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Prologue: Sage
“Just ask her.” My best friend, Yusai, said. He was getting annoyed by my constant refusals and excuses. He knew they were excuses, because he knew me. I knew he did, because I knew him. Eight years of friendship kind of does that to a person. You begin to keep track of every little thing you notice about them, or at least that’s what I do. “Listen, if you don’t ask her, then I’m going to ask her for you, and you know what’s going to happen if I talk to her.” “I have to study. You and your other careless friends can go and waste the last remaining brain cells you have right before the test.” I said, rolling my eyes and turning the volume down on my computer. I’ve already closed my books long before he called me, but he doesn’t need to know that. I just don’t like parties. Making small talk with people. Those simple rules of conversation, and that will be all it is besides bringing up similar interest, complaints, or events, and I’m just not interested in playing the social role of Yusai’s friend. “Plus, you’ll have Veora there, and you won’t even be talking to me.” “That’s bullshit.” He was rolling his eyes now, I assume. The way he let out a long breath before he even responded. He was annoyed, and it reminded me of when Yusai first got his girlfriend. He said the same thing when I said he wouldn’t be around as much, because he’d be so busy with her. Yeah, it was some bullshit. It was some shit alright. “Plus.” His voice boomed back through the phone, as he was ready to destroy me with his next argument. “If you don’t come then that poor girl from our math class is going to have to sit by herself as well.” “No way. No way, you got her to go? She never leaves that one girl’s side.” I smiled remembering her. The girl that I’ve spent 99 percent of my class period staring at, and the other 1 percent listening to this stickler Mr. Ross. She had this tweety bird blonde hair that highlighted the extremely light blue eyes that she had. They almost seemed clear. It’s not like she’s never talked in class, or answered a question, but she didn’t seem to be social with anyone. “Now it’s my turn Yusai, that’s bullshit, and you know it.” I don’t even believe that he even invited her, and even if he did, that doesn’t mean she’ll come. “Well you can’t really say I’m lying if you don’t show up.” I turned on my back, and stared at my ceiling thinking this over. It could be bait; it could just be bait to get me to go. I know that, but even though I know that. If I have a chance to see her I want to take it. I knew, from the quiet stir on the other side of the phone that he wasn’t bothered anymore. He had probably gone back to setting up for the party, and was no longer focusing his energy on trying to get me to go. “I mean it’s your choice. If you don’t want to. You don’t have to.” Yeah, he’s long forgotten about struggling with me. As I continued thinking my life over I could hear Reina, my sister, walking down the hallway. Her footsteps lightly pressed against the floor just hard enough to be heard. She wasn’t rushing. She surely wasn’t stressed. If I asked her if I could go, what would she say? I thought about it. I thought about going over to her, and asking her what she thought, but then I remembered what happened when I asked her things. Now I remember why I was refusing Yusai in the first place, because those little rules of conversation were just too much for me right now. “Just go.” Yusai said through the phone startling me a bit. It’s almost like he knew everything I was thinking. Well he should, he’s my best friend. “She’s your sister, not you warden. What’s she going to do if you leave? Call the cops?” “Now you’re acting like you don’t even know Reina.” I chuckled, and he laughed with me. Even if Reina did call the police. All Yusai would have to do is call his dad and tell him it was a false alarm, and we could continue with our night. That’s the kind of privileges you get when you were born with a golden spoon in your mouth. My sister likes to joke that he’s so lucky that it’s like the world itself spoils him. “Alright, I’ll be there.” I sighed, and quickly jumped up from my bed, and then stumbling from getting up too fast. “Shit.” I hissed to myself. I said goodbye to Yusai, and reassured him again that I would be there. He better be right, and she better be there. I looked in the mirror after I finished getting ready.I left the room, and began walking down the hall. The cream carpet that covered the hall and flowed down the stairs was going to be my path out of here. The only thing that was going to keep me from leaving is the door to the bathroom. If I can stay quite then the only one who will hear me is these ugly pastel green walls. I looked up, at the walls, and they had pictures of Reina and I from when we were little. Even though Reina was older than me she started off tall, and stayed short. In the picture on the wall she was tall, and she was smiling. Her golden hair framed her face, and her ivory green eyes shined back into the camera. I remember when that picture was taken. Everything was so much easier back then. Reina and I got along. We use to run around chasing each other, and our mom would call after us saying we were too loud, and if we wanted to play rough we’d have to play outside. While our dad would walk by and just shake his