Liquid Assets: Water Testing for Household Well Owners A Snap

Easy Well TestingTesting one’s drinking water can be intimidating to a household well owner, but it can be easy if you know a few basic steps, says the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

If you are concerned about your well water, these three steps can help get owners the appropriate tests for contaminants that might present a health risk — or create taste, odor, or appearance problems:

1. Determine what you should test for in your water.

2. Obtain a reliable water test.

3. Get an interpretation of your test results so you can take any appropriate action.
An excellent place to start learning more about these three steps is the NGWA website,
www.WellOwner.org.

Los fanU+00E1ticos de todo terrenos se preocupan por los caminos

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Un cuarteto de los clubes de todo terreno son los ganadores del programa Outstanding Trails del 2016, patrocinado por BFGoodrich Tires, en asociaciU+00F3n con 4 Wheel Parts, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, Blue Ribbon Coalition y Off Road Business Association.
Los clubs y sus caminos nominados son:
–Club Mile-Hi Jeep: camino Sidewinder, Colorado.
–Ohio River Four Wheelers: Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway, Kentucky.
–Club Grand Mesa Jeep: 21 Road, Grand Junction, Colorado.
–Club Piston’s Wild Motorsports: camino Hagen Creek, Yacolt Burn State Forest, Washington.
El programa Outstanding Trails, ahora en su 11 degree aniversario, fue creado para promover la conservaciU+00F3n y responsabilidad del manejo de los todo terreno. El programa invita a los clubes de todo terreno de toda América del Norte para nominar caminos locales que necesitan mantenimiento o mejoras. Un panel de jueces selecciona a los clubes y caminos ganadores, los cuales son elegidos según características únicas, el terreno y el apoyo el club.
Los cuatro clubes de todo terreno elegidos cada año reciben $ 4 000 cada uno, para utilizarlos en los esfuerzos locales de preservaciU+00F3n y protecciU+00F3n de los caminos de sus comunidades. AdemU+00E1s, algunos representantes de BFGoodrich Tires asistirU+00E1n a los eventos del club que estén relacionados con los caminos ganadores, para destacar las características únicas de cada ubicaciU+00F3n y para educar a los conductores de todo terreno en cuanto a la responsabilidad del uso de los caminos.
“El dicho dice así, ‘cuando la teoría se pone a prueba’, y en
BFGoodrich, no solo nos lo tomamos en serio, sino que también creemos que ‘cuando el camino se pone a prueba’ es igualmente importante y que inicia con los neumU+00E1ticos todo terreno T/A KO2”, dice Oscar Pereda de
BFGoodrich. “En nuestros primeros diez años con el programa Outstanding Trails, hemos ayudado a mejorar, reparar, mantener y proteger cerca de 50 caminos en 17 Estados y dos provincias canadienses”.
Cada uno de los clubes ganadores tiene planes para mejorar y mantener sus caminos locales. Uno en particular ha tomado un paso mU+00E1s allU+00E1 en la conservaciU+00F3n del camino en sí mismo, para incluir animales que viven allí. El Club Grand Mesa Jeep “ha adoptado el camino de la Ruta 21 y otros caminos locales y estU+00E1 comprometido con su protecciU+00F3n y mantenimiento,” según el presidente del club, Jeff Bates. Sin embargo, el club no solo ha adoptado la vía, sino también al sapo de espuelas de la Gran Cuenca (también conocido como el “sapo de la Ruta 21”), una especie en peligro de extinciU+00F3n en el U+00E1rea. “El club se ha comprometido a proteger el hU+00E1bitat de los sapos en por lo menos tres U+00E1reas a los largo del camino, con postes y cables”, dice Bates.
Visite bfgoodrichtires.com para obtener mayor informaciU+00F3n.

