Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Up to 40 children had a lucky escape this morning after a school bus caught fire in Letterkenny.The incident happened shortly after 8:30am at the Mountaintop, straight across from the entrance to Foxhills.The fire brigade were quickly on the scene and the children were evacuated safely off the coach.The school bus was carrying students from Creeselough to secondary schools in Letterkenny.The bus driver got the children quickly off the bus, once he realised there was a problem with the engine. Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Previous articleMcGettigan to be presented with European medal in Dublin todayNext articleGood news for Donegal Airport as state subsidy is extended News Highland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Homepage BannerNews 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – November 26, 2014 Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest 40 children evacuated off school bus after it catches fire WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Twitter
The announcement is timely as September is National Puppy Mills Awareness month. OSTEGO COUNTY (WBNG) — The Susquehanna SPCA announced on Sept. 21 the creation of the “PAWS Before You Pay” program, aimed to educate, inform and even empower consumers in New York. For more resources to educate yourself on the Susquehanna SPCA click here. The program highlights the importance of adopting and buying healthy animals from responsible breeders and shelters instead of puppy mills, which animal advocates say are only in the business to make money and do not care about the pets themselves. Animal advocates spoke about how often times pets from puppy mills turn out to be sick with deadly diseases like parvovirus, leaving their owners to decide if it’s financially worth keeping their pets. “I can’t tell you the number of calls that I get,” said Libby Post, executive director of the NYS Animal Protection Federation.”The animal has parvo. What should I do? Well, you have three things: The first thing is you have to make the decision whether or not you want to spend thousands of dollars above and beyond of what you’ve already spent to care of this animal and get it through parvo, which is not a guarantee because parvo is a deadly, deadly disease for puppies. You can make the decision to put the animal down which is a heart breaking decision to make.” The SPCA also stressed that buying an animal from a puppy mill could even leave you with making a gut wrenching decision: putting your animal down.
How many have heard of the Rooney Rule in pro football? In essence, it states that you must interview at least one minority candidate before you hire a head coach. People are questioning if Oakland talked to anybody except John Gruden before they hired him.Pro football is basically a monopoly when it comes to coaching candidates. Most of the time NFL owners just rotate coaches when they want a change. They seldom go outside and look for any new talent. It is almost the same way with assistant coaches.One of the few exceptions is Chip Kelly who was the Philadelphia Eagles head coach between 2013-15. He was a college coach in Oregon before he went to the Eagles. Kelly is now back in the college ranks. The owners seem to think that only the pro experience is valuable enough for them to coach their teams. In most cases, this seems to be true.
An article in the March 3 issue of Nature1 explains how tissues communicate to fight off infection. As reported before, cells display samples of the proteins they contain on their outer membranes, a process called presentation. Killer T cells wander around, like cops, looking at the presentations. When they recognize alien proteins (antigens), they respond by killing the cell (see 06/27/2003 entry, “Cell to Phagocyte: I’m Dying – Eat Me”). Now, Dutch scientists Neijssen et al.2 have found that cells in tissues can also pass these flags to neighboring cells through passageways between them called gap junctions. The uninfected neighboring cells thus signal the cops that a firebreak needs to be constructed to avoid further damage. Australian biologists William Heath and Francis Carbone explain:As well as providing another possible mechanism for initiating immunity by dendritic cells, the gap-junction-mediated cross-presentation described by Neijssen et al. offers an interesting method of efficiently limiting the spread of replicating virus. The authors show that not only will a cell expressing viral proteins be killed by T cells, but so will its closest neighbours – because they present viral peptides obtained through gap junctions. Extending the destruction to adjacent cells may provide a ‘fire-break’ around an infection, ensuring that if low levels of virus have spread to surrounding cells, but have yet to produce sufficient protein to allow recognition, such cells will still be eliminated. (Emphasis added in all quotes.) The width of the firebreak is controlled, they explain: “The rapid degradation of peptides within the cell’s cytosol means that the spread of peptides through gap junctions will be rather limited, probably allowing the targeting of adjacent cells but not those more than one cell distant from the infection. Thus, the integrity of targeting should be maintained, with only limited bystander destruction.”1Heath and Carbone, “Coupling and cross-presentation, Nature 434, 27 – 28 (03 March 2005); doi:10.1038/434027a2Neijssen et al., “Cross-presentation by intercellular peptide transfer through gap junctions,” Nature 434, 83 – 88 (03 March 2005); doi:10.1038/nature03290.Neither article attempts to explain how such a clever protective technique could have evolved.