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PointsBet brings in Sulsky to support Canadian expansion plans

first_img Email Address The appointment marks PointsBet’s first senior hire in Canada and represents the first step toward its strategy of building a Canadian leadership team for its potential expansion into the country. Sulsky was formerly president of Monkey Knife Fight, the daily fantasy sports operator that was acquired by Bally’s Corporation in January this year. Sportsbook operator PointsBet has appointed Nic Sulsky as chief commercial officer for its Canadian operations, to support plans to launch its sports betting services in the country. Topics: Sports betting PointsBet brings in Sulsky to support Canadian expansion plans Prior to this, Sulsky co-founded InGamer, an in-game fantasy platform that launched in 2010 in partnership with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. Sports betting Canada is close to passing new legislation that would legalize single-event sports betting in the country. Last week, the bill passed its second reading in the Senate and is now with the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce.center_img If passed by the Committee, the bill will receive Royal Assent and become law, allowing operators to offer bets on individual sporting events, instead of only on multiples. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: PointsBet Nic Sulsky Regions: Canada 3rd June 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Read the full story on iGB North America. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

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Johnny Sexton’s Life in Pictures

first_img Johnny Sexton’s Life in PicturesBefore Johnny Sexton got stuck into his preparations for Ireland‘s November Internationals against South Africa, Fiji and Argentina, we asked him to give his memories from a selection of photographs from his career. You can read his ‘My Life in Pictures’ feature in the December 2017 issue of Rugby World, which goes on sale on 31 October, but here is a little bonus content as Sexton discusses another four photos…Johnny Sexton’s Life in PicturesA ROAR TO REGRET, 2009War of words: Johnny Sexton shouts at Ronan O’Gara after a Leinster try. Photo: Inpho“This is not one of my proudest moments and I wish I hadn’t done it. We’d had a run-in the month before in the Munster-Leinster fixture, so it sort of carried over into this Heineken Cup semi-final. I’ve a lot of respect for Ronan O’Gara and what he’s achieved, but it was just the heat of the moment and what had gone on in the previous match. There was a lot made of it in Ireland. I’ve not put myself in that situation since – you learn lessons along the way.“I’d played a couple of group games in that campaign but had then been left out of the squad around Christmas and the Six Nations. I had to fight to get back in the squad and I was recalled for the semi-final and it was a massive fixture in Irish sporting history, a massive occasion. I was thrown into the middle of it after Felipe Contepomi suffered a serious injury and then went on to play in the final – something I couldn’t have imagined three months previously when I was playing club rugby at St Mary’s.FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HERE“The first thing I had to do when I came on was kick a penalty. There was quite a long delay for Felipe and then Johnny O’Hagan brought on the wrong kicking tee so I had to send him off and he had a bad ankle so it felt like forever that I was waiting to take that kick. A lot was going through my mind during those few minutes, it was racing, but thankfully I’d done a lot of work on that part of my game over those few months.“It had been hard for me because every time I was playing for Leinster, Felipe was outside me at 12 and he took all the kicks then when I did get the chance (to kick) I wasn’t ready, so I said to myself during those few months that I would work on it and I needed to be ready for moments like that. It’s funny how things work out. I kicked that penalty and kicked in the final, and I was given the kicking responsibility the year after.” Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton reflects on a few photographs from his career FACES OF FEAR, 2015Scream! Ireland players on a ride at Alton Towers during RWC 2015. Photo: Inpho“We managed to get some downtime during the 2015 World Cup and this is one of the snapshots that shows how we’re like kids on a day off. The fact Paulie (O’Connell) looked so scared meant it got a lot of interest in Ireland. After a few hours at Alton Towers and the come down from all the adrenaline, everybody was too tired to slag him!” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img THE BOND OF FRIENDSHIP, 2010Hugs all round: Johnny Sexton and Felipe Contepomi embrace after an Ireland-Argentina Test. Photo: Inpho“Felipe (Contepomi) is one of my all-time idols. He’s someone I look up to and admire. Obviously I was cursing when I was sitting behind him at Leinster, but I got to learn a lot from him and playing with him at 12 was a great experience for me. I can’t speak highly enough of him and we still keep in touch. This was a game I got to play against him and we swapped jerseys later on. I’ve still got his jersey in my house and I’m sure when I finish up it’ll be one that I get framed, maybe with this picture. I couldn’t think of a better team-mate – someone who did so much for me.”A MOMENT OF CONTEMPLATION, 2013Ritual: Johnny Sexton prays before a Lions fixture in 2013. Photo: Inpho“I pray before every game. My granny and granddad would have been of big faith and it’s something I’ve done before games since I was in school and I still do now. It doesn’t mean you win every game and it doesn’t mean you are fit all the time, but I’ve not been seriously injured on the pitch, which is the main thing. You wouldn’t know I did that unless you were in the dressing room. It’s a personal thing for maybe a minute, just before we huddle up as a team.” Tee time: Johnny Sexton practises his kicking during the Lions tour. Photo: Getty Images last_img read more

