Law firms face ethnicity pay gap headache

first_imgSamantha MangwanaCM Murray‘It is only by requiring similar transparency on the ethnicity pay gap that organisations will start to understand this problem in order to tackle it,’ she said. ‘While the ‘glass ceiling’ blocking female leadership in the work place is now recognised, this is part of a double whammy faced by many black and ethnic minority people, for whom ‘sticky floors’ prevent them from progressing in the first place.’Meanwhile, City firms Norton Rose Fulbright and Baker McKenzie are among signatories a charter committing themselves to ensuring employees from a minority ethnic background succeed. The Race at Work Charter commits businesses to principles and actions to help the recruitment and progression of minority ethnic employees.Sarah Gregory, diversity and inclusion partner at Baker McKenzie, said: ‘Huge progress has been made to improve the experience of ethnic minority colleagues in the workplace, but more still needs to be done. This is why, we are very excited today to be signing the Race at Work Charter and together with the government and other businesses look at improving ethnic minority representation at all levels of seniority.’ Law firms could face another dilemma about whether or not partners should be treated as employees as the prospect of ethnicity pay gap reporting looms.The government has begun seeking organisations’ views on reporting the pay gap for people from different ethnic backgrounds. The consultation, open until January, promises to set out in detail what information employers should publish. A Downing Street spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on the critea for reporting and whether law firms will be required to include partners in the data.During this year’s gender pay gap reporting law firms came under fire for omitting partners on the grounds that they are ‘not employees’. Several firms subsequently recalculated their reports to include partners, after which the average gender pay gap signigicantly increased.Samantha Mangwana, partner at CM Murray, said the gender pay gap reporting showed the scale of the problem and provided a ‘catalyst for change’.last_img read more

42 Jamaican Students Receive Scholarships from JN Money

first_imgSeeri Palker (centre) first form student of Marymount High School poses with Horace Hines (right) general manager, JN Money Services and her mother Sashauna Smith after receiving an educational grant from the remittance company recently. Seeri was one of several students who were awarded a grant for her outstanding educational performance. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Some 42 students were awarded scholarships totalling more than $1 Million during the JN Money back-to-school ‘Winning Skoolaz’ promotion which ran from July 1 to August 31.During the months of July and August, JN Money customers sending funds from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, the Cayman Islands and select Caribbean territories, were automatically entered in the JN Money Winning ‘Skoolaz’ back-to-school promotion. One winner from each territory, was given the opportunity to nominate a student in Jamaica, to receive a scholarship courtesy of JN Money.“This time of year is always a stressful period for parents, with many having challenges in covering back-to-school expenses. JN Money Services strongly advocates and recognizes education as a driver of social advancement, and we used this opportunity to assist families by award students with grants towards their educational expenses,” said Miss Sanya Wallace, senior manager, strategic planning and marketing, JN Money Services, owners of the renowned JN Money brand. “As a result of this effort, some 42 students received scholarships valued at $25,000.”In addition, another five students were awarded JN Money Back to School grants as part of the remittance brand’s corporate social responsibility initiative.The students, Shanoy Smith of St. Elizabeth Technical High School, St. Elizabeth; Ricardo Warren,  Paradise Preparatory School, Westmoreland;  Seeri Parker,  Marymount High School, St. Mary; Dean Gentles,  St. Mary Technical High School, and Tienna Williams, St. Andrew Technical High School in the Corporate Area, each received $30,000.“This year, as a special addition to our usual Back to School initiatives, we invited our customers in the Diaspora to make a donation to assist students in Jamaica who were excelling academically. Through this initiative, we were able to raise $150,000 to assist these students,” she added.Miss Sashauna Smith, whose daughter Seeri Parker was among the five additional students who received a grant said she was proud of her daughter.“She just started at Marymount High School and had always done well in school. I am proud of her because she worked hard and it has now been rewarded,” said Ms Smith. “The grant will definitely assist with purchasing books and the different costs that come with attending a new school.”last_img read more

Tanzanian president urges ministers to ‘take advantage’ of refugee crises

first_imgTanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday urged his ministers to “take advantage” of refugee crises and make money by selling food to international aid organisations.The country hosts around 300 000 refugees, mainly from Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo, largely in three camps in the north-west of the country, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council.Speaking in Dar es Salaam, Magufuli celebrated the signing of a contract to deliver 36 000 tons of maize to the UN World Food Program (WFP) for around $9.1 million.“These funds are allocated to help our refugee friends from other countries in conflict, it is our duty to take advantage of them,” said Magufuli in Swahili, to laughter in the room.“We must take advantage of their problems. They fight at home and we get the money.”After his comments in front of ministers and WFP representatives led to some snickers and giggles, the president tried to qualify his words: “I do not say that I wish they fight, but if they fight, that their conflict is a source of profit for us.”“Because even if we do not give them food, they will fight. We do not want them to fight, but if they fight, let’s take advantage of it,” he clarified.Magufuli called on the agriculture ministry and other services to seize possible business opportunities.“The market is there: if the WFP even asks for 200 000 tons, hurry up and buy from producers and give to the WFP,” he said.Tanzania sold 31 000 tons of maize to the WFP in 2018, according to the agriculture ministry.Related Tanzanian president sacks two ministers in cabinet reshuffle Somali President Mohamud visits Dadaab refugee campcenter_img President Jacob Zuma appoints new ministers and deputy ministerslast_img read more

