18Jan/20

Hitting out…

first_img…at the team?The US TV Series “Law and Order” had one of the longest run – 20 years between 1990 and 2010. And as one of the staples of our viewing fare with reruns, who among us isn’t familiar with its opening theme? “In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the Police, who investigate crime; and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders”.Well in Guyana, we do have the Police who’re supposed to keep “Order” but on the matter of the “Law” we have a DPP that uses Police Prosecutors to prosecute those arrested by the Police for breaking the law. Now most of us have to deal with the police when something goes really awry between us Guyanese, don’t we? They represent the “Law and Order”. So it’s not surprising when crime stalks the land and most of us are huddled behind our steel-grilled windows and doors, the pressure’s coming down on them.But with their subject Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan refusing to stick his hand up and take responsibility (see yesterday’s fulminations by your Eyewitness) for offering some reassurances, the acting CoP David Ramnarine had to step to the crease. Rather than regurgitate the statistics that have become the reflexive retort of his Minister, Ramnarine took a pot shot at the Judiciary to which Police Prosecutors present their cases – or rather “our cases” – since we’re the victims.He pointed to some egregious examples of individuals who were charged by the Police but when brought before the High Court or Magistrates’ Court were let out on bail – and then blithely proceeded to commit further crimes. It’s as if the judicial system works like a revolving door for criminals, in the view of the acting CoP. Now this isn’t a unique complaint – in fact it’s quite common among us ordinary law abiding citizens.The fly in this ointment, however, is there’s this rule members of the judiciary HAVE to observe – persons charged have to be presumed innocent until they’re tried and proven guilty. For bail, all the judge/magistrate can do is weigh whether the person charged will turn up for trial and whether his background suggests he won’t do further wrong if released. If “no” the judge would order “remand”.And this is where we end up with the “remand” situation that caused all that mayhem at the Camp Street Jail. Obviously, there are no quick answers to our criminal siege and all the members of the Justice System have to work together.What can’t be done, is to follow the Security Minister and just spout statistics.…at competition?Seems like a “Chicken Feed War” may just break out between Guyana and Jamaica over some businessman here importing Chicken Feed from the land of Dancehall. The local businessman’s undercutting the price at which two of our local manufacturers of Chicken Feed – Badal of Guyana Stockfeeds and Fernandez of Bounty Farms – are selling theirs to our chicken farmers.Now if our Chicken Feed manufacturers are willing to lodge this protest with the GRA, you know the money they’re losing isn’t Chicken Feed! Badal and Fernandez’ gripe is the Jamaican HAVE to be importing soya and corn for their feed so they’re exceeding the 5% Caricom allowance for “foreign inputs” and thus a 15% tariff should be slapped on their products.While that may be so, your Eyewitness wants to know that since GUYANA doesn’t also produce soya and corn, how come the Jamaicans can have insurance and freight added to their Feed price and STILL come in cheaper than theirs?Aren’t they stiffing our poor chicken farmers?…petroleum import licenceWhile there were protests about GWI’s boss Van West-Charles obtaining a petroleum importing licence, folks were puzzled about how he’ll sell the stuff without any storage tanks.Well, he wouldn’t need the latter if he “wins” the contract to supply Exxon rigs and drilling ships, would he?last_img read more

17Jan/20

Arwind Santos finally apologizes to Terrence Jones: I hope you forgive me

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments “First of all, I would like to say sorry to Terrence Jones. I don’t mean anything bad for you, I hope you forgive me.”AdChoices广告Ads by Teads“Gusto ko rin humingi ng taos pusong pagpapatawad sa fans ng Talk N’ Text, San Miguel, at PBA. Sa lahat po ng nasaktan, wala po akong masamang intensiyon at inaamin ko pong nagkamali ako.”(I also want to ask for wholehearted forgiveness from the fans of Talk N’ Text, San Miguel, and PBA. To everyone I’ve hurt, I don’t have any bad intentions and I admit I did something wrong.”READ: ‘Unacceptable’: Terrence Jones condemns Arwind Santos’ racist monkey tauntSantos was seen mocking Jones with a monkey gesture late in the second quarter of the Beermen’s 99-94 in Game 5 that gave them a 3-2 series lead.ADVERTISEMENT The 2013 MVP was initially unapologetic of his actions, saying all he did was play “mind games” with Jones but after a day the veteran player changed his tone.READ: Arwind Santos not sorry for monkey gesture towards Terrence Jones“I’m sorry, sana mapatawad niyo ako, tao rin po akong nagkakamali po ako. Sana mapatawad niyo ako.”(I’m sorry and I hope you forgive me. I’m only human and I make mistakes, I hope you forgive me.)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists pic.twitter.com/Nwchkf7853— arwind santos (@arwindsotnas) August 15, 2019MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel forward Arwind Santos has asked TNT big man Terrence Jones’ forgiveness after his racist gestures in Game 5 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSantos, who was fined P200,000 by the PBA for his discriminatory actions and was required to do community service and counseling, posted a video on his Twitter account saying sorry to Jones.ADVERTISEMENT Petron marches on to PSL semis after easy win over Marineracenter_img Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? DENR suspends entrance fee collection to Bohol’s man-made forest READ: Arwind Santos fined P200k, required to do counseling for racial taunt Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deallast_img read more

