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The World’s 10 Smelliest Foods



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Of all our senses, smell is our most primal, but also the most complex. Similarly, taste is also more complicated than the rest of the senses. And although each has its own receptor organ, these two are intimately entwined. Haven’t you ever wondered why food loses its flavor when you have a cold and your nose is blocked? In fact, taste buds allow us to perceive only sweet, salty, sour, bitter, or umami taste (umami is Japanese for ‘savory’). It’s the smell of food that gives us most of the taste sensation. Ultimately, the experience of flavor is actually a combination of taste and smell.

One of the most pleasing things about food is the way it smells. Its scent reaches us first and stimulates our appetite. But not all food creates that happy feeling; on the contrary, there are some that can make our stomachs turn regardless of their -surprisingly- good taste.

Food delivery app hellofood selected the 10 most outrageously smelly edible items from around the world. No, we’re not going to mention the tuna-sandwich-office-mistake people –shockingly- often do. This selection would probably get you fired if you brought it in for lunch.

Dried fish

Dried fish

Here’s hellofood’s countdown:

#10 Dried Fish
The most conventional food on this list is dried fish, which is eaten as a snack in Korea, China, and other Asian countries. It’s truly revolting smell is instantly recognized by travelers and ex-pats that have spent some time in Asia. However, it’s difficult not to gag when you first encounter it; it’s as if the fish has been rotting away in a closed room for far, far too long, definitely not the snack of choice over a relaxed movie night.

 #9 Kusaya
The next smelly fish comes from Japan and is soaked in salted brine (salty fish juice), then dried in the sun. The catch is that the same brine is used again, again and again and again, and the best kusaya comes from brine that has been in use for hundreds of years. Keep in mind that this brine is not refrigerated and has basically been fermenting in a container for centuries. It’s not a surprise then that its name translates to the first word that comes to mind when you get anywhere near this stuff: ‘that stinks’.

#8 Surströmming
Moving on to the next fish, this sour, fermented Swedish herring is so noxious that even Sweden’s official government website refers to it as having a “pungent smell of rotting fish”. The site also recommends that you wash the herring before serving it, and warns that “the tin should be opened outdoors but it’s contents are best eaten indoors as the smell attracts flies”.

#7 Hongeo
The foulest fish though comes from Korea. Hongeo hoe, or hongeo sashimi, is a rotten raw skate fish where the uric acid (pee) stored in the fish’s flesh turns to ammonia. As a matter of fact, ammonia can set off a natural gag reflex when humans smell it and it is quite the same when you put fish soaking in your mouth. Served raw and rotten, this Korean delicacy is definitely a challenge.

#6 Époisses de Bourgogne Cheese
Following fish, the next distinctive stinky scents undeniably come from cheeses. One of Napoleon’s favorites, Époisses de Bourgogne was called “the king of all cheeses” by famous gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. This cheese is so smelly that it has been banned on public transportation in France according to the BBC.

#5 Vieux Boulogne
A cheese delicacy from Northern France, Vieux-Boulogne, also known as Sablé du Boulonnais, is an unpasteurized, un-pressed cow’s milk cheese and its aroma is often compared to rot or dung. It officially gets the first place in its field: In 2004, a panel of expert researchers at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, UK, deemed this soft, creamy cheese the smelliest of 15 French and British cheeses they tested. Additionally, in 2007, a follow-up test done by the same institution using ‘electronic nose’ sensors in 2007 reaffirmed Vieux-Boulogne’s status as the world’s smelliest cheese.

#4 Century Egg
Another infamous smelly food is the egg. Some people can’t stand its smell, but probably no one can handle this particular one. Although it is not literally a century-old egg, its aroma might actually be quite the same. To make it, a chicken, duck or quail egg cell is covered in a paste of clay and salt (sometimes with the addition of lime, ash and tea water) before getting soaked in rice hulls and packed away for three years. When they’re cracked back open, they’re blackish-green in color, somewhere between creamy and gelatinous in texture and release an odor along the lines of cat urine. Yum?

#3 Durian
The most surprising member of this club is a fruit. A natural product, and the only food in this list that has not been fermented, stored, unpasteurized or soaked in something strange. Durian, a south-east Asian fruit, is often used in smoothies or as the stuffing in sweet buns, and revered by some for its ripe, nutty, pungent flavor. For others, however, the fruit is hated for an odor that Andrew Zimmern, Travel Channel’s Bizzare Foods host, compared the smell to “completely rotten mushy onions”. American celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain added “it leaves your breath smelling like you’ve been frenching your dead grandma”, and famous food critic, Richard Sterling, described it as “pig-shit, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock.” It’s actually illegal to carry it on public transportation in a number of countries across Southeast Asia, including taxis in Thailand and trains in Singapore. Like many stinky foods, people often love it or hate it.

