“Dangerous Pattern of Serious Falsification” Prompts Carrier Closure

Posted by Ravi Gulati | Posted in News of Interest, Uncategorized | Posted on 04-04-2014

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The FMCSA ordered the immediate shutdown of carrier DND International after an investigation found serious and widespread safety violations. The investigation was prompted by an accident in January where one of the company’s drivers crashed into an Illinois State Police cruiser and a highway maintenance vehicle, killing a tollway worker and injuring the state trooper who is still in intensive care.

According to the out-of-service order, in addition to being an imminent hazard to public safety, the company had an “unmistakable, dangerous pattern of serious falsification” of drivers’ logbooks which allowed drivers to far exceed the allowable hours of service. According to the team prosecuting the driver, he had been working for 36 hours with a break of only 3.5 hours leading up to the accident.

“Dangerous Pattern of Serious Falsification” Prompts Carrier Closure.- Truckers Report https://tinyurl.com/jwj6lxr

Tories study joint program with U.S. to track EI cheats, terrorism suspects

Posted by Ravi Gulati | Posted in News of Interest, Uncategorized | Posted on 12-03-2014

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The collection and disclosure of entry and exit information “has the potential to strengthen programs in a number of different departments,” says the July, 2013, briefing note recently released to The Canadian Press.

The note, prepared for Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, claims the system could “generate long-term savings” by helping zero in on people receiving employment insurance or child family tax benefits while absent from Canada, contrary to program rules.

Tories study joint program with U.S. to track EI cheats, terrorism suspects – The Globe and Mail.

Border officials to share travellers’ info with federal government | Toronto Star

Posted by Ravi Gulati | Posted in News of Interest, Uncategorized | Posted on 12-03-2014

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Kurland said the data collected can be used as an enforcement tool of immigrant residency and citizenship laws for newcomers, as well as in the application of health care and taxation rules for Canadian citizens by counting their days spent in Canada.

To maintain Canadian permanent residency, a person must be in Canada for at least two years within a five-year period. Many so-called “phantom immigrants,” who land here and return to their home country, often cheat the system by leaving and returning to Canada through the U.S. land border.

And when they apply for Canadian citizenship, which requires them to be physically present for at least three years or 1,095 days over the previous four years, there’s no record of their absence in Canada.

via Border officials to share travellers’ info with federal government | Toronto Star.

Major online bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox vanishes

Posted by Ravi Gulati | Posted in Economy & Markets, News of Interest, Uncategorized | Posted on 25-02-2014

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The website of major bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox is offline Tuesday amid reports it suffered a debilitating theft, a new setback for efforts to gain legitimacy for the virtual currency.

The URL of Tokyo-based Mt. Gox was returning a blank page. The disappearance of the site follows the resignation Sunday of Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles from the board of the Bitcoin Foundation, a group seeking legitimacy for the currency………….

Bitcoin had been inching toward broader acceptance despite wild swings in value in the past year. For most of the currency’s history, each digital coin had been worth less than $10.

New bitcoins are “mined” or generated by computers. They get harder to generate all the time, which means the inflow of fresh bitcoins keeps falling.

There are about 12.4 million bitcoins in circulation today, according to Blockchain, a public registry of bitcoin transactions. The maximum number of bitcoins that can be generated is 21 million and by 2032, 99 per cent of those will have been created.

Major online bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox vanishes | Toronto Star.