How To Read Faster And Comprehend More

April 29, 2016

Submitted by: Wendi Rogers

The average reader is able to absorb 200 to 400 words per minute. After attaining the skill of speed reading, these rates can double or even triple.

However, many of the speed reading techniques do not increase comprehension rates. With the amount of research carried out, there are several ways to increase reading speed and increase comprehension rates. This includes avoiding skimming and other bad habits, increasing your concentration, and preparing for what you are about to read. Furthermore, with modern technology, there are several program designed to help speed reading and increase comprehension rates.

What is Speed Reading?

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Speed reading was discovered by several psychologists, educational experts and the US Air Force with the use of the tachistoscope. However, the term was defined by school teacher: Evelyn Woods. The term defines the ability to read words at high rate of speed, with or without affecting comprehension rates.

Woods found that using her hand as a pacer, whilst turning the pages, she was able to increase her reading speed. It was from these results, that Evelyn Woods created her speed reading program; Reading Dynamics.

How to Increase Comprehension Rate Whilst Speed Reading

There are several useful techniques you can apply without purchasing a speed reading software. Through practice, it is possible to read faster whilst increasing your comprehension rate. Some of these techniques include getting rid of any bad habits that you have acquired whilst growing up, such as sub vocalization and skimming. Sub vocalization is the internal speech a reader tends to imagine when reading out a word. Many readers tend to have this habit in order to imagine the sound of the word. However, in reality sub vocalization reduces reading speed greatly. Eliminating this bad habit from your daily reading would greatly increase your reading speed. Obviously, reading the words out loud would have dire consequences on your reading speed as well. Skimming should be avoided to increase comprehension rate.

Skimming is the process where the reader visually searches for the information on the page for clues on the meaning. It might be useful for short articles; however, for large amount of reading that require analysis it is best to avoid this habit. Nevertheless, in the workforce, some readers tend to skim past the non relevant information. It does save time, but care must be taken that you do not skip past the required information. The best way to increase the rate of comprehension during reading is to make you concentrate.

Although your first instinct would be to argue back against this accusation, it is important to acknowledge that during reading, ultimate concentration is required for understanding the information as you speed read. Make sure that there are no distraction when you speed read is one method of increasing concentration. Having genuine interest in what you are going to read is a way of increasing your concentration as well. This might be rather hard to accomplish, but with practice you will get over this problem. Preparing yourself for what you are about to read is a method of gaining the most information.

Preparing your mind for what you about to read ensures that you increase your comprehension rate. Possibly scanning the index or the summary of the text would give you an idea of what you are about to read. Moreover, if you are supposed to answer a question, make sure you have read the question thoroughly so that you know which information to search for in the text.

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Filmmaker releases trailer for open source feature film

April 29, 2016

Wednesday, May 3, 2006 

New filmmaker Solomon Rothman has released a trailer for his upcoming full length open source film called ‘Boy Who Never Slept.’ Both the movie and the trailer are offered under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 license. The movie is set to be released at the end of May.

The film centers on the life of an insomniac writer who meets a teenage girl online, and a friendship that grows into an unlikely love story wrapped in harsh reality. The movie deals with various issues, including the romanticization of love, age-related issues in relationships, like statuatory rape (he’s 23, and she’s 16), and the idea of love in the online realm.

Rothman, a writer, amateur filmmaker and web designer, lives in the Los Angeles Area. He wrote, directed and produced the movie with Aurora Mae, his girlfriend and partner. Producing the movie for $200 while they were in college, they used friends as actors and later sold the camera on eBay to recoup the expense.

Rothman has spoken about the power of the internet as a distribution source for movies and has said “I believe it’s possible that this movie I shot with no budget and released online for free could potentially reach as many viewers as a major theatrical release.”

Rothman and Mae started out with the idea of creating a full-length movie that could be shared totally for free online. The film includes a custom soundtrack and script, both of which will be released open source as well.

The trailer is available on the official movie website[1] and can also be found on Google video, YouTube.com, Ifilm.com, AddictedClips.com, and the Internet Movie Archives.

Filmmaker releases trailer for open source feature film

April 29, 2016

Wednesday, May 3, 2006 

New filmmaker Solomon Rothman has released a trailer for his upcoming full length open source film called ‘Boy Who Never Slept.’ Both the movie and the trailer are offered under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 license. The movie is set to be released at the end of May.

