Tour of Utah Returns to Cedar City, This Time as Race Headquarters

first_img 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.last_img read more

Speech: Lord Ahmad addresses the 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

first_imgMr Vice-President, Excellencies. It is an honour to address you today.I would finally like to express the United Kingdom’s gratitude to outgoing High Commissioner Zeid for his commitment and dedication to furthering the cause of human rights during his tenure. We thank him for his principled and considered approach, and his willingness to speak out in defence of human rights around the world.I would also like to congratulate his successor Michelle Bachelet on her appointment. Michelle’s extraordinary wealth of knowledge, and her personal and professional experience, will be invaluable in this role and we wish her every success and look forward to working with her.Mr President, we deeply regret the decision of the United States to withdraw from the Council. However it should give us all pause to reflect on the challenges this Council faces, and look more closely at the areas where it can and should improve.Membership is one such area.Countries standing for the Council are duty bound to uphold the highest standards, and to cooperate with this Council and its mechanisms. We believe that they should be prepared to make campaign pledges, and to discuss their candidacy at open hustings. People look to this Council to defend their rights, guard their freedoms and ensure respect for their dignity.We all have a responsibility to make this Council work more effectively, to ensure these rights and protections are upheld, for all individuals around the world. This includes identifying where assistance is most needed, and how best to deliver it. We must start this process now, and do it quickly, because around the world human rights remain under threat.Mr President, I spoke about some of the most serious and pressing issues in this Chamber earlier this year. Sadly many are no less urgent today.BurmaThe conclusions of the UN Fact Finding Mission have provided an authoritative account of crimes committed against the Rohingya community in Burma. The descriptions of atrocities, including murder and rape, make for horrific reading. The report confirms the appalling and systematic oppression of the Rohingya people over a number of years; and highlights patterns of violence and violations elsewhere in the country.The Rohingya must receive justice for the horrific acts perpetrated against them. There cannot be impunity for these crimes. The Fact Finding Mission concludes that these acts warrant the investigation and prosecution of senior Burmese officials, to determine their liability for genocide in relation to the situation in Rakhine State.We commend the Fact Finding Mission for its detailed and comprehensive report. These are the gravest findings that could be placed before this Council. They deserve our full attention, both here and at the Security Council.The Burmese government must set out how its Commission of Inquiry will investigate these crimes with impartiality, and how those responsible will be held to account through a judicial process.The UK will continue to focus on ensuring that Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh can voluntarily return to Burma, in safety, in dignity and with international oversight. We will also continue to support a democratic transition in Burma. One that promotes freedom, tolerance and diversity and charts a path towards sustainable peace and prosperity for Burma and all its people. This remains a key priority for our government and the Foreign Secretary will himself be visiting Burma shortly to sustain the momentum for progress.SyriaIn Syria, human rights and international humanitarian law continue to be flouted on a daily basis, with the torture of detainees, bombing of schools and hospitals, and credible reports of chemical weapons attacks. The UK is deeply concerned about the escalating military action by the Syrian regime and its backers in North West Syria, which is putting millions of civilians at risk. The UK calls on the regime and its backers in Russia and Iran to uphold the ceasefire they have previously agreed, and to respect international humanitarian law.The decision by the Asad regime to name the Syrians who have died in its detention facilities confirms the long held and worst fears of concerned families. It has been rightly highlighted by the Commission of Inquiry and is further proof, from the regime itself, of the brutality that it has inflicted on the Syrian people. The UK also remains concerned about sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls, who have been disproportionately victimised since the beginning of the conflict.Sri LankaWe welcome the steps taken by the government of Sri Lanka to return land to its people, and to begin the work of the Office on Missing Persons.We urge them to make more progress in implementing the commitments made to the Council to secure long-term reconciliation. This includes devolution through constitutional reform, and progress on truth-seeking and accountability.YemenThe report of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen further underlined the deeply concerning human rights situation in Yemen and the importance of reaching a political solution to conflict. We are carefully considering the contents of the report and support the extension of the mandate of the Group of Eminent Experts.’MaldivesThe UK continues to urge the government of the Maldives to cease all interference in independent institutions, including the judiciary, Parliament and the Elections Commission. We urge it to guarantee that the Presidential elections later this month are free and fair.Girls’ EducationAs the Council heard in June, the UK is committed to ensuring that all girls, everywhere, receive 12 years of quality education. This Council has set a record in bringing together 152 states to make a joint statement on the need to step up efforts to ensure every girl has access to quality education.This support underlines the strength of our shared desire to achieve this goal by 2030. However, delivering on it will require genuine political commitment and cooperation from all member states.To address this challenge, the UK will be co-hosting an event during the UN General Assembly later this month to encourage concerted action. I invite you to join us and lend your support.ConclusionMr President, the human rights picture in many parts of the world is bleak, but we should not lose heart. We should recognise the immense value of this Council, and the wider human rights system, and acknowledge their achievements.Within the last year this Council has, among many other things, convened Special Sessions that have focussed international attention on the desperate situations in Burma and in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta; it has also reviewed 42 states under the Universal Periodic Review Process. It is vital that we work together to help states implement their accepted recommendations.Finally, while it is the duty of this Council to challenge those who violate the rights of their citizens, we should also welcome the progress of those governments committed to change, to making improvements and to engaging constructively with this Council and the mechanisms at its disposal.We know that for the individuals whose human rights are violated today – and tomorrow, and next week – change cannot come soon enough. It is heart-breaking to see their suffering. But we know that by working together, in this Council, by going step by step, we can bring about lasting change. Change that will relieve suffering, repair trust and restore fundamental rights and freedoms. The United Kingdom is committed to working with this Council to bring about that change.Thank you Mr President.last_img read more