How to make indicators 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 indicators more accessible
By Donna J. Jodhan

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.

The following suggestions can help you to make your indicators friendlier
and more condusive for the following types of persons:
Seniors, those with low vision, those who are blind and vision impaired, and
those who are hard of hearing and those looking for indicators that are easy
to understand.

1. Make sure that your indicators can emit some sort of sound that is easy
to hear and distinguish.

2. Make sure that they are easy to see.

3. Use colours that are easy to see and colours that are contrastable. That
is foreground against background.

4. Your indicator should be placed in spots that are easy to find.

5. If indicators need to be installed or set up, then provide instructions
that are easy to understand and written in simple language.

6. Your indicators should be large enough for persons to see.

7. If possible, have indicators that are tactile.

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

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From the Apple Viz newsletter November 2019

Welcome to the November 2019 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
series
which aims to highlight what’s new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website.
Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis by
members of the community – from new app entries, to app updates, to the
latest
news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections of this post
are
at
heading level 3, and each individual item is at heading level 4.
New and Noteworthy App Entries
1. Dawn Chorus (iOS/iPadOS, Free)

Wake up to nature’s chorus with a bird alarm clock developed by Carnegie
Museum of Natural History and The Innovation Studio. This artfully designed
app is a calming, nature-inspired alternative to your usual blaring alarm.
When the alarm goes off, birds begin to appear in trees to create a chorus
of
song. Choose from 20 birds to create a custom alarm. All of the birds are
native to the northeastern United States, and users can hear their calls and

learn more about them on bird cards developed with museum scientists.

Current Version: 1.1 (April 21, 2017)
Read? Dawn Chorus’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [2]?
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/dawn-chorus
Visit? Dawn Chorus’ App Store page [3]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dawn-chorus/id1146931666

2. Disney+ (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Only Disney+ gives you endless access to your favorite movies and TV series
from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more.

From The Lion King, to all-new Originals like The Mandalorian, there’s
something exciting for everyone. You’ll also get access to new movies,
complete TV series, shorts, and documentaries.

Best of all, Disney+ is ad-free.

With Disney+, you get:

* Endless access to classic movies and past seasons of your favorite series
* Exclusive new Originals from master storytellers at Disney, Pixar, Marvel,

Star Wars, and Nat Geo
* Unlimited downloads on up to 10 devices, so you can take Disney+ with you
* Simultaneous streaming on up to 4 different devices
* View select titles in stunning 4K UHD and HDR
* Something for everyone, including dedicated Kids Profiles

Start your 7-day free trial now.

Current Version: 1.1.6 (November 14, 2019)
Read? Disney+’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [4]?
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/entertainment/disney-plus
Visit? Disney+’s App Store page [5]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/disney/id1446075923

3. Mr. Weather 2 (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Introduce the brand new Mr. Weather 2, your uniquely personal weather app.
Leave weather to Mr. Weather, stay focused on your life.

* Mr.Weather 2 includes seven categories of cards, more than 50 number of
cards you can choose. Realtime precipitation or temperature variation
trend, you can always find one card which satisfies what you need. Check
what you care, in a brand new way.
* You can create custom weather conditions monitors in Mr. Weather. Mr.
weather will observe it and let you know when the conditions you set been
satisfied. What to see if you need to bring an umbrella today, or if
it’s
a poor air quality day? Just let Mr. Weather takes care of what you care
about.
mr. Weather combines a couple of world top weather forecast data
providers.
So you can add cities all over the world, and check the weather in
multiple
cities at one time in Mr. Weather Cities view.
* Mr. Weather app includes one widget so that you can access it from the
system home screen or lock screen. And you can customize it, select what
you most cared items to the widget.
* Mr. Weather supports cloud sync services. After you sign in to Mr.
Weather,
your cities, cards, monitors will be synced across all of your devices,
which signed into your Mr. Weather account.
* Mr. Weather has fully supported the Accessibility VoiceOver feature.
including cards, monitor contents, navigations, and more.
* And So Much More

Current Version: 2.1 (October 31, 2019)

Read? Mr. Weather 2’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [6]?

https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/weather/mr-weather-2
Visit? Mr. Weather 2’s App Store page [7]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mr-weather-2/id1453150372

4. Noted (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Bring your notes and audio together with Noted
Noted is a fully-integrated audio recording and note-taking app. Perfect for

lectures, meetings, interviews and conferences, everything you type is
time-stamped to your audio recording – giving you an instant overview of
all
the important details.

By bringing them together, you never need to worry about trawling through
pages of notes or hours of audio ever again. Just add a #TimeTag, so you can

return to key moments instantly, and keep everything neat and tidy.

Streamline your note-taking with the effortless note and audio syncing app
for
IOS and macOS.

Take your lectures to the next level. By tagging specific moments in
lectures
and seminars, just quickly leave a tag and use it to fill in any blanks
later
– You’ll never miss any important point from your professor again. When
revising, there’s no need to listen back through hours of recordings. The
> tags will bring you to the right moment you need.

PERFECT FOR PROFESSIONALS

Boost your productivity with better, more efficient note-taking. Noted lets
you stay fully engaged during long business meetings and interviews, then
review and share specific points afterwards with colleagues. Intelligent
syncing lets you switch easily between smartphone and laptop, ideal for
moments when using your phone could appear unprofessional.

Current Version: 2.0.7 (November 24, 2019)

Read? Noted’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [8]?
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/education/noted
Visit? Noted’s App Store page [9]?
https://apps.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1149425482?ref=producthunt

5. Triode – Internet Radio (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

The best way to enjoy all of your favorite Internet radio stations wherever
you go.

