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Red Bull Cliff Diving

Steven LoBue earns first Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series victory since 2015 win in Bilbao.

The 33-year-old spun his way to a stunning victory at the second stop of the 2018 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Bilbao, Spain, earning top spot on the podium for the first time since his win in the very same location back in 2015. He was joined in the celebrations by reigning champion Jonathan Paredes of Mexico, who grabbed a much needed second place following a poor start in Texas.

LoBue’s fellow American David Colturi, who currently possesses the hardest dive, finished third. Six-time World Series champion Gary Hunt of England missed out on the podium for the third successive event; his longest run ever without a top three finish. 25,000 fans turned out to watch as the men displayed their art from 27m in rainy conditions beside the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

After no victory in 16 competitions, the FINA world champion displayed the best performance of his forward 5 somersaults with ½ twist ever to score the highest note in an optional dive (135.15pts) and repeat his winning feat in the American’s new favourite location. Paredes also earned a new record score for an intermediate dive (100.80pts), which powered him into an early lead after two rounds, while record winner Hunt, who clearly still feels the handicap of his twisting mental block, had to lower his diving programme once more to land him in a mediocre 10th place in the Basque city.

With today’s win, the ‘spin master’ from Florida also took the overall World Series lead ahead of Czech’s Michal Navratiland Blake Aldridge from Great Britain after two of seven competitions in the World Series’ anniversary season. Defending champion Paredes makes up five ranks and sits in 5th place now, while his main contender from previous years, the ‘brilliant Brit’ Hunt, lingers in 11th position, one spot behind Colombian veteran Orlando Duque.

From the place where cliff diving is art and La Salve Bridge with thousands of enthusiastic fans along the river, the cliff diving elite travels on to the remote and pure islands of the Portuguese Azores. The top 24 athletes, men and women, will be back on the cliff-face to continue their fight for the 2018 King Kahekili trophy in two weeks’ time.

Quotes from the winners
Steven LoBue, USA
At the moment it’s less about the location, but more about the feeling. It’s awesome to repeat it in this location, just mentally I’m feeling really good right now. Had a great week of training leading up to this and the crowd pushes through the dodgy weather. It’s fantastic for the sport that so many people are capable of winning at any given point. We had a lot of great dives here today; especially with the weather it’s showing how mentally mature a lot of these guys are, really battling through those conditions. Super excited to come out on top!

Jonathan Paredes, MEX
This is what I wanted. I came to Bilbao with the plan to finish well. Bilbao is a very special place for me and after the bad result in Texas, I could show what I can do. It was a good fight with Steven and David and finally I placed 2nd.
A good result here in Bilbao motivates me to doing better in Portugal and the rest of the Series. Portugal is a special place with diving from the cliffs and it’s been good to me, so I know I can repeat that.

Results – Stop #2, Bilbao | ESP
1- Steven LoBue USA – 416.15pts
2- Jonathan Paredes MEX – 405.55
3- David Colturi USA – 390.90
4- Blake Aldridge GBR – 382.40
5- Michal Navratil CZE – 378.70
6- Alessandro De Rose ITA – 366.40
7- Orlando Duque COL – 362.60
8- Andy Jones USA – 358.70
9- Carlos Gimeno (W) ESP – 349.20
10- Gary Hunt GBR – 347.25
11- Kris Kolanus POL – 277.75
12- Alain Kohl (W) LUX – 275.55
13- Oleksiy Prygorov (W) UKR – 263.00
14- Artem Silchenko (W) RUS – 203.00

Standings (after 2 of 7 stops)
1- Steven LoBue USA – 270pts
2- Michal Navratil CZE – 250
3- Blake Aldridge GBR – 240
4- Kris Kolanus POL – 220
5- Jonathan Paredes MEX – 190
6- David Colturi USA – 170
7- Andy Jones USA – 160
8- Alessandro De Rose ITA – 130
9- Sergio Guzman (W) MEX – 90
10- Orlando Duque COL – 80

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Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series
Since 2009, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has provided a platform for aesthetic free-falls and dives of ever growing complexity, spotlighting the sport’s finest athletes as well as the most promising talents and in 2014 it introduced a Women’s World Series. Celebrating its 10th season in 2018, this rapidly progressing sport will crown two new champions during seven demanding competitions for the men and five for the women. Between June and September, this pure extreme sport will hit waters in natural and urban environments as well as remote and iconic venues of World Series classics.

