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Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman brings us the latest Champions LEague odds, with Arsenal’s chances of progressing out of the group stages now appearing slim after Wednesday’s 5-1 drubbing at Bayern Munich.Greek side Olympiakos are now 6/1 to finish runners-up to Bayern, with the Gunners – who have just one win from four – 100/30 to qualify.Meanwhile, Chelsea are 10/1 on to qualify for the last-16 following their 2-1 win over Dynamo Kiev, which has eased the pressure on manager Jose Mouinho.Of the teams competing for the tile, Barceloba and Bayern Munich are 3/1 joint favourites to claim the crown, with Real Madrid third favourites at 9/2 and Manchester City fourth at 11/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast read more
Woods has achieved that goal again. The field for his seventh annual four-day shootout – the past six held at Sherwood – again has 16 of the game’s top golfers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Defending champion Woods, ranked No. 1 in the world, and reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year Vijay Singh head a list that includes 10 participants from last month’s dramatic Presidents Cup. The Target event, which started in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1999 and moved to Sherwood the following year, has produced two-time winners each of the past two years and both of them – Woods (who won in 2001 and 2004) and Davis Love III (2000, 2003) – will be in this year’s field. U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell, Fred Couples, Angel Cabrera, Jim Furyk, David Toms, Kenny Perry and Chris DiMarco join Woods, Singh and Love as the Presidents Cup participants. The field is rounded out by 2002 Target champion Padraig Harrington, European Ryder Cup standouts Luke Donald, Darren Clarke and Colin Montgomerie, long-hitting crowd favorite John Daly and Danish star Thomas Bjorn, who is making his Target debut. Wie in pro debut: Michelle Wie, who celebrated her 16th birthday Tuesday, will further mark the week by playing in her first tournament as a professional. The Hawaiian 10th-grader, who can drive a golf ball more than 300 yards and has twice finished in the top five at LPGA majors as an invited amateur, begins play Thursday in the Samsung World Championship at Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert. Tiger Woods has no intention to grow his annual Target World Challenge winter tournament. “We do not want to expand into a regular (PGA) tour event,” he said of his 16-player tournament, which runs Dec. 8-11 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. “We try to keep our field limited. It is an elite field, and we try to get the best players in the world to come compete.” “I think I’m ready for it,” the two-time U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links finalist and 2004 PubLinks champion said of her decision to abandon her amateur status. “I really want to do it, and I think I made a pretty good decision.” Wie, who will face defending champion and 66-time LPGA winner Annika Sorenstam and 18 other top women players at Bighorn, called Ernie Els her role model. “I talked to him, and he is like, ‘You’re ready to turn pro.’ It made me feel a lot better. I’m really glad.” Hakes wins Senior: Steven Hakes of Coronado GC won the 54th annual Los Angeles City Senior Men’s Championship last week at Griffith Park, finishing 67-71 for a 6-under total of 138 in competition held on the par-72 Wilson and Harding courses. Runner-up Melvin Collins (141) of El Dorado matched Hakes’ 67 for the lowest gross score of the championship flight, which drew a field of 52. Net flight champions were John Larsen of Simi Hills in A (67-69_136), Harold Eschner of Woodley Lakes in B (71-65_136), Johnny Disco of Griffith Park in C (68-67_135), John Sousa of Skylinks in D (65-67_132) and Joe Deignan of Sepulveda in E (68-71_139). State Open: PGA Tour players Dave Stockton Jr. and Spencer Levin have committed to play in next week’s Pechanga State Open at Redhawk Golf Club in Temecula, where area golfers George Bowers of Lancaster and J.R. Morton of Valencia will be in the field. Bowers shot 75 and Morton 78 in a qualifier at PGA of Southern California Golf Club, where 25 players earned berths in the 54-hole State Open, which starts next Wednesday. Jason Gore of Valencia, who won his second State Open title last year, has since qualified for the PGA Tour, returning to professional golf’s top tour on the strength of a “Battlefield Promotion” after winning his third consecutive Nationwide Tour event in August. Gore, who played on the PGA Tour in 2001 and 2003, made the most of his third opportunity. He won in less than two months, at the 84 Lumber Classic, to secure a two-year tour exemption and is in the field this week for the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas. Q School: Former Los Angeles City Men’s champion Tommy Barber opens his second attempt at the PGA Tour qualifying tournament this week but without his brother, Jeff, as caddie. Jeff, an assistant pro at Griffith Park, where Notre Dame High of Sherman Oaks alumnus Tommy learned the game, was on the bag for his younger brother at Q School last year but is competing in a Spanos Tour event this week at Moorpark Country Club. Tommy will play at the Greg Norman Course at PGA West, where area golfers Paul Holtby of Simi Valley and Jason Gordon of Saugus also are in the field. Names in the game: Mark Modglin, the former All-Ventura County player from Simi Valley High who has been team captain, Most Outstanding Player and Academic All-Western Athletic Conference at Fresno State, is in his fourth year as a starter for the Bulldogs, who are