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Can’t Seem to Save Enough for College? You’re Not Alone.

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Saving for college is at an all-time high - give yourselves a hand, parents - but when it comes to actually meeting our own funding goals. . .Well, that's another story. According to Fidelity Investment's 10th Annual College Savings Indicator Study, 72 percent of parents surveyed are now socking away money to meet the ever-rising cost of higher education - up from 58 percent almost a decade ago. Alas, that still leaves today's parents on track to reach only 29 percent of their stated target amount by the time their child hopes to start freshman year. So you might want to check out these strategies intended to help get you there. See full-sized image here. 

Why Your Attic Is Key to Pre-Winter Roof Check-Ups

11:24 AM 10/10/2016

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored by GAF - There's no need to risk breaking your neck this autumn when you've got a perfectly good attic.
Meaning what? Well, as any responsible homeowner surely knows, this is one of the two times each year when you're supposed to check the health of your roof. (Among other reasons, because it's key to a home's energy efficiency.) But who wants to be climbing a ladder 25 feet or so into the sky when the weather is turning sharply colder and nastier?
That's where your attic comes in.
According to Jason Joplin, program manager of the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, that space you're probably using mainly for storage can substitute, as a fallback, for the eyeball roof check normally recommended to be done every pre-winter and spring.
"Roofs actually create an insulated barrier that helps trap heat inside, and most attic spaces are located right below them," says Joplin. "That makes them perfect for spotting potential problem areas and damage without worrying about falling off a ladder."
Here's what to look for while you're up there:
* Water leaks. As sure as tweeting at 3 AM is generally a bad idea, it will soon storm. And when it does, shine a flashlight up in the attic to check not only for dripping water and condensation, but also for water stains on the ceiling, walls and floors. All signal that H2O is finding its way beneath your roof's shingles or behind its flashings.
* Ventilation. "Think of the attic as the lungs of the house," advises Joplin. "It has to be able to breathe in order to function properly." Which is to say, vents stuffed with debris need to be cleared.
* Animal damage. You know those "If you see something, say something" homeland security ads? Well, to avoid the havoc refuge-seeking birds, bats, squirrels and raccoons can create, warning bells should likewise sound -- followed by a call to a pest-control pro -- if you spot any of these telltale signs: nests, droppings and gnawed wood, wires or insulations.
* Structural problems. The mere hint of a sagging roof -- look up for this one -- could indicate potential structural weakness requiring professional repair.
And if prolonging your roof's life is your goal, experts say it pays to consult a professional roofing contractor who's insured and uses quality materials such as the latest triple-layer line of Glenwood Shingles -- the thickest of its kind, with an authentic wood-shake look -- from GAF, North America's largest roofing manufacturer. A free service that makes it easy to find a factory-certified contractor in your area can be found at gaf.com.

How to Build Better, Stronger Bones in Kids

9:36 AM 10/10/2016

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - It's been ingrained in our heads since we were little: building strong bones is important. The problem is that these days many children aren't getting the daily recommended diet and exercise needed to do so. And, with technology use at an all-time high, children are spending less time playing outdoors, which increases the risk of obesity.
Today, approximately 32 percent of American children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 are considered overweight or obese. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) wants to help empower families to get up, get out and get moving to ensure optimal bone growth and reduce the risk of osteoporosis and other diseases later in life.
"Building your child's bone bank is like a college savings plan: the earlier you start investing, the better," says AAOS spokesperson Dr. Jennifer Weiss, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. "Parents should ensure that kids are getting adequate calcium to keep their bones strong as well as appropriate levels of vitamins D and C to allow the body to absorb the calcium."
So what's a parent to do? The following tips from the AAOS will help get your kids (and you) moving while building better, stronger bones:
* Move it. Make physical activity a part of a child's schedule for at least 30 to 60 minutes per day. Make it fun. With fall weather coming in, walking around the block to see the colors, throwing a football in the yard, or riding a bike is a perfect way to engage with your kids and still get in some exercise. Bonus? Being outside gets you and the kids some much-needed vitamin D, which also helps build strong bones.
* Watch what you eat. Life is busy. Which makes on-the-run snacks and meals an easy fix for harried parents. Unfortunately, most of this kind of food does not have the nutrients to ensure good bone health. Adolescents should consume a healthy diet with calcium to maintain strong bones and lower the risk of excessive weight gain.
* Lift things up, and put them down. Studies show that strength training is key to healthy bones. During resistance training, muscles have to work harder and, over time, become stronger. Although resistance exercises focus on increasing muscle mass, they also put stress on bones and have bone-building capacity.
* Set limits. It's understandable that kids' whims change with the seasons, as do the number of teams they want to play on. However, try to limit the number of teams a child plays on in one season to avoid overuse injuries. In addition, if your child tells you that something hurts, discourage him or her from playing through the pain.
For more information, visit orthoinfo.org.

