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Rooibos yoghurt fights cancer

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first_imgThe wonder plant rooibos can be used in a multitude of ways. (Image: SA Rooibos Council) Rooibos tea is made from the bush’s needle-like leaves. (Image: SA Rooibos Council)Janine ErasmusThe first yoghurt ever to be made with rooibos extract has received the green light from the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa).The organisation’s Smart Choice emblem identifies the yoghurt as a key element in a healthy, cancer-preventing lifestyle.Dairy farming company Fair Cape’s line of Free Range rooibos (Afrikaans, meaning red bush) yoghurts are the first to earn the Cansa Smart Choice logo, indicating their proven health benefits. Yoghurt and rooibos are both recognised as important health foods in their own right, and the combination of the two takes their benefits to a new level.The Smart Choice logo is not awarded to just any product. Candidates have to comply with a stringent set of criteria, such as the percentage of fat, sugar or fibre. In addition, the Free Range line is supplied in transparent tubs made of recyclable plastic.Cancer preventionStudies carried out on the indigenous rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) and honeybush (Cyclopia intermedia) plants by Dr Jeanine Marnewick of South Africa’s Medical Research Council have established the plants’ ability to prevent mutagenesis, or damage to cell DNA.This damage is thought to signal the potential onset of cancer and is caused by prolonged exposure to a mutagen such as cigarette smoke, sunlight, or carcinogenic chemical such as hydrogen peroxide or benzene.Marnewick’s research was published in several international science journals.Cansa’s head of research Carl Albrecht concurred with her findings. He said that eight years of research and an investment of US$130 000 (R1.2-million) has convinced the organisation that rooibos is indeed a potent source of cancer-preventing chemicals. “Glutathione, in the reduced state, is the body’s own antioxidant,” said Albrecht, “but it decreases over time as we age and due to other factors, including smoking. Glutathione is linked to lower heart attack and cancer risk and also counteracts ageing.”Albrecht explained that Cansa’s research proved that rooibos raises the ratio of reduced to oxidised glutathione in the body by 100%, with the intake of six cups of tea a day. In healthy cells, over 90% of glutathione is found in the reduced form, and less than 10% is oxidised. An increased level of oxidised glutathione is an indicator that toxic substances are harming the cells. “We are indeed fortunate that rooibos is an indigenous South African tea which is affordable and easily accessible to the public at large,” he added. Natural productThe milk used by Fair Cape to produce Free Range yoghurt is completely natural and free from synthetic hormones or additives, as some additives have been linked to cancer. The preservative is also natural and is not absorbed into the blood.Each serving of rooibos yoghurt contains rooibos extract equivalent to one cup of tea, and this extract is also 100% natural.Furthermore, the level of probiotic bacteria – a dietary supplement of beneficial live microorganisms – in this yoghurt product is particularly high. Research into probiotics suggests that they, too, can help lower the risk of cancer, especially cancer of the lower intestine, by deactivating certain intestinal compounds that may damage DNA.Wonder plantRooibos is a woody shrub and member of the legume family. It is grown only in the Cederberg region of the Western Cape, where the summers are hot and dry, the winters wet, and the soil suitably sandy.The plant’s leaves have been used medicinally for hundreds of years, initially by the indigenous Khoi people. Its low tannin and zero caffeine content have made it popular as a contemporary health drink in South Africa for many years.A fresh way to enjoy rooibos is in the form of red espresso, which is concentrated rooibos put through an espresso machine and served in the style of the popular coffee beverage. The new drink won the Global Food Award for innovation at the first-ever awards ceremony of the International Union of Food Science and Technology, held at the end of 2008 in Shanghai, China.Iced rooibos tea is a firm favourite with parched South Africans, especially during the heat of summer, and it may also be used in a host of other ways in cooking.Rooibos, and honeybush, are gaining increasing international popularity as consumers abroad begin to appreciate their powerful health benefits.Not only does rooibos contain significant amounts of antioxidants, but it also contributes to the recommended daily allowance of calcium, manganese and fluoride.A daily helping of rooibos can help to lower cholesterol, soothe colic-stricken babies, alleviate nervous tension and problems with allergies and digestion, enhance the function of the liver, boost metabolism, and improve the skin.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesRooibos gets a makeoverAn infusion of innovationUseful linksFair CapeCancer Association of South AfricaSA Rooibos CouncilMedical Research Councillast_img read more

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UK regional Flybe spreads its European wings

