Oh, what a tangled web

first_imgDear Editor,Again, from my layperson perspective, I am thinking that while calls are being made against the one who voted for the motion to be sanctioned and investigated, those who claimed they knew, but still allowed a perceived great wrong to be committed within the confines of the hallowed Chamber, for various trumped up reasons, what sanctions will be brought against them? So there we have through their individual and collective withholding of this vital information a great wrong was allowed to become a resolution. Oh, what a tangled web.Sincerely,Shamshun Mohamedlast_img read more

On tour

first_imgPatricia Trudes da Veiga – Brazil (Editor)Patrícia Trudes da Veiga, 47 years old, has been a journalist at Folha de S.Paulo (the best-selling Brazilian newspaper) since 1984, where she currently holds the post of editor of the Sunday supplements, in addition to editor of the Folhinha, the weekly children’s supplement. Since 2005, she has also been the editor responsible for the Social Entrepreneur Award, a partnership established between the Schwab Foundation and Folha de S.Paulo. This year, she is also the editor in charge of launching the Folha’s Promising Social Entrepreneur Award. Patrícia holds a degree in journalism from the Fundação Cásper Líbero, and a specialization degree in the Third Sector from the Fundação Getulio Vargas de S.Paulo (FGV-SP).Nagy Abdel Aziz – Egypt (Deputy Business Editor)Nagy Abdel Aziz writes for the Almasry Alyom Newspaper in Egypt. He’s main focus areas are topics on Energy, industry, stock market, commercial, investment and transport.Pei Guangjiang – China (Correspondent)Chief correspondent, People’s Daily South African Bureau. Graduated from Tsinghua University in 2006, and started career as professional journalist in the International News Department of People’s Daily the same year. Worked in South Africa since February 2009. Responsible for covering all Southern and eastern Africa countries.  Have written stories about South African general election and World Cup, AU Summits etc.People’s DailyWith publication started in June 1948 and a current circulation of over 2 million, People’s Daily is among the most influential newspapers in China. People’s Daily brings you the latest major domestic news and international news released from Beijing, China. It reflects the views of the Chinese people, and prints four pages of international news per day as well. Our international news covers from politics, economy to science and technology, culture and tourism.David Smith – UK (Senior Correspondent)David Smith is Africa correspondent of The Guardian newspaper in the UK. Since April 2009 he has reported on news, politics, culture and sport across the continent, with assignments so far including the South African general election, an interview with Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the 2010 football World Cup and travels in Botswana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia.David, 35, was born in Salford in the UK and studied at Nailsea School and Leeds University, where he edited Leeds Student newspaper. He went on to join the Daily Express in 1997 and The Observer in 2003, working as a general news reporter and covering the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. He enjoys film and theatre and supports Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club. His lives with his wife, Andrea, in Johannesburg.Yingni Lu – UK (Correspondent) Professional experience: Experienced in strategy and business development, with a unique skills set that combines a B.Eng in Environmental Engineering from Tsinghua University, an MBA from Imperial College, solid professional experience in cleantech and energy sector in the UK and China.  Previously have provided industrial consultancy on Beijing technology need in renewable energy and resources during the period of “11th Five-Year Plan” (2006) and strategic consultancy for one of the business units in EDF Energy (2010).  