Bruce Springsteen Plotting Unprecedented Broadway Residency

first_imgBruce Springsteen, The Boss himself, may be taking his famous worldwide stadium-sized live show to a very different kind of venue this fall. According to a report in the New York Post, Springsteen will make his Broadway debut at the Walter Kerr Theatre for an eight-week run. During the stint, Bruce will deliver a pared-down version of his massive live show to the 975-capacity theater five nights a week.Watch Bruce Springsteen Learn And Crush New Cover Mid-Show Like A Boss [Pro-Shot]As a source tied to the theatre reported to the Post, “He wants to play a smaller house. He wants to try something more intimate, and he likes the idea of being on Broadway.” Although the exact dates have not yet been finalized, the run will likely open in November. The pot was sweetened for Springsteen by a too-good-to-refuse deal from the company that owns the venue: no rent for the entire 8-week stint. “He’ll keep the lights on in the building, and they’ll sell gazillions of dollars worth of booze,” said the Post‘s source. As with most of his stadium shows, these performances will likely sell out in a matter of seconds.Some insiders believe Springsteen’s Broadway gig may be a prelude to another upcoming project: turning his best-selling 2016 memoir Born To Run into a jukebox musical in the same vane as successful productions like Jersey Boys.[h/t – New York Post]last_img read more

Campus community, visitors watch funeral Mass, follow procession

first_imgGiven the rich Notre Dame lineage, it’s fitting that so many people have made the pilgrimage to campus to attend memorials honoring University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh.“As an ND family for three generations, he’s been our local pope,” Rich Cronin, class of 1976, said. “When the pope passes, you go to the Vatican.”Cronin traveled from Los Angeles, and his sister, Cindy Cahill, class of 1980, came from the Chicago area to pay respects to Hesburgh. Cahill served as the first woman president of the Notre Dame Club of Chicago.“I came out because I love Fr. Hesburgh,” she said. “… I met him many times — had dinner with him.”Cronin and Cahill watched the funeral Mass in the packed main lounge of LaFortune Student Center, along with many other alumni and students.Visitors joined the campus community at various other locations around campus to watch a live stream of the Mass, and many students watched the service together in their dorms before heading out to line the procession’s path.Outside the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, a group braved the cold to listen to audio of the service and receive Holy Communion, and some people left their viewing areas to stand outside the Basilica for the Eucharist.The funeral Mass was by invitation only.“[The funeral] was really nice … very somber, but very nice. An honor to be there.” Eric Woitchek, junior and Dillion hall president, said.Traveling alumni joined the campus community in celebrating Hesburgh’s legacy as they lined the path around Saint Mary’s Lake from the Basilica to Holy Cross Community Cemetery. Some followed the procession to the cemetery.“It showed those that went to the funeral — family, friends and members of the Holy Cross congregation — that we are one big community and are all together in times of hardship,” O’Neill Hall sophomore Alexander Preudhomme said on attending the funeral procession.As mourners gathered, many shared personal memories of meeting Hesburgh.“My RA used to read to him every Tuesday,” freshman Margaret Crawford said. “She’s been doing that since she was a freshman, so she took our section to go meet him first semester. He was really impressive, kind of intimidating just because he’s such a big Notre Dame figure.“But he was just a really cute old man. And he told us all these amazing stories about incredible things that he’s done in his lifetime.”Maura Poston Zagrans met Hesburgh while working on the book “Camerado, I Give You My Hand” about Fr. David Link, a professor emeritus and dean emeritus of the Notre Dame Law School. She recalled that Hesburgh was always gracious and accommodating during her visits and work on the book.Zagrans’ husband and daughter attended the University, she said.“My husband came to Notre Dame because of Fr. Hesburgh and the work that he did for civil rights,” Zagrans said. “He could have gone anywhere in the country. This place owes a lot to Fr. Hesburgh.”Many remembered Hesburgh exactly as he often said he wanted to be remembered — as a priest.“Fr. Ted was a man for the ages,” Zagrans said. “He was truly a great man. And I think he was a quintessential priest. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but here.”Tags: Father Hesburgh, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, Funeral Mass, Procession, Ted Hesburghlast_img read more

