OUT IN THE YARD — Ferns, a wonderful, ancient plant

first_img Ferns are the stuff of magical tales. Flowering plants did not appear until two hundred million years after ferns, so there was much mystery surrounding this feathery plant. European folktales claim that the fern actually does bloom, but only once a year on June 23rd St. John’s Eve at the stroke of midnight, supposedly the same time that John the Baptist was born. Ferns were used to keep away vampires, werewolves and other evil spirits. Shepherds in ancient Normandy used crosses made from ferns to protect themselves and their flocks. In Slavic countries, if someone wanted to swim, ferns were first woven in their hair to protect them from freshwater sirens that would drown a mortal if given the chance. This lovely fall weather we are experiencing is the perfect time to be cleaning up beds, putting in new shrubs and trees, and mulching for winter. It is also time to start planning your garden for next spring. If you don’t already have ferns in your garden, I encourage you to consider them.I have always been drawn to ferns. From the upright Kimberly Queen to the fluffy Foxtail to the delicate Maidenhair and everything in between, I love them all! Ferns were one of the first known plants on Earth, existing over a hundred million years before dinosaurs. Many ferns remain the same as their primeval ancestors. Botanists have identified eleven thousand different species. Lucky for us, growing ferns is easy in Southeast Texas. They love the tropical climate. All they need is partial shade and lots of moisture.I have several hanging baskets of Boston fern around my patio. When I purchase a new one, I immediately transplant it into a wire basket with a coconut fiber liner. That way, the fern has plenty of room to grow. Too many times, I have watched ferns get so big that the roots break the original plastic container. With the wire basket, it can actually grow right out of the bottom, which gives you a lovely full plant as opposed to one that is only top heavy.center_img Ferns are self-procreating. They have no pollen, are not dependent on bees or birds, and are great at detoxifying the air. Ferns are a great choice as houseplants for just that purpose.For more information, contact Micah Leigh, Jefferson County Master Gardener at mkleigh 64@gmail.com or call Texas A&M Agrilife Extension at 409-835-8461.last_img read more

Hospitals/Medical Centers

first_imgBecause emergencies can happen without warning, it’s prudent to know where to go when they happen. Saving minutes in a crisis can mean saving a life. Knowing what services are available, and where, can make all the difference. Visit the following websites for more information on local hospital and medical center services.Arkansas Children’s Hospital1 Children’s WayLittle Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100www.archildrens.org Baptist Health Medical Center — Little Rock9601 Baptist Health DriveLittle Rock, AR 72205 501-202-2000www.baptist-health.com Baptist Health Medical Center — North Little Rock3333 Springhill DriveNorth Little Rock, AR 72117 501-202-3000www.baptist-health.com CHI St. Vincent Infirmary2 St. Vincent CircleLittle Rock, AR 72205 501-552-3000www.chistvincent.com CHI St. Vincent North2215 Wildwood Ave.Sherwood, AR 72120 501-552-7100www.chistvincent.com CHI St. Vincent West16221 St. Vincent WayLittle Rock, AR 72223 501-552-8150www.chistvincent.com North Metro Medical Center1400 Braden St.Jacksonville, AR 72076 501-985-7000www.northmetromed.com Pinnacle Pointe Hospital11501 Financial Centre ParkwayLittle Rock, AR 72211 501-223-3322www.pinnaclepointehospital.com University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center4301 W. Markham St.Little Rock, AR 72205 501-686-7000www.uamshealth.comlast_img read more

The flip side of dietary supplement use

first_imgThe Washington Post:You know those people who take a million dietary supplements a day and act kind of healthier-than-thou about it?A study to be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, might take some wind out of their sails.In a set of small but clever experiments, researchers from three educational institutions in Taiwan worked to examine whether people who take dietary supplements might treat that behavior as a kind of safety net that entitled them to indulge in foods and activities that aren’t so conducive to good health.Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more


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Indiana shipments on the up

first_imgShipments of heavy lift and project cargoes, such as wind turbines, and storage tanks, increased by 27 percent year-on-year over 2016.Other major cargo increases for the Ports of Indiana in 2017 included coal, steel, fertiliser, ethanol, as well as limestone, increasing by 26 percent; and minerals, up 29 percent, over 2016 levels.This was the fourth consecutive year that the ports handled over 10 million tons (9 million tonnes) of cargo.www.portsofindiana.comlast_img

