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  • KCAD Invites Public to Explore Work of 2014 Graduates May 6-10
    GRAND RAPIDS - The region's brightest emerging art and design talents will be on display for all of West Michigan to see during Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University's Annual Student Exhibition Week, running from May 6 through May 10.
  • 'Secret Mantra - Losing the Root Language of Vietnam' Featured at Artworks
    BIG RAPIDS - "Secret Mantra - Losing the Root Language of Vietnam," is currently being featured at Artworks in Big Rapids. The exhibit debuted on April 4 and will run through Friday, May 30 in the Upper Gallery.
  • Karmin and Reel Big Fish to Rock Annual Ferris Fest Event on April 26
    BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University's annual Ferris Fest concert is set for Saturday, April 26 at the Frank Karas West Intramural Field. The daylong event kicks off at noon and concludes at 6 p.m. This year, Ferris Fest features headliner Karmin and sub headliner Reel Big Fish in addition to Michigan favorites: STEPDAD and The Turnips. Other performing artists, who are affiliated with Ferris, include: Worth Our While, The Balsam Brothers, Achromatik, Electric Tom and OSHEA.


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Written by Scott Roman   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:42


50th anniversary Mustang

Ford is building a limited-edition Mustang GT to honor the pony car's 50th anniversary. The company will only build 1,964 special cars, honoring the year the Mustang first went on sale. The 50 Year Limited Edition will come in one of the two colors of Ford's logo: white or blue. Buyers can choose a manual or automatic transmission. There are special chrome highlights around the grille, windows and tail lights. The Limited Edition will also be the only 2015 Mustang with a faux gas cap badge on the rear, where the original cap sat. Limited Edition cars will be among the first built when 2015 Mustang production begins later this year. Ford is showing the Limited Edition at the New York auto show, which begins this week. Pricing wasn't announced.




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  • IOC Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness gets under way in Monaco

    Looking beyond injuries and illnesses and using a multidisciplinary approach, the objective of the Conference is to transfer academic knowledge on prevention strategies to the field of play, in order to minimise the risk factors in sports participation and maximise safety for high-level and recreational athletes alike.

    Athletes’ wellbeing at the heart of the research
    Protecting the health of the athletes is central to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its Medical Commission, and this mission was highlighted once again by IOC Medical Director Dr Richard Budgett during the opening ceremony. He stated: “Who is this Conference for? It is not for you, not for the IOC, not for the NOCs (National Olympic Committees), not for the IFs (International Federations), but for the athletes, and for all of those who want to take part in sport. The IOC can best help athletes through you, so, for the sake of everyone who wants to be active and stay active, please make the best of this Conference and participate.”

    Inviting the participants to enjoy “productive meetings”, Dr Richard Budgett also made a special mention of Professor Arne Ljungqvist, who chaired the IOC Medical Commission from 2003 until March of this year, and is now being succeeded by IOC Executive Board Member Dr Ugur Erdener.

    The Conference’s programme, which features over 120 international speakers for keynote lectures, symposia and workshops, covers a wide range of topics from preventing heart-related problems in athletes to exploring innovative field-based injury screening; a debate on whether sports injury and illness research has delivered concrete results; the power of social media in sports injury prevention; and the evolution of footwear and sports equipment in improving performances and reducing injuries, to mention but a few.

    Learn more about the Conference at www.ioc-preventionconference.org

    Background Information
    Health risks are inherent to the practice of sport, and protecting the wellbeing of the athletes is a key priority for the IOC. Through its Medical Commission, the IOC has initiated, coordinated and supported research on various topics related to athletes’ health, with the ultimate goal of improving injury and illness prevention. The IOC also records and analyses athlete injuries and illnesses that occur in competition and training at the Olympic Games to gain further knowledge about the effectiveness and weaknesses of existing programmes.

    Learn more about the IOC Medical Commission

  • IOC Executive Board meetings get under way in Turkey

    The EB held separate talks in the morning with the members of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the Association of International Olympic Winter Federations (AIOWF). In the meeting with ASOIF, many of the member federations expressed their concerns to the EB over preparations for the Olympic Games in Rio.

    Time is of the essence for Rio 2016

    IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The IOC has outlined its own concerns over delays for some time and has stated on a number of occasions that time is running out. We believe, however, that Rio 2016 can still deliver good Games if the appropriate action is immediately taken.”

    The Executive Board later discussed a series of new measures and a clear action plan that must be followed to deliver the Games in two years’ time. The broad principles include closer monitoring and reporting. Details will now be conveyed to the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and other stakeholders involved in staging the Games.

    Other OCOG news

    The EB also heard the status reports on Games preparations for PyeongChang 2018 and Tokyo 2020, and was particularly impressed by the speed and quality of preparations for the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing this summer.

    Beckers-Vieujant appointed to Ethics Commission

    The EB approved the resignation of IOC Vice-President Craig Reedie as member of the Ethics Commission to avoid any possible conflict of interest with his position as President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Replacing Sir Craig will be IOC member in Belgium Baron Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant.





  • IOC sanctions Austrian cross-country skier Johannes Duerr for failing anti-doping test at Sochi 2014

    Duerr, 27, tested positive on 22 February for the banned substance recombinant erythropoietin (EPO).

    The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Claudia Bokel, decided the following:

    I.  The Athlete, Mr Johannes Duerr, Austria, Cross-Country Skiing:

        (i)         is disqualified from the Men’s 15km + 15km Skiathlon event where he placed 8th;

        (ii)        shall have his diploma in the above-mentioned event withdrawn;

        (iii)       is excluded from the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014;

    II.  The Austrian Olympic Committee is ordered to return to the IOC, as soon as possible, the diploma awarded to the Athlete;

    III.  The International Ski Federation is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence;

    IV.  The IOC administration is requested to reallocate the diploma withdrawn from the Athlete in accordance with the new ranking provided by the International Ski Federation; and         

    V.  This decision shall enter into force immediately.

    Under the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, testing took place under the IOC's auspices from 30 January (the date of the opening of the Olympic Villages) to 23 February 2014 (the date of the Closing Ceremony). Within that period, the IOC systematically performed tests before and after events. After each event, the IOC systematically carried out tests on the top five finishers plus two at random. The IOC also performed unannounced out-of-competition tests. Over the course of the Sochi Games, the IOC carried out some 2,812 tests – an Olympic Winter Games record.

    The full decision is available here.




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