Submitted by: Adam Chrly

Dogs are mans best friend, but not always. A dog bite can cause anything from minor to severe injuries. You may require stitches and several shots before you are declared fit to go home. Apart from that, the long-term effects can be substantial. A dog bite can lead to a lifetime of phobia of dogs. If a dog has bitten you, it is possible for you to file a lawsuit or claim insurance in such a case. Contact Arizona dog bite lawyers in case of such an accident. Immediately after a dog bite, you may feel confused as to how to proceed. Follow these steps after a bog bite accident.

1. Find out whose dog it is.

Find out the name and address of the owner. You can do all this assuming you have identified the dog. If you cannot find or identify the dog, then you will be forced to take rabies shots for fear that the dog could have been diseased.

2. Medical aid

Obviously, look after the wound right away. Ask someone to drive you to the emergency room or call 911. You face a huge risk of infection, so dont try use regular first aid only. You must see a doctor for it.

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3. Contact the police

You may think that whats done is done. But in order to prevent future bites by the same dog, you must file a dog bite report. This will legally document your case.

4. Collect information

Has the dog been biting people frequently? Is the dog considered dangerous? Try to obtain the dog license information.

5. Pictures

Take as many pictures as possible of your injury. Include a ruler or other common object in the shot to show the size of the injury. Do this with the bare wound, when the dressing is off. Ask the nurse or the doctor for help. Take pictures of the bruises or the minor injuries. Pictures of torn clothing and the location can form good proof, too.

6. Contact Phoenix dog bite attorneys

Do this right away. You could contact a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix, AZ for consultation. Fees are usually paid on a contingent fee basis. The legal issues of such a case may be a little complex and are best left to the experts. Contacting an attorney as soon as possible is advised as the proof may deteriorate and once the injuries have healed fully. You may not have a case left. Also, identifying the dog may be difficult.

7. Write a journal

If you write a few of your thoughts about the attack daily for at least a few weeks after the accident, then this can help you seek medical compensation for your injury. Such a claim may take a long time and recording what you remember can help you in the future.

With these steps, youre good to go.

Have you been injured in an accident and looking for a phoenix personal injury lawyer to file an injury claim, then contact Samuel P. Moeller in Phoenix. A successful attorney with more than 10 years of experience in handling personal injury cases throughout the state of Arizona.

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Eight year old Victoria Stafford of Ontario missing since Wednesday
June 24, 2017

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Victoria Stafford, eight years old, was sighted leaving her Woodstock, Ontario school on Wednesday afternoon with an unknown woman caught on video camera. She has not been seen since.

Victoria (Tori) attended grade 3 at Oliver Stephens Public School, and the video is from the College Avenue secondary school as Victoria and the unidentified woman walked along Fyfe Avenue.

“I’ve had a lot of problems come up in my life and stuff like that, and I haven’t always been there for my kids, but this is my baby girl and it’s absolutely hurting now,” her father Robert Stafford said, “It’s killing me, [I want to] let her know that I love her and I’ll see her soon. One way or another I’ll see her soon.”

Police teams from Oxford, Waterloo and London have assembled together with rescue dogs and trained search and rescue personnel to find the child.

Police have called the search a criminal investigation, but have not yet issued an Amber alert as there has been no report of an abduction.

150 volunteers joined search efforts and to pass out flyers on the 10th. Police say they have no need of more volunteers at this time, however they would appreciate any tips or calls from anyone who may have seen either Victoria or the woman.

The unidentified woman seen in the video is described as between 19 and 25 years old with straight long black hair. She weighs about 120 to 125 pounds and was wearing a white coat and black jeans in the video. Victoria was wearing a green shirt with a black pleated skirt. She was wearing black and white shoes and carried a purple and pink Bratz purse. She had on a black Hannah Montana jacket which had a white fur lined hood.

“I think what’s happening with members of the public is an expression of their emotions, their concern for this child. And I think that’s good in terms of the willingness of this community to step up,” said Michael Harding, Mayor of Woodstock.

Volunteers are making and handing out purple ribbons, Tori’s favourite colour. A candlelight vigil will be held in the evening on Easter Sunday.