head before kissing my mom on the cheek. I guess not much has changed other than the fact that we fight, but we’re not playing and mother and father aren’t there to shake their heads at us. Staring at the picture, I didn’t notice my sister come out of the bathroom. “Sage?” She called. Her towel was draped over her body. Her golden blonde hair that slunk down her sides. Her hair that use to spring and coil at the very touch was now lanky and limp. Her blue eyes that use to shine through like the bright light through my windows, have now been clouded by fog. Her smile wearily smirks like the other side of her lip is struggling on a cane to get up. If I wasn’t there while she changed into what she is today. I would have never recognized her. I would have passed her in the hall as she called my name. As she called out to something that reminded her of her past. Our past. “What are you doing out of your room? Is the house on fire or something?” “Har. Har.” I mocked and continued walking by. “I’m going to Yusai’s house.” I said, and she stood in front of me, and wouldn’t let me pass. Her arms were crossed over the light pink towel. “Why aren’t you wearing clothes.” I asked, ignoring her annoyed behavior. “Sage, I know you’re not planning to go out when you have finals tomorrow.” She said. Her tone was that stern kind that my mom used to do when dad came home late from work, or forgot to take the trash out. “You know your grades have been slipping a lot lately, and this is not the time to be slacking.” I told her I had, and she shook her head at me. “Then go to bed.” She said. “You need to get your sleep if you’re going to do well. Take a shower before you go to bed, and make sure you brush your teeth.” "I'll take one in the morning." I said, obviously trying to leave out the annoyance in my voice, as I was slightly clenching my teeth trying not to yell at her. I slipped my hands in the pocket, and sighed. This is what I was trying to avoid. “Yusai needs me to go. So, I’m going.” “Is Yusai going to take your test for you? Is Yusai going to take care of you when you don’t do well in school? Is Yusai going to stay with you if you’re not as successful as him? Do you think he’s always going to hold himself back for you? Sage, your grades are important. More than any party, or any night. Take one tonight, and go to bed.” "I SAID. I'll take one in the morning!" She stood quietly as she stared at me. Her lip bitten. Her eyes quickly shifted to the picture on the wall. The picture I had been staring at, and that got me caught in this mess. The picture that makes me remember why we never got along. Ever since our mom got sick, she became this way, and then when it was our dad, she just got even worse. I'm not a little kid anymore. I can make decisions for myself. “Why don’t you worry about yourself for once. “I walked past her and she pulled at my jacket, and I instantly slipped it off. She called for me again, and I ran down the stairs, and through the door. I broke the rules of conversation, and I ended it. The nights had been getting warmer lately with the approach of summer coming. It was late out, and I could see all the stars shining across the sky, or as many as I could with everyone keeping all their lights on. Yusai’s got some nerve dragging me out of the house at this hour. I could be finishing a season of this anime that I recently found that’s good, but no, I have to walk myself all the way to his house for a party. That I’m only going to, because I really want to see that girl in my math class. My phone started to vibrated, and I dug into my pocket fishing it out. “Yello.” I answered, and it was Yusai asking me if I was almost here. “Yeah, I’m on my way.” I replied. “Just had to escape the warden first.” I slightly chuckled, and I could almost hear him smile. He told me to hurry up, or he wasn’t going to save a single beer for me, and I told him I didn’t care. He ended with a we’ll see about that, and hung up. I was left to continue my way to Yusai’s house, but luckily he was only a few blocks away. I walked this next couple blocks down. The music the only thing that can keep me company. After a few moments of walking I made it to Yusai’s house. I knocked, and I heard him knock on the door back. “I know you’re here Yusai, open the door.” “What’s the password?” He said in a goofy voice. “How do I know this is Sage, and not just someone who’s mad that they didn’t get invited.” He said. “You have got to be kidding me.” I rolled my eyes, and then laughed that he couldn’t see it. Then he told me he saw me from the whole in his door. “I don’t know; how would I know a password that you’ve never told me about?” “I think you know all too well.” He said. “Just guess.” I thought about it. I thought about the last few times I had seen him, and what we had been talking about, and I couldn’t think of anything that would be relevant to this. I decided to bow to him, and crossed my arm over my stomach. “Please Sir Yusai, let me in your god forsaken house before I kick your jaw in.” He laughed as he opened the door, and was holding his head in disbelief. “It’s King Yusai, but close enough.” He said, and calmed down his laughter enough to wave to me to come in. I did, not bothering to take off my shoes, because whatever was clean now, wouldn’t be clean after tonight. “Why did you Invite me here so early, and then rush me like I was