In a new interview with Music Week, Isle Of Wight Festival promoter John Giddings claims iconic singer-songwriter David Bowie has retired from touring. “David is one of the best artists I’ve ever worked with,” Giddings said recently. “But every time I see him now, before I even speak to him, he goes, ‘I’m not touring’ and I say, ‘I’m not asking’.”Giddings adds, “He has decided to retire and, like Phil Collins, you can’t demand these people go out there again and again and again. I’m really pleased and proud that the last show he ever did in the UK was the 2004 Isle Of Wight Festival.”Recently, Bowie has worked on a theme song to the upcoming TV series The Last Panthers, a six-part crime thriller co-produced by Sky and France’s Canal+. Take a listen:[Via NME]
The Championship 4 will start in spots one through four for Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 (3 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The race will crown a champion in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Which playoff drivers should you use? Do you garage a non-playoff driver since the Championship 4 won’t get stage points? How should you navigate the playoff game format? We’ve dissected the numbers to offer a suggested lineup worthy of your Fantasy Live consideration.PLAY NOW: Set your lineup | How the game works | Tips to set your lineupRJ Kraft’s Fantasy Live lineup for race day at MiamiPlayoff driver 1: Martin Truex Jr.Playoff driver 2: Denny HamlinNon-playoff driver 1: Brad KeselowskiNon-playoff driver 2: Kyle LarsonGarage: Kevin HarvickRELATED: Odds for Miami | Lap averages | Weekend previewAnalysis: This one is a little tricky in that we have one practice to go off of. That said, the 19 car of Truex looks to be the class of the field in practice and is a must-start for me. In addition, day to night races are right in the wheelhouse of crew chief Cole Pearn. Hamlin has solid lap averages and a strong Miami history.On the non-playoff side, I like the combination of Keselowski’s recent Miami results with five top-seven finishes in the last six races there. I’m also taking Larson because he is one of the best here and will be ripping the high line in no time.The garage is a really interesting consideration. Do you go for a playoff play or a non-playoff play? I’m inclined to think this way: If I am trying to protect a lead, I’d like the playoff insurance. If I’m trying to gain ground, I’m inclined to go after more stage points with a non-playoff driver. With that said, I have been big on Kevin Harvick entering this weekend and while he wasn’t as strong as I expected in practice, I still think when the lights are bright the 4 will come to play. I am hesitant to go with Kyle Busch given the inconsistency he has had all postseason. If I went the non-playoff route, Ryan Blaney’s and William Byron’s lap averages are particularly intriguing.For the bonus picks, I’m going with Hamlin in Stage 1 and then Truex the rest of the way for Stage 2 and the race win with Toyota as the manufacturer.Each week in this space, we’ll also highlight two Props Challenge items for players.MORE: Play the Props Challenge today1. Will the Championship 4 all finish in the top seven: Yes or No? This has happened the last two years with all four Championship 4 drivers placing 1-4 in the 2018 title race and I believe it will happen again. The cream always seem to rise to the top, and I expect all four title contending drivers to be in the top seven at night’s end.2. The race winner will lead O/U 70.5. The first three title races saw the winner and champion lead under this mark. The last two have seen the winner and champion go over that mark. Maybe its recency bias, but I like that trend especially since I expect Truex to get a Stage 2 win and win the race and that will likely see him lead a significant volume of laps.
