In the news today March 21

first_imgFour stories in the news for Thursday, March 21———BRONCOS FAMILIES AWAIT SENTENCING FOR TRUCK DRIVERFamily members forever changed by the Humboldt Broncos hockey bus crash are speaking out before Friday’s sentencing of the truck driver who caused the collision. Jaskirat Singh Sidhu of Calgary has pleaded guilty to 29 counts of dangerous driving. The Crown is asking for 10 years and the defence anywhere from one-and-a-half to four-and-a-half years. Sixteen people died in the crash, including the son of former NHL player Chris Joseph. He says there aren’t any number of years that would make him happy, but he wants the sentence to be tough enough so a similar crash doesn’t happen again. Michelle Straschnitzki, whose son Ryan was paralyzed, says it’s got to be more than a slap on the wrist.———MPS CONTINUE ALL-NIGHT VOTING MARATHON Members of Parliament are continuing their marathon voting session as opposition parties protest the Trudeau government’s efforts to shut down any further investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair. The Liberal majority shot down a Conservative motion calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to let former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould testify more fully about her allegation that she was improperly pressured to drop a criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin. That set the stage for a Conservative-sponsored filibuster Wednesday night, requiring 257 separate votes on items in the government’s spending estimates. Since any vote involving government spending is automatically considered a confidence vote, Liberals were required to be out in force to avoid potential defeat of the government.———TRANS WOMAN HOPES FUNDING CUT WILL SEND MESSAGEA transgender woman whose discrimination case against a Vancouver rape crisis centre was dismissed by the courts says she hopes a funding cut by the city will help change the shelter’s policies. Kimberly Nixon filed a human rights complaint against Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter in 1995 after she was refused training to work as a volunteer peer counsellor because she did not share the same life experience as someone born female. The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal awarded $75,000 against Rape Relief, but that was overturned by the courts. The City of Vancouver gives Rape Relief almost $34,000 in a grant every year, but it has decided to stop that funding as of next year, saying the centre is not meeting transgender inclusion criteria.———QUEBEC BUDGET TO BE TABLED TODAYAfter five months in power, Francois Legault’s Coalition Avenir Quebec government will lay out its true priorities today as it tables its first budget. Legault has raised expectations with expensive promises since his party won the Oct. 1 provincial election, and he insists all the commitments will be respected. He has promised to put money back in taxpayers’ wallets, reducing the fiscal burden by $1.7 billion over five years while maintaining services to the public. Finance Minister Eric Girard has a comfortable cushion to work with, having inherited a surplus from the outgoing Liberal government that is pegged at $1.7 billion.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland testifies before the Senate foreign affairs committee on the new North America free trade agreement and Brexit.— Canada’s unions release a report on the impacts of Islamophobia in the workplace.— Statistics Canada releases January figures for wholesale trade, employment insurance, investment in building construction, and travel between Canada and other countries.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Former Selectwoman Encourages Board To Keep Current Town Counsel

