What’s trending on Google headlines

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delighted to share the following Google headlines with you.
Enjoy and have a great day!


Top Five Tips to Deal with Cyber Security for SMEs
Business News Wales
The purpose of this article is to share the top five online security tips,
… Cybersecurity should be a small businesses’ top priority and
cybercriminals are …

Top Five Tips to Deal with Cyber Security for SMEs

Don’t be bait for hackers: 5 cybersecurity tips for Triad small businesses
Triad Business Journal
“Small businesses are always targeted because they are assumed to have less
security, and can also be gateways to large businesses,” said Michael …

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Google headlines of the week

Employers pursue new eldercare ideas as baby boomers retire
Employee Benefit News
Employers pursue new eldercare ideas as baby boomers retire … Healthcare
costs for elderly parents, particularly for home healthcare and nursing
facilities … Due to these factors, services like HSA contributions, paid
family leave, …

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How to make a cruise more 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 make a cruise more accessible.

It is not as difficult as you may think and I believe that the same
strategies that I am going to share would apply no matter the size of your
cruise. I am also going to concentrate on the services you provide on your
cruise so here goes.

1. Your staff needs to be trained in the rudiments of how to offer services
to a passenger with a disability.

2. They need to be trained to do so with the understanding that there are
different types of disabilities and that not every passenger requires the
same thing.

3. Not every passenger with a disability requires a wheelchair and every
blind passenger has a different requirement. However, there are general
guidelines for dealing with all of this.

4. A suggestion would be for you to obtain guidelines from those agencies
that specialize in services for persons with disabilities and you would also
be well advised to seek out the consulting services of persons with

5. Make sure that you train your staff to provide appropriate escort
assistance, accommodations in the cafeteria, dining room, bars, and common

6. Provide all information pertaining to menus, safety guidelines, and any
other documents that are necessary to the well being of the passenger while
on your cruise in a readable format. Example, in large print, electronic
format (word or text).

This should be a great start for you to go with.

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IBM claims moving to Mac drastically reduced support calls and operating costs

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you an article of interest and for this week we have a great one for you!
We now invite you to read on!
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Contributed by Dan Thompson
IBM claims moving to Mac drastically reduced support calls and operating
(This will be good news for those avid Apple Software and Device users.)

IBM claims moving to Mac drastically reduced support calls, operating costs

By Joel Hruska
October 21 2016
In what’s sure to be an announcement that pisses no one off, IBM released
data today showing that it has saved between $273 and $543 by choosing to
deploy Apple Macs instead of IBM PCs. Fletcher Previn, VP of Workplace as
a Service at IBM, spoke at the Jamf Nation User Conference, and shared some
of the company’s metrics and data. It should be noted that Jamf is an outfit
dedicated to supporting Apple products in the field, which makes them a bit
less than a neutral source — but IBM would have little reason to lie about
its figures and savings.
. “The goal was to deliver a great employee choice program and strive to
achieve the best Mac program,” Previn said. The $273 to $543 savings is the
expected amount over four years compared with a conventional Windows PC
deployment. “And this reflects the best pricing we’ve ever gotten from
Microsoft,” Previn added.
With an estimated 90,000 Macs deployed, IBM is actually the largest single
business customer for Apple hardware (we’ll pause and let the irony of that
sink in). While we doubt anyone is making crazy bonus money by cutting out
$543 in IT savings over four years — even for 90K deployments, that’s not a
lot of money at the Fortune 500 level — it’s still interesting to see Apple
products saving that kind of cash. But here’s the real question that no one
seems to
be asking: Why does switching to Apple save IBM money?
Steve Jobs is smiling somewhere.
Steve Jobs is smiling somewhere.
Last year, Previn gave a bit more detail, claiming that 40% of PC users
called the IT help desk, versus just 5% of Mac users. Again, this sounds
damning for Microsoft, but the criteria are vague and the reasons behind the
aren’t given. Does IBM have a better, more robust set of documentation for
its Apple users than exists on the PC side? How many of the phone calls to
the IBM Help Desk were questions about Windows 10 upgrade notifications, or
other issues related to that OS? Do the Mac and PC arms of IBM use different
software packages or deployment systems, and is it easier to configure the
Mac versions than the PC flavors? Does the hardware in various PC laptops
fail more quickly than in Macs, and if so, which types of systems seem to be
the worst affected?
These are the sorts of questions I wish more Fortune 500 companies would
answer. They’re virtually the only businesses, outside of the manufacturers
themselves, who might have large enough sample pools to accurately give data
system failure rates. One of the great perennial questions our readers ask
is who makes the most reliable laptop (or in some cases, desktop). The truth
is, reviewers and writers like myself don’t really have a better window into
question than average users.
Every now and then, a company like SquareTrade
will release a report
on laptop failure rates, but the last time the company issued one was in
2009. Microsoft
did a paper in 2012
on component failure rates, and Backblaze
some hard drive-specific data
, but none of these are a comprehensive comparison of the PC-versus-Mac
ecosystem. (The closest we can get is our sister site PCMag’s yearly
Readers’ Choice survey
, which includes a section on
laptops and desktops.)
These distinctions matter. If the reason only 5% of Mac users call the IBM
help desk is because Windows machines are 8x more likely to suffer a
hardware failure, that’s information ordinary consumers might want to price
into their
laptop shopping. If the reason only 5% of Mac users call the IBM help desk
is because one of the Windows software packages IBM deploys is less stable
than its Mac equivalent, that still may matter to IBM — but it doesn’t have
much relevance to you or I.
So how about it, IBM? Care to share a little more information on that old
Mac Magic?

