Taste Your Way Around Croatia’s Wine Hotels

In my opinion, holidays do not get more relaxing and indulgent than wine-inspired breaks to Europe’s prettiest countries. You can spend your days lounging around charming country hotels that are surrounded by picturesque sun-drenched vineyards, olive groves and citrus orchards whilst sampling the local produce and dining on fine local cuisine.

There are many great places to do this throughout Europe, but I always like to recommend Prestige’s holidays in Croatia to wine lovers. Not only is this a historic wine country, but it is also stunningly beautiful with verdant woodland, sandy beaches, a dramatic coastline and much more to be discovered.

Greek settlers first brought wine to Croatia in the fifth century BC and there are now over 300 winemaking regions in the country (these are generally split into ‘interior’ or ‘coastal’). Whilst all tastes are well catered for, you will find that white wine is the dominant type as this makes up 67% of their output. Be sure to try Plavac Mali, Malvazija and Posip during your stay as these are favourites with tourists and locals alike.

Meneghetti Wine Hotel

Indulge in fine wine and food at this alluring hotel, which is set within an epic 120,000-square metre country estate with vineyards and rolling hills dominating the landscape. Award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is produced at the onsite winery, but there is an enormous and comprehensive wine list to sample from – you are sure to find a new favourite here.

Facts About Nutrition Labels

The nutrition label located on each and every food item,
will tell you all the information about that food.  For
some however, this information isn’t exactly that reader
friendly.  Fear not, as it’s actually easier than you
think.

Serving Size
This size is based on the amount people eat. Similar
food items will have similar serving sizes, thus making
it easier to compare 2 foods of the same category.

% Daily Value
This indicates how food will fit in a 2,000 calorie
diet.  This will help you to understand if the food
has a lot, or just a little of the important nutrients.

The middle section
The nutrients you’ll find listed in the middle section
are the ones that are most important to your health.
This information can help you to calculate your daily
limit of fat, fiber, sodium, and other nutrients.

Vitamins & minerals
The percent daily value found here is the exact same
as the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance for vitamins
and minerals.

Now that you know what the nutrition label actually
means, it’ll be a lot easy to eat healthy.  Eating
healthy is a great thing – especially when you use the
nutrition label to assist you with your food choices.

A Perfect Day in Dubai

1. A refreshing morning in Dubai: A refreshing morning in Dubai takes you to enjoy the marvelous beauty with the pleasant oasis and nature. Sink in pleasure and delight that surely cherish your mood and gives the best moment to the travelers. The Marvelous charm of the city attracts millions of curious spectators to feel the beauty and warmth of the place of the magical interest.

Amazing sunrise views: Dubai consists numerous spots to enjoy the beauty of amazing sunrise views and the picturesque sites. A truly palatial experience to enjoy the mesmerizing views of the sunrise which can be enjoyed at the best. The day starts with the panoramic beauty of the golden sun that leave an alluring impression on the minds of the visitors.
Visit the gardens: Gardens in Dubai are considered as the major tourist spot with the refreshing oasis that takes you to enjoy the beauty in a pleasant way. Gardens, parks and rainforests are the places to see the diverse flora and fauna that sink you in delight. A perfect morning in Dubai in the company of colorful flowers and plants is the most liked by the nature lovers.
Panoramic views of the stunning buildings: Dubai is a land of the architectural wonders that allow visitors to enjoy the beauty of the place. Marvelous attractions in Dubai are designed in a unique way to enjoy at the best. Panoramic views of the stunning buildings surely cherish the curious onlookers and give them a chance to enjoy the tour in an exciting way.

2. Fun in the afternoon: Dubai boasts the spectacular sites to give unlimited fun to the visitors in the afternoon. Visit Dubai mall, gold souk, Dubai museum and Dubai creek that allows you to enjoy the tour in a unique way. The activities are performed in a unique way which offers a pleasant experience for the younger as well as the kids.

Dubai creek: Dubai Creek is the popular tourist spot which takes you to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding areas. In the past, it was a fish trading port but nowadays it has been converted into a major tourist spot to enjoy the Dhow cruise. Cruise tour at the creek piques a palatial experience in the minds of the spectators.
Dubai Museum: One of the popular spot in Dubai which gives a glimpse of the Emirate’s past. The museum highlights the ancient weapons, clothes and trade to let you know more about the place.
Gold Souk: Gold Souk in Dubai is the perfect place to explore the jewelry in latest designs. All types of ornaments including earrings, necklace, bracelets, rings and more are available at the affordable prices. Visit the market to purchase the jewelry and do window shopping that gives a pleasant experience.
Dubai Mall: Dubai mall is the major visiting place that features the textile stores, restaurant, kids’ club and a theater. Visit Sega republic, Ice rink and kidzania where child-centered activities are performed that the most liked by the kids. Unlimited fun and entertainment at the Dubai mall along with shopping and dining to enjoy the trip at the best.

