-As the warm weather of spring and summer arrives, ambitious and well-intentioned homeowners embark on cleaning, maintenance, and improvement projects that often involve roofs, gutters, and ladders. However, working on a ladder can be dangerous.
Consider this: every year, approximately 164,000 people visit emergency rooms in the United States because of ladder accidents, according to data from the World Health Organization.
Underscoring the fact that lack of knowledge about ladder safety is a growing problem are recent survey results published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine which found that the number of ladder-related injuries in the United States has increased by more than 50 percent in 15 years.
Professionals and nonprofessionals alike can benefit by keeping some safety tips in mind, courtesy of the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
-Stand firm. When positioning a ladder anywhere around your home, be sure to place it level on firm ground.
-Have a partner, but go solo. When climbing a ladder, have another person with you to hold the lower end for extra safety and support. However, only one person at a time should be on a ladder so it doesn't become top-heavy and fall over.
-Don't go to the top. Never stand on the top rung of a ladder, and don't reach from a ladder. Instead, climb down and move the ladder to the location of your choice.
-Watch for doors. Never place a ladder near a door that can be opened; an unexpected exit could lead to a ladder accident.
-Be shoe smart. Wear shoes with clean, dry soles when working on ladders. Avoid sandals or flip flops.
Most importantly, don't forget the rule of three: According to the American Ladder Institute, the "Three Points of Contact" rule means keeping either two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand in contact with the steps, rungs, or side rails of a ladder at all times to reduce chances of a slip or fall.
Gutter cleaning and maintenance are among the highest risk activities for ladder injuries. One option to reduce the risk is to install rain dispersal gutters that don't require routine cleaning.
Products such as the Rainhandler Rain Dispersal system are engineered to keep leaves and debris out of gutters.
for more information about how the right gutter management can simplify home maintenance.
- Forget low-carb diets and Atkins; those sweet, succulent spuds are once again finding their place among meat and vegetables at the dinner table.To celebrate its return to center stage, Kita Roberta of Girl Carnivore is recognizing the health benefits of a plant-based diet, while still including your favorite proteins.To that end, Girl Carnivore has created a recipe that is packed with carrots, beets, kale and Idaho potatoes. Add the sweetness of maple aioli and you've got yourself a good-for-you meal. Roasted Roots and Chicken Power Bowl with Maple Aioli * 4 Russet Idaho potatoes, chopped into 1/2-inch cubes* 3 carrots* 1 turnip, peeled, cut in half lengthwise, and then cut into wedges* 1 red onion, cut into wedges* 1 cup butternut squash, peeled and chopped* 2 beets, rinsed, peeled, cut in half and then cut into wedges* 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided* Salt and pepper* 3 sprigs fresh thyme, removed from stem* 3 cups Swiss chard, removed from stem and chopped* 1 garlic clove, minced* 1 cup cooked rotisserie chicken, chopped For the Maple Aioli * 3 tablespoons fresh mayonnaise* 1 tablespoon maple syrup* 1/4 teaspoon cinnamonPreheat the oven to 425 degreeF. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.Toss all of the vegetables in olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.Arrange the vegetables in a single layer on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with thyme. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden and fork-tender, flipping once, halfway through.Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil in a skillet over medium-heat. Sauté the Swiss chard with the chopped garlic until wilted, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.Whisk the mayonnaise with the maple syrup and cinnamon until combined. Spoon into a serving dish.Divide the chard evenly in serving bowls. Top with the roasted vegetables and chopped rotisserie chicken. Serve with the maple aioli on the side for dipping.For more recipes, visit theIdaho Potato Commission's website at https://idahopotato.com
- Back in the late 1800s, hordes of miners descended on Colorado's Custer County to seek their fortunes. They staked nearly 100 individual claims, and mined large amounts of top-grade silver and gold from the ground. The area even acquired a revealing name: the Hardscrabble Silver District.The mines fell on hard times by the 1920s. But there was plenty of ore left in the ground. When one of the properties in the District, called Silver Cliff, was explored using modern techniques in the 1980s, geologists found some of the highest levels of silver ore ever measured in North America -- and estimated that the area contained 40 million to 50 million ounces of silver. That would be worth more than three-quarters of a billion dollars at today's prices.Still, the Silver Cliff property and others like it remained untapped -- until now.A North America-based company called Viscount Mining Corp
