Efficiently Using Your Storage Space

Efficiently Using Your Storage Space

Mar 09

Storing your belongings in a self-storage facility has become a common practice in the United States, where storage facilities have boomed into a multi-billion dollar industry. If you have accumulated a lot of things and plan to put them into a storage unit, it is important to make sure you use the space to its utmost capacity. After you have chosen which one you will be renting, you need to make the most out of your money. Here are some tips on how you can you just that:

  1. Make sure you make and inventory of the items you are going to store, and to which box they are being put into. This will save you time when you are going to need those items again in the future, and to avoid going through the whole pile just to get some items. Also, it helps to label the boxes to make sure you know what is inside them. Label all sides so you don’t need to rotate them after they’re moved. Doing an inventory and labeling the boxes will be greatly help in dealing with your insurance agent.
  2. Make sure to maximize the storage space you rented. See if you can stack your items, and determine ways to save store space. To avoid items toppling over, make sure to put the heavier and sturdier at the bottom and stacking the lighter ones at the top. Make sure you pack the boxes tightly to avoid spilling them over, and check the stability of the stacked items to prevent them from falling over and being damaged.
  3. Give yourself some space to move around in case you need to get something in the storage unit. You might need to come back and get some items from time to time, and to make it easier to move about. Having an aisle makes items more accessible and can save you time when you are planning to get some item.

Make sure that the storage unit is clean and at its best condition before putting your belongings inside to avoid damaging your items. Lastly, make sure you understand the policies of the storage company that you are going to do business with, otherwise you might end up losing your stored items due to missed or late payments.

Dangers Facing Passengers in Each Port of Call

Dangers Facing Passengers in Each Port of Call

Sep 13

More than 20 million travelers (from around the world) get to enjoy the most relaxing and exciting experiences on board cruise ships every year. One cannot deny the fact that cruise ships are definitely floating cities that provide truly incredible features and amenities that can best some of the famous destinations around the world.

Since the 1980s the cruising industry has raised the standard in the cruising business, building bigger cruise ships (with passenger capacities ranging from 3000+ to 6000+) and equipping ships with everything that should make every voyage safe and perfectly enjoyable. Thus, besides the adequately equipped clinics for safety and emergency concerns, for the “fun” side of the travel, there are pool and ping pong tables, mine golf courses, basketball courts, gyms, spas, beauty salons, bars, night clubs, casinos, indoor and outdoor pools, rock-climbing walls, bumper cars, skating rinks, zip lines, jogging tracks, waterslides, a planetarium, aqua parks, cinemas, and (seriously) an endless list of others.

Not limiting the excitement onboard, cruise lines have also started introducing shore excursion (in almost every port of call), wherein passengers can enjoy: inland dining; shopping; cultural, archeological, city/ sightseeing, and wildlife and wilderness tours; parasailing; jet skiing; scuba diving; snorkeling; horseback riding; rainforest hiking; and many, many others.

But while the supply of exciting activities continues and with the very big increase in the number of travelers, concerns about the real safety of passengers still remain to be a major concern, especially for the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

This safety issue also (and most especially) includes passenger safety during shore excursions and other on shore activities, which have, likewise, become sources of injuries to many passengers. Upon arrival at a particular port of call, the possible dangers that face passengers (and crew) are dock accidents, tender accidents, motor vehicle accidents, defective/malfunctioning equipment, and, inadequate security.

Due to complexity of the maritime law, it is necessary that injured passengers understand their legal options and be represented by lawyers highly competent and knowledgeable in the laws governing sea travel. The Vucci Law Group’s website, at http://www.thevuccilawgroup.com/practice-areas/cruise-ship-excursions/, will be able to provide victims with the information they need to get their case going.

Running with Your Dog

Running with Your Dog

Dec 12

An energetic dog can be a great motivation to have when you want to go running. Running with your dog not only keeps you in proper shape, but your dog can also get the health benefits. However, since dogs can’t complain, quit, and can’t really communicate with you properly you may have to know more about your dog before taking them to run.

