Tuesday, April 22, 2008
For the second year in a row, the most sought-after workers are people in skilled manual trades, Manpower Canada found in its survey of 1,742 employers in the country. Nearly a third of them say positions are getting harder to fill….
1. Skilled manual trades
2. Sales representatives
4. Accounting and finance
9. Machinists/Machine Operators
10. Secretaries, administrative assistants, office support…
Monday, April 21, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
For them that dont know, CBSA stands for Canada Border Security Agency. Every evening I get an email with Dbriefs on certain talks points on whats happening. This is non sensitive information and I began using hashtags to shift thru the data and use twitter to distribute some infonuggets. I do this nearly everyday at between 4-5PM Mon- Fri.
I am the lone ranger (at least for now) that uses hashtags to keep track of these nuggets of info. Take a look at the cull of the hashTag #CBSA
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
"A new form of cloning has been developed that is easier to carry out than the technique used to create Dolly the sheep, raising fears that it may one day be used on human embryos to produce "designer" babies."
The ScotsMan projects that Carter and Gore will endorse Obama and while at it, they also do a mini take away of the 22nd course !
1. Clinton wins big
A win of 20 points or more over Obama in Pennsylvania would keep Clinton's campaign alive. She would also have to replicate this result in the nine states still to vote, narrowing the gap with her rival and convincing the all-important party superdelegates to choose her as nominee.
2. Clinton wins small
A victory in single digits, in a state where Clinton was once 20 points ahead, would make little difference to Obama's lead. Yet a win is a win, and she would be likely to try to stay in the race until June, unless superdelegates stepped in.
3. Obama wins small
A single figure victory on Clinton's 'home turf' would cement Obama's claim to the nomination. Superdelegates would be likely to declare him the nominee before June.
4. Convincing win for Obama
A double-digit Obama victory would be the shock of the primary contest. It would be followed by a stampede of superdelegates rushing to be front of the queue to embrace him.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
There was a sign on the cage that said $50.00.
'Why so little,' she asked the pet store owner.
The owner looked at her and said, 'Look, I should tell you first that this bird used to
live in a house of Prostitution and sometimes it says some pretty vulgar stuff.'
The woman thought about this, but decided she had to have the bird any way.
She took it home and hung the bird's cage up in her living room and waited for it to say something.
The bird looked around the room, then at her, and said,
'New house, new madam.'
The woman was a bit shocked at the implication, but then thought 'that's really not so bad.'
When her 2 teenage daughters returned from school the bird saw and said,
'New house, new madam, new girls.'
The girls and the woman were a bit offended but then began to laugh about the situation
considering how and where the parrot had been raised.
Moments later, the woman's husband Keith came home from work.
The bird looked at him and said,
Friday, April 04, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
This is happening in southern Alberta right now and moving.
This one is pretty slick since they provide YOU with all the information,
except the one piece they want. Note, the callers do not ask for
your card number; they already have it.
This information is worth reading. By understanding how the VISA &
MasterCard telephone Credit Card Scam works, you'll be better prepared
to protect yourself. One of our employees was called on Wednesday from
"VISA", and I was called on Thursday from"MasterCard".
The scam works like this:
Person calling says, "This is (name), and I'm calling from the Security
and Fraud Department at VISA. My Badge number is 12460 , Your card has
been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I'm calling to verify.
This would be on your VISA card which was issued by (name of bank). Did
you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for $497.99 from a marketing
company based in Arizona ?" When you say "No", the caller
continues with, "Then we will be issuing a credit to your account.
This is a company we have been watching and the charges range from $297
to $497, just under the $500 purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before
your next statement, the credit will be sent to (gives you your address),
is that correct?"
You say "yes".
The caller continues - "I will be starting a Fraud Investigation.
If you have any questions, you should call the 1- 800 number listed on
the back of your card (1-800-VISA) and ask for Security. You will
need to refer to this Control Number. The caller then gives you a 6 digit
number. "Do you need me to read it again?"
Here's the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works:
The caller then says, "I need to verify you are in possession of your
card". He'll ask you to "turn your card over and look for some
numbers". There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are part of your card number,
the last 3 are the Security Numbers that verify you are t he possessor
of the card.
