Helpful tips for July 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!
Enjoy!
From the business desk team at http://www.sterlingcreations.com.
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Helpful tips for July 2017

In this issue:

General tips
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

If you are having difficulty keeping those meddlesome mosquitoes away from
you as you sleep at night then try wrapping your head in a light colored
towel.
This works.

Which gender is better able to handle their alcohol?
Why, it is men!
And why is this?
Because men generally weigh more than women and this helps because of their
body’s density.

About your bath towels:
You should plan to change them every one to three years.

Caring for your pillows?
You should change them every two to three years.
When laundering them; wash them individually.
Use just a tiny bit of soap.
Leave them in the drier for about an hour and a half.
Include a tennis ball in your drier when drying your pillow.

About peaches?
The harder they are the sweeter they are.

From Dan Thompson:
1. You can actually get nicotine poisoning from absorbing the chemical
through your skin (from wet tobacco leaves). The phenomenon is called Green
Tobacco Sickness (GTS).
2. New York Tribune founder Horace Greeley is best known for saying, “Go
West, young man.” Problem is, he didn’t say it. The quote actually came
from Indiana newspaper editor John B.L. Soule. In fact, Greeley’s own
comments regarding the West were less than encouraging. In 1859, while
traveling across Utah, he wrote, “The desolation seems irredeemable.”
Twelve years later, he proclaimed, “This Daniel Boone business is about
played out.”
3. Guinness’s Book of Records was originally conceived as a way to settle
arguments in pubs.
Submitted by Victoria Quillen – Clearwater, Florida 4. Turtles often bury
their eggs in alligator nests. The mother alligator guards her nest so well
it ensures the safety of the unborn turtles as well.
Submitted by Chris Fordyce – Greeley, Colorado 5. When you crack a whip,
the tip is moving faster than the speed of sound. That is why it “cracks”
instead of “wooshing.”

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From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
Fall travel

As a blind traveler, I really do not mind traveling in the fall. True it is
that my options of destinations may be somewhat limited but that’s okay.
There always seems to be somewhere to go. On a cruise to a warmer climate?
To a resort where they specialize in fall activities? Or maybe even on a
shopping trip to buy or stock up on some winter clothes?

Going to a resort where they specialize in fall activities should be
examined a bit more closely; especially so when it comes to ensuring that
accessibility for a blind person is assured.

What do I mean by this? That fall tours offer descriptions of sites for a
blind person. That there is assistance on hand for someone who is blind; to
help them navigate around when the tour makes stops for persons to walk
around or to have meals.

So before leaving home for your next fall adventure, make sure that all of
this is in place for you.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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http://www.donnajodhan.com.
On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio
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Available for download at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html

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Top Google headlines of the week

Good day! It’s your Sterling Creations business desk team and we are
delighted to share the following Google headlines with you.
Enjoy and have a great day!

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Top Google headlines of the week

1. Nearly half of baby boomers manage finances for their parents, but
they’re going it alone
http://news.sys-con.com/node/4109036

2. jobs and careers for aging baby boomers, jobs and careers
for retirees
Job search challenges for matured unemployed workers
http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/money/business/main-street/2017/06/21/j
ob-search-challenges-unemployed-mature-workers/408540001/

3. Baby boomer roommate service Silvernest collects $1.3 mln seed
https://www.pehub.com/2017/06/baby-boomer-roommate-service-silvernest-collec
ts-1-3-mln-seed/

4. Baby boomers are growing the nation’s older population, Census estimates
show
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/06/21/baby-boomers-are-growing-the-nations-o
lder-population-census-estimates-show/

5. What baby boomers need to know as seniors
http://www.washingtontimesreporter.com/news/20170622/what-baby-boomers-need-
to-know-as-seniors

6. Enterprising young Egyptians seize Ramadan business opportunities
Doing it all from home
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/en/originals/2017/06/egypt-ramadan-business-
opportunities-youth-food.html

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A review of the Jack Astor’s restaurant

My monthly review
A review of the Jack Astor’s restaurant
By Donna J. Jodhan

In mid February I took my friend Sue Leask to the Jack Astor’s restaurant
for her birthday and this particular Jack Astor’s restaurant was located in
the Scarborough Town Centre in Toronto.