Man to Swim around Great Britain

Strongman on the challenges he faces in his 3,220-kilometre, 100-day voyage.

Strongman Ross Edgley is bidding to become the first man to swim around the whole of mainland Great Britain.

Renowned for such feats as a rope climb to the height of Everest and swimming 100 kilometres in the Caribbean with a tree strapped to his back, his 3,220km swimming marathon (2,000 miles) is his latest venture.

He set off on June 1 and is swimming on average six hours at a time in a clockwise direction, and will not touch shore until arriving at London’s Tower Bridge in an estimated 100 days.

Here’s what the epic voyage takes in his own words…

‘Swimming the Channel on a daily basis’

“It’s the equivalent of swimming the English Channel every day. But I know my body can take it. I know I can be the first person in history to achieve it.”

‘Unfinished business from the Caribbean’

“Earlier this year, I attempted to swim from Martinique to St Lucia while tied to a tree. I’d aimed to swim 40km point to point but the current was totally against me and kept dragging me back. Even though I didn’t reach the shore, I actually swam over 100km in the end. While the athlete in me was happy with that, the adventurer in me had unfinished business. So, I phoned up the Royal Marines when I returned to the UK and asked if I could swim for 48 hours straight, just to see what I’ve got in the locker. The swim went really well and I hit 126km. One of the Marines mentioned the idea of swimming around the entirety of Britain – something that’s never been done before – and I thought, ‘why not?’”

‘Around Great Britain in 100 days’

“By looking at my swim metrics and comparing them to people who’d rowed around the entirety of Great Britain, I was able to estimate 100 days as a target. Oddly enough, in very bad conditions, my open water swimming times are the same as those of the rowers. A friend of mine named Sean Conway once swam the length of Great Britain in 135 days. I’m looking to do more than double that distance in less time.”

‘Turning into a prune’

“A lot of experienced open water swimmers have told me that my skin will eventually reject being in salt water for such a long time. I got a taste of this during my 48-hour swim with the Marines, where my hands and feet pruned – essentially I got trench foot. What’s more, being in a wetsuit for months on end will probably mean I develop sores. Hopefully these turn to calluses, otherwise the pain could be unbearable under my armpits and parts where the wetsuit rubs. My body’s going to break down at sea, I know that but I must be mentally ready.”

Chess with Mother Nature’

“To do this sort of challenge I need the ability to swim 50km day and night, powering through 3m waves. But if the currents are against me I have no chance. The GB rowing challenge, which follows the same route, is labelled the world’s toughest rowing race on account of the tides, unpredictability and weather. When I told its organisers I’d be swimming it they told me I was crazy. “If you get it wrong around The Highlands you’ve eight knots coming against you,” they said. “So even if you are swimming two to three knots, an Olympic level, you’ll still be going back four knots.” It’s basically going to be a game of chess with Mother Nature – you can swim hard, but you need to swim smart.”

‘A wardrobe of wetsuits’

“We’re doing it in the spirit of open water swimming – no buoyancy aids, gloves only needed during cold periods. The only advantage I’ll have is a collection of swimsuits tailored for estimated weight loss, ranging from full Ross, to emaciated Ross 60 or so days in, when I’ll have shifted a few stones. My legs will probably atrophy first. I won’t be using them, they’ll probably shrivel – kicking your legs account for only 10 per cent overall propulsion, even with Olympic swimmers. We’ll also be taking a picture of me each day, so people can see my body’s transformation as I go.”

‘Turning into a five-year-old’

“It’s not a solo mission at all, it’s a team event, and the captain of my boat is going to be my hero. He will plot everything – he has all the tidal maps, all the electronic versions, all over the boat. I’ll also be plotting where I am on a map every day to boost morale. When you’re out at sea and all you can see is the bottom of the sea bed, it’s very easy to lose track of where you are. So it’ll be nice to clamber back on the boat and see that I’ve made progress. Ultimately, when you’re fatigued you have the cognitive function of a 5-year-old, so I’ll be like ‘point me in the right direction and let me know when I’ve got to change’.”

‘An anti-jellyfish beard’

“Wildlife is always a danger when you’re isolated in the sea. Giant jellyfish are a particular worry. I won’t shave. Because you’re leading with the head and the face will be most exposed, any protection, like a big beard, will help. I’ll try and grow it so by the time I get up to Scotland it’s fairly rugged. I’ll also encounter sea otters, dolphins and killer whales along the way, which I’m actually looking forward to. It’ll help break things up for me and be an incredible privilege to see.”

