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Choosing A Right Personal Injury Lawyer Will Help You A Lot}

Submitted by: Thomas Harry

Personal injury cases are brought about by physical injury or mental anguish caused by actions or negligence of another party. Personal Injury cases can include Auto Accidents, Product Defects, Slips/Trips & Fall accidents and Medical Malpractice to name just a few. If you suffer accidental personal injury or damages through the fault of another, that person or business is legally liable and can be required to pay compensation.

Compensation is generally awarded based on the strength of your documentation and degree of injury. A legal professional is recommended in Personal Injury cases over all others in order to maximize your compensation in the face of the Insurance companies, which normally defend such cases.

Personal injury cases are serious matters. They often involve grave injury, permanent disability, and even death. Victims depend on the personal injury lawyer to recover financial damages that are required to cover their medical treatments, replace permanently lost income, and compensate for their pain and suffering. Without a qualified, experienced personal injury lawyer, their chances of receiving fair compensation plummet. That’s why its really important that, if youve been a victim of personal injury, you need to choose the right personal injury lawyer to represent you.Here are a few things to consider when making your selection:

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Choosing a right personal injury lawyer can be a difficult thing but its very important one. There are several things to look for in accident attorneys like the attorneys reputation, experience in handling personal injury cases this will help us a lot. If you are looking for personal injury lawyer in New York then Marvin A. Cooper, P.C. would be the best choice for you because they were dealing with all kind of personal injury cases since from 1960 and there stellar reputation of our law firm, our vast trial experience willingness to fight for their clients this will gives the maximum recovery for them who suffered from negligence of another.

Personal injury cases are brought about by physical injury or mental anguish caused by actions or negligence of another party. Personal Injury cases can include Auto Accidents, Product Defects, Slips/Trips & Fall accidents and Medical Malpractice to name just a few. If you suffer accidental personal injury or damages through the fault of another, that person or business is legally liable and can be required to pay compensation.

Compensation is generally awarded based on the strength of your documentation and degree of injury. A legal professional is recommended in Personal Injury cases over all others in order to maximize your compensation in the face of the Insurance companies, which normally defend such cases.

Personal injury cases are serious matters. They often involve grave injury, permanent disability, and even death. Victims depend on the personal injury lawyer to recover financial damages that are required to cover their medical treatments, replace permanently lost income, and compensate for their pain and suffering. Without a qualified, experienced personal injury lawyer, their chances of receiving fair compensation plummet. That’s why its really important that, if youve been a victim of personal injury, you need to choose the right personal injury lawyer to represent you.Here are a few things to consider when making your selection:

Choosing a right personal injury lawyer can be a difficult thing but its very important one. There are several things to look for in accident attorneys like the attorneys reputation, experience in handling personal injury cases this will help us a lot. If you are looking for personal injury lawyer in New York then Marvin A. Cooper, P.C. would be the best choice for you because they were dealing with all kind of personal injury cases since from 1960 and there stellar reputation of our law firm, our vast trial experience willingness to fight for their clients this will gives the maximum recovery for them who suffered from negligence of another.

About the Author: Marvin A. Cooper, P.C. has provided expert legal advice, services and representation to clients residing in the Bronx, Westchester, Kings, Queens, New York, Rockland & Nassau Counties.

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Stockholm chief prosecutor quashes arrest warrant for Wikileaks editor-in-chief

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Stockholm chief prosecutor quashes arrest warrant for Wikileaks editor-in-chief

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The arrest warrant issued for Wikileaks’ editor-in-chief Julian Assange has been quashed by Stockholm Chief Prosecutor Eva Finné, who said in a press release “I am of the opinion that there is no reason to suspect that he has committed a rape.” The press officer of the Swedish Prosecution Authority says that he is still suspected of molestation, and that neither police nor prosecutors have yet been able to contact Assange. Assange had this morning said that he was going to hand himself in to police but also said that the accusations against him were false. The investigation is continuing.

A warrant for Assange’s arrest was issued on Friday evening after the Stockholm police informed prosecutors that he had been accused of rape. According to Expressen’s sources two women between 20 and 30 years old are the alleged victims. Police and prosecutor Maria Häljebo Kjellstrand told Swedish news agency TT that the alleged molestation took place in Stockholm on the night of 13–14 August and the alleged rape happened “later” in Enköping. (Expressen’s sources say the alleged rape occurred on Tuesday.) Beyond that they have refused to comment. Sources told Expressen that the two women knew each other and “knew that they had been the victims of the same thing”. A source says that the women were afraid of Assange’s “position of power” and had been reluctant to make a formal report to the police. However, on Sunday one of his accusers was interviewed by Aftonbladet and denied that they were scared of Assange: “It is wrong to say that we were frightened of Assange and that we hadn’t wanted to report him for that reason. He’s not violent and I do not feel threatened by him.”

