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

Virtual viewings platform launches £1 a room deal for agents during lockdown

first_imgHome » News » Virtual viewings platform launches £1 a room deal for agents during lockdown previous nextProducts & ServicesVirtual viewings platform launches £1 a room deal for agents during lockdownEyeSpy360 says it wants to help agents offer vendors and landlords virtual tours ‘at cost’ as the new lockdown looms.Nigel Lewis4th November 20200853 Views A leading virtual tours platform has reduced the price of its service to ‘at cost’ in order to help sales and letting agents during the looming lockdown in England.New customers who sign up will be able to use the service for £1 per photograph and without having to the pay the platform’s usual £19.99 monthly subscription. This means for example that a virtual tour for a two-bedroom, two reception apartment will cost just £4.Its founder Andrew Nicholls (pictured, above) says the offer includes all of its usually charged-for services including hosting, unlimited views, narrated tours, live tours with up to eight people and floor plans.“We want to support the property industry this latest lockdown and moving forward too,” says Nicholls.“We believe online viewings and 360 tours are an integral part of the decision making process and a way to pre-qualify customers prior to a physical viewing.”Nicholls also says virtual tours are a simple for agents to cut their carbon footprint because, he claims, 60-70% of viewings do not lead to a property sale but often require all those attending to drive in their petrol cars to the address.Shaun Macnamara (left) Head of UK Residential Sales at CBRE, says: “We started using EyeSpy360’s Virtual Tour Platform during the previous lockdown and have continued to do so ever since.“Their tours and live viewings feature have allowed us to maintain operational stability during these turbulent times.”Jason Bellwood, Lettings Manager at Sugarhouse Property in Leeds, says: “We were looking at 360 tours around a year ago before the pandemic hit.“But at the time we decided not to go for it, but a lot has happened since then and luckily we started shooting our tours early enough to have had success in the last six months.”Visit EyeSpy360.Read: Is all the hype about virtual viewings justified?shaun macnamara Jason Bellwood sugarhouse properties leeds Andrew Nicholls CBRE EyeSpy360 November 4, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Oxford City Council responds to concerns raised over Oxford street lighting

first_imgCW: Sexual assault, death It Happens Here, an Oxford Student Union group tackling sexual violence, recently released a statement arguing that “street lighting in Oxford is currently very much imperfect, and that areas of Oxford remain poorly lit. Many women feel unsafe walking home after dark, especially in light of recent events, and this anxiety must always be taken seriously.” Two of sixteen street lights on Merton Streets and one of four lights on Magpie Lane were found to be out of order. Oxfordshire County Council has said that a “contractor will be attending these and treating them as a priority fault”. Students at Oxford Brookes University have also campaigned for greater lighting in South Park. A petition has been handed to Oxford City Council by members of the university, following a failed 2019 petition. South Park, the site of sexual assault in 2014, instills a “sense of apprehension” in students when they cross the path through it. The petition’s website reports students have “a quickened pace to traverse the path as quickly as possible”.Oxford City Council told petitioners that there is “already a fully-lit, safe route” near the park, and the County has said they will endeavor “to keep streets that are adopted highways well-lit and streetlights in good repair to contribute and make the streets of Oxford safer. We treated the recent issues in Merton Street and Magpie Lane as priority faults which have now been repaired, and our staff were in touch with the Oxford Student Union to update them about the repairs”.The UK government has pledged to double safety measures to £45 million as part of an effort to protect women and girls in light of the killing of Sarah Everard. This increases greater funding for street lighting and CCTV. In 2018 a £40.8 million cash boost was granted to Oxfordshire County Council to upgrade over 50,000 LED street lights, deemed more energy-efficient. No mention of increasing street lighting can be found in the Oxfordshire Plan 2050, apart from reducing light pollution.In response to the update from the Council, It Happens Here released a further statement: “After conversations with both the SU and the council, Oxford County Council who have responsibility for the lights has reassured us that the lights will be repaired within 7 working days and are being prioritised.”“Lights in the area have recently been inspected by the council this week [and] they were happy that the rest of the lights were working along Merton Street and Oriel Square and that there is functional CCTV coverage across the street. We’d like to thank the County Council for their swift response on this issue.”The Oxford University Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service can be reached by emailing [email protected] and offers free support to any student at the University who has been impacted by sexual harassment or violence.OSARCC is also available as a free support service which is distinct from the University.It Happens Here can serve as an unofficial and informal point of contact for students with any concerns about the issues discussed in this article.Image Credit: Dark Dwarf/CC BY-ND 2.0last_img read more

