“A place where the beer flows like wine where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. A little place called Aspen.” – Lloyd Christmas (Dumb & Dumber, 1994)Aspen, Colorado is recognized around the world as being a mecca for skiers, snowboarders, and all types of outdoor enthusiasts. And this coming week, the town will host the annual Winter X-Games from January 25th-28th at Buttermilk Mountain for what is sure to be another epic event of downhill speed, aerial stunts, and snow-filled madness. In addition to the event itself, there will be plenty of music to keep attendees going into the night after the sun goes down and all have strapped out of their equipment.Getting To Know The Belly Up Aspen, The Premier Intimate Ski-Town VenueThe town’s premier venue, Belly Up Aspen, is set to host some of the music industry’s biggest names over the course of the long weekend. Hip-hop legends Method Man & Redman will kick off the festivities on January 24th, followed by two nights of Brooklyn’s own dance-rockers LCD Soundsystem on January 25th and 26th. On the following night, January 27th, super producer Martin Garrix will take the stage at Belly Up Aspen, before bass/house DJ Marshmello rounds out the series on January 28th.Since opening its doors back in 2005, the 450-person capacity club has drawn in major international headliners from across the globe seeking to play one of the most popular towns in the world to intimate crowds that they just don’t get to perform in front of a regular basis anymore. Whether you want rock, dance, hip-hop, funk, or bluegrass, the Belly Up Aspen delivers the goods to fans of all genres. This coming weekend is no different, as the venue has all the proverbial bases covered.One thing is for certain, the combination of the Winter X-Games and the wealth music surrounding the event is going to make Aspen “Party Central” from January 24th-28th.Belly Up Aspen Winter X-Games Concert Schedule1/24 Method Man & Redman (buy tix)1/25 LCD Soundsystem (buy tix – SOLD OUT)1/26 LCD Soundsystem (buy tix)1/27 Martin Garrix (buy tix – SOLD OUT)1/28 Marshmello (buy tix)For a full schedule of upcoming events at Belly Up Aspen, check out the venue’s website calendar. LCD Soundsystem – “Tonite”[via LCDSoundsystemVEVO]Method Man & Redman “Da Rockwilder”[via MethodManVEVO]Martin Garrix & Troye Sivan “I’ll Be There For You”[via Martin Garrix]Marshmello w/ Lele Pons “Summer”[via marshmello][cover photo credit ontheDL Photography]
The upcoming 50th-anniversary celebration of the original Woodstock has hit a few bumps in the road since the lineup was officially announced early last month. The three-day event, which will take place at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York on August 16th-18th, has already seen one of its highlight performers (The Black Keys) pull out, and organizers even had to postpone the on-sale date for tickets, which was supposed to be this past Monday, April 22nd.Related: Find Out How Much Each Artist Was Paid At Woodstock In 1969As the balance of this year’s festival season sits on the shoulders of arguably the most recognizable (and bankable) brand in the live side of the music industry, new ticketing details are starting to emerge for what may, or may not, be the biggest concert event of the summer.In a new report shared via Bloomberg earlier this week, Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang provided an update on this year’s event. The cost of tickets will run at a slightly manageable $450, with no single-day options being offered, according to local event listings outlet DoNYC. In all fairness, the $450 ticket cost does get attendees into what is arguably the strongest pop lineup of the year with Jay Z, Miley Cyrus, Dead & Company, Chance The Rapper, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Run The Jewels, John Fogerty, Leon Bridges, David Crosby, The Marcus King Band, Janelle Monae, and many more all set to perform.The report also states that Lang will attempt a larger, global expansion for his Woodstock brand, as he’s already working alongside international companies like Dentsu Aegis Network to help with financing and marketing. The goal is to have Woodstock events be held annually in different countries around the world, including Japan, Brazil, and Spain.As of Wednesday, there’s still been no announcement as to when the tickets will actually go on sale, but with summer quickly approaching, fans should expect them to become available in the coming weeks. If for some reason the event falls through, as some fear, there’s always LOCKN’!