Dave Matthews Band was in Las Vegas, NV on Friday, where the band played host to its scheduled one-off performance in “Sin City” with a performance at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan. Friday’s show treated the band’s Vegas fans to a mix of songs from deep within the Dave Matthews songbook, including a trio of notable bust-outs including the revisit of a funk-rock classic.With Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds back from their destination concert event in Mexico earlier this month which featured a surprise appearance from Phish’s Trey Anastasio, DMB tore into the start of Friday’s show with songs like “Granny”, “#41”, “What Would You Say”, and a notable bust-out of “The Riff” before diving into a two-song combination of “Stolen Away on 55th & 3rd” into “Warehouse”. The set continued with “Why I Am” and “Jimi Thing”, and the latter continued right into a bust-out cover of “Tell me Something Good”, which marked their first time playing Rufus‘ 1974 hit since October 2005.The band kept rocking through renditions of “What You Are” and “Come Tomorrow” before turning to another cover with their take on The Doobie Brothers‘ “Long Train Runnin’”. Watch the cover performance from Friday’s show in full below.Dave Matthews Band – “Long Train Runnin’” – 2/28/20[Video: Jeff Nash]Following “Crash Into Me”, “Pantala Naga Pampa”, and “Rapunzel” to close the set, the band returned for a two-song encore of “Sweet Up and Down”–their first time playing the song since August 31st, 2010–and “Ants Marching”.Watch the bust-out of “Sweet Up and Down” from Friday below.Dave Matthews Band – “Sweet Up and Down” – 12/28/20[Video: tankthearmytank]Next up for DMB is the band’s scheduled appearance at the third annual baseball-inspired Innings Festival at Tempe Beach and Tempe Arts Park in Tempe, AZ this weekend. Head to the band’s website for tickets and info for DMB’s upcoming summer tour.Scroll down for a full gallery of photos from Friday’s show, courtesy of photographer Erik Kabik.Setlist: Dave Matthews Band | The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan | Las Vegas, NV | 2/28/20Set: Granny, Grey Street, #41, Do You Remember, What Would You Say, The Riff, Stolen Away on 55th & 3rd > Warehouse, Lying in the Hands of God, Why I Am, Jimi Thing > Tell Me Something Good* (Rufus cover), Beach Ball, What You Are, Come Tomorrow, Long Train Runnin’ (The Doobie Brothers cover), Crash Into Me, Pantala Naga Pampa > RapunzelEncore: Sweet Up and Down, Ants MarchingNotes:“Tell Me Something Good”, First Time Played since 10/29/05“The Riff”, First Time Played since 7/22/14“Sweet Up and Down”, First Time Played since 8/31/10Dave Matthews Band | The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan | Las Vegas, NV | 2/28/20 | Photos: Erik Kabik Load remaining images
OKLAHOMA CITY (News9.com) — When disaster strikes firefighters and rescue crews rely on their dogs to help find survivors trapped in the aftermath. But the standard to become a FEMA certified urban search and rescue dog for the state is extremely high. On Saturday, eight dogs were put to the test in Oklahoma City. “We’re looking for people that are trapped and can’t help themselves,” OKCFD Lt. Dane Yaw said.Oklahomans know disaster damage and debris all too well, victims often trapped under piles of debris and concrete in the aftermath. “The concrete rubble pile is what we come across in the tornadoes or what we had with the Murrah bombing,” said Yaw. Rescue dogs have to be the best. And less than half of the dogs pass the rigorous tests, like the one set up in Oklahoma City for dogs from Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Texas and Florida. The dogs have just 20 minutes to find the last volunteer survivor or survivors buried in a massive heap of manmade destruction. Their handlers don’t know beforehand how many “survivors” their dogs must find or where they are located, just like in a real disaster. Saturday, there were six volunteers buried in the mess, along with things to distract the dogs like dead animals, their owner’s clothes and food. The rescue dogs must use their little noses to find the victims and give an authoritative bark. Their handlers must flag that location and the dogs must get back to work. “All handlers strive to have their dog certified,” Yaw said. Watching the back and forth was almost painful for Yaw. He’s been through this with his dog. “It’s what they’ve been pouring their heart and soul for the last two years of training come down to 20 minutes on the rubble pile,” said Yaw. But to the dogs, this test is not that serious. It’s the only time they get to “play”. They’re trained that way, so in the dog’s mind all the “victims” have squeaky toys and treats and want to play. “To the dogs it’s a big game of hide and seek.” The rescue teams have quite a unique relationship to say the least. “It’s a love hate relationship,” Yaw said. “It’s so extremely serious and stressful job for us, but to the dogs it’s another training day. They’re playing and having fun.” Three of the eight dogs that took the test Saturday passed. They can now be deployed anywhere disaster strikes in the U.S. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream Type LIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedAudio TrackCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Frankly Video Player – v7.36.0Close
Find Out the Sexy Secrets of Zachary Levi, Krysta Rodriguez and More in the New Broadway.com Video Series First Date Flirts!
