Defense team for Harvey Weinstein requests maximum of 5 years in prison for sex crimes convictions

first_imgDNY59/iStock(NEW YORK) — Harvey Weinstein should be sent to prison for no more than five years, defense attorneys said in a letter to the judge ahead of sentencing scheduled for Wednesday.The disgraced former Hollywood producer was convicted of two felony counts — criminal sexual assault and third-degree rape — for attacking former production assistant Mimi Haley in 2006 third-degree rape of aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013. He was acquitted of three additional counts — two counts of predatory sexual assault and one count of first-degree rape.The defense said Weinstein’s age, health and life of charity are among the factors that argue for a lesser sentence. Weinstein, 67, who was convicted on Feb. 24, was moved from Bellevue Hospital Center in New York to Rikers Island correctional facility last week after undergoing a procedure to insert a stent in his heart. He had been using a walker throughout the trial and was being held in a prison ward at Bellevue after complaining of chest pains.“As an individual with no criminal history having spent no time previously incarcerated, his health concerns, his age, and as famous as he is, a custodial sentence will no doubt prove much more difficult for Mr. Weinstein than most other inmates, which further counsels in favor of a sentence of five years’ imprisonment,” defense attorneys Damon Cheronis, Donna Rotunno and Arthur Aidala wrote in their letter to Judge James Burke.“With respect to deterrence, counsel will again note that Mr. Weinstein is a first-time offender,” the attorneys wrote.The sexual assault charge carries a maximum of 25 years in prison. He could receive up to four years in prison for the rape conviction.Prosecutors have said Weinstein deserves a “lengthy” prison sentence. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office did not recommend a specific sentence but said it is “totally appropriate” to show through the court’s sentence “that sexual assault, even if perpetrated upon an acquaintance or in a professional setting, is a serious offense worthy of a lengthy prison sentence,” according to a letter to the same judge filed by prosecutors last Friday.The DA’s submission details what the prosecutor’s office claims are several decades’ worth of alleged misconduct by Weinstein beyond what was prosecuted in court.The defense attorneys responded in their letter that those additional accusations by prosecutors, “many of which are not even sexual in nature (e.g. “abusive behavior in the workplace”) and the vast majority of which have nothing to do with [Mimi] Haley or Jessica Mann — in no way constitute relevant conduct.”The prosecution filing notes the complaining witnesses, Jessica Mann and Mimi Haley, will submit statements to the court.ABC News does not normally name victims of sexual assault, but both women have either publicly identified themselves or agreed to allow their names to be used.Following the verdict, Weinstein’s attorneys said in a statement they will be filing an appeal, claiming there were “extremely troubling issues” with the trial.While appealing his New York conviction, Weinstein will also be preparing to defend himself against four felony sexual assault charges filed earlier this year by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. In that case, Weinstein is charged with attacking two women in separate incidents over a two-day period in Feb. 2013. He has not yet entered a plea in that case. Weinstein claims any sexual encounters were consensual.If you or someone you know experienced sexual assault and is seeking resources, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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£125,000 – price of ‘leafing’ Brexit behind!

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » £125,000 – price of ‘leafing’ Brexit behind! previous nextMarketing£125,000 – price of ‘leafing’ Brexit behind!Estate agency Symonds & Sampson says it has the perfect solution for anyone who can’t bear any more of the Brexit debate.Sheila Manchester23rd October 20190653 Views Many of us are overwhelmed by Brexit, we dream of being away from the madness and frustration, so consider this – the perfect hideaway for someone who wishes the politicians, the pundits and the public protesters would disappear down a foxhole.Woolcombe Wood at Uplyme, Devon is up for sale with a guide price of £125,000. It offers almost 10 acres of mixed broad-leaved and coniferous woodland, lying between Yawl and St Mary’s Lane, just two miles from the coast at Lyme Regis – which is a wonderful place.The fully-fitted timber chalet (18’ x 18’) on site ‘boasts’ a kitchen/living area, bedroom and wet room. It is eco-friendly with solar panels providing electricity, private spring water and composting loos.The woodland is secluded and private with no rights of way crossing it, and also has the River Lym running through its lower reaches.Your neighbours will be foxes, badgers and deer, but you will see people if you go into Axminster – there’s a bus stop just 0.1 mile away should you wish to access broadband and re-engaged with Brexit.Estate agents Symonds & Sampson has just launched the woodland onto the open market saying, “This is an extremely rare opportunity to purchase a true escape for modern life in a beautiful position.”Tenders for the property close at noon on November 13th.Who else has a quirky property on their books? Share them with us – but remember, we mean properly quirky. Or spooky for Halloween!Read more about Brexit and the housing market! Symonds & Sampson October 23, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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Contributing Faculty (EdD)

