Twitter advises 5,000 global employees to work from home

first_imgTwitter’s policy on working from home is a step beyond what most companies in the US are doing as the virus spreads. Many, including AT&T Inc. and Citigroup Inc., have restricted international travel, especially to Asia. Others including Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google have postponed or canceled conferences in the US, and Facebook joined Twitter Monday in pulling out of South by Southwest. But Twitter’s suggestion for remote work is more reminiscent of what companies did in Asia as the virus swept the region.That’s probably because Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey is a big proponent of remote work, and has already announced plans to spend as much as six months working from Africa in 2020. “While this is a big change for us, we have already been moving toward a more distributed workforce that’s increasingly remote,” Twitter wrote Monday.Square Inc., the other public company that Dorsey leads, is also asking employees to work from home. On Monday, Square executive Aaron Zamost wrote in a tweet that the company is implementing a “strongly encouraged work-from-home policy.”A handful of Twitter workers tweeted praise for the decision, applauding Dorsey for prioritizing employee health. Many of their tweets included the hashtag #webackjack, doubling as support for a CEO under attack from activist investors who may try to replace him. Topics : Twitter Inc. is “strongly encouraging” its almost 5,000 global employees to work from home due to concerns over the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, the company said Monday.The social media company made the suggestion as part of a blog update one day after it suspended all non-critical travel for workers, including pulling out of the South by Southwest conference scheduled for later this month in Austin, Texas.Twitter says it’s mandatory for employees in Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea to work from home, but that other offices will remain open for those who choose or need to come in. “We are working to make sure internal meetings, all hands, and other important tasks are optimized for remote participation,” the company wrote on its blog.last_img read more

Pope: Who am I to judge gay people?

first_imgFaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope: Who am I to judge gay people? by: – July 29, 2013 96 Views   no discussions Share Pope Francis has said gay people should not be marginalised but integrated into society.Speaking to reporters on a flight back from Brazil, he reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s position that homosexual acts were sinful, but homosexual orientation was not.He was responding to questions about whether there was a “gay lobby” in the Vatican.“If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge them?”He also said he wanted a greater role for women in the Church, but insisted they could not be priests.The Pope arrived back in Rome on Monday after a week-long tour of Brazil – his first trip abroad as pontiff – which climaxed with a huge gathering on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach for a world Catholic youth festival.Festival organisers estimated it attracted more than three million people. His remarks on gay people are being seen as much less judgemental than his predecessor’s position on the issue. Pope Benedict XVI signed a document in 2005 that said men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests. But Pope Francis said gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten.“The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well,” Pope Francis said in a wide-ranging 80-minute long interview with Vatican journalists.“It says they should not be marginalised because of this but that they must be integrated into society.”But he condemned what he described as lobbying by gay people.“The problem is not having this orientation,” he said. “We must be brothers. The problem is lobbying by this orientation, or lobbies of greedy people, political lobbies, Masonic lobbies, so many lobbies. This is the worse problem.”On the role of women in the Church, he said: “We cannot limit the role of women in the Church to altar girls or the president of a charity, there must be more.“But with regards to the ordination of women, the Church has spoken and says no… That door is closed.”Answering questions about the troubled Vatican bank, he said the institution must become “honest and transparent” and that he would listen to advice on whether it could be reformed or should be shut down altogether.“I don’t know what will become of the bank. Some say it is better that is a bank, others that it should be a charitable fund and others say close it,” he said.‘Undisciplined’Before leaving Brazil, Pope Francis gave a highly unusual one-to-one interview to a Brazilian TV programme. The interview was shown on TV Globo’s high-profile Sunday night documentary programme Fantastico, broadcast not long after the Pope departed for Rome. The Pope was asked about the moment on his visit when his driver took a wrong turn and his vehicle was surrounded by crowds. “I don’t feel afraid,” he answered. “I know that no-one dies before their time. “I don’t want to see these people who have such a great heart from behind a glass box. The two security teams [from the Vatican and Brazil] worked very well. But I know that I am undisciplined in that respect.” Asked about the recent protests by young people on the streets of Brazil, the Pope said: “The young person is essentially a non-conformist, and this is very beautiful. “It is necessary to listen to young people, give them places to express themselves and to be careful that they aren’t manipulated.” Asked about his simple lifestyle and use of a small car, he said it wasn’t a good example when a priest had the latest model of a car or a top brand. “At this moment I believe God is asking us for more simplicity,” he added. BBC News Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Schofield nears end of long UW journey

