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Healthy holidays

first_imgThe holiday season often means preparing rich, traditional dishes like creamy green bean casseroles, macaroni and cheese and a whole menagerie of gooey, sweet desserts.Some cooks may feel that they will have a family mutiny on their hands if they start cutting salt, fat or sugar from their traditional family recipes with options that have less salt, fat or sugar, but University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Nutrition and Health Specialist Connie Crawley believes you don’t have to sacrifice tradition for healthy food. “Many traditional holiday dishes can be modified to cut back on the fat, sugar and sodium. Often if you do this one recipe at a time and do it gradually over several holidays, your family will never know you made the changes unless you tell them,” Crawley said. Here are some ways to reduce the amount of sodium, fat and sugar hiding in traditional recipes without affecting the flavor or feel of the dish. Cutting sodium without compromising taste Canned vegetables contain far more salt than their fresh or frozen siblings. Nutritionists recommend using fresh or frozen vegetables whenever possible. If you do use canned vegetables, meats, stocks or soups in your recipes, choose the variety with the lowest sodium count. Most recipes can hold their own with less salt. Cut the salt called for in a recipe by half or leave it out completely, and let people salt their own food at the table once they taste it. They may use less salt that way, Crawley said. Also, try seasoning with Mrs. DASH or herbs and spices to further enhance the flavor of the dish. Sweet desserts don’t always need sugarThere are a number of sugar substitutes on the market, and substituting one of these sweeteners for all or part of the sugar can cut the calories in many desserts. One sugar substitute, Splenda for Baking, is formulated to preserve the texture of baked goods. Cooks may also try sugar-free gelatin or pudding to reduce the calories in desserts containing these ingredients. Sugar substitutes are used most successfully in drinks and pie fillings, where they don’t contribute as much to the texture of the recipe. Some guests may taste a certain sweetener’s aftertaste more than others. Try several to find the one your family prefers. Cut the fat where you can Many times the butter or oil in a recipe can be cut by one-fourth to one-third or entirely eliminated. This strategy may not work for baked goods or fried foods, but is worth trying in other dishes like casseroles. Reduced-fat margarine works well as a spread on rolls and to season cooked vegetables. For salads and other recipes including mayonnaise, substitute half light mayonnaise mixed with half plain, non-fat yogurt. Try out the recipes before the big day Using sugar substitutes or cutting the fat from recipes doesn’t always work the way a cook wants. Sometimes sugar, salt and fat are in recipe because they contribute to the texture, color or volume of a recipe, and the dish will not work without them. If you’re amending a recipe for the first time — especially for baked goods and desserts — it’s worthwhile to whip up a trial batch before the big day. Other ways to be healthy If you don’t want to change your recipes, there are still ways to make the holidays a little healthier. Crawley advocates keeping serving dishes off the dining table to prevent people from automatically filling their plates with second helpings. She also suggests offering a bowl of fresh fruit as one dessert option for people looking to avoid an after-dinner sugar crash. Also, hosts might want to look beyond the kitchen to make the festivities healthier. Why not organize a family walk, outdoor game or dance party after the meal to help guests burn off all that turkey and dressing. “Doing something active together can build richer holiday memories for your family and friends, than just vegging out in front of the T.V. watching football games,” Crawley said. The holidays are traditionally a time to splurge, but choosing carefully where to splurge and then embracing healthy habits can give you more energy to celebrate and will make your holiday parties more fun.last_img read more

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PCM Image-Tek to save $11,000 via energy efficiencies

