The Stock Market is Rigged [Video]

US stock ownership is at a record low while the US population is highly dependent on the financial services in the country. However, many regulators speculate that the stock market could be rigged. Computers now handle the regulation of the market.

Michael Lewis speculates that a combination of stock exchanges, high frequency traders and gigantic banks use the technology to buy and sell stocks in the market.

Because of unfathomable speeds and hard to be understood by common humans, the exchanges are difficult to understand. Spending billions to see the orders in a flash, higher frequency traders and banks have a speed advantage against the common stock market investor knowledge.

More in this video.

The Increasing Incidents of Elder Abuse in Oklahoma [Infographic]

With plenty of baby boomers about to retire in just a few years, the healthcare industry will see a great boom in business. However, the incidents of elder abuse in nursing and elderly homes is increasing by 3% yearly.

In 2009, 12% of elder home reports involved abuse while 22% of the abuse was about financial exploitation.

In elderly homes, there is a significant 66% number of reports that involved neglect.

With 1 out ouf 3 nursing homes accused of nursing home abuse and several infractions, it would pay to know how to defend your elders against them. Ask us today.

Advice For Writing Your Landscaping Services Contract

Having an attractive and well-maintained property is what many hope for. This is regarding not only the house itself, but also that of the garden and landscaping. To accomplish these, one is most likely to employ the services of experts. These professionals will be able to carry out any plans that their clientele will express. They have both expertise and experience and so, they can offer recommendations and suggestions as well.

Now, when conducting business in general, it is necessary that you draw up a line between company and customer. And this is through the form of a contract. Basically, it is an agreement (usually a written one) that will bind the parties involved, which is then enforceable by law. This just means that everyone is obligated to follow the elements set down in there. For the most part, this is to secure the time and money, especially that of the client. A contract is no doubt a crucial document that may be used against each other supposing there are violations or offenses.

Hence, how do you write your landscaping services contract?

1. Of course, basic information must be added first. This includes the people who are very much in touch with the particular transaction plus the property address, contact information and all that.

2. State exact measurements of areas that will be worked on. It will assure that these are the boundaries of the employment. If work goes beyond those limits, then it must also be mentioned that, perhaps, additional payment will be needed.

3. Speaking of payment, that aspect must be agreed upon too. This refers to when will deposits be given – how often and how must it be provided, whether in person or through the bank, for instance. It is even preferred to really state due dates.

4. Indicate frequency of visits. Sometimes, customers want the landscape team to come when they around. Therefore, it is important that this will be brought up.

5. List the duties to be done for the day. When the professionals come, it is of necessity that they come with a purpose. And with this part, there will be a guarantee that there will be goals to be attained, more so for the particular period.

6. Cost and other information must be supplied as well. This is regarding the materials and the like that are to be utilised. In this way, everyone can monitor expenses, big and small.

7. Additional services like garden cleaning and maintenance should be put forward. Other than garden design and landscaping, these two are common components that can help preserve the beautiful and functional state of your yard. And so, this must be delved into.

When hiring experts such as the greenwich landscape gardeners, it is best to be careful and certain. As time and money is pretty much involved, there is just no room for errors and miscommunications. Remember that it is better to be safe than sorry. Thus, do apply and practice these aforementioned advices.

All Window Blind Cords Must Now Be Provided With Child Safety Devices

Many, if not all, consider the home as one of the safest locations to be at. This is because it is a place of your own and you have the most control and handling over it. But apparently, there are numerous unfortunate situations that have happened in the home for years now that have alarmed people and have made them do more security measures.

There have been sad and tragic events like injury and death of children because of window blinds. Because of their cords that are easily accessible and reachable even to kids under the age of three years old, it can cause strangulation and choking and again, even death.

It is indeed terrible and so, it is best to really examine everything that you put and install inside your home. You have to keep these deadly cords and chains of window blinds away from your children. Even better, you should move and position their cots and/or beds away from this window furnishing so that they will not be able to get hold of it and possibly endanger their lives, especially when you are not in the room for just a moment.

A recommended move would be to purchase and utilize cordless blinds. Even if perhaps they cost a little more, it would be more favorable for the safety of everybody but your children mostly. If you already have existing ones with cords, and you are willing to go all the way, it is best to just replace them with those without cords or those with really short ones.

With the Perfect Fit Blinds System, aside from being quick and easy to install, your blinds are strong and intact, so if ever your child gets to the window and lay their hands on it, you will not have to worry because the possibility of the windows blinds falling and collapsing on your little one is low or even close to never.

Some manufacturers and retailers even provide child safety devices, together with your window blinds order. So, when you are shopping for blinds, be aware and attentive if these tools are offered and readily available. They can help in keeping the cords out of reach for your children, thus avoiding accidents and emergencies. Check if the blinds you purchase meet the safety requirements as well.