The film centers on the life of an insomniac writer who meets a teenage girl online, and a friendship that grows into an unlikely love story wrapped in harsh reality. The movie deals with various issues, including the romanticization of love, age-related issues in relationships, like statuatory rape (he’s 23, and she’s 16), and the idea of love in the online realm.

Rothman, a writer, amateur filmmaker and web designer, lives in the Los Angeles Area. He wrote, directed and produced the movie with Aurora Mae, his girlfriend and partner. Producing the movie for $200 while they were in college, they used friends as actors and later sold the camera on eBay to recoup the expense.

Rothman has spoken about the power of the internet as a distribution source for movies and has said “I believe it’s possible that this movie I shot with no budget and released online for free could potentially reach as many viewers as a major theatrical release.”

Rothman and Mae started out with the idea of creating a full-length movie that could be shared totally for free online. The film includes a custom soundtrack and script, both of which will be released open source as well.

The trailer is available on the official movie website[1] and can also be found on Google video, YouTube.com, Ifilm.com, AddictedClips.com, and the Internet Movie Archives.

Light Up Your Home With Elegant Wall Sconces And Wall Lamps

April 28, 2016

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Most lamps require either floor or table space to be put into a room that needs light, and this can sometimes be a problem when there is not extra space. Instead of using a floor or table lamp, wall sconces and wall lamps can be used. Wall sconces and wall lamps are lighting fixtures that can be attached directly to a wall, and can provide the same amount of light as any basic lamp. Wall sconces and wall lamps work great in places that need extra light, such as hallways, bathrooms, or even living and bedrooms. They only require a small space on any wall, yet can provide enough light to light up an entire room. Originally wall sconces and wall lamps were meant for hallways and other areas where a floor lamp would not fit, but they are now being put in many different rooms to add a decorative touch along with a significant amount of light.

Wall sconces and wall lamps do require a little installation, since they must be mounted to a wall and minimal electrical work must also be done. Even though installing wall sconces and wall lamps may be a little bit harder than a typical floor or table lamp, they can save you space while adding a beautiful decoration to almost any room.

You can even choose to install a wall sconce that uses candles rather than a light bulb, since they require less installation and you can display your favorite candles almost anywhere in your home. They look great in entryways or hallways, and can still provide light in darker areas that may need it.

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Not only are wall sconces and wall lamps great for lighting up darker rooms or areas in your home, but also work great to create certain atmospheres in some rooms. You can install a wall sconce in your laundry room to add a little energy to it, or even place one in your dark hallway to make it seem bright and welcoming. Wall sconces and wall lamps also work great in bedrooms, since they can provide enough light to read at night or watch a movie.

Because wall sconces and wall lamps come in a number of different styles and sizes, it is very simple to find one that can fit almost any room. More traditional sconces and lamps would look great in a formal dining or living room, while unique and colorful ones may look great in a bedroom or playroom for kids. Because wall sconces and wall lamps are placed on a wall rather than a table or the floor, you will never have to worry about a child knocking one down or breaking a lamp.

With wall sconces and wall lamps becoming more popular in the decorative world, they are very easy to find. Lamp specialty stores and even hardware stores contain a wide variety of wall sconces and wall lamps, or they can be purchased at a number of different online stores. They can be found with lights that shine up or down, and even some that can be put either way. Wall sconces and wall lamps are great when trying to add some extra light to almost any room, and also work great to add a beautiful decorative touch to your home.

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April 28, 2016

Hello,

My name is Laurent 38, french native

i’m single, no children, straight, height : 6 feet, 1 inch ; 1.85 m, weight : 185 lbs; 13 st 5 lbs, 85 Kg, average body, brown hair, brown eyes, white, athee, agnostic no polical views, i don’t smoke, nor drink,

i like travel, foreign linguages, old stuff i’m funny, cool, nice, kind, honest, trusty, loving, caring, shy

I practice tennis, golf, funboard, ski, swim, diving, waterpolo, when i have thr oportunity DIY, oil and watercolor painting, chess, checkers, backgammon

I can’t drive nor ride due to my poor sight, squint manifest / latent congenital nystagmus

