PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG announced today that Shannon Falcone will sail on board PUMA’s Mar Mostro for Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 from Itajaí, Brazil, to Miami, Florida, USA. Falcone will replace bowman Casey Smith who injured his back during the last leg of the race from Auckland, New Zealand, to Itajaí. Helmsman Kelvin Harrap also rejoins the team, returning from injury after missing Leg 5.
Puma Skipper Ken Read said that the team is really lucky to have Falcone on ‘stand by’ especially for a situation like this. “Losing Casey is a tough situation for our team, eased only by the fact that Shannon has a lot of experience with us – both in the last race and training this past summer. We are really happy that he is ready to go.”
Falcone, 30 from Falmouth Harbour, Antigua, will sail in his second Volvo Ocean Race with PUMA Ocean Racing beginning with Saturday’s In-Port Race in Itajaí. He was part of the PUMA team for the 2008-09 edition of the race, serving as trimmer and pitman for eight legs. Falcone is currently a member of the ORACLE Racing team training for the 34th America’s Cup. In 2010, he was on BMW ORACLE Racing’s extended crew, winner of the 33rd America’s Cup, and he has been a part of the Mascalzone Latino (2000) and Luna Rossa (2007) America’s Cup campaigns.
“The pressure is on,” said Falcone. “It’s always difficult joining a crew after a win, and I have some big shoes to fill in Casey’s absence. The guys did a great job the last leg, and we want to follow up with the same on this next leg to Miami.”
Smith (Brisbane, Australia) injured his lower back just before the start of the grueling Leg 5, and he stayed on board through the team’s first-place finish in the leg. He will remain at home in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, during the upcoming leg for treatment and rehab. He is expected to rejoin the team in Miami.
Harrap, who missed Leg 5 due to carpal tunnel syndrome in both arms as well as bursitis in his elbow, resumes his role with the PUMA crew this week.
Racing gets underway in Itajaí with the Pro Am Race on Friday, April 20, followed by the In-Port Race on Saturday, April 21, and the start of Leg 6 to the lone U.S. stop of Miami, Florida, on Sunday, April 22.
Timeless Entertainment in association with Monster Energy Drink will host an exclusive VIP and Media listening party for its flagship talent, SHIFTA to unveil his highly anticipated EP “PLAN B” at the trendy “Off The Hookah” in Miami, located inside Bayside Marketplace on Tuesday April 17th 2012 from 6pm to 10pm. “Plan B” is set for a Summer 2012 release and the newest single and music video from the EP “Hungover” will be featured at this event.
Shifta was born into musical royalty, possesses a unique musical talent, and a great deal of showmanship that only legends are made of. Widely recognized both locally and internationally for his lyrical versatility, electrifying music videos and explosive performances, he has, for the last couple years, taken the music industry by storm.
Shifta, now conscious of the “Miami sound”, has dispensed a lethal dose of the industry’s hottest new genre “ international dance” by fusing urban, house, dance, pop and reggae which encompasses international flavors and a variety of influences. Shifta, whose fan base increases on a daily basis, has been enthusiastically received by of music lovers throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, South America and Africa.
Confirmed celebrity guests include renowned and Billboard charted producer, C-ROD and Miami’s own celebrated DJ Papa Keith. Media and VIPs can expect to mingle with other celebrities, tastemakers, sports figures, DJ’s, artists, and industry executives. Horsd’oeuvres, beverages and cocktails will be served, while the styling and sound of Shifta with take the spotalight for entertainment.
The PGA Tour’s dilemma with the controversial grooves rule, highlighted by Phil Mickelson in January, was resolved on Monday when club manufacturer Ping opted to waive its rights as of March 29, 2010.
To groove or not to groove, will the question for Phil Mickelson to answer. As the “grooved club” controversy hit full gear recently, when fellow pro golfer Scott McCarron allegedly referred to Phil’s use of the renegade golf sticks as “cheating. This comment by McCarron fired off a tail wind of controversy, especially to golf’s golden boy Phil “I Do No Wrong” Mickelson. Phil is famous for calling out players like Tiger Woods for their equipment, but insisted on playing with the ridiculed clubs in a tournament recently. The United States Golf Association (USGA) rules implemented on January 1, square or U-grooves have been outlawed but a 20-year-old Ping wedge was deemed legal because of a lawsuit won by its manufacturer over the USGA in 1990.
Several players on the 2010 PGA Tour have used the square grooved wedge, but clearly no one I stalking now about the possibility of being referred to as being “cheats’. Ping chairman and chief executive John Solheim said his company had acted “in the best interests of golf” and that pre-April 1990 clubs would not be permitted on the U.S. circuit once the March 29 waiver takes effect.
“The problem is solved on the PGA Tour and the integrity of the original agreements is unaffected,” Solheim said in a statement released by the Tour on Monday. “It levels the playing field on the PGA Tour and resolves a very unfortunate situation that we predicted would happen when the USGA first proposed the new groove rule more than two years ago. “It keeps in place all of our other rights established … including ensuring amateurs will continue to be able to play their pre-April 1990 EYE2s at all amateur events played under the USGA rules of golf.”
