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Remove Plaque in Next to No Time | Tips and Updates – BabaMail

A DIY Home Remedy to Remove Plaque – posted by BabaMail

Yup, you heard that right! The things that keep wounds clean and your fridge smelling fresh will also do wonders for your mouth. This mixture is our favorite because it’s made from common household items which are easy to get a hold of, it’s cheap, and there are no hidden additives or chemicals.

To make your own plaque-busting mouthwash, you will need the following:

• 1 tablespoon of baking soda
• ½ a cup of salt
• ½ cup of drug store hydrogen peroxide (1-3%)
• 1 cup of cold water
• ½ cup of warm water
• Toothpick
• Toothbrush

Method

1. Combine the salt and baking soda in a small container.

2. Run your toothbrush under some warm water, then swirl the bristle around in the baking soda-salt mixture.

3. Brush your teeth normally, and spit out the homemade paste when finished.

4.  Now to the best part – the mouthwash! This step is simple. All you need to do is combine the ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide with the ½ cup of warm water, and swish it around in your mouth for a minute or two.

5. To remove as much plaque as possible, use a toothpick on the hard-to-reach areas, and rinse the excess away with some cold water.

Repeat this procedure up to twice a week, but please remember that this DIY dental routine is not meant to replace your daily brushing and flossing. Just think of it as a fast, fun, and economical way to make plaque a thing of the past.

Source: tiphero

Source: Remove Plaque in Next to No Time | Tips and Updates – BabaMail

May 23 – Class – FACEBOOK 101: Who, What, When, Where, Why?

FACEBOOK 101: Who, What, When, Where, Why?

Tuesday, May 23, 5:00 p.m. by Diane Siefkes, dkSolutions

4735 South 54th Street 

News, events & links from Homestead Rehabilitation Center.  Reserve Your Seat Today! Contact Eldonna at Homestead Rehabilitation by phone (402) 560-1366 or email frd@HomesteadRehab.com to reserve your seat!


Homestead Rehabilitation Center offers FREE presentations by local experts. Enjoy a tips, takeaways and time for questions all inside of 60 minutes! Presentations start at 5:00 p.m. at Homestead Rehabilitation Center, located at 4735 South 54th Street (at the corner of 54th and La Salle). Enter at the new Therapy Entrance at the south end of campus. Seating is limited so reserve your space today! Contact Eldonna at Homestead Rehabilitation by phone (402) 560-1366 or email frd@HomesteadRehab.com to reserve your seat!

Getting bumped by an airline – Executive Travel

Source: Executive Travel | We Simplify Travel Here are 8 things you need to know about getting bumped by an airline. Last week was not a good week for United Airlines. Social media saw a tidal wave of people responding in horror to a passenger being dragged off an airplane after it was oversold (more passengers than seats). United obviously messed up big time and now they are admitting it and trying to correct their big mistakes and do the right thing. In light of all the conversation about the horrors of being bumped I thought it would be a good time to explain the process of being denied boarding (bumped from a flight). Most people don’t know the rules and protections they have if a flight is oversold. Below are 8 things you need to know about what to do if you are either involuntarily or voluntarily bumped.

#1 Most people are voluntarily bumped when a flight is oversold This is a simple process where the airlines see they have sold more tickets than they have seats on a flight so they announce to the passengers that they will offer them compensation if they are willing to take an alternative flight to their destination. Usually, the airlines starts out offering a travel voucher of $400 and continues to increase the amount offered up to $800 or more until enough people agree to take an alternative flight (CLICK HERE to read how Delta this week announced they are allowing up to $9,950 offered for volunteers). It is important to know that this is all highly negotiable and some people are now asking for cash instead of vouchers for future flights. Keep in mind there are no federal rules that must be followed for voluntary bumping. It is almost like an auction to see who will be the first to put up their hands for the lowest amount offered.

#2 Involuntary bumping (denied boarding) rules are prescribed by the government An involuntary bump is when a flight is oversold and not enough people voluntarily agree to get off the plane and take an alternate flight in return for negotiated compensation. Ironically, by law, the airlines do not have to compensate you if they can get an involuntary bumped passenger to your destination within one hour of the originally scheduled arrival time. If they can’t get you there within two hours they must pay you 200% (maximum of $675) of the one way fare in cash (for example, if the one way fare was $220 they must pay you $440). If you can’t get there within four hours they must pay you 400% (maximum of $1,350) of the one way fare (for example, if the OW airfare was $220 they must pay you $880). CLICK HERE for more details on denied boarding compensation.

