Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Potato Cabbage Bake

Potato and cabbage dishes are traditional to Irish cuisine and this one is a delicious variation. It's great served with corned beef, sausages or ham.

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: Not Available
Baking Time: 40 to 45 Minutes
Servings: 6


  • 4 cups (1 L) finely sliced Ontario Savoy Cabbage
  • 6 slices bacan, cut into 1/2-inch (1 cm) pieces
  • 1 large Ontario Onion, chopped
  • 2 lb (1 kg) Ontario Yukon Gold Potatoes, halved and thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1-3/4 cups (425 mL) shredded Ontario Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh parsley


In large saucepan, boil cabbage for 2 minutes. Drain well. Place in large bowl. Blot with paper towel.

In large skillet, fry bacon until crisp. Remove with slotted spoon and toss with cabbage. Add onion to bacon drippings; cook for 5 minutes or until softened. Remove from heat and stir in potatoes.

In 9-inch (23 cm) square baking pan, layer one-third of the potatoes; season with salt and pepper to taste. Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the cheese and half of the cabbage mixture. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining potatoes.

Cover with foil. Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven for about 40 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Remove foil; top with remaining 3/4 cup (175 mL) cheese. Return to oven for 5 more minutes. Sprinkle with parsley just before serving.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Child Passenger Safety

Securing our Most Precious Cargo

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children ages 2 to 14, due in large part to the nonuse or improper use of child seats and seat belts. Working with parents and our partners our goal is to ensure every child is properly secured and safe every trip, every time.

Parents - Not Sure Which Car Seat to Use?

Are you looking for a new car seat for your infant, toddler or 4-8 year old child but overwhelmed by the choices and worried about how to properly install your car seat? Our 4 Steps for Kids campaign will help you properly choose and install the correct car seat for your child. Simply click on the link below that best matches your child.

CPS Advocates - Seeking Resources for your Local Efforts?

2009 National Child Passenger Safety Week Planner designed to help you promote, enhance, and enforce child passenger safety.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Tiny Info Abt Chemical!

Chemicals In & Around the House!!!

are everywhere. There are chemicals inside your body, and there are chemicals in the ground, in the water, and in the air. You can see most chemicals, but not all chemicals. Some are clear or so small we can't see them. Some chemicals are good, like the medicine the doctor gives you when you are sick. Some chemicals are useful, but dangerous, like gasoline. Gasoline makes cars run, but you wouldn't want to drink it, because it would make you very sick. Some chemicals make the air dirty and cause pollution, like ozone.

A chemical element is a pure chemical substance consisting of one type of atom distinguished by its atomic number, which is the number of protons in its nucleus. The term is also used to refer to a pure chemical substance composed of atoms with the same number of protons. Common examples of elements are iron, copper, silver, gold, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen. In total, 117 elements have been observed as of 2008, of which 94 occur naturally on Earth. 80 elements have stable isotopes, namely all elements with atomic numbers 1 to 82, except elements 43 and 61 (technetium and promethium). Elements with atomic numbers 83 or higher (bismuth and above) are inherently unstable, and undergo radioactive decay. The elements from atomic number 83 to 94 have no stable nuclei, but are nevertheless found in nature, either surviving as remnants of the primordial stellar nucleosynthesis which produced the elements in the solar system, or else produced as short-lived daughter-isotopes through the natural decay of uranium and thorium.

All chemical matter consists of these elements. New elements of higher atomic number are discovered from time to time, as products of artificial nuclear reactions.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

100 Mph Test

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Worst Plane Crashes

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Big Bend National Park(Birds)

The hermit thrush is just one of the many birds commonly found in Big Bend National Park.

Halfway between Laredo and El Paso, the Rio Grande swings southward to form a huge bend that is also the southern boundary of America's finest desert preserve - Big Bend National Park. Established in 1944 to preserve 1,200 square miles of Chihuahuan Desert and mountain grandeur, it contains & wide variety of Southwestern scenery. From the three great canyons of the Rio Grande to the rolling slopes and jagged peaks of the Chisos Mountains, the birder is offered exciting discoveries all months of the year.

It is this diversity that creates the great variety of plant zones, where more than 450 kinds of birds have been recorded. Yet Big Bend is best known for its specialties that occur nowhere else in the United States except within the Chisos Mountains or just within the border country of Texas to Arizona. Such unique birds as the Mexican duck, the Lucifer hummingbird, the Mexican jay, the black-capped and gray vireos, the Colima warbler, and the varied bunting do occur here at different times of the year.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Best 10 Bush Moments!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Wildlife Sightings In US

Big Bend is a wild place, dynamic and wide open, complete with the age-old life and death struggle of competition, survival of the fittest, a wildlife paradise. With over 650 species of vertebrates and 3,600 species of insects, Big Bend is a living, breathing laboratory of biodiversity. Visitors see it in action daily, often reporting their encounters with javelinas, sighting a mother bear with cubs, or delighting in the antics of the roadrunner chasing its lizard prey.

Below are summaries of black bear and mountain lion sightings, taken from wildlife sighting cards turned in by park staff and visitors. Rare bird sightings are also collected and posted on a quarterly basis.

