Personal Injury Lawyers Against Defective Baby Cribs

By Seomul Evans

First-time expectant parents are excited to buy things that their babies would need at birth. One of the most important things that they will eventually buy is a crib or a playpen where the baby may spend most of the time sleeping, eating and playing.

However, many products like cribs have been found to be hazardous to babies’ health like paint tainted with lead, plastic parts that contain benzene and other harmful substances. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has set new standards for the sale of baby cribs and playpens. If you are a parent who is concerned with the welfare of your baby, keep these reminders in mind.

The CPSC based its study on a survey of approximately 3500 crib incidents from 2007-2010. It was found out that 23% of the babies fell from their cribs due to faulty design. Moreover, drop-side crib fatalities were reported to be 12% of the survey population. In addition, 12% of the babies got caught in between slats, some resulted to injury. Other crib problems noted were wood detachment, paint-related issues, mattress issues and other design issues such as sharp screw, unstable base, and drop-side failures. Of the fatalities, half of them included pillows that caused asphyxiation while babies were sleeping, while most of the injuries included fractures, bruises, and cuts resulting from babies falling off or hitting the sides of the crib. These are some of the statistics that you have to consider when buying a crib and accessorizing it. Lots of times, parents want their babies to have the best and most expensive crib that they can buy. However, what’s more important is that it passes the new standards set by the CPSC.

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When buying a crib, ask the seller if the crib adheres to the standards and ask for a certificate. If the seller fails to present a certificate, do not buy the crib and look for another one that complies with the standards. On the other hand, if you failed to ask for a certificate and you have bought already bought and used the crib for your baby, request to see the certificate and if the seller did not present anything, you may ask the assistance of a personal injury lawyer to review your case and see if you are entitled to compensation from the seller or the manufacturer because it is illegal to sell cribs intentionally that do not pass CPSC standards. Moreover, if you are going to use an old or donated crib, check with the CPSC if your baby’s crib passes the standards. Otherwise, it will not be fit for use as it will pose injury risks for the baby. In addition, do not give the crib away to someone else because it will be a risk for other babies who would use a crib that did not pass the CPSC standards.

If you are a parent who wants to seek compensation on your baby’s behalf, look for a good personal injury lawyer who could assist you to file for a claim. People who sell baby cribs for profit without regard to the welfare of babies should be apprehended. Defective cribs not only cause physical injuries but may also cause deaths among infants. Always be mindful about your baby’s safety hire a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

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Zimbabwean footballer Adam Ndlovu dies in car accident aged 42

Sunday, December 16, 2012 

Former Zimbabwean professional footballer Adam Ndlovu has died in a car accident that also left his brother critically injured. Adam and his brother Peter, also a former professional footballer, were in the accident after failure of a tire on the BMW X5 Adam was reportedly driving. Reports also suggest an unidentified female passenger may have died in the accident.

George Bhebhe, a friend of Adam, spoke to The Zimbabwean about the circumstances of the accident. He said “Adam died early this morning when their vehicle veered off the road after a tyre burst and hit a tree 20 km from Victoria Falls. He died on arrival at hospital. Peter is in critical condition and he is at Victoria Falls hospital in Intensive Care Unit. But arrangements still being made to transfer from there to a hospital in Bulawayo or Harare”.

Both Adam and Peter played for the Zimbabwe national football team and Peter is their all time top goalscorer. During his career Peter played in the English Premier League and played for Coventry, Sheffield United, Birmingham, and Huddersfield. Sheffield United tweeted “Our thoughts are with former player Peter Ndlovu, who has been critically injured in a car accident in his native Zimbabwe. #sufc”

Adam formerly played for the Zimbabwean team Highlanders and at the time of his death coached Zimbabwe Premier League team Chicken Inn, based in Bulawayo.

‘Troopergate’ investigation finds Palin abused her power

Saturday, October 11, 2008 

An Alaskan legislative investigation, nicknamed ‘Troopergate’, concluded Friday that Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin had abused her power during her time as Alaskan governor.

