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October 1

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Happy Tourism Day!

September 27

Travel has been said to broaden the mind, exploring the world and seeing the broad vistas and cultures that the people of the world offer. Tourism can describe travel for pleasure both foreign and domestic and has been happening as long as long as mankind. Tourism Day is your opportunity to broaden your own world a little, find a location you’ve always wanted to make time to visit, and finally get around to making time to do it. So find your inner traveler and get out there and experience the places you’ve always wanted to see.

History of Tourism Day

Tourism has been a part of the human experience as long as there have been distant places to go and experience. It was originally the province of the wealthy, with travel being difficult and expensive, but it afforded opportunities to learn new languages, experience different cuisines, and generally see what there was to see. Tourism can be argued to be traced back to the Shulgi period in Ancient China, when Kings took great pains to protect the roads and build waystations for travelers. In the Middle Ages travel became even more important for religious reasons, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity all had pilgrimage traditions that required traveling great distances in the interest of health and spiritual improvement.

Tourism Day was established by The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to promote sustainable, responsible, and universally accessible tourism. Tourism benefits both the tourist and the locations that they visit, and is one of the major drivers of economic growth. To this end they’ve put together the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, to help increase the benefits of tourism while minimizing its impact and protected the people, cultures, and environments of the locations people go to visit and experience.

How to celebrate Tourism Day

Tourism Day is best celebrated by digging into your book of dreams and finding that place in the world you most wish to go. If you’re unable to get yourself there now, plan for the future and take a closer trip to get yourself into the groove of going out, seeing the world, and traveling. If you live in a tourist destination, you can get yourself involved in how tourism works in your area and see what you can do to help protect your local heritage, cultural sites, and help share the wonders and history of your area with those who come to see it.

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10 Impressive Health Benefits of Apples

September 14

Apples are one of the most popular fruits — and that’s a good thing. They’re an exceptionally healthy fruit with many research-backed benefits. This article lays out ten of the top health benefits of apples.


BOTTOM LINE:Apples are a good source of fiber and vitamin C. They also contain polyphenols, which can have numerous health benefits.


1. Apples Are Nutritious

A medium apple is equal to 1.5 cups of fruit.

Two cups of fruit daily are recommended on a 2,000-calorie diet.

Below are some nutrition facts for a medium apple:

  • Calories: 95.
  • Carbs: 25 grams.
  • Fiber: 4 grams.
  • Vitamin C: 14% of the RDI.
  • Potassium: 6% of the RDI.
  • Vitamin K: 5% of the RDI.
  • Manganese, copper and vitamins A, E, B1, B2 and B6: Under 4% of the RDI.

Apples are also a rich source of polyphenols. While nutrition labels don’t list these plant compounds, they are likely responsible for many of the health benefits.

To get the most out of apples, keep the skin on. It contains half of the fiber content and many of the polyphenols.



2. Apples May Be Good for Weight Loss

Apples are high in fiber and water — two qualities that make them filling.

In one study, participants who ate apple slices before a meal felt fuller than those who consumed applesauce, apple juice or no apple products.

In the same study, those who started their meal with apple slices also ate an average of 200 fewer calories than those who didn’t.

In another study, 50 overweight women added either apples or oat cookies to their diets for 10 weeks. Each item had a similar calorie and fiber content. Those who ate apples lost an average of 2 lbs (1 kg) and ate fewer calories overall.

Researchers think that apples are more filling because they are less energy-dense, yet still deliver fiber and volume.

Furthermore, some natural compounds in them may promote weight loss.

A study of obese mice found those given a supplement of ground apples and apple juice concentrate lost more weight and had lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and total cholesterol than the control group.


3. Apples May Be Good for Your Heart

Apples have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease

One reason may be that apples contain soluble fiber, which is the kind that can help lower your blood cholesterol levels.

They also contain polyphenols, which have antioxidant effects. Many of these are concentrated in the peel.

One of these polyphenols is a flavonoid called epicatechin, which may lower blood pressure.

An analysis of studies found that high intakes of flavonoids were linked to a 20% lower risk of stroke.

Flavonoids can help prevent heart disease by lowering blood pressure, reducing LDL oxidation and acting as antioxidants

Another study compared the effects of eating an apple a day to taking statins, which are a class of drugs known to lower cholesterol. It estimated that apples would be almost as effective at reducing death from heart disease as statins

However, this was not a controlled trial, so take the findings with a grain of salt.

