18 Jan

Get a First Listen of the Hamilton Cast Recording!

first_imgTalk less. Listen more. The Hamilton cast album will be available digitally on September 25, but if that doesn’t satisfy you, go ahead and get your fix now. NPR has released a first listen of the entire recording. Take it all in as the young, scrappy and hungry Founding Father, some werk-ing Schuyler sisters, rapping cabinet members and more blow us all away. How lucky we are to be alive right now, indeed! The Atlantic Records album will be available in stores on October 16. Related Shows View Comments Hamilton from $149.00last_img read more

17 Jan

Cooking staples

first_imgAre you afraid to open your cupboard and look for those baking ingredients? Do you wonder if they are OK or should be thrown out? Do these items ever get old? If seasonal baking is all you do, those leftover baking ingredients may be less than fresh. Even if you bake throughout the year, staple ingredients should be refreshed periodically. Now is a good time of year to take inventory. Dry ingredients like sugar, most flours and spices are safe to use no matter how old they are. But they might not taste or perform as expected forever.FlourWhite flour keeps its quality up to a year when stored in an airtight container or freezer bag in a cool, dry place. Remember, moisture content can affect your recipe. All-purpose and bread flour will keep up to two years at 40 F in your refrigerator, according to the Wheat Foods Council. It can be stored indefinitely in the freezer. Allow refrigerated flour to come to room temperature before using it. Whole wheat flour keeps best for one to three months at room temperature. It becomes rancid if kept at room temperature for any longer. For longer storage, put it in an airtight container or freezer bag in the refrigerator or freezer. It will maintain quality six months in the refrigerator and up to 12 months in the freezer. SugarWhite granulated sugar keeps indefinitely if properly stored. However, rotate the supply every two years for ease of use and quality. Store it in an airtight container or a heavy moisture-proof plastic bag. To soften hardened sugar, put it in a sturdy food-quality bag and pound it with a hammer. Smash smaller pieces with a mortar and pestle or break in a spice grinder.Brown sugar keeps maximum freshness and flavor for four to six months. It’s important to store it in an airtight container to retain moisture and prevent hardening. Keep it in its original plastic bag, tightly closed, or transfer it to an airtight container or a moisture-proof plastic bag.To soften brown sugar, heat it in a 250-degree oven for a few minutes. Or, place it in a microwave-safe container and loosely covered with a white, damp paper towel. Microwave on high and check it every 30 seconds. Be very careful when handling heated sugar.Baking powder, sodaBaking powder and baking soda keep 12 to 18 months if stored tightly covered in a dry place. Discard both after expiration date. Use dry utensils to dip baking powder or soda. To test baking powder for freshness, mix one teaspoon baking powder with one-third cup of hot water. If it foams vigorously, it still has rising power. To test baking soda, place one and a half teaspoons in a small bowl with one tablespoon of vinegar. If it fizzes, it will still leaven food. If it doesn’t, place it in the refrigerator to trap odors.Herbs and spicesHerbs and ground spices keep good flavor up to one year if stored in cool, dry cupboards. Whole spices can keep their quality up to two years. Store them in a tightly covered container in a dark place. Air, light, moisture and heat speed flavor and color loss. If you use a spice rack, place it away from light, heat and moisture. Avoid storing above or near the stove, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, sink or heating vent. Use a dry spoon to handle spices or herbs. Don’t sprinkle them directly from the container into a steaming pot.To check the potency of a ground spice, smell it. If its aroma is immediate, strong and spicy, it should still add flavor to your foods.To test herbs, crush a small amount in your hand and smell it. If the aroma is still fresh and pleasant, it can still flavor foods. If there’s no smell or an off smell, toss it. Get into the habit of smelling your spices and herbs periodically; you will learn what fresh smells and looks like.Following these tips and paying attention to your stored staples can help avoid disappointments in your baking. Be sure to always read labels, follow storage information and look at recommended use-by dates for all ingredients.last_img read more

