SA, Chile seek stronger ties

first_img22 August 2005South Africa and Chile are to look for ways to strengthen economic ties between the two countries.Delegates from the two governments met in Pretoria last week to discuss a wide range of issues of common interest.The 2nd South Africa-Chile Joint Consultative Mechanism was co-chaired by Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad and his Chilean counterpart, Under-Secretary Christian Barros.The meeting follows President Thabo Mbeki’s visit to Chile in June, when he and his counterpart, Ricardo Escobar, agreed that both countries had important political and economic roles in their respective regions and that relations between the two needed to be strengthened.This has paved the way for the signing of a number of agreements in the near future, including on defence, agriculture, double-taxation and science and technology.Although he said he was happy with political relations between South Africa and Chile, Pahad expressed concern about the low level of economic relations between the two countries.“The visit [by Barros] highlights what we have been saying, that we have been neglecting tremendous political and economic potential of that region,” Pahad said.“We hope this visit will enable us to begin a process next year to plan a much more systematic approach in economic diplomacy in that region.“Chile can be a gateway for us; we already have got the India-Brazil-South Africa cooperation, but I think the relations with Chile can help expand that.”He said trade between South Africa and Chile was in favour of South Africa, adding that there was now compatibility between the economies of the two countries and that they needed to get their respective private sectors to begin to understand the economic potential.Barros also expressed a commitment by Chile to improve relations with South Africa, especially economically.“We have good political relations with South Africa, but we will need to improve other areas like defence agreements, trade and economic agreements, science and technology, agriculture.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Smith’s status still unclear after early exit in TNT loss

first_imgPBA IMAGESTNT coach Nash Racela had little to say about the status of his import Joshua Smith after the KaTropa’s 125-101 Game 3 loss in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Thursday night.“I don’t know. No idea. I can say something here, but I really have no idea,” Racela told reporters when asked for updates on Smith.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Strizak fulfills championship demand from Pocari Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Smith played a measly nine minutes on the floor, contributing just four points and seven rebounds before complaining about pain in his right foot and leaving the arena early.He left the game with 6:54 remaining in the second quarter as team doctors tended on his supposed injury, then exited to the dugout midway in the third period and out of the venue even before the game ended.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRacela explained that it was a team decision to take Smith out of the court so that the medics can assesshis situation better.“It’s a decision by the team. We just want to make sure that he’s ok,” he said. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Racela also didn’t guaranteed that Smith will be able to suit up for Game 4 on Saturday.“We’ll let you know if we get something soon,” he said.Without Smith, the KaTropa failed to match the mighty Gin Kings, with Justin Brownlee taking over in the first half and igniting the rout with a 61-47 halftime lead, which further ballooned to 32, 125-93, late in the game.In Racela’s eyes, though, coach Tim Cone simply just had the better gameplan for the game.“It’s a game of adjustments. Coach Tim made wonderful adjustments for this game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What was glaring, however, was the discrepancy when it comes to fouls (TNT 30 – Ginebra 17) and free throw attempts (TNT 9 – Ginebra 29), which further made closing the series out hard for the KaTropa.“It’s hard to play in a game like this. You would really struggle. You saw the game, you saw the game,” said Racela, before citing Cone’s plea back in Game 3 for more fan support. “Coach Tim asked for help and he got his help today. It is what it is.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Ministers Hail UWI E-Book Project