The report, released by a bipartisan investigative committee, found that Palin had violated the state Ethics Act when she allowed her husband to pressure former Commissioner of Public Safety Walt Monegan into firing state trooper Mike Wooten; however, she was well within her rights to fire Monegan because of disagreement on budget cuts.

Sarah Palin had “knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda,” the report went on to say.

Todd Palin, her husband, admitted to trying to forcefully remove Wooten because of alleged actions such as driving under the influence, threatening Palin’s father, and using a Taser gun on his son. The pressure came after a hostile divorce between the governor’s sister and ex-husband, who was accused of threatening the family.

The governor’s explanations of her reasons for firing Monegan had been inconsistent, from denying a “personality conflict” to insubordination and incompetence. She consistently denied, however, the firing being related to Wooten.

“The Palins make no apologies,” a statement released by her campaign said, “for wanting to protect their family and wanting to bring attention to the injustice of a violent trooper keeping his badge and abusing the workers’ compensation system”.

While the investigative committee had agreed unanimously to release the report, a few Republicans on the panel had attempted to halt the investigation, citing political bias. Republican Senator Gary Stevens warned voters to be “cautious” and to “realize there’s much more in it than just the one-page findings”.

Buy The Best Diamond Engagement Rings

Buy the Best Diamond engagement rings


Peter B Andrew

You have found the girl of your dreams and you are now ready to ask her the most important question in both of your lives. Will she marry you? In order to create the scene for the perfect proposal you need to first choose the perfect ring for your girlfriend. There are many diamond engagement rings to choose from in almost any budget.

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There are many factors to consider when choose from the many diamond engagement rings that are available. The first thing that you will need to determine is the exact budget that you would like to work with. Many jewelers will try to convince you to purchase a ring that is more expensive than you can afford or try to sell you a ring that isn’t worth as much as the asking price.

Once you have determined the budget you will then need to decide on specifics such as the type of metal you should purchase for her band and what size diamond that would be perfect for her. There are different types of diamond engagement rings which vary in size, shape, and even color. You should always do your research on any rings that you are looking at. Learning the 4 C’s of diamonds is important. These include clarity, color, cut, and carat. This will help you to choose a diamond that will be long lasting and not something that is going to become dull and become chipped easily overtime.

It’s also imperative to know ahead of time what size your girlfriend wears and any particular type of jewelry that she likes. Some women prefer silver to gold or white gold to gold so be sure that you get as much accurate information as possible before shopping. You can normally find out what size she wears by looking at the other pieces in her collection but finding out what type of diamond engagement rings she would like may take a bit more research. You may choose to speak to her closest friends or relatives that may know what she prefers.

Being proposed to is one of the most important times in a woman’s life so it should be as special as possible. Choosing the perfect ring from the many diamond engagement rings available on the market will show her that you really care and want only the best for her. If you do the research needed you will be able to find the perfect engagement ring within your budget.

You may also want to consider purchasing your ring from an online jewelry store in order to save yourself time and money. For many men they lack the time needed to visit a variety of local jewelry stores in order to compare prices or to find the perfect ring. By shopping online it’s much easier to compare prices and save the links that look promising.

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Small Business Debt Collections Law Trap

By Joel Walsh

When someone owes your small business money, you certainly feel like a victim. But did you know that if you aren’t careful, you could break the law by trying to get the money back?

How to Break a Federal Debt Collection Law

You have a small business, and your bills are coming due soon. You could easily pay those bills if a few thousands dollars of overdue invoices were paid. It’s time to give your clients a few friendly reminders

1. You call up the biggest debtor at his home number. The debtor’s girlfriend answers and you leave the message that you were just calling to remind her husband about the invoice you had sent last month.

2. You get into an argument over the phone with the next debtor. In the heat of the moment, you say you’re referring the debt to you attorney–when in reality, you know you can’t afford to do that.

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3. It’s getting late–in fact, it’s already after 9pm. But you know that debtor number 3 tends to stay up quite late, so it’s practically midday for him. So, you cheerfully give him a call and remind him about the invoice of a couple of months ago.

