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Canada loses 13th straight at FIFA U-17 World Cup soccer tournament

PACHUCA, Mexico – Canada’s run of defeats at the FIFA U-17 World Cup was extended to 13 straight Sunday after a 3-0 loss to Uruguay in the tournament opener for both teams.

In five trips to the under-17 world soccer championship, Canada has yet to earn a point and has been outscored 45-3.

This Canadian side did not deserve to be lumped onto that ugly history. The Canadians showed flair against a well-organized South American side and had their chances but, as in pre-tournament friendlies, paid for their mistakes.

Two late goals made the scoreline seemed harsher that the game deserved.

Canadian goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau deserved a better fate, making several good saves, and had little chance on second-half goals by Juan Cruz Marcia and Guillermo Mendez.

Crepeau left on a stretcher in the 89th minute after being hurt in a collision with Marcia. Quillan Roberts replaced him and gave up a goal in injury time to Elbio Alvarez.

Uruguay’s opener came in the 52nd minute from Marcia, a highly touted striker who has already drawn the attention of Spain’s Atletico Madrid, on a sunny evening at Estadio Hidalgo.

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The goal came off an Alvarez corner that Canadian captain Bryce Alderson and Daniel Stanese failed to clear. The ball dropped at the feet of the Uruguay star who turned and fired it high into the net with his left foot from close range.

Defender Luca Gasparotto had let the ball run out, thinking it would be a goal kick but a corner was awarded instead. A replay suggested the ball had indeed come off the Canadian’s chest.

Gasparotto had a chance to redeem himself off a free kick in the 61st minute but his header was palmed over the bar by goalkeeper Jonathan Cubero. Keven Aleman also had a good chance in the 74th but was stopped by Cubero.

Mendez converted a penalty to make it 2-0 in the 85th minute. Canadian defender Adam Polakiewicz was booked on the play for bringing down the Uruguayan who was trying to get his own rebound after Crepeau stopped his header.

Uruguay, which finished second in South American qualifying, outshot Canada 21-7 (7-4 in shots on target).

This marks Canada’s fifth trip to the under-17 championships and first since 1995, having missing out on seven editions of the tournament before finishing runner-up to the U.S. in CONCACAF qualifying in February.

Canada hosted the tournament in 1987 and also qualified for the 1989 competition in Scotland, ’93 in Japan, and ’95 in Ecuador.

Uruguay had more of the possession in the first half with the Canadians looking to counter-attack. The South Americans outshot the Canadians 12-3 in the first 45 minutes but only 3-2 in shots on target.

Crepeau was called into action early parrying a hard shot from Juan San Martin in the seventh minute after Samuel Piette was dispossessed in his own half.

One minute later, the Canadians found themselves in disarray in their penalty box but the Uruguayans could not get a shot off in the mass of bodies.

A diving Crepeau stopped San Martin again in the 12th.

The Canadians responded with a nifty attack in the 14th minute but Michael Petrasso’s toe poke bounced off a defender. Petrasso had another chance soon after but he failed to get off a decent shot after a nice one-two with Sadi Jalali and Cubero easily gathered the ball.

Cubero stopped speedy Yassin Essa in the 33rd minute but the Canadian’s left-footed shot did not do justice to the buildup.

Alvarez forced a lunging Crepeau save in the 39th minute off a long-range, swerving free kick that was on target.

Crepeau had to be sharp to palm the ball away second later after a long ball found San Martin in the penalty box behind the Canadian defence.

Crepeau was called upon in the 50th, making a good stop off a Leonardo Pais shot following a long kick by the Uruguayan goalie.

Canada’s next game is Wednesday against England, which defeated Rwanda 2-0 in the other Group C game Sunday. Uruguay takes on Rwanda next.

In Group D play Sunday, the U.S. defeated the Czech Republic 3-0 and New Zealand downed Uzbekistan 4-1.

The 24-team tournament, the 12th edition of the under-17 world championship, runs through July 10 in the Mexican cities of Guadalajara, Monterrey, Morelia, Torreon, Pachuca, Queretaro and Mexico City.

The top two teams in each of the six groups and the four best third-place teams will advance to the knockout quarter-finals.

