Bot Fly Squirrels

first_imgThose “tumor-looking lumps” on the squirrels are almost certainly the larvaeof Cuterebra emasculator — a bot fly. Photo courtesy University of Florida Sorry, no 200 dpi image available “I live in Midtown (a neighborhood in Atlanta), and some of the squirrels that frequent my bird feeder have big and small lumps on their backs, throats and bellies. I’ve seen both male and female squirrels with these thick, tumor-looking lumps. … It’s disconcerting because there are several like this, and I wonder if they’re breeding and spreading this disease, whatever it might be. Secondarily, I worry about my cats which sit in my windows. Anyway, should I be concerned? I actually like squirrels, and I hate to see the little guys looking so pitiful.”center_img A University of Georgia Extension Service colleagueforwarded this query about a mysterious squirrel disease: Of the array of parasites that squirrels endure, Cuterebra produces the most questions.Usually it’s squirrel hunters who notice these lumps and the stout, black maggots thatinhabit them.The hunters often call them “warbles or wolves.” They ask what they are andwonder if it is OK to eat the meat of such squirrels. (The meat is OK, and when thesquirrel is skinned the parasites come off with the hide.)The Cuterebra has an interesting life cycle. The adult fly lays its eggs on thesquirrel or at a site squirrels frequent. Other Cuterebra species may infest rabbits orother species of rodents.After the maggot, or larva, hatches, it crawls onto the squirrel and enters the flesh,possibly through the nose. Then it burrows to a place, often on the neck or back, where itgrows to a size that can be seen.The feeding end of the larva penetrates into skin, and the rear end is exposed to theoutside. Spiracles in the maggot’s rear end are like portholes. They are the exposed endsof the air tubes through which the maggot breathes.Can these flies infest the cats or humans? It’s extremely unlikely. The regular hostsof Cuterebra emasculator are gray squirrels and chipmunks. It’s pretty hard for aparasite to change its evolutionary genetic program and parasitize something new.However, Curtis Sabrosky, an authority on members of the Cuterebra group, did report inhis 1986 book that a few human infestations have occurred. So what should we do about this “problem”? Mostly nothing, in my view. Justwatch the squirrels and enjoy knowing more about their life and times.Soon, as cold weather approaches, the larvae will mature. When their days as a maggotare done, they will withdraw their mouthparts from the squirrel and worm their way out ofthe little sack the squirrel has grown around them. Then they will drop to the ground topupate. Next year, the adult flies will emerge to repeat the cycle.Are these parasites “bad”? No. Like a lot of things in the natural world,they just are.last_img read more

Chittenden to acquire Maine bank

first_imgJanuary 19, 2007 03/07CHITTENDEN TO ACQUIRE MERRILL MERCHANTS BANCSHARES, INC.Burlington, VT — Chittenden Corporation (NYSE: CHZ) and Merrill Merchants Bancshares, Inc.(NASDAQ: MERB) (Merrill), announced today that they signed a definitive merger agreementwhereby Chittenden will acquire Merrill and its subsidiary, Merrill Merchants Bank, forapproximately $111.4 million in cash and stock. Consummation of the agreement is subject tothe approval of the shareholders of Merrill, as well as various regulatory agencies.Theacquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2007. Following the completion of thetransaction, Merrill Merchants Bank will operate as a separate unit of Chittenden Corporation,maintaining its name and senior management team.In announcing the agreement, Paul A. Perrault, Chittenden’s Chairman, President and ChiefExecutive Officer, said, I am delighted that Merrill Merchants will join the Chittenden family ofbanks. Their well-established history of relationship banking has resulted in strong growth andhigh performance, and therefore will blend into our culture and strategies very nicely. By usingChittendens broad capabilities and products, they will be able to deepen their relationships andattract new ones. With a very strong and experienced management team remaining in place,this is a great strategic fit for both companies.Edwin Clift, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Merrill Merchants Bancshares, Inc.,commented, “Merrill has accomplished a great deal as an organization and has operated at ahigh level of performance. We have known the management group at Chittenden for a numberof years, and in working together have found that our banking policies and philosophies are verysimilar. Chittenden understands community banking and the need to keep local bankers withauthority in place. Our Board of Directors carefully considered the interests of our shareholdersand employees and determined Chittenden to be an ideal merger partner for us. Thistransaction is good news for our communities, customers, and employees.”Under the terms of the merger agreement, shareholders of Merrill can elect to receive $31.00per share in cash, with total cash consideration of approximately $44.57 million, or 1.02 sharesof Chittenden common stock for each share of Merrill stock they own, with total stockconsideration of approximately 2.20 million shares of Chittenden common stock. Elections willbe subject to allocation procedures that are intended to ensure that 60% of the Merrill commonstock outstanding immediately prior to consummation of the merger will be converted toChittenden common stock. The transaction is intended to qualify as a reorganization for federalincome tax purposes, and as a result, the shares of Merrill common stock exchanged for sharesof Chittenden common stock are expected to be transferred on a tax-free exchange basis.Chittenden was advised by its legal counsel, Goodwin Procter LLP. Merrill was advised by,Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., and its legal counsel was Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP,Washington, D.C.Merrill and its subsidiary, Merrill Merchants Bank, are headquartered in Bangor, Maine. Merrillhad total assets of $449 million, $339 million in loans, deposits of $360 million, and $39 millionof stockholders’ equity at December 31, 2006. Merrill presently operates 11 banking offices incentral and eastern Maine.last_img read more

