I confess. I pick up hitchhikers. I can almost hear the collective gasp of horror at the reading of that statement. Didn’t we all learn our lesson about this in the ‘70s? Consorting with hitchhikers can generally up your chances of encountering the highest order of creep.But I only pick up a very special type of hitchhiker, the Appalachian Trail hiker. This rare breed of man or woman voluntarily chooses to spend their vacation time, money, and collection of blister pads trekking their way 2,180 miles through fourteen states, from Georgia to Maine, on this, the granddaddy of all hiking trails. Along the way they invariably encounter hunger, exhaustion, dangerous animals, and all other dreaded discomforts that the rest of us work so hard to avoid.Some of them hike for the physical challenge, some for the camaraderie, and some as an exercise in personal rediscovery. By the time the hikers get to my neck of the woods, they have been trudging along the trail for five long weeks and have made it to the North Carolina and Tennessee line and the center of the Great Smoky Mountains. Here in the Smokies the passage of the intrepid A.T. hiker is as much a rite of spring as the blooming of the red bud tree. At this point the hikers invariably decide to hitch a ride down to the bustling streets of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, for supplies and a little taste of civilization. I can spot an A.T. hiker from 500 yards; scraggy hair and beards abound, giant packs and bed rolls are piled up on the grass, and tattered cardboard signs plead wearily for a ride to town.They have nicknames born of the trail like Toybox, Postman, or Bootstrap, and when given a ride they are as grateful as adopted pound puppies. They tell harrowing tales of animal encounters and sounds in the night, blaspheme the names of hikers who don’t follow accepted trail etiquette, curse their failed waterproof packs, and bemoan the constant aching of feet. However, they also extol the beauty and wonder of the trail, marvel at the sense of self and serenity they are gaining with each conquered mile, and share their hopes and fears of making it to the end. The ride to town is about 20 minutes, just enough time to tell their tall tales and provide me a vicarious escape into a world of forest primeval and supreme self-discovery. By the end of the brief ride I am dreaming of leaving all my responsibilities behind and beginning a new life on the trail. Those fleeting moments of delicious escape are why I keep opening the car door of my heart to them.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Dr. Natan Davoudzadeh, an esteemed, board-certified urologist with offices in Forest Hills and Lawrence, has joined New York Health.A urological surgeon, Dr. Davoudzadehfocuses on treating diseases of the genitourinary tract that can affect male and female patients of all ages. He has extensive experience in treating urologic cancers for which he uses the most up-to-date, minimally-invasive techniques. Dr. Davoudzadeh is also highly skilled in dealing with prostate, kidney and testicular tumors. Some of the urologic conditions he commonly treats include hematuria, kidney stone disease, and overactive bladder.Joining the New York Health team is something that Dr. Davoudzadeh has been eagerly anticipating. He views this as an opportunity to work together with other accomplished specialists to provide the best care for patients.“I have the opportunity to work alongside colleagues with a wealth of experience who are true experts in their respective fields, which will only enhance the type of care we can provide our patients,” Dr. Davoudzadeh said. “I hope to be able to push forward the field of urology through cutting-edge research and innovation.”In striving for excellence in patient care while treating urological conditions, Dr. Davoudzadeh will be making use not only of minimally invasive approaches but also robotic and laparoscopic surgery. He takes a humanistic approach to treating patients, helping them to understand everything that is happening as it unfolds.“I care for each and every patient as if they were my own family member,” he said. “I truly believe that the health of my patients is of the utmost importance and I work diligently every day to improve their health with my medical knowledge and surgical skills.”From the beginning, Dr. Davoudzadeh has set high standards for himself and the care that he provides. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors from Brandeis University while undertaking a double major in neuroscience and biology. Dr. Davoudzadeh also graduated in the top 1 percent of his medical school class at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. During his residency in both general surgery and urology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, Dr. Davoudzadeh had the honor of serving as Chief Resident. His ensuing fellowship, also at Mount Sinai Hospital, was a unique one in Advanced Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery.Currently, Dr. Davoudzadeh is affiliated with North Shore University Hospital, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Metropolitan Lithotriptor Associates, PC, and South Nassau Communities Hospital. He is also associated with numerous esteemed national societies including the American College of Surgeons, the American Urological Association and the American Association of Clinical Urologists.societies including the American College of Surgeons, the American Urological Association and the American Association of Clinical Urologists.To make an appointment with Dr. Davoudzadeh, please call 718-732-4033. For more information, please visit our website at www.NYHealth.com.
