Thursday, March 26, 2009

Joyful Seattle Virtual Tour

Christened "The Emerald City", Seattle is one of the most livable cities in the world. It actually receives less annual rainfall (36 inches) than New York City and Atlanta. Surrounded by lakes, rivers, Puget Sound, and mountains, Seattle is a recreation enthusiast's dream.The greater Seattle area is home to 2.8 million people. Microsoft, Nordstrom and Starbucks are based here. Seattle is also known as the birthplace of the crazes for grunge rock and espresso coffee. This area is the home of baseball's Edgar Martinez, glass art's Dale Chihuly, musicians Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Queensryche, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart and Kenny G., software giant Bill Gates, maestro Gerard Schwartz, actor Tom Skerritt, writers Ann Rule, Robert Fulghum, and Tom Robbins.

Use the navigation buttons on the left to find out about our General Attractions, Museums and Galleries, Sports, Parks and Gardens, Neighborhoods, and Colleges and Universities. We offer information, history, website links, maps, directions and photo galleries. We hope you enjoy this virtual tour. But remember, nothing beats seeing the real thing on a visit to Seattle!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Landslide and Debris Flow (Mudslide)

Landslides occur in all U.S. states and territories. In a landslide, masses of rock, earth, or debris move down a slope. Landslides may be small or large, slow or rapid. They are activated by:

* storms,
* earthquakes,
* volcanic eruptions,
* fires,
* alternate freezing or thawing,
* and steepening of slopes by erosion or human modification.

Debris and mud flows are rivers of rock, earth, and other debris saturated with water. They develop when water rapidly accumulates in the ground, during heavy rainfall or rapid snowmelt, changing the earth into a flowing river of mud or “slurry.” They can flow rapidly, striking with little or no warning at avalanche speeds. They also can travel several miles from their source, growing in size as they pick up trees, boulders, cars, and other materials.

Landslide problems can be caused by land mismanagement, particularly in mountain, canyon, and coastal regions. In areas burned by forest and brush fires, a lower threshold of precipitation may initiate landslides. Land-use zoning, professional inspections, and proper design can minimize many landslide, mudflow, and debris flow problems.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Microwave Oven Cooking

* Arrange food items evenly in a covered dish and add some liquid if needed. Cover the dish with a lid or plastic wrap; loosen or vent the lid or wrap to let steam escape. The moist heat that is created will help destroy harmful bacteria and ensure uniform cooking. Cooking bags also provide safe, even cooking.
* Do not cook large cuts of meat on high power (100%). Large cuts of meat should be cooked on medium power (50%) for longer periods. This allows heat to reach the center without overcooking outer areas.
* Stir or rotate food midway through the microwaving time to eliminate cold spots where harmful bacteria can survive, and for more even cooking.
* When partially cooking food in the microwave oven to finish cooking on the grill or in a conventional oven, it is important to transfer the microwaved food to the other heat source immediately. Never partially cook food and store it for later use.
* Use a food thermometer or the oven’s temperature probe to verify the food has reached a safe minimum internal temperature. Cooking times may vary because ovens vary in power and efficiency. Always allow standing time, which completes the cooking, before checking the internal temperature with a food thermometer.
* Cook foods to the following safe minimum internal temperatures:
* Beef, veal, and lamb steaks, roasts, and chops may be cooked to 145 °F.
* All cuts of pork to 160 °F.
* Ground beef, veal and lamb to 160 °F.
* Egg dishes, casseroles to 160 °F.
* Leftovers to 165 °F.
* Stuffed poultry is not recommended. Cook stuffing separately to 165 °F.
* All poultry should reach a safe minimum internal temperature of 165 °F.
* Cooking whole, stuffed poultry in a microwave oven is not recommended. The stuffing might not reach the temperature needed to destroy harmful bacteria.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

World's Water Day coming this month

Water is very essential part of nature and also very important thing for living organism.Instead of saving our country all are have to be save the water from distortion.This Mothering Sunday falls on 22 March, United Nations World Water Day, a day to highlight and raise awareness about the global water and cleanliness predicament. For many mothers in the increasing world right of entry to safe water would be the most valuable gift.
Why not celebrate Mothering Sunday and UN World Water Day this year by giving your mother a gift that will make a real difference.You could treat her to a meal in a restaurant that supports WaterAid through the Tap into WaterAid initiative or surprise her with a tap or toolkit from our SH2OP for Life.Your gift will help mothers and children around the world gain access to life's most basic needs: clean water and effective sanitation Restaurants, cafes or bars can support Water Aid by asking customers to make a donation when they order tap water. Encourage your local to get involved this World Water Day

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Aluminium pans

It's best not to use aluminium pans, baking trays and foil, or other cookware made of aluminium, to cook foods that are highly acidic, such as:

* tomatoes
* rhubarb
* cabbage
* many soft fruits

This is because aluminium can affect the taste of these sorts of food.

One study found that about 20% of aluminium in the diet comes from people using aluminium cookware and foil. But other studies have shown that using aluminium cookware contributes little to the amount of aluminium we take in through our food.