first_imgPromotes professionalism by modeling such behaviors inside andoutside the classroom setting; promotes interprofessionaldialogCollaborates with necessary departments to support a positiveteam environmentUpholds University core values, policies and procedures Completes all course management requirements to meet programdeadlinesPrepares and delivers course contentMonitors student progress; gives feedback as appropriateFacilitates student participation in learning activitiesServes as student-to-university liaison Reports student outcomes and uses this information for teachingand learning improvements Committed to Mission and Values: Has a clear understanding ofinstitution’s mission and values. Has a passion for facilitatinglearning and for enabling students to navigate their own learningjourney. Teaching Delivery/Learning Facilitation Skills: Manages small,large, blended, hybrid, and/or online classrooms, monitoring andensuring participation, managing one’s own and students’ time andattention effectively.Academic Discipline Expertise: Has sufficient credentials,industry expertise, and/or experience in the discipline to eachaccording to the standards and qualifications required. LICENSURE and/or CERTIFICATIONFaculty Members must be appropriately credentialed, possess anearned degree from an accredited institution or recognized by acountry’s ministry of education in the discipline being taught, andbe licensed or license-eligible in order to teach in specificprograms.BUSINESS COMPETENCIESCommitted to Mission and Values – Has aclear understandingof institution’s mission and values. Has a passion forfacilitatinglearning and for enabling students to navigate their ownlearningjourney.Contribute Knowledge to the Discipline – Compelledby theopportunity to contribute through research, scholarshipprofessionalpractice or creativity.Accountable -Takes personalresponsibility for own goals andoutcomes to ensure student success.Establishes clear expectations,follows through on commitments to students andholds themaccountable for assignments and performanceCollaborative – Works cooperatively withothers across theinstitution and beyond, including the community andthroughpartnerships. Represents own interests while being inclusiveand fair toothers.Communicates Effectively – Adapts oraland writtencommunication approach and style to the audience and based onthemessage. Also listens attentively to others.Drives Engagement – Makes students feelwelcome, understoodand valued. Creates a learning environment that iscompelling,challenging and productive.Academic Discipline Expertise – Hassufficient credentials,industry expertise and/or experience in the disciplineto teachaccording to the standards and qualifications required.Education Design – Designs learningexperiences closelylinked to learning outcomes including lesson planning,design ofproject, work integrated, group learning experiences, orinteractivelearning objects. Has depth of expertise in pedagogy,andragogy and overalllearning effectiveness.Teaching Delivery/Learning FacilitationSkills – Managessmall, large, blended, hybrid and/or online classrooms,monitoringand ensuring participation, managing one’s own and students’timeand attention effectively.ADDITIONALCOMPETENCIESTo perform the job successfully, an individual shoulddemonstratethe following competencies to perform the essential functions oftheposition:Core Ethics and Values Assesses student performance onpapers/examinations/projectsCommunicates with program director (and course coordinator ifteaching a multi-section course) regarding student difficulties orissues that ariseEnsures consistent content and testing, if a multi-sectioncourseCompletes annual self-evaluation of teaching performance; setsgoals for improvement OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESMay perform other duties andresponsibilities that management maydeem necessary from time to time.TRAVEL REQUIREMENTSSome travel may be required.POSITION IN ORGANIZATIONREPORTS TO: Academic Program DirectorPOSITIONS SUPERVISED: NoneTECHNICAL, MANAGERIAL, and PEOPLE SKILLS REQUIREDTo perform this job successfully an individual must be able toperformeach essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listedbelow arerepresentative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilityrequired. Incumbentswill be evaluated, in part, based onperformance of each essential function.Appropriate reasonableaccommodations may be made to enable individuals withdisabilitiesto perform essential functions.EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCEExperience with distance learning preferred.Terminal degree preferred. Post- professional master’sdegree or clinical doctorate with demonstrated clinical expertisewith plans to obtain a terminal degree will be consideredPrior teaching experience preferred [could includeonline]Experience in scholarly activity preferredA minimum of 3 years of clinical experience in the area ofcourse content requiredWorking knowledge of educational theory and methodology Recommends course improvements for upcoming semester The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is an equalopportunity at will employer and does not discriminate against anyemployee or applicant for employment because of age, race,religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation or nationalorigin. Keeps course content current and as necessary, aligned withcourse consistency policy Operational Technical The mission of The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciencesis the development of professional health care practitionersthrough innovation, individualized, and quality classroom,clinical, and distance education. GENERAL SUMMARYA contributing faculty member at the University of St. Augustinefor HealthSciences (USAHS) provides engaging clinically-focusedlearning opportunitiesfor students in the health scienceprofessions, through face-to-face, blended,and/or online deliverymethods.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESMaintains expertise in content areaPromotes student success through optimal studentengagement Communicates Effectively: Adapts oral and written communicationapproach and style to the audience and based on the message.Drives Engagement: Makes students feel welcomed, understood,and valued. Creates a learning environment that is compelling,challenging, and productive.last_img read more

