TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Ferdinand defends Ashley over lack of Newcastle transfer spendingby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has defended Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley over the club’s lack of signings.The BT Sports pundit – who courted controversy by defending the owner last year – gave his verdict on Rafa Benitez’s frustrations and Ashley’s approach.Speaking on the matter, Ferdinand said: “I understand Rafa’s frustrations because as a manager you want the ability to go out and spend money, but they’re not in that position.“At the same time I understand Mike Ashley. Why is he going to spend more and more money – millions and millions of pounds – when he’s actually looking to sell the club? He’s got them to a point now where they’re back in the Premier League and they’re consolidating to a certain extent.“He’s not going to go spend his own money. You wouldn’t go spend your own money now knowing you were trying to sell something unless you knew you were going to get that back.“It’s not easy to sell a football club. He’s got a price and he’s going to wait to get it. He’s spent money at that football club, he’s just not going to spend it at this time. “All these fans, they do dream, and they dream big and I understand that. What are Newcastle’s aims? They can’t be aiming at being a Man Utd or a Man City. They’ve got to aim to be a Bournemouth. They’ve only just started spending. I’m not saying everything they’re doing is correct. What I’m saying is, I think Mike Ashley, you can’t hammer him and say that he should be spending when he wants to sell the club. You wouldn’t spend on your house when you want to sell it.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd linked with Juventus midfielder Emre Canby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are interested in signing Juventus midfielder Emre Can, according to reports.The Germany international has endured a tough season at Juve, with new boss Maurizio Sarri leaving him out of the club’s Champions League squad.Calcio Mercato says United are fans of the 25-year-old and would welcome his arrival at the club.Can, of course, played for United’s bitter rivals Liverpool between 2014 to 2018.He made 166 appearances for the Reds before joining Juve as a free agent.
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Roma have announced Edin Dzeko has signed a new three-year contract.Dzeko was reportedly a target for Inter before they sealed a deal for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, and was still linked to the Nerazzurri after the Belgian was brought in.But the 33-year-old has now committed his future to the Giallorossi by agreeing new terms on Friday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “Over the last few weeks I have realised just how much the club wanted me to stay,” Dzeko told Roma’s official website.”My conversations with the board, the work we’ve been doing with the coach [Paulo Fonseca], the relationship with my team-mates and the love of the fans has all made me realise once again what I had already learned during these four years – that Rome is my home.”Here there is everything we need to win something and I am delighted to be able to stay here even longer.”The former Manchester City and Wolfsburg striker was Serie A’s top goalscorer during the 2016-17 season but only hit nine goals in 33 appearances last term.“Before last season even finished we had reached a decision: Edin would be one of the pillars we would build our new side around,” said Roma chief executive Guido Fienga.“Over the last few months nothing has changed. We are delighted that Edin recognises that if players want to win then Roma is the right place to be.”Earlier on Friday, Roma confirmed they have signed Turkish defender Yildrim Mert Cetin on a permanent transfer.The 22-year-old arrives on a five-year deal from Genclerbirligi for a fee of €3 million and will wear the number 15.”I know the size of the club I am going to be representing,” he told Roma’s website. “I’m very happy to be here, it’s a feeling I can’t really describe in words.”I am confident I will be able to live up to the hopes of the club and the fans.”Roma take on Arezzo on Saturday in their final pre-season friendly before they begin Serie A play next weekend with a home match against Genoa.
The 2018 college football season starts in a little more than 3 months. Opening weekend is set for the first Saturday in September. It’s going to be a good one.What college football teams should the other squads be scared of this fall?Kirk Herbstreit has at least one team in mind.The ESPN college football analyst said on Twitter that he believes the reigning national champions are going to be “scary good.”“Team is gonna be scary good again in ‘18,” Herbstreit tweeted in response to an Alabama fan.@Joey_Galloway @KirkHerbstreit I promise to never again talk bad about Joey and Kirk. They both did an awesome job in Tuscaloosa Saturday. Utmost respect for you guys. RTR— Joe from Red Bay, Al (@joetesseneer) April 23, 2018Thanks Joe. JG and I always love to be around @AlabamaFTBL The coaches and the players. Team is gonna be scary good again in ‘18. https://t.co/Z36UtSfYUi— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) April 23, 2018ESPN’s Football Power Index projections aren’t quite as high on Alabama – but they still like them a lot. It has the Crimson Tide going 10.8-1.8 and gives them a 37 percent chance to win the SEC.Nick Saban and Co. are set to open their season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Louisville. It will be played in primetime. Alabama is a big favorite.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Defensive lineman Joey Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts as he walks off the field after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 44-28 in the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State star defensive end Nick Bosa’s season ended after three weeks when he suffered a groin injury in a win over TCU. Earlier this month, Bosa announced he was withdrawing from OSU to focus on rehabbing and getting ready for the 2019 NFL Draft.Today, Los Angeles Chargers standout and former Ohio State All-American Joey Bosa commented on his brother’s decision. He offered some insight into how his entire family came to an agreement that this was the best course of action.As you might expect, he is fully supportive of his younger sibling.