Do you know why we raise a toast? The Ancient Romans drank their wine with a piece of toast for good health.
The Ancient Romans followed the custom of placing a piece of burnt bread in one's wine glass to lessen the flavour and texture of a bad wine.
The charcoal in the burnt toast would absorb some of the wine's acidity and flavours, improving its overall flavour. This practice also inspired the custom of toasting "to someone's health."
Interestingly, the Romans thought wine could aid digestion, circulation, and sleep. Aged wines were especially considered beneficial and they also gave wine to cattle to treat certain types of bovine illnesses.
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- Egypt's Nawah Scientific to expand to other African countries
- MultiChoice to launch GOtv Stream app in Nigeria
Egypt's Nawah Scientific to expand to other African countries
Nawah Scientific, an Egyptian cloud lab for scientific services, recently became the first facility in Africa to be accredited for food safety and analysis by the US Food and Drug Administration (US-FDA).
Previously granted to European businesses, this accreditation certifies that Nawah Scientific has complied with all relevant Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods Programme requirements to perform food testing under this subpart utilising one or more analysis techniques.
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The CEO, Omar Sakr, states that accreditation reduces costs in half and speeds up analysis times by nine-tenths for Egyptian exports that need sample analysis abroad.
The startup, which specialises in research and scientific analysis, plans to enter some critical African markets, including South Africa and Nigeria.
Founded in 2015, Nawah Scientific offers businesses and researchers the most recent scientific tools via an online platform, allowing them to perform intricate laboratory experiments remotely.
In 2021, the company raised $1 million to gain traction in the petrochemical, food, and agricultural sectors.
Zoom out: 54Gene was a research startup that was making strides in 2020 before shutting down operations in 2023.
When 54gene was founded in 2019, its goal was to close a gap in the global genomics market, where less than 3% of the genetic material used in pharmaceutical research came from Africa. Its main objective was to use genomic data to assist researchers in creating treatments specific to African genetics.
Following the closure, co-founder Abasi Ene-Obong announced the launch of Syndicate Bio, a genomics company, in 2023.
MultiChoice to launch GOtv Stream app in Nigeria
MultiChoice will launch the GOtv Stream app on December 1, 2023 in Nigeria, nearly two weeks after announcing the revamped Showmax platform that will debut in February 2024.
According to MultiChoice West Africa Executive Head of Corporate Affairs, Caroline Oghuma, the new platform will improve viewers' experiences and ensure they get the most out of their monthly subscriptions.
If you ask me, I’d say GOtv is evolving from a decoder to a streaming service where users can watch their preferred TV series, films, and other content on computers, tablets, smartphones, and other gadgets.
Like Netflix or Showmax, users can set up profiles, download content for particular devices, and customise their viewing experiences for each family member.
They have access to live TV channels as well as package-related Catch-Up content, a selection of shows from the channels on your package that you can watch on demand.The GOtv Stream app is free to download on the Play Store and Apple App Store and use, but users must have an Internet connection to watch or stream the content.
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Have a lovely Tuesday!
Victoria Fakiya for Techpoint Africa.