Actor Kat Graham has teamed up with PETA to reveal the neglect and filthy conditions that hens face on egg farms in a breaking new video exposé.The footage, which was captured by eyewitnesses on three egg farms near Vancouver, shows hens stuck in mounds of feces teeming with maggots and left for dead; others suffering from extensive feather loss, injuries, and illness; and birds forced to live inside cramped cages next to the rotting corpses of their deceased cagemates.“When PETA showed me this video of these poor abused hens, I was so heartbroken,” says The Vampire Diaries star and singer Graham. “And then, I got mad. This cruelty and neglect are commonplace on egg farms all over the world. Please, please help these gentle birds and millions like them — it’s easy. Don’t eat eggs. They’re a product of intense suffering. You can help stop the abuse by going vegan like me.”PETA notes that more than 320 million hens are held on egg farms in the U.S., with an additional 20 million being held in Canada. This video footage was captured in April at Abbotsford facilities that on-site documents identified as Cloverhill Farms, Jaedel Enterprises, and Sonmark Enterprises.
Abt Electronics 0 Now playing: Watch this: See it Review • Windows 10 review: Microsoft gets it right $179 $143 Mentioned Above Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (OEM) Share your voice Amazon $145 $169 Best Buy See It null CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Microsoft 4:33 Laptops Toys and Tabletop Games See It The Kano PC is a buildable two-in-one computer that kids can assemble using a storybook’s instructions. Kano Your kid’s next buildable project might very well be a full-blown two-in-one laptop that’s running Windows. Kano and Microsoft are unveiling the Kano PC Wednesday, which is an 11.6-inch touch-enabled tablet that is designed for kids to assemble with the help of a storybook.The Atom-powered computer appears to have a keyboard cover similar to those in the Microsoft Surface series, and is preloaded with Windows 10 in S mode as well as programs such as an app called How Computers Work that should also give kids a primer in the makings of the machine. Minecraft: Education Edition will be preloaded onto the machine, but unfortunately will require an activation purchase in order to play. Microsoft tech teaches children who are blind how to… Microsoft Windows 10 Tags Other specs for the kid-friendly PC include 4GB of RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage that can be upgraded with a microSD card, two USB ports, an HDMI port and a headphone jack.The Kano PC is available for preorder at $300 and £300 on Kano’s website and the Microsoft Store. It’s set to go on sale in the US and UK on Oct. 21.Kano has a number of kid-friendly computer and coding kits already, which have previously included a Harry Potter-themed coding kit with wand and a computer running a Kano OS operating system.Update, June 24, 2019 at 1:07 p.m. PT: Clarifies that Minecraft: Education Edition is not playable on the Kano PC with purchase of the computer. See It
On 25th January, the Illinois Supreme Court passed a unanimous ruling which states that, when companies collect biometric data like fingerprints or face prints without informed opt-in consent, they can be sued. This can be done even without proof of concrete injuries- like identity fraud or physical harm. The law known as the Biometric Information Privacy Act, requires that companies explicitly inform a person about what biometric data they will collect, and also how the data will be stored and utilized by the company. The data includes information like fingerprints, facial scans, iris scans, or other biological information. Next, the company has to obtain prior consent from that person before capturing these details. A point to be noted here is that, while other states only allow attorneys general to sue companies, the Illinois BIPA law gives individuals the right to sue companies. Afterwhich, they can collect damages of $1,000 (the amount increases to $5,000, if the court finds a company deliberately or recklessly flouted the law). Six Flags v Rosenbach According to FastCompany, the decision was taken in a landmark lawsuit against the theme park Six Flags, who recorded the thumbprint of a 14-year-old boy without notice or written consent, while issuing him a season pass in 2014. Six Flags did not notify the boy or his mother, Stacy Rosenbach, about obtaining his fingerprints. She sued Six Flags for violation of the BIPA law and in its defense, Six Flags made the case that because Rosenbach couldn’t demonstrate that taking his fingerprints had done any “harm” to the boy (example: no data breach or security problem), the company wasn’t liable for damages. According to the Electronic Frontier foundation, “EFF, along with ACLU, CDT, the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, PIRG, and Lucy Parsons Labs, filed an amicus curiae brief urging the Illinois Supreme Court to adopt a robust interpretation of BIPA. The Illinois Supreme Court agreed with us and soundly rejected the defendants’ argument that BIPA required a person to show an injury beyond loss of statutory privacy rights”. On Friday the state’s Supreme Court ruled that Six Flags had, indeed, violated the law and would need to pay the boy damages, in spite of no “harm” shown. The ruling comes as an example in Illinois that if a company violates a citizen’s