first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsOver time, doorknobs in rooms that see a lot of daily traffic, such as the bedroom or the bathroom, need to be replaced. Maybe the parts become stiff, wear out or grow too loose with the constant use. Whatever the cause, the doors stop doing what they’re supposed to do.Alure Home Improvements’ Chief Operating Officer Doug Cornwell has seen it all, and he is unfazed.“I’m not really sure if a doorknob is intended to keep people out or keep people in, but regardless, you need a doorknob!”Here, in another installment of “Alure Home Improvements’ 60 Second Fix,” titled “How to Replace Your Doorknob,” Cornwell shows how relatively simple replacing an old doorknob with a new one can be.All you need is a little patience, the proper tools, and, of course, a brand new doorknob.You want to make sure that the doorknob is made for an inside room, not the front door or the backdoor of your house. Also, in this video example, the doorknob is the most basic design, without a lever-style handle or a dead bolt. Those doorknobs may require a little more know-how but the principal is the same.As Cornwell amusingly puts it, privacy is an important consideration with any door. How important is locking this door or not? If you want to lock it from the inside—unless it’s for a medicine closet—make sure you put the lock on the doorknob pointing in the right direction.The components of a basic doorknob include the strike plate, the striker, the inside knob and the outside knob, plus the appropriate screws. The striker, which is part of the pawl assembly that goes inside the door and connects with the two exterior knobs, has a smooth sloping side on its end that must be positioned properly or the door won’t close—it will just bang shut. The slanted side should always point inside the room so the flat side faces away.On the edge of the door itself the striker protrudes through a small rectangular face plate that is set flush with the door’s surface. It is attached by two wooden screws, one above the striker, the other below it. He advises that you put the striker in the door together with its cover plate where they belong but leave it loose until later.“I like to set it in but not lock it in because it gives me some flexibility before I start to put the knobs in on either side,” says Cornwell.Next, for the knobs, you want to line up the outside doorknob with the striker shaft and push it through the doorknob hole to the other side. Then line up the inside doorknob, and push them together. When you’re inserting the doorknobs into the door, make sure the square peg shaft fits through the square opening in the assembly and that the screw holes match up with the threaded cylinders on the other side. Lining up the components so they’re plush against the door ensures that the doorknob mechanism can function properly.He inserts the screws in the two holes of the doorknob cover plate, which is usually around the inside doorknob, where the lock would be. A screwdriver adds the finishing touches for the final twists.Cornwell likes to get a snug fit before he tightens up the wood screws for the striker cover plate.“This way I make sure the doorknob is square in place and it’s going to function when we’re all done,” he says.The next step is to mount the strike plate on the door jamb. This small piece of sculpted metal takes a beating but it doesn’t have any moving parts so there’s nothing to worry about. But make sure the plate is lined up squarely. Wedge the flat edge of the plate against the wooden frame where the old one was and place the smooth, rounded edge facing away from the room so it guides the striker latch into place without a hitch. The rounded edge almost looks like a curled lip. If the plate is positioned the wrong way, it won’t lie flush with the door jamb.Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsSo when you’re ready to finish the task, tighten all the screws so the assembly hangs together. Make sure the doorknobs turn smoothly and the plates don’t rattle when the door swings open or slams shut.Thanks to Alure’s Doug Cornwell, installing a new doorknob isn’t so hard to handle at all.last_img read more

first_imgWenger and Sanchez after the Cup finalSydney, Australia | AFP |Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Tuesday insisted unsettled striker Alexis Sanchez is going nowhere, saying he expected him honour his contract and potentially sign an extension.The Chilean, 28, has a year left on his Gunners deal but is yet to sign a new contract and has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich and Manchester City.Reports in Britain have said he could be offloaded for up to 80 million pounds (US$103 million, 90 million euros), but Wenger suggested this won’t happen.“The players have contracts and we expect them to respect their contracts. That’s what we want,” he said in Sydney about the striker.Asked if he remained determined to keep Sanchez and not let him go to a Premier League rival, Wenger replied: “Yes, that is a continuation of what I said at the end of the season. That’s what we will do.“He adds great value to the squad and I think as well he is a great lover of the club.”Sanchez, who at times last season cut a disgruntled figure as Arsenal struggled with form and uncertainty over Wenger’s future, is not on the team’s pre-season tour to Australia as he rests after last month’s Confederation’s Cup. But Wenger said reports that the Chilean ace had informed him that he wanted to leave the club were not true, replying with a curt “No”.He added: “I think the easiest way to manage a player is in the final year of his contract. It is in his interest to do as well as he can.