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Amazon to Pay Workers $15.00 Minimum Wage

 

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The company’s workforce management practices have come under criticism from both lawmakers and employees in recent years. Some staffers are pursuing legal action against Amazon over claims of unpaid wages, while others are pushing to unionize.

Amazon’s wage raise could also boost its recruiting efforts amid low unemployment and moves by rival retailers to offer more competitive compensation. Walmart Inc. raised the minimum hourly rate for its employees to $11 an hour in January, while Target Corp. set its base pay to $12 a few months later and plans to hit the $15 mark by the end of 2020.

Amazon will start offering more competitive wages in the U.K. as well. The company plans to raise the minimum hourly wage to £10.50, or $13.60, in London and to £9.50, or $12.30, for the rest of the U.K. effective Nov. 1.

Schools Educating A Weed Workforce

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The University of Ottawa is offering a Cannabis Law course.  Dubois, a partner at the Ottawa law office of Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall, and colleague Megan Wallace will be the lead instructors of the new cannabis law course at the University of Ottawa. The course, the first of its kind in Canada, will run for about three weeks. Students will learn about the licensing and regulatory frameworks of the cannabis industry as well as how legalizing the drug will affect everything from employment to property law. Diane Labelle, general counsel at Health Canada Legal Services, will teach a similar course at uOttawa in French this fall.

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Commercial landlords now face heavy penalties for allowing pot to be sold at their properties, a situation that will have to change in time for private retailers to hit the market next April.

Dubois course will also feature a field trip to the Tweed production facility in Smiths Falls, where students will get a first-hand look at the product they’re learning about.

Southern Ontario’s Niagara College announced it was launching a one-year post-graduate commercial cannabis production program developed in conjunction with more than a dozen licensed producers, including Tweed parent Canopy Growth.

Ryerson University in Toronto, meanwhile, said this summer its Ted Rogers School of Management would be introducing a course ​– appropriately numbered 420 ​– called “the Business of Cannabis,” focusing on topics such as retailing, marketing, quality control and financing. And Montreal’s McGill University plans to enter the field by offering a diploma program in cannabis and cannabis production, starting next fall.

The cannabis industry has an urgent need for workers with highly specialized skills in areas such as genetics, horticulture, cultivation techniques, pest control and biotechnology.

 Skills are some what borrowed from pharmaceutical or food industries, but it is still quite different because the cannabis industry is complex. There are a lot of components to the cannabis industry.

Best Places for Women Entrepreneurs

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Top Places for Women Entrepreneurs

