Plants Heal Humans and Vice Versa

first_imgFlowers in your hospital room do actually make you heal faster.  A study by Kansas State researchers reported by PhysOrg found that more patients recovered from abdominal surgery faster with flowers in the room.  It may be due to more than the psychological benefit of enjoying their colors, fragrances and the get-well wishes behind them: plants also moisten and clean the air of mold and germs.  Potted plants are more beneficial than cut flowers, the article said.  Patients also benefit from the positive activity of pruning and caring for their plants.    Once out of the hospital, you might want to keep it up.  PhysOrg also reported that gardening is a good way for older adults to stay fit.    Humans might be able to return the favor by donating a renewable resource to plants: their hair.  Another article on PhysOrg said that waste hair from barber shops and beauty salons can be packed into nutrient-rich cubes as fertilizer for crops.  It doesn’t help that much without other fertilizers but it works better than nothing.  Hair degrades into nutrients plants can use.Here’s a science project you can do at home.  Use an electric razor or brush over one potted plant; leave another as a control.  If the plant dies, it might not falsify the theory; it just might mean you use too many chemicals on your hair.  Your precocious kid could do a science project testing different hair colors or animal furs.    If this theory is right, we might get a nice symbiosis going with our house plants.  When you feed the plant your hair, it grows more vigorous, it cleans and humidifies the environment, making you healthier and thereby growing your hair faster.  It’s a win-win situation.  Love a potted plant today while you can; someday soon, you may be pushing daisies with more than just hair, or whatever is left of it.  Hair today, gone tomorrow.  We hope by then you will be doing fine in a better place (Warning: don’t assume!).(Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Gauteng’s development think-tank

first_img10 September 2008The Gauteng government has entered a multi-million rand partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the University of Johannesburg to set up a think-tank to help the province achieve its vision of becoming a leading global city-region.To be established at a cost of R4-million, the Gauteng City-Region Observatory will be run by a research advisory committee consisting of representatives from the two universities, the Gauteng provincial government and local and metropolitan municipalities.“The idea of establishing an observatory is to ensure that leading universities play a full role in developing a prime city-region in the province,” said Professor Peter Alexander, a director at the Centre for Sociological Research at the University of Johannesburg.“The observatory will assist in developing a research-based approach to long-term strategic planning related to economic, social and other areas of development for the province.”Catalyst for cooperationIn keeping with similar successful knowledge-intensive observatory initiatives implemented globally, Gauteng’s observatory – to be based at Wits – is expected to become a catalyst for further co-operation between universities and the government in various fields of scientific endeavour.“The key objective of the observatory is to make use of the intellectual capacity of institutions of higher learning and research institutions towards the achievement of the global city-region objectives, including socio-economic development,” said Professor Rob Moore, deputy vice-chancellor for advancement and partnerships at Wits.Gauteng’s global city-region strategy, which features the province as a major metropolitan conurbation ranked in the world hierarchy of urban settlements, was influenced by the growing centrality of cities in modern economies like London, New York, Paris and Tokyo.It was also a response to development challenges affecting the province, the ongoing divide between the first and second economies and the high levels of poverty in the province.Prioritising resourcesMoore described the establishment of the observatory as “unprecedented” in the province. “The establishment of the city-region perspective will prove the province as an economic power that drives the economic and social development of not only the region but of the continent as well.”As part of its mandate, the observatory will collect data from Gauteng government departments to assess the progress made in implementing global initiatives to enhance socio-economic growth.This data will also enable the province to make intelligent decisions that help to balance investment in new initiatives against maintaining existing infrastructure.“In a resource-scarce context like Gauteng, the observatory will be key to helping the province prioritise in resource allocations,” he said.The observatory, expected to be fully up and running before June 2009, is further expected to help Gauteng lay a firm foundation for the province’s Vision 2014, which aims to halve unemployment and poverty by 2014, among other things.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Calcutta HC stays West Bengal Govt curbs on Durga idol immersion

first_imgThe Calcutta High Court on Thursday issued a stay on the West Bengal government notification imposing curbs on Durga idol immersion on account of Muharram after 10 p.m. on September 30 (Vijay Dashami Day) and October 1.Hearing three public interest litigation petitions, a Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Rakesh Tiwari and Justice Harish Tandon said that immersion would be allowed on all days as per almanac till 12 o’clock in the night.The court asked the police administration to chart out separate route for processions for Durga idol immersion and Muharram. The matter, however, has not been disposed by the court.During arguments in the Court Justice Tiwari wanted to know from counsel representing the State to come up with instances in the past where disturbances had erupted because of Durga Puja immersion and Muharram on the same day.“If there is nothing in the past and you say I have apprehension or dream that some problem may occur. This will not do,” Justice Tiwari observed.last_img read more

Nigeria records increase in export to India

first_imgThe Deputy High Commissioner of India and Head of Chancery in Nigeria, Shri Subash Chand, has said his country witnessed more imports from Nigeria in 2016 and 2017.Chand stated this at the opening of a three-day exhibition of Indian products, tagged ‘Source India’ and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, and the Trade Promotion Council of India, in Lagos.Read it at Punchng Related Itemslast_img read more