Congratulations, you may have just broken a federal law three separate times. Plus, you could be sued for it.

Collections Laws Finer Points

Have you figured out what collections law you broke yet? It’s the Fair Debt Collections Practice Act (FDCPA), the federal law for collections. Meant to protect consumers from harassment, it has a clear list of things you can’t do. Let’s look at what you did wrong in the last example:

1. Never tell someone other than the debtor that you are calling about a bill. You can, of course, leave a message that you called. You can even call someone simply to find out if they know if a hard-to-reach debtor has moved house. But you cannot under any circumstances let on that they owe money. Simply leave your name and phone number as with any other “call me back” telephone message.

2. Never claim to be involving an attorney when you are not. Of course, this might seem like a soft area of the law, since intentions are fuzzy. But, for instance, if it’s clear that suing to recover the debt would cost as much as the debt itself, your bluff will be obvious in retrospect. To be on the safe side, don’t ever claim to have involved your lawyer.

3. Never call before 8 am or after 9 pm, unless you have the explicit permission of the debtor. But unless that permission is in writing, you’re safer not calling during those hours, anyway.

Unfortunately, not every aspect of the law is as straightforward as this case. For instance, the law is only supposed to apply to consumer collections, not business collections. But with home business and telecommuting blurring the line between work and home, you’re better off following the law’s dictates in every case.

Plus, the law has numerous other protections for debtors–or traps for collectors, depending on your point of view.

Feeling daunted? Before you give up on ever seeing your money again, consider outsourcing your over-aged accounts receivables to a professional collections service. After all, there’s no law saying you should let customers rob you.

Please note this article is not intended to give legal advice and may not be complete or up to date with the most current collection laws changes.

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Trial for Texas lawyer accused of murder enters third day

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 

The trial of a former Texas justice of the peace, accused of killing three people in Kaufman County in early 2013, entered its third day this morning. The defendant, Eric Williams, is being tried for one of the three murders, specifically involving the death of Cynthia McClelland.

Media reports indicate the prosecution in the case intends to rest its case today. Prosecutors allege that McLelland was fatally shot by Williams inside her home Easter weekend of 2013. During opening remarks on Monday, the prosecutor stated Williams killed McClelland in a “blizzard” of bullets. She was the spouse of public prosecutor Mike McClelland whom police allege Williams also shot and killed during the same home invasion.

A separate prosecutor, Mark Hasse, was also allegedly killed by Williams in a separate incident. Early on the trial’s first day, a reporter for the Dallas Morning News posted on Twitter that Williams looked, “…like the attorney he once was.” The cases garnered much attention, as initially, authorities considered a wide variety of theories. However, upon further inquiry, their attention ultimately turned to Williams. Police allege Williams and his wife carefully planned the murders as revenge for the prosecutors’ official actions in an earlier case against Eric Williams. Prosecutors have chosen at this time, to only bring the case of Cynthia McClelland’s murder to trial.

Williams’ wife, Kim, also faces capital murder indictments pertaining to the murders. Her trial date has not yet been set.

After McLelland’s and her husband’s deaths, many public figures in the county began attending community meetings with bodyguards over fears of other possible murder attempts. Other public officials in parts of Texas expressed fear during the time when the murders were happening.

Female lawyers to be granted court access in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 

Female lawyers in Saudi Arabia may soon be granted limited court access for the first time. Mohammed al-Issa, the justice minister, said that the law was part of King Abdullah’s ongoing reform to Saudi Arabia’s judicial system. The law would allow female lawyers to represent other women at family-related cases, including marriage, divorce, and child custody.

Saudi women that are educated in law are currently permitted to work in the female section of government and court offices. Positions of higher authority are reserved for the opposite sex. The Saudi government is also building specialized “personal status” or family courts where female lawyers will be permitted to practice.

Women rights are strictly defined by Islamic Sharia law in Saudi Arabia. Employment and educational opportunities are dependent on a system of male guardianship. For example, a female under the age of 45 must gain the approval of a male before traveling.