Rank Metro Final Score Business Income for Women Compared to Women’s Earnings in Metro Women in Business % of Businesses Owned by Women
Median Average Median Average % of Women Workers Who Are Self-Employed % of Self-Employed Women Who Are Incorporated Self-Employed Incorporated
1 San Francisco 80.5 $10,378 $31,880 17.6% 41.8% 10.6% 20.8% 41.7% 32.1%
2 Austin, Texas 72.2 $8,262 $25,345 19.6% 48.1% 9.0% 24.9% 38.6% 30.1%
3 San Jose, Calif. 67 $7,657 $30,334 12.6% 38.8% 8.3% 22.7% 41.1% 32.2%
4 Memphis, Tenn. 65 $9,068 $20,399 24.9% 45.5% 5.6% 27.0% 35.1% 29.8%
5 Nashville, Tenn. 64.8 $8,866 $23,373 22.9% 49.0% 7.1% 20.1% 34.9% 27.4%
6 Los Angeles 63.7 $7,758 $20,945 18.6% 37.4% 10.9% 24.8% 37.9% 30.7%
7 San Diego 63.6 $8,060 $20,949 18.5% 37.8% 10.0% 24.2% 39.3% 30.2%
8 Sacramento, Calif. 61.6 $7,053 $23,596 15.0% 41.0% 8.4% 21.1% 39.1% 31.9%
9 Seattle 57.6 $4,534 $22,713 9.2% 37.0% 8.6% 30.6% 42.1% 32.7%
10 Cincinnati 56.9 $7,556 $21,432 18.6% 42.2% 5.4% 29.1% 35.4% 28.5%
11 Raleigh, N.C. 56.3 $3,526 $23,664 8.1% 44.0% 7.4% 36.7% 38.4% 31.4%
12 Boston 54.7 $8,060 $22,574 15.3% 33.8% 7.0% 24.3% 39.0% 28.3%
13 Las Vegas 54.3 $5,037 $17,566 13.8% 38.5% 6.6% 30.6% 39.6% 33.4%
14 Washington 53.4 $5,037 $23,448 8.6% 32.7% 7.2% 31.3% 41.4% 32.1%
15 Portland, Ore. 52.9 $4,030 $17,389 9.3% 31.7% 10.2% 29.8% 42.5% 33.8%
16 Denver 52.5 $3,022 $19,820 6.6% 35.0% 9.1% 37.3% 40.4% 33.6%
17 Houston 52 $7,254 $19,029 17.7% 36.3% 7.7% 23.5% 36.0% 28.3%
18 Hartford, Conn. 48.2 $8,060 $22,710 15.8% 37.1% 5.8% 25.1% 34.1% 24.2%
19 Phoenix 47 $4,534 $16,352 11.5% 33.5% 7.9% 31.8% 37.5% 31.5%
20 Providence, R.I. 46.2 $7,053 $18,161 16.1% 33.9% 5.5% 28.8% 34.9% 27.7%
21 New Orleans 46.1 $6,045 $13,475 16.7% 29.8% 7.7% 34.5% 34.9% 30.2%
22 Dallas 45.7 $5,037 $17,407 12.2% 33.9% 7.5% 26.5% 37.2% 30.4%
23 Kansas City, Mo. 45.4 $3,627 $18,160 9.0% 37.3% 6.6% 30.8% 38.2% 31.0%
24 New York 44.6 $5,037 $20,053 10.0% 31.1% 7.6% 32.0% 36.8% 28.2%
24 Baltimore 44.6 $4,937 $17,227 9.8% 28.4% 6.2% 34.2% 39.2% 31.9%
26 Riverside, Calif. 44.5 $5,037 $16,373 13.3% 34.4% 7.9% 23.7% 35.6% 30.6%
27 Miami 43.3 $3,526 $13,004 9.9% 28.8% 10.7% 39.4% 36.5% 29.6%
28 Columbus, Ohio 42.6 $3,022 $22,010 7.3% 43.5% 5.6% 26.6% 36.3% 27.8%
29 Minneapolis 42.3 $4,332 $18,113 9.2% 31.1% 6.8% 34.0% 37.9% 28.7%
30 Milwaukee 40.9 $4,030 $18,281 9.6% 35.6% 5.0% 34.0% 35.8% 28.8%
31 San Antonio 40.3 $4,030 $16,246 11.2% 36.5% 6.5% 24.7% 35.4% 30.0%
32 Atlanta 40.1 $3,022 $15,809 7.3% 30.6% 7.7% 37.4% 36.6% 30.7%
33 Tampa, Fla. 39.6 $3,022 $13,931 8.0% 29.3% 7.7% 42.8% 36.1% 30.2%
34 Charlotte, N.C. 37.8 $4,030 $13,470 10.4% 27.1% 6.6% 35.2% 36.6% 30.7%
35 Orlando, Fla. 35.3 $1,007 $13,833 2.9% 31.3% 7.5% 43.3% 36.8% 31.2%
36 Richmond, Va. 34.6 $1,813 $15,257 4.3% 29.2% 6.1% 33.7% 39.2% 31.8%
37 Salt Lake City 34.3 $2,518 $15,600 6.8% 34.4% 7.0% 30.9% 37.2% 26.2%
38 Oklahoma City 33.6 $2,015 $14,189 5.7% 32.6% 7.7% 32.6% 35.8% 29.2%
39 Virginia Beach, Va. 33.2 $2,317 $12,850 6.1% 27.7% 5.8% 32.9% 39.5% 31.6%
40 Jacksonville, Fla. 32.4 $1,511 $14,078 4.0% 30.3% 6.8% 39.2% 36.6% 29.5%
41 Buffalo, N.Y. 31.5 $5,037 $14,594 12.3% 29.8% 4.7% 28.8% 34.2% 25.2%
42 St. Louis 30.2 $2,015 $13,673 5.0% 27.7% 5.8% 33.5% 36.9% 30.9%
43 Chicago 30 $2,015 $14,622 4.5% 25.8% 6.3% 37.8% 36.3% 29.4%
44 Birmingham, Ala. 28.8 $2,015 $16,139 5.3% 35.8% 5.7% 31.6% 33.1%