Harvard University announced today that it will host a live outdoor simulcast of the American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) production of “Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie” on May 17.The show, which is believed to be the first live outdoor simulcast of a theater production outside of New York, will be presented in collaboration with the University’s Common Spaces Initiative and the A.R.T. The screening will take place in the plaza next to the Science Center. It will be preceded by a live performance at 6:30 p.m. by Sarah Lee Guthrie, Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter, programmed by the famous Club Passim.The simulcast from the Loeb Drama Center will begin at 7:30 p.m. After the show, performers will join the simulcast audience in the plaza for a celebration of the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth, including a cake and a hootenanny. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own instruments and join the party. A large tent will be erected at the plaza in case of rain. A concessions stand and a cash bar will also be open during the performance.The simulcast is one of several arts events taking place throughout the year as part of Harvard’s 375th anniversary celebration. The Common Spaces Initiative seeks to foster a greater sense of community across Harvard by providing students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to share spaces and experiences.The event is free and open to the public, but tickets will be required. They can be obtained from the Harvard Box Office beginning May 3. There will be a limit of four tickets per person, pending availability. Tickets obtained by phone and online will incur a processing fee. For more information, visit the Harvard box office website.One of the most influential songwriters and balladeers of the 20th century, Guthrie transformed folk music into a vehicle for social protest and captured the adversity and hardship of a generation during the Great Depression. His music and activism paved the way for many great American music makers including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Johnny Cash.“Woody Sez” is a moving theatrical portrait that uses his words and songs, performed by a company of four singers and instrumentalists who play more than 20 instruments, to transport the audience through Guthrie’s intriguing and sometimes tragic life.For more information about these and other performances at the A.R.T. For more information about the Common Spaces Initiative.
Fall is here, and sports are in high gear. But the Georgia summer heat won’t let up. With temperatures still climbing into the 90s, it’s important to keep athletes safe during workouts.“The number one thing is to drink fluids before, during and after the workout,” said Connie Crawley, a nutrition specialist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. “Coaches need to make sure their players are getting enough fluids and adequate time to rest.”If the temperatures are high and kids are just getting back to workouts, it is important to increase the duration and intensity of the workouts gradually, Crawley said.The Georgia High School Association sets rules and regulations for high school coaches to follow when it comes to outside practices. GHSA requires a certain amount of breaks every so often and practices without equipment depending on the temperature. They can even require the players not to have practice if it’s too hot.Hot temperatures can be scary when not taken seriously. Athletes can become overheated, which can lead to passing out, seizures or even death. It is important to pay attention to the players’ performances and be aware of their conditions, said Wesley Wheeler, a football coach at East Jackson Comprehensive High School in Commerce, Ga.“If the temperature reaches a certain degree, we must break every 15 minutes to give water and let the players rest,” Wheeler said. “Sometimes we break sooner. You have to take a feel for yourself. If the kids are dragging and pouring sweat, give them a break.”Players should hydrate before practice and stay away from heavy fatty meals, Crawley said. They also need to know their limits. Kids need to start slow and only do what they can handle.It is important for athletes use sports or energy drinks appropriately. “Sports drinks are meant for rehydration after an intense workout to replenish electrolytes and fluids lost during the workout,” Crawley said. She added that water is a better choice when players aren’t in practice.“We took a heat class last summer,“ said Wheeler. “As a coach I couldn’t imagine being responsible for something happening to a player. Parents trust the coaches, and we need to ensure that [players] are taken care of.”