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first_imgBrexit and other uncertainties are not stopping UK regional carrier Flybe from planning an ambitious expansion that takes it beyond Britain and into continental Europe.In August this year, Flybe launched its first two routes not touching its home market:  from Hanover in northern Germany to both Lyon, in France, and Italy’s Milan-Malpensa.It is not planning to replicate the 15 per cent capacity expansion seen in the past financial year but is looking at an increase of 6 per cent. By March next year, it’s fleet will consist of 85 aircraft, 11 more than a year earlier, with 60 Q400s among them.But Flybe hasn’t lowered its ambitions by any means.“We have a desire to be European”, says chief revenue officer Vincent Hodder.  “And there is no better time than now to start this journey into the future.“You have to distinguish between a short-term uncertainty and the long-term success of the Flybe business model.”Hodder says there are currently about 13 million passengers travelling on routes not served by low-cost carriers or with very limited competition on them.“We are a regional airline flying underneath the radar of LCCs, which is a great opportunity,’’ he adds.On a whopping 80 per cent of its 218 routes, serving 75 destinations in ten countries, Flybe flies without any competition.  It faces competition from easyJet on just 10 routesFlybe’s big advantage here is its efficient fleet of  Q400s and it will have 54 at year-end.   The regional carrier is the second biggest operator of the turboprop worldwide and, with just 78 seats, the aircraft enable it to operate a route profitably if it yields 40,000 passengers annually.By contrast, easyJet needs at least 100,000 paying customers per year to profitably operate a route with an Airbus A319.Flybe  estimates 39 million people in Western Europe are currently underserved with regional connectivity.“If we could carry just 10 per cent of that, we could double in size”, calculates Hodder.While this bold vision could be acutely threatened by Brexit, Hodder insists: “I don’t think Brexit will force us to give up such routes as Hanover to Lyon. We will always find ways to get around restrictions that might be imposed by governments. One of our great advantages is to be flexible and adapt to change, and very quickly.”A major focus for Flybe currently is on Germany, where it an expanded offering will see Düsseldorf become Flybe’s first base outside the UK by fall 2017.“We plan to station initially three Q400s there and hire German crews for cockpit and cabin”, says chief operations officer Luke Farajallah.Another aspect of Flybe’s success is its ability to combine elements of both network carriers and LCCs.  It operates  a decentralised route network means it operates from 10 bases in addition to its corporate headquarters in the southern English city of Exeter.The biggest base is Birmingham, where currently 11 of its total fleet of 76 aircraft are stationed, followed by Southampton, with nine aircraft, and Belfast with eight.It serves 40 regional airports in the UK and boasts by far the densest domestic network.“One of two passengers flying within the UK without touching London is a Flybe customer”, says Hodder. “We are operating 53 per cent of all domestic flights within the main British isle.”The airline was founded in 1979 as Jersey European Airlines but became British European from 2000 before adopting its current name in 2002.It came close to bankruptcy in  2014 but chief executive Saad Hammad, who arrived in 2013, succeeded in turning around the company and returning it to profit in 2015-16.In the first half of 2016-17, however, profits halved and in October, Hammad unexpectedly resigned without giving reasons.The departure came as British airlines face an uncertain future with little clarity about the ramifications of Brexit and what traffic rights they will have to the continent, and within the European Union.At the same time, the pound weakened and lacklustre passenger demand and overcapacities in the European short haul markets further worsened the outlook.During the first half of 2016-17, Flybe’s capacity increased 13.5 per cent while actual passenger numbers only rose by about 7 per cent, prompting load factors to fall to 72 per cent.“We have an offering of frequencies and density in our schedules equal to a network airline, and a cost base like an LCC,’’ says Hodder. “We sell 80 per cent of our tickets via our website, another LCC element.“At the same time, more like a network carrier, we are working a lot with codeshare agreements and interlining, with Air France, Etihad, Emirates or Virgin Atlantic, in Europe also with Air Berlin now.’’last_img read more

