In preparation for their headlining Red Rocks performance on October 8th, The Floozies will be taking over Live For Live Music‘s Instagram today from Colorado.You can enter t0 win a pair of tickets to the Red Rocks show–which features Michal Menert, SunSquabi, and Russ Liquid–as well as a merch bundle and signed event poster below. Sign up here, and share to increase your chances of winning!And if you can’t wait til next month, The Floozies will be playing a special late-night show with an all-star live band after Bear Creek Bayou at Republic NOLA in New Orleans on September 30th. The show, billed as “Funk Court,” will feature John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood), Skerik, and Ryan Zoidis and Jesus Coomes of Lettuce. Tickets for “Funk Court” are available here.
Twenty years ago when I started working at Outside magazine, I transcribed faxed story drafts into the computer because our office didn’t have external email. I read story edits on paper, which made the Number Two pencil the number one office tool. Jon Krakauer hadn’t yet climbed Mount Everest, “An Inconvenient Truth” was still 11 years away, and it was still possible to get lost in the wilderness without selfie documentation. My favorite piece of gear was a hot-pink, hard-tail Specialized Stumpjumper that cost approximately $8,800 less than the $9,300 S-Works Stumpjumper 29er advertised on Specialized’s website today. Instead of two short decades, it seems that eons have passed.What will the next 20 years bring? Considering that some people wonder if we’ll still have an inhabitable planet by the year 2047, it feels a little dubious to make any predictions beyond tomorrow. On the other hand, the future, as Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”I polled a few of the smartest people I know in the outdoor industry to find out what they think the future of travel, gear, and recreation holds. Then I added a few of my own predictions, ranging from fact-based reporting to pure fantasy, to create a list of 20. Some predictions may sound far-fetched, but the beauty of the future is that anything is possible—and nothing can be fact-checked.Outdoor Recreation “It is predicted that by 2050, 86 percent of the developed world will be urbanized with people living in dense communities. This shift will transform how we enjoy the outdoors. Close-to-home outdoor recreation will dominate. State and local governments will integrate parks, open space and trail systems into their city planning.” –Steve Barker, Interim Executive Director, Outdoor Industry Association“Outdoor recreation is going to continue its arc away from being just about big trips in remote wilderness and towards accessible experiences we can all have, even within cities. It has to go that way if we’re going to continue to engage new communities, from urban youth to urban professionals. Call it the democratization of adventure.” –Michael Roberts, Executive Editor, Digital Development, Outside MagazineGear“Light and fast will define the next 20 years of outdoor adventure and exploration. It will be the single biggest advancement to empower professional mountain athletes and dedicated global adventurers. With the ongoing evolution of outdoor products each season —from hard goods to performance apparel—that are weighing in lighter than ever before and creating more efficient systems, people are able to go greater distances in far less time, pushing the limits of what’s possible. Gear weight reduction alone in the past 20 years has allowed athletes to crash through their own (previous) training ceilings. Weight reduction and product innovation have opened the adventure door for the masses—not just a select few.”–Jordan Campbell, writer, mountaineer, filmmaker, and Marmot ambassador athlete“No matter if it is skiing, climbing, trail running or biking, gear will morph into a place where speed, lightness, technology, and performance will become one. The new GORE Surround technology (waterproof, breathable footwear with open construction on the bottom of the sole) is the perfect example of making something out of nothing.” –Eric Henderson, former backcountry ski guide for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and communications manager for Salewa mountaineering products“Living in denser environments with less space will change how we buy products. Consumers will shift from a more, more, more mentality to buying less of higher quality items with more crossover lifestyle usages. There’s more opportunity to buy recycled and refurbished goods. This will be more important to future generations.” –Steve Barker“Sports like Nordic skiing that require snow have morphed into much less of a natural environment and more into a manufactured environment meant to look like what that natural environment used to be. You’re going to see reflections of that in the equipment: Ski bases will be more dirt repellent, poles will have reinforced tips to withstand the impact of shorter races, and ski waxes will be more concentrated around the freezing range because there’s more man-made snow and the temperature of man-made snow is right around freezing.” –Andrew Gardner, former Nordic skiing coach at Middlebury College and Nordic skiing PR professionalTravel“Well, I did try to acquire the URL www.timetravel.com, but the issuing organization would not sell it to me. No doubt because they know time travel is almost here and I would go back