From nasty to poisonous

first_imgUniversity of Georgia horticulturalist Paul Thomas can’t think ofany common gift plants that are necessarily poisonous — most ofthe poisonous plants are those cut for Christmas decorations. Hecan, however, think of one that will light a child’s or pet’smouth on fire.Ornamental peppers sold around the holidays come in merry whiteand Christmas red. And these, he said, are usually bred from someof the hottest peppers on the market.“They can be, and often are, flaming, wish-you-were-dead hot,”Thomas said. Peppers can add interest to a table or garden area. But, anyonewho has children should purchase them with caution.“Keep in mind, if you decided to go with ornamental peppers, thatthey’re not going to kill a child, but you’re going to have avery unhappy baby or child if they eat them,” Thomas said.“They’re not going to understand they bit into a hot pepper.They’re just going to panic.”The best solution, as with any plant, is to keep them out of thereach of children.Poisonous plantsParents and others who may have children over for the holidaysshould watch out for a few plants commonly used as decorationthat are poisonous. These include amaryllis, calla lilies,English ivy, mistletoe, holly, juniper, lantana and yew,according to the UGA Extension publication “Poisonous Plants inthe Landscape” ( parts include:• Amaryllis – the bulbs and seeds• Calla lily – all parts• English ivy – leaves, stem and fruit• Holly – berries• Juniper – berry-like seeds• Lantana – fruit• Mistletoe – berries• Yew – berries and foliage“The term poisonous does not imply that the plant is fatal,” saidGary Wade, a UGA Extension horticulturist. “Some plants may beonly mildly toxic and may cause stomach ache or mild irritationof the mouth and throat when ingested.”Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to poison, he said.Keep an eye on what children, especially babies, are chewing on,and keep them away from plants.In case of a poison emergency or to get poison information,always keep the Georgia Poison Center number near your telephone.They can be contacted at (800) 222-1222 or (404) 616-9000. Forgeneral information, visit a poisoning occurs and the person is having trouble breathing,experiencing seizures or won’t wake up, call 9-1-1 immediately. Pretty poinsettiasPoinsettias, despite their reputation, aren’t poisonous, Thomas said.“They won’t even make a cat, dog or a child sick if they do eat aleaf or get sap on their skin,” Thomas said.Some people will itch when they come in contact with poinsettias.This is because they’re having an allergic reaction to the latexfound in the plants.Poinsettia sap can be irritating if it gets in the eyes or onsensitive skin. If this happens, wash the affected areaimmediately with water.last_img read more

Equal Means Equal: Women’s Rights Doc Coming to Cinema Arts Centre

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Just in time for Women’s History Month and the annual International Women’s Day comes Equal Means Equal, a film that speaks to the economic and social issues that still impact women today.The documentary follows director/actress/activist Kamala Lopez as she traverses the United States to tell stories of gender inequality from not only women’s rights activists but women from all walks of life.Among the high-profile names featured in the film are Patricia Arquette and feminist icon Gloria Steinem.Lopez takes viewers into the lives of four generations of women, highlighting such issues as wage discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, reproductive health, female poverty, international women’s rights, domestic violence, and more.The issues discussed in the film remain hugely relevant. Thousands of women rallied on March 7 in commemoration of International Women’s Day and parallel events dubbed “A Day Without A Woman” to bring attention to the economic importance of women in society.The documentary, which was released March 1, also come less than two months after hundreds of thousands of women marched nationwide the day after President Donald Trump was inaugurated, the largest of them being the anchor march in Washington, D.C.The event is co-presented with the American Association of University Women (AAUW).Not only will the audience get to watch the documentary in full but several speakers will also be on hand to discuss various issues, including: Anita Halasz, executive director of Long Island Jobs With Justice; Julie Loven, VP of membership for the North Shore AAUW; and Diane Haney, a retired special education teacher and past president of North Shore AAUW and AAUW New York State.Equal means Equal will be played at Cinema Arts Centre on Sunday, March 12 at 12:30 p.m. $7 members, $12 pubic. cinemaartscentre.orglast_img read more

