WCW to Launch on Saturday

first_imgCome Saturday, May 28 at Club Gossip, the winners of the Liberia Music Contest (LMC), STUNNA and A-Raw, will be launching their first/debut single, “Women Crush Wednesday” or WCW, the song that won the LMC. The song, which is now on sale on ITune, has been rated as a true club banger with a catchy colloqua flow that can put anyone in session mode. But the youngsters are about business.“We believe that music is about business, so we don’t just want to make music without profit,” STUNNA explained in an interview highlighting problems local artists have faced.“We decided to come out with this show so that we can know our strength and market ourselves to the public. But we cannot do that by just releasing the song for free; we need money to keep our new found celebrity status,” STUNNA added.Still on the show, he said much cannot be said about their performance, but that it will be definitely great and worth the money paid for it. Junda Morris-Kennedy described the artists as “rising stars that give a breath of fresh air to the kind of amazing untapped talent on the rise in the Liberian Music Industry.”Africa’s leading music online distributor Africori and JMK, publicist of Junda Morris- Kennedy, organized the contest. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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South African chilli sauce bites the world

first_imgThere’s nothing like a spicy and aromatic hot chilli sauce to add some kick to a bland meal. But the Bandito’s chilli sauce is more than just a meal saver; in many instances it creates the meal itself.The distinctive flavour of Bandito’s sauces come from their unique ingredients. Both the Bandito’s and Mama Africa’s range are made of 100% natural ingredients. (Image: Bandito’s Facebook)Brand South Africa ReporterThere’s nothing like a spicy and aromatic hot chilli sauce to add some kick to a bland meal. But the Bandito’s chilli sauce is more than just a meal saver; it many instances it creates the meal itself.In 1994,when the husband and wife team Kian and Doris McRae made the first chilli on the balcony of a flat in the bohemian inner-city suburb of Yeoville, Johannesburg, they had no idea that it would become a global business.Using a recipe for chakalaka, a traditional Zulu chilli sauce, and two big pots borrowed from their neighbours, they began to create what has become an award-winning product.Working as a waiter in a Mexican restaurant to supplement his teacher’s salary, Kian started to take home empty tequila bottles in which they could sell their hot sauce.“Flea markets are a great testing ground for new products,” he says. “We sold our products at the Rosebank flea market, as well as the Petticoat Lane flea market in Fourways.”Soon the weekend flea-market sales exceeded his salary, and Kian abandoned teaching to go into the chilli business full time.Operating from Kew in the north of Johannesburg, the Bandito’s crew have now also launched the Mama Africa’s range of chilli products, which are also widely available where Bandito’s sauces are sold.A special recipeThe distinctive flavour of Bandito’s sauces come from their unique ingredients. Both the Bandito’s and Mama Africa’s range are made of 100% natural ingredients. All the products are preservative-free, have no contains no artificial colourings or flavouring and all the chillis used are home grown in South Africa.The range includes three chilli-vegetable relishes, six hot sauces, two varieties of Jabula cooking sauce, pickled jalapeno peppers and mild salsa, and continues to grow.The company has grown its chilli brand, experimenting over the years with different ingredients. “We use a combination of a variety of chillis, herbs and spices,” says Kian. “We are as natural as possible in the ingredients we use. People have the perceptions that chilli is just chilli, but really it’s not.”In a bid to create more interesting chilli sauces, the Bandito’s Chilli Co have started blending unusual ingredients such as kiwi fruit, apricots, mint and rosemary into their sauces.Because the buying public have a diverse tolerance for chilli, the products vary from mild to fiery hot, with an emphasis on flavour and quality.Setting the world on fireThe Bandito’s range has received international recognition, already winning a number of significant awards including those for best range overall and best new product at the 1999 Sydney Fiery Food show. Also in 1999, the company won the best new product and best habanero sauce awards in Brisbane.The range has done equally well in South Africa, winning the 2002 best product range overall, best product and hottest sauce categories at the South Africa Fiery Food Challenge.Overseas, Bandito’s is sold under the Mama Africa brand name. “There are so many chilli sauce products on the overseas market that we just felt it would give us an edge to market an African product,” says Doris, who runs the export side of the business. “For this reason we created the Mama Africa brand.”The Bandito’s duo have travelled the world, taking their products to global food festivals. Doris attributes much of their international success to their strong relationship with South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).“The DTI has been fantastic. If you have all your ducks in a row and your company is registered, you have all your paperwork in place and you have a good product, they definitely do give you the assistance to market your product overseas.”Doris says the government’s role in taking their product to the world has been invaluable. “We have them to thank for where have come so far,” she says. “A small company like ours could have never afforded to have gone to hall those places.”Over the years, the Bandito’s chilli products have been featured at the Sial International Food Show in Paris, the Anuga Food Show in Cologne, the Fancy Food Show in New York and the Food and Hotel Show in Singapore.As a result of this exposure, they have built up strong business relationships in a number of countries.Their exports started with a small venture into Australia in 1998, which has grown nicely. But their biggest international success is in Russia, where Moscow-based PBK Importers distribute their products across the vast country.In Holland, the sauces are handled by importers Oil and Vinegar. On a smaller scale, Mama Africa’s chilli sauce is available in New Zealand, Canada, the US, Japan, Malaysia, Poland, Sweden, the UK, France, Germany and Austria.Kian notes that the chilli sauce culture is also growing in South Africa. He says most consumers don’t really know how use chilli, so Bandito’s have posted creative recipes on their website for consumers to use. South Africans, he says, are starting to experiment more with their cooking, with the increasing influence of other cultures around the world, making the country’s cooking tastes more varied and creative.This has been good news for Bandito’s products, as they can be used in several different ways – as a cook-in sauce or as a simple accompaniment to a meal. Kian says the company might even consider one day opening up a Bandito’s restaurant, if the right franchise partner came along. It would be a fusion-type eatery with a Mexican theme infused with a South African influence. Hmm, yummy …Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Ramaphosa in South Sudan for mediation

