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Spread holiday cheer, not foodborne illnesses, this season

first_imgChill leftovers within two hours of cooking. Keep track of how long items have been sitting on the buffet table and discard anything that has been out longer than two hours.If you are transporting food items to a holiday party, keep hot foods hot (140°F or above) and cold foods cold (40°F or below). Use separate, insulated containers for hot and cold foods, and make sure that cold foods are packed with cold sources, such as ice or frozen gel packs. The best way to ensure that food is being held at a safe temperature while you are traveling is to place an appliance thermometer in the cooler.Whether you’re wondering how to cook your holiday ham, or debating whether it’s time to throw out those party leftovers, USDA has resources to help. The FoodKeeper app, available for both Android and iOS devices, is a quick and easy resource you can download and use at home to check storage times and preparation tips for more than 500 food items.If you’d like to speak to an expert, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or chat live with a food safety specialist in English or Spanish at AskKaren.gov, available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. For more information, visit Foodsafety.gov and follow @USDAFoodSafety on Twitter. Washington D.C. — If you’re cooking for friends and family this holiday season, it’s important to make sure you’re not spreading bacteria that can cause harmful foodborne illnesses.A recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and North Carolina State University found that Americans are practicing some disturbing food handling behaviors when it comes to preparing food at home.The study found that in the control group, 66 percent of participants did not use a thermometer to check the temperature of the ground turkey burgers. Even when participants did use a food thermometer, only 54 percent of turkey burgers reached the safe internal cooking temperature of 165°F.Participants also spread potentially harmful bacteria from raw meat and poultry onto other surfaces or food items in the kitchen. The study found that participants contaminated 48 percent of the spice containers, 11 percent of refrigerator door handles, 11 percent of water faucet handles and five percent of chef salads during the meal preparation.These statistics are concerning when you consider that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that millions of Americans are sickened with foodborne illnesses (also known as food poisoning) each year, resulting in roughly 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Children, older adults and those with compromised immune systems are especially at risk.Make sure you’re protecting your family by not falling into bad food preparation habits. Always follow the four steps to food safety:Clean your hands thoroughly for a full 20 seconds with soapy water. Always serve food on clean plates and avoid reusing plates that previously held raw meat and poultry.Separate raw meat, poultry and egg products from ready-to-eat foods.Cook, using a food thermometer to make sure food reaches a safe minimum internal temperature:Beef, pork, lamb and veal (steaks, chops and roasts): 145°F with a three minute rest.Ground beef, pork, lamb and veal: 160°F.Poultry (whole or ground): 165°F.last_img read more

Members of leadership fraternity freeze as part of flash mob

first_imgIn hopes of intriguing and recruiting potential new members, one leadership fraternity tried to make a statement on Trousdale yesterday.At 11:55 a.m. Thursday, members of Delta Omega Zeta, wearing green and white rush T-shirts, froze simultaneously in various positions on Trousdale: one student on his bike, another crouching down with a camera, another with a cookie halfway to her mouth — and one in a Speedo with “DO(e)Z” painted on his chest.Frozen · A member of the leadership fraternity Delta Omega Zeta, wearing a DOZ shirt, stands frozen in place as students pass by her. – Nathan Gonzalez | Daily TrojanDOZ — a co-ed leadership fraternity founded in the spring of 2008 during President Steven B. Sample’s “Art and Adventure of Leadership” course — has switched to what they call an alternative advertising campaign to boost their presence on campus and recruit a larger pledge class.“We are trying to break out of the rush mold, and we are trying to make noise,” said Bernadette Anat, a junior majoring in public relations. “We’re trying to show that we are different and worthwhile.”The members held their poses for approximately the minutes while other students walked by, heads turning, with some even taking photos or pointing.“The flash mob demonstration was to exemplify the lack of fear to stand out that leaders have,” said Cory Welsh, DOZ communications chair and a junior majoring in communication.In addition to the flash mob demonstration, DOZ has also launched a campus outreach strategy that reaches out to deans, clubs and organizations for personal recommendations of students who excel in student leadership.President Phil Ehret, a senior majoring in psychology, said the group focuses on bringing student leaders together to network and build off of each others’ ideas.DOZ leaders said so far, their tactics have seemed successful: last year, 182 students signed up during the entire rush process. This year, with five events left to go, 195 students have indicated interest.“We still have a week of rush left,” Anat said. “Everything we are doing is really experimental, so there will be some stumbles, but we are working on the foundation of the group.”DOZ’s rush approach stressed individuality; even their T-shirts, which say “A Leader DO(e)Z,” leave a blank for students to fill in their own answers with permanent marker.“[The shirts] have an individual twist,” Welsh said. “Everyone had the ability to write whatever leadership means to them on their shirt.”Angeli Agrawal, an undeclared freshman, said she is considering rushing DOZ after seeing the demonstration.“It was a good campaign to catch people’s attention,” Agrawal said. “I almost ran into one of them. I might check them out now.”The flash mob technique did not appeal to all students, however.Heath Gilad, a sophomore majoring in political science, who walked between the posing DOZ members, said the performance didn’t convince him to rush the fraternity.“Not if I have to do that — it just makes me laugh,” Gilad said.last_img read more

Henson: Bielema finding players who fit program identity

first_imgStephanie Moebius/The Badger HeraldA few months ago, UW head football coach Bret Bielema sat in front of reporters and partook in a typical post-game procedure.The Badgers had just beaten Arizona State, and Bielema answered questions about his team’s character and mental toughness after beating the Sun Devils by a single point.But Bielema said something unrelated to the action on the field that day that stood out.He spoke about a recent visit he made to ESPN.com and how every headline on the right side of the college football webpage involved a negative story. Disciplinary issues, recruiting violations and improper benefits – the stuff college football fans hear about daily.He was proud to say his players had no such negativity surrounding them. No off-field problems, no academic concerns. It meant something to him and it still does. It’s part of his team’s identity.It’s also a part of his recruiting philosophy.Now as we all know, after that victory, the Badgers went on to have the special season we recently watched come to an end. The 2010 Co-Big Ten champions affirmed the “Wisconsin Football” identity, an identity Bielema has worked hard to craft in his time at the helm.That identity has a lot of layers. It stands for a strong running game. It stands for monstrous offensive linemen and a hard-hitting defense. He hopes it continues to stand for winning.But it goes beyond all that. Bielema’s image of Wisconsin football starts with each individual player on his roster. From the captains to the scout team, every person in that locker room needs to fit a certain description and hold themselves to a certain standard. They must be tough as nails, they must crave physicality, they have to love coming to practice. No egos. No one man bigger than the team. They must grasp the fact that they represent their University off the field and that disciplinary or academic issues will not be tolerated.It’s easy to sit back and assume head coaches everywhere preach these values, but few actually enact them. Few actually seek those traits out in high school seniors. To win, these standards are often compromised. Plenty of four and five star players don’t possess all those characteristics. UW hasn’t been perfect under Bielema’s leadership but the program’s identity has been further cemented with each passing year. In the past, Bielema has had to dismiss several players from his program for off-field issues. Others have left on their own, realizing this program just isn’t for them.But coaches have to stay committed to their approach, and Bielema has done that – even when the penalties are harsh.“In the class that just left us we had 12 that had success and 12 that didn’t,” Bielema said. “We are really trying to eliminate those kind of guys.”If you don’t fit Bielema’s mold at UW you won’t last in his program. Better yet, you won’t even be recruited. “I’ve had coaches in very prominent schools that have outstanding talents that are being recruited by literally every other school in the country and they say ‘Coach, he could play for you talent-wise but he’s not a fit for you’,” assistant coach Charlie Partridge said. “They know what we are looking for.” Tight ends coach Joe Rudolph echoed those sentiments and offered a similar story from a different end of the spectrum.“I’ve gone into schools where the coach will go ‘Hey I’ve got a Wisconsin guy for ya’,” Rudolph said. “Its funny that you hear that description but it’s good.”Talent alone is not what the UW staff wants, but each year the recruiting classes seem to get better. More players with more offers from top-tier schools around the country are selecting UW.Why? Because the staff has a narrow focus. There are other schools who are interested in the types of kids Wisconsin has been targeting but the Badgers make it a point to go after a select group that fits best. The past couple of classes have shown that strategy is working.“Coach has really embraced what Wisconsin is all about and so have we as assistants,” Partridge said. “We target our kind of kids earlier and that is leading to better classes. We are not bouncing back and forth; we don’t have a lot of de-commitments. We don’t have to go to plan C. We are more targeted and more on-point for what we want.”One of those negative stories currently circulating around the Internet involves over-signing, where coaches take more commitments than they have scholarships for. It’s a common practice that often times leaves kids in the dust when the numbers eventually don’t end up working out.But you won’t see an article pop up regarding Bielema’s decision to over-sign anytime soon.“The topic of over-signing is a big deal and in my first couple years we always used to over-sign by three but now we are not over-signed at all for a reason,” Bielema said. “We just don’t lose as many kids as we used to. We are more spot-on with what we are looking for. It’s a credit to our staff that we always say we are looking for a Wisconsin-type kid no matter where we are.”Recruiting is an in-exact science. It’s done differently at every school, approached from a unique perspective by every assistant coach.At UW, Bielema has developed a vision that works and everyone in his program has bought in. The fence around the state of the Wisconsin is firm, and the coaches are finding out-of-state talent who share those beloved in-state characteristics.When any of the UW assistants walk through the halls of a high school, that “motion W” logo on their shirt means something and the football world knows it.“People have a good picture of what Wisconsin stands for. We want to express the values that make up our program,” Rudolph said. “Coaches and prospects are excited that that vision can still bring a lot of success.“You want to be in a place that stands for those values and you also want to win.”With the way the Wisconsin football identity has taken shape that shouldn’t be a problem.Max is a senior majoring in journalism. Are you pleased with the Badgers’ recruiting strategy? Still want more 5-stars? Let him know at mhenson@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Ind vs WI 3rd ODI Review: Men In Blue complete series turnaround after a…

