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News Article | April 20, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

Americans love sugar. Together we consumed nearly 11 million metric tons of it in 2016, according to the US Department of Agriculture, much of it in the form of sugar-sweetened beverages like sports drinks and soda. Now, new research suggests that excess sugar -- especially the fructose in sugary drinks--might damage your brain. Researchers using data from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) found that people who drink sugary beverages frequently are more likely to have poorer memory, smaller overall brain volume, and a significantly smaller hippocampus -- an area of the brain important for learning and memory. But before you chuck your sweet tea and reach for a diet soda, there's more: a follow-up study found that people who drank diet soda daily were almost three times as likely to develop stroke and dementia when compared to those who did not. Researchers are quick to point out that these findings, which appear separately in the journals Alzheimer's & Dementia and Stroke, demonstrate correlation but not cause-and-effect. While researchers caution against over-consuming either diet soda or sugary drinks, more research is needed to determine how -- or if -- these drinks actually damage the brain, and how much damage may be caused by underlying vascular disease or diabetes. "These studies are not the be-all and end-all, but it's strong data and a very strong suggestion," says Sudha Seshadri, a professor of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine (MED) and a faculty member at BU's Alzheimer's Disease Center, who is senior author on both papers. "It looks like there is not very much of an upside to having sugary drinks, and substituting the sugar with artificial sweeteners doesn't seem to help." "Maybe good old-fashioned water is something we need to get used to," she adds. Matthew Pase, a fellow in the MED neurology department and an investigator at the FHS who is corresponding author on both papers, says that excess sugar has long been associated with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases like obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, but little is known about its long-term effects on the human brain. He chose to study sugary drinks as a way of examining overall sugar consumption. "It's difficult to measure overall sugar intake in the diet," he says, "so we used sugary beverages as a proxy." For the first study, published in Alzheimer's & Dementia on March 5, 2017, researchers examined data, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and cognitive testing results, from about 4,000 people enrolled in the Framingham Heart Study's Offspring and Third-Generation cohorts. (These are the children and grandchildren of the original FHS volunteers enrolled in 1948.) The researchers looked at people who consumed more than two sugary drinks a day of any type -- soda, fruit juice, and other soft drinks -- or more than three per week of soda alone. Among that "high intake" group, they found multiple signs of accelerated brain aging, including smaller overall brain volume, poorer episodic memory, and a shrunken hippocampus, all risk factors for early-stage Alzheimer's disease. Researchers also found that higher intake of diet soda--at least one per day--was associated with smaller brain volume. In the second study, published in Stroke on April 20, 2017, the researchers, using data only from the older Offspring cohort, looked specifically at whether participants had suffered a stroke or been diagnosed with dementia due to Alzheimer's disease. After measuring volunteers' beverage intake at three points over seven years, the researchers then monitored the volunteers for 10 years, looking for evidence of stroke in 2,888 people over age 45, and dementia in 1,484 participants over age 60. Here they found, surprisingly, no correlation between sugary beverage intake and stroke or dementia. However, they found that people who drank at least one diet soda per day were almost three times as likely to develop stroke and dementia. Although the researchers took age, smoking, diet quality, and other factors into account, they could not completely control for preexisting conditions like diabetes, which may have developed over the course of the study and is a known risk factor for dementia. Diabetics, as a group, drink more diet soda on average, as a way to limit their sugar consumption, and some of the correlation between diet soda intake and dementia may be due to diabetes, as well as other vascular risk factors. However, such preexisting conditions cannot wholly explain the new findings. "It was somewhat surprising that diet soda consumption led to these outcomes," says Pase, noting that while prior studies have linked diet soda intake to stroke risk, the link with dementia was not previously known. He adds that the studies did not differentiate between types of artificial sweeteners and did not account for other possible sources of artificial sweeteners. He says that scientists have put forth various hypotheses about how artificial sweeteners may cause harm, from transforming gut bacteria to altering the brain's perception of "sweet," but "we need more work to figure out the underlying mechanisms." Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 16 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University's research and teaching mission. In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.