Government announces review of electoral laws

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 77 Views   one comment Tweet Sharecenter_img LocalNews Government announces review of electoral laws by: Dominica Vibes News – June 24, 2015 Share Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit at Press conference earlier today.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced a review of the country’s laws pertaining to the electoral process.Mr Skerrit told a monthly press briefing on Tuesday 23 June 2015 although the country has always produced free and fair elections reflecting the wish of the Dominican electorate, a review of all laws and processes is always necessary.The Prime Minister highlighted several areas will be reviewed which will safeguard the constitutional right to vote, to include “strengthening the revision and verification processes of the list of electors so as only those under the laws of Dominica are entitled to vote are or remain on the list.”“Clarifying the election law on bribery including by expressly providing that transportation of electors or supporters is lawful, unless such transportation of electors or supporters is provided for the purpose of inducing persons to vote for a particular candidate and or a party when otherwise they would not vote for the candidate in question,” Mr Skerrit explained.He further stated that the reform will ensure that the national identification cards are in place for use sufficiently in advance of the next general election. “In that regard, government is committed to ensuring that the necessary funds be made available to complete the ongoing process towards the establishment of national ID cards.”The Prime Minister informed that the government has already purchased the equipment for the processing of the National ID Cards and “what has to be done is for the issuance of those cards for those who are eligible to have those cards”.Mr Skerrit further informed of his government’s intention to submit the proposed amendments electoral reform for review and comments to the Chief Elections Officer and the Electoral Commission through President Charles Savarin.last_img read more

Lady Cougars and Cougars surge late and fall just short

first_imgBy Josh ParkerONEIDA, TN (WLAF) – Tuesday night, the 2019-20 basketball season got underway with a trip to Oneida for Campbell County.  Both Lady Cougars and Cougars suffered through dry spells on offense and lackluster defense, yet in both cases, both teams had opportunities to win down the stretch.The Lady Cougars were only able to muster 13 points in the first half against the Lady Indians, however.  The locker room message from Coach Brad Honeycutt and his staff was heard loud and clear.  In the second half, Campbell County outscored Oneida 37-28, falling 3 points short when the final horn sounded, losing 53-50.  Madison Brady was the “Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Player of the Game,” putting up a double-double in her Senior season debut (22 points, 16 rebounds).  Emily Ellison (18 points)  provided the Community Health of East Tennessee Play of the game, with a defensive block on Oneida’s Chelsea Newport that sparked the Lady Cougar comeback.  Alyssa Brown chipped in 6 points, Kayleigh Jordan contributed 3 points, and Macy Monday had 1 point.The Cougars followed a similar trend in the final game of the night.  The Cougars trailed most of the game, yet in the final seconds were within striking distance to defeat Oneida.  Late in the first half, Campbell County tied it up with the Indians at 17-17, before Oneida went on a 10-0 run to end the half to take a 27-17 halftime lead to the locker room.  Again, Coach Darrell Cox got the attention of the Cougars in the locker room, and the Cougars responded.  Campbell County outscored Oneida 38-32 in the second half, falling just short by 4 points, losing 59-55.  Jake Lane put up 22 points and pulled in 11 rebounds, giving the Senior a double-double for the night.  Nate Walden scored 9 points for the Cougars while Spencer Boshears tallied 7 points, Seth Ward 3 points, Gavin Newman and Bryson Horton 2 points a piece, and Gavin Sexton 1 point.  Jake Lane was the “Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Player of the Game,” and also had the CHET Play of the game, with a defensive steal in back court late that lead to a Horton layup, which cut he deficit to one possession.Both the Lady Cougars and Cougars return to Scott County traveling to Huntsville on Saturday for the Scott High Play Day.  The Cougars tip-off 1:50 and 4:30 pm with games against First Baptist Academy of Powell and Scott High.  The Lady Cougars face region foe Bearden, and finish with the Lady Highlanders of Scott at 3:10 and 5:50 respectively.The WLAF-B & M Tires Sports Network provides live televised coverage of all four games on Saturday over WLAF-TV 12, Roku TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Youtube and Facebook as well as over www.1450wlaf.com.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/20/2019-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

