18 Dec

Building a diverse workforce from the STEM up

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Uber’s recent mishaps have shined an uncomfortable but very necessary light on the male-dominated “bro-grammer” culture at many Silicon Valley tech firms.Now in full-on damage control mode, the ride hailing service has opted for transparency, releasing diversity reports that reveal a workforce composition basically on par with its Silicon Valley brethren.As usual, however, the real takeaways reside a few layers below the headlines—and they point to issues that extend well beyond Uber or Silicon Valley.Uber’s 36% ratio of female employees company-wide compares favorably to Google’s 31%. Isolating tech jobs, however, the share of women drops to 15%—lower than the high-teen percentages found at other Silicon Valley bellwethers.Even those troubling figures are likely generous. There’s no set definition of a “tech job,” and I suspect these firms stretch the criteria as wide as they can. (It’s worth noting the stats exclude drivers, which Uber emphatically categorizes as independent contractors.) continue reading »last_img read more

28 Sep

Spa grotto adds glitz to family home

first_imgThe fire pit and pizza oven area overlooks the swimming pool. Picture: supplied.The master suite includes a walk-through wardrobe and an ensuite featuring double basins and a double shower with four shower heads. The remaining bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and there is a media room, children’s retreat, family bathroom and laundry.The property comes with a 16x10m shed with power and plumbing, raised veggie gardens, fruit trees, a chicken coop and a children’s playground. The home is on the market for offers on the $900,000s through Mary-Jane Matthews of Ray White Burpengary. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK The home at 9 Farry Road, Burpengary East, features open-plan living flowing out to the rear entertaining areas. Picture: supplied.“We think it’s the focal point of the home. It’s where we love to unwind and the children still haven’t lost interest in it,” Mrs Robertson said. The couple were inspired to install the showstopper pool after seeing a post on social media. “We went to school with the guy who does the rockscapes and we saw one of his designs pop up on Facebook,” Mrs Robertson said. “We got him and his dad out to see what they could do — he runs Structural Rockscapes and his dad runs Gumnut Pools Noosa.” Shabby beach shack draws in mega bucks The spa cave (right) was created in the custom pool area which includes tropical landscaping, rockscapes and a beach entry.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The father-son duo created a magnesium pool with 12m long beach entry and an eight-seater spa inside a rock cave with waterfall. “Both kids and adults absolutely love it,” Mrs Robertson said. “It was the best thing we ever did. We’ve had some huge parties here and everyone is in it.”The pool area includes tropical landscaping and a gazebo, and there is a fire pit area with pizza oven and a covered patio overlooking the pool. Inside, the home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area opening to the patio. The kitchen has a butler’s pantry, stone benchtops and stainless steel appliances. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 The spa cave comes with its own waterfall. Picture: supplied.An acreage home with a spa cave reminiscent of the Playboy Mansion’s famous grotto, though a lot more family-friendly, has hit the market to the north of Brisbane. Owners Shannon and Blake Robertson built a spacious four-bedroom home on their 3,300sq m block at 9 Farry Rd, Burpengary East with their two children and pet dogs in mind. But the swimming pool with beach entry and spa grotto ended up being the highlight of the property. Living a life of luxury in a unit MORE: Tennis ace the new Thor neighbourlast_img read more

28 Sep

Japan’s Jan LNG imports slightly down YoY

first_imgFor illustration only (Image courtesy of Tokyo Electric Power)Japanese imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) declined 0.5 percent in January as compared to the same month a year ago, according to the provisional data released by Japan’s Ministry of Finance.Japan imported 8.26 million tonnes of LNG last month as compared to 8.30 million tonnes in January 2017.The data shows that Japan paid about $3.9 billion for LNG imports last month, a rise of 11.5 percent on the year.Japan’s average price of spot LNG in January was highest in more than three years. The average price of spot LNG contracted last month was $11 per million British thermal units. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

24 Sep

Batesville Needs Votes For Team Of The Week

first_imgThe 2013 Batesville High School Bulldog Football team has been nominated as one of the teams by WCPO’s team of the week.Click here to go to the Tri-State Football Website and on team of the week, select Batesville, and hit vote.The Bulldogs were winning with 44.6% of the vote on Friday morning.last_img