By Jack Lakey The Fixer Mon., May 13, 2019 When a Toronto Hydro contractor pulls the plug on work requiring power to be turned off all day at apartment buildings and a daycare, should residents be notified? Of course, but that didn’t happen on March 28, when residents at eight buildings on Cosburn and Donlands Aves. fled their homes, believing they’d have no power — and in some cases heat — and that elevators wouldn’t work. We got several notes from a resident of one of the buildings, saying that when the work was cancelled, tenants and building management should have been told as soon as possible. Instead, they expected the power to also be off the next day; a notice from the contractor delivered to every unit stated that if the work could not take place on March 28, it would be rescheduled for the following day. That didn’t happen, either. So many residents spent a second day out of their apartments, not knowing that they … [Read more...] about Toronto Hydro drops the ball on customer communications
The people of Sipirok district in North Sumatra rely heavily on the local traditional textile industry to support community welfare and improve lives. Twenty-six-year-old Anwar Saleh Nasution, an estate worker turned craftsman, has made a fortune through his thriving ulos (handwoven Batak textile) business in Padang Bujur village, located in Sipirok district of South Tapanuli, North Sumatra. Anwar says he enjoys running the business he set up six years ago, as well as his many customers, most of who purchase ulos and songket (brocaded textile) to wear in traditional attire. Anwar sells ulos for Rp 250,000 (US$17.5) per piece, and songket for Rp 500,000 to Rp 5.5 million per piece. Quality tradition: A weaver uses a traditional floor loom to make 'ulos'. (JP/Apriadi Gunawan) The higher price for the so... Log in with your social account … [Read more...] about ‘Ulos’ textiles weave future for Sipirok communities
While results were relatively consistent across ages, almost three-quarters (74 per cent) of 46-55 year olds believe most strongly that this is needed, followed by millennials at 71 per cent. The views expressed by travellers across the world are timely, considering the special report that the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued in 2018. The report warned that the world has just over a decade to restrict global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, beyond which the risk of floods, droughts and extreme heat will significantly worsen. Eco-mmodation Consistent with overall intentions to make more sustainable travel choices, sustainable stays are growing in popularity, with almost three-quarters (73 per cent) of global travellers intending to stay at least once in an “eco-friendly” or “green” accommodation when looking at the year ahead. This is the fourth consecutive year that Booking.com research has seen … [Read more...] about Push for sustainable travel to save the planet
The beautiful, sun-kissed islands of our tourism paradise of the Philippines have the mixed blessings of abundant natural resources, fertile volcanic soil and also lots of natural disasters once in a while, such as earthquakes, volcanoes erupting, typhoons, and others. How can businesses — most especially the numerous micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) — be prepared for any natural or manmade disasters? How can small enterprises and professionals survive calamities and accidents? The following is not based just on textbook research or interviews, but I personally suffered a destructive accidental fire in one of my businesses and it was caused by the fire from a next-door neighbor’s business (which had mysteriously been allowed to operate by the fire department without any fire extinguishers, while my staff had to use up to 13 units of 10-kilo and 20-kilo fire extinguishers). Here are suggestions for all of us: Review and be sure to update your … [Read more...] about How can small businesses & professionals prepare for disasters?
Issues on common tower policy remain unresolved Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star) - April 29, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Issues surrounding the common tower policy remain unresolved, which continues to delay the release of the draft. “We are still finalizing the policy on common towers as there are still issues not yet resolved,” Information and Communications Technology Secretary Eliseo Rio told The STAR over the weekend. Rio earlier said the policy, rules, and regulations on common and shared infrastructure in the public telecommunications market could released within the week. A draft common tower policy presented by the DICT, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and presidential adviser for ICT Ramon Jacinto to stakeholders in September last year contained provisions that were opposed by foreign tower companies, PLDT and Globe, as well as the Philippine Competition Commission … [Read more...] about Issues on common tower policy remain unresolved