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Posted by on November 12, 2012 in Uncategorized


11 Worst Burgers in America

By David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding

Apr 03, 2012

Eat This, Not That

It’s not the cow’s fault.

For a ruminating herbavore, cows sure get blamed for a lot of things. They got blamed for the Great Chicago Fire. They get blamed for contributing to global warming. And now our poor cud-chewing friends are getting blamed for America’s obesity crisis, too.

Okay, it’s not the cows themselves, but their most popular end product—hamburgers—that get fingered as the perp in our ongoing weight struggles. But like I said, it’s not the cow’s fault. See, burgers used to be healthy!

Back before the fall of the Berlin Wall, the average restaurant burger weighed in at about 333 calories. But today’s typical version weighs in at almost twice that—600 calories on average. (Maybe we should have built a wall in Hamburg?)

So don’t blame the cow. Blame the food engineers in chain restaurant kitchens, who are tricking out the simple burger until it has more fleshy extras than Madonna’s stage show. In fact, burgers can be a healthy and satisfying dose of protein, if you know what to look for—and what to avoid.

In our continuing mission to create a more natural and healthier food supply, Eat This, Not That! uncovers America’s 11 most offensive burgers. Beware of them—or it won’t just be the burgers that wind up with oversized buns.

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11. Worst Classic Fast-Food Burger

Burger King Whopper with Cheese
760 calories
47 g fat (16 g saturated, 1 g trans)
1,410 mg sodium

With 200 more calories than a McDonald’s Big Mac, the Whopper is the clear loser in the battle of the burger icons. Blame it on the jumbo patty and globs of mayo (160 calories worth to be exact). And get this: If you add medium fries and a medium coke—a likely scenario—you’re looking at a 1,500-calorie meal. The best way to “have it your way” at BK? Order a standard cheeseburger and call it a day, or try Cook This, Not That! Easy 350-Calorie Meals and save calories, time, and cash.

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Burger King Cheeseburger
300 calories
14 g fat (6 g saturated, 0 g trans)
710 mg sodium

SINISTER SALADS: The Whopper may be bad news for your gut, but some salads are even less healthy! Beware of the 20 Salads Worse Than a Whopper.

10. Worst Burger Kids’ Meal

McDonald’s McDouble Mighty Kids Meal with Fat-Free Chocolate Milk Jug
765 calories
30 g fat (9.5 g saturated, 1 g trans)
1,215 mg sodium

I applaud McDonald’s for its recent move to offset fries with fruit in all its kids’ meals, but—apple slices or not—this “mighty” menu option remains the worst children’s choice at the drive-thru. The chain created the Mighty Kids Meal for “in-be-tweens” (kids aged 8 to 12). Problem is, it packs more fat and calories than an adult’s meal should. A standard Happy Meal is plenty of food for your kid—no matter their age—and chicken nuggets trump burgers any day. (Find hundreds of other tips to help your family eat better in Eat This, Not That! For Kids!)

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McDonald’s Chicken McNugget Happy Meal with 1% Low-Fat Milk Jug
405 calories
19.5 g fat (4 g saturated)
555 mg sodium

9. Worst Basic Burger

Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger
920 calories
62 g fat (29.5 g saturated)
1,310 mg sodium

This burger bomb landed on the list for one reason: false advertising. At Five Guys, regular burgers are doubles and “Little” burgers are singles. And the burgers aren’t the only serving size rip-off the chain serves up. The “regular” fries have 620 calories—double that of most standard fry orders. The takeaway: Go “Little” or go elsewhere. And for more perpetrators of serving-size scams, check out the 9 Biggest Serving Size Rip-Offs.

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Posted by on April 19, 2012 in Uncategorized


Cambodian New Year

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Cambodian New Year
Cambodian New Year
Young women at a Khmer New Year celebration in Lithonia, Georgia, US, 2010.
Official name Cambodian New Year (បុណ្យចូលឆ្នាំថ្មី)
Also called Chaul Chnam Thmey
Observed by Khmers
Significance Marks the Cambodian New Year
Begins 13 April
Ends 15 April
Related to ThingyanLao New Year,Songkran
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Cambodian New Year (Khmer: បុណ្យចូលឆ្នាំថ្មី) or Chaul Chnam Thmey in the Khmer language, literally “Enter Year New”, is the name of the Cambodian holiday that celebrates the New Year. The holiday lasts for three days beginning on New Year’s day, which usually falls on April 13 or 14th, which is the end of the harvesting season, when farmers enjoy the fruits of their labor before the rainy season begins. Khmers living abroad may choose to celebrate during a weekend rather than just specifically April 13 through 15th. The Khmer New Year coincides with the traditional solar new year in several parts of India, Myanmar and Thailand.

Cambodians also use Buddhist Era to count the year based on the Buddhist calendar. For 2012, it is 2556 BE (Buddhist Era).[1]



[edit]The three days of the new year

Elders cleanse statues of the Buddha with perfumed water.

