21 July 2003There are not that many venues in Johannesburg that offer an all-African dining experience. One of the best is Moyo in Melrose Arch – but be prepared to wait up to a week for a table, as Jo’burg residents and visitors have discovered the restaurant in a big way.The brainchild of Jason Lurie, Moyo offers customers a touch of Africa from Ethiopia and Tunisia in the north right the way down to Zululand on the south-eastern coast of South Africa. In Lurie’s words: “Moyo is more than just a restaurant.”Lurie, a large, bustling man, has packed a lot into his 35 years, and combined it all skilfully in his restaurant. He has his finger in many pies, besides qualifying as a development economist: music, crafts, the record industry, and a healthy love of food.Moyo is a five-storey restaurant that offers customers an entirely indigenous experience, with unique, locally crafted decor on every floor set against pleasing shades of ochre walls, providing wonderful textures. Every level has its own atmosphere and ambience, but there’s lots of copper evident throughout the restaurant: on table tops, shapes in the walls and gorgeous lamps. There’s also lots of mosaic – on table tops, walls and steps.Says Lurie: “My original idea was to do something authentic as urban Africans, to reflect contemporary African art, food and culture.”Moyo certainly does that. Every level of Moyo is a feast for the eye – there’s a cosy wine cellar with daily wine tastings, set behind a curtain of threaded stones and wire; a huge rock that was revealed when the floors were being dug, with a fine trickle of water dribbling over it; and a magical Moroccan tent on the lowest level. And on every level there are interesting ornaments and furniture tucked into nooks and crannies to marvel at, right down to a long wall inlaid with stones.Every night there’s a feast for the ears with a varied schedule of local musicians entertaining customers, some moving from table to table and explaining the origins and mechanics of their instruments.But it’s probably the minute attention to detail that lingers after the Moyo experience – the wishee washee lady who comes around to your table and, while washing your hands with rose water, sings a washing song made up by the Moyo staff; the romantic nooks called “gigis”, behind a beaded curtain; or the charming waiters and waitresses in their African tunics, with delicately placed white dots on their faces, giving them a mystical quality.Cooks and chefsMoyo has 35 cooks and two head chefs, and its own bakery. Lurie originally selected recipes while travelling in Africa, but Moyo also relies on consultants who investigate new African recipes. The hotter dishes have been adapted to suit South African tastes.And the menu has been compiled to reflect the eclectic range of African cuisine: stuffed baked onions; seared calamari; pickled citrus prawn salad; Egyptian rose petal Semmit bread with sesame; Zulu cabbage, tuna mayonnaise jaffles; and toasted South African “sarmies” (sandwiches).And to complete the Moyo experience, you can buy an item at the shop adjoining the restaurant. Or you can book a party for a great evening in The Tent, and savour the experience as a group.Moyo in NewtownLurie has just completed converting space in the foyer of the Market Theatre in Newtown to a new Moyo, and is in the final stages of placing diners on a metal bridge over railway lines to a warehouse complex behind the Theatre.“Newtown is very exciting. I grew up with it as a musician. I would like to be part of bringing people back to the city,” says Lurie. He feels that the “city is going to happen”, with a range of new developments taking place, particularly in Newtown, like the Nelson Mandela Bridge.Lurie has looked at possible Moyo venues in Durban, Cape Town and Pretoria, but “the space must be right” before he will commit himself to opening a new Moyo in another city.For Lurie, who was born in Yeoville, Johannesburg is a city where “anything is possible. It has a mining village mentality, with lots of risk-taking, and the infrastructure and institutions to make it possible”.Regarding the risk of the novelty of Moyo wearing off for Johannesburgers, he has a confident answer: “Novelty doesn’t wear off quality, only off gimmicks.” Moyo has been open in Melrose Arch for one-and-a-half years. Prior to that, Lurie ran a small Moyo restaurant in Norwood for two years.So, catch your bit of Moyo magic. In the words of one of Moyo’s waitresses, Joyce Leeuw, 48: “It’s fabulous here. I love the vibe and atmosphere, it’s always buzzing.”Source: City of Johannesburg website
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On the colder days during the winter months, we have a group of barn cats that crowd up near the front door of our house, hoping to sneak in to enjoy the warmer temperatures at the next opportunity. In the barn they have proven repeatedly to be valuable assets. In the house and under foot, however, they are irksome beasts.Despite the fact that they have access to a cozy barn with a well-stocked haymow perfect for snuggling in on a cold winter afternoon, one too many trips into the house as kittens courtesy of our children has provided ample experience and know-how concerning the logistics of infiltrating the front door. The worst two feline culprits are Sister (named by our daughter as a hopeful hint suggesting a possible family expansion a few years back) and Auto-steer (named by our son based upon his love for all things farm). These two female tiger cats prowl the front step and wait for any entrance or exit from the house by a person not paying complete attention to the task of keeping the cats out. Sometimes they can even make it in without anyone noticing.When we do finally corral the rogue barn cat and put it back outside, the other cat is often waiting, ready to run in. It is amazing how much daily manpower at our home is dedicated to the often not-so-simple task of extricating Auto-steer and Sister the barn cats.I thought about those cats last week as I listened to discussions at the Ohio Farm Bureau Ag Day at the Capital. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine started off the program on a snowy February morning talking about the devastation around Ohio’s rural areas from heroin use.DeWine said that 90% of the crime in every Ohio county is somehow related to the growing drug epidemic in the state. Tremendous resources are being used currently in the state to combat this huge problem without even making a dent. Many more resources will be needed to address this problem moving forward.The ball, though, is rolling as awareness about the heroin problems in rural and small-town Ohio is increasing. Government officials like DeWine, and organizations like the Ohio Farm Bureau (and many others) are looking for solutions to help rural Ohio address this extremely serious drug problem.Yet, simultaneously, proponents of the legalization of marijuana in Ohio are just getting started after a defeat at the ballot last fall, hoping to follow on the heels of successful legalization efforts in other states.“The people who want to make a lot of money from marijuana are going to keep bringing this back. Last summer I went to Colorado where they have legalized recreational marijuana. What I found out there, we don’t want in Ohio. It changed the culture. When you say it is legal for a 21-year-old, a 14-year-old now thinks it’s OK. The age of when people start using marijuana has gone down and the use of marijuana for underage users has gone up dramatically. We don’t need that in Ohio,” DeWine said. “This marijuana today is much more potent than anything we saw in the 1960s and 1970s. And, medical science has advanced and we known more about how the brain develops. Young people who regularly smoke marijuana while their brain is developing are risking a significant and irreversible 5 to 10 point loss in IQ, which is just stunning.”Some proponents, however, point to the already widespread use of marijuana and suggest that legalizing it and taxing it could allow for many positives in society.“When marijuana is commercialized, it is being driven by promotion and profits. And you have to promote it to people who are underage or dependent upon it for it to make money commercially. When that happens it ends up being a cost to society,” said Marcie Seidel, executive director of the Drug Free Action Alliance, who spoke at OFBF‘s event last week. “In Colorado they had estimated $107 million in tax revenue with legalization, but they only made $63 million. And now they are seeing more costs than they anticipated. Colorado teachers are saying that marijuana is the now the No. 1 problem in schools. They refer to students as being ‘dazed and confused.’ We have found with things like alcohol, for every dollar of taxes we take in we spend more than that in terms of addressing the societal problems that result. The tax benefits are a myth.”Other costs to the legalization of marijuana include funding for addiction and education for prevention. As it is, there is already a significant shortage of treatment centers around the state of Ohio. 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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Bryson DeChambeau swears by science. Brooks Koepka is all about his routine.The Americans atop the Masters leaderboard have vastly different strategies when it comes to golf, but both have figured out something that works at Augusta National. They each shot a 6-under 66 in the opening round — blazing through the back nine — and will look to keep that momentum going when they tee off Friday morning.The 25-year-old DeChambeau charged up the leaderboard on Thursday by making birdies on six of the final seven holes. His only setback was a bogey on No. 14.DeChambeau said improved play with his wedges and irons has made a major difference in his game. After Thursday’s round, he detailed a marathon 14-hour practice session last week in Dallas where he tried to figure out the problem. He used terms like “spin loft curve” to describe.Surprise and excitement ruled the first round of #themasters, with a glittering array of stars filling the leader board. pic.twitter.com/JcgqApzdub— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 12, 2019Not everyone understood. But DeChambeau does, and that’s really all that matters. Now he feels like he’s ready to contend for the win in his third Masters appearance.“I don’t know if I’m going to be able to figure out every little nuance of this golf course in my third year playing,” DeChambeau said. “But what I can do is prepare as good as I can and be comfortable with my own game in any situation; so that when I get out here, any situation that arises, I feel I can execute and play the game that’s necessary.”The 28-year-old Koepka also had an impressive finish on Thursday. He played a bogey-free round and made five birdies on the back nine. As usual, his combination of long, straight drives and solid putting was a formidable mix.He’s already won three majors, including two U.S. Opens and a PGA Championship. Now it looks like he’s ready to contend at the Masters after missing last year’s tournament because of a wrist injury.“I keep pretty much the same routine for all the majors,” Koepka said. “It’s very simple. There’s no added stress during the week. It’s pretty much the same people that are staying with me.”Plenty of big names are chasing DeChambeau and Koepka. Three-time Masters winner Phil Mickelson is one shot back after shooting a 67. The 48-year-old was at even par through 11 holes on Thursday before closing with five birdies on the final seven holes.Ian Poulter and Dustin Johnson are two shots back. Adam Scott and Jon Rahm are in a group that’s three back. Tiger Woods begins the day four shots back after shooting a 70.By: David Brandt, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
