>>> Business: Why you must love your job to thrive

Many job holders exhibit the tendency to dislike their jobs. In fact, many will openly voice this dislike to anyone who cares to listen.

Business: Why you must love your job to thrive

Business: Why you must love your job to thrive




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>>> World: Burkina presidential guard number two assumes power

The second in command of Burkina Faso's presidential guard, Colonel Isaac Zida, says on Saturday he has assumed power as head of state during the transition period, saying a similar claim by the army chief is "obsolete".

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>>> Sports: Athletics-Marathon champion Jeptoo fails doping test

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Sports: Athletics-Marathon champion Jeptoo fails doping test

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>>> Lifestyle: Congo crowd kills man, eats him after militant massacres: witnesses

A crowd stoned to death a young man in northeast Congo on Friday before burning and eating his corpse, witnesses said, in apparent revenge for a series of attacks by Ugandan rebels.

Lifestyle: Congo crowd kills man, eats him after militant massacres: witnesses

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>>> Burkina Faso president steps down, calls for elections

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, Oct 31 – Burkina Faso’s embattled President Blaise Compaore announced on Friday that he was stepping down to make way for elections following a violent uprising against his 27-year rule that saw parliament set ablaze. His resignation came as tens of thousands of protesters demanded that he quit immediately after a day […]

Burkina Faso president steps down, calls for elections

Burkina Faso president steps down, calls for elections





>>> Politics: Discard disempowering relationships

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>>> China’s Hisense eyes Kenyan market

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China’s Hisense eyes Kenyan market

China’s Hisense eyes Kenyan market





>>> KNUT issues 30-day pay ultimatum

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 31 – The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has now given the government 30 days to conclude pay rise talks, after negotiations scheduled for Friday with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) were cancelled indefinitely. KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion says if the talks don’t end before November 30, they will refer […]

KNUT issues 30-day pay ultimatum

KNUT issues 30-day pay ultimatum





>>> Kenya: MP condemns nullification of police recruitment

An MP has castigated the judiciary, over a move by the court to annul the concluded national police recruitment exercise, terming it an interference with the government's pledge to create jobs.

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>>> #FoodTrend: Gourmets get taste for ‘raw’ chocolate

raw chocolate


“Want to taste? Come on! It’s a bit like the sushi of chocolate,” calls out raw chocolate maker Frederic Marr, beckoning the curious to his stall at Paris’s annual chocolate extravaganza, the Salon du Chocolat.


Touted as a “super food” by some, raw chocolate is the latest trend in the world of chocolate.


Proponents say it has health benefits because the cocoa beans used to make it are heated to much lower temperatures than for standard chocolate.


As a result, they say, raw chocolate has more nutrients such as iron, zinc, magnesium and copper as well as higher levels of antioxidants.


According to Marr, who is based at Montreuil, near Paris, recent refinements in the raw chocolate making process mean that in addition to being a good health option, it also tastes good.


“Historically raw chocolate was not very good. It was consumed for nutritional reasons, so there was less care taken in its manufacture,” he said.


“But quality raw chocolate is now starting to be successful in countries that also care about taste, including France,” he added.


Lauren Bandy, nutrition analyst at consumer market researchers Euromonitor International, said raw chocolate was still a niche product but had seen a steady rise in popularity over the past few years.


Sales of standard dark chocolate have risen by $1.4 billion globally over the past five years, with an annual growth rate of seven percent, she said.


- ‘ Lot of promise’ -


“Many consumers buy raw chocolate for the same reasons they buy dark chocolate (so) if dark chocolate sales are to be used as an indicator for raw chocolate’s potential, then raw chocolate has a lot of promise.”


More expensive than other types of chocolate, raw chocolate costs around five euros ($6.30) for a 45-gramme bar.


But Kris McGowan, of the UK-based Raw Chocolate Company, said consumers were willing to pay extra for food if they had confidence in how it was made and what had gone into it.


“Probably over the last 10 years there’s been a real shift amongst consumers; they are taking much more care of what they buy,” he said.


“They want to know more about where things come from and after various food scandals people no longer trust the big companies to do things cleanly,” he added.


For Nefeli Bouzalas, of import company Hacienda del Cacao, the emergence of raw chocolate highlights a trend for chocolate that is less sweet.


“There have always been some people who love dark chocolate but now more and more people who before would have chosen a milky chocolate are chosing dark chocolate.


“Now people are even asking us for 100 percent cocoa — which is really bitter,” she said.


Whatever the claims made for raw chocolate, French nutrition consultant Laurent Chevallier, warned against relying on it as a source of nutrients.


“The nutritional benefits of chocolate are only worth anything in very large quantities,” he said adding that from a health point of view levels of antioxidants in chocolate were “infinitesimal”.


“Chocolate does not have nutritional value when you consume it in reasonable quantities and if you eat it in unreasonable quantities you will get fat,” he said.


The Salon du Chocolat runs until Sunday in Paris.




#FoodTrend: Gourmets get taste for ‘raw’ chocolate

#FoodTrend: Gourmets get taste for ‘raw’ chocolate