Andy Schleck. Source: wikipedia commonsOK, so the headline was a little misleading, but the way in which the Luxembourg Pro Cycling Project (www.leopard.lu) is putting a squad together around the brothers Schleck has all the adventure, enterprise – and not to mention speed – of a good old-fashioned heist movie.Austrian Stefan Denifl, Australian Will Clark and Frenchman Brice Feillu have all signed for the team today; Denifl, or so the press release rather touchingly says, is, at 23 “still in the process of finding out what he does best”. Let’s label him the rookie who needs to be taken under somebody’s wing. Will Clark is the young powerhouse who’ll do anything for his comrades; Feillu, the maverick looking to prove himself, who, in his 2009 Tour de France stage win to Andorra, gave a hint of his stage-race potential.Grizzled vet Stuart O’Grady, entering his 15th season of professional cycling, will marshall the youngsters, his signing announced just a day after Linus Gerdemann, Jakob Fuglsang and Fabian Wegmann added their names to the roster.The team’s got it all: youth; experience; a Paris-Roubaix winner; at least three grand tour contenders; a metric ton of climbing prowess. Truly, enough to more than blow the bloody doors off.“I love it when a plan comes together,” Andy Schleck may or may not have said, though rumors that he was rubbing his hands together and smoking a large cigar at the time have been denied.
Marc Kudisch(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Lesli Margherita View Comments Casting is here for Hartford Stage’s world premiere musical adaptation of the 1984 motion picture The Flamingo Kid. The previously announced production, to be directed by Tony winner and Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, will run from May 9 through June 2.The principal cast will be led by newcomer Jimmy Brewer as Jeffrey Winnick, with three-time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch (Girl From the North Country) as Phil Brody, Olivier winner Lesli Margherita (Dames at Sea) as Phyllis Brody, Tony nominee Liz Larsen (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) as Ruth, Adam Heller (Popcorn Falls) as Arthur, Samantha Massell (Fiddler on the Roof) as Carla, Lindsey Brett Carothers (Gettin’ the Band Back Together) as Joyce, Ben Fankhauser (Newsies) as Steve and Alex Wyse (Waitress) as Hawk.The ensemble will include Ben Bogen, Michael Hartung, Jean Kauffman, Ken Krugman, Omar Lopez-Cepero, Taylor Lloyd, Anna Noble, Erin Leigh Peck, Gregory Rodriguez, Steve Routman, William Squier, Kathy Voytko, Price Waldman, Jayke Workman, Kelli Youngman and Stuart Zagnit.The Flamingo Kid takes place in the summer of 1963, when Brooklyn teenager Jeffrey Winnick leaves home—against the wishes of his father—to take a job as a cabana boy at the colorful El Flamingo—a posh private club on Long Island. The music, the romance and the beach are magical—until tensions grow between father and son when a slick club member takes Jeffrey under his wing.The Flamingo Kid features a book and lyrics by Tony winner Robert L. Freedman (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) and music by Tony nominee Scott Frankel (War Paint).The production will feature choreography by Tony nominee Denis Jones (Tootsie) and music direction by Thomas Murray (Anastasia), with scenic design by Alexander Dodge, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Philip Rosenberg, sound design by Peter Hylenski, projection design by Aaron Rhyne and orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin. Marc Kudisch Star Files
The XTERRA England 2014 Championship weekend, based in Cranleigh, Surrey, will open for 2014 entry on 18 September from 09:00 GMT. Following the debut of this championship multisport event in 2013, won by Australia’s Ben Allen and England’s Jacqui Slack, interest is high with the race expected to sell out quickly.The race weekend has been set for the 23-24 August 2014, with the full race schedule to include the XTERRA England Championship triathlon, XTERRA Sprint Triathlon, XTERRA Super Sprint Women’s Only Race, XTERRA Warrior 10K/15K trail runs, plus 1,500m and 3,000m big swims.The race weekend will be bigger than ever, with a Women’s Only Super Sprint triathlon and XTERRA Trail Run races added to the event schedule, alongside the Sprint and the XTERRA England Championship triathlon.The televised, inaugural 2013 edition held on 8 September saw over 600 athletes compete across a range of races, with the XTERRA England Championship triathlon proving the highlight. Australia’s Ben Allen and England’s Jacqui Slack proved victorious over the 1.5K spring-fed lake swim, 30K off-road mountain bike course and 10K trail run.In addition to the champions, 40 amateurs qualified for the XTERRA World Championships in Maui, Hawaii, whilst a further 400 would go on to achieve their own personal goals or charity aims by completing the tough and challenging course.The organisers – Brave Events – note that the XTERRA England Championship weekend has all the ingredients to make it a ‘must do’ race for triathletes, runners and swimmers of all abilities, with world championship qualifying slots on offer, world class athletes in attendance, live music, an on-site restaurant and bar, pasta party and on-site camping. The 2013 champions Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack have already confirmed their return.The event promises to be even bigger than 2013, with several new additions to the race schedule, including:XTERRA