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Facebook tops list of best places to work, Apple slips to 84th spot

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San Francisco, Dec 7: While Facebook topped the list of best places to work in America, tech giant Apple has plunged to spot 84 this year from its 36th position last year in the leading job website Glassdoor’s “100 Best Places to Work in the US”.

However, Cupertino-based Apple still remains a highly rated employer — with 4.3 out of 5 rating, while other tech titans such as Google, World Wide Technology, Yahoo and VMware are way ahead in the listings, news agency IANS reported.

International management consulting firm Bain & Company grabbed the second position of best place to work, followed by Boston Consulting Group, In-N-Out Burger and Google.

“It’s clear employees love working at Facebook. What we really see them appreciate most is the company’s mission-driven culture, transparent leadership and the fact that their work literally impacts the lives of billions of people worldwide,” Glassdoor CEO Robert Hohman said in a statement, IANS quoted.

When it comes to “cons” for working at Apple, some of the employees who anonymously reviewed the tech giant on Glassdoor stated the iPhone maker is “strapped for resources” and “provides a poor work-life balance”.

“Office space is very sparse, bring your own tea and snacks kind of a deal. Lunch isn’t free, although dinner is. Nobody is going to pat you on the back for your work, and you’re expected to advance your own career, or find the mentorship you need,” one Apple employee asserted on Glassdoor.

SAP clinched 11th spot, Salesforce at 15th, LinkedIn at 21th, Adobe at 31th, Microsoft at 39th and SpaceX is at 50th place in the listing.

As per the Glassdoor, the ranking system is based on “a proprietary awards algorithm”, which is motioned to calculate the “quantity, quality, and consistency of company reviews submitted by employees between November 1, 2016, and October 22, 2017”.

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Trump once again compares Russia probe to McCarthyism

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Washington, Aug 20 (IANS) President Donald Trump on Sunday once again, as he has regularly done, compared the Russia probe investigation to McCarthyism, the anti-communist campaign pursued by Sen. Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s.

“Study the late Joseph McCarthy, because we are now in period with Mueller and his gang that make Joseph McCarthy look like a baby! Rigged Witch Hunt!” said Trump on Twitter.

This kind of comparison has become a staple of Trump’s tweets, in which he regularly refers to the probe headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as McCarthyism and a “witch hunt,” Efe reported.

Since May 2017, Mueller has been tasked with heading an independent investigation of possible links between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Kremlin.

US media reported Saturday that Mueller’s team of prosecutors have proposed up to six months in prison for George Papadopoulos, a former adviser to Trump, for having lied to the FBI during questioning of him for the Russia probe.

Papadopoulos is expected to be sentenced on Sept. 7.

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US sanctions Myanmar military personnel, units over human rights abuse

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Washington, Aug 18 (IANS) The US Treasury Department on Friday announced to sanction four commanders and two military units in Myanmar, accusing them of being related with human rights abuse cases in the country.

In a statement, the Treasury said the targeted commanders were from Burmese military and Border Guard Police (BGP), Xinhua reported.

Together with the 33rd Light Infantry Division (LID) and the 99th LID, the commanders were punished over the alleged involvement in ethnic cleansing in Rakhine State and “other widespread human rights abuses” in Kachin and Shan States.

These individuals and entities were designated according to the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act of 2016 that targeted “perpetrators of serious human rights abuse and corruption.”

Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, said in the statement that the US government “will continue to systematically expose and bring accountability to human rights abusers in this region.”

As a result of these actions, any property, or interest in property, of those designated within U.S. jurisdiction is blocked.

Additionally, US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with blocked persons, including entities 50 percent or more owned by designated persons.

Building upon the act, US President Donald Trump signed Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, or “Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption.” To date, 84 individuals and entities have been sanctioned under the order.

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Trump’s military parade estimated to cost $92 mn

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Washington, Aug 17 (IANS) US President Donald Trump’s military parade is estimated to cost 92 million dollars, according to a CNBC report on Thursday, quoting an anonymous US defence official.

An earlier estimate put the cost at 12 million dollars, $80 million less, said the report, Xinhua reported.

The new figure consists of 50 million dollars from the Pentagon and $42 million from interagency partners such as the Department of Homeland Security.

The parade is scheduled to take place in US capital city Washington on November 10 this year, featuring armored vehicles, aircraft flyovers and period uniforms.

The final plan has not been approved by Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, according to local media.

The ceremony is said to be largely inspired by Trump’s front-row seat at France’s Bastille Day military parade in Paris last year.

The United States has not held a major military parade in Washington since 1991 to mark the end of Operation Desert Storm.

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