The waiver will apply to the PGA Tour, the senior Champions Tour and the satellite Nationwide Tour.
Mickelson, renowned for his short game, has been a consistent critic of the rule change and put the controversial club in his bag at Torrey Pines simply to make a point. “It was a ridiculous rule change and even worse timing,” said the 39-year-old world number three.
“It’s cost manufacturers millions of dollars. It continues to cost them money as we now have to hire people to scan, document and store data of every groove on every single club.” Tour commissioner Tim Finchem was delighted Ping had decided to waive its rights under the 1990 settlement, saying: “John Solheim and Ping had a terrific opportunity to do something very positive and significant for the game of golf and we very much appreciate his willingness to take this action.”
Rock on Dude! Legendary Rocker Pete Townsend of The Who has defended his choice to perform in Super Bowl half-time show, saying that he was saddened by critics who brought back his 2003 link to child pornography.
Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey performed three songs this week as a preview, but the guitarist reacted quite seriously, when asked about two groups that have criticized the NFL’s choice.
”I’ve been very saddened by it,” he said. ”I feel like we’re on the same side. That’s really all I can say.” Townshend was arrested in 2003 in Britain in a child pornography sting but later cleared, saying his accessing of a child pornography website was for his anti-porn activism. ”Anybody who has any doubts about if I should be here or not should investigate a little bit further,” he said. ”For a family that has suffered the issue of child abuse, vigilance is the most important thing, not vigilantism.”
Since an infamous ”wardrobe malfunction” exposed Janet Jackson’s breast six years ago, the NFL has had male headliners, a decision which at times raises a few brows of feminists like me. Sports and Music goes hand in hand at times when the pressures of life wears out down, and that is why, I am giving my thumbs up to The Who and Townsend. Let the good times roll – I say. Townshend and Daltrey will play for 12 minutes at half-time. ”I heard if you take out the advertising and all the breaks the game only lasts for 11½ minutes,” Daltrey said. ”We’re working longer than the players?” Townshend added. ”We should re-do our deal.”
Daltrey touted rugby to as gridiron ”without the breaks, padding and helmets and they get less injuries than the guys in the helmets. British guys are lighter.”
On Friday, February 5, 2010, Julius Hollis, Earl Cummings, Sean Pittman, Daniel Halpern, Robert Shumake, Sen. Rodney Ellis, David Rivers and Art Collins, in support of The Alliance for Digital Equality (ADE), will kick off Super Bowl XLIV weekend in style, as they host a private celebration, “A Gridiron Toast to Excellence.” The lavish event will primarily serve to honor well-respected luminaries who excel in their respective fields of practice, consistently enriching the communities in which they live and work.
In the field of politics, the ADE will honor U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip (SC-Dem), Congressman James E. Clyburn; in the field of media, honorees include nationally syndicated radio personality and philanthropist, Tom Joyner, as well as Chairman and CEO of BET Holdings, Debra Lee; in the field of sports/philanthropy, Miami Heat superstar and Chairman Emeritus of Alonzo Mourning Charities, Alonzo Mourning will be honored; in the field of business, retired Executive Vice President of Coca-Cola, Vicki Palmer will be recognized; and Miami legends, Gloria and Emilio Estefan will be recognized in the field of entertainment/philanthropy. The event which will be held at Mia on Biscayne Boulevard. Cocktails courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka, Cigar & Brandy Bar courtesy of Fine Champagne Cognacs from Remy Martin and wine compliments of Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. Media inquiries can be directed to Circle of One Marketing, 305-576-3790. For information on The Alliance for Digital Equality: http://www.alliancefordigitalequality.org. Founded in 2007, The Alliance for Digital Equality is a non-profit consumer advocacy organization that serves to facilitate and ensure equal access to technology in underserved communities. The Alliance also serves as a bridge between policymakers and minority individuals in order to help the public understand how legislative and regulatory policies regarding new technologies can impact and empower their daily lives.
I am all for a come back story, because as human beings, we spend a lot of time celebrating other people’s demise, instead of offering a helping hand. When Michael Vick was implicated in the dog fighting ring, I was angry at first, as the owner of a beautiful Lab and next as just an individual with morals. But, I have taken a step back to evaluate the Michael Vick saga and decided that as an individual of morally sound mind, I should approach Vick’s comeback with an open heart.
When Vick was released from jail, I really hope that he would have taken a shot back at the NFL, but a part of me thought that it was not a good idea. But even within that mindset, deep down inside of me, I wanted him to fight back and prove his critics wrong.
Signing with the Eagles with McNabb’s blessing was a great way to give him a shot of redemption. I was really excited about this especially as an Eagles’ fan and for the opportunity he had to work with Andy Reid and his coaching staff. After all who is calmer under the collar, than Andy Reid? Although Vick has been patiently making his way into the Eages’ lineup his peers have shown that they appreciate his tough journey back to the NFL.
Vick won the Ed Block Courage Award, voted on by his teammates on the Philadelphia Eagles, after the once-disgraced star quarterback returned to the league after spending 18 months in a federal prison for his role in a dogfighting ring.
