Central Florida’s Hidden Gems Shine in the Summer

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Florida may be best known as a winter- and spring- break getaway, but savvy travelers will tell you that the Sunshine State is most certainly a summer destination as well.
Florida is home to many diversions perfect for lazy summer days, especially when you head inland and away from the crowds.
Streamsong Resort, located between Tampa and Orlando in central Florida’s Polk County, is one off-the-beaten-path destination that truly shines during the summer.
Known for its nationally-ranked golf, the 16,000-acre property is home to soaring sand dunes, wide open fields, dense woods, deep lakes, and a lone palm tree, giving it a distinct “anywhere but Florida” look.
“Out-of-staters think Florida is just crowded beaches and theme parks,” says Richard Mogensen, Streamsong’s general manager.
“They’re shocked when they travel inland and experience a destination like Streamsong that’s more about relaxing and savoring their time off.”
While golf may be in the resort’s DNA, it has become known as a prime spot for outdoor enthusiasts.
In fact, Streamsong’s guided bass fishing tours routinely pull in fish weighing more than six pounds, and it’s not unusual for guests to reel in a catch north of eight pounds.
The property’s sporting clays course — located about 15 minutes from the Lodge, but, amazingly, still on the property — challenges guests to shoot over a variety of ravine landscapes from multiple stations, all the while being surrounded by local flora, fauna and wildlife. And, the adjacent archery range lets guests perfect their marksmanship in a serene natural setting.
Of course, you don’t have to be the outdoorsy type to enjoy Streamsong.
The lakeside infinity pool is prime for lounging and the resort’s grotto-style spa beckons guests seeking a slice of serenity.
“At Streamsong, relaxation is whatever you want it to be — whether it’s playing 36 holes of golf or spending the afternoon stretched out in a cabana,” Mogensen says.
For more information, go to www.streamsongresort.com or call 1-866-849-8582.

Have a Blast This Spring Break With These Must-Have Necessities

Five words or less(NewsUSA) -Spring is right around the corner, and after months of being locked inside from the cold winter weather, it’s time to get out and have some fun in the sun! Whether it’s at the beach, traveling somewhere new, or just spending time with family and friends, spring break is the perfect time to get out and enjoy yourself in the warm weather.
To make sure you capture every moment and have a blast while doing it, these must-have items have got you covered:
* Enjoy the ride. Get pumped up for the warm weather with Vivitar Bluetooth Earbuds, perfect for streaming and listening to music wirelessly while you travel to your spring-break destination. Compatible with iPhones, iPads, smartphones, and tablets, these earbuds also feature a built-in mic to manage phone calls on the go, and a rechargeable battery to allow for up to five hours of talk time. Removable ear gel fins are also included, so you can enjoy your favorite tunes during sporting activities, sunbathing, your morning run, and more!
* Shoot in any conditions.
With the Polaroid iS048 Waterproof Digital Camera, you can take photos of your adventures anywhere, including up to 10 feet underwater, something your smartphone can’t do. The camera features a 2.4-inch preview screen and has 16 megapixel resolution with high-quality still images and video recordings. It’s available at www.polaroid.com
*Rock out. Who needs an 80s boom box when you have an Altec Lansing Boom Jacket2 Bluetooth Speaker to listen to your jams? The speaker’s Bluetooth interface and NFC (near-field communication) technology lets you stream music from select devices from up to 50 feet away. And if you’re worried about water or sand getting in the way of enjoying your tunes, don’t be. This speaker is water-, sand-, and shock-proof. It also accepts voice commands and features spoken caller ID, with a lithium-ion battery that provides up to 40 hours of battery life on a full charge. The speaker even doubles as a power bank, so you can charge devices while you’re on the go.
* Stay charged up. No matter where you go — be it on spring break in Cancun, a day at the park, or a simple barbeque in your own backyard — you won’t want to miss a moment, which means you’ll need to keep all your electronic devices charged. To that end, consider a reliable and durable charger such as the Altec Lansing Rugged Apple Lightning Cable. This cable is directly compatible with all Apple devices, and is engineered with protective material that shields it from the usual wear and tear, including six feet of spring coil that ensures that your cable never breaks or frays. It provides fast and easy connection when plugged into any USB wall and/or car charger.
* Catch some waves or hit the slopes. So whether you’re heading to the beach to ride some waves or taking one last run down the mountain this season, you don’t have to worry about your phone. The Lifeguard Waterproof Universal Pouch fits a variety of different iPhones and Android models. This pouch fits comfortably around your neck, guarding your phone from any possible damage caused by water, snow, dust, or dirt, leaving it working like new no matter how tall the waves, or how high the mountain.
With spring break just around the corner, rest assured that wherever your trip takes you, these products will be just what you need to have the best time possible.

