From down deep to up high

Mining choir serenades Atlantic plane passengers
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/02/2018
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Passengers on a recent flight to the Maritimes were treated to an impromptu music performance by a local coal miners’ choir. Credit: Skryl Sergey (Shutterstock)

HALIFAX — Instead of the whining cry of a small child or noisy chatter of a sports team, passengers on a recent flight to the Maritimes were treated to an impromptu music performance by a local coal miners’ choir. The WestJet flight was heading to Halifax when a flight attendant noticed a large group of men sitting in several rows at the rear of the plane wearing black shirts and baseball caps. The retired miners, known as the Men of the Deeps, were then asked by an airline employee, Lisa Belisle, if they could give passengers “a little peek of their tour,” while passengers were advised to open their ears and enjoy, according to the Canadian Press. The group of men then sang the song “Dust in the Air,” with Belisle later posting a video of the performance on her Facebook page. By mid-December, it had more than 220,000 views.

Prying into payroll

BURY, U.K. — An unhappy hospital employee who hacked into her employer’s payroll records was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison in the United Kingdom recently. Financial administrator Karen Enabofio accessed restricted data to find out about her colleagues’ wages at Cygnet Hospital in Bury, along with patient information. But the employer only discovered the 2015 breach in December when Enabofio quit her job after three years, according to the Daily Mail. After she deleted her work files and financial documents, IT restored the deleted files, including Enabofio’s emails. There they found attachments containing the privileged information. But a judge accepted that the employee had not hacked the system for her financial gain, but rather to “put her mind at rest” because she had a grievance with pay and lack of promotion.