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Time is money, and if you’re someone who isn’t sure where all your time is going, or maybe you’re someone who has to actually bill someone for your services based on time spent, then HoursTracker HD is just the app for you.

This powerful hour tracking app will allow your to track and estimate your earnings based off hourly income. You can set up any number of jobs and then clock in and out when necessary. The app will do the rest by filing away your hours in whatever category you choose. You can even input past or future hours, if necessary, giving you plenty of options to choose from.

With HoursTracker HD, you get a full report of the hours you worked. When used together along with HoursTracker Pro for the iPhone, it can even log your hours automatically when you are at a specific location. It’s a great tool to track your hourly salaries, just in case your work messes up on calculating your hours or you forget to punch in at work.

There are a lot of great features in HoursTracker HD for anyone working at an hourly rate. Don’t miss this useful app.

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via Hourstracker: Keep track of your hours worked with this easy to use management app | App Saga.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lemon, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced, seeds removed
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh sage leaves
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • pound mixed small tomatoes, such as Sun Gold, cherry, or heirloom, halved
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves with tender stems
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, torn if large
  • ¼ cup purple sprouts or microgreens (optional)

INGREDIENT INFO

  • Pomegranate molasses is available at Middle Eastern markets and some grocery stores, and online.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Calories (kcal) 80 Fat (g) 5 Saturated Fat (g) 0 .5 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 9 Dietary Fiber (g) 2 Total Sugars (g) 5 Protein (g) 1 Sodium (mg) 10

PREPARATION


  • Preheat oven to 325°. Cook lemon slices in a medium saucepan of boiling water 2 minutes to remove bitterness. Drain and pat dry.
  • Gently toss lemon slices with sage, sugar, and 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium bowl. Spread out on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until lemons are no longer wet and only slightly colored, 15–20 minutes. Let cool.
  • Whisk pomegranate molasses, allspice, and remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper. Add lemons, tomatoes, onion, parsley, mint, and sprouts, if using, and toss gently; season with salt and pepper.

via Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad Recipe – Bon Appétit.

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An increasing number of people are falling prey to creatures like ticks, horseflies, midges and mosquitoes.

Scientists says the warm, wet weather has created exactly the right conditions for the insects to breed and multiply.

Websites such as NHS Choices have seen a surge in the number of searches for advice and figures show a year-on-year increase in hospital admissions for insect bites.

Nicola Leech reports.

via BBC News – Muggy summer sees increase in insect bites.

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The minister in charge of regulating animal experiments in the UK has said he wants to see an end to all testing.

 

Lib Dem MP Norman Baker – a longstanding anti-vivisection campaigner – said a ban on animal testing “would not happen tomorrow”.

But he claimed the government was moving in the right direction.

The coalition is committed to reducing the number of live animal experiments – but animal rights campaigners say they have broken that promise.

Mr Baker, who as crime prevention minister at the Home Office has responsibility for regulating the use of animals in science, said he was trying to persuade the industry to accept the economic case for ending tests.

“I am firmly of the belief it is not simply a moral issue but that we as a nation can get a strategic advantage from this – something that will be good for the economy,” Mr Baker told BBC News.

“I have been encouraging the industry to come up with alternatives to animal testing.”

‘Privacy clause’

The scientific community says research on live animals is vital to understanding disease and has resulted in new vaccines and also treatments for cancer, Parkinson’s disease, asthma and HIV – but opponents say it is cruel and pointless, as alternative research methods are available.

Mr Baker has also promised legislation before the next election to increase transparency – potentially giving the public the chance to obtain details about what happens to animals in laboratories.

At the moment, the Home Office blocks requests for data on research contracts and the justification for using live animals as the issue is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

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Researchers are protected by a “privacy clause” in Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

Mr Baker has carried out a review of the Section 24 following a high profile campaign by the National Anti-Vivisection Society and celebrities including Joanna Lumley and Eddie Izzard.

In a statement, Mr Baker said: “The coalition government is committed to enhancing openness and transparency about the use of animals in scientific research to improve public understanding of this work. It is also a personal priority of mine.

