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Travel Agents

Description

The Travel Agent can perform a couple of different tasks; adjusting cable pull or serving as a roller to work around tight frame geometries.

For cable pull changes, the Travel Agent makes a short cable pull lever work with a long cable pull caliper. This allows you to mix road, mountain and cross brakes and brake levers. Instead of buying new levers or brakes, just install a Travel Agent and you re good to go!

To use our Travel Agent as a friction reducing roller simply route the cable on the outer edge of the wheel and it is smooth sailing for your brakes around tight bends.

Compatability Notes

Common Short Pull Components. Drop bar levers, road calipers, traditional cantilever calipers, short arm “mini-v” lear pull calipers, center pull calipers and road specific disc calipers

Common Long Pull Components. Flat bar levers, long arm linear pull calipers and mountain specific disc calipers

Technical Details

  • Increases cable travel at a ratio of 1.9:1
  • Machined and anodized AL-6061-T6
  • Available with or without adjusting barrel




03/12/2017

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Diseases Transmitted by Pigeons – pest bird removal #orlando, #birds, #pigeon,


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Pigeon Diseases

HEALTH HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH BIRD AND BAT DROPPINGS

Health risks from birds and bats are often exaggerated. Nevertheless, large populations of roosting birds may present the risk of disease to people nearby. The most serious health risks arise from disease organisms that can grow in the nutrient-rich accumulations of bird droppings, feathers and debris under a roost – particularly if roosts have been active for years. External parasites also may become a problem when infested birds or bats leave roosts or nests. The parasites then can invade buildings and bite or irritate people.

After a small group of students raked and swept a 20-year accumulation of dirt, leaves, and debris in a middle school�s courtyard on Earth Day�1970, nearly 400 people (mostly students) developed histoplasmosis. (92) The school�s forced-air ventilation system, which had fresh air intakes in the courtyard, was implicated as being primarily responsible for spreading contaminated air throughout the school. Results of the outbreak investigation showed that a few students developed histoplasmosis despite being absent from school on the day when the courtyard was cleaned. This finding suggests that exposures to spore-contaminated dust continued for a day or more after cleaning of the courtyard was stopped. (NIOSH – National Institute of Safety and Health)

Histoplasmosis is caused by a fungus (Histoplasma capsulatum ). The disease is transmitted to humans by airborne fungus spores from soil contaminated by pigeon and starling droppings (as well as from the droppings of other birds and bats). The soil under a roost usually has to have been enriched by droppings for two years or more for the disease organism to reach significant levels. Although almost always associated with soil, the fungus has been found in droppings (particularly from bats) alone, such as in an attic.

Infection occurs when spores, carried by the air are inhaled – especially after a roost has been disturbed. Most infections are mild and produce either no symptoms or a minor influenza- like illness. On occasion, the disease can cause high fever, blood abnormalities, pneumonia and even death. In some areas, including portions of Illinois, up to 80 percent of the population show evidence of previous infection.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has reported a potentially blinding eye condition – presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome (OHS) – that probably results from the fungus. NIH estimates that 4 percent of those exposed to the disease are at risk of developing OHS.

Pigeon droppings appear to be the most important source of the disease fungus Cryptococcus neoformans in the environment. The fungus is typically found in accumulations of droppings around roosting and nesting sites, for example, attics, cupolas, ledges and water towers. It has been found in as many as 84 percent of samples taken from old roosts. Even when old and dry, bird droppings can be a significant source of infection.

Like histoplasmosis, most cryptococcosis infections are mild and may be without symptoms. Persons with weakened immune systems, however, are more susceptible to infection. The disease is acquired by inhaling the yeast-like cells of the organism. Two forms of cryptococcosis occur in humans. The generalized form begins with a lung infection and spreads to other areas of the body, particularly the central nervous system, and is usually fatal unless treated. The cutaneous (skin) form is characterized by acne-like skin eruptions or ulcers with nodules just under the skin. The cutaneous form is very rare, however, without generalized (systemic) disease. Outbreaks (multiple cases at a location) of cryptococcosis have not been documented.

Other diseases carried or transmitted by birds affect man to a lesser degree. Psittacosis and toxoplasmosis are normally mild in man; however, serious illness or death does occur rarely. Pigeons and sparrows also have been implicated (along with many other species of birds) as sources of encephalitis viruses carried by mosquitoes.

