Fast Nutrition.

first_imgPackaged, ready-to-eat vegetables are a quick, easy way to get the vegetables you need daily, says a University of Georgia expert. “Ready-to-serve vegetables such as packaged salads and slaws are convenient for working moms who want to serve their families healthy meals, but don’t have a lot of time to plan menus,” said Gail Hanula. She’s an Extension Service nutrition specialist with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “With these packaged vegetables, you can put together a salad quickly and provide a high-fiber, low-calorie, vitamin-packed dish,” she said. Hanula said packaged vegetables such as carrot sticks are an excellent, easy way to let children and adults eat healthy home-packed lunches. “I bought some for my family’s lunches. They’re easy to grab and throw in a lunch box, and they’re healthy snacks,” she said. “They’re an easy way to add one serving of the recommended five fruit and vegetable servings per day.” Kids aren’t the only ones who brown-bag their meals. “They’re perfect for adults on the go, too,” Hanula said. “Packaged vegetables can be a great addition to snacks or dinner on the run. They’re quick, nutritious and low in calories.” Besides lunch-box meals, packaged ready-to-eat vegetables fit nicely into home meals. “When the meal preparer works outside the home, it’s hard to put together a meal in 15 minutes,” Hanula said. “These vegetables are real time-savers. They can be served as a raw, healthy side dish or added with meat for a quick, easy stir-fry dinner.”Hanula said most packaged vegetables don’t need to be rinsed before serving. However, many people like to.last_img read more

Garden superstars

first_imgBy Paul A. ThomasUniversity of GeorgiaAllan Armitage and the staff in the University of GeorgiaHorticulture Department have been evaluating new plants for twodecades. Folks always ask for each year’s top 10 plants.The UGA Trial Gardens are on the UGA Athens, Ga., campus. It’sopen from dawn to dusk year-round. Get the best pictures in thesummer before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m. Many photos are on thegarden’s Web site ( a knockout garden, keep this list handy as you visit gardencenters.Tradescantia ‘Sweet Kate.’ Severalnative Tradescantia species live happily in Georgia springgardens. But none has the impact Sweet Kate will have. Itsincredibly fluorescent yellow-green, upright leaves glow inmorning sun. The deep, purple-blue flowers are a perfectcontrast. You could plant ‘Sweet Kate’ in a garden on the moonand clearly see it from Earth.Aster ‘English Countryside.’ Theusual comment? “That can’t be an aster.” The sky-blue flowers aretinged in pink, and the overall effect is, well, “wow.” EnglishCountryside colonizes well. If you provide space for the foliageto grow uncrowded, the late-summer-through-fall blooms will bethe talk of your neighborhood.Silene ‘Clifford Moor.’ CliffordMoor has variegated leaves that look almost golden yellow. Themid- to late-spring flowers are a nice, solid pink that, with thefoliage, makes you look twice. Silenes do best in well-drainedsoils in full sun. “Keep close to the home” is the best advice oncare.Tiarella ‘Spring Symphony.'”Spring Symphony is the first to bloom and last to finish,” saysMeg Green, who has grown every Tiarella ever planted at the UGAgardens. “It has the best flowers and is the most profuselyblooming of the Tiarellas.” The flowers last the longest, too.The delicately green foliage contrasts well with the whiteflowers.Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy.’Eucomis is one of many subtropical plants making their way intoGeorgia gardens. This pineapple lily produces a beautiful,pinkish white flower when grown in full sun with adequatemoisture. Why “Sparkling Burgundy?” It has bright, maroon-redleaves in spring.Geranium x ‘Rozanne.’ Roxanne maychange your mind about geraniums’ usefulness in the perennialgarden. It flowers all summer, producing shades of magenta on astrong, green background of leaves. Good organic soils andpartial shade, or at least shade in mid to late afternoon, arebest. As with most geraniums, don’t ignore it in a drought.Dianthus ‘Garden Spice.’ Thisseries will add an interesting touch of texture to an alreadycrowded dianthus pallet. Garden Spice is a series of colors, withcarnation-like flowers more compact and upright than thetraditional “carnation” dianthus. The series is excellent formass planting or as accent plants in small beds or rock gardens.Lychnis ‘Jenny.’ Like mostLychnis, Jenny will flower well in partial shade and full sun,with a beautiful, wispy presentation of rosy pink flowers. It’seasy to grow but lives for only two or three years. Jenny’s realvalue is in a mass planting. A sea of pink is hard to get inSouthern gardens, but with careful spacing at 6-inch centers,Jenny can do it.Gaura ‘Leah James.’ Gaura is oneof our more drought-tolerant perennials. Leah James haswhite-pink flowers and interestingly variegated foliage. Itrequires well-drained soil, full sun and some irrigation whenfirst established. It will rebloom if you remove the top half ofthe spent flower stalks. Don’t give it a crew cut, just a trim.Scabiosa ‘Samantha’s Pink.’Scabiosa must be the most promoted perennial in the UnitedStates. The blue pincushion flowers have made it a mainstayalready. Samantha’s Pink has slightly larger flowers than theblue form and produces more of them. The pink flowers lookstunning in front of Salvia guaranitica and any solid green shrub.(Paul Thomas is a horticulturist with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Money matters

