How To Use Salt For Your Most Basic Foods}

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For every cooking, there is one thing home cooks generally reach for to make their dishes taste good salt. Even though salt has been a staple seasoning that enhances almost every dish throughout time, one single mistake and it can ruin an entire meal. But if you know how to apply salt the right way as you prepare the food, you can make it work magic from the way your dishes smell and taste.

Imagine how a plain pinch of salt can even out and neutralize different flavors from different ingredients bringing out a good blend of taste. When salt is added into the food, it intensifies the natural flavors and aromas in foods making it more apt to combine with other ingredients. If you work with salt in these stages, you are allowing flavors in the dish to fully develop, and the result? Lesser salt but more delicious and healthy dishes!

A few pinch of salt usually goes a long way. Here are some hints on how to use salt on our most basic foods:

On Meat, Poultry and Fish

For an utmost flavor, add salt to meat, fish and poultry before cooking. Although most believe it is not ideal to add salt to meat right before cooking, doing so can offer benefits. Salting prior to cooking will force juices out of the meat and prevent it from browning. Salting meat earlier can retain juices in the meat which can give amazing results especially when grilling. For your fish and seafood, soak seafood in salted cold water for about 15- 30 minutes before preparing as desired, salt will penetrate to your seafood and improves flavor in your dish.

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On Sauces and Marinades

Salt is a powerful ingredient in making sauces, seasonings and marinades. It draws the water out of the food being marinated, giving food a more concentrated flavor. When making sauce, always add a little salt while the dry ingredients are being sauted. Add the liquid after that then salt to desired taste.

On Food That Requires Sauting

For dishes that requires seasoning such as soup and chowder, add salt to the ingredients during the sauting process, thats before adding the liquids. Once your dish is done, taste and adjust the salt if necessary.

In Cooking Vegetables

To boil or blanch vegetables, salt the water first before cooking. Salt will help to preserve the green color in cooked vegetables, such as cauliflowers and keep them from yellowing. Add salt to your steamed veggies right after steaming. To poach vegetables such as asparagus, add salt to the water and simmer for a few minutes. Roasted and grilled vegetables should only be salted prior to cooking while the raw veggies and fruits should be salted just before serving.

On Your Salads

Although some do not like salt on their salad, it is normal to put salt on salads, just dont use too much. For a great-tasting freshness, start with a good salad vinaigrette. Dissolve salt well to the vinegar before adding the oil. Sprinkle a pinch of salt to your greens and toss prior to dressing.

In Preparing Pasta

Add a moderate amount of salt to the cooking water. This will bring out the natural taste of pasta and boost the flavor of your finished dish. Let the water come to a rolling boil before adding the salt. Salting the water before boiling will take it longer to boil.

On Desserts

Salt makes the same thing to sweet foods that it does to savory foods. It helps bring out bright flavors in sweet foods. A small pinch of salt is usually enough to give some extra zing to a plain or mild-flavored yogurt fruit dip. Sprinkling slices of watermelon with just a pinch of salt can sweeten the taste of the whole watermelon.

When using salt, just remember the rule of thumb, If you’re going to put salt on anything, a small amount is all you need to reveal the desired flavor of the food, and for as long as you don’t over-do it, you will allow your salt to enhance almost every dish, from your breads, meats, fish, fruits and vegetables to sauces and desserts.

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On the campaign trail, June 2012

On the campaign trail, June 2012

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The following is the eighth in a monthly series chronicling the U.S. 2012 presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after a brief mention of some of the month’s biggest stories.

In this month’s edition on the campaign trail, a Green Party presidential candidate who announced his 2012 plans to Wikinews four years ago speaks to Wikinews once again, the candidate leading the California American Independent Party presidential primary discusses his campaign, and Wikinews explores whether Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky will be selected as the Republican Party vice presidential nominee.


