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first_imgOn this Day in History: July 19th, 1942From The History ChannelOn this day in 1942, the agricultural chemist George Washington Carver, head of Alabama’s famed Tuskegee Institute, arrives in Dearborn, Michigan at the invitation of Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company.George Washington CarverBorn to slave parents in Missouri during the Civil War, Carver managed to get a high school education while working as a farmhand in Kansas in his late 20s. Turned away by a Kansas university because he was an African American, Carver later became the first black student at Iowa State Agricultural College in Ames, where he obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In 1896, Carver left Iowa to head the department of agriculture at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, a school founded by the leading black educator Booker T. Washington. By convincing farmers in the South to plant peanuts as an alternative to cotton, Carver helped resuscitate the region’s agriculture; in the process, he became one of the most respected and influential scientists in the country.Like Carver, Ford was deeply interested in the regenerative properties of soil and the potential of alternative crops such as peanuts and soybeans to produce plastics, paint, fuel and other products. Ford had long believed that the world would eventually need a substitute for gasoline, and supported the production of ethanol (or grain alcohol) as an alternative fuel. In 1942, he would showcase a car with a lightweight plastic body made from soybeans. Ford and Carver began corresponding via letter in 1934, and their mutual admiration deepened after Carver made a visit to Michigan in 1937. As Douglas Brinkley writes in “Wheels for the World,” his history of Ford, the automaker donated generously to the Tuskegee Institute, helping finance Carver’s experiments, and Carver in turn spent a period of time helping to oversee crops at the Ford plantation in Ways, Georgia.By the time World War II began, Ford had made repeated journeys to Tuskegee to convince Carver to come to Dearborn and help him develop a synthetic rubber to help compensate for wartime rubber shortages. Carver arrived on July 19, 1942, and set up a laboratory in an old water works building in Dearborn. He and Ford experimented with different crops, including sweet potatoes and dandelions, eventually devising a way to make the rubber substitute from goldenrod, a plant weed. Carver died in January 1943, Ford in April 1947, but the relationship between their two institutions continued to flourish: As recently as the late 1990s, Ford awarded grants of $4 million over two years to the George Washington Carver School at Tuskegee.For more information on this day in history, go here. TAGSThe HIstory Channel Previous article441 Repaving to begin soonNext articleCar crashes into trailer at Errol Estate Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Press Freedom Prize goes to Somali radio station Radio Shabelle

first_img Organisation SomaliaAfrica News to go further SomaliaAfrica News January 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Somalia December 10, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press Freedom Prize goes to Somali radio station Radio Shabelle Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somaliacenter_img March 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region In partnership with the French retail chain FNAC, Reporters Without Borders is delighted to award its 2010 Press Freedom Prize to two symbols of courage, the jailed Iranian journalist Abdolreza Tajik and the embattled Somali news radio station Radio Shabelle.“This year we are honouring a courageous journalist, Abdolreza Tajik, and a beleaguered radio station, Radio Shabelle,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “These laureates work into two countries, Iran and Somalia, where reporting the news is a constant battle.”Presenting the 2010 Media of the Year prize to Mogadishu-based Radio Shabelle, writer Jean-Christophe Rufin, France’s former ambassador to Senegal and Gambia, praised the work of Reporters Without Borders’ local correspondents and all journalists working on the ground in difficult regions.“It is an immense honour to receive this prize,” said Ali Abdi, Shabelle Media Network’s head of international relations, who accepted the prize with emotion on behalf of his colleagues at Radio Shabelle. “It recognizes not just our own work but also the courage of all Somali journalists and Somali civil society.