Archive for December 22nd, 2016

Newcastle wing wizard Matt Ritchie talks about his tough route to the top

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016:

Matt Ritchie looked out of his bedroom window above an East London pub and realised that his introduction to life as a professional footballer was not how he had imagined. Sitting on the bonnet of the teenager’s new Vauxhall Astra was a punter from the boozer below. ‘I was far too scared to say anything,’ says Ritchie, who had joined League Two Dagenham & Redbridge on loan from Portsmouth and was just days away from making his senior debut. ‘I was buzzing about that car, my pride and joy, and this geezer is just sitting on it. It was my […] Read More →

UPDATE 1-Blackstone in talks to buy stake in Energy Transfer assets

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016:

By Lauren Hirsch and Divya Grover Private-equity firm Blackstone Group LP (BX.N) is in talks to buy a stake in assets owned by Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP.N), the company building the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, a source familiar with the situation said on Thursday. Blackstone is discussing joining the deal with Jamie Welch, who previously served as chief financial officer of ETP parent Energy Transfer Equity LP (ETE.N). The deal is expected to be valued at about $5 billion or more, the Wall Street Journal, who first reported the proposed deals, said earlier on Thursday. Blackstone declined to comment […] Read More →

On Poetry: The Best Poetry of 2016

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016:

BESTIARY, by Donika Kelly (Graywolf, paper, $16). Kelly’s first book offers glassy, sculpted surfaces beneath which thoroughly black water churns (“I wake each morning / And am disappointed in the waking”). But her collection, which as its title implies is filled with symbolic creatures, is a testament to poetry’s ability to capture and refine emotion (“I filled the buckets / with salt / from my own / body”), rather than merely reflect it. Continue reading the main story THE AFTER PARTY, by Jana Prikryl (Tim Duggan/Crown, paper, $15). Prikryl’s debut is a gratifying demonstration of (among other things) the warmth and wit of poetry’s formal architecture; we are far […] Read More →

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