Posts by Angeline

Praise for energy workers

»Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Workplace Injury | 0 comments

America needs to recognize the great work its citizens do in the oil and gas business. For so long, there has been a constant stream of complaints against these industries, with a similar disdain only just left unspoken for the people who make such industries work.

At the appointment of Rex Tillerson to the position of Secretary of State, many scoffed due to the business in which he made his name: oil.

And yet, America could not function without gas and oil (and to a lesser but still important extent, coal). America needs its fossil fuels to function, and it should begin to show some respect for that point.

It’s all well and good to mock an executive like Tillerson. It may even be worth pointing out a general need to move away from fossil fuels and into renewable energies. There is a strong argument to be made for a clear policy to eventually move America in that direction.

After all, there are foreign entanglements to consider, and the environment, though the exact nature of the problem is unclear, is certainly harmed by so much use of fossil fuels.

All that being said, however, that does not change the fact that at this present moment America makes its living and ensures its quality of life all thanks to gas and oil.

Barring a small number of people in this county, most Americans drive to work using oil, heat their homes and charge their appliances with gas, oil, or coal, and generally have some form of electronics on their person (phones, notebooks, tablets) that has been charged by similar means.

Essentially, nothing about the American way of life would be possible without these industries. And still, it is a rare day indeed when some small amount of praise is offered to those who make it possible.

Here, it is fair to forget the contentious figures like Tillerson. Instead, focus on the individual hardworking Americans who go to work every day to keep the lights turned on for millions.

The work done by these people in all its various forms and parts of the process is not always glamorous. In fact, it is often dangerous. There are accidents at plants and refineries every day. Such a statistic is incredible, especially for how little any of it is reported.

This dangerous work deserves to be rewarded with praise similar to what other professions receive. If teachers prepare children for the future, energy workers get them to the school today. Police keep the streets safe, and firefighters fight destruction, but neither would be possible without the workers in the energy industry.

So, take a moment today and thank those who work hard in relatively dangerous work to make sure everyone has heat in their homes, gas in their car, and charged phones in their pockets.

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Why Selling Mineral Rights is Less Risky Than Leasing

»Posted by on Jul 15, 2017 in Mineral Rights | 0 comments

For a lot of mineral rights owners, selling mineral rights is the more financially viable option when compared to leasing. Of course, they are not just blindly looking at the advantages of selling over leasing. They have looked at both advantages and disadvantages of either and have determined that selling is better.

But is it true? There is no right answer to that question. Leasing can also be more viable on the right conditions. Choosing between selling and leasing will depend on your financial situation and goal. However, it can be argued that selling is less risky than leasing, so maybe that is the reason why many mineral rights owners choose it.

Disconnection

The good thing about selling is that you are disconnecting yourself from the responsibility over the minerals, because you are completely selling them to a third party. It is like selling any other object – it is not your business anymore after the transaction. This means that you are no longer a player in the mineral game, which gives you the inherent advantage of not being vulnerable to the possible risks of being in the game.

Time Equals Risk

On the contrary, leasing puts you in the middle of the mineral game. Depending on the contracts, you may be in it for years, and maybe even decades. The span of time alone may put you in numerous financial risks. First, the passage of time may make the value of your minerals decrease, resulting into less royalties. This is not farfetched either, considering that the rise of renewable resources has already begun. Second, the passage of time may make your property less productive. This means that the company will extract less minerals and you will get less royalties.

Leasing may give you more cash in the long run compared to selling, but you have to take note of these two risks because leasing may also give you less cash if they happen. That is the beauty of selling. You get to get paid in a lump sum and get done with it, without thinking about these risks.

Not Without Risk

However, selling mineral rights is not without risk. According to the website of The Mineral Auction, some of the problems you can encounter in selling are low ballers who will try to buy in an incredibly low price and flippers who will try to buy below market value so they can sell it to someone else.

In other words, both selling and leasing have their own risks. It is just a matter of preference of which risks are you willing to tolerate. If done right, selling and leasing can make you a fortune.

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How Drivers Can Avoid Pedestrian Accidents

»Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Drivers and pedestrians should both make the effort of preventing pedestrian collisions, but it can be argued that drivers should be the ones who are exerting more effort. After all, they are the ones operating the machines that can potentially hurt unsuspecting pedestrians.
Also, according to the website of the Toronto personal injury lawyers of Mazin & Associates, PC, those who have been hurt in pedestrian accidents may have legal options, such as getting compensation from the responsible parties, which are usually vehicle drivers.

Follow traffic rules

Traffic rules exist to ensure the safe flow of vehicles and pedestrians in our roads. Following them is the most basic thing you can do to avoid pedestrian accidents. Be particularly mindful of traffic light changes and instructions and warning signs, particularly those that directly involve pedestrians, such as school zone signs and slow down instructions.