hosts for this week’s Fresno State Lexus Classic. The field for the 54-hole Fresno tournament, which runs Thursday and Friday, includes Cal State Northridge, which got top-25 efforts from senior Amit Nat of Granada Hills (averaging 73.0) and freshman Erik Jarvey of Palmdale (73.1) in the Matadors’ season opener at the Northwest Collegiate Classic. … Valencia High junior Louis Amira has been named to the American Junior Golf Association Academic All-American team. Amira, who shot 67 to place second in the Southern Section as a sophomore for the Vikings, shot a career-best 63 in winning an AJGA age 15-and-under event in New Mexico and ranks 10th in a class of 879 at Valencia, where he has a 4.25 grade-point average. Dave Shelburne covers golf for the Daily News. He can be reached at (818) 713-3609 or [email protected] ON THE GREEN PGA TOUR Michelin Championship at Las Vegas Course: TPC at Summerlin (7,243 yards, par 72). Schedule: Thursday through Sunday. Purse: $4 million, $720,000 to winner. TV: USA (Thursday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.; Saturday, noon-3 p.m.) and ABC (Sunday, noon-3 p.m.). LPGA TOUR Samsung World Championship at Palm Desert Course: Bighorn Golf Club (6,462 yards, par 72). Schedule: Thursday through Sunday. Purse: $850,000, $212,000 to winner. TV: The Golf Channel (Thursday, 2-4 and 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Friday, noon-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and 5-7 p.m.) and Ch. 4 (Saturday, 10-11 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.). CHAMPIONS TOUR Administaff Small Business Classic at Spring, Texas Course: Augusta Pines Golf Club (6,993 yards, par 72). Schedule: Friday through Sunday. Purse: $1.6 million, $240,000 to winner. TV: The Golf Channel (Friday-Saturday, 2-4:30 and 7-9 p.m.; Sunday, 2-4:30 and 6-8:30 p.m.). SCORING AVERAGE PGA Tiger Woods 68.57! Vijay Singh 58.93 Luke Donald 69.27 Jim Furyk 69.29 LPGA Annika Sorenstam 69.39 Cristie Kerr 70.78 Paula Creamer 70.90 Natalie Gulbis 71.00 CHAMPIONS Mark McNulty 69.59 Craig Stadler 69.59 Dana Quigley 69.65 Morris Hatalsky 69.69 SPOTLIGHT TIGER WOODS The 29-year-old winner of this year’s Masters and British Open championships took a big step toward his seventh PGA Tour Player of the Year award in nine full seasons on tour, capturing the American Express Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco when John Daly missed a 3-foot par putt on the second playoff hole. Woods (67-68-68-67) and Daly (67-67-67-69) tied at 10-under-par 270 in regulation play in the World Golf Championship event, which produced Woods’ 10th WGC title to go with 10 majors. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read Is there anyone else out there in the universe? The endeavor to answer that eternal question got a serious shot in the arm this week thanks to Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner. At the Royal Society in London, the billionaire announced the launch of Breakthrough Listen, a 10-year, $100 million initiative to search for signs of extraterrestrial life.Related: The Power of Planning: NASA’s Pluto Flyby Was Epic and AmazingAided by the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in W. Va., the CSIRO Parkes Telescope in New South Wales, Australia and the Lick Telescope in at the Lick Observatory in Calif., the scientists will explore 1 million of the closest stars to earth and the 100 nearest galaxies after the Milky Way. All of the information the researchers find will be open source. The project is the largest of its kind (looking at 10 times more of the sky and five times more of the radio spectrum than any past program) and is backed by Stephen Hawking. Milner also announced a $1 million competition called Breakthrough Message, asking people around the world to put together submissions for a message that represents what life is like on earth that we could ostensibly beam out to our alien neighbors. Related: Why This Entrepreneur Dreams of Living on MarsThe initiative is led by Lord Martin Rees, a fellow of Trinity College, emeritus professor of cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge and a former president of the Royal Society. The other scientists on board include Frank Drake, the co-founder and chairman emeritus of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute; Ann Druyan, co-founder and CEO of Cosmos Studios and creative director of the Interstellar Message, NASA Voyager; University of California, Berkeley professor of astronomy Geoff Marcy; Andrew Siemon, the director of the Berkeley SETI research center; Dan Wertheimer, co-founder and chief scientist of [email protected]; and Peter Worden, the current chairman of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation and the former director of NASA’s Ames research center. Milner is the founder of Mail.ru Group and DST Global, a fund that has invested in companies like Facebook, Twitter, Alibaba and Airbnb. And this isn’t the first time Milner put his weight behind scientific innovation. In 2013, Milner established the Breakthrough Prize with Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki and Mark Zuckerberg, awarding $3 million to researchers in the fields of fundamental physics, life sciences and mathematics. Related: Meet the Entrepreneurs at the Forefront of the Space Race July 20, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » read more
