If you’ve paid attention to the news in recent months, you probably know what we are currently in the midst of what most experts would call a banner tick season. Because these blood sucking parasites are well-known carriers of lyme and other disease causing pathogens, it’s important for every outdoor enthusiast to arm themselves with knowledge about how to avoid and cope with tick encounters in the wild.Reference this handy tick fact sheet next time you set out into the great outdoors. 1. Ticks crawl up. Ticks don’t jump, fly, or drop from trees onto your head and back. If you find one attached there, it most likely latched onto your foot or leg and crawled up over your entire body.2. All ticks (including deer ticks) come in small, medium and large sizes3. Ticks can be active even in the winter. Deer Ticks in particular are not killed by freezing temperatures, and will be active any winter day that the ground is not snow-covered or frozen.4. Ticks carry disease-causing microbes: Tick-transmitted infections are more common now than in past decades. With increases in deer populations, extending even into semi-urban areas in the eastern and western U.S., the trend is for increasing abundance and geographic spread of deer ticks and Lone Star ticks; and scientists are finding an ever-increasing list of disease-causing microbes transmitted by these ticks (Lyme disease bacteria, Babesia protozoa, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, and other rickettsia, even encephalitis-causing viruses, and possibly Bartonella bacteria).5. The only way to get Lyme disease is by being bitten by a deer tick or one of its “cousins” found around the world.6. For most tick-borne diseases, you have 24 hours to find and remove a feeding tick before it transmits an infection. Even a quick daily tick check at bath or shower time can be helpful in finding and removing attached ticks before they can transmit an infection. Lyme disease bacteria take at least 24 hours to invade the tick’s saliva.7. Deer tick nymphs look like a poppy seed on your skin. And with about one-in-four nymphal deer ticks carrying the Lyme disease spirochete and other germs in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and upper mid-western U.S., it’s important to know what you’re really looking for. They’re easy to miss, their bites are generally painless, and they have a habit of climbing up (under clothing) and biting in hard-to-see places.8. The easiest and safest way to remove a tick is with a pointy tweezer. Using really pointy tweezers, it’s possible to grab even the poppy-seed sized nymphs right down next to the skin. The next step is to simply pull the tick out like a splinter.9. Clothing with built-in tick repellent is great for preventing tick bites. An easy way to avoid tick bites and disease is to wear clothing (shoes, socks, shorts or pants, and shirt) with Insect Shield tick repellent built-in.10. There’s really only one way you get a tick-transmitted disease, and that’s from a tick bite. Reducing tick abundance in your yard, wearing tick repellent clothing every day, treating pets every month and getting into a habit of doing a quick body scan are all great actions for preventing tick bites.–Tips courtesy of tickencounter.org.
Panel tweaks MJP rules to accommodate arbitrations Senior EditorA possible hindrance to an international business arbitration group locating its headquarters in Florida has been cleared up with a change to the proposed Florida Bar rules on multijurisdictional practices.The Multijurisdictional Practice Commission 2002 approved amendments to its rule package, which is pending before the Bar Board of Governors, when it met September 4 at the Bar’s General Meeting in Tampa.The Free Trade Association of the Americas has been looking to locate its secretariat in Miami, which would handle international business arbitration matters. But representatives of the Bar’s International Law and Business Law sections said provisions in the proposed MJP rules could unwittingly put up barriers to international arbitration in the state.Those rules would require lawyers licensed in other jurisdictions who come into the state to represent clients to register with the Supreme Court, pay a fee, be subject to Bar discipline, and handle no more than three cases in a 365-day period.Bar President Miles McGrane told the commission he found out about the problem just before the Bar’s Annual Meeting in June, and decided to pull the rules from board consideration to address the issues.“The Bar will do anything in its power to get any barriers out of the way to bring the secretariat of the FTAA to Miami,” McGrane said. “We will do whatever we can that meets with the core values of the Bar. If there are any barriers, we can get rid of them today.”He said the Governor’s Office had reviewed the suggested amendments and approved them, and that he wants the Bar to actively support bringing the FTAA to the state.Commission member Ruth Kinsolving headed the subcommittee that came up with the amendments to accommodate international arbitrations.“Basically, what our subcommittee recommends to the commission is that there be an additional niche carved out that followed for the most part the ABA [MJP] model rules,” she said.“The person who would be conducting the international arbitration needs to be a lawyer, or recognized as like a lawyer, from the jurisdiction where they come from. If that person is a licensed lawyer or the equivalent,. . . then that’s fine.”Those representatives would not be required to register with the Bar or pay a fee, she said.Commission members noted the changes fit with the spirit of the MJP rules since international arbitrations would not involve Florida law.“The point is this arbitration would take place anywhere. It’s kind of like having a little United Nations in Miami,” Kinsolving said. “It really isn’t Florida law; it isn’t Florida court jurisdiction; it isn’t things that would involve a Florida lawyer practicing in Florida on things that The Florida Bar regulates.”“With that amendment, the International Law Section would approve and join in the modification of the rule,” said Ed Davis, a member of that section’s executive council who has been monitoring the issue.“That cures the issue and really paves the way for international arbitration and the FTAA in Florida.”The commission also approved one other change that affects arbitrations in general, which would protect information from a confidential arbitration when filing a verification statement. That alteration had been sought by the Business Law Section.Lou Conti, representing the section, also asked the commission to review rules affecting national arbitrations. But commission Chair John Yanchunis said those had been discussed and settled by the commission in earlier meetings.The Board of Governors is expected to take up the changes on first reading at its October 3 meeting, and then give final approval at its December meeting. October 1, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Panel tweaks MJP rules to accommodate arbitrations
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