Restaurant Review: Door74

first_imgWhen you are a drug smuggler, looking inconspicuous is a blessing; when you are a restaurant, it is not. Why is it that I have lived in East Oxford since the start of the year, and have only just acknowledged the existence of Door 74? The answer is probably a combination of its darkly painted exterior, modest size, and the fact that I didn’t expect to find a restaurant serving food of this kind, this good, at this price on Cowley Road. However, now Door 74 is firmly on my radar, I’m not letting it escape.The restaurant itself is a relatively small space, so I was concerned about the degree of privacy we would have. Nothing induces self-consciousness more than entering a restaurant in which the noise level peaks at ‘loud whisper’, and the sound of repositioning your wine glass causes other diners to glance over. Luckily, despite our visit being a mid-week dinner, each chunky wooden table was full (mainly of hip young couples and pairs of women), so the atmosphere felt intimate as opposed to oppressive. The lighting is just right: spotlights, fairy lights and candles, and the table cacti, mosaic-topped bar, dark wooden carved ornaments and chalked-out board menu ensure that the interior looks trendy but feels relaxed. My companion, as if formulating a Door 74 tagline, cringingly remarked, ‘This is the kind of place you can come on a date and be sexy!’ And I’m afraid, embarrassing as it is to admit, he is absolutely right.The menu, comprising half a dozen starters (around £4 – £6) and seven mains (£8 – £14), ticks all the main buzz-word boxes; ‘organic’, ‘free range’, and ‘local’ all make strategic appearances, and dishes come and go according to what is in season. The red onion tart tatin with mixed leaves (£5.95) set us off to a good start; the pastry was thin, crisp and herb-flecked. The whole king prawns with chilli, garlic, and parsley (£6.25) were also excellent, and the griddled crostini was a welcome touch. My main, a parmesan and herb-crusted chicken breast served with aioli, salad and garlic roast new potatoes (10.95) was the obvious winner, with the aioli (homemade garlic mayonnaise with the slightest hint of saffron) tying the dish together well. Unfortunately, the beef burger with onion marmalade and chunky salad (£7.95), although perfectly cooked, was served in an overly-charred bun, which we thought was a bit of an oversight. Portions were surprisingly generous, but left just enough room for the dark chocolate semifreddo with vanilla ice-cream (£3.95). Our superhuman waiter Jack was attentive, friendly, and accommodating, despite being the only front of house staff member, and I am convinced his presence added to the laid-back ambience.Door 74 also does weekend brunches from 11-3, plus weekday lunch specials (£5.95 inc. a drink) which they unfortunately don’t advertise. Therefore I am taking it upon myself to spread the word: your radar would be all the more stylish if Door 74 was on it.last_img read more

Police Crack Down On Curacao Drug Ring With Ties To Hezbollah

first_imgBy Dialogo April 30, 2009 Police from seven countries arrested 17 people in Curacao suspected of involvement in an international drug ring with links to Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group, Dutch authorities said. The group is suspected of having traded in some 2,000 kilograms of cocaine per year, the Dutch prosecution service said in a statement. “The group shipped containers with cocaine from Curacao to the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Jordan,” it said. “From Venezuela, containers with drugs went to West Africa and then to the Netherlands, Lebanon and Spain. Carriers smuggled the cocaine as airline passengers from Curacao and Aruba into the Netherlands.” The proceeds were allegedly invested in several countries, said the statement. “The organization had international contacts with other criminal networks that financially supported Hezbollah in the Middle East. Large sums of drug money flooded into Lebanon, from where orders were placed for weapons that were to have been delivered from South America.” The suspects were from Curacao, the largest of the Dutch Antilles islands, as well as from Venezuela, Colombia, Lebanon and Cuba, said the statement. The arrests were the result of a joint operation between the police and justice authorities of Curacao, the Netherlands, Belgium, Colombia, Venezuela and the United States.last_img read more