My brother jokes that there’s no such thing as bad pizza.That might be too strong a statement, but he’s not far off, if at all.So pizza is pizza, right? I’m not so sure.We do like pizza in the Demangone household. And living in Arlington, we have plenty of choices.We choose Lost Dog pizza. Why?They deliver.They take plastic.You can order online and via mobile.The pizza is…really good.And, here’s the kicker – when you order their pizza and subs – you help find homes for lost dogs.And that last part is key. If you know my family, you know how much we love animals. I can get pizza just about anywhere. But pizza that helps dogs? That’s harder to come by. (And again, it is great pizza.)People like buying things that matter. As long as it is good and convenient, the tie goes to the company you like more. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com/partner/nafcu Details
Also, there’s an excellent lunch program at the Niskayuna Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with bus rides by the town of Niskayuna. Most of the program activities are similar at those sites and include physical exercise, Bridge, Mah Jong, theater, day trips, museum trips and more.Seniors, please join us to change your surroundings, make new friends and socialize with women and men in similar situations.Lay off the iPad and cell phone for awhile and have fun with your peers in an enjoyable atmosphere.Ted VinickNiskayunaEditor’s note: For a full listing of senior activities see The Daily Gazette Saturday edition. Find alternatives to landfilling our junkOnce or twice a year, residents of Scotia-Glenville put their unwanted items on the curb. Much of it truly is garbage. But a lot of it is useful, such as furniture, kitchenware, clothing, shoes, blankets and books, all in decent condition, just no longer wanted by the resident. One of the underlying reasons behind these disparities is the quality of education each community receives.School districts that consist of a population that has more disposable income will generally receive more funding than those in areas with poorer populations. As a result, you end up with drastic differences in the quality of education given to young students.One of the most effective ways to provide more equal educational opportunities is to reorganize our tax system so that there is equal funding of education across the entire region.This will offer better opportunities for those growing up in the lower-income communities in this region and improve equality amongst races.Anthony AmatoDelmar Or: “I chose to terminate this pregnancy.”Having the ability to choose allows a woman to make a decision based on her needs and her beliefs. Any woman in this situation should be given all the options, all the consequences.Those passing these laws do not know a woman’s circumstances. These laws are a giant step backwards in women’s rights.Put the focus back on a woman’s right to choose.Deborah BenderSchoharie More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Because we did not have an appointment, for “safety reasons” we were not allowed up to Gillibrand’s office, even though we had just gone through the security checkpoint.A staff member spoke with us in the lobby. She assured us that Gillibrand was indeed as concerned with this issue “as if these were her own children.” She promised to contact us. None of us have heard back from her.When four of us refused to leave, we were arrested and charged with a violation.We were sent notices to appear on May 14 at the federal courthouse. The notices were postmarked April 15. When we arrived, court personnel informed us that there were no court proceedings for that day; the case had been dismissed on April 9.None of us was notified, including our attorney, who had been in contact twice with the court. This is the “right of the people to peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances” in our government today.Linda LeTendreSaratoga Springs OTB rewards casino at expense of othersA recent article, “OTB to offer better payout at Casino,” explained how the casino gained special demonstration project status and thus could waive the 5 percent surcharge that is collected on winnings at other OTB parlors and outlets.Outlets, by the way, are non-OTB parlors such as bars that have OTB betting machines on premises. It stimulates business for these local establishments and helps them survive. The one that comes to my mind immediately is Boulevard Bowl, located on Erie Boulevard, a mere half mile down the road from the casino. I understand that its three OTB horse betting machines generate enough revenue to make it one of the area’s largest non-OTB parlors in operation.Other than being punitive in nature, I don’t understand the thinking of OTB officials. Why would they want to penalize a local business, one that has supported OTB for years, just because it’s down the road from the casino?In fact, why would they want to penalize any of the other non-parlors either?Gerald DeAngelusSchenectady Modify tax system to promote equalityIt may not come as a surprise to find out that racial inequality is a major issue in this country. However, it’s to some degree even worse in the Capital Region than in the country as a whole.For instance, 69 percent of white people living in the Capital Region own a house, while only 27 percent of African-Americans do.Considering the fact that on a national scale, 48 percent of African-Americans own a house, it seems clear that the situation is already worse here. Many of the African-Americans living here don’t have access to as nearly as many opportunities as Caucasians or Asians do. Newborns surviving abortions deserve care For some