Posts made in February, 2014


The need to arrange for expert help in doing the bridal hair and makeup cannot be overly-emphasized.  It is desirable to stand out as the bride, but in a good way. Back in the day, the white dress was enough to do that, but not any longer. The hair and makeup, though, continue to be used to highlight the bride so they need to be just perfect.

It is incredible what a difference hair and makeup can do to change a person’s appearance. It would not be an exaggeration to say that one would hardly recognize the person underneath all the products and manipulations.  This can be a good thing if the deed is done right.

Under ordinary circumstances, hair and makeup are used merely to enhance one’s assets and downplay the defects in the most natural way possible, so there’s no real need for expert attention. The purpose is to attract and not to astonish, so overly dramatic makeup and outrageous hair may do very well for celebrities, but it is guaranteed to garner something other than admiring glances.  But when it comes to a wedding, one needs an expert to ensure that the hair and make out comes out just right.

This is true for all brides but especially for those who may be plain or sad-looking, or with impossibly lanky or frizzy hair.  A bit of shadow here and a tweak there may be all that is needed under expert fingers to bring out the best in the blushing bride, but in most cases it is a major undertaking, so schedule an appointment well in advance of the event.

When talking of bridal hair and makeup, one would do well to engage the services of an expert. A wedding is something that one would like to remember with fondness and looking one’s best is one way to guarantee that.

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Real estate prices have started to rise as the U.S. slowly gets back on the economic track. This is good news for homeowners who own their property outright, or who are updated in their mortgage payments, as this increases the value of their holdings. It is not such good news for homeowners who are seriously behind in their payments or who have already been served with foreclosure papers.

Banks and lenders are more willing to bring foreclosure to the final stages because they anticipate more demand for housing in the near future. If negotiating for a better rate and waiver of late charges have been relatively easy in the past, it was because lenders and banks are not in the business of owning property, but in making money from loans. Currently, however, it would be more profitable for lenders and bankers to foreclose on homeowners in default and sell the property themselves.

A lot of homeowners have long ago cut their losses and abandoned their property as the real estate market plunge stripped whatever equity the property had before. Many homeowners owed the lenders more than the market value of the house even after years of paying their mortgages. But there is more to a house than its market value for some folks, who will try anything to hold on to their homes. One of the options that these homeowners may consider is filing for bankruptcy.

Depending on the extent of the debt, a distressed homeowner may file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. According to the website of Hong Law, PLC in Cedar Rapids, under the Chapter 13 restructuring scheme the homeowner will gain some time and leverage with the lender to negotiate for a repayment of the outstanding debt on the home. Filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Iowa restricts a lender from going through with foreclosure unless the homeowner fails to comply with the approved repayment program.

However, filing for Chapter 13 is more complex than it sounds. To ensure that the homeowner’s rights are protected and available options exhausted, it is advisable to get the assistance of a reputable foreclosure defense lawyer in the area.

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Types of Nursing Home Abuse


Posted By on Feb 21, 2014

Public opinion about the honesty and ethics of nursing homes are currently at an all-time high, with an approval rating of 32%. To put it in perspective, the opinion polls put nursing homes just behind day care centers and judges, and above bankers, auto mechanics, and business executives.  It is therefore strange that one in every three nursing homes have been cited for nursing home abuse.

Nursing homes are not just for the elderly; it is also used as a place for convalescence. However, most patients recover quickly and move out, while the elderly and otherwise infirm (such as comatose patients) stay for long-term care. This population is often the victims of abuse.

Nursing home abuse takes many forms. The most obvious are physical (hitting, shoving), verbal, and sexual abuse, usually carried out by nursing home staff and other residents. Abuse may also take the form of neglect such as the failure to regularly turn bed-fast patients, resulting in bed sores and other complications. According to the website of the Louisville-based Sampson Law Firm, neglect may also be failing to render assistance when necessary, or to ensure proper nutrition and medication of the residents.

Another type of abuse is false imprisonment, which is the illegal restriction of activity of the residents. Most nursing homes are understaffed, so it makes the work easier if the residents are prevented from wandering out of their rooms by denying them wheelchairs or walkers. However, this enforced inactivity is detrimental to the mental and physical health of the residents.

