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Lunchtime Safety

first_imgYour child may start thinking about lunch during math class. But you should think aboutit when it’s packed, said a University ofGeorgia scientist.”Food safety for a packed lunch depends on how it’s packed and what ispacked,” saidÿ Connie Crawley, an Extension Service nutrition and healthspecialist with the UGA College ofFamily and Consumer Sciences. “It’s not hard to keep packed lunches safe. But ittakes some thought and preparation.”Crawley said the first step to packing safe lunches is choosing a well-insulated bag orbox. The most important thing in food safety, she said, is keeping cold foods cold and hotfoods hot, no matter what the meal.Keep cold foods at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and hot foods at or above 140. Thedanger zone is between those two temperatures, she said. If food stays at room temperaturefor two hours, it’s very risky to eat it.The temperatures at which we’re comfortable in our homes and offices are also perfectfor bacteria that can cause. Common food-borne illnesses are caused by Staphylococci,Salmonella, Campylobacter and other bacteria.Many children prefer their foods cold, so keeping food chilled is often more of aconcern than keeping it hot. Hot food also raises concerns for the child’s ability to openthe container and serve himself safely.Cleanliness during lunch preparation is important, too, Crawley said. “It’s almostmore important to be careful while you pack a lunch, since the potential is greater forthe growth of bacteria before the lunch is eaten,” she said. “Of course, thebacteria have to be present to grow. But there’s no point in taking chances.”Bacteria can be introduced while you pack the lunch,” she said. “Don’tleave food out at room temperature too long before you pack it. Keep the cold foods to bepacked in the lunch box refrigerated until the child is ready to leave for school.”Choosing the food for lunch is another important step. Some foods are more perishablethan others, Crawley said, and should be treated as such. Pack more perishable foods closeto a cold source in the bag or box.”Blue ice” packs or frozen juice bags or boxes provide a good cold sourcethat can keep perishable foods safe until lunchtime. Frozen juice drinks will usually thawin time to go with lunch, so they won’t take up extra space in the bag, Crawley said.A good rule of thumb about safely packing lunches is to pack it however you bought it.”If it was refrigerated, keep it cold,” Crawley said. “Shelf-stable itemsmay taste better cold but won’t spoil if they sit at room temperature.”Talk with your child about what foods she likes for lunch. Then pack meals she prefers.Peanut-butter-and-jelly is a standard that doesn’t need to stay cold, unless that’s howshe wants it. Cut-up veggies and fresh fruit are favorites that aren’t perishableshort-term. They provide nutrition kids need in a way they like.But choose new lunch foods carefully. “Practice lunch at home, especially if youstart packing cans of shelf-stable pudding or cut-up fruit,” Crawley said. “Thenyou’ll know if your child can safely and easily open the container.”last_img read more

Brisbane’s housing market leads the nation as only city to record home value growth

