NEW DELHI: Delhi government has decided to make a list of more than 30 Mohalla Clinics across the city which would be open for 12 hours. Nearly 36 Mohallah Clinics has been decided as per sources which would provide the extended period of OPD service. Earlier, all the Mohalla Clinics worked only for eight hours. “This is a decision which was taken keeping in mind the necessity of the Mohalla Clinics. Now more people are coming to the clinics and the extended time will help the doctors to provide better health facility,” said an official. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to sources all the Chief District Medical Officers were asked to send their recommendations for appointment of doctors in these clinics and to ensure adequate stock of medicines. There are 204 Mohalla Clinics which offer primary healthcare facilities, besides providing nine essential medicines and 212 tests free of cost to beneficiaries. Meanwhile, the Delhi government is all set to launch more than 100 Mohalla Clinics by next month, said the sources in the government. All these clinics are mostly ready for the use and now the government is working on the appointment of doctors on these clinics and also some last-minute infrastructural work is going on. “Most of these Mohalla Clinics are fully ready. The Public Works Department is working on the last minute setting of furniture in these clinics. The work of appointment of doctors are also going on,” said a senior official. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to the officials, most of these clinics are built in both government lands and rented lands. “The government has now decided to rent private lands because the projects got delayed due to the availability of the lands. Now after the decision of taking lands in rent, the work progress is going fast,” said the official. After lots of tussle with the DDA, the Delhi government has decided to take semi-commercial spaces on rent to make Mohalla Clinics. By November the Delhi government to make 500 more Mohalla Clinics said the sources in the Delhi government. In an urgent meeting with the Health Minister, the department took the decision. Sources in the Delhi government also said that next week the department is likely to inaugurate nine Mohalla Clinics at various places across Delhi.
OTTAWA — Former Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps says the Canadian military has been slow to change its highly sexualized culture.Testifying to the House of Commons defence committee, she said victims of sexual aggression in the ranks aren’t served well by the military’s complaints process.Deschamps led a report on sexual misconduct in the military in 2015.She told the committee the “duty to report,” which compels service members to report criminal behaviour and trigger a formal process, does not support the needs of victims.Her comments echo the findings of a fall report by the auditor general.Defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance defended the practice last month but said officials were looking at ways to empower and support victims.The Canadian Press
Deoband (UP): Accusing the BJP-led NDA government of creating more rifts in the society than the British during colonial rule, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Sunday said this time, the Lok Sabha elections are to bring a “mahaparivartan”. Kicking off a joint campaign of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance here in western Uttar Pradesh, Yadav asked the BJP leaders to resolve not to lie during the auspicious occasion of ‘Navaratri’. Referring to the 2014 parliamentary election, the Samajwadi Party chief said, “He (Modi) came as a chaiwala (tea-seller) and we all believed (him) for the sake of ‘achche din’ and crores of jobs. But now, when elections have come again they say they are chowkidar (watchmen).” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “This time, we all will together snatch the ‘chowki’ (seat) of every single chowkidar,” he said. Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi coining an acronym ‘SARAB’ (alcohol) from the initial letters of the Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal and Bahujan Samaj Party tie-up, Yadav said, “Our alliance is being termed ‘milawat (adulterated) alliance’, but those who talk about SARAB are intoxicated by power.” He accused the BJP of having forgotten its promises and asserted that the SP-BSP-RLD alliance aims to give the country a new government and a new prime minister. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The Samajwadi party chief stressed that the dreams of socialist thinkers Ram Manohar Lohia and Kanshi Ram will be fulfilled by the alliance. “The coming election is for ‘mahaparivartan’ (grand change)… this is the alliance of giving a new government and a new PM,” he told the gathering. On the prime minister washing the feet of sanitation workers at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, the SP president said, “Everyone saw on TV when feet were being washed, but at the same time, jobs of the minorities and others were washed off.” The promise of ‘achche din’ (good days) has turned out to be ‘burey din’ (bad days). They (BJP)… brought GST, which benefitted big businessmen but the small ones remained harassed, he alleged. Taking a dig at the prime minister for making claims of all-round success, Yadav said, “The prime minister is making claims, but statistics prove the country is going backwards in all areas… They created walls within society, when what was required was that progress be made with the help of schemes.” He asked the BJP leaders to resolve never to tell lies, and said, “I have taken the same resolve this ‘Navaratri’.” “They created more rifts in society than the British,” Yadav said, and alleged that the BJP wanted to create rift within the society and end the legacy of former prime minister Chaudhary Charan Singh. Lamenting that the country’s boundaries were “still not safe” and jawans were being killed, the SP chief held the BJP responsible for these. “The coming elections are for bringing change, establishing brotherhood, pulling down the wall of hatred,” he said. Asserting that the ruling BJP was afraid of the alliance, Yadav said not a single vote should go in waste and also attacked the Congress for fielding candidates against the alliance. “The policies of the Congress and the BJP are same… The Congress does not want to bring change but rather want to strengthen itself in Uttar Pradesh,” he alleged. Lauding the works done by the SP and BSP governments in the state in the areas of road, power, laptop distribution, pension, Yadav said, “Those making tall claims on the power sector must know that the BSP and SP governments had done more work compared to the five years of BJP at the Centre and two years in Uttar Pradesh. Not a single megawatt power has been generated by the BJP.”