Why Every Home Should Be Tested for Radon

9:47 AM 10/06/2016

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - In American homes, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are common devices. But while homeowners may think that these monitors are sufficient for ensuring their families' wellness and safety, there is another gas that needs to be detected which is equally as important for health and wellness: radon.
Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause for smokers, claiming the lives of approximately 21,000 Americans each year. That's more than five times the number of deaths attributed annually to carbon monoxide poisoning and house fires.
Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that enters buildings through cracks in floors and walls, construction joints, and gaps in foundations around pipes, wires or pumps. The good news is that the Corentium Home by Airthings makes it easy to detect and monitor radon.
For most U.S. homeowners, radon testing is a faint memory associated with the sale or purchase of a home. But due to the fluctuating nature of radon based on location and time of year, a single radon test is insufficient and will not guarantee the health and safety of your family. Continuous monitoring is essential.
In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency and 11 partner organizations launched the National Radon Action Plan, aimed at reducing harmful radon levels in five million homes, apartments, schools and childcare centers nationwide, thus saving 3,200 lives annually by 2020. This effort is a step in the direction of creating radon-safe environments for Americans; however, all homeowners in the country can do something today to take control of their own air quality.
"The Corentium Home by Airthings radon detector empowers homeowners to measure radon levels in their home on an ongoing basis, providing optimal visibility into the home's air quality," says Oyvind Birkenes, Airthings CEO. "Getting this important insight is as easy as inserting three AAA batteries into a monitor and placing it in a frequently used room, such as a family room, basement or bedroom."
Due to radon's fluctuating nature, short-term measurements do not take into account spikes and lulls. Airthings recommends ongoing monitoring of your environment as levels are dynamic and change from month-to-month and season-to-season. If the long-term average is above the EPA's threshold of 4 pCi/L, a professional should be called in to mitigate. If levels fall between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L, solutions as simple as increasing ventilation and air flow can help. Long term, sustained monitoring is the only real way to tell the true level of radon in the home.
Want to know more about radon, its effects on wellness and how you can begin monitoring air quality in your home? Visit http://www.airthings.com/us for information.

Florida Becomes High-Tech Hub for Manufacturers

8:46 AM 10/05/2016

Five words or less(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.

