Straight from the June Apple Vis online newsletter – New apps!

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Welcome to the June 2021 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly series
which highlights what’s new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website. Below,
you’ll find a selection of 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.

We are pleased to bring you a list of new apps.

1. Element messenger (iOS/iPadOS, Free)

>Element is both a secure messenger and a team collaboration app that is
ideal for group chats while remote working. This chat app uses end-to-end
encryption to provide powerful video conferencing, file sharing and voice
calls.

Element’s features include:

* Advanced online communication tools
* Fully encrypted messages to allow safer corporate communication, even for
remote workers
* Decentralized chat based on the Matrix open source framework
* Secure file sharing with encrypted data while managing projects
* Group Video chat with voice over IP and screen sharing
* Easy integration with your favourite online collaboration tools, project
management tools, VoIP services and other team messaging apps

element is different from other messaging and collaboration apps. It
operates on Matrix, an open network for secure and decentralized
communication. It allows self-hosting to give users maximum ownership and
control of their data and messages.

Current Version: 1.4.3 (June 25, 2021)
Read Element messenger’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/social-networking/element-messenger
Visit Element messenger’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/element-messenger/id1083446067

2. Fury Driver (iOS/iPadOS, US$3.99)

Fury Driver is an action-thrilled audiogame with dangerous and engaging car
races.

Fury Driver: Moonwalks follows the story of the undercover cop Vergil Hawk.

Moon City is corrupt to the core and only Vergil Hawk can do something about
it.

Mr Sin has all the city’s crime in his hands and nobody knows who is
behind the mask he always wears. Infiltrate the crime of Moon City, take
part in the dangerous, clandestine races of the city and go as far as the
boss goes. And if they force you to do things that go against what you
believe in … how will you manage to remain a real hero?

Read Fury Driver’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/fury-driver
Visit Fury Driver’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fury-driver/id1571518258

3. QR Blind (iOS/iPadOS, Free)

The autonomy of visually impaired people often depends on their opportunity
of using custom labels, which allow to add informations to common objects
for an easier recognition in everyday life.

The QR Code technology, combined with the objects labelling mechanism, is an
innovative method for blind people to increase their autonomy in many
fields.

QR Blind allows a complete and integrated management of the whole process of
creation and use of labels with the QR Code: the app provides a set of tools
to create a QR code with a custom text, single labels and to build A4
sheets, that can be shared as PDF files or printed using the AirPrint
technology.

Current Version: 1.1.2 (May 8, 2021)
Read QR Blind’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/qr-blind
Visit QR Blind’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/qr-blind/id1520172629

4. Swordy Quest: An RPG Adventure (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Exclusive to iOS & from the creators of Fantasy Worldcraft comes their
latest global app. Fully VoiceOver compatible.

Imagine waking up with no name, food or supplies. Where are you? Lake to the
East, Mountains to the South. It doesn’t matter now. YOU NEED TO SURVIVE.
Set in a Fantasy and Living World, your goal is clear: Save humanity. Find
water and food while fending off the habitants of the world. Gather, craft,
hunt & cast magic for rewards and progression. Can you unlock the secrets of
Swordy Quest?

FEATURES

* Open World Environment – allowing you to explore grasslands, lakes,
mountains & more
* Enemies around every corner!
* Weapon crafting – where finding the right materials is key to fending off
enemies
* Survival aspects – requiring careful resource management
* Hidden items – finding them can mean the difference between life & death
* Eye-catching graphics – transport you to another world
* Intuitive navigation system
* Advanced Player customization
* Become a Wizard by unlocking
* & much, much more…

Current Version: 4.2.1 (June 28, 2021)
Read Swordy Quest: An RPG Adventure’s AppleVis App Directory entry for
more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/swordy-quest-rpg-adventure
Visit Swordy Quest: An RPG Adventure’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/ph/app/swordy-quest-an-rpg-adventure/id1446641513

All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
iOS/iPadOS https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=watch_directory
Apple TV https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=tv_directory

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Helpful tips for July- come and discover new info

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 July 2021

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* Cleaning Flatware
* Cleaning China
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* How does one choose the best vacation?

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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.

Just remember this the next time you see an ad on TV for a vacation package!
If a package that normally costs about three thousand dollars is being
advertised for about five hundred dollars or less, please ignore! It is
nothing more than a vicious scam!

About ceiling fans?
They cool down your body and not the room.
They consume much less than does an air conditioning unit.

About dry shampoo?
Use to help refresh your hair!

A possible drink to help you sleep?
Boil lettuce leaves in hot water.
Strain the lettuce leaves and add a mint flavoured tea bag.
Remove tea bag after 2 minutes.
Drink and enjoy!

Some useful info on balding!
If a man is able to easily grow a beard then he will be more open to losing
his hair.
However if he has trouble growing a beard then getting bald is not as
problematic.

A vital piece of info on teeth!
Kids who are exposed to stress and anxiety at an early age lose their teeth
more quickly than those who have less stress in their lives.

Coffee anyone?
According to a British study, looks as if coffee drinkers are less open to
developing liver diseases.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Courtesy of Mama Peach
Cleaning Flatware
Restore the shine to your kitchen cutlery by simply rubbing the item with an
ordinary cork!
Remove egg stains on flatware by rubbing with damp salt.
When washing a lot of cutlery by hand, pop a colander into the soapy water.
As you wash, put the cutlery into the colander. Now you can rinse all the
cutlery at the same time by running the full colander under the
cold water tap.
To quickly clean tarnished silver, run about a quart of hot water into your
kitchen or bathroom sink (cool enough not to burn you). Dissolve 1
tablespoon washing soda * (or laundry water softener) and 1 tablespoon
salt in the water. Place a sheet of aluminum foil on the bottom of the sink
and place your tarnished silver on the foil. The silver that’s both touching
the foil and covered by the water should become clean within 10
seconds. If badly tarnished, rub silver item with a cloth after removing it
from the water. Works on silver and gold jewelry too. Or the next time you
boil potatoes, cool the leftover potato water and dip your tarnished
silverware into it.