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Oxford Auteurs

first_imgThis year’s competition was won by I Just Keep Thinking of Humphrey Bogart, a ten-minute film written and directed by Alec Garton-Ash. The film is a strange probe into the world of artistic imagination in which a young man gradually realizes that his life has become a film noir fantasy, and the plot climaxes with the manic onrush of a horde of Bogartesque figures. The colour is effectively replaced with black-and-white halfway through, paradoxically moving still images are successfully interspersed, and the main character’s battle with his shadow is convincing. Garton-Ash says the idea of producing a film about Oxford did not appeal to him as much of the material produced by students, on stage or on camera, tends to be unimaginative and/or conservative. This is not for lack of resources; he borrowed equipment from St. Peter’s College Film Society, and put Facebook to good use in spreading the word that he required a large group of Humprhey Bogart impersonators. Above all, Garton Ash stresses how easy it is to produce a film: you can just take a digital camera, get some friends together, and you’ve got one. This might not produce a masterpiece, but it does not require a massive amount of effort (or, necessarily, participants) to produce valuable work. Putting on a play requires a lot of know-how, preparation, and people; as a result, the number of those willing to put on a play who also know what they are doing is limited, and it is inevitable that a thespian clique emerges. But making a film, with university film societies providing support, is something that is fundamentally straightforward and democratic. Christchurch filmster Craig Webster also made an entry for film cuppers this year. Casting friends and, again, borrowing equipment, he shot it in a single weekend. Indeed, there are some students who have exploited the democratization of media to bypass film societies and produce their own work entirely independently. Leading the avant-garde of Oxford documentaires is Alex Scrivener, whose filming of Abkhazia (a Russo-friendly breakaway republic in Western-looking Georgia) was shown on the partly-Murdoch-owned Georgian television channel Imedi. Georgians were expelled from Abkhazia as a consequence of the Russian-asssisted ethnic-Abkhazian uprising in the early 1990s and so Scrivener, who is himself half-Georgian, hid his national identity and posed as a “stupid English tourist” interested in going on holiday in a war zone. Because Abkhazia’s independence is not recognized by any nation (not even, officially at least, Russia), officials at the foreign ministry were only too happy to spend their time with Scrivener. He says: “So I just took a camera and started filming stuff – them, battle sites, stuff like that.” When he had left, he sent the tape to Imedi; because no Georgians had filmed Abkhazia for over a decade, the station was very enthusiastic and the film was shown on what Scrivener jokingly describes as “the Georgian Trevor MacDonald.”As Scrivener’s experience shows, it is more than possible for an Oxford student to produce not only film with interest, but also with impact. However, the days of a generation ago, when the auditoriums would burst at the seams with students for whom the cinematic experience could be the highlight of the week, are now dead as dead can be: even Magdalen film society scarcely manages double figures in its average audience. You cannot help but feel that unless there is an even wider expansion of interest and involvement in the cinematic community, film-making in Oxford will fail to develop successfully. Nevertheless, there is a small but talented group of film-makers who are not to be written off. Tom Corcoran Who are the heroes of Oxford film? Surely Jeremy Irons’ trademark narcissism in Brideshead Revisited must come to mind; perhaps John Thaw’s snobbish coolness as Chief Inspector Morse; without doubt, the speech by Michael Soares in True Blue – may it endure as the greatest (the only?) rhetorical display by a Catholic priest out to subvert the authority of a rowing club council. Above all, those “dreaming spires” that the film industry so loves have probably brought more attention to this town than any individual. Filming in Oxford, you say, has been done. Often it has been good – and at times brilliant – but, nevertheless, it represents an inevitable entry into the tedious realm of stereotype. However, despite this popular perception of film-making in Oxford, there are a number of students who aim to break the bonds of trite cinematic mediocrity. The largest student film society in Oxford is the Oxford University Film Foundation (OUFF), which has been in existence for a quarter of a century and claims on its website to “aim to support all aspects of film appreciation and creation right across the university.” The society’s film cuppers, held in Hilary term of each year, represents the major event of the film-making calendar: six shortlisted films were shown before a panel of judges in the Pheonix Picture House this May, and the winner was given a distribution deal. Entries in the past couple of years have represented a variety of approaches: the comic-pretensiousness of Terracotta, a film which explores the seven deadly sins through the medium of a ceramic plant pot; Ophelia’s origami animals in stop-frame; the downright demented This is an Art Attack, a spoof of the children’s television programme in which presenter Neil Buchanan was portrayed sniffing glue and attempting to recreate God’s image. The winner two years ago was the inspired 1920s style surrealist work “Cauchemar de l’homme en Noir et Blanc.” Since then, co-director Matt Green has gone on to produce another surrealist work, The Tragedy of Albert, to be screened in London cinemas, with (all hail product placement) two thousand pounds of funding from that great arts-supporting capitalist enterprise: KFC. last_img read more

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UE’s Department of Art Announces Les Miley Artist’s Exhibition to Run September 3 To…

first_imgU E UE’s Department of Art Announces Les Miley Artist’s Exhibition to Run September 3 To October 19The University of Evansville’s Department of Art will host an exhibition of selected works by UE professor emeritus, Les Miley, a nationally and internationally recognized artist and art educator. The exhibition will open on Tuesday, September 3 and runs until Sunday, October 19.On Thursday, September 5, the public is invited to a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by an artist’s talk Miley at 7:00 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery at 1935 Lincoln Avenue in Evansville, Ind.Miley joined the UE art faculty in 1961 and retired as chair of the Department of Art in 2001. He served as the director and instructor of the Ceramics Workshop in New Harmony, Ind. from 1966 to 2009 and feature articles and photographs of his work have been included in nine prestigious publications.The exhibition has been curated from several collections and will also include works by a selection Miley’s previous students.“My works in clay are a celebration of life with an emphasis on the joyful, positive aspects of living in this world, said Miley. “Fundamental to my work in clay, and in my living experience, is a sense of order combined with an element of chance.”For more information, including gallery hours or to make a special appointment, please contact UE’s Department of Art at 812-488-2043 or [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Associated British Foods buys Dorset Cereals

