Keen on diversity management job

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Keen on diversity management jobOn 6 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today I am currently in a two-year traineeship in HR. I am very keen on the areaof diversity management and would like to pursue this as a career. Do you thinkit is a ‘career of tomorrow’? Any ideas as to how I should approach achievingmy goal? Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMS consultancy Your opportunities for working as a specialist in diversity are more limitedthan in other HR specialisms, but don’t let that put you off. Many of thelarger organisations, particularly public sector bodies, have specialistdiversity roles, and some have their own departments. You need to watch for job opportunities in the HR press and research theorganisations that interest you. Other ports of call are the professionalbodies, such as the CBI and CIPD, which undertake research and give advice ondiversity issues. Finally, look out for specialist consultancies that may have consultantroles providing support to organisations on diversity issues. Whether it is a ‘career for tomorrow’ is difficult to answer, but ifdiversity interests you then follow up on the possible opportunities. Victoria Wall, managing director, Victoria Wall Associates You are right; diversity management is a key issue at the moment, and couldpotentially become a fundamental specialist area within HR. I would recommendstudying for your CIPD qualification if you seriously want to pursue a careeras an expert in this area. ‘Diversity’ involves so many legal practices that an up-to-date knowledge ofchanging employment legislation will increase your credibility and credentials whenit comes to achieving your goal. Suzanne Taylor, consultant, Macmillan Davies Hodes l I would certainly agree this is a ‘career of tomorrow’, although notcurrently a specialism in vogue. While many organisations currently have nospecialist roles in this field, it is already an important area. It has beengiven a high profile in the public sector and large blue-chip employers arekeen for their workforce to fully reflect society, and this trend is likely tocontinue. Diversity is a core value of many companies, and they will have relatedtargets which HR or diversity specialists focus on. These will touch on allaspects of HR, from policy setting and development, to resourcing and branding.To fully contribute, you would be best developing a broad generalistbackground with a good understanding of employment law and equality issues. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Will letting agents soon have to offer students rent discounts?

first_imgTens of thousands of student rent payers have been handed a 50% discount by the UK’s largest student accommodation provider.In a move likely to put private landlords and lettings agents under pressure to follow suit, Unite Students made the month-long offer after facing pressure from swathes of the student population, who are frustrated at not being able to return to campuses until mid-February. #It follows news that students at 31 universities were threatening to hold social-media organised rent strikes to protest at having to pay for their empty accommodation.Unite Students said that as well as the 50% discount, student rent payers would also get a four-week complimentary extension of their tenancy agreement at the end of the academic year, to help them finish any studies, carry on with part-time work, or enjoy summer in their university city.Both the discount and extension will be available to students checked-in, but not living in, their accommodation between 18th January and 14th February.Challenging time It says that it appreciates this is a challenging time for students and Richard Smith, Unite’s chief executive, adds: “The new rent discount recognises the challenges and disruption that students face following the government’s latest lockdown announcement, and we feel that taking this action is the right thing to do.”Some universities, such as Essex, Sheffield, Manchester and Newcastle, have already confirmed that students in their accommodation won’t have to pay rent if they don’t come back during lockdown.But Universities UK says the vast majority of students don’t rent university-owned accommodation and rely on decisions made by private landlords or other providers.Unions also believe students shouldn’t pay for empty accommodation during lockdown; the National Union of Students is calling for rent rebates and the opportunity to leave tenancies early.Unite Students Richard Smith student accommodation January 13, 2021Nigel 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Will letting agents soon have to offer students rent discounts? previous nextCOVID-19 newsWill letting agents soon have to offer students rent discounts?The UK’s largest student accommodation provider has cut rents by 50%, putting private landlords under pressure to follow suit.Nigel Lewis13th January 202101,365 Viewslast_img read more

