Mosquito Management

first_imgBumps. Welts. Red splotches. Itchy spots.If this is your body after an outdoor outing, you need help. No matter what you do, you can’t completely eliminate the creeping, crawling, flying pests. However, the following tips will at least decrease the number of offenses you suffer and the amount of liquid refreshment you donate to the nasty little suckers.Get that woodsy smell as soon as possible. Bees and bugs are attracted to strong fragrances, so avoid using soaps, lotions, shampoos, and colognes. Forgo the deodorant before heading into the woods.Be aware of the colors you wear. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, especially blue. Pick beige or other neutral colors for hiking clothes.Learn to recognize places that are popular with bugs. Look before you sit down to make sure you’re not about to take a break on an anthill. Ticks gather on tall grasses and overhanging brush, yellow jackets nest in the ground, flies hover around animals, and mosquitoes like cool, moist places. (Ladies, you’ll be gratified to know studies show that mosquitoes prefer men. Bring along your boyfriend, husband, or other member of the opposite sex and watch the bugs go for him instead of you.)Be aware of the times of day bugs will be most active. Black flies are busiest in the morning, mosquitoes just after sunrise and before sunset, and deer flies during midday. (If you happen to be in a place where all of these are present at the same time—good luck!)Use clothing to cover your skin. Some authorities suggest wearing long sleeves and pants year-round. Of course, it can get mighty hot and humid wearing those clothes during a southern Appalachian summer, so if you hike in a T-shirt and shorts, bring along repellent. (I’ll be discussing various repellent options in a future posting.)Check yourself and your hiking partners for ticks and/or bites. In the case of deer ticks, which are the source of Lyme disease, the thing you are looking for could be as small as the period at the end of this sentence. Treat a bite with hydrogen peroxide and watch for a bulls-eye rash or flu-like symptoms. The presence of either should prompt a visit to your doctor.The long days of summer are made for outings in the woods. Just be prepared and don’t let the little buggers get to you.last_img read more

El Salvador Ramps Up MINUSMA Air Deployment

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/Diálogo May 09, 2018 The Salvadoran Air Force (FAS, in Spanish) will ramp up its air contingent as part of the United Nations Integrated Multidimensional Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA, in French) in Mali. Units will deploy to Timbuktu, where the Salvadoran mission, under the direction of the United Nations (UN), will feature an air assistance unit on the ground and a unit of attack helicopters, as of May 2018. “The specialized combat helicopter air contingent is critical to the peacekeeping operations carried out in Mali,” Army Major General David Munguía Payés, Salvadoran Minister of Defense, told Diálogo from the Mali encampment. “Our determination to continue to support the establishment of lasting peace and security to benefit the entire population is unwavering,” he added. The minister took command of deployed elements in Mali on April 11, 2018. Upon arrival, he confirmed that two new units would come to relieve the Torogoz III helicopter air contingent, onsite since 2015. “We reiterate our commitment to contribute to the UN peacekeeping missions,” he said. Torogoz III, christened in honor of El Salvador’s national bird, which represents freedom and family unity, is composed of 90 members, including Special Forces commands, engineers, radio technicians, and military sanitation specialists from the Armed Force of El Salvador (FAES, in Spanish). The contingent works independently under the command of FAS Colonel José León Gómez. “Extremist groups’ constant attacks caused us to increase our number of operations,” Col. León told Diálogo. “The population feels calmer and such incidents dropped noticeably.” The Salvadoran pilots deployed with MINUSMA are trained in air personnel transport, convoy escort, air search and surveillance, and search and rescue of injured personnel. Additionally, they can provide civilian protection support, human rights monitoring, humanitarian assistance, and return of persons displaced by conflict. A female attack pilot Torogoz III has a distinctive feature. One of its attack pilots is a woman. Captain Sandra Hernández is the only female pilot in the FAS second helicopter air contingent. Capt. Hernández volunteered for the mission, after undergoing a battery of medical, physical, and psychological tests. She was one of the most outstanding students in the survival training classes the U.S. Army delivered in El Salvador. FAES opened its doors to women in 2000, allowing for Capt. Hernández to join as a pilot. Since then, more than 1,000 female service members serve in the various military fields. “I work with professional personnel, who respect and value the work of all, regardless of their gender. They demand the same from me as from men, and don’t discriminate against me for being a woman,” Capt. Hernández told Diálogo. “El Salvador went to great lengths to ensure that gender is not a problem for women. Women’s presence in the armed forces produces a high level of acceptance and trust in the [citizens] and I experienced this in my interaction with the population.” Capt. Hernández is in charge of monitoring Torogoz III aircraft and flight equipment, which must be in optimal conditions for missions. For example when elements conduct air reconnaissance in areas prone to terrorist attacks and escort logistics convoys deployed in cities. “Our mission is to bring security to the country with our patrols and use our aircraft to deter terrorist groups,” Capt. Hernández said. “We succeeded in greatly reducing the number of attacks. Without a doubt, this brings calm and stability to people, so that they can go to work, take their children to school, and not live holed up in their homes out of fear.” “We are proud to have her on the team, her unique empathy with the women and children of the area allows us to better interact with families,” Col. León said. “Working with colleagues with different military training, cultures, and languages adds value to the experience the [Salvadoran] contingent will gain from MINUSMA.” SOUTHCOM assistance All Salvadoran service members deployed with Torogoz III trained at the FAES Center for Peace Operations. The center was renovated in 2015, thanks to a $1.3 million donation from the Global Peace Operations Fund (GPOI), through U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador. GPOI, financed by the U.S. government, is designed to improve international capacity to carry out UN Peacekeeping Operations. Its goal is to support partner nations in increasing capacity to gain and maintain peacekeeping competency, increase the number of available service members and police units, and facilitate the preparation, logistics support, and deployment of military units.last_img read more