first_imgMinister of Education, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, has hailed the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) electronic book (e-book) initiative, noting that it will save students significant sums in textbook costs. Under the project, being piloted in the medical faculty, students will be able to digitally access all their texts and journals at a fraction of the cost of printed material. Speaking at the official launch on Tuesday, February 19, at the Medical Sciences Building, Minister Thwaites said the initiative must be applauded, as it forms part of the Ministry’s thrust to use technology to improve the education system. “We spend roughly $3 billion a year in this country purchasing school books. The state spends about a third of that and this project represents the application of technology, which will remove the burden of the heavy cost of printed material, which many of our parents can scarcely bear,” he stated. Under the project dubbed: ‘UWI/Total Electronic Solution Tablet (TEST)’, medical students will receive a seven-inch Android 4.0 tablet or SmartTab, made by local company JLMobile, at a cost of US$200. The one time charge covers a seven-month warranty and technical support for the duration of the course. The electronic textbooks are being provided by overseas-based company VitalSource, via its application, Bookshelf. Each student will be provided with 18 of the core medical texts needed to complete their programme at a cost of US$199.76 per year. This sum is a mere fraction of the total cost of purchasing all 18 books in hard copy, as one of the required texts cost about US$234. Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), Hon. Phillip Paulwell, who also attended the launch, congratulated those responsible for what he said was a “tremendous feat”. “I am very pleased that finally, we’re seeing the realisation emerging that throughout Jamaica, we are going to be embracing ICTs (Information Communication Technologies) as the way to enable every single area, whether you are involved in education, social welfare, or the medical field,” he stated. The e-book programme was implemented in a response to the increasing cost of tertiary education, primarily the cost of textbooks in the Faculty of Medical Sciences.   Principal, UWI, Mona, Professor Gordon Shirley said the project is the first of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean and aims to provide students with convenient and cost-effective access to textbooks, and provide for the seamless integration of technology into the teaching and learning processes. He said through the facility, students will be able to access books from any library at Mona and other UWI campuses. “Over 50 per cent of the incoming class has already taken access to this (programme) and we hope, in due course, that 100 per cent of the class will take advantage of it,” he stated. Professor Shirley said all textbooks are available on the tablets and, “because so many students have taken access to it, all faculty members have now had to take access to it.” He said that plans are in place to expand the project across all faculties as the institution seeks to become a digital university. He added that UWI will be partnering with representatives from Jamaica College to introduce the programme to that school, and there are plans to extend it to other secondary institutions across the island.last_img read more

Delicious tales from the royal kitchen

first_imgEach time I open up to people about my hometown, the only thing they seem inquisitive towards is the formidable ‘Rampuri Chaku’ – but of course, there is a lot more to the city of Nawabs than this. Not many people are aware of the rich culinary history of Rampur that dates back to 1774. The cuisine, a perfect blend of Mughlai, Awadhi and Rajput food culture, remained under the cover for a long time as Nawabs didn’t prefer the royal food to be cooked and consumed by the commoners. It was only after the descendants of royal Khansamas (chefs) turned back the pages of tattered history books, recipes of the dishes that were prepared in the royal kitchen came to light. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfJW Marriott, New Delhi Aerocity recently hosted a food festival – ‘Dine like Royals’ where five chefs, who are descendants of the khansamas, teamed up to show off their culinary skills and serve mouth-watering Rampur delicacies to Delhiites.Characterized by the use of dry spices (khada masala) which majorly constitute cinnamon, nutmeg, mace and yellow chilly, the food had a very distinctive flavour. The spread started with ‘Nalli Shorba’– which is simple chicken soup with mild spices. This was followed by ‘kachche gosht ki tikia’ (prepared with minced mutton) and ‘fish anjeer tikka’. Served with peeli mirch ki chutney, the starters were not as spicy as I expected them to be. Explaining the reason, Chef Suroor, who headed the team of five Khansamas from Rampur, said, “Originally, the royal food is quite spicier, but here, we have people coming from different areas with unalike forbearance to spices. Hence, spices can be added only within a certain limit.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMoving on to the main course, I had option including ‘Chicken stew’, ‘Murgh Changezi’, ‘Dal Khass’ and more. But a person hailing from Rampur would always pick ‘Tar qorma’ over everything else. Korma, which might seem very spicy in the first look, will actually be a treat to your taste buds. Served in thick gravy, the extremely tender mutton melts in the mouth instantly. The dish which was also modified as per the general taste of everyone for the festival (with less spices and oil), has rich history attached to it. Enlightening me about the same, Shariq Khan, owner of ‘Heritage catering’, who joined hands with JW Marriott to organize this festival narrated, “People in the court of Nawab once urged to eat what His Majesty used to have in his meal. Owing to the request, the recipe of ‘Tar qorma’, which was easy and affordable to prepare, was revealed henceforth.” Amidst the talks around the rich legacy of nawabs, I was served ‘Keema Teheri’ (rice cooked with minced mutton) which actually took me by surprise. Prepared with hand-picked spices, the dish was actually an experiment by the chefs to bring out something new. Accompanied by refreshing mocktails, namely ‘Mango mule’- a mouthwatering fusion of fruit juices, ‘Black Rose’– a perfect blend of mint syrup, lime, and cola served with the brown sugar rim and ‘Masala iced tea’, the food was enjoyed thoroughly. Then, I could hardly wait to dig my spoon in desserts and to take me back to the memory lanes. ‘Gullati’, a traditional sweet dish of Rampur- prepared on happy occasions with milk, khoya, and dry fruits was a total delight. The creamy texture and perfect consistency is what makes it an irresistable seal to the deal.last_img read more