Airbus racks up orders and glitches at Paris Air Show, where rivalry with Boeing heats up

LE BOURGET, France – Airbus stumbled at the launch of the aviation industry’s premier event Monday as its star superjumbo clipped a wing and a gearbox glitch derailed a demonstration flight.

But the European plane maker and chief rival Boeing Co. quickly racked up orders for billions of dollars worth of aircraft at the Paris Air Show, heating up their race for the world’s lead in jet sales.

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Skyrocketing fuel costs and bleak forecasts for the international air transport market are driving purchases at this year’s show. Airlines are searching for cheaper and cleaner ways to fly, and star displays include biofuel and hybrid engines and a solar plane.

One star, Airbus’ superjumbo A380, was grounded after clipping a wing on a taxiway structure, the latest in a string of embarrassments for the company.

The plane suffered damage to its wing tip Sunday after the slow-speed collision with a building at the Le Bourget airport, where the world’s largest and oldest aviation showcase is taking place, spokesman Alexander Reinhardt, of Airbus’ holding company EADS, said Monday.

Airbus quickly found a replacement jet for demonstration flights during the air show, an A380 operated by Korean Air. But the planemaker is facing other setbacks.

The Airbus A400M military transport plane had to cancel a demonstration flight because of what the manufacturer described as a minor gearbox problem, although the aircraft made a fly-over during President Nicolas Sarkozy’s visit to the air show on Monday.

On Saturday, Airbus announced that two of the three versions of its new widebody jet, the A350, would be delayed about two years.

The stretched A350-1000 is being pushed back to 2017 to give engine supplier Rolls Royce time to develop a more powerful motor that will extend the jet’s range, Airbus said. The standard version of the plane, the A350-900, is still expected to arrive in the second half of 2013, Airbus said.

Airbus’ chief salesman John Leahy defended the delay, saying the revamped 350-1000 would best rival Boeing’s 777-300ER by flying 400 nautical miles further while burning 25 per cent less fuel.

“Yes we were supposed to come out in 2015, but customers said give us some extra performance and we can take the delay,” he said.

Airbus’ first big order Monday was from GE Capital Aviation Services, ordering 60 A320neo jets, a version of the workhorse jet revamped to be more fuel efficient.

Airbus has booked 390 orders and commitments for the A320neo since its commercial launch last December – even though it won’t come into service until 2015 – from airlines squeezed by higher fuel prices.

Boeing hasn’t yet chosen how it will respond, but top marketing executive Randy Tinseth said it would decide in the coming months whether to upgrade its existing 737 model or design a whole new plane, which wouldn’t be in the air until the end of the decade.

Qatar Airways announced an order for six Boeing 777 planes in a $1.7 billion deal at the start of the show Monday.

Airlines in fast-growing Asian and Middle Eastern countries have been ordering hundreds of new aircraft to meet fast-growing air traffic in those regions.

Akbar Al-Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, said at a news conference with Boeing officials that he regretted hearing of “significant delays” in Airbus’ A350 program. Qatar Airways is the launch customer for the A350, and is due to receive the first one in the second half of 2013. Half of the 80 A350s that Qatar Airways has ordered would be affected by the delay.

“This will dent our expansion and fleet placement program,” he told reporters. “It is very disappointing to us,” he said.

“Also we hope that the performances that they are today talking about is the right information and it will do what Airbus says that the airplane will do,” he said.

Boeing and Honeywell are both boasting of having the first biofuel-powered trans-Atlantic flight, with Boeing flying in its 747-8 freighter from Seattle on a mix of biofuel and jet fuel, while Honeywell touts the “green jet fuel” it developed to power a Gulfstream business jet that flew from New Jersey to Le Bourget.

EADS will also demonstrate the world’s first diesel-electric hybrid aircraft at the show, another leg in its strategy of cutting its fleet’s carbon dioxide emissions by 50 per cent by 2050.

Skyrocketing fuel costs are a major issue for Airbus and Boeing customers, who will see their profits plunge to $4 billion this year from $18 billion in 2010, according to the IATA forecast released earlier this month.

Given the fierce competition in the market, Sarkozy defended European governments’ support for France-based Airbus.