I am currently doing cleantech research at ICUK, evaluating emerging clean technologies in the UK to identify potential candidates to advise and to connect them to both business and financial partners for expansion to China. Yingni Lu is will be coming through as reporter for ReConnect Africa magazine during this trip. Sue Cullinan – Paris (Editor)Sue Cullinan is a writer and editor for The Africa Report magazine, published in Paris by Groupe Jeune Afrique. A journalist for nearly 30 years, Sue has also worked for the Guardian and Time magazine, New York Times Travel and Leisure and NBC News (US). In Paris, Sue covers South African politics and economics for The Africa Report as well as for Africa Confidential in London. Africa Report is planning a special issue on South Africa in March-April 2011.Miriam Mannak – Netherlands (Journalist)Born in The Netherlands and bred in Angola and Rwanda, Miriam Mannak (1977) is a journalist and photographer based in Cape Town. She writes about different topics, including business and finance, health, social development, politics, environmental issues and travel. Besides being the foreign correspondent at the Dutch equivalent to the Financial Times (Het Financieele Dagblad), she is a regular contributor to Leadership Magazine, Black Business Quarterly, Leadership in HIV, I-Net Bridge, both in-flight magazines of Emirates, and other publications. She holds university degrees in Journalism, American Politics and International Development Studies and moved to South Africa in 2004 as part of a Dutch media programme. From September 2004 until April 2005 she worked as a general reporter at the Cape Times. After realising how much South Africa had to offer, she decided to stay and to make South Africa her home. In 2009, she was awarded a fellowship by the International Aids Society (AIS) and the National Press Foundation in Washington, the US.Currently, Miriam is the Vice Chair of the Western Cape branch of the Southern African Freelancers’ Association (Safrea); South Africa’s main platform for freelance media professionals.Evgenia Pertzova  – Russia (correspondent)Evgenia is graduated from Moscow State University on Journalist department. She has been working as a journalists for more then 5 years. She used to work for online business portal before she joined RBC media group. Her main specialization is food retal + b-2-b communications.Alex Kokcharov – Russia (Correspondent)Born in 1976 in Belarus.  Alex studied Geography and Economics at the universities in Minsk (Belarus), Bochum (Germany), Moscow (Russia) and Oxford (UK). Started a career in business journalism during his student years and joined Expert in 1998. Since 2003 he is the London Correspondent of Expert magazine.  Alex covers primarily business, finance, economy and energy – authored over 300 feature stories, primarily with international focus (including several on Africa). In January 2008 he was awarded a prize by the Russian Media Union for the best business story in the Russian media in 2007 for a story on the competition between financial centres of London and NYC.Evgeny Pavelko – Russia (Correspondent) ROSSIYSKAYA GAZETADaily newspaper of the Russian Government, nationwide,circulation 200000 copies a dayEvgeny Pavelko, born 21.12.1957.Executive Director on International Projects and Advertising.Since 1983 worked like as a correspondent of RIA Novosti agency, Moscow news weekly, creative director of advertising IMA-press agency, editor of international department Izvestia daily newspaper. Working foreign languages – French, English.Specialized on international policy and economy, responsible for foreign supplements and pages in the daily newspaper of the Russian Government – “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”Andreev Alexey – Russia (Editor)Starting from 1996 – writer for “”Asia and Africa today”1997-2003 -worked at Independent Newspaper as international politics observer 2005 – Editor of the foreign policy in New Izvestia newspaper, KOL for BBC (radio) in Asia and Africa.James Lawrence – UK Lifestyle journalistJames Lawrence is a freelance lifestyle journalist and self confessed wine, travel and food obsessive, passionate about discovering and promoting the lesser known wines and wine regions of the world. He is a frequent contributor to decanter.com, Harpers Wine and Spirits, The Guardian online, QS magazine and runs an interactive, community led wine forum, thewineremedy.com.James also co-owns a media production company, called Wine Spotlight. A major project for them next year will be to produce a film, or mini-documentary celebrating South African tourism and culture through its wine industry. He is very excited about his first trip to South Africa, hopefully the first of many.last_img read more