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.

Service desk assistance – 5
Assistance for guests with special needs – 5
Assistance at restaurant – 5

Access to the restaurant was extremely user friendly for a vision impaired
person and navigating among the tables was not very difficult.

The waitress went out of her way to ensure that I knew what was on the menu
and her manner was friendly and very accommodating.
So you can see that I was thoroughly satisfied. Both with the customer
service and with the food!

So in case you would like to check out this restaurant they are located at
the Scarborough Town Centre.
I look forward to my next visit to Jack Astor’s.

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Top articles of the week

Hello there and welcome to our weekly feature titled top articles of the
week.
Especially chosen for you, these articles will help you to keep up to date
with current trends plus a lot more.
Enjoy!

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five videos demonstrating the use of smartphone apps in compensating for
sight loss
Here are five videos demonstrating the use of smartphone apps that Henshaws
deems to be most useful in compensating for sight loss. The page also lets
you sign up for their monthly email
announcement list so you can learn about future offerings:
https://www.henshaws.org.uk/apps/
There’s been an explosion of apps produced using artificial intelligence to
overcome the issues of sight loss. They enable your smartphone to do what
your eyes can no longer (or never could!) do.
What’s more the vast majority of them are free. They can be used in ways you
may never have imagined. Let us introduce you to our favourites.
Introducing Be My Eyes
BeMyEyes enables anyone with a visual impairment to connect to a sighted
volunteer, through live video, so that they can explain what’s in front of
them.

Introducing BeSpecular
BeSpecular is a fantastic app that enables anyone with a visual impairment
to get an audio description of something they’ve photographed – from a real
person – within minutes.

Introducing Station Alert UK
Train Station Alert UK
Knowing where to get off the train is not easy when you have little or no
vision – in fact many sighted people often miss their stop! Check out
Station Alert UK, which will notify you when you’re
at your stop so you can sit back and enjoy your journey.

Introducing Aipoly
Aipoly enables your smartphone to understand objects, and colors, through
artificial intelligence.

Introducing TapTapSee
TapTapSee enables your smartphone to understand objects through artificial
intelligence.

Sign up to Henshaws Knowledge mailing list
When visiting the link below, if using screenreading software, press the
letter H twice. The cursor is moved down to:
“Sign up to Henshaws Knowledge mailing list”
Directly below this heading are editfields for firstname, last name, email
address and a few checkboxes regarding personal visual impairment.
Lastly is the link for siging up for future tips to be sent via email.
some edit fields to fill out for subscribing.
https://www.henshaws.org.uk/apps/#content

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Internet Explorer Favorites Tips
By Karen Santiago Editor of “The Blind Perspective”
http://www.theblindperspective.com/current.htm
I don’t know about you but I have a lot of websites saved in my Internet
Explorer favorites. If you do not organize your websites within your
favorites, they are then listed in the order you saved them. However, you
can organize
them alphabetically with these easy steps!
1. Open internet explorer
2. Press Alt A to open your favorites
3. Arrow down to anyone of your favorite websites
4. Press your application key (or Shift F10)
5. Arrow up (usually two times) to Sort by name
6. Press enter and now your favorites will be in alphabetical order Note:
If you add anymore favorites to the list, they will automatically go to the
end of the list until you repeat the above process
Have you ever encountered a webpage with hundreds of links within the text,
making it a bit distracting to read? There are many web pages like this;
the first one that comes to mind is Wikipedia. Maybe you would just like to