New Zealand dog saves five children; receives international attention
June 24, 2017

Saturday, May 5, 2007

A small, “nicely trained” Jack Russell Terrier gave his life to help save a group of five children from two aggressive pitbulls last Sunday in Manaia, Taranaki, New Zealand.

The dog named George is being described as a hero, gathering a huge amount of international media interest in the process.

The dog suffered massive injuries that the vet had never seen to that extent before, which resulted in 69-year-old Alan Gay, the dog’s owner, allowing George to be put down. He now regrets this decision.

The two pitbulls rushed at the group of children that George was following to the dairy, including a four-year-old. George then started barking loudly at the pair of dogs, and put himself between the dogs and the children. Mr Gay told Fox News, “If it wasn’t for George, those kids would have copped it.”

Despite having received offers of new dogs, Mr Gay has said that he will wait a while before getting another Jack Russell Terrier, as he is afraid it could happen again.

It is also believed that the two attacking dogs, which have been destroyed, were bred to be aggressive, including being fed the drug methamphetamine, commonly referred to as “P” in New Zealand.

Mr Gay has said that Manaia has had a problem with stray dogs before, but he never expected that George would become a victim.

One story ran in USA Today, which prompted over 120 comments, and one reader to personally call Alan Gay expressing their condolences.

Responding to the huge amount of media interest, Mr Gay said, “This really surprises me, and it’s marvellous. I never expected this … I’m surprised it got around the world as it did.” He says he has been getting a huge amount of phone calls from the media and the public. “The phone has been going since about half past seven this morning. Every time I hang up it rings again. It’s worn out; I might have to get a new one.”

An account of the Esperanza Fire from an animal rescuer
June 23, 2017
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Saturday, December 2, 2006

As families fled their homes in the early morning hours on Thursday October 26, there was no warning. The Esperanza Fire southeast of Los Angeles and West of Palm Springs, California, had ballooned under the influence of Santa Ana winds to more than 19,000 acres as of the morning of October 27. No time to get the animals, no time for crates or even a leash. Sadly, owners left behind not only their horses, lamas, donkeys, chickens, rabbits, but also their dogs and cats.

Many of the families who did manage to evacuate their pets found themselves in the parking lot at the Fellowship in the Pass Church Red Cross Shelter where a MuttShack Animal Rescue team caught up with them.

Pam Anderson, Director of the emergency Red Cross shelter said that many people with animals had come and left.

The air was thick with smoke, and ash was raining down on the parking lot where dog owners, not able to take their dogs into the shelter were camping out in pup tents and in their cars.

Those who could afford it checked themselves into pet friendly hotels in nearby towns.

Some were prepared. Jane Garner, a small dog breeder was able to get all her animals out, and had set up her puppy runs alongside her RV in the parking lot. Others were not doing too well, having left home without as much as a leash.

The same scenario played out at the Red Cross shelter at Hemet High School. Animals were being boarded in vans, trailers and cars and small travel crates.

When MuttShack Animal Rescue arrived, a small fracas had sent several dogs off in different directions, running out of the school parking lot down busy streets necessitating an instant rescue response.

The Incident Command for the Esperanza Animals, Ramona Humane Society in San Jacinto welcomed MuttShack‘s offer to help at the shelters.

Ramona Humane Society had recently published a notice in their Newsletter about the newly passed “PETS Act” and warned owners not wait until a major disaster such as an earthquake or fire to prepare. “Be proactive to ensure that your pet will be taken care of.”

MuttShack and PetSmart Charities set up ad hoc facilities for the animals at both shelters.

The Red Cross shelter, run by Madison Burtchaell of the Orange County Red Cross was very accommodating about allowing a small emergency pet shelter adjacent to the School.

Barbara A. Fought of PetSmart Charities, an organization that works with animal welfare organizations and provide assistance in disasters, provided crates and emergency supplies.

MuttShack and Red Cross volunteers, Martin St. John, Tom Hamilton, and Steve Meissner helped assemble the crates to secure a safe environment for evacuated pets.