These are the numbers you sometimes use to make Internet purchases to prove
you have the card. The caller will ask you to read the last 3 number to
him. After you tell the caller the 3 numbers, he'll say, "That is
correct, I just needed to verify that the card has not been lost or stolen,
and that you still have your card. Do you have any other questions?"
After you say no, the caller then thanks you and states, "Don't hesitate
to call back if you do", and hangs up. You actually say very little,
and they never ask for or tell you the card number.
But after we were called on Wednesday, we called back. Within 20 minutes
to ask a question. Are we glad we did! The REAL VISA Security Department
told us it was a scam and in the last 15 minutes a new purchase of $497.99
was charged to our card.
We made a real fraud report and closed the VISA account. VISA is reissuing
us a new number. What the scammers want is the 3-digit PIN number on the
back of the card. Don't give it to them. Instead, tell them you'll call
VISA or Master Card directly for verification of their conversation.
The real VISA told us that they will never ask for anything on the card
as they already know the information since they issued the card! If you
give the scammers your 3 Digit PIN Number, you think you're receiving a
However, by the time you get your statement you'll see charges for purchases
you didn't make, and by then it's almost too late and/or more difficult
to actually file a fraud report.
What makes this more remarkable is that on Thursday, I got a call from
a "Jason Richardson of MasterCard" with a Word-for-word repeat
of the VISA Scam. This time I didn't let him finish. I hung up! We filed
a police report, as instructed by VISA. The police said they are taking
several of these reports daily! They also urged us to tell everybody we
know that this scam is happening. I dealt with a similar situation this
morn ing, with the caller telling me that $3,097 had been charged to my
account for plane tickets to Spain , and so on through the above routine.
It appears that this Is a very active scam, and evidently quite successful.
Pass this on to all your family and friends
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Scandalous Passions make sacrifices not only worthwhile, but will make your world stop instantly if only for a moment
brycej I've worked for a MSFT partner for 9yrs. It is "amusing" when every once in a while I hear someone from MSFT say PARTNER but mean MINION :-)
anniemal some student just had the gall to ask me what all of ur doing on here when u should be working. I told him 2 call me 2 yrs into his 1st job.
ThinGuy Getting ready to coach the 5 year olds. No, it never does stop. From 5 AM until about 11 PM. Lather, rinse, repeat. For the next 20 yrs
mathewi @rhh: maybe she's the @jasoncalacanis of dogs -- trying to get the most friends :-)
Pistachio Smugness: "Arrogance without talent." -A.W.
shelisrael The magistrate looked puzzled: "Gandhi, surely you don't expect the British to just pick up & leave India?" "I surely do," Gandhi said.
vaspersthegrate Twitter is a good recording of how petty are the minds and how shallow are the lives of the A Listers you so greatly admire and emulate. LOL
MParekh Scary thought...any more time on Twitter, and I may start to dream in 140 characters
remarkk Sara D point: small content companies often build technology to solve a problem, but don't have a culture to create products; #ice08
stoweboyd I am officially giving up Del.icio.us. I am going to post 'bookmarks' in Twitter, as soon as I can work out how to get reblogging to my blog
missrogue I'm not as interested in defining what makes a Hero, but in what CREATES future heroes. That's why education is exciting to me to start
ShanZan The verse I like to live by: "Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances...."
Johnmont At some point, software development devolves into "which solution will screw the customer less." Grr.
TheVerve I wonder if the same part of the brain that makes people believe in god also makes canadians believe that Tim Hortons makes good coffee?
lonesoph1st "Bargaining is a mask that blacks can wear in the American mainstream, one that enables them to put whites at their ease." What's that mean?
mattdelves Sometimes I think that I'm smart, wise and even knowledgable. Then the God who is active in this world shows me just how much of a fool I am
dannysullivan @techcrunch i have an awesome reader. he's called @rustybrick :)
Pistachio My Grandma rocks. Always will. 98 yrs, 3 children, 7 grands, 13 greatgrands and 3 great-greats. Life of service, love, travel. She's LIVED.
javajenn @lonesoph1st Interesting fact: The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now)
willpate Rats, we're out of beer. < stuartma @willpate Beer, we're out of rats >
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