The Soweto Gospel Choir has been inundated with congratulatory messages, following their third Grammy win this weekend.The choir was recognised at the 2019 GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles, taking home Best World Music album for their latest offering Freedom.In 2007, the group won their first Grammy in the category Best Traditional World Music for their album Blessed, and took home the same award a year later for African Spirit.President Cyril Ramaphosa conveyed his delight in how the group successfully represents South Africa to the world. He tweeted:“Congratulations to the Soweto Gospel Choir for being awarded the Best World Music album for ‘Freedom’ at the #GRAMMYs. This is the choir’s third Grammy award and we thank them for telling our story to the world and flying the flag high.”According to their website, the Soweto Gospel Choir consists of talented individuals from churches in and around Soweto. The choir was “formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music, and is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music with audiences around the world.”Brand South Africa is proud celebrate the collective that continues to portray an unmatched level of excellence on a global scale.
Santha Mattoo, 37, Director, Planet 3 Studios, MumbaiIn a country so culturally diverse, the options to binge on food keep getting wider. And so does the waistline. Most women set lofty weight loss goals to achieve the perfect 10 body sported by movie stars. But juggling a gruelling work schedule,,Santha Mattoo, 37, Director, Planet 3 Studios, MumbaiIn a country so culturally diverse, the options to binge on food keep getting wider. And so does the waistline. Most women set lofty weight loss goals to achieve the perfect 10 body sported by movie stars. But juggling a gruelling work schedule, children at home and finding a little “me” time-all without a balanced diet-can take a toll on you. With lifestyle diseases on the rise, it’s time to sit back and give your body its due. While food is of utmost importance and exercise is an effort most of us find excuses to make, an easy way to make your hectic lifestyle a little healthier is by incorporating the right eating habits in your everyday routine.Hear four women, Santha Mattoo, 37, director, Planet 3 Studios; Anju Kumar, 42, potter and sculptor; Mira Sagar, 54, director, Rehwa Society and owner, VAYA; and Delna Damodiwala, 34, general manager, Human Resources, Prime Focus talk about how their lifestyle evolved with them over a period of time, while our expert, Sheryl Salis, chief nutritionist and head, patient care, Cheeny Kum, tells them how they can do better.Born and brought up in the city of Mumbai, for Damodiwala, life has been a roller coaster ride. Having been schooled at Bombay Scottish, the one quality she prides herself for is discipline. And that shows in her eating habits. Not a great believer of denying her taste buds what they crave, she makes sure she controls her portions. “I haven’t really been a great diet person, but one thing I stick by is to limit myself to small portions as opposed to denying myself my favourite food. That only leads to gorging on it later,” she says. Salis believes that this is the best way to follow a diet while suggesting a few healthy in-between snacks such as fruits and nuts. Anju Kumar, 42, Potter and Sculptor, Delhi”She should also drink a litre of water before lunch and a litre before dinner. Even butter milk and coconut water will keep her energised through the day,” says Salis. Damodiwala’s first and only taste of going through a diet regime was when she was studying health management in the US. The weight watchers plan, a simple diet watching technique that helps you lose weight and still consume those much deserved treats, gave her the liberty to eat what she wanted and still stay fit. With e-mails that constantly keep pouring into her inbox to a phone that rings for most part of the day, she finds time for herself when she takes her afterdinner walk. “One should never walk on a full stomach as this can interfere with the digestion and slow down the speed of walking. This way there is no weight loss. She should try taking the stairs instead of the elevator to incorporate some form of exercise,” says Salis.Mattoo, on the other hand is a selfconfessed foodie, never denies herself anything and eats what she craves. An architect by profession, she works 10 hours a day, jumping from one meeting to another. But the one thing her body does not allow her is the flexibility of her meal timing. “I live a very structured life. If my lunch or dinner gets even a little delayed, I get jittery,” she says. For Mattoo, age gave her more freedom to experiment with food. In her early 20s she largely stuck with home cooked food, not leaving room for trying different cuisines. But later, when she started travelling, she gradually discovered a whole new world. Salis believes that the best thing about Mattoo is that she sticks with regular timing to eat, a discipline most women lack. “Eating regularly is essential to maintain a good basal metabolic rate,” says Salis. And for a person like Mattoo, who swears by continental and sea food, Salis suggests a bowlful of salad with each meal and, “Greek salad with feta cheese is a good option when eating out. She can also opt for grilled or tandoori fish instead of fried fish. And durum wheat pasta with lots of vegetables or tofu.” Mira Sagar, 54, Director, Rehwa Society, MumbaiAnother problem area that Mattoo is confronted with is stress eating. “Food gives me great comfort,” she says. But a good way to avoid this is by distracting yourself. “Going out to shop is a good way to distract oneself. Otherwise eating carrots or cucumber sticks to kill the stress pangs is a good idea,” Salis suggests.Kumar, on the other hand is very health conscious. She watches her diet carefully and even refers to self-help books time and again. Being a Punjabi vegetarian, her favourite food is “rajma chawal that my mother makes.” But on a regular basis, she eats soups and salads. “When I was younger, I used to eat a lot of junk food-pizzas and burgers. Now I make a conscious effort to eat simple food,” she says. Being a vegetarian, one has to make sure they get their daily dose of protein from sources such as nuts and pulses, something a lot easier for non-vegetarians who get their share of proteins through meat. “If she is fond of soups, she should opt for clear vegetable soup that has not been strained. Even vegetable juice is a healthy option for her,” says Salis. Kumar, who also practices yoga every day, believes in the goodness of sattvic food.Waking up and