Board revisits Web site advertising regulations

first_img Board revisits Web site advertising regulations The question is whether firm sites should be treated as advertising or information requested by potential clients Gary Blankenship Senior Editor The Bar Board of Governors has reconsidered a proposed advertising rule amendment on attorney Web sites and decided to make no change for the present while a new committee studies the issue.The board acted at its June 3 meeting in Palm Beach after hearing from a special committee appointed by outgoing Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson.The issue arose following board action at its April meeting on recommendations from the Advertising Task Force 2004.Currently, Bar rules treat Web sites as information provided at the request of a potential client, and exempts the sites from the prohibition about discussing results of past cases or making statements characterizing the firm’s quality of legal services. Firms are also exempted from the requirement of filing the Web sites with the Bar for review.The task force had recommended exempting Web sites from all ad regulations, although they would still fall under rules requiring that communications not be false, misleading, or deceitful. Board members in April, however, rejected that, saying in an increasingly technological world Web sites are likely to be the Yellow Pages of the future.The board instead approved a motion that the sites be subject to all advertising rules, except the requirement that they be filed with the Bar for review.Manny Morales, who chaired the Advertising Task Force 2004 and the special committee appointed by Johnson, said no one appreciated what a drastic change was made from the current rule when the board motion replaced the task force’s recommendation.“We decided that what we ought to do is maintain the status quo, which is Web sites are subject to the advertising rules with two exceptions, which allows. . . references to past results and statements that characterize the quality of a lawyer’s services,” Morales said. The panel also recommended that another committee be created just to study regulation of Web sites, he said.Board member Mike Glazer, who also served on the special committee, agreed the effect of the April vote went further than anyone intended.“You can list the cases that you’ve won [under the current rule] which you wouldn’t be able to do under the vote we took last time,” he said. “You can say, ‘We’ll do a nice job for you,’ and you couldn’t do that under what we did last time.“The sense of this committee was we need to get back to where we were and let’s get another group that will focus specifically on this and bring recommendations back in the next Bar year.”Board member Ian Comisky warned that regulating Web sites will be complex, involving questions of multijurisdictional practice and raising questions about where the sites for multi-state firms are located.Board member Murray Silverstein, who, along with board member Robert Rush and Young Lawyers Division incoming President Jamie Moses made the motion at the April meeting that Web sites should be subject to ad rules, said the three agreed with the special committee’s recommendation. He said the intent was to have Web sites included in the advertising rules.The board voted to reconsider its April vote on that issue and then unanimously accepted the special committee’s recommendation.Incoming Bar President Alan Bookman told the board he welcomed suggestions on who should serve on the new committee that will study Web site regulation. He said that panel would include board members Chobee Ebbets, who was vice chair of the advertising task force, Mayanne Downs, and Comisky.Morales cautioned that the new committee faces a tough task, saying, “If regulating lawyer advertising is like herding cats, regulating lawyer advertising on the Web is like herding wild, wild cats.”On a related issue, the board approved a technical change to proposed new rule 4-7.2(c)(1)(G), which would prohibit lawyers from making statements that “guarantee results.” The board approved the committee’s suggestion to switch “guarantee” to “promise.” The proposed new rule replaces a section which prohibits a lawyer from making statements that create an “unjustified expectation about the results the lawyer can achieve.” July 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Board revisits Web site advertising regulationslast_img read more