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How To Restart Windows Explorer Manually

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We now invite you to read on!
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A Dan Thompson contribution
How To Restart Windows Explorer Manually

” Restart Windows Explorer Manually to Avoid a System Restart”

How To Restart Windows Explorer Manually to Avoid a System Restart

It could be that you’ve installed updates, installed a new software or may
be your computer just hung up. All this scenarios usually need a system
Though restarting the system is the most reliable way to make changes take
effect, small issues (like the mouse cursor being stuck on an icon) could
be taken
care of by just restarting Windows explorer (and hence refreshing the
Windows shell. )
Here are three methods to do it. Check them out.
As a screenreader user, I found the first most easiest.
1. Restart Explorer Through a Batch File
You can also create a shortcut and desktop context menu item to get this
a. Launch Notepad.
b. copy the following commands into it, then save the file as restart
explorer.bat to any location you want.
@echo off taskkill /f /im explorer.exe start explorer.exe
I saved my “restart explorer.bat” file in ”
c:\users\dan.”c. Now you can restart window explorer in a few different
c. You can now create a shortcut key combination to use when restarting the
explorer is needed.
1. Locate the bat file you just created and saved.
2. From the keyboard, press the application key.
If using a mouse, once locating the file, click the right mouse button.
3. From the keyboard, press letter r.
If using amouse, click properties.
4. From the keyboard, tab twice and press a letter of your choice for a
shortcut key combination. Then hit enter.
If using a mouse, locate the “shortcut key” edit field that currently has
none in it. Then type the letter you would like to use. Then
5. The hotkey combination of alt+control+key of your choice will appear.
6. Now you can restart explorer by clicking on the icon or just pressing
the hotkey combination you chose.
2. Restart Explorer via Windows Task Manager
a. Right click the Taskbar
b. select “Start Task Manager” to launch the tool.
“Restart Explorer to Refresh Windows Shell
d. Switch to “Process” tab
e. locate “explorer.exe.”
f. click the “End Process” button and confirm the operation.
Restart Explorer to Refresh Windows Shell
If you are worried about the security of terminating a process, you can also
click the space surrounding the Windows search bar in Start, hold on Shift +
Ctrl, and then right click blank area of Start Menu,
choose “Exit Explorer”.
Now, after the taskbar and desktop icons have gone, you need to click
“File -> New Task” on menu bar, and then enter “explorer”
to restart Explorer.
That’s it. You’ve successfully restarted the Windows Explorer.
3. Add a Restart Explorer Option to the Desktop Context (Right-Click) Menu
[Registry Hack]
We could also add the restart explorer option to the context menu using the
batch file we created above.
This method makes use of certain registry tweaks. It is hence
important that you backup your registry before proceeding.
a. Press Win + R.
b. enter regedit (or type regedit in the Windows search bar) to launch the
Registry Editor.
c. Create a key under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT –> Directory –> Background ->shell
by right clicking on the “shell” folder. Name
it Restart Explorer.
d. Follow the same process again, i.e right click on the Restart Explorer
folder you created, go to “new” and add a key named
e. Go back to the Restart Explorer.bat file we created initially, hold on
the Shift key and right click on it, and select “Copy as path”
to obtain the file path to clipboard.
Restart Explorer to Refresh Windows Shell
f. Now, inside the registry editoraste the path to the (Default) value
under Command key (you would need to right click on
“Default” on the right pane and click “Modify” first).
That’s it. From now on, you could right click the desktop to restart
Explorer immediately, without any additional steps.
This tip is also useful when you encounter system stagnation, but it
sometimes it may lead some system tray icons to disappear.
Hence, please save your work before performing the operation.

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How to Recover Data from A Broken iPhone or Android Phone

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you an article of interest and for this week we have a great one for you!
We now invite you to read on!
The Sterling Creations team


A Dan Thompson contribution
How to Recover Data from A Broken iPhone or Android Phone

It happens to the best of us, it happens to the worst of us.

If you have a broken phone, a smashed screen or even a phone that went
swimming in the toilet, do not worry, my friend, no one is exempt from
smartphone damage. There are, however, some good news for you during this
difficult time. There is a way for you to recover data from your broken
iPhone or Android device. Read on to see how you can do this.

Types of Smartphone Damage

There are two ways in which your mobile phone can suffer damage: software
damage and hardware damage. Software damage can occur if your phone is
dropped into water (unless you have a water-breathing Sony Xperia), if your
phone has not received an update in awhile, or if your OS has been

Hardware damage can occur when your phone is dropped, smashed, watered,
thrown or stomped. It can bring a wealth of problems from cracked screens
and rough scratches to broken home buttons (they are the worst!).


There are ways to rescue a phone that has dropped into water, no matter how
miserable the situation looks! Here are the steps you need to take if you
have a wet phone on your hands (both iPhones and Androids apply):

1. Switch phone off – Immediately

2. Remove phone from water – Quickly

3. If possible take off any outer cases/covers/sim card – Delicately

4. Towel off phone – Thoroughly

5. Take to a professional – Promptly

6. Access your data – Easily

Unfortunately, the popular rice trick will not fix any internal shorts in
your phone caused by the water. If your phone was powered on when it hit the
liquid, it’s likely that the water would have hit the electrical board
inside and caused a few shorts.

Taking your phone to a professional, or repairing the internals yourself is
the only way to truly fix a water damaged phone.

You can access data from a water damaged phone in quite a few ways.

With an Android phone, you can take the SD card out, plug it into a laptop
or computer to save your data. You can find out how to do this by typing
‘remove SD card from [phone model]’ into Google. Providing that you saved
data here, there is a chance that you can still access it.


Cracked screens aren’t as bad a fix as water damage or ongoing OS problems.

However, you won’t feel this way if you’re the one trying to read messages
through what looks like a crystallised spiderweb! To fix this problem you
can send the phone to a professional from an Apple genius bar


or the Geek Squad

iPhone Screen Repair & Replacement | Geek Squad


. Alternatively if you’re feeling handy, you can do a DIY job with tutorials


iFixit: The Free Repair Manual


This article came from

How to Recover Data from A Broken iPhone or Android Phone


August 24 2016

(Note from Dan, URL’S inserted by Dan in caseone needs to copy and paste to
a browser to access the information recommended.)

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Latest Google headlines

Hi there and we are delighted to share some of the latest Google headlines
making the rounds.
Lots for you to chew on.
The Sterling Creations business team

Top 5 cyber security tips for internet savvy users
Hackers are looking for weaknesses in your cyber security. … Internet
users should practice special caution while publishing their full name, home
address, email address … This malicious software is designed to harm your

Top 5 cyber security tips for internet savvy users

Women outnumber men in uptake of Kenya Airbnb home rental opportunities
Citizen TV (press release)
Home-renting site Airbnb is providing women with a new way to earn … by
Airbnb said they often employ others to help them with the rental business.

