State’s new unemployment- advantages website can’t hoop trade during …

A new online complement for Washingtonians to record for stagnation advantages was not operative shortly after it launched Tuesday morning and remained nonfunctional by many of a day.

The system’s website led users to an blunder page when they attempted to put in information, and dual toll-free phone numbers were impressed by callers, heading to bustling signals and forsaken calls.

“Technical problems and high call volumes are inspiring a ability to take initial unemployment-benefit applications, weekly claims and questions right now,” a state Employment Security Department wrote in an alert on a website Tuesday morning. “Multiple teams are operative to repair this as fast as possible.”

Janelle Guthrie, a dialect spokeswoman, pronounced a group would refurbish a warning each hour and that new claimants requesting for advantages can do so any time this week with no outcome on their benefits.

But weekly advantage payments will be behind given of a new system, a dialect wrote in a alert.

Guthrie pronounced many higher-than-expected trade on a site’s sign-on portal prevented people from accessing a site.

While a website struggled many of a day, a dialect pronounced it had bound a issues with a phone lines.

“Agents have successfully been holding applications and claims over a phone given noon today, and we’ve processed claims for some-more than 17,000 people,” Guthrie pronounced during around 5 p.m. “The claims centers answer incoming calls from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and afterwards offer business watchful on reason until 5 p.m.”

At 6 p.m., Guthrie pronounced they were assured that issues with a website had been resolved.

The new stagnation complement is projected to cost about $28.1 million to build and implement, Guthrie said. That’s about $11.1 million underneath budget, she said.

Michael Guss, of Cashmere, Chelan County, is impoverished after recently operative for an economic-development agency. He pronounced a timing of a website change could be generally problematic.

“It’s a commencement of a month; what are people going to do to compensate their lease if they’re on unemployment?” Guss said. “People are looking during being evicted in a center of winter given of insufficiency in Olympia.”

The new website is meant to boost confidence for a online complement and concede both claimants and employers some-more self-service options.

It is ostensible to concede users to request for advantages and contention weekly claims online, as good as give claimants a choice of removing advantages around a withdraw card, rather than paper checks.

“We’re vehement to offer this new record to offer a customers,” Commissioner Dale Peinecke, of a Employment Security Department, pronounced in a matter final week. “But we also know change brings hurdles — and we’re prepared to help.”

Digital insights | A successful initial year for the upgraded website

It’s been about a year given The Issaquah Press transitioned to a new online platform. 

We pronounced goodbye to a website that was old, delayed and tough to use, and upgraded to a sleek, new, mobile-friendly issaquahpress.com. It’s authorised a staff to improved showcase a stories that matter to you, either it’s in a form of articles, imitation galleries or videos. 

We were means to do things that simply weren’t probable on a prior site. For example, for a initial time, we had a capability to upload photos of each maestro listed in a annual Lest We Forget section. We also introduced a new grill inspections database that is consistently one of a most-viewed facilities on a site.

Photo galleries are now many easier to navigate, and even easier to upload, permitting us to constraint and share some-more noted scenes from a place we call home. Here were a most-viewed Issaquah imitation galleries of a year:

• Reporter David Hayes’ Aug hide demeanour during a new Issaquah Middle School captivated a many eyes.

• My Oct photos of a new Issaquah Dough Zone’s grill interior hold a second spot.

• Liberty High School events slotted in during both 3 and four. Greg Farrar’s Liberty commencement photos were a third most-viewed, while my photos from a Patriots’ homecoming football game came in fourth.

• Scott Stoddard’s photos of April’s All Jeep show during Triple XXX Root Beer Drive-In dull out a tip five.

As a sidenote, a most-viewed slideshow opposite all of a theeastside.news websites (which embody The Issaquah Press, Sammamish Review, SnoValley Star and a Newcastle News) was Farrar’s behind-the-scenes demeanour during a Sammamish YMCA before it non-stop to a public.