I look for free, very cheap, german, suedish, english, italian, japanese, american executive or luxury, 4xd, sport car, ( volvo, saab, BMW, Mercedes, Audi, VW, porsche, skoda, jaguar, lexus, Honda, Toyota, Rover, Land Rover, Rolls Royce, Bentley, ferrari, aston martin, maserati, bugatti ), Home, boat, yacht, antique furniture, electric appliances, jewels, silverware, cupperware, dinandery

I request a cheap executive, saloon, or estate car, metallic paint, alloy wheels, running, no matter rust : volvo 960, 940, 760, 740, 780, S40, S60, S80, S90, V40, V50, V70, V90, 480, 850, 262c, P1800, XC90, XC70, saab 9000, 900 cabriolet, 9-3, 9-4, 9-5, Honda accord III, IV, V, Honda legend, acura vigor, acura legend, acura 3.5RL, ascot, prelude, civic, inspire, rafaga, daewoo arcadia, veritas, royal, prince, chairman W, HR-V, Rover 600, 75, 800, 2600, SD1, vitesse, MG 7, 6, jaguar XJ limousine, XJ8, XJ6, XJ40, XJ220, XJS, XJRS, XJ sport, S-type, X-type, X-type estate, Lexus LS, IS, GS, mazda 626, montrose, sentia, capella, atenza, 6, MX5, Nissan president, Maxima, cima, figaro, cedric, gloria, fuga, leopard, crew, micra, infinity, Toyota crown, crown majesta, crown royal session, century, avensis, camry, corolla, cressida, chaser, carina, Toyota Avalon, Toyota celsior, century, altezza, mark II, verossa, brevis, Toyota aristo, windom, progress, Mitsubishi proudia, dignity, samsung SM Hyundai XG30, XG35, grandeur, genesis, equus, dynasty, contennial, kia opirius, amanti, enterprise, ssangyong chairman, kia enterprise, potentia, subaru legacy, forester, chrysler voyager SE, LE, lebaron, PT cruiser, stratus, concorde, buick, cadillac, plymouth, chevrolet impala, caprice, Ford crown victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, Mercury milan, lincoln town car, lincoln zephyr, MKZ, Ford fusion, aston martin rapide, lagonda, BMW 7 series ( E32 ou E38), 6 series, coupe, 5 series ( E34, E39 ), 850, Z3, Z4, mini cooper, one, M1, M3, M5, M6, Mercedes ( executive or estate ) 200, 300 series, 450, 500, 560, 600, E class (w124, w210, w211), S class (w116, w126, w140, w220 ), ML, R, GL, SL, SLK, SEC, CLS, CLC, AMG, pullman, cabriolet, maybach, Lancia thema, dedra, thesis, kappa, lybra sport wagon, Ypsilon, Y10, delta, gamma VS, delta, fiat croma, fiat 500 abart, alpha Romeo, 164, 146, 155, giulietta, ou tout modèle, maserati quattroporte, bugatti galibier, Audi R8, S8, A8, A7, A6, A5, A4, A3, A1, S3, S4, S6, allroad, 90, TT, quattro, Q7, Q5, Q3, skoda superb, skoda octavia sedan or estate, clever, VW Eos, VW New Beettle, VW sharan, VW passat, VW golf III, IV, V, VI, VW corrado, VW phoeton, Seat Exeo, Porsche panamera, Opel senator B, Opel calibra, Opel monza, Opel omega, Renault 25 phase 1 : GTX, GTD, GTS, turbo D, turbo DX, V6 injection, V6 turbo, baccara, metallic paint, alloy wheels, R5 turbo 2, alpine Renault, peugeot 504 cabriolet, 605, citroen SM, metallic paint

I especially like the volvo 960 shape, 1st generation S80, and 780

a cheap cruising moto : Kawasaki, Honda, BMW, suzuki, ducati, harley Davidson, yamaha, aprilia, side car, trike or a vespa, Rumi, Honda super cub

a cheap SUV or 4WD car : Range Rover vogue, HSE, Holland, P38, Range Rover sport, Discovery, Land Rover, Jeep ( grand ) cherokee ), volvo XC60, XC70, XC90, Nissan Patrol, BMW X5, X3, X1, Mercedes ML, GL, Audi Q7, Q5, Q3, VW Tiguan, porsche cayenne , vauxall monterey, Lexus RX, Toyota land cruiser, Honda CR-V, subaru forester

