Buzz Off, Naturally

first_imgThere are several companies now selling natural insect repellents, many of which use essential oils as their active ingredients.Dear EarthTalk: I can’t seem to find any natural bug repellents that really work so I end up using the harsh, chemical varieties. Are there any really effective bug repellants that aren’t chemically based, or other strategies we can use to keep bugs at bay? — Melissa Armantine, New Paltz, NYWhile the industry standard insect repellents rely on the insecticide DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide) to keep bugs at bay, many environmental and public health advocates worry that regular long-term exposure to even small amounts of the chemical can negatively affect the human nervous system.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that, in studies, DEET has been shown to be “of low acute toxicity,” although it can irritate the eyes, mouth and skin. The EPA concluded after a comprehensive 1998 assessment that DEET does not present a health risk as long as consumers follow label directions and take proper precautions. And since nothing works quite as well as DEET in deterring disease-carrying ticks and mosquitoes, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is relatively bullish on its use in order to reduce incidences of Lyme disease, encephalitis and other insect-borne diseases.Regardless, many consumers would prefer natural alternatives, and there are several companies already selling DEET-free insect repellents, many of which use essential oils as their active ingredients. WebMD reports that soy-based repellent formulas (such as Bite Blocker for Kids) are the most effective substitutes for DEET, usually lasting for 90 minutes, which is longer than some low-concentration DEET formulas. Some other leading alternative repellents include All Terrain’s Herbal Armor, Quantum Health’s Buzz Away Extreme, Lakon Herbals Bygone Bugz, and California Baby’s Natural Bug Blend Repellent.WebMD adds that, despite popular opinion, products containing citronella are not the best non-chemical choice, as their effectiveness typically wanes within an hour. Likewise, peppermint oil and some other plant-based oils are also effective as insect repellents. Even venerable Avon Skin-So-Soft bath oil, long thought to deter pests as well as DEET, only keeps mosquitoes away for up to a half hour.Beyond repellents, there are many other ways to keep pests away. For one, avoid floral fragrances from perfume, deodorant or other sources that can attract mosquitoes and other bugs. The EarthEasy website recommends eliminating standing water around your home to keep mosquito breeding at bay. Bird baths, wading pools and pet water bowls should be changed at least twice a week; also make sure your gutters are draining properly. Also, since mosquitoes are attracted by carbon dioxide released from campfires and barbeque grills, EarthEasy recommends throwing sage or rosemary on the coals to repel the mosquitoes.If all else fails and DEET is your only option, use it sparingly. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using repellents with no more than a 30 percent concentration of DEET for kids over two-months old (and no repellent for younger babies). Keep in mind that formulas with lower concentrations of DEET may work just as well as others but not for as long. A 10 percent DEET concentration, for instance, should work for up to two hours outside. Applying DEET-based bug spray to your clothing instead of skin can help minimize any negative effects of exposure. Also, kids and grown-ups alike should wash off any DEET-based repellents when they are “out of the woods” so to speak.CONTACTS: EPA DEET Fact Sheet,; CDC Insect Repellent Use & Safety,; EarthEasy,; American Academy of Pediatrics,; WebMD,® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine ( Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: Free Trial Issue: read more

Decatur County traffic partnership nets 44 citations, 7 arrests

first_imgGreensburg, In. —  Decatur County Traffic Safety Partnership issued 44 traffic citations, 203 warnings, and made 7 arrests, during a 24-day traffic-enforcement mobilization. About 230 police agencies increased patrols across Indiana for aggressive and impaired driving.The overtime traffic enforcement is funded through National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grants administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI).“As temperatures rise, so do crashes involving impaired and aggressive driving,” said Chief Brendan Bridges. “If you venture out to watch the NCAA Tournament, ride your motorcycle or take your kids on Spring Break, watch for bikes and pedestrians and make sure your plans include a sober, defensive driver.”Impaired drivingIn every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Motorcycles are about 3 percent of registered vehicles, but are dramatically overrepresented in fatal crashes involving alcohol.Impaired driving also includes prescription and illegal drugs. Over-the-counter medication can cause impairment, especially when combined with alcohol or a second drug. Anyone taking a new or higher dose of a drug should speak with their doctor or avoid driving until they know the effect the medication has.Crash statisticsFailing to yield the right of way is one of the top causes of crashes that lead to injuries and deaths. Following too closely and unsafe lane movement violations are also among the top causes of crashes. Other aggressive driving violations include unsafe speed; speed too fast for weather conditions; disregarding a traffic signal or sign; and improper passing, turning, or lane usage.Young male drivers aged 16-34 are more likely to be in a crash involving alcohol or unsafe driving behaviors. Statistics and more information are in the most recent Crash Facts that ICJI publishes with the Indiana University Public Policy Institute at read more