Double Chocolate Oat Cookie – Fuel 10k RSP: £1.49Launch date: May 2018This low-sugar breakfast biscuit packs 10g of protein per serving (and is 200 calories). With a soft-bake texture, these cookies are high in fibre and come in single-serve packs to make them easy to grab and eat on the go. Breakfast Balls – The Protein Ball CoRSP: £1.99Launch date: July 2018Individually wrapped for breakfasts on the go, these snacks are available in three flavours: Apple & Blueberry, Hazelnut & Cacao and Strawberry & Vanilla. Providing 5.4g of protein per pack, the Breakfast Balls are made with natural protein sources including pea, rice and pumpkin and contain no added sugar. Beefcakes no longer have to eat meat – the sports nutrition market is flooded with new plant-based snacks and shakes packing enough protein to keep any gym bunny happy. Here’s our pick of the best.,Brownie Bites – Nibble Protein RSP: £1.59Launch date: September 2018These individually wrapped bites are available in three flavours: Choc Orange, Mint Choc and Choc Walnut. Containing 24g of protein per pack, each bag is under 100 calories and contains less than 4g of sugar. Currently listed in Ocado, Harvey Nichols, Amazon and As Nature Intended stores. Tiramisu Performance Protein – FormRSP: £24/520gLaunch date: September 2018Packing 30g of protein per serve, this new Tiramisu flavour from Form combines organic pea, rice, hemp and whole algae proteins with anti-inflammatory Curcumin C3 to boost immunity. The blend also contains a complete spectrum of amino acids. Listed in Planet Organic. Vegan Vanilla Protein Blend – Free Soul RSP: £24/600gLaunch date: July 2018Designed to fit the nutritional needs of women, this pea and white hemp base includes Peruvian maca to support the female hormonal balance and Siberian ginseng which the brand says is “a powerful adaptogen to help manage stress”. The powder also includes B vitamins which promote healthy skin, hair and nails. Plant powered: sports nutrition category report 2018 Supershake – PulsinRSP: £1.99/25g and £17.49/300gLaunch date: January 2019Set to hit shelves next Veganuary, these brand new shakes are designed as a ”single nutritional solution” with health-boosting superfoods, vitamins and minerals that ”go far beyond a simple protein boost” according to the brand. The range will come in three flavours: Red Berry ‘Immunity’ with probiotics to support gut health, Cacao & Maca ‘Energy’ with Vitamin B to support energy metabolism and Vanilla Matcha ‘Vitality’ with spirulina for an iron boost.
Nearly a year ago, Gabler sold 70% of its shares to Nordic Insurance Consolidation Group (NICG) founder Thomas Vinge Hansen and unnamed owners of a Swiss family office – it said new backing would allow it to expand into other Nordic countries.Under those plans, Gabler said at the time it would continue providing independent services to its customers in Norway, while also becoming a central platform for the new owner’s ambitions in the Nordic market.At the end of May, Gabler was tasked with managing Tangen’s personal wealth for the duration of his employment as CEO of Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which runs the country’s NOK10.1trn sovereign wealth fund.Tangen’s appointment as the next head of the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) from September has proved highly controversial in Norway since it was announced in March, not least because of concerns that his vast resources could mean conflicts of interest once he is in the powerful new role.Gabler’s appointment to handle Tangen’s money in a blind trust – with lawyer Haakon Blaauw making decisions on Tangen’s behalf – – was part of Norges Bank’s plan to manage potential conflicts of interests.Gabler said it had applied to the Norwegian FSA (Finanstilsynet) for a licence to operate as a portfolio manager, and expected this to be approved.“Signing a contract with a new large customer has been useful for the company, which has long considered the possibility of expanding the investment part of the business,” the firm said, adding that it now wanted to offer active asset management to other parties with large fortunes.This market was potentially huge, Gabler said, with the Norwegian private pensions market totalling NOK500bn and growth in individually wealthy people.However, Gabler cited other factors besides the publicity around the Tangen contract as leading to the high level of demand for advice it was receiving – including great uncertainty about the coronavirus situation and record-low interest rates.“We make a living from understanding and communicating risk and volatility. The demand for a player like us has probably been strengthened through by the coronavirus,” Bjerkvik said.Gabler, whose services include advice, reporting and analysis as well as pension investment products, said its clients include 64 of Norway’s largest pension funds.Some of the quotes Gabler used in its announcement were first published in an article in Norwegian newspaper Bergens Tidende.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. Norwegian consultancy Gabler said it has begun a major business expansion plan, which has been helped by the mandate to run Nicolai Tangen’s NOK4.5bn fortune – part of the conflict-management plan being put in place around the incoming oil fund chief.Aksel Bjerkvik, chief executive officer of the Oslo-based pensions and investment consultancy, said: “We are now implementing a major strategic shift. This is the first step in an international initiative.”Gabler said broad media coverage in recent times had now led to many inquiries for its services.“The company has received its first customer from Sweden, and talks are underway with several Danish pension funds,” it said on its website.
