About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: You need luck to win Cupby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino hailed his players for their Carabao Cup victory at ArsenalDele Alli and Son Heung-min struck for the 2-0 win.Pochettino remarked: “The level of energy we showed was fantastic. From the first round we played Watford at Milton Keynes, West Ham at the London Stadium and now Arsenal and now we play Chelsea. “Look how difficult it is to win a cup if you don’t have a little luck. When people talk about winning a cup it’s not only performing well, it’s also to have some luck and when you compete in these type of games, derbies, in-between when you need to win in the Champions League, trying to fight for big things, it’s so tough, so difficult, that’s why I am so pleased and congratulate the players because the effort is amazing.”
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TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid keeper Luca Zidane proud of start with Racing Santanderby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid goalkeeper Luca Zidane is delighted with his form on-loan at Racing Santander.Luca is already a fans’ favourite thanks to a string of outstanding performances.He told : “I really wanted to have a new project and, of course, like every player, I wanted to start well in my new team and the truth is that it has been like that. I stopped a penalty in my first game. “I just want to keep it up!”I came because I liked the project, but also because the coach and the club gave me the confidence.”On coach Ivan Ania, he stated: “Each coach is as he is. Ivan has a lot of character and a lot of personality and the truth is that the whole team is with him.”And on his future, Luca added: “I don’t look back. I am happy here. It’s going to be a great season and we’ll see what happens next year.”
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: Young lads have held their ownby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the young players at the club have held their own in recent weeks.United have become increasingly reliant on youngsters as the injuries pile up.The likes of Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and Brandon Williams have seen their playing time increase.And Solskjaer is happy with what they have produced for the first team so far.He told Gary Neville during a Sky Sports interview: “I’m very happy with the young boys.”You’ve got to put this question in a couple of brackets, really. “They’ve stepped in during difficult circumstances, at a difficult time with loads of injuries to key players. But I feel they’ve held their own.”We’ve had a few debuts in Europe and in the league. “I don’t think it’s the young boys that you can say we expect more from because this club is also full of experienced internationals and medal-winners, championship winners. “I don’t think the young ones have put a foot wrong.”
It would appear that Miami football head coach Al Golden has a situation on his hands. Hurricanes junior defensive back Antonio Crawford, a key contributor on defense this past season, was not at practice Sunday morning. Furthermore, Crawford tweeted some cryptic messages last night about the way he’s being treated. One of his messages read “I’m out.”Golden says Antonio Crawford was expected at practice today (wasn’t here). Says he wants to deal with things internally before commenting.— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) February 22, 2015Here are screenshots of the tweets in question.We’ll keep you updated as to when Golden has an official update on the matter.
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 09: Will Grier #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers looks to pass during the second quarter against the East Carolina Pirates at Mountaineer Field on September 9, 2017 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)College football’s bowl season is almost here, and ESPN already has its prediction for every matchup, including an intriguing showdown between West Virginia and Syracuse.The Mountaineers own an 8-3 record, as Will Grier looks to finish his collegiate career with a victory. The Orange have a surprising 9-3 record under Dino Babers, and the only blowout loss came against Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium.With both programs ready to battle in the Camping World Bowl, expect a high-scoring matchup.Here is ESPN’s prediction:A Big East rivalry is renewed with two fun-loving coaches — Dana Holgorsen and Dino Babers — who love to sling the ball around. Senior quarterbacks Will Grier (WVU) and Eric Dungey (Syracuse) both put up big numbers but Grier and his receivers will be the difference in a high-scoring game.Prediction: West Virginia 48, Syracuse 45West Virginia and Syracuse are set to kick off at 5:15 p.m. ET on Dec. 28.The game will be on ESPN.