and create the Internet first! On a more serious note—the number of travelers, especially from Asia, is set to explode in volume. Destinations that do not take this seriously, starting now, will likely have significant problems with loss of both cultural authenticity and environment. In other words, those who plan for this volume now to spread it out, mitigate it, and control it will be the long-term winners. To do nothing is an active decision to have massive problems in 20 years.” –Shannon Stowell, President, The Adventure Travel Trade AssociationTechnology“Technology has already changed the ethos. Pure adventure will always be possible, especially with the absence of technology. But the combination of wireless communication and social media will continue to alter what the adventure finish line should look like. Some of it will be fantastic with real-time and enormous participation, but you can also count on some of it becoming utterly contrived and truly abhorrent. We will have to decide on what is real, genuine, and valued in our tribe—and what is not.” –Jordan CampbellGlobal Stewardship“The marriage of adventure with altruism will continue to play a more significant role in the 21st century. Giving back to underserved populations across the globe is part of a new moral imperative in the outdoor adventure space. It is no longer a sidebar activity for a dedicated few; rather it has become an end unto itself and part of the adventure space.” –Jordan Campbell, writer, filmmaker, and Marmot ambassador athleteSpirituality“I envision there will be a large resurgence back to nature similar to the Muir and Teddy Roosevelt era. Living in crowded environments with lives driven by electronics will create a strong desire for people across the country to go outside as a spiritual and health experience.” –Steve BarkerState of Mind“I still see adventure as a state of mind that constantly tugs at us to step into the unknown. That won’t change in the next 20 years. You either follow a script or you blaze your own trail.”–Jordan CampbellMy PredictionsSurfing the jet stream will normalize five-hour flights across the Atlantic. In January, a British Airways Boeing 777-200 made the New York to London route in five hours, 16 minutes, reaching ground speeds of up to 745 miles per hour by riding a powerful jet stream of up to 200 mile-per-hour tailwinds.Über Brands: With the recent unveiling of its “luxury hotels collection,” National Geographic is the latest publishing company that has taken branding to extreme heights: Fans can now view the world entirely through the National Geographic lens of magazines, books, websites, vacations, guides, and hotels. Hopefully Fox News will not be following suit.Two-Wheeled Transportation: Whether you prefer a 45-day, seven-country cycling trip from Paris to Moscow or sharing one of 66,500 public bicycles in Hangzhou, China, which has the largest bike-sharing system in the world, self-powered pedaling will change the way we get to work and see the world.The Bed-to-Bike-to-Work-to-Cocktails-to-Dinner-to-Bed Outfit: Natural and synthetic fabrics will be so sophisticated that they won’t wrinkle, smell from sweat, sag, or get dirty. And the blurred line between workout and work apparel will completely disappear.Lab-concocted, plant-protein-based performance meals will replace our favorite junk food.“Firsts” will become increasingly outrageous. Soon I’m expecting to see the first human summit of Mount Everest while simultaneously becoming the World Champion of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter video game.Need a tan in January? A bigger wave to surf? Not to worry. Perhaps only in my mind, personal weather-providing drones, programmable from snowstorm to 75-degree bluebird sky day, will be as ubiquitous as smart phones.Life on a planet we never knew existed: NASA predicts that we are within 20 years of finding evidence of extraterrestrial life. Let’s hope they are friendly.The Language of Adventure: If politicians, corporations, and private citizens don’t all do their part in shoring up climate change, the term “adventure” will soon become synonymous with “survival.”–S.P.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County Police Department headquarters in Mineola.Lawmakers are calling for outside investigations and the Nassau County Legislature to hold hearings into the police commissioner’s firing for ordering the arrest of a witness in a political case.Democrats in the legislative minority urged the Republican majority to schedule hearings to discern if District Attorney Kathleen Rice, a Democrat, was correct in finding that Republican County Executive Ed Mangano’s administration had no prior knowledge of the campaign-season arrest.