Choosing which Specific Type of Restaurant would be Good to Open

A plan to open a restaurant business may be more challenging than opening any other form of business. Besides all the usual concerns which include permits, contracts and so on, the product sold, menu, is an added risk. Without proper and wise planning, the food you intend to serve may just end up being wasted, resulting to losses rather than profit.

It is, therefore, important to focus your thoughts on these following issues as these will enable you to decide exactly what type of a restaurant business would be best for you to run and manage: What food do you intend to serve?; What is your intended price range?; Who is target customer?; Do you want a casual or a formal establishment? Knowing the differences each type of restaurant has from others would definitely help in your decision making. So, here are eight types that may help you decide which restaurant type you might exactly want to open:

  • Fine Dining – means the best atmosphere, food, and top-notch service from highly-trained servers. This is the type of restaurant where everything comes at a high price.
  • Food Truck – a mobile restaurant that requires a lower capital and maintenance budget. Its being mobile means you can take it where possible customers are more plentiful.
  • Buffet Style Restaurant – a practice that has existed since the Middle Ages. Customers are required to serve themselves with the privilege of choosing any food set on tables.
  • Cafe – offers an intimate and relaxing ambiance (and an outdoor sitting area). Patrons, themselves, place their orders at the counter; menu choices include sandwiches, pastries and coffee.
  • Fast Casual Restaurant – one of the most preferred today. Here, more upscale food is served on disposable flatware and dishes. It also has an open kitchen, allowing the customers to see how food is prepared.
  • Family Style Dining – (also called casual style dining) its moderately priced food consists of classics cuisines, unique dips, sauces and toppings. Family or casual style dining offers table side service.
  • Fast Food – the most famous and preferred type of restaurant. Prices are cheaper, service is fast and customers are ensured greater convenience (location, dress attire, etc.). More expensive to open as this type of restaurant is offered through franchising.

The Trouble with the Pitch: Off Label Uses of Yaz and Yasmin

Birth control pills were originally developed to do exactly as it says: prevent unwanted pregnancies. The first oral contraceptives were not always effective even with perfect use, but newer formulations have proven to be highly efficacious. Of course, as is typical with most pharmaceutical solutions, there are side effects that range from uncomfortable to potentially fatal. It is accepted that with any type of oral contraceptives, there are common side effects such as blood clotting, gallbladder complications, and possible cardiac problems.

Currently, much attention has been brought to bear on the newest crop of oral contraceptives which contain drosperinone because it is suspected that the typical risks associated with oral contraceptives may be higher with 3rd and 4th generation progestins such as drosperinone than 1st and 2nd generation ones. Among the most targeted products in this category for product liability cases are Yaz and Yasmin, both manufactured by Bayer. The most popular allegation is that Bayer knew or should have known about these elevated risks and failed to give due warning to users. Bayer continues to deny these allegations as it steadily settles thousands of cases.

But to add salt to injury, Bayer had mounted an aggressive and highly successful direct-to-cutomer (DTC) marketing campaign which touted the success of Yaz and Yasmin for off label use such as treatment of premenstrual syndrome and severe acne before the Food and Drug Administration could put a stop to it. By then, doctors had prescribed the drugs to a lot of women who would otherwise not take oral contraceptives for treatment of these conditions, believing that they were no more harmful than older formulations.

As a result, more than 12,000 women or their representatives are now waiting for the outcome of litigation or settlement offers for injuries they sustained from the use of Yaz and Yasmin. By what percentage that number would have been reduced if Bayer had not encouraged the off-label use of the product is hard to determine, but it is probably a significant number.

Keeping in Touch: Internet Facts at Sea

People sign up for a cruise to get away from it all—as long as they can still go online. Today, folks cannot imagine not getting their email, taking calls, or updating their social network accounts for a day, let alone the 7 they will be out at sea. But first-time cruisers that expect availability of the Internet will be the same out in the water as on land are in for a rude awakening.

Cruise ships have been web-connected sine as early as 1999 when German cruise ship Norwegian Sky added an Internet café to its amenities. Today, most cruise ships have Internet service but it can be a frustrating, and expensive, experience for landlubbers.