Triode goes where you go with your iPhone and iPad. The elegant interface
keeps your favorite stations right at your fingertips.

Listen with our Apple TV app and use AirPlay 2 to listen anywhere in your
home
including HomePod.

road trip, anyone? Enjoy your favorite stations while driving. CarPlay and
Siri Shortcuts means no fumbling with controls.

Triode brings one intuitive experience to all your devices, including your
desktop computer.

Start with Our Picks – a curated roster of the best news and music from
around the world. Just a tap to discover new sounds from New Orleans to
London
and beyond.

You can also search thousands of broadcast stations by genre, name, city, or

call letters. Find your favorite iTunes Radio station or set up things
manually using a URL if that’s your thing.

iCloud syncs your favorite stations seamlessly across every device. Handoff
lets you move seamlessly between your iPhone & Mac so you won’t miss a beat
or the latest news.

Supports Apple Music and iTunes Store:

* Learn more about an artist
* Purchase a streaming song
* Update your playlists

Triode is completely free to use. We don’t put any ads in the interface or
add them to the audio. An inexpensive subscription improves your experience
with these options:

* Add Favorites – Your favorite stations are synced across all devices.
* High Quality Artwork – When available, album cover art is clean and crisp.

Read? Triode – Internet Radio’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information [10]?
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/music/triode-internet-radio
Visit? Triode – Internet Radio’s App Store page [11]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/triode/id1446513724?ign-mpt=uo%3D4&mt=12
All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
iOS [12]
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac [13]
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch [14]
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_watch_app_directory
Apple TV [15]
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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Helpful tips for December 2019 – something for everyone

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

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Helpful tips for December 2019

In this issue:

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

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

Scams of the month:
Be very careful now that the holiday season is here and these are just some
of the scams floating around.
A phone scam!
You receive an automated recording telling you that because you attended a
recent Air Canada promotional event, you have qualified for a prize.
Never, never fall prey to any sort of automated recording calls.

An email scam!
You receive an email telling you that Fedex has a package for you and that
you need to use the code provided to retrieve your package.
And if you are not expecting a package then just simply delete.
If you are, make sure that it is indeed yours!
best to call Fedex with the code provided.
Do not use this email to respond.

An email scam!
You receive an email from an unknown sender telling you that your invoice
has been paid.
No; do not be tempted under any circumstance.
Delete this email.

With the holiday season upon us we are sure that these tips will be most
welcomed.
Tips on potatoes:
Keeping Your Potatoes Fresh
Here are some tips to make sure your potatoes are the freshest and most
delicious potatoes available:
* Store potatoes in a cool, dark place at about 50 degrees. Do not wash
potatoes before storing, because the moisture can cause sprouting.
* Do not refrigerate potatoes. Storage in temperatures cooler than 45
degrees converts the potato starch into sugar which changes the taste and
causes the potatoes to
darken prematurely when cooked.
* Protect potatoes from turning green and acquiring a bitter taste by
keeping them out of strong light. If a potato has any green spots, simply
pare these areas off before
cooking.

It’s turkey time and one thing to remember!
The eating of too much turkey at meal time can cause you to become very
sleepy.

If you are trying to either take heat out of a cup of hot liquid or even
coldness out of a cup of cold liquid:
Place a tea spoon in it and voila!
Time to enjoy!

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

A dan Thompson contribution

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

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In a Pinch You Can Use This for That

Everyday Cheapskate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
Applying for a passport

Well, I can tell you that when it comes to passports so many of us really do
not know how to go about doing it. The info below mainly pertains to
Canadians but there is absolutely no harm in others reading it as it would
give you an idea as to what you need to do. I’ll start with some important
points for everyone to take note of.

We need passports in order to travel to countries outside our borders.
Passports should be ideally renewed six months before the expiry date.
If it is not, you are likely to be turned away at the airport or border.

Now if you live in Canada and are a Canadian citizen; then please read on.
These are the following ways and it all depends on whether you are applying
for a new passport or applying for a passport renewal.
You can do it online but the relevant website is not user friendly for a
vision impaired person.
Or you can obtain the relevant forms at the nearest post office.
However, you will again need help to do this with the aid of a trusted
person.

You could get a head start by phoning your Federal MP’s office and asking
them to tell you which supporting documentation you would need and you could
also ask them to help provide you with a trusted person if you are unable to
find someone.
Chances are that they will help you all the way.
From completing the forms to accompanying you to the nearest Service Canada
office to present it to the agent.
However, you should be prepared that this may not be the case but it is
worth a try.

To obtain the name and phone number of your Federal MP, call the toll free
number 1 800 622 6232

Remember now: Make sure to store your passport in a very safe place as it
contains details of your date of birth and if your passport is ever lost, it
means that your details are probably now in the hands of unauthorized
persons.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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

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In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!
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www.donnajodhan.com/store.html
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A review of the Metro supermarket at the Bridlewood mall – tops in accessibility

A review of the Metro supermarket at the Bridlewood mall
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
I have been shopping at this wonderful supermarket since 1984 and I can
honestly tell you that they are one of the very few supermarkets in
Scarborough Ontario that really knows how to render customer service to
persons with special needs.

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 shoppers with special needs – 5
Assistance in the supermarket – 5

Remarks :
I do not think that this supermarket needs any more acolades from me and
they are an example for others to follow!

