Month: October 2019
Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock delighted with FA Cup braceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Joe Willock was delighted with his brace in their FA Cup win at Blackpool.Willock was full of pride at the final whistle.He said, “We showed that we could deal with every aspect they brought to us. Our quality came through in the end.”It’s unbelievable and a dream come true. I always watched this cup as a young kid and to score in it today and help us go to the next round, it’s unbelievable.”I’m just working hard in training, listening to the boss, every day he’s giving me advice. I’m trying to make a big impact whenever I play – that’s my main objective.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: We face West Ham in best formby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe is excited to be facing West Ham in the form they’re in.Howe believes Bournemouth go into the West Ham game in confident form, despite the Hammers’ positive start to the campaign.He said, “It’s important we don’t forget the positivity of the early season form, the result games Everton, the result against Southampton.”So from my perspective it’s in the lead up to West Ham and I’m looking for the players to put on a really good show for the fans.”It’ll be a really good game, two teams that will want to play their football and obviously we want to come out on top.”From our perspective we are looking to find a bit of consistency that eluded us at times last season – everyone is fighting for that but we would love to win three in a row and it would be the first time we’ve been about to do that for a while so it will be a huge incentive.”
England coach Southgate understands Bulgarian angerby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGareth Southgate says England must fix their own racism problems before others, with the Three Lions boss empathising with Bulgarian Football Union president Borislav Mihaylov.Mihaylov was left annoyed after comments from the England camp stating they would walk off if they were subjected to racial abuse when the two countries face in Sofia on Monday.But Southgate insists his team will abide by UEFA’s three-step protocol, which allows the referee stop the match, then take players off the pitch, and if the problem persists an abandonment can be announced.”I can totally understand why the Bulgarian president feels as he does, because we have purely been responding honestly to questions we’ve been asked by you guys,” Southgate told reporters at a press conference on Thursday.”That will then be relayed, however it may be relayed in Bulgaria, and the way that that’s pitched could appear provocative or appear that we’re the people who are laying the subject on the table.”If I was him, and I was only reading those quotes and not knowing the context of why the things were said and the responses were said, then I would feel probably as he does.”We are not trying to create a situation at all, far from it. We’re all hoping that over the next 72 hours, we’re just talking about two football matches.”I think both countries would have a strong desire for that and I have to say again, we don’t look at other countries in a way that we don’t shine a mirror on our own.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Sunday night, the United States women’s gymnastics team, which took home the team gold in this year’s 2016 Rio Olympic games, made an appearance at the MTV VMAs to hand out an award to Beyonce for Best Female Video. But one key member of the squad was missing.This year’s ‘Final Five’ included Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Gabby Douglas. But when the team took the stage Sunday night, Douglas was not with the group.Why? According to Raisman, Douglas was in the hospital suffering from an allergic reaction. Her publicist Lesley Burbridge later added that it’s a mouth infection from a previous injury.Raisman and her teammates have been on quite a whirlwind victory tour since returning from Rio. Meeting Beyonce is likely one of the highlights.
Twitter/@BeanieWells26Ohio State players are judged by what they do against Michigan in The Game. Buckeye great Beanie Wells had huge performances against the Wolverines, and imparts his wisdom about the rivalry on the current Ohio State stars.In a post on The Players’ Tribune, Wells, who starred at Ohio State from 2006-08, explaining the sheer scope of the rivalry. He looked back on a night at the hotel, ahead of the 2006 game, an epic showdown between the No. 1 Buckeyes and No. 2 Wolverines. He explains the leadership shown by quarterback and eventual Heisman winner Troy Smith.He went around the room, making eye contact with every guy in there as he talked about the Michigan rivalry and what it means. You could hear the emotion in his voice. By the time he looked in my direction, tears had welled up in his eyes.“Beanie,” he said. “If you make a play in this game, and we win, you’ll cement yourself in Ohio State history forever. You’ll be a legend. That’s the magnitude of Ohio State vs. Michigan.”I was just an 18-year-old freshman, so I was already nervous about the game. I had also been struggling with fumbling issues all season, so I wasn’t even sure if I would get a chance to play. And the last thing I wanted was to find myself in a position to make a game-changing play, only to fumble it away, possibly giving the game away and ending up on the wrong side of one of those legendary plays.But Troy’s words really resonated with me. Throughout that night and into game day, I kept telling myself that if I got into the game, I would find a way to make a play.And legend Wells became. He scored a massive touchdown on his first snap, exploding for a 52 yard run. Wells wound up with 56 yards on five carries and the score, helping Ohio State to a 42-39 win. The following year, he rushed for 222 yards and two scores against the Wolverines.Beanie Wells’ full letter is a cool look inside this epic rivalry, and worth the read.[The Players’ Tribune]
ESPN.Jim Harbaugh has been punished.The Big Ten issued punishment for Jim Harbaugh and Michigan today, regarding the head coach’s post-game criticism of the officiating in the Wolverines’ loss at Ohio State.Michigan has been fined $10K and Harbaugh has been publicly reprimanded for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy, per the Big Ten.Harbaugh said he was “bitterly disappointed” with the officiating in Michigan’s 30-27 double-overtime loss to the Buckeyes.Harbaugh “bitterly disappointed with the officiating ” pic.twitter.com/dAfSeulW6A— angelique (@chengelis) November 26, 2016The Big Ten released the following statement about the punishment.Just in: #B1G reprimands Jim Harbaugh for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy, fines school $10,000. pic.twitter.com/F8UlnbyJNb— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 28, 2016Michigan, at 10-2, now awaits its College Football Playoff/bowl game status.
