A review of the Rizvi electronics store – protection from Covid

A review of the Rizvi electronics store

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

Introduction:

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

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

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

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

Any suggestions?
Keep up your excellent service!

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

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

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How to make your technology more accessible

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
How to make your technology more accessible
By Donna J. Jodhan
This continues to be a very important topic for as long as we need to stay
at home because of the Covid Choke hold.
Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these
thoughts.
You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and
external costs and here’s how.

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

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

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

* Obtain an understanding as to why this is so.

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

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

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

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

This should be enough to get you started.

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

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Straight from the Apple Vis April online newsletter

Welcome to the April 2021 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
newsletter which highlights what’s new and noteworthy
on the AppleVis website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content
posted to AppleVis by members of the community –
from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts.
We are pleased to highlight the newest apps.
…. New and Noteworthy App Entries

1. DreamLab (iOS/iPadOS, Free)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Features:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy vacation!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Helpful tips for May 2021 – stay connected

Helpful tips for May 2021

In this issue:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

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

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

The Huffington Post – 01/10/2014

Author: Nikki Fotheringham

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

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

Organic, Salt-free De-icer:

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

Kitty Litter:

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

Urea:

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

Alfalfa Meal:

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

Sugar Beet Juice:

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

Sand or coffee grinds:

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

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

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

Author: Nikki Fotheringham

December 15 2016

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

1. Globe In

https://globein.com/

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

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

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

2.
Adopt a Narwhal

All net-proceeds help support our conservation efforts.

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

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

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

There are many other wonderful animals to adopt too.

3.
Save the Elephants

Save Elephant Love Keychain with Free Gift Box – Ashley Jewels

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

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

4.
Greenmoxie’s Guide to Sustainable Living

Greenmoxie: A Practical Guide to Sustainable Living 1

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

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

+++++++++++++++

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

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

From the pages of Donna’s diary
Traveling alone

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach and more, visit
http://www.donnajodhan.com

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

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

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A review of the Aqua Ohia Waikiki hotel – getting ready to travel again

A review of the Aqua Ohia Waikiki hotel
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
I am hoping that some day soon I would have the opportunity to stay at this
wonderful hotel in Hawaii after the Covid choke hold is over and done with.
What a marvelous memory!

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

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

About hotel staff:
Warm, welcoming, friendly, and very helpful!

My meals:
Very homely and did not mind having had to eat at nearby restaurants.

Any suggestions?
Just keep up the great work!
A great hotel for short visits and for the family.

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

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Making a community centre more accessible – a post Covid activity

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

No harm in preparing for a return to normalcy

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!

We have some very basic and potent tips for you and hopefully they can help
you to increase visitors to your community centre.

* Ensure that your centre is accessible in that it is well located on
central bus routes, is not too far from the street and that it is easily
identified through signs that are easy to spot.

* That if there are parking lots, that they are easily accessible and that
blind and vision impaired persons can easily navigate through them.

* That there are ramps located in appropriate places, that sidewalks are
clear, and that it is easy to find the entrance.

* that hallways are easy to find, doors and stairs are easy to identify, and
that elevators are easy to locate.

* that tables and chairs are arranged in a manner that enables those with
canes, walkers, and wheelchairs to have easy access to them and that there
is enough room for them to maneuver their mobile advise.

This should be a good start.

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Straight from the March Apple Vis newsletter

Welcome to the March 2021 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
newsletter which highlights what’s new and noteworthy
on the AppleVis website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content
posted to AppleVis by members of the community –
from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts.
We are pleased to highlight the newest apps.
…. New and Noteworthy App Entries

1. Blind Drive (iOS/iPadOS, US$3.99)
This game is like nothing you’ve played before.

Did you ever drive blindfolded? Now’s your chance!

Blind Drive is a unique one-of a kind experience: an audio-based, black
comedy arcade action game.

The entire game is experienced through your ears. You’re blindfolded and
going against traffic. Cars rushing past, angry drivers yelling at you. Cops
on your tail. And you can’t see a thing. Listen carefully now – do your
ears have what it takes?