It was a great relief for evacuees who had camped out in the parking lot to finally leave their vehicles and relax at the shelter, setting up their cots to grab some sorely needed rest.

Firefighters and residents reported loss of wildlife and animals. The Esperanza fire burned 34 homes, consumed 40,000 acres and cost five Firefighters their lives before it was contained four days later on October 30. Firefighting operations cost nearly $10 million.

MuttShack Animal Rescue is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization active in disasters and dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and care of lost or discarded dogs, cats and other animals.

Seven Best Home Staging Ideas


Joshua Ferris

Staging your home can be a fun, inexpensive experience that will significantly affect the amount of leverage you have when negotiating the sale of your home but first you need to know where to start. Haphazardly staging your home without a plan or guide to what you are doing will result in a staged home that lacks a cohesive flow and missed opportunities.

Burned out bulbs must be replaced! – This is huge. Because you live in your home you will become less aware of things you see every day including the third bulb that burned out over the bathroom mirror 6 months ago. Take a friend or family member who doesn’t live with you through your home and see if they notice any burned out bulbs that you might have missed.

Burned out bulbs mean lack of maintenance to a home buyer and they will gladly deduct dollars (in thousand dollar increments) if they suspect they will have to do a lot of work before moving in.

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Take out excess big furniture. – Another epic mistake most do it yourself homeowners make when staging a home is leaving their large furniture sets in a room. Large furniture will dominate any room, especially smaller rooms, so consider taking some of the non-essential seating space out of a small living room to showcase the available square footage.

Dark furniture and poor lighting don’t mix! – On the topic of large furniture, dark furniture can be equally harmful to your home’s ability to show well. Because furniture is large in nature, dark furniture pulls the eye towards it. Unless your home features many expansive windows that allow sunlight to illuminate the entire room during the day, stay away from dark furniture.

Detach yourself from your home. – Detaching yourself from your home is very difficult to do but it’s better to develop a thick skin about your home now so you don’t take buyer feedback on your house personally.

One key aspect to detaching yourself from your home is to remove photos of family and other personal effects that may hold sentimental value. When you show your home you should only be showing the house and not family photos or interesting furniture pieces. Once buyers lose focus it is next to impossible for them to refocus on touring your house.

Raise the bar on your windows, literally. – Low sitting windows with drapes can be a kiss of death to vertical space conscious home buyers. Raise the bar above your window and mount it closer to your ceiling to give the impression that the ceiling is higher than it actually is.

Clear away ‘catch-all’ stations around the home. – Everything has a place and sometimes that place is all in one spot. Coffee tables, kitchen counters and tables by the main door are highly visible locations that tend to end up covered in mail, keys and random travel belongings.

Clearing these spaces is important as home buyers will deduct points (and dollars) for the perceived loss of space.

Get a pressure washer and wash away the elements! – Your home’s exterior bears the burden of making the first impression that will make or break a buyer’s interest in your home. Many times I have toured homes with clients who refused to go into a home because it didn’t look clean. Back to deferred maintenance, buyers don’t want to buy someone else’s problem.

Get a pressure washer (they can be found in many home improvement stores and rental centers) and spray down the exterior of the house. Pay special attention to the corners of the home which can harbor multiple generations of spider webs, insects and grime.

Understanding the top seven must dos of home staging will help you avoid costly staging mistakes and help sell your staged home faster than competing homes on the market.

Joshua Ferris is an associate real estate broker in Orange County NY and specializes in both Monroe New York and

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June 1, 2017



Bullmans Shipping Containers

We mean the shipping container here, not beer kit container. The 20 feet shipping container, 20’x8’x8.5′ in size, can accommodate a mobile dwelling unit, with beds and furniture that fold into the wall, for example. Shipping containers come mostly in the standard sizes of 20 feet, 40 feet and 45 feet high-cube (the last with a height of 9.5′). If desired, containers can be customized in various ways, by constructing containers of a different dimension, or converting them into, say, houses.


Containerization facilitates inter-modal freight transport, i.e., container ships, railroad cars, and trucks can all accommodate standard sized containers. There are also standard containers for use in aircraft. So you can transport a container from the interiors by truck or railroad to a sea or air port, and send them to a distant location where the transport process is reversed, say, from ship to truck. Specialized container handling equipment can easily transfer the containers from the one mode to another.