About supermarket staff:
They listen, communicate, and help all the way.
They go way beyond the call of duty.

Any suggestions?
I hope that the Metro supermarket stays open for years to come!

Contact info:
Located on the ground floor of the Bridlewood Mall at 2900 Warden Avenue

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How to make street corners 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 street corners 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!

For this month, this topic is one where you can achieve the above by being
your very own consultant and helping others to follow you. So here are a
few tips to get you going.

The street corner should not be crowded and if you are lucky to have a
business place at a street corner then you need to make full use of your
location. Make sure that your facilities are easy to find and enter.

The necessary ramps, signs, and ease of entry.
Make sure that your door is easy to find; paint it in bright colors.
Make your signs easy to read and do your best to have a clear path to your
business place.

You need to remember that the consumers of tomorrow; your bread and butter
consumers, are going to be seniors and persons with disabilities and also
remember that when you accommodate these consumers you are also going to
bring benefits to such persons as mom with strollers, persons in a hurry to
buy what you are selling, and persons curious to see what you are offering.

So take these tips and help yourself to more revenue and lower costs.

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informational tips available in the areas of Technology, Nutrition, Media,
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Let’s talk tips for November 01 2019

Let’s Talk Tips for Friday, November 1st 2019 – Volume 14
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Greetings,

This month in Let’s Talk Tips:

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#Technology
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1.) Your Bloomin’ Onion Now Comes With a Side of Big Brother
At an Outback Steakhouse Franchise, Surveillance Blooms. As casual dining
chains have declined in popularity, many have experimented with surveillance
technology designed to maximize employee efficiency and performance. Last
week, one Outback Steakhouse franchise announced it would begin testing such
a tool, a computer vision program called Presto Vision, at a single outpost
in the Portland, Oregon area.
http://bit.ly/2NE4RWB

2.) U.S. Opens National Security Investigation Into TikTok
The U.S. government has launched a national security review of TikTok owner
Beijing ByteDance Technology Co’s $1 billion acquisition of U.S. social
media app Musical.ly, according to three people familiar with the matter.
https://reut.rs/32fu2nI

3.) Deep Listening. A Gadget Lab Podcast.
This podcast talks about Apple’s new AirPods, why they cost so much, and how
they are impacting our culture.
http://bit.ly/2NgxqKJ

4.) AI May Not Kill Your Job — Just Change It
Don’t fear the robots, according to a report from MIT and IBM. Worry about
algorithms replacing any task that can be automated.
http://bit.ly/2POoFsQ

5.) A Secret Space Plane Just Landed After a Record Stay in Orbit
The plane spent 780 continuous days in orbit conducting classified
experiments for the US Air Force before autonomously landing itself.
http://bit.ly/2oS69oA

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#Nutrition
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1.) How to Eat Healthy When You’re Tired, Sick, or Just Lazy
Chronic health conditions, mental illness, or just plain lack of energy can
sap your ability or willingness to take care of your health; here’s how to
help yourself.
http://bit.ly/2PMDyfj

2.) Postpartum Weight Loss: Diets And Plans
Some women wish to lose weight after pregnancy. It is possible to achieve
postpartum weight loss safely by breastfeeding, eating a healthful diet, and
exercising. According to the authors of a 2019 study, weight changes during
and after pregnancy can have significant ongoing health effects for many
women. Postpartum weight loss may reduce the risk of long term weight gain
and obesity.
http://bit.ly/2WHxLJv

3.) Gym At Trucking Company About More Than Physical Fitness
A Charlottetown transportation company has included a gym in its new
building for its truckers, and is finding the benefits go beyond keeping its
employees healthy.
https://yhoo.it/32e41Vx

4.) Annual Fitness Fest Teaches Kid Exercise, Healthy Eating Tips
The event first started in 2013 as a way to teach kids how to be healthy and
moving, said Parents and Kids Magazine North Mississippi publisher Gretchen
Cook. The free event is sponsored by Children’s of Mississippi and is also
done in Jackson and Hattiesburg. Several of the activities were things
parents can do at home, Cook said, which was done to show parents they can
keep kids active without spending a lot of money. Activities for the day
included hoola hoops, cornhole, stepping stone, limbo, twister, trampolines
and other health-based activities. There was also a Freeform Martial Arts
demonstration.
http://bit.ly/2POxgMa

5.) Weight Loss Tips: Eat Alone To Eat Less, Says Study – Other Helpful Tips
For Weight Loss You Must Follow
Researchers have found strong evidence that people eat more food when dining
with friends and family than when alone. Read here to know more about how
eating alone can help you lose weight and other tips for weight loss that
you must follow.
http://bit.ly/2WHj7lo

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#Media
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1.) How to Control the Privacy of Your Social Media Posts
Whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat, lock down who can
see what you’re up to.
http://bit.ly/2WHlip6

2.) On TikTok, There Is No Time
The popular app doesn’t tell users when a video was posted. Creators say
that makes it easier to steal content—but there are also upsides to
forgetting what day it is. TikTok, the wildly popular social media app that
revolves round 15-second video clips, has become a major cultural force. It
has birthed chart-topping hits like “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, incubated
new subcultures like VSCO girls, and become the default way to goof off at
work. But there’s a simple facet of the app—which has been downloaded over
1.4 billion times globally—that has received far less attention: It exists
outside of time.
http://bit.ly/2Njhkjr