U.S. Apple Industry Supports Student Causes and Promotes Healthy Snacking

3:23 PM 10/03/2016

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - An apple a day keeps the doctor away and also keeps school programs in shape via a fundraiser sponsored by the U.S. Apple Association. The "Buy an Apple, Help a Student" program from the nation's apple growers offers a simple formula for supporting students and encouraging healthy snacking.
Each time people share photos of themselves or someone they know enjoying an apple or apple product, such as applesauce, or a product from partner brand Marzetti, the U.S. apple industry will pledge a financial contribution to a selection of student projects at schools across the United States. The "snack, snap, tag, share" theme starts with a visit to Apples4Ed.com between now and November 12 to review the eligible projects and schools. Projects include school gardens, book clubs, new science equipment, and improved teacher resources.
Supporting these causes takes four simple steps:
Snack: Grab an apple, apple juice, applesauce, or Marzetti product.
Snap: Take a picture of you or someone you know enjoying the snack.
Tag: Find a school cause at Apples4Ed.com. Tag the photo with #Apples4Ed and the school's unique hashtag.
Share: Vote for your favorite school cause by uploading photos to an Instagram or Twitter account.
Those without a public account can upload photos through the Apples4Ed.com site.
In addition, USApple will be offering weekly drawings in which participants can win prizes from USApple members and Marzetti, and can have an additional $100 in funds donated directly to the weekly winner's favorite school project.
Apples4Ed.com offers facts about apples' health benefits plus a variety of apple recipes. "There's always been a deep connection between apples and education, and with Apples4Ed we bring it to life by pairing the health benefits of eating apples with supporting students and schools nationwide," says Wendy Brannen, USApple's director of consumer health and public relations. "We encourage everyone to visit Apples4Ed.com, check out these meaningful student causes, and vote for the schools nearest them or the program they feel matters the most," she says. "During last year's inaugural program, we received more than 20,000 votes," she adds.
In December, USApple will announce the final votes and the correlating level of funding based on the votes cast for each school.
Here are the schools and locations of this year's causes and their hashtags:
Saint Bede the Venerable, Chicago, IL: #SaintBedeGarden
Hyde Park Elementary, Jacksonville, FL: #HydeParkTechnology
Central ISD, Pollok, TX: #CentralISDAppleMonth
Rancho Minerva Middle School, Vista, CA: #RMMicroscopes
Busy Bee and Butterfly Christian Academy, Fort White, FL: #BusyBeeGarden
Moore Elementary School, Bath, PA: #MooreElementaryLiteracy
St. Mary's Catholic School, Alexandria, VA: #StMarysiPads
Central Lutheran School, New Haven, IN: #CentralLutheranGym
Sterling Elementary, Warrensburg, MO: #SterlingElementaryGarden
Westminster Community Charter School, Buffalo, NY: #WestminsterBookClub
Montgomery Learning Academy, Troy, NC: #MontgomeryArtClass
Faith Elementary, Faith, NC: #FaithFruitsandVeggies
St. Louis Park Middle School, St. Louis Park, MN: #StLouisParkFoodShelf
Walter Biddle Saul High School, Philadelphia, PA: #WBSaulCompost
Academy of World Languages, Cincinnati, OH: #WorldLanguagesPlayground
Sherwood Forest Elementary, Federal Way, WA: #SherwoodForestApples
St. Paul's Lutheran School, Prior Lake, MN: #StPaulNatureCamp
The U.S. Apple Association is the national trade association for the apple industry. Visit USApple.org for more information.

Bringing the Family Together At the Dinner Table

9:00 AM 09/28/2016

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - If you are like most families, the stress of having kids and maintaining hectic schedules, can heat up the happiest of households in no time -- especially when it comes to trying to decide what to have for dinner.
However, with a little planning and some cooperation, even the busiest family can find time to sit down and enjoy a meal together.
The following tips will give you an idea of how you can streamline the dinner process, while squeezing in some much-needed family time:
* Get the whole household involved. Not only on chores like washing and drying dishes, but on tasting and choosing the menus.
* Schedule a mock cooking class. If you want to get family members involved, make time on a weekend for a prepping and cooking session, where everyone can share knife skills, recipes, and other culinary lessons.
* Do a taste test. Let's face it, every family has that one member who's finicky. To combat that, have them weigh in for taste tests. This way, you can plan to cook that dish in bulk.
* Strive for leftovers. Whoever is cooking can make extra of anything that's a hit with family members and store leftovers in the fridge or freezer. Two roasted chickens (instead of one) are great for hot or cold sandwiches, soup, salad, and great filler for fajitas or burritos.
To help you get started, the maker of Minute Rice is giving out this one-stop shopping, anyone-can-make recipe:
15 Minute Chicken and Rice Dinner
1 tablespoon oil
4 small, boneless, skinless
chicken breast halves
1 can condensed cream of
chicken soup
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 cups Minute White Rice,
uncooked
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
Fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
Heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cover. Cook 4 minutes on each side or until lightly browned on both sides. Remove chicken from skillet.
Add soup, water, and chicken broth to skillet; stir. Bring to boil.
Stir in rice, garlic powder, and onion powder.
Top with chicken; cover. Cook on low heat 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. (170 degrees). Let sit 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Serve sprinkled with chopped parsley, if desired.
Substitute: For a whole-grain alternative, use Minute Brown Rice for the Minute White Rice and cook an additional 5 minutes.
Yield: 4 servings.
For more information, please visit www.minuterice.com.

