Happy pills no laughing matter

first_imgLinkedin NewsLocal NewsHappy pills no laughing matterBy admin – October 15, 2009 864 13 year-old hospitalised after taking ‘Jokers’LAWS governing the sale of hallucinogenic and other stimulants from head shops have been questioned by the mother of a young teenage girl, who was hospitalised after purchasing and consuming party pills – otherwise known as happy pills – that she was told would “make her laugh”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This newspaper was contacted by the mother of the 13-year-old girl who lost feeling in both her legs and collapsed before being rushed to the Regional Hospital, where she was placed on a heart monitor.Now she warns parents of the dangers of some products available for sale in head shops.The girl was twice refused in separate head shops before finally purchasing a packet of ‘Jokers’ (party pills containing a mixture of ketones, herbal extracts and glucose).After taking the pills with her friend, both felt immediately ill. One claimed to have lost feeling in her hands, while the other collapsed and had to be taken to hospital.Both parents contacted the Gardai, but were alerted that no legislation exists to prohibit the sale of these products to anyone under 18.It is alleged when they bought the pills, they enquired as to what the effects they would have, and were reportedly informed that it would make them laugh.Robert Gardiner, proprietor of the city centre head shop Dark Side, stated: “Consumption of those pills for girls of that age would have the same effect as drinking 10 cans of red bull because of the high caffeine content.“The effects would vary from person to person. However, a child consuming those pills would be a lot more at risk than a person over the age of 18”.Although it is legal for shops to sell party pills and herbal incenses to all ages, local head shop owners are adamant that they refuse to sell their products to people under 18.The parents concerned fear that children might be at risk from taking party pills.They are calling for legislation to be brought in to ban the sale of these products to people under the age of 18.A legal source informed this newspaper of the grey area which these products fall into: “There seems to be no legislative powers in place as these products do not fall under the Misuse of Drugs Act, which would make them illegal. They are not regulated by the Pharmacies Act, where a prescription would be required; however any of the tobacco products would not available for sale to anyone under 18”.Local Labour TD, Jan O’ Sullivan, who has voiced her concerns about head shops in the past, said: “We clearly have a big problem that is directly affecting younger people”.After learning of the incident involving the girl being hospitalised, Deputy O’Sullivan is to put a Parliamentary question to the Dáil this week regarding the legal grey area which exists.A Limerick doctor, who preferred not to be identified, agreed with Deputy O’Sullivan’s concerns.“I have seen similar cases in the past”, he said.Robert Gardiner said, “A child consuming these pills would be a lot more at risk than a person over the age of 18” Email WhatsApp Advertisementcenter_img Print Facebook Twitter Previous articleReported crime down in city and countyNext articleUnusual position for Munster adminlast_img read more

