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It also happens to be a “superfood” high in heart healthy Omega 3 fatty acids and beta carotene, one tasty enough to spread, like the weed it is, to farmers’ markets and fancy restaurants.

“We have all this sitting in our front yard, and we can eat it, and it’s cheaper than salmon,” said Joan Norman, owner of One Straw Farm in White Hall.

This terrestrial source of Omega 3 fatty acids has added appeal at a time when buying fish has become so complicated that consumers have to consult their smart phones for the latest health and environmental bulletins.

Known formally as portulaca oleracea, and informally as little hogweed, purslane is a succulent herb that looks, as one Baltimore chef put it, like a miniature jade plant. A more colorful description can be found in seed catalogs, which note that in Malawi, the name for the fleshy, round leafed plant translates to “the buttocks of the wife of a chief.”

The moisture rich leaves are cucumber crisp, and have a tart, almost lemony tang with a peppery kick. But taste is not the only reason to eat it.

“It’s a miracle plant,” said Dr. Artemis Simopoulos, president of the Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health in Washington, who discovered while working at the National Institutes of Health that the plant had the highest level of Omega 3 fatty acids of any other green plant.

Her research was first reported in the New England Journal of Medicine in the late 1980s, but it has taken time for nutrition awareness and food culture to catch up. At least in the United States. Purslane has been eaten for ages in places like Crete and Uzbekistan.

Early Americans appreciated it, too.

But the plant fell out of culinary fashion here until its recent rediscovery by food foraging, weed eating epicures.

“Now you can find purslane in farmers’ markets,” said Simopoulos, who had it served to her in not one, but two, salads at Mourayo, an elegant Greek restaurant in Washington. It was combined with tomatoes and feta in one salad, Romaine and scallions in the other.

“I think anyone who has a vegetable garden this year, the purslane will grow as a weed in it,” she said. “They should not really throw it out. They should eat it.”

The weed is showing up on Baltimore menus as well. Chef owner Winston Blick of Clementine restaurant in Hamilton uses it in some salads. So does Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano in Little Italy.

“When you bite into it, it bursts,
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” said Aldo’s owner Sergio Vitale. Vitale grew up eating the weed in his native Calabria, in southern Italy.

But purslane only made it onto plates in the family restaurant in the past few years. They toss the rough chopped leaves and the tenderest parts of the stem into salads, like the panzanella on the menu for next week’s restaurant week. (In the panzanella, a mixture of purslane, tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, olive oil and vinegar and onions are served over crusty bread.)

The purslane’s flavor Vitale finds it “a bit acrid,” with tannins in the stems making it “almost peppery like arugula” is not its chief selling point for the restaurateur. He likes the crisp, juicy texture.

When Aldo’s first started adding purslane to salads a few years ago, Vitale said he noticed plates coming back into the kitchen cleaned of all but the mysterious green. He quickly had a purslane education session with the staff “what is it, where we get it, health properties” so they could help assure diners that it wasn’t an errant weed.

Aldo’s also had to convince the local farmers that it didn’t belong in the compost heap. “We had to teach the farmer what it was, and he’d pick it for us,” he said.

Norman, the One Straw Farm owner, is also working to spread the word that purslane is worth eating.

“If I can sell my weeds, I’m really making money,” she said.

One Straw offers a popular community supported agriculture program known as a CSA, through which customers pay for a season’s worth of produce up front and get a weekly allotment of veggies. When purslane shows up in the CSA box, customers are puzzled.

“The first question is, ‘What is it?'” Norman said. “And you say, ‘It’s purslane. It’s a weed.’ At that point, they say, ‘Is that what I saw on the front sidewalk? I can eat it?'”

Norman’s response to that: “Well, it depends where your dog goes.”

One stumped CSA subscriber recently posted a photo of purslane on the Google group Baltimore Food Makers, asking for help identifying the mystery green.

She recommended it in dishes ranging from Salade Nicoise (“its texture and taste marry well with the oily/pungent things like olives and anchovies”) to the Mexican pork stew Puerco con Verdolagas (“it does become mucilaginous, but the effect is very like putting okra in gumbo”).

“The only thing to bear in mind with purslane is that you either want it raw/barely cooked through, or else you wanna cook the [heck] out of it, probably with an acid along for the ride,” she wrote. “Anything in between is likely to seem unpleasantly slimy to the American palate.”

From July until frost, Jamie Forsythe is surrounded by purslane by day, as manager of the Karzai restaurant group’s Fig Leaf Farm in Howard County, Maryland. He takes some of the stuff with him to his night job,
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The decision to drastically cut back emergency care at Kent and Canterbury Hospital has plunged neighbouring A departments into crisis with waiting times in east Kent the worst in the country.

Close to 200 patients a day are waiting more than four hours to be seen in A at Ashford William Harvey and the QEQM in Thanet, with conditions likened to those in third world countries.

Both departments are buckling under the added strain of extra patients diverted from Canterbury urgent care centre, which was closed to virtually all emergency admissions in June.

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The knock on effect is just 61% of A patients last month being seen within the NHS benchmark of four hours the worst in England and against a national average of almost 86%.

Retired health and safety manager Richard Facer has accused the east Kent hospitals trust of with people lives The 65 year old spent an afternoon in William Harvey A last week when his son in law was rushed in by ambulance after being knocked off his bicycle.

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like a wartorn country, he said. images you see on TV of these overcrowded wards, that happening here.

was amazed at how many people were crammed into the department. Patients were being left in the open on the ward or just left sitting in chairs.

level of overcrowding is something I would expect to see in a third world country, not in a hospital in Great Britain.

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staff were doing their level best to cope, and doing it admirably, but I can believe the trust did not foresee what is clearly a crisis, and something that is putting patients lives at risk. The crisis has largely been sparked by an influx of patients who would have previously been treated at the K which was forced to downgrade its emergency care centre last summer after Health Education England (HEE) threatened to pull junior doctors from the site.

It found trainee medics were treating seriously ill patients without adequate supervision from consultants.

In an attempt to retain the K junior doctors, health chiefs diverted all patients with mental health issues, severe stomach pain or alcohol intoxication to Ashford and Margate.

But it only earned them a temporary reprieve, with HEE revisiting in March and ordering the trust to transfer 46 trainees out of Canterbury to its sister hospitals.

The removal of the junior doctors forced the trust to also shift its emergency heart and stroke services to the William Harvey and QEQM, with the final changes implemented in June.

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It means 100 extra patients a day are attending A compared to six months ago.

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not surprised they the worst in the country, he said. constantly hearing reports about how long people are having to wait.

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expected it anyway, which is why we keep on at them to get the services back to the K because it putting too much pressure on the A in Ashford and Margate.

trust should have seen this coming a long time ago.

probably realise they made a terrible, terrible mess of it and they only got themselves to blame but it not them that suffers, it the patients. Jane Ely, chief operating officer at East Kent Hospitals, says the trust is working to reduce waiting times.

She said: “It is not true to say that the temporary changes at K have increased waiting times at East Kent A departments.

“Canterbury residents are continuing to use the 24/7 minor injury unit at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital.

“Our emergency departments are very busy, particularly at this time of year.” Jane Ely “There has not been an A at Canterbury since 2005, and the small number of people who were previously brought to the urgent care centre at K by ambulance with a suspected stroke or heart attack, and are now taken to Ashford and Margate, has not increased.

“Our emergency departments are very busy, particularly at this time of year with the increase in visitors and the number of elderly residents with complex health conditions, which are exacerbated by the warmer weather.

“We are working hard to reduce waiting times by increasing the number of people who can be seen and treated in ambulatory care and discharged on the same day. We are also working closely with GPs and community staff so that people are seen at home, avoiding unnecessary trips to hospital.
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Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute is celebrating a milestone 225th birthday this year. To celebrate this unprecedented achievement, there will be a very special reunion from Wednesday to Sunday, Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. Alumni will also be toasting a new era for KCVI, to the promise of the school’s dynamic legacy continuing on into the decades to come at its new location.

Change is not new to KC. Since its beginning in 1792, KC has gone through a number of changes in name and location; in each case, for the better, reacting to changes in social values and improvements in technology.

The school will be relocating to its fifth location in the near future. In 1792, the Midland District Grammar School was at the corner of School Street (Lower Union) and King Street East. It remained there until the 1849, when it moved into temporary quarters in a wing of Summerhill, the home of Archdeacon George O’Kill Stuart. It next moved to a new school building (Sydenham Public School today) on Clergy Street, which opened for classes in 1853. In that same year, the Stuarts sold Summerhill to Queen’s College. In 1892, KCI moved once again, from Clergy Street to its current site at the corner of Earl and Frontenac streets, with the main entrance on Earl Street.

A number of people of note have graced the halls throughout its history, including: Sir John A. Macdonald (Canada’s first prime minister), Oliver Mowat (politician), Peter Milliken (Speaker of the House of Commons and head boy at KC, 1963 64), Hugh Dillon (CBC actor and musician), Simon Whitfield (Olympic gold and silver medallist), Robert Mundell (Nobel laureate and father of the ‘Euro’) and Diane MacMillan Polley (actor and mother of Sarah Polley, Canadian actor and producer. Diane was head girl at KC, 1953 54). Last but certainly not the least of celebrated KC alumni are the recently named members to the Order of Canada, the iconic Canadian band The Tragically Hip.

KC received a number of distinctions in later years. In 1990, through efforts of teacher George Dillon with the Heraldry Society, Ontario Lt. Gov. Lincoln Alexander awarded KC with its first coat of arms. It was the first such presentation in Canada. Two years later, in the school’s bicentennial year, Gov. Gen. Raymond Hnatyshyn presented the school with a new coat of arms to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the school. Later, KC was granted the right to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate program. In 2012, the Fraser Institute ranked KC as the top performing high school in the Limestone District School Board and among the top 10 in Canada.

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in 1997. Just in the last few weeks, the CRTC approved the school’s application for a major boost in its transmitting power.

The reunion will take place in and around KC. For the past 225 years, KCVI, the second oldest high school in Canada and the oldest in Ontario, has provided generations of Kingston and area families with excellent education and fond memories. Because the building at its current location is scheduled to close in the near future, this reunion will be the last opportunity for former students to visit its cherished, hallowed halls. The school, as a concept separate from the building, will be moving to a new location to share a new building and name with another iconic high school, Queen Elizabeth Collegiate and Vocational Institute (1955 2016). It is hoped that the new school name will recognize and embrace both schools in some clear, visible way so that each school can continue to build on its history and traditions well into the future. At the same time, and on a solid foundation of the merging legacies of both historic schools, the new school will begin to build its own strong traditions and heritage. The late Ron Ede, former teacher and the KCVI archivist and historian in 1992, wrote:

“As the glass of time ekes out the few remaining grains of sand of another century, the KC alumni hope nothing unforeseen occurs to interrupt the flow, and that Father Time will, in his wisdom, invert the glass inaugurating the third century of KCVI.” Ron Ede, The KCVI Times, 1992.

Perhaps this thought still rings true as KC enters a new era.

The reunion committee has been busy organizing a long weekend of exciting activities brimming with nostalgia, memories and old friendships. Alumni from as far back as the 1930s and, in a handful of cases even farther back in time, are expected to attend.

The four days will be packed with numerous exciting activities that will cater to everyone’s taste. There will be sports events (or exhibits) such as volleyball, basketball, rowing, girls field hockey, boys football and a historic harrier race, et cetera. A golf tournament is being arranged at The Landings golf club by the airport. There will be a coffee house/wine and cheese event when some alumni may once again wish to display their talents on the stage of KC’s magnificent auditorium. Several areas of the school will be accessible to highlight student work and achievements, and there is to be a drama festival in the auditorium. A gala and talent show will be held at the Rogers K Rock Centre on the Saturday night, after which alumni reunion groups may choose to meet at various pubs and restaurants in the downtown Kingston area.

As one would expect, there will be an extensive collection of artifacts, photographs and other memorabilia of the school’s past on display throughout the weekend. Of special note are the memorial plaques in the main stairwell commemorating the sacrifices of former KC students,
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who made the ultimate sacrifice in the two world wars of the last century. There is also a special display inside the entrance to the library highlighting images and short biographies of many former students who faced the perils of those wars.

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Jay woke in darkness, the summer and a girlhood behind him. A sharp pain stabbed through his stomach. In an hour, he would be a high school freshman.

Please, he thought, don’t let anyone recognize me.

He dragged himself out of bed and lumbered through the double wide trailer he shared with his mom and two sisters. His mother was at work, his siblings asleep. Only his dog, a 9 pound Chihuahua named Chico, marked Jay’s passing from one life to the next.

Jay faced the bathroom mirror. He was 14. His dark brown hair spiked just the right way. His jaw was square, his eyebrows full and wild. But his body betrayed him. He was 5 foot 2 and curvy in all the wrong places.

He tugged one sports bra over his chest and then another. He pulled on a black T shirt, hoping it would hide his curves. He eyed the silhouette, and his stomach rumbled with anxiety.

He had finished eighth grade with long hair and a different name. At his new school in southwest Washington, most of the 2,000 kids had never known the girl Jay supposed he used to be. As long as his contours didn’t give his secret away, “Jay” was a clean slate, a boy who could be anyone.

He took one final look in the mirror. Puberty was pulling him in a direction he didn’t want to go, and reversing it would take more than a haircut and an outfit. But how much more? He was a boyish work in progress, only beginning to figure out how to become himself. His mom and his doctors had little precedent for how to help.

He had taken great pains to start school as this boy with no past. His mom had met with the principal, and a counselor had created a plan. Jay could use the staff bathroom. Teachers would avoid his birth name, a long and Latina moniker that stung Jay every time he heard it.

Jay stepped outside and knew he should feel lucky. Whole generations had lived and died without any of the opportunities he would have. He was a teenager coming of age in an era Time magazine had declared the Transgender Tipping Point.

By his senior year, Jay’s quiet life would ride a surge in civil rights.

Barack Obama would become the first president to say the word “transgender” in a State of the Union speech. Target would strip gender labels off its toy aisles. In Oregon, student athletes would gain the right to decide whether to play on the girls’ team or the boys’. Girls would wear tuxedos to prom.