Bats and disease

Bats are associated with a few diseases that affect people, such as rabies and histoplasmosis. Rabies is a dangerous, fatal disease, but only about 5 percent of bats submitted for testing are infected with the rabies virus. In recent years, there has been increased concern about the risk of rabies transmission following contact with bats. If an injured or ill bat is found in or around a structure, it should be removed. Because most bats will try to bite when handled. Contact our Orlando bat experts. If a bat has bitten or scratched someone, capture the bat without touching it with your hands and without crushing its head. If the bat is dead, refrigerate it (DO NOT freeze) and then contact your local health department immediately for instructions.

The incidence of histoplasmosis being transmitted from bat droppings to humans is not thought to be high. Nevertheless, fresh bat droppings (unlike fresh bird dropping) can contain the histoplasmosis fungus. Bat droppings do not need to come into contact with soil to be a source of the disease.

Ticks, mites and other parasites

Bird or bat roosts can harbor parasites that may invade buildings. Although these parasites can bite and irritate, they are unlikely to transmit diseases to humans. The northern fowl mite and chicken mite are usually the main culprits. Other parasites that may cause problems inside buildings include the pigeon nest bug and the bat bug (both related to the beg bug), soft ticks, biting lice and the pigeon fly. Although most parasites associated with bird or bat roosts die quickly after the birds or bats leave, some may live for several weeks.

Droppings, feathers, food and dead birds under a roosting area can breed flies, carpet beetles and other insects that may become major problems in the immediate area. These pests may fly through open windows or crawl through cracks to enter buildings. If birds or bats are discouraged from roosting around buildings, most of the parasites associated with them will soon die. If the pests are a problem, the roost area should be treated with a residual insecticide appropriately labeled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for control of fleas, ticks, mites and similar pests.

Removal and cleanup of bird and bat droppings

If there is a small accumulation of droppings from a few birds or bats, it can be cleaned up with soap and water. If large quantities of bird or bat droppings are present, contact our Orlando Animal Control office for advice.

Our employees follow certain precautions to minimize risk from disease organisms in the droppings:

  • Cleanup should be done by Wildlife Patrol.
  • We wear a respirator that can filter particles as small as 0.3 microns.
  • We wear disposable protective gloves, hat, coveralls and boots.
  • During the cleanup, seal heating and cooling air ducts or shut the system down.
  • Moisten the droppings with a Disinfectant to keep spores from becoming airborne and keep them wet.
  • Put droppings into sealed plastic garbage bags 3 mil thick.
  • When finished and while still wearing the respirator, remove protective clothing and place it in a plastic bag.
  • Modify the structure to prevent birds or bats from reestablishing the roost.

  • 07/10/2017

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    Gopher Control Rodent Blaster Hot Shot Propane Remote Pest Control for


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    HS1 REMOTE! EASY TO USE AS 1-2-3

    What Is Your Time Worth?

    How much time and money have you spent over the years setting traps and poisons? Our Rodent Blaster HS1 Remote allows the user to be 20+ feet from the rodents hole when you ignite a precise mixture of propane and oxygen which causes a concussion that instantly kills the rodent and collapses the tunnel. Quick! The Rodent Blaster HS1Remote is an organically safe very easy to use pest control system for damaging ground squirrels, gopher control and other problem destructive rodents. The Rodent Blaster HS1 Remote eliminates problem ground squirrels, control gophers, ground hogs, moles, voles, prairie dogs, badgers and all rodents that eat, chew, dig and destroy our yards. We have had 15+ years to develop our latest HS1 Remote systems. The best part is that when you order by noon, we will ship your order the same day! Guaranteed!

    American Made Products

    Rodent Blaster HS-1 Remote products are environmentally friendly, organically safe since no poisonous gases or chemicals are used. It injects a precise mixture of propane and oxygen and then quickly detonates from a safe distance with our remote detonating device to exterminate the pests quickly, safely and humanely without any dangerous poisons or traps. It also collapses the tunnel at the same time. It is safe for the environment and will not harm pets and wildlife unlike dangerous poisons and traps. It only costs pennies per blast to operate.

