“Sexist” Marsh & Parsons ad to be withdrawn after complaints to ASA, and Twitter backlash

first_imgA Marsh & Parsons ad featuring an older man being embraced by a younger woman has sparked a critical online campaign and is to be taken down by the company.The advert (see right) on London Underground, which features the copy line ‘A charming period property with a modern extension’ has prompted a string of complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority and prompted an online ‘backlash’, although the comments were a mixture of both revulsion and humour (see below).“Marsh & Parsons has a recent history of tongue-in-cheek advertisements that compare people to property and reflect that the range of people we work with are as diverse as the types of properties we sell and let,” David Brown, CEO of Marsh & Parsons, told The Evening Standard.“We have featured a varied mixture of men and women across various cultures and ages and have never sought to alienate or insult anybody.“The campaign, created by a team of men and women, is designed to be thought-provoking and to prompt conversation, but it was not our intention to cause offence.“It would appear that this particular advert – taken apart from the rest of the campaign – has done so and we will be taking steps to remove it as a result.”The Advertising Standards Authority says it has received six complaints about the advert so far which, given most complaints about agent advertising garner just a single complaint, indicates the level of public anger about the post ad.The advert is one of a series, all of which feature humour and word play and that, until yesterday, had attracted mostly praise on online, including one picture of a man (see left) with a high haircut and the strapline “A modern apartment available. High Barnet”.Marsh & Parsons poster ad David Brown CEO March 28, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » “Sexist” Marsh & Parsons ad to be withdrawn after complaints to ASA, and Twitter backlash previous nextAgencies & People“Sexist” Marsh & Parsons ad to be withdrawn after complaints to ASA, and Twitter backlashWhat was supposed to be ‘tongue in cheek’ ad goes awry for LSL-owned London agent.Nigel Lewis28th March 201703,965 Viewslast_img read more

Catering Expert

first_imgThe Coast Community College District is a multi-college districtthat includes Coastline Community College , Golden WestCollege , and Orange Coast College . The three colleges offerprograms in transfer, general education, occupational/technicaleducation, community services and student support services.Coastline, Golden West and Orange Coast Colleges enroll more than60,000 students each year in more than 300 degree and certificateprograms.Since its founding in 1947, the Coast Community College Districthas enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading community collegedistricts in the United States. Governed by a locally elected Boardof Trustees, the Coast Community College District plays animportant role in the community by responding to needs of achanging and increasingly diverse population.This direct link 2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (ASFSR) is the 2020Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for Coast Colleges. Thecrime statistics for calendar years 2017, 2018, and 2019 weresubmitted to the U.S. Department of Education as required under theJeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus CrimeStatistics Act. A hardcopy can be provided from one of the CampusSafety Offices. Please contact any of the Campus Safety Offices forany questions regarding the report.Coast Community College District is an Equal OpportunityEmployerThe Coast Community College District is committed to employingqualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members whoare dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizesthat diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness,promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitablerole models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring andstaff development processes that support the goals of equalopportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for allqualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfullyin providing educational or employment opportunities to any personon the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, genderexpression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexualorientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mentaldisability, military or veteran status, or geneticinformation. Non-academic, non-classified Professional Experts are notpart of classified service. Non-academic, non-classified short-termemployees are at-will employees and have no entitlement rights toany position in the District. Professional Expert employment shallnot result in the displacement of Classified personnel.* Retired CalPERS Annuitants: may not exceed 960 hours in afiscal year (July 1 through June 30)*REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:Supports catering services for special events. Provide specializedcatering services for clients, as needed for the overall success ofthe instructional culinary program. Appropriate licenses and/orcertificates may be required for specialty areas.Qualifications and Physical DemandsIntermediate experience and/or training that is directly related tojob category is required.Conditions of EmploymentThis is a professional expert position. The District reserves theright to extend, modify, or eliminate this position based uponavailable funds. The effective dates of employment will be arrangedwith the supervisor.This is a recruitment for an applicant POOL to filltemporary/short-term assignments on an as-needed basis. Departmentsor Divisions will refer to the POOL of applications on file to filltemporary/short-term assignments as the need arises. Applicationswill remain in the pool for one year. You will be contacted by thehiring manager should the department/division be interested inscheduling an interview. Please do not call the Office of HumanResources regarding the status of your application .Employment is contingent upon verification of employment history,background verification as governed under Education Coderequirements, eligibility to work in the United States, andapproval by the CCCD Board of Trustees. The hours of work andeffective date of employment will be arranged with thesupervisor.Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; theinability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employeefrom retaining employment.The person holding this position is considered a mandatedreporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Actand is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CoastCommunity College District policies, procedures, and Title IX.(Reference: BP/AP 5910)The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms ofdiversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusiveenvironment within which students, staff, administrators, andfaculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the District’sstrategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply.Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicantswith disabilities who self-disclose.Application materials must be electronically submitted on-lineat http://www.cccd.edu/employment . Incomplete applications and applicationmaterials submitted by mail will not be considered.Additional InformationAPPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: To be considered for thisopportunity, you must submit a COMPLETE application packet. Acomplete application packet includes:A complete Coast Community College District OnlineEmployment Application.Answers to ALL Supplemental Questions, if any (pleaseprovide clear and detailed responses, where applicable, as theywill be carefully evaluated to determine the most qualifiedcandidate(s) to be invited for an interview; please do not pasteyour resume, put ‘see resume’ or ‘N/A’, or leave blank).Candidates will also be responsible for all travel expenses ifselected for an interview, the Coast Community College Districtdoes not reimburse for candidate travel expenses.Disability AccommodationsIf you require accommodations in the Application or ExaminationProcess, please notify Human Resources by calling (714)438-4714.PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:The physical demands are representative of those that must bemet by an employee to successfully perform the essential functionsof this job.The work environment characteristics are representative ofthose an employee encounters while performing the essentialfunctions of this job.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individualswith disabilities to perform the essential functions.A detailed list of physical demands and work environment is onfile and will be provided upon request. DefinitionUnder general supervision, the Professional Expert providesassistance and support in accordance with assignments anddirections from the supervisor. Professional Experts:Have specialized knowledge or expertise not generally requiredof or found in the classifications established by theDistrict.Must be specially trained, experienced, or competent to performexpert services.Are used on a temporary basis for a specific project orprojects.Terms of employment will be described in the ProfessionalExpert Agreementlast_img read more