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Dweezil Zappa Adds Frank Zappa Tunes & New Vocalist To Current Tour [Watch]

first_imgAs of now, Zappa’s tour will continue through July. Catch Dweezil in a city near you! Dweezil Zappa set off on his “Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever The [email protected]%k He Wants: Cease & Desist Tour 2016” over the weekend, with a few changes and additions to the band formerly known as “Zappa Plays Zappa.” With the name headlining the ongoing controversies between family members, Dweezil Zappa chose to return to the name his father gave him. This tour will focus on the 50th anniversary of Frank Zappa‘s 1st pivotal record, Freak Out, and music from the era of the “Mothers of Invention.” In this newly released tour trailer, Dweezil also announces the addition of female vocalist Mikki Hommel, along with footage of the band rehearsing “Doreen,” “You’re Probably Wondering Why I’m Here,” “Harry You’re A Beast,” “What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning,” “You Didn’t Try To Call Me,” and several others. Check it out: The tour’s initial showing included performances of “Walk On Help,” “I’m a Rock,” “Transylvania Boogie,” “Keep It Greasey,” and “Shove It Right.” Enjoy some fan-shot videos from the tour’s second performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre from Friday night:last_img read more

LA Lakers Lonzo Ball & Kyle Kuzma Listen To The Grateful Dead At Shoot-Around [Watch]

first_imgEarlier today, NBA on ESPN editor Jovan Buha posted a video to Instagram of players from the Los Angeles Lakers, namely Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, practicing basketball at the UCLA Health Training Center. Buha was quick to point out the soundtrack that the duo was practicing to, explaining in his caption, “Post-shootaround 3-point shooting contest with @zo and @kuzmakyle w/ The Grateful Dead casually playing in the background ”. Sure enough, if you watch the video, you can hear what sounds like the studio version of “Sugar Magnolia” off the 1970 album American Beauty. Both Ball and Kuzma are NBA rookies who were taken in the first round of the draft in 2017. It’s probably safe to assume the Grateful practice music comes from head coach Luke Walton, himself a former Laker. Luke’s father, NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton, is a widely documented Deadhead and has even joined Dead & Company onstage.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s hosts first 5k ‘Sister Sprint’

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) hosted its first ever ‘Sister Sprint,’ a 5k run and walk, on Saturday as a fundraising event to benefit the Sisters of the Holy Cross.Starting at the Saint Mary’s Welcome Center, the race wound through campus and the Saint Joe River trail, ending in front of Madeleva Hall. Visiting members of the Sisters of the Holy Cross opened the event with words of encouragement and the “runner’s version” of an Irish Blessing.Sarah Law, a Saint Mary’s junior and chair of the SGA Community Committee, said she was happy with the results of the ‘Sister Sprint.’ Though rain and driving winds made for a muddy nature trail and prevented many runners from participating, Law said she was impressed by those who pushed through the inclement weather.The race raised about $440, Law said, which will be used to support the missions of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and aid them in their global efforts to help others.“I hope that [in the future] more money can continue to be raised through this race in order to support the wonderful things that the Sisters do across the world,” Law said in an email.The unpredictable spring weather and the busy schedule of Junior Moms Weekend made planning the event challenging, Law said. The planning committee also required special permission from the Sisters to use the nature trail as part of the race course.As the event is intended to occur yearly, Law said she hopes that the ‘Sister Sprint’ encourages more interaction between Saint Mary’s students and the Sisters of the Holy Cross in future years.“I think that as a campus, we definitely can benefit from having more involvement with the Sisters,” Law said. “For the future, I hope that this event can be a bigger success in terms of student and community involvement. This was the first year for the race, but I think that it could be a new SMC tradition.”Natalie Dock, a Saint Mary’s junior who participated in the event, said she enjoyed the ‘Sister Sprint’ despite the poor conditions.“The race was really fun … although it was kind of rainy,“ Dock said. “It was really nice that everyone stuck together and we finished pretty much together. I think it will be a fun event for next year, as long as it’s sunny.”Tags: Sarah Law, Sister Sprint, Sisters of the Holy Cross, Student Government Associationlast_img read more