International Women’s Day: SBI lets bankers work from home
It’s International Women’s day and State Bank of India (SBI) women … an
initiative to give women greater opportunities to make a full-fledged
International Women’s Day: SBI lets bankers work from home
It’s International Women’s day and State Bank of India (SBI) women … an
initiative to give women greater opportunities to make a full-fledged

10 Important Cyber Security Tips For Small Business Owners
ISBuzz News
Small businesses are generally not well secured due to being labeled as
small businesses, but their security threats are not necessarily small. On
any …

10 Important Cyber Security Tips For Small Business Owners

8 Ways to Prevent a Security or Data Breach
Here are some security tips all small businesses should heed and implement
to protect their customers — and business. You may not think your small …

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Helpful tips for March 2017

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!
From the business desk team at http://www.sterlingcreations.com.
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Helpful tips for March 2016

In this issue:

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

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

Have you ever awakened suddenly at night because you have a muscle bound in
your leg?
Very painful but here is a suggestion.
Climb slowly out of bed and stand on the floor in your bare feet for a few
Voila! The pain will subside!

Thumb print versus passport?
It is more dangerous to have your thumb print stolen than is your passport!
Your passport can be replaced but not your thumb print!

Some useful info about oil!
It is better to use extra virgin olive oil in one’s salad as EVOO smokes or
burns more quickly than does olive oil.
Avocado oil is a good and solid oil for cooking as it does not burn or smoke
as quickly as other types of oils.

Coffee drinkers versus tea drinkers?
It appears that the baby boomer generation prefers coffee while the
millenium generation appears to prefer herbal tea.

About calcium:
If you already take enough calcium in your daily intake then there is no
need to take calcium pills.

About frozen fruits:
If you are having difficulty finding fresh fruit at a reasonable price then
frozen fruit is the next best alternative.

What is the difference between cup cakes and muffins?
Cup cakes have icing on their tops.

Some very useful info on blood types:
Those with B type can donate to those seeking O type.
O type positive is known as the universal donor.
Those with artificial organs are not supposed to give blood.


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Contributed by Dan Thompson
National Coffee Day, September 29 2016

Belowis lots of information about National Coffee day, facts about tea and a
place to get free coffee only today if you call or order via email.

What’s the one thing you always do right after you get up in the morning?

If you’re anything like me, probably one of two things:

1. Drink coffee.

2. Drink tea.

And you and I are not alone. More than half of Americans drink tea, and more

three quarters drink coffee.

Don’t worry. I’m not going to tell you to stop drinking coffee or tea. I
believe both can be

quite healthy, in fact…

Coffee has been shown time and again to boost metabolism.

Many teas are rich in antioxidants, among other things.

Plus, both drinks just taste so good…

What I am going to tell you is how to make your coffee or tea better. Much

You see, thanks to some unfortunate industry practices, there are currently

serious pitfalls to both of these beverages…

And you’re about to find out how to get around these pitfalls… in the most
delicious way


Let’s start with coffee.

(NOTE: If you only drink tea, you can scroll straight down to the tea
section below.)

With coffee being one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world,

question has come up time and again:

Is it healthy?

And a sky-high pile of research answers this question with a resounding

Studies published in medical journals like Neuropsychobiology and

Psychopharmacology have shown coffee to increase energy and improve


Studies such as one published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
in January of

2004 have shown coffee to increase fat metabolism.

So, the consensus is in: if you love coffee…keep enjoying it!

But there is one big danger with mass-produced coffee: what you put IN it.

For example, just 3 spoonfuls of Coffee Mate French Vanilla liquid creamer —
one of

the most popular on the market — adds over 100 calories to your mug of
coffee in the


And ALL of those calories come from refined sugar and trans fat — generally

considered the most unhealthy fat in existence.

So, if you’re going to cream your coffee, real cream is a better option —
organic if

possible. And if you must sweeten it, try real maple syrup or raw sugar.

But the better option is just to drink better coffee and skip the fattening
additions… or at

least make it so you don’t have to add as much of them!

Did you know the coffee you get in stores has often been sitting in bags for
weeks or

sometimes months? Not only that… It’s often poorly roasted (read: burnt to a

And the resulting brew is a bitter, harsh beverage that needs additions like
sugar and

cream to be drinkable… and like I said before, THAT’S where you run into


Coffee is supposed to taste sweet on its own, and it does… if you get
truly fresh, high-

quality coffee.

And it’s actually pretty easy (and inexpensive) to get it. You have a couple
of options:

1. Get your coffee from a local coffee shop run by people that get
their beans in

fresh and roast them in-house… and know what they’re doing.

2. Order your coffee online from a company of passionate coffee
experts that

specialize in fresh, precisely roasted coffee.

