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.

Getting Cheap SR-22 Quotes

Getting Cheap SR-22 Quotes

Oct 24

People who are required an SR-22 may be classified as problem drivers: their licenses are either revoked or suspended because of DWI/DUI, speeding, repeat offenses, or at-fault accidents. Having an SR-22 means you are financially capable of covering for damages or injuries that claimants may ask after an accident. It is a form of proof submitted to the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles), and you are required to carry it for a certain amount of time (at least three years).

Since an SR-22 is a high-risk type of insurance, it can be tough to find an insurance company that would cater to this special circumstance. Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® strongly recommends using online auto insurance quotes which are readily available and often free. With an online assessment, you can change your coverage in order to suit your needs.

Since every case is different, it is vital to find an insurance company that can insure and cover your specific circumstance. There are high-risk cases where insurance companies refuse to take; knowing how to work with your situation is the key. Also, it would be best to get quotes from different companies and compare them with each other. Find the one that best provides for your needs at your convenience. Online SR-22 quotes often come with discounts which can completely change your coverage.

Lastly, make sure that you are dealing with a reputable and reliable insurance company, because your driver’s license depends on it. Check with your State and your court order to understand the specific SR-22 requirements you need to have, since these can vary from state to state. It can also help inform you of other things that you need to know. After choosing a good insurance company that can provide you with SR-22 bond, be prepared to pay a significant amount of down payment: SR-22 are often expensive. This price, however, is necessary to have your driver’s license reinstated after being revoked or reinstated.

The da Vinci Surgical System: Another Cause of Personal Injury

The da Vinci Surgical System: Another Cause of Personal Injury

Oct 22

Usually, when a person goes to a doctor, it is to seek treatment and remedy to an already serious ailment that has caused him/her pain and inconvenience for quite a time. A patient in any event, would always expect quality care, but more than this, the solutions to his/her health complaint.

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, it is the duty of doctors and all other health professionals to render only the best care and make accurate diagnosis of their patient’s concern. When medication cannot do the job the doctor resorts to an invasive procedure to address the issue – through surgery.

Since the year 2000, medical surgery has had a major change in the performance of surgical procedures. The introduction of the da Vinci Surgical System, a multi-armed robot, for minimally-invasive surgeries has made the procedure much less painful and more bloodless (as the incisions required only tiny holes, unlike in open or traditional surgeries which required incisions as long as four inches). The wounds or incisions it made also healed faster as these required only a few stitches.

From 2000 to the middle of 2013, millions of patients around the world have already been operated on using the da Vinci device. This Intuitive Surgical Inc.-manufactured robot has also been acclaimed by surgeons due to its capability in helping them perform surgeries with greater accuracy and precision, especially prostate removal and hysterectomies.

The fame of the da Vinci, however, is marred with reports about the device’s faulty performance. Some of the complained injuries caused by the device include: burns/tears to the intestines; excessive bleeding; punctured blood vessels or ureters; severe injury to the bowels and death.

Though the US Food and Drug Administration has received reports about the da Vinci’s adverse events and despite the fact that it has issued a black box warning, the most serious warning the FDA can issue, it cannot recall Intuitive’s product due to conflicting reports about its actual safety and adverse effects.

Damage to Commercial Property – A Probable Result of Forceful Collisions

Damage to Commercial Property – A Probable Result of Forceful Collisions

Oct 20

The continuous increase in the number of cars and other motor vehicles on US roads clearly indicates two types of growth: the first is economic growth, which is positive; the second, which is obviously negative, is growth in daily and, therefore, yearly number of car accidents.

Records released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that the most common causes of accidents are drunk driving, speeding, reckless driving and driver error (including driver distractions which has also increased over the recent years). An article in the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, adds poorly maintained roads and faulty vehicle equipment in the list of the causes of accidents. It also says that, quite often, even drivers who are safety-conscious end up getting injured in mishaps due to the negligence or recklessness of others. These car accidents have caused millions of injuries and thousands of deaths, changing forever the lives of the victims or of their families.

There is another damage caused by these car accidents that may have been less talked about, though, as many consider them less serious (since they are not affected) – damage to commercial property. Commercial property refers to real estate (land or building) that is intended for profit generation. It includes restaurants, service stations, malls and offices among others.

One would regularly see any of those mentioned above, either completely damaged or exploding, in action-packed films. Oftentimes a scene becomes more exciting if the damage is made worse and more probable to occur. However, real situations happen wherein commercial establishments really get destroyed; and one cause is car accidents.