England Championship Triathlon (24 August)XTERRA Sprint Triathlon (24 August)XTERRA Super Sprint Women’s Only Triathlon (24 August)XTERRA Warriors 10km Trail Run (23 August)XTERRA Warriors 15km Trail Run (23 August)1,500m Big Swim (24 August)3,00m H2Open Water Series Big Swim (24 August) Related All entrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and every finisher receives a medal and complimentary food and drink, plus More Than Massage physio post-race care. There are 40 age-group slots for the world championships, held later in the year in Maui, Hawaii.The event promises to offer something for everyone, with on-site camping within the Vachery Estate, an exhibitor’s area featuring the latest in triathlon gear and produce from local suppliers plus fun activities for all the family who will enjoy the great atmosphere and countryside whilst athletes get out and race.Athletes and their families can enjoy a pasta-party in the evening before the race, which features live music and a pro question and answer session and even get fuelled up with the racers breakfast on race-day morning.The Vachery Estate is located just outside the picturesque village of Cranleigh in the Surrey Hills, only minutes from London and the motorways, M25, M23 and M3.www.xterra-england.co.uk
The Hawklets celebrate with the LAKC title trophy. Photo via Twitter.A championship game that featured two of the most accomplished teams in metro area prep lacrosse history lived up to its billing Saturday, with Rockhurst squeaking by the Lancers 10-9 to take the Lacrosse Association of Kansas City title.The championship game, which was moved from Friday to Saturday on account of weather, came down to the final minutes, with the Lancers fighting their way back from a 9 to 5 deficit late in the third quarter to tie the game with six minutes to play on goals from Milton Braasch and William Larson along with two from Matthew McGannon.But Rockhurst’s Matthew Schrader launched a shot from about seven yards out with 4:10 to play that found the back of the net, giving Rockhurst a 10-9 lead. The Lancers couldn’t answer in the following minutes, and had to settle for second place this season.Rockhurst won its first — and until Saturday only — LAKC championship in 2014. The Lancers won the first ever LAKC title in 2012 and repeated in 2013. They took the title for a third time last year.
Salmonella cases from chia powder mount in US and CanadaFour more cases of Salmonella linked to sprouted chia powder have been added to the US count and five to Canada’s, and a third strain of the organism has been implicated in the outbreak, according to updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).The US count stands at 21 in 12 states as of Jun 9, the CDC said in an update yesterday. The newly implicated strain, Salmonella Oranienburg, is the cause of 2 US cases. The two previously implicated strains are Salmonella Newport (13 cases) and Salmonella Hartford (6 cases).A Jun 10 update from PHAC says that country’s total is 34 cases in four provinces, 22 of which are in Ontario. The Canadian cases so far have all been linked to the Newport and Hartford strains.The number of US hospitalizations in the outbreak remains at two, and Canada has had one. There have been no deaths.US companies that have recalled products containing sprouted chia seed powder, which is made from ground dried chia seeds, include Navitas Naturals and Health Matters America.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued food recall warnings on products from Organic Traditions, Back 2 the Garden, Intuitive Path SuperFoods, Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary, Naturallyorganic, Pete’s Gluten Free, and Nourish Superfoods. The products are sold in numerous retail stores and online.CDC and PHAC are working together on the outbreak investigation. Consumers are urged to not eat the recalled products, which can have a long shelf life.Jun 11 CDC update Jun 10 PHAC update CFIA recall warningsReport: Food trucks, carts score better than restaurants on sanitationMobile food vendors like food trucks and food carts in seven US cities averaged fewer sanitation violations than restaurants over the past several years, according to a study published yesterday by the Institute for Justice.For its “Street eats, safe eats” report, researchers from the institute analyzed more than 260,000 inspection reports from government agencies involving food trucks, food carts, and restaurants in Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.The institute requested data going back to 2008 or the first year that data included mobile vendors. Data were collected through part or all of 2012 or, for Boston and Louisville, through July 2013.Researchers found that in every city, mobile vendors did as well as or better than restaurants and that in six cities they averaged 1 to 4 violations compared with 4 to 8 for restaurants. Seattle averaged almost 14 violations per mobile unit versus almost 17 per restaurant, because the city “weights” each violation more than the other cities do, the report said.The difference was statistically significant in all cities but Seattle.The report concludes, “The results suggest that the notion that street food is unsafe is a myth. They also suggest that the recipe for clean and safe food trucks is simple—inspections.”Jun 11 Institute for Justice executive summary Report home page Study shows more campylobacteriosis in wealthier neighborhoodsPeople of higher socioeconomic status (SES) in Connecticut are more likely to contract a Campylobacter infection than those of lower SES, according to a report today in Emerging Infectious Diseases.Yale researchers geocoded 5,708 (96%) of the 5,950 campylobacteriosis cases reported in the state from 1999 through 2009 to census data. They found an average annual incidence of 15.9 cases per 100,000 population.The investigators also found a strong correlation between higher campylobacteriosis incidence and higher neighborhood SES. The average annual age-adjusted incidence was 10.1 for the lowest SES group (20% or more below poverty), 11.9 for the 10%–<20% group, 14.8 for the 5%–<10% group, and 16.9 for the highest SES group (0–<5% below poverty).The trend, which was statistically significant, followed in all age-groups except those younger than 10 years, a group that showed the opposite correlation.The authors said the difference in higher-SES neighborhoods might be explained by surveillance artifacts but is more likely tied to risk factors such as dining out more and international travel. They confirmed that such factors were associated with higher SES in Connecticut by using FoodNet population surveys.Jun 12 Emerg Infect Dis study
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Egypt retrieved hundreds of smuggled artifacts and thousands of ancient coins busted by the Italian authorities in the city of Naples months ago, the Egyptian general prosecution said in a statement Saturday.The statement said that “195 small artifacts and 21,660 coins dating back to the ancient Egyptian civilization have arrived at Cairo airport.”The Egyptian prosecution has previously ordered a massive probe into the smuggling of such precious Egyptian pieces.The recovered relics included 151 small funerary figurines known as “shabtis,” five mummy masks, a wooden coffin, two small wooden boats, 11 pottery vessels and three colored ceramic tiles dating back to the Islamic era, said the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities in a statement Saturday.“The pieces are currently being restored to be temporarily displayed soon at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir in downtown Cairo,” Mostafa Waziri, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said in the statement.Egypt dismissed reports that the smuggled artifacts were discovered in a shipped container belonging to an Egyptian diplomat and said it belonged to an Italian citizen.From March 2016 to May 2018, Egypt recovered around 1,000 artifacts smuggled to 10 different countries, said Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani in a recent cabinet meeting.Related Egypt’s Luxor tourism Reviving Egypt’s Treasures Egypt’s cabinet resignation aftermath
Italian bike artisans MV Agusta reveals new Rivale-based Stradale 800 sport-tourer in EICMA 2014 show. Just like Ducati and Aprilia, MV Agusta’s presence at this year’s EICMA 2014 show is a place where it cannot disappoint. Making a surprise debut, the Varese-based bike artisans took the wraps off a new Rivale-based sport-tourer it christened as the Stradale 800.Much of the original Rivale model it underpins is carried over into the Stradale 800, including the 798cc triple-cylinder engine, albeit detuned from 125hp down to just 115hp.New here are the large-sized wind deflector up front and the touring bags. Unlike the Rivale base bike, the Stradale has a lower height, evident with its low ground clearance of 4.92 inches.MV Agusta states that the model will be inducted into mass-production in a ‘timely’ fashion. We reckon the new 25% share acquisition by Daimler AG’s Mercedes-AMG has something to do with it.Could this be a solid rival against the Ducati Hyperstrada? Only time will tell.2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800Sources: Asphaltandrubber and Visordown–Ads–
West Florida Women’s Basketball Routed by Alabama Huntsville 81-60 Share Jan. 19, 2008 Box Score PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Alabama Huntsville Chargers drained 11 of 19 three point shots to blow out the Argonauts Saturday night. West Florida lead 12-9 in the first half, and then four straight 3-pointers by the Chargers started the rout, and suddenly West Florida trailed by 18. The Argonauts scrappy defense helped to close the gap to only 11 points at halftime. However, the Chargers started the second half with three straight 3-pointers, and the Argos could never recover.West Florida, one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the conference one year ago, is next to last this year shooting behind the arc, and they connected on only 2 of 14 for the game. The bright spots for West Florida was Dominique Boykins with 26 points, and eight points from Jessie Ivey. Boykins was 7 of 9 from the field, while Ivey connected on the only two 3-pointers for the Argos, and scored all her eight points in the second half. .West Florida, now 7-10 (0-2 GSC) will travel to take on 25th ranked West Georgia on Monday night in Carrollton, Georgia. The Argonauts have never started the conference schedule with two straight losses, since joining the Gulf South Conference in 1994. Therefore, the Argos will have an uphill battle to reach the conference tournament.The other Argos that turned in good performances against Alabama Huntsville, included Senior Karmeshia Easley, who scored six points and dished out four assists. Meanwhile, Freshman Chelsea Turgeon added eight points, three rebounds, and two assists in twenty minutes off the bench. Print Friendly Version