17 Jan

Ambrosia Beetles

first_imgResearch entomologists in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) are using three grants to study ambrosia beetles in an effort to prevent future attacks and preserve more fruit and nut trees.The first grant, $10,000 funded through Southern Integrated Pest Management Center, supported the work of a team of entomologists, plant pathologists and UGA Cooperative Extension specialists at CAES who are working with growers to help identify different ways to combat the issues presented by ambrosia beetles.Shimat Joseph, an entomologist on the UGA Griffin campus, says the goal was to allow researchers to identify their specific research and Extension priorities. The grant allowed the group to understand and collate both basic biology/ecology and practical management information on ambrosia beetles, and assess the knowledge gaps guided by the feedback from growers and stakeholders.“The funding help us come together as group so that we can prioritize needs and pursue a larger grant to conduct the needed research in a collaborative manner,” said Joseph.The second grant, valued at $10,000 from Georgia Farm Bureau, will fund the survey and monitoring of wood-boring ambrosia beetles in tree nurseries, tree fruit and pecan orchards. The goal of the research is to determine which species of ambrosia beetles are attacking different types of trees in Georgia.Brett Blaauw, UGA Extension specialist in fruit entomology, will study the beetles throughout the season in fruit orchards to determine which species are common in Georgia and to determine whether they pose a threat to trees.While the researchers began working on this project this year, most of the research will be conducted next year.The third grant, $73,000 from the Georgia Department of Agriculture, will fund projects aimed at improving monitoring tools and finding management strategies for ambrosia beetles in tree nurseries and tree fruit and pecan orchards. This grant will allow UGA research entomologists to trap ambrosia beetles in nursery and orchard systems.“Part of our project is contingent on the growers and the attacks that they will be reporting to us,” said Angelita Acebes-Doria, an entomologist on the UGA Tifton campus. “Whenever we receive reports of growers having problems with ambrosia beetles we want to know to what extent the trees are being attacked and to verify the ambrosia beetle species responsible for the attacks.”If the ambrosia beetles are found to have damaged infested trees too severely, with the grower’s permission, the researchers will dissect the trees to determine the species attacking the trees and compare them to the species captured in the traps. The grant will fund materials required in the season-long trapping, including ethanol lures and bottle traps, as well as funding student research assistants.“Without these grants we would not have been able to complete the research,” said Blaauw. “I am grateful that agencies like the Georgia Farm Bureau and Georgia Department of Agriculture have grants that help support research projects like ours.”Ambrosia beetles are insects that burrow holes in the trunks of ornamental, fruit and nut trees that are under stress. Their attacks are normally associated with young trees that are not well established or trees subjected to flood conditions and frost damage.Multiple beetle attacks on a young tree can have detrimental effects on the overall health of the tree and, in extreme cases, can cause tree mortality.“The higher number of attacks on the trees, the higher the chance that the tree will die. They attack a wide variety of host plants, not just pecans,” Acebes-Doria said. “They can (also) attack nursery trees, ornamental trees, and they can attack tree fruits as well, such as peach and apple.”To learn more about the UGA Department of Entomology visit ent.uga.edu.last_img read more

31 Dec

Renewable energy provided 51% of Portugal’s electricity needs in 2019

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Portugal News:The production of electricity from renewable sources supplied 51 percent of national consumption in 2019, with wind power representing 27 percent, the highest share ever.Photovoltaic solar energy was, according to REN, the source that grew the most last year, having exceeded for the first time the value of a terawatt-hour (TWh) of annual production. The hydroelectric production index stood at 0.81 (below the average of 1) in 2019, with the last two months of the year improving dam production. In December, the production index reached 1.77. In turn, the wind production index registered 1.05 in 2019, and 1.13 in December.“The combination of these factors allowed a period of 131 consecutive hours, the longest ever, with renewable production exceeding consumption,” said REN.Thus, in December 2019, all renewable production supplied 76 percent of national consumption (including export balance) and non-renewable production the remaining 24 percent.The balance of trade with foreign countries relating to renewables was exporting (more was sold to Spain than was bought) and “was particularly high” in the last month of the year, equivalent to 19 percent of national consumption.More: Renewables supply 51% of electricity in 2019 Renewable energy provided 51% of Portugal’s electricity needs in 2019last_img read more

