Béla Fleck is widely recognized as one of the world’s premier banjo players, and is currently in NYC to perform a live show and answer fan questions at The New York Times headquarters. Jon Pareles, chief pop music critic for The Times, will be in the room to ask those questions. He will be joined by Caryn Ganz, The Times’s pop music editor, who will be chatting with the audience and providing insight throughout. You can submit your own questions here.
The American Hiking Society and the #RecreateResponsibly Coalition have released guidelines to help keep everyone safe and healthy in the outdoors. The six guidelines are: Know before you go. Check the status of the place you want to visit. If it is closed, don’t go. If it’s crowded, have a Plan B.Plan ahead. Prepare for facilities to be closed, pack lunch and bring essentials like hand sanitizer and a face covering.Practice physical distancing. Adventure only with your immediate household. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth and give others space. If you are sick, stay home.Play it safe. Slow down and choose lower-risk activities to reduce your risk of injury. Search and rescue operations and health care resources are both strained. Stay close to home. This is not the time to travel long distances to recreate. Most places are only open for day use. Leave no trace. Respect public lands and communities and take all your garbage with you. We’re entering the height of summer and with it comes some of the best weather to hike, float, swim and bike outdoors. Meanwhile, the pandemic rages and states—including many in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic– are seeing major outbreaks of Covid-19. The outdoors offers solace from the many stresses of life in 2020 but before you head outdoors make sure you’re recreating responsibly. Follow the guidelines and enjoy your summer safely. You may also wonder if masks are necessary while recreating outside. Guidance form the American Hiking Association states that, ‘You are highly unlikely to catch the virus from simply walking, running, or biking past someone at a 6 foot distance (even if the person gets closer to you for a second)—you’re not in contact with the person for long enough. So, there’s not necessarily any need to wear a mask when going for a walk/run/bike ride if you stay 6 feet from people and aren’t stopping to chat with folks.’
Three blasts hit the northeastern Nigerian town of Maiduguri on Saturday in the worst attack on the city since suspected Boko Haram militants failed in a bid to seize the state capital at the end of January. A Reuters witness heard the three explosions, all coming in a period of just over half an hour from about midday in a city of some two million people.Maiduguri is the state capital of Borno, the heartland of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram which has long coveted the city as the capital of an Islamic state they want to carve out of religiously mixed Nigeria.A military source said bombs had caused the explosions, with the first on Baga road near a market and the second at the Monday market. The location of the third blast was not immediately known and there was no word on casualties.“I have counted five ambulances that have evacuated victims from the scene. Soldiers are shooting in the air and warding off people at the market,” Salisu Yaya, a member of a civilian task force, told Reuters.
Italy’s Sara Errani thrashed Czech Barbora Strycova 6-0, 6-2 to win the Dubai Tennis Championship final on Saturday. Former French Open runner-up Errani has fallen to 22nd in the WTA rankings after a slump but showed she is rediscovering her best form with a dominant display as she claimed her ninth title.”It’s been a tough week and I’m really happy for me, my team and my family and friends,” she told the WTA website.Despite the gulf in class, Errani struggled to close out the match when leading 5-1 in the second set, finally completing the job in the next game on her fifth match point.Next week sees the men take centre stage in Dubai as world number one Novak Djokovic returns to action for the first time since winning the Australian Open last month.