Next Miami Open: Roger Federer eases past Denis Shapovalov to set up final vs John IsnerRoger Federer is all set for his fifth Miami Open finals against John Isner after his victory over Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov.advertisement Reuters MiamiMarch 30, 2019UPDATED: March 30, 2019 12:25 IST Roger Federer hits a shot to Denis Shapovalov during the Miami Open semifinals (AP photo)Roger Federer cruised into his fifth Miami Open final with an impressive 6-2 6-4 victory against Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov on Friday.Federer was dominant in service and broke the 19-year-old three times to set up a final with American John Isner, who beat 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6(3) 7-6(4).Federer took control of his semi-final early, breaking Shapovalov in the third game as his young opponent shanked a backhand.Federer broke again in the third game of the second set and served his way into the final against defending champion Isner, who is yet to drop a set in the tournament this year.Staying peRFect. See you in the final, Roger.@rogerfederer | #miamiopen pic.twitter.com/UiezzSdtN2Miami Open (@MiamiOpen) March 30, 2019Isner, however, had to battle back in both sets against the 18-year-old Canadian, who led 5-3 in each set but was unable to seal the win.”For sure (it was) nerves,” said Auger-Aliassime, the youngest men’s semi-finalist in the tournament’s 35-year history.”It’s like I caught a virus or something. I don’t know. I couldn’t put a second serve anymore.Even the first serve, if you put it in, you don’t have to hit the second serve. That’s just very tough to swallow,” he said.Auger-Aliassime had appeared unbothered by being on the big stage against the crowd favourite playing attacking, aggressive tennis that rewarded him with the early break in each set.Yet serving for the set, the 18-year-old’s inexperience and nerves were exposed when he produced three of his seven double faults and opened the door for the 33-year-old American who went on to take the first tiebreak 7-3.advertisementAuger-Aliassime regrouped and was on the attack again in the second, grabbing the early break to nose in front 4-2.Again serving for the set at 5-3, he let Isner back in the contest as the American got back on serve with the help of yet another Auger-Aliassime double fault.Big man making big moves. @JohnIsner | #miamiopen pic.twitter.com/PDG2EbRmseMiami Open (@MiamiOpen) March 29, 2019While Auger-Aliassime was misfiring, Isner’s serve was booming, as he blasted 21 aces past his opponent.”I think it (experience) may have helped a little bit,” said Isner.”But you see a lot of times where someone can have all the experience in the world or some teams can have all the experience in the world and they don’t come through against an inexperienced opponent.”Maybe he was a little bit fatigued because he came through qualifying. So could have been a little bit of inexperience and maybe a little bit of fatigue, also.”Big man making big moves. @JohnIsner | #miamiopen pic.twitter.com/PDG2EbRmseMiami Open (@MiamiOpen) March 29, 2019Also Read | Miami Open: Federer outclasses Anderson to set up semi-final vs ShapovalovAlso Read | Miami Open: Roger Federer beats Medvedev to set up quarter-final vs Kevin AndersonAlso Read | Miami Open: Roger Federer, Kevin Anderson advance to fourth roundAlso Watch | Umpire fails to spot no-ball as MI beat RCB under controversial circumstanceFor 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 byRoshni Tags :Follow Miami Open 2019Follow Roger FedererFollow Denis Shapovalov
MS Dhoni magic leaves cricket fraternity in awe: Cricket needs Dhoni to write its scriptsIPL 2019: MS Dhoni almost took Chennai Super Kings home against Royal Challengers Bangalore but fans social media had nothing but respect for the CSK skipper. commentary graphs No data available! advertisement view more view less scorecard Anita Jat BengaluruApril 22, 2019UPDATED: April 22, 2019 15:59 IST MS Dhoni scored an unbeaten 84 from 48 balls but failed to take CSK home (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRoyal Challengers Bangalore beat Chennai Super Kings by 1 runMS Dhoni’s 48-ball 84 not out went in vain in Bengaluru on SundayDhoni became the first Indian to hit 200 sixes in the IPLThe Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday witnessed a nail-bitting IPL clash between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore as MS Dhoni almost pulled off a 161-run chase by hitting three sixes in the last over but fell a run short as the Virat Kohli side managed to save themselves from elimination in the Indian Premier League 2019.Skipper MS Dhoni hammered is career-best unbeaten 84 off 48 balls, but failed to take his side to a win.Chennai needed 26 off the last over with MS Dhoni as charged as live wire on strike. The match had almost slipped into RCB’s hands but Dhoni hit a four and sent three balls over the fence off Umesh Yadav, leaving his side needing 2 off the last ball.Dhoni took a single off the last ball but missed to steer it behind the point. Shardul Thakur sprinted to take the last run but couldn’t reach the crease and was run out by RCB wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel.As the match went into a nerve-wracking last-ball-decider, social media too could not control their emotions.Have a look at how Twitter exploded with these reactions from the fans -Uff! Some game! Cricket needs Dhoni to write its scripts.Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 21, 2019Wow! What a fantastic game of cricket #RCBvCSKVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 21, 2019Mahi Hai Toh Mumkin Hai…..his calmness in a run-chase is a case-study. Kya player hai boss #RCBvCSK #IPL #DhoniAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 21, 2019Is there anyone better than MS Dhoni in world cricket when it comes to being there & finish off games ? It’s not just about striking, it’s about backing himself & being calculative. Top innings from him. Unfortunate to have lost by 1 run but Bloody Brilliant @ChennaiIPL #RCBvCSKadvertisementHemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) April 21, 2019That was special from Dhoni. 26 needed of the last over and nearly pulling it off. #RCBvCSKMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 21, 2019Vo tha, Vo hai, and Vo Rahega..Yes he is the world best finisher.. #Thala You beauty #Dhoni #RCBvCSK pic.twitter.com/3F9slSIBt7Sharwan Chouhan (@Sharwan62566372) April 21, 2019Umesh Yadav Before The Last Over. pic.twitter.com/W56nvuiUuMAkhil Chhawal (@akhil_chhawal) April 21, 2019When everything is dependent on a single run, this is how you dive Thakur bro…@GautamGambhir#Dhoni #RCBvCSK pic.twitter.com/oKeaCV6470Surey (@sureyamarnath) April 21, 2019Girlfriend: Why are you crying?CSK Fan:#RCBvCSK #Dhoni #WhistlePodu #IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/ygKAefKBsxKaran Sonawane (@focusedindian) April 21, 2019Also Read | MS Dhoni 1st Indian to hit 200 sixes in Indian Premier LeagueAlso Read | MS Dhoni gave us a massive scare: Virat Kohli after RCB’s thrilling 1-run win over CSKFor 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 CSKFollow RCBFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow Royal Challengers Bangalore
