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PACRA MOVE WRONG……

The recommendation by Pacra that certain business should be reserved for Zambians only is wrong. The problem of some non Zambians involved in low level businesses is a result of illegal immigration caused by a system that grants investors licenses to non Zambians who don’t qualify to be in this country. It is practically impossible to find a non Zambian who has invested a minimum amount of thousands of dollars in Zambia to engage in chicken rearing costing some hundreds of dollars.

Once granted investment license non Zambians should be engaged in any business activity they have applied for. It is economically suicidal to restrict entry of any business player if the country has to address the huge unemployment problem. The focus should be reduction of unemployment levels not the increase of profits for Zambian businessmen.

And The recommendation by Pacra that non Zambians should partner Zambians in doing business that will be reserved for Zambians is also unrealistic .Business partnership can never be made by decree it is a result of trust that two or more people will have. The few countries that have adopted this retrogressive policy of reserving certain sectors of the economy Or forcing partnerships in business have not performed well. Zimbabwe is a glaring example.

…ROAD ACCIDENTS CAN BE MINIMISED….

The recent accident on the Kabwe road involving a bus and a truck claiming more than 50 lives is Saddening. And the unfortunate thing more accidents will follow if we don’t address the root cause of the problem.

The present road a single carriageway is unsuitable in view of the heavy traffic that use our roads. Especially on a highway. Most countries in the developed world have dual carriageways. like the Ndola- Kitwe road.

It should be a matter of urgency by the government to have all major highways in the country have dual carriageways. From Livingstone all the way to Solwezi and all other highways.

The mushrooming of road obstacles such as buildings built so close to the highway should be stopped. The RDA should sensitize the people on road safety .Designated selling points on highways should be set and pedestrians not allowed to walk alongside a highway.

WHY TAKEOVER A GOLF CLUB…

The reported takeover by the government though the ministry of sport of Roan golf club is surprising and unfortunate. Certainly the government has more pressing needs to attend to like the supply of clean water and sanitation among other things than concentrate on the acquisition of a golf club. Spending Kr1.2 million of tax payers money.. Just what are our priorities? To make matters worse give a management role to the council with no knowledge of running a golf club.

The members of that golf club are Zambians and have every right to public property .The ministers act is ultra vires. Promoting unbudgeted expenditure in the form of a golf club and the usage of unpalatable language reminiscent of ministers in the first republic; the minister warned “you’re playing with fire” Let us have fair play please we are all Zambians.

200 NDOLA MARKETERS CRY FOR MARKET …

The need for markets will ever be there in the country. If we have to address the perennial problem of street vending there is need to construct more markets
The government like what they did with Soweto market should invite private operators to build and operate .It is the only solution as the government will never have sufficient funds to cope with the ever increasing problem of marketeers and other business persons.The same concept of private developers should be applied to the planned industrial clusters to be build around the country.

TIMBER INDUSTRY NEEDS A BREAK…

The cry by timber merchants at a recent conference in Mongu for the government to lift the ban on timber trade should be addressed in national interest .Since independence we have had more than twenty timber banning orders. On average the banning orders have been effected every after two years or more. No wonder the industry is not developed .No investor will go into an industry that is closed every now and then .And for wrong reasons….

Timber logging is very much a misunderstood industry .The cutting of timber is not indiscriminate like in food growing. In a square kilometer of forest a tree cutter might find one or two trees suitable for timber cutting large width of the tree and the tree must be straight is required before it is felled. Note a plank cannot be obtained from a bent tree. This selective cutting of mainly old trees helps in tree regeneration. In thick vegetation like in most forests in the country the cut trees will allow sunlight to penetrate and help the smaller trees grow.
The real cause of deforestation is the indiscriminate cutting of trees for food growing, the uncontrolled bush fires and charcoal burning.
It is within the rights of the min.of natural resources Hon. Wilbur Simuusa to change course and desist from knee jerk solutions that has for so long throttled the timber industry.

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Justina Mutale, African Woman of the Year and Diaspora Spokesperson for the “Enough Food for Everyone IF” Campaign, is encouraging Africans in the Diaspora to join the campaign.

