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Permanently delete files from any device


Send your trash beyond the point of no return. Make sure your files have well and truly disappeared. David Nield/Popular Science When you delete a file from your computer, it doesn’t simply disappear from existence—at least, not right away. Even if you immediately empty the Recycle Bin or Trash folder, all your deletion does is earmark… Continue Reading →

So you want a manual transmission?

Just looking through the social media this morning and a friend posted this article. It is a guide to car models that a manual transmission is available.

I used to drive manual transmission exclusively. Then, when I was in sales in Downtown Atlanta, I bought a car with an automatic. It was nice not having to change gears in traffic.

There are some pretty sporty models. So, for you stick shift fans, here you go!

5 ways Trump mentally tortures us now


“I had more people crying in my office the day after the election than honestly I’ve had since the day after 9/11,” Dan Hartman, a Philadelphia-based psychiatrist, told about his patients’ reactions to Donald Trump becoming president. Four months in, the wounds are still fresh, and the Trump administration, with its trampling of rights, unending… Continue Reading →

Walking in a winter wonderland increases accident risks

Keep "Walking"

I don’t know if this is going to apply this year where I live, but it might be useful to you:

The recent winter weather that rolled through North Carolina left an icy mess in its wake, and as a recent report aired on WNCT9 reminds us, that ice can make even a simple activity like walking dangerous.

Officials urged everyone to stay home and off the roads during the storm and its aftermath, resulting in the closure of many schools and businesses. Even as things began to return to normal, people raised concerns about the condition of roads and sidewalks. Although major streets were cleared, the majority of side streets were still not cleared or treated and were very dangerous to navigate.

East Carolina University college students were interviewed for the report, and they expressed concern over the still treacherous conditions of the roads in the area, in particular, the areas around 10th Street.

Many students who live in apartments in that area and walk to classes voiced concern about the increased risks of slipping and falling on ice, not only on the sidewalks they travel on to get to campus, but they were also concerned about the condition of the walkways on the campus itself.

Situations like these often raise the question of who exactly is responsible when a person sustains injuries from slipping and falling on ice. Can a slip and fall victim sue the property owner for damages for those injuries?

In most states, the answer to that question is pretty clear – yes, the victim can sue the property owner if they are injured because they slipped on an icy area on the property.

In North Carolina, however, the answer is not so clear because this state has a section in its personal injury statutes called “contributory negligence.” This means that even if a victim is only 1 percent at fault for their fall, they are barred from suing the property owner.

What types of behavior or activity would be considered contributory negligence in a slip and fall accident?

If a victim was talking on their phone or looking at something that was going on across the street as they were walking, the courts could consider that contributory negligence because the victim was not paying attention. Walking too fast when they fell could also be another reason the court would consider the victim was partly at fault for the fall.

Personal injury attorney Ben Whitley commented, “If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, there are important steps you should take such as documenting details about the environment your fall took place in and obtaining the names of any witnesses to the incident. You should also contact the property owner right away.”

With a few more winter months ahead of us, the chances are great that there will be more stormy weather to contend with. Greenville’s Vidant Medical Center has seen an increase in the number of patients who have been injured in falls and offers the following safety tips when dealing with icy conditions:

  • Make sure to wear the appropriate footwear. Ideally, wear shoes or boots which have traction on the soles that can grip. Footwear with smooth soles increase the risk of slipping;
  • Walk slowly and take smaller steps than you usually do;
  • Keep hands out of your pockets to help maintain your balance. If there are handrails, use them. Try to avoid toting or carrying heavy items; and
  • When you are getting in our out of a vehicle, use it to support yourself.

Playground tragedy highlights need for equipment safety vigilance

Sliding Board Fun

Just what every parent wants to hear:

The horrific incidents of two children having their fingers amputated after going down steel slides and the resulting recall of those slides is being reported by Good Housekeeping. The recall has been issued by the slide manufacturer, Playworld, as a result of at least 13 reported incidents of children getting cut from the defective slides.

According to information released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are approximately 1,300 slides being recalled. The slides were manufactured between 2000 through 2016 and sold to schools, municipalities, and parks across the country. These slides range in price from $1,500 to $4,000.