first_imgPCM Image-Tek, a leading New England electronic assembly services provider, today announced the completion of a strategic energy conservation initiative that will reduce the company’s energy consumption by more than 75,000 kWh per year for the next 15 years.The three-month project involved replacing the lighting system on the company’s 35,000 square foot manufacturing floor with a highly efficient lighting system that significantly improves manufacturing floor lighting while reducing energy consumption by more than half. The project, which was managed by Efficiency Vermont, will save the company more than $11,000 per year and has a payback period of two and half years.‘This project demonstrates that energy conservation can be good for a business’ bottom line and the work environment for its employees, in addition to the environment,’ said Michael Hathaway, president, PCM Image-Tek. ‘The measures we took to improve the efficiency of our lighting are part of an ongoing strategy to increase our competitiveness in ways that also produce a positive environmental benefit.’”I am pleased to have worked with PCM Image-Tek on their lighting retrofit project,” says Efficiency Vermont Key Account Manager Chuck Clerici. “This project significantly reduced the energy use and costs associated with running the business. Through careful planning and the use of the right resources PCM will also be able to claim a tax deduction of $0.60 per square foot of the retrofitted areas. This project is a good example of how environmental stewardship can benefit the Vermont electrical grid and the company’s bottom line.”Over the 15-year life of the project, the facility upgrade will reduce the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions attributable to the company by 1.75 million pounds, nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 3,400 pounds, and sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions by 6,800 pounds. By reducing the company’s greenhouse gas and other emissions, the project will negate the need to burn more than 850,000 pounds of coal.Other environmental initiatives undertaken by PCM Image-Tek include the adoption of lean manufacturing principles in the company’s printed circuit board, cable and harness, printer applicator production lines. Lean manufacturing is a manufacturing process philosophy that reduces waste, reduces production lead times, and lowers operational costs. In 2006, PCM Image-Tek converted to lead-free production of printed circuit boards the company produces for other manufacturers. In addition to eliminating use of a hazardous substance, the company’s lead-free processes help PCM Image-Tek customers comply with European Union environmental requirements.In the lighting project, PCM Image-Tek replaced 116 400 watt Halide lighting fixtures with T5 High Bay four-lamp fixtures that produce more light for half the electricity. The project also involved replacing 101 T12 lamps and ballasts with T8 lamps and ballasts that also significantly reduce electricity consumption.About PCM Image-TekPCM Image-Tek is a leading regional contract manufacturer and service provider. Precision Contract Manufacturing is the electronics contract manufacturing division of PCM Image-Tek. Through its focus on quality products, on-time delivery, and flexible manufacturing services, PCM helps original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the Northeastern US and Eastern Canada compete in the global economy. PCM products and services include printed circuit board assembly and test, custom cable assembly, electromechanical design and build, and supply chain management. In addition to electronics assembly services, PCM Image-Tek also produces a line of advanced print and apply equipment, and custom industrial labels and labeling solutions for companies throughout North America. The company’s 35,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility is located in Springfield, VT. PCM Image-Tek has 100 employees. www.pcmanufacturing.com(link is external)Source: PCM. SPRINGFIELD, VT ‘ August 11, 2010 ‘last_img read more

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U.S. Energy Secretary Seems to Have Learned Nothing From His Texas Electricity Failures

