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  • Preliminary Assessment Notices Mailed

    first_imgMore than 300,000 Nova Scotia property owners will have a chance to review their proposed 2006 assessment, now that preliminary notices are in the mail. Notices were sent to owners of properties whose assessments are expected to increase by more than three per cent in 2006. The assessments are based on Jan. 1, 2004 market values. “Sending Nova Scotia property owners their proposed assessment in June, means that they can talk to us and get information about their property assessment before the formal assessment notice is sent in January,” said Lloyd MacLellan, regional director for the central regional assessment office. “This year the information will also help property owners decide if they will apply for the 2006 CAP Assessment program.” Introduced in 2005, the CAP Assessment program is designed to help protect property owners from sudden and dramatic increases in market value by placing a limit, or cap, on the amount of taxable assessment increase on eligible properties. To receive a capped assessment, the property must be owned by a Nova Scotia resident and meet certain other eligibility criteria. There are some changes to the program since it was introduced last year. Property owners who applied for the CAP last year and met the residency and ownership requirements will be automatically re-considered for 2006. They do not have to reapply. Owner-occupied condominiums are now part of the CAP program. Owners of condominiums who wish to be considered for a capped assessment must submit an application for the 2006 CAP. With the changes, about 107,000 properties across the province are potentially eligible for a capped assessment in 2006, compared to 65,000 in 2005. Property owners who did not apply to the program in 2005 and whose properties are likely to be eligible are being sent an application form along with their proposed notice. Application forms are available on the website at www.nsassessment.ca or can be picked up at a local regional assessment office, Access Nova Scotia Centre, Registry of Deeds office or municipal tax office. Completed applications must be received by Assessment Services by no later than Sept. 30. “Applications will be reviewed to determine if the property meets the eligibility criteria,” said Mr. MacLellan. “Property owners will be notified if their property qualifies for the CAP when they receive their formal assessment notice in January.” “We encourage property owners to call if they have any questions about their proposed assessment or need further information about the CAP Program,” added Mr. MacLellan. Property owners with questions on their assessment notice can call 1-800-667-5727. For information on property assessment and the CAP program, including eligibility criteria, visit the website at www.nsassessment.ca .last_img read more

  • Agriculture Ministers Meet Next Week

    first_imgAgriculture Minister Ron Chisholm will speak up for Nova Scotia’s supply management sector for dairy, poultry and eggs when he meets next week with agriculture ministers in British Columbia. Nova Scotia’s supply managed sectors are concerned that proposals discussed at the World Trade Organization negotiations last December could open up the market to other countries and impact the province’s industry. “I am looking forward to an update and discussion around the World Trade Organization negotiations,” said Mr. Chisholm. “In Nova Scotia, our supply managed sectors are extremely important to our rural economy.” Provincial, territorial and federal agriculture ministers will meet in Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. on Sunday, March 19, and Monday, March 20. Nova Scotia has a larger share of supply-managed agricultural production than almost anywhere else in Canada. The sectors which include farms producing dairy, poultry and eggs, provide about $200 million in farm receipts each year and represent almost half of the province’s farm production. Mr. Chisholm will also bring forward other priorities of concern for Nova Scotia. “This is a great opportunity to develop a good working relationship with my colleagues, but I will be there to represent the interests of Nova Scotia’s agriculture industry,” said Mr. Chisholm. “We will be talking about a future agriculture policy and improving the Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization Program.”last_img read more

  • More cases of influenza B detected this flu season health officials

    first_imgVANCOUVER – More Canadians are coughing, sniffling and sneezing though what health officials say is a flu season with higher than normal activity.The flu season began in December and the Public Health Agency of Canada says more than 15,500 cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza had been reported by Jan. 6.The agency says there have been 54 flu-related deaths, 162 people have been admitted to intensive care units and the number of hospitalizations is “considerably elevated” over the same period in the last two flu seasons.Dr. Perry Kendall, British Columbia’s provincial health officer, says the national number of flu cases is slightly above average, but what’s unusual is the strain people are contracting.Kendall says flu season generally begins with influenza A and ends with influenza B, but this year, the strains are being detected in fairly equal numbers early in the season.He says that could mean younger people, who are more susceptible to catching the B strain, may get sick earlier, but it’s difficult to predict what the rest of the flu season will look like.“Rather than them getting ill in February or March, they’ve been getting ill in December and January,” he said.Anyone who hasn’t already had a flu shot should get one, Kendall added.He also noted that it’s not yet clear how effective this year’s vaccine has been, particularly with the A strain.The strain, known as H3N2, mutates, making it difficult to match what’s in the vaccine to the virus circulating in the community, Kendall said.“Sometimes the guess is very good and sometimes it’s not. And sometimes the virus mutates in a way you can’t predict,” he said.Anyone who does catch the flu should take a sick day, Kendall said.“Basically, protect other people,” he said. “If you become ill yourself, rest, stay home, stay hydrated, take symptomatic treatment for aches and pains and cough and try not to spread your virus to other people.”last_img read more

