Your calendar and your clock

Greetings! Do you know what I know?
Yes indeed! It is the holidays and Christmas bells are ringing!
The most lovliest time of the year! and for today I am pleased to share our
president’s weekly editorial with you!
For this week, Donna J. Jodhan zooms in on your calendar and your clock and
she has some comments to share.
Happy shopping to all!
I’m Christian Robicheau!

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Your calendar and your clock
By Donna J. Jodhan

I can only say that it appears to me that more of us seem to be making less
use of our calendar and our clock. Up until about 10 years ago, we seemed
to be very conscious of time and dates but alas! This tradition seems to be
slipping away from us.

Whenever someone tells me that they forgot to put an appointment into their
calendar my immediate thought is why is this and whenever someone is more
than 15 minutes late; then I ask myself if they were not checking their
clocks or watches?

True it is that last minute emergencies will always play a role in this but
then my response to this is that one should have the courtesy to give
notification.

Sure, phone calls sometimes run over the time limit and then there are the
traffic snarls to deal with but my response to this is that we need to be
more conscientious with our time management.

I have little or no sympathy for someone who tells me that a certain date
and time are good for them and then when I phone at the appointed time they
are not there and then I only hear from them a day later.

Please, save your breath. I only take this to mean that it was not
important enough to you in the first place.

Just my two cents for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific weekend.
To reach me, please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca

Here is a complete list of where you can view Donna’s blogs and editorials.
Donna Jodhan! Advocating accessibility for all
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com
Weekly features on how to increase your success with your business ventures
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm
Weekly articles and editorials on issues about accessibility
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog
Learn more about Author Donna Jodhan and her campaign against bullying at
www.jodhanmysterybook.club
Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

And now her weekly podcast at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
From recipes to apps, and from 5 minutes mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs
and alerts on the latest scams
Available for download from iTunes and Google music play.

You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld
and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

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harnessing the power of AI to help people with disabilities

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harnessing the power of AI to help people with disabilities;
New assistive technology helps our aging population cope with wide range of
challenges

Danica Kirka The Associated Press

The Toronto Star
Sept. 15, 2018

Hadeel Ayoub slips a black glove onto her hand before beginning the swish of
sign language that is meaningless to the untrained observer. Then she pushes
a button on her wrist, and a small speaker relays the message drawn in the
air: “Let’s Dance!”

“My dream is to give a voice to those who can’t speak,” says the 36-year-old
inventor who is developing her BrightSign glove while working toward a Ph.D.
in assistive technology at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Ayoub’s glove is just one example of a bigger trend as entrepreneurs,
startups and companies like Microsoft and Google try to harness the power of
artificial intelligence to make life easier for people with disabilities.
The initiatives come as the World Health Organization estimates that the
number of people needing assistive devices ranging from wheelchairs to
communication technologies will double to 2 billion by 2050.

Improvements in artificial intelligence, combined with the decreasing cost
of hardware, are making it possible for inventors to develop new products
without the need for the deep pockets of governments or corporations. With
the help of 3D printers and the increased processing power of home
computers, they are creating devices designed for people with motor, vision,
hearing and cognitive impairments.

Microsoft and Google are trying to spur work in this area, offering a total
of $45 million in grants to developers of assistive technologies. Microsoft
says it hopes to identify promising projects that can eventually be
incorporated into widely available services.

“We’re certainly seeing an explosion of new technology that is looking to
support people with disabilities,” said Zvika Krieger, head of technology
policy and partnerships at the World Economic Forum. “There are a lot of
innovators out there … who are looking to move beyond maybe a dating app
or a social networking app and are looking to do something that really helps
the disadvantaged.”

While Ayoub hopes her efforts pay off financially, she says she is driven by
a desire to create a world where disabilities become meaningless. She is
trying to raise 1 million pounds ($1.7 million) to bring BrightSign to the
market, estimating her gloves will cost “a few hundred dollars” each,

compared with $2,000 or more for existing technology.

“My dream for BrightSign is to be the extension of the senses for the people
… who want to voice their feelings and opinions without having to always
look for someone to help them out – to give them the independence that they
need and control over their own communication,” she said.