Star Files View Comments First Date Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2014 Related Shows Zachary Levi Ever wanted to know the name of Zachary Levi’s first crush? Dying to find out the wildest place Krysta Rodriguez has kissed someone? Get to know the romantic secrets of all the cast members in Broadway’s hilarious musical comedy First Date with Broadway.com’s brand new video series First Date Flirts!Starting Monday, September 16, we’ll be rolling out exclusive interviews and confessions of the show’s sexy, funny cast members, including Sara Chase, Blake Hammond, Bryce Ryness, Kristoffer Cusick and Kate Loprest.First Date Flirts will give you the lowdown on the cast members’ most horrifying pick-up lines, best excuses for getting out of dates, celebrity crushes, wildest nights out and more! By the time we’re done, you’ll know way more than you ever thought you would about Broadway’s funniest cast of romantics.Tune in to Broadway.com next week for the first episode of First Date Flirts—and get plenty more exclusive First Date video content with Krysta Rodriguez’s backstage video blog Kiss & Tell!
The new Formula 35 fork gets them into bigger wheel sizes.Their 33, which we reviewed here, is only for 26″ wheels. The 35 will be available for 650B and 29er, with travel set at 100-160mm and 100-140mm respectively. Travel is internally adjustable in 10 and 15 millimeter increments with internal spacers. You’ll have to pull the lowers, which means the oil bath that lubricates the sliders will have to be refilled, but they say it’s an easy adjustment. You’ll be able to order it at whatever length you want, though.What’s particularly impressive is the wide range of adjustability – everything from the expected compression and rebound down to the position of the adjustment knobs is up to you… The crown and arch is heavily shaped.The cartridge unit is new and uses an expanding rubber bladder reservoir rather than just pushing the oil into the top part of the cartridge like the 33. Sales & Tech Support Manager Jeff Stoudt says this improves small bump sensitivity.It has a massive amount of adjustability, with compression, threshold and lockout controls on the top.Rebound is on the bottom, and that knob pulls out to provide the tool for the threshold control.The top cap with the controls will rotate by loosening a set screw. This serves two purposes: it allows OEM customers to position the lockout knob so it doesn’t hit the crown, and it lets the end user rotate it so the lever is exactly where it’s easiest for them to use. Even better, the threads on either side of the fork are the same, so you could switch the damping cartridge to the left side of the fork and the spring stack to the right. If you wanted. Stoudt says you can do it in about five minutes, including replacing the oil.Speaking of oil, they use Ballistol Oil (commonly found in hardware stores internationally), and by adjusting the amount in the air chamber, you can fine tune the spring rate. More oil makes it more progressive.The cartridge uses a Directional Floating Seal (aka cup seal, similar to what’s used on their master cylinder pistons). As it compresses and oil pressure builds, it bulges a bit to provide a tighter seal. It’s a tiny lip, though, so it’s not adding noticeable friction.Not shown, they offer a hydraulic remote lockout that’s better than what’s offered on the 33. Instead of replacing the entire top cap and losing the compression damping controls, it simply hoses into the lockout lever hole and lets you keep the other controls.Two thru axle options are available. Shown above is the standard, tooled version.Or, if you don’t mind an extra 26g, there’s a QR lever version that provides a big lever to tighten the axle down by spinning it in until it’s close, then closing the lever. The trick part is that you can slide the lever out, and its shaft has a standard hex shape and a 12-sided hole so you can slide it back in at virtually any angle you like. No more levers sticking randomly forward or down.Claimed weight is 1650g for the 650B and 1700g for the 29er, both with uncut tapered steerers and no axle. Stoudt says on the samples he’s received, once the steerer is cut and the axle’s in place, they’re coming in lighter than claimed. We’re hoping to test that claim with a review unit this fall.FORMULA RR1 Di2 ROAD HYDRAULIC DISC BRAKESWe snapped this pic at Crankworx with a promise to get back to you with more info. Unfortunately, the story’s not as good as we’d hoped.The RR1 will only work with first gen Dura-Ace Di2 10-speed, not the current E-Tube groups. Bringing it up to date isn’t likely a project they’ll tackle now that Shimano has their own full hydraulic system. They will, however, continue to develop their Campy road hydraulic brake setup to some extent, but they’re waiting to see how they can work out warranties on the shifting parts since they don’t fully control those parts. The system developed for Colnago is still exclusive to them and led that project, so Campy was involved with parts of that system. All those factors would have to come together again under Formula’s guidance for a standalone EPS brakset to be developed. We’ll keep you posted.
