Majority of employees receive no time off for volunteering, research shows

first_img Tagged with: Research / statistics Volunteering Overall, 16% of all workers receive only one day off to volunteer, and 12% receive more than one day.Professional Services and Arts & Culture are the sectors most likely to allow employees several days off to contribute to charities. Almost a quarter (24%) in these industries get more than one day off a year for volunteering.Those who work in Healthcare (8%), Retail, Catering and Leisure (7%), and Sales, Media and Marketing (4%) are the least likely to be given more than one day off to volunteer.When comparing across the country, London allows for the most volunteering days, with 41% of its workers receiving either one or more CSR days annually. This is followed by the North East, with 35% receiving the same amount.  Those in Scotland are least likely to be given any days off to volunteer, with 75% of its workers stating that they do not receive any CSR days from their work. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Almost two thirds of employees do not receive any days off for volunteering, research has shown.According to a study by employee experience platform Perkbox, 63% of employees in the UK do not receive any days off from their work to volunteer.The figure rises higher in certain industries: 75% of those working in Healthcare, Architecture, Engineering and Building industries do not receive any volunteering days from their employers. 42% of employed people state that they personally would most like to give back to healthcare charities through a variety of methods, including raising sponsorship money from marathons, 33% would like to give back to their local community and 31% would choose environmental causes.Perkbox also partnered with TalentPool to find what CSR practices job hunters would like to see their next employer involved in. ‘Addressing climate change’ (33%) and ‘helping the local community’ (30%) are most important, followed by ‘fundraising for charitable causes around the world’ (24%) and ‘driving healthcare initiatives’ (13%).Chieu Cao, Co-founder at Perkbox said:“It’s clear that workplaces need to be doing more to allow employees to take time and contribute to charities. With already limited personal time, without being given volunteering days, those in full-time positions must fit volunteering into their evenings and weekends, causing them to juggle commitments. This often means that volunteering can fall to the back burner – affecting both social consciousness and society itself.“By allowing employees to give back to the wider community and the charitable causes that matter to them most, it can fulfil an important sense of purpose and allow people to use their skills in a different way from their day-to-day work, in turn, contributing to overall employee happiness. Companies must look past their own goals to identify the needs of society as a whole, as those with employees who want to help have a real chance to make a change.”  713 total views,  5 views today Advertisement  714 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 Majority of employees receive no time off for volunteering, research shows AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 Melanie May | 4 September 2019 | Newslast_img read more

‘He hit me and the sheriffs threw ME on the ground’

first_imgRakeem JonesRacist billionaire Donald Trump held a March 9 campaign rally in Fayetteville, N.C., and was interrupted nearly 20 times by demonstrations inside the building, as another several hundred people rallied outside the arena. Rakeem Jones was assaulted by a white supremacist as he was being taken out of the rally by police — who then attacked him after he had been punched. Trump has offered to pay the legal fees of the white supremacist who punched Jones in the face. The man who assaulted Jones later made a threat against him on national television, saying, “Next time we might have to kill him.” Jones spoke with Ben Carroll of the Durham Workers World newspaper bureau about what happened.Workers World: What made you want to go to the Trump rally in Fayetteville?Rakeem Jones: My friends and I just wanted to go at first to see what the hype was about. Where I come from, when I think of Donald Trump, you think of a billionaire, you think of Trump Towers and all of that, and I wanted to see it all for myself.  I’d kept up with his campaign and his talk about building a wall on the border with Mexico, about banning Muslims from the country, and it all seems wrong to me. Why are you messing with people and going against peoples’ rights, freedom of religion and trying to discriminate against all these different people?WW: What happened when you were inside the rally?RJ: We had come with a pretty diverse group. There were five of us altogether — three Black men, including myself, a white man who is a gay veteran, and a white woman. When you got into the arena you could feel it in the air, something bad. We were just there to look and observe really. We get to our seats, and there were a few speakers before Trump. Then Trump comes out. The woman that’s with us was talking to the rest of us and says “Trump is disgusting.”At this point, a man on the same row as us a few seats down shouted at us to get out. He said it a lot more aggressively than that. We’re just here to look and he starts to get physical with us. Then they call the police over and by this time all the attention is on us. Ronnie, my friend, is recording to get Trump on film, but he’s able to get everything that’s happening to us on camera too. The police come over and I’m thinking they’re going to the guy who was yelling at us, but they’re coming to us to take us out. As we’re getting put out, Trump yells about going to our mamas, and that put me over the edge because my mom passed when I was 18.As we’re getting escorted out by the sheriffs, this old white man in one of the aisles comes over and I got punched in the face. I told the sheriffs he hit me and they threw ME on the ground and got on top of me, and told the guy who punched me to go back to his seat. They took me out the door. I was talking to a reporter who got put out ‘cause they thought he was with us.WW: What has happened since the rally and your story of being attacked has gone viral nationally?RJ: It’s crazy. I’ve seen the videos afterward and how it’s been seen everywhere. This happened in my little town of Fayetteville and now it’s gone out internationally? And I heard later the man who punched me said that “Next time we might have to kill him.” Who is the “we” he’s talking about? And the fact that he said this on national television?!  I don’t feel safe anymore. I’ve got to keep looking over my shoulder ‘cause I don’t know when this “we” might pop up. All these comments people are leaving online about me now. I’m trying to make sure my family is safe. I can’t do normal things like I used to like taking the city bus because I get recognized everywhere now.Before this, I wasn’t really into politics. It’s really got me thinking now, though, all the people getting put out of Trump rallies and roughed up by his supporters. I just saw what happened in Chicago, Arizona, St.Louis and the other rallies where there have been protests, and how what we did and what happened to me is part of all that.WW: How can people offer solidarity to you and your family right now?RJ: I appreciate all the ways that people have reached out to support me. If anyone would like to help, log on to for all information.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

