- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.” ”
- 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.
- 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. :)
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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 :)