Rabat – Following an open session Thursday, November 22, in Marrakech during the Africities 2018 summit, participants reached a consensus that Marrakech is eligible to become the first African Culture Capital, thanks to its architectural, artistic, and cultural legacy.UNESCO designated Marrakech’s medina (old city) a World Heritage Site in 1985 and named the Jemaa el–Fna Square an Intangible Heritage in 2001, and the city has substantial tourism infrastructure. Marrakech has become a frequent venue for international events.“Marrakech aims to use its quality infrastructure to serve the ambitions of the African continent,” Mohamed Larbi Belcaid, the city mayor told local outlet Kech 24. Read also: Africities Talks Urbanization, Inclusive Citizenship in AfricaKhalid Tamer, the secretary-general of the organizing committee of the African Capitals of Culture considered Marrakech as the launch pad for the African Capitals of Culture project leading to sustainable and human urban development.The Africities 2018 summit, which aims to address major questions based on the African Union’s Agenda 2063, opened in Marrakech on November 20, 2018, under the patronage of King Mohammed VI. The summit features open sessions, political sessions, special events, and live discussions involving 5,000 participants, 750 mayors, 500 exhibitors, 35 ministers, and 40 partners from 2,500 cities and local governments.
Rabat –Morocco’s High Authority of Audiovisual Communication (HACA) has installed a center for monitoring and control of audiovisual media in Bamako, Mali.The inauguration of the center took place Tuesday in the Malian capital.On the occasion, HACA Director Benaissa Asloun said that the founding of the center reflects the “convergence” between HACA and Mali’s High Authority for Communication (HAC) as independent institutions that strive to secure citizens’ rights to a free and ethical audio-visual communication that also respects political, social, and religious values and diversity. The new monitoring center is equipped with state-of-the-art technology developed by HACA engineers, which will enable HAC to monitor and archive all radio and television programs broadcast in Mali.Read Also: Morocco’s HACA Launches Official Website to Receive Public ComplaintsThe contract between HACA and HAC, signed in Rabat in 2018, includes the training of monitoring officers and the installation of a technical room to record 36 FM radio services and 24 television services, Asloun told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). The Moroccan ambassador in Bamako, Hassan Naciri, said that the launch of the center will enable HAC to ensure fair access to audiovisual media in the country. He added that the launch is the fruit of King Mohammed VI’s and Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s dedication to a “mutually beneficial cooperation.”
VIDEO: An estimated 125,000 refugees fleeing the conflict in Myanmar are living in terrible conditions say UN humanitarian agencies. “We are running out of space in the existing settlements and new arrivals are pitching camp wherever they can erect some plastic sheeting to protect themselves from the elements,” said Sarat Dash, IOM Bangladesh Chief of Mission. “The new arrivals are putting immense strain on the existing support structures. These need to be immediately scaled up to ensure lives are not put at risk,” he cautioned. With reports of ongoing violence, UN agencies today expressed grave concern about the situation, including reports that some civilians are dying enroute to safety. “Those who have made it to Bangladesh are in poor condition. Most have walked for days from their villages – hiding in jungles, crossing mountains and rivers with what they could salvage from their homes. They are hungry, weak and sick,” a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Duniya Aslam Khan, told journalists in Geneva. Two of the shelter sites – Kutupalong and Nayapara camps – are at “breaking point,” Ms. Khan said. New arrivals are hosted by refugee families and in refugee schools, community centres, madrassas and covered structures. “We are running out of available space,” she stressed.’I just knew to run to save my life’ Among the people who UN agencies and partners are helping in Bangladesh is Rohingya Dilara, who reached Bangladesh barefoot, clutching her 18-month son. “My husband was shot in the village. I escaped with my son and in-laws,” she told UNHCR. “We walked for three days, hiding when we had to. The mountain was wet and slippery and I kept falling.” Dilara followed other villagers into the Kutupalong camp, which was established in the 1990s along with neighbouring Nayapara camp, and already had a population of some 30,000 people. UNHCR estimates that 20,000 civilians arrived since 25 August, when the fighting in Myanmar flared up. “I don’t know where I am…I just knew to run to save my life,” Dilara said. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called for the Muslims of Rakhine state to be given either nationality or legal status, and voiced concern about violence that has since late August forced nearly 125,000 people to flee and risk destabilizing the region. “I have condemned the recent attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army. But now we are receiving constant reports of violence by Myanmar’s security forces, including indiscriminate attacks,” the Secretary-General told journalists in New York, expressing concern about the security, humanitarian and human rights situation in Rakhine. “This will only further increase radicalization.” Mr. Guterres said that he has officially written to the Security Council to express his concern and to propose various steps to end the violence, adding that the grievances of Rohingya – the Muslims in the Rakhine state – “have festered for far too long and are becoming an undeniable factor in regional destabilization.” He called on the international community to prevent further escalation and to seek a holistic solution, and urged the authorities in Myanmar to provide security and aid to those in need and safe access to life-saving aid. “At the same time, it is no longer possible to delay an effective action plan to address the root causes of the crisis,” Mr. Guterres said. “It will be crucial to give the Muslims of Rakhine state either nationality or, at least for now, a legal status that will allow them to have a normal life, including freedom of movement and access to labour markets, education and health services.”UN agencies scaling up support Meanwhile, UN agencies in the region today appealed for $18 million to aid for three months the civilians who are rushing into Bangladesh. “Clear signs that more will cross into Bangladesh from Myanmar before situation stabilizes,” said the Director of Operations and Emergencies at the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Mohammed Abdiker, on Twitter. “Without more int[ernational] support, suffering will continue.” Thousands of people are arriving daily in south-eastern Bangladesh, living in makeshift sites and seeking any space for shelter.
Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano speaks to the media on Dec. 27 prior to the 2017 Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDALLAS — In April, should he decide to forgo his final year of eligibility, USC quarterback Sam Darnold will likely be selected at the top of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.But before one of the top quarterbacks in the nation likely turns his attention to professional football, he first will face a formidable Ohio State defense Friday at AT&T Stadium in the Cotton Bowl.Ohio State might present the biggest test Darnold will face all season. The Buckeyes have allowed the 20th-fewest passing yards per game and seventh-fewest passing yards per attempt. This matchup also could wind up being the Buckeyes’ toughest challenge since Week 2, when they hosted the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.The Sooners’ signal-caller went 27-for-35 for 386 passing yards and three touchdowns. And if the Buckeyes are to have more success against Darnold, Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano believes the defense will need to simplify its game and not try to do too much against the Trojans.“When you’re playing an elite level quarterback or an elite level running back, and this is going to sound coach-speak, but 11 guys have to do their job,” Schiano said Wednesday. “When you look back at that Oklahoma game, some players tried to do too much and did more than their job and then what happened is when you do more than your job, you don’t end up doing your job.”The idea seems easy enough, but Ohio State senior defensive end Jalyn Holmes said keeping everything simple against talented players and teams is not always simple.Knowing the caliber of the team, players will often take an opportunity to try for a sack or make a play on the ball and open a gap in coverage, something Holmes said he has fallen victim to frequently in his career. This, he said, was particularly an issue for the team in its 31-16 loss to Oklahoma.And given the similarities between Darnold and Mayfield, there is room for concern that the defense could have another lapse and find itself on the wrong end of another blowout.Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield evades Buckeye defenders in the Oklahoma- Ohio State game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWhile neither are considered true dual-threat quarterbacks, both have the mobility to escape the pocket and make plays outside when needed. Mayfield is more prone to designed runs, and thus has 310 rushing yards on 85 carries, 210 more yards and 21 more carries than Darnold. Both have five rushing touchdowns.Darnold is less of a threat to run, but his mobility and comfort outside of the pocket allow him to complete passes while on the move. “I think being able to kind of play and move off of my instincts has really been one of my strengths in terms of playing quarterback,” Darnold said. “I think, obviously, there’s a lot to learn from when you look at sometimes how my feet can get out of whack a little bit and I can be throwing a little sideways. But I think throwing on the run is one of my really good strengths.”Sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa said while both are elusive, Mayfield chooses to do it more out of comfort whereas Darnold will stay in the pocket if possible. That comfort in the pocket and ability to do damage with his arm without having to move is what helps Darnold separate himself from Mayfield — and is why he is considered the better NFL prospect. “Some of the throws he makes are just kind of ridiculous,” Bosa said. “Across the field, how fast he throws the ball, you can see why people are impressed with him.”In order to stop Darnold from tearing the Buckeyes apart through the air like Mayfield did, Ohio State will have to swiftly break through the Trojans’ offensive line while also containing Darnold.USC’s line will often move side-to-side to try and provide challenges for opposing defensive lines, Bosa said. Buthe said the defense has been preparing for that, and added the Buckeyes should still be able to find the holes and get to Darnold.“Just staying in your rush lane, even if a slide comes to you and you want to take that inside move or whatever it is, just staying disciplined to where you’re rushing and sometimes sacks will fall right into you if you just stay where you’re supposed to be,” Bosa said. Both Bosa and Darnold expressed excitement in the looming matchup. With a defensive line Darnold said is entirely comprised of future NFL players and a quarterback who will likely hear his name called early in the upcoming draft, both sides are eager for the chance to prove one is better than the other.Bosa, in particular, is excited for the first chance to break the line of scrimmage.“You always want to hit a high-drafted quarterback,” he said.
In its 100th year, FLSmidth MAAG Gear has been looking back at the key milestones in company and technology development since 1913. Max Maag, a pioneer in the field of gear technology, founded Maag Zahnräder AG. On April 1, 1913, he moved the company to Hardstrasse 219 in Zurich and as a result, 1913 is considered the founding year of the company. The factory produced hardened, ground gears for a number of industries such as aviation (Zeppelin), car making, metal working and ship building. It also designed gear-cutting machines and gear grinders.Around 1930, Maag went international and founded subsidiaries in France and Italy. Over the next 50 years, the company developed a number of successful gear measuring and gear grinding machines. After the Second World War the company expanded into the cement and marine industries, producing heavy-duty gear units, turbo gear units and gear pumps. In the 1980s the company board defined a new strategy and expanded into a new market by taking over a company that produced powder castings. The machine tool business was closed down and MAAG Gear was founded as an independent company. In the 1990s it became clear that this strategy was not working and MAAG Gear was sold to FLSmidth. Since then, FLSmidth MAAG Gear has designed, produced and maintained gears, gear units and drive systems for the cement and minerals industries.MAAG Gear milestones include 1910 with the invention of the Maag tooth design; still in use today, it provides gear manufacturers with an ideal method of influencing tooth shape to improve load bearing and sliding characteristics. In 1913 the company introduced a gear grinder guided by diamond tracers for precision-shaped gears for the car industry. This was used for the next 70 years. In 1939 the PH-60 gear-measuring machine was developed. By the time production was phased out in 1981, 1,260 machines had been delivered to customers worldwide, some of which are still in use today. The year 1949 saw the introduction of the HSS-360 gear grinder, which could handle gear diameters up to 3,600 mm and workpieces weighing up to 25 t, making it the largest gear grinder in the world at that time. Then 1966 saw the design of heavy-duty two-stage planetary gear units – called CPUs – for horizontal mills in the cement industry. CPUs were more reliable than conventional parallel shaft gear units; 265,000 hours and almost 50 years later the first two CPUs installed are still running.Moving into the modern era, in 1983 MAAG delivered its first WPU two-stage gear unit for a vertical roller mill. The largest WPU gear unit weighs 190 t and outputs 5,346 kW at a speed of 995/23 rpm. In 2007, MAAG introduced its unique concept of a three-stage bevel planetary gear unit WPV with torque split. The torque split enables approximately 25% of the power to be guided directly through the planet shafts of the second stage into the output flange. The three-stage concept was the answer to the ever increasing mill sizes. The biggest MAAG WPV weighs 220 t and outputs almost 8,000 kW. In 2011, FLSmidth MAAG Gear launched an entirely new drive concept for vertical mills: MAAG CEM Drive (Central Electric Motor) combines the advantages of proven MAAG gear technology with an ingenious motor concept, all in one common housing.The company states: “Entering its second century, FLSmidth MAAG Gear continues to develop technology, products, people and drive solutions for the cement and minerals industries. The company is making solid progress, favoured by growth in some of the major markets. This will necessitate continuous development of products and strong support from the parent FLSmidth. FLSmidth MAAG Gear is to become the Global Technology Centre for engineered drive solutions in the cement and minerals industries and to be the customers’ preferred full service provider of sustainable minerals and cement technologies.”
