An American tradition

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaGreen beer isn’t Irish. Neither is corned beef and cabbage. But along with green rivers and green clothes, they define an American Saint Patrick’s Day.Across the ocean on March 17, many Irish will probably fill their pots with the customary lamb and potatoes.“People in Ireland don’t see anything we eat as traditional Irish food,” said Connie Crawley, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension health and nutrition specialist.“Their ideas are typical lamb dishes. It’s really what we’ve kind of developed in this country to be Irish foods. Originally, lamb was probably more expensive in this country, so we switched to beef.”Crawley traces her roots back to Ireland. Like her ancestors, she said, many Irish immigrants were very poor when they first came to America. And that might be when corned beef came into play.“It was probably used because it was one of the least expensive meats,” she said. “It probably wasn’t as flavorful a piece of meat, and that’s why it was seasoned, to make it more tender and more tasty.”While all beef has some saturated fat and cholesterol, Crawley said, corned beef’s biggest downfall is its sodium content. Just 3 ounces of cooked corned beef brisket has 964 milligrams of sodium, slightly less than half of what a person should eat daily.For those measuring, a 3-ounce serving is the size of a deck of cards. Most people eat a slab of corned beef two to three times that size.“It’s something that’s a special-occasion food,” Crawley said of corned beef.Potatoes are probably the most Irish part of any American St. Patrick’s Day dish. Many Irish originally came to the U.S. to escape starvation due to the potato famine.“Potatoes were a very big part of their diet at that point, and they still are,” Crawley said. “That’s probably why potatoes are so popular in this country.”Americans can enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day fare of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes with a little less guilt and with relatively little hassle. Crawley suggests balancing that sodium-loaded meal by eating foods lower in sodium the rest of the day.Also, add the cabbage and unpeeled potatoes in the last 10-20 minutes of cooking so that “they’re barely cooked instead of cooked to death,” she said.Find corned beef that’s as lean as possible, or cook it on March 16 and skim off the fat before reheating it on St. Patrick’s Day. Crawley first heard of green beer in the 1970s in Cleveland, Ohio. “I think the Irish would probably be horrified,” she said. “It’s probably a marketing tool for bars.”Instead of indulging in dyed beer, she said, “there are good Irish beers available. And maybe if you buy a better beer, you won’t drink as much.”A serving of alcohol is a 12-ounce beer, 4 to 5 ounces of wine or 1 to 1.5 ounces of hard liquor. Men should drink two or fewer servings a day. Women should drink one or less due to a direct relation between excess alcohol and breast cancer.“Beer has a lot of calories and not much else,” Crawley said. “Moderate intake may have some health benefits. But, again, the risk of abuse is so much there that people who don’t drink shouldn’t start.”As for what the Irish may be serving on St. Patrick’s Day, “I went to an Irish pub in Amsterdam, and what they served was shepherd’s pie [a casserole-type dish with layers of ground beef or lamb, carrots and green peas, topped with mashed potatoes],” she said. Traditional dishes also include lamb stew with potatoes and carrots. But that may be changing a bit.“Until the 1990s, people were leaving Ireland to work in other countries,” Crawley said. “Now, people are moving back.”As the Irish economy booms, she said, restaurants there are leading a renaissance with novel, innovative cuisine.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Coastal Credit Union takes on DEI from the inside and out

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Coastal Federal Credit Union ($3.7B, Raleigh, NC) was working to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion practices within its walls and beyond even before COVID-19 struck the United States and George Floyd died while in the custody of Minneapolis police . Those two convulsive events have only deepened the commitment of the Tarheel State cooperative.In 2019, Coastal laid the groundwork for advancing diversity and inclusion in its workplace by hiring a consultant — Diversity & HR Solutions (DHRS) — to help build out the credit union’s commitment to making its core value of welcoming diversity a stronger part of the institution’s culture. Diversity training with 100% employee participation was among the credit union’s annual performance goals and a key part of its 2020 plan.“Our senior management team participated in two full days of training in March — the last thing we accomplished before the COVID-19 crisis became our primary focus,” says president and CEO Chuck Purvis. “We’ve since gotten back on track and have trained 20% of our employees, with the rest scheduled throughout the remainder of the year.”last_img read more

