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New healthy eating guide cuts down on red meat

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A new healthy eating guide lessens the role of cake, biscuits and sweets in people’s diets and provides a new warning to eat less red and processed meat.

The new Eatwell Guide unveiled by Public Health England (PHE) is designed to replace the healthy eating “plate” with new, updated guidance on eating more fruit, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates and cutting down on high-fat foods and sugar.

The previous plate had an 8% segment dedicated to Battenberg cake, chocolate, sweets, Victoria sponge, crisps, biscuits and cola.

But this has now gone and the new image puts high-fat and high-sugar foods outside the healthy eating “wheel”, with a warning to “eat less often and in small amounts”.

The dairy section – which was previously stuffed with a selection of cheeses including Stilton – has also been slimmed down to almost half its previous size and replaced with pictures of mainly lower fat options.

The beans, pulses, fish, meat and eggs section remains the same size but now advises people to eat more of these foods and “eat less red and processed meat”.

People are also given new advice to drink six to eight glasses a day of water or lower fat milk, or sugar-free drinks including tea and coffee.

Fruit juices and smoothies should also be limited to one 150ml glass a day and these should only count once towards people’s five-a-day. Some manufacturers have said their smoothies and juices contain two portions of fruit or veg.

Meanwhile, the new guide tells consumers to eat “at least” five portions of fruit and veg per day, and make fruit and veg a bigger part of their diets than previously.

The advice for potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates is to “choose wholegrain or higher fibre versions with less added fat, salt and sugar”. This section has been beefed up to give a slightly bigger role for these foods.

A new oils and spreads section also tells people to “choose unsaturated oils and use in small amounts”.

PHE recommended that people eat 30g of fibre per day – equivalent to five portions of fruit and vegetables, two whole-wheat cereal biscuits, two thick slices of wholemeal bread and one large baked potato with the skin on.

Current figures suggest that people only consume around 19g of fibre per day – less than two thirds the recommended amount.

PHE also said adults should consume less sugar, salt and saturated fat, with less than 6g of salt per day and less than 20g of saturated fat for women or 30g for men.

It said adults currently consume twice as much sugar as recommended while children have more than three times too much.

Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE, said: “The evidence shows that we should continue to base our meals on starchy carbohydrates, especially wholegrain, and eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables each day.

“On the whole, cutting back on foods and drinks that are high in saturated fat, salt, sugar and calories would improve our diets, helping to reduce obesity and the risk of serious illnesses such as heart disease and some cancers.

“A smoothie, together with fruit juice, now only counts as one of your five-a-day and should be drunk with a meal as it’s high in sugar.”

The new guide is for adults and children aged five and over.

Douglas Twenefour, deputy head of care at Diabetes UK, said: “We are pleased to see the removal of foods that are high in added sugar, salt and saturated fat such as cakes, crisps and chocolate, from the eatwell plate.

“Diabetes UK is not saying that people should completely cut out occasional treats from their diet. However, by removing these foods from the plate, Public Health England is now sending an even clearer message to people as to how they can reduce their risk of obesity and improve their health.”

The Meat Advisory Panel, which is funded by the meat industry, said the guidance on red and processed meat was “very disappointing and out of step with recent Government reports showing that average intakes of red meat have fallen in recent years and are now similar to the UK official target”.

Dr Emma Derbyshire, from the panel, said: “Blanket messages to reduce red meat consumption could be very detrimental to the diets of consumers who already eat low to moderate amounts of red meat; for example, women and young people.”

The Children’s Food Trust’s head of nutrition, Dr Patricia Mucavele, said the guide helped youngsters learn about a healthy diet and she was pleased to “see that water is being promoted”.

She added: “We still think there’s a clear place for better information on what makes a healthy portion size for children at different ages to help parents at the supermarket, in restaurants, and when they’re cooking for children at home.”