(TSXV: VML, OTCQB:VLMGF) has realized the potential of both Silver Cliff and a similar historical mining property in Nevada called Cherry Creek. As he explains in a recent interview with Stock-Sector
, Viscount CEO Jim MacKenzie did the painstaking work of acquiring the properties. Then he oversaw a new round of geological exploration in which new test holes were paired with the holes drilled in the previous testing at Silver Cliff.The results from this new exploration have now come in
-- and they are extremely impressive. The data shows up to 67 ounces of silver per ton of ore at Silver Cliff, confirming the great promise shown in the earlier results. Viscount is now planning the next phase of drilling to verify and expand the resource, looking towards full-scale mine operations.Meanwhile, the company is also moving ahead with its Cherry Creek property in Nevada, which includes more than 400 past claims and more than 20 mines that produce silver, gold, and tungsten."With these two valuable mining properties, I think that Viscount Mining Corp. is ideally positioned to take advantage of the long-term demand for -- and rising prices of -- silver and gold,"says professional geologist Howard Lahti, Ph.D, Viscount's Vice President of Exploration.
- Many of us spend our summer soaking up the sun. Kids are out of school, outdoor sports are plenty, and people are enjoying warm weather activities. However, spending a lot of time outside in the elements puts you at risk for dehydration-related concerns.While most people know that water is critical for your health, what you may not know is that water makes up about 55 to 65 percent of your body. Many may be surprised to know that losing only four percent of your body weight -- roughly the equivalent of riding a bike for three hours in extreme heat without rehydrating -- may cause you to faint.1
The following simple tips from Dr. Ralph Holsworth, a board-certified family medicine physician and head of clinical and scientific research for Essentia Water, will help you stay well hydrated this summer:* Sip with purpose; don't chug. -- When you drink too much water at once, it passes through your system too quickly, failing to go to the kidneys. This can lead to dehydration despite the amount of water you may be drinking. Drinking too much water can also cause cramping, as well as bloating and stomach pains, due to loss of electrolytes. Aim to take a sip of water every 15-20 minutes when you're playing sports or when it's hot outside and you should be right on track.* Aim to drink 3 liters a day. -- The age-old 8-glasses-a-day rule doesn't always suffice in the hot summer months. People should try to drink 12 glasses a day, especially if they are planning on working out, playing sports or spending excessive amounts of time in the sun. A good trick to know if you're drinking enough water is to keep your urine the color of straw (or transparent yellow).* Bring water with you. -- Spending more time out of the house often means less easy access to water. When you leave for a day at the beach, make sure you throw enough bottles of water in your beach bag to last throughout the day. Keeping a case of water in your car is another way to ensure you'll always have water on hand.* Limit sun exposure. -- Not shielding yourself properly in the sun causes you to sweat more, which can lead to quicker dehydration. Wearing cotton clothes that are breathable in the heat and a hat that covers your ears will help protect you from potentially dangerous health issues such as heat exhaustion.Whether you're an athlete, a weekend warrior or just want to take better care of yourself, staying hydrated is essential to a healthy body, especially during the hot summer months. John Ross III2
, wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, knows a thing or two about the importance of staying hydrated, especially during the summer heat."I push my body to the max every day and sometimes it can get into the 90s during practice," says the recent first-round pick in this year's NFL draft."If I'm planning to exercise outside in the heat, I always prioritize two things -- sleep and staying hydrated. I always get at least 8 hours of sleep and always have a bottle of water by my side."For more information about Essentia Water, visit www.essentiawater.com
. 1 Research from Stavros Kavouras, director of the Hydration Science Lab at the University of Arkansas.2 John Ross III has a paid sponsorship agreement with Essentia.