“In our country, where chaos reigns and the armed Islamist militias want to silence us, we take great risks to report the news. Five of our journalists have been killed in the past three years, including two station managers, and around 100 have fled the country for safety reasons. But we will not be intimidated. We are determined to continue our struggle for independent journalists and respect for human rights.”Mogadishu-based Radio Shabelle won the “Media of the Year” title. Somalia’s most respected privately-owned radio station, it is also the most exposed to violence. Constantly harassed by the radical Islamist militias that are fighting the transitional government, and sometimes hit by gunfire from pro-government troops during the frequent armed clashes, it struggles to survive amid the chaos.Four of its journalists were killed in 2009, including the manager, Mukhtar Mohamed Hirabe, who was shot four times in the head while on his way to work in downtown Mogadishu. This past summer, threats forced the station to stop broadcasting its talk-show “Tartan Aqooneedka Shabelle.” Islamist armed groups have gained control of around 10 Somali radio stations this year and now use them to broadcast their political and religious propaganda. Radio Shabelle is taking a stand and has so far escaped this fate. But the Islamist militias Al-Shabaab and Hizb-Al-Islam regard it as the tool of “crusader” interests because it covers Somali news in an independent manner and refuses to serve as their mouthpiece. As such, it has become the No. 1 target for these African Taliban who stop at nothing to silence journalists.—-The awards were presented at ceremony hosted by journalist Elizabeth Tchoungui at the Foreign Press Reception Centre (CAPE) in Paris last night.“This prize comes at time when the press is experiencing difficulties,” Reporters Without Borders president Dominique Gerbaud said, opening the ceremony. “This is the case in France. It is also the case in Côte d’Ivoire, where the population is currently being denied access to foreign TV news stations. Describing Reporters Without Borders’ regular activities, he cited its responses to recent incidents in Greece, Tunisia, Afghanistan and Venezuela.“The freedom to report the news and the public’s right to receive it are under greater threat than ever,” said lawyer Gisèle Halimi, France’s former ambassador to UNESCO and a former member of the National Assembly, presenting the 2010 Journalist of the Year award. “Protecting and promoting media freedom, like the defence of women’s rights, helps to advance the freedoms of an entire society.”Jailed for the third time on 12 June of this year, Tajik is still detained. Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, the head of the Tehran-based Human Rights Defenders Centre, received the 2010 Journalist of the Year award on his behalf. Thanking all those who defend free speech in Iran, Ebadi said: “I regret that Abdolreza is not here to receive this award in person. His only crime has been to write, to write the truth. For doing that, he is being held in solitary confinement in Evin prison, without his lawyer being able to see him or have access to his case file. Abdolreza is a symbol of resistance in Iran, and he is not the only one. I hope he will be here next year to meet you.”Tajik was chosen for his reporting and his commitment to the defence of press freedom in Iran. A member of the Human Rights Defenders Centre and a determined free speech activist, he worked as political editor on many of the newspapers that have been closed by the authorities, such as Fateh (closed by the authorities in 2000), Bahar (closed in 2001), Bonyan (closed in 2002), Hambastegi (closed in 2003) and Shargh (closed in 2008). He often writes about free speech violations and arbitrary arrests of journalists.The Reporters Without Borders Prize has been awarded every since 1992 to a journalist and a news media in different parts of the world that have made a significant contribution to the defence and promotion of press freedom. The prize winners are selected by an international jury of journalists and human rights activists.Speaking on behalf of Reporters Without Borders’ partner in the Press Freedom Prize, Fnac executive committee member Isabelle Saviane said: “Fnac regards itself as an actor in society and as a media in its own right, and intends to play a role alongside NGOs such as Reporters Without Borders. Social involvement is an integral part of Fnac’s DNA and therefore its economic model. And we are going to propose new joint actions with Reporters Without Borders in 2011.” RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists RSF_en News News February 24, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Long Island Gang Murder Suspect Nabbed After 1 Day on FBI 10 Most Wanted List

