TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich chief Salihamidzic confirms talks for Atletico Madrid defender Lucasby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich chief Hasan Salihamidzic has confirmed interest in Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez.Bayern are prepared to meet Lucas’ buyout clause to the tune of €85m.However, Salihamidzic says any deal won’t happen until the end of the season.”We have already had conversations and there will be more,” he confirmed. “But him arriving in the winter is not realistic.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings: Something has to changeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTyrone Mings says something has to change at Aston Villa following Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Arsenal.With just 10 men, the Gunners came from behind twice to claim the home victory over Mings’ Villa outfit.It wasn’t the first time Villa have blown a lead this season, and Mings wants to see a different attitude from his teammates.Speaking after the game, Mings said: “We were good at times but it feels like when we go ahead there is desperation to hold onto the lead rather than going and getting another goal and really being ruthless.”I don’t know what it is at the moment but something needs to change, especially when we go either ahead or have a man advantage. It seems to have the opposite effect.”We know that we should have done the same things as we did in the first half that got us into the lead.”The manager didn’t really give us a message but we should have been able to troubleshoot on the pitch. We’re a pressing team and we like to go and press. We just stopped doing that.”As a team we need to be a bit braver and go and stop teams higher up the pitch, especially with a man advantage. But we said the same after Tottenham when we appeared to drop off so it’s a tough one to take.”I don’t question the group of lads that we’ve got one bit. There’s just certain elements of our game – and when certain things happen – it seems to affect us in a negative way, rather than a positive.”The mentality we have has got us into the lead on two occasions. It’s a natural thing to drop off when we’ve got a goal, but we need to start doing what we did when we got into the lead in the first place. It’s been our downfall.”
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners shakes hands with head coach Lincoln Riley during the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)It is hard to do much better as a first-year head coach than Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley in 2017. He guided the Sooners to the College Football Playoff, and very nearly a national championship appearance, losing a dramatic Rose Bowl semifinal to Georgia.Things may get tougher, as Baker Mayfield is off in the NFL this year. Oklahoma breaks in new quarterback Kyler Murray for a year, before he starts his baseball career.Still, most of the worries that Riley, who turns 35 around the start of the year, wouldn’t be able to effectively steer the ship in a post-Bob Stoops world should be gone.Today, Oklahoma made a big commitment to Riley, extending his contract and bumping his pay up to $4.8 million for next season.Way #Sooners coach Lincoln Riley contract will work?Year 1 – $4.8 millionYear 2 – $4.9 millionYear 3 – $5 millionYear 4 – $5.1 millionYear 5 – $5.2 millionFive years, $25 million.— Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo) June 19, 2018Last season, Riley made $3.1 million in his first season as head coach. He was also paid $380,000 in performance bonuses.According to USA Today‘s coaching salary database, this new contract would make Lincoln Riley the 11th-highest paid coach in the country, per last year’s numbers.At $4.8 million, Riley vaults just ahead of Gus Malzahn’s 2017 pay, per the database. Of course, some of the guys ahead of him, like Jimbo Fisher who got a massive deal at Texas A&M, and former Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin, are in new spots.Other extensions make it hard to know exactly where Riley will rank for the 2018 season. It is a fair estimate that he will be floating just outside the top 10, which is pretty good for a coach entering his second year at the head of a program.It also should be noted that Riley is once again the highest paid member of the Oklahoma football program. Murray briefly held that spot, with a signing bonus from the Oakland A’s that came in just shy of $4.66 million.The new contract comes almost exactly a year after he received his first head coaching deal from the Sooners. The school would be smart to keep him happy as well. The NFL is reportedly interested in Riley as a coach.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The NCAA has ruled on the eligibility of a five-star freshman days before the 2018 regular season is set to begin.Josh Belk, a five-star defensive lineman who transferred to South Carolina from Clemson, has been ruled eligible to play in 2018.The five-star recruit enrolled at Clemson in early 2018 and then transferred to South Carolina this summer.Here’s the full announcement from the NCAA:There it is pic.twitter.com/FVEhDdpB1d— Hale McGranahan (@HaleMcGranahan) August 30, 2018Belk was ranked a five-star recruit and the No. 25 overall prospect in the 2018 class by 247Sports.It’s unclear how much he’ll play for the Gamecocks this season, but this is still a boost for their defense.South Carolina is set to open its season on Saturday against Coastal Carolina.