Average EITC refund for Vermonters more than $2,000

first_imgVermont families earning less than $48,000 a year may qualify for federal and state tax credits under the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program that could mean thousands of dollars in their pockets. The Vermont State Treasurer’s Office is joining with other state and federal organizations to remind Vermonters about this credit. January 29 is EITC Awareness Day nationwide.“Surprisingly, the IRS estimates as many as 25 percent of all eligible taxpayers don’t file for the EITC because they are unaware of it,” said State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding. “This special tax benefit for working people of low or moderate incomes has been available on the federal level since 1975 and at the state level since 1987. As Vermonters prepare their 2009 tax forms, I urge them to check their eligibility for this benefit.”The Earned Income Tax Credit is so-named because, to qualify, a person must work and have earned income. Taxpayers may claim the federal EITC as part of completing their 1040 or 1040-A form. For the state EITC, Vermonters must first claim the credit on their federal return and then complete the 2009 Vermont Tax Adjustments and Credits form IN-112.While claiming the EITC does require more steps, claim statistics indicate it is well worth the effort. For the 2008 tax year, the IRS reported that 40,166 Vermont taxpayers received the federal EITC amounting to $66,360,633, making the average refund $1,652. The Vermont Tax Department reports that 39,504 Vermonters claimed the State EITC for the 2008 tax year worth a total of $21,169,683. The average refund was $536. Vermont’s EITC State law allows a resident to receive an additional tax credit of 32 percent of the amount the taxpayer receives from the federal EITC. For example, if a taxpayer received the maximum federal EITC of $5,657, the state EITC would be approximately $1,810.“Many people will qualify for the EITC for the first time this year because their income declined, their marital status changed, or they added children to their families,” said IRS Senior Tax Consultant Christine Curtis. “Additionally, the amount of income a taxpayer may earn and still be eligible for the credit was increased by several thousand dollars, and a third eligibility category for taxpayers with three or more qualifying children was created. The new category enables eligible families with three or more children to receive hundreds more dollars in credit.”        Generally, a taxpayer may be able to take the credit for the 2009 tax year if the taxpayer:has three or more qualifying children and earns less than $43,279 ($48,279 if married filing jointly); orhas two qualifying children and earns less than $40,295 ($45,295 if married filing jointly); orhas one qualifying child and earns less than $35,463 ($40,463 if married filing jointly); ordoes not have a qualifying child and earns less than $13,440 ($18,440 if married filing jointly).     New this year is the option for taxpayers receiving any refund to purchase U.S. savings bonds through direct deposit. Form 8888, Direct Deposit of Refund to More Than One Account, is used to split a tax refund into two or three financial accounts. Taxpayers may now request a portion of their refund be used to buy up to $5,000 in low-risk, liquid Treasury Bonds, which earn interest and protect owners against inflation.     Refunds also may be deposited directly into previously established traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs and SEP-IRAs. Prior to initiating a direct deposit into a retirement fund, taxpayers should check with their financial institution to confirm that it will accept direct deposits and to inform the retirement account trustee of the tax year to which the IRA should be contributed. For example, if a taxpayer intends for a direct deposit to be designated as a 2009 IRA contribution, but fails to inform the trustee, the deposit might be designated as a 2010 contribution. The direct deposit contribution to an IRA must be made prior to April 15, 2010, in order to apply to the 2009 tax year.     For Vermonters earning less than $50,000 in 2009, free tax assistance services are available. IRS- certified volunteer tax preparers will work through a statewide network of 64 sites to help taxpayers file their taxes. Last year, the Vermont Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites helped more than 6,000 Vermonters. AARP also offers free tax counseling and preparation services to low- and middle-income-level Vermonters, but especially for those age 60 and older. AARP Tax-Aide served more than 4,200 individual Vermonters last year.     A list of free tax assistance sites is available through the State Treasurer’s web site by going to is external) and by calling the United Way Information Line at 2-1-1. The IRS also offers a web site with an easy-to-use interactive tool to help taxpayers determine whether they qualify for the EITC. The EITC Assistant is located at is external). For more information, call the Vermont Department of Taxes at 1-866-828-2865 (toll-free in Vermont) or 802-828-2865 for local or out-of-state calls.Source: Vermont Treasurer. 1.26.2010last_img read more