including yoga in the daily routine is a practice even Sagar follows religiously. Even though when it comes to food, she doesn’t go by the book. “I once consulted a dietician to lose weight. But it didn’t work for me,” she says. After living in Yemen till the age of 10, Sagar moved back to India with her family and stayed here till she completed her graduation in Zoology and Chemistry from Elphinstone College, Mumbai. “In those days we didn’t have an option of dropping out if we thought we were in the wrong place. I had to complete my studies in science,” she says. But it was after graduation that she began experimenting. From cooking classes and jewellry design to a course in travel and tourism, she tried her hand at everything till she got married and moved to Kuwait. It was only in 1987, when she returned, that she chanced upon Rehwa Society, a not for profit organisation that is working for the revival and sustenance of traditional weaving techniques of the country. For Sagar, food brings comfort. Not because she eats to beat the stress but because she uses cooking as a therapy. Delna Damodiwala, 34, GM, HR, Prime Focus, MumbaiHaving travelled so much, she has acquired a taste for various cuisines. “In the past decade, the concept of food has seen an enormous change. In the 1960s, pasta was a novelty and today it’s one of the most easily available things,” she says. Even though she never made a conscious effort to change the way she eats, she believes that her palate has changed. “I’d much rather carry a sandwich or eat a salad for lunch than dal and roti. Even if I go out for lunch I stick to light salads,” claims Sagar. Salis believes that Sagar needs to incorporate foods like soya, fenugreek, kidney beans and flax seeds which are beneficial to post or premenoupausal women. Including fibre and fluids like coriander-mint slush is also essential at her age.So the next time you decide to skip a meal or do a quick-fix by biting into a burger, here is some food for thought. Studies say the basal metabolic rate of women decreases with each passing decade. That’s even more reason to take their food seriously. What you ate in your 20s will have a very different effect on your body than when you are in your 50s. The right combination of nutrients at each stage ensures a longer, more productive and satisfactory life. The time line20-30Avoid crash diets, caffeine and smoking. Stay hydrated.What to eat: Calcium and iron. Milk and milk products, greens and prunes.Why to eat it: Fulfilling these requirements now will keep malnutrition and osteoporosis at bay.30-40Avoid aerated drinks and packaged food. Lower salt intake.What to eat: Energy, protein and folic acid. Nuts, sprouts, soya and tofu.Why to eat it: Protein and energy requirements go up during pregnancy. Avoid eating sea food during pregnancy.40-50Lower caloric intake. Eat smaller, more frequent meals.What to eat: Soluble fibre and fruits. Flaxseeds, barley, fenugreek, beans, apples and strawberries.Why to eat it: This will help keep lifestyle disorders like cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, obesity at bay.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement
She said the country has regressed under the current government and during this national Youth Week, the PDA standard bearer for Electoral District #5 said, “Our youth deserve better, our youth deserve real opportunities, our youth deserve the opportunity to be managers and executives, our youth deserve the opportunities to be employers and not just employees. We all as Turks and Caicos Islanders deserve and by now, 40 years later should have been managers and owners of hotels and not simply down the line employees.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Johnson said it was 40 years ago that the country held its first political rallies to see indigenous ministerial government established. Calsada Johnson promised that a PDA government would get better wages, would get contractors working again, would draw investors and would reverse the trend where local people are being disenfranchised.Some of the instances from a long list of so called injustices include, “TCI Government was once a shareholder of Provo Water Company, Not anymore! Elite Gaming once had local shareholders. Not anymore! Digicel had a local general manager. Not anymore!” Johnson concluded with an empathetic word to Civil Servants, saying they have been badly treated… and assuring that the PDAs commitment is to restore all that has been taken away from them. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 28, 2016 – Strangers and outcasts and it ain’t fun no more; this is a summary of some statements made when the Leeward and Long Bay candidate for the Progressive Democratic Alliance, Calsada Johnson held a rally at the former Fun World last Friday night. Related Items:calsada johnson, country has regressed under current government says calsada johnson
Kolkata: Taking a step ahead, the state police in East Midnapore have introduced a website exclusively to let people know about the local football players in the district.The district police run an academy — Prayas Football Academy — as a part of its community development programme where hundreds of local boys and girls learn football-related skills. The main idea behind running such a camp is to harness local football talents.Now, a website has been launched through which people can get information about the initiative and at the same time, know about the talented boys and girls from the district. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSuvendu Adhikari, the state Transport Minister, launched the website on Thursday at a programme organised at Khejuri in East Midnapore.The Prayas Football Academy has been running for the past one year and a programme was organised on Thursday, with a friendly match between Mohammedan Sporting Club Junior and Prayas Football Academy. A camp was also organised to recruit more boys and girls for the training in the next one year. Around 400 boys and 50 girls participated in the camp. The camp will continue for two days in which boys and girls will be selected for the training. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedTill date, 121 boys and girls have received training at the academy. Two boys from the academy have been selected by two-well known football clubs in Kolkata.Moreover, two girls are undergoing necessary tests to get selected by All India Football Federation.V Solomon Nesakumar , Superintendent of Police of East Midnapore, MLA of Khejuri Ranajit Mandal and Technical Director of the West Bengal State Sports Council Goutam Sarkar were also present at the programme.