privacy without any prior notice or consent and the citizen sues, the plaintiff doesn’t need to demonstrate an additional harm for the law to protect the user. BIPA sets an example for similar lawsuits The Six Flags ruling builds a stronger case for other ongoing lawsuits, including one against Facebook in which consumers claimed that Facebook violated a state privacy law by using facial recognition technology on their uploaded photographs without their consent. Facebook is fighting back by saying consumers should have to show that the lawbreaking practice caused ‘additional harm’ beyond a mere violation. Google also faced a similar lawsuit on Thursday, where two Illinois residents allege that the company “failed to obtain consent from anyone when it introduced its facial recognition technology.” Just last month, Google won the dismissal of a lawsuit it has been facing since 2016 for allegedly scanning and saving the biometric data of a woman, captured unwillingly in 11 photos taken on Android by a Google Photos user. As per Bloomberg, the lawsuit was dismissed by a judge in Chicago, who found that the plaintiff didn’t suffer “concrete injuries”. Senior staff counsel Rebecca Glenberg of the ACLU of Illinois, said in a statement that “Your biometric information belongs to you and should not be left to corporate interests who want to collect detailed information about you for advertising and other commercial purposes.” What does this mean to the tech industry? According to Illinois.org, while facial recognition technology and biometric does have the potential to simplify life of citizens, the BIPA may affect technological innovation overall. The litigation may have the potential to drive up costs- on both ends of the spectrum. Businesses like Apple, who have demonstrated the importance of biometric technology, will have to take extra precautions to comply with the BIPA. In case the law is violated, there is the expense of class-action lawyers and litigants. They may simply decide against hiring people in Illinois because of the expense and hassle. It would be interesting to see companies coming up with a kind of framework that would safeguard them against violation of the BIPA as well as put citizens at rest about the way their data is handled/used. You can head over to Electronic Frontier Foundation’s official post for more insights on this news. Read Next ACLU files lawsuit against 11 federal criminal and immigration enforcement agencies for disclosure of information on government hackingThe district of Columbia files a lawsuit against Facebook for the Cambridge Analytica scandalIBM faces age discrimination lawsuit after laying off thousands of older workers, Bloomberg reports
New learning programs from Nexion Canada aim to train prospective travel agents Travelweek Group Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Share Nexion Canada wants to take training for the next generation of travel agents to the next level with two new educational programs: a Virtual Campus and an Independent Learner program.Nexion said each program gives individuals who are new to the travel industry the chance to “thoroughly learn the business – in the way that works best for them”.“Starting a new career in the travel industry, including as a travel agent, is something that appeals to a wide cross-section of individuals, particularly those who have a passion for travel and those who are interested in owning their own businesses,” said Mike Foster, President of Nexion Canada.“With no previous non-degree offerings available, we recognized the opportunity to fill that gap with a program that offered flexibility for busy adults through two distinct options. With Nexion Canada’s experience as a host agency, we are uniquely well-positioned to educate the travel agent professional of tomorrow.”The Virtual Campus offers participants an online version of a traditional travel school, complete with instructors, classmates, study halls and projects. Each individual is placed into a cohort, and Virtual Campus students meet with their cohort for weekly online study groups throughout four learning modules.Instructors from Nexion Canada guide these with discussions, along with Q&A sessions on each module. In between study groups, Virtual Campus participants complete online lessons at their convenience and Nexion Canada also arranges guest faculty lectures from experts in all segments of the travel industry. An admissions interview is required for entry into the program.At the end of the Virtual Campus course, attendees present a business or career plan to the group.The Virtual Campus is designed not only to educate participants about the travel industry, but to prepare them to become independent professional travel agents, says Foster. “Business and career planning components provide each Nexion Canada Virtual Campus attendee the chance to focus on a specific niche or specialization they hope to sell, and identify prospective customers.”The Independent Learner program offers more flexibility and does not require an admissions interview. All of the eLearn lessons are included, as well as quizzes for the aspiring travel agents.Nexion Canada instructors are available via email for guidance, and one coaching session is included. Independent Learners move at their own pace, and the courses are available to them for six months. With no study cohort Independent Learners can learn when and where they want to.“Training the newest generation of travel agents is extremely important,” said Foster. “Nexion Canada’s goal is to provide the education and resources needed for anyone who is serious about seeking a career in travel. Different learning styles and different needs require different programs. We’re confident that participants in our Virtual Campus and Independent Learner programs will have the skills to serve their customers and become leading travel agents.” << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Nexion Canada, Sphere Posted by