3.) Facebook News Tab Won’t Include Ads, But Publishers Can Still Monetize
Content
Facebook is launching Facebook News, a dedicated space on the platform that
will highlight top news stories from national and local publications.
Content featured in the dedicated news section may have Instant Article ads.
https://mklnd.com/2WIzfmz

4.) 25 Twitter Stats All Marketers Need to Know in 2020
https://blog.hootsuite.com/twitter-statistics/
http://bit.ly/34ycq7M

5.) How to Create a Successful Blog Strategy: A Step-by-Step Guide
Did you know that 55% of marketers say blogging is their top inbound
marketing priority? Did you also know that these marketers are 13x more
likely to see positive ROI than marketers who don’t invest in blogging?
http://bit.ly/2JQJfVF

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#Business
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1.) eMazzanti Technologies One of World’s Best Managed Services Providers
“With the accelerating pace of business, companies are finding that
security, cloud and revenue-enhancing managed services make them more
competitive,” said Jennifer Mazzanti, CEO, eMazzanti Technologies.
“eMazzanti’s ranking on the MSP 501 reflects our strong commitment to our
customers’ success.”
http://bit.ly/32fuqCG

2.) MVP Health Care Announces Innovative Support Programs For Seniors
MVP Health Care has announced that beginning on January 1, 2020, its
Medicare Advantage members in New York and Vermont will be eligible for
unique support programs that will work to improve their overall health and
well-being.
http://bit.ly/2oN6SHz

3.) Navigating The New Realities Of Work And Retirement
Every day around 10,000 baby boomers hit retirement age, but not all of them
are retiring. People age 65 and up are the fastest growing group of workers
in the country. About a quarter of them are still in the workforce. But not
all of them are working just because they want to, and many retirees were
forced to leave work before they were ready. NPR’s Ina Jaffe covers aging,
and all this week she’s bringing us a series of stories about how older
Americans are navigating the new realities of work and retirement.
https://n.pr/2WKeE1o

4.) Older Americans Are Increasingly Unwilling — Or Unable — To Retire
About 1 in 4 adults age 65 and older is now in the workforce, and that
number is expected to increase, making it the fastest-growing group of
workers in the country.
https://n.pr/2r6zk7U

5.) Top Cybersecurity Threats For Small Businesses And Tips To Stay
Protected
As cyberattacks become more sophisticated than ever, small business owners
need to take action or face some potentially devastating consequences.
Contrary to popular belief, an estimated 43% of all data breaches involve
small businesses, not large corporations. Even more alarming, another study
found that 60% of small businesses who fell victim to cyberattacks closed
their doors within six months. From these two statistics alone, it’s clear
the stakes couldn’t be higher.
http://bit.ly/2r6sMGn

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#Advocacy
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1.) Access To Justice: Legal Aid Critically Important Part Of Justice System
By Beverley Mclachlin
This spring, the Ontario government announced drastic cuts to legal aid in
Ontario. The Legal Aid Ontario budget was cut by almost 30 per cent and
funding was eliminated for refugee and immigration cases. This meant deep
cuts to clinics and services, striking hard at the province’s most
vulnerable inhabitants. These cuts were felt especially strongly in the
larger centres, including Toronto.
http://bit.ly/2NHs75P

2.) Blind Man With Guide Dog Denied Service, Arrested At Kamloops Gas
Station
A man who’s blind was told his guide dog wasn’t allowed inside a Kamloops
gas station, and when RCMP arrived, he thought they would defend his rights,
but instead, the officers put him in handcuffs.
http://bit.ly/2WK9HFC

3.) The Internet Thinks You’re A Robot, And Other ‘Dark Patterns’ People
With Disabilities Face Online
CAPTCHA security tests, or the “Completely Automated Public Turing Test, to
Tell Computers and Humans Apart”, are not always accessible to people with
disabilities — sometimes putting them, ridiculously, in the “robot”
category. These moments of friction or “encoded inhospitality”, as
accessibility advocate Chancey Fleet has put it, block non-visual access to
everyday digital interactions. She also calls them “dark patterns” — a term
popularised by British user-experience consultant Harry Brignull, which
describes online techniques that manipulate users. A completely fake online
countdown, for example.
https://ab.co/2oN72i9

4.) Made-In-Manitoba Technology Aims To Help Visually Impaired Navigate
Indoors
A pair of graduates from Brandon’s Assiniboine Community College have
developed a system to help the visually impaired navigate inside large
buildings, including schools.
http://bit.ly/34pZ7Gy

5.) Advocates Slam Ontario Plan To Rate Accessibility Of Buildings
A group that advocates for better accessibility standards in Ontario is
voicing concerns about the province’s new assessment plan. The Accessibility
for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Alliance says the plan to conduct
accessibility assessments of public and private buildings will remove few
barriers and is bound to be marred by conflicts of interest.
http://bit.ly/33tKRMM

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From the Apple Viz newsletter for October 2019

Welcome to the October 2019 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
series
which aims to highlight what’s new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website.
Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis by
members of the community – from new app entries, to app updates, to the
latest
news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections of this post
are
at
heading level 3, and each individual item is at heading level 4.
…. New and Noteworthy App Entries

1. Decision Fiction (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Is it a book or a game? It’s neither, it’s Decision Fiction! This app
allows you the ability to enjoy branching story games with multiple endings.
These interactive fiction game books allow you to decide your own adventure
and explore hundreds of choices and endings. With missions, levels,
artefacts,
you’ll have endless hours of reading fun.

