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How to make chocolate mousse, summer’s best no-sweat dessert

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Whipped Egg Whites And Chocolate Are Mixed Together To Make Chocolate Mousse.

I didn’t fully understand the appeal of chocolate mousse until a decade ago, when I had it at the home of my friends Cecile and Tom Renna. They hosted brunch on a July afternoon so oppressively humid, I couldn’t imagine eating much at all.

But then Cecile brought out two big metal bowls — one piled with chocolate mousse, the other with whipped cream — so chilled from the refrigerator that they immediately began sweating as much as we were.

Cool, silky and so light, the mousse was perfect for the hot weather. It disappeared in your mouth like cotton candy but delivered a deep chocolaty flavor. And the casual way Cecile served her dessert — family-style for us to scoop straight out of the mixing bowls — made it feel as fun and welcoming as birthday cake.

Chocolate mousse can seem intimidating because it is often layered into martini glasses and crowned with chocolate curls in formal dining rooms. But in France, where Cecile grew up, it carries the low-key familiarity of our chocolate chip cookies. She has been making mousse since childhood and now loosely follows the instructions on the back of a “cheap” French Nestlé dark chocolate bar. “It’s the recipe that everyone makes in France,” she said.

Someone ladled out seconds, revealing a bright cloud of whipped egg whites that hadn’t been incorporated into the chocolate. Instinctively, I tensed. At the restaurant kitchens where I had worked, the chefs would have whisper-screamed about how unacceptable it was (in more colorful language).

Instead, Cecile glanced at the pupil of egg white surrounded by its chocolate iris and laughed. She preferred it this way, she said with a nonchalant confidence, adding that it was better to have pockets of egg whites than to fold them in so thoroughly that the mousse deflates.

When I asked her about her perfect-is-the-enemy-of-good approach to mousse all these years later, she said, “The moment you’re afraid of doing something, it paralyzes you.”

But there is nothing to fear about making mousse, especially since there are endless variations on it. The word loosely translates to “foam,” and that is the one thing it needs. “Larousse Gastronomique,” the culinary tome, describes it broadly as a “light, soft preparation.” That lightness can come from eggs, cream or, simply, air, as is the case with the chocolate-only version from molecular gastronomist Hervé This.

Making an Unfussy Dessert

Most mousse recipes follow some basic steps: melting chocolate, then folding in foamy egg yolks, whites or both and sometimes whipped cream. Many enhance the mix with coffee, alcohol, spices or other seasonings. In “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” Julia Child calls for beating egg yolks at room temperature, then over steaming water, then over cold water, before also beating egg whites. She also melts an astonishing amount of butter into the chocolate, as does Ina Garten, a generation later.

In The New York Times, Craig Claiborne and Pierre Franey shared their “ne plus ultra” formula, which involves a folding a sabayon (a custardy dessert sauce of egg yolks and liquor), then sweetened whipped cream, then stiff egg whites into chocolate.

The thing with chocolate mousse is that any type is going to be delicious as long as it’s smooth and airy. I wanted to create a version that captured the laid-back spirit of Cecile’s — both in the cooking and in the sharing. To taste the effects of different ingredients in varying proportions and understand potential pitfalls, I experimented with nearly 20 variations to land on a formula that combines simple pleasures and easy preparation. There are some key steps to achieving it.

Extra-Airy Egg Whites: Mountains of peaked egg whites were a given, as egg whites provide the airiest foam and are easy to beat with an electric mixer, ideally a standing one. To ensure that they stiffen, the mixer bowl needs to be clean, and the whites can’t have a trace of yolk. If you are worried about your egg-separating skills, drop each egg white into a separate small bowl first before slipping it into the mixer bowl. This way, if you have, say, five perfect whites in the mixer bowl and you mess up the sixth one, you won’t have to start all over.

The whites can then be beaten — at medium speed for the most stable foam — until they are so stiff that peaks form and hold in the bowl and at the end of the whisk. There shouldn’t be any liquid at the bottom of the bowl, but the whites also shouldn’t be dried out from overbeating. Whisking in some sugar helps keep them glossy, too.

Just-Right Richness: After testing versions with yolks beaten until voluminous, I found that whisking them added lift, but not enough to justify the time and extra dishwashing. Not to mention, the taste of eggs came through too strongly when the yolks were beaten first. Simply stirring them in resulted in a richness that didn’t interfere with the flavor of the chocolate.

Butter also offered richness, but it was a little too much for a summer dessert, making the mousse denser, like a chocolate truffle. For a just-right creaminess, heavy cream softens the bitter edge of chocolate. Whipping it before adding also lends a touch of fluffiness, but nailing the temperature is tricky. Too cold, and it can cause the chocolate to solidify in tiny lumps; not cold enough, and it will just liquefy.