first_imgBy Michael RupuredUniversity of GeorgiaTeaching kids the value of money can be harder than getting them to clean their rooms or eat their vegetables. But the knowledge will save them a lifetime of trouble. Children need to learn the three purposes of money: saving, spending and sharing. An allowance can be the best way to teach them these skills. It helps them learn how to live within their means and be educated consumers.Children should learn to put some money aside for large purchases and unexpected expenses. They should learn to be generous and charitable, too. Suggest they donate money to a worthy cause. There are many ways to structure an allowance. Each family has to decide what will work for them in terms of when to give it, how much to give and the expected financial responsibilities. Avoid giving children an allowance based on good grades or household chores. Chores are the responsibility of every member of the family. An allowance is not a reward for good kids. It’s a tool for teaching children financial management. Giving your kids an allowance on the same day of each week will allow them to develop their management skills. A regular allowance teaches them to stretch their money from one week to the next, instead of spending every penny immediately. An allowance can begin as soon as a child can count, or around five years old for most children. Start with 50 cents or a dollar for the younger ages and increase the allowance each year. As the child ages, each increase in allowance should be coupled with an increase in financial responsibility. For example, you might increase the allowance with the expectation that they now pay for their own school lunches. Rather than a check or large bill, the allowance should be small bills or coins that can be divided into marked envelopes or containers. Mark containers for saving, spending and sharing. Decide in advance what percentage should be used for saving. This strategy will reinforce the concept of paying themselves first, automatically putting money aside for saving before being tempted to spend it. Parents may decide their child can pay for luxury items such as a special toy or an expensive pair of sneakers. If the child has to pay for the sneakers, which may be too small in a few months, they will think twice before buying the next pair. Kids can learn from their mistakes. This type of arrangement will encourage the child to become an educated saver and an educated consumer. The allowance for an older child might be a deposit to their checking account, including gas money, money for clothes or other responsibilities. The goal is to fully prepare them for the realities of the financial world before they leave the nest. At any age, it is important for child to understand that the money must cover needs before wants. (Michael Rupured is a family financial management specialist with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension.)last_img read more