Streamlining of freight transport operations lowers costs, and leads to lower freight charges and increased trade. It was in the 20th century that standardization of container sizes and container-handling equipment gained momentum and appeared as an important innovation in logistics. Initially standardized with 8’x8′ cross-sections and multiples of 10′ lengths, containers became increasingly popular starting 1950s.

Purpose-built container ships and railcars gave momentum to container-based freight operations. The containers were transported unopened from origin to destination, being transferred from one kind of transport vehicle to another as needed. Containers could thus travel across sea, land and air with practically no disruption.

The cargo could be tightly packed into the containers with minimum wastage of space. This was in contrast to the significant storage space wastage (not to mention time wastage) that would be involved if the cargo as such were moved individually to, and stored in, the cargo holds of standard ships.

Standardization of containers involved not only their dimensions, but also corner fittings, reinforcements and identification markings. Standard pallets that fit neatly into the containers were used to pack merchandise. Container capacity is expressed in TEUs or twenty-foot equivalent units. These standards have now been accepted worldwide.

Containers used for air transport have a different set of dimensional standards that are much smaller in length, width and height.

Containers come in many types. There are ‘dry van’ containers for boxes, bales, pallets, drums, etc, ‘reefer’ containers that are temperature controlled from -25 degrees to +25 degrees centigrade, bulk containers for bulk materials and heavy machinery, tank containers for liquids, and other kinds of specials including those with rolling floors for difficult-to-handle cargo.

Container Related Issues

Containers enhance security as the contents are not visible and the doors are sealed in a manner to detect any tampering. Cargo did not “fall off” the trucks as was common in earlier days. On the other hand, the fact that containers are not typically opened meant that they could be used to transport contraband.

The increased efficiency of container based cargo handling typically leads to job losses, and moving work to inland from waterfronts.

Where two-way cargo movement is not balanced, empty containers can accumulate at certain places and transporting the bulky empty containers is often not cost effective. To handle this issue, containers are often converted to other uses.

Sam Bullman writes for Bullmans

Shipping Containers

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Oil leaking container ship might cause environmental catastrophe
June 1, 2017

Sunday, January 21, 2007

In the United Kingdom, an anti-pollution operation is under way after the stricken ship MSC Napoli started to leak dangerous heavy fuel oil.

The heavy fuel oil that is leaking from the beached Italian ship is extremely dangerous for the environment. Fear of pollution increased after the ship was further damaged during storms last Thursday. MSC Napoli was beached by Devon coastguards after it suffered heavy structual damage in the gale force storms of Thursday, 18 January 2007, that wreaked havoc across Northern Europe. The ship, which contains 160 containers of hazardous chemical substances, is listing at 35 degrees.

The entire 26-man crew was rescued by navy helicopters Thursday after severe gales. Cracks were found on both sides of the ship, but the current oil leak was not expected.

Around 2,400 containers were carried by the 62,000 tonne ship, some of which contain potentially dangerous hazardous chemicals.

The Coastguards have reported that up to 200 of the containers carrying materials such as perfume and battery acid are loose from the ship and they are looking for missing containers. South African stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless confirmed on Friday that there was at least 1,000 tonnes of nickel on board MSC Napoli.

A hole in the ship flooded the engine room and there’s now fears that the ship will break up. Saturday MSC Napoli was towed to Portland when a ”structural failure” forced the salvage team to beach it. As the storms have continued MSC Napoli has been further damaged.

The authorities have warned people about the pollution, which already has reached the beaches at Devon, but many want to see it on their own. Police have closed Branscombe Beach as more than 20 containers have broken up scattering their contents along the beach.

Sky News reported Sunday that the costs of the accident might be very high as thousands of pounds worth of BMW motorbikes, car parts, empty oak barrels and perfume might get lost in flooding containers.

