(NewsUSA) – Un cuarteto de los clubes de todo terreno son los ganadores del programa Outstanding Trails del 2016, patrocinado por BFGoodrich Tires, en asociación 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 conservación 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 preservación y protección de los caminos de sus comunidades. Además, algunos representantes de BFGoodrich Tires asistirán a los eventos del club que estén relacionados con los caminos ganadores, para destacar las características únicas de cada ubicación 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 enBFGoodrich, 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 neumáticos todo terreno T/A KO2", dice Oscar Pereda deBFGoodrich. "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 más allá en la conservación 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 está comprometido con su protección 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 extinción en el área. "El club se ha comprometido a proteger el hábitat de los sapos en por lo menos tres áreas a los largo del camino, con postes y cables", dice Bates.Visite bfgoodrichtires.com para obtener mayor información.
(NewsUSA) – Caminar en un país de las maravillas del invierno puede inspirar sensaciones cálidas, pero conducir en invierno tiene el efecto contrario. Conducir en invierno puede ser un reto, pero mantener su coche correctamente sujeto significa un largo camino hacia la paz de la mente cuando el clima de invierno golpea. La conducción invernal segura comienza donde el caucho se encuentra con la carretera, en los neumáticos.Un neumático diseñado para funcionar en condiciones de invierno puede ayudar a los conductores a sentirse más seguros y confiados. El neumático Michelin X-Ice Xi3, es un neumático diseñado para hacer frente a carreteras heladas y condiciones de manejo potencialmente peligrosas.Según Ed Gliss, piloto de pruebas y experto técnico de Michelin, los neumáticos de todas las estaciones son una apuesta segura para condiciones inferiores a 40 grados Fahrenheit, pero "una vez que las temperaturas llegan al punto de congelación, y más bajas, considere los neumáticos de invierno, que proporcionan una tracción superior para el manejo en carreteras nevadas y heladas".Al equipar su coche con neumáticos de invierno, es importante considerar y entender qué características del neumático generan el agarre de tracción y manejo para navegar con confianza en las condiciones de invierno.–Huella: Cuanto mayor sea el número de bloques de la huella en un neumático, mejor será su rendimiento, con el aumento de la capacidad del neumático para agarrar la carretera bajo el hielo, en condiciones de nieve. El X-Ice Xi3 de Michelin está diseñado con un aumento del 15 por ciento en el borde mordaz para un agarre confiable.–Huella de compuesto de goma: la química juega un papel importante en el desarrollo de los neumáticos más seguros posibles para las condiciones de conducción en invierno. Un compuesto de sílice, como el Michelin Flex-Ice, puede ayudar a mantener la flexibilidad de los neumáticos en temperaturas por debajo de la temperatura de congelación, lo que contribuye a un rendimiento más fiable de los neumáticos en las carreteras cubiertas de hielo o nieve. La sílice también mantiene la firmeza de un neumático cuando las temperaturas son moderadas, lo que mejora el agarre y el desgaste de los neumáticos.Independientemente de si tiene neumáticos de invierno, no olvide verificar regularmente la presión de sus neumáticos para ayudar a asegurar su rendimiento óptimo. Los controles de presión regulares son especialmente importantes durante los meses de invierno, ya que los neumáticos pierden presión a medida que baja la temperatura. Otros consejos para una conducción segura en invierno incluyen la comprobación del estado de las escobillas del limpiaparabrisas y los niveles de líquido, y la comprobación de los faros y luces de freno para asegurarse de que sean totalmente funcionales.Para obtener más consejos sobre el cuidado del coche en invierno, visite www.MichelinMedia.com
(NewsUSA) – Holiday travel can be stressful, but it should be fun, too. Advance planning and proper car care can take much of the stress out of a holiday road trip and leaving you free to enjoy the ride.
Checklists for each aspect of the trip will help ensure that nothing important is left behind, and that you are safe and prepared in case of an emergency.