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Juan Elias Garcia, 21, has been added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.The reputed MS-13 gang member wanted for his alleged role in murdering a Long Island woman and her toddler four years ago nearly set a record for the shortest time spent on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted.Juan “Cruzito” Garcia, 21, an El Salvadorian immigrant who is the last of four suspects wanted in connection with the notorious Central Islip double murder, surrendered Thursday to authorities in Nicaragua, the FBI said. His capture came a day after the FBI offered a $100,000 reward Wednesday for tips leading to his arrest and added his name to the nation’s worst fugitives.“Garcia’s callous disregard for human life resulted in the senseless murder of a young mother and her helpless 2-year-old son,” George Venizelos, FBI Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office, said earlier this week.The record for shortest amount of time on the list goes to Billie Austin Bryant, who was apprehended two hours after making the list in 1969 for murdering two FBI agents. Victor Manuel Gerena, wanted for a $7 million Connecticut robbery, holds the record for longest time on the list: 30 years. He’s still at large.Garcia had dated the victim, 19-year-old Vanessa Argueta, but when the relationship ended, authorities said Argueta had asked friends in rival gangs to jump Garcia.Garcia then allegedly got approval from a Brentwood MS-13 clique leader to kill Argueta, who brought her toddler son, Diego Torres, along for what she thought was dinner at a restaurant, authorities said.Garcia and two others lured her into the woods in a Central Islip industrial park, where they fatally shot both the mother and her child in February 2010. Their bodies were found the next day.Heriberto Martinez, the MS-13 leader who prosecutors said authorized the execution, was sentenced to life in prison in December for racketeering as well as charges related to the murder.Two others other MS-13 members face up to life in prison as well in the case. A federal jury convicted Adalberto Ariel Guzman in September and Rene Mendez Mejia pleaded guilty to the murders in June 2011.Garcia was reportedly the first MS-13 member to make the Ten Most Wanted list. Authorities say the gang is the largest and most violent on LI.last_img read more

Why the National Party is taking on Wicked Campers over its offensive designs

first_imgStuff co.nz 30 March 2016Family First Comment: “University of Otago political scientist Bryce Edwards says the outcry over Wicked Campers is unique, in that it has united Kiwis with very different political beliefs. Conservatives are upset about the “lewd and rather non-family-friendly messages out there in the community”, while liberals are concerned by the misogynistic and sexist jokes on the Wicked vehicles. “That is quite interesting – normally you don’t have the likes of Family First in sync with feminists and other liberal activists.” Edwards says National’s campaign against Wicked could help to boost the party’s modern image, showing it standing up against “old-fashioned” attitudes and “beyond the pale” humour.”Or…. maybe we’re just giving the politicians some backbone!!Wicked Campers isn’t short of enemies at the moment, but their most powerful opponent is undoubtedly the Government.The campervan rental company’s offensive paint jobs have caught the eye of National MPs and ministers, who are working together to put an end to the explicit images and slogans.The party’s politicians have taken to the airwaves to decry Wicked, while exploring how local council bylaws, the chief censor’s office and even credit card guidelines could be used to stop the company from offending Kiwis.So what’s in it for National, and why have they taken such a strong stance?University of Otago political scientist Bryce Edwards says the outcry over Wicked Campers is unique, in that it has united Kiwis with very different political beliefs.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/78369900/why-the-national-party-is-taking-on-wicked-campers-over-its-offensive-designslast_img read more

Honoring our fallen soldiers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Earlier in the day Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger attended the Memorial Day ceremony at the Los Angeles National Cemetery in West Los Angeles – that included a flyover by F-16s from Edwards Air Force Base – before traveling to Canoga Park to ride in the parade. “It was very solemn, and I felt so honored to be there,” Villaraigosa said, adding that the day had even more resonance given the ongoing fighting in Iraq. “I love Canoga Park,” the mayor added, “and it’s great to be in this all-American city and celebrate Memorial Day together.” And celebrate they did. An estimated 5,000 people lined the two-mile parade route, setting up lawn chairs and umbrellas to ward off the sun, blowing horns, cheering and waving American flags as each parade vehicle passed by. Many praised the parade as a long-standing tradition that brings neighbors from all over the city together, year after year. Kerry Scott, 49, of Canoga Park came to the parade with some neighbors from her church and her daughter, Maegan, 17, and her son, Michael, 19, who wore a red-white-and-blue hat embellished like a jester’s cap with bells. CANOGA PARK – Thousands of San Fernando Valley residents took time out of their holiday festivities Monday to honor U.S. servicemen and women who have died defending the United States. Gathering at the 18th annual Valley of the Stars Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade, many