03Jan/20

Giant whales on collision course with ships

first_imgVENTURA – Ten times more blue whales than normal are gobbling up krill this year in the heavily trafficked shipping lanes off the Southern California coast – a lethal scenario for Earth’s largest creature. Scientists should learn today what killed the third blue whale in two weeks, but most suspect that the dead mammal – towed to Naval Base Ventura County- Point Mugu late Friday – was hit by a ship. “A ship strike is suspected because of the last one (in Ventura), and the previous one in Long Beach, but until we access the animal, it would not be right to speculate,” said Easter Moorman, a spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Zoologists and marine experts from the museum will spend the early part of the morning taking skin tests, analyzing the stomach contents and extracting blood from the blue whale found floating within the Santa Barbara Channel early this week. Some speculation indicated the animal had been hit by a passing ship, based on a necropsy of a whale that washed ashore in Ventura County last week. Scientists also suspect that a ship killed another one that floated toward the Long Beach Harbor earlier this month, but studies were never done on it. Local boaters, fishermen and cruise operators say an abundance of krill – a tiny, shrimplike creature that is a major food source of several marine animals and birds – has drawn dozens more blue whales into the channel. “Normally we see a few whales in June, July and August, but for the first time, we are seeing 50 to 60 whales in September,” said Cherryl Connally, co-owner of the family-operated Island Packers, which provides guided tours and whale-watching excursions off the Channel Islands. Alex Broadie, Island Packers fleet manager, said he isn’t surprised by the deadly collisions, given the feeding frenzy going on 100 miles offshore. “It’s like a freeway out there with these big ships, and the whales that are out there feeding on krill,” he said. Blue whales are the largest mammals in the world. Just spotting one of the gentle giants on an excursion can be a rare and memorable experience, Connally said. “People are in awe,” she said. Tourists on whale-watching boats spotted sharks feeding on the giant floating mammal that had become stuck within the Santa Barbara Channel on Friday. Scientists later arranged to have it towed to Point Mugu. Witness accounts estimate the whale is up to 70 feet long, but its sex is still officially unknown, Moorman said. Some 2,000 to 3,000 of the massive mammals – up to one-quarter of the worldwide population of blue whales – have been feeding off West Coast waters. While some blame ships for the deaths, others say demoic acid caused by algae blooms might have caused the whales to become sick and hampered their ability to steer clear of large vessels. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said sonar use from U.S. naval ships is not a factor in this case, Moorman said. Less likely, considering the high number of whale carcases found in the past two weeks, were deaths from natural causes. About 5 percent of the blue population dies each year. In eastern Pacific waters, that means up to 150 whales from Mexico to Canada. “In this short period of time, it’s unusual to have three (known deaths),” said Jay Barlow, head of the marine-mammal program for the National Marine Fisheries Service. “We usually have one blue whale a year wash on the beach off Southern California.” Bruce Mate, a marine biologist who performed the necropsy of the blue whale beached last week near Ventura, said a ship definitely caused the death. In addition, a ship’s bow likely killed the whale pushed into Long Beach Harbor. That whale was later towed out to sea and is believed to be the same one that washed ashore near Ensenada in Baja California. Still, Mate suspected that demoic acid – which has recently killed large numbers of sea lions and dolphins – has disabled the whales. “I think these animals are being disadvantaged in some way, making them more vulnerable to ship strike,” said Mate, head of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University. “(A whale is more likely to be harmed) if it can’t pay attention, or hear well, or get out of the way, or if its muscles don’t work well.” Mate said that, as waters have warmed off Southern California, algae blooms have become more common and prolific. Scientists believe nitrogen resulting from coastal runoff of fertilizer and common detergents has contributed to the blooms. “We’re washing our clothes, the water goes down the sink and eventually out in the ocean. So we are fertilizing plants that may not be good for us or other mammals,” he said. Until researchers determine the causes of death for the whales, officials with the nonprofit Marine Exchange of Southern California have advised crew of incoming vessels to stay alert as they maneuver through the ship lines. “We are talking with the fisheries groups and we’re telling all ship agents to be aware of the situation,” said Capt. Dick Mckenna, executive director for the organization. “We understand that there are large groups of whales. We’re advising them accordingly to be on the lookout.” susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