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field after the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Owls 63-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Kyler Murray, one of the best quarterbacks in college football through the first four weeks of the 2018 season, will not be starting under center for Oklahoma today. The Sooners are starting his backup, Austin Kendall, against Baylor this afternoon.Murray, a Heisman Trophy candidate, is being punished by head coach Lincoln Riley. This is not believed to be a serious situation, but he did enough to earn an early benching against the Bears today.Why is Murray being benched to start the game? Here’s everything we know.Rumors were swirling this morning of Murray’s potential benching, with most attributing this to a possible late arrival at practice.Dean Blevins, an Oklahoma reporter for a TV station in the state, tweeted the following:“Lotta rumors that QB Murray suspended. My sources indicate nothing major … but possibly would not start v Bay for minor violation — possibly something like late to practice. Nothing serious long term, as some suggested. Nothing confirmed.”An Oklahoma insider for 247Sports, meanwhile, said the issue is “no big deal.”From his report:“It’s basically (Lincoln) Riley and the OU staff making sure Murray understands that he abides by the same rules as the rest of the team, despite being a millionaire,” he wrote late Friday. “It’s not something that has been a repeated issue, so OU was merely nipping it in the bud before it potentially got out of hand. Punishment looks like it will be handled and OU will still have Murray tomorrow. End of story.”Murray will be missed by Oklahoma, but it doesn’t seem like the star quarterback is going to be out for too long.ESPN had more on the Murray situation:There’s been speculation since Friday that Murray wouldn’t start for unknown reasons, but Oklahoma has yet to confirm. It’s also unclear how long Kendall will play after starting the game.Murray has completed 68 percent of his passes this season for 1,028 yards and 11 touchdowns. He’s rushed for another three touchdowns.Murray’s QBR (95.4) is second nationally, trailing only Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.Kendall, a sophomore, completed 8 of 10 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown in the Sooners’ opening 63-14 win against Florida Atlantic, but hasn’t seen action since.The dual-threat quarterback has been brilliant so far this season, throwing for 1,028 yards and 11 touchdowns with a completion percentage close to 70 percent.Murray, obviously, is replacing a program legend in Baker Mayfield, but he’s done such an incredible job that he’s already drawing comparisons to the Heisman Trophy winner.News of Murray’s benching was actually first reported by Austin Kendall’s mother, who announced that her son was starting in a tweet. She has since made her Twitter account private.Oklahoma and Baylor are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ABC.
There have been several cool trick plays ran during the 2018 college football season so far.The best one, though, just happened in this afternoon’s Iowa-Minnesota game.The Hawkeyes ran an extremely cool trick play down by the Golden Gophers’ goal line. It worked like a charm, too.Check this out:On 4th down, Iowa got ultra creative and it worked. ? pic.twitter.com/i1gacvDBRa— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 6, 2018That is just awesome.Well done, Iowa.The Hawkeyes currently lead the game, 41-24.
SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 07: A member of Notre Dame Fighting Irish holds up his helmet on the opening kickoff during the game against the Stanford Cardinal on October 7, 2006 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Notre Dame football inked 23 players with the opening of the early signing period on Wednesday, but the Fighting Irish are not done. Brian Kelly and his staff are still targeting a few other top players.One of them is already committed elsewhere, but he still may end up heading to South Bend.Four-star safety Asa Turner is the lone player in Washington’s 2019 class that has not yet signed with the Huskies. Chris Petersen isn’t happy about it.While he can’t refer directly to an unsigned player or situation, he was clearly thinking about Notre Dame when he discussed “vultures” in the recruiting game on Wednesday.Asa Turner could flip to Notre Dame football, and the Fighting Irish are clear favorites for four-star defensive end Isaiah Foskey.Unlike Turner, Foskey isn’t committed anywhere. All 16 247 crystal ball predictions for him have him signing with Notre Dame.He is set to make a commitment on National Signing Day in February. The California native is the No. 168 player in the country and No. 10 weak-side defensive end.Back in September, he announced a top five featuring the Irish, as well as Cal, Michigan, Ohio State, and Washington.A Man’s Gift makes room for him and brings him before great men. Proverbs 18:16 pic.twitter.com/rgBpveFGfA— Isaiah Fos? (@IFoskey) September 5, 2018Right now, 247 has Notre Dame at No. 13 in the country, with 21 players in the fold. With those two, they’ll push for a top 10 finish.