Heat Tough on Weekend Gardeners

first_imgWeekend gardeners who work in air-conditioned offices or homes all week may get hithard by summer heat. They just aren’t used to it.”Gardeners need to be in good shape for the heat, just like athletes,” saidWayne McLaurin, a horticulturist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.The human body needs time to adapt to working in the heat, whether you’re running amarathon or weeding petunias. And you can’t rush the process.”The body needs to adapt to levels of work and heat,” McLaurin said. “Asit adapts, it improves the stability of the circulatory system and the balance of salt inthe body. Don’t assume if you’re physically fit, you can work in the heat easily. But youshould adapt more quickly than those who are out-of-shape.”When you’re used to the heat, your body temperature and heart rate rise less and yousweat more. You may not necessarily work better at higher temperatures and humidities whenyou’re used to it. But you’ll be able to work in heat you would otherwise findintolerable, McLaurin said.”When the body becomes overheated, less blood goes to the active muscles, thebrain and internal organs,” McLaurin said. “You get weaker, become tired sooner,you’re less alert and your judgment may become impaired.”As strain from heat grows more severe, your body temperature and heart rate can risefast. Workers may not realize the problem because they feel no pain. But a 2-degree risein body temperature can affect mental abilities. A 5-degree increase can cause seriousillness.”Tailor your acclimatizing period to suit the type of work, the clothing, theworker and the climate,” McLaurin said. “A gardener can start working in theheat for around two hours with a break after the first hour. Moderate to heavy work willrequire a shorter work period.”Use common sense when you’re working in the heat. Some things to remember:* Make sure you drink enough water to replace body fluid lost through sweating. Yourbody can become overheated long before you feel thirsty. Water or fruit juices replacefluids quickly.* Gradually adjust to working in the heat.* Take breaks in a shaded or air-conditioned place whenever you can.* Check the temperature and humidity at least hourly and monitor your response to theheat.* The danger of heat stress increases with higher temperature and humidity and withdirect sunlight.* Design your work so you can do one task in the sun and the next in a shady place ifyou can.* Younger, well-rested and physically fit workers are less likely to suffer heatillness than other workers. But even workers in good shape can become seriously ill fromheat. * Many drugs, including alcohol and cold and allergy medications containingantihistamines, increase the risk of heat illness. Check the label for sun exposureinformation.”When the temperature climbs to 95 degrees, restrict your gardening to 40 minuteswith a break of 20 minutes,” McLaurin said. “And take advantage of a gardenbench. Many people work so hard growing things but they forget to sit down and enjoy thebeauty.”last_img read more

Campanella With Oscar In Hand: “It Feels Like A Kind Of Daze”

