The benefits of music lessons at a young age

Posted by on Apr 7, 2013 in Music Lessons | 2 comments

According to a recent study by the New York Times, there are very real benefits to enrolling your children in music lessons at a young age. For every one of us who was forced to sit through piano lessons every other day for years of our childhood, there may be some very tangible benefits and vindication for our oh-so-overbearing parents.

Studies show that individuals who were enrolled in music lessons (for even as little as two years) showed enhanced brain responses to sound than those who did not have any formal music training. This is encouraging news for individuals who wish to make sure that their children have a solid foundation in the arts, as well as discipline and focus that comes with regular music lessons.

While some parents may wish to hire in-home music tutors, many professional recording studios also offer music lessons to young students. The benefits of these studios are often clear…your child can learn to play an instrument by a professional musician, and often can practice the louder instruments (think drums and electric guitars) in a soundproofed studio…a much better option than your home’s living room or dining room!

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The Role of a Court Reporter

Posted by on Apr 5, 2013 in Business, Reporting | Comments Off on The Role of a Court Reporter

A court reporter is someone who transcribes spoken or recorded speech during or after court cases and hearings, depositions, and many other types of legal proceedings. They are also sometimes called court stenographers because of the equipment that they use, the stenograph. They can serve a number of clients, from private law firms to government agencies and courts, and even trade associations and meeting planners.

Court reporting can be a very lucrative job, as there are many opportunities that cater to this type of work. If you want to become a court reporter, there are many schools that offer either technical or vocational training.  There is even an association called The National Court Reporters Association which supports and lists schools credited in training and offering high quality court stenography programs. However, different states have different requirements for court reporters, so it’s wise to know what your state requires in order to get employment fast.

Technological advances give way to many options in court reporting, which is why most court reporting education includes training in both stenography as well as voice writing software. Along with these types of training, classes in English language proficiency are a must, as basic grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation is necessary for the job. Court reporters are also required to learn legal terminology, and some even learn general transcription in order to broaden their scope to medical transcribing.  Some states require their court reporters to be notaries, who can legally certify their transcripts as exact accounts of what was said in court proceedings.

Court reporting is not only important for the justice system, it also a great help in any business that requires closed-captioning. With all of these factors in mind, it is clear that court reporting is a career field with great potential for many individuals. It is important for court reporters to be well-versed in law and different types of litigations. Firms such as Stratos Legal, a Houston court reporting service, have veteran reporters that are experienced in all phases of litigation.

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Radio Reports: Grapefruits May Warrant Legal Action

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Injury, Medical Malpractice | 2 comments

Doctors are often regarded as unquestioned experts when it comes to our health; we trust that they know what they are doing, and that they are abreast with the latest developments in their field. Since this is the norm, medical malpractice can be construed when a doctor fails to warn their patients about the food and drink they should avoid when they are on medication.

Common Precautions Prior to Prescription

It is common knowledge that prescription drugs taken in conjunction with substances like alcoholic beverages are usually a no-no. Doctors are also careful to take a patient’s medical history before prescribing medication to find out if anything they are already taking or an existing medical condition (i.e. pregnancy, allergies) contraindicates a particular drug. Throughout all of this screening, it is unlikely that a doctor will ever ask if the patient eats grapefruit, but they should.

Drug Interaction With Grapefruit

Recent studies have revealed that grapefruits and certain citrus fruits have a peculiar effect on some prescriptive drugs that can lead to serious medical complications in a patient. This is due to chemicals present in grapefruits – called furanocoumins – that inhibit the breakdown of roughly half the prescription drugs in the market today. This means that the body “stores” the drugs until such time as the inhibiting chemicals have passed through the system. When the small intestines finally do break down the prescription drug, the doses may already be at dangerously high levels.

Some of the more serious side effects of this grapefruit-drug interaction include:

  • acute kidney failure
  • death
  • intestinal bleeding
  • muscle damage
  • respiratory failure
  • weakened immune system

Medical Malpractice?

If a doctor fails to warn a patient taking oxycodone, for example, not to eat grapefruit or drink grapfruit juice and the patient suffers serious side effects, then it is possible that a team of experienced New Hampshire Medical Malpractice Attorneys may be able to make a successful medical malpractice claim. Doctors should always be updated on current medical research. It will depend largely on whether the patient can prove negligence in this instance. If you or someone you know has suffered injury because the attending physician’s failure to warn about the dangers of grapefruit, consult with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.

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Victims of Car Accidents

Posted by on Mar 30, 2013 in Driving Accidents, Injury | 2 comments

Based on the records of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA, 2 million people are injured in car accidents every year, with 30, 000 people dying as a result of these crashes. The sad thing is that these accidents can be prevented.

Financial compensation is one way to help victims of car accidents, and this is where the needs for car accident lawyers come in. When people get involved in car accidents due to the negligence or recklessness of another driver, the guilty party can be held accountable and is liable for compensation. They can be charged with reckless driving, resulting in physical injury and even damages to property. People who have been in a car accident should not be afraid of pursuing compensation from the person who caused the accident because it is also their responsibility to prevent such irresponsible drivers from engaging in similarly reckless behavior in the future.

