Gâteau Opéra

first_imgIngredients for coffee syrupSugar syrup (½ sugar, ½ water): 500mlInstant coffee (dissolved in a little boiling water): 5 tablespoonsBrandy to taste T his is a classic, multi-layered, coffee and chocolate flavoured cake or slice, which appeared in Paris in the 1930s. It was created in honour of the Paris Opera House.It has a very good shelf-life, as it is made in a slab and can be cut to any size as required and, if constructed correctly, looks absolutely stunning.The key is to ensure that each layer is completely flat throughout.We charge £1.80 per portion. Method1 Place a sponge sheet on a sheet of silicon.2 Brush generously with coffee syrup – we flavour ours with brandy.3 Spread out a flat, even layer of buttercream, approximately 3mm thick (see hint). Place the second layer of sponge carefully over the buttercream and soak with coffee syrup.4 Spread an even 3mm layer of ganache over the second layer of sponge. Place on the third layer of sponge. Again, soak with coffee syrup and cover with buttercream (as steps 1-3).5 Place on the fourth layer of sponge and soak. Spread on a last 3mm layer of ganache: the surface should be very flat at this stage. Refrigerate to set. The cross section should now have nice parallel and even layers.6 Carefully trim the edges so that they are true.7 Lastly, spread a thin layer of shiny chocolate glaze over the surface.center_img Basic ingredients4 flat sponge sheets (joconde), approximately 4mm thick, coffee syrup (see recipe), coffee butter cream, ganache, chocolate glazelast_img read more

Schools struggle to safely get free meals to needy students

first_img Schools struggle to safely get free meals to needy students Facebook Facebook A cafeteria worker packages hot lunches at Calhoun Elementary School in Calhoun, Georgia on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The city’s school district recently shuttered its doors in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, but the district’s school bus drivers still drive their normal routes to deliver hot meals to an area where 60% of students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch. (AP Photo/Angie Wang) AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Schools that feed millions of children from low-income families across the U.S. promised to keep providing meals during the coronavirus pandemic.But cities big and small quickly ran into problems when food workers, teachers and volunteers became infected or were too scared to report for duty. Some districts have been forced to suspend their programs altogether.That’s left families who are already struggling more desperate.After a more than weeklong shutdown in Houston, schools in the nation’s fourth-largest city made changes to reduce risks.The district started giving out enough food to last for several days in fewer locations. WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews Pinterest Google+ Twitter Twitter Pinterest Google+ By Associated Press – April 12, 2020 3 272 WhatsApp Previous articleThird COVID-19 death reported in St. Joseph CountyNext articleBerrien County officials react to extension of “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications.last_img read more

4-H leadership day

first_imgMore than 245 4-H youths, leaders and volunteers traveled to Atlanta for the 11th Annual Leadership Day and 4-H Day at the Georgia State Capitol on Monday, Feb. 6. Sponsored by the Department of Community Affairs, the event brings together leaders from across Georgia to share best practices and identify ways to improve leadership efforts in Georgia. Held at the Atlanta Freight Depot, the annual event recognizes leadership programs sponsored by DCA, including Georgia 4-H, the Fanning Institute’s Community Leadership Program and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. In all, more than 500 youth, county leadership team members, graduates of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development and government officials attended.The day included speeches from Governor Nathan Deal, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, Speaker of the House David Ralston, DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty and Development Manager and Georgia 4-H alumna Lisa Gipson. Members of the Georgia 4-H Performing Arts group, Clovers & Co. including Jado Cato of Henry County, Clay McArthur of Pickens County, Gracie Rowe of Heard County, Garrett Collins and Ansley Hutcheson of Butts County, Destan Musgrove of Crisp County and Tifara Brown of Ben Hill County, provided special entertainment for the day.While in Atlanta, 4-Hers also visited the State Capitol to meet with their representatives, tour the capitol and witness the legislative process in action. State 4-H President Dowdy White of Crisp County addressed both the House and Senate and thanked them for their support of 4-H over the past year. Senator Johnny Grant and Representatives Richard Smith and Rick Jasperse hosted the 4-Hers’ visit. Proclamations in both the house and senate recognized 4-H honorees.last_img read more