How to Overcome Your Smile Insecurities

9:00 AM 09/28/2016

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Everyone deserves to have a smile that expresses self-confidence and inner beauty. Unfortunately, too many people are insecure about their smile when the sources of their unhappiness can easily be fixed. Turns out, with some simple, cost-effective, and painless cosmetic dentistry, you can dazzle the world with your smile.
Three of the biggest smile inhibitors are yellowing or discolored teeth, crooked teeth, and gaps. Each of these issues can be addressed by an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) member dentist to give you the results you've dreamed of.
Teeth Whitening
There are a number of reasons why teeth become discolored over time from internal causes to external factors. So, it just makes sense that there are a variety of ways to deal with whitening, from simple do-it-yourself products to more extensive in-office treatments. While a prescription is not needed for the over-the-counter home remedies, it is a good idea to discuss them with your AACD dentist. In-office remedies are typically more effective and better for people with sensitivity issues because the rest of the mouth can be protected.
Crooked Teeth
While most people instantly picture teens in braces when they think of straightening crooked teeth, there are options for adults that are much more subtle than the full-metal braces of the past. Short-term orthodontics can include invisible braces that are placed behind the teeth and which can be a faster alternative to traditional braces; clear aligner therapy -- such as Invisalign -- a well-known "nearly invisible" treatment that uses trays to gradually create change; and more. With strict compliance, these solutions can create straighter teeth.
Gaps
Some gaps between teeth (diastema) can be fixed with the traditional metal braces or other short-term options mentioned above. But there are other methods of fixing gaps that can work almost instantly to give you a smile that you'll want to share. Bonding fills in the space by using a resin, and dental veneers use ceramic or porcelain to subtly widen the teeth to diminish the gap. If your gap is due to missing teeth or dental implants, a bridge or partial dentures can restore the healthy appearance you once had.
Talk to an AACD member dentist to find out which treatment(s) are best suited to tackling your smile-inhibitors and take your smile from blah to brilliant.
For more information on any of these procedures and to locate an AACD member dentist near you, visit www.YourSmileBecomesYou.com.

Gran promesa latina lanza línea de moda para el Mes de la Herencia Hispana

3:25 PM 09/26/2016

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Noticias patrocinadas - Con el Mes de la Herencia Hispana en marcha, los latinos están recibiendo el muy merecido reconocimiento público por su contribución al crecimiento cultural de Estados Unidos. De acuerdo con White House Initiative on Education Excellence and Hispanics, en la actualidad hay más de 54 millones de latinos en EE.UU., y se espera que las latinas representen un tercio de la población femenina del país en 2060. Por esta razón, no debe sorprender que figuras latinas hayan acaparado la atención en los campos de la política, los deportes y el entretenimiento. En el mundo de la moda, las latinas se están posicionando a la cabeza y están resaltando sobre el resto. Este es el caso de la diseñadora y ganadora de la temporada 14 del Project Runway de invierno , Ashley Nell Tipton.
Hija de madre mexicana y padre californiano, Tipton es firme defensora de la importancia de apoyar a todas las personas, sin importar su raza, género o tamaño. Esta motivación, en conjunción con su objetivo de desafiar las reglas de la moda de tallas grandes, es lo que ha llevado a Ashley Nell Tipton a crear Boutique+, su primera colección de tallas grandes disponible exclusivamente en JCPenney. Inspirada en la ropa de los 50 y con un toque vanguardista y alegre, esta colección se suma a la colección Boutique de JCPenney, ya disponible en tiendas y en la página web.
"Hay una enorme cantidad de mujeres de talla grande que está buscando opciones de moda que se adecúen mejor a sus estilos de vida, presupuestos y, lo más importante, a sus cuerpos. Con el respaldo de JCPenney, tengo la oportunidad de ofrecer a estas mujeres el glamour, el color, la diversión y el estilo que quieren, para que a su vez se sientan bien", dice Tipton. "La meta es que mujeres de todas partes puedan sentirse cómodas y seguras cuando elijan una falda tubo o un top atrevido con colores vivos. Se trata de crear una imagen que una ame y con la que una pueda expresarse con libertad. Cuando las prendas que las mujeres quieren y necesitan no están disponibles, es difícil conseguir el look deseado".
Junto a JCPenney, Tipton está desafiando los límites del estilo para las mujeres de talla grande en todo EE. UU.,y está difundiendo el mensaje de que todo cuerpo es bello y debe celebrarse. Con el debut de su colección y el lanzamiento de una serie documental de tres partes llamada #HereIAm, Tipton quiere dar más poder a las mujeres de todas las tallas para que se amen y se desafíen a sí mismas para alcanzar su máximo potencial sin complejos y con estilo. Tipton es una clara defensora del movimiento por una imagen corporal positiva en una industria que a menudo se adhiere a estándares que no son representativos de la mayoría de las mujeres estadounidenses.
Para saber más acerca de Ashley Nell Tipton y la colección Boutique+ de Ashley Nell Tipton, visite JCPenney.com.