Engaging young people through financial literacy

first_img 79SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Bosco Jeff Bosco is the senior vice president of Wealth Management for CUNA Mutual Group. In this role, he leads overall business strategy and product management for CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. (… Web: Details Now, more than ever, young people need our help to learn how to skillfully plan a budget, save for the future and invest with confidence – before money management becomes a struggle. This is critical to their abilities to become financially healthy and fulfill their passions and goals.We don’t let our children graduate from high school without a solid grasp of the English language and basic math and science principles. Yet so often we overlook teaching crucial financial skills, such as balancing a checking account and understanding when to use credit cards. This must change.Young people are our future, and only through strong, educated and financially healthy members do we ensure the sustained success of our credit unions and the credit union movement. Working together, we can play a key role in educating young consumers about basic financial principals. Together, we can lay the foundation for future financial success.  Sharing our financial knowledge will help us build lasting relationships with these young people. It also encourages them to work with credit unions to plan and manage their finances for years to come.In 2016, CUNA Mutual Group worked with the National Credit Union Foundation to deliver 20 Financial Reality Fairs for high school students across the country. The series resulted in 40 credit unions reaching 5,000 students in nine states.Through these fairs, students learned how to maintain and improve their financial health and experienced all of the opportunities and benefits credit unions can provide. Simulated scenarios involving credit scores, insurance plans, daycare costs and more taught students how to successfully navigate the financial situations they’ll face when they reach adulthood and live on their own.This was just the beginning, though. The financial health and education of the next generation is an ongoing investment that we are committed to building. We’re continuing to engage and interact with young people to boost their financial literacy, and we hope our peers – credit unions, leagues, financial advisors, teachers and friends – will join us.Help us reach new members today by watching and sharing this financial literacy video, and then get involved by contacting the National Credit Union Foundation or your state credit union foundation to host a fair. Together, we can make a difference.last_img read more

Leah McCourt is ready to kick start her Bellator MMA career in 2021 | MMA News

first_imgBelfast’s Leah McCourt says she is ready to kick start her MMA career in 2021 and become a serious contender in Bellator’s featherweight division.It has been a challenging 2020 for McCourt who has undergone shoulder surgery during lockdown in order to help her better prepare for her next fight, which is unlikely to take place until next year now.- Advertisement – Leah McCourt workout McCourt doesn’t have a date for return bout but is loosely working towards being cage-ready at the start of 2021 and building on her 4-1 career record. And for McCourt, the pandemic has underscored the importance of being busy.“Opportunities are so few in MMA anyway, now I’m definitely going to appreciate them even more.”Unpleasant recovery Leah 'The Curse' McCourt - MMA BellatorImage:‘The Curse’ underwent the knife on long-standing shoulder problem 2:23 McCourt’s physical concern may linger, but she says the psychological impact of early lockdown has dissipated with being able to train again. After the euphoria of headlining and winning in Dublin in late February, COVID-19 curtailed any extended celebration.“I had the highest of highs in the arena and I went to Dubai on holiday. Then I came back and everything was locked down. Usually, I’m out of the house at 7am to 11 at night. Always busy, training, coaching, working, looking after Isabella. I really didn’t like being locked in the house,” McCourt said.A challenging lockdown McCourt would be excited to see Cris Cyborg take on Katie Taylor in the boxing ring, but doesn’t believe it’ll happen due to the size difference McCourt is also appreciating feeling fit and healthy. While COVID-19 put her career on hold, it allowed her to get surgery on a long-standing shoulder problem in July. But the recovery has not been pleasant.- Advertisement – Cris Cyborg and Katie Taylor - MMA & Boxing McCourt’s world shrunk to just caring for her daughter, Isabella. And she said, mentally, the lack of activity was challenging.“There are benefits like being in the house with Isabella, spending time with her. My mind though… I’m used to being busy. And it’s been extremely tough. I was lucky to get away with Bellator (as an analyst), we did the Paris and Milan shows in the Euro series and it was good to get back to some normality.”True normal service will be resumed when McCourt re-enters the cage. She’s keen to resurrect her fight with Australian Janay Harding (5-4) that was slated for May in London before being cancelled.“I’d love for her to be my next opponent. I think she’s a good step up. She’s talented. I don’t think her record shows how good she is. She’s a good striker, nice and clean.“I think it would be good fight for me to have. But Bellator know, I’ll just say yes to whoever they say and I really don’t care!”Cyborg’s the target – Advertisement – Leah McCourt - Bellator MMA Cris Cyborg MMAImage:McCourt has the legendary Cris Cyborg in her sights While the immediate future has been clouded by the Coronavirus crisis, McCourt’s long-term goal remains crystal clear: she wants to be a world champion. She’s not sure though if that will involve a clash with current featherweight champion, MMA legend Cris Cyborg.“Cris is a champion of my division. Even though I feel it’s inevitable I’m going to be a world champion in Bellator, I don’t when my time comes if she’s still going to be the champion. But I was a champion in the amateurs and believe I will be in the pros.”McCourt says one positive to come from the go-slow of the pandemic has been the time to reflect on her strengths and weaknesses and make adjustments. She’s made technical tweaks, but says the biggest difference will be in her general approach.“Committing to myself and believing in myself. When I get in there, I’ve got a good skill-set, I can do everything. But maybe on the night I’m not putting everything together. It’s about really committing to everything, to my takedowns to my shots and making them cleaner.”Dream fight: Cyborg vs Taylor? She said: “I couldn’t sleep for four weeks with the pain. I was on morphine tablets. I just couldn’t sleep. I’ve never felt pain like it. It’s been hard. But I’m about 14 weeks post surgery now and I’m back striking, back drilling, strengthening it again and trying to get fit!”McCourt concedes she still has a psychological barrier to get past regarding the shoulder, but believes the focus of an upcoming fight will compel her to commit fully to physical contact.“Even in grappling, I’m wary when it comes to my shoulder. But a few weeks into camp, into training, I’ll be forced to use it, to use it my takedowns and everything. But there’s definitely that mental thing of ‘I don’t want to injury my shoulder again’.” 1:21 McCourt lives in Belfast and trains in Dublin and feels like the mooted cross-over boxing match between Cyborg and two-weight boxing world champion Katie Taylor would be a huge event in Ireland. But she is concerned that the women are physically mismatched.“I think there’s a big size difference! Cyborg’s a good bit bigger than Katie. They’ve never been the same weight class. But Cyborg has achieved so much more in MMA and it would be great to see her take on the boxing challenge. I think that would be so exciting for female martial arts, but I don’t’ know if it could ever happen.” In need of some Lockdown II motivation? Bellator’s McCourt has some workouts that you can easily do at home ‘The Curse’ McCourt, who hails from Saintfield in County Down, created history by becoming the first female to headline an event for Bellator Europe in Dublin back in February.She defeated Germany’s Judith Ruis via unanimous decision, sending a packed 3Arena, including her daughter Isabella, into raptures.“I’m really excited and really motivated for my next fight. I feel like in my last fights my performances have been hampered by injuries,” McCourt told Sky Sports.- Advertisement –last_img read more

