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Facebook’s Zuckerberg embraces remote work beyond Silicon Valley

first_imgTopics : “These aren’t necessarily offices,” Zuckerberg said, although the company would likely create “some kind of physical space” to foster community. “The idea for these hubs is that we want to create scale. We want to focus the recruiting energy in some cities where we can get to hundreds of engineers.”The total effect on costs of the shift to remote work is unclear, Zuckerberg said. Savings related to real estate, food and labor costs will be partially offset by additional expenses for travel and logistics associated with home offices.He said the company was committed to keeping its current office spaces, which include a tony Menlo Park headquarters designed by architect Frank Gehry, featuring a rooftop garden and a courtyard sheltered by redwood trees.The sky-high compensation packages common in Silicon Valley will not necessarily be transferred to other parts of the country, however. Zuckerberg said salaries will be adjusted if Facebook employees opt to live in less-pricey regions, consistent with the company’s existing cost-of-living calculations.“We pay very well, basically at the top of the market, but we pay a market rate. And that varies by location, so we’re going to continue that principle here,” he said.Internal surveys indicate that about 60 percent of Facebook employees preferred a flexible approach to work, with a mix of remote and office-based functions, Zuckerberg said.Within that group, he said, just under half reported they would move to another region if given the option.He said there were no differences in the results by gender. Facebook Inc will permanently embrace remote work even after coronavirus lockdowns ease, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday, accelerating the tech sector’s geographic diversification away from its home in Silicon Valley.Zuckerberg said the world’s largest social network would start “aggressively opening up remote hiring” in July, expecting that about half its workforce would eventually do their jobs outside Facebook’s offices over the next five to 10 years.The company would take a more “measured approach” with existing employees based on job function and past performance, he said, and set a January 1, 2021 deadline for staff to update the company on their new locations for tax purposes.center_img The move is the most significant yet by a tech giant to reimagine what work culture will look like in a post-coronavirus world, as the pandemic upends office and commuting habits for companies around the world.It follows similar announcements earlier this month by social media rival Twitter and payments company Square, both led by Jack Dorsey, which were the first tech companies to permit remote work indefinitely.But Facebook is a much larger company, with nearly 50,000 employees, and it went further in laying out a novel proposed structure for remote work. Its decision is likely to have a pronounced impact on the San Francisco area, where the tech sector’s rapid growth has strained regional infrastructure.Facebook, which has already said it will stick to plans to hire 10,000 engineers and product employees this year, will also build three new “hubs” in Atlanta, Dallas and Denver where remote workers in those areas could occasionally convene.last_img read more

Bali inpsired house feels like a resort everyday

first_img23 Paterson Place, Paradise Point.WELCOME to the family house designed to put you on a tropical holiday, everyday. That was the idea behind the design according to homeowners Sherliee and Sean Melenewycz who bought the stylish property seven years ago and decided to give it a resort-style makeover. “Sean and I wanted to come home to a place that would feel more like a holiday,” Mrs Melenewycz said. 23 Paterson Place, Paradise Point.The mother-of-four said half-a-dozen family holidays in Bali were responsible for how the style played out in the house.“Natural elements like stone and timber were really important and it reminds us of relaxing in Bali,” she said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours ago“We are positioned on the waterfront so the Bali style made a lot of sense when we were renovating.” 23 Paterson Place, Paradise Point. 23 Paterson Place, Paradise Point.Mrs Melenewycz said her family had most meals in the outdoor entertaining area and said it was one of the most used areas in the house. The house has 2.7m ceilings and stylish recycled timber featured throughout.center_img 23 Paterson Place, Paradise Point.Mrs Melenewycz said the walk-in-robe was her favourite room. “We designed the main bedroom to feel like a hotel room,” she said. 23 Paterson Place, Paradise Point.Mrs Melenewycz said her family were big entertainers and needed a house that could accommodate parties. “Most of our friends have kids so life is much easier when everyone can be under one roof and we can watch the kids play on the fort and in the pool,” she said. last_img read more