Posted by SANTA CLARITA, CA — Princess Cruises, which has been sailing to Alaska for 50 years, has announced its largest deployment ever to ‘the Great Land’ in 2019, featuring the debut of Royal Princess and a special anniversary incentive.Seven Princess Cruises ships will sail to Alaska with the inaugural season of Royal Princess, bringing the largest Princess ship ever to the region. In addition, 76% of all voyages will sail to Glacier Bay National Park, and to enhance the cruise experience even further, guests can also choose from more than 23 cruisetours while visiting Princess Wilderness Lodges and Denali National Park.The 2019 program also features the first full season of an exclusive treehouse experience at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge built by Pete Nelson of Animal Planet’s ‘Treehouse Masters’.2019 cruises and cruisetours go on sale on Dec. 14. All guests in North America can also take advantage of a 50% reduced deposit for any 2019 Alaska voyage in celebration of the cruise line’s 50th anniversary in the region.“Our upcoming 2019 Alaska season marks our 50th year taking guests to this bucket-list destination, that for most is a life-changing experience offering breathtaking scenery and awe-inspiring moments,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “In 1969, Princess Italia was our first ship to bring 525 passengers to Alaska. In 2019, we will mark another milestone by bringing Royal Princess, our largest ship ever deployed to this region, with more than 3,500 guests.”More news: Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaHighlights of the 2019 May-September Alaska program include:CRUISES:Voyage of the Glaciers – Princess’ most popular sailings between Vancouver and Whittier feature two glacier-viewing experiences on every voyage, visits to Glacier Bay National Park, plus either Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord. These seven-day cruises are offered aboard royal Princess and Golden Princess (departing Saturdays) and Coral Princess and Island Princess (departing Wednesdays).Inside Passage – Seven-, 10- and 12-day roundtrip voyages from Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles will feature the Inside Passage.CRUISETOURS:In 2019, Princess offers more than 23 cruisetours in Alaska. Guests can combine a seven-day ‘Voyage of the Glaciers’ cruise with three- to eight nights on land with stays at Princess Wilderness Lodges, exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service, plus visits to Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park. They can also purchase a pre-paid meal package for the land portion.There are four cruisetour categories:Denali Explorer – As Princess’ most popular and best value cruisetour, these itineraries feature multiple nights at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and/or Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, with most offering Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service between the ship in Whitter and the Denali area all in one day.On Your Own – This affordable option offers a flexible way to see Alaska, with tours following similar routes as Denali Explorer but without inclusions like pre-planned excursions.Off the Beaten Path – These itineraries go beyond Denali to remote regions of the state such as the Kenai Peninsula and Wrangell-St. Elias national Park and Preserve.Connoisseur – The line’s highest level of service, these tours include a professional tour director, most meals and enhanced sightseeing. Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Travelweek Group Princess announces largest-ever deployment to Alaska in 2019 Share Tags: Alaska, Princess Cruises << Previous PostNext Post >>
MISSISSAUGA — Collette has launched a new week-long flash sale on tours to Italy, with prices starting at $1,719 per person.Running until Feb. 12, the sale applies to the following tours: Italian vistas; Italy’s Bella Vita; Italy’s Treasures; Reflections of Italy; Rome & Amalfi Coast; Shrines of Italy; Southern Italy & Sicily; Spotlight on Rome; Spotlight on Tuscany; Tuscany & Umbrian Countryside; Venice Florence and Rome.Agents must mention code ITALYSAVE10 to receive 10% off land-only pricing. Valid for new bookings made from Feb. 2-12 for travel on any Italy tour departing in 2018. Offer is not available for groups or combinable with any other offers.“We’re offering some amazing deals in conjunction with our 100th year celebration for agents to pass along to their clients,” said Courtney Iannuccilli, Vice President of Marketing. “Italy is one of the most romantic countries in the world!”For reservations call 1-800-468-5955. Offer not available online. Posted by Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Travelweek Group Hurry up and book Collette’s flash sale on Italy << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Collette Share