“The facts will only come out if you have a legislative hearing,” Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) told reporters Monday at a news conference in Mineola. “We need to make sure that we get fresh eyes on this.”Abrahams said the caucus is drafting letters to the New York State Attorney General and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York requesting outside prosecutors open investigations into what they termed an “abuse of power.”Abrahams said Randy White of Roosevelt has his civil rights violated when a Nassau police sergeant served him with a subpoena—while in police custody—to re-testify in an elections case after a campaign donor to the plaintiff called ex-Nassau Police Commissioner Tom Dale to request White’s arrest in October.Rice launched an investigation after White’s attorney filed a complaint. She released her findings Thursday to Mangano, who fired Dale the same day. Neither Dale nor the donor, Oheka castle owner Gary Melius, is facing criminal charges.Melius had asked Dale to arrest White on behalf of a third-party candidate for county executive Melius was backing, ex-Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick, whose staff White testified in an election-related lawsuit had violated state law.When asked by the Press is she will hold a hearing on the issue, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) issued a statement that didn’t answer the question and said “District Attorney Rice’s investigation is complete.”But, Rice said last week that the investigation is in fact continuing into Nassau police Sgt. Sal Mistretta, who served White with a civil subpoena drafted by Hardwick’s attorney ordering White to appear in court.“The next order of business for this Legislature is to confirm a new Police Commissioner to aggressively oversee the operations of this Police Department,” Gonsalves said.Legis. Carrie Solages (D-Elmont) likened to a dictatorship the politically motivated arrest at the behest of a wealthy donor backing a campaign that Democrats argued was designed to siphon votes away from Mangano’s opponent, Tom Suozzi.The politically motivated arrest comes less than a year after a jury convicted ex-Second Deputy Nassau Police Commissioner William Flanagan of misconduct for quashing the arrest of his friend, a wealthy donor to police causes. Flanagan is appealing.
Oct 16, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The susceptibility of some young, healthy people to severe illness with pandemic H1N1 influenza marks a striking difference from the pattern of disease seen in seasonal flu epidemics, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.The factors that increase the risk of severe illness in previously healthy people remain unknown, the WHO said in reporting on the results of a 3-day conference on the features of severe H1N1 cases. The meeting involved about 100 clinicians, virologists, and other experts at the Pan American Health Organization headquarters in Washington, DC.The ability of the virus to make young, healthy people dangerously sick has been noted for months, but the WHO put new emphasis on the phenomenon today. At the same time, the agency said pregnant women, children younger than 2 years, and people with chronic lung disease face the greatest risk of severe illness.In a statement, the WHO said the experts confirmed that the vast majority of patients around the world experience an uncomplicated flu-like illness and recover within a week, even without treatment.Patients hard to treat But concern now focuses on “small subsets of patients who rapidly develop very severe progressive pneumonia,” the agency said. “In these patients, severe pneumonia is often associated with failure of other organs, or marked worsening of underlying asthma or chronic obstructive airway disease.”These patients are hard to treat, which suggests that emergency rooms and intensive care units will bear the heaviest burden during the pandemic, the statement said. That conclusion matched the message from several medical journal reports published in the past week on hospitalized H1N1 cases.Primary viral pneumonia is the most common finding in severe cases and often causes death, the WHO said. However, bacterial infections have been found in about 30% of fatal cases—more common than previously recognized.Data from animal studies also show the virus’s ability to cause severe pneumonia. “This virus really likes the lower respiratory tract,” said the WHO’s Dr.Nikki Shindo at a press teleconference today. “That means this virus is likely to cause viral pneumonia.”Physicians who have managed severe cases “agreed that the clinical picture in severe cases is strikingly different from the disease pattern seen during epidemics of seasonal influenza,” the WHO statement said. “While people with certain underlying medical conditions, including pregnancy, are known to be at increased risk, many severe cases occur in previously healthy young people. In these patients, predisposing factors that increase the risk of severe illness are not presently understood, though research is under way.”In a separate pandemic update today, the WHO noted that about a third of intensive care unit patients with H1N1 in Australia and New Zealand had no predisposing conditions. Likewise, Canadian and Mexican researchers who recently reported on severe cases were “impressed” by the number that occurred in previously healthy people, the agency said.The latest US figures suggest that an even higher proportion of patients hit hardest by the virus were previously healthy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week that 45% of about 1,400 adult H1N1 patients who were hospitalized had no preexisting health problems.In severe cases, patients usually begin deteriorating about 3 to 5 days after their first symptoms, the WHO statement said. Many of them then slip into respiratory failure, requiring admission to an ICU and ventilatory support. Some patients don’t respond well to conventional ventilatory support, making treatment even harder.Known at-risk groupsOf groups with conditions that raise the risk of