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IMC appoints new CEO

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first_imgAppointment expected to bring leadership to the organisation during a defining time in the life of South Africa’s Nation Brand 10 March 2010, Johannesburg – The International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), responsible for overseeing the marketing of Brand South Africa around the world today announced the appointment of Mr. Miller Matola as Chief Executive Officer. Matola had been CEO of the Durban ICC since 2006.“Miller brings a dynamic strategic and operational skills set to the IMC. His international, domestic and local experience, and, understanding of the National imperatives will inform his leadership of the IMC. This is critical as we strive to contribute to national economic growth by ensuring that South Africans buy into, and, live the brand promise made in the country’s marketing campaigns,” said Anitha Soni, IMC Board Chairman.“Throughout his career, his responsibilities have required engagement with a myriad of stakeholders, to achieve greater coordination and unlock synergies. We have every confidence that he is the ultimate fit to lead the organisation during a defining time in the life of South Africa’s Nation Brand,” she said.Brand South Africa vision“The IMC’s mandate is to develop and implement a proactive and coordinated international marketing and communication strategy for South Africa. It is our aim to position the country as an attractive destination and partner for trade and investment as well as tourism; and to help the country realise its international relations objectives,” said Matola.“The South African brand has recently entered a new, collaborative era in presenting the country to the world. The launch of the singular commercial identity is one example thereof,” he said.“Looking beyond the World Cup, the IMC will take Brand South Africa into offering a competitive value proposition, which will deliver on our country’s national growth imperatives.  said Soni.Leadership expertiseMatola began his career in education, which fuelled his interest in the tourism sector. He joined the Department of Tourism where he developed frameworks for key service areas within the sector.    He then moved to SA Tourism to lead its Business Tourism Unit.  He was thereafter charged with the management of the Americas portfolio for South African Tourism.   The Americas portfolio included the USA, South America and Canada. During his time at SA Tourism, he won the prestigious SAA award for ‘most outstanding individual in the industry’ (2002). Prior to taking on the challenge of heading up the Durban ICC (2006), he was CEO of KwaZulu-Natal Tourism. His passion for the powerful role that tourism can play in community development is unprecedented, with his active participation therein including the establishment of a Kruger National Park lodge for a displaced Maluleke community.He has a Bachelor of Arts in education (University of the North), has completed the Wits Business School management advancement programme and is in the process of completing his MBA through Thames Valley University.Matola takes over the reins from Acting CEO, Paul Bannister who stepped into the role on a temporary basis in 2009 whilst the agency sought to fill this permanent position. “We extend our sincere gratitude to Paul for his passion and dedication for South Africa that he has exhibited during his term as acting chief executive,” said Anitha Soni, IMC Board Chairperson.Responding to the announcement of a full time CEO at the IMC, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane welcomed the stability a full time appointment would bring the organisation. “The appointment of a CEO brings stability to the IMC. Critically, this comes at a time when we are all well geared towards a programme of delivery in positioning South Africa as a country ready and open for business,” said Chabane. Chabane is the Cabinet Minister responsible for the IMC.For further information: Margaret Dingalo Director: Stakeholder Relations International Marketing Council of South Africa Tel: +27 11 483 0122 Web: Brand South Africalast_img read more

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Speedy Senatla returns for Blitzbokke

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first_img18 March 2014Prolific try-scorer Seabelo Senatla will return to the Springbok Sevens squad for the next two tournaments of the HSBC Sevens World Series, taking place in Tokyo and Hong Kong, but playmaker Cecil Africa will miss the trip to the Far East due to a hamstring problem.In two changes to the 12-man squad that lost to New Zealand in the final of the Wellington Sevens last month, Steven Hunt replaces Afrika, while Senatla comes in for Sampie Mastriet, who is on Vodacom Super Rugby duty with the Vodacom Bulls.Leading try-scorerSenatla was the leading try-scorer with six tries in Las Vegas, where the Springbok Sevens managed to win their second USA title in a row. An ankle injury forced him to miss the Wellington Sevens event two week later in the New Zealand capital.Hunt last played for the Springbok Sevens in December, when they won the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens tournament and was a stand-out player for the SARU Sevens Academy team that won the Zimbabwe International Sevens in Harare this past weekend.The Tokyo tournament takes place on 22 and 23 March and will be followed by the prestigious three-day Hong Kong event a week later.Leading try scorerAlready the winners of two World Series tournaments this season, in Port Elizabeth, Las Vegas, the South Africans are the defending champions in Japan.The Blitzbokke will head Pool B at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground in Tokyo and have drawn matches against Argentina, Kenya and the hosts, Japan.Neil Powell, the Springbok Sevens coach, said the team will be aiming to maintain their good level of consistency, which has so far seen them reach the semi-final of each of the previous five tournaments and secured them three Cup final wins.‘The boys have trained really well’“The boys have trained really well for these two tournaments and we are leaving some very good players behind,” Powell said in a statement on Monday.“The good competition for places in the squad is motivating the guys not to only play better in tournaments, but also to do just that in each of our training sessions.“You start each tournament from scratch, the pool stages are always tough and there will be no room for complacency.”With just four more rounds to play, New Zealand lead the World Series standings on 99 points, only two points ahead of South Africa.SPRINGBOK SEVENS SQUADChris Dry, Philip Snyman, Frankie Horne, Kwagga Smith, Werner Kok, Kyle Brown (c), Branco du Preez, Stephan Dippenaar, Justin Geduld, Jamba Ulengo, Steven Hunt, Seabelo SenatlaCoach: Neil PowellSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 116 | Dusty brains and new team member Dusty Sonnenburg.

