Report: Butland interest from Fulham, Arsenal, Newcastle and Liverpool but no bid

first_imgBirmingham City have not received any bids for goalkeeper Jack Butland, the Birmingham Mail say.Fulham were recently touted as favourites to sign the 19-year-old England international, who has been tipped to leave St Andrews during this month’s transfer window.But it is reported that although the Whites, Newcastle, Liverpool and Arsenal have all shown an interest, no actual offers have been made.Meanwhile, the Daily Mail say Turkish club Bursaspor have agreed a loan deal with QPR for defender Anton Ferdinand.Related West London Sport story: QPR reluctant to agree Ferdinand loan dealManchester United and Arsenal are interested in R’s goalkeeper Julio Cesar, according to The Sun.David De Gea will reportedly be replaced at United while the Gunners are said to be losing faith in Wojciech Szczesny.And it is claimed that both clubs are keeping tabs on Brazilian Cesar, who joined Rangers from Inter Milan in the summer.Cesar is currently keeping Robert Green out of the side and it is also claimed that QPR need to offload either of them in order to cut the wage bill.R’s boss Harry Redknapp recently insisted that neither is for sale.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Kurtenbach: The Niners have no excuse for being this bad

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceThe reality of the 49ers’ situation has been inescapable for a while now.This team is bad. Really bad. And every week, it seems to get a bit worse (so long as they’re not playing the Raiders).The Niners were embarrassed in their 43-16 loss to the Seahawks Sunday. Seattle looked like a big brother playing a younger sibling — heeding Mom’s calls to “let them win” for spurts amid heavy-handed runs of complete …last_img

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Oscar, winner!

