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The Golden Ox, A Piece of Kansas City's Cowtown Past, Set to Close


The Golden Ox, once the center of the Kansas City Stockyards and one of the oldest restaurants in the area, is closing on Saturday night. The steakhouse, a kitschy mix of cowtown and commerce, has been busy for the last couple weeks, once word got out that ...

Stopping Jamaal Charles Is Key To Pittsburgh Steelers’ Win Over Kansas City Chiefs


The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the cusp of making the playoffs for the first time since 2011. This isn’t a given quite yet, since the AFC North is one of the best divisions in the NFL. There is a decent chance that three teams will make it into the ...

Chiefs vs. Steelers: Complete Week 16 Preview for Kansas City


After dropping the last three games, the Kansas City Chiefs got back on track with a win last week and find themselves still in the playoff hunt. For the Chiefs, it is simple: Win out and they are in. The Chiefs face the Pittsburgh Steelers this week and ...

Royals Marathon to air Christmas Eve on FOX Sports Kansas City


The votes are in. On Wednesday it's time to relive some of the highlights of a memorable Royals season. FOX Sports Kansas City will replay five of the most memorable regular-season Royals games of 2014 on Christmas Eve. Fan votes determined the first four ...

Kansas gains jobs for year, loses for month


Kansas gained jobs year-over-year but lost some of them between October and November. The state showed a gain of 7,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs compared to November 2013, but lost 4,100 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs compared to October.

Kansas City Fed: Manufacturing Growth Marginally Strengthens in December 2014


Of the three regional manufacturing surveys released to date for December, two show manufacturing softer this month - and this Kansas City Fed Survey which improved. Follow up: The market was expecting a range between -6 to 9 (consensus 8) versus the ...

New Kansas jobs figures stun Sam Brownback, and not in a good way


The new Kansas jobs numbers were released Friday morning, bringing horrible news to state taxpayers and Gov. Sam Brownback. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the total number of nonfarm jobs in Kansas fell by 4,100 in November.

Kansas Jayhawks Basketball: Is Semi Ojeleye A Good Fit


Gary Bedore of KUSports.com reported earlier in the week that Kansas was one of several schools to inquire after 6’8″, 230 pound forward. Ojeleye is from Ottawa, Kansas, just twenty minutes south of Lawrence. If geography comes into play, then Kansas ...

Oil-Price Drop Rattles Smaller Operators in Kansas


WICHITA, Kan. — When crude prices were high, Kansas oilman Robert Murdock made plans to drill 20 new wells next year. Not anymore. Murdock, president of Hutchinson-based Osage Resources, said that when oil prices dipped below $60 a barrel this month, "it ...

White supremacist charged in Kansas deaths found competent for trial


Former Ku Klux Klan member Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., also known as Glenn Miller, is charged in the April shooting deaths in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park. He could face the death penalty if convicted. Johnson County District Court Judge Thomas ...



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TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE BEST FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

 There are many myths about the nutritional properties of fruits and vegetables when undergoing conservation processes. Below are all necessary to help you make the best decision because  nutrition  is everything.

Canned food properties

 

Fruits and vegetables that come in cans are often perceived as full of preservatives and as food choices of low nutritional value. In fact, these foods are usually collected when ripe and harvested on the same day that are prepared, cooked and canned able to preserve them.

 

This means that fruits and vegetables canned when ripe has a higher concentration of nutrients than foods that are harvested when they are less mature, so they can withstand the trip to the supermarket.

 

Moreover, the conditions of cooking these foods tend to be much more controlled than the home remedies that we use when we cook ourselves. Their pros and cons are:

 
    1. They are practical and non-perishables.
    2.  The intake of  vitamins  and minerals can be greater than fresh food.
    3. They contain preservatives.
    4. The cooking process reduce the content of vitamin  C.
    5. In most cases, sugar and salt are added as a flavor enhancer, which increases the intake of simple sugars and sodium.
   

It is important to check if the can of fruits and vegetables is in good condition.

Frozen fruits and vegetables

 

The principle of using cold food storage is based on the fact that frozen water prevents the growth and development of microorganisms.