According to the BBC, the law and other minor changes are steps in the direction of easing restrictions placed on Saudi women.

Pirate Bay case: Internet group attacks websites in “Operation Baylout”

Saturday, April 25, 2009 

Anonymous, the loosely defined online activist group most known for organizing mass protests against the Church of Scientology, has begun a campaign against the websites of entities associated with the prosecution in the Pirate Bay Trial, Wikinews has learned.

Termed “Operation Baylout”, the group claims that hundreds of volunteers are taking part in coordinated efforts to jam the websites of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and MAQS, a law firm working with the prosecution in the Pirate Bay case. As of Friday evening MAQS’s website read “Our website is currently under attack and we have therefore decided to shut it down until the attack ceases.”

The group is also coordinating efforts to jam the fax lines of the MPAA’s anti-piracy office and of prosecuting attorney Monique Wadsted.

Andrew Norton of Pirate Party International rejected the attacks, saying, “While we can’t condone these acts, it does show there is a wealth of feeling that opposes the decisions and actions of this trade body. Perhaps if this trade group [the IFPI] was not so focused on increasing their members’ short-term profits, and focused on long term growth and giving customers what they have wanted for the last 10 years, we would not all be in this situation now. However, if people really want to make a difference, and get a result, then they should be supporting their local pirate parties, which will give a lasting result, by providing a government that is more resistant to the lobbying efforts of the IFPI and their ilk.”

While one participant told Wikinews that he or she had taken part in the Church of Scientology protests, and while websites announcing the attacks claim to be affiliated with Anonymous, the decentralized and informal nature of the group makes it difficult to verify whether the attacks are a “legitimate” Anonymous operation.

Some seven hundred to one thousand users took part in an April 20 distributed denial of service (DDOS) “raid” against the IFPI’s website, taking it down for several hours.

The group makes use of Anonymous’s tactics from Project Chanology in coordinating raids. Ideas for targets are proposed in open discussion forums on a range of websites, mainly spinoffs of 4chan, although both participants Wikinews spoke to expressed disdain for that site particularly. When an idea finds favor with a significant portion of the group, it quickly — sometimes within four hours — evolves and is elaborated through a number of IRC channels. As a plan develops, word is put out to other members, and when enough people are assembled, the members activate customized but rudimentary programs downloaded from popular anonymous upload sites such as RapidShare to their home computers. These programs, “Epic Fail Cannon” and “Bayloutlazer”, execute a UDP ping flood against the target website. Most participants are by and large not computer experts, instead relying on the instructions and programming skills of others.

The group also coordinates its efforts through Anonymous’s message boards and one message announced, “Do local coordinating for individual cells on their respective Chanology boards.” Posters to those boards express common themes in support of The Pirate Bay: against censorship, for freedom of information and in personal concern about being jailed for internet piracy.

However, most participants are casual rather than dedicated members, involved “for lulz” — cheap entertainment at the expense of others.

One participant quoted to Wikinews the following statement from, a message board where the Baylout raids originated: “Project Chanology began as an online attack against Scientology because they fucked with our Internets. Nothing more. 2) It has since morphed into a caricature of itself, in which moralfags genuinely think it’s all about destroying an evil cult. We couldn’t care less about how evil they are except that they fucked with our Internets. 3) The lulz value of Project Chanology now lies in the fact that Anon has managed to personal army thousands of people into destroying our enemy for us. People will go to great lengths to participate and contribute to a “cause” when they don’t know they’re the victims of a very grand and subtle troll. The lulz is not in what they do but in the fact that they are being PA’d by Anons. This moralfag personal army in turn trolls everyone who takes them seriously, because they take themselves seriously, without ever being aware of the fact of the troll themselves. It’s pretty slick tbh.”

It is, however, entirely possible that this assertion is itself a bluff.

Coordinated attacks against Swedish government and media industry websites have become commonplace in retaliation for legal actions against The Pirate Bay.