Survivor of FARC’s Slaughter Believes Peace is Closer than Ever

first_imgBy Dialogo June 19, 2009 Bogotá, June 18 (EFE).- Today the only survivor of of the slaughter of the deputies committed by FARC two years ago, Sigifredo López, said that peace is “closer than ever” in Colombia, because the guerrillas need to find “a dignified exit” after 45 years of armed conflict. López was liberated last February, and offered his testimony about what had happened in that massacre, where eleven captive regional deputies were killed, and he was the only survivor. Today is the second anniversary of those events. “Despite the radical positions, peace is closer than ever. It is the duty of the next Colombian president to pursue it , whoever he will be, because the conditions are now ripe more than ever,” stated the former deputy in an interview with EFE, in reference to the elections to be held next year in this country. “This senselessness in which we have been trapped for more than half a century cannot continue,” he remarked. López and other eleven deputies were kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on April 11, 2002 in the headquarters of the regional Legislative Power of Cali, capital of the south-western department of Valle del Cauca. Five years after the kidnapping, on that fatal June 18, 2007, López’s life was saved from the slaughter, because he had been punished and chained in an isolated place a few days before for raising his voice in an argument with another hostage. When Lopes was released on February 5, he stated that his eleven companions were killed by the FARC and not died in a rescue military operation, as the guerrillas claimed reporting the slaughter of June 28, 2007. An independent coroner team provided by the Organization of American States (OAS) participated in the investigation of the massacre upon the request of the Colombian government, and concluded that the deputies were shot at close range. Today is “a very distressing date,” but it must be commemorated so it is not forgotten,” López told EFE. Similar were the statements of Ángela María Giraldo today, the sister of Francisco Javier Giraldo, one of the eleven assassinated deputies. She considers it important “not to forget” what happened two years ago in the jungle. She also demanded the FARC to “take responsibility for the crime and to ask for forgiveness.” Therefore, between today and tomorrow demonstrations will be held in Cali and Bogotá, and a park will be inaugurated in each city as a memorial for the victims. In a press conference, Giraldo said that tomorrow the “clock of infamy” will be installed in Bogotá, and it will count the time elapsed since the FARC’s occupation of Patascoy Hill (December 21, 1997) and will remain active until the last kidnapped individual is liberated. On that December 21, Corporal Pablo Emilio Moncayo and NCO José Libio Martínez were captured. They are two oldest hostages held by the guerrilla group. Currently, Sigifredo López is travelling through Colombia “praying” for the liberation of Moncayo, whose release was announced two months ago by the FARC, but the liberation has not yet taken place due to the conditions imposed by the rebels, as well as the government. “Peace is possible,” remarked López while defending the controversial humanitarian exchange of kidnapped individuals. They are considered to be “exchangeable” for imprisoned guerrilla members. In his view, this would help to “gain the necessary trust and to start dialogue.” This measure has already been proposed by the FARC. With the unilateral liberation of a dozen of hostages in the last year and a half, “for the first time in three decades, the FARC have started to show that they need to find a dignified exit out of 45 year conflict,” López stated. About his comeback to freedom after almost seven years of captivity, the former deputy admitted that he was “adapting very well, thanks to the love of his family.” López, who is planning to return to university teaching and to politics, is still suffering the consequences of captivity: “Sometimes I feel a lot of pressure and I would like to be more relaxed and to have a moment to think,” he said.last_img read more

Shirley Man Sentenced for $16M Tax Fraud Scam

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 36-year-old Shirley man was sentenced Tuesday to 6 ½ years in federal prison for stealing the identities of thousands of Puerto Rican citizens to collect $16 million in fraudulent tax returns.Michael Figat was convicted at Central Islip federal court of participating in a scheme to defraud the United States. Judge Sandra Feuerstein also sentenced Figat to 3 years of supervised release and ordered him to forfeit $250,000.“Figat and his co-conspirators stole the personal information of thousands of unsuspecting Puerto Rican citizens to enrich themselves at the expense of the United States and the taxpaying public,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.Prosecutors said Figat exploited tax laws that exempt Puerto Rican citizens from filing federal income tax returns if their income is solely from sources within the commonwealth.Figat and his co-conspirators stole their victims’ dates of birth, social security numbers and other information, then used that info to file thousands of fraudulent tax returns between January 2011 and April 2012, authorities said.He and the others bribed U.S. Postal Service employees to intercept tax refund checks from the mail and stole tax refund checks from the addressees’ mailboxes, many of which were in Shirley, Patchogue, Lindenhurst and West Babylon.last_img read more

FHFA heeds NAFCU concerns in final AHP rule

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) in its final rule decided to not adopt an outcome-based framework for the Federal Home Loan Banks’ (FHLBs) affordable housing program (AHP), heeding a number of NAFCU concerns. NAFCU, commenting on the agency’s proposed AHP changes, was concerned such a framework would limit the program’s flexibility and prevent FHLBs from meeting the needs of their communities.The FHFA issued the final rule to amend the AHP Tuesday.In addition, the final rule retains the current retention agreements requirement for owner-occupied, AHP-assisted units and allows the FHLBs to decide on a case-by-case basis whether to use a retention agreement, but eliminates it for instances where a household uses the AHP subsidy solely for rehabilitation. NAFCU had asked the FHFA to not eliminate the requirement and to provide the FHLBs more discretion to use it.last_img read more

