Helpful tips for April – something for everyone

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Helpful tips for April 2020

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary

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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

Scams of the month:
Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are some very valueable
tips.
You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
callers.
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

For this month –
Be ware of those phone calls with an automated recording telling you that
charges were made to your credit card.
Simply hang up and then check with your credit card company.

The DHL scam!
If you receive either a phone call or an email telling you that you need to
pick up a parcel but there is no tracking number included in either the
phone call or email, then this is a scam.
Even if there is a tracking number included, take note of the phone number
and tracking number and then phone DHL to check it out.

As we continue to fight the Corona virus, here is an important tip.
It is more effective to wash hands as opposed to using wipes or wet ones.
Sometimes it may not be possible to wash hands so you can use hand
sanitizers.

What is the difference between sanitizing and disinfecting?
Sanitizing refers to the removal of germs.
Disinfecting refers to killing the germs.

What’s this about using rubbing alcohol?
It is just another way to sanitize your hands during this difficult time.

An important tip about the strength of viruses!
They weaken with length of time.
They are strongest on wooden and metal surfaces.

Some additional important tips:
• Wash your hands thoroughly (20 Seconds) with soap and warm water or use
an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap isn’t available. Please remember
washing your hand with soap and warm water is the best method.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
• Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
• Stay home from work/when you are ill
• Do not spend unnecessary time in common element facilities
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the
tissue in the garbage and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue,
sneeze or cough in your sleeve or arm.
• Stay away from large public gatherings
• Pay close attention to travel advisories if you are travelling
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your
home such as doorknobs, cellphones, keys, headphones, counters, switches, tv
remotes
• If you are sick, please keep in mind to keep your distance from the
vulnerable and elderly

About drinking soda?
O yes! It can raise the level of carbohydrates.

A good way to gage a healthy weight loss?
Experts are saying that a 5% to 9% of your body weight is a good gage.

About blood donations:
Each time you donate blood, it has a shelf life of 42 days.
That is, after you have donated your blood, it lasts for about 42 days then
it is no longer usable.

When washing shef’s nives?
Never put them into your dish washer.

About managing your cutting boards?
Use plastic cutting boards when cutting up your meat.
Wash all cutting boards with salt and lemon.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

How to deal with cloudy glassware
By Mary Hunt of Everyday Cheapskate

Dear Mary: Not long ago, you had a comment about glasses coming out of the
dishwasher with water spots and stains on them and what to do. I thought I
kept it as I do keep so many of your Everyday Cheapskate but cannot find
this one.

I’ve used Jet Dry and that isn’t helping. We have very hard water. Any
solutions would be appreciated.
Brenda

Dear Brenda: Water marks as you describe, or generally cloudy glassware, are
usually the result of the minerals in hard water, but not always.

To tell if your glasses are plagued by hard water deposits, try soaking a
glass in a pan of warm white vinegar for 5 minutes. If the cloudy deposits
disappear, then hard water is your problem. Put all of your cloudy pieces
through a white vinegar rinse to remove the minerals.

If the full-strength white vinegar does not make that glass sparkling clear,
chances are good that the mineral buildup has, over time, actually etched
the surface of the glass. In this case, there’s nothing you can do to
restore the glass which has been worn away.

Because you say you have such hard water, I’m hopeful you will be able to
restore your glassware by simply removing the minerals. Then, in the future
occasionally (monthly is good) add a cup of white vinegar to the final
dishwasher rinse to keep the glasses sparkly—and to also clean the inside of
your dishwasher from mineral buildup.

There is a product on the market, Glisten, that will soften the water to
keep hard

water stains from appearing while at the same time clean your dishwasher. I’d
give that a try as well before giving up on your beautiful glasses. Let us
know how it works out for you!

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A Dan Thompson contribution
Tips for preventing basement leakage

I am by no means a professional contractor or expert on water proofing
basements. However, we had ours done and are very pleased with the outcome.
Home owners hope to find a trustworthy company that is not just putting on a
good show to get your business. So I am providing a few ideas and resources
as well as who we chose to water proof our basement.

This year as in many places in the U.S. we got an over abundance of rain.
Yay for the new subpump and additional water proofing.

I actually had to add a plastic gutter runoff spilway at the base of the
subpump pipe that came out into our back yard hill. The soil was starting
to wash away. The addition directed water further out into the yard.

Resources for professional companies which water proof basements:

We had the GreenTree Water Proofing systems fix our basementtwo years ago.
There has been no leaks. We were able to put a new man cave down there that
I use as a recording studio and office.

Our cost was $7,500.00.

1. Greentree Waterproofing,
Inc.

www.greentreewaterproofinginc.com/

Greentree Waterproofing, Inc.

Serving Central IL since 1992

“We’re family owned and local since 1992”

Basement, Crawl Space Waterproofing Systems Foundation Repair

(Transferable life of the foundation system warranty)

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Toll Free 1-800-831-0112

Owners

We are the company for you if you’re experiencing any of the following
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Basement water seepage where the wall meets the floor (hydrostatic pressure)

Water seepage in the corners where walls meet

Scattered spider or hairline cracks allowing water to seep up through the
basement floor

Wet crawl space

Surface water entering the basement at the top of the wall

Horizontal or vertical foundation cracks in the wall

Want an emergency escape egress window/well in the basement

Sump pump installation

Need sump pump back up options should your sump pump fail

2. Basement Waterproofing Information and Estimates | Wet Basement
Contractors at Basement Systems

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Finding a responsible and trustworthy contractor is challenging, but you’ll
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Looking for a specific dealer or a Free Estimate in another state?
Call 1-800-638-7048 or

Fill out the form online at this link.

http://www.basementsystems.com/free-estimate.html

3. What to Expect with Basement Waterproofing | Angies List

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A contact us form can be filled out at this link.

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5. Comparing Popular Basement Waterproofing Methods

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6. Waterproofing Basement Walls: Costs and Options

http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/basements/water-proofing-basement/

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Tips start below from a variety of reliable sources.