Protesters hit streets after claims of stepped-up immigration raids

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: February 10, 2017 10:23 AM EST Protesters hit streets after claims of stepped-up immigration raids LOS ANGELES (CBS) Protesters blocked an entrance to a freeway in downtown Los Angeles Thursday night following a demonstration against what they said are stepped-up immigration raids across Southern California, reports CBS Los Angeles.The group held a vigil at the downtown office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. on Alameda Street. After the event, about 100-150 people moved to the freeway entrance.Police were present, but did not appear to making any efforts to move the protesters. There were no indications of violence or arrests at the event.ICE told CBS News claims form activists of more than 100 arrests or detentions in several L.A.-area cities are “grossly exaggerated.”ICE said any raids conducted recently were “routine” and “ongoing” — in other words, not related to national political events.“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation officers conduct enforcement actions every day around the country and here in Southern California as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to uphold public safety and border security. Our operations are targeted and lead driven, prioritizing individuals who pose a risk to our communities,” the agency said.“Examples would include known street gang members, child sex offenders, and deportable foreign nationals with significant drug trafficking convictions. To that end, ICE’s routine immigration enforcement actions are ongoing and we make arrests every day.”But state Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, said he had heard reports of additional ICE raids and is seeking more information from federal officials.“There are reports that ICE today executed raids across Southern California. I have asked federal officials to disclose how many children, men, and women they have detained; what the processing time will be; what the rationale is for their detention; and I asked that everyone be offered access to an attorney,” de Leon said.“It is now clear the Trump administration is not concerned with public safety, they are only focused on ripping hard-working men, women, and children from their families and communities. Mass deportations will not make us safer; instead they will simply undermine our state’s economy.”The ACLU of Southern California said it had also heard reports of stepped-up immigration raids. SHARElast_img read more

Loreburn Housing Association Promotes Fun and Fitness

first_imgWith thanks to Let’s Get Sporty, Chest , Heart & Stroke Scotland, Amy’s Face Painting and all who attended and made it such a great success. One of the customers  who attended  said  ‘it was a great chance to have a chat with Loreburn staff and see local children having such a fun day’ Advice and support regarding health matters was given by Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland for our older customers with colouring in activities, games and face painting provided for children.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInLoreburn Housing Association hosted a Community event at Dalbeattie Town hall on Wednesday 27th of July. The purpose of the event was to promote health and fitness to a range of Loreburn customers. last_img read more

U.N. condemns spate of “brutal” sexual attacks in South Sudan

first_imgSouth Sudan Stalemate The United Nations condemned on Sunday a wave of “brutal” sexual attacks on women and girls in the northern town of Bentiu in South Sudan which took place in what it described as a government controlled area of the region.On Friday, the aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said that unknown gunmen have raped 125 women during a 10-day spree of violence in Bentiu, but local officials disputed the report.South Sudan has suffered a wrenching five-year civil war and, despite a fragile peace accord signed two months ago by the government and rebel groups, remains riven with ethnic grievances and awash with weapons. Civilians from rival groups bear the brunt of the violence and cycle of revenge.The U.N. mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said approximately 125 women and girls have sought medical treatment after having been raped or sexually assaulted as they walked along roads near Nhialdu and Guit on their way to Bentiu and that victims reported the attacks as having been carried out by young men in civilian clothing or military uniforms. They were also beaten and robbed, it said.“The violent assaults happened in a Government-controlled area,” David Shearer, the head of the U.N. mission, said in a statement. “UNMISS peacekeepers have immediately sent patrols to the area to provide a protective presence and our human rights team has launched an investigation to identify the perpetrators.”Shearer added, “the mission is also urging armed forces in the area to guarantee command and control over their troops to ensure rogue elements within their ranks are not involved in these criminal acts.”Related Sudan opens border with South Sudancenter_img UNHCR condemns attack on South Sudan refugee settlementlast_img read more

Former boxer on trial for burglary and theft

first_img Share A former boxer could learn his fate in a burglary and theft matter on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 as the 2014 January Criminal Assizes continues at the High Court of Justice in Roseau.Steve Pond has been accused of burglarizing a storeroom belonging to Richard Letang of Franklyn Lane, Goodwill where he stole several items worth $32,060 between October 29 and November 2, 2009.Some of the items include stolen kitchen wares, four cushion chairs, five soap dishes, several tins of paint, sand paper, 24 double sinks, 16 knapsacks, 14 vehicle mufflers and clothing items. He pleaded not guilty to the charges of burglary and theft when he appeared before Justice Bernie Stephenson at the Roseau High Court on Monday. The first witness Leonard Andrew, who is employed opposite the building which was burglarized, was the one who informed Letang that his building had been burglarized. Andrew told the court he saw Pond close to the property on one occasion prior to the incident and that he looked suspicious. The second witness, Samantha Francis admitted that she witnessed Pond’s statement to the investigating officer police constable Floyd Theodore and identified her signature on the statement. When the third witness was called to the stand, police constable Paul Joseph told the court, while he and other officers were on patrol at Stockfarm on November 2, 2009, they met Pond walking on the street.According to Theodore, when the police vehicle stopped, Pond ran but was apprehended shortly after. Officer Joseph told the court that Pond had nine Wenol Plus A polishes, two Sito Pads, five soap dishes, six sand paper, clippers abrasions, plastic glasses and alcohol measuring devices in a red and blue bag. He said after questioning Pond he took him to the burglarized building in Goodwill where he was further questioned in Letang’s presence.During that questioning, Pond pointed to the back of the building and said he found the items there in a box. According to constable Joseph, Letang observed that the white pair of pant that Pond was wearing at the time was among items which were stolen from his storeroom. Pond was then arrested and later charged with burglary. Two other witnesses, including Letang are expected to testify today. Pond is being assisted by Attorney’s, Ronald Charles and Darius Jones. Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img LocalNews Former boxer on trial for burglary and theft by: – February 3, 2014 Share 42 Views   no discussionslast_img read more