McCourt brothers invest in Dugout football community seeking MENA expansion

first_img FDJ’s ParionsSport extends Olympique de Marseille sponsorship August 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Submit Top 50 clubs suffer €751m decline in brand value July 31, 2020 Digital football community, Dugout ( has secured £8.2 million in its latest venture funding round, which the company will use to expand its technology offering and further support growth in the MENA (Middle East/ North Africa) region.Dugout’s funding round has been led by renowned US sports investors the McCourt brothers (David and Frank), who between them own the LA Marathon and French Ligue 1 football club Olympique De Marseille.David McCourtFurthermore, David McCourt is also the founder of, one of the fastest growing free streaming services for the MENA region. Backing Dugout David McCourt commented“Dugout represents an excellent opportunity to capitalize on two significant global trends. Firstly, the huge demand for great, original and highly-personalized content. Secondly, the soaring popularity of football in practically every market. Dugout has already done what many thought impossible by bringing the world’s top clubs together in one shared enterprise. Now, we want to use this excellent foundation to grow a truly iconic company that inspires fans and brands the world over.”“Our collaboration with Dugout will also enhance the company’s tech capabilities and enable it to grow its audience in strategically important markets. For example, the partnership between Dugout and ALTV will deliver exclusive access to original content for football fans across the Middle East and North Africa.”The Dugout platform seeks to revolutionise football content, and day-to-day audience engagement with clubs, athletes and brands. Dugout has created a football first social community, in which participating members can upload exclusive videos, content, news, games, information to global audiences.Football clubs that have launched Dugout communities include; Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea FC, Liverpool and Arsenal.Elliot Richardson – DugoutElliot Richardson, Founder and Chairman of Dugout, commented on securing the firm’s latest funding round;“We are delighted to have secured both the Series A funding round and strategic capital investment, led by Frank and David McCourt. Frank and David bring with them decades of commercial success, experience and entrepreneurial zeal – they are fantastic partners as we move into the next phase of our development as a business.”“We’re thrilled with how popular the platform has proven so far with fans, as well as the brands and commercial partners we’ve brought into the fold. This investment keeps that momentum going and partnerships with innovators like ALTV and Alchemy Media both enhance our technology offering and open up key markets like the Middle East and North Africa, where we know our club partners have such huge support.” Share Dugout upgrades content outreach capacity with Sportal365 June 9, 2020last_img read more

Premier League Preview: North London derby leads way, Chelsea without Jose, Remi Garde looks for first win

first_imgBournemouth host Newcastle looking to put an end to their five-match Premier League winless streak on Saturday lunchtime.The Cherries have lost four of their last five in the league, and now sit just a point above Newcastle in 17th place.Newcastle failed to take momentum from their first win of the season nearly three weeks ago – a 6-2 victory over Norwich – but three points on the south coast would take them out of the relegation zone.Leicester host Watford in the Premier League on Saturday looking to maintain their place in the top four.The Foxes are unbeaten in their last four Premier League games, and are flying high in third place with 22 points from their 11 games. Watford will have to stop Jamie Vardy, who is hoping to score for a ninth straight Premier League game, and the striker is just two matches away from equalling Ruud van Nistelrooy’s all-time record.The Hornets have won their last two games by a 2-0 scoreline; at home to West Ham and away at Stoke, and sit 11th with 16 points.Manchester United host West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday looking for a fifth straight clean sheet in all competitions.Louis van Gaal’s side have scored just one goal in their previous four games, however, and sit in fourth place in the Premier League, four points off joint leaders Manchester City and Arsenal. West Brom, who won this fixture 1-0 last season in May, sit in 12th place under Tony Pulis, and could go as high as eighth with a victory.Swansea travel to Norwich City on Saturday with both sides looking to reignite their Premier League campaigns.Swansea’s first win since August against Aston Villa a fortnight ago was followed by a 3-0 home defeat by Arsenal, while Norwich are without a Premier League win since mid-September.Four defeats on the trot have left Alex Neil’s Canaries in 16th place, two above the drop zone with 11 games played. Garry Monk’s Swansea are four points better off in 13th, and will hope to get striker Bafetimbi Gomis firing again having not scored in eight games.Sunderland host Southampton on Saturday looking to exit the relegation zone for the first time this season.The Black Cats, who were beaten 6-2 last time out by Everton following their derby win over Newcastle, are second-bottom in the Premier League having gained just six points from 11 games.Southampton have revived themselves in recent weeks, and are unbeaten in five Premier League games, with three wins in that run. Ronald Koeman’s side sit seventh with 17 points, and could go as high as fifth with a victory on Wearside.West Ham host Everton on Saturday looking to bounce back from their first loss in seven games against Watford last weekend.The Hammers are sixth in the Premier League after 11 games, and could go as high as third with a victory at Upton Park.Everton, who beat Sunderland 6-2 last time out, are four points behind in ninth place, and go in search of their third away success of the campaign. The Toffees won both fixtures last season by a 2-1 scoreline, but were defeated in the FA Cup third round on penalties at Upton Park.Basement club Aston Villa host Manchester City on Super Sunday looking for a first win since the opening day of the Premier League season.City are back on form following a dip in late September, and are unbeaten in eight games in all competitions.They qualified from the Champions League group stage with two games to spare, and face a Villa side with new manager Remi Garde in charge for the first time. The Frenchman has a job on his hands steering the Midlands club to survival, sitting bottom of the table with just four points out of a possible 33.Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal host Tottenham in the north London derby on Super Sunday looking for a sixth straight Premier League win.The Gunners have scored 16 goals in their last five league games, but were dominated by Bayern Munich on Wednesday night in a 5-1 Champions League group stage defeat.Tottenham are on a fine run of form of their own in the Premier League, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side unbeaten since the opening day of the season sitting in fifth place with 20 points.Liverpool host Crystal Palace on Sunday looking to build on their fine league form following last weekend’s 3-1 win over Chelsea.Jurgen Klopp’s side, fresh from Thursday’s 1-0 win at Rubin Kazan in the Europa League, have 17 points from 11 games this season, and are unbeaten in the Premier League under the German with two draws and a win.They face a Palace side who have stuttered in recent weeks, sitting 10th in the Premier League under Alan Pardew with no win in their last four games in all competitions.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more