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Cooking with Carney: Garlic Parmesan Chicken Strips

Here is a chicken recipe that doesnt compromise flavor for healthiness. The problem I have with the bulk of my chicken dinner recipes on Pinterest is that while there are plenty of them out there, theyre all more or less the same basic recipe. As someone who works out on the regular, Id rather not compromise my progress with heaps of butter, grease or salt if I can avoid it, but that doesnt mean I have to eat blandly. So naturally, I took some initiative, researched what I wanted out of my chicken strip craving and came up with my own. The end result: Garlic Parmesan Chicken.

This is a simple, quick and fairly inexpensive meal to make. It can easily be doubled to feed more people, and the ingredients are flexible, depending on what spices and seasonings you have at home.

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Strips have the added fun factor that chicken breasts dont in that they are finger foods and kid-friendly, so anyone with children or younger siblings could definitely serve this up for dinner. Chicken fingers being smaller portions of meat also means more crunch per bite and a reduced cooking time, which is definitely a bonus when cooking on a tight schedule.

06 December
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Nude online chat extortion rises 61 per cent

Reported extortion cases related to online nude chat rooms rose 61.5 per cent in the first nine months year-on-year, Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak said yesterday.

Wong revealed the figure during a press conference about the city’s crime figures in the first three quarters.

According to the press conference, the number of reported online nude chat extortions rose from 26 cases in the first nine months of last year to 42 cases in the same period this year, up 61.5 per cent.

Wong urged residents to stay alert when using messaging apps and social network services.

The number of reported scams and frauds fell 36.2 per cent, according to Wong. A total of 20 phone scams and 128 computer fraud cases were reported in the nine-month period, down 86.8 and 53.7 per cent year-on-year respectively

According to police statistics, the total number of crimes reported in the first three quarters reached 10,826, up 4.6 per cent year-on-year.

According to the crime figures, there was a rise in gaming-related criminal activities such as loansharking and false imprisonment.

A total of 348 loansharking cases were recorded, up 45 per cent. The number of false imprisonment cases recorded by the police rose to 349, up 13.3 per cent.

The total number of violent crimes rose 8.4 per cent to 608.

Wong said although the growth in gaming-related crimes slowed down in the first nine months, the police would stay alert.

(Macau News / The Macau Post Daily)

05 December
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05 December
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‘Project Outcome’ continues to expand

Many can remember when librarians stood at the front desk checking books in and out of the library, filling book carts with returns that needed shelved.

It was an endless job, as people kept checking books out again, over and over.

Many people remember their school libraries, with the same process taking place day after day. Well, in 2016, public libraries still check out lots and lots of books, as well as other formats of information.

More information is available online at public library websites as we subscribed to databases filled with information as well as eBooks, eMagazines, children’s online materials, educational games, not to mention movies, documentaries and countless audio-visual items online.

The bean counters at our public libraries are always looking for new systems to count all the physical stuff that libraries check out, as well as the online items that fill our databases.

What about counting all the other impacts that public libraries have on the users of the library?

Project Outcome relates to seven areas of core programming that has expanded in public libraries over the past several years.

Digital learning is taking place in libraries across the nation, from use of tablets and smart phones to standard computer training classes.

The most effective training in libraries appears to be the one on one that takes place with a library staff member.

The general public often isn’t aware of the computer applications that are available in today’s public library.

Summer reading is sponsored in public libraries as a way to both introduce students to reading and keep them reading over the summer months.

Job skills are provided in programming formats, as well as online resources to help with resume preparation and online job searching.

Lifelong Learning is the backbone of public libraries, which are often called America’s People’s University.

Early childhood literacy is particularly strong in our own library system with workshops and seminars to aid parents and caregivers in the task of getting children started with lifelong literacy skills.

Economic development is part of every public library as we gather information to be used in business and provide resources for the small business environment.

Potential businesses will often review the local public library system as a barometer of a community that interests them for a possible location.

Public libraries are shaping the lives of people who utilize the services of a library. We need to better document what a public library does for people’s lives.

It is interesting to me that whenever our library levy comes up for renewal is time when I hear about how people have used libraries over the years for their own betterment.

Learning to read, learning to use a computer, helping with school and entertainment through reading are all the basis of many library success stories.

A recent comment I received was from someone who felt that I feel smart just sitting in a public library because I can look up anything I need in a book — or on the library computer.

Just look at the online connections on the library website and it almost seems like there is nothing you can’t find.

And there are still real people who work at a public library.

(Hall is director of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County.)