going to be late?” I asked. I looked around at the house that was cleaned and decorated. His house, that had at least 3 stories to it not counting the basement and the attic. His house that had been painted white on the outside, but red and brown on the inside. With brown being the color of his carpet. The kind of soft carpet that made you want to walk around without your shoes on. It’s the kind of carpet that Yusai demanded that they have when he was five, and like the spoiled child he was, that’s what he got. “Nobody’s even here. You losing your popularity or something.” I teased pulling his ear. He cringed pulling away from me, and I chuckled. “I wish.” He muttered. “I wanted to spend some time with you, and talk to you before everyone got here. Not that I’m planning to ignore you, but you know how people like to drag me away with their needs.” He said, and I shook my head at him. “What?” He said eyeing me suspiciously, and I muttered back at him telling him that it was nothing. Dragged away by people he claims. He means people as in Veora. “Yeah, I know.” I told him. I wanted to be understanding with him, but my tone was as unconvinced as he was that I was. He didn’t pressure me with talking about it. He never did. There was always that unspoken truth between our friendship. That Reina was right. He was going to get so caught up in himself that he’d end up leaving me behind. I know that, and yet, I don’t care. We walked until we got to the kitchen, and Yusai handed me a beer. I reached for it, and he pulled his hand back. “Are you sure you can have this? You sure Reina isn’t going to drug and alcohol test you when you get back?” He smirked, and I snatched it from his hand. “Oh, don’t care huh? She catches you it’ll be a punishment worse than jail.” “Shut up already.” I said opening my beer with the can opener, and nudging him in the process. “If she gave me any kind of test she would have actually caught on that I’m drinking.” “I don’t know, man.” He shook his head. “She probably already knows, and is just humoring you, and letting you think you’re slick.” He laughed. “Then either way, she’ll deal with it.” I shrugged, and took a sip of the beer. The stinging liquid ran down my throat as the thought of my fight with Reina was already running out of my mind. It was quiet as we drank our beers, and Yusai started searching through his fridge for snacks to set out. “Why are you even having a party? It’s the day before finals. How many people are actually going to show?” “There’s a lot of people that would jump off a bridge if I invited them to come with me.” He smiled to himself. “You’re here aren’t you.” I stopped taking a sip of my beer to glare at him, and he laughed. “You know I’m not here for you.” I rolled my eyes. “You told me she’d be here.” “Yeah, about that.” His voice mumbled, and I moved closer, and asked him to explain himself, because if this was going where I think it’s going. He never invited her, as I thought. “Well,” He began, scratching the back of his head. “I did ask her; I swear on my dog- " “You don’t have a dog.” I interrupted. “Well, then I’ll get a dog, and then I’ll swear on it.” He said, “Now listen. I invited her sister, and she told me that she didn’t think her parents would be letting her out tonight, but she’d try to sneak out if she could, but that’s only because I told her some guy she liked would be here. I didn’t say he would be here. She asked if he was going, and I said ‘Why wouldn’t he? Everyone was going to be here.’ I told her to bring her sister, and she looked almost pissed off with me.” “They’re sisters?” I asked, and he rolled his eyes at me, and asked how I didn’t notice. “What do you mean? They look nothing alike.” “Because they’re adopted siblings.” He breathed out, as he continued fiddling with things around his house. “Not everyone can be twins like you and Reina.” He huffed pushing a table out of the way. “If someone breaks this, I might actually have some consequences to face for this.” I couldn’t even be mad at Yusai for, whatever he considered it, lying to me. I had expected and accepted this possibility long before I had gotten here, but to say that I wasn’t a little upset; that would also be lying. “Can’t you help me with this.” He struggled through his teeth pulling at the table. I stood there for a second. Why should I help him? He’s lied to me, caused me to have a fight with my sister, and is going to leave me walking around his party aimlessly, because he only wanted to be comfortable knowing I had also listened to him, and came to his party. Why should I even stay here the rest of the night. “Sage, are you gonna help me or not?” I placed my beer down on the kitchen counter, and walked over to the other side of the table. “On three.” I started, and we both stared at each other. Waiting for the motion that the other one would start. Why would I help him even after all he’s ever done? “One.” Because he’s my friend “Two.” My best friend. “Three.” And that’s that. Authors note: Thank you so much for reading. Subscribe for more updates. like if you liked it so I know you did, and comment if you want to be tagged in later updates! Bella will post her picture sometime later today. She wasn't ready but I wanted to get this chapter out, because I've been bursting to all week! Let me know what you guys thought! I hope you will continue reading. Until next week!
