“Every shoe in our collection, in a way great or small, reflects the spirit of Mr. Onitsuka,” Fukui says, referring to the late Kihachiro Onitsuka, the company founder and a father of the modern global running movement.,After pausing a moment to let their importance register, Fukui adds: “These are the shoes that Viren asked Mr. Onitsuka to work on the night before the race.,The first global running boom had taken wing, and Onitsuka Tiger shoes dominated among elite athletes and citizen-runners.,Mr. Onitsuka’s octopus moment, however, preceded that by decades.After an exhaustive one-man sales campaign—the young entrepreneur slept on train station benches because he couldn’t afford lodging, inquired at police stations for the location of sporting-goods stores, and spent countless hours courting coaches at far-flung gyms—the Onitsuka basketball shoes proved a hit.,A few years later, Mr. Onitsuka turned his attention to designing a shoe for the marathon, at the time a fringe enterprise in the rest of the world, but well respected in Japan, with its traditional emphasis on discipline and endurance.A nonrunner himself, Mr. Onitsuka approached the challenge with a beginner’s mind.

Companies are increasingly realizing the power of creating people-centric organizations that value the happiness of employees as much as the bottom line.,In my interviews with the leaders of hundreds of organizations, one company stands out as the epitome of a people-centric corporation: Marriott International.,With over six thousand locations and nearly $23 billion in yearly revenue, Marriott’s success with its people-centric approach is best seen in the daily commitment of its leaders in ensuring that the organization lives up to its original values.,At Marriott, balancing the needs of all stakeholders – shareholders, hotel owners, customers, and employees – has always been an integral part of an overarching strategy.,To further show its commitment to the well-being of its associates, Marriott CHRO David Rodriguez and his team created the industry’s first “holistic employee well-being program.”

Jim DeFrancia, a principal at Lowe and a local representative for the firm, said the claims are untrue.,Representatives from Unite Here Local 11 didn't answer numerous questions from The Aspen Times about their campaign against the ballot question, including how they were alerted to the local election.,Roxana Aslan, a research analyst for Local 11 and the designated representative listed with the city, did not answer questions about the union's social media campaign.,In an email response to the questions posed by The Aspen Times, Aslan restated the union's claims about Lowe Enterprises.,The Aspen City Council approved a public-private partnership with the developers of Lift One Lodge, a timeshare project that also is part of the ballot question.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers scored 35 points, Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics added 30 and the U.S. beat the World team 161-144 in the Rising Stars game for first- and second-year players at All-Star Weekend.,___ 9:05 p.m. Famous Los scored 22 points to win MVP honors, and the Home team held on to beat the Away team 82-80 in the All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday night.,At a Hall of Fame event Friday at All-Star weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, Abdul-Jabbar said Kaepernick "had a statement that he had to make through his demonstrations, but he's a quarterback and I think he should be working.",The mother of Stephen and Seth Curry sank a one-handed, half-court shot — that she took underhanded — to help her three-person team beat teams led by her NBA sons and one by her daughter to win a family shootout at a newly refurbished at a community center in Charlotte, North Carolina.,Jones was a four-time NBA All-Star, a huge part of Philadelphia's 1983 NBA-title-winning team and the league's sixth man award winner that season.

Step One: Understand Your Priorities When Setting Goals

You’ve probably been told in the past to set SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound) goals.,By textbook standards, it’s a great goal, but it skips one critical step — it doesn’t consider your other priorities in life.,If you’re the owner of a company with 200 employees; highly involved in your community; have young children; and travel several times a month for work, your priorities might look like this: 1.,Health and fitness read more

Playing sports was always an integral part of my existence and unfortunately, in a big city, I found it tough to gather people to play a sport.,I had never participated in a race but it was on my bucket list to do a full marathon.,Training and completing the full marathon at the age of 24 has probably been my biggest achievement in life.,I really enjoy running in the adidas Ultra Boost and I am looking forward to wearing the new 2019 Ultra Boost shoes in my coming races.,It’s my mission to convert non-runners into runners and I hope there comes a time, where instead of staying let’s catch up for a drink people will start saying let’s catch up for a run!Saiyami has run in the previous silhouette of the Ultraboost shoe from adidas and strongly recommends the new UltraBoost 19 to all serious runners across the globe for their running journeys.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A proposed 6,000-seat arena would be booked 300 days a year, helping local hotels and other businesses, Athens civic leaders said.,The executive director of the existing events center called The Classic Center said an arena could generate more than 600 jobs and have a $33 million impact on the local economy.,The arena, adjacent to Athens-Clarke County's Multimodal Center and warehouses on Foundry Street, would be booked 300 days a year and fill up downtown hotel rooms, said Classic Center Executive Director Paul Cramer, the Athens newspaper reported.,The arena would be linked directly to The Classic Center, and through there "to that magic place we call downtown Athens," he said.,Concert promoters say an arena that size would also bring many major music acts to Athens, Cramer told the committee.

Construction of a huge condominium, hotel and retail complex in downtown Los Angeles has paused.,The Los Angeles Times reports that Beijing-based builder Oceanwide Holdings issued a statement Thursday saying the stall is due to recapitalization of the project and work is expected to resume in mid-February.,The Oceanwide Plaza project across the street from the Staples Center sports arena is expected to cost more than $1 billion.,Its three towers have already been built to heights of as much as 55 stories and its 500-plus luxury condos and hotel are envisioned to join the renaissance of once-dowdy downtown LA.,Sign Up and Save

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Construction of a huge condominium, hotel and retail complex in downtown Los Angeles has paused.,The Los Angeles Times reports that Beijing-based builder Oceanwide Holdings issued a statement Thursday saying the stall is due to recapitalization of the project and work is expected to resume in mid-February.,The Times reports that Chinese companies have been among the biggest commercial real estate investors in the Los Angeles area in the post-recession boom.,The general manager of the city Department of Building and Safety, Frank Bush, said his agency received a call on Friday from Lendlease, the general contractor on the project, saying it was canceling an inspection that had been scheduled for that day.,"They said they were stopping work on the project at this time, and had no further explanation," Bush said, adding that the shutdown has nothing to do with any inspections or permitting issues involving his agency.

The future is taking shape in the concrete pillars and sloped canopy roof of a transformative new stadium that will serve as home to the Super Bowl-bound Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers when the world’s most expensive sports complex opens in 2020.,[Rams-Patriots Super Bowl guide] Moreover, after decades in which taxpayers shouldered much of the cost of new sports arenas, the privately funded stadium is being closely watched as a potential new model for first-rate NFL venues built without public subsidies.,It is the vision of Rams owner E. Stanley Kroenke, a Missouri-born billionaire developer and sports mogul, who took to heart NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s insistence that any new stadium built for pro football’s return to Los Angeles must be iconic and serve as home to two teams.,(Allison Zaucha/For The Washington Post) NFL's most expensive stadium Though the Kroenke organization won’t confirm the cost or provide details of its privately funded financing plan, NFL owners in March agreed to raise their debt waiver to accommodate the Los Angeles project.,[Sally Jenkins: Gifting Daniel Snyder any money or land for a new Redskins stadium would be absolute madness] Just a decade ago, it seemed the Dallas Cowboys had set a spending mark that wouldn’t be topped when they opened ATT Stadium at a cost of $1.3 billion, with the city of Arlington helping team owner Jerry Jones finance the project with tax hikes and bonds.