隨便提下大家，有個多事老華橋孤寒窮阿伯，係呢度嘅常客。日日長篇大論寫私人日記，當正係自己嘅私人網誌。佢鍾意買平野食，搞到食壞人。肚空空，冇野做，經常係度罵人。佢老哥慳錢必殺技就係叫是日精選餐。佢住係民主國家，但經常喊住各種民主祝福DELAY NO MORE口號，但係同時渣住偉大共产党萬歲旗。佢表面支持公投，希望祖國繁榮，但內心更希望香港冇民主，標籤爭取民主嘅港人係搞港獨。佢老哥個真名唔係叫Brian！哈哈哈哈！哈哈哈哈！
The city of Toronto owes its employees about $200 million more in future sick leave payouts than previously believed.
The true liability totals $450 million, not $250 million, chief financial officer Cam Wekdib saud yesterday.
Blamed on a software error by the city’s outside actuarial consultants, the discrepancy was known to the city well before this summer’s civic strike began, though media briefings continued to use the lower figure throughout the 39-day walkout.
The sick leave perk allows employees to bank unused sick days and receive up to six months’ pay when they retire.
It became a key issue in the strike.
Weldon said the city’s financial statements have been restarted to show the correct liability of $450.2 million, not the $249.4 million originally put on the books.
“It was s simple error, but it was a big error", he said. “There was a mathematical error in the logic when they changed from one set of software to another".
That explanation doesn’t wash with councillor Mike Del Grande, an accountant who serves as vice-chair of the audit committee.
“To blame it on software I think is ludicrous. These things are supposed to be reviewed by a whole bunch of people that are paid very big money".
Del Grande said it appears to him the Miller adminstration didn’t want tax-payers to know how big the liability had become.
我個網絡電腦比人入侵,改動了我的system settings,其次是個internet box goes down and needs to reset from time to time. 我唔知邊方攪鬼,係網頁主持;抑或係電訊公司有內鬼做手腳,干擾我的線路;事先聲明,我追究起上嚟,除咗打電話去電訊公司,亦有可能知會加拿大政府有關部門徹查,信唔信由你,入侵別人電腦及干擾網絡線路等不法行為,閣下勿以身試法,盡毀前程!
Facebook is closing an uncomfortable chapter in its five-year history.
The social network says it will shut down Beacon, a program that tracks users’ activities on other web sites. When it launched in 2007, Beacon was immediately attacked by users as a privacy violation.
It tracked purchases Facebook users made on other sites and sent alerts about them to their Facebook friends. Facebook later let users turn Beacon off, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg publicly apologized for it.
Beacon never really caught on, and Facebook agreed to end it as part of a class-action lawsuit settlement.
The Palo Alto, California-based Facebook co. will also pay $9.5 million to create a foundation to promote online privacy, safety and security.
The proposed settlement must still be approved by a judge.
By: Robertson on 九月 21, 2009 at 7:52 下午
ENGLISH SKILLS OF JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER
This is a true story from the Japanese Embassy in U.S.
A few years ago, Japanese Prime Minister Mori was given some Basic English conversation training before he visits Washington and meets Bill Clinton…
The instructor told Mori “Prime Minister, when you shake hand with President Clinton, please say ‘How r u’."
Then Mr. Clinton should say, ‘I am fine, and you?’ Now, you should say ‘me too’. Afterwards we, translators will do the work for you’.
It looks quite simple, but the truth is…
When Mori met Clinton, he mistakenly said ‘who r u ?’ (Instead of ‘How r u?)
Mr. Clinton was a bit shocked but still managed to react with humor: ‘Well, I’m Hillary’s husband, ha-ha…
Then Mori replied ‘Me too, ha-ha….’
Then there was a long silence in the meeting room.
The country’s biggest wireless Co., Rogers Communications Inc. has finally decided to kick off its controversial $6.95 system access fee, but subscribers shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for a cheaper monthly bill.