Why Pam Anderson Says She Won’t Use Uber

Don’t expect Pamela Anderson to be using her fame to endorse Uber or any other app-based, ride-hailing service any time soon.

The former “Baywatch” beauty is out with a new public service announcement (PSA) called “The Driving Game!” that slams the ride-hailing industry. As an homage to the classic TV game show, “The Dating Game,” Anderson plays a passenger grilling three male contestants vying to drive her home, and — given the slew of Uber and Lyft drivers who’ve been accused of rape, murder, and other crimes across the country — you can understand why the two identified only as “Ride Hail App Drivers” come off as something akin to dates from hell.

¿Desea tomar el camino menos transitado? Aquí le explicamos cU+00F3mo

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – En las rutas con paisajes puede haber caminos complejos divertidos, pero es totalmente diferente a navegar por la vía; no olvide estos consejos para mantenerse seguro y evitar quedar atrapado.
–ObstU+00E1culos simples: cuando estU+00E1 pensando conducir en arena, nieve o lodo, desinfle sus neumU+00E1ticos para mejorar la tracciU+00F3n, disminuyendo las huellas de los mismos. Mantenga el momento y si sus ruedas comienzan a girar en la arena o en la nieve, disminuya un poco la velocidad. Si estU+00E1 en el lodo, mantenga las ruedas girando para ayudar a limpiar el lodo de los neumU+00E1ticos.
–ObstU+00E1culos complicados: cuando se acerca a grandes rocas, troncos o zanjas durante su viaje en rutas externas, tU+00F3melos en un U+00E1ngulo, para que solo un neumU+00E1tico esté en el obstU+00E1culo, mientras los otros tres se mantienen al nivel del piso para maximizar la tracciU+00F3n. Coloque un neumU+00E1tico en el obstU+00E1culo, luego conduzca despacio para ayudar a proteger el chasis de su vehículo.
–Colinas: siempre piense en un plan de escape en caso de que su viaje no resulte según lo esperado. Sin embargo, puede aumentar sus probabilidades de conducir de manera segura en las colinas, si se aproxima recto hacia ellas para obtener mayor tracciU+00F3n en las cuatro ruedas. Utilice la velocidad mU+00E1s alta posible para subir la colina cU+00F3modamente.
Pearse Umlauf, Presidente y Gerente General de Jeep Jamboree, dice que tener los vehículos y neumU+00E1ticos correctos, permite tener experiencias incomparables en la carretera. “Las Jeep Jamborees son para fines de semana de aventura en rutas externas que hacen que las personas pongan los pies sobre la tierra, para que disfruten de sus Jeep 4×4 al aire libre”, dijo Umlauf, quien trabaja en la coordinaciU+00F3n de operaciones para el uso seguro y mantenimiento de los vehículos para rutas externas en EEUU y el mundo.
SeñalU+00F3 que los neumU+00E1ticos BFGoodrich serU+00E1n los neumU+00E1ticos oficiales de la Jeep Jamboree en el 2017.
Cuando estU+00E1 listo para ir al campo, Del Albright, salU+00F3n de la fama de los deportes de motor todo terreno, y BFGoodrich Performance Team Expert, tienen 50 años de experiencia en manejo con neumU+00E1ticos en caminos. “El neumU+00E1tico todo terreno T/A KO2 es mi favorito, con un diseño fuerte y duradero que lo hace ideal para los conductores todo terreno que desean probar sus vehículos o que solo disfrutan el campo”, dijo. Albright también es un defensor a tiempo completo de la conservaciU+00F3n y preservaciU+00F3n de los caminos para el uso de los conductores todo terreno. Uno de sus caminos favoritos, el camino Rubicon en Lake Tahoe, California, estuvo en riesgo de cierre debido a la erosiU+00F3n; sin embargo, Albright liderU+00F3 a un grupo de voluntarios para que repararan los lugares con problemas y preservaran el camino para los conductores todo terreno y otras personas que disfrutan del aire libre. Algunos de sus otros caminos favoritos incluyen: el Rausch Creek Off-Road Park (Pennsylvania), el San Hallow State Park (Utah) y el camino Hatfield-McCoy (Virginia occidental).
Para obtener mayor informaciU+00F3n sobre BFGoodrich y de aventuras en ruta, visite www.bfgoodrichtires.com