Batesville Council Member, Parks Employee Stepping Down

first_imgA city council member and parks department employee announced Monday they will be leaving their respective positions.Bob Narwold has represented District 3 in Batesville City Council for ten years. During Monday’s monthly city council meeting, he officially announced he will step down because he will soon be employed by city.Narwold will join the Batesville Buildings Department as a code enforcement inspector beginning Monday, March 17.A special election will be held through the Ripley County Republican Chair in the coming weeks for a replacement.Although the announcement was not made during the meeting, Park Commissioner Mike Baumer submitted his resignation to the city. According to his Facebook page, he has accepted a position with South Dearborn School Corporation as a maintenance supervisor.Other news from Monday’s City Council Meeting:Improvements will be made soon to the dog park at Liberty Park. City Council approved a motion to grant $2,500 to help the park with drainage issues and startup costs.The Batesville Fire Department also received a grant to continue training efforts. Council granted $2,200 to fund a trip for six firefighters to attend FDIC in Indianapolis from Apr. 7-12. The event is the largest firefighter’s conference in the world.Both grants come from the Belterra riverboat revenue-sharing funds.last_img read more

Giroud agrees personal terms with Inter

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud reportedly intends to sign for Inter Milan during the next transfer window. Despite having less than three months left on his contract at Stamford Bridge, it was suggested that Giroud could remain with the Blues having impressed before the coronavirus pandemic. However, according to Tuttosport, the 33-year-old has been able to agree personal terms with Inter. The report claimed that the Serie A title challengers are willing to offer the World Cup winner a two-year contract, terms which have not always been on the table at Chelsea. Giroud has contributed two goals from just 11 outings in the Premier League and Champions League this season.Tags: ChelseaFranceInter MilanOlivier GiroudSerie Alast_img read more

Mackay aiming for three signings

first_img Cardiff’s January recruitment is likely to be in the spotlight after the departure of Iain Moody, and his replacement Alisher Apsalyamov’s visa issues. But Mackay is confident he will add a defender, midfielder and striker of the right quality to his squad to bolster the Bluebirds’ survival hopes. “It would be great if we can bring in three quality additions to the squad,” said Mackay. “I would look to strengthen all three departments in terms of a defender, a midfielder and an attacking player.” Mackay also praised the club’s board for the backing they gave him during the summer, and is awaiting guidance from them as to how much he will have to spend next month. “I will talk to my chairman (about January) who will then discuss it with his board of directors and our owner and I will take my lead from them,” he said. “It’s up to them then what financially they want to spend in January. I’ve got my lists of players, whether they be permanent targets or loans for various positions. We’ve got to try and strengthen again. “We are a first-time club so to speak. Everyone barring two other clubs has got a massive head start on us in terms of quality. The Bluebirds spent more than £30million in the summer as they brought in reinforcements ahead of their first season in the Premier League. Steven Caulker, Gary Medel, Kevin Theophile-Catherine and Andreas Cornelius were among the players to arrive in the summer, with the first three of those acquisitions proving particularly successful. Malky Mackay is hopeful of making three quality additions to his Cardiff squad when the January transfer window opens for business. “They might only need to bring in one or two over a season. We had to bring in a group of eight players which was going to give us the chance to survive. “You have a choice, do you invest knowing you have a really good chance of staying up or do you invest knowing you might go down and then have to build again. “I was offered the chance to allow us to stay up. Looking at two or three players right now, without picking anyone out, but Theophile-Catherine has been a fantastic bit of business for us as has Gary Medel and Steven Caulker. “January is about now putting another layer on that. It’s a different type of window though and you have to be careful. “There’s not quite the array of talent out there in January and people are leaving clubs for different reasons and overall you have to be careful. It’s about bringing in another layer of quality to add to what we’ve got. I need to bring in guys who are going to add to that.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Indian Premier League: Virat Kohli Wants Indian Players To Be Smart

