Giuliani making Valley area a home base for campaign

first_imgAlso last week, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made waves at the state GOP convention when he said California’s Republican Party was “dying at the box office” and needed to embrace a more moderate platform to lure independent voters. DuHaime wouldn’t comment on what Schwarzenegger’s remarks meant for Giuliani – decidedly the moderate in the current crop of Republican 2008 hopefuls – but said Giuliani had the ability to reach out to moderates and conservative Democrats. “Giuliani is the only candidate that makes California competitive for Republicans,” DuHaime said. In regards to courting the growing Latino voting bloc, DuHaime said Giuliani would be able to reach across demographic lines with ease, without singling out any groups. “Rudy doesn’t have a special message for any group,” he said. DuHaime said Giuliani would be stressing homeland security and the economy when talking with Californians. On the issue of immigration, DuHaime said Giuliani envisions a border security plan similar to the CompStat system launched at the New York Police Department under current LAPD Chief William Bratton. “When (Giuliani) says he can end illegal immigration, he can do it,” DuHaime said. Giuliani took heat from Republican rivals last week when he told talk-show host Glenn Beck that illegal immigration is “not a crime.” GLENDALE – Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani became the first 2008 candidate to make the Valley area a home base for his statewide campaign when staff officially opened his office Wednesday. Giuliani’s national campaign manager, Mike DuHaime, came to the Southland to greet supporters at the official opening of the Giuliani Campaign California Headquarters at 300 W. Glenoaks Blvd. in Glendale. In an interview with the Daily News, DuHaime said Glendale was selected for being an “area with a high concentration of support” for Giuliani. DuHaime was optimistic about Giuliani’s chances both in Los Angeles and statewide, citing polls that have showed the former New York mayor leading other GOP candidates by a wide margin. An Aug. 16 Field Poll of likely Republican primary voters in California showed Giuliani leading the pack with 35 percent, followed by 14 percent for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and 13 percent for actor and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, who formally announced his candidacy on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” last week. “We couldn’t prosecute 12 million people,” the former mayor said, later adding, “My solution is close the border to illegal immigration.” DuHaime added that the campaign was pleased that California’s early primaries will give the state greater say in the nominating process, characterizing the Feb. 5 vote as “good for us, good for California.” Giuliani’s Sept. 27 appearance at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds’ Poppy Pavilion will mark his 10th campaign visit to the state. bridget.johnson@dailynews.com (818) 713-3702160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Deadline for XAT 2018 extended: Apply now at xatonline.in

first_imgThe online registration process for the Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2018 has been extended till December 15.Interested candidates can apply for the same on the official website, the link for which is xatonline.in Earlier, the last date to apply for the same was November 30, 2017.The exam is scheduled to be conducted by Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) on January 7, 2018 from 10 am to 1:35 pm.How to apply for XAT 2018:1. Go to the official website, xatonline.in2. Click on the tab to “register online”3. Fill in your details in the space provided4. Upload the required photograph and signature5. Click to submitNote: All the candidates are advised to take print out of the same for future use.”If you do not receive the registration confirmation mail, with your XAT ID and Password, within 24 hours of signing up, please check your spam/junk folder just in case the confirmation email got delivered there instead of your inbox. If you are unable to locate the email, please write to admissions@xatonline.in citing your primary email id,” official statement read.Educational qualification:The candidates should have acquired a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised university or institute. Those in the final year of graduation are also eligible to apply.Interested NRI and foreign candidates may apply through GMAT score (except Dubai and Kathmandu wherein candidates also have an option of appearing for XAT 2018).Application fee:The cost of the form is Rs 1,650 and Rs 300 per XLRI course. Those who submit forms, late fees charges will be levied on them which is Rs 2,000 cost of the form and Rs 500 per XLRI course.advertisementFor the very first time, XAT 2018 will be conducted online.There will be two parts:Part I: A total of 72 questions will be asked in the three sections — A, B and C with 24, 21 and 27 questions respectively. The first three sections should be ideally completed in 170 minutes.Part II: About 25 questions on General Knowledge will be asked along with an essay.About the exam:XLRI conducts XAT on behalf of the XAMI. For more than 60 years, XLRI is conducting XAT at an all India level to select the most appropriate students for management education. The XAT score is being used by more than 100 institutes for the admission process.For any query, all the candidates need to check the official website of XAT 2018.Read: Supreme Court directs UP to promote mainstream education for specially abled childrenRead: Sports enthusiasts in schools to get financial aid by Delhi governmentFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

