Archive for September, 2012

US Dollar devalued on Toronto Transit (TTC) 10% surcharge on US funds – 90 cents

Toronto, Canada – An extremely small sign at the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) collector booth in downtown Toronto startled me yesterday when I saw this sign (below) that there will now be a 10% surcharge if you are paying in US Funds for your transit ride.

Seems like the TTC jumped the gun big-time, since the US Currency is just a cent or two below Canadian and fluctuates back and forth. The current USD to Canadian rate stands at (1 USD = 0.975585 CAD) and is expected to fall even more.

Americans have enjoyed a 20% premium on their currency for many years but that has changed. Others are reporting it may continue to fall on the world market up to and beyond the Presidential Election in November 2012.

Danny Nicholson a long time spokesperson for the TTC said, “I am not aware of the new signs but would get back to you.”

Brad Ross of TTC Corporate Affairs Communications said “I’m not aware of those signs either.”

No-one from TTC got back to me about why this new procedure is in effect and how it came about, before press time.

They were spotted at the Queen/Yonge subway on Monday.

Other retailers have not made the jump, yet, but with the holiday season approaching, anything is possible.

TTC CHATTER

Reports of some authorized ticket sellers charging an extra fee for tickets and Metropasses, report if you encounter this from an authorized TTC dealer.

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MOM finds solution: How do you identify ‘Quad’ boys in China, ‘Just put numbers on their heads’ makes sense

Mothers know best and when it came to sending them to school, she knew it would be hard to identify her four identical six-year-old boys on the first day she had to do something.

Living in Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong province, she decided to number each one by cutting their hair so they would be easily identified using numbers.

Chinese translation – 中文翻译

The boys, named Jiang Yunlong, Jiang Yunxiao, Jiang Yunhan and Jiang Yunlin, are so alike that their parents even struggle to tell the difference.

‘My sons are identical, even to me,’ the boys’ mother Tan Chaoyun told local media. She added,  “Even now, their father can’t tell which one is which.  Sometimes, he punishes the second one for something the third one has done.”

It should be an interesting day at school, and now they can’t blame things on each other.

Just how long will they have the numbers? Or is this the mandatory procedure enforced by the government to all multiples?

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Bell’s FibeTV/Internet allows 25GB of usage (bandwidth) USA Comcast and others offer 250GB per month?

South of the Border, USA – It was just announced by Comcast in the United States, they are reducing the amount of bandwidth (what is bandwidth) allowed to their customers for uploading/downloading on the internet.

When you sign up for internet, or a TV package you are allowed a certain amount of bandwidth for your internet searches and watching videos, playing games etc.

It seems USA internet/TV carriers offer around 300GB of downloads/uploads per month and we get a measly 25GB per month with FibeTV. It’s not even close, and if they go over the 250GB it’s an extra $10 per 50GB when you go over the limit, with Comcast.

Bell FibeTV offers larger packages, but they cost more, but 25GB (standard) compared to 250GB is a big difference, is Bell just ripping us off, bigtime?

Just to give you an idea, if you were to watch a full movie online, that counts towards your monthly limit in Canada, it would be about 2-3GB per movie.

Bell FibeTV have recently been adding special features to their TV side of the packages, like Facebook, twitter and other apps. They do say you are charged bandwidth, towards your monthly limit,  when you use them, but it seems very sneaky. Do people really pay attention to those warning, do your kids?

This bandwidth thingy is just a cash cow for Bell and the other providers and probably doesn’t cost them anything, it’s just a way for them to generate revenue since hardly anyone has phone service with them anymore.

How is it that carriers in the USA get 300GB per month and we sit back and take getting 25GB per month and say nothing?

Be sure to ask any carrier in Canada, how much bandwidth they allow with your package for internet and TV. Don’t get ripped off, shop around and ask the tough questions.

Do you remember when Verizon in the USA tried to put controls on the talk time on ‘unlimited‘ cell calling, there was a huge uproar from their customers and they changed their minds.