years, many of the usable items are picked up and brought to new homes. In other years, the weather does not cooperate, and our neighborhoods are littered with once-perfectly good items that are warping, rotting and molding, and now unusable by anyone.Many of us worry about climate change and do our best to recycle. But we don’t often consider the effects of ‘big garbage day,’ other than the relief of finally clearing out the basement.Yet, I think we can do better. For example, the town and village boards could coordinate a ‘swap meet’ day, like the village coordinates the village-wide garage sale. It would require more effort and commitment than hauling things out to the curb, but it is an idea worth talking about.I suggest this not because our neighborhoods become unsightly for a period of time, and not only because our friends and neighbors may need our usable discards. That wet and warped chest of drawers cannot be recycled; it will go to a landfill. But that cannot be counted on. We are looking at a landfill crisis in the not-too-distant future. The last municipal landfill on Long Island will close when it reaches capacity in 2024. There will not be a new one. Where will all the garbage go?Joan FucilloGlenville In a day when science is questioned or ignored both by our political leaders and some citizens, it’s important for all to remember the benefits we enjoy because of the work of scientists of all disciplines of the past. And it’s important we honor those young scientists in our schools today who will become the scientists, doctors and engineers who contribute to the betterment of humankind in the future.My special thanks to all at Regeneron for providing the opportunity for me to attend the Science Talent Search awards banquet this year, albeit by lucky coincidence and a thoughtful son.John FisherPattersonville The highest levels of government and greatest legal minds debate the far=reaching ramifications of our New York Reproductive Health Act.The Democrats in the U.S. Senate and House repeatedly vote down legislation that would require doctors to provide medical care to babies born alive after botched abortion.The Democratic Party at the state and national levels coordinate efforts to deny medical care to these newborns. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act repealed New York Public Health Law section 4164 that specifically required doctors to provide medical care to newborn babies who survive abortion. The former law stated: “When an abortion is to be performed after the twentieth week of pregnancy, a physician other than the physician performing the abortion shall be in attendance to take control of and to provide immediate medical care for any live birth that is the result of the abortion.”Gov. Cuomo effectively deleted this law. New York no longer requires doctors to provide basic medical care for newborns who survive abortion. It’s hard to imagine why anyone would support this measure. Why remove laws protecting abortion survivors? What is their motive?The cold truth is that Democrats want every abortion guaranteed. Whether the baby is killed in utero by successful abortion, or taken out of the mother and denied medical care, the abortionist will complete the job. We, as Americans, have sunk to a new level of depravity. We must demand Cuomo protect all newborns and change this law.Jennifer RichardsBurnt Hills Women should have the right to chooseWith all these states passing legislation to limit or ban abortions, all women should be worried what other restrictions the governments will be putting on what women do.The focus is on women having an abortion. But what the focus should be on is a woman’s right to choose. As a woman, I want the ability to say, “I’m going to have this child. I want any medical procedure that will ensure this child is born healthy.”Or : “I will have this child and since I don’t feel I can care for it and bring it up the way it deserves, I will give him or her up for adoption.” Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGillibrand office not open to protestersOn March 28, five citizens tried to address the situation of migrant children being separated from their families when they come to the United States requesting asylum. This is our experience in attempting to work with our government.We tried twice to set up a meeting with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to ask what was being done to stop this. We never received a return call. We went to the Leo O’Brien federal building to ask in person to meet with her staff. I want to thank Ellis Hospital, the CI Floor, for taking such good care of me during the Easter week.The three shifts of nurses, both women and young men, were always in my room when I rang. They said I was part of the family and it made me feel special. I’m home with my family now.Thank you all for such special care.Theresa LezziSchenectady Schoharie holds on to too much tax moneyWhy is the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors seemingly so unconcerned that County Administrator Steve Wilson has supported charging taxpayers millions more in property taxes than is needed to fund county government operations?As county treasurer, I recently issued a report that revealed that Wilson has been increasing tax rates while at the same time accumulating an unwarranted, bloated fund balance.Given our $80 million annual budget, the appropriate amount for Schoharie County to have in reserve is $10 million. That target threshold meets the state comptroller guidelines and has been sanctioned by numerous independent audits during my 24 years in office. Take advantage of programs for seniorsAs a senior, aged 97, living