#2 Natto
Moving on to the vegan arena, the smelliest food is Natto, a Japanese dish of slimy, fermented soybeans. It is often eaten for breakfast with or on top of rice, in sushi or added to a bowl of noodles. A little soy-based sauce and Chinese mustard is added before the beans are mixed up in a circular motion with chopsticks, which create lots of bubbles and gooey strings of, well, slimy fermented beans. Besides its gooey, rather repellent appearance, Natto also bears a striking scent similarity to dirty, sweaty gym socks. However, someone managed to whip up an odor-free version. Kind takes the fun out of it, right?

#1 Stinky Tofu (chòudòufu)
There’s no sugarcoating it with this one; stinky tofu’s name speaks for itself. It’s a fresh tofu bathed in a brine of fermented milk, meat, vegetables and, on occasion, seafood for such an extended period of time that maggots take hold. It has been playfully called the “blue cheese of tofu,” and is popular in China, where it is both a street food snack and a stadium snack, and even has a cult following in Taiwan. In fact, stinky tofu is so stinky that it is famous for being the only food Andrew Zimmern, the globetrotting gastronome behind Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, can’t eat. In his words, that’s “the only food that beat him”.

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How the Stanbic National Schools Championship is impacting education in Uganda



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Barbara Kasekende Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Manager at Stanbic Bank Uganda

Barbara Kasekende, the Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Manager at Stanbic Bank Uganda

By Our Reporter 

The 5th edition of the Stanbic National Schools Championship 2020 is still on-going with the theme ‘Empowering the job creators of tomorrow’. We spoke to Barbara Kasekende, the Manager Corporate Social Investment (CSI) at Stanbic Bank about the journey so far and what to expect this year.

1. The Championship has been running for the last four years now; has the program met the bank’s expectations?

It has definitely met our expectations and beyond! When we started this program our aim was to empower our young minds with a focus on Financial Literacy, Life Skills and Entrepreneurship to shape our future generation to be holistic job creators. We started with 32 schools in 2016 and today we are at 100 schools.

Over 100,000 students, 200 teachers and communities have been impacted by this project.

Over 400 businesses ideas have been generated with 50 businesses already on ground.

The aim is to create shared value in the societies and environment in which we operate by shaping the mindset and instilling a thinking out of the box mentality for both our youth and the teachers. For we believe that an empowered child/youth leads to the development and growth of this country!

2. Why have you retained the same theme for the last three years?

Uganda’s population today is about 45 million with 80% of the people under the age of 30. Of those, over 10 million are in the youth category of which only 11% make it into the employment/business world. So what happens to the rest?

As a responsible corporate citizen, we cannot stand by and watch the future generation dwindle to the current situation where unemployment is concerned. Hence the program theme of ‘Empowering the job creators of tomorrow’. The focus on entrepreneurship and life skills is to empower young people to relate to the new modern world. Uganda is our home and we can only drive sustained growth by empowering the future leaders and job creators of tomorrow.

It is also important to note that the traction towards the theme has been very positive. The programme has not only impacted the schools and students, but also the communities at large.

3. How different is the competition this year?

This year, we are increasing school participation from 72 to 100 and targeting 60,000 students up from 43,200 and training 100 teachers from the 72 that were trained last year countrywide.

We have also reached out to 100 head-teachers this year and taking them through a business and financial management program with a touch of self-development. We have realised that as we continue to skill the students and teachers we should also be doing the same for the leaders, so that they fully understand the type of student they have ( the 21 st century digital, tech saavy) and also understand that a school is a business entity that needs proper planning.

In line with our sustainability plan, we have also introduced a two-tier competition. The first-tier of the championship will be for the new business generation ideas as it has always been.

The second-tier will focus on the businesses on ground with the teams competing for more investments into their enterprises. All teams will get something for their businesses with the prizes ranging from UGX500, 000 to UGX3 million as we seek to ensure that the businesses stay grounded and functional.

In addition to the above, this year we are joining the world to battle climate change and food insecurity. Thus, in partnership with Roofings Limited, we are planting fruit trees in all the 100 schools– the minimum being 10 trees in each school however they can go up to 100. We are providing all the tree seedlings free of charge.