1. Ensure that all downspouts discharge rainwater at least 8-10 feet
away from your foundation.

2. Ensure that soil and landscaping slopes away from the foundation to
prevent water build-up.

3. If there is excessive water between your home and your neighbour’s,
create a swale or install a french drain to channel water to the front or
back of your properties.

4. Clear window wells of any debris to assure optimal drainage.

5. Make sure that the caulking around windows and doors is in good
condition in order to prevent leaks through the building envelope.

6. Grade the soil so that at least 4 inches of the foundation is visible
above grade; this will prevent water front entering your basement from the
top of your foundation walls.

7. Tuck point cracked mortar joints in brick walls to prevent rain from
coming through the building envelope and leaking into your basement.

8. Confirm that roof and chimney flashing hasn’t separated from vertical
surfaces to prevent building envelope leaks. Caulk as required.

9. Ensure that sprinkler systems spray water away from the foundation.

10. Ensure that penetrations in the building envelope, such as those for
gas, hydro and air conditioning lines are well caulked.

If you’ve undertaken these measures and still have a problem

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Here are the DIY Basics on patching a leaky basement.

1. Check for Outside Problems

Most basement moisture is the result of water run-off problems outside your
home. Make sure that your gutters are clear, downspouts are in good working
order and that rain water is being directed “away” from your home’s
foundation.

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2. Patch cracks with two layers of cement

Repair Cracks

Once the water pressure has been removed from your home’s foundation, you
can seal it from the inside using a hydraulic cement.

If you have cracks in your basement that are allowing water to seep through,
use a hammer and chisel to open them up. Undercut the crack by making the
inside of the opening wider than it is at the surface so as the concrete
hardens and expands, it will become locked. Once the crack has been opened,
clean the area with water and a stiff brush. Now mix a small batch of
hydraulic cement according to the instructions, and — with gloves on —
roll the cement into a ball.

Dampen the area to be patched and press the cement into the crack to within
1/2″ of the surface. Allow the first layer to dry, and then apply a second
layer to match the surface you’re repairing.

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3. patching a leaky basement

Use Water-Proofing Paint

Once all the foundation cracks are repaired, apply a water-proofing paint to
seal out the moisture.

*A few more Ideas to prevent leaking:

Step 1

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Do a Leakage Test

The first step in drying out a wet, leaky basement is to find the source of
the moisture. This simple test, using plastic wrap and masking tape, will
help determine whether wetness is coming from inside or outside the
foundation.

Tape the plastic wrap tightly to a discolored area of the foundation. If the
moisture is outside the plastic, there is moisture coming from inside the
basement.

Probably the easiest way to get rid of moisture in a basement is a
dehumidifier.

If the wetness is on the inside of the plastic, you may have a case of the
“killer Gs”: gutter and grading problems.

Routinely check the condition of the gutters. Keep them clear of debris and
add gutter extensions to the downspouts.

Step 2

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Check Gutters and Grading

For grading, make sure water is properly diverted away from the foundation
of the house.

To add an extension to a gutter, first stretch the extension to a length of
4′-5′ (enough to draw the water away from the house). The corrugated-plastic
pipe, though sturdy and rigid, does pull apart with a little effort. Shape
the extension pipe into a 90-degree angle; then slide it over the bottom
Remember always to aim the extension away from the foundation. end of the
downspout Secure the extension in place by inserting sheet-metal screws
into the downspout

Remember always to aim the extension away from the foundation.

For those neededing a little visual guidance, there are visual images
available at this link.

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/rooms-and-spaces/basement/how-to-prevent-a-
leaking-basement

*Repair a Hairline Crack

1. To repair a hairline crack use a hammer and a chisel to open up
the area.

To repair a hairline crack use a hammer and a chisel to open up the area (

2. Start at the top and work toward the bottom, chipping a 1/2″-3/4″
groove (don’t go any deeper than 3/4″ or there is a risk of completely
cracking the cinderblock).

3. Use a chisel to remove any loose concrete or debris that may clog
up the crack. A stiff-bristled brush will help dislodge any smaller pieces
still in the groove.

Mix and Apply the Cement

Wet down the crack’s surface with a spray bottle. Wearing safety gloves and
working quickly, dump a small portion of hydraulic cement into a bucket, add
the water and begin mixing by hand. The texture should be similar to cake
batter, so add water and hydraulic cement as needed. Once the right
consistency is achieved, grab a handful and work it around in your hand,
shaping it into a ball.

Begin to push the hydraulic cement into the open crack.

Quickly use a trowel to slice away the excess cement before it cures. Any
remaining flakes of cement can be removed with the brush.

* Assess the Costs

Costs for repairing a wet, leaky basement begin around $15 or $20. This will
cover the cost of gutter extensions, splash guards and leaf covers. All are
fairly easy to install and should take no more than a few hours to do so.

Medium repair work, such as fixing a hairline crack will cost around $50
and take about half a day to complete.

Serious structural damage to the foundation (Image 2), which can run more
than a thousand dollars, should always be done by a professional. If
structural damage is found, get several estimates before beginning any work.

Take preventive measures such as applying cement paint; a stiff brush will
be needed to apply the paint to cinderblocks. Dip the brush in the paint and
apply generously to the cinderblocks.

A stronger preventive measure, cement coating, will actually create a
chemical reaction that will bond with the wall. Mix up the cement coating
with water until smooth and apply with a very strong brush directly onto
cinderblocks.

A condensate pump can be installed to the dehumidifier’s hose connection so
that instead of going into the bucket, the water will drain into the
condensate pump. Hook up a hose to the condensate pump’s drain line to pump
the unwanted water up out of the basement.

There are visual images at the link below demonstrating how the tasks are
undertaken.

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/rooms-and-spaces/basement/how-to-prevent-a-
leaking-basement

*How to Install a Sump Pump | how-tos | DIY

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/skills-and-know-how/plumbing/how-to-install
-a-sump-pump

· Start to Finish

½ Day

· Tools

* drill bits
* electric drill
* hammer
* pipe cutter

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· Materials

* pressurized fittings
* wire ties
* gravel
* PVC pipe
* corrugated pipe
* cement
* sump pump
* check valve
* J hooks
* increaser
* silicone sealant
* fittings

Step 1

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find location where water collects

Find a Location

The first step to installing a sump pump is to find a location where the
water collects. This location needs to be near a GFCI (Ground Fault
Interrupter Outlet, pictured) for the sump pump to be plugged into. If you
don’t have a plug near the site, have a certified electrician install one.

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Step 2

dig a hole for the sump

Dig a Hole for the Sump

Dig a hole six inches deeper and 10 inches wider than the sump. Place three
inches of gravel in the bottom of the hole. Place the sump into the hole.

Step 3

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Add More Gravel

Stand in the sump, then pour more gravel around the sump leaving one or two
inches at the top of the sump exposed. it’s now time to prepare the pump for
operation.

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attach the adapters

Attach the Adapters

Glue the male adapter to the PVC discharge pipe, then place into the female
adapter on the pump. Using a 1/4 inch drill, make a hole into the discharge
pipe six inches above the pump. This is called a weep hole, which allows
water to flow back into the pump when it’s turned off to keep it primed.

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Install a Check Valve

Attach the pumps electrical cord to the discharge pipe using wire ties.
Install a check valve on the open end of the discharge pipe. Place the pump
into the sump and prepare to run the water out of the house. Make sure you
use a check valve that is made for vertical operation.

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channel water from pump and away from house

Channel Water Away From the House

Use pressurized fittings and 1 1/2 inch PVC to channel water from the pump
and away from the house.

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run PVC through wall

Run PVC Through the Wall

Install ‘J’ hooks to hang the PVC from the joists. Make a hole through the
outside wall to run the PVC out. If you need to make a hole through a block
wall, use a hammer to make the hole. Use a rotary hammer to break through
brick.

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apply silicone sealant into hole

Apply Sealant to the Hole

Apply silicone sealant into the hole where the pipe comes out of the house.
Complete the connections in order to run the water at least four feet away
from the house.

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attach increaser on end of pipe

Spread Out the Water Flow

Attach a 1 1/2 inch by three inch increaser on the end of the pipe to spread
out the water flow. Next, attach corrugated pipe to the PVC pipe. This will
dispense the water even more.

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place cover over sump

Cover the Sump

For visual demonstrations of each step in this process, visit this link.

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/skills-and-know-how/plumbing/how-to-install
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* 5 Ways to Prevent a Basement Leak | DoItYourself.com

http://www.doityourself.com/stry/5-ways-to-prevent-a-basement-leak

A basement leak can be a serious problem. Water leaking into your basement
is not only a waste and causes superficial damage, but it can also lower
your property value, damage your home’s structure, and even pose a health
risk.

Because of the many negative consequences of basement leaks, it is best to
prevent them rather than repair them. While it is not possible to plan for
every accident, taking reasonable steps to avoid basement leaks is a task
that any careful person can accomplish. The following list should give you
an idea of how to take action now to prevent a basement leak in the future.

1. Observe Carefully

Basements are vulnerable to some specific problems. By observing things that
can leak and noticing potential problems before they turn into full blown
leaks, you can save yourself a lot of trouble.

Washing machines can develop leaks either from age or improper maintenance.
By observing your washing machine’s hoses, you can see their condition. If
they are in poor condition, the chance of a basement leak increases
greatly.

When examining your washing machine’s hoses, check for all kinds of damage.
Any cracks or other signs of stress can turn into leaks if left alone.
Replace your hoses if there is a problem.

In addition, though they do last for many years, water heaters can also
develop leaks. Rust and moisture are strong signs that a leak may spring
soon.

2. Watch for Warning Signs

Although you may be careful, it is not always possible to avoid every
accident. Catching leaks early is preferable to catching them late;
therefore, watching for warning signs of a leak is a good idea. If you hear
water running when you are not using any, you may have a leak. Discolored,
damp, or damaged walls, floors, and ceilings can be warning signs that you
already have a leak.

3. Sump Pump

Sump pumps can fall into disrepair, allowing water to flood the basement.
While you cannot prevent all problems, testing your sump pump before the
wet season begins is a good way to avoid a leak. Installing a backup is
also a good idea.

4. Automatic Shutoff Valves

If you have a leak, it can cause a great deal of damage before you catch it.
Automatic shutoff valves are a solution to this serious problem. Once
installed, an automatic shutoff valve will search for leaks and close your
pipes to prevent water damage. While it does not prevent all damage from
occurring (especially to your pipes), it can greatly reduce the problems
caused by 5. broken or cracked pipes.

Caulking

Sometimes your basement may have a small leak that is supplied by moisture
from the outside. While waterproofing your basement is usually a difficult
task, it will often be possible to fix small cracks by filling them with
caulk. It is possible to do so easily with a minimal amount of equipment
and effort.

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From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
Paying the cab driver with either your credit card or debit card

This is probably one of the most uncertain types of transactions for a
vision impaired person while on a trip and why?
Because you are at the whim and fancy of the cab driver.

First, you need to depend on someone that you do not know to assist you and
you have no way of knowing whether or not they are watching as you enter
your pin number and whether or not they have just captured your pin number.

Next, the same goes for your card number.
When you insert your credit card or debit card, you cannot tell if the cab
driver is taking note of your number either on the screen or as it is being
inserted into the machine.
Then here comes the tip and you probably need to depend on the cab driver to
input this for you.

Then you need to depend on the cab driver to show you where to sign and
while they are doing this, you have no idea as to whether or not they are
taking note of your info.

Then finally if you ask them for a receipt; you are again at their whim and
fancy and you hope and pray that they enter the right amount on your
receipt.

What to do?
If you decide to use your credit card then you need to check as soon as
possible to make sure that this transaction is correct. Either through
phone banking or by visiting your nearest branch. The same for when you use
your debit card.

Phone banking is the most convenient and the customer service reps are
extremely helpful.

Suggestion: if you are able to, probably best to take enough cash along to
cover your cab fare.
Another suggestion: Set up an account with a regular cab company.

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A review of the Pearson Airport in Toronto – strides are being made

A review of the Pearson Airport in Toronto
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
This is Canada’s largest airport and it is indeed a sprawling one with
terminals 1 and 3 at your beck and call.
It has and continues to grow exponentially and services for persons with
special needs continue to evolve.
The reaction is mixed when it comes to how Airport staff meets the needs and
requirements for persons with special needs.
If you want to ensure that you receive what you require then you need to
phone ahead to book your assistance.
Your airline should be able to provide you with this number.
It should be noted that the Greater Toronto Airport Authority has been
making stupendous efforts to improve special needs services and they should
be commended for this.

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance –
Assistance for passengers with special needs – 3.5

Remarks :
Staff at the airport continue to learn how to better communicate with
passengers with special needs.
More curb side assistance is needed.
Kiosks need to be made more accessible especially so to persons who are
blind and vision impaired.
More knowledge of relieving areas for service animals needs to be better
communicated.

About security staff:
There needs to be a continuing effort to improve communication between staff
and passengers with special needs.

Any suggestions?
As stated above, for curb side assistance, continued attention to check in
counters, and at security.

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Making cooking accessible – how to attract some very hidden students

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
Making cooking more accessible
Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these
thoughts.
You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and
external costs and here’s how.

There is a ready market out there that you can definitely tap into and I am
referring to those who are seniors and those with a disability.

When it comes to making cooking more accessible, then it is time to think
about the following:
Making pots and pans lighter so that they can be more easily handled and
manipulated.
Making their handles easier to grip and hold.
Making dishes and containers easier to handle, grip, and hold.
Making pots and pans, dishes and containers in colours that are easy to see
and distinguish.
Making kettles that are lighter and with handles that are easier to grip and
hold.
Making utensils with handles that are easier to grip and hold.
The same for measuring cups and all utility cups.
Making them all in manageable sizes.
Making kitchen towels in colours that are easy to distinguish.

This should be a good start to get you on the right track.

Take it from me! I have been an accessibility awareness consultant and
advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their
revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer markets!

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Keep up with the latest news from Apple – apps for your review

Welcome to the February 2020 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
series
which aims to highlight what’s new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website.
Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis by
members of the community – from new app entries, to app updates, to the
latest
news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections of this post
are
at
heading level 3, and each individual item is at heading level 4.
…. New and Noteworthy App Entries

1. ?Microsoft Office (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
The Office app combines the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps you know and
> rely on with new capabilities that harness the unique strengths of a phone
> to
create a simpler, yet more powerful Office experience on the go.
Whether using it for personal or professional reasons, the Office app is
designed to be your go-to app for getting work done on a mobile device.

Current Version: 2.34.1 (February 22, 2020)

Read? ?Microsoft Office’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/microsoft-office
Visit? ?Microsoft Office’s App Store page [3]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-office/id541164041

2. MusicToRingtone (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Super easy and slick ringtone maker!
Make ringtones from your iTunes library, audio or videos files.

Current Version: 1.5.6 (February 21, 2020)
Read? MusicToRingtone’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/entertainment/musictoringtone
Visit? MusicToRingtone’s App Store page [5]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/musictoringtone/id1490766352

3. 1Timer – Voice Interval Timer (iOS/iPadOS, US$1.99)
This app provides timers with voice reminders at a frequency of your choice.
USEFUL

You will be pleasantly surprised by how useful the app is in many scenarios.
Here is an incomplete list of possible use cases.
* Workout – we have you covered whether it simple workout or complex
workout routines.
* Habits – shape up some time-bounded habits.
* Kids – give your kids a disciplinary countdown.
* Be on time – get reminders before it’s too late.
* Routines – perform daily time-bound routines.
* Exams/tests – be informed before the time’s up.
* And many more…
CUSTOMIZABLE
* You can have a per-second voice countdown for the last 15 seconds.
* You can have a timer that reminds you every 5 seconds for the last minute,
and every minute otherwise.
* The combinations of configurations are countless.
* You can choose the reminder language from 30+ languages.
* You can choose the reminder speed.
* You can even choose from different voices.
* You can also customize what the timer reminders are.
* You can set up advanced timers, each with different configurations.
* You can even chain timers together to build a powerful reminder system
that you can find nowhere else.
> THOUGHTFUL
* The app provides single-tap access to timers, without any setup.
* The app has no ads or in-app purchases.
* The app is very small, so it doesn’t waste your precious storage space.
* The app is super fast, so it’s available the second you need it.
* The app provides a widget for even easier access.
* The app fully works even if the screen is locked.
* The app fully support VoiceOver.
POPULAR
Just read the reviews to see how much our users love the app!

Current Version: 8.0.2 (February 22, 2020)
Read? 1Timer – Voice Interval Timer’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/1timer-voice-interval-timer
information [6]?
Visit? 1Timer – Voice Interval Timer’s App Store page [7]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/voice-countdown-timer/id1357874791

4. ?Unread 2 (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Rediscover the joy of reading your favorite writers with Unread, an RSS
reader. Unread provides a clean and beautiful reading environment. Unread is
designed for comfort. You can move anywhere in the app with a sweep of your
thumb without having to reposition your hand. Unread’s stacked navigation
was built from scratch to be the most comfortable interface you’ve ever
used. Flick left-to-right to go back from anywhere on the screen. Tug any
screen right-to-left to show options for that screen.
Features include:
* COLOR THEMES: Unread provides twelve different color themes. Choose one
theme for light mode and another for dark mode.
* AUTOMATIC WEBPAGE TEXT: For feeds that contain only article summaries,
Unread can display the full article text from the webpage. You can switch
between feed text and webpage text for any article. You can make webpage
text the default for individual feeds. Unread will even analyze your feeds
and default to webpage text for those that contain only article summaries.
* SYNCING: Unread syncs with your Feed Wrangler, Feedbin, Feedly, Fever,
Inoreader, or NewsBlur account.
* CACHING: Unread caches webpage text and images for instant loading and
offline access. (Subscription required.)
* HARDWARE KEYBOARD SUPPORT: Unread’s keyboard navigation capabilities and
keyboard shortcuts make it a joy to use on an iPad with a hardware
keyboard.
* READ-LATER SERVICES: Unread provides native support for saving articles to
instapaper, Pocket, and Safari Reading List.
* MULTIPLE WINDOWS: Look at two articles side-by-side, or browse an article
list while keeping an article open.
* SUBSCRIPTION MANAGEMENT: Unsubscribe from feeds, subscribe to new feeds,
and reorganize feed subscriptions.
* FOOTNOTE POPOVERS: Unread provides convenient popovers for reading
footnotes.
* ACCESSIBILITY: Unread has 100% VoiceOver coverage. Every screen and every
feature is available to users with vision impairments. Actions on articles
can be quickly triggered using actions on the accessibility rotor.

Current Version: 2.0 (February 27, 2020)
Read? ?Unread 2’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [8]?
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/news/unread-2
Visit? ?Unread 2’s App Store page [9]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/unread-2/id1363637349

All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
iOS/iPadOS [10]
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory

Mac [11]
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory

Apple Watch [12]
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_watch_app_directory

Apple TV [13]
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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Helpful tips for March 2020 – bits and bytes for everyone

Hello there and welcome to our monthly feature of all kinds of tips.
We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our monthly feature of a
plethora of tips that cover a wide range of topics.
All of our tips are designed to help you save time, cut down on your
research, and help you get ahead.
So go ahead and read on.
This week we bring you our monthly tips.
It’s what we do for a living! We help you to help yourself!
Enjoy!
From the business desk team at http://www.sterlingcreations.com.
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld

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Helpful tips for March 2020

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary

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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
callers.
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

Scams of the month:
Well, we are now into income tax preparation season and here are some things
to be aware of.
Phone calls and emails telling you that you owe revenue agencies money or
that revenue agencies would like to contact you should all be ignored.
If you receive a phone call telling you that your credit card has been
charged and you know that the charges being referred to are not what you
know about then first check with your credit card company.
Do not be tempted to speak to anyone on this phone call.

About the Corona virus:
With this nasty disease/virus sweeping the world right now, you need to take
your precautions.
Wash hands each time you return from outdoors.
If you have flu like symptoms and have traveled to China recently or have
been in contact with someone who has either traveled to China recently or
has returned from China recently, then contact your nearest emergency
facility and stay at home.
You may want to seriously consider postponing or rescheduling your trip to
China be it a cruise or a visit.
Masks do not always help to protect you from germs.
Some masks are unable to prevent germs from invading your privacy.
Walk with your wet wipes and wet ones!

Speaking of wet wipes and wet ones:
Always keep them covered in order to have them stay nice and damp and moist.

About tomatoes?
They along with bananas contain a high level of potassium.

Another way to cook potatoes?
Place potato under the tap and make sure that it is wet all over.
Next, take a kitchen knife and make tiny holes all over the potato.
Next, rub oil all over the potato.
Then, place potato in a dish, place in microwave, and cook for about 6 and a
half minutes.
This is for large potatoes.
Cooking potatoes are preferable to be used here.

About sweet potatoes:
They are loaded with all kinds of great nutrients.
They are even better than your ordinary potatoes.

Want to sleep a bit better at night?
A glass of warm milk with a wee bit of brandy thrown in for good measure can
do the trick for you.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

How to Make Ugly Soap Scum, Mildew and Water Marks Disappear Like Magic

Everyday Cheapskate
on behalf
of Everyday Cheapskate

We recently remodeled our kitchen with stainless appliances. We
have treated well water. The very first week we had a large water
stain in water dispenser area that I can’t get off. It looks terrible! Is
there anyway to remove it? Help! Pat

How do you remove hard water spots from shower doors? Diane

My shower mat has turned almost black. I have tried to clean it, but
unsuccessfully. Can you help me? Ronnie

Quite possibly one of the best tips to ever land my mailbox came from a guy
who is a professional property manager. He handles rental apartments, and
lots of them. As an apartment is vacated, his job is to see that it is
thoroughly cleaned and made ready for the next occupants.

He told me that the biggest challenge is always the bathroom, specifically
the tub and shower. He kindly left specific details up to my imagination but
let me know that “gross” is not strong enough to describe what he often
finds. And that’s when
he gave me his super magical potion-the only product he uses to return
showers, tubs, tile, enclosures, faucets and doors to their sparkling clean
and sanitized condition.

I gave his unbelievably simple recipe a try. In what has to be at least 20
years since I got that letter, I’ve used nothing else to clean tubs,
showers, sinks, toilets, patio furniture-just about anything that will stand
still long enough to get sprayed, and can be rinsed easily. This product
must be rinsed off.

To make your own Tub, Tile and Shower Cleaner you will need three things:
An empty spray bottle, Dawn dishwashing liquid (any variation as long as it
is Dawn and it is blue) and white vinegar.

TO MAKE: Pour one cup blue Dawn into a 32-ounce spray bottle (1/2 cup Dawn
if you are using a 16-ounce bottle). Fill the bottle to with white vinegar.
Apply sprayer top; shake gently to mix.

To Use: Spray liberally on the area to be cleaned. Allow to sit from 30
minutes up to overnight, depending on the severity of the problem. All ofthe
offensive gunk and grime will break down and become soft and gooey.
Simply rinse it away. For especially challenging situations-or if this is
the initial treatment-use a sponge or brush to gently scrub the surfaces
before rinsing.

TO TREAT MILDEW, MOLD. While the Tub, Tile and Shower Cleaner works to
loosen and remove most mildew, if you see a lot of black growth you will
want to pretreat with full strength liquid chlorine bleach before proceeding
as above.

CAUTION: Never, ever allow chlorine bleach to come in contact with other
products, especially vinegar. This could produce chlorine gas, which is
deadly.

Don’t panic. Simply make sure you rinse the chlorine bleach away completely
before proceeding to clean with the homemade tub and tile cleaner.

TO MAINTAIN: Here’s the best thing about this cleaner-if you use it weekly
you will never have to scrub again. Here’s what I do: Once a week as I
shower, I spray down the walls, doors, tracks, faucets, shampoo
caddy-everything within reach with this magical cleaner. Before I step out,
I use the handheld sprayer to rinse it all away. No scrubbing required. It
dries sparkling clean without using a squeegee,
or wiping down with a towel. And not a water mark to be seen. Simply
brilliant!