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Cancer Research UK chooses Convio Teamraiser for Relay for Life

first_imgCancer Research UK has chosen Convio Teamraiser™ to support its Relay for Life fundraising campaign, with the aim of turning event participants into year-round fundraisers.The cloud-based TeamRaiser, now available to UK charities, will provide Cancer Research UK with a fully branded online platform that features registration, online donations, real-time fundraising reporting, event management, email capability and social media integration.The system includes step-by-step prompts to help team captains and event participants raise more money, involve others and share what they are doing with other volunteers. It provides fundraising pages for a particular event, for teams, and for individuals. Event participants can use it to send and track emails to their contacts, share pictures and messages via social networks and track their progress against team and individual targets.In the USA, the American Cancer Society, which first developed the Relay For Life idea, has been using TeamRaiser nationally since 2005, during which time it has increased online revenue by 48%. Cancer Research UK will be the first UK organisation to use it.Simon O’Leary, Head of Volunteer Fundraising at Cancer Research UK, said: “TeamRaiser allows us to provide a better experience to members of the public who are registering for our Relay For Life events and crucially provides more integrated fundraising capability that we can use to drive incremental income growth.”The charity will be able to use TeamRaiser to access an instant picture of how all Relay For Life events are developing, throughout the 12 month period of the event.Martin Campbell, UK Managing Director at Convio, said: “Coordinating so many events, teams and participants is a real challenge and TeamRaiser offers everything you need to manage a Relay For Life in one joined-up platform, helping to raise awareness and funds for Cancer Research UK.”www.convio.co.uk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Blackbaud Consulting & Agencies Digital Events Technology Howard Lake | 25 January 2012 | News  34 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Cancer Research UK chooses Convio Teamraiser for Relay for Lifelast_img read more

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City Committee to Meet Today, Lay Out Guidelines That Would Aid Restaurants

first_imgGovernment City Committee to Meet Today, Lay Out Guidelines That Would Aid Restaurants City would suspend fees and make it easier for eateries to do business on sidewalks and in alleys By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 | 11:12 pm 18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it At a 10 a.m. meeting on Thursday, May 28, the Economic Development and Technology Committee will lay out city guidelines aimed at helping the city’s ailing restaurants once they are allowed to do business.I commend city staff for working diligently to pull together a comprehensive set of guidelines since EDTECH met one week ago,” said committee chair Councilmember Victor Gordo.Guidelines were also released for retail and office buildings to reopen.According to documents received by Pasadena Now on Wednesday night, the city will temporarily suspend public hearings and public noticing required for sidewalk dining.Municipal codes will also be suspended that prohibit dining in parking lots.The city will also suspend several fees, including fees related to sidewalk dining, the city’s business license tax, banners/temporary sign permit, fire inspections, food sanitation inspections and permits for restaurants, environmental Health plan check and inspection fees for restaurants and the zoning parking credit program fee in Old Pasadena and South Lake.Last week, committee members encouraged the streamlining of any permitting process associated with any reopening, including alcohol Conditional Use Permits and signage.The committee also discussed the idea of closing Colorado Boulevard. in Old Pasadena, either partially or completely, to allow businesses with limited indoor space take advantage of sidewalks and the area reserved for curbside parking, an idea first pushed by former restaurateur Robin Salzer.Pasadena restaurants have suffered devastating financial losses after “Safer at Home” order resulted in closed dining rooms. For some, income has dropped by 90 percent, propped up only by curbside and delivery food service, according to published reports.Restaurants, large gatherings and schools are just about the last items that Gov. Gavin Newsom has not issued reopening guidelines on.Since Monday, Newsom has issued guidelines for reopening churches and retail businesses. Newsom also laid the groundwork for hair and nail salons and barbers, but so far those businesses are still prohibited from operating in Pasadena.On Wednesday the city reported no new deaths from the Coronavirus, but local cases have reached 900.Meanwhile, California became the fourth state in the nation with 100,000 coronavirus casesLast week state officials denied the city a variance that would have allowed city officials to open the city at their own pace, instead of remaining on the county schedule.“I look forward to input from residents and business operators beginning at tomorrow’s EDTech meeting so we can continue in the direction of putting Pasadena residents safely back to work,” Gordo said.To view the meeting, visit: http://pasadena.granicus.com/mediaplayer.php?camera_id=2&publish_id=9 More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a commentcenter_img CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Subscribe STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Top of the News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