News Article | May 2, 2017
Site: www.prlog.org

Alaska Travel Adventures begins the Alaska summer travel season with several new appointments to its senior management team. JUNEAU, Alaska - May 2, 2017 - PRLog -- Today Alaska Travel Adventures (ATA) announced three new executive appointments. Mike Wallisch has been selected by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Robert Dindinger to succeed Chris Meier as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO); ATA announced Meier's transition to the position of ATA President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in December 2016. Also newly appointed is Sarah Lowell, ATA's new Director of Sales, and Tor Wallen, who will be joining as Skagway Director of Operations. "We are excited to have Mike join the ATA senior management team. His experience and credentials in the Alaska and Colorado visitor industry are a perfect match for ATA," said Alaska Travel Adventures CEO, Robert Dindinger. For 22 years Wallisch owned and operated Alaska Adventures Unlimited (AAU), a charter sport fishing business in Sitka before selling in 2015. Most recently he served as Senior Manager of Operations for Steamboat Resorts, a division of Wyndham Vacation Rentals in Steamboat Springs, Co. "I look forward to helping ATA continue to provide their customers unparalleled vacation experiences. ATA's unique product mixture combined with their entrepreneurial spirit makes this an ideal career move," says Wallisch. "I have known the Alaska Travel Adventures management team for 25 years. I have found them to be knowledgeable, innovative and hard working people. I look forward to contributing to the culture of their company." Mike Wallisch is a Littleton, Co. native and University of San Diego graduate. He and his wife Syd plan to live full time in Juneau. ATA President, Chris Meier, remarks, "Mike has been a friend and highly respected industry colleague for many years. He is innately qualified to function as COO for ATA. We know Mike will also bring a fresh perspective both in terms of our current operations and future product developments. His experience with the cruise industry, and the Alaska visitor industry as a whole, is particularly advantageous." Sarah Lowell joins ATA as Director of Sales after an extensive career with Era Helicopters, where she most recently served as Juneau Base Manager. "Sarah is uniquely qualified to direct ATA's sales efforts based on her experience, contacts, and relationships in the Alaska visitor industry," says Chris Meier. "This is a great opportunity to work with a Juneau-based company that shares my passion to deliver an exemplary Alaska vacation experience to hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world," says Lowell. Sarah Lowell was born and raised in Juneau and graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Although her position will require her to oversee sales of ATA's entire portfolio of diversified vacation products from Fairbanks to Ketchikan, Lowell plans to remain in Juneau. Lowell currently serves as President of the Juneau chapter of the Alaska Tourism Industry Association and is active in community projects. Tor Wallen, a 15-year travel industry veteran brings a combination of operations and logistics experience to ATA's Skagway Director of Operations position. ATA's Skagway presence includes: Alaska Motorhome Rentals, Ship Creek RV Park, self-driven Hummer tours, a Stampede hike and eat tour, and the Liarsville Trail Camp and Salmon Bake. "Tor is a welcome addition to our Skagway operation. I believe his experience in a multitude of disciplines will prove beneficial in leading our team members. We look forward to the leadership he will provide," said Meier. Wallen has worked for several cruise and maritime security companies, including Princess Cruises and Tours, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Coast Cruise Line, Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska and American General Services. "I am excited to join the hard working and innovative team at Alaska Travel Adventures. Their reputation as industry leaders in Alaska vacation travel is exemplary. I look forward to helping that continue," Wallen said. Wallen was raised in Juneau and attended George Washington University where he worked for both President Clinton and Senator Joe Lieberman. is one of Alaska's most diversified vacation travel companies. Founded nearly 40 years ago, ATA now employees a staff of 400 statewide to serve 200,000 customers throughout Alaska and Canada. ATA continues to be a leader in "soft" adventure travel. The company offers more than 30 excursions and vacation packages that include whale watching, canoeing, kayaking, river