Now carriers for cell service in the USA are calling their packages ‘truly unlimited’  if you can believe it. It’s just plain stupid, it’s like calling a parking space ‘reserved’ and then near the doors they have other spots that say, ‘strictly reserved.’

Unlimited is unlimited, and reserved is reserved.

And if we sit back and take it they will squeeze every nickel they can get out of us unless we stand up and say, we aren’t going to take it anymore.

A Canadian carrier called TekSavvy offers truly unlimited internet but if you have Bell FibeTV you cannot get just the TV connection, you must buy it with their internet as well. Although Bell FibeTV does allow you to cancel the phone in the package.

Well I’m sure the little old lady in rural Northern Ontario still has a phone that’s she is still paying a monthly fee of $6.95 rental on her Bell phone for the past 40 years and no-one told her she can buy one.

Be sure to read my other reports about Bell FibeTV and the problems we incurred from day one, and shop around and ask the tough questions before you sign up.

Many would ask, “If you don’t like it why have you stayed with Bell FibeTV for almost two years,” true, but it is one of the best services I have ever seen, when it is working properly.

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When are we going to get ’roundabouts’ here in North America, they make a lot more sense, almost regular thing in Europe

Toronto, Canada –  Roundabouts have been common place in Europe for many years and yet in North America and especially in Toronto we rarely see them. The only ones I have seen in Toronto is north of Eglinton, just east of Bayview in a small community.

UPDATE: October 25/2011 –
It appears to me that the majority of traffic accidents in the last year have been related to left turns at intersections and just yesterday two elderly  ladies died instantly,  in Mississauga.

I realize it’s not practical to change every intersection to a roundabout, but at the very least, let’s make all new intersections, roundabouts.

They make a lot of sense and the way it works   is you arrive at the roundabout and only need to yield to traffic already in the circle and give them right of way. They can work at a three corner intersection or a four corner crossing, and it is very hard to get use to, but after a while it works very well. In newer subdivision this would be an asset, and it would eliminate most of the deaths we have with traffic hitting people turning left, and probably eliminate all of the pedestrians, that are getting killed at street corners.

In my sisters town, they have started introducing them to parts of Michigan, and the thinking has been that it is a great idea, but there is definitely a learning curve.

I think it is about time we brought roundabouts   to Toronto, and some parts of Canada and the USA have already put them in place and people are raving about them. I think the biggest stumbling block would be that many have not used them before and this would cause confusion in the initial stages, but drivers will not be racing into intersections, instead there may be accidents but they will be driving at very slow speeds, and hopefully decrease the number of terrible and senseless deaths that have occurred on our city streets.

Is it worth a try, I think so.
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Daniel Fernandez, 16, of Sayreville, dies on Party Bus in New Jersey – tragic accident

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Sayreville, New Jersey – It was his 16th birthday party and Daniel Fernandez was riding with 65 others on a party bus when he stuck his head out of the top of the double-decker bus and was killed instantly.

It happened just as they were coming off the George Washington Bridge at about 6:30pm Friday.

A normal bus is about 9 1/2 ft tall and yet a double-decker is 13 to 14.5 ft high, leaves little room for road clearance.

It appears the bus was given an exception for height, and the NY State law says maximum is 13.6 inches but it was allowed to operate at 13.9 inches, with must clearances being 14 feet.

They were on their way to a birthday party for Fernandez, and the attendant who told them not to open the hatch several times went downstairs for a few minutes. After he heard screams from the second floor he found Fernandez had been hit by the overhang on the bridge as he opened the hatch.

He was rushed to nearby Hackensack University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Fernandez a St. Francis Preparatory School student was about to enter his junior year.

The double-decker bus was operated by Designer Limo and their website  says “State-of-the-art nightclub surroundings,”  but did it include liquor?

Just a regular guy saying, all emergency exits should be locked tight unless there is an emergency, might have saved a precious life.

A spokesperson for Designer Limo said, “We’re saddened by the incident and are working with authorities to help in any way we can.” She had no further comment at this time, nor would answer any other questions.

