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WARNING: This Was Ruled 'Poisonous'
This news will make you think twice about what's in your mixed drink.
If you're used to guzzling a bottle or more of Sprite and Fanta, you may want to slow down. Especially after a high court just deemed the drinks as poisonous.
According to the BBC, a Lagos High Court in Nigeria ruled that labels should be applied to both Coca-Cola products because they pose a health risk to consumers. Here's exactly where the issue arises: The sodas contain high levels of benzoic acid and yellow "sunset" coloring additives that may be harmful when mixed with vitamin C, CNN reports. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirms this, noting that the two can form a carcinogen called benzene when combined.
The two drinks were first found problematic nine years ago, when a local businessman, Dr. Emmanuel Fijabi Adebo, and his company tried to export the drinks to the United Kingdom. Health authorities in the U.K. would not let him sell the products because they exceeded the limit for benzoic acid. Coca-Cola and soda water, however, were not denied.
The Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), which packages the drinks Adebo tried to export, said in their defense that the products were meant for local distribution and consumption, not for export. This spurred anger in many Nigerians as they questioned why food and drink standards were lower in Nigeria than in the U.K.
In last month's ruling, National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) was fined two million naira ($6,350) for failing to protect Nigerians against harmful consumption of the sodas, and Justice Oyebanji said the following:
"The court is in absolute agreement with the learned counsel for the claimants that soft drinks manufactured by Nigeria bottling company ought to be fit for human consumption irrespective of color or creed."
In an interview with the BBC, Adebo agreed, saying, "We shouldn't have a product that is considered substandard in Europe."
NBC is appealing the court ruling, so no labels have been placed on soda cans or bottles yet. According to the BBC, the NBC said levels of benzoic acid in its Sprite and Fanta are "well within the levels approved" by the national regulator and the international food standards body.
In a statement to CNN, Coca-Cola's VP for Public Affairs and Communications, Eurasia and Africa, Hamish Banks, said there is no issue with the safety of either drinks. "The levels of all ingredients in these products, including benzoates and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), are well within the conservative guidelines of the Codex Alimentarius and the Nigeria Industrial Standards."
Economic Revitalization Meeting
Economic Revitalization Meeting on April 5, 9:00 am - 10:00 am. The Historic Dansbury Depot
5 S Kistler St, East Stroudsburg. Monthly meeting of the downtown business district and partners; topics include joint marketing and promotions, downtown events, signage, and cooperation. Contact: Melanie Frassinelli firstname.lastname@example.org
Band of Silver Sherman Showcase
Band Of Silver - Sherman Showcase on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM. Sherman Theater 524 Main Street, Stroudsburg. Band of Silver to play Sherman Theater April 5, 7:30PM. Email: email@example.com, Phone: 570-420-2808
Brain Freeze Trivia
Brain Freeze Trivia on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM. Fernwood Resort in Wintergreens Patio Grill 124 Golf Drive, East Stroudsburg. Come test brain power and try to win some prizes at Brain Freeze Trivia at Wintergreens Patio Grill. Hosted by local radio personality Gary in the Morning. Trivia is held each Wednesday and includes questions that test knowledge of TV, beer, sports, music, and more. Teams of 6 required; ages 21 and over only. No cost to play! Registration begins at 5:30 pm and the game starts at 6:00 pm. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 800-259-8665.
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Personal Shopper Movie Showing
Personal Shopper- movie showing. Rated R | Run time 1 hr 55 min. Friday, March 31, 2017 4:30 PM - 11:00 PM to Friday, April 7, 2017 4:30 PM - 11:00 PM. Pocono Cinema & Cultural Center 88 South Courtland Street, East Stroudsburg. Grieving the recent death of her twin brother, she haunts his Paris home, determined to make contact with him.
The Last Word Movie Showing
The Last Word- movie showing. Rated R | Run time 1 hr 58 min. Friday, March 31, 2017 4:15 PM - 11:00 PM to Friday, April 7, 2017 4:15 PM - 11:00 PM. Pocono Cinema & Cultural Center 88 South Courtland Street, East Stroudsburg. Harriet is a retired businesswoman who tries to control everything around her. When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth resulting in a life-altering friendship. Starring Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried.