Good Dental Care: Make It Safe

10:59 AM 09/26/2016

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Patient safety and infection control are key concerns among dental professionals who go to great lengths to ensure that the care they provide their patients is as effective as it is safe. With good cause, too, since research indicates that while rare, cross-infection from one patient to the next does still occur.
According to experts, most dental offices properly sterilize their equipment in between patients, but infection-control practices do vary, and one crucial piece of equipment has continued to cause concern: the saliva-ejection valves that come into use dozens of times a day during patient treatments. These valves can be covered with millions of pathogens, including blood proteins that travel through high- and low-volume suction tips, and aerosolized saliva, although not evident to the naked eye, that coats nearby surfaces and equipment. All of this bio-burden has the potential to infect each patient that comes in contact with the valve, and you, as the consumer, have little chance of knowing whether your dentist has properly sterilized the valve in between patients. However, that doesn't mean you can't have some level of control. The following checklist may help alleviate concerns during your next dental visit:
* Watch the gloves. Does your dentist get gloves out of a dispenser or an unsterilized countertop? What does your dentist touch with the gloves? Do they throw the gloves away in front of you?
* Check out the office. A clean and tidy office means a greater chance for optimal infection control, because more mess makes it more difficult to sterilize countertops, surfaces and equipment.
* Ask questions and understand how risks can be avoided. One often overlooked area of concern rests with backflow, which is connected to the saliva-evacuation straw or tip that is used to remove saliva and other fluids from your mouth during dental procedures. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 people who close their lips around the straw may experience backflow, or a decrease in the vacuum-line pressure that may allow previously evacuated fluid to flow backward into a patient's mouth, potentially exposing them to germs left behind by the previous patient. However, St. Louis-based Stoma Dental may have the answer in the form of a new disposable saliva-ejector valve. The DOVE Backflow Prevention Valve is a one-way valve that prevents backflow and eliminates this possibility of cross-contamination. This new valve allows only for one-way flow or suction, and an internal flap prevents any opportunity for backflow. Because these new valves are disposable, they also can be easily replaced in between patients, alleviating concerns about germs that may land on their surface.
For more information, please visit www.besafedental.com.