Urban Riding: How to Drive Safely on a Motorcycle in the City
Motorcycles make great alternatives for driving around the city. They are cheaper than cars, use less gas, are smaller and more agile, easier to park, and they generally help us get to places faster. Although the advantages are abundant, motorcycles also have plenty of cons. They have less security than cars and poor protection under bad weather. Below are a series of tips to keep in mind when riding a motorcycle around the city. Attire In both the hottest and coldest seasons, it is essential to wear a jacket. They should be especially designed for wind-heavy conditions, which includes protection on the shoulders, arms, and back. Pants should be made of sanity or even Kevlar, which can be worn on a day-to-day basis—without even getting on a bike. Gloves protect fingers and knuckles from bumps and abrasion. The pain in the event of a fall can be indescribable and the ground can feel like sandpaper without proper hand protection. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to wear light and reflective clothing (or brighter than black) so that others can see you, especially at night. Motor Mindset Motorcycles are relatively invisible to other road users. Drivers are often easily distracted and do not pay attention to the two wheelers around them. In response, bikers must use anticipatory driving. This is to control what’s ahead of them and give them sufficient time to react to the actions of other drivers. For example, do not always take a car’s turn signal for granted. Wait for the vehicle to turn before crossing or turning yourself. This also goes for bikers themselves when gesturing a turn or movement. Surprise tailgating and sudden high-speeds can cause car drivers to make fatal split-second decisions.  Braking A very practical trick is to circulate with two fingers placed continuously on the two brake levers. located on the handlebars of scooters. In the case of gear motorcycles, it’s possible to ride with your fingers on the front brake and with your right foot ready to activate the rear brake. This will reduce the braking distance. And before doing any kind of emergency braking, you have to balance the bike by first applying the rear brake - then the front, and the rest progressively. If done too hard from the beginning, the wheels will lock.  The Conditions The only contact surface bikers have with respect to the ground is a few centimeters off the tire. For this reason, the importance of grip is fundamental. It’s vital to avoid engagement on pedestrian crossings and slippery painted lines (which are especially dangerous after rainfall). Avoid making sudden changes of direction since the ground can be dirty and the wheels tend to skid. Potholes can also effectively destabilize a motorcycle. If a passenger is involved, motorcycles become heavier and less agile. Braking and acceleration will be slower and the bike will not respond momentarily. Minor passengers can be carried as long as the driver is the legal guardian. In states like New York, there is no minimum age for motorcycle passengers.  Follow the Law Comply with traffic regulations. Do not go faster than you should as excessive speed is one of the main causes of motorcycle accidents. Don’t ride with your feet dangling. It is a fatal mistake that we see every day that can cause amputations if the foot or leg gets stuck. When driving, it is necessary to have 100% of your senses, so do not talk on the phone or use any type of hearing device that impairs your ability to drive safely. In short, the most important tip is to get home alive and ride with common sense. It’s not easy to operate a two-wheeler in a concrete jungle, but it’s doable. So, drive calm, safe and with your head on your shoulders because you only have one life.
Why Diving Head-First is a Major Cause of Spinal Cord Injury
The spinal cord is an indispensable element of strength and communication within the human body. It quickly flows information to the brain, controlling our body temperature and levels of pain.  Diving headfirst into shallow water is tantamount to causing paralysis. Statistics show that every year such jumps end in disability for one in every 400 people. Roughly half of diving injuries to the spine end in damage to the spinal cord. Injuries to the spinal cord occur most often in people between 15 and 35 years of age, despite numerous educational campaigns. The consequences of a spinal cord injury depend on the site of the injury. It is influenced by the height from which the jump is made, body weight, and the depth of the reservoir. The closer the injury is to the head, the worse it can get. Conversely, if there is an injury below the chest, only the legs may be paralyzed. With any luck, during an unfortunate jump, only the core will shake, which results in paralysis lasting several seconds. Jumping into the water can also injure the spine without damaging the spinal cord. The spine consists of a column of bones called vertebrae. The spinal cord is a long, fragile structure contained in the spinal canal that runs through the center of the spine, and is protected by the vertebrae. The aftermath of spine damage is slightly milder than spinal injuries, although still very severe. The patient experiences uncomfortable sensations but maintains the ability to move their limbs. Well-provided first aid is extremely important in this case, otherwise a broken spine may eventually damage the spinal cord. The most serious spinal cord injuries are to the upper parts of the neck. If the phrenic nerve is paralyzed, it causes the patient to suffocate. Their survival depends on a quick rescue operation with intubation. Other unfortunate effects of a jump-gone-wrong can be paraplegia and tetraplegia.  Paraplegia causes paresis of the lower limbs, while maintaining the efficiency of the upper limbs. Disturbance in urination is a common characteristic. The patient must work hard to regain fitness, although it rarely returns to the level before the accident. Tetraplegia occurs when the spine is damaged at high levels of the cervical spine. The patient cannot eat on his own and has problems with swallowing.  Returning to normal life after an accident is difficult and sometimes impossible. A broken spine causes significant pain in the area around it. To relieve the discomfort, patients must wear a supportive corset for several months to a year. It is often necessary to stiffen the spine surgically, and even insert an implant. Rehabilitation comes after, the aim of which is to minimize the effects of an injury and to prevent degenerative changes. Nevertheless, such a condition is prone to welcome further injuries due to the imbalance of the spine and the distribution of overload of other shafts and discs.
