Going up?: Brundidge woman seeks to set world record with plant

first_imgSkip Lee, who has a green thumb, said the agave was given to her by a friend, Betty Baxter. She found the plant interesting and easy to grow but she had no idea that it would sprout like Jack’s beanstalk.Mary Lee of the Clay Hill community has nominated her 40 foot 4 inch agave plant for entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. The current record is 40 feet. Her nomination is pending.“I’ve had it about 12 years and it looks like a big, mean-looking cactus,” she said. “Some people say they are scared of it and it is kind of scary looking with these long thick leave with thorns all up and down them.”Lee had been told that the scary-looking plant was a “century plant” and it would bloom in a hundred years. She didn’t think she would be around for that. But, to her surprise, in May, the plant began to shoot up a stem and it kept getting taller and taller and then, it bloomed.“The plant started to bloom and it had all these yellow flowers,” Lee said. “Some of the flowers have dried up but the ones at the very top are still pretty. But the sad thing about this plant is that, after it blooms, it will fall away and die. But there are a lot of baby plants around it and I’ve already given some of them away. I’ve got some big agave plants all around the house and maybe one of them will shoot up and bloom and I’ll get to see it. But not these baby plants. It will be a long time before they bloom.” Mary Lee never dreamed that her name could be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. But she surely is excited by the possibility.Lee’s nomination for the worldwide listing is an agave plant that is towering at 40 feet and four inches on her front lawn in the Clay Hill community. The current world record for the tallest agave is 40 feet but until Lee’s plant has been officially recorded at 40 feet, four inches, the record is “pending.” Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 3:00 am Tuesday, July 12, 2016 By Jaine Treadwell Latest Stories Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Going up?: Brundidge woman seeks to set world record with plant By The Penny Hoarder Information gathered about the agave revealed that in Mexico the juice of the leaves will lather in water like soap and the sharp “thorns” of the leaves are used to make pens, nails and needles.Mary Lee has no plans to make soap or nails from the remains of the plant. However, when it falls away and dies, she thinks, maybe, she should do “something” to acknowledge its passing. “A representative from the Alabama Extension Service is going to come to verify the height but, if he doesn’t hurry up and get here, it’s going to be even taller,” Lee said, with a smile. “They say the more it rains, the taller it will get.”With rain clouds hovering and thunder rumbling in the distance, Lee was hopeful.“I’d like for it to get even taller,” she said. “That would be a better record.” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Email the author You Might Like Volunteers issue call for foster homes as city’s animal shelter nears capacity These pups are two of the nearly one dozen dogs being sheltered at the Troy Animal Shelter this summer. Warmer… read more Print Article Book Nook to reopenlast_img read more

