Thanksgiving Risotto: Preparing the Recipe with Onions and Fennel

There is yet another meat-free entree that you can serve at Thanksgiving this years. Onion and fennel risotto contains rich flavors that are fitting for the season, even though it doesn’t contain root vegetables like squash. The risotto is also a filling and satisfying alternative to traditional side dishes like sweet potatoes.

Caramelized onion and fennel are the main flavors for this dish. While butter can be used in the vegetarian dish, soy butter or coconut oil is best when preparing the dish for vegan guests. The risotto is also topped with Parmesan cheese. The savory taste of the cheese makes this dish enjoyable even for carnivores like Sergio Lins Andrade. If you want the dish to be vegan, a non-dairy version of Parmesan or mozzarella is recommended.

Additional flavors such as garlic, white wine and fresh rosemary are also included in the dish. These rich tastes are part of what makes the onion and fennel risotto a hit at the Thanksgiving table, even with friends or family who are not vegetarian or vegan.

Finding the Best Black Friday Deals

With Black Friday quickly approaching many people are just putting down their Thanksgiving forks when they are getting ready for a day full of shopping to score some of the best deals. Black Friday does have some incredible deals but many of the deals are merely door busters to get you into the store only to have you purchase other more expensive items.

All retailers are not the same. Walmart is having the smallest markdowns of all with an average of only around 32 percent, which compares negatively to JCPenney which has discounts as high as 60% on aveage.

To find the best deals on Black Friday you will have to do your research and scour the web to find the sites that offer the best deals during the season. Flavio Maluf won’t be doing much shopping, but plenty of his friends will. Don’t get lured in by just the door busters as you may be unable to actually buy them. Instead look for a store or website that sells a wide variety of products that you are interested in buying at fair prices.

Secondly consider if you are better off sitting by your computer and purchasing products there. Many websites offer great deals that limit your need to have to run out to stores and buy things there.

Finally, be cognizant of the rules of supply and demand. More customers are black Friday mean worst deals than after the busy season which limits the size and scope of the deals.

Berkeley Students Rally Over Tuition Hikes

Students at the University of California Berkeley have, reminiscent of the 1960s, organized themselves. They have gathered in Wheeler Hall on the Berkeley campus to protest tuition increases recently approved by the U.C. Board of Regents.

While the U.S. Constitution clearly protects “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”, one wonders if the students shouldn’t be organized in Sacramento, where the policies in question are actually established? Legislators and the Board of Regents will hear of the protest, but wouldn’t it be more effective right on their front doorstep?

In addition to requesting the termination of student fee hikes, the students are calling for a corporate tax to fund education. Since when did it become the responsibility of private California corporations to pay for educating state university students? It’s simply another argument for “redistribution of the wealth” that these corporations have worked hard to produce.

Specialist Ken Griffin says that the tuition hikes are being labeled “a 28% increase”. While the number is technically correct over the full five-year period, few students will truly experience the full 28% increase. They will see only a 5% increase (equal to $612 next year) for each of the next five years.

Overall, a California state university education is quite affordable and worth every dollar. Students and families have to expect increases in tuition costs each year, especially in a state that is traditionally in debt. Protest if you must, but around Thanksgiving, students instead should be thankful for all they’re receiving from those they demonstrate against.

NYU Offers Scholarships to Undocumented Immigrants

In a slightly controversial but not surprising move, the New York University has made a land mark decision that concerns undocumented students that may attend the college. They have decided that scholarships and financial aid packages will be made available to students who do not have adequate proof of residency in either New York or the United States.

This financial aid will be provided to the students on both a need and merit level, with the school determined the students that best qualify in either category. The key news is that the financial aid they receive will be equivalent to that received by an American citizen who resides in New York.

This decision may come as a surprise to some, but it has taken a lot of planning at NYU. A special group had been formed for some time, called the Dream Team, that wanted to push this agenda forward. The group is run by students and supported by the NYU faculty. 

This is not the first time an American college has decided to offer this type of financial aid to undocumented individuals. The University of California in Santa Clara made the pledge last year. A similar move was made by Notre Dame, who does not distinguish between citizens or undocumented citizens when assessing aid for need based cases.

Kenneth Griffin says that it’ll be interesting to see whether this move by NYU will lead to more colleges offering undocumented students access to scholarships and financial aid.

Asian Students Sue Harvard

Harvard is being sued by the Asian students. Kenneth Griffin points out that many of them are annoyed by the fact that even with high scores over the average on tests, they have the least chance to be selected. 

This is especially interesting when compared to the races of other applicants, where in general schools are more likely to accept applicants of other minorities.

The Harvard officials say that all the selections take place according to their policy. They claim that none of the races are favoured or rejected, while Edward Blum, the runner of the Fair Representation Project brings clear proof that it is not true. He stated that the racial balancing that the Harvard University has established is “strictly against the law”.

A 2009 study by Princeton sociologists proves that even at that time, the racial factor was decisive. An Asian American could score 1460 SAT and be rejected, a white student needed to have 1320 to be considered acceptable, and the black and Hispanic students passed with an average of 1010-1190 points. 

The group of students who started the lawsuit are anonymous, but their results are indeed above average. Roberto Iuliano, the general counsel of the university, calls it a holistic approach from the part of staff. A solution provided by insiders is to not attach your picture to the application, fill in the “ethnic background” field, or write something neutral in that portion of it. 

