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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COVID-19 Is No Excuse For An Assault On Intellectual Property

Since this country’s founding, the United States
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has maintained strong protections for intellectual property. The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power “to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”

Unfortunately, a few members of Congress are proposing to slow that progress by launching a broadside against intellectual property protections. And they’re trying to use the COVID-19 pandemic to justify their actions.

At issue are the rules governing who can repair advanced medical equipment. Right now, the companies that develop and make things like MRI machines and ventilators are often the only firms that can service them.

That makes some degree of sense. Manufacturers have invested time and money researching how to build advanced medical devices. To protect that investment, they’ve secured patents for many of the constituent parts

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Apple dedicates 100% of Product Red eligible proceeds to COVID-19 relief through next June

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Head to the Apple homepage today, and you’ll notice a whole lot of the color red. The tech giant is promoting its Product (Red) line of gadgets and expanding its partnership with the Red nonprofit. From now through June 30, 2021, all eligible proceeds from the line will go to The Global Fund’s COVID-19 response. Additionally, Apple will shave $1 off of every purchase made through Dec. 7 either with Apple Pay, on apple.com, in the Apple App Store or at a physical Apple Store to give to the same cause.

The Product (Red) line includes an iPhone 12, an iPhone 12 Mini and an Apple Watch Series 6, among others. Each device features a stark red design that may be familiar from earlier collaborations. Apple has worked with the Red nonprofit since 2006 to combat HIV/AIDS in vulnerable regions on the African continent. This year, Apple redirected

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The surprising way covid-19 may be affecting scented candle reviews

“There are angry ladies all over Yankee Candle’s site reporting that none of the candles they just got had any smell at all,” she wrote on Twitter last week. “I wonder if they’re feeling a little hot and nothing has much taste for the last couple days too,” she added, a nod to other common coronavirus symptoms.

Nelson’s observation, which generated thousands of retweets and likes on the social media site, read like the punchline of a late-night joke. But it caught the attention of Kate Petrova, a research assistant with the Harvard Study of Adult Development at Bryn Mawr College, who decided to test the hypothesis by scraping roughly 20,000 reviews of the most popular scented and unscented candles on Amazon.

“It is rare, at least in my line of work, to stumble upon an anecdotal observation that can be examined using such vast amounts of easily accessible

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Ufovax Extends Its Intellectual Property Portfolio to Include a Patent Covering the Design of an Optimized Antigen For COVID-19

Ufovax, LLC, (Ufovax), a vaccine biotechnology company based on the Single-component Self-Assembling protein NanoParticle (1c-SApNP) vaccine design and manufacturing platform invented by Associate Professor Jiang Zhu, PhD, of Scripps Research (La Jolla, CA), has extended its intellectual property portfolio to include an exclusive global license to a patent covering the design of an optimized antigen for SARS-CoV-2 (aka “COVID-19”). The patent, entitled Stabilized Coronavirus Spike (S) Protein Immunogens and Related Vaccines, was filed by Scripps Research on June 29th of this year and was allowed by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) on Nov 24, 2020.

Described earlier this year in a submission available on the bioRxiv preprint server, a systematic study of five antigen designs was completed along with evaluation of vaccine response in mice. Using the popular S2P mutation of the Spike alone, the optimized spike antigen design (S2GΔHR2) alone and the

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Social media must prepare for flood of Covid-19 vaccine misinformation

Nearly two years ago, public health experts blamed social media platforms for contributing to a measles outbreak by allowing false claims about the risks of vaccines to spread.



Moderna says it will ask US and European regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection.


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Moderna says it will ask US and European regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection.

Facebook pledged to take tougher action on anti-vaccine misinformation, including making it less prominent in the news feed and not recommending related groups. But shortly after, Facebook-owned Instagram continued to serve up posts from anti-vaccine accounts and hashtags to anyone searching for the word “vaccines.” Despite actions against anti-vaccine content since then — some as recent as last month — Facebook has failed to totally quash the movement on its platforms.

Now, with Covid-19 vaccines potentially making their way to some Americans as soon as this month, the tech companies will

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GoodFirms Discloses Trustworthy Mobile App Development Companies for Business During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the necessity for digital transformation. These days, mobile apps have been increasing and demanding for apps like shopping, entertaining, socializing gaming, and many more. The behavior of mobile users is indicating a shift in how they are interacting with their favorite brands.

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Therefore, various industries that were not leveraging mobile apps are now considering to build an app for their business. It is also helping the varied sectors of enterprises solve the specific challenges they face because of the worldwide health crisis. The apps have given enterprises new opportunities to make new revenue streams and deliver value-added services to customers.

As the demand has increased for creating sorts of mobile apps like ecommerce, enterprise, healthcare, education, financial, social, entertainment, game, and much more, several service providers in the market claim to be the best. Thus to help the

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Facebook to show ‘authoritative’ info on Covid-19 vaccines

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday said the social media company plans to provide users with authoritative information about the Covid-19 vaccines that are in development.

Facebook has already reached out to the incoming Biden administration to help with the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Zuckerberg said.

“There’ll be a few important things that we can do together,” he said. “We’re already planning a push around authoritative information about the vaccines.”

Zuckerberg did not provide any additional information about how the company plans to distribute this information to users. The company also did not add anything when reached for comment.

Although Zuckerberg in May said social media companies should not be the

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The impact of COVID-19 on Indoor Location Software Market 2026 Global Size, Key Companies, Trends, Growth and Regional Forecasts Research

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Nov 30, 2020 (The Expresswire) —
The Indoor Location Software market report provides a detailed analysis of global market size, regional and country-level market size, segmentation market growth, market share, competitive Landscape, sales analysis, impact of domestic and global market players, value chain optimization, trade regulations, recent developments, opportunities analysis, strategic market growth analysis, product launches, area marketplace expanding, and technological innovations.

A comprehensive estimate on the Indoor Location Software market has been provided through an optimistic scenario as well as a conservative scenario, taking into account the sales of Indoor Location Software during the forecast period. Price point comparison by region with global average price is also considered in the study.

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Summary of Indoor Location Software Market:

The global Indoor Location Software market size is expected to gain

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Global Pharmacy Software Market 2020 Key Players, SWOT Analysis, Key Indicators, Forecast and COVID-19 Impact Analysis 2026

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Nov 29, 2020 (CDN Newswire via Comtex) —
The latest market research report titled Global Pharmacy Software Market 2020 by Company, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2026 reveals the overview of the global industry, encompassing the latest industry data and industry future trends, allowing you to identify the products and end users responsible for market revenue growth. The report covers the past year as a reference for the period between 2020 and 2026 as the forecast period. The report scrutinizes the business current situation, regional analysis insights, key player profiles, global market share, and forecast up to 2026. The study focuses on the strategies adopted by the key players, challenges, and threats as well as advancements in the global Pharmacy Software industry. The report offers a thorough overview of the number of significant segments.

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