first_imgBrisbane has a median house price of $538,000 — still significantly less than Sydney’s $980,000 and Melbourne’s $750,000, despite the price falls in those two cities. Image: AAP/Darren England.He said the local economy, improving employment and infrastructure spending was luring southerners north.“We lagged Sydney for a long time, but now we’re actually spending a bit of money on infrastructure and it’s drawing more people here,” Mr Gordon said.“Financing conditions are tough and so we’re not going to see any massive price growth in the short term, but hopefully in the medium term things might turn around and I think they will.”Universal Buyers Agents director Darren Piper said the signs of recovery in the Brisbane apartment market was instilling confidence in investors.Mr Piper said he experienced one of his biggest months on record in October and was confident of seeing further lifts throughout the rest of the year.“We’re seeing a lot of buyers attracted by the lifestyle, great schools, weather — and prices of course,” Mr Piper said.“There’s also a renewed confidence in the market, so we’re seeing more people upgrading that we haven’t seen for the last 12 months.“They’re more confident that their home will sell and see the opportunities elsewhere in the market.”AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver said tighter credit, rising supply, a significant pool of borrowers having to switch from interest-only to principle and interest mortgages and reduced foreign demand were weighing on the overall market.Mr Oliver said AMP expected Sydney and Melbourne to record 20 per cent top to bottom house price declines out to 2020.The CoreLogic Hedonic Home Value Index is set for release on Monday. CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThe CoreLogic preliminary figures reveal national property prices fell 0.9 per cent over the first 28 days of November.This would push total falls for the year to an estimated 5.6 per cent — the largest national drop in prices since December 2008.Sydney recorded the biggest price falls of all the country’s five major capitals, followed by Melbourne and Perth.“Queensland residential real estate is presenting an unbeatable buying opportunity for savvy property-watchers and what we’re seeing here is buyers who know what they want and are acting quickly to grab a good bargain.Blambles Finance Group director Campbell Gordon said it was important to realise the national figures were skewed towards the nation’s two biggest housing markets.Mr Gordon said his clients were finding good buying opportunities in the current Brisbane market because of its relative affordability compared to Sydney and Melbourne.According to CoreLogic, Brisbane has a median house price of $538,000 — still significantly less than Sydney’s $980,000 and Melbourne’s $750,000, despite the price falls in those two cities. Brisbane has recorded growth in home values for a second straight month. Image: AAP/Darren England.It’s the second month in a row that Brisbane has recorded growth in home values at a time when every other major state capital either remained stagnant or went backwards.CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said Brisbane was proving more resilient to the downturn because its home prices had never climbed as high and its recent growth was at a more sustainable level.Brisbane’s more affordable prices relative to Sydney and Melbourne were helping prop up that market and it was arguably the country’s most stable market, according to Mr Lawless.Better affordability also meant Brisbane was not as exposed to the current lending climate, where banks were becoming increasingly restrictive in giving out new loans.“There has been strong migration into southeast Queensland, especially from NSW,” Mr Lawless said.“Housing is much more affordable than in Sydney and Melbourne and that’s increasing demand for housing.“In many ways, Brisbane has underperformed in the last decade, but that’s actually made the market more sustainable.”center_img Brisbane was the only major state capital to record growth in home values in November, according to CoreLogic. Image: AAP/Darren England.BRISBANE’S housing market is leading the nation, with the city the only major state capital to see home values grow this month.Plummeting home prices in Sydney and Melbourne have dragged the national market into the biggest slump since the start of the global financial crisis, but the Queensland capital continues to defy the downturn.Preliminary figures from CoreLogic’s Hedonic Home Value Index show Brisbane was the only major capital to record growth in prices over November — albeit a modest 0.1 per cent.Annual growth was expected to hit 0.2 per cent by month-end.last_img read more

Gold Coast beachside villa snapped up weeks before auction

first_imgThe Mermaid Beach property at 2/105 Albatross Ave sold before auction.A KEEN buyer has splashed more than $1 million on a beachside villa just weeks after it hit the market to stop it from going to auction.The Mermaid Beach residence on Albatross Ave was due to go under the hammer on Sunday but sold two weeks after hitting the market.It fetched $1.4 million – $600,000 more than it last sold for in 2001, according to property records. MORE NEWS: Pair of properties present prized prospects MORE NEWS: Queensland’s eye-watering sales of 2019 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:27Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:27 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy Spring 2019 is a good time to sell01:27 The buyer didn’t want to risk anyone else snapping it up at auction.John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach partner Luke Henderson marketed the property with Matt Maguire.He said the local buyer saw value in the property’s position.“They felt that position was unique and to find that type of view at that price point made it really interesting,” he said.“We had quite a busy open weekend in the days leading up (to auction).“The buyer was going away so that was their motivation to wrap it up.”Mr Henderson said despite it not being beachfront, the villa was good value for money as it still had ocean access through a private walkway. It’s just metres from the beach.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago The three-storey residence has four bedrooms and three bathrooms.Three of the home’s four bedrooms are on the top floor, including the main with a spa ensuite and balcony overlooking the beach.The open lounge room and dining zone, kitchen and outdoor entertainment area are on the ground floor while the home’s entrance, double garage and laundry are on the basement level.Mr Henderson said a house at 37 Tamborine St, Mermaid Beach, also sold before it had a chance to go under the hammer. CoreLogic data shows it was on the market for 17 days before it was snapped up for $1.405 million.last_img read more