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)On Monday night the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers will meet in the College Football Playoff national title game for the third time in four years. College football fans appear to be sick of the match-up as ticket prices for the game are falling rapidly.After opening with a face value of $475, prices have dropped to $135 on the secondary market. Popular e-ticketing site StubHub has title game tickets available for just $115.While the match-up might be stale, there are a multitude of factors to the decreased ticket sales. TicketIQ founder Jesse Lawrence spoke with ESPN and suggested the location of Monday night’s game – Santa Clara – is also a major factor.“It’s sort of a perfect storm of factors at play this year. It’s a big ask for fans to come, and that’s why we’re seeing the prices the way they are.”Clemson and Alabama sit an average of 2,428 miles away from Santa Clara, which makes it difficult – and expensive – for fans to get there.Alabama and Clemson kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 05: Broadcaster Kirk Herbstreit speaks onstage during the “BCS Title Game” panel at the ESPN portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel on January 5, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)The Ohio State football team announced its captains today. Jordan Fuller, Tuf Borland, J.K. Dobbins, Chase Young, K.J. Hill, C.J. Saunders and Jonathon Cooper will all be leading the Buckeyes in 2019. Fuller and Borland are the only returning captains from last year.A former Ohio State football captain in his own right, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit had a message for the players picking up the mantle. Taking to Twitter after the announcement, Herbstreit called being a captain the “greatest honor you can have.”He wished the seven players luck and hopes that they serve as examples for the rest of the team moving forward.Congratulations fellas!! Greatest honor you can have—because YOUR teammates know what’s up!! They elected YOU to LEAD them through the 2019 season!! Good luck and serve your teammates!!Herbstreit played for Ohio State from 1989 to 1993, and was named a co-captain as a senior in 1992.Congratulations fellas!!Greatest honor you can have—because YOUR teammates know what’s up!! They elected YOU to LEAD them through the 2019 season!! Good luck and serve your teammates!! https://t.co/L0Y4k84ExB— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) August 19, 2019Getting the leadership right is going to be key to Ohio State retaining their Big Ten title in 2019.The team has a brand new head coach in Ryan Day, and as of today, has a new quarterback in sophomore Justin Fields.Ohio State heads into the 2019 season as a top five team in the AP preseason poll.
“It’s hard to predict the future… I think we’ve got to be creative in the ways that we look at it.”Franklin pointed out the different non-conference schedules affecting their outlook when it comes to their “scheduling philosophy.”Penn State plays nine in-conference games while Pitt plays eight.Franklin concluded that Penn State is open to continuing discussions with Pitt. But the deal must make sense for both sides.“We’re open to having discussions,” Franklin added. “But it’s got to equally make sense for both parties. It’s got to make sense for Pitt. It’s got to make sense for Penn State. I think this game will be sold out, but we had 104,000 last week, so we’re talking about probably an increase of 5,000 or 6,000. So it needs to be consistent for both parties.”The Nittany Lions have won back-to-back games against the Panthers, and own a 52-43-4 edge in the series.The game will be played on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. EST and will air on ABC.[Lions247] PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions runs onto the field with his team before taking on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)This Saturday will mark the 100th meeting between Penn State and in-state rival Pittsburgh. It will mark the fourth and final year of The Keystone Classic under the current four-year scheduling agreement, but the rivalry might not be going away forever.Speaking to the media ahead of the game, Penn State head coach James Franklin gave his thoughts on the rivalry. He said that he’s enjoyed the games and the fans have too.Via Lions247:“The games have been awesome… That first game (Pitt won at home, 42-39, in 2016) was an unbelievable game. The environment, I think we had the largest crowd in Heinz Field history for any sporting event, isn’t that correct? I mean, that’s pretty cool. We’ve had environments and crowds here that we have probably two or three times a year, but good, really good.”But while Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi all but dismissed the possibility of The Keystone Classic continuing, Franklin was not quite as convinced.