Of romance, love and chocolate…

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Romance and love are in the air. Let’s not forget about chocolate! Nothing says valentines like chocolate, conversation hearts and flowers. More than 58 million pounds of chocolate will be sold in leading up to that special day in February. Chocolate delivers a powerful punch in each bite. Last month we talked about comfort foods and how chocolate contains serotonin. It is mood lifting and plays a starring role as a comfort food. The natural compound of phenylethylamine in chocolate turns it into a stimulant. One thought is that chocolate stimulates short-lived feelings similar to when you are “in love” therefore giving it a nickname of the “love drug.”A gift of chocolate this February will not only shower your sweetheart with a gift of love and comfort but delight his/her heart as well. The anatomical heart, that is. February is also Heart (Health) Month. Believe it or not, a growing number of studies show that chocolate can be a heart healthy choice. That’s right, chocolate! It’s the ingredient of flavanols in cocoa that is so beneficial. The Mayo Clinic states that this flavanol component produces an antioxidant effect that can help reduce cell damage in heart disease, lower blood pressure and improve how your vessels and heart system work.The secret to chocolate that’s good for your heartFirst choose the darkest cocoa powder and chocolate you can find. It has the highest amount of these beneficial flavanols. Stop! This is not a license to eat chocolate candy like it’s an after Halloween sale! Most chocolate that is consumed is in the form of candy. Most chocolate candy and baked goods have added sugar and fat, which decreases the health benefit of the good cocoa. Chocolate candy, even dark should be eaten in moderation. Cocoa powder is where the goodness lies.A few months ago, I had the pleasure of stowing away with Paul on a business trip to the Netherlands. One of our excursions was to a historic windmill village called Zaanse Schans, where we smelled cocoa in the air. Our guide gave us a crash course on Dutch cocoa. It is believed that the Aztecs in Central America discovered cocoa and cherished this sacred plant, using it as “money” as well as creating the amazing chocolate drink we love. The scientific name for chocolate translates into, the much deserving “drink of the gods.” Cocoa came to Europe in the 15th century but it wasn’t until the late 18th century that Amsterdam became a major player in the world of chocolate. The Dutch discovered the way to remove the fat from the cocoa bean and create cocoa powder as we know it today.Dutchcocoa.com states that cacao is grown in the warmest part of our planet, which is the equator give or take 20 degrees. About 60% of the world’s supply is grown in Africa. Commercial cacao trees grow 13 to 26 feet high. Under a canopy of long, thin, dark green leaves, green pods grow out from the trunk and lower branches. It takes five to six months for them to be ready for harvest. Crack open the nine-inch yellow or red pods and you’ll find 30 to 40 cocoa beans, surrounded by white, spongy pulp. The cocoa beans are then roasted and pressed to separate into cocoa butter and cocoa “cake.” The “cake” is turned into cocoa powder where cocoa butter is used in chocolate making.Americans consume 11 pounds of chocolate a year. Although this is less than the Swiss at 20 pounds, that’s still a lot of chocolate. Next time you reach for chocolate, choose dark and enjoy a healthy chocolate valentine’s treat. Your heart and sweetheart will thank you!Eat well & healthy!ShellyAvocado & Banana Chocolate Pudding cleaneating.com (This is the source, not an endorsement. I made this and it’s good. I know it sounds weird, but I double dog dare you to try it!) 1 1/2 bananas, very ripe1 avocado, ripe, pitted and peeled1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder3 Tbsp pure maple syrup1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract, optional1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, optional  To a food processor, add banana, avocado and cocoa powder. Process until just a few chunks remain, about 1 minute. With processor running, pour maple syrup through feed tube and process until completely smooth, scraping down bowl as needed, about 1 minute. Add vanilla (if using) and cinnamon and process until combined, about 10 seconds. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until completely chilled, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Nutrition Information per 1/3 cup: 171 calories, 28 g carb, 8g fat, 6g fiber “Hot Chocolate” Banana-Nut Oatmeal foodnetwork.com 2 cups milk 1/4 tsp pure almond extract 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract Kosher salt 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 2 Tbsp. unsweetened dark cocoa powder 2-3 Tbsp. honey or agave nectar 1/3 cup toasted and chopped walnuts Pinch ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp. dark chocolate chips 2 fully-ripened large bananas (1 1/2 diced and 1/2 thinly sliced crosswise) Bring the milk, 1 3/4 cups water, the diced bananas, and pinch of salt to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Stir in the oats, cocoa powder and 1 ½ tablespoon of the honey and reduce the heat to medium. Cook, stirring frequently, until the oats are fully cooked to desired consistency, 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in almond and vanilla extracts. Transfer to 4 bowls, top with the sliced bananas, walnuts, the remaining 1 tablespoon honey, cinnamon and chocolate chips and serve. Makes 4 servings.Red Wine Chocolate Lava Cakes eatingwell.com  4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped, divided5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided2 tablespoons red wine, divided2 large eggs1 egg yolk1 teaspoon vanilla extract¼ teaspoon salt6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar5 tablespoons all-purpose flour1 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder  Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 6 cups of a muffin tin with cooking spray.Place 3 ounces chocolate and 4 tablespoons butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving, if needed, stirring every 15 seconds, until completely melted. Let cool slightly. Whisk in 1 tablespoon wine, eggs, egg yolk, vanilla and salt. Sift confectioners’ sugar, flour and cocoa over the batter and whisk until smooth. Divide the batter evenly among the 6 prepared muffin cups, using about ¼ cup each.Bake the cakes until the edges look dry and puffed but the centers still look soft and gooey, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack until firm, about 2 minutes. Place a cutting board on top of the pan and invert the cakes out onto it. If they stick, run a knife around and under them to loosen.Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 ounce chocolate and 1 tablespoon butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving, if needed, stirring every 15 seconds, until completely melted. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon wine. Using a thin spatula, transfer the cakes to serving plates. Drizzle the cakes with the chocolate sauce, about 1 teaspoon each. Serve warm. Chocolate Sauce www.Health.com 2 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed1 teaspoon instant coffee granules1 cup hot water1/4 cup agave syrup2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract  Combine first 4 ingredients (through coffee granules) in a food processor. Process until finely ground (about 1 minute).In a small saucepan, stir water and agave syrup together; bring just to a boil over medium-high heat. With the food processor running, add the syrup mixture, then vanilla. Continue processing until sauce is smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Transfer to a container and refrigerate until chilled (at least 2 hours). Stir before serving over fruit, ice cream, or banana bread.last_img read more