Oxford students awarded £80,000 research grants

first_imgMaral Bayaraa, a DPhil candidate in Engineering Science, plans to research how SAR interferometry, geotechnical modelling, and deep learning can be used to develop an early warning system for dam collapse. The goal is to prevent not only the loss of lives, but also environmental damage.   Tom Waddell is working on the development of a computational model which will be used to predict future health conditions of type 2 diabetes patients. Such a model has never been created and could have significant benefits for researchers attempting to develop and test drugs to combat the disease. Tom said that he felt “very proud and fortunate” to have received the grant, which would allow him to “undertake valuable work in diabetes research.” One of the students, Daniella Cheang, is developing a way to improve molecular synthesis by mimicking a natural process to build a library of compounds. This research could help in future drug development, as Daniella hopes to adapt this work for industrial use. The project also aims to be environmentally friendly, with water as the only waste product.   The other two grant recipients are working on engineering-based projects. The Royal Commission spends around £2 million every year funding research projects which it believes have the potential lead to industrial development. Part of the goal of the fellowships are to ensure the maintenance of Britain’s role in scientific research and development.  Bernard Taylor, the President of the Royal Commission, said: “this year’s cohort demonstrates the potential and diversity of talent within British science” and that their research is “promising to unlock new products and revenue across the pharmaceutical, energy, defence and infrastructure industries.”center_img The award was made by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, which seeks to support individuals with ‘exceptional promise’ in their research into industry based scientific projects. Of the ten Industrial Fellowships granted this year, three went to Oxford University students studying for science-based doctorates.  As well as helping with the funding of research, the fellowship also aims to promote close collaboration with industry. The recipients of this year’s award will work in partnership with major firms including AstraZeneca, Satellite Applications Catapult and Perspectum. Three DPhil students at the University of Oxford have been given £80,000 each to fund their research.  Students at Oxford University have a history of success in the programme. In 2019 three students also received the award to allow them to carry out research. last_img read more