Next Indo-Asian News Service LondonJune 11, 2019UPDATED: June 11, 2019 09:57 IST Glenn Maxwell explains David Warner’s slow-going in World Cup 2019. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDavid Warner scored 56 off 84 balls against India at The Oval on Sunday (June 9)Warner, who had a strike rate of 66.66, scored his slowest ODI fifty in the losing causeAustralia failed to chase down 353 and got bowled out for 316 in 50 oversAustralian batsman Glenn Maxwell feels the moving ball and the bowler-friendly conditions could be the reason behind David Warner’s slow going in the ongoing World Cup.Usually one of the most aggressive openers in world cricket with a strike rate of 96.55 before serving his one-year ban, Warner has not been able to score at his usual pace in the ongoing World Cup. He stands sixth on the list of scorers, with two half-centuries in the opening three games.New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and Warner are the only two players with a strike rate of less than 80 among the 20 who have scored 100 or more runs in the tournament so far.Against India on Sunday, the swashbuckling left-handed opener struggled for most of the time and managed to score 56 of 84 balls (strike rate of 66.67). In fact, his half century was the slowest of his ODI career.”Davey obviously didn’t have his best day but he was able to bat a little (bit) of time rather than throwing it away early,” Maxwell said.”He was able to bat deeper for us, which was a key thing for us. Unfortunately, the first big risk he took he got out. If he’s gets it right, he’s away.”One of those guys can be the guy who gets the hundred and we can bat around them and really give that total a shake.”More uncharacteristic was the amount of dot balls he played. Warner played out 50 dots in Australia’s unsuccessful chase of 353, including 14 in a row at one point.advertisementAgainst Afghanistan also, he consumed 114 balls to score unbeaten 89. The speed of his innings didn’t matter much in that match as Australia won the game quite comfortably.”It might be the conditions, it might be the ball,” cricket.com.au quoted Maxwell as saying.”It seems to be doing a little bit more than I expected over here. We all expected big 500 scores and balls to be pinging away all over the place.”But the ball has started swinging in the 5-10 over mark rather than straight away and then stopping,” he added.The left-handed opener has come into the World Cup on back of an imperious run in the IPL 2019 edition where he scored 692 runs in 12 matches he played for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.Also Read | Class act: Darren Lehmann lauds Virat Kohli as India captain stops fans from booing Steve SmithAlso Read | Dropping Hardik Pandya’s catch cost Australia big time: Sachin TendulkarAlso 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 Glenn MaxwellFollow David WarnerFollow World Cup 2019Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Afghanistan vs Ausralia He was able to bat deeper: Glenn Maxwell defends David Warner’s slow knock vs IndiaThe reason behind David Warner’s slow going in the ongoing World Cup could be bowler-friendly conditions, Glenn Maxwell feels. The only two players with a strike rate of less than 80 among the 20 who have scored 100 or more runs in the tournament so far are New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and Warner.advertisement
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June 9th sees the release of The Deslondes’ self-titled debut on New West. The record may the debut from The Deslondes, but these five are old hands in the New Orleans music scene. Guitarist/singer Sam Doores has toured with Alabama Shakes, and both he and (upright) bassist/singer Dan Cutler were in another popular New Orleans band, Hurray For the Riff Raff.Before digging into the album’s music, it’s worth noting that what makes The Deslondes unique is the deeply collaborative nature of the project. Four of The Deslondes’ five members sing on the album, and all five write songs for the band.This is not a new focus. Before The Deslondes became The Deslondes, they performed as The Tumbleweeds. When the group learned they shared a name with a Dutch band from the ’70s, they needed to change their name. After some deliberation, the boys ended up with Sam Doores + Riley Downing & The Tumbleweeds and even released a record, Holy Cross Blues, under the name. The band changed its name again—this time to The Deslondes—when percussionist/vocalist Cameron Snyder joined. The name was chosen for a street in New Orleans that many of the members lived on. Though the first name change was a legal necessity, the band’s choice of name on both occasions speaks to that collaborative nature.As if to embody the collective ideal they put forward, the video for “The Real Deal,” one of The Deslondes’ standout tracks features Sam Doores and Riley Downing sharing a microphone as they sing. The song is more rocking than many of the other tracks on the record, but maintains a the country vibe. The Deslondes play a brand of country that, as NPR’s Jewly Hight put it, “never parted ways with [Woody] Guthrie’s populist strains of folk.” The band’s connection to those roots come through in their cover of Joe Tex’s “Yum Yum,” a non-album track they have performed live and which was featured by The Bluegrass Situation.Though the band’s self-titled record is technically their debut, The Deslondes have created an album with a fully-formed sound, thanks in no small part to their experience in New Orleans. They are deeply indebted to American roots music, but play a refreshing, unique brand of it. For anyone looking for a break from synthesizers, The Deslondes may just be your summer jam.The Deslondes’ self-titled debut is available for preorder through Amazon and iTunes. 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Editors’ Recommendations Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About