parade watchers said it was also a time to honor those who are now fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Some people think it’s just a three-day weekend, but it’s more to honor the people out there, fighting for our freedom,” said Cecilia Martinez, 42, of Canoga Park, whose late father, Jildardo Martinez, fought in the Korean War. She brought her 6-year-old nephew, Luge Navarette, to the parade, and said her sister began the holiday by placing American flags on the graves of their father and Martinez’s brother-in-law, who served in the Navy. “There’s quite a few military people in the parade, and we’re here to honor them and thank them for giving us the freedom to sit in the hot sun and clap and cheer until you’re hoarse,” Scott said, grinning. “It’s fun!” Don Hernandez, 38, of Canoga Park noted that the event was a good way for adults to educate younger people of the sacrifices made by America’s armed forces. “Without this, California is nothing,” Hernandez said. The parade was presented by The Canoga Park/West Hills Chamber of Commerce, Canoga Park Community Center, Canoga Park Neighborhood Council, Valley of the Stars, and the Office of Councilman Dennis Zine. It featured a number of elected officials and dignitaries, including Zine, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, Sen. Richard Alarc n, U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Assemblywoman Cindy Monta ez, Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, Councilman Alex Padilla and Cmdr. Thomas Sutton, U.S. Navy Reserves, who served in Kuwait and Iraq. Edith C. Shain, the nurse in the iconic 1945 VJ Day LIFE magazine photo of a sailor bestowing a passionate victory kiss on a nurse in Times Square, drew wild applause when her vehicle, adorned with a giant replica of the photo and Shain herself in a white nurse’s uniform, passed through the crowd. The Canoga Park parade was just one of many events honoring the sacrifices military personnel have made in service to their country, including the more than 2,700 men and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, Glendale, included a march from the Little Church of the Flowers to the burial site of a Civil War soldier and a musket and cannon salute. At Forest Lawn’s Hollywood Hills site, observances included a portrayal of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, a rifle salute by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and a performance by the Air National Guard Band. City News Service contributed to this report. [email protected] (818) 713-3663160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Bells and whistles are few, but quality is elite at Ravenhurst Champagne Cellars

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Chuck and Nina Harris like Champagne, really good Champagne.“The reason we’re here is that I married a woman who liked to drink Champagne. That is how we met, over Champagne. We promised one another we’d learn more about it. She is a chemist and I am a chef so we looked at it in completely different ways,” said Chuck Harris, the winemaker and owner of Ravenhurst Champagne Cellars in Union County. “We are both originally from Van Wert. We went to high school together. We got together later in life after we’d tried a few careers and we started a pursuit of Champagne. Could we do this in Ohio? We looked all over the country and decided Ohio would be the best place, all things considered. We were pioneering here, especially with vinifera grapes. All of the other places we’d be just another face in the crowd.”Along with being unique to the area, Harris picked a very specific location for very specific reasons.“We looked at the Ohio River and Lake Erie in Ohio and there were problems with both of those locations. When we looked at weather maps of Ohio, the rainfall would hit the hill at Bellefontaine and go south and north and reconvene around Marion. It would be a blue sky here when it was raining everywhere else. Sometimes my last summer rain will be July 4 and the next rain won’t be until Oct. 15. That is rough for row crop farmers but it is great for grapes. It really concentrates the sweetness and flavor of the grapes. The flavor from wine is from the skin of the grapes and the dry weather concentrates that,” Harris said. “This span is about 11 miles wide and we started looking for agricultural land in that area. We got five acres initially in 1980 and we started putting in grapes. Years later we bought more land for about 10 acres total and we more recently added six more acres here.”Once a location was established, Chuck then set to work on his quest to produce top-notch wines.