Second Ontario government computer specialist fired in wake of alleged $11M COVID-19 fraud

A second senior information technology employee has been fired from the Ontario government after the alleged theft of $11 million in pandemic relief funds, the Star has learned.

Shalini Madan was terminated with cause from her $132,513-a-year job as manager of E-Ministries Support at the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.

She had been suspended with pay since Aug. 11.

Her dismissal came after her husband, Sanjay Madan, was sacked from his $176,608-a-year post as director in the Ministry of Education’s iAccess Solutions Branch in early November.

In documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court, the province alleges that “some or all of” Shalini Madan, Sanjay Madan, their sons Chinmaya Madan and Ujjawal Madan, and associate Vidhan Singh perpetrated “a massive fraud” to siphon COVID-19 aid payments to hundreds of Bank of Montreal and TD accounts.

The government, whose accusations have not been proven in court, alleges “damages for fraud,

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Website offering $2,500 to watch 25 holiday movies in 25 days

Need a little extra Christmas cash?

The website is offering up $2,500 to watch 25 holiday movies in 25 days and fill out a survey about each film. The role is called their Chief Holiday Cheermeister.

“Do you love all things holiday-related, like peppermint mochas, fully decorated homes and cuddling on the couch under a snowflake blanket while watching a holiday movie?” the site asks.


The lucky person selected will also get gift cards to streaming service subscriptions. The CHC will get a one-year subscription to seven streaming services: Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Apple TV+, and Hallmark Movies Now.

Tim Allen with Paige Tamada as an Elf in a scene from the film ‘The Santa Clause’, 1994. (Walt Disney Pictures/Getty Images)

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New website to help women deal with various types of violence, Singapore News & Top Stories

Women who need help dealing with sexual assault, family violence, workplace harassment or other types of violence can now turn to a new website.

The portal, dubbed Awareness, Connect, Take Precaution, or A.C.T. Against Violence, has details about who victims can contact and where they can get help.

Launched by the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) on Monday it also has information for women and concerned citizens about the types and cycle of violence.

At the launch event at the SCWO headquarters in Waterloo Street, Minister of State for Social and Family Development and for Education Sun Xueling said: “The Government is determined to tackle the issue of family violence.

“This is why the Taskforce on Family Violence, comprising public agencies, the courts and community partners such as hospitals, family violence specialist centres, crisis shelters and family service centres, was set up earlier this year to create awareness of

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CSC posts civil service vacancies on website

Jobseekers looking for work in the government were told to visit the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Job Portal website where thousands of positions are open, the agency said on Wednesday. In a statement, the CSC said that those interested to work in government offices could visit to search through job postings. There are over 7,000 positions on the portal as of September, the CSC added. The postings include job titles, its respective place of assignment, salary grade, qualifications, monthly salary and application instructions. Government work vacancies were consolidated in the job portal after the CSC instructed agencies to provide a list of vacancies in their office and submit it to the CSC’s field office. —NIKKA G. VALENZUELA

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Scottish Digital Marketing Expert Redirected Nigel Farage’s Website to Michel Barnier’s Website

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12/02/2020, Glasgow, UK // KISSPR //

For the last two weeks Nigel Farage’s website has redirected visitors to the official website of Michel Barnier – because he let one of his most popular domain names lapse.

Thousands of visitors every week have clicked on – and been sent to Barnier’s site instead. The MEP site may no longer be Farage’s official site but it ranks higher than his official site on Google and until December 1 was still listed on Wikipedia as his official site.

His domain was bought by digital marketing expert Craig Campbell, who has now decided to redirect people to other sites to make a point about protecting your online identity.


While it may seem like a prank, Campbell –

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Senate Committee Confirms Nomination of Simington to FCC

Illustration for article titled Republican Plan to Keep the Internet Screwed Under Biden Moves Ahead

Photo: Mark Makela (Getty Images)

President-elect Joe Biden hasn’t even assumed office yet, and it’s already time for him to reach across the aisle and say with sincere force, “c’mon man!”

