TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-Monaco chief Campos can see Mbappe joining Real Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AS Monaco sports chief Luis Campos admits he can see PSG striker Kylian Mbappe moving to Real Madrid.Campos worked with Mbappe at ASM.”Kylian represents champagne football, which we like to see and as a high level footballer I see him wearing the Real Madrid jersey because it is a club made to his measure, where the great players want to go,” Campos, who is currently working as a sporting director at Lille, told Telefoot.”In the future, I imagine myself attending a match at the Santiago Bernabeu and enjoying the show that Mbappé can offer. Nowadays, he is more decisive than Neymar and considering his age, he’ll be much better than Cristiano Ronaldo. I see him winning more Ballon d’Ors.”
Man Utd chiefs fear Eric Bailly facing longer outby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United chiefs fear Eric Bailly won’t be seen until the New Year.The Sun says Bailly’s slow-moving progress from a nasty knee injury have left Manchester United officials in fear that the centre back won’t make a return to fitness until the New Year. Bailly is struggling to recover from a knee injury that has seen the 25-year-old sidelined for the duration of the current campaign, having picked up the knock during a pre-season outing against Spurs.The Ivorian underwent surgery in early August and club doctors were optimistic that the defender would make a speedy recovery.However, medical staff have been surprised at the length its taken for Bailly to recover. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona keeper Ter Stegen: We’re not playing at our levelby Carlos Volcanoa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen believes some things to address internally despite winning 2-1 at Slavia Prague on Wednesday.The German was at his best again for the Catalans, who just about escaped with the points.”We haven’t played at the level we wanted,” he said afterwards.”Luckily, we’ve taken all three points, which is obviously the most important thing.”But I think we need to talk about some things.”When pushed on whether the issue was tactical or mental, the goalkeeper didn’t want to let their secrets out.”I think that’s something we have to look at ourselves,” he said.”I won’t say it here because it’s more internal.”It’s not my thing. I’d like to speak to the players who were on the pitch first.”
YouTube/USCAthleticsClay Helton may not be the guy that USC fans and former players want, but it is clear that he is extremely popular with players on the team. This morning, Helton had his interim tag removed by athletic director Pat Haden. USC released video of Haden introducing Helton as full-time head coach to the team, and the Trojans went absolutely nuts. That’s a pretty awesome sight. Now, Helton and the Trojans have to shift their focus to Stanford, who they face in this weekend’s Pac-12 title. Stanford defeated USC 41-31 earlier in the year, when Steve Sarkisian was still coaching the team.
Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy has the potential to be a top-class left-back but wants the defender to show more maturity, noting: “I’m not his father.”Mendy’s career since joining City from Monaco has been heavily disrupted by a series of injuries, the most recent of which has kept him on the sidelines for two months.But Mendy is set to return to action as City head to Burton Albion for the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday, holding a 9-0 lead from the first leg. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? His availability will be a huge boost for the Premier League champions as they compete for honours on multiple fronts, with Guardiola having had to use Fabian Delph, Aymeric Laporte and Oleksandr Zinchenko as makeshift left-backs in Mendy’s absence.The 24-year-old has become popular for his inimitable, inventive use of social media – racking up over a million Twitter followers – and while Guardiola is thrilled to welcome Mendy back he wants the defender to show more focus on his football.”I am delighted with Benjamin,” Guardiola told a news conference. “I am sad because we were not able to play him because of injuries but that sometimes happens.”The way he is training, the way he is in the locker room… you cannot imagine how much the people love him. I am delighted – I just want to use him more! That’s all.”I am not unhappy with Mendy [using social media heavily]. I am not here to change his mentality. His way, the way he lives… is what it is. When we bought him, we knew it.”So, when we are talking about training sessions, always it’s perfect but he is active on social media. He likes to be. It is what it is. “We try to convince him, but I’m not his father! [I tell him]: ‘Be focused on your job and what we have to do. You are young, and you can be one of the best left-backs, but it’s up to you.'”Eric Garcia is set to be one of a number of young players given a chance to impress by Guardiola, with his side in such a dominant position against Burton.The defender’s long-term City future appears assured but Guardiola indicated he is unsure whether or not the teenager would benefit from a loan spell.”I can count on him,” Guardiola said of the 18-year-old. “He showed me an incredible personality in the EFL Cup [ties against Leicester City and Burton], and especially in pre-season when he played with younger players.”It’s easier when you are a young player to come in and play close to Nico [Otamendi], or David Silva or Kevin [De Bruyne] – but play there with six, seven young academy players, and he was really the captain, and he guides and he leads in three hard games.”He was incredibly good. In the EFL Cup he was good. But he’s young. Is he a third, fourth defender, one more year in academy, or do we loan? We are going to decide in the next months what happens next season.”But I am incredibly satisfied, not just with the games but the way he trains, his behaviour, how polite he is, how he listens, how when he has doubts, he always asks myself, my staff, Mikel [Arteta].”He is so smart, so intelligent. He understands everything so quick. His physicality is not so strong, but he resolves situations by thinking. I like to work with intelligent people and he is one of them.”