The group plans its next raid to take place at 12:00 GMT on April 26, against the IFPI’s Swedish website. Previous attacks on websites have been attributed to the same group. On January 20, 2008 Anonymous claimed responsibility for attacking the Church of Scientology’s website which resulted in an arrest. In October 2008, Dmitriy Guzner, aged 18, admitted to the DDOS attack on the Church and pleaded guilty to computer hacking.

Everything That A Physical Therapist Must Go Through

By Blake Maxted

Physical therapists are healthcare professionals qualified to use various rehabilitation methods for the treatment of abnormalities or injuries causing the limited body movements of patients. It is crucial that the patient and his/her physical therapist work together to make the rehabilitation procedures a success. What this means is that these are the medical professionals who actually enable affected individuals to avoid more movement problems by way of healthy living as well as effective conditioning routines. If you are planning to become a good physical therapist, what you will need to do first is locate a good PT school to obtain exceptional training and instruction.

Step 1: Obtain an Undergraduate Education

The first step to become a physical therapist is to get admission to a graduate degree program in a certified physical therapy college. Prior to this, you need to complete a bachelor’s degree program first. You may take up any bachelor’s degree major provided that it covers science and math programs which are strongly related to physiotherapy training. These kinds of programs consist of chemistry, physics, anatomy as well as biology. Also, it is suggested that physical therapy students get some hours of internship in some hospitals’ physical therapy units. Nearly all physical therapy colleges require that candidates for higher degree programs get such practical training.

Step 2: Get a Graduate Degree

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The American Physical Therapy Association or APTA requires all physical therapists to receive a graduate degree in the field of physical therapy. It usually takes 2 to 2.5 years to complete a master’s degree program. In contrast, doctorate degree programs usually require three years to finish.

Step 3: Belong to a Post Degree Residency Program

Upon finishing a higher education program from an accredited PT school, it will be important for you to attend a residency program in hospitals or clinics. According to the mandate of APTA, a residency program must involve 1500 hours of specialized medical practice, which will be taken between 9 and 36 months. As a resident, you’ll be able to assess and diagnose patients but this should be with the direction of a certified physical therapist. You will be doing this as you are getting a training in your area of expertise.

Step 4: Pass the Physical Therapy Licensure Exam

A physical therapist will not be allowed to practice without getting a license. The requirements for licensing depend on which state you intend to practice. However in general, states demand that applicants possess graduate degrees from the certified PT schools. Aspiring physical therapists in the United States are required to pass the National Physical Therapy Examination or NPTA, which is given by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

Step 5: Be A Specialist In Your Chosen Field

As a physical therapist, you’ll have an option to be a specialist in the field of physical therapy. You can do this by obtaining a certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties or ABPTS. The most typical areas of expertise are neurology, geriatrics, orthopedics, and sports. All physical therapists who wish to proceed to specialization should be licensed physical therapists already. It is also necessary that they have a minimum of 2,000 hours of practice in whichever specialty they select.

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO apologies for financial planning scandal

Thursday, July 3, 2014 

Ian Narev, the CEO of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, this morning “unreservedly” apologised to clients who lost money in a scandal involving the bank’s financial planning services arm.

Last week, a Senate enquiry found financial advisers from the Commonwealth Bank had made high-risk investments of clients’ money without the clients’ permission, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars lost. The Senate enquiry called for a Royal Commission into the bank, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Mr Narev stated the bank’s performance in providing financial advice was “unacceptable”, and the bank was launching a scheme to compensate clients who lost money due to the planners’ actions.

In a statement Mr Narev said, “Poor advice provided by some of our advisers between 2003 and 2012 caused financial loss and distress and I am truly sorry for that. […] There have been changes in management, structure and culture. We have also invested in new systems, implemented new processes, enhanced adviser supervision and improved training.”

An investigation by Fairfax Media instigated the Senate inquiry into the Commonwealth Bank’s financial planning division and ASIC.

Whistleblower Jeff Morris, who reported the misconduct of the bank to ASIC six years ago, said in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald that neither the bank nor ASIC should be in control of the compensation program.