Monday, September 18, 2017

Google ‘segregates’ women into lower-paying jobs, stifling careers, lawsuit says

Three former female employees filed a class action lawsuit against Google. It alleges that the company pays women less than men for similar work. Claim says equally qualified women are placed into lower level jobs and are less likely to get promoted, even if they have great performance reviews. Google’s saying “erroneous, erroneous on all counts”. Why does this sound familiar? Because the US Labor Department has been looking into this for a while.And because of that time a male former Google engineer argued there are fewer women in tech due to “biological differences.” Lately it seems that Silicon Valley is known for creating some of the world’s most innovative and profitable companies. It’s also known for not playing fair with women and minorities. (The Guardian)


Cuba mystery grows: New details on what befell US diplomats

The feds are still trying to figure out why a bunch of US diplomats in Cuba lost their hearing in the past year. Last month, it came out that at least 10 State Dept employees suffered from sonic attacks while working in Havana. The State Dept says the attacks started late last year and happened over several months, leading to everything from nausea to hearing loss. Now, some diplomats reportedly have even more serious health problems, like concussions, which aren’t usually linked to sound. So officials are still scratching their heads over what’s causing all this. (AP News)


N.H. Officials Investigating Attack on Boy as Possible Hate Crime

A New Hampshire Police Department have opened a hate crime investigation after an attack on an eight-year-old biracial boy. Last month, the boy was playing outside when a group of teenagers allegedly started harassing him. The boy’s family says the teens wrapped a tire swing rope around his neck and pushed him off a picnic table, leaving him dangling. He broke loose and is expected to be OK. His family says this was an attempted lynching. Now, the police are looking into it. (NBC News)


As Kids Are Back In School, Are Parents Ready To Serve As Homework Helpers?

Emerson recently released its third annual survey on American attitudes toward Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Survey results show that, even as STEM education continues to make headlines, many Americans still don’t feel confident—or, in many cases, interested—in flexing their STEM muscles. Just 5 out of 10 parents feel very capable helping their child with math homework. That number drops to 4 out of 10 when science homework is in the backpack. Interest in math doesn’t improve when parents are the problem-solvers: Nearly 9 out of 10 adults (85 percent) would choose an unpleasant household task like doing laundry over solving a math problem. In addition to a need to boost awareness of STEM education’s impact, the survey shows a significant generational gap in knowledge of what it means to work in STEM. Twice as many Millennials as Baby Boomers (51 percent compared to just 26 percent) say they have a good understanding of the types of jobs available in STEM. The survey highlights a continued and increased need to focus: Men surveyed were twice as likely to currently work in a STEM field as women. Even as people see opportunities to learn more about STEM careers, many recognize the benefits that such a career could bring. One out of three surveyed cited “chance to make a difference in the world” and “thinking creatively” as top reasons they would consider a career in STEM. (Emerson)


Contract work is on the rise

Although no one knows exactly how many US workers operate as contractors (some estimate as many as 20 million people), MBO Partners predicts that nearly 50% of the private workforce will have worked as a contractor or temporary employee within the next four years. For companies, hiring contractors is an enticing prospect: It can mean lower costs, more flexibility and fewer management headaches. But it’s not always rewarding for workers — they miss out on benefits like sick days, opportunities for career advancement, or even being allowed to use the company gym. (Wall Street Journal)


The FTC is opening an investigation into Equifax 

Equifax disclosed recently that personal information of 143 million Americans had been compromised in a massive hack. “The FTC typically does not comment on ongoing investigations,” according to spokesman Peter Kaplan. “However, in light of the intense public interest and the potential impact of this matter, I can confirm that FTC staff is investigating the Equifax data breach.” Equifax CEO Richard Smith is expected to testify early next month at the first congressional hearing focused on the cyber breach. (Reuters)


Cassini, NASA’s 13-year Saturn mission, has ended

“Contact has been lost with the Cassini spacecraft after it completed a “death dive” into the upper atmosphere of Saturn and transmitted its final signal”, according to NASA. The unmanned spacecraft Cassini made its final orbit around Saturn Thursday (9/14) and then deliberately turned and made a suicide plunge, burning up early last Friday morning (9/15) in Saturn’s atmosphere. The spacecraft deliberately sank into Saturn’s upper atmosphere at a high speed and plunged itself into the planet just after 6:30 a.m. ET Friday. Given the amount of time it takes signals to reach Earth, the final signal and last bits of data reached the Deep Space Network’s Canberra Station in Australia about an hour and a half later. NASA confirmed the spacecraft’s demise at 7:55 a.m. ET, as predicted. For about a minute, Cassini was able to transmit new data about the planet’s composition as long as its antenna remained pointed toward Earth, with the assist from small thrusters. Then, the spacecraft burned and disintegrated due to the heat and high pressure of the hostile atmosphere. It became part of the planet it set out to explore. (CNN)


This Monday brings us:

*Air Force Birthday 
*Chiropractic Founders Day 
*Hug A Greeting Card Writer Day 
*National Ceiling Fan Day 
*National Cheeseburger Day
*National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
*National Respect Day 
*Respect for The Aged Day  (3rd Monday)
*World Goat Day 
*World Water Monitoring Day 

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