Category: lwcekwfg

Refugees ease binmen shortages crisis

first_imgRefugees ease binmen shortages crisisOn 19 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Refugees living in Birmingham and Coventry are being employed by BedfordBorough Council to overcome recruitment difficulties. The council pays an agency to employ about 160 refugees, from other parts ofthe Midlands, to work as bin men, groundsmen, and car park and toiletattendants. The agency provides transport to take the workers, who mainly live in theCoventry and Birmingham areas, to and from work. Roland Simmonds, head of personnel for Bedford Borough Council, said thepolicy was introduced because of the difficulties recruiting people locallyinto these types of roles due to low unemployment in the area. Simmonds said: “We have problems recruiting staff in low-paid manualroles. The area is traditionally quite affluent and has a diverse range ofemployers including large and small businesses. It is a former engineering areathat is now IT and small production based. It is also only 50 minutes away fromLondon on the train.” A lot of the refugees do not have good English skills so the the councilemploys a translator on all shifts. Agency staff are also put through a rigorous health and safety trainingprogramme with an interpreter present to make sure the course is fullyunderstood. Simmonds said: “Agency staff go through a very complete health andsafety training programme and have translators to make sure that everything isunderstood. “The initiative started in 1991 with a couple of staff and has carriedon growing since then. We see no reason why it shall not continue in thefuture.” Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Christmas desserts boost M&S Q3 sales

first_imgMarks and Spencer (M&S) has reported an increase in its 2011-2012 third quarter profits, thanks to its extended food offering over the Christmas period.M&S said a 3% increase in like-for-like food sales, in addition to a rise in total UK food sales of 4.5%, (both excluding VAT) contributed to the business’ Q3 success. The UK retailer saw a 0.5% increase in like-for-like sales overall (excluding VAT), in the 13 weeks to 31 December 2011, with total UK sales (excluding VAT) up 1.8%.M&S introduced 600 new food lines in the run up to the festive period, including seasonal products, party food and desserts.Marc Bolland, chief executive at M&S, said: “Marks & Spencer performed well in a challenging trading environment. Our Food business performed very strongly as customers enjoyed our new and traditional Christmas products. This unique offer, coupled with our great deals, gave them more choice than ever before for a special Christmas at home.”The business’ general merchandise areas showed a decline during the quarter, with total UK sales dropping 0.8% and like-for-like UK sales down 1.8%, both excluding VAT.last_img read more

VanRooyen leads efforts to improve disaster response

first_imgMichael VanRooyen and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) team he directs are working hard to develop new ways to offset the miseries of humanitarian disasters. In a January 2012 Boston Magazine article titled “The Saving Game,” VanRooyen talked about how relief workers — if their efforts aren’t properly coordinated—can sometimes do more harm than good.The article also outlined the overall goals of the seven-year-old initiative, cofounded by VanRooyen, associate professor in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), and Jennifer Leaning, HSPH professor of the practice of global health.HHI “combines data-driven research, new technology, and fieldwork into a single academy designed to build a better humanitarian,” the article states. Goals include providing better, more practical training for would-be humanitarians; promoting better coordination, analysis and research to support humanitarian efforts; and using state-of-the-art surveillance technology to track potential crises before they happen.last_img read more