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 01: McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights looks to pass in the second half against the Auburn Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)UCF picked up a major quarterback grad transfer this morning, when Notre Dame’s Brandon Wimbush announced he would be spending his final collegiate season playing for the Knights.Wimbush’s decision to pick UCF seems to signal that McKenzie Milton’s availability for 2019 is very much in doubt. Milton was having another outstanding season at quarterback before breaking his leg in the regular season finale against USF.Whether or not Milton is able to play next fall, he seems pumped to have Wimbush in the fold. In fact, Milton already “liked” and commented on Wimbush’s Instagram announcement.“Let’s ride bra!!!” he wrote.Brandon Wimbush is grad-transferring to UCF, and McKenzie Milton approves. pic.twitter.com/DvK37GCqql— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) January 15, 2019Adding Wimbush makes UCF a better team. The former four-star recruit lost his starting role to Ian Book this season, but still boasts plenty of physical ability and big-game experience.Putting him in UCF’s high-octane scheme should do wonders for Wimbush, and he clearly has Milton’s full support, which also helps.Wimbush threw for 719 yards and 4 touchdowns during the 2018 season. For his career in South Bend, he threw for 2,606 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while rushing for 1,156 yards and 16 scores.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Daniels earned the starting role in his true freshman season and had a stranglehold on the job heading into 2019.In his second season with the Trojans, Daniels has to hope for more success. If not, true freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis could swoop in and take the job.Helton revealed the former three-star quarterback earned the backup role.QB1 pic.twitter.com/rLgK7QXrGP— USC Football (@USC_FB) August 21, 2019Daniels dealt with several injuries during the course of the 2018 season, including a concussion which kept him out of the game against Arizona State.He finished an uneven season with 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He completed just under 60-percent of his passes for 2,672 yards through the air.The Trojans need more from their starter this season if they want to avoid back-to-back losing seasons. After failing to qualify for a bowl game, Helton’s job could be on the line this year.Stay tuned for the latest. LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 13: JT Daniels #18 of the USC Trojans talks to Clay Helton the head coach of the USC Trojans in the second quarter against the Colorado Buffaloes at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)The University of Southern California has its starting quarterback for the 2019 college football season.Head coach Clay Helton revealed the news after practice on Tuesday afternoon.So, who will be under center for the Trojans this fall?Sophomore quarterback J.T. Daniels earned the starting job after a solid camp this summer – much to the surprise of no one.
IPL 2019: Umesh Yadav short on confidence, says Ashish Nehra2019 IPL: Ashish Nehra feels Umesh Yadav’s low confidence and average form in the 2019 IPL is a result of not playing regularly in the Indian team. Yadav last played for India in the Test match against Australia in December 2018.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 28, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 22:29 IST Yadav has taken 8 wickets from 9 games in 2019 IPL conceding 315 runs.( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSAshish Nehra said RCB bowler Umesh Yadav is low on confidenceYadav has taken 8 wickets from 9 games in 2019 IPL conceding 315 runsNehra said not playing in the Indian team regularly affected Yadav’s confidenceFormer India pacer Ashish Nehra feels not playing regularly for the national team has dented Umesh Yadav’s confidence and its impact can be seen in the ongoing IPL where he has conceded almost 10 runs per over in nine games.The 31-year-old fast bowler played his last Test for India against Australia in December while he dawned the national ODI jersey in October. He was also overlooked for the World Cup squad and even failed to make it in the list of standby players.”Umesh is short on confidence especially because of the way he has performed in the last 4-5 months. He hasn’t been playing for India. He is not a part of the World Cup, it’s not easy for any cricketer to take that. He is not even in the standby,” Nehra said after RCB’s 16-run loss to Delhi Capitals here on Sunday.”That definitely must be playing on his mind. He is someone who has always been good. He has plenty of skill and talent. He bowls really well with the new ball, last year that was the mantra of his success. He should look to make a comeback in the Indian team and he knows what he has to do for that,” Nehra added.Yadav has taken eight wickets for RCB in nine games, conceding 315 runs at an economy rate of 9.59.Talking about RCB’s loss, Nehra lamented that his fast bowling unit was not up to the mark. After restricting Delhi to 151 in 18 overs, the pace duo of Umesh and Navdeep Saini leaked 36 runs in last two overs helping Delhi set an above-par target of 187.advertisement”I don’t think it was a 188-run wicket. I feel we could have bowled much better. Compared to Bombay, Bengaluru it was an easier wicket to bowl on. Bowlers missed the trick especially the way Navdeep Saini and Umesh Yadav bowled the last over. 36 are too many runs. Anything more than 160 batting second on this wicket is tough,” Nehra said.Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra, who bowled an excellent spell of 2/ 29, said the reason behind the team’s success this season lies in the middle order performing well.”Last year a lot of our players were injured especially our fast bowlers. This year we have a very good middle order, that was one place where we were lacking. We a good blend of experience and youth,” Mishra said.Delhi Capitals, earlier known as Delhi Daredevils has reached the playoffs after six years. The finished last in 2018.”The team atmosphere is very good. The players are bonding well with each other. We have kept everything simple. We have tried to commit fewer mistakes. “The spinner also credited coach Ricky Ponting and advisor Sourav Ganguly for the team’s success.”Dada and Ricky Ponting joining the squad has been huge for us. Both are aggressive but handle the team very calmly which is very important for the team,” he said.Also Read | Deepak and Rahul Chahar: Brothers separated by fate, united by one dreamAlso Read | IPL 2019: Unadkat credits Steve Smith’s backing for match-winning spell vs SRHAlso 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow 2019 IPLFollow World CupFollow Umesh YadavFollow Ashish NehraFollow Navdeep SainiFollow RCB
UEFA launches online streaming portal, aims for young fansUEFA’s new streaming portal will show highlights of weekend matches in the Bundesliga in TV markets including Britain, Italy, Russia, Spain, the Middle East and Africa.advertisement Associated Press NyonJune 13, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 18:38 IST Liverpool won the Champions League final soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool. (AP Photo)UEFA says its new online platform to stream soccer games will show German league matches next season.The governing body of European soccer says www.uefa.tv is “giving viewers greater access to live and on-demand video content,” including Champions League highlights.More streaming services are expected to launch in an effort to reach younger fans worldwide.UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says “the digital landscape is evolving and we need to be in a position where we can anticipate and respond to these changes.”UEFA’s portal will show Monday highlights of weekend matches in the Bundesliga in TV markets including Britain, Italy, Russia, Spain, the Middle East and Africa.Archive of classic Bundesliga and Champions League matches involving German teams will also be available.UEFA will show live games from its youth, women’s and futsal competitions where there is no broadcast deal.It says the site will complement and not compete with TV channels.Also Read | EPL 2019/20 fixtures out: Manchester United v Chelsea tops opening gamesAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Next
AP NEET counselling 2019 merit list to release tomorrow: Check all details hereNTR University of Health Sciences (NTRUHS), Andhra Pradesh will release the list of selected candidates for admission to medical or dental courses in state-based colleges.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 29, 2019UPDATED: June 29, 2019 17:17 IST Dr NTR University of Health Sciences (NTRUHS), Andhra Pradesh will release the list of selected candidates for admission to medical or dental courses in state-based colleges.The Dr NTR University of Health Sciences (NTRUHS), Andhra Pradesh will release the list of selected candidates for admission to medical or dental courses in state-based colleges. The list will be released tomorrow June 30 (Sunday) at the official website, ntruhs.ap.nic.in. The selected candidates will then have to undergo a medical exam and document verification.The date of verification exams for health and documents along with time and venue will be declared tomorrow itself. The process is expected to be held in July first week. Following the verification rounds, a final merit list will be released based on the same admissions will be granted.AP NEET merit list 2019: Documents neededNEET scorecardDomicile certificateDate of birth certificateEducation Qualification mark sheetsCaste certificate, if applicablePWD or EWS certificate, if applicableSports certificate, if applicableAP NEET merit list 2019: FeeCandidates will have to pay an application cum counselling fee of Rs 3540. For reserved category candiates, the same is Rs 2950.AP NEET merit list 2019: EligibilityTo be declared pass in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), candidates need to score 50 percentile of 134 marks out of 720. For reserved category candidates, it is 40 percentile or 107/720 marks. For people with disability, the cut off is 45 percentile or 120 marks.AP NEET merit list 2019: Seat matrixThe non-local candidates are eligible for 15 per cent unreserved seats only. The local candidates are also eligible for 15 per cent unreserved seats and 85 per cent local seats. The Medical Council of India (MCI) conducts the counselling for top 15 per cent candidates under the All India Quota seats (across the country). For the rest of 85 per cent seats, every state authority conducts counselling to fill seats in state-based collegesadvertisementThe NEET result 2019 was declared on June 5. Rajasthan’s Nalin Khandelwal has obtained the All India Rank (AIR) 1 in NEET UG 2019 with 99.99 percentile and 701 marks. Among females, Madhuri Reddy from Telangana with 695 marks and all India Rank 7 has topped.A total of 15,19,375 candidates registered for the exam of which 14,10,755 students appeared in the exam. Of the 14.10 lakh candidates, 7.97 lakh could clear the medical-dental entrance exam.Read: Bharathidasan University UG,PG Result 2019 declared: See how to checkRead: Telangana TSBIE Inter supplementary result 2019 to be out on this date, check detailsGet 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 byKajari Goswami