I use this stuff in the kitchen, too-on my appliances, stainless steel sink
and faucets (never on the granite counter tops), but only where it can be
rinsed away.

That means I don’t spray it on the floor or into the air. That would create
a slippery, soapy mess.

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How to make Shrimp Sauce
By Mary Hunt of Everyday Cheapskate

Dear Mary: Recently you gave us some fantastic recipes to make our own
sauces at home (It’s All About That Sauce!) But you missed one! How aboutthe
Shrimp
Sauce that only Japanese restaurants seem to have. Got a recipe for that?

Matthew

Dear Matthew: You’ve put me through my paces since receiving your message.
And I have good news! I found it—Shrimp Sauce just about as close as you can
get at home. When you try this, let me know how it rates as compared to the
sauce in your favorite restaurant.

Shrimp Sauce

2 cups mayonnaise

1/2 cup water

1 teaspoon granulated white sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon garlic juice

4 teaspoons ketchup

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon hot sauce

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon paprika

3/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

Place all ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk together. Allow to sit in
refrigerator for a few hours before serving.

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
Giving a tip at the restaurant

Over the years things have changed somewhat when it comes to how one gives a
tip at the restaurant. There used to be a time when one could give cash as
their tip but now this has changed drastically to include being able to give
it as part of one’s credit card payment or debit card payment.

Fine and well but this has also changed to include you having a choice to
give either a 10% or 15% tip or even something else. In addition, you could
pay with your credit card and give a tip in cash.

Now we find ourselves with yet another choice. This being that you can
choose to give a tip on top of a tip as more restaurants are now including a
10% tip on top of their bill when they bring it to your table.

We must not forget that one can also use their debit card when paying their
bill and include a tip either from their account or a cash tip.

Choices, choices!

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me, visit
http://www.donnajodhan.com

On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio
mysteries. Take them with you wherever you go!
In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!
Affordable, portable, (computer or i device) and you could either purchase
or Subscribe for unlimited access to my library at
www.donnajodhan.com/store.html
and you can now take advantage of our free downloads here.

Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan
And like me on Facebook at
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How to go about making a working without looking course accessible

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
How to go about making a working without looking course accessible

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these
thoughts.
You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and
external costs and here’s how.

Take it from me! I have been an accessibility awareness consultant and
advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their
revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer markets!

First off, I have given careful consideration to course of this type and I
truly believe that a course such as this can benefit the following types of
persons.
Busy professionals,
busy moms,
those who are blind and vision impaired,
and it can also be used to help improve techniques for everyone.

The trick here is to make this course available in the most accessible
manner and here are my suggestions.
In electronic formats that are readable; Word, Text, RTF, HTML, and
accessible PDF.

It could also be made available in audible format but this may not be as
affective and of course there is large print and regular print formats.

This course is aimed at helping to make tasks easier around the house and
here is a sample of items that are included.
Chapter 1 –
Welcome to your kitchen
Appliances, counters, cupboards, and pantry.

Chapter two –
Familiarizing yourself with your bathroom facilities
Medicine cabinet and more.

Chapter three –
Communicating with your main closets
Clothes, coat, and more.

Chapter four –
A look at your laundry room
Sorting and washing your clothes and more.

Chapter five –
More cabinets to communicate with
China and crystal, liquor, and more.

Chapter six –
Solving the dilemma of your drawers
Your dresser, night table, and more.

Chapter seven –
Dealing with your bedroom
How to arrange your furniture in a manageable fashion.

Chapter eight –
Working in your home office
Some basic tips for arranging.

Chapter nine –
Protecting your important documents
Legal, financial, and more.

Chapter 10 –
Your lawyer, accountant, and banker
How and where to find them.

Chapter 11 –
Tips for going shopping
At the supermarket, store, and more.

Chapter 12 –
Online shopping and online banking
Some tips for using websites.

Chapter 13 –
Using shapes and labels to help identify
Keyboards and keypads, tins and cans, jars and boxes.

Chapter 14 –
Introducing some useful gadgets and devices
To help make things easier for you.

Chapter 15 –
Miscellaneous
Additional tips.

Want to learn more? then please contact me at info@sterlingcreations.ca

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Welcome to the Apple Viz newsletter – Jan 2020

Welcome to the January 2020 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
newsletter which aims to highlight what’s new and noteworthy on the AppleVis
website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content posted to
AppleVis
by members of the community – from new app entries, to app updates, to the
latest news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections of this
post
are at heading level 3, and each individual item is at heading level 4.

… New and Noteworthy App Entries

1. Audio Rush (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Discover the thrilling gameplay. Audio Rush introduces a completely new view
on how games accessible for blind and visually impaired users should look
like.

The task is simple – get as many points as you can and do not crash into any
obstacle.

To move left? Or right? It can be easily determined by two divergent tones.

Features:

* Three difficulties
* Obstacle visibility switch
* Game Center support
* VoiceOver support
* Gradual speed increasing
* Two-finger tap gesture anywhere on the screen to pause the game
* Big pulsing visual score indicator
* Gradual background colour changing for visual representing approaching
obstacles

Current Version: 1.1 (January 29, 2020)
Read? Audio Rush’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [2]?
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/audio-rush
Visit? Audio Rush’s App Store page [3]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/audio-rush/id1492160110

2. Convert Audio (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Convert Audio allows you to convert almost all known audio formats to the
Below mentioned formats! Convert existing audio files or video files with
audio! And after the conversion you can use multiple ways of sharing them!
How can we convert almost every file on your phone? Well, the converting can
be accomplished by uploading your file to the cloud where it will be
converted
and downloaded back to your phone (and deleted from our servers). This all
occurs really fast and while the converting is being done you can just
continue using your phone.
However, the latest release also support offline conversions so no internet
connection is required.
Convert to AAC, AIFF, FLAC, M4A, MMF, MP3, OGG, OPUS, WAV or WMA.
For example, convert wav to mp3! Or ogg to mp3, etc!
Features:
* Over 500 source formats are supported
* Use the ‘Open with’ option to load files
* Use the image gallery to load an image or take one using the camera (or
video)
* Send the created file by email
You can change:
* Bitrate
* Frequency
* Channels (mono, stereo)
* Normalize
* Trim to a specific part of the audio
* Change the speed
* Reverse
* And more!

