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

Natural pest control

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaInsects eat one-third of all food produced worldwide before it ever reaches the dinner table, according to University of Georgia expert Mike Adang. Since his undergraduate days at Indiana University, the entomology professor has been interested in ways to control insects besides using pesticides. Through his research at UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, he’s found a better, natural way to fight pests.Adang discovered BtBooster through a series of biopesticide experiments. By adding a bit of an insect protein to a small piece of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) protein, he learned that it “took less Bt to kill the insects.” In this case, the insects were hornworms, and originally, Adang expected the experiment to leave them ready and waiting to devour more plants. Instead, it left them dead.Bt is a biopesticide that produces proteins toxic to many insect species. “It’s a natural bacterium,” Adang said. “It attacks the insect’s gut, making the insect sick.”However, some insects are resistant to Bt. And that’s where Adang’s surprise comes into play. He and colleagues Gang Hua and John Chen had been hoping to learn how Bt kills insects by feeding them part of an insect protein, the Bt receptor. Instead, they found a way to supercharge Bt and kill the insects faster and with less biopesticide.And BtBooster was born.“We were very pleased to see something come from our basic research,” Adang said. “It’s a long way from the lab to making something useful.”Bt proteins have changed the way crop plants are protected against insects. The technology can be built into a plant like cotton or corn and has been available to farmers since 1996. Vegetables and trees can be protected from insect damage by being sprayed with a biopesticide made from Bt.Bt provides an alternative to chemical ways of dealing with pests, especially where chemicals could harm humans. Bt doesn’t hurt people. For that reason, foresters can spray whole stands of tree with Bt to fight gypsy moths, which are among North America’s most devastating forest pests.Organic farmers can use Bt and still be considered organic because biopesticides come from living organisms. They can control the insects on their crops without having to worry about chemical residues.Though Bt crops are becoming more common, chemicals are still a common way of controlling insects. “Chemical pesticides are still safe,” Adang said. “But over the years, people have started to worry more about problems such as groundwater contamination and other issues like that.”Through Bt, and now with BtBooster, the potential impact is great as more producers use crops that have been retrofitted with the Bt protein.“Using BtBooster will allow Bt crops and Bt biopesticides to work better,” Adang said, “having a positive environmental impact and reducing chemical insecticide use.”Through a National Institutes of Health grant, UGA and his gene design and discovery company InsectiGen, Adang is now studying how Bt kills mosquitoes. Using a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Research Initiative grant, he’s specifically looking at how insects become resistant to Bt in cotton. He’s digging deeper into the workings of BtBooster, too, trying to figure out how it works and making improvements to optimize it.Through UGA’s Georgia BioBusiness Center, Adang formed InsectiGen in 2003 with Clifton Baile, a CAES professor of animal science. Its focus is on discovering and engineering proteins for insect control.Because of his discovery of BtBooster, he was presented the UGA Inventor’s Award on March 29. He has also filed for a patent license to continue his quest of developing a farm-production product for pest control.last_img read more

Authorities search for identity of man accused of rape

first_imgAuthorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who is accused of raping a woman in Hollywood, Florida.The incident occurred Sunday around 9:00 am along the 5800 block of Hollywood Boulevard.According to the report, the suspect reportedly threatened the woman and forced her into a damaged newer-model, silver Nissan Sentra sedan, while they were in front of a convenience store.The suspect then drove the woman to another location where he sexually battered her.Authorities have released surveillance video of the man walking around and then leaving the convenience store’s parking lot in his car.He is described as a Hispanic male between 30 and 35 years old, standing approximately 5 feet 10 inches, weighing 200 pounds with black hair. He is also said to have tattoos on his chest.He was last seen wearing a dark green shirt with a lizard on the front of it.His vehicle is described as having damage to its front and rear passenger-side doors. The vehicle is also missing its right-rear hubcap.If you have any information about this incident you are asked to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.last_img read more

State Health Officials: 11-Year-Old Broward Girl Dies from COVID-19

first_imgAn 11-year-old girl in Broward County has died from complications of the coronavirus, according to state health department records and the county’s medical examiner.The medical examiner says Yansi Ayala, of Fort Lauderdale, died on Wednesday at Broward Health Medical Center.She had underlying conditions including cerebral palsy, epilepsy and asthma.The state’s database says her infection is not believed to be travel-related.Ayala is the youngest Broward resident to die from COVID-19.Health officials last week confirmed that an 11-year-old boy from Miami-Dade County had also died from the coronavirus, becoming the state’s youngest known fatality from the disease.last_img