first_imgIPL 2019Bengaluru: With the proximity of the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) and the 2019 World Cup, managing workload by Indian cricketers is being seen as a major issue, however, skipper Virat Kohli feels any player should be smart enough to deal with it.The India and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper also said that there isn’t any cap on the number of matches for the Indian players during the domestic Twenty20 tournament and the cricketers should themselves judge their fitness.“You cannot put a tab on anything. If I’m able to play 10, 12 or 15 games, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the other guy can only play that many. My body might demand I play a certain number of games and I need to be smart about that and rest,” Kohli told reporters.“Someone else’s body might be more capable than mine or less, that is a very individual thing. And everyone wants to play the World Cup, so people (cricketers) will be smart about it because you don’t want to miss out on such a big event,” he added.The Indian run-machine also said the players will have to keep a check on their fitness beside managing their workload.“All the Indian players will have the responsibility during the IPL to keep a watch on their fitness and their workload.“They will also have to continue with the frame of mind we have created in the Indian team — strive towards excellence and improve every day,” Kohli pointed out.“Each player will take this tournament as an opportunity to go to the World Cup in a good frame of mind,” he added.Speaking on the upcoming season of IPL, Kohli expressed that a lot will depend on making right calls as it will be the major difference between the winning and losing team.“The failure lies where decisions aren’t made properly. If I sit here and say our luck was bad, that won’t be right. You make your own luck, and if you make poor decisions and the other team makes good ones, you will lose. When we played big matches too, our decision-making wasn’t right,” the RCB skipper opined.“What we’ve spoken about this year is to lay down a culture, which is the most important thing for any team. One thing that remains of essence for any team is striving for excellence and being committed to what you want to achieve.“That takes commitment on a daily basis, and that is something I’m looking forward to this season. We will require absolute professionalism from all our players.“We’ll give responsibility to the players to handle themselves on the field, off the field, and take good decisions, be responsible about their life and the sport as well,” he added. IANSAlso read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Cricket News How much money will MS Dhoni lose if he retires from ODI?

first_imgNew Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the most successful cricketers in India. He was also the most sought after sportsman by marketers for brand endorsements – from consumer durable to automobile, retail and life insurance. When he retired from international test cricket in mid-2014, there was not much impact on his brand value. In 2016 Forbes list, he featured at the 10th spot and his net worth was around $31 million and brand endorsements formed a large part of it. He used to charge between Rs 8 crore and Rs 12 crore for each endorsement. His total annual earnings from brand endorsements were Rs 120 crore to Rs 150 crore at that time, according to estimates. What will be the impact of his retirement from ODI cricket? Once a player is not seen in the field his value goes down drastically. This is exactly what happened when Sachin Tendulkar retired. A TAM AdEx data showed that the number of brands endorsed by Tendulkar dropped from 12 to four in one and a half months. It means that his income dropped at least proportionately if not more. Can we expect similar decline in income for Dhoni? After all, companies like young emerging stars. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Sarwan, Wallace  named in Windies Selection System Task Force

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – A six-member Task Force has already commenced the process of reviewing the team selection policy of all West Indies teams.The recently appointed Selection System Task Force is chaired by Cricket West Indies (CWI) vice-president Dr Kishore Shallow and also includes CWI Director Enoch Lewis as deputy chairman; Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams; former West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan; former West Indies opener Philo Wallace and Miles Bascombe, also a former West Indies player.Dr Shallow said there was an urgent need for the selection process to be reviewed, in light of the many changes to the game of cricket over the past 10 years.“Other international bodies have advanced their selection process to be in alignment with the modernisation of the game. Cricket has changed tremendously over the last decade, with the introduction of the T20 format, which has increased the importance of batting strike rate for results.“There is also an increase of regional and international fixtures, a reality that should be considered in the advanced environment of the game, and which requires a selection system that has comprehensive coverage,” Dr Shallow said.Within the next three months, the Task Force will, among other things, conduct a rigorous analysis into the current selection system of all West Indies teams and construct recommendations of a selection system that is best suited to West Indies cricket.Its findings will be prepared in a final report to be presented to CWI’s Board of Directors, who will include recommendations on selection systems by September 2019.Sarwan, Wallace and Bascombe have all expressed their delight in being appointed to the Task Force.last_img read more

