91-year-old American sets weightlifting record

Updated 16 June 2013
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91-year-old American sets weightlifting record

PHOENIX: A 91-year-old US weightlifter didn’t just break a world record for the bench press, he powered through it by 23.5 kgs. Sy Perlis set the record by benching 85 kgs at the National Bench Push-Pull Press and Dead Lift Championships on yesterday. The Arizona Republic reports that the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters previous record in the 90-and-over age division was 61 kgs and had stood since 2005. Perlis took up weightlifting when he was 60 but didn’t enter his first championship competition until five years ago. “I got a lot of satisfaction out of it, and it made me feel good, and it was good for me,” he said.
Association President Gus Rethwisch said Perlis is an inspiration. “We’ve had a lot of lifters in their middle 80s, late 80s and occasionally we get one 90 and over, but they’ve never inspired people (like Perlis has),” Rethwisch said. Chhanda Dutta, chief of the Clinical Gerontology Branch of the National Institute on Aging, said it’s a common misconception that exercise is unsafe for older people. “The risk of leading a sedentary lifestyle is much greater than anything related to exercise,” Dutta said. “I think it’s important for people to realize that age alone doesn’t determine the intensity of your workout.”


Weinstein reaches deal to settle civil proceedings for $44 million: report

Updated 24 May 2019
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Weinstein reaches deal to settle civil proceedings for $44 million: report

  • The deal, which has not yet been signed, aims to cover all civil proceedings filed against the fallen Hollywood mogul
  • The settlement does not exempt Weinstein from the criminal proceedings brought against him for sexual assault

NEW YORK: Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has reached a provisional $44 million settlement with alleged victims and creditors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
The deal, which has not yet been signed, aims to cover all civil proceedings filed against the fallen Hollywood mogul, including those in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Weinstein’s spokesperson denied to comment.
The settlement does not exempt Weinstein from the criminal proceedings brought against him for sexual assault, for which he will go on trial in September.
Weinstein — a catalyst for the #MeToo anti-harassment movement — has been charged over the alleged assaults of two women and faces life in prison if he is convicted at the trial, which could last five weeks.
In addition to the alleged victims and creditors, the settlement covers the proceedings started by former New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman, who has been succeeded by Letitia James.
The proceedings aim specifically to guarantee the alleged victims will be compensated.
James’s spokesperson also declined to comment.
The settlement amount will be paid out by insurance agencies, the Journal reported, several of which count The Weinstein Company, the production company Weinstein co-founded, among their clients.
Since October 2017, Weinstein — one of the most powerful men in Hollywood before a cascade of sexual misconduct allegations precipitated his downfall — has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by more than 80 women.
Among his accusers are prominent actresses such as Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek.