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Top 10 Tick Facts

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first_imgIf 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.last_img read more

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The old town on Hvar decided to ban the opening of new hostels

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first_imgStari Grad on the island of Hvar has decided to ban the opening of new hostels, with the aim of managing the development of quality and the offer of accommodation facilities.Namely, recently at the session of the City Council with the third amendments to the spatial plan of the city of Stari Grad, it was decided that it will no longer be possible to build or arrange existing real estate for the needs of hostels, reports Morning paper. The decision was made through the argument that guests staying in a hostel generally stay much shorter in the destination and spend much less. Therefore, the opening of new hostels in the Old Town is prohibited, and currently there are two existing hostels, with a capacity of about 200 beds.”We were not even sure if this idea would work for us, but we realized that we do not want to have “problems” like our colleagues in Hvar or Novalja, where mass party tourism has developed, as we would like. avoid. Stari Grad is a place with 2400 years old history and culture, the center is under UNESCO protection and we decided in time to intervene to direct tourism towards cultural tourism and high quality tourism. Mayor Antonio Škarpa told Jutarnji list.The decision to prohibit the construction or arrangement of existing real estate for the needs of hostels was included by the city fathers in Articles 89 and 90. Amendments to the Spatial Plan of the Old Town stating that “hotels, boarding houses and other catering and tourist buildings other than hostels may be built ”, And“ within the zones of catering and tourist purposes, only hotels, tourist resorts, camps and tourist moorings, such as pontoons, piers, piers and moorings, can be built or arranged ”.Photo: Stari Grad Tourist BoardThe attempt of the city authorities to influence the development of accommodation capacities of the destination is currently visible only in the case of hostels, and the city administration will announce measures to raise the quality of private accommodation in the near future. accommodation, offers and infrastructure.On the one hand, we can certainly praise the need and desire for strategic and sustainable development of the tourist destination, but on the other I must emphasize that such moves cannot be made through a single decision, ie by limiting only one part of the accommodation. Strategic and sustainable development must be defined through various elements and everyone must have a clear vision of destination development through the Master Plan for the development of a tourist destination. One-off measures can certainly never, even in this case, yield concrete results.Certainly, quality accommodation is one of the first preconditions for the development of high quality tourism, but the motive for coming is not accommodation but a tourist destination. So, from the arrangement and offer of the entire content of the tourist destination, and so of course the offer of quality accommodation. The first question is what kind of tourists do we want and what can we offer them, apart from the sun and the sea? Do we have facilities and offerings at that level that will satisfy their needs and desires? etc.… Without a long-term development strategy that accurately defines all processes, there is no quality and sustainable success.last_img read more

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Tim Tebow told top NFL, MLB prospect Kyler Murray to ‘follow his heart’

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first_img Kyler Murray’s NFL decision ‘made sense,’ Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley says Kyler Murray received sound advice from another two-sport athlete before making the decision to focus on the NFL instead of MLB.Tim Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, told Murray he should follow his heart when deciding between a baseball career that would start with the Athletics or preparing for the NFL draft. NFL Draft 2019: Opening odds favor Dolphins taking Kyler Murray “You know what? Don’t do it for your agents, or your friends and sometimes necessarily even your family. Do it for what’s on your heart, and don’t let other people define you. You’re going to have all these coaches that you look up to and everybody else that’s going to tell you what they think, but what’s most important is following your heart and your passion. And so, I don’t know, hopefully, he did that.”From one dual-sport player to another, Tim Tebow told Kyler Murray to follow his heart regarding Murray’s decision to become an NFL quarterback. pic.twitter.com/qkynrk0BSU— Deesha Thosar (@DeeshaThosar) February 16, 2019After last year’s baseball draft, Murray agreed to a minor league contract with Oakland that had a $4.66 million signing bonus attached. The deal allowed Murray to receive $1.5 million after approval last summer by the league and $3.16 million on March 1 — he now must return a portion of the money he received ($1,285,714).Murray, who was the talk of both leagues before making a decision earlier in the week, had 54 total touchdowns and only seven interceptions as the Sooners starter last season. He is ranked as the No. 2 quarterback in this class by ESPN draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay.center_img Murray, who won the Heisman last year during his only season as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback, announced Monday he was fully committing to football despite being selected ninth overall in the 2018 amateur baseball draft.”Kyler, I think he’s a really good young man, and I think this was a really tough decision for him,” Tebow told reporters Saturday when he arrived at Mets’ spring training. “He loves two sports, and I can really relate to that. And he went with something that he’s been really good at lately and dominating in. When we talked about it, and we did talk about that, I just gave him the advice to follow your heart. Whatever you’re passionate about. Related News “Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100 percent of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships,” Murray wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. Tebow, a former NFL quarterback, is now an outfielder in New York’s system. He spent time with the Broncos, Jets, Patriots and Eagles before pursuing baseball full time in 2016.last_img read more