Current Version: 1.0.01 (March 15, 2021)
Read Blind Drive’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/blind-drive
Visit Blind Drive’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/blind-drive/id964294239

2. iCanSee world (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

The software “I can see” – intended for use by blind or visually
impaired people to help them navigate in space and help them find the right
objects.

The software product «I can see» uses artificial neural networks, in such
a way as to recognize different objects in a house, objects on the street,
clothing, food, animals, plants, mushrooms and more.

1) This application intended for use by blind or visually impaired people
to help them navigate in space, find the right objects, and also explore
our world in more detail.
2) One of the big pluses is the ability to recognize different objects in
real time.
3) Identification of objects using a trained artificial neural network.
4) All recognizable objects will be called voice, it allows the blind
person to understand what object is in front of him.
5) Function of current time.
6) Function of suspension of objects recognition.
7) Night mode. Even at night this program can recognize the objects.
8) Function of searching the object: say the object name, and after a
couple of seconds the program will searching object. As soon as the
object is detected, the program will report this.
9) Thematic filters adapt the program for your environment.
10) To recognize objects, you don’t need an internet connection!

Current Version: 3.2.11 (April 25, 2018)
Read iCanSee world’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/icansee-world
Visit iCanSee world’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/icansee-world/id1302090656

3. NetNewsWire (macOS, Free)
NetNewsWire is the best way to keep up with the sites and authors you read
most regularly. Let NetNewsWire pull down the latest articles, and read them
in a distraction-free and Mac-like way.

* Native Interface… NetNewsWire looks right at home in OS X 10.8
* Find Later… Bookmark individual articles, mark sites as your favorites,
and search everything.
* Sharing… Send articles to Instapaper, Twitter, or Facebook.
* Popular Feeds… If you’re just getting started, NetNewsWire can
suggest some great reading material.
* Distraction-free… Reading articles in a browser means putting up with
ads and sidebars. NetNewsWire focuses on content.
* Tabs… For the true reading lover, NetNewsWire easily keeps track of
multiple articles open at the same time.

Current Version: 6.0 (March 28, 2021)
Read NetNewsWire’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/news/netnewswire
Visit NetNewsWire’s website https://netnewswire.com/

4. Newsbite (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

A modern RSS newsreader for iPhone and iPad, with features to help you find
the news you are interested in, and no creepy tracking or advertising:

* Add Home Screen widgets showing articles from your folders, feeds,
topics, tags or searches.
* Discover feeds published by your favourite news website or blog using the
built-in browser.
* Setup notifications to alert you when new articles appear in your feeds.
* Create rules to automatically like, read, tag, or hide certain articles.
* Filter articles by unread, today only, tag, or media type.
* Add articles to the Reading List for later.
* Use the built-in reading list or external services, supports Pocket,
Instapaper, and Safari Reading List.
* Automatically find the most written about topics from your feeds during
the last day, week or month.
* Load the full article content for feeds that don’t include the full
text in the feed.
* Multiple image, audio, and video attachment playback.
* 3 column layout on iPad with new sidebar, redesigned for iPadOS 14.
* Pointer support from iPadOS 13.4 onwards.
* Sync your feeds and topics, plus article reads and likes using iCloud, no
additional account or login needed.
* If you have more than one device synced to the same iCloud account you
can nominate one of them to be the ‘Primary Device’. The primary
device is responsible for downloading new articles from your feeds, other
devices will sync via iCloud. This can help preserve battery life on
other devices, and improve sync reliability.
* Keep articles indefinitely, even when removed from the feed.
* Organise your feeds into folders using drag and drop.
* Choose custom font, size, spacing, alignment, and theme for reading
articles.
* Supports RSS, Atom, and JSON feed formats.
* Updates feeds in the background.

Current Version: 2.1.7 (March 4, 2021)
Read Newsbite’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/news/newsbite
Visit Newsbite’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/newsbite/id1478566472

5. Steps – Activity Tracker (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Track how far you walk and how many steps you take. Always on, works on all
iPhones.

Steps is a pedometer and activity tracker. It shows you just how much
you’re moving in a simple, elegant way. Set a goal. As you walk, the colors
change to show your progress like a sunrise. No noise, no extra gadget to
wear and nothing to distract you.