alone, I have found comfort and companionship in senior lunch programs. Jewish Community Center, Catholic Charities on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, with food at the J.C.C. and bus transportation by Catholic Charities. These are both offered at reasonable cost for a round-trip ride, door to door. Members who live with family or an aide are welcome to bring them. Honor contributions of scientists as wellThe juxtaposition of the articles on Madison VanDenburg and Bob King on page E1 of the May 19 Sunday Gazette brings to mind a powerful message I heard from the speakers at the Science Talent Search finals banquet sponsored by Regeneron in Washington, D.C. earlier this year.The gist of the message was that as much as we applaud and enjoy the performances of young students like Ms. VanDenburg, the real superstars of the next generation will be the students of science who will go on to solve great problems the world faces today. Many like Bob King did not enjoy the celebrity of the great performers of their generation, but their contributions to society will continue well into the future. Writer got Mother Jones review correctKudos to Bill Buell on his writeup of “Mother Jones In Heaven.”His piece in the May 16 Ticket accurately described the quality musical that was performed at the Cohoes Music Hall by Vivian Nesbitt that evening. It accurately portrayed the story of Mother Jones, whom one judge tabbed, “the most dangerous woman in America.”Carol and Steve ZahurakSchenectady Grateful for care from Ellis Hospital CI floor Use fair trade deal to support FEMA effortsAll relationships are built on the foundation of compromise. Happily married couples will confirm this fact.However, we are now engaged in another dubious bully pulpit. The current presidential administration needs to negotiate a compromise trade deal with China that will ultimately benefit both nations.Our legislative body should collectively put its shoulders to the wheel and place that pot of trade savings into the inundated FEMA budget. FEMA is dealing with historical flooding, wildfires, tornadoes and hurricanes nationwide.Help those devastated communities and individuals most in need.Patrick StephanMiddle Grove Madigan has the best experience for FinanceWant to know who to support for Saratoga Springs city finance commissioner in the June 25 Democratic primary? Simply decide on who you can trust to keep Saratoga Springs financially healthy and a great place to live.Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan has seven-plus years of experience proving she can: develop and manage a $48 million general operating budget, a daunting task for a financial neophyte; manage several other city budgets; increase rainy-day reserves by another $1.2 million just this year; save over $300,000 yearly by negotiating health care costs (without reducing benefits to our city employees); increase already-high bond ratings by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s; work with all of our elected officials to smartly allocate funds to deliver needed city services; and keep our taxes level for her eight budgets after years of increases under previous commissioners of finance.Let’s not risk the city’s financial well-being by giving this pivotal responsibility over to an inexperienced financial newcomer.Let’s be smart and let’s be safe. On June 25, vote in the Democratic primary to keep Commissioner Madigan at the financial helm of our city.Tammy HaarmanSaratoga Springs Scotia needs to crack down on businessThe weather is finally warming. My wife and I would now like to open our sunroom windows or sit on our front porch in relative peace. Unfortunately this isn’t possible most days.It seems our neighbor is allowed by the village to operate a yard-care and equipment-repair business from his garage. So virtually every day including Sundays, we are subjected to equipment motors running, the rattling of a commercial-size trailers coming and going several times a day, as well as other businesses’ equipment being dropped off and picked up. No days off on Riverside Avenue.I have written letters of complaint to several village officers, including the mayor, regarding this issue. To date, no action has been taken.It was suggested that we petition other neighbors to possibly have some action taken. I found this to be an unreasonable requirement. As a resident of a neighborhood zoned for residential use only, I have reported this. It seems that the village should now enforce its own zoning restrictions.So with the village of Scotia unable or unwilling to enforce its zoning and with an arrogance of knowing nothing will be done, the business continues and our windows remain closed.John EatonScotia But Wilson has surreptitiously squirreled away millions more than is necessary.By steadily raising tax rates, Wilson has now amassed a $20 million hoard of taxpayer money, with no plan in place as to how it should be used.In a brazen attempt to defend himself against my charges of poor fiscal management, Wilson hijacked the contents of my financial analysis as his own.With a straight face and a few misleading PowerPoint slides, he recently tried to convince the Board of Supervisors that the county actually needs even more money socked away. Incredibly, he implied that a fund balance of $40 million might be perfectly reasonable.No supervisor cared enough to publicly question Wilson’s logic or to investigate further.As county treasurer, I have always been a strong advocate for adequate, but not excessive, reserves. The latter is an unnecessary and irresponsible burden on taxpayers.William CherryCobleskillThe writer is the Schoharie County Treasurer.