Following a tip from a French chef’s grandmother, I melted the chocolate with the cream. This not only lent a gentle milky flavor, but it also helped prevent the chocolate from seizing and becoming gritty. So did adding the yolks while the chocolate was still warm. The fat in both the cream and the yolks may cause the mixture to look broken, but whisking it gently off the heat can bring it back together. A splash of cold cream can, too. If the blend still looks a bit separated, it will smooth with the addition of the whites, and the end result will be silky.

Smart, Gentle Folding: A dollop of the whites is stirred into the chocolate first to loosen the mix, which means you can fold in the rest of the whites with the gentlest touch to ensure the foamiest mousse. As for folding, it is just what it sounds like: You want to pick up and fold the heavier chocolate at the bottom of the bowl over the weightless whites on top. And you want the two to blend in the fewest folds possible to keep all the air trapped in the whites intact.

It also helps to rotate the bowl in the opposite direction of your spatula as you swipe the chocolate up and over the whites. So, for example, if you are running your spatula from 6 o’clock to 9 o’clock, you then want to turn your bowl counterclockwise. It is not necessary, but it is worth trying if only because of how meditative it feels and looks, the zebra swirls fading into a beautiful brown.

Whether you consider chocolate mousse easy depends on your experience and comfort level with making dessert, but these tweaks and tips can guarantee a bowl of goodness. Once you get the hang of it, you can whip it up in less than 20 minutes. It won’t be a proper mousse until it is chilled, and it is far better after 24 hours in the refrigerator, but that is what makes it the most stress-free party dessert. Prepare it the day before guests arrive, and pull it out when it is time to eat.

But what really makes this a relaxing dish is the approach Cecile recommends: Try it without fear, and don’t worry if it is not flawless. About mousse — and maybe more — she said: “You cannot control everything. The moment you let it go, it makes life so much easier.”

Chocolate Mousse

By Genevieve Ko

Whipped egg whites and chocolate are mixed together to make chocolate mousse. Food styled by Frances Boswell. (Christopher Simpson/The New York Times)

Each mouthful of this dessert is a marvel: as light as a meringue pie topping, but with the eggy silkiness of a creamy chocolate custard. This mousse has a particularly airy texture, but it is still a little rich from the bittersweet chocolate, which makes it the ideal not-too-sweet dessert. Because the mousse develops an even deeper flavor over time, it is perfect for parties. You can make it up to five days ahead of time and serve it straight from the refrigerator.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Total time: 20 minutes, plus overnight chilling

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, plus more if needed and for serving if you’d like
  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely broken or chopped (see Tip)
  • 8 large egg whites (1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Bring an inch of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Combine the cream and chocolate in a large heatproof bowl. When the water boils, turn the heat to low so the water is barely simmering or just steaming. Set the bowl over the saucepan and melt the chocolate, gently stirring with a whisk now and then.

2. While the chocolate melts, whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl using a stand mixer or electric hand mixer on medium speed. When the whites are foamy, add the sugar in a slow stream while whisking. Continue whisking until stiff peaks form. The whites should look glossy but not dry, and, when you lift the whisk from the mixture, a peak should form in the bowl and hold.

3. Once the chocolate has melted completely, turn off the heat but leave the bowl over the saucepan. Holding the bowl with a kitchen towel, add the egg yolks one at a time, whisking after each addition. If the mixture looks broken, remove the bowl from the saucepan, cool for a minute, then add 1 tablespoon cream and whisk just until shiny and smooth. Whisk in the vanilla. (Don’t worry if it still doesn’t look completely smooth. It will come together in the next step.)

4. Add a quarter of the beaten whites to the chocolate mixture and stir gently with a flexible rubber spatula until incorporated but still a little streaky. This will make it easier to fold in the remaining whites to create an airy mousse by gradually lowering the temperature of the chocolate (tempering) and making the mixture loose.

5. Add the rest of the whites and fold them in by running the spatula from 12 o’clock on the bowl to 6 o’clock, then scooping up the chocolate on the bottom and gently folding it over the whites as you move toward 9 o’clock. Rotate the bowl 90 degrees and repeat. Continue folding just until the last streak of white disappears. It is OK if there are a few lumps of whites left. It is better to not deflate the batter by folding too much.

6. Scoop into a pretty bowl or into individual cups or bowls for serving if you would like. Otherwise, keep it in the mixing bowl. Refrigerate the mousse uncovered until cool, then cover and refrigerate for at least four more hours and preferably 24. The covered mousse can be refrigerated for up to five days.