29Dec/19

DONEGAL MOUNTAIN BIKERS DELIGHT AT NEW COILLTE TRAILS

first_imgThe Donegal Mountain Biking Club has welcomed the efforts of Coillte in designating forests outside Letterkenny for mountain biking trail developments.Corravaddy/Mongorry Forest will become a new trail for mountain bikers – the fastest growing tourism activity in Britain.Mountain biking is a sport that has seen exponential growth locally and internationally in recent years and has continued to demonstrate the ability to generate tourism revenue in areas with a well developed trail infrastructure. The club’s Findhan Strain told donegaldaily.com: “Although the bye-laws regarding general cycling access in forests remain unchanged in the national cycling strategy, the Club would like to whole heartedly applaud the efforts of local Coillte representatives and Coillte representatives on a national basis in a highly positive step forward for mountain biking nationally.“The proximity of the proposed site to Donegal’s capital town of Letterkenny will further enhance the ability of the centre to attract short break tourism by providing accommadation and other recreational services close by.”He added: “Donegal Mountain Biking Club would also like to commend the work of Joe McHugh in driving this project forward and Donegal County Council for their work in funding applications.“Although there are still considerable obstacles to overcome before the project is realised, the Club are confident that a solid foundation has been established that will benefit the county considerably as well as the sport of mountain biking itself.”  DONEGAL MOUNTAIN BIKERS DELIGHT AT NEW COILLTE TRAILS was last modified: June 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL MOUNTAIN BIKERS DELIGHT AT NEW COILLTE TRAILSlast_img read more

25Dec/19

The reason Man United have abandoned Jadon Sancho transfer plans – explained

first_img getty Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars tense United chiefs are not keen on spending £90million on such an unproven player Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 2 talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… REPLY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Getty ADVICE 2 The German club would understandably be reluctant to sell another of their most prized assets following the departure of Christian Pulisic to Chelsea.It would take a bid of between £80-90million before Dortmund would even consider selling Sancho.The Red Devils are understood to be reluctant to part with such a large transfer fee on a player with just two full seasons of senior football to his name. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won England Women vs Denmark Women (Saturday, 1pm) – talkSPORTNewport County vs Tranmere (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Sunderland (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORTAston Villa vs Derby County (Monday, 3pm) – talkSPORTChelsea vs Arsenal (Wednesday May 29, 8pm) – talkSPORTEngland Women vs New Zealand Women (Saturday June 1, 1pm) – talkSPORTTottenham vs Liverpool (Saturday June 1, 8pm) – talkSPORT no dice The 19-year-old was identified as a potential signing before Jose Mourinho was sacked by the club in December.Sancho has been impressive in the Bundesliga this season with 12 goals and 14 assists.A host of clubs are reportedly interested in the former Manchester City youth player, who made his Three Lions debut last year. Manchester United have abandoned their attempts to sign Jadon Sancho this summer, reports claim.The Borussia Dortmund and England winger has been a long-term target for the Red Devils following his rapid rise to stardom in Germany. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury shining But United are pulling out the race for Sancho, according to reports.ESPN FC say United will pursue alternative targets after failing to engage in constructive discussions with Dortmund over a deal for the teenager. huge blow LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Sancho has impressed with Borussia Dortmund this season Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ LIVE ON talkSPORT REVEALED gameday cracker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Manchester United manager, may need to rethink his transfer strategy if he wants to overhaul his squad this summer.Plans are thought to be in place for deals Swansea’s Daniel James and Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff.Also on Solskjaer’s wish list is a central defender with players such as Harry Maguire, Kalidou Koulibaly and Matthijs de Ligt wanted.last_img read more

25Dec/19

Klopp accused of ‘hanging Liverpool’s kids out to dry’ for his ‘vanity mission’

