Go Green on Your Grass With Electric Lawn Mowers

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Spring is here and that means it’s lawn cutting season. In the interest of curbing your carbon footprint and “going green,” you may want to consider an eco-friendly alternative to a healthy, beautiful lawn – an electric lawn mower. Options for self-propelled, high-powered electric lawn mowers abound, and there’s a mower to fit every lawn and budget.
Special features of modern electric mowers include variable speeds that allow users to adjust to different conditions on the ground. That means no need for extra effort when going uphill. In addition, electric mowers can be set for slower speeds to maneuver around flower beds, trees, or lawn furniture.
Many top companies, including DR Power Equipment, Ryobi, Greenworks, and Craftsman and Kobalt, among others, offer a range of styles and models for battery-powered, self-propelled, walk-behind lawn mowers that feature the unique and efficient variable-speed electric transmission designed by General Transmissions.
“With the variable-speed, self-propelled drive system, you mow the lawn at your own pace. Change speeds whenever you want by adjusting your grip on the speed control. You don’t have to stop what you’re doing to change speeds,” says Wouter Barendrecht, chief executive officer of General Transmissions.
“The electric drive has a motor on it that controls the self-propelled function, so you can disengage the cutting blade and still keep moving with the self-propelled feature operating,” says Barendrecht.
Still not convinced? Here are the top three reasons to try a battery-operated lawn mower this year:
– Easy to use. Battery-powered lawn mowers are safe and simple to use. Speeds can be adjusted without stopping the mower, and you mow at your own pace. Many of them include mulching features, and some have batteries that can be used interchangeably with other electric equipment from the same manufacturer. Other features, such as telescoping handles, make storage a snap, especially for homeowners in townhouses or other areas with limited space.
“These mowers weigh a lot less than comparable gas-powered ones, so they’re easier to maneuver and easier to store. You can even hang them by their handles on a storage hook in your garage or storage area,” says Jeff Land, vice president of merchandising and engineering at DR Power Equipment.
– Economically smart. A battery-powered, self-propelled lawn mower saves money. Think of all the cash you can save on gas this season, not to mention oil and oil filters. The batteries charge on a standard household current, and most homeowners can mow an average-sized lawn (about an hour of mowing power) without the need to recharge.
– Environmentally friendly. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, gas-powered lawn equipment generates 5 percent of the air pollution in the United States each year. In addition, a gas-free mower eliminates the noise pollution, gasoline smell, and potential contamination and hazards of spilled gas and oil.
For more information, visit generaltransmissions.com/en/technology/electric/ to learn more about what makes battery-powered, self-propelled lawn mowers a good choice for today’s many homeowners.

7-Eleven Helps Drivers Curb Their Carbon Impact

(NewsUSA) – Summer travel is heating up and Americans are making plans to hit the open road to enjoy time off with family and friends. According to a recent survey from the American Automobile Association, approximately two-thirds of American families will travel this summer, and just over half of them will do so by car. Anticipation of lower gas prices this summer adds to the appeal of car trips, but today’s auto travelers are also more mindful of the impact of their activities on the environment.Fortunately, companies like 7-Eleven are leading the way in offering innovative solutions aimed to help consumers mitigate the negative environmental effects of car travel, giving them a chance to make a difference.Through a program called RENEW, 7-Eleven calculates tailpipe carbon emissions and offsets those emissions through local and global carbon reduction projects, including reforestation and tree plantings."As a brand 7-Eleven has committed to supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically goal no. 7 and no. 11. These goals center around providing more sustainable energy for consumers and giving back to our local communities. That’s why we introduced the 7-Eleven RENEW program and why it is so important," says Jason Murray, 7-Eleven Vice President of Operations for the Pacific Northwest. "We’ve made sustainability an easy option for our customers. By simply choosing to pump at a 7-Eleven RENEW location, drivers are proactively reducing their carbon impact by up to 30 percent."RENEW launched in 2017 and recently reached a milestone of offsetting more than 150 million gallons of fuel. In terms of carbon impact, that equates to powering more than 5.2 million homes’ electricity for a day."What 7-Eleven is doing is an example of a community-minded business trying to help solve a very difficult problem," says Sharon, a 7-Eleven customer and a teacher in Tracy, California.Community engagement is a cornerstone of the 7-Eleven RENEW program, which supports projects in collaboration with local and national nonprofit organizations. The Plant it Forward promotion, available at 658 locations, is an example of 7-Eleven’s partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation. Through Plant it Forward, 7-Eleven supports tree planting and invites customers and community members to dedicate a tree to friends or family members."We expect to see RENEW grow significantly this year. We want to ensure customers know that when they pull into a 7-Eleven RENEW location to pump their fuel, they are doing more than just pumping fuel. They are making a difference," Murray says. "We are proud of the RENEW program and the customers who participate because we are working together to save our environment locally and globally."For more information and to find 7-Eleven RENEW locations, visit 7-ElevenRenew.com