“Aviation is a strategic sector that the state should not lose interest in,” he said in opening the show.

Airbus edged out Boeing at last year’s Farnborough International Airshow in the U.K., racking up deals totalling $13.2 billion, while Chicago-based Boeing’s commitments came in at $12.8 billion.

Those results were a big improvement over the results of the last Paris Air Show in 2009, when many airlines closed their checkbooks in the wake of the global financial meltdown.

Going into next week’s event, Airbus has taken in 176 gross orders this year, compared to Boeing’s 183 gross orders.

Boeing is the world’s No. 2 commercial jet maker after Airbus, based on 2010 deliveries. Airbus delivered 510 commercial planes last year, compared with 462 for Boeing.

The International Air Transport Association last month warned that natural disasters in Japan, unrest in the Middle East and rising fuel prices would cause airline industry profits to collapse only a year after they’d begun to recover from the global economic crisis.

More than 2,100 exhibitors from 45 countries have signed up to take part in the weeklong event showcasing both commercial and defence aircraft. Airbus expects to bag bountiful orders for a new, more fuel-efficient version of its workhorse A320 shorthaul jet, while Boeing is spotlighting its new mid-range 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 intercontinental passenger jets.


Sylvie Corbet at Le Bourget contributed to this report.

Residents in need of volunteers as waters rise

Despite still being forced from their cottages, residents in Lundar Beach and Sugar Point aren’t giving up fighting to save their lakefront property.

"it’s an untenable amount of water and we are doing our best, the rest is just crossing your fingers," said Claude Grenier, a cottage owner in Lundar beach.

Last week, waves just over six feet high forced dozens of people in the area out in just a matter of minutes.

So far, half a million sandbags have been trucked in to the RM of Coldwell. With only a handful of volunteers this weekend, many bags are still waiting to be put to use.

"We can only be here so much and we can only do so much during the day as it is we’re putting in hours and hours so we need help," said Sharon Jack, who also has a cottage in Lundar Beach.

Local flood officials say Lundar Beach and Sugar Point are in the best position to be saved, if they get help. Right now they don’t have enough and the lake just keeps rising.

"If you say the word desperate it means you’ve given up," said Ed Borchert, the EMO coordinator with the RM of Coldwell. "We have a great need and we need every hand that is willing to come out and help," he said.

Around 100 volunteers are needed every day until at least July. Last week government workers were brought in to help out.

Exhausted property owners know Manitobans have done their part this flood season, but they hope more will step up.

"More people loading pallets, more people hauling pallets, more people putting sandbags into these barrels or in front of these barrels, on creating dikes. It’s all needed," said Grenier.

With the exception of a garage, none of the cottages are damaged. That doesn’t mean residents are out of the woods and they won’t be for a long time.

"When the ice comes and breaks up and it comes in it can sweep these cottages off like you were rolling over trees and all this stuff will disappear," said Brian Sigfusson, the reeve of Coldwell. "The ice will pile on it and there is nothing you can do to stop it."

He said the lake has to be drop by at least two feet for the area to stand a fighting chance next spring.

If you’re able to help, you’re asked to show up anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Lundar Beach campground parking lot with rubber boots and gloves.


Two faces of Milan: relaxed classic styles to sport-inspired eccentric, fanciful looks

MILAN – Classic styles with a relaxed feel permeated the Milan runways Sunday, the second day of menswear previews for next spring and summer.

Bottega Veneta, Ferragamo and Emporio Armani showed updated versions of the well-tailored summer silhouette, easy to wear and easy to pack.

Bottega Veneta and Armani both played with layers and ultralight fabrics. Ferragamo trotted out well-worn raffia hats and derby shoes, echoing a 1930s artistic look, and high-waisted trousers that are emerging as a trend for next summer.

Less beholden to tradition were Prada and Vivienne Westwood.

Minimalist Prada allowed herself to have fun, seeking inspiration in golf, of all things. What emerges is a colorful, upbeat pastiche that works on and off the golf course.

Britain’s Vivienne Westwood, thinking ahead to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, presented whacky T-shirts printed with Olympic icons, fanciful laurel wreaths and golden Greek sandals.


Golf inspired Prada’s offbeat, whimsical menswear collection for next spring and summer.

