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Friday
Aug202010

NH DHHS Identifies First Positive Test for EEE This Year

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today announces the first positive test for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) this year. A horse in Freedom (Carroll County) was identified with the disease. This is the first indication of EEE in New Hampshire this year.

As of August 14, the State Public Health Lab has tested 851 mosquito pools, 4 animals, and 20 human specimens from across the State for EEE and West Nile Virus, but all have been negative until now. Last year 73 mosquito pools, 13 animals, and 1 person tested positive for EEE but there were no WNV positives in the State.

“Even though this summer has been dryer than normal we still expected, unfortunately, to see cases of EEE and WNV,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “It is important to remember, however, that both of these diseases are preventable. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. We want to urge everybody to use effective insect repellent and to wear long sleeves and pants while outside at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. Also, eliminate places where water can collect on your property, such as pool covers and flower pots, that allow mosquitoes to breed, and have your horses vaccinated.”

The public health threat declaration remains in effect this year, as last year, for Rockingham, Eastern Hillsborough, Southern Merrimack, and Southern Strafford Counties. DHHS has a toll-free information line for questions about EEE and West Nile Virus at 1-866-273-6453. DHHS is working with medical providers and local health officials to ensure the public’s health through surveillance for these diseases and proactive prevention and control strategies.

Considerable resources about EEE and West Nile Virus are available on the DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov. You can also view a prevention video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-mNh_6V5Jg.

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Attached: Prevention Guidelines for West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Prevention Guidelines for West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis
NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services

1. Eliminate standing water and other mosquito breeding locations around your property. Please do not attempt to drain or alter natural waterbodies for mosquito control, since the management of ponds and wetlands is regulated by the Department of Environmental Services and any planned alterations will require a permit before work may begin. In warm weather, mosquitoes can breed in any puddle that lasts more than 4 days!

Remove old tires from your property.
Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or other containers. Don’t overlook containers that have become overgrown by aquatic vegetation.
Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outside.
Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.
Clean and chlorinate swimming pools and hot tubs. If not in use, keep empty and covered and keep covers free of standing water.
Aerate garden ponds or stock them with fish.
Turn over wheelbarrows and change water in birdbaths at least twice weekly.
Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their properties.
2. Be aware of where mosquitoes live and breed and keep them from entering your home. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Weeds, tall grass, and bushes provide an outdoor home for adult mosquitoes, including several species commonly associated with West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Mosquitoes can enter homes through unscreened windows or doors or broken screens. Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace all screens in your home that have tears or holes.
Resting mosquitoes can often be flushed from indoor resting sites by using sweeping motions under beds, behind bedside tables etc. and once in flight, exterminated prior to sleeping at night.
3. Protect yourself from mosquito bites.
If outside during evening, nighttime, and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active and likely to bite, children and adults should wear protective clothing such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and socks.
Consider the use of an effective insect repellent, such as one containing DEET. A repellent containing 30% or less DEET (N,N-diethyl-methyl-meta-toluamide) for children and adults. Use DEET according to the manufacturer's directions. Children should not apply DEET to themselves. Repellents that contain Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 have also been determined to be effective.
Vitamin B, ultrasonic devices, incense, and bug zappers have not been shown to be effective in preventing mosquito bites.

For more information on West Nile Virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis, call the NH Department of Health and Human Services toll-free EEE/West Nile Virus Information Line at 866–273–NILE (6543), or visit the DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov.



Friday
Aug202010

CEI - Free Trade Agreements, Privatizing Liquor Sales, and Ethanol 

Free Trade Agreements

 

Yesterday The Washington Times reported on President Obama's trade agenda. Obama has promised to push through free trade agreements, but his fellow Democrats have so far stalled his plans.

 

CEI Adjunct Scholar Fran Smith argues that the president will have to be far more aggressive if he is going to make progress toward free trade.

 

"[T]he president will have to do more than make a few public pronouncements  expressing his support.  He’s going to have to take on the union opposition, get House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in line, rally his troops by touting the benefits of these agreements, bring together those spurned business groups, and reach out to some Republican supporters of free trade."

 

Privatizing Liquor Sales

 

Virginia Republicans are concerned about Governor Bob McDonnell's plan to privatize alcohol sales in the state. 

 

CEI Policy Analyst Michelle Minton says Republicans who oppose privatization have forgotten what it means to be Republican.

 

"All lawmakers, not simply Republicans, should seriously consider the merits of privatizing liquor sales. In particular, Republicans should temper their fear of change with a commitment to their espoused ideals. [. . .] By supporting the policies that best preserve free enterprise and personal liberty, Republicans can at least be certain they are protecting their ideals and the rights of their citizens."

 

Ethanol

 

Growth Energy, an ethanol trade group, argues that the government should subsidize ethanol production to create a competitive fuel market.

 

CEI Research Associate Brian McGraw points out that truly competitive markets occur naturally, not through government intervention.

 

"[A]sserting that Growth Energy supports any form of competition or market forces is laughable. And implying that government is holding back their industry while ignoring the fact that other government laws support a huge percentage of their industry is dishonest. If the Energy Act of 2007 didn’t require billions of gallons of ethanol to be blended into our fuel supply, consumers wouldn’t be choosing high percentage blends of ethanol." 

