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Dock Risks

Most of the concern over accidents, injuries, and illness on a cruise all relate to the cruise itself. The most famous examples of incidents involving cruises are those that involve food poisoning or the cruise ship crashing into something. It is likely that being attacked by pirates would rank as a higher suspected risk for cruise-goers than one of the much more common incident-causers: the dock.

The truth is, the dock is one of the places people injure themselves most when part of a cruise. According to Louis A. Vucci, P.A., these accidents can be quite serious. Common injuries include broken bones, spinal cord injuries, head trauma, and knee injuries.

A few important points should be made here. First, as Louis A. Vucci, P.A. states on its page, if these accidents have already occurred to you or someone you know, you should contact a lawyer about them, since you may be entitled to compensation. It is likely the injury was not entirely your fault (or the fault of the injured person you know), and there is no reason you should be required to pay those medical bills.

A second point is that these injuries often disproportionately affect the elderly. This makes sense, after all, the elderly are among the largest client base for cruises, so it might be expected for them to injure themselves more often. At the same time, with muscles, bones, and reflexes weakened by age, the elderly are more likely to fall and when they fall, they are more likely to injure themselves seriously.

Finally, the best possible solution for these issues is simply to be careful in the first place. Be more aware of the risks on a dock, and it is far more likely no injury will occur. Docks can be slippery and uneven, which makes them a serious risk (no matter your age) for falling or slipping. Some docks are also unsteady, furthering the risk.

To avoid any accidents, follow these pieces of advice to protect yourself and others when getting on or off a cruise:

Always use a handrail when on a dock. This may seem ridiculous, but having a grip on something can help avoid falling and help minimize injuries when falls occur.

Wear shoes that have a strong grip. It can be comfortable to go barefoot or wear flip flops but stick with tennis shoes.

Walk instead of running. Keep this in mind for children, who are sure to be excited and not paying attention.

And watch out for wet spots.

Following these simple rules will help you avoid getting injured on a dock and will ensure your vacation is as relaxing and carefree as you had been hoping it would be. Remember that the best part of your trip is on the ship, and if you want to enjoy it fully, all you have to do is get over that risky dock. Be careful, and you’re sure to arrive safely onboard and ready for fun.

Stop Boarding Your Pets

Almost every pet owner has run across the tough dilemma of what to do when you have to go away. Most of us have at some point or another had to go out of town. Maybe it was for a vacation, maybe a business trip, maybe to visit family. No matter the case, in all likelihood, the pets have to remain behind. So, what are we supposed to do?

The easiest answer is to have friends or family pet sit. Ideally, it would be people who have spent some time with the pets and who already have a relationship with the pets. This can remove some of the stress of pets being left alone without their owners.

However, sometimes that option isn’t available, and unfortunately, the next choice for many people is to board their pets.

This, on the surface, makes sense. Boarders are professionals, and if they have been around for a while and have a good reputation, very likely, they know how to take care of your pet. However, there are a lot of negatives to consider.

First and foremost, it’s hard on your pets. Think about it from their perspective: their masters have gone away. They don’t know why or where they are and they don’t know how long their masters will be gone. If this is your first time going away, they may be unsure if you will ever return. Imagine how hard that is on them.

Then, imagine the added stress of being taken away themselves, being put in an unfamiliar location, with unfamiliar people, surrounded by other pets they’ve never known, in a place that is loud and smells completely different. Their food is different. Their relationship with other people is different. If there’s another pet in the home, they may not see them, adding even more stress.

It’s not just this psychological worry that makes it better to avoid boarding, according to Walk ATX Pet Care, boarding is more emotionally stressful and harmful to a pet’s health than staying home.

So, what is the best option if boarding is out and friends and family are unavailable? Well, use a service that comes to the home to visit the pets. These services are as professional and knowledgeable as boarders, with the added bonus of letting pets stay in the home and stay together.

Obviously, there are no perfect options when leaving a pet. It’s often the worst part of any trip saying goodbye for the day, week, or month. It’s clear the pets sense something is wrong, and yet, you can’t explain that you’ll be back soon.

It’s heartbreaking to go, but we still have to do it, whether it’s for work, family, or just a chance to relax. The best we can do is make life as easy as possible for our furry friends. That means keeping them in the environment they know and around other pets they know. The more you can keep familiar with them, the easier their time will be.

The Hidden Risks of Cosmetic Surgery

There is no one among us who has looked in a mirror and been completely happy about our appearance every single time. Since we are so familiar with our own bodies, we notice flaws that others might never notice, but in a world where beautiful celebrities are the center of attention, it can be easy to focus on what is wrong. Cosmetic surgery can be a wonderful option for those that have noticeable scars left over from previous surgeries or for those that suffer from depression due to their looks. However, if you are considering breast augmentation, you should be aware of all the risks, including a rare form of cancer.

 According to Women’s Health Magazine, breast implants may be the cause of a rare form cancer that starts in the immune system. The FDA has reportedly already known about the link between the implants and cancer since 2011, and as of 2017 they have received over 300 reports of cancer caused by implants. The cancer is called anaplastic large-cell lymphoma and forms as a result of the scar tissue that collects around the implant. In most cases, removing the implant is an adequate treatment, but some people may need chemotherapy or radiation treatment. However, this cancer should not be taken lightly, as it has already claimed the lives of nine women. Researchers have found no correlation between the type of material the implant is made from and how often the cancer appears, but they have noticed that textured implants account for 90% of the cases reported. However, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that 400,000 women get breast implants every year, and only a fraction of a percent of these end up getting the rare cancer. They claim that the risk of infection, while still incredibly low, is much higher than the risk of cancer developing. Doctors say that the initial symptoms of the cancer are pain and swelling, but this could be indicative of a number of other things.

 Any invasive surgical procedure is going to come with a number of risks, and there is always the chance for something to go wrong, even when everything is done right. When scar tissue forms or cells start dividing more in order to repair damage from surgery, it makes sense that cancer risk would increase with each new dividing cell. I think that the benefits of cosmetic or reconstructive surgery far outweigh the risk of cancer and there plenty of cosmetic surgery professionals out there that will thoroughly explain all of the risks before performing a procedure. In addition, cosmetic surgery techniques keep getting better and better, and soon there may be an implant that doesn’t cause cancer at all.

 Making the decision to seek out cosmetic surgery can seem daunting due to the stress it puts on your body and your wallet, but nothing can match the confidence boost you’ll feel afterward. The risk of cancer might seem scary, but in exchange for a little risk, there can be a great reward.

Hair Trends among the Astros

As workplaces relax their strict regulations regarding hair color, crazier and crazier colors and styles have been coming into mainstream media. Some people get “unicorn” hair that shimmers in a rainbow of colors, and others use a razor to etch zigzags and other designs onto the sides of their heads. Some still choose to rock “vintage” styles like mohawks. And these trends are not just being embraced by women, but men as well. The Houston Astros, darling to the entire city of Houston, even have their own barber to cater to the players’ style preferences.

According to Express News, unique hairstyles are a point of pride for even the Houston Astros. Lance McCullers, the number 2 starting pitcher, follows a strict ritual to pump himself up for the game. One of these is that he must always get a fresh haircut before a game that he starts. During the game, the player’s sweaty locks are all covered by caps, but this does not deter McCullers. Knowing that he looks his best helps him play his best. According to descriptions in the article, his swooping, asymmetrical hairstyle seems to be inspired by a cockatoo, with the softness of a horsetail. McCullers has had many hairstyles over the years, including a moppy look with side swept bangs back in 2010 that resembled Justin Bieber’s signature style. After entering his professional baseball career, he had a “fauxhawk” that lasted two years, and in 2014 he discovered the undercut, a trend that has taken the hairstyling world by storm. The Astros now have an unofficial team barber, Danny Quiles, who is entrusted with McCullers’s famous hair. He has been a stylist in Katy since 2013, and word spread quickly about his talents.

Houston and the surrounding suburbs are home to over six million people, with many different cultures and just as many ways to express yourself through hair styles. Even when no one can see the new doo you rock, it still brings loads of confidence to help you be a superstar at work or school. A day at the salon or barber can be a ritual in it’s own right. Many salons, like Therapy Hair Studio in Houston, advertise a relaxing spa-like experience in addition to the perfect new hair cut. Creating a bond of trust with your barber or stylist can even turn them into a de-facto therapist.

The increasing popularity of new hair styles indicated a rise in individualism that for decades has been so characteristic of the United States. With the rise of the internet, now everyone can share their unique style instead of just relying on celebrities for the latest trends. It is generally accepted that finding a way to express yourself is excellent for the maintenance of your mental well being, and getting a unique cut can also help with self esteem issues. It’s no wonder that even athletes are turning to this form of expression in order to up their game.

“Absolute” Liability under the Scaffold Law

Critics of New York Labor Law § 240, also known as the Scaffold Law, claim that it is driving up construction costs because of rocketing insurance premiums from the few insurers that still provide construction coverage. This is the same argument used by medical practitioners that are lobbying for medical malpractice law reforms, but the numbers show that insurance is not the problem. The problem is when the duty of care is breached and preventable accidents happen.

The construction industry is undoubtedly a hazardous occupation, and accidents will happen. The Scaffold Law is still in place more than 100 years since it was first enacted because it is an effective deterrent to construction companies and contractors to breach their duty of care towards their workers. This is exactly the purpose for which the Scaffold Law was designed, and despite numerous attempts to dislodge it is still there.

