Skip to main content

Feed aggregator

Manage Emergency Plumbing Leaks With Ease

Lifestyles - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 2:45pm
Five words or less

(NewsUSA) - Water problems top the list of many homeowners' woes, especially water leaks. Data from the Environmental Protection Agency suggest that repairing a faucet dripping at two ounces a minute can save 11,000 gallons of water a year.

Catching a small leak immediately and identifying its source are the keys to preventing water waste and water damage, and a few simple tips can help keep a leak under control.

The FloLogic System, developed by FloLogic, Inc., is one way to help identify leaks early. The FloLogic System works by monitoring the water supply in the home, and when the flow through the system exceeds a limit that is set when the system is installed, the system shuts off and alerts the homeowner via an alarm system. This early warning means that homeowners can take some do-it-yourself action as soon as possible and control problems from leaks until a professional arrives.

When a plumbing emergency strikes, don't panic. Follow these steps to help contain your plumbing problem.

* Location, location, location. Find the source of the leak. Sometimes the source is obvious; in other cases it is necessary to trace the water flow to find the problem.

* Selective shut-off. A system such as FloLogic will automatically shut off the water in the event of a leak, and turning off valves for the specific fixture may be enough.

* Drain and dry. Drain out any excess water and dry the pipe once it is empty.

Then, try these quick fixes:

* Go for glue. If a leak is located at a joint between two pipes, pressing flexible epoxy into the hole might do the trick until a plumber can assess the problem. Work the epoxy in your hands, press it into the hole, and allow it to set.

* Pencil tip. If the hole is small, stick a sharpened pencil into the hole, break off the tip so the tip plugs the hole, and wrap the hole with duct tape or electrical tape.

* Screw and washer. For larger holes, try placing a washer around the hole, then drive the screw through the hole.

Visit www.flologic.com for more details about the FloLogic water monitoring system and more information about water management in the home.

How to Protect Pets From Fleas and Ticks

Lifestyles - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 2:43pm
Five words or less

(NewsUSA) - With the arrival of long, sunny days, people and pets alike are eager to spend more time enjoying the great outdoors. However, pet owners must be especially vigilant during the warmer months of the dangers fleas and ticks can pose to their four-legged friends.

Flea bites can cause pets to scratch excessively, and their saliva can transfer tapeworms, while ticks can spread Lyme disease in pets and cause tick paralysis, a condition that can result in death from respiratory failure as chest muscles become paralyzed.

The following tips from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) can help protect pets from fleas and ticks this summer:

1: After walks or playtime outside, inspect your pet thoroughly. Brush their coat to remove any debris or insects, especially if your pet has been in wooded areas or high grasses.

2: Bathe dogs regularly, using a shampoo that can kill pests.

3: Be on the lookout for skin irritations on your pet, such as bite marks, red, itchy skin, or excessive scratching.

4: If your pet has long hair, consider having him/her groomed in the spring and summer to help to prevent insects from latching onto the long hair and help you to spot any that do.

5: Consult with a veterinarian to determine if a preventative medicine is recommended for your pet.

6: If you notice a change in your animal's behavior, such as lack of appetite or decrease in energy, take your pet to the veterinarian ASAP. This could be a sign of Lyme disease or other health issue caused by pests.

7: Wash your pet's bedding, crate, toys, food bowls and sleeping areas on a regular basis.

8: Keep your home clean and clutter-free to deter pest infestations and make it easy to spot any pests that do find their way indoors. Vacuum frequently and wash linens on a regular basis.

9: Keep your lawn cut short, and gardens well maintained, to prevent breeding grounds for pests. Fleas and ticks often hide out in tall grasses.

10: If you find a tick on your pet, remove it immediately, being careful to extract the head and mouthparts completely. If your pet has fleas, bathe them and seek the advice of a veterinarian.

For more information on fleas and ticks, or to find a pest control professional in your area, visit www.pestworld.org.

Echols Named Capital One Academic All-American

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 12:48pm
Nearing the completion of her master's degree in business administration, senior Julia Echols was named to the Capital One Academic All-America third team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Friday.