Another study linked consuming white-fleshed fruits and vegetables, such as apples and pears, to a reduced risk of stroke. For every 25 grams (about 1/5 cup of apple slices) consumed, the risk of stroke decreased by 9%


4. They’re Linked to a Lower Risk of Diabetes

Several studies have linked eating apples to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

In one large study, eating an apple a day was linked to a 28% lower risk of type 2 diabetes, compared to not eating any apples. Even eating just a few apples a week had a similarly protective effect.

It’s possible that the polyphenols in apples help prevent tissue damage to beta cells in the pancreas. Beta cells produce insulin in the body and are often damaged in people with type 2 diabetes.

BOTTOM LINE:Eating apples is linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. This is possibly due to their polyphenol antioxidant content.


5. They May Have Prebiotic Effects and Promote Good Gut Bacteria

Apples contain pectin, a type of fiber that acts as a prebiotic. This means it feeds the good bacteria in your gut.

Your small intestine doesn’t absorb fiber during digestion. Instead, it goes to the colon, where it can promote the growth of good bacteria. It also turns into other helpful compounds that circulate back throughout your body.

New research suggests this may be the reason for some of the protective effects of apples against obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

BOTTOM LINE:The type of fiber in apples feeds good bacteria and may be the reason they protect against obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.


6. Substances in Apples May Help Prevent Cancer

Several studies have shown a link between eating apples and a lower risk of cancer.

More specifically, test-tube studies have explored the ways in which the plant compounds in them can combat cancer.

One study in women reported that eating apples was linked to lower rates of death from cancer.

They may lower cancer risk in several ways, including with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

BOTTOM LINE:Apples have several naturally occurring compounds that may help fight cancer. Observational studies have linked them to a lower risk of cancer and death from cancer.


7. Apples Contain Compounds That Can Help Fight Asthma

Antioxidant-rich apples may help protect your lungs from oxidative damage.

A large study of over 68,000 women found that those who ate the most apples had the lowest risks of asthma. Eating about 15% of a large apple per day was linked to a 10% lower risk of asthma.

Apple skin contains a flavonoid called quercetin, which can help regulate the immune system and reduce inflammation. These are two ways in which it affects asthma and allergic reactions.


BOTTOM LINE:Apples contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that may help regulate immune responses and protect against asthma.


8. Apples May Be Good for Bone Health

Eating fruit is linked to higher bone density, which is a marker of bone health.

Researchers think the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds in fruit help promote bone density and strength.

Some studies show that apples, specifically, may positively affect bone health.

In one study, women ate a meal that either included fresh apples, peeled apples, applesauce or no apple products. Those who ate apples lost less calcium from their bodies than the control group .


BOTTOM LINE:The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds may promote bone health, and eating fruit can help preserve bone mass as you age.


9. Apples May Protect Against Stomach Injury From NSAIDs

The class of painkillers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can injure the lining of your stomach.

A study in test tubes and rats found that freeze-dried apple extract helped protect stomach cells from injury due to NSAIDs.

Chlorogenic acid and catechin are two compounds that were particularly helpful.


BOTTOM LINE:Apples contain compounds that may help protect the stomach lining from injury due to NSAID painkillers.


10. The Antioxidants in Apples May Help Protect Your Brain in Old Age

Most research focuses on apple peel and flesh.

However, apple juice may potentially have benefits for age-related mental decline.

In animal studies, juice concentrate reduced harmful reactive oxygen species (ROS) in brain tissue and minimized mental decline.

Apple juice may help preserve acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that can decline with age. Low levels of acetylcholine are linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers who fed elderly rats whole apples found that a marker of the rats’ memory was restored to the level of younger rats.

That being said, whole apples contain all the same compounds as apple juice. It is always a healthier choice to eat your fruit whole.


BOTTOM LINE:According to animal studies, apple juice may help prevent the decline of neurotransmitters that are involved in memory.


Source: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-health-benefits-of-apples#section10

20 Interesting Facts about Video Games

September 12

1. Shigeru Miyamoto
Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong, is not allowed to bike to work because his safety is too important to Nintendo.

2. During the production of Goldeneye 007, developers considered having players unplug and reinsert the N64 rumble pack every time they wanted to reload their weapon.

3. The Nintendo character Kirby was named after John Kirby, the legal counsel for Nintendo who helped them win their lawsuit with Universal Studios in 1982. John Kirby was gifted a sailboat Christened the “Donkey Kong” and given exclusive rights to name any boat he owned “Donkey Kong.”

4. Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009) has voice acting from all four of the original cast members (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson), who helped write the script as well. Aykroyd considers it “essentially the third movie”.

5. Many American public libraries carry video games as an attempt to lure teenagers into a library. The result is more teenagers coming to the library and books are being checked out at a rate that exceeds what it was before the gamers arrived.

6.World of Warcraft
In 2005, a glitch in World of Warcraft allowed a plague to spread in the game leading non-infected players to abandon cities while those infected were forced into quarantines. It was later studied by epidemiologists to see how real life people would react to a pandemic.

7. Konami had a sense of humor dealing with Nintendo piracy. If Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III senses it isn’t an authentic copy the game silently reduces the damage the player deals out, doubles the damage they take and makes Shredder immortal.



8. The creators of Pac-Man did not know how the game ended as it was designed to run indefinitely. It was only when Billy Mitchell finished the game, after all its internal storage ran out, that they saw how it ended.

9. Every time Pac-Man eats a regular dot, he stops moving for one frame (1/60th of a second), slowing his progress by roughly 10% just enough for the following ghost to overtake him.

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10. PETA had a problem with the whaling segment of Assassins Creed: Black Flag. Ubisoft dismissed it saying they did not condone whaling any more than they condoned a pirate lifestyle.

11Halo 3
Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, and Nathan Fillion all voiced marines in Halo 3. Their characters were given personalities resembling the characters they played in Firefly.

12. A ‘Red Shirt Guy’ (Ian Bates) stumped a panel of World Of Warcraft developers during a Q&A at BlizzCon 2010 by asking them about an inconsistency in the lore. Later, an NPC was introduced into the game who wore a bright red shirt and was named Wildhammer Fact Checker.

13. Nintendo Power stopped accepting the many Tetris high scores submitted by Steve Wozniak. So he reversed his name, and Evets Kainzow was printed.

14. Grand Theft Auto was originally a racing game called Race’n’Chase, however, a glitch made the police cars go crazy, ramming the player. This glitch was so popular with testers that they rebuilt the game around it, creating GTA.

15. If you beat the video game Twisted Metal III as the demon Minion, he wishes to spend eternity in Hell. In standard Twisted Metal fashion, the wish is turned against him and he is sent to Hell, Michigan.

16Henry Cavill
Henry Cavill almost missed the call for the role of Superman because he was playing “World of Warcraft”.


17. A father made his son work his way to modernity by playing through the history of video games chronologically rather than let him play whatever video game he wanted. The boy started with 1979’s Galaxian.

18. Half-Life, Metal Gear Solid, Goldeneye, Fallout, Banjo-Kazooie, Prey (which would not be released for another 9 years), and Duke Nukem Forever (which would not be released for another 14 years) were all revealed at E3 1997 over the span of 3 days.

19. Playing action video games trains people to make the right decisions faster without loss of accuracy. Video game players develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, which helps with multitasking, driving, keeping track of friends in a crowd, and navigating around town.

20. Best Buy removed the fighting video game “Primal Rage” from its shelves after an Arizona woman complained that her 11-year-old son had faithfully portrayed one of the game’s gorilla-like character’s “golden shower/urination” fatality move.


Source: https://factrepublic.com/50-interesting-facts-video-games/

Shabbat shalom – Peaceful Sabbath

September 9

What Is Shabbat?

Shabbat (also known as “Shabbos” or the “Sabbath“) is the centerpiece of Jewish life and has been so since the infancy of our nation. According to the Talmud, Shabbat is equal to all the other commandments. Shabbat is so central to Jewish lifeShabbat is the centerpiece of Jewish life that the term shomer Shabbat (Shabbat observer) is synonymous with “religious Jew” in common parlance.

Shabbat is a day of rest and celebration that begins on Friday at sunset and ends on the following evening after nightfall. Let’s have a look at the history, importance, and observances of this day.

In the Beginning, There Was Shabbat

We read in the Book of Genesis that G‑d created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. The sages say that on that day, G‑d created menuchah, rest, without which sustained creativity would be impossible.

After G‑d took the Children of Israel out of Egypt in the year 2448, He taught them about the Shabbat: working for six days and resting on the seventh. Shabbat is also one of the 10 Commandments that G‑d transmitted at Sinai several weeks after the exodus. Thus, Shabbat commemorates both the creation of the world and G‑d’s intervention in world affairs when he took His nation out of slavery.

Throughout the 40 years that our ancestors wandered in the desert, nourishing mannawould rain down from heaven, except on Shabbat. But no one went hungry—extra rations would fall on Friday, so that everyone would have more than enough for the holy day.