[edit]Maha Songkran (មហាសង្រ្កាន្ត)

Maha Songkran, derived from Sanskrit Maha Sankranti, is the name of the first day of the new year celebration. It is the ending of the year and the beginning of a new one. People dress up and light candles and burn incense sticks at shrines, where the members of each family pay homage to offer thanks for the Buddha’s teachings by bowing, kneeling and prostrating themselves three times before his image. For good luck people wash their face with holy water in the morning, their chests at noon, and their feet in the evening before they go to bed.

[edit]Virak Wanabat (វ័នបត)

Virak Wanabat is the name of the second day of the new year celebration. People contribute charity to the less fortunate by helping the poor, servants, homeless, and low-income families. Families attend a dedication ceremony to their ancestors at the monastery.

[edit]Tngay Leang Saka (ថ្ងៃឡើងស័ក)

Tngay Leang Saka is the name of the third day of the new year celebration. Buddhists cleanse the Buddha statues and their elders with perfumed water. Bathing the Buddha images is the symbol that water will be needed for all kinds of plants and lives. It is also thought to be a kind deed that will bring longevity, good luck, happiness and prosperity in life. By bathing their grandparents and parents, children can obtain from them best wishes and good advice for the future.

[edit]New Year’s customs

In temples, people erect a sand hillock on temple grounds. They mound up a big pointed hill of sand or dome in the center which represents sakyamuni satya, the stupa at Tavatimsa, where the Buddha’s hair and diadem are buried. The big stupa is surrounded by four small ones, which represent the stupas of the Buddha’s favorite disciples: Sariputta, Moggallana, Ananda, and Maha Kassapa. There is another tradition called Sraung Preah (ស្រង់ព្រះ) : pouring water or liquid plaster (a mixture of water with some chalk powder) on elder relative, or people (mostly the younger generation is responsible for pouring the water).

The Khmer New Year is also a time to prepare special dishes. One of these is a “kralan“: a cake made from steamed rice mixed with beans or peas, grated coconut and coconut milk. The mixture is stuffed inside a bamboo stick and slowly roasted.[2]

[edit]Khmer games (ល្បែង⁣ប្រជាប្រិយ⁣)

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Cambodia is home to a variety of games played to transform the dull days into memorable occasions. These games are similar to those played at Manipur, a north-eastern state in India.[3] Throughout the Khmer New Year, street corners often are crowded with friends and families enjoying a break from routine, filling their free time with dancing and games. Typically, Khmer games help maintain one’s mental and physical dexterity. The body’s blood pressure, muscle system an

  • “Chol Chhoung (ចោល⁣ឈូង⁣) “

A game played especially on the first nightfall of the Khmer New Year by two groups of boys and girls. Ten or 20 people comprise each group, standing in two rows opposite each other. One group throws the “chhoung” to the other group. When it is caught, it will be rapidly thrown back to the first group. If someone is hit by the “chhoung,” the whole group must dance to get the “chhoung” back while the other group sings.

  • “Chab Kon Kleng (ចាប់⁣កូនខ្លែង)⁣ “

A game played by imitating a hen as she protects her chicks from a crow. Adults typically play this game on the night of the first New Year’s Day. Participants usually appoint a strong player to play the hen who protects “her” chicks, while another person is picked to be the “crow”. While both sides sing a song of bargaining, the crow tries to catch as many chicks as possible as they hide behind the hen.

  • “Bos Angkunh (បោះអង្គុញ⁣)”

A game played by two groups of boys and girls. They put the hand in the hole.

  • “Leak Kanseng (លាក់⁣កន្សែង)⁣ “

A game played by a group of children sitting in a circle. Someone holding a “kanseng” (Cambodian towel) that is twisted into a round shape walks around the circle while singing a song. The person walking secretly tries to place the “kanseng” behind one of the children. If that chosen child realizes what is happening, he or she must pick up the “kanseng” and beat the person sitting next to him or her.

  • “Bay Khom(បាយខុម)”

A game played by two children in rural or urban areas during their leisure time. Ten holes are dug in the shape of an oval into a board in the ground. The game is played with 42 small beads, stones or fruit seeds. Before starting the game, five beads are put into each of the two holes located at the tip of the board. Four beads are placed in each of the remaining eight holes. The first player takes all the beads from any hole and drops them one by one in the other holes. He or she must repeat this process until they have dropped the last bead into a hole that lies besides any empty one. Then they must take all the beads in the hole that follows the empty one. At this point, the second player may have his turn. The game ends when all the holes are empty. The player with the greatest number of beads wins the game. It is possibly similar to congkak.

  • “Klah Klok (ខ្លា ឃ្លោក) “

A game played by Cambodians of all ages. It is a gambling game that is fun for all ages involving a mat and some dice. You put money on the object that you believe the person rolling the dice (which is usually shaken in a type of bowl) and you wait. If the objects face up on the dice are the same as the objects you put money on, you double it. If there are two of yours, you triple, and so on.

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Posted by on April 12, 2012 in Uncategorized


Cambodian New Year in Cambodia

If you are interested in the culture and the traditional aspects of the country of Cambodia, you must visit the country during one of thefestivals and events in Cambodia . The Kingdom of Cambodia is one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the southeastern region of Asian. The richness of its cultural and traditional background attracts thousands of people from various corners of the world every year. Not only the tourist attractions, but also the festivals of the country are considered as the heritages of Cambodia. Numerous festivals are celebrated throughout the year in every part of the country. However, the Cambodian New Year in Cambodia is one of the most popular festivals in Cambodia. Try to visit Cambodia during the middle of April to enjoy the flavor of the Cambodian New Year at Cambodia .

The Cambodian New Year in Cambodia is celebrated annually. Generally it is celebrated between 14 th and 16 th of April. Following the Khmer lunar calendar, this period of the year is considered to be the ending of a year and beginning of a new year. The festival is celebrated for three days. During the Cambodian New Year of Cambodia , the people of the country enage in a merry round of celebrations. They decorate their homes and the shrines and the temples are also decorated very beautifully. Several traditional sports and games are performed during the Cambodian New Year in Cambodia . The Cambodian New Year in Cambodia is also known as the Chaul Chnam Thmey in the Khmer language. The festival is mainly celebrated the end of the harvesting year.

So what are you waiting for? Visit the beautiful country of Cambodia during the middle of the month of April and plunge into the festive mood. Enjoy the celebration of the Cambodian New Year in Cambodia and make your trip to Cambodia memorable one.

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Posted by on April 12, 2012 in Uncategorized







នេះមិនដឹងជាលើកទីប៉ុន្មានទេ ដែលនាងង៉ក់ងរនឹងខ្ញុំ។ ខ្សែភ្នែកនោះ បន្ទោសដោយក្តីខកចិត្ត ហើយនិយាយដាក់ខ្ញុំថា «បងមិនដែលយល់ពីអូនទេ!»។

ស្លាប់ហើយព្រះអើយ… ខ្ញុំស្រលាញ់នាងខ្លាំងណាស់!

តែ… តែខ្ញុំមិនយល់ពីនាងពិតមែន!!

មានពេលណា… ប្រាប់ថា «ចង់ទៅដើរផ្សារ ព្រោះពេលនេះមានគេតាំងពិព័រណ៍!» ខ្ញុំក៏ប្រាប់ថា «ចង់ទៅក៏ទៅចុះ ទិញរួចពេលណា ទូរស័ព្ទប្រាប់បង បងនឹងទៅទទួល!»

គ្រាន់តែប៉ុណ្ណេះ… នាងស្រាប់តែនាងងរខ្ទើត!

ហើយរករឿងថា ខ្ញុំបណ្តោយឲ្យនាងទៅម្នាក់ឯងយ៉ាងម៉េច? អេ! ចុះក្រែងនាងធ្លាប់ប្រាប់ថា ចូលចិត្តដើរផ្សារតែម្នាក់ឯងនោះអី ព្រោះទៅជាមួយខ្ញុំ នាងចេះតែបារម្ភមុខបារម្ភក្រោយ ខ្លាចខ្ញុំពិបាកហត់នឿយរង់ចាំយូរ ហើយលើកនេះ នាងក៏មិនបានបបួលខ្ញុំទៅបន្តិចផង តើខ្ញុំខុសឬដែលមិនទៅជាមួយនាង??

មានពេលណា… សួរថា «អាវដែលពាក់ថ្ងៃនេះ ស្អាតទេ?» ខ្ញុំមើលរួចប្រាប់ថា «ក៏ស្អាត តែបើអូនពាក់អាវពណ៌ស មើលសមជាង!» គ្រាន់តែប៉ុណ្ណេះនាងក៏ឡូឡា ថាខ្ញុំមិនចេះនិយាយឲ្យកម្លាំងចិត្តនាងសោះ! ឱ… ចុះបើនាងពាក់អាវពណ៌ស ឃើញស្អាតពិតមែន ឲ្យខ្ញុំថាយ៉ាងម៉េចវិញ? តែបើពាក់ពណ៌ផ្កាឈូកបែបនេះក៏ស្អាតម្យ៉ាង… ទើបខ្ញុំប្រាប់តាមដែលមើលឃើញ ហេតុអីនាងចាំបាច់ខឹង?

