While You Were Sleeping

Statistics show that most people who die from carbon monoxide poisoning do so while sleeping. Many home heating appliances produce odorless carbon monoxide, which makes it more deadly. You could be inhaling it while having a drink or reading a book without being aware of it. These are all relaxing activities so you won’t be suspicious if you start to feel sleepy. Most people will simply fall asleep and never wake up.

According to the website of of Williams Kherkher, carbon monoxide is deadly because it keeps oxygen from reaching the brain. When it is inhaled, it passes into the bloodstream and binds with the hemoglobin that normally circulates oxygen where it is needed. When the carbon monoxide attaches to the hemoglobin molecules, this forms a stable compound called carboxyhemoglobin, so the oxygen can no longer insinuate itself on the hemoglobin. Lack of oxygen leads to cell death and the body gradually shuts down, eventually leading to death. Victims of carbon monoxide poisoning typically exhibit a pinkish cast to the skin and red lips because carboxyhemoglobin is a rich red.

Some of the common sources of deadly carbon monoxide include:

  • Space heaters
  • Water heaters
  • Cooking ranges
  • Portable generators
  • Furnaces
  • Fireplaces
  • Lawn mowers
  • Car exhausts

In some cases, carbon monoxide poisoning can be due to defects in the appliance or vehicle, or improper installation of heating appliances, such as a defective flue system in gas fireplace inserts. A Milwaukee personal injury lawyer could do the necessary investigation to determine the source of the carbon monoxide. If it is proven to be due to a manufacturing or product defect or professional negligence, then the victim can sue for compensation from the responsible parties.

If you have suffered injury from carbon monoxide poisoning because of the negligence of others, you have the right to sue for damages. Find a competent and experienced personal injury in your area for a more in-depth assessment of your case.

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Miscarriage of Justice, or a Weak Defense?

The nearly 20-year-old case of African-American Rodney Reed is getting some attention as his date of execution draws near. He is on death row in Texas for his conviction of the kidnapping, rape, and murder of Stacey Stites, a white woman from Giddings, and his date of execution is on March 5. However, there is growing evidence that he may be innocent after all.

The details of the case upon further investigation by various interested parties, including the crime investigators of a television show that revisits old crimes and lawyers with the Innocence Project, appear to show that Reed was convicted because his criminal defense lawyer failed to present crucial evidence during the trial.

The main evidence against Reed was semen found in the body of the victim, but Reed claimed then that they had a sexual relationship and that he did not kill her. The defense promised during opening statements that evidence of this sexual relationship would be presented, but no such evidence was shown in court.

The defense lawyer also failed to present alibi witnesses or an expert witness to challenge the time of death established by the prosecution, which turned out to be inaccurate. Forensic evidence shows that Stites was killed several hours before 3 am, which is the time of death established by the state.

Furthermore, there was a viable alternate suspect in the crime: the fiance of the deceased, Jimmy Fennell. At the time of the murder, he was an officer for the Giddings Police Department. He is later convicted of rape of a woman in his custody while he was working as a police officer in Georgetown.

Reed’s numerous appeals have been consistently denied, but in the light of new evidence, his team of attorneys hopes to have his sentence commuted to life. This will give them time to put together a case to prove his innocence.

As discussed on the website of lawyer Ian Inglis, the penalties for a committing crimes can be horrendous. Reed has spent years in jail and may even be executed for a crime he may not have committed. This case illustrates the importance of having an experienced and well-prepared criminal defense lawyer at your side if you are charged with a crime, especially a serious one such as murder.

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A Brief Overview of Foreclosure in Iowa

Things seem to be looking up for Iowa, at least on paper. According to the Iowa Workforce Development, unemployment is at 4.1% as of December 2014, well below the national average at 5.8% for the same period. This is reflected in the state’s payouts for unemployment benefits, which fell by 4%, the lowest since 2007. Job growth is also promising, with 16,400 new jobs created in goods the manufacturing and construction industry by the end of 2014 compared to 2013. The decreasing cost of energy is expected to help Iowans increase their discretionary income in 2015.

With more jobs available and higher savings, Iowans can look forward to a brightening future. Even the real estate market is looking up, with far fewer foreclosures filed in 2014. Currently, 1 in 2,709 of homes in Iowa will be foreclosed in 2014, compared to the national average of 1 of 1,102. However, for that one household already facing foreclosure, the state of the economy is definitely not relevant.

If you are looking to avoid foreclosure in Iowa, it is important for you to know that Iowa most commonly follows the judicial foreclosure process. This means that your lender has to go through court to file a complaint for non-payment against the borrower to obtain a decree of sale. This is a good opportunity for you to pursue legal options for foreclosure defense such as filing for bankruptcy. This will protect your primary residence from foreclosure using the homestead exemption in Iowa if you qualify for either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13.

Your lender may also not be on the up and up. Show your contract to a foreclosure defense attorney to see if there are any major errors or violations of the Truth in Lending Act contained within it. This will buy you some time as the court will not issue a decree of sale until the issue is cleared up.

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The Tiger is Back – Outsourcing in the Philippines

There was a time when the Philippines was poised to become a force to be reckoned with in Asia, but that was before the era of full-blown corruption and violence which scared away investors and made it very dangerous to visit, let alone do business, in the country. Well, those days are gone, and the Philippines is once again on that long-ago brink of financial and business success.

World Bank country director Motoo Konishi referred to the Philippines as a “rising tiger,” referring to the country’s rapid economic growth, which characterizes a “tiger economy.” This is due in part to the increased confidence of foreign investors in the sincere efforts of the present government to promote good governance as well as the contributions of overseas foreign workers to bring in hard currency, but it is also because US companies prefer business process outsourcing in the Philippines. It is estimated that 10% of the country’s GDP is due to the income brought in by the more than 1 million Filipinos working in BPO companies.

According to the website of Pinoy Partners Outsourcing Center Inc. (PPOC Inc.), Filipinos are naturally service-oriented and hardworking. They always aim to please and that makes them the BPO labor pool of choice, fierce tigers ready to earn their meat.

It isn’t just for US companies, though. Companies in the UK and Australia find the friendly and English-speaking Filipinos a perfect fit for their BPO needs. India continues to dominate the outsourcing market for information technology, but culturally the Filipinos are more in sync with their Western employers. This makes the Philippines an excellent labor pool for low-cost, yet effective customer service, technical assistance, content writing, sales, lead generation, and back office operations. Each year there’s a substantial growth in outsourcing labor in the Philippines.

The future is bright for BPO companies in the Philippines, and it is a significant step towards the country’s rise to tigerhood.

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