FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — B.C. Education Minister Rob Fleming said that the Ministry is delaying the implementation of the new provincial school curriculum for students in Grades 11 and 12 for another year.In a letter to parents on November 3rd, Fleming said that his Ministry has added an additional year of transition time to implement the new curriculum for students in Grades 11 and 12, with the changes going into effect in September 2019. Students entering Grade 10 next fall will begin learning the new curriculum as previously planned.Fleming said that the changes mean the new Provincial Literacy Graduation Assessment will be moved to align with the new curriculum implementation, with the first assessment scheduled for January 2020. However, the Provincial Numeracy Graduation Assessment will be taken for the first time this upcoming January as previously planned, with another session in June 2018.- Advertisement -Students that are currently in Grade 11 will continue to learn the existing school curriculum but will need to write the Numeracy Assessment prior to graduation. This year’s Grade 10 students may write the Numeracy Assessment starting in two months’ time but will need to write the Literacy Assessment in January, June, or August of 2020 in order to graduate. Students currently in their graduation year will be least impacted by the changes, as they will only need to meet the 2004 Graduation Program requirements.A copy of the letter can be found below.
Cesc Fabregas in action for Chelsea against Liverpool 1 AC Milan will rekindle their long-standing interest in Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas this summer.According to reports in Italy, Milan will look to land the Spaniard once they are finally taken over by Chinese investors.Once that deal goes through, the San Siro club will have money to spend, with a long list of centre forwards said to be their priority.However, they are also expected to strengthen elsewhere and have not given up hope of luring Fabregas to Italy.The 29-year-old’s role in the side has diminished since the arrival of Antonio Conte, who has preferred the likes of Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante in his midfield.As such he has started just five Premier League games since the Italian’s arrival and could now be sold should Milan stump up the required fee.
1 Sam Allardyce believes his players will be playing themselves on Saturday Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce believes his side have to play against themselves, rather than Middlesbrough, in their Premier League game on Saturday.The Eagles sit 19th in the league table ahead of Saturday’s visit of fellow strugglers Boro having taken just four points out of the 24 on offer since Allardyce was appointed in December.The 62-year-old former England boss has never been relegated from the top-flight and kept Sunderland afloat against all the odds last season.However, Allardyce hinted at a mental fragility amongst his squad and believes that conquering that is the key to gaining results no matter who the opposition is.“We were supposed to beat Sunderland here, lost 4-0. Supposed to beat Swansea, lost 2-1. It’s not Boro we’re playing against,” he said.“We’re playing against ourselves here. We didn’t cope mentally against Sunderland or Swansea, so we have to cope better to get our best game on the field tomorrow.“If we do that, that might take care of Boro. There’ll be little in it. Look at their record: if we produce our best, Boro are still very sound defensively, very solid.“The result has always been the odd goal 20 times out of 25, so it will be tight.”Asked if this was a game that Palace could not afford to lose, Allardyce added: “I’ve been saying that for a long time, but we keep losing.“That’s the biggest problem for me. A few draws in the last 8-10 games would have made a massive difference in our position now. Respect the point. That’s what I’ve told the players.”