More than 100 kids and their families celebrate science in Allston

first_imgMore than 100 children and families recently came together at the Gardner Pilot Academy for the first-ever Family Science Night. Co-sponsored by Harvard University, the event brought students from kindergarten through seventh grade and their parents together to explore the endless possibilities of science.Families gathered to listen to Heather Olins, a fifth-year doctoral student in the Girguis Lab at Harvard. Having just returned from a research verification cruise aboard the ALVIN submarine, Olins engaged the crowd with her firsthand accounts of what life is like on the ocean floor. She also provided the children with tips on how they can pursue science.“If there is something, anything, that you are really curious about, keep asking questions and looking for answers until there don’t seem to be any out there. That’s pretty much what it means to be a scientist,” Olins said.The night continued with a range of interactive activities throughout the school. In a kindergarten classroom, children and parents worked to construct more than  25 towers made of raw spaghetti and marshmallows. In a second grade classroom, students were charged with building race car models and testing their distance. Additionally, a number of middle school students analyzed human cheek cells as well as their own hair under microscopes.“It was great to celebrate science and see so many students with their families so engaged and enthusiastic. We hope this becomes an annual event,” said Barbara Gates, science specialist K-2 for the Gardner Pilot Academy in Boston.last_img read more

Grad families seek cheaper healthcare

first_imgFor some Notre Dame community members, a minor infection or fever can be a major source of anxiety. Angela Campbell, a Canadian citizen whose husband is a graduate student in political science, has lived without health insurance since the couple arrived at Notre Dame five years ago. Campbell was recently sick for six weeks, and put off medical care for as long as possible. “I just kept saying, ‘I just have to get better, I don’t want to go to the doctor,’” she said. “In the event that something really bad would happen, I would probably just get in my car and drive [nine hours] to Canada.” Notre Dame’s health insurance premium for spouses of students is over $4,000, and Campbell doesn’t qualify for state healthcare. The cost for insuring a spouse and all children this year under the University’s health plan is nearly $7,500 for each family. And with graduate students making as little as $17,500 per year, Campbell said purchasing University health insurance is almost impossible. The Campbells’ situation is not unique for graduate student families, both international and American. With the University’s high premiums for dependents, and difficulty finding alternate coverage, many graduate student families must resort to paying out of pocket for routine medical care. Greg Sterling, Dean of the Graduate School, said the University has been working for a long time to find a better solution for these families. “This is an issue that keeps me up at night; I feel terrible about it. And there’s nobody who doesn’t want to help in the central administration — the challenge is the cost,” Sterling said. “Right now, sometimes people say, well, ‘the University has money.’ Well, the University does have money, but it’s all committed. And so you make choices.” But the costs, he said, are staggering—up to several million dollars each year. “It would take several million dollars per year. It’s not one time. If we could come up [with] $2 million to fix the problem — it’s not just for one year; it is every year,” he said.  Since becoming Dean in 2008, Sterling has been addressing two main priorities for graduate students — their stipends, which have gone up, and their health insurance. Health insurance for the individual student has become more affordable. Healthcare affordability for the families of graduate students, however, has been an issue since University Health Director Ann Kleva came to Notre Dame in 1994.   “It’s just been a very sensitive issue for all the years that I’ve been here, the cost of family health,” she said. “Health insurance for any family today is very, very expensive…especially when you’re on a limited income.” At The Village: Ways of Coping Campbell said healthcare issues are almost a fact of life within the University Village community, Notre Dame’s student family housing. “Everyone, every one of my neighbors has major issues with health insurance or they’re uninsured,” Campbell said. What she said really scares her is the prospect of needing emergency or long-term medical care. “I always hope that if something really bad happens it’s in our car, because our car insurance covers the medical cost,” she said. “[I think] ‘if I have to break a leg, please let it be in my vehicle.’” Campbell’s husband is insured by the University plan, and the Campbells’ two sons are American citizens, so they qualify for Hoosier Healthwise— Indiana’s state Medicaid plan. But the Campbells’ first daughter, 6, is a Canadian citizen and only qualifies for emergency healthcare under the state plan. “It’s very stressful,” Campbell said. Nathan Elliot, rector of University Village, said international children are the most vulnerable under the current healthcare setup since they only qualify for emergency care under the state plan. “Here at the Village we have a pretty good network of people who share what they do with others, that’s fortunate,” Elliot said.  “[But] at least the way I think about it is it shouldn’t have to be that complicated, I think we could do better.” Why are the premiums so high? Sam Rund, president of the Graduate Student Union (GSU,) said every time someone asks him what issues are most important to graduate students, insurance for dependents is at the top of his list. “It could literally be a life or death issue for someone,” Rund said. “There’s this extra special obligation I feel to fight for insurance coverage for these people.” The question many graduate students have is: why can’t Notre Dame, a well-endowed University, make healthcare for families more affordable? Some graduate schools of comparable universities offer much lower premium rates for families. But Sterling said comparing Notre Dame to other schools wouldn’t be comparing “apples to apples,” because universities with lower premiums may not have as comprehensive a plan as Notre Dame. “A lot of the differences you see in the price will depend on the level of services the insurance provides,” he said. He said that Yale University, which provides a very reasonable health plan for families, also has a much greater endowment per student than Notre Dame does. Ricky Klee, a graduate student in theology, said by making it difficult for graduate students to have families at Notre Dame, the University is going against its Catholic background that promotes family life. Klee has participated in protests outside the Main Building the past few years and helped coordinate a petition to the administration in the spring of 2010. “Doing the numbers it is expensive, it’s almost a million dollars a year,” Klee said. “But [comparing that] to varsity athletics teams, increases in executives’ salaries…the question is, which is imperative. It’s more important to make sure the kids can go to the doctor.” Sterling said a significant amount of the University budget has gone to the Graduate School in recent years, and much of that money has contributed to the rise in student stipends—something that is beneficial for every student. Even within the Catholic faith, Sterling said, some students say it’s the University’s responsibility to provide healthcare for families, while others think it’s a personal responsibility. “Another factor which people will ask and debate is the role…the extent to which the University is responsible, versus which the student is responsible for their own family,” he said. Future Effects of Healthcare Reform Sterling said he recognizes graduate student families have an immediate need for healthcare coverage. But there’s no “magic wand.” “I do think that we would like to find a far better solution to this than what currently exists because what currently exists is not good,” he said. Sterling said with the stipulations of healthcare reform, which will be phased in next year and eventually require the University to provide unlimited coverage, premium prices will continue to rise. He said the Graduate School has been looking at different ways to cut the cost of healthcare for dependents. One solution would be to provide discounted clinical service at the new Wellness Centerthat will open in July. “We’ve lobbied, and with a great deal of sympathy from the Provost, and the Executive Vice President, and the President, to have the spouses and dependents of graduate students receive healthcare from the Wellness Center,” Sterling said. But right now, there are no specifics. Kleva said she anticipates the situation to remain difficult for graduate student families until healthcare reform passes in Washington, D.C. “Personally, I believe [healthcare reform] truly will be a benefit for lower income families that need healthcare insurance, because they’ll have options and the government will be offering subsidies for those that meet income levels,” Kleva said. “Again, you don’t know when all this is going to pass.” With University premiums projected to rise over the next few years, government subsidies that come with healthcare reform may be the only promising option for many graduate student families at Notre Dame. “I have to say, I love ND for so many reasons, it is really a wonderful place to be,” [Angela] Campbell said. “[But] being in the Village we’re quite forgotten and health insurance is just another thing on the list.”last_img read more

