The Lockerbie Trial

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I firmly believe that there are many more bikers out there than actually ever get on a motorcycle. What I mean is, lots of people, in their hearts, want to ride the rode on a bike, they just convince themselves not to do it.

Which is easy enough to do. The propaganda against motorcycles is easy enough to find. Facts get distorted, and every accident gets blown up as proof that even being near a bike is the most dangerous thing anyone has ever done.

Of course, motorcyclists get into accidents, often accidents that aren’t their fault, but that doesn’t mean bikes aren’t worth riding.

The truth is, most people don’t understand motorcycles, even the ones that in their hearts would ride them if they weren’t afraid. Even those people get swallowed up in the propaganda about biker gangs and biker dive bars, and violence and drug abuse, all the ugliest stuff that really doesn’t represent motorcycles at all.

It’s a strange thing, hearing people who don’t know that I ride talk about motorcycles, how they look at bikers as almost foreign, completely different from them, alien and scary and dangerous. That doesn’t represent the bikers I know (who range from straight-laced hipsters to construction workers to lawyers).

Bikers defy such easy, and paranoid, categorization. I know bikers who are liberal and conservative, black and white and Hispanic, rich and poor, old and young. They are united in some factors, but none of them are biker gangs or a love of violence.

It’s sad people think that way because it does keep a lot of people from joining us on the road. If they understood what riding was really about, I think they’d know whatever extra risk there is in getting on a bike is absolutely worth it.

Let me give it a shot to explain the truth about riding to anyone reading this.

The motorcycle is part of a grand international tradition that stands for freedom and self-searching. That’s really the main point. There’s nothing that gets you as close to feeling completely free as riding down an empty road with nothing on any side of you but God and nature.

Whether you come from a place that is free and you can express that freedom by riding or a place that isn’t free and riding is your only way of feeling it, the bike is part how you can connect with that ideal.

At the same time, biking is a very spiritual experience. As I said it’s like riding with God and nature, and that’s the truth. Bikers can be the most thoughtful and deep people in the world because they have so much time just being out in the world, being in the world as much as its humanly possible. Once you’re on a bike, you sort of drift away, you just become part of the world that you’re passing by. It’s a beautiful thing.

Or at least, I think so. And I think a lot of people would agree. I hope a few people read this and decide to give it a shot.

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Hepatits C Outbreak in New York

Posted By on Aug 7, 2017

By now most people have heard about the relatively recent breakthrough in medicine: a complete cure for hepatitis C that completely eradicates the virus in over 95% of those infected. Unfortunately, it is also common knowledge that access to the life-saving medicine is highly restricted due to how expensive it is, even for those with health insurance. Even more unfortunate is the fact that hepatitis C cases are on the rise, even though most experts agree that the virus could potentially be completely eradicated due to the new medicine. New York state has been especially hard hit by the rise in cases, and it is hitting the population least likely to be able to afford treatment.

Hepatitis C affects millions of people globally. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 400,000 people die every year from the disease or related complications such as cirrhosis or liver cancer. Unfortunately, this disease is making a resurgence in the state of New York due to the opioid crisis that is sweeping the nation. The virus is passed along mostly through coming into contact with tainted blood, and sharing needles are the primary cause of the uptick in hepatitis C cases. In just five years from 2005 to 2010, the number of new hepatitis C cases has tripled, following decades of steady decline. According to a physician quoted in the article, one of the biggest ways New York state could help reduce the number of cases is by ensuring drug users have access to clean needles. However, even advocates for these programs claim that setting up enough needle exchange programs would require a lot of money and resources in order to really make a difference in the hardest hit communities. One of the issues is that the opioid epidemic is affecting rural communities far away from cities who do not the resources to help their people. In contrast, the AIDS epidemic in the 80s was a battle fought and won in mostly urban centers.

Even if you cannot the afford the incredibly expensive medication to cure hepatitis C, there are a variety of other treatment options available. This gastroenterologist in New York, even though you may think they only treat stomach and intestinal issues from the name, also specializes in liver diseases, including hepatitis C. However, even other treatments may still cost prohibitive to the most vulnerable populations of drug users, so needle exchanges are still a necessity.

Until the cost of the cure for Hepatitis C comes down, we must do all we can to help those most at risk for contracting the disease. It is disheartening that a complete cure exists for the very few that can afford it, but the state of New York can quell the number of new cases by providing needle exchange programs. Everyone deserves a chance at a normal life, and it is our duty as humans to help our fellow man, no matter the circumstances.

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You are casually walking in the sidewalk when you suddenly slipped because of ice buildup. You break your leg in the process, and lose time at work because of your physical limitation. You will have a lot to deal with – your health, recovery process, lost wages due to lost time at work, and liabilities to pay. But you don’t deserve to deal with these things. After all, you have just walked in a sidewalk.

