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Four Tips for Building Security

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Insurance Consultation | 0 comments

There’s a lot of talk of cybersecurity these days, but all that talk tends to leave one area of security out of the conversation: actual building security.

If you own a business, you’ve probably had nightmares about robberies. Thieves in the night, wearing black ski masks and carrying crowbars, break in and steal everything you’ve worked so hard for. Then, you wake up in the morning and think it’s just a nightmare and go about your business.

But building security isn’t something to take lightly. The nightmare may never come true, but it could. So how can you make your business more secure? Follow these four steps.

  1. Limit entrance points – While it can be nice to have an open feeling to a business and allow people to approach from all sides, what you gain from walk-ins you lose in security. Confining doors and windows to a small portion of your building limits the ways criminals can get in. It makes it hard for criminals to hide and makes it easy to concentrate your security on a few major points.
  1. Keep your cameras up to date and at good angles – If you have a business, you probably have some security cameras in place. Make sure they are up to date and make sure the cameras cover every angle. Run some tests to see if there is any way to get into your business where a face can’t be seen. If you have a parking lot, see if there is any space where a camera couldn’t pick up a license plate. Get all your blind spots covered. Because if they exist, thieves will find them.
  1. Keep valuables visible and locked up after hours – If you have a store, keep your valuable selling items in a highly visible area, but make them visible only from within the store. Not only does this help sell them, it allows you to keep an eye on them, and it discourages thieves. It also makes it less likely thieves will target your store if they can’t see the items presented from outside the store. They may assume your store just doesn’t have anything worth stealing. After closing, lock up everything in a good safe. Again, you’ve limited the ability of thieves to see the items, and you’ve made it harder for them to get them even if they know the items exist.
  1. Hire a consultant – While points 1-3 are all very good, the best possible thing you could do for your business is hiring a consultant, like K2 Consulting, that I’ve heard good things about, to give your top quality advice. There are plenty of consultants out there but hire one that has a good reputation. If they have made a name for themselves, they probably know all the tricks of the trade. Once you have some good advice, implement everything they suggest that you can afford.
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Meet the Staff

Posted by on Jun 17, 2017 in Health | 0 comments

A Gastrointestinal disease (GI) is any disease that involves the gastrointestinal tract, namely the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and rectum, as well as the accessory organs of digestion, the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.

According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD), Gastrointestinal diseases can occur when “nerves or muscles in any portion of the digestive tract do not function in a coordinated fashion, or when the sensitivity of the nerves of the intestines or the way in which the brain controls some of these functions is impaired.”

GI symptoms commonly include pain, heartburn, abdominal distension, nausea, vomiting, bloating, constipation and diarrhea

GI disorders affect millions of men, women, and children – people of any age. These can discomfort, ranging from inconvenience to deep personal distress. For those with severe symptoms, however, the disorders can be debilitating, rendering them incapable of fully participating in life and work. This is why it is important for anyone suffering from a GI disorder to get friendly, compassionate care from the dedicated Gastroenterologist immediately.

According to Dr. Bradley Rieders, a Gastroenterology in GastroCare LI (Long Island), anyone suffering from GI disorder should receive only the best service possible. This is why he and all others working with him, like Dr. Gautam Reddy, who specializes in biliary procedures and currently a member of the Medical Board at Long Island Jewish-Valley Stream, are committed to providing the best service, and are able to offer their services in several languages for everyone’s convenience, including Spanish, Italian, Hindi and Urdu.

Board certified, formerly the President of the Medical Staff at Long Island Jewish – Valley Stream and the current Chief of Gastroenterology, Dr. Rieders, who is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology, and is currently an Assistant clinical professor at Hofstra Medical School, advises that patients with gastrointestinal disorder should entrust their gastrointestinal health only in the best hands.

 

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A Truck’s “No-zone” Areas

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Truck Driving | 0 comments

A Truck’s “No-zone” Areas

A semi-trailer truck, also called 18-wheeler or big rig, is about 70 feet long and weighs about 80,000 lbs. – that’s around 20 to 30 times heavier than passenger cars. Due to its size and length, a semi-trailer requires not only heavy-duty and high-quality tires, but also 20% to 40% more road surface to be able to stop. Any lighter vehicle that stands in its path when it is on the move or when its brakes fail to work can easily be damaged like tin can.

Though its size serves as a really big threat to smaller and lighter vehicles, this does not ensure its driver automatic safety in case of an accident. In fact, from 1992 – 1995, compared to any other occupation in the U.S., truck drivers had a higher total number of work-related deaths. The major cause of so many truck accidents (during those times) was lack of knowledge among drivers of lighter vehicles on how to maneuver and drive properly when sharing the road with trucks.

