Facts about Boxing

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Sport | 1 comment

boxingManny here! Today we’re going over typical rules for my favorite sport: boxing.

Boxing is a difficult sport to compete in. It demands peak physical stamina, toughness, and a degree of intelligence. Surely a boxer can be successful on brute strength alone, but adding a little bit of brainpower to physical prowess can lead to marked improvements.

A boxing match consists of a number of rounds (called the distance) that each last an amount of time. This can change from division to division, with most of the biggest money matches being slated for 12 rounds that are three minutes apiece. Obviously fighting another person for 36 minutes total is exhausting, so they call going the entire fight without being knocked down “going the distance.”

There are some things boxers are not allowed to do. Boxers are prohibited from having beards in the ring. Beards are scratchy, and can cut opponents. They also make it harder for trainers to see if and where their man’s been cut.

Boxers are also not allowed to bite, headbutt, or hit their opponents below their belt. Doing so can be grounds for a disqualification from the fight. Perhaps the most famous instance of this is when Mike Tyson literally chewed off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear, spitting the freshly-ripped flesh into the crowd. Needless to say, he did not win that fight.

Boxing is a long-time sport with a storied history that is both vibrant and rewarding for those who take the time to follow it. While the sport’s future may be in question, its past is solidified in the annals of human history.

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Some Facts about Stretch Limousines

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Cars | 0 comments

When we think of limousines, we think of long ones; these are actually stretch limousines and have an average overall length of 17.5 feet. However, this can go up to 100 feet at the extreme end, but this is highly customized.

The most popular traditional vehicles for stretch limousines include those made by Bentley, Rolls Royce, and Mercedes Benz. Non-traditional vehicles that have been “stretched” include Hummers, SUVs and Cadillacs. The benefits of stretch limousines, aside from the wow factor of course, is the increased leg room and/or occupancy as well as possible amenities such as a wet bar, sophisticated sound systems, and entertainment centers.

Most limousines are custom built because it is primarily a luxury vehicle, although there are standard limos for sale. Because even “normal” stretch limousines are longer than standard vehicles, the drivers have to be experts.

Historically, the first stretch limousine was built by Armbuster Stageway, a coach company based in Arkansas, on the request of a bus company in 1926. The company still exists, specializing in professional vehicles and building custom limousines for their customers.

Stretch limousines are basically elongated vehicles with an extended wheelbase, and may require special features. The longest limousine in the world was made in the US by custom carmaker Jay Ohrberg using a Cadillac. It has 26 wheels, a hinged section to help it turn and one driver’s cabin on either end for better maneuverability. It also sports a Jacuzzi, king-sized bed, swimming pool, and a helipad. It may not be possible to rent this particular limousine, but there are available ones that are pretty neat as well. Just tell your local limo rental company what you need, and they can probably come up with something.

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Pedestrians – Victims with the Worst Injuries in Car Accidents

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Car Accidents | 1 comment

Though not everyone in the US may own or drive a car, there is one sure thing that all Americans have in common – everyone is a pedestrian, even for just a particular time within a day. A pedestrian is any person on foot. He/She could be walking, jogging, running, just standing at a street corner or waiting for the bus or a cab to arrive, and so forth.

In a car crash wherein pedestrians are involved (as victims), they are the ones who always sustain the most severe injuries, such as broken bones, neck injuries or spinal column injuries. Just when one would think that walking may be the safest thing to do on the street, wait until a reckless or negligent driver comes along as his/her arrival may and can change the whole scenario.

In 2013 different car manufacturers, in improving their brand of cars, began introducing built-in safety features that will make driving not just safer and more enjoyable, but which will make the vehicle an active factor in significantly reducing incidences of accidents wherein pedestrians get severely injured or die. Some of these modern safety features are the Obstacle Avoidance technology which, with the aid of a camera that has up to 660 feet scanning capability, will automatically stop the car or make the car steer around pedestrians to avoid hitting them, the Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake, and the Forward Collision Warning system and the Automatic Braking system.

With about 76,000 pedestrian injuries and 4,743 pedestrian deaths in 2012 alone, people on the street are considered no longer safe. It an article posted on its website, Houston Lawyer Ali Mokaram from The Mokaram Law Firm states that an accident resulting to an injury can very well affect an injured victim negatively by reducing his/her employment opportunities (due to the injuries), changing his/her life for good, at the same time.