Statoil hires Seadrill drillship for drilling in Brazil

first_imgOffshore driller Seadrill has secured a firm contract for one well and one drill stem test with Statoil for the West Saturn drillship in Brazil.According to Statoil’s statement on Thursday, the exploration drilling with the Seadrill rig will be done in the BM-S-8 license in the Santos basin offshore Brazil, which contains parts of the Carcará pre-salt oil discovery.The agreement includes two contracts where Seadrill Offshore will provide the drillship West Saturn and Seadrill Serviços de Petroleo Limitada will provide services on board.The contract also includes a number of option wells to be drilled in blocks where Statoil has license and operatorship. Statoil can exercise these options based on the results of the firm exploration program and may deploy the West Saturn across its Brazilian assets, given regulatory approval.West Saturn is expected to start operations between December 1, 2017 and March 1, 2018. The backlog for the firm portion of the contract is expected to be approximately $26 million.Under the contract, Statoil intends to drill the independent Guanxuma prospect.The West Saturn will be upgraded with a managed pressure drilling (MPD) system which is expected to be utilized as part of the upcoming work scope. The Saturn represents the fifth unit managed by Seadrill equipped with MPD equipment.The West Saturn is a 6th generation ultra-deepwater drillship, built in 2014 and equipped to drill in water depths of up to 12,000 feet (3600 meters).“Clearly it is not a given that we find what we hope for, but if we are successful Guanxuma could be another significant discovery in this highly prolific basin,” said vice president for exploration in Brazil, Ana Serrano Onate.Following the Guanxuma well, Statoil plans to perform a drill stem test on the Carcará discovery.“Testing the Carcará discovery will provide important information for developing the field. In addition, Statoil is evaluating its options for the Northern open area licensing round, expected in October 2017,” said Anders Opedal, country manager for Brazil.Earlier this week, Statoil announced an agreement that will increase the company’s interest in the BM-S-8 licence from 66% to 76%.last_img read more

YMCA offers self-defense class for women

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Southeastern Indiana YMCA in Batesville will hold a Women’s Self-Defense Class Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to noon.Former Indiana State trooper, current NRA instructor and candidate for Bartholomew County Sheriff, Tami Watson and senior master George Dwenger will teach the basics in self-protection.Please R.S.V.P. to attend or volunteer by calling 812-934-6006 before February 12.last_img

Dortmund rejects Mourinho

first_imgRelatedPosts Favre denies he wants to resign after loss to Bayern Munich UCL: Haaland double lifts Dortmund over PSG Favre extends Dortmund deal until 2021  There is ‘no substance’ to speculation that Jose Mourinho will be appointed as Borussia Dortmund manager, insists sporting director Michael Zorc.There is mounting speculation about a potential successor to Lucien Favre, who is under huge pressure, and the Portuguese has emerged as the front-runner.But Zorc moved to dismiss the Mourinho links, telling Sky: ‘We are not having a coach discussion and are happy to have Lucien Favre.Dortmund are in turmoil ahead of their Ruhr valley derby against Schalke on Saturday and as the club’s stock price fluctuates, so does the confidence in Favre.Dortmund’s share price shed 2.3 percent in early trade on Thursday, hours after the club lost 2-0 to Inter Milan in the Champions League that put a dent in their chances of advancing to the knockout stage.Any slip-up against bitter in-form rivals Schalke could prove costly in a tight title race.Dortmund are in fourth place, a point off the leaders, and nine teams are within two points from the top. Victory would also lift Schalke, who are seventh, above Dortmund in the table.Favre will be hoping his men can pull off a big win on Saturday that will end any internal turmoil and extinguish widespread speculation about his future at the club. Tags: Lucien Favrelast_img read more

