Organisations fail to take race equality seriously

first_imgOrganisations fail to take race equality seriouslyOn 1 May 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Virtually all employers charged with providing a race equality scheme underthe Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 have failed to comply with thelegislation, a survey has revealed. Public authorities were meant to have a full RES in place by 31 May 2002. Ayear on, 96 per cent do not meet the minimum requirements of the RR(A)A,according to a poll of 100 public authorities by law firm Field FisherWaterhouse. “One possible explanation is that those drafting the RES reports didnot pay enough attention to the legislation itself, relying instead onsummaries and guidance,” said Field Fisher Waterhouse partner RichardKenyon. “While some of this material is very helpful, it is possible tomiss the basic legal requirements without reference to the legislation.” A contributory factor was probably the Commission for Racial Equality’sdelay in finalising the code of practice and guidance, which were not readyuntil just before the 31 May deadline, he added. The CRE has warned HR practitioners in private firms delivering publicservices that they too must comply. The CRE’s chief executive Trevor Phillips said: “Even if the law doesnot specifically cover private sector companies, we think it essentiallycaptures [those] that work for the public sector.” “Why should public money be spent in a way that is raciallybiased?” Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Crowd heckles Rocky Horror Show at OFS

first_imgTheOld Fire Station nightclub on GeorgeStreet cut short a produc­tion of the rocky HorrorShow on Monday night following rowdiness and complaints from audience members. The show, held on the night of Hal­loween,was a one-off theatrical club night organised by Carte Blanche, the productioncompany behind Burlesk. Billed as a “kinky, camp musical club night,” theproduction consisted of a film screening, music and a live floor show. Midway through the evening members of theaudience began to heckle the onstage performers. Some approached OFS staffcomplaining about the content of the production. The show was not permitted toper­form the third act, and was pulled off the stage before the second act hadbeen completed, on the insist­ence of the Old Fire Station staff. One member of the audience, Holly Ware, astudent at St Hilda’s, said that “the crowd got very rowdy and quite violent.The show was extremely good but it was clear that a lot of people in theaudience didn’t know that the rocky Horror Show was going on and just thoughtit was a regular club night.” Following the termination of the rockyHorror Show perform­ance, the evening continued as an ordinary club night withmusic and dancing. The director of the show, Laurie Penny,said, “We were on the stage when the music cut out, this cheese cut in and wewere told to get off. This was right in the middle a show for which we’d allworked really hard.” The entry for the special night was fivepounds, and a large majority of the audience had come dressed in thetraditional rocky Horror attire of fishnets and suspender belts. Aspectatorsaid that “in the end projectiles were being thrown at the stage and theprojector had to be taken down.” Julie Sturgess, speaking on behalf of theOld Fire Station said, “It wasn’t particularly rowdy. It was a decision on thebehalf or the promoters to pull the show because the majority of customersseemed to prefer to dance rather than watch the show. The show had been on forquite a long time already, and it was just cut a little short.” Joey Clark, who played a Transyl­vanian inthe show, said that “it was a shame that a few drunkards spoilt it.” Neil Tarrant, also involved in theproduction, explained his feelings saying, “I was just rather upset that theOFS were responding more to an aggressive minority than to a ma­jority who wereseemingly enjoying the show.” Carte Blanche have experienced a degree ofunfortunate Oxfordscandal in the past over their show Burlesk, which began at Jongleurs duringHilary term. On the night that a Daily Mail reviewer was present, onecast member’s nipples were inadvertantly exposed during a striptease. ARCHIVE: 4th week MT 2005last_img read more

Inc. Magazine features student startup CubeForme

first_imgCubeForme, a startup formed by Kyle Pham, a sophomore double majoring in cognitive science and philosophy, politics and law, and Nick Nguyen, a UC Irvine student, was featured in Inc. Magazine’s “16 Coolest College Startups of 2016” this March. The magazine pitted startups against each other in a tournament, and CubeForme has made it to the second round of competition.Pham and Nguyen created their startup with about $2000 in funding last fall. It sells a monthly subscription box filled with “3D-printed creations,” and Pham said the purpose is to connect designers with audiences.“Each month, we feature a different designer, and we use their work to curate a themed box. Our angle is sort of pushing an appreciation of 3D printing and its creative possibilities,” Pham said.Though Pham and Nguyen’s academic backgrounds may not appear directly connected to 3D printing, Pham said the duo was drawn to entrepreneurship from the start.“Both of us have always had a desire to create a venture,” Pham said. “I think it really started later on in high school, where we kind of had joking discussions. But as college started, we realized there are all these resources available to us, and there was that real sense of a startup culture.”Though CubeForme has sold only about 60 boxes since its inception, Pham is grateful for the gradual growth — especially since the company’s 3D printer is housed outside co-founder Nguyen’s bedroom.“[It’s] is a very small number,” Pham said. “Ultimately, we’re looking to grow a lot by focusing on branding, collaborations and hosting giveaways, just getting the product out there first. But I almost appreciate that it’s been gradual so far because it’s made it much easier to balance with the rest of my life.”Pham said the idea of subscription-based 3D-printed art arose from a desire to “impact 3D printing as an industry.” CubeForme has sought out popular designers online to create the products that go into each box.“It differs each month. Artistic objects are one kind of thing you can receive, but other months it might be more gadget-based. Other times it’s more interactive, kind of toy-based,” Pham said.After a failed Kickstarter fund last fall, CubeForme found success after entering Inc. Magazine’s contest this spring. Criteria for the contest included concept originality, each entry’s pitch and growth potential.last_img read more

