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Thursday, August 4, 2011
A person injured in a car accident must satisfy at least one of the below categories of “serious injury” to successfully bring a claim for injuries in New York. The term “serious injury” is defined by New York State Insurance Law Section 5102 (d) as a personal injury that results in:
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Ithaca, tucked neatly into the Finger Lakes region, is well-known for its beautiful landscape. Along with being a breathtaking area, its cost of living is also very reasonable. Check out the article below from AARP, naming Ithaca as one of the top 10 Most Affordable Places to Retire!
Friday, July 22, 2011
Take a look at this article below from MSNBC that talks about recent weather activity on the East Coast and in the Midwest parts of the U.S. Be sure to keep hydrated and stay safe!
(Click this link to see the article online along with photos of the heat wave - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43851978/ns/weather?gt1=43001)
East Coast A.M. Commute in the 90's; Triple Digits Coming
'It's not just about discomfort' but 'survival,' says health expert; 29 states under heat alertMsnbc.com staff and news service reports
The National Weather Service issued excessive heat warnings and advisories for 29 states in the country's mid-section and along the East Coast.
The heat has roasted communities across the Midwest for nearly a week. Already responsible for at least 22 deaths, the heat wave moved east on Thursday.
Meteorologists also warned of poor air quality in numerous cities in the northeast, with a code red air quality — designated as unhealthy for all people — forecast for Baltimore and Washington, D.C., according to the Weather Channel's Mark Avery.
"In this heat, it's not just about discomfort," Latoya White, executive director of Health Leads, a program run out of Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., told The Washington Post.
She told the paper that for many people it's about "survival."
The unrelenting heat prompted power provider Consolidated Edison to reduce voltage in some New York neighborhoods overnight, a so-called brownout.
The company said increased use of air conditioners could push power usage to an all-time record on Friday, although Con Ed and other power companies said they had enough electricity to meet demand.
The thermometer during Boston's morning commute hit 88 degrees, with a heat index of 96 degrees, and the mercury was expected to climb relentlessly through the day.
"It only gets worse from here," said meteorologist Alan Dunham with the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass.
"We're looking at a high air temperature of about 102 with a heat index value up to 108," he said of the Boston area.
New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and other major East Coast metropolises likewise faced stifling heat and should expect to come close to or surpass record highs, according to AccuWeather.com.
Boston's forecast was expected to fall just two degrees shy of its highest temperature on record, 104 degrees set in 1911.
"Today in the Midwest and the Northeast, it's not only record heat, but the humidity is unusually high as well. It's kind of a double-whammy," said AccuWeather.com senior meteorologist Tom Kines.
Cities up and down the East Coast opened cooling centers and extended public pool hours to offer residents some relief.
On top of the heat, areas of southern coastal New England were warned about unhealthy air quality due to high levels of smog.
By the weekend, most of New England will cool off, but the Mid-Atlantic is expected to stay "hot and miserable" through early next week, Kines said.
In parts of the Midwest and in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, the heat will also linger, he added.
The combined heat and humidity could spike the heat index or "real feel" of the warmth to 115 degrees through Saturday.
By early Thursday afternoon in New York City, the thermometer hit 91 but it felt more like 112, according to Accuweather.com.
According to the Weather Channel, these searing temperatures in the Big Apple are rare: Central Park has only registered 57 days of triple-digit heat since 1870. The city of Rochester, N.Y., was bracing for its first day of heat of more than 100 degrees since 1953, the Weather Channel said.
Other cities watching their local heat indexes rise into the triple digits because of the oppressive mix of high temperatures and humidity included — among others — Tulsa, St. Louis, Buffalo, and Washington, D.C.
In Chicago, where a five-day heat wave in 1995 killed hundreds, the city on Thursday endured a fifth consecutive day of abnormally high temperatures with the heat index hitting 110 in the early afternoon — and forecasters warned the heat wave could continue into the weekend.
In Oklahoma, where the heat has exacerbated a severe drought, Gov. Mary Fallin said she planned to ease commercial vehicle restrictions to speed delivery of hay and other feed to cattle whose grazing areas have been destroyed by the weather.
"We have cattle that are starving," Fallin told Reuters, "and we have certain areas of the state where we need to get the hay delivered to the farmers and the ranchers and the cattlemen."
With the promise of refreshing ocean breezes, Boston's whale-watching ships and high speed tourist boats sold out their trips by mid-morning on Thursday.
Cooling centers in Richmond, Va., and New York welcomed overheated residents and a truck labeled "Water Fountain on the Go" cruised Manhattan streets, offering to refill empty water bottles to keep residents hydrated.
By the weekend the heat was expected to cover nearly 50 percent of the country and impact nearly half the population, according to AccuWeather.com forecaster Mary Yoon.
"What makes this heat wave so impressive is the pure size and longevity," said Yoon.
Longstanding records in Philadelphia and other cities may melt away by Friday, when the mercury was expected to spike, according to meteorologist Meghan Evans of AccuWeather.com.
"Do not take this threat lightly," the NWS warned in a statement on its website, noting the extreme temperatures are particularly dangerous for the elderly and the very young.
"The length of this heat wave will pose a very real and dangerous health risk to these at-risk groups and those that do not have access to air conditioning," the statement said.