“The consultation on Section 24 of the Animals in Science Act has now concluded and we are currently analysing responses in preparation for pursuing potential legislative change.”

The number of experiments on animals in the UK increased by 52% between 1995 and 2013, according to official statistics.

Latest figure show show 4.12 million procedures were carried out with animals in 2013, a rise of 0.3% on the previous year.

‘Suffer and die’

There was a 6% increase in breeding genetically modified animals and a 5% decrease in other procedures.

Mice, fish and rats were the most commonly used species in 2013, with 3.08 million procedures carried out on them.

Animal stats
The rise in the total number of procedures was 0.03% between 2012 and 2013

 
There was an increase in testing of guinea pigs (+13,602); sheep (+2,919); rabbits (+1,233); pigs (+350); gerbils (+279); monkeys (+216) and reptiles (+183).

But there was a fall in experiments on birds (-13,259); amphibians (-3,338); cattle (-1,167); goats (-969) and hamsters (-354).

British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection chief executive Michelle Thew said: ‘We continue to be disappointed that the government has failed to deliver on its 2010 pledge to reduce animal experiments and to end the use of animals to test household products.

“Millions of animals continue to suffer and die in our laboratories.

“The UK should be leading the way in reducing animal testing, yet we remain one of the world’s largest users of animals in experiments and the numbers continue to rise.

“We have, however, been encouraged by recent statements from Home Office Minister, Norman Baker, that increased transparency regarding animal experiments will be dealt with within this Parliament.”

via BBC News – Minister Norman Baker wants UK ban on animal tests.

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Cancer care is one area where contracts are being put out to tender

 

It has been one of the talking points of the week and one of the most hotly debated subjects on social media – is the NHS in England being privatised by the back door?

Labour has tried to push the issue, arguing that privatisation is being forced through. And one estimate put the number of contracts being advertised at nearly £6bn.

More heat is generated on this issue than almost any other area in public policy.

Some believe passionately that the very fabric of the health service is threatened by the tendering of contracts for patient care. They argue that organisations with a profit motive are by definition unsuitable to be awarded such contracts. The need to make a profit, critics argue, will result in costs and service quality being cut.

Others point out that private sector operators are widely involved in social care, so why not health services? Ever since the creation of the NHS, one key part of healthcare, general practice, has been operating at arms length and run in effect as small businesses.

Local commissioning

Examples of contract talks which are currently underway include cancer and end of life care for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and elderly care in Cambridgeshire.

It has been made clear the deals could involve NHS groups, voluntary organisations and private companies.

Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has argued that the government’s controversial Health and Social Care Act had greatly accelerated the momentum behind private provision.

He claimed the legislation required those who commission health services to seek tenders from a range of providers.

Competition, according to ministers, can never be allowed to over-ride the need to ensure integrated services. ”

 
Mr Burnham has called for all talks on new contracts to be halted until the general election when, as he put it, the electorate could give their verdict on the process.

But the government was quick to point out that Mr Burnham himself, when he was health secretary, had widened the involvement of private providers in the NHS, for example private hospitals doing hip replacements.

Whitehall sources argued that the proportion of clinical spending in England accounted for by the private sector had increased by 1.7% to 6.6% since the election, whereas under the last four years of the Labour government it had gone up by 2.1 percentage points.

The organisation of health procurement in England under the coalition has changed radically and much of the privatisation debate focuses on that.

Clinical commissioning groups in each area, run largely by GPs, decide where to spend money on behalf of patients.

Ministers argue that if these groups want to sign contracts with private organisations because they believe patients will benefit then politicians should not interfere.

‘No agenda’

GP with patients
Family doctors often run the groups that decide how to spend the local health budget

 

The key question is whether these groups feel obliged to put services out to tender.

The Department of Health says the reform legislation enshrines the right of commissioners to procure from the NHS if they feel satisfactory alternatives are not available.

Competition, according to ministers, can never be allowed to over-ride the need to ensure integrated services.