មានពេលណា… ប្រាប់ថា «មិនបាច់ទូរស័ព្ទមកទេ!!» ខ្ញុំមើលមុខនាងទាំងងឿងឆ្ងល់… គឺគ្រាន់តែខ្ញុំទៅញ៉ាំបាយតាមណាត់មិនបាន ព្រោះជាប់រវល់ការងារប៉ុណ្ណឹង… នាងក៏ខឹងង៉ក់ងរ ចំណែកខ្ញុំក៏មិនចូលចិត្តការឈ្លោះប្រកែកគ្នា ទើបគិតថាចិត្តត្រជាក់ពេលណាសឹមនិយាយគ្នា។ ស្រាប់តែព្រឹកស្អែកឡើង… នាងផ្ញើសារតាំងពីងងឹតថា «មិនទូរស័ព្ទទៅលួងបែបនេះ… ព្រោះខ្ញុំលែងជាមនុស្សសំខាន់ទៀតហើយមែនទេ?» យី! ចុះនាងប្រាប់ដោយខ្លួនឯងតើ ថាមិនឲ្យទូរស័ព្ទទៅ? សម្រេចថាខ្ញុំខុសទៀតហើយមែនទេ?

មានពេលណា… ស្រែកក្តែងៗថា «អូនស្អប់បង!!!» ខ្ញុំខូចចិត្តខ្លាំងណាស់… ព្រោះខ្ញុំស្រលាញ់នាង តែបើនាងស្អប់ខ្ញុំមែន តើឲ្យខ្ញុំធ្វើយ៉ាងណា… ទើបធ្វើបានត្រឹមព្រមទទួលស្គាល់ការពិត ព្យាយាមធ្វើចិត្តដើរចាកចេញពីនាងយឺតៗ ដោយគិតនៅក្នុងចិត្តថា បើបែកគ្នាធ្វើឲ្យនាងមានសេចក្តីសុខច្រើនជាងនេះ ក៏តាមចិត្តនាងចុះ… តែនាងស្រាប់តែជំទាលពីក្រោយខ្នងខ្ញុំទៀតថា «មនុស្សឆ្កួត! ប្រុងបែកគ្នាពិតមែនឬ??» ឱ! ក្រែងនាងទើបតែនិយាយថាស្អប់ខ្ញុំមិនមែនឬ? ស្អប់… គឺបានន័យថាចង់បែក បើមិនចង់បែកក៏គួរតែនិយាយគ្នាស្រួលៗ។ ចង់ខឹងខ្ញុំដែលងាកមើលស្រីផ្សេងក៏បាន ចង់ទះចង់តប់ខ្ញុំក៏បាន តែ… គួរតែស្តាប់និងទទួលយកសម្តីសុំទោសពីខ្ញុំខ្លះផង។ ខ្ញុំមិនចង់បែកពីនាងទេ… ព្រោះខ្ញុំស្រលាញ់នាង តែសម្រាប់មនុស្សប្រុសដូចខ្ញុំ… ខ្ញុំក៏មិនចូលចិត្តបង្ខំចិត្តនរណាដែរ។ សម្រេចថា នាងចង់យ៉ាងម៉េចឲ្យប្រាកដនៀក??

មានពេលណា… ម្សិលមិញយើងទៅមើលកុនជាមួយគ្នា។ ខ្ញុំចង់មើលរឿងវាយតប់ តែនាងចង់មើលរឿងរ៉ូមែនទិក។ ខ្ញុំឲ្យនាងជាអ្នករើស ខំធ្វើចិត្តព្រោះទោះយ៉ាងណា គួរតែមើលរឿងដែលនាងចូលចិត្ត។ តែនាងបែរជានិយាយដោយសំឡេងស្រទន់ថា «មើលរឿងរបស់បងក៏បាន ព្រោះបងចង់មើលទៅហើយ!» ឮដូច្នោះខ្ញុំក៏ដើរទៅទិញសំបុត្រយ៉ាងរហ័ស មុននឹងត្រលប់មកវិញឃើញនាងឈរធ្វើមុខស្អុយ ហើយប្រាប់ខ្ញុំដោយកាយវិការង៉ក់ងរថា «បងមិនដែលយល់ពីខ្ញុំសោះ!» អេ… យ៉ាប់មែនខ្ញុំ!… ថាទៅ ខ្ញុំពិតជាមិនយល់ពីនាងមែន! នាងនិយាយដោយខ្លួនឯងតើ ថាមើលរឿងដែលខ្ញុំចង់មើលក៏បាន… ចុះហេតុអីក៏ដើរងរខ្ទើតចេញពីខ្ញុំបែបនេះ?? ស្លាប់ហើយព្រះអើយ! នាងយល់ខុសពីការប្រើប្រាស់ភាសាខ្មែរក្នុងទំនាក់ទំនងទេដឹង??…