“It was a huge family decision,” Joey Bosa said. “He talked to me, my Dad did more talking to me than he did about my opinion on this. We all came to agree on the same thing. I find it hard to believe that anyone would give up an amazing opportunity that he has or risk the amazing opportunity that he has.“You have to understand that this is a business and he has to take care of himself, do what’s smart for him. If anyone had the opportunity to hit the lottery tomorrow, would anyone risk that? He has that opportunity.”You can see all of Joey Bosa’s comments below, courtesy of Sam Fortier, who covers the Chargers for The Athletic.Joey Bosa’s thoughts on his brother Nick withdrawing from OSU.”You have to understand that it is a business and he has to take care of himself, do what’s smart for him. If anyone had the opportunity to hit the lottery tomorrow, would anyone risk that? He has that opportunity.” pic.twitter.com/DlKx2Ocwj3— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) October 30, 2018Nick Bosa is currently living and rehabbing with his brother in Los Angeles. Joey Bosa is recovering from an injury of his own.Despite his setback this season, the younger Bosa is a projected top-five pick in April’s NFL Draft.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after a play against the Maryland Terrapins during the second half at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Urban Meyer announced his retirement from Ohio State’s football program on Tuesday morning, citing his health as the No. 1 reason for his departure.The three-time national title-winning head coach has been battling a brain cyst in recent years. The cyst has caused several painful headaches that have, at times, shown up during games.Eleven Warriors caught up with Ohio State’s athletic director, Gene Smith, who revealed the extent of Meyer’s issues. It certainly sounds painful.From the report:On Oct. 12, the Friday before Ohio State’s game against Minnesota, Smith held a six-person meeting that included director of football sports performance Mickey Marotti, director of player development Ryan Stamper, general manager Brian Voltolini, executive associate athletics director Diana Sabau and Meyer.During the meeting, Smith helped to design out a plan that curtailed Meyer’s headaches and minimized their effects during games. After speaking to doctors, Smith realized Meyer needed to keep his headset on as much as possible.“Because it keeps the noise out,” Smith said. “The noise is a stimulant for the headache. So, I had the doctors there. What’s the stimuli that causes headaches? The intensity.”Smith also revealed that he told Meyer he would be forced to take him out of a game if he collapsed on the sideline again.Meyer has said that he doesn’t believe he’ll coach again, but at only 54 years of age, it’s impossible to really know.For now, Meyer will coach Ohio State through the Rose Bowl contest against Washington, and then focus on getting fully healthy.You can read Smith’s full comments on Meyer and his health here.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)While there’s no doubt that Tua Tagovailoa is one of the best quarterbacks in college football, the Alabama star has dealt with a handful of injuries thus far in his career.Last year, the dual-threat quarterback battled a knee injury that plagued him throughout the regular season. It can be argued that Tagovailoa was the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy before his injuries slowed him down.Tagovailoa is on pace to be a first-round pick in next year’s NFL Draft. However, scouts will need to see him remain healthy in his junior season.Unfortunately for Tagovailoa, it turns out that he’s already dealing with an injury. Due to a little pain in his hamstring, he’ll have to miss this year’s Manning Passing Academy. The event, hosted by the famous quarterback family, began on Thursday and runs through this weekend.It sounds more like a precautionary move than a serious injury for Tagovailoa… @AlabamaFTBL quarterback Tua Tagavailoa not at Manning Passing Academy due to slight hamstring injury – nothing serious – just kept out for precautionary measures #wgnosports— Ed Daniels (@WGNOsports) June 28, 2019Obviously Alabama has to have some level of concern over this development. The program’s title hopes rides on the health of its quarterback.Tagovailoa has dealt with injuries to his ankle, knee, hand and hamstring over the course of his career with the Crimson Tide.Nonetheless, it’s encouraging to know that Tagovailoa will stay out of harm’s way and avoid risking further injury at the Manning Passing Academy.
MIAMI, FL – APRIL 13: Tate Martell #18 of the Miami Hurricanes warms up before the annual Spring Game at Nathaniel Traz-Powell Stadium on April 13, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)Former top quarterback recruit Tate Martell transferred from Ohio State to Miami this offseason, following Urban Meyer’s decision to retire and Justin Fields’ move from Georgia to to OSU.Martell, a former top recruit coming out of high school, has been made eligible for the 2019 season. Obviously, he transferred tot Miami to start.That’s not a guarantee right now, though, as the Hurricanes are in the middle of a major starting QB competition.Here’s the latest on where Martell stands. Martell, a dual-threat QB, was the first quarterback to take reps at practice this week, indicating that he’s perhaps leading the competition.first day out.. pic.twitter.com/M81jx3KV0R— TATE MARTELL (@TheTateMartell) July 27, 2019Miami’s new head coach, Manny Diaz, opened up about Martell’s battle with fellow quarterbacks N’Kosi Perry and Jarren Williams.Manny Diaz on #Canes QB situation and #OhioState transfer Tate Martell leading the trio N’Kosi Perry and Jarren Williams vying for starting role in drills to start @CanesFootball first Training Camp practice pic.twitter.com/dWgkvCLUcy— Chris Fischer NBC6 (@FischerNBC6) July 27, 2019Miami opens the 2019 college football season sooner than everyone else. The Hurricanes are set to play Florida on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. E.T.