Water Testing for Household Well Owner Easy as 1-2-3

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Testing 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).
Following these three steps can help the well owner get 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 in learning more about these three steps is the NGWA website, www.WellOwner.org.
What to test
NGWA recommends that well owners test annually for bacteria, nitrate, and anything of local concern. Contaminants of local concern can be naturally occurring, such as arsenic, or manmade, such as chemicals or heavy metals from industrial or waste sites.
Most county health departments do some water testing, and many well owners are within reasonable distance of a drinking water testing lab. Both are good places to start in finding out what might be of local concern.
Getting a water test
Knowing where to start in getting a water test need not be difficult. Go to www.WellOwner.org and click on the “Water Testing” tab near the top of the page.
Next, use these buttons:
* “Click for county health department contact info” — This takes you to a webpage where you can access contact information for local health departments nationwide. Ask your health department if it tests water, and, if so, for what and how much it costs.
* “Find a certified testing lab”
— This takes you to a map where you can navigate to your state agency webpage to obtain information about certified drinking water testing labs.
Interpretation of your water test results
For an interpretation of test results, start with the agency or lab that did the testing. If you need additional help, www.WellOwner.org links to an online water test interpretation tool located under the “Water Testing” tab. Type the values from your water test results into the appropriate fields in the online tool and it will provide an explanation of the results — usually including the risks to health, any warranted actions, and appropriate water treatment technologies.
Visit www.WellOwner.org to learn more about water testing, well maintenance, water treatment, and groundwater protection.

How Safe Is Uber? It Depends on Gender

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It’s shorthand for the potential danger faced by women using app-based, ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. And if you’re already dismissing how dangerous it can be, you’ve obviously missed the rash of headlines like these from across the country.

• “Uber Driver Charged With Rape Ordered Held After Dangerousness Hearing” (Boston Globe, August 2016)

• “Police Had Tip That Lyft Driver Charged With Sexual Assault Planned To Flee Country” (Dallas Morning News, November 2015)

• “Police: Uber Driver Returns to Rape, Burglarize Passenger at Her Home” (FOX-TV New Orleans, January 2016)

Riding While Female: The New Peril in the Age of Uber

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Riding while female.
It’s the new shorthand for the potential danger faced by women using app-based, ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. And if you don’t understand just how dangerous many say it can be, you’ve obviously missed the slew of headlines like these from across the country:
* “Uber Driver Charged With Rape Ordered Held After Dangerousness Hearing” (Boston Globe, August 2016)
* “Police Had Tip That Lyft Driver Charged With Sexual Assault Planned to Flee Country” (Dallas Morning News, November 2015)
* “Police: Uber Driver Returns to Rape, Burglarize Passenger at Her Home” (FOX8-TV New Orleans, January 2016)
* “Fake Uber Driver Arrested After Brutal Sexual Assault of Passenger in Westlake: LAPD” (KTLA-TV Los Angeles, April 2016)
That’s right, per that last headline, we’ve now reached the point where bad guys are actually posing as Uber drivers in order to lure unsuspecting women into their cars.
“With the alarming number of alleged sexual assaults involving ride-hail app drivers, it’s urgent that we bring this issue to the forefront of conversations,” says Delilah Rumburg, CEO of the nonprofit National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
To that end, the organization has allied with another nonprofit, the National Limousine Association (NLA), which — in calling for a “Passenger Bill of Rights” last year as part of its “Ride Responsibly” initiative — has been at the forefront of a nationwide movement to subject drivers for the Ubers of the world to the same rigorous criminal background checks as those behind the wheels of taxis and limos.
And now, upping the ante, both have enlisted none other than Pamela Anderson — yes, the former “Baywatch” star — to make their case in a Public Service Announcement. “You can’t always vet the driver you are using,” she says in “The Driving Game!” video, “but the service you are using should.”
Whether even Pam will be enough to steel the backs of politicians up against formidable opponents in the ride-hailing industry in general, and Uber in particular, remains to be seen. The main sticking point: forcing the industry to finally start spending the extra bucks to fingerprint their drivers instead of relying on what NLA President Gary Buffo dismissively calls “the perilously incomprehensive background checks” Uber and its ilk continue to defend.
Just how formidable is the ride-hailing industry?
Well, a few months after Uber and Lyft pulled out of the Austin, Texas, market last May, rather than comply with new fingerprinting regulations that voters had just endorsed, the issue came up again in Massachusetts. Boston, you understand, had been experiencing a rash of alleged sexual assaults by Uber drivers that left women on edge. Even so, lawmakers were unable to muster the votes needed to include a fingerprinting requirement in the statewide law that ultimately passed.
“It’s really frustrating when you see these attacks happen over and over again,” State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, who favored fingerprinting, tells the Boston Globe. “It’s hurtful to the victim and hurtful to the community.”
“When,” she adds, “is it going to stop?”