“This little vineyard had 16 different types of grapes to experiment with. We didn’t know what we could grow here and if it would make good wine. We now have it narrowed down to four: Cab. Sauvignon, Cab. Franc, Chardonnay, and Pinot noir. That is all we grow now and we only make wine with what we grow. I could buy grapes to make more wine but I can’t buy these grapes from this soil. I have three different vineyards and even though I have the same grapes growing in all the vineyards, they all make different wines. They have different soils, different sun exposure and different weather and they make different wines,” Harris said. “The wine started out being for ourselves. But then some wine aficionados tried our wine and they thought our wine could compete on a national scale. We planted grapes in 1980 and we opened the winery in 1999. For a couple of years we bottled for Double Eagle Club near Delaware and the Refectory, a French restaurant in Columbus, before we ever opened to the public. We started making commercial Champagne and wine in 1997.”In 1999 Ravenhurst Champagne Cellars opened as a full-fledged, licensed winery and quickly became known for very high quality.“Before our grand opening there was a competition in Los Angeles to find the ‘Champagne of the millennium’ comparing 265 bottles of who’s-who of Champagne in the world. Nina and I finished second. There has never been a competition like that since then,” Harris said. “We’d been in amateur competitions before that but that was the first professional competition we entered.”The secret to making really good wine is really bad soil.“The soil makes all wine different and that is what influences the wine more than anything, including the winemaker. At the time there was no one doing anything like this with vinifera grapes on the heavy clay soils in Ohio. On this clay, you get a lot more fruit in the wine. Good wine soil is bad soil. Around here they call it death valley. It is tough growing corn and beans around here, but it is great for growing grapes,” Harris said. “I’d love for you to glorify me, but a good winemaker just ushers great grapes through a winery. To make great wine, you need great grapes. The object is getting them perfect in the vineyard and that is where the accolades should go.”Ravenhurst grapes are planted with care to give the plants a good start.“Most people buy a $10 vine and dig a 50-cent hole. Then they’ll be doing it again the next year. We auger holes with a 12-inch auger four feet deep, below the clay layer. Grape vines are lazy, they go to the bottom of that hole and spread out,” Harris said. “Those deep roots can survive our cold winters. Our vines might be killed to the ground but they come back the next year. I have not had a grape crop only two years since 1980: one was a late spring frost and the other was an ice storm. That clay is a nice blanket. What is really detrimental in these heavy clay soils is an asset for us because we get underneath it.”The soil fertility is actually depleted before planting.“We try to grow sweet corn for two or three years before grapes to deplete the soil nutrients in the top layers. We don’t add any fertility,” Harris said. “If you have chosen your site well, that is what you want to work with. With too much fertility you get a lot of green growth and you lose it in the winter and then you have to trim it off anyway.”Once the vines are in the ground, the waiting begins.“Pray for a good spring. There is not much you do for the first spring except we put blue tubes around them that make a sort of greenhouse and it lets us till or spray without hitting the vines. We let them grow a couple of seasons with that to get a good root system,” he said. “We’ll take off the sleeve after that and stake them and after four or five years we’ll put a trellis up in late winter or early spring. When we trellis we are ready to start harvesting the crop that fall.”The trellis system features a double fruiting wire.“We have two wires for the grapes hang on. We have three sets of wires to contain the shoots and keep them positioned vertically,” Harris said. “It is around $10,000 to put a good acre of grapes in correctly.”Fungicide applications are critical for grape production.“The most important sprays are your first three. We start spraying in the doeskin stage of the bud then spray every 10 day with fungicides,” Harris said. “After three sprays, applications are based on rains.”Harris employs a crew of 75 ducks and geese to wander his vineyards to eat pests and thin the lower grapes and vegetative growth that would otherwise have to be pruned.“We rotate the birds around the vineyard. They are pretty easy to manage,” Harris said. “If you have everything set up there is not much work. I spray Roundup under the trellis and mow the middle aisles.”After years of investment, grapes are finally ready for harvest and making wine.“Harvest is fun. We use Amish to harvest. They show up before dawn and we only pick until 10 in the morning,” he said. “We want to get the grapes picked in cool weather and we only pick as many as we can process in that day — three tons in a day gives me about 450 gallons to work with. It is all hand harvested by 10 to 15 Amish women who live within three miles of here. We harvest over about 10 days or so for around 30 tons total.”Harvest typically begins in late September.