Financial abuse is perhaps one of the more insidious types of abuse. Because residents are dependent and there for an extended period, staff members often gain access to their valuables and financial information that can enable them to steal property or money a little at a time. The resident may also be coerced to making over property by will or deed. If caught in time, it may be possible to bring criminal charges against the staff member, and civil charges against the nursing home itself.

If you suspect that a family member is a victim of nursing home abuse, it probably is. Get in touch with a nursing home abuse lawyer in the state to go over your legal options.

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Causes of Cerebral Palsy


Posted By on Feb 18, 2014

The causes of cerebral palsy (CP) are not actually known for a fact; the exact nature of this neuromuscular disorder still remains a mystery. However, there are speculations that it could be due to a number of internal and external agencies.

Cerebral palsy is primarily characterized by poor motor development and control due to damage to the cerebrum, which is basically most of the brain as it includes the cerebral cortex as well as the occipital and parietal lobes. The source of the damage is as yet unclear, but as CP it manifests as spastic (70% of all cases), ataxic, athetoid, or mixed. In its mildest forms, CP patients are able to live an approximately normal life with a combination of medication and physical therapy. The most serious cases are unable to care for themselves, and require constant supervision and assistance, often accompanied by comorbid conditions such as learning disabilities.

One of the most popular beliefs is that CP is caused by the improper nutrition of the mother during pregnancy; alternatively, lead exposure has been pointed out as the culprit. Approximately 2 out of 1,000 babies born alive are diagnosed with CP within a year of birth, and barring any other apparent cause; some believe that it may be due to a physical injury sustained before, during, or after actual childbirth.  It is believed that the birth injury may have been due to oxygen deprivation to the brain (hypoxia) because of prolonged labor, or the improper use of a birth assisting tool such as forceps or vacuum extractor which caused brain damage.

In most cases, the onset of CP manifests in the very early stages of development, up to one year after birth, although it may manifest in early childhood. It may also be contracted after birth as a result of some trauma or infection which adversely affected what otherwise would have been a normal brain. Very occasionally, an adult may develop CP under similar circumstances, such as sustaining brain injury in a car accident or as a result of radiation exposure. In a significant number of these cases, the cause can be traced to the actions or inaction of a negligent third party. In such cases, the afflicted party or a family member should consult with a personal injury attorney for advice on the possibility of financial compensation.

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There are about 11.5 million undocumented aliens currently in the US. As can be imagined, this is just a best-guess estimate as they are, well, undocumented. Another best-guess estimate is that about 72% of these undocumented aliens are employed, which is the reason why most of them come to the US in the first place.

Of course, it is illegal for US employers to knowingly hire these undocumented aliens under the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). Because they are working illegally, undocumented aliens are willing to work for wages lower than the minimum, which benefits the employers. Thus, many employers tend to circumvent IRCA by accepting false documents so that they can later claim they believed the employee to have legal status. Visit the website of William Jang, PLLC to contact an immigration lawyer today: http://www.jangattorneys.com/.

While many undocumented aliens do earn more in the US than their native land even at less than the minimum wage, this is still a violation of employment law. Moreover, many employers feel confident about violating even more laws such as engaging in discriminatory practices because their undocumented alien employees are not likely to file a complaint, believing that they are not covered under employment law.

But the fact is they are.

While they should not be working in the US in the first place, federal law on employment makes no distinction about the immigration status of the employee. All employers are subject to labor laws, even if their workforce is 100% undocumented. This includes not only minimum wage but also overtime pay and protection from discrimination. Therefore, an undocumented alien may file a complaint with the appropriate agency for employment law violations.

However, employment laws when it applies to undocumented aliens do have certain limitations, such as the awarding of back pay in a wrongful termination case. But while federal law may impose restrictions, state or city laws may statutorily lift it. It will require an experienced employment law attorney knowledgeable in the federal, state, and city laws as they apply undocumented alien cases to straighten whatever issues may arise.

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