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‘Green’ Halloween

first_imgBy Aaron LancasterUniversity of GeorgiaThinking “green” on the orange-and-black holiday isn’t always ourfirst notion. But Halloween doesn’t have to be a parade ofplastic decorations headed for crowded landfills. It can remindus of easy ways we can reduce waste year-round.Community costumes. Rather thanbuy a costume your child (or you)will wear once and throw away, make one out of clothes youalready have. Thrift stores and yard sales often have low-costclothing and items suitable for costumes, too. And after theholiday, donate usable clothes and accessories to day carecenters, schools or community theaters.Bag it. Decorate paper grocerysacks with nontoxic paint tocreate your own trick-or-treat bags. Or use canvas bags,pillowcases or reusable buckets to collect goodies year afteryear.Bio decor. Nature intended forapples to be eaten. But you cantransform any you didn’t eat into spooky shrunken heads for yourholiday decor. All you need are some apples, whole cloves, a fewgrains of rice, a cup of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of salt.Peel the apples, and coat them with the lemon juice and salt toprevent them from browning. Then carefully carve a face into thefruit with a peeler or knife. Insert cloves into the carved eyesocket to make beady eyes. Rice creates the teeth.Put the apples somewhere dry and warm for one to two weeks, andwatch them shrink and distort. If time is short, put them in anoven at a very low temperature.Reduce, Reuse, Redecorate. ReuseHalloween decorations from yearto year. Properly storing decorations not only reduces waste andsaves money, but also preserves the personal value steeped inthese items.Keep it simple. Choose Halloweentreats that use the least amountof packaging or useable items like pencils, pens, small toys orcoins.Teach your children well. Candywrappers often litterneighborhoods after Halloween. Litter is ugly. It’s costly toclean up, too, and could cause ecologically important creaturesto die needlessly after mistakenly eating plastic and other trash.Enjoy the season. Walk, ride abike or use public transportationto Halloween parties or trick-or-treating. If you have to drive,carpool to help reduce traffic and air pollution.Eco-Lanterns. Use rechargeablebatteries to power flashlights,lanterns and decorations to reduce the amount of harmfulmaterials you throw away. They will save money in the long run.Even better are hand-crank and magnetic flashlights, which don’tneed batteries at all. You can order them from catalogs.Discarded batteries produce most of the heavy metals found inhousehold trash. Lead, arsenic, zinc, cadmium, copper and mercurycan be harmful to humans and wildlife.Great Pumpkin. Pumpkin seeds fromjack-o’-lanterns create a tastysnack for two- and four-legged critters alike. Carefully washpumpkin seeds to remove the clinging, fibrous pumpkin tissue. Setthem outside in a sunny place to feed wildlife.For humans, dry pumpkin seed treats in the sun, a dehydrator (1to 2 hours at 115-120 degrees Fahrenheit) or an oven (on “warm”for 3 to 4 hours). Stir them often to avoid scorching them.Once the seeds are dry, toss them with oil, salt and otherseasonings. Roast them in a preheated oven at 250 degrees for 10to 15 minutes.Hollowed-out pumpkins filled with ears of Indian corn, seeds,apple cores and skins and cleaned pumpkin seeds make a festivefeast for wildlife.After Halloween. Recycle pumpkins,shrunken apple heads, strawused for scarecrows, hay bales and any other organic material incompost piles.Compost improves the texture and quality of poor soils whilereducing waste. Backyard bins are much more efficient thanbagging leaves for collection.Contact your county Extension Service to learn more aboutcomposting. Or check the on-line publication at www.ces.uga.edu/pubcd/c816-w.html.(Aaron Lancaster is a Bibb County Extension agent with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

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Penza: If this is Humboldt State football’s final home game ever, give them the send-off they deserve

first_imgArcata >> The sounds of chainsaws at the Redwood Bowl during September, October and November have been customary with every Ja’Quan Gardner touchdown run or Robert Webber scoring pass over the past four years.Based on how they’ve played, there’s been plenty of revving of engines, plenty to celebrate at the Redwood Bowl along the way.Saturday is the Humboldt State football team’s final regular-season game of 2017.There’s a share of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title on the line. …last_img

