Government lifts speed restrictions after spotting no whales in shipping lanes

first_imgOTTAWA — Transport Canada says it’s lifting speed restrictions for cargo ships in the Gulf of St. Lawrence after recent surveillance failed to detect North Atlantic right whales in shipping lanes.The agency says in a statement released Friday evening that the government’s aerial surveillance team monitored shipping lanes closely over the past month.It says its National Aerial Surveillance Program spent 240 flight hours in 44 missions scouring the waters.They say whale surveillance will continue and that speed restrictions will resume if right whales are found in shipping lanes.The interim slowdown was first implemented in April and expanded in area in June and July.Transport Canada says during the slowdown period that vessels started using routes other than shipping lanes, including zones where right whales are known to gather.“This has resulted in more marine traffic coming closer to known whale locations,” the statement says.“In order to encourage vessel traffic in areas where no North Atlantic right whales have been spotted, vessels will once again be able to maximize efficient routes to transit through the Gulf.”They say they’re prepared to adjust measures if necessary.There are about 400 right whales left on the planet and eight deaths reported in Canadian waters since early June.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Microsoft is Giving People the Finger Literally

first_img This story originally appeared on CNBC Listen Now May 5, 2015 Microsoft is flipping the bird at its users.The U.S. tech giant will include support for a middle finger emoji on the Windows 10 operating system for mobile and desktop computers when it is released later this year, according to emoji website Emojipedia.This means Microsoft could beat both Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS to become the first to include the rude gesture in its range of emoji—symbols used in electronic messages. And to ensure diversity when giving someone the finger, Microsoft’s emoji comes in different skin tones.The middle finger symbol has actually been available since last year, following a Unicode update. Unicode makes sure text appears the same across different operating systems and platforms and is behind the language of emoji.But it is up to companies such as Apple or Google to update their own software to include new emoji so they can be used and viewed. For example, if someone sends you a message with an emoji from an iPhone, you may not be able to view it on a Windows device if that particularly symbol is not supported.In the latest updates of iOS and Android earlier this year, Apple and Google added a number of new emoji but the middle finger did not feature.Microsoft is also making several other changes to its emoji in the first update of the symbols since Windows 8.1 was released in October 2013.As a result, soon Windows users will be able to insult each other without having to use the dubious smiling turd emoji. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. 2 min readlast_img read more