Some Facts about Singles’ Day

If you have been waiting for a day that you will get to enjoy massive discounts on some of the favorite items in your wish list, your wish is about to be granted. Singles’ day is less than three months away, and since the inception of the shopping festival over a decade ago, 11.11 has grown in popularity with some past Singles’ Day events recording more sales than some shopping events in the United States. If you don’t know much about this date, check below for some facts about it.

  1. College students created the Singles’ Day holiday

For male students at Nanjing University started the holiday in 1993 as a day to put an end to the trend of being single. It was a sort of celebration of their (single) relationship status.

  • The Shopping Festival started in 2009

In 2009, precisely on 11.11, November 11, Alibaba pioneered the first Single’s Day massive shopping discounts. Sales of about 50 million Yuan was recorded (about $7 million).

  • Singles’ Day shopping is mainly online

Many Asian e-commerce companies have also participated in the Singles’ Day sales by launching their own Singles’ Day discounts. These companies market these online shopping discounts through a variety of methods to further get people to shop. 11.11 sales volume is usually larger than that of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. In 2019 alone, more than 180,000 brands had their products on sales, and in 24 hours, sales of $30.8 billion were recorded compared to Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday sales that totaled only $16.4 billion of sales.

  • It is gradually becoming a global event

Since its inception in Asia, e-commerce companies outside Asia have started adopting Singles’ Day and are therefore launching campaigns of their own. 2020 looks to be that year of wider adoption. Make sure you are on the lookout.

Ryan Seacrest Explores Signs of our Current Times

Every period in history carries with it its own unique set of characteristics that set it apart from other times. Though this is always true, it does seem, to many, that our current time is especially packed with details that single it out. This has become a guiding topic of note in the recent work of Ryan Seacrest. As the radio and television host has continued his work to bring people access to topics of current importance, it was unavoidable that he’d touch on the specifics of the age in which we live. Below, we’ve taken an opportunity to highlight some of his efforts and shine a light on the unique nature of current world events.

Entertainment industry

Ryan Seacrest has been dubbed by some as the “Ultimate Hollywood Insider.” Through his work on shows like American Idol, On-Air With Ryan Seacrest, and Live with Kelly and Ryan, he has developed a reputation for being in the know on issues of importance within his industry. This has come, in part, from the constant contact he maintains with other entertainment professionals through friendships, professional events, and live interviews. Due to this high degree of knowledge, it makes sense that many of his insights would center around the entertainment industry itself, a topic of interest to large numbers of people around the world.

Of course, due to current quarantine guidelines related to the Covid-19 pandemic, the entertainment industry, like many other fields, has seen its status quo heavily upended. This is very apparent when it comes to the actual act of producing both film and television. These productions typically require a large number of people working behind the scenes to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch. Traditionally, production sets can include camera crews, lighting professionals, makeup artists, wardrobe designers, production designers, writers, directors, producers, on-set talent, and many other people working in tandem towards a common goal.

Clearly, these production paradigms are not able to exist within current quarantine guidelines which, in many areas, prohibit the gathering of large groups of people. While these guidelines might seem like they would make it nearly impossible to carry on with production at this time, many television shows have found ways to adapt to continue bringing their content to their fans. The radio host took some time recently to shine a light on these efforts in order to showcase how his industry is innovating to keep its work moving forward.

Bachelorette production

One show that has become a staple among American viewers in recent years is “The Bachelorette.” The reality tv show follows a main female contestant as she decides between a group of male contestants, selecting one for potential romantic interest. Though the show remains popular at present, it’s easy to see how such a program could be challenging to produce given present-day constraints. However, rather than let these constraints deter them, the show’s production team is getting creative in order to continue on with its mission.

In this case, the show has flown contestants out to the filming location in Palm Springs and is having them quarantine for two weeks to ensure all contestants are free of any signs of Covid-19. This will provide a controlled environment where production staff can then test contestants as they leave quarantine to ensure that they are safe to proceed to set. As a backup plan, the production team has also flown additional contestants to the location and is keeping them in quarantine as well. If one of the main contestants were to test positive for the virus, the production team plans to swap them out with one of the backup options.