Save Time and Money With a Mail-Order Pharmacy

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News –
Patients with medical prescriptions who fail to fill or take their medication properly can have serious health implications. According to a survey from the American Medical Association, approximately 25 percent of new prescriptions are not filled, and approximately half of patients don’t take their medicines.
People cite several reasons why they don’t fill their prescriptions or take their medication. Mail-order pharmacies, such as the service available from Humana, are one way to address this problem. Another study conducted by The American Journal of Managed Care, showed that patients who used a mail-delivery pharmacy were more likely to follow their treatment plan than those who did not.
A mail-delivery pharmacy has many benefits, including 90-day prescriptions, which help to reduce the frequency of refills. This option is especially beneficial for those with chronic conditions who might be taking multiple medications.
A 90-day prescription fill is often more cost-effective than a typical one-month supply.
Another benefit of mail-order pharmacies is convenience. The medication can be delivered to a home or office, which is convenient for those with busy work schedules or who are unable to visit a pharmacy for other reasons. Most new prescriptions arrive in 1 to 2 weeks, and refills take 5 to 7 days. Medicine and supplies are delivered in unmarked, heat-safe, tamper-resistant packaging with free standard shipping.
“Mail-delivery pharmacy is a win-win solution for people who lead busy lives and want to follow their doctor’s treatment plan, especially for people who need simplicity in how they purchase their prescriptions,” says William Fleming, president of Humana Pharmacy Solutions. “Studies have shown that more than half of consumers buy items online. Mail-delivery pharmacy is a method of purchasing prescriptions that aligns with how they live their lives.”
“By simplifying their lives, we are able to improve affordability and access to medications which should yield better health outcomes,” he adds.
Many mail-delivery pharmacy providers also provide additional benefits, such as online ordering and mobile apps that allow users to order refills, track shipments, and receive medication reminders.
As for safety concerns, mail delivery orders are checked by a pharmacist before shipment, and data suggest that mail-delivery pharmacies such as Humana Pharmacy are approximately 23 times more accurate than retail pharmacies. Patients also have the opportunity to consult a pharmacy team from the privacy of their own homes.
For more information and details about how to use a mail-order pharmacy, please visit www.humanapharmacy.com

The Health Perks of Our National Parks

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Most Americans agree that spending time outdoors can enhance their physical and mental health. A recent online survey, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Humana among over 2,000 US adults, reveals that Americans believe spending time outdoors can reduce stress (75 percent), benefit mental well-being (74 percent) and lead to living a longer, healthier life (63 percent).
The benefits of spending time in nature include elevated mood and happiness, as well as improved cardiovascular health, but work and other obligations often get in the way. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans will spen an average almost 93 percent of their lives in an indoor space.
Humana’s partnership with the National Park’s Centennial celebration encourages everyone to enjoy America’s national parks as a resource to help stay healthy and active, and increase their Nature Engagement Levels, or N.E.L.s. N.E.Ls are a way to assess how much time you spend outside. A fun National Geographic Quiz, sponsored by Humana, shows participants their level of engagement with nature: Are you overflowing with flowing streams or running low on lowlands?
Try these ideas to raise your N.E.L.s:
Start with a Sunrise: Watching the sunrise can be a beautiful, moving, and healthy way to start your day; benefits include balanced circadian rhythms, improved mood, and increased Vitamin D levels.
Bring Nature to Work: Enjoy the health benefits of the outdoors at work by placing a plant on your desk or setting a nature view as your desktop background. Host outdoor meetings, or “walk and talks,” around your building, and boost colleagues’ moods and focus, too.
Engage Your Mind: Get your mental exercise by visiting museums or monuments within the National Park System. Sites such as the Thomas Edison National Historical Park offer guided tours and interactive experiences to entertain and educate visitors.
Eat Outdoors: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend an average of 8 hours and 13 minutes a week preparing and eating food. Move your meals outside to unplug and enjoy your food in a new environment.
Try growing some of your own food. Getting your hands in dirt connects you to nature. If space is tight, explore a community garden.
Take a Hike: Avid hikers report high levels of happiness, fulfillment, and connection with the world around them, and studies have shown that the color green increases motivation to engage in rigorous activity. So, if being outside on a spring day inspires you to hike, find a trail in a nearby state or national park!
Find more ways to get healthy at www.StartWithHealthy.com, and visit www.FindYourPark.com to locate parks near you.

It’s My Way or the Highway: Uber, Lyft Face Off Over Fingerprinting in Texas

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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?

While fingerprints are widely considered the best way to weed out potential criminals, checking them costs more than simple name-based background reviews, which the app-based ride-hailing companies have fought hard to continue using across the country.

So shortly after the Austin, Texas, City Council, voted last December to require the companies to use fingerprinting 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.