Pune: The Bharatiya Janata Party will hold a two-day meet of the State executive at Pimpri on Wednesday. This will be the party’s second executive in Pimpri after more than three decades, the first being in the early 1980s.“The venue has been chosen as a symbolic marker of our triumph over the NCP, which had dominated the PCMC [Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation] for so long,” a BJP leader said. The saffron party won unprecedented landslides in polls to both Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad civic bodies, bagging 98 out of 162 seats in the Pune Municipal Corporation and 77 out of 128 seats in the PCMC.The BJP’s top brass from Maharashtra, including Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the party’s State unit chief Raosaheb Danve are expected to be in attendance, along with Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Suresh Prabhu.The sessions will focus on policy-making in Maharashtra and the party’s plans after securing overwhelming victories in most of the civic bodies and local bodies across the State.There are speculations that Congress strongman Narayan Rane might formally enter the BJP’s fold during the meet. However, local party leaders refused to comment on the matter.BJP’s Pimpri-Chinchwad president Laxman Jagtap said the meet will be held at the Ramkrishna More auditorium, and will be attended by more than 500 party leaders.The party virtually had no presence in PCMC, be it the civic or Assembly level, until the 2014 Parliamentary polls.However, its fortunes changed when Mr. Jagtap, who was formerly the NCP’s vital point man in the area, joined the BJP in 2014. This paved the way for the entry of more NCP heavyweights, like Bhosari legislator Mahesh Landge and former PCMC mayor Azam Pansare, into the saffron party.Stormy protests are expected by the Opposition NCP and the Shiv Sena, the BJP’s disgruntled ally, during the meet.The Sena’s Maruti Bhapkar (a former Aam Aadmi Party leader) said a combined Opposition would stage a hunger strike to protest against the failure of the promises made the BJP-led Central and State governments on various issues.
The team created history by finishing on top of the medal table with eight medals Jamaica outperformed the more than 140 participating countries Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Sport, the Hon. Natalie Neita Headley has congratulated the young Jamaican team on its “exceptional performance” at the recently concluded 8th IAAF World Youth Championships, held in Ukraine. The team created history by finishing on top of the medal table with eight medals — 6 gold medals and two bronze.Welcoming the athletes who returned to the island on Wednesday, July 17, Minister Neita Headley said our Jamaican athletes continue to make us proud as they demonstrate their talent and prowess on the track and solidify that we are indeed the sprint capital of the world.“This performance is another testament to the amazing ability of our athletes to perform at the highest level. It is also telling the world that our dominance in athletics is the result of a structured programme of hard work and not an overnight phenomenon. It will continue for a long time as we have a continent of young stars waiting to showcase their talent at the senior level,” Minister Neita Headley said.A welcome party headed by Minister Neita Headley was on hand at the Norman Manley International Airport to greet the athletes. “We want to show them how proud we are of their accomplishments so it is only fitting that we have this function in their honour,” said the Minister.The outstanding performances were led by gold medallists Yanique Thompson (100m Hurdles, Girls), Jaheel Hyde (110m Hurdles, Boys), Marvin Williams (400m Hurdles, Boys), Michael O’Hara (200m, Boys), Martin Manley (400m, Boys) and Jamaica Youth (Medley Relay). The bronze medallists were Tiffany James (400m, Girls) and Christoff Bryan (High Jump, Boys). Jamaica outperformed the more than 140 participating countries at the World Youth Championships, including the United States which finished fifth. Kenya, with four gold medals and Ethiopia with three finished second and third respectively. Story Highlights
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are real estate transactions in Wilmington during the week of August 19, 2018:Address: 269 Ballardvale StreetPrice: $1,320,000Buyer: 16 Robin LLCSeller: 269 Ballardvale Street LLCDate: 8/21/18Use: Office/IndustrialLot Size: 47,480 sfAddress: 44 Cunningham StreetPrice: $419,000Buyer: Thomas P. SheehanSeller: JMF Realty LLCDate: 8/24/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 4,792 sfAddress: 24 Dorchester StreetPrice: $580,000Buyer: Tich B. HuynhSeller: John Houghton & Yiching HoughtonDate: 8/23/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 30,056 sfAddress: 35 Fairmeadow RoadPrice: $559,000Buyer: Timothy J. RairnoSeller: Cosmo Disanto & Giuseppina DisantoDate: 8/21/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 10,890 sfAddress: 41 Lake StreetPrice: $484,900Buyer: Robert J. BrennanSeller: Edward P. White, Trustee for LPMDate: 8/22/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 20,909 sfAddress: 3 Linda RoadPrice: $425,000Buyer: Rocco RanieriSeller: Antonio S. Marino, Trustee for Antonio & Anna V. MarinoDate: 8/24/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 10,091 sfAddress: 1 Sheridan RoadPrice: $620,000Buyer: Matthew R. Griesbach & Whitney J. GriesbachSeller: Wildcats Realty LLCDate: 8/24/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 11,761 sfLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”
