AUSTIN, Texas Lance Armstrong said Wednesday he is stepping down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer fighting charity so the group can focus on its mission instead of its founder's problems. Anti Doping Agency released a massive report detailing allegations of widespread doping by Armstrong and his teams when he won the Tour de France seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005. The document's purpose was to show why USADA has banned him from cycling for life and ordered 14 years of his career results erased including those Tour titles. It contains sworn statements from 26 witnesses, including 11 former teammates. Armstrong, who was not paid a salary as chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, will remain on its 15 member board. His duties leading the board will be turned over to vice chairman Jeff Garvey, who was founding chairman in 1997. "This organization, its mission and its supporters are incredibly dear to my heart," Armstrong said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press. "Today therefore, to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship." Foundation spokeswoman Katherine McLane said the decision turns over the foundation's big picture strategic planning to Garvey. He will also assume some of the public appearances and meetings that Armstrong used to handle. Armstrong strongly denies doping, but did not fight USADA accusations through arbitration, saying he thinks the process is unfair. Once Armstrong gave up the fight in August and the report came out, crisis management experts predicted the future of the foundation, known mainly by its Livestrong brand name, would be threatened. They said Armstrong should consider stepping down to keep the charity from getting dragged into a debate over doping. Armstrong's inspiring story of not only recovering from testicular cancer that had spread to his lungs and brain but then winning the world's best known bike race helped his foundation grow from a small operation in Texas into one of the most popular charities in the country. Armstrong drew legions of fans and donations and insisted he was drug free at a time when doping was rampant in professional cycling. In 2004, the foundation introduced the yellow "Livestrong" bracelets, selling more than 80 million and creating a global symbol for cancer awareness and survivorship. "As my cancer treatment was drawing to an end, I created a foundation to serve people affected by cancer. It has been a great privilege to help grow it from a dream into an organization that today has served 2.5 million people and helped spur a cultural shift in how the world views cancer survivors," Armstrong said. As chairman, Armstrong did not run the foundation's day to day operations, which are handled by Livestrong president and chief executive Doug Ulman. Ulman had said last week that Armstrong's leadership role would not change. Armstrong's statement said he will remain a visible advocate for cancer issues, and he is expected to speak at Friday night's 15th anniversary gala for Livestrong in Austin. "My family and I have devoted our lives to the work of the foundation and that will not change. We plan to continue our service to the foundation and the cancer community. We will remain active advocates for cancer survivors and engaged supporters of the fight against cancer," Armstrong said. CharityWatch, which analyzes the work of approximately 600 charities, lists the foundation among its top rated organizations. That status normally goes to groups which "generally spend 75 percent or more of their budgets on programs, spend $25 or less to raise $100 in public support, do not hold excessive assets in reserve" and disclose of basic financial information and documents. Livestrong says it had functional expenses totaling nearly $35.8 million last year and 82 percent of every dollar raised went directly to programs, a total of more than $29.3 million. The foundation reported a spike in contributions in late August in the days immediately after Armstrong announced he would no longer fight doping charges and officials moved to erase his Tour victories. Daniel Borochoff, founder and president of Chicago based CharityWatch, said last week it may take some time for donors to digest the allegations against Armstrong. "Individuals that admire and support an individual who is later found out to be severely tarnished, don't want to admit it, don't want to admit that they've been duped," Borochoff said. 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This academic has a PhD and wants to exploit the synergies between economy, environment, and social and cultural wellbeing for the benefit of Noosa.She comes into this latest campaign after an unsuccessful tilt at the Federal Senate as the head and founder of her Australian Independents party. Before that she had no winning form in her six starts in federal, state and council elections.Her chances are not helped here in that her nomination has been endorsed by a section of the anti de amalgamation lobby, which picked up only 18.7% of the vote in Noosa landslide poll to split from the Sunshine Coast Council.Rated her top three goals at the Noosaville candidates night as solving Noosa homeless problem, getting improved health services and better aged care not usually ground travelled by local councils.Her chances are possibly handicapped by her previous public outings, including struggling to pinpoint where Cootharaba is.She bolted before the end of the latest candidates night, saying the audience had disrespected her.She has appeal for those who may not want a return to the Playford past, who want a woman as mayor and are attracted by her relative youth compared to her rival. Others might be prepared to back her as a fresh start.Her chances are likely to be as solid as her promise to turn Hastings St into a mall. A former Wall St financial high flier, he settled in Noosa after retiring at age 34. His wife runs a successful local restaurant and he has written the It Your Money financial advice column for the Noosa News. Is another of the "maiden" runners in that he has never stood