first_imgAdvertisement jrn94NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsyi0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ehkl( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) a6npWould you ever consider trying this?😱ehizCan your students do this? 🌚9xqRoller skating! Powered by Firework India’s top order rose to the occasion after taking advantage of the dew conditions which prevailed at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. Fifties from each of the Indian top-order batsmen set the tone for the chase which was finished off by bright cameos by Ravindra Jadeja and Shardul Thakur. With this win, India continued their dominance over the Windies in the subcontinent. Advertisement Indian skipper Virat Kohli elected to bowl considering the inevitable dew at the venue. The team also handed Navdeep Saini his ODI debut in place of the injured Deepak Chahar.Advertisement The Indian bowling attack kept the visitors under check in the first powerplay by keeping the run rate under check. Ravindra Jadeja drew first blood while Shami made his first entry into the wickets column soon after.Navdeep Saini’s moment was not far away as he breached the third wicket partnership and proceeded with a yorker of his own to dismiss the well-set batsmen.Advertisement The turning period in the innings was arguably the death overs where the pair of Nicholas Pooran and Kieron Pollard added 120 runs in the final 10 overs which included 61 off the last 4 to set India a target of 316 to win the series.The hosts started the run chase on an ideal note as Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul brought up their second consecutive hundred run stand. Sharma was the first to depart with 63 to his name while KL Rahul returned back to the pavilion after scoring 77.Virat Kohli was the lone man standing as the middle order members, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant only managed single-digit scores. The skipper found an able ally in Ravindra Jadeja and converted his start into a fifty.While it seemed like the chase master would navigate the side to yet another successful chase unbeaten, Keemo Paul had other plans as he got the prized wicket with 3 more overs left.An unexpected explosive cameo from Shardul Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja’s finesse helped India cross the line and take the series as well. Virat Kohli was adjudged as the man of the match while Rohit Sharma was proclaimed as the man of the series.Read Also:Unprecedented Growth: Dale Steyn ranks the Indian pace attack as the best in test cricket at the momentIndian cricketers Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav and Deepti Sharma all retain top 10 spot in ICC T20 rankings Advertisementlast_img read more

Combat on the Coast nears

first_imgHumboldt County has been witness to its own sons Cass Bell and Tyson Miller climb the ranks from amateur to professional fighters.On Saturday night at Cher-Ae Heights Casio in Trinidad, a new crop of local amateur fighters will test themselves against the rest of the West Coast inside the octagon at Combat on the Coast.Cher-Ae Heights, in partnership with the North Coast Combat League (NCCL), will host a full night of fights Saturday. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first fight begins at 6 p.m.T …last_img