Juventus bet on Pirlo becoming new Zidane, Guardiola

first_imgA week later, Pirlo has already taken over from Maurizio Sarri after the reigning nine-time Italian champions crashed out of the Champions League in the last 16.”A team is made up of dynamics, interpersonal relationships, expressions,” said Agnelli on Pirlo’s arrival at the club.And Pirlo speaks the language of players, with four league titles won at Juventus between 2011 and 2015, before ending his playing career in November 2017 after three seasons in MLS.”Even during the years away from the club, I kept the relationships,” said Brescia-native Pirlo.  “It was normal for me to live in Turin and it feels normal to return to work here.”I prefer to be invested with a great responsibility, it makes me feel alive,” he explained, adding his ambition was “to repeat the career I achieved as a player”.Contemporaries Zidane and Guardiola both achieved that feat with with Real Madrid and Barcelona. But Zidane — who famously lost the 2006 World Cup final to Pirlo’s Italy — spent two years with Real Madrid’s B team, and Guardiola the second-tier Barcelona side, before stepping up and winning the Champions League with the first teams. “Guardiola and Zidane? Everyone would like to have their same journey,” said Pirlo, “but you need to earn it by gaining experience.”Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso believes that it will be a steep climb for his former Italy and AC Milan teammate.”Blessed is he who started immediately at Juventus, I say so because this is a difficult job, it is not enough to have a great career as a footballer behind him,” said Gattuso after Napoli were eliminated from the Champions League against Barcelona. “We have to study and work, we sleep little. I wish him a very big good luck.” ‘Predestined’ Pirlo’s appointment is however seen as a natural one for Juventus whose global brand was boosted after Cristiano Ronaldo’s 100-million-euro ($115 million) signing in 2018.A Sauvé fashion and wine lover, Pirlo is seen as a more natural fit for the club’s ambitions to build a globally cool lifestyle brand to attract untapped markets in North America and Asia.”It was a very Juventus decision, very natural, we think he could be predestined, he was as a player he can become as a coach,” said chief football officer Fabio Paratici.”In his head he has everything to succeed. He is a lad who has been with us, played with us, has always been in contact with us.”We are in uncharted territory, no one has won nine league titles in a row, no one has had such a long cycle of victories and changes.”But winning Serie A is not enough as his predecessors Massimiliano Allegri and Sarri found.And how Pirlo can help Juventus achieve their biggest dream of a first Champions League title since 1996 remains to be seen.Former Juventus coach Fabio Capello believes Pirlo “has very advanced ideas about football”.”He is a midfielder on and off the pitch, he watches and studies everything. He has had very important coaches, so he lacks nothing to do well,” said Capello.Juventus conceded 43 goals in Serie A, their highest total in nearly a decade, with Ronaldo’s 37 goals carrying the team both at home and in Europe.”I’ve had my thoughts on where to put players in the middle of the night, rather than sleeping,” said Pirlo, who also won two Champions League titles under Carlo Ancelotti at AC Milan.”What form would I use? The 4-3-3, all on and off.”It really depends on the players available, maybe you find that they adapt better to another system.”Maybe you realize that the players you thought were one way, are another way. “At that point you have to adapt. If you impose yourself, you waste time and they don’t deliver.” A first coaching job and already high expectations, Andrea Pirlo’s arrival at Juventus has sparked hopes in Italy that he can follow footballing greats Zinedine Zidane and Pep Guardiola’s managerial success.The 41-year-old former Italy and Juventus star was promoted to the top job in Turin just a week after having being appointed coach of their U23 side.”Andrea Pirlo is starting a path that maybe one day will lead him to the top of the first team,” club president Andrea Agnelli said on July 31.  Topics :last_img read more