Sex, Drugs, Theft and Destruction: What Really Goes On Inside An Apple Retail Store, And Why You Should Be Afraid

first_imgGizmodo has published an amazing story about shenanigans inside Apple stores. Somehow Gizmodo got current and former Apple store employees to dish about the naughty stuff that goes on. The list includes breaking stuff just for fun, stealing, sexual harassment, plain old consensual sex (sometimes inside the store), fraud and drugs.But the grossest, creepiest thing: Geniuses looking through people’s hard drives for nasty personal photos, collecting them and sometimes even posting them on the Internet.Women, BewareReporter Sam Biddle writes: “If a woman walked in, her stuff would get digged through, shared and laughed at. Team bonding. Your iPhone camera roll isn’t safe.”Quote from one tipster: “I used to be an Apple store Expert and the most common practice by Geniuses was going through young girls computers and emailing their private photos to themselves so they could have them for personal use.”Another Apple employee tells a tale of a girl who brought in a computer with a broken display. They took it out back to fix it, went through her photos, found naked pictures she’d taken of herself, and “added that to the collection.”Biddle sums up:“There are – and always will be – miscreants in every job… But when emails arrived in droves repeating the same naughty phenomena, you have to wonder why a company whose rep is as sterling as Apple’s seems to have such a pattern of internal havoc.”One tipster who claimed to be a former Apple employee who had opened retail stores in North America and Asia wrote: “The corruption within Apple goes straight to the top… Apple is fracturing from the inside out.”It’s an amazing, scary, must-read story with lots of screen grabs, emails, documents and photos. See the full story here.Image courtesy of Reuters. dan lyons Tags:#Apple#Genius#imac#iPad#iPhone#iPod#retail Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Day Three Results