    Unbeatable Quality

    The unbeatable quality of the HS-1 Remote control from Rodent Blaster. Many changes and improvements over the 15+ years have given us an outstanding product. We have thousands of customers over the years using our products for gopher control and other rodents. These include ranchers, farmers, vineyards, schools, park and recreation, home owners, orchards, forestry service and others. We only makes industrial quality products. No cheap imported junk here!

    This is why you may want to use our HS1 Remote system with the remote detonator!

    Being 20+ feet away from the blast is very nice.


    28/09/2017

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    Finding Hotel Rooms: No Vacancy? No Problem #european #train #travel

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    Finding Hotel Rooms: No Vacancy? No Problem

    On a recent trip, I landed in the Knoxville airport to find myself surrounded by hundreds of youngsters. “Who are all these kids?” asked the person in front of me in the car rental line. The agent was all too aware: “They’re in the Destination ImagiNation Global Finals. It’s a computer contest or something, and there are about 20,000 of them.”

    “Ah, that’s why it was so hard to find a hotel room,” said the customer. “In fact, it was impossible; we’re staying out of town tonight.”

    Whether it’s an unexpected event in a small town, a political convention (don’t laugh, I know someone who got upset when he couldn’t book a room during the last presidential election), or a holiday like the Fourth of July or New Year’s or simply the summer high season — finding a hotel room can be challenging when there’s no room at the inn. What’s a shut-out traveler to do to get some shuteye?

    Pick Up the Phone

    As outlined in Choosing a Hotel. despite the Web’s instant and always-on compendium of lodging information, you might find out even more by getting a knowledgeable person on the phone. As that article notes, “Calling a hotel directly, rather than dialing a chain’s main number, might get you a room at the last minute or during peak travel times. National reservations desks often have a cap on the number of rooms they can fill at any given hotel, with the rest left to the hotel’s own staff. Those working at the front desk have a better sense of the hotel’s capacity and will be more likely to check for cancellations or no-shows.”

    A booking agent or front desk clerk can often offer you better rates than you’ll find online, and you can make specific requests for a room with a view, a cot or crib, or location away from an elevator. I sometimes use this approach even when the online booking process shows vacancies.

    Discount Hotel Deals

    Ask a Local

    There is absolutely no substitute for some local knowledge. No argument here, you might say, but I don’t know anyone in Knoxville! Luckily, there are folks everywhere who will help, and even some who are paid to be your personal local connection.

    If you are traveling for a meeting, to go to a local attraction or to attend a convention, the best first call you can make is to the organization or attraction itself. It’s probably not the first time their preferred or partner hotels have been sold out, and they may be able to tell you about “unpublished” alternatives, especially if you tell them your particular situation (“I have to be at my meeting by 7 a.m. so I can’t have a long drive”).

    If that isn’t an option or doesn’t work, try one of the sold-out hotels anyway. Get a direct number for the hotel and simply ask the question: “Can you recommend another hotel very nearby that might have vacancies?” Chances are good that they can suggest a comparable hotel, and might even know which hotels have rooms, as you can probably bet that yours is not the first call they have received on the issue. It may also be worth calling the hotel again as your travel date approaches, in case there’s a last-minute cancellation.

    Next, the local chamber of commerce or tourist bureau could be your best option of all. While planning a recent trip to the U.K. I contacted the local tourist office, which directed me to a hotel with a recent cancellation, a private golf club that rents out a limited number of rooms, three bed and breakfasts. and a local college that rents out dorm rooms for a week’s stay or more. In almost every case, the tourist office representatives even knew how many rooms were available and at what price; talk about local knowledge! I had my choice of several great lodging options in a location where all lodging was allegedly sold out.

    This suggests another point: If all the hotels on the big booking engines seem to be sold out, you may want to try B margin: 0 10px 5px 0;” src=”http://images.independenttraveler.com/redcarat-IT.gif” /> 11 Things Not to Do When Booking a Hotel

    Buyer Beware: What to Look For

    Sometimes “off the radar” establishments can be unacceptably downscale or well off the beaten path — too far down and out, or simply too far out of town. When given a choice between the “Berkley Suites” and the “Star Motel,” it’s a pretty fair guess that the Suites could be a sweet deal if price is no object, and the Star is the less stellar outfit. You might ask if the lodging would be considered a one- or no-star hotel — anything that lets you know what you’re getting into.