for council before.However this member of the Tourism Noosa marketing committee is proud of being in the trenches with the Friends of Noosa and then the Noosa Independence Alliance, and he coined the slogan "Free Noosa".He wants a tight budget concentrating on basic services to keep rates rises down and attract job creating fresh talent to Noosa.He also wants the community to have some fun and has suggested a Noosa Olympics at show time, with hinterland towns versus coastal areas in tug of wars. One of the real chances.LOWE, Paul: Listed occupation is production assistant and lives at Pomona. He is a late starter in the campaign, with little public profile and no known previous form of running. Was a no show at last Wednesday candidates night, but said car mechanical problems meant he was stuck in Brisbane and he did not snub the crowd of voters. Was a starter at the Pomona Men Nike Free Run 2 Black White Purple Anthracite,AUSTIN You do the math. Austin has about 30,000 hotel rooms and an average occupancy rate of 67 percent. But for 10 days in March, more than 250,000 people descend on the city for South by Southwest, the annual music, film and technology festival that packs the capital with more heads than there are pillows. The popular W Hotel downtown has been completely booked for SXSW since August 2011. A spokesman said the hotel had 334 people on a waiting list. The same goes for most hotels in the area. The room shortage, however, has proved advantageous for entrepreneurial minded locals with a room to spare, or even just a couch. Private homes are opened up to SXSW travelers with rates ranging from 20 bucks a night for some guy's couch to thousands for a luxury home with space for an entourage in a mostly off the radar market of short term leasing. rented his home in the Clarksville neighborhood near downtown to a group from Twitter during SXSW 2010. The next year, the former magazine publisher founded a short term rental property management company, STR Austin. The full service company handles everything from contracts, insurance, cleaning and a shuttle service for renters, and serves mostly festival goers who need a place to crash. "Usually, people know there is an opportunity to make money, they just aren't sure how to go about it," Perkins said. "Everyone has a watermark (price) for what they are willing to rent their home for." A large sign has been posted outside the company's office on West Sixth Street for three months, urging locals to "Rent your house for SXSW." Perkins said this is how the company locates its home clients. It offers 666 listings in the Austin area. As of Friday there were still 141 available for rent, according to , a spokesman for Home Away. The market for home and apartment rentals has skyrocketed as festival attendance and notoriety grows each year. The crowd total was estimated at 286,000 in 2011 and is on pace to set a new record this year. STR Austin managed three homes in 2011 and this year is managing 73 properties, including condos, townhomes and houses. Perkins counts Twitter, Nike, Dos Equis and various "celebrity" attendees among his clients who prefer a more discreet location than a hotel. He said the average rental is between $400 and $500 per bedroom, per night. The largest home managed by STR Austin this year is an eight bedroom house in the posh West Lake neighborhood. Although Perkins would not disclose the price or name any of his clients, he said "some renters have certain amenities they are willing to pay for . higher than the average per bedroom." Based on the $500 price, the home could easily bring the owner more than $40,000 for the length of the festival. Early birds with less plush demands can find better deals. , attending the festival from Melbourne, Australia, said he booked a two bedroom house through Home Away in November. He and five guests are renting the house for $4,000 for 10 days. Latecomers often find that private rentals are the only option. "It's just about impossible to find anything downtown unless you reserved a spot about six months ago," said of Colorado Springs, Colo., who has attended SXSW the past three years. of Austin was standing behind Moore in line at the on Friday for a screening of "The Cabin in the Woods." He said he had never given much thought to renting out his home for the festival, especially this year because his wife is pregnant. However, he did know a friend who was renting couch space for about $20 a day, to people they know "electronically." SXSW officially opened Friday with the interactive and film portions of the festival. It continues through Sunday with a steady stream of musical acts, lectures and celebrity appearances.
Order Online Authentic Men Nike Free Run 2 Black White Purple Anthracite,Men Nike Free Run 3.0 V4 Wolf Grey Reflect Silver Blue Glow I draw a memory from my childhood, a time of embarrassment and humor. Although at the time, funny it was not. I was tall for my nine years, and very thin, with long gangly arms. My short black hair did nothing to take away from my self conscious overbite. I was an overly sensitive and nervous child. My mother walked into my room. She told me we were going downtown, and to get dressed. She pointed to a red plaid dress hanging up in my open closet and told me to put that on. You didn argue with mom. It seemed the more I hated it; the more she made me wear it. I took a fresh pair of underwear from my drawer and put them on. I noticed that they were a little too loose, but thought that I could keep them on my rear end, if I kept an alert hand to my backside whenever I felt them slip downwards. Mom told me when to throw something away. So far she had not given me the word. So I put on the hated dress. In my mind, I thought I could deal with the panty hardship, if not a frustrating and tiresome job at that. We left the house, got in Dad old Ford Granada and headed towards downtown. Dad drove into a parking lot, paid the fee, and we all left the lot. I recall it was a bright sunny day as we walked down the sidewalk towards Teppermans Department Store. A slight breeze ruffled my mother hat as she walked beside me. She always