- It seems that almost anything can be done with a click of a mouse or a downloaded app these days -- including your banking.Online-only banks are gaining popularity for many reasons, as more people become comfortable with managing their finances online.According to the Consumers and Mobile Financial Services 2016 report from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, "forty-three percent of all mobile phone owners with a bank account had used mobile banking in the 12 months prior to the survey, up from 39 percent in 2014 and 33 percent in 2013."Although checking one's account balance is the most popular mobile banking activity, mobile banking offers many other advantages, including:-Greater efficiency. Mobile banking with an app allows consumers to bank 24/7, without the hassle of having to locate and visit a brick-and-mortar bank.-Greater savings. Consumers who open a checking account with Republic Bank & Trust Company's MemoryBank can earn up to 1.50 percent Annual Percentage Yield (APY) on their deposits, so long as they meet a monthly minimum of one direct deposit and five debit card uses, and receive online statements, as detailed by visiting MyMemoryBank.com/info.By contrast, rates at typical brick-and-mortar banks range from 0.04 percent to 0.06 percent. The reduced operating costs of a branchless bank allow MemoryBank to pass the infrastructure savings along to its customers.-Fewer fees. Many brick-and-mortar banks still charge a monthly maintenance fee for accounts, as well as fees for using non-network ATMs; MemoryBank charges no maintenance fees for its EarnMore Checking account and offers access to more than 85,000 ATMs worldwide with no fee.Although privacy and security remain concerns for consumers, most are taking steps to protect themselves while enjoying the benefits of mobile banking.The Consumers and Mobile Financial Services 2016 report, which includes survey results from approximately 2,500 adults in the United States, finds that 84 percent of consumers use mobile banking install updates, 70 percent use password protection on their phones, and 58 percent use customized privacy settings.Today's consumers use smartphones to inform financial decisions, according to the report. For example, 43 percent of mobile banking users in the survey who received a low balance alert moved money into the account.For more information about the benefits of mobile banking, visit MyMemoryBank.com/info
- One day before President Donald Trump announced his decision to pull the USA out of the Paris Agreement, Climeworks, an innovative Swiss startup, launched the world's first commercial carbon capture plant in Hinwil, Switzerland.
The plant, which filters carbon dioxide directly out of the air, offers a solution in the fight against climate change. Climeworks, which invented and developed a novel CO2 filtering material, aims to remove 1 percent of CO2 global emissions from the air by 2025.
business campaigning Ltd., a Swiss campaigning firm with the motto "meaningful campaigns for meaningful ideas" was "dismayed by Trump's decision, but buoyed with hope after seeing the launch of this potentially climate-saving technology," made the decision to launch the Planet First campaign to remove 100 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere and store it safely underground.
The business campaigning team believe that technology now enables ordinary people to collectively make a difference in the fight against climate change, no longer needing to rely on governments to fight it on their behalf.
The filtered CO2 can either be stored safely underground, used as a raw material in the food and beverage industry, or to manufacture carbon-neutral synthetic fuels, which can be used in the auto industry.
The Planet First campaign will fund the removal of 100 tons of CO2 from the air in support of Climeworks' goal in the fight against climate change.
"We want to make a mark with this campaign. Through technologies, such as Climeworks,'climate protection can become a viable business model," explains business campaigning Ltd., owner and CEO Peter Metzinger.
"The filter plants in Switzerland can evolve into a global export industry and create a new economic sector -- the circular carbon economy. Startups and companies can deliver decisive impetus to truly sustainable climate protection, utilizing CO2 as a raw material and reducing the reliance on fossil fuels. This is how we can fight climate change," says Metzinger.
The Planet First crowdfunding page is www.wemakeit.com/projects/let-s-remove-100-tons-co2
For further information, visit www.planetfirst.earth
- Summertime brings longer days and ideal driving conditions to much of the United States. However, summer weather can also lull drivers into a false sense of security, according to data from a survey conducted by Michelin.
