Monthly Archives: July 2016

Criminal Trespass Law in Utah: Yes, Trespassing is a Real Crime

Trespassing Law in UtahTrespassing might not seem like a severe offense. In the state of Utah however, it is, and it comes with real repercussions. In Utah, it’s unlawful to trespass on another individual’s private property and anyone can’t enter or stay on private property if they intend to:

  • Bother or cause harm to another individual.
  • Cause property damage, graffiti for example.
  • Commit a criminal offense, apart from a felony or theft. If the individual plans to commit some type of felony or theft, he or she could be charged with more severe crimes like burglary.

What Exactly is Criminal Trespassing?

Put simply, the owner of a private property has all the right to have an “intruder” arrested and charged with trespassing. This, however, doesn’t apply to individuals such as mailmen, police with warrants, or meter readers since they’re legally authorized to have access (to a certain extent) to private properties due to the nature of their jobs. While salespeople, fishermen, or hunters could be considered trespassers.

Even if an individual didn’t specifically plan on doing the mentioned actions, he or she could still be considered trespassing if they’d known that their mere presence would scare the owner of the property, explains Matthew Jube – Attorney at Law. The intention of the suspect doesn’t really matter if he or she enters or stays on the property, even after knowing that the property is, in fact, private.

According to a seasoned misdemeanor attorney in Provo, the “notice” stating that a property could come in different forms; the owner or an individual acting for the owner saying the property is private, barriers like fences and such intentionally built to keep trespassers away, or signs clearly stating that the property is private.

What Happens if You’re Caught Trespassing in Utah?

In general, criminal trespassing is considered to be a Class B misdemeanor, but if the offense was committed in a residential property, then it is a Class A misdemeanor offense. Penalties for a criminal trespassing conviction usually include jail time, hefty fines, a criminal record, probation, and community service. To determine how your trespassing case could be better handled, seek help from an experienced misdemeanor attorney.

Catching Zs: Lose Weight by Sleeping More

Sleeping Great news: sleeping can help you lose weight. This goes for anyone who struggles with their weight, not knowing that their sleep schedule is affecting their bodies.

For example, if you are feeling sleepy at work, you usually grab a cup of coffee to wake your senses up, or sometimes, you grab a doughnut for a temporary sugar rush. As the day goes on, you may find yourself skipping the gym and eating dinner out with your family. Once you get home, you get on your computer or laptop, spending the rest of the night online – leaving you too wound up to sleep.

Sleep deprivation helps in the accumulation of body fat and while there are weight loss clinics to guide you in shedding off that excess fat, you can also lose this by sleeping.

Sleep and Its Connection to Body Fat – A Study

According to a study, changing your sleep schedule into a regular one will keep the percentage of your body fat at bay. The research, led by Bruce Bailey, a professor at Brigham Young, involved 300 female college students, aged 19 to 26. They tracked the participants’ activities and movements, which included waking and sleeping times. They linked lower body fat with a consistent time of waking up and sleeping. They also found out that getting less than 6.5 hours and more than 8.5 hours of sleep put them at risk of higher body fat.

What Regular Sleeping Schedules Do to Your Body

Getting regular hours of sleep affects the levels of leptin, a hormone which notifies your body that it is full, and ghrelin, which stimulates appetite. Not getting enough sleep boosts the levels of ghrelin, and when sleep-deprived, causes overeating. As much as possible, try to sleep within the given timeframe to maintain normal body fat.

But, this is not the only way to lose it; you must also keep a healthy lifestyle – diet and exercise go a long way.

When Good Intentions Go Bad: Are More Loans Better Than Co-Signing?

Student Loan in Utah The student loan problem is proving to be one of the thorniest issues that this country has had to face. Not only is it a result of a broken economic system that came from the shortsightedness of the previous generation, but it also serves as a concrete obstacle that blocks the pursuit of higher education.

This is an attitude that a country that currently ranks 35th in mathematics, 24th in Reading and 27th in Science as of 2012 simply cannot have. The critical nature of the situation has led to numerous families taking measures to help their children get the education they need to compete. But, they may be exposing themselves to even more danger in the process.