first_imgBy Dialogo March 09, 2010 “It feels like a kind of daze,” said Argentine director Juan José Campanella, director of El secreto de sus ojos [The Secret in Their Eyes], while he held the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film awarded Sunday at the eighty-second Academy Awards. “When I get up in the morning, maybe to get a drink of water, and it comes back to me while I’m standing there, I think that’s when it’s going to hit me,” Campanella said in a press conference at the Mondrian Hotel in Hollywood. The filmmaker was received by the reporters from his country like a soccer champion or a rock star, shortly after midnight in Los Angeles and in the morning in Argentina and Spain. Campanella, accompanied by actor Guillermo Francella and a number of the Argentine and Spanish producers of this co-production, confessed that they were very nervous when they went up on stage, and since they were one of the largest delegations, there was only time for the director of the movie, which starred Ricardo Darín and Soledad Villamil, to speak. “Undoubtedly, this opens enormous possibilities for the film, above all when it’s going to open in the United States on 16 April,” Spanish producer Gerardo Herrero said. “This is the confirmation that the strength between two regions, the strength of a co-production, can lead to these marvelous results for cinema,” another of the movie’s producers, Argentine Mariela Besuievsky, told AFP. “Let’s go, Argentina, and a hug for our Chilean brothers” (who suffered a powerful earthquake on 27 February), Campanella shouted as he held up the Oscar, for which the Peruvian La teta asustada [The Milk of Sorrow], by Claudia Llosa, was also nominated. Predictions in the United States had listed as favorites the French Un prophète [A Prophet] and the German The White Ribbon – winner of the Golden Palm in Cannes and of the Golden Globe – in a competition that also included Ajami, from Israel. “I’m not just saying that they’re five films that are radically different from one another. It shows an openness of mind in the Academy that’s very powerful,” Campanella, Oscar in hand, told reporters. He maintained that his movie’s triumph also demonstrated that the Academy “is not concerned about the film’s history, about how many prizes it won somewhere, or political reasons, anything like that.” The voters “just vote for the movie they like, and they showed that,” he affirmed. “I think that there are a lot of preconceptions about this awards process,” he added. “It was really miraculous, because the films it was competing with were excellent,” the movie’s protagonist, Ricardo Darín, said in Buenos Aires. According to Darín, the film won “because it told a difficult story without losing a sense of humor and daily life, while the films with which it was competing are dramas where it’s very difficult to introduce humor, and I think this made them seem very similar.” This Oscar is the second for Argentina, following La historia oficial [The Official Story] by Luis Puenzo in 1986. Both movies allude to the Argentine dictatorship (1976-83) in order to reflect on the crimes committed by those in power. Campanella had already been nominated in 2002 for the successful El hijo de la novia [Son of the Bride]. Although based on the conventions of film noir, El secreto de sus ojos combines genres to tell a story about the human need to slake the thirst for justice, to the point of obtaining it with one’s own hands. The film’s leading actor is Ricardo Darín, the best-known actor in Argentine cinema in recent years, who was also the protagonist of El hijo de la novia. El secreto de sus ojos won two Goya Awards in Madrid, one as the best Spanish American film and another for Villamil as best new actress. It also won five prizes at the Latin American Film Festival in Havana. Together with Darín and Villamil, the third key member of the cast is actor Guillermo Francella, who up to now has had success in Argentina as a comedian. Campanella, trained in Argentina and in New York, has often filmed in the United States, where he has made episodes of the famous series Law and Order and House.last_img read more

Lošinj is a proud holder of the Superbrands Croatia label

first_imgLošinj, the island of vitality is once again recognized as a brand of top quality and overall content. Based on the high marks of excellence obtained in the Tourism category, this year is also the proud holder of the SUPERBRANDS CROATIA 2017/2018 label.The selected list of market-exposed brands on the Croatian market was again evaluated by the Superbrands 2017/2018 Expert Council, formed by a narrow circle of recognized experts from the world of media, marketing, public relations and the business world, assessing factors that differentiate brands and their strength in the open market-communication field: quality, diversity, reliability and emotional impact.  “With this label, Lošinj once again confirmed its place among world-renowned destinations. Thanks to the synergy of visitors and the population, the effort that the destination invests in its sustainability has once again been rewarded. Based on this, the island of vitality is considered a long-term destination that connects the natural beauty and preservation of the landscape with the quality of life on the island. With quality destination management, as well as the tradition of health tourism, Lošinj has developed a brand of health and vitality, so active vacation, wellness and health, as well as the possibility of year-round business, are the leading trump cards of the tourist offer of the island of vitality” said the President of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj Ana Kučić.The Superbrands label of excellence has been recognized and used in ninety countries around the world for more than twenty years and is also a significant communication factor in the value of the brand.last_img read more

Guest Column: Privacy – Where does it begin … or end?