Lyon will look to reopen contract negotiations with Nabil Fekir if he fails to find a new home, according to club president Jean-Michel Aulas.France international Fekir remains in limbo after entering the final year of his deal with the Ligue 1 club.Liverpool appear to have cooled their interest after going close to completing a transfer 12 months ago, while links to Arsenal have come to nothing due to their inability to move Mesut Ozil on. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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 La Liga outfit Real Betis are now rumoured to be considering the 25-year-old as a possible replacement for Giovani Lo Celso, who is reportedly closing on a move to Tottenham.Aulas has previously declared his willingness to cash in but hopes club captain Fekir is left without a suitable destination.”Nabil has entered the final year of his contract so there may be a temptation for [interested] clubs to let the situation drag on,” Aulas told RMC Sport.”We’re strong enough economically to wait.”It would be very good news if he doesn’t find a club of a suitable size, since we would then enter negotiations [about a new contract].” Fekir won the World Cup with France last year and has scored 36 Ligue 1 goals across the past three seasons.Aulas promised not to put up any roadblocks if a bid reflecting his value is received.”With Nabil and the players who preceded him, I have always respected their deepest wish,” Aulas said.”He says that he wants to leave but maybe he will stay, and at that point we will try to agree an extension.”Sometimes unfair things happen in football and sometimes the conditions for a transfer are not met.”Nabil deserves a club to match his level and if he does not find it we will be very happy to try to extend his contract].”Lyon finished third in Ligue 1 last season, 19 points behind champions Paris Saint-Germain
Eddie Nketiah has not closed the door on a loan move away from Arsenal despite Unai Emery trying to slam it shut.The Gunners boss has expressed a desire to keep a highly-rated forward on his books for the 2019-20 campaign.Nketiah has been catching the eye for Arsenal in pre-season, netting three goals across two games in the International Champions Cup. 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? An Emirates Stadium academy graduate has suggested that he could be a useful support option to Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Spells elsewhere have, however, been mooted in the recent past, with there need to get regular minutes into an exciting prospect, and nothing is being ruled out with the window still open.Nketiah has said in The Mirror: “There was talk of [going out on loan] and it was close to happening in January but the club decided that I should stay and I tried to finish the season as strongly as possible.“We’ll see what happens in the future but I’m just enjoying the tour and in the future decisions will be made.“All I can do is do what I’m doing at the moment, work hard in training, work hard on the pitch, and scoring at the moment. I need to keep pushing, keep working and as for the season I want to be playing regularly.“After the pre-season tour, it’s something that I’ll look at with my family and speak to the manager and see what’s best for me.“I feel like I have a great relationship with the fans. It’s nice that they notice that and sing my name. That’s a dream come true. Even out here the fans are screaming my name.“They travel all around the world to see us play and support us. I always try to give them something back and I’m so grateful that they have taken to me like that as one of the boys from the academy and I hope it can continue.”Arsenal boss Emery had previously said when quizzed on his plans for Nketiah’s immediate future: “Last year in small moments when we could give him chances to be on the pitch he did very well. His progress can confirm, we want progress with every player.“He has a very good attitude and they need experience, minutes and confidence. The young energy is very important. “Nketiah was playing very well. Last year, in December we were thinking of loaning or not loaning the player to Germany and we decided he should stay with us to train and progress with us. “We started this preseason with the same idea as we finished last year. He’ll stay with us and my idea is that if you progress like we are seeing from you, you can have a chance with us.”Nketiah has taken in 19 competitive appearances for Arsenal to date, recording three goals.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN has released its final college football top 25 poll of the 2018 season.The season came to an end on Monday night, with No. 2 Clemson’s blowout of No. 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff national title game.It was an insane performance by the Tigers, who are rightfully finishing the year at the top of ESPN’s rankings.Here’s ESPN’s full top 25:ClemsonAlabamaOhio StateOklahomaNotre DameFloridaLSUTexasGeorgiaKentuckyUCFWashington StateTexas A&MWashingtonFresno StateSyracuseMichiganArmyAuburnPenn StateNorthwesternBoise StateCincinnatiOregonIowaWho’s ready for the 2019 season?We certainly are.
MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 30: (L-R) Tyler Lancaster #1, Justin Jackson #21, head coach Pat Fitzgerald, Clayton Thorson #18 and Godwin Igwebuike #16 of the Northwestern Wildcats lock arms before taking the field for a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)No. 8 Wisconsin throttled Michigan last week in a blowout win. There’s no question it was one of the more impressive victories of the season. But as typically happens in college football after a statement win, the Badgers are struggling a week later.Wisconsin is holding a slim, 7-3 lead at the half over Northwestern. In a game with two teams which field a similar style, it’s mostly even through two quarters.Defense is ballin’ out. #B1GCats x #GoCats pic.twitter.com/q0vpzbosnc— Northwestern Football (@NUFBFamily) September 28, 2019The game wasn’t expected to be close. The Wildcats came into this contest with a 1-2 record with losses to Stanford and Michigan State. Neither defeat was all that competitive. But each game is a new season for teams across the country. Northwestern is trying to flip the switch and come away with a big win over Wisconsin.The Badgers started the game with an impressive touchdown drive. On fourth-and two, star RB Jonathan Taylor took the ball 13 yards for a touchdown — like last week, another fast start for Wisconsin.But that was all the Badgers could muster up on offense in the first half. Northwestern put together a 10 play, 83 yard drive later in the first period to tack on a field goal.Can the Wildcats pull of an unexpected upset? Or will Wisconsin get things figured out in the second half?Stay tuned for further updates about the game.
Next Alvaro Morata delighted to join Atletico Madrid on loan from ChelseaAlvaro Morata moved from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid on an 18-month loan deal. He has endured a torrid last 12 months at Stamford Bridge scoring 16 goals in 47 league games.advertisement Reuters MadridJanuary 29, 2019UPDATED: January 29, 2019 20:23 IST Alvaro Morata said he is delighted to return to his boyhood club Atletico Madrid (@atletienglish Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAlvaro Morata spent four years in the Atletico Madrid’s academy before joining Getafe’s youth setupMorata then moved to Real Madrid’s spending four years with the Real first team between 2010 and 2014Morata could make his debut on Sunday’s at Real Betis and could face Real Madrid in the league next weekChelsea’s Spain forward Alvaro Morata said on Tuesday he was delighted to return to his boyhood club Atletico Madrid after sealing an 18-month loan deal.Morata, 26, has endured a torrid last 12 months at Stamford Bridge, having joined the Premier League club from Atleti’s city rivals Real Madrid in 2017, scoring 16 goals in 47 league games.He has often looked devoid of confidence in front of goal in England, losing the faith of both former Chelsea coach Antonio Conte and current Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.”I’m absolutely made up and so proud to be here,” he told a news conference after signing his deal.@AlvaroMorata with his new shirt!It looks good on you, mate! #AúpaAtleti #WelcomeMorata pic.twitter.com/f2yKDFQQ1mAtlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 29, 2019″There were other offers but all that stopped when Atletico came into the equation. I’m here and it’s brilliant. I can’t wait to train with my new team mates.”A boyhood Atletico fan, Morata spent four years in the club’s academy before joining Getafe’s youth setup in 2007 and later Real Madrid’s.He spent four years with the Real first team between 2010 and 2014, moving to Juventus for two years before returning to the Spanish capital. He then joined Chelsea in 2017.”It means a lot for me to be here, with people who know me and I can only give my thanks,” he added.”I didn’t need convincing (by coach Diego Simeone) to join. He knew that destiny was calling me here. I can’t wait to get started and to play for him.”advertisementMorata could make his debut on Sunday’s at Real Betis, with the intriguing prospect of a Madrid derby against Real a week later, before his other former club Juventus, visit in their Champions League last 16 first leg next month.Also Read | Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata moves to Atletico Madrid on loanAlso Read | Who is Emiliano Sala, the missing Argentinean footballer?Also Read | Thailand receives Bahrain request for detained refugee footballer Hakeem al-AraibiFor 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 Tags :Follow Alvaro MorataFollow Atletico MadridFollow Chelsea
Even China knows Narendra Modi’s chest is four, not chhappan inch: Rahul GandhiChina jaan gaya ki iski chappan inch ki nahi chaar inch ki chaati hai (China has discovered that Modi is not as brave as he says he is), Rahul Gandhi said as he continued his attack on the Narendra Modi governmentadvertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 16:32 IST Rahul Gandhi was addressing the Congress’s party minority wing’s national convention in New Delhi (Photo: India Today/Pankaj)The Bharatiya Janata Party thinks it is above the nation but in three months the party will understand that the nation is above them, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said today as he brought up the 2017 India-China standoff to say that even Beijing knows that PM Modi is not as brave as he says he is.”The fear [of losing the upcoming general election] is visible on PM Narnedra Modi’s face,” Rahul Gandhi, who was addressing the Congress’s minority wing’s national convention, said.Sporting a new copper-brown jacket, Rahul Gandhi said that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is the real controlling authority behind the government. “Narendra Modi chehra hai aur RSS ke boss Mohan Bhagwat remote control,” Rahul Gandhi said (Narendra Modi is the face of the government but RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is the one controlling it).”Teen mahine mein desh inko bata dega ki desh upar hai aur yeh log neeche,” Rahul Gandhi said (In three months, the country will show the BJP its place).Rahul Gandhi also raked up 2017’s Doklam standoff. “China jaan gaya ki iski chappan inch ki nahi chaar inch ki chaati hai.” (China discovered that Modi is not as brave as he says he is.)The Doklam standoff was an over two-month confrontation between the Indian and Chinese armies. There was no violence, but soldiers from both the militaries literally stared down each other for more than two months as diplomats furiously worked behind the scene to resolve the conflict.