Co-signing on a loan is the most common measure concerned relatives and friends choose to help American college students with the impending burden of their debt. This act – though done with the best possible intentions – will sour a lot of relations and end up doing more harm than good.

The way a co-signed loans work is that the signatories gain an equal amount of responsibility with repayment, regardless of who actually benefits from the use of the funds. In the event that the primary beneficiary of the loan fails to make the repayment, it leaves their co-signer on the hook for the bill. Lenders prefer cosigned loans, as it gives them the added assurance that someone will pay them back.

A better alternative, according to Community Lending Group, is to give students more time and leeway to pay back their loans. An unpopular, but effective method is to use loans as an interest cushion. This goes against the conventional wisdom that people shouldn’t pay off debts with money from other debts.

This option isn’t perfect, and will require a certain level of financial flexibility. But, considering this strategy will allow parents to shop for better terms on behalf of their kids, it’s an idea that can pay off in the long run.

Why Genetic Obesity is a Problem, But Not as Bad As You Think

Weight ManagementYou’ve heard the infamous break-up line, “it’s not you, it’s me”. The same goes for obesity. Sometimes, the problem isn’t you – it’s your genes.

Recent reports reveal that obesity rates in Singapore are on the rise, following the worldwide trend. They have risen from 8.6% in 1992 to 11.3% in 2010, and would have gone up to 12.9% in 2015.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the number of overweight children can rise to 70 million by 2025, from 42 million in 2013.

An Inborn Disadvantage?

Although experts blame this to “significant decline in physical activity”, about half of the cases are because of hereditary factors, explains London Weight Management, a weight management clinic in Singapore.

Obesity is not just a cosmetic problem. It increases your risk for serious medical conditions, like heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes and certain types of cancers. Genetic variations make some people more prone to obesity than others, an inborn disadvantage with potential life-long consequences.

For someone with obesity-related genes, it takes longer to achieve that feeling of fullness, driving them to overeat. Their genes can also make them respond more positively to the sight, taste, or smell of food. Some genes influence the sense of taste and make people more receptive to high-fat foods and less so to healthier alternatives.

In most cases, genes lead to be obesity at a more physiological level. They affect the way you use calories, a process known as metabolism. Some people have a lower basal metabolic rate (BMR), or the amount of energy burnt at rest. They have to work twice as hard to burn the same amount of energy as people with no genetic issues.

It’s Never Too Late

Contrary to popular belief, people with “fat genes” are not destined to be fat forever. It’s true that genetic makeup affects the amount of work in your weight management efforts, but it shouldn’t prevent anyone from trying. Through exercise and professional weight loss treatments, nothing is impossible. Don’t fit into your genes – let your genes fit into your new healthy lifestyle.

Before You’re Set On Fire: The Importance of Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarms in New Zealand In the event of a fire breaking out in your home, the presence of smoke alarms can be your only shot at survival. Imagine how it would be if you had been sleeping soundly, only to wake up with tears in your eyes, choking. It might be too late to save your family and your house, along with everything you’ve worked hard for. This is what warnings, such as smoke alarms, are for.

The Importance of Smoke Alarms

In New Zealand, there are more than 3,500 fire encounters on an annual basis. In 80% of fatal fires, firefighting officials cite the absence of a smoke alarm or the presence of a broken one as a contributory factor.

Smoke alarms are low-maintenance devices offering safety by simply being in working order. For these instances, it helps to have a 24-hour electrician to check up on your best line of defence against tragedy.

The detection of smoke is an indicator of fire and this is the focal point of having a smoke alarm. Since smoke and toxic fumes spread faster than flames, they are already hazardous to your health. They can cause respiratory burns, lightheadedness, nausea, disorientation and drowsiness. Inhalation of smoke is the leading cause of death among residential fire victims.

The New Zealand Fire Service states that a whole lot of fire fatalities occur at night while people are asleep, unaware of the smoke. Whilst in slumber, they are already prone to the carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation.

Working smoke alarms exist to ensure you and your family’s survival in an impending disaster. Not only does this apply to private residences; responsible landlords have to comply with the newly minted tenancy law as well; the Residential Tenancy Act.

