Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Swiss referee Sandro Scharer will officiate Italy’s penultimate Euro 2020 qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Friday. The match is essentially one of two dead-rubbers for Italy, given they qualified for Euro 2020 during the last international break. This will be Scharer’s second game involving the Azzurri after Roberto Mancini’s debut in the dugout against Saudi Arabia in May 2018. On that occasion, the national team won 2-1 courtesy of goals from Mario Balotelli and Andrea Belotti. Assisting the 31-year-old will be Stephane De Almeida, Bekim Zogaj and fourth official Alain Bieri.
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James Murdoch, News International chairman, on Thursday appeared for the second time before British MPs regarding phone-hacking at the News of the World (NoW), BBC reported.He had appeared before the parliamentary committee with father Rupert Murdoch in July on the first occasion over the hacking scandal.James faced questions about what and how much he knew while signing off an out-of-court payment to footballers’ union leader Gordon Taylor in 2008.His testimony to the culture, media and sport committee in July was disputed by the NoW’s former legal manager Tom Crone.James has said he stands by his “accurate account of events” to the committee.The NoW’s ex-chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, however, has claimed the paper did not act on the information he gave it about hacking.Thurlbeck is on police bail after being arrested in April on suspicion of unlawfully intercepting voicemail messages.James claimed before the committee of being “aware” of an email suggesting hacking went beyond a single “rogue” reporter, Clive Goodman, who was jailed for four months in 2007.Marked “for Neville” and assumed to refer to Thurlbeck, the e-mail carried transcripts of private voicemail messages revealing that Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor’s phone had been hacked.The two former NoW executives – former editor Colin Myler and former legal manager Tom Crone – later issued a statement claiming they “did inform him” about the email in 2008 when he agreed to settle the Gordon Taylor case.In July, the News of the World was shut down after it was found to have hacked into the voicemail messages of prominent individuals, including murdered teenager Milly Dowler and a number of celebrities, in search of stories.advertisementLater, James, his father Rupert, boss of parent company News Corp, and Rebekah Brooks, former editor of the NoW, gave evidence to the Commons media committee.They denied knowing the full extent of the allegations until evidence in civil cases was requested in late 2010.
But Ravena doesn’t mind the early grind with NLEX, which came back to work early in the offseason with more than a month to go before the opening.“I really wanted to come in early to make up for lost time and to make my transition a bit faster and smoother when the real practice time comes. So I’ve already learned a lot here, from the guys who I’ve been with or faced one way or another,” he said.READ: Rookie Ravena hopes to bring leadership at NLEXSeen as the most PBA-ready of the class, Ravena shared that his exposure to the culture of the pros all his life has prepared him for his moment, giving him a slight edge among the pack.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Standhardinger: I don’t want Rookie of the Year award .@kieferravena: It’s nice to have my first game in an @nlexpba jersey. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/VN454ePVQr— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) November 9, 2017 Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES Malditas save PH from shutout The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay READ: Guiao hails Ravena-Alas backcourt as NLEX’s futureAnd the work starts now for the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft as he will have to prove his hype in this new chapter with the Road Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Kiefer Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSigning a maximum rookie deal worth P8.5 million on Thursday, Kiefer Ravena couldn’t be more elated to formally join the NLEX family.“I’m very happy to be in a franchise where it wasn’t really hard to negotiate. More than the contract, it’s the honor to play for a franchise like NLEX,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT “I’ve been around the PBA for almost all my life because of my dad, so I know how it goes,” he said.The idea, however, is still different from execution, and Ravena is hopeful he could get a seamless transition“Hopefully, the transition would be smooth. I know it’s a matter of maturity because in college, you get away with a lot of things. You play with younger guys if you’re the senior. But here, you play against much bigger, stronger, older and more intelligent guys with a lot of experience. So you have to counter that with a lot of things to be able to be efficient with your game,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
