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The food media world is losing some key players

Looks like today was not a day to be in the media business, especially in food.

Today, Eater reports that Condé Nast announced the closing of Gourmet Live, the iPad version of the food brand. Instead, " will be updated with historic brand content — including past recipes dating back to 1940s — as well as new food and entertaining content," a representative said.

Luckily, the company reports that there were no layoffs resulting from the shutdown. This follows the company's downsizing of 90-year-old Gourmet in 2009.

In the meantime, The Washington Post officially ended its food blog "All We Can Eat," as Tim Carman wrote this morning, "Management has decided that throwing 1,000 blogs at the problem isn’t the solution. We need to focus our energies on a smaller number of blogs that draw the majority of the traffic, such as the Going Out Gurus, where I will continue to add my voice." The blog's content, which was launched in 2009, could eventually be featured in "Going Out Gurus," as well as the Food section's page.

Village Voice also sold two weekly papers, SF Weekly and Seattle Weekly. SF Weekly was sold to the San Francisco Newspaper Company, which also owns the San Francisco Examiner and the Bay Guardian. Music editor Ian Port tweeted that there will be layoffs in every section, as staffers interview with the new bosses, but food editor Anna Roth has yet to announce her plans.

Seattle Weekly was bought by Sound Publishing, but Seattle Weekly food critic Hanna Raskin has also been mum online.

Washington Highly Militarized Ahead of Biden’s Inauguration

Fences with spiraling barbed wires, barricades, security checkpoints, and heavily armed guards are what you would expect in a military encampment for a warzone, not in downtown Washington D.C. But these are only some of the measures that have been put in place in preparation for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week.

The heightened security in the nation’s capital is a telltale sign that authorities and officials are extremely worried that the civil unrest and violence observed on Jan. 6 may repeat next week.

Federal authorities have said they are tracking an “extensive” amount of “concerning online chatter” about potential threats to the inauguration, including armed protests, potential threats linked to the Capitol breach, and other types of potential threats.

The fortification of the city, particularly around the White House and U.S. Capitol, began over the past few days and is expected to ramp up in the lead up to Jan. 20.

Videos by reporters, workers, and residents in the area show street closures, workers putting up miles of barricades and fencing, shops and offices being boarded up, and an increased military presence. Military vehicles are seen parked on downtown streets, and armed guards are checking identification for people leaving and entering the city.

The locked-down city has been separated into Green and Red zones as part of the 2021 Presidential Inaugural Subcommittees’ transportation plan. The U.S. Secret Service has posted a list of all the street closures on its website, many of which began at 6 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, and are scheduled to end at 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. A number of bridges and interstate highways into Washington are also scheduled to close at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Concertina razor wire tops the 8-foot ‘non-scalable’ fence that surrounds the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, on Jan. 14, 2020. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Fences block off the White House South Lawn in Washington on Jan. 16, 2021. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

As many as 25,000 National Guard members from all 50 states, three territories, and Washington will be stationed in the city next week, the U.S. Army confirmed, which is an increase of 5,000 from numbers earlier this week. The number of guardsmen sent to Washington exceeds the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, which has been reduced to 2,500, the Pentagon said on Friday.

National Guardsmen were given the authorization to be armed on Jan. 12 in order to support law enforcement in the Capitol and the city, according to a statement by the D.C. National Guard. The authorization came after a request by federal authorities. Troops have been on 24-hour watch in the U.S. Capitol and off-duty troops have been photographed sleeping in building hallways.

The increased number of National Guard members will be there to supplement the already ramped up forces from the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Capitol Police, and D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department.

Members of the National Guard stand guard behind fences erected around the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 16, 2021. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Virginia National Guard soldiers march across the east from of the U.S. Capitol on their way to their guard posts in Washington on Jan. 16, 2021. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Before resigning from office, former acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement on Jan. 11 that he had instructed the U.S. Secret service to begin National Special Security Event operations for the inauguration from Jan. 13.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has also increased its security measures ahead of the inauguration. TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in a statement that the agency is currently processing hundreds of names with law enforcement agencies as part of a risk assessment. The agency will also add additional layers of security at all three D.C.-area airports.