When it comes to your safety, think about the cost of having a working smoke alarm versus losing everything in your life to a fire.

Dentists’ Vision of the Future: What Did and Did Not Become Reality

DentistryIn 2005, researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry published an article predicting several advancements in the field of dentistry to happen in the then “near-future” of five to ten years. Now, more than a decade later, did all their projections for biomaterials in dentistry come true?

No. Turns out, dental research focused on everything other than biomaterials during the years leading to 2015, examples of which you can read here:

  1. Stem cells are nowhere in the average dental practice.

In the study, the researchers themselves described the prospect of producing biologically new teeth as a ‘dream’, considering the expectation of placing the technology into a full function in patients by general practitioners.

It is true that stem cell therapy is currently thriving as its own industry and field of research, astounding scientists and healing patients in the process. But the authors may be correct in estimating a twenty-year wait before their ‘dream’ becomes a reality. You may have to check back in 2025.

  1. Dental implants still require assembly.

One of the most promising predictions the researchers made was that dental appliances would develop self-assembling properties, both in the biological (viruses, cells, tissues, organisms) and non-biological (metals, ceramics, polymers, crystals) sense.

Dental implant providers from Bromley note that by eliminating the need to fabricate appliances in labs, patients would have been able to repair their teeth quickly and accurately, perhaps even through store-bought solutions they can personally create templates out of.

  1. Non-biological materials are prevalent and improving.

Dentists make use of bonding systems, composites, ceramics, metals, plastics and cement in the procedures they conduct, increasingly advancing with each passing year. The study was correct in projecting the improved state of synthetic materials and dentistry, specifically with regard to the shortened treatment times and more accurate fabrication processes.

It is highly likely for the study’s predictions to come true, even past the timeframe its authors proposed. But with dental care only getting better through the decades, it is unsurprising for any positive projection to carry weight within an industry so focused on improving itself and serving patients better.

Annual Cavite Festivals That Would Make You Consider Living There

Independence Day Celebration in CaviteFilipinos are jolly people by nature, which is why every region has their own festivals and parades celebrating diverse culture and livelihood. Cavite, of course, doesn’t fall short of lively annual feasts. You could probably be looking through realty companies like House and Lot for Sale in search of a possible settlement in the province. Well, here are more reasons to convince you that your family will enjoy life in Cavite.

Kalayaan Festival

Kalayaan Festival is a two-week-long event which starts on May 28 and counts down to Philippine Independence Day, June 12. The entire province of Cavite started celebrating the independence day season with activities like street dancing, float parades, and trade fairs in 2005.

Wagayway Festival

In relation to the independence day celebration, Imus holds the Wagayway Festival every May 29. It instills nationalism and pride because every household is encouraged to display a Philippine flag and simultaneously wave flags in the streets. Activities include exhibits and product displays.

Regada Festival

Staying true to the strong faith Filipinos are known for, Cavite City, once of the cities in Cavite, holds an annual three-day water festival in celebration of St. John the Baptist. It consists of games, exhibits, fairs, street dancing, concerts, and of course, water splashing. The Regada festival is held every June 22 to 24.

Tahong Festival

One of the things Filipinos love the most is food—from savory lechon to sweet halo-halo. Bacoor knows how to appreciate food; hence, they have the September 29 festival celebrating the culture of Tahong. They hold exhibits, culinary contests, and symposia all about the seafood annually.

Maytinis

Of course, the Philippines wouldn’t be the Philippines without the festive celebration of Christmas. Kawit’s take on this is the Maytinis, held on midnight every December 24. It’s basically a re-enactment of the birth of Christ, complete with colorful costumes and adorned floats.

So, are you considering a permanent settlement in festive Cavite yet?

Product Variability and Failure Costs and the Role of Stress Testing

Product Failure CostDefects in a product, regardless of the brand authority and reputation, will always result in the decline of the business itself. That’s why it’s important to match the testing procedures to the complex components of the modern product items today.

According to Qualmark.com, “The last thing your organization needs right now is yet another investment in a solution based on speculation. If your product reliability is creating issues that are escalating warranty costs, chances are you have already made product reliability improvement investments trying to find a solution.”