“I was using golf as an excuse to make it eccentric. Even if I hate golf and don’t play, it is completely international,” designer Miuccia Prada said back stage after the preview menswear show Sunday evening.

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The motif, she said, allowed her to merge ideas and cultures, although the basic theme of the spring-summer 2012 collection was “Americana.”

Prada laid artificial turf for the show inside a cavernous industrial space in central Milan, just the thing for the riveted soles of the fringed golf shoes worn by the models – or were they caddies? Several carried floral printed or studded golf bags, with Prada-branded golf clubs.

Sporting cocky golf hats, the models seemed to enjoy themselves as they snaked down the grassy runway, to a lively remix of Cole Porter’s “Summertime.”

The collection was perfectly balanced, featuring whimsical comic book figures on shirts, trousers and jackets. A rodeo-style shirt with studded yolk featured cowboys on bucking broncos, teepees and dancing couples. Some trousers showed a miniature golfing tableau. A jacket was printed with musical figures, including a Rockabilly guitarist and a conductor in boxer shorts.

The backbone of the collection came in the well-tailored jackets, trousers and sweaters in neutral colours, from tan to black, that became the blank canvas for Prada’s whimsy.


Sometimes an obsession is a good thing. At least if your name is Massimiliano Giornetti and you design clothes for the steeped-in-tradition Ferragamo label.

“I am obsessed with elegance and beauty,” said the new creative director of the Florentine brand famous for its shoes and scarves, after a much-applauded show.

His goal is to reinvent the classic Ferragamo silhouette and give it a fresh modern energy “step by step.”

The designer is certainly headed in the right direction with his spring-summer 2012 menswear collection unveiled Sunday.

Inspired by the compelling nonchalance of a 1930s artist – Pablo Picasso fits the picture – Giornetti creates a wardrobe which is elegant but never stuffy.

His summer man sports a double-breasted suit with a shirt in the same material and high-waisted trousers with pleats. He strolls through life wearing a frayed raffia hat, vintage shades, and classic Derby shoes that allow him to escape into his romantic world.

Styles flow one into the other. A jacket resembles a shirt, a dressing gown morfs into a loose-knit cardigan, and a pair of canvas shoes double as slippers.

Materials range from hemp to washed fabrics with a sun-bleached effect. Colors are quiet beige and ivory, pastel greys, and eclectic navy blue.


Though dressed in rumpled suits and clutching soft colorful leather bags, the Bottega Veneta man is no slouch.

The collection previewed Sunday for next spring and summer contained pattern upon pattern in light, easy-to-wear fabrics that give the impression of endless possibilities, including business meeting, pool-side party, or a seaside dash. Colors were deep tourmaline blue, chocolate and indigo, set off by pewter or beige.

The line of the Bottega Veneta suit is nearly unbroken. Deep blue patterned jackets flow into matching tapered pants that give a full view of lace-up shoes, sometimes in the same pattern. Only a zebra/coffee striped shirt, buttoned high, interrupts the flow.

For more formal wear, designer Tomas Maier preferred deep monochromatic gabardine suits in arresting peridot, espresso jolt and dive-deep turquoise. He broke up the line with an off-colour waistline – for instance, turquoise on peridot.

Suits with mandarin collars and short waistbands give the appearance of a single piece, in another era a jump suit. Think airplane mechanic, first class.

“I’ve always liked the idea of a coverall or jumpsuit, of one single piece of clothing that works for a man the way a dress does for a woman,” Maier said in notes on the collection. “But a tailored jumpsuit is impractical. So we started with the idea of an all-in-one and related it to a suit.”


The Emporio Armani menswear collection for next spring and summer was titled “Lightness.” It could just as aptly have been called “Motion.”

The collection previewed Sunday was a study in quiet motion. From the double-darted trousers, to the thin ties, the long loopy belts, the lightweight T-shirts and the long, open jackets, everything flowed in a gentle whisper.

Suits were layered with loose-knit cardigans, emphasizing the lightness of it all, on top of ultra-light T-shirts. Loose long jackets were nearly see-through, revealing the shape of the man. The colour scheme was sober and neutral in greys, putty and blue.