first_img5 March 2014 Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC), is in South Sudan to start mediation efforts aimed at finding a lasting political solution to the conflict in the war-torn country in northeastern Africa. Ramaphosa, who is also the deputy chairperson of South Africa’s National Planning Commission, was named the country’s special envoy to South Sudan during President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address last month. He will also visit some countries belonging to the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, an organisation of six eastern African countries focused on drought control and development initiatives. The grouping comprises Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. He is expected to be back in South Africa by next week Thursday. Ramaphosa’s appointment to the post came at the request of President Salva Kiir Mayardit for assistance in bringing about peace and reconciliation in South Sudan. Since fighting broke out in December between the forces of President Kiir and former Deputy President Riek Machar, thousands of people are believed to have been killed and some 870 000 others have fled their homes – 145 000 of them to neighbouring countries and 75 000 to United Nations bases within the country. South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. Since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, South Africa has been actively supporting the African Union’s (AU’s) post-conflict reconstruction and development projects in Sudan, under the umbrella of an AU ministerial committee which South Africa currently chairs. To date, South Africa has trained more than 1 600 officials from the government of South Sudan in areas such as policing, diplomacy, public service, justice, education, mineral affairs and correctional services. Last year, South Africa and Sudan signed an agreement establishing bilateral relations between the two countries. They have also upgraded their diplomatic missions to ambassadorial level. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Lucknow Metro delay unavoidable, says E. Sreedharan

first_imgThe delay in starting the Lucknow Metro for public use cannot be attributed to the change in political power at the helm of Uttar Pradesh, said noted civil engineer E. Sreedharan, popularly known as the ‘Metro Man’, here on Thursday.Mr. Sreedharan said the transition in power from the Samajwadi Party (SP) to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in U.P. had no impact on the “planning or schedule” of the Lucknow Metro’s construction. The postponement of the deadline was due to “unavoidable reasons” such as the delay in receiving coaches and timely Railway clearances, he said. He expressed confidence that the Metro rail would be running in the U.P. capital by the third or fourth week of July.Mr. Sreedharan said Metro projects across India were awaiting government clearances as the Centre was finalising a new Metro policy. Work for the Lucknow Metro began in September 2014 and the trial run on its priority corridor was conducted on December 1, 2016. The previous SP government had announced the services would begin on March 26. The target, however, could not be met, with the BJP government criticising the previous Akhikesh Yadav regime for doing things “hastily”. Despite the repeated extension of the deadline, Mr. Sreedharan said the Lucknow Metro could boast of having the fastest first section of any metro be be completed anywhere in the country.last_img read more

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IPL 2011: Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers- CSK win by 19 runs

first_imgChennai batsman Suresh Raina scored a fine 59 and Albie Morkel scalped three as their team beat Hyderabad by 19 runs during their IPL match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk on Sunday. Score | PhotosHyderabad players were aware that a target of 166 would prove to be a tough one to reach so their openers Sunny Sohal and Shikhar Dhawan started off on a high note scoring close to 12 runs an over. But it was Sohal, who was doing the bulk of scoring and Dhawan providing him with the much-needed support.Sunny Sohal raced to his half-century in no time. But in the 7th over of the innings he was forced to take a walk after putting a 30-ball 56. The reason Shadab Jakati’s ball crashed into his stumps when the score was 71.Jakati struck again on the last ball of the 11th over scalping the other opener Dhawan on 19. Jakati kept the ball low and an inside edge of Dhawan’s bat crashed into his stumps and Hyderabad were 90/2.Bharat Chipli fell in the 14th over off Albie Morkel and Chennai were down to 110/3.  Then Doug Bollinger clean bowled Hyderabad captain Kumar Sangakkara in the 16th over to reduce the visitors to 121/4.Cameron White ended up getting caught by substitute Faf du Plessis off Morkel on the first ball of the 18th over when the score was 137. The last ball of the same over saw JP Duminy walk back on 17 and Hyderabad were down to 143/6.More wickets fell in the last over as Daniel Christian ended up getting run out in Doug Bollinger’s over.advertisementFinally Hyderabad could only manage to score 146/8.Chennai inningsEarlier, Suresh Raina scored a fine 59 as Chennai posted an impressive 165/5 against Hyderabad in the 39th IPL match of IPL-4.Chennai suffered early setback in the fourth over when left-arm spinner Pragyan Ohja scalped opener Murali Vijay with a ball that kept low and skid on to crash against his stumps when the team total was 18. This was after Chennai captain MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat.Post that wicket Suresh Raina and opener Michael Hussey got on with a partnership. And by the 10th over the Chennai score was 58/1.Finally in the 13th over Hussey walked back after posting a good 46 runs on board and putting 60 runs for the second wicket with Suresh Raina. Hussey went for a pull off Harmeet Singh but failed to cross the boundary and ended up getting caught by Ishant Sharma when the team total was 78.But Suresh Raina was still at the crease and he went on to score a fine 59 off just 35 balls decorating his innings with six fours and two sixes. Finally, Ojha got the better of him in the 18th over. Raina played took the aerial route but his shot was cut short by Shikhar Dhawan at deep mid-wicket. Chennai were 136/3 post his wicket.Next man Albie Morkel charged away at the opposition bowlers and he picked Ishant Sharma for his batting blitz. He hit a massive six off him in the 19th over and then followed it with another big one measuring 109m and then upped the scale to 114m with the next aerial shot – recording the longest six of the IPL-4 so far.But, Morkel ended up getting run out on the first ball of the 20th over.Captain MS Dhoni, who scored 21, was the last wicket to fall from the Chennai camp. Chennai completed their innings on 165/5 with Subramaniam Badrinath and Srikkanth Anirudha at the crease.last_img read more

