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Benitez looks to result to ‘change everything’



Benitez looks to result to 'change everything'

Rafa Benitez sees Everton’s visit to Brentford on Sunday as an opportunity to reinvigorate a turbulent campaign.

Manager Benitez won four, drawing two of his first seven Premier League games, and after a 1-1 draw at Manchester United on 2 October, Everton moved up to fourth in the standings.

However, progress has been hampered by injuries to the team’s spine, and Everton will start in the round of 11 this weekende position.

However, Benitez’s side is just four points off the top six. And rather than looking cautiously over his shoulder at a Brentford team two points behind Everton, Benitez turns his attention to the potential improvement – materially and mentally – that West London victory would bring.

“It’s important to win every game, but this is the first one we have [to begin a winning run]’ said Benitez.

“If you think about winning just one game, we could be very close to the top six.

“That’s the situation, there are a lot of teams very close together and one game can change everything.

“Hopefully this game will change everything for us and we will be higher in the table and with more confidence for the next one.

“We did so well at the start of the season that everyone expected us to continue at this level.

“We have missed players through injuries and that has affected us. Too much, maybe.

“We have to make sure that these players come back and then we have the group with the same attitude and mentality as at the start of the season.

“It’s only a matter of time before you win the first game and hopefully the next, then confidence comes back.”

Benitez offered encouraging news about Abdoulaye Doucoure, revealing that the French midfielder will be competing in a performance against Brentford six weeks after the metatarsal suffered.

Demarai Gray, meanwhile, is in a race against time to play after an injury forced the winger out early on Sunday from Manchester City.

There will be no Yerry Mina or Andre Gomes. On the attack, Richarlison joins Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the sidelines after collecting a fifth booking of the campaign against City.

Rafa Benitez

Hopefully this game will change everything for us and we will be higher in the table and with more confidence for the next one.

Benitez is urging his Brazilian striker to be sensible to avoid future suspensions. Meanwhile, the door is ajar for either Salomon Rondon or Cenk Tosun to enter and lead the line.

“We have two experienced players, Tosun and Rondon, available, and a young player” [Ellis Simms] who was injured and is coming back,” Benitez said.

“Normally for these kinds of games it’s for people with experience, so the two older players have more opportunities for the young player.

“Anthony Gordon is a young player and people asked him to play.

“After two or three weeks he was mentally ready, he is a player with quality and plays.

“If the players are good enough and mentally ready, they can play.

“But in some positions you don’t have these players, or the young players have potential, but not the experience and mentality when it’s a difficult situation.

“Richarlison knows it’s too early to have five yellow cards.

“He has to realize that he cannot react and must remain calm in the game. He is a very good player and important to us. He is a threat to defenders if he stays focused.”

Brentford started their first peak season since 1946/47 as a house on fire, winning three and drawing three in their first seven games.

It has been tougher lately with one point from five games, although it was deserved in a stunning 3-3 draw at Newcastle United last week.

“They started with a lot of confidence, with intensity, played well and took some points,” added Benitez.

“Little by little, everyone knows you better, then it’s harder to surprise someone.

“But these kinds of teams have the advantage of working the same way for a while.

“They know exactly what the manager wants and the players know each other very well.

“We play against a good team at home, but we have to compete with them and push them to get the three points.”



Restaurant X opens in Port Washington




Restaurant X opens in Port Washington

The letter X can stand for many things. For Port Washington’s Restaurant X, which quietly opened its doors in late October, it symbolizes an entire philosophy aimed at bending the rules of what it means to both eat and run a restaurant.

“We have a small menu that’s always changing, and there’s not a lot of rigidity, hence the ‘X’,” said Gabriel Moroianu, a partner. “It’s unobtrusive – anything goes.”

For the first few weeks of Restaurant X’s existence, there wasn’t even a sign over the door—just a row of misted-up windows on Main Street, beyond which diners would find a plush, gray-on-gray dining room. Each banquet comes with a sealed gray envelope, and inside it a multi-course tasting menu that changes every two weeks. Charged with that constant reinvention is Chef Tomo Kabayashi, Chef de cuisine Cesar Aguilar and a rotating roster of visiting chefs (Chef Xs) which will start in January.

“We saw Chef Tomo as our culinary anchor for this project,” says Moroianu. “Chefs Tomo and Cesar have carte blanche with creativity, to put their best foot forward and use their brains to create something unique.”

Originally from the Japanese prefecture of Yamaguchi, Kobayashi is a familiar face on the local gastronomic circuit, including a stint as head chef of Toku Modern Asian in Manhasset.

Kobayashi and Aguilar have known each other for years, and it was in Toku where most of the partners met; next to Moroianu they are Buck Canon, Calvin Lau and Juan De La Cruz. (Robert S. Heicklen, a real estate agent, is also a partner). Together, they used their collective experience to reverse engineer restaurant life and create an adventurous, ever-changing place where stress and toxicity are minimized.

“We’ve worked in chaos for so many years, so we wanted to create calm,” says Canon, a former chef who doubles as a bartender, serving custom-made mixed drinks behind the dramatic, illuminated marble bar.

