“Son killer” for court today

first_imgForty-four-year-old Mohan “Wire” Sookdeo who stabbed his son to death on Saturday evening was charged for the heinous crime and will make his court appearance at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court today.Satesh Kevin Sookdeo, 21, of Lot 217 Fifth Street, Foulis, East Coast Demerara, was stabbed to death during an argument with his father.It was reported that at about 20:35h, the 44-year-old suspect and his wife had an argument during which he grabbed her by the neck and began choking her.Upon seeing this, the now dead young man and another sibling intervened, but this angered the father, who subsequently broke a louvre pane and stabbed him to his chest.Neighbours rushed to the family’s aid after hearing screams, but by then the younger Sookdeo had already succumbed to the injuries. A post-mortem examination performed on his body proved that he died from perforation to the lung as a result of the stab wound to his chest.last_img read more

Presidential Park construction halted

first_img– M&CC owes contractor over 0MWorks on the Merriman Mall restoration and the clean-up works at the Stabroek Market have been halted as the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) owes the contractor, Chung’s Global Enterprise some $200 million for works executed thus far, according to reports.It was reported that contractor was awaiting payment for the construction of new stalls between Orange Walk and Cummings Street. It is not clear when these payments will be made.Incomplete works at Presidential ParkThe M&CC has been undertaking several ambitious projects in the city, many of which were stalled due to lack of insufficient finances.One such project is the “unity theme” Presidential Park at Merriman Mall.Having surpassed its intended completion deadline in time for the jubilee celebrations, construction on the Park has come to a complete standstill.Earlier in the year, Town Clerk Royston King had boasted that this initiative will allow persons to be able to compare the country’s present development from its colonial period. He had explained the plan to have busts of the previous Heads of State and President Granger mounted, which would add to the “unity theme” being promoted by Government.However, almost one month after the jubilee observances, the Presidential Park initiative remains incomplete.Efforts to contact King proved futile; however, Deputy Mayor Sherrod Duncan told Guyana Times that discussions have been held at the Council and decisions are yet to be made to have works resume.“Well I know there has been mention of the Park in the meetings. But I can’t exactly tell you what because I don’t really remember. However, the discussions have to be made as to when construction will begin again,” Duncan said.last_img read more

Man Utd beat Benfica to extend lead atop Group A

first_imgDaley Blind’s 78th-minute penalty completed victory, but with CSKA Moscow beating Basel in the other Group A game, United were left needing one point from their final two games to be certain of a last 16 berth.Rui Vitoria’s Benfica remain bottom of the group with no points after their fifth successive European defeat — the worst run in the club’s history — and can no longer qualify for the knockout rounds.Belgian youth international Svilar for one will be glad to see the back of United, particularly after he appeared to have atoned for his blunder in Lisbon two weeks ago by saving an early penalty from Anthony Martial.With four wins from four games, United are six points clear at the top of the group and only a minor miracle will prevent them from reaching the knockout rounds for the first time since the 2013-14 season.Jose Mourinho’s side visit Basel on November 22 before closing their campaign at home to CSKA next month.Rewarded with a starting berth for his match-winning cameo in United’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, Martial won but then squandered a 15th-minute penalty.In attempting to curb the Frenchman’s driving run into the box from the United left, Douglas lost his footing and handled the ball.Martial took the penalty himself, steering it towards the bottom-left corner, but Svilar got down to turn the ball around the post.– Woodwork thwarts Jimenez –Benfica had been denied a penalty shortly before United’s spot-kick was awarded when Eric Bailly stepped across Pizzi and the hosts also had an appeal turned down following a challenge on Juan Mata by Ljubomir Fejsa.It took a spectacular one-handed save from David de Gea to prevent Diogo Goncalves putting Benfica ahead with a swerving 25-yard effort.Svilar denied United again on the half-hour, pushing Romelu Lukaku’s low strike behind, but fortune would desert the teenager once again on the brink of half-time.From Lukaku’s lay-off, Matic let fly from 30 yards with a powerful drive that struck the base of the right-hand post and ricocheted against the prone Svilar’s left arm before bouncing into the net.Svilar, who rushed out to thwart Lukaku moments later, wore an understandably rueful expression as he left the pitch at the break.Jesse Lingard gave way for United at half-time after being unable to run off a blow to the side, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan taking his place behind Lukaku.The Armenian was unable to add much zip to the home side’s play, however, and Benfica threatened to equalise on several occasions.De Gea’s fingertips stopped Goncalves from levelling with an angled effort and the Spain international was grateful to his post for baling him out in the 65th minute after Bailly’s sloppy pass gave Raul Jimenez a clear sight of goal.Blind soothed Old Trafford’s nerves with 12 minutes remaining by drilling a penalty down the middle of the goal after Andreas Samaris was penalised for felling United substitute Rashford.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Matic of Manchester United celebrates his part in Mile Svilar of Benfica scoring an own goal. Photo/DMMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 31 – Manchester United closed to the brink of the Champions League knockout phase after more inadvertent generosity from Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar helped them to a 2-0 victory on Tuesday.Having carried a Marcus Rashford free-kick into his own net to gift United victory in the reverse fixture, 18-year-old Svilar scored an unwitting own goal when Nemanja Matic’s shot hit the post and went in off his back.last_img read more