#WATCH Rahul Gandhi: I challenge the BJP, let Narendra Modi ji debate with me for 10 minutes on stage. He is scared, he is a ‘darpok’ person. pic.twitter.com/tjr1qkPI5ladvertisementANI (@ANI) February 7, 2019Speaking at the Congress’s event today, Rahul Gandhi called PM Modi “darpok” (coward) and once again challenged the prime minister to a ten-minute debate on stage.READ | The secret behind Sushri in Mayawati’s Twitter handleREAD | BSP-SP has failed to win these 11 seats in UP in last four Lok Sabha pollsMUST READ | The power of PriyankaSPECIAL | Evolution of Rahul Gandhi, from political novice to primary challengerWATCH | Mood of the Nation poll: India heading for a fractured mandateGet 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 byDev Goswami
Press Trust of India ChennaiMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 16:47 IST MS Dhoni has been outstanding in the past 10 months, feels CSK coach Stephen Fleming (BCCI Photo)The Indian team management has slotted Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a potential number five in their line-up moving into the World Cup but at Chennai Super Kings, their skipper will be batting a notch higher at No 4, said coach Stephen Fleming.Dhoni, who will be leading the defending champions for the 10th year, would be used as a floater if required but Kedar Jadhav’s presence makes it easier to fix the slots.”Dhoni batted pretty much (at) No. 4 last year but we do use him in a little bit of a flexible role, so that won’t change,” Fleming said at the media conference organised by CSK.”His (Dhoni’s) form has been outstanding in the past 10 months. We have a new player as well (Kedar Jadhav) which is great. So, we’re really happy with the (batting) order and the thoughts around that,” Fleming told reporters at an event to launch CSK merchandise here.Kedar played the first match of the last season before a hamstring tear kept him out for nearly six months.CSK is a team that’s core is formed with players in their mid or late 30’s but Fleming points out at the mindset, which made all the difference.He alluded the team’s memorable triumph on the comeback last year to mindset, (team) environment and culture apart from winning the big moments to a question on CSK’s balance compared to other teams.”We tend not to do it (compare). Because if you start looking at other teams, you’re trapped away from what’s good or bad of your own. There’s enough great players with each side, so it comes down to mindset, team environment and culture and winning big moments,” Fleming said.advertisementHe spoke about how the team won the crucial moments which proved to be decisive in the end.”Last year, we just won big moments. We’re just big on team culture and empowering the players to make decisions and win big moments. And last year was a snapshot of that.”Even though the ‘young’ man (34-year-old Kedar Jadhav) was only with us for one game, he played a huge part in winning that game with Bravo. And Faf du Plessis and Watson at the end. And the usual suspects like Dhoni and Raina.”The CSK coach praised fellow New Zealander and spinner Mitchell Santner, who missed last season owing to injury, and said he has a great record in the sub-continent and it was good to have him.”Yeah, Mitch has a got a great record in the subcontinent, which is why it is good to have him. We obviously missed him last year so again it’s like a new signing.He also said “Chennai still has a role for the pace bowlers. We are conscious of a good balance. Imran Tahir is in good form, Karn Sharma and Harbhajan with his experience we’ve got most of the bases covered and it’s just about getting the guys to perform and sitting on our gameplan, especially at home but when we play away as well.Also Read | The Dhoni, Raina impact on Chennai Super Kings, IPL’s most successful sideAlso Read | It was like a arranged marriage with CSK: MS Dhoni on Roar of The LionFor 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 Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow MS DhoniFollow No.4Follow CSKFollow CoachFollow Stephen FlemingFollow Chennai Super Kings MS Dhoni will mostly bat at No.4 but we can be flexible, says CSK coach Stephen FlemingStephen Fleming revealed that MS Dhoni may be use a floater in the batting Chennai Super Kings line-up but will mostly bat at No. 4 in Indian Premier League 2019.advertisement
How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know With the demand for vintage watches climbing a steep incline, brands are shamelessly emulating the classics. Not only are manufacturers digging up their own past, but other brands are stepping in and seeing whose past they can exploit as well. One example of this is the just released Bell & Ross BR123 GMT 24h. Though very classic in design, where do you get the nerve?The BR123 GMT sticks to the classic Bell & Ross vintage with its dial, case, and crystal but adds one major element; the distinct GMT hand. This hand, made famous by Rolex, cannot be overlooked. Large and orange, it made the Rolex Explorer 2 the collector piece it is today, and continues to hold consumer attention in the current model Explorer 2’s.Nevertheless, Bell & Ross has constructed another affordable timepiece that I still cannot hate on. 42mm in diameter, this high polished case with a brushed bezel bearing the 24H markings is well sized for casual dress and sport alike. A matte black arabic dial lies above the ETA 2893 automatic movement, which can be viewed through a sapphire exhibition case back. Offered with both a steel bracelet and rubber strap for true versatility, this piece comes in just under $4,000.I do not know if honor and originality crossed the minds of designers at Bell & Ross when constructing this one, but I thank them for offering us that famous GMT hand at a price we can stomach. Reyka Vodka May Have the Coolest Distiller on the Planet 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Save the Environment in Style: Taylor Stitch Makes New Apparel from Old Garments
