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Distracted driving remains a problem in Canada and The Travelers Institute has released new data today from a recent study, attempting to shed more light on the issue.
New survey results were shared today as part of the Every Second Matters symposium series, which launched today to educate Canadians about safety behind the wheel. The education campaign is a partnership between the Economic Club of Canada, the National Safety Council, the Road to Zero Coalition and the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario.
The education campaign includes the results of a new survey conducted by The Harris Poll of over 900 Canadian drivers, detailing some reasons why people continue to use their phones while driving.
The poll conducted 37% of Canadian drivers use a mobile device to communicate while driving, with the top reasons cited as follows:
- 31 per cent feel compelled to communicate by phone call or text while driving because of family obligations that require constant attention.
- 27 per cent do not want to miss something important.
- 14 per cent always want to be available for work.
Read more at iPhoneinCanada.ca
Efforts to abolish net neutrality were widely backed by the telecommunications industry, but criticized by both the tech industry and customer advocacy groups. In theory, the principle was put in place to keep large internet service providers like AT&T and Verizon from arbitrarily slowing down user connections. One common concern is ISPs blocking or slowing down user's access to competing services or offering preferential treatment to certain companies.
Nonprofits like NYC Mesh have begun installing antennas all over New York City to offer New Yorkers a "community-owned" wireless network with unfettered access to the internet.
Supporters of the net-neutrality repeal, however, argue that the internet isn't neutral now and increasing competition among ISPs will aid in keeping telecom giants from further monopolizing the internet bandwidth market. Although the idea of AT&T subjectively blocking certain types of traffic is troubling, proponents insist creating a vibrant competitive market will ultimately stop those kinds of bad practices.
Nonetheless, the FCC's decision has triggered legal challenges in several states and a coalition of 22 state attorneys general have already filed a lawsuit to stop the FCC's vote. Oregon state and Washington have enacted net neutrality laws and governors in about four states — Hawaii, New Jersey, New York and Vermont — have signed executive orders sustaining the principle.
Recently, The Harris Poll found that while over 9 in 10 Americans (92%) say the internet should be accessible to everyone, Americans are largely split on the basic principles of net neutrality. Just over half (55%) say big companies should be able to pay for their content to load faster for certain users.
In the 1970s, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer revolutionized operating system software. Thirty years later, Mark Zuckerberg helped pioneer social networking. So what’s the latest generation of Harvard tech entrepreneurs up to? Looking to cash in on cryptocurrency, of course. Sign of the times.
Bushra Hamid, the 19-year-old daughter of Syrian immigrants, has teamed up with three schoolmates to form Plympton Capital, a hedge fund for investing in digital currencies. Hamid says they aim to launch in six to eight weeks, starting with $1 million. Plympton, named for a street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has already raised $700,000 from friends and family.
“We don’t necessarily know a lot,” when it comes to the ins and outs of Wall Street, Hamid said, but when it comes to crypto, “they have full trust in us.”
While many tech-savvy individual investors have long dabbled in cryptocurrencies, funds became interested in the last few years. About 226 have opened so far, most of them within the past year, managing as much as $5 billion in capital, according to Autonomous Research LLP.
Current Plympton investors say the team has what it takes to succeed.
Read more at Bloomberg.
Here’s one way to trash your sex life.
Littering is the biggest turnoff for environmentally-conscious singles, according to a new Zoosk survey released ahead of Earth Day.
The dating site polled 5,100 men and women looking for love to see how protecting the planet factors into someone’s attractiveness, and 78% of people said they want to date someone who cares about the environment. So tossing garbage onto the ground is a deal-breaker for almost three in four (74%) of them. And that sustainable sin was followed by unnecessarily wasting food (32%), leaving the lights on (17%) and not recycling (17%).
Ninety-two percent of Americans are worried about the future of our planet, according to a recent Harris Poll. And millennials are particularly concerned, with nearly three quarters (72%) of people aged 18 to 34 suffering “ecoanxiety” — including racing thoughts, sleep problems and a feeling of uneasiness — from watching, hearing and/or reading negative news stories about the environment.
Read more at Moneyish.
About 175,000 Starbucks employees will receive the anti-bias training, which will be designed with help from legal and civil rights experts including former Attorney General Eric Holder, Sherrilyn Ifill, the president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League.
"I've spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it," Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement. He met with the two men on Monday to apologize for their mistreatment. "While this is not limited to Starbucks, we're committed to being a part of the solution," he added.
"Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities."
Starbucks denounced the incident as "reprehensible" and also revealed that the manager who called the police is no longer working at that store. Starbucks' swift, sweeping steps will be appreciated by many consumers as 85% of Americans say it is personally very and somewhat important to them that companies work to truly make a difference on racial equality, according to The Harris Poll's 2018 Reputation Quotient study.