7. If you would like to serve the mousse with whipped cream, whisk heavy cream until soft peaks form. A cup or two of heavy cream is plenty for this amount of mousse. Serve the mousse cold, straight from the refrigerator, with the whipped cream.

Tips: Use chocolate meant for eating or for making confections, not baking chocolate, which has a higher proportion of cacao solids and results in a dense and possibly gritty mousse. Chocolate with 70% to 74% cacao is ideal, but choose your favorite. This will taste best with whichever bar of chocolate you enjoy eating on its own.



Country people share complaints from ‘legal city dwellers’ who complain about rural life

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Country People Share Complaints From 'Legal City Dwellers' Who Complain About Rural Life

Twitter users have mocked ‘legal townspeople’ clashing with rural dwellers after a bizarre video emerged of a man walking towards a combine harvester in a Berkshire field to complain about dust, who he said had ‘ruined his family picnic’.

It is just one of many senseless clashes involving visitors to rural communities, with reports of holidaymakers’ cars parked in farmers’ fields and blocking roads while taking selfies.

After the latest story was shared in the national press, readers shared their disbelief at the incident, with one condemning the man’s “overwhelming sense of entitlement” while others described their own stories.

Andy Tradesmantrucker wrote, “When will people realize, the countryside isn’t a theme park, it’s a workplace.”

Sue tweeted: ‘This is what happens when people flee the cities for the romance of the countryside. They don’t understand that the countryside is a workplace, not a summer camp. There are noises, smells, dust and mud on the road.

Jaggers from Colchester added: “I grew up on a farm. I’m always amazed by people who move next to a farm and then complain about the smell, dirt, dust and noise! Unreal.’

Elsewhere, Catherine Appleton wrote that comments from visitors to her former holiday rental in Devon included ‘it’s too dark at night to feel safe’, ‘cows mooing woke them up’ and ‘the distant sound of tractors neighbors woke them up”.

Furious Man Complains Harvester Sprayed His Family While They Had A Meal Twice

Furious man complains harvester sprayed his family while they had a meal twice

After The Latest Story Was Shared In The National Press, Readers Reacted In Disbelief To The Incident

After The Latest Story Was Shared In The National Press, Readers Reacted In Disbelief To The Incident

After the latest story was shared in the national press, readers reacted in disbelief to the incident

David Cherry Mocked Man's Oblivious Attitude As He Approached Combine Harvester

David Cherry Mocked Man's Oblivious Attitude As He Approached Combine Harvester

David Cherry mocked man’s oblivious attitude as he approached combine harvester

Catherine Appleton Wrote That Comments From Visitors To Her Former Vacation Rental In Devon Included 'It's Too Dark At Night To Feel Safe', 'Cows Mooing Woke Them Up' And 'The Distant Sound Of Neighbors' Tractors Woke Them Up.

Catherine Appleton Wrote That Comments From Visitors To Her Former Vacation Rental In Devon Included 'It's Too Dark At Night To Feel Safe', 'Cows Mooing Woke Them Up' And 'The Distant Sound Of Neighbors' Tractors Woke Them Up.

Catherine Appleton wrote that comments from visitors to her former vacation rental in Devon included ‘it’s too dark at night to feel safe’, ‘cows mooing woke them up’ and ‘the distant sound of neighbors’ tractors woke them up.”

Farmer Dan Willis Said: 'It's 10/10 For Stupidity.  We Are Working Hard To Bring In The Grain Harvest.  Doesn't He Know Where The Bread In This Sandwich Comes From?

Farmer Dan Willis Said: 'It's 10/10 For Stupidity.  We Are Working Hard To Bring In The Grain Harvest.  Doesn't He Know Where The Bread In This Sandwich Comes From?

Farmer Dan Willis said: ‘It’s 10/10 for stupidity. We are working hard to bring in the grain harvest. Doesn’t he know where the bread in this sandwich comes from?

The clip posted to Twitter by agriculture student Eleanor Gilbert, 20, shows her and her mother Sandy, 51, walking to their wheat field in Berkshire on Saturday August 13, as they rush to drive away the man in the way of the enormous Vehicle of 16 tons.

Her mother radioed her stepfather Dan Wallis, 47, who was driving the vehicle. A cry of ‘oh my God!’ can be heard as the camera pans to a sight where a man in a red t-shirt is standing right in front of the combine harvester.

Sandy tried to defuse the situation and pulled the man away from the dangerous machinery, while continuing to complain.

Miss Gilbert tweeted: ‘He was so lucky not to have been hit by a vehicle. Thanks mom for the de-escalation.