Semi-trailers are subject to various federal and state laws to ensure their safe operation. Some of these laws, which are enforced by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA), include the maximum number of hours of service (HOS) of commercial drivers, limitations on truck length, skills required of truck drivers and the exams they need to pass when applying for a commercial driver’s license.

Skillful driving and constant awareness are necessary when driving a commercial vehicle as long as a semi-trailer due to it “no zone” areas or blind spots. “No zones” of blind spots are areas around a truck where smaller vehicles become invisible to a truck driver. Not being aware of the presence of smaller vehicles on these areas, a driver often commits the mistake of maneuvering the truck, hitting the vehicle in the process. There are four blind spots around trucks:

  • Front: For whatever reason, some drivers (of smaller vehicles) have the very bad habit of cutting in front of a truck and then immediately slowing down after passing it. This is one very dangerous move which invites nothing less than a tragic accident that can result to severe injuries or death.
  • Rear: The length and width of a truck will render its driver to fail to notice smaller vehicles tailgating it. Besides not being able to see any danger ahead, a driver of a smaller vehicle may also have nowhere else to go but under the truck if it suddenly tries to stop or slow down.
  • Sides: Two other areas that drivers of smaller vehicles should totally avoid are the sides of semi-trailers, especially the right or the passenger side, where truck drivers can totally fail to notice them. Also, if a truck driver needs to change lane or swerve to the right, this can be big trouble to the smaller vehicle.

As explained in the website of the Clawson & Staubes, LLC: Injury Group, however, truck drivers are well trained in monitoring their vehicle’s four blind spots, known as “no-zones,” serious accidents can result if they do not take adequate precaution to check these areas before changing lanes or turning. While such accidents are preventable with proper training, unfortunately, they are extremely common.

Because the consequences of truck accidents are frequently devastating, resulting to life-threatening health problems, costly medical treatment, and time away from work, Houston personal injury lawyers of Williams Kherkher advises injured victims (or their families) to file a lawsuit against the negligent party to get financial compensation for suffering and losses.

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High-quality Online Articles from Copywriting Service Firms

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

High-quality Online Articles from Copywriting Service Firms

According to a firm called Kinetic Word, “words” are powerful tools, not only in conveying one’s thoughts, but also in building relationships, inspiring action, or driving sales regardless of the kind of industry or market one happens to be in.

Some words (made as slogans) are combined with catchy images to better capture the attention of the public; some others are made as articles to provide useful information, entertain, raise awareness or persuade people to prefer this or that product or service over another.

The skill to write an appealing slogan or write a good article may be inherent in some people; for others, this skill is developed and improved overtime through practice, experience, broadening of vocabulary, learning coherence of words and thoughts and making sure that the slogan or the article will be able to deliver the idea they intend their audience to grasp.

Today, the Internet is the fastest tool available in reaching people anytime, anywhere, while the people tasked to reach them through effective writing are called online copywriters.

Online copywriting is written content communicated through online media; this is used mainly for writing advertising or marketing materials intended to persuade and raise awareness. For the past decades, content writing or creating online advertisements and writing articles online have been among the fastest growing careers in the U.S.

There are two ways to find good and trustworthy online copywriters: search through a pool of freelance writers or seek the services of a copywriting service firm. Clients who need good online articles will find out, however, that not all those claim to be skilled writers are really that reliable, and while it is true that freelance writing has served so many clients satisfactorily and has helped thousands of talented individuals earn good money, the one major problem that many clients have faced with regard to hiring freelance writers is finding the really good ones, which, if a client ever succeeds, does not automatically mean that all his/her writing needs will be taken care of according to the way that he/she wants things done. Though lots of freelance writers can comply with client demand on quantity, quality of the articles are oftentimes compromised and, when it comes to guaranteed high-quality output, many just fail to pass client standard and expectation.

Copywriting service firms make sure that they have a wide pool of talents, besides being trustworthy when it comes to producing only carefully researched and written online articles. In addition, since these firms have a reputation to safeguard, clients can demand accountability and reliability in all of the copywriting services provided by these firms.

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L-1 Visa and Its Types

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Business can be a global thing, in the sense that transactions and other business-related tasks can involve multiple countries. For this reason, the United States have different visas, laws, and regulations for employees from different countries. This can be particularly bothersome for the countries the United States are commonly associated with when it comes to business, such as the case for Russian business immigration. One of the visas available for employees is called the L-1 visa.

