Author: Melissa Thompson

Tradologic Upgrades to MetaTrader 5 Platform, Extends Offers for Users

Tradologic is the latest broker to upgrade their platform to MetaTrader 5. The platform, utilized by many of the top forex and exchange brokers in the world, offers a powerful solution for modern traders. MetaTrader 5 provides a multi-asset platform that includes technical analysis tools, automated trading and copy trading. The platform provides trading signals and mobile trading to help today’s traders make smart, decisive trades. Tradologic joins a growing list of MetaTrader 5 brokers switching to MetaTrader’s latest platform after the developer hinted at a possible discontinuation of the MetaTrader platform. Tradologic, a fintech firm, focuses on cross-platform...

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Infamous Curve on Long Island Highway Claims Another Victim

What should you do when someone you love is severely injured or killed in a car accident? Nearly everyone who has been driving for years has undergone the shock, fear, inconvenience, and often physical or emotional pain of an auto accident. Fortunately, for most people, car accidents do not involve severe injuries or death. In most cases, the worst those involved have to contend with are dented cars, angry drivers, complicated insurance forms, possible towing, and the frustration of being without a working vehicle while their own cars are being repaired. Some people, of course, only wish their car accidents had been that easy. For too many people vehicular accidents result in terrible injuries and/or death. Victims of such collisions are frequently faced with surgery, long periods of recovery, disfigurement, permanent disabilities or even death. A recent accident on Long Island is just another piece of evidence that driving is not as safe as it often seems. This crash, which occurred along Montauk Highway near South Country Road, resulted in one fatality and one life-threatening injury. The Circumstances of the Collision This particular accident occurred as two cars, driven in opposite directions, one driven by a man and the other by a woman, collided head-on at 2:15 a.m. The man, identified as Gregory Goodley, age 45, of Shirley, was killed; the woman, Rebecca Davis, age 22, of Bellport, was...

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Shell Oil Refinery in California Sued for Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

What is the nature of the sexual harassment case at the Shell Oil refinery in California? As most of us are aware, a culture of sexual discrimination and sexual harassment has been pervasive in a great many small businesses, corporations, educational institutions and even government agencies and hospitals for most of the history of the United States. It is only during the last few decades that serious steps have been taken to prevent sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace and we still have a long way to go. It should be noted that crimes of sexual harassment and discrimination can be committed against people of all genders, gender identifications, and sexual orientations. Recently, one of the largest companies in the world, Shell Oil, has been sued by a former employee of its Martinez refinery for “sex-based harassment, sex discrimination, (and) failure to take reasonable steps to prevent discrimination and harassment.” This quoted accusation comes directly from a copy of the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The Specifics of the Case In her complaint, the plaintiff, Ciara Newton, reports that she started working as a refinery process operator at Shell in January 2016. Her lawsuit describes a hostile, male-dominated work setting in which her coworkers frequently made derogatory comments about women. When Newton complained about the work environment, she states that...

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Another Use for Yoga: Helping Scoliosis

How can yoga help scoliosis? In order to understand the promise of yoga in the treatment of scoliosis, it is important to understand precisely what scoliosis is, its degrees of severity, who it affects, and what treatments have been previously used to treat the condition. Once we understand the medical background of treatment, we are more likely to be excited by this new alternative, non-invasive approach to treating curvature of the spine. Though more research is required, a new potential treatment for back problems and spine procedures is always welcome. Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, is a common troubling condition, affecting 7.5 million Americans. The spinal column of individuals with scoliosis is abnormally curved instead of vertical, causing an asymmetrical posture that can precipitate a number of other physical problems. Scoliosis can manifest itself in varying types and degrees. Medical terminology refers to “C” or “S” curves to describe the abnormality, and a patient may have a more or less severe curve. If the backbone curve deviates at least 10 percent from the norm, scoliosis is diagnosed. Causes of Scoliosis In some cases, scoliosis is congenital, resulting from birth defects in the spine. Less commonly, it results from neuromuscular conditions, like muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy, or from spinal injuries or infections. Years ago, diseases such as polio and tuberculosis were responsible for many cases of the condition....

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Are Wiseguys Really “Brothers”?

In films and TV shows, organized crime figures are depicted as members of a “family,” loyal to the end whether or not they are actually blood relatives. Nevertheless, an awful lot of actual blood seems to be spilled in attacks among members of the same “family” in the name of honor, revenge, accusations of betrayal, or simple greed. In the real world, racketeering seems to follow similar scenarios. In a case that came to light a year ago (August 2016) the government rounded up 46 alleged wiseguys and charged them with racketeering. The Arrest At the time of the arrest, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office claimed that the defendants were members of a number of organized crime families — Genovese, Gambino, Lucchese, Bonanno, and a couple of Philadelphia crime families. All of those arrested stand accused of cooperating in a wide-ranging conspiracy that spread from South Florida to Springfield, Massachusetts. Where Loyalty Ends The division in the “family” occurred when one of the alleged mobsters, Eugene (“Rooster”) Onofrio requested that he be tried separately from Philadelphia mob boss Joseph Merlino. Onofrio’s desire to be disassociated from Merlino was apparently an attempt to insulate the himself from successful prosecution since Merlino (“Skinny Joey”) had a well-publicized reputation for being someone for whom murder comes easily. Onofrio clearly feared that being a co-defendant with Merlino loaded the dice against him, so...