Student Government promotes discussion of campus issues on online platform

first_imgNotre Dame student government created Onward, an online platform where students could send in university issues they considered in hopes of initiating change, two years ago. However, since its inception student participation with Onward has fallen off dramatically, but the current student government administration is trying to change that.Junior and director of campus technology Sean McMahon said Onward is being moved to Facebook to make it easier for students to use.“[The previous form] was through a strange website that students didn’t know how to find, and the effort of the student government tapered off — it wasn’t nearly as accessible as it was supposed to be,” McMahon said. “So, we’re making it more accessible by moving it to Facebook.”Senior and campus technology board member Jamie Maher said the new platform will allow student government to reply directly to comments and promote discussion among students more efficiently than before.“The old Onward system was less clear and there was potentially not as immediate feedback, but with this Onward page you can see the post immediately show up on the Facebook page,” Maher said. “[For students,] you can immediately comment on it or react to it, which was not available in the previous incarnation.”McMahon said Onward gives students the ability to ensure their problems are being seen and considered by their representatives.“By submitting to Onward you are guaranteeing that your issue is going to be looked at … Our primary concern is that students know that this is always around and always and option for them,” McMahon said.McMahon said student government sees Onward as an opportunity to consistently engage with the student body and understand what is important to them.“It’s great that we’re working really hard on policy initiatives and things that absolutely need to get done,” he said. “But at the end of the day in terms of making sure we’re getting students what they need, sometimes we need to hear back from them, too. So, the purpose of this is to make sure [communication] is not just during the election season but continually part of the process.”A Facebook account is not required for students to use Onward, as comments can be submitted through a Google survey found in the page’s biography or accessible through QR codes on posters across campus, McMahon said. Students can also submit comments anonymously through that same survey.While participation on the platform may vary over time, junior and campus technology board member Sean Scannell said the success of Onward is measured by how aware students are of its availability.“The metric of success is the awareness of this being there,” Scannell said. “We’re not trying to be the most popular page on campus — we’re trying to be the most helpful.”McMahon and Maher said although some issues students have may be more serious than others and not all students will agree on what should be done, Onward is still an important tool for encouraging discourse on campus.“We want any issue, no matter how big or how small, to be able to be discussed and displayed for everyone,” McMahon said.“We’re not just getting an idea and assuming everyone feels one way, we can have a discussion on Onward and can help facilitate a student discussion on both serious topics and something maybe less important but still meaningful to the student body,” Maher said.McMahon said Onward hopes to give every student the opportunity to make the University better.“If we can publicize successes and show that there is potential to create change here just from five seconds of submitting online, then that’s our goal: to know that that’s always an option and they have that outlet to let their voice be heard,” McMahon said. “Complain. Please complain as much as you want. This isn’t just complaining to a friend and mutually agreeing something stinks — this actually gives you the capability to go do something.”Tags: campus technology, Onward, Student governmentlast_img read more