News story: Afghan interpreters to be able to bring their family to the UK

first_img Afghan interpreters who served alongside British soldiers played a vital part in our fight against the Taliban. We owe these unsung heroes a huge debt of gratitude for their service. That is why we are making it even easier for them to build their future here in the UK with their loved ones. Afghan interpreters who relocated to the UK will be able to be joined by eligible family members, under new rules announced by the Home Secretary today (Thursday 7 March).Under current arrangements, the interpreters and their families were required to travel to the UK at the same time for the family members to qualify for relocation.The changes, which take effect on 6 April, remove this requirement so eligible partners and children of interpreters still in Afghanistan, who were part of the family before the interpreter relocated, will be able to travel separately.The government has already supported over 430 interpreters along with their family members to be relocated in the UK, over 1,200 people in total.Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: The changes mean that eligible family members will no longer have to apply to come to the UK under the family migration rules, which include English language requirements and the minimum income threshold.This follows the Home Secretary’s announcement in May 2018 that the interpreters could apply for settlement free of charge.British armed forces in Helmand Province were supported by 7,000 locally employed civilians, about half of whom worked as interpreters.Where people choose to marry or start a relationship after relocating to the UK, their partner can apply for a visa under the usual family migration rules.last_img read more

Blitzen Trapper Goes On A Sonic Journey ‘All Across This Land’

first_imgOn their latest album, All Across This Land, Blitzen Trapper has finally achieved a true balance between the abandon of their live shows and the intricacies of their studio work. The band’s main songwriter and creative force, guitarist Eric Earley, set out to unify the more intricate and lilting compositions with the rock-influenced live sound. Much like the later works of Early’s oft cited influences, R.E.M., Blitzen Trapper is finally learning to not just walk the fine line between rock and folk, but to STRUT it.Listen to a playlist of All Across This Land below: The title track, “All Across This Land,” is a pure blast of feel good rock and roll. The song shows a band honoring the roots of classic rock, but with a fresh spirit free of imitation that automatically raises the bar for the songs to come. The follow up track utilizes aggressive air to its advantage, with a clean thin opening that invokes the earnest nature of fledgling garage bands. It’s a bold and daring statement, showing them fuse their sounds with a defter touch than before.A pair of meditations on love and loss, “Mystery And Wonder” and “Love Grow Cold,” illustrate the importance of seamless craft in successful pop songs. Here, singer Eric Earley utilizes his clean, tightly compressed voice to lose most distracting personal inflections. Listeners have a blank slate to project themselves upon, with just the slightest nasal hint of his hero Bob Dylan.“Cadillac Road” and “Let The Cards Fall” demonstrate the benefit of a visionary songwriter at the helm. Stripping down to their barest folksy roots, “Across The River” finds the band telling of a golden hued vision from the banks to the empty imaginary city. In this deserted land, Earley contemplates his and all of our mortality, and finds it worth fighting for.When a band is known just as much for the sheer poetry of its lyrics as it is for the range and diversity of its musical arrangements and performances, expectations among fans can’t help but be high. With All Across This Land, Blitzen Trapper managed to craft a modern rock classic, using a style and world view distinctly their own.Don’t miss Blitzen Trapper on the road this summer, including a show at Garcia’s in Port Chester, NY on June 19th!last_img read more

New Figures Reveal Gross Sales From Phish’s Baker’s Dozen

first_imgBillboard’s Current Boxscore aggregates information about high-selling concerts and runs, ranking them from highest grossing down. For this week’s column, Phish has topped the chart with their historic Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden. Baker’s Dozen spanned thirteen nights across July 21st through August 4th, and according to Billboard’s Boxscore, grossed $15,041,405 in total sales. With the shows’ estimated capacity of 236,278 people, 227,385 people attended the concerts across the boards, selling out five of the thirteen performances.Donut Sampler: Relive Phish’s Baker’s Dozen By Rewatching These Free Pro-Shot VideosWhile this figure is by no means chump change, the mean gross sales figure from across the thirteen shows ends up coming in at $1,157,031 per night. To put this figure into perspective, ranking fifth on the Boxscore column is Dead & Company with their sold-out June 24th performance at Citi Field in New York, which grossed a little over $4 million dollars in total for one night. However, this difference can be handily accounted for by ticket prices and venue size. For Dead & Company’s summer tour, tickets rang in at just about $150 or $40, while Phish’s four different price tiers across Baker’s Dozen ranging from $74 to $54 dollars, and Citi Field has about 6,500 more seats than Madison Square Garden’s 20,789 capacity.Some Internet Genius Compiled AUDs Of The Entire Baker’s Dozen Run In This Sweet WebsiteFor those of us who might need to revisit a math classroom, gross sales figures are the grand total of all sales for a given period—meaning it doesn’t account for the costs of producing the event itself. That said, the exact numbers related to profit and how much Phish actually made from the run are still disclosed.[H/T JamBase; Photo: Chad Anderson]last_img read more