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Courtesy of Mama Peach
Cleaning China
Tea stains can be removed safely from fine china by rubbing gently with a
cloth sprinkled with baking soda or salt.
China with gold borders needs special care when washing. Never use hot
water, only warm and don’t rub detergent on the gold areas.
To prevent your unbordered china plates from cracking when washing in hot
water, slide them into the water sideways. This will distribute the heat
evenly throughout the plate.
To avoid cracking, china dishes and bowls should always be warmed before
placing hot contents on them.
If your fine china plates have developed thin, spider cracks in them, place
them in a pan of warm milk for 30 minutes. The cracks should disappear!
To remove black cutlery marks from the glazed surface of your fine china
plates, apply some toothpaste to a clean soft cloth and rub the marks
gently.
Place paper doilies or napkins between stacked fine china plates to
eliminate scratching. The rubber rings from preserve jars also work well as
dividers between your china plates.
China cups shouldn’t be stacked on top of each other. They’ll chip that way.
Instead, suspend them from cup hooks under your cupboard shelf.
To check if china is flawed, hold the item in the palm of your hand and tap
it lightly with a pencil. Unflawed china will have a clear bell-like ring.
Flawed china will have a dull ring or no resonance at all.

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Special note from Donna Jodhan:
The Covid choke hold is not going to last for ever and when it does finally
subside we will be ready to embrace favourite haunts and to visit favourite
places.
The world will be a new place in which to live but it will be a better one.
So let’s get ready to welcome and embrace travel once more.

From the pages of Donna’s diary
How does one choose the best vacation?
(Picture of a single person at a travel agency)

We can bet you anything that choosing a vacation is probably one of the most
difficult things to do. Especially so when you have a family to satisfy.
In this article, we are going to concentrate on the single person and how
best to go about choosing the right type of vacation.

There is nothing worse than going on a vacation to a specific destination
because your friend recommended it and returning home not having enjoyed it.
Especially so if you have just spent a tidy sum of money on said vacation.

In this article we are going to show you how to choose the right type of
vacation, and at the same time how to get your money’s worth along with the
maximum satisfaction.

Not possible you say? We disagree and we will show you how to maximize all
three; the right type of vacation, your money’s worth, and top satisfaction.

First off: You need to recognize that there are different types of
vacation; for relaxation, for enjoyment, for discovering new places, and for
checking out new opportunities. In short, a leisurely vacation versus a
working vacation.

It is very important that you keep this in mind as you go about planning
your vacation. There is nothing worse than not being able to determine this
before you depart. You should never think of going on a vacation for
relaxation and then use it to scope out job opportunities. We guarantee
that you will return in a very unhappy mood.

Or you should never plan to go on a vacation to discover new places and then
use it to relax. You could never maximize your objectives in this case.

What we are telling you is this! Never set out on a vacation for one reason
and then end up using it for another. These two variables simply do not get
along; combining objectives often lead to disaster.

Next, the length of time that you wish to make your vacation. Make it too
short and you will not return in a happy frame of mind. Make it too long
and you will return home feeling as if you wasted your time.

Now comes one of the most important things for your consideration. How much
money do you wish to spend on your vacation? Are you comfortable taking
from your savings to go on your trip? Or do you have to put it on your
credit card and if so are you comfortable doing this?

This is probably what you need to consider before booking your trip. Some
people do not mind going into some form of debt in order to take a vacation
while others do mind. There is nothing worse than spending your vacation
worrying about how you are going to pay for it.

Finally: these points:
1. You need to determine if you wish to vacation alone or with someone else
or with others. This is important as it will also determine the type of
vacation you are able to take.

2. Your preference for a guided tour, cruise, or going off on your own.

3. Type of destination; within your state or province, within North America,
or overseas.

4. Time of year; winter, summer, spring, or fall. This factor will help to
determine the type of vacation you take.

Here are some resources to get you started.

How to Have the Best Vacation of Your Life: 11 Steps
http://www.wikihow.com/Have-the-Best-Vacation-of-Your-Life

Read the following steps to learn how to plan and enjoy the best vacation of
your life.
Realize what you want. Do you want … Once you choose your vacation spot,

How to choose a Caribbean island – Lonely Planet
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/caribbean/travel-tips-and-articles/77033

the traveler. … Planning your travel wisely is one of the best ways to
ensure …
How To Choose Your Best Vacation Photos | Paperclipping
http://www.paperclipping.com/how-to-choose-your-best-vacation-photos/

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach and more, 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.

If you enjoy podcasts then check out my weekly one called take another 5!
From recipes to apps, and from mystery moment to tips for entrepreneur and
scam alerts!
Available for download at http://www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html

Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan
And like me on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/donnajodhan and at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

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A review of the bulk barn

A review of The bulk barn

Introduction:
This wonderful facility is located at the Bridlewood Mall on Warden Avenue
in Toronto and I can truly tell you that during this covid period they have
done verything possible to follow the restrictions outlined.
Congrats to them!

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
Staff – 5

Remarks :
The aisles at this facility are nice and wide enough to accommodate persons
with canes, walkers, and wheelchairs.
Displays are very well laid out and bins are easy to locate.
On the whole, the layout of this store is very good.
Staff are friendly and welcoming.

Any suggestions?
Just keep up your good work!

Contact info:
2900 Warden Avenue,
Second floor
Toronto

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com

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How to make bar tending a more accessible career

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 bar tending 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.

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!

Now, this month’s tip may sound a bit frivolous and somewhat humourous to
you but I think that this should be viewed as thinking outside the box and
if executed successfully it can bring certain very hidden benefits to those
of you who are willing to give it a go.
So here goes.

When I say that we can make bar tending more accessible, I mean that we can
do two very creative things to attract more customers while at the same time
open up opportunities for job seekers as well as give a boost to your
revenues.

