Attorney Siand Dhurjon…after being strip-searched at CJIAA United States-based woman is suing the State and the Customs Anti Narcotic Unit (CANU), after she was asked to strip naked and squat by officers at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Sunday.Ayana Adams, who is Guyanese by birth and a US citizen, was in the process of returning to New York on a Caribbean Airlines flight, after vacationing in her homeland. According to her Attorney, Siand Dhurjon, her ordeal started after her luggage – two suitcases and one carryon bag – was searched and she had passed through security screening.“She was told she was clear, she went through immigration where she did the regular body scans. Just as she was putting on her shoes, she saw the same CANU guy that searched her. And he told her to have a seat,” the lawyer told Guyana Times.“Then two females from CANU took her into a room with mattresses on the wall. And she was told they have to do a thorough scan and that she needed to take off her clothes. She protested, of course. And she asked what the problem is. And they said it’s just procedure.”He related that she reluctantly took off her jump suit, leaving just her bra and underwear. The Attorney said that the agents were not satisfied, demanding that she take off all her clothes, squat and cough as they needed to check “her abdomen and her guts.”“She protested and said she wanted to see the supervisor. And then some man came and said this is the procedure. And this is what you’ll have to do, or else we will have to take you to go and do an X-Ray.”“By then I was contacted,” the lawyer explained. “And I tried contacting the airport to tell them they don’t have the power to force someone to do a cavity search or an X-Ray or any procedure of the sort. They need a court order to do that.”Dhurjon explained that his client’s reason for not wanting to squat was because she was experiencing her menstrual cycle, a fact that was explained to the CANU officers to no avail. He said they insisted on her going through the procedure.The attorney said after a while, his client was taken to sign documentations, then transported to Woodlands Hospital. He said during this time, Adams’ luggage was left for extended periods unattended and with no padlock.“By then I showed up at the hospital and I notified all the CANU ranks that they have no power to do this, this is an unlawful procedure, that my client should not be under arrest. And we told them we do not consent to any X-ray or medical test done on my client. And they still went into the room, behind my back when I wasn’t looking, and they did it.”“And it was found she had nothing inside of her. And I asked them if she is under arrest still. And they said they still have to take her to CANU headquarters again to await further instructions from the Director.”Afterwards, he said, they endured further hassle seeking accommodations for Adams as she had already missed her flight. She had previously stayed at the Marriott, where Dhurjon said approximately US$1800 was spent.According to the lawyer, his client was previously promised accommodation at a hotel. After she supplied proof of her stay at the Marriott, however, she was bluntly told she could not be accommodated at any hotel and that she would have to stay at friends of CANU’s headquarters.To make matters worse, her requests for a copy of her X-ray was denied. He noted that his client is a medical student who has two jobs abroad. He explained that she has no priors and was profiled and humiliated by the officers.According to Dhurjon, they will be filing a lawsuit against the State to seek compensation for the missed flight, accommodation, missing school and her work and damages for the breach of his client’s human rights.The Cheddi Jagan International Airport
A local horse enthusiast is preparing to take his knowledge to an international level.Glenn Stewart, owner of the Horse Ranch in Fort St. John, has been selected to represent Canada for the World Championship of Colt Starting in the Road to the Horse 2012, taking place from March 9-11, 2012 in Murfreesboro, TN.- Advertisement -The three-day competition will match six of the world’s best horse trainers and clinicians against one another, as they attempt to train unbroken colts to ride in just a few short hours, in front of a packed live audience.The upcoming Road to the Horse will be hosting the first ever international competition, as previous years have only included participants from the United States. This year, the event will include competitors from Canada, as well as Australia.Glenn will represent Team Canada with his good friend and fellow clinician, Jonathan Field. Stewart says “I’m excited and honoured to represent Canada in this international competition, and there is no one I would rather be on a team with than Jonathan.”For more information on Glenn, visit the Horse Ranch’s official website and for more information on the Road to the Horse 2012, visit its official website. Advertisement
