Colorado’s New Vertex Festival Will Not Be Happening In 2017

first_imgLast summer, bands like Alabama Shakes, Trey Anastasio Band, ODESZA and more flocked to Buena Vista, Colorado for the inaugural Vertex Festival. The event was an all-around success, championed by Madison House Presents and attended by thousands of local music fans. Unfortunately, it looks like the festival will not be happening next year, thanks in part to the slowness of the local government to reissue permits.A new Denver Post feature details the full situation. According to their report, the permits for Vertex 2017 were just passed, pushing Madison House “well past original planning timelines.” That was mentioned in a statement released by Vertex, which says:“The recent approval of the permit for Vertex in 2017 is much appreciated, and displays the collective intentions to discover a great path forward. Buena Vista’s relationship with a world-class festival has amazing potential. Rushing forward could compromise the quality of the festival and is not in the best interest of Buena Vista or Vertex. We look forward to ongoing productive discussions with the community so that we can best plan the dream of what Vertex can become.”Their statement did leave room for the festival to potentially return in the future, much like Madison House Presents did when they took a year off to rebrand Rothbury as Electric Forest. However, numerous problems – including noise complaints and subsequent noise limitations – thwarted their ability to put on the festival properly. It will be interesting to see what happens to Vertex in the future, but unfortunately this report definitely puts an end to the festival’s return in 2017.last_img read more

How much exercise is enough?

first_imgWe all know that exercise is good for you, but how good? While previous studies have shown the link between physical activity and a lower risk of premature mortality, the number of years of life expectancy gained among persons with different activity levels has been unclear — until now.In a new study from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, researchers have quantified how many years of life are gained by being physically active at different levels, among all individuals as well as among various groups having different body mass indexes (BMI).The study was published in PLOS Medicine on Nov. 6.“We found that adding low amounts of physical activity to one’s daily routine, such as 75 minutes of brisk walking per week, was associated with increased longevity: a gain of 1.8 years of life expectancy after age 40, compared with doing no such activity,” explained Harvard Medical School Professor of Medicine I-Min Lee, an associate epidemiologist in the Department of Preventive Medicine at BWH and senior author on this study. “Physical activity above this minimal level was associated with additional gains in longevity. For example, walking briskly for at least 450 minutes a week was associated with a gain of 4.5 years. Further, physical activity was associated with greater longevity among persons in all BMI groups: those normal weight, overweight, and obese.”Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital have quantified how many years of life are gained, by being physically active at different levels, among all individuals as well as among various groups with different body mass index (BMI). Courtesy of BWHIn pooled data from six prospective cohort studies, the researchers examined associations of leisure-time physical activity of a moderate to vigorous intensity with mortality. They analyzed data from more than 650,000 subjects and followed subjects for an average of 10 years, analyzing more than 82,000 deaths. The large sample size allowed them to estimate years of life gained after the age of 40 among persons with different levels of physical activity and BMI.The findings show that physical activity was associated with longer life expectancies across a range of activity levels and BMI groups. Participation in a low level of leisure time physical activity of moderate to vigorous intensity, comparable to up to 75 minutes of brisk walking per week, was associated with a 19 percent reduced risk of mortality compared with no such activity.Assuming a causal relationship, which is not specifically demonstrated in this research, this level of activity would confer a 1.8-year gain in life expectancy after age 40, compared with no activity. For those who did the equivalent to 150–299 minutes of brisk walking per week — the basic amount of physical activity currently recommended by the federal government — the gain in life expectancy was 3.4 years.These benefits were seen in both men and women, and among white and black participants. Importantly, they were also observed among persons who were normal weight, overweight, and obese. Participants faring best were those who were both normal weight and active: among normal weight people who were active at the level recommended by the federal government, researchers observed a gain in life expectancy of 7.2 years, compared with those with a BMI of 35 or more who did no leisure time physical activity (a 5-foot, 5-inch-tall person with BMI of 35 weighs 210 pounds).“Our findings reinforce prevailing public health messages promoting both a physically active lifestyle and a normal body weight,” explained Steven C. Moore, research fellow at the National Cancer Institute and lead author of this study. These findings may also help convince currently inactive persons that even being modestly active is ‘‘worth it’’ for greater longevity, even if it may not result in weight control.last_img read more