1. Opening up opportunities of employment for persons with special needs.
This would mean the introduction of ways to ensure that employees can be
productive.
In the case of perspective employees who are blind or vision impaired; here
are some suggestions.
* arrange bottles and mixes in a logical order and label them using braille,
large print, or use modern technology to help identify them.
Such as having electronic tags on bottles or mixes.
Or even an app to do it.

2. This sort of initiative will definitely attract and encourage curious
customers and those who want to support and give patronage to persons with
special needs.

3. This could certainly increase your revenues and customer bases.

Give this some consideration.
Just think! Visualizing the entry of over curious customers to see how a
blind or vision impaired bar tender carries out their bar tending skills.

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Straight from the May Apple vis online newsletter – new apps

Welcome to the May 2021 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
newsletter
which highlights what’s new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website.
We are pleased to highlight the newest apps.

You can view this newsletter in a browser at
https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-may-2021

…. New and Noteworthy App Entries

1. AudioRoom – Audio Editor (iOS/iPadOS, Free with in-app purchases)

AudioRoom is multi-track audio editor, with desktop level editing engine.

It can perform multi-track mixing,copy,cut,paste,delete,insert and apply
audio effect process.

If you are professional audio creative author who familiar with Audition and
Audacity, AudioRoom can be a useful supplement to your media production
toolbox, providing you with instant editing convenience.

If you are a podcast, talk show creator, AudioRoom, as a simple audio
material editing tool, can provide a convenient workflow for multi-track
mixing background music, recording materials, and dubbing commentary,
helping you find inspiration for audio mixing and editing.

Current Version: 2.5.1 (May 18, 2021)
Read AudioRoom – Audio Editor’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/music/audioroom-audio-editor
Visit AudioRoom – Audio Editor’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/audioroom/id1450417400

2. Balance Lock (macOS, Free)

Noticing that the audio balance for your headphones is going slightly to the
left or right? Balance Lock was designed to solve this by keeping the audio
centred either in the middle or to a custom lock point. No more annoying
left/right audio drift!

It runs unintrusively in the background, monitoring the audio levels to
ensure that when plugging and unplugging headphones, the audio stays
centered. It even has special support for USB audio devices so ensure all
types of headphones are supported.

Current Version: 1.1 (May 16, 2021)
Read Balance Lock’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/utilities/balance-lock
Visit Balance Lock’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/balance-lock/id1019371109?mt=12

3. Curb – Request & Pay for Taxis (iOS/iPadOS, Free)

Curb is the #1 Taxi App in the US that connects you to over 50,000 taxis
with the tap of a button. Easily request and contactlessly pay for rides in
65 U.S. cities, including New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los
Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami and Washington, DC.

Current Version: 5.16.1 (May 3, 2021)
Read Curb – Request & Pay for Taxis’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/travel/curb-request-pay-taxis
Visit Curb – Request & Pay for Taxis’ App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/curb-request-pay-for-taxis/id299226386

4. Letter Rooms (iOS/iPadOS, US$1.99)

Letter Rooms is simply a good anagram from the award-winning creator of
Subwords, Asymmetric, and Elementary Minute.

* Straight forward gameplay without any fuss: Launch the game and you’re
right in the next puzzle
* Solve over 200 puzzles from 12 different topics, like animals, pop
culture, sports, or culinary. If you ever get stuck, you can skip the
level without any consequences
* Master the three game mechanics: Moveable characters, On-Off Characters,
and Multi-Characters
* Make use of the accessibility features like the dyslexic font and support
for VoiceOver and VoiceControl.
* Plus: Widget, GameCenter, …

Current Version: 1.0.1 (May 28, 2021)
Read Letter Rooms’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/letter-rooms
Visit Letter Rooms’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/letter-rooms/id1563407977

5. My Finder (iOS/iPadOS, Free)

MyFinder AI is the smartest and simplest text, scene & object recognition
app that speaks out the visible surroundings of the blind and low vision
users, helping them lead independent lives. MyFinder connects the users, if
needed, to a human volunteer right the way.

The app is developed for and along with the visually impaired community. It
is easy to use, gets things done and a one for many features interface
bringing the most advanced assistive tech experience to blind and visually
impaired users.

Upon opening the app, simply hold your phone camera towards any piece of
text, your surroundings, objects, people, or products, and everything will
be read out to you thanks to MyFinder’s artificial intelligence. The
support button is on the same screen, connecting you directly to a human
volunteer for further support.

Current Version: 0.5 (May 5, 2021)
Read My Finder’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/my-finder
Visit My Finder’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/my-finder/id1457760748

6. Passenger Assistance (iOS/iPadOS, Free)

Passenger Assistance is the new app for requesting assistance for rail
travel in Great Britain.

Organise assisted train travel from one easy-to-use app. Input your
accessibility requirements and receive travel information.

Easy to use. Download, create an account, and start organising journeys
today

Current Version: 1.0 (May 25, 2021)
Read Passenger Assistance’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/travel/passenger-assistance
Visit Passenger Assistance’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/passenger-assistance/id1542190496

7. Perilous marathon (macOS, US$10.00)

Are you ready to run for your life? I hope you are. In this fast-paced game,
you are running from left to right collecting items and trying to get the
best score. Sound easy? Great! Because it’s not.

features include:

* avoidable pits
* falling bombs
* extendable stats system
* scoreboard system
* Cross-platform functionality, now available for both Windows and Mac OS!
* Constant game updates

Read Perilous marathon’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/games/perilous-marathon

Visit Perilous marathon’s website https://ims-productions.com/pm.php

8. TimeMachineEditor (macOS, Free)

TimeMachineEditor lets you change the one-hour interval of Time Machine
backups. You can change the interval or create a more sophisticated
scheduling.

TimeMachineEditor triggers Time Machine backups when it is most appropriate,
the whole backup process is still handled by Time Machine. TimeMachineEditor
is not a “hack”, it does not modify system files.