Dangerous Cords

first_imgWinter is a time for hanging holiday lights and keeping warm and toasty. Both of these activities can involve using extension cords. To keep your family safe while being warm and festive, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension urges homeowners to check extension cords closely.Extension cords are rated for a certain load, but that limit is often overloaded by the use of adapters that allow you to plug in more appliances than the cord was designed to handle. Don’t exceed loadDuring cold weather, families may use small electric heaters to warm up small areas, like bathrooms. The average extension cord is rated at 1250 watts, but many heaters go up to 1500 watts. The average extension cord could easily overheat when used with a 1500-watt heater.Faulty extension cords cause 7,400 home fires in the U.S. annually, causing 80 deaths and 260 injuries. To protect your home and your family, inspect all your extension cords before use. Do they overheat? Are they worn, cracked, brittle, spliced, taped? Are they covered by rugs or carpets? Are they overloaded? If any of these conditions exist, unplug them or replace them to correct the problem. Do a whole-house checkFaulty extension cords are just one electrical fire hazard. Wall outlets, switches and electrical appliances can also cause fires and electrical shocks. To protect your home and family, conduct an annual electrical safety inspection of your home. Prevention is key to staying safe. For more advice from Extension experts, view free publications online at www.caes.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

2018 Top Adventure Towns

first_imgA huge thank you to this year’s contest sponsor, Pilot Cove!Over 50,000 votes poured into our 8th annual Top Adventure Towns Contest. From 55 adventure hubs across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, our readers narrowed down their choices to the top three: their favorite large town (population 85,000+), mid-sized town (population 8,500-85,000), and small town (population less than 8,500). Which towns were tops in 2018?Humpback Bridge, the oldest of its kind in the United States / Photo by Ellen KanzingerTop Small Town: Clifton Forge, VirginiaPopulation: 3,715Back in the day when the railroad was king, Clifton Forge, Va., was a major stop along the Chesapeake and Ohio line. When the maintenance yard moved out of state, jobs began disappearing from the area. But the town was blessed with a location the railroad could not take away.Clifton Forge sits along Interstate 64 in Alleghany County, a few miles from the West Virginia border. More than 50 percent of the county is national forest and public lands, offering adventurers of every kind plenty of space to explore the outdoors.Alleghany County, which also encompasses the town of Covington, had the potential to become an outdoor destination but lacked the amenities to capitalize on the location.“You can’t just have it and hope people will come. You have to create the infrastructure and get people here,” said Chad Williams, the director of parks and recreation for Alleghany County.In a small town like Clifton Forge, support from the community is vital to building up that foundation and bringing more visitors to the area.Michael Scales, a transplant from Virginia Beach, is on a mission to turn Clifton Forge into a top mountain biking destination.One of the very first races he competed in was the Middle Mountain Momma at Douthat State Park, one of the six original Virginia State Parks. After that first visit, he could not stay away.“I found that whenever I had a few days off, I’d shoot down here,” Scales said.He lived on the road for a few years, his bikes strapped to the back of his car, visiting when he could. When Scales finally decided to move to Clifton Forge, he wanted to bring other mountain bikers with him. Although he has only lived in town for two and a half years, he saw the future of Clifton Forge that first visit.“It’s kind of fun to see how people have discovered it just like we did and see that small town coolness that you just don’t find in a lot of places anymore.”“People know Douthat State Park, but they don’t know the 150 plus miles of trails in the national forest,” Scales said. “I live here in town, and it’s less than two miles to most trailheads. Once you’re at those trailheads, you can ride for a full day without seeing any pavement. Everything is connected.”When Scales is not working as the general manager at Jack Mason’s Tavern and Brewery, he is setting up travel accommodations for biking groups coming into the area and organizing volunteers to maintain overgrown trails. Ride CFVA is a manifestation of his plan to market Clifton Forge as a top mountain biking destination. Scales plans to offer guided tours, shuttle services, and mountain biking events as business grows.Like Scales, Martha Atherholt and Wendy Hudler moved to Clifton Forge after falling in love with the area. In 2009, they opened Jack Mason’s Tavern and expanded in 2017 to include Clifton Forge’s first brewery.