“The world has lost a great man,” the club said in a statement.“Leicester City was a family under his leadership. It is as a family that we will grieve his passing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the club that is now his legacy,” it said.A book of condolence will be opened at the stadium from Tuesday and the team has postponed its upcoming League Cup fixture against Southampton.“Everyone at the Club has been truly touched by the remarkable response of the football family, whose thoughtful messages of support and solidarity have been deeply appreciated at this difficult time,” the statement said.Police named the four other victims as Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, two members of Vichai’s staff, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.Vichai, 60, the owner of Thailand’s King Power duty-free empire, was a regular at matches who used to fly to and from home games.Polo-loving Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, 61, endeared himself forever to Leicester City fans by bringing the tiny club a title in 2016, their first since being created in 1884The blue chopper took off from the middle of the pitch once the stadium had emptied after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.Eyewitnesses said the helicopter appeared to develop a mechanical problem in its rear propeller shortly after takeoff.Images showed orange balls of flame engulfing the wreckage in the car park of the stadium where just two years ago Leicester celebrated the most unlikely of Premier League title triumphs.“Struggling to find the right words….but to me you are legend, an incredible man who had the biggest heart, the soul of Leicester City Football Club,” Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, one of the heroes of that success, posted on Instagram.“Thank you for everything you did for me, my family and our club. I will truly miss you…. may you rest in peace… #theboss”– ‘Sense of family’ –Prayers and tributes poured in from the footballing world and beyond for the jovial man many credit with bringing glory to the central English city with the miracle-making club.“He’s put Leicester on the map,” supporter Cathy Dann, 55, told AFP.“He’s made us big,” she said, as aviation experts picked through small pieces of wreckage scattered on the stadium’s edge.Sky Sports broadcast pictures of what it said was the helicopter in flames, reporting it belonged to Leicester City Football Club’s Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.Among the tributes was an image of Ganesh — a Hindu god also seen in Thai Buddhist temples.A minute’s silence was observed before the whistle of Sunday’s Premier League matches.“It is a family business and they have instilled this sense of family not just throughout the club but into the city as well,” Andrew Hulley, the team’s chaplain for the past seven years, told AFP.Football fans in Bangkok said Vichai had helped develop the sport in Thailand as well, bringing the Southeast Asian country greater recognition in the sporting world.“He is an important person who has raised the bar of Thai football further,” Apichart Jitratkavee, a Leicester fan in the Thai capital, told AFP.Chamat Uchukanokkul, 39, said Vichai was “an inspiration to Thais… He showed that we can do anything if we set our minds to do it”.Vichai bought Leicester City in 2010 and moved to chairman the following February, pouring millions into the team and becoming a beloved figure in the club and the city — a feat rarely achieved by the Premier League’s foreign owners.– 5,000-1 odds –Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha endeared himself forever to Leicester fans when the unfashionable club broke the grip of England’s giants to win the Premier League in 2016It was under Vichai’s ownership that Leicester crafted one of the biggest fairytales in English football history by winning the 2015/16 Premier League, having started the season as 5,000-1 outsiders for the title.Vichai’s investments in the club helped return them to the Premier League from the second-tier Championship in 2014.Languishing at the very bottom of the table for most of the 2014/15 season, the Foxes, as the team are nicknamed, then engineered what fans now fondly refer to as the “Great Escape”, winning seven of their last nine matches.They ended up finishing 14th, securing another season in Europe’s richest league in 2015/16.But not even their most devout fans could have imagined what happened next.Vardy scored in 11 consecutive matches, propelling the men in blue to a title without parallel in Premier League history.The impact made by Leicester’s remarkable rise under Vichai across the continent was reflected as Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid both expressed their condolences.“The club wants to show their condolences to his family, his friends and all the Leicester fans,” said European champions Madrid in a statement.“Our thoughts are with the whole @lcfc family. Rest in peace,” Barca posted on Twitter.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Smoke rises from the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed in a car park outside Leicester City Football Club’s King Power Stadium on SaturdayLEICESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 29 – Leicester City’s Thai billionaire boss was among five people killed when his helicopter crashed and burst into flames in the Premier League side’s stadium car park moments after taking off from the pitch, the club said on Sunday.A stream of fans already fearing the worst had laid out flowers, football scarves and Buddhist prayers outside the club’s King Power stadium after Saturday’s accident in tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha — the man they credit for an against-all-odds Premier League victory in 2016.
