Asthma sufferers warned about Halloween triggers

first_imgWith Halloween having arrived, Asthma suffers have been warned over six triggers that are very common at this time of the year.Asthma Society said the 12,408 people with asthma and 17,511 with COPD in Donegal need to be aware of their asthma triggers to avoid a potentially fatal asthma attack.Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society, said: “Halloween is a time to be spooked – in a fun way – and we’re encouraging people to take their asthma triggers seriously so they can stay well through the winter. “We’ve rounded up the most terrifying asthma triggers and found the top tips to help you banish them from your life.“The symptoms of asthma can be extremely frightening for people with asthma. An asthma attack can be fatal – so let’s keep all people with asthma safe and sound this Halloween.”Bonfires and FireworksBoth children and adults who have asthma need to avoid the fumes produced by bonfires and fireworks at Halloween. These fumes can cause difficulty breathing and can be fatal for some people with asthma. The Asthma Society advises anyone with asthma not to attend events with fireworks or bonfires. If you have asthma and you find yourself at an event with bonfires and fireworks, you should:Keep as much distance between you and the bonfire and fireworks fumes as possibleCarry your reliever inhaler (usually blue) with you everywhere you go and use it if necessary over the Halloween periodUse your preventive inhaler as prescribed as this will help strengthen your respiratory systemThis weekend, the weather will be very cold, which is a major asthma trigger – dress in warm clothing and wear a scarf over your mouth to help filter the airEnsure someone with you knows about your asthma and knows how to help you if asthma symptoms occurCarry your asthma attack card with you in case of an emergency.“Dreadful” Dust mites:House dust mites are tiny, spider-like creatures that live in fabrics, carpets and soft furnishing. They’re found in every home, school or office, no matter how clean. House dust mites live in places like your bed, your sofa and your curtains, but because they’re invisible to the naked eye, you won’t be able to see them. What do dust mites eat? You!Dust mites feed off the dead human skin cells which make up about 70% of dust in the home. Some people with asthma may find their symptoms get worse when dusting or vacuuming, this is often because these activities bring settled dust into the air where it can be inhaled. Most people who have asthma symptoms that are triggered by house dust mites are actually reacting to their faeces!While it is impossible to completely get rid of house dust mites, there are plenty of steps you can take to reduce them and limit their impact on your asthma.Damp-dust your house at least once a weekRemove any unwanted clutter in your home to avoid gathering dustWash your sheets, pillow cases, blankets and cuddly toys at 60 degrees or hotter every weekUse allergy-proof covers for mattress, pillows and blanketsVacuum your pillows and mattressWear a dust mask when dustingSome people find air purifiers are helpful in reducing symptoms.“Manky” Moulds:Moulds come in many shapes, colours and sizes. They can be powdery, slimy or even fluffy. Moulds grow best in damp places like bathrooms, kitchens, woody areas and even piles of autumn leaves. Sometimes, moulds may grow in corners or behind furniture, so you might not notice until your home has already been invaded! Keeping your home dry and well-ventilated is the best way to defend against these sneaky trespassers. If moulds are a trigger for your asthma, you may be allergic to the tiny, air-borne spores that moulds use to spread and grow. There are plenty of things you can do to tackle mould in your home.Avoid drying clothes indoors. As they dry more moisture is released into the air in your home, which may allow mould to growWhen showering or cooking, use your extractor fan or open a window to let out the steamMoulds will only grow in moist conditions: Check for any leaks around your pipes or water appliances Use a dehumidifier to reduce the moisture content, if necessaryWear a scarf over your mouth when the weather is wet and windy to avoid breathing in the spores which are carried in the air during thunderstormsDuring autumn, keep away from clusters of fallen leaves which are a perfect breeding ground for mould.“Putrid” Pets:61% of households own a family pet. However, many people are allergic to proteins that are present in the hair, feathers, saliva and the dead skin cells shed by their animals. Although pets are a part of the family, they can present a huge problem for some people with asthma. Animals such as cats, dogs and horses are among the worst culprits, but even animals like snakes and birds can trigger asthma symptoms for some people.If your pet is a trigger for your asthma, it should be re-homed if possible. If this is not possible it can be difficult to limit the impact on your asthma, but there are steps you can take. Keep pets away from living areas and the bedroom, especially from fabric-covered furniture, rugs and carpetsKeep your pet outside as much as possibleEnsure your pet is properly washed by someone elseVacuum regularly using a vacuum suitable for pet hairIf your pet is in a cage, make sure the cage is properly cleaned as often as possible“Sickening” Smoke:Everyone knows that smoke is extremely bad for us, but between bonfires, fireworks and open fires, it can be hard to escape at this time of year. There over 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke alone and cigarettes release more than a billion harmful “free radicals” per puff. This isn’t good for anyone, but particularly for people with asthma. When someone with asthma inhales tobacco smoke either from smoking or from second hand fumes, irritating substances settle in the moist lining of the airways within the lungs. This causes inflammation in the lungs, which can bring on asthma symptoms and even cause an asthma attack.If you have asthma:It’s important to avoid smoking completelyDo not allow others to smoke in your homeKeep your distance from others smoking in publicKeep your reliever inhaler with you at all times, especially if you’re going to a bonfire or fires works display and ensure the people around you are aware of your condition.For more information or advice on potential triggers within your home, you can call the Asthma Society’s free Asthma and COPD Adviceline on 1800 44 54 64.Asthma sufferers warned about Halloween triggers was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Don’t discount the A380: Airbus