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Here are a few more examples illustrating why the imitation of nature is one of the hottest trends in science.Make Like a SnakeSnakes typically crawl with a side-to-side wiggling motion. Can a snake crawl through a tunnel? “University of Cincinnati biologist Bruce Jayne studied the mechanics of snake movement to understand exactly how they can propel themselves forward like a train through a tunnel,” reports Science Daily. It was that curiosity that led to the headline, “Snake research could advance robotics to move through narrow tunnels after a disaster.” Curiosity – Observation of design – Imitation of design. That seemed to be Jayne’s reasoning process. What he found was a new superpower in nature that inspires imitation.Snakes are known for their iconic S-shaped movements. But they have a less noticeable skill that gives them a unique superpower.Snakes can crawl in a straight line.Straight-line or ‘rectilinear’ motion has been observed, but not studied in detail till now.When the snake inches forward, the skin on its belly flexes far more than the skin over its ribcage and back. The belly scales act like treads on a tire, providing traction with the ground as the muscles pull the snake’s internal skeleture forward in an undulating pattern that becomes fluid and seamless when they move quickly.The snake’s muscles are sequentially activated from the head toward the tail in a remarkably fluid and seamless way.Readers can ignore the superfluous Darwinese that asserts dogmatically, “Snakes evolved from burrowing ancestors.” What follows is Lamarckian, anyway. Jayne’s colleague Steven Newman claims that since straight-line movement is efficient for burrowing ancestors, it must have evolved. Funny that slithering in a straight line didn’t happen with gophers or badgers.What’s more important is the inspiration for future intelligent design research: “Newman said robots that can harness a snake’s rectilinear motion could have profound applications.” Jayne and Newman both seem more fascinated by the observations of “amazing contortions” these animals can make. They have 4 modes of locomotion: serpentine, concertina, sidewinding and rectilinear.“They move in so many fascinating ways. Is that because they have such an incredible diversity of motor patterns that the nervous system can generate?” he said.“Even though all snakes have the same body plan, there are fully aquatic snakes, snakes that move on flat surfaces, snakes that move in a horizontal plane, snakes that climb. They go everywhere,” he said. “And the reason they can go everywhere is they have so many different ways of controlling their muscles. That’s pretty intriguing.“Make Like a StingrayMore inspiration for robotics comes from an unlikely source: the stingray. Phys.org reports happenings in UCLA labs:UCLA bioengineering professor Ali Khademhosseini has led the development of a tissue-based soft robot that mimics the biomechanics of a stingray. The new technology could lead to advances in bio-inspired robotics, regenerative medicine and medical diagnostics.What caught the professor’s attention was the simple body design of these graceful swimmers. But the outward simplicity is deceptive; underneath are muscles, nerves, and all the other requirements for life. Khademhosseini ‘s soft robot is a very cheap imitation that cheats by borrowing some of the ray’s own cells:The 10-millimeter long robot is made up of four layers: tissue composed of live heart cells, two distinct types of specialized biomaterials for structural support, and flexible electrodes. Imitating nature, the robotic stingray is even able to “flap” its fins when the electrodes contract the heart cells on the biomaterial scaffold.Even so, he says, “The development of such bioinspired systems could enable future robotics that contain both biological tissues and electronic systems.”Make Like a BirdFixed-wing aircraft are crude compared to the flexible, dynamic wings of a bird. Korean engineers are playing catch-up, testing prototypes of aerial vehicles that can fly freely with independently-controlled wings. Before announcing their latest development, they first criticize today’s planes and helicopters in Science Daily‘s coverage:Aerial vehicles in a typical category have main wings fixed to the body (fuselage) in an integrated form. Shape of main wings, namely airfoil, produces