Jamaica’s Road deaths head to 400 mark

For the seventh year in a row the country has failed to meet the national target of keeping road fatalities below the 300 mark.

According to the latest figures from the ministry’s Road Safety Unit (RSU) released two days ago, 300 people have already been killed on the nation’s roads since the start of the year.

Last year 386 people died on the nation’s streets making 2018 the deadliest in the past 15 years. Between January 1 and September 10 last year 281 people died in road crashes. Of this number motorcyclists account for the highest demographic with about 90 road deaths followed by pedestrians with over 70 fatalities.
After missing the more than the decade old 300-per-year target. Exceeding 400 victims this year, means that this would be the first time that passed the figure since 2002, when 408 people were killed on the roads.

Google and the web tracking pages explained

Chief policy officer Johnny Ryan used Google’s Chrome browser to conduct his research. He had no logins, cookies or browsing history on the device so was, in effect, a new user.
He said he discovered hidden webpages that had a unique address. It acted as an identifier, which was unique to him. This so-called pseudonymous marker, when combined with cookies, can help track user activity across the web, he claims. Cookies – small pieces of code that are embedded in websites and downloaded to devices to track how users browse the net – require permissions from the user to be used, which the hidden webpage does not.
Over the course of just one hour of web browsing, he said, Google created at least nine of these pages and 11 duplicate pages that transferred data about him.
That data was not seen by him but could have included information about age and gender, habits, social media usage, ethnicity or political affiliation, he said.
Eight companies other than Google were active on one or more of these pages and the identifiers for him were used 278 times, he found.