Cystic Fibrosis Breakthrough for Patients With Fungal Infections in Lungs

12:03 PM 09/22/2016

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Up to half of all cystic fibrosis patients have fungal infections in their lungs caused by a spore-forming mold named Aspergillus fumigatus. Many of those patients, particularly children and young adults, will develop an allergic reaction to the fungus, Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis (ABPA), according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Coughing, wheezing and other symptoms can be severe.
Current treatments are oral drugs, including itraconazole. The problem is that high doses are needed to get enough of the drug to the lungs. That causes severe side effects that must be managed and monitored -- including liver toxicity.
A more promising strategy is to deliver the itraconazole directly to the lungs by breathing it in. That's the approach taken by Lexington, Mass-based pharmaceutical company Pulmatrix, Inc. (NASDAQ: PULM). Pulmatrix's innovation was creating small, dense particles that can be easily inhaled, and combining them with drugs such as itraconazole.
"We've urgently needed a way to deliver antifungal drugs directly to the lungs," says Stanford University cystic fibrosis expert Richard Moss M.D. "Pulmatrix's PUR1900, using the inhaled dry particle technology, meets that need. It could offer major benefits to cystic fibrosis patients with fungal infections in their lungs."
That's why the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has granted the company's request for orphan drug status for PUR1900, explaining that the designation "is based on a plausible hypothesis that [the] drug may be clinically superior to the same drug that is already approved."
While PUR1900 has the potential to improve the lives of cystic fibrosis patients, especially children and young adults, it also could bring significant revenues for Pulmatrix. The estimated cystic fibrosis market alone is tens of thousands of patients a year, and the drug could also find much larger markets treating millions of other pulmonary fungal infections and other immunocompromised patients, making Pulmatrix a strong investment opportunity.
For more information on PUR1900, go to ir.pulmatrix.com and watch the video on here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8RgU8YUtjo.

How to Store Your Warm Weather Gear for Winter Hibernation

11:32 AM 09/20/2016

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News -
It's that time of year when the weather turns crisp, colors brighten, and there are a dwindling number of perfect days left to relax outside or take one more drive, ride, or trip to the lake.
Too soon, it will be time to put away your classic car, boat, motorcycle, and patio furniture, until warm weather arrives again.
Proper storage techniques are super important to keep your gear in great shape and running order. To make sure you are ready to roll next spring, we've compiled a list of simple storage tips:
* Storing your classic car or motorcycle. It's important to clean and remove all road grime, dust and other debris from all interior and exterior surfaces before storing. Then, after cleaning, make sure to protect hard surfaces and finished leather with 303 Automotive Protectant. Also, remember that old gas breaks down over time and can lead to gummed-up fuel lines, carburetors and injectors. To avoid these issues, fill your fuel tank 95 percent full with fresh gas and add a quality fuel stabilizer such as STA-BIL Storage to keep the gas fresh for as long as 24 months. After the stabilizer is added, run the engine for a few minutes to ensure that the stabilizer gets into all parts of the fuel system.
* Storing your boat and water equipment. It's best to do a thorough cleaning of your boat to avoid any deterioration while it sits in storage. Start by removing all the dirt and grime from the boat's surfaces with a cleaner such as 303 Marine Citrus Cleaner & Degreaser, and protect the exterior of the boat with 303 Marine Quick Wax. Moving to the inside, similarly to the classic car, fill the gas tank 95 percent full with fresh fuel and add a fuel stabilizer. Store your boat in a cool, dry place and cover it to keep dust away.
* Storing your small engine equipment. Most fuel available today contains ethanol, and ethanol can wreak havoc on small engines if they're not treated before storage. Over time, the water and ethanol will separate and sink to the bottom of the fuel tank, leading to corrosion, stalling and engine damage. To make sure your engines start up come spring, fill your tank with fresh fuel and add a stabilizer to the tank. It's also a good idea to store your small engine equipment indoors to protect it from the elements.
* Storing your patio furniture. Before putting your outdoor oasis away, make sure to wash or brush off any loose debris. Remove surface stains with a cleaner such as 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner and make sure to protect your cushions from future spills and spots with a product such as 303 Fabric Guard. Make sure to apply it in a well ventilated area and let it dry before storage. Finally, protect the hard surfaces of your furniture with 303 Protectant to repel dust and prevent fading and cracking.
For more information, visit www.sta-bil.com or www.303products.com.

