New details have emerged in the resignation of Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin as CEO and president, respectively, at parent-company Alphabet, shedding light on their gradual but inexorable slide away from management. Page, who stepped down on Tuesday, has not spoken publicly since his brief remarks at an awkward summit of tech CEOs at Trump Tower in December 2016, a month after the presidential election. 'Really glad to be here,' Page, now 46, said at the event in a wispy voice, which was difficult to hear over the clacking of camera shutters. Page also stated, incorrectly, that Google was the youngest company represented in the room. (PayPal was founded two months later, in December 1998.) For years, Page struggled with a rare and mysterious vocal chord paralysis that made it difficult for him to speak at times, a condition which he revealed in a 2013 blog post that has since been deleted. In private meetings, he sometimes used an electronic speaker to … [Read more...] about Google co-founder Larry Page was ‘fed up’ with entitled engineers, tried to get replaced as CEO for years because he hated mundane corporate tasks, and hadn’t spoken in public for three years when he stepped down
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Email By Jacqueline Breen and Kate Ashton Updated December 05, 2019 19:04:59 Photo: Underpayments to employees such as nurses, police and teachers averaged about $350 per person, excluding interest. (ABC News) Related Story: NT budget deficit set to grow higher than predicted over the next four years Related Story: NT Treasurer defends spending $170m in new policy changes after budget blowout Related Story: Why is the Northern Territory in so much debt? Map: Darwin 0800 The Northern Territory Government will have to pay millions in unpaid superannuation to thousands of public servants, while clawing back accidental overpayments to other highly paid staffers and more than a dozen members of Parliament. Key points:More than 50,000 current and former public servants were underpaid an average of $350 per personThe NT Government said the problem was picked up after a clarification issued by the ATO this yearThe public employment commissioner said workers would be repaid … [Read more...] about NT politicians overpaid, public servants ripped off in superannuation bungle
Tuesday’s attacks in Brussels are further evidence of Islamic State’s determination to bring murder and mayhem to our cities and communities. The choice of such soft targets displays the sickening ideology of these extremists – people who rejoice in killing families about to go on holiday and commuters on their way to work. Brussels, like Paris, Madrid and London, will recover. The people of that great city will refuse to be cowed and we should stand with them. After the first bomb exploded, only a few minutes elapsed before campaigners began to speculate on the implications for Britain’s referendum on staying in the EU, some arguing that this terrorism was proof that we needed to leave. Human tragedy should not be turned into political football. The security issues are so important, however, that the arguments merit examination – which I shall make as fair-mindedly as I can. I do not join those who argue that were the UK to leave the EU, we would be … [Read more...] about Richard Dearlove is very wrong: leaving the EU would weaken British security
Source: (c) Bialasiewicz/fotosearch In my recent blogpost entitled "Parental Alienation: What Is It? Who Does It?" I mentioned that in my clinical practice, I recently have had a run on cases of parental alienation syndrome. A common theme has emerged: the lack of support or justice that these individuals receive from family courts. When one parent turns his or her children against the other parent via negative innuendos, false accusations, and more, the children (as well as the alienated parent) suffer. However, forensic psychologists appointed by courts, parenting coordinators, family law attorneys, and judges tend to be insufficiently informed—and often even misinformed—about parent alienation. Unfortunately, when professionals who are dealing with these issues in the courts and social services do not understand the situation, they can add to the harm being done by the alienating parent. Progress Miscarriages of justice within the family law system … [Read more...] about Parental Alienation: What Can an Alienated Parent Do?
Lev Grossman’s 2009 bestseller The Magicians had one irresistible hook buried inside another. The book was tagged as “Harry Potter for grown-ups”—a young man goes to a school for magic and discovers a wondrous hidden world. But Grossman’s real trick was using familiar fantasy-novel trappings to write literary fiction. Unlike Harry, Quentin Coldwater starts out as a college student, allowing Grossman to deal with sex, existential dread, and onrushing adulthood in ways a typical fantasy saga couldn’t. Magic isn’t as simple as shouting a few faux-Latin words and waving a wand; it’s treated here as a high-level academic discipline, and we get to see the characters put real effort into it. Grossman tells exciting fantasy adventures, but at the same time deconstructs the fantasy, as his characters discover that even magical wish-fulfillment is no guarantee of happiness, and even a job casting spells in a magical land is still work. … [Read more...] about Lev Grossman’s trilogy topper