The L-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa for employees of an out-of-country company that has offices in the United States. To be eligible for the L-1 visa, an employee must have worked for the company for at least one year, prior to the three years before U.S. admission. The U.S. and non-U.S. company should also be related in at least one of the following:

  • Parent company and subsidiary
  • Headquarter of company and branch
  • Companies are sister companies with a mutual parent
  • Companies have similar affiliations

Getting L-1 visas can be relatively easier for well-known companies. But for startups and small businesses, their owners might need to present viable documents to prove their eligibility.
It is also important to point out that there are two kinds of L-1 visas. They are known as the L-1A and the L-1B.

L-1A Visas
This kind of L-1 visa is for executives and managers. To be eligible for an L-1A visa, an employee must be in a qualifying position, such as an executive or managerial one. The employee should also be coming to the United States with executive or managerial capacity.
Executive capacity refers to the employee’s ability to manage or direct the organization or its major components, while managerial capacity refers to the employee’s ability to supervise or control the organization or its branches and departments.

L-1B Visas
This kind of L-1 visa is for those who have specialized knowledge capacity. Specialized knowledge capacity refers to the employee’s expertise that are not commonplace in the company, warranting the effort to travel into the United States. Specialized knowledge may come in many forms, such as expertise in a particular product or service.

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First Aid For Dog Bites

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

A doctor can be man’s best friend. However, when provoked, they can also be your worst enemy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year, half of them children between 5 to 9 years old. From that number, 1 out of every 5 of those bites results to injuries that may cause medical attention. Children are also likely to be bitten by dogs than adults.

According to the website of Abel Law Firm, it can be difficult to determine which dogs to be wary of and which are safe. If you are a victim of dog bites, here are some first aid for stopping possible infection:

For minor bites

Clean the wound immediately. Run it under warm water for a few minutes and make sure that the wound is thoroughly cleaned.
If there is no bleeding, gently squeeze the wound to encourage bleeding. This will help prevent bacteria from entering the bite wound.

Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease the pain and inflammation.

It is also recommended that you seek medical advice for major bites. These are signs that you need to call the doctor:

  • The wound is getting painful
  • There is redness and swelling around the wound area
  • There is fluid or pus coming out from the bite
  • There is fever that is more than 38 degrees and is accompanied by shivering
  • There are swollen lymph glands

If the dog bite is in the hands, feet, a jont, tendon, or ligament, face or scalp, nose, ears, or genitals, get medical help right away. Likewise, if you have pre-existing conditions that can make you prone to infection, you may need medical attention. Finally, if you are undergoing chemotherapy which could weaken your immune system, it is necessary to get medical attention.

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Faulty Replacement Implants from Wright and Tornier

Posted by on Oct 2, 2016 in Shoulder Replacement Lawsuit | 0 comments

Shoulder replacement surgery, a procedure wherein damaged bones of the shoulder are replaced, is usually performed for reasons that include relieving patients of severe shoulder joint pain and restoring shoulder motion and function.

Causes of shoulder pain and reduced shoulder function include: osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, rotator cuff tear arthropathy, avascular necrosis (osteonecrosis), severe shoulder fracture or failed previous shoulder replacement surgery.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), around 53,000 people in the U.S. have shoulder arthroplasty or shoulder replacement surgery each year. Doctors recommend surgery only if their patients’ shoulder problems can no longer be treated with medicine and other non-surgical means.

The increasing number of patients who undergo shoulder replacement surgery is due to promises (from manufacturers of shoulder replacement devices) of increased function and minimized pain. This is not the case, however, if patients get faulty replacement implants, for instead of their pain being removed, this rather increases; on top of that, the need for corrective surgery only leads to additional costly medical care.

A case about defective replacement devices is a recent issue that involves manufacturers Wright Medical Technology, Inc. and Tornier, Inc. (these two global medical device companies) which merged in October of 2015. The replacement devices manufactured by these companies have been alleged to cause additional injuries in patients, including significant bone loss, instability, weakness, and unexplained pain.

Currently, shoulder replacement lawsuits have been filed by patients who now suffer from serious side effects which include bone damage, metal toxicity and dislocation, among many others. Besides these side-effects, which can be proven to have been Wright and Tornier’s faulty devices, patients also continue to feel the pain they were trying to have treated in the first place. Due to the side-effects, these patients now need to undergo another surgery in order to correct the new problems created by their Wright or Tonier shoulder replacement implant.

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Types of Boating Accidents

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Everyone loves recreational boating. It can give someone a form of relaxation and can also offer a great bonding opportunity. Everyone assumes it as a relatively safe activity. Unfortunately, accidents can happen in the sea as well. According to a 2014 report by the US Coast Guard, there were 4,064 accidents that resulted to 610 deaths, 2,678 injuries and cost $39 million worth of damage to property. This was a 0.05% increase from 2013.