first_imgAllied Bakeries’ parent company Associated British Foods (ABF) is to buy UK premium cereal maker Dorset Cereals in a deal believed to be worth £50m.It is the second cereal brand to come under the company, joining Jordons, which was absorbed into the business when it was merged with Ryvita in 2008.The brand will stay with current owners Wellness Foods, which bought it for £50m in the same year. The cereal brand ranked sixth in its market last year, accoutning for a 2% share of the overall retail value, according to Euromonitor International. ABF ranked at fifth with Jordons.Dorset manufactures premium breakfast items including porridge, granola, muesli and cereal bars and has annual sales of £40m.Rumours of a sale emerged towards the end of last year with market leader Kellogg’s among potential buyers.last_img read more

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New sugar reduction course announced

first_imgSugar Reduction In Foods is a new course from Chipping Campden-based Campden BRI, taking place on 31 October at its Gloucestershire centre.The course aims to provide an overview of the issues and approaches to reducing sugar in foods. BRI said it is suitable for those looking to reduce or replace sugar in their products.“It will provide an insight into which approaches may be most appropriate for which food types,” according to the company.The course will run over a full day with an option to attend a salt reduction course the previous day.The background to sugar reduction will be covered, including reasons for the need to reduce sugar, government targets and the role sugar plays in products, as well as approaches to reduce sugar in food through alternative ingredients. One session will also cover legislation including information on health and nutrition claims.There will be an opportunity to sample reduced-sugar products and sessions looking in detail at reducing sugar in baked goods. Short sessions will also discuss sugar reduction in beverages and sweet sauces/condiments & preserves. A sensory session will explore ways of assessing the sensory properties of reduced-sugar productsThe company, which provides food and drink businesses with science, technology and information services, added that at the end of the course, delegates will be able to:• Understand the function of sugar in different foods and the issues with removing it• Be aware of the considerations (technical & regulatory) when using sugar replacers such as high-potency sweeteners and polyols• Have an awareness of methods of sensory assessment for products with reduced/removed sugar• Apply the theory and technical skills learnt on the course in their own development rolelast_img read more

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Pregnant women may get too much mercury by following U.S. seafood advice

first_imgPregnant women who follow government seafood recommendations may be exposing their babies to too much toxic mercury, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The study also found that women may not be getting enough healthy omega-3 fatty acids from the fish they choose. The authors call for guidelines to be more specific about which fish are healthiest.The report was released March 16, 2016.EWG tested hair samples from 254 women who eat two or more seafood meals per week, which is in line with federal recommendations. The samples were analyzed by students from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who found that nearly 30% of the women exceeded safety guidelines for mercury exposure during pregnancy, and 60% were not getting enough of the healthy fats essential for fetal development.Salmon, sardines, and rainbow trout are among the fish considered healthy choices according to EWG recommendations, because they are high in omega-3 and low in mercury.Philippe Grandjean, an adjunct professor of environmental health at Harvard Chan, oversaw the student researchers. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Several Quarantined In Cattaraugus County, Officials Await Test Results

first_imgPhoto: Governor Tom Wolf / CC BY 2.0 App users, tap here to watch video. LITTLE VALLEY – Around a dozen residents in Cattaraugus County are under some type of quarantine as officials await novel Coronavirus test results.Cattaraugus County’s Administrator Jack Searles says currently there are eight or nine people under a mandatory quarantine in the county and four residents in a precautionary quarantine.“If you are in mandatory quarantine you are by definition you are given a test and we are awaiting the test results,” said Searles. “Again, we have nobody that has tested positive in Cattaraugus County.” The county’s legislature met Monday night to discuss its response to the outbreak. Lawmakers worked for two hours under executive session to determine the best approach.County Attorney Ashley Milliman says the lawmakers are discussing limiting on site staff to appropriately combat the virus outbreak.“There was a resolution that was passed which directed our county administrator to request information from each department heads which would include a list of essential employees, non- essential employees,  employees that are willing to work from home and how many employees that can work from home.”Milliman says lawmakers will likely make a final decision in regards to downsizing staff during a meeting Wednesday.On Sunday, the Cattaraugus County Office of Emergency Services declared a state of emergency.Legislature Chairman Howard VanRensselaer said the declaration gives officials the authority to procure proper goods and services. Travel within the county is not impacted.Heath officials say the best ways to help prevent the spread of the virus are to:Wash your hands often with soap and waterCough/sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and throw it awayPractice social distancing – try to keep at least 6 feet between you and another personStay home and avoid others if you are illIf residents have symptoms including fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, they are asked to call their healthcare provider, and they will give appropriate guidance. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Plant poison