“Nobody knows today if Sanchez will be on his final year of his contract next season, because he can extend his contract with us at the start of the season or during the season.“So it is not necessarily the last year of his contract at Arsenal Football Club.”Arsenal play two pre-season friendlies in Sydney this week, against Sydney FC on Thursday and Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgVacant properties on Half Mile Road will be the future site of a Life Time fitness club, offering programs, health services and activities for community members.Photo courtesy Life Time To accommodate parking, a four-story parking garage will be erected adjacent to the fitness facility. It will offer 577 parking spaces for employees, members and guests to use. There will also be 11 parking spaces near the entrance of the facility. Membership prices have not yet been determined for the Middletown location. The Bridgewater club, however, is about $159 a month for a single membership, Bushaw said. There are individual, couple, family and child memberships as well. “The range then will likely be high $100s to low $400s,” she said. The company will soon have a Middletown link on its website,, that will allow anyone interested to add their name to a membership wait list or to get more information. “We actually think of gym as almost a curse word,” said Natalie Bushaw, senior director of public relations and internal communications. That’s because Life Time is much more than just a gym, she said. It’s “like the Ritz-Carlton,” or “today’s modern country club without the golf.” Most Life Time club members are in their 40s, but Bushaw said there are members in age groups across the board. “We have so many, what we call our ‘Junior Executives’ – 26 and under,” she said, as well as older singles and families. The club will also include a full-service salon and spa, saunas and steam rooms, a full-size basketball court with Ultimate Hoops leagues, a Kids Academy and much more. And the Kids Academy will be an important feature at the Middletown-based Life Time, as there is a “strong family member base expected for Middletown,” Bushaw said. The Kids Academy will be full of programs to encourage a healthy lifestyle, including Zumba, karate, tumbling and other activities, but also homework help, Spanish immersion and more. By the end of 2019, there will be 150 Life Time clubs throughout the U.S. and in Canada. Its New Jersey locations are currently in Princeton, Mount Laurel, Bridgewater, Montvale, Berkeley Heights and Florham Park. When representatives look for places to establish clubs, they look for places with growing communities, strong economies and good schools. That’s what made Middletown a great location, Bushaw said. When walking through the front doors of the three-level building, members will find a café with seating. Awaiting them upstairs will be fitness studios for group fitness, cycle, yoga and Pilates programs; personal and small training groups; and over 400 cardiovascular and resistance training equipment pieces.center_img There are a few things to know about Life Time. Lesson number one? It is not a gym. The 120,423-square-foot, three-story Life Time club is expected to open its doors in late 2021 at 230 and 250 Half Mile Road, between the Academy bus station and Schultz Drive. The properties are part of the Half Mile Road Redevelopment Plan adopted by the township committee in 2018. “Life Time has been well-received in the state and the demographics and economic growth in the area make Middletown a desirable location for Life Time. We’re excited for what’s to come,” she said. MIDDLETOWN – A $40 million luxury sports, fitness and wellness center is coming to Half Mile Road in the Lincroft section of the township. Bushaw anticipates that when the Life Time opens in Middletown, it will bring more than 250 full- and part-time jobs to the community. Life Time representatives expect the $40 million project to be completed in 2021.Photo courtesy Life Time She described the club as a luxurious social space in which community members can meet. It’s a place where friends go to improve their fitness and where children play with their peers and improve their life skills. Outside, members will find a ground-level outdoor beach club and bistro with leisure and lap pools, a whirlpool, resort-style seating and a café. “We might have a party on the pool deck where they have cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on a Saturday night,” said Bushaw.last_img read more