The first option can be fun adventure. Get some friends together, and go
explore the

coffee shops in the area!

As for the second option, I can certainly help you there…

In my quest for the perfect cup of coffee, these are some of the best online

I’ve found:

Coffee Fool is my personal favorite. Reasonably priced, super-skilled
roasters… Plus,

every Friday, they do storewide sales!

Blue Bottle, one of the fastest-rising coffee companies in the country.
Found in many

gourmet restaurants, they’re a bit pricier than Coffee Fool, but absolutely

Olympia Coffee. Meticulous about every aspect of coffee-making, pretty much

Olympia rolls out is delicious. That’s why it’s the priciest of the bunch.

There are plenty more, such as Stumptown, Intelligentsia, and PT’s Coffee…
so if you

want to taste the good stuff, it’s definitely available to you.

And no… I’m not affiliated with any of these coffee companies. They don’t
even know

who I am!

I just enjoy their coffee, and I wanted to show you some of the options out
there that

blow store-bought coffee out of the water!

Now let’s talk about tea for a minute…

Some of the problems with tea, unfortunately, are more dangerous than with

Two main factors can make certain teas a minefield for your health:

1. Tea is often heavily sprayed with pesticides.

2. Most of the time, tea leaves aren’t washed before they’re put in
tea bags.

The resulting pesticide residue leaches straight out into your hot water
when you brew

these teas and drink them.

And we’re not just talking about trace amounts here…

Several independent studies have found pesticide levels in mass-produced
teas to be in

excess of both U.S. and European Union safety limits.

Two such tea studies were recently done by Greenpeace in cooperation with an

international DAkks-certified testing laboratory. One of the studies was in
India, and the

other in China.

The India Study found pesticides on 94% of the teas tested… 60% of them

levels OVER the European Union safety limit.

The China study, meanwhile, not only found pesticides on ALL the teas

66% percent of the teas contained at least one of three globally banned

methomyl, fenvalerate, and endosulfan… all considered unfit for human

India and China are the two biggest producers of tea on Earth, folks. They’re
where we

get most of our tea!

And yes, much of that heavily sprayed tea makes it over here.

Celestial Seasonings, one of the biggest tea brands in the U.S., was

independently tested by consumer watchdog groups.

When the results came back, 91% of their teas were found to have pesticide
levels over

the U.S. limits!

In fact, Celestial Seasonings has reportedly already received two warning
letters from

the FDA about quality control.

And what about higher-end teas?

Well, Teavana teas were also tested by the same groups, and 100% of their

contained pesticides.

Not only that… 77% of their teas had pesticide levels in excess of European

safety limits… and 62% contained endosulfate — one of those 3 globally

pesticides I mentioned earlier.

The sad fact is… many of the popular brands of tea you see at the store have

similarly called out for pesticide content.

That’s why most of them are also loaded with added flavoring to cover up the

quality of the tea.

So, given the shocking state of the tea industry, if there were ever
something I’d advise

you to go organic on, tea is it.

After all, organic standards take the guesswork out by prohibiting the use
of pesticides


Personally, when I found out the startling truth about tea, I scoured the
market for

organic brands I could trust.

Here are the three I’ve found that I trust the most:

Numi Tea, my personal favorite. CEO Ahmed Rahim is very outspokenly critical
of the

state of the tea industry. Numi is all-organic, with strict quality
standards across the

board. Plus, their Aged Earl Grey is the best I’ve ever tasted, hands down.
I could drink

it all day!

Rishi Tea, another outstanding, all-organic company. They’re very open about

they source each tea from. Plus, their traditional Masala Chai Tea Blend
probably my

favorite chai. And I’ve tried a lot of them.

Traditional Medicinals. Focused in green and herbal teas, this all-organic
brand is

zeroed in on medicinal qualities of tea, such as clearing sinuses, aiding
digestion, and

just plain relaxation. On that note, their chamomile lavender tea is

Same as with the coffees, I am NOT even remotely affiliated with any of
these tea


I just happen to like them… and I wanted to share with you a few brands I

trust after doing quite a bit of research.

All these teas, by the way, are readily available for order on their company
websites and

on Amazon if you don’t see them at your local store.

Not to mention, if you order them online, they’re generally not much more

than regular teas are at the store!

