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Safer Boating Week - 13 to 20 October - Maritime NZ

Safer Boating Week - 13 to 20 October - Maritime NZ

The list of possible word choices used in conjunction with 'navigation lights and shapes'List of the most popular expressions with the word 'navigation lights and shapes'This section presents the most popular and most complete image information by a keyword 'navigation lights and shapes'. All images were carefully selected for you in the global network and can only be used by the author's right.How many search quality algorithms does Google use? This question was put to the John Mueller, the company’s employee during the last video conference with webmasters. The question was: "When you mention Google's quality algorithm, how many algorithms do you use?" Mueller responded the following: "Usually we do not talk about how many algorithms we use. We publicly state that we have 200 factors when it comes to scanning, indexing and ranking. Generally, the number of algorithms is a casual number. For instance, one algorithm can be used to display a letter on the search results page. Therefore, we believe that counting the exact number of algorithms that Google uses is not something that is really useful [for optimizers]. From this point of view, I can’t tell you how many algorithms are involved in Google search."Google reports that in the coming months, it will completely stop cooperation with certificates issued by WoSign and StarCom certification centers. The change will take effect with the release of Chrome 61, which is expected in mid-September. It will affect the certificates issued before October 21, 2016, the period of validity of which has not yet expired. Last year, Google Chrome 56 stopped trusting the certificates from WoSign and StarCom, released later October 21, 2016. After the release of Chrome 57, the browser partially stopped trusting the old certificates. An exception was made for websites that are among the first million in the Alexa rating. From now on, all certificates from these centers will be banned. "Starting with Chrome 61, the white list will be removed, which will lead to a complete cessation of trust in the existing root certificates of WoSign and StarCom and all certificates that they have given out. Websites that still use certificates from StarCom and WoSign should urgently consider replacing them, so as to minimize any inconveniences to Chrome users," reports Google. It should be recalled Mozilla announced about freezing its cooperation with WoSign and StartCom in September 2016. Starting with the Firefox 51 the certificates are considered to be invalid. At the same time, the support of certificates issued before October 21, 2016 is still preserved.It's third time this year that Google has updated the guidelines for assessors (experts assessing the quality of search results and the pages displayed in it). This time, the changes are even smaller than in the previous version of the document, which was published in May 2017. The latest innovations will mainly be interested to SEO specialists who work with non-English pages. For instance, the pseudoscientific and fake content details have been clarified, comments displaying pornographic ads on websites that do not contain adult content have been removed, new examples of pages with the lowest quality have been introduced, as well as a completely new section on the display of results in English for non-English-speaking locales. There are changes that are purely of a natural style: for example, the selection of some words in italics has been removed. The section on using the Foreign Language label for pages in a foreign language like Ukrainian and Russian is replaced with an example of Catalan and Spanish. A complete guide for assessors Google is a 160 pages book. It should be recalled that the Google assessors guide has already been updated in March and May this year. The main changes aimed at combating dubious content in search results took place this March. The largest May updates affected the assessment of the quality of news websites, in particular the use of the "Upsetting-Offensive" label that was introduced in March.John Mueller, Google spokesman described the way the search engine targets search results for users living in different regions of the globe. According to Mueller, geographic targeting uses factors such as ccTLDs or Search Console settings. For geotargeting we use mostly the ccTLD or search console setting, so place the server. — John ☆.o(≧▽≦)o.☆ (@JohnMu) July 7, 2017 Earlier Google yzed the server location determining the region where the website should be ranked best. Apparently, now this factor is not counted.Google still ignores the Last-Modified meta tag in the search. This was stated by the company’s employee, John Mueller providing a response to a question from one of the webmasters on Twitter. The question was: "In 2011 you said that Google does not use the http-equiv =" last-modified "tag for crawling. Is that still so? ". Mueller replied the following: Yep, we still do not use it. - John ☆ .o (≧ ▽ ≦) o. ☆ (@JohnMu) August 11, 2017 The tag was originally used to alert the crawlers that the page was updated, or to specify the date the page was last refreshed. In 2011 John Mueller made a post on the Webmaster Central Help forum in which he stated that Google does not use the Last-Modified meta tag for scanning, indexing, or ranking. This tag is also not included in the list of meta tags considered by Google. With all this, other search engines can still use it.Google My Business has launched a new tool using which users will be able to create a free business card website for their company. You need to verify ownership of the company page in My Business to access the tool. The data and photos placed on it will be used to create the website. The website appearance can be configured, and its contents supplemented. If you change the company’ data, the website will be automatically updated. In addition, it will be optimized for cross-platform devices. Having created a website you can publish it immediately or do that later. A window that offers you to create a website appears after the confirmation of the company page. This function is also available in the "Website" menu. For more information about this feature see the Help Center. According to Google, 60% of small businesses do not have their own website. With the help of a new tool they will be able to create them.