3rd ODI: Imam-ul-Haq hundred in vain as South Africa beat Pakistan in rain-curtailed matchSouth Africa vs Pakistan: South Africa (187 for 2) beat Pakistan (317 for 6) by 8 wickets via the DLS method in Centurion to take a 2-1 lead in the 5-match ODI series on Friday.advertisement Associated Press CenturionJanuary 26, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 07:46 IST Bad weather forced the players off for the second and last time in the 33rd over (Cricket South Africa Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa (187 for 2) beat Pakistan (317 for 6) by 8 wickets via the DLS methodReeza Hendricks (83) and Faf du Plessis (40) were batting in the 33rd over when play was called off due to rainPakistan’s score was built around opener Imam-ul-Haq’s 101 off 116 balls while Babar Azam scored and Mohammad Hafeez scored 69 and 52South Africa beat Pakistan by 13 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method on Friday to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series of one-day internationals.The home team’s pursuit of Pakistan’s impressive total of 317-6 was shaping up to be a thrilling one before rain intervened.Reeza Hendricks, who was undefeated on 83, and captain Faf du Plessis (40 not out) were in the middle of a 108-run stand when the bad weather forced the players off for the second and last time at SuperSport Park with South Africa on 187-2 after 33 overs.The game was finally called off and the result confirmed over an hour later.UPDATE: The 3rd Momentum ODI has been called, congratulations to SA who have won by 13 runs via the Duckworth/Lewis/Stern method. They go 2-1 up in the 5-match series. Next match is the #PinkODI this Sunday. We can’t wait to see you all #PitchUpInPink. #ProteaFire #SAvPAK pic.twitter.com/ZtJYbTVd2JCricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 25, 2019Pakistan’s score was built around opener Imam-ul-Haq, who made 101 and was one of a number of batsmen dropped in a sloppy display by South Africa in the field.Imam also became the second fastest player to reach 1,000 ODI runs, behind teammate Fakhar Zaman. The duo have pushed West Indies great Viv Richards, who set the record 38 years ago, down to third on that list.Babar Azam was also given a life and went on to hit 69 from 72 balls in a 132-run partnership with Imam.South Africa was 79-2 in reply and under pressure when Hendricks and du Plessis came together. Hendricks hit eight fours and pulled two sixes over midwicket on the way to his second ODI half-century.advertisementPakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed played despite coming under scrutiny for an alleged racist comment aimed at allrounder Andile Phehlukwayo in the second ODI.The International Cricket Council governing body is gathering information on the incident but hasn’t announced any formal proceedings against Sarfraz, who apologized the day after and said his remarks were a general expression of frustration not aimed specifically at the South African.Sarfraz also apologized in person to Phehlukwayo ahead of Friday’s game.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow South Africa vs PakistanFollow Centurion ODIFollow Imam-ul-Haq
Don’t be sad, 7 runs do not mean much: Cheteshwar Pujara’s father told him after Sydney 193While Cheteshwar Pujara buried Australia in a mountain of runs in the Sydney Test, his father was undergoing a heart surgery back in India.advertisement India Today Web Desk RajkotFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 14:58 IST Cheteshwar Pujara was adjudged Player of the Series in the recent Border-Gavaskar series in Australia (Pujara Instagram)HIGHLIGHTSCheteshwar Pujara scored 521 runs in the four-Test series vs Australia at an average of over 74Pujara was adjudged Player of the Series in the Border-Gavaskar trophyThe 31-year-old had faced a record 1258 deliveries and batted close to 30 hours in the 4 TestsWhat Cheteshwar Pujara did in Australia circa 2018-19 will not be forgotten in a hurry. 521 runs from four Tests as India registered their first-ever Test series win on Australian soil will forever be counted among the greatest feats by an Indian batsman overseas.It was not only the runs that will be remembered. Pujara’s effort was an exhibition of Test-batting masterclass, the likes of which the world was beginning to forget.In a span of 1258 deliveries and close to 30 hours, the man from Rajkot told the world that there is still place for traditional Test batting in the era of franchise-based T20 leagues.But even as Pujara bullied Australia in their own den, his father Arvind was undergoing a heart surgery at the exact moment he was battling in the fourth and final Test in Sydney.”Firstly, I was assured by our family doctors before the Test that he would be okay. He needed the procedure because his heart rate was fluctuating. Dr Patil, who carried out the procedure, was in touch with me and told me to not worry.”I was communicating with my wife, Puja, who was travelling with my father, regularly. I knew he was in the right hands and I could focus on the Test match,” Pujara told ‘The Cricket Monthly’.”The surgery was on January 3, the first day of the Sydney Test. Although it was playing on the back of my mind, I am someone who is really mentally tough, so I could focus on my batting.”The good thing about that particular Test was that I had scored runs in the series. So my confidence was high. I had already played the practice match at the SCG [in November] so I just wanted to capitalise.”I knew the pitch would offer me some shots and I could play my natural game, unlike Adelaide and Melbourne, where I had to work hard to get runs,” he added.Cheteshwar Pujara said he was exhausted because he could not sleep well. However, he was determined to bat Australia out of the final Test and close the door on them as India went on to secure a historic series win.Pujara missed out on a maiden double hundred in Australia by 7 runs after battling hard for the team. But it was his father who consoled him and reminded his son that the