រយៈពេលបីឆ្នាំដែលយើងទាក់ទងគ្នា អាចមិនយូរពេកទេ តែសម្រាប់ខ្ញុំ… ធ្វើឲ្យខ្ញុំស្វែងយល់នូវការពិតមួយថា ការមាននាងនៅក្បែរកាយធ្វើឲ្យខ្ញុំទទួលអារម្មណ៍ថា ខ្លួនឯងបានស្គាល់ពាក្យ «សេចក្តីសុខ» ទាំងដែលនាងធ្វើឲ្យខ្ញុំឈឺក្បាលច្រើនមកហើយមិនដឹងប៉ុន្មានដងទេ ជាមួយនឹងចរិតខ្មោចចេញខ្មោចចូល ថ្ងៃត្រង់ញញឹមគួរឲ្យស្រលាញ់សុខៗ… ពេលល្ងាចស្រាប់តែបញ្ចេញចរិតច្រងេងច្រងាងខឹងមិនដឹងហេតុផលមួយរំពេច។ បើនាងនិយាយថា «មិន» នោះត្រូវមានន័យថា «មែន» គ្រប់ពេល ដែលខ្ញុំទើបតែមកដឹងពេលក្រោយៗនេះទេ។

ហ៊ឺ!… ចុះនរណាទៅដឹងថា វចនានុក្រមមនុស្សស្រី មានន័យប្រែផ្ទុយពីសម្តីដែលនិយាយចេញមកដូច្នេះ!!?… ប្លែកណាស់មែនទេ… ប្លែកដែលហេតុអីនាងមានមាត់ខុសពីចិត្តបែបនេះ? បើដូច្នេះ តើឲ្យយើងយល់ពីគ្នាយ៉ាងម៉េចទៅ… បើមនុស្សប្រុសមិនចូលចិត្តអ្វីដែលបញ្ឆិតបញ្ឆៀងបែបនេះផង!

ព្រះអើយ… ខ្ញុំស្រលាញ់នាងណា៎!

តែ… តែទោះខ្ញុំមិនសូវយល់(ពិតមែន) ក្នុងភាសាប្រាស្រ័យទាក់ទងរបស់មនុស្សស្រី…

តែ… តែថ្ងៃនេះខ្ញុំនឹងទៅលួងនាងដល់ផ្ទះ!

ហិហិ… ចុះប្រាប់ហើយតើ… ថាខ្ញុំស្រលាញ់នាងខ្លាំងណាស់… ខ្លាំងពិតមែន! ^_^


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Cities with the most new construction

By Morgan Brennan,
March 21, 2012
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Thanks to the housing bubble, Phoenix garnered a reputation for dusty abandoned homes and half-built tracts of retail sprawl. Arizona’s biggest city suffered a 55% drop in home prices since the 2006 peak and it consistently ranks among the country’s 20 worst cities in terms of foreclosures. Yet a recent rebound in home sales — and more modestly in home prices — has spurred talk of a recovery there.

Turns out that budding rebound extends out into overall construction, too. In 2011, the Phoenix metro area welcomed a 41% increase in new construction, totaling $5.3 billion in new starts for both residential and non-residential building projects. “In the case of markets that were categorized by the housing boom and bust, that (construction) correction has already occurred,” explains Robert Murray, vice president of economic affairs at McGraw-Hill Construction, a New York City-based construction data firm.

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“In the case of markets that were categorized by the housing boom and bust, that (construction) correction has already occurred,” explains Robert Murray, vice president of economic affairs at McGraw-Hill Construction, a New York City-based construction data firm. “Now areas like Phoenix are in the process of seeing an upturn in new structures – that aren’t even necessarily housing.”

In Phoenix, that construction spending jump comes in part from a new $5 billion Intel semiconductor manufacturing facility for which $1.5 billion worth of building began last year. The up-and-coming facility, located outside of city limits in nearby Chandler, Ariz., helped thrust the Phoenix Metropolitan Statistical Area into the No. 8 spot on Forbes’ list of the American Cities with the Most New Construction.

To compile our list, the folks at McGraw-Hill Construction sorted through building data for the nation’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) to find the 20 places where the most money was spent on new construction in 2011. MSAs, geographic entities defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, include the cities for which they are named as well as the surrounding suburbs.

We looked at the dollar amount of new construction starts, or projects where ground has been broken and work begun, for structures that fall under the “Total Building” umbrella. Total Building includes single-family home construction, multi-family home construction, office space, retail space, warehouses, healthcare facilities, educational buildings, manufacturing plants and research facilities. We did not include money spent on public works projects such as bridges, streets and parks. Nor did we include electric utility construction.

We homed in on construction starts because they are a leading indicator of economic activity and one that is commonly used by builders, developers and economists. Even so, it’s worth noting that tracking construction by starts is hardly foolproof, as work can begin on a project and still stall–if a developer loses their financing, for instance. “There were a substantial number of projects deferred in 2008 and 2009 but those cases are much less so today, looking at 2010, 2011, and now in 2012,” Murray said.