#3 Negotiations for overbooking usually happen before passengers enter the airplane The airlines usually know in advance if they have oversold a flight and will start announcing offers to be voluntarily bumped sometimes hours in advance of a flight. I have even received notices when I checked-in online that they are accepting volunteers for alternate flights with a set amount of compensation. Very rarely does an airline board a plane first before they make an offer. Because of what happened on the United flight last week I don’t think you will ever see passengers completely board a plane before the negotiations for compensation and alternate flight options are completed.

#4 Federal law says that if a crew member gives you an order you have to obey For obvious safety reasons, the government has given the airline crew almost universal power to control the flight from passengers getting out of hand with the potential to disrupt the flight and affect other passengers. I have personally seen crew members abuse this power as they try to show people “who is boss”. However, the bottom line is that if a crew member tells you to get off the plane you are obligated by law to obey. Even though I probably would have been as upset as the passenger on the UA flight was last week the law says that the crew is always in control while you are on the airplane and must always be obeyed. Like it or not. Ironically, if someone had not taken a video of the man being drug off the flight he would have probably spent the night in jail for breaking federal law.

#5 Gate agents are limited in what they can offer so always ask for a supervisor for a richer offer Delta Air Lines made national news this past week when they announced they were increasing the amount of compensation they would authorize an employee to offer a passenger who is denied boarding. The gate agent (the one checking you on the flight) is authorized to offer up to $2000 in compensation. The airline supervisor can go as high as $9950. If a flight is over booked and they are asking for volunteers always asked to speak to a supervisor. They have the power of the purse strings.

#6 – Planes filled with business travelers are less likely to accept voluntary denied boarding compensation Business travelers are usually least likely to volunteer to be bumped as they have meetings they must attend and the compensation is not as important as the meeting. A plane full of families with children usually can easily find a family that will accept free travel vouchers to pay for their next family vacation for FREE.

#7 When you buy an airline ticket you agree to be bound by their contract of carriage, and everything is in the airlines favor When you purchase an airline ticket every passenger agrees to be bound by their contract of carriage. These terms are all very one-sided. Basically you give all your rights away to the airline. I’m not sure anyone would ever buy an airline ticket if they actually read all the rights that you give up when you buy that ticket. CLICK HERE to see all the rights you give to an airline every time you buy a ticket.

#8 Positive changes will be made by all the airlines in the near future – The good news is that the horrendous event last week shocked all the airlines into realizing they have to treat their customers much better than in the past. The oligopoly that the airlines control over the traveling public was pushed over the line last week. Let’s all hope that the airlines respond by treating their passengers with more respect. We deserve it.

Attend our FREE Travel Night this Thursday! – Do not miss our FREE and exciting travel night this Thursday, April 20th, at 6:30pm, at the Bernina Suite #27 at The Shoppes at Piedmont, 1265 S Cotner Blvd, Lincoln, NE 68510. Join us for a fun and informal evening to learn about three of our upcoming tours: “The Wonder and Awe of Alaska” featuring a remarkable cruise to Alaska with extension to Denali National Park, “Nebraska vs Oregon”, our fun football tour visiting Seattle before we head to Portland by the scenic coastal train, and finally our “Taste of Italy – Vino Italiano” tour. This is the third time we travel to Italy to experience some of the most unique villages and wine that exists. Reserve your spot for Thursday night by calling 402-458-9845 or email groupdepartment@executivetravel.com to tell us how many are in your party. We are looking forward to seeing you!  