Mr Wallis later told The Sun: ‘It’s 10/10 for stupidity’. We are working hard to bring in the grain harvest.

“Doesn’t he know where the bread for this sandwich comes from?”

Dan Wrightson Described Driving A Tractor And Being Confronted By A Man Who Complained That

Dan Wrightson Described Driving A Tractor And Being Confronted By A Man Who Complained That

Dan Wrightson described driving a tractor and being confronted by a man who complained that ‘his child was sleeping’

Another Twitter User Wrote That Complaints From Visitors To A Farm In Lincolnshire, Including

Another Twitter User Wrote That Complaints From Visitors To A Farm In Lincolnshire, Including

Another Twitter user wrote that complaints from visitors to a farm in Lincolnshire include “cows pooping all over the field” and “sheep baa-ing in the morning”.

Tractor Mark Tweeted An Image Of A Cloud Of Dust In Front Of A Harvester And Captioned It:

Tractor Mark Tweeted An Image Of A Cloud Of Dust In Front Of A Harvester And Captioned It:

Tractor Mark tweeted an image of a dust cloud in front of a harvester and captioned it: “Show him a view from the cab?”

Andrea Hodkingson posted on Twitter: ‘Must be a city dweller. I was accused by one of letting my horse poop on purpose in front of his house.

Deezo added: ‘Having a family picnic in a field of standing corn being harvested? What? Even the hares run away when the combine harvester approaches!

D’Tractor Mark tweeted an image of a dust cloud in front of a harvester and captioned it: “Show him a view from the cab?”

Another Twitter user wrote that complaints from visitors to a Lincolnshire farm including “cows poo all over the field and no one bothers to pick it up” and “sheep baa-ing loudly early in the morning “.

Dan Wrightson described driving a tractor and being confronted by a man who complained that ‘his child was sleeping’

In May 2020, a Cornwall farmer covered a tourist’s Mercedes Benz in mud after the driver pulled into his lot so he could drive to the beach.

The tractor driver pulled mud all over the luxury car near a gate to his farm in Tintagel, the reputed birthplace of King Arthur and a hotspot for visitors.

Footage of the incident emerged as thousands of people flocked to the coast to enjoy the warm Bank Holiday weekend weather.

In the clip, uploaded by the farmer, he was heard saying: ‘The beach is nice and busy today – everyone is social distancing I guess. It’s busy, they decided to park in the field.

A child asks the man what he plans to do, before the farmer replies, “I’m almost done mate, I can’t stop.”

Elsewhere in County Durham, farmer Robert Hooper, 57, was cleared of criminal damage in February this year after using his forklift to overturn and crush a car parked in his path.

In an incident captured on video, Mr Hooper, 57, drove the Vauxhall Astra, lifted it into the air and tipped it onto its roof and pushed it onto a road while Charlie Burns, 21 years, furious, kicked the tractor in rage but to no avail.

Despite the clip, shot by the driver of the vehicle, showing Hooper’s telescopic tractor leaving the car a smashed wreck, a jury found him not guilty of dangerous driving and criminal damage.

The incident happened at 5.30pm on June 6 last year after Mr Burns and his friend spent a hot summer day swimming at Low Force near Barnard Castle, County Durham.

On their way home they passed Hooper’s Brockersgill Farm in Newbiggin-in-Teesdale, where Mr Johnson’s Astra – a courtesy car owned by Vauxhall Finance – suffered a double puncture.

Hooper’s defense barrister, Michael Rawlinson, told Durham Crown Court that Burns was ‘angry and drunk’, punched the farmer in the face with enough force to knock his glasses off, slapped him called a nuncio and told the police he would like to “open it”.

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8th Pay Commission: Big news for employees! New update on 8th Pay Commission, know what is the preparation of the union

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8Th Pay Commission: Big News For Employees! New Update On 8Th Pay Commission, Know What Is The Preparation Of The Union

8th Pay Commission: Big news for employees! New update on 8th Pay Commission, know what is the preparation of the union

For the time being, the Seventh Pay Commission will continue and under this only dearness allowance and other allowances will be given to the employees including salary-pension.On the one hand, speculation of increasing dearness allowance to 4 percent of Central Employees-Pensioners (Central Employees DA Hike) is intensifying, while on the other hand, after the statement of the Modi government on the 8th Pay Commission (8th Pay Commission), a big update has come to the fore.

According to the latest media reports, the All India Defense Employees Federation will soon submit a memorandum to the government regarding the 8th Pay Commission and will demand to increase the salary or implement the 8th Pay Commission and if the demand is not fulfilled then it can also go on strike.However, he did not deny that the 8th Pay Commission would not come.

