South African food and entertainment chain News Cafe has opened its first branch outside the African continent. News Cafe New Delhi in India is getting rave reviews. (Image: News Cafe) MEDIA CONTACTS • Alan van der WesthuizenNews Cafe+27 11 452 8770RELATED ARTICLES • Nando’s blazes into the US • South African food • SA chilli sauce bites the world • Mes Ball’s chutney comes homeJanine ErasmusSouth Africa’s popular food and entertainment chain, News Cafe, opened its first venue in India in November, joining the ranks of other well-known local brands such as Nando’s, Spur and Steers, which have all branched out overseas.This is the first News Cafe branch to open off the African continent.The first sub-continental branch of News Cafe opened its doors in the capital city of New Delhi. Before taking the adventurous step the company conducted intensive market research to establish the pattern for overseas expansion.Research was carried out in three key areas in India – the densely populated cities of Mumbai, New Delhi and Hyderabad. But this country is not the only one in Asia to be targeted by News Cafe – the company also has China in its sights.The second News Cafe, currently in the final stages of fitting, is due to open early in 2010 in Hyderabad, known as the pharmaceutical and ICT capital of the country.The third one will open in Mumbai, the world’s second biggest city in terms of population, in March 2010.To get the most out of its Indian market penetration, the South African franchise has partnered with Numbers Only, a multinational company with extensive hospitality experience in the US and India, and therefore sound knowledge of the industry. Numbers Only also has a separate hotel and restaurant division.News Cafe GM Alan van der Westhuizen said the company was extremely excited to be branching out into new territory.“Unlike other parts of the globe, there is much money and potential within the Indian economy,” he said. “An enormous expatriate community exists with the presence of major corporations utilising the country’s colossal workforce. As such, initial reactions to the contemporary News Cafe brand have been incredibly positive.”He added that New Cafe is hoping to give other similar international brands, such as T.G.I. Friday’s, Hard Rock Cafe and Smokehouse Grill, a run for their money. Rave reviewsThe 200-seater New Delhi News Cafe operates in the upmarket residential suburb of Vasant Kunj, in the DLF Promenade which is fittingly situated on Nelson Mandela Road.Reviews posted on food websites have not been sparing with praise for News Cafe.“This place rocks,” wrote one enthusiastic diner. “They have the best burgers in town, and the drinks are good … their menu is casual continental.”Customers can experience the well-established South African vibe with décor very similar to that of local News Cafes.To be more compatible with the Indian clientele, however, subtle changes have been made, such as the use of brighter, jewel-like colours in fabrics. The familiar wood counter tops have been replaced with locally quarried granite, which is also seen on the floors and walls.There are also slight changes to the menu. In South Africa News Cafes open very early, some by 07h00, but because the New Delhi one trades between 10h00 and 02h00 the breakfast menu has been reduced accordingly.In addition to the normal fare, a few local favourite dishes such as paneer kathi, kakori keema sandwich, falafel, and Thai green, green prawn and Thai red vegetable curries, are available. The staple food of rice also appears on the menu.Hindu customers have been accommodated with a variety of non-beef dishes, but beef has been left on the menu for the growing international community. All dishes are clearly marked as vegetarian or non-vegetarian, or containing beef and pork.Steady growthThe first News Cafe opened in 1995 in Hatfield, Pretoria, and since then the franchise has expanded throughout South Africa and across the country’s borders. There are now 37 venues in Africa, including franchises in Nigeria and Botswana.The unique News Cafe lifestyle concept has earned it many awards in the food, beverage and service sector. Success is attributed to astute, high-profile location, versatility, innovation, trend-setting, aesthetics, positive energy and a multi-cultural clientele.The versatile food chain presents itself as a stylish coffee shop in the morning, switching to a bistro ambience at lunch time, and later in the evening, serves cocktails and light snacks. Occasionally there are music and promotional events for product suppliers.Customers can make themselves at home at all times of the day at a News Cafe, according to the holding company Fournews Developments.The company’s international expansion strategy includes not only Asia, but also the Middle East, Europe and North Africa.