4. What changes have you made in light of the Covid – 19 situation?

The Championship is still going forward. Like any other programme, our activities had to be altered due to the situation. Since we cannot be in schools physically, we have had to turn to the use of digital platforms. We have been able to reach the teachers and students online as well as use other immediate avenues like our branches to encourage the schools to forward their business ideas.

For instance, we moved the boot camp to online sessions. We normally bring schools together for skilling sessions but because schools are closed, we had to improvise. We have been using the Stanbic Facebook live pages to continue skilling the students. Our skilling series are still on-going at the moment. The traction has been great and we have not only been able to skill the students but also been able to reach a much wider audience as well.

Additionally, we are using patron teachers to select the best businesses plan within their school which is submitted to compete at regional level. You will see we have also introduced business regional judges who will assess all regional business plans remotely to select the top four schools per region who will be tasked to each identify a business opportunity that can be executed during the COVID-19 lockdown period. They will be assessed by a panel of judges and awarded seed capital to execute the idea. One school per region will be selected to compete in the finals.

It is amazing how committed the schools are. They have been swift to adapting to the sudden change in execution of the programme.

5. What prizes should the winners of the championship look forward to?

We always say everyone who participates in this programme is a winner and that the focus shouldn’t be on the prizes, but on the lessons acquired through the nine months of the championship. However the teams work really hard so an incentive for appreciation is not a bad idea!

Prizes range from a fully paid trip to South Africa for the winning team to a three-day getaway at a five-star establishment for the 1 st runner up. Other prizes for the winning schools include a solar system worth UGX20 million, a UGX10 million water system, ipads, laptops, kindles, bursaries, scholastic materials and plenty more! Please note that patron teachers also benefit in all this. We value their time and efforts in helping us run this program in their respective schools.

6. In the call for entries, you referred to some of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). How does the NSC tie into all this?

Our approach has been to invest in sustainable projects within the community. We believe in aligning our projects to the real issues affecting communities; thus our focus on the SDGs. That having been said, we have ensured that all our schools understand the value of National Schools Championship and its critical contribution to the SDGs.

At any rate the future of this country lies in their hands!

Under this CSI initiative, we align with eight SDGs: No Poverty, Quality Education, Clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry innovation and infrastructure, climate action and partnership. We reference the fight against poverty through the encouragement to create jobs, quality education in encouraging a wholesome curriculum in schools, clean water and sanitation through our provision of a water system for some of the winning schools, affordable and clean energy through the provision of a solar system for the winning school, decent work and economic growth through the programme itself and the creation of businesses, industry innovation and infrastructure by encouraging the schools to think beyond the classroom, climate action by playing a role in promoting renewable energy use and also planting trees to
preserve the environment.

As mentioned earlier, a fruit tree planting initiative is on-going in all the schools engaged this year. We have a target to plant over 15,000 trees across the country to tackle both climate change and food insecurity.

Lastly and most importantly, partnerships are a key factor among the SDGs for achieving positive scalable and impactful results. The National Schools Championship has evolved immensely, but for it to go to the next level, partnerships are a key imperative and you will see this year we have a number of partnerships on-board.

We started the partnership journey last year with the Mandela Group of Companies, Next Media Services, Uganda Christian University and International University of East Africa and we could not have made major strides without them. You will see that we have now on-boarded MTN, Vero Water, PWC, Roke Telkom, Century Bottling Company, Roofings, and PCB foundation.

With Stanbic Bank, IT CAN BE when we hold and guide our future generation’s to reach their full potential.

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Celebrity Gossip

Pallaso ships in brand new ride



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By BigEyeUg Team

2020 is not really a bad year for multi-talented singer Pius Mayanja alias Pallaso as majority may have suggested.

The self-proclaimed sucker free boss is having such a triumphant walk despite a few hiccups sometimes.

After surviving a serious jail sentence last month, Pallaso has decided to match his glory with a new monster ride of Volkswagen Golf brand.

The pleasing news was first babbled by his young brother, Weasel Manizo via his Instagram as he congratulated him for another milestone this year.

Congz @pallasomusic 2020 isn’t that bad yet,” stated Weasel.

Despite narrowly surviving death for almost two times this year, Pallaso has been showered with notable success in regards to his music career.

One of his prime achievements is his recent signature under Sony Music Africa.