Brazilian Army Petty Officer Second Class Second at the Modern Pentathlon World Championship

first_img In spite of leading the laser shooting and run combined event, the last trial of the event, the gold went to the current Olympic champion, Lithuanian athlete Laura Asadauskaite, who won with a five-second difference (5,312). The bronze went to Russian athlete Donata Rimsaite, vice-champion of the 2010 World Games, who reached the finish line two seconds before the Brazilian athlete (5,284). By Dialogo August 29, 2013 On August 24, in Taiwan, Petty Officer Second Class Yane Marques stepped on the podium to receive one more unprecedented title for her and for Brazil: second place in the Modern Pentathlon world championship. The silver medal came a little over a year after Yane became the first Latin-American athlete to win medals in the Modern Pentathlon, shortly after winning the bronze in the London Games. In the combined competition, Yane displayed a great performance with the fifth best time of the championship (13:02:42), earning 2,072 points. With a fast time and great aim at the laser shooting event, the athlete from Pernambuco remained in first place for all four 800-meter interval running series. The Brazilian athlete passed Elodie and Murray, and after being threatened by her Russian competitor Liudmila Kukushkina, who ended in 29th place, she continued to lead the competition in many instances, but ended up being overrun in the last series. In order to achieve second place, Yane had to improve greatly throughout the five events in the final. On August 23, she started off the day in 11th place, after the fencing competition (19 victories and 880 points total), then she moved to seventh with the ninth best time in swimming: 2:15:20 (1,180). The athlete, who is currently fifth in the world at the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM), continued her climb toward the world vice-championship after the ninth best horse riding presentation. In horse jumping, she only knocked over one obstacle and earned a total of 1,160 points. The athlete from Pernambuco came in third place in horse back riding, as she took off 14 seconds behind the current champion, French athlete Elodie Clouvel, and only 6 seconds after second place holder, the athlete from England, Samantha Murray, who won the silver medal in the 2012 London Games. The Brazilian Army Sports Committee athlete won the historic medal after a very balanced dispute at the Fengshan Stadium, in Kaoshiung, the second largest city in Taiwan, with a total of 5,292 points. last_img read more

Revamping your credit union card offerings

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr For $2 billion/220,000-member Langley Federal Credit Union, Newport News, Va., which serves NASA and Air Force personnel as well as many large SEGs, overseas travel is the norm and many members were already familiar with chip cards.AVP/Support Services Ann Johnson used EMV technology as the catalyst to rebrand her entire credit card portfolio in May of 2013, first switching from MasterCard to Visa, and then introducing three new card types with the chip technology.“We segmented the cards into a low-rate card, rewards card and cash-back option,” explains Johnson. “All contain the new chip with enhanced security used as a focal point in branding.” The CU first introduced the cards on a limited basis – for those who wanted the EMV technology and new card offerings. Thirteen months later, it converted all cards to the new technology.Langley FCU made the move to EMV early because of the number of military members who either live or travel overseas. “We started by placing information about the technology on our website and how living or going abroad would be easier,” says Johnson. “We also encouraged members to apply and switch to the new cards before the mass issue.” With the offering of three cards, members could choose their program based on individual preferences. If they didn’t reapply, balances would transfer to the CU’s new Visa chip card with their original credit line and same card parameters. continue reading »last_img read more