The minister had said that work should be done on a new system for review and revision of pay matrix, for this the government is working on a new system so that the salary of the employees can be increased on the basis of their performance linked increment. For this, all allowances and salaries can be reviewed on the basis of the Aykroyd formula and it is reviewed by the Labor Bureau from time to time. It has been suggested that this metrics should be revised from time to time without the need for the next Pay

Commission.Recently, Union Minister of State for Finance, Pankaj Chaudhary, while replying in writing to the question asked during the Question Hour in the House, said that the government is not considering the 8th salary yet. There is no proposal in front of the government to constitute the 8th Pay Commission. At present, the Seventh Pay Commission will continue and under this only dearness allowance and other allowances will be given to the employees including salary, pension. He was asked whether there is a proposal in front of the Central Government to constitute the 8th Pay Commission for Central Employees so that its recommendations can be implemented from January 1,

Arun Jaitley had indicated

According to media reports, in return, the central government can increase the salary on the basis of the performance of government employees under private companies, for this a new plan can be brought by 2024, discussions are going on to prepare its proposal. Pay Level The minimum salary of a central employee in Matrix 1 to 5 can be between 21000. Since the late former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in one of his speeches in Parliament in 2016, had indicated that the government should consider the salary of the employees ahead of the Pay Commission, in such a situation, if the sources are to be believed, then the Modi government will now have a new salary. Instead of bringing the commission, the new formula can be considered.

Under the Aykroyd formula

According to media reports, the Modi government is trying to make a scheme in which the salary will be increased automatically if there is 50% DA, it can be named ‘automatic pay revision’, although there is no official confirmation from the government. Has been. There is a discussion about the Aykroyd formula for increasing the salary of employees, under which the salary of the employees will be linked to the inflation, cost of living and performance of the employee and after their calculation, the salary will be fixed. In his recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission, Justice Mathur had said that we want to fix the pay structure according to the Aykroyd formula, in which the cost of living is also taken into account.

So far 10 pay commissions have been constituted

Let us inform that since 1947 till now 10 pay commissions have been constituted. The Central Government constitutes a new Pay Commission every 10 years, on the basis of whose recommendations the salaries of central employees and pension of pensioners are increased. The Seventh Pay Commission was constituted by the UPA government on 24 February 2014. The Sixth and Seventh Pay Commission in 2006 and 2016, which had recommended a big increase in the salary of central employees and accepting it, the government had also increased the salary, according to this, if we look at it, then the next Pay Commission i.e. 8th Pay Commission will be in the year 2026. may be applicable.

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Column: Tonight’s Dylan Cease-Justin Verlander matchup brings us back to a time when ace starters ruled baseball

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Column: Tonight’s Dylan Cease-Justin Verlander Matchup Brings Us Back To A Time When Ace Starters Ruled Baseball

Dylan Cease admitted Monday he sometimes thinks about his chances of winning the American League Cy Young Award during his breakout season.

Chalk it up to the joy of youth?

“Old guys think about it too,” Justin Verlander said with a laugh. “It’s very natural.”

Cease, the 26-year-old Chicago White Sox ace, faces Verlander, the 39-year-old Cy Young favorite, on Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field in the second game of a key series between the Sox and Houston Astros.

Monday’s 4-2, come-from-behind Sox victory was an appetizer for the main course, and both starters seemed primed for the showdown.

“Two guys having good years, and it’ll be fun,” Verlander said. “I don’t think you get a lot of moments where you get two guys having great years like this matchup. Things have to align, so it’s very exciting.”

The game has changed so much over the years, with starters getting lifted even after six or seven no-hit innings and front-office executives game-planning the pitching moves with the manager hours before the first pitch.

Whether it’s better or worse for the game is in the eye of the beholder. To some of us dinosaurs, turning the game over to anonymous relievers is never as fun as watching two dominant pitchers trying to outduel each other for nine innings, even if their stuff isn’t quite as good as it was the first time through the order.

But that’s irrelevant now. Baseball never will go back to the days when a starter throwing well wouldn’t give up the ball unless it was pried out of his hand. Analytics have turned managers into drones. “Five and dive” has been replaced with “five and survive.”

All we can do is appreciate the rare occasions when two dominant starters go head-to-head in a regular-season game — and hope the managers understand this is entertainment. Many fans want to see which pitcher comes out on top, not which one gives his team a chance to win with 85 pitches.

Tony La Russa and Dusty Baker are the kind of old-school managers one might think would give their starters a little more leeway in a marquee matchup such as Verlander-Cease. We’ll see.

They’re also new-school thinkers when it comes to ensuring their aces are still healthy and durable come October, so don’t expect a return to the days when pitch counts were thrown out the window.