The Torah is very brief about the observance of the day, telling us that no work is to be done and no fires are to be kindled. But rabbinic tradition coupled with careful study of the Torah’s texts yields a wealth of information, much of which is found in the Talmudic tractate aptly named Shabbat.



Shabbat: A Special Guest

Our sages tell us that the Shabbat is a “queen,” whose regal presence graces every Jewish home for the duration of the Shabbat day. For this reason, we scrub our bodies, dress our finest and make sure our homes are in tip-top shape on Friday afternoon. According to the Talmud, we actually receive a special additional soul every Shabbat.

The prophet Isaiah foretells great delight that comes as a reward “if you restrain your foot because of the Sabbath, from performing your affairs on My holy day, and you call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the L‑rd honored, and you honor it by not doing your wonted ways, by not pursuing your affairs and speaking words.”

Shabbat is so special that even our choice of words, comportment, and the items that we touch must be consistent with this holy day. This includes the admonition not to handle items known as muktzehwhich have been set aside because they generally have no use within the Shabbat lifestyle.

Things We Do on Shabbat

Light Shabbat Candles

Since we do not light fires on Shabbat, our sages declared that every Jewish home should have candles lit before the onset of the Shabbat, so that the evening be peaceful and festive. It is customarily the woman of the house who kindles these lights. The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of righteous memory, encouraged girls as young as three years old to light as well. The candles must be lit at least 18 minutes before sunset and should be placed near where the Shabbat meals will take place. A special blessing is said after the lighting.



Wine and Dine

The Torah commands us to “remember the Sabbath day to sanctify it.” The sages understand this to mean that we must verbally declare the Sabbath a holy day, so on Friday night we say a special prayer over wine in a ritual known as kiddush (sanctification). (A truncated kiddush is recited again the following day).

After kiddush, Shabbat is celebrated with a sumptuous feast. Make sure to have three large meals on Shabbat: one on Friday night, one the next day, and one smaller one in the late afternoon.

The meals begin with two whole loaves of bread, which remind us of the double portion of manna that fell every Friday. Before we break bread, we wash our hands in a specially prescribed manner.

Typical European-Jewish Shabbat fare includes gefilte fish, chicken soup, kugels and other favorites, but the Shabbat meals really can feature whatever you feel is festive and delicious. During the daytime meal, we customarily eat something warm that has been sitting on a low flame (or other heat source) since the onset of Shabbat, such as the traditional stew of beans, barley, potatoes and meat known as cholent. Note: There are many laws about cooking on Shabbat, so make sure you prepare your cholent correctly.

The meal is a delight for the soul as well

Aside from the physical enjoyment of the feast, the Shabbat meal often includes heartwarming stories, songs and Torah thoughts so that the meal is a delight for the soul as well.


Source: https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/633659/jewish/Shabbat.htm

September, 2018 is… Read A New Book Month

September 1

Read A New Book Month

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

When you open the pages of a new book, you find yourself swept up in a new world of characters and stories, or maybe just information. The best books, even instructionals, guide you through a storyscape that builds up and shares the vision of the author. Read A New Book Month is your opportunity to pick up that novel you’ve been meaning to finish, that DIY manual you bought to finish that project, or even a technical manual to help you understand a new piece of machinery.

History of Read A New Book Month
Books have stood as a testament to the spread of knowledge, the sharing of tales, and the expansion of the mind by recording and passing on these ideas down through a written medium. By writing down and replicating the thoughts, ideas, and imaginations of authors to fans, students, and philosophers everywhere we create the ability to share and expand our own thoughts by reading them. The first written word appeared in 3400BC, and the first story was The Epic of Gilgamesh, a tale of the eponymous ruler of the Sumerian city-state of Uruk between 2700-2500BC, told in a mythological style.



While this first tale was written on clay tablets, it none-the-less is a book. The definition of what constitutes a book has certainly changed over the years, covering everything from bark pages held together in a variety of styles, rolled pages of papyrus, and books more like those we’re familiar with today. Read A Book Month encourages you to take in as many books as you can in your life, living many lives, learning new things, and opening your mind to new forms of philosophy.

How To Celebrate Read A New Book Month
Celebrating Read A New Book Month encourages you to do just what’s in the name! Read a new book! We find that a little unambitious though, instead you should try to read a new book every week, and maybe trade books with friends and family throughout the month! Make reading a habit throughout the year by establishing a book club with those same people, and getting together to read and discuss a different book each month! Don’t let Read A New Book Month go by without discovering a new author!