CUNA seeks credit union participants for Phase 2 of important regulatory cost study

first_imgCUNA announced today that it is launching the second phase of its study, together with Cornerstone Advisors, of the costs of regulatory burdens credit unions face.The assessment is intended to give CUNA an accurate dollar figure for compliance costs that will be used to advance regulatory relief in the legislative and regulatory arenas.“The goal of the study is to develop a rigorous estimate of the total costs of regulatory burden,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “We believe this first-ever complete and rigorous catalogue of regulatory costs will be a vital tool in rolling back regulatory burden.”Phase I of the study was a deep-dive look at three credit unions of different sizes.Phase II is based on what CUNA and Cornerstone Advisors learned in the first phase, and will gather information about increased expenses, lost revenue and lost productivity across all areas of the credit union. The detailed information required will likely take an investment of up to two business days to gather the data and complete the survey. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

COVID-19: Indonesia finally begins contact tracing of patients who tested positive in Singapore

first_imgAn Indonesian Health Ministry official confirmed that the ministry had received information from Singaporean authorities regarding Indonesian citizens being treated for COVID-19 in the city-state, saying that authorities at home had started tracing the patients’ close contacts.“[We] have received the information from the Foreign Ministry,” the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, said on Saturday. “We have started tracing.”However, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Sunday that the standard protocol implemented worldwide was that information sharing was supposed to be conducted through inter-ministerial communication – by the ministries in charge of public health in each country or between officials in charge for handling such a communicable disease. In a separate statement Friday, a spokesperson for the Singaporean Health Ministry denied the allegation, saying that “Singapore and Indonesia are state parties to the World Health Organization International Health Regulations (IHR)”, and that “Singapore has promptly shared information with Indonesia through the official IHR channel on all the confirmed COVID-19 cases involving Indonesians, to facilitate contact tracing in Indonesia”.“The Indonesian IHR national focal point (NFP), who is an official from the Indonesian Health Ministry, has acknowledged receipt of all correspondences on these cases sent by Singapore’s IHR NFP,” the spokesperson added.As of Sunday, Indonesia has recorded 96 confirmed cases, resulting in five deaths. Meanwhile, Singapore has recorded 212 cases and zero deaths.The WHO stated in its report on Saturday that the pandemic had reached 136 countries, with 13 new countries having reported their first cases. At least 5,393 people have died from the lethal virus but more than 73,900 have recovered worldwide. (asp)Topics : “That is the information being shared by the Health Ministry with the Foreign Ministry,” said the ministry’s spokesman, Teuku Faizasyah.The Indonesian government claimed that Singapore had insisted on withholding the personal information of several Indonesian citizens believed to have shown COVID-19 symptoms in Jakarta and tested positive for the lethal virus in the city-state.At least eight people with COVID-19 in Singapore are believed to have contracted the virus in Indonesia, two of whom are Singaporean citizens with a history of travel to the archipelago.   Yurianto claimed the Health Ministry had asked for the identities of the Indonesian citizens from Singapore but authorities in the country rejected the request, saying that such behavior had hindered the Indonesian government from conducting tracing at home.last_img read more