Current Version: 1.7 (October 7, 2019)
Read? Decision Fiction’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/decision-fiction
Visit? Decision Fiction’s App Store page [3]?
https://apps.apple.com/vn/app/decision-fiction/id1468700571

2. Dolby On: Record Audio & Video (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Dolby On is the only free recording app for audio and video with AMAZING
Dolby
sound. With one tap, record songs and videos with advanced audio processing
technology so that you can sound your best wherever you are, and when it
matters most – in the moment.

RECORD AUDIO AND VIDEO – SHARE EASILY

Effortlessly record live sound and videos with a suite of automatic studio
effects. When you’re ready, share your creations with your fans on your
favorite social channels, send to collaborators via text message or email,
upload directly to SoundCloud, export lossless audio, or even livestream
right
to Facebook; all with spectacular sound in a simple audio recorder

Creativity doesn’t happen on a schedule. With Dolby On, you won’t need to
choose between recording quickly or with quality ever again.

WHERE THERE’S MUSIC TO MAKE, THERE’S DOLBY ON

* Capture ideas and demo recordings for yourself or to share with your
collaborators. Record your voice memos and music memos with amazing sound
in a simple recording app!
* Document rehearsals or the gig for your archive with audio and video
recordings.
* Grab great sounds and inspirations in the field to sample in your next
music creation. Select lossless audio for even better sound quality.
* Record high quality shareable audio video content for your fans.

ONE RECORD BUTTON, 50 YEARS OF DOLBY INNOVATION

Current Version: 1.2.1 (October 29, 2019)

Read? Dolby On: Record Audio & Video’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/music/dolby-record-audio-video
Visit? Dolby On: Record Audio & Video’s App Store page [5]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dolby-on-record-audio-video/id1443964192

3. iA Writer (iOS/iPadOS, US$8.99)
“iA Writer creates a clean, simple and distraction-free writing environment
for when you really need to focus on your words.” ***** The New York Times

“iA Writer is an example of how powerful simplicity and accessibility can
be.” ***** The Guardian

“iA Writer is all about textual production—writing this phrase, this
sentence, this word at this moment.” ***** WIRED

iA Writer removes distractions. Giving you a calm, focused, writing space,
so
you can express yourself clearly.

Current Version: 5.3.2 (October 24, 2019)
Read? iA Writer’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [6]?
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/ia-writer
Visit? iA Writer’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ia-writer/id775737172

4. ?MCT Money Reader (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
CT Money Reader instantly identifies some currencies and transfers the
result
to the user via text to speech. This application complies with accessibility
standards for visually impaired or blinded persons who can quickly and
easily
identify and count the banknotes. No internet connection is required for
this
use, the application is working offline. The recognition takes place in less
than 1 second under normal conditions. The phone flash works to allow it to
be used in dark surroundings.

The recognized banknotes are: US dollar, Euro, Turkish lira, Russian ruble,
Japanese yen, Chinese yuan, Indonesian rupee, Pakistan rupee, Mexican pesos,
Colombian peso, Philippines pesos, South Korean won, Egyptian pound,
Azerbaijan manat, Polish zloty, Swedish krona, Iranian rial , Vietnamese
dong,
Ukrainian hryvnia, Saudi Arabia riyali, Thai baht

The app will redirect you with a tone of audible tone when you search for
the
banknote. There is also a counter to collect the amount of money you
introduce
in practice. Because of the surfaces of some banknotes are very similar to
each other, it is useful to display the other surface of the banknote as
long
as the application’s banknote recognition period is extended. In general,
the introduction of both surfaces of the banknote will be the most healthy
way.

MCT Money Reader supports various languages such as English, Spanish,
Polish,
Russian, Korean, Swedish, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Urdu, Arabic,
Persian, Filipino, Thai, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Azerbaijani and Turkish.

Current Version: 1.4 (September 13, 2018)
Read? ?MCT Money Reader’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/mct-money-reader
Visit? ?MCT Money Reader’s App Store page [9]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mct-money-reader/id1328297230

5. ScripTalk Mobile (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
ScripTalk Mobile by En-Vision America, Inc., allows iOS devices with Near
Field Communication (NFC) capability to read ScripTalk Talking Labels. These
special labels are adhesive RFID tags attached to medication containers by
pharmacies participating in the ScriptAbility accessibility program. The
patented ScripTalk system uses text-to-speech technology to provide the
visually and reading-impaired with audible prescription information.
Currently, there are many people that have difficulty reading or
understanding
the contents and instructions of their prescription medications. The small
print and look-alike packaging of medicine vials can lead to confusion,
non-compliance, and mistakes. En-Vision America has created a solution to
this
serious issue with ScripTalk Mobile.

Current Version: 1.0.5 (October 11, 2019)
Read? ScripTalk Mobile’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/medical/scriptalk-mobile
Visit? ScripTalk Mobile’s App Store page [11]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/scriptalk-mobile/id1317698388

6. Spotify Stations (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Easily create stations for all the music you love, all for free.

With the world’s music at your fingertips, finding the right thing to play
can feel like a challenge. Stations gets you to music instantly—no
searching
or typing needed. As Stations learns more about what you like, it creates
stations packed with the music you love, made just for you.

Stations is an experiment by Spotify, and we’re always looking for ways to
make it better.

Current Version: 1.16.1 (September 23, 2019)
Read? Spotify Stations’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/music/spotify-stations
Visit? Spotify Stations’ App Store page [13]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/spotify-stations/id1453043471

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

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Lego Is Making Braille Bricks_ They May Give Blind Literacy a Needed Lift

Making Braille Bricks.
They May Give Blind Literacy a Needed Lift. –

Sarah Mervosh

The New York Times, Apr. 27, 2019

Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and others who have children on your
gift-giving list, look what you can give them next year!