“When green grapes turn golden or blue, you harvest 45 days later,” Harris said. “Chardonnay is our first grape in late September. Cab. Sauvignon is more like Nov. 10 and that is our last grape.”Then the wine making can begin.“You have to deal with what you are given. A good chef doesn’t go to the grocery to buy a certain thing. He goes to see what is the best thing to buy that day. That is how I make wine. We throw half of our grapes on the ground. We could use them and make twice as much wine, but I couldn’t make the quality of wine Ravenhurst is known for. The juice goes into tanks, then barrels then bottles. We make 4,000 to 5,000 bottles a year,” he said. “This is a selfish hobby that does OK financially. I’m really in it for the medals. In a three-year period we pretty much won everything there was to be won here in the U.S. I’m here to make the best wine.“Most of my winery friends have a guy with a guitar, pizza and a lake to sit beside. They are an adult entertainment facility. I don’t have sushi or pony rides, we are just about the wine. The thing about Ravenhurst is that we can show the potential Ohio has to really make great wine and I do feel like I make some of the best wine in Ohio.” Ravenhurst now grows four types of grapes for making high quality wine and Champagne.last_img read more

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Dahiya to coach Delhi as Yashpal named chief selector

first_imgLife has come full circle for Vijay Dahiya. On Saturday, exactly a year after he was sacked as Delhi coach by the DDCA sports committee, he returned to the job for the 2014-15 season.Dahiya welcomed his appointment and thanked DDCA for reposing faith in him. While former India selector Yashpal Sharma has been named chairman of the selection committee, Chetan Chauhan has been made chief mentor of Delhi cricket. The other selectors for the senior team are Nikhil Chopra, Rakesh Shukla, Vinay Lamba and Siddharth Verma. Dahiya was the front-runner for the coach’s job this season after his successor Sanjeev Sharma was a complete failure. In fact, going into the season as champions of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Delhi failed to even qualify for the knockout stages.While there wasn’t any clarity as to why Dahiya was dumped last year, certain sections in the DDCA felt his unavailability for the complete season – as he is also assistant coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders – was an issue.Speaking to MAIL TODAY, Dahiya said it has always been an honour for him to be associated with Delhi cricket, and he will look to give it his best shot.”I have always maintained that coaching Delhi is my top priority. I have always been grateful to them because they gave me an opportunity to coach the team when I had just finished playing. That was indeed a big platform for me and I shall never forget that,” he said.Yashpal’s appointment doesn’t come as a surprise as it was believed that not too many players were happy with Chauhan’s authoritative working as chief selector.advertisementSkipper Gautam Gambhir’s war of words with Chauhan during the last domestic season was no secret. That could be one of the reasons for DDCA deciding to give Chauhan the mentor’s role.Chauhan, though, said he wasn’t miffed with DDCA’s decision. “I am okay with the decision to make Yashpal the chairman. I wish him all the best and I think it is fair to give others a chance,” he said.Interestingly, none of the officials have received their appointment letters yet. But DDCA president Sneh Bansal confirmed that all letters will reach the concerned persons by Sunday. “I have spoken to them over phone and they have given their consent. The official letters will reach them by Sunday. The decision to appoint them was taken today, so give us some time,” he told Mail Today.last_img read more

Cricket Sunday: Bars spin discounts to cheer boys in blue

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 17 (PTI) Nobody likes to cheer alone, especially when India is playing Pakistan on the cricket pitch.With the traditional rivals up against each other in the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy tomorrow in London, bars and restaurants are honing their pitch too to attract cricket enthusiasts waiting to make the most of their Sunday evening.Giant screens, happy hours and a free drink if you predict the match right or walk in wearing the Indian jersey are some of the offers being rolled out. After all, cricket and Pakistan have always made for a profitable mix.Pune-based software project manager Subhabrata Chattopadhyay will be one of those heading to a bar to enjoy the match. It is all about the ambience and exciting offers, he says.”You dont cheer alone, you have 50 people cheering with you. The entire place lights up. On top of that, watching on the big screen with a decent sound system is a different experience all together,” he told PTI.Talking about the unique offers that places like Irish Village, Toss and Four Seasons in Pune have to offer, Subhabrata