Swimmers’ Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway

first_imgJAMES RIVERmilepost 63.9 Virginians have used the James River for so many utilitarian things that the river may not automatically come to mind when you’re looking for a swimming hole. But the section high in the Blue Ridge adjacent to the Parkway offers a variety of swimming hole goodies. A.T. hikers and locals have been known to jump from the James River Footbridge into the James’ depths, while more casual swimmers will enjoy floating a section of the river that parallels the Appalachian Trail below the bridge. If you’re really aggressive, you can hike the A.T. all the way to Matt’s Creek Shelter, where you’ll find more secluded, but smaller swimming holes on this tributary of the James.Jump In: Leaping from the James River Footbridge has become a rite of passage for A.T. thru-hikers. Couple an exhilarating jump with a sublime float downriver on an inner tube, and you’ve gotthe makings of a perfectsummer afternoon.DirectionsExit the parkway at milepost 63.9, then go west on Highway 501 for four miles, crossing the James. Park in the large A.T. parking area, and find the A.T. as it crosses the river via an old rail line that’s been converted to a footbridge.ARNOLD VALLEY POOLeast fork Elk Creekmilepost 71It’s hard to imagine a swimming hole prettier than the Arnold Valley Pool. Massive gray boulders surround the swimming hole on three sides, while a five-foot waterfall funnels the East Fork Elk into the deeper water. Some people slide the falls into the pool, and occasionally, you can find a rope swing dangling from a branch. Be careful of jumping, though, as rocks tend to lurk beneath the surface.DirectionsFrom Petite’s Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 71, drive west on the unmarked Forest Service Road 35, which twists down the mountain for several miles. Park right before the second small bridge over East Fork Elk. •Whee! Check out video and photos of cliff jumping at some of the Parkway’s best swimming holes here. The Blue Ridge Parkway is not just America’s most scenic mountain road; it’s also America’s longest trailhead. For 469 miles, the Blue Ridge Parkway follows the ridgeline of the Southern Appalachians, connecting Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina with Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. Along that stretch of two-lane blacktop are countless trails and backroads, some of which lead to ice-cold swimming holes. We’ve rounded up the best of these watery destinations scattered along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Strap on the water shoes and take a Parkway plunge.HAZEL RIVER FALLSHazel Riverskyline drive, milepost 33-34Hazel River Falls is a 30-foot falls cutting through the heart of a small, mossy cliffline. The pool isn’t huge or particularly deep, so jumping is out of the question, but the water is cold, crystal clear, and surrounded by a lush forest. The falls is actually split into two separate drops. Lower Hazel has a deeper swimming pool, while Upper Hazel sits next to a rock overhang that creates a natural shelter with a small cave ready to explore.DirectionsFrom Meadow Springs Parking Area on Skyline Drive between milepost 33 and 34, take the yellow blazed Hazel Mountain Trail, then go left on White Rocks Trail for .8 miles, where an unmarked trail will lead down to the Hazel River.RIP RAP HOLLOWskyline drive, milepost 90 Shenandoah National Park is full of swimming holes, and Rip Rap is one of the largest. You’re looking at a 3.5-mile hike to reach the ice-cold, 50-foot-wide hole, but remember: the longer the hike, the smaller the crowds. You’ll pass a 20-foot waterfall along the way, but the good swimming is further down where the trail crosses the creek. Rip Rap is a calm, greenish blue pool with a trickling rock slide feeding it. The hike alone is worth the effort; you’ll pass breathtaking waterfalls, mountain creeks, and cliffs.DirectionsPark at the Rip Rap trail parking, at milepost 90 along Skyline Drive. Take the A.T. for half a mile to the blue blazed Rip Rap Trail, then follow the trail for three miles as it drops in elevation.Hole Lotta Splash: The swimming hole in Shenandoah National Park’s White Oak Canyon is one of the hottest spots to cool off on summer weekends. To reach the swimming hole, park at the Cedar Run Trailhead along Skyline Drive and hike 1.7 miles to the falls. CAMPBELL CREEK GORGECampbell Creekmilepost 13.5The Mau-Har Trail is one of the Appalachian Trail’s blue-blazed side hikes that has become almost mandatory for thru-hikers because of its stunning beauty. The trail is steep and rugged, but passes through the Campbell Creek Gorge, which is packed with cascades and wading pools. The highlight of the gorge may be the 40-foot Campbell Creek Falls, but another, shorter falls farther down the gorge has better swimming. It drops over a rock ledge into a wide pool with good camping nearby. DirectionsPark at Reeds Gap at milepost 13.5. Take the A.T. south for 1.6 miles, then the blue-blazed Mau-Har Trail for two miles to the gorge.PANTHER FALLSPedlar Rivermilepost 46 It’s important not to wonder how Panther Falls got its name. Instead, focus on perfecting your cannonball. This small waterfall on the Pedlar River is flanked by two massive boulders ideal for jumping. The deep pool fed by the falls is almost completely surrounded by rock. Three potholes can be found above the falls, along with connected gentle slides. Soaking in one of the refreshingly frigid and smooth tubs can be a sublime juxtaposition to the adrenaline rush of rock jumping. DirectionsFrom the Parkway, go east on Highway 