Have I Been Hurt by Medical Malpractice?

Outside of your family, there are few people you trust more than your doctor. After all, you are entrusting your doctor with the well-being and care of your body. Most doctors are consummate professionals who excel at their jobs. Unfortunately, some doctors don’t live up to the standards or required medical practices of their peers and professional certifications.

When a doctor provides treatment they have not been trained or certified to perform, or fail to provide required medical treatment, it can result in physical injury to you or someone you love. And, although medical malpractice is generally viewed as something a doctor commits, it can be caused by anyone in the medical profession. When medical malpractice occurs, the results can be devastating to the people who can least afford an injury. But what constitutes malpractice, and how do you know you have been hurt by it?

Defined
When providing treatment to a patient, there is a governing standard of care that all health care providers must adhere to. Malpractice occurs when a health care professional fails to meet that standard. A health care provider can commit medical malpractice, also known as medical negligence, by either performing an inappropriate action or by failure to perform an appropriate action. Sometimes this medical negligence can result in physical injury to the patient.

Some examples are:
• A doctor presents a misdiagnosis of a disease or medical condition
• A doctor fails to recognize a disease or condition
• Medical staff make a patient wait an for an inordinately long period of time for medical treatment
• The wrong procedure is performed on a patient
• A medical lab errantly switches samples which directly results in a misdiagnosis
• A doctor prescribes the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of a medication
• A pharmacist negligently dispenses the wrong medication

Who Commits It
Though people usually associate medical malpractice with doctors, any professional in the medical field can commit malpractice, including but limited to:
• Physicians
• Nurses
• Medical technicians
• Psychiatrists
• Psychologists
• Pharmacists

Statute of limitations
It is important that you file a medical malpractice claim as soon as possible. In Minnesota there is a limited amount of time that you can claim malpractice. For an adult, you must file a malpractice claim within four years of receiving the injury. For minors, a claim must be made within one year of the child’s 18th birthday, but not more than seven years after the injury.

Why use a medical malpractice attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured, and you suspect that it was the fault of a healthcare professional, how do you go about proving the injury was the result of medical malpractice? The only way your concerns can be expertly reviewed and a determination achieved is by consulting with an experienced attorney. The field of medical malpractice is highly specialized. Because of the complexity of medicine, it is not always simple to prove a malpractice case. That is why it is important to contact an attorney with extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of medical malpractice. A medical malpractice attorney can explain to you whether you have a case and what sort of settlement you are entitled to receive.

Enjoy The Five Amazing Lakes Of Udaipur With Your Loved Ones

Udaipur, the lake city of Rajasthan is considered to be the second most popular tourist spot after Jaipur. Being called popularly as the capital of the Mewar region, this great city has many amazing lake palaces, forts, lovely temples and broad lakes which are the main attractions of the Udaipur city. These artificial lakes are quite large and have been a source of water for the Udaipur residents. The picturesque beauty of these lakes is truly eye-catching for every tourist.

Pichola Lake: This freshwater lake is one of the most amazing lakes of Rajasthan and hence it attracts visitors and tourists from all parts of the world. Interestingly, this lake is one of the oldest as well as the largest lake in Udaipur extending over three miles in length and two miles in width with a depth of forty feet in the center. As per history, this lake was built during the period of the popular Maharana Lakha by Picchu Banjara in the year 1362.

Fateh Sagar Lake: Being an artificial lake in Udaipur this one is well connected by a large canal to the Pichola Lake. This lake stands second to Jaisamand which is the first artificial lake in Udaipur. This lake covers an area of 1 sqm km with a length of more than 2 km and 12 m deep.

Udai Sagar Lake: City Udaipur is further beautified by this lovely lake which is located 14 km from Udaipur. The special feature of this lake is: the water from this lake is utilized in the zinc smelter in the nearby area Debari. According to history, Maharana Udai Singh has formed this lake 1565, which runs 4km by length and 2 km by width and with a shallow deep of 9 meters.

Jaisamand Lake: Being the largest artificial lake in the entire Asia, this amazing lake is located around 50km from the city, Also known as Dhebar meaning as catchment area, this lake has a circular area of around 80 km with a coverage area of 50 sq km. Interestingly the width of this lake has a vast variation ranging from 2 to 10km at various locations.