Women Prioritize Immediate Needs Over Long-term Goals

According to a new survey from Edward Jones, “Female Financial Empowerment,”while women have made significant strides in gender and income equality in the workplace, one of the biggest obstacles they continue to face is the tendency to “prioritize immediate family needs” over saving for their own future.

That certainly helps explain what the financial services firm acknowledges is an inherent conflict in the findings: Although seven out of 10 women polled say they feel “confident” in their financial knowledge, all too many have actually done little to generate their own long-term wealth.

If You Use Birth Control, Learn Your Risk for Blood Clots

(NewsUSA) – Nearly 60 million women of child bearing age in the U.S. use the birth control pill as their number-one contraceptive of choice.While experts say that the pill is safe and effective, they also caution that birth control with estrogen, including the pill, patch, or ring, can pose serious risks, including dangerous blood clots in the legs or arms, and deadly blood clots in the lungs.Birth control pills with estrogen increase a woman’s risk for blood clots three-fold, and some of the newer birth control pills women use pose a risk two times greater than older birth control pills. The use of birth control patches and rings containing estrogen poses a risk double that of birth control pills. These risks are significantly increased in women who have other blood-clot risk factors, such as a genetic clotting disorder such as factor V Leiden, a previous blood clot, or a family history of blood clots.This National Women’s Health Week, the National Blood Clot Alliance and the Alexandra Rowan Foundation are urging women to recognize their blood-clot risk, particularly when making first-time decisions about birth control, and to talk with their doctors about ways to reduce their risk prior to taking hormonal birth control.Women considering the use of hormonal birth control should know their risk for blood clots and take these steps to reduce their risk:* Complete the Risk Assessment at the websitewww.womenandbloodclots.org and discuss their results with their doctor .* Talk to their doctor about their existing risk for blood clots, including personal or family history of blood clots.* Talk to their doctor about contraceptive options to reduce blood- clot risks. Recognize Blood Clots Signs & Symptoms If you can recognize the signs and symptoms of blood clots in the legs or arms, you may be able to help save your life, or the life of a friend or family member:* Swelling.* Pain or tenderness not caused by an injury.* Skin that is warm to the touch, red, or discolored.Blood clots in the legs or arms that are left untreated, or that break apart and travel to your lung, can be deadly.Symptoms of a blood clot in your lung may include:* Difficulty breathing.* Chest pain that worsens with a deep breath or cough, coughing up blood.* Faster than normal or irregular heartbeat.Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of these signs or symptoms.For more information, visit www.womenandbloodclots.org.