Preventing car accidents can be tricky. Even if you are a defensive driver with no records of crashes or collisions, you can still be involved in a car accident. Regularly Click Hereperforming routine maintenance to keep your car in good shape is one way to prevent accidents from occurring. Simply checking your side and rear view mirrors can also help to prevent fatal accidents. Road rage can also be a factor for car accidents, so being level-headed can help to prevent car accidents.

Suffering injuries in a car crash could put you and your loved ones in a desperate situation, and nobody deserves that, especially when the cause of the accident is the other person’s carelessness. When such an event happens, protect your rights through car accident lawyers who can help assist you in getting the necessary compensation for all the damages you and your loved ones have gone through.

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Fault in a Slip and Fall Accident

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in Injury | 1 comment

People slip and fall all the time, and in many cases the injured person is partly at fault. In consequence, slip-and-fall claims usually result in smaller awards than other personal injury claims. Unless you can prove negligence on the part of the property owner, personal injury attorneys may advise you against filing a claim at all.

When negligence can be proven

If you suffer injuries from a slip and fall accident in an area that the property owner has neglected, you may have a valid premises liability claim. A property owner is obliged to take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of people who have a legitimate reason for being on the property. The following are a few examples of what constitutes “reasonable measures”:

  1. Cleaning or mopping up of any spills or wet patches on the floor
  2. Repairing damaged flooring, uneven carpeting or loose tiling
  3. Removing any obstacles that is no longer being used (i.e. ladders) or have no legitimate reason for being placed in the area
  4. Providing warning signs and/or barriers for worn, torn or damaged flooring that have yet to be repaired
  5. Ensuring adequate lighting in all public areas

What if you’re also at fault?

Even when the property owner’s negligence can be proven, you must also consider to what extent you can be blamed for the accident. This has significance not only in making a claim, but the extent to which the owner is liable for paying compensation. Some of the considerations for your own culpability include:

  • Did you have a valid reason to be in the area at that particular time?
  • Was the danger clearly visible?
  • Did you take reasonable care in preventing the accident?
  • Were you distracted (i.e. talking on the phone) when you suffered the accident, and failed to watch where you were going?

If you are partially at fault for the accident, you may still be eligible for some compensation. Many state courts apply a “comparative negligence” rule when it comes to slip-and-fall accidents. If the property owner is negligent, but you are also found partially responsible, the judge will award you damages less the part for which you are found at fault. For example, if you are awarded $1,000 but were found to be 50% at fault for the accident, you will only receive $500.

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What is a Radio Telescope?

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Radio | 1 comment

We are all familiar with regular telescopes, that use visible light and mirrors to reflect distant images, but the concept of radio telescopes is a little bit more difficult to grasp.

Radio telescopes pick up light, just like any other telescope, except this light is in the form of micro and radio waves and is therefore invisible to the naked eye. These telescopes essentially allow scientists to pick up signals that would otherwise be undetectable.

radio astronomy

Using a radio telescope, astronomers can also penetrate areas of outer space that are shrouded by clouds of dust and gas. This cosmic debris would block the view of a conventional telescope. Radio telescopes allowed for the discovery of cosmic microwave background radiation, which is an important component of the Big Bang Theory.

The largest radio telescope array in the world began collecting data this week. The Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA), located in Chile, is a joint effort by astronomers from four continents. It is comprised of 54 satellite dishes that are each 12-meters across and 12 smaller dishes (7 meters) that all work together to scan the cosmos. The array, located 5,000 meters above sea level in the Atacama Desert,  is the product of three decades of planning, and took 10 years to construct, costing a total of $1.3 billion.

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Should Small Businesses Retain a Business Attorney?

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Business | 0 comments

Perhaps one of the most cherished dreams of any person is to start a business and be a successful entrepreneur. When a great product, idea, or service that has the potential to make money in the market presents itself, there is often no hesitation. However, there are many aspects of doing business that need to come together to make it work. The top priorities center around finding a location, the facilities, the manpower, and marketing. Seldom does a small business owner think to retain a business attorney until trouble comes. Usually by then it’s too late, and requires costly damage control.

Retaining a business attorney for small businesses actually makes good financial sense. Many business startups flounder because of legal and management issues that they did not know about, or did not know how to handle. A business start-up runs up against issues such as business registration, startup costs, trademarks and copyrights. A business attorney can advise a client about the best business model that fits their particular business, such as an LLC or an LLP, offer advice on intellectual property protection, and even suggest options for funding.

A legal representative on retainer need not be expensive. The fee can be negotiated based on the needs of the business, and the business owner will not have to pay for acceptance fees and the like. Moreover, a good lawyer will keep an eye out for potential trouble so it can be headed off before becoming a serious problem. If trouble seems to be brewing nevertheless, the business owner can immediately seek the advice and help of the lawyer without a second thought. This is where the retainer can be most useful, as he or she will be familiar with your business’s past and goals, since you already have an established relationship with one another.

The peace of mind that accompanies the knowledge of constant legal protection can help make a business start-up successful. Any business could potentially benefit from having an experienced business attorney behind it, whether the it is a professional office, flight school, beauty salon, restaurant, or other type of business. It allows the owner to concentrate on running the business, managing property, and developing new revenue streams, rather than worrying about any potential legal problems.

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