WHO: Indonesia’s withholding of viruses endangers world

first_imgAug 7, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization official said yesterday that Indonesia is endangering the world’s health by continuing to withhold H5N1 influenza virus samples collected from human patients.”Indonesia is putting the public health security of the whole world at risk because they’re not sharing viruses,” David Heymann, the WHO’s assistant director-general for communicable diseases, said in a news teleconference yesterday. He briefed reporters on the results of a WHO-sponsored meeting last week in Singapore on virus-sharing issues.Indonesia, the country with the most H5N1 cases and deaths, stopped sending H5N1 isolates to the WHO last December to protest the cost of commercial vaccines derived from the viruses. The virus samples are needed to track the virus’s evolution and drug resistance and to make vaccines, since the virus is viewed as the potential precursor to a pandemic strain of flu.In May Indonesia said it was sending three H5N1 samples to the WHO, ending its embargo. But Heymann reported yesterday that those samples contained no live viruses.”Although they were PCR [polymerase chain reaction] positive, they did not have living virus in them,” he said.Indonesia is the only country that is not sharing samples from its human H5N1 cases, Heymann said. China sent some samples in June, and Vietnam “is trying to ship specimens to WHO, but those specimens are not cleared through all the mechanisms and rules required in Vietnam and receiving countries,” he added. Vietnam has had several human cases this year, after going about a year without any.Heymann said Indonesia is endangering its own people by withholding the viruses. “If those viruses are not freely shared with industry, vaccines will not contain the elements of the Indonesia infections,” he said.Indonesian officials are aware of the risks they are taking, he added. “Indonesia understands these issues and is working with WHO . . . to see how they can best begin sharing again, and we’re hoping that can occur fairly soon,” he said. “We have hope but no guarantee.”Last week’s meeting in Singapore stemmed from a resolution passed by the World Health Assembly (the annual meeting of WHO member countries) in May that outlined steps intended to ensure the equitable distribution of vaccines in the event of a flu pandemic. The meeting involved officials from 23 countries, Heymann said.The resolution requests the WHO director-general to develop a mechanism for sharing of viruses and prepare a report on intellectual property issues related to vaccine development, Heymann said. The resolution also calls for establishing a global vaccine stockpile and drawing up guidelines for the handling of flu viruses by WHO collaborating centers, meaning the laboratories in the United States, Japan, Australia, and the United Kingdom that study flu viruses for the agency. Further, the resolution calls for setting up an “oversight mechanism” for the WHO’s Global Influenza Surveillance Network.Heymann said the Singapore conference produced three documents, two of them dealing with the handling and sharing of flu virus samples by the WHO and one dealing with the requested oversight mechanism.He gave no details on the documents’ content, but said they will be discussed at an “intergovernmental meeting” in November to which all 193 WHO member countries will be invited.”The meeting in November will attempt to finalize the documents and review and debate other issues and pass on a report to the [WHO] executive board, which will then review the report and see what’s necessary to put into a resolution to pass on to the World Health Assembly,” he said.In response to questions, Heymann said one of the possibilities discussed at the meeting was the WHO’s taking “ownership” of viruses supplied by countries. “There would be no change in procedures if WHO took ownership of these,” he said. “It would be very difficult if not impossible to patent a virus.””If WHO did have ownership, if this were feasible, WHO would make sure they [viruses] were freely shared and would work at the same time to make sure the benefits were shared,” he said.”What we will ensure is that there is transparency in the flow of viruses so that countries can determine where their viruses have gone,” Heymann added. “This was asked for by all countries.”He said the WHO would be providing a report on the meeting and copies of the documents produced, possibly as soon as the end of next week.In reference to Vietnam’s problems in sending virus samples to the WHO, Heymann said the complex rules and procedures governing the shipment of infectious materials were not part of the agenda at the Singapore meeting. He reported that the Universal Postal Union and other groups are working with the WHO on those.”It’s a very complicated international system which is standardized only in guidelines, but each country seems to take those guidelines and adapt them quite severely to their needs, setting up additional layers of potential obstacles,” he commented.See also:Aug 1 CIDRAP News story “WHO working group grappling with virus-sharing issues”May 23 WHO resolution on virus sharing 23 CIDRAP News story “WHO adopts resolution on flu virus sharing”last_img read more