  • Indigenous underemployment persists but OECD report points to positive changes

    first_imgWINNIPEG – When Kevin Chief finished his university degree, he wasn’t sure how to land his first real job.The vice-president of the Business Council of Manitoba and former NDP cabinet minister, who grew up in Winnipeg’s North End neighbourhood, saw the barriers many of his Indigenous friends faced.Chief’s basketball skills got him through university, but he didn’t have connections that could get him hired. When he walked through the doors of the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resources Development, everything changed.The centre connected Chief to an employment counsellor, prepared him for interviews and helped him build a resume.“I wasn’t going to do very good in a job interview because I hadn’t done any,” Chief said.Most importantly, Chief said he finally had the confidence to pursue his dreams.A new report looking at employment and skills outcomes in Canada by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development shows Indigenous people still face numerous barriers. But that changes when there are Indigenous-led programs like the one that opened doors for Chief.The report found Indigenous people are more likely to be in lower paying jobs such as teaching, retail or social work. While more than 25 per cent of the Indigenous labour force work in sales and service occupations, they are significantly under-represented in management, business and finance.Across Canada, the unemployment rate of Indigenous people is well above non-Indigenous people. The report said gaps in labour market participation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people is particularly high in Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.Contributing factors include lower graduation rates, less access to skills training, as well as insecure childcare and housing. But even when Indigenous and non-Indigenous people have the same level of education, the report said they do not experience the same success.Marileen Bartlett, executive director of the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resources Development, said investing in Indigenous people is investing in the future.An estimated 350,000 Indigenous youth will turn 15 between 2016 and 2026 — something the OECD called an unprecedented opportunity to fill crucial labour shortages in Canada.The Manitoba employment centre has grown and changed a lot since it began in 1974 depending on what the job market and their clients need, Bartlett said. Sometimes a client needs a bit more education and training. Other times, they may have a good job opportunity but can’t get childcare. Many clients need both.“We are always looking out at the workforce to see where we can get our people decent jobs and a living wage,” she said.“If we want to have that Indigenous middle class, we have to help people to continue to move up the ladder in their education and training so they continue to have better opportunities for themselves.”The report highlighted the Manitoba centre and three other Indigenous-run centres across Canada, stressing the importance of having staff who are Indigenous.“This is critical in building trust with potential Indigenous job seekers, who often seek life skills coaching and counselling as well as other pre-employment supports to ensure that they can remain in employment once they have successfully found a job,” the report said.The OECD made eight recommendations for the federal government including providing more autonomy to Indigenous communities to manage their labour market and supporting targeted work-experience programs.Ottawa is currently developing a new Indigenous skills and employment training program for next April which it has promised will get more than $400 million per year to close employment gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.Josh Bueckert, a federal government spokesman, said it is consistent with the OECD recommendations and was developed with Indigenous partners.Bartlett said she is optimistic about the government’s new program, especially since it will allow the Manitoba centre to work with younger children. It also appears to remove some red tape.She also hopes it will expand the centre’s flexibility to build partnerships with the local business community.It’s been a long time since Chief first walked through the centre’s doors, but now he connects some of Manitoba’s top employers with the organization that helped him start his career.“If you have the youngest and fastest growing demographic, there is no question we should have the fastest growing middle class here,” he said.“You need good public policy. You need good programs and services and you need really good partnerships with the private sector.”last_img read more

  • Transport Canada to take new look at rules research on school bus

    first_imgOTTAWA – Transport Minister Marc Garneau is ordering his department to take a fresh look at the data on school bus safety and seatbelts.Garneau says if seatbelts are properly used and installed on buses they can provide an additional layer of safety for riders, but notes that current seat designs already provide good safety in the event of an accident.The government was put on the defensive Monday after an investigation from the CBC show “The Fifth Estate” suggested federal regulations about school bus safety restraints were based on out-of-date and incomplete information.Canada doesn’t currently require seatbelts on school buses, but did introduce new guidelines in late June to regulate their use by bus operators who choose to install them.Those new technical requirements say restraints must not compromise existing safety features of the compartmentalized seats specifically designed to protect school children in the event of a crash.A 2010 Transport Canada study says seatbelts could help prevent injuries in rollovers, crashes where a pickup truck or larger vehicle slammed into the side of a bus, or crashes causing “significant vertical lift of the occupant compartment.”The study recommended more research on the use of seatbelts on buses to ensure their use didn’t increase the risk of injury for children.Since 1984, there have been 23 deaths of school children involved in bus crashes, including one between 2008 and 2016, the most recent year available.Transport Canada says side-impact collisions that cause injuries are rare.However, Garneau said he was willing to take another look at the data on bus safety.“I have instructed my department to take an in-depth look at the question of seatbelts in buses, a fresh look based on all of the evidence that has been collected since all the way back to 1984, and I look forward to their findings,” Garneau said in the House of Commons.last_img read more

