Raleigh Based Guide Service Climbs Into Asheville With Climbing Classes

Raleigh based rock climbing and ice climbing guide service and climbing school has expanded it’s climbing class offerings to climbers in Western NC by offering their Climb Outside Rock Climbing Class on September 26-27, 2009 at Looking Glass Rock NC.

These classes give people the knowledge, skills, and understanding they need to begin rock climbing outside. Asheville is an ideal location for these classes because of the volume of climbing areas, and the volume of people who desire to learn how to climb outdoors but aren’t sure where to get started. Students learn anchor building, rope management, knot tying, belaying, rappelling, rescue, and more. The class consists of 2 full day sessions, where the first day will be spent teaching the skills, and the second day will be spent putting the newly acquired skills into practice. The classes are open to all experience levels, and all equipment is provided. Details on the Asheville Climb Outside Rock Climbing Class can be found on the Climb Outside Rock Climbing Class Website.

“Taking this class taught me a lot and confirmed things I had already been in the process of learning. Even though I have much more to learn it allowed me to feel confident, to go with my partner, and climb outside at my current level,” expresses Chris Troisi, a Climb Outside Class participant.

Ascent Adventure Consultants is a Raleigh, NC based professional rock and ice climbing guiding and instruction provider, as well as a corporate team building and leadership development program provider. Climbing courses and team building programs are conducted locally, nationally and internationally.

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The Golfers Club Is Delighted To Be Hosting Their Tenth Annual Members’ Tournament, The National Classic, At The Marriott Forest Of Arden On October 9th 2009

This is a fitting venue for this wonderful occasion and all members are invited to enter and join The Golfers Club team at this years event. The 7,213 yard Arden course is a suitable test for golfers of all abilities and is set in the most beautiful Warwickshire countryside.

The competition will be played in a stableford format and will include extra special touches such as a taking on an ex European Tour pro at the 202 yard par 3, 18th. Any member that beats the pro on this hole will also receive a special prize.

The National Classic Champion will be crowned at the prize giving dinner. Numbers are strictly limited so please book your place as a soon as possible or call 0800 158 5550 or email: nationalclassic2009@thegolfersclub.co.uk for an application form. Member’s can bring guest players to the event if they wish.

The Golfers Club is the largest golf membership scheme in the UK and provides golfers with specialist golf insurance and exclusive member benefits such as golf tuition all for just £49.95. If you are not currently a member join up today then apply for your place by calling 0800 158 5550.

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SilverDoor Wins The Wooden Spoon In The ITM and TBTM Dragon Boat Race

SilverDoor and a mixture of Institute of Travel and Meetings (ITM) and The Business Travel Magazine (TBTM) members competed in the first ever hosted ITM and TBTM Dragon Boat Race. The race took place on the banks of the Thames at the Principal Hayley Oakley Court Hotel in Windsor. The SilverDoor Knockers team competed alongside 14 other teams in the race, coming last and winning the not so desirable prize of the wooden spoon.

SilverDoor Wins The Wooden Spoon In The ITM and TBTM Dragon Boat Race

SilverDoor’s Head of PR and Marketing, Marnie Delaney-Parker said: “It was a great day out, the sun was shining and everyone was in good spirits. It’s a shame we couldn’t win the first prize too but at least we managed to come away with something albeit the losers prize. Everyone showed real determination and healthy competitiveness. We’re in practice for next year already.”

The event, the first of what is hoped to become an annual event on the business travel calendar, was attended by over 250 people. Companies that took part included Eurostar, Continental Airlines, The Business Travel & Meetings Show, OAG and Intel. Drawbridge provided shuttle transfers on the day from surrounding rail stations to the Oakley Court Hotel.

Diane Steed, Head of Sales & Marketing for ITM said of the Team Activity Group run event: “Everyone has thoroughly enjoyed themselves with the participating companies seeing this as a great way to ‘team-build’. There was a lot of friendly competition out there but also some real determination from some teams to see off their business travel competitors & industry peers – I think everyone had a really good time”.

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Leading Energy Supplier, npower, Has Announced A Two-Year Extension To Its Title Sponsorship Of Domestic Test Match Cricket

The new deal will maintain npower’s position as one of the largest corporate sponsors of cricket in the UK and will run until the end of the 2011 Test series against India, with the option to extend until after the end of the next Ashes series in 2013. npower has been the title sponsor of domestic Test match cricket since 2001.

Leading Energy Supplier, npower, Has Announced A Two-Year Extension To Its Title Sponsorship Of Domestic Test Match Cricket

As part of the sponsorship npower will continue to enjoy significant commercial access to the England cricket team as well as an extensive package of rights including ticketing at Test matches and image rights. The deal will also provide npower with the opportunity to build a greater brand presence at Test match venues through advertising, branding and sampling.

npower will also continue its successful grassroots initiative, npower Urban Cricket, which it runs in partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board. As part of the new deal, two more purpose-built cricket facilities will be built in major conurbations across the UK – adding to the five that have already been created. These facilities, that provide a permanent and safe space for children to learn the basics of cricket, aim to increase participation and leave a long-term, sustainable legacy for the sport.