first_img LIVE on talkSPORT Getty Images – Getty 1 Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… Goldstein recalls when Manchester United were forced to drop out of the FA Cup in 2000, despite being the holders, in order to fulfil their Club World Cup duties.And the Sports Bar presenter argues it would’ve been better if Liverpool didn’t play their quarter-final at all.“I really think Jurgen Klopp has hung the kids out to dry here,” Goldstein said on talkSPORT’s Sports Bar. “They were never going to beat Aston Villa tonight.“A lot of these kids won’t even make it into Liverpool’s first-team. One or two of them might come through. Liverpool vs Monterrey (Wednesday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Leicester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester United vs Colchester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Stoke (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Arsenal (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTAston Villa vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Cardiff vs Preston (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Leicester (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTSheffield Wednesday vs Bristol City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2center_img Training time in Doha 👊🔴#ClubWC pic.twitter.com/pFLdHiL29C— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 17, 2019“But mentally, the effect this has had on that squad of young kids, I just think he has shown a total disrespect for the campaign.“He’s out on a vanity mission halfway around the world.“If Liverpool could look back and see the damage it’s done to the club, trying to win this glorified Community Shield which no-one, other than Liverpool fans and Klopp, thinks is more important than the League Cup.”Defenders Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp van den Berg and goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, who all featured at Villa Park, will fly out to Qatar to join the first-team for the Club World Cup campaign. Liverpool’s very youthful side were no match for Villa talkSPORT host Andy Goldstein launched a scathing attack on Jurgen Klopp after the youngest ever Liverpool side were beaten 5-0 in the Carabao Cup.The Reds fielded a starting XI with an average age of just 19 in the quarter-final at Aston Villa, with Klopp’s first-team in Qatar for their Club World Cup campaign.And it was a baptism of fire for the youngsters, who found themselves 4-0 down at half-time. And Goldstein cannot understand why some of Liverpool’s senior players, such as Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, didn’t do the same.“There are so many things that could’ve been avoided tonight, there are players that could’ve been there,” he added.“Origi, Lallana, Shaqiri, Keita. The kids were crying out for direction, a leader, someone who has been in a big football match.“These players that I’ve mentioned, they’re not needed on Wednesday. Liverpool could’ve coped and flown them out after the Villa match.”You can watch Andy Goldstein’s rant in full, above…Liverpool play their semi-final against Mexican side Monterrey on Wednesday evening – and you can listen to full LIVE commentary of the match on talkSPORT 2!last_img read more

21Dec/19

Every New Item at the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Reviewed