LivebloggingTweeting the 2011 Ellies

first_img@foliomag.com: The 2011 National Magazine Awards begin. Press seating redefines “elbow room.” Fortunately I have six years of Krav Maga. @foliomag.com: First-time nominee Women’s Health wins General Excellence, fashion, service, lifestyle. Follows up on Men’s Health’s win for General Excellence last year.@foliomag.com: Los Angeles wins for Best Feature Writing. Editor Mary Melton: “It’s a delight working for a company that appreciates journalism.” Applause.@foliomag.com: ESPN the Magazine win Best Feature Photography for “Bodies We Want.” Go figure. @foliomag.com: Dinner break. What lasts longer, an iMac battery or the National Magazine Awards? @foliomag.com: Attendees wonder–where is rumored host Katie Couric? @foliomag.com: Katie Couric in the house! “You magazine people are really fun.” @foliomag.com: Couric :”There’s nothing I like better at the end of the day than relaxing with my copy of Garden & Gun. Table 33, I’m looking at you.”@foliomag.com: Winner, General Excellence, literary, political, professional: Poetry Magazine @foliomag.com: Excellence in magazine design goes to GQ. Designer Fred Woodward: “I should thank every editor and publisher who let me learn how to do this under their watch.”@foliomag.com: Couric: “No offense, but now I know why none of you guys went into television.” @foliomag.com: Men’s Journal wins Leisure Interests. “Five Meals Every man Should Master.”@foliomag.com: Personal Service category. Random dog returns for second time onstage. Men’s Health wins for “I Want My Prostate Back.”@foliomag.com: General Excellence: Special Interest Magazines: Los Angeles takes top prize again! This coming off big win at last week’s City & Regional Magazine Awards.@foliomag.com: Los Angeles editor Mary Shelton hefts Ellie Award: ‘The real test will be getting this through TSA tomorrow.”@foliomag.com: Public Interest, The New Yorker for “Letting Go.” EIC David Remnick: “There are many ways to have a good day in the mag biz. Ours is to see our app passing ‘Angry Birds’ on iTunes.”@foliomag.com: The New Yorker wins Public Interest category @foliomag.com: News and Documentary Photography: The New York Times Magazine wins for “The Shrine Down the Hall.” EIC Gerald Marzorati–”Really excited.”@foliomag.com: Best Magazine Section goes to New York for “Strategist,” EIC Adam Moss: “A magazine section that’s nearly a magazine itself.”@foliomag.com: Single Topic issue with presenter/magician David Copperfield! National Geographic wins for “Water: Our Thirsty World.”@foliomag.com: General Excellence, Finance, Tech and Lifetsyle: David Copperfield magically opens envelope–Scientific American wins.@foliomag.com: Copperfield: “Best advice I ever had was to move the show along.” No kidding, Dave.@foliomag.com: Jan Wenner to present Tom Wolfe with “Creative Excellence” award. Jan dons whitish suit in tribute.@foliomag.com: Tom Wolfe: “I just hope everyone notices how fabulous Jan looks tonight.”@foliomag.com: The New York Times Magazine wins again, this time in the Profile Writing category for ‘The Man the White House Wakes Up To.” Guessing it’s not Couric. @foliomag.com: Couric’s favorite mag, Garden & Gun, takes General Excellence award in Food, Travel and Design. @foliomag.com: Harper’s Magazine takes the Reporting category with “The Guantanamo Suicides.” @foliomag.com: W, for Best Photography@foliomag.com: New York again, for General Excellence in News, Sports and Entertainment@foliomag.com: And Magazine of the Year goes to…National Geographic! FOLIO: will be there live-tweeting, keeping you posted minute-by-minute. We’ll also be cross-posting our tweets here, so keep refreshing this link as the evening progresses (the awards kick off around 7:45 EST). The consumer magazine elite will gather tonight at 583 Park Avenue for one of the biggest events in publishing–the 46th annual presentation of the American Society of Magazine Editor’s National Magazine Awards (nicknamed the Ellies). In addition to the usual hour-long block of power networking (and power drinking), the sold-out event includes a sit-down dinner for the first time in its history, hosted by ASME. A total of 20 magazines received multiple nominations this year, with Conde Nast leading the pack at 25 (accounting for nearly a quarter of the total nominations–The New Yorker racked up 9 nods on its own). New York, The New York Times Magazine and Virginia Quarterly Review all received six nominations while first-timers include Cooking Light, House Beautiful, Lapham’s Quarterly, OnEarth, The Sun and Women’s Health). Close to 270 magazines submitted a total of 1,673 entries judged by 359 magazine journalists and journalism educators. A full list of finalists is available here. Will Conde Nast dominate the winner’s circle or will some of the first-timers and smaller publications (including 3,000-circ. The Antioch Review) break through? Who will the surprise celebrity presenters be and will author and New Journalism founder Tom Wolfe (who is receiving the Creative Excellence Award tonight) challenge Anna Wintour for sartorial splendor? last_img read more