first_imgHowever, if the item pertains to a public employee, the courts have repeatedly found that public employees have less privacy than others because they are supposed to be more accountable than others.If an item about a public employee relates to that person’s duties, usually the information is public because disclosure would result in a permissible (not an unwarranted) invasion of privacy.That’s the basis for your right to records indicating the salary, overtime payments, attendance, findings of misconduct, and similar items concerning public employees.I’m a public employee…and if you are not, I have less privacy than you!The point is that you have the right to know various details about me and others, those who are supposed to be your public servants.Robert J. Freeman is executive director of the New York State Committee on Open Government. We used to have a joke in the house. If the phone rang after 9:00 p.m., it was either my mother-in-law, or a reporter who’d gotten kicked out of a meeting, seeking an opinion or a comment regarding a board’s compliance with law.My name, home address and home phone number (still a land line) are in the phone book and available online.  Anyone can find me.  My wife, on the other hand, uses a different name for good reason.First, she doesn’t want to be associated with me (completely understandable), and second, she’s a psychotherapist and doesn’t want clients to know where she lives, or her home phone number.She has perfectly valid reasons for saying, “No, never!”  I have equally good reasons for saying, “I don’t care”, and never the twain shall meet. So what do we do about privacy?The courts have given us guidance. When records relate to a private individual, the state’s highest court has offered a standard: the reasonable person of ordinary sensibilities. What would a “reasonable person” feel about disclosure of a particular item?If that person believes that it’s one of those items that is nobody’s business, intimate or highly personal, it’s likely that the item can be withheld. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Everyone says, emphatically, “No!”  Well then, why do we see them today?Very simply, the sensibilities of society have changed and are constantly changing.  What had been so intimate, highly personal, risqué or off color seems to be more acceptable today.Next, I ask whether anyone has kids, and whether they’re users of social media.Parents grimace, and I suggest that our kids share information about themselves with their peers that their parents would never share.There are generational differences in views about privacy.Young people, their parents and senior citizens have different notions about what is private and what isn’t.And this is my favorite: two equally reasonable people can look at the same items and disagree. I use my own life as an example. Categories: Editorial, OpinionMany know that the New York Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) generally gives the public rights of access to records of state and local government agencies, with certain exceptions. My favorite exception states that an agency may withhold records to the extent that disclosure would result in “an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.” That standard also appears in the federal FOI Act and numerous access laws in other states.When I offer a presentation, I often ask the crowd: “Unwarranted invasion of personal privacy….anyone know what that means?”  Nobody raises a hand, and I say, “That’s OK.  Nobody knows what it means, and nobody will ever know what it means.There isn’t a judge alive who can define that phrase any better than the average reasonable person.”     Then I ask whether anyone has seen the Victoria’s Secret ads on TV, and a few people giggle, some sheepishly, but everyone admits to having seen the ads.Would those ads have run on network TV 25 years ago?last_img read more

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‘It’s discouraging’: Nurses lambast COVID-19 spokesperson for calling them ‘room boys’

first_img“This is business. Welcome to Indonesia,” Yurianto, who was also appointed by the government as COVID-19 spokesperson, said as he smiled as if he was joking. He later argued that was the reason he did not disclose the names of the hospitals where the patients were being treated, except the official referral hospitals, such as Jakarta’s Persahabatan Hospital and Sulianti Saroso Hospital.“Hospitals are no longer carrying their social functions. Hospitals are just businesses now. A hotel with nurses as their room boys,” Yuri said.The government has set up a protocol for hospitals that only those designated as referral hospitals could treat COVID-19 patients. If a non-referral hospital or clinic finds that a patient is a COVID-19 suspect, the administrator must send the patient to a referral hospital appointed by the government using an ambulance, accompanied by medical personnel with protective gear.The news comes as nurses and medical workers across the nation struggle to serve patients, putting their own health at risk over the past few weeks.“So far we have received a report that one nurse has died after she had contact with COVID-19 patients,” Harif of PPNI said.  Topics : Read also: Two Sanglah hospital nurses placed in isolation after developing fever, cough“I think right now, what we need to do is focus on serving others and not use degrading words. Please appreciate us. Even the President appreciates us, why does a spokesperson talk like that?” he added.Amid the COVID-19 surge in the nation, Yurianto turned to mentalist cum YouTube personality Deddy Corbuzier to speak his mind about the pandemic.In the video podcast, published and having gone viral on Monday, Yurianto criticized private hospitals for rejecting COVID-19 patients because they did not want other patients to know they were treating people with the  infectious disease.center_img The Indonesian Nurses Association (PPNI) has expressed its disappointment over a statement made by the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, who called them  “room boys” in a popular podcast.“This really affected our spirit. I don’t think it was necessary for him to say that. We have been very focused on serving patients, thus hearing his statement is discouraging,” Harif Fadhillah told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Harif said nurses across country had been giving their best for the past few weeks to work hand in hand with other medical workers to treat patients, especially those infected with the novel coronavirus. Two nurses in Sanglah had even been placed in isolation.last_img read more

