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Frozen Nutrients

first_imgA recent University of Georgia study of Americans’ groceries showed that fresh may not always be the best choice — at least not in terms of delivering the vitamins and minerals that families expect from their veggies.Ronald Pegg, associate professor of food science and technology at UGA, led the study. His team looked at the selected vitamin and mineral content of eight fruits and vegetables — blueberries, strawberries, broccoli, green beans, corn, spinach, cauliflower and green peas. Nutrients now and laterThey analyzed the nutrient values of the produce on the day they were purchased and after the produce had been stored in a household refrigerator for five days. They also analyzed the nutritional content of the same set of fruits and vegetables that had been packaged after freezing. “The vitamins and nutrients in fruits and vegetables degrade over time, and we found that frozen fruits and vegetables may offer more nutrition than fresh, when storage is taken into account,” Pegg said. “(Fruits and vegetables) are going to have a different nutrient profile after storage than they had when they were taken from the field … (These pieces of produce) are living things. They respire; they age and they break down over time. There are oxidative stresses, microbial stresses and enzymatic stresses, and we end up seeing the loss of nutrient value from these stresses.” Frozen produce had more vitaminsPegg’s study showed that some frozen fruits and vegetables had higher levels of vitamin A, vitamin C and of folates than fruits and vegetables that had been stored for five days.Shoppers tend to consume some of their produce on the day the purchase it from the grocery store and store the rest in the refrigerator for later use, Pegg said. It was important to look at the nutrient levels of these fruits and vegetables after storage to get a clear picture of the nutrition that American shoppers are getting from their produce. To mimic the shopping habits of multiple households, Pegg’s team took produce samples from multiple stores. “This particular study was designed from the point of view of the consumer, and it’s one of the first to take into account the way people buy and store produce,” Pegg said.Less trips to the marketGiven the fact that many Americans only buy produce on a weekly or biweekly basis, frozen produce is a convenient and effective way for consumers to get enough of the nutrients and vitamins available in fruits and vegetables, Pegg said. “Freezing is nature’s pause button,” he said. “It helps maintain the nutritional value of fresh vegetables, even during storage.” Frozen vegetables are able to maintain more of their nutritional value because they are blanched shortly after being taken from farmers’ fields. This stops the enzymatic reactions that can break down many nutrients. Freezing also slows the enzymatic breakdown of fruits, which are not blanched, and decreases microbial break down. Pegg studies many commoditiesThe study, completed this fall, was funded by a grant from the Frozen Food Foundation. Pegg’s past work has focused on measuring the available antioxidants and nutrients in commodities such as pecans, muscadines, peanuts, lentils, coffee and other products. For more information about Pegg’s work visit www.foodscience.caes.uga.edu/personnel/faculty/pegg.html. For more information about the Department of Food Science and Technology in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences visit www.foodscience.caes.uga.edu.The Frozen Food Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering scientific research, public awareness and education regarding the value of frozen foods. More information on the foundation is available at www.frozenfoodfacts.org/.last_img read more