Terry Jones, director-general of the Provision Trade Federation (PTF), told Farmers Weekly the guide was a “kick in the teeth” for hard-pressed dairy farmers, struggling to cope with milk prices below the cost of production.

He said: “I find it staggering that, at a time when ministers are expressing their support for the sector, an executive agency of government should not only put out a message that will encourage consumers to reduce their consumption of dairy products, but also seemingly ignore the positive role they can play in public health.”

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3 Unusual Ways to Improve the Value of your Home

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A house is one of the biggest things you’ll ever buy. It’s also one of the most significant investments in your portfolio. After all, when all else fails, you can rest assured that people will always need real-estate. However, it’s up to you to make sure that the house you purchase continues gaining value in the years to come. While there are many outside factors that can affect the value of a home, including changes in the ecosystem, and even the arrival of new amenities in your area, there are also things that you can do as a homeowner to make people want to pay more for your property. Since you’ve probably already thought about common options like replacing your kitchen or designing a new bathroom, we’re going to share some of the less conventional things you can do to transform your home.

Create a Fisherman’s Paradise

How to increase the value of your home

If you have a property that’s close to a body of water or even has its own riverside, then you’re going to be ahead of the curve already when it comes to gaining real-estate value. However, you can always take the desirability of your home another step further by making sure that you have fishing rights to offer your buyers. Let people know that buying your home comes with the option to spend their weekends fishing on the side of a beautiful river, and they’ll be biting your hands off for the chance to move in. Estimates suggest that this adds a value of about 15%.

Add a Residential Lift

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A residential lift can make your home more appealing for retirement home buyers

Finally, if you’ve got a beautiful home to offer a couple looking for a great place to spend their retirement, then there’s one easy way to help them imagine their life in your property. Australian residential lifts show buyers that they’re going to be able to manage and maintain their independence when they get a little older, because they won’t have to worry about using the stairs. What’s more, residential lifts can also appeal to younger buyers too, because they give them a unique and modern selling point to share when the time comes to sell the property in the future. You’d be surprised at how affordable it can be to place a lift in your home these days, and the value that you get out of the investment can be astronomical. Just imagine how much easier it would be to carry laundry upstairs!

Give Your House a Name

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A house with a name needs a sign

This might sound like a strange way to upgrade the value of your home but bear with us. For most people, it might not matter whether they live at “The Oak”, or 35 Oak lane. However, research has shown that 88% of buyers would prefer to pay more for a home with a name. Perhaps it’s just because people feel like they’re getting a property with more personality this way. Just make sure that you have permission to name your house with your local council and choose a title that’s fitting for the property. It doesn’t make sense to call a city-based property “The Orchard” for instance.

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“Magnificent Emeralds: Fura’s Tears” exhibition comes to New York, featuring the world’s largest gathering of important emerald specimens

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Wilensky curates a provocative, historic show in the heart of the Chelsea gallery arts district.

If art is an expression of beauty, then the exquisite minerals at the Wilensky gallery are the highest form of aesthetic that nature has to offer. This fall, set in their Chelsea gallery, Wilensky will exhibit the greatest collection of emerald mineral specimens ever assembled. This breathtaking exhibition will embrace the undeniable transformative power that emeralds hold on the human imagination. “Magnificent Emeralds: Fura’s Tears” will open on Thursday, September 26th and run through Monday, December 30th, 2019.

A human obsession for over 5,000 years, emeralds have been worshiped as a talisman, cut for ornaments and jewelry, and have inspired countless fashion runway shows with their color. Over the centuries, a myriad of writers have honored their history, geology, and gemology. A touchstone for artists, and a springboard for art, emeralds are timeless and live in many expressions. This exhibition is a prelude to that metamorphosis, a celebration of the specimen as it emerges from nature.