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ASTON MERRYGOLD

ASTON MERRYGOLD

‘GET STUPID’ VIDEO

Aston Merrygold has debuted the video for his track ‘Get Stupid,’ currently featured on the latest Samsung Galaxy S9 TV advert and recently the most #1 Shazamed advert in the UK, having just completed a sold out tour of the UK and Ireland, including a show at London’s KOKO venue.

The video, filmed at Aston’s dance studios BASE in Vauxhall, London, has been made in conjunction with mysnapp, a mobile app where fans can shop the fashion worn in the video, including exclusive clothing designed by Aston and only available through the app (mysnapp.co.uk).

The Samsung Galaxy S9, which was launched worldwide by Samsung on February 25th and heavily features ‘Get Stupid’, catapulted the pop track back into the charts globally, currently charting in 36 countries including Top 40 in the USA. This week ‘Get Stupid’ shot up to the coveted position of the #1 Most Shazamed Advert in the United Kingdom, topping global brands including H&M, Missguided and M&S.

Click here to watch the Samsung Galaxy S9 advert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI2CpNdaJAc

Aston said “It’s amazing to see Get Stupid back in the charts as part of the Samsung S9 Galaxy campaign. The advert has given the song a whole new lease of life. I’ve always believed in this song so I couldn’t be happier it’s getting this recognition.”

The track, which was written with Karen Poole and Sonny J. Mason, is an electrifying score with celebratory horns, pulsating bass grooves and vibrant rhythms topped by Aston’s ultra-charismatic vocal delivery. It’s pure contemporary pop grounded within the finest traditions of sixties R&B, with the entire song created with live instrumentation, the record has an electrifying if not jaw dropping effect when Merrygold takes it to live performance.

‘Get Stupid’, initially released in July of 2015, took Aston from UK boyband sensation as part of JLS (10 million records sold worldwide), to platinum selling solo artist in international territories – he toured Australia off the back of ‘Get Stupid’ being one of the most played songs on radio, as well as winning Best New Song at the RTL Awards in Italy. The song also caught the attention of James Corden, who invited him to perform on The Late Late Show in the US, as well as performing at Shazam’s International Conference in Los Angeles.

Aston has spent the last three years touring, writing new music for himself and other artists including co-writes in the Asian market. ‘Bounce’ by TVXQ, co-written by Aston, is currently #1 in over 13 countries, and top 10 in the global chart. He’s also due to feature in his debut film role in ‘Boogie Man’ (directed by Andy Morahan), release details TBA. Additionally, he was invited to join Kygo on his summer tour, and the pair will continue to work together this coming summer.

In 2017 he performed to over 10 million people weekly on BBC1’s prime time Strictly Come Dancing. Aston is continuing this journey with past Strictly winners Harry Judd from McFly and Olympic champion Louis Smith on a two month UK tour which will see the three boys performing to music from the 60s, as part of the Rip It Up show. The London show will be at The Palladium on October 12th.

Influenced by the likes of the late Michael Jackson when he takes the stage, Aston has proven to be a dynamic performer, featuring as a judge on Got To Dance, as well as recently launching his new business venture BASE Dance Studios.

In early 2018 Aston also became a father for the first time, with him and his fiancé welcoming his son Grayson Jax Merrygold, with a wedding due for later this year.

2018 RANGE ROVER VELAR

LAND ROVER LAUNCHES NEW MARKETING CAMPAIGN TO CELEBRATE THE ARRIVAL OF THE ALL-NEW RANGE ROVER VELAR IN NORTH AMERICA



– Positioned between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar delivers new levels of refinement, elegance and technology to its segment
– New 30 second spot ‘Respect’ highlights the vehicle’s compelling design and unrivaled capability and can be viewed here
– Campaign includes a number of strategic lifestyle media partnerships with Condé Nast, Wall Street Journal, Cool Hunting and Robb Report
– Range Rover Velar to be integrated into the 18th annual New Yorker Festival, October 6–8 with a range of digital and on-site activations  
– Range Rover Velar is on sale now in U.S. retailers; priced from $49,900(1)

 
Land Rover North America has today announced its newest marketing campaign to introduce the new 2018 Range Rover Velar in North America. The fourth member of the Range Rover family, the Range Rover Velar is a mid-size luxury SUV that delivers new levels of refinement, elegance and technology to the segment.