Tiger Woods ended his major title drought with victory at Augusta MastersreutersWhen he won his fifth Masters title and 15th major championship on April 14, Tiger Woods regained his place at the top of the golfing world. This victory ends a drought of 11 years without a major title, a period which saw the 43-year old going through mental and physical travails which left him looking like a spent force. But with this win, there is talk of resurgence and return to his top form.Tiger Woods was synonymous with golf about a decade ago. Even those who didn’t follow the sport knew his name. But then, in 2009, things came apart in a spectacular way when he was revealed to have been involved in several promiscuous relationships outside his marriage. Suddenly, this icon of the sport, seen as a role model, became a target of scorn.This personal disaster led to a complete breakdown in his professional life as well. The man who, at that time, had 14 major titles under his belt and seemed favourite to break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18, went into a downward spiral.But the vagaries of sport can never be predicted. On Sunday, April 14, Tiger was back on a familiar perch – that of a champion at Augusta Masters. It was here that he announced his arrival as a future great when he secured his first major title at the age of 21. 13 more titles followed until a drought began following 2008 US Open. Tiger Woods reacts to win the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf ClubreutersHis success brought the world’s attention back to golf. It is clear that even today, nobody commands as much stardom among golfers as Woods. US President Donald Trump, an avid golfer himself, tweeted praise for the star. “What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy,” was the tweet from the leader of the country. He was joined by his predecessor Barack Obama who also showered praise on the 43-year old for recovering his form.Now that he is back to his winning ways, talk of him breaking Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles has revived. Though he may not yet be back to his best – he scored a bogey on the last hole – but this victory can be a new start for the five-time Masters champion.As much as the emotional turmoil, the physical difficulties faced by Woods in the last decade were also of a high order. Serious surgeries on his back had caused considerable difficulties and even threatened to end his career. The fact that he could now compete and win at the highest level suggests that both on the emotional and physical front, Woods is back to his best. Can he follow this triumph with other great victories? Only time with tell.
Domestic e-commerce majors are likely to hire in fewer numbers from campuses in the placement season this year.Hiring by Flipkart and Snapdeal is expected to be sharply lower this season compared to a figure of about 400 graduates recruited by them from India’s top business schools last year.B-schools, such as SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, MDI Gurgaon, IIFT and IMI Delhi that have already conducted placements, have witnessed a 40%-75% decline in offers made by the e-commerce firms.The top three IIMs at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Kolkata are also headed to see “muted hiring” from e-commerce majors in the country, a placement source at one of these institutes told The Economic Times.Although the institutes are yet to conduct final placement, there are signs that hiring by these firms may fall. IIM-Kozhikode, which completed placements last weekend, has seen offers from the large e-commerce dipping by approximately 33.3%.XLRI, where placements will begin in February, expects to see slowdown in hiring by e-commerce companies. SPJIMR has already noticed a sharp fall in offers, with six firms hiring 14 graduates compared to 54 offers made by five firms in 2015.Similarly, MDI Gurgaon has seen only 19 offers from 13 companies this placement season against 47 offers from six firms last year.”This (slowdown in campus hiring) can be attributed to recent layoffs and unsuccessful business models of some companies,” says Manaswini Acharya, professor of marketing and dean (placements and corporate relations) at IMI Delhi.At MDI Gurgaon, Flipkart and Snapdeal have given job offers to just two graduates this year. Last year, Flipkart had made 13 offers at the institute, while Snapdeal hired 19 graduates.”Growth is happening, things are (still) good, but there is a reassessment of how much (cash) burn one should sustain. It is not unnatural for companies to consolidate and cut recruitment,” says Sandeep Murthy, partner at venture capital firm, Lightbox Ventures.