View comments The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ibtihaj Muhammad holds a Barbie doll in her likeness at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)NEW YORK — The maker of Barbie says it will sell a doll modeled after Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who competed in last year’s Olympics while wearing a hijab.Mattel Inc. says the doll will be available online next fall. The doll is part of the Barbie “Shero” line that honors women who break boundaries. Past dolls have included gymnast Gabby Douglas and “Selma” director Ava DuVernay.ADVERTISEMENT Malditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Muhammad said on Twitter that she was “proud” that young people will be able to play with “a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!”Muhammad, the first American to compete at the Olympics while wearing a hijab, won a bronze medal in fencing at the 2016 Rio Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Italy miss out on World Cup as Sweden qualify Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Big seeds tumble out of Qatar Open PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Photo from Caroline Buchanan’s Facebook account.Two-time Olympian and world champion cyclist Caroline Buchanan has been seriously injured in a car crash, with the Australian detailing her horrific injuries in a social media post Wednesday.Buchanan, a five-time mountain bike world champion who has also won the BMX world title three times, said her lungs had collapsed and she had broken her sternum and nose.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte “I wouldn’t say 2017 ended quite as planned,” she said on Facebook, alongside pictures of herself in a hospital bed in a neck brace and with a bloodied nose.“It’s been a rough couple of days in ICU after a vehicle roll. I just moved to a private room and everything is moving in a positive recovery direction.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“Injuries are… Broken sternum, broken nose, collapsed lungs. I’ll will keep you guys up to date as we go.”The 27-year-old Canberra-born rider, who competed at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, did not say how the crash happened, but local reports said it was a single car accident. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais View comments
Serge Ibaka added 18 points as the Raptors bounced back from Monday’s loss to Denver to win for the ninth time in 10 games. Toronto, with the best record in the NBA at 21-5, improved to 11-3 at home.Leonard shot 13 for 24, finishing one point shy of his season high, and set a season best by making five of six attempts from 3-point territory. The rest of the Raptors struggled from long range, combining to shoot 3 for 23.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefLeonard’s season high of 37 points came last Thursday in an overtime victory against two-time defending champion Golden State. Leonard has led Toronto in scoring in four straight games.“He’s an immense talent, he really is,” coach Nick Nurse said. “And when the stakes go up a little bit, he’s going to play his hand a little harder.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Jimmy showed why he’s an All-Star,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “He came in and gave us some tremendous things.”The day before, Brown suggested the game would be a “barometer” for the 76ers. Afterward, he said his team’s 21 turnovers and 22 second-chance points allowed underscored the gap between the Sixers and Raptors.“We leave disappointed,” Brown said. “We also leave, we feel, a little bit smarter about what it’s going to take to beat the best team right now in the NBA.”Toronto’s 17 offensive rebounds were a season high.“We gave ourselves a chance to win with our effort but the execution just wasn’t there,” 76ers guard JJ Redick said.Redick scored 25 points and Ben Simmons had eight points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.The Raptors held a 78-77 lead after three quarters, and Philadelphia’s T.J. McConnell tied it 81-all with a hook shot at 11:07. Valanciunas scored a pair of baskets as Toronto’s reserves replied with a 9-0 run, opening a 90-81 advantage at 9:07.“Our bench did an unbelievable job,” Toronto guard Kyle Lowry said. “Tonight was one of those games where they just had it clicking.”TIP-INS76ers: Embiid’s double-double was his league-best 24th. … The 76ers committed 11 turnovers in the second quarter. Toronto scored 27 points off Philadelphia’s 21 total turnovers. … Butler was called for a technical foul in the third quarter and Embiid got one in the fourth. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Raptors: Lowry shot 0 for 5 in the first half and missed his first six attempts from 3-point range. … Leonard led Toronto with nine rebounds. … The Raptors outscored the 76ers 62-42 in the paint and 41-18 off the bench. … Toronto has won 20 of the past 22 meetings with Philadelphia. … G Malachi Richardson (illness) was inactive.500 CLUBLeonard has 522 points in his first 20 games with Toronto, more than any other player in franchise history. He’s the fourth active player to score 500 or more in his first 20 games with his current team. The others are Kevin Durant (Golden State), James Harden (Houston) and LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers).CAN’T HANDLE ITSimmons had seven turnovers, giving him 18 in two games against Toronto this season.STAR-STUDDEDThe game drew several celebrities who attended Tuesday’s gala for Giants of Africa, the charity of Raptors president Masai Ujiri. That group included former Raptors All-Star Chris Bosh, former Blue Jays slugger Joe Carter, soccer player Didier Drogba, and comedian Chris Tucker.UP NEXT76ers: Visit Detroit on Friday night.Raptors: Visit Brooklyn on Friday night. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Fossil launches its newest generation smartwatch: The Gen 5 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Another case filed vs Cardema Steph Curry’s 42 leads Warriors past Cavs in faux NBA Finals rematch Read Next MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy SEA Games: PH dancesport looking to sweep golds Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (23) fouls Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) as he looks for the shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard insisted he doesn’t try to do anything extra in big games. His numbers suggest otherwise.Leonard had 36 points, Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 of his season-high 26 in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia 113-102 on Wednesday night, handing the 76ers their 13th consecutive loss in Canada.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Leonard, who set a season best with five steals, said he doesn’t let the opponent or circumstances dictate his effort.“I try to perform every night,” he explained. “If you try to turn it on against the good teams, it’s really hard to do that. You’ve got to do it on a nightly basis.”Leonard has never lost in 12 career meetings with the 76ers, including two victories this season.“That’s what you’re going to get out of big-time players,” Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler said. “He had a great game.”Butler scored a season-high 38 points and added 10 rebounds. Joel Embiid had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Philadelphia, whose last win in Toronto was 93-83 on Nov. 10, 2012.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Weeks after a top video game tournament player admitted to taking performance enhancing drug, a major sports organiser said participants in its next event will be screened for illegal use of drugs.The Electronic Sports League (ESL) said it would conduct skin tests for the drugs at its next tournament – ESL One Cologne event in Germany in August.Video game player Kory Friesen said he had taken an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medicine called Adderall at a tournament in March, BBC reported.While participants at traditional sports events take performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) to increase physical ability, video gamers generally use them for increasing concentration and reducing reaction times.ESL said it would work with World Anti-Doping Agency and Germany’s national doping agency to create a policy to prevent the use of drugs in esports events.”In order to maintain the spirit of fair play within esports, ESL has partnered with NADA (the Nationale Anti Doping Agentur, which is headquartered in Bonn, Germany) to help create an anti-PED policy that is fair, feasible and conclusive while also respecting the privacy of players,” the company said in a statement.”ESL will also be meeting with WADA (the World Anti Doping Agency based in Montreal, Canada) so they can be actively involved in the making, enforcing and dissemination of this policy to additional regions such as the US, Asia and Australia,” the statement said.
Peter Nevill has got the nod ahead of Brad Haddin as Australia’s wicketkeeper for the third Ashes Test against England at Edgbaston, captain Michael Clarke confirmed on Tuesday.Haddin, 37, quit one-day-internationals after Australia’s World Cup victory at home in March and the snub might push him closer to international retirement. Haddin played the opening Ashes Test in Cardiff but sat out the second test at Lord’s due to family reasons.That paved the way for Nevill to make an impressive debut in Australia’s series-levelling win, during which the 29-year-old took seven catches and scored a brisk 45 in the first innings.Clarke, who is no longer a selector, said selection chairman Rod Marsh and coach Darren Lehmann had spoken to him about their decision to play Nevill in the Test starting on Wednesday.”Rod and Boof (Lehmann) came and spoke to me and told me what they were thinking,” Clarke told reporters.Also read: Ashes: Rogers on track for third Test, Starc shrugs off ankleNevill moved from Victoria to New South Wales in 2008 and developed a close friendship with Haddin, who he considers his mentor.While his protege had a strong debut at Lord’s, Haddin had a poor first Test in Cardiff, dropping England centurion Joe Root on nought and failing twice with the bat.”It’s obviously a lot harder for me because I have that attachment to Hadds, I’ve grown up playing cricket with him, we’ve spent a lot of time together and I love the fact that he’s still here working hard,” Clarke said.advertisement”If an opportunity comes he’ll grab it with both hands.”On the other hand, Nev made the most of his opportunity in the second Test, I thought he batted really well and I thought he kept exceptionally well.”So it’s a tough one when you sit in the middle, but that’s the way the selectors have gone and I respect their decision.”Haddin has played 66 Tests for Australia and Clarke hoped his deputy will continue to play.”He still wants to play that’s for sure and he has a great relationship with Nev,” Clarke said.”So I think he sees his role over the last couple of days leading up to this test to help Nev as much as possible and they are really good friends so there’s certainly no lack of respect there.”He’s a great man Hadds, he’s been an awesome vice captain, I’ve really loved having him as vice captain and he’s performed exceptionally well.”He’s done himself and his family really proud in the way that he’s represented Australia and New South Wales and I hope he keeps playing, ” Clarke concluded.