The need for such products is only going to increase as the world’s
population ages, increasing the number of people with physical, cognitive,
vision and hearing problems, according to a WHO report published this year.
The challenge is to develop new technologies while also increasing the
availability of simple devices like spectacles and wheelchairs that many
people can’t afford.

Companies are starting to recognize the financial potential of the market,
as these innovations can improve products sold more widely, said Hector
Minto, who has the unusual title of “accessibility evangelist” at Microsoft.

For example, Microsoft last year launched its free Seeing AI app, which
turns a smart phone into a “talking camera” that helps visually impaired
people do things like scan and read aloud text, recognize faces and identify
products bar codes. Similar technology goes into the company’s text
Translator service, which costs businesses $10 to $45,000 a month, depending
on the number of transactions.

“Absolutely I think there’s a unique business case on its own, but
definitely there’s a much larger business case for Microsoft in that the
tools of the future quite often will come through a disability lens,” he
said.

It’s important to remember that all of us have impairments at times, says
Robin Christopherson, head of digital inclusion at the British charity
AbilityNet, which helps older people and the disabled use computers.

He explains it like this: a person with perfect sight might have a visual
impairment when trying to read a smart phone in bright sunlight, or a person
with perfect hearing can struggle to understand a phone call when on the
street outside. As a result, technology that helps people with permanent
vision or hearing problems also makes products better for everyone. In the
past five years, AbilityNet’s team of experts who test products to ensure
they work well for the disabled has grown from six people to 22.

Innovation has not yet produced products good enough to offer complete
freedom for the impaired, said Tom Kamber, executive director of
Brooklyn-based Older Adults Technology Services, a non-profit that helps the
elderly use technology. But there is reason for optimism because investors
are actively looking for the next big thing in technology, he said.

“There’s no shortage of people in Silicon Valley that will take your call,”
Kamber said. “The sector has advanced to the point that a lot of money is
going to be made.”

The Holy Grail is for such technology to be integrated into off-the-shelf
products, so people with disabilities can get the help they need without
extra cost, said Christopherson of AbilityNet. Christopherson, who is blind,
cited the iPhone, which allowed him to swap a backpack full of equipment and
cables for one device.

And then there’s the opportunity for technology to help people with
impairments experience the world in completely different ways.

Ford Motor Co. worked with the Aedo Project, an Italian startup, to create a
device that helps blind people “feel the view” outside a car window by
turning light into vibrations that, when combined with audio description,
convey a sense of the scenery passing by.

While the technology is only in the prototype stage, one blind man who
worked on the project described his amazement when he tried out the device
for the first time.

“My first sensation when my finger went from the mountain to the sky felt
like I had ended up in cream, something milky, something soft,” Antonio
Bruni said. “They told me: These were clouds.”

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The complacency syndrome

Greetings! Do you hear what I hear?
I hear lots of Christmas songs! Kids shouting for joy and with glea!
Friends greeting each other and strangers saying “Merry Christmas!” This is
what I hear and for today I am again pleased to share our president’s
editorial with you. It is all about Donna J. Jodhan talking about the
complacency syndrome!
I wish you a happy holiday shopping weekend.
I’m Scott Savoy.

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The complacency syndrome

With the holiday season in full swing; I’d like to share some very useful
info which pertains to those companies that continue to be suffering from
what I call the complacency syndrome and I would encourage you to think
carefully before you decide to use their services or to buy products from
them.

For alas! The complacency syndrome seems to be growing and companies from
all sectors seem to be guilty of it. I am going to identify those companies
that I have either had direct experience with or those that have been
identified by others whose opinions I trust. So here goes.

Hims International
A company that sells products to persons with special needs.
It does not matter whether or not it is the holidays. Their customer
service reps and tech support folks are top of the line but what continues
to spoil this company’s image is the incomplete product package that keeps
being sent out. Specifically, those Braille manuals that are woefully
lacking in quality. We can only urge potential buyers to keep complaining
and maybe to take more determined action.

Speed Dots
This company sells access technology and related accessories for persons
with special needs but the problem here is that if you are either
uncomfortable purchasing online or would prefer a phone call, you are not
going to get any help.
They are very terse in their responses and with the holiday season upon us
one can only expect things to get worse. This is not the company that I
would encourage anyone to purchase from.