Digital prints were busy electrical currents or tiny synapses of light on sheer button-down blousons paired with matching T-shirts, or on the suits themselves.

In contrast to the lightness of the fabrics, shoes were either thickly soled or ankle-high boots, worn without socks.

The finale featured a cascade of barefoot boys wearing ankle-baring pleated pants cinched at the waist by thin tied leather belts and air-catching jackets over pale blue T-shirts.

Missing from the runway: shorts.


They say good things come in small packages, and so it was for Pringle who put on a snappy eight-minute show filled with wooly delights.

Known for its iconic argyle prints favoured by British royalty, the Scottish knitwear company founded in the early 19th century, became a “must-have” label for women in the 1950s when it recreated the sporty twinset by weaving it in cashmere and pairing it with single string of pearls. Think Grace Kelly in her Hollywood heyday.

The scope of the company’s new design director, Briton Alistair Carr, who presented his first menswear collection Sunday, will reinvent the brand for the 21st century.

“I want to strike the balance between respecting and reinterpreting the Pringle of Scotland heritage,” the designer said in the fashion notes that accompanied the show.

The new knitwear comes in lightweight ribbed cashmere and cottons resembling corrugated stone, while the new argyle features extra large intarsias. Favorite colours are granite, navy, khaki and black with new age touches of acid green and industrial yellow.

Overall next year’s spring summer look is classic with an edge featuring high buttoned jackets, worn with pants or shorts, sleeveless sweaters with incorporated collars, and the latest jodhpur boot in trendy white and red.


Britain’s Vivienne Westwood is gearing up for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

T-shirts were emblazoned with gold-embossed Olympic torches, iconic Greek athletic figures and printed Olympic medals draped around the neckline. They were worn with shorts, in pinstripes or Union Jack red, white and blue, with golden Greco-style sandals or bright red penny-loafers accompanied by knee-socks.

Westwood’s opinion of the Games is up for grabs: Olympic head wreaths were fashioned out of playing cards, and Olympic medals out of Coca-Cola cans.

The collection was not just about funky merchandizing. There also were outfits suggested for the events themselves.

Each has its own eclectic touch: One suit mixes and matches grey and tan plaids, a pair of trousers features an exceedingly convenient kangaroo-style pouch, and a shirt has the bodice of a T-shirt.

For a twist on eveningwear, tuxedos with an asymmetrical slant are worn with multiple strapped Mary Jane-style shoes or ballet shoes topped with bows.

For those who need time planning their wardrobes, the Games will be held from July 27 to Aug. 12, 2012.


AP Fashion Writer Daniela Petroff contributed to this report.


MILAN – There’s an inherent message in Burberry Prorsum’s menswear collection for next spring and summer. Slow down.

Designer Christopher Bailey isn’t trying to hit anyone over the head with the thought. It’s more by example.

CHICAGO – Medicare crises, looming doctor shortages, more patients without health insurance. And that doesn’t even count the big changes coming from a revamped health care system.

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It’s a troubling time for doctors as they gather for the annual American Medical Association meeting.

PHILADELPHIA – Martha Stewart’s media aspirations just got bigger: Meet Martha Stewart, comic-book heroine.

The woman who created her own media empire – television, magazines and more – is getting a biographical treatment in her own comic book next month.

ASCOT, England – Christina Osborne has a system for winning at Royal Ascot, the five-day horse racing event that is one of the highlights of England’s glittering if brief summer social season.

The American in London doesn’t bother with the odds, the bookies or the data-packed Racing Post. She just picks the horses with the cutest names.

TORONTO – Lots of rain in many parts of the country means that grass is growing like, well, a weed, and some Canadians may already be getting their fill of cutting it. But that doesn’t mean lawn mower operators should be lax when it comes to safety, which is still essential to help prevent injury.

Lawn mower accidents can cause serious injuries to legs, arms, fingers, toes or other body parts. Between 1990 and 2006, a total of 1,161 patients visited Canadian hospitals for lawn mower-related injuries, according to Health & Safety Watch.

VIDALIA, Ga. – They’ve started fistfights and court battles, been romanticized in country songs and counterfeited by bootleggers. Their trademark sweetness has made them a coveted ingredient in recipes from salads and relishes to cookies and muffins.

