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Diamond Dawgs Head To Texas To Face Top-Ranked Aggies

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 12:36pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Looking to take down the nation's top-ranked team, the Mississippi State baseball team (21-14, 5-7 SEC) travels to Texas A&M (31-2, 9-2 SEC) this weekend.

4 Basic Exercises to Help Older Adults Improve Strength and Balance

Lifestyles - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 11:53am
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(NewsUSA) - As you grow older, being physically active is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy. Whether you're well into your golden years, a baby boomer or younger, studies show regular exercise can lower your risk of heart disease, some cancers, diabetes and dementia. It also helps improve your mood, energy level and overall well-being.

"The great thing is, no matter what your age, size or fitness level, it's never too late to start exercising," said Jaza Marina, M.D., a Kaiser Permanente physician who specializes in elder care. "We strongly recommend seniors do exercises that maintain strength, balance and flexibility. Our goal is to reduce their risk of falls and injuries, so they can stay healthy and independent."

Dr. Marina advises that good ways to exercise include low-impact aerobic activity, swimming, tai chi and yoga if you're physically able. "We have 80-year-olds who run 5k or 10k races. Everyone is different, so pick an exercise that you enjoy."

She believes walking is probably the easiest exercise. All you need is 30 minutes a day, five times a week. If that's too much, you can break that up -- 10 minutes in the morning, 10 in the afternoon, and 10 in the evening. Some seniors walk at their local indoor shopping mall.

"The important thing is to get off the recliner, turn off the T.V. and get active," said Dr. Marina. Below are four basic exercises to get you started.

1. Knee bends. Holding on to a sturdy chair or counter at your side, keep your back straight, feet on the ground and gently bend your knees and lower your body. Then, raise your body back up. It's a slight squat but not a deep one. Repeat 10-15 times.

2. Heel raises. Holding on to a chair or counter at your side, raise up on toes slowly and then lower the heels to the ground slowly. Heel raises strengthen the calf muscles. Repeat 10-15 times.

3. Side leg raises. Holding on to a chair or counter at your side, raise one leg out to the side and bring it back down. Repeat 10-15 times and switch to other leg.

4. Sit to stand. If you're able -- sit in a chair and rise to a standing position with arms stretched in front of you. Make sure the chair is in a stable position or against a wall so it won't fall over. Sit back down and repeat 10 times.

Kaiser Permanente offers exercise classes at several of its medical facilities. To find classes in your area and for further information about these exercises, visit kp.org. Also, talk with your physician before starting a new exercise routine.

Softball Dominates No. 1 LSU, 9-4

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 4:53pm
A hot start and a strong finish helped a surging Mississippi State team (30-10) tame No. 1 LSU (36-4), 9-4, on Wednesday night at the MSU Softball Field.

Women's Hoops Ranked 18th In Final USA Today Coaches Poll

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 4:47pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State closed the 2014-15 season No. 18 in the final USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll that was released Wednesday.

Uber to Passengers: Our Drivers May Be Unsafe

Lifestyles - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:07pm
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(NewsUSA) - They've reached what you could call the braking point.

Fueled by anger over Uber and other ride-booking services' own warnings that their drivers may pose a "risk," critics are calling for a "Passenger Bill of Rights" that would serve as a stop-gap until lawmakers act to officially crack down on the app-based industry's most egregious safety issues.

Safety -- or the lack of it -- has been a major concern ever since news reports began piling up of ride-booking drivers across the country being arrested for allegedly raping and assaulting passengers. And with the companies fighting efforts to subject their drivers to the same rigorous background checks as taxi and limousine drivers, the last straw may have been the discovery that the "terms of use" posted on their own websites appear to place the burden on passengers to decide who they're willing to entrust their lives to behind the wheel.

"By using the services," Uber states, "you acknowledge that you may be exposed to situations involving third-party providers" -- meaning, their drivers -- "that are potentially unsafe, offensive, harmful to minors, or otherwise objectionable, and that use of third-party providers arranged or scheduled using the services is at your own risk."

And from Lyft, another top industry player: "Users understand and accept that Lyft has no control over the identity or actions of the riders and drivers. . . Drivers and riders use the services at their own risk."

The Bill of Rights intentionally includes all "ground transportation," not just app-based services like Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and Whisk. That jibes with the stance of the non-profit National Limousine Association, which suggested the guidelines as part of its "Ride Responsibly" campaign, that "everyone be held to the same standards."

"As the global voice of the private driver transportation industry," said Gary Buffo, the NLA's president, "we feel it is our obligation to promote a safer and more accountable system for passengers and operators."

Among the rights passengers would be entitled to:

* Proof of commercial-for-hire licensing and certifications.

* A safe and courteous driver covered by commercial vehicle insurance (which ride-booking drivers may or may not have).

* A fully vetted and trained driver who's undergone official criminal background checks and pre-hire drug testing.

* Air-conditioning on request.

* Fully functioning seat belts.

* A quoted fare and final charge that match the agreed upon amount.

* Assurance that the vehicle has undergone regular inspections and is certified as being safe.

With a new Harris Poll showing a whopping 91 percent of Americans believe there should be mandatory rules and regulations for ride-hailing drivers, the NLA also stepped up pressure on lawmakers by setting up a website (www.rideresponsibly.org) to provide a forum for public debate on the issue.

MSU’s Cutura Captures Second-Straight SEC Weekly Honor

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:05pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Continuing his tear through SEC play and leading Mississippi State men's tennis back into the ITA Top 25 this week, Mate Cutura has been named SEC Player of the Week for the second-straight time, the league announced Wednesday.