first_imgU.S. Energy Secretary Seems to Have Learned Nothing From His Texas Electricity Failures FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Texas Observer:In late 2005, then-Governor Rick Perry was in the middle of a protracted battle with a coalition of environmentalists, renewable energy advocates, mayors and local leaders. TXU, the state’s largest utility, had announced that it wanted to build 11 new coal plants. At the time, natural gas and coal made up about 46 and 39 percent, respectively, of the energy mix of Texas’ main grid. The fracking boom had not yet hit Texas, and wind power provided a tiny percentage of the state’s energy needs.TXU was betting big on coal having a bright future. Perry loved the plan. It probably didn’t hurt that he was running for re-election at the time and had received about $200,000 from TXU since 2000. On the campaign trail, Perry claimed the coal plants would be cleaner than the national average and ordered the state environmental agency to expedite their review.Now, 12 years later, Perry and TXU’s plan to invest in coal seems shortsighted. While TXU is moving away from coal investments, as energy secretary Perry is continuing to prop up old and dirty coal plants at a time when scientists are warning that countries need to reduce carbon pollution to stave off the worst effects of climate change.As energy secretary, Perry has proposed guaranteeing profits to plants in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest that stockpile coal. Perry claims the plan is necessary for grid reliability and cites the 2014 polar vortex as an example of why the government should subsidize coal plants. If the plan is implemented, it will cost taxpayers between $800 million and $3.8 billion every year through 2030 regardless of whether the plants are making money, according to one estimate.“I think you take costs into account, but what’s the cost of freedom?” Perry recently testified to lawmakers.Ultimately, in 2006, facing pressure from environmental groups and business interests, TXU dropped its plan to build eight of the 11 coal plants. Perry’s order to fast-track the environmental reviews was also blocked by a court. And now one of the coal plants Perry wanted to see built — Sandow 5 in Milam County — is among those facing closure. Another, Oak Grove Plant Project in Robertson County, has low cash flows. The plants began operations in 2009 and 2010, respectively.But Perry doesn’t appear to have learned from his experience in Texas. As energy secretary, Perry has proposed guaranteeing profits to plants in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest that stockpile coal. Perry claims the plan is necessary for grid reliability and cites the 2014 polar vortex as an example of why the government should subsidize coal plants. If the plan is implemented, it will cost taxpayers between $800 million and $3.8 billion every year through 2030 regardless of whether the plants are making money, according to one estimate.“It’s basically putting your thumb on the scale in favor of coal and nuclear plants,” said David Schlissel, director of resource planning at the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis. “It’s a gift from the Trump administration to their friends in the coal industry.”For Perry, the costs are secondary. “I think you take costs into account, but what’s the cost of freedom?” he testified before the House energy subcommittee recently. “What’s the cost to keep America free? I’m not sure I want to leave that up to the free market.”Even if Perry’s plan to guarantee profits to the coal and nuclear industry is implemented, he won’t be helping Texas coal plants. That’s because the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), Texas’ primary grid, is the only major wholesale electricity market that doesn’t fall under the supervision of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which will be responsible for implementing Perry’s plan.In 2016, Schlissel authored a report that seems prescient now. He analyzed the economics of running seven Texas coal plants and predicted that the Monticello and Big Brown plants were bleeding money. Continued operation of the two “will be extremely unprofitable for Luminant,” he wrote.Schlissel based his analysis on two main drivers: the increasing cost of producing coal-fired power and the decreasing price of power on the energy market. As natural gas plants and renewables produce energy at a cheaper rate, there’s less demand for coal-fired power. Since the cost of operating and maintaining coal plants doesn’t change dramatically when they produce less power, utilities then make less money per megawatt of coal energy. The double whammy has made coal uneconomic in Texas, Schlissel said.“What’s killing these coal plants is not the Obama war on coal,” said Schlissel. “It’s the natural gas’ war on coal and all the wind available on [the grid].”Schlissel wasn’t alone in predicting Luminant’s decision to shut down the three coal plants. In a 2016 report, ERCOT projected that between 8,000 and 18,000 megawatts of coal-fired plants will be shut down between 2017 and 2031. The group modeled eight scenarios and found that in all cases the Monticello and Big Brown plants would be shuttered.Robbie Searcy, a spokesperson for ERCOT, said her group will study whether the three Luminant plants are needed for reliability and will make determinations about them by December. Luminant has said it hopes to close the plants by early 2018, but when they’re shut down will depend on ERCOT’s recommendation.More: After Failing to Prop Up Coal in Texas, Rick Perry is Trying Again Nationwidelast_img read more

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Camp on the John Muir Trail

first_imgAugust is pumping up the heat and humidity across the Blue Ridge which it why we just put out our Swimming Holes issue. Relief from the oppression can be scarce in the South, unless you are willing to search for it. But isn’t that what the weekend is for, anyway? Temps will actually be down slightly this weekend as tropical summer weather moves through, so it’s the perfect time to get out of the house and hit the trail for a weekend camping trip that is chock full of high elevation, stunning vistas, and of course, swimming holes.The (other) John Muir National Recreation Trail in eastern Tennessee follows a portion of the route Muir took from Kentucky to Florida in 1867. It also follows the Hiwassee River, providing instant reprieve should the sun prove too hot to handle. Along with the river, the trail also highlights the lush Hiwassee River gorge via switchbacks up ridgelines. Get there: The trail runs about 20 miles from the Childers Creek Parking Area upstream to Highway 68 with camping along Coker Creek.View Larger Maplast_img read more