read the information without being distracted by all those links. Well
there is a way you can do this using Jaws settings.
While on the web page you want to read, do the following:
1. Press Alt, Insert, and the letter S; this will take you into the scheme
dialogue 2. Press the letter S to get to say all text only
3. Press enter to activate
Now you can press Insert, down arrow to read all without the link annoyances
To set the page back to its default do the following.
While on the web page:
1. Press Alt, Insert, and the letter S to go to the scheme dialogue 2.
Press the letter C until you get to Classic (be sure to listen, since there
are multiple classic options) 3. Press enter to activate
Lastly, how about being able to copy some information from a website, while
stripping out its format that is inherited from the web page. This will
remove unnecessary formatting. This happens to be one of my favorite
keystrokes especially when copying a new recipe. Here is how to do it.
While on the web page you want to copy:
1. Select the text you want using your select commands
2. Then copy using Control C
3. Open Word or outlook
4. Press the key combination: Alt, H, V, T
You will then have a text only document
I hope one, two, or all three of these suggestions may be useful for you.

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Top Google stories of the week

Good day! It’s your Sterling Creations business desk team and we are
delighted to share the following Google headlines with you.
Enjoy and have a great day!

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Top Google stories of the week

1. Fidelity launches funds that can make RMDs for aging baby boomers
InvestmentNews
Fidelity Investments is hoping to rouse interest in an otherwise sleepy
market for managed-payout funds by launching funds that can make required

http://www.investmentnews.com/article/20170612/FREE/170619991/fidelity-launc
hes-funds-that-can-make-rmds-for-aging-baby-boomers

2. Apply These 25 Tips to Improve Security at Your Small Business
Small Business Trends
Making sure you online data is safe is only part of what your small business
needs to do. Improving security for your business is about combining …
Apply These 25 Tips to Improve Security at Your Small Business
https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/06/improve-security-at-your-small-business.h
tml

3.

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What happens when technological environments change?

What happens when technological environments change?
By Donna J. Jodhan

Whenever change occurs, there is always something that is bound to go wrong
for the first while but when this pertains to the environment for a blind
person, it is even more challenging. In the case of the workplace, this
often leads to high levels of frustration for everyone involved. Especially
so for the blind employee.

Think of it like this. One morning, the blind employee comes into work and
is told that their system is going to be upgraded and as a result, it would
mean that their access technology and computer hardware will also have to be
upgraded in order that they can work with the system wide upgrade.

The blind employee knows only too well what is going to come next. As soon
as the system wide upgrade is completed, certain challenges will need to be
overcome. They are not looking forward to this occurrence because they know
only too well that for the next few weeks at least, their production and
frustration levels are going to rise appreciably.

They seek to gently remind their superiors of this but the latter reassures
them that all will be well and that their fears are probably not going to be
realized. However, the blind employee knows better and all that they can do
is to wait for the shoe to drop so to speak. It turns out that more often
than not, the blind employee’s fears are realized. Here is what happens.

The version of the software that the blind employee has been using up until
the system wide upgrade no longer functions adequately to allow them to be
productive.
The new hardware that has been installed is unable to work properly with the
existing access technology software.
The blind employee is unable to navigate new screens in a meaningful way.
Certain parts of the system are now inaccessible.
The blind employee is unable to obtain adequate documentation in order to be
able to learn the new features of the system wide upgrade.
Sighted employees are also frustrated because they are unable to help their
blind coworkers.
The blind employee is told by access technology vendors that they will not
be able to obtain upgrades for their access technology to be able to work
with the system wide upgrades in their workplace.
Other challenges abound.

These are all variables for all involved to be aware of whenever
technological environments are about to be changed. If these variables are
kept in mind, then much can be done to minimize the frustration levels on
all sides. Chances are that not all of the challenges would be able to be
dealt with; the challenge of the unavailability of upgrades to enable access
technology to work with new system wide upgrades is just one example.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan your free lance writer and roving reporter wishing you a
terrific day.
You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld
and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
For more of my blogs, please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog,
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm and
www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com.

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Top articles of the week

Hello there and welcome to our weekly feature titled top articles of the
week.
Especially chosen for you, these articles will help you to keep up to date
with current trends plus a lot more.
Enjoy!