Social Security Seminar
Maximizing Social Security* - April 5 - 11 a.m. Western Pocono Community Library 131 Pilgrim Way, Brodheadsville. Find out how to make the most of social security benefits. Phone: (570) 992-7934
Entertainment This Week
Zumba Class- April 4, 6-7PM. Chestnuthill Park Building, 221 Route 715-Brodheadsville. Instructor Leslie Glover welcomes all abilities. $5 per class. FMI: email: email@example.com
PiYo Musical Workout
PiYo Musical Workout- April 4, 7:15-8:15PM. Chestnuthill Park Building, 221 Rt 715-Brodheadsville. PiYo is a music-driven athletic workout inspired by the mind/body practices of Pilates and Yoga that also includes flexibility & strength training, conditioning, and dynamic movement. Instructor: Leslie Glover $5/class. FMI: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pocono Community Orchestra
Pocono Community Orchestra- Rehearsals on Wednesdays, 7-9PM, Stroudsburg High School. All string, wind, brass and percussion players wanted. Intermediate level & above.Information: Betsy Buzzelli-Clarke, email@example.com.Trinity Centennial BandcMusicians interested in joining this community concert band are invited to come to rehearsals with your instrument and a music stand. Rehearsals are on Monday nights, 2 or3 times a month, in the Community Room,Stroud Township Building, North 5th St,Stroudsburg, 7PM. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for the springschedule.
Live Eagle Nest Cam
By clicking on the photo you can see and hear activity at an eagle nest - live.
Season three began December 28 at the Hanover nest. The cameras and audio equipment installed for the 2016 season continue to provide excellent views and audio of this eagle family.
The live stream began December 17, 2016 shortly after the installation of two new cameras and audio equipment. Eggs were laid on February 18 and 21. March 28 one of the eggs hatched; the nestling died two days later, perhaps injured by a branch being moved in the nest. The other egg never hatched and remained n the nest until May 23 when one of the adults removed the remnants from the nest.
Hanover is located in south-central PA about five miles from the Mason-Dixon line.
Drawing Workshop from Tuesday, April 4, 2017 12:00 AM - 8:30 PM to Tuesday, April 25, 2017 12:00 AM - 8:30PM. Pocono Arts Council 18 N. 7TH Street, Stroudsburg. Never taken a drawing class before? Feel rusty or simply lack confidence? This is the workshop to help.Explore the steps in drawing from an idea to a sketch to a completed drawing. 4 weeks, April 4,11,18,25, Tuesdays 6:40-8:30pm. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 570-476-4460.
Cherry Valley Folk Ensemble
Cherry Valley Folk Ensemble Graces the Stage April 4, 2017 - April 5, 2017. Shawnee Inn 100 Shawnee Inn Drive Shawnee on Delaware, PA 18356. Cherry Valley Folk Ensemble will perform at 7pm fireside in the Main Lobby of The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. Concerts are family friendly and appropriate for all ages. Donations to the performers are gratefully accepted. Enjoy Shawnee's gift to the community! Brought to you by the Shawnee Institute Ltd, a non-profit foundation. Phone: (1-800-742-9633)
Public Displays of Rejection Plays Stroudsburg
Public Displays of Rejection takes the stage. April 4, 2017 9:30PM. Sarah Street Grill 550 Quaker Alley, Stroudsburg. Rick and Shane have mastered a variety of original and cover songs (that they add their own unique zest to) ranging from 50’s rock n’ roll to today’s pop hits. With many gigs under their belt and many more to come they have only begun to scratch the surface of what Public Displays of Rejection can accomplish and to them…Rejection has never felt nor sounded so good. Come check out this recognizable duo on stage!! Phone: (570) 424-9120.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY - April 4
Dr. King is assassinated - 1968
Just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The civil rights leader was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers’ strike and was on his way to dinner when a bullet struck him in the jaw and severed his spinal cord. King was pronounced dead after his arrival at a Memphis hospital. He was 39 years old.
In the months before his assassination, Martin Luther King became increasingly concerned with the problem of economic inequality in America. He organized a Poor People’s Campaign to focus on the issue, including an interracialpoor people’s marchon Washington, and in March 1968 traveled to Memphis in support of poorly treated African-American sanitation workers. On March 28, a workers’ protest march led by King ended in violence and the death of an African-American teenager. King left the city but vowed to return in early April to lead another demonstration.
Over the years, the assassination has been reexamined by the House Select Committee on Assassinations, the Shelby County, Tennessee, district attorney’s office, and three times by the U.S. Justice Department. The investigations all ended with the same conclusion: James Earl Ray killed Martin Luther King. The House committee acknowledged that a low-level conspiracy might have existed, involving one or more accomplices to Ray, but uncovered no evidence to definitively prove this theory. In addition to the mountain of evidence against him–such as his fingerprints on the murder weapon and his admitted presence at the rooming house on April 4–Ray had a definite motive in assassinating King: hatred. According to his family and friends, he was an outspoken racist who informed them of his intent to kill Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He died in 1998.