Stonewall then and now

first_imgMichael Bronski wasn’t at Stonewall and doesn’t mind admitting it, unlike many members of the gay and lesbian community of a certain age who, he says, insist they were. The joke is that if everyone who claims they took part in the famous 1969 uprising in lower Manhattan that catalyzed America’s gay-rights movement actually had been there, the crowd, Bronski says with a laugh, “would have filled Yankee Stadium.”In truth, the crowd that day numbered about 200, at least at first. And they weren’t protesters but mostly patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a popular Greenwich Village gay bar. The trouble started when the police arrived in the wee hours of June 28 to raid the Mafia-run tavern on a trumped-up liquor-license charge. Officers started pushing customers and workers into police vehicles. But instead of dispersing as they had during past routine raids, those who hadn’t been grabbed began cheering those who had. The crowd of onlookers swelled as tourists and neighborhood residents stopped to investigate. Then, according to multiple accounts, a lesbian who was fighting attempts to haul her into a squad car cried out, “Why don’t you guys do something!” The air grew thick with chants — along with bottles and bricks. The officers barricaded themselves in the bar and radioed for back-up as a riot flared. More violent demonstrations shook the neighborhood in the following days.,Today, Bronski, a Harvard professor of the practice in media and activism in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, understands why so many claim to have been present at such a pivotal moment in the history of the gay rights movement.“It really is like the shot heard around the world, or the hairpin drop heard round the world,” he said, a cheeky parody coined in Stonewall’s aftermath of the stanza from “Concord Hymn.” There had been previous riots in the U.S. involving gays and lesbians fed up with routine harassment, but Stonewall, erupting when it did amid protests over the Vietnam War and civil rights and gender equality, marked a decisive break from the more passive sexual-orientation politics of the day, said Bronski, who has written extensively on LGBTQ culture and history.On the window of the Stonewall Inn, “We homosexuals plead with our people to please help maintain peaceful and quiet conduct on the streets of the Village — Mattachine“ Diana Davies © New York Public Library“It was really like direct action. It was like the radical feminists invading the Miss America contest, or the Black Panthers standing in front of Oakland City Hall with rifles,” he said, and it ran completely counter to the approach of groups such as the Mattachine Society, one of the nation’s earliest gay-rights organizations, that preferred to press for change through legal and political channels. Not long after the Stonewall raid, a message appeared on the boarded-up window of the bar, pleading for the return of “peaceful and quiet conduct on the streets of the village.” It was signed “Mattachine.”“What’s so amazing is that they would never have thought of doing anything public like that before,” said Bronski. “So literally overnight, Mattachine is forced into making a public announcement with essentially graffiti.”For Bronski, Stonewall represented a “shocking change of consciousness for the world.” And in its wake rose the Gay Liberation Front, a more radical version of the Mattachine Society unafraid to use confrontation to push reform.But there were other organizations helping drive change. Harvard’s Evelynn Hammonds, chair of the Department of the History of Science, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science, and professor of African and African American Studies, said that in the years after Stonewall the story of greater visibility for gay people in America was often seen through the lens of gay men. That perspective, she said, overlooks a key connection.“At the time of what we now call the Stonewall Rebellion, what was also happening was the second wave of the women’s movement. And while there were lots of tensions in some women’s organizations between lesbians and straight women, there was also a great deal of unity, and people were coming together around a shared desire for greater equality for women and gay people,” said Hammonds.A look at the historyThough their methods may not have been as radical, early so-called homophile organizations — including the Mattachine Society, Janus Society, and Daughters of Bilitis — set the stage for what followed, says Timothy Patrick McCarthy, a lecturer in public policy and core faculty at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.“The foundation for the movement that emerges in fuller form in the wake of Stonewall was laid in the decades before in public and private battles, in different organizations, and through the work of many people,” said McCarthy, whose book, “Stonewall’s Children: Living Queer History in an Age of Liberation, Loss, and Love,” will be published by The New Press next year.Many such groups materialized during World War II and the post-war era in response to the military’s anti-homosexual policies and the paranoid frenzy of the Red Scare. McCarthy points to the “Lavender Scare,” a fear campaign that paralleled Republican Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s investigations into what he considered widespread subversive forces at work in the federal government in the 1950s. While simultaneously trying to expose suspected communists, the Wisconsin senator also targeted suspected homosexuals, arguing that “deviant sexual behavior, like deviant political ideology, were things that made people more vulnerable to blackmailing,” said the Harvard scholar, who recently edited a special issue of The Nation examining Stonewall’s legacy.McCarthy’s tactics initially garnered widespread support. President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued an executive order in 1953 banning homosexuals from working for the federal government, citing security risk. Thousands lost their jobs because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation. Among them was the man many have called the “Father of the Gay Rights Movement,” Frank Kameny, who received his master’s and doctorate degrees in astronomy from Harvard in 1949 and 1956, respectively. After the Army Map Service fired him as an astronomer in 1957, Kameny unsuccessfully sued the federal government and later devoted his life to fighting for gay rights. Among