 

The process of freezing food must be performed quickly because the shorter  time of this procedure block the formation of smaller ice crystals and keep the food over the texture and consistency.

 

In the case of plants, many of these are subjected to a process of precooking, which inhibits some deterioration of foods and helps to maintain the best enzymes, however, with this heat treatment can be lost some  vitamins.

 

One of the important considerations that we must take care regarding the appropriate frozen food is thawing because with improper thawing many of the vitamins contained in fruits and vegetables can be lost.

 

The best thing in the case of pre-cooked vegetables is to be thawed by microwave or steam in order to prevent that the  vitamins  are water soluble and are not lost in the case of fruit, it is recommended to leave the food to defrost refrigerator.

Fresh food

 

Fresh fruits and vegetables are always the best alternative, however, we should note that foods you normally buy at supermarkets or market often have been collected for days, sometimes green so that they can withstand the trip to the garden the point of sale.

 

During transport are subjected to changes in temperature and sunlight, which allows certain content to lose  vitamin  C and the B complex Some pros and cons of these fruits and vegetables are:

 
    1. They contain no preservatives.
    2. They were not undergoing conservation treatment.
    3. You can eat different fruits and vegetables throughout the year.
    4. They should always be bought ripe to get the most vitamins that fruits and vegetables can provide us.
    5. If you want to cook, the best techniques are the use of microwave, blanching or steaming.
    6. When making vegetable soup, cream, or folder, use the water where they were boiled to recover some of the vitamins that dissolve in water during cooking.
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To protect students at career colleges from becoming burdened by student loan debt they cannot repay !

 These regulations will hold career training programs accountable for putting their students on the path to success, and they complement action across the Administration to protect consumers and prevent and investigate fraud, waste and abuse, particularly at for-profit colleges.

"Career colleges must be a stepping stone to the middle class. But too many hard-working students find themselves buried in debt with little to show for it. That is simply unacceptable," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "These regulations are a necessary step to ensure that colleges accepting federal funds protect students, cut costs and improve outcomes. We will continue to take action as needed."

To qualify for federal student aid, the law requires that most for-profit programs and certificate programs at private non-profit and public institutions prepare students for "gainful employment in a recognized occupation." Under the regulations finalized today, a program would be considered to lead to gainful employment if the estimated annual loan payment of a typical graduate does not exceed 20 percent of his or her discretionary income or 8 percent of his or her total earnings. Programs that exceed these levels would be at risk of losing their ability to participate in taxpayer-funded federal student aid programs.

The final gainful employment regulations follow an extensive rulemaking process involving public hearings, negotiations and about 95,000 public comments. The regulations, which will go into effect on July 1, 2015, reflect the feedback the Department received, and aim to protect Americans from poor career training programs by targeting those programs that leave students buried in debt with few opportunities to repay it. Highlights of the rule include:

  • Preventing students from being buried in debt: Based on available data, the Department estimates that about 1,400 programs serving 840,000 students—of whom 99 percent are at for-profit institutions—would not pass the accountability standards. All programs will have the opportunity to make immediate changes that could help them avoid sanctions, but if these programs do not improve, they will ultimately become ineligible for federal student aid—which often makes up nearly 90 percent of the revenue at for-profit institutions.
  • More rigorous accountability than previous regulations: The new regulations are tougher than the Department's 2011 rules because they set a higher passing requirement and lay out a shorter path to ineligibility for the poorest-performing programs. In 2012, the Department estimated that 193 programs would not have passed the previous regulations; with respect to these new regulations, based on available data, the Department estimates that about 1,400 programs would not pass the accountability metric.
  • Providing transparency about student success: The rule also provides useful information for all students and consumers by requiring institutions to provide important information about their programs, like what their former students are earning, their success at graduating, and the amount of debt they accumulated.
  • Improving student outcomes: The regulations build on momentum toward increased accountability in higher education by setting standards for career training programs, including programs offered by for-profit institutions, to ensure they are serving students well. While the Department has seen encouraging changes in the past five years, it believes all career training programs can and should meet higher expectations.