October 1, 2005 Disciplinary Actions

first_imgThe Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders suspended four, reprimanded two, and accepted the resignation of one attorney.The following lawyers are disciplined: Neil Eisenstein, 8580 NW 36th St., Apt. 303, Sunrise, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 45 days, effective immediately following a July 7 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1994) Eisenstein failed to provide competent representation to a client; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; and filed non-meritorious claims and contentions. (Case no. SC04-1540) John Daneil Ellis, Jr., P.O. Box 1161, Orlando, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 60 days, effective Sept. 1, following a July 7 court order. Upon reinstatement, Ellis is further placed on probation for one year. ( Admitted to practice: 1990) Among several Bar violations, Ellis failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and failed to promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; and engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice. (Case no. SC05-65) Michael Vincent Giordano, P.O. Box 290008, Tampa, resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings, with leave to seek readmission after three years, effective 30 days following a July 7 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1976) At the time of resignation, Giordano had several cases pending at the grievance committee and staff investigative levels. (Case no. SC05-1129) Kent Alan Johanson, 3541 Bonita Way Blvd., Ste. 100, Bonita Springs, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a July 7 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1992) Among several Bar violations, Johanson failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; and failed to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation. (Case no. SC05-600) Isaac Kodsi, 701 W. Cypress Creek Road, #302, Ft. Lauderdale, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 45 days, effective 30 days following a July 7 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1993) Kodsi failed to provide competent representation to a client; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; and filed non-meritorious claims and contentions. (Case no. SC04-1534) Gregg Michael Paley, 901 NW 51st St., Ste. 210, Boca Raton, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following a July 22 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1973) On or about Feb 25, Paley pled guilty to misprision of a felony and was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment and ordered to attend a drug treatment program while incarcerated. (Case no. SC05-1131) Carlos Alberto Zarraluqui, 13140 Old Cutter Road, Miami, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a July 7 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 2002) Zarraluqui engaged in misconduct and minor misconduct and engaged in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice. (Case no. SC05-1016) Court orders are not final until time expires to file a rehearing motion and, if filed, determined. The filing of such a motion does not alter the effective date of the discipline. Disciplinary Actions October 1, 2005 Disciplinary Actionscenter_img October 1, 2005 Disciplinary Actionslast_img read more

Residents left out of sewer system

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTwenty years ago, I was the Democratic chairman of the town of Rotterdam. I asked the supervisor to look into the sewer problems within the town. The percolation tests in Coldbook Estates were getting poor results for water quality.Now the state Department of Transportation is redoing Hamburg Street. Along with this, they are putting in sewer lines. The sewer main from Curry Road is being hooked up to Hamburg Street to the NY Central Railroad tracks, then turning left to be hooked up with the Altamont Avenue line. They are drilling a small line under the tracks to hook up at the city line.However, someone has made a decision to form a sewer district only on the town side of the Hamburg Street bridge. They have discriminated against the owners of about 15 to 20 private homes and businesses on the city side of the bridge by not allowing them to hook up to the sewer system. I have waited years for this system, but I am not allowed to hook up.Did the town or the state discriminate against these residents?John WardRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Brighton Retail: Life in the fast Lanes

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Russia jails ex-US marine Paul Whelan for 16 years over espionage

first_imgWhen asked about such an idea, the Russian Foreign Ministry told the RIA news agency it had proposed prisoner swaps to the United States many times but gave no further details.Moscow has repeatedly called on Washington to secure the release of two Russian nationals – convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko, a pilot serving 20 years in the United States for conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the country.Zherebenkov said Whelan had no objection to the idea of formally asking Russia to pardon him, something that if granted could secure his release.Whelan will serve his sentence in a maximum security prison, Moscow’s city court said. His trial was closed because authorities said it involved the discussion of state secrets.State prosecutors, who accused Whelan of having at least the rank of a US military intelligence colonel, had asked the court to sentence Whelan to 18 years in a maximum secuTopics : A Russian court found former US marine Paul Whelan guilty of spying for the United States on Monday and sentenced him to 16 years in jail, a move the US ambassador to Moscow called an egregious violation of human rights that would harm ties.Whelan, who holds US, British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained by agents from Russia’s Federal Security Service in a Moscow hotel room on Dec. 28, 2018.Russia says Whelan, 50, was caught red-handed with a computer flash drive containing classified information. Whelan, who pleaded not guilty, said he was set up in a sting and had thought the drive, given to him by a Russian acquaintance, contained holiday photos. US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan told reporters after the verdict that no evidence had been produced to prove Whelan’s guilt and demanded he be released immediately.”His conviction is a mockery of justice,” said Sullivan.He said the ruling would not have “a good influence” on already poor ties between Moscow and Washington, but that dialogue would continue.Vladimir Zherebenkov, Whelan’s lawyer, said his client had been told when detained that he would be part of a prisoner swap with a Russian national held in the United States.last_img read more

