Jayme Deerwester USA TODAY Published 10:21 AM EST Nov 29, 2018 Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of "Today" anchor Matt Lauer's firing over what NBC deemed "inappropriate sexual behavior," which, along with the ouster of "CBS This Morning" host Charlie Rose, set off seismic shifts in the TV news world. But former NBC News reporter Linda Vester, who made her own accusations against ex "Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw in April, says nothing has changed. If anything, she told Variety, “The women who speak to me say the climate of fear is worse than ever, the silencing is worse than ever.” Vester, who worked as a reporter and anchor for NBC and MSNBC in the mid-'90s, marked the anniversary of Lauer's fall from grace by buying an ad in Thursday's New York Times that calls on the network's board of director's to end the practice of non-disclosure agreements and forced arbitration in cases involving sexual harassment. "The reason I can speak is I’m not … [Read more...] about Matt Lauer Today firing one year later: Has anything changed at NBC?
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South African track star Caster Semenya can add LeBron James to the list of admirers ahead of her showdown with the international track and field governing body. James watched the world and Olympic 800-meter champion win a race last month in Berlin. She's his fan, and they're both Nike-sponsored athletes. "You know, in American language they say 'you're dope,'" said a smiling Semenya, who wore James' white and gold Nike shoes with a lion head on the back. "He told me to keep on working hard, I'm a special kid. I was deeply touched." James is just one of Semenya's global fans, supporting a fight against world track officials that's dragged on nearly a decade. The IAAF wants to limit the eligibility of female middle-distance runners who have naturally high levels of testosterone . Semenya — who has not often spoken openly about the challenges — is taking control of her message, joining Nike sponsored-athletes like James, Colin Kaepernick and Simone Biles in a … [Read more...] about Track star Caster Semenya adds fans as testosterone battle drags
Every day, tens of thousands of people stream into Google offices wearing red or green name badges. They eat in Google’s cafeterias, ride its commuter shuttles and work alongside its celebrated geeks. But they can’t access all of the company’s celebrated perks. They aren’t entitled to stock and can’t enter certain offices. Many don’t have health insurance. Before each weekly Google all-hands meeting, trays of hors d’oeuvres and, sometimes, kegs of beer are carted into an auditorium and satellite offices around the globe for employees, who wear white badges. Those without white badges are asked to return to their desks.Google’s Alphabet Inc. employs hordes of these red- and green-badged contract workers in addition to its full-fledged staff. They serve meals and clean offices. They write code, handle sales calls, recruit staff, screen YouTube videos, test self-driving cars and even manage entire teams – a sea of skilled laborers that … [Read more...] about Inside Google’s Shadow Workforce
Richard Wolf USA TODAY Published 3:02 p.m. UTC Jun 27, 2018 WASHINGTON — A deeply divided Supreme Court dealt a major blow to the nation's public employee unions Wednesday that likely will result in a loss of money, members and political muscle. After three efforts in 2012, 2014 and 2016 fell short, the court's conservative majority ruled 5-4 that unions cannot collect fees from non-members to help defray the costs of collective bargaining. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the decision, with dissents from Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. About 5 million workers could be affected by the decision overruling the court's 1977 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education — those who pay dues or "fair-share" fees to unions in 22 states where public employees can be forced to contribute. Workers in 28 states already cannot be forced to join or pay unions. "We recognize that the loss of payments from … [Read more...] about Supreme Court deals major financial blow to nation’s public employee unions
The path to ending the custody dispute between the National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. and Singapore Exchange Ltd. passes through a parable involving three kids and a flute.A minor domestic quarrel has turned into a major court battle over who gets to trade the benchmark Indian index.The Indian side wants exclusive rights over the Nifty 50. Singapore, where a dollar version of the gauge has changed hands for 18 years under a license, isn’t ready to lose the privilege, or profit. A judge in Mumbai recently ordered the partners to stay married at least for the rest of this year while an arbitrator tries to find a solution. This is a chance both parties should grab to prevent a messy, expensive divorce.To begin with, Singapore should drop its plan to launch a Nifty clone. Yes, it was forced to come up with an alternative after the NSE abruptly decided to stop … [Read more...] about Three Kids and a Flute. How India, Singapore Can End Index Feud