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“District & Police Admin Failed To Discharge Their Duties”: Jharkhand High Court Directs CID To Keep Strict Vigil On Black Marketing Of Life Saving Drugs

first_imgNews Updates”District & Police Admin Failed To Discharge Their Duties”: Jharkhand High Court Directs CID To Keep Strict Vigil On Black Marketing Of Life Saving Drugs Sparsh Upadhyay3 May 2021 5:51 AMShare This – xIn a significant move, the Jharkhand High Court last week directed the State’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to keep strict vigil in black marketing of medicines and charging extra rate for Beds in hospitals, both in private as well as government. A division bench comprising of Chief Justice Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad was hearing suo moto proceedings initiated to take the stock of the State Government’s preparedness to deal with COVID emergency. The bench issued this order after observing that the district and police administration failed to discharge their duties to put check upon the black marketing of life-saving drugs like Remdesivir Injection, etc. Importantly, coming down heavily on the Drug Controller (for the State of Jharkhand) for her failure to discharge her duties and to put a check on black marketing of life-saving drugs, the Jharkhand High Court had recently called it ‘unfortunate’ that she sought exemption from personal appearance before the Court. COVID19: ‘Black Marketing Of Life-Saving Drugs’: Jharkhand HC Raps Drug Controller, Asks Govt To Ensure Adequate Supply Of Drugs, Oxygen Submissions of the Director (Drugs)/State Government Necessary steps are being taken to increase the supply of Favipiravir Tablets and department is monitoring supply and allocation of Remdesivir, Favipiravir and other common drugs used for Covid-19 patients.The state is taking necessary steps to put a check upon the black marketing of these medicinesA monitoring committee has been formed under the Joint Director (Drugs) comprising of three Drug Inspectors for monitoring of the stock availability and smooth distribution of Favipiravir tablets and other commonly used drugs for Covid-19.State Government has formed a Task Force headed by the Director (Industries) where the Director (Drugs) is also made a member secretary for ensuring the increased production, distribution, and supply of medical oxygen to all ICU Beds and Oxygen Beds for Covid-19 patients.The supply of Favipiravir Tablets is made to the prominent pharmacy stores in every district of the State like at places where the general public finds it easier to locate and reach. Court’s observations At the outset, the Court expressed concerns about the news clip telecast, wherein a person was seen getting Rs.1,10,000/- by selling “Remdesivir” Injection through black marketing. In the video, the black marketeer has disclosed, that he used to give Rs.3,000/- to the Drug Inspector, Rs.10,000/- to the officers of the National Health Mission and likewise money was being transmitted at other levels to procure the said injection to sell out in the open market by black marketing. Further, the Court asked the State Government that when a system had been adopted by the Drugs department to supply Remdesivir Injection strictly to the hospitals on the basis of the on-line requisition then how the black marketeer got the said injection to sell it in the open market? “…Only conclusion to be reached by this Court is that there are serious lapses in the so-called process evolved by the Drug Control Department of the State of Jharkhand,” added the Court. Importantly, the Court sternly remarked, “The question is what the district administration and police administration is doing if such thing is happening which clearly suggest that the district and police administration have failed to discharge their duties.” The Court also remarked that when the news channel can apprehend a black marketeer through sting operation then why it cannot be done by the district and police administration? Court’s directions This Court deemed it fit and proper to issue following directions: Senior Superintendent of Police/Investigating Agency is directed to produce the up-to-date progress of the investigation in the sealed cover before this Court on the next date of hearing along with the confessional statement, if any, of the apprehended person(s).The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the State has been directed to take up the matter in order to keep strict vigil in black marketing of medicines and charging extra rate for Beds in hospitals both in private as well as government and to take appropriate legal action in accordance with law against those involved in such activities. The Deputy Commissioner, Senior Superintendent of Police and Superintendent of Police of different districts are directed to extend full co-operation and co-ordination to the CID personnel in combating the situation of black marketing. As per the requisition made to the Central Government to meet the supply and demand of medicines of Covid-19 as per the requisition made on 15.04.2021 the Central Government is directed to look into the matter and expedite it. The concerned authorities like the Director (Industries) and other officers related to managing hospitals like that Deputy Commissioner of the districts, the Director (Drugs), Joint Director (Drug Controller) and other related officers are directed to work in coordination in order to meet out the situation arising due to surge in Pandemic covid-19. The authorities are directed to make all sincere endeavors to meet out the supply and demand of medicines for the patients in hospitals and in home isolation in the entire district of the State as also to balance the supply of oxygen both in hospitals as also for the persons getting treatment in home isolation across the State. The Deputy Commissioner of every district are directed to monitor the situation along with the Civil Surgeon of the concerned districts. Lastly, the Director (Drugs) assured the Court that all steps would be taken to allow the medical shops to sell out the medicines like Favipiravir or Fluguard on the basis of the prescription made by the medical practitioner by taking steps to avoid the illegal sale of such medicines in order to avoid hoarding of these medicines. The matter has been now posted for further hearing on May 6. Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderTagsLIFE SAVING DRUGS Black Marketing Of Life Saving Drugs Black marketing Fabiflu Remdesivir Remdesivir Injection Remdesivir Unavailability Jharkhand High Court Jharkhand Police Chief Justice Ravi Ranjan Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad COVID COVID -19 COVID Surge Surge In COVID-19 Cases Surge In Covid Cases Blackmarketing Next Storylast_img read more

