Google employees petition SF Pride to oust company from parade

first_imgOriginally published June 26. Update, June 27: Adds response from Google employees.  Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: We are honored, and humbled, by the support of all of these great activists, who have inspired us and done more for our community than we could ever hope to.And a special shout out to @CleveJones1, we are thrilled!Though @SFPride rejected our request, well keep fighting! https://t.co/7BaB49o1Ch— Ban Google From Pride (@NoPrideForGoog) June 27, 2019 6 Tags 12 Photos Google, we have some questionscenter_img Companies like Twitter, Facebook and Google have come under fire for the way they police — or don’t police– their platforms. Earlier in June, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki apologized for hurting the LGBTQ community with the decision not to take down the channel of a prominent user who had made homophobic remarks about a gay journalist. “If we took down that content, there would be so [much] other content we’d need to take down,” Wojcicki said. “We don’t want to be knee-jerk.”   In a statement, SF Pride said it wouldn’t remove Google from the parade.  “Google and YouTube can and must do more to elevate and protect the voices of LGBTQ+ creators on their platforms, and we’ve found that Google has been willing to listen to this criticism and is working to develop appropriate policies,” the statement said. The group also said Google has given benefits to same-sex partners and transgender employees, as well as participated in public advocacy for the LGBTQ community.  In response, the employees took to Twitter (via @NoPrideForGoog) to say although SF Pride rejected the request, they will keep fighting. They also said they’d racked up 129 signatures within 48 hours.  Comments Google employees have signed a petition about the company’s sponsorship of San Francisco Pride festivities.  Future Publishing/Getty Google employees don’t want Google sponsoring San Fransisco Pride festivities. In a letter and petition to the board of directors of San Fransisco Pride, posted to Medium on Wednesday, a group of Google employees said the company hasn’t improved its policies when it comes to the treatment of “LGBTQ+ persons, the depiction of LGBTQ+ persons, and harassment and hate speech directed at LGBTQ+ persons, on YouTube and other Google products.” As such, letting Google sponsor Pride would be painting the company in “a rainbow veneer of support,” the employees said in the letter. They asked the Pride board to revoke Google’s sponsorship of Pride 2019 and exclude it from the San Francisco Pride Parade on June 30. “Google has marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade for more than a decade and we are excited to continue the tradition this weekend. We are grateful for SF Pride’s partnership and leadership,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. Google Nest Hub Max: A closer look at Google’s bigger smart display 3:19 Tech Industrylast_img read more

Limping SpiceJets Sweet Deal Fly for ₹599

first_imgSpiceJet announced its “Cheaper-than-train-fares” sale on Wednesday, which intensified the ongoing air fare war in the airline industy.Under the new scheme, SpiceJet is offering domestic fares starting from ₹599 all-in. On international routes, the airline is offering tickets ₹3,499 onwards. SpiceJet has reserved 4,00,000 seats with 1,00,000 seats for the ₹599 fare.The offer window that opened on 11 February will close post 13 February midnight. The travel period covered is 1 July to 24 October. Reuters”We are thrilled to continue to make air travel more affordable and accessible for more Indians than ever before, with our new unbelievable offer: the ‘Cheaper Than Train Fares’ sale. Fares for this offer are lower than AC train fares on many routes, and cheaper than non-AC sleeper class trains on several routes.” Chief Commercial Officer Kaneswaran Avili said in a press release.SpiceJet’s Chief Operating Officer Sanjiv Kapoor noted that in a bid to get its planes to operate at full load, the company is offering rates that are lower than train fares.”These are seats that would otherwise go empty and be lost forever, and are priced based on the marginal cost of carrying an extra passenger, not on the average cost. Revenues from such offers contribute incremental revenue for the airline that flows directly to the bottom line”, he added.SpiceJet shares were trading at ₹20.05, a rise of ₹0.05 or 0.25 per cent at the time this story was written – 11:19 a.m.last_img read more

Health is wealth

first_imgA healthy body leads to a healthy mind, says a famous proverb. Health and fitness keeps our body and mind healthy and peaceful. It brings out the feeling of being well physically, mentally, spiritually and socially. Today’s sedentary lifestyle, loaded with stress and fatigue, gives less space to live a healthy and happy life. The stress and unregulated food habits make the human body much more prone to diseases such as high blood pressure, depression, hyper tension and diabetes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Exercise is the key to a healthy and a glowing skin. Proper diet and exercise are the mainstays for a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise helps boost your immune system and prevent some of the diseases, particularly those that involve the upper respiratory track. The fluid regulation in the body is responsible for maintaining the body fitness as water helps to flush out the toxicants from our body.Moreover, a lot of diseases can be prevented with daily exercise. Health issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure which require lifelong medication can be controlled by regular exercise which helps keep our body fit and active. People aged between 25 and 55 years are more vulnerable to diseases. People of this age group deal with a lot of stress, unpredictable schedules and unhealthy lifestyle which eventually makes them prone to health issues and diseases.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixConsidering a systematic fitness regime, they can maintain their stress levels and can lead to healthy lifestyle along with meeting all their commitments. Prioritizing people’s health and fitness, many organisations have taken a step forward to work out on the specific heath issues. Likewise FitMeIn, a fitness e-wallet lets you exercise in one go. FitMeIn believes that there are plenty of ways to boost your health and fitness level, which further encourages each person to take up exercising in their own way. It provides a passport to reach fitness studios across Delhi/NCR. FitMeIn is redefining the segment and making all fitness options accessible under one roof.Vishesh Goel, founder, FitMeIn, a CA by profession aims to build something from scratch and see it scale up. One should keep in mind that staying fit is not a destination, it is a way of life.last_img read more