60, then take a quick right on Panther Falls Road and go for four miles. Park in the lot on the left and take the obvious hike down to the falls.STATON CREEK FALLSPedlar Rivermilepost 46Staton Creek Falls may not have the dramatic, vertical drop of other waterfalls in the Southern Appalachians, but it does have what every swimmer is looking for: options. This falls is actually a collection of separate cascades spanning 150 feet, most of which have their own distinct swimming holes beneath them. The largest pool sits at the bottom of the last 50-foot falls, there’s a deeper but smaller pool beneath the top cascade, and a lonely pothole sits in the middle, fed by the second cascade. The water tumbles over slick rocks, so footing is precarious at best.DirectionsFrom milepost 46, drive east on Highway 60, then north on Highway 605 for under two miles, then right on Highway 833 for one mile to the parking area at the falls.Lazy Days of Summer: Let the water do the work. Float the James River as it rolls through Shenandoah Valley.center_img HUNT FISH FALLSWilson Creekmilepost 311.1 The Wilson Creek area of North Carolina’s High Country is littered with falling water. There are so many options that it’s hard to pick one to highlight. We like Hunt Fish for its sheer beauty and swimming potential. Three wide and deep holes are separated by two 10-foot waterfalls: the first is a sheer vertical drop, and the second is a gradual slide. Squat granite cliffs line one side of the river and flat slabs perfect for sunbathing occupy the other. Swim, slide, sunbathe…Hunt Fish has it all. DirectionsTake the Parkway to Old Jonas Road at mile marker 311.1. Follow the gravel road as it drops from the parkway for two miles, then take FS 464 to the left for six miles (passing a church along the way) to the valley floor.  A parking lot on your left with a sign saying “Hunt Fish Falls” marks the spot. It’s a one-mile hike on trail 263 to the swimming hole.DUGGERS CREED FALLSDuggers Creekmilepost 316.4Forget about swimming laps at Duggers Creek Falls. This is more of a shower/soak than a swim. But the falls is such a neat pocket of water, it’s worth a trip. The 15-foot Duggers Creek Falls drops into a skinny, mossy slot canyon, forming a shallow pool sandwiched by sheer rock walls. An easy trail passes within view of the falls, but the slot canyon is so unique, it begs closer inspection. DirectionsAt mile post 316.4, take Linville Falls Road to the Linville Falls visitor center. The easy, half-mile Duggers Creek Trail starts in the parking lot and leads to the falls.CAROLINA HEMLOCKSSouth Toe Rivermilepost 344This could be the most family-friendly swimming hole on the Parkway. The South Toe River falls off Mount Mitchell, starting as a skinny mountain stream, then widening in the valley where Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area is located. The swimming hole sits on the edge of a campground and developed recreation area complete with a sandy beach. Large boulders and slabs line one side of the river, begging for relaxation, while a half-mile tubing run through chutes and slides keeps families entertained. There’s also a 15-foot deep pool for laps, and short rocks for jumping. DirectionsFrom milepost 344, take Highway 80 north for 5.5 miles to the Carolina Hemlocks Campground.WHALEBACKDavidson Rivermilepost 412Most people in this neck of the woods will head straight to Sliding Rock or Looking Glass Falls, but the locals go to Whaleback on the Davidson River above the fish hatchery. A massive slab of bedrock forms a horseshoe around a deep swimming hole. A small cascade tumbles into the green pool, which is surrounded by a lush hardwood forest. The pool—20 feet wide and twice as long—marks the spot where Cove Creek meets the Davidson River. Crowds are nonexistent during the week and minimal on weekends. DirectionsAt milepost 412, take Highway 276 south for several miles. Turn right on Forest Service Road 475. In three miles, park at the Cove Creek Group Camp and follow the obvious trail to Whaleback.GRAVEYARD FIELDSYellowstone Prongmilepost 419Directly adjacent to the Parkway, the Yellowstone Prong flows through a high-elevation valley that was decimated in the 1920s by extensive logging and a 25,000-acre wildfire. Today, blueberry and blackberry bushes dominate the landscape surrounding the trout stream. Graveyard Fields is one of the most popular destinations on the Parkway, but the three waterfalls on the Yellowstone Prong within the fields are worth the crowds. Second Falls is the easiest to get to, most crowded, and has the best swimming hole. Boulders line the base of the 70-foot falls, creating a picturesque pool. Hike downstream to Yellowstone Falls—a 100-foot slide—or trek 1.5 miles upstream to Upper Falls for more privacy.DirectionsGraveyard Fields is located next to the Parkway at milepost 418.8. Take the obvious trail from the parking area leading to Second Falls.FLAT LAUREL CREEKBlack Balsammilepost 420If the falls at Yellowstone Prong are too crowded for you, find one all to yourself on the Flat Laurel Creek. Flat Laurel Creek Falls is a half-mile series of cascades with a variety of plunge pools adjacent to the Flat Laurel Creek Trail, but more pools can be found if you’re willing to scramble and bushwhack down steep slopes. For the adventurous, long cascading waterfalls with shallow, but picturesque pools await. DirectionsAt milepost 420, take the paved Forest Service Road 816 to the Black Balsam Parking Lot and pick up Flat Laurel Creek which will drop 600 feet in 3.7 miles to Highway 215. •We have even more Southern Swimming Holes to tell you about!last_img read more