Everyone should walk 10,000 steps every day for their health, but many of us
don’t go that far. With Steps, you can easily track how far you go every
day, set a goal, and get moving!

WHY STEPS

* Clear, uncluttered design and changing color tells you at a glance how
far you’ve gone today
* Easily set and adjust goals
* Calorie tracking, customized for your body and activity
* Track and share your full activity history
* Customize to match your style with themes
* Check in quickly from your Apple Watch or Notification Center on your
iPhone
* Integrates with Apple Health to combine data from your Apple Watch or
other connected devices

Current Version: 1.7.13 (March 19, 2021)
Read Steps – Activity Tracker’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/health-and-fitness/steps-activity-tracker
Visit Steps – Activity Tracker’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/steps-activity-tracker/id708359518

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

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

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Helpful tips for April – keep up with the latest

Helpful tips for April 2021

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* Twelve Nontoxic Cleaning Product Recipes for Kitchen Use
* house rules for cleaning silver in the dishwasher
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* a review of the Rex hotel in ST. Lucia

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

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

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

Well, that nagging and irritatingscam is still with us!
I am referring to the automated phone call telling us that our Visa card has
been compromised with eronious transactions.
Just hang up the minute you hear this message.
Nothing else to do.

Some interesting info about todlers!
They never over eat!
They only eat as much as they want!

An important tip about diverticulitis!
It occurs whenever bits of nuts and popcorn kernels get stuck in the folds
of your left bowel.
The pain is severe and if not treated quickly can cause damage to the
stomach and you would need to be hospitalized and placed on antibiotics.
It can even become life threatening.

About fresh water turtles!
They do not survive in cold water.
They need to be rescued the minute the water temp gets too cold.
This is what happened to them recently during the emergency in Texas in
February.

The top four countries with the happiest people?
1. Iceland.
2. Finland.
3. Denmark.
4. Switzerland.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Contributed by Dan Thompson
Twelve Nontoxic Cleaning Product Recipes for Kitchen Use

1, For a simple,
all-purpose counter cleaner
, mix together equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. If your
countertop is made from marble, granite, or stone, skip the vinegar (its
acidity is no good for these
surfaces) and
use rubbing alcohol
or the wondrous
power of vodka
instead.
2. Cutting Boards
Talk about non-toxic: All that’s needed to
clean and sanitize cutting boards
(wood or plastic) is… a lemon! Cut it in half, run it over the surfaces, let
sit for ten minutes, and then rinse away. If you need some serious
scrubbing power, sprinkle some coarse or Kosher salt over the board, and
then rub with ½ a lemon.
3. Oven
To
clean stubborn, caked-on food out of the oven
, just heat the over to 125 degrees and grab your spray bottle of vinegar
(see “countertops” above). Once the oven is warm, spray the caked-on stuff
until it’s lightly
damp and then pour salt directly onto the affected areas. Turn off the oven,
let it cool, and then use a wet towel to scrub away at the mess. If that
doesn’t cut it, follow the same instructions but try use baking soda
in place of salt (just let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing).
4. Garbage Disposal
This one is
so cool
. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into an ice cube tray and top off the slots with
water. Once they’re frozen, toss a few down the disposal and let it
run—doing so should remove any food that was stuck to
the blades.
5. Microwave
It’s easy to overlook the microwave while cleaning, but man can it get gross
in there. To
combat the gunk
, pour some vinegar into a small cup and mix in a little lemon juice (exact
amounts don’t really matter). Put
the cup in the microwave, let the microwave run for 2 minutes, and leave the
door closed for several more minutes. Finally, open the door and simply wipe
down all the sides with a warm cloth or sponge—no
scrubbing required!
6. Sink Drain
To
unclog a stuffed-up drain
, start by boiling about 2 cups of water. Pour ½ cup of baking soda into the
drain, and then add the water while it’s still nice and hot. If that doesn’t
do the trick, follow the baking soda
with ½ cup of vinegar, cover it up tightly (a pot lid should work nicely),
wait until the fizzing slows down (when baking soda and vinegar come in
contact, they’ll react by fizzing) and then add one gallon of boiling
water.
7. Pan De-Greaser
To
cut through the grime on frying pans
, simply apply some salt (no water necessary) and scrub vigorously.
8. Cast-Iron Pans
Kitchen professionals are pretty against using soap, steel wool, or
dishwashers to clean cast-iron pans. Luckily, there’s an alternative way to
tackle cast-iron grossness
: combine olive oil and a teaspoon of coarse
salt in the pan. Scrub with a stiff brush, rinse with hot water, and you’re
done!
9. Dishwasher Detergent
If you’re lucky enough to have a dishwasher,
simply mix together
1 cup of liquid castile soap and 1 cup of water (2 teaspoons of lemon juice
optional) in a quart-size glass jar. Add some of this mixture to one
detergent compartment of the dishwasher, and fill the other compartment with
white vinegar.
10. Dish Soap
If
washing dishes by hand
, simply combine 1 cup of liquid castile soap and 3 tablespoons water (a few
drops of essential oil optional) in a bottle of your choice. Shake well and
use like you would any other dish
soap.
111. Refrigerator Cleaner
To clean what is perhaps the toughest of all kitchen “gross spots,”
reach for the baking soda
. Add about ½ cup of the white stuff to a bucket of hot water. Dip a clean
rag in the mixture and use it to wipe down the
fridge’s insides.
12. Bleach
For
serious disinfectant power
, mix ½ cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon castile soap, and ½ teaspoon hydrogen
peroxide. Use a cloth to apply the mixture to a wet surface, scrub, and then
rinse thoroughly.
Source: ” Being healthy doesn’t have to suck, right?”
http://greatist.com/health/27-chemical-free-products-diy-spring-cleaning