One of the most tragic day in modern history

August 31

Tomorrow September 1 1939, is one of the most tragic day in modern history Germans invade Poland

At 4:45 a.m., some 1.5 million German troops invade Poland all along its 1,750-mile border with German-controlled territory. Simultaneously, the German Luftwaffe bombed Polish airfields, and German warships and U-boats attacked Polish naval forces in the Baltic Sea. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler claimed the massive invasion was a defensive action, but Britain and France were not convinced. On September 3, they declared war on Germany, initiating World War II.To Hitler, the conquest of Poland would bring Lebensraum, or “living space,” for the German people. According to his plan, the “racially superior” Germans would colonize the territory and the native Slavs would be enslaved. German expansion had begun in 1938 with the annexation of Austria and then continued with the occupation of the Sudetenland and then all of Czechoslovakia in 1939. Both had been accomplished without igniting hostilities with the major powers, and Hitler hoped that his invasion of Poland would likewise be tolerated.

To neutralize the possibility that the USSR would come to Poland’s aid, Germany signed a nonaggression pact with the Soviet Union on August 23, 1939. In a secret clause of the agreement, the ideological enemies agreed to divide Poland between them. Hitler gave orders for the Poland invasion to begin on August 26, but on August 25 he delayed the attack when he learned that Britain had signed a new treaty with Poland, promising military support should it be attacked. To forestall a British intervention, Hitler turned to propaganda and misinformation, alleging persecution of German-speakers in eastern Poland. Fearing imminent attack, Poland began to call up its troops, but Britain and France persuaded Poland to postpone general mobilization until August 31 in a last ditch effort to dissuade Germany from war.

Shortly after noon on August 31, Hitler ordered hostilities against Poland to begin at 4:45 a.m. the next morning. At 8 p.m. on August 31, Nazi S.S. troops wearing Polish uniforms staged a phony invasion of Germany, damaging several minor installations on the German side of the border. They also left behind a handful of dead concentration camp prisoners in Polish uniforms to serve as further evidence of the supposed Polish invasion, which Nazi propagandists publicized as an unforgivable act of aggression.

At 4:45 a.m. on September 1, the invasion began. Nazi diplomats and propagandists scrambled to head off hostilities with the Western powers, but on September 2 Britain and France demanded that Germany withdraw by September 3 or face war. At 11 p.m. on September 3, the British ultimatum expired, and 15 minutes later British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain went on national radio to solemnly announce that Britain was at war with Germany. Australia, New Zealand, and India followed suit shortly thereafter. At 5:00 p.m., France declared war on Germany.

In Poland, German forces advanced at a dizzying rate. Employing a military strategy known as the blitzkrieg, or “lightning war,” armored divisions smashed through enemy lines and isolated segments of the enemy, which were encircled and captured by motorized German infantry while the panzer tanks rushed forward to repeat the pattern. Meanwhile, the sophisticated German air force–the Luftwaffe–destroyed Polish air capability, provided air support for the blitzkrieg, and indiscriminately bombed Polish cities in an effort to further terrorize the enemy.

The Polish army was able to mobilize one million men but was hopelessly outmatched in every respect. Rather than take a strong defensive position, troops were rushed to the front to confront the Germans and were systematically captured or annihilated. In a famously ill-fated strategy, Polish commanders even sent horsed cavalry into battle against the heavy German armor. By September 8, German forces had reached the outskirts of Warsaw, having advanced 140 miles in the first week of the invasion.

The Polish armed forces hoped to hold out long enough so that an offensive could be mounted against Germany in the west, but on September 17 Soviet forces invaded from the east and all hope was lost. The next day, Poland’s government and military leaders fled the country. On September 28, the Warsaw garrison finally surrendered to a relentless German siege. That day, Germany and the USSR concluded an agreement outlining their zones of occupation. For the fourth time in its history, Poland was partitioned by its more powerful neighbors.

Despite their declaration of war against Germany, Britain and France did little militarily to aid Poland. Britain bombed German warships on September 4, but Chamberlain resisted bombing Germany itself. Though Germans kept only 23 divisions in the west during their campaign in Poland, France did not launch a full-scale attack even though it had mobilized over four times that number. There were modest assaults by France on its border with Germany but these actions ceased with the defeat of Poland. During the subsequent seven months, some observers accused Britain and France of waging a “phony war,” because, with the exception of a few dramatic British-German clashes at sea, no major military action was taken. However, hostilities escalated exponentially in 1940 with Germany’s April invasion of Norway and May invasion of the Low Countries and France.