It is a good thing that there is a concept such as premises liability, wherein a property owner can be held liable for any accidents and injuries in his property. One of the most common premises liability cases is slip and fall, which is the case narrated above.

Buildup of the hazardous condition

According to the website of Ali Mokaram Lawyer, negligence is a significant factor when it comes to premises liability cases. In the case of slip and fall accidents, this negligence often involves actions or inactions that have resulted into the creation of the hazardous condition that has triggered the accident.

These negligent actions and inactions can range from failing to maintain facilities such as escalators and elevators and failing to clean hazards such as wet substances that are left on the floor.

Injury caused by the hazardous condition

The hazardous condition need to not just qualify on the things mentioned above, because it also has to injure someone, to make the slip and fall case more solid.

Premises liability is typically about medical conditions, such as injuries, illnesses, and deaths, that happen on a property owner’s premises, so it is understandable that a medical condition has to be sustained for a premises liability case to be strong.

In the case of slip and fall accidents, the condition is typically an injury, usually in the form of broken bones, particularly in the arm, leg, and hip area.

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How to Write a Conclusion to College Essay Correctly

Writing a conclusion is a part of the essay writing process that is often under-estimated. As a result, many students lose their grades because of insufficient attention to conclusion writing conventions. We have a way out – we have crafted many useful materials on conclusion writing in our blog – – and present this article as a valuable guidance for writing strong, memorable college essay conclusions.

Fundamentals of Conclusion Writing

All manuals for academic writing keep on saying that to succeed in your essay writing and to get a good grade, you have to make a good summary of the essay’s content in the end. In this way, you will ensure that your conclusion is consonant with the introduction, it restates the major ideas formulated in the introductory thesis statement, and it contains and reinforces all arguments provided throughout the essay. But is this method as unbeatable as it seems?

Not quite. A summary does not give any impression on the reader, and though it is really forbidden to include any new ideas into the conclusion, you still can experiment a little bit with the writing techniques to make your college essay truly stand out. Here are some tips from our experts:

  1. Use a call to action to excite the readers and leave them with a strong impression of the change your essay has produced on them.
  2. Compose a creatively crafted dialogue at the end of the essay to summarize your points in the speech of one interlocutor, and to encapsulate the counter-arguments in the speech of the other one. Such a dialogue can serve as a brilliant opportunity to strengthen your points and “beat” the opponents.
  3. Provide a vivid, memorable description of something. Despite the fact that the entire essay is most likely dedicated to narration, a description may serve as an interesting, catchy change of the writing technique, thus leaving a strong positive impression on the audience.

How to Make Your College Essay’s Conclusion Ideal?

No matter which technique from the ones we discussed above you will choose, remember that your essay’s conclusion (to be of a decent college level) should accomplish a number of objectives:

  1. Restate your thesis statement to reinforce it and show that you indeed achieved the aim of the essay and fulfilled the promise to the readers given in the introductory part.
  2. Synthesize and summarize the major points of the essay to show that you hold the firm grip of everything you wrote about.
  3. Clarify the context of your argument to avoid any ambiguity on the issue.

It is your choice whether to make the conclusion a summary or a synthesis, but whichever variant you select – be good at it! Explain how the parts of your argumentation are connected, list major arguments and counter-arguments without wordiness and redundancy – all these methods will surely win the positive acclaim for your college essay among the readers and evaluators. Always be clear about what the role of the readers is in all that – whether you want them to believe you, to change their attitude about something, or to act in some way. Such transparency also improves the comprehension of essays and gives the audience an additional positive impression from reading.

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Aside from the purpose of regulating maritime commerce between U.S. ports and in U.S. waters, the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act, was also adopted by the U.S. Congress to provide for the promotion and maintenance of the American seamen, by allowing them to make claims and collect from their employers or ship owners due to their (employer’s/ship owner’s’) acts of the negligence that result to injuries or death. (In case a seaman has had a fatal accident in international waters, resulting to wrongful death that is caused by his/her employer’s negligence or a vessel’s unseaworthiness, then his/her spouse, child or any dependent family member may recover of damages based on the Death on the High Seas Act or DOHSA, a United States admiralty law enacted by the U.S. Congress.)

The Jones Act is a federal legislation that protects American seamen, who get injured or become sick while performing their duties. To recover compensation, the Act allows injured seamen to bring legal action against employers or ship owners based on claims of negligence or unseaworthiness.

A 1995 United States Supreme Court case has laid down the benchmark which will help determine the status of any worker as a “Jones Act” seaman. For purposes of the of the Jones Act, a seaman refers to any person who spends at least 30 percent of his/her employment time, (whether as a crewmember or a captain) in the service of a “vessel in navigation,” such as a boat or a ship on navigable waters. A “vessel in navigation” is a vessel that is afloat, in operation, capable of moving, and on navigable waters. This definition excludes oil drilling platforms, floating casino barges and newly built vessels which, though out at sea, are still undergoing sea trials and not in commercial operation.