Current Version: 5.1.9 (May 11, 2021)
Read TimeMachineEditor’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/utilities/timemachineeditor
Visit TimeMachineEditor’s website
https://tclementdev.com/timemachineeditor/

All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:

iOS/iPadOS https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=watch_directory
Apple TV https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=tv_directory

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Helpful tips for June – keep up with the latest scams and more

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 June 2021

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* Cleaning Small Appliances
* Cleaning Cookware
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* What do I need to know before traveling abroad?

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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.

Well, the credit card scam continues; an automated call trying to convince
you that eronious charges have been made to your credit card.
Just ignore and move on.

Those persistent faxes from foreign countries!
Also ignore these.

Here is a great tip when dealing with your fans!
Rotate it counter clockwise during the spring and summer so that more cool
air can be circulated.
Rotate it clockwise during fall and winter so that more warm air can be
circulated.

Having trouble keeping your white under shirts white?
Just soak them in a bucket of water and drop a few denture tablets into the
water.
Voila! Your under shirts are now whiter than white!

A good way to keep your stainless steel kitchen sink shining?
Shine it with a bit of honey!

Want to keep your hair always looking fresh?
On those off days when you do not wash your hair, try using dry shampoo.
Just spray a tiny bit of it over your hair and then massage into your scalp.
Finally, brush vigorously.

How about those beloved bees?
Well the experts are now telling us that these busy little insects are being
trained to identify Covid!

About ciccadas?
Every 17 years they emerge into our world by the millions and they make lots
of noise as they mate and lay eggs.
Then they die leaving their young ones to bless us with their noise.

A great strategy if you ever need to get away from a bear!
Back away very slowly and say nothing!

About curtains?
You can leave them shut if you wish to keep the summer’s heat out but then
again; this keeps out the natural sunlight.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Courtesy of Mama Peach
Cleaning Small Appliances
When cleaning your blender, add a small amount of dishwashing liquid to the
blender container. Fill halfway with hot tap water and blend. Instantly
clean!
Prevent messy splatters when using electric mixers by covering the bowl
securely with foil. Punch holes in the foil for the beater shafts and beat
away!
Use vegetable oil to lubricate egg beaters for an easy cleanup. Or lubricate
with glycerin before using.
Run a piece of waxed paper through a can-opener to keep it operating
smoothly. Works with manual can openers too.
Clean your kettle periodically by boiling equal parts vinegar and water in
it. Let it sit overnight and rinse well in the morning. The lime deposits
will wash away. Or fill the kettle with water, sprinkle some cream of
tartar into it and let it boil.
Give your coffeemaker a treat every so often. Clean it by filling the
reservoir with water and adding 2 tablespoons of water softener. Run the
machine through its cycle.
To remove caked-on grease from an electric frying pan, cover the surface of
the pan with baking soda. Let it sit for 15 minutes or so and then rub with
a wet cloth. Rinse with warm water.
A quick and efficient way to clean your meat grinder is to take a raw potato
and run it through the grinder. Great for electric and hand grinders.
To clean your garbage disposer and sharpen the blades at the same time, fill
ice cube trays with equal parts water and vinegar. When frozen, drop the
cubes into the disposer and turn it on.
For garbage disposer odors, pour in a cup of vinegar and then immediately
run the cold water tap for 2 or 3 minutes.

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Courtesy of Mama Peach
Cleaning Cookware
Cookware . . .
Remove tough-to-clean food and grease from enamel broiling pans by covering
the bottom with a layer of powdered detergent or water softener. Cover with
a wet towel and leave for several hours. This should loosen
baked-on grease enough to wash without effort.
To remove stains on nonstick finishes, mix 2 tablespoons baking powder, 1 /2
cup chlorine bleach and 1 cup of water. Put the mixture in the stained pot
and let it boil for about 10 minutes. Wash with soap and water,
dry, then rub a little vegetable oil on the surface. Don’t allow the mixture
to boil over or it might leave spots on the exterior finish of the pot.
To save scorched pans, remove as much burned food as possible from the pan.
Sprinkle the bottom with baking soda to form a good layer over the burned
area. Add 1 1 /2 cups water and let it stand overnight. Use a
rubber spatula to scrape and lift remains.
To remove burned food from enamel pots, cover the bottom of the pot with
water and add 4 or 5 tablespoons of salt. Let the pot soak overnight and
then bring the mixture to a boil.
Tackling Cast-Iron Cookware . . . Commercial oven cleaners will clean the
OUTSIDE of cast-iron cookware. Use as directed but make sure not to use it
on the inside. Rinse well after cleaning.
To clean the INSIDE of your cast-iron cookware, instead of washing after
each use with soap and water, try shaking salt on the cookware and wiping
clean. Keeps food from sticking when frying and needs only to be
washed every other use. A light coating of cooking oil won’t hurt either.
Prevents rust!
Pancakes won’t stick if you rub your griddle with salt first.
A little salt and vinegar will clean copper bottoms on pots and pans. Just
sprinkle on, rub lightly and wash as usual. Or rub with a lemon dipped in
salt. Wipe off with a wet cloth, dry and apply lemon oil, car or floor
wax. In a pinch, you can sometimes clean copper with ketchup.
Rust can be removed from metal baking dishes by scouring with a raw potato
and your favorite detergent.
For a quick way to clean your stainless-steel teapot, simply pop a
denture-cleaning tablet into the pot and top it up with warm water. Leave
for an hour or two and then give the pot a good rinse.
To make a great scraper that is strong but won’t damage the surface of your
pots and pans, take a wooden spoon and a handsaw. Square off the rounded end
by cutting off half the spoon’s bowl and sand the edge
smooth.

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Special note from Donna Jodhan:
The Covid choke hold is not going to last for ever and when it does finally
subside we will be ready to embrace favourite haunts and to visit favourite
places.
The world will be a new place in which to live but it will be a better one.
So let’s get ready to welcome and embrace travel once more.

