The city of Edmonton opened Canada’s first all-natural pool, without any chlorine, this month. Costing CAD 14.4 million to construct, the Borden Natural Swimming Pool uses plankton, a filtration system and aquatic plants to remove contaminants from the water. Natural pools are said to offer a ‘cleaner’ experience, which means that swimmers won’t feel the effects of chlorine (like itchy eyes), and be more energy efficient than a regular pool. In order to prevent pathogens from forming, the Borden pool will be colder than most (23 degrees Celsius versus the common 28–29). Swimmers cannot wear cotton, which can harm the aquatic plants, and must use phosphate-free sunscreen.
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Japanese author Haruki Murakami is known worldwide for his novels. However, in Toronto he’s better known as the most popular author among literary thieves, at least according to the city’s bookstore owners. An entire shelf dedicated to Murakami books disappeared in December at the Roncesvalles store A Good Read.
Owner Gary Kir told CBC Toronto said he lost 800.00 “They’re very easily converted into cash, because they’re very high in demand and they don’t turn up that often used.”
Gary Kirk, the owner of A Good Read in Roncesvalles, had his complete collection of Haruki Murakami books stolen twice in December. (Tyna Poulin/CBC News)
The Japanese novelist’s best-known works include Norwegian Wood, Sputnik Sweetheart, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and more recently, 1Q84. All of them Stolen
“They took my Norwegian Woods, my Sputniks, all of them,” Kirk said, adding that he doubts his book thief has ever cracked open a Murakami.
Haruki Murakami’s books have sold millions of copies around the world. (Bernat Armangue/Associated Press)
These days he says Murakami’s popularity among millennial readers is driving the most recent theft ring.
“There’s like a ton of university students who don’t have tons of money and are happy to pay five bucks for a book regardless of where it came from.”
MintChip was first launched in April 2012, just days after federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced the penny’s days were numbered, and introduced as a potential way for consumers to digitally exchange money in small denominations, in transactions of about $10 or less.
It could be used instead of cash to buy a coffee or fast food, and online it was envisioned to enable easy transactions for things like buying music, news articles, or add-ons for video games.
Consumers could use MintChip with a mobile device at a cash register or send money with a text message, email or potentially a social media message.
Marc Brule, the Royal Canadian Mint’s chief emerging payments officer said “We call it a digital cash-like product and we like to dub it as a product that’s been architected for the 21st century” .
“I think one of the target markets or demographics for a product like MintChip is the digital native, the millennials who grew up with the Internet and grew up with digital-type products.
“This will be just another arrow in their quiver in terms of ways of paying (for their purchases) that will be easy and fast.”
It seems that he rise of BitCoin, a digital currency system still in its infancy is gaining in popularity, and has helped, not hurt, MintChip’s chances of getting fully developed. The next step for MintChip is further testing of implementation within the Royal Canadian Mint. External testing is expected to be launched later in the year.
The Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP) will launch in September in the US and South Korea and in other countries, possibly including the UK, at a later time.
The purpose is to create a degree of standardisation across multiple disciplines and countries, defining the legal, ethical and technical demands of the profession into a single qualification that will help employers.
The subject matter and exam was deliberately international, with input from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, the UK and US.
Digital forensics professionals are becoming more and more essential to the security of any organisation. A decade ago such skills were contained by a relatively small number of specialists that had developed their skills on the job, usually working for police forces. Establishing a global standard of competence were essential given that crimes were increasingly being investigated across multiple jurisdictions.
Criteria: Applicants for CCFP the must hold a four-year Baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) and have three years or more of full time digital forensics or IT security experience in half of the six defined skill areas (legal and ethical, investigations, forensics, digital forensics, app forensics, and hybrid and emerging technologies). Those not holding a Baccalaureate must have six years full time experience.