Written by Tags: Cedar City/Tour of Utah July 31, 2018 /Sports News – Local Tour of Utah Returns to Cedar City, This Time as Race Headquarters Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah (July 30th, 2018) —The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is expecting over 120 riders representing over 16 teams for the week-long men’s Professional cycling race. Known as “America’s Toughest Stage Race,” the tour will run from Tuesday, August 6 to Sunday, August 12 as participants ride from Cedar City to Park City, passing many Utah cities and sites along the way. This year, Cedar City is not only on route for Stage 1 of the race, but will also serve as race headquarters for overall race start festivities.“The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will break new ground with its southernmost start amid the red rocks of St. George before traveling north to the ultimate finish line in Park City,” said John Kimball, managing director of the Tour of Utah. “The 2018 race will captivate fans across the state, showcase the beauty of Utah and demonstrate the diversity of our communities and terrain. With the commitment of five World Tour teams, we look forward to hosting a world-class peloton in Utah.”Starting festivities begin Saturday, August 4 with a kick-off party at the Beverly Center for the Arts (200 W University Blvd) with live music, food vendors, activities and opportunities to meet the cyclists. These events are free to visitors, spectators and others interested in participating.“Cedar City is excited and honored to host the Tour of Utah for the fourth time,” said Maria Twitchell, executive director of the Cedar City – Brian Head Tourism Bureau. “We encourage everyone – locals and visitors – to come out and support the cyclists and enjoy this beautiful city and surrounding area.”On August 7, the racers will cover 101 miles as they bike around Cedar City. Throughout this part of event, the participants climb 8,950 feet in elevation, which happens to be the highest climb of the week. The biking path leads bikers through Cedar Breaks National Monument and many other landscapes such as Mammoth Creek lava flows, Duck Creek Village, Bristlecone pine trees, and the campus of Southern Utah University.Over the entire 2018 Tour of Utah, bikers will ride a total distance of 536 miles and gain 43,780 feet in elevation. Throughout the race are nine Utah Office of Tourism KOM climbs and 13 Utah Sports Commission Sprint lines. The prologue, starting in St. George, is the first of its kind since 2011.The Tour of Utah not only has many challenges and new elements to it, but also has many national and worldwide recognitions. The Tour of Utah is a 2.HC stage race on the UCI America Tour; therefore, becoming one of the premier events in North America. This race is also part of the USA Cycling Professional Road Tour and attracts worldwide attention as the top international cycling event after the Tour de France. Each year the race changes, introducing new places and new challenges for the riders to experience.For more information about the event, visit tourofutah.com, as well as visiting its Facebook page.
Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The Cuban American Bar Association has filed a petition with the Organization of American States seeking relief against human rights violations committed by the Cuban government in relation to its latest crackdown on political dissidentsCABA filed the petition with the OAS’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of more than 70 Cubans jailed by Fidel Castro’s government for what it deemed “subversive” activities.“Many of the dissidents are involved with the Varela Project, a petition calling for democratic reforms to the Cuban Constitution and system of law, which the Cuban people have submitted to the Cuban legislature for consideration,” according to the petition.“Other dissidents arrested. . . in the crack- down were independent journalists, independent librarians, and human rights activists, all of whom advocate the emergence of a democratic civil society in Cuba.”Miami’s Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr., who sits on CABA’s board of directors and helped draft the petition, said CABA has an interest in this issue because many of its members still have family in Cuba and “are still immensely interested in the lives of the Cuban people.”Sanchez-Medina also said, as lawyers, CABA’s members feel an “obligation to take a leadership role” in dealing with fairness and justice issues in Cuba.“There is not a Cuban American attorney in town who is not interested in the fall of Castro’s regime and the return of democracy in Cuba,” said Sanchez-Medina, who was born on the island.The petition will be reviewed by a committee at the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, and if the claims are deemed warranted, they will be set for formal review.Sanchez-Medina, however, said in reality CABA knows the Organization for American States has little ability to sanction the Cuban government. Filing the petition and speaking out on the issue is really an effort to make the nation and world “aware of the injustice going on in Cuba and the crackdown on dissidents.”“The greatest infractions [committed by the jailed dissidents include] promoting libraries, promoting free speech, free trade, and things we take exceedingly for granted here in the United States,” Sanchez-Medina said. “A lot of this is just keeping the international eye on Cuba,and this is our small part.”According to CABA’s petition, the dissident’s trials violated accepted standards of human rights.“No trials lasted more than a single day. In most cases, dissidents were notified of the formal charges against them on the eve of trials,” the petition said.“In all cases, the dissidents were denied an opportunity to meaningfully challenge the charges or applications of the law.“Every single trial resulted in a conviction, and sentences in excess of 25 years were entered against many of the dissidents.” March 1, 2004 Managing Editor Regular News CABA seeks relief for jailed Cuban dissidents CABA seeks relief for jailed Cuban dissidents