Qatar urges FIFA talks before any World Cup expansion

first_img“Before any decision is taken it is important that discussions are held on the operations and logistics of an increase in size of the tournament in Qatar,” said a spokesperson for Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy in a statement.“Regardless of the outcome – we are confident in our ability to deliver a successful World Cup in 2022.”Qatar was responding to a request by the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), which on April 12 at its congress formally asked FIFA to introduce the plan to expand team numbers in time for Qatar.Football’s governing body had already agreed to enlarge the tournament from the current 32 teams — which is how many are currently scheduled to play in Qatar — for the 2026 tournament.CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez made the request in a letter handed to Gianni Infantino.The FIFA president has called the proposal a “very interesting idea”.It could however present problems for Qatar.The tournament has already been shortened to 28 days to accommodate the switch to playing the tournament in November and December.By contrast, the World Cup in Russia this year will be played over 32 days.Qatar, which is spending $500 million a week on the first World Cup staged in the Middle East, is currently only planning to use eight venues in 2022.Again, by contrast, Russia will use 12.FIFA is yet to make a final decision on the number of stadiums to use in 2022.One solution may be for Qatar, which has called its World Cup one for the Middle East region, to sanction holding some matches elsewhere in the Gulf.However, that is complicated by the fact Qatar is at the centre of fractious ongoing regional political dispute.For the past 10 months, the World Cup host has been isolated by a group of former allied neighbouring countries led by Saudi Arabia which accuse Doha of supporting terrorism.Qatar rejects the charges and claims it neighbours want regime change.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A request by the South American Football Confederation that the 2022 World Cup be enlarged from 32 to 48 teams might present problems for the host Qatar © AFP/File / KARIM JAAFARDOHA, Qatar, Apr 14 – Qatar World Cup organisers on Saturday told FIFA it was “important” to hold talks before any final decision was taken to expand the 2022 tournament to 48 teams.In the first response by the Gulf nation since the shock news that FIFA is looking at bringing forward its plan to increase the number of World Cup teams by four years, Qatar also said it was confident it could still deliver a “successful” tournament.last_img read more

Donegal restaurants savour success at Irish Hospitality Awards

first_imgFive local restaurants, pubs and hotels are celebrating outstanding award wins from the Irish Hospitality Awards, which were revealed last night.Monday’s event in Dublin saw four Donegal Town businesses and one Letterkenny team being recognised for their quality  food, service and achievements.Over 300 industry professionals attended the event to see which establishments stood out from the rest. There were 28 accolades presented to the deserving winners.The biggest local victors were Chandpur Restaurant in Donegal Town (pictured above), who won two titles – Best Restaurant Team and Restaurant of the Year Borders.The Silver Tassie Hotel crew claimed the Hotel Team of the Year prize.The award for Bed & Breakfast of the Year Borders went to The Gateway Lodge (Donegal Town), while the adjoining BLAS restaurant took home the award of Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year Borders. Located just down the road, the Reel Inn earned the title of Pub/Inn of the Year Borders.The Irish Hospitality Awards 2019 was hosted by the best-selling author, Andrea Hayes.The winners, who are chosen by members of the public, are a true reflection of the hard work, quality and impeccable customer service that is offered in the hospitality industry. The awards also showcased those individuals who continue to thrive and whose excellence has led them at the forefront of the industry.A Spokesperson for the Irish Hospitality Awards 2019 said: “The hospitality industry has grown significantly over the years and this has introduced new challenges to the professionals who work within the sector.  The customer expectations have been increased but these winners are the experts in meeting their customers’ needs and demands in the best possible way.”Donegal restaurants savour success at Irish Hospitality Awards was last modified: March 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:blasBusinesschandpur restaurantDonegal Townirish hospitality awardspubrestaurantsSilver Tassie HotelThe Gateway Lodgethe reel inlast_img read more

