Dutch striker Bas Dost has completed a reported €7 million (£6m/$8m) transfer to Eintracht Frankfurt from Sporting Lisbon on Monday.The experienced forward has signed a three-year contract with the Bundesliga outfit, bringing to an end his prolific spell in the Primeira Liga.Dost scored 81 goals in 103 appearances for Sporting across all competitions, establishing him as one of the most deadly players in European football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream His goals helped Marcel Keizer’s side secure a domestic cup double last term, while also finishing third in the final league standings.Frankfurt have been on the lookout for a new frontman since offloading talismanic duo Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller, to Real Madrid and West Ham respectively.Dost will now be expected to lead the line for Adi Hutter’s team this season and his past experience in Germany suggests he could prove a shrewd acquisition for the club.The Netherlands international played for Wolfsburg between 2012 and 2016, netting 24 goals in 44 appearances and picking up two trophies in the process. CONFIRMED: Eintracht have completed the signing of striker Bas Dost from @SportingCP_en on a three-year contract. Welcome aboard, Bas! 🦅#SGE pic.twitter.com/6uxr7TIEH9— Eintracht Frankfurt (@eintracht_eng) August 26, 2019Frankfurt finished seventh in the Bundesliga last term and enjoyed a superb run to the Europa League semi-finals, eventually crashing out on penalties against Chelsea.They have started their latest campaign in tentative fashion, winning at home to Hoffenheim and losing at RB Leipzig with a Europa League qualifying defeat against Strasbourg wedged in between.Sporting, meanwhile, left Dost out of their last two matchday squads, securing wins over Sporting Braga and Portimonense.The Portuguese giants will be hoping that Dost is the last high-profile star to leave Jose Alvalade Stadium, with the final September 2 transfer deadline edging ever closer.Bruno Fernandes’ future at Sporting has also been the subject of much speculation, with Tottenham and Manchester United credited with interest earlier this summer.With the English transfer window now closed the 24-year-old looks set to stay put, but Real Madrid are also reported to be considering a late swoop for his signature.
The debate may still be out on whether it’s spelled whisky or whiskey, but for the sake of the book we’re talking about in this post, we’ll go with whisky, since it’s called “Whisky: The Manual”. It’s pretty evident that we like manuals here at The Manual (just look at our name), and Dave Broom devised one that’s pretty useful for both whisky aficianados and novices alike. Broom spoke to The Manual about creating the book and why we should forget everything we assume about whisky.Why did you decide to create a manual on whisky?Because no one had written about how to drink whisky. There are great books on history, but they tell you how an industry was formed. There are great books on production, but they just stop at how it is made. There are tasting books, but they tell you what the neat spirit is like. As a result, people remain intimidated by whisky and the rules, which have grown up around it and restricted its enjoyment. In fact when I looked at the real history of how whisky has been drunk, it became obvious that at any point in its 500+ years history when it’s been popular it’s been mixed, drunk long, or flavored.Showing how whisky can be drunk in many ways — with mixers, in cocktails and punches (and neat) opens up new possibilities for the drink, it brings in new drinkers, it widens the occasions when you can enjoy whisky.Everyone seems to be drinking whisky these days, whether in a Manhattan or straight up. Why is it so popular?People are looking for flavor — be that in food, wine, or white spirits. Look at the renaissance of gin. They are also looking for drinks which are real and not contrived. Whisky has heritage, provenance, it is rooted in place and is made by real people — and it tastes great!What are the biggest myths about whisky?That it’s a drink for men of a certain age, to be taken after dinner, and only drunk straight up. This means that young people aren’t allowed to drink it, women aren’t allowed to drink it, that you have to wait until a specific time and occasion to enjoy it, that you will probably grimace when you sip it because it’s strong. Now that, I’d argue, is not a particularly smart way to go about trying to sell something! The other myth is that blends are inferior to single malts. Not true. Whisky is for everyone, it is for every time, it is versatile, it has the widest range of flavours of any aged spirit. There is a whisky out there for you.What is your favorite whisky and the best way to drink it?Impossible to say. There’s whisky being made in almost every country in the world these days – a vast range of flavors and styles. It is endlessly fascinating. I am a big fan of the Highball as an aperitif: whisky and soda, or ginger ale. Smoky whiskies with soda are wonderfully refreshing, Irish or Canadian with ginger ale — magnificent. That’s what the book is about; finding new ways to maximize your enjoyment. I tried 102 whiskies five ways. I can’t pick out a favorite from that!What has been the most unique whiskey that you’ve discovered and why?Every distillery is unique. That’s what’s exciting about whisky — a spirit made from cereal and aged in wood – yet there’s a seemingly infinite variety of flavours. Even distilleries next door to each other doing essentially the same thing will make different whiskies. Distillers are using different roasts of barley, different yeasts, different smokes — from woods, to nettles to, believe it or not, sheep dung. They are asking, “what is this thing called whisky?,” and coming up with compelling answers. I genuinely believe that we are living in the most exciting period of whisky’s evolution.What’s the strangest way you’ve seen it mixed?I’m pretty open-minded. If it works it works!What are your whiskey suggestions for someone to get for his girlfriend, mother, father, best friend and boss?I don’t believe that there is a woman’s palate and a man’s palate. Neither do I believe in crawling to my boss (if I had one) by giving him something expensive. No. The important thing when choosing whisky for someone is finding the tastes and flavors they like.I know women who love big smoky whiskies, and men who hate them. It is personal. If I suggested that women only like things which are light sweet and pink I’d be murdered!What I do is ask people what wine they like. Then I’ll find a whisky with a similar flavor profile to that wine — delicate and floral for Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling lovers, buttery for those who like Chardonnay, big and bold for red wine lovers. The book puts whiskies into flavor camps so you can find out the flavors and styles which appeal to you. I’ll think about what time of day it is. If it’s a hot afternoon then I’m going to suggest a highball. If it is after dinner, then something richer with a splash of water.Free your mind! Reject orthodoxies! Enjoy whisky!“Whisky: The Manual,” $15.19 at amazon.com. The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection How to Make a Blood and Sand Cocktail 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee Editors’ Recommendations What You Need to Know About Sherry, According to an Expert Glenfiddich Grand Cru Makes a French Connection with 23-Year-Old Scotch
A vote will be missing around the Norfolk council table for the next month.Waterford-area Coun. Kim Huffman served notice this week that she is taking an unpaid leave-of-absence from her council duties while she campaigns for the local Liberals in the Oct. 21 federal election.Huffman did not attend Tuesday’s council meeting. Mayor Kristal Chopp relayed Huffman’s decision to the public.“Being a woman and a wife and a mother of four, sometimes I think I can do everything,” Huffman said Wednesday.“But I can’t believe how it has amped up over the past week. It’s crazy. It’s a lot. There aren’t enough hours in a day.”Not only does Huffman have dozens of Liberal volunteers counting on her every day, there is a lot of geography to overcome as well. The riding of Haldimand-Norfolk has an area of 3,000 square kilometres.Huffman said a campaign event in Port Rowan or Dunnville can occupy the better part of a day due to travel time alone.“I didn’t want to do just an adequate job at both,” Huffman said. “It’s a large riding.”Huffman will not collect her council pay during her leave.In the interim, Ward 7 constituents who have an issue are asked to relay their thoughts and concerns to Huffman’s seven council colleagues. Huffman says all council members subscribe to the “all-Norfolk approach” that was frequently mentioned during last fall’s municipal election.Huffman added that constituents should not expect the mayor to tend to ward issues because the latter is occupied with a full slate of county-wide concerns.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com