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house rules for cleaning silver in the dishwasher
i grew up being fearful of the oddest things. i wasn’t bold enough to
question why, so i just did as i was told. here’s one: never, ever put good
dishes or silver flatware in
the dishwasher. ever! i didn’t know what would happen if i did, but you can
be sure that my fear of the unknown made certain i didn’t come close to
finding out. until my
rebellious years.
once i had my own china and my own silver, i was reckless enough to believe
i wouldn’t go to jail if i violated this particular “thou shalt not!” i was
reminded of what i’ve
learned about putting silver in the dishwasher when the following question
showed up in my inbox:
dear mary: i have a set of silver flatware that i use daily. i notice that
after a few times through a normal cycle, the pieces become very tarnished.
it is not a particularly
good set, just a nice set of flatware for daily use. do you think that the
dishwashing detergent is tarnishing the silver? annedear anne: your silver
plate or sterling silver
pieces can go in the dishwasher and come out beautiful as long as you follow
a few specific guidelines. case in point:
my small pie server is one of my favorite things. i love it for its
size and just the way it feels in my hand. i use it daily and it goes in the
dishwasher every evening—by itself in its own little compartment so that it
is not touching any
other type of metal. since i inherited it many years ago i have done nothing
to it but use it, clean it and enjoy it.
as for your flatware, i’m going to guess that what you see is not tarnish
but rather a reaction that occurs when silver comes in contact with other
types of metal in the
dishwashing process (see rule 3 below).
first, it’s important to know that when it comes to silver, cleaning and
polishing are not the same thing. polishing should be a very occasional
activity while cleaning is
something you do to your silver after every meal. the dishwasher is an
excellent way to take of cleaning.
tarnish is the result when sulphur in the air reacts with silver. if you
have silver pieces that are very tarnished, you need to give them a good
polish (simichrome
polish and hagerty silversmith’s spray polish are both highly regarded for
fine silver care). once polished, frequent use is the best way to prevent
tarnish build-
up.
here are good house rules for how to clean silver in the dishwasher (care of
silverplate is the same as for sterling):
rule 1. only solid flatware and pieces in the dishwasher. that means no
pearl handles, items with glue joints or weighted/reinforced items.
rule 2. rinse off immediately after use. don’t let food sit on silver as it
may cause corrosion or pitting.
rule 3. don’t let the silver pieces touch any other type of metal, including
stainless, which will leave marks on your silver that are very difficult to
remove. (it will
require a good silver polish like those mentioned above and a lot of elbow
grease.) you can put silver in the same dishwasher load as stainless, just
in a
different flatware compartments. never allow the two materials to come into
direct contact.
rule 4. when washing silver in the dishwasher, stick with the normal or
delicate cycle, not heavy-duty scrubber or high-temp sanitizing type
options.
rule 5. do not use automatic dishwasher detergent that contains lemon,
citrus or phosphates when washing silver.
now that the silver is clean, use it and enjoy it!
by mary hunt on 11/03/16
ww.everydaycheapskate.com