lift force, thanks to aerodynamic interaction with air, and achieves commensurate energy efficiency. Yet, it is difficult for them to make agile movements due to the large turn radius. Banking the aerial vehicle that accounts for eventual turn comes from the adjustment of small ailerons mounted on the trailing edge of the wings.Aerial vehicles in another typical category gain thrust power by rotating multiple propellers. They can make agile movements by changing speed of motors rotating the propellers. For instance, pitch (movement up and down along vertical axis) down for moving forward with quadcopters is executed by increased speed of two rear rotors and unchanged or decreased speed of two front rotors. Rotor represents revolving part of motor. However, they are even less energy-efficient, owing to the absence of lift force created by wings.Could you get both benefits in one craft? Yes, by making like a bird. Although discussion of the new “Nsphere drone” with independently-controlled wings doesn’t mention birds, the connection is obvious. This new drone achieves new levels of “energy efficiency, swiftness and speed” beyond current aircraft designs (think falcons). You might see something like it delivering your future Amazon.com packages, they say. Not carrier pigeons?Make a MuscleNational Geographic reports on progress in making “artificial muscles” that act more like real muscles, and are becoming cheaper to manufacture. “Turning to nature, the University of Colorado Boulder scientists set out to engineer a lifelike muscle that was cheap, flexible, and strong.” Their product takes inspiration from the hummingbird, the elephant, and the octopus. While they want to make soft robots that are more lifelike, the test products have nowhere near the complexity of living muscle. They can just move under the intelligent direction of engineers.Give Biomimetics the Seal of ApprovalIn a final case, Phys.org reports that Korean scientists have used 3-D printing to imitate the whiskers of pinnipeds, a group of semi-aquatic mammals that includes seals and sea lions. As we shared 12/08/17, sea lions have “unique whiskers that help them catch even the fastest fish” (The Conversation). These whiskers—the longest of any animal—inspired the scientists to use them to make an underwater vortex sensor that uses “soft robotics” technology.“This paper is a wonderful example of bioinspired soft robotics. The authors have used observations of a natural system to build a materials-based sensor that can be used on underwater robots for better positional control, navigation, and object detection,” says Editor-in-Chief Barry A. Trimmer, PhD, who directs the Neuromechanics and Biomimetic Devices Laboratory at Tufts University (Medford, MA).The new sensor gathers analog data from the artificial whiskers, then digitizes it for a microcontroller.Support biomimetics. It’s improving the world in countless ways. Let’s rid the world once for all of scientifically useless Darwinian storytelling, with all its evil baggage. The science of the future is here by imitating nature’s superlative designs. (Visited 349 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
There’s been a lot of talk about branding lately – branding of countries and even of continents. The recent visit to Ghana by US President Barack Obama set off another debate about how Africa is perceived, both within and outside the continent, and whether Brand Africa can ever be repositioned.In the same way witnesses to the same event all have their own version of the facts, our individual experiences have an impact on how we perceive a brand, and different eyes see different things. Do we, as Africans, have a kinder view of Africa or are we all the more critical for being so? Are we so used to seeing the wide disparity between the have and have-nots in our home countries that we fail to understand just how others from more developed lands might view this?By the same token, are we so aware of all the positive things in our societies of origin, that we despair of visitors who come only to reinforce their negative perceptions?The Sum of Our ExperienceMy experience of flying British Airways will colour my perception of that brand, while the quality of a product I purchase from L’Oreal might make me question if it (or I) is ‘worth it’.Having recently returned from a visit to South Africa organised by South Africa’s brand manager, the International Marketing Council, (we’ll be sharing more from the trip in future issues) I am incredibly inspired by the energy and determination of South Africans. With a World Cup to run, everything seems to be in the process of being built or rebuilt – a visible renaissance in a nation that has been so recently reborn from its painful past.Managing Brand Africa is the responsibility of all of us, because that brand colours all of us.Yet, as I read articles in the British and international press about Africa, I have to wonder. If the essence of branding is the sum of how we feel about our experience of a product, it begs the question