first_imgSenior captain O\’Brien Schofield leaves the field after helping to defeat Michigan Nov. 14 at Camp Randall Stadium.[/media-credit]The name O’Brien Schofield didn’t always use to make Big Ten quarterbacks shudder in the backfield.The Great Lakes, Ill., native was once buried in the UW depth chart as a linebacker who just couldn’t seem to break through the ranks. Perhaps making things more difficult for Schofield was the coaching staff’s decision to move him to the defensive line, where they believed he could utilize his speed better and make a difference on defense.But when some believed that position switch might mean the end of the road for Schofield, his colleague and teammate Jaevery McFadden recalls quite the opposite reaction from his longtime friend.“O.B. had it the right way,” McFadden said. “One time, after he made the switch during the summer, I called him up and he said he was going to the weight room. I was like, ‘In the summer, man?’ He said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to do some extra workouts and some new stuff for the defensive end.’ It just showed me how hardworking and how much of a competitor he is.”The payoff has been fairly evident. Schofield has contributed eight sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss totaling 101 yards and an All-Conference selection in only his second season as a fulltime starter.However, O.B. — the name he has seemingly adopted on the UW football team — has assumed a role as a vocal leader in addition to his stellar play. Although some might believe he was always the voice of reason on the defensive line and in the locker room, he claims quite the opposite.“I didn’t really think I was going to be a vocal leader — I thought I would just lead by my actions,” Schofield said. “It kind of just fell upon me because when you see things as a captain or as a leader, you’ve got to call those things out right away. It really just grew from that.”But following the Badgers’ embarrassing 42-13 loss to Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl last December, McFadden remembers the locker room post game, when he says Schofield emerged as a vocal presence.“O.B. said something, something like, ‘This ain’t us,’” McFadden said. “He just told the whole defense and the whole team, and since then, I’ve seen that he could be a vocal leader.”Schofield got his first chance to exhibit his talent in the Outback Bowl when the Badgers faced Tennessee two years ago. In that game, he made his first career start, forcing a fumble and making three tackles. He believes that was the biggest step he took before becoming an every-day starter.“Just to be out there, it was kind of an exciting thing,” Schofield said. “I really felt like I could play and like I could be a starter in college football, even though I was an undersized defensive end. I knew I had to take it upon myself this year to help this team.”From then on, Schofield’s contribution to the team has been more than just his outspoken nature. During his junior season, he had a strong year, posting 30 tackles and five sacks while starting all 13 games.But following a season that saw the departure of former defensive leaders Jonathan Casillas, DeAndre Levy, Matt Shaughnessy and Mike Newkirk, Schofield has propelled the defense — something that many thought would struggle this season — into a force that did not allow a 100-yard rusher all Big Ten season.“O.B., he continues to be a guy who plays well,” fellow senior captain Chris Maragos said. “He leads by example, but he also leads vocally as well. You know guys feed off of his energy. He’s a guy that plays hard every week, and I think that when you see a guy going out hard with that energy, you want to up your energy to that level, too.”“He made sure he made his senior season come out right, and it obviously turned out pretty well for him,” sophomore defensive lineman J.J. Watt added.Postseason and beyondLooking ahead, Schofield is all but a shoe-in to the NFL. In addition to his All-Conference selection, he has quite the bloodline that has already defined a legacy in the professional ranks. His cousins Bobby Engram and Vonnie Holiday played for the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers, respectively, and his uncle Andre Carter played for Clemson.However, with one game still remaining on the schedule, the possibility (or really, the probability) of playing in the NFL hasn’t really hit Schofield yet. According to his teammates and coaches, that alone proves how devoted he is to the well-being of the team.“Well, he’ll probably get a shot, but a lot of guys get shots, and it’s what you do with that opportunity,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “I know it’s a dream of his, but I think he’ll be focused on beating Hawaii first.”“It would be really nice,” Schofield added with a chuckle. “But I got to finish strong to be able to keep thinking about that.”Even after receiving All-Conference honors, Schofield hasn’t changed his attitude about finishing out the season on a strong note. He understands how much of an honor it is to receive the accolades and feels no disdain toward the league that, despite having deserving statistics, overlooked him for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.“I mean, it would have been nice to have [Defensive Player of the Year], but being First Team is just as prestigious because I wasn’t on the map in preseason rankings coming into the season or anything like that,” Schofield said. “That just means that the media really thought that much of me as a player.”“Not many guys are going to complain about First-Team All-Conference, but anyone could make an argument for him,” Watt added. “Teams really had to account for him in their game plan. That alone is a testament to how good he really is.”‘The most fun I’ve ever had’Going into this season, the Badgers weren’t expected to be a top force in the Big Ten. While they haven’t necessarily been a team worthy of BCS implications, Schofield believes he and his teammates did everything they could to make this their best year possible.“This group of guys came out really strong, and we never looked back,” Schofield said. “Whether it was a win or a loss, we kept our focus on the next weekend and really prepared and just had fun.”During a season that had so much focus on the stellar defensive end, Schofield feels the team’s overall performance made him a better player and a better person. Finishing the season with wins over Hawaii and the bowl game opponent would be the perfect way to end what he calls his “best season at UW.”“I mean this has just been a really fun season,” he said. “I say that because it really has been. I’ve enjoyed my time here, especially my senior year, just being able to make these plays. Just being around these guys, I’m going to miss it. I’m going to really miss it.”last_img read more