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Contributed by Dan Thompson
Best Headphones for Every Budget and Kids, Too
Several readers have asked recently about the best inexpensive headphones
and earbuds both for themselves and their kiddos-and today seems like a
great day to respond.
Generally these are the best values, price points and styles of headphones
for adults and kids, too:
Best inexpensive wired headphones.
Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbuds are
smartphone compatible with integrated microphone and remote for Apple
(iPhone*
/ iPod / iPad), Android and Blackberry Audio devices. Tonally balanced audio
with crisp highs and deep low notes. Wider frequency response for musicians
and fuller listening
enjoyment . Lively sound quality for recorded audio. Comes with small,
medium and large earpads to ensure a perfect fit for adults and children.
Your
choice of several beautiful colors. About $13.
Best mid-level wired headphones. 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones
have two balanced armatures and a separate dynamic driver to deliver an
extremely accurate music-listening experience with unsurpassed dynamic power
and clarity from deep bass
to sizzling highs. The built in microphone and remote are Apple and Android
compatible. About $99.
Best value for high quality wired, noise cancelling headphones. Bose
QuietComfort 20 is the Cadillac of smartphone replacement earbuds. These are
only for those with discriminating hearing and music appreciation to go
along with it. Available
in two models: one for Apple devices* and one for Samsung/Android devices.
Features noise cancelling that reduces surrounding distractions, letting
music stand out. Many other high-end features. About $250.
Best inexpensive in-ear bluetooth sport/fitness headphones. These Senso
Bluetooth Headphones are ideal for the active listener who cannot be dealing
with a cord draping from the ears to the device. Bluetooth is a highly
desirable method by which
headphones and a listening device can communicate with one another
without a visible connection. Personally, I love the style of the seearbuds
with their
flexible behind-the-ear hooks that keep the headphones comfortably firm in
place while I tap dance, turn cartwheels and bunny jump-all while listening
to my favorite music.
(You believe that? What you can believe is the part about me loving this
particular style of wireless headphone-and the price!). About $38.
Best mid-level bluetooth on-ear wireless headphones. Get ready for an
elevated audio experience with the Skullcandy Hesh 2 Bluetooth Headphones.
This is a sleek and simplified headset which will deliver amazing sound and
a long-lasting battery
life (12 hours after a full charge). Backup cable comes with mic plus
remote functionality, just in case. Powerful 50mm drivers for crystal clear,
refreshingly loud and clear playback. Extremely comfortable, too. About $80.
Best inexpensive kids headphones. These Kids Headphones by Onanoff are
just perfect for your little ones who don’t need ultra-high quality sound.
Tired of replacing busted headphones? These are about as indestructible as
headphones
can come and are designed to be volume limiting-good for hearing health.
Lots of other great features, like a built-in audio splitter, so make sure
to check these out.
So darned cute, too, coming in a variety of bright colors and five sets of
stickers for your little ones to decorate their headphones! Comes with a
travel bag. About $25.
*NOTE: The latest model iPhone 7 does not come with a traditional
headphone jack and requires either Bluetooth headphones or a
lightning-to-headphone jack adapter.
Resource Links:
Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Headphones
https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B01G7ICI1W/ref=as_li_ss_tl?
ie=UTF8&f_new=true&f_primeEligible=true&mv_color_name=all&linkCode=sl2&tag=c
heapskatemonthl&linkId=44821210b5b2309e7959e26f5a7e6fea
1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones
https://www.amazon.com/1MORE-Headphones-Earphones-Compatible-Microphone/dp/B
01KB9K9Z0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1485967472&sr=8-1&keywords=1MORE%2BTri
ple%2BDriver%2BIn-Ear%
2BHeadphones%2Bwith%2BIn-line%2BMicrophone%2Band%2BRemote&th=1&linkCode=sl1&
tag=cheapskatemonthl&linkId=3b53d4bd28bd602e10f6a21212748f8c
Bose QuietComfort Noise-Cancelling Headphones
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X9KV0HU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ascsub=undefined&th=1&l
inkCode=sl1&tag=cheapskatemonthl&linkId=011622efea958cf5aa2adc44fceb1a14
Senso Bluetooth Headphones
https://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-Headphones-Waterproof-Sweatproof-Cancelling
/dp/B01G8JO5F2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1485967335&sr=1-
5&keywords=jaybird+freedom&linkCode=sl1&tag=cheapskatemonthl&linkId=98d837c1
ce4ec05383da26563679258e
Skullcandy Hesh 2 Bluetooth Headphones
https://www.amazon.com/Skullcandy-Bluetooth-Wireless-Headphones-Black/dp/B00
NCSIN4W/ref=as_li_ss_tl?
ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl1&tag=cheapskatemonthl&linkId=70b8f98fdb8e64a02cf8ee9698a
eba89
Kids Headphones by Onanoff
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FRLCZ22/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ascsub=undefined&th=1&l
inkCode=sl1&tag=cheapskatemonthl&linkId=f3935f62c5a217b1baf691ad48d6330b
Author: Everyday Cheapskate
www.everydaycheapskate.com