Approximately two-thirds of the drivers surveyed (67 percent) reported feeling safer while driving during the summer; their top reasons were better weather (81 percent) and better road conditions (83 percent).
However, more car accidents occur during the summer months than at any other time of year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Michelin survey found that 81 percent of drivers said they drove less cautiously in the summer, while 72 percent said they were less likely to pay attention to fellow drivers. Also, drivers were nearly three times less likely to check their tires during summer months.
"Drivers tend to think about their tires in the winter, when slippery, icy roads require maximum traction. But heat is the enemy of tires," Sarah Robinson, driving safety expert at Michelin, says in a statement.
"Some of the most severe tire-related incidents are due to under-inflated tires in summer months."
To combat potential hazards, Michelin offers several tips for safe summer driving:
- Give your car a tuneup. Before a summer road trip, check your car's oil and fluids, battery, windshield wipers, and tires.
- Check your tires. Use the penny test to ensure your tire tread, and check tire pressure using the manufacturer's setting found on the driver's door.
- Focus fully on your driving. Avoid using your phone, eating, or tending to children or pets in the backseat. Furthermore, pull over for a break when you start to feel tired, and switch drivers if possible.
- Watch your distance. Always keep a safe following distance to maneuver in case of emergency, even on dry roads.
- Carry an emergency kit. Keep an emergency bag in your car with water, blankets, flashlight, jumper cables, and non-perishable food.
Visit MichelinMan.com for more driving safety information.
- The popularity of health and fitness services is driving many entrepreneurs to start home-based businesses.
For those innovative individuals, Fitbomb, a patented fitness tool, may be the perfect fit.
This "fitness sauna"allows individuals to provide an entire gym's worth of in-house fitness services easily.
David Shurtleff, a disabled veteran, created FitBomb as an option for those looking to improve athletic performance, enhance their health, or simply reduce the effects of aging.
"It's like having your own fitness center without the overhead," says Mr. Shurtleff.
"The FitBomb has everything you need to start a business, providing live video instruction for ... martial arts, dance, barre, [and] hot yoga," he says.
Other benefits include healthy detox and heated massage.
Combining sauna and fitness works by incorporating infrared heat to warm the muscles, thus helping users perform high-intensity resistance exercises with reduced risk of injury.
"Like most gym owners, you don't even have to be a personal trainer yourself," says Mr. Shurleff. "Just turn on the Wi-Fi and your choice of training videos instantly appears," he explains.
As a testament to the potential to enhance your bottom line is Cheryl Murray, a fitness instructor and mother of two who set up a studio in her basement. Within months, she is making $15,000 a month for a combination of fitness training and deep fascia massage services inside the FitBomb.
Other entrepreneurs have taken the studio mobile.
A Canadian team set up a FitBomb in a box truck and promoted it with the slogan, "FitBomb: Explosive Health & Fitness delivered to your door." They share profits with a small group of personal trainers.
Its appeal lies in its convenience and customization.
Patented features include attachments involving strategically placed "D" rings inside fitness sauna. Users attach exercise bands to these "D" rings to perform a number of exercises. The studio also features stretch bars, pull-up bars and the options to place speed bags, punching bags, and other workout accessories.
The FitBomb is available in a Studio size (7 by 9 feet) and a Solo size (6 feet, 5 inches by 50 inches).
Other special features include touch screen controllers that activate Wi-Fi videos on a TV in each unit. It is handicap-accessible, and also has a Power Access System card designed to activate power to the FitBomb for a pre-determined time and a number of activations that allows easier tracking of user activity.