Today, the Department is also taking new steps to formalize partnerships with several federal agencies to enhance cooperation and ensure proper oversight of for-profit institutions of higher education through an interagency task force.

Background on the Administration's efforts to protect students from poor-performing career colleges Too often, students at career colleges—including thousands of veterans—are charged excessive costs, but don't get the education they paid for. Instead, students in such programs are provided with poor quality training, often for low-wage jobs or in occupations where there are simply no job opportunities. They find themselves with large amounts of debt and, too often, end up in default. In many cases, students are drawn into these programs with confusing or misleading information.

The situation for students at for-profit institutions is particularly troubling. On average, attending a two-year for-profit institution costs a student four times as much as attending a community college. More than 80 percent of students at for-profits borrow, while less than half of students at public institutions do. Ultimately, students at for-profit colleges represent only about 11 percent of the total higher education population but 44 percent of all federal student loan defaults.

In response to these concerns, in 2009, the Department began extensive conversations with the higher education community about the role of career colleges, particularly on how they could be held accountable for the outcomes of their students. Following a 2012 court decision, which affirmed the U.S. Department of Education's authority to regulate in this area in order to protect students and taxpayers, the Department undertook new efforts to make sure career training programs provide affordable pathways to good jobs.

The Department believes many institutions have already started to take steps to improve. Some of the largest institutions have instituted trial periods for programs before students have to commit, so students can decide if that program is right for them. There are reports that institutions have decreased program lengths. Some are reducing costs. And a few institutions have closed some locations and programs they judge to be performing poorly.

But the Department also believes there is still potential for improvement in many of these programs—public, private non-profit and for-profit—so it is taking action to spur more change.

The gainful employment regulations are a central part of the Administration's work to ensure that student debt is affordable and that for-profit colleges serve students well. These regulations complement other efforts taken by the Administration to protect students by addressing problems at poor performing institutions, particularly in the for-profit sector. These efforts include:

  • Formalizing an interagency oversight task force The Department will lead an effort to formalize an interagency task force to help ensure proper oversight of for-profit institutions of higher education. In particular, the Department and other federal and state agencies will coordinate their activities and promote information sharing to protect students from unfair, deceptive, and abusive policies and practices. The task force will build on efforts already underway among various federal agencies, and include the Departments of Justice, Treasury and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, state attorneys general will also be invited to continue their participation in this collaboration. Given the important responsibilities each of these federal agencies has, and the vital role that states play, the agencies will leverage their resources and expertise to assist one another, thereby making the best use of scarce resources and better protecting the interests of students and taxpayers. This task force will formalize and strengthen a working group that has been working together over the past year and that has coordinated efforts in several reviews and investigatory work. The task force will meet as needed, but at least once each quarter.

  • Keeping student debt affordable The Department is helping more students manage their student debt through flexible repayment options like the Pay As You Earn plan, which caps student loan payments at 10 percent of a borrower's discretionary income. In addition, the Administration continues targeted outreach to help borrowers who may be struggling to repay their loans, ensuring that they have the information they need to select the best repayment option for them and avoid future default.

  • Developing a college ratings system The Department is also working on a new college ratings system, which will showcase colleges and universities that are effective in improving student success; incentivize institutions to work toward the most important goals, like graduating low-income students and holding down costs; and help students and families choose their school based on the value it provides for their investment.

  • Strengthening oversight of the programs on which our nation's service members and veterans rely Through Executive Order 13607, the Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members, the Administration has worked to protect our nation's military families by ensuring that federal military and veterans educational benefits programs are providing service members, veterans, spouses, and other family members with the information, support, and protections they deserve. This includes: establishing a centralized complaint system; new, risk-based program reviews informed by students complaints to focus enforcement efforts at the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense, Education and Justice, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Federal Trade Commission; and key tools and resources like the online GI Bill ® Comparison Tool, which has made it easier for over 450,000 veterans, service members and their dependents to select education and training programs that provide a good value and meet their needs.




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