Editors’ Recommendations This Indoor Market Takes You to Japan Without Ever Leaving New York City The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classic The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens Community Cider Programs Make Cider and Benefit Charity A Parisian bistro, easily the perfect setting for a drunken Fitzgerald-Hemingway verbal slap-fight, has time traveled into downtown Los Angeles. Instead of cobblestone streets and gas lamps, Church & State Bistro is surrounded by industrial buildings and vibrant graffiti murals. Housed in a 1924 brick stunner, the former Nabisco factory, it’s City of Lights meets City of Angels.String lights zigzag across the industrial ceiling, over tables flanked by the bar at one end and open kitchen at the other. Massive windows look out onto the family-style seating on the patio. The gorgeous brick floor is the only thing that betrays it was once the National Biscuit Company’s loading dock. Red and black paint, bistro chairs, moody black and white photographs, white subway tiles, and walls covered in bottles of French wine complete the atmosphere. It’s crowded and loud but still somehow intimate. Perfect for dates, group dinners, or even just a solo dinner with a good book, preferably something existential.The service is some of the best around: attentive, polite servers who still allow for a languid dinner pace. There’s no rush to turn tables in here. The manager will check in, asking how everything is and what more can be done for you.Honestly, though, the restaurant could be a cardboard box and it would still be worth going. The food is utterly delicious. You’re looking at traditional French food with California’s organic/ethically-raised influence: seasonal ingredients from organic farms, no antibiotics, no hormones. So, feel guilt free about tucking into that roasted marrow, served in a split-in-half bone on a copper pan. Or Margret de Canard, the duck breast that almost melts in your mouth flavored with a kind of vinegar gravy. On the seafood side, opt for the French favorite, Moules Marinières: Prince Edward Island mussels steamed and smothered in a creamy, shallot-y broth served with perfectly crispy fries to soak it up. Ask for some fresh baguette slices to slop up the rest. If charcuterie is your game, they have incredible offerings: chicken liver mousse, or go for the Grande Charcuterie: duck prosciutto, rabbit rillettes, house cured pork belly, chicken liver mousse, cheeses, and pickled vegetables to die for.There are two absolutely cannot miss items: the escargot and the Tarte à l’Oignon. It’s really not important if you haven’t liked snails in the past or maybe you’ve never worked up the courage to try them. At Church & State, it’s time. They’re wild snails, served in little cups with garlic butter and covered in flaky golden puff pastry. It’ll make an escargot-convert out of anyone.It can’t be proven, but their recipe for Tarte à l’Oignon is probably stolen directly from the gods: crispy tart pastry that manages to hold up an indulgent layer of melty gruyère cheese, thickly chopped pieces of applewood smoked bacon, and sweet caramelized onions. It’s served on a wooden board, cut into square slices and you’ll think “oh, I can’t possibly finish that with all the other food coming,” but you’ll find that you will. And you’ll be so happy you did.The man responsible for this gastric heaven is Tony Esnault, a real live French chef who has sharpened his skills at various Michelin-starred restaurants around the world. Esnault brings his experience as a kid on a Loire Valley farm to the table through his exquisite, simple, mouth-wateringly delicious food devoid of pretension.Bon appétit, Angelenos! 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S.
Editors’ Recommendations Ah, Spring! There’s a fresh breeze on the air, the sun is shining, and it’s time to polish off the ole green thumb and start planting herbs and vegetables for those upcoming summer parties.Nothing’s gonna be sweeter than the mingling scents of hard work and hot food when you drop some of your very own homegrown veggies on the grill this summer, but not many people want to spend their whole spring tending to a large garden. Even if you daydream of spending your days nurturing a traditional garden, living in a city or small home may mean you just don’t have the space.Woolly Pocket has considered all of this – and more – in the design of their newest Living Wall Planters. These little plastic wonders are incredibly easy to maintain, house a huge variety of plants, can be used indoors or outdoors and, with a well-planned layout, make one heck of a hanging garden backdrop for practically any space.Plant Your Heart OutYou may be wondering what all can be planted in the Living Wall Planter. Well, are you a man that likes freedom? Because you can plant pretty much anything you want in these beauties. If you’re getting geared up for a summer full of fire-grilled pizzas, why not plant a pizza garden with some of your favorite toppings like onions, tomatoes, and peppers? Spruce up your home office by dropping in a few tropical house plants and creating a living gallery wall. Due to an incredibly compact and well-rounded design, practically any plant can thrive in the LWP, from cooking and recreational herbs to vegetables and houseplants. The front and back of the planter is equipped with small ventilation holes that allow your plant’s roots to breathe as it grows, while an integrated water well in the back keeps plants satiated without over-saturating them.Keep Your Hands (and Footprint) CleanSometimes, even the most environmentally-conscious people suffer from brown thumb, or simply don’t have the time to take on the maintenance that often comes along with traditional planters or gardens. Luckily, Woolly Pocket has designed the LWP with an eye toward versatility and easy maintenance, which means you can create a functional, eye-catching garden regardless of your planting experience. The built-in water well holds a liter of water, which means you can go up to two weeks without watering. At the same time, the Living Wall Planter’s ventilation system allows water to absorb and evaporate effectively, which means you no longer need to worry about discovering a nasty leak under your planter. You don’t need to worry about your edibles or stain your carbon conscience either: the LWP is made from 100% post-consumer recycled milk jugs containing no BPA, making it one of the safest plastics for food products.Make a StatementIf you spend any time out in the world, online, or anywhere that’s not under a rock, you’ve probably noticed the increasing popularity of living walls. As is the case with a lot of projects, an amazing inspiration photo is nice to look at, but creating your own photo-spread-worthy hanging garden can be a little intimidating when you get down to the nuts-and-bolts of making it work. This year, you don’t need to spend another spring in the weeds trying to rig up a complicated irrigation system or searching for the perfect container for each plant. The LWP comes with a hanging kit that lets you install it nearly anywhere with just a screwdriver