When it’s time for a holiday road trip, keep these tips in mind for smooth travels:
–Check your ride: A complete car check before a road trip should include making sure the fluid levels are sufficient. Make sure wiper blades and the wiper mechanism itself is working properly. Check your lights, including brights, to be sure they are functional. And, last but not least, don’t forget your tires. Tires are the connection between your car and the road, so be sure to examine the tread for signs of excess wear
“Traction and tread are inextricably linked. The grooves in your tires are critical in helping to channel water away to allow the tire to grip the road,”says Sarah Robinson, Michelin safety expert. “Making sure you’re driving on tires with proper tread can be the difference between avoiding an accident and becoming part of it.”
–Be prepared: Equip your car with an emergency kit, including water, flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, extra windshield wiper fluid, cell phone charger, and emergency phone numbers for roadside assistance, as well as a contact person at your destination.
–Map your route: Check your route in advance and, if possible, plan your trip for times with less traffic. If you are planning to use a map feature on your phone, use the voice component; if you don’t have that, consult a paper map and get a sense of the route before you get behind the wheel.
–Safety first: That means the driver focuses on driving. If you are the driver and need to check your phone, send a message, have a snack, or, tend to a child or pet in the back seat, wait for a rest stop, or if necessary, pull over to the side of the road.
–Watch the weather: Especially during winter holidays, knowing the weather in advance can help you plan to avoid a storm. If conditions are truly dangerous, the smart move is to postpone your trip until the weather improves.
For more information, visit www.MichelinMan.com
(NewsUSA) – When consumers fill their tanks at the gas station, they will see signs reading “may contain 10 percent Ethanol. However, many don’t know what this means or how it can affect their engine performance. Ethanol-blended fuel has become standard in the United States, and the Environmental Protection Agency recently mandated an increase in the amount of ethanol added to fuel;, meaning, it is even more important that consumers understand the pros and cons of Ethanol.
Ethanol is a biofuel distilled from corn and sugar that has many benefits, including reducing greenhouse emissions and lowering the cost of fuel at the pump.
However, ethanol-blended fuel can also have negative side effects on your car, boat and small engines, such as lawnmowers and snowblowers, over time. Some signs that ethanol is affecting your engine’s performance include:
* Efficiency: Ethanol-blended fuel’s lower energy efficiency may reduce fuel economy of your engine.
* Stalling: Ethanol can cause engine stalling if the water in the ethanol separates from the gasoline and floods the engine. This problem is most likely in engines that sit unused for long periods of time.
* Corrosion: Ethanol can contribute to corrosion of fuel tanks and other components, and the risk is even greater with small engines with aluminum parts.
* Clogging: Ethanol can loosen debris in the fuel line that leads to clogs.
Fortunately, there are several easy things you can do to help protect your engine from ethanol-related side effects.
Treatment: Using a non-alcohol based fuel stabilizer and treatment product, such as STA-BIL 360 Performance, can help protect gas-powered engines. A stabilizer may be especially beneficial for engines that sit for long periods without starting. Stabilizers are designed to absorb the excess water that may be present if ethanol begins to separate from gasoline and protect the insides of the fuel tank and parts.
Turn it on: Start up your stored classic car, boat and seasonal equipment, such as lawn mowers or snow blowers a few times during the off-season months to make sure they are running smoothly.
Tank it up: Cars, lawn mowers, snow blowers, boats, and other gasoline-powered tools and vehicles should keep their tanks at 95 percent full with fuel, and add a fuel stabilizer if they are tosit unused for a long time. This strategy helps prevent condensation while allowing room for expansion in warmer weather.
Trust your source: Buy fuel from a reputable gas station. A station with a quick turnover of their products helps ensure that the gasoline is fresh.
Test the lines: Rubber fuel lines dating from before the mid-1980’s should be inspected. These lines may not be compatible with ethanol-blended fuel, and may need to be replaced.
For more information about protecting your engine, visit www.sta-bil.com.