From the pages of Donna’s diary
What do I need to know before traveling abroad?

It does not matter if you are traveling abroad for the first time or if you
are a seasoned traveler. It never hurts to have a check list in hand when
planning your next trip; cruise, train voyage, or air travel.

For the most part, the majority of travelers will almost always forget to
include something when making their traveling plans and alas! the forgotten
thing will frequently turn out to be the cause of anything ranging from mild
anxiety to a major headache.

For those who are traveling abroad for the first time it is even more
important for you to pay attention to what you should take into account
before you leave home and for the one who is either a somewhat regular or
seasoned traveler, it never hurts to have a refresher course before you set
out on your journey.

First and most important is that you need to do your research and don’t be
shy to seek the assistance of a reputable travel agent if you are afraid to
access the Internet. Remember now; Internet research is not for everyone
especially so if you are not comfortable with online technology.

When choosing a travel agent to help you, be sure to choose one who
specializes in the type of trip you are planning and one who is familiar
with that part of the world you are planning to travel to. Many travel
agents will tell you that yes! They know the area and they know all the
good sites to send you to but you need to confirm this by asking the right
questions.

So how do you really prepare? Here is a list of things to do and questions
to ask a travel agent and you can use this to get you started.

Before setting out however, follow these important tips.
1. Make sure that your passport is in order. That it has not expired, that
it will not expire while on your trip abroad, and that you have enough time
to renew it before you leave if needed.
2. Make sure that wherever you go that you can have easy access to your
country’s embassy in case of any emergency.
3. Make sure to notify your credit card company that you will be traveling
after you have completed your bookings.
4. Remember to get travel and cancellation insurance.

Now to the things that you will need to do.
1. Clearly identify your travel destination and include:
A. the best and most economic way to get there.
B. Best time of the year to visit your intended travel destination.
C. customs, culture, and habits of the country.
D. Most popular sites for you to visit.
E. Other sites based on your interests.
F. Safe areas to visit and unsafe areas not to visit.
G. Type of currency used by the country, an idea of exchange rates, and how
easy would it be for you to convert currency while on your trip.
H. The spoken language of the country and is your first language spoken
there.
I. Are there any health alerts for your destination.
J. Do you require any vaccinations before traveling there.
K. The type of voltage being used in the country.
L. Safe places for you to stay at.
M. Entry visa requirements.
N. Type of Internet accessibility and availability.
O. Types of long distance packages available to you for cell phone coverage.

If you are dealing with a travel agent, then here are some questions for you
to ask:
1. What is the best rate that you can obtain; during which season of the
year?
2. What is the best way to get there; direct versus indirect routes?
3. How long would it take to get there?
4. Which airlines travel there and how often do they do so?
5. How many pieces of luggage are you allowed and the dimensions and
weight?

Here are some resources to get you started.
How to choose a travel agent –
http://www.wikihow.com/Choose-a-Travel-Agent

Tips for traveling abroad –
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/go/checklist.html

How to plan a trip abroad –
http://www.tripadvisor.ca/

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach and more, 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.

If you enjoy podcasts then check out my weekly one called take another 5!
From recipes to apps, and from mystery moment to tips for entrepreneur and
scam alerts!
Available for download at http://www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html

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A review of the Rizvi electronics store – protection from Covid

A review of the Rizvi electronics store

Special note from Donna Jodhan
No one knows when the Covid choke hold will be gone so we are going to hope
and stay positive and continue to remember and look forward to resuming
great traveling.

Introduction:

The Rizvii electronics store is located in the Bridlewood mall in Toronto
Canada and has had an excellent record for great customer service. It is
one of the few establishments that has managed to keep its head above water
through out the Pandemic and I can only hope that it is able to survive
these hard times and go on to greater things when things settle down.

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 customers with special needs – 5

Remarks :
This store is well laid out and access to shelves and counters is extremely
good for persons with a disability.
There is enough room for walkers and wheelchairs.

About staff:
They are very friendly and helpful and they go way beyond the call of
customer duty to ensure that they have provided customer satisfaction.

Any suggestions?
Keep up your excellent service!

Contact info:
Tel 416 493 6622
Located on the second floor at the Bridlewood Mall; 2900 Warden Avenue
Toronto

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com

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How to make your technology 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 your technology more accessible
By Donna J. Jodhan
This continues to be a very important topic for as long as we need to stay
at home because of the Covid Choke hold.
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!

Before you even consider making your technology more accessible you need to
understand why, and to whom you should be making your technology more
accessible.
Furthermore, you need to learn how to do so. There are too many so-called
mainstream companies that lay false claim to having an understanding as to
how to deal with the above but in reality they fall woefully short and as a
result they create unecessary challenges for those who should be benefitting
from accessible technology.

Here are some vital tips to get you started.
* Make sure that you are aware of those who need to work with access
technology; those who are blind and vision impaired, those with cognitive
disabilities, those with learning disabilities, and those requiring access
technology in order to communicate both online and offline.

* Obtain an understanding as to why this is so.

* Become familiar with the various types of access technology being used by
the above mentioned groups of persons.

* Understand how to ensure that your technology is able to accommodate the
needs of the above mentioned groups.

* Know how to make changes whenever there needs to be updates and upgrades
in order to ensure that your technology is able to work affectively with
access technology.

* Most important; know and understand the meaning of the term access
technology. The trick here is to ensure that your technology is able to
work with the various types of access technology.

This should be enough to get you started.

To contact me please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca
and to learn more about me as a sight loss coach visit
www.donnajodhan.com

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Straight from the Apple Vis April online newsletter

Welcome to the April 2021 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
newsletter which highlights 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.
We are pleased to highlight the newest apps.
…. New and Noteworthy App Entries

1. DreamLab (iOS/iPadOS, Free)

Imagine if you could really make a difference and help to speed up time in
the fight against Covid–19 and cancer.??DreamLab is a multi-award
winning app from the Vodafone Foundation, in partnership with Imperial
College London, which uses the collective power of mobile phones to fast
track Covid–19 and cancer research. DreamLab exists to help find answers
quicker and the more people who use DreamLab, the faster it works.