Reuters MumbaiSeptember 25, 2019UPDATED: September 25, 2019 13:28 IST Stephanie Rice Twitter PhotoTriple Olympic champion Stephanie Rice is confident she can help India get its first Olympic medal from swimming after announcing plans to set up her academy in the country early next year.The Australian swimmer won three gold medals at the Beijing Games in 2008 – each in world record times – and will be inducted next month as an Athlete Member of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame, one of the highest honours in Australian sport.A swimmer making the cut for the Olympics is a cause of celebration in India given the abysmal record of its athletes in the pool at the highest stage of competition but Rice believes there was enough talent in the country of 1.3 billion.”The biggest contribution that I can make, that’s probably lacking a little bit, is the high level international coaching experience in India,” she told reporters at a beachside hotel in Mumbai on Tuesday.”Lot of the current Indian swimmers train in the Thailand or the U.S. and they come back to compete for the country.”It makes it really hard for India to become a really good sporting nation because you require every athlete to have funds to be able to train somewhere else in the world.”Over the next few days, the 31-year-old Rice will be meeting sponsors and partners and finalise a location for the Stephanie Rice Swimming Academy, which will be operational from next year.Indian swimmers have not qualified for next year’s Tokyo Games yet and the country lacks infrastructure and professionally-managed coaching programmes to produce top-level athletes.advertisementPointing out that swimming offers the most number of medals at Olympics after athletics, Rice said India should concentrate on performance in the pool if they were to achieve their goal of becoming a sporting power.”I am bringing with me my team of coaches – strength and conditioning, physios, nutritionists – to be able to help the current swimming athletes but also hopefully generate some up and coming athletes over the years,” she said.”The ultimate goal over the next four to eight to 12 years is to have an Indian swimmer on the podium – top-three will be a fantastic result for us.”Rice said she could have set up the academy anywhere else but felt could make the biggest impact in India.”I could take my swimming academy to anywhere in the world and it would do well. But India’s a market that I feel I can make the biggest impact and have the biggest growth. I plan on being in India at my academy for three to four months on average,” Rice said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Stephanie RiceFollow Stephanie Rice Swimming Academy Next Ultimate goal is to have an Indian swimmer on Olympic podium: Stephanie Rice on her academyIndian swimmers have not qualified for next year’s Tokyo Games yet and the country lacks infrastructure and professionally-managed coaching programmes to produce top-level athletes.advertisement
Time to grow new leaders: Faf du Plessis ahead of 1st Test against IndiaSouth Africa skipper Faf du Plessis had a poor outing with the bat in the last Test series in India. Du Plessis managed to score just 60 runs in seven innings in 2015.advertisement Press Trust of India VishakhapatnamOctober 1, 2019UPDATED: October 1, 2019 15:44 IST Faf Du Plessis is among the five squad members who had toured in 2015. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth African captain Faf du Plessis has learnt his lessons from the disastrous tour of India four years agoSouth Africa had lost the four-match series 0-3 against India in 2015Du Plessis himself had a tough time, scoring just 60 runs in seven inningsSouth African captain Faf du Plessis has “learnt” his lessons from the disastrous tour of India four years ago and hopes the team’s young members will emerge as improved cricketers after the current Test series, beginning on Wednesday.South Africa had no answer to the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, losing the four-match series 0-3. Du Plessis himself had a tough time, scoring just 60 runs in seven innings.”What Test cricket, in general, does to you is if there is a flaw in your game, it exposes it. Obviously last time we came here as a batting unit and personally myself found it difficult in tough conditions. The fact is that I needed to get better from a defensive and technical point of view to adapt to play in tough conditions,” Du Plessis said on the eve of the first Test.He is among the five squad members who had toured in 2015. The other four are Kagiso Rabada, Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma and Vernon Philander who played just one Test before getting injured.”It was tough for everyone, but it was a huge value for me. After that I started playing spin better. So I think all players have to go through tough times to make them better and understand where their potential weaknesses are. And then either you can disappear or come back stronger.”It is a fresh bunch of players helped by an Indian in Amol Muzumdar, who is South Africa’s batting coach for the Test series.advertisementTime is limited but du Plessis said getting local help can only benefit the team.”It is a different language, different mindset and it is really refreshing to have someone with local knowledge. He has been with us for a short time and we already have had some good conversations.”The wickets spun more last time, this time it is not expected to turn as much. It was really dry back then and we struggled