a cheap sport car : Lotus esprit, E-type, elise, Ferrari Testarossa, F40, 308, mondial 8, 400 series, 599, 612, Enzo, Maserati GT, Porsche 928, 911, 914, 924, 944, 968, 996, 997, boxter, cayman, R8, BMW 850, M6, M5, M3, Z4, Z3, Mercedes SLR, saab 900 turbo, Nissan 350/370Z, Honda S2000, Toyota ultima, jaguar XJ220, XJS, XJR, aston martin DB5, DBS, DB7, DB9, vintage, vanquish ( any james Bond car )

a cheap luxury car : any Rolls Royce, silver spirit, spur, wraith, down, seraph, shadow, ghost, camargue, corniche, Bentley turbo, arnage, eight, mulsanne, jaguar XJ limousine, XJ8, XJ6, XJ40, XJ220, XJS, XJRS, XJ sport, S-type, X-type, X-type estate, daimler, sovereign, Maybach, Toyota century, limousine, maserati quattroporte, VW phoeton

a cheap convertible car : Volvo C70, Audi A3, A4, A5, Saab 9-3, saab 900, chrysler PT cruiser, sebring, BMW Z3, Z4, 3 series, Mercedes 500 / 560 SL, SLK, mazda MX5, VW golf cabriolet, VW Eos, porsche executive, Lexus IS250c

a cheap Ferrari : spider, coupé ghia, spider vignala, 250 MM, coupé pininfarina, 250 GT europa Pinin, 375 MM spider, 375 plus, 750 Monza,410 plus, 410 superameric, series I, 410, SS87, series II Boano / elena, 250 GT tour de France, 500 testa rossa, TRC, 250, TR, R59, R80, TR1, TRG2, 315, 335, 315, 335s, 250 GT cabriolet, series I & II, 250 GT california spyder series L, SWB, 250 GT coupé pinin firina, 250 GT berlinetta SWB, 250GT/GTE coupé 2+2, Dino 246 SP, 196 SP, 286 SP, 248 SP, 268 SP, 250 GT0 series I, 250 GTO series II, 250 GTO lusso, 250 LM, 330 GT 2+2, 500 superfast, 275GTB, GTS, GTB/4, spidernart, 275 330P I, P II, P III, P IV, 330 GTC/ GTS, 365 GTC/GTS, 365 GT 2+2, Dino 206 GT, 246 GT,246 GTS, 365 GTB / 4 daytona, 312 P, 512 S, 512 M, 312 PB, 365 GTC4, 365 GT4 BB, BB512, BBi 512, 400, 412, Dino 308 GT4, 308 GTB/GTS, 328 GTB/GTS, mondial 8, mondial t, mondial cabriole, 308 GTO, testatrossa, F40, 348 GTB/GTS/spider, mythos, 456GT, F333SP, F355 berlinetta/GTS/spider, F50, enzo, F430, 599, 612 scaglietti

a cheap sailing boat : étap 26, 28, 28i, 30, 32, 34, 37, 38 ou Dehler, Westerly, Southerly, Vancouver, éros 30, Evans, Bavaria, Henri vauquiez, dufour, Elisabethan, moody, Nauticat, Saltram, kings cruiser, Tartan, Nicholson, Hallberg rassy, Rival, Hartley, endurance, Najad, Dynamic, alajuela, Finngulf, Dockwell, Aphrodite, Warrior, Oyster, grand soleil, Sweden, colvic victor, amel, X-yachts, Pacific seacraft, Hylas, Regina, She, Rustler, london apprentice, bruce roberts, Hans christian, Trintella, northwind custom, Bushanan sloop, Malo, wood sailing, bateau cigare Riva, Yacht, super-Yacht, neopren / hypalon inflatable boat,

funboard equipments : surfboard for begginners, a 3 meter windsurf, with sail and wishbone, any trade mark : fanatic, Mistral, Bic, AHD, F2, Décathlon, Neil Pryde, go sport

