The Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon and Best Buy Mobile, the mobile specialty retail unit of Best Buy, have launched a new mobile app that allows friends, family and spectators to track individual triathletes during the Sunday 25 September event. The app also provides event information related to parking, best locations to watch the race, course maps, competitor updates and results.The Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon app can be downloaded free for Android and iPhones at www.bestbuymobile.com/race.“Thanks to Best Buy Mobile, after downloading the app, spectators, family and friends can track their favourite competitor’s progress throughout the competition,” said Race Director Jack Caress. “Simply by touching the ‘Tracking’ icon and entering a bib number, you’ll be able to see the location of the triathlete as of the last timing mat they passed over and their time.”Race results including the splits and transition times of participants will be available at the touch of a button, powered by the ‘RR:360 results engine’ from RaceResults 360 LLC.The app will give competitors and spectators information on key locations, such as Friday and Saturday’s Thrive! Health & Fitness Expo; the Venice Beach swim start, Olympic Blvd., Transition 2, the Disney Concert Hall and the finish line and party at L.A. LIVE! Nokia Plaza. Competitors can also review the event updates that have been sent out, as well as refresh their memory on the available shuttle service servicing the point-to-point course.Those who don’t have a smartphone or wish to follow favourite competitors online from a computer, can log on at: http://bit.ly/rtB4LR.The Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon presented by Herbalife began in 2000 and has become the West Coast’s premier triathlon. Recognized as one of the top destination triathlons in the US, the event is the sixth of seven events in the Race to the Toyota Cup in the 2011 Life Time Triathlon Series.This year’s LA field, comprised of recreational, elite amateur and professional triathletes, is made up of competitors from 30 states, plus the District of Columbia, and 11 countries, and features a pro purse of US$40,000.www.LAtriathlon.com www.bestbuymobile.com Related
In South Sudan, divided communities are turning to art and dance in a bid to boost reconciliation. Juba residents have joined those living in United Nations camps for unique sessions, aimed at opening up dialogue and promoting cultural diversity.The world’s youngest nation descended into war in December 2013 after President Salva Kiir accused his then deputy Riek Machar of plotting to overthrow his government. Machar refuted these claims but went on to mobilize a rebel force to fight the government.When conflict broke out, many from the Nuer ethnic group sought refuge at various UN Compounds around the country. Most have been staying there ever since, sheltered from other South Sudanese. A new programme is however hoping to unite all the country’s communities.The nation now has a new transitional unity government in place, but reconciliation remains one of the biggest challenges for it.The government hopes organisations like UNESCO can help ease the process of people starting to move out of the UN’s compound.One of the ways UNESCO is planning to reintegrate these residents is through art and dance, with cultural exchange events that bring them together with communities from outside the camp.