ICBC applying to hike rates 6.4% this year

first_imgEby pointed out legislation that was passed in 2010 that allowed the provincial government to take cash out of ICBC’s coffers. He said that since then, $1.2 billion was removed from ICBC and put into the provincial government’s general revenue.“It’s unacceptable for government to treat ICBC like an ATM machine – and it cost B.C. drivers more than a billion dollars,” Eby said. “Our priority is to make sure that affordability for good drivers always comes first.”“Our commitment to British Columbians is to make life more affordable for them – forcing 20% rate increases on drivers is a non-starter,” Eby said. “Our government is working overtime to clean up the mess we inherited in a way that minimizes impacts on drivers.” VANCOUVER, B.C. — B.C. Attorney General David Eby announced today that the government will begin looking at ways to fix problems at ICBC, after the Crown Corporation lost more than $500 million in 12 months.Eby announced today that immediate measures include an operational audit of ICBC, rolling out 24-hour red-light cameras at high-collision intersections, and a pilot program of new technologies to eliminate distracted driving among high-risk groups.ICBC lost more than $500 million dollars last year, the corporation’s largest financial loss in its history.- Advertisement -Eby said that ICBC will apply with the B.C. Utilities Commission to increase basic-rate insurance by 6.4 percent this year. That’s lower than the 20 percent rate hike that was previously recommended in the report commissioned by the Liberal government and released in July.The overall optional rate will be increased by 3.1 percent in the first quarter, with subsequent quarterly increases of 2.2 percent, to a maximum of 9.6 percent. Individual policy rates will depend on the age of the vehicle, value and use of a vehicle, and where it is being driven. For the average driver, the annual blended increase between basic and optional coverage will be roughly 8 percent, or $130.“Drastic action is needed to fix ICBC’s devastating financial crisis, but B.C. drivers should not be forced to pay 20% basic rate hikes today because of mismanagement that goes back years,” said Eby.Advertisementlast_img read more

MIddlesbrough, Norwich and MK Dons stars on shortlist for Football League Young Player of the Year

first_imgMiddlesbrough forward Patrick Bamford, Norwich winger Nathan Redmond and MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli are in the running to be named Football League Young Player of the Year.Bamford, 21, who is on loan from Chelsea, has hit 18 goals to spearhead Boro’s bid for a return to the Premier League.Fellow England Under-21 international Redmond has also enjoyed a fine season, the 21-year-old scoring three goals for a Canaries side also challenging for promotion.Alli, 19, has netted 14 goals including a hat-trick against Crewe – from which earned him a move to Tottenham in January before being loaned back to the League One Dons for the rest of the campaign.The accolade has in the past been won by the likes of Gareth Bale, Wilfried Zaha and Nathaniel Clyne. The winner will be announced on Sunday at the 10th annual Football League Awards. Middlesbrough forward Patrick Bamford, Norwich winger Nathan Redmond and MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli 1last_img read more