  • 1 Summary
  • 2 Wikinews interviews Green Party candidate
  • 3 American Independent Party primary results
  • 4 Might Rand Paul be the GOP VP nominee?
  • 5 Related news
  • 6 Sources

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UN aid convoys face increasing attacks in Darfur

UN aid convoys face increasing attacks in Darfur

Friday, July 27, 2007

The United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) raised concerns about a dramatic escalation in attacks on food aid convoys by armed bandits in the Darfur region of Sudan. WFP says the attacks constrain its ability to feed the more than two million people in the area receiving aid.

Negotiations over a UN Security Council resolution authorising a joint UN-African Union security force for the region continue but full deployment could take up to a year.

“In the last two weeks, nine food convoys have been attacked by gunmen across Darfur,” said Kenro Oshidari, WFP Sudan Representative. “WFP staff and contractors are being stopped at gunpoint, dragged out of their vehicles and robbed with alarming frequency,” he said.

“These abhorrent attacks, which target the very people who are trying to help the most vulnerable in Darfur, must be brought under control,” he added.

A WFP official told Wikinews that the attacks and robberies have occurred in all regions of Darfur, and that the blame can’t be ascribed to a particular group. “Frequently the bandits are wearing uniforms but often in one group of bandits there may be more than one uniform. Thus, we are not pointing fingers at any one group.” said Emilia Casella, WFP Spokesperson for Sudan. “We are calling on all parties to respect the neutrality of humanitarian convoys and their drivers, who are delivering food to civilians who are victims of the conflict.”

“On July 20, a convoy traveling on the Tawilla-Kaura road in North Darfur was stopped by 16 armed men. The drivers were forced out of their vehicles and the robbers demanded 5 Sudanese pounds from each (roughly equivalent to US$2.50). Those who could not pay were beaten. Similar incidents have happened on the same road in the past two weeks.”

According to WFP, in 2007 so far, 18 WFP convoys have been attacked – “shot at, looted, drivers robbed and/or injured”. Four vehicles were stopped and the drivers and passengers robbed. Six vehicles were stolen, where the gunmen drove away with the WFP staff members still inside, though they were later released. “There were no major physical injuries, but naturally such experiences are very traumatic,” said Casella. “These incidents have occurred in all three of the Darfurs, in areas controlled by various groups or the government.”

In the week of July 15-21, there were five incidents in South Darfur, during which a total of seven trucks were looted of approximately 10.5 tonnes of food assistance.

The Darfur operation is the WFP’s largest humanitarian mission, with about 790 staff working to feed more than two million people every month.

The WFP indicated that it has been difficult to hire and retain the commercial trucking companies used to move food and supplies throughout the region due to the risks involved in the service. WFP Public Affairs Officer in Washington D.C. Jennifer Parmelee told Wikinews that “hiring reliable transport in other insecure environments, [such as] Afghanistan and Somalia, is extremely challenging.”

Air service is employed for remote locations and where delivery by road has become too dangerous.

Parmelee told Wikinews that the “increasing insecurity will almost certainly further constrain [WFP’s] ability to operate in Darfur – it already has.” WFP Spokesperson for Sudan, Emilia Casella, indicated that “humanitarian access is likely to be increasingly difficult due to insecurity.” However, the situation has not prevented all aid delivery. “Despite insecurity and access problems, WFP food assistance reached about 2.6 million people in Darfur last month,” said Casella.

A UN resolution on the deployment of a hybrid African Union (AU) and UN force of 26,000 troops is working its way through the UN. Britain and France presented revisions to the draft, which dropped a threat of “further measures” against Sudan for obstructing peace efforts, though Sudan’s ambassador, Abdalmahmood Abdalhaleem, has objected to the revisions.

A deadline of December 31 exists to transfer authority in Sudan’s Darfur region from the AU to the proposed AU-UN force. Full deployment of all 26,000 troops would take up to one year.

The draft resolution would allow the use of force to protect the mission’s personnel and humanitarian workers and would “protect civilians under threat of physical violence”.