As of Oct. 5, plans offered to new Rogers Wireless subscribers will replace the fee with a new government regulatory recovery fee that ranges from $2.46 to $3.46 per month, depending on the province.
At the same time, Rogers will raise the base price of its plans by $5 and throw in three free-calling features which the Co. claims is an $11 value.
Liz Hamilton, a spokeswoman for Rogers said the new billing structure is an attempt to offer subscribers more clarity on their monthly bills.
Rogers’ move comes as several new wireless companies – Wind Mobile, Public Mobile and DAVE Wireless – prepare to enter the market in the coming months with promises of cheaper rates and better customer service.
Carmi Levy, an independent technology analyst, said Roger’s decision to replace an opaque fee with a more specific one is likely based on the notion that it will be easier for subscribers to swallow.
“But let’s not make any bones about it, you’re not going to end up paying less at the end of the day if you are a Roger subscriber".
Transferable Metropass plan blamed for deficit, which could eat up city’s strike savings.
The TTC’s success has helped create a $17.4 million deficit, a shortfall that could erode potential savings from the civic workers’ strike.
Ridership is running at a record high, projected to hit 475 million rides this year, without even a recessionary dent. But revenue per passenger is lower because more people are buying cheaper, transferable Metropass -at a loss to the fare box of about 3 cents a ride. Sales of discount senior and student fares are up as well.
Savings from the civic workers’ strike may be used to offset the TTC shortfall. Preliminary figures presented to the budget committee yesterday show the 39-day summer walk-out saved the city at least $20 million.
During the strike, it was suggested the savings could be used to lower the property tax increase for 2010.
That’s looking less likely, given the $17.4 million shortfall the TTC faces by the end of the year. That amount includes a $2.3 million loss in the advertising revenues.
The success of the Metropass stems from the fact its cheaper than tokens, is transferable and can be purchased with Air Miles. Using it also makes it
possible to get a federal tax credit.
The TTC will need an extra $80 million from the city next year, in addition to the $374 million in operating subsides it received for 2009, to maintain service level and pay for a few small programs such as more cleaners.
It’s too early to speculate on whether a fare hike will be considered next year. But last year’s experience shows the budget committee has the will to make operating subsidies a priority.
市民要求馮檢基力爭普選，市民提名馮檢基去辭職公投，這不是一種抬舉與讚譽嗎？為何馮檢基不但不領情，反而甘心成為中共統戰、政治玩弄的工具，去大大聲出來反駁泛民其他黨派不民主呢？轉過頭，當香港記者被打，市民出現在國慶日示威的聲音，市民覺得無國可慶的時候，為何馮檢基卻要在未有其他泛民公佈獲遨的情況下，急急腳通知全世界，自己獲遨去北京呢？馮檢基可有覺得，這樣的遲來的遨請，這樣「分批審批」的遨請，其實是一種侮辱？其實是一種歧視？馮檢基，當市民多年尊敬你一些「基哥」的時候，你有否想過，你要屈居在那班弱智的保皇 X 之後，才得到請柬，是一種很大的侮辱？還是你為自己在其他泛民之前得到「請柬」，就已經沾沾自喜到樂極忘形？
New powers granted to the city by the province, powers Miller fought for, included the ability to impose new taxes in addition to the property tax, still the main revenue source that brought in $3.4 billion last year.
Miller seized the opportunity given by the new City of Toronto Act to bring forward a municipal land transfer tax on home purchases – worth $3,725 on a $400,000 home – and a personal vehicle registration fee of $60 a year.
The mayor didn’t attend a series of four public meetings on the initiative, leaving it to senior city officials to answer to hostile citizens.
Instead of $300 million a year, the tax produced only $165 million over 11 months of 2008. The vehicle fee chipped in $15 million.
For 2009, the two taxes are expected to yield $212 million, substantially less than the $356 million originally thought.
While that’s a lot, the city’s demand for new revenue is also huge, as wages and other expenses continue to rise.
Council will probably have to find an extra $300 million to $500 million to balance next year’s operating budget.