Coastal cities fare the best in terms of new projects. New York City lands No. 1 on our list, with $17.2 billion worth of new construction in 2011. New York is home to one of the country’s biggest construction projects, the 16-acre, seven tower World Trade Center site that has bolstered Big Apple construction spending for years now. But last year it was joined by another large site, Gotham West, a massive $520 million residential project on Manhattan’s Far West Side slated for completion in 2014. The neighborhood will continue to rack up construction spending into 2012 and beyond too, since Hudson Yards, the $12 billion mega development a few blocks away is slated for the first phase of ground-breaking later this year.

Read on to see the rest of the top five cities with the most construction:

5. Chicago
Chicago-NapervilleJoliet IL-IN-WI
2011 Construction Starts: $6 billion
2010 Construction Starts: $5.9 billion
2009 Construction Starts: $6 billion


No. 5: Chicago
Photo: AFP/Getty Images

4. Washington, D.C.
M.S.A: Washington-ArlingtonAlexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
2011 Construction Starts: $8.1 billion
2010 Construction Starts: $7.9 billion
2009 Construction Starts: $8 billion


No. 4: Washington, D.C.
Photo: iStockphoto

3. Houston
M.S.A: Houston-BaytownSugar Land, TX
2011 Construction Starts: $8.8 billion
2010 Construction Starts: $8.1 billion
2009 Construction Starts: $8.5 billion


No. 3: Houston
Photo: Thinkstock

2. Dallas
M.S.A: Dallas-Fort WorthArlington, TX
2011 Construction Starts: $9.5 billion
2010 Construction Starts: $9.7 billion
2009 Construction Starts: $9.1 billion


No. 2: Dallas
Photo: David Sucsy/iStockphoto

1. New York
M.S.A: New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
2011 Construction Starts: $17.2 billion
2010 Construction Starts: $22 billion
2009 Construction Starts: $17.3 billion


No. 1: New York
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Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Uncategorized


World’s Coolest New Buildings

World’s Coolest New Buildings

Travel+LeisureBy Bree Sposato | Travel+Leisure – Mon, Mar 12, 2012 11:27 PM EDT

New York by Gehry residential tower in New York City. (Photo: Darcy Strobel)New York by Gehry residential tower in New York City. (Photo: Darcy Strobel)

If you still think of Fort Worth, TX, as simply “Cowtown,” then you’re due for a return visit. The city is home to the cutting-edge Modern Art Museum, with its five glass pavilions surrounded by a reflective pond—one of the world’s coolest new buildings, according to readers of Travel + Leisure.

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T+L readers ranked 60 landmarks, including skyscrapers, stadiums, museums, and opera houses. While they all had to have opened within the last 15 years, many of the top-ranking buildings are more recent arrivals, such as the 2008 I. M. Pei–designed Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.

Why are they important? Great buildings can help to revitalize a destination, put a neighborhood on the radar, or set the stage for major world events. And of course, new buildings can thrill us with their sheer scale—in many cases, the kind that makes you crane your neck, drop your jaw, and perhaps, hold on for dear life.

No. 1 New York by Gehry
New York City

Frank Gehry designed the Western world’s tallest residential tower (it soars 870 feet), and gave it an undulating frame to catch and reflect the sun as it changes throughout the day.

No. 2 National StadiumNational Stadium (Photo: iStockphoto)National Stadium (Photo: iStockphoto)

The world’s largest steel structure—designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron and known affectionately as the Bird’s Nest—premiered at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2003, Frank Gehry’s impeccably executed performance space is said to have some of the world’s best acoustics.




No. 4 Burj KhalifaBurj Khalifa (Photo: iStock)Burj Khalifa (Photo: iStock)

At 2,717 feet, the world’s tallest building has commanded the Dubai skyline since January 2010. It contains residences, offices, and the Armani Hotel.




No. 5 Turning TorsoTurning Torso (Photo: Lonely Planet Images / Alamy)Turning Torso (Photo: Lonely Planet Images / Alamy)
Malmo, Sweden

Santiago Calatrava’s 2005 twisting steel structure—consisting of nine cubes that rotate 90 degrees as they rise from bottom to top—is the second-highest residential building in Europe.






No. 6 Museo SoumayaMuseo Soumaya (Photo: Benedicte Desrus / Alamy)Museo Soumaya (Photo: Benedicte Desrus / Alamy)
Mexico City

Fernando Romero’s amorphous, aluminum-clad modern art museum, opened in 2011, rises like a glistening 64,583-square-foot sculpture out of Mexico City’s Polanco district.







No. 7 Modern Art MuseumModern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Photo: David Woo)Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Photo: David Woo)
of Fort Worth, Texas

Tadao Ando’s minimalist structure, opened in 2002, features five pavilions of 40-foot glass walls framed in simple steel and surrounding a 1.5-acre reflective pond.



No. 8 Institute of Contemporary Art

Institute of Contemporary Art (Photo: Peter Vanderwarker)Institute of Contemporary Art (Photo: Peter Vanderwarker)

When it opened in 2006 overlooking Boston Harbor, this 65,000-square-foot gallery of transparent glass, translucent glass, and cool opaque steel was the city’s first new museum in 100 years.