BNP chairperson Khaleda ZiaAnti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Sunday filed an appeal seeking tougher punishment for BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case in which she was earlier sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. ACC lawyers submitted the appeal to the office concerned of the High Court in the morning. reports UNB.“We have completed the affidavit of the appeal seeking harsher punishment for Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust Graft case,” said Khurshid Alam Khan, one of lawyers for the ACC.On 19 March, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail till 8 May in the graft case.The SC also allowed the state and the ACC to file petitions against HC order that granted bail to Khaleda fixing 8 May for next hearing.It also ordered the ACC and state to submit the concise statement of appeals within two weeks and BNP within four weeks.On 12 March, the High Court granted a four-month interim bail to Khaleda Zia.On 8 February last, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the BNP chief and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the case.Khaleda was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.The court read out a 632-page summarised version of the verdict on that day and it released the full 1174-page copy of the verdict on 19 February.
Share Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeDeputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on the scene of Santa Fe High School, where a shooting occurred in May.Joanne Tunchez’s 15-year-old son forgot to take his ADHD medication one Friday morning in late March. By the end of the day, he had been removed from his South Texas school and arrested for allegedly making a bomb threat in his culinary class.When his teacher asked him to take off his backpack that morning, he told her, “It’s not like it’s going to blow up,” according to Tunchez’s later conversations with students who witnessed the incident. Tunchez said the school failed to thoroughly investigate the matter before removing him, violating federally mandated procedures for removing a student with a disability.As a recent spate of school shootings has provoked nationwide panic, some advocates and parents, like Tunchez, are worried school and state officials’ response to the May massacre at Santa Fe High School could harm some students more than it protects them.Criminal charges have since been dropped for Tunchez’s son, who has ADHD and anxiety, but he missed more than two weeks of school, spent a couple of days in juvenile detention and failed the state standardized English test required for him to graduate.“I understand they were not going to tolerate kids making a terroristic threat. But they assumed it was a terroristic threat, when it was not a threat at all,” Tunchez said. “Because they didn’t listen to what we were trying to say, he still has to suffer a consequence for something he didn’t do.”The state government’s response to the heightened fear of school shootings has stemmed from a 40-point list of school safety recommendations released May 30 by Gov. Greg Abbott, compiled after three days of roundtable discussions with teachers, law enforcement, mass shooting survivors and advocates on both sides of the debate over guns.Those recommendations have added fuel to a longstanding debate over how schools should balance classroom safety with the rights of vulnerable students.Advocates for less-punitive disciplinary policies argue the governor’s plan is too focused on “zero-tolerance” discipline and would increase the likelihood that students of color and students with disabilities are kicked out of school and shuttled into the justice system. They fear education policy will swing back toward punitive discipline as educators and lawmakers grasp for immediate solutions to head off violence next school year.“The Legislature has worked to undo some of the harmful discipline policies in practice now. The big fear is what we’re seeing is a push to go backward … and going backward would harm very specific groups of people,” said Lauren Rose, director of youth justice policy at Texans Care for Children.Disproportionate punishmentFollowing a national trend, Texas students with disabilities as well as black and Hispanic students are already disproportionately suspended or expelled for misconduct, often removed from school and placed in disciplinary alternative education programs where they are temporarily educated separately from their peers. Past state audits of these programs have shown their limited success in educating kids, increasing the students’ likelihood of dropping out once or before they return to their regular campuses.Abbott’s plan includes recommendations to make it easier for teachers to remove students they suspect of violence from their classrooms by adding stalking, cruelty to animals and possession of weapons on school property to the list of offenses that could trigger removal. It also recommends creating systems to address the root causes of students’ misbehavior, including any mental health needs, once they are removed from classrooms.“What’s really concerning is having the state expand any sort of offenses and put a stamp of approval on using [disciplinary programs] as a response to student behavior,” said Morgan Craven, a staff attorney at nonprofit advocacy group Texas Appleseed. She agreed students who misbehave should receive extra counseling and support — but well before they are suspended or expelled. “Zero tolerance doesn’t ask any questions or get to what the issues are. It just says, ‘We’re going to push you away,’” she said.Abbott’s plan also indicates that school districts should follow existing specialized behavior management plans for students in special education who act out because of their disabilities, instead of moving to suspend or expel them, through protections laid out in federal law.Despite the existing federal protections, students with disabilities are overrepresented in disciplinary alternative education programs. In 2016, they made up 16 percent of the programs but just 8.8 percent of the student population.Already, education lawyers are noting more cases where students are removed from school for allegedly making terroristic threats, one of a long list of behaviors that can trigger placement in a disciplinary program.