This plan will also incorporate pared-down on-set production crews wherever possible, which has led some to wonder how the show will tackle the myriad of needs that go into typical production. Though it remains to be seen how this will unfold in practice, there is an assumption that the show will look a bit different than it has in years past in order to work within the constraints of its new reality. One aspect of the show that is likely to remain the same, however, is the “confessionals.” These economically shot interviews with contestants already work within the context of a pared-down crew, making them an ideal point of focus for the show as it seeks to push forward.

Broadcasting from home

Of course, Ryan Seacrest himself has continued his own shows throughout the quarantine so he also makes for a great case study as to how radio, film, and television productions can continue onward despite current constraints. The radio and television host has been recording from his home in Los Angeles, utilizing in-home equipment to broadcast with the same high-quality that fans have come to expect.

As one might expect, however, there are a fair amount of bumps in the road when transitioning to a new broadcasting setup, especially in the midst of the confusion that has accompanied aspects of the global pandemic. While this has caused a few on-air technical difficulties, it has also been the source of some light-hearted moments that have helped to provide levity during a time when many people are experiencing numerous challenges.

One such moment has come courtesy of an engineer that has been on hand to help the radio host with his technical setup, should he encounter any difficulties while broadcasting. The moment came during the recording of Live with Kelly and Ryan, when Kelly Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, appeared in the background of her shot with his shirt off. That moment in itself was good for an on-air laugh, prompting Kelly to goad Ryan into taking off his shirt as well.

While the television host refused, his in-house engineer was happy to oblige. In a moment that is truly a sign of the times, the engineer flexed on-air, shirtless, while still wearing his mask. The turnabout gave Kelly a good laugh and had the engineer celebrating with a beer in recognition of his unique appearance on national television.

Giving interviews

While the television host is usually the one conducting interviews, he and his co-host, Kelly, recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! which gave another opportunity to see how the entertainment industry is evolving at present. The episode, which was guest hosted by Sebastian Maniscalco, featured the host quizzing Ryan Seacrest about his typical daily routine amidst all the changes that have been going on.

Seacrest gave a rundown of how he’ll usually wake up at 4:30 am in order to accommodate the disparate production schedule between his home on the West Coast and East Coast television realities. In order to support the demanding schedule, he joked that he’s careful to supplement with plenty of caffeine throughout his morning. The television host recounted that he’ll usually start with a tea before having a couple of cups of coffee and more tea if needed. He also noted that he has a green juice in the evenings, making some good-natured comments about the “fluid” nature of his diet these days.

Discussion during the interview also turned to the trials and tribulations of broadcasting television shows from home, with Kelly noting that internet usage is always a challenge. Since she has three to five adult children in the home at any given time, competition for the limited resource can be fierce. But, she joked, that the person on camera gets priority so she’s usually able to monopolize the internet while she’s filming.

Though the show’s future production schedule is still uncertain, the two television hosts did relay that there are preliminary plans in place for a return to in-studio filming. At the moment, the tentative plan is to return to these operations in September, though, like many other aspects of life these days, that plan is subject to change.

Back to school

On the topic of making plans for eventually exiting quarantine and resuming more normal activities, how and when to return to school has become a focus for parents around the world. Like the entertainment industry, many aspects of the educational experience moved to a virtual environment in the wake of stay at home restrictions. Though virtual classrooms were able to make the best of a difficult situation, many parents have reported a reduction in the quality of the learning experience for their kids, if for no other reason than the lack of focus that can accompany such a change.

As such, many parents and children are eagerly awaiting news of how a return to more traditional education methods will be accomplished. Though such a return is hotly anticipated by many, there is, of course, the ever-present need to so in a safe and responsible manner. How to do that has remained a question, but an emerging technology just may have an answer that can help. Ryan Seacrest and his co-hosts recently showcased the technology on their radio show.

The technology in question comes in the form of a lanyard that emits a warning when it comes within six feet of another lanyard. In practice, this would mean that if all the students at a school were wearing the new tech, they’d be able to be notified when they were within six feet of another student and could take corrective action to create enough space to effectively social distance.

Technology in practice

When discussing the technology on the show, the radio hosts debated the pros and cons of how the innovation might contribute to the ability of schools to resume teaching. The hosts agreed that it would likely be most effective with younger children, who may need more constant reminders of how much distance to keep between themselves and their classmates. This may be especially relevant at the beginning of the school year when students might be excited to see their friends and eager to reconnect.