Medical research currently generates huge volumes of health data around the
world every day, but access to computing power to crunch and make sense of
this data is limited. Your mobile device contains a huge amount of computing
power needed to run everything from email to music and video streaming apps,
but is mostly dormant while you plug it in to charge overnight. DreamLab
harnesses this processing power, of yours and thousands of other mobile
phones, to examine such health data to look specifically at how existing
drugs can be repurposed to help in the fight against cancer.

DreamLab taps into this invaluable resource to find more effective
combinations of drugs that can be tailored to patients to improve treatments
and save lives. As a Dreamer you can even choose which project to support
and also select how much mobile data the app uses every month (or only on
WiFi). Just one PC running 24 hours a day would need 300 years to process
the data required to complete the project. However, 100,000 smartphones
running DreamLab for six hours a night could fast track the job in just
three months.

Current Version: 2.2.7 (March 14, 2021)
Read DreamLab’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/health-and-fitness/dreamlab-fast-track-lifesaving-research

Visit DreamLab’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dreamlab/id1273619275

2. Guess the Rule: Logic Puzzles (iOS/iPadOS, US$0.99)
A square next to a circle? A red triangle on the left? One of each color?
There’s a secret rule to determine which sequences of 3 colored shapes are
allowed and which are not. Using your powers of inductive logic, you must
predict whether each new sequence fits. Collect evidence, adjust your
predictions, and guess the rule–it’s a lot like the scientific method!

Guess the Rule is easy to learn but difficult to master. Start with simple
rules, but if you want to spice things up, try adding “and”, “or”,
or “if…then”… You’ll find endless challenges, some of which are
absolutely diabolical!

Play alone or with friends! Compete for daily high scores, or see who can
guess the rule fastest in a pass-and-play match.

Current Version: 1.1 (April 2, 2021)
Read Guess the Rule: Logic Puzzles’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/guess-rule-logic-puzzles

Visit Guess the Rule: Logic Puzzles’ App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/guess-the-rule-logic-puzzles/id1550411766

3. Guitar Chord Transposer Simple (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Guitar Chord Transposer Simple and Manager is a free and easy way to
transpose guitar chords. Simply enter your chords and lyric of song &
transpose chords! it’s like a magic!!! Transpose Guitar Chords and Tabs
Instantly – Now you can transpose guitar tablature chords, change guitar
tablature keys, and transpose guitar tabs every where any where and play it
later OFFLINE!

Features:

* Easy Insert Chord and Lyric
* Easy Transpose Chord
* Save to your library
* Play Chord in your library offline
* Easy manage Library

Current Version: 1.0.20201003 (October 3, 2020)
Read Guitar Chord Transposer Simple’s AppleVis App Directory entry for
more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/music/guitar-chord-transposer-simple
Visit Guitar Chord Transposer Simple’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/guitar-chord-transposer-simple/id1534088145

4. Pro Wrestling Simulator 2021 (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Do you miss playing the role of a General Manager on your PlayStation 2 back
in the good old days? Now you can take that experience with you in your
pocket- wherever you are in the world.

BOOK DREAM MATCHES: With a variety of roster packs spanning multiple
generations of wrestling, there’s no limit to the kind of dream matches
that you can book in Pro Wrestling Simulator.

POWERED BY ML: We analyzed hundreds of television wrestling matches in order
to create an accurate machine learning model that determines how the fans
react to the shows that you book.

CLOUD SYNC: Book a show on the train journey home with your iPhone, then
pick up right where you left off at home on your iPad. Your game follows
you.

Current Version: 2021.5.7 (April 15, 2021)
Read Pro Wrestling Simulator 2021’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/pro-wrestling-simulator-2021
Visit Pro Wrestling Simulator 2021’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pro-wrestling-simulator-2021/id1513020607

5. Roll The Bones (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Roll the Bones is now a completely free app. By completely free we also mean
ad-free and no IAPs!

Roll the Bones is a dice rolling utility with a clean, minimalist design. It
lets you choose the number of dice you want to roll, the number of sides on
the dice, and a modifier to add or subtract from the total of your roll.
Your dice can have anywhere from 2 sides (flipping a coin) to 999 sides
(attacking a horde of orcs) and you can add favorite sets of dice for quick
access later.

Keep in mind that Roll the Bones is NOT A DICE GAME, but is instead a
utility you can use to play games where you roll dice.

Current Version: 1.1.4 (December 6, 2016)
Read Roll The Bones’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/roll-bones
Visit Roll The Bones’ App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/za/app/roll-the-bones/id982844707

6. Sonar Islands (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
The new game from the makers of the award winning game FEER.

Sonar Islands is a MULTIPLAYER ONLINE game, where all relevant events happen
in your ears.

On various islands you explore and discover, seek hidden TREASURES and
conquer OBSTACLES. Every new island has a special atmosphere and a different
gameplay. Do your best to fortify your islands and be clever enough to take
the gold from your opponents.

* Visit the ancient TEMPLE island, the ancestors built, where snakes are
biting and down falling parts may block your way.
* Take a trip to the JUNGLE island, watch abandoned lions on your way, but
be aware of the tree traps, set up by the natives. You can go up, but
there is no coming down.
* The FUN FAIR island is a happy place to be. You can shoot toys coming
towards you. Some carry a treasure, some carry a bomb, that’s the risk.
* The VOLCANO island is a chilly place, for some too hot, especially if you
step near the lava flows. Ash and stone rain down due to the eruptions of
terraforming, raise your shield to protect you.
* In the MACHINE HALL you will meet the friendly robots from Feer, but this
time you carry a stun gun to short-circuit their brains, at least for a
while, till their self-repair is complete.
* On PING island you will get a sonar device for orientation, send out a
tone and the echo tells you, where to go. That’s good, because you may
discover, this island is a labyrinth.
* High up on the TREETOP island you have to deal with wind and mosquitos.
The wind is really disorientating, leaves are rustling, while the
mosquitos chase you. And don’t fall, while balancing on the twigs.
* On the ELECTRO island you face the invisible power of ELECTRICITY. Tesla
coils sparkle round their high voltage, better shoot some metal confetti
to divert the current. The nice thing here are catapult plates, they make
you fly all over the island. A pity, that you don’t know where you will
end up.