University of Limerick researchers help Brazilian police combat distribution of child…

first_imgIs Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? A GROUP of researchers at the University of Limerick have teamed up with federal police in Brazil to combat the distribution of child pornography on the dark web.The research, recently published in the Nature’s Scientific Reports journal, details the results of applying network analysis to assess the effectiveness of Operation Darknet – a Brazilian Federal Police crackdown on one of largest paedophile online forums hidden by the Tor browser.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The police operation, carried out between 2014 and 2016, led to the arrest and identification of 182 users – 170 of which were distributors – and the rescue of six children. 766 of the more than 10,000 users were sharing content.The team of researchers from the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI) and the Centre for Social Issues Research, both based at UL, subsequently investigated how effective the operation was in disrupting the distribution of the content.The research team, which included a federal police officer from Brazil, used the analysis to suggest the best ways to target individuals to maximise the effect of this disruption.“Network analysis has previously been applied to drug trafficking networks and terrorist networks to identify structural weaknesses and key figures in these illicit networks,” explained Dr Pádraig Mac Carron, a postdoctoral researcher who worked with Dr Bruno da Cunha, Kleber A. Oliveira and Professor James Gleeson on the research.“Initially the police investigation was highly effective, quickly arresting those responsible for more than half the content provided. However, subsequent targets were less optimally selected. This analysis should lead to more efficient police interventions,” he added.The team believe the collaboration to be a first between Brazilian law enforcement and Irish mathematicians. Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro, mentioned the UL research in a recent interview, outlining that “one should invest in intelligence methods to enrich police work” and that “the publication is an index of the quality of the scientific know-how of the Brazilian Federal Police”.The research was partly funded by Science Foundation Ireland and by the European Research Tom [email protected] Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Print Advertisement Limerick on Covid watch list Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 WhatsApp Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Previous articleLimerick entrepreneurs encouraged to plan for short and long-term successNext articleDouble for Billy Lee and all this weeks Racing News Staff Reporter Email TAGSBrazilCrimeeducationLimerick City and CountyResearchUniversity of Limerick Twitter Facebook TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! NewsCrime & CourtEducationUniversity of Limerick researchers help Brazilian police combat distribution of child pornographyBy Staff Reporter – February 17, 2020 458 Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past yearlast_img read more

