Pochettino: We need to give Lo Celso time

first_imgMauricio Pochettino says Son Heung-min will be ready to take on Newcastle United after serving a Premier League suspension, but warned fans not to expect too much too soon from Giovani Lo Celso.Son missed Spurs’ first two games of the new season due to a ban after he was sent off against Bournemouth at the end of last term, while Lo Celso made his debut in a short cameo at Manchester City last weekend.Lo Celso, who joined Spurs on loan from Real Betis with a view to a permanent deal, played five minutes from the bench in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against champions City. 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 “I think Lo Celso is a situation that is not going to be easy,” Pochettino said of the versatile Argentina midfielder. “He was in extended holidays after the Copa America, he didn’t have a proper pre-season and didn’t train too much.”Then signed for us after a week without training. He’s training well but is still so far away from what we expect from him. We need to give him time. He was involved [on Saturday] and will maybe have the possibility to help the team in some points, but we won’t expect too much from him.”We need to not put the responsibility on him, only to improve and adapt himself with us and see. It’s a natural process to learn and improve. In the moment he will be fit and deserves to play then sure he will have the chance like other players.”The South Korea star hit 12 league goals in 2018-19, a campaign disrupted by the Asian Games, where he led his country to glory and avoided being called up for military service as a result, and their subsequent run to the Asian Cup quarter-finals.Son’s availability to face Newcastle on Sunday comes with Tanguy Ndombele ruled out by a thigh injury, while England midfielder Dele Alli has returned to training after a hamstring problem.”Unlucky for him that [the ban] was over the holiday,” Pochettino said. “I think he was training really, really hard to keep fit and improve in different areas. We are happy in the last few weeks he was unbelievable in the way he was available to train and compete in every single training session and I hope it’s going to help the team from now.”I think it was a good opportunity for him to build his fitness and have a proper pre-season which sometimes when you’re involved in competition is difficult. For him, looking at last season which was really, really complicated for him and difficult and we used that situation and trying to be positive and helping him to get really fit to help him and the team.”Because the pre-season is so important for every player, but sometimes the priority is holidays and this type of situation with him it was so clear that he was going to be suspended for two games and the plan was to provide him with good quality training to improve in different areas – and when the moment he is available to play to be in the perfect condition.”last_img read more

Whisky: The Manual

first_imgThe 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 last_img read more

Interview: Meaningful Travel is Working to Bring Tourism Back to Puerto Rico

first_imgInterview By : Angela Ogg, Contributing Editor for Travel Professional NEWS®   Interviewing: Carla Campos, Senior Acting Executive Director, The Puerto Rico Tourism Company   First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to speak with us in regards to the current situation in Puerto Rico. In a recent article, we learned of Meaningful Travel and after all of the devastation from the Hurricanes last year, we are excited to learn of ways that we can all help.  Can you please describe some of the catastrophic damage created by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the social unrest it caused on September 20, 2016. As of right now, how is Puerto Rico’s state and how is the community handling it? The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) continues to collaborate with other government agencies and industry partners to ensure that the vital contribution the tourism industry provides to the economic development of the Island holds steady and continues to grow. The great progress we have shown in the tourism sector is a sign of the resiliency and strength of our people and confidence that travel partners have in us as a destination that has it all. In fact, this past December 20th, the PRTC announced that the Island is officially open for tourism – just in time for travelers to experience the longest holiday season in the world.  In a recent article, it mentioned that people could visit Puerto Rico and actually help rebuilding efforts in December, will there be other opportunities in the New Year to help as well? If so, how long will the public have this opportunity to help?  The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) is inviting travelers to be part of the Island’s comeback with a “Meaningful Travel” initiative, inviting locals, Puerto Ricans abroad, and others to travel with a purpose to Puerto Rico this holiday season. The initiative was launched in response to the high demand from loyal travelers wanting to help while also visiting. Travelers can visit See Puerto Rico’sFacebook page for updates on upcoming Rebuild Days and SeePuertoRico.com for a list of local organizations who are also organizing rebuilding efforts. Previously, we’ve held Rebuild Days in locations such as Camuy Cave Park, Crash Boat Beach and Seven Seas.  Can travelers assist just by visiting Puerto Rico? Tourism is a vital contributor to the Island’s economy. And you’re right, travelers can best support the Island right now by visiting, staying at hotels and other accommodations, eating at restaurants and buying from local businesses. 122 of 149 PRTC endorsed hotels are open and operating. Island-wide, more than 4,000 restaurants are taking orders and serving up delicious cuisine. 107 tourist attractions are open, as well. For the latest updates on operating hotels, open attractions and more, travelers can visit puertoriconow.seepuertorico.com/.    What other things can our readers do if they are unable to go on these trips? They can help us spread the word that we’re back and ready to welcome visitors with open arms. And, for people who want to help but are unable to visit, we suggest donating to Unidos Por Puerto Rico.    How else can we make sure the Puerto Rico isn’t forgotten and is taken care of?  Puerto Rico has so much to offer visitors to leave them enchanted; everything from beaches to historical sites and museums, to a booming arts scene, to amazing an culinary scene, just to name a few. It’s about offering people experiences that will give them memories for a lifetime.  The best way to help Puerto Rico is by visiting Puerto Rico. Thankfully, San Juan continues to progress every day and is to welcome visitors who want to enjoy what we have to offer right now. Tourism helps support the Island’s economy while we rebuild a stronger, better Puerto Rico. It’s the support from our travel partners, like cruise and airlines and their visitors that will help get us there that much faster. Lonely Planet kept San Juan on its “Best in Travel” 2018 list for a reason, and that’s because despite some recent challenges, San Juan has so much to offer. Visit us and be a part of the comeback!  What are the plans for the future of Puerto Rico and what can we expect for the year 2018? Puerto Rico is incredibly excited to continue to welcome travelers in 2018. Last week, the Island welcomed Brian Kelly, The Points Guy and Forbes’ No. 1 Travel Influencer of 2017. Brian brought 15 of his staff, and another nine travel influencers came along to be a part of the comeback.   The group experienced the traditional Three Kings Day festivities in Juana Diaz, visited the Puerto Rico Children’s Hospital and helped rebuild the colorful community in La Perla, located on the shore of Old San Juan. La Perla has become a tourist attraction for visitors looking to get a glimpse of this community where the record-breaking summer hit song “Despacito” was filmed. In partnership with Love in Motion, Local Guest’s non-profit focused on providing the necessary tools and empowerment through hope and education for the development of community-based tourism in the Caribbean region, and in collaboration with the Asociación Impacto Comunitario La Perla Inc., Casa Sol and Wanderlust Tours, we joined local efforts already underway to help revitalize the iconic La Perla neighborhood.  With this group trip to Puerto Rico, Brian is hoping to send a message to travelers everywhere that traveling to destinations impacted by natural disasters, like Puerto Rico, is the best way to take in the most meaningful travel experiences in 2018.  Thank you so much for your time Carla, we wish nothing for the best to you and the entire community of Puerto Rico on your efforts and rebuilding.    Editor’s Note: Five months after devastating Hurricane Maria hit  Puerto Rico, the country continues to contend for restoration.  Over 3.4 million residents are still struggling to carry through their day to day lives.  A third of the country is still left in darkness without power, while hospitals are maintaining to work in harsh conditions, and hundreds of schools are still closed.  It is absolutely heartbreaking to envision what the people of Puerto Rico are going through and still have to face.  The plan for complete restoration of power is scheduled to happen in May.  Many individuals have been moved by this horrific event and have offered help, but Puerto Rico still has a long way to go.  Anything helps and everything goes a long way.last_img read more