Clicks of the Day: Monday, April 2, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Monday, April 2 2012′s Clicks of the Day!

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Rocky Mountain House, Cold Lake, Wetaskiwin lead Alberta for drunk driving
  • “Rocky Mountain House leads Alberta for rates of impaired driving, records released in late March show. Cold Lake, Wetaskiwin and a neighbourhood in northeast Edmonton also made a top 10 list of Alberta’s 151 postal areas.”

    Drunk driving shouldn’t still be happening. Check how your neighbourhood ranks for drunk driving-related suspensions.

  • Drivers expect to see more radar on Alberta highways this month
  • “In hopes of reducing serious injury and fatal collisions on Alberta highways, April is being declared speed enforcement month. The Capital West Integrated Traffic Unit, which is made up of RCMP and Provincial Sheriffs, will be cracking down on speeders on all commuter highways around the City of Edmonton.”

    Slow down everyone!

  • How will Redford’s government impact Edmonton
  • “Monday marks the beginning of a week-long series Global News is bringing you, called “The Capital View.” We will be asking each party leader what it will mean for Edmonton if their party is in power after the provincial election, starting with the Progressive Conservatives. Alison Redford believes Edmonton is a tremendous metropolis, because it’s economy powers so much of the province. ‘If there are ways that we can work together with the capital region, and with mayor Mandel, to make sure that we’re supporting local decision making that allows Edmonton to flourish we’re going to do that.’”

    Let’s see what all the parties have to say.

    World

  • Former student arrested in California college shooting that killed 7
  • “Police in Oakland, California, took a 43-year-old former student at a small religious college into custody Monday after a shooting spree at the school that left seven dead and three wounded, the city’s police chief said. The motive behind the killings at Oikos University in East Oakland remained a mystery Monday night, Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan told reporters. Detectives had not yet questioned the suspect, identified as One Goh, and no charges had been filed, he said. ‘With a case of this magnitude, with all the victims and witnesses and all the chaos, it’s going to take a few days to put the pieces together,’ Jordan said.”

    This is awful.

  • Japan will intercept N Korean rocket if necessary
  • “Japan says it will shoot down a North Korean rocket if necessary, as new satellite images appeared to show preparations for the launch next month.”

    Hope World War 3 isn’t near.

  • Trayvon Martin Case: Enhanced Police Video Shows Injuries On George Zimmerman’s Head
  • “Last week, a video was released showing George Zimmerman at the Sanford Police Department the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. It originally appeared as though the neighborhood watch volunteer showed no signs of the violent confrontation he told police took place between himself and the teen that night, but ABC news has enhanced the video showing signs of injury on Zimmerman’s head.”

    Hm.

    Health

  • Youth suicide rates rising among Canadian girls
  • “The number of girls committing suicide in Canada has risen in the past 30 years, a troubling trend that’s prompting some experts to question the role played by social media. In a study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers from the Public Health Agency of Canada report that on a whole, youth suicide rates have declined since 1980. But closer inspection reveals the decline is evident only in males, while female suicide rates rose from 1980 to 2008.”

    Alarming… and sad.

  • Study Finds Dramatic Rise in Skin Cancer Among Young Adults
  • “Mayo Clinic researchers report skyrocketing rates of skin cancer among young adults, probably because of their persistent use of tanning beds.”

    I do all of my skin colour changin’ au naturale~

  • Cancer-Related Deaths on the Rise for India’s Young and Poor
  • “Cancer-related deaths are on the rise among India’s younger and poorer population, according to a report released on Wednesday… seven out of every 10 deaths occur in the 30-69 age bracket. The cause of the disease’s increasing presence? Tobacco, which was found to be the leading cause of cancer in the subcontinent and attributed to 40 percent of cancers in men and 20 percent in women.”

    Sad. Stop smoking. It kills.

  • World Autism Day
  • “It’s a developmental disorder that affects about 200,000 Canadians and one in every 110 children is born with the condition. Still, little is known about what causes autism spectrum disorder. Monday marks the fifth anniversary of World Autism Awareness Day, which was started following a United Nations resolution in 2007. It’s only one of three official health-specific UN Days, and is meant to focus the world’s attention on autism, a global health crisis that affects tens of millions of people worldwide.”

    I’m actually really surprised I don’t personally know anyone with autism, given the rapid rise in children diagnosed.