This Wednesday morning on Sportsday we discuss Roy Hodgson and Martin Glenn’s press conference yesterday. They both spoke to the press after Hodgson resigned as England manager after defeat to Iceland in the last 16 of the European Championship on Monday. We also hear from the Wales camp ahead of their Euro 2016 quarter-final against Belgium on Friday.And we also look ahead to day three at Wimbledon, as British number 23 Marcus Willis takes on Roger Federer. All brought to you by Russ Hargreaves and the team!
Naomh Colmcille defeated Convoy in a thrilling U14 Shield final last night, the two sides couldn’t be separated at full-time, and the game went to extra-time to decide a winner. It was the Naomh Colmcille lads who finished the stronger in extra-time, and eventually edged out a dogged and talented Convoy side to be crowned Shield champions. Final score Naomh Colmcille 5-16 Convoy 5-10Pictures courtesy of Gabrielle Gallagher. PICTURE SPECIAL: NAOMH COLMCILLE U14’S DEFEAT CONVOY AFTER EXTRA TIME IN SHIELD FINAL was last modified: June 12th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:convoyGAANaomh ColmcilleNoticesSportU14 Final
Sean McCarron scored quite a spectacular goal to claim all three points from Mervue Utd at Finn Park this evening.The Derryman took a ball from Thomas McMonagle and spotting visiting goalkeeper Gleeson off his line, he unleashed a 30 yard volley into the top corner.Harps battled well throughout against a Mervue side who were ahead of Harps going into this game. This was a typical of the battling spirit Harps have shown this season with Mickey Funston, Ciaran Coll and Tommy Bonner showing the way.McCarron’s goal came just on the whistle for half-time but Mervue battled well in thr second half.They could and perhaps should have equalized as they applied real pressure towards the close of the game.Gary Shanahan was involved in both moves and both times he really should have scored. He had the goal at his mercy when the ball was cross in from the left with five minutes to go but nodded his header to the right of the target.The striker then slipped the Harps defence and was straight through on goal only for Harps ‘keeper Ciaran Gallagher to pull off a fine save.Peter Hutton’s side probably deserved the points on the balance of play.Harps are now second in the table just a point behind Longford Town but the leaders have a game in hand.Hutton and Harps would have settle for that at the start of the season. McCARRON WONDERSTRIKE GRABS ALL THREE POINTS FOR HARPS was last modified: May 17th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:finn harpsMERVUE UTDSean McCarron
LETTERKENNY AC’s Pauric Breslin took the honours in today’s Drumman 5k.All the results are below:Drumman 5k 2014 Place Time No. FirstName Surname Category Club1 17.26 375 Pauric Breslin SM Letterkenny A.C.2 18.14 435 Callum Boyce SM Individual3 18.21 423 Peter O Donnell SM Individual 4 18.58 368 Paddy Mc Daid M40+ Letterkenny A.C.5 19.22 448 Barry Coyle SM Individual6 19.36 308 Joe Gallagher M40+ Milford A C7 20.03 367 Jamie Gallagher SM Individual8 20.06 458 Mark Daly M40+ Individual 9 20.20 357 Pat Hegarty M50+ Finn Valley A.C.10 20.20 362 Joe Hegarty M40+ Individual11 20.20 411 Raymond McGahey M40+ Individual12 20.34 389 Francis Gildea SM Individual 13 20.53 390 Jonathon Edwards SM Individual14 21.00 376 Frances Judge W40+ Letterkenny A.C.15 21.05 388 Brian Hegarty SM Individual16 21.58 421 Declan McElwaine SM Individual17 22.05 355 Seamus Gallagher M50+ Letterkenny A.C.18 22.08 309 Tricia McNulty W40+ Milford A C19 22.09 378 James Gibbons M50+ Milford A C20 22.10 379 Frances Diver M40+ Milford A C21 22.32 303 Paul McGuckian M40+ Milford A C22 22.34 304 Kenneth Moore M40+ Milford A C23 22.42 361 Colette Mc Elwaine SW Individual24 22.58 484 Andrew O’Carroll SM Individual25 23.01 443 Martin Robinson M40+ 24/7 Triathlon Club26 23.07 384 Matthew Simms SM Milford A C27 23.07 321 Amanda McGowan Walk Individual28 23.09 487 Donnacha Devenney Walk Letterkenny A.C.29 23.09 374 James Mc Bride M60+ Individual30 23.16 372 Joseph Casey M40+ Individual 31 23.35 318 Hugh Ferry M40+ Individual32 23.57 440 Ita McGettigan