first_imgActive Eats Energy Bar Bites: a mixture of Chocolate, Nuts, Dried Fruit, and DatesReplacing the odd but popular avocado mousse dessert from last year, these energy bar bites sure aren’t visually appealing, but were actually a fascinating taste treat. They were most similar to brownies in texture and flavor, but you can definitely tell they’ve been “healthy-fied” with the sweetness of the dates and dried fruit coming through. I wouldn’t rush back to these, as there are far better desserts around the festival, but they are a fun way to trick kids into eating something slightly more nutritional than a candy bar.Almond OrchardCreamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Pulled Chicken, Toasted Blue Diamond Almonds and Parmesan Cheese served with Nut Thins CrackersI was a little sad to see my favorite dish from Almond Orchard last year disappear in favor of this scaled down version this year, but have no fear – it’s actually much tastier than it looks. This is your basic spinach artichoke dip, creamy and full of herby, zesty flavor, with the addition of pulled chicken in the dip. The almonds are, frankly, an afterthought here (though I imagine the dip is made with almond milk, you can’t tell), but that’s ok – it’s flavorful and filling on its own. This is a solid pick as a snack in the cooler weather towards the end of the festival.BrazilMoqueca: Brazilian Seafood Stew featuring Scallops, Shrimp, and White Fish with Coconut Lime Sauce and Steamed RiceI have to be honest, this doesn’t look super appealing and didn’t taste all that great. I tried several bites, trying to get any coconut or lime from the sauce, to no avail. The white fish was bland and a little tough, while the shrimp and scallops were a tad fishy. For such a colorful booth usually packed with flavorful dishes, this was a miss, for me.Cheese StudioMaple Bourbon Boursin Cheesecake with Maple Bourbon Cream, Caramel, and Pecan CrunchRun, don’t walk, to try this. I am not a big maple person (maple-flavored desserts tend to be way too sweet for me), but this had the perfect balance of savory creaminess from the cheesecake base and caramel/maple/pecan flavors from the toppings. This is fall on a plate, which may not be as convincing to your brain that it’s fall in August as it is in October, but it’s definitely worth a shot. I will be grabbing one of these every time I visit the festival, it was that delicious.ChinaXi’an Pancake with BeefA dark horse for one of the more interesting and fun dishes I sampled, this crepe pancake stuffed with spicy braised beef grew on me with every bite. China’s booth sometimes skimps on originality, but I really liked this dish the more I tried it. The crepe pancake is packed with scallion flavor, and the beef inside had a ton of spice and savory sweet notes to it – there was a lot going on and I was very into it. This dish is one that is best enjoyed fresh – if the pancake sits out too long, it can take on a tough texture, so wrap it like a burrito and enjoy as you are walking to your next booth. I can’t wait to try this dish again on my next festival visit.Chicken Dumplings with Chinese SlawTwo rather plain dumplings and a whisper of crunchy slaw – this plate was a little sad, even though it was still totally edible and enjoyable. China booth has tried dumplings in the past, and they’re usually just fine – this is no exception. The chicken filling is simple and inoffensive, and kids will find the mild flavors of these dumplings palatable. But different, these are not; skip if you want to save money and stomach space for more adventurous items.Earth EatsThe Steakhouse Blended Burger: Blended Beef and Wild Mushroom Slider with Brie Cheese Fondue, Arugula, Truffle, and Blue Cheese Potato Chip on a Brioche BunThis is a very tiny slider, no more than about 3 bites in total, and while there seems to be a ton of flavors going on in the description, I missed more than a few of them actually tasting the burger. The beef burger itself is well-seasoned and cooked, with a few hints of mushroom earthiness, but not much (so if you hate mushrooms, you may still enjoy this burger). The cheese sauce topping the burger had good strong Brie flavor, but the potato chip was really just there for soggy crunch – nothing here tasted like truffle or blue cheese. As a slider, this is fine, but I much preferred the second slider option at the booth…The IMPOSSIBLE Burger Slider with Wasabi Cream and Spicy Asian Slaw on a Sesame Seed BunI know what you’re thinking – there’s no way a vegetarian burger could be better than the real thing. If you haven’t tried an Impossible Burger yet, I could definitely understand it. But this burger has the same look and feel as real meat – it’s uncanny how “real” it is. The texture of a cooked burger is a lot like a well-done beef burger – not dry, but not overly juicy either. The crunchy, zesty slaw on top of this burger really complemented the savory “meat” flavor, and made it stand out with fresh flavor compared to the beef slider. Definitely a surprise favorite for me, I was still thinking about this dish after nearly 8 hours of tasting – a high compliment.Suja Cold-Pressed Juice FlightOriginally, Earth Eats was supposed to feature a Kombucha flight, which I was kind of excited about given how trendy it was. Unfortunately, it seems something changed before opening day, and this swapped to a flight of Suja cold-pressed juices. Available in your local grocery store, I wouldn’t spend the money on this flight or individual flavors unless you’re absolutely craving something fresh. The Uber Greens flavor was downright atrocious, and the Vibrant flavor had… well, no flavor. But the Mighty Dozen mix was bright with tons of ginger and herb flavors over top of lots of fruity notes – I was a fan of this, and finished it alongside my veggie burger.Flavors from FireCharred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw and Cilantro AïoliIf you can stand the smoke from the grills at this booth, this dish might be worth a visit (if you aren’t already enamored with the fan-favorite piggy wings). It’s a pretty simple dish – charred steak (with a hint of herb flavor; sadly the chimichurri is an afterthought) sits atop a really tasty smoked corn cake (think: pan-fried cornbread but creamier inside) and topped with a pretty standard creamy slaw. The