POLICE LOG for August 24 Motorcycle Crash Package Stolen Speeding on Shawsheen Ave

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, August 24, 2019:A walk-in party reported a stolen package from Grove Avenue. (3:19pm)Police notified DPW to fix flag in veteran’s area of Wildwood Cemetery. (3:22pm)Police came across a mail truck parked roadside without flashing lights on Andover Street. Truck was having mechanical issues and was towed. (3:55pm)A motorcycle was involved in a crash on Boutwell Street. Fire Department transported operator. Motorcycle towed. (5:21pm)A caller reported a black Subaru with a loud exhaust keeps racing in and out of Billerica on Shawsheen Avenue over the past hour. Wilmington Police notified Billerica Police. While in area, Wilmington Police clocked motorcyclists going 67 MPH and contacted Billerica. Wilmington Police were unable to locate Subaru. Police also heard fireworks in the area. (11:51pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 28: OUI Arrest; Trash Truck Fire; Car vs. MotorcycleIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 30: $11.00 Found & Turned In By Good Samaritan; Car vs. Mailbox; Car vs. Brick WallIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Galaxy S10 camera gets Instagram Mode for your selfie sharing

first_imgSamsung announced Instagram Mode on Wednesday. James Martin/CNET Samsung wants to make it easier to share your photos and videos to Instagram. The Korean electronics giant on Wednesday announced Instagram Mode, a feature for the new Galaxy S10’s camera that has direct integration with the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app. The feature lets you use Instagram’s camera filters and access Instagram Stories and stickers. You can also upload your photo or video without leaving the camera app. 1:22 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Samsung Galaxy S10 comes with new Instagram mode Samsung Event Mobile World Congress 2019 Instagram Mode is only available on the Galaxy S10, though, if you already have Instagram downloaded on your phone. “We’ve worked together to rethink the Instagram experience on the S10,” Instagram head Adam Mosseri said at Samsung’s Unpacked event Wednesday in San Francisco. He added that Samsung’s new phone will be “the best way to express yourself on Instagram.” To introduce the feature, Mosseri took a selfie on stage with DJ Koh, president of Samsung’s mobile business. Share your voicecenter_img “Instagram’s mission is to bring you closer to the people and things you love, and we’re always working on new ways for people to express themselves and connect with their friends,” an Instagram spokeswoman said in a statement. “We look forward to seeing what people will share.”Earlier in the presentation, Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold, a phone with a large screen that folds in half to make it more portable. Wednesday’s event marks an important moment for Samsung as it tries to drive more excitement for its products. It’s become harder for manufacturers to cram new innovations into their rectangular slabs of glass each year, but even so prices keep going up. Suffering from both phone fatigue and sticker shock, many of us are hanging onto our devices longer than before. Samsung, Apple and everyone else need to work harder to woo us into spending.Smartphone shipments dropped 5 percent to 376 million units last year, according to Strategy Analytics. Last month, Samsung reported a steep drop in revenue and profits as the sluggish smartphone market took its toll. Most of its businesses, from chips to displays, felt the effects of weaker demand and stiffer competition in the handset sector. Smartphone sales declined, memory chips destined for handsets didn’t sell as well and mobile displays suffered.First published Feb. 20 at 11:53 a.m. PT.Update 12:17 p.m. PT: Adds more detail. Post a comment Mobile Instagram’s Adam Mosseri and Samsung’s DJ Koh test out the S10’s new “Instagram mode” on stage at #Unpacked2019 pic.twitter.com/BOYsTPzJ07— Kaya Yurieff (@kyurieff) February 20, 2019 0 Instagram Samsunglast_img read more