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Anker Soundcore Nanobluetooth with big sound
Super portable speaker with built-in mic.
By Cheryl Spencer
cheryl@theblindperspective.com
there are times when you want to share your music or a song from YouTube.
Well, if you are not home I have found the cutest little speaker that will
literally fit in your jacket pocket, it is that small.
it is the Anker Soundcore Nanobluetooth with big sound. Super portable
speaker with built-in mic. and it is available on Amazon in the US, Canada,
and the UK. When I bought it, it was an astounding low price of just
$16.99.
However, the price has since gone up to $24.99. Still a bargain for the
sound and portability you get.
Further details:
Small Body Big Sound: Incredibly slim and compact but pumps out
crystal-clear sound via a 3W audio driver. . Premium Design: Sleek
aluminum-alloy shell is both elegant and resilient. Available in 4 stunning
finishes that
perfectly match your phone. . Advanced Technology: Bluetooth 4.0 gives
universal compatibility with all Bluetooth-enabled devices. *Instantly
connect to your smartphone and use up to 33 feet away. Extended battery life

delivers 4 hours of continuous playtime.
What you get:
Anker SoundCore nano, hand-strap, Micro USB charging cable, Micro USB to Aux
cord, welcome guide, our worry-free 18-month warranty and friendly customer
service.
I took this little baby out of the box, and at first could not figure out
how to even turn it on. But after giving it an extensive brailling, I
discovered a soft spot on the bottom of the unit. I pushed it and low and
behold it turned on
with a musical intro. I then paired it to my I phone and played a song.
Wow! It blew me away. The sound was exceptionally good coming from such a
small speaker. I was very impressed.
. I demoed it for my friends and they all ordered one. I also took it to an
I Access I phone meeting and shared it with the group. They were surprised
at the quality of the sound. Most of the members ended up ordering one or
two for themselves.
This little thing makes a great traveling speaker and
excellent for the on the go excursions.

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Top Google stories of the week

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Top Google stories of the week

1. How to Protect Yourself From Hackers – Useful Tips For Small Business
Owners
Hack Read
How to Protect Yourself From Hackers – Useful Tips For Small Business …
Keeping your software up to date is crucial to your web security, but too

https://www.hackread.com/how-to-protect-yourself-from-hackers-useful-tips/

2. 10 Important Cyber Security Tips For Small Business Owners
Good Herald
Though only large companies find their way to the headlines, small
businesses are not free from several cyber security threats. The horrible
fact …

10 Important Cyber Security Tips For Small Business Owners

3. Retirement: It’s not for everyone
Yakima Herald-Republic
When Kerry Hannon speaks to adults in their 50s and older about finding that
dream job or career, she sees the anxious faces in the audience. … for
baby boomers including those in their retirement years, said most jobs older
adults …
http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/retirement-it-s-not-for-everyone/article_2209185a-4a7f-11e7-8505-1b0c3b5a1abe.html