Still, Baker knows it’s something the game needs.

“I was thinking about it today,” he said. “This is like when I was a kid — (Sandy) Koufax and Juan Marichal, or Don Drysdale and Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins and Bob Gibson. These are classic, classic (matchups). I remember when Don Sutton on our team (the Los Angeles Dodgers) was facing Nolan Ryan.

“I’m going to have to really be careful and make sure I don’t spectate and manage. Because if I was at home, I’d get me a bowl of popcorn and some beer and the only time I’d leave would be if there was a commercial or it was between innings because that’s a classic (matchup).”

Baker said the reason there aren’t more classic matchups is there were fewer teams back in the day, and four-man rotations made it likelier that two No. 1s might go head-to-head.

While that’s true, there’s also a lack of star power when it comes to starting pitchers. There are many well-paid starters but few must-see pitchers like Verlander, Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw.

Cease may be on his way — as evidenced by his record streak of 14 consecutive starts allowing one or no earned runs — but he’ll have to prove himself for a few more years to reach that status.

Can he imagine himself pitching at Verlander’s age?

“I haven’t even thought about it,” he said. “It’s hard to fathom, but I guess he and Scherzer are showing that if you take care of yourself, there’s no reason why your (velocity) or anything has to dip. Guys like that are making it easier to picture for sure.”

Cease revealed himself Monday to be the Sox’s poet laureate. He unveiled a poem he wrote about his slider called “O Slider Slide” and had the team distribute T-shirts with the verses on the back. A sampling:

“O slider slide o’ slider slide.

“In the strike zone indeed a win is implied.”

Well, Dylan Thomas had to start somewhere, and he probably couldn’t even throw a slider. You have to give Cease credit for putting himself out there.

Matchup aside, this is a huge series for the Sox, who were taken apart by these same Astros in October in the AL Division Series and have yet to recover.

Baker pointed to the Sox injuries, saying, “It’s not the uniform, it’s the person in the uniform.”

“If I’m playing my first team against your second team, over the long run I’m going to win most of the time and you’re going to lose most of the time,” he said.

The Sox greeted the Astros by playing “Bang the Drum All Day” during the introduction of the Houston lineup, a shot at their sign-stealing past. The Astros responded by hitting Sox starter Johnny Cueto hard in a two-run first inning, aided by a Josh Harrison error.

Cueto settled down and didn’t give up another run through the eighth, allowing the Sox to rally with four runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Maybe the scoreboard guys should’ve played “Golden Slumbers” for the Sox, who have been asleep at the wheel much of the season. The Astros, meanwhile, haven’t had any problems getting up for games, even with a sizable lead in the AL West.

“We expect guys to be their best version of themselves, and we all hold each other accountable,” Verlander said.

Baker said not to count the Sox out.

“They’re in a good division to be where they are,” he said. “I remember when Tony La Russa won 83 games and won the World Series (with the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals).”

So does La Russa.

“I know he does,” Baker said. “You just want to get in the dance. Our job is to stop them from getting in the dance.”


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‘The Flash’ star Ezra Miller apologizes and seeks treatment

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'The Flash' Star Ezra Miller Apologizes And Seeks Treatment

Ezra Miller says they are seeking treatment for ‘complex mental health issues’ amid multiple legal scandals.

In a statement, Miller, who identifies as non-binary and uses the pronouns they/them, apologized for his behavior in recent years that has led to arrests stemming from allegations of abuse and assault.

“Having recently gone through a period of intense crisis, I now understand that I have complex mental health issues and have started ongoing treatment,” Miller told Variety via a statement from their rep.

“I want to apologize to everyone I have alarmed and upset about my past behavior. I am committed to doing the work necessary to get back to a healthy, safe and productive stage in my life.

Miller, 29, has been battling legal issues across the United States since the start of the year.

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The ‘The Flash’ actor has been embroiled in a series of legal scandals.
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The ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ actor was arrested in March in Hawaii for disorderly conduct and subsequently pleaded no contest. They were also accused of allegedly throwing a chair at a woman and receiving 10,911 emergency calls in less than a month in the same state.

Just three months later, Miller was charged with grooming a teenager for “bigoted” behavior. The teen’s parents filed a lawsuit in Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court, claiming the actor “used violence, intimidation, threat of violence, fear, paranoia, delusions and drugs to dominate a young Tokata teenager”.

Tokata, however, denied claims made by their family and friends on social media.

Earlier this month, the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ actor was charged with burglary after he allegedly stole liquor from a Vermont home.