of how so many people who have never experienced a part of Africa have no qualms about contributing their views.Branding AfricaSome media, never letting facts get in the way of a good story, start with a presumption of guilt, leaving the burden on the falsely accused to protest, rebut, and finally claim a victory long after the buzz generated by the issue has died down.The African continent is a classic example of an easy target and what you are told will depend on who you ask – or don’t. For some, Africa represents a continent of hope and opportunity; for others, a place of despair and hopelessness.Good news stories are rarely allowed to emerge from Africa and that plays strongly into the perception of the continent’s brand. Distorted reports, clarified too little and too late, continue to build a picture of crime ridden, corrupt and venal countries governed by tyrants and despots. Progress is often either grudgingly noted or swiftly dismissed when compared to ‘the bigger picture’; while external spokesmen are given more credibility than those who know the continent to make or break the case for Africa.Knocking away StereotypesSo what role can we, as Africans overseas, play in changing some of the assumptions and presumptions about Brand Africa?Well, we can make a start by challenging false assumptions and knocking away negative stereotypes. Challenging ignorance, not by strident insults, but by gentle explanation and factual discourse; remembering the saying that ‘raising your voice doesn’t increase the power of your argument’.People’s experience of us as proud Africans will colour their perception of Brand Africa. Africans can’t achieve? Africans are limited? Perhaps, then, striving for excellence – right where we are – is the best way to rebut assumptions about the capabilities of people from Africa.A New BrandManaging Brand Africa is the responsibility of all of us, because that brand colours all of us. In many areas, Brand Africa has never had more good news to shout about but has also never been more in need of ambassadors to make its case.In the words of the late King of Pop, it’s time to make that change. South Africa has made a decision to protect its brand; isn’t it time the rest of Africa did the same?In This IssueKeeping with tradition, our August issue is made up of my picks from the issues of ReConnect Africa published throughout the past year. We hope that those of you who started subscribing recently will enjoy the articles you may have missed, while our longer standing readers can revisit some that they enjoyed before.While the events of the global recession have also impacted on Africa, the continent still offers long-term growth and opportunity for investors. We start with a report on the Africa Investment and Finance Conference in Africa – The last Frontier.In considering Kenya’s – and Africa’s – ambitions as the outsourcing destination of choice, Selorm Adadevoh reflects on whether Africa should really aim to copy India in his report Outsourcing to Africa: Dream or Realistic Aspiration?Tanzania – ‘The Land of Limitless Opportunities’ – is not simply a land of natural beauty, but also a country that offers vast investment opportunities, as a recent conference in London highlighted.If you need the facts about just why Africa has so much to offer, there is no better place to turn than the beautiful new book that celebrates all that is positive about Africa. Learn more about ‘Africa – The Good News’ in this report.The role that Africa’s Diaspora can play in leading change and development within Africa is explained by Dr. K Y Amoako, Founder and President of the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) in ‘Transforming Africa’ and we look at how the ABE qualification is opening doors for African professionals globally in ‘Training Africa’s Managers’.CareersIn this tough job market, your networking skills will be crucial to finding and keeping a job. In ‘Think You Can’t Network?’ Jane Adshead-Grant offers some essential tips to help you transform the way you make contacts.Could you be happier in your life? What’s stopping you? In ‘Be Your Own Coach’, leading careers coach Robin Alcock takes a look at what prevents us from being more effective and what we can do about it.Also in our Careers section, we review a recent Summit on recruitment in the oil, gas and power sectors in ‘Future Talent for Oil and Gas’, offer some advice on interviews in ‘7 Ways to Excel at Job Interviews’ and hear from our Careers Coach on ‘Finding a Job at Fifty’.For those of you opting for self-employment, take a look at Steve Gardner’s advice in ‘Only the Lonely – The Hidden Side of Self-Employment’ to find out how to give yourself a boost during those tough days.African DiasporaIn ‘Transforming Ghana in Ireland’, we look at how the Association of Ghanaian Professionals in Ireland is helping instil patriotism and professionalism in Ghanaians in Ireland.We bring you a report of the launch of ‘Global South Africans’, a global network of South Africans and friends of South Africa, and its plans