Video Footage From Fatal Car Crash Clears Venus Williams
Jul20

Video Footage From Fatal Car Crash Clears Venus Williams

Although a Florida police department originally blamed tennis superstar Venus Williams for a fatal car crash that took place on June 9, new video footage has caused them to rescind their initial assessment. Now, Palm Beach Gardens police are saying that Williams “lawfully entered the intersection” in a tragic accident that eventually resulted in the death of 78-year-old Jerome Barson. The Associated Press reported last month that witnesses told investigators that Williams ran a red light and caused the Hyundai Accent driven by Jerome Barson’s wife, Linda, to crash into her SUV. But Williams’ account differed: she said that she entered the six-lane intersection during a green light but was forced to stop in the middle due to traffic in front of her. Police estimate Williams was traveling at around five miles per hour when Barson’s vehicle crashed into hers. Williams said she didn’t see the car coming. Linda Barson was badly injured in the crash, but her husband sustained critical injuries that led to his death two weeks following the accident. Unfortunately, 1.2 million people worldwide die in car accidents every year. Barson’s family has filed a wrongful death suit against Williams on the grounds of negligence. The suit asserts that his fatal injuries included “severed main arteries, massive internal bleeding, a fractured spine, and massive organ damage.” But upon further inspection, video footage shows that Williams may not have been at fault. As reported by USA Today, police explained in a statement: “Based on the evidence obtained in the ongoing investigation, it has been determined the vehicle driven by Venus Williams lawfully entered the intersection on a circular green traffic signal, and attempted to travel north through the intersection to Ballenisles Drive. As Williams was traveling through the intersection, a Nissan Altima entered the intersection traveling south, and made a left turn in front of Williams’ vehicle, causing her to stop advancing through the intersection to avoid a collision. The traffic signal then cycled to green, at which time Barson continued westbound and entered the intersection. The front end of Barson’s vehicle collided the right front of Williams’ vehicle.” An initial police report noted that Williams had violated the Barsons’ right of way, but in the official statement, there was no mention of who was at fault for the accident. This investigation is ongoing and no criminal charges have been filed. When asked about the incident at a press conference following her Wimbledon match, Williams broke down in tears. The seven-time Grand Slam champion has expressed her devastation and heartbreak pertaining to the accident on social...

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Could Text Messages And Emails Be Hurting Business Communication?
Jul05

Could Text Messages And Emails Be Hurting Business Communication?

The age of the telephone, at least in the traditional sense, has been in decline for some time. For businesses, a great deal of focus has been shifted to the internet for their communication needs as many of the 11 million meetings per day in the U.S. occur over video conference or VoIP (voice over internet protocol). Even the way we communicate with each other has changed, with the text message becoming more common among the younger generation. In-person communication has been abandoned for the digital, and for Millennials and Generation Z, even phone calls are considered “passe.” But with these text communications come issues, according to Dr. Nicholas Epley in his book, Mindwise. “People using [these] mediums think they are communicating clearly because they know what they mean to say, receivers are unable to get this meaning accurately but are certain that they have interpreted the message accurately, and both are amazed that the other side can be so stupid,” he writes. Text-based communication is ambiguous, he believes. That is one of the messages that Polycom’s EVP of Engineering is trying to illustrate: why prioritizing the personal matters in business communication, like video conferencing, should be the new normal. A study of 25,234 workers, commissioned by Polycom, showed that 77% of them now take advantage of “flexible” working in one way or another. This means that remote work has become commonplace in the business world. Dr. Epley believes that this can come at a cost. He says, “Often, the miscommunications in this are minor. Resulting in redundant workflows, or at worst, missed deadlines. However, the touchier the topic, the more catastrophic the consequences.” Sending an email can feel so much less confrontational than talking face to face with another individual, but it can be well worth the interpersonal struggle to host a video conference, or to talk on the phone. Voice, facial and body language, all say more than words ever could. Dr. Epley encourages the business professional to take part in things like VoIP, or video conferences, even during remote work, to resist the temptation to go purely digital and remove the human experience. “The only way to overcome the challenges of text is to leave text...

