SGIC Finds SA Drivers Are Burning The Candle At Both Ends

(PRWEB) July 25, 2010

SGIC Car Insurance has revealed around 55 per cent of SA drivers are getting an average of seven or less hours of sleep per night and more than one in three admitted to being tired at the wheel in the morning*.

A survey of 500 SA drivers found that more than 75 per cent are staying up later than 10pm most nights with almost 60 per cent watching TV / DVDs and around a quarter surfing the internet.

SGIC spokesperson Sue Hawkins said its important all drivers are awake and alert before getting behind the wheel.

Our research showed that too many of us are driving while tired which means we are putting ourselves at higher risk of a collision.

We understand a lot of us lead busy lifestyles and want to squeeze in our favourite TV shows, movies or surf popular websites, however we recommend drivers get enough sleep per night so they are alert on the roads the next morning.

Our research also showed us that in addition to watching TV / DVDs and surfing the internet, people are catching up on housework and chores, talking or texting on the phone and around 12 per cent are socialising online.

SA drivers should be reminded that lack of sleep can build up over a number of days and then result in you becoming fatigued while you are behind the wheel and put you at risk of a collision.

We want to urge all SA drivers to be well rested before they get behind the wheel, she said.

SGIC Car Insurance offers some tips to drivers:

If you are feeling tired and need to get to a destination, catch a bus or train or arrange a lift with someone who is well rested;
Consider car pooling with a fellow colleague so you can share the drive to work;
Always make sure you are well rested before starting your trip.

*Based on Pure Profile Research, July 2010

SGIC is a leading insurance provider offering Home Insurance, Car Insurance, Motorcycle Insurance, Travel Insurance, Business Insurance, Boat Insurance, Health Insurance and Caravan Insurance in South Australia.

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Kansas City Tech Startup Neighbortree.Com Launches Free Neighborhood Website Social Network

Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) July 27, 2010

Today officially launched a “free neighborhood website” social network with the following highlights:

1.) Neutral: Provides user-managed online communities in a neutral website environment where residents can share, discuss, buy & sell, announce and debate any neighborhood issue.

2.) Privacy: Registered residents can post and comment anonymously.

3.) More Privacy: Registered residents choose how much (if any) personal data is available to other registered members in the neighborhood.

4.) Even More Privacy: Registered residents can designate posts to be public or restricted only to other registered neighborhood users.

5.) Independent: Each neighborhood site is a distinct micro-site – meaning that every neighborhood has its own independent website, complete with its own membership and content management.

6.) Revenue Sharing: neighbortree shares advertising revenue with participating neighborhoods and we also raise sponsorship dollars from local businesses. These funds go back to neighborhoods in the form of improvements, block parties, or mini-scholarships for neighborhood children.

7.) Hyperlocal: We offer local businesses a new way of advertising: Communertising where community involvement meets neighborhood-specific, local business advertising. Local businesses can cherry pick individual neighborhoods or advertise by zip code, metro area or state.

8) Secure: Our unique registration process helps to ensure that only residents of a particular community can post to their website.

9) Feature Rich: Our platform includes News & Announcements, Forums, Calendar, Photo Albums, Polling, Messaging, Community Newsletters and much more.

Although relatively few neighborhoods and subdivisions have full-featured social networking websites, does not try to replace existing HOA websites. In fact, our neighborhood social network compliments existing neighborhood sites by providing a neutral online venue where residents can speak freely and blog about any issue relevant to the community. explains that neutrality is the main reason for the websites popularity: One of our homepage taglines reads We are not your Home Owners Associations website. We frequently promote this disclaimer in part to let people know that we are not associated with any HOA, property manager or government entity but the main goal is to let people know that we are a neutral online venue where registered users can publicly, privately or anonymously blog and comment on any issue without the fear of censorship or compromising privacy. While hot-button topics usually generate the most activity, most people actually use the site to plan social activities (golf, pool parties, play dates, card games, bunco, car pools, charity events & fund-raising, etc.), buy & sell (i.e. garage sales, home sales, neighbor-to-neighbor services, etc.) and share information or post alerts regarding local criminal activity.

The company acknowledges that the idea of online neighborhood social networking has been around for years and that dozens of free and pay-for HOA website templates and network solutions can easily be found throughout the Internet: While the idea is old in Internet terms, we believe that our approach and business model are new. Our research shows that premium website solutions that are sold to HOAs and similar organizations result in high registration rates, but are not typically scalable from a sales standpoint. On the other hand, free neighborhood website networks often boast a large number of neighborhood sites, but very low user registration rates. Neither approach has worked at the national level. This is why there currently is no ubiquitous social network for neighborhoods despite many years of venture capital investment and entrepreneurial startup effort. How does bridge the scalability gap? The trick is no (or low) cost user acquisition. How do we do it? Well, thats part of our secret sauce.

neighbortree would also like to acknowledge its development partner, Kansas City Website Design was the needle in the haystack for us. Since commencing development in late 2008, we contracted with three metro area development firms and almost a fourth before hitting the jackpot. This boutique web development firm not only had the technical capabilities to deliver where others failed, they came in on time and within our ORIGINAL startup budget.

SGIC Shows That Stress Flicks The Driving Switch

(PRWEB) June 08, 2011

With new SGIC research showing that a third of SA drivers take more risks when stressed while at the wheel, the insurer is urging all drivers to stay calm and follow the road rules*.

