Bernadette Peters on Streep, Returning to Broadway & Writing a Memoir

first_imgBroadway icon Bernadette Peters and Oscar and Tony nominee Laura Linney joined Andy Cohen in the Watch What Happens Live Clubhouse on July 8. After taking shots with comedian (and part-time Bernadette Peters impersonator) Cole Escola, Peters spoke of the experience of seeing Meryl Streep in Into the Woods on the big screen (it was “very interesting”). Will she return to the Great White Way? “I never know what’s going to happen. If something is irresistible, I would love to do it.” There’s one future project that Peters will consider—writing a memoir. “I always thought I would write it when I could say, ‘And this is what life is about,’” she said. “I don’t think I’ve quite learned it yet.” Peters and Linney met at Broadway Barks a few years ago, so imagine Peters’ reaction to Linney saying she’d kill off the dog from Downton Abbey. Check out the clips below! View Commentslast_img read more

The Goods: Best New Trail Tested Bike Gear

first_imgOf all outdoors sports, bikes get my “coolest machine to look at” award.I keep my downhill bike next to my desk chair — as a motivation refresher for whenever I’m getting bogged down. Glancing at the linkages, brakes, and drivetrain puts me in a better mood every time.Here, Blue Ridge Outdoors takes a look at the best new trail-tested mountain bike gear for Spring 2014.Giant Trance 27.5gear4Walking out of Sycamore Cycles in Brevard, N.C., I couldn’t suppress my shit-eating grin. Clicking along next to me was a brand new Giant Trance 27.5 demo—a “freshie” as I’ve always called new toys. This would be my first time on a 27.5-inch wheeled bike, the trend that is currently sweeping the cycling industry.Racing daylight, I put my gear on at the base of the Black Mountain Trail and hit it. The Trance’s setup seemed like a perfect trail bike for my gravity background: 140 mm of travel front and rear, short stem, slack head tube angle, and front and rear quick-release through-axles. My eyes told me it would be confidence-inspiring for the technical stuff, but underneath me the bike demonstrated that it was also capable of climbing like a demon. The Fox TALAS fork allows the option of lowering the front end for uphill efficiency. This, when combined with “climb” mode to tighten up both suspensions, seemed to compensate nicely for my weak quads. I love it when nice gear makes me feel like a better rider than I am!It was a perfect Pisgah testing day—gloomy and cold, with a trail extending before me that had recently been soaked with rain, then snow, and then freeze-thaw. My first experience with 27.5-inch wheels felt good. The bike pulled through muddy patches, soft sand, and technical uphill roots, and kept asking for more.After 50 minutes of climbing, I gripped the bars in anticipation of ripping the downhill ahead. A quick flip of the settings from “climb” to “descend,” and I dropped into the twilight. The Trance reacted well as I pumped the suspension, weighting and unweighting the bike. Roots, rocks, waterbars… the trail is steep and demanding, and the fallen leaves seem to drift like snow. Dropping my front wheel into those mystery piles at speed was unnerving, but the bike sliced through and handled unexpected hits well. The bigger wheels gave me the impression of having a longer foundation underneath me, and that extra circumference extended far in front, assuring me that I wouldn’t go over the bars on steep sections.As I hooked off the gnar and onto a more open section of singletrack, the bike hunkered down and accelerated. It felt stable at high speed and seemed to like big, fast hits. Pumping and hopping off of rollers and from side to side, it felt lively, but didn’t pop like my 26er. The Trance likes to stay connected: low and fast. There’s a reason why Giant Factory Team riders have been crushing it on the enduro circuit.Roughly 2.3 miles, 1,300 vertical feet, and just over 10 minutes later, I was back at my truck with endorphins dripping out of my ears and my forearms on fire. It might be time to smash the piggybank. $3600.Cane Creek Double Barrel Coil  gear2I’ve had a Double Barrel on my downhill bike for a bit over a year, and my experience can be described in two words: smooth and quiet. I like to ride fast, I like hitting downhill jumps, and sometimes I ride above my ability level (which isn’t very hard to do). This shock has saved my ass many, many times. I noticed an immediate improvement in arm pump when descending long, rough sections of trail. It’s counterintuitive that a rear shock would have that much impact on your bars/hands, but that’s exactly what happened. This shock is endlessly adjustable, and it’s made here in North Carolina. $650Smith PivLock Overdrive  gear3In this recent addition, Smith targets versatility. The idea is to carry multiple lenses for your shades (it comes with three sets), and keep performance as high as possible by easily switching lenses to light conditions. This is particularly important on a bike, where we must be acutely aware of every rock and root that passes through our vision, while also protecting eyes from branches, dirt, and bugs. The lenses allow good peripheral vision for looking up when in the saddle, and the frame feels strong and flexible. The temple arms hug the side of my head and fit easily underneath both my XC and full-face helmet.  They’re a perfect substitute for goggles on those hot days on the DH bike. $199last_img read more