first_img22 September 2004After a good start on the first weekend of the Paralympic Games in Athens, South African athletes have continued raking in the medals, with double amputee Oscar Pistorius putting in two very different but equally sensational performances in the 200 metres. Pistorius, who was born without shin bones, captured the imagination of the Athens crowd in his qualifying heat on Monday when he fell at the start. Instead of throwing in the towel, he scrambled back to his feet and took off in pursuit of his opposition.Incredibly, he not only caught up with the rest of the field, he passed them – his winning time of 23.42 seconds a double amputee world record.Mind-blowing recordOn Tuesday evening Pistorius was in action again, this time in the final, facing a field made up of single amputees. Unhindered by a poor start, he destroyed his opposition, obliterating the world record with a mind-blowing time of 21.97 seconds. The previous mark was 22.71.To put that performance in perspective, (able-bodied athlete) Juliet Campbell captured Olympic gold in the women’s 200 metres in 22.05 seconds, while Leigh Julius, running for South Africa in the 200 metres men’s heats at Athens, clocked 20.80.After the event, Pistorius declared himself “tired” and said all he wished to do was to return to his room and rest up for the 100 metres. He must be a favourite to add a second medal to his collection in that race.Brian Frasure, the American whose world record Pistorius shattered, and the man who built the South African’s racing prosthetics, finished third in the race, and declared the 17-year-old’s performance “absolutely amazing”. He reckons Pistorius’s time of 21.97 will translate to a sub-11 second 100 metres.Third consecutive Paralympic gold for PringleThere was another gold on the track for South Africa when Malcolm Pringle, running in the 800 metres for athletes with cerebral palsy, cracked the world record with a superb run of 1:58.90 seconds.It was Pringle’s third Paralympic 800 metres gold in succession, as well as an emotional victory; Pringle dedicated his win to his best friend, Gert van der Merwe, who died in August 2002 after failing to regain consciousness following surgery on a leg injury. Van der Merwe competed in the Paralympics in Sydney in 2000, winning gold in the shot put for cerebral palsied athletes.Controversial silver for Van DykErnst van Dyk had to settle for silver in the 1 500 metres for wheelchair athletes, but it was a controversial result. Van Dyk controlled the pace from the start of the race but, with 200 metres to go, Mexico’s Saul Mendoza cut across Van Dyk in the sprint for the finish line.The South African athlete’s left wheel was forced off the ground as he took evasive action, which also cost him some momentum. Van Dyk fought back, closing down the gap, but in the end the Mexican finished 0.41 seconds ahead of the star from Paarl.Ampie Louw, manager of the South African team, lodged an appeal on Van Dyk’s behalf, but when it became clear that it would be difficult to prove Mendoza’s infraction, the protest was withdrawn.Van Dyk accepted the result with good grace, declaring himself happy with the silver. He will have plenty of opportunities to better than result, as he takes on an extremely busy schedule that includes the 400 metres, the 800 metres, the 5 000 metres, and the marathon.More track silvers, bronzeNathan Meyer captured silver in the 200 metres for the visually impaired. He finished third in the race, but the USA’s Royal Mitchell was later disqualified and Meyer moved up to second.Hilton Langenhoven added silver in the long jump to South Africa’s collection with a leap of 7.03 metres for visually impaired athletes. He will also compete in the javelin, 100 metres and 200 metres.Bev Mashinini, competing in the women’s javelin for cerebral palsied athletes, threw 21.94 metres with her fifth throw, to capture the bronze medal. Speaking afterwards, she said she knew the throw was a good one because it left her shoulder sore!Teboho Mokgalagadi, whose disability is spastic diplegic, set a world record in the 100 metres heats, clocking 13.07 seconds.Second gold for Du ToitIn the swimming pool, Natalie du Toit landed her second gold medal, winning the 100 metres freestyle in 1:02.83. Her winning time was a Paralympic record, but just outside the world record of 1:02.72 that she set in Barcelona last year.Du Toit just missed out on a medal in the 100 metres breaststroke, finishing fourth and over six seconds behind world record holder Sisse Egeborg of Denmark.The Cape Town swimmer wasn’t disappointed by the result, saying she knew she wouldn’t do well in the breaststroke, but that the event was useful in preparing her for her next challenge, the 200 metres individual medley.Second silver for FieldScott Field followed up on his silver medal in the 100 metres butterfly with another silver in the 400 metres freestyle for the visually impaired. He admitted to some surprise at the result, saying he hadn’t expected to do so well in the race.On a sad note, South African team flag bearer Rosabelle Riese suffered a broken left leg in a freak accident after falling from her wheelchair while boarding the team bus on Monday.Cape Town-based Riese was due to participate in the table tennis doubles competition along with Alet Moll. Moll will still participate in the single’s table tennis event.last_img read more

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She Leads Africa boosts women in the business ecosystem