“Those security layers include more law enforcement and explosives detection canine teams, random gate screening, increased number of Federal Air Marshals on certain flights, and additional Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams to provide greater security presence at certain rail transportation hubs,” Pekoske said.

A person crosses the street at a road block guarded by Pennsylvania 112th Infantry Regiment National Guard in Washington on Jan. 16, 2021. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Members of the Pennsylvania National Guard stand guard in Washington on Jan. 15, 2021. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and security officials have also urged Americans to stay home to watch the inauguration virtually.

“We know this is the right request for our public safety and our public health,” she said on Friday.

D.C. officials estimate the inauguration will cost roughly $45 million due to the increased security measures. So far, Congress has approved $34.9 million, Christopher Rodriguez, director of D.C.’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, said in a press conference on Jan. 15.

Rodriguez said the amount was keeping in mind deficits that the District had run “because of the heightened number of first amendment demonstrations” seen throughout 2020.

In 2017, security for President Donald Trump’s inauguration cost around $27 million, according to Rodriguez—around $7 million more than the $19.995 million approved by Congress.

Monday, December 30, 2013



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From chef Misty Phelps: "I whip up a pot every year of my grandmother's New Years day 'good luck black eyed peas' she made for us while growing up in Texas. Im sharing a simpler and yummy version that can be made in a snap! You can find most of these ingredients at your grocer and instead of the extra work of making cornbread, ive added frozen corn. I like using spicy italian sausage, but you can use sweet sausage if you like. I love this with bubbles so enjoy, good luck and Happy New Year!" says Misty Phelps.

ABOUT MISTY PHELPS: Personal chef Misty Phelps is a favorite go to chef among Napa Valley’s most esteemed families, wineries and A-List celebrities. Her down to earth, no fuss culinary skills, are based upon her mantra of cooking “with heart and soul simplicity, and to provide those intoxicated by the wine country air with enough to eat!” Ms. Phelps is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park, NY) with past stints working as Paula Le Duc’s purchasing agent, and as culinary executive assistant on “Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello”. Today she runs her personal chef business “GETTING FRESH w/ MISTY” cooking for notables such as Will Ferrell, Steven Bochco, Drew Barrymore Kate Spade, Morgan Freeman, and Judy Webb, to name a few.

Student Takes Passion for Music and Launches It Into an App

Steinhardt junior Sam Winslow launched Tunestack in hopes of sharing a passion for music with friends and a community of like-minded listeners.

Tunestack is a social media app built around sharing music with friends. The app was developed by Sam Winslow, a junior studying at Steinhardt. (Photo courtesy of Sam Winslow)

By Kate Slate, Contributing Writer
May 7, 2020

When you hear a song with a catchy beat or relatable lyrics, sometimes it’s just too good to keep to yourself. Many of us feel the need to share these discoveries with our friends, and that ability to connect with others through music led Steinhardt junior Sam Winslow to create Tunestack , a social media platform centered on sharing one’s taste in music with others.

“It started with a simple observation: friends put me on to music all the time, so why isn’t there a social network for exactly this?” Winslow said.

Longing for a space where users could curate their music taste and share it amongst friends, as opposed to simply taking recommendations from “pitchfork critics” as Winslow put it, he decided to develop the application himself. Despite having minimal coding experience, he still has a “Palo Alto mindset” — his hometown where “starting a tech company is practically a cliché” — Winslow worked to make Tunestack a reality in just two short months.

After quickly learning some programming basics, Winslow recruited the help of friends and professionals alike to bring the app to fruition. While his friends acted as his beta testers providing feedback on the app, it took connecting with a former startup founder and engineers with collective experience at Facebook and Microsoft to make the app a reality. Tunestack, which launched this past April, was built out of Winslow’s sheer passion.

“The way some people are really into film, and they get into certain actors, directors or studios — I’m that way about music,” Winslow said. I seek out new stuff all the time. Most of all, though, music is how I relate to people. If someone is into the same kind of music as I am, or just shares a similar open-minded attitude, we’ll get along.”

Winslow’s love for music and understanding of others through their taste in music is translated to the app’s interface. On the platform, users write short reviews of albums and EPs they like, with their feed consisting of songs suggested by their friends. While the app’s main focus is for friends to share music with one another, the app hopes to expand communities by connecting users with those they may not know, but who share the same taste in songs.