How to Cure Prosciutto at Home Editors’ Recommendations It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Did you get your dad something special for Father’s Day yet? If not, better get to it; Father’s Day is in a week on June 19. Now if you can’t figure out something to buy, the folks over at the New York-based menswear label Ernest Alexander has a solution for all of you who want to get your dad something a little more interesting than the typical brunch and golf options out there: The Dad Box.The Dad Box comes in three options:The Classic Dad Box ($155)Cambridge Rep Stripe Silk NecktieSet of 3 Pocket SquaresMetal Tie BarThe Master Dad Box ($298)Parker Dopp KitOtto Leather Bound Notebook CaseSet of 3 Pocket SquaresHenry Polka Dot Silk NecktieWooden Tie BarSwiss-Made Pocket CombThe Ultimate Dad Box ($498)The Clark Weekender BagParker Dopp KitHenry Polka Dot Silk NecktieWooden Tie BarSwiss-Made Pocket CombNo matter which box you choose, there will surely be something in there that your father will love and cherish forever, like the Parker Dopp Kit, which he could bring with him on all his future travels, or the pocket comb, to make sure every hair is in place, or even the pocket square, so he could look super dapper for his next wedding. So this Father’s Day, give those fathers in your life something that has a little bit of everything: the Ernest Alexander Dad Box. It comes in three tiers, classic, master and ultimate, so whether you want to go all out, or keep it simple, you’ll find something to suit your father’s taste.For more information, visit ernestalexander.com. How to Shave With a Straight Razor The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers
The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About Hops and Terroir: Why the Beer World is Embracing the Wine Term A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens Although you wouldn’t know it looking at its cool utility-driven collection of menswear and unisex accessories, the L.A.-based brand Apolis (meaning “global citizen”) is a socially minded label that is dedicated to changing and empowering communities and artisans by fostering local economic development worldwide. In other words, it’s one of those rare “do good” brands that actually looks and wears splendidly.Founded by brothers Raan and Shea Parton 12 years ago, the label manufactures in economically challenged areas from Bangladesh to the USA and consistently cranks out clothing and other items that are covetable, affordable and, yes, ethical.In the wake of the grand opening of their first New York standalone store last week (the second after their one in Los Angeles), the two spoke to me how the new downtown shop, aptly named the Apolis Community Centre, will blend traditional retail with education and community outreach, including lectures and musical performances.Tell me about the new NYC store.Raan: It was kind of a serendipitous last-minute project that kind of fell into our laps. We have been looking out there but it’s rare when it comes together and you sort of turnkey jump on it so we turned it around in about two to three weeks.But it’s not the typical shop, right?Raan: We’re just trying to take more of a unique retail approach with every regional base that we find. In L.A. we are located in the Arts District and there’s a lot of working artists even in the building where our store and offices are so we wanted that to be more of an exhibition space so we’ve hosted gallery functions, film premieres of small docs or small community-attended previews of certain films or long format speaking functions. We wanted to think of a way where we could create more of a workshop/classroom format in addition to the retail side of what we do.We had our first workshop in New York with a pretty prolific author by the name of Kyle Westaway who also writes The Wall Street Journal so we did a workshop on publishing. We have a unique partnership with Quincy Jones Productions so we will be a small venue for them to push out emerging talent in New York in a gallery space. So we will be hosting 50-person or even smaller events for press previews for certain talents that maybe need a place to play in New York.Why make the store a community gathering place?Shea: Everything is always coming back to this idea that we don’t believe that there’s a need for more brick-and-mortar stores unless they serve a local purpose that is useful and relevant. Our first and foremost priority is our brand, our product being shop-able and available and that’s what the majority of the days that the store is open will look like.Our events are going to be things that create a level of authenticity that create the bold idea of a community center. We have a speaking series that we started in Los Angeles that focuses on how different forms of industry impacts community. We are excited in a lot of different ways to bring our experience in Los Angeles over the last four years to New York but doing it in a way that we believe is relevant to New Yorkers to what’s needed in the SoHo neighborhood.Who is the typical customer at the new store?Raan: It’s pretty broad. We have everyone from someone who is just getting into the contemporary category to executive customers who are looking for a more subtle or casual look with more of a West Coast slant. We’ve also had a lot of Europeans through the door who are just on holiday. We’ve also had a lot of people from D.C., Boston, New Jersey and Midwest cities who are just passing through New York. We’ve had a big presence here on the West Coast but we’ve always kind of struggled to find that East Coast retail presence for the brand. Being that the brand has been around for nearly ten years it has been it exciting to see a lot of people come out of the woodwork who have had product over the years and to create a little home for them to see what we are doing.What are your favorite products in the current collection?Raan: We are just continuing to refine a lot of our core basic collection. Our farmer’s market bag with our Bangladesh project is kind of hitting the thresholds of scale that we’ve never been able to achieve with any of our other projects so we’re nearing 130,000 to 140,000 units of production which is equating to employment of this project in Bangladesh that we started four years ago. We have been able to individually customize cities for people that we’ll facilitate out of the shop. We can make one of one bag for them and have shipped to them through the two shops or our ecommerce site.What’s next for the brand?Raan: We have built a pretty big range of wholesale accounts and I think we’re just really trying to double down on the community and the conversation directly with our customers and audience. That’s why we are very actively spending a lot of time on both coasts to create that open door environment. I don’t think many brands have the opportunity to do right now because they are so tied into a traditional fashion calendar and we’re trying as a brand to live in the now and have that dialogue with our customers and resource feedback. We want to reimagine our product cycle and range. Instead of telling our customers what to wear I think it is becoming much more collaborative for us.What has been the best part of running your own store?Raan: I think the biggest challenge in the past is that we worked with a lot of third-party retailers. We love those relationships but a lot of times we don’t have the visibility or feedback in real time. A lot of time we will get feedback about performance a quarter of the way through the year. Having this new real-time feedback is our new lifeline and barometer to our steps forward. Having that communication with our audience is changing the way we work. Editors’ Recommendations
Editors’ Recommendations Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini 0.75 oz Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka0.75 oz Yellow Chartreuse0.75 oz St. Germain 0.75 oz fresh lime juiceMethod: Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.Under the Bridge(Created by Sara Timmer, Bardo, Minneapolis; pictured in feature image)1 oz Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka1 oz Prairie Organic Gino.25 oz Green Chartreuse.5 oz Fresh lime juice.75 oz Cucumber syrupPinch of saltBar spoon yogurtMethod: Shake with mint and strain into a glass. Watermelon Refresher1.5 oz Prairie Organic Vodka0.75 oz Fresh lime juice0.25 oz Dragonfruit simple syrup*Watermelon and mint to muddleSoda waterMethod: Muddle watermelon and mint in a rocks glass. Add vodka, juice, and syrup. Stir and top with soda water.*Dragonfruit simple syrup: Ball dragon fruit and cook in 1:1 with water.Prairie G&T1 oz Prairie Organic Gin1 oz Prairie Organic Cucumber0.6 oz fresh lime juice0.5 oz rosemary simple syrupFever Tree Tonic WaterBurnt rosemary sprigMethod: Shake gin, vodka, lime, and simple syrup together. Strain into a glass with ice. Top with tonic water and garnish with a burnt rosemary sprig. The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn When it comes to flavored vodkas, sometimes less is more. I think it’s safe to say that no one here is banging down the door for the latest diabetes-inducing vodka flavor (whoever came up with birthday cake-flavored vodka should be punished). When looking for a flavored vodka that adds to a drink without overwhelming it (or making you sick), you want something simple, something elegant. Take Prairie Organic’s Cucumber Vodka, for example.Using organic corn vodka as a base (which is made from single-sourced corn on family-run farms in Minnesota), Prairie Organic then adds English cucumbers to create a spirit that smells and tastes as if biting into a fresh cucumber from the garden. The earthy, vegetal flavors go well with many others, so we thought: What all could we do with it?A lot, apparently.We sat down with Prairie Organic’s brand ambassador Ryan Van Splinter. Below, you’ll find some of the creative ways he and other bartenders have utilized Prairie Organic Cucumber vodka in their cocktails.The Fennel Countdown(Created by Sara Timmer, The Way Back, Denver) 1.5 oz Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka0.25 oz Yellow Chartreuse0.75 oz fennel simple syrup0.5 oz lemon juiceEgg whiteMethod: Add all ingredients to a shaker without ice and dry shake. Add ice, shake again, and strain into a glass.Christopher Oaxacan In The Garden1 oz Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka0.25 oz Marca Negra Espadin0.25 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao0.75 oz lemon juice1 oz tomato basil black pepper syrup*Firewater BittersMethod: Add ingredients to shaker with ice. Shake and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cracked black pepper. If you want to kick it up a bit, use egg whites at the beginning with a dry shake before adding the other ingredients.*Tomato basil black pepper syrup: In stock pot, add black pepper corns and cut cherry tomatoes with the amount of water you’re going to make your 1:1 simple syrup with. Add basil and bring to heat. Add sugar in same water quantity.Last Word Riff The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home