Labour disagrees and claims commissioning groups feel under pressure to widen the range of providers.

So what do commissioning groups have to say about it?

The debate will remain live through to the election and beyond”

The NHSCC is their representative organisation. Its co-chair Dr Steve Kell said there was no privatisation agenda and that competition should only be used if it was in the best interest of patients.

Interestingly, though, he added that members were regularly faced with difficult decisions on the need to tender and there was a need for further clarity on the legal framework.

There is no doubting that the volume of services provided by non NHS organisations is increasing.

The management consultancy Bain has estimated that about £5.8bn of NHS work is currently being advertised to the private sector, up 14% on last year.

Christian Mazzi, head of health at Bain, the management talked of a “growing comfort” with outsourcing across Britain.

Some are far from comfortable about the growth of outsourcing in healthcare.

Others argue it’s a sensible process if services are improved and that patients are hardly likely to worry if they are happy with their care.

One thing they can agree on is that the debate will remain live through to the election and beyond.

via BBC News – The very public NHS privatisation debate.

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Seaside areas such as the Isle of Wight have a high number of dementia diagnoses

 

The number of people in England diagnosed with dementia has risen by 62% over seven years.

In 2013-14, 344,000 people received a diagnosis – up from 213,000 in 2006-07, when statistics were first collected.

The provisional figures also suggest an 8% rise in the number of recorded dementia cases since 2012-13.

The rise could be due to a number of factors, including an ageing population and improved diagnosis, the Health and Social Care Information Centre said.

These latest figures further underline the urgent need for better treatments to help the hundreds of thousands of people who are affected by this devastating condition”

Hilary EvansAlzheimer’s Research UK

 

Half of people living with dementia were still not registered as having the condition, said George Mcnamara, of the Alzheimer’s Society.

“With an ageing population and more people developing the condition, diagnosing dementia must remain a priority,” he added.

Hilary Evans, of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said the figures gave some idea of the scale of the challenge in England.

“This report does not set out to investigate the reasons for the rising figures, but it’s likely that recent moves to improve dementia diagnosis rates, along with an ageing population, will have contributed to this increase,” she said.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre said the data would be used in planning services.

“We are all aware of the challenges facing our ageing population, and these figures will be vital for those planning and monitoring the effectiveness of dementia treatments and services,” said chairman Kingsley Manning.

via BBC News – England records rise in dementia diagnoses.

舉辦派對,不妨利用簡易方便又快速料理的食材,做出許多變化的創意派對料理。
舉辦派對,不妨利用簡易方便又快速料理的食材,做出許多變化的創意派對料理。

 
隨著暑假到來,親朋好友或是小孩的同學到家中聚餐的頻率也跟著變高,三五好友團聚、話家常,既溫馨又歡樂,但是,派對最困擾的就是事前的準備工作、尤其是女主人往往因為該做什麼適合聚會的料理招待賓客,而感到非常困擾。那麼,如何利用簡易方便又快速料理的食材,做出許多變化的創意派對料理呢?

其實,準備夏天的派對料理並沒有大家所想像的困難,只要選擇有開胃、提升食慾效果的食材入菜,並掌握多配色多蔬果、多樣少份量的原則,將單調的食材上加入些許的變化就相當足夠。而且相較於以家常菜宴客,派對料理碗盤使用的較少、也較不油膩好清洗。

至於派對菜色該如何挑選、食材又要怎麼搭配,才能做出既好吃又能兼顧健康的佳餚美饌呢?一場令人盡興的派對饗宴,除了歡愉熱絡的氣氛,最重要還是讓賓客能夠吃得飽又吃得巧。因此,選擇一道能讓客人帶飽足感的主食是絕對不可或缺的。若能再搭配一些清爽解膩的finger food當配菜。如果人數多,還可在加上一道收尾的小甜點,就能夠讓賓主盡歡了。