Zambians in Diaspora supporting if Campaign
Left to right: Justina Mutale, African Woman of the Year; Diaspora Spokesperson for the IF Campaign and Member of the Diaspora Working Group tasked with Public Engagement; Founder & CEO of POSITIVE RUNWAY, one of the 100 Major UK development organizations and charities behind the IF Campaign;
Sandra Gondora, Miss Congo UK; Chibwe Masabo Henry, Member of the IF Campaign Diaspora Working Group tasked with Public Engagement; and Founder & CEO of the Zambia Diaspora Development Network (ZDDN), one of the 100 Major UK development organizations and charities behind the IF Campaign; Negroes Dube, Chairperson of the Zambia Diaspora Development Network (ZDDN)

The initiative which was recently launched in the UK by Britain’s leading development charities and faith groups, aims at tackling the hunger trap.

“Enough Food for Everyone IF” Campaign says that hunger and malnutrition in childhood will trap almost a billion young people in poverty by 2025.

The campaign which has the backing of philanthropist Bill Gates and Desmond Tutu, warns of the human and economic cost of hunger in a world where there is enough food to feed everyone.

It calls on British Prime Minister David Cameron to use the UK’s G8 presidency in 2013 to take action on the root causes of the hunger crisis in the poorest countries

Within the IF Campaign, the voice of the Diaspora is critical. A Diaspora working Group has been set up to support Diaspora organisations to roll out the Campaign.

It aims to open up the policy asks to African, Caribbean and Asian audiences and to provide for Diaspora organisations to contribute to the debate on policy asks.

The Group’s remit is also to build bridges between INGOs and Diaspora organisations beyond the Campaign. The Diaspora Working Group works closely with BME press to make sure that the voice of the Diaspora is heard.

Justina Mutale, African Woman of The Year & Diaspora Spokesperson: Enough Food For Everyone If Campaign
The ‘IF’ Campaign challenges UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron to tackle 4 big IFs to help there be enough food for everyone. Through the IF Campaign, world leaders are challenged to act on the four big issues that stop everyone getting enough food:

AID: IF we give enough aid to stop children dying from hunger, and help the poorest people feed themselves.

TAX: IF we stop big companies dodging taxes in poor countries, so that millions of people can free themselves of hunger.

LAND: IF we stop poor farmers being forced off their land, and use crops to feed people, not fuel cars.

TRANSPARENCY: IF we force governments and big corporations to be honest and open about the actions they take that stop people getting enough food.

“As we all know, although hunger is a global issue, hunger affects Africa more than any other part of the world,” says Ms. Mutale. “As Africans living in the Diaspora, we have a 360 degree perspective on this issue and our contributions are critical and will go a long way in helping the Campaign yield the desired results.”

You can add your voice to the Campaign by joining it on this link: http://www.enoughfoodforeveryoneif.org/positive-runway

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Traces of horse meat have been found in burgers on sale in some UK supermarkets
Traces of horse meat have been found in burgers on sale in some UK supermarkets

Traces of horse meat have been found in burgers on sale in some of the UK and Ireland’s busiest supermarkets, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said.

Scientific tests on beef products sold in Tesco, Lidl, Aldi, Iceland and Dunnes Stores uncovered low levels of the animal’s DNA.

A total of 27 products were tested, with ten of them containing horse DNA and 23 pig DNA. Horsemeat accounted for approximately 29% of the meat content in one sample from Tesco.

Professor Alan Reilly, chief executive of the FSAI, said there was no health risk but also no reasonable explanation for horse meat to be found. He said: “The products we have identified as containing horse DNA and/or pig DNA do not pose any food safety risk and consumers should not be worried.”

“Whilst there is a plausible explanation for the presence of pig DNA in these products due to the fact that meat from different animals is processed in the same meat plants, there is no clear explanation at this time for the presence of horse DNA in products emanating from meat plants that do not use horse meat in their production process. In Ireland, it is not in our culture to eat horse meat and therefore, we do not expect to find it in a burger.”

The retailers have told food safety chiefs they are removing all implicated products from their shelves.

Prof Reilly said traces of other meats would be unacceptable for people who may not eat certain food on religious grounds. He added: “Likewise, for some religious groups or people who abstain from eating pig meat, the presence of traces of pig DNA is unacceptable.”

Beef burger products which tested positive for horse DNA were produced by Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods in Ireland and one UK plant, Dalepak Hambleton. Silvercrest said it was pulling products from sale and replacing them with new lines.