Too soon to say if a star is Bourne on 49ers receiving corps?

first_img Kurtenbach: The 49ers need a new identity — it’s up to Jimmy Garoppolo to provide it “You can tell there’s been no flinch between anybody,” Bourne said, “so kudos to C.J. for coming in poised and being ready and making us look good.” NFL picks Week 16: 49ers rebound, Raiders fall, Patriots clinch SANTA CLARA — Kendrick Bourne has led the 49ers in at least one category since arriving last year: social-media selfies on Instagram.Now he’s doing more than posing for pictures in his car or the weight room. He’s added touchdown celebrations to the photo gallery, at an encouraging and desperately needed rate.The 49ers “like” that. He’s their only player with two touchdown receptions – and counting.Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne #84 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after a touchdown in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on Sept. 30, 2018 in Carson, California.“Last week was his best game, especially with the fact that we threw him at a position he hadn’t done before,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “He would not have been able to do that last year. He pulled that off for us versus Los Angeles, so very appreciative and proud of him for that.” Bourne, typically the backup to Pierre Garçon at flanker (“Z”), got thrust into the split-end role (“X”) as Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis sustained injuries in Sunday’s 29-27 loss at the Chargers.NFL Pick ‘Em: It’s you against Smash MouthClick here to make your 49ers-Cardinals & Raiders-Chargers predictions“I kind of proved myself knowing the plays around the playbook, not just ‘Z,’ ” Bourne said. “Also I had help from the guys around me saying: ‘You can do it. It’s not tough. Listen to the play call. And don’t flinch.’ “Bourne could be needed again at “X,” seeing how Goodwin (quadriceps, hamstring) remains hindered by injuries. Rookie Richie James is another option. Pettis, Goodwin’s usual backup, won’t play in Sunday’s game against the winless Arizona Cardinals (0-4) because of a knee injury.San Francisco 49ers’ Kendrick Bourne (84) celebrates his touchdown catch against the Detroit Lions in the second quarter at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)Such is the state of the 2018 Niners: see how younger backups are developing in place of injured starters. Season-ending knee injuries to Jimmy Garoppolo and Jerick McKinnon have allowed the 49ers to get a better look at C.J. Beathard and Matt Breida, who are second-year players, as is Bourne. 49ers Deebo Samuel helping key playoff run as respected rookie Goodwin said Bourne has heeded his advice, and their connection has been evident in their lightly choreographed dances to celebrate touchdowns.“What you see is what you get with Kendrick,” Goodwin said of Bourne’s energy. “He’s receptive to those things you tell him and takes it to heart.“He loves football and wants to get better and wants to win like anybody else. You can see how much he really enjoys being out there. A lot of other people you can’t tell. This guy is always smiling, dancing and in his groove. That’s because he’s preparing himself each week and he’s able to have fun and be himself.”Bourne’s 6-foot-1 frame offers play-making potential, mostly untapped since he arrived last year undrafted out of Eastern Washington.“He came here to where he had never seen a playbook before,” Shanahan added. “The system he had played in there was a lot of backyard ball for him, which is something that makes him pretty good because he can make some plays and he has a way of just adjusting to looks naturally.“But, there was a part of his game that he had to learn that you can’t always play backyard ball and be consistent.”Bourne studied up on the playbook. But consistency dogged him, such as knowing the playbook’s details or dropping passes in practice and exhibitions.“He was just kind of raw and didn’t necessarily know what he was doing, per se,” quarterback C.J. Beathard recalled of the 2017 Bourne. “If you told him to get open, he would go get open and he would do it.“But, what he’s so good at now is doing it within the timing of the route combinations and stuff like that. He’s got a lot better knowledge of the offense and he’s really becoming a good receiver.”San Francisco 49ers’ Kendrick Bourne (84) and Dallas Cowboys’ Marquez White (39) jump up for a ball in the endzone in the third quarter of their preseason NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)Bourne indeed has revived thoughts he can be a key contributor, especially in the red zone, where both of his touchdown catches have come from this season; he had no TDs among his 16 receptions (257 yards) as a rookie.On Sunday’s 2-yard touchdown catch that gave the 49ers a 14-0 lead, Bourne lined up on the right side and beat man coverage off a Beathard play-action fake. “I counted on him to get open versus man on the corner,” Beathard said. “And he did, and he ended up making a good catch with tight coverage.”Could Bourne eventually replace Garçon at the “Z” spot? Or could it be a situational platoon, seeing how Bourne has two red-zone TDs and Garçon hasn’t scored since 2016? All hands are needed to help Beathard improve Sunday to 2-5 as a starting quarterback.Related Articles 49ers vs. Rams: 5 keys to winning on Saturday night stage Roger Craig, high-kicking 49ers running back, has 50-50 chance for induction to Hall of Fame last_img read more