double hundred was just a number.”It was not easy to sleep. My body was tired. Mentally I was relaxed because my father’s procedure was done. But I still had to bat well on day two because it was important to build on the start. I had to bat them out of the Test match – that was my goal and that is exactly what happened.”Later that evening my dad told me that the double-hundred was just a number ‘You’ve done the job for the team. Don’t be sad. Seven runs does not mean much, but the job you have done for the team means a lot’.”He is a special person in my life. Puja was telling me that, having undergone the procedure, seeing my score, he talked to all the doctors and they were congratulating him. He was so happy to speak to them about the game. For him it was not the procedure. I think he was only thinking of the Test!,” the 31-year-old said.Also Read | Cheteshwar Pujara determined to win Ranji Trophy after cheater taunt in BengaluruAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara, Indian cricket’s marathon man, turns 31Also Read | Pujara hundreds, Pant banter and Dhoni 2.0: Recapping India’s historic Australia tourAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara stars in record chase as Saurashtra reach Ranji Trophy semi-final Also Read | Cheteshwar Pujara’s family welcomes him with a cake after record-breaking Australia tourFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow Arvind PujaraFollow Cheteshwar Pujara fatherFollow India vs Australia
World Cup 2019: Prayers offered for India’s success in opening matchCricket fans gathered and chanted Vedic Mantras’ in a temple in Varanasi ahead of India’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 opener against South Africa scheduled for Wednesday in Southampton.advertisement Asian News International VaranasiJune 5, 2019UPDATED: June 5, 2019 12:25 IST Prayers offered for Indias success in opening match. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPrayers were offered in several temples across India ahead of India’s WC openerIndia begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on WednesdayFans said they have praying for a one-sided match in SouthamptonIndia is all set to play the first match of this edition’s ICC Cricket World Cup against South Africa on Wednesday and cricket fans in Varanasi offered prayers for the team’s success in the match.’Vedic Mantras’ was chanted in the temple of Varanasi so that team perform well in the premier tournament and have a good start on Wednesday. India takes on South Africa at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton in their World Cup 2019 opener.”We are praying that ‘God gives strength to team India so that team, under the leadership of Virat Kohli, win a one-sided match.’ Not only this we prayed that India beat all the teams and win the World Cup,” Acharya Pandit Rajendra Trivedi, one of the fans who offered prayers, told ANI.Ramesh Verma, another fan, said: “We have taken blessings from Bholenath for India’s success. We will win all the matches and I think we will win the World Cup for the third time. India is the strongest team with good batsmen and bowlers.”This is India’s first match in the tournament while South Africa will be playing their third match. South Africa has lost both its matches at the hands of England and Bangladesh.India are heading into the match as firm favourites. It will, therefore, be interesting to see whether South Africa will be able to change their fortunes from now on or India will justify their favorite tag.Also Read | South Africa pace ace Dale Steyn ruled out of World Cup 2019advertisementAlso Read | India vs South Africa, World Cup 2019 Match 8: Prediction and Probable Playing 11sAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Virat KohliFollow South Africa vs India
Next Batting collapses have cost Sri Lanka at the World Cup, says Dimuth KarunaratneKarunaratne feels the batting line-up has let Sri Lanka down and the team must perform as a unit if they have a shot at qualifying for the semi-finals. Sri Lanka has an outside chance of finishing in the top four if they win their remaining two games.advertisement Reuters BritainJuly 1, 2019UPDATED: July 1, 2019 11:04 IST Batting collapses have cost Sri Lanka at the World Cup, says Dimuth Karunaratne. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSri Lanka have been bowled out four times so far in the tournamentTwo points behind Pakistan, Sri Lanka are seventh in points tableSri Lanka and West Indies will face each other on July 1Sri Lanka has been let down by their batting line-up at the Cricket World Cup and must perform together as a unit if they are to have a shot at qualifying for the semi-finals, their skipper Dimuth Karunaratne said on Sunday.Sri Lanka is seventh in the standings three points behind fourth-placed Pakistan and have an outside chance of qualifying for the semi-finals by finishing in the top four if they win their remaining two games.The 1996 champions have been bowled out four times so far at the tournament and Karunaratne said their inability to kick on after batsmen made promising starts had cost them against the big sides.I think the batting is the main collapse, Karunaratne told reporters ahead of Monday’s match against West Indies. We played like five matches, we couldn’t get a hundred, only a couple of the fifties in our team. That is the only major thing.If you want to compete with the good sides, you definitely got to have a good batting line-up and you have to put runs on the board. So I think in this World Cup, the major (problem) is the batting line-up.They have capabilities to score runs. They were scoring but as a unit, we couldn’t perform really well in these matches. Everyone has to put their hands up, put their heads down and put some runs on the board if you want to really win the matches.Sri Lanka’s fate is not solely in their hands, however, with their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals resting on how England and Bangladesh, above them in the standings, fare in their remaining games.advertisementWe can’t control the other games, Karunaratne added. I think we have a good chance but we have to win these two games and wait for… what will happen in the other games.We can only control the matches we are going to play, the two matches. We are trying to give our best and try to win these two matches and hopefully, if we have a chance, we definitely can be (among) the top four teams.Also Read | Win over Sri Lanka feels bittersweet, doesn’t mean much: Faf du PlessisAlso Read | World Cup 2019: South Africa dent Sri Lanka’s semi-final hopes with 9-wicket winAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Dimuth KarunaratneFollow team Sri Lanka