first_imgShe Leads Africa was set up to show that many African women were leading in business and in their communities. The initiative runs various programmes to build the profile of women in business across the continent.Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei are the founders of the She Leads Africa network, set up to change negative perceptions of African women. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanTwo women who wanted to see fellow African women leading in business are now reaping the fruit of the initiative they started. Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei are the founders of She Leads Africa (SLA), a community of about 300,000 women.She Leads Africa is a digital media company with a purpose, they say. “It’s very important to us that we focus on not only reach but also on impact.“Our recent Slay Festival in Lagos had more than 1,400 people come out for a day of innovation, culture and technology. It had 81 million social media impressions,” the women say.They partnered with BBC Africa to host a Twitter chat for #SheHiveLondon and the broadcaster live streamed SLA’s SheHiveLondon event.“We have also provided more than $50,000 (R661,458) in grant money to women entrepreneurs and provided training to 1,000 young entrepreneurs on business strategy, digital marketing and finance.”Belo-Osagie and Osei started SLA in 2014, when both had full time jobs. It now has a staff of nine people, two of whom are in South Africa.Watch Anjola Ogunsanwo explain the lessons she learned at the Slay Festival:Their missionSLA is a community that helps young African women achieve their professional dreams, reads its website. “With engaging online content and pan-African events, (the) vision is to become the #1 destination for smart and ambitious young women.”An SLA event, #SheHiveJoburg, was held in Maboneng, Johannesburg, from 9-12 February. It comprised a series of workshops. Successful entrepreneurs gave insight into their journeys and provided training and mentorship to young professional women.“Start thinking of yourself as a brand.” – @sheilaafari, founder of Sheila Afari PR#SheHiveJoburg— She Leads Africa (@SheLeadsAfrica) February 12, 2017Entrepreneur Tip from @SheLeadsAfrica. If you don’t like networking. Get a friend who is a connector to help you connect to your network.— Wasebukhosini ? (@KINGAya_) February 12, 2017“As much as we are in a digital age, your brand offline still matters.” – @sheilaafari, founder of Sheila Afari PR#SheHiveJoburg— She Leads Africa (@SheLeadsAfrica) February 12, 2017We’re not going to create generational wealth with one income stream. @sheilaafari #SheHiveJoburg @SheLeadsAfrica pic.twitter.com/6Teoj1Yyyh— Wasebukhosini ? (@KINGAya_) February 12, 2017Besides sharing inspiring stories of African women, SLA shares guides on its site, such as 7 Cs for great communication; SLA’s career strategy guide; Holding on to your business, your day job and your sanity; and Starting a business: the very first step.Watch Osei talk about how we should portray African women as individuals:Women breaking stereotypesLebohang Monyatsi from Vryburg in the North West, is one of the South African women who features on the SLA website. She is the first South African woman in a wheelchair to be a runway model, and has also represented South Africa in wheelchair basketball.Lebohang Monyatsi challenges people who believe that differently-abled people such as herself are only good for office work and sport. “I intend on making people see that we are capable of doing other things.” (Image: She Leads Africa)“The main goal is to break the stereotypes associated with people with disabilities in the fashion and entertainment industry, and to pave the way for those to follow and succeed me,” she said.One of Monyatsi’s achievements is modelling for the Maboneng Fashion Week. “My goals as a model are to do international modelling, to inspire and be a role model, especially to those who think