first_imgBy Winston DanglerUniversity of GeorgiaDuring summer, children are outside more, and the vibrant colors and smells of blooming flowers might lead them to take a little taste of a plant. This can be dangerous.The Georgia Poison Control Center often receives questions about the dangers of mushrooms or houseplants, said Gaylord Lopez, the center’s director. But when someone calls about the toxicity of any plant, the answers to a series of questions determine how much exposure someone has had to the plant. The information is then compared to a plant database to see if signs or symptoms match the toxicity. Lopez advises homeowners to identify the plants in their landscape and label them for easy identification. This information can prove life-saving if the plant is ever eaten. “Most plant ingestions are by children, accidental, and in small quantities of only a couple of berries or leaves,” he said. Poison control operators advise callers on how to respond based on how much was eaten and which parts of the plant were swallowed. If someone eats high quantities of any plant, hospitalization may be required. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturist Gary Wade says there are several poisonous plants in home landscapes. “Most people don’t commonly eat leaves from plants in their landscape, but you never know when young children or playful teenagers will grab a few leaves and put them in their mouths, becoming nauseous or developing symptoms similar to food poisoning,” Wade said. “Furthermore, culinary experts use the flowers of nasturtiums and pansies in salads and as garnishes, but this does not mean that all flowers are edible.” “People should not stop planting these plants. They just need to be aware of their toxic properties when ingested and should be cautious when allowing young children, or even pets, to play around them,” Wade said. “The word poisonous does not mean deadly. The severity of the symptoms depends on the amount eaten and the plant part eaten.” While poisonous plants are inconvenient to people, the toxins do serve a purpose to the plant. They are defense mechanisms plants use as protection from predators such as insects and bacteria. Plant poisons are so successful at keeping insects away that several early pesticides were mimics of naturally-occurring chemicals of poisonous plants, said Matthew Chappell, a UGA Extension horticulturist.“There is a small percentage of harmful poisonous plants if eaten, however, people need to be aware of the dangers of eating poisonous plants. If someone wants to eat a plant in the landscape they must be well versed in keying and identifying plants beforehand,” Chappell said. “If you are not a plant expert and would like to eat something in your landscape, call your local Extension office and ask them to identify the plant for you.” For more information on poisonous plants around the home, see UGA Extension circular 957, Poisonous Plants in the Landscape, available on-line at http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubs/PDF/C957.pdf.(Winston Dangler is a student writer for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) A few common landscape plants that contain toxic compounds capable of causing flu-like symptoms when eaten are azaleas, mountain laurel and rhododendron. Their leaves, stems, flowers and even their pollen contain andromedotoxin, which can cause headache, nausea and respiratory problems. Oakleaf hydrangeas have the compound hydragin in their leaves and buds. When eaten, these plant parts can cause stomach ache and diarrhea.Ornamental cherries, including the cultivars Yoshino, Okame and Kwansan, are popular landscape plants. Their leaves, stems and seeds contain cyanogenic glycoside, a compound known to cause respiratory problems, dizziness and convulsions when eaten. Wisteria pods and seeds contain a glycoside called wisterin that causes stomach ache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea when eaten.Angel’s Trumpet has become a popular plant in landscapes in recent years. Unfortunately, all parts of the plant contain tropane alkaloids, which cause headaches, convulsions and severe respiratory problems when swallowed.last_img read more

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