 
The marketing campaign features strategic media partnerships with The Wall Street Journal, Cool Hunting and Robb Report, which aligns with the Range Rover Velar vehicle’s target audience’s passion points, such as technology, design, style and business. In addition, Land Rover has partnered with Condé Nast for an integrated partnership that will forge an authentic connection between the Range Rover Velar and the publisher’s audience. Architectural Digest, GQ, WIRED and Vogue will create custom content highlighting the Range Rover Velar and the design trends that influenced the vehicle.

 
As part of the Condé Nast partnership, the Range Rover Velar will also be integrated into the 18th annual New Yorker Festival, October 6–8. The Range Rover Velar will be on display throughout the festival weekend at the Land Rover Theatre at SIR Stage37 and incorporated into video content which will be shared across The New Yorker digital channels.

 
“We’re excited to expand the Range Rover family with the introduction of the new Range Rover Velar,” said Kim McCullough, Vice President of Marketing, Jaguar Land Rover North America. “The Range Rover Velar brings a new dimension of modernity, elegance and technology to the Range Rover line-up and this campaign reflects many of our target buyer’s passion points in unique and compelling ways.”

 
Already live on YouTube, the 30-second Range Rover Velar TVC will broadcast on major networks including Bloomberg, AMC, ESPN, Food Network and NFL Network, from mid-September. Both the 30-second TVC and a 60-second cut will air on Hulu as full episode player advertisements coinciding with fall season premieres.

 
Additional elements aim to bring mass reach to the campaign, including a placement on the CHASE Times Square Digital Board and mobile ad placements through Verve, a technology that uses first party location data to precisely target custom audiences.

 
Available now in the U.S. priced from $49,9001, the new 2018 Range Rover Velar delivers new levels of refinement, elegance and technology to the mid-size SUV segment, filling the white space between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport. For more information about the Range Rover Velar, visit http://media.landrover.com/en-us.

 

 

 
(1) All prices shown are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes $995 destination/handling charge, tax, title, license, and retailer fees, all due at signing, and optional equipment. Listed $49,990 base MSRP applies to 2018 Range Rover Velar model. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for details.

 
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About Land Rover


Founded in 1948, Land Rover designs, engineers, and manufactures its vehicles in the United Kingdom. For almost 70 years the brand has built a reputation for providing its clientele with some of the most luxurious and capable vehicles in the world; whether driving through the heart of the city or traversing the countryside on- and off-road. Today’s Land Rover lineup includes the Discovery and Discovery Sport; Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Evoque. Land Rover is fully engaged with sustainability initiatives and social concerns with continuous involvement in environmental and community programs. For more information, visit the official Land Rover website at www.landroverusa.com.

 

 
About Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles; and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports sedan and sports car marques.


 

The company employs over 40,000 people globally, with 330 in the U.S. and supports around 275,000 more through our dealerships, suppliers and local businesses. Manufacturing is centered in the UK, with additional plants in China, Brazil, India and Slovakia.

 

At Jaguar Land Rover we are driven by a desire to create class-leading products that deliver great customer experiences. The largest investor in R&D in the UK manufacturing sector, we have invested £12 billion (USD$15.7 billion) in the last five years and in the current year alone will spend over £3.5 billion (USD$4.5 billion) on new product creation and capital expenditure. Last year Jaguar Land Rover sold over 583,000 vehicles in 136 countries, with nearly 80 percent of our vehicles produced in the UK being sold abroad.

The Diana Award

The Diana Award launches Anti-Bullying Campaign #Back2School and reveals new bullying survey statistics

This September sees over 10 million children going back to school, with many feeling anxious about being bullied. To kick-off the month’s #Back2School campaign, The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Campaign is encouraging everyone to get involved across social media channels by posting/sharing a picture of them back at school with their advice and if they choose to, text a donation to support the training of young Anti-Bullying Ambassadors in every school.  
A new survey, released today, of over 2,000 adults and 500 young people about their experiences of bullying in school, conducted by YouGov for The Diana Award, reveals:

  • Almost half (47%) of GB adults say they were bullied at school
  • 64% of young people, 8-15yrs, say at least one of their friends has been bullied at school
  • Nearly a quarter, 24% of 15 year olds say their friends are worried about going back to school due to bullying
  • 34% of GB adults and 31% of young people say that Anti-Bullying Ambassadors would have reduced bullying in their schools

As well as reliving their personal experiences of being bullied, celebrities will give their advice and raise awareness of the need for Anti-Bullying Ambassadors in every school. The Diana Award is also providing #Back2School advice and support online and through their social media channels.