MILTON, Ont. – An Ontario highway sign has received the “Game of Thrones” treatment.Motorists travelling on the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 in Milton, Ont., just west of Toronto, on Friday morning saw the name of the James Snow Parkway exit sign changed to the Jon Snow Parkway.The name James on the sign was blacked out and replaced with Jon — a reference to the character Jon Snow, played by British actor Kit Harington, on the popular HBO series.A spokeswoman for Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation says the sign was vandalized sometime early in the morning.Astrid Poei says the sign was back to normal by about 11:45 a.m. Friday and provincial police, who were notified about the incident, will continue to monitor the area.News of the sign’s name change prompted many jokes on social media.“It appears #MiltonON has become Winterfell. Are you ready to serve on the Escarpment, now known as The Wall?,” one person tweeted, referencing key elements of the show.“Can’t we just leave it?” another person said.The James Snow Parkway is named after an Ontario politician who served as a Conservative MPP for the area from 1967 to 1985.
Researchers have found that practicing what is known as a “dual n-back” exercise can lead to improvement in working memory, which is what people rely on to temporarily hold details in their mind like phone numbers and directions. The “dual n-back” is a memory sequence test in which people must remember a constantly updating sequence of visual and auditory stimuli. The study published in the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement suggests it is possible to train the brain like other body parts – with targeted workouts. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”People say cognitive training either works or doesn’t work. We showed that it matters what kind of training you’re doing,” said lead author Kara Blacker who was with Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore at the time of the research.”This one task seems to show the most consistent results and the most impact on performance and should be the one we focus on if we’re interested in improving cognition through training,” said Blacker, now a researcher at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for Advancement of Military Medicine Inc in Maryland. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe researchers decided to compare directly the leading types of exercises and measure people’s brain activity before and after training.First, the team assembled three groups of participants, all young adults. Everyone took an initial battery of cognitive tests to determine baseline working memory, attention and intelligence. Everyone also got an electroencephalogram (EEG) to measure brain activity. Then, everyone was sent home to practice a computer task for a month. One group used one leading brain exercise while the second group used the other. The third group practiced on a control task.The training programmes compared are not the commercial products available to consumers, but tools scientists rely on to test the brain’s working memory.Everyone trained five days a week for 30 minutes, then returned to the lab for another round of tests to see if anything about their brain or cognitive abilities had changed.The researchers found that the group that practiced the “dual n-back” exercise showed a 30 per cent improvement in their working memory. That was nearly double the gains made by the group working with the other common task, known as “complex span”. The dual n-back group saw squares flashing on a grid while hearing letters. They had to remember if the square they just saw and the letter they heard were both the same as one round back. As the test got harder, they had to recall squares and letters two, three and four rounds back. The other test, called “complex span,” also involves remembering items in a sequence, but they do not need to continually update the items in their mind.”The findings suggest that this particular task is changing something about the brain,” said study co-author Susan Courtney, Professor at Johns Hopkins University.
May 17, 2018 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals If you spend all day in your browser, you need to get organized. You’re likely toggling among social media accounts, email, shared documents, search queries, to-do lists and articles you’re meaning to read, and when the tabs pile up, it can be hard to focus.You might try keeping things in separate windows or on separate monitors, but that doesn’t change the fact that most of what you’re looking at is likely browser-based. Google Chrome is your connection to nearly everything you need to access, but the trouble is, it’s also a window to distractions. That’s why it’s up to you to hack it, to tame it and to download a bunch of browser extensions that will put you back in control.Related: A Guide to Reducing Unneeded Distractions and Time-Sucks So You Can Be More ProductiveRead on for 15 browser extensions that are a cinch to install and will help you get way more done with just a few clicks.1. BoomerangDo you ever start drafting an email, only to realize it’s 11 p.m. and you don’t want to subject anyone to your night owl, always-hustling tendencies? So you save it as a draft, only to have to squeeze in time the following day to finish it and send it off? That is, if you even remember?Boomerang for Gmail is the answer to the hours you keep outside the 9-to-5. You can draft and even hit “send” on an email any time, then use the scheduling feature to select the date and time you’d like it to be sent. It also comes with read receipts, link click-tracking and “Respondable” software, which “uses artificial intelligence to help you write better, more actionable emails in real-time.”The basic, free version of Boomerang includes all above features, but subscriptions with additional bells and whistles, such as mobile access, are available for $5, $15 and $50 per month.2. OneTabAre you a tab hoarder who’s more apt to let the web pages pile up than navigate away from a search you’re finished with? Well, this habit not only clutters your computer visually, but also, it likely slows down your computer — and, in turn, your work.OneTab allows you to consolidate all of your tabs into one. It simply makes them into a new tab, at which you’ll see a list of each page and a link to it. When you want to return to one of the tabs, click the link and it will reopen. You can also edit the list from within OneTab in case you change your mind about wanting to hold onto something.Its functions get even more granular: OneTab also provides settings for users who want to name consolidated tabs (say, for a bunch of links related to a single project), as well as those who want to exclude some open tabs from the consolidation process.Related: 10 Unique Free Tools and Resources for Entrepreneurs You Probably Don’t Know About3. 1PasswordSpeaking of consolidation, how much time do you spend hunting down or resetting your passwords to various online accounts because you’ve forgotten them? Or, in the words of stand-up comic John Mulaney, spending your day “telling a robot that you’re not a robot”? Have you ever wished that you could just log in to the entire internet, with one password unlocking your accounts all at once?1Password is one of the many password solutions that allows you to do a version of that, and it has a Chrome Extension. Through the extension, you’ll have easy access to managing which passwords are included in your 1Password account. Logging in when you go to a site that’s included in your 1Password list will be seamless.Be wary, though: In the past, this extension has been susceptible to some bugs that have led to password theft, according to Network World. The alternative is a safer method in which the 1Password software downloaded to your desktop is where the controls live (however, leaving your browser puts you at risk of interrupting your workflow).4. PocketBusy entrepreneurs don’t have time to read long, analytical articles every time a good link appears on their screens. Saving articles to your bookmarks versus saving them to Pocket is akin to the difference between stowing things away on a shelf in the back of your closet versus simply tucking them into your, well, pocket.The extension places a button directly to the right of your URL bar, so when you open an article only to realize you don’t have time to read it in that moment, you click the button and it saves the article to a list that’s accessible from your desktop or a mobile app.When you open the articles from your Pocket list, they load without ads and other clutter — often even without images, which streamlines the reading process and keeps you focused. Pocket also curates articles for users who want to stay in-the-know without hunting down their own reading material.Related: 20 Surprising Things You Can Do With Google Search5. KeepaThe Keepa extension is perfect for any entrepreneur who keeps tabs (no pun intended) on fluctuating product prices on Amazon. If you have it installed, you can set up which Amazon pages you want to monitor, and the Keepa will let you know if a price falls in real time, or if a previously out-of-stock item becomes available.Users also have access to graphs that display product price history over time, displayed right on the web page, so users can get a comprehensive view of recent deals and price drops. (It goes without saying that this tool is great for power shoppers, too.)Entrepreneurs: What are your favorite Chrome extensions? Let us know in the comments below. 5 min read Register Now »
MONTREAL – To reward its top sales travel professionals for all their hard work, Transat Distribution hosted a “well-deserved vacation” last month in the heart of Cancun.Award-winning travel professionals spent a “dream week” seeing all that the Cancun area has to offer. Transat’s leadership team treated the group to an appreciation supper at the Excellence Riviera Cancun, took them to an acrobatic show, and set sail with them on a private catamaran in Isla Mujeres. During the Bravo Awards Gala night hosted by Luxury Retreat, agents were greeted at the Hacienda Magica in Puerto Aventuras and attended Cirque du Soleil’s spectacular Joya performance.“Every year it gives us great pleasure to recognize the exceptional contribution of these travel professionals. They are always ready to give their best, offering the maximum of their time and energy, to meet the needs of their customers,” said Nathalie Boyer, General Manager at Transat Distribution Canada. “To acknowledge their work by having them join the BRAVO Excellence Club is, for us, proof of their importance.”Ontario Bravo WinnersQuebec Bravo WinnersWest Bravo WinnersDanielle Durocher, Rita Polegri, Nathalie Boyer, and Kimberley WoodAmr Younes, VP, Revenue Optimization, Luxury Retreats, and Nathalie Boyer, GM, Transat Distribution Canada Tags: Cancun, Transat Monday, May 28, 2018 Travelweek Group Share Posted by Transat Distribution hosts top agents on dream vacation in Cancun << Previous PostNext Post >>