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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Before you open your pool for the season or whenever you close it down, you should be aware of a hidden danger. Faulty wiring or damaged electrical cords used to connect electrical equipment near the pool or from the pool lighting can cause the water to become energized. When swimmers come into contact with this "leaked" electrical current in your pool, it can cause loss of muscle control, rapid or irregular heartbeat or even electric shock drowning (ESD). Electrical shock drowning can occur in treated water. Many pools and spas now feature lighting, digital entertainment systems, automated sensors for maintenance, and other integrated comforts or technologies. The presence of these devices in and around water can increase the risk of injury. Mild tingling sensations and numbness in the limbs or extremities are the first telltale symptoms of ESD."Electricity is extremely dangerous in water and improperly installed, maintained or damaged electrical connectivity can leak electrical current," says Grayling Love, product line manager at Eaton. "Help protect yourself and your loved ones from ESD by having all electrical equipment used at the pool or spa installed, inspected and regularly maintained by certified electrical contractors who can help you meet the latest electrical codes and standards." Electric shock drowning cases have been known to result from electrical current leakages originating from faulty wiring or failing electrical distribution equipment. The use of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) and Equipment Leakage Circuit Interrupters (ELCIs) near the pool, hot tub or wet spa can significantly help reduce the risk of electric shock drowning while helping water facilities meet electrical codes and safety standards. These devices are designed to help enhance safety by quickly shutting off power if electrical current leakage is detected. If you own a pool or spa, contact a certified electrical contractor to install, maintain or replace equipment and assure that your site is up to code. Look for experts with certification specific to water-based systems. The Eaton Certified Contractor Network (ECCN) can help you locate an Eaton Certified Electrical Contractor who can provide guidance through the most recent codes, standards and safety considerations required for your specific site or project needs. To help enhance safety and reduce the risk of electrical shock in your pool or spa: * Remind swimmers and spa users to always pay attention to how they feel in the water. * Schedule routine electrical maintenance and inspections. * Don't enter the water to perform electrical maintenance tasks. * If any unusual tingling or numbness occurs, avoid contact with metal objects. * Signal for help without inviting others into the water. To learn more about electrical solutions that enhance safety or to find an Eaton Certified Electrical Contractor near you, visit http://myhome.eaton.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Before you spend your day at the lake or beach, know that the water may have hidden dangers. Faulty wiring or damaged electrical cords used in docks and boats can cause nearby water to become energized. When a swimmer comes in contact with electrical current, it can cause a loss of muscle control, rapid or irregular heartbeat or even electric shock drowning (ESD). Electrical shock drowning can occur in both fresh and salt water. However, hazards for swimmers are greater in fresh water systems with lower salt content. "Electricity can be extremely dangerous when equipment is improperly installed or maintained. Further, normal use of boats and docks can break down the insulation on wiring, leading to electricity leaking into the water," says Jeff Kuykendall, a product manager at Eaton. "It is critical that electrical equipment and infrastructure used in and around our waterways is regularly maintained by certified electrical contractors and the applicable electrical codes and standards are followed." In most recorded electrical shock drowning cases, electrical current leakage originated from faulty wiring or failing electrical equipment in or near boats or docks. Recent electrical codes and safety standards emphasize the use of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) and Equipment Leakage Circuit Interrupters (ELCIs) to help reduce the risk of electrical shock drowning. These devices are designed to help enhance safety by quickly shutting off power if electrical current leakage is detected. If you own a boat, dock or marina, contact a certified electrical contractor to address any electrical safety concerns near water. Industry professionals can help maintain or replace equipment and confirm that docks and boats are up to code. The Eaton Certified Contractor Network (ECCN) can help you locate an Eaton Certified Electrical Contractor who can provide guidance in minimizing the risk of ESD related to your specific site or project needs. Before swimming in open water, be aware of potential dangers associated with ESD. To help promote safety and reduce the risk of electrical shock: * Obey "no swimming" signs and pay attention to how you feel in the water. * If any tingling or numbness should occur while swimming, avoid contact with metal objects. * Signal for help without inviting others into the water. * Once you have reached safety, report your experience so that the water can be tested and made safe for others. To learn more about electrical solutions that enhance safety or to find an Eaton Certified Electrical Contractor near you, visit http://myhome.eaton.com/