Written By: Joel Cohen, Vice President – New York City Vacation Packages There aren’t too many world-class destinations that promise low-season hotel rates during a prime family tourism season – but New York City can claim that accolade. Throughout most of the summer, City hotels are rolling out the red carpet so tourists can have fun without spending a fortune on their accommodations. So what is summertime like in New York City? Simply put, it’s a great time to experience the outdoors and indoors, the new and the well-known, and the seasonal events that make New York City a one-of-a-kind destination. For the first-time visitors, and the veteran New York City travelers, here’s our list of 10 Summertime Treats for 2019. 1. Parks and GardensSure, the City has the tallest buildings in the USA and is a virtual skyscraper museum. But it also features some beautiful parklands from famous Central Park to Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Perhaps lesser known, but equally magnificent, areWave Hill in the Bronx and (a personal favorite) the Chinese Scholar’s Garden at Snug Harbor on Staten Island. For a super day trip out of Manhattan, how about a visit to the Bronx Zoo, followed by lunch and a tour of the public gardens at Wave Hill, a vibrant landscape that’s been called “one of the greatest living works of art.” 2. Sunset at Brooklyn Bridge ParkSpeaking of parks, we’d be remiss by not mentioning one of our favorite photography spots in the City. Located just on the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge is a waterfront site along the East River with a picture-perfect view of Lower Manhattan’s skyscrapers and the Bridge itself. Beginning about an hour before sunset, photographers set up their tripods to capture one of the iconic images of the sun setting behind the City. 3. The High LineLet’s take a 1 ½ mile abandoned elevated rail line and demolish it. No wait, a better idea – let’s turn it into a public space in the heart of Manhattan where locals and visitors can stroll along landscaped walkways, see interesting art installations, or even have a snack in a quiet setting overlooking the Hudson River. 4. Hudson YardsOpening in spring, 2019, Hudson Yards will be a micro-destination of its own. It’s the largest urban development in the history of the USA and will be home to several experiences to attract tourists. The Vessel, an interactive centerpiece of the area featuring 154 interconnecting flights of stairs, will be New York City’s next public landmark. Hudson Yards will also showcase great shopping including the City’s first Neiman Marcus and nearly 100 luxury and specialty stores and restaurants. 5. World PrideNew York City will host the largest LGBTQ celebration in the world in June, marking the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and LGBTQ liberation. There will be rallies, parties, lectures, and both free and ticketed events culminating in the Pride March on Sunday, June 30, followed by closing ceremonies in Times Square featuring special guest Melissa Etheridge. 6. Statue of Liberty MuseumA beautiful, new museum giving visitors to Liberty Island the chance to experience a better understanding of Lady Liberty will open this Spring. Formerly, artifacts were only viewable to those few who could gain access to the Statue’s pedestal. However the new Statue of Liberty Museum will allow everyone to interact and learn about the construction, history and significance of the Statue. New York City Vacation Packages operates daily tours departing from Midtown Manhattan to the Statue of Liberty. More information is available on the company’s website nyctrip.com. 7. 4th of July FireworksNothing celebrates our Independence Day more than evening fireworks, and New York City is the home to the nationally telecast spectacular sponsored by Macy’s. NYCVP offers a luxury cruise in New York Harbor to view the extravaganza – and in fact, hosts an all-day event that’s perfect for families and visitors. It begins with an old-fashioned picnic done in a New York style, high above Times Square on a beautiful outdoor terrace. Following the lunch, guests are taken on a sightseeing tour of historic Manhattan before boarding the World Yacht Princess for the evening’s fireworks dinner cruise. There’s more information about this not-to-be-missed July 4th event on nyctrip.com. 8. New York Yankees BaseballThe Bronx Bombers begin their 2019 season as favorites to win their division and return to the World Series for the first time since 2009. Tickets for games, especially weekends, are sometimes are to get. That’s why NYCVP has locks of tickets for 10 summer home games, including escorted transportation from Midtown Manhattan and a pre-game party inside the Stadium in the Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar. Reserved seats are on the Main Level, comfortably under cover and just behind first base, offering an exceptional view of the entire field. 9. US Open TennisWatch the greatest names in tennis at the richest tennis tournament and the last Grand Slam event of the year, the US Open, held at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens. The tournament runs from August 26 until the Women’s and Men’s finals September 7 and 8. NYCVP has reserved tickets in Arthur Ashe Stadium for most dates, including a special group block of tickets for Men’s and Women’s 3rd round on Saturday, August 31. 10. BroadwayThis Spring and Summer season on Broadway will feature long-running standbys like The Lion King, Chicago, Wicked, Aladdin, Book of Mormon and Phantom of the Opera. But everyone’s excited to see these new shows opening soon:Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the TemptationsKiss Me, KateOklahoma!BeetlejuiceTootsieMoulin Rouge! The Musical New York City Vacation Packages, with home offices in Kingston PA, is the only major tour company in the USA focusing exclusively on vacation travel arrangements to New York City. The company has been in business since 1998 providing travel professionals with commissionable FIT and Group travel products, including daily departures customized to individual needs, and special events surrounding unique NYC experiences like 4th of July fireworks, US Open Tennis, the Thanksgiving day parade, Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting and New Year’s Eve in Times Square. The company is a member of NYC & Company, and is not affiliated with the USTA, Macy’s, New York Yankees or Major League Baseball. Learn more about NYCVP