When Carlton Cook Walker’s young daughter developed health problems that led
to near-total blindness, she knew she wanted her to learn Braille. But the
family’s school, in rural central Pennsylvania, was resistant. A teacher
pointed out that the girl, then in preschool, could still read print — as
long as it was in 72-point type and held inches from her face.

“I said, ‘What about when she is in high school? How will she read Dickens
like this?’” recalled Ms. Cook Walker, whose daughter, Anna, is now 18. “The
teacher’s response was chilling: ‘Oh, she’ll just use audio.”

So Ms. Cook Walker took matters into her own hands. In addition to
successfully advocating Braille in her daughter’s school, she bought used
children’s books, embossed Braille dots alongside the text and rebound them,
teaching Anna to read through the stories of “The Berenstain Bears” and
“Clifford the Big Red Dog.”

Now, a new effort is underway to ease challenges like these and help blind
and visually impaired children more naturally learn to read Braille, a
system based on different configurations of six small, raised dots that
blind people read with their fingertips. And it is coming in the form of a
favorite childhood toy: Lego bricks.

This week, the Lego Foundation, which is funded by the Lego Group, the
Danish toy company that makes the blocks, announced a new project that will
repurpose the usual knobs atop the bricks as Braille dots. And because the
blocks will also be stamped with the corresponding written letter, number or
punctuation symbol, they can be played with by blind and sighted children
alike. The project, called
Lego Braille Bricks, is in a pilot phase and is expected to be released in
partnership with schools and associations for the blind in 2020.

“When they get Lego in their hands, it’s intuitive for them,” said Diana
Ringe Krogh, who is overseeing the project for the Lego Foundation. “They
learn Braille almost without noticing that they are learning. It is really a
learning-through-play approach.”

Advocates say the product could transform reading for blind and visually
impaired children, making the experience of learning Braille more inclusive
and helping to combat what has been called a “Braille literacy crisis.”
Though the research is limited,

some estimates suggest that just 10 percent of blind children in the United
States learn to read Braille, even though Braille literacy is associated
with
better job outcomes for adults. In 2017, less than half of American adults
with visual impairments were employed,

according to a disability report by Cornell University.

Braille, once widely taught in schools for the blind, has fallen by the
wayside since the 1970s, when the law began requiring public schools to
offer equal education to children with disabilities. Blind students were
able to join their sighted peers in the classroom, but traditional schools,
biased toward sight and facing a lack of specialized teachers, often pushed
children with any sight at all to rely on magnified print. And an explosion
of accessible technologies, including audiobooks, apps and screen readers,
has strengthened reliance on audio, which advocates say cannot effectively
teach critical skills like spelling and grammar, let alone complicated math.

“Audio can give you information, but it can’t give you literacy,” said Chris
Danielsen, a spokesman for the National Federation of the Blind, which
offers summer programs
to teach Braille through hands-on activities.

Paul Parravano, who went blind from retinal cancer as a toddler, said
Braille was critical to his job working in government relations at M.I.T. He
uses it to write and give speeches, keep track of his calendar and take
notes in meetings.

“If I’m sitting in a meeting and my boss asks me a question about a piece of
information, I can’t go stick an earphone in my ear and look it up if I’m in
a meeting with a senator or member of Congress,” Mr. Parravano said.

He even uses Braille to get dressed for work; a labeling system helps him
match clothes that he cannot see. For example, if “a suit is No. 50,” he
said, “my file system says that will go with tie No. 46 and shirt No. 32.”

But many children don’t learn Braille, not only because teachers and parents
often lack the technical skills to teach it, but also because the experience
can be isolating for young children, who must rely on separate books and
machines from those used by their classmates.

Mr. Parravano learned Braille on his own in the 1950s. His mother taught him
at home, he said, using a homemade block of wood and six marbles, which
represented the six dots in the code.

Today, children often learn to write on a heavy machine that looks like a
typewriter, but it feels clunky and can differentiate them from their
friends in day care and school, according to Thorkild Olesen, president of
the Danish Association of the Blind. His organization first pitched the idea
of Braille building blocks to Lego in 2011, followed by the Dorina Nowill
Foundation for the Blind in Brazil, which separately proposed the idea in
2017.

“Many blind children give up learning Braille or will not be introduced to
Braille in the first place,” Mr. Olesen said in a statement.

There have been other attempts to make learning Braille more appealing,
including

alphabet blocks and

UNO playing cards. But the Lego bricks, which have built-in mainstream
appeal and offer the chance to play around with words, or even play a
makeshift game of Scrabble, seem to have a unique appeal.

“I don’t know of any other efforts that combine learning and play as
thoroughly as Lego Braille bricks,” Mr. Olesen said.

The Braille bricks have been tested in schools and community centers in
Brazil, Denmark, Norway, and Britain. And, in the fall, the pilot program
will expand to Germany, France, Mexico and the United States, according to
the Lego Foundation.

After taking in feedback, Lego will roll out the Braille bricks next year,
the foundation said. The Lego sets will be free for children through
associations for the blind and schools.

Ms. Cook Walker’s daughter, Anna, is a senior in high school now. But both
mother and daughter said having Braille Lego bricks during childhood could
have made a huge difference.