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The K-PAK Folding Boat: A Kayak You Wear On Your Back

first_imgThe K-PAK Folding Boat offers hassle free access to the water, anywhere to do most anything. Weighing just 21lbs, this portable boat fits neatly into a comfortable backpack, allowing you to take it on any adventure. When you’re ready to paddle, simply assemble your boat in minutes. User friendly and super durable, the K-PAK will provide hours of fun on the water, whether it’s simply paddling with the family, or fishing with friends. Unfold your next adventure. For more information or to purchase your own, check out the K-PAK Folding Boat.the folding boat colast_img read more

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FDA issues warnings on avian flu ‘remedies’

first_imgDec 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced it has warned nine companies to stop selling unlicensed products advertised as remedies for avian influenza and other kinds of flu.The nine firms have been marketing products with unproved claims that they treat or prevent avian or other types of flu, the FDA said in a news release. Eight products are termed “dietary supplements” and claim to prevent or treat the flu or kill the virus.The FDA warned the companies that their products are considered to be drugs because of the claims made about them, the news release said. As drugs, the products need FDA approval before marketing. The letters also say the claims about avian flu are “false and misleading because there is no scientific basis for concluding that the products are effective to treat or prevent avian flu,” according to the agency.The nine companies are BODeSTORE.com; Chozyn, LLC; Healthworks 2000; Iceland Health Inc.; Melvin Williams; PolyCil Health Inc.; PRB Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Sacred Mountain Management, Inc.; and Vitacost.com. They have 15 days to respond to the FDA.”FDA is not aware of any scientific evidence that demonstrates the safety or effectiveness of these products for treating or preventing avian flu, and the agency is concerned that the use of these products could harm consumers or interfere with conventional treatments,” the agency said.”I consider it a public health hazard when people are lured into using bogus treatments based on deceptive or fraudulent medical claims,” said Andrew von Eschenbach, MD, acting FDA commissioner.See also: FDA news release with links to the individual warning lettershttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2005/ucm108531.htmlast_img read more

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Pag Tourist Board in search of its authentic souvenir

first_imgSouvenirs that meet the propositions, and then the criteria of the Expert Committee, will be marked with a special stamp, and the authors / producers of the selected souvenirs will receive a Certificate of their originality. Each author / producer can submit a maximum of three souvenir solutions. All legal and natural persons registered, ie with residence, in the territory of the Republic of Croatia have the right to participate in the Public Invitation. The Tourist Board of the City of Pag has announced a public call for applications for souvenirs of the City of Pag in 2020. According to the public invitation, the souvenir should be a reflection of the continuity of the artistic, cultural, cultural-historical or cultural heritage of the town of Pag, ie present its tangible, intangible or natural heritage. Registered souvenirs can be works of art and art objects, artistic and handicraft products, clothing and utility items, gastronomic products, etc.  The public call has been open since June 23 to July 15, 2020, and was published on the websites of the Tourist Board of the City of Pag and the City of Pag.last_img read more

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Brisbane CBD studio sold for $150,000, so what’s the catch?

first_img1513/104 Margaret Street, Brisbane City Qld 4000. Picture: Realestate.com.auA STUDIO unit in Brisbane CBD has sold for $150,000 – and apparently it’s not just restricted to university students.The single bedroom, bathroom studio unit at 1513/104 Margaret Street, Brisbane City, is the latest to go under contract in the building, which admittedly is mostly populated by students attending the Queensland University of Technology and surrounding higher education options.Bring on summer toga parties! Or you can watch The Bachelorette with teens and 20-somethings.“The sellers have loved the apartment, but now it is time to see the apartment in the hands of a new owner.”Among other sales he has overseen in the building this year was apartment 2101 that sold for $143,000 in May and a corner unit 1603 that sold for $165,000 in April. Eight more studio units were sold in the building last year ranging in price from $140,000 to $185,000. Nice couches for when you have mum come visit.center_img It’s not the biggest floorplan in the world.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoFor tenants, rental charges include free internet apparently!Agent Brett Andreassen of Doug Disher Real Estate – Toowong marketed the property as the “perfect inner city pad”.He said the 15th floor apartment in the ever popular Unilodge complex was a 22sq m corner unit that came fully furnished with access to a communal kitchen, swimming pool laundry, recreation room and barbecue areas.Nice spot to meet people.last_img read more