Kigali International AirportKigali International Airport has been ranked the fifth-best airport in Africa this year by a Canadian aviation web site.The survey, released Wednesday by ‘The Guide to Sleeping in Airports,’ credited Kigali International Airport’s recent renovations, noting that the works improved the airport’s efficiency and security.The web site, www.sleepinginairports.net, is an internationally recognized travellers’ online guide that was established in 1996 as a platform for passengers to share their airport experiences around the world.Cape Town International AirportSouth Africa’s Cape Town International Airport and Johannesburg Airport were ranked first and second best airports on the continent, respectively.Algiers Hauari Boumediene in Algeria came in third followed by Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolsm International Airport in Mauritius.Singapore Changi International AirportGlobally, Singapore Changi International Airport was ranked the best airport in the world, followed by South Korea’s Seoul Incheon, while Tokyo Haneda in Japan came in third.
RelatedPosts Dikko dismisses report of concluding NPFL season in China LMC condoles with Rangers FC on player’s death Minister harps on professional training for Nigerian coaches The League Management Company, organisers of the Nigeria Professional Football League, have now picked November 3 as a new kick-off date for the 2019/2020 NPFL season.The new date is being backed by the conduct of the draw for the competition, held late on Monday in Abuja.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the draw was supervised by the LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko, and the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar.According to the LMC, the league will revert to its original format of the 20 clubsides represented in a single NPFL log.During the course of the season, which will run from November to May, each club will play in a double round-robin system.They will face each other once at their home stadium and once at that of each of their opponents, for 38 games each.After a long consultative meeting which began at 6pm and ended at 12 midnight, it was also agreed that the long-awaited season will now kick off on November 3.It is expected to end on May 30, 2020.Week 1 fixturesWikki Tourists vs Jigawa StarsPlateau United vs Lobi StarsDelta Force vs Akwa StarletsKano Pillars vs Rivers UnitedHeartland FC vs MFM FCFC IfeanyiUbah vs Adamawa UnitedRangers International vs Sunshine StarsWarri Wolves vs Akwa UnitedAbia Warriors vs Katsina UnitedEnyimba International vs Nasarawa United. Tags: 2019/2020 NPFLShehu Dikko
Ireland captain Paul O’Connell has predicted another big battle next weekend when his side bids to back up their first ever victory in Argentina by overcoming the Pumas in the second and concluding Test. Press Association The 29-17 win at Estadio Centenario was O’Connell’s first time playing in Argentina and the Munster lock was not surprised Ireland were forced to dig deep to achieve the win. But he believes the Six Nations champions made it difficult for themselves as they were guilty of some basic errors. “It was very hard going, we knew it was going to be physical which it was. We didn’t know we were going to be as inaccurate as we were. We put a lot of balls down and missed some tackles,” O’Connell said. “They had some very big men, some really good footwork and they put us under a lot of pressure and it kind of thrived off our mistakes, we were unlucky not to score a try early in the first-half. And 30 seconds later we were lucky not to concede a try. “So that’s kind of the way they play and we knew that but I suppose we were intent on trying to stop that and we didn’t do that. “They put us under a lot of pressure, I think the result is great but the performance is disappointing.” O’Connell admitted the key now is to put in another good week’s work and wrap up a highly satisfactory season with another win when the sides return to northern Argentina and clash in Tucuman. “I think it’s important to be able to try and play well without having a reference point, our last reference point was the France, a lot of the boys wouldn’t have played in that game,” he said. “You look at what England did going down to New Zealand putting in a big performance against them, that’s what we needed to do and we didn’t do that. “This gives us something to work on now and something to review over the next few days and knowing Joe Schmidt it will be a very tough review and hopefully our performance will improve next week.”
Ol’ Man River heads a seven-strong representation from the Aidan O’Brien stable for the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday. Press Association A leading Investec Derby contender, Ol’ Man River cost 2.85million euro at Goffs and made the perfect start to his career when impressing in a maiden at the Curragh last month. He also holds an entry in the Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Headquarters on Thursday and in the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday. O’Brien’s other possibles for the Royal Lodge are Aloft, General Marshall, Jamaica, Order Of St George, Rule The Waves and War Envoy. Sixteen acceptors remain in the Group Two contest over the Rowley Mile, including Elm Park, who has been supplemented by trainer Andrew Balding. The Phoenix Reach colt was an all-the-way winner of the Listed Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury on his latest start. Richard Hannon is double-handed with Lexington Times and Misterioso, while the list is completed by Cock Of The North, Lord Ben Stack, Medrano, Nafaqa, Prince Gagarin and Salateen.