Anna recalled an embarrassing episode in kindergarten, when she had her own
special bucket of Braille books. “When my classmates wanted to feel them,
the teacher ran across the room and said: ‘You can’t touch that. Those are
Anna’s,” she said.

Including both Braille and the written alphabet on the bricks would remove
the notion of “otherness,” her mother said. And they could also help include
sighted siblings and parents, who are often intimidated by the process of
learning, said Ms. Cook Walker, who works with other families

as part of a national organization for parents of blind children.

“This would be the bridge they need,” she said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/27/health/lego-braille-bricks.html?action=click

&module=Discovery&pgtype=Homepage

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Helpful tips for November 2019

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 November 2019

In this issue:

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

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

Scams of the month:
Be ware of those automated phone calls telling you that a strange payment
was charged to your credit card and that you need to press 1 to learn more.
The automated voice asks you to press 1 in order to connect to a live agent.
If you do so you can simply save yourself by hanging up as soon as the live
customer service rep comes on the line.
Chances are that this call originated from somewhere in India.

Another phone scam that offers you life insurance and they are claiming to
represent the Royal Bank of Canada.
Do not fall prey to this call.
This is not an automated person but rather a live caller seeking to garner
your personal invitation.
Simply hang up!

Then there is this one!
You receive a phone call from the fraud department of the Visa credit card
company telling you that your credit card has been compromised.
The give away here is that the caller is outside of Canada.
Their origin is probably from India.
Just hang up and go about your business.

With the holiday season now upon us, here are some tips for casseroles and
we Thank Melanie Mama Peach for sharing these with us.
Casserole Tips
Here are a few great tips to help make your casserole making endeavors
as simple as can be.
* Because generally a casserole takes anywhere from 20 minutes to 2
hours to bake, you ought to consider using dried herbs in dishes which
require longer cooking (more than an hour) rather than delicate fresh herbs
which tend to lose their flavor when exposed to extended periods of high
heat.
* When reheating casseroles, it’s best to defrost them in the refrigerator
overnight. If that isn’t possible, cover and reheat in a 350 degree oven,
allowing almost double the baking time. To test for doneness, insert a knife
or a wooden skewer in the center of the food, if it’s hot to the touch when
removed trust that it’s hot throughout.
* To freeze an unbaked or fully baked casserole: begin by lining a
casserole with heavy-duty aluminum foil, leaving enough of an overhang on
all sides to cover and seal the food later. Assemble the casserole, laying
it
in the lined pan and either freeze the ingredients until solid or bake and
cool to room temperature then freeze (it’s not necessary to seal it up for
this short freezing time). Once the casserole is frozen, use the excess foil
overhang and seal airtight. Double wrap the foil wrapped casserole in
freezer proof plastic bags, label, date it, then freeze until ready to use.
(Meanwhile, you can use the casserole dish for other purposes.) To thaw,
remove the wrapping and place the frozen food back into the dish in which
it was assembled or baked. Defrost and reheat or bake as recipe instructs.

A useful tip to know about when deciding to give treats to your dog.
Chocolate is not good for your dog neither is peanut butter.

Okay, if you want to make sure that your pots and pans are free of grease
after being washed then try this tip.
before washing take a dry paper towel and wipe the inside of your pot or
pan.
This would help to get rid of most of the grease before you put said pot or
pan into the water.

How to avoid having lingering smells in your home after you have cooked any
type of seafood?
You need to cook with a bit of vermouth which can definitely help to stiffle
those lingering odours.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Contributed by Dan Thompson

The positive power of plants
02/06/2015
http://www.thrive.org.uk/Files/Images/lily%20of%20the%20valley.jpg?width=350&height=246
Lily of the Valley named the nation’s happiest plant at RHS Chelsea exhibit
with our garden ambassador and TV gardener
David Domoney.
Experts came up with a simple online test that revealed how your favourite
plants can reflect your personality.
The quiz then formed part of a unique experiment at this year’s RHS Chelsea
Flower Show.
In the months leading up to the show, thousands of social media submissions
from gardening-loving Britons created a distinctive
shortlist of the UK’s 100 top ‘happy plants’.
David Domoney
then asked people to choose the 20 that make them the happiest – and learn
what they say about their personality
in the process. Five categories reflect each individual’s choices, telling
them whether their ‘plant personality’ is classic; romantic;
relaxed; bold or cheerful – and what that means.
http://www.thrive.org.uk/Files/Images/top%2020%20plants.jpg?width=600&height=430
The top-20 ‘happy plants’ then featured on plasma TVs at an exhibit (which
won a Bronze medal) in the Science and Discovery
zone the The Great Pavilion at RHS Chelsea.
On top of each TV was a facial recognition camera which scanned the faces of
visitors as they look at each plant, recording eye
movement, expression and engagement. This software used these and other
measures to calculate which plants are the most
popular.
David added: “It’s amazing how much sense of well-being and happiness the
sight of a simple plant can bring.”
http://www.thrive.org.uk/Files/Images/IMG_3843.JPG?width=350&height=262
The objective of the public experiment, sponsored by the Horticultural
Trades Association’s National Garden Gift Vouchers Scheme
in conjunction with David Domoney and gardening charity Thrive, is to raise
awareness of the positive impact plants can have on
people’s lives. #PosPowerofPlants
Experts have long acknowledged the power of gardening to improve people’s
lives and health, be they recuperating from illness or
struggling with long-term issues.
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Sir Richard Thompson, (pictured right at the exhibit) ex- President of the
Royal College of Physicians and Patron of Thrive said:
“Just looking at a garden is scientifically proven to improve recovery time.
Patients do much better after surgery if they look at
‘green things’ and they get out of hospital quicker.
“If everyone was encouraged to do a bit more gardening, you can well imagine
how that would affect obesity rates and reduce the
stress of the NHS.”
The good news is that health professionals have an appetite to find out more
about alternative treatments like ecotherapy, of which
gardening forms part of, and many would be prepared to refer patients to
social and therapeutic horticulture programmes like the
ones offered by Thrive.
visit the link below and then click or press enter on the link labled as
“Take the quiz now!” to find your ‘plant personality’.
http://www.daviddomoney.com/plant-personality/
I attempted to insert the quiz below. However, when visiting the link for
takin the quiz, my screenreading software would read the
choices. All I could get read were “bullet graffic.” So sighted assistance
is needed for taking the quiz.