Regardless of the industry you’re in, as long as you have a product and brand to maintain, anticipating their potential failures and weaknesses should be the top priority. For more information about product variability to failure costs and the role of stress testing, read on.

What is Product Failure Cost?

A product failure refers to the lapses originating from the manufacturing phase, preventing the item to deliver its claimed benefits or advantages. Typically, when people talk about cost in general, they only see the production process. But, there’s also the product failure cost. The cost is reserved to address the following:

  • Scrapped items (product materials that’s impossible to recycle)
  • Scrap Logistic (funding needed to legally transfer unusable items to landfills)
  • Re-production (cost of remedying wrong product specs and quality)
  • Quality Assurance (inspection of re-produced products)
  • Emergency Procurement (expense to replace a depreciated or defect material in the product)
  • Quality Variation (wrong information in the labeling, packaging, etc.)
  • Downgrading (changes in the face value of a product when adjusting price points)
  • Supplier rework (costs attributed to supplier defects)

Reductive Properties of Stress Testing

A good measure of a successful business is by having little to no need for tapping into the product failure cost reserves. So, even before an item is rolled out, stress testing should be initiated to mitigate the potential damage once the mass production and distribution start.

For regular and nominal product items, Highly Accelerated Life Test (HALT) and Highly Accelerated Stress Screen (HASS), which provide a turnkey stress testing solution, should provide a competitive measure.

The Gift of Instant Soup Bases: Fast and Yummy

Soup BaseCooking can be a hassle, especially when you don’t have enough time to prepare basic soup bases and sauces. It’s a good thing there are instant bases that taste as good but cut the cooking time significantly.

Nothing beats a home cooked chicken soup whenever flu season strikes. Missing your mom now? It’s such an unfortunate event, but working day in and day out, who has time to attempt cooking soup the way mom does? Worry no more, as chicken soup bases are already available in the market.

Worried about its quality? Manufacturers have seen a great need for good quality chicken broth that a number of soup bases with different variety are available. You just need to see which suits your taste buds.

Authentic Taste

These bases are not just used to make chicken soup when you’re sick. There’s more to the base than just its use. You can achieve that homemade authentic taste with the instant mixes offered by different brands. People often look for that rich taste and aroma, as well as the ingredients included. More often than not, you will find more ingredients than the ones you use in your homemade soup stocks, but the taste and quality are almost the same.

Flavors

Companies have made it easier for busy people to eat yummy and quality meals without taking much of their time or money. Aside from instant soup stock, there are also instant sauces, gravies, and other culinary products formulated to make cooking easier. These ingredients come in different flavors as well. Chicken, pork, beef–name it and they usually have it.

The next time you’re craving for your mom’s homemade soup, or you simply want to whip up some tasty meals, just take out that instant mix and follow one of your trusted recipes.

House Planning: Choosing the Ideal Entry Door for Your Home

Entry Door in WhitelandDon’t underestimate what your front door can do to your home. It might look insignificant at first glance, but choosing the right one can make a difference. In fact, it can dramatically change the mood of your home. It pays to choose a remarkable door for your home, whether you’re building, remodeling, or simply replacing it. To help you decide on this matter, here’s a guide to help you get you started.

Style

The design of your door can further refine the look you’re aiming for your home. You can even achieve a certain type of look and helps create a sense of movement in and around your home.

Framing

A single mistake on your doorframe can quickly detract from the value and appeal of any expensive door. Along with that, it may also lead to certain damages that can cost you a fortune. So, be sure that when it comes to these concerns, you strictly follow the standards of door framing and building.

Material

As you all know, doors are made of different materials. From timber to glass doors, you’ll certainly find one that fits your home. Suburban Glass Service, Inc noted, however, that simply because you have many options doesn’t mean you have to go with whatever is present. This is the stage where you need to consider what you truly need. Certain types of doors are not durable enough in specific conditions, so you must also look into this factor when choosing one.

Cost

Doors can affect the long-term costs of your home. That’s why you need to be aware of their energy-efficiency benefits and maintenance requirements.

Be reminded that no matter what door you choose, it always help to consider these essential factors. This way, you can pick something that can give value, as well as add appeal to your house.