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How To Make A Perfect Cup Of Tea

Professor Alan Mackie has put an end to the age-old debate of the ‘correct’ way to brew a cuppa in order to get the most flavour – but it’s a little controversial.

Although the amount of milk and sugar varies from person to person, we all tend to follow the same method – mug, teabag, then boiling water, followed by milk.

But apparently, we’ve been doing it wrong. An  expert says that pouring milk in first on top of the teabag is the secret to a perfect brew – especially if you have hard water.

Research conducted by INTU, a manufacturer of boiling water taps and Professor Alan Mackie, the head of Leeds University’s School Of Food Science & Nutrition, found that the minerals in hard water can stop flavour compounds from forming properly.

But pouring the milk in first, allows its proteins to lower the mineral content of the water and lock in the flavour.

The hardness of water, according to Healthline, is determined by the amount of calcium and magnesium it contains – higher levels of these and other minerals make water hard.

Professor Mackie explains: “Flavour by and large is produced by the different compounds in tea including tannins in particular.

“The more minerals present in the water the more difficult it is for these compounds to develop the flavour – resulting in the dull cuppas you get in hard water areas.

“Making tea the traditional way – steeping a bag in hot water before removing it and adding milk – results in the tannins turning into solids before they can develop the flavour properly.

“But, if the milk is added at the start of the steeping process then its proteins can bind to the tannins and other minerals in the water – preventing them from turning solid – which in turn gives you a far superior flavour.”

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Chocolate Intact After 121 Years

A 121-year-old chocolate bar, from a batch commissioned by Queen Victoria for British troops fighting in South Africa, has been found in its original tin in the attic of an English manor.

The chocolate belonged to an English aristocrat who fought in the Second Boer War, Sir Henry Edward Paston-Bedingfield, and was found in his helmet case at his family’s ancestral home, 500-year-old Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk, eastern England.

“Although …you wouldn’t want it as your Easter treat, it is still complete and a remarkable find,” said Anna Forrest, Cultural Heritage Curator at the National Trust, a heritage charity that manages Oxburgh Hall.

The tin lid has a message in Victoria’s handwriting that says “I wish you a happy New Year” and the inscription “South Africa 1900”, as well as a portrait of the queen.

The National Trust said it believed Henry had kept the helmet and the chocolate together as mementoes of his participation in the war. The items were discovered among the belongings of his daughter Frances Greathead following her death aged 100 in 2020.

The Second Boer War, from 1899 and 1902, pitted British troops against the forces of two independent South African states run by the Boers, Afrikaans-speaking farmers, where huge gold and diamond deposits had been found.

Victoria commissioned 100,000 half-pound (226-gramme) bars to raise morale among the troops there.

Britain’s three main chocolate manufacturers at the time, Cadbury, Fry and Rowntree, were run by Quakers who opposed the war, so they refused to accept payment for the order and packaged the chocolate in unbranded tins.

However, the queen insisted the British soldiers should know that their treats had come from home, and the manufacturers relented and branded some of the chocolates, though not the tins.

While some tins survive, the National Trust said, it is extremely rare to trace one to its original owner, and rarer still to find the chocolate, as most recipients ate theirs.

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Queen Elizabeth’s Husband For Burial, Saturday

The Duke of Edinburgh will be buried on Saturday, April 17 at Windsor Castle.

Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II and  the Duke of Edinburgh passed on peacefully at Windsor Castle less than three months to his 100th birthday  and 73 years in marriage to the queen. 

The tragic news is a huge blow to the Queen, as the Duke is believed to be the backbone of the Royal Family.Just after midday, the Union Flag was lowered to half-mast outside Buckingham Palace and on public buildings across the UK as the world mourns his death.

Tributes have poured in from around the world for the hardest-working member of the Royal Family after seven decades of Royal service. Buckingham Palace said it will now “join with people around the world in mourning his loss”.

A statement from the Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Announcing the news, the official Royal Family website was replaced with a single page and heartfelt tribute to the Duke.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute and said “he helped to steer the Royal Family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life.”

Speaking from a podium in Downing Street, Mr Johnson said: “He was an environmentalist, and a champion of the natural world long before it was fashionable.