Big Ten honors for Tucker, Wisconsin

first_imgDon’t look now, but the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team is getting some preseason attention. On the heels of picking up a No. 9 ranking in the preseason ESPN/USA Today coaches poll last week, the Badgers were lauded at the annual Big Ten media day in Chicago. Star forward Alando Tucker was tabbed preseason Player of the Year, and UW was picked to finish second in the league, only behind Ohio State.”It’s an honor, a great honor for me,” a very gracious Tucker said of his selection as the league’s preseason MVP, but he was quick to point out the importance of such preseason rankings. “We aren’t going to win anything for being picked high now. We have to be there at the end of the year.”Also announced was the preseason all-conference team headed by Tucker, who was joined by Penn State forward Geary Claxton, Iowa guard Adam Haluska, Indiana forward D.J. White and the nation’s most hyped freshman, Greg Oden of Ohio State. Tucker took home the Big Ten league scoring title in 2005-06, averaging 20 points per game and being named first team all conference. It was clear that players and coaches around the league have been thoroughly impressed by Tucker and supported his selection as the conference’s preseason Player of the Year.”For three years, he has been solidly, consistently a great player,” Minnesota head coach Dan Monson said. “You look at him at media day and you wonder, ‘How is he so good?’ Because he’s not 240 pounds, he’s not this ultra-strong player, he’s not 6’8″, but he’s just so relentless the way he plays … The word to describe him is relentless.””Now that he has a [better] shot, and as long as he continues to work hard, he’s pretty much unstoppable,” UW senior guard Kammron Taylor said.Bringing back 12 players from last year’s NCAA tournament squad (accounting for 90 percent of their scoring), Wisconsin was still picked to finish behind an Ohio State team that lost four starters, including the Big Ten Player of the Year Terence Dials.”I’m shocked,” Ohio State head coach Thad Matta said. “It’s almost comical to me in that regard.””Ohio State is relying on a lot of freshmen that were good in high school, but the Big Ten is tricky,” Tucker said. “When they get there, with the physical play it takes a toll. It’s going to be interesting to see how they react.”While Ohio State has been hyped since last season, when it was announced that Oden would head to Columbus as part of the nation’s best recruiting class, many Big Ten coaches stated that Wisconsin could be the team to beat.”I think Wisconsin is my pick,” Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said. “The best team by the end of the year might be Ohio State … but Wisconsin has the experience; they’re well coached. They’d be my pick to win it right now.”The other mild surprise of media day was Oden being named to the preseason all-conference team, becoming the first freshman on record to be named to squad. He arrives on campus as perhaps the most hyped freshman in the history of college basketball, being openly discussed as the likely first overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft had the league not changed its rules to ban high school seniors from the draft.”I think he’s the best player in college basketball,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter said. “He’s unselfish, he’s humble, he’s huge, he’s quick, he changes the game defensively … I think he’s special; I think he’s a special kid.””Oden is a Magic Johnson. He’s that special of a player,” Izzo said.Indiana’s Roderick Wilmont might have explained the hype best.”If he was going to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, he better be the best player in the conference,” a smiling Wilmont chided. Wisconsin begins its season this week with exhibition games against Carroll College this Wednesday and UW-Stout on Friday.last_img read more

Men’s tennis: Senior John Zordani looks to lead younger teammates in 2016 through experience

first_imgJohn Zordani is a Big Ten anomaly.He is the sole representative of the senior class on a talented University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team. He’s been named Academic All-Big Ten twice and received the 2014 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.The Illinois native describes his strengths as “hitting big serves and looking to hit forehands.” This season he and UW head coach Danny Westerman have been working to apply his strengths more aggressively.As the oldest player on the team and the longest tenured member, Zordani weighed in on the upcoming challenges of being the Badgers’ leader this season.“I have more of a lead by example style I think, I kind of go about my business and work really hard every day and set an example,” Zordani said. “In that respect, we have a lot of players that are leaders on this team, a lot of the juniors. I think it’s good that we have it coming from a lot of players and not just one guy.”Men’s tennis: Learning experiences at UW go beyond the court for two seniorsThe University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team is slated for a decisive showdown against No. 33 Penn State Friday night, Read…He also reflected on the up and downs of last season, as well as his aspirations for the upcoming year.“Last year was a unique year, Danny [Westerman] was in his first year as the head coach,” Zordani said.The Badgers had the best start to a season in program history last year, but things started to slow down later down the road. The late-season skid may have been inadvertently been caused by that same start, where teams put the Badgers on their radar early on after noticing the jump, Zordani said.Regarding the team as a whole, Zordani said the Badgers all have slightly varied style of play. Yet, one unifying trait they’ve all been working on is their effort to be more aggressive and specifically to take the ball early and not be afraid to rush to the net.This season, Zordani’s goal, along with the rest of his team, is to make the NCAA tournament, and the best way for the Badgers to do that is to win the Big Ten tournament, he said.“We are working really hard for that goal,” Zordani said. “Even though I’m a senior I think the program is headed in a really great direction.”Men’s tennis: Badgers suffer early exit in Big Ten TournamentAfter failing to survive the first day of the Big Ten tournament, a less than stellar Nebraska team on Thursday Read…Growing up in the midwest, Zordani grew to know many of his Big Ten rivals through junior tennis. Especially when it comes to observing the evolution of his competition’s game over his three years in Madison, source said.“You don’t know what to expect because you can’t go off of how they were in juniors because they can get a lot better and — it’s fun to see your friends in tournaments and how their game evolves,” Zordani said.One of the more unique aspects of playing collegiate tennis is that player participates both doubles and singles matches. Nobody knows the difficulties of this transition better than Zordani, who has played more than 60 matches in singles and doubles each.“You have to really change your mind set very quickly,” Zordani said. “When I was younger I didn’t realize that, I thought, ‘oh its tennis it’s the same sport,’ but they’re really different.”The aggression required in doubles is much more intense than singles, he said. The emotions in a doubles match are also unrivaled in comparison to singles play, which is what Zordani loves most about having a teammate. Having another person that gets him fired up after each play is a unmistakable boost, he said.Watch for Zordani and the rest of the men’s tennis team to make a run at the tournament later down the road this year. In addition to the senior veteran, the Badgers also feature some young talent in sophomore Alan Sweet and freshman Chase Colton.In coach Westerman’s second season, fans will see if UW can take that next step and make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010.last_img read more