Raiders broadcaster Brent Musburger makes controversial joke about Elizabeth Warren’s heritage

first_imgLongtime national sports broadcaster Brent Musburger took to Twitter on Saturday to make a “joke” that predictably divided his audience.Musburger posted a photo from President Donald Trump’s rally in Montana in which several men appear in American Indian headresses. Under the photo, Musburger wrote: “Elizabeth Warren’s ‘relatives’ backing Trump in Montana!”Elizabeth Warren’s “relatives” backing Trump in Montana! pic.twitter.com/JbkqdkbW1s— Brent Musburger (@brentmusburger) November 3, 2018 …last_img read more

How to Avoid Dark Energy

first_imgWho needs dark energy?  Copernicus?  George Ellis (U. of Cape Town) said we could get rid of dark energy by throwing the Copernican Principle overboard.  Writing in Nature,1 he said that dark energy may simply be an artifact of the geometry of space-time.    Copernicus did not invent the Copernican Principle.  He was just trying to simplify calendar-making and astronomical prediction with a new sun-centered geometry.  The revolution begun by On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres in 1543 (see Scientist of the Month) took natural philosophy captive and dragged it into realms far beyond the wildest dreams of Nicolas Copernicus himself.  Removing earth from the center of the scheme of the universe began a series of corollaries.  The solar system was not the center, neither – nor the galaxy, nor anything.    The Copernican Principle slowly became a dogma.  For nearly a century, it has been nearly a catechism to recite that there is nothing special about the earth or any other point in space or time.  Now, in an astonishing statement of cosmic scope, Ellis gently proposed questioning the cherished assumption that has been a cornerstone of 20th-century cosmology.  He says it is untested and unnecessary.  The troublesome problem of dark energy might be solved, he said, by jettisoning the Copernican principle.The fundamental dynamics of the Universe are embodied in Albert Einstein’s general-relativistic field equations, which describe how gravity arises through the distortion of space-time by mass and energy.  The simplest class of solution to those equations, that on which the concordance model is based, assumes that matter is distributed both homogeneously (everything is similar in all regions of space) and isotropically (everything looks the same in all directions).  That assumption is consistent with observations, but it is not a direct consequence of them.  It is the favoured solution both because it is the simplest and because it rests on a cherished cosmological assumption.  This is the ‘copernican principle’: that the characteristics of the Universe in our neighbourhood are not special in any way, but are typical of the whole.    A cherished assumption this might be, but it is also fundamentally untested.  It is consistent with the supernova observations, but only provided that some form of dark energy is present.  The central plank of the new research is the claim that, by jettisoning the copernican principle and our assumptions about the distribution of matter in the Universe, we can also abandon the troublesome chimaera of dark energy.Whoa; that’s radical.  What would a universe mean that is not homogeneous or isotropic?  He examined whether inhomogeneities might be local or global.  It’s clear that space-time is not homogeneous and isotropic in our neighborhood.  We live in a galaxy.  There’s a lot of empty space between our galaxy and the next one.  Nothing uniform about that.  Moreover, we live in a cluster of galaxies – another level of clumpiness.  Cosmologists presume, however, that they can average out the local clumpiness by looking at large enough scales.  Is that certain?  What if there are sizeable voids and clumps on higher scales that prevent averaging?  We’ve heard reports of gigantic walls of superclusters of galaxies that are a non-trivial part of the visible universe (10/24/2003).  