Drawing Workshop from Tuesday, April 4, 2017 12:00 AM - 8:30 PM to Tuesday, April 25, 2017 12:00 AM - 8:30 PM. Pocono Arts Council 18 N. 7TH Street, Stroudsburg. Never taken a drawing class before? Feel rusty or simply lack confidence? This is the workshop to help.Explore the steps in drawing from an idea to a sketch to a completed drawing. 4 weeks, April 4,11,18,25, Tuesdays 6:40-8:30pm. Email: email@example.com, Phone: 570-476-4460.
Pocono Mountains Wine Tour
Pocono Mountains Wine Tour on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 10:45 AM - 4:00 PM. The Villas 5785 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg. Experience a pleasant and refreshing day in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, enjoying some of Pennsylvania's best known wines on the grounds where they are made. Pocono Daytripper has partnered with four of the Pocono's favorite vineyards to take local resort guests for a leisurely day, tasting great wines. Please arrive at 10:45 am, bus leaves promptly at 11:00 am from the check-in center.
The cost is $45.00 per person (1-3 people); $40.00 per person (4-6 people); $35.00 per person (7-10 people); and $30.00 per person (11-14 people). Packages include transportation to and from the vineyards and an afternoon of tours and tasting. Children under 16 are not allowed on this trip. Sign up in advance by calling 570-977-7731 by 5:00 pm the previous day.
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Arizona woman keeps 85 year-old cookie
(UPI) -- An Arizona woman is holding on to an unusual family heirloom -- an 85-year-old cookie given as a Valentine to her mother. Scottsdale resident Penny Rickhoff said her family has been holding on to the heart-shaped cookie since the 1930s, when it was given to her mother by her first love.
"People back then, shoot, didn't have a lot of money," Rickhoff told KPHO/KTVK. "So you bake a cookie, what else can you do?"
She said the cookie, which bears the name of her mother's boyfriend, Bus, stopped being appetizing long ago.
"It's hard as a rock," Rickhoff said.
"She wanted to keep it as a memento," Rickhoff said of her mother.
She said she plans to hold on to the cookie for as long as it holds together.
"It's a lucky cookie, as I say," Rickhoff said.
The cookie's vintage is impressive, but its far from the oldest surviving dessert food -- a Minnesota man held a party in 2011 to celebrate the 100th "birthday" of a Christmas cake an antique-dealing friend had given him after receiving it from the attorney handing an estate sale. The cake was baked by Rose Garden Florist in Detroit in December of 1911.
How trending home colors achieve their "hot" status each year
(BPT) - You see it every year - a "hot" new color begins appearing on phone cases, walls, ceilings, furnishings and accessories. Soon, virtually everyone who's doing any kind of renovation or design work is incorporating that color into their project. Have you ever wondered how home color trends happen? "Our team of global color experts assess societal and cultural influences from around the world to forecast what colors will be popular in home decor, consumer goods, automotive and even on airplanes for the upcoming year," says Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager for PPG in North America. "We also look at what major retailers are doing in home dÃ©cor, and what's happening in society, and people's state of emotion because of these events. All this information helps us predict what colors will resonate with people in the coming year."
For example, immediately following 9/11, pinks and browns were popular because people craved comfort and security. For 2017, a blending of various cultural norms influenced the choice of purples as color of the year, Schlotter says.
"Culturally, we're seeing a shift toward blending of gender, relationships, careers, workplaces and living spaces," she says. "For example, male makeup models are now blending traditional views of masculine and feminine. Hotels, restaurants and homes are blending indoor and outdoor spaces, and modern offices are finding middle ground between work and play. Purple is such a blended color that it really speaks to what's going on in the world, especially for our choices of 2017 color of the year, which combines gray, blue and purple all in one tone."
Shades of purple are the colors of the year for multiple paint brands including PPG Paints, Glidden and Olympic paints. Glidden's Byzantine Blue and PPG's Violet Verbena blend blue and gray to create a hue that appears more gray when paired with dark neutrals and bluish-purple when paired with whites, similar to that of a chameleon. Cloudberry from Olympic is a calm, soft violet that also straddles the blurred line between purple and gray.
"Blended purples evoke a lush, pampering yet calm effect that's a comforting foil to the harshness of the world right now," Schlotter says. "These trending colors are sweet without being feminine, and gray without being somber."
The colors also mesh with the more bohemian lifestyles people seem to be pursuing, she notes. A trend toward spiritual exploration is driving interest in meditation and yoga, which blend elements of mental and physical exercise. "This fits perfectly with the purple trend because this hue is thought to represent the subconscious, and can be a meditative color in the right tone," she says.