No. 9 Modern WingArt Institute of Chicago (Photo: iStockphoto)Art Institute of Chicago (Photo: iStockphoto)
Art Institute of Chicago

Renzo Piano’s limestone, glass, and steel 2009 addition to Chicago’s Beaux-Arts landmark was built to house the museum’s modern European artworks.





No. 10 National Aquatic CenterNational Aquatic Center (Photo: Everett Collection Inc / Alamy)National Aquatic Center (Photo: Everett Collection Inc / Alamy)

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, 25 world records were broken at this seven-acre, $1.6 billion glowing plastic cube, whose walls and roof contain more than 3,000 oversize air bubbles.

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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


Our Favorite (Healthy) Fast Food Breakfasts

By | Life Made Easy – Wed, Mar 7, 2012 9:44 AM EST

Next time you’re in a hurry, fuel up with these quick yet healthy fast food breakfast options. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. -By Karen Ansel, RD

Breakfast On-the-Go
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it’s also the one we have the least time for. But before you go without-or grab an oversized bagel or donut-check out the latest fast food offerings. Many are actually good for you and slimming too.

See More: Grab-and-Go Quick Breakfast Ideas

Starbucks: Protein Plate
When it comes to breakfast on the run, it can be hard to find one with plenty of protein that’s not also oozing with saturated fat. Enter Starbucks’ Protein Plate, an energizing combo of fruit, peanut butter, a hard cooked egg, and a mini bagel. Together these deliver the perfect balance of protein, complex carbs and healthy fats to help you power through your morning. One serving provides 370 calories, 5 grams of fiber, 17 grams each of protein and fat, and 5 grams of saturated fat. Pair it with a cup of green tea for an added antioxidantboost.

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Subway: Western Egg White & Cheese Muffin Melt
The folks at Subway put the breakfast sandwich on a diet and came up with this ingenious muffin melt. They did it by swapping in egg whites for whole eggs and adding fresh vegetables like bell peppers and onions. The result: an egg muffin with only 160 calories, 4 grams of fat, and less than 2 grams of saturated fat. It also packs a satisfying 15 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber along with as much calcium as a glass of milk. Team it up with a bag of apple slices and you’ll work in a serving of produce to boot.

See More: 100-Calorie Oatmeal Toppings

Au Bon Pain: Large Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
If you’re looking to lower your cholesterol this heart-smart breakfast from Au Bon Pain has your name on it. Not only does it contain the cholesterol-lowering fiber beta-glucan, it also supplies avenanthramides, antioxidants exclusively found in oats that protect against atherosclerosis. And because it’s water-rich it’s naturally low in calories, so you can dig into a big bowlful. Made from rolled oats and apples and sweetened with a touch of honey and sugar, one heaping 16-ounce bowlful provides only 370 calories. Nine grams of filling fiber and 11 grams of slowly-digested protein mean it’s also guaranteed to fend off midmorning hunger pangs.

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Jamba Juice: 12-oz Mango Peach Topper™

Jamba’s Ideal Meals™ make the perfect breakfast when there’s no time for breakfast. Part smoothie, part yogurt parfait, this meal has it all combining bananas, peaches, mangos, soymilk, and non-fat yogurt with a crunchy organic pumpkin flaxseed granola topping. One 12-oz serving has only 340 calories and 5 grams of fat and supplies 6 grams of fiber and at least half your daily dose of vitamins A and C. Order yours with an extra Whey Protein Superboost for a total of 19 grams of satiating protein.

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McDonald’s: Scrambled Eggs + English Muffin

You may think of it as the home of the Egg McMuffin but McDonald’s also dishes up a simpler – and healthier – scrambled egg breakfast. Just order each item individually (no oversized platters please!) and be sure to bypass the breakfast meat. Try a side of scrambled eggs, an English muffin, strawberry preserves, and a large coffee for 365 calories and half the sodium you’d get from the McMuffin.

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Jack in the Box: Breakfast Jack®

If you think breakfast just isn’t breakfast without the meat, this sandwich is for you. By trading ham for bacon, Jack in the Box has managed to whip up one of the lightest breakfast ‘wiches around with just 284 calories and 11 grams of fat. Wash it down with an OJ and you’ll score a hefty dose of heart-healthy potassium and more than 100% of your day’s vitamin C.

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Burger King: 3-Piece French Toast Sticks

Who says you can’t start your day on the sweet side? Instead of a giant cinnamon roll, check out this perfectly sized portion of French toast strips from Burger King. Three strips with a 1-ounce container of syrup provide a respectable 300 calories, 11 grams of fat and 2 grams of saturated fat. And it’s unusually low in sodium with only 260 milligrams per serving. Grab an 8-oz jug of fat free milk along with it for an additional protein boost plus a third of your day’s calcium.