Along with combating a once-in-a-generation plague and a severe economic recession, cleaning up Ajit Pai’s FCC is a necessary early step for the Biden administration to get the country back on track. On Wednesday, that effort encountered a setback. At a hearing for the Senate Commerce Committee, members voted 14-12 along party lines to advance the nomination of Nathan Simington to become an FCC commissioner. The last-minute nomination of Simington by President Trump was rammed through after the re-nomination of Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly was abruptly pulled in August.

Illustration for article titled Republican Plan to Keep the Internet Screwed Under Biden Moves Ahead

The FCC is typically controlled by the party that occupies the White House. Regulations dictate that no more than three members of the panel can be

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Traditional vs Local SEO Strategy: Let’s Compare

Everyone is staying a bit more local this year and tech trends are reacting in the way of growth of local SEO. By localizing and leveraging SEO strategy towards a specific audience surrounding a business, brands are able to tune into the community conversation and build more personal relationships with the individuals that invest in them.

Understanding [Local] SEO Strategy

A successful traditional SEO strategy begins with targeted keywords. SEO experts then write cont

ent to encompass these results. The key here is to make sure that while keywords are incorporated into pages, the content is strong enough to stand alone and provide genuine information to users.

Not to mention, traditional SEO has a whole other side: technical SEO. But that’s another story.

The primary goal of traditional SEO strategies is to appear at the top of search engine result pages (SERPs). This is achieved by targeted keyword research and

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Google AI is now piloting Loon’s internet-beaming balloons

Alphabet’s Loon has shifted to a different type of navigation system for its internet-beaming balloons. Rather than relying on algorithms designed by humans, the balloons are using an artificial intelligence system Loon developed with Google AI over the last few years. 

a person flying through the air on top of a mountain: Loon balloon in flight

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Loon balloon in flight

A reinforcement learning (RL) system is now in charge of navigation for a fleet of balloons over Kenya, where Loon switched on its first commercial service earlier this year. Loon says this is the first use of an RL model in “a production aerospace system.” It also noted the “development is exciting because it shows that reinforcement learning can be applied to real-world use cases.” RL systems have previously figured out how to beat top Go and Dota 2 players.

Loon’s AI can figure out the optimal route for balloons significantly faster than the previous navigation system. It does so with more efficiency

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A Celebration of the End of 2020

The Tank Announces Programming for WINTRY MIX: A Celebration of the End of 2020

The Tank has announced The Tank’s Wintry Mix, a celebration of the end of 2020. The Tank’s Wintry Mix will be a month of virtual programming about the upcoming strange holiday season, highlighting new work from emerging artists that is multigenerational, examining evolving definitions of home due to the current moment, and offering warmth at the end of a grueling year. The Tank’s Wintry Mix will run December 4-23, 2020 on CyberTank. For more information visit

The Tank’s Wintry Mix will include the following programming. All shows are ticketed with pay-what-you-can tiered levels:


A new pop-electronica choral experience (with hot chocolate recipe)

By Stephanie Singer

Friday December 4 at 8PM EST

Tickets: $5, $10, $25

Board this New Symmetry flight and travel through the unstable terrain of an emotional landscape as formed by PTSD. Composed & recorded by Stephanie Singer during her residency in Russia in March

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Town Of North Hempstead’s Project Independence Gets New Website

TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD, NY — The Town of North Hempstead recently unveiled a revamped website for Project Independence that officials hope will make it easier to use for older adults.

The overhauled Project Independence website now features:

  • New graphics and design
  • News and updates section with newsletters, email newsletters, calendars, and articles
  • Links to virtual exercise classes
  • Links to listen to the live “PI and You” radio show, access archived shows, and Zoom recordings
  • Informational brochures and transportation brochures in different languages, including English, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, Creole and Farsi

“We hope these new updates will help make the website more user friendly and intuitive,” Supervisor Judi Bosworth said in a statement. “Our website has all the latest updates including our virtual classes, exercise programs for seniors, newsletters, and more.”

Project Independence was created in 2009 as an aging-in-place program for nearly 60,000 residents over 60. It has answered

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