11 start-ups graduate Gojek’s business accelerator program

first_imgGojek’s new business accelerator program, Gojek Xcelerate, announced Wednesday that 11 new start-ups that directly served customers had graduated from its fourth batch.Gojek Xcelerate chief Yoanita Simanjuntak said the latest batch focused on direct-to-consumer (D2C) start-ups as consumers were increasingly seeking accessible products and services on digital platforms“Gojek has seen success in applying the D2C business model. We observed that the D2C model works well for start-ups, as it allows them to directly gather insights and feedback, and make timely adjustments for product improvement. This makes the D2C model very relevant,” she told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. She went on to say that the accelerator program alumni would have the opportunity to integrate with the Gojek ecosystem.The D2C start-ups are art supplies and tutorial start-up Bartega; fashion e-commerce and service GetGo, KEROKOO, Mena Indonesia, Sare Studio and WATT; as well as make-up companies TROPE cosmetics and Rollover Reaction.Read also: Talent procurement hampers tech start-ups in implementing AIOther start-ups are in the health and wellness sector, namely Elio and PURA, along with environmental service company Jejak.in. Elio founder Walton Hartanto said the digital men’s health company was looking for US$1 million to enhance product development and ramp up marketing, as the consumer health market was projected to reach $6 billion by 2024“We see that there is significant under-penetration of men seeking medical treatment for problems such as acne and hair loss, and this is what we want to address,” he said during the start-up demonstration day on Wednesday.The start-ups received training and mentorship from Gojek, its accelerator partner Digitaraya, McKinsey & Co, UBS Bank and Google Developers Launchpad since its launch in September.“Despite the uncertain economic projections, start-ups have the advantage to innovate and adapt quickly in responding to the changing economic climate,” said Digitaraya managing director Nicole Yap.Since it first launched in 2019, the program has trained 35 start-ups. The first batch of the accelerator program trained five start-ups that use machine learning, the second batch trained 10 start-ups with women founders and the third focused on nine Indonesian start-ups with “daily consumer innovation.” (eyc)Topics :last_img read more

Cardiff complete Moore deal

first_img City manager Malky Mackay had previously confirmed a deal had been agreed with the Bees, with the 23-year-old becoming a Bluebird on Monday after the necessary paperwork was completed. Moore told Cardiff City Player: “I’m delighted to be at Cardiff City – to play in the Premier League has always been my goal. “It’s exciting to think that I’ll be working with quality goalkeepers like David Marshall and Joe Lewis on a daily basis and I know that I can develop and learn from them.” Moore is set to be quickly reunited with his former team-mates as Cardiff travel to face Brentford in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday night. Moore started his career in the Southampton academy and had a spell with Farnborough Town before joining Brentford in 2009. He kept 13 clean sheets in 52 appearances last term. Mackay said: “We have been watching Simon for a year or so – he is a real up-and-coming goalkeeper. My thanks go to Brentford for the way they went about their business and we are delighted to get Simon in for the start of our season. “He is one for the future and we have three quality senior goalkeepers in our squad.” Moore becomes Cardiff’s third summer acquisition as the club prepare for their maiden Premier League season, with striker Andreas Cornelius and defender John Brayford having already arrived at Cardiff City Stadium. The Welsh club have also had an offer of around £9.5million accepted for Toulouse’s French international midfielder Etienne Capoue, and are hoping to convince the 25-year-old his future lies in south Wales, despite reports he is keen on a move to Spain. Cardiff have completed the signing of goalkeeper Simon Moore from Brentford on a four-year deal.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Analysis: Four takeaways from the Lakers’ 3-3 preseason