The problem with the slides appears to be that the stainless-steel equipment can develop a crack between the slide bed and sidewall weld. This crack can be wide enough for a child’s fingers to become caught in as they are sliding down. This is what happened to the two children whose fingers were amputated.

School officials and other municipal administrators are urged to not allow children to use the slides. The company is issuing free slide replacements and are also sending out temporary barriers to those who request them which will keep children off the slides.  

Unfortunately, the recalled products do not have any identifying marks to indicate to parents whether or not the slide their child is going to use is part of the recall.

Parents are urged to carefully inspect any slides their child is going to use, looking for any cracks or holes in the slide bed. It is critical to note that cracks may not be easily seen and a visual inspection does not guarantee that the equipment is safe.

Personal injury attorney Chad McCoy commented, “Incidents like these where children are injured by playground equipment serve as stark reminder of past dangers that have been associated with these products.”

Data collected by the CPSC found that there are more than 200,000 children who are injured in playgrounds each year, often from broken or defective playground equipment.

Some of the more common injuries suffered by children from these incidents include amputations, broken or fractured bones, concussions, dislocations, and internal injuries.

Tragically, not only have children suffered serious injuries from defective slides and other equipment, but there have also been children killed when their clothes or a part of their body has gotten caught in holes, gaps, or protrusions in the slides.

Many children have also been seriously burned from using bare metal slides that become extremely hot from sun exposure. Other exposed metal equipment, such as swings or see-saws, can also cause serious burns.

This is why it is so important to make sure to carefully check any equipment that your child is going to play on. It is also important to make sure that your child is dressed appropriately, wearing a shirt and pants, to protect from cuts and burns. Also make sure that there is nothing dangling from the clothing which could get caught in the equipment.

Some toy recalls remain ineffective

presents under the Christmas tree

Parents around the globe recently watched their children unwrap the toys they have been waiting months to receive. But while parents like to think that the toys they purchased for their child will only bring joy, that is not always the case.

According to the WashPIRG (Public Interest Research Group) Foundation’s yearly report, Trouble in Toyland, toys can stay on the shelves – and within reach of parents and children – even after they have been recalled.

The foundation found that many recalled toys are still being sold, and that there is a particular problem with these toys that are being sold online. A glockenspiel (a xylophone-like instrument) was recalled in February of 2016 due to lead found in the paint, which can be harmful if ingested.

A few months later in June of 2016, a remote-controlled toy that flies through the air was found to have a defective USB cord, which could overheat and cause burns, or even fire damage.

And a pencil case that relied on two magnets to close was found to be a potential hazard as the magnets could be ingested, causing severe internal damage to a child’s intestines as the magnets connected internally.

These were just three of the defective products the WashPIRG found in their latest study, and it indicates a huge problem when it comes to the selling of toys.

Attorney Jim Higgins commented, “Parents of course, need to perform their own due diligence by buying age-appropriate toys and regularly looking for recalled items. However, it is understandable that when parents see toys for sale, whether on a store’s shelves or online, they assume the product is safe for their children to use.”

Under Washington state law, manufacturers and retail stores cannot legally sell a toy they know is defective or has been recalled. And it is the store’s responsibility to remove recalled toys from shelves.

Because of this, parents of children that have been injured by a toy that was purchased after its recall date may have a product liability case that they can bring against the retail store – even when that store is online.

This law may be the only protection parents have, but they must be able to prove that the child suffered injuries, and that the injuries were due to the defective toy. Simply purchasing a defective product is not enough to take a product liability case to court.

Recall for Eggo waffles

Pumpkin Spice Eggo Waffles, Kellogg's, 9/2016, pics by Mike Mozart of TheToyChannel and JeepersMedia on YouTube #Pumpkin #Spice #Eggo #Waffles

Listeria across 25 states:

Kellogg announced Monday that it has voluntarily recalled about 10,000 cases of Eggo waffles in 25 states due to potential listeria contamination.

Listeria can cause serious health issues in children, pregnant women, elderly people and individuals with weakened immune systems. Kellogg said it has not received any reports of illness, but is recalling boxes of frozen waffles out of caution.

Customers who have purchased 10-count boxes of Kellogg’s Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles with a UPC code of 3800 40370 and a Best If Used By Date of Nov. 21, 2017, should discard the items immediately. The company is offering refunds for discarded products.

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