“It’s kind of fun to see how people have discovered it just like we did and see that small town coolness that you just don’t find in a lot of places anymore,” Atherholt said.They were used to the bustle of Phoenix, Ariz., and liked the change of pace.“It’s a peaceful area, it’s not a congested area,” Hudler added. “So you can enjoy a hike on a trail and not pass a million people.”The county took advantage of its railroad history to construct the Jackson River Scenic Trail. When completed, the 16-mile trail will connect the town of Covington with Bath County. Built on an old C&O Railroad bed, the trail follows the Jackson River as it flows from Lake Moomaw.Twin brothers Dan and John Mays will be opening Alleghany Outdoors, the area’s only outfitter, at the southern-most trailhead for kayaking, tubing, and mountain bike rentals in April 2019.The push to expand outdoor recreation opportunities in the area extends beyond the public lands. More shops and restaurants have opened in downtown Clifton Forge, offering visitors a taste of the community.“There seems to be a lot of enthusiasm for this renaissance we’re getting into here in this area,” Atherholt said. “Those that have been here for a long time are coming around to the fact that they really have something to offer visitors.”Must SeeStop at the roadside park to take in Humpback Bridge, the oldest bridge of its kind in the United States. Drive up Route 220 to see the 80-foot Falling Spring Falls, an Alleghany landmark.Outdoor EventsSign up for the Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon, a Boston Marathon qualifying event, in June. Mountain bikers should look out for the Gran Fondo Alleghany, which offers more than 100 miles of racing.Get Out of the SunSee a show or movie at the newly restored Historic Masonic Theatre. If you have extra time, take a stained glass or blacksmith class at the Clifton Forge School of the Arts.Spend the NightBook a room at the Hill Crest Mansion Inn or The Red Lantern Inn for an immersive experience in the history of Clifton Forge. Reserve one of the many cabins or campsites at Douthat State Park to be close to the action.Runner-Up: Abingdon, Va. Population: 8,083Abingdon, Va. may be a small town, but the opportunities for outdoor adventure are endless. Located in Southwest Virginia, Abingdon offers easy access to the Blue Ridge Mountains and beyond, including Roanoke, Va., Asheville, N.C., and Knoxville, Tenn.Bike the 34-mile scenic Virginia Creeper Trail • “Float the Fork” with a kayak trip through Adventure Mendota • Hike in Grayson Highlands State Park, home to Virginia’s highest peakFounders Park / Photo courtesy of Johnson City CVBTop Mid-sized Town: Johnson City, TennesseePopulation: 66,500Although the mountains and rivers have always been there, Johnson City is a relatively new adventure town.Like many boom towns, Johnson City was once a meeting place for the railroads, musicians, and bootleggers. Johnson City has embraced outdoor recreation as an economic driver in the last five years, capitalizing on what the locals had always enjoyed but had not advertised to the rest of the world.Chad Wolfe moved from Chicago to Johnson City at a time when Trek bike stores were virtually nonexistent in the Southeast. He and his wife looked at Asheville, N.C., but the market there was already saturated with other bike shops.Johnson City was not really on the map as an outdoor destination and Wolfe wanted to be at the forefront of an emerging cycling community.“Outdoor recreation is probably the sexiest thing in America right now because it’s not going to go away,” he said. “Johnson City is authentic in the sense that we actually have mountains here, as opposed to 45 minutes away in another town.”To engage the local community, Wolfe started with the Taco Trek. Four years later, hundreds of riders come out for the 30-minute bike ride from the Trek store to Holy Taco and Cantina.Capitalizing on that success, Wolfe started a second group ride every other Saturday morning, fittingly titled Bikin’ and Eggs.