Pennsylvania Renews Opioid Disaster Declaration for Seventh Time

first_img Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Today marks the seventh renewal of Pennsylvania’s Opioid Disaster Declaration. As has become routine, Pennsylvania will continue its use of a 90-day disaster declaration to fight the opioid crisis. Governor Tom Wolf first signed the declaration in January 2018 as a mechanism for state agencies, third-party organizations and stakeholders to work collaboratively, loosen regulations that slow down access to treatment, and increase efforts on prevention, treatment, and recovery for thousands of Pennsylvanians suffering from the opioid crisis.“The disaster declaration and its provisions remain a strong force in battling the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “Through the Opioid Command Center and its dedicated 17 state agencies collaborating on education, prevention, rescue and recovery, we have been able to make progress that resulted in a deduction in overdose deaths in 2018. But we are far from proclaiming victory and the continuation of the disaster declaration means a continuation of a commitment to doing all we can to fight this scourge on our commonwealth.”Through the collaborative efforts of the Opioid Command Center and its partners, Pennsylvania has:Removed about 285 tons of prescription drugs from our streets through more than 800 take-back boxes,Connected more than 5,000 Pennsylvanians to treatment through a warm hand-off program,Assisted more than 18,000 individuals with accessing treatment through one of 45 Centers of Excellence,Provided guidance to more than 43,000 individuals who have called the 1-800-Get-Help-Now hotline,Administered more than 25,000 live-saving doses of naloxone,Distributed more than 6,000 naloxone kits during the first “Get Help Now Day” in December 2018,Implemented dozens of initiatives to increase access to treatment, aid in recovery, and innovatively spend federal State Opioid Response dollars to maximize their benefit.The commonwealth was recently awarded the second highest amount of federal Department of Health and Human Services state opioid response funding to continue with programs already underway that focus on housing, education, and expanded medication-assisted treatment programs, among others. Since 2017, Pennsylvania has been allocated $141 million in federal funding.The state, under the leadership of the Department of Health and Opioid Command Center, has two planned naloxone kit giveaway days – September 18 and 25 – with 95 locations across the state distributing free kits while supplies last. During the eight-day period between September 18 and 25, multiple state agencies will host or promote programs and initiatives to help fight the opioid crisis.In addition, the Opioid Command Center will host its first Opioid Summit, “Think Globally, Act Locally,” October 1 and 2 in State College. Gov. Wolf will provide opening day remarks for the summit attendees, which will include professionals, community members, families and all others who have been affected by the opioid crisis in PennsylvaniaFind more information on the Opioid Summit.Find more information on the state’s response to the opioid crisis.Read the full disaster declaration renewal. Pennsylvania Renews Opioid Disaster Declaration for Seventh Time SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img September 10, 2019last_img read more

Whitfield home provides perfect FNQ experience

first_img7 Fry Cl, Whitfield, is listed for offers in the $700,000s.BARRY and Julia Hilson thought this resort-style Whitfield home would give them the taste of the tropics they desired – and they certainly haven’t been let down. A few years ago they decided to settle in Cairns, with Mrs Hilson often flying to the Torres Strait and Cape York for work.“We were living at the Gold Coast, but thought it would make sense to move here,” Mr Hilson said.There was something about a five-bedroom home on Fry Cl that captured their eyes and eventually their hearts.They bought the property in August 2014 and have since enjoyed it for all its worth. Set on more than 1200sq m, the deceptively large home is like a “hidden sanctuary”, allowing ample space for Mr and Mrs Hilson and their two teenage daughters.“We made a media room out of what was previously a shed,” Mr Hilson said. “We wanted a place where the girls could come home and listen to their music, play guitar and sing.”Built in 1985, the property’s focal point is an attractive swimming pool.“We thought a pool was a ‘must have’ if we were going to live in Cairns,” he said. “It is very easy to come out from working in the study and straight into the poolside area. I love having a dip first thing in the morning. “It’s so refreshing and the space is great for a barbecue. We’ve had many meals out there on a summer’s evening.” More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoA swimming pool is a striking feature of the five-bedroom homeA brilliantly designed master bedroom is another of the home’s standout features, boasting a colossal walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.A large, air-conditioned granny flat could also be used an extra income stream for the home’s next owner.Mr Hilson said a desire to be closer to family in south-east Queensland was behind their heavy-hearted decision to sell.“This place is just so convenient to everything, it’s less than 10 minutes to the airport and town and we’ve got plenty of shopping options around us,” he said.“We love this home, and if we could pick it up and take it with us, we would.“We’ll be genuinely sad to leave because it’s offered us such a great lifestyle.”Within the catchment zones for Edge Hill State School and Trinity Bay State High School, the home is listed for offers in the mid-$700,000s.Selling agent Vanessa Robinson, of LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill, described the home as “very peaceful”.“There’s very much a resort feel about it … and there’s ‘wow factor’ from the moment you walk through the front door,” she said. “And the master suite has everything that people could possibly want.” The property at 7 Fry Cl, Whitfield, is open for inspection today from 3.15-4pm.last_img read more