Diving equipments : bottle, suit, stabilizing jacquet, computer, casio watch, regulator : Scubapro, DACOR, Seaquest, suunto, Mares, Cressi, reef marine, Beuchat, Spiro, decathlon, go sport, subchandlers, technisub

winter sorts equipments : 6 feet 5 inch ski, 11 inch ski shoes, a goretex parka, 11 inch moon boots

plane : jumbo jet, private jet, mirage 2000, F1, 4, Mig 23, 28, 31, rafale

a Home : real estate, a house, villa, swimming pool, veranda, manor, castle, cottage, haussmanian, victorian flat, hotel, casino, palace, in a nice place like french riviera, Miami, Paris, London, NYC, LA, san Francisco, Honolulu, Monaco, Rio, Acapulco, any nice city, field, ground,

cheap furniture : Laura Ashley or John Lewis, Roche Bobois, IKEA, B&Q, habitat Furniture, Printemps

cheap antique furniture : french old style louis XIII, Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis XVI, Louis philippe, italian, regence, directoire style, egyptian, english, european, napoleon, empire, unknown styles, victorian, rococo, russian, french country, comedie française, bierdermeyer, Henri II, restauration , transition, vénitiann armoire, suedish, spanish, florantine, style furniture, credenza, garden furniture, normandy armoire, wardrobe, talloy, cupboard, curio, dresser, sideboard, bookcase,cabinet, secrétary, gueridon, nightstand, barometer, pendular, normandy clock, Gold barometer, gold frame, backgammon, marble, colomns, candelar, wood piano, saxo, trumpet, harp, dining room equipments, exotic wood furniture, coffe table, tallboy, bench, chaise longue, chairs, fauteuil, bergere, watchman’s chair, old porcelain, cutlery, silverware, brassware, cupperware, bronzeware, jewellery, plated cutlery, tin plate, old oil pianting, soft pastels, watercolors, engravings, large antique metallic or wood models, bric a brac, mailbox, antique books

banquette louis XV, Louis XVI 3 seats sofa, console à tiroir, console anglaise XIXe, meubles d’époque, vaisselier , louis XIII, lit à quenouilles en acajou , lavabot de paquebot, fauteuil de croisière, meuble en acajou de paquebot, vestiare de paquebot, tabourets de bar ( assise et socle en acajou ), caillebottis en teck, barometre, thermomètre au mercure en acajou, table à carte inclinable, étagère de passerelle, mappemonde, fin XIX, meubles de métier

canapé bois clair scandinave, commode en cuir ( sol 1 luna )

brocante : minibar à brundy, miroir de beaucaire, egoutoir charentais, buffet de mariage normand en saphir sculpté, banc en fonte du XIX’ème siècle, lit à la polonaose, la maison de gearges sand

fauteuil victoria en mrrisier, commode berangère de style Louis XVI en merisier, bergere casanova, structure en chateigner, fauteuil venitien, cheminée Louis XIV, table double jeu, meubles provenceaux du XVIIIè siècle à la polonaise

tableaux, monnaies, medailles, décorations, timbres, objets de guerre, armes anciennes, vaisselle, porcelaine, argenterie,

I look for free encyclopedia Britannica, TIME LIFE collection, Reader’s digest collection, cousteau collection, Robert laffont edition or equivalent, Tintin and the blue oranges, Tintin and the mystery of the golden Fleece, 007 collection, agatha christie collection, French or english Encyclopedia universalis ( grand atlas de l’égypte ancienne, des arts, de l’architecture, des religions, almanach du cinema, almanach du sport ), recent Atlas IGN, letsgo, lonelyplanet, routard, rough guides

cheap german electro appliances : Miele, Bosch, De Dietrich, Siemens, Scholtes, AEG Electrolux, or Rosières, Sauter, Hotpoint / ariston, smeg

cheap oriental carpet : any style, any time, from any country

I love women

i look for fairly slim / slender, attractive, great, cute, nice women, the most pretty, beautiful as possible of course, no matter color of hair or eyes, height, up to 40’s, to share adult personals, one night stand, fling, hang out, casual sex, intimate encounter, 3some, 4some, short or long relationship, flirt, date, romance

thanks anyway

Laurent

Microsoft Tech·Ed Taiwan 2007 begins after Typhoon Wipha crossed Taiwan

April 28, 2016

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 

Microsoft Tech·Ed Taiwan 2007, organized by Microsoft Taiwan, began today after Typhoon Wipha crossed Northern Taiwan yesterday and it goes to the 13th this year. Though this international seminar reduced from 3 days to 2 days, it still attracted more than 2500 technical engineers and developers, and some companies exhibited aside of Tech·Ed Taiwan 2007.