Anniversary protests as Hong Kong democracy movement faces triple threat

first_imgSeveral thousand demonstrators marched in Hong Kong on Tuesday evening — defying authorities a year after huge pro-democracy protests erupted — as the movement struggles in the face of arrests, coronavirus bans on crowds and a looming national security law.Seven months of massive and often violent rallies kicked off on June 9 last year when as many as a million people took to the streets to oppose a bill allowing extraditions to mainland China.As city leaders dug in, battles between police and protesters became routine, leaving the financial hub’s reputation for stability in tatters and swathes of the population in open revolt against Beijing’s rule. Topics : A year later, protesters are on the back foot with Beijing planning to impose a sweeping law banning subversion, secession, terrorism and foreign interference.Anti-virus measures also forbid more than eight people gathering in public. Small rallies still flare up, however. Defiant crowds a few thousand strong gathered on Tuesday evening in the city’s upmarket Central district to march and chant slogans. ‘Forced loyalty’ Under a deal signed with Britain ahead of the 1997 handover, China agreed to let Hong Kong keep certain freedoms and autonomy for 50 years.But protests over the last decade have been fuelled by fears those freedoms are being prematurely curtailed, something Beijing denies.Analysts say the space for dissent has rapidly diminished in the last year. “I don’t think the passion has subsided much, but the problem is that many actions are now not allowed,” Leung Kai-chi, an analyst at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), told AFP.Beyond a withdrawal of the extradition bill, the informal and largely leaderless protest movement’s core demands — such as universal suffrage and an inquiry into police tactics — have been rejected.China’s planned national security law — which will bypass the city’s legislature once written — has pushed anxieties further. Opponents fear the law will bring mainland-style political oppression to the business hub given similar anti-subversion laws are routinely used to stamp out dissent over the border.”First [Beijing] loses the hearts and minds of Hong Kong’s people and then it seeks to force them to be loyal,” said Kong Tsung-gan, an activist who has published three books on the protest movement.Beijing says the law will only target “a small minority” and will restore business confidence. Over the last year, around 9,000 people have been arrested and more than 500 people have been charged with rioting — facing up to 10 years in jail if convicted.The protest movement was already on the back foot before emergency coronavirus laws banned gatherings of more than eight people.Still, demonstrations have resurfaced since the security law plans were announced — including tens of thousands defying a ban on a June 4 gathering to mark the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown. Riot police were quick to charge and fire pepper spray to disperse the crowds in a series of small cat and mouse confrontations, with at least 25 arrests made throughout the evening.  “We have been through a lot,” a 23-year-old protester who gave his first name as Michael, told AFP.”But I still have to show my position, come out and tell the regime that we haven’t forgotten.”Earlier Tuesday, organizers of last year’s huge rallies called on the government to lift legitimate protest restrictions on a city now largely free of coronavirus infections.”This movement has not finished,” said Jimmy Sham of the Civil Human Rights group, which espouses non-violence. But city leader Carrie Lam, an unpopular pro-Beijing appointee, said the protests must end. “Hong Kong cannot afford such chaos,” she said, adding residents needed to prove Hong Kong people “are reasonable and sensible citizens of the People’s Republic of China” if they want their freedoms and autonomy to continue.last_img read more