For more information, visit www.fittsystems.com
- Millions of Americans suffer from chronic eye conditions caused by thousands of tiny parasites, called Demodex mites, living on their eyelids."These microbes are extremely common and yet largely an unknown problem," says ophthalmologist Kathryn Najafi-Tagol, MD, Founder and Medical Director of the Eye Institute of Marin
in California.The parasites burrow into eyelids, Dr. Najafi-Tagol explains."That causes inflammation and plugs the eye glands that produce the oily layer needed to keep tears from evaporating," she says. As a result, people suffer from red, inflamed and dry eyes. Often they also experience a crusty buildup of debris on their eyelids.Moreover, the infestation of parasites often attracts other microbes, such as bacteria, that add to the inflammation and discomfort while at the same time also providing food for the parasites."For many years, we didn't have a good solution to this problem," Dr. Najafi-Tagol says.Doctors typically used lid scrubs that contained tea tree oil, a substance shown to reduce the mite population. But the large concentration of tea tree oil needed to combat the mites usually irritated the eyes.Fortunately, eye doctors now have a new and better approach, says Dr. Najafi-Tagol.A company called NovaBay Pharmaceuticals
(NYSE MKT: NBY) has developed an eyelid hygiene product called Avenova. It is the only lid hygiene product to contain Neutrox
, a pure 0.01 percent solution of hypochlorous acid (HOCl). HOCl is a substance that is naturally made by our own cells. In vitro testing shows that NovaBay's proprietary version (Neutrox) kills bacteria, and Dr Najafi has found that Avenova helps prevent the proliferation of the mites in her patients."It is also very easy to use," says Dr. Najafi-Tagol. "I show my patients how to spray it on their eyelids twice a day. It is completely safe and non-irritating, and my patients find it feels refreshing . My patients who have been suffering for years say that it has finally brought them some relief."Dr. Najafi-Tagol says that she now has prescribed Avenova for more than a thousand patients, with success."Avenova is the first good weapon we have to fight these very unpleasant parasites," she says. "It is a remarkable advance in eye care."
- Rum aficionados, rejoice. A classic brand is re-entering the spotlight with a new look.St. Lucia Distillers is re-launching the Chairman's Reserve rum in the United States in July 2017, and will unveil new packaging designed to highlight the brand's distinguished history and reputation for quality blends in the English rum style."Chairman's Reserve has always been recognized amongst the finest rums in the world," says Benjamin Jones, director of North America for the brand."Now, with an elegant, refreshed look, Chairman's Reserve will return the spotlight to St. Lucia as an island with a rich and an original legacy for producing world-class rum," he says.The new label for Chairman's Reserve positions the brand to compete at the premium level in the rum category and compete against premium aged spirits overall, according to a company statement.The Chairman's Reserve portfolio includes Chairman's Reserve Rum Original, Chairman's Reserve Spiced Original, Chairman's Reserve The Forgotten Casks, and Chairman's Reserve White Rum.Chairman's Reserve Rum Original is the flagship St. Lucian rum, created in 1999. Chairman's Reserve Original combines rums from Coffey column stills and copper pot stills, well blended after maturation and further aged in oak casks.Chairman's Reserve Spiced Original starts with original Chairman's Reserve and adds a spicy kick from a Caribbean bark known as "Bois Bande," which has a reputation as an aphrodisiac. Other key ingredients include cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, and allspice, as well as lemon and orange peels.The Forgotten Casks of Chairman's Reserve is formulated to mimic casks of rum that were saved from the St. Lucia Distillers during a fire on May 2, 2007. The casks were misplaced, then rediscovered, but were too old for the Chairman's Original blend, and the rum was released on its own in the extra-aged category.The product was successful enough for Chairman's Reserve to regularly hold back some original rum for additional aging and branding as Forgotten Casks.Chairman's Reserve White Rum features hints of citrus and a blend of three- to four-year-old rums aged in American white oak casks after distillation in copper pot stills and a Coffey still.In addition, "St. Lucia Distillers will re-release the brand, "1931," as a limited reserve expression in the Chairman's portfolio," according to a company statement. The rare aged rum will be known as "Chairman's Reserve 1931."For more information about Chairman's Reserve products and the relaunch, visit spiribam.com