“We’ve seen that students with behavioral and emotional disorders, who have disabilities in those areas, have been the target of those disciplinary removals,” said Hank Bostwick, a lawyer at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid who manages special education cases. “When the child has a disability, that substantially impairs the student’s capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of his or her actions.”Teachers dividedClassroom teachers are more divided on the issue of punitive student discipline, with some arguing that they need more tools to be able to ensure students who put them and other students at risk are not simply left without consequences or help.“We don’t want students being unnecessarily removed from classrooms. … On the other hand, we don’t want teachers’ hands so tied that they can’t exercise an option allowed in the law to address persistent misbehavior,” said Paige Williams, staff attorney and director of legislation for the Texas Classroom Teachers Association.In 1995, in response to a federal mandate, Texas passed the Safe Schools Act, which required all school districts to provide separate educational settings for students who are suspended or otherwise removed from regular classrooms due to bad behavior. A couple of decades later, with educators leaning on classroom removals and the criminal justice system to deal with classroom management, lawmakers passed a series of laws rolling back zero-tolerance discipline policies and requiring school leaders to consider alternatives to expelling or suspending students.Last year, the Legislature banned out-of-school suspensions for students younger than third grade.With the turn in policy, many teachers are concerned that they are losing their authority over classroom management and that administrators are not taking seriously their concerns over daily acts of student violence, Williams said. “We were hearing a lot of complaints from teachers who were sending students for behavior issues to the principal and there being no consequences once they got to an administrator,” she said. Teachers responding to an informal TCTA survey said lack of administrative support in student discipline issues was a key factor in their decisions to leave the profession, a data point cited in Abbott’s plan.Williams said she has heard from many teachers who were scared for their own safety due to students making perceived terroristic threats, but who had not been taken seriously by administrators or law enforcement.“We need a holistic approach,” she said. “It’s hard for me as a representative of teachers to say when someone threatens them that they shouldn’t take it seriously and shouldn’t do what they need to do to feel safe in their classrooms.”State efforts so farState Sen. John Whitmire, a Houston Democrat, authored a 2015 law that in part requires districts to establish “campus behavior coordinators,” who could be the principal or another school administrator, to determine how best to discipline a student sent to the principal’s office — which would help ensure teachers’ concerns were taken seriously and that students were treated fairly.But more than 150 school districts have exempted themselves from that requirement through a separate 2015 law intended to give districts more flexibility in following state regulations, according to a TCTA count this spring.Some of those schools have instead installed their own behavior and discipline management plans, Whitmire told The Texas Tribune this week. “Prior to [my 2015 law], everybody was saying there was no consensus who was in charge,” he said. “Parents didn’t know who to talk to. Teachers didn’t know who was looking out for school discipline.”Police officers placed on campus ended up handling school discipline, giving out tickets to students for minor infractions. Whitmire said he is concerned the current focus on school safety might prompt a reliance on law enforcement.“Now we’re in a period where everyone’s afraid,” he said. “We all have the same goal: school safety. But you’ve got to be very cautious that you don’t create some unintended consequences.”In fact, one of Abbott’s proposals was to station more police officers in schools, and districts are already moving forward with such plans. But Rose echoed Whitmire’s concerns, saying it would increase the likelihood that teachers and administrators rely on the criminal justice system to deal with behavioral issues.Black and Hispanic students are more likely to be arrested, ticketed and referred to juvenile probation than white students, though they are not more likely to misbehave, according to a 2016 report from Texans Care for Children and Texas Appleseed. “Creating new opportunities to remove students from the classroom is creating more opportunity to socially isolate them and putting students on a path away from success,” Rose said.At a state-sponsored roundtable in late May, family members and survivors of recent school shootings pitched Abbott ideas for what would make them feel more safe in their schools, such as stationing more police officers, making it easier to arm teachers and having students report any suspicious behavior.Many details of Abbott’s plan mirrored the proposals from that conversation, half of which was open to the media.Advocates argue any plans to make schools safer should consider the experiences of a broader group of students.“It’s really important to get input from students who have been through these horrible shootings,” Rose said. “To craft policies that create safe and supportive schools, it’s also important to get the perspective of students who have experienced the inappropriate, unintended consequences of zero-tolerance policies and having police in our schools, like students with disabilities and students of color.”Disclosure: The Texas Classroom Teachers Association and Texas Appleseed have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. 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To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share The Galveston Historical Foundation has released its yearly list of significant structures that are at risk of being lost. New to this year’s list are five homes and a boarding house on Galveston Island along with the Bolivar Point Lighthouse.Galveston Historical Foundation Executive Director Dwayne Jones said they release the annual list in hopes of finding someone who can restore the buildings.