The Indian Premier League Governing Council that is slated to meet late Thursday evening here will deliberate on the next course of action based on the Madras High Court’s hearing on Chennai Super Kings’ petition due on the same day.”Everything now hinges on the High Court hearing. We’ll deliberate on the way forward after the order and the Board’s legal cell will work accordingly,” a GC member said.Two-time champions Chennai Super Kings, who have been slapped a two-year ban along with Rajasthan Royals because of their team owners involvement in 2013 IPL spot-fixing, had moved the Madras HC challenging the suspension.The first bench of the High Court had found the petition maintainable and issued notice to the BCCI as it will be up for hearing on Thursday.Also read: Michael Clarke likely to make an IPL comeback The BCCI’s last working committee meeting before the AGM due in September will be held on Friday and the IPL GC matter will be 12th in the list of agenda which will deal with various cricketing matters, including deliberating on the affiliation issues to Bihar and Uttarakhand.”There will be various cricketing matters on the agenda including NCA, umpires, women’s, finance, legal, marketing and affiliation committees,” a CAB official said.The annual report and accounts will also be submitted besides deciding on the date and venue of the upcoming AGM, he added.
England football legend Bobby Charlton has congratulated Wayne Rooney after he became the country’s top goal-getter and believes that the Manchester United striker will continue to scale new heights.Rooney scored from a penalty spot on Tuesday night against Switzerland in Euro 2016 qualifier to skip past Charlton’s tally of 49 goals. England won the match 2-0.”On behalf of myself and everyone at Manchester United I would like to say ‘Congratulations Wayne, this is a very proud moment for you and your family’,” Charlton was quoted as saying by the BBC on Tuesday.Also read: England record is dream come true, says Rooney “It is a record that I am sure you will hold for a long time. And it is clear to see that you will go on scoring for your club and country for a long time to come.”Charlton said he was disappointed that his record had been broken, but at the same time expressed his delight as it was Rooney who had bagged it.”I obviously cannot deny that I am disappointed that I now don’t hold this record, however, I am absolutely delighted that it is Wayne, as captain of my beloved club and country, who now holds this record,” Charlton added.Charlton is set to present Rooney with a special golden boot before England’s match against Estonia at Wembley Stadium in October.
Itanagar, Oct 1 (PTI) Defending crackdown on Greenpeace, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju today said those violating rules and conducting themselves in wrong ways would face punitive action. “Protest is a right of everyone in a democracy. But if anyone violates rules and work in wrong ways, we will take action,” he told PTI. Rijiju accused Greenpeace India of inciting people against industrial projects saying such activities of an NGO violates the rules of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act under which it was registered. “Any NGO which is registered under the FCRA should follow rules. No one should violate laws, else action will follow,” he said. The Union Minister of State for Home said the government has not put any restriction on genuine NGOs involved in charity and development works. On September 3, the Home Ministrys foreigners division, which reports to Rijiju, had cancelled the Greenpeace Indias registration under the FCRA alleging that the NGO was working against the countrys economic progress. The action came after Greenpeace India supported protests against coal mines in the Mahan forests in Madhya Pradesh, which resulted in a court withdrawing permits for Essar and Hindalco to develop the project. The government had cited alleged violation of norms by the NGO by opening five accounts to use foreign donations without informing the authorities concerned. While suspending its registration under the FCRA, government had also said the NGO under-reported and repeatedly mentioned inaccurate amounts of its foreign contributions. Greenpeace had termed the government action as an attempt to “silence campaigns” and said it will not be deterred. PTI ACB KNDadvertisement