In June 1941, Hitler attacked the USSR, breaking his nonaggression with the Soviet Union, and Germany seized all of Poland. During the German occupation, nearly three million Polish Jews were killed in the Nazi death camps. The Nazis also severely persecuted the Slavic majority, deporting and executing Poles in an attempt to destroy the intelligentsia and Polish culture. A large Polish resistance movement effectively fought against the occupation with the assistance of the Polish government-in-exile. Many exiled Poles also fought for the Allied cause. The Soviets completed the liberation of Poland in 1945 and established a communist government in the nation.

Hi, my name is Carla D. I found my Dream Job!!! PART III

August 29

PART III:  On our first day of class, the first of nine Saturdays and eight Sundays, we were all excited to see where this journey would take us. As we received our textbooks, our professor Rene told as us about the many avenues this career could lead us to! A Central Sterile Processing Technician position (CST) is not only a hospital position but a CST can find themselves in a working in a neighborhood, hospital affiliated, surgical or medical center, or a dentist’s office or plastic surgeon’s office.

Rene also explained that there are several facilities that process sterile equipment for shipment to each of these facilities because some don’t have sterile centers “in-house”. I instantly realized that this wasn’t just an educational opportunity that would simply lead me to one type of job in a hospital but that several other opportunities existed. Depending on where I applied and how many resumes I sent out, I could possibly quadruple my chances of getting a job interview and job offers in my field. Rene also took the time to tell us about his own experiences in the profession as CST.


When Rene started in this profession in his native country, working as a CST, he explained that his facility was often short staffed and that nurses and doctors asked him to assist them in procedures and other job-related duties. He learned so much on the job. He received so many alternate opportunities, that eventually he obtained other certifications and positions beyond what he already loved doing as a CST. Rene became certified as a Radiology Tech, an Anesthesia Tech and a Surgical Tech, which he does today in addition to teaching. He told us this would be possible for us to give the right position. He added that there was always an opportunity for advancement in CST positions too. In the first 15 minutes of my class at Multyprep, I knew there would be several choices available to me and many lucrative options. However, I had to first dedicate myself to the classes, complete the coursework and most importantly, pass the certification test. Until now, I was only finding low paying jobs that were not professional nor stimulating. Most of the time, I wouldn’t even hear back from employers after I submitted my application and resume. With so many options as a Certified CST, I knew things were about to change.



 

Pinot Noir Day weekend

August 18

”The most romantic of wines, with so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, and so powerful a punch that, like falling in love, they make the blood run hot and the soul wax embarrassingly poetic”
-Master Sommelier Madeline Triffon

Pinot is a fantastic wine, but a temperamental grape. With its rich color and complex flavors, it is largely considered one of the most hedonistic wines ever made. Elegant and berry-lie, its velvet flavor is the perfect addition to any affair. Pinot Noir Day celebrates this wine and the regions of the world in which it’s cultivated.

History of Pinot Noir Day
Every wine deserves to have a day dedicated to its consumption, and none more so than Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is so named due to the dark color of the grapes, and the pine-cone shaped clusters they grow in on the vine. Showing a strong preference for cooler climates, the grape of the same name is grown primarily in Burgundy, France, though Willamette Valley, Oregon in the USA and Walker Bay region of South Africa both produce notably large crops. Of course, cultivating Pinot Noir is not a task for the faint of heart, for these grapes are difficult to cultivate and tricky to turn into wine.

Perhaps that’s appropriate for a wine that is both rich and complex. The skin of the grapes are thin and don’t offer the protection of thicker skinned grapes, and can be finicky during the aging process, frequently being uneven and unpredictable. The tight clusters require careful management lest rot set in, and this often involves careful management of the canopy.

For those who are willing to brave it and cultivate the skill, the wine that is produced is beyond measure. Pinot Noir Day celebrates all that is required to produce this wine and the delicious bounty that unfolds.

How to Celebrate Pinot Noir Day
Head down to your local store and procure yourself a bottle of this delicious wine. Pinot Noir comes in many varieties that each carries the personality and taste of the regions they come from. Get together with your friends and each brings a bottle of your favorite Pinot Noir and then collect other bottles of vintages of Pinot Noir with which you are less familiar. Pinot Noir Day is a great opportunity to broaden your palette and indulge in your favorite variety of this dark wine. Enjoy it and share generously!



 

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