first_imgShare This!Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is right around the corner. What else is right around the corner? Lines for the food booths on the first Saturday afternoon of the festival. With so many booths to choose from, but lines being almost guaranteed at most, how do you know what is worth waiting for and what can be skipped during peak times? Here’s my views from sampling all the foods last year and eagerly anticipating the new ones.If you’re just looking for the highlights, you might want to check out my Top Ten Returning Items.*Indicates item returning from last year.Africa *Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion and Snap Peas (Pictured)*Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies*Lamington: Yellow Cake Dipped in Chocolate and Shredded CoconutThe dish most people will be talking about is the grilled lamb chop, which tends to be a festival favorite. For me, I find eating a lamb chop on the go a little awkward, as it just doesn’t seem right to pick up the bone and gnaw on it like one would do with a turkey leg. It feels a little better to grab the shrimp by the tail and eat them, although it is messy with the sweet and spicy sauce. The vegetables in that dish feel like an afterthought. The Lamington is the one dish I want to  love, but every time I got it, the cake was horrifically dry. If that trend continues, it is a dessert to skip.Belgium *Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup*”Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce (Pictured)Nothing says high-class like eating filet mignon out of a paper tray with plastic cutlery? Although the beef is delicious, it isn’t the easiest food to eat on the go, and the price can cause a bit of sticker shock. For that reason, this is on my list of foods to skip. The cheddar cheese soup is always a favorite, and with the reported inclusion of a pretzel roll this year, this wonderful dish is even better.The Chew Collective *Charcuterie Plate: Country Pate, Cured Meats, and Crostini (Pictured)*Pimento Cheese Dip with Pretzel ChipsPiggy Wings: Fried Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce and Sesame SeedsLet’s face it–the main attraction at the Craft Beers booth is not going to be the food. Unless you really need something to chow down on while you sample beers, you can skip the returning foods from last year. I am intrigued by the idea of “fried pork wings”. Did someone say “Hey, we need to have good food at Craft Beers” and someone responded “That’ll happen when pigs fly”? In my mind, I’m thinking this may develop some sort of secret McRib-like cult following. Only time will tell.Stay tuned for the next exciting post with some returning favorites and some new booths to sample.Any of these foods your returning favorites? Are any going on your must try or must skip list? Feel free to sound off in the comments. *Escondidinho de Carne (Layered Meat Pie with Mashed Yucca)*Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans and Tomato*Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pictured)Every year, my order at the Brazil booth is the same: One of each of the foods, please. There’s nothing at the booth I wouldn’t recommend, and it is no surprise that I stop there several times during the festival. Whether you sample one food at a time or go for everything at once, this booth has some of the most consistently best food at Food and Wine.Canada Ghirardelli Chocolate Raspberry TorteRed Wine Chocolate Truffle*Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel (Pictured)Can I be the first to say that I’m quite thankful the small box of prepackaged chocolate seashells is no longer being offered? Don’t get me wrong, I love them, but prepackaged food just doesn’t fit with the festival booth vibe. What I’m most curious about is to see portion sizes and prices for the new chocolate offerings. One thing is for certain, I will be in line to get the Liquid Nitro truffle, returning from its debut last year at the Chew Lab booth. Foods made with liquid nitrogen are just plain cool. (Yes, you see what I did there.)Craft Beerscenter_img *Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce (Pictured)Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots, and Feta CheesePeanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel DrizzleThe Chew Lab and Sustainable Chew have now merged into the equally awkward sounding “Chew Collective” booth. Two dishes from last year’s Chew booths are returning, and one of them will be found at the Collective–the ricotta and zucchini ravioli. My husband and I were split on this dish. He enjoyed the fresh flavors, but I thought it was a bit “soupy” in texture. I am excited about the other two dishes, and expect that the dessert offering will be a hit. The unique combination of flavors with the beef skewer will likely bit hit or miss for some people, but it is a flavor combination that I can get behind.China Beer-braised Beef with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes*Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream (Pictured)*Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped CreamNew this year is a beer-braised beef dish with smoked Gouda mashed potatoes, very similar to an offering last year, but now with 100% less waffle. Perhaps this makes a gluten-free dish at a formerly gluten-laden booth? Gouda is my favorite cheese, so I think this dish will be a winner. The other waffles are always delicious, but in the end, they are waffles with toppings. If you’re eating Mickey waffles during your trip or taking a visit to Sleepy Hollow in the Magic Kingdom for a Nutella waffle, is it worth it to sample the waffles here?Brazil *Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips with Onions, Jalapenos, Tomato and Pap (Pictured)*Buttered Chicken with Micro Cilantro and Naan BreadPerhaps it is its location near the back of the park, or maybe it is because people either don’t feel “adventurous” enough to try African food (or those who do already have an ADR for Boma, Jiko, Sanaa. or Tusker House), but lines rarely seem to be too long for this booth. It’s a shame more people don’t give it a try, because the Buttered Chicken is one of my favorite meals. For a little more of a kick, the Beef Tenderloin Tips are good, but not as good as the chicken, in my opinion.Australia *Beijing Roasted Duck in a Steamed Bun with Hoisin Sauce (Pictured)Sichuan Spicy ChickenBlack Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles*Chicken Pot StickersThe Sichuan flavors from the noodles that accompanied the black pepper shrimp have now been moved to a spicy chicken dish, making the black pepper shrimp a bit more approachable if you’re not a huge fan of spicy foods. Perhaps it is the Nine Dragons effect, but the China booth often gets a ho-hum response. Unless you’re really craving pot stickers, skip them–they’re on par with any Chinese takeout.Chocolate Studiolast_img read more