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - They may not make those "Agony of Defeat" sports reels, but amateur athletes get injured all the time. Maybe it's from an awkward golf swing. Or maybe it's from not warming up or stretching before an event. Whatever the cause, though, there's one scary thing they have in common with the pros. "The reality is that all athletes are one fall, twist, or tweak away from landing their own opioid prescription," Outside magazine warned. The warning couldn't be better timed. It's not just that the country is in the midst of an opioid crisis that's claimed the lives of thousands of prescription painkiller abusers and left countless more addicted to the likes of OxyContin. It's also that -- as the magazine also noted -- physicians seem to be starting to heed last year's urging by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to dramatically curtail prescribing the drugs. According to a survey conducted for the Boston Globe by the SERMO physicians social network, more than half of doctors across America are doing exactly that, and nearly one in 10 have completely stopped prescribing them. So what's an amateur athlete suffering from pain supposed to do? One especially popular alternative is drug-free chiropractic care. Whereas opioids (and Ibuprofen forms of over-the-counter drugs) only "mask" the pain, doctors of chiropractic approach the problem highly educated and trained in the structure and function of the human body. And they use hands-on techniques to help enhance flexibility, muscle strength, and range of motion -; the very things all athletes need addressing. And yes, as the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress' Dr. Sherry McAllister says, chiropractic is covered by most insurance and health plans. To locate a nearby doctor of chiropractic,visit f4cp.com/findadoctor.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Yes, there actually is one important fact that didn't get the attention it deserves during Super Bowl LI. Both the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, it turns out, employed team chiropractors to help get them there. As for why, Dr. Michael Miller, the winning Patriots' longtime team chiropractor, may have the best explanation. "We're all committed to one goal," he says. "That's keeping the athletes performing at their maximum potential, and preventing and managing injuries as they occur. Most of the players receive (chiropractic) adjustments one to two times per week." Now, no one's implying that chiropractic care was the deciding factor in who made it to Houston's NRG Stadium. In fact, every NFL team now uses chiropractors, and -- given the sport's physical intensity -- they're probably even more drawn than the general public to one of chiropractic's biggest plusses: It's seen as a safer and more effective alternative to potentially addictive prescription painkillers, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently urged doctors to avoid prescribing after thousands of deaths linked to their abuse. Doctors of chiropractic are known for their focus on the structure and function of the human body with hands-on techniques that help enhance things like flexibility, muscle strength, and range of motion. With a minimum of seven years of higher education, as the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress' Dr. Sherry McAllister notes, they're trained to address a broad range of health issues. Here's one last bit of Super Bowl trivia: The average pro football team chiropractor provides 30 to 50 consultations and adjustments per week during the season, according to the Professional Football Chiropractic Society. Learn more at F4CP.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - It's that time of year again--the time when families and friends come together to celebrate with food and open arms. That's right, it's almost playoff season, with football, basketball, and hockey playoffs all just around the corner. With these highly anticipated games come the equally anticipated snacks--from chips and dip to wings and hot sauce. In fact, a lot can be said from people's usage of dips and sauces, and that usage has increased over the past year. According to a survey by the Association for Dressings & Sauces, the reasons for using dips and sauces more often include: making more or new foods that need them, using them on more foods or as a healthy option with healthy foods, and cooking or eating at home more. So satisfy your craving for the perfect mid-game snack and bring them to parties in new and creative ways. Here are a couple of tips that will help you pick the perfect recipe for your friends: * Survey results show that Asian sauces, horseradish, hot and Mexican sauces are more popular than they were last year, with hot sauce and mustard being used several times a week by the majority of respondents. So go exotic and use bold flavors in your dishes! * Geography also has something to say about what you should bring to a gathering. People in the Northeast reported a greater affinity for horseradish. Folks in the Midwest loves barbecue sauces. Asian sauces and hummus are more popular in the West and the South is all about hot sauce. These tips should get your creative juices flowing so you can bring a tasty and unique contribution to whatever playoff party you're attending. Should you need a little recipe inspiration, however, check out some dishes at www.dressings-sauces.org/recipes.