18 Dec

Supreme Court Declines to Hear NDAA Indefinite Detention Appeal

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A group of journalists and activists who filed a lawsuit two years ago challenging a controversial provision in a national defense spending bill that they claimed allows for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens were dealt a crushing blow Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear their appeal.In declining to hear the case, the highest court in the land effectively killed the lawsuit—Hedges V. Obama—which was brought by famed former New York Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, renowned linguist Noam Chomsky, plus four others. Collectively, the plaintiffs were dubbed “The Magnificent Seven” by supporters.The decision upholds the U.S. Second District Court of Appeals July 2013 decision to vacate a permanent injunction on its implementation, which was previously issued by a President Obama-appointed U.S. District Court Judge in September 2012. In her decision, Judge Katherine Forest, ruled Section 1021 of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act unconstitutional. The Obama Administration appealed Forest’s ruling the very next day.In a Facebook post Monday, Tangerine Bolen, founder of nonprofit whistleblower advocacy group RevolutionTruth and one of the plaintiffs in the suit, blasted the court for recent decisions defining corporations as “persons” and stripping regulations limiting campaign donations while at the same time limiting the rights of “living, breathing people.”“We are no longer a nation ruled by laws,” she wrote. “We are nation ruled by men who have so steeped themselves in a false narrative that at the same time they are exponentially increasing the ranks of terrorists, they are destroying the rule of law itself. It is madness upon madness—the classic tale of becoming the evil you purport to fight while believing you remain righteous.”Hedges and others had sought a permanent injunction of the provision, arguing that it violated the First and Fifth Amendments.They also claimed that the provision gives the executive branch full authority to militarily detain people suspected of providing “substantial and/or direct support” to terrorists until the end of hostilities, which according to the provision, is lawful under the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF)—enacted three days after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.Hedges took the Obama Administration to court because, in part, he argued that the terminology—“covered persons”—used in the bill was overbroad, adding that it could be cited to detain journalists reporting on groups hostile to the United States.“The deterioration of civil liberties under the Obama administration has complete continuity with the attack on civil liberties under the Bush administration,” Hudges told hundreds of supporters last year outside the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan following oral arguments. “In fact, under the Obama administration it has been worse. The radical interpretation of the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force Act [AUMF] has given the U.S. government, in particular the executive branch, the right to assassinate American citizens.”Forest sided with Hedges, writing in her decision that the seven plaintiffs “testified credibly” to having a reasonable fear that their activities could subject them to indefinite detention. But the U.S. Second District Court of Appeals ruled that they lacked standing because “Section 1021 says nothing at all about the President’s authority to detain American citizens.”Their failed appeal to the Supreme Court ends a long legal battle with the Obama administration, yet Bolen, in her Facebook post, vowed to fight on.“This battle is lost but the war is not over. Arab Spring and Occupy showed us that it is possible for millions of people to stand up together, to awaken a shared commitment to a better future,” she wrote. “They were a reminder that all things are possible—not just assaults, lies, corruption and the slow devastation wrought on us by the world’s most powerful elites—but a spontaneous rising up, to reclaim our power, our voices and our futures.”Bruce Afran, one of the attorneys who brought the suit, did not immediately return a call for comment.Read Bolen’s entire Facebook post:last_img read more

19 Oct

PREMIUMFrom robots to power suits, Japan gears up for high-tech Olympics

first_imgFacebook Japan is all set to host the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics with up-to-date technology to support the summer event amid concerns of security and health.The Tokyo Olympics Game 2020 Organizing Committee’s press relations project director Michiko Makino said the event would make use of Japanese technology. The technology includes human support robots and delivery support robots developed by Toyota Motor Corp. to help spectators, especially those in wheelchairs, such as by carrying food and other items, guiding people to seats and providing information.Power assist suits developed by Panasonic Corp. will unload and transport heavy objects, easing human workload with a healthier and safer working environment. “There are more technologies in the pipeline and we will reveal more this year,” Makino told ASEAN reporters during a visit to the … Topics : Linkedin Forgot Password ? Google Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Japan Olympic-Games 2020-Tokyo-Olympic-Games 2020-Summer-Olympic-Games sporting-eventlast_img read more