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers UNSETTLED AT CENTERThe Lakers figure to go into the season with an open roster spot, and based on the play so far, it might be best suited at some point to use it to acquire a big man. McGee, the presumed starter, averaged 10.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 20 minutes per game, which is more minutes than he’s averaged in any season since 2012. Ivica Zubac was hindered by illness early in training camp, which made it hard for him to prove he’s a viable back-up at the position. The small-ball center experiments with Kuzma at center weren’t especially convincing, and defensively the Lakers were pressed to guard big men like Nikola Jokic or Marcin Gortat. They also finished in the back of the pack in rebounding percentage in the preseason (47.8 percent, 27th among NBA teams).Walton said the team will continue to stick with its small-ball lineups, and used selectively, that might be effective. But in the opening weeks of the season, the Lakers will face Clint Capela, LaMarcus Aldridge and Jokic. If the team isn’t able to guard those guys and is losing on the glass every night, there will be a cry for a more definitive answer (or at least depth) in the middle.STRONG EARLY CHEMISTRYWhile the roster construction lends itself to questions about how chemistry will unfold, the Lakers ended their first road trip like a team in high spirits.During the finale in San Jose, the bench was chatty and engaged, even James and Rondo who had the night off. Afterward, teammates were bantering back and forth in the locker room. It was also telling that the Lakers spent some time together on their weekend off: Lance Stephenson, McGee and Ball hit the studio to record some music together, and a larger group went to the Drake concert on Saturday night at Staples Center, during which James popped up on stage.Going on the road itself was a positive experience for the team, many of the Lakers said, which at the very least is a hopeful beginning for how the personalities will mesh.“Going to team dinners, hanging out outside of practice, did that a lot this road trip,” Kuzma said. “Chemistry is coming. You’re going to see that early on, so when we have it in April and May, it matters.”Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersLEBRON’S UNASSUMING ENTRANCEIn the past, James has been anything but reserved about expectations when signing with a new team. In Miami, there was the famous “Not one, not two” declaration on a stage in front of throngs of delirious Heat fans. When he re-signed with Cleveland, his Sports Illustrated letter spoke of wanting to bring a trophy to his home state.Such talk of titles and rings has been conspicuously absent. Even in the thrilling moments when James has shown why he’s still one of the most exciting players in the world, he’s kept expectations reasonably humble, using words like “patient.” It’s not just implying that he knows it will be tough to keep up his streak of eight straight Finals appearances, but it also suggests he knows how much power his words have, and how accountable he has to be to them.Not that James has had to say much: He was ruthlessly efficient in the 63 minutes he played in the preseason, jamming in stats, but also memorable moments like the running dunk at Staples Center and the buzzer-beater against the Warriors. James is known for occasional blunt honesty in the media about his teams, but it’s probably a healthy sign for the Lakers that so far, he’s held back raising the bar too high.BRISK PACE, BUT SLOPPYThe Lakers promised to be fast, and they were throughout the preseason. They were one of the five fastest-paced teams in the league (112.21 possessions per game) and repeatedly showed the ability to run down the floor with different playmakers and finishers. Plays like JaVale McGee, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram benefitted greatly from having players like James, Rajon Rondo and Lonzo Ball passing to them at the rim.But the Lakers also ranked in the bottom third for turnovers (18.3 per 100 possessions) and definitely showed up sloppy on some nights. Part of that is experimental: Players are still building familiarity with one another and learning how to feed each other the ball. Part of that is also that the Lakers played only NBA opponents instead of padding stats against Maccabi Haifa or the Beijing Ducks as some teams did. There was progress made in taking care of the ball by the last game, but it still could be a sticking point, especially early in the season. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions SAN JOSE — Preseasons wins don’t matter, and they never will. And yet, there was something upbeat for the Lakers as they closed out in SAP Center with a win over the Warriors.It left them with a feeling that they had accomplished a lot in a short-but-packed six-game schedule, and with a preseason record of 3-3, there were certain areas where they made definable progress.“We know we have a lot of work to do and we are at the beginning still,” Coach Luke Walton said. “It is going to be long journey, but it is going to be fun. I am very pleased with the amount of growth and effort in the short amount of time so far.”Here’s some observations on what has stood out from the Lakers in the preseason:last_img read more