first_imgAirbus CEO Tom Enders. Photo: Steve Creedy. The A380 superjumbo is not dead, it’s just resting.That was the message from Airbus and one of its major customers in Toulouse on Friday as speculation continues about the superjumbo’s future.Airbus announced earlier this year that it will more than halve production of the superjumbo from the current 2.5 per month to one a month because of lacklustre demand.But Airbus chief executive Tom Enders, speaking at an event to celebrate the manufacturer’s 10,000th aircraft delivery,  predicted there would still be a demand for the A380 into the future.Read: The world needs more A380s“We’ve pulled down the rates for some time but we are very confident we will produce an aircraft for many years to come,’’ he said.Enders said Airbus was continuously making small improvements to the A380.“And we’ve said many times that bigger improvements such as the famous re-engining is not so much a question of if, but of when,’’ he said.The manufacturer’s head  salesman, John Leahy, said the A380 continued to generate passenger interest around the world.“People go out of their way to fly on the A380,’’ he said, adding that 10 per cent of passengers using London Heathrow Airport this year would be getting on or off one of the superjumbos.Singapore Airlines chief executive Goh Choon Phong said he continued to see a role for the double-decker aircraft his airline helped launch flying on high demand, high density routes where there were  slot constraints.“So we will continue to see demand for such aircraft types,’’ he said.The Singaporean carrier is acquiring five new A380s but created waves for Airbus when it decided not to renew the 10-year lease on its first Airbus A380. The announcement came as Malaysia Airlines revealed it was in discussions with airlines in the region about offloading its fleet of six A380s.SIA may also not renew four more leases due to end, although Goh reiterated that a decision on that had yet to be made.The Singaporean carrier has also said it will launch new cabin products with the arrival in the second half of next year of the first new A380.Goh said the new products, developed over “the last few years’, would wow customers and would ensure that the airline retained an industry-leading position on products.last_img read more

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Motter kicks off new national role at Commodity Classic