“It’s just really making people aware that our culture and our history is much more diverse and it’s around us every day,” said Jones. “And sometimes those properties that fall into disrepair or need help get overlooked.”Galveston has a large number of historic properties from the 19th Century and the early 20th Century. But restoring and maintaining those buildings is often costly. Jones said that while Galveston has a bustling tourism industry it doesn’t have the “depth of economy” you might see in other places.“Part of the challenge is always just the lack of money and interest in taking care of a property or rehabilitating it,” said Jones. “And sometimes it’s really that it doesn’t have an economic use or doesn’t appear to have an economic use.”Dwayne Jones Discusses Endangered Buildings on Houston Matters: X Listen 00:00 /07:56 X – / 6 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Galveston’s weather can also take its toll on aging buildings. While many homes are constructed of sturdy cypress, Jones said they have to endure wind, high tides and the occasional hurricane.“All of those put a special kind of pressure on all the historic buildings on the island that you wouldn’t see more inland in Texas or in some other parts of the country,” said Jones.He said that buildings can also fall into disrepair because of disputes over who owns it.“Sometimes there’s not a clear transfer of the property to some other owners,” said Jones. “Like if someone passes away and doesn’t have a will.”Jones told News 88.7 there have been cases where the Galveston Historical Foundation has purchased buildings from willing sellers. In other cases, it’s acquired historic properties through tax sales.For groups and individuals who want to restore old structures, there are federal and state tax credits available if the building is used for commercial purposes. There are also organizations that offer grants, like the Texas Historical Commission.As for increasing awareness of endangered historic properties, Jones said it’s all about building a culture of preservation.“It adds diversity to the community,” said Jones. “It tells a longer history of the community and it has economic benefits for a community as well.”The structures on this year’s list include:• 1872 Bolivar Point LighthouseThe 145-year-old lighthouse is currently in a severe state of deterioration and in need of considerable restoration. Extensive loss of original material necessitates complete removal and reconstruction of the upper portions including the watch and lantern rooms as well as the cupola. Work will require reconstruction of masonry walls and re-casting of iron elements. A condition assessment report completed in 2018 notes the lighthouse is in dire need of repairs, estimated at $2.5 million. Almost half of the cost is to remove the domed cupola and fabricating a replacement.• 1870 Emilia Gengler House, 2102 SealyNoted in the Galveston Architecture Guidebook for exemplifying a phenomenon that was common in 19th-and early-20th century Galveston of increasing the height of a house by adding a new floor beneath the existing house. The 1871 Bird’s –Eye View map of Galveston depicts the building as a two-story house with front verandahs and a low hipped roof.• 1913 Mrs. George Smith Boarding House, 1103 TremontThis three-story, 25-room house was built for use as a boarding house by Mr. and Mrs. George Smith. When completed, the Galveston Daily News noted the house contained ice water faucets on each floor, electric call bells and “speaking” tubes. In 1996, a previous owner abandoned rehabilitation efforts. The current owner purchased the house in 2007.• Joseph Franklin House, 3314 Avenue K Built 1868 / Rebuilt 1903The Galveston Architecture Guidebook recognized this Southern townhouse for the double-height fluted Doric columns and major openings framed with shouldered architraves. It was built by Joseph Franklin, a prominent lawyer, and land agent and originally located on the corner of the block facing 33rd Street. In 1903, it was reoriented on the block to face Avenue K and rebuilt.• 2814 Avenue L Built 1880This five-bay house is representative of a typical working-class cottage. The original paneled door surrounded by sidelights and transom is intact as are the building’s six-over-six windows. Missing windows and broken panes leave the house exposed to the elements. The current owner, who also owns 1103 Tremont, acquired the house in 1998. It is currently vacant.• 2813-2815 Avenue K, Rear Built 1889 (eastern house) and c1919 (western house)These two surviving alley houses are the only surviving buildings on the lot. The front house, described as “old” on the 1919 insurance certificate, was recently demolished. Both alley houses appear to have been unoccupied for years, and the front part of the lot is overgrown and strewn with trash. The alley houses should be preserved as a once common building type that could also increase the city’s housing stock. 00:00 /00:39
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Kolkata: An aircraft of a private airline made an emergency landing at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport in Kolkata on Monday night, after smoke was traced inside the cabin. While approaching the NSCBI Airport, smoke started spreading further inside the aircraft.Sources informed that on Monday night at around 10:40 pm, the Air Traffic Control (ATC) of NSCBI Airport received an SOS message from a flight coming from Ahmadabad via Jaipur. The pilot informed that due to some unknown reasons, smoke spread all over inside the aircraft. Passengers became panic stricken due to the smoke and some even had breathing problem. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeImmediately, ATC officials arranged for an emergency landing, with all the necessary system such as fire tenders, ambulances and other logistics in place. All other flight operations were halted for the time being. A few minutes later the flight safely landed at the airport. The 139 passengers on board were evacuated using a ‘slipper’ through the emergency exit. After evacuation, the aircraft was quarantined and taken to a safe distance. Later, engineers were called to check the aircraft. But no fault could be detected. Later, the flight was grounded till an overall check. According to airport sources, it would be checked again if there is any glitch. According to sources, engineers are working to detect the problem in the aircraft.