first_imgThe Australian Women’s Open team continued their undefeated run in the tournament’s history, but were pushed all the way by a determined New Zealand team. The side trailed at half-time but rallied hard in the second half to take a 9-5. Results:Men’s 30’s: Australia 14 defeated France 2 Men’s Open: Australia 23 defeated France 1 Men’s 40’s: Australia 15 defeated Italy 0 Men’s 35’s: Australia 23 defeated France 1 Senior Mixed: Australia 15 defeated USA 2 Men’s 30’s: Australia 19 defeated Wales 1 Mixed Open: Australia 21 defeated Jersey 1 Men’s 40’s: Australia 16 defeated Niue 1 Men’s 35’s: Australia 15 defeated Wales 2 Women’s Open: Australia 9 defeated New Zealand 5 Men’s Open: Australia 20 defeated Japan 1 Senior Mixed: Australia 17 defeated Wales 1 Men’s 30’s: Australia 16 defeated Scotland 1 Men’s 40’s: Australia 16 defeated France 2Men’s Open: Australia 15 defeated South Africa 1Women’s Open: Australia 16 defeated Singapore 0Senior Mixed: Australia 6 defeated South Africa 1Men’s 35’s: Australia 11 defeated England 1Stay tuned to the website for more information.last_img read more

a month agoChelsea midfielder Mason Mount: We must do better at set-pieces

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount: We must do better at set-piecesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Mason Mount admits they need to do better at set-pieces.Chelsea were undone by Liverpool due to set plays.Mount said: “It is set-pieces that are causing some trouble. Liverpool scored two and when you go 2-0 down then it is quite tough to get back into the game. I thought we were at the end but if you switch off at set-pieces at this level then you get punished.“It happened twice so that’s something we will look at and we have been looking at. We need to keep working on it.“I thought they didn’t create much in open play. So I think we just need to be concentrated when the ball goes out of play so we are switched on and ready for anything to happen.” last_img read more

Canadiantrained allfemale military unit going through paces in Jordan

first_imgOTTAWA — Thousands of troops from more than two-dozen countries including Canada are kicking off an annual military-training exercise in the Middle Eastern country of Jordan amid heightened tensions between the West and Iran.While much of the attention during Exercise Eager Lion will be on broader geo-political tensions, the exercise represents something very different for a small group of Canadian Forces members.That is because Eager Lion represents a major test to determine whether an all-female platoon of Jordanian soldiers that Canada has been training for nearly a year is ready to put its skills to the test.Canadian Forces Col. Paul Lockhart, who is helping manage the training program, says the Jordanian military decided it needed an all-female unit in response to concerns about female extremists inside the country.Men in the Middle East are generally forbidden from touching and searching women, which in Jordan is a concern given an influx of refugees from Syria and other neighbouring countries where the so-called Islamic State is present.Master Warrant Officer Lisa Kachanoski, who is working directly with the all-female unit, says the Jordanian women are eager to show what they’ve learned and eventually put their skills to use in real-life situations.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Magic Johnson And Jennifer Hudson Kick Off We Day In Seattle