“This is a beautiful location with immediate access to world-class outdoor areas with some of the best resources.”Since Wolfe moved five years ago, the city has opened four new parks.In 2015, the city completed the 10-mile Tweetsie Trail without any federal or state funding. A state study predicted the project would cost six million dollars. Johnson City turned the old rail line into a multipurpose trail for a third of that cost through private funding and donations.On any given day, you will find dozens of runners, bikers, and those just enjoying the scenery on the trail connecting Johnson City and Elizabethton.The success of Tweetsie Trail demonstrated how much the community was behind this kind of project.Tannery Knobs, the town’s most recent city park, is almost ready to open to the public.This bike skill park is designed for riders of all abilities, featuring multiple green, blue, and black level trails as designated by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA).“Every single trail in there was built almost like a theme,” Wolfe said. “One might be narrow and rocky, the other one might be wide, flowy, and jumpy. Another one might just have the great overlook with the very gradual slope. But it’s all designed around the experience.”Johnson City also received a grant from the State of Tennessee to put in a pump track at the top of the mountain. The track is designed to help kids and beginners get used to the feel of mountain biking.The project came together in about a year and a half, largely due to the volunteers who helped shape the park.Hikers at the Buffalo Mountain overlooks / Photo courtesy of Johnson City CVB“We would have anywhere from 50 to 75 people out there helping dig the trails,” said Jacob Grieb.Grieb, a co-owner of Atlantic Ale House in downtown Johnson City, was on the original committee tasked with planning Tannery Knobs.“I think it’s one of the hidden gems of the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains,” said Jacob Grieb. “You can be in the middle of the mountains in a matter of 15 or 20 minutes.”Beyond what is available immediately in Johnson City, visitors can access world renowned hiking trails, whitewater, and fishing. The Appalachian Trail, Nolichucky River, and Watauga Lake are all within a 30-minute drive from the downtown.In March of 2018, Scott Fisher opened one of the first comprehensive outdoor schools in the region. The Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute (NOLI) offers a wide range of instructional classes, including whitewater and flatwater kayaking, wilderness first aid, conservation, and outdoor arts right on the river.Although NOLI has only been operational for two months, they have already offered 25 classes for beginners through advanced adventurers.“This is a beautiful location with immediate access to world-class outdoor areas with some of the best resources,” Fisher said.       Must SeeIt is only a ten-minute drive from downtown to Buffalo Mountain, a city park that offers a 360-degree view of the town below. There are almost two dozen waterfalls to visit within a 25-mile radius of Johnson City.Outdoor EventsIn August, Johnson City hosted the first annual Meet the Mountains Festival. People of all ages were invited to test their bike skills, navigate the ropes course, or demo paddle boarding at Founders Park. At 15 other sites around the region, visitors participated in sunset and sunrise hikes, disc golf, and trial runs at Tannery Knobs.Get Out of the SunAt the active Gray Fossil Site, paleontologists uncovered the fossils of a saber-tooth cat, alligator, and a mastodon. The International Storytelling Center celebrates the power and tradition of stories as the host of the first national storytelling festival.Spend the NightStay at the Carnegie Hotel for easy access to all of the restaurants and shops downtown.  Set up your camp away from the city lights at Roan Mountain State Park.Runner-Up: Cumberland, Md. Population: 20,900Spend the day hiking through the Allegheny Mountains or on the waters of the Potomac before unwinding in downtown Cumberland, Md. Explore all the history and scenery that this town has to offer.Pedal the Great Allegheny Passage • Paddle the North Branch of the Potomac River • Search for fossils at Bone CavePaddlers on the Northwest River Natural Area Preserve / photo by Ellen KanzingerTop Large Town: Chesapeake, VirginiaPopulation: 237,940Chesapeake, Va. may not be a mountainous town, but its extensive waterway and trail systems offer opportunities for adventurers of all abilities to explore a city rooted in history.For a long time, Chesapeake’s neighbors, Virginia Beach and Norfolk, overshadowed what the city had to offer. When Kim Murden was brought on as the Chesapeake Tourism Manager in the early 2000s, one of her responsibilities was to market the city’s outdoor recreation opportunities.Murden said the city focused on “improving upon what was here naturally.” This meant adding water access points that are ADA compliant and walking trails around the city.For adventurers looking for a coastal destination with fewer crowds, Chesapeake has plenty of miles to explore.Kevin Fonda has been leading custom kayak and SUP tours in eastern Virginia and North Carolina for eight years but has been paddling the waterways since he was a teenager. He called the Great Dismal Swamp and Northwest River Natural Area Preserve some of the top paddling on the east coast.