While Schlotter says homeowners have historically been shy about using purple, this year's hues will work well in a variety of settings. The muted nature of the colors makes them gender-neutral yet impactful, so they're great statement colors when used in a dining room, on the front door or even as an accent wall in a child's room.
What's more, the color pairs well with trending home materials, such as gray flooring, black tiles and gold dÃ©cor accents. The unique blended qualities of the colors mean these purples can adapt to the surrounding environments and blend effortlessly.
"The great thing about Violet Verbena, Cloudberry and Byzantine Blue is that they all have hints of other colors and neutrals in them," Schlotter says. "Gray is popular now more than ever, but many consumers don't want a monochromatic look. These beautiful purple hues pull in hints of blue and gray to form chameleon-like hues that adjust based on their surroundings. They're not your typical purple, but rather can be looked at - and used - like a new neutral."
Tips to get fit and stay fit
(BPT) - To lose weight and/or get in better shape consistently ranks as one of the top New Year's resolutions. However, many resolutions to reach this goal fall short or last less than a month because a great idea is seldom successful without a plan to make it happen.
If you've tried and failed to get in shape or lose weight as part of a New Year's resolution, it's time to put a plan behind your passion. Below are five tips from BiPro's 31 Ways in 31 Days challenge. They are appropriate for all ages and fitness levels, so use them to start your own wellness resolution, whether it's on Jan. 1, March 1 or whenever you're ready to make a healthy change.
* Measure your success. Minneapolis fitness expert Chris Freytag says celebrating those small victories will keep you motivated to pursue your final goal, and there are ways to measure your results beyond stepping on the scale. She recommends keeping a workout journal to record improvements in your weight training, biking or running. Record each session in detail so you can review them later and see how your numbers have progressed. It's the perfect pick-me-up.
* Balance your protein intake throughout the day. Most Americans consume barely any protein in the morning, a fair amount for lunch and a lot with dinner. For the best results, you should try to balance your protein intake throughout the day. That way, your body has a constant stream of the nutrients it needs to function at its best. You can estimate how much protein you need each day using the protein calculator at BiProUSA.com. Once you've found your number, be sure you're consuming a steady and balanced portion of protein not only at dinner, but also at breakfast and lunch.
* Get motivated to work out even when you don't feel like exercising. Sometimes you just don't want to work out, but instead of putting it off until tomorrow, Jordan Hasay, a record setting professional runner, says it's important to set small daily goals. "It's all about winning the day," she says. "As a professional athlete, my workouts every day are difficult. It's all about taking baby steps and really looking at one step at a time and setting individual goals for the day."
* Don't let a pre-existing injury postpone your workout. After a decade of playing pro football, Ben Leber had trouble running without pain due to his worn-down knees. So he took up boxing, as his twice-per-week cardio workout. The sport is physical and gets Leber's heart rate up, all without putting unneeded pressure on his knees. Find the sport that appeals to you. Be it boxing, swimming or bike riding, there is a solution out there that works for you and your existing injury.
* Start the day with a protein-packed breakfast. You know starting the day with protein is important, but your busy schedule means cooking eggs and bacon every morning isn't possible. Instead, start your morning with a protein smoothie using this recipe:
- 1 scoop unflavored protein powder
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1/2 banana
- 1 cup almond milk
Blend them all together until they are thoroughly mixed and load them in your travel mug. You'll have a great healthy breakfast to start your day.
While Jan. 1 is a popular day to kick off a health and fitness goal, any day of the year can mark the start of your new life, you just have to set a plan and follow through. So don't delay. The better you is out there, so seize it before the new year rolls around again. To find more tips from the 31 Ways in 31 Days challenge, as well as other healthy recipes, visit BiProUSA.com.
Tannersville Cranberry Bog Gallery Show
Laurinda Faye Rubin is organizing an exhibition for the Kettle Creek Gallery focusing on the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in all seasons. Interested artists of all mediums are invited to participate. Laurinda is willing and able to take artists on trips to the Bog in order to inspire them to create their artwork. Artists will have from now until Aug/Sep 2017 to create artwork depicting this unique natural land nestled in Monroe County. Specific information regarding submission and show details will be provided at a later date. This notice is to give the artists the opportunity and time to create their artwork. If interested, please contact Laurinda Faye Rubin at 570-236-4752 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastburg Community Alliance Wants Performers
Eastburg Community Alliance is looking for entertainers to display their talents at the depot during the months of June, July, August and September. They specifically are looking for local artists to volunteer to perform during Music on Mondays at Dansbury Depot. If you or anyone you know, is interested, please email Sonya Cole at email@example.com. They do not pay their performers but do take a collection at each concert for the performer.
