Saturday, September 22, 2018
Friday, September 21, 2018
Headlines of note compiled by QaysArthur.net for 21 Sep 2018. Click on a headline to read more.
Jordan Times >> The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MOPIC) and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development on Thursday finalized an agreement to reschedule Jordan’s debts to the fund.
The Independent >> French president Emmanuel Macron has branded the leaders of the campaign for Brexit “liars”, in an extraordinary attack at the close of the Salzburg summit. The stance is another blow to Theresa May, given that the EU’s rejection of her Chequers plan which makes a “blind Brexit” seem inevitable.
Reuters >> At least 136 bodies have been retrieved after a ferry sank on Lake Victoria, Tanzania's top police official Simon Sirro said on Friday, and scores more were still feared missing as rescuers searched for survivors on the morning after the disaster..
AFP >> Cyprus and Egypt Wednesday signed an agreement paving the way for the Mediterranean’s first subsea pipeline to carry Cypriot natural gas to the Arab country for re-export to Europe.
Reuters >> The United States is getting "very, very close" to having to move forward on its trade deal with Mexico without Canada, White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said on Friday.
Reuters >> John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only interactive policies that track fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones, the company said on Wednesday.
Reuters >> South Korean President Moon Jae-in climbed Mount Paektu in North Korea with its leader Kim Jong-un. After the two leaders pledged new steps aimed at salvaging nuclear talks on Wednesday, Moon and Kim ended their historic three-day summit by climbing the symbolic mountain on the Chinese border together.
AFP >> Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Poland and the Netherlands on Thursday called on Israel to reverse its decision to demolish a Palestinian village in the West Bank. They warned that the demolition of the village of Khan Al Ahmar "would severely threaten the viability of the two-state solution".
AFP >> The UN judge responsible for preparing war crimes charges against individuals over the Syrian conflict said Thursday her office plans to open at least two cases by year's end.
Reuters >> Washington's Gulf Arab allies should be included in proposed treaty negotiations with Iran over its ballistic missile program and regional behavior, a senior Emiriati official said on Thursday after U.S. special envoy for Iran, said on Wednesday the United States is seeking to negotiate such a treaty with Iran.
AFP >> Turkey, which was last month buffeted by its worst currency crisis in recent years, Thursday forecast sharply lower growth coupled with persistently high inflation in its new medium-term economic program.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Alhamdulillah. QaysArthur.net has had an overhaul for the new year. All essential information related to classes is now on the main page, the blog has been redone, and the previous student area learning management system (LMS) has been upgraded with a better one (in my view).
Student accounts have been migrated but students logging into the new system for the first time will be required reset their passwords (using one's existing user name and email address).
Additionally live sessions are now conducted using Zoom.
The migration process is slow due to other commitments and still in progress so if any issues are encountered please let me know.
We ask Allah for acceptance.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
By Kerri-Ann Jennings, MS, RD (Source: Authority Nutrition)
QaysArthur.net Note: Not only is tamarind referred to as "date of India", as mentioned in the article, but the origin of the English term "tamarind" is actually Arabic تمر هندي or tamr hindi which means "Indian date".
Bottom Line: Tamarind is a tropical tree that grows in several regions around the world. It produces pods filled with paste-like, sweet-sour fruit.
Bottom Line: Tamarind is used as a flavoring in many dishes. It also has medicinal properties and can be used as a tarnish remover.
Bottom Line: Tamarind contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids and beneficial plant compounds. It also has a lot of sugar, so it is high in calories.
Bottom Line: Pure tamarind comes in three main forms: raw pods, pressed blocks and concentrate. It’s also available as candy and syrup.
Bottom Line: Tamarind pulp contains plant compounds that may protect against heart disease and oxidative damage.
Bottom Line: Tamarind contains a good amount of magnesium, an important mineral that plays a role in over 600 functions in the body.
Bottom Line: Several studies show that tamarind can combat many different microbes. It may help kill bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.
Bottom Line: Tamarind candy may contain unsafe amounts of lead. For that reason, children and pregnant women should avoid it.
Bottom Line: There are several ways to enjoy tamarind. It can be used in sweet and savory dishes, or eaten straight from the pod.