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter to face same EU rules on hateful content as broadcasters

first_imgFacebook, Alphabet-owned YouTube, Twitter and other social media will for the first time be subject to EU broadcasting rules on hate speech and harmful content under European Commission guidelines announced on Thursday.The amendments to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive adopted in 2018 came in part from lobbying by broadcasters who wanted online platforms to have the same obligations as traditional media companies.”Online players will have to ensure, in a similar way to traditional media players, that users are protected against hate speech and that minors are protected from harmful content,” the Commission said. “Online platforms must take action against flagged content, which incites violence, hatred and terrorism, and ensure appropriate advertising and product placement in children’s programmes,” it said.The non-binding guidelines apply to social platforms where audiovisual content is seen as an essential but not principal part of their business. EU countries, which have until Sept. 19 to implement the rules, will have the final say on the list of companies.The Commission also said video on-demand services would be required to devote at least 30% of their catalogues to European content, a move targeting Netflix and Amazon Prime.Media service providers located in one EU country but with customers in other EU countries will also have to help fund the production of European works in line with its goal of promoting European films and TV shows.”The guidelines apply, limited yet welcome, new responsibilities to online platforms,” the Association of Commercial Television in Europe said.It said however some changes also burdened traditional media players with administrative work, more quotas and a levy system that leave less financial room for investment and the emergence of new services.Topics :last_img read more

European schools reopen with smaller classes, shorter lessons

first_imgWhile children in general face less severe virus symptoms than do adults, they can infect older family members who live in the same household who are “very, very vulnerable,” said Rodrigo, the spokesman of a parents group representing some 60 area families that share his concerns.”It’s a time bomb,” he said, adding children will respect social distancing rules for “the first ten seconds”.His group is one of several in Spain, which has one of the fastest virus growth rates in Europe, that wants the government to make it possible for pupils to attend classes remotely until a vaccine or treatment for Covid-19 is found.But the Spanish government insists children, who have not seen a classroom since March when online learning replace in-person teaching due to the pandemic, must attend classes when schools re-open in September. Topics : It announced Thursday that all children above the age of six will be required to wear masks at all times while in school.Italy, Europe’s first virus hot spot, requires masks for children over six only when they can’t respect social distance while Greece has made it mandatory for all students.The importance of using masks in school during a pandemic is “as obvious as is the use of a seat belt in a car or the need to vaccinate your children,” Greek Education Minister Niki Kerameus said. ‘Done nothing’ Some countries have also reduced class sizes to ensure children keep a safe distance from each other.In Greece, which has avoided the worst of the pandemic so far, classes can have no more than 17 students while Serbia and Bosnia have set the limit at 15.In Spain the Madrid region announced Tuesday that it would hire nearly 11,000 more teachers and set up makeshift classrooms in schoolyards to bring class sizes in primary schools down to 20.But Mercedes Sardina, a teacher’s representative with the CCOO union in Fuenlabrada on Madrid’s southern outskirts, said she doubted this would be possible, likening it to trying to stage a wedding in three days “when you have done nothing. You haven’t even bought your dress.””Teachers are very frightened. And the students and parents too,” she added.Spain’s student union has called a strike on September 16, 17 and 18 to decry funding shortages and reject the “improvisation” of the start of the school year.While Ana da Silva, a 42-year-old language teacher in Fuenlabrada, said she was also not sure Madrid could reduce class sizes as promised, she was keen to return to in-person schooling.”I need to see my students, connect with them. We know their dreams, their joys, their frustrations,” she said.center_img 20 minute lessons Among other measures in place are staggered start times, rules requiring frequent hand washing and shorter lessons — just twenty minutes long in urban areas in Bosnia.Italy has ordered 2.4 million individual desks but delivery is expected to last until October, after classes have already begun.Greece will give all primary school children their own reusable water flask so they can avoid using water fountains where the virus may linger.Britain’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty has sought to calm jitters, telling the BBC earlier this month that it looked as if “there is much less transmission from children to adults than adults to adults”. But Germany may serve as a cautionary tale. Officials closed two schools in the north of the country in early August after several cases of Covid-19 were detected in staff and students just days after classes resumed. European nations are pushing ahead with reopening primary schools despite a rise in coronavirus cases, with smaller classes, shorter lessons and mask-wearing among the steps adopted to curb infections.But many parents and teachers worry the measures are not enough, or have been adopted too close to the start of classes to be put in place properly, leading some parents to decide to keep their children at home.David Rodrigo, a 41-year-old IT specialist from the western Spanish city of Salamanca, said he would not send his two sons aged seven and nine to their school when it re-opens next month because he fears it won’t be safe.last_img read more