Assange was in Sweden last week to talk about his work and to defend Wikileaks’ publication of the Afghan War Diary, a set of tens of thousands of secret US military documents whose publication has angered the Pentagon and the Obama administration. He had also met Swedish Pirate Party leader Rickard Falkvinge and signed a deal in which the party agreed to provide Wikileaks with server space. The Pirate Party is continuing its cooperation with Wikileaks despite the allegations against Assange.

Assange has denied the allegations in e-mails to Swedish media and on Wikileaks’ Twitter feed, saying “the charges are without basis and their issue at this moment is deeply disturbing.” An official statement on the Wikileaks blog says: “We are deeply concerned about the seriousness of these allegations. We the people behind WikiLeaks think highly of Julian and he has our full support. While Julian is focusing on his defenses and clearing his name, WikiLeaks will be continuing its regular operations.”

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A Brief Guide To Custom Wood Kitchen Cabinets

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It is important to choose wisely when selecting cabinets and hardware. The right choice in custom wood kitchen cabinets or even ready-to-assemble packages will not only make your kitchen look amazing, it will also ensure that your investment is protected by choosing a product that is durable and crafted from high quality materials.

Use this handy guide to learn more about the latest features and options in wood cabinets prior to starting your kitchen design. Taking care to choose products that not only suit your needs, but also fit your budget can put you in the kitchen of your dreams in record time.

Depending on how each cabinet is constructed, and what degree of customization is available, cabinets will fall into three basic categories:

a.) Stock Cabinetsb.) Semi-Custom Cabinetsc.) Custom Wood Kitchen Cabinets

The category the cabinet falls into does not necessarily depict the quality of the product.

Stock Cabinets

These types of cabinets are the most budget friendly. They can be found in a large number of styles, colors, designs and widths. These cabinets are most often purchased online, direct from the manufacturer or in home improvement stores. Stock cabinets range in price from $60 to $200 per linear foot.

Keep in mind – Since stock cabinets come pre-assembled and are built in mass quantities, it is not possible to find them in specialized sizes. Filler strips can be used to fill in gaps between an appliance and a cabinet, however, that is about as much customization as you will find.

Semi-Custom Cabinets

This variety of cabinetry is constructed after the final order has been placed. This means that they are available in a wider variety of styles, materials and colors than basic stock cabinets. They can easily be made with storage units, accessories and hardware like lazy Susans and run in price from $100 to $650 per linear foot.

Custom Wood Kitchen Cabinets

These cabinets are built-to-order and can be made from any material (hardwood, maple, cherry, oak, etc.) in any shape, size, color, finish or configuration that can be thought up. Custom cabinets are not cheap and can range in cost from $500 to $1200+ per linear foot.

Custom cabinets are chosen by designers for their ability to integrate into any unique, high end environment. They are made from the finest materials and often come with lifetime guarantees.

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Workers at England wind turbine plant stage occupation

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Workers at England wind turbine plant stage occupation

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

About 30 workers at the Vestas wind turbine plant in Newport, Isle of Wight, England have occupied their factory in protest against the upcoming closure of the plant. The factory, the main site for the manufacture of turbines for wind power in the United Kingdom, is scheduled to close at the end of July, bringing with it the loss of 625 jobs; Vestas is a major employer on the Isle of Wight, which has a population of around 140,000.

The workers, most of whom are not affiliated with any union, began their occupation around 7pm.

Speaking via mobile phone from the factory, “Mark”, a worker in Vestas’s finishing shop who prefers not to give any last name for fear of management reprisals, called the atmosphere “really good.” “It’s all right, we’re getting a lot of support”, he said.

Calling Vestas the “world leader” in the manufacture of wind turbines, Mark stated that the goal of the occupation as “asking the government to nationalise us” as “Vestas aren’t willing to keep our factory open”. The plant is being closed despite rising profits at the company, which is focusing on sales in China in response to lower demand in Northern Europe. According to a report by the Guardian, the low demand in the United Kingdom is the result of the long and unpredictable planning process associated with constructing wind farms in Britain.

Mark told Wikinews that the workers at Vestas have received messages of support from members of the SWP, the TUC, and Unite. Members of the Socialist Party are also taking part in the industrial action and the party has announced its support for the occupation. According to Mark, the Vestas workers were “inspired” to occupy the factory through contacts with occupation organisers from the Visteon plant in Belfast, where workers staged a weeks-long sit-in in April of this year. Mark said that the Visteon workers told the Vestas workers that an occupation “is something we should do to stand up for ourselves.”

Mark closed by thanking the public for its support, saying “we’ve got to keep on doing this sort of work — it’s for all our futures”

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Zimbabwe submits to popular pressure: foreign currencies now legal tender

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Zimbabwe submits to popular pressure: foreign currencies now legal tender

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Zimbabwe has decided to abandon its currency, the Zimbabwean dollar, in favour of other currencies.

Acting Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa announced today that Zimbabweans will be allowed to make transactions in other currencies along with the local currency. “In line with the prevailing practices by the general public, [the] government is therefore allowing the use of multiple foreign currencies for business transactions alongside the Zimbabwean dollar,” he said, adding that the Zimbabwean dollar will not be removed from circulation and would be used alongside other currencies.

This decision comes during the current period of hyperinflation, which has massively devalued the Zimbabwean dollar. Banknotes up to $100 trillion have been printed, despite the removal of ten zeroes from the currency last summer to try to make transactions easier. The official inflation rate, last updated in July 2008, was 231,000,000% a year, although independent estimates place the number as high as 6.5×10108, or 6.5 quindecillion novemdecillion, percent.

Up to now, only vendors with licenses were legally able to accept foreign currencies, although the practice was widespread — private businesses altogether refuse to accept the unstable Zimbabwean dollar.

Large sections of the workforce, including teachers and doctors, have gone on strike because hyperinflation rapidly renders their wages worthless. Representative groups said salaries, now measured in trillions of dollars, are insufficient to pay for even the bus fare to work.

Zimbabwe also faces other crises, including a cholera epidemic that has claimed the lives of over 3,000 people, according to statistics from the World Health Organisation.

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Proposal for Buffalo, N.Y. hotel reportedly dead: parcels for sale “by owner”

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Proposal for Buffalo, N.Y. hotel reportedly dead: parcels for sale “by owner”
Buffalo, N.Y. Hotel Proposal Controversy
Recent Developments
  • “Old deeds threaten Buffalo, NY hotel development” — Wikinews, November 21, 2006
  • “Proposal for Buffalo, N.Y. hotel reportedly dead: parcels for sale “by owner”” — Wikinews, November 16, 2006
  • “Contract to buy properties on site of Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal extended” — Wikinews, October 2, 2006
  • “Court date “as needed” for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal” — Wikinews, August 14, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal rescheduled” — Wikinews, July 26, 2006
  • “Elmwood Village Hotel proposal in Buffalo, N.Y. withdrawn” — Wikinews, July 13, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal delayed” — Wikinews, June 2, 2006
Original Story
  • “Hotel development proposal could displace Buffalo, NY business owners” — Wikinews, February 17, 2006

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Buffalo, New York —A proposed hotel that was supposed to be built at the corner of Elmwood and Forest Avenues in Buffalo, New York is apparently off the table. The former proposal was going to be called The Elmwood Village Hotel and would have consisted of 72 rooms and cost between $7 to $10 million American dollars to build.

Today several unknown individuals were seen removing a sign that was dedicated to the “Elmwood Village Gateway,” which signifies the beginning of the Elmwood Village at the formerly proposed project’s location.

Nearly an hour later the men replaced the sign with a different and unexpected sign: “For Sale: 5 commercial parcels and 1 carriage house, By: Owner.” Those 5 “parcels” are 1109-1121 Elmwood and 999 Forest Avenue, which is located in an illegal alley, according to the City of Buffalo, behind the 5 other properties on Elmwood. Hans Mobius owns all properties named in the sale.

Sam Savarino, CEO of Savarino Companies never owned the properties and has repeatadly told Wikinews in exclusive interviews that he still had a “contract to buy the properties” and on October 2, 2006 told Wikinews in an exclusive interview that he “extended” the “agreement to purchase the property[s] and will have it under contract for what we hope is a sufficient period of time.”

“He [Mobius] is undoubtedly concerned because he has lost some tenants and is a bit impatient. I think he has properly portrayed the situation,” said Savarino in an exclusive interview with Wikinews.

Savarino also says that there may be “legal issues” to work out now, before anything else can move forward, regarding the proposal.

“There are some legal complexities that must be sorted out before anything can happen there,” added Savarino.

The welcome sign was; however, not removed entirely. The sign was placed, facing the same direction of north, on the side of the Forest Plaza Art Gallery, a new art gallery located on the corner of Forest and Elmwood.

Nancy Pollina, owner of Don Apparel which was located at 1109 Elmwood, but closed on October 14, 2006 considers this a possible “victory” in regards to the lawsuit filed against the hotel to stop it from being built, alleging that several laws were broken, including not performing an Environmental Impact Study before the proposal was approved by the city, during its approval and the proposal was “rushed.” Patricia Morris, who operates Don Apparel with Pollina, Angeline Genovese and Evelyn Bencinich, owners of residences on Granger Place which abut the rear of the proposed site, Nina Freudenheim, a resident of nearby Penhurst Park, and Sandra Girage, the owner of a two-family residence on Forest Avenue less than a hundred feet from the proposed hotel’s sole entrance and exit driveway, were also plaintiffs in the lawsuit. They filed the suit with a lawyer representing them, Arthur J. Giacalone, on April 25, 2006 in New York State Supreme Court, but the case has never gone to a courtroom.

Giacalone believes that a press release issued in July regarding the project was nothing but a statement to “save face,” but that the placement of the for sale sign might be a way of convincing Savarino to speed up the sale of the properties.

“I thought all along that Savarino’s July press release might be no more than an effort to save face. But we have no way of knowing. Similarly, Mobius might have put the for-sale sign up in an attempt to pressure Savarino into closing the deal. There’s no way to tell,” said Giacalone in an exclusive interview with Wikinews.

In regards to the lawsuit, Giacalone thinks it may now be in “limbo.”

“The lawsuit still sits in limbo,” added Giacalone.

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Why A Restaurant Employee Handbook Is Important

Submitted by: Jerome Chiaro

If you are the owner of a restaurant, of course you know that a restaurant employee handbook is important. However, there may be reasons why it is important that may not appear to be important on the surface.

Lawsuits

In today s litigious society we unfortunately come in contact with lawsuits. Often they are baseless and frivolous, but sometimes we wish that we had paid more attention to things like our restaurant employee handbook to avoid some lawsuits.

Wage and hour laws while everyone wishes to stay in close contact with the laws to avoid problems, some may not know that Fair Labor Standards cover such things as:

Seasonal and migrant workers

Foreign labor

Minimum wage

Overtime pay

Equal pay

Federal contractors

Wage garnishment

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Employee benefits while not every restaurant offers these, some are required by law. Take for instance workers compensation and social security. Then there are laws that cover optional employee benefit plans as well that should be covered in a restaurant employee handbook.

Discrimination and harassment As there are more and more suits filed having to do with this subject, it is important that an employee can find the following:

Equal Employment requirements

What training and assistance is available

Specific information for federal contractors

Payroll system

You will find that it is of extreme importance how you set up your payroll system. You will want to be on the lookout for:

Avoiding possible IRS penalties

Making sure the correct withholding is accomplished for each employee

Environmental regulations

Within a restaurant employee handbook, restaurateurs are wise to include specific information as to how the restaurant will comply with various environmental regulations such as those covering:

Environmental permits

Air quality regulations

Cleanup

Emergencies and disaster planning

Waste regulations

Water quality

Posters

Although there are a myriad of posters required by law to be posted where every employee can see and read them, not every restaurant owner is adequately prepared to observe the law. By including these in their restaurant employee handbook, it is evident that the restaurant is not only aware of them but has cared enough to outline them in the handbook. These include:

Equal employment opportunity poster

Fair labor standards act poster

Family and medical leave act poster

Notice to workers paid special minimum wages poster

Occupational safety and health act poster

Office of labor-management standards union member rights poster

Uniformed services employment and reemployment rights act poster

The above are only Federal posters. Each state also has some posters that are required by state laws, and these should be mentioned as well.

In conclusion, it is important that every restaurant employee handbook covers just about every aspect that any employee may wish to learn about in their handbook. The more thorough it is, the least likely it is to cause problems, however you are cautioned to have your attorney read over the handbook to be sure that all your t s are crossed, and your i s are dotted.

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Belgian prime minister offers resignation

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Belgian prime minister offers resignation

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Belgian prime minister Yves Leterme has offered to resign amid a political dispute, the press office of the Belgian parliament reported on Thursday.