The co-hosts did also discuss, however, how the technology only addresses some of the concerns that could crop up when considering a return to a traditional schooling environment. While classroom education could likely be conducted with students sitting six feet from each other, other activities that we consider normal for school life may prove more difficult. Recess, for instance, may not be feasible in its previous form under current social distancing guidelines.

Extracurricular activities represent another hurdle when it comes to the reintroduction of kids into their previously normal environments. For instance, many sports would likely be impossible to engage in while maintaining proper social distance between athletes. On this topic, the radio host gave the example of football, which requires a high degree of contact and would bring large groups of athletes within close proximity of each other. Another host mentioned that she was planning to keep her own children out of dance class for the foreseeable future, even though they were eager to return, since she couldn’t see a way that such an activity could be handled safely.

Levity in quarantine

Though the above concerns do loom for many people around the world as the future remains uncertain, many individuals are still finding plenty of reasons to laugh in their current circumstances. One example of this came from an interview Ryan Seacrest recently conducted with actress Tracee Ellis Ross. Star of the new film “The High Note,” Ross recounted a story that is all too relatable centered around toilet paper and the early days of quarantine.

“So when everything started, I usually keep a good stock, but I was like — We’ve got to get some toilet paper!” said Ross. “So on Amazon I ordered what looked like a 24-case of toilet paper and it took me 2 and half months to get it and it finally arrived. I’m not joking you, it was for a dollhouse. These teeny little rolls of toilet paper. I’ve never seen anything funnier.”

The story is all too relatable as toilet paper has become a major focus of many during their time at home. As more and more people stocked up on toilet paper during the beginning of that time, stores experienced massive shortages. When people then turned to the internet to make orders of toilet paper, plenty of stories emerged of people placing orders without noticing the fine print.

The radio host could relate to the predicament, stating that he too had had his own mixups when ordering items online. One example he gave was of an ice bucket he ordered that he was expecting to be able to hold a large number of items at once. However, when it arrived, he found the bucket was hilariously small. It barely fit a single water bottle. The actress could relate, also recounting an instance when she thought she was ordering a single packet of Jello but ended up with a 24-pack. The takeaway for both the host and actress was that they’d do well to read product descriptions more in-depth before placing an order, otherwise, you never know what could arrive.

This truth was underscored for the radio host when he recently ordered a red, white, and blue shirt online for use in conjunction with the fourth of July holiday. Though the shirt arrived in time for the festivities, the radio host had a surprise in store for himself. Having thought he had ordered a small or a medium, he opened his delivery to find that he had, in fact, ordered an extra small. He showcased his gaffe on-air, giving his co-host a laugh and proving that he had a sense of humor about it. It seems that the need for caution when placing online orders is ever-present in the radio host’s life.

Additional home-based activities

While talking with the radio host on the show, Ross also provided some additional relatable moments that fans were able to connect with. She spoke on the topic of her houseplants, which have become a welcome outlet for the pent-up energy many people are feeling while navigating stay at home orders.

On that last point, she showcased her handiwork on camera — a beautifully healthy fiddle leaf fig. The actress noted that she and the plant had become best friends and that she regularly engages it in conversation to pass her time at home. In return the plant had helped her unearth her latent aptitude for plant care, showing her that she did, indeed, have a green thumb. Though the plant was neglected prior to the quarantine, it has since thrived under her newfound abilities.

The actress also spent time on the show detailing her latest project, which is streaming on-demand. “The High Note” details the fast-paced world of the music scene in the entertainment industry. The release of the film serves as a welcome distraction for many looking to focus on events beyond their own homes.

The actress noted that the release could excel in this role, calling it a “feel-good movie.” “This is what it’s going to give you — some good music, some great fashion and some feel goods,” said Ross. “It’s a story about no matter the phase, the place, the time of your life, it’s never too late to go for your dreams.” A welcome message indeed as we all navigate a particularly turbulent moment in world history.

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Juan Monteverde Shows Importance of Choosing the Right Attorney

Determining that you are in need of an attorney’s services is an important first step to resolving many legal disputes. However, selecting the right attorney can be even more important in these situations. While simple in theory, finding the right attorney for your situation can be a confusing or difficult process for many. To help explain items you may want to consider in this search, we looked to the example of Juan Monteverde, a top attorney practicing in New York. Read on for a look at his career and an overview of things to consider when seeking legal assistance.