to bring skills and knowledge to the country. With a new government in place, we share, in ‘Voting South Africa’, the reflections of two South Africans in London on the significance of their vote on Election Day.Africans don’t come any more enterprising than Fred Quartey and, if you are looking for a taste of Africa in London, a visit to his restaurant, Just Freddie’s, is a must. Check out ‘A Taste of Talent’ to learn more about Fred’s story.Journalist and radio presenter, Uduak Amimo is our guest interviewee in my pick of ‘5 Minute Interview’ articles and she shares some of the sources of her inspiration and success.August is holiday month but there are nevertheless a number of exciting events taking place in the UK and overseas and our Events listing gives you details of what’s on this month.As ever, we report on news from the UK and around the world and bring you an overview of news from across the African continent.Share your comments about our articles or write into our Letters page and let us know what you think about ReConnect Africa.ReConnect Africa Members’ ForumWhat’s making you angry/thoughtful/happy? What would you like to share with other readers of ReConnect Africa? Post your comments or give some advice to other members on our free ReConnect Africa Forum.Thank you to those of you who have registered onto the Forum and posted your comments; if you haven’t yet joined, why don’t you do so today?Courtesy: Reconnect Africa
“She has worked fantastically during the time since we met. When we started in November she lost to the number 42 in Canada and a month ago she beat the Canadian number one,” said Hogstedt. He also defeated other number one ranked players like Pat Rafter, Jim Courier, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Guillermo Vilas. He won the US Open Junior event in 1981 and reached a career-high ranking of number 38 in the world. “Zoe plays an aggressive game from the baseline, but she can play with high spin and angles. She also likes to come to the net and serves well, so she has a great all-around game and has a liking for all surfaces,” he said. Looking ahead, he said: “I took Wozniacki, Li Na and Sharapova to the top. Next it will be two young sisters from South Africa, Zoe and Isabella Kruger, who I will make Grand Slam champions for South Africa.” He then discovered that Kruger, who comes from Pretoria, had an equally talented younger sister, Isabella, who is just eight years old. “I saw from the first day I could transform Zoe Kruger into one of the best players in the world,” Hogstedt said in a statement on Wednesday. Thomas Hogstedt, one of the world’s leading tennis coaches, has identified two South African sisters as potential future Grand Slam champions and has taken them under his wing. “Isabella reminds me of Martina Hingis. She plays a very fast, flat game and has great feel for the ball. Her favourite shot is the volley, but she also hits a very good drop shot.” Hogstedt comes to South Africa whenever he is able to, but has a coaching team who work with the girls when he can’t travel. The girls also go to his facility in Sweden for training camps and he and his coaching team travel with the girls when they play on the international circuit. His almost three-year coaching relationship with Maria Sharapova came to an end in July this year. The Swede, who has guided the likes of Maria Sharapova, Li Na and Caroline Wozniacki to the pinnacle of their careers, was invited by Tennis South Africa to conduct a clinic in Stellenbosch last November. At the clinic, he came across then 10-year-old Zoe Kruger, who immediately caught his eye. Zoe also helped South Africa to a third place finish in the under-12 team championship in Canada. Hogstedt knows what it takes to play at highest level of the game. In his 14-year professional career he managed wins over all three Swedish players who were ranked number one in the world at some stage during their careers: Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg. Uncanny abilityHogstedt has an uncanny ability to recognise what it takes to turn a pre-teenager into a champion, as he proved when coaching Wozniacki as a 13-year-old. He took her to number one in the world. SAinfo reporter One of the bestIsabella is already regarded as one of the best eight-year-old players in the world. She reached the final of the highly regarded Little Mo tournament in the under-eight age group when she was just seven and lost the final in three sets to Russia’s number one player. 26 September 2013 Coaching careerAs a coach he has worked with some of the top names in the sport, including Germany’s Tommy Haas and Nicolas Kiefer. Hogstedt also coached three top Swedes Jonas Bjorkman (career high world number 4), Magnus Norman (ranked 2) and Thomas Johansson (ranked 9). No peersZoe has no peers in her age group in South Africa, which she demonstrated by winning the SA National Under-12 Championship when she was just 10 years old. Last month she reached the final of an under-12 tournament in Canada, winning five of her six matches.