severe illness, conference participants agreed that three lead the list: pregnant women, especially in the third trimester; children under the age of 2 years, and people with chronic lung disease, including asthma, the WHO reported.Disadvantaged populations, such as minority groups and indigenous people, also are disproportionately subject to severe disease, the WHO said. The reasons are not clear, but possibilities include lack of access to care and an increased prevalence of conditions like asthma and diabetes.The statement also noted that obesity—especially morbid obesity—has been present in many of the severe H1N1 cases, but its role remains poorly understood.More support for antiviralsOn the brighter side, the meeting pointed up a growing body of evidence that prompt treatment with the antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir is helpful, the WHO said.”We have increased evidence that timely antiviral treatment really helps to decrease the severe disease,” said Shindo at the press conference.Where the virus is circulating, clinicians should base antiviral treatment decisions on epidemiologic and clinical findings and not wait for lab test results, she said. “The message for clinicians is, don’t miss this opportunity for early treatment.”Shindo said the WHO has shipped antivirals from its stockpile to 72 countries so far.See also: Oct 16 WHO report on clinical consultationhttp://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/notes/h1n1_clinical_features_20091016/en/index.htmlOct 16 WHO weekly update on pandemichttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_10_16/en/index.htmlAug 28 WHO briefing note on lessons from recent outbreakshttp://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/notes/h1n1_second_wave_20090828/en/index.html
More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Kilde’s runner-up finish in what proved to be the season-ending race — a downhill last Saturday in Kvitfjell, Norway — lifted him to the overall title above French rival Alexis Pinturault.Pinturault also finished runner-up to Kristoffersen in giant slalom. Another Frenchman, Clement Noel, was runner-up to Kristoffersen for the season-long slalom title by only two points, 552-550.Kristoffersen had an outside chance of winning the overall title if the final two races had gone ahead.Kilde succeeds Austrian great Marcel Hirscher, who won eight straight overall titles before retiring in the offseason.___ March 12, 2020 10:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league has ended the season in the top two divisions before the playoffs because of the spreading coronavirus.The league’s decision comes less than two months before Switzerland is due to host the world championships in Zurich and Lausanne.The league says decisions on awarding titles, and promotion and relegation places, will be decided at a special meeting on Friday.The Swiss soccer leagues have been suspended through March, and Basel is unable to host a Europa League game next week against Eintracht Frankfurt. The players’ union asked for the season to be suspended “until health, safety and freedom of movement can be guaranteed.”___10 a.m.The Juventus player who tested positive for the coronavirus says he’s “OK” and wants “to reassure everyone who is worrying about me.” Juventus announced late Wednesday that defender Daniele Rugani and “those who have had contact with him” are being isolated. It also said Rugani is not showing any symptoms of the disease. The season-ending men’s World Cup ski races were canceled Thursday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, giving Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde his first overall title.Giant slalom and slalom races were scheduled for this weekend in Kranjska Gora, near Slovenia’s border with Italy.The cancellations mean Henrik Kristoffersen, another Norwegian, becomes the season champion in both disciplines by tiny margins.A four-race finals week in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, was canceled last week by the International Ski Federation.“The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of FIS and all stakeholders,” the governing body said Thursday. Rugani sent a post on Twitter overnight in Italian.“You’ll have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure everyone who is worrying about me. I’m OK. I want to remind everyone to respect the rules, because this virus doesn’t make distinctions! Let’s do it four ourselves, for those dear to us and for those around us,” he wrote.Rugani is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the virus.___9:55 a.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times local):___10:25 a.m. Associated Press The hockey-like game of bandy has postponed its world championships in Russia because of the spreading coronavirus.The Swedish Bandy Association says the tournament, scheduled to be played from March 29-April 5 in Irkutsk, has been postponed until October.International Bandy Association president Boris Skrynnik says “we know that there are concerns in other countries when it comes to travel and spending time with larger groups.”The under-15 world championships in Arkhangelsk, Russia, at the end of the month will also be played at a later date.___ ___10:05 a.m.After the NBA suspended its season, the Euroleague is considering doing the same.The league says it is consulting with clubs about a suspension, something which its players are demanding.“Euroleague and the participating clubs cannot ask from players to put their health and that of their families at risk,” the Euroleague Players Association said. 10:15 a.m.Denmark’s top soccer leagues are shutting down for at least two weeks because of the spreading coronavirus.The Danish league made the move a day after the national government announced a lockdown. The small Scandinavian country has 514 cases of people testing positive.“We will look at exactly what this will mean for the running of the tournaments for the weeks to come,” said Danish league director Claus Thomsen, adding more information on what will happen with the postponed matches and the rest of the season will be announced later.___ The Latest: Bandy world championships postponed