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Trademark of the Absurd: Can You Trademark “covfefe”?

Who knew that when President Donald Trump tweeted the word “covfefe” in the very early hours of May 31st that he would not only create confusion in the mind of the public, but would also create a bit of bedlam in the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)? Since the mysterious tweet that made us all wonder if “covfefe” was a typo, a code word, or a word in some strange language, 35 people were prompted to apply for trademarks of the unusual combination of letters. When a query into the PTO’s Electronic Search System was made, six different variations of the word were among the many trademark applications, including one that declared (whether with patriotism or madness) “Covfefe — carry on vigilantly fighting evil forever.” According to these pending applications for trademarks, there is also some confusion about under what circumstances one is entitled to apply for a trademark. Although there was no scarcity of ideas about what to trademark with the name “covfefe” — everything from clogs to stocking caps, from coffee to beer, from waterproof camera gear to batteries and perfume — there did not seem to be any understanding or consensus concerning the purpose of trademark law itself. The enthusiasm to get on the money-making bandwagon was there, but nobody seemed to have a ticket or even to know where the wagon was headed. Anyone looking...

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Advice For Buying Tough, Long-Term Gear

If you plan on buying tough, long-term gear, then your shopping experience is going to be a little bit different than a typical excursion. You’re going to spend more time worrying about quality, and less time worrying about quantity and style. For long-term gear, military issue clothing is the way to go. Beyond that, make sure to buy weatherproof bags and backpacks, try to avoid anything that seems like it’s on some exceptional sale, and think more about the environment than style when it comes to making your final purchases. Military Issue Clothes When you buy military-issue clothes, you’re typically going to get the best, most long-term care available. Military and survivalist situations require that pants, shirts, boots, and all other equipment are up to snuff as far as quality control. There is a difference between true military gear and fake military gear, it’s up to you to discern if those differences are something that you are willing to accept, or if you want to go for the genuine article. Genuine military issue clothes will either come from military bases or army surplus stores. Weatherproof Bags If you’re planning on buying road-ready gear, then purchasing a weatherproof backpack is going to be one of your more valuable items. It needs to be constructed in a way that is rain proof, dirt proof, use proof, and it also has to...

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4 Ways to Manage Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence doesn’t have to affect your daily plans. Millions of men and women across the world are battling this condition, so you’re not alone in your fight. Living with incontinence can be challenging, but with proper management, you can continue doing everything you love. Here are four ways to manage urinary incontinence: 1. Cut Back on the Caffeine It may be hard to imagine life without coffee, but caffeine – as a diuretic – can irritate the bladder. While you can still get your caffeine fix, you may want to consider cutting back. Limiting your intake of coffee,...

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Elective Surgeries To Help Improve the Quality of Your Life

If adults have a little bit of extra money as they get older, and they want to utilize some elective surgery to improve the quality of their lives, there’s no shame in that action. Even though technically you don’t need elective surgery, if you do choose to go through some of it, there are many aspects of life that can improve significantly.\ If you think about surgeries like breast enhancement, facial modification, dental implants, or even tummy tucks, although none of those are necessarily required to live a long and healthy life, there is something to be said for going through them to improve things like self-confidence or just general appearance. Breast Enhancement For women, getting breast enhancement surgery can be a significant boost to self-esteem. Regardless of what people think about it, in theory, there is a certain satisfaction that comes when women have the physical attributes that they want. Surgery doesn’t have to be extreme. And it doesn’t have to be because someone else wants them to be a certain way. Breast enhancement surgery can be a very personal choice, and one that many women find is one of the better decisions they make, especially later in life. Facial Surgery As far as facial surgery goes, getting a facelift can mean many different things to many different people. Getting a little bit of skin tightening around the...

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Car Leasing – A Short History

It is a little-known fact that leasing, hiring and renting had it starts in the transport industry as far back as the 1700’s in the United States. This leasing mainly revolved around the leasing of horses, buggies, wagons, and stabling but later evolved to include other forms of transport including barges, locomotives or railroad cars and other equipment. But it wasn’t until the 1940’s that leasing began in the real automotive industry. However, these early leasing agreements mainly involved fleet rentals and were rarely open for public consumption. The initial leasing arrangements were all inclusive meaning that the lessee...

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