B.W., a male 15-year-old autistic high-school student, reportedly suffered emotional injury when defendant Bainbridge Island School District failed to remedy discriminatory harrassment directed at the plaintiff because of his disability.
In this claim brought by the minor’s parents, Jane and Jay Webster, the plaintiff was targeted by classmates and subjected to more than 75 incidents of malicious harassment, sexual assault and abuse. (more…)
I’ve used this blog to often talk about Apps for Good and other initiatives that are designed to get kids more interested in technology and software as a potential career. I also often speak about the gap that I see around STEM graduates in the USA as well as the UK. One of the bigger initiatives that I’ve seen on this front is led by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft amongst many others to promote Code.org. Fundamentally, the issue is simple: No matter what career choice you take in life, having a fundamental understanding of computer programming should be a part of your educational upbringing. I’m thrilled to see that countries like Australia and the United Kingdom are taking very proactive steps to make computer programming part of the core curriculum, but stunned to have read recently that in the United States, computer science does not count (!!!) towards math/science graduation requirements in 37 states.
Next week, Code.org is promoting a project called “Hour of Code” during Computer Science Education Week from 9-15 December. Although you will see a distinct American slant to the website, the intent is to see this replicated across the world in 20 different languages. As of today, over four million students and 31,000+ teachers have signed up across 166 countries!
I’d love for you to share the details of this with your own schools. If you’re interested in learning more about computer science, sign up for the Hour of Code yourself. You might find that you enjoy it and want to explore it more!
Researchers at New York University and University of California, Berkeley analyzed 96 metropolitan areas across the United States to see how a lack of economic integration within cities affects people’s economic fortunes. The study, commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts showed that greater economic segregation in urban areas reduces prospects for economic opportunities. Today’s graphic shows the economic mobility and income variation for major American cities.
Although five years have passed since the height of the financial crisis, top lawyers at some of the largest U.S. banks see themselves pitted in an escalating, and at times adversarial, battle with regulators, the end of which remains unknown.
At a conference sponsored by the Clearing House on Friday, senior legal representatives from JPMorgan and Bank of America painted a picture of unprecedented enforcement actions and fines across a wide range of issues, adding that the zeal of recent actions could potentially disrupt the supervisory and cooperative relationship that has long existed between banks and regulators. (more…)
Throughout 2013 headlines have focused on the challenging conditions that have persisted across European markets and economies. Against this backdrop it is even more impressive to have had the opportunity last evening to celebrate the accomplishments of seven women colleagues as finalists at the European Women in Sales Awards, and to honour Zhanna Martyniuk, Direct Account Manager for us in Switzerland as the winner in Financial Sales.
Since joining Thomson Reuters in 2009, Zhanna has served in Austria and Switzerland. Now based in Geneva, she predominantly focuses on 139 clients in the Commodities and Energy Sector for Central Europe. In addition to demonstrating consistent outperformance against targets, she embodies ambition, professionalism, teamwork and is considered a role model in her team.
The Women in Sales Awards is designed to find the most exemplary women in sales across Europe and recognizes general sales ability, track record in achieving and exceeding targets and understanding of the implications of change on the wider business. Spanning many organisations (including global companies like Google, LinkedIn, Oracle, PepsiCo and GE) and eight industries, the fact that one-third of the finalists were Thomson Reuters sales professionals is a stunning endorsement of the breadth and depth of talent in our organisation. Our other colleagues recognized as finalists were: (more…)
France’s economic picture is among the weakest of the main rich nations. Today’s graphic uses five charts to show how France has a lethal combination of high social expenditure, low average working hours, a heavy debt burden, increasing unemployment and decreasing consumer confidence. Make sure to check out the Reuters special report on how Peugeot and France ran out of gas.
Over 100 high-level representatives from the global TrustLaw community gathered in New York on November 5 to celebrate the success of the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s fast-growing network of lawyers, social enterprises and high-impact NGOs.
The occasion, the third annual TrustLaw Connect Awards, brought together professionals from Turkey, China, South Africa, Cambodia, Mexico, the Philippines and many other countries, who flew to New York to attend the ceremony hosted by Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO and TrustLaw Founder Monique Villa. The TrustLaw Awards honor teams of lawyers working with NGOs or social enterprises through TrustLaw Connect, the Foundation’s global pro bono service.
“We chose New York to recognize the fantastic impact of the law firms based in the U.S. which have been so active to help our social enterprises and NGOs through TrustLaw. The top law firms in the U.S. are members of TrustLaw Connect, and since its creation three years ago, the network has generated $35 million worth of free legal assistance to our beneficiaries,” said Monique. (more…)