first_imgScoring leader Ryan Aynsley snapped a 3-3 tie a power play goal midway through the third period sparking the Castlegar Rebels to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Grand Forks Border Bruins Tuesday night in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action in the Sunflower City.Aynsley, converting his second goal of the game, combined with linemates Erik Wentzel and Spencer Brodt with Bruins’ Brad Phillips in the penalty box.Aynsley and Wentzel lead the KIJHL in scoring, each with six points.The win is the third of the season for the Rebels and gives Steve Junker’s Rebels a two-point advantage over idle Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Neil Murdoch standings. Castlegar’s record is also the best in the KIJHL.Stuart Walton and Arthur Andrews also scored for the Rebels.Wentzel and Brodt each added a pair of assists.Brett Basnett, Nick Van Damme and Zachary Thompson replied for Grand Forks, which rallied from a 3-0 deficit.Rookie Alex Ross registered the win in goal for Castlegar, stopping 18 of 21 shots.Garrett Muir was the busier of the two goalies facing 40 shots.Castlegar returns to action Saturday when the Rebels host Penticton Lakers at 7:30 p.m. at the Complex while the Bruins face the North Okanagan Knights Friday in Grand [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgMexico captured its first world championship Sunday, and the first for a CONCACAF men’s team, routing defending champion Brazil 3-0 in the FIFA U-17 World Championship final in Lima, Peru. Carlos Vela, Omar Esparza and Ever Guzman scored for Mexico, which went 5-1 and outscored foes 16-3 in the 11th edition of the championships for under-17 boys national teams. Brazil had won three of the previous four titles. The U.S. finished fifth. Eleven Brazilian national championship matches were declared void and ordered replayed in the match-fixing scandal involving referee Edilson Pereira de Carvalho. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 TENNIS: Roger Federer captured the Thailand Open at Bangkok for the second straight year, defeating British teen Andy Murray 6-3, 7-5. Federer, ranked No. 1, has won 24 consecutive ATP finals, including seven this season. Kim Clijsters moved closer to reclaiming the No. 1 ranking, defeating Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany 6-2, 6-4 to win the Fortis Championships at Luxembourg for a fifth time. Jonas Bjorkman defeated third-seeded Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) to win the inaugural Vietnam Open at Ho Chi Minh City for his first ATP title since 2002. BASKETBALL: The Milwaukee Bucks have signed forward Josh Davis to a free-agent contract, general manager Larry Harris said. SPEEDSKATING: Apolo Ohno severely sprained his ankle and was forced to withdraw from the first World Cup meet of the year in short-track speedskating at Hangzhou, China. center_img WRESTLING: Olympic champion Armen Nazarian of Bulgaria won the gold medal in the 132-pound Greco-Roman division on the last day of the World Wrestling Championships at Budapest, Hungary. Justin Ruiz of the U.S. won a bronze medal in the 212-pound category after Margulan Assembekov of Kazakhstan was disqualified for three cautions by the referee. Hungary took the Greco-Roman team title with 41 points, ahead of Russia (27) and Turkey (26). Turkey’s Hamza Yerlikaya defeated Hungary’s Lajos Virag to win the 212-pound category, while the title at 265 pounds went to Cuba’s Mijail Lopez, who beat Hungary’s Mihaly Deak-Bardos. Daily News Wire Services 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgNORTHRIDGE – Growing up in Pacoima as the oldest daughter of Mexican immigrants who never finished elementary school, Maritza Lopez dreamed of attending college, but didn’t think she could afford it. She had heard about Project GRAD Los Angeles, which provides scholarships for promising students, but didn’t take it seriously until program representatives showed up at her home one Saturday when she was in the ninth grade. “That’s when I opened my eyes and said, I’m not making this program as important as I should be – this could make it possible for me to go to college,” recalled Lopez, now 18. Today, thanks to Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams), Lopez is a freshman at California State University, Northridge, with plans to be a marriage and family therapist. And on Saturday, just as she did last year, Lopez will join about 1,000 other Project GRAD volunteers as they visit 2,500 homes in Arleta, Pacoima, San Fernando and Sylmar, encouraging other teens to fulfill their dreams. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; U.S. Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys; state Sen. Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys; Assemblywoman Cindy Monta!tildelown!ez and Los Angeles City Council members Alex Padilla and Wendy Greuel have been invited to help kick off the event at 9 a.m. Saturday at Pacoima Middle School. They and other parents, teachers, administrators, business leaders and community members will reach out to sixth- and ninth-grade students and their families to talk about education and the Project GRAD Los Angeles college scholarship program. “The one-on-one contact is really important because most of these students are the first in their families to go to college,” said Ashley De Lucca, communications director of Project GRAD Los Angeles. “The families can see these students who are successful, who are going to college on a scholarship, and they’re from the community – and (the families) know it’s possible.” Students who participate in the pre-college outreach program and graduate from San Fernando High School are eligible for up to $6,000 in college scholarships. Many local universities and colleges, including Pepperdine University, Pitzer College, Mount St. Mary’s College, Marymount College and the University of Judaism will match Project GRAD’s scholarship, making it worth up to $12,000. “I think there is a myth about the price of college,” De Lucca said. “A lot of families want this for their children, but think, ‘There’s no way we can do this financially.’ They don’t understand the opportunities with financial aid and scholarships.” Ninth-grade students sign a scholarship agreement in which they pledge to maintain a 2.5 grade-point average, take all the courses required for admission to the University of California and California State University systems, take the PSAT, SAT/ACT, and participate in two four-week college institutes during their school breaks. This June, Project GRAD Los Angeles celebrated its third class of scholars to graduate from San Fernando High School. Today, there are 450 students enrolled in college with Project GRAD scholarships. “These kids are the future of our country,” De Lucca said. “The more prepared they are on the front end, the greater the chances are they’ll be successful in college and come back to the community and really make a difference.” Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 [email protected] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgOAKLAND — With the two-horse race between the A’s and Yankees for the top American League wild-card spot remaining tight as the season winds down, it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see these two clubs end up in a stalemate at the end of September.The A’s (92-61) enter Friday night’s game against the Minnesota Twins 1 1/2 games back of New York with nine to go. The A’s and Yankees split their head-to-head matchups this year at three games a piece, so the next tiebreaker would be best …last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Keith Smith’s last official day as director of Ohio State University Extension is June 30. He is retiring after 35 years at The Ohio State University, 23 of them as head of Extension. Leading up to his last few weeks in office, he showed no signs of slowing down.“I promised to stay engaged until June 30, and I am,” Smith said, after working until 9 p.m. the day before. “I’m trying not to leave too many untied ends.”“Keith has led the organization through significant growth and has been a steady guide all the way through his final days as director, as the organization continues to adjust to rapid, societal changes,” said Bruce McPheron, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.“Ohioans, and indeed individuals across the country, will benefit from Keith’s leadership for years to come,” McPheron said.Smith said his successor will inherit one of the top Extension organizations in the country.“The faculty and staff are eager to be creative and innovative. They are in constant search for better ideas,” he said.The organization’s support for educators to attend national meetings and collaborate with their peers has helped build a strong organization, Smith said. OSU Extension employees have held leadership positions in all four national Extension program area professional organizations in the last five years and are frequent presenters at national meetings. In addition, OSU Extension educators can earn faculty positions at the county level.Smith, who also serves as the university’s associate vice president for agricultural administration and the associate dean of the college, will continue in his role part-time as Gist Chair in Extension Education and Leadership after taking a couple of months off.  He will also teach and advise students in the college’s Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership.To honor his service, the university has established the Keith L. Smith Lecture on Innovation in Extension, fund 315170. Those who wish to contribute can do so at and his wife, Kathleen, live in Hilliard, Ohio, and have eight children and 14 grandchildren.A search for Smith’s replacement is underway. Until a successor is named, Greg Davis, OSU Extension’s assistant director of Community Development, wills serve as interim director starting July 1.last_img read more

first_imgCongratulations to all of the winners of the 2015 Queensland Touch Football Junior State Championships in Toowoomba on the weekend. 12’s GirlsSouth Queensland Sharks 8 defeated Central Queensland Bulls 3Player of the Series – Sharni Vilila (South Queensland Sharks)Player of the Final – Charlotte Graham (South Queensland Sharks)12’s BoysCentral Queensland Bulls 5 defeated South West Queensland Swans (A) 2Player of the Series – Caleb Gould-Waiariki (South Queensland Sharks)Player of the Final – Flynn Kelso (Central Queensland Bulls)14’s GirlsSouth Queensland Sharks 6 defeated Brisbane City Cobras 2Player of the Series – Ellie-Anne Green (Brisbane City Cobras)Player of the Final – Taylah Connell (South Queensland Sharks)14’s BoysSouth Queensland Sharks 6 defeated Central Queensland Bulls 5Player of the Series – Aaron Moore (Central Queensland Bulls)Player of the Final – Izaya Leota (South Queensland Sharks)16’s GirlsSouth Queensland Sharks 6 defeated South West Queensland Swans 4Player of the Series – Hannah Hegedus (South West Queensland Swans)Player of the Final – Kiara Taylor (South West Queensland Swans)16’s BoysCentral Queensland Bulls 8 defeated South Queensland Sharks 6Player of the Series – Liam Grant (Central Queensland)Player of the Final – Blake Moore (Central Queensland)Congratulations to South Queensland who won the Shuker-Williams Regional championship for 2015.For more information and results, please visit Related LinksQLD Jnr State Champslast_img read more