Wegmans limiting customers, starting wellness checks

first_imgThese safety measures follow their previous measures Wegmans created such as closing the stores for the evening to do cleaning, having Plexiglass shields installed at their pharmacies and front-end registers, and providing masks for employees. UPDATE: (WBNG) — Wegman’s management tells 12 News it has been monitoring capacity at its store “for weeks.” —– According to the Wegmans website, they said they will be operating their stores at 15 to 20 percent of their maximum occupancy and will be having practices in place to ensure that they are staying within those limits at all of their locations. For more on the coronavirus click here.center_img Management says the store has never reached its maximum occupancy since it began monitoring it. They also mentioned, they will start to require employees to go through a wellness check before the start of every shift when they go into the store. The wellness check will include a few questions asking about their health as well as temperature checks. The store says that if an employee experiences temperatures of 100 degrees or more, they will be asked to go home with pay and to contact their medical provider. If they do not have a doctor, the employee can take advantage of the telemedicine option for the care they need. (WBNG)- Wegmans has announced that they will now be having limitations on how many customers go into their stores during this coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Disease puts 1 in 5 globally at severe COVID-19 risk: Study

first_imgThey found that one in five people have at least one underlying health problem putting them in greater danger.While not all of those would go on to develop severe symptoms if infected, the researchers said around 4 percent of the global population — around 350 million) would likely get sick enough to require hospital treatment. “As countries move out of lockdown, governments are looking for ways to protect the most vulnerable from a virus that is still circulating,” said Andrew Clark, who contributed to the study.”This might involve advising people with underlying conditions to adopt social distancing measures appropriate to their level of risk.” Clark said the findings could help governments make decisions on who receives a COVID-19 vaccine first when one becomes available. Consistent with other studies about COVID risk, the authors found that older people are in greater danger of getting seriously unwell from the virus. Less than 5 percent of people aged under 20 have an underlying risk factor, compared with two thirds of over 70s. Countries with younger populations have fewer people with at least one underlying condition, but risks vary globally, according to the analysis. Small island states such as Fiji and Mauritius have among the highest rates of diabetes — a known COVID-19 risk factor — on Earth, for example. And countries with the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS, such as eSwatini and Lesotho, also need to be vigilant, said authors of the research published in The Lancet. In Europe, more than 30 percent of people have one or more health conditions, it showed. Writing in a linked comment, Nina Schwalbe from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, said the study showed “it is time to evolve from a one-size-fits-all approach to one that centers on those most at risk.” An estimated 1.7 billion people — more than 20 percent of the world’s population — risk becoming severely infected with COVID-19 due to underlying health problems such as obesity and heart disease, analysis showed Tuesday. The novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 420,000 people globally during the first wave of the pandemic, adversely effects patients suffering from co-morbidities. A team of experts from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine analyzed global data sets of illnesses including diabetes, lung disease and HIV used these to estimate how many people are at heightened risk of serious COVID-19 infection. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers reopen as England’s lockdown eases