first_img20 July 2015A female pilot had been awarded the first drone licence on the continent, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) said yesterday.“The licence was issued on 10 July to Nicole Swart,” said spokesperson Phindiwe Gwebu. “It makes her the first person to receive such a licence in South Africa, the continent, and most parts of the world.”Swart, 23, holds the highest pilot’s licence, namely the airline transport pilot’s licence. When not flying remotely piloted aircraft or a traditional manned aircraft, she works as a testing standards officer in aviation personnel standards, at the SACAA.Forward thinking“It was important for me to get a remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) pilot’s licence, as I believe technology is advancing rapidly and in the near future this mode of transport will be as common and necessary as cellular phones are in this era,” Swart said.“I therefore wanted to ensure that when that time comes, I am already a step ahead.”In progressMany countries are still formulating regulations for the administration of drones, or RPAS in aviation jargon. They are controlled either from the ground or by another aircraft.SACAA is processing about 10 drone pilot licences and 15 operator ones, following regulations for drones that came into effect at the beginning of the month.Swart can use her licence to fly a drone for corporate, commercial, or leisure purposes.Drones can be used to fight crime by providing aerial surveillance, assist conservation efforts, and can be used in scientific research.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

first_imgADT has recently unveiled its new ADT Commercial brand and positioning video as part of its multi-year expansion plans. Since the merger with Protection 1, ADT has built upon its commercial capabilities and customer-focused approach, combining more than ten strategic acquisitions, bringing decades of experience to commercial and national account customers. ADT’s announcement is part of its participation in ISC West, one of North America’s largest security industry trade shows, with more than 30,000 industry professionals and 1,000 exhibitors.“Today marks the official start of significant expansion plans for the ADT Commercial brand as we bring together numerous strategic acquisitions and alliances we’ve recently achieved, including industry leader, Red Hawk,” said Dan Bresingham, executive vice president, ADT Commercial. “We are delivering an expanded product portfolio and geographic reach to our enterprise customers, combined with an obsession for customer service, high quality and commitment to excellence.”Led by Bresingham, the ADT Commercial leadership team has a single-minded focus on security and life safety—having spent the majority of their careers in the industry. The ADT Commercial vision is to offer a unified approach to its customers’ security and life safety needs.- Sponsor – ADT Commercial brings together experience, capabilities and offerings from acquisitions made since merging with Protection 1, with the goal of creating a best-in-class security and life safety provider. Most recently, these acquisitions include Red Hawk Fire & Security, Aronson Security Group, MSE Security, Advanced Cabling and Commercial Protection Systems, Inc.ADT Commercial will serve customers with a broad portfolio of solutions such as enterprise risk management services, IP-based video and access control technologies; intrusion detection; fire/life safety; sprinkler installation and maintenance; banking and ATM sales and services; managed services; remote monitoring via its owned and operated monitoring centers; security only networks design, management and monitoring. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

first_imgFor decades, anthropologists have tried to trace the patchy trail left by the earliest modern humans out of Africa. But they have been stymied by gaps in the fossil record or unreliable dates, especially in East Asia. Now, Chinese anthropologists report 47 teeth of Homo sapiens from a cave in southern China, dated to 80,000 to 120,000 years ago. If the dating is accurate, the discovery pushes back the appearance of our species in Asia by at least 30,000 years, wiping out a long-standing picture in which modern humans swept out of Africa in a single wave 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.“This changes everything. It’s the best evidence we have for modern humans in East Asia this early,” says archaeologist 
Michael Petraglia of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, who was not part of the work but has long advocated an early migration out of Africa. Others question the dates. “This case is better than the previous similar claims, but it is not fully convincing,” says paleoanthropologist Yousuke Kaifu of the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo.Most researchers agree that modern humans arose in Africa and first ventured out of that continent into the Middle East about 120,000 to 90,000 years ago, as shown by skulls from Israel. But H. sapiens remains don’t appear in Europe, East Asia, and Australia until 40,000 to 50,000 years ago. Older fossils in Asia proposed as H. sapiens are controversial. 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Skeptics counter that other archaic humans could have made the tools, and that fossils are needed as proof.Hence the excitement about the teeth reported this week in Nature, from Fuyan Cave in Daoxian in southern China, about 600 kilometers northwest of Hong Kong. A team led by Wu Liu and Xiu-Jie Wu of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing found small teeth with slender roots that barely differed from modern Chinese teeth. Indeed, the wear pattern and shape of the teeth are so modern that some wonder how they could be so old.The dates come from a small stalagmite, part of a flowstone that capped the layer holding the teeth. The team used the radioactive decay of uranium to thorium to date this stalagmite to 80,000 years ago—a minimum age for the teeth. Fossils of extinct elephants, hyenas, and pandas in the hominin layer are 120,000 years old at most, so the team concluded that the teeth are 80,000 to 120,000 years old, says co-author Maria Martinón-Torres of University College London.But the dated stalagmite came from a different trench than the teeth, and may be of a different age, says paleoanthropologist Russell  Ciochon of the University of Iowa in Iowa City: “The actual dates reported for Fuyan Cave are probably good but I doubt that the teeth are that old.”The authors insist that the stratigraphy in the cave is clear. Liu even argues that the find supports the radical—and minority—view that our species was born in China, not Africa. The discovery is likely to spur “a lot of debate,” Martinón-Torres says, “and force a new look at other alleged [H. sapiens] sites in China.”last_img read more