“It means a great deal to me,” Vick said Wednesday. “I was voted unanimously by my teammates. They know what I’ve been through. I’ve been through a lot. It’s been great to come back and have an opportunity to play and be with a great group of guys. I’m just ecstatic about that and I enjoy every day.” Vick, who is a three-time Pro Bowl pick in six seasons with Atlanta, Vick has played sparingly with the Eagles. He has two touchdowns rushing and one passing in 12 games. The Ed Block Award honors players who exemplify commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. Each of the 32 NFL teams selects a recipient.
“I’ve overcome a lot, more than probably one single individual can handle or bear,” Vick said. “You ask certain people to walk through my shoes, they probably couldn’t do. Probably 95 percent of the people in this world because nobody had to endure what I’ve been through, situations I’ve been put in, situations I put myself in and decisions I have made, whether they have been good or bad.
“There’s always consequences behind certain things and repercussions behind them, too. And then you have to wake up every day and face the world, whether they perceive you in the right perspective, it’s a totally different outlook on you. You have to be strong, believe in yourself, be optimistic. That’s what I’ve been able to do. That’s what I display.”
The Eagles were criticized by animal rights activists for signing Vick less than a month after he was released from prison. Dozens of protesters voiced their outrage outside the team’s practice facility the day after Vick was signed, and many fans threatened to give up their tickets.
But Vick got a warm reception in his first game with the Eagles and by most accounts has been a model citizen off the field.
The animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, issued a statement reprimanding the Eagles for giving Vick the award.
“The Philadelphia Eagles fumbled when they gave Michael Vick the Ed Block Courage Award, which was named after a man who advocated in behalf of abused children,” the PETA statement read. “Michael Vick should not be the person anyone points to as a model of sportsmanship, even though he has now exchanged dogs for touchdowns after serving time for extreme cruelty to animals. We wish him well in educating others, but this is not appropriate and does not mark a joyous moment in NFL history.”
Vick has spent time working with the Humane Society of the United States, speaking to school and community groups about the mistakes he made in getting involved in dogfighting.
“It was a big obstacle proving I’m worthy of a second chance,” Vick said. “It doesn’t stop here. I have to continue to prove that. I think it’s not going to be a day-to-day process, it’s going to be a year-in, year-out process. It’s a challenge to myself. The thing I told (NFL commissioner) Roger (Goodell) is that four or five years from now, I’m going to come to him and say, ‘Everything I told you I was going to do, I’m still doing it.’ And that’s what I pride myself on and that’s my focus and that’s my goal.”
Quarterback Donovan McNabb called the award “well-deserved.”
“Congratulations to him for straightening his life around and bettering himself as a human being,” coach Andy Reid said. “He’s obviously very well-respected by his teammates.”
Miami – The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce will host its 4th Annual Holiday Gala, “Progress: The New Currency,” on Saturday December 5, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Miami.
A cocktail reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner and an award ceremony following at 7:30 p.m. The Gala has become “the event” of the holiday season, honoring the accomplishments of professionals and businesses in the South Florida community. The “progressive” theme for the night is a tribute to the Chamber’s continuous efforts to move forward in this time of economic uncertainty.
The high-profile social event is expected to draw over 700 of South Florida’s savviest and most successful business. Among the festivities, the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce will honor three of South Florida’s most well-respected business and philanthropic leaders throughout the night. Receiving the H.T. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award for his extraordinary contributions of community leadership and philanthropic endeavors is famed attorney and community activist, Dr. Larry R. Handfield.
The Distinguished Service Award will be awarded to the president of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Bill Talbert, who has demonstrated community leadership, sparked inspiration and spearheaded a successful international effort to drive unprecedented economic development in Miami’s hospitality and travel industry. Finally, the Citizen of the Year Award will be presented to former Dade Community Foundation president, Ruth Shack, whose selflessness, foresight and guidance has contributed immeasurably to the quality of life in our community. Keeping Gala attendees grooving will be the Leesa Richards band, a nine-piece top 40 musical ensemble, led by popular chanteuse, Leesa Richards.
“This is the event of the year for the minority business community. We will celebrate the many accomplishments we had in 2009 and look forward to new partnerships for 2010. The Chamber invites all business, civic and community leaders, elected officials and budding entrepreneurs to join us and celebrate the Chamber’s successes, especially our progressive efforts and activities on behalf of small, minority and women-owned businesses,” stated President and CEO of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, Bill Diggs.
The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce Holiday Gala has earned a well deserved reputation as one of the most anticipated corporate and social events of the holiday season, featuring stellar entertainment, fine food and a diverse mix of South Florida’s corporate leaders. Attendees can expect to enjoy an elegant and fun evening of networking, dining and dancing.
Please join us for an unforgettable evening, a celebration of true excellence and extraordinary entertainment. Businesses may purchase corporate tables for $1,500, while individuals may purchase tickets for $150 each. For tickets and more information please contact Beverly James at 305-751-8648 or visit http://www.m-dcc.org. For media inquiries, contact Circle of One Marketing at 305.576.3790. This year’s top corporate sponsors include Macy’s, Carnival Cruise Lines and FP&L.