There seems to be a running battle between Google and its employees for quite some time now. A group of Google employees announced yesterday that they’re launching a public awareness social media campaign from 9 AM to 6 PM EST today. The group, called, ‘Googlers for ending forced arbitration’ aims to educate people about the forced arbitration policy via Instagram and Twitter where they will also share their experiences about the same with the world. The group has researched their fellow tech employees, academic institutions, labour attorneys, advocacy groups, etc as well as the contracts of around 30 major tech companies, as a part of its efforts. They also published a post on Medium, yesterday, stating that “ending forced arbitration is the gateway change needed to transparently address inequity in the workplace”. According to National Association of Consumer Advocates, “In forced arbitration, a company requires a consumer or employee to submit any dispute that may arise to binding arbitration as a condition of employment or buying a product or service. The employee or consumer is required to waive their right to sue, to participate in a class action lawsuit, or to appeal”. Demands for more transparency around Google’s sexual assault policies seems to have become a bone of contention for Google. For instance, two shareholders, namely, James Martin and two other pension funds sued Alphabet’s board members, last week, for protecting the top execs accused of sexual harassment. The lawsuit, which seeks major changes to Google’s corporate governance, also urges for more clarity surrounding Google’s policies. Similarly, Liz Fong Jones, developer advocate at Google Cloud platform, revealed earlier this month, that she’s planning to leave the firm due to Google showing lack of leadership in case of the demands made by employees during the Google walkout. It was back in November 2018 when over 20,000 Google employees organized Google “walkout for real change” and walked out of their offices along with temps and contractors to protest against the discrimination, racism, and sexual harassment encountered within Google. Google employees had made five demands as part of the walkout, including ending forced arbitration for all employees (including temps) in cases of sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination. Now, although Google announced that it’s ending its forced Arbitration policy as a response to the walkout (a move that was soon followed by Facebook) back in November, Google employees are not convinced. They argue that the announcement only made up for strong headlines, and did not actually do enough for the employees. The employees mentioned that there were “no meaningful gains for worker equity … nor any actual change in employee contracts or future offer letters (as of this publication, we have confirmed Google is still sending out offer letters with the old arbitration policy)”. Moreover, forced arbitration still exists in Google for cases involving other forms of workplace harassment and discrimination issues that are non-sexual in nature. Google has made the forced arbitration policy optional only for individual cases of sexual assault for full-time employees and still exists for class-action lawsuits and thousands of contractors who work for the company. Additionally, the employee contracts in the US still have the arbitration waiver in effect. “Our leadership team responded to our five original demands with a handful of partial policy changes. The other ‘changes’ they announced simply re-stated our current, ineffective practices or introduced extraneous measures that are irrelevant to bringing equity to the workplace”, mentions the group in a blog post on Medium. Follow the public awareness campaign on the group’s Instagram and Twitter accounts. Read Next Recode Decode #GoogleWalkout interview shows why data and evidence don’t always lead to right decisions in even the world’s most data-driven company Tech Workers Coalition volunteers talk unionization and solidarity in Silicon Valley BuzzFeed Report: Google’s sexual misconduct policy “does not apply retroactively to claims already compelled to arbitration”
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