Erik Karlsson talks chemistry with Burns on Sharks power play

first_imgSAN JOSE — Logan Couture and Joonas Donskoi stated the obvious after the Sharks power play broke through with three goals Thursday night. Things worked out well with Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns skating on different units.Both defensemen are super creative, produce a high volume of offense and are used to playing the role of quarterback on the power play. Through the Sharks first six games, they struggled to hit the right notes on stage together.In some ways, it’s like putting Jimi Hendrix …last_img

Reuben Riffel: a Masterchef par excellence

first_imgFrom laying bricks, to laying tables, to laying on a spread, Reuben Riffel’s path to culinary stardom has been an evocative one.Three award-winning restaurants, a lauded cook book, and a big heart mean Reuben Riffel will long be one of South Africa’s favourite chefs.He grew up in Groendal, in Franschhoek – renowned for its beauty and world-leading wines and restaurants – in the Western Cape, and from an early age reaped the joys of a large family, with whom he shared his mother’s home made meals.But Riffel says he wasn’t attracted to the catering industry; “It happened by default. I had no real interest in the industry. The passion of the people I started to work with rubbed off on me and I decided to give it a go.”As a young man, he first worked in construction, before landing a position as a waiter at the Chamonix wine estate. Not long after, Riffel made his way to the kitchen and under the strict guidance of Chef Christophe Dehosse, learned food preparation basics. He was eventually responsible for the restaurant’s Sunday buffet lunch carvery.Riffel’s next step was up to sous chef, or assistant chef, under the tutelage of Richard Carstens, now executive chef at Tokara, a much-loved Cape restaurant and vineyard.Riffel followed his own advice to budding chefs; “Don’t rush it, take your time when working under good chefs, study them and learn from them. Make sure you have a good grasp of the basics of cooking, good people skills is important and always be aware that hard work takes on a new meaning in our industry.”When Carstens didn’t arrive at work, Riffel stepped in, to a chorus of compliments. Carstens didn’t return and Riffel found himself in charge of his own kitchen.Riffel and Carstens worked together again at Franschhoek’s award-winning Monneaux restaurant, with him perfecting his art. Here, he received an invite to be head chef at Michelin-starred Bruno’s Brasserie in Cambridge, England, and his travels show in the heady combinations in his food. His signature dish is a delectable chilli-salted squid with mint.Riffel was lured back to South Africa by friends, including Carstens, to open his own restaurant and has since become a household name in the country; synonymous with excellent cuisine and as the face of local herb and spice brand Robertson’s.Reuben’s, offering rustic yet sophisticated meals, is spread across the Cape, in the Boland, Cape Town and Franschhoek.  The restaurant’s ethos focuses on using in-season fresh ingredients and has an eclectic menu, featuring many of Riffel’s favourites.It’s been voted one of Eat Out Johnnie Walker’s Top 10 restaurants in 2005 and 2006; and in 2007 Riffel won the invitation-only Unilever Chef of the Year title. He’s also published Reuben Cooks – Food is Time Travel, voted Best Chef’s Book in South Africa 2009 at the international Gourmand World CookbookAwards in Spain.Reuben Riffel has also been involved with the Peninsula School Feeding Association, which provides meals to hungry children in primary, secondary and special-needs schools in the Western Cape (Images: Reuben’s Restaurant, Bar & Deli)PLAYING HIS PARTPlaying his part in building South Africa’s future Riffel partnered with Ngwenya Glass, in 2010, to create the Reuben & Ngwenya Glass Collection, available at the country’s home ware chain, Boardmans. Five percent of all proceeds from the collection’s sales go to the Peninsula School Feeding Programme, which provides a nutritious meal a day to school pupils, ensuring they can concentrate in class.Swaziland-based Ngwenya Glass’s artisans produce handmade, mouth-blown drinking glasses from 100% recycled glass.Reuben’s is also a participating restaurant in Street Smart; the initiative adds R5 to every restaurant bill, with 100% of this being donated to organisations that work with street children.Good food, good wine and good works, and a permanent position as a judge on popular cooking show Masterchef, mean Reuben’s, and Riffel, will top South Africa’s culinary charts for a good while.{loadposition ambas-menu}last_img read more

Cost of diesel on the rise

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag NetConsumers are seeing a jump in the price they pay for a gallon of gas as summer approaches, a major driving season. The expected additional cost to drive this summer is about $200 more per family compared to 2017.The same goes for a fuel that farmers heavily rely on to grow food and that the agriculture industry uses primarily to deliver those goods to market, diesel fuel.“About 65% of all goods transported in the U.S. are moved by trucks that use diesel,” said Veronica Nigh, an economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation. “So, when the economy heats up we also seeing diesel prices rise and that is what we are seeing now.”Compared to just a year ago, the price of diesel has climbed over 20%, which is equivalent to 50 cents per gallon.“Unemployment is lower, consumers have more money in their pockets and they are out driving and buying more things,” Nigh said. “That increased demand is certainly having an impact on diesel prices.”That has many wondering if diesel costs will reach the gaudy levels of 2013-2014, which was up around $4.00 a gallon. Nigh said it is hard to tell.“The economy doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, so that underlying reason for increased demand for diesel fuel is strong,” Nigh said. “Today at about $3.20 a gallon we would have to come up quite a ways to reach those levels, but oil production is good as we have recently seen some of the highest levels of production in the last 30 years.”For agriculture, diesel works into the cost of production equation. That will have a trickle-down effect at the farmer and consumer levels.“Unfortunately at the farm setting, we don’t have a lot of ability to effect the prices we receive for inputs so higher diesel prices mean more of a squeeze on those already incredibly tight margins,” Nigh said. “On the consumer level, you can probably expect an increase in food prices. We’re not looking at a huge increases, but 2 or 3 cents across the whole portfolio of food items that you might buy adds up.”Farmers in the Midwest do have a bit of a regional advantage on the price of diesel. West Coast prices have averaged a whopping 40 cents per gallon higher than the national average since January. East Coast prices have averaged 3 cents per gallon higher, while Midwest prices have averaged 6 cents per gallon lower.last_img read more