Enviable lifestyle comes with canal-front retreat

first_imgThe home at 41 The Promontory, Banksia Beach.THE buyers of 41 The Promontory, Banksia Beach, acquired both a home and an enviable lifestyle when they purchased the property for $1.479 million on July 24.The two-year old, four-bedroom, three-bathroom house is positioned on a 1094 sqm cul-de-sac block with a staggering 44m canal frontage.L J Hooker senior sales agent, Martin Howard-Smith, said the market responded well to a home that took full advantage of its site and position.“It was built by the owner to an exclusive design … it really was exquisite,” he said.“It was a house that brought the outside in and the inside out.” There was a games room, with its own bar area and glass-front drinks fridges, that led to the outdoor entertaining space.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The home at 41 The Promontory, Banksia Beach.“And then you had a magnificent open-plan lounge/dining and kitchen,” he said.Mr Howard-Smith said other features — such as a butler’s pantry, fireplace, swimming pool and spa — all added to the appeal.“It had a pontoon and easy access to the Pumicestone Passage,” he said.“The market in the last 18 months really has picked up again and properties are now selling well on Bribie Island — there’s a strong demand for canal homes.“We’re getting quite a lot of people still from the Brisbane area who are looking to come into Bribie. “It’s a popular location because it doesn’t matter where you are on the island, you’re only minutes away from the waterfront.”last_img read more

Renovator lands owner $500K more than she paid

first_imgA brick facade was added to the house at some stage in the 1950s.Ms Leach had listed it as having rental income divided into four flats, one three-bed unit and three two-bed ones “which gives you the opportunity to get your DA and head works completed while the property pays for itself”.“At some point, most probably the 1950s, there was brick facade added to the front of the house but underneath is a character home,” was how her listing described it. “There are quality neighbours in the form of renovated Queenslanders either side of the house and this part of New Farm is highly sought after for its centrality.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK There are four flats earning income already on the property. 162 Heal Street, New Farm, is in a high demand zone.THE owner of an inner city renovator has just sold it for half a million dollars more than she paid a decade ago.Demand for houses in the inner city has shown no sign of waning, with agent Beth Leach of Beth Leach New Farm landing a tidy $1.75m contract for the investment property.The property at 162 Heal Street, New Farm, has nine bedrooms, four bathrooms, and three car parks on a 615sq m block that has cityscape views.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoA view like this one would be a delight in any inner-city pad.center_img The home (marked out in yellow) has “location, location, location” down pat.last_img read more

Sales records smashed with sale of five-bedder in Everton Park

first_imgFamily livingWhich means that 25 Little St could be the highest normal residential sale in the neighbourhood. In an area where the median house price is $601,000, he said the size of the block and its location set it apart. Perfect place to sit back and chillMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoAfter crunching the numbers, auctioneer Phill Broom from Harcourts said it could be a record breaker for Everton Park.Although number of residential properties in the area have sold for more, he said these appeared to be part of anamalgamation into a development site. BIG EARNER: This home might be a record breakerTHIS home might be on Little St, but when it came to the auction the sales price was anything but small.The sale of the expansive family home in Everton Park might just be a new record for the suburb.The five-bedroom home at 25 Little St, Everton Park was auctioned off for $1.21 million on Saturday.center_img Modern interiors“It is a huge, it has five bedrooms, a study and a media room,” he said. The home is on an 809 sqm block, and it also has the benefit of neighbouring on to parklands. “Those bigger blocks have become much rarer in the family friendly suburbs,” he said. Although only a handful of homes in the area have cracked the million dollar mark, Everton Park has grown by 33.6 per cent over the last five years according to CoreLogic.last_img read more