Brand New Biometrics Scanner Detects Impostor @ U.S. Airport

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A biometric facial scanner has flagged a traveler using a fake passport — less than three days after the airport system was installed. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained a traveler earlier this week after the facial recognition system brought up an ID that didn’t match the man’s passport at the Washington Dulles International Airport.

 

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It Seems That Wikipedia Has A Gender & Race Problem

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The world’s fifth-most-visited website has a long-running problem with gender bias: Only 18 percent of its biographies are of women. Surveys estimate that between 84 and 90 percent of Wikipedia editors are male. Quicksilver, is a software tool by San Francisco startup Primer designed to help Wikipedia editors fill in blind spots in the crowdsourced encyclopedia. Its under representation of women in science is a particular target. Quicksilver uses machine-learning algorithms to scour news articles and scientific citations to find notable scientists missing from Wikipedia, and then write fully sourced draft entries for them. 

The summaries it generates are intended to provide a starting point for Wikipedia editors, who can clean up errors and check the sources to prevent any algorithmic slip-ups contaminating the site.

AT&T Wins Court Ruling To Merge With Time Warner

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US District Judge Richard Leon ruled entirely in AT&T’s favor. The Department of Justice had sued AT&T to block the merger, but the judge’s ruling, pending a possible appeal, would let AT&T complete the purchase without spinning off any subsidiaries.

The government failed to prove that the merger would substantially lessen competition or that AT&T would use its ownership of premium content to harm rival TV providers.

AT&T said it intends to close the merger by June 20. It’s not yet known whether the government will appeal the case. AT&T has been the nation’s largest pay-TV company since it acquired DirecTV in 2015, and it is one of the largest providers of home and mobile broadband service. Time Warner owns HBO, Warner Bros., and Turner Broadcasting System. As the owner of Time Warner, AT&T would be able to set the price that other cable or satellite companies must pay for a large quantity of TV programming.

The DOJ argued that buying Time Warner and its stable of popular TV programming would give AT&T too much control over programming and distribution.

Will we see higher bills and fewer choices of programming?

Qatar Adds New Courses To It’s Master’s Degree In Library & Information Studies

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University College London Qatar (UCL Qatar) has announced the introduction of new courses within its postgraduate master’s degree of Library and Information Studies.
For the first time in Qatar, specialized courses in archives, records and data management will be taught. These will support the transition of Qatar to a knowledge-based economy and the development of the country’s growing need for library and information specialists.
The updates will help meet the growing need from across government and the private sectors to handle an ever-increasing amount of records, and to support the emerging research sector and e-government initiatives.
Trained data professionals in the sector will be able to manage and handle records from government agencies and private corporations, as well as the emerging research sector in the country.
The announcement comes just weeks after the official opening of the Qatar National Library that will now support Qatar’s innovative and research-based libraries sector to become a
regional leader.

Applications for UCL Qatar’s master’s degree programmes in Library and Information Studies and Museum and Gallery Practice are currently open at UCL Qatar. The degree programmes are available as full-time one year courses or part-time two years courses.

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