It would be exaggerating to say that the Scaffold Law guarantees an injured worker a win in a personal injury case. The law mandates that if it is proven that the injury from a fall from height accident was due to equipment failure i.e. defective or inadequate ladder, insufficient training i.e. poorly assembled scaffold, or lack of required safety measures i.e. guardrails, then the construction company is liable. If there are no safety violations on the work site, there will be no case.

Unfortunately, most construction sites do have evidence of safety problems which is why when a falling accident happens it is highly probable that the company will be found liable. Changing the law will not change that; if the worksite is unsafe, people will get hurt. The Scaffold Law serves merely as a silent threat to cost-cutting construction managers and companies in New York that is more effective than citations from building inspectors.

If you have been seriously injured in a falling accident, the Scaffold Law may apply to you. Present your case to experienced New York construction accident attorneys to find out if it does.

Fast Food Restaurants – The New Trend in the Resta...

The practice of catering and serving food to travelers and people who were far away from home go as far back as the early Greek and Roman times. Taverns and inns performed this practice as the term “restaurant” was still unheard of back then.

A restaurant, where people can sit and eat the food they have ordered, is a relatively a new concept. When used in the 18th century in France, the word referred to a shop where soups (that could restore health, probably due to hunger) were sold. It was also during the latter part of this era and early part of the 19th century when “eating house,” oyster houses and coffee houses became really famous in America. These establishments, though, were built only in areas where population was big and, as America became more urbanized, so did these establishments – becoming more sophisticated and increasing in number.

Jumping forward to the early 20th century (between 1991 and 1921), the emergence of what is now known as (and very famous) fast food restaurants came into existence. These new eating places catered to the needs of people who were always on the go and who demanded quick service, thus these were also known under the name quick service restaurant or QSR.

It is obvious that fast food restaurants, which serve pre-cooked and kept-hot “meat-sweet diet” food, are preferred much more than those that cater fine dining. Location, cost of food, and formality are some of the factors that greatly affect this preference. While fine dining would definitely cost much more, restaurants that serve it would also require a more presentable attire – a great inconvenience to many.

The concept of fast food restaurants still continue to develop (in terms of service). This is evidenced by the emergence of catering trucks and fast casual restaurants. Fast casual restaurants have maintained the practice of having their patrons seated and their food brought to them, while catering trucks, which is very popular among office workers and factory workers, are often seen parked right outside work places, making purchase and consumption of food, during breaks and lunch periods, faster and more convenient.

Things to do in The Woodlands

Hailed as one of United States’ top master-planned communities, The Woodlands in Texas offers more than being a quite sub-urban residential retreat. Surrounded by forests, The Woodlands has evolved from a bedroom community into a flourishing village that has many parks, school campuses, playgrounds, shopping centers, and golf courses. Visiting The Woodlands would guarantee that you, your family, and your friends will have a pleasurable experience due to a number of countless activities that the place can offer. Situated about 32 miles north of Houston, Texas, The Woodlands is located chiefly in a heavily forested district of Montgomery and Harris, Texas. It was an extension of the Mitchell Energy & Development, and was devoted to George Mitchell. Mitchell was an oil businessman who was interested in developing a suburban retreat that city-dwellers would find relaxing and enjoyable. Aside from the residential areas that cater to convenience, The Woodlands also has a variety of entertainment that appeals to people of all ages. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion has hosted a number of live concerts from known artists such as James Taylor, Dave Mathews Band, Tom Petty, and Sting. The Houston Symphony also has summer performances at the pavilion. Movies are also more interesting with the Cinemark Tinseltown 17 that features state-of-the-art sound systems and stadium seating for best movie experience. Life in The Woodlands won’t be boring since there are various entertainment options that you can go to, with sights and sounds that you will encounter. A couple of minutes walk can get you to anything from a place of worship to a cool shop, a hospital or any other places of interest. The flurry of activities and recreational areas is enough to provide anyone with a warm and welcomed feeling. With so many options for entertainment and leisure, The Woodlands is a great family-friendly destination.

Did you know…? Cruise Ship and Other Trivia

Most of us probably don’t know and don’t care about stuff we will probably encounter once and never again (unless you’re a Love Boat fanatic), but it is nonetheless interesting to know about this stuff once it is brought to your notice. For example, ever wonder what a “poop deck” actually is?

A poop deck is not the place of choice for dog-walkers to bring their charges, but refers to the raised portion at the back end of a ship, and its etymology can be traced back to ancient Rome. Back in the day, sailors would place sacred icons on an elevated dais in that area so that the crew and ship would receive the protection of that idol. These icons were called puppis and the platforms puppin. You see where this is going.