That didn’t make the path forward easy or safe. North Carolina would forfeit $3.7 billion to keep people like Jay out of the bathroom. An Oregon city councilman an hour from Jay’s house would threaten an “ass whooping” to transgender students who used “the opposite sex’s facilities.” Even Washington, the liberal state Jay called home, would consider a bill rolling back his right to choose the locker room that felt right. President Donald Trump would take over for Obama and ban transgender people from serving in the military.

But that morning, Jay was just a teenager, just a boy walking to school. He didn’t want to be a trailblazer. He wanted to be normal.

Jay (right) had been depressed since he was 4. In photos, he grimaced while his sisters Maria (left) and Angie (center) smiled. (Family photo)

He was 12 when “girl” started to feel like the wrong word for him. He didn’t know what he was, yet.

He avoided mirrors, but his reflection found him anyway. There were mirrors in the hallway and next to the kitchen table. Turned off, the flat screen TV was a black projection of the body he tried to hide. Even the coffee table, a glass top smeared with after school snacks, caught his form.

His face was round and so was his body. He turned away in disgust.

His family called him YaYa then. He dressed to disappear. He pulled his thick hair into a ponytail, the imperfect gathering too far left or right to be stylish. He wore an oversized gray sweatshirt every day and kept the hood up to hide his hair.

He tried to do what other girls did. He shaved his eyebrows and curled his hair. Both felt wrong. His stomach knotted every time someone called him “she.”

In other parts of the country, people might have talked. Girls in guys sweatshirts were tomboys or worse. In Vancouver, Washington, a suburb just north of Portland, most people looked the other way. He had friends who wore makeup, but no one ever pressured him to try it.

Still, some days, he couldn’t bring himself to walk the hallways. He skipped class at least once a week in seventh grade. He passed whole days in bed, the sheets pulled up to his neck. In the shadows of his bedroom, Jay could be almost nothing at all.

Jay dressed to disappear. He wore the same grey sweatshirt every day. (Family photo)

His mother took him to doctors, but there was no word for the way Jay felt. He struggled to explain that he felt sick because he didn’t feel like himself.

I feel like I am walking on glass, he wanted to say. But the words came out, “My stomach hurts.”

The doctor gave him omeprazole for heartburn and Zofran for nausea. Jay trawled the internet for a better diagnosis. Surfing on a years old iPod, he landed on YouTube, where every video was a current that pulled him toward another. Eventually the river carried him to a four minute video called “BOYS CAN HAVE A VAG.” A 20 something woman with long hair and perfect eyebrows laid out her argument.

Gender, she said, is like a suitcase. When you’re born, doctors look between your legs and assign you one. Boy luggage contains sports, trucks and action figures. It comes with short hair and abs, toughness and courage. The girl suitcase has soft curves and graceful movements, dresses and jewelry, patience and nurturing.

But what if all those things felt wrong? she asked. “You might start to feel broken, like there was no room for who you were in that stifling suitcase.”

People who don’t identify with their suitcase, the YouTube host explained, are transgender.

Jay typed “transgender” in the search box. He watched documentaries and first person testimonials and began to imagine the possibilities. Puberty blockers could stop his period. Shots could deepen his alto voice. With surgeries, he could even rid himself of ovaries and breasts.
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Mullin confirmed there were some survivors and turned his attention to the suspected gunman

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Other culinary experiences were familiar yet reflected a more refined Singapore. At the National Kitchen by Violet Oon at the National Gallery Singapore, dishes included a deconstructed take on a childhood favorite, tauhu goreng (fried tofu slices with bean sprouts and a spicy peanut sauce).

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This is the moment a suspected shoe thief from a Sikh temple.

Police were called to Gravesend’s Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara on Friday evening.

The 28 year old woman was caught on camera trying on some shoes before putting two pairs, left in the reception by respectful visitors, into a carrier bag and walking off.

VIDEO: The woman stole two pairs of shoes from the temple

The incident happened during the popular Lhori winter folk festival and the footage posted online by Andy Singh has been viewed more than 26,000 times.

But the woman went free after the victim declined to support a prosecution.

Kent Police spokesman Jordan Bluer said: “We received a report that a pair of shoes had been stolen from an address in Khalsa Avenue, Gravesend, on Friday.

The police initially detained the woman

“Officers attended the area. A woman was located and initially detained on suspicion of theft. However, no offences were disclosed and she was later released. The shoes were returned to the victim.”

Mr Singh said: “It’s unbelievable at a place where everything is free and everyone is welcome someone would feel the need to take shoes.

“Everyone who comes in to the temple leaves their shoes there before going upstairs.”

Shockingly, it’s not the first time shoes have been stolen from the temple, with Mr Singh saying wedding guests’ expensive footwear had been taken before, leading to the installation of the camera.
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