first_imgJohnson said his message was to “enjoy summer safely” and not undo the progress made in knocking back the pandemic.He said workers in pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and other businesses had made an heroic effort to prepare for reopening.”The success of these businesses, the livelihoods of those who rely on them, and ultimately the economic health of the whole country is dependent on every single one of us acting responsibly,” he said. “We must not let them down.”Police said they were “absolutely prepared” for the pubs reopening. But customers might find the atmosphere inside rather different from the usual Saturday-night scrum.Numbers will be limited, no one will be allowed to stand at the bar and there will be no live music. Patrons will also have to give their details to allow tracers to identify them if anyone later tests positive.JD Wetherspoon, one of the biggest chains, said it had invested 11 million pounds ($14 million) in safety measures.Most of its pubs in England will open at the usual time of 8 a.m. on Saturday. It is not taking bookings, but said at busy times numbers would be controlled by staff.Topics : England takes its biggest steps yet towards resumption of normal life on Saturday as people are finally allowed to drink in a pub, get a haircut or have a meal in a restaurant for the first time in over three months.Prime Minister Boris Johnson said everybody had to behave responsibly and maintain social distancing to support businesses and not risk a second wave of the coronavirus.Some hairdressers were reported to have opened at the stroke of midnight while pubs will be allowed to start serving from 0500 GMT on so-called “Super Saturday”, sparking worries of pent-up over-indulgence.last_img read more

Gold Coast trophy home sells days after hitting the market

first_imgThe perfect spot to watch the world go by.The master bedroom upstairs has a balcony and is separated from the other bedrooms by a second living area and study.Mr Dowker was confident it would have generated a lot of interest if it was on the market longer.“It would have definitely got strong interest,” he said.Property records show Mr Dowker sold the property to Shelley Fowke in February last year for $3.53 million.He said the market was strong in the Coast’s southern suburbs with several million-dollar sales settling over the past few weeks. The Palm Beach property sold after only five days on the market.A BEACHFRONT trophy home has been snapped up for a multimillion-dollar price after five days on the market.The Palm Beach property on Jefferson Lane was due to go under the hammer this weekend but it went under contract last week.Marketing agent Troy Dowker, of Ray White Mermaid Beach, said it sold to a local buyer for around $4 million. A refurbishment has breathed new life into the property.“I got the deal done in five days,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe sale is due to settle in early September.Mr Dowker said it received two offers, both of which were from Coast residents who liked its position and contemporary style.“(The home) was pretty much completely refurbished,” he said.“It provides a really good view — you get a really good vantage point looking south and north.”The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home has an open kitchen, living and dining area that flows onto a beachfront deck. The kitchen is modern and versatile.center_img Take a bubble bath and enjoy the view. The ultimate beach house.last_img read more

‘Disbelief’ at murderer’s first strike warning

first_imgThe New Zealand Herald July 3 2013Alexsis Tovizi’s mother wants the three strikes policy extended to include serious domestic violence offences after the man convicted of killing her 21-year-old daughter was sentenced today.Nikki Roper was handed a life sentence with a minimum non-parole period of 14-and-a-half years for murdering Alexis Tovizi, his ex-partner, with a sleeper hold at her Christchurch flat in 2010.It was just five days after he was released from prison where he was serving a sentence for choking the young mother.As he left jail in 2010, the unemployed 24-year-old told an inmate: “I’m going to kill the b****.”Alexsis’s mother, Cheryl Tovizi, released a statement today in which she called for the three strikes policy to be extended to include serious domestic violence offences. read more

