News With Ed -- May 10, 2016
Alberta fires may impact Canada’s oil economy
Canadian officials say they have started to control the country’s wildfire in Alberta, following the evacuation of 88,000 people. On the bright side, changing winds have diverted the flames from the oil-boom town of Fort McMurray after oil production from the area was cut in half by the blaze, possibly impacting the market. For more on that, ‘News With Ed’ is joined by Bart Chilton, former commissioner of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Inmates pay $1 a minute for slow & glitchy Skype-like service
A new trend is sweeping the nation’s prisons: video visitation. The digital meetings allow inmates to talk to friends and families online while technology companies rake in millions. It may sound like a win-win, but inmates get slow service with many glitches at the average price of $1 a minute, and worry that the practice will phase out in-person visits. Their fears may come true, as county jails receive incentives to buy the software through commissions guaranteed in their contract, RT America’s Brigida Santos reports.