Rajsamand Lake: This picturesque lake is also known as Rajsamudra lake and located in the Noth of Udaipur by a distance of 60km from the city of Udaipur. This lake which is around 2 miles wide, 4 miles long and 60 feet deep was constructed by   Maharana Raj Singh in 1660.

Attorney’s Guide to Medical Malpractice For South Carolina (SC) Lawyers and Plaintiffs

Medical and health care providers – primarily hospitals, surgeons, doctors, pharmacists, physicians, nurses and emergency medical technicians (“EMTs”) — are expected to offer us care and support during our most critical moments. The vast majority of medical and health care providers do offer excellent care that will help us to recover from a personal injury or medical condition. However, some providers fail to meet the requisite standard of care, and, under such circumstances, may be guilty of medical malpractice.

COMMON TYPES OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Medical malpractice, commonly called “medmal” for short, generally occurs when a negligent, careless or reckless act, mistake, error, or omission by a doctor or other medical professional causes damage or harm to a patient. It has been estimated that almost 98,000 people die in hospitals in the United States each year, and that medication errors injure approximately 1.3 million people per year. Medical malpractice errors or negligence typically occur in the diagnosis or treatment of a patient, and may include, but are not limited to:

>Failure to treat
>Wrong treatment
>Delay in diagnosis
>Failure to diagnose
>Failure to rule out causes or conditions
>Misdiagnosis
>Failure to test
>Failure to obtain informed consent
>Surgical injury
>Wrong prescription of drugs
>Patient abandonment
>Use of defective medical products

A patient’s right to recover compensation for medical malpractice is generally governed by common law as well as statutes and regulations which have been promulgated to protect patients who have been subjected to medical malpractice or medical negligence. Medical malpractice suits are usually complex, time-consuming, expensive to litigate, dependent upon expert testimony, and vigorously defended by health care providers and their insurers.

ELEMENTS OF A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE OR MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIM

The medical malpractice personal injury victim is commonly referenced as a “plaintiff” and the person or entity that caused the harm is commonly referenced as a “defendant.” The South Carolina Supreme Court has set forth the elements of negligence with regard to a medical malpractice personal injury claim that a plaintiff has to prove as follows:

>A physician-patient relationship exists
>The generally recognized and accepted practices and procedures that would be followed by average, competent practitioners in the defendants’ field of medicine under the same or similar circumstances >That the defendant departed from the recognized and generally accepted standards
>The defendant’s departure from such generally recognized practices and procedures was the proximate cause of the plaintiff’s alleged injuries and damages

Thus, the medical malpractice lawyer and his client must present evidence to meet each of the foregoing elements at trial.

A physician commits malpractice by not exercising that degree of skill and learning that is ordinarily possessed and exercised by members of the profession in good standing acting in the same or similar circumstances. Durham v. Vinson, 360 S.C. 639 (2004). A plaintiff and his attorney must proffer expert testimony to prove both the required standard of care and the defendant’s failure to conform to that standard, unless the subject matter lies within the ambit of common knowledge so that no special learning is required to evaluate the conduct of the defendants.

INFORMED CONSENT CLAIM

A physician’s failure to obtain a patient’s “informed consent” with regard to a procedure or treatment is a form of medical malpractice. The term “informed consent” means that a physician must tell a patient all of the potential benefits, risks, and alternatives involved in any surgical procedure, diagnostic procedure, medical procedure, therapeutic procedure, or other course of treatment, and must obtain the patient’s written consent to proceed. Under Informed consent law, a physician who performs a diagnostic, therapeutic, or surgical procedure has a duty to disclose to a patient of sound mind, in the absence of an emergency that warrants immediate medical treatment, (1) the diagnosis, (2) the general nature of the contemplated procedure, (3) the material risks involved in the procedure, (4) the probability of success associated with the procedure, (5) the prognosis if the procedure is not out, and (6) the existence of any alternatives to the procedure. Thus, the plaintiff and his lawyer must present evidence of the physician’s breach of the foregoing elements of an informed consent claim in order to prevail at trial.

BREACH OF CONTRACT OR WARRANTY CLAIM

While most health care providers will not guarantee or warrant a particular outcome, there are times when they do, and a failure to successfully provide the outcome may give rise to a breach of contract or breach of warranty claim. These type cases usually involve plastic surgery wherein the patient is told that his or her post-surgery physical appearance will be the same as demonstrated on a computerized enhancement of the patient’s photograph. Thus, much like a business breach of contract claim, the plaintiff and his lawyer must present evidence of the physician’s breach of the stated warranty or guarantee by the preponderance of evidence in order to prevail at trial.