EDMONTON – A caribou researcher says Alberta’s decision to suspend portions of its draft plan to help the threatened animals recover is the first major test of the federal Species at Risk Act.The province has sent Ottawa a letter that raises concerns about the socio-economic impacts of the recovery plan.“It’s a bit surprising and dramatic but it’s actually not, really,” said University of Montana biologist Mark Hebblewhite, who is part of a science advisory group on boreal caribou for Environment Canada. “Not just myself, but lots of other people have seen a showdown like this coming.“Caribou to me are the biggest national test case of the Species at Risk Act in Canada. To date, we have had very inexpensive species-at-risk problems. This is not an inexpensive species-at-risk problem.”Alberta’s draft plan is designed to help threatened woodland caribou recover in 15 different ranges.The province plans to spend more than $85 million in the next five years to restore caribou habitat by eliminating seismic lines, building birthing pens and bringing in other measures. It has already invested $9.2 million and the estimated cost over the next 40 years is more than $1 billion.“Caribou recovery cannot occur without an infusion of federal funds to restore habitat necessary to ensure population growth,” said the letter from Environment Minister Shannon Phillips to federal counterpart Catherine McKenna.Phillips said the province will suspend consideration of conservation lands pending further review and the outcome of a socio-economic impact study.A scientist in Edmonton said he’s seen similar responses on caribou from past Alberta governments.“When you see governments start to move to any real efforts to conserve caribou, they run up against this enormous task,” said Stan Boutin, a professor at the University of Alberta.“The reality of it is that things have been changed so much —particularly in Alberta because of our activities — that fixing the problem now is going to cost an enormous amount of money, probably would mean jobs and all of the bad things government doesn’t want to deal with.”The federal government should have done an independent socio-economic analysis at the same time as scientific analysis under the Species at Risk Act, Hebblewhite added.“The bill is here and now they’re all, ‘That’s a lot of money,’” he said. “It’s a little too late to fix the problem easily.“Asking the federal government for money … is actually kind of reasonable. It’s just going to ripple across the country.”Other provinces have started to raise similar concerns about how to pay for saving caribou.Earlier this month, the Quebec government said it would be too expensive to try to save a small herd whose habitat has been decimated by human activity. The province estimated it would cost $76 million to help the 18 remaining animals in the Val-d’Or herd, with a slim chance of success.An emailed statement from McKenna said the federal government is committed to protecting caribou.“We’re working with provinces, including Quebec and Alberta, as well as stakeholders and Indigenous communities, to address challenges facing this iconic species,” said the email.It added that Ottawa earmarked $1.3 billion over five years in its recent budget to expand protected areas and help endangered and threatened species.Ottawa is set to publish a report in April on steps being taken by provinces to protect critical habitat.If it’s determined that boreal caribou or critical habitat are not being protected, the federal government could impose a cabinet order that would allow the act to be applied on provincial lands.It would prohibit any development, such as oil drilling and forestry, that could harm the animals.“Any attempt by the federal government to do so will be subject to a decade of litigation,” said Shaun Fluker, an environmental law professor at the University of Calgary. “By then the caribou could very well be extirpated from Alberta.”— Follow @cderworiz on Twitter
Ohio State freshman forward Andre Wesson attempts a 3-pointer against Northwestern on Jan. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorAfter the injury to junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, freshman forward Andre Wesson has been receiving some valuable minutes off the bench for Ohio State in his first year at the college level.Wesson was a starter throughout his career at Westerville South High School. He averaged 17 points, six rebounds and three assists as the senior leader on route to a 2016 Ohio Division I state title. Now at OSU, he has been asked to be a role player in his first season, but is showing his coaches and teammates alike what his abilities are on the basketball court.After the injury to Bates-Diop, OSU coach Thad Matta has relied on Wesson, not to mimic the highly touted forward, but to play his own style of basketball when his number is called.“I love the way Andre (Wesson) is playing right now,” Matta said. “Kind of coming into his own, and he’s different than Keita (Bates-Diop) but can do some of the same things.”In limited minutes off the bench in Big Ten play, Wesson has averaged 2.6 points per game, with only three rebounds and one assist. However, averaging only 9.7 minutes of playing time, the freshman is third on the team with five steals and has two blocks in conference play.In the Buckeyes’ last game against Minnesota on Wednesday, Wesson played a career-high 19 minutes and was a factor in the 78-72 victory. He connected on 6-of-7 foul shots and nailed a 3 in the second half to extend the lead to eight with 10 minutes remaining.Wesson’s minutes and production has spiked as he becomes more acquainted with the college game.“Just being more comfortable, getting used to the speed of the game,” Wesson said. “That’s probably the thing that has helped. Also, just changing gears a bit more and not playing at one speed. Just slowing down and letting the game slow down.”From what Wesson has done in practice, junior forward Jae’Sean Tate thinks that his production in the actual games will come with time.“He just has to keep getting more comfortable in the game because in practice, I mean when we go scarlet and gray, he dominates. I don’t think he ever misses two shots in a row,” Tate said. “He’s been playing good minutes and has been a big part of our offense and defense when he checks in. We are going to need him to do that and continue to get better.”Going forward, Wesson has some areas of the game where he knows he can improve. When it is all said and done, though, the team comes first.“Probably just being more assertive, being more aggressive on the offensive end,” Wesson said. “Just continuing to just do my job, whatever the team needs me to do to win.”