steak on my portion was a tad on the tough side, requiring a lot of chewing effort for minimal reward. But the corn cake underneath was great, and the slaw was cool and refreshing, enough to make this a mild success and a dish I’d recommend if you’re a steak lover.Hops & BarleySlow-Braised Beef Brisket “Pot Roast Style” with Horseradish Cream and Crispy Fried Onions on a Potato Roll with Pickled VegetablesI wouldn’t run towards this dish, but simpler eaters who like spice may find this a good option. The pot roast on this plate was a tad on the tough side, dried and in desperate need of some jus. However, the horseradish cream and pickled veggies blew my face off with spice, a nice surprise in a normally tame booth. My dining companion, however, never tasted the spice – it seemed to be inconsistent from bite to bite. The potato roll and crispy fried onions are as simple as they sound, not really lending much to this dish. Overall, this is a “proceed with caution” plate – it’s simple and could be good, but also could be a waste of money depending on how dry the pot roast is.Islands of the CaribbeanRopa Vieja Empanada with Tomato AïoliThere’s always one – a dish that, by the time I arrive at the booth after eight hours of sampling, they’re just plain out of. I was a little bummed not to get to try this, as I’d heard raves from others earlier in the day, but sadly, it’ll have to wait til next visit.Jerk-Spiced Chicken Lollipop with Roasted Sweet Plantain Salad and Mango Chutney YogurtI really wanted to like this dish; sadly, I really didn’t like this. The chicken lollipop I got was, by luck, pretty poorly seasoned, with most of the jerk spice rubbed off, leaving only fatty, unrendered chicken skin and bland meat. The sweet plantain salad is served cold, which to me was a bit off-putting, even though I loved the splash of acidity from the salad’s dressing and the mango chutney yogurt. Hopefully this dish is better on a second go-around, but I’m not rushing back to try it.ItalyFritto Misto: Crispy Shrimp, Zucchini and Sweet Potatoes with a Spicy SauceOh, Italy. You always try. I’ll give you that. In all honesty, I didn’t have high hopes for any of this booth’s new dishes, but the fritto misto was definitely the high-achiever of the bunch. A simple mix of fried shrimp, zucchini, and sweet potato fries topped with a spicy aioli, I was pleasantly surprised by the well-seasoned, crispy breadcrumbs on the fried pieces, and the nice mild flavor from the well-cooked shrimp. I would’ve gone without the spicy sauce and just taken a squeeze of lemon juice over top of thisPollo Alla Cacciatora: Braised Chicken Thigh, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Parmesan PolentaDo you like chicken? Do you *only* like chicken? Then this might be a good choice for you! This braised chicken thigh was tender and juicy, served in a basic tomato sauce with a small portion of parmesan polenta (easily ignored if you are picky and don’t love the texture). Picky eaters and kids might find this up their alley if they can deal with the mushrooms. Personally, I found it “fine” – it’s serviceable chicken, well-cooked and filling.Mezzi Rigatoni: Vodka Sauce, Crispy Pancetta, and Parmesan Cheese“Fine” is probably also the best descriptor for this dish – it’s a very, very simple pasta marinara with a few bits of pancetta and some parmesan cheese on top. The pasta was al dente, the sauce was clinging to the pasta well, and it had a nice, bright tomato flavor. Is it worth the price? Absolutely not. But if you have a kid who has been whining over scary dishes at every booth in the back of World Showcase, this is your stop – it’ll placate the masses while you enjoy the fritto misto or Spain’s charcuterie in a cone.JapanBeef Nigiri topped with Shrimp Sauce and Diced Pickled JalapeñosI’m always excited to try Japan’s new dishes – they’re usually kind of off-the-wall and rarely successful, but it’s always and interesting experience. This was no exception – The beef on here is literally a slice of medium-cooked steak, dabbled with a bit of shrimp sauce and sitting atop standard sushi rice, with a few tiny diced jalapenos on top. It’s not great if you’re a sushi lover – the beef is texturally very strange in comparison to fish, and doesn’t really offer a ton of flavor given how thinly it’s sliced.Spicy Roll: Tuna and Salmon topped with Volcano SauceMuch more reasonable for sushi lovers, this hand roll is huge and packed with flavor. The tuna and salmon mix is very finely diced, with tons of spicy sauce mixed in and on top. I’d venture to say this is about the size of a normal sushi roll at Katsura Grill, and of similar quality, so definitely give this a shot if you’re looking for something more traditional.Teriyaki Chicken Bun: Steamed Bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables, and a Sweet Teriyaki SauceAnother surprise favorite, this teriyaki bun is larger than expected and packed full of chicken and veggies. The teriyaki sauce definitely tends towards the sweet side, so it may be a skip if that’s going to be an issue, but the fluffy bun and savory filling were really satiating in the middle of the afternoon. I’ll definitely be back to grab one of these as a snack while wandering the park.Light LabInfraRED and UltraVIOLET Share This!We made it! The 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has finally arrived, and with it, as always, we get the chance to sample dozens of new tastes from around the world. I visited the festival on opening day to sample all of the new food items that this year’s festival has to offer, so you know exactly which new items are tricks vs. treats (hey, it’s almost fall, right?). Below, you’ll find reviews and photos of all of the new food, and at the bottom of this review, you’ll find rankings of how I’d categorize each dish (skip, try, or must-try). Be sure to click each photo for a larger view of every dish.The FoodActive Eats I dare anyone to tell the flavors of these two sickly-sweet drinks apart – Sprite and different flavors of cotton candy really just equals “sweet”, without much distinction otherwise. The pomp and circumstance of making these cotton-candy filled drinks is enough to wow kids for about 10 minutes while they sip on the drink they’re going to beg you to get them…Phosphorescent PhreezeIf you’re into souvenir