first_imgDear Wilmington Residents,FACT: There are significant risks associated with Olin Superfund Site and the looming New England Transrail (NET) in south Wilmington.FACT: The Olin site is responsible for shutting down the Maple Meadow Brook Aquifer back in 2003.FACT: There are millions, millions, of gallons of contamination in the groundwater associated with the site and has over 100 chemicals of concern.FACT: It is one of the worst sites in the state!FACT: NET is a proposed transrail facility by Olin at the site that is poised to have NO (emphasis added) over sight from the town because they are exempt as a rail carrier.FACT: Olin is seeking an exemption from top level EPA staff to not have to clean up their mess, something that is called a technical waiver. This could soon happen, anytime.FACT: The town has one of the best environmental attorneys in the state that has represented the town well on these issues.FACT: The BOS knows all this.The Wilmington Environmental Restoration Committee (WERC), to which I am VP, is a non-profit set up to oversee the Olin site through a technical assistant grant from the EPA. We also received a grant to help in the review of the NET proposal. We recently went through a similar situation as the town’s current law firm did where our consultants’ company was bought out and split. We did everything in our power to keep the people we had working on the site because the prospects for getting someone up to speed on the complexities of the Olin site would clearly hurt our ability to properly review the site and pending comments on deliverables. It would take years like it took years for the EPA and our current consultants to get up to speed.I voiced these concerns to the BOS at the hearing for town counsel. I said for the past 20 years many citizens have worked 1000’s of hours behind the scenes. We don’t get pay nor recognition and want neither. What we do want is support. Don’t cut our legs from underneath us and leave us with counsel that is uninformed and not up to speed with the nuances of these issues. Unfortunately, once I left a selectman disputed me and said it would only take a few days for new counsel to get up to speed with Olin and NET. That comment just shows the lack of understanding and knowledge about these issues and the multiple layers of regulation and complexities. Makes me wonder what knowledge of the site he posses to say such a thing. I could see taking this risk of replacement if there were issues with the firm. But none have been presented. Otherwise, why then? Politics? This position has been the subject of political significance before and could be playing a role behind the scenes once again.Dan Duetch the environmental attorney for the current firm has done well for the town. Not one Selectman disputed this or the associated attorneys’ credentials. He was an important cog in the wheel to stop NET from putting in a trash transfer station and identifying that the town was at risk with out having a tolling agreement with Olin to protect our rights. Something overlooked by the prior counsel. Any issues brought up at the meeting with counsel ended being the town’s will, not counsel’s. If there are issues find ways to work them out, maybe a temporary agreement? But do not throw the baby out with the bath water or try to fix what is not broken. Too much is at stake and depends on having the best legal representation and that is what residents deserve. I hope the Selectman respect the work WERC is doing on behalf of the town and they do the right thing and not leave us in a more vulnerable position than we already are in regarding Olin and NET.Suzanne SullivanLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former Selectwoman, Environmental Activist Slams Selectmen For Town Counsel VoteIn “Letter To The Editor”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Judy O’Connell Discusses State Rep Pay, Environmental IssuesIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town To Decide This Fall Whether To Run Water Line To Residents With Contaminated WellsIn “Government”last_img read more

OOFFRR Smart Way to Shop

first_imgShopping is an activity which is not confined to a particular age group or class of people. We all love shopping; it’s just the convenience in shopping that matters. Online shopping portals provide us with the convenience to shop from the comfort of our home and office, without much hassle. While the offers and discounts in online shopping are good and convenient for the shoppers; there’s an aspect associated with it, which is often overlooked. The growth of online shopping, on one hand has made things easier for the customers; on the other hand, the local businesses have to suffer tremendously. When everyone finds it easy to shop from the comfort of one’s own space without moving out and without visiting the market, the footfall and revenue of local shops is suffering. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOOFFRR aims at eradicating the following situations that have arisen in the local business scenario: In urban vicinity, esp. in metro cities, most customers nowadays are not aware about the shops and businesses located in their vicinity. Major reasons are a) most of the population in metro cities influxes from other cities b) most of the population is dependent on online shopping with a frame of mind that online shopping involves discounts. The dependability of customers on online shopping takes a toll on the revenue of the local shopkeepers. As more population is dependent on online shopping, the amount of walk-ins is low at local businesses. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOOFFRR aims to create the “connect” where both local businesses and customers, are benefitted. It is a community of sorts which protects the interests of the shopkeepers as well as the consumers. In other words, OOFFRR is helping local businesses and shops, gain more visibility in their vicinity which can help them generate more walk-ins and revenue. The shoppers at OOFFRR are also at the advantage as they can buy at discount from the shops in their preferred location, and enjoy other rewards. Certain rewards are given in form of Ocash, which can be redeemed from various OOFFRR stores.last_img read more