Why Do Automobiles Reach Speeds They Can’t Legally Hit?
As of 2022, the fastest road-legal car, the SSC Tuatara, maxes out at 282.9 mph. The fastest posted speed limit in the country is on Texas State Highway 130 at 85 mph, over a 40-mile stretch. Which means the car can’t legally reach half of its maximum speed capability on America’s fastest road.  Speeding is a factor in over a quarter of all driving fatalities in the US. That amounts to 25 deaths per day in some years, piling up hundreds of lawsuits related to speeding accidents. Most modern cars are equipped with electronic stability control, blind spot detection, and driver assistance. Missing, however, is a speed limiter that electronically limits a car’s maximum speed. This is an option for some makers and models, but far from a legal requirement. Only Volvo, historically credited with the 3-point safety belt, has capped its cars’ speed at 112 mpg. Unfortunately, most speeding accidents aren’t recorded anywhere near that high anyways.  Mechanically, a stronger and faster engine has its arguments. For one, it can merge into highways safer and pass trucks smoother at a fast pace. Economically, a fast engine can save on fuel mileage, if it keeps a consistent pace. Still, 41 million speeding tickets issued for Americans every year suggests an appetite for simply going faster.  The US government has long been hesitant to interfere with the public’s access to fast cars, despite the countless campaigns against speeding. This stems from a mix of public discord on current speed limits and the vast influence the auto industry has on lawmakers, through lobbying and campaign contributions. After all, auto sales do make up a whopping 3.5% of the country’s GDP. In turn, there is no incentive for automakers to build safer speed-limiting vehicles.  In defiance of government inaction, safety advocates are focused on designing roads to deter people from pushing limits. With speeding more likely on wider roads, one idea is to reduce lane widths to 10 feet in cities. This narrows a driver’s tunnel of vision, causing them to slow down. There are also high-visibility crosswalks, street trees, and offset curb extensions called chicanes. The European Union recently ruled that all cars sold after May 2022 would have speed limiters. The technology, the Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA), isn’t mechanically enforced, but it will warn drivers when they creep over the limit. Nevertheless, safety is growing as a top concern for auto consumers, which will push speeding into a main topic of discussion.
The Ins and Outs of Workplace Helmets
Protective helmets are used in many workplaces. It is difficult to imagine working in a mine, on a construction site, in a warehouse or at heights without the protection of a helmet. Contrary to first glance, helmet differentiations can be extremely extensive. It is important to know what material to use, the types of harnesses in helmets and how to check the expiration date of a helmet (yes, helmets have an expiration date). When choosing a protective helmet, workers must first consider their work conditions and what properties may be necessary. Are they working at high temperatures? If so, they must remember about ventilation. Antistatic helmets, or those with high resistance to splashes of molten metal might be necessary in workplaces like foundries. Materials The most common materials from which the helmet's shell is made are HDPE and ABS. 1. HDPE material helmets are heavy and thick. They manifest very good shock absorption during impact. These types of helmets are often used in agriculture, construction, electric utility, sand blasting, welding, chemical, mining, nuclear and oil refining industries. Construction accident legal cases in particular, dive heavily into the proper use of these helmets and their role in safeguarding further injuries.  2. ABS material provides high impact resistance. It is more expensive than HDPE. ABS helmets' walls are thinner, which makes them lightweight. It also has image values like making them look shinier. They are mostly used recreationally for activities such as bicycling, skiing and snowboarding, skateboarding, and as general safety-use helmets. 3. Anti-electrostatic property helmets are intended for employees working in explosion hazard zones - tanker drivers (ADR), miners.  The Body of the Helmet The inner part of the helmet that directly touches the head is the harness. It is responsible for the shock absorption when it hits the shell. The task of the truss is among others, keeping the helmet on the head. It is worth knowing that the distance between the shell and the top of the truss should be between one to two inches.  The main belt is an element of the truss that allows the helmet to be stabilized on the head, thanks to the possibility of adjusting the circumference. Most often, adjustment is possible with a belt, buckle or knob. Very often there is a sweatband in the front part of the strap, which minimizes the pressure of the helmet on the head and ensures maximum sweat absorption. The chin strap is usually already included in the helmet but can also be purchased separately. Its role is to prevent the protective helmet from falling off the head when the employee tilts his head down. The strap can be detached at any time. It can be attached to the truss with 2-, 3- or 4- points. The rule of thumb is that the more attachment points, the more firmly the helmet will fit on your head. Chin straps should not cause abrasions, limit and restrict movements, or move loosely during work. Expiration Each helmet shell is marked with its production date in the form of an arrow indicating the month and year. Most often, the validity of the helmet is between two to five years. However, remember to always read the attached instruction manual. It may happen that the expiry date of the helmet will be counted from the first use of the helmet. Nevertheless, any helmet is vulnerable to damage and should be inspected before usage. 