Jennifer Parmelee of the WFP suggests that the deployment of the hybrid force under such a mandate would be a positive development in the aid agency’s ability to carry out their humanitarian assistance. “Sure an expanded AU/UN peacekeeping force would help.” said Parmelee. “As it is, AU is stretched very very thin, and…is unable to accompany most of our convoys.”

According to WFP, there are approximately 12,000 humanitarian workers in Darfur, which is a drop in numbers even though the need for aid workers has increased.

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green Party candidate Lloyd Helferty, Thornhill

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green Party candidate Lloyd Helferty, Thornhill

Published on February 18th, 2017.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Lloyd Helferty is running for the Green Party of Ontario in the Ontario provincial election, in the Thornhill riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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Published on February 18th, 2017.

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It is enjoyable to curl up on the couch wrapped up in a cozy blanket while watching a good movie. Blankets are generally smaller and lighter than comforter so many times they are more appropriate for year round usage especially in the summer. People of all ages enjoy blankets from babies to adults. They provide individuals with a sense of security as well as a great comfort level.

People start off with blankets as kids. Babies come home from the hospital wrapped up in warm blankets. Blankets continue to serve an important purpose when it comes to bedding. Many people rely on comforter sets but blankets are still very popular and heavily used. Tommy Bahama invites people to explore the tropical islands and cover up in their quality blankets. The great thing about blankets is unlike many comforters they can be used year round. Individuals can cover up with their favorite blankets in the summer and winter time. Tommy Bahama makes various blankets that can be used regardless of the weather. They make super soft and light blankets for the summertime that people can use on a relatively warm summer day. Individuals can pick the style and color that they desire for their summertime blanket.

Tommy Bahamas blankets are easy to care for which makes them even more useful. Unlike many designer brands the blankets are machine washable and patrons can follow the instructions on the blanket in order to properly wash them. This is a great option because larger items such as blankets can be expensive to dry clean. Also most patrons use their blankets a lot while watching television and they may decide to enjoy a snack or beverage. If the blanket get stained it is easier to throw it in the washing machine rather than having to take it to the dry cleaners each time. Tommy Bahama blankets are available in a number of materials. Many of the blankets are made out of cotton however they can be made out of down feathers, silk or other materials. Down feathers are very popular when it comes to blankets and comforters. They are extremely comfortable but they are more expensive than traditional cotton or polyester bedding. Tommy Bahama blankets can fit queen as well as king beds and they are great for any size couch.

Tommy Bahama also employs a more eco friendly blanket and it is made out of bamboo. This natural fiber blanket still provides the same comfort and great quality that people have come to expect from Tommy Bahama. Various colors are available so patrons can pick the color that they feel suits them best. For areas where it get cold blankets and comforters can be used together to ensure that individuals stay warm are they sleep. Individuals may want to purchase a Tommy Bahama comforter and blanket as well as other matching accessories. For many of the bedding sets individuals can choose blankets instead of comforters. Patrons would check out the Tommy Bahama blanket section and think about pairing it with the rest of the accessories.

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Ariel Sharon’s brain shows activity

Ariel Sharon’s brain shows activity

Published on February 18th, 2017.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon remains in a coma after 10 days.

Medical experts on the outside say that Sharon’s failure to regain consciousness does not look well for his recovery.

On Wednesday, doctors began reducing the level of sedatives with the intent of drawing Sharon out of an induced coma. Hospital officials say that Sharon remains “lightly sedated”, but are not sure when he will wake up once they stop giving him the sedatives.

New reports say an EEG has shown that Sharon has activity on both sides of his brain and doctors say that’s the most “promising” signs they have had since they started to bring him out of the coma. Doctors also say that activity in both lobes doesn’t indicate anything about the extent of the brain damage. “It is another piece of information that on its own means nothing,” said Dr. Gal Ifergan, a neurologist at Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva, who is not treating Sharon.