Under the Jones Act, any injured seaman can file for compensation for damages that include medical care expenses, Lost wages from missing work and Emotional trauma.

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In 2013 and 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) received reports of fatal work-related accidents numbering to 4,585 and 4,679, respectively. Though the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has worked hard to significantly reduce the number of workplace injuries and deaths since its establishment in 1971 (from about 38 worker deaths a day in 1970 to 13 a day in 2014), fatal accidents in work environments still happen.

Every workplace has its own type of dangers; however, of all types of workplaces, construction sites remain to be among the most dangerous due to all the possible sources of injuries workers are exposed to every day, like falling objects, the presence of heavy machinery, risk of electrocution, and risk of falls, especially among those working on roofs and scaffolds and those who always use ladders. Aside from these, many workers in construction sites are also regularly exposed to chemicals which can cause deadly and chronic illnesses.

The effects of accidents can never be undone; however, there are ways to prevent these (through strict observance of OSHA safety rules) and ways to make sure that workers who get injured on the job are never left to carry by themselves the financial burden resulting from the injury. This is because injuries will definitely render a worker unable to work, which will mean no pay during the whole duration of treatment and recuperation – just at the time when the financial needs of an injured increases, it is this same time when his/her means of earning is cut.

To remedy this dilemma suffered by injured workers, the government passed into law the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program, a state- mandated and administered program designed to provide immediate financial help to workers who sustain injuries while performing their job or who develop an illness due to exposure to toxic chemicals at work. Workers’ Compensation or Workers’ Comp covers lost wages, cost of medical treatment, disability, rehabilitation, retraining, and death (this may include payment of benefits to survivors of workers killed on the job).

Workers’ Comp pays benefits to injured workers regardless of who was at fault in the accident (there is no need for an injured worker to file a case in court just to avail of the benefits); however, if the injury was self-inflicted, was sustained because the worker was drunk, or was a result of actions in violation of OSHA law or company safety policy, then a worker’s application for a claim will be denied.

By allowing workers to receive compensation for any accidental injury without a trial, the problem of a lengthy and expensive court procedure is removed. Most employers are required by the law to carry Workers’ Comp coverage. However, there have been many occasions when injured workers have been denied in their application. While injured workers can freely decide to take care of their application on their own, it may prove a lot more advantageous if they would entrust the handling of the procedure to an experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney who knows what documents to prepare, what forms need to be filled out and within what time frame application for claims should be submitted.

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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or ASPCA estimates that about 70 to 80 million dogs are owned in the United States. That’s approximately 37 to 47 percent of all households across the country. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Dogs make for fun, loyal, and loving pets, and plenty of people declare themselves dog lovers because of these very traits. Dogs are known to make excellent companions, provided that their owners take full responsibility of their pet’s care and discipline.

Responsible pet ownership is more than just giving your dog treats and taking them out to the park to play catch. Making sure that your pet does not become a threat to others is also among the many responsibilities that a pet owner must prioritize. Just as dogs can be extremely friendly, they can also be quite temperamental. Certain things can easily trigger dogs and cause them to become aggressive. When this happens, dogs could suddenly attack become a danger to yourself and the people around you.

According to Charleston personal injury attorneys at Clawson and Staubes, certain states like South Carolina have laws that hold pet owners responsible for any injures that a dog might inflict on another person. Because dog bites can lead to devastating consequences such as scarring, disfigurement, and costly medical expenses, it’s important that pet owners to their part in preventing such accidents from happening.

In their website, the ASPCA offers a number of suggestions that dog owners can take to make sure that their pets are well-socialized and well-trained, helping prevent any unwarranted attacks from happening. They emphasize the importance of socializing dogs at an early age, allowing them to feel accustomed to new environments. This prevents them from feeling scared or threatened. It’s also important that dogs are trained properly through reward-based exercises. Pet owners should know to reinforce positive behavior in dogs early on, preventing any bad or aggressive habits from further developing.

Remember that dog bites and other animal attacks can cause serious injury. Pet owners should do their part in helping to keep their communities safe from such devastating incidents.

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Common Costs After A Car Accident

Posted By on Apr 20, 2016

Getting involved in a car accident entails a lot of medical expenses on your end. When it comes to payment of bills, you have to bear in mind that there are certain rules that you need to follow. The general rule is that you have to pay for the medical bills as you incur them. Depending on the kind of accident you got involved in, you are not entirely responsible for paying the bill. Here we will look at the common costs you will pay after an accident.

The sad part about car accidents is that the highest cost we have to pay is human life. Whether it’s injury or death, no amount of money will pay for the potential loss of income and livelihood that is associated with car accidents. In the case of deaths, the amount of money that will be paid will not bring back the life of victim of the car accident. A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that US motor vehicle crashes in 2010 cost almost $1 trillion due to loss of productivity and loss of life.