“There is variety here that you can make your getaway what you want it to be.”“It’s really an untouched environment,” Fonda said. “A lot of places you paddle, you’re going to run into a lot of buildings and people. Chesapeake is a lot more isolated. It hasn’t changed in thousands of years. Sometimes you have the whole place to yourself.”At one time, the Great Dismal Swamp covered more than a million acres across what is Virginia and North Carolina today. Over time, agriculture and business ate into the swamp. The 112,000 acres that remain are protected as a National Wildlife Refuge.The refuge and preserve are two of the only places in eastern Virginia with dark skies.“A lot people who live in the cities forget how much you can’t see up in the sky,” Fonda said. “People don’t understand until they get out here, away from the city lights.”Lake Drummond at the center of the Great Dismal Swamp / Photo by Ellen KanzingerDeloras Freeman has worked at the refuge for 18 years. As the visitor services specialist, she is in charge of environmental education and special events at the swamp. She said that the Birding Celebration in early spring never fails to attract bird-watchers.“We have visitors that come from all over the United States and out of the country to see the Swainson’s warbler,” Freeman said.The swamp is one of the best places to see this rare species because they nest in such large numbers.The swamp was once home to more than the wildlife. In the last few decades, historians and archaeologists started extensive research into the people who found refuge from their oppressors in the swamp.Indigenous people driven off their land in the early colonial period took to the swamp they knew. Later, slaves sought protection in the dense forest as they made their way north along the Underground Railroad. The water acted as a moat around the islands scattered throughout the swamp and helped cloak their escape.“They had to get all of their needs from the swamp,” Freeman said. “They weren’t just hiding out, it was a whole other society living in the swamp.”The water in the swamp provided a source of drinking water. Tannic acid from the bald cypress forests seeps out and purifies the water of bacteria and algae.Visitors can explore the swamp by foot or bike on one of the many trails running through the refuge. Cars towing boats can access Lake Drummond, one of Virginia’s two natural lakes, in the middle of the swamp through the Interior Ditch.Above the city, the South Norfolk Jordan (SNJ) Bridge offers a unique urban adventure and aerial view of the city. The bridge crosses the Elizabeth River, connecting Chesapeake and Portsmouth. Dubbed the “Brooklyn Bridge of the South,” the SNJ Bridge is taller than the New York landmark at 169 feet above water. Beneath the bridge, the Elizabeth River Park offers water access and a pier that does not require a fishing license.“There is variety here that you can make your getaway what you want it to be,” Murden said. “Whether you want a relaxing experience or you want to do a 50 mile bike ride through the city, all of those things are there and you can really tailor your experience.”Must SeeKayak or canoe along the eastern edge of the refuge through the Dismal Swamp Canal. If you are feeling adventurous, spend the night at the campsite near Lake Drummond. Travelers over 21 should check out Big Ugly Brewing, named for the owner’s 1955 Chevy.Outdoor EventsIn Paddle for the Border, join more than 300 paddlers on the water as you cross from North Carolina into Virginia on the Dismal Swamp Canal. Foodies should travel in October to check out the Great American Food Fest or the Dismal Swamp Art Festival.Get Out of the SunStarting in Spring 2019, visitors can learn about the Battle of Great Bridge at the Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways History Museum. Stop by 3 Little Black Birds for some vintage, repurposed, and handcrafted shopping.Spend the NightWith more than 40 hotels, you are sure to find a place to stay in Chesapeake. Camp on the bank of the river at the Northwest River Park and Campground.Runner-Up: Roanoke, Va. Population: 99,400The Blue Ridge Mountains in the East Coast’s Mountain Biking Capital have something for everyone. Roanoke, Va. is the perfect place to test your endurance and skill as you hike, bike, or climb above the Roanoke Valley.Boulder at McAfee Knob • Ride mountain bikes to Mill Mountain Park • Float the Roanoke Riverlast_img read more