Photo: Courtesy of United States Coast GuardBoating regulations are there for your safety, and it is your responsibility to know them. Just as the driver of an automobile is responsible for his own safety, the safety of his passengers and the safety of others, so too must the operator of a boat be concerned about safety.Boating can be inherently dangerous, but it should not be any more so than driving a vehicle on land. However, unlike driving an automobile where one must first secure a "Learner's Permit," pass a written test, a driving test, and is then issued a Driver's License, a few states, including Arizona and Utah, have no such requirements for the recreational or occasional boater.Utah does, however, require children, ages 12-17, to have completed a boating education course before operating a personal watercraft (PWC).Photo: Courtesy of "Boat Owners Association of The United States" Without so much as a certificate of any kind, without any training, without any knowledge of boating safety and the rules and regulations governing the use of a boat on public waters and without even donning a life jacket, you can hop in a boat and go. But, whether you know the boating regulations or not, you are accountable for the safe and responsible operation of your boat. Ignorance of the law is no excuse, and it is up to you to practice boating safety.Lake Powell Boating Regulations:These are some of the boating regulations which you should be aware of while boating at Lake Powell: Lake Powell Boating Regulations:These are some of the boatingregulations which you should be aware of while boating at Lake Powell: • You must maintain an idle or wakeless speed when: - you are in a designated, wakeless speed area. - you are in a launch or ramp area. - you are in a designated swimming area. - you are within 150 feet of another boat, a person in the water or a person fishing on the shore.• You must be at least 16 years of age to operate a motorboat without restrictions.• If you are under 16, you may operate a motorboat if there is a responsible person on board who is at least 18 years old.Towing:Towing someone behind your boat has its own set of regulations:• You may only tow someone behind your boat between the hours of sunrise and sunset.• The person being towed must wear USCG approved personal flotation device.• You may not tow a person in a non-standing position within 20 feet of the stern of the boat.Photo of Dog: "Boat Owners Association of The United States" • You must have an observer aboard your boat who is at least 8 years old. Having a rear view or side view mirror does not exempt you from this rule.• The observer must display an international orange flag, which must be at least 12 inches square and be affixed to a handle, whenever the person being towed is in the water e.g. when he/she is waiting to be towed or after being towed.• You are prohibited from idling the motor when there is someone on, or holding onto, the swim platform, swim deck, swim step or swim ladder. In other words, turn off the motor when someone is in the water at the stern of the boat!Photo: Courtesy of "Boat Owners Association of The United States"Personal Watercraft:The age restrictions for Personal Watercraft (PWC) are a little more stringent:• You must be at least 18 years of age to operate a PWC without restrictions.• If you are under 12 years of age you may not operate a PWC.• If you are between 12 and 17 years of age, you must complete an approved boating education course and have in your possession a certificate of completion.• If you are between 12 and 15 years of age, in addition to the education requirement, you must be under the direct supervision* of a person who is at least 18 years of age. *Direct supervision means being in direct line of sight with the boat operator.Photo: Courtesy of United States Coast GuardRules of the Road For Boating Safety:Boaters call navigation rules – the basic laws governing the steering or sailing of a boat –“The Rules of the Road.” The Rules of the Road define the roles and responsibilities of vessel operators. If all operators obeyed these rules, most accidents could be avoided.One of the reasons the Rules of the Road exist is to keep boats from colliding with each other and with other objects.Since collisions are the number one type of accident on the water, boaters should remember the following Rules of the Road:• Post a lookout. Designate someone to watch for dangers that may come from any direction.• Maintain a safe speed. Except where speed is restricted by regulation or the waterway is marked by a “No Wake” or “Slow Speed” Aid, you must judge “safe speed” for yourself, taking into account visibility, vessel traffic, your boat’s ability to maneuver, and the weather conditions.A boat that is overtaking another must steer clear of the overtaken vessel's path.A vessel approaching from the port side must give way. (A) keeps clear of and must avoid crossing ahead of (B).When two vessels are heading toward each other, each must reroute and pass to the right of the other. (A) blows one blast and alters course to starboard, (B) blows one blast and alters course to starboard.As a general rule, rowboats, sailing vessels and canoes have the right-of-way over power-driven boats. However, if one vessel is unable to maneuver as it normally would, the most maneuverable vessel gives way.The above graphics and text have been downloaded with the kind permission of BoatExam.comIf you are interested in taking a boating safety and education course click:Online Boat License Course• On rivers, boats going downstream usually have the right of way over boats going upstream. • In narrow channels, boats underway must stay as far to the right of the middle of the channel as is safely navigable. - Motorboats must slow to a wakeless speed if they cannot stay at least 150 feet from other boats in the channel.Boating Safety Tips:• Check out your boat! • Make sure your boat is in good working order before taking it out for the first time. • Check your safety equipment! - Make sure all required equipment is put on the boat and is in good working order. Photo: Courtesy Float-Tech®• Check your life jackets! - Make sure all life jackets are in good working order. All straps, buckles and zippers need to be operational, and the life jackets cannot have any rips or tears.• Take a boating class!Online Boat License Course• Learn Courtesy on the Water! - From the time you start to tow the boat to the launching ramp until the time you take it out at night, courtesy plays a big part in the boating adventure. - Remember the golden rule and treat others the way you would want to be treated.• Be careful of your wake, both around fishermen and around other boaters. Photo: Wikimedia Commons• Keep A Weather Eye Out! - Storms can come up quickly, especially in the summertime, so keep an eye to the sky. Watch for temperature changes, shifts in wind patterns and changes in cloud formations. All these can signal storms moving in. • Drive (Operate) Defensively! - Be aware of what other boaters are doing around you. Even if you have the right-of -way, if the other boater doesn't give way to your vessel, you give way! • Don't Drink and Drive A Boat! - Just like on the highway, drinking and operating a boat is against the law. In many ways, it can be even more dangerous.Photo: Courtesy "Boat Owners Association of The United States"Boaters tend to get a condition called boater's fatigue, caused by the glare of the sun, action of the waves and general tiredness, towards the end of the day. Adding alcohol to this can create a deadly combination! There is much more to boating regulations than can be covered here.I started this website in February 2011, and, quite honestly, it has not lived up to my hopes and expectations.I would appreciate some honest appraisals and suggestions as to how to improve it. Enter a Title for your Comments/Suggestions Close HelpPlease feel free to "tell it like it is." 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