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Criticism after Men’s Action Network office in Derry is burgled

first_img WhatsApp Criticism after Men’s Action Network office in Derry is burgled Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Previous articleGAA Preview: Tyrone look to reach second consecutive All-Ireland FinalNext articleGAA Preview: Barry O’Shea speaks about Kerry’s chances News Highland There’s been a break in at the Men’s Action Network offices on Patrick Street in Derry City centre.Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Councillor Sandra Duffy says it’s a disgraceful incident, as vital equipment stolen.Criticising those responsible, she praised the work carried out by the network across the city, and is urging anyone with information on this incident, or finds any equipment in the laneways in the surrounding area, to contact the PSNI. WhatsApp By News Highland – August 10, 2019 Twittercenter_img Pinterest Facebook Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Homepage BannerNews Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

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Donegal Nurse waiting 11 weeks on ‘Be on Call for Ireland’ initiative

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Donegal Nurse waiting 11 weeks on ‘Be on Call for Ireland’ initiative Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+center_img By News Highland – June 3, 2020 Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleAre you eligible for the Back to School Allowance?Next articleMissing woman could be in Donegal News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme A Donegal nurse, who flew home from Australia to answers the Government’s ‘Be on Call for Ireland’ initiative, has revealed she hasn’t received a single call in 11 weeks.Aine Gleeson says she hasn’t received even one available nursing shift in the Donegal area since arriving home from Australia 11 weeks ago since this announcement.The Government put out a call for nurses to return home to Ireland and for former nurses to reregister to help to deal with the Covid19 crisis claiming that their country needed them.Aine says she is now unemployed and is unable to qualify for the covid payment:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/nurgfghgfhgfhse1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more

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Scholarship applicants lunch with Brundidge Rotary Club

first_img By The Penny Hoarder Email the author Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Latest Stories Print Article The Brundidge Rotary Club awards scholarships based on academics, community service and leadership.The Rotarians work throughout the year to raise funds for the annual scholarships and community service projects. Next UpThe candidates include Quincy Barefoot and Hunter Wilson, Ariton High School; Carlton Bean, Jared Maddox and Sidney Sullivan, Goshen High School; Jamilya Coleman, Tyra Griffin and Tyliyah Hooks, PCHS; Katie Barbaree, Kori Chirico and Morgan Graham, PLAS; and Hannah Goodson, Kanonta Haynes and Kaleb Smith, Zion Chapel.Chip Wallace, chair of the Rotary Club’s education committee, said the club had 15 exceptional applicants.“They are all outstanding in every way,” Wallace said. “They have different personalities and interests, but they all are outstanding academically and are leaders in their schools and their communities. The 15 young people are just all around outstanding people. Their futures look bright. I wish we could give 15 scholarships, but now is the hard part. We have to narrow it down to six and that’s going to be very difficult.”center_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The Brundidge Rotary Club entertained the 15 applicants for the annual scholarships awarded by the Rotarians to area high school seniors Wednesday at The Wagon Wheel.The club received applicants from Pike County, Goshen, Pike Liberal Arts, Zion Chapel and Ariton high schools.Six $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to this year’s pool of applicants. You Might Like PLAS students ‘Excel’ to be the first in the state Sixty Pike Liberal Arts senior high students were inducted into the school’s Excel Club Wednesday and received certificates of membership… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… The Rotary Club’s annual projects include Boston butt sales, Auburn-Alabama football ticket raffles and the drawings at the weekly club meeting. By Jaine Treadwell Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Scholarship applicants lunch with Brundidge Rotary Clublast_img read more