And he will now head into the Open Championship next month aiming to succeed Rory McIlroy as champion and go one better than Arnold Palmer, who won the Masters and US Open in 1960 and finished second at St Andrews. “To go to the Home of Golf in the next tournament is the sole focus, I am not going to look beyond that,” said Spieth, who began the week saying he knew he could make history “in many ways”. “But I guess you can’t win them all unless you win the first two. We will go to St Andrews looking to win the Claret Jug. I believe we will be able to get the job done if we get the right prep in. “I am just in shock that I am the one holding the trophy. Once Dustin’s first putt missed I thought we were playing tomorrow (an 18-hole play-off on Monday).” After three-putting the opening hole, Spieth recovered with birdies at the eighth and 12th and with Johnson losing a two-shot lead with three bogeys in four holes from the 10th, shared the lead with playing partner Branden Grace. That all changed on the 16th, where Grace drove out of bounds to card a double bogey and Spieth holed from 25 feet for birdie – only for Spieth to double bogey the 17th after compounding a wild tee shot by three putting from 40 feet. Oosthuizen had set the clubhouse target on four under after a remarkable six birdies in the last seven holes for a record-equalling back nine of 29, before Johnson then made birdie on the 17th to tie the lead. After two brilliant shots onto the 18th green Spieth two-putted for birdie to finish five under and Johnson initially responded superbly with an even better approach to 12 feet, but saw his eagle attempt drift four feet past and miss the return to force a play-off. Spieth carded a closing 69 to finish five under par at Chambers Bay, one shot ahead of Louis Oosthuizen and Dustin Johnson, who had an eagle putt to win on the 18th but three-putted from 12 feet. The world number two became just the sixth man in history after Craig Wood, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods to win the Masters and US Open in the same year, as well as the first player since Gene Sarazen in 1922 to win multiple majors aged 21 or younger. ” Whatever the putt did on the last hole, I don’t know,” said Johnson, who t ook a three-shot lead into the final round at Pebble Beach in 2010 but collapsed to a closing 82, while a two-shot penalty for grounding his club in a bunker on the 72nd hole of the US PGA two months later cost him a place in the play-off. ” I might have pulled it a little bit. But still to me it looked like it bounced left. It’s tough. It’s very difficult. I played really well. I didn’t make any putts today, I really didn’t. I had all the chances in the world. “If any putts go in the hole, I win this thing by a few shots, it’s not even close. Other than that I had a damn good week. I had a chance to win again a major on a Sunday. I thought I handled myself very well. I hit the shots when I needed to. So I know what it takes to get it done, it’s really simple. I need to get in the hole faster.” Grace shared fourth place with Australian pair Adam Scott and Cameron Smith, Scott having carded a flawless 64 and Smith completing a 68 with a tap-in eagle on the 18th. “I gave myself the opportunity to actually have a chance to win it and just one bad swing cost me at the end,” Grace said. “I was hitting my 3-wood great the whole day. It was a straightforward shot, just spun out of it and that’s costly. “This is definitely the most pressure I’ve had to deal with in my professional career so far. It’s a pity it came down to this.” Jason Day, who collapsed due to vertigo in the second round and battled symptoms over the last 36 holes, struggled to a 74 to share ninth with Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry. Day said: “I felt relatively good and felt strong after 12 holes. I’m guessing I’ll take some time off and get a handle on this. “I was taken by the fact that so many people supported me. I really made a lot of Jason Day fans out there this week, even though it didn’t end up the way I wanted it to end up. “I fought a good fight. And I think everybody that watched knows that I never gave up. It was a battle.” Jordan Spieth is halfway towards an unprecedented calendar grand slam after winning his second major in succession with a thrilling victory in the 115th US Open. Press Association
People with questions can call the City of Fort Lauderdale 24-Hour Neighbor Service Center at 954-828-8000. A 42 inch water main break in Fort Lauderdale will leave the city and neighboring municipalities without water service for at least 24 to 36 hours.City spokesman Chaz Adams said residents and businesses should be prepared to be without water service until at least Friday morning.City Commissioner Ben Sorensen said a private contractor cut into a 42-inch water line going to the Fiveash water treatment facility.City officials were forced to shut off the water supply from the wellfields in order to repair the line.“Please only use water that is absolutely necessary. Please turn off all water for landscaping. We are working to avoid any disruption in your water service, however, please prepare for 24-36 hours without water in the City of Fort Lauderdale,” wrote Sorensen on Twitter.Neighboring municipalities that receive their water from Fort Lauderdale are also affected. They are Davie, Tamarac, Oakland Park, Lauderhill-by-the-Sea and Wilton Manors.IMPORTANT: Early this morning a private contractor struck a 42 inch water line going to our Five Ash water treatment. We have full resources on site working to fix this. We are now running on water reserves as we had to shut off water on this main line to fix it.— Ben Sorensen (@BenSorensen) July 18, 2019