Surety Bonds Protect Infrastructure Investment

(NewsUSA) – Almost universal agreement surrounds the need to repair or replace America’s aging infrastructure of roads, highways, bridges, dams, drinking and wastewater facilities, ports, airports and other essential facilities that ensure the quality of living that Americans expect.Finding consensus on addressing the question of how to pay for the massive investment needed to fix the problem, however, is another matter entirely.As federal and state legislators discuss and debate the means by which to fund infrastructure improvements, what has become clear is that funds, whether from public or private sources or a combination of the two, are precious commodities that must be wisely spent and protected.Mandatory bonding on federal and state public construction projects has been in existence for many decades, protecting and preserving countless projects through prequalification of contractors and providing guarantees of contract performance.In fact, a recent study conducted by The Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis verified the economic value of surety bond protection."One of the conclusions which leapt off the page to us was…that non-bonded construction enterprises are 10 times more likely to become insolvent than bonded companies," states Steve Ness, President of the Surety Association of Canada. Construction projects carried out under the protection of bonded contracts have reduced risk of contractor insolvency, greater protection of economic activity, and better management of economic risk, Ness adds."Disastrous consequences for the public can result from instances when mandatory bond requirements are ignored," asserts John Bustard, President of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers, Inc. and Executive Vice President of King & Neel, Inc., an insurance and surety bonding agency in Honolulu, Hawaii.He cites the example of the city of Harrisburg, PA, which decided to retrofit its trash incinerator plant without requiring the contractor to furnish a bond guaranteeing its work. The work turned out to be deficient, leaving the city with more than $280 million in debt. A grand jury investigation of the situation produced "A Report of the Thirty-Ninth Statewide Investigating Grand Jury" under then Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro, in which it was concluded that "the absence of performance bonds which were equal to the contract amounts involved here was the single biggest factor in producing the overwhelming debt now facing the city."The report further states: "Had performance bonds been in place, they would have shielded the City from the financial fallout from the failed contract to retrofit the incinerator." Subsequently, Pennsylvania legislators have introduced legislation to address this particular issue and to require bonds at 100 percent of the amount.Even when infrastructure projects are not solely funded with public funds, such as projects undertaken through a combination of public and private financing, as through public-private partnership arrangements, those projects need bond requirements.Approximately 20 states have already reached that policy conclusion, enacting public-private partnership legislation that also mandates bonding requirements on such projects. Situations have arisen, however, in which bonding has been ignored or reduced on public-private partnership infrastructure projects; and the public has paid a heavy price when problems have arisen with little or no backstop.As Congress weighs how to address the tremendous infrastructure needs of the country in the coming months, protections in the form of performance and payment bonds will be absolutely necessary to ensure that the precious funds of America’s private and public investment are wisely spent and that the public receives the quality of infrastructure that it deserves. 

Tech Tools That Can Help Your Small Business Grow

(NewsUSA) – Since 1963, the president has proclaimed one week out of the year as National Small Business Week, recognizing the contributions of small U.S. businesses to our national economy. This year, the week of May 5 through May 11 will recognize entrepreneurship and innovation.To help celebrate the week, Marc Saltzman, business technology expert, partnered with KillerApps.com (Click here to view video) and three brands that have the tech tools and services to help small businesses grow by boosting productivity in the office or on the go.First up, a laptop. The Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is a work companion that is not only powerful and secure, but beautiful and as close to frictionless as possible. It uses Dell’s new Express Sign-in to detect your presence, wake the system in about one second, and scan for facial recognition to log you in and begin working. When you step away, it will recognize that you’ve left and lock itself.The new Latitude is the world’s smallest commercial 14" 2-in-1 to easily take on the go. It delivers the longest battery life in its class at 24 hours, enabling days of unplugged productivity during travel.Next, printers are a must for business. The Color imageCLASS MF743Cdw is essential for small-to-medium businesses looking to print high-quality output while maximizing their productivity. A large, color touch display panel features intuitive, swipe technology. Perfect for producing vivid and vibrant output to meet the demands of any creative office, the MF743Cdw offers superb color duplex quality. Printers include a standard, three-year warranty backed by Canon’s service and support. In the spirit of the smart office, through the Canon Auto Replenishment Service, registered printers purchased at Canon Online Store automatically alert Canon when running low on toner and Canon automatically ships a new toner cartridge directly to the customer.To stay connected, Ooma Office offers a set of features carefully curated to meet the needs of small businesses, available through a straightforward fee of $19.95 a month per user with no contract required. Customers have their choice of hardware and receive advanced features such as a virtual receptionist, ring groups, call parking and multi-site access, which combine to make small businesses sound big. Ooma Office is easy to set up and can scale with your company.For more information, visit KillerApps.com