Northport VA Officials: Vet Did Not Seek Treatment Prior to Suicide

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Northport Veterans Administration Medical Center officials appearing before a Congressional oversight committee Tuesday rejected claims that a 78-year-old U.S. Navy veteran was denied service before he committed suicide last month at the facility.The determination was based upon a review of surveillance footage, emergency room records, and phone logs, officials told the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Surveillance footage recorded the vet, Peter Kaisen, on the hospital’s grounds for 12 minutes on Sunday, Aug. 21, from the moment his vehicle entered the campus, Northport VAMC officials said. At no point did surveillance footage place the Islip man at the hospital’s Emergency Department, they claimed.“Allegations that he was turned away from our Emergency Department are false,” said Dr. Joan E. McInerney, NY/NJ network director for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.There was also no indication that Kaisen attempted to sign in at the facility’s welcome desk, either, officials said. The only gap in surveillance was during the moments Kaisen was in an adjacent parking lot near a wooded area, where he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.Phillip C. Moschitta, Northport VAMC’s director, told seven committee members in attendance that there was “definitive” evidence to support the VA’s accounting of events. He said he’s awaiting a final report from the FBI, the lead agency that investigated Kaisen’s death.The hospital’s account is in stark contrast to allegations made by two whistleblowers last month. The anonymous hospital workers told The New York Times that Kaisen was denied service that Sunday. The same report claimed Kaisen was frustrated that he was unable to see a mental health physician.About 100 observers packed the Northport VAMC’s auditorium for the committee’s much-anticipated field hearing. Kaisen’s widow, Joan Kaisen, was also in attendance. Like a handful of people who insisted they be permitted to address the panel, Joan was rebuffed when committee members addressed her husband’s death.While the hearing focused largely on Kaisen’s much-publicized suicide, Northport VAMC officials also discussed the closure of five operating rooms this spring due to a faulty HVAC system, alleged financial malfeasance associated with billing procedures, as well as the deaths of two other people linked to the hospital.“Through the years, up until very recently, I continued to hear constituents in my district who have nothing but the best to say about the quality of care that they have received here at Northport VA,” said Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Selden), who along with Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City), is one of two Long Islanders on the committee. “It is over the course of the last few months that we started to receive an increase in feedback from individuals that resulted in some pretty serious allegations, which is why we’re here to get answers.”RELATED: Long Island Vet’s Life of Devotion, Love & Sacrifice Ends With Tragic QuestionsBut Kaisen’s suicide took precedent.Committee chairman Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) peppered VA officials with questions about emergency room sign-in procedures. At one point he produced a paper log that patients are required to fill out at the emergency wing’s welcome desk. Both Moschitta and McInerney said they were unaware of the specific sign-in procedures inside the Emergency Department.“You still use paper like this here?” Miller inquired.“Yes, there are some paper documents,” Moschitta responded.“What happens if this gets thrown away?” Miller added, crumpling the paper in his hands to mimic its being discarded.“You would still have the patient in front of you,” McInerney said.“Unless they went to the parking lot,” Miller interjected, referring to Kaisen’s death.Besides surveillance footage, there was also forensic evidence collected by investigators indicating how long Kaisen was in a specific area, Moschitta said.“There are no breaks in the video,” he said, adding that video showed Kaisen passing the hospital’s checkpoint all the way until he parked his vehicle. The parking lot, however, is not equipped with surveillance cameras, he testified.“So, it was physically impossible to go from the incident to the ED (Emergency Department),” he said of the 12 minutes Kaisen purportedly spent on the campus.Moschitta, who declined to go into the specifics of Kaisen’s case, took offense to claims that his employees would intentionally spur a veteran.“Our staff would never do something like that—that’s not our history,” he said. “It’s just very insulting to think that.” He believed the evidence will “set the record straight” that Kaisen was not turned away.“Northport has a long history of providing excellent clinical and mental health at our main facility and our five community clinics,” McInerney added.When questions turned to the operating room’s HVAC system’s problems that began in February, Moschitta apologized for failing to inform Long Island’s Congressional delegation, who read about the rust particles spewing from the vents in a Times article in May.The hospital closed all five operating rooms in March for safety reasons and performed a temporary fix. Of the 154 procedures that were postponed due to the closures, 22 patients have yet to undergo operations, choosing instead to wait for the operating rooms to reopen, officials testified. All five operating rooms reopened in June.“At no time, even when we had a discharge, was air quality below standard,” insisted Moschitta, who hired an outside company to analyze the air particles.Moschitta told the House committee that a contract to permanently solve the HVAC issue will be finalized in the near future.In addition, Moschitta vehemently denied claims that the Northport VAMC was profiting from an outreach program designed to bring former patients back into the fold.“These encounters are not billable,” Moschitta testified, “so there’s no money generated…Clearly there was no fraud here.” The director said he welcomed an outside audit.Such “falsehoods” do a disservice to veterans who “feel they’re coming to a place they can’t feel safe in,” Moschitta said. “That is why I’m very happy you’re here…We’ve got to clear the air. I don’t want any employee at this medical center, or any volunteer, or any patient to think anything less than we’re the best that there is for them.“We always try to improve,” he added, “that’s our goal.”Northport VAMC officials also addressed claims about the deaths of two other people associated with the facility. One was a veteran who worked on-site and whose death reportedly went unnoticed for three days. The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office ruled out suicide and foul play. In the other incident, a patient who had been discharged died off campus, Moschitta said.Afterward, Joan Kaisen said she was “very happy” with the proceedings, specifically with the amount of time devoted to her husband’s death.“I think they’ve got a wide spectrum that they have to handle, but I feel good because he was one of the pinnacle points of this investigation,” she told reporters. “So that gives good solace to me and my family.”Yet Kaisen’s family and friends remain skeptical that the vet would have made the trek from his Islip home to Northport VAMC only to end his life.Tom Farley, his friend of 40 years, noted that Kaisen hadn’t been treated for mental illness and might have been unaware of the services the hospital offered.“I’m very disappointed about the way they’re trying to say he was never here,” Farley said. “It was 12 minutes…[Moschitta] won’t actually answer how long that 12 minutes he was actually on film…In 12 minutes you can come in, try to get into the emergency room and leave. Twelve minutes is a long time.”last_img read more