Marriage not ‘good enough’ to quash rape FIR: Delhi HC

first_imgIs marriage a “good enough” reason to quash an FIR for rape if both the offender and the victim decide to settle the case? The Delhi High Court says no.In a significant verdict that will have implications on a large number of rape cases in India, the High Court has ruled that the offence of rape falls under the category of “heinous and serious crime” which cannot be quashed even if the parties have settled their dispute or got married.A large chunk of the rape cases in India are reported against those who were known to the victim.The latest report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows that of a total of 32,559 cases of rape reported across the country in 2017, in one-third or 10,553 cases the victim and offender were either friends, online friends, live-in partners or separated husbands.The High Court verdict delivered last week by Justice Brijesh Sethi came on a petition by a man seeking to quash an FIR for rape registered against him in September 2013 at the Safdarjung Enclave police station here by his live-in partner.The woman in her complaint had stated that she and the man had been living together at a rented accommodation in Gautam Nagar for about five months.During this period, she stated that “on his false allurement of marriage and after repeated insistence, cohabited with him”.She had complained that despite her repeated insistence on marriage, he had refused and in August 2013, he left her following an altercation.last_img read more

Suns sign draft pick Josh Jackson, guard Mike James

first_imgMOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 1918 World Series key in US love affair with national anthem Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Phoenix Suns first-round draft pick Josh Jackson speaks to the media, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Phoenix as the NBA basketball team’s second-round picks Davon Reed, right, and Alec Peters listen. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns have signed top draft pick Josh Jackson to a four-year deal that includes two one-year team options.Phoenix also signed guard Mike James, an NBA rookie who played five professional seasons in Europe, on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection A standout at Kansas, Jackson was selected with the fourth overall pick of last month’s draft. The athletic 6-foot-8 forward averaged 16.3 points on 51 percent shooting, 7.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his lone season in Lawrence. He will make his professional debut with the Suns’ NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas.The 6-foot-1 James averaged 13.1 points and 3.0 assists in 25 games with Panathinaikos of the Greek Basketball League last season. He once scored 52 points in a game while at Lamar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars View commentslast_img read more

Japan pair leaves Rondina, Pons settling for 5th

first_imgView comments Duterte to fly to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement PLAY LIST 01:00Duterte to fly to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement00:50Trending Articles03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Success at Mount Samat propels Felipe to overall lead “We are still grateful that we faced [the Japanese] because we gained experience,” Rondina said in Filipino.Rondina and Pons finished their international debut as partners with two victories. They pulled off a dominant 21-18, 21-6 win over Ekaterina Filina and Ekaterina Zazhigina of Russia to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals after losing to Japan’s Satono Ishitsubo and Asami Shiba, 21-16, 21-19, earlier in the day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBORACAY—Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons gave it all but fell short against Japan’s Sakurako Fujii and Minori Kumada, 21-17, 21-19, Saturday in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open quarterfinals here.Rondina and Pons thus wound up fifth, matching the country’s best finish in the world tour set last year by Rondina and Dzi Gervacio.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READlast_img read more

Samantha Akkineni: Trolling made me question my sanity

first_imgThough Samantha Akkineni has an enviable fan following, she also has her share of haters. She is no stranger to trolling and often gets extremely nasty comments on her social media posts.In a recent interview, the actress revealed that when she was new in showbiz, she used to get really bothered by the negativity. “Trolling did affect me initially, to the extent that I was questioning whether I was going insane. I would wake up and the first thing I would do was check for trolls. It was really, really hurting my mental stability and making me rush to make the wrong decisions,” she said.Samantha added that it took her a while to come out of that phase. “I don’t think I have much advice for anyone or much of an explanation on how I got out of such a situation. It was just over time. Now, I am at a point where it’s just for fun. I do not respond to that for any sort of annoyance. I am just playing along,” she said.Having been the subject of trolling quite often, Samantha now knows what to expect even before she posts something. “I know there is going to be a troll even before I put a tweet or post a picture. I have gotten so used to what to expect from trolls, that I know exactly what is going to happen,” she said.On the work front, Samantha will be seen next in Nandini Reddy’s Oh! Baby, which is an official adaptation of the Korean film Miss Granny, in which a 70-something woman finds herself trapped in the body of her 20-year-old self. The film will release on July 5.advertisementALSO READ | Samantha Akkineni brutally trolled for posing in beachwear on Ibiza holidayALSO SEE | Samantha Akkineni nails fierce workout in sports bra and tights. Gym goals, anyone?ALSO READ | Did Samantha Akkineni charge Rs 35 lakh for a 5-minute role in Manmadhudu 2?ALSO WATCH | In Da Club’s special tribute to Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Chiranjeevilast_img read more