First, it should be important to talk with your veterinarian before going off to run. Nagging health issues such as those from the heart, lungs, and joints could be dangerous to your dog, therefore taking them to the vet and having him certified as healthy and fit for running is vital. Also, it helps to know the age of your dog: too young could alter the dog’s bone development, while too old (or too big) can cause fractures and other health complications.

Knowing your dog’s breed can affect your running exercise as well. There are certain dog breeds that can go for long-distance running, while smaller breeds can’t. Also, make sure that you don’t shock your dog with a sudden long-distance run. Dog’s paws are quite sensitive and could become irritated if the animal is made to run long distances without having its paws toughened up for the job. Likewise, be aware of the type of roads you are running on: since dogs don’t wear shoes like you do, their paws can become injured while running. Make sure to check the condition of your dog’s paws before and after running, and clean them to make sure they are free from salt or dirt (particularly in between toes).

When running with your dog, make sure to check your dog’s condition: heavy panting, foaming at the mouth, and slowing down could mean your pet is tired and needs a rest. Make sure you and your pet get enough breaks during a run. Most importantly, bring enough water for two to keep you and your dog well hydrated. Stop your dog from drinking from puddles as these may contain toxins and contaminants that could lead to a sick dog.

Even during running, it is still recommended to have your dog on a leash. This is to keep you and your dog under control (he can run next to you) and stop your pet from running off when he sees something of his interest. Choose a 3-6 foot leash rather than a retractable one to avoid giving your pet too much distance from you or from being tangled with him.

What Motivates Terrorists

What Motivates Terrorists

Dec 04

Terrorism, which continues to serve as a global threat, is defined as a special type of calculated violence for the purpose of spreading fear or avenging a terrible wrong or injustice, be it just imagined or real. Terrorist operatives would claim, though, that their activities are intended to uphold their ideology, religious and political beliefs.

This last claim, however, was all but consistent with the results of a study (conducted between 1991 and 1993) that involved 516 Guantánamo detainees and five Al Qaeda leaders. There was no one answer, even among the five leaders, which included Osama bin Laden himself as to the purpose of their movements. And those who made reference to religious ideology were discovered to be ignorant of Islamic teachings. Only one thing was clear amidst the differences – being a part of the group was what mattered: a clear indication of recognition over purpose.

It is was also obvious that many terrorist recruits just wanted to satisfy their other needs, which included physical, social and, like some assassins, financial.

Unseen Harm: Emotional and Verbal Abuse in Divorce

Unseen Harm: Emotional and Verbal Abuse in Divorce

Nov 05

There is a popular saying which goes “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” In some circumstances this can be a great morale booster, but when hurtful or demeaning words and actions are coming from a close family member, this maxim no longer holds true.

How many sit-coms are based on dysfunctional families where the wife nags the husband, the husband wisecracks about the wife, parents scream at their children, children bad-mouth their parents or each other, and so on? People find it funny, but these are all examples of verbal and emotional abuse which in real life can do immeasurable but unseen harm when brought to extremes.

An article on the BB Law Group PLLC website, a law firm based in Woodlands, states that domestic violence in the form of emotional and physical abuse is common in the US, and significantly traumatizes its victims. Physical harm is easy to identify and prove, but bruises and broken bones heal. Emotional and psychological harm, on the other hand, don’t always, and can affect the outlook and personality of people especially when the victims are young children. Systematic and incessant emotional and verbal abuse can turn a person into a mass of twitches and tics, foster antisocial behavior, and cultivate an environment of fear and distress.

Under Texas law, emotional and verbal abuse is grounds for a fault-based divorce, which can have consequences for child custody and visitation, child support and spousal maintenance. However, since there are no visible signs, it is tricky to prove emotional and verbal abuse in court. If you want to file for divorce where your abusive spouse will be barred from contact with you or your children, ask a divorce lawyer in your area about your legal options and how to prove emotional and verbal abuse against your spouse. An experienced lawyer would know what kind of proof will be acceptable in divorce court as a basis for an order of protection.