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Ciaran Coll named favourite Finn Harps player by 1,200 primary school children

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first_imgThe Finn Harps Schools programme added a little extra element of fun this year by asking the pupils to vote for their favourite Finn Harps player and the winner was the ever consistent St. Johnston man Ciaran Coll. The Programme currently has over 6,500 primary school children participating in their soccer coaching and Eat Right Play Right initiatives in schools right across Donegal.Ciaran was chosen as the favourite player and on Thursday evening he was presented with the winning cup by the club’s underage main sponsor Brendan Kelly of Kelly’s Toyota at the company’s showroom in Letterkenny. Recently re-signed for Finn Harps, Ciaran was clearly delighted to have been chosen as the primary school kids favourite player. “As a player for Finn Harps, I am delighted and proud that I can be looked upon as a good role model for young soccer players. I was chuffed to receive this tonight and want to thank everyone who voted for me as their favourite player.”“I was one of those children who took part in the Finn Harps Schools Programme, while at St. Baithins N.S, St. Johnston so I know how this programme has helped me develop as a player and as a person. I would like to thank John Campbell who is responsible for rolling out the programme and to Brendan Kelly, Kelly’s Toyota for his dedication and sponsorship of this programme. Everyone who volunteers in this programme will make a difference to so many kids lives through sport and personal development, setting them up for life.” Coll said.Ciaran Coll presented with his award by Brendan Kelly of Kelly’s ToyotaCiaran played underage football with Kildrum Tigers before signing for SPL side Hearts in 2007. He spent a year at Tynecastle before returning to Ireland, where he signed for Finn Harps at the start of the 2009 season.Ciaran made his Harps debut against Kildare County on the 7th of March 2009 and made 28 league appearances for the club that season. But in 2010 injury ruined Ciaran’s season and his only appearance came in the final game against Mervue United. 2011 saw Ciaran back involved and he made 21 league appearances during Finn Harps First Division campaign.In 2012 Ciaran scored his first league goal for Harps netting in the 62nd minute against SD Galway on June 1st. Seven minutes later he scored his second as Harps went on to win 5-1. By the end of that season Ciaran had made 27 league appearances and in 2013 he added 18 more.The following year he was again a key part of Harps’ defensive line, making another 27 league appearances. Ciaran was once again a key part of the Finn Harps side in the 2015 season as he made twenty-five league appearances during the First Division campaign, captaining the side whenever Kevin McHugh was absent, before playing in all four play-off matches, scoring a huge goal in the opening minute of the away match to UCD as Harps won 1-0, as the club were promoted to the Premier Division after overcoming UCD and Limerick.This year, over 1,200 children have attended matches at Finn Park and those children were asked to select their favourite player of 2016. The Finn Harps Schools Programme supports children in the development of positive life skills.Their qualified coaches provide safe, enjoyable recreation opportunities where each child has a positive, rewarding experience while learning the basic skills and fundamentals of the soccer football regardless of skill level and where each child learns the importance of sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, respect, and integrity while sharing with their coaches and teammates the emotions of success and failure. And through the Eat Right Play Right Programme, they learn the importance of good nutrition in sport and for life. Speaking on behalf of Kelly’s Toyota, Brendan Kelly said; “This is the second School Year that Kelly’s Toyota have been involved with the Finn Harps Schools Programme sponsor it has given our team and our brand pleasure to see how many children in this county that have benefited from this fantastic programme.”“It’s not always about the ability of a child’s soccer skills, it’s about getting the chance to take part and making them feel like they are part of our own local soccer heritage that is Finn Harps. The coaches do tremendous work with these children encouraging fun while delivering their fundamentals of soccer skills regardless of skill level.”“And all of these children will at some stage through the programme meet their local soccer heroes, like Ciaran, who deserved this award, get the chance to travel to Aviva and to a Finn Harps match. Chances like these would never be available in our county if it were not for the Finn Harps Schools Programme. We are delighted to be involved and look forward to presenting many of our 6,500 children with awards throughout the season.”Mr Kelly also commended all those involved including John Campbell, Programme Manager for all the coaches, Paddy Harte the Chairperson; Myles Sweeney from Donegal Sports Partnership; Ann Marie Meehan the Principal at St. Baithins N.S. St. Johnston; Finn Harps player Packie Mailey and Grace Ann McGarvey for the PR and Marketing. Ciaran Coll named favourite Finn Harps player by 1,200 primary school children was last modified: November 20th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Report Ryan Lochte suspended 10 months

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