first_imgToday, the first-ever U.S. We Day kicks off in Seattle with a remarkable lineup of speakers and performers, including Magic Johnson, Jennifer Hudson and Seattle Seahawks Head Coach, Pete Carroll, taking the stage to inspire 15,000 young people at the KeyArena at Seattle Center.An initiative of international charity and educational partner Free The Children, We Day is the world’s largest youth empowerment event of its kind, created to ignite students’ passion to be active global citizens.Surprising the electric crowd of students and teachers from nearly 400 middle and high schools across the state are today’s hottest, chart-topping artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, as well as renowned singer and Free The Children ambassador Demi Lovato, sending an inspiring live Skype message all the way from Moscow.Leading the audience throughout the day are hosts Munro Chambers and Melinda Shankar from the hit television series DEGRASSI and international activists and co-founders of Free The Children, Craig and Marc Kielburger. Teachers and students will also hear from favorite fictional presidents young and old, including YouTube sensation Kid President and actor and activist Martin Sheen, as well as from Martin Luther King III, NBA All-Star Gary Payton, motivational speaker, actor and former U.S Army soldier, J.R. Martinez, Grammy award-winning performer Nelly Furtado and quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson, among others.“We Day is absolutely extraordinary – where else will you see world-renowned social activists, all-star athletes and award-winning musicians on one stage, firing up a crowd of 15,000 young people and celebrating their dedication to service?” said Pete Carroll, Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks. “The We Day stage is packed with these big-time names, all here in Seattle, to inspire youth to begin their journey of taking positive actions to better our community and world.”Students can’t buy a ticket to We Day; they earn it through service by making a commitment to take one local and one global action throughout the year as part of the We Act program. We Act supports students and educators with free educational resources, student-led campaigns and support materials to help turn the event’s inspiration into sustainable change. Together, We Day and We Act provide a blueprint for raising a generation of active global citizens.“We’re thrilled to bring We Day to the U.S. for the first time, kicking it off in Seattle – a city known for being a leader in education, innovation and philanthropy,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free The Children. “Over the past five years alone, we’ve seen youth involved raise $26 million for more than 900 local and global causes and log 5.1 million volunteer hours. We can’t wait to see what youth across Washington State will achieve.”In partnership with the Seattle Seahawks and A Better Seattle, We Day Seattle is free of charge to the thousands of students and educators in attendance thanks to the generous support of co-title sponsors Microsoft and Amway North America, along with key Seattle-based supporters including Ballmer Family Giving, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.“Today’s youth – tomorrow’s leaders – have the talent and motivation to spark change in communities across the globe,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, who will address the We Day audience today. “Microsoft is thrilled to support young people around the world, through our YouthSpark initiative, with the technology and opportunities to power their dreams and help make them a reality.”Also announced on stage is Amway’s Who Cares Challenge: Youth Leadership Contest; a contest that will honor 10 young change-makers in the U.S. and Canada, and give them a chance to amplify their impact on the world. Over the next 10 weeks, applicants will be asked to share their stories of leadership in local community service and the selected winners will receive $10,000 to apply toward the cause of their choice. The top five of those 10 winners will also receive a trip to We Day Minnesota on October 8 for themselves and a companion.“As we join Free the Children in celebrating the first We Day here in the U.S., we hope to provide a further call to action for young adults passionate about service through Amway’s Who Cares Challenge,” said Tanios Viviani, Regional President of the Americas for Amway, who will unveil the contest on stage. “The contest will allow young people to share their story and continue on the path to making the world a more positive place.”We Day has taken the world by storm with 3.3 million fans, making it one of the world’s largest causes on Facebook. In Canada, We Day touches every major city coast to coast, bringing together hundreds of thousands of young people in their commitment to taking action for a better world.We Day Seattle will be captured in an hour-long special broadcast on Q13 FOX and JOEtv. “The Road To We Day” will feature how the movement got started, highlights and artist performances, inspirational stories of how local students earned their way in and a look ahead to what’s in store for We Day 2014. “The Road To We Day” airs April 12 at 8p on JOEtv (KZJO-TV) and again on April 14 at 5p on Q13 FOX (KCPQ-TV).last_img read more