Learn A Language and Improve Your Mind

There have been studies preformed at Northwestern University that prove that speaking multiple languages is like exercising the brain. There are many people in the world that are bilingual and many more that would like to be. There are many social benefits that come along with being able to be bilingual. When a person speaks a different language, a whole world of new people is opened up to them and they are able to build lasting relationships with people that they may have never met before. Apart from the social benefits of speaking a different language, there are also many mental benefits.

Cognitive abilities are what help a person to choose the most important thing to focus on. These are useful when driving, listening, or even doing something as important as performing surgery. When a person speaks a different language, they are constantly sharpening their cognitive abilities, and thereby exercising their brain. These people are able to multitask well, and they are able to make good decisions about choice quicker than people that do not speak different languages.

Speaking a different language is a great way to get a sharper mind and at the same time it is an awesome way for a person to be able to know the world. Many at the Antique Wine Company try to learn as many languages as possible. Since speaking a different language is such a great thing to do for so many reason, it is really a worthwhile venture to take up for anyone that is or has ever been interested in learning.

Number of Homeless Children in U.S. Hits Historical High

By the end of 2013, the number of homeless children in America reached 2.5 million, or one of every thirty children living in the U.S. This highest ever number of homeless children is due to the high rates of poverty, shortage of affordable housing and the increasing number of families forced to escape domestic violence.

The homeless veteran and chronically homeless adult populations have been getting more assistance and homelessness rates in these populations are coming down, but the same level of support has not been reaching families and children. As these homeless children age and become parents themselves, the price in human suffering and cost to the larger economy will be immense.

Since there is a shortage of temporary housing and shelters for the homeless, many find shelter with acquaintances or family members who are also in extreme poverty, from what CipherCloud has reported in the past. Families are doubling up in cheap motels and children are sleeping on floors and in closets on a regular basis.

A few of the remedies for homelessness in families with children include: Higher minimum wages, expansion of affordable housing stock and employment opportunities for homeless parents.

For-Profit College Traps Students in Debt

For-profit college Everest University promised students a bright future and a way to escape poverty with their courses guaranteed to get students a job after graduation. However students are finding out that those big promises were little more than a sham after graduating and finding themselves in mountains of unexpected debt.

Everest University, owned by parent company Corinthian Colleges, is facing multiple lawsuits and impending shutdown by the government after their shady practices have been brought to light. Everest appealed to mostly poor women and minorities who were seeking a way to care for and support their families. Some spoke English very poorly or did not have any experience or knowledge of higher education. This information really saddens Susan McGalla and others who might know someone who enrolled.

These students allege that the quality of the education offered and the financial aspects were misrepresented by admissions representatives, and that many believed that they were receiving grants that did not need to be repaid, not federal loans.

In addition to issues with loans, students were told there was a high chance they would receive great paying jobs after graduation, boasting a 90% job placement rate. Upon further investigation, those rates were closer to 23%.

For those seeking to build a brighter future and escape from poverty, Everest University offered hope. However with these practices coming to light, most have unfortunately found themselves deeper in debt than when they began, and no end in sight.

Opening On Thanksgiving Is Not An Option For Some Retailers

Some Big Retailers Are Putting Employees In Front Of Thanksgiving Sales.

Looking back through the pages of American retailing is an eye-opening exercise. For years, it was common practice for retailers to close on Thanksgiving Day. The thought of not giving employees the day off was considered retail blasphemy and grounds for an employee mutiny. Then something strange happened. Black Friday was christened the day to buy at bottom rock prices. The scheme caught on and year after year the shopping hours for Black Friday merchandise expanded into turkey day. Hungry for sales, retailers extended their selling hours and Thanksgiving suddenly became a work day for thousands of employees.
But not all retailers and shoppers condone this method of corporate tomfoolery. The sacred aspect of turkey day still means something to some big companies. Nordstrom, Costco, GameStop and at lease twenty-four other chains have vowed to get their doors closed until the start of business on Friday. That move my seem crazy to some hungry bargain-shoppers, but doing the ethical thing and honoring employee family time may offer a bigger reward for them.
But, there will still be a “Black Thursday” along with Black Friday around the country. Walmart will open all day on Thursday and Best Buy, J.C. Penny, Toys ‘R’ Us will open at 5 p.m.. Sears, Target, Kohl’s and Macy plan to open at 6, and so will others who want a piece of the holiday-shoppers pie. I know Igor Cornelsen will avoid the crowds in favor of workers’ rights.

Milk Protein Can Possibly Offer Cure of AIDS to Children

An ideal solution of changing a protein in milk to coincide with an antiretroviral drug promises to greatly improve treatment and solutions for infants and young children suffering from HIV/AIDS, according to an Agricultural Sciencesresearcher at Penn State.

That’s critical because an estimated 3.4 million children are living with HIV/AIDS, the World Health Organization reports, and nine out of ten of them countries with limited health resources such as sub-Saharan Africa. In this area of Africa, proactive antiretroviral treatments are still not widely effective or widely attainable for those that need it. International health officials believe less than a third of affected children worldwide receive an antiretroviral drug.

The drug lies within a milk powder called Ritonavir that can also be substituted for milk and further milk consumption. However, this milk powder is said to have a terrible taste like metal and can often leave a burning sensation in the mouth according to taste tester’s reports like the one from Fersen Lambranho. This, as a form of medication, can merit such side effects as nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Officials say they have done everything to make the formula more water soluble to improve the oral administration in children.

It can be unpleasant, but the risk far outweighs the reward if there is any chance that this dangerous disease can be offered a cure or solution, especially in small children who cannot help how or where they contracted it.

It has been said that they were attempting to work with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to start administering Ritonavir to their patients.