On the app, users can find an explore page, post tool, notification page and their personal profile. The app mirrors an Instagram-like layout but rather than sharing pictures, users share music.

The app allows users to connect their Spotify accounts to easily locate and post their favorite tunes. Currently the app is only suitable for iPhones and Apple products, so Winslow and his team are in the process of extending this feature to Apple Music and are planning to eventually create the app to work for Androids as well.

In light of the current pandemic, the app has turned its attention to COVID-19 relief through a new user referral program. Tunestack is donating $5 to the NYC COVID-19 Relief Fund for each new person invited to download the app, as Winslow wanted to find a way to use his app to give back to essential workers during this time.

While Winslow and his team hope to develop the first core user base among the NYU community, bringing recognition to its talented array of student musicians, this dream transcends the boundaries of Washington Square Park.

“Long-term, we want to be the number one place for people who are passionate about music to find content suggested by real people, not algorithms,” Winslow said.

Poly student launches staring competition app

Barely four months after the release of his popular photography app Perfect Shot, Poly freshman John Meyer is back on the App Store.

This time, Meyer has launched an app that integrates the simplest of games with the technological possibilities of iPhones to create Staring Contest. The app is a product of his company TapMedia and is compatible with the iPhone, as well as the iPad and iPod Touch.

Staring Contest works by detecting elements on the user’s face and using it to create friendly competition. Using the front camera, two players battle each other in a virtual stare-off. The phone identifies the first player who blinks and proclaims a winner.

“It’s really new and there’s nothing else that really does the same thing,” Meyer said. The app also features a high-scores table and chatting capability.

Users can expect a new update for Staring Contest soon that will allow them to create an account through Facebook, Twitter or email. The user will be able to import friends from social media accounts to play against or, if the player chooses, challenge a stranger to a stare-off.

The word “stranger” might be a stretch, though. The app will use the Facebook or Twitter integration to pair up players that are somehow related.

“It’s almost like semi-strangers,” Meyer said. “They’re not completely random people.”

In the current version of the app, players cannot see their opponents live. However, Meyer has plans for a more advanced interface. In a future update, Meyer hopes, Staring Contest will allow users to actually see their opponents as they play, be it a Facebook friend, Twitter follower or stranger.

“The next versions are really stepping out of the box and making it a really unique experience,” Meyer said. “We’ve been working really hard in making it sort of a live video chat capability.”

Additionally, the app will feature a “distraction store” in which the users will be able to purchase diversions for their opponents, such as smashing eggs and funny noises.

CAS sophomore Megan Rafferty said the app’s concept is unusual.

“It’s interesting how they took such a basic face-to-face game and translated it to a virtual environment,” she said.

Meyer has a wide range of interests when it comes to app development. In addition to launching several successful apps through his company TapMedia, Meyer founded DevFund, a nonprofit organization that encourages software developers to donate money to charity. Meyer is determined to set an example — 20 percent of the profits generated during Staring Contest’s lifetime will go directly to DevFund.

With Staring Contest still in its early stages, Meyer is already starting new projects with TapMedia, and an even bigger project expected in May.

“It will revolutionize journalism and news in an age of smartphones and tablets,” Meyer said.

In the meantime, Meyer will continue to multitask as he works on new projects and prepares for the redesign of one of his earliest apps for the iPad, Real Aquarium HD.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Feb. 10 print edition. Lorena Tamez is a contributing writer. Email her at [email protected]


"I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."
— Marilyn Monroe

"The most wasted of all days is
one without laughter."
E.E. Cummings

"I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together."
— Marilyn Monroe

The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use - of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public.
Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968)

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

Yolanda Banks' Game Plan For Healthy Eating

Growing up in East Lansing, Mich., Yolanda Banks would come home from school and tune in to cooking shows on television.

She drew inspiration from Julia Child's many cooking programs as well as and Graham Kerr's "The Galloping Gourmet."

Once Banks started cooking on her own, she discovered it was her passion in life.

She didn't really act on that passion until 2001, when she called Washington her home. That year, her husband Tony was the Redskins' starting quarterback.

"I used to cook for the teams that Tony played for and I used to cook for the players' wives," she said. "My first big group cooking session was at Jewell Green's house. (Jewell Green is the wife of Redskins great Darrell Green.) I remember I did Cajun food. And then I used to bake cookies for the players, too."