More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Room to move at 8 Hendry Court, Everton Hills.“The typical home in the area would be on about 600sq m, so it is about double the average size,” Mr Smith said. 2 Rosella Court, Ferny Hills sold very quickly.Mr Smith predicted suburbs near the hills, including Everton Hills, Ferny Hills and Arana Hills, would be the ones to experience growth in 2018: “They are probably the areas that haven’t gone up dramatically in price compared to other areas so they are starting to present pretty good value.” 8 Hendry Court, Everton Hills.Inside, the home featured a unique design, including high timber ceilings.Another large property at 2 Rosella Court in Ferny Hills sold to a young family recently for $761,000 after just one week on the market. Unique and charming.The new owners wanted something with a fair bit of extra space, but they did not want to look at acreage properties further out. 8 Hendry Court, Everton HillsA LARGE home in Everton Hills was one of the big recent sales for Raine and Horne agent Zak Smith. The home at 8 Hendry Court was recently sold after just two days on the market.It sold for $711,000, well above the median house price for the area of $570,000, with Mr Smith pointing to the block’s size of 1400sq m as a key selling point.
ISIL’s self-styled affiliate in Nigeria, Boko Haram, is feared to have struck again.More than 30 people have been killed in a suspected suicide bombing in the country’s north-east in a crowded market. No one’s claimed responsibility but officials suspect Boko Haram is to blame.This market is known as a meeting place for casual labourers, the sort of place that is considered a soft, easy target, such as Boko Haram would favour.The attack comes days after Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari visited Yola and assured people Boko Haram was almost defeated.
At the same time, he challenged universities to invest in virtual learning to ensure learning continues.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Magoha also took issue with what he termed as the flawed funding formula for Universities calling on the stakeholders to deliberate on sustainable financing of the institution as opposed to over-reliance on government financing.He also called for greater autonomy at universities even as he hailed the move by 70 per cent of universities to adopt key COVID 19 measures as advised by the ministry.Also Read Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East MauThis comes after two days after the CS announced that 3000 private schools are set to benefit from a Ksh7 billion concessional loan from the government to support infrastructural development in readiness for schools reopening in January.The loan is to be availed at an interest rate of between 2.5 and 3.5% will support areas like installation of ICT systems to ensure learning continues during the phased reopening of schools.The loan will also be availed at an interest rate of between 2.5 and 3.5% and will be dependent on the absorption rate of an institution.Also Read COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalitiesTo ensure social distancing during learning, schools will be expected to construct extra classrooms with availed funds.Schools that will get the money will also be expected procure sanitary and hand-washing stations to ensure the highest levels of hygiene.With schools expected to reopen in January, the government funds are also expected to cater to ICT infrastructure in readiness for a phased reopening. Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha has faulted individuals who failed to implement the Government’s laptop project that would have salvaged the current situation.Magoha who was attending the start of a two-day stakeholders meeting on university reforms challenged institutions of higher learning to invest in online classes and address challenges of funding.It is at this meeting that the Education CS took a swipe at individuals who he says failed to ensure the implementation of laptops for all school-going children which would have come in handy in ensuring learning continues as the nation battles the pandemic.Also Read Teachers to report back to school on Monday
LONDON (Reuters) – England fast bowler Jofra Archer says he has fully recovered from a side strain and is raring to go as he looks poised to make his test debut in the second Ashes test against Australia at Lord’s on Wednesday.Archer, who missed the first test after picking up his injury during England’s World Cup triumph last month, proved his fitness when he took six wickets and scored a century for county side Sussex’s second XI last week.The 24-year-old was included in England’s 12 in the absence of record wicket taker James Anderson, who bowled only four overs in the first test at Edgbaston before injuring his calf again.“I’m probably more ready than I have ever been. I bowled 50 overs in one game for Sussex which I think was past the overs they told me to bowl, it was good practice,” Archer told reporters. “(My fitness) has never been better. (The side strain) just needed to settle and we couldn’t get that gap in the World Cup. After that, it settled in a matter of days.“Don’t expect any miracles, I can only come in and do what I can and give my best. I can’t work miracles but I will try to.”Australia coach Justin Langer had said the key to dealing with Archer, England’s leading wicket-taker at the World Cup with 20 victims, was to “keep wearing him down” and make him bowl more spells.“I think Justin Langer has another think coming,” Barbados-born Archer added. “I’ve played a lot more red-ball cricket than I have white-ball cricket. “I do think it’s my preferred format anyway. I personally believe in test cricket you get a lot more opportunities to redeem yourself.“If it’s 50 overs, when you don’t have a good 10-overs, that’s it. You have ample chances do it in red-ball games. Test cricket is pretty much the same as first-class — know what your strengths are and stick to them.”Australia led the Ashes 1-0 after their 251-run win at Edgbaston.