Olympics: Mexico, Brazil advance to semifinals in men’s soccer

first_imgBy Dialogo August 06, 2012 The victory in front of a crowd of 81,855 at Wembley Stadium continued what has been an impressive run for El Tri in London. Mexico, which has never finished higher than fourth at the Olympics, arrived in London having traditionally struggled at the event. In its nine previous appearances – Amsterdam in 1928, London 1948, Tokyo 1964, Mexico City 1968, Munich 1972, Montreal 1976, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Athens 2004 – the team advanced out of pool play three times, reaching the semifinals in 1968 and the quarterfinals in 1972 and 1996. Brazil also is looking for its first gold at the Olympics – the only major international tournament it hasn’t won. The Brazilians were pushed at St. James’ Park by Honduras, which took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute on a goal by Mario Roberto Martínez before Brazil tied the game on a goal by Leandro Damião in the 38th minute. Honduras struck again in the 48th minute when Roger Espinoza gave his team a 2-1 lead, but Brazil’s Neymar answered with a penalty shot two minutes later. Brazil took the lead for good in the 60th minute, when Damião scored the game-winner past goalie José Mendoza. LONDON – Mexico advanced to its first Olympic semifinal since 1968 by scoring twice in extra time in a 4-2 win over Senegal, with Brazil moving to within two wins of its first Olympic gold by rallying for a 3-2 win over Honduras. Mexico will face Japan in a semifinal at Wembley Stadium on Aug. 7, as the Japanese are coming off a dominating, 3-0 win over Egypt. Brazil will face South Korea on the same day at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester. South Korea defeated host Great Britain in penalty kicks, 5-4, after the teams played to a 1-1 draw. Mexico took control early against Senegal, as Jorge Enríquez García scored in the 10th minute. The Mexicans doubled their lead in the 62nd minute on a goal by Javier Aquino Carmona. But Senegal rallied, as Moussa Konate and Ibrahima Baldé scored in a span of seven minutes to tie the game with 14 minutes left. The game went into extra time, where Giovani Dos Santos scored what turned out to be the eventual game-winning goal in the 98th minute, with Héctor Herrera adding another tally in the 109th minute to provide the final margin. last_img read more

Designers and techies come together to make wearables fashionable

first_img 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Wearable technology and fashion are no longer mutually exclusive. As digital devices designed for the body evolve, they’re becoming more “chic,” even if still a bit “geek.”There are even wearable technology fashion competitions. Wearables also made their way to this year’s London Fashion Week. At British designer Henry Holland’s show, Holland gifted 10 high-profile attendees with custom rings he designed in collaboration with Visa Europe, each with integrated contactless technology. Wearers could use the rings, which were preloaded with £500, to purchase items featured on the catwalk.Clothing worn by the models was equipped with unique payment receiver tags, shaped like leaves, connected through Bluetooth technology to a Visa virtual payment terminal. Buyers simply held the ring close to the tag and transaction details were relayed backstage. The leaf-shaped payment tags actually lit up whenever a successful transaction was completed.Steve Perry, founder and co-creator of Visa Europe Collab, worked with Holland to bring his wearable technology to London Fashion Week. continue reading »last_img read more

South Beds More positive outlook

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Broadgate sale speculation intensifies