Why Sunglasses Are a Must-Have for Kids

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Most parents know how damaging the effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) can be to our skin, which is why they dutifully slather sunscreen on their kids during the summer. But one thing that often gets overlooked is protecting their children’s eyes.According to vision-care experts, kids receive three times more UV exposure than adults annually, yet less than 30 percent of parents currently protect their children’s eyes with sunglasses.The reason for concern is that children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the sun’s rays because their ocular lenses aren’t mature enough to filter UV light as effectively as adults, causing damage to the retina."Everyone buys into what happens to your skin when it comes to sun damage, but many parents are really surprised to learn about the cumulative UV damage to the eyes," Dawn Hartman, an optometrist at Columbus Ophthalmology Associates in Columbus, Ohio, told The Wall Street Journal in an interview.But the right sunglasses can help, as parents become more aware that protection from the sun isn’t just skin deep.Babiators, for instance, is a brand that offers safe and durable sunglasses for babies and kids. They protect them from harmful rays by offering 100 percent UVA and UVB protection, flexible frames and shatter-resistant lenses in stylish colors and patterns. In addition, Babiators are backed by a one-year "Lost & Found Guarantee" — if the glasses are lost or broken in the first year, they will be replaced for free."We created Babiators because we know that habits form at a young age and we wanted to promote a healthy habit of wearing sunglasses to help protect children’s eyes," Carolyn Guard, co-found of Babiators, told The Optician in an interview. "Not only do these glasses shield little ones from UV rays, they are also fun, unique and vibrantly colored so that children love wearing them and parents can rest at ease knowing they are doing their part to promote healthy vision."Experts say that risk is greatest to the eyes between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., because during those times, UV rays come from different angles and eyes receive nearly double the amount of UV than during midday hours.For more information, please visit www.babiators.com

Biotech Companies Remain the “It” Stock to Have in Your Portfolio

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Technology continues to change the way businesses operate, and that includes how they find resources to get started, fund growth and find a buyer. DPOUSA is one example of the latest paradigm in funding business opportunities. DPOUSA is an online financial platform connecting companies with capital sources, buyers with sellers, and people seeking business opportunities. DPO stands for “direct public offering,” and DPOUSA.com is designed to allow individuals to present their businesses directly to potential investors. The ventures can range from startups to large enterprises, and the online platform has sections for each stage of the business life cycle. The site reflects the new business paradigm: It is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year for users interested in acquiring, funding or investing in new ventures.
The DPOUSA technology allows users to quickly search transactions and find the right match through a user-friendly interface. The online setup allows companies to deal directly with interested capital sources.
“All politics, issues and differences aside, this is the only country with an abundance of opportunity. DPOUSA exists to connect those opportunities and provide access to all Americans,” says Brian Jue, a founding member of the DPOUSA Special Council. “A startup needing infrastructure can now find a match in an existing business looking to transfer its assets?it might very well be a millennial connecting with a baby boomer to get something very cool off the ground,” Jue adds. “DPOUSA exists to strengthen the U.S. economy by enabling the American dream.”
All costs are completely transparent, and a special council of experienced business executives and professionals is available via the website to assist both sides of transactions. DPOUSA charges a flat fee to list a company’s opportunity. In addition, various packages exist to create affordability for earlier-stage transactions, with additional services and exposure also available for more complex transactions. Investors and financial institutions pay no fees to use DPOUSA.
DPOUSA includes a database of more than 30,000 accredited investors and financial institutions that collectively have over $500 billion to invest in businesses, and the site is designed to facilitate all types of transactions, for startups and well-established businesses alike. To ensure the growth of the platform, DPOUSA has committed resources for an ongoing campaign utilizing traditional, digital and social media to build its national presence.
For more details about DPOUSA’s services, please visit www.dpousa.com.

Get Involved in Preventing Mosquitoes

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Across the country, families are embracing the warmer weather and spending more time outside. This year, as families prepare to host a variety of outdoor gatherings, mosquito prevention and protecting against mosquito bites should be top of mind.Mosquitoes transmit numerous diseases and are often described as one of the deadliest animals on the planet. This year, the Zika virus has made the mainstream news and has become a cause for public concern, especially for women who are or planning to become pregnant. As it is unknown how Zika will spread, particularly in the U.S., practicing caution is warranted."Proactivity and public cooperation are huge components of mosquito prevention," said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs at the National Pest Management Association. "Homeowners play an important role in helping to reduce mosquito populations and can work to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds throughout the season."Fortunately, there are several important measures the American public can take in protecting against the diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. The NPMA is urging homeowners to help in eliminate mosquito breeding grounds on their properties and practice vigilance in wearing proper attire to protect against bites:* Remove all sources of stagnant water. Standing water can be found in areas such as gutters, buckets, flowerpots and bird baths. Mosquitoes only need 1/2 inch of standing water to breed, so it is essential to minimize these areas to reduce offspring.* Wear an insect repellent containing DEET or another EPA-registered ingredient to help prevent mosquito bites. The NPMA, in partnership with the CDC, developed an instructional video on how to properly apply insect repellent.* Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. Also take proactive measures during the day to protect against daytime biters like the Asian tiger mosquito, the main carrier of Zika.* When outdoors, wear long-sleeve shirts, long pants, socks and closed-toe shoes.* When hosting guests outside, keep the air moving. Using a fan where you and your guests may lounge makes it less likely mosquitoes will land on you. These pests are not strong fliers, so circulating air can make an outside gathering more pleasant.By following these tips and actively working to prevent mosquitoes on the home front, you will help reduce the risk of you and your family getting bitten by mosquitoes this season. 