Government report recommends splitting ABP into separate schemes

first_imgAn inter-departmental study has concluded that pensions for the Dutch government should be decentralised and divided among separate vehicles for the various levels of government, education, the police and other public sectors.The adjustment – meant to cut costs – could even lead to the division of the €356bn civil service scheme ABP, according to local financial news daily Het Financieele Dagblad (FD).The FD said Ronald Plasterk, minister for Interior Affairs, sent the study to Parliament last week but that the report had already been completed last summer.It said government employers, critical of the “lack of control” over ABP’s contributions, sparked the study, “as the centrally established premium is for 14 different governmental sectors, whereas salaries and collective labour agreements (CAOs) are individually negotiated for each group”. The government cited “painful negotiations” over contributions to ABP over the past six months as an example, according to the paper.This bargaining initially lead to a premium reduction, which was reversed soon afterwards, causing a financial setback of €245m for government employers.The report recommended that all 14 sectors receive their own pension fund, or the ability to opt out of ABP.It also proposed splitting ABP into three schemes – one for Cabinet-level government, one for the lower levels of government and one for education – as another alternative.The latter would solve the issue of the solidarity contribution within ABP, the report said.A third option was internal division within the civil service scheme, with ABP implementing different plans for the various sectors, with each able to decide its own arrangements individually, the FD said.Most political parties have dismissed the report.Roos Vermeij, MP for coalition partner PvdA, said the study’s main aim seemed to be to strengthen government employers’ negotiating position relative to unions.Fellow coalition partner VVD said the break-up of ABP would be a matter for the unions and Dutch companies, not the government. The Christian Democrats (CDA), the Socialist Party (SP) and the Freedom Party (PVV) condemned the proposals.Paul Ulenbelt and Machiel de Graaf – MPs for the SP and PVV, respectively – took pains to emphasise that the government’s policy was aimed at co-operation among pension funds, as well as consolidation.The Liberal Democrats (D66), however, have seen the report in a more positive light.The FD quoted MP Wouter Koolmees as saying that such an adjustment would be sensible, “as it would enable the various sectors to individually conclude arrangements such as higher pay against a lower pension, or the other way round”.last_img read more

DOF Takes Full Ownership of DOF Subsea

first_imgNorwegian offshore services group DOF has entered into an agreement to purchase 35 per cent of the subsidiary DOF Subsea for NOK 20 million ($2.2 million).The acquisition is closely associated with the ongoing refinancing of DOF Subsea, the Oslo-listed offshore support vessel contractor said on Monday.After the acquisition, DOF ASA will own 100 percent of the subsidiary.The deal has been struck with FR Dolphin Lux Holding, owner of 51,131,358 shares in DOF Subsea, and Dolphin Invest 2, owner of 7,538,163 shares, both entities controlled by US-based fund First Reserve.First Reserve has been looking to sell out of DOF Subsea. In September this year, First Reserve’s representatives resigned from the board. However, the assets of the subsidiary were not sold at that time.Subsea World News Stafflast_img read more

