Shrimp and Grits

How to Make It

Step 1

Make grits: In a large pan, bring milk, 3 cups water and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil. Add cornmeal in a steady stream, whisking, until no lumps are visible. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring and scraping pan every 10 minutes, until tender, 35 minutes. Uncover; cook 5 minutes longer, stirring.

Step 2

While grits cook, fry bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, turning, until crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Let cool; crumble.

Step 3

Add bell peppers, white parts of scallions, 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to skillet with bacon fat. Sauté until bell peppers are crisp-tender, 7 minutes. Stir in shrimp, pepper sauce and 1/2 cup water. Sauté until shrimp turn almost opaque, 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Step 4

Remove grits from heat; stir in cheese. Divide among 4 bowls; top with shrimp mixture. Garnish with bacon and scallion greens. | Imran Khan sworn in as Pakistan’s prime minister

Imran Khan has been as sworn in as Pakistan’s new prime minister after his party’s victory in last month’s election tainted by the alleged intervention by the military.

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath at a ceremony in the capital, Islamabad, on Saturday where political and military leaders, former sports stars and diplomats participated.

Khan was elected as the prime minister by parliament on Friday as his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), swept the election, vowing to bring an era of accountability and prosperity to the country.

PTI won the most seats in the July 25 election but fell short of an outright majority. It allied with independents to form a coalition.

In the national assembly, Khan secured 176 votes on Friday, beating Shehbaz Sharif, president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), who got 96.

READ MORE: Imran Khan, ‘new Pakistan’ and the diaspora dilemma

“In this country, before everything else, we have to make sure there is accountability,” said Khan, in a speech after the vote in parliament.

“Those who have looted this country and indebted it, I promise this today that no one will escape.”

The long-time opposition politician takes the reins of power for the first time in his 22-year political career, having led a strenuous campaign against corruption and government mismanagement since he retired as one of Pakistan’s most popular cricketer in 1992.

The PTI’s election victory was marred by widespread allegations of irregularities in the vote counting process, and opposition parties on Friday decried the results as “unacceptable”.

In his speech, Khan welcomed any investigation into the election results, saying he would support the process. He also committed to empowering parliament, and attending at least twice a month to answer other lawmakers’ questions.

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We are looking for an energetic and physically active mature couple/individual to manage a retirement complex.

The successful candidate should be computer literate who is able to demonstrate empathy, commitment and flexibility in their approach to their work and would be required to take responsibility for the following functions:

–          Administrative duties which will include monthly bookkeeping

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While previous experience in this field would be an advantage, candidates who are able to demonstrate consistency, patience and accessibility in their dealings with others are encouraged to apply. | The DA has ‘hopefully’ learnt from their mistakes – Western Cape premier hopeful

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has “hopefully” learnt from its mistakes ahead of the 2019 national government elections, Western Cape DA premier candidate Alan Winde says. 

Seated in his ground-floor office in Cape Town’s iconic Long Street, Winde – who has been the Western Cape MEC for Economic Development the past nine years – explains that some DA leaders’ choices have had “bad implications” for the party.

He is careful not to name anyone.

“I think [their decisions] damaged the DA over time, but [you] have suddenly begun to see a different DA at the moment,” Winde told News24 in an interview. 

“I think the DA has also been looking inwardly now in the last while saying: ‘This is what’s happening out there. We need to do something about it.’” 

Winde is one of seven candidates, including Western Cape DA leader Bonginkosi Madikizela, vying for Helen Zille’s post as premier of the Western Cape in 2019 – a province where the DA enjoys a two-thirds majority.

He cited the manner in which the DA addressed the ousting of several of its mayors in the Western Cape, including Knysna, Matzikama, Berg River and Cape Town, as places where the party “took a hit” politically.

“You would rather that it was dealt with much more swiftly, but legal processes take time and whether it’s here [in Cape Town] or in our other councils, legal processes take time.”

He says a lot of the conflict people are seeing within the DA – the “screaming and shouting” – is because it’s a year before the elections.

“You can deal with it quietly behind closed doors and cut throats, or you [can] deal with it in an open way, which I think is the way it should be,” he says. 

“Of course, politically you take a hiding for it, but I think that’s the right way to do it: to show that you are busy dealing with it.”

But, Winde, who has been in the Western Cape legislature since 1999, believes voters should still reward the DA with a two-thirds majority in the Western Cape, despite frustrations over its management of the water crisis, and the matter of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. 

The latest Ipsos poll in July placed DA support nationwide at just 13% – nearly 14% less than what it got in the 2016 local government elections.

“Sure, it was a crisis. I mean we were going to run out of water. We haven’t had sufficient water investment. We should have had a lot more over time, but there was management of it. 

“I mean there are other towns [in the country] that have actually already run out of water and no one says a word. I’m not sure what those voters are saying or doing, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to be judged on how you ran things and how did things.” 

Western Cape premier Helen Zille, City of Cape Tow

Western Cape premier Helen Zille, City of Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and Economic Development MEC Alan Winde during the unveiling of a Nelson Mandela Statue at the Cape Town City Hall in July (supplied) 

He says good regional leadership is the difference between a town “flourishing” or failing, regardless of a country’s economic environment. 

“What we took over [in 2009] was a place that was known for brown envelopes. It was a place that was implementing ANC policy and it was definitely on a decline,” Winde says. 