Area of expertise

An important consideration to be aware of early in the attorney selection process is what area of law is relevant to your dispute. While an attorney may come highly recommended and they may excel in their field, if they are not familiar with the area of law relevant to your issues then they will likely be of limited help. By contrast, an attorney who is skilled in the area of your dispute will be a much more powerful ally as you seek to rectify your situation. A good first step here is identifying the most relevant area of law so that you know where to look.

For example, the career of Juan Monteverde has focused in the area of securities law, which is a specialization that deals with legal matters related shareholder rights. In these matters, there are sometimes disputes between the sharheolders and a company seeking to effectuate a merger and he often deals with high profile mergers. In these disputes, he seeks to maximize shareholder value, recover damages and/or improve the financial disclosures regarding the merger. 

Reputation

Once you have determined the area of law in which your attorney should be concentrated, it’s important to find an attorney who is highly regarded in their field. Attorney, like many other fields, have top practitioners as well as practitioners who may not be as effective in achieving a positive outcome for your situation. Selecting an attorney who is diligent and skilled can make all the difference here. Recommendations from colleagues or other acquaintances can be a good place to start here. There are also many independent review sites and services that can be used to gauge an attorney’s effectiveness.

This is an area where the example of the above attorney can again be instructive to those who are confused as to how to select their own legal representation. Not only is he highly regarded by those in the legal profession, he has also received many accolades that help to showcase his reputation. He has been selected as a New York Metro Rising Star in four separate years by Super Lawyers, an award that is given to less than 2.5% of a specific field’s attorneys. He has also been selected multiple times by Martindale-Hubbell as a Top Rated Lawyer.

Location and record

Since laws can vary by geography, it’s important to select an attorney that is familiar with the specific nature of your legal dispute as it relates to local laws. In some cases this can mean selecting an attorney who is local to your area, however, some disputes may require an attorney or firm who has experience at a national level. One way to gauge this can be to look at the record of the practitioner so that you can determine their success at varying levels. This can refer to locality but also their degree of experience at different levels of the appellate court system.

Monteverde’s firm, Monteverde & Associates, is based in New York City, where there is a high need for securities attorneys, and the attorney himself is admitted to the NY bar as well as a in a number of Federal and Court of Appeals throughout the country. The firm has extensive experience operating on the national level and often participates in class action suits at this level. Through this work, the firm represents shareholders who have incurred financial loss due to misconduct by corporations. This work has seen the firm achieve success at many different levels of trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.  In 2019 alone, the firm obtained or secured six cash common funds for shareholders.

Strong communication

Another important consideration when selecting an attorney is their ability to communicate. While a legal practitioner may be talented in many aspects of their field, if they are unable to adequately communicate with you it may be difficult to form a beneficial professional relationship. This issue may be addressed by a positive recommendation or review, however, it’s often a good idea to evaluate this aspect of an attorney’s work as an issue unto itself, due to its importance.

One useful method of evaluation in this regard can be the practice of examining the written or spoken work engaged in by the attorney. To again take the career of Juan Monteverde as an example, the attorney shows his strong penchant for communication by regularly crafting articles for law publications to help clear up areas of legal dispute. He is also regularly invited to speak at law conferences, such as ABA, ACI, and PLI, regarding executive compensation and issues relating to merger litigation. By looking at his work in these areas, potential clients can have a better idea of his ability to communicate and inform others about his work.

While understanding the need for an attorney in a particular legal proceeding can be an important aspect of arriving at a successful outcome, it is also critical that you select the correct attorney for your circumstance. The overview above should help illuminate some of the items to consider when undergoing this process. This information, as well as the example set by Juan Monteverde, can be a vital touchstone as you start on this journey. Consider returning to these ideas if you do indeed need to move forward in the attorney selection process, as they can help you maximize your chance of finding a good fit.

3 Things You Can Do To Protect Yourself From Sexual Assault

In this world, many people have found themselves to be victims of sexual assault. While this is something that most people don’t even like to think about, if you contemplate ways that you can keep yourself safe before you’re in a scary or questionable situation, there may be something you can do to help reduce the chance of a sexual assault happening to you.

To show you how this can be done, here are three things you can do to protect yourself from sexual assault. 