Polish bookmaker STS sponsors Izako Boars

first_imgOne of Poland’s best known bookmakers STS has sponsored the esports team Izako Boars.Izako Boars currently has a roster in CS:GO. We spoke to STS’ Lukasz Swierk and enquired as to why the operator has decided to sponsor a team in esports: “It’s another milestone in our long-term strategy. In 2014 we decided to extend our offer to esports. Then we started working on dedicated part of the site, a unique event calendar and we began hiring people from the esports world who let us better understand this dynamic and the exciting communities within it.“Naturally we became a leader with the widest pre-match and live offer in Poland, live streams without delays and focus on esports communication channels. Now is the time to use our experience from traditional sports sponsorship.”As to why they established a partnership with Izako Boars, Swierk noted: “Izako Boars is a pretty young organisation but they’re a very well known team in Poland. We noticed their ability to combine significant results with huge media potential.”On a global scale, and in part of course due to the brand name, Team Kinguin are probably the best known Polish esports team. Swierk also discussed how much of a key market esports has become for STS. He stated: “Comparing 2014 to 2016 we observed a 313% wager growth on esports markets. It looks promising and our goal is to become the “first choice bookmaker” for everybody in Poland interested in betting on esports.This is of course is far from the first team and bookmaker sponsorship; we’ve seen Betway’s major sponsorship of NiP, multiple team sponsorships from GG Bet including Na’Vi, Alliance, Fnatic, and more. This is however STS’ first foray into the team sponsorship space. The bookmaker is well known in Poland, it has both an online and retail presence and recently expanded with the acquisition of Czech software provider Greep. STS join Sprite and Hylo-Care as the team’s key sponsors. Esports Insider says: Another igaming company gets well involved in esports and steps in as a team sponsor. STS has experience in sponsoring teams in traditional sports such as the football club Lech Poznan, and whilst we don’t know the full details of this deal with the size of STS in Poland, and the fact they’re only sponsoring the one team, we can assume it’s a healthy number. This should help Izako Boars push on in CS:GO.last_img read more

Prosecutors ask to drop charges against men accused in Mason City stabbing

first_imgMASON CITY — Prosecutors are requesting that charges against two men allegedly involved in a Mason City stabbing last month be dropped.35-year-old Antoine Rodgers and 37-year-old Marvell Rodgers both of Mason City were charged with willful injury causing serious injury. The two are accused of stabbing 34-year-old Benny Montgomery on the night of March 22nd in the 1300 block of North Federal. Montgomery suffered multiple stab wounds to his back, face, stomach, chest and hand that required four surgeries.The Cerro Gordo County Attorney’s Office has filed a notice with the court that it would be appropriate to dismiss the case against both men without prejudice. That means charges could be once again filed against the defendants at a later date. Prosecutors say that decision was made after holding conversations with law enforcement, but no other explanation was given.last_img read more