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Einstein Bros: Pumpernickel Bagel with Smoked Salmon and Whipped Reduced Fat Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese

Get your omega-3 fix first thing with this savory bagel sandwich from Einstein Bros. Made with fluffy whipped reduced-fat cream cheese and a not-too-big bagel, it’s a lot lighter than you’d expect, delivering only 380 calories and 11 grams of fat. And it’s heart-smart too thanks to a generous serving of DHA-rich smoked salmon and fiber-filled pumpernickel. In addition to their hearty flavor, feasting on dark breads like pumpernickel can reduce your heart disease risk by 25% according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


Major Indices Mixed on Turbulent Week of Trading

Weekly Wrap Up

Markets were basically unchanged week over week, with the Dow slightly down and the Nasdaq and S&P 500 slightly up. The market experienced its biggest drop of the year so far on Tuesday, after Chinese officials revised their growth target downwards and investor anxiety over the Greek debt deal continued. As the week progressed, however, several indicators of a more optimistic outlook made themselves known; the Greek bond swap appeared to be progressing smoothly, for instance. Job creation also increased month over month in February, though jobless claims were slightly up for the week. In the end, the pessimistic and optimistic factors concluded with a was for week over week change in the markets. More Market News

Economic News

Greece Deal Triggers $3B in Default Swaps: ISDA
Greece’s use of collective action clauses forcing investors to take losses under its debt restructuring triggers payouts on $3 billion of default insurance, the International Swaps & Derivatives Association said. Click here to read the full article

Busting One Myth Behind the Unemployment Rate
On Wednesday, ADP said about 216,000 private-sector jobs were created in February, slightly more than expected. On Friday, Wall Street is expecting nonfarm payrolls to show an expansion of about 213,000, with the unemployment rate hovering at 8.3%. Click here to read the full article

Households turn corner as debt burdens fall
Families took on more debt in late 2011 for the first time in 3-1/2 years but a rise in after-tax incomes left consumers in better shape to spend. Click here to read the full article

Wall Street marks first big loss of 2012
The Dow dropped more than 200 points on Tuesday, handing Wall Street its worst day in three months on renewed fears of a disorderly default in Greece and concerns that China’s slowdown would hit global growth. Click here to read the full article

Business News

Wells Fargo expands checking account fees to more states
Wells Fargo will roll out a $7 monthly checking account fee to customers in six more states starting in May. Customers who agree to receive online bank statements will pay a $5 fee. Click here to read the full article

Even With Slowing Sales, You Shouldn’t Stop Loving McDonald’s
McDonald’s overseas sales growth did slow last month. Much of it was unavoidable, analysts say. The growth slip was most noticeable in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, where comparable store sales growth fell by 1.6% from a year ago. Weak consumer demand in Japan and the Chinese lunar New Year hampered efforts there, the company said today. Click here to read the full article

Technology Focus

Facebook Avails $8 Bln Credit, Ropes In More Underwriters
Ahead of the much awaited initial public offering, Facebook Inc. said it secured a new credit facility of up to $8 billion, and has named more underwriters. In a filing Wednesday with the SEC, the social networking site said its new financing includes an up to $5 billion unsecured five-year revolving credit to fund general corporate uses. This loan will carry a interest payment set at 1 percent more than Libor, and a payment of 0.10 percent per annum on the daily undrawn balance. Click here to read the full article

Apple Unveils IPad With Sharper Screen to Widen Tablet Lead
Apple Inc. (AAPLChartsNewsOffers) introduced a new version of the iPad, beefing up the two-year-old mobile computer with a sharper screen and faster chip to widen its lead over Inc. (AMZNChartsNewsOffers), Microsoft Corp. (MSFTChartsNewsOffers) and Google Inc. (GOOGCharts,NewsOffers) in the tablet market. Click here to read the full article

An Impressive Dividend Play
Microsoft Corporation is one of the top performers on the DOW so far this year, with the stock gained over 22%. Moreover, the stock on Monday made a new 52-week high of $32.44 and pulled back about 25 in the past couple of trading sessions. Click here to read the full article

IBM’s Watson Gets Wall Street Job After ‘Jeopardy’ Win
International Business Machines Corp. (IBMChartsNewsOffers)’s Watson computer, which beat champions of the quiz show “Jeopardy!” a year ago, will soon be advising Wall Street on risks, portfolios and clients. Citigroup Inc. (C:ChartsNewsOffers), the third-largest U.S. lender, is Watson’s first financial services client, IBM said yesterday. It will help analyze customer needs and process financial, economic and client data to advance and personalize digital banking. Click here to read the full article

Your Money

IRS offers relief for unemployed taxpayers who can’t pay
The IRS said the provisions expand its 2008 “Fresh Start” program, which was designed to help financially-distressed Americans who were behind on their taxes. Under the provisions announced Wednesday: Click here to read the full article

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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Study and Read, Uncategorized