That year, the Food Network contacted the Banks about participating in a television show called "Home Food Advantage" in which NFL quarterbacks would film segments at favorite restaurants in the cities they lived in.

The experience opened the door for Banks to follow in the footsteps of Child and Kerr. Along with "Home Food Advantage," she has appeared on locally produced TV shows around the country – including "Redskins Nation" on Comcast SportsNet last season – sharing her recipes and passion for food.

In 2002, she started the annual Cook For the Cure Dinner to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She published a cookbook titled "Cooking For Your Man" in 2006. A year later, she launched her business Fresh Is Fabulous. And she has another book on the way.

Banks characterizes her food as "global, seasonal cuisine." She draws her influences from all over the world, from Mexican (tacos are a favorite) to Southeast Asian (her Thai potato soup has proven popular), because "you can coax a lot of flavor" out of those foods. She also recommends buying produce that's in-season.

As the wife of a professional football player – Tony played 10 seasons in the NFL, retiring in 2005 after four years with the Houston Texans – and a mother of a 4-year-old son named Deuce, Banks' recipes emphasize eating healthy.

"To me, it's about a lifestyle," she said. "Eating healthy is not about depriving yourself of food you enjoy. It's about being practical and having a little common sense. For example, if I feel like having a burger, I'm going to have a burger, but I'm going to work out a little harder that day or the next day I'll eat vegetarian.

"I don't have an all-organic diet. I don't believe in those constraints. It's really about making healthy choices."

Banks makes sure her son is involved in the process of buying groceries and preparing food. It's a way of building a child's relationship with different kinds of food so that they are open to trying it.

"Kids are so much more willing to eat something when they've seen where it comes from and how it's made," she said. "If you start to develop their taste buds early on, then they're not going to be so against certain types of food."

Of course, food is an integral part of the NFL experience, whether you're at home or at the stadium. Banks wants fans to know that they don't have to sacrifice flavor by choosing more healthy food options.

"The biggest change you can make is using meats that have less saturated fat," she said. "You don't have to sacrifice eating red meat if that's what you like to eat. You can go to some of the healthier red meat options, like buffalo – you know, bison is very, very lean. Or you could make a vegetarian chili."

Banks admits that serving healthy food and using exotic ingredients can be a tough sell, especially for fans used to grilling burgers and hot dogs and munching on potato chips before games.

One way to get past it? Don't tell them exactly what they are eating, Banks said with a laugh.

"You know what? You overcome it when they taste it and see it's really delicious," she said. "I've cooked for a lot of big guys – football players who have to maintain certain weights – and they all thought my food was great. They didn't even realize it was healthy. And that's really the goal."

NetSquared update October 2012

What I did at NetSquared in October 2012

October is here! This is going to be a big month for NetSquared. Not only are we going to be holding three regional camps, but there’s also 18 local meetups scheduled and a major local organizer-focused update to the NetSquared platform.

There are three NetSquared camps scheduled for October:

And in November there will be two more:

The seventh release of the NetSquared platform is now live. It includes several new features including notification feeds (Facebook-style!) and NetSquared camp pages which appear as green dots on the local map.

What comes next? A major revision of the local organizer pages, to be rolled out October 23, 2012. Hopefully that will solve some of the ongoing bugs y’all have been struggling with, including an unpredictable meetup integration and hunt ‘n peck map icons. :-)

October events

A quick scan shows 18 events happening across the NetSquared local network. Did I miss any? I think our local organizers have put together an impressive lineup. :-)