Sarfaraz, you are fat: Fan screams insults at Pakistan captain after defeat to IndiaICC Cricket World Cup: Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has been facing the heat after their horror show against India on Sunday in Manchester. Pakistan came up with an insipid show in their 89-run defeat (DLS) to their arch-rivals.advertisement india today digital June 19, 2019UPDATED: June 19, 2019 10:01 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed has been facing criticism after Pakistan’s loss to India (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan suffered an 89-run (DLS) loss to India on SundayIndia extended their World Cup record over Pakistan to 7-0Sarfaraz Ahmed has been facing backlash over some of his decisions during the matchPakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has been under the pump ever since his side suffered a humbling defeat to India in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 meeting on Sunday in Manchester.A lot was expected from Pakistan, especially after their Champions Trophy-winning performance in the final of the 50-over tournament against India in 2017. Fans had turned up in large numbers to cheer for Sarfaraz’s men even as they had struggled for consistency in World Cup 2019 ahead of the India clash.Much to the disappointment of cricket fans, the much-anticipated affair turned out to be a one-sided contest with India handing an 89-run (DLS) thrashing to Pakistan in Manchester. Sarfaraz’s men were comfortably outplayed in all 3 departments as Pakistan extended their winless record vs India in World Cups to 7-0.Pakistan fans slammed Sarfaraz’s men and questioned why the team had had burgers and milkshakes on the eve of their big World Cup 2019 match against India. Notably, images of Sarfaraz Ahmed and a few of his teammates buying burgers and milkshakes went viral on social media after Pakistan’s loss to India.An image of Sarfaraz Ahmed yawning on the field during India’s innings went viral, leading to a backlash from Pakistan fans.As it turns out, a section of fans at Old Trafford had screamed insults at Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed shortly after the team’s loss on Sunday. In a video that is going viral on social media, a fan can be heard, saying “Sarfaraz, you’re fat.” The section of fans can also be heard questioning why Sarfaraz did not opt to bat after winning the toss on a good batting pitch in Manchester.advertisementSarfaraz Ahmed has been facing severe criticism for his decision to bowl first after winning the toss on a good batting track at the Old Trafford in Manchester. Former cricketers, including Shoaib Akhtar, have slammed Sarfaraz, over his decision-making during the big-ticket clash between India and Pakistan. In fact, Akhtar went on to call Sarfaraz a “brainless captain”.”The mistakes committed by the Indian team during the Champions Trophy 2017 final were repeated by Pakistan yesterday. I can’t understand how Sarfaraz can be so brainless. How could he forget that we don’t chase very well,” Shoaib Akhtar had lamented.Meanwhile, World Cup-winning India off-spinner had defended Sarfaraz Ahmed and his men over the burger row, saying teams are free to have food of their choice.”They are allowed to have burgers, it’s their wish what they want to do,” Harbhajan Singh told India Today.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Anushka Sharma joins Virat Kohli in England ahead of India’s Afghanistan tieAlso Read | Don’t use bad words: Mohammad Amir pleads with Pakistan fans after India defeatAlso 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sarfaraz AhmedFollow Paksitan cricket teamFollow Pakistan cricket fansFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow India vs Pakistan Next
Pakistan ready to challenge other teams in World Test Championship: Sarfaraz AhmedPakistan, who are gearing up to host Sri Lanka in limited-overs series at home, will begin their World Test Championship campaign in Australia in November. advertisement Next Press Trust of India KarachiSeptember 16, 2019UPDATED: September 16, 2019 20:39 IST Pakistan will tour Australia for a 2-match Test series in November (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan will open their World Test Championship campaign against Australia in NovemberSarfaraz Ahmed said Pakistan have the firepower to do well in World Test ChampionshipSarfaraz hopes Pakistan can improve their bowling to make up for absence of Amir and WahabPakistan’s captain Sarfaraz Ahmed is confident that his team is ready to make an impact in the ICC World Test Championship after struggling for form in this format in the last two years.”After in-and-out performances in the last two years since the retirements of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, I think we are now ready to challenge other teams in the World Test Championship,” he said.Pakistan’s first challenge will be a tour to Australia in November where they play two Tests followed by home Test series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.Pakistan is presently placed 7th among 12 Test teams in the ICC World Rankings and Sarfaraz admitted his team had neither been consistent nor convincing in the longer format for a while now.”We have struggled after losing Misbah and Younis and we are in a rebuilding process. But now I think our batsmen are ready to fill the gaps and take responsibility,” he said.”We have Shaan Masood, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail and Babar Azam who have now gone through the grind and can do well at the Test level. There is also a lot of experience now behind Azhar and Asad.”Sarfaraz said that Pakistan needed to find one or two Test class spinners to support Yasir Shah and a couple of fast bowlers to step up since Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Aamir have now stopped playing Test cricket.”We need to work on our bowling now and we have a couple of exciting pacers to look at and find some spinners. I think we are now in a position to do well in the test format which now has more meaning and purpose and every match is important,” he added.advertisementSarfaraz as captain has seen his team lose home Test series to Sri Lanka and New Zealand while being outclassed in South Africa.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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Pakistan cricket teamFollow World Test ChampionshipFollow Sarfaraz AhmedFollow Misbah ul-HaqFollow Younis KhanFollow Mohammad Amir