With all that’s going on in the world, it’s a damn good thing rye whiskey is making a comeback. Rye whiskey is an American drink– it’s a bold, spicy, nuanced kick to the pants that wakes you up to Manifest (your) Destiny. Thanks to Redemption Rye and Clark Street Bread in Los Angeles, you can now eat it, too. Meet your favorite new sandwich: When Pigs Rye. Don’t worry; they’ve given us the recipe (below).Rye whiskey is staging its glorious comeback: America was forged by people drinking rye, hell George Washington had a distillery at Mount Vernon. Then Prohibition struck and Americans started sneaking Canadian whiskies, which were much smoother, and almost sweeter, which made sense since their primary grain was corn. It was out with the rye, in with the bourbon.Redemption Rye has been at the forefront of this rye resurgence: they source their rye from Old Seagram’s Distillery in Indiana and choose to use a mash bill of 95% rye. It’s a high proof, beautifully aged, intensely sippable whiskey made by people passionate about the spirit.Zack Hall, the founder and baker of Clark Street Bread, usually ends his long days with a glass of whiskey. His artisan breads are near-perfect: crispy baguettes, golden, flaky croissants, thick, spongy focaccias– it’s no wonder some of the best restaurants in town order his goods. And now he’s created a masterpiece of a sandwich: When Pigs Rye. “I… love American whiskies and Redemption is one of my personal favorites,” says Hall. “The high rye content in the small-batch whiskey inspired me to come up with the ultimate pairing of my two favorite things.”The former musician-turned-baker took inspiration from the Danish Rye bread and soaked the rye berries with Redemption Rye then made the bread. “By combining rye whisky with the actual rye berry, we get to take the final product back to the first step, which is a high quality rye grain,” Hall explains. His idea results in deliciously warm tasting bread.To complete the open-faced sandwich, Hall spread on some homemade whiskey mustard, piled the slice of rye high with succulent pork, added homemade whiskey pickles, and garnished this culinary masterpiece with dill. “Rye whiskey has a spicier flavor to it than bourbon – think of the difference between rye bread and sweet cornbread,” Hall says. “We found a rad way to bring traditional-style, hearth baked breads and Redemption Rye whiskey together as one.” Expect a spicier rye kick from the mustard and pickles than you’ll get from the bread.Once you try Hall’s Redemption Rye bread, there’s no going back. From now until April, you can order this game-changing sandwich at his Grand Central Market location (he will soon be opening an Echo Park location). If you can’t make it there, or you find yourself craving it later (and you will) Hall has kindly offered up the recipe so you can make it at home– it’s a two day process, so feel free to sip on some Redemption while you’re at it.“When Pigs Rye” RecipePlenty for 6-8 peopleIngredients:Redemption Rye WhiskeyRoast pork or smoked hamRye Berries (for rye bread recipe)Whiskey Pickles (see recipe)**Whiskey Mustard (see recipe)*Sea Salt (high quality)White Wine VinegarRed VinegarButter (high quality)Recipe: To prep several days in advance*Whiskey Mustard:Soak mustard seeds in equal parts Redemption Rye and water overnight.100g yellow mustard seeds100g black mustard seeds50g Redemption Rye50g waterVinegar (to taste)Salt (to taste)Once seeds have soaked, blend all ingredients in blender for a minute or two until smooth. Taste for seasoning; allow to come together for a day or two.Rye Bread:Soak rye berries in equal parts water and Redemption Rye. Allow to absorb overnight. Make your favorite rye bread recipe and add whiskey soaked rye berries to taste.To prep day of:**Whiskey Pickles:6 Kirby or Persian cucumbers1 part sugar2 parts vinegar3 parts Redemption Rye/Water combinationSlice half a dozen Kirby or Persian cucumbers thinly on a mandolin. Salt over a chinois strainer or sieve and allow to drain for 15 minutes. Dissolve 1 part sugar in 2 parts vinegar and 3 parts split Redemption Rye/water. Soak cucumbers for 15 minutes or to your taste.To assemble:Take one piece of Danish rye bread, spread with butter. Next, spread with mustard, and then top bread with pork. Place pickles on pork and garnish with dill or fennel fronds. Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Rye Whiskey Smash The Best American Liqueur Atomik Vodka Is a New Spirit Distilled From Chernobyl-Grown Rye The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs
Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Crossroads HotelEvery room features thoroughly modern amenities including Serta mattresses, luxury linens, and free Wi-Fi. The rooms are also pet-friendly. Some suites upgrade to more gentlemanly conveniences like dedicated seating areas, commanding city views, and private poker and billiard tables. Every minibar is packed with local gourmet treats and snacks including Christopher Elbow chocolates, Polly’s Pop soda, Messenger Coffee, and Tom’s Town Gin.The modestly sized four-story hotel is adding to the local social scene with three new restaurants and bars. Just off the lobby, XR offers all-day dining mainly sourced from a wood-fired oven that turns out pizzas, tapas, and signature staples. Lazia on the ground floor is an old-world Italian steakhouse with “a transformative music playlist” (we’ve no idea what that means, but we’re going with it). The pièce de résistance, however, will be Percheron — named for the famous horses of Pabst Brewery. This rooftop beer garden will open in spring 2019 with the promise of light snacks, craft cocktails, panoramic city views, bocce courts, and a solid beer menu that will naturally include plenty of PBR.Crossroads HotelModern boutique hotels know to use “local” as a buzzy marketing hook to make out-of-towners feel as though they’re traveling in-the-know. There’s often little of substance behind it, but Crossroads Hotel owner Aparium is taking that promise seriously with a creative, art-forward vibe that’s woven into the fabric of the hotel. On the inside, local tattoo legend Mikey Wheeler was enlisted to design much of the wallpaper; bar menus rely heavily on local distiller J. Rieger & Co.; hand-crafted furniture from Castilleja Furniture; and Missouri-based artist Melanie Sherman crafted custom ceramic lighting fixtures for all 131 guest rooms and many of its public spaces. Most notable is the 2,000 square feet of public gallery and creative space. Here, the hotel is bolstering the KC art scene with one-of-a-kind exhibits, performances, commissions, and a dedicated artist-in-residence program.Reservations at Crossroads Hotel opened on October 16 with rooms available from $179 nightly. Kansas City is in the midst of something of a modern cultural Renaissance. New restaurants and boutique accommodations (like the swanky hotel-meets-art-museum 21c Museum Hotel) are sprouting up around the city, and KC will also host season three of Queer Eye in 2019. Fan of the show or not, you have to admit it’s a sign the city is on an upswing. Among the revitalization efforts is a clever repurposing of the city’s former Pabst Brewing Company plant.Former Pabst Brewing Depot turned to “office spaces” by Tom Pendergast and Johnny Lazia during the prohibition.The long-awaited Crossroads Hotel opened this month in the Crossroads, a burgeoning, eclectic district that’s becoming Kansas City’s de facto arts and entertainment hub. The neighborhood is home to a growing number of coffee bars, legit barbecue joints, brewpubs, and restored warehouses-turned-art galleries. Needless to say, it was also a fitting home for the city’s latest boutique hotel.Naturally, the building’s former life as a Pabst Brewing Co bottling plant is about as ‘heartland Americana’ as it gets. The architecture and design teams sought to maintain much of its original warehouse aesthetic — cracked brick, distressed wood columns, and well-worn concrete all remains. The interior blends these industrial bones with beautiful upscale accents like deeply woven fabrics, blackened metal finishes, and heavily-ribbed glass fixtures. 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. This Belgian-Monastery-Turned-Hotel Has Us Craving a Trip to Antwerp Welcome to Funner, California (Yes, It’s a Real Place) The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana Editors’ Recommendations
“This is another way of extending the libraries beyond brick and mortar structures and literally bringing the library from the schools. We are becoming more and more a digital society, using mobile phones, tablets and other devices to obtain information,” he added.The Minister said that the digital libraries will improve efficiencies, reduce costs and complement the Government’s Tablets in Schools Programme.“eLibrary is the way to go, and we are using technology to reduce the cost for the delivery of services. The world is changing rapidly and we have to adapt to it,” he said.The Minister also thanked representative from La Sierra University, Patrina Jamieson, a Jamaican, who worked on taking the project from the university to Jamaica.For her part, Ms. Jamieson said she decided to advocate for the eLibrary project to be taken to Jamaica, so that her team could make a positive contribution to the development of Jamaica’s youth.“eLibrary is a global initiative to address Sustainable Goal #4 for quality education. The eLibrary uses, basically, micro compression technology to bring thousands of curated curriculum-based content to communities around the world,” she said.Ms. Jamieson also noted that the eLibrary is being provided to the schools and students at no charge, and aims to reach youth who have problems with numeracy and literacy skills.She is a former student of Tarrant High School in Kingston, which was recently part of a pilot stage of the project.During his testimonial, Principal of Tarrant High School, Major Paul Hall, said the administrators have seen an improvement in students’ performance in the subject of Mathematics after using the software.“The students are also more familiar with the sciences, and I can’t get them to leave the devices alone. Every day they want to explore the sciences. Our students now can learn research skills, which are very important, and what I love about this awesome device, is that without Internet, anywhere you are, you are able to access it through your phone,” he said. Story Highlights The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, in partnership with La Sierra University in California, has launched a new eLibrary project, aimed at transforming the way school libraries are structured, with digital platforms that users can access from their personal devices, both on and off campuses.The ceremony was held on Tuesday (January 15), at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.At the launch, the software was shared with administrators for the various regions of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, who will be sharing it with schools in upcoming weeks.The project will enable students to access thousands of current textbooks and more than 100 instructional videos, by plugging in a free preloaded flash drive into their computers and uploading the software.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, who spoke at the launch, said this new project complements the implementation of the National Standards Curriculum and provides access to learning resources that satisfy standards of quality.