Need information on any of the above? Call our friendly travel advisors…. Lincoln – 402-435-8888 Toll-free 800-737-0582

MANUFACTURING EFFICIENCY INITIATIVE

Lincoln, NE Feb. 23, 2017 – An engineering team headed by three University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty has earned a $1.4 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to help smaller manufacturers use energy more efficiently while students learn energy management and manufacturing processes.
The department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced in late 2016 that the university would be one of eight new Industrial Assessment Centers to join 20 existing centers around the country. Months earlier, the university was approved as a headquarters site and began work as the Nebraska Industrial Assessment Center. Robert Williams, associate professor of mechanical and materials engineering; Bruce Dvorak, professor of civil engineering; and George Gogos, professor of mechanical and materials engineering; direct the Nebraska group.
Faculty and student teams perform on-site assessments at small- and medium-sized manufacturing business partners – those having gross annual sales below $100 million, fewer than 500 employees and annual energy bills between $100,000 and $2.5 million.
In exchange for hosting the assessment, manufacturers get an assessment report to improve productivity, secure information, reduce waste and save energy. Meanwhile, engineering students train in manufacturing processes, energy assessment procedures and energy management systems.
The program also encourages applicants to propose creative approaches to providing IAC services in innovative “smart” manufacturing, cybersecurity, water/wastewater and energy management systems.
The Nebraska IAC’s partners include Lincoln Electric System, Nebraska Public Power District, the Nebraska State Energy Office and the university’s Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which is led by Curtis Weller, professor of biological systems engineering.
Williams said the Nebraska IAC would have an impact over a large geographic area. The nearest centers at U.S. universities are in Utah, Illinois and Oklahoma.
“It’s a huge opportunity. We have a lot of work ahead of us,” he said. “Without us, there would be a big hole in the center of the map.”
PHOTOS: Four high-resolution color photos – including photos of Robert Williams, Bruce Dvorak and George Gogos – are available at http://go.unl.edu/fumb. Cutline information is provided below.

5 Clever Tricks to Solve Your Worst Winter Car Problems | Reader’s Digest

How to prevent an icy windshield, quickly thaw a frozen lock, and more.

Source: 5 Clever Tricks to Solve Your Worst Winter Car Problems | Reader’s Digest

Mayor’s Office: CITY OF LINCOLN SNOW PLAN

When Lincoln has a winter storm, the City’s goal is to keep the streets cleared and safe.  For City crews to accomplish this goal effectively and efficiently, community cooperation is required.   See details below.

Street Condition Emergencies – 402-441-7701
Snow Center (parking bans/snow removal operations) – 402-441-7644
Non-Emergencies/Potholes – 402-441-7646
On the City website – http://www.lincoln.ne.gov – Find and Click on “City Service Request”
to report potholes, ice on streets, curb/gutter repair, snow being pushed into the street and other problems.

When Lincoln has a winter storm, the City’s goal is to keep the streets cleared and safe.  For City crews to accomplish this goal effectively and efficiently, community cooperation is required.   Residents are discouraged from parking on the street during any snow storm and are encouraged to plan ahead for alternative off-street parking.

Residents also are asked to stay informed on the status of snow operations.  The City uses the following methods to inform the public:

  • Local news media sources
  • The City website – snow.lincoln.ne.gov
  • RSS feeds – sign up at snow.lincoln.ne.gov
  • Twitter – sign up at twitter.com/lincolnsnow.  You do not need a Twitter account to receive SMS alerts – text “follow lincolnsnow” to 40404 (standard text messaging rates apply).
  • Government access channels 5 and 10 and educational access channel 80 on Time Warner Cable/Spectrum and  Windstream Kinetic.  Those with built-in digital cable tuners  (QAM) will find the channels on 71.14, 71.15 and 71.16.

The Mayor may declare three types of parking bans:

  1. SNOW EMERGENCY: Parking may be banned on both sides of emergency snow routes, arterial streets and City bus routes, as indicated on the map.  These routes must remain open for emergency vehicles.  Along non-arterial streets, bus routes are marked with signs.
  2. SNOW REMOVAL DISTRICTS: When a snow emergency is declared, the Mayor may prohibit parking on both sides of the street in areas designated as snow removal districts.  In these areas, the snow is plowed into windrows, loaded into trucks and hauled out of the area.  Typically, snow removal occurs between midnight and 8 a.m. The districts include streets in the following areas:  Downtown, University Place, Havelock, Bethany, College View, 11th and “G”, 17th and Washington, 25th and Sumner.  During snow removal district parking bans, free downtown parking will be available from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. at Center Park Garage, 1100 “N” St. The customer will be charged for any time beyond the nine hours at the posted garage rate. If the vehicle remains in the facility past 10 a.m., the customer will be charged for the entire time the vehicle was in the facility.
  3. RESIDENTIAL: A residential parking ban applies to streets that are not emergency snow routes, arterials or bus routes or included in a snow removal district.  Parking is first banned on the even-numbered (north and east) side of the street.  Once the Mayor has terminated that ban, parking will be banned on the odd-numbered (south and west) side of the street, and parking is again permitted on the even side.