Development, expansion and trade were common themes among a most-read stories of a year. Here are a few of a highlights:

• Stoddard’s work about a midcentury Providence Heights chapel shows adult a few times in a most-read category, including a initial news that a chapel would be demolished and transposed with homes, to a latest growth that saw a Issaquah School District approve regulating venerable domain to acquire it.

• My news about a second attack on a poor Interstate 90 overpass is among a most-read, too. A year after a rubbish lorry shop-worn a overpass over Front Street, a backhoe caused additional repairs in April.

• Lizz Giordano’s story about a proposed hotel on a slope behind Fred Meyer held a lot of attention, as did Stoddard’s story about a change in ownership during Front Street Market. 

• A letter to a editor thanking a Costco worker who paid for a customer’s equipment after her withdraw label malfunctioned resonated with thousands of readers and remained one of a most-read equipment of a year.

If we haven’t already, we inspire we to bookmark issaquahpress.com and make a daily visit. You’ll find new, timely calm posted roughly each day. Can’t wait until we get your paper each Thursday? Most of a stories in a imitation book are substantially already on a website.

Plus, there’s additional calm online that we won’t see in a newspaper, including contributor Neil Pierson’s prep sports video highlights and several online-only imitation galleries.

As we demeanour to a future, we’re always looking to urge a reader experience. How can we make your time on issaquahpress.com some-more convenient? Send me your comments and ideas: ccorrales-toy@isspress.com.

Responding to market, genuine estate organisation remade the website for mobile shoppers

Greg Mason pronounced that information offering an “ah-ha!” impulse when he and his group started meditative about rebuilding a company’s website. (Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

MINNEAPOLIS — In genuine estate, a mantra has always been location, location, location. Then it was web, web, web. Now there’s a new refrain: Mobile, mobile, mobile.

Smartphones and other mobile inclination have upended a genuine estate universe and a proceed brokerages do business. The latest information from a National Association of Realtors uncover that 71 percent of millennials start their residence hunt regulating a mobile app or website. For Gen Xers, 64 percent started on a web, compared with 46 percent of baby boomers.

At Edina Realty, formed outward a Twin Cities, trade on a company’s website in 2015 increasing 100 percent compared with a prior year, and visits to a mobile apps surged by scarcely 20 percent.

Greg Mason, boss and CEO of Edina Realty Home Services, pronounced that information offering an “ah-ha!” impulse when he and his group started meditative about rebuilding a company’s website.

“Our proceed had to be mobile first,” Mason said.

It was scarcely dual years ago when a association motionless to tackle a emanate head-on by revamping a website to softened offer people regulating mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones, to do their residence shopping.

“Smartphones have turn so ubiquitous. We had to take a critical demeanour during a changing demographics, use patterns, what consumers wish and how they cite to entrance information about homes,” Mason said.

Even a web itself and a proceed people entrance that information is changing dramatically as any unbroken era of buyers brings a possess preferences to a process.

Edina already had a mobile website, though it offering a some-more singular knowledge than what desktop users were removing since of a constraints of a tiny screen. So a association launched an bid to build a some-more responsive, integrated website that looks a same regardless of a device on that it is being viewed.

Nearly half of all consumers now contend online calm does not arrangement scrupulously on their smartphones, according to a 2015 Pew Research Center report.

Companies have been focused on providing manageable website designs that fast blending to a hunt habits of a user with mixed pages, photos and other visible elements, though translating that knowledge in an integrated proceed for a accumulation of mobile inclination has been difficult.

The initial sequence of business was holding control of that record from a third-party businessman that defended all a shortcoming and control of a site, creation it rather unwieldy for agents and brokers to say and refurbish a site.

That businessman was also some-more skilful during catering to desktop inclination and lacked a imagination a association indispensable to emanate a streamlined and unchanging knowledge for mobile users.

Edina done a elemental preference to take a website in-house with a support of dual pivotal partners: Microsoft and RBA Consulting, a inhabitant digital and record consulting association that’s formed in Minneapolis.

“By bringing Edina Realty’s website in-house, we can adjust a site to a clients’ changing preferences and revoke a time it takes to deliver innovative online collection to a market,” Mason said.