In addition, there are vast regions with almost no galaxies at all.  Further, we know from gravitational lensing that dense areas can distort the light of quasars behind them (07/23/2006).    These local inhomogeneities can already skew our supernova measurements (11/01/2006) and, with them, our interpretations of cosmic acceleration, of which dark energy is the troublesome chimera.  And then – what if there are clumps and voids at the Hubble scale?  All bets are off.2    Ellis can’t be serious, can he?  He recognizes that much testing would have to back up any decision to alter the Copernican Principle.  “Spatial homogeneity is one of the foundations of standard cosmology,” he said, winding up his thoughts, “so any chance to check those foundations observationally should be welcomed with open arms.”  He applauded the work of Clarkson et al last year who “show that a simple observation of the copernican principle that is independent of any theory of gravity or model for dark energy is possible through redshift and area�distance observations of distant galaxies.”  This and other papers Ellis referenced were published on ArXiv, an open-access journal where non-traditional proposals are more likely to get a hearing.  That Nature would publish this is an indication Ellis is not crazy.    Ellis ended by casting doubt on any dark-energy solution that implies the existence of negative kinetic energy terms, like “some adventurous workers propose” in violation of energy conditions.  Instead, “It may be that such observations are trying to tell us that there is something fundamentally wrong in our assumptions; and that the acceleration conundrum could have a geometric, rather than a dynamic, solution.”1.  George Ellis, “Cosmology: Patchy solutions,” Nature 452, 158-161 (13 March 2008) | doi:10.1038/452158a.2.  Ellis is not the first to propose geometric inhomogeneities as a solution to the dark-matter problem.  See, for instance, New Scientist a year ago (03/30/2007), and Simon D. M. White’s paper “Why Dark Energy is Bad for Astronomy” on ArXiv.  Another article on New Scientist (13 July 2007) suggested dark energy lurks in hidden spatial dimensions, and another New Scientist article a month later (31 August 2007) suggested that if the universe resembled swiss cheese on large scales (i.e., numerous large voids and dense regions), it could partially mimic the effects of dark energy.The dark energy problem has caused a lot of head-scratching among cosmologists.  While the popular science writers have confidently stated the consensus idea that 73% or so of the universe is made of dark energy, as if this is a matter of undisputed fact (e.g., 11/02/2002), this article reveals that many cosmologists are still uncomfortable with it.  It’s been embarrassing to not know anything about a substance that allegedly makes up the bulk of the universe (07/23/2007, 04/13/2007).    Philosophers and historians of science should take note.  Here is a case where one of the most fundamental, indeed, one of the most cherished assumptions in cosmology is on the auction block.  This is not the first time.  Quantum physicists were just about ready to jettison the Law of Conservation of Energy once when observations didn’t square with theory.  There have been other times when radical overhauls of cherished assumptions were considered in order to “save the phenomena” (i.e., match theory to the observations).  So many things have gone wrong with modern cosmology, the crisis in confidence prevails (05/11/2006).  This suggests several paradigm changes are possible in the next few years.    The Copernican Principle may survive this debate.  If it goes overboard, though, a lot of metaphysical baggage of the Carl Sagan type may just go overboard with it – maybe even the mantra of atheistic evolutionary naturalism, “We are nothing special.”(Visited 53 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Brand South Africa welcomes the newly appointed Board of Trustees