The Lens Effect

first_imgHave video cameras changed the way we experience the outdoors?When you go to a concert these days you see a band on stage, sweeping lights and smoke effects, a sea of heads bobbing in the dark before you — and also a few hundred smart phones lifted high to capture the moment. Luminescent LCD screens have replaced the traditional lighter waving overhead. And this is true in every walk of life from the 6-year-old’s birthday party to a performance by sidewalk buskers to the cat pooping in a toilet: cameras are everywhere, and we have become the documentary filmmakers of our own lives. The advent of the GoPro camera and the dSLR revolution have given every Regular Joe the tools to record his stories, and this revolution has followed us into our outdoor adventures.The benefits of this technological renaissance need not be enumerated. For as long as humans have walked the earth we’ve been telling our stories, and now we’re able to do that with a level of polish and production value previously unimaginable. But have we fully considered what might be lost in the bargain? What happens when we go from simply dropping the long downhill on a mountain bike or linking up the five-pitch climb to taking on the additional work of making a documentary of the endeavor?It’s not enough anymore to have a meaningful experience. With our ready access to online social networking and the powerful tools of media production, we now feel compelled to capture every moment and broadcast it to the world with the message, “Look, look! I had a meaningful experience!”I may be unusually sensitive to the dilemma posed by bringing cameras on an adventure. As a person making a career out of photography and video production in outdoor lifestyle, I value deeply the stories that live in wild places. I am also acutely aware of the mental shift that happens when I take up a camera in such places. From attending to the intricate world around me with open eyes and ears, I undergo a perceptual pivot as I begin to look for the best light and the most interesting angle, anticipating the moment to release the shutter. In short, I stop simply being present with all of my senses in my surroundings, and I enter into work mode.No doubt other adventurers are less susceptible to this risk while using a camera, but we all see the world differently when looking through a lens. The frame necessarily limits the picture—that is the wonder and power of picture media; it focuses our attention. But in the moment of looking out across a panoramic view or down the gullet of a class V rapid I think that we see less fully (maybe less clearly) when we look through a camera.I’m thankful that I have friends who act as governors on my fairly constant drive to get everything down on film. Several of my kayaking buddies are of the mind that it is always better to simply run the river rather than stop to take pictures. They present a valuable tension to my impulse to capture every moment and preserve it for future review. They remind me of one of the primary reasons I am drawn to wild places: the way they make me slow down and be present, not clinging to any moment of beauty or excitement but letting it pass through my mind and heart like sand through open fingers.As I grow more aware of the visual impairment that cameras sometimes introduce into my adventures, I’m developing new strategies to add to my personal discipline. Some days I will intentionally leave behind all cameras for a trip down the river, or else I will carry only my old film SLR which seems to be less intrusive to the experience than digital tools. Some days I will carry only my journal or sketchbook, tools that have the effect of actually making me more present and aware as I meditate on the experience. In the end, I suppose I want to make a call to my fellow adventurers and lovers of the wild, not that we forsake all recording tools and documentary work but that we dedicate some time out in the wild free from our devices. Let’s spend some days doing what we love to do with only our memories to record the journey and our words to share it when we gather around the dinner table or at the bar at the end of the day.On a backpacking trip this October I hiked for twelve days through the Smoky Mountains and carried with me an array of camera gear and recording equipment to document the trip. I had a lot of fun looking for images and molding the story even as I lived it, but on the final night out, my last battery died and the digital camera was rendered useless. Initially I was frustrated: angry that the time lapse I’d been shooting was cut short, disappointed that I would not be able to record images the next morning on our hike out. I went to sleep that night with my camera batteries tucked into my sleeping bag, hoping to warm them and eke some last bit of life out of them. When I awoke in the dark the next morning, they were dead as can be.I crawled out of the tent and began to climb the Mt. Sterling fire tower with only my trusty old film camera to weigh me down. Halfway up I sat on a ledge in the chilly wind and watched as light began to creep over the eastern mountains. Film is expensive; so I didn’t bother snapping a lot of pictures as the color changed and the clouds morphed. I watched the sunrise blossom in many delicate shades, and I snapped one photo before descending to the ground again. My girlfriend and I ate a hearty breakfast and broke camp; then we began the long hike home through woods brilliant with fall color, straining our eyes to take it all in. •Chris Gallaway is an adventurer and filmmaker. In 2013 Chris will be embarking on a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, and he’ll be carrying twenty pounds of camera gear to document the journey.last_img read more