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Off-road driving on scenic, challenging trails can be fun, but it's completely different than cruising down the road; keep these tips in mind to stay safe and avoid getting stuck. --Soft obstacles: When you plan to tackle sand, snow, or mud, deflate your tires to improve your traction by decreasing the tire footprint. Maintain momentum, and if your wheels start spinning in the sand or snow, ease off the gas a bit. In mud, keep the wheels spinning to help clear the mud from the tires. --Hard obstacles: When you approach large rocks, logs, or ditches during off-road driving, take them at an angle, so only one tire engages the obstacle and the other three remain on level ground to maximize traction. Place one tire on the obstacle, then drive over it slowly to help protect the underside of your vehicle. --Hills: Always have an escape plan in case your trek doesn't turn out as expected. However, you can increase your odds of safely taking on hills by approaching them straight on for maximum traction to all four tires. Use the highest gear possible to comfortably take the hill. Having the right vehicles and tires makes for an unparalleled off-roading experience, according to Pearse Umlauf, president and CEO of Jeep Jamboree. "Jeep Jamborees are off-road adventure weekends that bring down-to-earth people to enjoy their Jeep 4x4s in the outdoors," said Umlauf, who works to coordinate operations for safe use and maintenance of off-road vehicle trails in the U.S. and worldwide. He noted that BFGoodrich Tires will be the official tire of Jeep Jamboree in 2017. When you are ready to head to the backcountry, Del Albright, Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Famer, and BFGoodrich Performance Team Expert, has 50 years driving experience with tires on trails. "The All-Terrain T/A KO2 tire is my tire of choice, with a rugged, durable design that makes it ideal for off-roaders who want to torture test their vehicles or just enjoy the backroads," he said. Albright also is a longtime advocate for conservation and preservation of trails for off-roading use. One of his favorite trails, the Rubicon Trail in Lake Tahoe, California, was at risk for closure due to erosion concerns, but Albright helped lead a group of volunteers to fix the trouble spots and preserve the trail for off-roaders and other outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. Some of his other favorites include Rausch Creek Off-Road Park (Pennsylvania), San Hallow State Park (Utah) and the Hatfield-McCoy Trail (West Virginia). For more information about BFGoodrich and off-road adventures, visit bfgoodrichtires.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - A foursome of four-wheel drive clubs are the winners of the 2016 Outstanding Trails Program sponsored by BFGoodrich Tires, in partnership with 4 Wheel Parts, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, Blue Ribbon Coalition, and Off Road Business Association. The clubs and their nominated trails are: -Mile-Hi Jeep Club: Sidewinder Trail, Colorado -Ohio River Four Wheelers: Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway, Kentucky -Grand Mesa Jeep Club: 21 Road, Grand Junction, Colorado -Piston's Wild Motorsports Club: Hagen Creek Trail, Yacolt Burn State Forest, Washington The Outstanding Trails program, now in its 11th year, was created to promote trail conservation and responsible off-road driving. The program invites off-road clubs from all over North America to nominate local trails that need maintenance or improvement. A panel of judges chooses the winning clubs and trails, which are selected based on unique features, terrain, and club support. The four off-road clubs chosen each year receive grants of $4,000 each to use for local efforts to preserve and protect their hometown trails. In addition, representatives from BFGoodrich Tires will attend club events related to the winning trails in order to highlight each location's unique features and educate four-wheel drive fans in responsible trail use. "The saying goes, 'where the rubber meets the road,' and at BFGoodrich, not only do we take that to heart, but we also believe that where the rubber meets the trail is equally important, and that starts with the All-Terrain T/A KO2 tire," says BFGoodrich's Oscar Pereda. "In our first ten years of the Outstanding Trails program, we have helped to improve, repair, maintain, and protect nearly 50 trails in 17 states and two Canadian provinces." Each of the winning clubs has plans to improve and maintain their local trails. One in particular has taken conservation a step beyond the trail itself to include animals that live there. The Grand Mesa Jeep Club "has adopted the 21 Road Trail and other local trails and is committed to its protection and maintenance," according to club president Jeff Bates. But the club has adopted not only the road, but also the Great Basin Spadefoot Toad (also known as the "21 Road Toad"), a threatened species in the area. "The club has committed to protecting the toad's habitat in at least three areas along the trail with posts and cable," Bates says. Visit bfgoodrichtires.com for more information.