Microsofts Project Bali Seeks to Give You Control of Your Data

first_img Managing your personal data is hard. When the information is in the hands of dozens of websites and businesses, it can be difficult to know who knows what, and how it’s being used.But Microsoft may have a solution. The company’s researchers appear to be piloting a new project that’ll let you control the personal data companies have on you through a single platform: a so-called “data bank.””With Project Bali, we propose a new personal data bank which puts users in control of all data collected about them,” the project’s website says. “The bank will enable users to store all data (raw and inferred) generated by them. It will allow the user to visualize, manage, control, share, and monetize the data.”The project was initially spotted by a Twitter user who goes by the handle @never_released. But so far, Microsoft hasn’t officially commented on it.The website for Project Bali simply states the effort is an “incubation project” from Microsoft Research, which has historically come up with technological innovations that were later offered as actual Microsoft products.Project Bali is based on a paper Microsoft computer scientists published in 2014 about the problems of today’s digital privacy landscape. Often times, people have no idea what data websites and businesses have on them, nor do they have a convenient way to find out, the authors wrote at the time.The paper proposed changing this by creating an ecosystem that would allow consumers to see the data a given company had on them. Businesses actually have a good reason to do this, the authors wrote. Customers prefer dealing with companies that handle their personal data with transparency, rather than those that keep it confidential and shrouded in secrecy.”As sharing back personal information gains ground, the need will arise to mine large amounts of customers’ personal data on their (the consumers’) behalf,” the paper added.Enter Project Bali. Currently, the platform is invite-only, but it proposes acting as a bank that will give you full transparency into how your data is used. Of course, there is a catch: you’ll have to give Microsoft researchers’ access to some of your personal information, such as email addresses, so they can help manage it.”We are still in initial stage,” the website for Project Bali reads. “In this stage, we are focused on helping the user aggregate personal data from various websites and have an ability to view the data.”Not everyone may like the idea of Microsoft or another third party mining your personal information. But living in ignorance about your digital footprint isn’t a great solution either.”Today hackers are in a much better position to find your inversely private information about you than you are,” the authors of the paper originally wrote. “Sharing that information with you should improve the situation.”Ideally, the same access will also let you correct, rescind, or delete your personal information from a business or website. But time will tell if Project Bali can actually act as an antidote to today’s privacy woes. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. January 4, 2019 Register Now »last_img read more

Agents can now book ACVs Go Canada and Europe with Softvoyage

first_img Posted by Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Softvoyage Share Travelweek Group Agents can now book ACV’s Go Canada and Europe with Softvoyagecenter_img MONTREAL — In response to agent feedback, Air Canada Vacations has announced that Europe and Go Canada multi-city tours are now bookable online through all external systems with Softvoyage.The move represents phase 2 of a recent initiative that saw the company’s Urban Getaways and Golf Vacations launch through all external distribution channels, including Sirev, Galileo Vacations, Amadeus Tours and Sabre Vacations.Agents simply log into Sirev and select the ‘Tours’ options from the menu. After adding a departure city, a destination and a departure date, they will gain access to a wide array of multi-city tours in Europe and Canada.To book go to http://vacations.aircanada.com/en/ideas/activities/suggestions/recommendations/promotions/Go-Canada-Collection/40727.To complement the move, ACV is currently offering several promotions, including one for Europe. When clients book an pre-bundled air-inclusive package to Europe by June 30, they’ll save $300 per couple or $150 per adult. Travel must be completed by Dec. 31, 2018. Moreover, with this promotion, clients can earn 2,500 bonus Aeroplan Miles and get ACV’s free CareFree Plan, a value of $59 that includes seat selection, year-round Price Drop guarantee and a $50 waiver on administration change fees.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckAnother promotion for Canada runs until July 16, in partnership with Groupe Germain Hotels. ACV is offering new Urban-Chic Getaways in Canada that include a third night free and 3,000 Bonus Aeroplan per couple. This offer is applicable on select Urban Getaways packages in Canada for travel completed by Dec. 31, 2018. Offer also applies to kids. Friday, June 22, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more