Kabelo Mabalane: a music man with a plan

first_imgKabelo Mabalane, host on Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series, is familiar with the highs and lows of success and stardomKabelo Mabalane, host on Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series, is familiar with the highs and lows of success and stardom. After recovering from a drug dependency, the former TKZee member is an artist, and sportsman, in his own right.Mabalane is no stranger to show business, having been in the spotlight since 1997 as a member of kwaito supergroup, TKZee. With high school friends Zwai Bala and Tokollo Tshabalala, Mabalane blazed a trail through South African music and revelled in his bad boy image. But after being hospitalised after drug abuse, the star slowed down, and has since become an inspiration to young South Africans.last_img

Green Aisle: How One Company Uses Social Media to Drive Business

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… For Web-based businesses, a foray into social media may seem like a no-brainer, but how can real-world, brick-and-mortar companies use the social Web to drive revenue and growth? Look no further than Green Aisle Grocery, an independently owned, organic grocery store in Philadelphia.Even before Green Aisle’s South Philadelphia storefront opened in Nov. 2009, co-founders Andrew and Adam Erace were using Facebook and Twitter were giving followers a taste of what the store would be carrying on day one as a way to build up local buzz. Today, the store has over 780 followers on Twitter and 745 Facebook fans receiving around-the-clock updates about new products, sales and in-store events.“Social media is definitely a regular part of our business,” says Adam Erace. “The speed of social media lends itself so well to our business model.” On a typical day, Green Aisle might use Facebook and Twitter to announce the arrival of fresh-picked apricots, natural almond milk and hummus, all accompanied by camera phone-snapped photos of the actual products as they come in the door. In some tweets, Green Aisle calls out to specific regulars of the store with timely updates:Hey @joymanning your fave selzter is back in stock! http://yfrog.com/jpxvbpjIn addition to product arrivals, in-store tastings and free samples are announced online, which helps drive foot traffic to the store. When something goes on sale, the store’s Twitter followers and Facebook fans are the first to know. While the real-world success of the social media initiative is not as easy to quantify as, say, page views on a website, Erace says that each day about 40% of their customers mention something they saw on Twitter or Facebook. Until recently, social media was the only form of marketing Green Aisle used. It was only after about six months of operation that it decided to purchase its first print advertisement in a local magazine covering sustainability.The success Green Aisle has enjoyed over the last seven months is substantial enough that it’s already considering opening a second store in another Philadelphia neighborhood, according to Erace.In the meantime, the owners are looking to upgrade their website to enable customers to order groceries online. “We do delivery and pick up, just via phone and email for now,” says Erace. “It works but we’d like to put a more efficient system in place.” john paul titlow Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#biz#Features Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Apple Is “Nearly Invisible” On GitHub, But Does It Matter?