Car accidents can definitely cause damage to commercial property (in urbanized areas, most especially, where commercial establishments are lined one next to another) especially if the collision produces such a force that would throw a car off the road and into a building.

If ever you get involved in a vehicular accident and among those damaged is to a commercial establishment, it would be wise to seek legal assistance to help you determine the extent of your liability or the amount of compensation (in case you are a victim) your are entitled to receive.

The Negative Effects of Denying Employees Their Overtime Pay

The Negative Effects of Denying Employees Their Overtime Pay

Oct 16

There are varied reasons why a majority of people today are willing to render unpaid extra time of work after their regular work shift. A couple of these reasons are a show of commitment for personal advancement, while the other is a management requirement for these employees to render such extra time in exchange for the high salary the company is giving them, that is, finishing the required job rather than setting one’s mind to working only within a specified number of hours. Actually, it is more like a case of getting “fired” or getting fired!

Though unpaid overtime may not really affect high earners, it is a totally different case when it concerns employees whose salaries are far too short to even afford them of a decent living, much more a life style. For hard-earning employees every dollar that they can earn matters. This is primarily the reason why they decide to sacrifice part of their personal time – to be able to take home as much earnings as they can.

Not paying rendered overtime work is unfair labor practice. The Portal-to-Portal Act of 1947 and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 are laws enacted to make sure that employees never get to suffer such injustice. While the first law states that all work done for the employer’s benefit, at whatever time, ought to be compensated, the second, also known as the Wages and Hours Bill, includes (in its stipulations) how much pay an employee should receive for extra time of work.

Denying an employee of the overtime pay due him/her can lead to severe financial consequences. It can eventually result to the employee’s inability to pay bills and debts, resulting further to a declaration of bankruptcy which can affect his/her credit record.

The website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, a personal injury law firm that has been operating for over 75 years, has posted in its website the various ways through which overtime laws can be violated. These include:

  • Failure to pay employees for any work rendered before or after regular work shift
  • Failure to compensate employees for any work performed at home
  • Failure to pay employees for any work required of them during lunch break

The laws on overtime pay is meant to benefit all non-exempt employees (or employees eligible to render overtime work), whether part-time, full-time, salaried, temporary of hourly paid employees. Once denied of pay, they ought to know that they have the legal right to ask for what is due them.

Recreating the Marriage Bond through Couples’ Therapy

Recreating the Marriage Bond through Couples’ Therapy

Oct 12

Any kind of relationship will have its own rare case of ups and downs; the good things is, couples can take advantage of these situations, converting these to elements that will eventually make their relationship or marriage stronger and, perhaps, even sweeter.

Some say that living a married life is hard; that after the few months of bliss following the union, problems start to set in. And some couples, who allow themselves to get overwhelmed by problems, end up falling out of love with each other.

One way to discourage couples from seeking divorce after years of marriage is by enumerating the many complicated divorce-related issues that they will have to face and settle. These many issues  include domestic violence, divorce, nullity, and legal separation, alimony or spousal support, child custody, support and visitation and division of property and debt, among others.

There are also couples, however, who choose to address and mend problems rather than turn away from them. Some even seek the help of a marriage therapist in order to keep alive their love for one another. One expert whose name has often surfaced in talks concerning couples’ therapy is Kathleen Snyder who, for the past two decades, has dedicated her time and talent into helping couples “recreate that strong loving bond they once enjoyed.” Probably more than Kathleen’s expertise, which has effectively helped and enabled her to guide couples in resolving conflicts, rebuild their friendship and renew their intimacy, is her direct, yet gentle and easy-to-talk to personality –traits that any problematic couple would really appreciate.

Knowing what specific problems beset your marriage and realizing the symptoms that may lead to them would help a lot in checking them before they get out of hand. Clinical psychologist Susan Heitler Ph.D., has a unique way of describing these symptoms:

  • Yielding: when you would rather give up than fight for what you really need or want. This usually leads to resentment and depression
  • Freezing: this is avoiding or delaying sensitive issues or complex discussions that often results to emotional distance and anxiety
  • ‘Fight till you win’ strategy: this is characterized by quarrels and arguments by one who disagrees. In order to get what one wants, this would be the strategy resorted to
  • Flight: turning one’s energy and interests to something else due to failure in addressing specific issues concerning the relationship; this may lead to infidelity, workaholic tendencies, alcohol abuse or other forms of activities that would while away time.

There are obviously other types of problems that affect married couples. To be able to keep and hold the relationship intact, they only need to realize that if there are problems, then, definitely, there are solutions.