Kevin Miles, CEO of npower retail, said: “We’re delighted to announce our continued sponsorship of Test cricket: to be at the heart of the game for eleven years is something we can be extremely proud of. Test cricket – and particularly the current npower Ashes Series – continues to capture the public’s imagination and we’re thrilled to be involved.”

“Our Urban Cricket initiative continues to go from strength to strength. Renewing our contract ensures future investment in this scheme which is vital for the development of cricket from playground to Test arena.”

“From a brand perspective, not only has our cricket sponsorship provided us with great visibility, it has also provided a strong marketing platform for our other products and services like our gas boiler installation service, npower hometeam. We’re already looking forward to the next two seasons.”

David Collier, ECB Chief Executive added: “The ECB believes Test matches are the pinnacle of cricket and is committed to growing its popularity both at home and overseas. We are therefore delighted npower will continue as the title sponsor of our home series until 2011. Since the start of its sponsorship in 2001 npower has been a very energetic and committed partner of English cricket. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in its Urban Cricket initiative that has helped give thousands of children across the country a chance to play cricket for the first time.”

The new agreement sees the end of npower’s official partner sponsorship of the Twenty20 Cup, a competition it has sponsored since its inception in 2003. npower will continue its sponsorship of the Women’s Test series.

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Sky Sports Football Score Centre Now Available on the App Store

Football fans can now get up-to-date match information at their finger-tips f r o m the Sky Sports Football Score Centre App which has been launched in time for the new season. The new football App has a range of features which have been designed to make it easy for users to track their favourite teams and to be able to view the latest scores f r o m all domestic league and cup matches played throughout England and Scotland, as well as the major European leagues, cups and international fixtures.

Users can select My Scores to follow their favourite team or to keep track of any matches they want to monitor, or they can now simply browse by competition and date for the latest fixtures, results and league tables. Other features include Team Lineups, Player Profiles, Scorecards, Match Statistics and the latest news f r o m Sky Sports News.

The new free Football Score Centre App is being made available for download f r o m the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch.

Football fans without an iPhone or iPod Touch can also access live Sky Sports action this season on their mobile with Sky Mobile TV which is available on 3G-enabled phones on Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange and 3 UK.

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Making Dreams a Reality for Aspiring Climbers

Ascent Adventure Consultants is a Raleigh North Carolina based professional rock climbing and ice climbing guide service and climbing school.

They have designed climbing classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced climbers, in order to teach people what they need to know to accomplish their climbing goals, and to provide them with the tools and experience necessary to do so. Rock climbing often seems like an untouchable sport to many people, and it is with that in mind that Ascent Adventure Consultants has designed their classes. They wish to make climbing accessible to all who have interest in the sport. Their beginner classes include free monthly skills demos, as well as “Climb Outside” climbing classes. Intermediate classes include classes such as “Learn How to Trad Climb Weekend”. Advanced classes include classes such as “Alpine Climbing Experience.” They also offer rock climbing guide training programs for climbers who with to be guides

“Taking this class taught me alot and confirmed things I had already been in the process of learning. Even though I have much more to learn it allowed me to feel confident, to go with my partner, and climb outside at my current level.” expresses Chris Troisi, a Climb Outside Class participant.

Ascent Adventure Consultants offers classes year round, along with a full schedule of climbing trips available to the public. To view their complete schedule of classes, visit their Climbing Classes webpage (http://www.ascentadventure.com/service/climbing-classes/scheduled-climbing-classes/).

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Enjoy Lunch with the World’s Heaviest Professional Athlete, World Sumo Champion Emanuel “Tiny” Yarbrough

The Rotary Club of Amherst East will host Emanuel “Tiny” Yarbrough as its guest lunch speaker on Thursday, August 27. Anybody can attend the lunch meeting. Attendees must RSVP so that the club can reserve space.

Mr. Yarbrough is in Western New York to support a free children’s event in Buffalo the following day, hosted by Buffalo’s Belle Center. That event will feature Sumo wrestling demonstrations by the SumoKids Foundation and children from the Belle Center’s summer athletic program, as well as a presentation by Mr. Yarbrough.

Mr. Yarbrough is the Guinness Book of World Records’ “World’s Heaviest Professional Athlete” and a world champion Sumo wrestler. He also is an ambassador for the SumoKids Foundation, a Buffalo-based 501 (c)(3) non-profit that teaches children valuable life skills and morals through the tenets of Sumo wrestling. Sumo wrestling is a Japanese form of wrestling in which a fighter loses if forced from the ring or if any part of his body except the soles of his feet touches the ground.

The president of the Rotary Club of Amherst East, Robert Klingensmith, and the club’s president elect, Paul McAfee, both are on the Board of Directors of the SumoKids Foundation and provide pro bono support.

Mr. Yarbrough will talk about his life as an athlete, and his devotion to helping children lead healthy, active, lives.

Lunch on August 27, which starts at noon at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 2402 North Forest Road, Amherst, NY, costs only $12.00 per person. Attendees should RSVP by August 25 at www.AmherstEastRotary.org by clicking on the “Join the Amherst East Rotary Club for Lunch with Emanuel” link, or by calling (716) 689-8886.