wore a hat. She never went anywhere outside the house without wearing one. My brother, Fred walked beside my father. He was a pest as far as brothers went. He was noted for his bad temper and crude practical jokes. Although at the time I thought he hated me, he would defend me if anyone picked on me at school. We kept walking, the sun beating down on this hot, humid day. I placed my hand on my rear end and pulled up my panties through my dress as I felt them start to slip. Seeing the movement out of the corner of her eye, my mother looked at me and frowned. She walked slowly, as she had crippled feet from childhood, a result of a weak constitution and malnourished childhood. She required special shoes that were made to fit her deformed feet. I looked at mom, and grinned, undies are too loose. I was sure I could get a handle on the elusive underwear and keep them in place. I turned around at some loud noise on the street, forgetting to hold on to my underwear through the dress, when down they fell. Right to the street! My mother had to have had her eye on me as I gazed in the direction of the noise and stepped over to me. Quicker than I thought she could have moved she bent down and scooped up the offending underwear. She turned and put them in her purse. Mom caught up to my father and continued walking down the sidewalk. We had not quite reached the store when I lost my panties. I never looked around to see who had witnessed that embarrassing spectacle. I kept my head down. I will always remember that day, when I lost my underwear when they fell down at my feet right on the street. Catharine Leona Joy Minter Parks was born in Chatham Ontario to a Canadian mother and an American father. Her early childhood was spent in the church under a strict upbringing but at an early age started to desire more. With an adventuresome spirit she would join her brother in escaping the house after bedtime and going downtown with him to dances, plays and the movies, to enjoy all the things that her religious parents denied her. Catharine love of words started from early childhood when she would make up words and songs. In 1983 she was gifted with songwriting and recorded several songs of her own as well as the song, Proud to be Canadian. On January 25, 2007, she published her first devotional, A Glimpse of the Cross, on the Mustard Seed Ministries Site. 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Much like the Tylosaurus, the only prey big enough to quell the mighty hunger of Liopleurodon was other crazy, huge monsters, seen here in BBC's insane artistic rendering: Behold the mighty allosaur . oh, uh, never mind. Speaking of the living avatars of fear on Earth, let's talk about the Kronosaurus, which was likely even bigger than Liopleurodon. Kronosaurus was named after the Titan Kronos, who was such a grand, evil bastard that he ate his own children (who were already pretty giant and terrifying themselves). This image sums up the reasoning behind the name pretty well: "You'll never get your fins on my inheritance!" Kronosaurs had large "banana shaped" teeth and thick jaws designed to crush the shells of ammonites, which were ancient shelled squids from back before nature decided that armoring the Kraken was "perhaps a bit overkill." Oh hey, there's Suicidal Size Comparison Alan. Hello, Alan! 3. T. Rex: The Xtreme EditionsThat little dinosaur is holding a chair and whip off screen. Coming face to face with a T. rex would be a bad day for anyone. The only thing worse would be somehow surviving that encounter only to find out he's got a pissed off big brother waiting around the corner. But don't freak out, the T. rex look like the neurotic, asthmatic nerd of the Rex family. The Carcharodontosaurus is pictured above, and is considered to be the second largest land predator in history (that's called foreshadowing, friends). While Gigonotosaurus lived in South America and looked like this: Seen here sporting what we're going to call a "slaughter bulge." 2. The Gargantuan Buck Toothed Fang FishWe're gonna need some bigger fries to eat with that thing. There's a unique subgenre of terror that's actually augmented by a bit of goofiness. It's like spotting a clown holding a carving knife: Somehow the big floppy shoes make him so much worse than a normal knife wielding maniac. So it is with the Dunkleosteus, a 30 foot murder fish bred with a tank and armed with giant, buck toothed blades all up in its face. Oh hey, there's Alan again. He's not too bright. We're not embellishing a harmless thing because it looks scary: The Dunkleosteus is estimated to have possessed the strongest bite out of anything. Ever. For some perspective, one of the strongest bites on Earth today comes from the hyena, at 2,000 Newtons (about 500 pounds of force). They easily crack bones with their mouths. The T. rex is estimated to have had a bite around 13,000 Newtons (3,000 pounds of force), which, once you realize bones crack at 1/6 that force, just seems like spite. The Dunkleosteus had around 150 million Pascals of bite force, roughly 22,000 pounds of force per square inch. That is so powerful they changed units of measurement just to calculate it. If you came across a Dunkleosteus while exploring the ocean in the world's most well armored time traveling submarine, Dunkleosteus would not only still eat you, but complain that, if anything, you were a bit soggy. That guy's got bits of a blue police box stuck in his teeth. Dunkleosteus could also open its mouth in a 50th of a second, meaning that it vacuumed in animals that would normally be fast enough to swim away from it. Usually, fish either have a fast bite or a powerful one, because you can get plenty of food with only one of the two. But Dunkleosteus had both, because evolution is a spiteful bitch that hates life like they used to date and life banged its sister the night before the wedding. 1. The Largest Land Predator EverOr the dinosaur that made Jurassic Park III bearable. Hey, remember that foreshadowing from earlier? Here's the thing casting that unusually large, spiky, quickly approaching shadow.
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