his many achievements, Kameny, who died at the age of 86 in 2011, was known for founding the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., picketing the White House, contesting the American Psychiatric Association’s categorization of homosexuality as a mental defect, and coining the term “Gay is good.”,Stonewall’s legacyHammonds wasn’t at Stonewall either, but the image looms large in her mind thanks in part to the actions of those eager to keep its spirit alive. During the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations in 1969, a young activist called for nationwide demonstrations each June in honor of Stonewall. New York’s first pride parade, named the Christopher Street Liberation Day, was held in June of 1970, just a year after the riots. The march began on Christopher Street where the bar — now a historic landmark — was located, and it ended in Central Park. The event attracted thousands and signaled another important milestone. In the years that followed more cities and towns organized parades in support of gay rights.“The marches were among the first highly visible public events for people to express their gay sexuality and for allies to have an opportunity to support the gay people in their lives,” said Hammonds, who was a graduate student in Boston in 1976 when she attended the city’s Pride parade and first heard of Stonewall. “The marches also became vehicles for political expression as well, which you could see by the signs that people held up, which made the marches political moments as well as scenes of gay pride. Even local politicians recognized this and slowly, over time, more politicians would join the marches.”One march in Washington, D.C., in the fall of 1987 left another lasting impact on Hammonds. The event coincided with the first showing of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, a massive patchwork blanket adorned with the names of those who had died. The colorful fabric covered an area on the National Mall larger than a football field and contained 1,920 panels “that captured the beautiful range and diversity of the gay experience with a kind of poignancy and sadness, but also affirmation of gay life that I had never seen before,” said Hammonds.,The epidemic raised the visibility of the gay community further as more and more people were forced to come out to family and friends, she said.“When young men began to get sick, a lot of them had to return to the places where they grew up, because some didn’t have anybody to take care of them in the cities where many gay people had congregated,” said Hammonds. “They returned to the small towns, or smaller cities and places where many people in their lives didn’t know that they were gay … of course, not everyone was welcomed home with open arms, but ironically one of the consequences of the epidemic was that more Americans became aware of gay people in their communities.”Hammonds said she has been shocked at the rapid pace of change she has witnessed over the last 40 years, from attending her first Gay Pride parade to watching the faces of Pride marchers get younger and increasingly diverse to getting married and starting a family.“We got married the first night you could,” said Hammonds, who arrived at Cambridge City Hall on May 17, 2004, with her partner just after midnight so they could be among the first in the country to be granted a same-sex marriage license. (Cambridge was the first municipality in the country to issue the licenses.) “It was the most amazing thing to come out of the front door of City Hall and see Massachusetts Avenue just filled with people singing and yelling with joy that gay marriage was now legal.”Still, Hammonds sees difficult times ahead and anticipates “very serious attempts at retrenchment.”“There appears to be a growing backlash from people who feel that expanding gay rights and rights for transgender people means that heterosexuals have lost something they can never regain. But fortunately the younger generation sees the world differently now. Many have grown up in a world where there is more equality, more acceptance of sexual and gender difference, and they value it, and they are comfortable with it. So those of us who are older have to do whatever we can to support them in holding onto those rights we marched for a long time ago and that we continue to fight for.”,McCarthy’s concern about the future echoes the struggles the Mattachine Society and the Gay Liberation Front grappled with years ago. He wonders how best to work within the system while still being considered radical.“Much of what we have seen in policy in the modern era is an impulse to assimilation — we can get married, serve in military, be just like you. There’s been a real push to become part of these mainstream institutions, part of the system of laws and politics in the country. But the most important questions are these: Who does this leave out and what kinds of bargains have to be made to prove that we are just like straight people?”With his students, he says he has “arrived at a fairly broad consensus that we need a both/and politics. We need a politics that is at once pragmatic and radical. We need different kinds of change agents, working in different locations with different tactics, to achieve these larger aspirations.”Bronski is both hopeful and worried about the transgender rights movement that he likens to Stonewall in terms of the excitement and change it has helped inspire. “There is this enormous cultural change around the intersections of gender and sexuality and gender and identity and gender and, to a large degree, class and economics and money,” said Bronski. “But it’s also getting the most blowback from the Trump administration.”Bronski said he could envision an effort by conservative groups to repeal the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled the Constitution protects same-sex marriage, but added that the potential outcome of such an attempt is less clear. “You do actually have hundreds of thousands of people probably who are now married. So if you repealed the law do you repeal their marriage? Do you grandfather them in? It gets complicated.”Like Hammonds and McCarthy, Bronski, whose latest book is titled “A Queer History of the United States for Young People,” also sees hope in the nation’s youth.“Today my gay students are incredible, and they have been for 10 years. They are more progressive and radical and on the edge than most people I know,” he said, “and that’s totally changed.”last_img read more