    Technology/Social Media

  • Teacher’s Aide Fired for Refusing to Let Employer Shoulder Surf Her Facebook Page
  • “The Facebook-related firings have begun: A teacher’s aide in Michigan was let go from her job after a school administrator demanded that she turn over her Facebook password and she refused. The aide, Kimberly Hester, is preparing for a legal showdown with the school system.”

    The saga continues…

  • Consumer Reports recalibrates ‘excellent’ rating for new iPad
  • “The new iPad is so good that the nonprofit Consumer Reports said it had to redo the way it evaluates tablets. All other rivals, which previously had gotten “excellent” ratings were downgraded en masse to “very good.” ”

    Lol wow.

  • Rich people don’t like to game or tweet on smartphones
  • “Wealthier smartphone users are less likely to play games or tweet and will opt for news, travel or finance apps, according to a new study. The research by The Luxury Institute focused on app usage among wealthy consumers, who earn an annual income of $150,000 or more. They tend to be older, with a mean age of 52. The findings are in contrast to smartphone usage as a whole, which research firm Nielsen showed is dominated by games and social networking categories.”

    How hoity-toity of them higher income earners. Lol.

    Business/Consumer/Media/Work

  • Five myths about Gen Y workers
  • Myths including “they lack organizaitonal loyalty” and “they aren’t interested in their work.” Both of which are false when it comes to myself personally. But I’ve always found myself to be a lot more gungho with my work ethic than others, lol.

  • Applicants for Many Social Media Marketing Jobs Must Now Have Pinterest Experience
  • “Lori Gilson, president of Utah-based PRMarketing.com, said many of the agency’s social media marketing clients are now requesting Pinterest accounts along with the popular Facebook and Twitter pages. Looking to enhance their online public relations campaigns, companies scrambled to Pinterest last year as monthly traffic to the website shot up from 418,000 to 11.7 million unique visitors, according to a report from comScore. This has led to more marketing job postings with Pinterest experience preferred.”

    Oh Pinterest. :)

    Environment/Space/Animals

  • 1-in-20-year severe weather events likely to be 1-in-2-year events by end of 21st Century: report
  • “A special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a portrait of a world in which 1-in-20-year heat waves are likely to become 1-in-2-year events by the end of the 21st century. Similarly, 1-in-20-year maximum daily precipitation amounts will likely become 1-in-5-year events. And even though tropical hurricanes may be less frequent in the future, their wind speeds will become stronger and their paths will shift polewards.”

    Sigh.

  • Fire Was Used a Million Years Ago, Study Finds
  • “When our ancestors first used fire has been a long-running debate, and a new study concludes the earliest firm evidence comes from about one million years ago in a South African cave. The ash and burnt-bone samples found there suggest fires frequently burned in that spot, researchers said Monday.”

    We’ve been around for quite some time.

    Entertainment

  • Angry Birds cartoon confirmed
  • “An Angry Birds animated series is scheduled to debut this fall. Rovio’s head of animation, Nick Dorra, has confirmed that the company has created 52 short Angry Birds episodes. Each will be under three minutes.”

    Not exactly the TV show I had in mind (only three minutes en episode?) but still, lol should be fun.

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • [Video]: Adorable Animal Being Adorable of the Day
  • So lazy :)


Thor and (or) Loki Photo of the Day:

Constantly wanting water from the sink tap!


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Clicks of the Day: Monday, March 19, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Monday, March 19 2012′s Clicks of the Day!

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Drivers in Edmonton continue to drink and drive: Police
  • “Edmonton Police executed two Checkstops over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend and the results were not good. It appears as though drivers are continuing to drink and drive. Police arrested 19 impaired drivers this weekend, up three from last year.”

    Cut. it. out. idiots.

  • Alberta to ban smoking in cars carrying children
  • “In a rare moment of partisan agreement prior to the provincial election, Alberta MLAs have approved an opposition bill that will make it illegal to smoke in vehicles when children are present.”

    Definitely for the best but feels kind of Big Brother-y. How much can our government control?

  • Wildrose rolls with it
  • “The wheels on the bus go round and round – positioned squarely at the level of WRP leader Danielle Smith’s chest in what appeared to be a sort of hubcap bustier. The puns played on all day. The Legislature or bust. Even Smith poked wry and good-natured fun at the gaffe on wheels: “Glad to see everyone is so interested in our bus. ;) Guess we’ll have to make a couple of changes huh?” she said on Twitter.”

    Lol, this was pretty funny.

  • Passport wait times slashed
  • “As of April 1, anyone whose name is exactly as it appears on the previous application for a passport, whose passport hasn’t been damaged lost or stolen, and was issued in Canada, no longer needs proof of Canadian citizenship, supplementary identification or guarantor information.”

    It took me about an hour to get in and out last time I renewed my passport but I went first thing in the morning. That’s supposed to be the quickest time. (Though as of April 1 hopefully at any time should be a good time).

  • Air Canada says Aveos layoffs could cause flight delays over unrepaired planes
  • “Air Canada says it could be forced to cancel flights and strand thousands of passengers if a maintenance company that obtained creditor protection Monday is unable to complete repairs to several planes.”

    The best thing to do is just not to fly with Air Canada… #badservice #badbusiness

    World

  • Trayvon Martin death: parents call on FBI to take over case as anger grows
  • “The parents of an unarmed African American teenager who was shot dead in Sanford, Florida, last month are formally calling on the FBI to take over the investigation as they have lost confidence in the local police and prosecutors. Trayvon Martin, 17, was fatally shot by a Hispanic neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who has admitted the killing, claiming self-defence. But three weeks later, Zimmerman, 28, has not been charged, sparking accusations of racial stereotyping and poor investigation.”

    Terrible…

    Health

  • Working out in the early hours
  • “Night owls, insomniacs, shift workers and other denizens of the dark are finding less need to fit their workout time into the nine-to-five world. More gyms are remaining open round the clock, experts say, spurred by advances in surveillance and security technology, clients’ ever more fluid work habits and a generation of multi-tasking consumers. ‘A lot of people work untraditional times and they take advantage of clubs open at all hours.’”

    But waking up early to work out is so hard… lol.

  • Drug-resistant tuberculosis lurks among rich and poor
  • “Tuberculosis is often seen in the wealthy West as a disease of bygone eras — evoking impoverished 18th or 19th century women and children dying slowly of a disease then commonly known as “consumption” or the “white plague”. But rapidly rising rates of drug-resistant TB in some of the wealthiest cities in the world, as well as across Africa and Asia, are again making history.”

    Eep.

    Technology/Social Media

  • Apple Sells Three Million iPads In Four Days
  • “‘Blockbuster’ new iPad sees best first weekend in the iPad’s history.”

    Wowsa!

  • Canadians still wary of online shopping
  • “Canadians are among the most active social networkers in the world, but they would still rather do their shopping offline in the comfort of a bricks-and-mortar location, according to a new research report that places Canada’s Internet economy in the middle of the pack among its Group of 20 peers.”

    I love online shopping!

  • Social Media Not Yet Driving News Traffic
  • “Article recommendations from your friends on Facebook and Twitter aren’t a major source of traffic for news websites, according to Pew’s State of the Media 2012 report — but they have potential to become one. Journalists have flocked to Twitter, says Pew, giving it “outsized influence” in the media game. Its ability to disseminate breaking news before traditional wire services gives it a “critical role” in journalism. [But] . Only 9% of the average news organization’s traffic comes from social media and 9% of online consumers of news in the U.S. “very often” get their news via Facebook or Twitter.”

    Small percentage but will only keep rising.

  • Texting is ultimate social tool for teens, study says
  • “Mobile devices often get accused of alienating people from the world around them. But for U.S. teens, cell phones (especially text messaging) are a key way to stay connected with friends and other people in their lives, according to new research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Pew found that 63% of all teens say they exchange text messages every day with people in their lives, including their parents. Also, nearly half of all teens send and receive text messages with friends daily.”

    Texting dominates!!!

  • Free mobile apps ‘drain battery faster’
  • “Free mobile apps which use third-party services to display advertising consume considerably more battery life, a new study suggests.”

    But free apps are the only ones I get! #BatteryDrainer

    Business/Work

  • Move Over, Juice Bars: Starbucks Is Coming For You
  • “Having already become the ire of mom-and-pop coffee shops, Starbucks has been exploring ways to compete with your local watering hole. And now it looks like they’re poised to take over your juice spot, too. The coffee chain opened its first Evolution Fresh juice bar location today in Bellevue, Wash… Starbucks is maneuvering to enter the health-food sector, Reuters reports, and the company hopes the juice chain will be the key to getting them there.”

    I have never been keen on paying for drinks. I’m good with water! Though I know my actions are not the norm so I imagine this juice business will get quite a bit of business.

  • When Office Technology Overwhelms, Get Organized
  • “Even as workplace technology and processes steadily improve, many professionals feel less productive than ever. It may seem a paradox, but these very tools are undermining our ability to get work done. They are causing us to become paralyzed by the dizzying number of options that they spawn. Workers need a set of best practices that is sorely lacking in the professional world. Without it, we are seeing a growing angst — even a sense of desperation — in the workplace, as more employees feel that there is no rest and no way out.”

    Great read.

  • Are employers ready for workers in their 80s
  • “Debate about the abilities – and the basic rights – of aging workers is coming to the fore in this country as Canadians increasingly work later into their traditional retirement years… Recent federal discussions about raising Old Age Security eligibility from 65 to 67 have many older workers worried about their retirement… But will employers want older workers around? Al-ready, the aging workforce is forcing organizations to wrestle with such uncomfortable issues as seniors’ ability to keep up with job demands, the degree to which physical or mental deterioration can compromise performance, and the cost to companies’ bottom lines if a large segment of their staff is silver-aged.”

    Many challenges ahead.

    Entertainment

  • By the numbers: ‘The Hunger Games’
  • “Including ’100,000,000′ – estimated amount, in dollars, that “The Hunger Games” movie is expected to earn domestically on opening weekend alone” – “’200,000′ number of copies sold in the first print run alone of “The Hunger Games” book” – “’160′ number of weeks (and counting) that “The Hunger Games” books have spent on The New York TImes Bestseller list”.

    I am so excited to see this movie!!! Such great books.

    Weird News & Fluff

  • Man can’t stop laughing after hip surgery
  • “A Dutch man who underwent hip surgery reportedly can’t stop bursting into laughter almost every time he talks, The Daily Mail reports, much to the chagrin of his wife. Huug Bosse underwent hip surgery two years ago and now can’t stop cracking up no matter how hard he tries.”

    LOL this is so funny/bizarre! But yes it would be very annoying if you’re trying to have a serious conversation with the guy.


Thor and (or) Loki Photo of the Day:

They love each other!


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Clicks of the Day: Monday, November 21, 2011 Edition!

Welcome to Monday, November 21 2011′s Clicks of the Day!

  • How much tech can children take?
  • “Are today’s children facing technology overload, or simply gearing themselves up for life in a digital world?”

    Probably a little bit of both. #SometimesEvenIGetTechnologyFatigue

  • Don’t believe the hype: The consumer electronics biz was a dud this year
  • “It seems that despite the bluster and hype, the consumer electronics industry was just as susceptible to the downturn in consumer spending as every other industry.”

    Yeah I think we only bought one electronic device this year. When life gets expensive, you just can’t spend money on frivolous items…

  • Is ‘off the record’ a relic of traditional journalism?
  • “‘The ‘Off-the-Record’ policy of one major market daily I deal with on a regular basis reads something like this: A reporter is permitted to agree to keep certain information off-the-record. However, if either the reporter or his/her editor deems the ‘off-the-record’ information newsworthy then the publication reserves the right to publish that information. Not surprisingly, the paper’s reporters rarely inform sources of the second half of the policy (even if they are aware of it),’”

    Interesting! Not that I’ve done any hardcore reporting recently but the way I was taught (and just the way I feel ethically) is that if an agreement for an off the record comment has been made – you should keep it. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a situation where anything off the record was truly groundbreaking/newsworthy that required extra thought into publication or not though so I can see how it would be tough for other reporters in certain situations.

  • An end to anonymous comments
  • “People will only be able to comment by using their Facebook account, which means their name, often even their photograph, will be linked to the statements they post. BCLocalNews.com is not alone in making this shift. Several media companies, equally troubled by the vitriolic trend of anonymous comments, are turning to Facebook to power their website commenting.”

    Good move? Bad move? I think it’s a good idea. Keeps people accountable and gets rid of any derogatory comments that may more likely be made under an anonymous name.

  • Pepper spray is not messing around
  • “If this weekend’s attack on students had you wondering how bad pepper spray really is, science writer Deborah Blum has you covered. Answer: It’s five times more intense than the hottest natural pepper in the world. (Commercial pepper spray is twice as intense, but the police-grade stuff is supercharged.)”

    Damn. That is not something you want in your eyes. Those poor UC Davis protesters.

  • [Infographic]: What’s Smaller Than Apple?
  • “Combined 2010 software revenues for the 10 alrgest software companies … are smaller than Apple. Global mobile phone revenues … are smaller than Apple. The US pharmaceutical market …. is smaller than Apple.”

    And the list goes on! Wow. Apple is dominating the world.

  • 7 Foods Experts Won’t Eat
  • “Canned Tomatoes, Microwave Popcorn, Non-Organic Potatoes” … and more!

    The potatoes thing kind of worries me.

  • How Pizza Became A Vegetable Through The Magic Of Influence-Peddling
  • “On Tuesday, Congress decided that pizza is a vegetable. I have to imagine that this news instilled confusion in many Americans, as many Americans are (a) familiar with pizza, (b) familiar with vegetables and (c) sane.”

    Wow how ridiculous is that!! Pizza is NOT a vegetable, people.

  • Top 10: Male Life Regrets
  • “Not playing on a team sport, not getting in a fight, not spending enough time with dad” … and more!

    Well men, would you agree with this list? And if you are regretting some things, remember: It’s never too late! :)

  • First evidence that dinosaurs ate birds
  • “The world was a dangerous place for the first birds. Palaeontologists have found a fossil bird preserved where the stomach of a dinosaur would have been – the first direct evidence that dinos preyed on their feathered relatives.”

    I always assumed anything small back in the day of the dinosaur was up for food grabs but I suppose we always need evidence, lol.

  • Statisticians can prove almost anything, a new study finds
  • “Two scientists from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a colleague from Berkeley, argue that modern academic psychologists have so much flexibility with numbers that they can literally prove anything.”

    Lol. Well with ‘study says this’ and ‘results from a study say that’ – all over the news each and every day, it makes a lot of sense that data from those things can be skewed.

  • Text-message bullying becoming more common
  • “Of more than 1,100 middle school and high school students surveyed in 2008, 24 per cent said they had ever been “harassed” by texting. That was up from about 14 per cent in a survey of the same kids the year before.”

    Just ignore or delete or block, teens. (Can you block contacts on your phone? I’m not sure I’ve ever tried).

  • Canadian taxpayers paid nearly $2 million on luxury G8 resort
  • “Canadian taxpayers forked out almost $2 million — including more than $1,600 to remove a bed — to spruce up a luxury Muskoka resort for last year’s G8 summit.”

    Ridiculous.

  • Alberta cracks down on drivers who drink
  • “The law will dramatically increase sanctions for Albertans who drive after drinking… The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says the law will do little to prevent or punish drunk driving, but will have a severe impact on small business.”

    Causing controversy…

  • [Video]: Parking Ban Update
  • “The city’s first seasonal parking ban has now been lifted, but not before bylaw officers issued nearly 1,300 ticket. Fletcher Kent reports.”

    I filled in in the editing department today and this was the package I cut! How’d I do? Wish there had been more/better visuals of the guy who is referenced off the top and at the end but other then that I thought it was good, lol. I also cut another package for News Final but it was very stox-boring-viz-heavy so I won’t link it, lol.

  • New breast cancer screening guidelines advise against mammograms for women in 40s
  • “There is a one in three chance of having a false-positive result, and one in every 200 will be falsely diagnosed with breast cancer and unnecessarily treated.”

    It sucks when they advise things and then they say nevermind, actually, that’s probably not something you should do.

  • Pokemon Announcement Coming Soon
  • “Will it be the inevitable third edition to the Pokemon Black and White set of games? Something new altogether? Or perhaps just a new set of Pokemon snuggies?”

    Mike is excited, lol.

  • Chrono Trigger Coming To iPhone
  • “Square Enix has confirmed that legendary role-playing game Chrono Trigger will be released on iPhone and iPod touch next month.”

    SQUEEEEAL! So excited!! Chrono Trigger is one of THE greatest RPGs of all time. True story :) And also one of only two RPGs I have ever fully completed, lol.

  • Chuck Norris In ‘World Of Warcraft’ Commercial
  • “‘Chuck Norris is a hunter. But Chuck Norris does not hunt. Hunting would imply the possibility of failure.’”

    Lol. I don’t know, he’s so old now it doesn’t really make the game seem that much more macho. I wonder how much he got paid to do the commercial though! (Probably a gajillion dollars).

  • Adorable Blind Animal Being Adorable of the Day
  • “Oskar, a blind kitty who was born without eyeballs, plays with toys for the very first time.”

    This video makes me want to cry. Such a cute kitty, but I feel so bad for it. And the owner/editor really should have set it to HAPPY music not a song that makes me want to bawl!!


Thor Photo of the Day:

Thor looks grumpy (sitting atop our Christmas box!)


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Linda