5 Ways to Raise Capital and Start a Business

3:34 PM 09/19/2016

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Raising capital to start a new business is not as easy as setting up a lemonade stand or selling Girl Scout cookies. A primary reason for the failure of start-ups is a lack of funding. There are plenty of great products and ideas that have never come close to making it to the public.
Without American entrepreneurship, and the drive to just go for it, we would not have Apple, Google, Facebook, Starbucks, or countless other companies that are a part of our everyday lives.
Here are five ways to generate capital for your business in today's economy:
1. Friends and Family. A tried and true methodology, this has been a staple of start-up funding for hundreds of years. It is however, not without its risks, as a failed business could lead to strained relationships. or even the end of relationships.
2. SBA Express. The Small Business Association provides several avenues for borrowing money. SBA Express allows bank-qualified business owners to borrow up to $150,000 without filing the typical SBA loan application. Plus, owners will receive a loan decision within 36 hours.
3. Community banks. Community banks actually have the capacity to be flexible with lending terms whereas large corporate banks do not. Find local lenders by reaching out to the Independent Bankers Association of America, which has access to 5,000 community banks.
4. Crowdfunding. Crowdfunding networks like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have raised some serious cash from individual investors. If you have an innovative idea or project, develop a reasonable funding goal and timeline and see which investors support you and pledge funding. Remember, projects must meet their funding goals before the time runs out, or else no actual money is received. Also, be aware that a percentage of the money raised will be kept by the crowdfunding site as part of their fees.
5. DPOUSA. DPOUSA is an online financial platform providing client companies the opportunity to have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year visibility of a direct public offering to a growing base of over 33,000 accredited investors and institutions representing over $500 billion in available capital. Unique to DPOUSA is the DPOUSA Special Council, a diverse cross-section of 50 professionals from various industries available to assist DPOUSA client companies. Visit www.DPOUSA.com for more information.
Whatever the state of the economy, there will be those willing to invest in new businesses. New businesses create jobs, and power growth. There are sources to help with capital. So, once you find the sources, be ready with a great plan to show what you are going to do with the capital, and how the investor will benefit.

Out of This World: Challenge Open to 3D Print in Space

12:23 PM 09/15/2016

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - One of the greatest challenges to long-term space travel is the inherent difficulty in delivering supplies to the astronauts. However, the advent of 3D printing technology allows astronauts to create many useful items, such as emergency tools, onsite while serving on the International Space Station (ISS).
Using 3D printing to create certain supplies greatly reduces the need for expensive and dangerous supply deliveries to space, according to Mouser Electronics.
What other tools could astronauts print in space that would make their lives easier? The Mouser Electronics Empowering Innovation Together ISS Design Challenge offers engineers and innovators the chance to design an object for the astronauts to 3D-print and use on the ISS.
The design challenge focuses on the unique problems an astronaut faces during a long-term space mission, and looks to highlight out-of-the-box thinking to develop any item that makes daily life easier, says Mouser Electronics spokesperson Grant Imahara in a YouTube video describing the contest.
Colonel Chris Hadfield, a former commander of the ISS, highlights the challenges of performing daily activities for astronauts who are working for long periods of time in a weightless environment.
"You've got to rethink everything in a weightless environment," Colonel Hadfield says in the video. "Something regular, day-to-day, practical," could make a big difference for astronauts, he explains. For example, something as basic as a pair of scissors needs Velcro in space to keep them from floating away when not in use, he noted. Colonel Hadfield will be among the panel of judges selecting the winning entry.
"This contest definitely kicks up the excitement level by challenging our customers to create something to be used in space," says Glenn Smith, President and CEO of Mouser Electronics. "Mouser's unparalleled selection of electronic components allows both amateurs and professionals to create anything they can dream up."
Visit www.mouser.com/empowering-innovation/iss-project to view a video describing the contest and entry guidelines. The grand-prize winner will receive a 3D printer and a consultation with Made In Space. The contest is open until midnight the night of October 7, 2016. Visit this site to submit an entry: http://www.mouser.com/contests/iss-project-contest