WRAP Week aims to bring awareness to pornography addiction, advocates for filter

first_imgThis year’s White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week began its effort to bring the conversation around pornography into the open on Monday morning with bagels and white ribbon pins outside DeBartolo Hall. Co-sponsored by Students for Child-Oriented Policy (SCOP), the Gender Relations Center (GRC) and Campus Ministry, the fourth annual WRAP Week aimed to lay the groundwork for sincere dialogue about pornography in students’ lives.Junior Ellie Gardey, co-president of SCOP, said in an email that the sponsors of the week “worked together to develop a program that educated the campus community about the harms of pornography, united the campus in prayer for those impacted by it, highlighted the success of major organizations in addressing pornography and connected students to resources that will give them hope and freedom.”WRAP Week is largely student-driven, with administrators at the GRC and Campus Ministry providing guidance and support, Gardey said in an email. This year’s speakers and events highlighted the prevalence of pornography use, the breadth of its effects in society and the importance of support systems for those who struggle with pornography use. “Pornography is an incredibly important conversation to have — it not only impacts an individual’s psychological, emotional and spiritual health but it also harms relationships and is a social justice issue,” GRC director Christine Gebhardt said in an email. “Pornography use is linked to sex trafficking, violence against women and targeting of vulnerable populations such as children.”Donna Rice Hughes, an Internet safety expert and advocate, spoke Wednesday evening about a recent push to filter pornography in businesses.“In her lecture, she provided valuable insight into reasons businesses are making this change such as workplace standards, safe environments and liability prevention,” Gardey said in an email. “It is important for students to be aware of these changes so they can ethically run their own businesses in the future.”On Thursday, licensed counselor M.J. Vachon gave a talk about supporting loved ones with an addiction or dependence on pornography and creating a safe environment for talking about a delicate and often painful issue.“I am particularly excited about her talk as it offers our students a way to make a change on our campus by helping one another in a nonjudgmental and loving way,” Gebhardt said in an email.Mike Urbaniak, assistant director of pastoral care with Campus Ministry, said his conversations with students about their pornography use have been eye-opening and have shown him how isolated students can feel.“We as a culture, I mean broadly, but also in particularly at Notre Dame, our challenge is to talk about sex and sexuality in a authentic and genuine way that allows people to really ask questions and be inquisitive,” Urbaniak said.Urbaniak emphasized the similarities between Catholic Social Teaching and broader societal values, saying that both recognize and seek to promote human dignity and human flourishing. While the fear of judgment can be a significant barrier to having genuine conversations about pornography, creating a supportive environment in which to do so can only make things better, Urbaniak said.“The one challenge of having events is like, ‘Am I outing myself by coming to an event about pornography?’ The more we open up those spaces, I think the more people are willing to come forth in that and, and talk about it,” Urbaniak said.In an email, Gebhardt said she has seen progress in generating those conversations over the years, but there is still a long way to go. “It is my hope that WRAP Week will encourage us to not merely talk about these issues during October but throughout the year,” Gebhardt said in an email.One of SCOP’s major efforts throughout the year is its petition to put a pornography filter on Notre Dame’s WiFi networks, an ongoing effort that the University has rejected in the past. The organization collected signatures on Friday in South Dining Hall.“Students for Child-Oriented Policy will continue to call on Notre Dame to implement a filter on pornography like the filters at Holy Cross College down the street and the Catholic University of America,” Gardey said in an email. “The use of pornography on Notre Dame’s Wi-Fi network is already forbidden; the University should enforce that rule. The technology is easily available.” WRAP Week ended Friday evening with a dinner and discussion of Fr. Terrence Ehrman C.S.C.’s 2017 book, “Man of God,” that tells a story of a man’s inner struggle to overcome a pornography addiction. The conversation brought the week to an optimistic end.“Pornography pervades our society, but people often find it difficult to talk about because of fear and guilt. An accountability partner, a helpful friend, a significant other, a priest or a professional resource can all be invaluable resources to help people overcome struggles with pornography,” Gardey said in an email. “People should not have to fight their battles against pornography alone.”Tags: pornography, Pornography filter, White Ribbon Against Pornography, WRAP Weeklast_img read more

Peru to Track Drug Production Chemicals via Satellite

first_imgBy Dialogo October 29, 2012 Peru began using satellites on October 25 to track trucks carrying legally-purchased chemicals that can be used to make cocaine. The measure, part of several new laws approved by the government of President Ollanta Humala to increase security, is a blow against the illegal drug trade, said Prime Minister Juan Jiménez. Vehicles belonging to companies authorized to import the chemicals for legal purposes must have a GPS satellite tracking system and travel on routes previously authorized by police, Jimenez told reporters. Police and officials with the country’s tax office will monitor where the chemicals are sent, Jimenez said. Cocaine is produced by soaking coca leaves in ponds with kerosene, gasoline and chemicals that include hydrochloric acid and ammonia. A solution from leaves is then filtered, refined and crystallized. While the United Nations says Peru is the world’s second largest producer of coca leaf after Colombia, it is the world’s top producer of cocaine, according to 2011 figures from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Coca grows exclusively in the eastern slopes of the South American Andes mountain range. The Peruvian government says that local drug traffickers work along with remnants of the Shining Path group that terrorized the country in the 1980s and 1990s.last_img read more

EMV drives changes in fraud types

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The 2016 Identity Fraud Study from Javelin Strategy & Research, revealed that the number of identity fraud victims increased by three percent (13.1 million consumers) in the U.S. last year, but that the amount stolen decreased by six percent to $15 billion.The study found that the rise of EMV has already had a significant impact on fraudsters’ behavior and doubled the incidence of new account fraud. The study also found that many consumers who do not trust their financial institutions are engaging in behavior that enables fraudsters to use their information for 75 percent longer. continue reading »last_img read more

Jrue Holiday: New Orleans Pelicans in talks to trade veteran guard | NBA News

first_imgJrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans defends against DeMar DeRozan of the San Antonio Spurs as part of the NBA Restart 2020 on August 9, 2020 at The Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. Image:Jrue Holiday is considered to be one of the NBA’s elite defensive players Under new coach Stan Van Gundy, the Pelicans are expected to build around the young core of Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram. Trading Holiday could allow them to get another young player or two for the long term and also shed salary.Holiday, 30, has two years and about $52 million left on a five-year, $131.8 million deal he signed with the Pelicans in July 2017. In 61 games last season, he averaged 19.1 points, 6.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds a game – all above his career averages of 15.9 points, 6.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds. He has played 713 career games (640 starts) with the Philadelphia 76ers (2009-13) and Pelicans.- Advertisement – Want to watch even more of the NBA and WNBA but don’t have Sky Sports? Get the Sky Sports Action and Arena pack, click here. – Advertisement – Last month, he won the NBA’s 2019-20 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award.Presented annually since 2012-13 and voted on by the players, the award “recognises the player deemed the best teammate based on selfless play, on-and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players, and commitment and dedication to (the) team,” according to a league press release.The Pelicans finished the season 30-42. Head coach Alvin Gentry was fired after the team failed to make the playoffs.- Advertisement – The New Orleans Pelicans are involved in talks to trade veteran guard Jrue Holiday, according to US reports.The Athletic said on Wednesday that “several contending teams are pursuing” Holiday in a trade.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Buy a chapel

first_img4 Isabella St, Mount PerryThere’s a kitchen and bathroom, and the pulpit still exists as well as timber blinds, wall tiles and solid feature timber doors. Just $95,000 will secure you the 405sq m property which is at 4 Isabella St. 4 Isabella St, Mount PerryFOR less than $100,000 you can be the owner of a small country chapel.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoThe building is located at Mount Perry, a small town around 100kms west of Bundaberg.It has “residence potential”, according to Gin Gin Country Realty’s Trevor Versace.last_img read more

Osaka vows to block out negatives after ‘toughest year’

first_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At LongerCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Best Cars Of All TimeFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Loading… But she then exited Roland Garros in the third round and Wimbledon in the first round, and her defence of her US Open crown similarly fell flat.The Japanese roared back with titles in her native city of Osaka and then in Beijing in the autumn, and in December hired the Belgian Wim Fissette as her coach – her fourth in less than a year.The world number three, who faces Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic in her opener in Melbourne, said she was “in a better head space” compared to 12 months ago, and playing better tennis.“But honestly, last year was the toughest year of my life, so I would hope it gets better,” Osaka added.Pushed as to what she meant, she said: “I guess just before everything (success), if I lost, it wouldn’t be an (news) article.“Now if I lose, like, there’s news. It was tough adjusting to that.”Osaka described herself as “a bit more seasoned” compared to a year ago and hopes feeling more relaxed can bring success, starting with the defence of her Australian Open crown.“Last year I feel like I was young,” the Japanese said was a smile.“I was just this young kid that was going out. My goal was to win and I wasn’t going to let anything stop me.“I feel like now I appreciate more every single win because I know what it took to get it.“Of course I want to win every match and I want to go out there and do that.“That’s what I’m here for. I think maybe last year I was a little bit more fearless.” The 22-year-old began last year in spectacular fashion, winning in Melbourne for back-to-back Grand Slam titles and soaring to the top of the world rankings.center_img Read Also: Serena Williams, back in the wins, aims to end long Slam record questOsaka, who has been open about her struggles with the pressure that comes with success, says she is trying to ignore what is said and written about her.“I’ve been training my whole life for this (tennis),” she told reporters.“I shouldn’t let outside noise – no offence to you guys, love you guys – but outside noise dictate how I’m feeling.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka said Saturday that 2019 was the “toughest year of my life” after the Japanese ploughed through several coaches and suffered a major dip in form.Advertisementlast_img read more