it’s not possible,” she told SLA.Other South African SLA womenMaphano Mohapi encourages youth to let their voices be heard and to break stereotypes. (Image: She Leads Africa)Several other South African women feature on the SLA website.Ronelle Steenekamp’s start-up RSA Consulting designs learning programmes for employees, advises organisations about learning and development projects and helps companies carry out more effective learning interventions.Her motto is “Pray then slay”. “Before pursuing interests, goals and objectives, I pray. Thereafter I boldly pursue with positive energy and confidence; that’s the slaying part,” Steenekamp says.Vuyi Zondi is a management consultant by profession with experience in strategy consulting to optimise business performance. She is also the founder of Corium Naturals, which sells products such as shea butter and African black soap.Running a business is not smooth going at all times, says Zondi. “But what I learn from one, I can transfer to the other.”Her advice is to do your research and read up from credible sources. “Reach out to the suppliers of raw materials, because they have a wealth of knowledge and guidance. Become a sponge, always soaking in new knowledge.”Lauren Jacobs is in the church with her husband, and is committed to speaking out about issues such as domestic violence. She is also the author of three books. One of Jacobs’ achievements was teaching women in Ghana during a church outreach trip.Her advice to aspiring authors is to forget about writing perfectly. “Forget perfection; embrace what you have to give. Write and write, challenge yourself. Do not copy another writer – we don’t need another Stephen King or Chimamanda Adichie. They are great but we need you.”Social work graduate Maphano Mohapi is a nail technician and makeup artist with a spa business of her own.In 2004, she was in an accident that left her unable to walk. This personal challenge gave Mohapi a new lease on life.She told SLA that after graduating from university, it was difficult to find a job because of her disability. This led to her starting her own business.Her advice is that people should not give up on their dreams. “Remember you have only one life to live. Getting a second chance in my life moulded me into a strong, beautiful black woman I am today,” Mohapi says.How She Leads Africa startedIn 2014, when they started SLA, Belo-Osagie and Osei said they wanted to see if they could find women interested in opportunities, and the response they got blew them away. “We launched our first pitch competition in May 2014 and within six weeks we had nearly 400 applications from more than 25 countries,” they say.“We knew that there was a desire from young woman across the continent to see this movement grow and it’s been exciting building that over the past two years.”Their aim is to work with African women across the continent and in the diaspora. “To date, we’ve hosted our SheHive bootcamps in cities across three continents and have members from more than 30 countries.”Other highlightsMembers of the She Leads Africa team. (Image supplied)In 2014 and 2015, SLA hosted pitch competitions in which entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to showcase their businesses before investors. Then, in 2016, SLA launched its Accelerator programme. The six-month long programme is designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of Nigeria’s brightest female entrepreneurs.Participants receive access to business coaching, private sessions with investors and at the end pitch their business for cash and prizes.In 2016, the SLA top entrepreneur was Angel Adelaja of Fresh Direct. The company produces premium organic fruits and vegetables hydroponically. Adelaja walked away with a 2-million naira (R83 000) investment.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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Twitter Puts the Smack Down on Another Popular App: Whither Twitter as a Platform?