Peeved at the way the International Boxing Association-appointed ad hoc committee is running the sport in India, northeastern state units met Union Minister for Sports and Youth Welfare Sarbananda Sonowal in Guwahati on Friday and requested him to intervene in the matter.John F. Kharsling, president of the Meghalaya Boxing Association, who was also present in the meeting with Sonowal, told Mail Today the minister has promised to call a meeting shortly in the Capital and invite different stakeholders of boxing administration, including Boxing India state unit officials, AIBA-appointed ad hoc committee and the Indian Olympic Association-appointed ad hoc committee, which also claims to run the sport in India. “A delegation of four members – I, Meren Paul (president of Nagaland unit), and Kalikanta Boro and Hemant Kumar Kalita (president and secretary general of the Assam Amateur Boxing Association – met Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday. We told him that how the presence of AIBA ad hoc committee, the IOA-appointed ad hoc panel and the parent body – Boxing India – is creating confusion about boxing axis of power in the country,” said Kharsling.He added, “Our concern is that different bodies are claiming to be the main body but there is no genuine government-recognised body for last three years. Due to it, state units are unable to host the National Championships. Our talent pool is shrinking. We want the National Championships to be revived, and we have asked the minister to take note of the situation and help boxing fraternity come up with a solution.”advertisementHe said that the minister has assured them to meet boxing administration stakeholders soon. “Sonowal promised us to hold a meeting with Boxing India state units, the IOA and the AIBA ad hoc committees soon. He seemed keen to revive the boxing body.”At present, boxing in India is run by the AIBA ad hoc committee, which has been given the task to find a new group to organise and administer the sport in India. It was also given the duty to submit regular reports regarding its progress. The officials from northeastern states feel the ad hoc committee isn’t moving at right pace.When asked why don’t the state units approach AIBA ad hoc committee instead of requesting the minister to intervene, Kharsling said, “This time government is a party to the AIBA ad hoc committee as the Sports Authority of India director general Injeti Srinivas is a member of it. There should have been regular reports submission to AIBA by the ad hoc committee. The committee has held meetings but we are yet to know about its development. We want to be updated about the ad hoc committee updates during the meeting with the minister.”
Much has been said and recommended by way of cheese, ham and pasta in Italy–so hopefully, you know what to look out for. But truffles and olive oil need some dwelling on. Everyone, of course, talks of their Tuscan holiday and the truffle fair in San Miniato in November. A less touristy region to visit for the “black diamonds” and the rarer white ones is Umbria, though, in the heart of Italy.The bacon-imbued carbonara topping is the clear winner–inevitably because this is the Roman sauce (even if you come across it in pastas more often). The other thing you must have in Rome is the cacio-e-pepe, another typical Roman sauce. Literally cheese and pepper, this is deceptively simple and most touristy places mess it up. A real cacio-e-pepe should be made from the sharp pecorino cheese (not parmesan). Then there are the various kinds of fritti–Romans have a serious penchant for deep frying. If a typical Italian meal is a long, multi-course affair of the heart and stomach, coffee and gelato must be had standing, or walking. That is an important lesson in etiquette. Unlike the morning cappuccino, which is breakfast in itself, espresso is competitive sport and always had standing up at the bar counter. In fact, restaurants charge more if you want to sit down and have your coffee. Gelato, similarly, is best enjoyed on the move. Also read: London grub hop: Restaurants and kiosks along major tube stops Lemons are everywhere, but you cannot make real limoncello everywhere–not even in Italy. Real limoncello is always made from the perfectly ripe oval of Sorrento lemons–the fruit and its rind is much sweeter than anywhere else. When buying a bottle, look for the Sorrento mark on it. You can have the liqueur on ice or straight or mix it with other drinks. advertisementProsecco, of course, is more preferred and faster growing than Champagne globally. Part of the reason is price–but also because it is generally sweeter (15-16 g of sugar per litre unlike 9-10 g for Champagne, though the bottles don’t list it) and fresher in taste. But some proseccos today are chemical-tasting and less creamy. So, if buying a bottle, make sure you have one from superior vineyards such as Valdobiaddene or Cartizze. The pre-dinner aperitivo is an Italian institution that you cannot miss either. The designated cocktail hour stretches from about 6-9 pm. The drink to order here is the aperol spritz–made with prosecco, aperol and a splash of soda. A slice of orange is added to make it fresh. In Spoleto, a surreal, small medieval village