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(NewsUSA) - It's an undeniable fact. Among cash, gift cards and the "toy of the moment," kids want to see video games under the Christmas tree. Rail against it all you want, that's the reality. But take heart, parents, today's video games can teach kids valuable life lessons not learned in a classroom.For those that scoff at the idea that video games have value beyond hours of mindless entertainment, Sherry Turkel, a professor and researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says, "think again.""The games demand skills that are complex," Turkel told The Washington Post in an interview. "There is learning how to learn ? there is nothing mindless about mastering a video game."One game that is getting attention for its complexity and teachable moments is Bungie and Activision's Destiny games, a bold world of action and adventure where kids are a Guardian of the last safe city on Earth. If you're a veteran and have followed the game from its inception, you may like the newest release, Destiny: Rise of Iron. If you're a newbie, Destiny -- The Collection, contains five games in one collection, including the newest release from the award winning franchise. And best of all, it's available for just $59.99.Still not convinced? The following skills are just a few underlying themes in the Destiny franchise that teach kids lessons outside of simple distraction:* Astronomy. The game offers a futuristic fictional scenario of our Solar System, where humans colonized other planets but were mysteriously brought to the brink of extinction (with known survivors now living in and defending Earth's last city from alien invaders).* Problem solving and creativity. In Destiny, players not only fend off alien antagonists, but must also solve mysteries, create their own avatar race and class, and complete multiple tasks.* Hand eye coordination. As a shooter-based game, Destiny features combat against an onslaught of alien enemy attacks from all angles.* Team work. The game contains three-player strikes and six-player raids, requiring communication and teamwork.* Socialization. Unlike other similar shooter-based games, Destiny does not have blood, gore, or adult content. Instead, the game is rated T for teen and focuses on sci-fi fantasy and discovery, making it a perfect game for parents and siblings as well.Currently Destiny -- The Collection and Destiny: Rise of Iron are both offered on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.For more information, please visit www.destinythegame.com

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(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - There are few topics that cause as much heated debate and passion as sports -- especially football. And in this digital age, mobile technology only enables such zeal -- which is probably why sports apps are arguably one of the most popular ways to keep up with a beloved team, as well as help diehard football fans decide who will win a matchup on any given Sunday.Consider this: according to the NFL, 70 percent of fans use a second screen while watching football, use apps to allow for easy access to player stats and analysis, and keep in touch with other fans who are watching the game.1One company that is making itself known as the premier place to go for NFL predictions is Pick Factor (www.pickfactor.com). Why? Because it helps gridiron enthusiasts by analyzing thousands of predictions from top sports websites, blogs, radio, and newspapers such as ESPN, Fox Sports, and CBS Sports, finally coming to a consensus prediction for every game.Think you can pick like a pro? Now Pick Factor has launched its new Pick 'em app that allows everyone to test their own predictions. The app not only helps those entrenched in football warfare (be it recreational, an office pool, or various leagues), but now users can also create their own leagues with friends or compete in public leagues.Jim Omer, president of Pick Factor, says that retired NFL players and sports bars have partnered with the company to create their own leagues in order to have their "own game experience.""Famous athletes and businesses are constantly looking for new ways to engage their fans and consumers. This is a way for them to do that," Omer says."I like to think of it as an innovative sports app that's fun for football fans, and provides our partners with a unique way to promote themselves."For more information, visit www.pickfactor.com or Jim Omer at jim@pickfactor.com

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - It seems as if there is nothing a smartphone can't do these days. It can get you where you want to go (most of the time), you can make reservations at your favorite restaurant, and now you can use it to detect whether your home is leaking energy or water. Thermal imaging, a once-costly technology, available only to the military and police or firefighters, is now just a finger-swipe away with the right attachment to your smartphone, thanks to Seek Thermal, a California-based technology company. The way it works is this: the Seek Compact Camera (which is smaller than a credit card swiper for your phone) attaches to your smartphone, turning it into a thermal imager that can then identify hot and cold spots in your house. After downloading a free app, the camera begins working in seconds and homeowners can then easily spot energy loss in the home caused by air leaks, missing or