Company Will Increase Collaboration with Customers and Partners to Offer Unique Solutions ARLINGTON, Va. – April 9, 2019 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) announced today the creation of the Airline Retailing and Payments Team, comprised of diverse subject matter experts focused on ensuring ARC is providing its customers with the products, services, and technology necessary to advance global airline distribution strategies. The team personifies ARC’s “Distribution: Evolved” vision introduced at the company’s Travel Connect 2018 conference. The Airline Retailing and Payments Team members include Shelly Younger, senior manager of airline retailing strategy and ARC’s head of NDC, Sarah Boyd, formerly with United Airlines and now ARC’s senior manager of airline retailing solutions, and Jennifer Watkins, director of payments. “I’m very excited to integrate these capabilities onto one team and leverage the diverse experience each team member brings,” said Chuck Fischer, managing director, airline retailing and payments at ARC. “Shelly has made a name for herself within the industry as a New Distribution Capability (NDC) expert and has been at the forefront of ARC’s NDC initiatives. Sarah brings airline distribution experience to the team and will help boost ARC’s efforts to deliver channel agnostic solutions focused on advancing airlines’ NDC and ONE Order capabilities. And Jennifer, whose acumen around payments is second to none, will continue to ensure ARC’s payments processing capabilities support the payment strategies of ARC’s airline and travel agency customers. The Airline Retailing and Payments Team is part of ARC’s overall effort to harness its industry expertise and continue to bring solutions to customers that support the full travel lifecycle beyond the company’s traditional payment, settlement and data products. ARC expects to develop new solutions and partner with third-party technology providers, when appropriate, to deliver best-in-class solutions for its customers. This was recently demonstrated by ARC when it partnered with Blockskye and United Airlines to create a private blockchain for settlement of direct ticket sales. “The Airline Retailing and Payments Team is another way ARC supports the accelerated growth of the air travel community. As our customers develop and execute on their NDC strategies, ARC remains committed to helping them realize their visions. By forming this team, we are demonstrating our continued commitment to helping customers harness ARC’s expertise and providing the opportunity to work with a known and trusted partner.” About ARC:An industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC settled $94.8 billion in ticket transactions in 2018 between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 295 million passenger trips. ARC provides flexible distribution solutions, innovative technology and access to the world’s most comprehensive air ticket transaction data, helping the global air travel community connect, grow and thrive. For more information, please visit www.arccorp.com.
Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, says that the Alternative Secondary Transitional Education Programme (ASTEP) has not “done what it was supposed to do.” Speaking on the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) Issues and Answers programme with Ian Boyne, the Education Minister said that several of the students in the programme have severe emotional and cognitive problems and their needs are not being catered to. He said the Ministry is working to address the situation and come September 2013, every student in the teachers’ colleges will have to complete a module in special education. “Also, the compulsory development programme for all serving teachers must include a course on special education that would be required for you to get licenced, because 30 per cent of our children fall somewhere on a spectrum of between mild and severe (in terms of learning deficiency). If the teachers can’t pick it up all you are doing is escalating a problem,” Rev. Thwaites said. ASTEP is for students, who have not qualified to sit the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) for placement in secondary school. A two-year transitional programme, it offers a modified secondary education syllabus with a focus on literacy, so that they can make the transition to the full secondary programme. Currently, there are 163 operational ASTEP centres across the island. Each centre has a trained specialist teacher and a maximum class size of 25 students to cater to the child’s individual needs. Meanwhile, the Education Minister reiterated that the Ministry is working to have the alternative high school diploma in place next year. The programme is for persons, who, for various reasons, were unable to complete secondary school, and so did not receive a certificate. “This is for the girl, who dropped out of school and the fellow on the street corner. It doesn’t matter where you are,” the Education Minister said. The Jamaica Library Service (JLS) and the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLLL) have been charged with coming together to offer the diploma.