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ATM Cash Withdrawal Rules Change: Attention SBI customers, now the method of withdrawing cash from ATM has changed, read full details 

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Atm Cash Withdrawal Rules Change: Attention Sbi Customers, Now The Method Of Withdrawing Cash From Atm Has Changed, Read Full Details 

ATM Cash Withdrawal Rules Change: Attention SBI customers, now the method of withdrawing cash from ATM has changed, read full details

SBI Change ATM Withdraw Process: State Bank of India has now changed the method of withdrawing cash from ATM. Now SBI has started OTP service to withdraw cash from ATM. The bank has made this big change to protect its customers from fraud. Soon this rule will be seen applicable on SBI ATMs. This rule will act as an additional safeguard against unauthorized transactions.

According to the bank, while completing the transaction, the bank customers will have to share the OTP while withdrawing cash from the ATM, so that it is ensured that the ATM user is the right user. OTP is a system-generated four-digit number that the bank will send to the customer’s registered mobile number. This OTP will authenticate the cash withdrawal and will be valid for only one transaction.

OTP cash withdrawal started from January 1, 2020

The country’s largest lending bank SBI had started OTP-based cash withdrawal services from January 1, 2020. SBI has been creating awareness about ATM frauds through social media and other platforms from time to time. It is appealing to all its customers to avail the service.

OTP will be required in transactions of 10 thousand or above

Now this service will come in handy for SBI customers at the time of withdrawing cash from ATMs. SBI made these rules in view of the increasing fraud, cyber crime. Let us tell you that customers withdrawing Rs 10,000 or more in a single transaction from SBI ATMs will require OTP to complete the transaction

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Luke Getsy is putting strong demands on Justin Fields. 4 things we heard from the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator.

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Luke Getsy Is Putting Strong Demands On Justin Fields. 4 Things We Heard From The Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator.

This can’t always be easy for Luke Getsy.

After leaving the Green Bay Packers and the privilege of working with a four-time MVP quarterback within a high-powered offense, there have to be days when the headaches at Halas Hall prove intense, when the urgency of trying to accelerate the growth of the Chicago Bears offense leads to impatience and frustration.

Quarterback Justin Fields, in his second training camp and with only 10 career starts, isn’t Aaron Rodgers, who has won more division championships (eight) than Fields has touchdown passes.

The Bears, who averaged 319 yards and 20.7 points over the last two seasons, aren’t the Packers (377 yards and 29.1 points per game during that span). So naturally, what Getsy is working with on a daily basis in Lake Forest bears little resemblance to the machine he helped operate in Green Bay.

With two preseason games and three weeks left before Week 1 practices begin, the Bears offense still is trying to find stability on the line while seeking healthy, productive playmakers in the passing game.

So how has Getsy handled his transition to Bears offensive coordinator the past few months? How has he learned to recalibrate his patience levels so he can quell any bubbling agitation with a proper dose of perspective?

“There’s a balance between demand and patience,” Getsy said, “and setting an expectation and letting them know it’s not OK for some things (to sputter). Then, at some points, you always have to remember to go pat them on the back, too, and let them know that you care about them. Because I do.

“Still, there has to be a demand too. There’s got to be an expectation. We set our standards really high. And I don’t care if it was three months or three years into this thing. We’ve got to meet those standards.”

Getsy seemed at ease Monday after the Bears’ 14th practice of training camp. Two days removed from a 19-14 preseason victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field, he acknowledged the obvious need for his offense to grow.

Fields oversaw three possessions and took 18 snaps. The Bears punted on all three drives and gained only four first downs. More production will be needed when the games count next month.

At the same time, Getsy admired Fields’ poise and determination. He was pleased with the Bears’ huddle mechanics, the quarterbacks’ use of cadences and the offense’s ability as a whole to avoid pre-snap sloppiness and penalties.

The thumbnail review of Fields’ first game opportunity of 2022?

“It was a strong start for him,” Getsy said, “but not where he needs to be.”

As the Bears turn their attention to a second preseason game Thursday night at Lumen Field against the Seattle Seahawks, here are four other notable things Getsy shared.

1. Justin Fields’ pocket presence, while steady overall, remains a work in progress.

Getsy was asked specifically about Fields’ first-quarter scramble that went into the game book as a sack after he squirted out of the pocket to his right and slid at the line of scrimmage.

Most Bears fans were in a lather about the hit Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill put on Fields as he slid, adamant that a personal foul should have been called. But Getsy seemed more concerned with Fields’ decision making during that sequence, criticizing his choice to exit a fairly clean pocket without properly working through his reads.

“He vacated too quickly,” Getsy said. “He skipped No. 2 in his progression. … That was the one play, honestly, I wish we had back for him.”

Teachable moment? Absolutely. Reason to worry? Not yet.