A survey of 500 SA drivers revealed that the afternoon is when drivers feel the most frazzled and this can lead to ignoring road rules and the speed limit.

SGIC Car Insurance spokesperson Rob Cory said, “We can see from the research that stress clearly causes some of us to have a somewhat split personality while at the wheel so we want to urge all drivers to keep their cool.

“Stress can affect your concentration and losing focus for even one second, puts you at greater risk of having a collision.

“The other behaviours that many of us are guilty of when were tense behind the wheel are tailgating, not merging correctly and cutting other drivers off.

“We understand a lot of us lead busy lifestyles and want to squeeze in as many things as possible so we may be getting stressed rushing to our next destination, however a busy schedule shouldnt compromise safe driving.

“We urge all SA drivers to try and avoid getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the traffic and to focus on the road when theyre at the wheel,” said Mr Cory.

SGIC Car Insurance recommends the following tips for drivers:

Consider adjusting your work hours if you can to avoid driving in peak hour;
Think about car pooling with other drivers to avoid driving five days a week;
Choose public transport if available;
If youre caught in traffic remember to take a deep breath, sit back and enjoy the time getting frustrated wont help your safety or your stress levels.

Based on a survey of 500 SA drivers by Pure Profile Research in May 2011

SGIC is a leading insurance provider offering Home Insurance, Car Insurance, Motorcycle Insurance, Travel Insurance, Business Insurance, Boat Insurance, Health Insurance and Caravan Insurance in South Australia.


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Monterey College of Law — First Law School in US to go iPad

Seaside, CA (PRWEB) August 25, 2010

Monterey College of Law, a California accredited law school located in Seaside, California is the first law school in the US to adopt the iPad as an integral part of the law school curriculum. Law students at Monterey College of Law returned from summer break to the exciting news that they are part of a unique pilot program that will provide iPads to each law student at the school. Through an innovative program developed by the law school with BAR BRI, the countrys largest bar exam review company, each MCL law student receives an iPad when they enroll in the BAR BRI supplemental curriculum program that the students use while attending school and in preparation for the California Bar Exam.

Law schools are rarely found close to the leading edge of technology, said Mitchel Winick, President and Dean of the law school. However, it is clear to me that combining this technology with interactive, portable, timely content and harnessing the energy of on-line social networking provides a number of immediate educational opportunities. This is particularly true for an evening law school like MCL that has a traditional classroom-based legal education program in which many students are balancing a full work and family schedule while attending law school.

Many of our law students work the equivalent of three jobs, said Wendy LaRiviere, Dean of Admissions. Between law school, work, and family, it is a constant challenge for them to set aside enough time during the week to study. Winick believes that the iPad will provide time-challenged students an easy way to add 30 to 45 minutes of studying each day . . . during a lunch break, waiting in the car-pool line, or even getting their oil changed. The result will be an additional 3 to 5 hours per week of valuable study time. It is a compelling argument because it has the potential to add 200 to 250 hours of study time per year and possibly as much as 600 to 700 additional hours over the course of the law degree program. If our students use this found time to do additional reading and incorporate a more extensive use of their class notes, study guides, and practice exams . . . we expect to see a positive result in law school performance and continued improvement in the bar pass rates of our graduates, said Winick.

Chris Marohn, a third-year MCL law student who is the immediate-past President of the Student Bar Association noted that excited Facebook posts about the iPad program were circulating through the rest of the student body before the Dean finished announcing the new program to the first-year class. There was a lot of excitement among my classmates, particularly once Dean Winick started handing out iPads,” said Marohn. Winick noted that 100% of the entering first-year students and approximately 70% of the upper level students enrolled in the new program by the end of the first week of law school. He expects that most of the remaining students will enroll over the next few weeks as students begin experimenting with new ways to study using the iPads. It is only a matter of time before virtual study groups are formed to support each of the core law school classes.

The second step of the program is to provide access to iPads for MCL law faculty members who are interested in integrating the iPad into their regular course materials and classroom presentations. Historically, law faculty members are known to be very traditional in their approach to teaching. In some law schools, classes have been taught the same way, with very few changes, for more than 100 years said Winick. The objective of the MCL faculty pilot program will be to develop examples of using iPad technology to enhance and expand traditional legal education without diminishing any of the core academic values, said Stephen Wagner, law professor and President of the faculty senate. The law school will pilot-test the faculty program during the current academic year and anticipates expanding the program to include all interested faculty members next year.

Being the first law school out of approximately 220 accredited law schools in the US to broadly adopt the iPad is a bold step. However it is not the only innovative program announced this year at MCL. In April, the law school celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day by hosting a ribbon-cutting of its new Community Justice Center, a LEED Platinum registered project. LEED Platinum is the highest green-building standard for sustainable design and construction. According to the US Green Building Council, MCL is only the third law school in the US to open a LEED Platinum facility. The new center is home to a courtroom, regional mediation center, and a new community legal clinic that will be staffed by MCL law students. We are fortunate to live, study, and work in one of the most beautiful and ecologically unique regions of the country, said Winick. We not only teach about environmental rights and responsibilities in the law school classroom . . . through our LEED Platinum facility we are providing a tangible example of the importance of sustainability and stewardship of our precious environmental resources.


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