27 Sep

Zimbabwe opposition to sue Grace Mugabe over misuse of agricultural loan

first_imgZimbabwe’s opposition parties are reportedly contemplating a court action  against First Lady Grace Mugabe, whom they accuse of abusing a $98m agricultural equipment loan secured from Brazil under the Zimbabwe-Brazil More Foor for Africa Programme.The country’s media reports that Grace was using the publicly underwritten loan for her own political benefit, as the bid to succeed Robert Mugabe intensifies within the ruling Zanu-PF party.The First Lady, according to the Zimbabwe Independent, has in the past weeks donated agricultural equipment sourced under the Brazil loan facility as she embarked on a controversial campaign trail which sources say was meant to test the “succession waters” ahead of the 2018 general elections.Although she denied she harbors any presidential ambitions, analysts believe that Grace may be positioning herself to take over power when her husband leaves office.Brazil reportedly supplied Zimbabwe with 320 tractors, 450 disc harrows, 310 planters, 100 fertilizer spreaders and 6 650 knapsack sprayers valued at $38.6m under the first phase of the $98m facility commissioned by Mugabe in May.last_img read more

28 Dec


first_imgDD FOOD: There’s no getting away from the avocado. It was the most pinned food on Pinterest last year and remains a top seller for Irish consumers.Avocados are a stone fruit with a delicious creamy texture that grow in warm climates and are often a feature of Mexican and South American cuisine.This creamy-fleshed, versatile fruit can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes. Also known as an alligator pear or butter fruit, the versatile avocado is the only fruit that provides a substantial amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA). Avocados are a naturally nutrient-dense food and contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals.The good news for avocado eaters is the fruit’s fats provide nutrients, reduce bad cholesterol levels and are said to lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.Hass avocados are oval shaped with knobbly-textured purplish-black skin. The Hass variety of avocado is the most popular, accounting for 80% of all the avocados eaten worldwide.Consumers prefer its creamy, slightly nutty flavour. Retailers prefer its durability and longer shelf life. Green fruit can take anywhere from two to seven days to ripen when stored at room temperature. You can speed the process by placing your Hass avocados in a paper bag with an apple for 2 to 3 days at room temperature. If you want to slow the process down, simply keep your avocado in the fridge.Avocado’s popularity is showing no signs of slowing down: sales have grown by 31 percent in the last year, with retailers earning a huge £34 million in 2015 from our obsession.If you are an avocado lover but are getting bored of just mashing it on toast every morning, try these recipes to mix things up a bit.Avocados are currently on offer in Aldi as part of the super six weekly offers-39cent for two.Avocado Breakfast Boost MethodPrepare the avocados by cutting lengthways all the way around, working around the stoneGently twist the two halves apartTap the blade of a knife into the stone and twist gently to releaseThen remove the skin of the avocados by placing the halves of the avocados face down and peeling off the skinCut the mango into half and remove the stoneScoop the flesh away from the skin and place into the blender along with the avocadoBlend until the avocado and mango have mixed togetherPour the smoothie into glasses over crushed iceBaked avocados with eggPreheat the oven to 425 degrees.Slice the avocados in half, and take out the pit. Scoop out about two tablespoons of flesh from the centre of the avocado, just enough so the egg will fit snugly in the centrePlace the avocados in a small baking dish.Crack an egg into each avocado half. Try your best to crack the yolk in first, then let the egg whites spill in to fill up the rest of the shell.Place in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cooking time will depend on the size of your eggs and avocados. Just make sure the egg whites have enough time to set.Remove from garnish with chives. Avocado with tomato bruschettaPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice baguette diagonally into sixteen 1/2-inch-thick slices; brush both sides with a total of olive oil. Bake on a baking sheet until golden, about 8 minutes.Halve avocado lengthwise and remove pit; scoop flesh into a small bowl. Mash with lemon juice; season with coarse salt and ground pepper. Spread on toasted bread; top with sliced cherry tomatoes.Avocado now on sale at Aldi, priced 39c per packDD FOOD: HAVE-A-GO AT AVOCADO was last modified: April 9th, 2016 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 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:avocadobest avocado recipesDonegal Daily Foodrecipeslast_img read more

26 Nov

French Open Finalists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty Reclaim Ninth Spot in BWF Rankings

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Indian men’s doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty has reclaimed its position in the top 10 of the latest BWF rankings.Satwik and Chirag, who became the first Indian pair to enter the finals of a BWF World Tour Super 750 event at the French Open last week, gained two places to grab the ninth place. The Indian duo had broken into the top 10 for the first time in August following its historic triumph at the Thailand Open BWF Super Tour 500 event.Satwik and Chirag had shocked the then reigning world champions Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen of China in the Thailand Open final to become the first Indian men’s pairing to win a super 500 event.Last week, the young Indian pair dished out a superlative performance, stunning reigning world champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, World No. 8 Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen and World No. 6 Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe on way to the finals.The Indian duo lost in the finals to world no 1 Indonesian combination of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo.Last year, Satwik and Chirag had claimed the Hyderabad Open Super 100 and also won silver medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.Their consistent performance in the international circuit has earned Satwik and Chirag a deal with sports management company IOS Sports and Entertainment.”As athletes we don’t have a lot of time to handle our brand portfolios and other commercial commitments. Hence I am happy to be on board with IOS Sports who have a proven record and long term associations with other elite athletes of the country,” said 19 year-old Satwik.Meanwhile, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal remained static at the sixth and ninth places respectively in the rankings after finishing in the quarter-finals in women’s singles in Paris.Rising shuttler Lakshya Sen, who is currently playing at the SaarLorLux Open, moved up a place to 51st, while Shubankar Dey jumped four places to No 38.Parupalli Kashyap also improved a place to grab the 25th spot while Sameer Verma also climbed a place to the 17th spot.Women’s doubles pairing of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy were out of the top-25 after slipping two positions to be placed 26th. badmintonBWF rankingsChirag ShettySatwiksairaj Rankireddy First Published: October 30, 2019, 9:15 PM ISTlast_img read more

10 Aug

Hublot is proud to be the official timekeeper of t

first_imgHublot is proud to be the official timekeeper of the FIFA World Cup 2010. To celebrate the partnership, Hublot will be hosting very exclusive live screenings of the last four games of the World Cup at Cipriani Wall Street’s cinema room in New York City.The events, starting July 6th, will feature a Hublot Bar where you will be able to watch these exciting matches while previewing some of the hottest Hublot styles of this summer (as well as other entertainment), making it one of the hottest stateside tickets for soccer fans. All screenings are by invitation only.www.hublot.comlast_img read more