 

Friday
Aug202010

NRN - Must Reads for August 20, 2010

Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson's quote of the day in reference to explicit government guarantees of Fannie and Freddie: "The American people have already seen what the government's implicit guarantee of Fannie-Freddie securities caused over the past three years, which was a lack of risk aversion on the part of lenders and borrowers. Investors may want to take bets without having to be exposed to any downside risk, but that's how we got into this mess. Let's not repeat the same mistakes."

Read more at NetRightDaily.com.

Friday
Aug202010

NRSC - Does Paul Hodes Agree With Nancy Pelosi? 

As the Washington Times reports below, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she supports efforts to investigate Americans who oppose building a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City. Pelosi recently told a California radio station: “There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque is being funded.”

CLICK HERE To Listen To Pelosi’s Statements

I hope you’ll take the opportunity to ask Democrat Senate hopeful Congressman Paul Hodes today – does he agree with Speaker Pelosi’s assertion that people who oppose efforts to build a mosque at Ground Zero should be investigated?

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2010/aug/17/audio-rep-pelosi-calls-investigation-wtc-mosque-op/

AUDIO - Rep. Pelosi calls for investigation of WTC mosque opposition

The Washington Times

By Kerry Picket

August 18, 2010

UPDATE 1: Speaker Pelosi has sent out a statement regarding her comments on investigating those who she believes may be funding the opposition to the mosque:

“The freedom of religion is a Constitutional right.  Where a place of worship is located is a local decision. 

“I support the statement made by the Interfaith Alliance that ‘We agree with the ADL that there is a need for transparency about who is funding the effort to build this Islamic center.  At the same time, we should also ask who is funding the attacks against the construction of the center.’

“For all of those expressing concern about the 9/11 families, we call upon them to join us in support of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act when Congress returns in September.” ...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, called for an investigation of those who are protesting the building of the Ground Zero Mosque on Tuesday. She told San Francisco's KCBS radio:

AUDIO

"There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque is being funded," she said. "How is this being ginned up that here we are talking about Treasure Island, something we've been working on for decades, something of great interest to our community as we go forward to an election about the future of our country and two of the first three questions are about a zoning issue in New York City." (h/t Kristinn)

Calls to investigate the funding for those proposing the $100 million "Cordoba House" have fallen on deaf ears, though, as New York's Mayor Mike Bloomberg has described such an investigation as "un-American."

Ms. Pelosi called the Ground Zero mosque an "urban development decision" for New Yorkers to work through. Her remarks happened on the heels of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, parting ways with President Barack Obama on the issue. Mr. Reid suggested the mosque should be built somewhere else.  

In the meantime, Ms. Pelosi is hitting the ball back to New Yorkers to deal with. 

"I think everybody respects the right of everyone in the country to express their religious beliefs. ..The decision, though, as to how to go forward in New York, is up to New York," Ms. Pelosi explained. "I look to my colleagues in New York. Some of them have different views on the subject. It's up to them to work it out." 

New York Governor David Paterson, a Democrat, is offering to speak with Mosque proponents about finding another site for the mosque, but the mosque developer has rejected that meeting with the Governor, according to reports. The 13-story planned Islamic center would sit about two blocks from where the World Trade Center buildings once stood.

Friday
Aug202010

CEI Weekly: The Union Pension Bailout

August 20, 2010 

>>[Video] The Union Pension Bailout

Labor Policy Counsel F. Vincent Vernuccio was on Fox Business to discuss Sen. Robert Casey's "Save Jobs and Create Benefits Act." The Act includes a multi-billion-dollar bailout for mismanaged union pensions. Vincent slams the bailout and explains why bankrupt union pension plans are essentially "a giant Ponzi scheme." Watch the clip.

>>Shaping the Debate 

Nothing New About Privacy Fears

Carolyn Homer's op-ed in AOL News

Just Another Liberal Advocacy Group

Iain Murray's op-ed in The Washington Examiner's Examiner Opinion Zone

China, Economic Growth and 'Green Jobs'
Chris Horner's op-ed on BigGovernment

Federal Register Hits 50,000 Pages

Ryan Young's op-ed on The Daily Caller

Why Republicans Should Favor Legalized Internet Gambling

Michelle Minton's op-ed in Forbes

Bobby Bailout: Casey to Put Taxpayers on Hook for Teamsters’ Shenanigans

F. Vincent Vernuccio's citation on National Review Online

>>Best of the Blogs

Mexico's Retaliation — A Good Idea?

by Fran Smith

Primer on Extreme Weather Mortality

by Marlo Lewis

Radical Capitalism: A Noble Experiment We Ought to Try

by Michelle Minton

>>CEI Podcast

August 17, 2010: Another Union Bailout?

In the first episode of the new CEI Podcast, Vinnie Vernuccio talks about the latest big labor bailout, proposed by Sen. Robert Casey. His bill would put taxpayers on the hook for as much as $165 billion to bail out underfunded union pensions. 

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