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Art of gold

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ADB to provide Indonesia with $2.7b in loans to support human capital, infrastructure development

first_imgThe Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide around US$2.7 billion in loans this year to support Indonesia’s human capital, infrastructure and green energy development.ADB president Masatsugu Asakawa said the bank planned to provide Indonesia with more loans this year than the $1.7 billion it provided in 2019. The bank plans to provide Indonesia with $500 million for a competitiveness enhancement program and another $500 million for a financial inclusion program this year.“This is an increase of $1 billion but it is still a forecast amount,” Asakawa said during a news conference in Jakarta on Tuesday after a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. “We want to expand ADB’s support for human capital development and infrastructure connectivity.” After meeting with Jokowi, Asakawa said the bank would focus on providing support in a range of areas including clean energy, higher education and skills development as well as innovative green and blue financing.The ADB has also committed to funding several projects in South Sulawesi including the Mamminasata toll-road project, low-cost apartment developments and a clean water program. The bank plans to finance priority projects of the Indonesian government and the private sector, Asakawa said. In his inaugural speech at the beginning of his second term, Jokowi announced that his administration would prioritize human capital and infrastructure development. The administration’s goal is to set Indonesia on the path to becoming one of the world’s five largest economies by 2045, with a near zero percent poverty rate and an average per person monthly income of Rp 27 million.Read also: Jokowi lays out vision for human capital development in state of nation address “We advise [Indonesia] to create a business and investment environment through pro-growth economic and fiscal policy,” said Asakawa. “It is important to combat [the negative effects] of the trade war between the US and China as well as the coronavirus.”Two Indonesians have tested positive for COVID-19, while the government has launched a Rp 10 trillion fiscal stimulus package to support the tourism industry and boost consumer spending to counter the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. Worldwide, more than 90,000 people have been infected with the virus and more than 3,000 have died.  Read also: Indonesia announces $742m stimulus to shield economy from virus Asakawa added that the bank’s proposed Country Partnership Strategy for Indonesia for 2020-2024 would support the government’s development priorities and seek to catalyze private sector financing, promote innovation and new technologies.Between 1966 and 2018, the ADB committed $36.68 billion in sovereign and nonsovereign loans, equity investments and guarantees. Furthermore, the ADB provided $460.5 million in technical assistance and $449.98 million in grants to Indonesia.Separately, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said the bank had conveyed its commitment to supporting Indonesia in several sectors including in education and investment acceleration.“The ADB will provide policy support for several public policies as well as boost activities related to education and infrastructure,” Airlangga said at the State Palace.Airlangga said the government had earned the ADB’s support by working to transform its economy through the omnibus bills on job creation and taxation. “The ADB will provide some sort of training program and financing during the [bills’] implementation.”The government submitted the controversial omnibus bill on job creation to the House of Representatives on Feb. 12 and aims for deliberations to be concluded within 100 days. The bill is expected to improve ease of doing business in Indonesia and attract investment, thereby increasing job opportunities and boosting economic growth in Southeast Asia’s largest economy, which cooled to its lowest level in four years at 5.02 percent in 2019.Airlangga told The Jakarta Post in a recent interview that the omnibus bill on job creation could help the government inch closer to its 6 percent economic growth target by attracting Rp 1,200 trillion (US$87 billion) in projected investment within a year, creating 3 million new jobs.Topics :last_img read more

Riau Islands Police arrest Chinese national in connection with death of Indonesian sailor

first_imgA joint task force arrested the vessels Lu Huang Yuan Yu 117 and Lu Huang Yuan Yu 118 off the coast of Riau Islands last week, following a report of the death of an Indonesian crew member aboard one of the ships.Read also: Indonesia reiterates concern about alleged mistreatment of crewmen on Chinese vesselsHasan’s body was found in the freezer of the Lu Huang Yuan Yu 117. He is believed to have been a victim of human trafficking.Tanjung Pinang Naval Base commander Cdre. Indarto Budiaro said there were strong signs that both vessels were involved in human trafficking, money laundering and physical abuse. In May, a video on Facebook appeared to show a group of sailors on another Chinese vessel, the Lu Qing Yuan Yu 623, throwing the body of an Indonesian sailor into the sea. Prior to that, there was public outrage at the death of four Indonesian sailors registered to another Chinese fishing ship.The NGO Destructive Fishing Watch has alleged that 30 Indonesian crewmen have been subject of exploitation aboard Chinese fishing vessels between November 2019 and June this year, including seven who have died and three who are missing. (kmt)Topics : Riau Islands Police have arrested a supervisor of a Chinese fishing vessel in connection with the death of an Indonesian crew member.Riau Islands Police general crimes director Sr. Comr. Arie Darmanto said that the supervisor, a 50-year-old Chinese national named Song Chuan Yun, was suspected of physically abusing Indonesian crew member Hasan Apriadi, who was found dead aboard the Chinese fishing vessel Lu Huang Yuan Yu 117 last week.“The suspect and the evidence have been secured at the Riau Islands Police general crimes division headquarters for further investigation,” Arie told The Jakarta Post on Monday.last_img read more