This year of Tech·Ed Taiwan 2007 is focused on future software by Microsoft such as Windows Server 2008 (code name “Longhorn”), Visual Studio 2008 (code name “Orcas”), SQL Server 2008 (code name “Katmai”) and title the topic with “Make Your Mark”. Also, Microsoft Taiwan provided Hands-On-Lab for attendees who can experience the frontier technologies.

Bob Kelly (General Manager of Infrastructure Server Marketing Department, Microsoft Global) emphasized the importance of “Dynamic IT” and predicted that virtual environment of collaboration is the main future on IT industry, he also remarked that Microsoft provided solutions on Dynamic Systems Initiative, Trustworthy Computing, and .NET with the trend of enterprise IT from basic system infrastructure, standard, rational, to dynamic.

Except from seminars and exhibitions, Microsoft also held “IT Master Challenge” and “Tech·Ed Taiwan 2007 Show Girls” competitions, and Tenlong Computer Book Co., Ltd. was invited to set up temporarily bookstore at 3F South Lounge of Taipei International Convention Center (TICC). On the other hand, Microsoft Taiwan also set up Free Internet Access Area at 3F North Lounge of TICC.

Blender Foundation launches open movie, open game projects

April 28, 2016

Monday, June 11, 2007 

The Blender Foundation, which maintains the open source 3D tool Blender, has announced two new projects, codenamed Peach and Apricot. Project Peach will be a new open source movie, following in the footsteps of last year’s Elephants Dream project (which was initially codenamed Orange). Apricot, on the other hand, will use Blender in conjunction with open source 3D framework Crystal Space to create an open game, thereby showcasing both technologies.

The Blender Foundation published the plans on its website on Sunday. In order to support these and future projects, it will also set up a permanent studio called the “Blender Institute”, where software developers and artists can work together in a single location.

The Peach movie project will be headed by Sacha “Sago” Goedegebure from the Netherlands and Lyubomir Kovachev from Bulgaria. Goedegebure is well known in the Blender community for the “Man in Man” animation, which won the 2006 Suzanne Award for Character Animation. Where the theme of Elephants Dream was dark and industrial, Peach will be “funny and furry”, according to the project announcement. The project is to be completed within 6 months, beginning October 1.

Blender’s open game project is still at an earlier planning stage, and details will be announced at the Crystal Space Conference in July. According to the published plans, the project will also be completed within 6-8 months, and it will have a budget of more than 50,000 Euros.

Understanding The Missouri Medical Malpractice Cap

April 28, 2016

Understanding the Missouri Medical Malpractice Cap

by

Geoff Meyerkord

In 2005, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt enacted a tort reform that placed a $350,000 cap on medical malpractice claims in Missouri. By September, 2009, the number of claims in Missouri reached an all-time low. In August, 2012, the Missouri Supreme Court overturned the legislator so that claims were no longer subject to a $350,000 limitation. Even still, the Missouri medical malpractice cap had a significant influence on claims filed between 2005 and 2012.

Although the reasons behind the limitation weren t specified, many people assume that it was intended keep disgruntled patients from filing frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits and claims. While this may seem reasonable, the limitation was also flawed. By placing a cap on the amount of money that malpractice victims were able to recover, the state may have kept some patients from collecting the financial compensation they actually deserved.

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In 2005, the number of insurance claims filed in Missouri spiked from 1,827 to 3,216. According to the Missouri Department of Insurance Financial Institutions & Professional Registration (DIFP) Medical Malpractice Insurance Report, the number of filed reported plunged to 1,385 in 2006. Additionally, the average indemnity per paid claim dropped from $253,888 to $213,454. These numbers reflect the limitation from 2005.

While the cap may have prevented some people from filing unnecessary claims, it also assumed that a claim wouldn t be worth more than $350,000. In reality, the cap may have kept some high-end claims from being filed successfully. Although Gov. Blunt said that he wanted to improve the overall integrity of the health care industry, the cap may have actually been detrimental to it. Because of this, the limitation was eventually overturned.

In the end, many believed that the tort reform was unconstitutional. Simply put, the cap limited the power of a jury during a medical malpractice lawsuit. Thus, malpractice victims could have been denied their constitutional right to a jury trial. If the jury was refused the power to determine the value of the case, the outcome of the case wasn t actually subject to the jury s decision. Although decision to overturn the cap was somewhat controversial, many believe that it will prove beneficial for accident victims in the future.

