Welch appointed to influential Energy and Commerce Committee

first_imgRep. Peter Welch was named to the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce Monday night, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced.Energy and Commerce has broad jurisdiction, including oversight of five Cabinet-level departments and seven independent agencies, as well as legislative authority over energy policy, health care, telecommunications, trade, and the environment. The committee s areas of jurisdiction align not only with Welch s top priorities but with a broad swath of President-elect Obama s legislative agenda. This is a tremendous opportunity for Vermonters to have a seat at the table as Congress tackles our nation s most pressing priorities, Welch said. We must reform our health care system, craft a 21st century energy policy and create new, green jobs. On the Energy and Commerce Committee we will be able to directly address these and other issues Vermonters care about most and get this country back on track. The news came on the eve of the 111st Congress, as Welch prepared to be sworn in to a second term in office. Welch will be sworn in today at noon.On the committee, Welch will join incoming Chairman Henry Waxman, who previously served as chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.Waxman said, I am delighted that Peter Welch is joining the Energy and Commerce Committee. Over the last two years, I have worked with him closely on the Oversight Committee and have been extremely impressed by his leadership. His exceptional ability and experience will make an important difference as we moved forward in the new Congress.last_img read more

Google sexual harasser received 90m exit package

first_imgGoogle employees stage a `women`s walkout` at their Googleplex offices in protest over the company`s handling of a large payout to Android chief Andy Rubin as well as concerns over several other managers who had allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct at the company in Mountain View, California US on 1 November. Photo: ReutersThousands of Google employees around the world briefly walked off their jobs on Thursday to protest the company’s response to sexual harassment and demand that the world’s largest search engine address rising concerns about workplace inequality.The protests, which drew Google contract workers as well as employees, followed a New York Times report last week that Google in 2014 gave a $90 million exit package to a senior vice president, Andy Rubin, after he was accused of sexual harassment.“This was the $90 million straw that broke the camel’s back,” Celie O’Neil-Hart, one of the protest organizers and who works on YouTube marketing, told reporters as she joined hundreds of other employees in the courtyard of Google’s Mountain View headquarters. “But there are so many stories that we’ve heard for so long, and it’s time for action and change,” said O’Neil-Hart as she teared up.Rubin denied the allegation in the New York Times story, which he said contained “wild exaggerations” about his compensation. Google did not dispute the report.Organizers said about 60 percent of Google’s offices participated, including Dublin, the company’s largest site outside the United States, as well as London, Zurich, Berlin and Singapore. They shared photographs on social media of hundreds leaving offices.Many employees at the Mountain View walkout chanted “Women’s rights are workers rights,” and some wore blue ribbons in support of sexual harassment victims.Seven US employees who organized the demonstrations called on Google parent Alphabet Inc to make harassment investigations fairer for accusers, share pay-equity data with workers and add an employee representative to its board.Google chief executive Sundar Pichai, speaking an hour later at a New York Times conference in New York, said he was taking note of the “concrete steps” workers presented to improve the company’s culture and human resources processes.“I want to make sure Google sets the bar,” he said, noting that a lack of gender and racial diversity was part of the issue. “We’re grappling with it, as with many places.”Organizers and other employees said Google executives, like leaders at the dozens of companies affected by the #metoo movement, have been slow to address numerous structural issues such as unchecked power of male executives.They want Google to publicly report its sexual harassment statistics and end forced arbitration in harassment cases. They also have asked that the chief diversity officer be able to directly advise the board.Rana Abdelhamid, who works in Google Cloud’s marketing division in San Francisco, told reporters that the walkout was “about safety of women in the workplace,” adding that Google’s historical support for women’s causes caused her to be shocked when she learned of the multi-million-dollar payout.“The numbers and facts don’t match with the intentions” of Google on equality and safety for underrepresented groups, she told Reuters. “We need to reprioritize energy and really focus on these issues.”Months of Build-upSince its founding two decades ago, Google has been known for its motto “don’t be evil,” a dictum preserved in its worker code of conduct, and its transparency with employees about corporate strategy.But employees have internally organized for months to increase diversity and improve treatment of women and minorities.Those issues have been top of mind since the 2016 election of US President Donald Trump, a Republican, stunned Silicon Valley, where liberal and libertarian policies are popular.Tech workers have become more vocal to protest both the president’s and their companies’ stances on immigration, defence and discrimination. Workers have said that they are driven by the sense that their technology pioneer employers should also be standard bearers on socioeconomic issues.“We all know that the status quo is unacceptable and if there is any company who can solve this, it is Google,” said Thomas Kneeland, a Google software engineer in New York.The dissatisfaction among Alphabet’s 94,000 employees and tens of thousands contractors has not noticeably affected the company’s share price. But employees, who warned they would demonstrate again if needed, expect Alphabet to face recruiting and retention challenges if their concerns go unaddressed.Alphabet shares closed down 0.4 percent to $1,085.98 on Thursday.Around the world, Google workers walked out carrying signs reading “Time’s up Tech,” “Happy to quit for $90M – no sexual harassment required” and “Not OK Google,” a reference to the “OK Google” phrase used to activate Google’s voice-operated Assistant.Cathay Bi, a Google product manager, speaking through a megaphone before hundreds gathered in a bustling pedestrian plaza in San Francisco’s financial district, talked about the engines of change.“This is what it means to be ‘Googley,’” she urged the crowd to chant, invoking a widely used term for the company’s culture. “People don’t change because of law and policies. Laws and policies change because of people.”last_img