NFL Running Backs in Contract Year 2013
People familiar to fantasy sports know that contract years can play a major role in predicting a big year from a player. This years notable "contract year" running backs include: Darren McFadden: When he stays healthy, he's a monster. The question is if he can actually play out an entire year. The Raiders are ditching the zone-blocking scheme of last year and are going back to a scheme that will allow McFadden to be the key to the offense. He will have to be amazing, especially with unproven Matt Flynn at the helm, for the Raiders to win games. Expect a big year from McFadden while crossing your fingers that he avoids the injury bug. Maurice Jones-Drew: Last year was certainly a disaster for MJD. First his attempt to hold out ended up as a failure, then he got a LIsfranc foot injury knocking him out for the majority of the season, and just recently he gets in a fight at a bar. I doubt that management is going to extend him a new offer and he is likely playing for a new contract with another team. While he is still not practicing, expect a motivated year from him to try and make the Jaguars look stupid for not extending him. Rashard Mendenhall: He couldn't get the multi-year contract that he wanted so is playing on a one year deal with the Cardinals. This is his chance to prove he can handle the RB1 load again. His main competition is Ryan Williams, who cannot seem to avoid injury. Now with Carson Palmer at the helm, the Cardinals offense may be in for a revival this season. Expect a healthy dose of run to keep pressure off Palmer and to utilize their new first round draft choice left guard Jonathan Cooper, who is known for his run blocking. Ben Tate: The famous Arian Foster handcuff has not been able to showcase his skills as a RB1 as Foster has proven to be a pretty dependable back. Fumble issues have also lowered Tates opportunities to handle the rock in crucial situations. However with an extra year of experience, and another year of pounding for Foster, Kubiak would be wise to give Tate some extra carries this year to keep Foster fresh for the playoffs. Marcel Reece: Marcel had a big year last year filling in for McFadden while he was injured. It would be wise for anyone drafting McFadden to handcuff him with Reece in the later rounds. Reece has proven he can be productive if given the carries and targets. If McFadden goes down early and Reece is able to start for a majority of the year, he could be in line for a big payday next year. Joe McKnight: McKnight likely won't be able to get many carries with Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, and Mike Goodson all ahead of him on the depth chart. I would not draft him in any leagues. He will likely be used for special teams. Scroll through the pictures and highlight videos with the arrows. Photos by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images, Jim Rassol, Sun Sentinel, Al Bello/Getty Images.
What Causes New York’s High Number of Car Accidents?
Given a substantial population with lots of traffic city-wide, New York is no stranger to motor vehicle accidents. In response, traffic safety laws are taken seriously and constantly amended to align with modern technology and demographics. From the introduction of rideshare travel to the Covid-19 pandemic, New York has seen an upward trend in vehicle safety.  The 20-year stretch from 1990-2010 had seen a considerable decline in accident-related deaths. In 1990, 46,800 accident victims lost their lives within a year of their accident. By 2010, that number had fallen almost 30%, to 32,885. But usually, the tragedy inflicted by a traffic collision does not take a year. More than 95% of victims who are fatally injured will die within 30 days of an accident.  Over the last 10 years, there wasn’t a steady trend, but the following data was collected: * More than 55% of all fatal crashes involved "road excursions," in which a vehicle crosses median markers, lane lines, or leaves the roadway entirely. One in four fatal crashes occurred at an intersection. Queens had the most accidents relating to road excursions. They currently have the second highest amount of bike lanes, after Manhattan.  According to the US Department of Transportation, nearly half of all traffic accidents in the country occur at intersections. * About 31% of all fatal car accidents involve driver intoxication. Brookhaven in Long Island holds the lead for the county with the highest number of DUI’s per year.  * Staten Island reported to have the least number of car accidents, overall and per capita. Nevertheless compensation from legal suits exist all boroughs, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens.  * Driver inattention contributed to more crashes than any other human factor. Nearly one in four accidents involved distraction. The second main factor was tailgating; the third was the failure to yield the right of way. * In non-fatal accidents, drivers were more likely to be injured than anyone else. Anyone who lives, works, or visits New York regularly is well aware of traffic congestion in the city. Traffic accidents in the city are part of everyday life.