Madagascar : plus de lémuriens d’ici 20 à 25 ans ?D’ici 20 ans, la totalité des lémuriens de Madagascar pourrait avoir disparue si rien n’est fait. En effet, selon plusieurs experts, la pauvreté de l’ile pousse les hommes à détruire la forêt qui constitue l’habitat de ces petits primates.Madagascar est la seul île du monde où l’on peut encore observer des lémuriens en liberté. Mais ces petits primates sont aujourd’hui très gravement menacés de disparition. En effet leur habitat naturel, la forêt, est victime de la culture sur brûlis et des feux de brousse des Malgaches qui détruisent chaque année 200.000 ha de forêt. Car il est très rentable de piller la forêt de son bois précieux, de ses ressources minières (de l’or dont chaque gramme se vend 35 €) et de ses lémuriens. Plus que de la préserver, en tout cas. Aujourd’hui, il ne reste plus que 10 à 13 % de la forêt sur l’île, soit 50.000 km2, indique 20minutes.fr.”Si on continue ce rythme de déforestation, on peut dire que d’ici 20 à 25 ans environ, il n’y aura plus de forêt, et donc plus de lémuriens”, estime Jonah Ratsimbazafy, un célèbre primatologue malgache. Il rappelle que 93 des 105 espèces de lémuriens recensées sont menacées et que “tant que la pauvreté existera, on ne peut pas croire que l’on pourra empêcher la disparition de ces lémuriens”.Il faut dire que de plus en plus de Malgaches pauvres se lancent dans la coupe de bois précieux pour survivre. Par ailleurs, “les petits coupeurs de bois de rose dans le nord-est sont obligés de manger des lémuriens durant leurs longues expéditions dans la forêt où souvent ils n’emmènent pas suffisamment à manger. Couper du bois c’est dur, alors ils mangent de la viande de lémuriens car c’est plus facile à attraper que les oiseaux”, explique un primatologue.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour les experts de plusieurs ONG environnementales, la mise en place d’un plan d’urgence est plus que nécessaire. Selon eux, un tel projet coûte 5,7 millions d’euros sur trois ans. On sait d’avance que Madagascar ne financera en aucune façon un plan de sauvetage des lémuriens, l’État étant déjà incapable de financer ses propres élections. “Nous allons faire des recherches de financement ailleurs avec des fondations privées”, a déclaré Benjamin Andriamihaja, représentant à Madagascar d’ICTE (Institut pour la Conservation des Environnement Tropicaux).”Même si tout le monde sait que trois ans ne seront pas suffisants pour stopper totalement la déforestation, on peut limiter les dégâts en impliquant les populations locales dans l’éco-tourisme entre autres”. Par ailleurs, “on essaie de financer des activités génératrices de revenus, par exemple, planter des haricots, élever des porcs, des poulets, développer la pisciculture, pour que les paysans arrêtent de détruire la forêt mais il est très difficile de suppléer au manque à gagner des paysans qui ne pensent pas à long terme”, explique M. Andriamihaja.Le 21 août 2013 à 13:05 • Maxime Lambert
‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Mire’Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon Stay on target You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. And while Simon Pegg (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Mission: Impossible, Hot Fuzz, Star Trek) doesn’t easily escape one’s memory, his fleeting performance in Doctor Who very well might.Simon Pegg is The Editor (via DailyMotion)THE EDITORFirst appearance: “The Long Game” (2005)—season 1, episode 7Home planet: EarthDoctor: NinthCompanions: Rose Tyler, Adam MitchellIt’s the year 200,000, and the Fourth Estate has come undone.The Doctor, Rose, and short-lived companion Adam arrive on Floor 139 of space station Satellite 5—a broadcast tower transmitting news across Earth.But something is wrong; someone is stunting the development of mankind. And none of the onboard journalists are asking the right questions. Or any questions, for that matter.Upstairs on Floor 500 (where the walls are decidedly not made of gold), a pale, bleach-blonde man with a creepy smile and menacing goatee senses “a tiny little shift” in the network.Simon Pegg is The Editor (via DailyMotion)The Editor (played by the incomparable Simon Pegg)—a human servant himself—orders a team of frozen slaves to conduct a security check, which identifies Suki Macrae Cantrell, née Eva Saint Julienne, as the security breach.Meanwhile, Team TARDIS continue their adventures undetected.That is, until the Doctor and Rose sojourn to Floor 500, where they meet the smooth-and-sinister Editor, who claims to represent a consortium of interstellar banks bent on manipulating facts and lying to people.“For almost a hundred years, mankind has been shaped and guided, his knowledge and ambition strictly controlled by it’s broadcast news,” the redactor explains, “edited by my superior, your master, and humanity’s guiding light—the mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe.Max (via DailyMotion)“I call him Max,” he says with a smile.When Russell T. Davies wrote this prescient episode, there was no way for him to know how on-target “The Long Game” would be 12 years later—in the days of fake news and covfefe.“Create a climate of fear and it’s easy to keep the borders closed. It’s just a matter of emphasis,” according to The Editor. “The right word in the right broadcast repeated often enough can destabilize an economy, invent an enemy, change a vote.”And the Doctor can reverse those effects.Simon Pegg is The Editor (via DailyMotion)Shackled and awaiting his imminent death, the Time Lord spots reporter Cathica—who he once dismissed as a “stupid little slave”—outside the room, and loudly comments that altering the environmental systems could kill the Jagrafess.She takes the hint and reverses the cooling system, turning Floor 500 into a sauna, and subsequently causing the overhead monster to expand and eventually explode bits of flesh onto the fleeing Editor.In some ways, Pegg’s performance served as a precursor for how the BBC show would eventually portray the modern Master: golden-haired and gleefully ghoulish.