Best Fests: Arts Festivals

first_imgPrepare for a cultural carnival at these arts festivals:FloydFestJuly 25-28Floyd, Va.floydfest.comBasics: In more than a decade in existence, FloydFest has grown from a special underground gathering to a festival in the national spotlight. Every year, crowds migrate to an unsuspecting 80-acre mountain plateau off the Blue Ridge Parkway for a four-day carnival of musical cultures from near and far. The festival bridges the gap between Appalachian traditions and the melting pot of independent roots music from the around the rest of the world.Bands: This year FloydFest is mixing it up with plenty of string band favorites (Yonder Mountain String Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Trampled by Turtles, and Railroad Earth), jam staples (Hot Tuna and the North Mississippi Allstars), and the Americana side of the indie scene (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and the Lumineers). Also, check out the fresh faces on the rise: the Last Bison, Spirit Family Reunion, Yarn, and Field Report.Set Break Escape: Finally utilizing the amazing piece of land just off the Parkway, the festival has added an impressive outdoor adventure program to its lengthy list of activities. The recently developed Moonstomper Mountain Bike Trail offers on-site singletrack with designated hours for riding and hiking. There’s also an organized 16-mile ride, the Belcher Mountain Beat Down, that features 1,700 feet of climb and offers shuttle service back to the festival. Additional offerings include a 5K on Sunday and organized paddling trips on the Little River.FIVE MORE…LEAFMay 9-12Black Mountain, N.C.theleaf.comSet in the shadow of the Black Mountains, the Lake Eden Arts Festival—better known as LEAF—features one of the most diverse arrays of artistic offerings of any fest in the region. Beyond the stellar line-up of roots music, check out healing arts workshops, a folk art show, a poetry slam, and dancing. Bands include Mavis Staples, Ozomatli, Steel Pulse, Peter Rowan, and Abigail Washburn. The best part—this fest returns again in the fall (October 17-20).Spoleto Festival USAMay 24—June 9Charleston, S.C.As if Charleston didn’t have enough going for it. Add this 17-day marathon performing arts fest that includes music from various genres, dance, theater, and visual arts showcased at theaters, churches, and outdoor spots across the city.spoletousa.org Seedtime on the CumberlandJune 7-8Whitesburg, Ky.This annual down-home celebration of the arts in Appalachia brings together storytellers, musicians, artisans, and writers in the tiny, culturally rich town of Whitesburg.seedtimefestival.org ArtscapeJuly 19-21Baltimore, Md.The largest free arts festival in the country brings over 350,000 people to Baltimore to check out the work of artists, craft booths, and visual exhibits of sculpture and photography. Covering 12 city blocks, the fest also features live music and a full schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, and film.artscape.orgShakori Hills Grassroots FestivalOctober 10-13Silk Hope, N.C.A cultural standby in the Triangle, Shakori Hills is a four-day fest that takes place in the spring and fall on a 75-acre piedmont farm. It blends some of North Carolina’s best roots musicians with national headliners, touches of world music, and an array of food, arts, and crafts.shakorihillsgrassroots.orgCheck out the rest of our Outdoor Festival Guide!last_img read more

Trail Mix | July 2016

first_img Running My Heart To You Amy Blaschke Pitch Moon Bros. Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. 3:31 End Of The Line Tommy Womack 4:04 4:23 Audio PlayerTommy WomackEnd Of The LineUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 3:22 I’m A Memory Jeff Scroggins & Colorado Back To Houston Libby Koch 3:37 Prodigal Son Marley’s Ghost Auld Wives Bear’s Den There is a Fire National Park Radio Another Lonely Heart Fialta 4:27 3:22 4:18 Way Out Here Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer Embed Dead Birds The Way Down Wanderers 3:48 Lucky Guy Greg Humphreys Electric Trio River Run Cereus Bright Nothing Beyond This Northern Town Luke Whittemore 6:12 We’re a few days late in getting the July mix out and into your ears, but I think you’ll agree that the holiday break made the wait worthwhile.Featured this month is a track a band whose name sums up, perhaps more than any other, the Trail Mix experience – National Park Radio. This Arkansas quintet’s moniker so aptly brings to mind what this mix is all about – getting outside with music. It’s also perfectly fitting that National Park Radio’s blend of rootsy Americana and bluegrass meshes perfectly with what Trail Mix showcases each month. Check out “There is a Fire,” from the band’s debut record that drops later this month, on the mix.British folk trio Bear’s Den caught my ear late in 2014, when the band released its debut album, Islands. This month, Bear’s Den returns with its sophomore release, Red Earth & Pouring Rain, and the mix is happy to feature the first single from the record, “Auld Wives.”Cereus Bright, from Knoxville, Tennessee, is a band that has been on my radar for a while. Imagine my surprise when I realized that the band’s newest release, Excuses, was also its first. This is a band worth getting to know, and you can commence your introduction by checking out “River Run” right here.Of course, we are just scratching the surface so far. There’s still lots of great stuff to check out. New tunes from The Motet, J.D. Malone & The Experts, and The Way Down Wanderers await.Also, be sure to check out the new tunes from Moon Bros., Amy Blaschke, Ted C. Fox, Marley’s Ghost, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Luke Whittemore, Greg Humphreys Electric Trio, Fialta, Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer, and Libby Koch.Stay tuned to the Trail Mix blog this month. Scheduled are chats with the guys behind Abide Drum Company, The Americans, Bear’s Den, and Tommy Womack.And, as always, seek out some of the records from these artists who have shared their music with Trail Mix. Dig a track? Buy a record. Go to a show. Tell a friend. Help spread the word about these musicians making great roots music. 5:02 Damn! The Motet 6:48 2:08 4:07 3:24 Town And Country J.D Malone And The Experts The Right Stuff The Americans 4:49 3:52 Migrant Sand Ted C Fox 4:39 3:31 last_img read more