Moshood Abiola Stadium Witnessing Gradual Restoration

first_imgMinister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, briefing President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja during the visit of the IOC chief to Nigeria…recently The decision of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, in September last year to relocate his office to the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja has had two major impacts on the facility built in 2003.One, it has become the centre of several activities, meetings, trainings and official government engagements. Secondly, the stadium has witnessed a lot of improvements with limited funds available.According to the Special Adviser on Media to the Sports Minister, John Joshua Akanji, “a number of evidences now exist to confirm these developments. The stadium velodrome, the white shaped architectural piece has been fully restored to a 100 per cent functionality. “Prior to the Minister’s coming to the Stadium, that velodrome roof had holes while rodents had made the place their abode. Presently, it has been certified to host any continental and international event.“Recently, the African Cycling Federation held its continental championships there,” observed the ministerial aide.Akanji also revealed that new barricade had been installed with new markings to make the place ready to host more sporting activities.“The Rotunda Indoor Sports Hall which had a part of its roof completely blown off was fixed late last year and is now delightful to see children and young gymnasts practice there and also host competitions.“The multi-purpose indoor sports hall where basketball, badminton and other sports are played is also fully functional.“Also, about four Tennis courts are functional while the ministry is concluding plans with a private organization that has agreed to restore all the tennis courts at the Moshood Abiola Stadium,” he noted.Akanji recalled that because of the work the minister has carried out at the stadium, it became convenient for the Nigerian Olympic Committee to receive the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach alongside presidents of Olympic committees from over 25 African countries there.“Thomas Bach upon completing a tour of the main bowl marveled at the terraces and the design of the stadium and commended the Nigerian government for erecting such a sporting arena.“Of course, he wanted to see that the football pitch and tracks are quickly restored to the highest standard,” stressed the SA Media.He further hinted that after the Minister of Youth and Sports and FCT Minister carried out a joint inspection of the entire stadium with their permanent secretaries and their teams to explore areas of collaboration last November, plans are ongoing on how to complete some of the abandoned projects.“Plans are afoot to jointly restore to full functionality the car pack within the stadium premises and also complete the bridge that connects the stadium to the road in the CBD axis.“Also, the plan to have a five-star hotel and mall in the stadium ground fully funded by private organizations is being discussed by the FCT.”The Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja was one of the football pitches to benefit from the “Adopt Initiative” of the Ministry with Dangote Group agreeing to fix the football pitch, the tracts, the flood lights and the score board.“The water supply is back. Power from the national grid is back. Two of the generators down have been fixed and working. The security lights in the perimeter of the Stadium are now functional since February,” Akanji stressed.The ministerial aide explained further that the concession of the 250-room Atheletes Hostel in Abuja and the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos were now in advanced stage for private sector to take over them.It was learnt that the annual maintenance budget of the Abuja Stadium submitted by Julius Berger is N1.2 billion. Government in the last 12 years has not being able to make provision for this. The Ministry has had to manage between N50m to N120m yearly to maintain the huge edifice.Despite this paucity of funds, the sports minister insisted recently thatgone were the era when national facilities were left to waste away.“These facilities have been abandoned for years, so no magic can fix them in eight months. However, since we came into office, we have initiated multiple processes both public and private to get the stadiums fixed.“Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El Rufai, has committed to fixing the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna while the National Stadium in Lagos is to be concessioned. Even the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan will soon be on the path to concession.“So we want to restore their lost glory for the benefit of our athletes and all Nigerians. The long years of neglect canot be corrrected over night,” Dare had declared.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Heat Burn Spurs, Tie Series 1-1

first_imgSAN ANTONIO — No cramps, no problems for LeBron James.And with their superstar making it to the finish this time, the Miami Heat bounced back from a loss, just as they always do in the playoffs.“Obviously, having No. 6 in the game at the end was a plus for us,” Dwyane Wade said.James had 35 points and 10 rebounds in a powerful comeback from the cramps that knocked him out of the opener, as the Heat tied the NBA Finals with a 98-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 the night of June 8.Chris Bosh made the go-ahead 3-pointer on a pass from James with 1:18 remaining for the Heat, who have won 13 straight following a loss in the postseason. Just like last year, they rebounded after losing Game 1 to the Spurs.Bosh had 18 points for the Heat, who are headed home for Game 3 on June 10. James played more than 37 minutes, making 14 of 22 shots. He was 1 for 4 with three turnovers in a shaky first quarter, then made 11 of his next 13.After two days of enduring criticism for not finishing the game and getting suggestions on how to avoid cramps, James changed the subject.“What happened on Thursday was Thursday,” James said. “My whole focus was how I was going to try to help this team even this up and just try to make some plays.” He had a key strip of Tony Parker down the stretch, playing a dominant game on both ends as if he had something to prove.As usual, James found a way to silence his haters.He had 11 points in the second quarter, helping Miami erase an 11-point deficit early in the period. The game was played within a margin of a few points from there, and the Spurs missed a chance to seize control in the fourth quarter when Parker and Tim Duncan missed four straight free throws when they had a two-point lead.James then made a 3-pointer and two free throws to put Miami in position to win. Parker scored 21 points and Duncan had 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Spurs, who had won eight straight at home by at least 15 points.“Down the end there they executed really well,” Duncan said. “LeBron made some great passes and guys made open shots. We had the same result in the first game. They kind of flipped it in this one.”The game was played in comfortable conditions inside the AT&T Center, where an air conditioning failure in Game 1 sent temperatures soaring to about 90 degrees. The broken circuit breaker was fixed by June 6, and it was much cooler inside the arena.James had the toughest time with the heat on June 5, needing treatment midway through the fourth quarter before eventually having to leave for good. He had plenty of time to recover, with the two days off between Games 1 and 2.He changed only a little of his routine, taking an 8 a.m. yoga class on June 8 and switching to a shorter pair of tights. He personally erased a 62-56 San Antonio lead by scoring eight points in less than a minute, and his 14 points in the third quarter had Miami down only 78-77 heading to the fourth.“For me, once I get into a good groove, I feel like everything is going to go in,” James said. For a time, everything did. Then he switched to being a passer at the end, finding Bosh in the corner for the shot that made it 95-93.Wade and Rashard Lewis each scored 14 points for the Heat, who also dropped Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Oklahoma City two years ago. They have won five straight series after dropping the opening game.The Spurs were in good position, withstanding James’ assault long enough to lead by one with under 2 minutes to play. But they were shut out from there until Manu Ginobili’s 3-pointer as time expired.“LeBron with the ball did a pretty good job at his end and we had to be really perfect at the other end and we didn’t,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “We didn’t take advantage of things. We made bad decisions.”And it didn’t help them that they had to deal with James at the end of this one. Ginobili finished with 19 points for the Spurs, whose 18 points in the fourth quarter were half the 36 they scored in the opener.“We have a very competitive group and you have two days to commiserate how that game went down,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It was frustrating, painful going through that for two days and now we have to manage the other emotion.”After their sensational finish to Game 1, the Spurs picked up right where they left off, making 10 of their first 15 shots. They opened an 11-point lead early in the second before James got going. He had three straight Miami baskets, and a follow shot later in the period gave the Heat their first lead at 34-33.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more