despite having an experienced line-up and now we have a young looking line up, so there is no baggage.”These youngsters are motivated to do well in international cricket and this tour will be no different for them,” he said.The series against India will be South Africa’s first in the World Test Championship. Following a disappointing World Cup campaign, the team is back on the road and also play England and Australia in the next six months. Du Plessis is looking forward to the challenge.”It is a good time to be involved with a young team. A lot of senior players are out and the leadership group has changed completely. Time to grow new leaders, the next set of pacers, the next Hashim Amla. I am excited about that.”With Philander amongst the runs in the warm-up game, South Africa are looking at playing five bowlers for the first Test.”That is definitely one of the options. India has always been a place where you can score in the first innings but in the second innings, it can get challenging and you need ample bowling resources for the first innings.”You need more than three or four bowlers. Generally taking 20 wickets wins you Test matches.”While South Africa struggled against the spinners last time around and are expected to have a tough time again, du Plessis feels their number one spinner Keshav Maharaj can trouble the high-profile Indian batting.”In the past teams visiting India used reverse swing and extra pace to their advantage. Last time here we felt the ball spun quite a bit and the spinner we have in Maharaj is as good as anyone in the world. He would just be much as a challenge for Indian batters.”Yes we do have some pace but is about having accurate pace. In the subcontinent, just pace itself doesn’t count for much. You need to be accurate for a long time and make sure that ball does something through the air.Also Read | If Rohit Sharma can do in Tests what he did in ODIs, it will be great for India: Virat KohliAlso Read | Wriddhiman Saha to replace Rishabh Pant in Vizag Test vs South AfricaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow Faf Du Plessis Next
Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Editors’ Recommendations How to Change a Light Fixture Without Getting Shocked If you live in a big city, you know how difficult it can be to make the most of a small space. How can you think about decorating when quarters are so close, your oven doubles as a nightstand? But if you’re a fan of Dwell, you know a tiny apartment is no excuse for poor design.So to inspire you, Dwell Media and New York magazine have teamed for the 2nd Annual City Modern, a series of events to elevate the level of discussion and awareness about how design effects all areas of urban lifestyles. The roster of happenings is stellar, but we are most excited for the home tours this weekend.What are the City Modern home tours exactly? They’re a chance to see behind the closed doors of 10 private modern residences in Manhattan and Brooklyn. But these aren’t just any well-decorated pads. Designed and furnished by New York’s top architects and interior decorators, expect to see pools, chutes, glass ceilings and other details sure to put your jaw on the floor. To get an insider look at what to expect, we caught up with Alex Polier from Dwell who handpicked all of the homes on the tour. Check out our Q&A with her below.You handpicked each of the stunning New York homes for the tour this coming weekend. What are some of the elements you looked for when adding a residence to the final list?I looked for variety and wanted to showcase everything from family-oriented, to the bachelor pad, to something for the power couple. The goal, as always, is for tour attendees (Dwell readers) to be able to pull ideas from any home on the tours.Is there one tour pad in particular you would choose to live in if you could?SkyhouseAt Dwell, you believe good design is an integral part of real life, and we agree. But utilizing a tiny city space can be tricky. Any tips for the first time decorator looking to make the most of his or her small apartment?In the November issue, which is all about small spaces, the average size of the homes featured is about 540 square feet. Interesting fact: the average square footage of homes in the United States (according to the 2013 US census) is 2,600. Check out the issue for tips and tricks. Our archives are also full of tons of great small space examples.To purchase tickets for the Manhattan and Brooklyn City Modern home tours, visit citymodernnyc.com. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales benefits Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit design services firm building a more sustainable future through the power of professional design. How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider
Editors’ Recommendations 1. A mix of ginger and other spices will give your gin the holiday “spirit.” 