near the university town of Perugia, go to the Osteria del Matto, a small family-run place, for a unique experience. Matto has what must be the world’s largest collection of Pinocchios. He also has a mamma, who is exceptional in the kitchen. Dinner here is a long-winded affair.The southern leg of Puglia is olive oil country. A gourmet tour cannot be complete without visiting the presses during harvest time. Puglia has some of the biggest makers but everyone with a bit of land and some olive trees makes their own. So get invited into one of these family-run places for a spot of cooking, dining, and tasting of fresh olive oil (many places open up to such experiences).The extra virgin olive oil that you will never get at a store is the unfiltered one. You’ll get this only during the harvest season, fresh off the press. It is full of sharp flavour and antioxidants. Heady. It can last up to a year, if you store it well (cool and dark places).What to eat whereIn times of palate globalisation, you can findanything anywhere. But the really discerning know that nothing beats local flavour. Here’s taking you into the heart of Italy.Lombardy in the north: This is the rice region, so tuck into the risotto here. The creamy dish emerges painstakingly from constant stirring, and has many different variations in different regions.Parma: Obviously for the ham and also the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (not all parmesan can be branded as such; it must come from this region).Rome: From all types of fritti (artichokes and stuffed zucchini are a must when in season) to cacio-e-pepe spaghetti in Trastevere and square pizza slices–not in a fancy restaurant or touristy cafe.Sorrento and Capri: The most beautiful coast of Italy is also the place for limoncello. If you’re not having the drink, at least taste some of those delicious Sorrento lemons (you can eat the rind too, it’s that sweet).advertisementPuglia: Two hundred types of pasta. Take your pick. And in harvest season, go to one of the presses to bottle home some of the goodness of the “juice of olives”–straight and unfiltered.Piedmonte/Turin: Think Italian dessert tiramisu comes to mind. That is so touristy, though. Try the zabaglione, made with egg yolk, sugar and wine, whisked together and aerated.Found in every nook and corner of Italy are small family-run restaurants called osterias. These serve homely food and can be equated with dhabas in India.Truffle fact: One of the best ways to eat truffles is to shave them over risotto or mashed potatoes.
Australia opening batsman David Warner will test out his thumb in the domestic Sheffield Shield competition this week ahead of the opening Test against New Zealand.Warner broke his thumb on tour in England and after a long stint on the sidelines will finally get to shake off some rust for New South Wales against South Australia from Wednesday.Warner said the thumb was still ginger and likely to be for the rest of his career, having previously suffered a few knocks on it at the crease.”I think I got hit against India in Brisbane on the same thumb last season as well and the pain is always going to be there,” Warner told reporters in Sydney.Also read: Pink ball can revive Test cricket, says Steve Waugh “It is about me getting through that pain. You speak to any wicketkeeper in the world — they are playing with broken fingers so I am not complaining at all.”Unless I cop another one on the thumb while I am practising or batting out in the middle that is the only thing that will hinder my selection for the first test.”Two weeks ago the doctor said to me come three or four days before the first test it should be completely healing.”Warner will be new captain Steven Smith’s deputy in the three-Test series against New Zealand, which starts in Brisbane from Nov. 5.Also read: Adam Voges questions use of pink ball for Test match He will also be one of the few experienced batsmen left in the Test team after the retirements of fellow opener Chris Rogers, former skipper Michael Clarke and all-rounder Shane Watson.advertisementTheir replacements are yet to be bedded down, with Joe Burns, youngster Cameron Bancroft and Usman Khawaja among the candidates vying for a top order spot.Warner would not be drawn on his preferred opening partner but his former team mate Rogers anointed Burns, who played two Tests against India during the last home summer, as his preferred successor.”Joe has been around for a little while and Cameron has had one good season,” Rogers told state radio.”I’d like him to start off the season and do well again and then show it is not just a one-off.”Burns played in the Test summer last year, was unlucky not to get into that Ashes squad, and now there is another chance for him to come back in.”For me, there is a pecking order, and he’s the next one.”