Before buying, you can even have your window blinds go under safety testing for added assurance and peace of mind.

In any case, the safety of your children, in the home or wherever it may be, is your sole responsibility as a parent. You have to always keep an eye on them because even in a blink of an eye, mishaps can happen. And if in keeping your kids safe is by buying window blinds with child safety devices, then what are you to lose? Money, maybe but you earn safety and protection, which is definitely worth it, don’t you think so? It seems cliché but it still is true that prevention is better than cure.

Owner Responsibility with Stun Guns

warningThe desire to purchase and own a gun is understandable. Owning a gun is quite dangerous. Some individuals may opt to own a stun gun instead of a firearm. However, do potential buyers and users understand the responsibility in owning one?

The first and foremost reason that you would buy a stun gun is self-defense. The feeling of being able to defend one’s self when a situation calls for brings comfort to the mind. It assuages the feelings of anxiety of being left alone at home or living alone. It provides a sense of security knowing that you can always have something to point at someone and render him immobile enough to call for help or run for cover.

The invention of the stun gun was a good one. It comes in handy, especially for law enforcers who frequently encounter resistance to arrests and apprehension. When they have run out of ammunition, on a much closer contact, the stun gun can prove to be beneficial in catching criminals. It is better hidden behind a cop’s knee or lower leg, secured and ready to fire whenever the need arises. In addition, when you think that someone is stalking you, you won’t feel afraid being alone at home when you know how to use it. It is quite a comforting thought knowing you can always defend yourself using such equipment.

Stun guns are electrically powered equipments. Understanding its usage is required for safety of both the person owning it and selling it. It can deliver a minimum voltage of 100 up to 800 which acts on the motor nervous system. The effects may vary, but mostly, the individual at the end of a stun gun’s probe will be too stunned to think of anything drastic to do, much more move to do anything that could harm anyone.

An actor for a fictional movie said: “With great powers, comes great responsibility.” The stun gun is not a toy. It is akin to an electrical tool as well as self defense equipment. You can categorize it as a firearm, but it won’t kill a person. However, there are rare instances when a stun gun can kill an individual, especially if has an existing medical condition, like heart problems. The voltage from the stun gun can cause an arrest. As such, it should be kept in a child-safe storage.

This electrical equipment should be kept far from children who may become too curious enough to fire it to someone. It should also be purchased from a reputable and authorized stun gun business establishment in order to ensure your own safety. One must suspect low quality stun gun if it was offered in dark alleys or referred by a colleague. Its usage is legal in a number of cities and states and can be purchased along with a license.

It should not also be used for any type of game. There are states that allow the purchase of a stun gun by private citizens, but it was not meant to be carried around as a weapon. Using it as potential self-defense equipment is the primary reason for its legal mandate for private citizen’s ownership. It is legally mandated as well as expected to be kept within the premises of the individual’s home. You are not allowed to carry it to work, to school or any other place for that matter.

Individuals who own a stun gun are subject to the laws pertaining to its proper use. You cannot have a stun gun without the license that comes with it. If you happen to have one and it doesn’t have any license, you should surrender it to the authorities and tell them where you got the stun gun. This way, you help the government track down on its illegal selling and illegal possession – especially for those who intend to use it to hurt people.

Schools in particular do not allow their students to carry stun guns. Though there is an increasing number of bullying cases, both in the lower and the high school years, carrying a stun gun is a serious offense worthy of a felony case when caught. Young people under eighteen are sometimes allowed, as mentioned in some city and government mandates, but a test is provided along with a tracking sensor on the equipment. This is to ensure that abuse of the equipment would be avoided.

There are no tangible data on deaths caused by stun guns. But improper usage and storage could lead to accidents and injury. It was invented to protect lives and property – it should remain as such.

Personal Injury Claims Industry has Shrunk by 38%


Between January and September 2013 the total number of personal injury lawyers/claim companies in the UK dropped hugely from 2,316 all the way to 1,485.

Personal injury is still the largest sector of the claims management industry, which as an industry also experienced a 23% drop according to a report from the Claims Management Regulation Unit. In total the personal injury sector dropped in size by 38% since September 2012.

This harsh drop in companies is mostly a result of the ban on referral fees and financial awards that personal injury claim management companies were previously able to offer. It gives a great insight into how these companies were acquiring their clients and how many were unable to continue or adapt without this marketing strategy.

Kevin Roussel of the CMRU was reported to have said that the total number of personal injury CMC’s had reached a plateau, but he also noted “the sector is not about to die” and “it is adapting to the ban and the new situation”.

Are you a personal injury claims company in the UK? We would love to hear your feedback on this. Is it too difficult to recover from being unable to pay referral fees or will the industry carry on as normal with new strategies of marketing?

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

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