All bans remain in effect until terminated by the Mayor.

TICKETS AND TOWING – Vehicles parked illegally during Snow Emergency, Snow Removal District or Residential Parking bans are subject to fines, towing and storage costs at the owners’ expense.  Vehicles parked in a way that does not allow emergency vehicles to pass may be ticketed for obstructing a public street.  For information on towed vehicles, call the Emergency Communications Center, 402-441-7204.
SIDEWALKS AND DRIVEWAYS – City ordinance requires property owners to clear snow and ice from sidewalks by 9 a.m. the day following the end of the snow storm.  Sidewalks must be kept clear of snow and ice during the day.  The entire width of the walk must be cleared, along with any adjoining wheelchair ramps or curb cuts.  For more information or to report locations not cleared, contact the Public Works and Utilities sidewalk office at 402-441-7541.
If a property owner does not clear the walk and a complaint is received by the City sidewalk office, notice will be given to the owner.  City ordinance requires written notice to be left on the front door or other conspicuous place on the property.  If an unresolved problem is reported again, the City may hire a snow removal contractor, and the owner is responsible for the charges.
It is illegal to push or blow snow into or on any street, alley or sidewalk. Violators are subject to a fine. Residents are encouraged to clear snow from fire hydrants.
INFORMATION IN OTHER LANGUAGES

Spanish – El Centro de las Americas – 402-474-3950
Arabic – Good Neighbor Community Center – 402-477-5545
Vietnamese, Karen, Chinese, Sudanese – Asian Community Center and Fusion Project, 402-477-3446

PROPERTY DAMAGE – The areas between the paved streets and sidewalk lines are owned by the City.  Property owners are allowed to place objects in this area, such as mailboxes, sprinkler systems, landscaping and driveways.  The property owners are responsible for maintenance, replacement or any damages to the objects on this City property caused by, but not limited to snow removal, street sweeping or other City activities.  For more information, contact the City Law Department at 402-441-7281.

Media release are here – Source: InterLinc: City of Lincoln: Mayor’s Office: 2016 Media Releases

About World Alzheimer’s Month | World Alzheimer’s Month

We forgot (d a r n) to mention this.  Did you know that September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month <http://www.worldalzmonth.org/en/about-world-alzheimers-month> ?

To help bring attention to this important cause, Home Instead Senior Care serving the Lincoln area has launched a new community education program, Prevent Wandering <http://www.preventwandering.com/> . This free program, developed in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association, provides tips and resources to help families better prepare for the challenging and unfortunate situation that occurs when a loved one living with Alzheimer’s wanders.

  • If you’re a family caregiver of an individual with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, the risk of wandering is one of the potential behavioral symptoms that a loved one could be facing. Wandering could put that person’s safety in jeopardy. Check out the resources of the Prevent Wandering℠ program to help protect your loved one from the potential dangers of wandering. And sign up your older adult for the Missing Senior Network℠, a free web service that can help locate a loved one who goes missing or becomes lost.


In addition to this program, Home Instead Senior Care has launched the Missing Senior Network <http://www.missingseniornetwork.com/> . This free tool allows families to create a network of friends and neighbors, to alert via text or email  in the event their loved one wanders.

I’ve included additional information below and would be happy to connect you with local aging care expert, Monica Kuhns, who is available to discuss:

  • Common triggers that may cause a senior living with Alzheimer’s to wander,
  • Proactive steps for managing wandering behaviors, and
  • What to do when a senior loved one goes missing.


Thanks,
Alexis, on behalf of Home Instead Senior Care
402-617-4510

Source: About World Alzheimer’s Month | World Alzheimer’s Month

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