Some 31 beef meal products such as cottage pie, beef curry pie and lasagne were tested, with 21 found to be positive for pig DNA. All tested negative for horse meat.

The DNA tests found horse in the following products: Tesco Everyday Value Beef Burgers 29.1%; Tesco Beef Quarter Pounders 0.1%; Oakhurst Beef Burgers in Aldi 0.3%; Moordale Quarter Pounders in Lidl 0.1%; Flamehouse Chargrilled Quarter Pounders in Dunnes Stores 0.1%; two varieties of Iceland Quarter Pounders 0.1%. Even lower levels were recorded in Moordale Beef Burgers in Lidl and St Bernard Beef Burgers in Dunnes Stores.

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eatTake a good, long look at that fast-food cheeseburger. Every item on it, from the bun to the sauce, was processed in a factory and created in a laboratory. It’s packed with enough artificial colors and preservatives to make it look as pretty as a picture.

But does it qualify as “eating clean?” Yeah, right. So what is clean eating? It doesn’t refer to washing the nectarine you bought on clearance at the fruit stand — though you should do that, too. It is taking the time to know what your food is made of, and choosing to eat it in its most natural state. Clean eating is about more than just getting lean; it’s making choices that promote optimum long-term health for your body.

Getting clean might just mean tweaking what you’re doing now, or it might require you to turn over a whole new leaf. In either case, here are 10 solid rules to keep in mind while you consider the change.

1 / Approach Your Meals As A Lifestyle

Want to get serious? Then forget the D-word entirely. Clean eating is not a fat-loss diet. This is a lifestyle that you’re going to sustain from this day forward.

You don’t need to get obsessive or throw out everything you love. You’re allowed to enjoy your food — you’ll need to, if you want to be able to stick with this. So consider yourself warned: You might have to take this as your push to finally learn how to cook for yourself.

What’s the other choice — leaving it up to the world to feed you? Forget it. Take control of your life, because once you fall off your clean-eating plan, you’ll revert back to feeling low in energy, hungry, and irritable multiple times every day.

2 / Load Up On Fresh Produce

No matter if you’re a carb-cutter, carb-loader, Paleo warrior, or intermittent faster, the golden rule of clean eating should be to include as much fresh produce in your daily diet as possible.

Vegetables make every dietary system better and healthier. They provide the vitamins and nutrients to keep you feeling as good as you look, and the soluble fiber to make sure you suck every last bit of nutrition out of everything else you eat.

Think you can get all that from a simple greens supplement? You can try, but more than likely, you’ll find yourself using this expensive supplement as an excuse to cheat when you get hungry later on. So get familiar with the best-tasting in-season fruits and vegetables (and the frozen ones in a pinch), and become a master of seasons and spices. Read recipes as though they’re great literature and you’re on your way.

3 / Shop The Perimeter Of The Grocery Store

Every store is different, but as a general rule, the periphery is the natural habitat of the fresh vegetable, meat market, whole-grain baked goods, and the nuts and dried fruits bulk bin. Get comfortable here; it is now your territory.

You’ll probably have to venture into the interior for some staples like olive oil, but keep your blinders on. You’re entering a museum of extravagant packaging and manipulative slogans. Few of the items you see in the store’s interior promote good health; it’s a stretch to call most of it “food.”

The perimeter is also usually the home of the dairy case and the beer and wine display, so stay strong. Of course, if these are your biggest offenses, you could do a lot worse…

Read More: bodybuilding.com

 

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mugA new study has claimed that orange-coloured cups make hot chocolate taste better.

Researchers from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain and Oxford University conducted an experiment where 57 participants were given four samples of hot chocolate in different cups.

The cups were the same size but different colours – white, cream, red and orange.

According to NBC San Diego, the report revealed that orange and cream-coloured cups yielded better-tasting hot chocolate.

Published in the Journal of Sensory Studies, the report advances the theory that says perception of taste is influenced by factors unrelated to the food itself.

The report states: “These results are relevant to sensory scientists interested in how the brain integrates visual input (such as colour) not only from the food itself, but also from the container, packaging or plateware from which it is being consumed.

“These results should hopefully help stimulate chefs, restaurateurs and those working in the food and beverage packaging sectors to think more carefully about the colour of their plateware [and] packaging, and its potential effects on their customers’ perception of the taste [or] flavour of the products that they happen to be serving [or] delivering to market.”

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