Kay captures third straight IMCA Late Model national crown

first_imgVINTON, Iowa (Sept. 4) – Justin Kay joined some pretty good company by winning another IMCA Late Model national championship.From Wheatland, Kay won 17 features and the track championship at Dubuque Speedway to total 814 points and top national standings for the division for a third consecutive season.That matches the accomplishment of 2010-2012 king Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, Ill. Kay earns a $5,500 share of a $21,300 point fund to be paid to top 20 finishers in the national ranks.“The first one is still the best but the third one is pretty cool,” Kay said. “National championships get tougher to win. It’s cool to be able to do it three years in a row.”Runner-up Matt Ryan of Davenport was just three points off the pace. He raced to 11 feature wins and track titles at Davenport Speedway, Jackson County Speedway and Quad City Speedway, plus the Allstar Performance Illinois State crown.Two-time national champion Todd Cooney of Des Moines, Ryan Griffith of Webster City and Andy Nezworski of Buffalo completed the top five.Nevada’s Paul Nagle earned national rookie of the year as well as Allstar Performance Iowa State championship honors. He was 13th nationally.As many as 20 bonus points, based on average car counts, were awarded for track and special series championships. Ryan got 20 points for his Davenport title, the highest from among his three local titles. Kay’s Dubuque crown was accompanied by 17 bonus points.Other track champions, with bonus points in parenthesis, were Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway in Des Moines (13); Tyler Bruening of Decorah at Farley Speedway (19); Cooney, at Shelby County Speedway in Harlan (14); Tyler Droste of Waterloo at Independence Motor Speedway (17); Ryan Griffith of Webster City at his hometown Hamilton County Speedway (12); and Kevin Kile at his hometown West Liberty Raceway (16).John Emerson of Waterloo ruled the Sunday Series (14) held at Stuart Speedway and Benton County Speedway in Vinton.Kay now owns 58 feature wins over the course of his weekly IMCA Late Model career, all but one of them coming in the last three years. He’ll next try to join Guss as the only drivers to win both national and Deery Brothers Summer Series crowns in back-to-back seasons.Guss did so in 2010 and 2011.Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown is also a three-time Late Model national champion, with the 1993, 2006 and 2007 titles to his credit.Final events of the 2015 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season for Late Models were held Aug. 30 and standings become official on Sept. 28. Point fund checks will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in Lincoln, Neb., in November.Unofficial IMCA Late Model top 20 point standings – 1. Justin L. Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 814; 2. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 811; 3. Todd Cooney, Des Moines, Iowa, 801; 4. Ryan Griffith, Webster City, Iowa, 769; 5. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 760; 6. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, Iowa, 757; 7. John Emerson, Water­loo, Iowa, 751; 8. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, 747; 9. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 742; 10. Jon Merfeld, Dubuque, Iowa, 736; 11. Jeremy Grady, Story City, Iowa, 735; 12. Charlie McKenna, Clear Lake, Iowa, 726; 13. Paul Nagle, Nevada, Iowa, 725; 14. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., 720; 15. Ben Nading, Ankeny, Iowa, 716 (two 40-point feature wins); 16. Jonathan Brauns, Muscatine, Iowa, 716 (no 40-point feature wins); 17. Nate Beuseling, Silvis, Ill., 711; 18. Brian Harris, Davenport, Iowa, 706; 19. Daul­ton Maassen, Avoca, Iowa, 704; 20. Tyler Droste, Waterloo, Iowa, 700.last_img read more

Voltigeur target for Dabadiyan

first_img The Aga Khan-owned three-year-old has now won his last three races in the manner of a rapidly improving colt. He holds entries in both the English and Irish St Legers and after winning Her Majesty’s Plate in Northern Ireland, Halford will now raise him in class. Michael Halford’s Dabadiyan continued his progression at Down Royal on Friday evening and now has the Great Voltigeur at York on August 21 as a potential target. “They went a good gallop, he arrived travelling well and he just does enough,” said Halford. “The Irish Leger is a possibility as is the English. He may go to York now for the Great Voltigeur.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Kerala, NorthEast take point with penalties

first_imgKochi: Kerala Blasters FC and NorthEast United FC settled for a 1-1 draw in a Hero Indian Super League tie at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi on Saturday. Bartholomew Ogbeche and Asamoah Gyan’s penalties cancelled each other out as NorthEast continue their unbeaten run on the road, while Kerala Blasters were left without a win since the opening day when they got the better of ATK.Kerala continues to occupy the ninth position with eight points from 10 matches while NorthEast is seventh with 11 points. IANSAlso Read: Mumbai City FC, Kerala Blasters FC play 1-1 draw in ISL Also Watch: Anti-CAA protests: AASU and Artistes Society of Assam jointly conducts protest meeting in Sualkuchilast_img

ICC World Cup Pakistan need World Cup miracle, admits Sarfaraz Ahmed

first_imgLondon: Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed admitted his team need a miracle to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals as they prepare for their final league game against Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday. Pakistan require an outlandishly big victory but if Bangladesh bat first, their chances of catching New Zealand will be gone.”Obviously, we are here to win all the matches,” said Sarfaraz, whose team have lost their past four one-day internationals against a fast-improving Bangladesh.”We will do our best to win the last game as well to end on a high and we will do our best to achieve that but we need to be realistic, but if Allah helps then miracles can happen. It’s like you score 600, 500, 400 on a pitch then you think you can get the other team out for 50 and then win by a 316-run margin. If you think realistically, then we can only try'” he said.”But the first real thing will be to win the match.”Pakistan’s highest total at the tournament is the 348-8 they made in their shock win over England. The host nation’s 397-6 against Afghanistan is the best of the World Cup so far.Sarfaraz said it had been tough to post big totals on the pitches being used in the tournament.”If you look at the tournament then, realistically, the tournament is of 280-300 totals,” said Sarfaraz.”If you look at the pitches, they were not for free-scoring. They were tough for batting with spin and the ball was not coming onto the bat.”Pakistan were shot out for a paltry 105 in their first match, with the West Indies winning in just 13.4 overs, meaning they took a huge hit on run rate.They won just one of their first five matches, coming back strongly to beat South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan to sit fifth in the 10-team table. But England’s victory against New Zealand on Wednesday left them with a virtually impossible task. Those two teams plus Australia and India will almost certainly be the four semi-finalists. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more