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles BOOM! Studios and WWE announce new original graphic novel at San Diego Comic-Con Shawn Michaels Twitter Seth Rollins Pinterest Roman Reigns is in Remission Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Courtesy of WWE.com:WWE Superstars and Divas to appear during 2015 Wizard World Comic Con PhiladelphiaPHILADELPHIA — Five popular WWE Superstars and Divas will be in attendance at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia when Sting, Roman Reigns, Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton and Diva Paige appear during the 15th annual pop culture extravaganza, set for May 7 to 10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.Reigns and Paige will appear on Thursday, May 7, greeting fans, signing autographs, posing for dual and solo photo ops, and conducting a dual Q&A panel. Ziggler (who will conduct a solo Q&A panel) and Orton will attend on Friday, May 8; Sting is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, and will make a rare appearance in face paint.“We have rolled out one of our largest WWE guest lists ever for Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “This very special appearance by Sting in face paint is what makes the WWE guests so unique to Wizard World. What an amazing collection of talent under the same roof!”It will be the first Wizard World appearance for Sting, often dubbed “The Franchise of WCW” and one of the most recognizable and unique faces in sports-entertainment history. Although his first appearance in a WWE ring will be at WrestleMania 31 at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., he remains one of the most popular and respected competitors of all time.“I am excited to see all my longtime fans for the very first time at Wizard World,” Sting said. “And to commemorate this, I’ll be appearing in face paint. This appearance will be truly something special.”Orton, Reigns, Ziggler and Paige return to Wizard World after wildly successful appearances at previous shows.The five join a star-studded lineup of celebrities at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia which already includes David Tennant and Billie Piper from the fan-favorite “Doctor Who,” Ben McKenzie and Robin Lord Taylor of the hit show “Gotham,” Nathan Fillion (“Castle,” “Serenity,” “Firefly”), Stephen Amell (“Arrow”), Karl Urban (“Star Trek,” “The Bourne Supremacy”), Hayley Atwell (“Agent Carter,” “Captain America: The First Avenger”), Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”), Penn Badgley (“Gossip Girl,” “Easy A”), Kelly Frye (“The Flash”), Katie Cassidy (“Arrow,” “Gossip Girl”), Michael Cudlitz (“The Walking Dead,” “Southland”) and dozens of others.Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The 10th of 27 events currently scheduled on the 2015 Wizard World calendar, Philadelphia show hours are Thursday, May 7, 3 to 8 p.m.; Friday, May 8, 12 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 10, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.For more on the 2015 Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia, visit http://wizd.me/PhiladelphiaPR. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Mattel reveals Masters of the Universe and Ghostbusters themed WWE action figures Roman Reigns: Leukemia Is In Remission Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Next Facebook WWE Will Air Roman Reigns Documentary Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015
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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 21, 2017 – Nassau – In a powerful statement about the community’s belief in the transformational impact of higher education, the University of The Bahamas President’s Gala Soirée has exceeded the anticipated fundraising target.The inaugural event was the institution’s first major fundraiser since transitioning to University. The Soirée paired excellence with elegance as sponsors and donors joined the UB community at the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre. It was a celebration of student talent and potential. The occasion also commemorated the first anniversary of UB, chartered on 10thNovember 2016.UB President Dr. Rodney D. Smith, who also observed the first anniversary of his inauguration as UB President, thanked the many corporate sponsors, donors, friends, alumni and UB constituents who helped to make the fundraiser overwhelmingly successful. “We have exceeded the goal of $500,000 in cash and pledges for the endowed scholarship fund to support first-generation University students. These funds will benefit and change the lives of thousands of students, and by extension, families and entire communities. This is the beginning of the next phase in the growth and development of the Bahamian people, through access to education,” noted Dr. Smith.Major sponsors for the Gala included Aliv, Sharon Wilson & Co., IL Cares, Doctors Hospital, Ernst & Young, Credit Suisse and New Providence Development Company Ltd.While celebrating the success of the Soirée, President Smith nonetheless invited private and corporate donors to continue supporting UB.“The University still needs the generous support of all corporate donors. Our goal is to raise this endowed fund to well over $5M. We cannot do this without the annual contributions of alumni, sponsors, donors and the many friends of the University. Please continue to give to the University and give as generously as you can. One donation will change a life and a community,” Dr. Smith pointed out.Student Government Association (SGA) President Stuart Hanna was also pleased that corporate and private donors are supporting student scholarships.“As a result of a successful Soirée, capable young Bahamians will be given an opportunity to obtain tertiary education at University of The Bahamas. These kinds of fundraising events bring immeasurable value to the advancement of the University, its students and the Bahamian society at large and show that the University is moving in the right direction,” said Mr. Hanna.Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs Ms. Davinia Blair said that the level of partnership and support from corporate Bahamas for the Soirée was encouraging as the institution becomes a stronger University.PGS-Damian Blackburn Toast“The overwhelming demonstration of support by faculty, staff, alumni, corporate partners and friends at the Gala truly touched the hearts of many, in particular our students, who will benefit from the endowment. I am grateful for the stellar partnership with Fusion IMC and Events by Alexandra to accomplish this feat. Also, I am thankful to all of our donors and am confident of a promising path ahead for our nation,” Ms. Blair asserted.Release: BISPhoto captionsHeader & 3rd insert: PGS-Harry C. Moore Library – The Harry C. Moore Library & Information Centre at UB’s Oakes Field Campus was transformed into an elegant enclave. 1st insert: PGS-President’s comments – UB President Dr. Rodney D. Smith addresses the guests.PGS-Cake Cutting – Sir Franklyn Wilson and Sharon Lady Wilson joined Dr. Christina Ramirez Smith and Dr. Rodney D. Smith to commemorate the first anniversary of the charter of UB at the President’s Gala Soiree held on 11th November 2017.3rd insert: PGS-Damian Blackburn Toast – Mr. Damian BlackBurn of Aliv, one of the main sponsors of the soirée, offered a toast at the event.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Fort Bragg suffered about $55 million in damage from Hurricane Florence, which dumped several feet of rain over parts of eastern North Carolina last month, the post’s garrison commander said Wednesday during the annual Greater Fayetteville Chamber State of the Community. About 600 buildings were damaged, Col. Kyle Reed said. As of Sept. 30, the post had received about $6 mission in assistance, leaving a $48 million hole. “I’m working on that,” he told the audience, reported the Fayetteville Observer. … Enterprise Florida is looking for a firm to advocate for the state’s defense installation and missions before DOD and Congress. The contractor, which will work under the direction of the Florida Defense Support Task Force (FDSTF), will need to implement initiatives designed to enhance and secure the long-term viability, retention and growth of Florida’s defense assets. Responses to the RFP are due Nov. 9. For more information, contact Terry McCaffrey, FDSTF executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.Army photo by Jason Whittaker
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsIntro to the Cloud *RRWednesday, September 4, 7 pmLearn about that mysterious Cloud. Technology Librarian Brad McKenna will discuss such cloud-based technologies as email, file storage, music/movie streaming, and more.Pints + Pages Book Group *RRThursday, September 5, 7 pmFeatured Book: Killers of the Flower Moon by David GrannLocation: Red Heat Tavern (patio)-WilmingtonSocial book group geared towards readers in their 20’s and 30’s. The group meets on the first Thursday of every other month. Librarians from the Wilmington and Reading Public Libraries host the book discussion.Fiction Critique Group*RRSaturday, September 7, 9:15 am Love writing fiction? Whether you are drafting a short story or a novel, joining our Critique Group is a great opportunity to meet other writers and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials before the meeting. Open to all experience levels writing in all genres. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.Great Decisions Discussion Series (cost $10 per person)Mondays, September 9, 16, 30, and October 7, 7:30 pmWednesdays, September 18 and 25, 7 pmThis six-session Great Decisions program focuses on some of the most thought provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans. Long time facilitator Keith West will lead the four Monday night sessions and Library Trustee and high school history teacher Dan Hall will lead the two Wednesday night sessions. Register at the Main DeskInternet Search Strategies *RRTuesday, September 10, 10 amHaving trouble finding what you are looking for online? Learn effective strategies for getting the best results from search engines like Google.How to Talk to the Other Side* RRTuesday, September 10, 6:30 pmMediumship is the ability to sense the Spirit of those who have lived on earth before and decipher the messages they wish to share with us. In an intimate setting, Kim Dunsmore and Leslie Gabriele (www.withloveandgratitude.com) will relay messages from family, loved ones, and friends who have passed from your life. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods for the Wilmington Food Pantry.Stephen Bates Quartet* RRThursday, September 12, 7 pmThe Stephen Bates Quartet will perform an eclectic program of classical music featuring works by the three Bs — Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms — as well as pieces by 20th-21st century composers Astor Piazzolla, Bela Bartok, and Armando Ghidoni. These highly regarded musicians and teachers have performed in orchestras and chamber groups around the globe.Kids & Teen EventsTeen Advisory Board *RRTuesday, September 3, 7 pmThis is your chance to tell us what library programs you want to attend and what books, movies, and games we should have available for checkout in the Teen Zone. You’ll earn one hour of community service for your time and input into making the library a more teen-centered place!Wednesday, September 4, 6:30 pm*RRMagic Show with Stephen BrennerCome see an educational, fun, and interactive magic show filled with animals who appear and disappear! Children will learn about and get to pet animals in between magic tricks during this silly and entertaining show! Ages 4+LEGO Building Thursday, September 5, 3:45 pmBuild a unique LEGO creation. Kindergarten+SAT Practice Test *RRGrades 10-12Saturday, September 7, 12:30-4:30 pmPractice the SAT for free! Students take the entire 3 hour and 50 minute test allowing an extra 25 minutes for breaks, and then receive their results courtesy of The Princeton Review. Please bring pencils and a scientific calculator.Wilmington Community PlaygroupMonday, September 9, 9:30 amAt this drop-in playgroup we will begin with a story and then play together! Led by the CTI Family Resource Network.Ages 2-5Art Adventures *RRTuesday, September 10, 3:45Create your own masterpiece! We’ll explore different forms of media and techniques to make one of a kind artwork for you to take home. Grades 1-5Read to Thor *RRTuesday, September 10, 5-6:30Come read to Thor, a beautiful dog who loves to listen to kids read! Sign up for one 15 minute session per reader.Kindergarten Book Club *RRThursday, September 12, 3:45This book club is for Kindergarteners who miss storytime or those who love to be read to. We will read and discuss a few books together, then do a fun activity.Labor Day Weekend HoursThe library will be closed Saturday, August 31 through Monday, September 2.