rafting, RV rentals, self-driving Jeep and Hummer tours, gold panning and salmon bakes. -- Today Alaska Travel Adventures (ATA) announced three new executive appointments. Mike Wallisch has been selected by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Robert Dindinger to succeed Chris Meier as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO); ATA announced Meier's transition to the position of ATA President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in December 2016. Also newly appointed is Sarah Lowell, ATA's new Director of Sales, and Tor Wallen, who will be joining as Skagway Director of Operations."We are excited to have Mike join the ATA senior management team. His experience and credentials in the Alaska and Colorado visitor industry are a perfect match for ATA," said Alaska Travel Adventures CEO, Robert Dindinger.For 22 years Wallisch owned and operated Alaska Adventures Unlimited (AAU), a charter sport fishing business in Sitka before selling in 2015. Most recently he served as Senior Manager of Operations for Steamboat Resorts, a division of Wyndham Vacation Rentals in Steamboat Springs, Co."I look forward to helping ATA continue to provide their customers unparalleled vacation experiences. ATA's unique product mixture combined with their entrepreneurial spirit makes this an ideal career move," says Wallisch. "I have known the Alaska Travel Adventures management team for 25 years. I have found them to be knowledgeable, innovative and hard working people. I look forward to contributing to the culture of their company." Mike Wallisch is a Littleton, Co. native and University of San Diego graduate. He and his wife Syd plan to live full time in Juneau.ATA President, Chris Meier, remarks, "Mike has been a friend and highly respected industry colleague for many years. He is innately qualified to function as COO for ATA. We know Mike will also bring a fresh perspective both in terms of our current operations and future product developments. His experience with the cruise industry, and the Alaska visitor industry as a whole, is particularly advantageous."Sarah Lowell joins ATA as Director of Sales after an extensive career with Era Helicopters, where she most recently served as Juneau Base Manager."Sarah is uniquely qualified to direct ATA's sales efforts based on her experience, contacts, and relationships in the Alaska visitor industry," says Chris Meier."This is a great opportunity to work with a Juneau-based company that shares my passion to deliver an exemplary Alaska vacation experience to hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world," says Lowell.Sarah Lowell was born and raised in Juneau and graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Although her position will require her to oversee sales of ATA's entire portfolio of diversified vacation products from Fairbanks to Ketchikan, Lowell plans to remain in Juneau. Lowell currently serves as President of the Juneau chapter of the Alaska Tourism Industry Association and is active in community projects.Tor Wallen, a 15-year travel industry veteran brings a combination of operations and logistics experience to ATA's Skagway Director of Operations position. ATA's Skagway presence includes: Alaska Motorhome Rentals, Ship Creek RV Park, self-driven Hummer tours, a Stampede hike and eat tour, and the Liarsville Trail Camp and Salmon Bake."Tor is a welcome addition to our Skagway operation. I believe his experience in a multitude of disciplines will prove beneficial in leading our team members. We look forward to the leadership he will provide," said Meier.Wallen has worked for several cruise and maritime security companies, including Princess Cruises and Tours, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Coast Cruise Line, Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska and American General Services."I am excited to join the hard working and innovative team at Alaska Travel Adventures. Their reputation as industry leaders in Alaska vacation travel is exemplary. I look forward to helping that continue," Wallen said.Wallen was raised in Juneau and attended George Washington University where he worked for both President Clinton and Senator Joe Lieberman. Alaska Travel Adventures is one of Alaska's most diversified vacation travel companies. Founded nearly 40 years ago, ATA now employees a staff of 400 statewide to serve 200,000 customers throughout Alaska and Canada. ATA continues to be a leader in "soft" adventure travel. The company offers more than 30 excursions and vacation packages that include whale watching, canoeing, kayaking, river rafting, RV rentals, self-driving Jeep and Hummer tours, gold panning and salmon bakes.