Kalpataru to sell assets worth Rs 3275 crore to CLP India

first_imgRepresentational Image |Reuters fileKalpataru Power Transmission Ltd announced its agreement with CLP India Pvt. Ltd to sell some of its stake for about Rs 3275 crore. The power transmission company said that it has agreed to sell its stake in three power transmission assets to the Honk Kong based electric company.The agreement for selling the stake includes assets of Kalpataru Satpura Transco Pvt. Ltd (KSTPL), Alipurduar Transmission Ltd (ATL) and Kohima Mariani Transmission Ltd (KMTL). The deal also states that the transactions for ATL and KMTL will be confirmed after both the companies agree to certain terms and conditions. The deal needs the approval of the Techno Electric and Engineering Company, holding about 26 percent of the KMTL stake, which is the major reason behind the delay in the transactions. Representational ImageCreative CommonsKalpataru estimates that the debt at the assets during commissioning will be about Rs 2000 crore. In a statement to Live Mint, Manish Mohnot, managing director and CEO of Kalpataru said that the sale of assets will lead to a reduction in their debts and will help the company focus on strategic growth within the core business. He also added that the company will bring sustainable and profitable growth and presently aims at improving the return ratios.”The Indian market is a primary growth market for CLP and CDPQ and the two companies share a vision to invest only in low carbon, clean energy portfolio in India. Entering the transmission sector is a landmark for CLP India,” said Rajiv Mishra to LiveMint. He also said that the acquisition will help the electric company to grow and reach across the country.CLP India is one of the largest investors in the Indian power sector operating sixteen wind energy projects and three solar energy projects across seven states. The company also owns a coal-fired power plant and a gas-based combined cycle power plant in Haryana and Gujarat respectively.last_img read more

Fed Chair Visits Houstons Fifth Ward To Show Support For HarveyRavaged Communities

first_img 00:00 /00:48 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listencenter_img Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell’s visit to Houston’s Fifth Ward on Thursday was meant to be a “listening tour.”He stopped by an affordable housing site, a college prep school and the historic DeLuxe Theater on Lyons Avenue.He then listened to community leaders and asked them questions about the recovery from Harvey.Powell said part of the Fed’s responsibility is defined in the Community Reinvestment Act, which encourages banks to meet the credit needs of lower-income communities.“And we’re only looking to make it more effective,” Powell said. “I know there’s a lot of concern and discomfort in some communities about that, but just know that’s where the Federal Reserve is.”Interest rates are a big concern for many of those who are still rebuilding after Harvey and took out loans. The Fed is expected to raise rates for the fourth time this year – a move for which President Donald Trump has criticized Powell. Abner Fletcher/Houston Public MediaFederal Reserve Bank Chairman Jerome Powell, center, visits with community leaders in the Fifth Ward Thursday, Nov. 15. 2018. last_img read more

MTV Hires Lego Exec Lars Silberbauer as Head of MTV Digital Studios

first_imgMTV has recruited Lars Silberbauer, who previously built up Lego’s global digital-content efforts, as senior VP for Viacom’s MTV Digital Studios.In the newly established role, Silberbauer will oversee creative, development and production for the network’s digital originals and lead MTV’s social channels, including for “Cribs,” “Teen Code” and “TRL.” He is scheduled to relocate from London to New York and begin at Viacom on Nov. 1.Silberbauer will dual-report to Jacqueline Parkes, chief marketing officer and executive VP of digital studios for the MTV, VH1 and Logo Group, and Kelly Day, president of Viacom Digital Studios.“Lars is a proven innovator who reinvented an iconic brand for a new generation by bringing it to life in new, resonant ways across platform,” Parkes said in a prepared statement. “His experience, fresh ideas and dynamic approach make him the perfect person to build on our momentum across platforms, fuel the growth and expansion of the brand, and engage our fans around the world.” At Lego, where he worked for more than seven years, Silberbauer most recently served as senior global director of social media and video. After establishing the toy maker’s digital-content strategy, Lego now has more than 12 million fans on Facebook and its YouTube channel accrues more than 1 billion views annually. In 2014, he launched Lego TV with animated programming in 24 markets.Prior to joining Lego in 2011, Silberbauer worked for 10 years at DR, the Danish Broadcasting Corp., as a strategist bridging the traditional broadcasting business with digital platforms.Silberbauer, in a statement provided by Viacom, said, “MTV has an unparalleled library of great content, a strong bond with viewers, real momentum, and much more – everything you need to empower young people like never before. I am beyond excited to work alongside Jacqueline, Kelly, and the VDS team while taking on this fresh set of challenges.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Pebble Unveils Slimmer Smartwatch

first_imgJanuary 6, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read It’s been a busy year for Pebble Technology, the company behind Pebble, a watch-like device that syncs up with a user’s smartphone and alerts him or her of incoming messages and calls.Last year, Pebble debuted its first smartwatch at the 2014 International CES. This year, it’s back with a premium version: Pebble Steel has the same features as the original Pebble watch (ePaper display, weeklong batter life, waterproof design), but it comes in a smaller, thinner package with a subtler finish (brushed stainless or black matte). At $249, it’s a substantial price jump from Pebble’s original smartwatch, which retails for $150. The watch is available for preorder today (units start shipping Jan. 28).Related: Pebble’s $10 Million Crowdfunding Secret: Keep It SimpleThe company also announced plans to launch a Pebble appstore, which will live within the existing Pebble app on iOS or Android devices. “By the end of January, the Pebble appstore will offer a centralized location for users to discover, manage, and install apps and watchfaces,” the company said in a blog post.Finally, Pebble revealed that ESPN, Mercedes-Benz and Pandora have all created Pebble apps, which will be demoed at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Surprise NPM layoffs raise questions about the company culture

first_imgHeadlines about the recent NPM layoff has raised questions about the company culture and ethics. NPM which stands for Node Package Manager is now being regarded as “Not Politely Managed”. The San Francisco startup, NPM Inc, the company behind the widely used NPM JavaScript package repository, laid off 5 employees in a wrong, unprofessional and unethical manner. The incident stands imperative of the fact that many of us while accepting those lucrative job offers merely ask companies not to be unethical, and seldom expect them to actually be good. Indeed, social psychologist, Roy Baumeister convincingly argues there’s an evolutionary reason to focus more on getting people to avoid bad things than to do good things; among other reasons, humans are hardwired to consider potential threats that could harm us. Bob Sutton, author of fantastic and influential books like Good Boss, Bad Boss and The No Asshole Rule, draws on Baumeister’s work to highlight why it’s so critical to stamp out poorly behaving leaders (and employees) in organizations. Frédéric Harper, a developer advocate who was among those who lost their jobs, posted at length about the situation on Twitter. His concerns, did not come from being laid off. That happens, he said, and will happen again. “It’s the total lack of respect, empathy and professionalism of the process,” he said. In an email to The Register, he said there appeared to be a disconnect between the company’s professed values and its behavior. NPM layoff took its roots under the new leadership The layoffs actually started last summer when the company hired a new CEO, Bryan Bogensberger, to take the company from about $3m in annual revenue to 10x-20x, explained an early NPM employee who spoke with The Register on condition of anonymity. Bogensberger was previously the CEO and co-founder of Inktank, a leading provider of scale-out, open source storage systems that was acquired by Red Hat, Inc. for $175 million in 2014. , He has been running NPM since around July or August 2018, a source explained, but wasn’t actually announced as CEO until January 2019 because his paperwork wasn’t in order. Bryan brought in his own people, displacing longtime NPM staffers. “As he stacked the management ranks with former colleagues from a previous startup, there were unforced errors,” another source explained to the Register. A culture of suspicion and hostility emerged under the new leadership. At NPM an all-hands meeting was held at which employees were encouraged to ask frank questions about the company’s new direction. Those who spoke up were summarily fired last week, the individual said, at the recommendation of an HR consultant. People were very surprised by the layoffs at NPM. “There was no sign it was coming. It wasn’t skills based because some of them heard they were doing great.” said CJ Silverio, ex-CTO at NPM who was laid off last December. Silverio and Harper both are publicizing the layoff as they had declined to sign the non-disparagement clause in the NPM severance package. The non-disparagement clause prevents disclosure of the company’s wrongdoing publicly. A California law which came into effect in January, SB 1300 prohibits non-disparagement clause in the employment severance package but in general such clauses are legal. One of the employees fired last Friday was a month away from having stock options vest. The individual could have retained those options by signing a non-disparagement clause, but refused. “We can not comment on confidential personnel matters,” CEO Bryan Bogensberger mentioned. “However, since November 1, we have approximately doubled in size to 55 people today, and continue to hire aggressively for many positions that will optimize and expand our ability to support and grow the JavaScript ecosystem over the long term.” Javascript community sees it as a leadership failure The community is full of outrage on this incident, many of them have regarded this as a 100% leadership failure. Others have