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Contributed by Dan Thompson
National Coffee Day, September 29 2016

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

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

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

1. Drink coffee.

2. Drink tea.

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

three quarters drink coffee.

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

quite healthy, in fact…

Coffee has been shown time and again to boost metabolism.

Many teas are rich in antioxidants, among other things.

Plus, both drinks just taste so good…

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

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

serious pitfalls to both of these beverages…

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

possible.

Let’s start with coffee.

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

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

question has come up time and again:

Is it healthy?

And a sky-high pile of research answers this question with a resounding
“YES.”

Studies published in medical journals like Neuropsychobiology and

Psychopharmacology have shown coffee to increase energy and improve
cognitive

function.

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

2004 have shown coffee to increase fat metabolism.

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

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

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

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

morning…

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

considered the most unhealthy fat in existence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

trouble.

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

quality coffee.

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

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

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

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

specialize in fresh, precisely roasted coffee.

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

coffee shops in the area!

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

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

I’ve found:

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

every Friday, they do storewide sales!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

who I am!

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

blow store-bought coffee out of the water!

Now let’s talk about tea for a minute…

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

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

1. Tea is often heavily sprayed with pesticides.

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

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

these teas and drink them.

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

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

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

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

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

other in China.

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

levels OVER the European Union safety limit.

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

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

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

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

get most of our tea!

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

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

independently tested by consumer watchdog groups.

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

the U.S. limits!

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

the FDA about quality control.

And what about higher-end teas?

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

contained pesticides.

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

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

pesticides I mentioned earlier.

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

similarly called out for pesticide content.

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

quality of the tea.

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

you to go organic on, tea is it.

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

altogether.

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

organic brands I could trust.

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

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

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

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

it all day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

companies.

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

trust after doing quite a bit of research.

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

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

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

than regular teas are at the store!

And as to taste…

These organic teas are nuanced, beautiful, and delicious.

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

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

Source: Food Truth Letters series,

http://nucific.com/blog/category/food-truth-letters/

National Coffee Day:

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

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

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

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

Click here to find a location

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

Coffee and Tea Facts from Belly Bytes

Intro to Tantalizing Tea

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

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

*Tea Facts

Cup of Tea with Lemon

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

?Mexican tea is called Epazote.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When drinking tea, never use polystyrene cups with lemon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Classifications of Tea

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

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

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

*Outdoor Tea Facts and Tips

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

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

Coffee

Cups of coffee

?Coffee manufacturers do not have to disclose their method of
decaffeination.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.Flavored with coffee

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

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

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

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

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

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

?Dripped coffee has almost twice the caffeine as instants.

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

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

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

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

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

?Coffee reduces the healing time of ulcers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

?Coffee trees originally came from Africa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

?Coffee trees require 70 inches of rainfall per year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

?Coffee is a significant source of niacin.

?Viennese coffee: Ground coffee containing dried figs.

Source for Common Coffee and tea Tea Facts

Coffee and Tea Facts from Belly Bytes

http://www.bellybytes.com/foodfacts/coffee_tea_facts.html#.V-0PwMtTFkc

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
Paying at a restaurant

Today I’d like to focus on paying at a restaurant after you have just
enjoyed a marvellous meal. Too often, we fail to take the necessary
precautions in order to protect ourselves from having our credit card and
debit card numbers stolen from right under our noses.

As blind and vision impaired persons we need to take that extra precaution
in order to do this and I have some tips for you. I just want to make sure
that you stay safe after your meal.

Okay, you have just enjoyed a sumptuous and delicious meal and now it is
time to pay.
You can pay either by cash and if so just make sure that you keep your
wallet out of sight as you remove your cash.
or you can use the good old Credit card or debit card.

For either of these two methods be sure to enter the pin number for yourself
if the keypad is user friendly for you.
If not, and if you are presented with a touch screen, you need to request
assistance at the service desk to ensure that your info is protected.

Chances are that the waiter may be very trust worthy but one never knows who
is watching from another table.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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It’s a very accessible hotel that accommodates persons with special needs

A review of the Albert at Bay Suite hotel
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
This is a very utilitarian and solid hotel. With staff who definitely know
how to accommodate the needs of guests with special needs and who are not
afraid to assist and go out of their way.

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

Remarks :
The rooms at this hotel are large, spacious, and very easy to navigate.
It contains all the comforts away from home.

About hotel staff:
Second to none; very willing to help at any given time.

Any suggestions?
None for now.

Contact info:
the Albert at Bay Suite Hotel, located at 435 Albert Street, Ottawa ON K1R
7X4.
The phone number for the hotel is (613) 238-8858.

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