(NewsUSA) – November is Epilepsy Awareness month, and this year’s 4th Annual Epilepsy Awareness Day (EAD) was the largest gathering of epilepsy patients and physicians in the world. Held at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, the 2-day event included a convention with over 90 exhibitors, 24 physician/specialist seminars, a Rick Springfield benefit concert, and a full day at Disneyland for the families.
Epilepsy is a brain disorder marked by recurring seizures, or convulsions, and it affects over 2 million Americans, with onset often beginning with children. It is also estimated that as many as one-third of individuals with autism spectrum disorder also have epilepsy. Despite affecting such a large breadth of the population, the National Institute of Health’s estimated research budget for fiscal year 2017 is only $145 million.
EAD is an annual event operated by the Irvine-based non-profit foundation, Sofie’s Journey/EAD, now in its fifth year and drawing people from across the globe. “We wanted to create an opportunity to drive epilepsy awareness, with awareness the key to overcoming challenges created by epilepsy,” states Candy Levy, Co-Founder of Sofie’s Journey/EAD. “At our event we bring together patients, physicians, advocates, non-profits, services, and this year we had a large section of the convention facility for people to meet their possible and future service dogs.”
Sofie’s Journey began with Sofie Levy, who had her first seizure at 5 years old. After years of pursuing treatments and options, the Levy family was given the opportunity of brain surgery for Sofie. Sofie is now in 11th grade, and is eight years seizure-free. To further focus their passion for epilepsy awareness, and to ensure that others are afforded great epilepsy care, Sofie’s parent’s Candy and Brad Levy created Epilepsy Awareness Day with the first event held on November 7, 2013.
“The Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland has become a unique opportunity for patients with epilepsy and their caregivers to interface with non-profit and other groups to openly communicate about their needs and available services,” says neurosurgeon Dr. Gary Mathern. “This is a model meeting that should serve as an example for others around the world.”
There are other conventions globally, including the annual American Epilepsy Society convention held in the beginning of December. What separates EAD is that it is not a typical medical or business convention: it is about the patients and their families. “We have learned so much, met many people with similar things like us, but most importantly we learned that we are not alone in this fight with epilepsy. Awareness is spreading like wild, it’s the best,” says Mandy G. from Kansas. “We have been so lucky to work with the UCLA pediatric epilepsy department to help our son, we travel to the west coast every few months for treatment.”
Preparations are underway for 2017, with an expanded focus. “The good we are doing is an incredible feeling that goes beyond description, says Brad Levy, Co-Founder. “We are transitioning to a full-time Epilepsy Awareness campaign, with a three-day physical event as the anchor for our efforts. Planned for this year, we will have an updated site, multi-platform social media presence, video campaigns, and working more closely with our medical advisory board and hospitals. Our mission is now a year-long epilepsy awareness campaign.”
For more information, visit www.epilepsyawarenessday.org
(NewsUSA) – Once again, tech is topping lots of wish lists. We’ve all been there. You unwrap your wanted new tech, but before you can use your exciting new gift, there’s usually some assembly or setup required. The setup is a major source of frustration for nearly a third of consumers recently surveyed by Asurion, the global leader in technology support and protection services, who say that putting together new technology has ruined their holiday.
This happens more than you may think. Asurion surveyed over 1,000 consumers and found that 64 percent of people have received a tech gadget for the holidays that they didn’t know how to work. And it’s not just the older generations that are having problems; 75 percent of millennials admit they’ve been stumped by a new device, compared to 53 percent of boomers.
“While the benefits of connected devices are virtually endless, the devices have become increasingly complex, and we’re finding that even the most tech-savvy consumers are being outsmarted,” says Bettie Colombo, spokesperson for Asurion. “We have a team of thousands of tech experts on standby to help consumers avoid the pitfalls and frustrations of setting up new technology so they can get back to enjoying the holidays with friends, family and their new tech.”