How Brand Marketers Drive Lift in Loyalty, Reach

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Advertisers spend more than $400 billion in the United States to influence consumers and businesses to purchase goods and services, promote brands and causes, and take action.An advertising jingle may stick in your head, but a company’s logo and brand promise imprinted on a favorite pen, USB drive or travel mug is a daily reminder of a company that is often kept and used for years.Decades of data show that promotional products are among the most effective forms of advertising. In a 1992 intercept study of travelers at New York’s La Guardia Airport, travelers pulled out logoed pens and key rings from their pockets and purses, and recalled how they came to own the products. These findings have been confirmed in several similar studies conducted for the promotional product industry’s trade association, Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), most recently with a follow-up intercept airport study in 2012.This year, PPAI studied how marketing decision-makers view and purchase promotional products. Among the key findings: The most important features of promotional products are their ability to promote loyalty (83 percent), reach targets efficiently (80 percent) and appeal to audiences (78 percent).Other notable survey findings:* At least 4 in 10 companies have a promotional products budget of $50,000 or more.* Seventy-two percent of buyers have a promotional products budget of at least 20 percent of their total budget.* Sixty-five percent consider promotional products effective.* Usefulness (80 percent), ability to relate to industry-specific themes (71 percent) and uniqueness (69 percent) are the most desired features in promotional products.* Buyers cite promotional products as most often used in conjunction with social media (72 percent), email marketing (60 percent), online advertising (58 percent) and sales promotions (54 percent).* More than a third consider promotional products more effective than product samples, social media and sales promotions.* Half of buyers predict their purchase of promotional products will increase substantially in the next 12 months. Only 3 percent expect to decrease their buys.For more information, visit www.promotionalproductswork.org

The Big Showdown Over Fingerprinting Uber and Lyft Drivers

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Even some Sunday school teachers are subject to it. So why are Uber and Lyft so averse to having their drivers fingerprinted that they just suspended service in a major U.S. city?
Fingerprints are widely considered the best way to weed out criminals, but checking them costs more than the simple name-based background reviews the app-based ride-hailing companies have fought hard to continue using across the country.
So a few months after the City Council in Austin, Texas, voted last December to require them anyway for public safety reasons, Uber and Lyft spent $8.6 million on a campaign blitz — described as full of “dicey misdirections” in the city’s largest newspaper — to get voters to overturn the regulations.
It wasn’t even close.
By a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent, voters said: Hell, yes, we want your drivers fingerprinted, just like cabbies and limousine drivers are.
And why wouldn’t they? Consider the following:
* Ride-hailing drivers have been accused of a string of rapes, murders and other crimes across the nation.
* Uber agreed in April to pay as much as $25 million to settle a lawsuit in California that accused it of misleading customers about the strength of its background checks on drivers. “Laws designed to protect consumers cannot be ignored,” San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon declared.
What makes the Austin vote all the more amazing is that people went to the polls knowing that Uber and Lyft had threatened to pull out if the rules weren’t loosened.
“The threat brings to mind what was, for my generation, a famous (humor) magazine image,” an Austin American-Statesman reporter wrote, referring to a 1973 National Lampoon cover of a man pointing a gun at a cute little dog’s head. “‘If You Don’t Buy This Magazine, We’ll Kill This Dog,'” the headline said.
“Lyft and Uber told Austin, essentially, pass our (favored) regulations or we’ll kill your dog.”
The “dog,” in Austin’s case, the reporter went on to clarify, being their customers and as many as 15,000 (at least temporarily out-of-work) drivers.
Public safety advocates are hoping the Austin vote marks a turning point in the ongoing effort to get the Ubers of the world to play by the same rules as everyone else.
“Until all municipalities require suitable background checks for drivers of these ride-hailing services, we fear continued disastrous consequences as a result of digital hitchhiking,” said Scott Solombrino, co-founder of the National Limousine Association (Limo.org).
Meanwhile, Austin Mayor Steve Adler has offered to return to the bargaining table to negotiate a compromise, and both Uber and Lyft are urging Austinites to contact their City Council members if they want the services to resume.
And, oh, yes, at least one small, start-up ride-hailing company named GetMe — apparently sensing an exploitable opening — has said it has no problem complying with the fingerprinting requirement.