says, “At almost all places, they have happy hours… 1+1 on pitchers.””Free drinks on predictions… if your prediction is correct, you get a free drink…if your match prediction is correct, then your bill gets waived. This adds to the excitement.”Restaurants and bars in other cities are also cashing in on the anticipation that is peaking by the hour.Piali – The Curry Bistro in Delhis Connaught Place, for instance, is set to make the best of the countrys cricket fandom with a range of offers with its discount code BLEEDBLUE.advertisementFor every wicket that India takes, the restaurant will offer an incremental discount of 5 per cent, with a maximum 20 per cent rebate.”For the nation which bleeds blue, we have decided to reward Indians for every wicket taken by our team. You can order anything after a wicket and it will be discounted at 5 per cent, subsequently after the second wicket 10 per cent, which will continue up to 20 per cent,” says Siddharth Agarwal, owner of the bistro.”Different rates will be applied on the same bill for people who choose to dine with us this Sunday. The only thing you need to do is, come dine at Piali when India plays against Pakistan. Come cheer the men in blue and enjoy exclusive discounts,” says Siddharth Agarwal, owner of the bistro.Leela Ambience Convention Hotel in Delhi has decided to introduce special unlimited packages named after cricketers for four hours of the match at their Cherry Bar.Kohlis 11 will have unlimited imported drinks and unlimited snacks at Rs 3,000 and Steves 11 will consist of unlimited IMFL and unlimited snacks at Rs 2,500.”Stay glued to your seats until the final moments and dont let this mauka go as the rivalry between India and Pakistan continues at none other than our popular Cherry Bar,” says Rahul Gautam, associate director, food and beverage, at the hotel.For travel enthusiast Shashank Sharma, going to a sports bar for the match ensures that he can have a date with his girlfriend while not having to miss out on the cricketing action.The idea of not cooking or arranging for food is an added bonus.”What I like about going to sports clubs is that during a match, I dont want to cook or get food myself. At a sports club, you can concentrate only on the match and the rest will be taken care of,” he says.In an interesting offer, anybody who walks into Lanterns Kitchen and Bar in Delhis Rajendra Place wearing the Indian cricket teams jersey will be offered a free mug of beer.In Mumbai, the White Owl – Brewery & Bistro is expecting its patrons and cricket enthusiasts to drop in in huge numbers to see the match on their 200-inch HD screen as they sip on the restaurants home brewed craft beer.”We are offering unlimited White Owl craft beer for Rs 795. Guests can choose their favourite White Owl beer and enjoy it all evening, through the duration of the match,” says Nicole Macwan from The White Owl.Clearly, the cricketing world is getting ready to say cheers on Sunday. PTI TRS MG MINlast_img read more

Arsenal’s Away Woes Continue in 3-1 Loss to Wolves, Sokratis Scores

first_imgWOLVERHAMPTON, England — Wolverhampton Wanderers handed Arsenal another away loss in the Premier League on Wednesday, beating the Gunners 3-1 to deal a big blow to the visitors’ hopes of a top-four finish.Wolves took advantage of several defensive mistakes to score three first-half goals through Ruben Neves, Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota and earn a first league win over Arsenal in 40 years.Sokratis Papastathopoulos headed in a late consolation goal for Arsenal but Unai Emery’s side has won just six times on the road this season and is now one point behind Chelsea in fifth ahead of another tough away game at Leicester on Sunday. The team also lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace at home this past Sunday, ending a 10-game winning streak in all competitions at home.Losing at Wolves has been a common occurrence for the top-six clubs this season, as Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United have also been beaten at Molineux. But after a confident start to the match, Arsenal fell without putting up much of a fight once Neves put the hosts ahead through a perfectly struck free kick in the 28th minute.Wolves doubled the lead in the 37th minute when goalkeeper Bernd Leno failed to deal with a cross and Doherty was allowed to head into an empty net.Arsenal struggled to create any chances of note and was limited to long-range efforts from Granit Xhaka and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a desperate attempt to get back into the match.However, Wolves struck again when Arsenal lost possession in first-half stoppage time, Jota skipped past Sokratis and into the penalty area where his low shot was too hard for Leno and squirmed beneath the goalkeeper and into the net.Arsenal looked short of ideas but managed a consolation goal with 10 minutes remaining when Sokratis headed in Xhaka’s corner at the far post.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more