Kerala Blasters produced a spirited performance to hold Chennaiyin FC to a 1-1 draw in a well contested Indian Super League (ISL) encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday.Brazilian midfielder Elano Blumer handed Chennaiyin the lead when he converted a penalty in the 34th minute. Chris Dagnall drew level for the hosts 15 seconds after play restarted in the second session. Kerala Blasters got a golden chance to earn the full three points when they were awarded a penalty in the 52nd minute. Josue Prieto’s low attempt was kept away by Chennaiyin goalkeeper Karanjit Singh.Chennaiyin are now fifth on the ISL table with 10 points from seven matches. Kerala, who managed to break a losing steak stretching back to the last three matches, remain rooted to the bottom with five points.The hosts however, will consider themselves the unluckier of the two teams as they had plenty of chances to kill the game as a contest, particularly after they had restored parity. Chennaiyin will thank their goalkeeper Karanjit for coming to their rescue on several occasions.Two of their chances came from free kicks with a 61st minute attempt the closest they came to taking the lead. A free kick from Josue saw Dagnall head the ball but Karanjit did exceptionally well to palm the ball away. The ball, though, did not go too far and Sandesh Jhingan, who was nearby, saw his resultant attempt thunder slightly off the target.Another chance was missed by Mohammad Rafi who headed wide off a Peter Ramage cross from the left. But there was no better chance than the penalty that Kerala earned after Ramage was adjudged to have been brought down by Mailson Alves inside the penalty area danger zone and the referee quickly pointed to the spot.advertisementJosue stepped up to take the penalty but Karanjit guessed correctly and saved the attempt by diving full length to his left. At the other end, Elano got closest to the goal with a curling effort that Kerala custodian Steven Bywater did well to keep away.Kerala Blasters had to change their strategy for the last 15 minutes after Bruno Perone was sent off for a challenge on Mendoza. Chennaiyin FC tried to push more men forward and pressurise the rival defence but Kerala Blasters gave little away.
“Providing seeds to farmers for sowing optional crops,”Providing seeds to farmers for sowing optional crops, free electricity to agriculture pumps, supplying water from dams for irrigation, creating job under MNREGA were among several steps taken by the government for the farmers,” he said.The state government had already declared 117 tehsils as drought-hit, where no taxes on land will be recovered from farmers, he said adding, “The word drought has been included in the list of natural calamities under Revenue Book Circular, which will ensure proper and sufficient compensation to the farmers facing drought situation.”He further said the state government was sensitive and concerned towards farmer and standing in this difficult situation with them.”Crop loss or debt was not found to be the reasons behind those who have committed suicides,” he claimed.Dissatisfied with the ministers reply, Congress blamed the ruling BJP of being anti-farmers and staged a walk out from the House. PTI TKP NP HU
A madarsa teacher has been arrested for sexually molesting a 10-year-old minor in Savanur in Haveri district in Karnataka.The accused Moulali Munna (34), who hails from Shiggaon taluk in Haveri district, allegedly committed the crime at the Hosahalli madarsa where he was employed. It is alleged that he had molested the girl on several occasions. But the incident came to light recently.The parents of the girl filed a police complaint following which Munna was arrested. He has been booked under various sections of the Pocso Act, 2012.
Accusing the government of “outright dismissive” approachAccusing the government of “outright dismissive” approach in engaging with Opposition, Chidambaram said the government has shown no willingness to engage with the Opposition on any important issue.”Whether it is the conduct of foreign policy, relations with neighbouring countries, the rise of intolerance, communal violence, threats to internal security, momentous legal issues pending in Courts or charges of corruption or misconduct, the government seems to have forgotten India is a Parliamentary democracy.”In our view, the overbearing attitude of the government is mainly responsible for the frequent disruptions in Parliament and the absence of cooperation outside Parliament,” the Congress leader said.Reminding that the Congress, and other parties, are in the Opposition, the former Finance Minister said, “The role of the Opposition in a Parliamentary democracy is well articulated in the old maxim to oppose, expose and depose.”Let me remind everyone that we have cooperated with the government in passing 67 and 45 Bills in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, respectively, during the last 19 months,” he said.Chidambaram said the onus, however, lies on the government to win the cooperation of all opposition parties and all sections of the people to take the country on the road of peace and prosperity. PTI AMR PRM