February 22, 2019 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News

first_imgIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how icon styles affect task performance, find a video of how a screen reader user surfs the web, discover how to create web animations in CSS, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.Hope you find the resources helpful in your work or projects!Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter.Tweet of the WeekTaking time to get to know your people, understand their needs, and help them reach their goals is one of the first steps in developing an all-star team. Coupled with a clear vision and effective training it can be inspirational. #leadership— randy clark (@randyclarktko) February 21, 2019User ExperienceDid you know that icon style affects task performance? And that characteristic cues can make it easier to recognize icons? Anthony from UX Movement takes a deep dive into icons as he explores whether solid or outline icons are faster to recognize.Yes, you always want to conduct your own user research.Outsourcing your user research is like outsourcing your vacation.It gets the job done, but it’s unlikely to have the desired effects.— Jared Spool (@jmspool) February 20, 2019No surprise here. Ad codes slow down websites, impacting performance and user experience. Google Ads and Google Analytics on a website can add more than two-thirds of a second to page load times.Have you taken the UX Mastery survey? They want to find out what books, courses, degrees, meetups, organizations you’ve found most helpful in learning about user experience. It took me less than five minutes to take the survey.Are you looking to add to your user experience library? Rosenfeld Media has a sale this week: all paperback books are $10 off, with free shipping in the United States. Ebooks are $5 off. Sale ends at midnight on February 22, 2019 (that’s today!)AccessibilityWell worth your time to watch the one hour 20 minute video of Léonie Watson (a blind screen reader user) accesses some of the favorite websites of Smashing Magazine members with her screen reader. When the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 version was published in July 2018, it was a welcome announcement for the new guidelines focused on mobile, low-vision users, and cognitive disabilities.Want to learn more about WCAG 2.1? Check out these slides (Google Slides) from Associate Professor Carla Spina’s presentation, Get to Know WCAG 2.1.Dawid Bednarski takes a closer look at email accessibility standards by industry in the United States, with a focus on finance, healthcare, government organizations, and the hotel industry.Alternative text for images in email messages doesn’t needs to be long, but it needs to provide enough description that the reader knows what’s on the screen.WordPressWhen someone asks me about sending email newsletters directly from their WordPress site, I always recommend they look to an email marketing service.The providers recognize professional email marketing platforms as trustworthy, and their spam filters let emails from these platforms through to inboxes.Sad news to share. Earlier this month I shared WP Tavern’s post about Alex Mills, whose leukemia had returned. Sadly, Alex announced this week that leukemia has won. He is remaining at home to spend the rest of his time with family and friends.Thinking of leaving Flickr, but not sure where to move your photos? If you’re comfortable with the commend line, here’s how to move your Flickr photos to WordPress.One of my favorite tools is Grammarly. WP Beginner explains how you can use it to check grammar and spelling in WordPress. Did I mention it’s free?CSS and HTMLThis is so cool! Find out how your current website looks like in the first web browser. Find out how the group of nine developers revived the first web browser in their week-long hackathon.In the first post of her web animations guide, front-end developer Chloe Hwang walks you through the basics of web animation with CSS, explaining transitions and keyframes through code examples.If you’ve worked with grid, you know you can quickly set up rows and columns. But did you know you can give those rows and columns specific names? Learn tips about CSS Grid in this helpful post by Violet Peña.With the @supports feature in CSS, you can discover whether a specific property:value combination is supported in a browser. Chris Coyier explains how @supports works as he shares several use cases you may want to consider for your web projects.What I Found InterestingI need to expand my vocabulary to include more of these 26 feel-good words. But I think it will be hard to work in refreshing and wondrous in the same sentence.How do you write a blog post? Here’s the step-by-step guide for writing a post that Darren Rowse (@problogger) uses. First step: pick a topic.Many people are aware of Chrome synchronizing data across multiple devices. But did you know Firefox can also sync your browser data?If you like what you’ve read today, share the post with your colleagues and friends.Want to make sure you don’t miss out on updates? Subscribe to get notified when new posts are published.Did I miss some resources you found this week? I’d love to see them! Post them in the comments below.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedFebruary 15, 2019 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn the five-step process to create an empathy map, find out how to create better web experiences, discover when to use CSS Grid or flexbox, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting…In “Web design & development links”March 1, 2019 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to design content to create better user experiences, find the results of an accessibility evaluation of the top 1,000,000 websites, discover how to size grid content using keywords, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: November 18, 2016In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn four ways to declutter your design, find out how designing accessible sites affects everyone, discover how to share an unpublished WordPress post, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more