damaged insulation, insufficient HVAC or poor construction. In addition, the thermal imaging camera can also find water in roofs, walls, doors, and window frames. According to one user who tested the Seek camera at the end of winter in his own home, the results were "stunning." "Within minutes, I was able to detect sources of heat leaking out of my house," he says. "Some of these places are easy to fix, while others would be quite difficult." For professional contractors, the Seek CompactPRO is a must-have because the camera has enough sensitivity to locate radiant heating pipes under concrete slabs, identify unsealed insulation gaps in roofs, walls, and door and window frames, and find out how far water has spread in the case of a leak. Thinking of buying a home? This little jewel could save you all kinds of unexpected surprises in the form of water leaks in the basement and behind finished walls, and roof leaks that may have been painted over by a homeowner trying to disguise a problem. To protect your investment (both the camera and your phone), the Seek Compact has a compatible module for the OtterBox uniVERSE Case System. The smartphone attachment is designed to work with both iPhone and Android top models. For more information, please visit www.thermal.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - From 3-D technology to bold, bright visuals, animated movies continue to get better with time and this upcoming season is no exception. If you're a fan of animated films starring a new collection of fun, colorful characters for the whole family, there are now more ways than ever to bring your next magical movie experience home after the final credits roll. * Storybook Lane: If bedtime stories are a nightly ritual in your home, get the little ones involved by creating a storybook station in your living room. When you get home from the movie theater, channel your kids' excitement over the movie into a creative and educational exercise. Developing homemade storybooks based on their favorite movie characters with added storylines that incorporate their own imagination is a great way to bring the magic of an animated movie home, while encouraging kids to think outside the box and practice writing and artistic skills. Type up and print out their dream story while they act as illustrator to their own personalized story for added fun. * Mom Time: Animated movie fun isn't just for kids anymore. If you're looking for a new favorite online game to help liven up downtime, look no further than games inspired by some of your favorite animated movies. Online games such as "Sandwich Factory," inspired by Warner Brother's new movie, Storks, and the family-owned deli meat company, Land O'Frost, are a great way to have more fun with your favorite movies in the comfort of your own home. The game will transport you into an interactive sandwich factory with movie characters: Junior, who appears to "save babies," and Tulip, who grabs the finished meal from the sandwich maker. * Chef Corner: Get your kids involved in the kitchen by turning lunchtime into a movie experience. When excitement over a new movie is at its peak, encourage kids to put their chef's hat on and come up with a custom menu inspired by their favorite characters. Once the menu is set, host a lunch for the whole families where the kids get to play king and queen of the kitchen and share their creation with mom and dad. To play the "Sandwich Factory," visit www.landofrost.com/storks-game, and for coupons and more information about Land O' Frost, visit www.landofrost.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Customization is trending in the world of golf-buddy trips and resorts are upping their game to accommodate groups who want to put their own unique stamp on an outing. While the pursuit of extraordinary golf remains at the core of this annual trek, the golf-buddy trip is expanding beyond tee times to include adventure-based activities, elevated culinary experiences, personalized amenities and more. Not sure where to start when creating that special buddy trip? The team at central Florida's Streamsong Resort -- home to two nationally-ranked courses with a third, designed by Rio Olympic course architect Gil Hanse, on the way -- has some tips to make your next getaway memorable: * Location: Select a place that offers "memory makers" for everyone in your group. For example, Streamsong will up its "bucket list" status in 2017 with the addition of Streamsong Black, making it the only place in the world where guests can enjoy courses designed by the industry's top minimalist architects -- Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Tom Doak and Gil Hanse. * Engage with the Destination Early and Often: Communicate and build rapport with the golf pros and your event planner; nobody knows the destination and all that's possible like these folks do. Challenge the staff to come up with new and creative ideas -- they love to personalize. * Dining: Nothing pleases, delights and unites a golf-buddy trip like food. Most resorts have multiple restaurant options, so don't dine in the same place every day -- mix it up, but be sure to make reservations in advance. Based on the size of the group, a private banquet room can be ideal for creating a memorable dining experience that's complete with a customized menu and your favorite wines. * Recreation: The time between rounds can be filled by more than pool time or a sports massage. For example, at Streamsong, groups can enjoy a variety of adventure-based experiences, including guided bass fishing excursions, sporting clays challenges and even archery. These signature experiences keep groups talking long after the last putts drop on the final round. For more information, visit www.streamsongresort.com or call 1-844-330-1676.