COVID-19: Batam wants restrictions like Jakarta – but for three months

first_imgThe Riau Islands administration would provide the social aid in the first month of the PSBB period, while the Batam administration and Batam Indonesia Free Trade Zone Authority (BP Batam) would provide social assistance for the second and third month, respectively.The Batam Industrial Estate Association (HKI) claimed it had yet to be informed of the city’s plan. However, the association’s deputy chairman, Tjaw Hoieng, said the policy would not affect industrial operations.Batam Council Speaker Nuryanto expressed support for the mayor’s initiative to curb the COVID-19 outbreak in the region.”We support whatever decision the mayor makes. We’re also ready if the city needs to [alter] the 2020 budget for its COVID-19 response,” said Nuryanto. (vny)Topics : According to Government Regulation No. 21 on PSBB, provinces and cities are required to obtain a permit from the Health Ministry to impose the policy.“There’s only one way to stop the disease from spreading: by suspending all activities in the city. It’s our job to assure that the basic needs of every resident are fulfilled,” the mayor went on to say.Read also: COVID-19: Batam to ban residents traveling to Singapore amid new border policyThe mayor added that authorities would distribute staple food packages comprising of rice, sugar and cooking oil to around 429,000 households during the PSBB. The administration of Batam, Riau Islands, has expressed its intention to implement large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) similar to those in force in Jakarta to flatten the curve of COVID-19 transmission. But unlike Jakarta, Batam is looking to keep the measures in place for three months.Batam Mayor Muhammad Rudi said he had submitted a proposal for such a policy to Riau Islands acting governor Isdianto on Wednesday.”Hopefully, the governor will soon submit the request to the health minister,” Rudi said on Thursday.last_img read more