Football team set for annual spring scrimmage

first_imgAJ MacLean/Herald photoThe Wisconsin Badgers football team will play its annual spring football game Saturday at 1 p.m. at Madison La Follette’s Lussier Field. This marks the second consecutive season the Badgers have played at Lussier Field while Camp Randall undergoes renovations. Last year’s starter John Stocco will take to the pocket for the first-team offense, while redshirt sophomore Tyler Donovan will start for the second-team offense. Backups Craig Meier and Bryan Savage will take the remaining snaps as they jockey for a position on next season’s depth chart. While Donovan will surely see time with the first-team offense during the intrasquad scrimmage, the decision to start Stocco appears to have cemented the junior’s place as next year’s starting quarterback.“He has a lot of good experiences to fall back on,” Wisconsin quarterbacks coach Jeff Horton said. “He did a lot of things right for us last year. We’ve got to get him more consistent throwing the ball, and he’s really spent the time in the offseason to work on that. I expect to see a big jump between his sophomore and junior years.”It was at this time last season that Stocco made the biggest jump of his young career. With a solid performance in the 2003 finale against Iowa, Stocco entered spring practice last year sparing with senior Matt Schabert for the 2004 starting job. While it appeared the sophomore would win the position entering the spring, Stocco wasted no time cementing his hold on the position. The Richfield, Minn., native outplayed his senior counterpart all spring, quickly becoming a fan favorite and the new face at quarterback that would lead the Badgers into 2004. Oh, what a difference a season makes.With one starting season in the books, Stocco is no longer enjoying the endless love exuded by fans last year. Instead, the quarterback finds himself again fighting during spring practice — not for a job, but for respect from the fans.Some have been quick to jump on Stocco for his performance last season, claiming the then-sophomore did little to spark the offense. Yet Stocco looks at his experience — fan criticism and all — as an advantage for this season.“It’s always hard your first time in there, but experience helps you so much,” Stocco said. “The more experience you get, the more it’s going to help you. I’ve been in pretty much every situation now. I’ve played very well, and I’ve played not very well.”But as quickly as the critics jump on his performance, Horton is equally quick to discuss the positive qualities the junior demonstrated last year.“He eliminated sacks (we cut them in half from the year before); he protected the football; he had only seven interceptions, which is way down from where we’ve been in years past,” Horton said.Still, numbers aren’t everything. Last season Stocco enjoyed the luxury of playing with a bevy of savvy veterans as he worked to learn the offense. But this year is different. With a season of experience under his belt, coach and player both acknowledge the latter’s need for an increased presence in the huddle.“It’s a little bit different of a situation this year,” Stocco said. “Now I’m one of the older guys, and we’ve got some younger guys coming up. So I feel like my leadership role has gotten bigger. I feel like playing quarterback, you’ve got to be a leader. That comes with the territory.”But while Stocco understands and embraces his increased responsibility, Horton remains diligent in his attempt to increase the junior play caller’s leadership qualities.“Just because you’re the starting quarterback, that’s not good enough. You’ve got to be a leader on this football team,” Horton said. “I think those are things that he’s tried to work on and exude through the offseason and through spring practice.”The same can be said of Donovan. After seeing sporadic playing time behind the durable Stocco last year, Donovan needs to step up in his second season as Wisconsin’s top backup play-caller.Donovan has shown an increased understanding of the offense since the end of the fall season. While play calls, blitz recognition and pocket presence have all improved Donovan, the Hartland, Wis., native still has a long way to go.“As his position coach, I’m not totally comfortable playing him for long stretches until he proves to me that he knows exactly what is going on,” Horton said. “He’s one play away from being the guy that has to lead us to victory.”But Donovan is on his way. After admittedly struggling with the flood of information he was forced to digest last season, the sophomore is slowly grasping his offensive responsibilities while getting back to basics.“I’ve got the reps and everything, and I just feel a lot more comfortable. Just knowing my progressions and [those] types of things really helps,” Donovan said. “I’m just playing football again, playing like I’m in the backyard because I know what I’m supposed to do.”Stepping into Stocco’s fan-favorite shoes this year has been Savage. Though young and inexperienced, Savage’s physical abilities combined with the intangibles he possesses have endeared him to fans. But Horton is quick to caution that the freshman is far from ready. “He’s a true freshman that didn’t run any of our plays last year. He ran everybody else’s plays, and he’s still trying to understand a little bit what we are trying to do,” Horton said. “That’s something that will come.”last_img read more