first_imgBrand South Africa welcomes the newly appointed Board of Trustees for the organisation as appointed by His Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa. In terms of the Trust Deed, the Board is appointed for a period of three years, effective from 13 November 2019.These appointments come after a call for nominations for members to serve on the Board as advertised in August 2019.Brand South Africa is a Schedule 3A public entity and a Trust established in terms of the Trust Property Control Act, No. 57 of 1988 to develop and implement proactive and coordinated marketing, communication and reputation management strategies for South Africa.On Monday 18 November, Minister in the Presidency, Mr Jackson Mthembu and Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Ms Thembi Siweya welcomed the Trustees. Today the Board of Trustees met with employees and engaged with Brand South Afrifca’s Executive Management Team.“We are truly honoured to have such a diverse and well-versed Board who will bring the required expertise to Brand South Africa, and we look forward to working collaboratively with them. This journey is one that will ensure that the mandate set out for Brand South Africa is fulfilled, in line with President Ramaphosa’s vision of rebuilding South Africa for a prosperous future. This includes reviving the image and identity of South Africa to position the Nation Brand as not only the destination of choice for investment, but also as a global competitor”, said Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ms Thulisile Manzini.The newly appointed Trustees were selected for their business acumen and expertise in the areas of marketing, communications, tourism, investment promotion, research development, law, risk management, finance, corporate governance, leadership, community development, business management, academics and reputation management.The newly appointed Trustees are:Ms Thandi Tobias – Chairperson of the BoardDr Keabetswe Modimoeng – Deputy ChairpersonMs Loretta Jacobus;Professor Ylva Rodny-Gumede;Ms Rachel Kalidass;Mr Mlungisi Johnson;Mr Bushang Modipane;Mr Johannes Sebulela;Ms Tebogo Mamorobela;Ms Sisanda Bukeka Nkoala;Mr Andrew Madella.Three Board Trustees will be returning for another term.Ms Muditambi Ravele;Dr Stavros Nicolaou;Mr Geoff Rothschild“I am humbled to have been called forward to take up this mammoth task to serve our country towards its aspired glory that showcases our global competitiveness. We also would like the nation to stand behind this brand called South Africa and support the narrative of a country that inspires new ways. This Board brings with it diverse expertise that will certainly cultivate the organisations’ strategic positioning, whilst ensuring we also contribute to the national key priorities for our country”, said Ms Thandi Tobias – Chairperson of the Board.Ms Tobias matriculated at Phiritona Secondary school and obtained an advanced diploma in Economic Policy from the University of the Western Cape. She also attained a Certificate in Economics and Public Finance from UNISA, as well as a Certificate in Leadership Communication from Rhodes University. Her career spans from being a Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, responsible for international trade, and Deputy Director Youth Development (Department of Tourism Economic and Environmental Affairs) DTEEA and various Portfolio Committees to mention but a few.Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng – the Deputy Chairperson, holds an MBA and PhD (Management Sciences) degrees. He is also a Harvard University Senior Executive Fellow and completed an Executive Development Programme from Wharton University and an Africa Director Programme at Stellenbosch University. He holds a National Diploma in Public Relations Management from the Tshwane University of Technology and a Certificate in Applied Project Management from Milpark Business School.Notes to the EditorAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.For enquiries or interview requests contact Ntombi Ntanzi ntombin@brandsouthafrica.com or 064 890 6819last_img read more