16 July 2014 The government will establish 12 more dedicated sexual offences courts in the 2014/15 financial year, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha told a media briefing ahead of his department’s budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday. The plan, Masutha said, was to establish 106 sexual offences courts over a period of 10 years, as part of the country’s drive to combat crimes against women and children. The concept of sexual offences courts was introduced in South Africa in 1993, and by the end of 2005 there were 74 sexual offences courts countrywide. The special courts were phased out in the years following because of budget constraints, but were reintroduced in August 2013. Since then, 22 such courts have been established. “Through sexual offences courts, we are able to provide specialised victim-support services, improve the effectiveness of witnesses in the execution of their role in court, reduce the turnaround time in the finalisation of sexual offences matters, and improve the conviction rates,” Masutha said. The courts feature specially trained officials, procedures and equipment to reduce the chance of secondary trauma for victims. There is a proper screening process to identify cases that fall within the sexual offences category; a special room where victims will testify; a private waiting room for adult witnesses; and a private waiting room for child witnesses and victim support services. The courts also include special equipment to enable victims to identify the accused from the testifying room when required to do so, as well as a designated court clerk and a court preparation programme for witnesses to prepare for court and to provide debriefing after they have testified. The Department of Justice and Correctional Services’s chief operating officer, Khotso Dewee, said R100-million had been allocated for the running of the sexual offences courts. On the issue of rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, Masutha said his department, together with various Chapter 9 institutions and civil society organisations, had launched the National LGBTI Programme in April, in order to guide the government’s response to the growing victimisation of LGBTI people in the country. Source: SAnews.gov.za
Sandwiches – some call them food of the gods, but for most of us, they’re a simple, easy meal to enjoy out and about or at home as comfort food. While technically a savoury or sweet filling between two pieces of bread, there are many different takes on what a sandwich can be.CD AndersonFrom the Mexican tortilla to the American hamburger, the ham and cheese croque-monsieur and the Middle Eastern shawarma, cultures around the world all have their own version of a sandwich that perfectly sums up their tastes and heritage.South Africa, with its melting pot of cultures, has its own distinct sandwiches, rich in both the history of the country as well as in taste.Here are six of the best South African sandwiches to inspire your next lunchtime.Bunny chowIconic South African sandwiches: the Bunny Chow pic.twitter.com/IEuVGsMPlg— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 4, 2016The bunny chow dates back to the 1940s, when Indian migrant workers in the sugar cane plantations of what was then Natal devised a unique, no-mess, no-fuss method of carrying their vegetable curry lunches in the fields: in a hollowed-out half-loaf of bread.Traditional roti bread proved too unstable for a meal on the run, so food sellers (most notably the legendary Durban street café Kapitan’s) used loaves of government bread as a cheaper and more mobile alternative.The name derives from the word ‘bun’ and the curry ingredient ‘achar’, anglicised into ‘bunny chow’. The modern bunny chow is not limited to vegetarian curry, with meat variants and even a breakfast bunny made with bacon and eggs proving popular. Despite the sandwich’s working class origins, the bunny chow is also enjoyed as a gourmet meal in top-class South African-themed restaurants around the world.An African variation of the bunny chow, found in most food spaza shops in townships across the country, is the spatlo, or kota, a hollowed-out quarter-loaf filled with chips, polony and egg.Iconic South African sandwiches: the Spatlo (or Kota) pic.twitter.com/a30twfnUNX— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 4, 2016The gatsbyIconic South African sandwiches: the Gatsby pic.twitter.com/dm1bYAzXpJ— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 