FREDERICTON – New Brunswick is introducing new legislation to regulate exotic animals, four years after two young boys were killed by an African rock python.Four-year-old Noah Barthe and his six-year-old brother, Connor, died after the python escaped its enclosure while they slept in a family friend’s apartment in Campbellton in August 2013.Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet said Tuesday the new Exotic Animals Act will strengthen safeguards for public safety and human health, and the health and safety of native species and their habitats.“Chances are, if the legislation had been in place in 2013 we would not be here today,” said Bruce Dugan, chairman of the province’s Exotic Animal Task Force, which in 2015 recommended the government review existing laws.Better communication between different agencies and regular inspections would have made the difference, he said.“There are going to be instances where things slip through the cracks no matter how much legislation, regulation and enforcement you have in place, but in this particular case I don’t think we’d be here today if the legislation had been in place in 2013,” Dugan said.African rock pythons were not allowed in New Brunswick at the time without specific permits. Savoie did not have one.The python was kept in a large enclosure within the apartment of reptile store owner Jean-Claude Savoie, where the Barthe brothers were attending a sleepover. Last November, a jury found Savoie not guilty of criminal negligence causing death.The python escaped by travelling through a ventilation duct and dropping into the living room where the boys slept. A pathologist said the boys died of asphyxiation, and each was covered in puncture wounds from snake bites.The snake was about 3.7 metres long and weighed about 24 kilograms.The boys had spent the day petting animals and playing at a farm owned by Savoie’s father. An expert testified at Savoie’s trial that snakes become more aggressive when they detect possible sources of food — and an attack would have been unlikely had there been no animal smells on the boys.Campbellton Mayor Stephanie Anglehart-Paulin said Tuesday her community on the province’s north shore suffered an emotional blow with the boys’ deaths, and the new legislation will help.“It’s just nice to know that their death isn’t in vain — that the government did take it seriously, and they acted. We can’t go back. We can’t press rewind, but we certainly can make it better to go forward,” she said.She said there are a lot of mixed emotions.“We were torn between having lost children and having lost a community member. We were all aware and we were all guilty to know that, that place was there. We were bringing our school children there. Then all of a sudden we had to be mad at this gentleman for operating this. It’s a little of both,” Anglehart-Paulin said.Dugan, of the Magnetic Hill Zoo, said the government has completed 14 of the task force’s recommendations, and is in the process of acting on 13 more, leaving just two outstanding.The proposed legislation will regulate the import, possession, sale, public display, propagation, export and release of exotic animals.The province will compile a list of exotic animals not requiring a permit, and all others will require one through the Department of Energy and Resource Development.Doucet said the legislation’s definition of exotic animal will include certain fish, wildlife and invertebrates such as scorpions and spiders.He said the legislation, which will include fines of up to $20,000, will be introduced in the coming days. Exotic pet owners would have a year to comply.
As for monetization, Brady writes, “Many developers have been successful with in-app purchases, but to support more types of apps on Facebook.com, we will give developers the option to offer paid apps. This is a simple-to-implement payment feature that lets people pay a flat fee to use an app on Facebook.com.”App detail pages must receive Facebook approval, and those who submit completed pages before May 18 will be given review priority.CNN.com reports Facebook operates under an Apple-like revenue split with brands selling through the social network, pocketing 30 percent of each sale. While it is unclear whether Facebook’s fees will be in addition to what the App Store typically charges for download, the announcement is generating buzz throughout the industry. “We’re still gathering information about the App Center, but Atlantic Media currently reaches millions of monthly users via Facebook platform through our brand page and audience sharing, and thus the potential to reach one billion users with Atlantic Media Apps is certainly attractive. The App Center should become an important distribution channel for Atlantic Media as we accelerate our investment in mobile and app development on all platforms, including HTML5,” Scott Havens, SVP of finance and digital operations with Atlantic Media, tells FOLIO:. “Having said that, Facebook is smartly launching the App Center to help Facebook compete against Apple, Google, Microsoft and other social media networks, not necessarily to help Atlantic Media drive incremental revenue, traffic or engagement. So of course, understanding the ROI and/or the tradeoffs—such as using FB login—is important for a media company our size to evaluate before we invest too much time.” The App Center will be available on the Web, as well as for iOS and Android systems. If an app requires installation, Facebook will redirect the user to either the App Store or Google Play to complete the process. Just in case publishers didn’t have enough platforms to push their apps through already, Facebook is jumping into the game with the debut of its App Center. In a post on its Facebook Developers page, software engineer Aaron Brady urges, “All developers should start preparing today to make sure their app is included for the launch.”Positioned as “the new, central place to find great apps,” the App Center mandates an app detail page for each submission. FB will decide which products to promote by monitoring app success through its Insights feature, a system already in place for brand pages (the tool monitors likes, number of users “talking about this,” weekly reach and a combined social circle tally dubbed “Friends of Fans”). Brady writes, “Well-designed apps that people enjoy will be prominently displayed.” Quality is quantified through characteristics such as “an easy-to-use interface, clear content, value to users and no significant bugs”; minimal advertising; positive user feedback; and included apps must “set clear expectations about what user activity it shares on Facebook, and when.”
0 Post a comment Share your voice Facebook Facebook logo James Martin/CNET Facebook is bringing back a version of a privacy feature that it disabled last year after hackers exploited the tool to access the emails, phone numbers and other personal information of 29 million users.The feature, called “view as public,” lets you see how your Facebook profile looks to people who aren’t friends with you on the social network. The social network said the version of the feature it’s restored wasn’t impacted by the security incident. Facebook decided not to restore the “view as specific person” feature that lets you see how your profile looks like for a particular friend because it’s trying simplify the tool. The option to see how your profile looks to the public was also more popular than the “view as specific person” feature, according to the company. Facebook declined to say how many people used the “view as” feature, which was located near the top of a user profile, before it was disabled. Facebook is restoring the feature globally over the next couple of days. Facebook temporarily turned off the “view as” feature in September 2018 after hackers exploited code associated with the feature and stole “access tokens” that could be used to take over people’s accounts. Access tokens aren’t your password, but they let people log in to accounts without needing it.The social network initially said 50 million users were affected by the breach, but said two weeks later that fewer users were impacted. Still, about 29 million Facebook users had their personal information, including phone numbers, emails and recent searches on the social network, compromised. Facebook reportedly thought that spammers masquerading as a digital marketing company were behind the attack. Facebook users can check if they were impacted by the breach by visiting the social network’s help center. The company is also adding an “edit public details” button to make it easier for users to find settings that allow them to control the profile information that the public can see. Tags Security Tech Industry
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