Although he has activity on both sides of his brain, Sharon could still have extensive brain damage, Ifergan said. He also said that it’s “very worrisome that he hasn’t woken from his coma”, yet.

There are 2 major types of stroke, and Sharon has had both. The first was a mild stroke Dec. 18 caused by a blood clot that lodged in an artery in the brain, cutting off blood flow and causing minor damage. The second occurred just one day before he was scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a hole in his heart. This one was a severe cerebral hemorrhage

“After nine days he has had very slow progress and that indicates more permanent injury to a level where his quality of life is affected,” Dr. Demetrius Lopes, a Rush University Medical Center neurosurgeon said. “And then decisions will have to be made,” he added.

Sharon’s condition is still critical but stable.

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Archaeologists uncover Britain’s earliest known hospital

Archaeologists uncover Britain’s earliest known hospital

Published on February 18th, 2017.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Archaeologists from the University of Winchester in Hampshire, England have discovered what they believe to be the earliest known hospital in the United Kingdom. Burials at the former leprosy hospital in England’s former capital city have been radio carbon dated and are estimated to be from AD 960–1030. Several buildings have been excavated on the site along with the foundations of other structures. Other artifacts were also found on the site.

Prior to this discovery the earliest hospitals in the country were believed to date from the Norman Conquest, which took place in AD 1066. A leading researcher on medieval hospitals, Prof Nicholas Orme, said that the only other evidence for hospital activity prior to 1066 was within the context of monasteries or minsters. The earliest known hospital in England before this discovery was at Harbledown in Canterbury, founded in the 1070’s.

The Winchester dig has been taking place in Hospital Field, the location of the former St. Mary Magdalen Hospital which was believed to have been established in AD 1170. The site has subsequently been used as a prison for Dutch prisoners in the 17th century and during the First World War as an army base.

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Australian government to introduce electronic Medicare rebates

Australian government to introduce electronic Medicare rebates

Published on February 18th, 2017.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Australian federal government has announced that it will be introducing an electronic system for Medicare rebates within the next twelve months. Under the new system, patients will be able to receive their Medicare rebates electronically without having to visit a Medicare office.

During an interview in Sydney today, Prime Minister John Howard, along with his human services minister Joe Hockey and health minister Tony Abbott, announced that patients who pay for the services of a doctor using their credit cards will be able to receive their rebates electronically within 24 hours. Under the current system patients must visit a Medicare office to receive their rebates.

John Howard said the 80,000 people per day who queue at Medicare offices will no longer need to spend their lunch break in line at Medicare.

According to the government, doctors who bulk-bill their patients through Medicare will benefit through faster payments and reduced paperwork. “If it’s a bulk bill transaction; all they do is hand over their Medicare card,” said Mr Hockey.

“The Medicare card is swiped in the EFTPOS device, all is done.”

“Doctors will be rebated within 24 hours.”

“Currently doctors are rebated up to 14 days for bulk bill claims.”

The government claims that electronic rebates will be less expensive to process—costing only a few cents, compared to an estimated AUD $3.50 for an over-the-counter transaction. Despite this, patients who still wish to visit a Medicare office to receive their rebates will still be able to do so.

The minister for human services was quick to assure Australians that Medicare offices would remain open saying that over the past twelve months they have taken on an “expanded role” with the Family Assistance Office’s services being provided in Medicare offices.

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Learning And Teaching Social Skills: A Relationship Based Approach

Published on February 17th, 2017.

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By Adam Cox

For those of us committed to helping children overcome learning challenges, the quest to teach social skills is particularly important. Social learning impairments are associated with a wide variety of learning disabilities, although they are especially problematic for people with nonverbal learning disabilities (NLD), noted to have underdeveloped right-hemisphere abilities, including deficits in:

reading facial expressions

perceiving emotions

using nonverbal communication (body language)

The constellation of social skills deficits often encountered in school age children are perhaps best described as pragmatic communication deficits, which encompass challenges understanding social conventions and applying social cognitive skills. On the next page you will find some common examples of pragmatic communication skills. This information is taken from my book,

Boys of Few Words: Raising Our Sons to Communicate and Connect,


Pragmatic (Practical) Communication Skills

**All these skills should be considered in an age-appropriate context. Many of these skills are developed in adolescence. Compare your childs abilities relative to his peers.