first_imgTags:#Analysis#twitter#web Related Posts mike melanson Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos This morning TwapperKeeper, the Twitter-based service that allowed users to create and export archives of Tweets around certain words or hashtags, announced that it would be shutting down a number of key features of the service to remain in compliance with Twitter’s Terms of Service. According to the company’s blog post, the archiving and API features will be shut down by March 20. While TwapperKeeper may be just one service among many to be forced into compliance, is its fate indicative of a larger movement in the Twitter ecosystem?“While we realize that these features are very important to many of our users,” writes TwapperKeeper founder John O’Brien, “this change comes at the request of Twitter to bring our service into alignment with the API Terms of Service…regarding redistribution and syndication of content.”The particular clause in the Twitter TOS (1.4.A) says that you will not “sell, rent, lease, sublicense, redistribute, or syndicate the Twitter API or Twitter Content to any third party for such party to develop additional products or services without prior written approval from Twitter.” According to O’Brien, this move by Twitter could signal that any service that engages in providing structured data not solely for personal use will be affected.“What I’m seeing is, anybody who is ‘syndicating’ content, ie allowing it to be downloaded and exported in any structured way, is running afoul of the terms of service,” said O’Brien. “If it’s in HTML, it’s fine. The minute it became structured it became a problem.”The End of An Era?Hacker Advocate, Web API geek, and @answerly developer Abraham Williams lamented the news, tweeting “RIP Golden age of Twitter -Twapper Keeper removes features/API because of Twitter TOS.”Has something indeed changed? Has the “golden age of Twitter” come to an end? Twitter has been cracking down on a number third-party services and features over recent weeks, with the official shut-down of the API whitelist earlier this month and last week’s crackdown on UberMedia. In its announcement that it had shutdown Twidroyd and UberTwitter, Twitter said that every day it “suspend[s] hundreds of applications that are in violation of our policies. Generally, these apps are used by a small number of users.” While TwapperKeeper may be just one of hundreds, it has been around for nearly two years with a number of users relying on its API and export features.So how might this be the end of an era? Williams said that things have changed for anyone considering a startup around Twitter’s platform.“Before Chirp last year and before Twitter bought Tweetie, few thought twice about building a company in the Twitter ecosystem.” said Williams, “With recent events I would more then think twice (probably think three/four times) before building a Twitter based company.”The Question Is, Why Now?TwapperKeeper got its start in June 2009 and has been offering API access for almost that entire time. O’Brien says that he even submitted whitelist requests early on explaining exactly the nature of his service. We asked Twitter about the situation and were told that it is a matter of its TOS and Twitter stability.“We ask all developers in the Twitter ecosystem to abide by a simple set of rules that are in the interests of our users, as well as the health and vitality of the platform as a whole,” said a Twitter spokesperson. “We often take actions to enforce these rules; in fact, on an average day we turn off more than one hundred services that violate our API rules of the road. This keeps the ecosystem fair for everyone.”On the point of Twitter’s “health and vitality”, Williams pointed out that if nobody can create their own API, then everyone has to use Twitter’s, which could put a much larger strain on Twitter’s API.In all, Twitter keeps pointing to this “simple set of rules,” but why hasn’t the company enforced the rules until now? Has TwapperKeeper simply flown under the radar for the past year and a half or has something fundamental changed? Is It So “Simple”?Favstar.fm founder Tim Haines explained that API access to Favstar is something that developers have been asking for, but Twitter has turned him down. Enforcement, he says, has been less than uniform.“I’ve casually asked Twitter if it would be okay to offer one in the past, and they’ve said no,” said Haines. “It’s a rule that’s not very well enforced at the moment, as a lot of services, high profile ones included, offer an API that makes Twitter information available outside the terms they’ve agreed with Twitter.”While Haines plans on continuing to petition Twitter for this sort of functionality, there is another service that we were pointed to by several sources that seems to stand in direct contrast of Twitter’s stated point. Twitoaster, a service that “threads and archives your conversations in real time”, offers an API and has publicly done so for some time. The service was created by Arnaud Meunier, who is now a Twitter employee. The key part of the Twitter TOS that must apply here is the “without prior written approval from Twitter,” though inquiries on whether Twitoaster had this approval went unanswered by both Meunier and Twitter. Whither Twitter As A Platform?In a guest post here on ReadWriteWeb yesterday, TextCapital founder Jeff Pester argued that Twitter is a utility and needs to “get off the fence and start acting like one.”The blogosphere is preoccupied with the notion that this is proof that Twitter is at war with the developer ecosystem and that it’s somehow manipulating the playing field to favor its own homegrown apps.But that discussion misses the larger point: Companies like UberMedia are attempting to profit directly at the presentation and consumption end of the stream infrastructure that Twitter has bought and paid for. In my opinion, UberMedia has the right to monetize “consumption environments” (its apps) that add value to end users. At the same time, Twitter deserves to be compensated for the utility it’s providing to UberMedia.The only issue here should be: Who gets paid and how much?The big problem now, of course, is that developers have been working in a certain system for years and some feel that the rug is suddenly being pulled from beneath their feet. At the same time, developers have pointed out that a more stable service with clear definitions on its rules can benefit everyone. Haines explained that, by shutting down services that don’t meet the TOS, Twitter can clarify its position to all – a position that has been stated rather simply, but enforced less so.“It’ll be good if Twitter is currently taking some time to clean up rogue services,” said Haines ,”and make it clear what they allow and what they don’t allow.”The more general and obvious trend in all of this is Twitter’s move toward monetization. When Twitter killed the API whitelist, the primary suggestion for services that required more historical Twitter data was to pay Gnip, the only authorized reseller of Twitter data. When UberTwitter and Twidroyd were suspended, Twitter just happened (perhaps it was a terrible, coincidental PR failure) to be promoting its own clients with promoted trends. O’Brien couldn’t help but reach a similar conclusion.“I’m wondering if tomorrow they’re going to be saying there’s an archive open,” said O’Brien. “I’m just speculating.” Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