For one thing, Internet connection on a cruise ship is typically via satellite, and that’s a heck of a lot farther than the substation that your Internet cable has to travel to receive and transmit data. When a cruise ship’s satellite antennae sends your email to the service, it first has to bounce it 22,000-odd miles into space, which is then beamed back to Earth to a land-based substation. That’s a lag you don’t get on land.

There is also the question of bandwidth. The larger the bandwidth that the cruise ship company pays for, the faster the transmission. Unfortunately, such satellite-dependent technology is expensive, and even the typical fixed bandwidth costs way more than what you would pay for on land. Cruise lines that shell out the cash for better Internet quality will inevitably pass on the costs to those who want access. This can translate to a big wad of cash at 75 cents a minute for a typical connection. Most cruise ship offer packages for heavy users, but still, considering that the typical Internet connection on land is just $30 a month…

And to add insult to near the equator usually have the most reliable connections.

As of lately, there have been mentions of cruise ship accidents and injuries. Unforunately, these sort of situations happen more frequently than one would imagine. Passengers can become injured by falling due to slippery floors, or another negligent action. If anyone you know does get hurt on a cruise ship, it would be helpful to contact a cruise ship attorney to speak about their legal options.

But don’t let these Internet facts discourage you from cruising. It may not be a bad idea to be disconnected for a short while. At the very least, you will have a lot of interesting things to come back to at the end of your vacation.

 

Social Security Disability Filing

Many people often focus too much on succeeding on their chosen careers or jobs that they forget to make back-up plans. Anything can go wrong anytime, and accidents that can happen may leave you with a disability that can affect you for the rest of your life, this is where having a Social Security could become invaluable.

Recent studies show that almost one in four young adults (20 year olds) are at risk of disability before reaching the age of 67. Social Security can help provide benefits to workers who cannot return to their work because of a medical disability for at least a year. To meet the requirements for a disability benefit, a worker should be able to meet two types of earnings test: first, “recent work” test which is based on the disability started, and second the “duration of work” which establishes the length of time you have worked for Social Security credits.

Some time ago, the only way to apply for a Social Security Disability benefit would be by filing them to the Social Security Administration, but recently applying online has become available. You can also apply through the phone and at local Social Security office such as that at San Antonio. These options, although convenient, still require you to present certain documents to prove your circumstances in order to avoid delay or possible denied application.

Benefits will be given after thorough evaluation of the case, such as the documents submitted along with the length of time worked (if you are applicable for a Social Security Disability benefit) and the current employment status (if is a factor for disqualification of disability benefits). If the criteria are met, then the application is then submitted to the department of Disability Determination Services for a full review, since they are the ones who will grant the “approved” or “denied” decision regarding the application.

Because it can take a long time to have a disability benefit application to be approved, it is necessary to apply for it as soon as you have become disabled. A letter shall be sent to inform you whether your application is approved or denied.

An Overview of New York Cocaine Possession Laws

Law enforcement agencies in the United States take their duty to stamp out illegal drug use very seriously. The statutes for punishing drug offenders are often harsh, leaving many nonviolent drug offenders imprisoned for long periods of time. One of the drugs with the most severe criminal penalties is cocaine.

drug possession chargesCocaine is made from the paste that is created when leaves of the South American coca plant are mashed up. This paste is manufactured into a powdery form that is inhaled through the nostrils. Cocaine users report a feeling of euphoria, decreased fatigue, suppressed appetite. It is also known to increase energy and strength, but also makes the user irritable.

Cocaine is a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning it has at least some recognized medicinal value, but also has an extremely high potential for addiction and abuse.

In New York, possession of even a miniscule amount of cocaine is a punishable offense. Being caught in possession of less than 500mg is a Class A misdemeanor that can carry a penalty of up to a year in jail. Being caught with more of the drug leads to longer jail sentences. Possessing an eighth of an ounce of cocaine is a Class C felony that can be punished with up to 46 months imprisonment, while possession of more than eight ounces is a Class A-1 felony. The minimum sentence for this kind of possession is eight years in prison. Repeat cocaine possession offenses carry increased punishments.

Understanding drug possession laws can empower a person to fight unfair or erroneous allegations in the unfortunate event they are ever facing unjust charges.

City of New York to Pay Damages for Zucotti Park Raid

new york arrestOn November 15, 2011, the NYPD forcibly removed Occupy Wall Street protestors from their encampment in Zucotti Park, arresting occupiers by the busload and damaging thousands of dollars worth of property onsite.