DHL
This is a courier company that you should do your best to avoid. Their
drivers are very unreliable and do not show up when they claim that they
did. They could never keep their stories straight and you do not need this
stress for the holidays.

The memories of Japan Restaurant
Located in NorthYork Toronto.
Here is a great restaurant that has sadly fallen down on the job over the
last few months. Portions have shrunk drastically, flavour has fallen off,
and it is just too bad.
You may also want to think twice if you want to dine well for the holidays.

The RBC awards customer service desk
If you are seeking to cash in your points to either pay down on your Visa or
to pay for any sort of travel; then be ware that you will probably run into
a customer rep who is not going to give you good service unless you call for
a supervisor. That is, if you do your business transaction over the phone.
With the busy holiday season, you need to be persistent when dealing with
these reps.

The Red Lobster Restaurant
Located at Shepard and Warden in Scarborough Ontario.
Here is a good chain of restaurants that has sadly fallen prey to the
complacency syndrome and if you really want to enjoy your holiday dining
then you may want to avoid the Red Lobster Restaurant and Why?
Because prices have sky rocketed. Portions have shrunk noticeably and
customer services have fallen down.

Rogers Communications
Here is a company that for the most part is a solid one but due to poor
communication skills on the part of many of their technicians, Rogers
continues to suffer from complacency because they continue to ignore calls
for improvement in this area.
Another company to avoid for the holidays. It is probably best to wait
until the new year to communicate with them after the hustle and bustle is
over.

Just my two cents for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific weekend.
To reach me, please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca

Here is a complete list of where you can view Donna’s blogs and editorials.
Donna Jodhan! Advocating accessibility for all
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com
Weekly features on how to increase your success with your business ventures
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm
Weekly articles and editorials on issues about accessibility
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog
Learn more about Author Donna Jodhan and her campaign against bullying at
www.jodhanmysterybook.club
Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

And now her weekly podcast at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
From recipes to apps, and from 5 minutes mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs
and alerts on the latest scams
Available for download from iTunes and Google music play.

You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld
and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

Now you can subscribe to my monthly newsletter.
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Waitresses Learn Sign Language for Age 4 Boy on His Birthday

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Waitresses Learn Sign Language for Age 4 Boy on His Birthday in
Heartwarming Video

By Kayla Kunkel
July 24, 2018

Because two Tennessee servers took the time to notice how a family was
communicating, they were able to make a 4-year-old boy’s birthday dinner
a very memorable one.
Shatika Dixon decided to take her son, Octavius Mitchell, Jr., to Texas
Roadhouse on July 18, 2018, to celebrate his fourth birthday. The casual
steakhouse normally has people celebrating their birthdays sit on a
saddle while the servers wish them a happy birthday.
“He loves animals so he was so excited about getting to sit on this and
(have) all the attention on him,” Dixon said.

A group of servers helped the toddler onto the saddle and gave him the
birthday honor, but as one server watched Dixon interact with her son
she noticed that the two were interacting using American Sign Language.
“I’m sitting there and I’m watching from a distance, and the mom is
signing to the little boy which I noticed he had his hearing aids,”
Kathryn Marasco, a server at Texas Roadhouse, said.

Octavius was actually born hearing-impaired.
Marasco turned to one of her co-workers, Brandi White, to ask if she
knew how to say “happy birthday” in sign language.

White admitted that she didn’t, but as a student studying
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, she wanted to help the little
boy have a special birthday.
White pulled up a YouTube video on her phone so she and Marasco could
learn how to sign the phrase.
Marasco said, “She comes up to me and says, ‘Kat, Kat. I found a YouTube
video of how to sign happy birthday.’ So we’re sitting down next to each
other. It took us two seconds to learn it.”
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The two servers then went over the table and signed “happy birthday.”
Dixon was overwhelmed with emotion.

Everybody thinks we’re crazy when we’re out talking and we’re signing.
So it’s really important to me that someone noticed that and picked up
on that and made that special just for him, my baby,” she said.

White said she just wants those who come into her restaurant to feel
comfortable. She said, “As a server, I want you to be able to come in, I
want (you) to be like, ‘Oh this is my home, I belong here.’”
Dixon said that it was the first time her son had ever signed with
someone other than herself or his teacher. The sweet gesture definitely
made the night a memorable one for this little boy and his mom.