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Summer is in full swing, but it's not too late to plan a relaxing staycation or backyard social gathering 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 outdoor time more enjoyable. And the best part:It does not have to be complicated or costly to transform your existing patio, deck or pool area into a lovely retreat. "Creating a beautiful landscape doesn't have to be expensive," says Rick Wiedemer of Hinkley Lighting. "A few well-placed, low-voltage path or accent lights can make a huge impact on a well-manicured landscape." No lawn is too small. "Even modest homes or those with limited yards or gardens can benefit," he says. A few outdoor lighting tips: Layer outdoor lighting. Just like indoor lighting, outdoor lighting is most effective if it utilizes overhead, task and ambient light sources. Even outdoors, where there are not typically boundaries and borders, those three layers will enhance enjoyment and help define smaller sitting and entertaining areas as though they are outdoor rooms. Create a safe and secure environment. Enhance security with lighting near entrances and in dark corners. Aim lights away from the door so as not to blind anyone as they enter your outdoor area. Reduce glare. Light walkways and paths with light that is cast downward and fixtures that are hooded. In many cases, exterior-safe dimmers and movable fixtures, which can be added to a patio or porch as needed, can provide flexible control over the level of light. Add decorative elements. While functionality is the top priority, aesthetic elements are important for a relaxing and inspiring setting. Focus on lighting that highlights architectural and natural details, as well as other decorative elements like arbors, pergolas, patios, etc. Conserve energy. Consider LEDs for their efficiency. Also think about Energy Star and Dark Sky fixtures that reduce glare and minimize light into the sky as well as neighboring yards and windows. Remember to check the color (chromaticity) of LED outdoor lights. Low chromaticity lights (2700 or 3000K) will look similar to incandescent and halogen bulbs. Higher chromaticity LEDs (4000K and above) will have a whiter, bluer look. Visit a nearby ALA-member retail store to see the latest outdoor lighting options to make your outdoor space a true oasis. For more, go to americanlightingassoc.com.

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(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Florida has always been known for its white-sand beaches and palm trees. Now, however, the Sunshine State is being recognized as the next high-tech corridor for modeling, simulation and training (MS&T).To understand what this means from a real-world perspective, consider this: If you've ever flown on a major airline, the pilot has most likely logged hundreds of hours in a simulator. Requiring emergency health care? You can bet the doctor has honed their life-saving skills inside a virtual emergency room.At the heart of it all is the National Center for Simulation, a nonprofit trade association, and the University of Central Florida's Institute for Simulation Training. Both are located in a 1,000-plus-acre research park in Central Florida. The research park is also home to more than 100 companies, the majority of which are related to MS&T, including Lockheed Martin, which helped develop the park along with the Dept. of Defense; and Cole Engineering, an engineering and technology company that develops simulation-based training and offers technical services to a variety of clients.For Lt. General Tom Baptiste, USAF (Ret.), president and CEO of the association, the merit of MS&T -- especially for the nation's military -- is indefinable."To be able to immerse single or groups of soldiers and [allow them to] move through a city in a virtual environment and create what they would do on a live range in a space no bigger than a classroom is important for all branches of the service," said Baptiste.At a time of economic uncertainty and budget cuts, being able to send students or professionals through real-life scenarios without the huge price tag is yet another benefit."In an austere budget environment, one of the big challenges for combatant commanders is to maintain the readiness of the force with less money," Baptiste told Florida Trend magazine in an interview. "And simulation in many ways is a safety valve, a stopgap that is part of the solution. It's a cost-effective alternative to high-cost live training."So whether the innovation occurs on the high-tech corridor in Central Florida, in medical simulation technology in Northeast Florida, or in flight simulators and commercial aviation training in South Florida, the state has built an $11.6 billion business on MS&T, an industry that shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.For more information, visit www.simulationinformation.com