(NOTE: The above listings are from the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like 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? 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Testing device for performance-enhancing drugs provides immediate results © 2018 Phys.org More information: Damith Perera et al. A platform for automated nanomole-scale reaction screening and micromole-scale synthesis in flow, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aap9112AbstractThe scarcity of complex intermediates in pharmaceutical research motivates the pursuit of reaction optimization protocols on submilligram scales. We report here the development of an automated flow-based synthesis platform, designed from commercially available components, that integrates both rapid nanomole-scale reaction screening and micromole-scale synthesis into a single modular unit. This system was validated by exploring a diverse range of reaction variables in a Suzuki-Miyaura coupling on nanomole scale at elevated temperatures, generating liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry data points for 5760 reactions at a rate of >1500 reactions per 24 hours. Through multiple injections of the same segment, the system directly produced micromole quantities of desired material. The optimal conditions were also replicated in traditional flow and batch mode at 50- to 200-milligram scale to provide good to excellent yields. A team of researchers at Pfizer, the pharmaceutical giant, has developed an automated flow chemistry system that is capable of carrying out 1500 reactions over a 24-hour period. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes the system, how well it tested and its limitations. Citation: Flow apparatus samples up to 1500 chemical reactions a day (2018, January 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-apparatus-samples-chemical-reactions-day.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Schematic depiction of the flow system. Credit: Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aap9112 Developing new drugs to treat human ailments is both expensive and profitable—researchers at pharmaceutical giants such as Pfizer are constantly looking for ways to develop new drugs that cost less which, in turn, will increase profits. In this new effort, the team at Pfizer built a machine that allows researchers to carry out and sample reactions every 45 seconds.At its most basic level, a lot of what pharmaceutical researchers do involves optimizing chemical reactions to discover which is best for scaling up for testing and producing commercial drugs—a process that is notoriously expensive because it is so time consuming. To speed things up, the researchers devised a platform that supports continuous flow of chemicals through a reactor coil for precise control of residence time, rate of flow, pressure and temperature. It also hosts two ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography devices, one for analyzing reagents, the other for analyzing the reagents as they emerge. The setup allows for pipetting reagents into solvent samples at nanoliter volumes prior to analysis with the chromatography devices.The researchers select a carrier solvent to flow through the device and then engage the sample device, which injects tiny amounts of reagents into similarly tiny samples of the solvent, and then test it to see what happens. They tested the system by carrying out 5,760 Suzuki-Miyaura coupling reactions with a host of reagents under varying conditions in just four days.The researchers note that while useful, the device is not suitable for use in commercial applications, in part because it cannot handle heterogeneous or biphasic mixes. They will continue to work with the device, hoping to expand its capabilities, and suggest other researchers might want to build similar systems for testing of their own ideas. Journal information: Science Explore further
To create awareness about drug abuse and raise funds for addicts, seven bands from the northeast have come together to raise their voice through songs to bring about change. The bands will tour Delhi too.The music project titled ‘7×7’ will have popular artists, including two all-girl bands, from all the states of northeast. The group will bring out a music album on the theme of ‘Youth and Drug Abuse’, announced NGO BASIC, the brains behind the initiative. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘It is an attempt to take a step towards healing, and to finding solutions to the issues… the album not only unites various bands from different northeast states but also features the diverse music talents that the region has,’ said Elvis Khevito Lee, BASIC project manager.‘We will raise funds to support people in need with special focus on HIV positive orphans,’ he added.BASIC has been supporting an orphanage for HIV positive children for more than two years in Imphal, Manipur. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Helping HIV positive orphans brings tremendous satisfaction knowing that not only are we supporting the suffering children but are creating a better tomorrow for them,’ said Lee.According to Lee, a concert with all the seven bands will be organsied in Delhi by November to educate the youth.‘Music, being a universal language and one of the most powerful tools to reach out to the youth, will be a great empowering force for the journey ahead,’ he said.