Since the raid, protestors have been fighting for compensation for the damages police officers caused to their belongings. Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that the city must pay back the movement for $366,700 in damages and legal fees.

Occupy’s case against the city claimed that officers destroyed the free, donation-based library that was being managed by volunteers in the park. Additionally, police destroyed internet streaming equipment such as laptops, WIFI hotspots, and cameras that were being used to feed live video of the protest around the world. NYC must also compensate the owners of bicycle-powered generators that were destroyed in the raid.

Members of the Occupy Wall Street may be happy with this small victory, but should make an effort to not let this settlement placate the movement.

Felons Have Fewer Job Options After Serving Prison Sentences in Information Age

repeat prisonerA felon’s life after serving a prison sentence is incredibly tough. Not only will the outside world have changed over the course of the average prison sentence (four and a half years, according to the Almanac of Policy Issues), but so will the kinds of skills that are in high demand.

In years past, former inmates who wanted to better themselves were able to find work using the education and training available to them while behind bars. As more and more work transitions into skilled computer tasks, people whose computer skills are lacking have a harder time finding jobs. Unfortunately, many reformed inmates fall into this category.

Employers typically hire individuals with a clean records over a former inmates. Released prisoners also frequently have trouble getting back in touch with their families as well. When felons are met with nothing but rejection as they reintegrate into society, it can have a psychological effect that may lead to repeat offenses, since committing crimes becomes their only apparent option.

To break this cycle, there are organizations that are designed to help felons find their place in society. One such group, Exodus Transitional Community, helps hundreds of released prisoners in the New York Area every year.

 

 

Pharmacutical Defects Cause Injury In Several New York Townships

OSSINING, N.Y. – People trust their health and money to many pharmaceutical companies and corporations. This is a very necessary industry, where life Visit Our Siteand survival depends on the prescription medications that doctors and pharmacists assign. They are made to effectively cure a problem, or prevent its progression. This is why when adverse side effects or progression of the disease is felt by the patient, the bulk of the blame goes to the doctors and pharmacists who have given the prescription.

Thousands of Americans suffer from the adverse side effects of many faulty pharmaceuticals. Even the widely used and common prescriptions drugs are being recalled due to their unfavorable side effects. In these cases, personal injury lawyers often advise victims to file claims against the pharmaceutical companies responsible for their injuries. Injuries resulting from faulty prescription drugs are the responsibilities of the people who manufacture the medicines.

Pharmaceutical companies are in charge of making sure their products are safe and effective. After that, it is the job of the Food and Drug Administration to ensure that what the pharmaceutical companies claim is right and if the medications are effective without any unidentified adverse side effects. If this process is not followed, faulty pharmaceutical products can cause the patient a lot of unwanted health complications.

For a product to be considered as a faulty pharmaceutical it has to be contaminated, provide unwanted effects, or otherwise does not address the underlying symptoms of the ailment. This can be a dangerous situation and a matter of life or death, as many people could develop more health risks and complications due to a faulty pharmaceutical product.

When this happens, you may only be headed for medical treatments and rehabilitation, which could put a strain on your finances. For a person already suffering from health problems, you can help get compensation by asking for legal advice and help from certified personal injury lawyers. Trying to get compensation for all the pain and suffering you’ve gone through because of dangerous products is vital, not only for you but also for preventing other people from suffering the same fate.

Organ Transplant Recipients Meet in Briarcliff

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – When Vikram Sharma began itching all over his body in March of 2009, he thought he had some kind of skin rash. He went to see a doctor who told him he had a problem with his liver, and a few days after that prognosis, Sharma was found in his home unconscious in a pool of blood.

Sharma, 48, of Ardsley, was diagnosed with primary biliary cirrhosis, a condition where inflammation in the bile ducts of the liver blocks the flow of bile and leads to liver scarring. Sharma was put on a waiting list to receive a liver transplant, and about six months later, he underwent a transplant operation at Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan.

“I feel great,” said Sharma, two and a half year later at a Wednesday meeting of the Transplant Support Organization held at the Congregation Sons of Israel in Briarcliff. “In my case, the medical team could never find out the root cause of my disease. I’m a vegetarian, I rarely ate red meat. I never drank in my life and I exercised regularly. I was a volunteer soccer coach in Ardsley.”