Grand Bay Primary School wins Creole spelling B

first_img Share Students of the Grand Bay Primary School marching at the National School’s Parade. Photo credit: GIS NewsGrand Bay Primary School is the winner of the annual Creole spelling B competition.The event which was held yesterday, at the Arawak House of culture forms part of DOMFESTA activities 2011.Nine Primary Schools participated in the competition with Candace Pond of the Grand Bay Primary School emerging the winner, St. Lukes Primary in 2nd place and the st Joseph primary in third position.Meantime, the launching of two Creole publications titled Ti Listweh Dominique (little stories of Dominica) written by Dillia Cuffy Weeks and Mi Bredeks, a compilation of Creole expressions were presented to the permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Justina Charles by a member of the Creole Committee.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! 266 Views   one comment Tweetcenter_img EducationLocalNewsPrimary Grand Bay Primary School wins Creole spelling B by: – May 18, 2011 Share Sharelast_img read more

Batesville CYO Deanery Tournament Scores

first_imgBatesville CYO Deanery Tournament Scores.Sunday  (1-29)St. Michael’s-2  57     St. Mary’s-2 40Holy Family  65     St. Catherine’s  342017 Batesville Area CYO Deanery TourneyCourtesy of CYO Tourney Director Roger Dietz.last_img

Golden Jubilee:  Kaizer Chiefs to adopt new approach

first_imgAfter 50 years of existence Premier Soccer League side Kaizer Chiefs have elected to adopt a new approach in their quest for more laurels.  The club which parades Super Eagles goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi began restructuring Wednesday with the sacking of Chief Coach Enrst Midderdorp followed on Thursday with the sacking of his assistant Shaun Bartlett. The Club went on twitter Thursday to say;“Kaizer Chiefs Chairman Kaizer Motaung, the Board of Directors and the club’s management would like to further announce that they have agreed to an early termination of assistant coach Shaun Bartlett’s contract”The shake up is coming just days after the side narrowly missed the league title. The Soweto giants had apparently hoped to win the title this season to serve as garnishing to 50th anniversary celebration, a dream which went up in smoke at the last minute.Motaung detailed that there were several reasons considered before doing away with the technical crew led by the German tactician.“We deliberated and considered many aspects relating to the team including the way of playing, our performances and the results before arriving at the decision. We truly believed and hoped that our 50th anniversary would be better and indeed looked promising. The decision taken is part of the strategy to have the team win trophies again and to make our supporters happy because they truly deserve the better”Kaizer Chiefs were at the summit of the log from August 2019 to September 2020 but it was Mamelodi Sundowns who eventually walked away with the biggest prize in South Africa, securing the league title on the final day of the season. They also made history as the only South African team to win the PSL title in three successive seasons on two occasions.Read AlsoPSL: Akpeyi out of the season after suffering concussionChiefs had been expected to make clean sweep of their final two games against Chippa United and Baroka respectively but managed to clinch a lone goal against Chippa but pulled unimpressive draw against Baroka to end on 57 points, two points behind Sundowns who finished and clinched the title on 59 points in 30 matches played. Loading… Promoted Content7 Action Movies That’ll Give You An Adrenaline RushBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopXi Ding Created Caricature Version Of Marvel CharactersBest Car Manufacturers In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandsoncenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more