    In the latter case, look and listen for a few key phrases for hints that you’ll be too far from the action to be happy — most of them sound a lot like a pilot on a delayed plane soft-peddling your time on the tarmac. To wit:

    – “Just a few minutes from…”

    – “Just a few miles. “

    – “Very close to. “

    – “A leisurely walk or short drive from. “

    – “A short drive to. “

    – “A pleasant drive from. “

    – “Quick ride by car or train”

    – Watch also for “slash” locations such as Orlando/De Land

    You get the idea. If the hotel is using vague language to describe proximity to attractions, there’s a good chance it’s farther than you’d like.

    Use “Map View”

    If you really want to know where a specific joint is, either map it on a mapping service using the hotel address, or use the “map view” on one of the booking engines. The upside of the latter is that you can see availability, price and location of several hotels on one screen, and even if no availability is indicated, you can call the hotel directly as suggested above and proceed from there.

    33 Ways to Sleep Better at a Hotel

    Forget About No Room — There’s No Inn!

    Once in a while you’ll find yourself staying in a small town or remote rural location where your only choice is a dusty motel that hasn’t been renovated since the Reagan administration. In cases like these, you’ve got to widen your net. Here’s what I usually do:

    1. Using a mapping site (MapQuest, Google Maps, etc.), I search for nearby towns that look big enough to contain hotels.

    2. Using a booking engine (Expedia, Orbitz, etc.), I search for hotels in these towns.

    3. Using the map view, I pick the most promising hotel by location and price.

    A few years back, I used some of these same tactics when staying near family, and was eventually directed to a houseboat community that offers weekend and weeklong stays, resulting in a few very memorable evenings watching the sunset and being rocked to sleep by the tide. If you see a lodging crunch as an opportunity to improve your options, and not to be shunted off to some fleabag hotel, your chances for a good night’s sleep in a nice spot increase exponentially. You might even find the best room in town — or over the water.





    04/08/2017

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    Why Does Jetsetter Stand Apart from the Group Buying Crowd? It

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    Why Does Jetsetter Stand Apart from the Group Buying Crowd? It Solves a Big Problem

    Breaking: Groupon acquires German clone CityDeal

    I’ve long been critical of how hotel rooms are found and booked online. It’s impossible to tell quality and cleanliness from a standard write up, photos and a star rating, let alone have any idea of the quality of things like the restaurant on site, the friendliness of the staff or the millions of other little things that can make a hotel stay a pleasure or a nightmare.

    And no, consumer reviews don’t solve it. I recently stayed at a top rated hotel on Trip Advisor that was one of the worst customer service experiences I’ve had in the last year. And given that I spent about 30 weeks in hotels in the last year, that’s saying something. Among other issues, the hotel-in-question “accidentally” charged me nearly $700 mid-stay, let alone my final bill was supposed to be under $200. It took hours out of each day to resolve. The hotel wound up refunding us, but the trip was already ruined.

    That’s what makes booking a hotel online such a risky proposition: A bad flight you can forget, but a hotel necessarily sticks with you during a trip, making or breaking it. A good flight is more of a commodity product, defined by price and route and, of course, being on time the day of travel. And aisle seat is an aisle seat, and a window seat is a window seat. There’s a shared vernacular of what things mean for that period in the sky, even across international carriers. On a domestic flight in China, the flight attendants required that everyone do calisthenics half way through to prevent bloodclots, but we still got the same beverage cart, same reclining seats, same overhead bins and same bathrooms I’d get on a United flight to New York

    With hotels there are a host of intangible variables, and that makes booking a core problem of trust. I’ve stayed in more than 20 hotels in the last year. In almost all cases, a personal recommendation from someone I trust has scored me the best experience, anything booked online or with an agent has been acceptable to bad—no matter what the photos looked like online.

    Finally, one site seems to have solved a piece of the problem: Jetsetter. Yes it’s part of the much-written-about Gilt Groupe. But while most of the group-buying trend is about convenience and saving money, for me Jetsetter actually solves a core problem. Not only do a get a great discount on top properties, this is the first online travel site where I actually trust the recommendations.

    While mass-market travel sites compete on bigger inventory and “virtual room tours,” Jetsetter comes the closest to replicating what happens in the real world: They are picky. They curate the best properties. The pictures are visually stunning enough that browsing the site is actually fun. (Have you ever said that about, say, Hotels.com?) Someone has clearly stayed at each property and writes up the unvarnished good and the unvarnished bad. And of course, being part of Gilt, it has great deals. Most the hotels I have looked at or booked through Jetsetter hovered around or under $200 a night for some amazing $300-$400/night properties.