commented that they would put NPM under the list of “do not apply” for jobs in this company. This news comes to them as a huge disappointment and there are questions asked about the continuity of the npm registry. Some of them also commented on creating a non profit node packages registry. While others have downgraded their paid package subscription to a free subscription. Rebecca Turner, core contributor to the project and one of the direct reportees to Harper has voluntarily put down her papers in solidarity with her direct reports who were let go. How goodness inspires goodness in organization Compelling research by David Jones and his colleagues finds that job applicants would prefer to work for companies that show real social responsibility–those that improve their communities, the environment, and the world. Employees are most likely to be galvanized by leaders who are actively perceived to be fair, virtuous, and self-sacrificing. Separate research by Ethical Systems founder, Jonathan Haidt demonstrates that such leaders influence employees to feel a sense of “elevation”—a positive emotion that lifts them up as a result of moral excellence. Liz Fong, a developer advocate at Honeycomb tweets on the npm layoff that she will never want to be a manager again if she had to go through this kind of process. Layoffs becoming more common and frequent in Tech Last week we also had IBM in news for being sued by former employees for violating laws prohibiting age discrimination in the workplace: the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Another news last week which came as a shocker was Oracle laying off a huge number of employees as a part of its “organizational restructuring”. The reason behind this layoff round was not clear, while some said that this was done to save money, some others said that people working on a legacy product were let go. While all of these does raise questions about the company culture, it may not be wrong to say that the Internet and social media makes corporate scandals harder than ever to hide. With real social responsibility easier than ever to see and applaud–we hope to see more of “the right things” actually getting done. Update from the NPM statement after 10 days of the incident After receiving public and community backlash on such actions, NPM published a statement on Medium on April 11 that, “we let go of 5 people in a company restructuring. The way that we undertook the process, unfortunately, made the terminations more painful than they needed to be, which we deeply regret, and we are sorry. As part of our mission, it’s important that we treat our employees and our community well. We will continue to refine and review our processes internally, utilizing the feedback we receive to be the best company and community we can be.” Does this mean that any company for its selfish motives can remove its employees and later apologize to clean its image? Update on 14th June, Special report from The Register The Register published a special report last Friday saying that JavaScript package registry and NPM Inc is planning to fight union-busting complaints brought to America’s labor watchdog by fired staffers, rather than settling the claims. An NLRB filing obtained by The Register alleges several incidents in which those terminated claim executives took action against them in violation of labor laws. On February 27, 2019, the filing states, a senior VP “during a meeting with employees at a work conference in Napa Valley, California, implicitly threatened employees with unspecified reprisals for raising group concerns about their working conditions.” The document also describes a March 25, 2019, video conference call in which it was “impliedly [sic] threatened that [NPM Inc] would terminate employees who engaged in union activities,” and a message sent over the company’s Keybase messaging system that threatened similar reprisals “for discussing employee layoffs.” The alleged threats followed a letter presented to this VP in mid-February that outlined employee concerns about “management, increased workload, and employee retention.” The Register has heard accounts of negotiations between the tech company and its aggrieved former employees, from individuals apprised of the talks, during which a clearly fuming CEO Bryan Bogensberger called off settlement discussions, a curious gambit – if accurate – given the insubstantial amount of money on the table. NPM Inc has defended its moves as necessary to establish a sustainable business, but in prioritizing profit – arguably at the expense of people – it has alienated a fair number of developers who now imagine a future that doesn’t depend as much on NPM’s resources. The situation has deteriorated to the point that former staffers say the code for the npm command-line interface (CLI) suffers from neglect, with unfixed bugs piling up and pull requests languishing. The Register understands further staff attrition related to the CLI is expected. To know about this story in detail check out the report published by The Register. Read Next The npm engineering team shares why Rust was the best choice for addressing CPU-bound bottlenecks npm Inc. announces npm Enterprise, the first management code registry for organizations npm JavaScript predictions for 2019: React, GraphQL, and TypeScript are three technologies to learnlast_img read more