And there is more on deck etymology. Ever wonder why most cruise ships refer to something called a lido deck, typically where the swimming pool is found? The lido deck, also typically found near the aft or rear of the ship, is derived from the Italian term lido which means “beach.” In the 19th century, it was commonly the term used to denote an exclusive beach resort, and early transatlantic steamship lines borrowed the term to characterize the sundeck as the purview of their wealthier passengers. Today, anyone can go to the lido deck, but it is still typically where the pool and other outdoor activities are held.

Okay, so much for decks. Let’s move on to some –ests. The largest cruise ship ever built is currently the Allure of the Seas of Royal Caribbean International. Although registered in the Bahamas, its home port is in Florida, and regularly makes its rounds of Antigua, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica. It is so big that it has its own Starbucks, the first cruise ship to have one. It has a length of 1,187 feet, which is long enough to put five 747 planes tip to tail with room left over! It can accommodate 6,318 guests and has 2,384 people as the crew.
The oldest cruise ship operating as such is the Sea Cloud, currently owned by German company Hansa Ltd. and operated by Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH. It was originally commissioned as a private yacht in 1931, but it is big enough to accommodate 64 passengers. During World War II, it served as a weather ship for the U.S. Coast Guard. It has a length of 316 feet and regularly plies its route in the Caribbean and Europe.

Yasmin and Acne

A lot of women have been using Yasmin as a birth-control pill, although it has other “benefits” such as easing the symptoms of severe PMS and acne. Even the manufacturer of the pill, Bayer, has advertised Yasmin as an effective treatment for moderate acne, thus prompting many women to ask if they can use it solely as an acne medication. But are they really an effective acne treatment?

Yasmin and acne seems to be popping up in the internet; many women have been asking if they are really effective or if there are side effects to stopping the medications. Yasmin is not actually approved to treat acne, even though many doctors have prescribed it as an “off-label” treatment for acne. This has led many to use it, therefore causing many women to suffer severe Yasmin side effects.

The main ingredients in Yasmin are drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol, and it is the presence of drospirenone that is said to counter the effects of certain “male” hormones (such as testosterone) in women that is often associated with acne. Suppressing these “male” hormones in women is believed to help prevent acne, and with Yasmin providing a steady dose of drospirenone, it makes sense as an acne treatment. Yasmin and acne seems to make sense to many women, thus they choose it an option for their moderate acne treatment aside from it being their birth-control pill.

A common side effect of many birth-control pills or contraceptive pills is acne, therefore it may be hard to determine if taking Yasmin can really be beneficial in treating acne. Although it is determined that Yasmin’s sister birth-control pill Yaz (which has a higher dosage of drospirenone) is a more effective treatment for acne, it does not really necessarily follow that Yasmin has the same effect. Some women do report to have noticeable improvement after taking Yasmin, however, if the acne gets worse it would be better to stop the medication and see your doctor to ask for different options.

Types of Owner Financing

Owner financing is not really a new concept, but it is not usually a go-to solution when it comes to real estate. Times have changed however, and owner financing is becoming more available in online real estate listing sites such as Austin-based Easy Road Home. For buyers and sellers of real estate, owner financing is a whole new ball game, and there are no time-worn traditions to uphold. In other words, there is lots of room for negotiation.

Aside from state laws against usury and standard financial regulations, the terms of an owner financing agreement will depend on what the buyer and seller can mutually live with. In general, the details that should be included in the agreement are the down payment, amount financed, interest rate, loan term, and monthly payments. Most sellers entering into an owner financing agreement require a down payment of up to 30% of the purchase price. The higher down payment is thought to discourage buyers from defaulting on payments because they have already invested a sizeable amount in the property.

While owner financing agreements can take any form, the most common types of agreements include lease purchase agreements, land contracts and promissory notes.

Lease Purchase Agreements

Also known as rent-to-own agreements, lease purchase agreements entitle the buyer to take possession of the property as a lessee for a monthly consideration over a designated period of time. At the end of the lease period, the buyer pays the purchase price less all the monthly payments remitted to the seller and receives the title in return.

Land Contracts

Also known as an installment sale agreement, land contracts is an agreement by which the seller simply divides the purchase price less down payment (if any) plus interest by x number of months over a certain period of time. The resulting amount is the monthly payment the buyer will make to the seller, who will only transfer the title to the buyer once the full purchase price plus interest has been paid. Many land contracts have a balloon payment at end of contract, although this is not required.

Promissory Note

Also known as real estate lien note, promissory note on mortgage is literally a promise by the borrower to pay in writing. It should include the debt amount and interest rate as well as the monthly amounts over a certain period of time. The seller holds the title of the property as security to oblige the borrower to fulfill the promise. The note is a legal binding document in the US, and the seller may be required to produce it during foreclosure proceedings.