plasticware, this is the must-do of the festival for you. Delivered in a Light Lab-branded plastic beaker, and served alongside a tasting card with “magnifying glass”, this drink is a cute attempt at edutainment for kids and kids-at-heart that really does succeed in making kids briefly excited about science. There’s a lot of moving parts to this drink (thee two accessories plus the glass, plus three flavors of frozen drink layered inside), so expect lines for this drink to be astronomically long. I waited upwards of 15 minutes very early on day one of the festival after ordering this drink just to receive it -–and while it’s very cute, it’s again just a sweet concoction with little actual flavor. Green apple-y mango mélange is really what I’d call the taste here, but your mileage may very dependent on how they layer and mix the freeze in your flask.MexicoShrimp Quesadilla: Corn Tortilla with Shrimp, Oaxaca Cheese, and topped with Spicy Guajillo Sauce and Sesame SeedsThis dish is simple in description and simple in execution – it does no more or less than what it promises. This is a small cheese quesadilla with a few popcorn sized shrimp inside; no other flavorings inside or on top. The guajillo chili sauce served for dipping is the real revelation here – tons of smoky spice, a bit of nuttiness from the sesame seeds, and a real boost of flavor. I’d leave the quesadilla, but I’d eat that sauce on nearly anything.Short Rib Tostada: Corn Tortilla topped with Short Ribs, Black Beans, Salsa Verde, and Spring OnionTostadas don’t seem like the wisest choice to serve outdoors in humid Florida, but surprisingly the crunchiness of the corn tortilla held up without becoming too chewy here. The short ribs were incredibly moist and spicy, with the black beans and salsa underneath really just serving as a backdrop to their flavor. I could see myself potentially coming back for another one of these before the festival ends.Coconut Rice Pudding served with Mango CoulisMexico usually nails their desserts at the festivals, and this is no exception. It’s again, very simple – rice pudding with a coconut note running through it, and a bit of mango sauce on top. For all its simplicity, though, this was well-executed and super tasty. I didn’t find it too sweet, since the light freshness from the mango helped take it out of the “cloying” realm, and the rice inside had a nice bite to it, rather than just being pure mush. I’ll definitely be back to try this again on a future festival visit.Shimmering Sips Mimosa BarA note here – the menu at this Festival Center “booth” features a ton of breakfast-y pastry options. If you’ve ever stopped at a Joffrey’s booth before park opening or early in the morning, these are exactly the same pastries as you’d find there. Therefore, I didn’t feel the need to review them for you – you know what you’re getting into here. Besides, the real draw here is the mimosa selection. I tried four of the five flavors, and here are my thoughts on those.Madras Mimosa and Blood Orange MimosaThese are both pretty standard juice-forward mimosas – tropical flavors abound, and the sparkling wine in both of these tends to be less pronounced. Stick to the Blood Orange if you’re looking for a traditional flavor, and the Madras if you want something a little lighter.Key Lime MimosaThis one is a little strange – I prefer it to the key lime sparkling wine that is typically commonly served during festival season, as this is way lime-ier in flavor. There is kind of a strange aftertaste here, almost vanilla-like in scent or flavor, and I never quite tasted the white cranberry juice that’s in here (though it’s clear it’s not just sparkling wine). Proceed with caution, unless you’re adventurous.Fromosa – Frozen Mimosa featuring White Claw Lime Hard SeltzerRun, don’t walk, to grab one of these – it’s sure to be a massive hit for the festival, and for good reason. If you’re a fan of Shirley Temples, this is essentially one of those, frozen, with alcohol. The fruit flavor here is kind of tough to discern: it could be cranberry, could be cherry, even a hint of citrus. But it’s really just there to offset the lime hard seltzer and provide some color. It’s tasty, everyone will want one, and I’d bet this will stick around for next year’s festival, too.Wine and Dine StudioButternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Parmesan Cheese, and Pumpkin SeedsHere’s another highly successful dish that screams fall on a plate. I really loved this ravioli – the brown butter vinaigrette on top provided a lovely nutty and sweet note to complement the sweet squash filling, with very savory toasted pumpkin seeds giving some much-needed texture and crunch. Each plate comes with two ravioli, and I would’ve gladly eaten ten plates had this not been my last stop for sampling day.The RankingsHere’s how I would group the new dishes I sampled – obviously your mileage may vary, but with limited time and money for festival visits, you’ve got to prioritize it all!Skip Unless You’re Dying Of CuriosityBrazil’s Moqueca: Brazilian Seafood StewChina’s Chicken DumplingsEarth Eats’ Suja Cold-Pressed Juice FlightHops and Barley’s Brisket SliderIslands of the Caribbean’s Jerk-Spiced Chicken LollipopJapan’s Beef NigiriLight Lab’s InfraRED and UltraVIOLETMexico’s Shrimp QuesadillaTry If You Have Time and Money Left OverActive Eats’ Energy Bar BitesEarth Eats’ Steakhouse Blended BurgerFlavors from Fire’s Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a Smoked Corn CakeItaly’s Braised Chicken ThighItaly’s Mezzi RigatoniLight Lab’s Phosphorescent PhreezeMexico’s Short Rib TostadaShimmering Sips Mimosa Bar’s Madras Mimosa, Blood Orange Mimosa, Key Lime MimosaMust-Try New DishesAlmond Orchard’s Creamy Spinach Artichoke DipCheese Studio’s Maple Bourbon Boursin CheesecakeChina’s Xi’an Pancake with BeefEarth Eats’ IMPOSSIBLE Burger SliderItaly’s Fritto MistoJapan’s Steamed Teriyaki Chicken Bun and Spicy RollMexico’s Coconut Rice PuddingWine and Dine Studios’ Butternut Squash RavioliThere you have it – my rankings for this year’s new dishes at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. I’ll be back soon with a look at how some of our returning favorites are doing this year. Let me know in the comments which of these new dishes or returning favorites you’re looking forward to try this year!last_img read more