Sharma was one out of about 20 people at the meeting who had received organ transplants of various types, including liver, kidney, heart and lung.

Sharma considers himself lucky to have received a liver from a non-living person so quickly. Unlike many others who have liver problems, Sharma never used alcohol or drugs, and that helped him to be looked on favorably as a liver recipient.

“If I had used drugs, I wouldn’t have gotten a liver,” Sharma said.

There is always a shortage of organ donors, Sharma and other members of the Transplant Support Organization said. Rudy Masry, a 72-year-old Briarcliff resident who received a kidney from his wife nine years ago, recently spent four days with a group of other transplant recipients recruiting organ donors at the U.S Military Academy at West Point. They signed up 1,114 new organ donors which was a record number of people for a single event.

“It was a lot of sales,” Masry said. “You can’t just sit behind a table and expect them to come up to you. You approach them and you attack them and you sell it.”

Over coffee and snacks, transplant recipients and their spouses listened to a talk by David Wolf, the medical director of liver transplantation at Westchester Medical Center. Wolf talked about various liver conditions and the prognosis for patients with these conditions after they receive a liver transplant.

Carol Johnson, 73, of Valhalla, who received a double lung transplant at Columbia University Medical Center 10 years ago, said the hardest thing to get used to after receiving her transplant was being able to breathe without canisters of oxygen.

“I didn’t get rid of the canisters for a couple of weeks. I couldn’t believe I wouldn’t need them,” Johnson said. “But now breathing is normal. The lung is mine now.”

Superintendents throughout the area attended a conference on the new teacher evaluations in January in Briarcliff Manor.

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – School officials throughout the state are protesting the implementation of new teacher performance reviews even as Gov. Andrew Cuomo has threatened the loss of $805 million in state aid if the changes aren’t enacted.

Cuomo’s recently-released Executive Budget stipulates that school districts will not be eligible for state aid increases unless they have fully implemented the new teacher evaluation process by Jan. 17, 2013. Cuomo also plans to create a commission that will shift educational focus to school accountability to “improve student achievement and operational efficiency.”

But superintendents and principals say the new teacher evaluations are being implemented far too quickly.

“It’s un-do-able,” Ardsley Union Free School District Superintendent Lauren Allan said during a  superintendents’ conference on the new evaluations sponsored by Southern Westchester BOCES in January. “I don’t know what the state’s going to do about that.”

Under the new teacher review process, publicly available ratings will be compiled based on principal observations, state test scores and other locally-decided measures. However, school officials have noted that current state tests could only evaluate math and English teachers in fourth-through-eighth grades.

Schools officials in the Union Free School District of the Tarrytowns have said that the state hasn’t told them how other subjects will be held accountable.

“We understand that there’s a plan for getting this together, but it’s difficult for any of us to understand how this all can be in place for the 2012-13 year,” said Barbarann Tantillo, assistant superintendent for instruction and personnel.

The new evaluations are a product of Race to the Top, a federal program designed to give funding grants to states who pledge to implement education policies set by the Obama administration.

A total of 1,213 principals throughout the state have signed an open letter protesting the structure of the new teacher reviews, saying educational research doesn’t support the current plan and that tax dollars will be redirected outside of the classroom to help pay for the evaluation process.

They also say including student test scores will lead to state tests taking center stage in the classroom.

“We continually examine best practices and pursue the most promising research-based school improvement strategies,” the principals wrote. “We are very concerned, however, that at the state level change is being imposed in a rapid manner and without high-quality evidentiary support. Our students, teachers and communities deserve better. They deserve thoughtful reforms that will improve teaching and learning for all students.”

Elmsford Union Free School District Superintendent Barbara Peters said she felt the new evaluations could help teachers “look at what we do and try to be better,” but also noted state officials “really have rushed this.”

“Change is never easy,” she said. “When you’re moving from one system to another, you’re generally trying to implement in steps and make sure people know and understand what’s going to be included.”

Allan acknowledged that there needs to be a way to evaluate teachers, but said the new review process was too public. She especially took issue with rating first-year teachers.

“The rating of brand-new teachers and identifying them in their first few years of practice as basic—the high-stake reaction that that’s going to cause to the public is a huge concern,” she said.