Every year Google conducts an annual pay equity analysis to determine whether employees are being equally paid for similar jobs regardless of their gender or race. Yesterday, it shared a blog post based on this analysis, according to which men were being paid less than women in one of their job level. Google says that with this annual analysis it aims to make the modeled compensation amounts and any changes to it by managers equitable across gender and race. Any significant discrepancies found in any job groups are then addressed by upwards adjustments across the group. What Google’s pay equity analysis revealed? Google’s paying plan consists of three pay elements namely salary, bonus, and equity refresh. The analysis did not talk about these three pay elements. The compensation is based on an employee’s job role, performance, and location. Additionally, managers are allocated an extra pool of money, which is called a discretionary budget. Managers can use this budget to increase pay elements of individual employees. The analysis highlighted that this compensation discrepancy of Level 4 engineers happened because managers were allocating more discretionary funds to women than men. “First, the 2018 analysis flagged one particularly large job code (Level 4 Software Engineer) for adjustments. Within this job code, men were flagged for adjustments because they received less discretionary funds than women,” wrote Lauren Barbato, Lead Analyst for Pay Equity. As an adjustment to this discrepancy, Google provided $9.7 million to a total of 10,677 employees, though it is not clear how many of those employees were men. A major portion of this adjustment fund (49 percent) was spent on discrepancies in offers to new hires. Google notes that the number of adjustments has risen dramatically as compared to 2017, which was only 228 employees. It says that this is because 2018’s analysis covered up to 91 percent of Googlers including new hires. “Secondly, this year we undertook a new hire analysis to look for any discrepancies in offers to new employees—this accounted for 49 percent of the total dollars spent on adjustments,” reads the blog post. This report just came at a time when Google is facing lawsuits for gender pay discrimination Google and other tech giants, in general, have been increasingly under public pressure to address gender bias at the workplace. Back in 2017, Google was sued by three ex-female employees saying that the company was discriminating female employees by systematically paying them less than men for similar jobs. One of the plaintiffs in this lawsuit against Google, Kelly Ellis, mentioned that she was hired as a Level 3 employee despite having four years of experience. Needless to say, she was surprised when she read about Google underpaying men and quickly correcting their compensation to maintain “equity”. She tweeted: Dylan Salisbury, a Software development manager at Google, shared in a tweet that even though he raised a concern about Google’s gender pay discrimination, it was not really taken into account: The Level 3 category is for new software engineers who have just graduated. She further revealed that a few weeks later a male engineer who, similar to Ellis, had graduated four years back was hired as a Level 4 employee. According to the suit, other men who had the same level of qualifications or even less were also hired as Level 4 employees. Jim Finberg, the lawyer representing the female employees, says this report, in fact, contradicts expert analysis of the company’s own payroll data. Under the lawsuit, the plaintiffs are demanding justice for about 8,300 current and former employees. Finberg in an email to WIRED said, “It is very disappointing that, instead of addressing the real gender pay inequities adverse to women, Google has decided to increase the compensation of 8,000 male software engineers.” Along with the lawsuit by the three ex-female employees, in the same year, Google was sued by the Department of Labor because it refused to share compensation data needed for an anti-discrimination audit. Later on, the department found out “systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce.” Google supposedly shared this report because it was counter-intuitive. Sharing select findings in the report led to a lot of misinterpretations showing that either Google didn’t have pay equity problem or even if it had they have overcorrected it. As the company itself admits in the post that this analysis is not adequate, it could have waited until the more comprehensive review is complete. Or, instead, it could have just shared the full report or the raw data for the public to see, as sharing a part of the results does not show the context. The pay equity analysis only compares employees in the same job category so it does not really show the bigger picture. The results do not reflect race or gender differences in the hiring and promotion processes. Further, in the blog post, Lauren Barbato mentions that in addition to this pay equity analysis, Google will be performing a more comprehensive review of leveling, performance ratings, and promotion processes. It will also be analyzing how employees are being leveled when they are hired. “Our first step is a leveling equity analysis to assess how employees are leveled when they are hired, and whether we can improve how we level,” says the blog post. One of the Google employees shared in a tweet that women were being paid more discretionary fund because they were systematically being under-promoted: Amid all this backlash, people were also supportive of Google’s decision. A Redditor commented, “So Google found out it was underpaying more men and hence gave men a higher raise pool? Sounds like they found a problem and took steps to fix it.” To read Google’s announcement, check out their blog post. Read Next Google refuses to remove the controversial Saudi government app that allows men to track women Google’s Project Zero reveals a “High severity” copy-on-write security flaw found in macOS kernel Google finally ends Forced arbitration for all its employees read more