“We can go back to that if we want to.” 

When asked about land expropriation without compensation, Winde – who also heads the Department of Agriculture in the Western Cape – searched for the resolution of the ANC’s 54th elective conference in December below a heavy stack of documents on his desk. 

He turned to page 11 of the resolution where he underlined sections of it. 

“The ANC should, as a matter of policy, pursue expropriation of land without compensation,” Winde reads from the resolution. “This should [however] be pursued without destabilising the agricultural sector, without endangering food security in our country and without undermining economic growth and job creation.” 

Winde says whenever he is asked to speak about land reform to investors, he reads these passages from the resolution. 

“I mean ‘hello’! Look at the document, [an] ANC document. Who carries it around? Winde. I mean I just cannot believe that [President Cyril Ramaphosa] has allowed the EFF and the David Mabuzas of the world [to dedicate].” 

“The ANC has failed themselves in this document.” 

Winde says the positivity around Ramaphosa’s election as president seven months ago has dissolved with the land debate. 

In July, Ramaphosa said the ANC would amend the South African Constitution to “explicitly” allow land to be expropriated without compensation, but did not give details about the changes the ANC proposed.

Winde says the land debate makes him think of the three people tasked by Ramaphosa to bring a trillion rand worth of investment into South Africa over the next five years. 

“The one has already written a piece that says we can’t bring in this investment while this [land] debate is going on in South Africa and one of the others I have met with personally and [is] very very frustrated.

The only solution for South Africa, Winde says, is that the ANC is challenged in the electoral box.  

“You know a strong ANC is definitely not going to make our country any better. They’ve been strong for long enough. Quite frankly, there needs to come some change,” he says. 

“You hear all the debate about whether it is a knife’s edge until the election and then [Ramaphosa] going to make his move. Well, quite frankly, thousands of people are unemployed that doesn’t help any of them.” 

Why premier? Winde, a father of two children, believes it’s the natural next step for him. 

“I’ve done what I need to do here. Ten years is long enough in one portfolio and you probably need new blood in that portfolio,” Winde says. 

“So either it is do I step up to be premier, or do I look for another challenge?” | Quitting smoking? Even a little exercise can help you stay slim

Fear of weight gain can keep many smokers from kicking the habit.

But a new study involving older women might help change that: It found that for those who quit, even a bit of exercise helped keep the pounds at bay.

Upping levels of physical activity

“Being active after quitting smoking was found to reduce weight gain, regardless of the amount of physical activity before quitting,” Dr JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society, said in a society news release.

She pointed to the new study, which involved more than 4 700 postmenopausal female smokers who were tracked for three years.

The study was published online in NAMS’ journal Menopause.

Not surprisingly, those who quit during that time gained an average of 3.5kg more than those who continued smoking.

But weight gain was lowest (2.5kg) among quitters who also upped their levels of physical activity. What’s more, the benefit of exercise in this context was even stronger for ex-smokers who’d been obese than for those of normal weight, the researchers said.

Also watch food intake

The research was led by Juhua Luo of Indiana University’s School of Public Health. Her team also found that when quitters moved to healthier eating plus exercise, they gained only slightly more weight over the study period than women who had continued to smoke.

And any amount of exercise seemed to help.

“Although the best results in limiting weight gain after quitting smoking were found in women who engaged in 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week, benefit was also found in less intense activity, such as walking 90 minutes per week at 5km/h,” said Pinkerton.

So, she said, there’s real “hope for those deciding to quit smoking – exercise more and watch food intake to limit weight gain.”

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Sydney – Usain Bolt says he’s deadly serious about becoming a professional footballer and plans to show the world what he’s capable of after arriving in Australia Saturday for a trial stint with an A-League club.

The superstar athlete has been given the chance to prove his worth by the Central Coast Mariners, who have agreed to let him train with the team indefinitely in his pursuit of a playing contract.

They hope to turn him into A-League material in time for the start of the 2018/19 season in late October.

Bolt, wearing a Mariners scarf, was met by a media scrum at Sydney airport and said he would push himself hard to make the grade.

“I always put my best foot forward and I’m going to show the world what I’m made of,” he said.

“This is real,” added the 31-year-old when asked if it was simply a stunt.

“I’ve said since my last season of track and field that I want to play football and I know what I can do.

“I’m grateful to the Mariners for giving me the opportunity and am happy to call Australia home for now.”

Bolt has already tried out with teams in Germany, Norway and South Africa, to no avail, since retiring from athletics last year.

Despite being an eight-time Olympic champion and the fastest man on earth, he admitted to being nervous about what lay ahead in the small town of Gosford, 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of Sydney, where the club is based.

“Nerves will always be there, but I’m more excited than anything else,” said the Jamaican, who is set to have his first training session on Tuesday.

Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp has made clear Bolt won’t be getting any special treatment, although extra security guards will be on hand and club training sessions moved to a larger venue to accommodate the legions of fans who are expected to turn up to get a glimpse of Bolt.

“The one thing we’ve been really firm on is that Usain, while trialling for a contract, be treated the same as any player,” Mielekamp said this week.

“Obviously, we understand the realities of having somebody of his profile. But (when it comes to football) there will be no advantages.

“And that’s what Bolt wants — this is about his football journey. He’s coming here for the right reasons.”

Bolt dominated sprinting since taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He went on to win a further six Olympic golds and pick up 11 world titles.

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