US averts shortage of chicken wings

Updated 02 February 2013
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US averts shortage of chicken wings

WASHINGTON: In the run-up to Super Bowl tomorrow, millions of American football fans can rest assured: There is no looming shortage of their beloved chicken wings.
The National Chicken Council estimates that the nation will wolf down 1.23 billion chicken wings over Super Bowl weekend, or nearly four wings for each and every American.
But fears that restaurants, bars, fast food outlets and supermarkets will run out of the savory snack — served baked, fried or grilled — are unfounded, the industry group said Thursday.
“There is sufficient frozen poultry in storage,” council spokesman Tom Super told AFP in an e-mail, citing the latest data from the US Department of Agriculture.
“The Super Bowl is the second biggest eating holiday of the year, after Thanksgiving,” noted Charlie Morrison, president of Wingstop, a nationwide chain of more than 550 wings-dedicated franchise restaurants.
“With the growing demand for wings, we are gearing up for this to be our biggest year yet,” with more than six million wings sold, up 15 percent on last year, he said.
The National Restaurant Association estimates 48 million Americans will either take out or call in food for Sunday’s big game, with 63 percent naming chicken wings as their “must-have” finger food.
“When it comes to favorite game-watching foods, dips, chicken wings and pizza top the list,” the restaurant group’s senior vice president Hudson Riehle said in a statement.
He added that, judging from market research, “about two out of five individuals who plan to watch the big game say that healthful food items are a must on their table that day.”
That said, 18 percent of respondents to a online survey for CouponCabin.com identified “the dieter — the one counting calories on one of the most celebrated days of junk food” as the most undesirable Super Bowl companion.
Chicken wings are so popular among Americans that they typically cost more in US supermarkets than they do in Europe, despite being less meaty than chicken legs — also known as “drumsticks” — or breasts.
“I think we like the flavor of the meat combined with the fat and the skin” and served up in so many ways, Super said. “And they do so well in bars because the spicy and salty nature of wings pair perfectly with beer.”
The season-closing Super Bowl championship, taking place this year in New Orleans, Louisiana, pits the Baltimore Ravens against the San Francisco 49ers. Their hometowns are famous for crabcakes and Asian cuisine, respectively.


Prince William visits Jordan’s Roman ruins at Jerash

Updated 25 June 2018
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Prince William visits Jordan’s Roman ruins at Jerash

  • Britain’s Prince William visited the Roman ruins of Jerash in northern Jordan

AMMAN: Britain’s Prince William visited the Roman ruins of Jerash in northern Jordan on Monday, accompanied by his host Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah as part of a historic Middle East tour.
The two princes met children from Jordan and neighboring war-torn Syria during their visit to the site, 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Amman.
The visit to Jordan by the second in line to the British throne has been billed as a chance to bond with Hussein, a fellow graduate of Britain’s Royal Sandhurst Military Academy.
William was also due to meet British troops based in the kingdom, before heading across the River Jordan to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
The Duke of Cambridge and the heir to the Jordanian throne strolled along Jerash’s Colonnaded Street, a paved promenade lined with towering columns.
They also visited the Temple of Artemis, built on an elevated part of the site in honor of the goddess believed to protect the city, which was at its most prosperous in the third century.
When they reached the ancient site’s theater they were greeted by Syrian and Jordanian school children in traditional dress, who gave a performance including music and poetry.
The show was organized by the Makany Center, a UNESCO-backed program providing health and education to both Syrian and Jordanian pupils.
Some 650,000 Syrian refugees have registered with the United Nations in Jordan since fleeing their country’s seven-year war which was sparked by peaceful anti-government protests in 2011.
Amman estimates the actual number is closer to 1.3 million people and says it has spent more than $10 billion (8.5 billion euros) hosting them.
William paid tribute in a speech on Sunday to “the way in which you opened your doors to hundreds of thousands of refugees,” even as Jordan said the same day that it would be unable to host any new wave of asylum seekers.
His Middle East tour will see William become the first British royal to pay official visits to both Israel and the Palestinian territories.
William, who is president of the Football Association, was flying into Jordan as England thrashed Panama 6-1 in the World Cup on Sunday, but he caught a recording of the match on television at his host’s home.