and few spare minutes, and if you want to go big, Woolly Pocket also offers drip kits that let you create a fast and easy automatic irrigation system to connect multiple Living Wall Planters into a full display. The modern design of the planters makes a pleasing statement while still letting your plants do most of the showing off, a comfortable, rounded shape makes it easy to carry kitchen herbs outside for a backyard barbecue, and a flattened bottom means that the planters can be used just as easily on a table or counter-top.Spring is the season to go green or go home, and Woolly Pocket’s thoughtful design makes their Livable Wall Planter a stylish, nearly maintenance-free solution to all your gardening woes. Impress and entertain with counter-top herbs, easy fresh edibles, and living walls that will have your summer guests asking who your landscape artist is. How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale The 2020 Living Vehicle Is a Swanky Luxury Apartment on Wheels The Best Small-Space Furniture for Living Tiny Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Live the High Line Life at This Zaha Hadid-Designed Penthouse
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We’d heard the legend of Japanese convenient stores from friends and food columns, but were mesmerized nonetheless as we stepped through the door under the infamous red, orange and green sign.Conbini, as Japanese convenience stores are locally known, are actually more convenient than their American counterparts. Sure you can buy necessities like toothbrushes, soft drinks and coffee, or grab a quick bite during a rushed lunch hour. But the food in conbini isn’t scary or suspicious. The food safety laws are so strict in Japan, you can eat pretty much anything from these stores and feel totally fine.As I browsed the shelves that first night, I settled on a chicken salad and an onigiri, a rice ball wrapped with nori and filled with raw tuna — two things I would never in a million years consume from a fast food restaurant, let alone a convenient store. Max wandered the store with more than half a dozen snacks teetering in his arms before deciding on a couple veggie and chicken onigiri. We took the bounty back to our room and spread the feast out on a side table for a late-night snack. We hungrily sunk our teeth into each one, murmuring in pleasant surprise with full mouths about how good it all tasted. Not a morsel was left. We were full and satisfied, and officially on a quest to eat as much conbini fare as we could for the rest of the trip.For a culture that considers it gauche to eat on the go, the endless options certainly tempt you to break the unspoken rules. In NYC I’ll eat walking down the street (not often, but it happens), but that’s seen as unacceptable behavior in Japan. Just like there are designated smoking corrals on the sidewalk, where suited men and women gather in droves to have a midday or post-work cigarette before hopping on the metro, the real estate in front of conbini is where you should eat your snack if you eat it now. So we found ourselves huddled next to the 7-Eleven in train stations, gobbling down a midday nosh to fuel a few more hours of sightseeing before dinner.Alyson Hurt/FlickrThere are three main convenient stores you’ll start to recognize around Japan: 7-Eleven, Lawson, and FamilyMart. 7-Eleven is the largest chain, which most American tourists will find comforting and familiar. If you need to take money out of the ATM, 7-Eleven’s are the most reliable for foreign transactions. It’s the place to go for endless snacks and instant noodles, cellophane-wrapped sandos (white bread sandwiches without crusts, cut into perfect triangles) filled with pillowy egg salad, and even a pre-packaged, starched white button down in case last night’s partying took you well into the morning and right back to the office. In that case, there’s an array of hot and cold coffee waiting for you too.Lawson started out as an American chain. While it’s totally defunct in the United States, the store is alive and well in Japan. The go-to here is the fried chicken, which is cooked on site and served hot near the registers. Fried to perfectly crisp, golden brown morsels, they’re the most satisfying snack, maybe ever. The fried chicken is so good, we found ourselves looking for excuses to have a snack just so we could take a bite of those crunchy, just-greasy-enough nuggets. A walk to the metro quickly became an excuse to pop into Lawson for a spicy fried chicken snack to tide us over until the next meal.FamilyMart is the second largest conbini chain and also carries great fried chicken, deep-fried pork sandos (katsu sando), and all the snacks you could want. In the cooler months, you’ll see a steaming pot of oden near the registers. This is a warming Japanese comfort food that starts with a dashi broth and is filled with things like fish cakes, sausage, tofu, eggs and daikon radish. If you need something hot on the go, their version is a safe bet. The store also stocks a small selection of Muji goods, so it’s a good place to stop if you forgot an essential back home.Conbini quickly became destinations in themselves, whether we needed a Pocari Sweat (an amazing electrolyte drink) to nurse a hangover or simply wanted to take in the array of weird things you’d never find in American convenient stores — from baggies of dried fish to high-end Japanese whisky like Yamazaki. Living in NYC, it’s difficult to complain about the lack of corner stores, or bodegas as we call them. They’re open late-night, many of them all night, and are always there to offer a cold beverage, batteries, toilet paper, or whatever else you might need right now. Some make elaborate sandwiches and stock 100 different types of potato chips (seriously). Bodegas are great, but you can’t go there to buy a necktie or sushi or hard liquor. It sounds trite, but you just have to experience conbini to really understand the magic that awaits you beyond the store doors. Sure, Japan is home to the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, but the really good stuff can be found in a refrigerated case below the glow of those familiar neon lights.Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Manual’s larger Journey to Japan travel guide. Over the course of a month, our writers had the pleasure of experiencing Japan in its many forms, from high-rise bars in Tokyo to traditional tea-ceremonies in Kyoto. We hope this series of articles will not only inform, but inspire you to take your own trip to the Land of the Rising Sun.