Inter Milan are open to offers for Chelsea target Antonio Candreva.The Blues are looking to sign a new wing-back before the transfer window closes and they are assessing a number of options.Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on their shortlist, while they are also tracking Serge Aurier of Paris Saint-Germain.Candreva is another player on Chelsea’s radar and he could become their number one target as, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are ready to sell him.The San Siro club are aware of mounting interest in the 30-year-old and they want to use funds from his sale to finance their own move.Inter want to bring in Tottenham target Suso from rivals AC Milan, but they haven’t got enough money in the bank.As such, they are ready to ship out Candreva in the hope that will give them the necessary cash to land Suso. 1 Chelsea target Antonio Candreva
John Barnes claims it would not be a failure of a season if Liverpool ended the campaign without any silverware, despite the Reds fighting for both domestic and European trophies.Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently second in the Premier League table, only behind leaders Manchester City on goal difference, and they resume their Champions League campaign at the round of 16 stage on Tuesday evening. BEST OF 2 REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Barnes was part of some very successful Liverpool sides LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS RANKED “Winning the cups, but being 20 or so points off the top, shows an inconsistent team. You can win the Champions League by luck when you look at teams like Porto that have won in the past.“If you’re four or five points off the top, you’re consistently challenging each week – you’re performing in a good manner.“It’s always about how close you can get to the top of the league, for me, showing the team you are domestically.” Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow shining REPLY no dice Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Bayern Munich will not be easy opponents, but Liverpool made it all the way to the Champions League final last season to prove their quality at the highest level of the European game.Similarly, Manchester City are favourites to win the Premier League, though Liverpool can return to the top of the table this weekend with a defeat of Manchester United.City are not in action as they face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final, meaning the Reds can take advantage by opening up a three point gap over Pep Guardiola’s side – and you can listen to full commentary of Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford LIVE on talkSPORT.Nonetheless, Liverpool are only considered outside contenders for both competitions they remain challenging for, with other sides backed to secure the silverware Klopp is chasing. Klopp has developed Liverpool into serious challengers during his reign as manager Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED But ending the season without any silverware will be no bad thing for the Anfield club, as John Barnes claims a trophyless campaign is NOT a failure.“The season would not at all be a failure if Liverpool weren’t to win anything,” Barnes, speaking exclusively for bookmaker comparison platform BonusCodeBets.co.uk, said.“I would rather finish second in the league – five or six points off the top – and not win the Champions League, than win the Champions League but be 20 points off the top.“That shows the team you are, in terms of consistency week in, week out. 2
A police spokesperson separately said officers were investigating “in all directions” after what is assumed to be a targeted attack.The blasts shattered windows on the bus as the team left their hotel for their Champions League match with Monaco.The quarter-final first leg was rescheduled to Wednesday evening with heavy security ramped up in the German city.Dortmund’s Spanish defender Marc Bartra had an operation after injuring his wrist and arm. Police also said an officer who was accompanying the bus on a motorbike suffered blast trauma and shock.Monaco fans were offered overnight accommodation after Dortmund began using the hashtag #bedforawayfans to help supporters stranded in the city. German police investigating the targeted bombings on Borussia Dortmund’s team bus are reportedly looking into a possible Islamist motive.German newspaper Sueddeutsche said a letter found at the scene of Tuesday’s triple blast made reference to the attack on the Berlin Christmas market and German attacks on so-called Islamic State.The newspaper said the unsigned letter began with the words: “In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.”Federal government officials have brought in Islam experts to examine if the letter is genuine or potentially a hoax attempt to wrong-foot investigators.An officer who was accompanying the bus on a motorbike suffered blast trauma and shock. AP
Share This!Just when I thought I had pondered every Disney question under the sun, I was asked something I had never heard before, “Can you suggest a budget-friendly, romantic meal at Disney World for a young couple (not table service)?” Essentially this guest was asking, “What’s the most romantic quick service restaurant?”Geyser Point at the Wilderness Lodge has a romantic viewThere are plenty of articles about romantic Disney table service restaurant (Victoria & Albert’s, and many others). Could there be such a thing as a romantic quick service?First, let’s consider what makes a restaurant romantic. Some factors that might be conducive to a romantic atmosphere include:Lighting: Harsh light looks good on no one. Romance is about soft shadows, so we’re looking for something with dim lighting, or perhaps candles.Ambient noise level: When you’re whispering sweet nothings, you want to be able to hear them. So, the overall decibel level needs to be low to moderate.Music: Music in the background could be fine, but you probably don’t want anything too frenetic or powerful.Personal space: With romance, you want to have at least the illusion personal space. No one needs to overhear your pet names for each other.Sight lines: You don’t want to be looking at anything that takes you out of the moment. Lovely outdoor scenery is perfect. A view of the bathroom door is not. Most things in between are neutral.Food: There are romance-friendly foods from many cuisines, but for an important romantic meal, you’ll want to avoid menus that are heavy on the garlic or other breath-killers.Alcohol: Of course, alcohol is never mandatory, but sometimes a glass of wine or a perfectly blended cocktail can warm up the mood.Are there any Walt Disney World Quick Service restaurants that meet at least some of those criteria? The champagne at Amorette’s ups the romance factorAccording to the Disney website, there are 196 quick service venues at WDW. Many of them are food trucks, stalls, or windows where there is no place to sit. Since romance involves lingering, let’s eliminate those right off the bat. Let’s remove the quick service places at the ESPN Sports Complex and at the Water Parks due to too much background screaming, as well as the food courts at the value resorts because you’re likely to be swarmed by a cheer team at any moment there. That still leaves well over 100 options for quick service.Being more surgical, let’s look at some options park by park.In the Magic Kingdom, contenders are:Be Our Guest, lunch: plus points for dim lighting, pleasant decor, French-ish menu, and availability of wine; minus points for noise level of excited children. Also the most romantic-sounding dish, Coq au Vin, will cost a not-so-budget-friendly $18.99 each. Ouch.Columbia Harbor House: plus points for the isolated and quiet second floor dining space, and the grilled salmon and lobster roll are relatively refined foods for a theme park; minus points for the lack of adult libations, and while the upstairs is dark and quiet, it’s not particularly pretty.Casey’s Corner: This is clearly a dark horse candidate. It’s nearly impossible to look dreamy eating a hot dog, but if you take your food to the nearby lawn, you can have a sort of picnic with a view of the castle. Sigh.Is it possible for a hot dog shop to be romantic?At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, contenders are:Docking Bay 7 in the soon-to-be-opened Galaxy’s Edge: I haven’t see the seating area yet, and it’s sure to be a zoo for many months, but having the ability to say, “I love you,” “I know,” to each other in Star Wars Land might just be the most romantic thing I can think of.Other than that the pickings are slim. No one is finding romance at the ABC Commissary.At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, contenders are:Satu’li Canteen: plus points because the food is good and there are beer and wine options, and the lighting is on the darker side. If you can manage to grab and outside table near dusk when it’s not too hot or crowded, the view of Pandora is amazing. On the minus side, it has literally never been not too hot or crowded in Pandora.Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes: plus points because there are outdoor tables that are often sparsely populated, the sangria is OK, and the mango pie is nice, shareable dessert. On the minus side, the food is only meh, and is it possible for a place with “Yeti” in the name to be romantic?Harambe Market and Flame Tree BBQ are both so-so choices. On the right day you might be able to find a quiet table near the water, but sausage and pulled pork are not typically thought of as romance foods.Tables behind Epcot’s Fish Shop have a lovely viewEpcot’s World Showcase is practically the epicenter of theme park quick serve romance. There are themed drinks and lovely views absolutely everywhere. Some contenders are:Katsura Grill: The outside tables have trees for shade and in the later afternoon, it’s rarely crowded.Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie: Ooh, la, la, perfect French food. But the seating there is horrible and loud. Take your cheese and baguette to a bench by the water, grab a glass of champagne from the walkway stand and problem solved.Tangierine Cafe: The food is tasty and, depending on what you order, it could be light. There are a few tables inside in the back that are dark and quiet.Yorkshire County Fish Shop: Like the hot dogs at Casey’s at the Magic Kingdom, the fish and chips served here aren’t exactly romance food, but the view of the World Showcase from the lakeside tables is perfection.La Cantina de San Angel: Again, great views of the lake and lots of tables for two nudge this into romance zone.While the value resort food courts are too loud and too bright for real romance, there are a few spots for romance at the moderate and deluxe resort quick service spots, as well as at Disney Springs.Hurricane Hanna’s, Yacht & Beach Club resort: On the plus side, great views of the lake and Stormalong Bay pool on the minus side, boring menu and not very private.Maji Pool Bar, Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village: On the plus side, nice pool view and very isolated. On the minus side, the menu is limited and you’re never going to there if you’re not staying there.Sassagoula Floatworks, Port Orleans French Quarter resort: Beignets are romantic. That’s all you need to know.Geyser Point Bar and Grill, Wilderness Lodge resort: This hybrid quick service restaurant and bar has comfortable seating, delightful views of the lake, and a fun cocktail menu. No much to say in the minus column except that since is also a bar, the servers tend to hover, asking if you want more drinks.Amorette’s Patisserie, Disney Springs: This is primarily a bakery, so the meal menu is not large, but they do have savory crepes, champagne, and eclairs – really the perfect formula for romance. The setting is not particularly nice though, and if it’s busy it can get loud.Also keep in mind that many of the hotel lounges serve table service food at less than full table service prices. The lounges are often dark and quiet, sometimes with low-volume background music. These can be great choices for a romantic light meal, but if you’re trying to keep costs down remember that with any dining where there is service, you’ll have to budget for gratuities.Among the options here, my choices would be Geyser Point, Satu’li Canteen, Amorette’s, and, oddly Casey’s Corner. But of course romance is in the eye of the beholder and anything can be romantic if you’re in the right mood.What would your choices be for romantic quick service restaurants at WDW? Let us know in the comments.
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The current state of browsers is in a flux. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is receding,but not as quickly as some thought. Firefox is gaining, but again not as quickly. Applesees an opportunity – because neither opponent is playing the perfect game. If iPhonebecomes popular, Apple possibly has a decent chance of success in the browser wars,because people like to use the same application everywhere. Today’s Safari is a no bellsand whistles, quick and robust web browser. It has less features than Firefox, but italso has a lot of die hard fans in the Mac community.You can get more details about the current state of the browser war battlefield fromour reviews. We profiled Firefox 2.0 and InternetExplorer 7.0 when both came out. We also wrote two posts about the browser wars: Web BrowserFaceoff and WhyBrowser Wars Will Heat up in 2007. The first post hit a nerve with Safari fans,because we described it as less modern than other browsers. The second post was focusedon the economics of the war; and is very applicable to Apple’s jump into this market.Winning the browser wars equals winning control over Web eyeballs and theprecious search box. Apple knows this very well and is likely to have more tricks up itssleeve, like a new version of Safari.Can iPhone jumpstart Apple in Social Networking?Apple has not been very active in the social networking space so far. Sure it is aconsumer electronics company, but still – a social network would be very complementary.Well, with iPhone hitting the streets, Apple might have pulled itself into this lucrativemarket with the speed of light. What better social network can you wish for than a phonebook? Family, friends and business contacts all end up in our phones. Apple is verylikely to tap into this huge network of subscribers. Because we take our mobile phoneswith us everywhere – and certainly this will be the case with the feature-packed iPhone –Apple has a chance at pulling off some serious upsets in the social networking space. The iPhone is here. The blogosphere is echoing with both great praise and cries ofproblems. The hype was both met and a bit too much. Overall, it seems that both media andusers are underwhelmed with the iPhone as the phone. And people are not overly excitedabout yet another iPod, because we’ve had plenty of those over the last few years. Yet,iPhone is important and possibly game changing – because it could be the first mobiledevice to truly bring a rich web experience to a mobile device. With iPhone and thelatest release of Safari for Windows, Apple has openly jumped into the browser wars. Andfinally, and perhaps most importantly, iPhone could be Apple’s foray into the world ofsocial networking. Let’s take a deeper look along each of these axes.Is iPhone a WAP killer?Until iPhone showed up on the scene, the web experience on Mobile devices wasdrastically different compared to PC access. For mobile, Web Sites and Services reducedthe amount of the information on each page and displayed it using Wireless ApplicationProtocol (WAP) and Wireless Markup Language (WML). Even the Blackberry, known for itsexceptional innovation in the wireless space, had to do a lot of heavy lifting to squeezethe Web into a small screen.The worst part about the WAP solution was that each web site needed to present itsresults using a different format, if it wanted to be browseable from a wireless device.Doing double work for content owners is both time-consuming and error prone, so onlylarge companies invested in doing this. Which means that the long tail of the Internetwas, for the most part, inaccessible from wireless devices. alex iskold 1 Apple took an entirely different approach and focused on making web sites work on theiPhone, as is. Since iPhone runs OS X Safari, for designers it is only a matter offiguring out how to make web pages fit onto a small screen. Naturally, there are alreadyseveral technologies that exist to help people browse when the content does not fit ontoa screen – scrolling, paging and zooming. So Apple combined its innovative multi-touchtechnology with some old ideas, to deliver a complete browsing experience to the iPhoneusers. How well it will work remains to be seen. Particularly, will people be able tomaster multi-touch and will they like the experience of looking at pieces of a web page?If the answer is yes, then the iPhone will break the Web out of the WAP prison.Can Safari Succeed in the Browser Wars?Apple carefully aligned the launch of iPhone with the launch of Safari on Windows.There is no way this is a coincidence. Why does Apple want to jump into the browser wars?The answer is that anybody who has a shot wants to be part of this war; and with theiPhone, Apple actually does have a shot. iPhone is more than just a breakthrough mobile phone device. It is a strategy thatmay expand Apple’s sphere of influence, from web browsing to social networking and evenpossibly search. The fact that Apple is going to have control of the native iPhone applications forphone and chat will give it big leverage. As people interact with each other, thesoftware can learn a lot about user behavior and build a social system that leveragesthis behavior. A simple example is a filter that is currently missing in Facebook.Currently in Facebook all updates from my contacts are treated equally. Anytime anyonedoes anything, I get informed. This is already annoying to many users. With the iPhone,Apple can quickly gather data about how much interaction we have with each other – and sobuild a heuristic for filtering information based on that.ConclusioniPhone is more than just a breakthrough mobile phone device. It is a strategy that mayexpand Apple’s sphere of influence, from web browsing to social networking and evenpossibly search. If iPhone users embrace the multi-touch interface for browsing the web,then WAP will become obsolete. If Safari on iPhone and Windows manages to win peopleshearts, then Apple might gain a position in the browser market – perhaps as strong asFirefox. Incidentally, for now this plays in Google’s favor, as Google is friendly withboth Firefox and Apple. And if Apple starts building a social network around the iPhone,then MySpace and Facebook will have to start paying attention.All of these things are of course ‘big ifs’. But we have no reason to doubt either theseriousness or ability of Apple. Since Steve’s job return in 1997, the company has notdisappointed. So are all and any of these possible? Definitively – and very likely too.Apple is playing this game to win and to win big. Lets see what happens next and in themean time, please share your thoughts on what part iPhone will play in Apple’s businessstrategy. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Analysis#Apple#mobile#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
According to Andrew Fogg from kusiri, Google will start rolling out offline support for both Gmail and Google Calendar through Google Gears within the next six weeks. Google enabled offline access to Google Docs earlier this year, after they had already been using if for Google Reader for over a year. Fogg also found out that Google will start supporting SyncML for synchronizing contacts in Gmail around the same time.As Google is trying to push more of its products into small businesses and enterprises, having offline access to email and calendar functions is becoming an absolute necessity for Google. Even as mobile Internet access is becoming more ubiquitous every day, few business users would want to risk being caught in a situation where they don’t have access to their email or calendaring clients.Some of Google’s competitors such as Zimbra or Zoho are already offering some of these capabilities based on Google Gears. MySpace, too, is working on making its messaging platform available offline using Gears.As Alex Chitu from the Google Operating System blog observes, Google’s support for SyncML is also noteworthy. SyncML is an open standard for synchronizing information between different devices and, so far, has mostly been adopted by the mobile phone industry, with all the major companies such as Motorola, Nokia, Sony, LG, as well as IBM and Siemens supporting it in at least some of their products.The latest version of SyncML has added support for push email. According to Andrew Fogg, Google is using SyncML for synchronizing its contacts database with the iPhone, but in the long run, it is probably worth speculating if Google might also start pushing email to the iPhone (or any other phone for that matter), using the SyncML push technology. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts
Who knew that enabling small businesses to accept credit card payments on-the-go with an iPhone could be so difficult? Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s mobile payment solution, Square, has run into yet another hurdle and this time it isn’t of the technical variety. The company has found itself in a battle over the origins of its namesake card reader and the patents behind the technology.TechCrunch’s Robin Waters broke the story yesterday, writing that “Square has now pinned its hopes on the U.S. justice system.” Square filed a lawsuit earlier this week against REM Holdings 3 over a patent for the card reader that makes Square work. VentureBeat, describes the problem in the story of the company’s origins.Based on Square’s version of the story, inventor McKelvey couldn’t sell a piece of glass art because he couldn’t accept a credit card as a payment. He moved on to invent the simple reader device that plugs into a mobile phone and carries out the transaction via the phone network.McKelvey worked with Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter, to set up Square as a startup to exploit the invention. About the same time, in February, 2009, McKelvey consulted his friend Robert Morley to help build a prototype magnetic card reader that could be plugged into a cell phone jack.According to Square, McKelvey’s name was left off the patent inadvertently. Morley said in an earlier interview with VentureBeat that he had intended to trade the patent for shares in Square, but an agreement was never reached.When Dorsey first presented Square at Le Web last year, he said that the company had originally considered using the iPhone’s camera to take a picture of the credit card, using OCR software to read the data. The current incarnation of the card reader was reached, however, because the company wanted to be able to offer its service on multiple platforms. Since then, the company has run into a number of issues, from production delays to compatibility issues with the iPhone 4. Now, the company has found itself with a hardware solution that someone else owns the patent to and only the court will decide where to go from here. Can Square catch a break? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Finance#news#NYT#web