Category: Business

Opinion: Bot or not: The public deserves to know

The dawn of social media has created immense change in the lives of people all over the world – for better and, sometimes, for worse. Since the emergence of sites like Facebook and Twitter, Silicon Valley has experienced an explosion of progress and technological advancements, and in the meantime has expanded their influence in ways they could have never imagined,…

Venerable Hastings Racecourse spruces up for another season of horse racing

A mid-February cold snap dealt Hastings Racecourse a last-minute scramble to stage a full opening weekend of horse racing at the venerable park, but general manager Darren MacDonald said they’ll managed to do it just the same. “We had a little stretch (in February) where we had to close the track for eight days,” MacDonald said, which put the training…

First Nations court challenges continue to hang over $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

First Nations court challenges that allege inadequate consultation and seek to overturn federal and B.C. approval of the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion have been overshadowed by recent debate on federal and provincial powers to regulate oil transport. But legal experts say the First Nations cases have real implications that should not be overlooked or forgotten. When the Federal…

Foundation official resigns amid sexual harassment allegations

The senior official at the center of sexual harassment allegations that have rocked one of the world’s biggest philanthropic organizations resigned her position, the organization said Thursday. “Mari Ellen Loijens has resigned from Silicon Valley Community Foundation,” spokeswoman Sue McAllister said Thursday afternoon. “The investigation into alleged incidents of misconduct will continue, and at the conclusion of that investigation SVCF…

H-1B visa: Group sues federal government for data on workers, companies using the flashpoint work permit

A group dedicated to cutting the number of immigrants to the U.S. has sued the federal government, demanding information about companies and workers using the controversial H-1B visa. The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) claims that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration has refused to provide the data as required under federal access-to-information law. The lawsuit was filed by a FAIR…

Report: Wells Fargo faces $1 billion fine

SAN FRANCISCO — Wells Fargo is being targeted for a $1 billion fine from a federal agency for alleged dealings, including forcing people to buy insurance they didn’t need, according to a report from the New York Times. Wells Fargo has stumbled into hot water on an array of fronts in recent years, including a scandal that erupted in 2016…

Qualcomm job cuts could hit San Jose, Santa Clara

Job cuts are coming to communications chipmaker Qualcomm, and it’s possible some Bay Area workers could soon be out of work. Qualcomm confirmed the job cuts, but not reports that it will shed 1,500 jobs in California. San Diego-based Qualcomm has approximately 34,000 employees worldwide and offices in San Jose and Santa Clara. The California job cuts are part of…