‘Total set up’: Macquarie Bank rocked by ‘extortionary’ executive’s #MeToo lawsuit

“With Weinstein being just one of hundreds of thousands of ‘bosses’, as … Robert Ansell in this case is, it is easy to see the direct dangers of allowing cases involving sexual harassment … to remain confidential under the guise of arbitrations,” McLaughlin’s lawyer, Jonathan Sack, wrote in one of dozens of court filings collated by Fairfax Media.

Five months later, after McLaughlin had spent $US6000 on failed mediation, the case took another dramatic turn.

While she was on holiday in April, McLaughlin was told that another staff member would conduct her end-of-year appraisals as some of her team had complained about her.

She shot back an email: “This is a set up and you know it. And because I did not simply accept the paltry 1/2 severance policy of $73,000 to go away, I need to suffer the indignation of this blatant retaliation?”

She met the bank’s US head of human resources, Austin Dowling,

... read more at: https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/total-set-up-macquarie-bank-rocked-by-extortionary-executive-s-metoo-lawsuit-20180814-p4zx9y.html

Cisco’s global channel chief resigns

Wendy Bahr

Wendy Bahr

Wendy Bahr has announced her decision to vacate her role as senior vice president of global partner organisation at Cisco, resigning from the vendor after 18 years.

A veteran of both Cisco and the channel, Bahr confirmed her intention to leave the tech giant via an internal email, as first reported by CRN.

“My decision came down to knowing this is the right time for me personally,” wrote Bahr, according to CRN. “I’m not sure what’s next, but I am excited for the next chapter in my career and I will leave knowing the company is firmly positioned for great success.”

Bahr will remain in the role until a replacement is hired before November, with Chuck Robbins – CEO of Cisco – taking to social media to praise the outgoing executive.

“Special thanks to @wybahr for all of your great contributions to @Cisco –

... read more at: https://www.arnnet.com.au/article/645410/cisco-partner-friendly-global-channel-chief-exit/

Cultural-Appropriation Outrage over a Prom Dress


Women in Qionghai, China, attend a cheongsam show ahead of International Women’s Day, March 7, 2018. Inset: Keziah Daum in her prom dress (Stringer/Reuters; inset via Twitter)

It shows that people are desperate to be offended.

I am very critical of China’s government. It’s corrupt, authoritarian, and in some respects totalitarian. I have deep reservations about Chinese culture as well. The Chinese government bans sex-selective abortions — i.e., killing females in utero — but Chinese people still do it in staggering numbers. China also practices ethnic discrimination that would be instantly recognizable as a kind of Jim Crow or apartheid if the majority Han Chinese were white and minorities such as the Uighurs were black. I could go on, but you get the point.

The reason I bring all of this up is that I want to

... read more at: https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/chinese-prom-dress-cultural-appropriation-controversy/

Fryeburg police: 8 juveniles ran away after SUV crashed into tree

FRYEBURG — An unlicensed 15-year-old girl driving an SUV with seven juvenile passengers crashed into a tree before fleeing into the woods Friday morning, according to the Fryeburg Police Department.

The white 1999 Cadillac Escalade was taken without permission from a residence on Meadow Lane, Fryeburg Police Chief Joshua Potvin wrote in a statement. The crash occurred at about 3:30 a.m., police said.

Fryeburg police officers found the minors quickly. Two of them were taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland for treatment of injuries that were not considered life threatening. Three passengers were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The names of the driver and occupants will not be released because of their young ages, Potvin said.

Potvin said criminal charges for those involved are likely.

“This crash is still under investigation,” he said. “Speed coupled with driver inattention and experience appear to be causing factors. The occupants are extremely fortunate to be

... read more at: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/06/29/fryeburg-police-8-juveniles-ran-away-after-suv-crashed-into-tree/

Improperly towing AWD vehicle can cause many problems

DEAR CAR TALK: I had my 2000 Cadillac Escalade towed to the mechanic, and he determined that my battery needed to be replaced. After the new battery was installed, I was informed that the “4-wheel” light on the dash was constantly on, and that the mechanic could not determine the cause.

He referred me to a dealership that specializes in Cadillacs. When I mentioned to the mechanic there that my vehicle had been hitched from the rear and towed approximately 15 miles riding on the front wheels, he suggested that that could be the cause of the light not turning off, because the vehicle should have been transported riding on top of the tow truck bed rather than being towed with the front wheels on the ground.

Could this actually be the cause of the light constantly being on, or could it be a module that needs replacing?

... read more at: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/04/11/improperly-towing-awd-vehicle-can-cause-many-problems/

Used 2014 Cadillac SRX for Sale

The 2014 Cadillac SRX is a compact luxury crossover SUV available in four trim levels, including Base, Luxury, Performance and Premium.

The base model comes equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, automatic headlights, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette (premium vinyl) upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat, a reclining and 60/40 split-folding rear seat, cruise control and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The CUE infotainment-control system with an 8-inch display is also standard, as are OnStar, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite and HD radio, two USB ports and an auxiliary audio jack.

The Luxury trim adds a keyless/remote ignition, a blind-spot warning system, a rear cross-traffic alert system, a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, a panoramic sunroof and a power liftgate with adjustable opening height. Inside

... read more at: https://www.edmunds.com/cadillac/srx/2014/

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

City tops region’s bulk purchases of anti-overdose drug

Police, firefighters, colleges and public schools are stopping overdoses — and saving money — through bulk purchases of the antidote drug naloxone, but the cost of the anti-opioid medicine is going up.

More than 143 communities-— including Haverhill, Methuen, North Andover and Andover — paid a total of $238,608 for doses of the anti-overdose drug in fiscal year 2017, according to a state Department of Public Health report. Overall, the state bulk-purchasing program distributed more than 8,500 doses of naloxone to cities and towns.

The bulk-buying program was created by lawmakers in 2015 in response to a spike in overdoses that claimed thousands of lives. The state buys the medicine and then sells it to communities at reduced cost.

Money to begin the program came from an agreement between Attorney General Maura Healey and Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, which provided $325,000 to acquire and distribute the medicine at

... read more at: http://www.hgazette.com/news/local_news/the-week-in-review/article_f7915cfc-8a2b-5d52-8d48-24dba93b558e.html

Microsoft takes step towards delivering FPGAs as a service

Microsoft has taken another step towards allowing its Azure customers to leverage the capabilities of the field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) that the company has installed in its cloud data centres.

Microsoft announced this week at its Build developer conference that it would launch a preview of its FPGA-powered Project Brainwave architecture for deep neural net processing. Brainwave has been “fully integrated” with Azure Machine Learning, Microsoft said.

Even before launching the Brainwave preview, Microsoft had already been using FPGAs to accelerate SDN in its Azure data centres — in fact, all Azure compute servers deployed since late 2015 have been fitted with FPGAs.

According to Mark Russinovich, the chief technology officer of Azure, it is likely that Microsoft has more FPGAs in a production environment than any other tech company in the world.

FPGAs can offer significant advantages over GPUs and CPUs when it comes to AI, according to Russinovich.