Why Falling Furniture is the Most Underrated Hazard to Children
Home furniture may seem harmless. Nevertheless, it is surprising how often children can discover hazardous places and objects. When children play, it is natural for them to want to reach, climb and pull on furniture when exploring their surroundings. There are no limits to a child’s creativity and curiosity. Getting to know their environment is an important part of childhood development, leading them to every corner of the room – but it’s not always for the better.  They often use cupboards and shelves as climbing walls. Despite their light weight, a child’s maneuvers can be enough to tip large pieces of furniture over. The center of gravity shifts beyond the base of the furniture and can topple over. Heavier appliances, such as grand bookshelves and television sets can cause serious injuries and even death. There has been an eerily steady number of wrongful death lawsuits reported by the CPSC, regarding unsafe falling furniture. The most effective way to prevent accidents is to fix all furniture to the wall, but it’s not always enough. Children are especially at risk because they are unaware of these dangers. When furniture falls over, they are not quick enough to react and avoid impact. Moreover, they are not strong enough to lift anything off themselves.  Furniture on lower levels may equally tip over. This is especially present when several drawers are open at the same time or when they are full - shifting the center of gravity off the base chests of drawers. The same effect occurs when a child climbs onto it. Therefore, furniture built both horizontally or vertically should probably be anchored to the wall. Another good idea is to place most of the weight in the lower chests, more so than the higher ones.  Most people don't anticipate furniture overturning, since such accidents are rarely reported in the news. Heavy lobbying from furniture-making companies, such as IKEA, make it so that most of the blame is placed on the consumer rather than the manufacturer. Nevertheless, wrongful death suits continue to be filed by personal injury law firms, most of which understand the tactics used by insurance companies. It makes it that much more important to try to prevent falling furniture accidents, but also to have the proper information to take action if you or your child becomes a victim to it. 
What is a Brain Concussion?
A concussion is a sudden, post-traumatic loss of consciousness. Usually, victims do not remember sustaining their injury. Classified as a mild brain injury, the effects of a concussion are short lived for most people, but in some cases may persist for several weeks. They can occur as a result of direct head injuries or the rapid acceleration and slowing down of head movements often experienced during accidents involving cars or trucks. Shock also occurs in people involved in sports, especially boxers, skiers and football. Concussions most often happen to children below 18 years old and people over 50. During a concussion, there is no damage to the nervous system and symptoms rarely leave a trace. A characteristic feature of this condition is temporary memory impairment, both in the period before the accident and after the injury. After a few days or even hours, victims often feel well enough to resume normal activities. The most common symptoms of a concussion include: * headaches and dizziness  * temporary loss of consciousness * problems with concentration * hypersensitivity to noise and light * nausea and vomiting * speech impairment * problems with maintaining balance * tiredness and slowing down of movements Although the symptoms of concussion are usually self-limiting, headaches and dizziness may persist for several months after the injury. A possible, but rare complication is subarachnoid hemorrhage, often characterized by a severe headache and paralysis. Longer-term affects include: * changes in sense of smell and taste * trouble sleeping * personality disorder * depression * learning difficulties Diagnosing a concussion is supported by a medical history of the injury, symptoms and neurological examination. The examination of choice is usually a computed tomography of the head, and in rare cases, magnetic resonance imaging to check for brain damage. It is necessary to check whether the injury has resulted in a brain hematoma, a complication characteristic of concussions. During diagnosis, doctors must also determine the patient's neurological function. This includes any neck injury or nose and ear hemorrhage. This type of bleeding, accompanied by bruising around the eyes, may indicate a fracture of the skull base. Each head injury with loss of consciousness is an indication for hospitalization. Treatment includes rest, avoiding exposure to the sun, and limiting the influence of external stimuli provided by a TV or computer. In case of a severe headache, the doctor may prescribe painkillers, usually paracetamol. It is very important to stay away from preparations that increase the risk of bleeding and impair blood clotting. In more than half of concussion cases, people recover to their original level of fitness. However, attention should still be paid to recurrent symptoms as they may suggest more serious complications and disorders than the concussion itself.
