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Have you woken up this morning and realized that your planned career path is not going as well as you had expected? Is the complete lack of fulfillment that you feel simply how things are supposed to be? It is not, and studies indicate that people who are unhappy at work are more prone to ill-health and early death. Therefore, if you are unhappy or feel stuck in a rut, do not dwell there. Take action to change your circumstances. Here are some ideas: Make a radical change It might be time to take a massive step and undertake a complete career change. If you feel that your current career field will never provide job satisfaction, make a move. There is ...
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When you work too much, it tends to play havoc with your eating habits, reduce your fitness level, cost you sleep, increase your stress levels and it may cause you to start using unhealthy coping mechanisms.  The result of this can be poor circulation, high blood pressure, increased weight, depression, and much more. Here are some ways to combat the effects of overwork and prevent these negative consequences.  Relieve work stress the right way When working long hours, drinking can become a coping mechanism but regularly drinking too much increases your chances of developing many serious health problems, including cirrhosis, cardiovascular disease, depression ...
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A wrongful death is a particular kind of lawsuit that is filed when someone dies as the result of someone else’s negligence or intentional act. In the United States, car accidents are the most common cause of wrongful deaths. Traffic participants lose their lives because of distracted, aggressive, drunk, and even impaired drivers. Medical malpractice is another major cause of fatal wounds. At times, healthcare providers are negligent and the patient is harmed.  State laws can affect how a wrongful death claim is filed. To be more precise, the lawsuit can be pursued by a representative on behalf of the eligible survivors. The eligibility of family members and ...
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Climate Change Blog 40

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Climate Change Blog 40 Facts on the Ground: Severe weather in the form of violent tornados caused widespread damage and loss of life in the Southern states of Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina. Tornado watches and warnings were issued from Oklahoma to the Carolinas and North Texas in early May. Hail the size of softballs and wind gusting to 80 mph accompanied some of these storms in Georgia. Many storms snapped utility poles, power was lost, trees were down and many structures had their roofs blown off. New Mexico’ faced its first major wildfire of the year in late April as nearly 6,000 acres burned in a matter of days. ...
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Starting a new business can be overwhelming, especially when things get busy. However, once the initial hubbub quietens, where are you going to find customers? Even with a loyal set of repeat clients, you need new customers to maintain a business growth trajectory.  Achieving this takes more than a fancy website and some catchy marketing. It is about changing website visitors who browse but do not buy into loyal, paying customers. You need an inbound lead conversion strategy to make a success of this. Here are some basic strategy elements: Derive a lead conversion process This is where you lay out the strategy for creating leads and converting them into ...
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The idea that going to college is the best path to follow for career success is a prevalent one. It can feel like this traditional path is the only one to follow. The truth is that there is more than one path to career success as many successful professionals who never graduated have proved.  There are other career paths If you want to be a professional like a lawyer, doctor or engineer, you will need a college education but an academic education is not the answer for everyone. Many jobs today require skills and experience just as much, if not more, than a college education.  Doing an internship and shadowing someone already in a position is often a very ...
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The legal field is a highly demanding environment, and it requires a great deal of discipline and being incredibly organized. For this reason, law firms and legal teams need to divide their time efficiently and prioritize their tasks well. This is where legal transcriptionists come in. Your role as a transcriptionist within this field of business is to have a basic knowledge of legal terms and be professionally trained to transcribe important recordings. This way, lawyers and prosecutors, and other professionals can rely on you to provide the highly essential information from important video or audio recordings.  There are some things to take into consideration ...
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Holding on to our marriages in fear of being lonely or trying to make things work out for a person who doesn’t show any sign of improvement can be dangerous. What if everything dreadful we dreamt of becomes tomorrow’s reality? Choosing to forget how she has always given you a hard time is something to get worried about. It's so hard to change the person who doesn't believe in you. The best thing is to let the failing relationship end. Below are reasons why you should never try to work out a failing marriage. Wasted time The phrase time is precious is something that we should all keep in mind. When a person keeps arguing about the same thing differently, ...
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Has anyone else's clients been assigned the Emmon value of a car?  A client was just assigned $209.00 for the value of his used car.  It is his only car.  The caseworker told me that because he is a widow and he is considered permanent placement in a nursing home, the car is a countable resource.  I think I could fight it but, the value is so low, it doesn't matter.  I just want to know in case a future client has a Ferrari.  CFR § 416.1218. Exclusion of the automobile. (a)  Automobile; defined.  As used in this section, the term  automobile  includes, in addition to passenger cars, other vehicles used to provide necessary transportation. (b)  ...
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When employees exercise their rights that are protected under the law, employers may retaliate against them. Common activities that may incite retaliation include filing a claim against an employer for sexual harassment or whistleblowing in an attempt to thwart illegal practices. An employee facing retaliation may have grounds for a legal claim against an employer.  What is retaliation? Retaliation is when an employer illegally acts in adverse ways against an employee for reporting or complaining about discrimination or harassment in the workplace. Retaliation can take many forms, such as demotion, termination, salary reductions or loss of hours. An employer ...
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Some people walk away from serious motor vehicle accidents without a single scratch, while others who get into minor accidents experience severe, life-altering injuries. There is no firm way to predict vehicular accident injury outcomes.  Indicators like road surface, speed, wearing of seatbelts, and crash direction can factor into the seriousness of an accident. Here are some injuries you might incur after a motor vehicle accident: Head injuries A vehicle accident’s impact can cause severe damage to the head. It moves with great force in sudden and unnatural movements. Colliding with something during an accident can also lead to serious head injuries. ...
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The most important cornerstone of the US justice system is the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.  In addition to this, the burden of proof often lies with the prosecutors. In essence, you don’t have to prove you’re innocent. It’s the prosecution that has to make a case against you.  But most routine police procedures like taking a mugshot of a suspect can create an impression of guilt even before the trial starts.  And with the Internet these days, these shots can spread very fast online. This can have a huge dent in the reputation of the affected person, something that will have adverse negative effects on their personal and even professional ...
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The car insurance industry is closely monitored and controlled   by the department of insurance in each state . Given that insurance companies are part of one of the largest and profitable industries, it’s only normal that they’re tightly regulated. The chief responsibility of the state government agencies is to ensure that insurance carriers take measures to promote ethics.  Auto insurance companies must provide fair prices and demonstrate that they’re financially sound to cover claims for a large and diverse customer base. Owing to the fact that the car insurance industry affects many people, there are various state and federal laws regulating how business ...
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Web accessibility has been a buzzword in tech for a long time, but it's still a very new concept. For a lot of people, accessibility is a new idea, and most businesses get to find out about it through lawsuits. At a time, it seemed hard to believe that your business could face a lawsuit just because of the lack of accessibility of your web content. Yet, there is a constant increase in lawsuits, with cases increasing by 184% only between the years 2017 and 2018. These lawsuits hinge on two guidelines/laws - the   Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Tittle III   and the   Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. (WCAG 2.1) What Is Web Accessibility?  Web ...
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No-fault is a type of car insurance that requires the driver to pay for some or all of the medical bills and lost earnings, no matter who is responsible for the accident. It’s mandatory in certain states, such as New York. New York is one of the many states that impose a no-fault coverage. This practically means that you can’t hold another person responsible for your injuries or losses if you’re involved in an at-fault accident.  Your sources for recovery of damages are limited by the statutes, so it’s not possible to bring a lawsuit. In Louisiana, for instance, it’s a completely different story. Since it’s not a tort state, you can hold the other driver ...
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Climate Change Blog 39