Most of the 22 deaths linked to the high temperatures have occurred in the Midwest.
Reuters contributed to this report.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The below article from ABC News talks about how many children have died in 2011 after becoming trapped in a hot car, and also gives helpful safety and prevention tips. One of the most important tips being "if you see an unattended child in a car, dial 911 IMMEDIATELY."
Please take a moment to read the below article and remember to always practice safety in your everyday lives.
Every Summer Kids Die in Hot Car TrunksBy ELISABETH LEAMY
Oklahoma, last week. An 8-year-old boy is exploring the 1998 Chevy Cavalier his parents just bought, when he gets stuck in the trunk and dies in the heat.
"They don't know the dangers of it -- being in a closed vehicle," said Sondra Lockyer, the boy's aunt.
Indiana, last month. Two brothers climb into the trunk of their mom's 2000 Chevrolet Malibu and also die.
"I have a problem with that," said Janette Fennel of the advocacy group Kids and Cars.
Fennel feels ill every time she hears about a new case.
"I felt, why didn't I push harder? Why didn't I just absolutely not stop?" said Fennel.
Kids and Cars has repeatedly called on General Motors to recall its older vehicles and install trunk safety releases that allow people inside to escape.
Starting in 2002, all cars were required to have a glow-in-the-dark safety release inside the trunk. You just pull the latch, and the trunk opens.
Fennel says no one has ever died in the trunk of a newer vehicle that has a safety release.
"Those children, I feel very certain, would be alive today if there had been a trunk release in that vehicle."
GM makes more cars than any other company, so accidents are bound to happen in its vehicles. In a statement, GM put the responsibility back on parents, saying it has "worked...to alert parents and caregivers to the dangers of leaving children unattended in or around vehicles." We asked if GM plans to issue a recall, and the answer was 'No.'
Teach kids that cars are not toys and don't let them play in or around them.
Keep your car locked, even when it's parked at home in your garage or driveway.
Some cars have a switch in the trunk that allows you to turn off the remote function, so your trunk will only open with a key, which is much harder for small children to maneuver.
Some people get an extra keyless remote and keep it in their trunk.
You can buy a trunk safety release retrofit kit for $10 from Kids and Cars. Click here for more information.
Leaving children in the passenger compartment of the car is another tragic occurrence every summer. Here's prevention advice offered by Safe Kids:
If you see an unattended child in a car, dial 911 immediately.
Never leave a baby unattended in a vehicle, even with the window slightly open.
Place something that you will need at your next stop - for example, a purse, lunch, gym bag or briefcase - on the floor of the backseat where the child is sitting. This simple act could prevent you from accidentally forgetting your child if he or she is sleeping.
Be especially careful if you change your routine for dropping off babies at child care. Have a plan that if your child is late for child care, you will be called within a few minutes.
Watch children closely around vehicles, particularly when loading and unloading. Check to ensure all children leave the vehicle when you reach your destination. Do not overlook sleeping babies.
After the June deaths of two Indiana boys, General Motors provided the following statement to Good Morning America:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Indiana boys' family and we are deeply saddened by their loss.
As always, we encourage parents and caregivers to visit www.safekids.org for tips on how to help keep kids safe in the warm weather months and throughout the year."
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
1. Rochester, N.Y.Rochester provides a lot of bang for your buck. It has big-city culture, a highly educated population, picturesque scenery, affordable housing and an expanding high-tech job base.
The city of Rochester anchors a 90-mile stretch of Lake Ontario shoreline, which serves as its northern border. Affluent suburbs Pittsford to the south and Webster along the shore are populated with workers from companies such as Kodak, Bausch & Lomb and Xerox.
Although it lost many jobs to the Sunbelt in the past few decades, it has now diversified its economy and is adding jobs in health care, food and beverage manufacturing and technology, including alternative energy, as well as in higher education.
"It's not any one thing growing the economy now; it's all of these things," says Mark Peterson, CEO of the Greater Rochester Enterprise, an economic-development organization.
Indeed, the Brooking Institution's MetroMonitor ranked Rochester among the 10 strongest performing metros in the recovery.
Small to midsize technology firms are locating here in part because of the universities, including the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester, which provide a highly educated work force.
And there is increasingly more for graduates to do, with the city pouring $1 billion into revitalizing its downtown in the next three years.
There's also the Finger Lakes to the south of Rochester for recreation and wine tasting, and trails for hikers and bikers, including the towpath of the Erie Canal.
It has some of the cleanest air in the country, and a high concentration of physicians and specialists, thanks to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
There's likely no road-rage epidemic here, as commutes are blissfully short, compared to other cities.
"I have a 12-minute commute to my downtown office," Peterson says. "You can work a full day here and still make it home for the soccer game and home for dinner."
Cons: High state income and property taxes, an aging population in some suburbs and cold winters.
- Population: 1.02 million
- Affordability index: 2.2
- Unemployment: 7.72%
- Job growth: -0.9%
- Median home price: $115,700
- Cost-of-living index: 90.8
- Median household income: $52,600
- Average commute time: 22.8 minutes
- Commutes longer than an hour: 3.27%
Thursday, June 23, 2011
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