Work-for-health-care mandate is no answer

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post: Obamacare tried to fill that gap – and break the link between work and insurance – by opening up a subsidized individual market and by admitting millions of working-age adults to Medicaid.This was progress, both ideologically and substantively.And now the Trump administration proposes to undermine it by allowing states to require non- disabled adults to work for Medicaid benefits heretofore provided based on only income.This is a solution in search of a problem.The majority of the target population already work (60 percent) or live with a worker (79 percent), according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.So even if the official rationale for the new policy — the Department of Health and Human Services says work improves health — is valid, it’s superfluous in most cases.Of those who aren’t working, many have care-giving responsibilities that either they would have to abandon or states would have to accept as the equivalent of work outside the home, after a lot of complex and expensive administrative hassle. In contrast with those of other advanced industrial democracies, especially in Europe, the U.S. system of social insurance and income support distributes benefits based not only on membership in society, but also on work effort, past and present.In the realm of health insurance, this means that instead of adopting universal coverage as a national legal standard, then devising a unitary system to meet that goal, the United States cobbled together programs whose organizing principle, such as it is, is work.A plurality of adults get tax- subsidized insurance through their employers; most retirees get Medicare, paid for out of deductions from their past paychecks.Many others — poor children, people with disabilities — obtain insurance from programs whose premise is that the recipients are neither expected nor able to work, which is itself a work-related criterion.This makes no actuarial sense, because the need for health care and work are not necessarily connected.It created the impediment to worker mobility known as “job lock.”And it created a large and chronic coverage gap for working-age, non- disabled adults who lacked jobs, or whose employers did not provide insurance but paid their employees too little for them to buy it on their own.center_img Eight states have petitions pending for the relevant legal waiver that would allow them to impose work requirements.Of these, five expanded Medicaid through Obamacare, so the necessary effect would be to tighten eligibility for that population, ending coverage for at least some poor people who have it now.(A waiver for Kentucky, also an expansion state, has just been approved.)Of the other states that did not expand Medicaid, the new policy would, in some cases, add to administrative burdens without affecting work incentives for anyone except a relative handful of non-disabled adults.And, of course, people who can’t meet a work requirement will not cease seeking medical care;.They will get it as they used to before Medicaid, by showing up at emergency rooms, where they must be treated, often at higher expense than would have been the case if they had insurance.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Erdogan denounces ‘massacres’ committed against Muslims in India

first_imgAccording to a document seen by AFP the victims are a roughly even mix of Hindus and Muslims, based on their names.Erdogan, a devout Muslim, sees himself as a defender of Islam, often taking public stands on issues concerning the faith and its followers. He accused the mobs attacking Muslims of hurting children studying in private tuition centres with “metal sticks as if to kill” them.”How will these people make global peace possible? It is impossible. When making speeches — since they have a large population — they say ‘we are strong’ but that is not strength,” Erdogan added.The unrest is the latest bout of violence over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s citizenship law, which triggered months of demonstrations that turned deadly in December.Critics say Modi wants to turn the officially secular country into a Hindu state.Many of the 200 million Muslims in India fear the citizenship law — combined with a mooted citizens’ register — will leave them stateless or even sent to detention camps.Topics : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit out Thursday against “massacres” of Muslims in India after communal riots in New Delhi left at least 33 dead.”India right now has become a country where massacres are widespread. What massacres? Massacres of Muslims. By who? Hindus,” Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara after violence broke out this week between mobs of Hindus and Muslims over a citizenship law.Over 200 people were injured and 33 killed since late Sunday in clashes that saw mobs of Hindus and Muslims fight running battles, armed with swords and guns. Thousands of properties and vehicles were touched in the violence.last_img read more