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - "Go for the Gold" will be the mantra echoed around the globe as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, or the 2016 Summer Olympics, as we refer to them here in the U.S, gets underway this summer. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will play host to a record number of countries participating in a record number of sports. More than 10,500 athletes from 207 countries will "go for the gold," looking to make World Records and beat their personal best along the way. Swimming, fencing, football (aka soccer): 2016 will see a total of 42 Olympic sports categories including one of the most popular and traditional, athletics, which includes running, jumping and throwing. Athletics has been a part of the games since Athens 1896. Today, no other Olympic sport offers more medals: 141 total. There are many ways people will be going for the gold this summer -- some with mobile devices. Talking Tom, legendary apps athlete and star of the hit animated series on is looking to break records this summer with the XXIII app release in the Talking Tom franchise, Talking Tom Gold Run. This new release from Outfit7 breaks new ground as one of the first infinite runner games that immerses players into the action with an actual reason to run. Talking Tom Gold Run begins with a robbery, causing the player to run as fast as possible to retrieve their stolen gold, dodge obstacles and collect rewards. The game allows players to get back their gold bars to help Tom and Friends build their dream homes from the ground up. Fans have a total of seven worlds to unlock, including the city, woods, beach and more. As each character's houses are built, new home upgrades, characters and running segments appear. Outfit7, Limited -- makers of the Talking Tom franchise is also breaking a major digital record this summer, crossing the 4.5 billion download mark across its series of family-friendly apps. That's right, 4.5 billion, with a "B." That's over half of the entire world's population (according to the U.S. census, the worldwide population is over 7.3 billion and counting), and more than those who watch the Summer and Winter Olympics combined. Since the first Talking Talking Tom and Friends app launched over five years ago, the suite of apps has skyrocketed in popularity worldwide. The franchise has also amassed over 5.7 billion views of its various branded content on YouTube. In addition, "Talking Tom and Friends: The Animated Series," currently in its first season, has cemented a rock-solid audience with over 760 million-plus views alone on YouTube and the YouTube Kids app. The series airs weekly and features an all-star voice cast led by Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Colin Hanks ("Fargo") and Tom Kenny ("SpongeBob SquarePants"). Whether you are one of the 480,000 tourists attending Rio 2016, the 1 billion fans watching the games on TV or 4.5 billion people playing Talking Tom and Friends apps, download the new Talking Tom Gold Run app and go for the gold today! Available for iOS, and Android Windows and Amazon.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - There is little question ethanol is helping America reduce its dependence on foreign oil -- lowering gasoline prices, improving the environment with lower emissions and growing the economy with jobs that can't be outsourced. In 2015 alone, the ethanol industry created and supported more than 350,000 jobs. Ethanol also contributed nearly $44 billion to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) -- a number exceeding the total GDP of many countries. And the production of 14.7 billion gallons of ethanol means that the U.S. needed to import 527 million fewer barrels of crude oil to meet the country's demand for gasoline. E15 (15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline), a 21st-century fuel for 21st-century cars, is specially designed to work with today's modern vehicles because its extra octane helps engines perform at their best. E15 is approved for all vehicles model year 2001 and newer, which accounts for more than 84 percent of all vehicles on the road, demonstrating that there is a market ready for a less expensive, higher octane, more environmentally-friendly alternative fuel. New technologies are helping make Earth-friendly American ethanol even more sustainable. Enogen corn enzyme technology, available only from Syngenta, is an in-seed innovation and the industry's only corn designed specifically to enhance ethanol production. By incorporating grain from Enogen corn hybrids into its existing production process, an ethanol plant can reduce the viscosity of its corn mash from a consistency of oatmeal to lemonade, enhancing production efficiency and decreasing costs. Iowa-based Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) helped kick off a new era for the biofuels industry when it opened its 2-million-gallon cellulosic ethanol facility. QCCP employs Cellerate, a revolutionary new process technology to produce cellulosic ethanol from corn kernel fiber -- in addition to the starch that's typically processed. Cellerate is marketed to ethanol plants in North America exclusively by Syngenta. With Cellerate, the biofuels industry now has the technology available to create two billion gallons of additional cellulosic ethanol -- all from the same kernel of corn. The introduction of these technologies uniquely upholds Syngenta's efforts to address the global food security challenge. Enogen and Cellerate are direct examples of how Syngenta is bringing The Good Growth Plan, a framework of six ambitious commitments designed to increase productivity while using fewer resources, to life by helping make ethanol even more sustainable. An important success story, American ethanol is making a significant contribution to the U.S. economy, helping to drive down gasoline prices for consumers and reduce carbon emissions for a cleaner environment.