Save Time and Money With a Mail-Order Pharmacy

12:16 PM 09/15/2016

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

Military Training Happens Virtually in Florida

12:12 PM 09/15/2016

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Florida is no stranger to the entertainment industry. After all, it's home to the most visited theme parks on Earth. What people may not know is that the Sunshine State's entertainment expertise is also used to train our nation's military.
At first glance, you wouldn't think the two industries would have much in common. But, according to Forbes magazine, Florida ranks no. 6 in the country in video-game development, and when coupled with Central Florida's High-Tech Corridor, the result is a community of defense contractors, government agencies, and universities that are loaded with engineers who understand how using entertainment components can transform military training.
The partnerships happen at a 1,000-plus-acre research park in Orlando that is home to the country's largest cluster of training and simulation companies and agencies, including Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman Corp., General Dynamics Corp. and Honeywell International, as well as a host of military organizations.
"The U.S. military and defense forces around the world are increasingly adopting virtual training because it is safe, efficient and cost-effectively helps them maintain readiness," says Chris Stellwag, director of marketing communications for CAE, one of the world's largest training and simulation companies with major operations in Florida. "Simulation-based training allows you to accelerate experience and prepare for sometimes dangerous situations before you have to confront them for real."
With more than 20 military installations contributing almost $80 billion to Florida's economy, it's easy to see how combining entertainment and the defense industry equates to big business. One such program takes place at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, near Jacksonville. The hyper-realistic Military Operation in Urban Terrain (MOUT) Collective Training Facility presents multiple topographical and environmental experiences to ensure our military's readiness and effectiveness in real-life situations.
However, for Lt. General Tom Baptiste, USAF (ret.), president and CEO of the National Center for Simulation, the Florida-based trade association specializing in modeling, simulation, and training, merging the two industries is not just about business -- it's personal.
"Virtual world technology allows us to immerse a single soldier or groups of soldiers in a setting that replicates a combat environment and allows them to practice their tactics, techniques and procedures in a space no bigger than a classroom?a powerful and cost-effective alternative to overreliance on large and expensive live training areas," says Baptiste.
Overall, simulation in Florida has revolutionized the military's readiness and effectiveness. As a result of these efforts, it is no wonder nearly every U.S. soldier deployed overseas has been trained on systems developed in state. For more information, please visit www.simulationinformation.com.

Power Down the AC on National Ceiling Fan Day

3:55 PM 09/14/2016

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - The weather is getting cooler, signaling time to turn off your energy-guzzling AC, but that's no reason to turn off your ceiling fan. You can save money and energy year-round by continuing to run your ceiling fan. That's the message touted by the fourth annual National Ceiling Fan Day (NCFD) this Sept. 18.
Many major ceiling fan manufacturers, the American Lighting Association (ALA) and leading energy conservation groups invite everyone to join the fight to reduce energy consumption by turning off their central cooling systems and relying on ceiling fans to save trillions of kilowatt hours of energy consumption.
As extra incentive to participate in the energy-saving effort, many fan retailers are offering discounts to consumers in conjunction with NCFD. You can find a list of local ALA-member fan retailers online at americanlightingassoc.com.
If all Americans participate in NCFD by turning off their AC and using fans for their cooling needs, the United States will save enough energy to power the entire city of New York for months. And it saves money too. Operating a fan can cost as little as $1 per month. That is quite a savings compared to approximately $100 per month to run an AC unit in a typical home.
Initiated by fan manufacturer Fanimation, NCFD is supported by other ALA-member fan manufacturers, including Casablanca Fan Company; Craftmade; Emerson Ceiling Fans; Hunter Fan Company; Kichler; Matthews Fan Company; Minka-Aire; Monte Carlo Ceiling Fan Company; Progress Lighting; Quorum International; Regency Ceiling Fans; Savoy House; Sea Gull Lighting; The Modern Fan Co.; Vaxcel International; and Westinghouse Lighting, as well as The Home Depot; Lowe's Companies, Inc.; and the ALA. Many of the nation's leaders in energy conservation and efficiency are also on board. Those supporters include the U.S. Green Building Council; Alliance to Save Energy; Affordable Comfort, Inc.; Environmental and Energy Study Institute; and Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.
For more information about how to save energy with ceiling fans and for a list of ALA-member fan retailers and manufacturers, go to AmericanLightingAssoc.com.