Eric Raarup, RBA Consulting clamp boss of digital experience, CRM and marketing, led a group of strategists, designers and technologists who were obliged for conceptualizing and grown a website.

Raarup pronounced a biggest plea was formulating a complicated website that serves constant users while attracting new ones by an softened mobile experience.

“At a same time, we wanted to capacitate a Edina Realty group to have some-more proceed tenure of a content, information and a platform,” Raarup said.

The website is built on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform, that provides storage for information and creates probably total intensity for updates and growth. The site is also most softened matched to cope with fluctuations in web traffic.

That’s critical for a association that’s handling some-more than 60,000 listings from 13 mixed inventory services opposite a state, any with a possess complement for handling data.

The new site also facilities one-touch entrance to pronounce with an agent. Every inventory automatically includes village statistics, county skill information and marketplace information including sales and inventory information. There are also articles about buying, offered and other homeownership topics. And there’s an interactive map with a sketch apparatus to labour hunt parameters.

Shoppers can use a customary hunt bar, though they can also use do a discerning hunt by clicking on one of several tiles with subjects like waterfront, new construction or a swimming pool. Buyers can hunt for homes formed on a propagandize assemblage zones and examination propagandize ratings.

“The modernized Edinarealty.com facilities a hunt that allows consumers to simply name criteria that is critical to them,” Mason said. “This proceed allows for a user to some-more simply filter a list of accessible properties to their ‘must haves’ when looking for a home.”

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FIRST ALERT UPDATE: Threat of complicated rain, clever storms continues by late Monday night

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) –

FIRST ALERT UPDATE: Another turn of complicated sleet and storms is creation a pull opposite a area this morning.

The complicated sleet stirred an Areal Flood Warning for Jefferson, Shelby, Chilton, Bibb, and Tuscaloosa counties until 11:45 a.m.

The storms this morning are elevated, with a primary risk being hail. We will see some-more storms lane in from a west after currently and a singular risk for a clever to serious charge will continue by tonight.

There are no large changes with honour to a primary risk zones. We are still meditative a aloft impact territory with honour to serious continue will be over south and southwest areas; however, we’ve practiced a timing as a risk for storms will continue by late tonight.

If a serious charge develops, all modes of serious continue will be possible, including hail, deleterious winds, flooding, and presumably a tornado.

The complicated sleet will finish off with slow showers early tomorrow and afterwards we might see a few some-more showers tomorrow night as a initial swell of colder atmosphere enters a state.

FIRST ALERT FOR POSSIBLE WINTER WEATHER LATE WEEK: All eyes will be on a finish of a week for a probability of some-more sleet and maybe even wintry precipitation.

Another swell of wintry atmosphere arrives on Thursday and this will dump temperatures into a 20s Thursday night.

Then some foresee information is hinting during a aspect low building to a south and lifting northeast opposite a area this weekend. If this unfolding pans out, we could see a wintry brew changing to sleet and afterwards presumably changing behind over to sleet before finale Saturday night.

The GFS indication seems to be many assertive during this indicate though we are still available a attainment of a charge complement on a west coast.

So we won’t unequivocally get a good hoop on a details until during slightest Wednesday.

The European foresee superintendence continues to trend drier. So a foresee stays liquid during this point.

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Mississippi gets extend to lane jobs website

BILOXI, Miss. – Mississippi Energy Institute has combined a website called “Get on a Grid” to assistance students and their relatives learn about opportunities for well-paying jobs in Mississippi.

Get on a Grid, combined final year, facilities jobs in energy, production and utilities, some of a fastest-growing, highest-paid and many in-demand jobs in a state, with good over 100,000 openings in these fields in Mississippi. The Sun Herald reports a $200,000 sovereign extend administered by a state Department of Employment Security is last who is regulating a website and how to pull some-more traffic.

“Until recently, we haven’t had a approach to exam and see how effective it is,” pronounced Patrick Sullivan, boss of MEI.

MEI Vice President of Development Garrett McInnis pronounced sum trade to a site, www.getonthegridms.com , was averaging 11.1 visits per day before a digital debate that’s holding a summary to where teenagers and immature adults demeanour for information — their cellphones and other mobile devices. In a 11 weeks given a debate began on Oct. 3, it captivated 34,727 visits, or an normal of 428 a day, usually from South Mississippi and a Jackson area, McInnis said.

“So far, a answer is a resounding approbation that this form of product is effective in lifting recognition of jobs out there,” Sullivan said.

Some of a jobs need a college degree, though Sullivan points out that many of a jobs during companies such as Chevron, Rolls-Royce and Mississippi Power need usually a year or dual of technical training.

“Get hired. Get trained. Get on a Grid,” is one of a messages on a site.

Besides hum words, McInnis pronounced they are perplexing several tone schemes on a site, and found that immature performs most improved than blue. The investigate shows roughly 60 percent of Facebook referrals come from females, and 17 percent of all trade is from returning visitors who detected a site and take another look.

Traffic increasing over Thanksgiving, and MEI is examination to see if a same thing happens over Christmas, as students start to some-more severely demeanour during what they will do after graduation. The investigate runs by Apr and MEI will work with a state Department of Education to go into classrooms on a Coast and in Jackson to ask students about their career choices and a website.

Monday Meeting: We Make People Happy’s Uf Tukel

A journey transport veteran in Delray Beach predicts well-spoken sailing forward for a attention and his association in a entrance year.

Uf Tukel, co-founder of We Make People Happy Vacations and iCruise.com, pronounced his transport group is flourishing as direct for cruises grows, too. Tukel co-founded a association in 2004 with Don Walker and 5 employees.

Today, WMPH Vacations is one of a largest Delray Beach employers with some-more than 120 people. Tukel pronounced he’s fervent to sinecure some-more people, too, generally in sales.

Demand for business is growing, interjection a dizzying array of journey choices and a company’s endless use of technology, including mixed websites and mobile apps.

WMPH helps business find a journey lines, destinations and activities that will best fit their needs. The association has 38 opposite journey lines featuring roughly 400 ships. WMPH stays on tip of creation and has devised a worldly rug devise for journey ships, so people can collect their accurate cabin.

Name: Uf Tukel



Age: 49

Hometown: Taylorsville, North Carolina. Currently live in Delray Beach

Education: University of North Carolina during Chapel Hill, BA

Family: My wife, Sandy, and we have dual kids. Our son Guller is a youth during Florida State University and a daughter Sydney is a beginner during a University of Florida

About your association : WMPH Vacations and iCruise.com is an online transport association that specializes in journey vacations. We are a tip writer with all a vital journey lines and a member of a Cruise Industry Hall of Fame. We have about 120 employees and sell roughly 40,000 cruises a year by a call center, mixed websites and mobile apps.

The association operates underneath a series of owned and partner brands including iCruise, CruiseCheap, AlaskaCruises.com, CruiseNow.com, and more. In 2009, WMPH Vacations launched a giveaway and extensive journey vacation-planning mobile app Cruise Finder.

First profitable pursuit and what we schooled from it: I started training a value of patron use offered Grit newspaper, bagging groceries and watchful tables. My initial pursuit out of college was offered communication systems for Atcom Business Telephones in Charlotte, N.C. David Finch, a clamp boss of sales, taught me that people buy from those they trust and like.

First mangle in a business: My mother dragged me on a journey for a honeymoon. we positively didn’t wish to go. But we desired it so many that we quit my pursuit offered telephones and started a association offered cruises. However, my large mangle once we got into a business was logging on to AOL in 1994 and seeing there were no companies offered cruises online. So we built a website and became one of a Internet’s initial journey retailers.

How your business has changed: When we got into a cruise/travel business in 1992, transport agencies were section and trebuchet storefront locations that got their business essentially from walk-in traffic, a yellow pages or newspapers. Technology has altered a approach guest find and book their trips/travel and has altered how companies like ours promulgate with a customers. Today roughly 50 percent of a new business find us on intelligent phones alone. That does not embody desktop website traffic!

Best business book: “Good to Great.” we also adore “Who Moved My Cheese,” a short, easy review though a elementary sign to be aware, equivocate relief and be prepared for change.

Best square of business recommendation we ever received: If we wish to be successful, do what successful people do.

What we tell immature people about your business: Jokingly, we tell immature people that we make people happy and that we make bucket list dreams come true. Then we explain that we are an online transport association that sells journey vacations. Many immature people aren’t wakeful of all practice opportunities in travel, so we go into a small fact about how a transport zone is a fourth largest employer in a world.

I tell them it’s a fun business that can give them a event to transport and see a world.

What do we see forward for Palm Beach County? We adore vital in Delray Beach. When we’re hosting guests, we turn debate guides and proudly exaggerate that Delray Beach was recently voted a Most Fun Small Town in America. With world-class restaurants, beaches and hotels stretching from West Palm Beach to Boca Raton, we consider there should be continued expansion in tourism and hospitality. Now supplement a universities, colleges, hospitals, year-round climate, and vicinity to 3 general airports, and we can’t assistance though see mercantile growth opportunities as well.

Outlook for 2017: I consider we’re going to have a good year for a transport industry. Alaska cruises are adult 15 percent. And carrying Cuba open adult to some-more mass marketplace journey lines like Royal Caribbean and Norwegian is really going to make it some-more affordable to journey to Cuba. Additionally, past passengers of these journey lines, generally those who live in Palm Beach County and South Florida will conclude a new end and choice to a Bahamas.

Power lunch spot: City Oyster for lunch and 32 East for Dinner.

Where we’d find we when you’re not during a office? On a vessel with my wife, carrying cooking on Atlantic Avenue or using miles somewhere on A1A.

Favorite smartphone app: Garmin Connect and a Cruise Finder App by iCruise, of course.

What is a many critical trait we demeanour for when hiring? Attitude, likeability and compassion. When you’re in a business of offered happiness, we need happy people who caring about and can make other people happy! We can’t make people happy but them.


State gets extend to assistance lane website targeting jobseekers

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Energy Institute has combined a website called “Get on a Grid” to assistance students and their relatives learn about opportunities for well-paying jobs in Mississippi.

Get on a Grid, combined final year, facilities jobs in energy, production and utilities, some of a fastest-growing, highest-paid and many in-demand jobs in a state, with good over 100,000 openings in these fields in Mississippi. The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2irxsOw ) a $200,000 sovereign extend administered by a state Department of Employment Security is last who is regulating a website and how to pull some-more traffic.

“Until recently, we haven’t had a approach to exam and see how effective it is,” pronounced Patrick Sullivan, boss of MEI.

MEI Vice President of Development Garrett McInnis pronounced sum trade to a site, www.getonthegridms.com , was averaging 11.1 visits per day before a digital debate that’s holding a summary to where teenagers and immature adults demeanour for information — their cellphones and other mobile devices. In a 11 weeks given a debate began on Oct. 3, it captivated 34,727 visits, or an normal of 428 a day, usually from South Mississippi and a Jackson area, McInnis said.

“So far, a answer is a resounding approbation that this form of product is effective in lifting recognition of jobs out there,” Sullivan said.

Some of a jobs need a college degree, though Sullivan points out that many of a jobs during companies such as Chevron, Rolls-Royce and Mississippi Power need usually a year or dual of technical training.

“Get hired. Get trained. Get on a Grid,” is one of a messages on a site.

Besides hum words, McInnis pronounced they are perplexing several tone schemes on a site, and found that immature performs most improved than blue. The investigate shows roughly 60 percent of Facebook referrals come from females, and 17 percent of all trade is from returning visitors who detected a site and take another look.

Traffic increasing over Thanksgiving, and MEI is examination to see if a same thing happens over Christmas, as students start to some-more severely demeanour during what they will do after graduation. The investigate runs by Apr and MEI will work with a state Department of Education to go into classrooms on a Coast and in Jackson to ask students about their career choices and a website.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com