  • Vancouver, Canada: Crowdfunding for nonprofits
  • Sunnyvale, CA: iOS Employer/Developer 1on1s
  • Chicago, IL: Community Engagement – DexCon/CMEP
  • Houston, TX: Learn How to Make Amazing Online Videos for Tiny Amounts of Money
  • Toronto: Canada: NetSquared Camp Toronto: Building & Engaging our Networks
  • Lafayette, LA: Learning basics of LAMP server configuration
  • Washington, DC: Website Redesign: Design For Your Audience
  • Baltimore, MD: October Tech & Social Change Baltimore Meetup – Year-End Giving
  • Philadelphia, PA: The Integration of Social Media and SEO: How the Twain Meet For Nonprofits
  • Boston, MA: Measuring the Networked Nonprofit #MeasureUp Book TweetUp
  • Honolulu, HI: Social Media primer for Food Security Campaign
  • Guatemala: Sesión de la Mesa Técnica de Innovación – 4 de Octubre – CIG
  • Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup
  • Manchester, UK: October Meetup: Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!
  • Paris, France: La Co-Révolution et le phénomène collaboratif
  • Abidjan, Ivory Coast: Abidjan NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup
  • Wellington, New Zealand: NetTuesday event
  • Adelaide, Australia: The Hospital Research Foundation: Social media strategy and Dry July

The Forgotten Fruit: The Paw Paw Makes A Comeback

It’s often called the forgotten fruit. Some locals have a little trouble recognizing it. The paw paw is found in 26 states, including native West Virginia.

Paw paw grower Larry Harris stumbled across the paw paw plant over two decades ago.

“We moved into our home in 1992, and there were paw paw trees in the backyard,” said Harris.

Harris has been busy ever since, especially this time of year during a very short harvesting season (between the end of August to the beginning of October).

Paw paws are a very fragile fruit with a short shelf life which may be one reason why they don’t enjoy the same popularity as apples or bananas.

Could paw paws be making a comeback? Well, according to Andrew Moore, author of Paw Paw: In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit, it is. The buzz is growing about it too. Many paw paw enthusiasts blog here to find the latest and greatest about the fruit.

“It seems that interest (in the paw paw) has returned, at the least staying interest,” said Moore. “As for the hopes for the paw paw industry and products, it’s hard to predict, but the fruit stands on its own and is unique.”

The growing popularity of paw paws is good news for both consumers and farmers.

“At farmer’s markets, it’s gaining interest. And it’s a high earner and a good crop for paw paw farmers,” said Moore.

There are also new, creative treats and recipes made with paw paws like salsas and beer to name a few.

“Ice cream is certainly proven to be a winner,” said Moore. “It’s one avenue to gain even more interest (in the paw paw market).”

That’s already happening here in Charleston, West Virginia, Harris and other paw paw growers supply paw paws for Ellen’s Ice Cream shop. It’s been a treat for locals for the last 18 years.

“People all year long will come to me and say, do you have the paw paw ice cream? And I say only in the fall when the paw paws are getting ripe,” said Ellen Beal, owner of Ellen’s Ice Cream.

Pap paw ice cream goes on sale September 30th.

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HFA Voices Blood Safety Concerns

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —

The Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) expresses its concern regarding the ongoing labor issues involving the Teamsters Local 929 and the American Red Cross of Pennsylvania /New Jersey. The national blood system depends on skilled workers to provide clean, safe blood to laboratories. The blood is distilled into products such as clotting factor for use in treating hemophilia and von Willebrand disease.

The Division of Blood Services at the American Red Cross forms an integral link in America’s blood supply. We would encourage the American Red Cross to re-commit itself to maintaining a safe, clean, and healthful presence inside America’s larger health infrastructure.

Blood collection at the Red Cross continues to be subject to a sixteen-year-old consent decree stemming from Federal Court action. The nature of this civil matter raises serious questions. The ongoing contract impasse and labor action serve as just the latest evidence of a pattern of behavior which seems to place cost ahead of the health and well-being of both workers and end-users of blood products.

When blood safety is threatened by the business cycle, it is of grave concern. The safety of the blood supply remains our highest priority. To this end, we call on all institutions serving users of blood products to place safety concerns ahead of cost. We, as consumers, saw first-hand the dire consequences of allowing the shadow of cost weigh too heavily on public health outcomes, as some ten-thousand people with hemophilia contracted HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C.

The Hemophilia Federation of America calls on all of the parties to re-double their efforts and move towards a speedy and equitable end to this current labor stalemate. It is our belief that doing so is in the best interest of all parties concerned.

The Hemophilia Federation of America is a national 501(c)(3) organization consisting of 30 member organizations and numerous individual members who offer assistance and grassroots advocacy on behalf of the bleeding disorders community. Incorporated in 1994, the HFA provides programs and services to improve the quality of life for persons with hemophilia and von Willebrand disease (VWD).


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