This is what happened on Gameday in 2010

first_imgHerbie almost died.OSU lost this game — remember Blackmon dragging his leg all over the field? — and hasn’t won a Gameday-attended football game, well, ever.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Government shutdown poses increasing risk to wider economy

WASHINGTON — At this time of year, John Sprinkle and his wife would normally be planning their summer vacation. Not now. Sprinkle, a furloughed federal employee, is about to miss his second paycheque since the partial government shutdown began just before Christmas.With no end in sight to the longest shutdown in American history, Sprinkle and his family are postponing all manner of spending.“We were thinking of getting a new computer, but that’s not going to happen,” he said. “We’re not really eating out like we normally would be. We are not going out to events like we would be.”Multiply those decisions by 800,000 federal employees across the country and hundreds of thousands of government contractors who aren’t being paid either, and the shutdown looms as an accelerating threat to the wider economy.The shutdown’s biggest effect on the economy is likely to be the cutback in federal spending. But consumer spending, which is critical to growth, is another important factor.When government employees spend less, stores and restaurants that serve them suffer. So do landlords and lenders that do business with federal workers. Though spending and growth will rebound once the government reopens, most of the restaurant meals missed and hotel stays cancelled will never be made up.“Creditors and suppliers hit by the shutdown will become less patient if it drags on,” Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said in a research note. “People and businesses are being hurt by the shutdown, and the pain will intensify.”If the shutdown drags on through March, annual economic growth could fall to zero in the first three months of the year. Even if the government reopens by the end of the month, the annual pace of growth could be a meagre 1.6 per cent — only half the pace of last quarter, said Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.Kevin Hassett, a top White House economist, acknowledged in an interview on CNN that growth could be flat in the first quarter, though Hassett suggested that a “humongous” rebound would follow. Yet some independent economists doubt that the rebound would be enough to offset the initial damage. The economy is already bedeviled by slowing global growth, ongoing trade tensions and higher interest rates, which contributed to a plunge in home sales last month.Bernard Baumohl, chief economist at the Economic Outlook Group, suggested that once the government reopened, many households would focus on repaying credit card debt and restoring lost savings — trends that would slow the rebound.For now, there are hints that the shutdown is slowing retail sales. A measure of weekly chain store sales fell 1.3 per cent last week, its second straight drop. Cold weather likely contributed to the fall, said Michael Niemira, chief economist at the consulting firm Retail Economist, but the shutdown may also have contributed.It’s hard to know just how much the shutdown is depressing consumer spending because the Commerce Department, which compiles and reports such data, was itself closed by the shutdown.Anecdotal evidence, though, suggests that the trend is spreading. Even federal workers with solid finances are holding back. Sprinkle, who lives in Alexandria, Virginia, knows he will eventually be paid, and his wife is still earning a paycheque. Their two children are out of the house, in college, and he knows he could borrow against his home equity if he had to.Still, “the effect is more psychological,” he said.The shutdown began on the day of his 20th anniversary working for the National Park Service, where he is now a historian. His Mac computer is roughly eight years old and will no longer update with the latest operating software. But he is postponing a replacement.The impact of the shutdown is evident beyond Washington. Officials in New Orleans announced Wednesday that they are waiving late fees for federal workers who have fallen behind on their property taxes.Also Wednesday, in Philadelphia, a hunger relief organization set up a market for furloughed federal workers under an Interstate 95 overpass. Stefanie Arck-Baynes, a spokeswoman for the group, Philabundance, said they had expected 150 to 300 people. But by 11 a.m., they had already served 300, and the lines were growing.The organization extended the hour-long event to meet demand. Tables were set up with lines of fresh produce, bread, milk and canned goods.It was the first time the group had offered an “emergency food response” in Philadelphia in its 35-year history, Arck-Baynes said.James Grant was there stocking up on fresh fruits and vegetables. At 64, he is diabetic and must take care with his diet. Grant has worked for 40 years as a maintenance engineer at Independence National Historical Park, which includes Independence Hall, the First Bank of the United States and the Liberty Bell.The shutdown, of course, also affects millions of relatives of federal workers. Grant has an adult son who is in a nursing home after becoming disabled years ago in a car accident. He said he has had to stop sending him money.In Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night, Hannah Perry was one of dozens who lined up at World Central Kitchen, which offered free food and coffee to federal workers. The kitchen is a charity headed by celebrity chef Jose Andres that began in 2010 to feed survivors of a massive earthquake in Haiti.Perry, 23, who works as a program assistant at the National Science Foundation, is struggling to pay her rent, student loans and health care bills.She has applied for unemployment benefits and shifted to a different student loan repayment plan under which she will pay $98 a month, a third less than her previous payment. But that plan required her to accept a higher interest rate that will raise the total cost of the loan, a small example of the potential lingering effects of the shutdown.What will she do if the shutdown continues for weeks on end?“If it extends for a really long time, I have no idea,” she said.___Associated Press writers Kristen De Groot in Philadelphia, Anne D’Innocenzio in New York and Martin Crutsinger in Washington contributed to this report.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press read more