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Emerald on Calcite, Coscuez Mine, Muzo Municipality, Vasquez – Yacopí mining district, Boyacá Department, Colombia. 9 cm height. (currently in the collection of the Rice Northwest Museum

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“The Yamile Emerald” Emerald on Calcite,from the Coscuez Mine,
Boyaca, Columbia. (formerly in the Víctor Carranza Niño collection, and
currently in the collection of Ms. Lyda Hill)

“This exhibition is focused on natural emeralds, as found and preserved in specimen and crystal form. By bringing together many of the world’s finest known examples of natural emerald specimens, we can better understand all emerald specimens. Important emerald stones and jewelry can be found in every gem collection around the world. The same cannot be said about exceptional natural emerald specimens. We estimate that there are less than twenty-five in the world that would qualify. Of those twenty-five, half of them are here on exhibit,” says Stuart Wilensky, President of Wilensky.

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Emerald on Calcite , from the Coscuez Mine, Boyaca, Columbia. (currently in the collection of Dr. Stephen Smale)

The significance of having half of the world’s finest known emerald specimens all in one place cannot be overstated. This has never happened in the history of mineral collecting. Wilensky invites the viewer to experience wonder and emotionally connect to the profoundly exquisite qualities of emerald specimens.

Amongst mineral collectors, emeralds are one of the most difficult specimens to acquire. Likened to the world’s greatest works of art, each emerald on display is a masterpiece. Elements of connoisseurship confirm significance, including: provenance, color, luster, and composition. Internationally renowned for building one-of-a-kind collections for many of the world’s most influential collectors, Wilensky is uniquely able to curate and elevate an emerald show of this caliber.

Exhibition highlights include an emerald on calcite from the Muzo Mine, formerly in the James Horner collection. One of the greatest mineral collectors to have ever lived, his matrix emerald is that which all others are measured against. It has the ultimate deep rich color, with a large, thick, double terminated crystal sitting atop a complete whitish to clear calcite crystal. Finding a specimen where the emerald crystal is attached to an attractive crystallized matrix is extremely unusual. Another highlight is an emerald on calcite from the Rice Northwest Museum, also unearthed in Muzo, which displays a rare group, or spray, of emeralds. Over twenty emeralds fan out from the matrix; it is one of the most significant specimens in this style.

Emerald Crystal, from the Muzo Mine, Colombia (currently in the collection of Dr. Eugene Meieran)

Gene Meieran, President of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, says, “It is a rewarding experience to be able to see so many of the great uncut emeralds, from so many mines and found over so many years, indeed centuries and millennia, in one place. Like a gathering of Rembrandts or Van Goghs, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Emerald, a mineral important enough to be regarded as a biblical gemstone, and yet now is used as a modern laser….wow! It is an honor and pleasure to have some of my specimens included in Wilensky’s exhibit.”

Emerald on Calcite, from the most famous of all emerald mines, Muzo Mines, Muzo, Boyaca, Colombia.
5 cm. tall by 5 cm. wide

Connecting to the mythological tale of Fura and Tena, from the now extinct Muzos indigenous people of the Colombian Andes, the exhibition narrates emeralds through their creation story, where the tears of Fura’s infidelity begot the beloved green rocks. The seductive connection between nature, beauty, legend and art are explored through the mesmerizing green of the specimens.

Exclusively featuring historic emeralds in the contemporary gallery space, “Magnificent Emeralds: Fura’s Tears” will run from September 26th through December 30th 2019, Monday through Saturday, from 11:00 AM-6:00 PM at Wilensky, 173 10th Avenue, New York, NY, 10011. For questions regarding exquisite minerals or sales, contact the gallery directly at info@wilenskyminerals.com, call 646-822-0837, or visit www.wilenskyminerals.com.

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California Garlic Festival Shooting – 3 dead

At least three people are dead, including a 6-year-old boy, and at least 12 more have been injured, officials say.

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At least three people are dead, including a 6-year-old boy, and at least 12 more have been injured, officials say. A spokesperson for the Santa Clara County Health System said their hospitals received 11 patients with gunshot wounds, and 8 more with injuries that weren’t gunshot related.

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