W40+ Individual33 24.07 380 Frank Mc Gettigan M50+ Individual34 24.08 347 Jamie Ward Walk Individual35 24.17 504 Cahir O’Donnell Walk Individual36 24.30 419 Kieran Burke SM Individual37 24.33 310 Killian McNulty M40+ 24/7 Triathlon Club38 24.41 301 John Ward SM Milford A C39 24.46 369 Aubrey Baxter SM Individual40 24.50 387 Martina Carr SW Individual41 24.53 485 Emer Devenney Walk Letterkenny A.C.42 24.54 307 Darina Ferry W40+ Milford A C43 24.56 373 James Doherty SM Milford A C44 24.58 370 John Hughes M50+ Individual45 24.59 426 Aiden Dorrian JM Individual46 25.11 422 Eamonn Kerr M40+ Individual47 25.14 395 Mark Farren SM Individual48 25.20 464 Rosemary McGee W40+ Individual49 25.22 319 Phil McGovern M40+ Individual50 25.23 322 Sam Faulkner SM Individual51 25.24 356 Noel Kilpatrick SM Milford A C52 25.29 327 Patrick Toye M40+ Individual53 25.29 385 Peter Peoples SM Milford A C54 25.43 350 Caroline Mc Elwaine SW Individual55 25.45 394 Gerry Durning M50+ Individual56 25.54 401 Norman Irwin M40+ Individual57 26.07 412 Tommy Naughton SM Individual58 26.20 432 Brenda McCahill W40+ Individual59 26.20 431 Paul McCahill M40+ Individual60 26.33 371 Maura O’Brady W40+ Milford A C61 26.33 302 Grace Friel W40+ Milford A C62 26.43 447 Diarmuid Coyle Walk Individual63 26.51 332 Lee Ponsonby SM Individual64 27.18 386 Bernie Gallagher SW Milford A C65 27.30 463 Bronagh Durning Walk Individual66 27.40 486 Zara Herron SW Individual67 27.54 410 Declan Friel M40+ Milford A C68 28.01 381 Sinead Kinnear SW Individual69 28.02 466 Aoife McGee JW Individual70 28.02 489 Anna Good Walk Individual71 28.55 305 Una Mc Cutter W40+ Milford A C72 29.13 489 Anna Good Walk Individual73 29.13 488 Harry Good Walk Individual74 29.17 377 Ann Doherty W60+ Milford A C75 29.29 406 Orla Redmond SW Individual76 29.29 353 Megan Mc Gettigan Walk Individual77 29.52 404 Avril Larkin SW Individual78 29.58 517 Ben Bradley Walk Individual79 30.02 311 James Smeaton Walk Individual80 30.07 467 Odhran McGee Walk Individual81 30.24 331 Catriona Boyle SW Individual82 30.57 475 Alistair Grier SM Individual83 31.49 480 Heather O’Reilly JW Individual84 31.49 481 Betsy O’Reilly JW Individual85 31.53 392 Michelle Malseed SW Individual86 32.24 465 Orla O’Donnell Walk Individual87 32.41 317 Antoinette Kelly SW Individual88 33.13 354 Josephine Burke W50+ Individual89 33.17 393 Mary O’Donnell W50+ Milford A C90 33.17 360 Maeve Houston Walk Individual91 33.32 400 Patrick Bonner Walk Rosses AC92 34.32 397 Emma Bonner Walk Individual93 34.44 336 Sinead Mc Crossan Walk Individual94 34.44 459 Majella Orr SW Individual95 34.56 369 Aubrey Baxter SM Individual96 34.59 358 Marty Houston M50+ Individual97 35.24 396 Triona Bonner SW Individual98 35.24 398 Rachel Bonner Walk Rosses AC99 35.47 445 Ella Khavia Walk Individual100 35.47 446 Roise Robinson Walk Individual101 36.09 468 ciara O’Donnell Walk Individual102 36.55 493 Roisin Doherty Walk Individual103 37.33 413 Carol Ferry SW Individual104 37.34 456 Declan Black M40+ Individual105 37.37 442 Ryan McAuley Walk Individual106 38.26 450 Caoimhe McGabhann Walk Individual107 38.26 449 Deirdre McGabhann Walk Individual108 40.51 414 Brid Kelly McColum Walk Individual109 40.52 477 Trudi O’Reilly Walk Individual110 40.53 479 Ruby O’Reilly Walk Individual111 41.28 476 Marjorie McHugh Walk Individual112 41.31 511 Alan McNulty Walk Individual113 42.14 512 George McNulty Walk Individual114 42.17 496 Aine Doherty Walk Individual115 42.23 491 Siobhan Murray Walk Individual116 42.24 455 Joanne Smeaton Walk Individual117 42.33 501 Laura Peoples Walk Individual118 42.34 502 Lauren McGettigan Walk Individual119 42.43 492 Ann Marie Doherty Walk Individual120 42.44 453 James Smeaton Walk Individual121 43.05 428 Kathleen Stephenson Walk Individual122 43.10 429 Shauna Tolan Walk Individual123 43.51 349 Ann Ward Walk Individual124 43.51 490 Alfie Good Walk Individual125 45.01 348 Seamus Ward Walk Individual126 45.01 399 Aine Bonner JW Rosses AC127 45.11 415 Jade McColum Walk Individual128 45.12 438 Dualtan McAuley Walk Individual129 45.13 330 Mary Toye Walk Individual130 45.25 487 Donnacha Devenney Walk Letterkenny A.C.131 46.20 503 Sally