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Summer has arrived, and homeowners are ready to make the most of their outdoor spaces. Current outdoor living trends focus on several areas, including heating, lighting, dining and multilevel design, with the overall theme of creating a welcoming, relaxing environment suitable for entertaining guests or enjoying in private. * Heat it up. Fire pits are a hot item and provide a central point for gathering guests on summer evenings before, during or after dinner. An added bonus: Wood fires can help keep the mosquitoes away. * Light it up. The right lighting is an essential part of an enjoyable, safe and functional backyard design. Some ways to add light and set the mood for a patio party include illuminated planters, pendant lights, string bulbs and hardscape lighting. * Split it up. Multilevel patio designs, particularly in poolscapes, add interest to an outdoor living space and offer more options for guests, and homeowners can make their spaces distinctive by choosing from a variety of designs in retaining wall blocks. * Eat it up. No patio party is complete without food and drinks, but today's outdoor living designs allow guests and family members to take outdoor cooking and grilling to the next level. Outdoor kitchen setups let guests take part in meal preparation or just hang out with the resident chef. Any upgrade to an outdoor living space starts with defining a vision. How will the space be used? For large parties, for outdoor cooking, for a pool? All of the above? Before beginning to renovate an outdoor living space, start by walking around the area to determine the right locations for paths, paving stones, pools or multiple levels that will be safe as well as attractive. Once homeowners define their vision for a backyard, pool or patio area, the next steps are to consider design basics, such as colors, patterns and materials. Outdoor living design companies such as Belgard suggest creating a "mood board," a collection of colors, furniture styles and landscaping that can include photos, swatches and bookmarked URLs with design ideas. Visit www.belgard.com for more ideas and tips for making the most of your outdoor living space.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - A new program called "Athletic TIPS" -- Towards Injury Prevention in Sports -- is seeking to address what's been called "a silent epidemic" among our nation's youth. With a whopping 30,000 or so high-school athletes hospitalized each year (to cite just one alarming statistic), things like community workshops, online learning, and other grassroots initiatives are used to try to foster a safer atmosphere for athletes from kindergarten through college. Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/kir8P5UOuT4

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Want to really do something to keep kids from being hurt playing sports? Athletic TIPS (Towards Injury Prevention in Sports) has teamed up with GlobalGiving -- the largest global crowdfunding site for nonprofits -- to help advance one of its key goals: hosting community workshops across the country to better educate young athletes, their parents and advisors on ways to foster "a safer experience" for everyone playing sports at the kindergarten through college levels. The workshops focus on: * Concussions * Nutrition * Dehydration and heat-related conditions * Musculosketal injuries Sports-related injuries have been recognized as "a silent epidemic" among the nation's youth -- accounting for nearly 8,000 emergency room visits daily. The recent launch of the not-for-profit Athletic TIPS program -- supported by everyone from health care professionals to athletic directors to retired New York Giants legend Michael Strahan -- was a direct response to those dire numbers. "GlobalGiving allows us to raise awareness regarding the urgency for appropriate sports-related education," said Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, a program sponsor. The first workshop will take place this spring in San Jose, California, in partnership with Palmer College of Chiropractic. Others are being planned for Dallas, Boston, Atlanta and New Jersey. Anyone can donate through GlobalGiving.org, though McAllister particularly encouraged doctors of chiropractic to step up since their extensive expertise makes them part of the solution. As for the workshops, health care professionals, athletes, parents and coaches can request one in their area by visiting TIPS4Sports.org. Athletic TIPS will then work with them on the planning and fundraising, as well as potentially putting them in touch with pro athletes to heighten interest.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - What does pro golfer extraordinaire Zach Johnson attribute his success to? Hard work and dedication, of course. But also -- trade secret alert -- the care he receives from the PGA Tour's chiropractor. "Regular adjustments are part of my routine, while on and off the PGA Tour, to keep my body functioning at its best," says Johnson. Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/rOs3I6R7YVA

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