New Liverpool midfielder Fabinho reckons that he is now fully prepared to make his competitive debut for the clubThe Brazilian was signed by the Reds this summer from AS Monaco, but is yet to make a competitive appearance.Manager Jurgen Klopp has refrained from making many changes in Liverpool’s opening four league games.Therefore, Fabinho has worked hard at the club’s Melwood training ground accustomising himself with Klopp’s style of play.“My start has been good and the adaptation good. The pre-season was very good, we had nine friendlies and I played nine,” the 24-year-old told Globo Esporte, via the club website.“It was good to play against English teams to see what the rhythm, the intensity and the physique is like.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I am adapting to the team’s style of play. The more experienced players have helped me, the technical team as well.”The 24-year-old added that his compatriots have helped him adjust to life in England.“Me and my wife are liking the city, we already have a home. Firmino is being a great guy, his family has given a good support to me and Alisson.“It’s been fine. Having Brazilians in the team helps. Now it’s really to make the debut. I’m fine, training well and prepared.”Liverpool will be back in action on September 15 away to Tottenham in the Premier League.
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic is disappointed that some of his players are not putting in enough fight despite missing out on selection in his starting line-up.Fulham spent more than £100m during the summer signing 12 players, but have just one win from their opening 12 Premier League matches, and manager Jokanovic is likely to name the same starting eleven for two games in a row despite believing that competition for places is healthy.“This process is never finished, other players are going to have an opportunity to push hard and fight for the space in the team,” Jokanovic told Sky Sports.“I want to encourage my players to not wait for an opportunity. I want to encourage them to fight, to force the situation and show me they are my best choice. This is what I expect.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“I want to make some competition between them and for them to be hurt when they are not in the starting XI. This is what I miss right now.“And we’re going to push harder and in this way be competitive in Premier League games too.”
For the Arsenal manager, the priority is doing good in the UEFA Europa League to go back to the UEFA Champions League.Arsenal coach Unai Emery says the team is looking for two possible ways to return to the UEFA Champions League.The Gunners want to end in any of the top four positions in the English Premier League in order to qualify to the 2019-2020 Champions League season.But there is also the possibility of winning the UEFA Europa League, as the champions qualify to the biggest European competition.For Emery, being in the Round of 32 makes the Europa League a big priority for the team.“Our target is clear,” he said in the pre-match press conference in Minsk on Wednesday as reported by the team’s official website.“That is to play next year in the Champions League. But we know it’s not easy and we have two ways now.”“One is Europa League, but to win the Europa League is very difficult. We know it’s a very big challenge in the last 32 against BATE Borisov and then other matches,” he added.“But in the Premier League also we are with the possibility to take this position to play in the Champions League next year.”“Our challenge is to only think of the next game and the next game is tomorrow,” he continued.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Arsenal will play against Bielorrusian BATE Borisov on Thursday.“(We treat them) with respect, first. We can speak about two different situations from them. One is last year they played here and Arsenal won 4-2,” Emery continued.“The second is thinking about this year when they played in the groups, for example against Chelsea they lost one 1-0 but they had chances to score and to draw in this match.”“They are not in competition in the league but they prepared also in pre-season. We know they are a very organized team,” he said.“I prefer to think they can take their best performance against us tomorrow with good players and their motivation is going to be very high.”“For this competition, it’s the last 32 and they want to do well like us, respecting us. For us it’s to prepare and start this last 32 with very big motivation and ambition to do something important,” he concluded.What went down at our last session before the #UEL game at @FCBATE?All the latest training pics 👇— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 13, 2019