That’s an area of Fields’ game he’ll have to continue to sharpen, developing instincts for when to take off and when to hang in.

Deep into training camp now, Fields has had a heavy volume of tuck-and-run situations during practices. Those have come for many reasons.

The offensive line has been shaky at times. The revolving door of receivers Fields has worked with has created issues with timing and separation. And Fields has turned on the jets as a choice periodically, sometimes wisely using one of his bigger strengths while at other times taking off when he would have been better served standing in the pocket or triggering a scramble drill.

For Getsy and quarterbacks coach Andrew Janocko, the scramble-slide-sack moment from Saturday is one to highlight in the teaching process.

“He had a chance to maybe hang in there just a tick longer,” Getsy said.

So how can the Bears coach that feel into Fields?

“That’s experience,” Getsy said. “I mean, he’s 23, right? You can only get that by playing. And practices are great, but it’s not a game. That’s why it’s important he gets a few reps each preseason game, just to get that under his belt. Then I think the more he plays this year, the better he’s going to get with that feeling.

“Pocket presence is not an easy thing to teach. But he’s got the toughness and the guts to do it.”

2. Footwork remains a major focus for the coaching staff as it works to improve Justin Fields’ timing.

It would be unfair at this point to cast Fields as jumpy in the pocket. Not even close. His 19-yard completion to Tajae Sharpe to convert a third-and-9 on the Bears’ third possession was an example of his nerve and willingness to stand strong and take a shot while making the correct throw under pressure.

Getsy identified that trait in Fields long ago, even if Saturday was his first opportunity to see it displayed as Fields’ coach.

“When you’re evaluating quarterbacks, that’s one of the first things I’m looking for — somebody who has that willingness to stand in there, make your throw with your feet in the ground and get smacked in the jaw,” Getsy said. “He definitely has that.”

Getsy was also quick to point out he would be stressing improved footwork with all three of his quarterbacks — Fields, Trevor Siemian and Nathan Peterman — after Saturday’s performance left something to be desired.

“As far as timing and rhythm, they were off a little bit,” Getsy said. “The juices were flowing a little bit.”

The Bears are trying to program Fields not only to understand the timing of their plays, but also to feel the timing of those plays. And that feel often begins with the feet. So keep an eye in the coming weeks on whether Fields can stay on schedule within passing plays to a level that pleases his coaches.

“In college, you have a little bit more time to throw the ball than you do in the NFL,” Getsy said. “So (now) your shot clock’s way quicker. You have to listen to your feet a lot more at our level. And when your feet tell you a guy’s not open, it’s time to move on and go. You can’t hang on.

“That’s the biggest thing. It’s just the pace, it’s the time clock that we’re training the heck out of. He’s starting to (get it) and doing a really good job with it.”

Getsy identified two plays in Monday’s practice in which Fields seemed tempted to break the pocket to get on the move but didn’t.

“He was like: ‘Wait. The pocket’s great. Let me chill.’ And it was cool to see him respond that way.”

3. Luke Getsy will spend game days on the sideline rather than in the coaching booth.

The dynamics for a play caller are different close to the action than they are with a bird’s eye view but detached from the intensity. Getsy said he prefers the on-field vantage point and feel.

“There’s just a comfortability of being on the field,” he said. “You can look someone in the eye, have a conversation with them, get to see what they really feel when you’re asking a question. You can have great conversations with everybody on offense and not just the quarterback.

“I’m a feel person. Shoot, when I play golf, if I can’t see it, it gets ugly. But if I can see it and feel it, it goes pretty good. And I’m the same way with this game. I like to see it and feel it. And I feel like I see the game, honestly, better from the field.”

4. Luke Getsy was blunt with his assessment of two young offensive linemen.

Rookie Braxton Jones played 18 snaps at left tackle Saturday and received this feedback from his coordinator: “It’s got to be better.”

Still, it’s notable that the Bears removed Jones with the other starting offensive linemen, clearly feeling he has the strongest chance to be their Week 1 starter at left tackle. And even with obvious need for improvement, Getsy feels encouraged about the direction of Jones’ development.

“I would say for a guy who just got in here and has been put in one of the toughest positions in our game, he handled it really (well) for a first crack at it,” Getsy said. “But we’ve got to get him going.”

Teven Jenkins, meanwhile, played 36 snaps at right tackle with some strong moments and a handful of mistakes. Jenkins mixed in at right guard with the second unit for much of Monday’s practice.

“In our system, guards get stressed mentally more than tackles do,” Getsy said. “So he’s someone where that’s the strength of his game. So we want to try that and see what that looks like within what we’re trying to get done.”


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