Stay Alert When Out Alone

When you’re out in the world all alone, it’s much easier for someone to take advantage of you, especially if you’re not paying attention to what’s going on around you. To ensure that you never find yourself in this situation, it’s important that you always stay alert when you’re out alone.

To best do this, Dawson McAllister of TheHopeLine.com, advises that you always keep your eyes scanning what’s going on around you, always be listening for sounds coming near you, and always walk in well-traveled and well-lit areas with purpose. If you’re able to do all of these things each time you’re out on your own, especially if you’re walking somewhere at night, you’ll be better able to protect yourself from a sexual assault or any other type of assault. 

Consider Taking A Self-Defense Class

One of the best ways to keep a sexual assault from happening to you is to know how to fight off a would-be attacker. As part of this, you might want to consider taking a self-defense class so you can learn the best ways to physically protect yourself and harm someone who’s trying to harm you.

Even if you don’t necessarily feel like you could take anyone on after taking a self-defense class, Kristin Collins Jackson, a contributor to Bustle.com, shares that people who’ve taken a self-defense class often have more confidence in themselves afterward, which can help you seem like less of an easy target to someone looking for vulnerable people to take advantage of. 

Know Your Own Physical Boundaries

Sometimes, not knowing your own physical boundaries and what you’re comfortable with regarding other people can make it hard to distinguish between sexual assault and something else.

To help you with this, Shalayne Pulia, a contributor to InStyle.com, recommends that you really think about how close is too close for comfort for you. By knowing this, you can more easily and readily know when you should take action against someone that might be trying to attack or take advantage of you. 

To better keep yourself from becoming a victim of sexual assault, consider using the tips mentioned above to learn how you can better protect yourself from danger.

Africa’s energy resources have the ability to create sources of economic growth. Creating beneficial deals have been difficult, until now.

Business deals with energy companies, associations, and beneficial investments are the wisest strategies to promote sustainability in global economies. Africa has begun to utilize their developmental resources.

The International Energy Agency (IEA)states that with the growing appetite for modern and efficient energy sources, Africa emerges as a major force in global oil and gas markets. In the natural gas markets, Africa is projected to see a substantial growth as it becomes one of the largest sources for global gas.  IEA Executive Director, Dr Fatih Birol gives her take on the importance of Africa’s energy.

 “How Africa meets the energy needs of a fast-growing and increasingly urban population is crucial for its economic and energy future – and the world.”

The commentary by Dr Faith Birol addresses the promising view of Africa’s resources and how they are valuable and substantial to Africa’s growth, as well as global economies.

NJ Ayuk, the author of Billions at Play: The Future of African Energy and Doing Deals states that Africa has been an oil-market force for decades. In Africa, the oil and gas sector in Algeria is said to be the main foundation for the economy, it represents 20 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), and a sum of 85 percent in exports. Angola produces 50 per cent of the nation’s gross domestic product and around 89 per cent of exports from oil and related functions. Congo is a net exporter and producer of crude oil. 10 percent of (GDP) gross domestic product from Nigeria comes from the oil and gas market. Exports of petroleum produces an estimated 86 per cent of total exported revenue.

Presently, the largest refinery is located in Nigeria. Analysts predict that by 2022—650, 000 barrels of crude oil should be produced by the day. The refinery has created thousands of jobs, with hundreds of technicians and engineers from Nigeria studying in different countries on how to manage it.

More oil and gas representatives have come forth but oil and gas lawyer, NJ Ayuk remembers the need for African representatives early on in his career.

“Africans were not part of any kind of deal-making structure: When negotiations involving foreign investors’ oil and gas exploration, production, and revenue-sharing took place, Africans were not at the table—or even in the room.”

But now, as news spreads about Africa’s impact on the oil and gas sectors, African oil and gas representatives and investors may finally begin to make better deals. Africa Oil Week has reported Africa’s deals with oil investments, and billions of dollars will be invested towards the development of continental hydrocarbons. Five specific regions that are located in Nigeria, Mozambique, Egypt, Mauritania, and Equatorial Guinea have been named the hot spots in oil and gas development and investment. BP, Noble Energy and other oil and gas companies from around the world have expressed an interest in the natural resource hot spots located in Africa.