Western Days full of activities

Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:00am

TOP ARTISTS, WESTERN EVENTS MAKES FOR FUN 4 DAYS AT SYCAMORE SPRINGS RANCH

LOCUST GROVE, Okla. – A beautiful spring leads to incredible nighttime views in picturesque eastern Oklahoma.

There’s no better setting for star gazing than in the rolling hills near this historic community. The stars get a little brighter during Cord McCoy’s Western Days, set for Thursday, April 16-Sunday, April 19, at Sycamore Springs Ranch just south of Locust Grove.

CordAd-250“When I came up with the idea for Western Days, I wanted to attract people to the lifestyle we live every day and show everyone all the things that go into a true Western festival,” said McCoy, a champion rodeo cowboy who, with brother Jet, was a three-time fan favorite on “The Amazing Race,” a CBS-TV reality series. “What we’ve come up with is so much more.

“We’re going to have great country Western artists the first three nights, including legendary Red Stegall, David Frizzell and the Jason Roberts Band. I’m excited about that, because it’s a great way to conclude a full day.”

Western Days is loaded with plenty of opportunities for festival-goers. In addition to the plethora of events going on at the various arenas on the sprawling Sycamore Springs Ranch, a nightly rodeo will be part of each day’s festivities. In fact, the event will conclude at 6 p.m. Sunday with the Cord McCoy Bull Riding Challenge, which will feature a $10,000 bounty bull and Frank Newsome Freestyle Bullfights.

“We want to make every day exciting,” McCoy said. “That’s why we’re having the concerts and why we want to feature rodeo every evening.”

This is the perfect venue for cowboys of all types – from those who have lived their lives horseback to those who have just dreamed about it. That’s why there are numerous festivities taking place throughout each day: Western events and competitions, chuck wagon feasts and a daily exotic trail ride across the beautiful Sycamore Springs Ranch.

A Western trade show will be a major part of each day’s activities. The opening day will feature a Western showdown, ranch sorting practice, the Ultimate Western Challenge and Dick Pieper Horsemanship, appealing to all levels of cowboys.

Friday’s festivities will include those and a cattle dog demonstration, the ranch sorting competition, a team roping championship, a steer roping contest and a miniature rodeo tour. Added on Saturday will be the Silver Select Horse Sale and a barrel racing challenge, while Sunday will include the Western Worship Service and a ranch rodeo.

“I was raised around all this and love it, but I wanted it to be more,” McCoy said. “I’ve traveled around the world three times, and I wanted to appeal to every person that has ever watched a Western or ever thought about being a cowboy.

“I want the guy who wears a suit every day to come and enjoy and trade out his business shoes for cowboy boots for a few days. I think this is something he’ll enjoy, too.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Soccer Uses Strong Second Half To Down Alabama 3-2

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:07am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mallory Eubanks, Shelby Jordan and Hannah Smith scored as Mississippi State held on for a 3-2 win against Alabama at the MSU Soccer Field Tuesday night.

Baseball Drops 7-1 Midweek Contest On The Road At Memphis

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:38am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Mississippi State still couldn't break away from the midweek doldrums Tuesday night.

MSU Shoots Final Round 291 At The Old Waverly Collegiate Championship

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 8:25pm
WEST POINT, Miss. – Mississippi State saved its best for last, firing a season best team score of 291 in the final round of the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship to place fourth.

Bulldogs Host Top-Ranked Tigers on Wednesday

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 6:13pm
Riding a five-game winning streak, the Mississippi State softball team (29-10) will host No. 1 LSU (36-3) for a game that will be defined as non-conference at 6 p.m. CT on Wednesday from the MSU Softball Field.

Holocaust survivor to speak at MSU

MSU News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 2:08pm

Thermal Imaging Camera Helps Find Hidden Damage in Your Home

Lifestyles - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 1:22pm
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(NewsUSA) - Spring is in the air, which means it's not only time to start deep cleaning your home, but ensuring it's protected against damage caused by Old Man Winter.

For homeowners who have gone through especially harsh weather (a shout-out to the Northeast and New England seems to be in order), the spring thaw that occurs from record-breaking snowfall can result in irreparable water damage if not taken care of properly.

For roofs, it's important to check for ice damming. This happens when snow on the upper portion of your roof melts and freezes on the lower half, creating a wall-like formation around the gutter. Water then becomes trapped behind the ice dam and can leak into your home. In addition, water-stained ceilings, drywall and damp areas in the basement, cracks in concrete floors and musty, wet odors can also mean trouble and should be checked.

To help find these sometimes-hard-to-see signs, you might want to consider investing in a thermal camera. This pocket-size device plugs into smartphones and puts technology that was once unaffordable into consumers' hands.

It works like this: all objects radiate heat or "infrared light" that can be seen by true thermal cameras even in the absence of visible light. While this technology has primarily been used by law enforcement and the military, one company has brought the cost down to an affordable price for the everyday consumer.

Seek Thermal, a California-based technology company, has created a thermal camera that works with a free app to turn invisible heat energy into an image that can be seen from your phone or tablet. This, the company says, allows homeowners to easily expose and record water damage, so something can be done about it before having to make costly repairs.

For one Boston custom home builder, the Seek Thermal camera has made a difference in how he approaches his business.

"With the Seek camera we're able to isolate the exposure without cutting holes in the sheetrock," says Chris Rapczynski, president of Sleeping Dog Properties. "Now, with the thermal imaging camera, we're able to quickly walk in, assess whether the water has infiltrated a wall cavity, and all of that can be done in minutes.

"Having a thermal imaging camera bridges the gap between applying some effort and having certainty the effort that's been applied is the fix," says Rapczynski. "And the clients just want the fix."

For more information, visit www.thermal.com.

 

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