Remember, we can only list the sightings you report. Always report unusual sightings to a park ranger.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Protect Yourself from the Sun

Action Steps for Sun Protection By following a number of simple steps, you can still enjoy your time in the sun while protecting yourself from overexposure to the sun's harmful Ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Keeping Kids Safe from Sun and Smog Information about the health effects of exposure to UV radiation; the UV Index; the Air Quality Index; and actions you can take on ozone action days.

UV Index The UV Index is a tool that provides a forecast of the strength of the sun's ultraviolet radiation for your community. Search for your local UV Index forecast by ZIP code.

Sunwise EPA has developed the SunWise School Program for grades K-8. SunWise Partner Schools sponsor activities that raise children's awareness of pollution and sun safety practices

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Spinal Cord Injury - In Detail

What is Spinal Cord Injury?

A spinal cord injury usually begins with a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae. The damage begins at the moment of injury when displaced bone fragments, disc material, or ligaments bruise or tear into spinal cord tissue. Most injuries to the spinal cord don't completely sever it. Instead, an injury is more likely to cause fractures and compression of the vertebrae, which then crush and destroy the axons, extensions of nerve cells that carry signals up and down the spinal cord between the brain and the rest of the body. An injury to the spinal cord can damage a few, many, or almost all of these axons. Some injuries will allow almost complete recovery. Others will result in complete paralysis.

Is there any treatment?

Improved emergency care for people with spinal cord injuries and aggressive treatment and rehabilitation can minimize damage to the nervous system and even restore limited abilities. Respiratory complications are often an indication of the severity of spinal cord injury About one-third of those with injury to the neck area will need help with breathing and require respiratory support. The steroid drug methylprednisolone appears to reduce the damage to nerve cells if it is given within the first 8 hours after injury. Rehabilitation programs combine physical therapies with skill-building activities and counseling to provide social and emotional support.

What is the prognosis?

Spinal cord injuries are classified as either complete or incomplete. An incomplete injury means that the ability of the spinal cord to convey messages to or from the brain is not completely lost. People with incomplete injuries retain some motor or sensory function below the injury. A complete injury is indicated by a total lack of sensory and motor function below the level of injury. People who survive a spinal cord injury will most likely have medical complications such as chronic pain and bladder and bowel dysfunction, along with an increased susceptibility to respiratory and heart problems. Successful recovery depends upon how well these chronic conditions are handled day to day.

What research is being done?

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) conducts spinal cord research in its laboratories at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and also supports additional research through grants to major medical institutions across the country. Advances in research are giving doctors and patients hope that repairing injured spinal cords is a reachable goal. Advances in basic research are also being matched by progress in clinical research, especially in understanding the kinds of physical rehabilitation that work best to restore function. Some of the more promising rehabilitation techniques are helping spinal cord injury patients become more mobile.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Health Threat From Wildfire Smoke

Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.

How to tell if smoke is affecting you
Smoke can cause—

  • Coughing
  • A scratchy throat
  • Irritated sinuses
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • Stinging eyes
  • A runny nose
  • Asthma exacerbations

If you have heart or lung disease, smoke might make your symptoms worse.

People who have heart disease might experience—

  • Chest pain
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue

Smoke may worsen symptoms for people who have pre-existing respiratory conditions, such as respiratory allergies, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), in the following ways:

  • Inability to breathe normally
  • Cough with or without mucus
  • Chest discomfort
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath

When smoke levels are high enough, even healthy people may experience some of these symptoms.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

HTML Tutorial - Designing A Website In Notepad

Monday, June 08, 2009

The world's largest hydroelectric plant

The Itaipu hydroelectric power plant is the largest development of its kind in operation in the world. Built from 1975 to 1991, in a joint development on the Parana River, Itaipu represents the efforts and accomplishments of two neighboring countries, Brazil and Paraguay. The power plant's 20 generating units add up to a total production capacity of 14,000 MW (megawatts). In 2000, the power plant generated 93,428 GWh (gigawatthours) of electricity, a word record for hydroelectricity generation.

The magnitude of the project also can be demonstrated by the fact that in 2000 Itaipu alone provided 20% of the energy supply in Brazil and 94% in Paraguay. The Spillway is located on the right bank, and it has 14 segmented sluice-gates with a total potential discharge rate of 62,200 cubic meters per second.

The Itaipu dam is 7,919 meters long with a maximum height of 196 meters, equivalent to a 65-story building. It consumed 12.3 million cubic meters of concrete, while the iron and steel employed would permit the construction of 380 Eiffel Towers: dimensions that transformed the power plant into a reference with respect to concrete studies and dam safety.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities in America For 2008

The Congressional Quarterly Press has released it's most dangerous city list for 2008 and New Orleans has taken the lead. Last year Detroit was the leader of the pack, but now New Orleans is the most dangerous city.

Camden, New Jersey is second followed by Detroit, St. Louis, and Oakland. Camden had the lead in 2006 so they are climbing the charts again.

1. New Orleans
2. Camden, NJ
3. Detroit
4. St. Louis
5. Oakland
6. Flint, Mich.
7. Gary, Ind.
8. Birmingham, Ala.
9. Richmond, Calif.
10. North Charleston, SC