19Dec/19

SA-born playwright wins an Oscar

first_img31 March 2003Cape Town-born playwright Ronald Harwood, who won an Oscar for his screenplay of the Holocaust movie The Pianist, may be a long way from home, but he credits South Africa for his success in the film industry.Harwood’s first Oscar win was not his first nomination. Harwood was first nominated for an Oscar in 1972 in the category of best original script for The Dresser, starring Albert Finney.Harwood left Cape Town at 17 to follow his dreams in London. However, this week his thoughts returned to his birthplace after he received the Oscar for best adapted screenplay.The Sunday Times reports that Harwood’s love for the theatre and films started when he was a child and his mother took him to the theatre in Cape Town. He became part of a theatre group while still at Sea Point Boys’ High, and won a scholarship to study drama in London.“I had a wonderful time in Cape Town. There was a company called the Brian Brooke Company, which staged plays in the Hofmeyer Hall. It was a weekly repertoire company and I went every week. I saw all the hits from London there.“I loved it and my mother loved the theatre and encouraged me to go. I had a wonderful teacher called Sybil Marx, now dead, who taught me and [acclaimed British actor] Nigel Hawthorne”, Harwood told Sunday Times.Harwood wrote the adapted screenplay for the film of Alan Paton’s novel, Cry the Beloved Country. Before that, he firmed his reputation in America with HBO’s Mandela, which starred Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard as Nelson and Winnie Mandela and was one of the pay TV service’s first original films.Harwood believes that the South African film industry has the potential to rise to the level of the Australian film industry.He also expressed astonishment at the small number of films made about the apartheid era, and feels that more films about this era need to make it onto the big screen.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

19Dec/19

Fiat SA lands R700m export deal

first_img8 July 2005Vehicle manufacturer Fiat South Africa has landed its largest single components export contract. The company announced on Thursday that it is to export 24 000 catalytic converters – for use in the award-winning Fiat Punto 1.3 JTD MultiJet engine – to Europe every month in a three-year contract worth R700-million.The contract is a major boost to South Africa’s catalytic converter industry. Last month, Fiat Auto secured a R250-million contract for catalytic converter components, and a R200-million contract for exhaust heat shields.According to Business Day, its total export contracts are now worth over R1.15-billion.The three contracts are a substantial boost to the car maker’s component export revenue, the newspaper reports. It’s also good news for South Africa’s car and components export industry, which has taken a knock from rand strength and reduced tariff protection.South Africa is the largest supplier of catalytic components in the world, National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers of SA head Clive Williams said on Thursday. In 2004, converter exports totalled R8.3-billion.Catalytic converters, which use platinum to help reduce vehicle emissions, are South Africa’s flagship motor industry export, representing 38% of component exports, according to Business Day.Williams said the total value of component exports was R21.7-billion in 2004.Fiat SA MD Giorgio Gorelli said on Thurday that there was further potential for export contracts.He said support from the government’s motor industry development programme (MIDP) was one of the main reasons his company had secured the recent export contracts.The contracts have made Fiat one of the largest component exporters in the country, and mean the South African arm will become more deeply integrated into Fiat’s global supply chain. They have boosted Fiat’s export revenue and enabled it to earn more MIDP export credits, Business Day reports.The catalytic converters for the latest export contract will be made by Johannesburg-based Magneti Marelli, a subsidiary of the Fiat group. Production of the converters began in June, and the first shipment will leave South Africa later in July.Commitment to South AfricaThe group added that the deal is further proof of Fiat Auto SA’s commitment to the South African motor industry.Fiat Auto SA, in conjunction with the company’s Global Sourcing headquarters in Turin, Italy, is continually evaluating the viability of procuring locally manufactured components for use in Fiat and Alfa Romeo products around the world, Business Day reports.The 1.3-litre MultiJet turbodiesel engine, co-produced by Fiat and General Motors, recently won the International Engine of the Year 2005 in the 1.0 to 1.4-litre category.The Fiat-designed 1.3-litre diesel engine won the award ahead of the Honda 1.3- litre IMA, Peugeot-Citroen/Ford Diesel 1.4-litre, Volkswagen 1.4-litre FSI, Toyota Diesel 1.4-litre, and Daihatsu 1.3-litre engines.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

12Dec/19

Blues reach final for first time in 49 years

first_img(AP) – The St. Louis Blues were the NHL’s worst team on January 2 at 15-18-4. On Saturday, the Blues will be playing in the Stanley Cup Final in Boston against the Bruins.The Blues closed out the Western Conference final in Game 6 with a 5-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. David Perron (peh-RAHN’) had a goal and an assist to back rookie Jordan Binnington, who stopped 25 shots in his team-record 12th win. Perron opened the scoring 92 seconds into the game with help from Ryan O’Reilly, who set up three goals. Vladimir Tarasenko’s power-play goal made it 2-0 later in the first period.Brayden Schenn also had a power-play goal for the Blues, who broke it open when Tyler Bozak and Ivan Barbashev tallied in the final seven minutes.Binnington blanked the Sharks after Dylan Gambrell got the Sharks within 2-1 early in the second period.The Blues are in the Cup final for the first time since 1970, when they were swept by the Bruins. St. Louis went to the final in their first three series without winning a game.last_img read more