“With his Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme he shaped and inspired the lives of countless young people and at literally tens of thousands of events he fostered their hopes and encouraged their ambitions.

“We remember the duke for all of this and above all for his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen.Not just as her consort, by her side every day of her reign, but as her husband, her ‘strength and stay’, of more than 70 years.

“And it is to Her Majesty, and her family, that our nation’s thoughts must turn today.Because they have lost not just a much-loved and highly respected public figure, but a devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and, in recent years, great-grandfather.” 

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Human Capacity, Pivotal To National Dev. – Adeyemi

The International Easter Youth Conference of Church of God Mission International is an initiative organized annually for influencing the lives of young people around the world with the unique message of the ministry’s drive towards global leadership.

In the heart of every youth is a God given dream and destiny. Many young people around the world engage in various activities in pursuit of their dreams. Success and true fulfillment in life is however a product of God’s word. The International Easter Conference is specially packaged with the Youth in mind to satisfy the hunger in their spirit to fulfill their God given dream and destiny.

While the coronavirus pandemic lead to the cancellation of 2020 edition, youths around the globe anticipated with so much excitement the Easter conference 2021 with the theme, “Focus On Christ To Discover and Fulfill Purpose”.

Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Center, Rev. Sam Adeyemi says the country’s development requires resourceful youths in leadership and entrepreneurship with ability to provide solutions to problems.

Adeyemi spoke in Benin while addressing youths at the Easter Conference organized by the Christian Youth Fellowship of Church of God Mission International.

He observed that building the next generation of good leaders and credible entrepreneurs would involve improving the quality of youths through critical thinking solutions.

“We need to increase the quality of our youths by increasing their problem solving mindset and qualitative synopsis.

“This could be achieved by leveraging on diverse opportunities provided by technology and science, engaging in purposeful leadership and standing for God’s purpose on earth,” he said.

Adeyemi charged the youths to be intentional and have “a can-do- mindset and live uprightly at all times to bring the desired change in Nigeria.

“Don’t be afraid but have the core values that align with your vision. Be excellent, be healthy and follow your purpose with precision and detailing; if you fail, rise up and move forward. Creating values for yourself and others require that you be intentional with life decisions from choosing your career to building networks as well as nurturing relationships. Importantly, do not forget the necessity of being at the center of God’s will”, he said.

He called on Nigeria youths to take advantage of any legitimate process to secure deep change for the nation’s development.

“You must use every legitimate opportunity to secure deep changes that will lead to Nigeria’s development. The systems you confront are strategic and tactical. They may be steps ahead. You need to think long term and pace yourself. Speak forcefully but peacefully. Don’t be provoked to violence. Don’t act somebody else’s script. Lightning has enough power to light a city, but it destroys because it has no structure. Shift gear into participation in the political process when the time comes soon.

“Some of you will be governors, senators, president, CEOs, etc., in 10 to 20 years. Hold the vision of a developed Nigeria in your heart. Commit to value human life, be honest, promote justice, serve with excellence, and cultivate leadership skills. God will help you.” he ended.

In his address, Bishop FEB Idahosa II, congratulated participants of the conference, urging them to be good ambassadors of God, the Church and Nation.

“Having gone through days of trainings, life-transforming messages and teachings, I congratulate you. The responsibility is now on you to be worthy examples of the words you’ve heard to be change catalysts in your spheres of influence,” he said.

Sector Director, South-South Sector 2 of the Christian Youth Fellowship, Pst. Manasseh Worika said Christian Youths should rise up and enforce kingdom principles across all sectors of the economy, adding that they must be stewards of the faith and avoid compromising standards.

“We should stop shifting blame on our leaders. Each individual should be able to give accounts of their stewardship in every area of life. As Christian youths, we must inject Christian values into our affairs to grapple with the many vices that accompany ill behaviors in Nigeria, such as corruption, ethnicism, statism, arson, looting, hooliganism, and various forms of un-ethnical behaviors. The youth who operate in the nooks and corners of the society must endeavor to become the leaven of the society. Be a God-Class Youth wherever you find yourself, standing for the truth and what is right.”

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