Women Prioritize Family Needs Over Their Own Financial Security

(NewsUSA) – What’s holding women back from doing even better financially than they are?According to a new "Female Financial Empowerment" survey from Edward Jones, while women have made great strides in gender and income equality in the workplace, one of the biggest challenges they continue to face is their tendency to "prioritize immediate family needs" over saving for their own future.That certainly helps explain what the financial services firm acknowledged was an inherent conflict in the findings: While seven out of 10 women polled said they felt "confident" about their financial knowledge, all too many have actually done little to nothing to generate their own long-term wealth."Only 25 percent of women surveyed consider saving for retirement as their most important goal over the next three to five years," said Nela Richardson, an investment strategist at Edward Jones. "That tells us that female financial empowerment should be next on the list of barriers women have broken over the past few decades."The two other biggest challenges women need to surmount, according to the national sample of 1,004 adult women ages 18 and older?They’re either waiting for some amorphous "perfect" time to invest – something, in all fairness, men are also guilty of – or they’re waiting for … you name it to motivate them.A big raise or other windfall (49 percent). A financial emergency (20 percent). A significant life event (20 percent). A market correction (12 percent).None of which, let’s be frank, is likely to make you the next Francoise Bettencourt Meyers. (More on that in a minute.)"Waiting for a raise or a significant life event, by definition, isn’t a financial strategy," Richardson said, "and they’ll always be competing priorities. The key is to anticipate both tailwinds and headwinds in life, and be flexible enough to adapt to changing situations so you can meet your long-term financial goals."Edward Jones lays out a female-centric approach to handling your finances on its website. But here’s a quick cheat sheet to get you started:* Make yourself a priority by starting to invest now in order to give your money time to grow – never underestimating the power of a wondrous thing called compound interest.* Begin small with modest investments.* Develop a goals-based financial strategy.As for how much better women are doing financially, here’s one notable sign: Forbes’ list of the world’s 100 richest people featured just four females in 2000 compared to 10 this year. The richest woman – and fifteenth overall – was the aforementioned L’Oréal heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers ($49.3 billion), who’s chairwoman of the family’s holding company.But she inherited her wealth, you say? Well, the youngest self-made billionaire ever, according to Forbes, is none other than 21-year-old cosmetics wunderkind Kylie Jenner ($1 billion). 

How to Avoid Losing Power this Hurricane Season

(NewsUSA) – Hurricane Preparedness Week runs from May 5-11, 2019 and the hurricane season starts June 1st. Millions of Americans could avoid personal and financial stress during power outages caused by hurricanes through a key home improvement, having a Cummins QuietConnect Home Standby generator installed."Many of us are so busy in our daily lives that we just don’t think about preparing until it’s too late" says Natural Disaster Preparedness Spokesperson Cheryl Nelson."Hurricane Michael devastated parts of the Florida panhandle and over one million people lost power in the Southeast. Hurricane Florence caused historic flooding in the Carolinas, even in areas that were not in a flood zone."Cummins recently conducted a nationwide survey to understand the financial and emotional toll these devastating storms can have on local communities, which further validated the need for families to be prepared.One thousand Americans who have experienced hurricanes and power outages were surveyed, and 75 percent wished they had been more prepared, with 67 percent wishing they had back-up power for their home. In addition, 69 percent of respondents missed the basics like air conditioning (41 percent) and lights, washer/dryer and hot water (28 percent).The QuietConnect series of home standby generators is enhanced with features like weather protective, sound insulated enclosures and a best-in-class 65dB or lower noise, approximately the same volume as a normal conversation. These generators are engineered, tested, and manufactured in the USA.Cummins home generators empower peace of mind and is the brand homeowners trust for reliability, durability and power. The natural gas or liquid propane fueled generator automatically delivers power quietly and quickly during a utility outage.When utility power fails, the automatic transfer switch automatically connects your generator to your home’s electrical system, enabling it to power your home. That means families aren’t left without power. It’s a safe, permanent backup power solution for homes or small businesses. It’s the ultimate in hurricane preparation.You can find more about these generators, cost estimates and more hurricane preparedness tips at www.cummins.com/hurricaneprep