Soon to be Released: Hot New Reads

Autumn. Check. Cool weather? Check. New books to read for fall? Don’t worry, we’ve got the inside scoop on new releases. There’s a little something for everyone, a mix of genres: horror, business, and mystery. Set your reminders, here are the hot new reads:

  • Billions at Play: The Future of Africa Energy and Doing Deals.
    In Billions at Play: The Future of Africa Energy and Doing Deals, NJ Ayuk, is bringing Africa to the fore front— right along with its profitable natural resources, oil and energy. Experts in energy have said that Africa has a rich oil source. If Africa were to embark on energy deals, delivered on an international level, not only will Africa be headed to substantial economic growth, they could become a supplier of energy, globally. Billions at Play: The Future of Africa Energy and Doing Deals will be released on October 22, 2019.
  • A Wistful Tale of Gods, Men and Monsters
    A Wistful Tale of Gods, Men and Monsters is set in a small town in New York, less than 5,000 residents. The horror novel by David Ruggerio, follows a young boy on Halloween as he fights against the powers of wicked entities. The book is filled with scary and disturbing settings, a scary schoolhouse, a mortuary, graveyard, and a mystery to be revealed that promises to leave us restless. A Wistful Tale of Gods, Men and Monsters will be available on October 30, 2019. Pre-order your copy for Halloween.
  • Monster on the Moors
    Monster on the Moors by J.M Kelly follows Bobby Holmes and his close relatives as they unravel a life-threatening mystery. Set in the North York Moors of England, the group of friends embark on a journey to search for a stranger who is associated with the Wolf Slayer. Monsters, witches, and gypsies emerge as danger and truths unfold. Monsters on the Moors will be available in November. 
  • The Night Fire
    The Night Fire by bestselling author, Michael Connelly, follows Harry Bosch and LAPD Detective Renée Ballard as they solve a death involving a murder book. As Bosch and Ballard go deeper into the investigation, they begin to question if the murder book is a piece of evidence that may have been connected to a cover up. The title will be available on October 22, 2019. 

The variety in theses genres will keep you on your toes. Keep in mind that all the books listed can be preordered and will automatically load to your device. Some books will load by midnight—the first hour of the release date. Or if you pre-order a hardcopy, they’ll arrive on the books release date.

Why Abandoned Castles are Top Choice in Traveler

For a unique travel experience, there’s nothing like exploring an abandoned castle. Or, better yet, staying in one!

Europe is full of abandoned buildings and desolate landscapes that are so far off the beaten track of normal tourism that it’s possible to be the only tourists around for miles. Here are some outstanding castles and palaces long vacated by royalty and open to the public:

Lake Reschen, Italy

Submerged beneath the lake water stands a medieval church and donjon. The only part above the water is the majestic bell tower. During the brisk Tyrolean winter explorers can walk over the lake ice to the tower and listen for the bells that mysteriously keep ringing, even on a windless day.

Chateau de Noisy, Dinant, Belgium

Occupied and looted by the Nazis during World War Two, this imposing brick castle was taken over by the National Railroad Trust and eventually turned into a boutique hotel. A tour of the still-functioning clock tower is a must.

Gwyrch Castle, Abergele, Wales

This castle was turned into a fashionable hotel over a hundred years ago, but business quickly fell off due to paranormal disturbances — ghosts. Today rooms are still available from time to time, but they are quickly snapped up by researchers and those who want to commune with the dead.

3 Reasons to hire an attorney if you are involved in a crash

When you experience a car crash, so many thoughts rush through your mind. You start wondering what it’ll cost to repair the damage and who caused the accident in the first place. If it was the other party’s fault, a hefty compensation often looms large. If the crash was caused by your negligence, your finances are likely to take a dip if the matter proceeds to court.

It’s always important to contact a revered attorney when you’re involved in an unfortunate car crash. The attorney you hire should know his way around the ropes. Understanding personal injury law should be mandatory if your lawyer is to represent you in court and win that compensation. Delightfully, you needn’t look far and wide to get a distinguished law firm: simply hire the services of car accident roseville attorneys to handle the case for you.