“Traditionally, libraries offer support at every stage of a person’s life, where we go to study, write and research. Today, with the rapidly expanding range of digital activities, there are greater options for libraries to engage new and existing users. The electronic library system enables teachers and students in schools to gain access to multimedia resources in library services directly from their schools at any time,” Senator Reid explained.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, speaks at the launch of the eLibrary Project, on Tuesday (January 15) at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, in partnership with La Sierra University in California, has launched a new eLibrary project, aimed at transforming the way school libraries are structured, with digital platforms that users can access from their personal devices, both on and off campuses. At the launch, the software was shared with administrators for the various regions of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, who will be sharing it with schools in upcoming weeks. The ceremony was held on Tuesday (January 15), at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday, April 8, issued a statement that the Executive Board is expected to meet to consider Jamaica’s 48-month arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF), by the end of April. The following is the statement issued by the IMF:“Since the conclusion of a staff-level agreement with the Jamaican authorities in February on an economic programme that can be supported by the Fund, the authorities have submitted documentation to the IMF to confirm that all prior actions have been met. In addition, the Fund has engaged with the authorities and its development partners on the financing for the programme, including through important contributions from the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank.“The Fund welcomes the progress that has been made in the implementation of the programme thus far including the authorities’ efforts to complete the prior actions and structural benchmarks, and on the assembling of a financing package. On the basis of this progress, Fund management will submit to its Executive Board a 48-month arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) in the amount of SDR 615 million (about $958 million, or 225 percent of quota), with the recommendation that it be approved. It is expected that the Board meeting would take place by the end of April.“The success of this programme crucially depends on full and timely policy implementation by Jamaica of a coordinated set of reforms, to strengthen the public finances, restore debt sustainability, enhance growth, and bolster the resilience of the financial sector. Recognizing the sacrifice involved for the Jamaican people, the strategy also aims to minimize the impact on the poorest and most vulnerable.”
The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) has been facilitating various initiatives to create an enabling environment for the Micro, Small and Medium-size Enterprise (MSME) sector.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank session, Director of the MSME Division within the Ministry, Andrene Collings said that the division is tasked with reviewing policies and guiding efforts to increase financing, market access and support services for MSMEs. “The establishment of the Division is a good structural move, as the government recognize the value and importance of the MSME sector and so this division will be a structured focal point within the ministry, that has been assigned the small business development portfolio,” Mrs. Collings said.She informed that the first task of the recently-established division was to update the MSME policy which will be tabled in the Houses of Parliament in short order.First adopted by Parliament in 2013, the Policy serves as a comprehensive framework for the implementation of strategies to support the growth and development of the MSME sector.Parts of the Policy under revision include: an alignment of the definition of MSMEs to match international standards; and the Security Interest in Personal Property (SIPP) Act.In terms of improved access to finance, Mrs. Collings noted that the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), which is the premier micro-financing entity, has been continuously conducting research to create new products to meet the needs of the sector.In addition, a $1-billion loan facility is being made available by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) to assist small and medium-sized tourism enterprises to upgrade their properties and attractions. The funding is available through the National Export-Import (EXIM) Bank.Mrs. Collings noted too that the SIPP Act provides for increased access to financing by MSMEs, by allowing personal property (non-real estate assets) to be used as collateral for loans.“So instead of traditional collateral such as land and house, persons may use furniture, equipment and other movable assets,” she outlined.As it relates to technical and support services, the Director said that the MSME Division is seeking to create a network of small business advisory centres across the island.“The goal is to provide for the MSMEs what Rural Agricultural Development Authority provides to the farmers, as we recognize that every small business in Jamaica has the right to access business advisory service and so, the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) and other entities are equipped to facilitate these valuable services,” Mrs. Collings noted.She argued that the MSME sector accounts for the vast majority of the businesses in Jamaica.“We say that the MSME is the engine of growth but there has to be infrastructures for an engine to be of any value, so the responsibility of the government then, is to ensure that it creates an enabling environment so that the engine can start and move in an appropriate direction,” Mrs. Collings reasoned.