Remembering raza madhya ma

first_imgAt the Shridharani Gallery in Delhi there are a series of works that celebrate the power of thought, inventive ingenuity and emerging trends in art practices. From a brilliant ceramic sculpture to a kindled abstraction created with threads and acrylic the show is a testimony to modern day materials and moods and multiple leanings. ‘Madhya ma’ is the first exhibition of the Raza Foundation, which is an effort to provide platform to young artists of Madhya Pradesh. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”One reason for this is that Sayed Haider Raza one of India’s greatest modernists in abstraction recognized the importance of young people in Indian contemporary art and continued to help them throughout his life,” states Akhilesh an artist who lives in Bhopal and was close to Raza. The exhibition comes at the cusp of Raza’s birthday which falls on February 22. ‘Madhya ma’ then is a tribute to Raza’s love for younger artists and the encouragement he gave to them whenever he came back to India on many visits from Paris. Curator Akhilesh, in 2007, curated a historic show of abstraction for Bodhi Art, entitled ‘Roopadhyatama’, which was a great success.Precisely 11 years later, Akhilesh proves he has the experience and the elean to pick out a number of artists who can be a palette of varied techniques and processes . Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePerhaps top of the lot in this suite is the brilliant sculptural ceramic work of Arti Paliwal. The work embodies the power and passion of an artist who has indepth knowledge of the texturing of glazes and the mystery of weaving in human and natural textural nuances into the sculpted creation that has little nodes in the mushroom like creations worked upon in the chromatic charisma of turquoise in the Barium glaze. Yet another wonderful abstraction is the thread and acrylic work of Ekta Sharma. It has a geometry and symbolism that is both magnetic and magical. Curator Akhilesh explains, he is presenting fifteen young artists of the state in Madhya Pradesh. “Curiosity in these artists is gigantic and the weaknesses of some youthful zeal. With all this, it is a yearning to do something. Madhya Pradesh is a big state with a geographical vision, and there are many artists who are doing better. It was not possible for everyone to be included in this exhibition.”Fifteen artists from the exhibition come from different parts of the state and they easily incorporate modernity and experiment with innovation in the art of innovation.”They are curious to put themselves on the unknown paths of art, without hesitation,” Akhilesh maintains. “They have the key to taking risks. They freely walk in rugged colors, do not hesitate to negotiate with the new shapes and enjoy the pleasures of the lines with elegance.”For the Raza Foundation this indeed is an exercise that brims on the beauty of thought and the strength of memory.Show runs till March 11 2018.last_img read more

Company also launches leasing program

first_img A Work Culture Built for All Generations HealthFormer GE CEO Jeff Immelt: To Combat Costs, CEOs Should Run Health Care Like a BusinessHealthFor Edie Falco, an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ After Surviving Breast CancerLeadershipGhosn Back, Tesla Drop, Boeing Report: CEO Daily for April 4, 2019AutosElon Musk’s Plan to Boost Tesla Sales Is Dealt a SetbackMPWJoe Biden, Netflix Pregnancy Lawsuit, Lesley McSpadden: Broadsheet April 4 Sponsored Content by Ultimate Software ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:18Loaded: 12.77%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenIf you look at it one way, Tesla is making a popular add-on feature standard on its Model 3 vehicles. If you look at it another, the company is raising prices.Tesla, in a blog post Thursday, announced it was raising the price of the Model 3 Standard Plus from $37,500 to $39,500. Autopilot, which was as optional feature previously (costing $3,000), is now standard on the vehicles.Tesla is also making it harder for consumers to buy its lowest price version of the Model 3. The $35,000 car (which doesn’t include autopilot) will no longer be sold online. Potential customers will either have to call the company or visit a Tesla service center to order one.“Given the popularity of the Standard Plus relative to the Standard, we have made the decision to simplify our production operations to better optimize cost, minimize complexity and streamline operations,” the company said. “As a result, Model 3 Standard will now be a software-limited version of the Standard Plus, and we are taking it off the online ordering menu.”To cut costs, Tesla is also cutting the range the Standard Model 3 can drive on a single charge and disabling some features.Beyond the price changes, Tesla announced it is kicking off a leasing program for the Model 3, letting customers pick any variant of the vehicle and customize an annual mileage option.Customers won’t have the option to buy the cars they lease, though. Those will eventually be converted to Tesla’s upcoming ride-hailing network.You May Likelast_img read more