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2 dead, 4 injured after shooting on UNC Charlotte campus, officials say

first_imgwsfurlan/iStock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Two people have been killed and another four injured after a shooting on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, officials told ABC News.Two of the injured victims were treated for life-threatening injuries.The suspect is in custody, authorities told ABC affiliate WSOC-TVThis is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img

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Law will put all creeds on an equal footing

first_imgLaw will put all creeds on an equal footingOn 1 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article By the end of 2003 discriminating against a person on the grounds of theirbeliefs will be outlawed. But do we need a law on religious discrimination inGreat Britain? And what changes will HR professionals have to make to existinganti-discrimination policies? compiled by Sarah-Jane NorthVanessa Chamberlain Head of employee relations, Bradford & Bingley Building Society We have already embraced the concept of religious discrimination as both ourequal opportunity policy and fair treatment at work policy cover discriminationon the grounds of religion. We have also piloted a cultural awarenessprogramme, which deals with cultural differences including religion. Specific legislation addressing religious discrimination would be welcomedas it would add clarity to the current position and provide enhanced protectionfor an ever more diverse workforce. This would help ensure that all employeesare treated fairly irrespective of their differences and religious beliefsgiving all equal opportunities at work. At present a certain level of protection against religious discrimination isgiven under the Race Relations and Human Rights Acts. One problem is that theRace Relations Act only covers religions that fall within the definition of,and are connected to, “a race”. Therefore not all religions arecovered, for example Catholicism, as it is not race-specific. The HRA provides an individual with the right of freedom of belief and notto suffer discrimination on the “grounds of religion”, among otherthings. Unfortunately, it is difficult to apply the HRA in the context ofemployment and more importantly the HRA is only directly enforceable against apublic body and not a private employer. When legislation is introduced all aspects of discrimination should be coveredincluding direct and indirect discrimination as well as harassment. NorthernIreland already has religious discrimination legislation in the form of theFair Employment (NI) Act. This in itself shows that religious discrimination isa live issue and that legislation can be effectively put in place to deal withthe problem. Any changes in the law would not alter life greatly for the personnelprofession as, in dealing with diversity in the workplace and the RRA, theyalready have an understanding of how religious beliefs affect workingpractices. There would, however, be a potential increase in the number oftribunal claims. The only adjustment would be a training need to raise awareness that alltypes of religious belief would be covered. Existing policies covering equalopportunities at work and harassment would need to be updated. Diane WebberChair of the Board of Deputies of British Jews’ working party reviewingreligious discriminationJews have some protection fromreligious discrimination because case law generated by the Race Relations Act1976 has decided that Jews are an ethnic group. The Act prohibitsdiscrimination on racial grounds, and this is defined as “colour, race,nationality, ethnic or national origins”. Many religions do not have suchprotection if its followers are not regarded as an ethnic group. The Boardwould welcome new legislation which gives more complete protection againstreligious discrimination in all areas of life. One concern is that the wording of the law must allow religiousorganisations and schools to employ members of their own faith and to requireemployees to observe the rules of the religion and work according to the ethosof that religion, without fear of being branded discriminators.TerryGormanAssistant chief executive (personnel & corporate services) atNottingham County Council and immediate past president of SocpoAll discrimination is unacceptable.If it is felt that there is a need to legislate against religiousdiscrimination then Socpo members would feel fairly comfortable about it due tothe various ways that local authorities already operate to ensure equalopportunities. They already provide religious leave and acknowledge the listof religious leave dates that exists, and make reasonable adjustments toaccommodate dress and other religious requirements. We are also covered by the Human Rights Act, which clearlyguarantees freedoms such as conscience and religion, and although the rightshave not been clearly tested in the courts, they are pretty strong.Sue SadlerPersonnel spokesperson at Marks & SpencerThe EU directive outlawing religiousdiscrimination will not have a huge impact on Marks & Spencer, as wealready have a policy covering the right to freedom of thought, conscience andreligion, as part of our equal opportunities policy. The policy on religious discrimination was implemented inresponse to the Human Rights Act and protects the right of our employees withregard to their religious beliefs and practices. We will respond reasonably to any request made by an employeewhich could fall under this right. This applies particularly to requests fortime off for religious holidays. It is difficult to say what changes in current UK law would benecessary until the Government details how it would interpret”belief”.MikeEmmottEmployee relations adviser, CIPDAmong the issues that will be raisedby putting legislation on the statute books, as we will undoubtedly have to, isthe extent to which an employee will be allowed leave from work to attendreligious services and such like. Religious discrimination will become more of an issue as thedistinction between work and non-work time becomes more blurred and businessesstrive to operate around-the-clock, year-round. This will raise questions aboutan employee’s freedom to resist their employer’s wishes when they wish to betaking part in some religious observance. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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