A piece of shrapnel behind Bubba Watson’s tears at the Ryder Cup

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño He never thought he would be at the Ryder — at least not as a player — at the start of the year. Watson had gone two years and one health scare since his last victory. He had thought about quitting, and then he won three times in four months and qualified for the U.S. team.Standing on the 14th green, he couldn’t help but think there might not be another one.“I held my mom right after I got beat by Henrik Stenson in singles,” Watson said. “The game of golf is different for me. The Ryder Cup meant more than golf, more than winning and losing, because it was the last time my dad watched me play.“I remember the time my dad hated it that I chose golf over baseball,” he said. “It’s funny, the whole history of our family and golf is how he hated it. And then he loved it, and then the Ryder Cup. So he got to watch that. For me, that was the most memorable moment. I can remember crying, trying not to look at the crowd. The crowd was like, ‘He’s crying because he got beat.’ I wasn’t crying because I got beat. I was crying because it might be the last one.”Watson turned 40 in November and he is trying not to look too far ahead.He still doesn’t discuss exactly what happened to him in 2017, when he dropped more than 20 pounds and fell out of the top 100 in the world ranking until that victory at the Genesis Open — his third at storied Riviera — got him back on track.Watson now has 12 victories on the PGA Tour, including his two Masters titles, a career record he never imagined. He once joked that he would retire if he ever reached 10 victories, but all that has done is raise the bar for whatever else he has left.“My new goal is three more, see if I can get to 15,” he said.Watson opened with a 70 in his first round of the new year at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, leaving him four shots behind Kapalua newcomer Kevin Tway. He plans to play the Sony Open next week for the first time since 2010.The last time he was in Honolulu, he had yet to win on the PGA Tour. The Ryder Cup was just a dream. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The source of his tears at the Ryder Cup in France can be traced to a piece of shrapnel Watson had removed from his father when he died.Gerry Watson was a lieutenant in the Special Forces during Vietnam. Watson says his father was injured by a grenade and removed one piece of shrapnel from under his eye. The other piece was too close to the kidney, so it stayed there until his death from throat cancer in October 2010.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThat was 12 days after Watson played in his first Ryder Cup.“It wasn’t important (to remove it), but I figured why not?” Watson said. “His whole thing was to be cremated. He didn’t serve many, many years, but they fold the flag, and they gave the flag to my mom. She has it, and the shrapnel is right next to it in a little container. My son is very interested. We go over, it’s the first thing he wants to look at. He always looks at it.” That’s why the Ryder Cup is so special to Watson.He is proud of his father’s service in the Army, and Watson always said the closest he could come to experiencing national pride was to play for his country. After he lost in a playoff to Martin Kaymer in the 2010 PGA Championship, Watson was overjoyed because that runner-up finish qualified him for his first Ryder Cup.Fast forward to France.It wasn’t a particularly good week for Watson — the Ryder Cup rarely is. He was sick when he arrived at Le Golf National, and he was on the losing side for the fourth time in his four appearances. The final loss was on Sunday to Henrik Stenson, 5 and 4, moving Europe closer to a certain victory.As the Swede celebrated, Watson wrapped his mother in his arms and was bawling.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Honorio Banario determined to prove worth against ONE’s top lightweights Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Watson hopes France wasn’t his last time in a U.S. uniform. He wonders if he’ll play in another Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, but he desperately wants to be part of it. He was No. 7 in the world in 2016 when he was left off the Ryder Cup team, and then he asked U.S. captain Davis Love III if he could be an assistant.Now, he’s already lobbying to be an assistant at the Presidents Cup in Australia at the end of the year.The captain will be Tiger Woods.Watson says he has playfully pointed out to Woods that the last two times the Americans won the Ryder Cup (2008 and 2016), neither of them were on the team.“That’s our joke,” Watson said. “So I’ve told him, ‘Man, listen, I’ll do anything to help you if you want me. If you don’t, that’s fine.’”If not, Watson will always have the memory of his father watching him in 2010, and the hug he shared with his mother last year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Bubba Watson reacts to his shot from the fourth fairway during the first round of the Tournament of Champions golf event, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Matt York)KAPALUA, Hawaii — Bubba Watson is known for crying after he wins. Even with three victories last year, his biggest tears were after a loss.And it really didn’t have anything to do with losing.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more

Rain halts third ODI between India and Bangladesh

first_imgLike the first two One-Day Internationals (ODI), the third and the final match of the series between India and Bangladesh was also interrupted by rain at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Thursday.India were reeling at 13/3 in 8.3 overs when the skies opened up with Cheteshwar Pujara and Manoj Tiwary batting at 3 and 0, respectively. Earlier, Robin Uthappa (5), Ajinkya Rahane (3) and Ambati Rayudu (1) got out.The visitors have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.Earlier, Indian skipper Suresh Raina won the toss and elected to bat against hosts Bangladesh in the third and final cricket One-day international at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.India have made two changes, bringing in R. Vinay Kumar and Manoj Tiwary for Amit Mishra and Umesh Yadav.The hosts have replaced Ziaur Rahman with Sohag Gazi.Teams:India: Suresh Raina (C), Robin Uthappa, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha, Stuart Binny, Akshar Patel, Mohit Sharma and R Vinay Kumar.Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (C), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mithun Ali, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed and Al-Amin Hossain.last_img read more