    So curating itself is a big part of why I trust Jetsetter, but equally as important is that the site, so far, curates incredibly well, at least according to my preferences. Just using the site a few months, Jetsetter has offered specials by three of my all-time favorite hotels: The Opposite House in Beijing (above), The Sonoma Mission Inn in Wine Country and The Royal Palms in Phoenix. It’s as if the site is reading my mind—the pinnacle of a good user experience.

    I’ve stayed at all three of these hotels and the room, food, customer service and amenities were all impeccable. I was already planning to go back to the Opposite House in May, but thanks to Jetsetter I got a great rate. As for The Somona Mission Inn and the Royal Palms, I had stayed at both in the last few years as part of speaking gigs where my rate was included in my fee. I never thought go back, even though I enjoyed the experience because the rates were out of my normal writer-salary price range. But the Sonoma Mission Inn for less than $200 a night is suddenly a do-able weekend getaway. What’s more: Because Jetsetter has picked three of the best hotels out of the 40 or so I’ve stayed at in the past few years, I just trust its recommendation on nearly any property they show me in a way that I don’t on any other site. Like a friend, I feel like we have the same taste.

    The clear problem here is scale. Right now, Jetsetter can’t solve all my travel problems because of what makes them great: They are picky and rely on special sales. It’s a site that I may only book through a few times a year mostly for weird cases when their specials happen to overlap with my schedule (in the case of the Opposite House) or when I have a week off for a Holiday and want to go somewhere but don’t quite know where (in the case of the Sonoma Mission Inn) or if I know I need to get to, say, New York for work at some point, but exactly when is flexible.

    A Jetsetter customer doesn’t have to spend a lot—most of these properties aren’t much more than a basic Marriott or Hilton Express and what you get is frequently over-the-top amazing. But you do have to be a frequent, spontaneous or somewhat random traveler to use the site consistently.

    My fear is that Jetsetter will try to be a site for everyone, instead of continuing to do what it has done so well: Curate, editorialize and get stellar deals on truly amazing properties. This is the difference between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0—the market is big enough you don’t have to be all things to all people, you can serve a part of the population better than anyone else and win. I would rather the site didn’t solve all of my travel problems, and solve a few this well than become a high-end Hotels.com for the masses.

    Please, Jetsetter, don’t follow the classic Web playbook and grow so big you strangle something great.





    08/07/2017

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    GMC Envoy Problems – Complaints #gmc #envoy #problems, #gmc #envoy #complaints,


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    GMC Problems

    GMC Envoy Problems

    The worst model years for the GMC Envoy are shown below. The 2004 Envoy has the most overall problems. It’s worth keeping an eye on the 23 complaints about cluster gauges not working .

    Click on a bar graph to go to CarComplaints.com, where you can find out more specific information about each model.

    Worst GMC Envoy Model Years

    Click on the links below for more detailed information.

    Share Your Complaint

    Join thousands of frustrated car owners who have voiced their opinion and notified other consumers of issues at CarComplaints.com .

    Most Common GMC Problems

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    13/06/2017

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    Problem Solvers #cheap #tickets #airline

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    Travel Agents

    Description

    The Travel Agent can perform a couple of different tasks; adjusting cable pull or serving as a roller to work around tight frame geometries.

    For cable pull changes, the Travel Agent makes a short cable pull lever work with a long cable pull caliper. This allows you to mix road, mountain and cross brakes and brake levers. Instead of buying new levers or brakes, just install a Travel Agent and you re good to go!

    To use our Travel Agent as a friction reducing roller simply route the cable on the outer edge of the wheel and it is smooth sailing for your brakes around tight bends.

    Compatability Notes

    Common Short Pull Components. Drop bar levers, road calipers, traditional cantilever calipers, short arm “mini-v” lear pull calipers, center pull calipers and road specific disc calipers

    Common Long Pull Components. Flat bar levers, long arm linear pull calipers and mountain specific disc calipers

    Technical Details

    • Increases cable travel at a ratio of 1.9:1
    • Machined and anodized AL-6061-T6
    • Available with or without adjusting barrel




    16/04/2017

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