Some have said he was “beloved” and shall never be forgotten, and our sympathies go out to his family and friends in this terrible freak accident.

The wake for Daniel was held at Rego Park Funeral Home, Queens, Monday.

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Sayreville, Nueva Jersey – Era su fiesta de cumpleaños número 16, y Daniel Fernández viajaba con 65 otras personas en un autobús cuando asomó la cabeza por la parte superior del autobús de dos pisos y murió instantáneamente.Sucedió justo cuando estaban saliendo del puente de George Washington en torno a viernes de 6:30 pm.Un autobús normal es de 9 1/2 pies de alto y, sin embargo una de dos pisos es 13 a 14,5 metros de altura, deja poco espacio para el despacho de carretera.Ellos se dirigían a una fiesta de cumpleaños para Fernández, y el encargado, quien les dijo que no abran las escotillas varias veces fuimos abajo durante unos minutos. Después de escuchar gritos desde el segundo piso se encontró con Fernández había sido golpeado por el voladizo en el puente mientras abría la escotilla.Fue llevado a la cercana Hackensack University Medical Center, donde fue declarado muerto.Fernández de St. Francis Prep School estudiante estaba a punto de entrar en su tercer año en la escuela católica de Queens.El autobús de dos pisos fue operado por Limo diseñador y su página web (Wayback Machine, ya que su sitio ha sido desactivado) dice “State-of-the-art alrededores discoteca”, pero lo ha incorporado licor?Sólo un tipo normal decir, todas las salidas de emergencia deben ser bloqueados apretado a menos que haya una emergencia, podría haber salvado una vida preciosa.

Un portavoz de Limo diseñador dijo: “Estamos entristecidos por el incidente y estamos trabajando con las autoridades para ayudar en cualquier manera que podamos.” Ella no tenía más comentarios en este momento, ni contestar ninguna otra pregunta.

Algunos han dicho que era “amado” y nunca será olvidado, y nuestras condolencias a su familia y amigos en este extraño accidente terrible.

El velorio se llevó a cabo en Daniel Rego Funeral Home Park, Queens, el lunes.

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Sayreville, NJ – Foi sua festa de aniversário 16, e Daniel Fernandez viajava com 65 outras pessoas em um ônibus enfiou a cabeça para fora da parte superior do autocarro de dois andares e morreu, quando estavam saindo instantáneamente.Sucedió Ponte George Washington em torno de sexta-feira de ônibus pm.Un 06:30 normal é de 9 1/2 metros de altura e ainda é uma história de dois 13-14,5 metros de altura, deixando pouco espaço para a limpeza de estradas.

Eles estavam indo para uma festa de aniversário para Fernandez, eo gerente, que lhes disse para não abrir as escotilhas várias vezes caiu por alguns minutos. Depois de ouvir gritos do segundo andar ele encontrou Fernandez foi espancado pela projecção sobre a ponte quando ele abriu a escotilha.

Ele foi levado para a vizinha Hackensack University Medical Center, onde foi declarado morto.

Fernandez de São Francisco estudante Escola Prep estava prestes a entrar em seu terceiro ano na escola católica em Queens.

O ônibus de dois andares foi operado pelo designer Limo e site (Wayback Machine, porque o seu site foi desativado) diz “boate Estado-da-arte-around”, mas incorporou de bebidas?

Apenas um cara normal, todas as saídas de emergência devem ser trancada a menos que haja uma emergência, poderia ter salvo uma vida preciosa.

Um porta-voz Limo estilista disse: “Estamos tristes com o incidente e estamos trabalhando com as autoridades para ajudar de qualquer maneira que pudermos.” Ela não tinha mais comentários neste momento, ou responder a quaisquer outras perguntas.

Alguns disseram que era “amado” e nunca será esquecido, e as nossas condolências à sua família e amigos neste estranho acidente terrível.

Visitação foi realizada no Funeral Daniel Início Rego Park, Queens, na segunda-feira.

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