And as to taste…

These organic teas are nuanced, beautiful, and delicious.

So…whether you’re drinking fresh, perfectly roasted coffee or beautifully

organic tea… your mornings hopefully just got a whole lot better!

Source: Food Truth Letters series,


National Coffee Day:

WASHINGTON – Java lovers, rejoice! September 29 is National Coffee Day–
though some of you might be surprised to learn that not EVERY DAY is
National Coffee Day. Local coffee shops and chains around the DC area are
offering FREEBIES or coffee deals to celebrate the roasted bean, and as you
might imagine, we’ve got a list of where to find it.

Here are a few places offering free coffee for on Thursday, September 28:

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

The return of the deal! Score a free medium cup of drip coffee with any
fresh food purchase.

Click here to find a location


Celebrate National Coffee Day. Free Ship Sitewide*. Thurs. 9/29 ONLY! (800)

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Common and perhaps little-known facts on two of our most treasured
beverages: Coffee and Tea.

Coffee and Tea Facts from Belly Bytes

Intro to Tantalizing Tea

A beverage prepared by infusion of the young leaves, leaf buds and
internodes of varieties of Camellia sinensis and C. assamica, originating
from China. Green tea is dried without further treatment. Black tea is
fermented (actually an oxidation) before drying; Oolong tea is lightly

Among the black teas, flowering Pekoe is made from the top leaf buds, orange
Pekoe from first opened leaf, Pekoe from third leaves, and Souchong from
next leaves. Earl Grey is flavored with bergamot; lapsang souchong was
originally produced by burning tarry ropes near the tea during processing.
Up to 30 percent of the dry weight may be various polyphenols that have been
associated with protection against cardiovascular disease.

*Tea Facts

Cup of Tea with Lemon

?Tea was originated in China and then was introduced to Japan.

?Mexican tea is called Epazote.

?Teaseed oil is oil from the seed of Thea sasangua, cultivated in China;
used as salad oil and for frying.

?Iced tea and coffee can be greatly improved if the ice cubes are made of
coffee or tea instead of water.

?You can avoid cloudiness in iced tea by letting freshly brewed tea cool to
room temperature before refrigerating it. If the tea does become cloudy,
pour a little boiling water into it until it becomes clear.

?For a new taste in tea, add a small bit of dried orange peel to the teapot.

?The Island of Celon is the world’s leading producer of tea.

?An experienced picker can pluck about 40 pounds of tea leaves a day.

?Salada Tea and Bigelow English Tea time are two of the highest caffeine
content teas. They average about 60 mg. of caffeine per 8 ounce cup.

When drinking tea, never use polystyrene cups with lemon.

?When drinking tea, never use polystyrene cups with lemon. The combination
of the hot tea and the lemon will corrode the cup away releasing carcinogens
into your drink. It will actually eat right through the cup.

?Tannin, found in tea and red wine may interfere with the body’s use of
iron, thiamin, and vitamin B12.

?At present there is no risk factor related to drinking tea and heart

?Black teas are the most popular in the U.S., importing 130 million pounds
per year. The yearly consumption is 35 billion servings.

?Iced tea was first created at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St.

?One pound of tea will brew approximately 200 cups (200 teabags).

?The U.S. imports approximately 72 percent of its tea from India.

*Classifications of Tea

Black Tea: Turns black due to oxidation. This is the best quality tea.
Includes Organic Assam Tea, Ceylon, Darjeeling, English Breakfast, Keemun,
Lapsang and Lapsang Souchong Tea.

Green Tea: Oxidation is omitted. The natural color is green. Two main
types: Basket Fired and Gunpowder Tea.

Oolong Tea: Semi-processed, makes the leaves partly green and brown. Two
types: Formosa Style Oolong Tea and Organic Tea Jasmine.

*Outdoor Tea Facts and Tips

1.Tea bags, new or used, can be placed on the soil around plants in garden
beds and planters to fertilize. Cover the tea bags with mulch. Every time
you water the plants, the nutrients from the decomposing tea leaves work
their way into the soil. You could also use instant iced tea. Mix up a quart
according to directions. Don’t add sugar or ice. Use the solution to
fertilize your plants. Or, sprinkle the powdered mix directly on the soil.
As the tea decomposes, the nutrients work their way into the soil.