Happy vacation!

Sonar Islands comes with a tutorial, a training island and a story island.
To get full access to the game, Sonar Islands offers a monthly and a yearly
subscription. When you purchase a subscription, payments will be charged to
your App Store account at the confirmation of purchase and will
automatically renew unless canceled within 24-hours before the end of the
current period. For more information, see our Terms of Use
(https://www.mentalhome.eu/terms-of-use/) and our Privacy Policy
(https://www.mentalhome.eu/privacy-policy/).

Current Version: 1.0.3 (April 27, 2021)
Read Sonar Islands’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/sonar-islands
Visit Sonar Islands’ App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/za/app/sonar-islands/id1554817644

7. Widget Pet (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
>WidgetPet! Meet your new best friend. Ever wondered what your pet is
thinking? Pets might not be able to tell you about all their adventures, but
your widget pet can!

* Hop on into the WidgetPet pet shop and pick a companion.
* Incubate and then hatch your widget pet.
* Care for your widget pet and they’ll share stories about their day and
tell you about their adventures.
* Feed, water, love and even put your widget pet to sleep if they’re
feeling tired.
* As your widget pet grows they’ll unlock new capabilities such as you
being able to “pet” them or engaging in playing Pet-Tac-Toe! with
other random widget pets live in the app!

Current Version: 4.0.1 (April 3, 2021)
Read Widget Pet’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/widget-pet
Visit Widget Pet’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/widgetpet/id1533559619

All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
iOS/iPadOS https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=watch_directory
Apple TV https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=tv_directory

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Helpful tips for May 2021 – stay connected

Helpful tips for May 2021

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* Eco-friendly Salt Alternatives for Melting Ice and Snow and 5 Best Green
Gifts
* Cleaning Large Appliances
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* Traveling alone

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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.

Some very important Covid tips:
Stay out of small spaces and crowded places.
When it comes to the consumption of Alcohol:
Men can consume their alcohol much more effectively than women.

Too much of being in front of a computer screen?
When it comes to the kids, let’s try to monitor and control their time here.
Too much of this and there will be threats of eye sight problems.

Too much of wearing headphones and earbuds?
Threats of more hearing problems.

Best ways to shred important documents?
Use a shredder.
Better than hand shredding it all.
Believe it or not, there are those folks who rummage through garbage cans
seeking to find half shredded documents with your personal information.
They use this to carry out scams!

It’s gardening time and here is a nifty tip for you.
Make sure that you have cleaned your garden of old leaves, garbage, and
plant remnants before you lay down new plants and flowers.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

“Eco-friendly Salt Alternatives for Melting Ice and Snow” and “” 5 Best
Green Gifts for the Person Who Has “Everything!”

*I. “Eco-friendly Salt Alternatives for Melting Ice and Snow”

The Huffington Post – 01/10/2014

Author: Nikki Fotheringham

Salt does do a great job of melting ice and snow through the winter, but its
pretty bad news for you, your pets, the environment and your garden. Pets
get salt on their paws and this dries them out and causes cracking; salt
corrodes metal, damages concrete and wreaks havoc on your garden and lawn.

With spring melt, all the accumulated salt ends up in your waterways, where
the local wildlife may not survive the seasoning. You know that salt is bad
for you, so here are some green alternatives
to melt your winter ice.

Organic, Salt-free De-icer:

It’s a little pricier than salt, but these products will help to keep your
walkways and driveways ice-free.

Kitty Litter:

Okay, this doesn’t actually melt the ice, but it does provide traction for a
more non-slip surface.

Urea:

This is a natural de-icer, and while it won’t harm your pets, corrode your
metal or pit your concrete, it can be really bad news for your plants, so
avoid using it near the garden.

Alfalfa Meal:

This is a super effective, natural, green ice melting alternative. It’s 100
percent natural, and is usually used as a fertilizer. It’s grainy so it will
provide traction and is extremely effective when used in moderation.

Sugar Beet Juice:

The juice from sugar beets lowers the melting point of ice and snow, which
helps to clear your driveway. It’s even been used to melt ice and snow on
municipal roads in some areas. It’s safe for animals, people, metals,
concrete and plants. Beet juice is one of the only options which are
effective below negative 20 degrees Celsius.

Sand or coffee grinds:

Sprinkle sand over your icy surfaces to provide traction, and the darker
colors absorb more heat and help to melt snow and ice.

Don’t underestimate the importance of shoveling. A good shovel will clear
your drive while giving you a wicked workout, and it’s the most natural,
environmentally friendly and green way to get rid of ice and snow this
winter.

*II. ” 5 Best Green Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything!”

Author: Nikki Fotheringham

December 15 2016

Giving to others is great for your health and happiness. Now you can give
twice with gifts that give back. This Christmas touch more than one life
with these amazing gifts that will help those in need.

1. Globe In

https://globein.com/

This really is the gift that keeps on giving! These absolutely gorgeous
boxes are curated collections of artisanal, handmade gifts from all over the
world. Buy a box for someone special, or join the club. For just
$10 a month, you can get the artisan pick of the
month – a wonderful gift to you every month. These products help budding
entrepreneurs in developing country. Help fight poverty and give a great
gift!