St. Patrick’s Day 2014 has officially arrived. And if you properly planned ahead, work has managed to stay off the agenda – as it should. This is a day for celebrating Irish heritage, spending time with friends and family and, of course, a healthy amount of drinking. But before you start loading up on green beer, take note: there are now more delicious Irish whiskies available in the U.S. than ever before. The bad news is, more selection means it’s harder to find the bottles worth your hard-earned dollars. Luckily for you, we’ve already done all the heavy lifting. Here are the five best Irish whiskies to help make this St. Patrick Day (semi-)memorable.Jameson Select Reserve Single Distillery Black BarrelTraditional Jameson may be your go-to shot – but it’s also an obvious pick. So skip to something a bit less predictable, like Jameson Black Barrel. Packing the same smooth, mellow taste as your average Jameson dram, Black Barrel upgrades the flavor with rich, deep notes of vanilla and spices, with a lingering finish that will leave you waiting for the next sip.Bushmills 21 Year Single MaltBushmills is one of our favorite Irish spirits, and its 21 Year Single Malt takes the corn beef and cabbage as the distillery’s top-shelf bottle. Triple distilled and aged for 21 years in three types of barrels, the 21 Year offers imbibers full body notes of mocha, toffee, caramel, and spices. The only downside is its price: At around $200 per bottle, your wallet will be happy that St. Paddy’s Day only comes around once a year.Powers Gold Label Special Reserve 12 YearA favorite among salt-of-the-earth Irishmen, the ever-affordable Powers Gold Label is the perfect dram to top off a hard-earned lunch. And the 12 Year version takes that same drinkable flavor a step up with light notes of wood, vanilla, spice, and a hint of smoke. With a hefty barley flavor, Powers starts off strong, but ends with a light, easy finish that makes this bottle one of the best for an all-day affair. Just beware: If you’re a Jameson fan, this spirit just might make you switch to a new team.Green Spot Single Pot StillA relatively new arrival for the U.S. market, Green Spot Single Pot Still is crafted from both malted and unmalted barley spirits, which are triple distilled in a pot still from a single distillery. With fruit-filled notes that combine with oak, salt, and clove spices, Green Spot finishes nice and clean, as an Irish whiskey should. If you’re looking for something new to try this St. Patrick’s Day, Green Spot may be your best bet.Redbreast Single Pot Still 12 Year Cask StrengthLike Green Spot, this Redbreast expression is single pot stilled (meaning it leaves out spirits made from anything other than barley). It’s also aged in old sherry casks, giving it hints of fig and dark chocolate, with a bit of smoke in the mix for good measure. Just don’t drink this dram too fast – at a fiery 115 proof, it’s best to enjoy this one before your better judgment has gone off to find a pot at the end of a rainbow. Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made Rabbit Hole Rebrands and Launches New Whiskey All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee The Best American Liqueur Editors’ Recommendations
Editors’ Recommendations It’s time to start thinking about packing up and hitting the trails. Whether you’re training for a long backpacking trip, getting out every weekend for some off road exploration, or just looking for a good travel pack, we’ve searched out the very best outdoors backpacks for every discipline. Our testing has taken us from the heights of the Rockies to Southwest deserts, and everything in between. After months of beating on them, we can say that these are our absolute favorite backpacks for every sport.Related: The Hults Bruk Jonaker is a backpacker’s delight | Road to Adventure: Backpacking GearBackpackingGranite Gear Lutsen 45 ($200)Best For: Fast and Light adventures. The Lutsen was designed with thru-hikers in mind. If you’re looking to strip down your gear weight and still hike in comfort for dozens of miles, this is the pack for you.Buy It If: Your idea of a good time involves a long weekend on your feet, sunsets above the treeline, and seeing more animals than people on the trail.Best Feature: The Lutsen features an adjustable harness for both your shoulders and hips. This was included for thru-hikers who may lose upwards of twenty pounds on a multiple month excursion, but we find it to be just as useful for a growing teenager, who can have their pack grow with them.REI Flash 65 ($199)Best For:Long gear hauling in hot weather. At sixty-five liters, the Flash can handle a week’s worth of serious adventure with ease. With both top and panel access, you’ll easily be able to get any to essential gear without rummaging through your pack on the trail.Buy It If: You’re that guy who can’t remember where he stashed his rain gear. The last thing you want is to be caught digging through everything and having to repack on the trail. The front panel J-zip gives you access to the entire main compartment when you need to get at something at the bottom of your pack.Best Feature: The harness is incredibly well ventilated, ensuring that even when you’re hauling a heavy load you’ll still be able to stay cool this summer.Boreas HaloBest For: Expedition loads. At seventy liters, the Halo was born to haul camping and climbing gear into exotic locations. If you can’t decide on if you should that extra six pack of your favorite beer, or just spring for the twelve pack instead, this pack has room for it. Just don’t come crying to us about the extra twenty pounds you’re carrying.Buy It If: You would rather spend two weeks in the wilderness than any other vacation option. The Halo can haul all your gear for long trips so you can be completely independent.Best Feature: We love the reinforced bottom panel. The fastest part of any of our packs to wear out is always the contact point with the ground. The Halo’s bottom and sleeping bag compartment are reinforced 420d nylon, so you can rest easy when you drop it or flop down on sharp rocks.DaypacksThule Stir 20 ($100)Best For: Short excursions in questionable weather. We’ve been using the Stir as a haul bag for our climbing gear, and it is a mighty little pack. The main body is coated for water resistance, and that also doubles to help it take a beating when we’re out bouldering and climbing.Buy It If: You know how to travel light. At twenty liters, this pack has room for the essentials while keeping your load light. If you really need more space, there is a thirty five liter ($140) option as well.Best Feature: Easy Access. The Stir is a top loader only, but expandable side pouches and a snap-close sleeve on the front panel let you store essential items like water bottles and a rain jacket within reach even when