Florida Orange Juice Fuels Your Fun This Spring

(NewsUSA) – Spring is full of fun celebrations and holidays, but did you know that May 4th is National Orange Juice Day? Celebrate with your friends and family by raising a refreshing glass of Florida Orange Juice and enjoying first-hand the "Amazing Inside" Florida Orange Juice that helps fuel your fun every day!Drinking eight-ounces of Florida Orange Juice is the perfect way to start off the weekend – either during breakfast or by adding it to your favorite Cinco de Mayo or Derby cocktail.The popular refrigerator staple is known for its "Amazing 5" benefits: no added sugar, vitamin C, potassium, folate and great taste; and an 8-ounce serving of 100-percent orange juice helps Americans meet their recommended daily fruit intake.The vitamin C, potassium and folate in Florida Orange Juice offer several nutritional benefits for your body, such as helping support healthy skin and bones, proper muscle function and red blood cells. It also contains only natural- occurring sugar straight from the orange and is different from other orange juices in that it comes directly from the sandy soil of Florida, making it not only nutritious but also giving it a one-of-a-kind taste – like pure sunshine in a glass!While fueling your fun with the "Amazing 5" found in Florida Orange Juice, you can also help keep your body hydrated, thanks to its electrolytes, which can help you to keep going strong throughout the day. Even on your routine weekdays, 100-percent orange juice is a great way to increase your vitamin and nutrient intake for all your activities – whether it’s a pre-soccer practice snack for your kids or incorporating it into delicious recipes throughout the week, such as smoothies, salad dressings and make-ahead dinners.To join the celebrations on May 4, consider trying a festive recipe, such as the Florida Orange Margarita, which is the perfect blend of sweet and sour, by visiting FloridaJuice.com, or follow @FloridaOrangeJuice on Instagram and Facebook and share the way Florida Orange Juice fuels your fun by using #NationalOJDay.For more information about the great taste and health benefits of Florida Orange Juice, visit Floridajuice.com

If You Take Birth Control, Know Your Risk for Blood Clots

(NewsUSA) – The birth control pill is the number-one contraceptive choice among the nearly 60 million women of child bearing age in the U.S.While experts say that the pill is safe and effective, they also caution that birth control with estrogen, including the pill, patch, or ring, can pose serious risks, including dangerous blood clots in the legs or arms, and deadly blood clots in the lungs.Birth control pills with estrogen increase a woman’s risk for blood clots three-fold, and some of the newer birth control pills women use pose a risk two times greater than older birth control pills. The use of birth control patches and rings containing estrogen poses a risk double that of birth control pills. These risks are significantly increased in women who have other blood-clot risk factors, such as a genetic clotting disorder such as factor V Leiden, a previous blood clot, or a family history of blood clots.This National Women’s Health Week, the National Blood Clot Alliance and the Alexandra Rowan Foundation are urging women to recognize their blood-clot risk, particularly when making first-time decisions about birth control, and to talk with their doctors about ways to reduce their risk prior to taking hormonal birth control.Women considering the use of hormonal birth control should know their risk for blood clots and take these steps to reduce their risk:* Complete the Risk Assessment at the websitewww.womenandbloodclots.org and discuss their results with their doctor .* Talk to their doctor about their existing risk for blood clots, including personal or family history of blood clots.* Talk to their doctor about contraceptive options to reduce blood- clot risks. Recognize Blood Clots Signs & Symptoms If you can recognize the signs and symptoms of blood clots in the legs or arms, you may be able to help save your life, or the life of a friend or family member:* Swelling.* Pain or tenderness not caused by an injury.* Skin that is warm to the touch, red, or discolored.Blood clots in the legs or arms that are left untreated, or that break apart and travel to your lung, can be deadly.Symptoms of a blood clot in your lung may include:* Difficulty breathing.* Chest pain that worsens with a deep breath or cough, coughing up blood.* Faster than normal or irregular heartbeat.Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of these signs or symptoms.For more information, visit www.womenandbloodclots.org.