10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer With Italian pop music blaring through the speakers, Francesco Amodeo cuts his way through more than 300,000 walnuts over the course of two days.As the president and master distiller at Washington, D.C.’s Don Ciccio & Figil, Amodeo hand-cuts each of the California green walnuts for the nocino. The two days of hand-cutting is intensive, and the entire process of making this traditional Italian liqueur takes nearly a year from harvest to sale.Born and raised in Italy, Amodeo uses a family recipe that dates back to 1933. The walnuts are harvested in June and must be cut before June 24; they are then left to macerate for at least six months. By the time the spirit is ready for sale, it’s April or May, and the process starts all over again.“When they’re green, they’re so soft you just cut them with a knife, but after the 24th, they get hard and it’s like the snack you buy at the store,” Amodeo elaborates. “We do that in May and June and by Labor Day we add cinnamon and clove to the liquid. After the 6th of January, we start the distillation.”Not many distilleries in the U.S. have ventured into the nocino territory. Only Ohio’s Watershed Distillery, Michigan’s Long Road Distillers, Indiana’s Cardinal Spirits, Washington’s Skip Rock Distillery, and a few others make American nocinos.Amodeo opened his distillery in 2011 and released his first round of product in October 2012, which makes Don Ciccio & Figil one of the first distilleries in the D.C. area since Prohibition. He likes to distance himself from other distilleries by focusing only on traditional Italian spirits — several fruit liqueurs, multiple amari and aperitivi, and Concerto, a barley and espresso spirit with 15 botanicals — not a collection of vodka, gin and whiskies. The tagline for Don Ciccio & Figil: “Discover the Amalfi Coast in Washington, D.C.”Amodeo says there are several ways to enjoy nocino. Whether it’s neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail, the walnut and gingerbread cookie notes will be showcased.“There’s the old grandpa style, that’s at the end of the meal, straight,” he explains. “What our company is about is yes, you can drink it by itself, on ice or cold from the fridge, but you can mix it with a cocktail to bring everything up to a next level.”If you can get your hands on a bottle of nocino, we suggest trying it out in one (or both) of this cocktail recipes from Don Ciccio & Figil nocino recipes.Tell Me About It1 oz non-aged whiskey1 oz nocino1.25 oz cold-brewed coffee.25 oz maraschino liqueurOrange twistMethod: Stir and serve up with orange twist.Walnut Old Fashioned2 oz rye whiskey1 oz nocinoDash of angostura bittersOrange sliceMethod: Muddle orange slice with bitters. Add nocino and whiskey. Serve on iceFeatured image courtesy of izzzy71/Getty Images. 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master Editors’ Recommendations The Best American Liqueur
The 10 Jamaican food facilities, which export ackee to the United States, have been included on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ‘green list’.This gives the entities exemption from detention of their products without physical examination and intensified surveillance, said State Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, during her Sectoral presentation on Tuesday, June 25, in the House of Representatives.The Bureau of Standards Jamaica has aided in the facilities making the FDA list, through significant efforts to assist producers/exporters under the National Food Safety Modernization Task Force, which is working to achieve compliance with the US Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).The FSMA is an amendment to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. It provides a legislative mandate requiring a science-based preventative control across the food supply chain, rather than a reactive approach to food safety problems.Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams assured that the Task Force and Secretariat continues to provide guidance and support to food exporters to satisfy the requirements of the FSMA.Meanwhile, the State Minister is encouraging food entities to take advantage of available financial assistance to improve their operations.She informed that 20 food firms were approved for grant funding in October 2012 under Caribbean Export, which is the regional trade and investment promotion agency in the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) group. regional trade and investment promotion agency in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group regional trade and investment promotion agency in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group regional trade and investment promotion agency in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) groupAdditionally, the EX-IM Bank approved/issued some $20.5 million in loans to two entities.“This left a balance of $79.5 million in the EX-IM Bank’s FSMA total loan window of $100 million. I encourage more of our food firms to utilize this facility,” she said.Mrs. Ffolks Abrahams said that the Ministry is working with a number of stakeholders to facilitate the line of credit.These are the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), the Jamaica Exporters Association (JEA), Ministry of Health, Veterinary Services Division, Plant Quarantine Division, Bureau of Standards Jamaica, Scientific Research Council, Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division, and the Jamaica National Agency of Accreditation (JANAAC).Contact: Alphea Saunders