A grand opening celebration will take place on May 6, 2017 from 8am until 1pm at:  221 E Willis Rd. Suite 20 Chandler, AZ 85286. During the day, the center will hold demos, have giveaways including a grand prize valued at over $1,000 for 20 free training sessions. "We are receiving a warm welcome from the community and are excited to bring this concept to the valley," says PickUp USA Owner, Jay Bhakta. "No matter what your skill level, ages 5 to adults can enjoy various activities at our club." All you need to do is show up. The staff handles the organization. You can bring your friends to play or you can drop into the rotation for games that run back-to-back every 10 minutes. The trainers can also advise you on a healthy diet and help you with physical health and wellness that'll lead to a better lifestyle. Steven played professional basketball in Holland for six years after college. In high school, he played in the Amateur Athletic Union, (AAU), with LeBron James, currently with the Cleveland Cavaliers. In addition to PickUp USA, Steven is a basketball trainer.  He got into basketball training after moving to the valley because he wanted to take all of his experience and train others. "I've been truly blessed." The cost is very competitive with other gyms starting at only $29.95 per month giving full access to the member including basketball courts, group training sessions, and the fitness center. If members are looking for officiated PickUp games, the membership is only $59.95 per month. Further details can be found online at: www.pickupusafitness.com or by calling (480) 422-3478. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pickup-usa-fitness-to-hold-grand-opening-event-on-may-6th-at-new-basketball-fitness-center-in-chandler-arizona-300445831.html


Mansfield, TX, May 05, 2017 --( Mansfield, TX, May 05, 2017 --( PR.com )-- NRG Volleyball Club has announced its summer programming and offerings out of its facility located at 1741 Commerce Drive in Mansfield, Texas 76063. This includes the highly touted P1 beach volleyball program, youth leagues, academies, strength and conditioning and other volleyball related developmental programming. These programs are designed for kids of all ages from 8 year olds to college level kids. Ollie Guidry, former professional football head coach with over 20 years experience building elite level athletes, leads the strength and conditioning programming. NRG is also building AAU teams for 13's, 14's, 15's, 16's and 17's. The beach and indoor facility in Mansfield is a one stop shop for all volleyball related needs. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from NRG Volleyball Club


News Article | May 3, 2017
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Ray Fougnier, an inspiring 74-year-old powerlifter and member of the Oneida Indian Nation recently set four world records at the 2017 AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) North American Powerlifting, Weightlifting, Feats of Strength, Strongman & Mas Wrestling Championships. Based on his age, weight and overall performance, Fougnier was also named Best Lifter among all competing men at the April 7-9 event in Laughlin, Nevada. Competing in the 181-pound weight class, Fougnier set new world records in the squat (286 lb.), bench press (201 lb.), deadlift (419 lb.), and in the total score for the three categories (906 lb.). The new benchmarks replace the records previously set by Fougnier at the 2016 event. Fougnier’s sponsor, the Oneida Indian Nation congratulates him on this latest in his incredible string of athletic achievements and will continue to proudly support his mission of inspiring and motivating all Native Americans to lead a healthy lifestyle and embrace exercise regardless of age. Even though Ray didn’t join powerlifting until his 70s, the self-trained phenom has achieved great success in the sport, setting numerous state and world records across multiple weight divisions. Last year, Ray set three world records at the 2016 AAU World Powerlifting Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he competed in a higher 198-pound weight class. A retired teacher and former head of the American Indian program at Cornell University, Fougnier grew up on the Oneida Indian Nation’s homelands located in Central New York. He now splits his time living in suburban Detroit, Michigan and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Oneida Indian Nation is a federally recognized Indian nation in Central New York. A founding member of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known as the Six Nations or Iroquois Confederacy), the Oneida Indian Nation sided with the Americans in the Revolutionary War and was thanked by Congress and President George Washington for its loyalty and assistance. Today, the Oneida Nation consists of about 1,000 enrolled Members, most of them living in Central New York. The Nation’s enterprises, which employ more than 4,500 people, include Turning Stone Resort Casino, Yellow Brick Road Casino, the SāvOn chain of gas stations and convenience stores, RV Park, three marinas, Indian Country Today Media Network – the premier national multi-media source for American Indian news and information, and Four Directions Productions – a 3D animation HD cinematography studio. Proceeds from these enterprises are used to rebuild the Nation’s economic base and provide essential services, including housing, health care, and education incentives and programs, to its Members. For more information, visit the Nation’s website http://www.OneidaIndianNation.com.