Here are 3 reasons why you should hire an attorney after experiencing a car crash:

 

  • Handling insurance claims appropriately

 

Every driver is required to be sufficiently protected by an insurance cover. When a crash occurs, your insurance company will send a professional adjuster to assess the extent of car damage and negotiate a reasonable insurance settlement. However, adjusters are notorious for minimizing payment, sometimes even failing to pay a valid claim. Honing exquisite negotiation skills is crucial if you desire to represent your best interests and win a fair settlement for your claim. Hiring an attorney comes in handy for such sticky scenarios. Get a competent attorney to negotiate the claim on your behalf and win the full claim value. Apart from negotiation and fair representation, your lawyer will also prepare a verbal or written statement which is expertly curated to benefit you.

 

  • Objectivity and experience

 

Car crashes have a way of disorienting the affected parties. They cloud your judgment, prompting you to make irrational decisions. In times like this, it helps to have a cool head to represent you and make wise choices on your behalf. Rather than raising your voice and uttering insults to the insurance adjuster, hire a professional attorney to handle the entire issue and win your compensation. After all personal injury lawyers are usually endowed with immense experience on how such cases should be handled. They’ve worked on similar crash cases in the past, so it’s nothing new to them. You’ll be relieved to have an experienced pair of hands working on your case.

 

  • Clarifying what your insurance claim entails

 

If you’re covered by an insurance policy, you are entitled to a certain compensation once you experience a car crash. However, it’s not always as clear-cut as it sounds. The details contained within your policy ought to be deciphered by an experienced law attorney. Hiring such an attorney can prove to be extremely beneficial because they essentially hold your hand throughout the entire process. They explain what your policy stipulates and clarify all the legal courses you can take. Eventually, you’re able to obtain a fair compensation from your insurance company.

These three reasons should encourage you to hire a renowned attorney if you’re ever involved in a crash.

4 Ways You Can Protect Your Car from Rust

Nothing ruins a perfectly shiny car more than a patch of rust in a particularly visible area. Not only is it undesirable to look at; it’s also unhealthy for the car. If you’re planning to resell it someday, rust dramatically reduces its value, making it hard for you to find a potential buyer.

While rust is naturally unavoidable, you can take steps to prevent it. But before you can do that, you should first know about the three common causes of rust in your car, which are outlined below.

 

Location

Moisture and salt is perhaps the deadliest combination for metal, which makes living near the ocean especially cumbersome. The closer you are to the ocean, the likelier it is for your vehicle to be damaged by the high salt content of the humid air.

Salt (or saltwater) is known to be extremely corrosive to metal, which hastens the process of rusting because saltwater is an efficient carrier of electrolytes. This means that an object that rusts slowly under normal circumstances rusts quicker when exposed to saltwater.

 

Weather

Come wintertime, a lot of people use salt to get rid of ice and snow on cars and slippery roads, but as mentioned above, salt is especially detrimental to metal surfaces. Once the snow melts, you are left with a sheet of electrolyte that is conducive to rust formation especially when it gets wet again or traps moisture from the cool winter air. Rains are also a leading cause of rusts.  

 

Inadequate Maintenance

Rust happens because metal is not completely immune to it. As metal ages over time and the coats of treatments and processes it has undergone gradually thin out, rust occurs.

However, lack of knowledge in the proper maintenance of your vehicle hastens this process. Some of the conditions that allow the formation of rust can be completely avoided. So as a car owner, you should be aware of these things.

Now that you are familiar how automotive rust occurs, here are four simple ways that you can do on your own to make sure that your prized car is free from rust.

 

Regularly Wash Your Car

That coat of paint on your car isn’t just there to make it look good; it’s one of the many mechanisms automakers use to ensure that the metal body resists any form of rusting for a period. However, because of habitual use and exposure to different terrains, dirt, sand, or mud will eventually wear through the protective coating of your vehicle.

Cleaning your car every few weeks will do the trick. You can do this yourself or drive through a car wash. The use of high-pressure water is the best option to do this compared to regular foam and cloth, which can trap dirt or scrape your car’s exterior.

Go the extra mile, and have the undercarriage washed as well. The underside is perhaps one of the dirtiest parts of a car’s body as it is the most exposed to the ground below. It is important that you should regularly check this area because a lot of the pipes that make the car run are found here.

 

Clean Your Car’s Interior

The interior of your car is as important as the exterior. Moisture and salt can get trapped inside and seep through the carpets and dashboards. Surfaces getting wet causes oxidation, which is the first step in the formation of rust.