Finally… Steelers win a game

first_imgANTONIO BROWN—Another big gameWell, it finally happened. It had to happen eventually. The Steelers finally won their first game of the season with a 19-6 victory over the New York Jets, 3-3.The Steelers looked impressive on both offense and defense, something they haven’t done all season, against the up and down Jets. Now they face the up and down Baltimore Ravens, 3-3, at home. The Ravens are coming off a 19-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers.The Steelers win leaves only three teams without a victory; the Jacksonville Jaguars, 0-6; the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 0-5; and the New York Giants, 0-6.After losing several players off last year’s Super Bowl winners, the Ravens have looked like an average team this season and their 3-3 record tells the story. Quarterback Joe Flacco, who was supposed to have moved into the class with the super quarterbacks by leading the Ravens to the promised land last season has looked average this season. And even though every expert says that when Ray Rice carries the ball 20 or more times they win, for some reason he only carried the ball 14 times against the Packers for 34 yards and of course they lost.Flacco was 20 of 34 for 342 yards but with no ground game it wasn’t enough to beat the Packers, even though their defense held Aaron Rodgers pretty much in check, allowing only 19 points by the high scoring Packers.  The Ravens defense even without Ray Lewis has been impressive this season, but the offense has been inconsistent, while they try to find receivers to step up to replace Anquan Boldin who they traded to the San Francisco 49ers.With both Baltimore and the Cleveland Browns losing, the Steelers could put themselves right back in the race with a win over the Ravens this Sunday and the Oakland Raiders, 2-4, the following week in Oakland. The Raiders are coming off a very unimpressive 24-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. But a win in New England against the Patriots, 5-1, will be a much tougher task.  The Patriots looked very impressive with a come from behind 30-27 victory over the then undefeated New Orleans Saints.In the AFC North the Browns lost to the Detroit Lions, 31-17, and the Cincinnati Bengals gave up a big lead but held on to beat the Buffalo Bills in overtime 27-24 to move to the top of the division at 4-2.Even though the Steelers beat the Jets pretty easily it was more the lack of talent by the Jets than the Steelers being impressive. The offense only scored 19 points, but New York does have a solid defense. Ben Roethlisberger was 23 of 30 for 264 yards and a 55 yard touchdown to Emmanuel Sanders and Le’Veon Bell had just 34 yards on 16 carries. Antonio Brown had another impressive outing with 88 yards on 9 catches and Heath Miller had his best game with 84 yards on 6 catches and Sanders had 70 yards on 3 catches.One thing noticeable was that Roethlisberger protected the ball in the pocket much better in this game with two hands to avoid a turnover.On defense the two rookie linebackers, Jarvis Jones and Vince Williams looked very impressive.  Cameron Heyward replaced Ziggy Hood at nose tackle and played very well. But whether he will remain in the starting lineup remains to be seen. Hood saw a lot of action.The Steelers picked off two interceptions moving them off the list as the only team without an interception in the league. Your comments are welcome. Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courierlast_img read more

Olympia Dance Festival Showcases Many Styles Of Dance, Features Guest Artist…

first_imgFacebook6Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsOlympia, WA – Ballet Northwest partners with the Washington Center for the Performing Arts to present the 4th Annual Olympia Dance Festival, March 2 -3, 2013. Dance groups from the South Puget Sound area are coming together to share master classes and techniques during the weekend. Each group will rehearse with Washington Center production staff, giving them professional level experience at Olympia’s premier theater.The program for the festival’s final performance includes a guest artist: Pacific Northwest Ballet Principal Dancer Maria Chapman will perform a ballet piece from “Swan Lake”. Taking place on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 2pm at the Washington Center, the performance is open to the public and gives each group an opportunity to showcase their talents.The event is designed to be a celebration of dance in Olympia for the entire community and will be great fun for all ages. Participating dance groups include; Ballet Northwest, Centralia Ballet Academy, Comerford School of Irish Dance, Debbie’s Dance, Etc., Johansen Olympia Dance Center, Mas Uda Middle Eastern Dancers, Random Acts of Dance Collective (RADCO), Slieveloughane Irish Dancers, Southwest Washington Dance Ensemble and Studio West Dance Academy.Tickets are $10, plus $3.00 service fee, and are available through any participating group and the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.More information can be found by visiting www.balletnorthwest.org/olympiadancefestival.html or contacting Ballet Northwest at [email protected] or 360-867-8824.About Maria ChapmanMaria Chapman is from St. Simons Island, Georgia. She was a student of Magdalena Maury and studied under Patricia Bromley at Terpsichore Co., Ltd. in Atlanta. She continued her training on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet and attended summer courses at Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and the School of American Ballet. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 1995 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 1996, soloist in 2005, and principal in 2009. Ms. Chapman danced in the BBC’s 1999 film version of PNB’s production of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. She is also featured in the 1999 danceWORKS fitness video and began appearing in Bloch dancewear advertising in 2002. In addition to her performing career, Ms. Chapman is a founding member (1998 to present) of Second Stage for Dancers, PNB’s career transition program. She is currently chairperson of the Second Stage Dancer Committee.About Ballet NorthwestSince 1970, Ballet Northwest has been a community-based group dedicated to promoting, teaching, and preserving the art of dance in Southwestern Washington. The company offers educational opportunities for local dancers as well as outreach throughout the community.About the Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe Washington Center for the Performing Arts, South Puget Sound’s largest performing arts facility, is committed to providing a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities for the residents of four counties. Our multi-purpose facility contains a 983-seat proscenium theater with four seating levels and adjacent lobby spaces, as well as a smaller Stage II black box theater with its own lobby.Opened in 1985, the facility has played host to thousands of events, with over 2,000,000 people crossing our threshold. However, its history did not start in 1985. The Washington Center is really the grandchild of the Liberty Theater, a 1924 vaudeville house which stood on the same ground the Washington Center does today. The Liberty Theater was renovated and refurbished in 1948, becoming the Olympic Theater movie house. The Olympic was then taken down to just a few exterior walls and completely rebuilt as The Washington Center. While the building’s facade still retains elements of the 1924 architecture, the interior is contemporary and modern.last_img read more

Oceanic Bridge Improvement Meetings: June 20, 2017

first_imgBy Jay Cook |Two different public information sessions about the future of the Oceanic Bridge are set for June 20, where local residents can learn more about the conceptual design plans for alternatives or major improvements to the drawbridge.Spanning the Navesink River from the Locust section of Middletown to Rumson, the Oceanic Bridge was built in 1939 and is known for its weathered, green-colored drawbridge. It is a major artery for Jersey Shore beach traffic during the summertime.The project is being conducted by Monmouth County, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.The first information session, from 2 to 4 p.m., will be held at the Middletown Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road. Later that evening, a second meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, 74 Ridge Road.Residents looking to learn more information about the project can visit MonmouthCountyOceanicBridge.com.This article was first published in the June 8-June 15, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more