The struggle to set up new technology has become such a challenge that 41 percent of people avoid buying their older friends and family members tech devices altogether just to avoid the hassle of helping them set them up. This process can become time-consuming, with 62 percent of millennials spending an hour or more helping friends or family with their devices over the holidays. In fact, six in 10 millennials would be willing to shell out their hard-earned cash to never have to answer a tech question again!
Asurion’s tech experts help users avoid the frustrations of device setup this holiday by making it quick and easy to get help with technology issues regardless of brand or platform. Asurion’s support and protection services are available through most wireless carriers.
“The smartphone has become the remote control for all of your tech,” Colombo says. “Enrolling in your carrier’s support and protection program not only provides you with peace of mind that your smartphone is covered for loss, theft and damage, but also provides you with one-click access to a live U.S.-based tech expert to answer all your questions.”
Ask your wireless carrier about Asurion support and protection, or learn more here: https://www.asurion.com/soluto-service/features
(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Choosing a healthy lunch doesn’t have to be boring or a day-to-day challenge. In fact, there are plenty of tasty and healthier substitutions you can make to your favorite meals when eating out or packing a lunch, such as adding more fresh fruits and vegetables and reducing refined grain products such as white bread and sugary foods. And losing just a few pounds can help reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.
“The American Diabetes Association is committed to raising awareness and celebrating healthy choices. When it comes to any meal, if you are living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, making the healthy choice is probably at the forefront of your mind, but it’s not always the easy choice. Remember that healthy choices for people with diabetes are the same as for everyone else: choose more vegetables, especially leafy greens, lean protein sources and whole grains in place of processed refined grains whenever you can,” says Sacha Uelmen, RDN, CDE, Director, Nutrition at the American Diabetes Association.
Making better choices at lunch is a great place to start. And even small changes can help.
So check out these healthy swaps below:
* Caesar Salad. The traditional salad contains romaine lettuce, croutons, parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing. Make a healthier salad by asking for the dressing on the side and use it sparingly. Add more veggies to your salad to increase vitamins and minerals, including dark, leafy greens, such as kale or spinach, carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes, or onions instead of croutons. Go light on the cheese or skip it altogether. Some restaurants now offer kale Caesar salad.
* Pizza. Two slices of pizza with extra cheese sounds delicious, but it can be high in saturated fat and calories. A better option is to have one slice of regular cheese pizza with veggie toppings and a side salad or two small slices of thin crust pizza with a side salad. And what about soda? Try sparkling water or still water with lemon instead.
* Italian sub. Choosing a sandwich with fries and a soda or sweet tea might satisfy a craving, but it’s also a lunch that is packed with calories. Try a grilled chicken breast or turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread or wrap and add plenty of veggies. Replace regular mayo with avocado, hummus, or light mayonnaise and ask for half the cheese. Add fresh fruit or a small salad in place of the fries. And swap out the soda or sweet tea for water, sparkling water, or unsweetened tea with a splash of lime.
Take the stress out of making these choices on your own and consider a structured meal plan like Nutrisystem D, which provides pre-portioned meals to help manage diabetes and keep healthy eating on track at every meal.
For more information, visit www.nutrisystem.com.