The activities will formally close out ‘Jamaica 50’ celebrations Story Highlights The Government is looking at utilising culture as one of the country’s global competitive advantages UN has urged Jamaica to invest in their creative industries Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says the administration is seeking to rekindle in Jamaicans, a spirit of patriotism and an appreciation of the country’s rich cultural heritage, through the Emancipation and Independence celebrations.“As an administration, it is important to us to give people the opportunity to understand their Independence, appreciate it, hold it, taste it, love it and we wanted, for those persons who are not able to get out there and see one of the big stage shows, to also give them the best of what Jamaica has to offer, both locally and internationally,” she said.Miss Hanna was addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, at the agency’s headquarters in Kingston, on July 30.The Minister said coming out of Jamaica 50 events last year, the Government is looking at utilising culture as one of the country’s global competitive advantages, which is also consistent with its policy thrust.“Whether we want to believe it or not, the world puts a priceless value on Jamaican culture. People think it’s ‘cool’ to be Jamaican and we have to continue to build on that, grow it, harness it, keep our young people right here, build the performance arts centres for them, which we are committed to doing, and certainly turn this country around, using our culture,” she said.Miss Hanna noted that according to the United Nations (UN) Trade and Development Committees and Commissions, Jamaica’s culture is synonymous with “who we are as a people, and synonymous with culture in the world is Jamaica, and that we need to invest more in our culture and creative industries.”“So, it is against that background that we took a strategic thrust to, not only increase our budgetary allocations toward culture this year, and certainly festival activities, in our Estimates of Expenditure, but certainly to highlight our anniversaries, our journeys, and to open more museums. We’ve opened three museums before Independence, the Roxborough museum, the Seville museum, and the National museum of Jamaica,” she informed.A sum of $100 million has been budgeted for Emancipation and Independence celebrations 2013, which begin July 31 and end on Independence Day (August 6).The activities, to be held under the theme: ‘Celebrating Jamaica: Triumphant, Proud and Free’, will formally close out ‘Jamaica 50’ celebrations.The objectives of the celebrations are to: commemorate the country’s 51st year of political independence, and give Jamaicans an opportunity to collect keepsakes from ‘Jamaica 50’; offer presentations in dance, music, theatre and visual arts; and to recognise the National Heroes, Jamaican icons, and institutions.This year’s celebrations will also offer rich, wholesome family-oriented entertainment, with periods of reflection and discussion.The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, in Kingston, will be the venue for all activities from August 1 to 5, which will be transformed into a ‘village’, opening each day at noon, with booths and stalls displaying craft, art, and other memorabilia.The Ministry will partner with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), for the major Emancipation celebration. The JNHT will be hosting the Emancipation Jubilee at Seville, in St. Ann, to kick-start this segment of the celebrations.Vigils will be held across parishes on July 31, followed by Mello Go Roun’ at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on August 1; while August 2 will feature some of the most popular festival songs.The public is invited to select the top 20 Festival songs of the period, which in their opinion best depict the country’s independence journey, by texting to: 444- 2407, or online at www.jcdc.gov.jm. The top 20 songs will be performed on grand gala night by various artistes, and an overall winner announced.Meanwhile, the National Festival Queen Show will be held on August 3, followed on August 4, by the National Independence Thanksgiving Service at Bethel Baptist Church, beginning at 10:15 a.m., and the National Gospel Song Showcase, starting at 7:00 p.m.The World Reggae Dance competition will be staged on August 5, featuring contestants from other countries, such as Japan, Guadeloupe and Finland.Also, over the five days, there will be a “reasoning” session at 3:00 p.m. on a number of topics, such as skin bleaching; music and youth; and politics.Grand gala celebrations will take place on August 6, at the National Stadium, beginning at 5:00 p.m.