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It’s Time for Tick Talk

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Different types and sizes of ticks – Image (c) eMedicineHealth.comHow to prevent ticks: Cover as much of your body as possible in grassy or wooded areas by wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants (with the legs tucked in to your socks), and a hatWear light-colored clothes – ticks are easier to spot on light colored clothing plus it’ll keep you coolWhen you come in from the outdoors, check your entire body from head toeWhen you come in from the outdoors, also check your entire pet from head to pawHeat and sunshine can kill the ticks on clothing. Put your clothes in a hot dryer or lay them in direct sunlight for at least 15 minutesConsider using insect repellents that contain DEETRemember to check any gear (cameras, backpacks, dog collars) you were wearing for ticks, too!Pants inside socks is actually quite fashionable – Image (c) marisaincopenhagen.tumblr.comGAH! I found a tick! How do I remove it?Use fine-tipped tweezers or a tick key or  – do not handle the tick with bare handsGrasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possiblePull the tick straight away with even pressureDo not grab the tick around its swollen belly or squeeze it – that could push infected fluid from the tick into your bodyDo not twist the tick – this may break off the tick’s body and leave the head in your skinAfter the tick has been removed, wash the area of the tick bite with lots of warm water, soap, and rubbing alcoholApply an over the counter antibiotic ointment on the biteDispose of the tick by flushing it down the toilet or placing it in a sealed bag or containerIf you cannot remove a tick, call your doctor or veterinarian If you’ve been bitten by a tick and develop a rash, headache, joint pain, fever, or flu-like symptoms with a few weeks, you may have a tick-borne illness. A healthcare provider or veterinarian should evaluate you to determine the best course of treatment.Stay safe out there my friends, and cache on! How do you stay safe while enjoying your favorite hobby?This blog post was written with help from geocacher extraordinaire Kelley Piekarek. If her name sounds familiar, it may be from this story that made national geocaching news.  Yes indeed – this image of ticks is disgusting – Image (c) California Department of Public HealthIt’s time to get serious about staying safe in the outdoors this year. It’s time for Tick Talk.Most ticks do not carry diseases, and most tick bites do not cause serious health problems. But it’s important to avoid, check for, and remove ticks as soon as you find them. Removing ticks may help you avoid complications such as Lyme disease. Avid geocacher (and dedicated nurse) Kelley Piekarek* put together these safety tips so all outdoor enthusiasts can keep themselves safe during tick season. SharePrint RelatedBeware the Tall Grasses! Or, Death of a BatteryMay 20, 2014In “Maker Madness”A Wagging Good Time: Tips for Geocaching with PupsSeptember 15, 2014In “Learn”Tips for Geocaching With PupsAugust 25, 2015In “Learn”last_img read more

How the privilege of common man under RTI is more powerful than of the Parliament members

first_imgMembers of Parliament may have been slightly miffed with Sports Minister M.S. Gill when he asked them to file their queries on the Commonwealth Games under the Right to Information Act during the last session.  The minister was strangely in the right since RTI applications have to be answered within 30 days. Here’s how some questions fared in the House. The Defence Ministry conducts many inquiries and commissions into the corruption charges against armed forces officers but the ministry has no list of how many officers are being accused, investigated, punished etc. During the budget session this year, MP Shruti Chaudhary and four other MPs had asked Defence Minister A.K.Antony about “the total number of cases of irregularities, corruption, transfer of land and other land scams including the land scam in Ranikhet in the armed forces during the last three years and the current year; the number of senior officers and other personnel found guilty in each of the cases after investigation; the details of the personnel punished and acquitted in each of the cases; and the steps taken/proposed to be taken by the Government to check recurrence of such cases in the armed forces?” Answering the query, Antony said, “The information is being collected and will be laid on the Table of the House.” It has been almost six months hence but the ministry is yet to furnish the list in the age of internet.A similar question was put by MP Yogi Aditya Nath on August 2. He also got the same answer, “The information is being collected and will be laid on the Table of the House.” But if the MPs had filed an application under RTI, as suggested by Minister Gill, it was almost certain that they could have been provided complete information since it is mandatory to provide the same within 30 days of application. After all the questioning during Question Hour and Zero Hour, MPs must have recognised that their privilege is less effective than what common citizens wield with the RTI Act.advertisementlast_img read more