A day of false hope and broken promises

first_imgIt’s finally here.It’s the day when chiseled, egotistical high school seniors all over the country honor the 51st anniversary of Buddy Holly’s tragic death by taking a few lines out of Don McLean’s “American Pie.” And I knew if I had my chance / That I could make those people dance / And maybe they’d be happy for a while.Of course, I’m talking about signing day.Today is the day when five-star, four-star — sometimes even no-star (as you’ll see later) — recruits take their chance in the spotlight and announce the school they will be attending, setting off dance parties in college coaches’ offices around the country.Nevermind that probably 90 percent of those football recruits who will sit in front of one, two or 10 television cameras and don the hat of the school that schmoozed him have never heard a Buddy Holly song.Who needs Buddy Holly when you have coaches tooting a prized recruit’s horn and trumpeting that school’s fight song around the living room?These ego-inflating tactics contribute to the overarching pompous atmosphere of signing day. And it’s a day we could do without.ESPN cameras decorate the family rooms and high school gyms of athletes who haven’t proven anything except the fact that they are bigger and more athletic than most 18-year-olds. It makes the athletes feel like royalty — see Derric Evans, who, in 1989, signed his letter of intent in a hot tub with a glass of wine in one hand and a pen in the other — and creates hype that sometimes isn’t there.Take former Trojan Joe McKnight and current USC redshirt sophomore running back Marc Tyler for example.Coming out of high school, McKnight and Tyler were the two best running backs in the nation. McKnight, dubbed by many as “the next Reggie Bush,” created controversy on signing day by spurning the hometown Tigers of LSU for the out-of-state Trojans. People were ready to crown the Trojans as national champions on signing day. Yet, it took two years for him to get over that moniker, and Tyler, after various injuries, still has yet to play to his potential. The fact that those two were ranked one and two means nothing right now.Signing day also has the possiblity of creating false hope.Just take a look at Kevin Hart. Remember him? He was the guy from Fernley High School in Nevada who announced, in front of a packed high school gym and television cameras, he was going to play football for Jeff Tedford and the California Golden Bears.Except there was one problem.Cal never recruited him. Nobody did. He told himself he wanted to play Division I football. When it became apparent that there was no school offering him a scholarship, he got caught up in all the signing day hoopla and decided to offer himself one.He’s now at a junior college trying to move on from all the national media attention and scrutiny he received as a result of the lie.Signing day has become the first step in taking the student out of “student athlete.”Think about it. Some of these high school seniors make their announcements during the middle of the day on a Wednesday. What else is in the middle of a weekday? Oh yea, class. It’s become more important to tell people where you will be going to school instead of trying to stay in it.Sure, some people might say it’s a day to celebrate all the hard work that the teenager has put in. But isn’t that what senior day, typically the last home football game of the year, is for? Or graduation?I say, do away with the press conferences and the attention. Have an athlete announce his decision on a website like most entertainers do.You don’t see Bruce Springsteen putting on an “I Love N.Y.” T-shirt at a press conference when announcing the first stop of his tour. Or the Monstars pulling out a map of the galaxy and pinning a dart on Earth in front of assembled media.In fact, get rid of signing day altogether. Many people were upset a few years ago when Terrelle Pryor held a press conference on signing day announcing, well, that he hadn’t made a decision and wouldn’t for a few weeks.I wish more recruits were like Pryor. He wanted to finish basketball season, enjoy senior year and not rush the process.So, with signing day here, don’t take too much stock in it. Championships are won on the field, not on a piece of paper. Many high profile recruits don’t pan out and many lower ones become stars.Yes, Trojan fans should be excited about having Kyle Prater and Dillon Baxter on campus, but we’ll find out about the incoming class of 2014 soon enough — on the field.Hopefully the music doesn’t die, and they can make us happy for a while.“Spittin’ Sports” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article visit or e-mail Kenny at [email protected]last_img read more