Current Version: 8.1.12 (December 17, 2019)
Read? Convert Audio’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [4]?
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/convert-audio
Visit? Convert Audio’s App Store page [5]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/convert-audio/id491800073

3. Dynamo (macOS, US$0.99)
Dynamo lets you designate four unique hotkeys on your keyboard, one of which
skips video ads on any website you visit, and the other three allow you to
change the flow of any online video, whether you watch news, vlogs or
interviews, tutorials, lectures.
IN A NUTSHELL:
* Video flow controller for Safari
* Allows you to skip video ads
* Lets you customise the hotkeys
* Works on all your favourite websites
* Never collects any personal data

Current Version: 1.8.0 (January 23, 2020)
Read? Dynamo’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [6]?
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/entertainment/dynamo
Visit? Dynamo’s App Store page [7]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dynamo/id1445910651?mt=12

4. Evelyn’s farm (iOS/iPadOS, US$1.99)
To save money for college, you and your friends Ivan and Lucy have agreed to
help an old lady, Evelyn, with the harvest. What could possibly go wrong?
Evelyn’s Farm is a new adventure from the creator of Nano Empire, Friends
of
the Prince, and A Few Minutes of Glory.
Features:
/A nonlinear story with many possible endings
/Incremental resource management as in Nano Empire
/Gradually explore a vast world
/Idle gameplay: make progress even while you are away
/Fully accessible with VoiceOver
/Pay once to own the entire game, forever

Current Version: 1.1 (January 18, 2020)
Read? Evelyn’s farm’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
[8]?
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/evelyns-farm
Visit? Evelyn’s farm’s App Store page [9]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/evelyns-farm/id1490259856

All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
iOS/iPadOS [10]
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac [11]
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch [12]
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_watch_app_directory
Apple TV [13]
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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Helpful tips for February – a bit of something for everyone

Hello there and welcome to our monthly feature of all kinds of tips.
We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our monthly feature of a
plethora of tips that cover a wide range of topics.
All of our tips are designed to help you save time, cut down on your
research, and help you get ahead.
So go ahead and read on.
This week we bring you our monthly tips.
It’s what we do for a living! We help you to help yourself!
Enjoy!
From the business desk team at http://www.sterlingcreations.com.
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld

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Helpful tips for February 2020

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary

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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

About scams:
How can you tell that a phone call is probably a scam?
Well, here are some hints.
If the call is an automated one then it is probably a scam.
If when you answer your phone there is a few seconds of no one at the end of
the line then it is probably a scammer trying to tempt you.
If you are having problems hearing the caller because they are either long
distance or have a very thick non English accent, then it is probably a
scam.

What is probably one of the worst days to visit your doctor, dentist, or
lab?
Probably on Mondays.
This appears to be one of the busiest for doctors, hospitals, and dentists!

One way to keep your sandwiches moist and fresh before serving them:
Place a damp towel over them.
This keeps them fresh and stops them from drying out.

Well, here is a very important tip for you when next making a purchase in a
foreign country.
Be sure to check to ensure that your credit card is being charged in the
correct currency.
Once you authorize your transaction and if it is not charged in the correct
currency chances of you being able to redeem the right amount are extremely
difficult.

Having problems finding a reliable way to keep sending and receiving your
emails?
Then check out either a gmail or outlook user account.
These appear to be the top ways to ensure that you can keep sending and
receiving.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

A dan Thompson contribution

Five Sounds You can Not Hear
Think you have perfect hearing? There are still plenty of sounds in the
world that you can’t detect. The low range of human hearing starts around 20
hertz, and tops out at about 20,000 [
By contrast, bats can hear ultrasonic sounds with frequencies up to 110,000
hertz . Other animals, like elephants, hear sounds many times lower
than those a human can perceive. And as people age, their hearing gets even
worse, eliminating even more sounds from the range of audible
noises. Here are just a few sounds most people are missing out on:
1. Sounds for young people
As humans age, their hearing changes. Age-related hearing loss, called
presbycusis, means that older people can’t hear some high-pitched
sounds they would have heard in their youth. Most people over the age of 18
cannot hear the 17,400 hertz tone in the video above.
2. Music designed for cats
In 2014, activists from Pussy Riot rigged an electric piano to play music
designed specifically for cats. Cats possess ultrasonic hearing, meaning
they can hear a much wider frequency of sounds than humans (or most
other mammals, for that matter) can Although people could hear portions of
the concerto
Pussy Riot
staged to protest Internet censorship,
http://mentalfloss.com/article/52633/why-these-11-bands-wear-masks
the melody is a whole lot more complex from the feline point of view. For
what it’s worth, the cats seemed to enjoy it. Research has shown that cats
are pretty into feline-specific tunes, in general. (We have some
video
evidence
) found at the next link,
http://mentalfloss.com/article/64572/5-sounds-you-probably-cant-hear
3. A dog-specific Beatles’ song
In the Beatles’ song “A Day in the Life,” the band included a whistling
noise at a frequency of 15,000 hertz right after the last chord of the song,
designed to be heard by canine Beatles fans. “We’d talk for hours about
these frequencies below the sub that you couldn’t really hear and the high
frequencies that only dogs could hear. We put a sound on Sgt. Pepper that
only dogs could hear,” Paul McCartney told the BBC in 2013. (The
sound starts just after the 5-minute mark.)
4. Ultrasonic finger friction
When you gently rub your thumb and index finger together, the friction
creates an ultrasonic signal
When you gently rub your thumb and index finger together, the friction
creates an ultrasonic signal The action is a useful way to test out the
function of a
bat detector
, which converts ultrasonic sound from bat
echolocation into noise humans can hear. In the book
Insects Through the Seasons
,
Find at this link to buy:
https://books.google.com/books?
id=UGjtXW4eoNkC&pg=PA131&lpg=PA131&dq=bat+echolocation+finger+rub&source=bl&ots=l8ltkkkVnP&sig=dspvQjHg4G4guXmCspHavXpJVt0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6K5sVfD6F8e1sASL7oJQ&ved=0CEoQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=roeder&f=false
entomologist Gilbert Waldbauer writes that pet bats can be trained to
respond to the sound, and fly toward it.
5. Infrasonic elephant calls
distances of more than a mile.
Listen to an example of these elephant rumbles from the
Elephant Listening Project
.
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/elephant/cyclotis/language/infrasound.html
See Also: “Nine strange sounds No One can Explain.”
http://mentalfloss.com/article/62731/9-strange-sounds-no-one-can-explain