Exclusive! Spend a High-Fashion Night In NYC with the Dazzling Dancers of On the Town

first_imgWhere do you go when you have just one night in New York City to dress up in dapper duds and paint the town red? On the Town hoofers Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Clyde Alves, Eloise Kropp, Tanya Birl, Lori Ann Ferreri, Samantha Sturm, Skye Mattox and Holly Ann Butler danced their way to East Village cocktail bar Bedlam with photographer Matthew Murphy for an evening of cocktails and high kicks. Click through the gallery to see the exclusive photo shoot! About the Photographer Matthew Murphy is a New York City-based photographer specializing in theater and dance. His work appears regularly in the Arts and Leisure section of The New York Times and additional credits include Bravo TV, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Village Voice, Dance Magazine, The Financial Times and The New York Post. He is a former member of American Ballet Theatre. For more information visit Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015 Check out a behind-the-scenes video of the exclusive photo session! View Commentscenter_img Related Shows Additional Credits: Art director: Mitch Dean; Stylist: David Withrow; Assistant: Isaac James. On the Townlast_img read more

Chicken Litter Supply

first_imgPound for pound, litter contains about one-fifth of the nutrients of blended commercialfertilizer. If farmers can buy and spread litter for less than $25 per ton, Savage said,they’re coming out ahead of the game. “Anyone planning to use chicken litter should test their soil in the fall,” Harris said,”and test the litter to make sure they’re adding the nutrients their crops need.” Georgia farmers grew 2.53 million acres of cotton, corn and hay in 1996. All of thatland required fertilizer in some form. Many farmers chose chicken litter. But even if they could have used all the litter produced last year, they still could haveadequately fertilized only one-third of the cotton. The main drawback to using litter is the obvious one — the smell. Fortunately, the odordissipates quickly. But until it does, it’s something farmers using litter for fertilizer justhave to tolerate. “It holds more moisture, releases its nitrogen more slowly and can be much moreeconomical,” Savage said. “There’s just not enough chicken litter in Georgia to fertilize all the crops we growhere,” said Stan Savage, a poultry scientist with the University of Georgia ExtensionService. Neighbors, though, may be less happy with the situation. Glen Harris, an extension environmental fertilizers and soils specialist, said farmersshould use litter straight from the broiler house for best results. Gardeners shouldcompost it to use in gardens and landscapes. Picture this: 2.5 billion pounds of soil-like fertilizer. And it’s not enough. Another concern is nutrients leaching from piles of litter. Harris said if farmers can goahead and spread the litter onto their fields, leaching and runoff shouldn’t pose a risk tothe environment. Litter for farm use is usually worked into the soil before planting, he said. Raw littercan burn tender landscape and garden plants if not used very carefully. For every pound of chicken they raise, farmers must deal with a half-pound of litter.Georgia farmers produced 5 billion pounds of chicken in 1995. That left them with 2.5billion pounds of litter. Many farmers near south Georgia poultry farms have learned the value of litter, Savagesaid. The price of commercial fertilizer has risen greatly in the past three years, forcingfarmers to look for alternatives. Farmers can apply composted litter, which has less odor, near surrounding homes, butit has less fertilizer value. Savage calls litter a co-product of poultry production since it has value as fertilizer. There are problems keeping the litter from accumulating. “Although there isn’t enoughlitter to go around,” Harris said, “there are problems keeping it spread out due to theeconomics of hauling.” “Some south Georgia farmers are even buying litter from north Georgia poultry farmsand hauling it to their farms,” he said. “They’re still coming out better with litter.” Savage said just a few years ago, some poultry farmers were giving away litter. Overthe past five years, more poultry farms have sprung up, especially in south Georgia. Litter produced today has about half as much moisture as it did five to 10 years ago, hesaid. Nutrients in the drier litter are more economical to buy and haul. Georgia farmers now raise about 14 percent of the broiler chickens grown in the UnitedStates. They have to find a way to use the litter when they clean out the broiler houses. Why do farmers want chicken litter instead of commercially prepared fertilizers? “There’s such a difference between how much litter poultry farmers actually have andhow much crop farmers want to use,” Savage said. “You’d be hard-pressed to findlitter for your farm or even your garden unless you live near a poultry farm and getalong with the owner.”last_img read more