16 Oct

Weekly Update: Helping Seniors Connect to Services, Promoting Job Creation and Economic Development, Advancing Solar Energy Efforts in PA

first_imgWeekly Update: Helping Seniors Connect to Services, Promoting Job Creation and Economic Development, Advancing Solar Energy Efforts in PA The Blog,  Weekly Update Ensuring that Pennsylvanians can easily access the health services they need is a top priority for Governor Wolf. This week, Governor Wolf and his administration launched the Pennsylvania Link to Community Care website, which connects seniors and individuals with disabilities or behavioral health needs to services in their communities.“We have been working hard to help individuals with a disability and older Pennsylvanians to live where and how they choose, just as any of us would want,” Governor Wolf said. “This new website is a tremendous tool to help you or your loved one make the best and most informed decision about care and services.”The governor also announced that the Department of Human Services received a $11.7 million grant through the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. This grant will help DHS offer support to Pennsylvania families by providing at-risk pregnant women and their families with the resources they need to improve family health and opportunities for their children.On Thursday, Governor Wolf provided an update on Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Patient and Caregiver Registry by announcing that since the registry’s launch on November 1 more than 6,000 patients have registered for the medical marijuana program.As part of Governor Wolf’s “Jobs That Pay” initiative, the governor and his administration continue to encourage the growth of job creation and business opportunities in the commonwealth. On Thursday, Governor Wolf announced that new manufacturing jobs would be coming to Northampton County through the expansion of Alpla Inc. Governor Wolf also joined leaders in the higher education and manufacturing communities to announce that Drexel University will establish the Pennsylvania Discovery Center, a statewide resource that will help advance the manufacturing textile industry.On Wednesday, Governor Wolf announced seven new Business in Our Sites project approvals through the Commonwealth Financing Authority, a move projected to create more than 3,300 jobs in Pennsylvania.This week Governor Wolf announced efforts that would bolster the use of solar energy in Pennsylvania. On Monday, the governor joined state and local officials, and environmental advocates at Elizabethtown College to announce legislation that includes key provisions that will enhance the solar energy market in the commonwealth. On Thursday, Governor Wolf announced a new solar energy grant program through the Commonwealth Financing Authority that will further support the advancement of solar energy and community development.Governor Wolf’s Week, November 12 – November 18, 2017Monday, 11/13/17Governor Wolf Announces New Effort to Bolster Solar Energy in PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Sees Success in Substance Use Hotline Connecting Callers to TreatmentWolf Calls for Passage of Bipartisan Enhanced Firearm Prohibition for Domestic AbusersFirst Lady Frances Wolf Brings New Photo Exhibit to Governor’s ResidenceTuesday, 11/14/17Pennsylvania to Increase Home-Based Support for At-Risk Pregnant Women, FamiliesGovernor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force holds Roundtable Discussion in PittsburghGovernor Wolf Announces New Project Approval for Pipeline Investment Program Project to Create Jobs and Bring Natural Gas Energy to More Than 115 PropertiesGovernor Wolf Announces Drexel University Will House New Statewide Resource for ManufacturingGovernor Wolf Announces New Solar Grant Program and Approvals of Solar Energy and Building Pennsylvania ProjectsGovernor Wolf Announces Approval for 227 Community Improvement, Transportation, and Environmental Protection ProjectsWednesday, 11/15/17Governor Wolf Proposes ‘Computer Science for All’ Standards for PA SchoolsGovernor Wolf Announces New Approvals Supporting Seven Business in Our Sites Projects Statewide, Projected to Create More Than 3,300 JobsCommunity Development Projects Announced for Allegheny, Montgomery CountiesThursday, 11/16/17Governor Wolf Reminds Pet Owners of Temperature Restrictions, Penalties in Place with New Animal Cruelty LawsGovernor Wolf Announces Creation of 59 New Northampton County Manufacturing Jobs Through Expansion of Alpla Inc.More Than 6,000 Patients Register for Medical Marijuana Program Since Launch Two Weeks AgoPennsylvania Launches Website to Help Seniors and People with Disabilities Find Services Near HomeGovernor Wolf’s Statement on Former Governor Tom RidgeFriday, 11/17/17Pennsylvania Recognized for Wolf Administration’s 511PAConnect SystemWolf Administration Announces Cabinet in Your Community InitiativeHighlights from Twitter54% of mass shootings are committed by perpetrators with histories of domestic or family violence. We have the opportunity to protect victims & would-be victims of escalated violence in PA by requiring convicted abusers to surrender firearms within 24hrs. Support SB 501. https://t.co/KIi3zREssH— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) November 15, 2017 November 17, 2017 We’re making PA competitive in producing solar energy. This law will increase solar jobs, grow our renewable economy, and support a cleaner environment. https://t.co/1bUvdhtVq7— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) November 14, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolflast_img read more