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 116th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, sponsored by AgriGold, includes hosts Joel Penhorwood, Matt Reese, Kolt Buchenroth, Bart Johnson and new team member Dusty Sonnenburg. On today’s episode, the crew gets back into their normal routine after the 2019 Ohio State Fair. In the busy week of the state fair, Matt spoke with Governor Mike Dewine and Lamb and Wool Ambassador Emma Preston about their personal experiences at the state fair.last_img

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Pulisic sidelined with calf injury

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first_imgChristian Pulisic could be set for a period on the sidelines with “torn calf fibers.”The American star missed out on Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League clash with Monaco on Wednesday, with the club announcing he had sustained the calf injury.The 20-year-old had played in four straight games for Dortmund, after missing two matches earlier in the season with muscle problems. 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! In a statement on their website, the club also said that Pulisic will “undoubtedly” miss the club’s Bundesliga match against Augsburg on Saturday.Pulisic is now in doubt for the USA’s two upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Peru, set for October 11 and 16. The American has played just one game for his country in 2018, after making nine appearances in 2017 as the U.S. shockingly failed to qualify for the World Cup.Dortmund defeated Monaco 3-0 at Signal Iduna Park, making it two wins from two Champions League matches thus far.last_img read more

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10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Brazil have 2 best keepers in the world

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: Brazil have 2 best keepers in the worldby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Alisson Becker is crucial for his team system.As well as making some crucial saves, his vision and distribution have added another dimension to Liverpool’s attacking play.“Alisson is unbelievably important,” Klopp said.“They all have their specific importance, for sure, but Ali is not only the goalkeeper. He is an outfield player as well and that helps of course.”Alisson has given Liverpool what fellow countryman Ederson gave Manchester City en route to winning the Premier League crown last season.The elite duo will go head to head in Thursday night’s top-of-the-table clash at the Etihad.“Tafarrel was the goalkeeper I knew from Brazil, an outstanding goalkeeper, but I don’t remember a lot of world-class ones,” Klopp added.“Now they have two of the world’s best, if not the world’s best. It is incredible.“Coming from Germany, I know how important Manuel Neuer was with his football playing on top of his goalkeeping skills.“You can’t imagine that two can come along with the same skills and maybe even a bit better. What I would say is these two boys do not have to hide.” last_img read more

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a month agoTottenham striker Kane can’t take satisfaction from impressive scoring start

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first_imgTottenham striker Kane can’t take satisfaction from impressive scoring startby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane takes little satisfaction from his good personal start to the season.Although Spurs have begun this season slowly, Kane has been in fine goal-scoring form, finding the back of the net nine times in as many matches for club and country.But the 26-year-old, who now has 169 goals in 260 games for the club, is only focused on improving Spurs’ form, saying: “My performances are as good as the team’s.”If we lose I take that as a loss for myself; if we win and whether I score or not, I’m happy.”I don’t worry about my individual status, I’m more worried about the team status.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a day agoAjax attacker Quincy Promes on losing to Chelsea: Never offside

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ajax attacker Quincy Promes on losing to Chelsea: Never offsideby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax attacker Quincy Promes insists his goal against Chelsea should’ve stood last night.Promes had Ajax 1-0 ahead in the Champions League tie – but VAR ruled it out for offside. Chelsea went onto win 1-0 thanks to Michy Batshuayi’s goal.“It was very funny that it was rejected, I don’t know if it was offside,” said Promes. “But afterwards, of course, I don’t buy anything from it. You can see it in two ways. I could say in my favour that it was not offside, but we have to accept the VAR. “I think the central defender was still there and he was still changing direction. I feel that I came from behind the shot when the ball had already left.”He added: “There was a big battle and ultimately you hope that we will at least have a draw. So it is extra bitter that we are now empty-handed.” last_img read more

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A Michigan State Fan Created A 14-Minute Hype Video To Celebrate The Mark Dantonio Era

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first_imgMark Dantonio excited for the teams recent win.mark dantonio hype videoSince taking over at Michigan State back in 2007, Mark Dantonio has led the Spartans to a 75-31 record (45-19 in conference), including four seasons with at least 11 wins. He’s also won the Big Ten title (2013) and posted victories in the Outback Bowl, the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, the Rose Bowl and the Cotton Bowl. MSU has finished the season ranked No. 3 and No. 5, respectively, over the past two years.Wednesday, a Michigan State fan who goes by MSUAndyHRCMB put together an incredible 14-minute hype video that pays homage to the Dantonio era. It’s titled “Big Stick.” It’s been going viral among MSU supporters.Michigan State kicks off its 2015 campaign at Western Michigan on Friday night.last_img

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