3 pleasant ways to deal with people who aren’t so polite

first_imgSometimes those around us, whether in our personal lives or in the workplace, don’t behave the way we’d want or expect them to. We regularly encounter varying personalities, some harder to deal with than others. When faced with someone who’s less than pleasant, the best thing you can do is react positively. Here are a few ways you can still be friendly and polite, even when those around you are not.Kill them with kindnessIt’s hard not to let others’ moods affect us. When someone is the office “Debbie Downer” it takes real effort to brush it off and remain cheery. Although it’s a challenge, keeping calm, staying friendly, and spreading kindness will benefit you (and others) greatly in the end. So, remember to smile and be kind always, no matter the circumstance.Concentrate on connectingEveryone gets in a bad mood from time to time, so don’t read too much into it if someone around you is feeling blue. But, if their negativity is a constant, there are things you can do to offer encouragement. Be careful not to pry too much into their business, but try casually connecting with them on how things are going. Ask them if they need any help with their work tasks or if they’d like to take a quick walk. Extending an olive branch to help someone who’s feeling down may make all the difference in the world to them.Don’t take it personallySometimes people just need their space. So, even though it’s tough to be around someone who’s negative, their problem may not have anything to do with you. Try your best to not let it affect you and continue with your work responsibilities. If it remains an issue and begins to affect your productivity, you may consider bringing it up with your supervisor. But, until then, keep your head down and keep a positive outlook in the office and in life. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Compliance: Beneficial owner relief extended thru Sept. 8

first_imgThe Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has extended the Beneficial Ownership Rule’s limited exception for rollover and/or renewal of certain accounts for an additional 30 days. It was scheduled to expire Aug. 9, and now will be in place up to and including Sept. 8.Under FinCEN’s customer due diligence rule that became effective May 11, covered financial institutions are required to obtain information on the beneficial owners of a legal entity that opens a new account for each new formal banking relationship established, even if the legal entity is an existing customer.The relief issued by FinCEN grants credit unions relief from the beneficial ownership requirements for Legal Entity member accounts that automatically renew or rollover, such as certain term share accounts and loans. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

‘Completely Dismissed or Openly Harassed by Dirty Old Men’: Q&A With Rachel Pross

first_imgOn March 18, Maps Credit Union Chief Risk Officer Rachel Pross published a LinkedIn post describing her experience at CUNA’s recent annual Governmental Affairs Conference. In that post, titled “Credit Unions, We Can Do Better,” Pross alleged that during the event, some male conference-goers chose to “practically drape” themselves over her and kiss her on the cheek rather than shake her hand when they introduced themselves. Other men allegedly put their hands on her lower back. One called her “Pretty Face” for the duration of the conference, she said. In addition, Pross said she was “repeatedly cut off, spoken over or blatantly dismissed” at a lunch with a male credit union CEO, and at one point during the conference, a male attendee allegedly walked up behind a female attendee and licked her shoulder.We reached out to Pross to hear why she decided to tell her story publicly, what the reaction has been like for her and what she thinks should happen next. Here’s what she said… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Pelosi and Schumer, McConnell divided on relief bill