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) board member John Motter was elected late last year to lead the national United Soybean Board as its 26th chair. He previously served on the USB executive committee as vice chair and treasurer and has been a board member for eight years. This is the first time since USB was created in 1991 that an Ohioan has been elected chair.He sees an exciting year ahead.“We are in the second year of our strategic plan and we are really hitting our stride now with the things we are trying to accomplish. We have proven we can produce a large crop of soybeans with three record crops in a row. Now we are really focused on increasing the value and the profitability back at the farm gate,” Motter said. “We are looking forward to kicking off a meal enhancement project and setting the stage for that by having conversations with industry. We need to determine what it is the end user wants and work backwards from that to provide the right mix of soybean components to meet the end users needs.”USB has facilitated the development of new products such as Bridgestone tires, RAPTOR tractor belts and John Deere tractors components made with U.S. soybeans. In 2016, a number of products were commercialized based on USB-funded research. These soy-based products span from on-farm usage to household items, like adhesives for kitchen cabinetry, soaps and shampoos.USB also works with nurturing vital trade relationships, including crucial markets such as China and India.“We have things going on all over the world. We have to be aware of the consumer need whether it is international or domestic,” Motter said. “We are certainly watching the new Administration and trade is important for soybeans and every part of agriculture. From our perspective we will watch what is going on.”At Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Motter was recognized at a reception as he kicks off his role as USB chair. Motter farms soybeans and corn in Jenera in Hancock County. In addition to his position with USB, he serves on the OSC Board of Trustees, where he has held the position of chairman, vice chairman, treasurer and secretary. John is also a member of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, previously served on the State Extension Advisory Board, and has been an active leader on the Hancock County Fair Board.last_img read more

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The Best Film Visual Effects Through the Years

first_imgTake a trip down memory lane with this compilation of the Oscar winners for Best Visual Effects.This video montage by independent filmmaker and editor Nelson Carvajal has been making the rounds over the ‘net, and is a real treat for filmmakers and movie buffs. Nelson has compiled a montage of the winners of The Academy Award for Best Visual Effects since 1977, the first year this award began to appear as a regular category by the Academy.It’s amazing to see how VFX have improved so much since then, and also interesting to note how many films that were “way ahead of their time” in regards to their special effects work. Do you recognize each of the films in the montage? Check out the full list below.Thanks for sharing this great montage of film history, Nelson!Academy Award for Best Visual Effects1977: Star Wars1978: Superman (Special Achievement Award)1979: Alien1980: The Empire Strikes Back (Special Achievement Award)1981: Raiders of the Lost Ark1982: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial1983: Return of the Jedi (Special Achievement Award)1984: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom1985: Cocoon1986: Aliens1987: Innerspace1988: Who Framed Roger Rabbit1989: The Abyss1990: Total Recall (Special Achievement Award1991: Terminator 2: Judgement Day1992: Death Becomes Her1993: Jurassic Park1994: Forrest Gump1995: Babe1996: Independence Day1997: Titanic1998: What Dreams May Come1999: The Matrix2000: Gladiator2001: The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2004: Spider-Man 22005: King Kong2006: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest2007: The Golden Compass2008: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button2009: Avatar2010: Inception2011: Hugo2012: Life of Pilast_img read more

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Ignore Bad Advice on Cold Calling

first_imgThere are a lot of people who are happy to offer you the advice that you should never cold call. Here is a list of the people whose bad advice on cold calling you should ignore:Anyone who profits from your adopting the belief that cold calling doesn’t work. These charlatans are putting their financial interests over your own. They are preying on your fears and weaknesses.Anyone who has never sold professionally. The person suggesting that you abandon the phone has never carried a bag or had to make a number; they do not have the requisite experience to give you this advice. They are simply parroting what they hear other people say without no personal knowledge.Anyone who tells you that cold calling did not work for them. The fact that the person offering this advice wasn’t good at cold calling does not mean that that is a universal experience. A lot of diets work for people who follow them but not for people who don’t. Do not allow yourself to be infected by other people’s beliefs or limitations.Anyone who gets paid to create content for companies that sell services to sales people and sales organizations. The fact that someone is a writer for a blog belonging to a company in the sales space is no evidence that they have the expertise or credibility to speak about cold calling. A writer isn’t a salesperson, sales manager, or sales leader. They don’t make cold calls.Anyone who sends emails offering you lead generation services and promising to build your funnel using email. The email that you received is this company’s exact approach. How effective was their approach when they used it to obtain your business?Confirmation bias is looking for information that supports what you believe and refusing to entertain information that conflicts with your beliefs. It can be dangerous. If something makes you uncomfortable, it usually means that it is an idea worth exploring further.last_img read more