More Than 7,000 Toys, Coats And School Supplies Distributed This Holiday

first_imgJennifer Shirar / DVIDS ALBANY – A statewide holiday toy, coat and school supply drive has collected and distributed more than 7,000 items to help New Yorkers in need this holiday season.New York State officials say collections took place across the state over the past several weeks.Members of the Governor’s administration organized collections across the state and are distributing 7,348 toys, coats and school supplies to communities in need.For the first time, donations were also collected by mail to provide another option to participate amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “During this trying year, New Yorkers have shown up for each other like never before, and I am proud that our annual toy drive tradition continues to bring hope to those who need it the most,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “I am grateful to those who volunteered and donated this year, many of whom face hardships of their own due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the spirit of the holiday season, and this is the spirit of New York.”A number of state agencies and organizations collected new unwrapped toys, coats and school supplies that were provided by businesses and individuals and either mailed in or brought to drop-off locations across the state.Walmart provided a donation of $15,000, which purchased 1,211 toys which are being distributed across the state.Volunteers from the China General Chamber of Commerce also participated in collecting 420 toys for New Yorkers – the third year in a row that the group has participated. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cattle Consuming Cotton

first_img“With the market situation and low calf prices, we’re looking for ways to cut ourproduction costs,” said Robert Stewart, an animal scientist with the University ofGeorgia Extension Service. “It’s good feed for them,” he said. “And it comes in at a time when the pastures aregoing out and before we have winter grazing. So the timing is excellent.” “There are some economic benefits to using these crop residues,” he said. “Theprimary benefit is to lower production costs by using feeds that otherwise may not beavailable.” If a farmer gets 30 days’ grazing (in a harvested cotton field), Stewart said, he mayrealize $20, and maybe as much as $30, savings per cow. “Once the cotton is picked, there is quite a bit of residue out there,” he said. “The lintand cottonseed that’s left, as well as a lot of the grass around the field edges, makepretty good cattle feed for this time of year.” Stewart tells farmers to use common sense when putting cows into cotton fields. Thecows need access to a free-choice mineral block, he said. And to know when they’veeaten all the good leftovers, just put a round bale of hay in the field. Many Georgia cattle farmers are choosing to keep their cows until they will bring moremoney at the market. Keeping cows costs about 50 cents to 70 cents per day for each. “One of the practices we recommend,” he said, “is to take advantage of crop residues.”Cotton fields, in particular, provide low-cost feed for beef cattle. Field residue provides about the same nutrition as low- to medium-quality hay, Stewartsaid. So it does more than just fill their stomachs. It provides enough nutrition for evenpregnant cows expected to calve later this winter. Beef prices are just coming out of an 18-year low, Stewart said. Because of that,farmers must manage costs carefully to keep making a profit. That includes usingalternative feed sources. Stewart tells cattle farmers to make sure the cotton field is fenced to keep cows wherethey belong. The cows also need a good supply of fresh water, he said. One acre of residue provides enough feed for one cow to graze for two to four weeks. Wilcox County farmer Don Wood put his cows into harvested cotton fields around themiddle of December. They aren’t calico cows, and it’s not cotton candy. But many Georgia cattle are grazingcotton fields, quietly munching leftovers. “When they eat up the hay,” he said, “it’s time to move them into another field.”last_img read more