first_img“I gather [Pelosi] and the Democratic leader in the Senate still are looking at something dramatically larger,” the Kentucky Republican told reporters. “That’s not a place I think we’re willing to go. But I do think there needs to be another package. Hopefully we can get past the impasse we’ve had now for four or five months and get serious about doing something that’s appropriate.” – Advertisement – “We’re at the same place, even more so with the pandemic,” she said. “Because look at those numbers!”Her comments reflect a fundamental disagreement with Republicans over what the U.S. needs to recover from the pandemic. The gulf has lingered throughout start-and-stop talks between Pelosi and the White House.On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged the need for another aid package but said it should resemble the GOP’s $500 billion proposal that Senate Democrats blocked before the election.- Advertisement – The top Democrats in Congress said Thursday that a record surge in U.S. coronavirus infections raises the urgency for a new relief bill.The part of the process that has confounded Washington for months — crafting a bill backed by both Democrats and Republicans — has become no less of a challenge since Election Day.Speaking to reporters in Washington, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she still supports legislation to inject at least $2.2 trillion into the American health-care system and economy. The California Democrat, who will see her party’s majority shrink by at least six seats after the 2020 election, cited Wednesday’s record 143,231 new Covid-19 infections as reason to stick to a spending demand the GOP has seen as unreasonable.- Advertisement – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer indicated again Thursday that Democrats would block a bill similar to the one Republicans previously crafted. The New York Democrat called it a “nonstarter” as he backed Pelosi’s stance of at least $2.2 trillion in new spending.Schumer also contended many GOP senators’ refusal to acknowledge Democrat Joe Biden as president-elect — while President Donald Trump levels baseless charges of electoral fraud — has hampered efforts to govern during the crisis.“Joe Biden has won. Now move on and work with us to solve the Covid crisis,” he said. “Let us bring the country together and get things done.”Lawmakers would have to overcome a number of challenges to pass pandemic relief legislation before Inauguration Day on Jan. 20. Among the barriers, Trump has showed little interest in anything other than fighting the election results since Nov. 3.Biden has listed coronavirus aid as one of his top priorities when he enters office. Control of Congress during his presidency is an open question.The GOP will keep a narrow Senate majority unless Democrats can win two likely runoffs in Georgia in January. Even if Democrats win both races, they would achieve a 50-50 split, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris holding a tiebreaking vote.Democrats could also end up with 224 seats or even less in the House, according to NBC News estimates, giving Pelosi a smaller margin of error for party defections on legislation.Headline economic numbers in the U.S. have improved: initial jobless claims lingered near their lowest levels of the pandemic last week, the Labor Department said Thursday. Even so, more than 21 million Americans remain on some form of unemployment assistance, and economic pain could sharpen as more states consider restrictions to slow the spiking infection rate.Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube.center_img U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks after the Senate Republican GOP leadership election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. November 10, 2020.Erin Scott | Reuters US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (R), Democrat of California, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York hold a press briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on November 6, 2020.Nicholas Kamm | AFP | Getty Images – Advertisement –last_img read more

LandSecs plots hi-tech strategy

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Indonesia scraps national exams due to COVID-19

first_imgThe government and House of Representatives have agreed to cancel the national exam for elementary, junior high and high school students amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.Syaiful Huda, chairman of House Commission X overseeing education, told the press on Monday night that the decision was made in a teleconference between the lawmakers and Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim on Monday”The spread of the COVID-19 is expected to occur until April, so it is impossible for us to force students to gather for the national exam under the threat of the pandemic. Therefore, we agreed that the national exam will not be administered,” the National Awakening Party (PKB) politician said. There is also the option of implementing an online national exam.“We do not want to gather students in school buildings,” he said.Nadiem previously planned to abolish the national exam and replace it with a very different kind of educational assessment for 2021. However, lawmakers were against the idea.Nadiem in December 2019 explained that the minimum competency assessment referred to a test that would mainly evaluate students’ literacy and numerical competence.The number of coronavirus infections nationwide reached 579 as of Monday, with 49 deaths and 30 recoveries.Topics : The national exam for high school students was supposed to run next week, while junior high and elementary school were scheduled for the end of April.Syaiful added that there were several options the government and lawmakers were looking at to replace the national exam, one of which was to use assessments based on cumulative grades on report cards from three years of study for high school and junior high students, as well as six years of study for elementary students.Read also: Some 70,000 Indonesians could be infected with COVID-19 before Ramadan, scientists say”Later on, the school will calculate the grades considering all aspects on the report cards, including curricular and extracurricular activities,” he said.last_img read more