American Legion Riders Post 927 Meeting
The American Legion Riders have their monthly meeting on Sunday, April 9 at 10:30 AM at the American Legion Post 927, Route 209 and Fairgrounds Road, Gilbert.
The American Legion Riders contribute to Veterans, the Community, and enjoy riding.
For more information, contact President Everett Shaver, 570-977-8208
Kirkridge Retreat Center
What Matters: A Weekend on Disability, Community and Love: Fialka-Feldman Famil
April 21st - April 23rd
Together It's Possible (TIP) is proud to invite you to our annual retreat. This year we are thrilled to host the entire Fialka-Feldman family as we dream and work toward new possibilities for inclusion in our world. All family members, self-advocates, professionals and welcome to come -- because we all need to be included.
FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-588-1793. 2495. Located at Fox Gap Road, Bangor just minutes south of Stroudsburg on Route 191. Check out their website at http://www.kirkridge.org\
Monroe County Earth Day
Monroe County Conservation District – Kettle Creek, 8050 Running Valley Rd., Stroudsburg. The Monroe County Earth Day Committee is searching for environmentally oriented businesses and organizations interested in exhibiting at this year’s Monroe County Earth Day Event on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Monroe Campus of Northampton Community College in Tannersville. Over 800 people attended last year’s event. It is the committee’s desire to bring together organizations, agencies and businesses in Monroe County that collectively have been a part of maintaining and promoting conservation of our shared natural world. The event promises to be a wonderful day of celebration, highlighting the joy of living in the Poconos, and its shared conservation successes.
The 2017 Monroe County Earth Day Celebration is sponsored by the Monroe County Conservation District (MCCD) and the Monroe Campus of Northampton Community College in Tannersville. There is no fee for exhibiting and all non-profits are allowed to sell merchandise as long as funds generated are used to support the organization. Deadline for sign-up is February 28, 2017. For more information, visit http://www.mcearthday. org or call Darryl at MCCD, (570) 629-3061, Monday – Friday, 8AM-4:30PM. For more information on other MCCD programs, visit www.mcconservation.org.
MAL Spring Dinner Buffet & Tricky Tray
The Monroe Animal League Spring Dinner Buffet and Tricky Tray will be held Thursday, April 27 at the VFW Post 2540, 546 Fawn Rd, East Stroudsburg, starting at 5 PM.
Doors open at 5 PM, Dinner served at 5:30 PM, Drawing for prizes begins at 6:30 PM
MENU: Roasted Tenderloin w/Bordelaise Mushroom Sauce; Tilapia Fish Filet, Egg Battered w/Lemon Butter Sauce; Fresh Mashed Potatoes, Penne Pasta Rosa, Fresh Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans/Carrots/Broccoli/Cauliflower Medley, Tossed Salad, Choice of Fruit or Cream Pie. Catered by Cook's Corner in Henryville.
Buffet Ticket Price $28. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call MAL (570) 421-7775 or mail checks to MAL, PO Box 23, Stroudsburg, PA 18360.
Proceeds benefit Monroe Animal League, An independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization, MAL has served Monroe County since 1943, raising funds for spay/neuter and emergency vet care, conducting pet food drives and more
PEEC Earth Day and Family Fun Day
Pocono Environmental Education Center(PEEC)538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328 Attention All Artisans! PEEC is looking for crafters, photographers, artists, and local businesses who are interested in selling their wares at our festivals. Our Earth Day (April 29,10AM-4PM) & Fall Family fun Day (October7, 10AM-4PM) festivals are an opportunity to show off your skills and sell your products at a large event. Information: 570-828-2319,www.peec.org, email@example.com Pre-registration is requested until otherwise noted.
Wine, Women, and Waders: Fly Fishing Basics for Women
The Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited is hosting Wine, Women, and Waders: Fly Fishing Basics for Women on April 29, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Mountain View Vineyard in Appenzell 5866 Neola Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360.
This course is designed to take women interested in the art of fly fishing from “I could never do that” to “this could be fun”. The course will cover topics such as Women in Fly Fishing, Equipment, Knot Tying with hands on practice, What Trout Eat, hands on Casting Instruction, and includes a Wine Tasting and Social Hour. Lunch and tasting fees are included in the registration fee. This class is limited to 12 participants and pre-registration is required, so don’t delay.
COST: $20.00 Include Lunch and Tasting, Pre-Registration Required
INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION: Contact Ann Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
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Polk Township Fire Co. - Every Thursday. Doors: 5pm Games: 6:45pm
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