was arrested and taken to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters, where she was grilled, after which the murder charge was instituted.Investigators received new information that Alli paid her lover $7 million to kill her husband, which led them to reopen their investigation into the murder of the fuel dealer in March 2009.Thirty-eight-year-old Zaheed Mitchell of Foulis, ECD was recently charged for his involvement in the murder of Alli.last_img read more