Payment of your medical expenses will depend on which state the accident happened. If it occurred in a “no fault” state, there will be a limit on the amount you will pay. This may vary from one state to another but will generally be less than $10,000. When your expenses are more than the state’s “no fault” limit, you will have to shoulder your medical costs. If you have health insurance, your HMO will cover yout medical bills. If you are enrolled with Medicare or other state run health insurance programs. Here now are your expected medical costs after a car accdient.

1. Injury-Related Expenses

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, severe injuries may entail ambulance costs, X-rays, CT scans, overnight stays, medication costs, physical therapy, and others.

If the plaintiff is required to undergo testing or treatment, the defendant will will be responsible for paying your medical expenses. It can become expensive especially when the accident caused permanent disability and will require adaptive services and nursing care.

It is worth noting that you need to turn over some or all of your money to your health provider if they have been paying the medical costs before the settlement or damage award.

2. Pain and suffering

Juries tend to award huge damage costs for pain and suffering. For this reason, insurance companies are inclined to settle a case. Most insurance providers will use a “pain multiplier” to come up with a fair and reasonable cost for pain and suffering damages.

3. Emotional distress

Accidents or injuries are usually associated with emotional stress. This should be accompanied by psychiatric records and diagnosis. This could increase the amount of damages that will be awarded to you for emotional distress.

4. Wrongful death

By law, spouses are allowed to file a wrongful death action in every state. For minor children, parents can claim liability and damages. The rules may vary on the ability of parents to sue for wrongful death.

5. Emergency room costs

Sometimes car accidents will entail frequent trips to the emergency rooms and the judge will usually award rides and tips to the emergency section of hospitals.

Car accidents can put the lives and future of individuals at risk. As such, it is just right for them to provide damages to the “at-fault” driver.

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Swimming pools might be a fantastic source of enjoyment for a lot of families across America. What could be more satisfactory than a soothing swim in the water through the blistering summer months? Whether it is within their very own backyard or in a resort that is beautiful, pools will be an ideal means for households enjoy each other’s business and to cool-off. Nonetheless, even this favorite leisurely energetic may pose some significant risk of harm, particularly for young children.

Sadly, swimming pool injuries are a standard event. Particularly, the CPSC report discovered that an average of 390 drowning-related fatalities happened yearly between the years 2009 and 2007 for youngsters aged 14 and younger.

In these cases, the most typical injuries comprise evisceration, disembowelment, and additional near-sinking injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are also frequent in pool-related mishaps. This usually happens when the child slips on the water outside the pool and drops to the floor, or when the child dives to the pool and hits their head on the bottom of the pool.

These accidents are clearly quite alarming, especially when we think about the fact that swimming is likely to be a pleasurable activity. Can there be a method to stop such disasters from occurring in the foreseeable future? Will there be a way to control these amounts that are alarming?

Depending on which state you live, you will find many procedures the government has imposed to make sure pools are not dangerous for use. Typically, these policies apply for the grade of gear employed by the manufacturer and contractors of the pool. The landowner can also be held accountable of keeping the safety of the pool. According to the website of Williams Kherkher Law Firm, these landowners can be held accountable for their premises. Casualties might possess the option to seek just payment out whenever they can be proven to possess not been diligent in making sure that their swimming pool is secure.

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Having your car vandalized can undoubtedly cause a very big problem. Vandalism can come in many forms, including broken windows and mirrors, busted lights, graffiti or keyed in scratches, and slashed tired. It’s important to know that necessary steps to take in order to mitigate the issues caused by someone else’s intentional damage to your property. However, filing a car insurance claim for vandalism can be quite tedious. Keep in mind the following tips to ensure that the process can be as convenient for you as possible.

First, contact the police upon seeing your car vandalized. Most car insurance companies will require that a police report go with the claim you file. The earlier you report to officials, the sooner you can get the necessary documents to pursue your car insurance claim. If you see any damage to your car, call a police officer immediately and report the incident without hesitation. In some cases, your prompt reporting can also help police officers catch the perpetrator sooner.

Another important tip to keep in mind is to document the damage done to your vehicle. Take pictures of how your car was vandalized so you can submit them alongside your car insurance claim. If you have fairly recent pictures of your car before the vandalism incident, you can also include that to provide your insurance provider with a point of reference.

Finally, do not forget to contact your insurance company as soon as you’re done reporting the vandalism to the police. With a comprehensive coverage, you can rest assured that your vehicle’s repairs will be properly covered without any issue. To officially file your claim, you will need to provide your insurance provider with pertinent information. This may include details such as where your vehicle was located before and after the vandalism and a full description of your vehicle’s model, upgrades, and even recent repairs.

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