Truth Comes Out on UNC Toxin Levels being Released by Coal Plant

first_imgStudy reveals University of North Carolina coal plant releases dangerous toxins well above Clean Air Act limits An analysis released by the Center for Biological Diversity has revealed that the permit for the University of North Carolina’s coal-fired power plant allows four to six times the limits of dangerous nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide pollution found to be safe under the Clean Air Act. In 2010, former Chancellor Holden Thorpe committed to closing the plant and abandoning the use of coal by 2020. After a change in administration in 2017, UNC changed course, announcing it would not close the coal-fired power plant. Models indicate that nearly the entire campus, including outdoor athletic facilities, and numerous residential neighborhoods in Chapel Hill, are at risk from the toxins. UNC-Chapel Hill operates the last coal-fired power plant at a university in the state of North Carolina. University officials claim the plant currently operates more than 15 times lower than their permit limit and said that by the end of 2019 the university will convert the plant to 50 percent natural gas.last_img read more

Mo’ Sochi, Mo’ Problems: Twitter’s @SochiProblems Relays Olympic-Sized Fail Tweets

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York While we prepare for a production of pageantry and perfectly proportioned people presenting powerful and precise performances, some people are having #SochiProblems.While the world awaits the Sochi Winter Games, the Olympic event is receiving a bit of a bad reputation, even before it has officially begun, as those visiting, journalists in particular, are reporting from behind the scenes of the worldwide extravaganza.Much of what they report, or at least much of what it catching people’s attention, isn’t great.From plumbing problems to unfinished hotels to double-toilets (!), the stream of folks putting a comedic spin on the accommodations, or lack thereof, is quite steady.One place, a Twitter account created especially for the occasion, helps keep track of others who are commenting, in one tidy, giggle-inducing place.Welcome to @SochiProblems!For the uninitiated, Twitter parody accounts are created to poke fun at certain figures or instances that capture the attention of others.For instance, a Twitter account was “created by” the escaped Bronx Zoo snake, documenting its adventure in the urban wild:Holding very still in the snake exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. This is gonna be hilarious!— Bronx Zoo’s Cobra (@BronxZoosCobra) March 28, 2011 Now, we have @SochiProblems!! … Happily retweeting the tweets of troubled travelers. Tweets like these: Come in room and sit in my chairs, they quite comfortable. #SochiProblems #Sochi2014 pic.twitter.com/dmTSKHZm06— Sochi Problems (@SochiProblems) February 5, 2014 No water for you! #SochiProblems #Sochi2014 pic.twitter.com/JHWyOU82bf— Sochi Problems (@SochiProblems) February 4, 2014 A lot of complaints about the accommodations. This is the foyer of my apartment. #SochiProblems pic.twitter.com/gKnxCywKF0— Mark Connolly (@MarkConnollyCBC) February 6, 2014center_img Dinner special great for you. #SochiProblems #Sochi2014 #Olympics pic.twitter.com/Hr41ANCsJe— Sochi Problems (@SochiProblems) February 4, 2014 And one of my favorites, that unfortunately has seen it’s endo, Mayor Bloomberg… en Espanol:To celebratero los Dia de tres kingos, yo boughto shoes made of goldo.— Miguel Bloombito (@ElBloombito) January 6, 2014 For more, fire up your favorite Twitter client and follow @SochiProblemslast_img read more

Kelly will bring quality leadership to Spa city

first_imgIn November, I will vote for Meg Kelly for mayor of Saratoga Springs. Meg exemplifies the five “C’s” of quality government leadership.Meg is consistent. Her no-nonsense approach and business savvy produces results on time, every time. Meg is committed. She is determined to continue the path of increasing our citywide green initiative, as well balancing the concerns of our business community. Meg is cooperative. She takes the time to understand conflicting views and regularly offers solutions to competing interests resulting in movement towards stated goals.Meg is caring. Her dedication to assuring inclusion and safety for our immigrant workforce and assuring affordable housing for all is unwavering. Meg is confident. Her transition from business leadership to public service has created unique abilities to serve the city in a collaborative way.Moreover, Meg is creative and willing to build consensus towards a bright future for Saratoga. Vote for Meg Kelly this November and watch Saratoga continue to grow. We need common-sense leadership-consistent, committed, cooperative, caring and confident.Connie SullivanSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30% Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Hummels ’99 percent’ ready for Dortmund’s showdown with Bayern