07 Sneaky vegetables

first_img Volume XXVII Number 1 Page 7 Will the children eat vegetables if we make them into desserts? Probably so. Just don’t tell them they’re vegetables.How could you have Thanksgiving without sweet potato pie?We claim to have the sweetest onions in the world. Of course, I would eat gumbo as a dessert with the trinity of vegetables: onions, peppers and celery.For those gardeners in north Georgia, rhubarb is another dessert vegetable. It grows well in the cooler climes but can’t take the heat of the southern part of the state.What about growing beets this spring? They’re easy to grow, packed with nutrients and delicious as Harvard or pickled beets.Georgia grows the very best watermelons anywhere. Cordele always comes to mind, as well as the great aroma of melons at the Georgia State Farmers Market when the season is in full swing.Do you throw away the watermelon rinds? Shame on you. Watermelon-rind preserves are one of the staple pickled products. Just ask one of your gardening friends for their family recipe. And watch for the smile and memories that will come to their minds.While your thoughts are on melons, what about cantaloupes and honeydews? They’re two of Georgians’ favorite sweets.Have you ever eaten corn pudding? Georgia grows sweet corn that’s sweet enough for any dessert. In fact, I would trade almost any dessert for sweet corn. I’ll just take the husk off and eat it raw. It makes my mouth water just to think about sweet corn.What about sweet pickles? You’ll need to plant pickling cucumbers to get the best quality pickles. You can use regular cucumbers, but they may not make as firm a pickle as the picklers will.What about sweet vegetable relish? There’s a good dish for a combination of almost any of the vegetables: cukes, peppers, celery, etc.Never eaten hot pepper jelly or garlic jelly? What about tomato jam? Have you forgotten about zucchini bread and carrot cake?You didn’t think vegetables were desserts? Well, I’m working on eggplant now. By Wayne McLaurin Georgia Extension Servicelast_img read more

Raw milk

first_imgUnpasteurized milk from cows, sheep or goats can carry dangerous bacteria that infect humans. People have contracted salmonella, E. coli, listeria and even rabies from consuming raw milk. It’s a risk people shouldn’t take, says a University of Georgia food specialist.According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 800 people in the U.S. have gotten sick from drinking raw milk or eating cheese made from it since 1998. Consumers say they are drinking the raw milk for convenience, taste preference or perceived health benefits, says Judy Harrison, a food safety specialist with UGA Cooperative Extension. “A growing segment of the population believes getting back to nature is best for you, but that is not always the case,” Harrison said. “Food still needs to be handled properly, or it becomes unhealthier than the commercial products.” Most commercial milk products are pasteurized. First performed in 1864, pasteurization is the process of heating milk to a specific temperature for a set amount of time to kill harmful bacteria responsible for diseases like listerosis, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, diphtheria and brucellosis. Substantial research shows the process doesn’t cause allergic reactions or reduce the nutritional value or taste of milk. “Raw milk cannot be sold for human consumption in Georgia,” said Tommy Irvin, Georgia’s agriculture commissioner. “The raw milk that can be sold here is for animal consumption only. Raw milk sold for animal feed should not be consumed by humans. If you give raw milk to your family, you are putting them at risk, especially young children and pregnant women.” Harrison said she has been told by UGA Extension agents that homemade milk and cheeses are showing up in farmers markets. Cheese made from unpasteurized milk needs to be aged for at least 60 days in an environment not lower than 35 degrees Fahrenheit to kill all of the bacteria. If you are purchasing cheese at a farmers market the best way to tell if it is a legitimate product is to examine the label, Harrison says. The label must list the manufacturer or distributor, the weight or liquid measure of the product and must include the metric measures such as grams and milliliters as well as ounces and fluid ounces. A list of ingredients and a product code will also be included. If the appropriate information is not on the label, beware. Pathogens in raw milk that infect humans come from animal feces and can be present in or on the animal’s udders. Standard hygiene practices during milking can reduce but not eliminate the risk. Several outbreaks of illness have been linked to the consumption of raw milk and its cheese products, according to the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. An outbreak of tuberculosis in New York City was connected to consumption of queso fresco, a soft cheese made from raw milk that had been brought from Mexico. Several people were sickened, mostly children. A 15-month old boy died. A Kansas community held a heritage fair where fresh cheese was made from raw milk. A few days later, 67 people reported illnesses. In 2000, a listeria outbreak among Hispanic mothers was reported in North Carolina. Pregnant women contracted listeria after eating cheese made from unpasteurized milk. The illness resulted in five stillbirths, three premature delivers and two infected newborns.last_img read more