Andy Murray suggests Arsenal will need to sack Unai Emery and rues missing out on Jose Mourinho

first_imgAdvertisement Andy Murray was keen to see Jose Mourinho at Arsenal (Getty Images)‘The one thing about him is that you know he will win.‘He finds ways to win matches, tournaments.‘That would have been a great appointment.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Nov 2019 12:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link11Shares Andy Murray admits Unai Emery is on borrowed time at Arsenal (Getty Images)Andy Murray believes Arsenal should sack Unai Emery if he fails to quickly improve the team’s form.Emery is under huge pressure following the 2-2 draw with Southampton last Saturday which has left his side eighth in the Premier League and eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.Arsenal have registered just one win in their last eight matches and Murray, a Gunners supporter, feels the Spaniard’s departure could be necessary in order to see an improvement from the players.‘I actually haven’t been to the ground this season,’ Murray told talkSPORT.ADVERTISEMENT Emery is under huge pressure at Arsenal after just one win in eight games (Getty Images)‘But from what I’ve been reading the atmosphere has been pretty bad, and I don’t think that’s good news for the players, staff or anyone there.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Unless that changes quickly, a change has to be made.’Jose Mourinho reportedly held talks with Arsenal’s hierarchy before he replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager last week.And Murray admits Mourinho would have been a ‘great appointment’ if Arsenal decided to sack Emery.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I love it when he’s in the Premier League,’ said Murray.‘I just think he makes it so much more interesting to be honest.‘I think he would do a good job for Arsenal.center_img Andy Murray suggests Arsenal will need to sack Unai Emery and rues missing out on Jose Mourinho Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

UK minister rebuffs calls for delay to DC charge cap, Budget proposals

first_imgThe UK pensions minister has forcefully rejected calls from lobby groups and opposition MPs to consider delaying a raft of changes to defined contribution (DC) schemes, expected in 2015.Speaking at the industry conference, Pensions and Benefits UK, Steve Webb, a Liberal Democrat minister, said he would not consider further delays to implementing a charge cap.The minister originally launched a consultation in the Autumn of 2013 on capping charges in auto-enrolment default investment funds, expected to be implemented by April 2014.However, after concerns were raised by the insurance lobby, a large provider of default auto-enrolment solutions, the government conceded a delay to April 2015. The government followed this with a raft of changes to at-retirement options for DC savers, and pensions lobby groups called for further postponement having raised issue with the amount of legislative changes in 2015.In response, Webb said he saw no reason to allow for further delays in ensuring savers being auto-enrolled received value for money.“People are saying we should slow down and April 2015 is too soon to give people value for money in pensions,” he said.“What my answer is: over my dead body.“Whenever we get pressed to do something about things, and then do it, people say we have rushed it. We have waited quite long enough. Auto-enrolment will have been running for almost three years by the time the charge cap comes in.“April 2015 is a firm deadline, it is not moving.”The statement comes after Dame Anne Begg, a Labour MP who chairs the committee charged with scrutinising government pensions policy, said it had tried to rush in reforms announced in the Budget.She said the reforms, which see the removal of requirements of DC savers to annutised, and the right to access free face-to-face guidance on retirement options, would be a challenge, and ‘tight”.However, Webb shot down suggestions these reforms could also be delayed to ease the pressure on the pensions industry.“Absolutely not,” he said.“Every year, people tell me why this year is the wrong time. Virtue is always best deferred, I gather, but we have to get on with it.”last_img read more

Stolt-Nielsen Orders 2+3 LNG Carriers at Keppel Singmarine

first_imgSingapore-based Keppel Singmarine has secured a contract worth a total of SGD 103 million (USD 74.2 million) to build two small-scale LNG carrier vessels for Stolt-Nielsen Gas B.V., a subsidiary of Stolt-Nielsen Limited.As part of the contract, Keppel Singmarine has also secured options to build another three similar units for Stolt-Nielsen Gas.The latter has 6, 12 and 18 months from the effective date of the contract to exercise the options respectively.The two LNG carriers are expected to be completed in the second and the third quarter of 2019, respectively.They will each have a capacity of 7,500m3, and come equipped with engines that can run on both diesel and LNG. The carriers will have class notations for bunkering, Keppel said.There is a growing demand for small-scale LNG carriers especially for end users located in remote areas not served by pipelines, Keppel said. Tighter regulation on emissions continues to encourage growth in small-scale LNG projects which are economical and quick to market.last_img read more