Victims weren t the only people who were affected by the limitation; personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys suffered, too. As fewer victims filed claims, personal injury lawyers were no longer in demand. Additionally, claims that resulted in payouts weren t very profitable. Today, the cap has been removed and juries are free to exercise their own judgment regarding malpractice claims.

Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC is a personal injury law firm dedicated to helping people in St. Louis and the surrounding area collect the money they need and deserve after an accident. If your accident was caused by the carelessness or negligence of another person, visit our website at

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ROV detects leaks in Deepwater Horizon well cap

April 28, 2016

Monday, July 19, 2010 

As many as four leaks have been detected in the Deepwater Horizon well cap in the Gulf of Mexico, according to live footage shot by one of BP’s ROVs (Remote Operated Vehicles). The leaks were detected early this morning, just after 4:00 (EDT).

The HOS SUPER H ROV 1 made the discovery while performing an “integrity survey” of the well and well cap. It recorded what appears to be a thin metal pipe lining the outside of the oil cap. Four small leaks of what appear to oil bubbles were detected during this survey. The first appears just after the elbow connecting the pipe to the two green pipes. The second can be seen through the hole of the large metal ring. The third is seen just to the right of the metal ring.

It is not yet known what the pipe carries or what it connects to. It is also not yet clear if all leaks are from the pipe, or leaking from the well. BP confirmed the leaks and told Wikinews in a phone call to their Houston, Texas press office, there is a “small leak” releasing hydrates consisting of gases and oil. They are “studying the issue” and are prepared to fix the pipe if it becomes an issue. Live camera feeds show hydrocarbons building up as the oil and gas leak from the pipe.

On July 18, ROV cameras showed bubbles coming from the base of well. BP said it would test the bubbles to determine what they are and as of Sunday, COO of BP Doug Suttles says the bubbles are not methane, but further tests are being conducted. “If you can imagine, it is not an easy operation to collect those bubbles so that they can be tested to see what their make-up is.”

Yesterday an unnamed United States official told the Associated Press that there was “seepage” coming from the area at the bottom of the Deepwater well head. The official said the seepage and methane gas were discovered near the Deepwater well head, but did not specify an exact location. Admiral Thad Allen, a former US Coast Guard admiral who is overseeing the spill efforts for the US government said yesterday in a letter to BP that ROVs “detected seep a distance from the well and undetermined anomalies at the well head.” So far there is no word what those substances are, but BP says the bubbles detected on July 18 are not of a hydrocarbon nature.

“When seeps are detected, you are directed to marshal resources, quickly investigate, and report findings to the government in no more than four hours,” said Allen in his letter to BP. During a press conference today, Allen confirmed seepage about 3km from the well point. He could not specify whether the seep was related to the capping of the well or if it is naturally occurring.

On June 13 the Viking Poseidon ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) 1 recorded oil and methane seeping from the seafloor at around 2:48 a.m.. The ROV monitors the seep for a minute and even gets covered in a plume of oil and sand before it moved on to the next spot. Smaller eruptions were seen as the ROV traveled. After an investigation, Wikinews determined that the seepage was located just over 50 feet from the Deepwater leak point. BP has denied that any oil or methane gas is leaking from the sea floor. On July 16, Kent Wells, the senior vice president of the company, said on their official Twitter page that “4 ROVs using sonar scanning [are] looking for anomalies in seabed floor. No indications any oil or gas escaping.”

BP issued a press release earlier this morning, but did not state information regarding any leaks or seepage from the well. BP did say that the well cap “measured at approximately 6,792 pounds per square inch and continues to rise slowly.”

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill started on April 20 after an explosion on the rig. Efforts to put out the fire failed and the rig subsequently sank to the bottom of the Gulf. On April 22, an oil slick appeared on the surface of the Gulf. BP capped the leaking well on July 13 which effectively stopped oil from leaking into the Gulf. The company has been running a pressure integrity test on the 150,000 pound cap since it stopped the flow of oil. BP hopes for the well’s pressure to rise to or above 7,500 PSI. As of Saturday morning the well’s pressure was just above 6,700 PSI. BP fears anything lower than the expected PSI could mean a leak in the cap or elsewhere, such as oil or methane seeping up from the seafloor.