Learn something new during Hispanic Heritage Month

first_imgCelebrated from September 15 to October 15, this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month, or El Mes de la Herencia Hispana, carries a theme that seems to speak directly to the credit union movement—“Honoring our Heritage. Building our Future.” It’s an ideal time to check in on your credit union’s own history of service to the increasingly influential Hispanic consumer segment, as well as your plans for evolving that service for a changing demographic.This month, make it a point to learn something new about the Hispanic members in your cooperative, as well as those who have not been exposed to the credit union difference. Here are a few questions you may consider asking on your quest to learn more. Is the immigration process part of your financial journey?Many people are surprised to learn that of the country’s more than 54 million Hispanics, most are native-born Americans, and nearly three in four are U.S. citizens. It’s important to acknowledge, however, the 19 million foreign-born Hispanics living and working in the U.S.Many foreign-born Hispanic individuals have gone through the immigration process to obtain U.S. citizenship, and many others are working on adjusting their status. Others may not be eligible for U.S. immigration status at this time. The immigration process is a time-intensive and costly one, as well as a major part of the lives of many Hispanic immigrants. Credit unions are in an ideal position to help members going through this process with both financial tools and education. In addition, simply understanding how complicated the process is and welcoming individuals of all backgrounds at your credit union can go a long way toward building lasting relationships, establishing trust and making people feel welcome and comfortable doing business with your cooperative.Which is your preferred language?Often, credit union leaders interested in adapting their programs for Hispanic consumers are overwhelmed by the misperception they have to begin by translating into Spanish every piece of communication, including websites and disclosures, in their credit union. Thankfully, this is not the case.It’s true many Hispanics, both U.S. and foreign born, prefer to speak Spanish. In fact, a record 35.8 million Hispanics speak Spanish at home. Yet, a strategic Hispanic growth plan begins by identifying the specific needs of the community and the particular target market a credit union is trying to reach. Initial Spanish-language materials (or better yet, bilingual materials) will only be required for those introductory products and services, and of course, member communications deemed essential to the strategic Hispanic member growth plan.Often, Spanish-speakers tend to be the foreign-born population, which is also the most untapped and unbanked group. There is a reason large financials like Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank offer Spanish-language services across all of their channels, and even why the government continues to introduce more Spanish-language services and materials. Everyone is trying to reach the most untapped groups because they present the greatest growth opportunity for the majority of businesses.How can our products improve your financial life?Product penetration is increasing at a faster rate among Hispanic members as compared to non-Hispanic members. A 2014 analysis of the median annualized product and service growth rates of Hispanic and non-Hispanic members for a group of nearly 30 Coopera credit union clients revealed:Checking penetration: The median Hispanic growth rate (5.5%) was more than three times the median growth rate (1.7%) for non-Hispanics.Loan penetration: The median growth rate for Hispanics was 4%, higher than the median growth rate for non-Hispanics of 3.4%.Services per member: The median growth rate was 1.5% for the Hispanic segment. This is almost twice the median growth rate (0.8%) of the non-Hispanic segment.This tells us that Hispanic credit union members are interested in ongoing relationships with their cooperatives. Understanding the needs—both today and in the future—of this loyal market can go a long way toward crafting an effective onboarding program. The key is to ensuring your products and services are culturally relevant and meet the needs of the community. If products aren’t adapted to the market, they will not resonate. The good news is you only have to repackage what you have instead of starting from scratch.To grow, credit unions must make a strategic effort to learn as much as possible about the youngest, fastest-growing and most untapped consumer segment in the U.S. The upcoming celebration of Hispanic heritage presents the perfect opportunity to do precisely that. 62SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Miriam De Dios Woodward Miriam De Dios Woodward is the CEO of PolicyWorks, LLC. She also serves as Senior Vice President of AMC, the holding company of the Iowa Credit Union League and parent … Web: https://www.policyworksllc.com Detailslast_img read more

Call for ban on alcohol advertising at sport events

first_imgNZ Herald 17 December 2014The Government has been told to end alcohol sponsorship of sports clubs and ban any advertising of beer, wine and spirits during televised matches by a ministerial forum.The forum, chaired by former rugby league coach and businessman Graham Lowe, concluded after a two-year inquiry that the total cost of alcohol-related harm in this country was “enough to justify further restrictions on alcohol advertising and sponsorship”.The six-person panel was set up by former Justice Minister Judith Collins as part of alcohol law reforms in 2012.In its report, the forum said it had found there was no single drinking culture in New Zealand and many people drank responsibly. It acknowledged that alcohol advertising and sponsorship was just one factor in influencing consumption of alcohol.But it also recognised an association between exposure to alcohol promotions, an earlier age of initiation to drinking alcohol, and increased consumption.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11375679last_img read more

Dog credited with saving four young lives in Rush County now missing

first_imgRushville, Ind. — A dog credited with saving the lives of four children in a Rush County crash is missing and the owner is looking for help from local residents.Driver of the car, Austin Underhill, says he was on State Road 3 near State Road 244 Saturday around 9:30 p.m. with four children when a van crossed the centerline causing him to run off the road. When the airbag deployed it pushed Underhill out of the driver’s side door. Underhill suffered a broken hand and abdominal injuries.During the impact their dog, Simba, the Great Dane stood up, absorbing the impact and prevented the children from hitting the rear of the front seat. Underhill believes Simba’s actions prevent serious injury to the children.Following the crash, Underhill saw Simba running from the crash with an injury to one his front legs. The dog was last seen in the Rushville area. Information about Simba can be left by calling 765-716-7815.last_img read more

Roth’s latest visit to Eagle unforgettable for a better reason

first_imgBy Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (Aug. 8) – Anthony Roth flipped seven times in his previous visit to Eagle Raceway.His latest start there proved unforgettable for a better reason, as Roth won the NAPA IMCA Modified main event.“This was great, sweeping my heat and the feature. It sure was better than the last time we were here, flipping seven times,” said Roth, who’d drawn the outside row one start. “I went into the first corner like there was no tomorrow.”Eric Cronin was a first-time Sam’s Club IMCA Sport Compact winner. Mike Boston raced to his first RaceSaver IMCA Sprint Car checkers of the season.Gary Saathoff took the lead on lap four and sped to his first local NAPA IMCA Northern SportMod feature win of the season. Chad Fegley raced from the sixth row to win the Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock feature for the third straight week.last_img read more