4, 2016The gatsby is a Western Cape take on the traditional submarine, or sub, sandwich, a long bread roll filled with fish, chips and peri-peri sauce. Variations can include other meats, egg and polony. Calamari is also a favourite filling. A larger, Gauteng variation is nicknamed ‘AK-47’ because it can be held in one’s arm.Originating on the Cape Flats during the 1970s, the sandwich, named after the book The Great Gatsby was a way for factory workers to use dinner leftovers for next-day lunches.As one of the country’s more well-known foods, strongly integrated into the heritage and identity of the Cape Flats, gatsbys are served in up-market restaurants and corner cafés alike.Above all, given its generous size, part of the sandwich’s enduring popularity is that it is always best enjoyed when shared.Boerewors rollIconic South African sandwiches: the Boerewors roll pic.twitter.com/q0xRCe24sV— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 4, 2016Like the American hotdog, the humble boerie roll is quintessentially a national food of the people, enjoyed by South Africans of all ages, from all walks of life.Served with fried onions and tomato relish – maybe a hint of chilli if so inclined – the boerie can be homemade as part of a traditional family braai or bought from mobile food stalls at sporting events, church bazaars, even after a night out on the town. It is the ultimate South African comfort food.Braai broodjieIconic South African sandwiches: the Braai broodjie pic.twitter.com/S3KxrXgrNR— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 4, 2016While it might seem like a deceptively simple variation on the universal toasted cheese and tomato sandwich, the distinct South African flavour of the braai broodjie comes from its back-to-basics preparation: on the grill, over an open fire.A sandwich with cheese, tomato, onion and salt and pepper, the challenge in making a flawless broodjie is getting the cheese perfectly melted without burning the bread.While commercial food manufacturers have attempted to duplicate the taste of a braai broodjie on a larger scale, nothing quite beats building your own broodjie from scratch and grilling it over the fire to your personal perfection.Midundu, or vetkoek and minceIconic South African sandwiches: the Midundu (vetkoek and mince) pic.twitter.com/WpbXM4950Y— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 4, 2016Based on the Dutch ‘olie bol’ (oil dough ball), the vetkoek is a perfect package as a sandwich, even if not completely traditional. The variations are endless, and not just savoury. The vetkoek can be made with jam, peanut butter and thick syrups.But mostly, the vetkoek and mince combination is the most popular, always readily available and always delicious, from mobile food stalls at public gatherings and at the self-styled vetkoek palaise fast food outlets.As comfortable in the heart of farming country as it is at your local shis’nyama, or even as part of a bunny chow or gatsby, the vetkoek and mince sandwich is the quintessential South African sandwich.Source: WikipediaSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info material
Kohima, Dec 10 (PTI) SNF Band of Nagaland has won the coveted title of Hornbill International Rock Contest 2016.In the final of the contest held last night here, SNF Nagaland pipped eight other bands from different parts of the country to win the cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.Crystal and the Witches from Sikkim bagged the second prize of Rs 2 lakh while The Prophets from Mizoram won the third position of Rs 1 lakh.In the individual awards the best vocals went to The Prophets, best guitarist was from SNF, Crystal and the Witches got the best drummer, and the best bassist award was bagged by Mount Groove from Darjeeling.The other finalists who also performed were Mount Groove (Darjeeling), A Touch of Madness (Nagaland), Anti-Trust (Nagaland), Ambush(Assam), Soul Bucket (Nagaland) and I Am We (Kolkata).The judges for the contest were Rudy Wallang, Luke Kenny and Atsung Jamir.Organised annually as part of the Hornbill Festival by the states Music Task Force under Youth Resources and Sports Department, the acclaimed Hornbill International Rock Contest had 20 bands jamming it up before a cheering and clapping audience.Meanwhile, the closing ceremony of 10-day long Hornbill Festival will be held at this evening at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama here. PTI NBS SUS SUS