How Conflict Check System Works for Law Firms
Is there a reason why law firms are shifting towards automated conflict check software today? Thousand of clients and uncountable client contacts. Lawyers are unaware of the majority of clients’ relationships with their previous or current clients. Lawyers fear the conflict check process as one of the major challenges in their legal practice. Conflict check software has eased the trouble of attorneys and lawyers to a very great extent. Now they no more worry about timely updates and detailed information about new clients. Accelerating conflict checks is not at all an impossible task. For law firms that aim to achieve the highest targets without any hindrances in the whole case, then maintaining a separate conflict check is really essential. If you are new to running an automated law firm conflict check system, then this blog is the right source to gain the required information. This blog is fully designed to enrich you with the details of conflict checks and the benefits it offers to your law firm in both the short and long run. What is a conflict check system? A conflict check is a process that is executed in order to find out whether there is any clash of interests between the existing client and the client who is already been represented by the same lawyer. For a law firm to be successful in the market, it's crucial that clients are selected after a proper evaluation of different conflicts of interest. Many lawyers face huge difficulties in dealing with conflicts between clients once the case gets executed. A law firm conflict check system will include the following details that make the whole process look complete. 1. Full Name 2. Nick Name 3. Date 4. Status 5. File Title 6. Details 7. Address 8. Contact No 9. Date Of Bith 10. Office Address Going through such a long procedure may be time-consuming for your law firm. Software like CaseFox offers a very flexible system for your conflict check. It just gives you full access to all the information just by searching for that client. What are the benefits of implementing a conflict management system in my law firm? Having good conflict check software is not just a requirement but an effective tool to seamlessly manage all types of cases and clients smoothly. 1. Quick Results Using an automated solution is one of the biggest advantages to enable quick outputs in less time. More and more law firms are trying to get used to artificial intelligence tools in order to make the conflict check process more simplified. No more hassles are faced by the lawyers as now they can focus more on what’s important in their schedule without worrying about finding information regarding their clients. 2. More Efficiency Maintaining multiple spreadsheets looks like a tedious and non-ending process. There are hundreds of tasks, cases, and meetings to be attended in a single day. Conflict management software gives full access to its users to maintain a clear summary of all the details of different clients and saves a lot of time in making long procedures. 3. After Analysis Conflict check is one of the most important aspects to be executed and evaluated by every legal business. The solo practitioner also runs into performing conflict checks for their clients so that there is no interruption in between the case execution. More lawyers are trying to get themselves engaged in time-efficient activities. The analysis is made much easier and smoother with the new technological advancements. Conclusion Whether your law firm is maintaining a google sheet or having separate automated software for conflict checks, consistency is what is required in every process to make the whole check of conflicts simplified and organized. Time-to-time searches, proper analysis, and quick implementation are what need to be done by every lawyer before taking any case from the client. In the end, it's all about how you started and how you completed the case without any conflict of interest. Building brand image and value in the market requires time to time adoption of the latest technological changes. Simplifying the conflict check procedure is all about changes being made in the traditional approaches.
Common NYC Jobs That Are More Dangerous Than You Think
New York City is a hub full of employment opportunities. The sheer density of people in a relatively small area, such as Manhattan, is a natural job creator. However, along comes a certain danger – work accidents. Police officers and firefighters are often regarded as the brave faces amid dangerous work environments, but they aren’t the only ones. There are some jobs in New York City that disproportionately lead to injury and death among workers.  Here are a few of the most common causes of workplace injuries and the jobs that see the highest rate of injuries in New York City.    * Construction work is by far the most dangerous profession in New York City, accounting for over a quarter of all fatalities, even though it makes up just 6% of the workforce. Exposure to heights, heavy machinery, and power tools pose a risk of injury and death.   * Taxis, limousines, and other transit drivers must deal with the usual dangers on the road, including accidents and crashes. They must also consider the possibilities of assault and robbery, sometimes by their passengers. The dangers are often intensified when working at night due to alcohol.   * Subway workers: The backbone of New York City's transportation system requires a great deal of inspection and maintenance, which can mean putting workers in danger of electrocution.   * Sanitation workers face hazards daily working with large, heavy machinery and performing physically demanding jobs. Impatient drivers who also try to pass garbage trucks and inadvertently hit workers also pose a risk.   * Couriers on any mode of transportation navigate the chaotic streets to deliver documents while trying to avoid the dangers posed by unpredictable drivers or simply the unexpected opening of a car door. The most common injuries linked with some of the above-mentioned professions include, but are not limited to:   * Overexertion injuries relate to pushing, pulling, lifting, carrying, throwing, etc. They are often associated with pulling a muscle or pulling your back out.   * Slipping or tripping injuries occur due to wet floors or materials unexpectedly obstructing walkways. Falling from heights, such as from a ladder, or being struck by a falling object, whether from a shelf in an office or tools on a construction site, are another leading cause of on-the-job injuries.