There are many accidents caused by the negligence of other people and to this, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® state that victims have the right of recovering compensation from at-fault parties or individuals. Compensation usually covers lost wages (present and future wages), cost of medical treatment and even damage to property. Thus, it is necessary that victims seek legal counsel, who can fight for their rights and help them get that compensation that they legally deserve.

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Complexities of Medical Malpractice Law in Massachusetts

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Medical Malpractice | 7 comments

The law is generally beyond the ken of the ordinary person. Even when it is not in legalese, the many ands, ifs, and buts that typically apply to any law can make a layperson’s head spin, and require the assistance of a lawyer specializing in that particular type of law to make heads or tails of it. Medical malpractice law is no exception, and the fact that each state has different laws governing it that continually evolves makes it even more complex.

Medical malpractice law in Massachusetts is a good example. There was a recent change in the state’s medical malpractice system that took effect in the last quarter of 2012. These reforms (see Mass. Gen. Laws Chapter 231 sections 60L and 79L) are designed to encourage early settlement or resolution of medical malpractice cases. A Massachusetts medical malpractice lawyer would be updated on these changes, but not necessarily a general practitioner in personal injury cases, so it is important to be specific when asking for legal advice and representation.

Medical malpractice in Massachusetts is defined as injury sustained by a patient undergoing treatment as a result of a breach in the standard of care expected of a healthcare professional or facility. While the standard of care is a fluid concept depending on a number of factors, Massachusetts utilizes a tribunal consisting of a doctor (a specialist in the relevant field), a judge, and a lawyer to establish the applicable standard for each case. However, even if the tribunal determines that the facts of the case does  not support a medical malpractice claim, the plaintiff can still proceed with the case after posting a bond, and use other expert witnesses to show that there was a breach, and that that breach was the proximate cause of the injury.

There is a three-year statute of limitations for medical malpractice in Massachusetts, although because of the reforms to the law mentioned above, there is a required cooling off period of up to one year during which the plaintiff and defendant/s can come to a resolution and hold off on filing in civil court. At any rate, if discovery occurs after three years after the alleged causative event, the plaintiff can still make a claim provided it is done no later than 7 years after the event.

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Outsourcing – A Source of Big Profits for Both the Host and Third Party Countries

Posted by on Jun 15, 2014 in Employment | 0 comments

The use of online technology in building a workable business that is capable of being run from any part of the globe was one of the most significant changes entering the 21st century – this may practically be considered as how outsourcing, also called strategic outsourcing or offshoring, started.

Outsourcing, in business lingo, is the contracting out of a business process by one organization to another, which is otherwise known as a third-party. The third party may be located nationally or internationally (thus, the term offshoring). This type of business movement or thriving is usually resorted to due to lack of skilled or expert individuals needed to fit certain job descriptions. It can also be due to the fact that outsourcing certain company projects or services proves to be economically favorable to the both organizations (with the third party organization creating jobs besides earning profits, while the host company saving much from overhead/operating expenses as cost of employment in chosen countries is far cheaper than in theirs).

Through outsourcing, host companies get to enjoy greater control and flexibility in their budget. Rather than hiring the experts themselves, this task will be the concern of the third party company, which will also be responsible in training their hired personnel for the outsourced project. Additionally, this helps create often reliable in other nations.

One of the countries considered by many top companies around the globe, as well as by many Fortune 500 companies, as a good place where to outsource services and other concerns, is the Philippines. Besides being one of the top countries in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, where non- voice and, especially, call center services are concerned, the country is also an emerging top competitor in the area of IT services, which include application maintenance, software development and web design, and in many other types of services, like computer animation, medical transcription, legal services, research, blogging and content writing.

Awareness of the business culture in western countries, strong skills in the English language, high literacy and expertise in various areas, competitive labor rates, and a firmly established telecommunications infrastructure, are just some of the factors that make the Philippines the first choice of many famous firms.

Outsourcing Philippines started in the 1990s, and became more famous at the turn of the century. By 2004 outsourcing in the Philippines was a major industry, worth an estimated $1.5 billion. In 2009, after only five years, the industry’s worth has ballooned to about $9 billion.

One particular service that some companies have really been successful in is medical transcription. In 2008, 43 companies were registered as providing the service – a growth of more than 300% from the 9 companies registered in 2003. Medical transcription involves medical reports, clinic and hospital reports, chart notes, therapy/rehabilitation notes, operative reports, and discharge summaries.

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