O’Donnell Walk Individual132 46.20 470 Joan O’Donnell Walk Individual133 46.46 452 Pat Carr Walk Individual134 46.46 451 Moya Carr Walk Individual135 46.48 328 Emma Toye Walk Individual136 46.58 505 James O’Donnell Walk Individual137 47.06 403 Lorraine McGarvey Walk Individual138 47.07 402 Decky Holian Walk Individual139 47.18 315 Louise O’Connor Walk Individual140 47.42 474 Letisha McGarvey Walk Individual141 47.56 339 Oran Carr Walk Individual142 47.57 500 Emma Peoples Walk Individual143 49.02 460 Amanda McGarvey Walk Individual144 49.03 461 Ciaran McGarvey Walk Individual145 49.07 437 Michaela McAuley Walk Individual146 50.17 498 Ann Marie O’Donnell Walk Individual147 50.17 507 Annette O’Donnell Walk Individual148 50.17 506 Mairead O’Donnell Walk Individual149 51.01 424 Brendan Ward Walk Individual150 51.01 425 Christina Ward Walk Individual151 51.02 405 Dylan Gibbons Holian Walk Individual152 51.31 499 Laura Peoples Walk Individual153 51.36 497 Francie Peoples Walk Individual154 52.03 499 Laura Peoples Walk Individual155 52.07 471 Sinead Doherty Walk IndividualTotal Runners: 155 RESULTS FROM TODAY’S DRUMMAN 5K was last modified: May 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on 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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week And while many trace the roots of the Steelers’ four-championships- in-six years run in the 1970s to the Immaculate Reception 1972 playoff game against the Raiders, many of the team’s Hall of Famers cite a midseason 40-17 victory over the Bengals that season for being the real championship catalyst. The Steelers, coming off eight consecutive losing seasons but fortified with young talent that included Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Terry Bradshaw and Harris, were 5-2 but had lost 15-10 earlier in Cincinnati. The Bengals also were 5-2, so the game was for first place in the AFC Central during what was then a 14-game season. It was the first time since the Steelers had moved into Three Rivers Stadium two years before that there was a championship air before a regular-season game, and it had been a sellout for weeks a rarity back then. That week, defensive end Dwight White dared to mention the words “Super Bowl,” a comical notion until then to a franchise that had played 40 seasons without winning a title of any kind. Ham, usually not given to hyperbole, was revved up, saying he couldn’t remember being so excited about a game. For good reason, too the Steelers, whipped to what Bengals owner-coach Paul Brown called “an emotional frenzy,” beat the Bengals 40-17. Afterward, Noll said the game should have convinced all skeptics the Steelers were “a great team.” He was right, as they lost only once during an 11-game span before losing to the undefeated Dolphins 21-17 in the AFC title game. Two years later, the Steelers indeed were Super Bowl champions. There have been other highlights, too, in a series that has seen the Steelers win 41 of 69 meetings. In 1976, with the Bengals (10-4) looking to wrest the division title from the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers (10-4), Pittsburgh won both regular-season meetings even with Bradshaw injured. Harris carried a career-high 41 times for 143 yards in a 23-6 win in Pittsburgh, then ran for 87 yards and the game’s only touchdown as the Steelers won 7-3 in a Cincinnati snowstorm behind rookie QB Mike Kruczek. A year later, after a Houston upset of Cincinnati during the final weekend of the season unexpectedly secured a playoff spot for Pittsburgh, the appreciative Steelers sent the Oilers leather briefcases as a thank-you present. The Steelers got in despite an earlier 17-10 loss in a stinky Riverfront Stadium, where the Bengals dumped material laced with sheep urine to melt an accumulation of ice and snow. The snow disappeared, but the smell lingered for weeks perhaps a precursor of the bad Bengals seasons to come. Ten years later in 1987, Bengals coach Sam Wyche mismanaged the clock for the second time in a month, preventing a game-tying field goal try during a 23-20 Steelers victory in Pittsburgh. Later, reporters overheard