Celebrate National Pasta month!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the 80s pasta was king and queen! Athletes loaded up on pasta, moms of teenage boys filled them up on pasta and budgeting families stretched their food dollars with pasta. As a newlywed with a spouse on the road most weekdays, I would open a jar of sauce and enjoy a different shape of pasta every night until Paul returned for the weekend. It was a quick, easy meal to fix for one. Years later the media and diet craze has filled heads and minds that pasta is bad, filled with gluten and hip-widening carbs. I am here to tell you, it is not the bad guy!October is National Pasta Month. It is a time to celebrate all the benefits of pasta.First myth buster — pasta carb calories are no more fattening than fat and protein calories. Here is the secret to weight maintenance: calories in can not exceed calories burned. It doesn’t matter what the indulgence is, you will gain weight. So enjoy some reasonable amounts of pasta. Second myth buster — most pasta has gluten, therefore it is not healthy. This is not true. For most of the general public, gluten is not an issue. For most Americans without celiac and gluten sensitivities, grain foods are an important part of a healthy diet. If you aren’t including them in your diet you are missing some important nutrients. The 2010 dietary guidelines encourage us to eat six servings of grains, at least half whole grains and the rest enriched grains. Whole grains provide fiber and help make us feel fuller. Enriched grains have iron, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin and folic acid added to them. Those are good things! The folic acid fortification to enriched flour products has reduced birth defects related to folic acid deficiencies by 25 to 35%. It has been named “one of the greatest public health achievements in the last decade” by the Center for Disease Control.The benefits of pasta overflow into the kitchen and on to the table as well. It is a great versatile food. You can get it in all different shapes, sizes, lengths, thicknesses and top it with all different types of sauces, meats, cheeses and veggies. It is an inexpensive product that can stretch your food dollar and help fill up bottomless pits of teenage eaters. It is relatively quick and easy to make, serve and even reheat. You can serve it as a side, as a main course, in salads, soups, casseroles and stir-fry. The options are endless.Let’s fill our plates with pasta. Celebrate its flavors, nutrition and versatility.Eat well and healthy,ShellyFettucine Alfredo  www.cookinglight.com  1 Tbsp. butter2 garlic cloves, minced1 tablespoon all-purpose flour1 1/3 cups 1% low-fat milk1 1/4 cups (5 oz.) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided2 Tbsp. 1/3-less-fat cream cheese1/2 teaspoon salt4 cups hot cooked fettuccine (8 ounces uncooked pasta)2 tsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsleyCracked black pepperMelt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in flour. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk. Cook 6 minutes or until mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Add 1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, cream cheese, and salt, stirring with a whisk until cheeses melt. Toss sauce with hot pasta. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and chopped parsley. Garnish with black pepper, if desired. Serve immediately. Nutritional Information Amount per serving Calories 399; Calories from fat 30 %, Fat 13.5 g; Protein 21.3 g; Carbs 48.9 g; Fiber 2 g; Cholesterol 34 mg Four Cheese Baked Penne  by Ellie Krieger www.foodnetwork.com 1 pound whole-wheat penne1 1/2 cups small-curd low-fat cottage cheese1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese1 1/4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided3 tablespoons chopped parsley2 teaspoons olive oil1 medium onion, chopped4 cloves garlic, finely chopped15 oz. can low-sodium crushed tomatoes1 (8-ounce) can low-sodium tomato sauce1 teaspoon dried oregano1 teaspoon dried rosemary1/2 teaspoon chili flakes3/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepperCooking spray1/4 cup grated Parmesan (3/4 oz.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine the cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella and parsley in a bowl and stir with a fork to incorporate and set aside. Cook pasta until tender but still firm, a minute or 2 less than the package directs. Drain.Heat the oil in the same pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, oregano, rosemary, chili flakes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes until sauce thickens slightly. Return pasta to pot with sauce and turn off heat. Add cottage cheese mixture.Spray a 9 by 13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray then transfer pasta mixture to pan. Top with remaining 3/4 cup mozzarella and the parmesan. Bake until heated through and cheese is melted, 30 minutes. Per Serving: Calories 540; Total Fat 15 g; (Sat Fat 7 g, Mono Fat 3.5 g, Poly Fat 0.5 g) ; Protein 30 g; Carb 73 g;Fiber 9 g; Cholesterol 35 mg; Sodium 860 mg Carrot Macaroni and Cheese www.foodandwine.com3/4 pound carrots, peeled and thinly slicedZest and juice of 1 navel orange, zest removed in strips with a vegetable peelerSalt3 cups whole grain or wheat penne rigate (9 oz.)3 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (1 1/2 cups)1 tablespoon chopped tarragonFreshly ground white pepper Preheat the oven to 350°. In a medium saucepan, combine the carrots with the zest and juice and 1/4 cup of water. Season with salt and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over moderate heat until the carrots are very soft, about 30 minutes. Discard the zest. Transfer the carrots and any liquid to a blender and puree until very smooth.Meanwhile, in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water.Return the pasta to the pot. Add the reserved water and the carrot puree and cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until the pasta is coated with a thickened sauce, about 5 minutes. Stir in three-fourths of the cheese and cook, stirring, until very creamy, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Stir in the tarragon and season with salt and white pepper.Transfer the pasta to a medium baking dish and top with the remaining cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted and lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Serves 4; Nutrition: One Serving 370 cal, 8 gm fat, 4.5 gm sat fat, 58 gm carb, 4 gm fiber.Farfalle with Tuscan Herb Sauce, Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash & Romano Cheese www.barilla.com1 box of Barilla® ProteinPlus™ Farfalle2 Tbsp. olive oil½ pound quartered Brussel SproutsSalt and pepper to taste1 Tbsp. parsley1 jar Barilla® Tuscan Herb Sauce1 clove garlic1 small diced butternut squash½ c shredded roman cheese½ c waterBring a large and small pot of water to a boil. Blanch the Brussels sprouts in small pot and cool down, quarterIn a large skillet sauté butternut squash in olive oil until slightly browned. Add quartered brussel sprouts and sear on all sides. Add chopped garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add Sauce and water, bring to a simmer.Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and toss with sauce Toss with cheese and parsley to finish.last_img read more