Data Analytics: Businesses Disappointed With Their Efforts to Apply Analytics

first_imgEnterprises aren’t satisfied with their tools for data analytics.  A report from KPMG International found that while 97 percent of organizations surveyed said that they use data analytics, only 19 percent were satisfied with the results from their analytics tools.The report describes successes achieved by using data analytics:86 percent of organizations say that data analytics helps them make decisions more quickly81 percent of organizations use analytics to improve their understanding of customers50 percent of US businesses say they’ve increased sales as a result of applying data analytics41 percent of C-level executives say that data analytics has helped them create targeted offerings for prospective customersBut the report also notes a number of challenges:58 percent of organizations doubt the quality and accuracy of the data used for analyticsOnly 14 percent of organizations say that they have the right talent and capabilities to fully use data analyticsNova Spivack, CEO of Bottlenose, said that “companies are getting really good at collecting data, but they are having big problems connecting it. Analyzing a single source of data will never drive real value; it takes multiple streams of data to get real insight.”Christian Rast, KPMG Global Head of data analytics, said that “in the last two years we’ve seen a tremendous increase in data analytics adoption and maturity across organizations; for example, more than 80 percent in our survey say they are making faster, more accurate decisions with data analytics, and over 67 per cent use data analytics to reduce risk.  Yet, we also know that business leaders face some critical challenges in realizing the full value of their data insights in the areas of revenue growth, serving customers and overall competitive advantage.”last_img read more

Social Media Management System Spredfast Secures Series A Funding

first_imgTaking advantage of the increasing importance of social media management for businesses, Spredfast, a finalist at this year’s Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator at SXSW, has received $1.6 million in funding from Austin Ventures. Featured here on ReadWriteWeb in January, Spredfast is the first enterprise-class social media management system. Spredfast supports companies at both the enterprise and SMB levels, allowing businesses to manage their social media campaigns through a single dashboard. Spredfast incorporates data from multiple platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr and most blogging platforms (such as WordPress, Blogger and MoveableType). As the information from these platforms is in one location, and as the service integrates both Omniture and Google Analytics, Spredfast facilitates social media automation and then ties social media analytics with Web analytics to secure “click to conversion” metrics. The pricing for the services range from free to $100 per initiative per month. Since its public launch in January, Spredfast has attracted Oracle, AOL, HP and IBM to its customer base.“We’ve been working to establish Spredfast as the ‘Omniture for social media’, a valuable tool for anyone trying to effectively manage and measure a social media initiative,” said Kenneth Cho, Spredfast’s CEO. “Our relationship with Austin Ventures, specifically with AV partner Mike Dodd previously of Omniture, is great validation of the huge gap Spredfast is filling in the social media market and the reception so many customers are having toward the product.” Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups last_img read more