Maintaining appropriate conversational distance Example: Other children may complain that hes bothering me, or say tell him to stop touching me while playing together. Sometimes inserts himself physically into a group of children by pushing or nudging others out of the way in order to join the conversation.

Eye contact

Example: Doesnt look others in the eye; hides behind hair/hat/sunglasses; stares to the point of discomfort.

Linking gestures with ideas and emotions

Example: Body language doesnt match speech (thanks you for giving him a desired gift but slumps and stares off into space); waves too strongly or too unenthusiastically for the circumstances; forgets to reinforce emotion with body language.

Using facial expression effectively

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Example: Facial expressions dont convey interest in other people; expression is not congruent with topic or situation; doesnt nod to show he gets the point, looks furious at small disappointment; forgets to smile.


Attending to time and place

Example: Talks too fast; doesnt know when to interject a comment or let others speak, doesnt know how much information to share (goes on and on about a subject to someones obvious irritation).


Example: Consistently interrupts; doesnt perceive when its someone elses turn to talk.

Voice modulation

Example: Has trouble with prosody (pitch, tone, volume, inflection); speaks too softly or loudly without regard for physical proximity (youre across the room but he doesnt raise his voice to answer you).

Giving compliments

Example: Doesnt know how to give a compliment relevant to a person and circumstances; sometimes unintentionally insults people (youre a lot less fat than you were).

Greetings and Good-byes

Example: Doesnt know how to introduce himself to individuals or groups; cant initiate social contact (avoids parties and gatherings); doesnt know how to close a conversation (just walks off when hes done talking); doesnt shake hands/share hugs with close friends or family members; forgets to say hello.


Detecting emotions in other people

Example: Doesnt consider other peoples emotional state before speaking (youre in the middle of an argument with someone and he asks you to make him a snack); doesnt realize when its time to back off; doesnt read signs about how you feel (thinks youre mad when youre not)

Perceiving and expressing humor

Example: Takes jokes, sarcasm or irony literally; laughs at inappropriate times; doesnt engage in word play or friendly teasing with peers.

Knowing how to make conversational transitions

Example: Forgets to take his turn in conversations (calls you up on phone and then says nothing); discussions filled with uncomfortable dead space; doesnt pick up on leads to continue conversation (So, you like baseball? Whos your favorite team?)

Anticipating other peoples reactions

Example: Neglects to consider the impact of his words before speaking; cant easily imagine how his words or actions will be perceived by others (says he likes one present more than another at his birthday party without anticipating that someones feelings will be hurt).

Why Are Social Skills So Hard To Learn?

Most people use social skills quickly and automatically, and as a result, dont have the benefit of time to analyze which skills will be used in particular situations, or how best to apply them. When our social reflexes are well-attuned and effective, we dont need time to think – we just do and say what comes naturally.

Important to emphasize is that social skills are built on a foundation of interpersonal awareness. Without an appreciation of other peoples nonverbal behavior, including sensitivity to nuances of language rhythm and intonation (prosody), it is difficult to formulate appropriate and constructive verbal and behavioral responses. In addition to having a basic awareness of other people, having an empathetic orientation toward others is very helpful in bolstering ones intuition about how to relate effectively. As some readers may be aware, a disproportionate number of children and adolescents with learning disabilities are observed to have low empathy.

To be in an empathic relationship with another person or group is the opposite of self-absorption. Empathy implies a departure from a state of self-centeredness, and immersion into the subjective experience of others. By definition, empathy is prosocial, because it emphasizes the value of comprehending and appreciating the thoughts and feelings of other people.