the pack is on your back.Osprey Manta AG 28 ($)Best For: All day summit bids. This new Manta is our all-around favorite pack this year. Multiple storage options and organization provide easy access to everything you carry, and the harness is easily the best we’ve ever tested.Buy It If: You want the most comfortable pack on the market. We regularly carry a 3-liter hydration bladder, as well as two 32-ounce bottles on the trail, along with all our survival, harsh weather gear, and a camera with ease. This pack can do it all, and you won’t feel exhausted after that epic fifteen mile trip to the top of the mountain.Best Feature: The Anti-Gravity Harness. Osprey’s back panel technology transfers weight to your hips (we can carry a 30 pound load with this pack with just the hip belt), and the airy construction means you won’t be drenched in sweat all day.Salomon X-Alp 30 ($)Best For: High altitude pursuits. The X-Alp line was designed for ski mountaineers and speed climbers, and everything about this pack screams, “Let’s go fast!” A bottom crampon pouch keeps your gear protected from sharp edges, and multiple gear loops let you keep ice axes, trekking poles, and skis close at hand.Buy It If: You have a love affair with alpine climbing. This pack is built for bagging as much distance and altitude as you possibly can in a day, so pack up you crampons, rope, harness, and disappear into the wilderness.Best Feature: Back panel access is a novel idea born from ski specific packs. The X-Alp 30 has a vertical zipper on your back, so you can slide it around while wearing the wasit belt to access the main pouch. This is perfect for grabbing a trail meal on the run, or passing your climbing partner an extra piece of gear for that sketchy snowfield crossing up ahead.Heritage DesignDeuter Gröden 32 ($129)Best For: All Day Comfort. The Gröden was first introduced in 1984, and has been a favorite of European and American hikers ever since. It’s been updated with a new harness and burly material, making this version better than ever.Buy It If: You want a classic looking pack that is also built like a modern gear hauler. Deuter’s design team brought this backpack into the twenty-first century without sacrificing it’s classic styling. Now you can look like you snagged an amazing thrift-store find, without dealing with an uncomfortable pack that is older than you are.Best Feature: Deuter’s AirComfort System is one of the best on the market, and especially useful when your load gets heavy. The trampoline back panel keeps air flowing no matter if you’re carrying a light picnic lunch or a much heavier load of technical gear.Fjällräven Räven 20 ($80)Best For: The World Traveler. The all new Räven pack is designed for the serious traveler or commuter who likes to get off the beaten trail.Buy It If: You have to carry your gadgets with you everywhere. The Raven will carry a 15-inch laptop, and has organization pouches for all your essential electronics so you can stay connected whether you’re navigating a foreign city or heading out for a light day hike. This is our choice for having a mobile office when on spring and summer road trips.Best Feature: G-1000 Eco Fabric is incredibly burly, so this pack will definitely outlast anything you’ve been using for that commute from your backwoods cabin in to town. Don’t be surprised is this is the last travel pack you ever buy.Topo Designs X Chaco Klettersack ($189)Best For: The style conscious adventurer. Topo builds packs that look like they’ve been stolen out of a 1970s climbing photo shoot. What’s more, this collaboration with Chaco Sandals pairs patterned webbing with a 1000d nylon outer body.Buy It If: You want an indestructible pack that will look good for decades. Topo makes everything in Colorado using the best cordura nylon. Your body will probably fall apart long before this pack does.Best Feature: The contrasting webbing and pack liner make the Klettersack stand out in all environments. Of every backpack we’ve gotten out for hands on testing, this one consistently turns heads and gets compliments on the trail the most. It doesn’t hurt that is very comfortable to carry when fully loaded too. The Best American Liqueur 8 Sling Bags That Are More Than Just Man Bags 1. Thule Stir 20 2. Deuter Groden 32 3. Granite Gear Lutsen 45 The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States
Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66 You remember Lotus, don’t you? Of course, you do — how could you forget the name synonymous with lightweight, agile performance cars? Still, we haven’t heard a peep out of the U.K. automaker for some time as financial concerns and product road-mapping issues have left the brand in ambiguity.Autocar has dug up some information about the future of Lotus and its most famous car, the Elise. In a conversation with Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales, the executive confirmed that the next-generation roadster is in development with a production date of 2020. Additionally, the automaker is on track to make a profit for the first time in 20 years (I don’t envy the fellow who’s had to explain the last 20 years to investors).In addition to the Elise’s slated launch date, Gales described how the car will perform and look. Most importantly, the next-generation Elise will remain a light, fun-to-drive roadster with an aluminum chassis like the one used for the Elise S1 that went on sale in 1996 and has served as the platform for every Lotus made since.If you feared that the future of Lotus would look like the larger, more powerful, heavier Elise concept from 2010, fret not — Gales said we won’t see anything like that.“The Elise chassis has often been copied but never equaled,” said Gales, in reference to the current car. “Combine that with the steering feel, and you have something truly special. The DNA of that car is its light weight, its steering feel, and the balance of power and drivability. At every price point it is sold in, it is the fastest car for the money — and always the most special to drive.”Weight reduction is the name of the game at Lotus, and that commitment will only continue with the new Lotus Elise. Gales focused on the Elise Cup 250 that debuted this year with its 2,026-pound body – something “others try to get close to but never equal,” noted Gales. As for the next Elise, Gales said the automaker is targeting just under 2,000 pounds. Even the dainty Mazda MX-5 Miata can’t hit that benchmark, and the Lotus will need to include the same safety equipment as mandated by U.S. regulations.Compared to the current Elise, the successor will be longer and wider, but the cabin will still be tight and simple. Power will likely still come from a Toyota motor, with output ranging from below 150 horsepower to just about 250hp in S/supercharged trim.Gales also made it clear that the U.S. market is the brand’s most important. 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The All-New 2020 Corvette Stingray Is a Mid-Engine Supercar for the Everyman Editors’ Recommendations Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected
Pop-ups, in general, are great. In most cities, now, you can find a pop-up for just about everything—the newest food from a star chef, the latest styles from the top designers, the newest cocktails, anything you could ever want.The only bad thing about pop-ups is that they go away. Poof, gone. The amazing food and drink that was so euphoria-inducing one day, gone the next. Well, one intrepid group, Wine and Whiskey, has found a way to solve that problem. By creating a pop-up membership club, now while an individual pop-up may go away, you’re assured that just a few days or weeks later, another one will take its place, offering adventurous drinkers a chance to try something else new and unique.Wine and Whiskey was started by Owen Meyer, creator of Liquor Lab Chicago (named one of the coolest new companies on 2015 by Business Insider), in an effort to bring unique cocktail and wine-centered events to adventurous drinkers on a consistent basis to the New York City area. Events will include everything “tours” of wine regions to themed cocktail nights.Membership costs $175 for a year, but this gives members a slew of benefits, including:Reduced cost for pop-up events.A free round of a signature cocktail at a specified cocktail bar, which rotates monthly.Access to free or discounted events with partner companies.Boozy rewards at events, from mini oak barrels for aging to bar tools and more.You don’t need to be a member to go to the pop-up events, but being a member reduces the price and gives you access to all of the great perks mentioned above (read: become a member, you won’t regret it).With membership, events usually cost between $65 and $75, but that includes tax, gratuity, small plates, and four to six full-sized beer, wine, or cocktails. Think about that: four cocktails will usually cost you that much alone, not including gratuity.In addition to the Wine and Whiskey events, Meyer said there are plans to open a Liquor Lab—where you can make all of your mixology dreams come true by learning from the experts in a boozy good atmosphere—in New York in mid-2017 as well, opening up even more ideas for guys’ nights (or date nights).As a Manual reader, you can sign up for a membership here. If you sign up now, you’ll receive 2 free event tickets as well as 2 complementary passes to the Liquor Lab Friends and Family opening party. Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara The Best American Liqueur Editors’ Recommendations 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For?
The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is advising its customers and stakeholders that it will be facilitating the clearance of containers at the Port of Kingston, for as long as the Kingston Freezone Terminal Limited (KFTL) remains opened for business.This facilitation is in keeping with efforts to clear the back log of containers, which occurred as a result of recent strikes by haulage contractors and operators, who have since resumed duties at the Terminal.The Jamaica Customs Agency is assuring its stakeholders that it is collaborating and working with the KFTL, its partners, and border agencies to effectively reduce and ultimately clear the back log of containers at the Port.
Senator Charles Jr. was addressing the Realtors Association of Jamaica (RAJ) symposium at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on Friday (April 26). Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says that Government is updating the Rent Restriction Act in order to create a viable rental industry and provide equity for tenants and landlords.He said that the Act must protect both parties, ensuring that renters can have access to adequate, safe and legal housing solutions, while, at the same time, encouraging property owners to rent their premises.“If the Rent Restriction Act does not afford for protection in an equitable way, then you are going to have less persons wanting to be landlords,” he argued.“We want to be able, as we create this enabling environment, to look at all of the specific and unique challenges and create the solutions, so that we have a framework that is equitable and that is stimulating the kind of growth in a sustainable way that we need in Jamaica,” he added.Senator Charles Jr. was addressing the Realtors Association of Jamaica (RAJ) symposium at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on Friday (April 26).He said that among the proposed amendments is a change of name to the Rent Act and to bring the matter of security deposits under the ambit of the Act, in order to standardise the number of months for which deposits are to be charged, including guidelines for use and refund to the tenant.“We want to expand the powers of the Rent Assessment Board by bringing the recovery of possessions under its portfolio, as well as to limit the number of extensions to length of stay,” he noted further.The amendments will also outline the minimum standard for rental premises including that the building must be structurally sound, walls and flooring intact and the roofs free of leaks.“We want to also deal with permissible rent, which is severely outdated. I think it is now based on a date from 1980, so we hope to move that forward to within five years of the market value,” Senator Charles Jr. said.“We want to include specific definitions of terms in the Act, treat with notice to quit, where the owner can use his or her intention to sell the property as a valid reason for issuing a notice,” he added, noting that fines and penalties for breaches will also be updated.He informed that the legislation is with the Chief Parliamentary Council, “so we hope that it will be moved through quickly”.The Rent Restriction Act was enacted in 1944 and was last amended in 1983. It was developed at a time when tenants were being seriously disenfranchised and was focused towards their protection.The RAJ symposium, held under the theme ‘Real Estate Investment 2019: A Road Map’, included presentations on property rights and unregistered lands; investing in the Airbnb product; improving home ownership opportunities; and the Rent Restriction Act. The event concluded with a panel discussion. The RAJ symposium, held under the theme ‘Real Estate Investment 2019: A Road Map’, included presentations on property rights and unregistered lands; investing in the Airbnb product; improving home ownership opportunities; and the Rent Restriction Act. The event concluded with a panel discussion. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says that Government is updating the Rent Restriction Act in order to create a viable rental industry and provide equity for tenants and landlords.