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

From the pages of Donna’s diary
A review of the Rex hotel in St. Lucia

Introduction:
Since 2011 my mom and I have been spending our summer getaway at the Rex
Hotel in St. Lucia. We have made this an annual event and we both enjoy it
greatly and it is why we continue to travel to this wondrous spot in the
Caribbean.

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

Remarks :
Access to the restaurant could be described as a bit of a mixed bag. It is
a bit of a walk to get to the restaurant but thank goodness there are not
very many steps to make it difficult for those with mobility challenges.

The tables are well spaced so getting in and out of one’s chair is easy.
Sea bathing is simply marvellous with the beach so close at hand and it is
one of the best beaches that St. Lucia has to offer.
You can swim to your heart’s content; either in the wide open sea or in the
hotel’s swimming pool.

About Hotel staff:
Staff are extremely well trained not just in the rudiments of customer
service but how to go out of their way to be accommodating to those of us
with special needs.

My meals:
The cuisine at this hotel is simply out of this world; a true combination of
French Caribbean cuisine.

Any suggestions?
I have none! Just keep it up.

Contact info:
St. Lucian by Rex Resorts
REDUIT BEACH , Castries
Tel : 7584528351 Fax : 7584528351
Email : RES.MRIUSA@REXRESORTS.COM
Website :
www.rexresorts.com

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach and more, visit
http://www.donnajodhan.com

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

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

Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan
And like me on Facebook at
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A review of the Pride of America cruise ship

A review of the Pride of America cruise ship

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

Introduction:
In February 2020 I had the pleasure of enjoying a wonderful cruise of the
Hawaiian Islands aboard the Pride of America cruise ship.
On the whole I was extremely pleased with the warm and welcoming atmosphere
and good thing that I took my trip before the Covid virus struck.

Now with the travel world waiting anxiously for Covid to loosen its
chokehold; it would be interesting to see how this cruise ship does moving
forward.

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance – 4.5
Assistance for guests with special needs – 4.5
Assistance at restaurant – 4.5

Remarks :
Access to the restaurants was extremely user friendly for a vision impaired
person and navigating among the tables was not very difficult.
There was lots of space between eating stations.

About ship staff:
From restaurant staff to cabin cleaning staff; they were all very
accommodating, friendly and eager to assist.
The service desk staff was also extremely helpful and there was enough staff
around the ship so that one did not get lost.
Folks were just so friendly.

My meals:
Excellent, sumptuous, plentiful, and very enjoyable.

Any suggestions?
I can only wish this cruise ship the very best when it finally returns from
the Covid lock down.

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How to make a class on gardening accessible – helping to cope with Covid

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

This could be a very good way for you to help others deal with the present
Covid challenges.

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!

You would be absolutely amazed to learn how the offering of a class on
gardening could or would have the potential of creating some new revenue for
you.
And who could be some of the potential students?

Retirees, seniors, and even professionals. What you need to do is to
develop a course that is easy to follow; relatively accessible to your
potential students. This would be the perfect time of the year to nip it in
the bud so to speak.
Here are some tips.

1. Early spring is the best time to remind potential students about the
wonders of learning how to garden.
2. Make your classes easy to follow and simple to implement.
3. Make your gardening classes rich in basic content.
4. Start from the very beginning.
5. Provide content in electronic formats, audio formats and don’t leave out
the descriptive brochures as well.
6. Include both indoor and outdoor gardening tips.

This should be a good start for you.

To contact me please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca
I’m Donna J. Jodhan (sight loss coach)

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