According to San Antonio injury lawyers of the Chris Mayo Law Firm, injuries can have huge consequences on the life of a person. It can be associated with lost income, medical expenses, psychological trauma, or permanent disability. In this article, we will look at the most common types of boating accidents.

Collision With Another Vehicle

In the most recent statistics, collision with another vehicle emerged as the top boating accident. According to the website of Ravid & Associates, while it is a relatively safe activity, boating can also pose serious injury risks not only to operators but also the passengers. From the 4,064 US boating accidents in 2014, 937 were due to collision with another vehicle and 70% of them resulted to personal injuries.

Flooding and Swamping

Although collisions accounted for 23% of accidents, flooding and swamping resulted to more deaths. In 2014, collisions accounted for 4.3% of deaths while swamping resulted to 15% boating accident fatalities. Flooding and swamping can be risky for inexperienced swimmers and for those without life vests. Deaths in these types of accidents were due to drowning because passengers did not have a life vest.

Collision With A Fixed Object

Of the boating accidents in 2014, 11% were due to a collision with a fixed object. Driver inattention, inexperience, or inebriation contributes to these kinds of accidents. A Charleston boat accident lawyer recommends that boat operators should not operate a vessel if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Grounding

Sand bars and underwater land masses cannot be easily seen by boaters. The vessel can become stuck or grounded. In 2014, 9% of boating accidents involved grounding. Always have your safety equipment, compass, and GPS on hand to prevent this.

Skier Mishap

This is the only type of boating accident that has more injuries than deaths. In 2014, there were 292 skiing accidents with injuries to 305 people and 8 deaths.

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Asbestos’ Deadliest Afflictions

Posted by on Jun 26, 2016 in Asbestos | 0 comments

Asbestos are naturally occurring fibrous minerals that come from metamorphic rocks. The presence of asbestos is especially heavy in the western U.S. and is unfortunately very deadly. According to an Environmental Health Perspectives article, there were more than 92,000 asbestos-related deaths from 1994-2008. The three deadliest illnesses caused by asbestos are asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

Asbestosis is a respiratory disease that attacks the lungs as a result of inhaling asbestos fibers. According to asbestos attorneys at Williams Kherker, when the fibers move they can be undetectably inhaled by people nearby which accumulates over time. This accumulation in the lungs causes scarring leading to asbestosis. There is no treatment.

Most people know that smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, however asbestos is a contender as well. According to The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, lung cancer is “the greatest risk for Americans who work with asbestos.” Workers in the industrial industry are the most affected by asbestos.

A rarer yet just as deadly cancer, mesothelioma, attacks the thin layer surrounding the lungs, chest, abdomen and sometimes the heart. According to an Oregon State University study, there are about 200 cases of mesothelioma diagnosed each year. Nearly all cases of mesothelioma are related to exposure to asbestos. Both mesothelioma and lung cancer can be treated through surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.

Asbestos are one of the many microscopic substances that can kill. Symptoms of asbestos related diseases include:

– Shortness of breath
– Coughing
– Chest pain
– Weight Loss

One must watch for the dangers of asbestos by paying attention to these symptoms and being aware of the asbestos exposure of their job or any other environment. Only a few days being exposed to asbestos can infect the body, so it is essential to be aware of this naturally-born killer.

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Texas Criminal Law as the Top Executor

Posted by on Jun 25, 2016 in Criminal Law | 0 comments

The south has a reputation for being polite and welcoming people. The law enforcement of Texas however, is not so friendly with some of the strictest crime punishments in the country. Most states can agree on one thing; murder is a crime that must be severely punished. Despite this, it is evident that Texas is particularly intolerant with the act. In fact in 1982, Texas became the first U.S. state to legally execute someone for murder and is number one in amount of total executions carried out.

In Texas, the only crime punishable by death is murder. According to a study done by Texas Executions, murder is especially punishable if done to a peace officer/firefighter or to an individual under ten years of age. Capital murder like all other state felonies, are tried in district courts and the jury must unanimously agree to certain propositions for legal injection to ensue. Otherwise, the convicted is sentenced to life in prison without parole.

According to Texas law, aggravated sexual assault is also punishable by death as it falls under the murder category. According to certain sex crime charges, aggravated sexual assault is a first degree felony and is punishable by 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Aggravated sexual assault is defined as an attack where the perpetrator uses weapons or drugs on the victim, causes any type of harm to the victim, and/or attempts to end the victim’s life during the act.

While the death penalty is used by a majority of U.S. states, Texas has a reputation for being in the top. Murder is a serious violation of the law nationwide, but Texas shows a particular disagreement with it by topping the charts in amount of executions (the majority coming out of Harris county). It is clear through a small look into Texas criminal laws that even southern charm has its limits.

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