- RCMP stops plans for program to help officers with PTSD
“Since 2001, OSISS has helped more than 6,500 people deal with PTSD… Now Global News has learned plans for such a program have been abandoned.”
Sounds like a great program that definitely shouldn’t be abandoned…
- House passes Air Canada back-to-work bill
“Bill C-33, which passed 155-124 at about 1:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, covers about 8,600 mechanics, baggage handlers and other ground crew at Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) and about 3,000 pilots.”
Hooray for government intervention ? (I learned not to fly Air Canada long, long ago).
- American soldier accused in shooting spree flown out of Afghanistan
“The American soldier accused of shooting 16 Afghan villagers in a pre-dawn killing spree was flown out of Afghanistan on Wednesday to an undisclosed location, even as many Afghans called for him to face justice in their country. The U.S. military said the transfer did not preclude the possibility of trying the case in Afghanistan, and Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said the soldier could receive capital punishment if convicted. Many fear a misstep by the U.S. military in handling the case could ignite a firestorm in Afghanistan that would shatter already tense relations between the two countries.”
- Sculptures brighten ‘gloomy’ stretch of Stony Plain Road
“The human-sized wooden abstract pieces add a playful air to a stretch of road perhaps best known for thrift stores and pawnshops. Nearly 50 pieces line the road and/or are inside businesses between 149th and 156th streets.”
Pretty. I hope they aren’t vandalized or stolen, lol.
- Despite cellphone boom in India, toilet access still lags
“More people in India have cellphones than have toilets… the survey found that 63.2 per cent of households said they had a telephone connection – that’s up from 9.1 per cent a decade ago, and the increase is due almost entirely to the rise in cellphone ownership. However only 53.1 per cent of Indian households have access to a toilet – either one in their own home or in a shared toilet block. Less than one in three rural Indians has access to a toilet.”
- Foreign investment restrictions lifted for smaller players in wireless auction
“Ottawa moved Wednesday to level the wireless playing field by placing limits on the coming wireless spectrum auction and lifting foreign-investment limits on small telecom firms in an effort to boost competition.”
Excellent. Hope this helps the wireless industry here. Maybe our max contracts will be reduced to just 2 years? #wishfulthinking
- Encyclopaedia Britannica ends print edition, goes digital
“The book-form of Encyclopaedia Britannica has been in print since it was first published in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1768. It will stop being available when the current stock runs out, the company said. The Chicago-based company will continue to offer digital versions of the encyclopedia. Officials said the end of the printed, 32-volume set has been foreseen for some time. ‘This has nothing to do with Wikipedia or Google,’ Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. President Jorge Cauz said. ‘This has to do with the fact that now Britannica sells its digital products to a large number of people.'”
I’m sure Wikipedia and Google had SOMETHING to do with the decision ;)
- Anonymous has just released its own operating system: Anonymous-OS
“For reasons unknown at the moment, the famous and perhaps infamous hacker group Anonymous has just released its own OS. As described on Source Forge, ‘Anonymous-OS Live is an ubuntu-based distribution and created for educational purposes, to checking the security of web pages.'”
- Human fossils hint at new species
“The remains of what may be a previously unknown human species have been identified in southern China. The bones, which represent at least five individuals, have been dated to between 11,500 and 14,500 years ago.”
- The Woolly Mammoth’s Return? Scientists Plan to Clone Extinct Creature
“Scientists in Asia have announced plans to recreate the giant creature that stomped around the Earth some 4,500 years ago. On Tuesday, scientist Hwang Woo-suk of South Korea’s Sooam Biotech Research Foundation signed an agreement with Vasily Vasiliev of Russia’s North-Eastern Federal University to clone a mammoth, AFP reports.”
I really can’t see this going well.
- Toddler Kills Self with Family Gun
“A 3-year-old boy shot and killed himself with a gun he found in a car as a family made a stop early Wednesday at a gas station, police said.”
This is so sad.
- 51% Of Internet Traffic Is ‘Non-Human’
“Cloud-based service, Incapsula, has revealed research indicating that 51 per cent of website traffic is through automated software programs; with many programmed for the intent of malicious activity.”
- A New Study Reveals the Power of First Impressions Online
“It takes less than two-tenths of a second for an online visitor to form a first opinion of your brand once they’ve perused your company’s website, according to researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. And it takes just another 2.6 seconds for that viewer’s eyes to concentrate in a way that reinforces that first impression.”
Which reminds me – I want to change up the layout on this website!!
- How to Track Your Website’s Content on Pinterest
“Pinterest is now one of the most efficient traffic sources, in some cases even surpassing networks like Twitter. Naturally, a lot of social media marketers are embracing Pinterest to increase social media reach and to drive traffic to their sites.”
Cool tips. Useful for companies for sure. Content from my site that’s been pinned? 4 – all cat photos – pinned by me. LOL :)
- This Clock Runs on Tweets About Time
“At any point in the day, at least one person writes a Tweet that includes the exact time. By tapping into this stream of morning wakeup times, bus schedules, calls to prayer, ETAs, “OMG, it’s already [time]!” and other time-related tweets, a new site called Chirpclock has created a clock that posts time using tweets.”
Kind of trippy.
- Too much fat in men’s diet could lower chances of fertility: Study
“Fatty diets may be associated with reduced semen quality, according to a study published Wednesday in the European reproductive medicine journal Human Reproduction.”
Basically fatty diets cause a lot of problems.
- Astronauts’ eyeballs deformed by long missions in space, study finds
“Brain scans of Nasa astronauts who have returned to Earth after more than a month in space have revealed potentially serious abnormalities that could jeopardise the future of long-term space missions. Doctors examined 27 astronauts who had flown long-duration missions with the US space agency and found a pattern of deformities in their eyeballs, optic nerves and pituitary glands that remains unexplained.”
- Five classical naked-eye planets will grace our skies in March
“Look up on any clear night this month and the dominant bright objects besides the moon will be our neighbouring planets. Since late-February, the evening skies have been graced by a great lineup of the five classical naked-eye planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn… Weather permitting, you can track the movements of the brightest worlds – Venus and Jupiter – night to night, as they converge and change places with each other in a gravitational dance over the coming weeks. The main event will be March 14 and March 15, when the two worlds will come closest together in the sky.”
Sounds pretty. Will have to look up this month (hopefully tomorrow to catch the ‘main event’).
- Pi Day: How 3.14 helps find other planets, and more
“This is a great excuse to bake pies… But there are also lots of reasons to celebrate this number: Pi appears in the search for other planets, in the way that DNA folds, in science at the world’s most powerful particle collider, and in many other fields of science.”
A wonderful number :) Also:
- [Video]: 4 year old recites 50 digits of Pi
- Stephen Hawking to have cameo on ‘Big Bang Theory’
“It looks like renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has a new gig. Hawking is scheduled to make a cameo appearance on the hit CBS sitcom, ‘Big Bang Theory’.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Stephen Hawking will guest star on the Apr. 5 episode.”
Hooray. The Big Bang Theory is a great show.
- Now You Can Be Charged—and Shamed—for Not Showing for a Restaurant Reservation
“More and more, restaurants are requiring credit cards before allowing customers to make a dinner reservation, and they’ll charge you, and possibly say nasty things about you on Twitter, if you fail to show up… Besides charging no-shows, some restaurants are also trying to shame them—or perhaps just vent a little. In the same way that diners who’ve had a lousy meal or awful service will immediately post their thoughts on Twitter, Facebook, TripAdvisor, or Yelp, some restaurant staff are turning to social media to out no-show diners. At other restaurants, managers will call up customers and ask for an explanation about why they were no-shows.”
Super awkward. Interesting though.
- Top 10 Foodie Destinations Around the World
“Whether you’re a foodie or a traveler who just loves to eat, you’ll find much to savor and sample in our top 10 foodie destinations around the world” including “Vancouver, Tuscany, Brussels” and more!
I would love to just travel and eat! Lol. Spoken like a true piggy.
- Italian town mayor forbids residents from dying
“The mayor of a small Italian town has banned the residents from dying due to an ongoing feud with the neighboring town which houses the only cemetery. Unfortunately two elderly residents have disobeyed the mayor’s decree and died.”
Lol! Soo bizarre.
- [Video]: Kitten vs. Puppy
Gotta love interspecies playtime! :)