2. The original Homemade Gin Kit. 3. This gin-based cocktail looks like Christmas in a glass. Meet Phylloxera, One of Wine’s Most Dangerous Pests 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Making homemade booze has always been an appealing prospect. For some reason, brewing your own beer, bottling your own wine, or, hell, even honing your own stock of honey wine mead, just seems like a good idea. And, really, it is. Any alcoholic drink tastes better when it comes from your own handmade private reserve (well, most of the time.)Earlier this year, we covered The Homemade Gin Kit, which allows the amateur spirit maker to easily make their own bottles of gin. Since we are smack in the middle of the holiday season, we figured it was a good idea to highlight the Christmas Gin Kit, the company’s specialty blend of botanicals, herbs and spices that makes a liquor to fill you with all kinds of yuletide cheer.Replacing the citrus and summertime flavors of the original Gin Kit’s mix, the Christmas Gin Kit includes cinnamon, clove, ginger and rosemary, which will immediately bring to mind images of roaring fires, bright white Christmas lights, and the smell of pine in the air. All you need to do it pair these spices, and the included juniper berries (a requisite for all gin), with the original Gin Kit (two Italian glass swing-top bottles, a double mesh strainer, and a funnel), an affordable bottle of vodka (to transform into your gin) and you’re all set.The instructions are simple, and we’ve already given you our step-by-step process to using the original Gin Kit. You can make your own Christmas gin to give as a holiday gift, or you can use the small-batch to serve out cocktails at your own home party. The people at Homemade Gin Kit have come up with a perfect holiday cocktail recipe that mixes cranberry juice, orange liquor, and a rosemary liquor, which has been described as “look[ing] and tast[ing] like Christmas in a glass.”Whether you’re buying the Christmas Gin Kit for yourself, or giving it out as gift, you really can’t lose. Either way, the holiday spirit (pun intended) is about to increase in your life. Want to Get Dirty in the Name of Wine? Here’s How to Help with This Year’s Harvest What’s Amphora Wine? A Primer on One of the Oldest Ways to Make Wine Everything You Need to Know About White Pinot Noir
Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Surf boards need love and care after riding those waves. They need to be waxed and groomed just like your hair does. Well, not exactly. But anyways, we bet those of you who really love your board want to treat it with something a little special. That’s why the folks at The Make Co., Archive, and Ethos came up with the newest edition of their Surf Grooming Kit collaboration that originated in 2013, the Surf Grooming Kit Noir edition.They decided to change the packaging, encasing the goods in a powder coated steel and gold case, but don’t fret, they promise that you are still getting “The most sophisticated maintenance kit for your surfboard on the market.”Inside is a waxcomb cast from bronze and inlayed with Macassar Ebony, a black cotton cloth, a bar of wax and a small bottle of methyl hydrate to clean off any residue left behind by the wax.The waxcomb features standard comb grooves, a scraper, and a bottle opener, just in case you want to pop open a cold one after all that surfing. There’s also a lanyard so you don’t lose it. Attach it to your keys or your jeans so you won’t forget it.Wax your surfboard in style with the Surf Grooming Kit Noir edition, and prepare your board to catch those waves.For more information, visit themake.co. Keep Clean On the Go With the Sonny Portable Bidet How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy Editors’ Recommendations Hardworking Gentlemen Offers American-Made Grooming Goods for the Everyday Man 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn
6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Bar 1 of 12 Previous Kazuya Yamawaki/Inc & Sons Dining in Japan is a fairly traditional experience when it comes to the food. Sure, the restaurant may be housed in a skyscraper or decorated with neon lights, but classic cuisine abounds just the same. On our last night in Osaka, which was the ninth night into our journey through Japan, we wanted to step away from the steaming bowls of broth and noodles and try something new. So we sprung for INC & SONS, and it was one of the best nights and meals of our trip.Situated on a quiet block in the city’s Kitahama neighborhood, a glowing pink neon sign will guide you through the doors and down the stairs to the subterranean space. There are plenty of tables lining the back wall of the restaurant, but a seat at the bar is where you’ll be able to catch all the action. INC & SONS boasts the type of DIY spirit that we love. They blend and age their own house whisky, roast their own coffee and spin jazzy vinyl on their Altec Lansing sound system. The open kitchen lets you watch as they prepare tasty small plates like lamb chops, steamed mussels and a mackerel sandwich. We had a great time socializing with the extra friendly staff, who were happy to make cocktail recommendations — they even put us in a cab and told the driver where to take us when we asked where to go for a nightcap. INC & SONS is the kind of place you wish was around the corner from your house so you could become a regular.To learn more about the spirit behind INC & SONS, we caught up with food and beverage director Yusuke Fujita. Check out the interview to find out what’s inspiring their fall menus and which records are spinning in the background right now.INC & SONS is unlike any other restaurant we visited in Japan — it’s very modern, while many of the other places we ate were quite traditional. Did you think Osaka was missing this type of establishment when you opened the restaurant?We opened BAR INC in 2013 in the neighboring town of Kobe, so I was planning to put the second shop in Osaka. I think that INC & SONS is the only store of its kind right now in Osaka, but I think that Osaka will also have many new style stores in the future.At INC & SONS, you roast your own coffee and blend your own whisky. Can you tell us a little about the flavors in each? What inspired you to make these signature items for the restaurant?Did you know that there is a system called “keep bottle” in Japan? In stores where keep bottles are possible, customers can buy their favorite bottles and keep them at the bar for next time if they don’t