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GENDER PAY GAP STILL AS HIGH AS 50%, UK SURVEY SAYS

• Women worst off in West Somerset with 53% gap • Strong public support for law to expose unfair wages Women are paid less than half as much as men in some parts of the UK, according to statistics published today that reveal huge regional variations in the pay gap between male and female workers. Nationally, women earn an average of 21% an hour less than men for full- and part-time work. The Fawcett Society’s data shows that this figure is 53% in West Somerset, while in Windsor and Maidenhead it is 49% and in South Northamptonshire 43%. The smallest...

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EQUALITY BILL TAKES AIM AT ‘INSTITUTIONAL AGEISM’ IN NHS

Ageism within the NHS and social care is set to be made illegal after a review of the treatment of older people found discrimination was “rooted” in the attitudes of staff and organisations. The health secretary, Andy Burnham, said the services would be bound by the equality bill currently being debated in parliament from 2012,earlier than had been expected. The announcement came as Sir Ian Carruthers, the chief executive of NHS South West, and Bristol council chief executive Jan Ormondroyd unveiled the findings of their investigation into the barriers facing the elderly, which was launched amid a spate of ageism...

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NOBEL PEACE PRIZE AWARDED TO BARACK OBAMA

The US president, Barack Obama, was today (October 9, 2009) awarded the 2009 Nobel peace prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples”. US president wins prize for ‘extraordinary efforts’ to improve world diplomacy and co-operation… The Nobel committee said “only rarely has a person such as Obama captured the world’s attention and given his people hope for a better future”. “His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s...

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WHY ARE BLACK PEOPLE TURNING TO ISLAM?

Some are following their heroes, others looking for meaning in their lives. One thing’s for sure – the numbers are growing… Black conversion or “reversion” to Islam is not new; it has been taking place in the African diaspora since time immemorial. However, I looked deeper into the phenomenon to find out why a growing number of Black Britons, especially younger ones, are embracing Islam. Although I am not a Muslim, I have always been interested in Islam – three of my all-time heroes, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X and Jamaican singer Prince Buster were Muslim converts, and I was intrigued...

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SIKH POLICEMAN WINS £10,000 AWARD AFTER TURBAN ROW

A Sikh policeman ordered to remove his turban to do riot training was awarded £10,000 compensation today by an employment tribunal. PC Gurmeal Singh, who joined Greater Manchester police in 2004, had objected to removing his turban for the course on religious grounds. After a three-week hearing in Manchester, he was awarded £3,500 for indirect racial and religious discrimination and £6,500 for harassment after suffering psychological damage, injury to feelings and personal injury. In a meeting with a sergeant to discuss the riot training, he was told: “Can you not take that thing off … this is what you signed...

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ASSIMILATION IS NOT A DIRTY WORD

We should distrust those who use scare tactics that warn of loss of ethnic identity. Minorities today need not fear cultural oblivion… Let’s say you’re very unhappy that a high proportion of the members of your minority group are losing their identity and assimilating into British society. Would you describe that as a Holocaust? Granted you’re deeply concerned about ensuring the continuity of your group’s culture and values. The lure of the host culture is such that you look into the future and see empty prayer houses and community centres, the collapse of family traditions, the end of practices that...

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MICROSOFT REMOVES BLACK FACE FROM ADVERT

In the first picture, he is a smiling, grandfatherly black man, with salt and pepper hair and a smart grey suit. In the second, the suit remains, but the black man has become white, and a decade younger, with slicked-back hair. Yet not all is different: he still has a black hand. “Empower your people with the IT tools they need,” reads the caption. But the use of tools to change the image – used in its original form to promote Microsoft’s business productivity software on its American website – has caused outrage. In the original picture, the black man...

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FROM SCEPTICISM TO BELIEF

When I discovered the social teaching of the Catholic church, my political urgings suddenly made sense I found my faith the way others lose theirs: by examining the presuppositions of secularism and finding them wanting. I was educated at a loving monastic school, but I don’t remember believing. The assumption at that time was that the monks were doing something quaint but anachronistic, like a tribe performing ritual dances shortly before a motorway was built across their ancestral lands. It took me years to realise that they’ll be there long after the motorway collapses. After a fractured childhood in which...

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STOP AND SEARCH DOESN’T WORK

A success rate of one in 1,000 shows stop and search doesn’t work This ‘important tool’ against terrorism treats innocent black people as suspects, writes Nicola Rollock The use of police stop-and-search powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 has risen dramatically since summer 2007, with black and Asian people disproportionately targeted in the “aftermath of the failed London bombing in the Haymarket”. As you report, new Ministry of Justice figures show that from 2007-08 “the number of black people stopped under these powers rose by 322%, compared with an increase of 277% for Asian and 185% for white people”. But...

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GOVERNMENT AIMS HIGH WITH DIVERSITY TARGETS

Harriet Harman tells public sector employers to stop ‘fishing in same pool’ and increase representation of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people on the payroll… Targets set to obtain more diversity in public appointments are now more ambitious than those for senior public sector managers. Last week the Government Equalities Office and the Cabinet Office announced an action plan to increase the representation of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people on more than 1,200 public bodies, arguing that their presence is necessary, not simply in the services of a fairer society, but to society in general is better served by public...