Kayla Kunkel
Staff Writer
Summary
Kayla is a Staff Writer for the Western Journal. She enjoys writing
stories about faith, entertainment, and animals.

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Watch learn and mimic – from adults to kids

Greetings! Do you see what I see?
I see the first week of December and now the holiday season is in full
swing!
So let’s celebrate!
Today, I am pleased to share our president’s weekly editorial with you and
for this week, Donna J. Jodhan focuses her attention on this process; watch,
learn, and mimick!
Enjoy your weekend now.
I’m Christian Robicheau.

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Watch learn and mimic

These are the three words that I along with many use to describe the
learning process of a child; from birth and onwards into adulthood. They
are the three words that we should pay very close attention to when we sit
down to describe why certain events and incidents take place.

It is time for us to stop playing the blame game and to really take these
three words very seriously. I’ll do my best to paint my picture.

Watch:
When a child is born unless he/she is blind or vision impaired, they watch
everything going on around them and this includes actions of their parents,
siblings, and even what is going on re the TV screen. For a blind or vision
impaired baby, they listen to everything going on around them.

Learn:
This is the next phase of the process; babies learn what they see and hear
and at first they clumsily commit it all to their rapidly growing memories.
Then when they reach the age of understanding, they then start to put their
learning into some semblance of organization.

Mimic:
Now comes the third and final phase where they put what they learn into
action. In short, they mimic what they have seen and heard and learned.

Where am I going with all of this today? It is this! Each time we sit down
to analyse why our youth have committed acts of crime we need look no
further than ourselves and our behaviour. They have watched and listened to
us! They have learned from us! And now they are simply mimicking us!

Just my two cents for today!

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific weekend.
To reach me, please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca

Here is a complete list of where you can view Donna’s blogs and editorials.
Donna Jodhan! Advocating accessibility for all
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com
Weekly features on how to increase your success with your business ventures
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm
Weekly articles and editorials on issues about accessibility
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog
Learn more about Author Donna Jodhan and her campaign against bullying at
www.jodhanmysterybook.club
Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

And now her weekly podcast at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
From recipes to apps, and from 5 minutes mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs
and alerts on the latest scams
Available for download from iTunes and Google music play.

You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld
and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

Now you can subscribe to my monthly newsletter.
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informational tips available in the areas of Technology, Nutrition, Media,
Business, and Advocacy.
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We remember – a landmark victory for all Canadians on Nov 29 2010

How well we remember! That one special moment in time!
When history stood still for those few perfect and priceless seconds!
On November 29 2010, The lower Court of Canada delivered a landmark decision
in the case of Jodhan versus the Attorney General of Canada where they ruled
that Canadian Government websites were inaccessible and Judge Kelyn gave the
Government 15 months to make their websites accessible.
Jodhan and her team would later go on to defeat the Government in the Court
of Appeal when a unanimous decision was handed down ruling against the
Government in their appeal.
As the late Richard Quan past president of the Toronto AEBC chapter quoted
so eloquently: “A landmark victory for all Canadians.”
We thank this hard working team for having helped to make history; The
alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (Robin East and John Rea past
presidents), the Toronto AEBC chapter (The late Richard Quan, Susan Pinder,
and the many supporters who showed up to court), David Baker our lawyer,
Jutta Treviranus our accessibility expert, John Rafferty CEO and president
of the CNIB, all of our thousands of friends and supporters from around the
world and others.
Signed
Donna J. Jodhan
In gratitude and humility

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Top advocacy article of the week – Can braille survive in a smartphone world?Can braille survive in a smartphone world?

Hello there and welcome to our newest segment: Where we highlight important
articles on topics pertaining to advocacy.

We are introducing this segment based on several requests that we have
received from readers.
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own articles then by all means send it along to info@sterlingcreations.ca

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Can braille survive in a smartphone world?

Mary Alex Bernard
Philly.com, August 30, 2018

On a recent morning, six visually impaired people gathered in a building on
Walnut Street, huddled over
their iPhones, waiting for Andrew Godwin’s intermediate technology class to
begin. The day’s lesson?
Creating and finding contacts in your cell phone.