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Indian Wells Debating On Increasing The Cost Of Real Estate Improvement Permits
Jul05

Indian Wells Debating On Increasing The Cost Of Real Estate Improvement Permits

The costs of home improvement will be rising in Indian Wells, CA, where user fees are being adjusted to cover costs to process permits at City Hall. In addition to this, the conditional use permit will be experiencing a decrease in cost, dropping from $8,387 to $6,556. These fee changes will go into effect in about 60 days. “The city processes about 760 building permits per year,” McCarthy said. So far, the most commonly seen permits are for single-family home remodels, as the city doesn’t see a large amount of development. The estimated fees for a 2,200-square-foot-home is anywhere between $464 and $1,755.15. This could mean a change in the return on investment (ROI) of many home projects that homeowners were looking forward to doing this year. There does not appear to be anything regarding landscaping, however, which has the largest ROI per expenditure, at 5% of home value for an ROI of 150%. While there has been no real opposition to the establishment of these fees, Gretchen Gutierrez, CEO of the Desert Valley Builders Association, asked that the council continue to discuss the issue at the meeting in September. “The association has not had time to fully read the Willdan study, which also compared Indian Wells fees with surrounding Coachella Valley cities,” she said. The study mentioned is the Temecula-based Willdan Financial Services study, which had been the source for the idea of the fees in the first place. Gutierrez also stated that the association had made more than one request to get access to the full document, and when they had gotten that access, a key consultant had been on vacation. This meant that that consultant had not been able to access or read it. The new fee idea and its schedule were approved 4-1, with Mayor Richard Balocco opposing without explaining...

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Children Related Damage Ruining Your Ride? 3 Steps to Make Your Car Look Good As New
Jun30

Children Related Damage Ruining Your Ride? 3 Steps to Make Your Car Look Good As New

Whether you drive the standard mommy minivan or you are riding in an old-school convertible, your car is going to be a big part of your day to day life. That’s why the cleanliness of your car is so important. Unfortunately, as most parents know, the second you introduce a kid into the car, any hopes of keeping it clean and stain free go out the finger-print covered window. Make no mistake, children are often a blessing and a joy, but that tiny fraction of time when they are not, they are a whirlwind of mess and destruction like something out of an L. Frank Baum novel. While most messes are easy enough to clean, sometimes stains and tears do happen. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with the damage to your car forever. If you are looking to give your car some new life, here are three steps you can take to improve the interior on a budget. Step 1: DIY Seats Repair Professionally replaced seats can cost as much as $200 dollars, and often times cheap seat covers can look ill-fitting or simply out of place with the rest of your car. For almost nothing, you can purchase an upholstery needle and high strength thread so that you can easily mend the tear in most fabrics. Or you can opt for patching. Step 2: Steam the Carpets Believe it or not, you can purchase car carpets tailor-made to fit any car no matter the make, model, and year as far back as the mid-1940s. However, if you’d rather not replace your carpets entirely, most stains can be lifted with a good steam cleaning. Even most deeply set in stains can be lifted this way. Step 3: Cover the Cracks In older cars, the sun can and often will cause cracks in your dashboard. Unfortunately, there is no way to fix these problems outright, but there is a clever way around the problem. Find some suede or other fabric that matches with the rest of the car’s interior and cut out a piece that can effectively cover the dashboard. Affix it with velcro or a liquid adhesive and your problem is suddenly a charming design feature. Your car is a haven, a safe and happy ferry for you and your beloved children. But for the frugal mom, it can seem like you are helpless against the wear and tear your children inflict on your car. Hopefully, these three tips can help make your car look good as...

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Grapes Are Good For Your Teeth, Researchers Say

Grapes are being revered as the newest treatment against tooth decay. The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry has found that grape seed extract can toughen dentin, the tissue in the tooth beneath its hard external enamel. Scientists believe that this discovery could prevent tooth decay and tooth loss as the grape seed extract is said to strengthen the tooth from the inside out. This is also good news for patients with fillings, as the grape seed extract can increase the longevity of composite resin fillings. These specific fillings are the most popular choice in the world of dentistry, as they are made to be the same color of the tooth to look more natural. However, they can be quite expensive, and many patients opt out of choosing this method simply due to the cost. But, by using this method, the grape seed extract will be able to bond with materials used to make fillings in order to make them stronger. Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, a dental professor at the University of Chicago explains to the Daily Mail how exactly this process works. “When fillings fail, decay forms around it and the seal is lost. We want to reinforce the interface, which will make the resin bond better to the dentin. The interface can be changed through the use of new natural materials.” Experts believe that this discovery can be exceptionally beneficial concerning the alarming rate of tooth decay and poor dental hygiene in the United States. More and more Americans are suffering from lack of proper dental hygiene, especially children. In fact, more than 40% of children have dental cavities by the time they enter kindergarten. How the grape seed extract works is simple — when someone consumes foods and drinks high in sugar, the bacteria in plaque produce harmful acid that breaks down the enamel of the tooth. This is how cavities are formed, making the tooth’s dentin vulnerable, leading to the need for fillings. The grape seed extract will be able to help this damaged dentin repair itself while also binding to the resins used in fillings and making the tooth stronger all together. While there are no reports on how grape seed extract will be applied to the tooth, the researchers are hopeful that this discovery will change the world of cavity treatment in...

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