MSU Track & Field Stands Out At NCAA East Prelims

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 12:16am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Six Mississippi State track and field athletes moved into the semifinals at the NCAA East Preliminaries after an outstanding opening day on Thursday.

Ten Home Dates Highlight 2015 Bulldog Soccer Schedule

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 5:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Ten home dates and 10 contests against NCAA Tournament teams highlight Mississippi State's 2015 soccer schedule that was unveiled Thursday.

Marketing Launches Revamped Hail State Rewards Program

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 4:23pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – In a continual effort to provide the best fan experience possible, Mississippi State athletics has partnered with FanMaker to launch a new-and-improved Hail State Rewards program.

Spring Cleaning Made Easy to Help Tackle Inanimate Allergens

Lifestyles - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:17pm
Five words or less

(NewsUSA) - While the spring season might be synonymous with cleaning your home, it doesn't mean that you're tackling it in the right way. So, if you're concerned about the allergens in your home, getting rid of a dust bunny (or two) and Fido's ferocious dander may not be enough.

In fact, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) supports this claim, stating, "When it comes to cleaning, many people may actually be doing it wrong, stirring up the very allergens they are trying to remove from their homes."

However, while keeping up with cleaning is vital for controlling indoor allergens, there is such a thing as being too diligent.

Take Jesse Tyler Ferguson, an actor on the hit show "Modern Family," who lives with allergies himself. Ferguson thought that obsessively cleaning his space was the way to go.

"Everyone knows I'm a neat freak, [but] I learned from AAFA that, like most of America, I was actually doing some things wrong and stirring up allergens instead of removing them," he said. "Now I look for Certified asthma and allergy-friendly products like Febreze Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer (Unscented) and Swiffer Dry Dusters and Sweepers (Unscented) to help me clean the right way and reduce common allergens in my home."

The asthma- and allergy-friendly Certification Program was created by AAFA and the international research organization, Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), as the first program of its kind in the U.S. in order to reduce confusion about product claims targeting the asthma and allergy market, raise standards for these products, encourage innovation in the production of these products and raise issue awareness about asthma and

allergic diseases.

With these things in mind, Laura Dellutri, cleaning expert and author of "White Couch with Kids?" and "Speed Cleaning 101," offers the following tips revealing the places inanimate allergens -- from pollen, pet dander and dust mite matter -- may be accumulating and some cleaning advice that can help you remove them:

* Window dressing. Everyone cleans their windows, but few remember to dust window blinds and drapes -- places that can be havens for dust mite matter and other inanimate allergens. Using a Swiffer Duster (unscented, of course) can trap inanimate allergens two times more than a typical dusting cloth and three times more than a feather duster because it picks up dust and locks it away with thousands of flexible, fluffy fibers, designed to reach into nooks and crannies.

* Favor your fabrics. You may clean your couches, decorative pillows, upholstered furniture and carpets with a quick vacuum, fluff of a pillow or dusting. But spraying these hard-to-wash fabrics with something like Febreze Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer (unscented) can help reduce inanimate allergens that can become airborne from fabrics as well. This nifty product reduces up to 95 percent of inanimate allergens like pollen, pet dander and dust mite matter that can become trapped in fabrics and soft surfaces.

* Clean smarter, not harder. Technology can be a beautiful thing, and it has revolutionized household cleaning with lots of gadgets and tools that make cleaning easier, faster and more effective. For instance, when it comes to removing inanimate allergens from your wood floors, using a Swiffer Dry Sweeper to trap and lock the dirt and dust, is two times more effective than a typical dusting cloth.

For more information, visit febreze.com and swiffer.com.

100 Things To Look Forward To For 100 Days Until MSU Football

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:14pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Today, as this is published, it is exactly 100 days until Mississippi State kicks off the 2015 football season against Southern Miss.

Key Ingredients for a Healthy Heart

Lifestyles - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 9:26am
Five words or less

(NewsUSA) - As the weather warms and schedules become packed with summer sports and activities, it can be easy to let your heart healthy diet slide to the bottom of the priority list. With a dash of planning and a spoonful of creativity, summer meals can taste as good as they are nutritious and give you the fuel you need to take advantage of the wonderful weather.