At the Associated Services for the Blind (ASB) in Center City, people who
are blind and visually impaired
can learn the skills they need to survive and thrive in today’s
digital-first society.

The nonprofit also offers classes to teach people with low vision how to
read braille. For decades, ASB
has been one of the largest producers of braille in the United States,
creating versions of everything
from books for the Library of Congress, to manuals for Comcast products such
as your cable box or
wireless internet router.

But the number of braille readers has decreased significantly in the last 50
years.

In 1960, half of all legally blind children in the U.S. were able to read
braille, according to a report by the
American Foundation for the Blind.
Today, fewer than one in 10 blind people possesses the skill.

The number of fluent readers has plummeted for a variety of reasons a
shortage of teachers, decreased
emphasis on teaching braille to low-vision individuals, and the rise of
assistive technology.

“Technology offers the opportunity for those that are blind or visually
impaired to live independently,”
said Godwin, 46.

To demonstrate, Godwin opened an app, SeeingAI, on his iPhone 5S and turned
the camera to face
himself.

The phone described aloud what it saw: “56-year-old male with dark hair,
looking happy.”

Godwin laughed. “56?!” he said.

The app isn’t perfect – but it is helpful. Users can program it to recognize
faces – simply by holding up the
camera, they can find out who is in the room without having to ask.

Godwin, who is blind due to a rare inherited eye disease that affects the
retinas, began teaching at ASB
two years ago. He hosts group classes on cell phone usage as well as
one-on-one computer lessons. He
tailors the courses to the specific needs of his students, such as a
recently blinded author who wishes to
continue his career using assistive technology.

Audiobooks and screen readers – programs that convert on-screen text into
audible speech – make
reading more rapid for individuals such as Godwin, who are used to relying
on hearing and can
understand speech at a speed that far exceeds a normal speaking pace.

But the new technology is not embraced by all.

For Lavera Diggins, 87, who lost her sight at 18 and says the loss was “like
death,”
reading braille allowed her to find independence. After learning to read
braille at ASB, she became a
volunteer teacher.

She creates braille labels for her clothing, cans, and cassettes at home to
be able to identify the products
on her own.

Diggins doesn’t expect to pick up the newest technology because of her age,
but with braille, “once you
have it, you can use it.”

Without the ability to read braille, visually impaired people must take in
all information by listening. But
with the raised-dot braille system felt by the fingertips, they can process
data at their own pace.

“It’s one thing to receive information passively as you’re listening, but
when you’re bringing it in and
interpreting it, it’s much more of an active way of engagement,” said Tony
Stephens, director of
advocacy and governmental affairs of the American Council of the Blind.

Stephens was born with low vision and became completely blind at age 15. It
took him two years to
learn to read braille. In recent years, he’s been using braille more.
Technology, apart from offering an
alternative to braille, also makes access to braille easier.

Refreshable braille displays, tablets that can be programmed with different
braille texts, are becoming
more affordable and widespread. People who shied away from braille in the
past because of
inconvenience – a Harry Potter novel in braille would fill an entire
bookshelf – can now carry a novel in
one hand.

“Technology has made huge achievement in access to information, but at the
core there is still the
fundamental need for literacy,” Stephens said.

Monica Heap, a sighted braille instructor who retired a few months ago,
taught hundreds of students
over her 34 years at ASB and believes the skill is crucial for visually
impaired people.

“Braille is like a paper and a pencil,” said Heap, 65, of Lindenwold. “What
do you do when all of a sudden
you don’t have access to the internet?”

Godwin doesn’t read braille other than on short labels and notes around his
house and, as a result, he
“can’t spell for beans.”

But his son, Andrew, who was born with the same eye disease, is an avid
braille reader and would be
devastated if braille books were no longer produced. As an aspiring
engineer, the 9-year-old finds it
important to be able to read design plans and diagrams independently.

“Braille will never go away,” Godwin said. “It will forever be relevant, I
believe, just for literary
purposes.”

Still, in Godwin’s classes, a future without braille doesn’t seem
impossible.

On that particular July morning, cell phones spoke quiet commands to their
users as they navigated
them easily. Godwin sent a text to his wife using Apple’s talk-to-text
feature, listened as his emails were
dictated, and used an app to read aloud a printed document in front of him.

Together, Godwin and his students worked through the technological hang-ups
the class encountered
since they last saw each other.