March 11, 2014 zoom An NYK Group company, NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers Ltd. (NBP) has signed a contract with Baja Bulk Carriers S.A., a joint venture between the Mitsubishi Corporation and the Mexican government, for a 15-year charter of a newly built bulk carrier specialized to transport salt.The vessel is being built by Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., and the capacity of the ship will be extended beyond the typical 60,000 DWT by extending the vessel’s length by 9 meters.Furthermore, the vessel will have additional equipment for cargo handling — including two mobile cranes, a belt conveyor, a boom conveyor, and a hopper — to meet requirements fully at the discharging port. The vessel will also have an eco-ship structural design and will come equipped with an advanced electronically controlled engine.The vessel will shuttle salt to the west coast of North America from a salt field business in Mexico. The new bulker will be delivered in August 2014.
Western Bulk ASA, a global dry bulk shipping company, has commercially controlled an average fleet of 178 vessels in the first quarter of 2014 (Q1-14), according to the company’s newly released financial results.The Net TC result for the first quarter of 2014 ended at USD 12.4 million (Q4-13: USD 11.7 million), with EBITDA at USD 1.9 million (Q4-13: USD 1.6 million).The Baltic Supramax Index was on average about USD 11,600/day in Q1-14, compared to USD 14,000/day in Q4-13. The rates are significantly down since mid-December, and there has been large basin variances.“Western Bulk saw a marginal improvement of its performance in Q1-14 compared to Q4-13, despite a weak and very challenging market. We are cautiously optimistic on the market going forward, and have thus continued to add attractive optionality for future periods”, says Jens Ismar, Chief Executive Officer of Western Bulk.As explained by the company, the Pacific market was particularly soft during February with less activity due to halt in Indonesian exports of bauxite and nickel ore and traditionally low activity during Chinese New Year holiday. The Pacific market has later regained some strength and outperformed the Atlantic market during March.The Atlantic market has consistently weakened during the quarter, and has been hit by vessels being repositioned from a weak Pacific area and creating overcapacity in the Atlantic.WB Chartering entered the quarter with an almost balanced book with slightly less cargo contracts than vessels, giving a good downside protection in a falling market. The division fully utilized its 3,100 optional vessel days available in the quarter at an average charter-in rate of about USD 9,800/day. WB Chartering used the cargo contract coverage booked for Q1-14 during Q4-13 to create a profitable trading pattern in a challenging market environment.In the anticipation of a seasonal stronger Atlantic area for Q2-14, the margin per ship day has been negatively impacted from taking more backhaul cargoes and some ballasting to reposition vessels from the Pacific area and into the Atlantic area during the quarter.WB Chartering saw a slight decline in its fleet to 178 vessels operated in Q1- 14, compared to 186 vessels in Q4-13 (153 vessels on average full year 2013) and has added about 5,700 extension option days for future periods.In March, WB Chartering scaled up the Panamax team by employing 9 persons previously employed by K2 Shipping in Oslo. In addition, K2 Shipping has re-let some cargo contracts and chartered-in vessels to WB Chartering.WB Shipholding took delivery of one newbuild Eco-vessel that is chartered-in on long term charter with purchase options. The vessel is chartered out to WB Chartering on a long term charter.Read full report
zoom Japan’s three largest shipping companies – Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line), and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) – have downgraded their financial outlooks for the Fiscal Year 2015 mainly due to the tonnage oversupply and the lack of demand in container and dry bulk shipping markets.MOL was also hit by an extraordinary loss of JPY 26.2 billion in the second quarter of FY2015 ended September 30, after its dry bulk shipping equity method affiliate, Daiichi Chuo Kisen Kaisha, filed for civil rehabilitation proceedings in September.In the first six months of FY2015 MOL recorded JPY 904.7 billion revenue, as compared to JPY 890.2 billion for the same period a year earlier. The rise in revenue was mostly due to the company’s tanker division.However, due to the hit from Daiichi Chuo’s bankruptcy, and declining demand in container and dry bulk divisions, the company ended the first six months of FY2015 with JPY 241 million net loss.MOL has lowered its full-year financial outlook and now expects JPY 1.758 trillion in revenues in FY2015, 2.7% less than the initially expected revenues of JPY 1.806 trillion.MOL now expects to end FY2015 with JPY 17 billion net profit, a 65% reduction compared to the previously projected JPY 43 billion full-year profit.”K” Line managed to improve its operating revenues in the first six months of FY2015 by 1.3%, reaching JPY 668.3 billion, up JPY 8.56 billion year-on-year. But the improved operating revenues did not translate to better net profit. The net profit for the first six months of FY2015 was JPY 11.7 billion, a 45% decrease as compared to JPY 21.2 billion recorded in the same period a year earlier.”The tonnage supply and demand balance had deteriorated as