Gov’t Secures Property for Women’s Shelter

first_img Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government has acquired a property outside of Kingston, which will be used as a shelter for women fleeing domestic abuse. “We feel that Government has a responsibility to ensure that we provide the facilities and we are leading the way and setting the example in addressing issues of gender-based violence. We have physically taken over the property, and we are now assessing what renovations and refurbishing needs to be done,” Minister Grange said. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government has acquired a property outside of Kingston, which will be used as a shelter for women fleeing domestic abuse.The facility, which will be funded and run by the State, will house the women and their children and provide counselling and other services.“We feel that Government has a responsibility to ensure that we provide the facilities and we are leading the way and setting the example in addressing issues of gender-based violence. We have physically taken over the property, and we are now assessing what renovations and refurbishing needs to be done,” Minister Grange said.She was speaking to journalists following the launch of the Jamaica Women’s Health Survey Report at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel on June 21.Minister Grange informed that funds were allocated in the budget to purchase the property, which was previously being used as a guest house.“We know that before the end of the year, we will have the shelter up and running. We got a good deal on the property as we were able to purchase [it] in addition to the furniture,” Ms. Grange said.The Woman Incorporated Crisis shelter in Kingston was officially reopened on in October 2017 after extensive renovation and expansion to house additional women and children, who are victims of violence.The project was undertaken by the Government through more than $14 million in funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).The Women’s Health Survey, the first of its kind in CARICOM, was conducted in Jamaica in 2016.It provides data on the national prevalence of violence against women and will support the country’s global commitments to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as implementation of the National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate Gender-based Violence. Story Highlights The facility, which will be funded and run by the State, will house the women and their children and provide counselling and other services.last_img read more

Indian national held for spying claims Pak police

first_imgLahore: Police in Pakistan’s Punjab province claimed to have arrested an “Indian spy” in the town of Dera Ghazi Khan. Quoting police, local media reported that they arrested an Indian national who “admitted” himself to be a spy. Spying is punishable by death in Pakistan. Police said the accused, identified as Raju Lakshman, was arrested on Wednesday from Rakhi Gaj area of Dera Ghazi Khan district, some 400-km from Lahore. He has been shifted to an undisclosed place for further investigation. Police said Lakshman was arrested while entering the town from Balochistan province, the same province from where Pakistan claimed it arrested Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.last_img read more

Tim McGraws Concert For A Cause

first_imgThe March Of Dimes Illinois Chapter has been selected as the proud beneficiary of “Concerts for A Cause” featuring country music icon Tim McGraw July 6 at Illinois Valley Airport, 90 minutes from Chicago.The host of the concert is Lou’s LaGrotto restaurant based in Peru, Ill., which operates Concerts for A Cause, a musical experience in downstate Illinois. Concerts for A Cause has featured artists such as Willie Nelson, Kid Rock, and Zac Brown Band to name a few. The outdoor concert has always donated a portion of the proceeds to a charity.In honor of the March of Dimes’ 75th Anniversary, Lou’s LaGrotto has selected the volunteer health organization as its beneficiary of the July 6th concert. Restaurant owners were inspired by resident Brandy Reilly, a longtime March of Dimes supporter whose son was born premature at 31 weeks gestation.Son Logan was born at 1 pound, 7 ounces and spent the first weeks of his life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Like many preemies, Logan’s lungs were not fully developed. He was given the drug surfactant, to help coat his lungs to help him breathe, a drug discovered by March of Dimes-funded researchers. For the past 75 years, March of Dimes has fought to see the day all babies are born healthy through its support of research, education, community support and advocacy efforts.Lou’s LaGrotto’s Concerts for A Cause featuring Tim McGraw expects to draw thousands of people from all over the state and the Midwest during Independence Day weekend. Tickets are available in-person at Lou’s LaGrotto restaurant, 3001 5th St., Peru, or at the March of Dimes Heartland Division office, 425 First St., LaSalle, for $60. Tickets are also $66 online at louslagrotto.com and $64 by phone at: 815-223-3083.Find out more here.last_img read more