finish them. We are making original blended whisky by placing it in whisky barrels for differentiation from other shops, and these are supposed to be keep bottles. Each person drinks whisky, whether it’s whisky soda, on the rocks or straight. We also use it to make whisky cocktails such as Old Fashioneds and Rob Roys. Because the whisky is matured every day in a barrel, its taste changes every time it is drunk. I think that it would be nice if you could enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime meeting with such aged whisky.Max Schwartz/The ManualRegarding coffee, we are making original blends by hand with an INC & SONS barista and roaster of TAOCA COFFEE, which we trust. Apart from serving it on our coffee menu, I use it in coffee cocktails to infuse spirits with coffee, and it’s used in our food as well.Your food menu features an interesting mix of western and eastern flavors and preparations. Do you change the dishes with each season?Because there are four seasons in Japan, the menu changes four times a year for both food and cocktails. Rather than having things that the chef is turning to or looking at, all the chefs, bartenders and baristas will decide the theme and ingredients for the season, and we’ll create a rough menu in line with the theme for each section. So I guess everyone works to assemble the menu during these sessions. It was close to the feeling that bands are making music together.Is there a particular bartender that’s been inspiring you lately? What are some of your favorite bars to check out in your free time?I always try to see the overall balance as a store rather than looking at bartenders and chef’s individually, and see how their skills play well together. I always check out Maison Premiere when I go to New York. The balanced feeling of Maison Premiere has greatly affected how we do things at INC & SONS.What spirit is your favorite to make drinks with right now?Because Japan is now in the autumn, I am enriching the cocktail menu with an herb and spice spirits series. Of course, there are many menus using spirits that infuse Japanese materials, such as matcha and amazake [a sweet drink made from fermented rice] or homemade bitters and cordials. I always intend to be original because I would like you to enjoy things you can only taste here.You have an amazing sound system in the restaurant and an excellent selection of vinyl records. Which albums are you playing at the moment?Kamasi Washington’s new album The Epic is now quietly ringing. It blends with the sound of a cocktail shaker, the rumble of an espresso machine’s steam and the voice of a customer.Original interview translated from Japanese to English.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 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. Next Editors’ Recommendations Kazuya Yamawaki/Inc & Sons How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee
Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn As gentlemen with great taste and the thirst for the next best thing, we’re always on the lookout for a drink that will excite not just us, but those that we introduce to it as well. Well, we’ve found that in Pétillant Naturel, a style of sparkling wine that is unpretentious, delicious, and outdates its more popular cousin, Champagne, by quite a bit.Pétillant Naturel wines (Pétillant being French for “sparkling”), more commonly known as Pét-Nats, are created in the méthode ancestrale (ancestral method). If the method’s name didn’t give it away, Pét-Nats are some of the oldest sparkling wines out there and, as they say, are having a moment. (If we have anything to do about it, though, it’ll be more than just a moment.)To learn more about Pét-Nat and why everyone should be ordering it next time they’re on a hot date, we spoke with Phil Johnson, Sommelier of Gloria, which is located in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City.First, it’s important to understand a how it’s made.“Méthode ancestrale wines become sparkling not by adding yeast and sugar (as in Champagne), but by capturing the bubbles produced by fermentation from the already existing wild yeasts on the grapes, and the sugar in the grape juice,” Johnson says. This process creates a wine that is light, fizzy, and utterly drinkable (we won’t judge if you do it right from the bottle).Some of the first evidence we have of sparkling wines dates to 1531, when some Benedictine monks documented making a sparkling wine that they called Blanquette de Limoux. It makes sense when you think about it. If you were cooped up with a bunch of dudes in a monastery, why wouldn’t you make booze?Flash forward about a century, Johnson says, and you meet English scientist Christopher Merret, who was responsible for documenting the addition of sugar to bottles to create a secondary fermentation in wine (this would create a drier wine with more and finer bubbles and a higher level of alcohol). At the same time, glassmakers were creating bottles that were more explosion-proof than their predecessors. It was about this point that the Benedictine monks, again, take the lead in sparkling wine knowledge, led by a monk named Dom Pérignon (yes, he was a real person).So, if they came first, why wouldn’t they be more popular stateside? Easy, Johnson says. Pét-Nats never took off because we Americans drink whatever other Americans are drinking at the time (or whatever the celebrities that Americans follow on Instagram are drinking). For example, in the Colonial era, this was rum and cider. Skip ahead to the 1990s and that manifested itself (and still does, to an extent) in all things vodka. When you look specifically at why Champagne won out, it boils down (bubbles up?) to marketing.