6 Oct

The Queensander features on this home really added to its appeal

first_img13 York St, Morningside.A young family are now the proud owners of a two-level home at Morningside after buying it for $920,000.McGrath Bulimba – Balmoral selling agent Paul Shelton said the property at 13 York St sold on June 7. He said the buyers were a couple from the Teneriffe-Newstead area.“They saw value in this side of town and really wanted a home with character features,” Mr Shelton said.He said the couple were planning on initially moving in and then, down the track, would add their special touches to make the home their own. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 202013 York St, Morningside.The Queenslander is on a 506sq m north-facing block, close to cafes and shops.There is an undercover patio for the children to play.Mr Shelton said family homes were big in the Morningside area. “In this street there have been three to four sales in the last month,” he said.“There’s always families wanting to move in. 13 York St, Morningside.“I think the value you get here compared to other suburbs is quite good.”Mr Shelton said a lot of people could easily access Bulimba and not get stuck in a traffic bottleneck.last_img read more

27 Sep

Calls for Easter shop laws overhaul

first_imgStuff.co.nz 13 April 2014Overly restrictive Easter trading laws have driven shoppers online at the expense of stores and Parliament should change the “outdated” law after the election, retailers say.Retail Association chief executive Mark Johnston said consumers were increasingly shopping online on Good Friday and Easter Sunday when most shops were forced to shut.According to electronic transactions operator Paymark, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Anzac Day are three of the four slowest shopping days of the year.But online spending, both domestically and overseas, rose 17.7 per cent for the two restricted trading days in 2013 compared to the previous year, according to BNZ researcher Marketview, although the amount spent was still less than a regular Friday and Sunday.The law was outdated, Johnston said, and the association would be asking for the legislation to be amended after this year’s election to keep up with the changing retail landscape. The law did not take into account that people were buying goods from New Zealand stores at Easter anyway.Unions are opposed to change. First Union retail secretary Maxine Gay said our shopping laws were already among the most deregulated in the world. “Easter is one of the few guaranteed times that retail workers can have off.”Retail staff worked long hours for low pay already and had “precious little” time with their families, she said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9936058/Calls-for-Easter-shop-laws-overhaullast_img read more

27 Sep

Zimbabwe opposition to sue Grace Mugabe over misuse of agricultural loan

first_imgZimbabwe’s opposition parties are reportedly contemplating a court action  against First Lady Grace Mugabe, whom they accuse of abusing a $98m agricultural equipment loan secured from Brazil under the Zimbabwe-Brazil More Foor for Africa Programme.The country’s media reports that Grace was using the publicly underwritten loan for her own political benefit, as the bid to succeed Robert Mugabe intensifies within the ruling Zanu-PF party.The First Lady, according to the Zimbabwe Independent, has in the past weeks donated agricultural equipment sourced under the Brazil loan facility as she embarked on a controversial campaign trail which sources say was meant to test the “succession waters” ahead of the 2018 general elections.Although she denied she harbors any presidential ambitions, analysts believe that Grace may be positioning herself to take over power when her husband leaves office.Brazil reportedly supplied Zimbabwe with 320 tractors, 450 disc harrows, 310 planters, 100 fertilizer spreaders and 6 650 knapsack sprayers valued at $38.6m under the first phase of the $98m facility commissioned by Mugabe in May.last_img read more