The Belgian king, King Albert II, has not yet accepted the prime minister’s offer. He and Leterme met on Thursday’s afternoon, the office said. The king said that the resulting political turbulence from the resignation “seriously threatens” the country’s standing in the European Union.

“[He] had no other choice than to inform us that he would go to the king immediately to tender the government’s resignation,” said Belgium’s health minister, Laurette Onkelinx.

The Belgian palace commented on the issue in a written statement. “The king and the prime minister jointly underlined that […] a political crisis would be inopportune and would seriously damage both the economic and social well-being of the citizens and the role of Belgium in Europe.”

Leterme also resigned as prime minister in late 2008 over a banking scandal. He returned to office last November when former PM Herman van Rompuy gave up the post to become the first, full-time head of the European Union.

This latest resignation is a fallout of Belgium’s long-term power struggle between the country’s French-speaking Walloons and Flemish-speaking majority.

The latest disagreement centers on special rights for Walloons living near Brussels; specifically, the location of electoral boundaries around the capital. A key coalition member, the Flemish liberal Open VLD Party, pulled out of the government, frustrated over the failure to resolve the dispute. Party chairman Alexander De Croo said that”[w]e have not agreed on a negotiated solution and therefore Open VLD no longer has confidence in the government.”

Without the VLD, the other four government parties have 76 of 150 lower house seats in the parliament, although governing with such a small majority would be hard, Al Jazeera says.

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Major explosions at UK oil depot

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Major explosions at UK oil depot

Sunday, December 11, 2005

A series of large explosions have occurred close to Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire, UK. The source of the explosions has been confirmed as the Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal (HOSL), Hemel Hempstead, known locally as the Buncefield complex. Up to 150 fire fighters are reported to be at the scene with 10 fire appliances and 1 specialist foamer.

The first ‘blast’ was heard near Hemel Hempstead on Sunday 11 Dec at 6 am. Further smaller explosions followed at 6:24am , 6:26am, 6:30am. BBC News 24 reported an additional, fourth large explosion. Hertfordshire Police Constabulary are currently treating the explosion as an accident.

Reports say the explosion, which registered 2.4 on the Richter scale, was heard as far away as Oxford, and Whitehall, Central London which is 60km (38 miles) away. Eyewitness statements report that the explosion was heard from at least 160km (100 miles) away and as far away as France and The Netherlands. Pilots reported noticing the blast from the North Sea and the West Country area of the UK. The M1 motorway which runs close by has been closed in both directions near the blast which is causing travel chaos as other roads become congested.

Malcom Stewart, a BBC News24 eyewitness who is a tanker driver for the site has reported that the site supplies several oil companies and is a joint operation between Total UK and Texaco, it is also used by BP, Shell and the British Pipeline association. The complex is not a refinery but a storage facility for refined petroleum awaiting distribution to airports and filling stations. The eyewitness reports that the depot has approximately 20 tanks which can hold about 3 million gallons (11 million litres or 70,000 barrels) each. Another News24 eyewitness has just reported that he has seen at least 5 of these tanks on fire.

The depot operates on a 24 hour basis and is split into 2 parts – aviation fuel and domestic fuel. A number of eyewitnesses have reported on UK news that the aviation fuel side appears to be the part of the site that has been affected.

Local authorities were not immediately available for comment but there have been reports of casualties.

Some reports on live television state that, “Several other neighbours said they did see a plane go into the depot.” BBC News 24 were also discussing the idea a possible plane crash as the cause of the explosions. Hertfordshire police have now gone on the record to say that there is no plane involved (BBC News24).

The police have issued a contact number 0800 096 0095 and asked that people do not call the emergency services in Hertfordshire directly unless it is an emergency.

In addition to being an oil storage depot, it is a major hub on the UK oil pipeline network with pipelines to Killingholme Lindsey Oil Refinery (LOR), Humberside (10 inch), Merseyside (10 and 12 inch), Coryton on the Thames Estuary (14 inch) and Heathrow (6 and 8 inch) and Gatwick airports radiating from it.

The disaster is believed to be the worst explosion at a petrochemical plant in the UK since the Flixborough disaster of 1974.Hertfordshire’s Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher said: “This is possibly the largest incident of its kind in peacetime Europe.”

A firefighting press officer said that they are stock piling foam from neighboring regions for a prolonged attach which they hope will stop the spread of the fire, however, the inferno itself will have to burn out which could take between 24 hours and a few days.

Despite the authorities saying that there is no need to panic buy petrol, filling stations have had above average queues since this morning and some small garages have ran out.

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has visited the scene.

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