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Glasgow CWG 2014: India thrash Scotland 6-2 in hockey

first_imgIndia’s Raghunath Vokaliga, reacts with Chandanda Nikkin as Danish Mujtaba looks on following a goal by Vokkaliga during his sides field hockey match against Wales at the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, Glasgow National Hockey Centre, Scotland. Photo: APThe Indian men’s hockey team on Saturday thrashed hosts Scotland 6-2 for their second consecutive win in the group stage of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.India dominated the proceedings right from the start and it was only in the final moments of the game that Scotland managed to score but it was too late to make a comeback.India got the scorecard ticking early in the sixth minute of the game, with Gurbaj Singh scoring a brilliant field goal.Not wanting to lose their hold in the match, India continued attacking and kept looking for chances to convert.In the 23rd minute, India bagged a penalty corner which was converted through the stick of V.R. Raghunath helping India to increase the lead.At the end of the first half, the scorecard read 2-0 with India leading the match.Going into the second half, India continued its urgency of scoring goals in quick successions.In the 37th minute, Rupinder Pal Singh converted another penalty corner to increase the lead further to 3-0.In the 40th minute, Gurwinder Singh Chandi added one more as he brilliantly struck past the defence to sound the board.India yet again converted a penalty corner stroke in the 45th minute again through Raghunath to make it 5-0.advertisementIndia struck again in the 48th minute through another penalty corner and this time through Rupinder.Trying to break through the Indian defence, Scotland finally managed to open the scoring in the 56th minute when K. Bain scored through a field goal.In the 69th minute, the home team reduced the margin by converting the penalty corner through Nicholas Parkes to make it 6-2.India will now take on Australia on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Emery: Arsenal aren’t where they want to be be

first_imgThe Europa League is “not the place Arsenal want to be”, admits Unai Emery, but the competition is considered to be a useful stepping stone on a path back to the Champions League.The Gunners are taking in a second season outside of the European elite after slipping down the Premier League pecking order towards the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign.Emery has been charged with the task of lifting the club back into the top four, and currently has his side unbeaten across 17 games in all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! It is hoped that domestic targets will be hit in 2018-19, but continental glory is also being pursued by a man with an impressive track record when it comes to delivering European success.Emery, with three Europa League crowns to his name, told Arsenal’s official website of his challenges and ambition in north London: “The first thing is the foundation.“When I was coaching in Spain there was the chance to play in the Champions League or the Europa League. “The teams that have the possibility to win the Champions League are Real Madrid, Barcelona… by winning the Europa League, Atletico Madrid were able to take the next step and compete to win the Champions League, and indeed they played two finals. “At Sevilla we didn’t have the chance to go on and compete to win the Champions League but we could compete to win the Europa League again. It’s about saying, ‘Where can we get to and perform as best we can? There. Let’s go then’.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal v Bournemouth “You have to focus exclusively and with great confidence on that possibility. Once you see that you can do it and you’re making progress, the team motivates itself because it’s a title and a European one at that.“When you have the ability to compete in the Champions League – I had that in Spain with Valencia and then with Sevilla – but if you’re not a contender to win it or it’s more difficult to take that last step, the Europa League is always a place where you can express yourself and show what you can do. “When I joined Arsenal, I joined an Arsenal team competing in the Europa League. That’s not the place the club wants to be, but it’s still an opportunity so we can’t sniff at it. We want to play in the Champions League because this club needs to play in the Champions League, but we need to understand that right now circumstances have meant that that’s more difficult for Arsenal. “We want to get back there and that’s the requirement. The whole club and us internally need to be aware of that. That’s what we want, but to get there we need to get back to doing things that perhaps, that for whatever reasons, we weren’t doing in recent years.”Arsenal will be back in Europa League action on Thursday when they take on Vorksla, with that fixture having been switched to Kiev amid security concerns.last_img read more