COMPENSATION IN MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES

In a medical malpractice personal injury lawsuit, a victim seeks compensation for the injury or injuries he or she has suffered. Compensation can include past and future medical expenses, disability or deformity, loss of income, emotional and mental anguish, loss of a spouse’s comfort and society, past and future pain and suffering, and an amount which would be necessary to make the person whole as respects a permanent personal injury. McNeil v. United States, 519 F.Supp. 283 (D.S.C. 1981). In cases where the defendant acted recklessly, maliciously or willfully, punitive damages may also be awarded. Punitive damages in medical malpractice lawsuits are intended to punish the responsible party and deter others from committing the same acts. Gamble v. Stevenson, 305 S.C. 104, 406 S.E.2d 350 (1991). If a wrongful death results from the medical malpractice, the decedent’s beneficiaries are entitled to compensation.

CAPS ON MEDICAL MALPRACTICE DAMAGES

For medical malpractice cases arising on or after July 1, 2005, which placed caps on non-economic damages a patient could recover from a liable defendant health care provider. S.C. Code § 15-32-220(a) limits the civil liability for non-economic damages of the health care provider to an amount not to exceed $350,000 for each claimant regardless of the number of separate causes of action on which the claim is based. S.C. Code § 15-32-220(a) provides an exception to the foregoing cap where the health care provider is proven to be grossly negligent, willful, wanton or reckless and that conduct was the proximate cause of the claimant’s non-economic damages. S.C. Code 15-32-220(b) provides that the $350,000 cap is limited to each claimant. S.C. Code 15-32-220(c) allows a claimant to stack his claim, and provides that up to three health care providers may be subject to the $350,000 cap per claimant, for a total of $1,050,000 per claimant.

The non-economic damage cap of $350,000 per medical entity or practice or person does not apply to economic damages and does not apply to punitive damages. Effective for medical malpractice cases arising on or after July 1, 2005, S.C. Code 15-32-230 further limits liability with regard to emergency obstetrical or emergency department situations. This section eliminates liability on behalf of any person providing emergency care or emergency obstetrical care to a person in immediate threat of death or an immediate threat of serious bodily injury while in an emergency room, obstetrical or surgical suite, unless the health care provider is proven to be grossly negligent. Other caps or limitations may be applicable to a medical malpractice case as well.

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS

The plaintiff’s attorney must timely bring a medical malpractice suit within the required timeframes. There are time limits on bringing a personal injury lawsuit in the state of South Carolina known as statutes of limitations. See S.C. Code 15-3-530(5); 15-3-535. While a medical malpractice personal injury suit is generally subject to a three year statute of limitations, there may be exceptions depending on the circumstances, such as a medical malpractice case where the negligent conduct may be covered by a concept known as the “discovery rule.” See S.C. Code 15-3-545; Wilson v. Shannon, 299 S.C. 512, 386 S.E.2d 257 (Ct. App. 1989).

The statutes of limitations are different for negligence suits against a South Carolina state government agency pursuant to the South Carolina Tort Claims Act (“TCA”) and the federal government pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act (“FTCA”). Under the TCA, a suit must generally be filed within two years, unless a verified claim is filed within a year of the injury, then the statute of limitations is three years. S.C. Code § 15-78-110. Under the FTCA, an administrative tort claim must generally be presented to the subject federal agency within two years. Once a timely administrative tort claim has been filed, there is no statute of limitations on bringing a suit unless the federal agency denies the claim, in which case a suit must be brought in federal court within six months after the denial. 28 U.S.C. 1346(b), 1402, 2401, 2675.

NECESSITY OF AN EXPERT

South Carolina Code 15-79-125 requires, on medical malpractice cases arising on or after July 1, 2005, that before a medical malpractice suit can be filed, a plaintiff has to simultaneously file both a notice of intent to file suit and an affidavit of an expert witness subject to the affidavit requirements established in 15-36-100 in a county in which venue would be proper for filing or initiating the action. Statutory mediation of any such medical malpractice case is required as well, and, there are time limits for filing suit should the attempted mediation fail. As noted above, an expert’s testimony is necessary at trial to prove a breach of the standard of care and proximate cause of the injury, and the medical malpractice lawyer should retain a medical expert early on to assess the case and to be prepared to testify at trial.