Market Study Report delivers significant information and realistic data of the Global Desktop Memory (RAM) Market. The report presents a deep study of the market growth factors and drivers. In-depth research of the market limitations and the opportunities enable the user to make the future projection.Global Desktop Memory (RAM) Market Report 2019 – Market Size, Share, Price, Trend and Forecast is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the global Desktop Memory (RAM) industry.The key insights of the report:1.The report provides key statistics on the market status of the Desktop Memory (RAM) manufacturers and is a valuable source of guidance and direction for companies and individuals interested in the industry.2.The report provides a basic overview of the industry including its definition, applications and manufacturing technology.3.The report presents the company profile, product specifications, capacity, production value, and 2013-2018 market shares for key vendors.4.The total market is further divided by company, by country, and by application/type for the competitive landscape analysis.5.The report estimates 2019-2024 market development trends of Desktop Memory (RAM) industry.6.Analysis of upstream raw materials, downstream demand, and current market dynamics is also carried out7.The report makes some important proposals for a new project of Desktop Memory (RAM) Industry before evaluating its feasibility.Request the Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3196000?utm_source=SAMU&utm_medium=HTNThere are 4 key segments covered in this report: competitor segment, product type segment, end use/application segment and geography segment.For competitor segment, the report includes global key players of Desktop Memory (RAM) as well as some small players.At least 10 companies are included:CorsairKingstonPNYHynixMushkinSamsungFor complete companies list, please ask for sample pages.The information for each competitor includes:Company ProfileMain Business InformationSWOT AnalysisSales, Revenue, Price and Gross MarginMarket ShareFor product type segment, this report listed main product type of Desktop Memory (RAM) marketProduct Type IProduct Type IIProduct Type IIIAvail the Discount on this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3196000?utm_source=SAMU&utm_medium=HTNFor end use/application segment, this report focuses on the status and outlook for key applications. End users sre also listed.Gaming PC UseCommercial PC UseOther PC UseFor geography segment, regional supply, application-wise and type-wise demand, major players, price is presented from 2013 to 2023. This report covers following regions:North AmericaSouth AmericaAsia & PacificEuropeMEA (Middle East and Africa)Reasons to Purchase this Report:Analysing the outlook of the market with the recent trends and SWOT analysisMarket dynamics scenario, along with growth opportunities of the market in the years to comeMarket segmentation analysis including qualitative and quantitative research incorporating the impact of economic and non-economic aspectsRegional and country level analysis integrating the demand and supply forces that are influencing the growth of the market.Market value (USD Million) and volume (Units Million) data for each segment and sub-segmentCompetitive landscape involving the market share of major players, along with the new projects and strategies adopted by players in the past five yearsComprehensive company profiles covering the product offerings, key financial information, recent developments, SWOT analysis, and strategies employed by the major market players1-year analyst support, along with the data support in excel format.We also can offer customized report to fulfil special requirements of our clients. Regional and Countries report can be provided as well.Access Full Summery @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/report/3196000/global-desktop-memory-ram-market-report-2019?utm_source=SAMU&utm_medium=HTNAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week, the team at Facebook AI Research announced that they are open sourcing PyText NLP framework. PyText, a deep-learning based NLP modeling framework, is built on PyTorch. Facebook is outsourcing some of the conversational AI techs for powering the Portal video chat display and M suggestions on Facebook Messenger. How is PyText useful for Facebook The PyText framework is used for tasks like document classification, semantic parsing, sequence tagging and multitask modeling. This framework easily fits into research and production workflows and emphasizes on robustness and low-latency to meet Facebook’s real-time NLP needs. PyText is also responsible for models powering more than a billion daily predictions at Facebook. This framework addresses the conflicting requirements of enabling rapid experimentation and serving models at scale by providing simple interfaces and abstractions for model components. It uses PyTorch’s capabilities of exporting models for inference through optimized Caffe2 execution engine. Features of PyText PyText features production-ready models for various NLP/NLU tasks such as text classifiers, sequence taggers, etc. PyText comes with a distributed-training support, built on the new C10d backend in PyTorch 1.0. It comes with training support and also features extensible components that help in creating new models and tasks. The framework’s modularity, allows it to create new pipelines from scratch and modify the existing workflows. It comes with a simplified workflow for faster experimentation. It gives an access to a rich set of prebuilt model architectures for text processing and vocabulary management. Serve as an end-to-end platform for developers. Its modular structure helps engineers to incorporate individual components into existing systems. Added support for string tensors to work efficiently with text in both training and inference. PyText for NLP development PyText improves the workflow for NLP and supports distributed training for speeding up NLP experiments that require multiple runs. Easily portable The PyText models can be easily shared across different organizations in the AI community. Prebuilt models With a model focused on NLP tasks, such as text classification, word tagging, semantic parsing, and language modeling, this framework makes it possible to use pre-built models on new data, easily. Contextual models For improving the conversational understanding in various NLP tasks, PyText uses the contextual information, such as an earlier part of a conversation thread. There are two contextual models in PyText, a SeqNN model for intent labeling tasks and a Contextual Intent Slot model for joint training on both tasks. PyText exports models to Caffe2 PyText uses PyTorch 1.0’s capability to export models for inference through the optimized Caffe2 execution engine. Native PyTorch models require Python runtime, which is not scalable because of the multithreading limitations of Python’s Global Interpreter Lock. Exporting to Caffe2 provides efficient multithreaded C++ backend for serving huge volumes of traffic efficiently. PyText’s capabilities to test new state-of-the-art models will be improved further in the next release. Since, putting sophisticated NLP models on mobile devices is a big challenge, the team at Facebook AI research will work towards building an end-to-end workflow for on-device models. The team plans to include supporting multilingual modeling and other modeling capabilities. They also plan to make models easier to debug, and might also add further optimizations for distributed training. “PyText has been a collaborative effort across Facebook AI, including researchers and engineers focused on NLP and conversational AI, and we look forward to working together to enhance its capabilities,” said the Facebook AI research team. Users are excited about this news and want to explore more. To know about this in detail, check out the release notes on GitHub. Read Next Facebook contributes to MLPerf and open sources Mask R-CNN2Go, its CV framework for embedded and mobile devices Facebook retires its open source contribution to Nuclide, Atom IDE, and other associated repos Australia’s ACCC publishes a preliminary report recommending Google Facebook be regulated and monitored for discriminatory and anti-competitive behavior
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”