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YouTube Expanding On-Demand Movie Service with Mainstream Hollywood Titles

first_imgAccording to a report from the Hollywood-tracking news outlet The Wrap, Google’s YouTube will soon be expanding its on-demand movie rental service to include mainstream Holloywood films. Major movie studios including Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Brothers and Universal are all said to be on board, as are a number of independent studios.The sources cited by The Wrap are “movie executives with knowledge of the deals,” but YouTube itself said it would not comment on rumor and speculation.An Expanded StoreA YouTube spokesperson would only say this, when asked about the on-demand streaming service:“We’ve steadily been adding more and more titles since launching movies for rent on YouTube over a year ago, and now have thousands of titles available.”The spokesperson is referring to YouTube’s store, available here at: http://www.youtube.com/store. The service launched last year, offering movie rentals for $2 or $3 dollars apiece. The files are available for streaming, not download, similar to the videos provided by Netflix or Hulu’s streaming services.Currently, there are only a small number of well-known titles in the YouTube Store. These are prominently featured on the site’s homepage, making the service appear more well-stocked than it actually is. But dig a little deeper and you won’t find much more to choose from, unless you like really B-to-D grade films and direct-to-video offerings. Launching in WeeksThe upcoming deal, which has now been confirmed by AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka as well, would change that. He adds that while Sharon Waxman’s report from The Wrap pinned the launch date as being “as early as next week or next,” he heard that the time frame was “weeks, but not months.”Those not participating in the current deal, Kaftka notes, are New’s Corp.’s Fox and Paramount, whose corporate parent Viacom is still suing Google regarding YouTube copyright issues and claims.Cloud Locker PlannedKafka also cited one source who said that this on-demand movie rental service was just the beginning for Google’s vision. In the future, Google wants users to be able to purchase movies and store them in an online cloud locker, a service that sounds strikingly familiar to the one Amazon itself just launched.But even if the service does launch as expected, the question many in the media are now asking is whether or not the business model is viable. Netflix, which offers streaming movies, not rentals and purchases, is booming, having nearly doubled its net quarterly profits from last year. It also added 3.3 million subscribers in Q1 2011. Would streaming individual rentals and purchases attract a large enough audience to make the expanded YouTube service a success? Or will consumers still choose Netflix instead? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… sarah perez Tags:#Video Services#web#YouTube Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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U.S. To Microsoft: I See You Might Be Trying To Bribe Someone

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… brian proffitt Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… U.S. regulators are investigating software giant Microsoft and its partners over alleged bribery schemes in China, Italy and Romania, according to the Wall Street Journal.The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are reportedly both investigating allegations that Microsoft received kickbacks in these three nations. No formal charges have been filed.In China, an executive in Microsoft’s subsidiary allegedly ordered an employee to “offer kickbacks to Chinese officials in return for signing off on software contracts, according to people familiar with the matter and people briefed on the internal probe,” the Journal reported.The feds are also investigating suspicions that Microsoft offered kickbacks to get deals with Romania’s Ministry of Communications, as well as using partners in Italy to lavish gifts on Italian procurement officials.Microsoft’s response to the news has been as detailed as it can be, given it’s the focus of an active investigation.“The matters raised in the Wall Street Journal are important, and it is appropriate that both Microsoft and the government review them. It is also important to remember that it is not unusual for such reviews to find that an allegation was without merit,” Microsoft deputy general counsel John Frank wrote in a company blog post today.Frank noted that such probes are not automatically guaranteed to generate actual charges. Corruption allegations are common, he argued, particularly for multinational corporations. He also acknowledged that in a company as large as Microsoft, problems will sometimes occur:In a company of our size, allegations of this nature will be made from time to time. It is also possible there will sometimes be individual employees or business partners who violate our policies and break the law. In a community of 98,000 people and 640,000 partners, it isn’t possible to say there will never be wrongdoing.Frank emphasized that Microsoft plans to cooperate fully with “any government inquiries.”Image courtesy of Shutterstockcenter_img Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Microsoft last_img read more

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Serena Williams withdraws, No. 1 Naomi Osaka loses, Roger Federer wins at Miami