Hendra home is a good bet

first_img The living spaces have seperate zones to which family members can retreatThe living spaces flow to an outdoor entertaining area, with an inground pool. Should you happen to be a party guest at 84 Harding St, one thing is certain, you won’t be short of a drink thanks to a kegerator in the outdoor kitchen. A kegerator, for the uninitiated, is a built-in keg from which you can serve beer on tap. “You can just park yourself beside the barbecue and order whatever beer you like,” Ms Krugel laughs. “Apparently it’s the next big thing.” There’s a lot of home here for a 407sq m block. “There was no compromising on space here. It’s a beautiful block. I’m very particular when it comes to that.” Despite being off site for most of the renovation, she says the process proved seamless. “The architect had a camera on site, with pictures taken every few hours, so I could follow the progress of the build. I’m so pleased with it. I have fallen in love with it.”Harding St may be Ms Krugel’s first foray into the Brisbane property market, but she has a self-professed love for the city and the suburb of Hendra in particular. “I love Brisbane. I love the pre-war Queenslanders. I would like to find another house in Hendra. It’s an up-and-coming suburb and you can find what is essentially an ugly duckling and turn it into a swan.” The house is on the market for offers of more than $2.2 million. 84 Harding St in Hendra is on sale for offers of more than $2.2 millionRacegoers dressed in their best finery spill over the side railings at Eagle Farm racecourse, their eyes trained on the finishing post, hoping this will be their lucky day. The scene, captured in a photograph in 1938 and retrieved from the archives of Queensland’s John Oxley Library, hangs in pride of place above the bar at 84 Harding St in Hendra.Its purpose? To give a potential buyer of this renovated pre-war Queenslander a feel for life in the local area in a time gone by. A photograph of racegoers at Eagle Farm in 1938 hangs above the bar“It’s my signature,” says Linda Krugel, the owner of the house, whose pastime is flipping properties. “When I do up a home I like to leave something nostalgic behind, something related to its history or the area.”With the property only minutes from the Eagle Farm and Doomben racecourses in Brisbane’s inner-northeast the photograph seems a fitting tribute.This is the third property that Ms Krugel, who lives in Watsons Bay in Sydney, has renovated, but it is her first in Brisbane. She bought the property for $835,000 in 2018 and has spent $1.2 million on the improvements. Contrary to most budding property developers though, she says she’s not in it to make money. The house is great for parties and entertaining“It’s my passion,” she says. “I don’t really make much out of it, it’s just something I love to do. I love taking an old home and finding something unexpected. Sometimes you can create something quite magical.”Ms Krugel used a buying agent to find the Hendra property and worked with an architect for 18 months to transform the Queenslander into a contemporary five-bedroom, four-bathroom home. “Open spaces in a home are great but you need something to give it depth,” she says. “This house has lots of depth and layering – I call it open-plan with structure. 84 Harding St, Hendra QLD “The house has different zones but there’s also spaces where families can be together.”The upper-level of the home contains the original house and is a mix of bedrooms and living spaces. “I kept the original tongue and groove walls of the Queenslander, but the rest is quite modern,” Ms Krugel said. The lower level features a guest room, media room and a lounge and dining area, which is flanked by the kitchen and a butler’s pantry. “If you’re entertaining, you need a butler’s pantry. They disappeared for a while, but now they’re back in fashion. What’s old is new again,” she said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agolast_img read more

Xodus Group doubles Perth workforce

first_imgInternational energy consultancy Xodus Group has doubled its Perth workforce following a successful year.Xodus said on Tuesday that it had seen a surge in its environmental, field development, and subsea work in the past year.The company also recently secured a major cross-services contract with Beach Energy in Australia on the Trefoil gas condensate field in the Bass Basin.Simon Allison, Xodus’ operations director for the APAC region, said: “As shown by the recent Trefoil win, we’re really starting to reap the benefits of having a larger, integrated team with a much wider variety of capabilities. That contract, combined with our digital transformation work, has enhanced our reputation as a leading provider of integrated front-end services in the region.”Last year, Xodus acquired Perth-based Green Light Environmental (GLE) with the new integrated environmental capability led by Petrina Raitt, who was GLE’s managing director.A key aspect of the acquisition was to enable global promotion through of GLE’s cloud-based digital EIA system, eBase.Allison stated: “eBase has become a leading digital EIA solution for international oil and gas companies and Xodus is already seeing how such a solution can be applied to other basins outside of Australia as well as other energy sectors such as offshore wind.“Since the acquisition, our combined environmental team has gone from strength-to-strength. Alongside our field development unit, we are establishing new relationships and delivering quality services to several major operators.“The success over the last two years is allowing us to explore new markets and regions. The energy transition is front and center for Xodus and we are already working closely with industry bodies on how we can support the future energy landscape with projects in hydrogen and renewables.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more