Wisdom of Experience: Lessons From Boomers and Retired Investors

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Although experienced investors say guarding their retirement savings during market volatility is a top priority, more than half aren’t aware that index funds won’t protect their nest eggs against market downturns, according to a recent survey. The survey, “The Wisdom of Experience,” covered investors age 50 and older with $100,000 or more in investable assets. It was commissioned by American Funds, a family of mutual funds from Capital Group, which manages approximately $1.4 trillion in long-term assets for millions of individual and institutional investors.

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The Secret to Pro Golfer Zach Johnson’s Success: Chiropractic Care

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – During the summer months, many families spend extra time together – going on trips, enjoying gatherings with family and friends, and making memories that last all year. While the season may be filled with the sounds of joy and laughter, a great day can easily turn into a bad memory when stinging insects are encountered.
Stinging insects are common summertime pests, and their stings can be more than a painful nuisance for you and your family. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), stinging insects such as wasps, yellowjackets, hornets and bees, send more than half-a-million people to the emergency room every year. While those who are allergic to stings are most at risk, anyone can be affected if a large number of stinging insects swarm and sting en masse.
This summer, it is essential that homeowners take precautions to prevent stings and stay safe outdoors by routinely checking to ensure their property is free from hives and nests. You should check the exterior of your home, paying special attention to overhangs, eaves, the underside of porches and decks, shrubs, trees, sheds and other structures.
If you find a nest on your property, do not get too close and do not attempt to remove it. Instead, hire a trained pest control professional to relocate or remove hives and nests in a safe manner.
To help you prevent stings this season, the NPMA offers the following advice:
* Eliminate standing water and other sources of moisture around the home.
* Keep trash cans covered and sealed.
* When dining outside, keep food covered until ready to eat. Also provide clear plastic cups for your guests, as aluminum cans and plastic bottles are good hiding spots for stinging insects.
* If approached by a stinging insect, remain calm and quiet. Avoid swaying or swinging, as this may provoke an attack.
* Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints, loose-fitting garments, open-toe shoes and sweet-smelling perfumes or colognes.
Some stinging insects pose more serious threats than others. A trained pest control professional will be able to properly identify a pest species and determine the risk to your family. For more information on stinging insects, visit: http://www.pestworld.org/news-hub/pest-articles/stinging-insects-101

How to Give Your 2016 Resolutions Staying Power

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – With any new year comes a clean slate and a chance to take on new goals. For many, resolutions revolve around healthy changes, but experts caution that resolve begins to waver at the end of January — which is why setting specific, realistic goals is proven to be more effective.
“When it comes to fitness resolutions, the focus should be on small steps,” said Tom Holland, exercise physiologist and Bowflex Fitness Advisor. “While having a big goal to work toward can be motivating, it’s important to have small, manageable goals that allow you to celebrate the milestones along your fitness journey.”
Here are three examples of lofty fitness resolutions — and how to break them down into achievable goals:
* “I want to run a marathon.” Training for a race takes months of commitment. Start with a 5K and work your way up to a 10K or half marathon, before deciding if you’re ready to complete the full 26.2 miles. To build endurance before you hit the pavement, consider an in-home cardio machine like the Bowflex TreadClimber TC200. This machine combines the motions of a treadmill, a stepper and an elliptical for a low-impact, total-body workout.
* “I want to look like a bodybuilder.” This route takes serious patience. Begin with smaller goals, such as gaining one pound of muscle per month. You can accomplish this by increasing the amount of weight and reps with each workout. The Bowflex SelectTech 560 Dumbbells condense 32 different weights down to two — maximizing space and storage at home. A smooth weight-changing mechanism in the handle allows you to adjust weights in varying increments and create a customized strength workout to sculpt your body. These first-ever “smart” dumbbells record reps, weight lifted and speed, sending your workout data via Bluetooth technology directly to your mobile device.
* “I want to go on a cross-country bike trip.” Like a marathon, months of training go into preparing for this long-distance journey. Experts suggest building up your stamina over time to avoid injury. For an at-home workout, try the Schwinn Airdyne AD Pro Total Fitness Bike. The technology in this bike allows users to tailor intensity levels during workouts — the more effort given, the more resistance it delivers through the bike’s smooth, quiet, direct-drive belt system.
To find your perfect New Year’s workout solution, please visit www.bowflex.com or www.schwinnfitness.com. For more tips from Tom Holland, visit the Bowflex Insider blog at www.bowflexinsider.com.