Reporting Online Abuse On Twitter Just Got Easier

first_imgOn Tuesday, Twitter addressed criticisms of how it handles abusive behavior by announcing changes to its blocking and reporting tools. Rolling out to all users over the coming weeks, the features were designed to make reporting and discouragement of online harassment easier for people. For Twitter, the updates seem carefully orchestrated to show that, no matter how it seems, the company really does care about protecting the folks who use its network.  Let’s see just how much it cares.How To Report Abusive TweetingThreatening behavior violates Twitter’s terms of service. Yet the company had previously done little to restructure its poorly crafted abuse-reporting architecture. See also: Twitter Might Finally Be Getting Serious About Online HarassmentFor instance, Twitter has long barred anyone witnessing abusive behavior from reporting infractions, instead requiring that only the targets of abuse could flag incidents. From the old version of a page in the company’s Help Center (courtesy of Google Cache):Who can report abusive behavior on Twitter?In order to investigate reports of abusive behaviors, violent threats or a breach of privacy, we need to be in contact with the actual person affected or their authorized representative. We are unable to respond to requests from uninvolved parties […] If you are not an authorized representative but you are in contact with the individual, encourage the individual to file a report through our forms.[emphasis added by ReadWrite]The process of reporting abuse itself practically discouraged people from speaking up, as victims had to plod through clunky multi-question forms. Now, Twitter has opened up its reporting tool so anyone can flag offending behavior. It also shortened the steps required and made it “mobile-friendly,” making it easier to file complaints from smartphones. The approach certainly sounds much more convenient. Of course, if anyone can report bad behavior anywhere they see it—or claim to see it—there will undoubtedly be an uptick in random or spurious complaints. Twitter may need to ramp up resources to deal with that, as otherwise the reporting tool could itself become a harassment weapon aimed at unsuspecting users.Elsewhere, Twitter also revamped its online settings to include a new “blocked accounts” area (available at Twitter.com). Here, you can see and edit your list of blocked users, as well as bar them from viewing your profile. While not exactly robust, the changes do look like a decent start. It’s long overdue.Abuse On Twitter Is No Laughing MatterThe network has become a home to online mob mentalities. Negative tweets quickly and easily escalate into streams of hate speech and threats within moments. A year ago, journalist and feminist advocate Caroline Criado-Perez received a torrential spate of Twitter abuse for proposing that British currency feature a woman’s face. Criado-Perez estimated that she received one rape threat per minute. Twitter rolled out its initial reporting tools shortly after, but the British journalist called them inadequate for the large volume of threats she and others received. (She ultimately quit Twitter.)Now Twitter’s reaction to another high-profile online harassment case has spawned the latest set of changes. In August, Zelda Williams suffered the wrath of Twitter following the death of her father, comedian Robin Williams. The flood of personal and vicious attacks essentially blamed her for the tragedy, forcing the younger Williams to take a hiatus from the network.See also: After Zelda Williams Abuse, Twitter May (Finally) Protect UsersAfter that, Twitter said it would “evaluate its policies,” and today’s announcements deliver on that promise. But their timing once again makes the company seem like a reactive, reluctant protector of its users’ safety. Twitter seems to know that, so it promises to make more proactive improvements and soon. In fact, the company acknowledges that its work to improve features—and perhaps its image—has only just begun.“We are nowhere near being done making changes in this area,” the company stated in its blog post. Twitter says it will launch “new enforcement procedures for abusive accounts” at some point later. Del Harvey, Twitter’s vice president of trust and safety, said in a statement that “we’re also working to take advantage of more behavioral signals—including reports from bystanders—and using those signals to prioritize reports and speed up our review process.” The Verge reports that bulk blocking—that is, blocking of multiple accounts at once—could be on the menu too. Dealing with online harassment can be tricky, particularly on a network that lets anyone create new or multiple accounts—even if their bad behavior gets a previous one shut down. In that sense, Twitter essentially has a never-ending game of whack-a-mole on its hands. But at the very least, the company finally seems ready to wield a proper mallet. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Lead photo by Anthony Quintano; all other images courtesy of Twitter Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#online harassment#reporting abuse#social network#twitter The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos adriana leecenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts last_img read more

Tastytreats Brings The Sweetest Weekly Parties Back Starting Saturday With DJ Premier

first_imgDJ Statik AKA Mr. Sonny James(M. Edlow for GPTMC) Get ready to party on a weekly basis starting this Saturday with legendary DJ Premier of Gang Starr as Tastytreats kicks off its 12th crowd-rocking year. That’s right. The Tasty team is going back to weekly dance parties every Saturday night at Fluid Nightclub! Even tastier, the Tastytreats crew has invited Mr. Sonny James AKA DJ Statik of The Ill Vibe Collective to join the family and spin alongside Tasty resident DJ Mike Nyce beginning on January 12. The dynamic duo will get the crowd hype with electric mixes of current and classic hip-hop, reggae, dancehall, classics, funk, soul and more. Tastytreats is a legendary Philly nightlife experience. Created in 2001, Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Stacey “Flygirrl” Wilson, Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots and host Yameen Allworld set out to start something different for Philly nightlife. Tastytreats came to life and for the past 12 years has featured heavyweights such as DJ Jazzy Jeff, Questlove, Q-Tip, Premier & Guru, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Biz Markie, Cash Money, 9th Wonder, Scratch of EPMD, Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Rich Medina and many more in addition to their resident DJ Mike Nyce. The party has catered to amazing music and an electric dance floor. And now, it’s time to turn it up! This Saturday a new chapter in Tastytreats history begins, and you’re invited to be a part of it. As Flygirrl always says, “See you on the dance floor!” Insider Tip: Enjoy $3 drink specials until midnight. Ladies are FREE until 11 p.m. Event Details Tastytreats Every Saturday beginning January 5 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Fluid Nightclub 613 S. 4th Street Philadelphia, PAlast_img read more