first_imgTime To Panic?This isn’t to suggest that Apple needs to panic, but it may need to find ways to embrace the broader, open-source developer ecosystem without forcing that ecosystem to fit neatly into its current development community. Otherwise, it risks seeing more developers shift to Android or even HTML5, as has also been happening. In all this, GitHub traction matters. We’re not talking about some niche category of developer hacking on GitHub. As Berkholz’s Redmonk colleague James Governor opines, “GitHub is no longer just about Web Development, but rather all mainstream development.”To thrive in the next decade of mobile development, Apple may want to consider opening up a bit to open-source developers. The place to do that is GitHub. Developers that have worked within Apple’s walled garden have been paid handsomely for it. This isn’t a problem when a platform can command fealty, but that’s less and less the case with Apple.That said, Apple’s Objective-C is alone. As Berkholz suggests, “It’s increasingly obvious that only 5 languages have historically mattered on GitHub on the basis of overall share: JavaScript, Ruby, Java, PHP, and Python.” Everything else is “irrelevant today.” Ecosystems Beyond iOSIf we look at jobs posted to HackerNews, iOS and Android look roughly roughly equal at the moment. The same is true if we look at the absolute number of jobs being posted on Indeed.com:This chart looks a lot different, however, if you look at relative growth in jobs:Clearly, something has changed in mobile. Apple is not the hegemon it used to be. As a recent Evans Data survey reveals:41% of Android developers said they finish apps in one month or less, while only 36% of iOS and 34% of Windows Phone devs said they could achieve as quickly a turnaround84% of developers targeting tablets choose Android as their lead mobile platform, compared to 62% for iOSThis shows up in how much developers make on the respective platforms, with Google’s Play cutting into Apple’s App Store in a very real way, according to Distimo data: Why You Love Online Quizzes Venture capital luminary Fred Wilson believes Apple will lose its place as a top-3 tech company within 10 years because of its focus on hardware and weakness in the cloud. But Apple’s ability to connect with developers might actually be a bigger problem.See also: How Mobile Is Killing Innovation, And How Blockchain Could Save ItI know, that’s heresy. After all, as of last year Apple boasted six million developers in its iOS ecosystem and paid those mobile developers $10 billion to date, representing three times as much as has been paid out to “all other platforms combined,” according to Apple. Those are big, impressive numbers.But here’s another data point: Apple is nearly invisible on GitHub, the darling code repository of the broader developer community. With more developer activity moving to GitHub, can Apple afford to keep going it alone?What’s Trending On GitHubAt one time, the answer would have been an obvious “Yes.” Apple didn’t need to play nicely with anyone else because, well, it’s Apple. So nobody in Cupertino would’ve lost sleep over Redmonk analyst Donnie Berkholz’s observation, which said “Both [Microsoft’s] C# and [Apple’s] Objective-C are unsurprisingly almost invisible [on GitHub], because they’re both ecosystems that either don’t encourage or actively discourage open-source code.”   How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts center_img Tags:#Android#Android developers#Apple#Apple GitHub#developers#GitHub#iOS#iOS developers#Objective-C#Open Source Matt Asay 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Congress still firming up its candidates’ list in Himachal

first_imgWith just a day left for filing nominations, the Congress is yet to decide on its candidates for at least nine Assembly segments, including that of the Shimla Rural constituency from where Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s son Vikramaditya has filed his nomination papers. The party high command has also not cleared the tickets of children of some of the other senior Congress leaders in view of the opposition within the State unit to the propagation of dynastic politics.The party is also facing some resistance within its ranks to the official candidates, with groups aligned to both the CM and the PCC chief at loggerheads.On Saturday, the Chief Minister reacted to former Congress veteran-turned-BJP leader Sukh Ram’s description of him as a “master manipulator” by saying that the latter has lost his memory with age.Another octogenarian leader Vidya Stokes, who had vacated her Theog seat for the Chief Minister, suddenly fell ill on Saturday and was admitted to the Fortis Hospital in Chandigarh. Mr. Virbhadra Singh, fearing a tougher fight in this constituency, has opted to contest for the Arki Assembly seat in Solan district instead and has already filed his nomination papers from there.The Opposition BJP is also facing dissension, with reports of some rebels getting ready to file nomination papers to contests against the official party nominees, especially in seats such as Kusumpati, Shimla Rural, Solan, Arki, Banjar, Mandi, Bhoranj and Palampur.last_img read more

Perpetual erases 4th set deficit, trumps Arellano for 11th NCAA volleyball title

first_imgNCAA Season 93 men’s volleyball champions: Perpetual Help Altas. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUniversity of Perpetual Help displayed its championship poise and withstood Arellano University , 23-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-23, to claim the NCAA Season 93 men’s volleyball crown Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The two sides were locked in an epic battle for the entire match and the Altas even found themselves trailing 19-12 in the fourth set but clawed their way back and blindsided the Chiefs for their 11th title.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Perpetual scored on back-to-back blocks to take the lead at 22-21 before Ridzuan Muhali converted on a crosscourt kill to send the Altas to the 24-22 match point.Rey Taneo then put the Chiefs away with an inspired quick kill that landed squarely in the middle of Arellano’s defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I always told my players that nothing is impossible,” said Altas head coach Sammy Acaylar in Filipino. “If you don’t give up, the Lord will give this win. So when we closed the gap I knew we never gave up.”“This is my passion, I never counted my championships because this is the help I can give to the players who will be tasting their first title.” LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico View comments AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alejandro lifts Go for Gold in upset win vs CEUcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Reigning MVP and Rookie of the Year Joebert Almodiel led the Altas with 19 points while Taneo Ronniel Rosales had 11 and 10 points, respectively.Christian Dela Paz had 16 points to lead the Chiefs. Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more