Congratulations Pallaso!

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MCM: Meet Ray G, Western Uganda’s biggest music icon.



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Reagan Muhairwe popularly known as Ray G is a 28 year old Ugandan musician and songwriter based in the Western region. He was born and raised in Ishaka division, Bushenyi District and started singing while in his S3 and took on music professionally in his S6 vacation at an age of 21 after releasing his first single Amarari. He later released “enshazi” which took western Uganda by the storm and ever since then he has never gone back.

Unlike other artistes, Ray G has maintained his singing style where most of his songs are love themed and are always in his cultural language Runyankole and some of his songs include; Hihi, Eizooba, weshe, Nkaronda and many others.

However,he recently fell out with his management which was confirmed in an official statement released by his former manager Wavah Jay and the reasons to this are still unclear.

Ray G completed his high school in 2012 but did not make it to university due to his parents’ failure to afford to pay.He decided to concentrate on music a sacrifice he made for his siblings who were still in lower classes.

The melodious artiste also made his way to the top country wide after doing the “Omusheshe” collaboration with Spice Diana which gained airplay across the country.

Ray G celebrated 10 years in the music industry making history in Western Uganda after a successful live concert which was held on the 14th of September 2019 as the show was full to capacity by 8pm.

The Mbarara based singer surprised his fans on July 18, 2020 and got introduced by his fiancée Annabell Twinomugisha a TV presenter on TV West. The Introduction took place in Ntungamo at the home of Annabell’s parents a week after Ray G proposed to her.Their introduction pictures made rounds on social media and they were flooded with congratulatory messages.

Ray G and Annabel.

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IMC expands its Mbale clinic with an In-Patient Department



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International Medical Center (IMC) launches In-Patient Department services at its Mbale Clinic.

By Our Reporter

International Medical Centre (IMC) announced the expansion of its Mbale Clinic with an In-Patient Department on Monday.

This expansion drive is aimed at increasing the healthcare services being offered by the clinic and ensure that the people of Mbale and the surrounding area have access to advanced, quality and best healthcare.

Joel Oroni, the General Manager of International Medical Centre says that through the IPD, they will now be able to admit patients with various medical conditions that require appropriate care and attention.

Besides admission, the clinic will continue to offer other services like treatment of minor procedures, general medicine, pharmacology, check-ups, laboratory and specialized tests (including DNA testing, antenatal screenings and services).

“We have equipped the clinic with beds, medical equipment, round the clock availability of dedicated team of professional and specialized medical doctors and nurse,” Mr. Oroni emphasized.

Andre Ackerman, the CEO of International Medical Group congratulated the IMC team upon this achievement and urged the staff to always have people at heart, be innovative and dedicated to ensure that they deliver quality healthcare that meets international standard and continue to be leaders of Uganda’s private healthcare sector.

Growth and Expansion

Currently, International Medical Centre is establishing new clinics, expanding into inpatient in some locations and relocating old ones to better premises to consolidate its mission to make quality healthcare affordable and accessible to all.

According to Joel Oroni, the IMC expansion and growth strategies are aimed at ensuring everyone has access to healthcare that meets international standards within the vicinity of their areas of residence.

“Our growth agenda is meant to bring better healthcare services to people living in communities outside Kampala, so that they do not have to travel long distances to seek quality treatment. Our objective is to have modern facilities with the good doctors and advanced equipment that can be accessed in their hometown” Mr. Oroni noted.

“Despite the covid-19 impact on the economy, IMC will continue with the planned expansion, improving and upgrading our services in the existing clinics and increasing our scope to cover a wide range of healthcare services. We also intend to step into the telemedicine space and maybe able to integrated clinics using technology to bridge the service provision gap and ensure easy customer reach and access to quality and improved primary healthcare service, an aspect that contributes to Universal Health Coverage goal,” Mr. Oroni added.

In-line with Group Strategy

According to Mr. Ackerman, International Medical Group is committed to improving the standards of Uganda’s healthcare through investing in advanced medical technology and service, innovation and offering tailor-made services that cater for the health need of the community, with specialized divisions that best serve that particular society.

“We are dedicated to providing exemplary and quality healthcare to all Ugandans regardless of their geographical location, a factor that sets us apart from other private health service providers. Our focus on clinical growth and expansion is compelled by our commitment to improve lives by bettering the services we provide since healthcare is constantly evolving, with new challenges and new remedies every day. I am proud to say, IMG is up to the challenge,” He said.


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