4. Swelling ranks of baby boomer retirees create negative impact on
investment returns
Yahoo Finance UK
Industry News … Baby boomers have been blamed for a long list of societal
ills almost since the first member was born in 1946. … So if retirees
don’t spend their savings, wouldn’t that help returns? … “We’ve lived in
the golden age of retirement,
and the elderly have never had it as good as they do now.
https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/swelling-ranks-baby-boomer-retirees-114000993.html

5. Baby Boomers Setting Trends in Assisted Living
Nashville Chatter
According to Immersion Active, the baby boomers collectively had a yearly
… attract more baby boomers, some senior and assisted living service
providers … of the once commonly used term “continuing care retirement
communities”.
https://www.nashvillechatterclass.com/baby-boomers-setting-trends-in-assisted-living/31829/

6. Would-be snowbirds come home to roost as retirees age in place
CNBC
In the U.S., the number of people age 65 and older will nearly double to …
Baby boomers will drive future demand for age-restricted and empty-nest …
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/09/would-be-snowbirds-come-home-to-roost-as-retirees-age-in-place.html

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How to help hotel staff become more aware

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 help hotel staff become more aware

Training one’s hotel staff to be more aware of the needs and requirements of
customers who has any sort of disability is only to become more acute as
time marches on and why? Because we are dealing with a rapidly aging
population and with this comes the natural progression of our society
developing all kinds of various age related ailments and afflictions.

This is the first thing that hotel staff needs to be made aware of and the
sooner the better. This is the basis on which everything that is awareness
related is built on and I am going to give you some additional tips.

1. Awareness training – as mentioned above with the emphasis being placed
on staff knowing how to provide help to those in need.

2. For staff to be taught enough about each type of major disability ranging
from those with limited vision to those who are completely blind to those
requiring mobility assistance.

3. For staff to be taught that not every person with limited vision requires
the same type of assistance. That someone who is blind could be either
totally blind or have any amount of vision ranging from light perception to
being someone with a lot of functional vision.

4. That the same criteria would apply to other types of disabilities. So
for example; not everyone afflicted with diabetes has the same type of
requirements. A person afflicted with diabetes could be one who is also
blind, or someone who is wheelchair bound or someone with other additional
afflictions.

5. The important things to remember are:
Awareness means knowing how to assist and communicate and remembering that
once the differences in types of disabilities are identified and understood
the rest is not as difficult as you may think.

This is a great foundation to build on.

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Top articles of the week

Hello there and welcome to our weekly feature titled top articles of the
week.
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with current trends plus a lot more.
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A Gaston Bedard contribution
How to Rip CDs in Windows 10

Related Book
Windows 10 For Dummies

By Andy Rathbone.

In a process known as ripping, Windows Media Player in Windows 10 can copy
your CDs to your PC as MP3 files, the
industry standard for digital music. But until you tell the player that you
want MP3 files, it creates WMA files – a format
that won’t play on iPads, most smartphones, nor many other music players.

To make Windows Media Player create songs with the more versatile MP3 format
instead of WMA, click the Organize button
in the top-left corner, choose Options, and click the Rip Music tab. Choose
MP3 instead of WMA from the Format drop-down
menu and nudge the audio quality over a tad from 128 to 256 or even 320 for
better sound.

To copy CDs to your PC’s hard drive, follow these instructions:

Open Windows Media Player, insert a music CD, and click the Rip CD button.

You may need to push a button on the front or side of your computer’s disc
drive to make the tray eject.

Windows Media Player connects to the Internet; identifies your CD; and fills
in the album’s name, artist, and song titles. Then
the program begins copying the CD’s songs to your PC and listing their
titles in the Windows Media Player Library.
You’re through.

If Windows Media Player can’t find the songs’ titles automatically, however,
move ahead to Step 2.
Right-click the first track and choose Find Album Info, if necessary.

If Windows Media Player comes up empty-handed, right-click the first track
and choose Find Album Info.

If you’re connected to the Internet, type the album’s name into the Search
box and then click Search. If the Search box finds
your album, click its name, choose Next, and click Finish.