  • Iraq Security Council meets behind closed doors on oilforfood rollover

    Ambassador Wang Yingfan of China, which currently holds the Council’s rotating presidency, told reporters that he was “very optimistic that tomorrow after our discussion, we would have something definite for Iraq.” Speaking after the Council met in closed-door consultations, Ambassador Wang described the atmosphere in the Council this morning as positive and said he expected the meeting on Tuesday to yield a settlement on the rollover.On 1 June, the Council extended the current phase of the “oil-for-food” programme until 3 July, and expressed its intention to agree on changes to the current sanctions regime, which has been in place against Baghdad since Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait. The “oil-for-food” programme was set up by Security Council resolution 986 in April 1995 as a “temporary measure to provide for the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people.” The first oil under the programme was exported in December 1996 and the first shipments of food arrived the following March. read more

  • UN envoy meets with parties in southern Sudan conflict in bid to

    The Government of Sudan and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) last month signed a Memorandum of Understanding at an extraordinary session of the UN Security Council in Nairobi, Kenya, pledging to conclude successfully by the end of the year the peace talks that have been going on in the Kenyan town of Naivasha since mid-2003.In Naivasha today, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, discussed progress the parties have achieved so far with Gen. Lazarus Sumbeiywo, chief mediator of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional organization which has been backing the peace process.Mr. Pronk was also scheduled to hold separate meetings with Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Taha and SPLM/A leader John Garang to review the prospects for meeting the 31 December deadline.The long-running war in southern Sudan is separate from the conflict in the western Darfur region, where nearly 1.7 million people have been displaced and Janjaweed militias stand accused of killing and raping thousands of villagers in what the UN has called the world’s worst current humanitarian crisis. The fighting there began last year when rebels took up arms to demand a greater share of the economic resources in an area the size of France. read more

  • Lebanon is recovering quickly from recent conflict between Israel and Hizbollah –

    As early as tomorrow the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) plans to hand over of the role of coordinating international activities in southern Lebanon to the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The official end of humanitarian operations is scheduled for 24 October, according to OCHA’s latest update.The UN World Food Programme (WFP), which has taken the logistics lead in arranging cargo movements, will wind up those operations by 15 October. Since commercial traffic has resumed, WFP will support other agencies’ transport needs and those of non-governmental organizations’ (NGOs) through commercial means.By the same date, it intends to complete its food distribution programme and is helping the Ministry of Social Affairs to establish a national food security and capacity-building strategy in its place.On the water and sanitation front, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has agreed to serve as a clearing house for requests and information to relieve pressure on the Lebanese water authorities, while distributions of bottled water will be phased out in the coming weeks.The transport of water to more than 100 villages in southern Lebanon will remain a priority for six to eight weeks. The water recovery process has been speeded by a ready supply of generators and the fact that electric power is coming back on line more quickly than anticipated.Coordination of de-mining activities will continue through the UN Mine Action Coordination Centre (UNMACC). To date, some 592 cluster bomb strike locations have been identified, and 40,000 cluster sub-munitions and other pieces of unexploded ordnance (UXO) have been cleared out of a possible total of 1 million. Fourteen people were killed and 90 injured from all types of unexploded ordnance in Lebanon from 14 August until 19 September. Some 200,000 people remain displaced due to the level of destruction and contamination by cluster sub-munitions and other UXO in their hometowns. Ten UN Environment Programme (UNEP) experts are due to arrive on Saturday to look at key environmental hazards including waste rubble, medical and industrial waste, coastal marine pollution, asbestos, and ground water contamination. A three-member delegation of the UN Human Rights Council is already in Lebanon and will remain there until 7 October to investigate what OCHA called “the systematic targeting and killing of civilians by Israel in Lebanon” as well as to examine the weapons used by Israel and their conformity with international law.The team will meet with Government officials, the diplomatic community and representatives of civil society and will travel to areas affected by the recent conflict to collect evidence and witness accounts of the military operations. read more

  • After bitter labour dispute Canadian rugby sevens men happy to be playing

    Its boycott over, the Canadian men’s sevens team leaves Saturday for the first event of the 2018-19 HSBC World Rugby Seven’s Series in Dubai.While the Canadian men worked out on their own during a bitter two-month labour dispute with Rugby Canada, they only returned to the fold Nov. 1 and so have had limited training with coach Damian McGrath in advance of Dubai.Canada opens Nov. 30 against England before facing Australia and Japan in what McGrath calls a “particularly challenging group.”“We’ve watched on social media over the last two or three months all these three teams preparing,” said McGrath. “They’ve been at tournaments around the world. They’ve had full pre-seasons. So it’s making it even more harder.“We haven’t played a game. We’ve only had two weeks of fitness work and we’re playing two of the best sides plus a team in Japan that’s hosting the next Olympics, so they’re beginning their preparations now and getting a good squad together.”Upset at the contract they were offered and offended by what they saw as a Rugby Canada effort to marginalize sevens by having one centralized pool of players, the sevens squad refused to sign new deals.Wounds from the labour dispute are still fresh and there is more work to be done behind the scenes to resolve differences. A bid to unionize is still before the B.C. Labour Relations Board despite the objections of Rugby Canada.But captain Nate Hirayama says the players are as ready as they can be.“We’ve made the best of the situation that we could,” he said. “There’s lots of positive feelings on the team.”One plus is the dispute has brought the players closer than ever.“We’re extremely a close group and I think with everything that has happened this year — and in previous years that people may not know about — it’s amazing how unified this group is,” said Hirayama, who led all scorers last season with 334 points. “We are just playing for each other because that’s our biggest motivation. We’re all great friends on and off the park. Our teammates are why we’re playing the game.“So it’s definitely galvanized us. We just want to keep pursuing our dreams here and hopefully turn this whole thing into a positive.”McGrath has noticed the strong ties between players.“They were always a close group. But to go through what they went through and stick together, I think, tells you how tight they are as a group of people and (as) close friends. As a coach, that’s everything you could ask for. You want a group like that that’s all fighting for the same cause.“It’s an extra bonus. I can see the commitment in everything they do.”Canada is in tough company in Dubai, however.Australia finished fourth overall last season while England, runner-up at the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens, was fifth. Japan returns as a core team on the circuit after winning a qualifying tournament in Hong Kong earlier this year.The Canadians finished ninth overall last season, thanks in large part to strong performances in the final two stops. Canada tied for seventh in London and finished fourth in Paris.Olympic qualification is on the line this season with the top four teams securing automatic berths in the 2020 Tokyo Games. Canada, which has never finished higher than sixth overall, will likely have to make its qualifying bid through a regional tournament or last-chance qualifier — a route on which it fell short prior to the Rio Olympics.That failure cost the team its Own The Podium funding, although it got some back upon appeal.McGrath is missing Harry Jones, Mike Fuailefau and Phil Berna, who have long-term injuries and aren’t expected to be ready until the new year. Jones (shoulder) and Fuailefau (ankle) are recovering from surgery while Berna is still dealing with a serious ankle fracture suffered in Cape Town in December 2017.But Adam Zaruba, a six-foot-five 265-pounder who has speed to go with his size, is back after trying his hand at the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles.“He’s back and fully committed,” said McGrath. “We’re glad to have him. It might take a couple of tournaments to get back into the group fully but he’s happy to be here and I’m really happy to have him.”Of the 13 players chosen for the opening stops in Dubai and South Africa, all with the exception of Zaruba — who was examining his football options — were part of the boycotting group.Because of the lack of training time, McGrath has opted for experience in choosing his roster. But he has high hopes for five other players — David Richard, Brock Webster, Cooper Coats, Cole Davis and former Toronto Wolfpack forward Quinn Ngawati.“They’ve got a lot of potential and it gives us a depth to the squad we didn’t have before.”McGrath also hasn’t closed the door on Tevaughn Campbell, the speedy Montreal Alouettes defensive back who saw action with the sevens squad last season.After Dubai, the Canadian men head to South Africa for a Dec. 8-9 tournament.—Canada Roster for Dubai and Cape TownConnor Braid, James Bay AA, Victoria; Admir Cejvanovic, Burnaby Lake RFC, Burnaby, B.C.; Andrew Coe, Markham Irish, Toronto; Justin Douglas, Abbotsford RFC, Abbotsford, B.C.; Lucas Hammond, Toronto Nomads, Toronto; Nathan Hirayama (capt.), unattached, Richmond, B.C,; Isaac Kaay, UVIC Vikes, Kamloops, B.C.; Patrick Kay, Castaway Wanderers, Duncan, B.C.; Luke McCloskey, Castaway Wanderers, Victoria; Josiah Morra, Toronto Saracens, Toronto; Matt Mullins, Queen’s University, Belleville, Ont.; Jake Thiel, Abbotsford RFC, Abbotsford, B.C.; Adam Zaruba, Capilano RFC, North Vancouver.Non-Travelling Reserves:Cooper Coats, Cole Davis. Follow @NeilMDavidson on TwitterNeil Davidson, The Canadian Press read more

  • First Swedish WCh semifinal ever

    Germany 2017 handballSwedish handball national teamWomen’s handball ← Previous Story WORLD HANDBALL 2017 – BEST 8 Sweden made the biggest success in the history of competing at Women’s World Championships by beating Denmark 26:23 (13:11) in the first quarter-final in Leipzig! The team led by Henrik Signell came to Germany after disappointing EHF EURO 2016 at home (8th place), where Swedish girls were far away from the medal’s battles, but Gullden and her compatriots made dream come true…Sweden– Denmark 26-23 (13-11)Sweden: Hanna Blomstrand 7, Isabelle Gullden 5, Nathalie Hagman 4, Jamina Roberts 3, Olivia Mellegard 2, Daniela Gustin 2, Anna Lagerquist 2, Johanna Westberg 1Denmark: Mette Tranborg 7, Stine Jorgensen 6, Fie Woller 2, Kathrine Heindahl 2, Trine Ostergaard Jensen 2, Maria Fisker 1, Lotte Grigel 1, Line Jorgensen 1, Line Haugsted 1PHOTO: IHF Next Story → GERMANY 2017: France to fight for the final after six years! read more

  • A 20 minute snapshot of Facebook activity

    first_imgWith Facebook having over 500 million registered users, you’d expect the traffic passing through the site every day to be huge. But it’s not until you look at the figures until you realize just how big of a part of the Internet Facebook has become.Democracy UK, a UK political campaigning initiative, has posted a 20 minute snapshot of activity on the social network. Here’s what the Facebook servers have to deal with over a very short period of time:Shared links: 1,000,000Tagged photos: 1,323,000Event invites sent out: 1,484,000Wall Posts: 1,587,000Status updates: 1,851,000Friend requests accepted: 1,972,000Photos uploaded: 2,716,000Comments: 10,208,000Message: 4,632,000Over 10 million comments in 20 minutes is unimaginable to me, and over 2 million photos uploaded in the same period demonstrates Facebook must be fighting a constant battle to keep on top of the storage demands of its every-growing data pool.Democracy UK also report some other stats including relationship status changes during 2010, and the most liked celebrities. The results of both are shown below:Relationship Statuses in 201043,869,800 changed their status to single3,025,791 changed their status to “it’s complicated”28,460,516 changed their status to in a relationship5,974,574 changed their status to engaged36,774,801 changes their status to marriedMost Liked CelebritiesLady Gaga: 24,712,169 people like thisEminem: 23,729,700 people like thisMegan Fox: 19,575,080 people like thisVin Diesel: 19,425,325 people like thisRihanna: 18,903,844 people like thisBarack Obama: 17,229,885 people like thisBob Marley: 17,168,034 people like thisLil Wayne: 17,004,850 people like thisJustin Bieber@ 16,779,874 people like thisShakira: 16,520,790 people like thisRead more at Facebook, via TechCrunchMatthew’s OpinionYou can see why advertisers and Facebook app developers love Facebook. The amount of detailed data being pulled in every minute, let alone every hour or day, is quite staggering. If you have a popular app on Facebook then millions of users will be using it every single minute.To support this level of activity Facebook must be spending a fortune on data center expansion, energy, and management. It also makes the lack of downtime the social network sees all the more impressive.Facebook is a monster, and it’s getting bigger. Good luck to anyone trying to compete with it.last_img read more

  • Nice gentle man Tributes paid to elderly man killed in Donegal house

    first_img‘Nice, gentle man’: Tributes paid to elderly man killed in Donegal house fire The fire was discovered by a person calling to the house. By Cliodhna Russell Share Tweet Email Short URL Mar 10th 2017, 10:00 AM 3 Comments Friday 10 Mar 2017, 10:00 AM 8,623 Views Updated 10am.THE ELDERLY MAN who died in a house fire in Donegal yesterday afternoon has been described as a ‘nice, gentle man’.James Campbell was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire at 2.22pm.The blaze at the house at Glassaghbeg, Cloghan was discovered by a caller who alerted the fire service.The 80-year-old lived alone and there was no-one else in the house at the time.Neighbour Mary Hartin told TheJournal.ie, “Everybody in the community got a shock.He was nice, gentle person. He was harmless.“His wife died a few years ago and he had no family.”Read: Jogger knocked down in hit and run dies in hospital> http://jrnl.ie/3280074 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

  • Google Will Soon Let You AutoDelete Your Location and Web History

    first_img 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation Soon you will be able to automatically delete your old location information and web history, thanks to Google’s new auto-delete controls.On Wednesday, Google announced the new feature, which aims to help users easily manage and delete data, said a Google press release. At the moment, you need to remember to visit your Google Account to access on and off controls for Location History and Web & App Activity settings, so you can choose to delete part or all of that data manually.Set it and forget it: Rolling out soon to your Google Account, new auto-delete controls will make it even easier to manage your Location History and activity data → https://t.co/IkOP6srCjA pic.twitter.com/DIzQ4yJZrA— Google (@Google) May 1, 2019A plus of the auto-delete controls is that they will allow you to tell Google to delete information that’s older than a certain time, either three or 18 months, on an ongoing basis. Here’s how it works: Choose a time limit for how long you would like your activity data to be saved for, and any data that’s older than a certain age will be automatically deleted from your account on a rolling basis, CNBC noted. These auto-delete controls will enable users to select how long their location or web activity is auto-saved to Google’s servers.According to Google, these auto-delete controls, which are coming first to Location and Web & App Activity, will roll out in over the next few weeks. You might not be able to access the feature yet, however, if you check your Google account Activity Controls page, you can see if it’s available. When the auto-delete control feature is available, you’ll be able to click on the new automatic delete option under the Location History and Web & App Activity sections.More on Geek.com:Explore Our Changing Planet on the Go With Google Earth TimelapseGoogle Fit Now Tracks Workouts on iOSUK Gov’t Uses Alexa, Google Assistant to Dispense Info Stay on targetlast_img read more

  • Search underway for missing Margate woman

    first_imgMARGATE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a woman who went missing in Margate, Sunday afternoon.According to Margate Police, 51-year-old Tabatha Fowler was reported missing by her mother. She was last seen at around 4:30 p.m., along the 7500 block of Northwest Fifth Court.Investigators said Fowler stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 145 pounds. She was last seen wearing a multi-colored flower pattern shirt, black sweater, black skirt and black boots.Officials said Fowler meets the criteria for a missing endangered adult.If you have any information on her whereabouts, call Margate Police at 954-764-4357.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

  • Dinosaur Jrs J Mascis Launches New Reverbcom Shop

    first_imgMascis plans to sell more than 100 guitars, amps, pedals, and other gear using the popular gear reselling siteBrian HaackGRAMMYs Oct 25, 2017 – 1:54 pm Dinosaur Jr. frontman/guitarist J Mascis has amassed a fairly huge collection of guitars and recording gear over the years – so much so that he was running out of useable space to record.In order to offload his treasure trove of gear, Mascis is partnering with Reverb.com to open a custom shop on the website where he will start selling his collection.The “Official J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. Shop” will open on Oct. 31, and will feature more than 100 guitars, amplifiers, effect pedals, synths and other gear and equipment from Mascis’ personal collection.Speaking to Spin about the forthcoming sale, Mascis admitted that it’s difficult to part with so many treasured instruments, but, “you’ve got to try to clear out the gear you’re not playing as much anymore. Plus, if I can get this gear into a good home, I’ll have more room to buy some more stuff.”A variety of notable musicians have sold personal gear via Reverb, including Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Joe Bonamassa, Billy Corgan, and Wilco.11 Music Apps Every Artist Needs News Twitter Facebook Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis Launches New Reverb.com Shop Dinosaur Jr. Frontman Sells Huge Lot Of Gear dinosaur-jrs-j-mascis-launches-new-reverbcom-shop Email last_img read more

  • Rally racing spectators are about to see a bump in their own

    first_img 0 Nissan Leaf AT-EV is the electric rally car you never knew you wanted reading • Rally racing spectators are about to see a bump in their own safety Geneva Motor Show 2019 See All 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US • Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s More From Roadshow Auto Tech Car Industry Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Post a comment Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Spectating at a rally race can be a risky proposition. Even if you’re unfamiliar with rally events, a simple YouTube search for “people vs. rally cars” can quickly bring you up to speed about the risks of being a rally spectator. According to a press release issued by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and German tech conglomerate Siemens, in excess of four million spectators attended rally races in 2018, but how do you keep them all safe?Part of the thrill and appeal of rally racing is the access that fans have to the rally stage. The closeness of the fans to the race cars — often close enough to touch — presents huge risks. It’s possible to mitigate those risks significantly, however, if you can keep fans a safe distance away from a racecar’s path, as well as on the inside of a turn as opposed to outside of it where cars have a tendency to run wide, lose their grip, and pulverize everything in their path.Unfortunately, though, we live in a world where you can’t trust people, let alone rally spectators, to act in their own best interests. That’s where folks at the FIA and Siemens step in. The two groups announced a project on Wednesday at the Geneva International Motor Show to leverage the latest in adaptive-driver-assistance tech, connected vehicle tech and 3D modeling to help keep spectators from harm.Enlarge ImageThe FIA and Siemens want to prevent rally cars from turning you into your favorite flattened breakfast delicacy. Jaguar But, as has long been the case with racing safety advancements, what the FIA-Siemens alliance learns will undoubtedly have effects that reach beyond the rally stage. According to Jean Todt, FIA president, “This agreement between Siemens and the FIA on a project that involves R&D at the highest level of motorsport and urban transportation technology will enable us to make racing safer and significantly influence the development of transportation in smart cities.”With the way rally stages are set up — they’re often over 15 miles long — it’s challenging to have safety staff stationed along the entire route to protect onlookers. Artificial intelligence, X2X communication and even custom neural networking can fill in safety gaps (and perhaps even replace human personnel) to help spot spectators in harm’s way.”We look forward to working with the FIA to determine how automated and connected vehicle technologies can be used to make rally drivers and spectators safer, and applying what we learn to improve the safety of drivers and pedestrians in urban mobility environments,” said Marcus Welz, president of Siemens Intelligent Traffic Systems in North America. 21 Photos Geneva Motor Show 2019 Tagslast_img read more

  • YouTube tweaks kids videos algorithm to favor quality content

    first_img Mobile Digital Media Post a comment YouTube’s product chief helps safeguard and expand the… Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Tagscenter_img Angela Lang/CNET YouTube changed its recommendation algorithm for kid-oriented videos to prioritize “quality” content, the company said Wednesday. The tweak last month diverted traffic away from some channels and flooded others, according to a Bloomberg article that first reported the news. YouTube confirmed the change in a statement.”We make hundreds of changes every year to make it easier for people to find what they want to watch on YouTube,” the company said. “We recently made one such change that improves the ability for users to find quality family content.” YouTube, Google’s massive video service reaching 2 billion monthly users, is among a group of tech giants plagued by backlash to objectionable content on their platforms in recent years. But YouTube’s kids-heavy audience — children’s content draws some the biggest views on the service — heightens the company’s challenge of keeping inappropriate content or exploitative practices away from youngsters. YouTube has been criticized for disturbing videos on its YouTube Kids app, for channels that abuse children for ad dollars and for not protecting children from a “softcore pedophilia ring.”YouTube’s practices around children triggered a Federal Trade Commission investigation and fine this year, according to reports.  YouTube 0 2:03last_img read more

  • Unofficial Mario Kart appears for iPhone called Mole Kart

    first_imgNintendo’s lawyers are probably already on the phone to Apple making sure no one ever gets to play Mole Kart on an iOS device via the App Store. As you can see from the video below it looks almost like Mario Kart, but without that Nintendo sheen. The reason Nintendo can easily have Mole Kart banned is the fact it classes as theft. The level designs have clearly been lifted from Mario Kart Wii along with many of the game mechanics. The main difference is new textures and some terrible looking karts and characters.The iOS game has been developed/stolen by Chinese developer Taomee, and they aren’t worried about putting their name next to it as their logo features prominently at the start of the video. Some screenshots and artwork for the game have also been found as you can see above. Unfortunately, it looks just about good enough to get iOS gamers not familiar with Mario Kart interested.Although Mole Kart may never appear on the official App Store, it will be made available over file-sharing networks. That defeats the point of Taomee releasing the game as they make no money, but without an official Mario Kart game on iOS it could still prove popular.While it may look very similar, it needs to be played to see how it handles. Using touchscreen controls it won’t rival the original, but based on the little time spent on the graphics, I doubt the gameplay and kart handling has been refined. It’s probably best to give this one a miss even if you do see it being offered for free somewhere.More at ntower (translated), via Kotakulast_img read more

  • New hitech speeds cameras are coming to a road near YOU to

    first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailModern safety cameras are due to be installed on roads across Cheshire to try to cut the number of accidents in the county. The roadside cameras are designed to detect vehicles that go through red lights as well as those breaking the speed limit at junctions. Cheshire Police say twice as many people, a total of 41, died on the county’s roads and motorways last year compared to the previous 12 months – and there have already been fatal collisions in 2019. The Cheshire Road Safety Group (CRSG) hopes the new cameras will lead to a reduction in the number of crashes in Cheshire. Brian Rogers, CRSG implementation manager, said: “Far too many people have died and been seriously injured as a result of collisions on Cheshire roads in recent times. “Cheshire Road Safety Group was set up in April 2011 to reduce the number of people killed or injured on the county’s roads by encouraging greater compliance of speed limits through the operation and maintenance of speed and safety cameras. Alsager has three sets of lights in less than 130 metres. (Image: Stoke Sentinel) Currently there is a traffic enforcement camera at Park Lane in Congleton, designed to catch people running the red light. And Cheshire East Councillor Paul Bates, who represents Congleton West, says it would be good to see more cameras in the town if the police can prove there is an issue at particular spots. Read MoreThis is the hidden motorway lane on the M6 which some drivers don’t know about   He added: “If they are in areas of high collision rates, and between Lawton Street and Park Lane is one of those, then it is a good way to enforce and uses video recordings, but you wouldn’t want to see them used willy nilly. “Mill Street would be another one because people go up the wrong way and if we had enough evidence we would have a case for using that kind of enforcement.” Alsager currently has three sets of traffic lights within 125m along Crewe Road and Lawton Road. Resident Jo Dale said: “The lights do tend to slow the traffic down but I am always wary on the middle set but I don’t think we get too many running them. We seem to get more people speeding.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Watch again Video Loading Video Unavailable Video will play in  Driver named following fatal collision We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.com “Supported by contributing partners Cheshire Constabulary, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and the four local authorities in the county CRSG is investing in new technologies and innovation to make our roads safer. “Junctions in which vehicles and pedestrians come to a road from different directions are particularly dangerous and it is vital that motorists travel at an appropriate speed, one which enables them to stop safely should the colour of traffic lights change or a pedestrian step into the road. Read More’I zapped my car and an Audi in the next space unlocked!’ – Your key fob stories as police investigate retail park vehicle mystery   “We hope that the new generation cameras will deter motorists from speeding and going through red lights at junctions and therefore reduce the number and severity of collisions.” Share this video Click to playTap to play Punter found hiding in bushes Click to playTap to play We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.com The first of the five new cameras will in the Cheshire West and Chester area – but the force says more will be coming to Cheshire East’s roads in the coming months. David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said: “Road safety is one of my key priorities and I am committed to working with partners to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on Cheshire roads and motorways. “With an increased number of serious incidents and fatalities on our roads in recent times, these cameras are needed more than ever. Law abiding drivers often report to me their shock and frustration at the number of drivers who jump red lights and break the speed limit, selfishly gambling with other people’s lives as well as their own. Read MoreHere’s why one angry taxpayer has dumped his bin outside this council HQ   “One death is too many and I hope that the new cameras will lead to more motorists adhering to the speed limits and driving responsibly, for both their own safety and the safety of others.” If prosecuted for speeding, the minimum penalty is a £100 fine and three penalty points. A court may issue higher fines and disqualify a person from driving, depending on the circumstances. Watch again The video will start in 8Cancel Play now The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Click for Sound Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Watch Next Share this video UK speeding penalties Video will play in  Click for Sound Video Loading Video Unavailable Watch Next Police search for missing woman 10 driving offences you didn’t know were illegal Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive  or message us on  our Facebook page . 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  • Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

    first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Co-host Mike Golic asked if Cardinals’ receiver LarryFitzgerald would be on board with Manning heading toArizona should he be released by Indianapolis before nextmonth’s roster bonus deadline day.“I’m sure he would love that, and I’m sure the state ofArizona would love that,” Warner said. “They’ve struggledto fill that position and if you get an opportunity tohave a guy like Peyton Manning, assuming he’s back, hechanges the dynamic on your football team.”And Warner acknowledges that Manning could be the X-factorfor the Cardinals, a team that showed promise late in2011, winning seven of their last nine games.“We saw a team that down the stretch won a number a gamesand finished 8-8 with not a lot of pieces. If you add aPeyton Manning to that mix in the NFC West, all of asudden, you’re a big time contender.”The Cardinals aren’t the only team who will exploresigning the NFL’s best pitchman. Miami, Washington, SanFrancisco, Seattle and the New York Jets have already beenlinked through rumors, and there could be more.“It’s going to be that risk-reward. How much to you haveto pay? What’s the risk? Is it all worth it at thispoint in time of his career,” Warner said. “I thinkthat’s what’s going to be interesting is how many teamsjump into the mix saying ‘this is something we have totry’.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The only quarterback to ever lead the Arizona Cardinals toa Super Bowl appearance is making the rounds at radio rowin Indianapolis at this year’s Super Bowl, and he’s gotsome interesting thoughts on his former team’s quarterbackposition.Kurt Warner joined ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike (mornings 5to 9 a.m on Arizona Sports 620) and discussed the loomingpossibility that Colts quarterback Peyton Manning could bewearing Cardinal red in 2012. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more