first_imgIn the two matches since the league resumed after a two-month hiatus, Dortmund have not conceded a goal after hammering Schalke 4-0 and winning 2-0 at Wolfsburg.Bayern hold a four-point lead at the top of the table and are eager to again assert their domination over Dortmund, who they trounced 4-0 when the sides met last November in Munich.Favre said both Belgium midfield enforcer Axel Witsel and England winger Jadon Sancho could also feature after working their way back to fitness.Witsel has shaken off a muscular injury, while Sancho proved his fitness after a calf injury by setting up a goal for Achraf Hakimi in his 25 minutes off the bench at Wolfsburg. “Axel has trained with the ball again – he could be in the squad,” said Favre.Sancho “is slowly getting back to his old level, has trained well. I don’t see any problem. We’ll see,” added Favre.Bayern are on course for an eighth straight league title and warmed up for their visit to Dortmund brushing aside Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2 at home on Saturday.The visitors managed to rattle the Bavarian giants with two second-half goals from corners to make it 3-2 before the hosts pulled away again.”Bayern can concede two goals from corners – that can happen to any team, so it’s not really relevant for me,” insisted Favre when asked if Frankfurt had exposed a weakness.Dortmund have won their last two home games against Bayern – a 3-2 league win in November 2018 and a 2-0 victory in the Super Cup last August.However, Dortmund’s 82,000-capacity Signal Iduna Park stadium will be devoid of fans due to hygiene measures to counter the coronavirus.In the first two rounds of Bundesliga matches since it became the first top European league to restart, 10 of the first 18 matches have been won by the away team.”We have to believe in ourselves, we can’t make simple mistakes in possession of the ball,” said Dortmund sports director Michael Zorc.”We also have to endure the phases when Bayern dominate.”We can always score goals and beat them,” he added, with Norwegian striker Erling Braut Haaland, 19, on 10 goals in 10 league games since joining in January.Topics : Second-placed Borussia Dortmund are set to include chief defender Mats Hummels for Tuesday’s Bundesliga showdown at home to league leaders Bayern Munich behind closed doors with stars Jadon Sancho and Axel Witsel also poised to return.”With Mats, it’s okay. We have to look at the short term, but he is 99 percent there,” said Dortmund coach Lucien Favre in Monday’s press conference.Centre-back Hummels limped out of Saturday’s 2-0 win at Wolfsburg after 45 minutes with an aggravated Achilles tendon, but is poised to marshall Dortmund’s defence against his former club Bayern.last_img read more

Unai Emery keen on reunion with PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe – if Arsenal can afford him

first_img PLAY Comment Advertisement Full Screen 1 min. story Emery’s summer plans were hampered by the failure to qualify for the Champions League (Getty)In addition to a new centre-back, the Gunners are also in the market for a new box-to-box midfielder to replace Aaron Ramsey, new full-backs on each flank and a winger.Saint-Etienne teenager Saliba is a more realistic target, though there are doubts over how quickly he would settle into the first team – and Emery wants someone to slot straight in right away – while the French side have asked to keep him on loan for the 2019/20 season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Video Settings Kimpembe forced his way into the first-team fold under Emery at PSG (Picture: Getty)The French champions are looking to offload Kimpembe after a difficult campaign, while they need to make room for the expected arrival of Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTcenter_img About Connatix V67539 Thomas Tuchel has concerns about the centre-back’s declining performances, particularly in the Champions League defeat to Manchester United, as well as his behaviour off the pitch.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBut Kimpembe is well liked by Emery and he handed the defender 28 appearances in Ligue 1 in their final season together at PSG, becoming a mainstay of the back-line.The problem for Arsenal is that PSG value the 23-year-old in excess of £35million, meaning any deal would virtually wipe out their entire summer transfer budget. Unai Emery keen on reunion with PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe – if Arsenal can afford him The French champions are looking to cash in on the centre-back this summer (PIcture: Getty)Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants to sign Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe, though the Gunners are likely to be priced out of a move due to their modest transfer budget.A new centre-back is one of Arsenal’s top priorities this summer and they have already been linked with the likes of Sampdoria’s Danish defender Joachim Andersen and Saint-Etienne starlet William Saliba.However, Le 10 Sport report that Emery is a huge fan of his old PSG defender Kimpembe and ideally wants a reunion with the World Cup winner this summer. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 20 Jun 2019 11:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link443Shares Advertisementlast_img read more