2.Water azaleas with cold, strongly brewed tea to increase nitrogen content
in the soil for healthy leaf growth. You can also split open tea bags and
sprinkle the leaves on the soil. If preferred, you could use instant iced
tea mix in place of the brewed tea.


Cups of coffee

?Coffee manufacturers do not have to disclose their method of

?Brazil has experienced two major frosts in 1994 that destroyed over 1
billion pounds of coffee, approximately 10 percent of supply in the entire
world. The result was an increase in the price of coffee worldwide.

?The United States consumes about one-third of all coffee worldwide,
approximately 400 million cups per day.

?The only coffee grown in the United States is Kona coffee, which is grown
on the island of Hawaii. The coffee is grown in volcanic soil and has the
richest coffee flavor in the world.

?Black salsify is a hardy perennial sometimes used roasted as coffee

? If you give up coffee and are drinking two cups a day or more, you will
probably have withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches, nausea and possibly

?The safest way to prepare coffee is to boil it in water instead of
filtering it. This is the way it is prepared in the Scandinavian countries.

?Mocca is a mixture of coffee and cocoa used in bakery and confectionery

?Mocha means a few things: 1.A variety of arabica coffee

2.Flavored with coffee

3.In the USA, a combination of coffee and chocolate flavorings.

?Fresh roasted coffee beans are usually packed in non-airtight bags to allow
the carbon monoxide formed during the roasting process to escape. If the
carbon monoxide does not escape, the coffee may have a poor taste.

?The Swiss Water decaffeinated process is the safest. Check decaf labels.
Other water processed methods are not as good.

?The freshness of a cup of coffee only survives 10 to 30 minutes in a coffee

?Coffee will taste better if you start with quality cold water, not hot tap

?Purchase only unbleached brown coffee filters. The chemical digoxin is used
to bleach filters white and may leave a residue.

?Dripped coffee has almost twice the caffeine as instants.

?Beverages that contain caffeine may cause your skin to become dehydrated
and promotes premature aging.

?The polyphenols in coffee and the tannins in tea may reduce the amount of
iron available for the body to use. One cup of coffee consumed with a
hamburger reduces the amount of iron

?The polyphenols in coffee and the tannins in tea may reduce the amount of
iron available for the body to use. One cup of coffee consumed with a
hamburger reduces the amount of iron absorbed by approximately 40 percent
tea by 90 percent.

?Caffeine takes approximately 30 minutes to affect your brain and lasts for
two to six hours.

?Two cups of coffee will cause an increase in hydrochloric acid in the
stomach for at least an hour.

?Coffee reduces the healing time of ulcers.

?One cup of coffee or one cigarette will cause a rise pressure in blood.

?Caffeine may affect zinc ?Caffeine may affect zinc absorption which may
adversely affect the prostate gland and possibly reduce sexual urges in some

?Withdrawal symptoms will appear if caffeine is discontinued. These usually
start with headaches but only last for three to five days. The cells become
dependent on the caffeine.

?If you consume more than 300mg of caffeine a day, it can over stimulate the
central nervous system and may cause insomnia, nervousness, diarrhea and
increase your heart rate.

?Coffee drinkers have a higher incidence of heart disease; however, there is
no positive proof of a connection. It could just be that the percentage of
coffee drinkers is so much higher than non-coffee drinkers, this is the way
the statistics play out.

?Caffeine causes chemical changes in cells that cause excess triglycerides
to be released into the blood stream.

?Caffeine reduces the ability of the body to handle stress.

?A dash of salt added to coffee that has been over cooked or re-heated will
freshen the taste.

?Coffee trees originally came from Africa.

?The first people known to actually drink the beverage known today as coffee
were the Arabs who would not allow the beans to be exported. They were
finally smuggled to Holland in 1660 and then to Brazil in 1727.

?Opened coffee cans should be stored in the refrigerator upside down. The
coffee will retain its freshness and flavor longer.

?Leftover coffee and tea can be frozen in ice cube trays then used to cool
hot coffee or in tea or other beverages.

?Tiramisu is an Italian dessert made from coffee flavored sponge or biscuit
filled with sweetened cream cheese (mascarpone) and cream, doused with

?For a fast cup of coffee, have a cup of fresh coffee in a sealed container
in the refrigerator. Coffee will warm up and have an excellent taste.