We all function in various types of groups: families, schools, teams, neighborhoods, and communities, among others. Social skills make our participation in these groups easier and more satisfying. Although lack of empathy has been associated with the presence of NLD, I would argue that what is missing for many learning disabled children are overt expressions of empathy, as are often conveyed through pragmatic communication. This is very different from the absence of empathy found among antisocial children and adolescents.

Many children with nonverbal learning disabilities are better understood as being asocial, meaning that they can appear indifferent to social interaction.

We Can Help Teach Children to Solve Their Own Social Problems

Not long ago, I was leading a social skills group for 3rd and 4th grade boys, about half of whom had been identified as having a learning disability. We were huddled in my office with kids bunched on sofas, sitting on the floor, and twirling in my desk chair. One seven year-old boy, Grant, resisted joining in our group activity, which was to design and build a big cyborg. He stood near the door on the periphery of the group with a scowl on his face and body language that conveyed his fear and distrust of the group. Grant wasnt responding to cajoling and encouragement to join us. I tried all kinds of approaches, changing the tone of my voice and my facial expression, in search of the combination that would help him join in. Still, he would not budge.

Several years earlier, my frustration probably would have resulted in me taking Grant outside and pleading with him to sit down and join the group. Thats because I used to have the faulty impression that leading a group, meant controlling the group. Since then, I have come to appreciate the extraordinary strong will of boys to do things in ways that reflect their own logic about how problems should be solved.

As the situation unfolded, it became apparent that Grants resistance provided the boys with a good problem-solving opportunity, and so I posed a question to the group. Did anyone have any ideas about how we could get Grant to join us? Most of the kids responded with suggestions of various kinds of rewards: games, candy, or premium seating (twirling chair). One typically shy boy, Tyler, suggested we could buddy-up so that everyone could have a partner, including Grant. Tyler also suggested that buddies sit next to each other so they could share tools. Most of the boys agreed this was a good idea and so we began a discussion of how buddies would be chosen. Again, Tyler spoke up, suggesting that Grant could pick his buddy.

Throughout this process, I was watching Grant closely, and was struck by his awareness of the groups concern about him. His facial expression changed from one of distrust to a cautious grin. Hed obviously had some significant doubt about whether the boys would accept him, and how he would fit in figuratively and literally. Tylers leadership in breaking through his fears paved the way for his integration in the group. As you might imagine, I felt very proud of Tyler for his sensitivity to Grant, and his ability to apply that sensitivity through active problem-solving. Although he never verbalized Grants feelings, Tylers suggestions were, emotionally speaking, quite sophisticated, and reflected an understanding of what Grant was feeling.

Socializing is not a Logical Process

When we think about teaching social skills to children, it is a natural step for us to begin thinking about skills as component parts of a larger system. While this may be a logical and practical way to go about the teaching of a system, it is not necessarily the best, or only, aspect of a therapeutic process designed to facilitate the development of social skills.

In addition, for individuals such as psychologists or counselors who may teach social skills, there is a tendency to systematize the teaching of such skills in limited periods of time, such as teaching one skill per session for 12 15 weeks. When social skills are taught to groups this approach may be inevitable, but when working with children individually, there is typically more latitude, including allowing the child to play an important role in how the learning evolves. Experience has taught me not to exclude the importance of the relationship between teacher and student, or therapist and client, in helping children integrate new skills. In this sense, professionals allow the process of learning to be as organic as would be the process of healing syndromes like depression or anxiety.

An excellent working alliance is a critical foundation for learning most things, including how to relate to others.

This is because gaining social competence is more than conceptually grasping skills, it also involves relaxing enough to take risks trying new things with uncertain outcomes.