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Runaway EMU train collides with freight train in India
June 1, 2017

Friday, May 1, 2009

At approximately 06:00 a.m. (00:30 GMT) Wednesday, between four and seven people were killed when an Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) passenger train crashed into a stationary freight train at Vyasarpadi Jeeva station, in Chennai, India. Between eleven and twenty persons were injured, and rushed to General Hospital in Chennai.

Officials are unsure of the number of persons aboard the passenger train, which was operated by an unknown person. “It is not clear who operated (it),” said S. Jayanth, acting general manager of Southern Railway. The operator of the EMU train was not in the train when it left 15 minutes to half an hour before the scheduled departure time. It is said some passengers did board the passenger train.

The EMU train ignored all signals, and drove about 7 kilometers (4 mi) at high speed, jumping tracks, before colliding with the goods train.

The driver of the goods train, Arumugam, has been confirmed as one of those who has died. The goods train was traveling between Arakkonam to Chennai. The motorman, guard and assistant jumped from the goods train sustaining fractures.

“We heard a loud noise and saw several compartments in flames. The smell emanating from bodies from the mangled coaches was nauseating,” said M.N. Selvi, a nearby resident.

The platforms at the Vyasarpadi Jeeva station were destroyed, and electrical cables were torn down. The EMU train caught fire in the collision destroying two compartments completely. The other compartments were thrown from the tracks. The freight train was loaded with oil tanks, however reports indicate that only the EMU train was set ablaze.

All train services were canceled for a time on one of the busiest rail lines of India. “Train services are disrupted due to the mishap but we hope to restore the services in two to three hours time,” an Indian Railways spokesperson.

Railways Minister Lalu Prasad announced that an inquiry will be held.

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Submitted by: Else Vojtko

Becoming a parent is a life changing event, and while raising kids certainly can be a joyful experience there’s no denying that it can also place huge stresses on you as a mom or dad. Commonly advised ways of handling tension in other areas of life have the tendency to involve ‘getting away from everything’, such as brows through to the gym or a game of squash to release the stress. Nevertheless, being a moms and dad is a full-time task and it’s not always possible to take time out in this way.

Fortunately, there are numerous methods of handling your stress that actively include your youngsters, and so are a lot easier to put on your everyday life. You’ll also most likely discover that taking pleasure in time with your youngsters while concurrently lowering your stress levels will grow your shared bonds and enhance your relationship – which seems like an advantage all round!

Once your child is old enough to walk, you’ll likely discover yourself continuously seeing out for them as they use their relatively unrestricted energy to discover both their environment and their own physical skills and potentials. This can occasionally be draining of the moms and dads’ energy and an aspect of tension, but why not use the scenario to your advantage?

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Creative expression benefits your child’s development, as well as helpful for the moms and dad’s soul. Participate with your kid’s painting sessions, let yourself go, and get as covered in paint as she does. You may not produce a masterpiece, however you’ll enjoy together and this little reversion to your very own youth can offer relief from your stressed grownup world.

In a similar vein, music can be an additional fantastic aid in the struggle versus anxiety. Maybe the most obvious means of using music is to pick something relaxing and mellow, but this is unlikely to attract your child as much as it does to you, therefore is perhaps best left till after they’re in bed and you can eavesdrop peace. A much better selection is a piece of music that has energy and urges dancing. Your child will need no support to get down and boogie, but possibly you will – try it, let yourself go a little, leap around a little bit, and you can both laugh with each other and at yourselves.

If you’re still feeling stressed, then moving towards your youngster’s toybox and pick the noisiest toy you can find. Something like a drum is ideal. Blurt your pent up aggravations by making a total racket – your kid may be bemused at first however need to quickly enter into the spirit of things. One thing to bear in mind though, is that this last activity is perhaps finest performed in the safety of your very own house, and away from the eyes of non-parent adults who could not quite understand!

Ending up being a moms and dad is a life changing event, and while bringing up kids definitely can be a cheerful experience there’s no rejecting that it can also position substantial stresses on you as a mother or father. Commonly advised means of dealing with anxiety in other locations of life tend to involve ‘getting away from it all’, such as check outs to the health club or a game of squash to launch the tension. If you’re still feeling stressed, then head for your child’s toybox and select the noisiest toy you can find.

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