Two human H5N1 cases noted; poultry outbreaks expand

first_imgNov 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Two more human cases of H5N1 avian influenza have been confirmed in recent days in Vietnam and Indonesia, while poultry outbreaks are spreading in China and Romania.The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed Nov 25 that a 15-year-old boy from Vietnam’s Haiphong province has H5N1 infection, which Vietnamese authorities announced last week. The boy has been discharged from a hospital and is recovering, the WHO said. He is the 66th Vietnamese to contract avian flu.A 16-year-old boy was confirmed today as having Indonesia’s 12th avian flu case, according to a Nov 26 report by Agence France-Presse (AFP). He was hospitalized in good condition in the West Java capital of Bandung, said Hariadi Wibisono of the Indonesian health industry, as quoted by AFP.”Tests [on blood] taken from the 16-year-old boy, both locally and by the World Health Organization, show that he is a bird flu patient,” Wibisono said. The WHO hasn’t updated its case count to reflect confirmation of the case.The WHO said it would send a team to the eastern Chinese province of Anhui to investigate human deaths from H5N1, according to the English version of the China People’s Daily Online. Two deaths have been confirmed in that province.China wrestles with poultry outbreaksChina has reported seven new outbreaks in poultry in less than 10 days, according to the English version of the Chinese People’s Daily Online on Nov 25. Outbreaks have led to the culling of about 17,000 birds in an Inner Mongolian village, according to a Nov 25 report China filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Bloomberg News reported on Nov 26 that China has had 27 poultry outbreaks this year.Romanian poultry case outside Danube deltaRomanian officials found the H5N1 virus in a remote village 70 miles from the Danube River delta, leading to a cull of roughly 17,000 poultry in the village of Scarlatesti, Reuters news service reported on Nov 26. Samples from a turkey in Scarlatesti were positive in initial testing in Romania; follow-up testing will occur in a laboratory near London, the story said.The cull in Scarlatesti led to the firing of two of the country’s chief veterinarians, Reuters reported today, after a television station aired film showing inhumane culling.A private TV station showed footage of a man wringing the neck of a goose and then throwing the bird into a fire. The Reuters report indicates some birds were not dead before being thrown into the flames.Animal rights groups were angered and said that Romania wasn’t complying with standards it must meet to succeed in its bid to join the European Union, Reuters reported. Poisoning with gas is a generally approved method for culling large flocks, Reuters said, citing experts who insist that any culling method must be safe, humane, and efficient.See also: WHO confirmation of 66th Vietnamese casehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_11_25/en/index.htmlChina’s Nov 25 and Nov 23 reports to OIEhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/China%20Follow-up%20report%20No10.pdfftp://ftp.oie.int/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/infos_san_archives/eng/2005/en_051125v18n47.pdfRomania’s Nov 27 reports to OIEhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/Romania%20Follow%20up%20No10.pdfhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/Romania%20Follow%20up%20No9.pdflast_img read more