From Skills to Awareness

Perhaps we need to remember that for the brain and mind to integrate new ideas, a fertile ground of receptivity must first be prepared. That receptivity often springs from an effective, trusting, working alliance. For many children, this means engaging in therapeutic and relational activities that are not purely didactic, because such structured activities are often associated with domains where they lack success. In other words, you can make it fun play is the work of children.

While I would never want to give up my use of behavioral charts and records, or surrender my collection of therapeutic games designed to teach things like communication pragmatics and listening skills, I have come to believe that those exercises are somewhat empty without a solid alliance between my clients and myself.

The alliance gives children and teens the capacity to be receptive. Sometimes, people may not even be aware of their own resistance to learning new skills. For children with learning disabilities, these walls often come down slowly, but they do come down with tools like patience, commitment, and belief in the desire of children to connect with others.

Anything that might help a child connect the development of social awareness with a positive outcome should be considered a potential tool. Still, we should remember that what we are building with these tools is a mind, and a mind is not a machine it is the very essence of being a person. We simply cant program a mind according to standards of efficiency without regard for the individual within whom that mind lives.

This article originally appeared in the 2004 monograph of the Learning Disabilities Association of Pennsylvania. Portions of this article were adapted from Boys of Few Words: Raising Our Sons to Communicate and Connect, Guilford Press, 2006.

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Obama lessens US ban on offshore drilling

Obama lessens US ban on offshore drilling

Published on February 17th, 2017.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

US President Barack Obama has announced that he will ease the country’s ban on offshore oil drilling, which has been in place since the 1980s.

According to the plan, offshore drilling would now be allowed in parts of the Atlantic, from Delaware down to 125 miles beyond the shoreline of Florida, in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

The move, however, does have some restrictions; drilling further northeast or along the West Coast is still prohibited. Contracts in Bristol Bay, Alaska were also suggested, but were scrapped due to environmental concerns.

The president remarked that he decided the move was needed to lessen the country’s need for additional energy, adding that he had studied the issue for over a year. “This is not a decision that I’ve made lightly,” he said.

“We’re announcing the expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration but in ways that balance the need to harness domestic energy resources and the need to protect America’s natural resources,” Obama continued, speaking at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. “My administration will consider potential new areas for development in the mid and south Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico.”

“Drilling alone can’t come close to meeting our long-term energy needs, and for the sake of our planet and our energy independence, we need to begin the transition to cleaner fuels now. I know that we can come together to pass comprehensive energy and climate legislation that’s going to foster new energy — new industries, create millions of new jobs, protect our planet, and help us become more energy independent.”

Obama said that the plan was partially intended to garner support from Republicans in Congress for a climate-change bill to lower greenhouse gas emissions, which has been languishing for months due to lack of support from Republicans.

Some environmental groups, however, condemned Obama’s move. Phil Radford, who is with the Greenpeace group, said that “[e]xpanding offshore drilling in areas that have been protected for decades threatens our oceans and the coastal communities that depend on them with devastating oil spills, more pollution and climate change.” Greenpeace also said that lifting the ban fuelled the US’ “addiction to oil”.

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Republican leader for the House of Representatives John Boehner, meanwhile, said he agreed with lifting the ban in the Atlantic, but remarked that it “makes no sense” not to have lifted it in other areas as well. “Opening up areas off the Virginia coast to offshore production is a positive step, but keeping much of the Pacific Coast and Alaska, as well as the most promising resources off the Gulf of Mexico, under lock and key makes no sense at a time when gasoline prices are rising and Americans are asking ‘Where are the jobs?'”, he said.

“Today’s announcement is a step in the right direction, but a small one that leaves enormous amounts of American energy off limits,” said the Senate Minority leader, Republican Mitch McConnell.

According to the US Minerals Management Service, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and parts of the Atlantic south and east of the continent could contain up to 5.8 billion barrels of oil and 40.5 trillion cubic feet of gas. The West Coast, meanwhile, which remains off limits for drilling, contains 10.5 billion barrels of oil with 18 trillion cubic feet of gas.

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