Prevent this from happening by getting yourself quality mats to protect the floors from water and other chemicals like sodium or calcium chloride. Clean spills right away with a cloth or when your dashboard gets wet, which usually happens because of air-conditioning. Even if your vehicle has been kept inside a garage, you should still check for moisture accumulation especially if you’ve been driving out in the rain or snow prior to parking.

Apart from preventing rust, another obvious advantage is that you’ll enjoy a better driving experience with a clean car free from dirt and clutter. Who honestly wants to stay in a car with pieces of chips and wrappers scattered on the seats and on the floor?

 

Treat Rust Early

Just like a virus on the human body, rust can easily spread to other parts of your car when it is left untreated. When you see warning signs, make it a point to work on it right away.

There are a handful of rust repair kits that you can do on your own. This is the initial step. Smooth the area down with sandpaper, taking note of the grit size to avoid deep scratches on the car’s surface.

Apply the primer next, and let it dry completely before you repaint the area with the same color as the rest of the car. Don’t forget to apply a clear coat for that trademark shine. However, this technique only works on minor rusts.

If the affected area cannot be undone by home or garage remedies, you should consider having the entire part replaced, which lessens the likelihood of it affecting other parts of the car since it’s already removed. You can also buy quality car accessories such as fender flares for Toyota Tundra to add protection to your car.

 

Use Antirust Products

You can have your automaker pretreat the body of your car with an additional coat of anti-rust. You don’t necessarily have to do this since most manufacturers already spray antirust formulations on the cars before they sell them in the market.

Oftentimes, they use a phosphate conversion or a zinc coating on galvanized steel. The process itself is relatively inexpensive, that’s why most automakers do it.

However, if you feel that you can’t regularly wash your car because of your schedule or lifestyle, then, by all means, treat your car to a coat of rustproof protection. Corrosion happens if you’re constantly off the road and expose your car to a lot of dirt and let it dry up. Another option is that you can spray problem areas on your own after a car wash. Inspect your vehicle and look for signs of rusting like paint bubbling up or part of the body where paint has been chipped away.

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5 Ways To Avoid Distracted Driving

Distracted driving has become a huge problem, endangering drivers all over Canada. With all of the technology we have at our fingertips, it can be very difficult to remain focused on the road. Travelling for extended periods of time can make the temptation even worse, and you could end up with a ticket, or in a collision. Here are some ideas for ensuring that you remain safe on the road.

  1. Put your cell phone on silent while driving

Lots of cell phones have driving modes that silence notifications while you’re behind the wheel. It may seem arbitrary, but the sound from a text message or phone call could distract your focus for long enough to put you in danger. Plus, having your phone on silent eliminates the temptation to text and drive.

  1. Don’t wholly rely on your navigation system

Navigation systems don’t work 100% of the time, so look at the directions to your destination before you hit the road. Recalculating GPS systems, or having to adjust your navigation system while driving, is a recipe for distracted driving. If you’re driving with passengers, entrust one of them with navigating to your destination so you don’t have to be on your phone.

  1. Keep music and movies at a reasonable volume

Loud music or movies can make it difficult to pay attention to cars surrounding you. Keep music low enough so that you can hear conversations between you and your passengers. If you’re driving with kids, and they are watching movies in the car, pull over to change discs, or have one of your passengers be in charge of the entertainment.

  1. Make sure kids or pets are positioned securely

Making sure that your kids or pets are secured in your vehicle is especially important during long drives, where sitting for long periods can be challenging for young kids. Driving with kids may necessitate more frequent breaks because their patience may run thin. If one of your kids wriggles out of their seat, pull over and make sure they are secured, do not try to adjust them while driving your vehicle.

  1. Don’t impede traffic by looking at collisions on highways

Have you ever hit slow traffic because of a collision? It may be because lanes are blocked, but often it’s because other vehicles are slowing down to see what happened. Keep your eyes focused on the road to avoid rear ending another vehicle.

Keeping yourself focused while driving is crucial to keeping you and your family safe on the road. Keep your hands off your tech, especially if you’re driving with young drivers who will take their cues from you. Avoid texting at all times, and make sure that on long drives you prepare your entertainment. Keeping yourself focused on the road will lower your risk of a collision, which means your premiums stay low. If your current provider isn’t rewarding your safe driving, compare your policy to other insurance providers. You may find that you could save money by switching.