Steelers assistant coach Dick Hoak derisively refer to Wyche as Wicky Wacky Wyche. The nickname stuck, even though the Bengals bounced back from that 4-11 season to almost win the Super Bowl in 1988. The Bengals have had their moments against the Steelers, too. Beating the Steelers 26-23 in overtime in 2001 one of only two Steelers losses in their final 15 games the Bengals employed a pass-heavy spread offense that was widely copied by Pittsburgh opponents throughout the following season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PITTSBURGH — Leather briefcases with bright red ribbons. Pellets drenched with sheep urine littering a smelly playing field. Franco Harris churning through the snow. A dynasty started. A nickname given. The Steelers-Bengals rivalry has never compared to Browns-Steelers, Packers-Bears or even Bengals-Browns for intensity, fan interest or entertainment value. Despite playing in the same division for 35 seasons, the Bengals and Steelers have rarely been good in the same season, partly because the Bengals have been so bad for so long. Remarkably, when the Steelers (3-2) and AFC North-leading Bengals (5-1) play Sunday in Cincinnati, it will be the first time both teams have had winning records since they met on Nov. 18, 1990 a span of 30 games. There was no Big Ben back then, but the quarterbacks were named Bubby (Brister) and Boomer (Esiason). And four-time Super Bowl champion Chuck Noll was in his next-to-last season as Pittsburgh’s coach. What has been largely forgotten over time is this rivalry spawned those four-time Super Bowl champions.
Chef Martin AndersonIs chocolate the saviour of the universe?I know that sounds a bit blasphemous but seriously, take a moment to think about it . When you’re happy …….. you eat chocolate. When you’re sad ……. you eat chocolate. When you celebrate …… you eat chocolate. If it’s your birthday ……. you get chocolates. When you’re in love ……. you give chocolates. When you break up …….. you eat more chocolate !! If you are having a baby ……. I’m eating for two !! For breakfast …….. you can spread chocolate on your toast. At break time when you have a wee cup of tea or coffee ………. you eat more chocolate. You can drink hot chocolate. After your dinner chances are you have chocolate desert. And before you go to bed I know for a fact loads of you eat chocolate.Chocolate really is a universal ingredient and has been used for centuries as a treat , a drug or just an excuse to pig out .I’m amazed at how this wee planet can keep producing so much of the cocoa bean ……ah now there’s the secret ……not all chocolates are created equal , in fact the only chocolate I use in my cooking is the 50-70% cocoa type , in other words The Dark stuff !!I know there are those of you who hate dark chocolate and in some cases it has been blamed for migraines ……. but seriously you need to take a look at the ingredients. If it says on the side of the packet ‘chocolate flavour coating’ then this is not real chocolate and is only suitable for staying on the shelf in the supermarket.It is very important to use a real good quality chocolate when making deserts , the cheaper brands of chocolate and the majority of the bars you buy contain vegetable oil , milk and a serious amount of additives to preserve them and make the cacao go further , 70% cacao chocolate contains very little sugar the 100% cacao is actually very bitter and a bit funky to be honest , mostly grated and used in savoury cooking , added to chilli or a rich red wine sauce , it gives a fantastic shine & smoothness to your sauces .When a recipe states milk chocolate I do try to go for the more expensive brands and I do check the ingredients .Ok brace yourselves for another revelation ……there is no such thing as white chocolate as we know it , here is a wee bit of information for you , from the Internet So it must be true !!