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the Government’s ongoing strong implementation of Jamaica’s Economic Reform Programme (ERP), continues to yield significant dividends. Story Highlights The Board notes that consequent on “commendable” performances under two successive Fund arrangements since May 2013, “Jamaica’s public debt is projected to fall below 100 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) for the first time since fiscal year 2000/01, to 98.7 per cent of GDP in fiscal year 2018/19”. The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the Government’s ongoing strong implementation of Jamaica’s Economic Reform Programme (ERP), continues to yield significant dividends.The Board notes that consequent on “commendable” performances under two successive Fund arrangements since May 2013, “Jamaica’s public debt is projected to fall below 100 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) for the first time since fiscal year 2000/01, to 98.7 per cent of GDP in fiscal year 2018/19”.This is outlined in an April 22 statement posted on the IMF’s website, following the Board’s completion and approval of Jamaica’s fifth review under the 36-month US$1.66-billion Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement (PSBA).It now enables the release of approximately US$223 million, which will bring the total sum available to Jamaica to US$1.4 billion, if necessary.Other notable out-turns and indicators highlighted include record low unemployment; heightened business confidence; 2018 calendar year growth of 1.8 per cent, buoyed by mining, construction and agriculture; and international reserves deemed “comfortable” under a more flexible exchange rate.“All quantitative performance criteria at [the] end [of] December 2018 were met, and the structural benchmark to table, in Parliament, amendments to the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Act, was completed in October 2018,” the statement further indicated.The Board, however, noted that the 2.4 per cent inflation rate out-turn recorded in October 2018, which triggered a staff consultation under the Monetary Policy Consultation Clause, remained unchanged in February 2019.“Further monetary easing is needed to restore inflation to the midpoint of the four to six per cent target range. The BOJ’s reduction in the reserve requirement on Jamaican dollar deposits will help make policy accommodative, but further rate cuts are likely to be needed,” the document further indicated.The Board also suggested that the BOJ continue reducing its foreign exchange footprint, including limiting sales to “disorderly” market conditions, adding that “the need for further reductions in reserve requirements should also be assessed”.Meanwhile, the IMF has emphasised the need for action by the public and private sectors to achieve higher levels of sustainable growth.The Fund says that for its part, the Government’s 2019/20 Budget “is reducing the primary surplus by 0.5 per cent of GDP to 6.5 per cent, without compromising the medium-term public debt anchor.”“The fiscal loosening supports growth and social spending by providing resources for security, infrastructure, school meals and transportation. Further, the cuts to distortionary financial taxes will help support economic activity and job creation,” the IMF statement said.As for the private sector, the Board proposes that members “capitalise on these fiscal measures to increase investments, and create opportunities for advancing financial inclusion”.Meanwhile, the Board underscores that public-sector shortcomings “should be immediately addressed”.This, the Executive Board noted, could be achieved, in part, by empowering the Integrity Commission; passing regulations to solidify a transparent and competency-based process for appointments to the Boards of public bodies; transferring funds from government commercial bank accounts to the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and closing the former; and reducing the number of public bodies.Strengthened coordination between the Financial Services Commission (FSC) and the BOJ, and increasing both institutions’ capacities have also been identified as paramount to maintaining financial-sector stability.“Risk-based supervision of financial conglomerates requires the methodical collection, sharing, and monitoring of data and lending standards. Joint work among the regulators will be required to draft legislation for the special resolution regime and to address Anti-Money Laundering-Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML-CFT) deficiencies,” the statement said.“Overhauling the public-sector compensation structure by streamlining allowances and making it performance-based, prioritising and reducing government functions and size, and upgrading public bodies’ governance are critical for fiscal sustainability,” it added.In the meantime, the IMF is emphasising the need for ongoing commitment to strengthen domestic institutions as Jamaica prepares to exit financial arrangements with the Fund later this year.The Board maintains that laying the groundwork for the Fiscal Council, amending the BOJ Act for its operational autonomy, and a disaster resilience policy framework “are steps in this direction”. This is outlined in an April 22 statement posted on the IMF’s website, following the Board’s completion and approval of Jamaica’s fifth review under the 36-month US$1.66-billion Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement (PSBA).