(NewsUSA) – Contact lenses allow those individuals who need vision correction the freedom to see better without the inconvenience of glasses.However, contact lenses can also cause inflammation, pain, and dry eyes, according to Dr. Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, FACS."More than fifteen percent of people suffer from a problem called contact lens intolerance, where discomfort and dryness is so great, they have to give up their lenses," says Dr. Donnenfeld, a board-certified ophthalmologist, clinical professor of ophthalmology at New York University, and past president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.In addition, contact lens wearers run the risk of serious eye infections. A recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that approximately 20 percent of infections associated with contact lens wear led to serious eye damage."Many of my own patients are upset and frustrated because they can no longer wear contact lenses," says Dr. Donnenfeld. However, several new treatment approaches, including an eyelid cleanser called Avenova, can help, he says."The most common cause of contact lens intolerance is dry eye, which occurs when the eye doesn’t have a sufficient film of protective tears," Dr. Donnenfeld explains. "That problem, in turn, is caused or exacerbated by bacteria and tiny parasitic mites that live on the eyelids. The microbes not only irritate sensitive eye tissue, causing pain and inflammation (and, sometimes, serious eye infections), they also make enzymes that break down a crucial oil layer that protects the tear film," he says. Avenova with Neutrox, from NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, has become Dr. Donnenfeld’s first line therapy of choice for managing the bacteria associated with chronic dry eye.Avenova "inactivates the bacterial enzymes, helping to stabilize the tear film and improve comfort. So far, every single one of my patients suffering from contact lens intolerance or other chronic eye conditions has been helped by simple twice-daily wipes with Avenova. It truly is a breakthrough," Dr. Donnenfeld says.Two additional devices can be used to help make contact lens use more comfortable: a new device called LipiFlow applies heat and controlled pressure to the inner eyelid, unblocking the glands that produce the crucial oil; and another device, called BlephEx, deep cleans the lid margins with a disposable sponge, Dr. Donnenfeld says.Visit Avenova.com for more information about appropriate eye and eyelid hygiene products.
(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Florida has long been known as the gateway to space and key location for trade with South America, but the state’s advanced manufacturing industry is growing and companies around the globe are taking notice.
Supporting the idea that Florida is as much a hub for manufacturing as any other state in the nation is a recently published analysis by PwC that recognizes the state as No. 2 in the country for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness and with the 2nd largest growth in manufacturing firms between 2012 and 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
At the heart of today’s manufacturing industry are technological advances making goods developed in the United States more affordable. With Florida’s focus on high-tech, innovation in manufacturing is always top of mind. And with MFG DAY Florida on Oct. 7, the manufacturing industry is addressing technology, workforce and misperceptions to ensure the prosperity of this thriving Florida industry.
In fact, the state is home to more than 18,600 manufacturing companies, producing everything from aerospace products and batteries to pharmaceuticals and solar power. And with 19 commercial airports, 15 deepwater seaports and thousands of miles of interconnected road and rail, transporting these goods is easy, making Florida a natural trade hub for both domestic and international businesses.
Over the next several years, it is expected that there will be 1.3 million new high-tech sector jobs, many related to the manufacturing industry. To ensure Florida’s share, entities including Florida’s High-Tech Corridor and the State University System of Florida have come together to develop the International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (ICAMR), which serves as a magnet to attract and grow next-generation advanced manufacturing. The organization builds a bridge between academic researchers and industrial partners developing technology and a highly skilled workforce in an environment in which educational opportunities are boundless.
Tervis Tumblers, a Venice, Florida-based business that manufactures and sells tumblers decorated with everything from pets to the Patriots, employed less than 300 people a mere six years ago, and now boasts a roster of more than 900 employees.
“As far as the workforce talent here in Florida, we have very loyal and dedicated employees, some of whom have been part of the company for as long as 25 years,” says third-generation owner Rogan Donelly.
Tervis found its niche in Florida as its partnerships (and demand) with major institutions like Disney, the NFL and Warner Brothers, grew. It is those connections — certainly nationally, but more locally — that has allowed the company to sustain such growth.
Other companies, such as Frito Lay, Johnson & Johnson, American Elite Molding, Conergy and Bertram Yachts, are just a few that are also glad to call Florida home.
For more information, visit www.enterpriseflorida.com.
Summer is in full swing, but there’s still time to plan a relaxing staycation or backyard soiree while the evenings are warm and clear. To make the most of your family and friends time, look around your outdoor space to see if the existing lighting works properly and enhances the ambiance.
According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), a few updates to your outside lighting can make your alfresco time more enjoyable. And the best part? It doesn’t have to be time consuming or costly to transform your existing patio, deck or pool area into a lovely retreat.