“White chocolate is not chocolate in the strict sense as it does not contain cacao solids , During the manufacturing process, the dark-colored solids of the cocoa bean are separated from its fatty content but unlike conventional chocolates, the cocoa solids are not later recombined. White chocolate may include additional flavorings , vanilla is a common additive to improve its flavour .Some white chocolate also known as confectioner’s coating may be confused with white chocolate, but are made from inexpensive solid or hydrogenated vegetable and animal fats, not the real thing at all. Did you know that chocolate melts at body temperature ? ……. that’s when you can really tell its good quality , cheaper versions melt at a lower temperature due to their high fat content …….. Ya see it’s the cheap stuff that’s makin ya fat !! Not the real stuff !So the next time you are cooking with or eating chocolates , take a look at the label and make sure it’s the real thing .This week’s recipe is for a variation on the classic tiramisu , you can leave the Baileys out if you wish but it is tasty with it .I use chocolate sponge for this recipe but plain vanilla will be ok . Tiramisu.225g/ ½ lb of full fat mascarpone cheese.2 good measures of baileys cream liquor.50g of icing sugar.Chocolate sponge.½ cup of good strong sweetened coffee.Tia Maria liquor.Drinking chocolate to decorate.Method.Trim your sponge of its crust and cut to your required shape (to fit your mould or serving dish).Blend your cream cheese with the baileys and icing sugar until smooth.Arrange the sponge in your serving dish and lightly soak with a little coffee to which you have added some Tia Maria.Pour over the cheese mix to just cover the sponge and repeat the process until you have used all the sponge and cheese, finishing with a layer of cheese.Sprinkle with drinking chocolate and serve .HE’S KITCHEN FRESH – IS CHOCOLATE THE UNIVERSE’S SAVOUR, ASKS CHEF ANDERSON? was last modified: September 3rd, 2015 by StephenShare 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:chef Martin Anderson
14 November 2013 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) is taking part in India’s first Mars operation by providing satellite tracking, telemetry and command services from its ground station in Hartebeesthoek north of Johannesburg. On 5 November, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the PSLV-C25 rocket carrying its Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft. Shortly thereafter, the Hartebeesthoek ground station picked up the rocket’s satellite signal and began providing the craft with transfer-orbit support services. The Hartebeesthoek station is the closest point to the satellite per pass, said Pandey Shyam, an ISRO scientist who is currently based at the South African station. “The satellite is in its elliptical orbit, and several manoeuvres are planned before the final Mars injection manoeuvre which should take place around 30 November,” Shyam said in a statement issued by Sansa. India’s Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft will orbit the Earth for 20 to 25 days before embarking on a nine-month expedition to Mars. “We were able to perform orbit determination by ranging operations from the ground station, and to place the Mars Orbiter in the correct orbit to reach Mars, and we will continue to perform various commands and maneuvers from Hartebeesthoek,” Shyam said.Looking for signs of life India’s first deep space mission aims to establish the country’s technological capabilities as well as to look for signs of life while orbiting and studying the red planet. The Mars Orbiter has a methane sensor on board, an instrument unique to this mission. “If methane is detected, it could be an indication of life,” Shyam said. If the orbiter reaches Mars successfully, India will become the first Asian country to have a spacecraft orbiting the red planet and only the sixth agency to launch a spacecraft heading for Mars. Tiaan Strydom, the international business manager at Sansa Space Operations, said the agency was pleased to be part of the mission. “By continuously upgrading our facilities, Sansa strives to provide the space industry with a range of services to accommodate various support requests.” Sansa successfully supported Nasa’s Mars Science Laboratory launch in 2011. “We look forward to being part of many more large-scale investments and opportunities,” Strydom said. SAinfo reporter