first_imgWintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag While attendance in the stadium continued to be spotty, outer courts were jammed, and the day session drew a tournament record 32,831 spectators.Seeded losers on the men’s side included No. 10 Karen Khachanov, No. 21 Diego Schwartzman, No. 26 Guido Pella, No. 30 Stan Wawrinka and No. 31 Steve Johnson. In a game of inches, the 5-foot-6 Schwartzman lost to 6-foot-11 Reilly Opelka 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.Williams was next scheduled to play No. 18-seeded Qiang Wang, who advanced to the fourth round.Also reaching the women’s round of 16 was the 33-year-old Hsieh, who turned pro in 2001 but has achieved the two biggest victories of her career in the past nine months. Her only other win over a No. 1 player came against Simona Halep at Wimbledon last year.With two-handed groundstrokes from both sides, Hsieh was the steadier player from the baseline against Osaka. When Hsieh closed out match point with a forehand volley winner, she began to cry as the crowd applauded her performance.Osaka smiled when reminded it was the first time in 64 matches she lost after winning the first set.“I know — it’s depressing,” she said. “I was thinking about it right after I lost.”Osaka, 21, has won the past two Grand Slam tournaments. Williams, 37, still hasn’t won a tournament since the 2017 Australian Open, before she took a break of more than a year to become a mom. She has played only eight matches this year.Williams’ stay at the Miami Open was also brief last year, when she lost in the first round to Osaka. Friday’s match was Williams’ first since she retired from Indian Wells two weeks ago because of a viral illness. Osaka’s departure matched the earliest ever in the tournament by a top-seeded woman and jeopardized her No. 1 ranking, depending on results next week.“I feel like I’ve dealt with the stress of people asking me do I have pressure because I have the No. 1 next to my name,” Osaka said. “I thought I was doing fine with that, but I guess I’m not.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRoger Federer briefly seemed headed for the exit but instead advanced to the third round by rallying past qualifier Radu Albot 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.“Radu put me through the ringer,” Federer said. Williams’ withdrawal was unexpected because she showed no signs of injury a day earlier while winning her opening match against Rebecca Peterson, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1. Williams didn’t mention any health issues during a news conference after the match, and the WTA had no information regarding when she was hurt.Williams’ victory Friday was her first at Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami Dolphins’ home and the Miami Open’s new center court. The tournament moved this year from Key Biscayne, where Williams won eight titles.“I am disappointed to withdraw,” she said in a statement. “It was an amazing experience to play at Hard Rock Stadium this year, and I would like to thank the Miami Open for putting on an amazing event. I hope to be back next year to play at this one-of-a-kind tournament in front of the incredible fans here in Miami.”Federer, a three-time champion, lost serve only once — in the first game — but was on the ropes until he swept the final three games, to the relief of an enthusiastic stadium crowd.“It was a great atmosphere,” Federer said. “It was electric. I think that’s why I played so well at the end.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Tremont Waters’ drive beats Maryland, sends LSU to Sweet 16 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Naomi Osaka, of Japan, kneels on the court during her match against Hsieh Su-Wei, of Taiwan, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The new site for the Miami Open suddenly is missing a lot of star power.Serena Williams withdrew Saturday, blaming a previously undisclosed left knee injury. Less than two hours later, top-ranked Naomi Osaka lost in the third round to tour veteran Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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Celebration of life being held in honor of San Diego woman who

first_img September 5, 2019 Posted: September 5, 2019 Hunter Sowards Celebration of life being held in honor of San Diego woman who lost her life in California boat fire Updated: 5:28 PM Hunter Sowards, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Investigators continue their search for answers into what caused a boat to catch fire killing 33 people off Santa Cruz island.Loved ones are making plans to honor those lost, including San Diego native, Nicole Quitasol. Friends are hoping the entire community will join them in honoring her, while also helping her family as they move forward from tragedy.Quitasol was a member of the organization Venture Active, who is planning a series of events in her honor. Their way of ensuring Nicole’s legacy lives on.“Definitely just an outgoing adventurous loving person, she would be the type of person who would stop and help anyone who needed it,” Co-owner of Venture Active, Ciara Guedesse said. “Always the first person to jump into something without any fear. She was an amazing person and a good soul. She is missed. Terribly missed.”On September 21, Venture Active is inviting the community to take part in a day full of Quitasol’s favorite activities happening at some of her favorite places in San Diego. A hike up Cowles Mountain, a yoga session in Kate Sessions Park and a paddle out on the waters of Crown Point. They say it’s what she would have wanted.“We really want people to know that we want to celebrate her life, of course we mourn for her, but she would have wanted us to celebrate her and that adventurous spirit that she had,” Guedesse said. “That’s why it’s important for us to do a full day celebration of her life.”EARLIER STORY: San Diego woman among those killed in California boat fireVenture Active is promoting Nicole’s Celebration of Life on Facebook so you can easily share the details with your friends. The Facebook post is below. I had the honor of speaking with friends of Nicole Quitasol, one of the 33 passengers who died aboard a boat that caught fire off Santa Cruz Island. Ciara Guedesse with Venture Active says paddle boarding, hiking, and yoga events in her honor is what Nicole would have wanted. pic.twitter.com/vvSiqdmbjS— Hunter Sowards (@huntersowards3) September 5, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News Tags: Nicole Quitasol FacebookTwitterlast_img read more