Here are some tips for keeping your meals and snacks heart healthy in the summer months:

Go Lean with Protein

Being on the go doesn't mean you need to sacrifice muscle-building protein in the summer. For dinner options, choose lean meats, poultry or fish. Select lean proteins for refreshing and easy-to-make sandwiches such as Simply Delicious sandwich meats from Land O' Frost. The entire line of Simply Delicious products meets the American Heart Association's nutrition requirements for heart healthy foods.

Become a Fruit Fanatic

Summer is the season for fresh fruits that are chock full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. They make a great substitute for traditional desserts that are high in fat and calories. Wash and slice any combination of juicy melons, berries, or other fruits and add them to your favorite yogurt or sorbet and blend for a cooling and healthy treat. Larger fruits such as peaches or pineapple also pair nicely with grilled items.

Streamline Salads

Salads are also a go-to for the summer months but accompanying oily dressing and cheese can load them down with fat and calories. Choose low-fat or light dressing options and steer clear from cream-based diet spoilers. Minimize added sodium and fat by sprinkling low-fat varieties such as Swiss, Mozzarella, Parmesan or cottage cheese.

With these guidelines in mind, your summer meals will be every bit as heart healthy as they are tasty! For coupons and more information about Simply Delicious products from Land O'Frost, visit www.landofrost.com.

MSU Athletics Continues To Excel in NCAA APR

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 8:22pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- All 16 of Mississippi State's varsity sports excelled in the NCAA's annual report of Academic Progress Rates (APR), the association announced on Wednesday.

Track & Field Begins Road To Championships

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 2:40pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After months of hard work, the road to the championships begins Thursday for the Mississippi State track and field teams.

For Love of the Game -- Smokeless Tobacco Still a Part of Baseball

Lifestyles - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:04am
Five words or less

(NewsUSA) - Smokeless tobacco is as much a part of baseball as the Cubs' disappointing run at the World Series year after year.

While Major League Baseball is urging its players to reconsider a habit as old as the sport itself, there is also a history to think about -- one that has linked the two together in the hearts and minds of Americans.

This begs the question: Is there life to baseball without smokeless tobacco?

To come to a conclusion, we have to look at the history of smokeless tobacco and how the two have become inextricably linked together.

In the mid-1800s, when baseball was first getting its footing in America, chewing tobacco was extremely popular, and baseball players used it for the same reasons other men did -- pure pleasure. Soon, however, players found added benefits to using smokeless tobacco products, such as, creating more saliva in the mouth in a dusty environment. This, in turn, helped players to moisten their gloves with spit.

It also helped the smokeless tobacco industry when cigarettes -- which threatened smokeless tobacco companies in the early 20th century -- were attributed to fatigue and bad luck among players. In this way, snuff and chew, continued to gain ground.

"Chewing tobacco is a tradition in baseball," says Everett Dickson, CEO of FLASR, a company that has created accoutrements for the smokeless tobacco user. "It's a part of the game, seeing a pitcher or hitter at bat with a small piece of tobacco tucked into his cheek. Having said that, we also understand the concerns of the general public, and support any decision by policymakers and Major League Baseball."

Until then, however, FLASR wants those who do use smokeless tobacco (players included) to know there are products that are discreet and help with the more inconvenient and messy aspects for users.

One such product is FLASR's pocket-sized, portable spittoon, which has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays closed when not in use. This eliminates the risk of spills and leaks often seen with cups and bottles. FLASR reusable spittoons also feature the exclusive Thumb-Lok Twist Cap for one-handed ease of use making it an ideal solution for taking snuff, dip or chew into the bullpen or on long road trips.

For more information, visit www.flasr.com. Market listing: FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR).

MSU Men’s Tennis Caps 2015 Season At No. 23 In Final ITA Poll

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 9:15pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – For the fifth-straight season, the Mississippi State men's tennis program closes out the spring season in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Top 25, finishing 23rd, the ITA announced Tuesday.
The annual Borger Beach Bash was held this past weekend here in Borger. There were several youth...
The West Texas Comanche baseball team will look to even the series with Hawley Saturday afternoon...
The Regional Semi-Finals games between West Texas and Hawley will take place at Lubbock Cooper'...

 

Premium Drupal Themes by Adaptivethemes