About Town

first_imgTINTON FALLSThe Arc of Monmouth has announced it will proceed with its 46th annual Winter Glow Ball at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. The event is the nonprofit agency’s most important benefit for more than 1,400 Monmouth County residents with autism, Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.Due to severe damage at the Shore Casino, the event is being moved to the Cultural Center at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1033 West Park Ave., Ocean Township. The hall is managed by restaurateur Chris Mariani of Buona Sera in Red Bank and The Arc is honored to be one of the first guests at the venue.The Winter Glow Ball will feature hors d’oeuvres, a multi-station buffet, silent auction items and dancing with music provided by The Infernos.This year’s honorees are Peter Cancro, owner of Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems and in memoriam, Food Circus Supermarket’s Joseph Azzolina, Sr. and Grace and Louis Scaduto, Sr.The Arc of Monmouth offers healthcare, employment, education and other services for over 1,400 individuals in the county.For more information, please call 732 493-1919 or visit www.arcofmonmouth.org.‪WGIRLS at the Melting Pot for ‘Little Black Dress Night’‬ MIDDLETOWNSpread some cheer this holiday season as Regal Pointe Independent Living invites the public to a holiday gift auction from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, to benefit local children. A $5 donation will allow attendees to participate in the gift auction.Proceeds will be donated to MonmouthCares, Inc. and Ocean Partnership for Children, Inc. Attendees can also help by donating clothes or a new, unwrapped toy for a child. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact Linda or Elaine at 732-957-0083.MonmouthCares, Inc., is a private non-profit agency whose mission is to ease positive change so children with emotional and behavioral challenges and their families have the best opportunity to live, thrive, and develop in their communities. For information, visit www.monmouthcares.org.Ocean Partnership for Children, Inc. envisions a totally accessible, individualized, family-friendly system of care for children and their families, which ensures that every family who has a child with behavioral or emotional challenges has the chance to thrive safely within the community. For information, visit www.oceanpartnership.org.* * * * *Middletown Township Public Library presents “Meet the Musician” featuring New Jersey Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Andy Lamy from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the main branch located at 55 New Monmouth Road.Lamy will present an interactive program featuring musical solos and demonstrations on clarinets, recorders and Irish whistles. He will talk about the music, the instruments and answer questions from audience members. The program is for those age 5 and older and is sponsored by the Young People’s Music Program of the Chinese American Cultural Association.Additional information is available by calling the Middletown Public Library at 732-671-3700. RED BANK – The WGIRLS Coastal NJ chapter and local women are joining together from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, For Little Black Dress Night, an evening of fondue, shopping and networking at the Melting Pot Restaurant in the Galleria.The WGIRLS Coastal NJ will use the proceeds to sponsor women who need the services of Alternatives, a Red Bank salon that specializes in wigs and breast prostheses for women battling the challenges of cancer and scalp disease.‬Attendees will enjoy a four-course meal for only $35 per person, drinks sold separately. For those seeking a lighter fare, drink specials will be available for $10 per person.Attendees will be able to shop from Red Bank vendors: Sweetest Sin Lingerie Boutique, ICE Jewelry, Embellish Make-Up, Lucki Clover Clothing Boutique and Salon Car Tar Rae.The event is open to the public; tickets are not required.During the event those attending will be able to register to win prizes including a $2,500 Melting Pot gift card, a Tiffany & Co.® Grey Goose® necklace and a Grey Goose® swag bag by entering into The Melting Pot’s Femme Fatale de Fondue Sweepstakes. Only those in attendance qualify. For more information call The Melting Pot at 732-219-0090.Alternatives is a salon that specializes in wigs and breast prostheses for women battling the challenges of cancer. The WGIRLS Coastal NJ is a network of professional women who volunteer and host fundraisers to assist underprivileged women and children across Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties. The WGIRLS mission is to provide women and children with the support and resources necessary to achieve health, happiness, and the ability to lead productive and successful adult lives. Learn more at www.wgirlscoastalnj.tumblr.com.last_img read more