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Hoegh LNG Partners net income, revenue rise in Q1

first_imgImage courtesy of Höegh LNG PartnersHöegh LNG Partners, the Bermuda-based limited partnership formed by Norway’s Höegh LNG, reported a rise in its net income for the first three months of this year.In its quarterly report, the MLP said its net income for the first quarter reached $16.2 million, an increase of $17.2 million from net loss of $1 million for the same quarter in 2016.“The net income (loss) for both periods was significantly impacted by unrealized gains and losses on derivative instruments mainly on the Partnership’s share of equity in earnings of joint ventures,” Höegh LNG Partners said.The company posted revenue of $35.1 million in the period under review as compared to $21.7 million the year before.“Having closed the acquisition of 51% of the Höegh Grace at the beginning of the quarter, the Partnership has expanded and diversified its fleet to five FSRUs and added Colombia to the growing list of markets utilizing floating storage and regasification units to participate in the global LNG trade,” said Richard Tyrrell, Chief Executive of Höegh LNG Partners.“The acquisition enabled the Partnership to declare a 4.2% distribution increase for the first quarter of 2017 compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, representing an annualized cash distribution of $1.72 per unit – an increase of more than 27% since the IPO in mid-2014,” added Tyrrell.last_img read more

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Official reports increased cases of scabies, ringworm

first_img 68 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyleNewsRegional Official reports increased cases of scabies, ringworm by: – April 25, 2018 Sharing is caring! Share (Jamaica Observer) The health ministry is planning an education campaign to stem what it said is an increase in the spread of scabies and tinea capitis (ringworm of the scalp) islandwide.Dr Susan Strachan Johnson, medical officer at the Kingston and St Andrew (KSA) Health Department, made the revelation in a report to yesterday’s meeting of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) Parish Disaster Preparedness and Public Health Committee.The report stated that the scabies and ringworm cases so far this year “have been above the trend for 2017”. However, the report did not state the number of cases of ringworm for the period January to March 2017 or for the comparative period in 2018.After the meeting, Dr Strachan Johnson told the Jamaica Observer that the ministry was in the process of identifying the main areas in which there are outbreaks of the diseases.“Once the areas are identified, medical personnel will go to the schools to educate the teachers and parents as to what to do,” Dr Strachan Johnson said in reply to a question asked by Councillor Kari Douglas (PNP, Trafalgar Park Division) about the strategy to be employed to educate the public about the diseases.Councillor Neville Wright (PNP, Trench Town Division) questioned whether lack of water at some barber and hairdressing establishments could be one of the reasons for the spread of ringworm.However, Councillor Beverly Prince, vice-chairman of the committee, pointed out that when barbers and hairdressers apply for licences, public health inspectors do a thorough check of the premises from which they intend to operate.The report stated that ringworm of the scalp is a fungal infection of the scalp and hair shafts. It is caused by one of several varieties of mould-like fungi called dermatophytes. Ringworm isn’t caused by a worm. The common name for the disorder refers to the ring-like or circular appearance of the infection on the skin.The report also pointed out that ringworm is very contagious and can be spread:through human-to-human or direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person;through contact with objects or surfaces that an infected person or animal has touched, such as clothing, towels, combs, or brushes;from animals to humans through dogs, especially puppies, cats and kittens that are often carriers. Other animals that are carriers of ringworm include cows, goats, and pigs.The report also pointed out that the fungi that causes ringworm of the scalp can also cause other infections on the body.Ringworm of the body (tinea corporis) causes a red, scaly ring or circle of rash on the top layer of the skin.Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a form of ringworm which affects the moist areas between the toes and sometimes on the foot itself.Jock itch (tinea cruris) is a form of ringworm that affects genitals, inner upper thighs and buttocks, the report stated.Scabies is an infestation caused by tiny mites, called Sarcoptes scabiei, which settle in the outer layers of human skin, then burrows and lays eggs inside the skin.It leads to relentless itching and an angry rash.center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

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