?Hills Brothers Coffee was the first commercial company to sell vacuum
packed coffee in 1900.

?Coffee trees require 70 inches of rainfall per year.

?Ground coffee oxidizes very fast and coffee is best purchased in vacuum

?Americans consume 4,848 cups of coffee per second, 24 hours a day.

?A coffee tree produces approximately one to twelve pounds of coffee
cherries from a six year old tree.

?Approximately 2000 coffee cherries are required to produce one pound of
coffee, the crop of one tree.

?The U.S. is the largest consumer of coffee. About three billion pounds are
used annually.

?When reheating coffee, never boil, as this will cause an undesirable

?Coffee is a significant source of niacin.

?Viennese coffee: Ground coffee containing dried figs.

Source for Common Coffee and tea Tea Facts

Coffee and Tea Facts from Belly Bytes



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,
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
) found at the next link,
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
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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
See Also: “Nine strange sounds No One can Explain.”


From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
Some travel tips

I am always happy to share some travel tips with my readers and as a regular
air traveler I believe that I have many to share as gathered over the last
many years.

For starters: If your airport provides special needs services to you as a
traveler with a disability, then it is always a good idea for you to book
these services well in advance but not only this; once you have done it,
then reconfirm it on the day of travel and if you are a blind person and you
do not wish to be told to sit in a wheelchair, then make this very clear to
the special needs services department at your airport. Be very clear as to
the type of service you require; in a wheelchair or meet and assist. Too
often, it is the perception out there that it is the best thing for a blind
person to sit in a wheelchair and I can tell you that for me; this is
absolutely not the case.

When you get to the security area, be sure to insist or to be very firm that
you need for the security agents to tell you exactly what they are doing as
they check your carry on baggage. That is, if you are a blind traveler and
are unable to see what is going on. The last thing you need is for them to
forget to replace something that they have removed from your bag and you
only realize this after the fact.

When it comes to booking with airlines, you should make it very clear as to
what type of service you require; wheelchair or meet and assist. There are
two things for you to note here: You not only need to tell the airlines,
but you also need to let your airport’s authorities know.

Important: Most airlines will notate your file with whatever you require
but there is the odd airline that may not have this type of service. In
addition, not all international airports would have a special needs services
department. It is my hope that with a rapidly aging population, this will
soon become a reality for all stake holders.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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Google headlines for week of Feb 24

Hi everyone and from us here at the business desk: Some Google headlines
that made it this week.

Security Awareness Training is Essential for Small Businesses
Research from the Ponemon Institute claims that human error is responsible
for approximately 80 percent of all business data leaks. It only takes one


Lost Or Stuck Reinventing Your Career? Try Reframing The Problem
Whether they’ve been summarily let go, bought out of their jobs, or are
unwilling to retire, baby boomers often find themselves at a career
crossroads, …

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If you think the 19th century was the age of monopolies with companies like Standard Oil Company and U.S.

Hello there! From time to time we at the business desk are pleased to bring
you an article of interest and for this week we have a great one for you!
We now invite you to read on!
The Sterling Creations team


Contributed by Dan Thompson
If you think the 19th century was the age of monopolies with companies like
Standard Oil Company and U.S.
Steel, think again.
Today’s mega-corporations are staggering in their scope; spanning the world
and worth trillions of dollars.
Swatch is the largest watch company in the world, with brands that cover the
entire price spectrum and sales exceeding $8 billion
and employing 33,000 people.
Luxottica controls almost every high-end eyewear in the market. They own 80
percent of the major brands of eyeglasses. They own
Prada, Tiffany and Co., Versace, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Rayban, Oakley,
and many more.
At 926 aircraft, the American Airlines fleet is larger than the British Air
Out of thousands of non-alcoholic beverage brands, only about 40 of them are
billion-dollar brands, and Coca-Cola owns 20 of them. These brands help them
bring in $43 billion in annual sales.
The Walt Disney Company owns properties all across entertainment. Their
property Lucasfilm Ltd owns the rights to Star Wars and Indiana Jones. The
A&E Network includes channels like The History Channel and A&E. They own the
digital media brand Maker Studios, which owns some of the biggest channels
on YouTube.
As of 2015 Google has acquired 184 companies. It is estimated that Google
has spent $28 billion on these acquisitions, which include; Motorolla,
Double Click, YouTube, Admob and ITA Software.

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