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Climate Change Blog 39 Facts on the Ground: Violent/deadly Storms Hit Southeast US and Colorado… Storms battered and flooded parts of Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia in late March. At least five people were killed in Alabama as homes and businesses were destroyed. Several tornadoes hit Alabama, including one that traveled more than 100 miles from near Birmingham to the northeast corner of the state.  More than 16,000 customers lost electricity mostly in Shelby and Bibb Counties, south of Birmingham. Strong tornados destroyed stretches of Georgia southwest of Atlanta which eviscerated homes, uprooted trees and tossed cars. The National Weather Service ...
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Climate Change Blog 39

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Climate Change Blog 39 Facts on the Ground: Violent/deadly Storms Hit Southeast US and Colorado… Storms battered and flooded parts of Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia in late March. At least five people were killed in Alabama as homes and businesses were destroyed. Several tornadoes hit Alabama, including one that traveled more than 100 miles from near Birmingham to the northeast corner of the state.  More than 16,000 customers lost electricity mostly in Shelby and Bibb Counties, south of Birmingham. Strong tornados destroyed stretches of Georgia southwest of Atlanta which eviscerated homes, uprooted trees and tossed cars. The National Weather Service ...
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This week, the  Civil Rights and Transparency Clinic  filed an  amicus brief  in  Appellate Advocates v. New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision  on behalf of  Reinvent Albany  and the  New York Coalition for Open Government . The Clinic urges the Third Department to require the release of documents that represent an agency's "working law," meaning the agency's own policies or its interpretation of the law it administers, even if the documents are drafted by attorneys working for the agency. An agency develops "working law" whenever it binds itself to interpretations of the law, which is done through interpreting regulations, making ...
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The Supreme Court issued and new decision on Fourth Amendment unreasonable search and seizure law. Respondents Janice Madrid and Richard Williamson, officers with the New Mexico State Police, arrived at an Albuquerque apartment complex to execute an arrest warrant and approached petitioner Roxanne Torres, then standing near a Toyota FJ Cruiser. The officers attempted to speak with her as she got into the driver’s seat. Believing the officers to be carjackers, Torres hit the gas to escape. The officers fired their service pistols 13 times to stop Torres, striking her twice. Torres managed to escape and drove to a hospital 75 miles away, only to be airlifted ...
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Clients have simple expectations of you as a consultant. They want you to be knowledgeable, be available when necessary, and always deliver quality work on time. Keeping these principles at the forefront of your mind and decision-making will ensure that your consultancy is a resounding success. However, once this business starts growing, you will face challenges juggling multiple clients and delivering on your promises. Unfriendly timeframes and competing priorities have been the downfall of many consultants. Here is how you can avoid a similar fate: Track time spent to eliminate waste You would be surprised how much of a consultant’s day can be spent ...
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