View Comments Just in time for the NBC broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar Live!, musician Michael Korte is back with one of his trademark musical theater/pop mash-ups. This time, it’s Jesus Christ Superstar headliners Sara Bareilles and John Legend whose pop songs get the remix with tunes from the 1971 classic musical. In the video, Korte and vocalists Christine Noel, Jamal Moore, Porcha Lenae and Jada Banks-Mace mash-up Bareilles’ “You Matter to Me” (from the Broadway musical Waitress), Legend’s “If You’re Out There,” the JCS classic “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and more. Watch below and catch the musical broadcast on NBC on April 1 at 8:00PM (EST).
Vermont Business Magazine Business owners from the restaurant, construction, retail and agricultural sectors held a press conference via Zoom on Tuesday to urge the Vermont State Legislature to act quickly to release much needed state financial assistance in the form of flexible grants.Various committees in the legislature have been reviewing the Scott Administration’s proposal for a $400 million stimulus package which uses federal CARES Act money. It includes emergency grants and loans for businesses impacted by the pandemic and subsequent closures. But many businesses across the state fear that the current legislative process will not get them the money they desperately need quickly enough.The $400 million is part of the $1.25 billion CARES funding the state received.“We appreciate the governor’s proposal and that the legislature is working hard to get relief to Vermont’s restaurant sector. But we need them to understand that every day without it edges many restaurants closer to closing their doors for good,” said Jed Davis, owner of the Farmhouse Group. “Simply put, the checks need to go out now. Restaurants were some of the first to close and last to reopen. Restaurants need grants, not just more loans, to give us a shot at long term survival.” Businesses are also concerned that the current proposal would reduce the state assistance they receive based on prior acceptance of federal aid.“We are in a desperate situation – with cheesemakers seeing 25-75% sales losses across the state, they are concerned about closing their doors,” said Marty Mundy, Executive Director of the Vermont Cheese Council. “Most can’t take on any further loans at this point – meaning this funding must be grant funding if the state is trying to help. This is the only way we will be able to keep businesses open in a crisis environment that will likely last well into 2021 and beyond.”Mundy said farmers and cheesemakers have spent maybe decades building up their businesses, “and it took a matter of weeks to downsize them.”She said that to support the food producers, the restaurants also need help getting back on their feet quickly.As the Scott Administration begins easing restrictions across sectors, businesses are navigating a complex and sometimes impossible framework of debt and diminished capacity.“By supporting immediate emergency grant assistance utilized in combination with federal relief, you will give our businesses and the communities they call home a fighting chance,” said Jim Bradley, President of Vermont Builders and Remodelers Association . “That’s what we are asking for today. A fighting chance.”Source: Montpelier, Vt. — Leonine Public Affairs 6.2.2020
Andreas and Michael Raelert stated “We are thankful to have a strong partner like CUBE on our side who, thanks to its experience, unites performance and technology. We are sure that together with CUBE our aims for the future can be achieved.”For the Raelert-Brothers having the best materials on hand is a core foundation for future success. The brothers feel that the CUBE Aerium as their competitive bike ‘uncompromisingly unites all requirements’. The bike’s carbon frame aims to set new benchmarks, with an ‘integration of components that allows for an optimum of aerodynamics coupled with the possibility of perfect individual adaptation.’The Raelert-brothers primary aim is to target victory at the Ironman World Championship in October. The first race to this ultimate goal with CUBE will be the Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 Mallorca on 10 May. Andreas Raelert will start his 2014 triathlon season in Mallorca; while Michael will start his first race with CUBE at the Olsztyn-Triathlon in Poland on 18 May. Related “CUBE emerging from a family company to one of the biggest bicycle companies has an impressive track record,” commented the two brothers. “It really is motivating for us that CUBE enters into a long-term cooperative relationship with us.”CUBE Bikes was founded in 1993 in Waldershof, Bavaria, by Marcus Puerner. Over the years the company has become a leading brand in several European countries – with a specialism in middle- and premium-end mountain bikes and road bikes.The CUBE brand is available through specialist retailers in 60 countries worldwide. The current product portfolio consists of more than 180 different mountain-, road- , cross-, triathlon-, e- and trekking bikes. Ergonomically optimized bikes for women and kids as well as a clothing and accessories line complement the product range. German bicycle manufacturer CUBE has entered into a three year sponsorship and endorsement deal with the pro triathlete Raelert-brothers – Andreas and Michael Raelert.“Working together with two of the world´s best triathletes from Germany is an absolute stroke of luck for us and confirmation of our know-how,” said CUBE founder and owner Marcus Pürner. “We are confident that both sides will profit enormously from this close cooperation.”CUBE expects to benefit, not only via information and findings derived from the laboratory, but also from the close cooperation and direct feedback received from the professional athletes. The company expects that this will directly influence the development of its bikes, which is of ‘high importance in order to get the maximum out of every bike.’ CUBE is driven by the aspiration to get out the maximum of every bike. The brand aims to epitomize its own ideas and developments. At the headquarters in Waldershof, Bavaria, a team of engineers continuously seeks to improve materials, constructions and processes. CUBE’s in-house test laboratory ensures that every model is put to comprehensive tests ‘whose requirements are well above the European CE standards’. Additionally, CUBE bikes get tested by the company’s engineers and professional bikers to avoid any mistakes and weaknesses. The result is ‘an uncompromising combination of functionality, weight, stiffness and safety.’www.raelert-brothers.comwww.cube.eu
By PHIL EWINGAlbuquerqueI read with interest the opinion articles written by Anissa Tinnin (link) and Juan Jose Gonzales (link) and came to realize (as most of us have) that we are very much a polarized and partisan nation. We have become very isolated in our lives and politics. As President John F. Kennedy once said: “For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”The Republican Party of today is not the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, or Eisenhower. These Presidents’ had compassion and put their country before themselves. The Republican Party was formed as a political party that was against slavery in America during the Lincoln era. President Teddy Roosevelt was known as “Teddy the Trust Buster” because he did not want large monopolies dictating the economy in our country but rather promoting a free enterprise system. President Eisenhower envisioned and created the interstate highway system in America. Yet, Anissa Tinnin insists that progressives or as some may say, liberals, will destroy traditional New Mexico values. We all know that Democrats and Republicans alike want to promote these values and not destroy them. Instilling fear into people is not the answer but rather solving problems through cooperation is the best way to move forward. This is not a Democrat or Republican thing, it’s an American thing! Together and I mean together, we CAN solve the problems of today! … And once again, as President John F. Kennedy said, “If you mean by liberal someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of people—their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, their civil liberties. If that is what they mean by liberal, then I am proud to be a liberal.”