Each two-week era is themed, and diners are encouraged to keep their menus closed so they’ll be surprised by every twist on the nine-course tasting, which costs $160 per person, or $215 with wine pairing. There is a parallel vegetarian menu for $120 per person, $175 with wine pairing.

Restaurant X’s opening menu was French-Asian themed. The small plates feature Berkshire pork “char siu porchetta” in a plum-mustard-ginger glaze; a fillet of madai (Japanese sea bream) dramatically served in clear parchment (en papillote) cut open by a server and topped with tomato shiso fondue; and a charred wagyu beef cheek with a clear yuzu koshou gravy. The vegetarian menu featured dishes such as roasted maitake mushrooms with potato galette, shiso butter and truffle puree.

Pastry chef Joemi Reyes, once the pastry chef of Jericho’s One North, makes layered, silent show-stopping desserts such as coconut panna cotta with azuki bean gelée and spiced mango candy, accented with dianthus blossoms.

Moroianu, a sommelier, creates the wine pairings for each menu. “Pairing wine with each course brings out nuance,” he said.

A shorter four-course tasting menu is available at the bar, for $80, and already seems to be attracting a following; many of the chef’s tasting dishes are available as small a la carte plates, from $10 to $24.

In December, Restaurant X will debut a wild-game themed menu; in January, they welcome their first guest chef: Christian Delouvrier, the once-Michelin-starred chef of the late, great Lespinasse in New York City.

Restaurant X is open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner and Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner at 170 Main St., Port Washington, 516-918-9446.


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Supreme Court issues notice on OMR sheet manipulation plea, discrepancy in final results




NEET-UG 2021 : Supreme Court Issues Notice On Plea Alleging Rigging Of OMR Sheets, Discrepancy In Final Results

The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice in a written petition favored by 6 NEET-UG candidates alleging that their OMR sheets were tampered with after the publication of the response keys by the National Testing Agency.

The petitioners allege widespread discrepancies in NTA’s scoring process and dispute their grades and ranks achieved in the test conducted by the National Testing Agency on September 12, 2021.

The case was brought to court Judges DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna.

It has been argued that there was a huge discrepancy between the figures calculated by the petitioners based on the answer keys published by the NTA and the final figures set by the NTA on 1 November 2021. One of the submitters claims that his score based on the answer key was 584, but the final result was 164. According to another submitter, his score based on the answer key was 675, but the final result was 52 points. Another submitter’s final score was zero, although his guess was 545 points according to the answer key.

“It appears that there has been massive manipulation in the screening of the OMR sheet shortly after the publication of the answer keys and the consequent uploading of the OMR sheet for self-assessment and before the actual declaration of the result and scorecard on the NTA website, which has led to a blatant discrepancy in the figures obtained by the petitioners”, is in the petition.

Referring to the comparative tabulation of numbers, the petitioners have argued that it is “clearly apparent” that there is a huge margin of error in their scores.

It has further been claimed that something is completely wrong on the part of the NTA and that it should be addressed by opening an investigation against the authority.

The petitioners have referred in their petition to the news for the leak of the questionnaire and criminal conspiracy to sabotage the fair examination process for which several FIRs were registered in various places in India.

The sum and content of the initial research in these FIRs had demonstrated the rampant use of unscrupulous means and unfair practices to manipulate the results in favor of the wealthy and unmerited candidates, the petitioners said.

In light of this background, the petition stated that,

“There are malpractice and corrupt practices occurring at a level that the innocent, deserving and deserving applicants cannot imagine, which has resulted in arbitrariness and rejection of deserving candidates and as such violates their rights under Article 14 of the Constitution of India.”

The case will then be heard on December 13, 2021.

Senior lawyer Manoj Swarup with Rajan Kumar Singh (AOR) and Rakesh kumar Singh Advocate appeared before the applicants

The petition is submitted through Lawyer on Record Ranjan Kumar Singh.

Case : WP(C) 1286/2020


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Amazon brings fresh capital worth ₹650 cr in Amazon Wholesale (India)




Amazon brings fresh capital worth ₹650 cr in Amazon Wholesale (India)

Amazon Corporate Holdings Private Limited and Limited have the 650 Crore Investment in Amazon India Wholesale B2B Branch

US-based e-commerce giant Amazon has injected fresh capital to the beat of 650 crore in one of its India units, Amazon Wholesale (India), according to regulatory documents.

Amazon Corporate Holdings Private Limited and Limited have the A 650 crore investment in Amazon India’s wholesale B2B arm, according to documents filed with the Ministry of Business Affairs and shared by market research firm Tofler.

The allocation date was October 26, 2021, it added.

Amazon India did not respond to email inquiries.

According to the documents, a significant part of the funds (more than 649.94 crore) came from Amazon Corporate Holdings Pvt Ltd.

The new funds will provide Amazon in India with more arsenal to bolster its wholesale B2B business in India.

Amazon has aggressively invested in several business units in India.

These investments have been leveraged to expand infrastructure and add solutions to improve the consumer and merchant experience.

In October, Amazon had also injected fresh capital at the pace of 1,460 crore to Amazon Seller Services – the marketplace that helps sellers sell their products online in India and internationally.

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