When you buy three boxes, you get one for free. I bought the
picnic box for just $50 and absolutely LOVED it!

https://shop.globein.com/collections/artisan-boxes-1/products/the-picnic-box
?variant=12722972294

2.
Adopt a Narwhal

All net-proceeds help support our conservation efforts.

https://shop.wwf.ca/collections/adoptions/products/narwhal?utm_source=global
nav

&utm_medium=globalfooter&utm_content=narwhal&utm_campaign=adoptions-fy17

Of course you can! The World Wildlife Fund offers an adoption program that
helps fund their efforts to save endangered species. Your donation of $40
allows you to adopt a narwhal (with certificate), and gets you this adorable
narwhal plush toy, a narwhal poster and a reusable shopping bag.

There are many other wonderful animals to adopt too.

3.
Save the Elephants

Save Elephant Love Keychain with Free Gift Box – Ashley Jewels

https://www.ashleyjewels.com/products/magnetic-elephant-love-keychain

These elephant key chains helps to raise awareness and money for the Save
the Elephants fund. You can buy one for yourself and a loved one too. For
just $10 you can get a wonderful gift and help to save our majestic
elephants. And who knows, perhaps if you have this elephant on your keyring,
you’ll never forget where you put your keys!

4.
Greenmoxie’s Guide to Sustainable Living

Greenmoxie: A Practical Guide to Sustainable Living 1

https://www.amazon.com/Greenmoxie-Practical-Guide-Sustainable-Living-ebook/d
p/B00QXWJSRU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481232542&sr=8-1&keywords=greenmoxie+gu
ide+to+sustainable+living

We take you through your home, office and garden and show you how to do just
about everything in a more eco-friendly way. From upcycling projects you can
do with your kids, to making your own make-up and everything in between,
this book is a comprehensive guide for those who want to live a leaner,
greener and healthier life. Make awesome stuff, save the planet, have fun &
save money!

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Courtesy of Mama Peach
Cleaning Large Appliances
The inside of your dishwasher will be film free if you do this occasionally.
Fill dish washer with dirty dishes but make sure you have not included any
silver or other metals. Place a bowl with 1 /2 cup of bleach on the
bottom rack and allow the machine to run through the wash cycle only. Fill
the same bowl with 1 /2 cup of vinegar and this time allow the machine to
run through a full cycle.
A quick way to get rid of those yellow stains in your dishwasher is to first
allow your empty machine to fill for a wash. Then add a package of flavored
orange crystals (the kind you make orange drinks out of) and
allow the wash and rinse cycle to complete.
When spills occur in the oven, sprinkle with table salt. When the oven is
cool, wipe up the salt. It will absorb the drippings.
To dislodge baked-on spills, apply a paste of baking soda and water, with a
little elbow grease!
Or place a small dish of ammonia on the upper rack and a pan of water on the
lower rack of a still-warm oven. Leave for ten to twelve hours or overnight.
Air oven and wipe grease away with an all-purpose cleaner
and warm water. An inexpensive way of oven cleaning.
Prevention is better than cure! Avoid oven spills by placing casseroles and
pies on a cookie sheet or in a larger pie plate.
Allow oven racks to soak in the tub while you’re working on the inside of
the oven.
Rubbing alcohol shines oven tops beautifully.
Household ammonia diluted with water to half strength makes an excellent
oven-top cleaner.
To tackle that brown-stained oven window, make a paste of water and baking
soda. Simply coat the inside of the window with the mixture, leave for 10
minutes and then rinse off with water.
For a quick and simple method of cleaning the microwave oven, wet a
dishcloth and place in the center of your microwave. Turn on high and allow
the cloth to sort of cook for about 30 to 40 seconds. The steam that
this creates will help loosen any hardened spills and you can use the heated
cloth to wipe the inside clean. Be careful. The cloth will be really hot!
To freshen up and deodorize your microwave, place a bowl of water in the
oven and add 3 or 4 slices of lemon. Cook on high for 30 seconds.
Freshen up the inside of your refrigerator by wiping periodically with a
cloth moistened with vinegar, a great way to prevent mildew.
A little dab of vanilla, lemon or orange extract on a small pad of cotton
will keep the refrigerator smelling sweet.
Baking soda will keep odors away for several months. Just open the box and
place on a middle shelf.
Many common fridge odors may be removed by placing a small tub filled with
charcoal briquettes in the middle rack of your fridge. Every so often, you
might want to revitalize the briquettes by heating them mildly in
a cast-iron pan on the stove.
Should you own a fridge whose freezer is not self-defrosting, wipe the
inside of the freezer compartment with a cloth dampened with glycerin. When
it’s time to defrost again, the chunks of ice will drop without effort.
Keep white appliances sparkling clean and prevent yellowing by washing with
a mixture of 1 /2 cup of bleach, 8 cups of water and 1 /2 cup of baking
soda. Rinse well.

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Special note from Donna Jodhan:
The Covid choke hold is not going to last for ever and when it does finally
subside we will be ready to embrace favourite haunts and to visit favourite
places.
The world will be a new place in which to live but it will be a better one.
So let’s get ready to welcome and embrace travel once more.

From the pages of Donna’s diary
Traveling alone

This is probably one of the most challenging things for me these days and
with the world of travel changing all of the time; it only becomes more
difficult for me a someone with a vision impairment.

It does not really matter how helpful agents are, it is the anxiety of
hoping that no matter what I will encounter helpful and friendly agents
along the way.

It does not matter how much notice I give to airlines before hand or to
ground assistance companies before I travel; the anxiety for me is always
there.

It all starts before I get to the airport and it does not end until I am
safely in the car of family or friends. From the curb to the check in
counter, and from check in at security to the gate, everything for me is o
so stressful.

Then aboard the aircraft, to touch down and then to customs and immigration;
it is the same. Then to locate the luggage. Then on the return journey it
is no different!

Traveling across Canada may be a bit less stressful because when I travel
internationally I cannot determine before hand what I am going to encounter.
Just another challenge for me to face each time I travel.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach and more, 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
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From recipes to apps, and from mystery moment to tips for entrepreneur and
scam alerts!
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