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Food resolutions for 2019

first_imgSo another year has passed by and another brand new one is upon us. Most people see the advent of the New Year as a harbinger of hope and better times while some others use the opportunity to reflect back on the year gone past and about all that it brought, or could have brought. One event that is as pertinent as the new year itself is the making of resolutions which most of us do to promise ourselves that we will do certain things this coming year, and also try and leave the bad habits. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAccording to a business insider report, 80% of all New Year resolutions fail by February but despite the failure, most people still keep making resolutions. After all, hope is what makes the world go around. As a chef, I make resolutions too, while not commenting on how long those last (one lasted a few minutes), I still do make them and for the most part try to carry on with those as long as I could. While I am certainly no authority in telling people what to resolve for the New Year, I think I could still suggest some regarding the field that I happen to be in. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMost people make New Year resolutions to ‘eat healthily’, ‘eat less’, while others make food resolutions that have them cook more at home. Let me try and give a few pointers on food resolutions, which you can consider in order to be healthier, wealthier and happier in 2019. Know your food: I have always found it rather unnerving how little we, in general talk about food. When a bunch of boys or girls meet, they talk about everything under the sun, latest movies, latest cars, fashion and what not. But not really about what we are putting inside our bodies, something that is sustaining us and giving us life. This next year, resolve to learn more about your food. Try and find out about the ingredients, source of those ingredients, preparation methods and effects of different kinds of food on the body and mind. I know it sounds too simplistic and childish, but my thought on this is that once you know more about your food, you would definitely respect it more, enjoy it more and be more aware of its effects on the body, good and bad. Love the leftovers: One general tendency among most of us is to not treat the leftover food with due respect. We don’t really prefer the leftovers over a fresh dish. This is wrong at so many levels. First, food is food. If it is not spoilt, it should be given the due respect it deserves. One of the New Year resolutions you can make is to not waste any food. Try and learn to make dishes with leftover ingredients and incorporate those into your meals, basically uncouple the leftover with the ingredients and think of leftovers more as food ingredients than undesirable leftovers. One great idea is also to make a weeknight as a ‘leftover night’ where you can create dishes only with leftovers. Think of all the creativity and satisfaction in doing this. Use new ingredients: One of the biggest problems of daily home-cooked food tends to be that it becomes boring after a while. Use of the same ingredients over and over makes this happen. The availability of all food ingredients, specially the fresh vegetables the entire year around makes it even worse. So, try and use new food ingredients. Some new kind of fish, non-regional vegetables, cheese that you have never heard the name of, try them. Chances are, you would be surprised by what they offer. Meet the farmers: Coming from a farmer family myself, I am rather surprised by how little urban dwellers know about the lives of farmers that bring them their food. One food resolution you must really strive for is to meet some farmers, visit their farms and try and find out their struggles and working methods. It is important that we become empathic to our farmer folks and support them so that they keep providing us with great food. If you get a chance, visit the local farmer’s markets and try and know more about the various offerings. Eat everything: Contrary to how it sounds, it is a good idea to not ban things from your diet, simply because it is unpractical and harsh on yourself. Until there is a health condition or other unavoidable considerations, try and incorporate all kinds of foods, in moderation. So don’t ditch your desserts, don’t demonise the pasta and do indulge in scrumptious biryani once in a while. To shut yourself completely out of any food that you love will not work in the long run. See what I said about 80% of resolutions failing within the first two months, one of the reasons is the unrealistic and unpractical demands on yourself, which of course will not work. The more you are going to tell yourself you can’t eat a certain food, the more you will want it. RECIPE In line with the above thoughts, I am giving one recipe that is quite easy to make, is chock o block with nutrients, reasonably sweet and a healthy snack to gorge on. I call it the ‘jogger’s cookies’. Jogger’s cookies Atta : 200 g Oat : 200 g Flax/Sesame seeds: 40 gms Baking Soda : 2 gm Salt: 2 gm Cinnamon Powder: 1 gm Honey: 100 g Olive Oil : 125 ml Egg : 1 Vanilla Walnuts : 100 g Raisins : 100 g Orange Zest : 1 tsp Lemon Zest : ½ tsp Method: Mix the olive oil, honey , egg and vanilla to form a homogenous mixture. The mix will look like thick vinaigrette. Separately mix together all dry ingredients . Walnuts should be lightly roasted and chopped. Mix the wet and dry mixes. Cool the resultant dough for around one hour. Portion into small balls, flatten a bit and bake it in a pre-heated oven for around 15-18 minutes till it gets a golden brown colour. Extra oat/walnuts can be sprinkled on top before baking. After baking, cool it and enjoy. You can store it in an air tight containers for months. I have been eating these for a long time now, as these are extremely filling, tasty and low on calories. When on diet, eat one of these cookies every hour.last_img read more

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