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A look at the events of the Patrick Brown saga in Ontario

first_imgA timeline of the tumultuous events that followed the resignation of former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown in January, and his bid to reclaim that post:Jan. 24: Patrick Brown calls a last-minute news conference to deny a pending news report about sexual misconduct, and decry them as “categorically untrue.” Minutes later, CTV News airs a story in which two unnamed women make allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct against Brown dating back to his time as a federal member of parliament. The allegations have not been independently verified by the Canadian Press.Jan. 25: Brown issues a statement in the early morning hours saying he will step down as party leader to focus on clearing his name.Jan. 26: The PC caucus names Tory legislator Victor Fedeli as interim leader. Fedeli vows to root out the “rot” from within the party. The caucus further recommends that Fedeli carry the party through to the election, but the party executive announce that a leadership contest will be held instead.Jan. 29: Former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, brother of the notorious late mayor Rob Ford, becomes the first person to declare his candidacy for the party leadership. He says he plans to rest control of the party from elites and give a voice to the grassroots members.Feb. 1: Former Ontario legislator Christine Elliott announces her bid to contend for the party leadership. Elliott came second to Brown during the last contest to select a new leader in 2015. Elliott is the widow of late federal finance minister Jim Flaherty.Feb. 5: Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney, daughter of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, ends days of speculation by announcing her candidacy for party leader.Feb. 6: Brown breaks his silence in a tweet reaffirming his denial of all sexual misconduct allegations and saying “the truth will come out.”Feb. 8: Social conservative and parental rights activist Tanya Granic Allen announces plans to join the leadership race.Feb. 9: PostMedia publishes the first interview with Brown since his resignation, in which he says he’s contemplating legal action for what he calls the “absolute lies” said about him.Feb. 11: Brown publishes the first of several Facebook posts in which he vows to clear his name and questions the credibility of the women who brought allegations against him. He openly challenges the veracity of CTV’s reporting on the original story and points out discrepancies in the women’s accounts that he says prove their accusations are false.Feb. 13: CTV reports one of Brown’s accusers has altered the timeline of her story but stands by the core events of her allegation. The network says the woman, who claimed she was still in high school at the time of the incident, was in fact of legal age.Feb. 15: Brown announces his intention to sue CTV for its reporting of the allegations against him.Feb. 16: Interim Progressive Conservative leader Vic Fedeli says Brown has been kicked out of the caucus. With less than an hour to go before the deadline for candidates to register for the leadership expires, Brown joins the race. He says his name has been cleared and he wants to focus on getting Ontario back on track.Feb. 20: Brown is not present as the Ontario legislature resumes. He says in a Facebook post that accounts questioning his integrity are likely to emerge in the coming weeks, claiming a small group of insiders is trying to derail his efforts to reclaim his old job. That evening, Brown is interviewed by a Tory nomination committee that will make a decision on whether he can continue on in the leadership race.Feb. 21: Brown quest to regain the Tory leadership is given the green light after the party nomination committee gives him a stamp of approval for a run in the spring election. The committee also approves Brown’s competitors in the contest.Feb. 24: Brown files a notice of libel against CTV News, claiming it engaged in false and malicious reporting when it broadcast sexual misconduct allegations against him.Feb.26: Brown withdraws from the Tory leadership race, saying it has been difficult on his family, and his candidacy has distracted from the policy discussion needed for the party as it heads toward the spring election. His announcement comes hours after Ontario’s integrity commissioner says he has launched an investigation into a complaint filed by Tory legislator Randy Hillier into alleged misconduct by Brown.last_img read more

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