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In a Pinch You Can Use This for That

Everyday Cheapskate

Have you ever discovered you’re all out of a certain ingredient just when
you’re in the middle of preparing a recipe? I hate when that happens. And I
know myself well enough that I don’t want to run to the store. For me an
unscheduled trip like that could easily cost $40, maybe more. That’s just
how impulsive I can be. I’ve learned that when I’m in a pinch- I need a
pinch-hitter!

NEED AN EGG: Combine two tablespoons of water, two tablespoons of flour and
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.

Thicken gravy: If you’re out of flour, you can substitute pancake mix up to
three tablespoons. It works well, just don’t go over three tablespoons or
your guests will be looking for the maple syrup.

breadcrumbs: Crumble 1/2 slice of bread and mix 1/4 cup broken crackers to
substitute.

Baking powder: For each teaspoon of baking powder, substitute:
1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar, and 1/4 teaspoon
cornstarch

NO BUTTERMILK: Combine one cup of fresh milk and one tablespoon vinegar.

HEAVY CREAM; You can make the equivalent of 1 cup heavy cream by whisking
together 3/4 cup milk and 1/3 cup soft butter or margarine (for use in
cooking or baking).

HONEY: Mix 1 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup liquid (use the same type of liquid
called for in the recipe).

PLAIN YOGURT: Cottage cheese blended until smooth makes an excellent cup-
for-cup substitute for plain yogurt.

SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK: To make the equivalent of a 14-ounce can,
pour 1/2 cup of boiling water into a blender; add 1 cup nonfat dry milk, 2/3
cup sugar, 3 tablespoons melted butter, and a few drops of vanilla extract.
Cover and blend on high speed for 30 seconds or until smooth. Use
immediately or store in the refrigerator in a covered container.

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: Semi-sweet chocolate chips can be substituted with nine
tablespoons cocoa, seven tablespoons of sugar and three tablespoons of
butter
(this makes the equivalent of six ounces chocolate chips.

BROWN SUGAR: Brown sugar can be replaced with one cup of white sugar and one
to two tablespoons of molasses, mixed. Hint: This is so much better than
commercial brown sugar, you’ll be tempted to make a permanent switch.

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE: I don’t know how often, if ever, you’ve discovered you are
fresh out of chocolate mousse. But you can never be too careful about this
kind of thing. So that you are prepared for an unscheduled chocolate fix,
learn this substitute: Stir sifted cocoa powder into any a tub of any
variety Cool Whip. Now taste. Unbelievable, huh?

WHITE COOKING WINE: 1/3 cup white grape juice plus 1 tablespoon rice
vinegar*

RED COOKING WINE: 1 cup grape juice, 1 tablespoon strong tea, 1 tablespoon
rice vinegar*
*Not rice wine vinegar

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
An unexpected challenge at a hotel

As a regular traveler I often have the pleasure of staying at hotels that
range from excellent to very good and good but with some glitches.

This is what happened to me a few months ago in 2017. After entering my
room I discovered that there was a problem. No, not with the room but with
the elevators.

You see, the very nice service desk attendant had just escorted me to my
room but when we took the elevator up he told me that not all of the
elevators had access to the same floors. Some only went as high as #6 for
instance, others went as far as #12, and the rest went to the pent house
suites.

In addition, there was no way for me as a vision impaired person to know
which elevator went to which floors. What to do?

Well, the quickest solution was for me to ask for assistance each time I
needed to get to and from my room but it was not an ideal solution. In
addition, there were no Braille labels on the buttons; just raised large
print.

I found it to be a very strange way indeed and I can only hope that this
hotel finds a way to fix this.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me, visit
http://www.donnajodhan.com

On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio
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In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!
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A review of the Shoppers Drugmart pharmacy at the Bridlewood Mall – top marks

A review of the Shoppers Drugmart pharmacy at the Bridlewood Mall
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
If you in search of a pharmacy that is totally committed to customer service
and customer satisfaction then look no further than this very welcoming
pharmacy!

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance – 5
Assistance for guests with special needs – 5
Assistance at the pharmacy – 5

Remarks :
Access to the pharmacy was extremely user friendly for a vision impaired
person and navigating among and between the isles was not very difficult.

About pharmacy staff:
They are well trained, very receptive, and understand completely when it
comes to fulfilling the requests of persons with special needs.

My experiences:
Wonderful!
Both phone and in pharmacy experiences are flawless!

Any suggestions?
Just keep on going as you presently do!

Contact info:
2900 Warden Avenuee
Bridlewood Mall
First floor
Toronto
416 497 7473

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How to make entrepreneurial courses accessible – a relatively untapped market

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
How to make entrepreneurial courses accessible

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these
thoughts.
You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and
external costs and here’s how.

Take it from me! I have been an accessibility awareness consultant and
advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their
revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer markets!

The entrepreneurial market continues to grow and expand at break neck speed
and if you are interested in making your entrepreneurial courses more
accessible then here are a few very important tips for you.

1. First off, you need to keep in mind that seniors, retirees, and persons
with disabilities are going to be your main customers and consumers.

2. This means that you will need to ensure that you provide a technical
environment that is easy to access, easy to understand, and one that is as
stable as you can make it.

3. That you provide adequate support by trainers and instructors who have
been trained to interact with and communicate with the types of consumers
and customers as stated above.

4. That your online facilities are usable and accessible.

5. That your materials are provided in alternate formats.

6. That manuals are written in easy to understand language and that they are
concise and precise.

This should be a good start for you.

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