有許多人參加派對時,喜歡喝點小酒來增加彼此間的氣氛,為避免酒精傷胃,建議民眾在選擇派對菜色時,也可多設計一些含有蔬果的派對小點,讓出席的人既可以攝取到足夠的膳食纖維,又能緩解酒精的吸收,使聚餐更加盡興。

【墨西哥香辣香腸炒麵麵包】散發著麥香的麵包把起司的濃郁、香腸的鮮辣包裹起來。

【墨西哥香辣香腸炒麵麵包】散發著麥香的麵包把起司的濃郁、香腸的鮮辣包裹起來。

主食可以製作【墨西哥香辣香腸炒麵麵包】,散發著麥香的麵包把起司的濃郁、香腸的鮮辣包裹起來,製作完成後把炒麵麵包切成2~3等份,方便賓客拿取食用。

【墨西哥香辣香腸炒麵麵包】

材料:桂冠墨西哥香辣香腸義大利麵、桂冠沙拉、熱狗麵包、彩椒(切丁)、墨西哥辣椒(切片)、起司絲、黑橄欖(切片)

作法:

1.平底鍋炒香墨西哥香辣香腸義大利麵。

2.將拌炒好的義大利麵灑上彩椒丁、墨西哥辣椒片及黑橄欖片,淋上沙拉醬,最後灑上少許起司絲。

3.放入烤箱烤至表皮呈現金黃色即可。

配菜就做【金沙芙蓉豆腐】,鹹鴨蛋的香與火腿、洋蔥的甜,結合桂冠沙拉醬香濃的美味,引出豆腐滑嫩的口感。 要做出讓人食指大動的Finger food只要掌握「集中」、「托高」兩個原則,把配色豐富的食物集中堆疊,再拿個漂亮的盤子將料理擺盤,一端出來立刻讓大家驚呼連連!

【金沙芙蓉豆腐】**,鹹鴨蛋的香與火腿、洋蔥的甜,結合桂冠沙拉醬香濃的美味。

【金沙芙蓉豆腐】**,鹹鴨蛋的香與火腿、洋蔥的甜,結合桂冠沙拉醬香濃的美味。

【金沙芙蓉豆腐】

材料:桂冠芙蓉豆腐、洋火腿切末、洋蔥末、熟鹹鴨蛋切末、蔥花

調味料:桂冠沙拉50公克、玉米粉40g、太白粉40g、白胡椒粉1小匙

作法:

1.芙蓉豆腐切成4小塊,混合太白粉、玉米粉沾裹後,放入220度油鍋炸至金黃色取出備用。

2.熟鹹鴨蛋去殼切成末狀、火腿與洋蔥切丁、蔥綠切小段備用。

3.鍋中加1大匙油炒香洋火腿末、洋蔥末、熟鹹鴨蛋末,灑上白胡椒粉與蔥花拌均勻。炸好的豆腐擠上沙拉醬,鋪上炒好的蛋黃餡料即完成。

繽紛又甜蜜的甜點【搖滾遊戲湯圓】,做法簡單又能在女生之間引起話題。

繽紛又甜蜜的甜點【搖滾遊戲湯圓】,做法簡單又能在女生之間引起話題。

甜點可用湯圓當做材料,發揮創意搭配花生粉、巧克力脆片…等沾料,就能做出繽紛又甜蜜的甜點,【搖滾遊戲湯圓】做法簡單又能在女生之間引起話題。留一些湯圓讓客人自己動手沾也很好玩!

【搖滾遊戲湯圓】

材料:桂冠芝麻湯圓、花生湯圓、紫糯芝麻湯圓、紫糯花生湯圓、粉紅芝麻湯圓、紅豆湯圓、搖滾沾料(玉米脆片、巧克力脆片、雙色芝麻粒、彩色米、椰子粉、花生粉…等)

調味料:黑糖蜜(或蜂蜜)

作法:

1.煮熟桂冠湯圓。

2.將湯圓放入各種沾料中搖動,滾滿沾料。

3.食用時加點黑糖蜜即可。

via 創意派對料理 開胃提升食慾 | 20140731 | 華人健康網.

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