Home School Athletes

first_imgNew this year in Indiana is the eligibility of home school students to participate in high school sports.  The one stipulation is that they must be enrolled in the school and take at least one core course.  The rest of their schooling can still be done at home.  For those who like this system, it allows those students a chance to use their athletic skills in highly competitive athletic programs.  It also allows these students a social connection to their peers.  Those opposed to this system point out that this student is only in school one period a day, and thus, the school has little insight into what that student is doing the rest of the time.  Other opponents argue that this student has denied a full-time student a position on an athletic team.  What happens if a student enrolls for one sport and then withdraws as soon as that sport is over?  They may not have even completed a grading period.  This is something, I am sure, that will have to be addressed.  I am for all kids having equal opportunities for participation, but there has to be total fairness for all involved.last_img read more

Australian football club continues negotiations with Usain Bolt

first_imgSydney: The Australian football club where Usain Bolt has spent the past few months trialling have offered the former Olympic sprinter a contract, but say the partnership is unlikely to go ahead unless a third party sponsor can be found.The Central Coast Mariners released a statement on Tuesday saying that the club is seeking external partners to contribute to the contract offer and that without it the Jamaican appears unlikely to accept, reports Xinhua news agency.“Without the financial contribution of an external third party, it is unlikely that Usain Bolt and the Central Coast Mariners will agree to terms,” the statement said.Bolt scored two goals in a recent trial game for the club, who say that the eight-time Olympic gold medallist is not likely to appear in the 2018-19 A-League season, which began last week.“Usain has made great progression during his time on the Central Coast and we feel that he will improve further with more individual intensive training and competitive game time,” the statement said.“We are looking at ways to do this as the club does not have the luxury to be able to do this in the A-League.”Bolt will not be attending training sessions with the team this week until negotiations can be finalised. IANSlast_img read more

Angry players speak out at smoke-shrouded Australian Open qualifiers

first_imgBy Ian RansomMELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – Tempers flared at the Australian Open qualifying yesterday as players battled through another day of smoky air and two of the game’s all-time greats were labelled “selfish” for not protesting about the conditions.Qualifying was disrupted for a second successive day, firstly by bushfire smoke and later by a torrential rainstorm which cleared the air but put an end to play at Melbourne Park.Tournament organisers have been under fire for ploughing ahead with the qualifiers after an initial delay on Tuesday, with players complaining of breathing difficulties and one forced to retire from a match after suffering a coughing fit.The ill-will spilled over into yesterday, with Canadian world number 103 Brayden Schnur taking aim at 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and world number one Rafael Nadal for not taking a vocal stand for the lower-profile players in qualifying.“It’s got to come from the top guys – Roger and Rafael are a little bit selfish, in thinking about themselves and their careers,” Schnur told Australian Associated Press after winning his qualifier against Austrian Sebastian Ofner.“Because they’re near the end and all they’re thinking about is their legacy and they’re not thinking about the sport itself and trying to do what’s good for the sport – so those guys need to step up.”Schnur said he felt “super dryness” in his throat and that conditions were “100 percent not normal”.“They’re just trying to shove us on the court because we’re qualifiers.”France’s Nicolas Mahut posted a picture of himself wearing a mask over his mouth and nose with the caption: “Ready for my first round”.Canada’s Vasek Pospisil, a member of the ATP Player Council, tweeted: “It’s time for a players’ union. This is getting absurd.”Australia is experiencing one of its worst bushfire seasons on record, with fires burning for months and killing 28 people, destroying more than 2 500 homes and razing forests and farmland the size of Bulgaria.Tennis Australia said it would continue to monitor on-site data and consult their medical team, the local bureau of meteorology and government scientists to determine whether conditions were fit for play.Scheduled horse race meetings in two separate Melbourne suburbs were also cancelled yesterday, governing body Racing Victoria said, “due to smoke haze and poor air quality”. Bushfire smoke has affected a number of Australia’s elite sporting competitions including soccer, rugby league and cricket.Victoria State’s chief health officer, Brett Sutton, said Tennis Australia needed to establish a proper air quality policy alongside its existing extreme heat policy.“They do have a heat policy, I think they need to plan out an air quality policy in the same way,” he told media. “You can’t have a blanket solution; you need to look at the individual circumstances and what the alternatives are for protecting people.”last_img read more