“Champagne houses were very good at branding themselves. It was a luxurious product that was affordable, the bottles and logos were glamorous. Those who were drinking Champagne were glamorous,” Johnson says.To look at the bright side, the benefit is that Pét-Nats are affordable, especially compared to some of the astronomic prices at various Champagne houses. You can easily find a number of different bottles all under $50.Going along with the affordability, the wines themselves, Johnson says, are much more approachable than other sparkling wines. It doesn’t matter if you’re at a summer barbecue, or you watching the snow fall at your local joint in the East Village, Pét-Nats make the perfect companions.“These wines are not buttoned up or serious, and neither should the food be that you’re enjoying them with be,” Johnson elaborates. “Think raw bar, meats and cheese, snacks, paté, pickles, vegetables that you eat with your hands.”Basically, if you’re in a place where you can eat everything with your hands, you’re golden.As for which Pét-Nats to try, a good place to start (according to Johnson) would be the “grandfathers” of the modern Pét-Nat movement, which started in the 1990s. These producers are Thierry Puzelat and Christian Chaussard of Domaine Le Briseau, and Pascal Potaire of Les Capriades.“These winemakers are located in the Loire Valley, the epicenter of Pét-Nats, and employ grapes like Chenin Blanc, Gamay, Grolleau, and Pineau d’Aunis,” Johnson adds.If all of this sounds good to you, now is the perfect time to get in on the Pét-Nat movement. The more people interested in the wine, the better, according to Johnson.“I’d like to hope that people are bored of mass produced anonymous and forgettable Prosecco. I hope that we can all take a stand against insanely overpriced Champagnes made by corporations,” Johnson says. Why You Should Give White Zinfandel a Chance (Again) How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale Gamay Noir Wine Is a Cult Classic That’s Here to Stay Editors’ Recommendations
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller says the development of the cardiac programme at the Bustamante Hospital for Children will place Jamaica among those countries with highly developed specialist medical facilities for children.“Our children constitute a special segment of the population. They deserve the best care and treatment as the health of our people represents the wealth of our nation,” the Prime Minister said.Addressing the ground-breaking ceremony on Wednesday, February 27, for the construction of the new multi-million dollar state-of-the-art Cardiac Wing at the Bustamante Hospital, the Prime Minister said the facility will mend the ‘broken hearts’ of children between the ages of 0-12 years, who have heart ailments and are in need of specialist cardiac care.“This new cardiac wing will provide an increased number of paediatric Intensive Care Unit beds in Jamaica, reduce waiting time for such surgeries and decrease the number of children on the waiting list for surgery,” the Prime Minister said.She added that the specialist facility will allow for general improvement in the expertise of local medical personnel in performing complex cardiac surgeries. Each year, up to 500 children are born with congenital heart disease; about half of them requiring cardiac surgery.The new Cardiac wing has been made possible under a public-private partnership agreement with support coming from Chain of Hope UK, Digicel Jamaica, Sagicor Investment Ltd, Gift of Life District 7020, the Caribbean Heart Menders and the Congenital Heart Institute of Florida. Digicel Jamaica has donated $100 million towards the construction of the facility with a further $40 million coming from Sagicor Investments Limited.
A public education campaign, aimed at sensitizing Jamaicans about the importance of productivity to national development, is among measures to be undertaken by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, as it seeks to boost the levels of output in the public and private sectors.According to portfolio Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, there is a lack of contribution and commitment of all “able-bodied’ citizens,” which is affecting the ability to build a strong and resilient productivity culture in the country.“We have to build the awareness level in the country, and everyone has to be on board because we won’t get the results we want if everyone is not in full understanding of what productivity is all about, and what it means to the growth and development of the country, as well as the individual,” he stated.“We are working to have a scenario created where businesses will become more productive, so that their goods can become more competitive both in the local and overseas markets. This will give them more economic clout, and they will be able to expand their businesses, and employ more persons, which will enhance economic growth,” he noted further.Minister Kellier was speaking at a Think Tank held on May 21 at the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) head office in Kingston.He stated that as part of the effort to boost productivity, the Government has increased the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) budget by approximately 27 per cent for this fiscal year.The increased allocation, Mr. Kellier said, will allow the centre to be more actively involved in what the Ministry has dubbed “the productivity revolution”.The Minister stressed that productivity is the one key element that can move the country forward and realize the Vision 2030 goal of making Jamaica “the place of choice, to live, work, raise families, and do business”.Contact: Jeneva Gordon