Snake calls

first_imgBy Willie ChanceUniversity of GeorgiaSomeone recently came by my office and brought a harmless mud snake for me to see. I thought I would show the secretaries the snake, too. Big mistake!University of Georgia Cooperative Extension county agents seem to get a lot of snake calls in the late summer and fall. What can be done to prevent snake problems?First, be more watchful this time of year. Snakes usually avoid people. Don’t do things to corner them or put them in a defensive mode. Take care walking in the woods or tall brush. In dry weather, snakes also have to find water. Be careful working in areas around water.Put out the unwelcome mat for snakes. Snakes need food, water and cover to live. Clean up brush and trash piles, mow tall grass and weeds and remove things snakes hide under. Clean up clutter in yards, open garages, on porches and in open storage buildings. Remove shrubs and other things close to the ground. This is especially important around buildings. Snakes like damp, cool and dark spots. Look for and change these sites if you can.Leave snakes alone! Many people are bitten trying to catch or kill a snake. Know your venomous snakes. There are only a few in Georgia. If it isn’t a venomous snake, then you have much less to worry about. For information on how to identify snakes, see the UGA Savannah River Ecology Lab’s Herpetology Web site at www.uga.edu/srelherp/.If you can identify the snake you can determine what it’s eating. This may tell you what attracted it to the area. If possible, do not let pet or bird food sit out. This attracts rodents, which in turn attract snakes. Clean food storage areas regularly and keep food and trash sealed.Insects attract some snakes. Identify the insects that snakes eat and control them. Frogs and lizards are another food sources. Controlling moisture will reduce frogs. With less food sources available, perhaps the snakes will leave.Snake repellents have been shown to be unreliable. Even if they work, they must be reapplied regularly.Some snakes are climbers and will crawl into houses. The shed skins of these snakes are sometimes found in attics. To prevent snakes from entering your home, seal holes around and under the house. Fall is a good time to exclude snakes since they may be looking for warmer temperatures or a place to spend the winter.Despite your efforts, if a venomous snake gets inside your home, seek professional help. The most likely venomous snake I would expect around homes would be the copperhead. This does not rule out finding one of the other venomous snakes near a house. (Moccasins may be found around wet areas.)To remove a nonvenomous snake, pile damp towels or burlap in the area where the snake was seen. This will attract the snake. Then remove the snake and take it far from the house for release. You may also trap a snake on a glue board available at hardware and other stores. Once you catch the snake, take the snake and board far from the home and pour vegetable oil on the snake and trap. The oil should counteract the glue and allow the snake to eventually escape.Several companies remove wildlife for a fee. They can evict wildlife house guests and take measures to prevent them from returning.Evicting unwanted guests requires hard work and perseverance. However it is important for your family’s health and safety. For more information on how to responsibly handle wildlife damage problems, see The Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management Web site at http://wildlifedamage.unl.edu/.last_img read more

The Goods: Yakima Hold Up Bike Carrier Review

first_imgA few months into using the Yakima Hold Up, I am left wondering why everyone is not using this bike rack. Rarely do I feel this confident that a product outshines its competition to the degree that the Hold Up does. The rear mounted bike rack can be installed in less than five minutes. It literally takes longer to read the directions than it does to mount the rack onto a hitch.Once in place, it securely transports two 29er mountain bikes or 700 cc road or cross bikes. Having utilized roof racks in the past, which result in tired arms and frustrations after a long ride, not to mention the ever present danger that you just might drive into the garage forgetting your bikes are up top, I find the Hold Up to be the perfect solution. It also outperforms other rear mounting racks that function by suspending bikes by the top tube. In my experience, that style of bike rack allows the bikes to bang together and can also result in worn out bearings if the wheels are not secured for long trips.Perhaps the best feature of the Hold Up is the mindless simplicity it lends to bike loading, unloading and transport. The rear tray sports a cradle for the back tire with an adjustable security strap. The front wheel of the bike is secured in its tray with a moveable arm that locks in place over the front of the tire. The front arm also has a built-in cable lock to allow you to secure your bikes if you decide to stop by your favorite watering hole or brewery post-ride. An additional feature for SUV’s and minvans is the easy to use built-in pivot system of the rack. Even fully loaded, the rack can be easily lowered to allow you to access the cargo area of a minivan or SUV. The rack can then be raised back up once you are finished loading or unloading your bike accessories. If you are still not convinced that the Hold Up is the best bike rack on the market, did I mention it sports a bottle opener? That’s right, pop a top on a cold one while you watch your poor riding companions struggle to load their bikes on top of their car long after you’ve loaded up your ride on the Hold Up.MSRP $439.00 (Extension for 2 more bikes $329.00); yakima.comlast_img read more