“I love learning with you guys,” Godwin said. “There’s never a class of
students that doesn’t make my
brain work hard.”

http://www2.philly.com/philly/health/can-braille-survive-in-a-smartphone-wor
ld-20180830.html

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Scam alerts – protect yourself from scams and scammers

Hello everyone and we at the business desk are introducing a new feature to
help you become more aware of those nasty scams making the rounds.
This is going to be a weekly feature and we hope that you take advantage of
our info as it will help you to stay out of the way of scams and scammers!
It’s all about scam alerts!

You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
callers.
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

Scams of the week –

* New scams:
1. Be ware of those companies such as Rogers and Bell offering you too good
to be true offers and this is what we call holiday scams.
Most of the calls originate from India and they are from persons who do not
work for either company.
Simply hang up and move on.
If you fall for this type of phone call then who knows whose hands your
credit card and personal details will fall into and then tragedy will befall
you!

2. Another holiday scam!
Persons making you fantastic offers to clean your carpets.
No, no, just ignore this phone call too and simply hang up.
As above, you will only be giving your private info away to unknown
individuals.

* old scams:

1. Emails that bounce but you never sent one.
This is getting to be very hold hat!
Yes, just another scammer trying to entice you to respond and then bingo!
Your info will be exposed if you slip and reply.

2. Invoices from senders you do not even know! These are scams that will
continue to haunt us for a very long time so just delete these emails.

3. Persistent emails from a supposed West Jet email address offering you
seat sales for the holidays!
These are what we call new and not so new!
Do not be fooled by these silly emails.
They are fake and you know exactly what to do!
Delete and move on.

Until next week:

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Kids of yesterday and today – see how they have changed

Ho, ho, ho everyone and I simply cannot believe that this is the final week
of November.
I hope that everyone has finished or are close to finishing their main
Christmas/holiday shopping!
Today, I am pleased to share our president’s weekly editorial with you and
for this week Donna J. Jodhan focuses her attention on an interesting
comparison; between the kids of yesterday and the kids of today!
Have yourselves a great weekend.
I’m Scott Savoy.

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Kids of yesterday and today
By Donna J. Jodhan

There is one very important thing that kids from yesterday and today have in
common and that is their love of toys and new gadgets. Of course, I am sure
that there are many more things that they do have in common but there is one
major difference; the kids of today face many more challenges than the kids
of yesterday.

For what it is worth, here are my comparisons.
Kids of today face many more choices when it comes to choosing anything from
a career to the game that they play with.
Technology is more a part of their lives.
They seem less willing to move out of the home.
Opportunities to reach for the stars abound more.
They have more opportunities to travel the world and discover new horizons.
They are more influenced by their peers than their families.

So how about the kids of yesterday?
They socialized more via face to face then their counterparts of today.
Their careers were much more limited.
They seem to have many more responsibilities.
They communicated more with nature.
Their respect for elders and those in authority was much more.

Just my two cents for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific weekend.
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Scam alerts – most recent scams making the rounds

Hello everyone and we at the business desk are introducing a new feature to
help you become more aware of those nasty scams making the rounds.
This is going to be a weekly feature and we hope that you take advantage of
our info as it will help you to stay out of the way of scams and scammers!
It’s all about scam alerts!

You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
callers.
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

Scams of the week –

* New scams:
1. This is a holiday scam!
Phone calls asking you to donate to causes for kids.
If you want to donate then it would be in your best interest to fully check
out these types of phone calls fully.
For if you don’t then you could easily get into trouble; donating to lost or
scam causes.

2. Persistent emails from a supposed West Jet email address offering you
seat sales for the holidays!
These are what we call new and not so new!
Do not be fooled by these silly emails.
They are fake and you know exactly what to do!
Delete and move on.

* old scams:

1. Emails that bounce but you never sent one.
This is getting to be very hold hat!
Yes, just another scammer trying to entice you to respond and then bingo!
Your info will be exposed if you slip and reply.

2. Invoices from senders you do not even know! These are scams that will
continue to haunt us for a very long time so just delete these emails.

3. Phone calls telling you that your credit card has been suspended.
Please, do not pay any attention to these phone calls.
Simply hang up!

Until next week:

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