My first day in the press box is also a great day for fans

first_imgBaltimore Ravens practice at M&T Bank Stadium The Baltimore Ravens brought training camp to M&T Bank Stadium to give the fans an opportunity to see the team and the stadium for free. I thought this was great, not all fans can afford tickets to the games and never get to go to the stadium, it gave the fans a unique chance to see their favorite team. Even my parents and sister come with me to enjoy the day. It was also my first experience in a press box, it was awesome, the press area had a cafeteria and the seats were the best seats in the stadium. Practice wise the Ravens did more team practices than their usual practice. The safeties all had great days, Safety Ken Hamlin had two interceptions, he was the standout of the day. The players had a longer practice than their usually day but they were happy that they did not have to have two practices. It was like a practice and a half rather than two full practices. I also thought this was a great time for the rookies to get to practice on the stadium turf before Thursdays preseason game, maybe some will play better. Head Coach John Harbaugh seemed to agree with me when I asked him in his press conference. Many players and coaches stayed long after the practice ended to sign autographs. Head coach John Harbaugh stayed out signing autographs for at least 20 minutes if not longer. Please follow and like us:last_img read more

Study on alternatives to pre-trial detention commences

first_imgPrison overcrowdingAn international expert hired through the Citizen Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP) is in Guyana to conduct a study on alternatives to pre-trial detention. This is in response to the many problems that have been associated with overcrowding in the nation’s prisons. Peter Pursglove met with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Wednesday where he briefed him on the recently commissioned study that seeks “to explore and present alternatives to pre-trial detention that are harmonious with criminal justice processes in Guyana.”A statement from the Ministry on Thursday noted that Pursglove’s work isPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattanexpected to contribute to a reduction in prison overcrowding with an aim of preventing further criminalisation of youths.The Public Security Minister opined that the study is timely, especially with the recent event which saw inmates setting on fire a mattress at the Juvenile Detention Centre, Sophia, earlier this week. Minister Ramjattan was said to have emphasised the need for the study to include juvenile holding facilities, further expressing his “eagerness at receiving viable and sustainable solutions” to the many challenges that plague the country’s prison system.The consultant’s tasks include conducting initial meetings with key stakeholders and identifying the strengths and weaknesses of Guyana’s approach to the provision of alternatives to incarceration, along with opportunities for reform and development. The Public Security Ministry disclosed that the study will review and make recommendations on matters pertaining to and identifying dy to include j for the study to include Juvenile detenthe penal system.ion Centre, Sophia. sentencing policy; discretion available to Judges, Magistrates, Police and Prosecutors; capacity of probation and other systems of supervision of non-custodial sanctions including possible collaboration with civil society organisations; restorative justice; and “decriminalising certain acts”.Pursglove is a Senior Counsel in Trinidad and Tobago who has been a barrister for 36 years with experience as an advocate and practitioner in three jurisdictions. He has also advised Ministers of Justice, Attorneys General and Prime Ministers in several Commonwealth Member States in Africa, the Caribbean and in the Pacific region. His areas of speciality include sentencing reform, judicial-sector reform, rule of law issues, justice and security, human rights, constitutional reform and anti-corruption.The study Pursglove will conduct comes just over a year since a report was submitted on the findings of a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the deadly Camp Street Prison riots which left 17 inmates dead. That report was handed over to President David Granger on June 1, 2016. At that time, Government was urged to quickly implement the recommendations.The CoI Commissioners, led by retired Justice James Patterson, had observed that overcrowding was a major problem, with some 60 per cent of inmates at the Camp Street Prison being on remand at the time the report was compiled. The actual figures showed that 604 of 1014 of those prisoners were on remand awaiting trial.“The consequent backlog of cases in the High Court has reached astronomic proportions and there is no sign of a downward trend anytime soon,” the report noted, adding that the judicial system did not either implement or make public its steps to reduce this backlog. In December 2016, Government had set aside over $350 million for expansion works at the Mazaruni Prisons, in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), to accommodate more inmates to reduce overcrowding at Camp Street.Also in late 2016, the Legal Affairs Ministry had embarked in consultations with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on developing alternative sentencing as part of measures to reduce overcrowding.“The whole idea is to try to weed out these offences that are clogging up (the prisons). Sometimes some people who are there for a six-month sentence could have had some other sentence,” subject Minister Basil Williams had explained.Another point observed in the Camp Street CoI Report was that there was a huge disparity in the ratio of remand to convicted prisoners. It went on to call for more enforcement of the Bail Act as bail is a constitutional right afforded to prisoners with the exception of murder, treason or the possibility of the accused being a flight risk. However, often times when many prisoners are bailed for smaller offences, they are remanded to prison as they can’t afford to post bail. This too has contributed to overcrowding.Major alternatives to pre-trial sentencing include community service and requiring offenders to attend classes and enter programmes relating to their offence which could prevent reoffending. Funding for the CSSP alternatives to pre-trial detention study was acquired from the IDB.last_img read more