If you’re not connected to the Internet, or if the Search box comes up
empty, right-click the first song, click Edit, and manually
fill in the song title.
Repeat for the other titles, as well as the album, artist, genre, and year
tags.

Here are some tips for ripping CDs to your computer:

Normally Windows Media Player copies every song on the CD. To leave Tiny Tim

off your ukulele music compilation, however, remove the check mark from Tiny
Tim’s name. If Windows Media Player has
already copied the song to your PC, feel free to delete it from within
Windows Media Player. Click the Library
button, right-click the song sung by the offending yodeler, and choose
Delete.

Windows Media Player automatically places your ripped CDs into your Music
folder. You can also find your newly ripped
music there as well as in the Windows Media Player Library.

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Trucs in the Kitchen
Fast food runs, deli detours and a grocery carts loaded with pre-prepared
food can drain a food budget faster than a houseful of hungry teenagers. The
secret for slashing your family’s food bill is to cook at home. And the way
to become confident in
the kitchen is to learn a few strategic “trucs” of the trade.
Truc (rhymes with “fluke”) is a French word that means a “trick,” not as in
a magic trick or illusion, but rather a shortcut, gimmick, secret or way to
do something better,
cheaper, easier and faster.
PERFECT RICE:
Sauté 1 cup rice in two tablespoons oil in a sauce pan over
medium heat until the kernels are well coated and begin to turn bright
white.
Add 1 cup water.
Bring to a boil, stir and reduce to simmer.
Cover and cook for 10
minutes undisturbed.
Remove from the heat (do not peek) and wait for 15 minutes.
Fluff with a fork and serve. Multiplies well, use equal amounts of rice and
water.
PERFECT BOILED POTATOES:
Say goodby to mushy boiled potatoes that fall apart:
Fill a pot with two parts water and one part vinegar.
Add a dash of kosher
salt and bring to a boil.
Drop in the peeled potatoes and gently boil until desired doneness.
PERFECT CUPCAKES:
To make rich, moist “gourmet” cupcakes skip the muffin
tins and paper liners.
Grease and flour heavy ovenproof porcelain coffee cups.
Fill with your favorite cake or muffin batter to 2/3 full.
Bake in preheated oven at 325
degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
Allow to cool for a few minutes then invert the cups to
pop out the cakes.
PERFECT OMELET PAN:
Any skillet can become your perfect omelet pan. The
secret is making sure the omelet will not stick.
Pour some kosher salt into the skillet and rub vigorously the bottom and
sides of the pan with a kitchen towel.
The salt acts like an abrasive to put a fine polish on the skillet. Discard
the salt and proceed.
TENDER MOIST CHICKEN:
When cooking a whole chicken, chicken parts or
boneless skinless breasts in liquid (braising, boiling or stewing) make sure
it never comes to a full boil, not even for a few moments. Once you see that
liquid starting to
move, turn the heat down so it remains just below the boiling point. This is
the secret to moist and tender chicken every time.
FRESH BASIL:
To enjoy “fresh” basil all year long, wash, pat dry between towels
and then pick off the unbruised leaves from the stems. Pack them in a jar
and cover completely with olive oil. Close the lid tightly and refrigerate.
Use the “fresh”
basil as needed throughout the year, also the wonderful basil-flavored oil.
QUICK CHILL:
Champagne, beer and whites wines are best served very cold,
around 43 degrees F. That takes at least an hour in the refrigerator. But
cut that time to 20 minutes or less: Fill an ice bucket half full with ice
cubes. Pour inQUICK CHILL.
Champagne, beer and whites wines are best served very cold, around 43
degrees F. That takes at least an hour in the refrigerator. But you can cut
that time to 20 minutes or
less: Fill an ice bucket half full with ice cubes. Pour in several cups of
cold water and add 4 tablespoons of salt. Plunge the beverage bottle into
the ice bucket, adding
additional water and ice so the bucket is full. In 10-12 minutes the
beverage will be cold, let stand for 20 minutes to reach the ideal 43
degrees. Cheers!

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