tonnage supply pressure increased while demand faltered, causing the market to continue to slump in the dry bulk business and the marine freight rates to fall in the containership business, despite the low fuel prices due to the fall in oil prices and the continuing depreciation trend of the yen. Notwithstanding the continued efforts to reduce vessel operation costs, such as slow steaming, business performance deteriorated year on year,” ”K” Line said in its financial report.The company now expects JPY 1.3 trillion in operating revenues for the full financial year, 3.7% less compared to JPY 1.35 trillion projected back in July. The full year net profit projections were downgraded from JPY 23 billion to JPY 12 billion, a 47.8% cut.The best performer in the first six months of FY2015 was NYK Line, posting JPY 1.198 trillion in operating revenues, compared to JPY 1.179 trillion recorded in the same period a year earlier.The company’s net profit surged from JPY 20 billion in 1H2014, to JPY 54.7 billion in the six months ended September 30, 2015.But despite the improved operating results, NYK Line has also downgraded its full year outlook, as the extraordinary loss from structural reform carried out in 1H2015 will be realized in the second half of the year, and the tough business environment in both container and dry bulk shipping business is expected to continue for the next six months.The company has lowered its full year outlook for operating revenues from JPY 2.4 trillion to JPY 2.37 trillion, a 1.3% cut. The full year net income is now expected to reach JPY 47 billion, 14.5% less than JPY 55 billion expected in the forecast published in July.World Maritime News Staff
zoom The Georgia and South Carolina Ports Authorities signed a revised joint venture agreement to work together toward the development of the Jasper Ocean Terminal (JOT) on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River, which will be jointly owned and operated by both port authorities.The updated agreement governs the permitting and planning process for the JOT, including the development of terminal design and supporting infrastructure, plans for financing, and execution of the operational decisions required during the permitting process.A work plan for the 2016 fiscal year was adopted earlier this year by the JOT Board of Directors. The plan includes geotechnical studies and conceptual work on terminal design by Moffatt & Nichol, the project manager, and the year is expected to culminate with a permit application to the US Army Corps of Engineers for the new terminal and channel modification study.The JOT Joint Project Office was first established under an intergovernmental agreement signed in 2008 by the previous Governors of Georgia and South Carolina. This new agreement takes effect immediately and continues the work of the JOT.“As South Carolina and Georgia renew this commitment to make the Jasper Ocean Terminal a reality, we have an incredible opportunity to strengthen our ports system – and that’s a great thing, not only for the people of Jasper County but for the entire state,” South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said.
zoom The United States National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has affirmed the decision of an administrative law judge that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU International) and ILWU Local 8 violated federal labor law by engaging in coercive activity directed against port operator ICTSI Oregon, Inc. at Port of Portland’s Terminal 6. The NLRB concluded that, between September 2012 and June 2013, ILWU members worked in a deliberately slow manner and otherwise interfered with productivity at Terminal 6 and that the ILWU International and Local 8 were responsible for this illegal conduct.” By inducing and encouraging, since September 2012, longshoremen employed by ICTSI Oregon, Inc. at the Port of Portland to unnecessarily operate cranes and drive trucks in a slow and nonproductive manner, refuse to hoist cranes in bypass mode, and refuse to move two 20-foot containers at a time on older carts, in order to force or require ICTSI and carriers who call at terminal 6 to cease doing business with the Port, Respondents ILWU and Local 8 have engaged in unfair labor practices affecting commerce within the meaning of Section 8(b)(4)(i)(B) and Section 2(6) and (7) of the Act,” the Board said.According to the decision, the appropriate remedy for the violations found is an order requiring the ILWU and Local 8 to cease and desist from engaging in such unlawful secondary conduct.Like Judge Schmidt’s previous order, this order, if adopted by the Board and enforced by a court of appeals, may provide a basis for seeking contempt sanctions against the Unions in the event of subsequent unlawful secondary conduct. “The importance of this ruling should not be underestimated. Once again, the NLRB, a neutral federal agency charged with enforcing the nation’s labor laws, has found that the ILWU’s slowdowns and other efforts to interfere with production at Terminal 6 were illegal,” says Elvis Ganda, President and CEO of ICTSI Oregon.“It is time for the ILWU to accept the validity of the NLRB’s decisions and to work in a constructive manner with both ICTSI Oregon and the Port of Portland to get Terminal 6 back to full productivity, which is critical to our region’s economy.”ICTSI is the largest port operator in the Philippines and has a portfolio of 29 container terminal operations in 21 countries across six continents.