Les fichiers des cartes grises peuvent être vendusUn amendement de la loi Loppsi 2 permet à l’Etat de vendre les données personnelles figurant sur les cartes grises. Cet après-midi, les députés vont discuter de la possibilité d’en savoir plus sur ces acheteurs.Cette décision a été prise et votée dans l’indifférence générale. L’Etat peut désormais vendre les données personnelles figurant sur les cartes grises grâce à la loi Loppsi 2. Les nom, prénom, date de naissance et adresse peuvent être cédés à des fins statistiques ou scientifiques mais aussi commerciales, selon LeParisien.fr. Un problème qu’il convient d’encadrer car ces données peuvent être utilisées à des fins malveillantes telles que le trafic de voitures ou le racket : “On imagine l’intérêt que ces informations pourraient avoir pour des organisations criminelles désireuses de pratiquer le racket, le trafic ou le vol de véhicules à grande échelle”, s’indigne l’avocat Olivier Hugot, spécialiste du droit sur Internet. Le citoyen pourrait s’opposer à cette vente mais l’administration n’est pas obligée de le prévenir. Un amendement est ainsi en cours d’étude pour assainir ces dispositions.Le 14 décembre 2010 à 14:29 • Emmanuel Perrin
Woman Bitten Twice By Shark While Swimming in Hawaii BayDNA From Tooth Solves Shark Bite Mystery, 25 Years Later A rare shark nursery has been discovered among deep-water coral reefs some 200 miles west of Ireland.Footage captured in July by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) highlights an unusual number of egg cases scattered some 750 meters (820 yards) under the sea.Such large concentrations, according to Ireland’s Marine Institute, are “rarely recorded,” and suggest females may gather in this area to lay their eggs.“We are delighted to report the discovery of a rare shark nursery on a scale not previously documented in Irish waters,” David O’Sullivan, chief scientist on the SeaRover (Sensitive Ecosystem Analysis and ROV Exploration of Reef habitat) survey, said last week.“This discovery shows the significance of documenting sensitive marine habitats,” he continued, “and will give us a better understanding of the biology of these beautiful animals and their ecosystem function in Ireland’s Biologically Sensitive Area.”O’Sullivan is a member of INFOMAR, a 20-year government initiative to map the physical, chemical, and biological features of Ireland’s seabed.A large school of blackmouth catshark (Galeus malestomus) swimming around the site indicates the eggs belong to this species—common in the northeast Atlantic Ocean.The sailfin roughshark (Oxynotus paradoxus)—a species of dogfish shark—was also observed.“Both species are of scientific interest as Ireland has an obligation to monitor deepwater sharks under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive,” Maurice Clarke, of the Fisheries Ecosystem Advisory Services at the Marine Institute, said in a statement.The solitary sailfin roughshark (via Marine Institute)The latter, listed as “near threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, may have been feeding on the eggs, though there is no hard evidence to back that up.“No pups were obvious at the site and it is believed that the adult sharks might be utilizing degraded coral reef and exposed carbonate rock on which to lay their eggs,” O’Sullivan explained.“A healthy coral reef in the vicinity may act as a refuge for the juvenile shark pups once they hatch,” he continued. “It is anticipated that further study of the site will answer some important scientific questions on the biology and ecology of deep-water sharks in Irish waters.”SeaRover is the second of three surveys commissioned and jointly funded by the Irish government and the EU’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.More coverage on Geek.com:Scientists Rely on Public Sightings to Track Mysterious Shark SpeciesNew Species of Deep Sea Shark Discovered, Could Offer Ancient Evolutionary CluesDon’t Trust Everything You See on Shark WeekThe Greatest Underwater Predators in Movies Stay on target
Guillem Balague believes that it will take time for England to have a squad capable of winning the World Cup, but fears that Gareth Southgate will not be given the time required to do soDespite having defeated Holland 1-0 on Friday, Southgate found himself being openly questioned by both the media and pundits alike for selecting Kyle Walker as one of the three centre-backs in the line-up.The England manager explained that he did so due to the connection that Walker has with fellow Manchester City teammate John Stones, but Balague believes that Southgate is in a no-win situation and fears he will not be given time to turn things around.“It’s a step in the direction Southgate wants to take the team,” Balague tod Sky Sports.“I just think that Gareth Southgate is a in a no-win situation, on a kamikaze mission.“We can see what he is trying to do; play three at the back, have a goalkeeper who can play as well, the positional game is important, meaning that when somebody has the ball, he has two or three passes available.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“These are a lot of things which require a long time to coach, and he won’t have that. He doesn’t have the midfield for what he wants to do, and the three up front are the type of guys who could create something out of nothing, but could equally go missing for 90 minutes, too. They are too individualistic and do not work for the midfield.“If he is considered a failure at the World Cup, if England do get to the quarter-finals, or whatever, are you all going to put him under pressure to change the system, to start over?“Or will you allow him to wait, which would be his preferred decision? The FA should be strong enough to say: ‘Let’s continue with this, you are actually onto something.’“That gives him the possibility in two, three, four years’ time to get the midfield that can work this way, get the forwards who understand they must move around, and then you will have more opportunities to win.” Since taking over from the fired Sam Allardyce in October 2016, Southgate has won eight of his 15 matches.
Mohamed Salah can beat both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or, says Thomas MullerGiven his scintillating form this season at Liverpool, the Egyptian forward has found himself being compared to even Ronaldo and Messi who both have a combined total of 10 Ballon d’Ors and 1,125 goals between them.While some people remain sceptical over Salah’s chances of ending the duo’s decade-long dominance of the highly-coveted individual award, Muller believes that it could very well happen pending the outcome of Saturday’s Champions League final.“I think that Mo Salah was very impressive,” he told Daily Mirror.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“Maybe if Liverpool can win the Champions League title, he’s a big candidate.“The whole world is looking for a new Ballon d’Or winner. Leo Messi and Ronaldo are outstanding, but the performance of Salah this season was also outstanding. I think he has a great chance.”Heading into Saturday’s highly anticipated final, Salah has now scored an incredible 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool.