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Google Switching Entirely To Mobile-First Indexing

In the modern age, a business can live or die by its online presence, and that’s why things like King Kong SEO are given such importance. Changes happen regularly which, in turn, facilitates regular updates, and companies have to keep track of that.

Google’s recent announcement is a notable change for the company, and a call to action for the internet, as the tech giant known primarily for its search engine has announced that it’ll be switching to mobile-first indexing before the end of 2020.

On a blog post on the Official Google Webmaster Central Blog, Google announced that it will be completing the switch to mobile-first indexing by September 2020. The statement is the culmination of the company’s work to adapt to the increasing popularity of mobile devices for use in browsing the internet, with the switch having started in 2016.

The blog post by the company, released by Google Zurich Developer Advocated John Mueller, explained that when a domain is switched to mobile-first indexing, it’ll see an increase in the crawls done by Googlebot as Google works to update their index to the mobile version. Naturally, this might take a bit depending on the domain itself. The traditional desktop Googlebot will still do crawls, but most of Google’s crawling past September 2020 will be handled by the mobile smartphone user-agent, which, naturally, will lead to changes with King Kong SEO and the like.

Google reports that, according to their analysis, the majority of sites that show up in their search results are ready for mobile-first indexing, with 70% having already made the changes. Those that haven’t taken the necessary steps for mobile-first indexing have received a notice from Google informing them of any indexing issues that they detect on the sites.

The announcement effectively puts a deadline on sites looking to get ready for mobile-first indexing, as they need to get the issues ironed out before September 2020 or end up suffering a huge hit to their SEO. Google, for their part, offered some advice for sites, including avoiding separate mobile URLs (m-dots) due to the issues and confusion that can, and has popped up from this.

Ohio Governor Passes Bill To Recompense Employers For Upskilling Employees

In Columbus, Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine recently signed a bill that lays out how the state of Ohio will be reimburse companies and businesses that work to improve their employees’ tech skills, or ‘upskilling’, which has become more and more popular as the demand for increasingly skilled workers, like web developers and software development experts, grows.

House Bill 2 is the formalization of the rules already in place for Ohio’s Tech Cred Program, which was already being funded by the state budget that was enacted in July.

Mr. DeWine officially signed the bill after his tour of the Bluffton plant of the tech commercial and industrial part supplier, GROB Systems, Inc. With him at the tour and the signing was Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, as well as GROB CEO Michael Hutecker.

Officially, the law will come into effect around April 2020, but with the funding already in place, the second round of grant applications for the program is already ongoing, with GROB being an early participant in the program.

The bill received bipartisan support, with Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Rep. Jon Cross (R-Kenton) backing it. The latter issued a statement on the matter, saying that House Bill 2 is a good way to fund the development of the workforce in Ohio, thanks to its focus on individual workers and technical jobs, like in software development, that are left unfilled.

A few key points of House Bill 2 include:

  • $12.3m for 2020 and 2021, to be used to assist employers fund training via the TechCred Program, with businesses able to get up to $2,000 for every employee.
  • $2.5m annual funding for the new Individual Microdential Assistance Program, aimed at paying training institutions like colleges and universities up to $3,000 for every employee that manages to complete an industry-recognized certification program in one year or less time. Any provider can receive a maximum of $250,000 annually.
  • $200,000 annually for marketing the programs.
  • $2.5m in order to help foster partnerships that’ll assist in provide the needed training.

Currently, the program has 379 options available for Ohioans.

The state website, TechCred.Ohio.Gov, is accepting applications for the second round of the program until the end of January, with the program to go underway in October.

Effect Of Elections On CAD Forecast

As Canadians are voting to choose their next prime minister, the value of Canadian dollar is creeping up.  It is touted to see more gains in the coming days irrespective of the election results.

With neck-to-neck competition between the main political parties, the election outcome is largely considered as a coin toss. Generally elections weaken the rate of currency due to uncertainty about the economic policies. However, the CAD forecast remains positive irrespective of who wins the election. The reason for this is mostly because of the striking similarities between the economic policies of both the leading political parties of the country.

Investment bankers of the country believe that the election result is not going to have a major impact on the CAD forecast. They expect a hung parliament or a minority government headed by the incumbent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. And hence expect little or no change in the economic policies.

Rather than the election results, this week’s CAD forecast is driven by positive business outlook and retail sales. The supportive tone of risk sentiment is also aiding to strengthen the Loonie.

One of the factors for a strong CAD is the increased resilience of the Canadian bond yield due to Bank of Canada retaining the interest rates at 1.75% even when their counterparts in other countries have largely cut down the interest rates. This move made Canadian bonds attractive to foreign investors and contributed to the positive forecast.

The strengthening of job markets and increase in wage rates is another factor that has positive influence on the CAD rate. With both the parties promising significant tax cuts, the retail market is expected to be resilient.

However, the interest rate policy of bank of Canada will have a significant impact of the CAD forecast. If the BoC announces any rate cuts before later part of 2020, then it would signal difficulties for the CAD as the markets are not ready for an early rate cut.

A positive economic outlook and increased employment rate are pushing the CAD higher. The elections this time did not have any impact on the CAD forecast as both the political parties have announced similar economic polices and tax cuts.

 

 

Canadian Trucking Association Calling On Government To Protect Immigrant Truckers

Canada’s trucking industry, FTL Dedicated Truckload Freight or not, is notable for the high level of immigrant workers present in the segment. The CTA, worried for their safety, is calling on the Canadian federal government to protect these immigrants from abuses.

That call to action follows an investigation from the Globe and Mail newspaper, which alleged that British Columbia’s trucking industry, alongside immigration consultants are making foreign workers in the industry pay thousands to have to work, which is illegal under Canadian law.

The report also noted that a lot of these workers had minimal or no experience in handling such vehicles, their heavy loads, and the extreme conditions like heavy ice or snow, that those in the industry have to deal with, amounting to exploitation.

According to some of these foreign workers, they worked in spite of such conditions in order to be eligible for Canadian permanent residency.

The Globe and Mail’s investigation started following an incident wherein a loaded truck crashed into an entire hockey team in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, resulting in the death of 16 people. The truck was driven by Jaskirat Singh Sindu, an Indian immigrant who came into the country as a student. The inexperienced driver is currently serving an 8-year prison sentence for the incident, and will be deported back to his home country upon the end of his incarceration.

The CTA noted how important immigrants are for Canada’s trucking sector, whose vacancy rate is among the highest in Canada at 6.6%, amounting to about 20,000 unfilled employment positions.

The Alliance says that the country, and the trucking industry, with its FTL Dedicated Truckload Freight companies, will only suffer if the government stops immigration programs, as there are actually a lot of commercial drivers that underwent proper training and legislation, employed by legally compliant and responsible companies, operating across Canada.

Instead, they say that the CTA says that protecting the immigrant workers from abuse and ensuring that they end up with the majority of legally compliant, and responsible operators in the country will be what’s best for Canada.

In response to the incident in Humboldt, the CTA has put together a 10-point plan to improve oversight and deal with non-compliant companies in the Canadian trucking industry.

Here’s Why You Should Avoid Aftermarket Key Fobs

A warning is now being spread by locksmiths all over Australia including locksmith in Zillmere regarding cheap aftermarket key fobs. According to one consumer, Sarah Latham, she lost the key fob to her car therefore she decided to purchase a new one. She went for an aftermarket alternative because it is cheaper but she found out that it was a bad decision.

She used the key fob while her car is parked in a parking space in Cairns and she found out that she was able to open not just her own pink Nissan Micra but the nearby vehicle which is a white Micra. She told the story of how she unlocked her car with the key fob and went over to the white Micra. She has already opened the door to the vehicle when she realized that it was not hers but she was able to unlock it.

She was worried because if it was someone with bad intention then they would be able to steal anything from the car that was also opened by the key fob.

The same thing has happened to Ms. Latham when she lost her car keys and decided to use a local locksmith instead of going to the dealership. Chris Rose, a locksmith for automotive vehicles, said that the fault lies in the aftermarket key. He contacted the suppliers and they have already addressed the issue.

Mr. Rose shared that the remote follows the frequency by which the car responds to. There are thousands to various frequencies used by Nissan and the chance of a key opening another car is one car to thousands.

Many car owners also came forward to share their experience of how they were sure they locked their vehicles only to return to it already unlocked. The same goes with keys for garage doors.

With the issue ongoing, experts including locksmith in Zillmere has already warned the public to be cautious. As much as possible it is better to go back to the car dealership to purchase a new car key fob to avoid the same scenario.

England Football Teams Use Cloud To Process Data And Analyse Player Performance

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The regular football season might be over but it does not mean the end of hard work. Development work continues behind the scenes with digital transformation helping to change administration of games for the better.

According to Craig Donald, CIO at the Football Association (FA), digital transformation means simplification to make life easier for everyone at the football association. It is also about engagement and ensuring connections to participants in the game from the Sunday League player to the members of the English Supporters Club and the Lioness performing at the World Cup.

The current focus of performance development efforts is cloud and big data. FA is using Google Cloud as a platform for collaboration and advanced data analytics for England teams. One of the key elements in the cloud-enabled digital transformation include G Suite platform as the centre of the organization’s business operations. This means a shift from working in silos to increasing collaboration between the coaches of all teams.

When there is a connected way of working, the way that coaches train and develop England’s 28 national teams is unified at all levels of the game. G Suite provides the platform to collaborate and share data.

FA coaches share data through G Suite productivity applications and use Hangout as the communication tool. The data that has been collected and shared by the coaches is accessed Google Computer Engine. FA is also using cloud to build a new tool that will be called Player Performance System (PPS) that will measure fitness, training and form among the players.

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