By Tim KellyThe first big weekend of the Ocean City vacation season is in the books, and despite inconsistent weather, the Memorial Day holiday was a big success.More than 80,000 visitors descended on OC, according to Michele Gillian, Executive Director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.Those who were on hand received a preview of what should be another great summer in America’s Greatest Family Resort.What could make it even better?The Ocean City Vacation App, that’s what. The app, available on the Apple App Store and Google play, puts Ocean City in the palm of the user’s hand.And for one lucky person or family, downloading the app will win a free Ocean City vacation getaway. The winning downloader will win a stay in a state of the art beach house from August 25 to September 1, as well as additional perks and prizes worth a total of $2,500.To be eligible for the grand prize, entrants must download the Ocean City Vacation App. And while just one lucky person or family will walk away with the free vacation, everyone who downloads the app is a winner. The app’s capabilities make it simple to find Ocean City events and activities, pay for goods and services, and learn about dozens of local businesses.Users can purchase beach tags, concert and events tickets, find descriptions, locations and contact information for local businesses and attractions, learn which beaches are guarded and when, and much more – all on their phone, tablet or other devices.Use this link to enter the contest. http://www.oceancityvacation.com/contest.html“We are excited about the Vacation App, and we think the contest is going to help (raise awareness and the number of downloads), said Gillian.The winning entrant will claim use of a house provided by Ocean City realtors. The luxurious fully furnished house is located near beach and boardwalk, has four bedrooms and two baths and sleeps 10 people.The winner will enjoy Ocean City’s beach – voted America’s best; its boardwalk, restaurants, special events and attractions, all from a centrally-located beach house.Contest entrants who do not win will still have an advantage. The new Vacation App on their phones allows visitors to locate and research things to do, places to go and everything else that makes Ocean City such a hit with vacationers, she said.“With ‘geofencing’ – a new capability of the app – “visitors will up to the minute information on special events, sales at our businesses,” while they are driving or walking around town, Gillian said. Imagine getting an “e-coupon” for a store on Asbury Avenue while you are strolling downtown. With the Vacation App it is a reality. Those without the app won’t have that.Enhancements to the app are underway which will allow users to pay for parking, purchase goods and services, and virtually eliminate the need to carry cash in Ocean City.This could mean that a family might enjoy an entire vacation without ever opening a wallet or pocketbook.The app enhancements are being developed by WebiMax, a leading digital marketing firm, whose founder and CEO is Ken Wisnefski, an OC resident and an owner of OCNJDaily.com.Gillian said the app is user-friendly and appeals to different demographic groups. Millennials and tech-savvy individuals are not the only ones who will use and benefit from the app. She said most people, even those not so well-versed in technology, carry smartphones nowadays, and app usage is gaining in popularity.With this app, Gillian said users will have beach reports, a directory of local businesses, updates and alerts. “All kinds of great information right at (the user’s) fingertips.”“It’s going to make am Ocean City vacation even more of a pleasure,” she said.And for one lucky app-downloader, our Grand Prize winner, that pleasure will be absolutely free.
Oct 11, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Deer may spread chronic wasting disease (CWD) through their saliva, according to the results of a study published in the Oct. 6 issue of Science.CWD is a prion disease that affects deer, elk, and moose and is similar to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) and its human equivalent, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The brain-destroying disease has been identified in 14 US states and two Canadian provinces and is known to spread easily from animal to animal, but how it spreads has been a mystery.Researchers in Colorado tested four sets of 6-month-old hand-raised deer, exposing them to saliva, feces and urine, blood, or brain from wild or captive deer with CWD. A fifth set were inoculated with each of those materials from wild deer without CWD. Tame deer were used as test animals because of the logistical difficulties of working with wild animals, according to the report.The deer were observed for 18 months and their tonsil tissue was regularly tested for signs of infection. After 18 months the deer were euthanized, and their brains were autopsied, according to the Science report.All the deer exposed to saliva and to blood from CWD-infected deer were infected, while those exposed to urine and feces remained healthy.The researchers state that infectious CWD in saliva may explain why the disease spreads so easily. Interactions between different animals, “especially in high density and captive situations, would be expected to facilitate salivary cross-contact,” the report says.There is some previous evidence of bloodborne transmission of prion diseases, including in variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. But the finding of bloodborne transmission in this study shows “that no tissue from CWD-infected cervids can be considered free of prion infectivity,” and it also suggests that the disease could be spread by insects, the authors write.While the urine- and feces-exposed deer did not get sick, that exposure route should not be ruled out entirely, because the sample was small and the study might have been too short for the disease to emerge, the article states.Richard Race, a veterinarian who studies the disease at the National Institutes of Health’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories, suggested that the sick animals could be shedding a lot of saliva shortly before death, according to an Oct 5 Associated Press report. “Saliva’s a good bet,” he said.While people have not been known to contract CWD, the study’s results highlight the importance of using gloves when in contact with the blood or saliva of cervids in areas where CWD has been identified, the report says.Mathiason CK, Powers JG, Dahmes SJ, et al. Infectious prions in the saliva and blood of deer with chronic wasting disease. Science 2006 Oct 6;314(6):133-6 [Abstract]
Elsewhere and Round 2 of the Seamus O’Rian Cup gets underway on Wednesday the 24th of May when Cashel King Cormacs & Sean Treacys clash in Clonoulty at 19.30.Then on Friday the 26th its Gortnahoe-Glengoole vs. Ballinahinch in Drombane also at 19.30.On Saturday the 27th Clonoulty is the venue for the clash of Thurles Sarsfield & Golden-Kilfeacle at 6 pm while at the same time in Templetuohy Shannon Rovers take on Carrick Davins.Then at 19.30 that evening it’s the turn of Arravale Rovers vs. Lattin Cullen Gaels in Cappawhite.The remaining games in the Intermediate Hurling Championship on Sunday the 28th – Its early starts for Drom-Inch vs. Roscrea and Cappawhite vs. Kiladangan – Both have 12 pm throw in’s in Moneygall and Kilcommon respectively.At 2 pm St Mary’s Clonmel take on Moyne/Templetuohy in Leahy Park Cashel while at 19.30 at Fethard GAA Park it’s the turn of Kilsheelan-Kilcash vs. Moyle Rovers.Meanwhile times and dates have also been fixed for the U 21 Football A & B Finals It will be a double header at Leahy Park in Cashel with Cahir vs. Clonoulty Rossmore at 2 pm followed by the clash of Galtee Rovers/St Pecaun and Moyle Rovers at half 3 on Saturday the 20th of May The times and dates for the next round of county championship games in both hurling and football have been announced.Tipp FM’s Alison Hyland has more.