News Article | May 5, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWS WIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES Almaden Minerals Ltd. ("Almaden" or the "Company") (TSX: AMM) ( : AAU) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Sprott Capital Partners and Cormark Securities Inc. to act as co-lead underwriters (the "Co-Lead Underwriters"), on their own behalf and, if applicable, on behalf of a syndicate of underwriters (collectively with the Co-Lead Underwriters, the "Underwriters"), pursuant to which the Underwriters will arrange for substituted purchasers to purchase, on a bought deal private placement basis, 8,572,000 units ("Units") at $1.75 per Unit to raise gross proceeds of $15,001,000 (the "Offering"). The Underwriters will also have the option (the "Underwriters' Option") to purchase from Almaden up to an additional 1,285,800 Units for additional gross proceeds of $2,250,150. Each Unit will consist of one common share in the capital of the Company (a "Common Share") and one-half of one Common Share purchase warrant (each whole warrant, a "Warrant"). Each Warrant will be transferable and will entitle the holder to acquire one Common Share (a "Warrant Share") for three years from the date of closing of the Offering at a price of $2.45 per Warrant Share. The Offering will take place by way of a private placement to qualified investors in such provinces of Canada as the Underwriters may designate, and otherwise in those jurisdictions where the Offering can lawfully be made. All securities issued under the Offering will be subject to a four month hold period from the date of issue in accordance with applicable securities laws in Canada, and potentially additional restrictions under the laws of other jurisdictions in which the Offering may be made. Closing of the Offering is subject to satisfaction of certain conditions including receipt of applicable regulatory approvals including approval of the TSX and NYSE MKT. In connection with the Offering, the Underwriters will be entitled to a cash fee in an amount equal to 6.0% of the gross proceeds of the Offering, to be paid at closing. As additional consideration, the Company will grant to the Underwriters non-transferable common share purchase warrants (the "Broker Warrants") entitling the Underwriters to purchase that number of Common Shares as is equal to 3.0% of the aggregate number of Units sold in the Offering. Subject to regulatory approval, each Broker Warrant will be exercisable to acquire one Common Share at a price equal to $1.90 for a period of 24 months after the closing of the Offering. The gross proceeds received by the Company from the sale of the Units are intended to be used to advance the Tuligtic Project through continued engineering, permitting activities and exploration drilling, as well as for general corporate and working capital purposes. The Offering is scheduled to close on or about June 1, 2017 or such other date or dates as the Company and the Underwriters may agree. Almaden Minerals Ltd. owns 100% of the Tuligtic project in Puebla State, Mexico. Tuligtic covers the Ixtaca Gold-Silver Deposit, which was discovered by Almaden in 2010. On Behalf of the Board of Directors, Neither the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) nor the NYSE MKT have reviewed or accepted responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the contents of this news release which has been prepared by management. Except for the statements of historical fact contained herein, certain information presented constitutes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities laws. Such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, those with respect to the intended use of proceeds and continuation of exploration and development programs involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievement of Almaden to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, risks related to international operations and joint ventures, the actual results of current exploration activities, conclusions of economic evaluations, uncertainty in the estimation of mineral resources, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, environmental risks and hazards, increased infrastructure and/or operating costs, labour and employment matters, and government regulation and permitting requirements as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in Almaden's Annual Information Form and Almaden's latest Form 20-F on file with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. Although Almaden has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Almaden disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required pursuant to applicable securities laws. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. THIS NEWS RELEASE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER TO SELL OR A SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO BUY NOR SHALL THERE BE ANY SALE OF ANY OF THE SECURITIES IN ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH OFFER, SOLICITATION OR SALE WOULD BE UNLAWFUL, INCLUDING ANY OF THE SECURITIES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE SECURITIES HAVE NOT BEEN AND WILL NOT BE REGISTERED UNDER THE UNITED STATES SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED (THE "1933 ACT") OR ANY STATE SECURITIES LAWS AND MAY NOT BE OFFERED OR SOLD WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OR TO, OR FOR ACCOUNT OR BENEFIT OF, U.S. PERSONS (AS DEFINED IN REGULATION S UNDER THE 1933 ACT) UNLESS REGISTERED UNDER THE 1933 ACT AND APPLICABLE STATE SECURITIES LAWS, OR AN EXEMPTION FROM SUCH REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS IS AVAILABLE. NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWS WIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES


News Article | May 18, 2017
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VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - May 17, 2017) - Almaden Minerals Ltd. ("Almaden" or "the Company") (TSX: AMM) ( : AAU) announces that the independent NI 43-101 Pre-Feasibility Study of the Ixtaca Gold-Silver Project located in Puebla State, Mexico (the "PFS"), has been filed on SEDAR. A summary of findings from the PFS was announced in Almaden's press release issued April 3rd, 2017. The full report, prepared by Moose Mountain Technical Services ("MMTS"), can be viewed under the Company's profile on www.sedar.com. The independent qualified persons responsible for preparing the PFS are Tracey Meintjes, P.Eng. and Jesse Aarsen, P.Eng. of MMTS, Ken Embree, P.Eng. of Knight Piésold Ltd., Kris Raffle, P.Geo. of APEX Geoscience Ltd., and Gary Giroux, M.A.Sc., P.Eng. of Giroux Consultants Ltd., all of whom act as independent consultants to the Company, are Qualified Persons as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and have reviewed and approved the contents of this news release. About Almaden Almaden Minerals Ltd. owns 100% of the Tuligtic project in Puebla State, Mexico. Tuligtic covers the Ixtaca Gold-Silver Deposit, which was discovered by Almaden in 2010. On Behalf of the Board of Directors Neither the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) nor the NYSE MKT have reviewed or accepted responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the contents of this news release which has been prepared by management.


News Article | May 26, 2017
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With Memorial Day Weekend fast approaching, top athletes and spectators are heading to Reno Nevada to take part in the 2017 AAU Reno Memorial Day Tournament, hosted by Jam On It. With nearly 1000 teams competing, the world’s largest basketball tournament celebrating its 16th year, will take place May 27th-29th at both the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and the Reno Events Center. Over 60 SnapSports championship basketball courts with the patented ShockTower® Technology, will again be the ‘Official Court’ of the Memorial Day Tournament. "Over the years, we’ve used nearly every indoor modular surface and SnapSports products have proven to be the best in the industry. Young athletes can play upward of a dozen times during an event, but with the structural support of ShockTower, players are never fatigued from floor impact.” – Matt Williams, Governor AAU Pacific District During the Tournament both qualifying and championship play will take place on over 60 courts featuring the multi-patented SnapSports BounceBack® ShockTower® surfacing. SnapSports BounceBack sports flooring with ShockTower technology is the only modular sports surfacing available featuring actual shock absorbers built into the flooring structure – a multi-patented “resilient shock” technology that was designed with superior performance and player safety in mind. With over 16 individual shocks per square foot, ShockTower is the OneCourt® that stands above all others. “The team at SnapSports is proud that the world’s largest basketball tournament chose SnapSports Athletic Surfaces as the ‘Official Basketball Court’ over all others, a testament to the fact that when it comes to durability, performance and player safety, we are unmatched.” Jorgen Moller Jr, CEO SnapSports SnapSports participation in the exponentially growing Reno Memorial Day Tournament is one of many successful events throughout a long standing AAU and SnapSports partnership. SnapSports manufactures 24/7, in a 100,000 square foot ISO 9001:2008 quality certified facility in Salt Lake City, UT, and is supported by an authorized global network.