US fast food brand ChickfilA announces plans for Canadian expansion

first_imgTORONTO – A controversial fast food company that is known as much for its role in U.S. politics as it is for its chicken announced Wednesday that it will expand its Canadian presence over the next five years.Chick-fil-A Inc., which currently has a single Canadian location at Calgary International Airport, said it will open a restaurant in Toronto next year and has plans to establish about 15 locations around the Greater Toronto Area over the next five years.The Atlanta-based company’s expansion comes as a handful of foreign fast food chains are proving that they’re no chickens when it comes to Canada. In recent years, Filipino brand Jollibee and American chains Five Guys Burger and Fries, the Halal Guys, Wahlburgers and Blaze Pizza have entered the already-crowded Canadian market.Foreign brands are likely attracted to the country and Toronto because of the large population, international reputation and close proximity to the U.S., said food industry expert Robert Carter, who expects other large companies will watch Chick-fil-A’s expansion to guide whether they should head to Canada too.“Toronto is considered one of the more multicultural cities in North America, if not the world, so it is a great platform for brands expanding international to test out the Canadian market and then start to fine-tune some of the differences from the U.S. business model,” said Carter.“Chick-fil-A is a very beloved brand down in the U.S. with strong consumer loyalty and I think some of that brands’s awareness will translate for Canadians as well… When you look at loyalty, it is almost on par with a brand like Tim Hortons in Canada.”However, Chick-fil-A is unlike most of the homegrown fast-food brands or foreign ones that have come to Canada because it’s known for its religious and conservative values.The company is owned by the Cathy family, a billionaire evangelical Southern Baptist clan, which attracted plenty of attention in 2012, when its president Dan Cathy said he believes in the “the biblical definition of the family unit” and said those who “have the audacity to define what marriage is about” were “inviting God’s judgment on our nation”.When the Supreme Court chose to support same-sex marriages in the U.S. a year later, Cathy posted on Twitter that the “founding fathers would be ashamed of our generation” and pronounced it a “sad day for our nation.”His remarks caused politicians to call for the chain to boycotted, but Carter suspects the furor will be a “non-issue” for Canadians because he said once issues like these “fall out of the consciousness of consumers, it is business as usual.”He thinks Canadians will find it “curious” if the company sticks to its U.S. policy of keeping its locations closed on Sundays as a way of giving staff time off, but he doesn’t believe it will bother customers too much because he said there are many smaller restaurants that also don’t open that day of the week.To resonate with Canadian audiences, Carter mused that Chick-fil-A could make some changes to its menu items, perhaps rolling out a coffee program or more breakfast offerings, which have proved to be a boon for McDonald’s and Tim Hortons in Canada.Breakfast is the fastest-growing part of the day for restaurants since 2012, according to research companies NPD Group and Nielsen, and breakfast sandwiches make up a third of all orders placed during that time of day.Chick-fil-A will only boost the competition for morning meal dollars in Canada, Carter said, because the company offers a chicken breakfast sandwich, which he hasn’t seen other restaurants in the country roll out.He also considers Chick-fil-A’s expansion to come at an advantageous time because he has seen chicken recently become a “hot” and “go-to” menu item for Canadians.Chick-fil-A offers chicken nuggets, wraps and strips at its 2,300 restaurants in the U.S., which collectively brought the company more than $9 billion in revenue in 2017.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version claimed that Chick-fil-A would open its first Canadian restaurant in Toronto in 2019.last_img read more

Marco Silva proud of Evertons display

first_imgEverton boss Marco Silva credited squad depth and inner resolve for his team’s late winner over Crystal PalaceThe Toffees broke the deadlock late in the game thanks to Dominic Calvert-Lewin who was introduced in the 82nd minute which was followed by another substitute Cenk Tosun in the 89th minute.The Eagles were made to rue their missed chance after missing from the spot.“Sometimes you make changes and everything goes well, like this afternoon,” Silva told Sky.Marco Silva hails Everton’s strong personality after Wolves win Andrew Smyth – September 1, 2019 Everton manager Marco Silva praised his team’s strong personality after scrapping a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Wolves on Sunday.“The other times you try and it’s not the same but in that moment it was important for us, we changed the formation with the substitutes and they did well.“They came on and helped the team and showed that everybody is ready to play and everybody is fighting for positions in the squad.“That is really important. It’s not just the 11 players but the squad and that’s what we want as a club.“I’m happy because the three players came on and they helped. Cenk, Lookman and Dominic are working really hard to achieve what they want, which is to play in our starting XI and this afternoon they helped the team.”last_img read more