Avoid reckless behaviors

It is obvious that you have to avoid blatantly reckless behaviors such as speeding and drunk driving to avoid pedestrian accidents. But there are some reckless behaviors out there that are not as blatant and are often overlooked, such as distracted driving and failing to use turn signals, especially on places where pedestrians may be crossing, like intersections.

Be alert

Be cautious on areas where pedestrians may be particularly vulnerable, such as parking lot entrances and exits, school zones, residential areas, and recreational areas such as parks and shopping malls. Be cautious on areas where pedestrians may also be limitedly visible, like poorly lit parts of the city and roads that have several parked cars where pedestrians may suddenly come out and cross the road.

Always yield

There are times where you have the right of way but a pedestrian still crosses the street. In these instances, it is better to lower your pride and let the pedestrian pass. That clearly becomes a more attractive option when you consider the possible effects of a pedestrian accident if you don’t give in. Yield to pedestrians by braking or slowing down, because swerving into another lane may present its own problems.

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Premises Liability Lawsuit: Who can Raise a Claim?

»Posted by on Feb 12, 2017 in Property Law | 0 comments

An invitee, a licensee and a trespasser are the classifications of people who may be found entering the property of another person’s. Besides suggesting the rights of a person, this classification also tells of the level of care a property owner owes his/her guests.

  • An invitee may be a friend, a relative or a neighbor, who has a landowner’s expressed or implied
    permission to enter his/her property;
  • A licensee includes party guests, family friends, people who enter stores to ask about something or to retrieve something that they own. These people have a landowner’s expressed or implied permission to enter the property, but who goes there for his/her own amusement or purpose, rather than for business purposes.
  • A trespasser is a person who has no authority, whatsoever, to be on someone else’s property; thus he/she is on the property illegally and, unless he/she is a child, the owner owes him/her no responsibility if ever he/she gets injured inside such property.

Property owners, especially places that are accessible to the public, like malls, hospitals, government offices, supermarkets, parking lots, playgrounds, swimming pools, restaurants, food courts, churches, etc. (where the people are called licensees), have the responsibility of keeping their premises free from risks of accident at all times, or they can face legal complaints, more specifically, a premises liability lawsuit, from whoever gets injured while within their premise.

One very common accident which can injure anyone is slip and fall. This accident, which may occur in any public or private place (including private residences) can cause injuries ranging from minor bruises to serious ones, like a fractured wrist or elbow or spinal column injury.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), more than 8 million slip and fall accidents occur in the U.S. every year. Some of their most common causes are wet, oily, icy or slippery floors or surfaces, defective staircases, uneven, loose or broken floors, steps, sidewalks or stairs, unsecured rugs or carpets,and, hidden or tangled extension wires.

Premises liability refers to a landowner’s accountability for certain injuries suffered by persons on his/her property, where a defective or unsafe condition exists. More than just sustaining an injury due to slipping, tripping or falling, premises liability also includes in its scope injuries that are caused by falling objects, open excavations, electrocution, broken benches or chairs, and so forth.

Immediately consulting with a highly-competent personal injury lawyer is important in the event of a slip and fall accident. It can be to the victim’s advantage is he/she understands his/her legal rights , especially with regard to seeking compensation for the damages he/she has been made to suffer.

According to the Mokaram & Associates, P.C. Law Firm, “A property owner’s legal duty to maintain their residence applies to commercial property owners as much as homeowners. Any place where the public convenes to shop or conduct business must especially be in safe condition for those on the premises. This legal duty is all the more important if children are on the property. However, to raise a slip and fall claim that occurred in a private residence, a person must have been invited on the property. Property owners do not have a legal duty to trespassers, so those who have no business on the property cannot raise a claim.”

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What Factors Affect The Cost of Salon Services?

»Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Hair Therapy | 0 comments

When having a haircut, rebonding, and other salon services, the first thing that you will look at is the price. You might say that the price of a haircut is too expensive or the cost of hot oil is too much. But what determines the cost of a salon service? Houston makeup artists will tell you that the prices will vary and is on a sliding scale. There are different factors that can affect the cost of salon services and they are the following:

Time And Product

One of the factors that can affect the cost of a service is the time it will take to render it. For example, the cost of a haircut will depend on the time it will take for a barber or stylist to finish a haircut. Once they are done with one customer, they will need to have a break first.

Another factor that will affect the cost of a salon service is the product. You will need to buy different salon products to be able to provide different services to different customers. Again, this will be added to the cost of the service.

Experience

The experience of the stylist will also come into play when pricing services. The experience of the stylist will have an impact on the quality of work they will render.

Competition

The cost of the competition can also affect the pricing of salon services. Of course, the salon will need to make themselves as the more appealing choice than their competition in order to attract more customers. You do not want the price to be too low or too expensive as well.

Promotions

Promotions in the salon can be a great way to attract new customers. Again this will affect the pricing of the service you will put into promotion. You may offer a haircut at half the price or a discounted spa.

These are just some of the factors that can affect the cost of a salon service.

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