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Calcutta HC judge bars journalists from entering her courtroom

first_imgKolkata: Calcutta High Court judge Samapti Chattopadhyay, who is hearing the Bongaon Municipality trust vote and other local body cases, on Wednesday barred journalists from entering her court room till further orders. At the commencement of the hearing on the Bongaon matter, Justice Chattopadhyay orally directed that reporters would not be allowed to be present in her court room, during hearing of cases, till further orders. Eleven BJP councillors had moved the high court claiming they had not been allowed to enter the municipal body office for participating in a ‘no trust’ vote against the chairman and that Justice Chattopadhyay’s earlier order on moving a no-confidence motion was not followed by the administration. The high court judge has recently pulled up the West Bengal government over several issues, including the manner of holding trust votes in municipal bodies and illegal filling up of water bodies. State-empanelled lawyers had on July 22 decided to not attend the court of Justice Chattopadhyay protesting her remarks against the West Bengal government, only to rescind the decision a day later.last_img read more

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Body found in Pouce Coupe

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – On Saturday, December 8 at 7:48 AM, Dawson Creek RCMP were called to the parking lot of the Pouce Pub (Hart Hotel) for a man laying down.The adult male was unresponsive and taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.RCMP say the death appears to be suspicious in nature and police are looking to the public for information. The police have no information to suggest that the greater public is at further risk. Anyone who was a patron at the Pouce Pub on Friday, December 7 and into Saturday, December 8, is asked to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250 784-3700 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477.last_img read more

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Excise dept told to explore possibility of earning revenue from confiscated liquor

first_imgNew Delhi: In a Law and Order meeting on the theme “General Election 2019 preparedness”, the Excise Department was told to explore the possibility of earning revenue from confiscated liquor. In the meeting, the city police were told to closely monitor the social media till the completion of the election. Highly placed sources told Millennium Post that the meeting was held at Raj Niwas on the last week of March. The timing was around 11:30 am under the chairmanship of LG Delhi. The meeting was attended by chief secretary rank officials, Delhi Police, the Excise Department, Divisional Commissioner. “In the meeting Excise Department has been told to explore the possibility of earning revenue from confiscated liquor in accordance with rules instead of destroying it, if found fit for human consumption,” sources said.The meeting was related to preparedness of Delhi Police including force management, coordination with police neighbouring states to check communal violence, terrorist activities, distribution of illicit liquor, cash & other narcotics drugs, security of VIPs/VVIPs, crime in border areas, sale of illegal arms, weapons, action against defacement of public property, vulnerability mapping of polling stations. At the start of meeting a Special CP from Delhi Police gave a power point presentation on the preparedness. The issues of deployment, mobility, the requirement of Central forces, coordination with neighbouring states and enforcement of Model Code of Conduct were discussed. Sources further said after deliberations, several decisions were taken in the meeting. Chief Secretary and Commissioner of Police will maintain constant liaison with CEO, Delhi to ensure strict enforcement of Model Code of Conduct and action against illicit cash, liquor and muscle-men. “Field supervision to be ensured by senior officers through surprise checks. It was informed that a Single Window System for permissions before conducting meetings, rallies etc exists in the office of every Returning Officer. The same facility is also available through an App called Suvidha. LG advised that the App should be publicized through police and Revenue Department,” sources said quoting the meeting points. According to Delhi Police data, this year 1,76,890 bottles seized by city police and excise Act cases till March was 1,549.last_img read more

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High school football playoffs at Ohio Stadium estimated to bring in 4M

After Ohio State plays its last regular season game against Michigan in late November, Ohio Stadium will keep its gates open.For the first time in 25 years, Ohio Stadium is set to host the Ohio High School Athletic Association football playoffs and is set to bring in an estimated $4 million in visitor spending for Columbus, according to a Greater Columbus Sports Commission press release.The OHSAA state playoffs are set to begin Friday.From Dec. 4-6, high school teams from around the state and in all seven divisions will compete for a state title from the confines of Ohio Stadium.Game one is scheduled to take place Dec. 4. at 7:30 p.m. while the following two days will host three games each, with games starting at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.Single game tickets for each game can be purchased for $15 for club level seating, or $12 for general stadium seating. In addition, an all-session ticket can be purchased for $105 that gives the ticket holder access to the Huntington Club for each game, while an $84 all-session pass will simply give the ticket holder access to each game.For the last 24 years, the OHSAA state title games have been held at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, and also at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon, Ohio. Ohio Stadium last hosted the OHSAA title games in 1989. read more