Diwali 2020: 5 Gift Ideas to Make Your Loved Ones’ Diwali Super Special

first_imgDiwali 2020 is almost here. In case you are still searching for the perfect gift for your loved ones, fret no more. We have hand-picked a few tech products which you can gift to your dear ones. We have chosen the gifts keeping in mind the change in our lifestyles following the pandemic. There are products across diverse categories that will be useful now, and we’ve listed items that have strong ratings or reviews, and are good value-for-money.These gift ideas cover great picks at different price points so that you can find something great no matter what your budget is this Diwali. Read on and find the perfect gift for your friends and family and make their Diwali super special.1. Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone (Rs. 4,990)- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Price: Rs. 4,990 | Where to buy: Flipkart, Amazon2. Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) with Clock (Rs. 5,499)The latest smart speaker by Amazon comes with a refreshed spherical design and an LED display that shows time, outdoor temperature or timers. The light sensor automatically adjusts the display’s brightness, day or night. The smart home speaker can act as your personal assistant. If you have smart home automation products in your home you can use Echo to voice- control the products.- Advertisement – samson go mic portable usb condenser microphone amazon go micA lot of people have turned to content creation following the pandemic. The Samson Go Mic is the ideal gift for your content creator friend. The Go Mic is a mic that can be clipped right onto your laptop or sit on your desk. It’s compatible with a Mac or Windows PC. The Go Mic is perfect for recording music, podcasts or field recording.The Go Mic has omnidirectional sound pickup patterns with a resolution of 44.1kHz. The package includes a USB cable, cable clip and carry case along with the microphone. The microphone is compact and fits easily in the pocket making it extremely handy.- Advertisement –center_img 5. Marshall Stanmore II Voice 80 W Bluetooth Speaker (Rs. 31,999) The Marshall Stanmore II Voice is a beautifully crafted smart speaker for those who have a bigger budget. The sound-quality of the speaker is bound to take your music listening experience to the next level. Coupled with built-in Google Assistant, the speaker lets you control your music using voice commands. Marshall Stanmore II Voice is enabled with multi-room connection, which lets the speaker wirelessly play different genres of music across rooms.The retro design of the speaker gives it an old-school charm and makes the perfect Diwali for your music loving friends. In case that’s too expensive though, check out our guide to the best smart speakers on the market. Price: Rs. 31,999 | Where to buy: FlipkartWhich is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details. Although the pre-order has started on Amazon, the product won’t be delivered until later in the year. Nevertheless, the Amazon Echo (4th Gen) (review) is a useful and pocket-friendly gifting choice.Price: Rs. 5,499 | Where to buy : Amazon3. NESCAFE E’ Smart Personal Coffee Maker (Rs.5,999)nescafe e smart personal coffee maker amazon smart coffee makerThis is the perfect gift for any coffee-lover. The NESCAFE E’ Smart Personal Coffee Maker is a smart, app-enabled hot and cold coffee maker. With it, you can prepare a variety of customised coffee like creamy iced coffees, cinnamon cappuccinos, and ginger spiced lattes. The coffee maker can be controlled via the Nescafe E Connected mug app on your smartphone and the coffee will be prepared in just 60-90 seconds. This is an ideal gifting choice for anybody who might be missing reaching out to the office coffee vending machine, given the unexpected shift in our working conditions. Price: Rs.5,999 | Where to buy: Flipkart, Amazon4. Realme Smart TV 43 (Rs.19,999) This has been the year of content streaming and for your dearest binge-lover, there is no better thing to give than a Smart TV. Realme Smart TV 43 is one of the most budget-friendly smart TVs in the market. The device runs on Android TV 9 Pie, with access to the Google Play Store for Android TV. It is powered by MediaTek MSD6683 processor, paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The TV also supports HDR10 standard, Dolby Audio and Bluetooth v5.0.For sound, the Realme TV uses a four-speaker system with 24W of rated sound output. Connectivity options include three HDMI ports, two USB ports, and single AV, LAN, and ANT ports. In case you are interested in other TV choices, you can explore our top smart TV recommendations.Price: Rs. 19,999 | Where to buy: Flipkartlast_img read more

Saints trio pen new deals

first_img The trio are graduates of Saints’ much-vaunted youth system and have seen their progress rewarded with extended deals. Turnbull is currently impressing on loan at League One promotion hopefuls Swindon and on Thursday signed a new contract until 2018. The 19-year-old has been with Saints since being released by Fulham in 2011 and, having recovered from a long-term knee injury, extended his stay until 2017. “I’m delighted to get it actually signed and all sorted so I can now just focus on my football and prove my place,” Mugabi said. “The next progression for me is first-team football, so hopefully I can carry on working hard and prove myself in training and matches. “The club gave me my chance when Fulham let me go. It’s the place to be for any young footballer. “Southampton have produced loads of players and hopefully I can be one of them to come through.” Jason McCarthy, Bevis Mugabi and Jordan Turnbull have all signed new contracts with Southampton. The 20-year-old was one of three defenders to commit their future to St Mary’s in the space of a day, with McCarthy and Mugabi following suit. The former has been involved in the first-team squad on a number of occasions and made his professional debut in Saints’ 3-1 win at Crystal Palace on Boxing Day. McCarthy, captain of the club’s Under-21s side, has been rewarded for that progress with a new deal which will keep him at St Mary’s until 2017. “It’s great to put pen to paper,” he told Southampton’s official YouTube channel. “Obviously at the start of the year I knew I was out of contract at the end of the season. “I was pleased with my progress at the time and I think I’ve done well this season so far. “I’ve been with the club since I was seven years old, so it really shows that I’m at the right place.” The announcement was followed by news that Mugabi had signed a new two-and-a-half year deal. Press Associationlast_img read more