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — There are a few tournaments Rickie Fowler would really like to win: any of the four majors, the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Waste Management Phoenix Open.He is now 18 holes away from a victory at the latter. Fowler finished the third round at the Phoenix Open with eight birdies, five of which came on the front nine. By the time he made the turn, he put just enough distance between himself and the rest of the 36-hole leaders. He carded a 7-under 64 for first place (20 under)[email protected] takes a 4-shot lead into Sunday.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/oq1IXj2r0U— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 2, 2019″(I’m) just playing solid golf,” Fowler said. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow. There’s 18 holes left, a lot of work, but we’re in a good spot.” Related News Phoenix Open: Rickie Fowler in sole possession of 1st place after shooting 6-under 65 Matt Kuchar is in sole possession of second place (16 under) after shooting a 6-under 65. Justin Thomas rounded out the top three after he carded 3-under 68.Kuchar climbed three spots up the leaderboard after a mistake-free round highlighted by six birdies. Thomas, however, wasn’t as fortunate. He had two bogeys on the front nine which sandwiched one of his five birdies. He was able to edge out Byeong-hun An and Branden Grace for third-place (15 under) and a spot in the final group Sunday.”I hit a very nice back nine to at least keep myself in it,” Thomas said. “There’s a good chance it might take something special for me tomorrow but I like the fact at least that I got my way in that final group and I’m going to know what [Rickie] is doing.”Hopefully I can get off to a hot start and maybe put a little bit of heat on him.”An and Grace are tied for fourth place (13 under). An, who has yet to win on the PGA Tour, is in contention after shooting 5-under 66. Grace had an eagle on the par-5 13th hole but three bogeys stained his scorecard. He finished 2-under 69.Gary Woodland, last year’s Phoenix Open champion, is in a two-way tie with Bubba Watson for sixth place (12 under). Watson had three consecutive birdies on the front nine, but after the turn had two bogeys to go along with two more birdies. He carded 3-under 68.Birdie-Birdie-Birdie for @BubbaWatson.He’s T2 at the @WMPhoenixOpen. #LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/YjFJfGFj3b— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 2, 2019Woodland was able to improve on his two-day total and move into the top 10. “It was a nice finish. I played really well today,” he said. “(I’m) just hoping Rickie wouldn’t run too far away from us because tomorrow, hopefully, the golf course is softened up a little bit and we’ll play aggressive. But I’m happy with where I’m at.”Showers are in the forecast for the final day of play which will begin at 8:45 a.m. local time with the leaders teeing off at 10:45 a.m.
NBA trade deadline: 76ers send Markelle Fultz to Magic for Jonathon Simmons, draft picks Wishing you the best, Enes. pic.twitter.com/OajT463n3V— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) February 7, 2019The Knicks have been trying to move Kanter for a few weeks, but his contract made things difficult, according to the initial report by ESPN. Kanter has an $18.6 million expiring deal.Kanter recently said he was unhappy with his smaller role with the team and that he’s “very disappointed” with coach David Fitzdale’s decision to keep him out of the rotation. Related News Enes Kanter’s time with the Knicks has come to a close.New York released the center Thursday, shortly after the NBA’s trade deadline had passed. Kanter appeared in just three of the Knicks’ last 12 games. One of the main reasons is the Knicks are trying to develop their younger players while also utilizing DeAndre Jordan, who New York acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Mavericks that sent Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas. NBA trade deadline: Grizzlies acquire Avery Bradley from Clippers for two players The Knicks’ abysmal record (10-43), along with the talk of releasing Kanter, had prompted fans at some home games to chant “We want Kanter!””I don’t know if the organization wants to hear that every game because it’s a little embarrassing,” Kanter said recently of the chants. “Because after all this [Porzingis] trade and everything that the fans still want me to go out there and play. I don’t know if they wanna hear that chant every game.”Kanter is averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes per game this season.