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Freshman duo shines as Ohio State tops Walsh in exhibition matchup

Senior guard Shannon Scott (3) follows freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) down the court on a fast break during an exhibition game against Walsh on Nov. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 77-37.Credit: Patrick Kalista / Lantern photographerLess than a week before its season opener, the No. 20 Ohio State men’s basketball team dispatched Walsh University, 77-37, behind the play of a pair of freshmen.Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell led the Buckeyes with a game-high 17 points while freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate added 10 points in the Sunday evening exhibition at the Schottenstein Center.Tate said making his first appearance in front of the Columbus crowd was something he’s dreamed of as a Pickerington, Ohio, native.“I’m from here, this was a dream come true,” he said after the game. “This was a good first game to get all the butterflies out and we are just ready to go and get this season rolling.”Russell and Tate each tallied eight rebounds, while Russell had six assists.OSU coach Thad Matta said Russell has shown throughout preseason practice that he has the ability to make an impact in a variety of ways.“That’s kinda what he’s done to this point,” Matta said after the game. “I think that he’s got a different pace about him, he sees things like a lot of freshmen don’t see them. And that’s good.”Russell said he came to OSU with a chip on his shoulder, and added he’s prepared to do anything the Buckeyes’ coaching staff asks of him this season.“Whatever coach needs me to do, I am going to do it,” he said after the game. “If he needs me to score, I’m gonna score. If he needs me to get everybody going, I am going to do it. Rebound, defend, I am going to do it.”Matta added that Tate can play bigger than his 6-foot, 4-inch frame would suggest.“Jae’Sean Tate plays big for his size, there’s no doubt about that,” he said.Senior forward Sam Thompson chipped in with 13 points in just 20 minutes of action.Russell and Tate were among five new faces for OSU coach Thad Matta, as three true freshmen, one redshirt-freshman and a redshirt-senior transfer took the floor for the Buckeyes. Russell started the game while Tate, freshman forward Keita Bates-Diop, redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams and Temple transfer forward Anthony Lee came off the bench.“It’s good for these guys to get through that,” Matta said of the young Buckeyes making their debuts. “I think from the standpoint of first time they’ve ever worn the jersey, I think they’ll be at a little bit more at ease as we move forward.”Because of an offensive rebound from senior center Amir Williams, OSU had two chances to score on its first possession of the game, but Thompson and senior guard Shannon Scott each missed three-pointers. From there, the Buckeyes shot seven of 13 from beyond the arc and added a buzzer-beating tip in by Tate to close out the first half with a 48-19 lead.Russell — a Louisville, Ky., native — finished the opening 20 minutes with 16 points on four-of-five shooting from three-point range.Through the first 10:11 of the second half, OSU opened up a 38-point advantage before closing out the game.But despite the 40-point win, Matta said the OSU offense could have run with a higher tempo at points in the second half.“I thought for the most part, that was the biggest thing,” he said. “We just stopped. We became very stagnant offensively there in the second half.”Behind Russell and Thompson, sophomore forward Marc Loving added 12 points and seven rebounds for OSU. Scott tied Russell for the game-high with six assists, while Thompson added three blocks. The 10 players to see the floor for the Buckeyes scored at least two points each.Tate said any player on the roster can make an impact offensively in any given game.“We just try to share the ball and get the win,” he said. “I think the team as a whole will carry the offense.”Junior guard Jesse Hardin Jr. had 10 points to lead Walsh.Sophomore center Trevor Thompson, senior forward Jake Lorbach and freshman center David Bell were the only players listed on the Buckeyes’ roster not to appear in the exhibition. Thompson has to sit out the season per NCAA transfer rules after coming to OSU from Virginia Tech. Lorbach is a senior walk on while Matta said Bell will likely redshirt this season. Neither Thompson nor Lorbach dressed for the game.OSU’s regular-season schedule is set to begin Friday against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell at the Schottenstein Center. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.“It’s the season now, practice this week, play a game,” Matta said. “It’s on us.” read more

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