If a museum dedicated to onions sounds rooted in folly, the history behind the famous Vidalia onion can likely hold its own with other veggie shrines such as the Idaho Potato Museum, the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Museum in Minnesota and the tiny Carrot Museum tucked in a Rhode Island bed-and-breakfast.

OTTAWA – Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq is confirming that she intends to further restrict the way medical marijuana is grown.

She wants to take individual growers and Health Canada out of the business of producing the drug, and instead grant licences only to commercial operations.

OTTAWA – Health Canada is reviewing the status of the diabetes drug pioglitazone after studies suggested the medication may increase the risk of bladder cancer.

Pioglitazone, sold in Canada under the brand name Actos as well as in generic forms, is used alone or in combination with other diabetes drugs to control blood sugar levels when diet and exercise have failed.

Nothing says summer like ice cream and these walnut ice-cream bonbons are a perfect treat that is sure to make kids and adults alike smile.

Lollipop sticks can be purchased at bulk stores.

Next time you arrive home from work feeling famished, this Thai tuna and quinoa dish can be ready in a snap.

Quinoa Thai Tuna

Devilled eggs are a classic accompaniment to summer picnics and barbecue. But they generally are loaded with fat and calories from the egg yolks and mayonnaise.

We set out to remake the filling to be flavourful, yet pack significantly less guilt. Egg yolks do have great nutritional value; the majority of an egg’s vitamins and minerals are actually found in the yolk. But along with those nutrients are plenty of fat and cholesterol.

ATLANTA – The gap in cancer death rates between college graduates and those who only went to high school is widening, the American Cancer Society reported Friday.

Among men, the least educated died of cancer at rates more than 2 1/2 times that of men with college degrees, the latest data show. In the early 1990s, they died at two times the rate of most-educated men.

ATLANTA – A new study shows one in four high school studentsdrink soda every day -a sign fewer teens are downing the sugary drinks.

The study also found teens drink water, milk and fruit juices most often – a pleasant surprise, because researchers weren’t certain that was the case.

OTTAWA – The federal government is poised to tighten the rules on medical marijuana so that only licensed private operators are allowed to grow it, The Canadian Press has learned.

Sources say Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq wants to take individuals and Health Canada out of the business of growing pot.

Yes, indeedy, that guy in the Porsche or other jazzy, high-priced set of wheels is definitely an eye-catcher. But any woman seeking a long-term relationship should let this dude keep on driving, no matter how tempting his ride makes him seem.

That’s because such flamboyant spending seems to be driven by the desire to have no-strings-attached romantic flings – not marriage or other committed partnerships, a series of four studies by U.S. researchers has concluded.

WACCABUC, N.Y. – “Try it. Go ahead, stick your finger in!”

The dollop of spicy hot-pepper paste is hard to turn down, coming as it does from the blender of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, one of the best-known chefs in the world, not to mention the owner of 31 restaurants and the man known for basically revolutionizing fine dining in New York.

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The resort season is not a time for fashion to take a vacation. Resort collections, which hit stores during the all-important Christmas holiday shopping season, are a growing part of designer businesses as consumers move toward styles they can wear year-round.

The idea that people fully switch their closets between seasons is outdated, agrees Ken Downing, senior vice-president and fashion director for retailer Neiman Marcus. Shoppers want clothes they can wear the day they buy them, he says, and resort wear typically meets that demand.

OTTAWA – Stroke victims in Canada don’t get to hospitals quickly enough – and even when they do they can still wait hours for treatment, says a major study released Thursday.

The report by the Canadian Stroke Network suggests neither victims nor hospital staffs treat strokes as serious medical emergencies.

TORONTO – Almost 40 per cent of teens who answered a questionnaire about their sexual knowledge said the Internet is more useful than parents in providing this kind of information.

And almost one-quarter of respondents rated the Internet higher than their high school sexual education classes.

The goal was a simple chicken casserole that had the rich, satisfying flavour of a lasagna.

Actually, that’s a lie. The goal was a chicken roulade – a dish in which chicken breasts are pounded flat, then slathered or layered with some sort of filling, then rolled into a log and roasted or braised.