Spectator admission to the West Coast Division II & III Nationals tournament is $15 per adult and $8 per youth, ages 6 to 17. Children aged five and under are free. Ladera Sports Center's All-Star Café, which offers a variety of snacks and drinks, will be open during the event. "The AAU is a recognized leader in youth basketball for providing competitive tournaments that deliver in-game experience, skill development and the potential for recruitment exposure to each player," said Holly Schwartz, one of the owners of Ladera Sports Center. "We are excited to host this tournament and help young athletes grow." Since its opening in 2016, Ladera Sports Center has become an increasingly popular venue for a wide range of athletic competitions, camps and classes, open gym and private training for basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, dance, pickleball and more. The sports center is also home to the San Clemente Volleyball Club, an award-winning club for boys and girls ages 10 to 18; Prime Volleyball Club, the host of club teams, camps and clinics for boys and girls of all ages whose staff includes three coaches with USA Olympic Team coaching experience; and Team Nikos, a youth AAU club program with 16 teams ranging from 2nd to 12th grades. About Ladera Sports Center Founded in 2016, Ladera Sports Center is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to providing world-class indoor programs and events. The center contains eight basketball/volleyball courts, premium wood flooring, climate control, 28 LCD monitors including a video wall, live streaming cameras on each court, a noise attenuation system and the All-Star Café.  The facility also achieved LEED Certification by providing electric car charging stations, solar technology and high efficiency lighting.  Learn more at www.laderasportscenter.com. About AAU The AAU was founded in 1888 to establish standards and uniformity in amateur sports. During its early years, the AAU served as a leader in international sport representing the U.S. in the international sports federations. The AAU worked closely with the Olympic movement to prepare athletes for the Olympic games. After the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, the AAU has focused its efforts into providing sports programs for all participants of all ages beginning at the grass roots level. The philosophy of "Sports for All, Forever," is shared by over 650,000 participants and over 100,000 volunteers. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ladera-sports-center-to-host-4th---8th-grade-aau-boys-basketball-west-coast-division-ii--iii-nationals-300481477.html


News Article | February 28, 2017
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BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today announced that its Pre5G TDD Massive MIMO 2.0 product has demonstrated its high-speed service in multi-user scenario, reaching 2.1Gbps and setting a new single-site peak rate record at a demonstration held at Mobile World Congress (MWC), Barcelona 2017. The power-on service of ZTE's Pre5G TDD Massive MIMO 2.0 product provides an ultra-high speed through16-stream spatial division multiplexing, 3 CA (carrier aggregation), and 256 QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) manifesting a new stage of Pre5G R&D. To solve the conflicts between the surge in capacity demands and insufficient site resources in existing networks, ZTE's large-capacity outdoor Pre5G Massive MIMO macro base station achieves much higher speed and capacity than those in 4G networks by leveraging existing sites and spectrum resources. At MWC Barcelona 2016, ZTE won the Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough award and the Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology – The CTO's Choice 2016 award for its Pre5G Massive MIMO technology. At Broadband World Forum (BBWF) 2016, ZTE won the Best Wireless Broadband Innovation award. The disruptive innovation and high commercial value of this product has been recognised by global operators, contributing to its commercial deployment in Europe, Japan and many other high-value markets. ZTE launched Pre5G Massive MIMO 2.0 for high-end markets in September 2016. The solution supports more frequency bands and adapts to the mainstream TDD frequency bands. Being smaller and combined with base band unit and active antenna unit (BBU+AAU) architecture, it is more suitable for 5G evolution. It also provides support for multi-carrier aggregation (CA) to meet operators' demands for large capacity. Through 16-stream transmission, the theoretical peak traffic rate of a single site reaches 2.9Gbps, opening a new Gbps era. Pre5G Massive MIMO 2.0 has been launched in China and Japan, and is expected to be commercially available on the global market in 2017. ZTE is a provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices, and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, carriers, companies and public sector customers. As part of ZTE's M-ICT strategy, the company is committed to providing customers with integrated end-to-end innovations to deliver excellence and value as the telecommunications and information technology sectors converge. Listed in the stock exchanges of Hong Kong and Shenzhen (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), ZTE's products and services are sold to over 500 operators in more than 160 countries. ZTE commits 10 per cent of its annual revenue to research and development and has leadership roles in international standard-setting organizations. ZTE is committed to corporate social responsibility and is a member of the UN Global Compact. For more information, please visit www.zte.com.cn.

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