About Emanuel Yarbrough
For more than two decades, Emanuel “Tiny” Yarbrough has taken on challenges that most would think impossible and consistently proven that he has the focus and determination to master any endeavor. At 6 feet 8 inches and more than 679 pounds, Tiny is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the heaviest professional athlete in the world. This former World Sumo Champion and World Super-Heavyweight Judo Champion, has built an impressive track record of success in several sports, toppling champion caliber athletes along the way.

Despite his size, which many regard as an advantage, Tiny has battled fiercely with both external and internal opponents during his entire career. Throughout his journey, he has learned tough lessons including how defeat can lead to victory and that the greatest benefit of fame is its ability to bring attention to important issues affecting the lives of millions.

Perhaps Tiny’s greatest achievement has been his record of inspiring and motivating others. For millions seeking confidence, better health or a better life, Tiny represents a living example of success. He proudly welcomes being a role model, delivering his message loudly and consistently, “You Are All Winners!”

Tiny’s athletic and personal goals:
– Lose weight and maintain a level of fitness that is highly suitable for competition, but more importantly, build and maintain health in body and mind and continue to improve as a role model for young people.
– Work more with youth oriented organizations as a mentor and leader, providing education on obesity related issues and helping to promote the positive aspects of sports and fitness to the world.

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The Mirror Group Has Launched A New Standalone Site Which Will Display Thousands Of Stunning Never-Seen-Before Images Of Britain’s Most Iconic Football Moments

The launch, which coincides with the new football season will s e t a new standard for football coverage online.

Mirror Football

Combining the latest Premier League updates, club-by-club breaking news, with the sharpest views in the sport, MirrorFootball.co.uk provides up to date football news as the season unfolds.

At the heart of this major new website, for the first time ever fans can now access hundreds of thousands of images f r o m the archives of Mirror Group’s stable of national titles.

Many of the photographs to be released online at MirrorFootball.co.uk have never been seen before, including remarkable shots of Sir Alf Ramsey’s England in training the day before the 1966 World Cup Final, rare behind-the-scenes photos of Manchester United and Liverpool’s great European triumphs, and newly-discovered pictures of iconic figures – f r o m Dixie Dean to Bill Shankly, Billy Wright to Bobby Moore, George Best to Paul Gascoigne.

Paul Hood, head of digital for Mirror Group said: “The Mirror has been at the forefront of covering football since 1903. Now we’re about to lead the way online.

“Not only will fans enjoy the absolute best in reporting and opinion of the modern game, but they will be staggered by the depth of content going back more than a century: breathtaking images of the most famous moments in football. MirrorFootball.co.uk will be a bookmark-must for every fan. For advertisers, Mirror Football represents a truly unique platform – the opportunity to reach a hugely engaged and receptive audience – to advertise within the most exclusive football image archive in the world.”

As well as a huge archive of rare and previously unseen football pics, the new Mirror Football site contains video interviews with football stars, a dynamic match centre updated minute-by-minute with a wealth of data and breaking stories, and web-exclusive content produced by some of the best sports journalists and columnists in the country, including Stan Collymore, Mark Lawrenson and Oli Holt.

Mark Hollinshead, managing director of Mirror Group Newspapers, said: “Our firm intention is to fully capture the passion of football and its fans. MirrorFootball.co.uk will be a uniquely engaging website and an instant smash hit with a very broad and knowledgeable audience.”

Mirrorfootball also incorporates a brand-new dynamic and engaging weekly fantasy football game: Mirror Fantasy Stakes allows users to s e t up mini-leagues to challenge their mates to pick the dream fantasy team, weekend by weekend.

The site, launched on 7 August 2009 was developed in conjunction with Liverpool based creative agency Rippleffect.

About Mirror Football:
Mirror Football is a dedicated website produced by Mirror Group Newspapers. Mirror Group Newspapers is owned by Trinity Mirror plc, one of the UK’s largest newspaper publishers, with an award winning portfolio including five national newspapers, over 120 regional newspapers and 400 plus digital products.

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UltimateSportsDecor.Com Has Launched An Online Poll In Which Fans Are Invited To Determine Which University Will Receive The Company’s Quarterly Charitable Donation

UltimateSportsDecor.com has launched an online poll in which fans are invited to determine which university will receive the company’s quarterly charitable donation.


Voters can chose among four universities each quarter. The school with the most votes will receive 5 percent of third-quarter sales from UltimateSportsDecor.com. The donation will be earmarked for scholarships.

The 2009 third-quarter poll includes the University of Oklahoma, University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin and Florida State University. Votes can be cast through Sept. 30.

“Giving back has been at the forefront of our business since conception. Too many kids do not get the opportunity to go to college to further their education and quality of life. I know firsthand how a scholarship can make a dramatic impact on a student.” said Andrew Nadler, co-founder of Forward Momentum LLC. Forward Momentum owns and operates sports-related Web sites UltimateSportsDecor.com and GnomeFrenzy.com.

Established in 2008, Grayslake, IL-based UltimateSportsDecor was founded by passionate sports fans. The Web-based company offers unique, licensed team-themed products for more than 60 U.S. universities.

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