Islamic Center of LI Honors Muslim Women, 1st Female President

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York As a radiant sun beat down on Long Island Sunday morning, helping melt the frozen mounds of snow that have outstayed their welcome, dozens of Muslim leaders and local officials gathered at the Garden City Hotel to crack away at what many in attendance consider one of Islam’s most negative stereotypes: the perceived oppression of women. More than 300 people, including Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders, local politicians and police officials, gathered inside the hotel’s lavish ballroom for an event titled “Honoring Muslim Women in Our Community.” Hosted by the Islamic Center of Long Island, which is currently undergoing a $4.5 million expansion in Westbury, the event served as the official installation of Dr. Isma Chaudhry as the first female president of the ICLI and as a celebration of Muslim women and their contributions to society. In a heartfelt speech, an emotional Chaudhry thanked the community, her parents and Allah, and laid out her goals for the future of the ICLI: addressing women’s issues, the youth, and Islamophobia. “My journey won’t be alone,” she told the doting crowd. Religious and community leaders also used the event to condemn the brutal atrocities committed by religious extremists—atrocities that have dominated the headlines and have put Muslim communities around the world on edge. The turmoil in the Middle East and elsewhere, although unavoidable, did not dominate the conversation. Instead, it was the achievements of the 25 honorees—all women—that took center stage. Dr. Faroque Khan, one of the founders of the ICLI, said Chaudhry’s election as the first female president of the Islamic Center helps “answer the frequently asked question regarding the ‘oppressed’ Muslim woman,” he said. The event began with a Muslim prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. After feasting on eggs, potatoes, cheesy omelets and other savory breakfast items amid the glitz and glamor of the sprawling hotel, the 300-plus guests in attendance watched one-by-one as each honoree received a certificate for their accomplishments. The honorees spanned vastly different professions: from doctors and artists to community activists and spiritual leaders. Among those honored Sunday was Daisy Khan, a LIU Post graduate who many young Muslim women see as a role model. Khan, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, also works to empower Muslim youth and women across the globe. Anisa Mehdi, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, was recognized for her published work, including the groundbreaking documentary Inside Mecca. Sanaa Nadim, the first female chaplain of the Stony Brook University Muslim Student Association and one of the preeminent Muslim leaders on the Island, received plaudits for her interfaith efforts. It was Chaudhry that delivered a deeply emotional speech in which she thanked her predecessors and expressed gratitude to those who helped her along this path. “I’m actually overwhelmed,” Chaudhry admitted after making her way to the podium. “I feel honored to stand with these remarkable ladies,” she added. Chaudhry went on to thank her parents, whom she considers her role models. Quoting her mother, Chaudhry said: “A woman can do anything in the world.” Like others who took the stage before her, Chaudhry lamented how Islam has been “hijacked” by extremists and “polluted” by ignorance. Chaudhry, who took over as president on Jan. 1, vowed to address the issues that have caused people to look at Islam with a tinge of suspicion. She appeared emboldened by her mission. “ICLI has a huge responsibility to study the teachings of the Koran…and to uphold justice,” she said.last_img read more

Sunday Blog: Questions abound concerning the hirings at USD 353

first_img“NepotismThe superintendent shall make reasonable efforts to determine whether a candidate for employment is related to a board member or an administrator of the district.  If a candidate is related to a board member or administrator, the superintendent will make this fact known to the board.Except in an emergency, the board will not employ anyone who is the father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, son, daughter, step-son, step-daughter, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law of any board member.This provision shall not apply to any person who has been regularly employed by the board prior to the adoption of this policy or to any person who has been regularly employed by the board prior to the election or appointment of a new board member to whom the person is related.Supervision LimitationsNo employee shall directly supervise or be responsible for any portion of the evaluation of his or her father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, son, daughter, step-son, step-daughter, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law.” To me, the KASB recommendation is left to a lot of interpretation. Notice in paragraph two of the policy recommendation that “the board will not EMPLOY anyone who is a father, sister… of a board member”. In paragraph four, it states “No employee shall directly SUPERVISE or be responsible for any evaluation of his or her father, mother…”That says to me the KASB did not address nepotism directly — unless you are related to a school board member — giving schools plenty of leeway on the subject. They just don’t want spouses to evaluate each other’s job performance.So the Wellington School Board did not violate any KASB policy recommendations by hiring both Hatfields to both positions. But the board should make it prohibitive that Adam can evaluate Carmen’s job performance.My guess is the KASB did not directly address nepotism because in smaller school districts where there are about five people living in town, it’s impossible to put restrictions on husband and wife teams because those positions don’t get filled otherwise.Still, USD 353 is large enough that nepotism should be a consideration.I spoke with a source involved with school administration, who told me one of the job requirements of a high school counselor is to act as a mediator between a potential administrator-teacher conflict. For example, let’s say Wellington implements a lacrosse program. Let’s say the principal tells the lacrosse coach he has to play his son or he will get fired by the school board.A counselor in that situation would be asked to step in and settle the issue as an objective bystander. It’s a checks and balance system within the confines of the school district. If a husband and wife are principal and counselor then you very well will lose that checks and balance.My source then said the job evaluation of Carmen Hatfield at USD 353 is going to be tricky.  Even if Adam can’t evaluate Carmen directly, then who will? That is part of the duties of the high school principal, as well as principals in each building across the school district. The evaluation could be moved to the vice principal who has yet to be hired. But that is dicey because the principal also evaluates the vice principal.My source then thought the USD 353 would probably go with someone in the USD 353 central office like Adams or Larry Roth. But that becomes an issue because neither one of them are in the high school building on a full time basis.“It is going to make it a sticky situation, regardless of how they handle it,” my source said.Again, this is not an anti-Hatfield issue. If Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt rose from the dead to run the Wellington school district, there would be serious issues with having one serve as the principal and one as the counselor.Ultimately, the Hatfields themselves are placed in a vulnerable position and will incur more public scrutiny because of the nepotism situation.•••••The second concern is the lack of interviewing process, which to me is more baffling.When principal Adams was hired two years ago, the Wellington School Board advertised the position for a couple of months and spent a considerable amount of time hiring the best available candidate for the job. Wellington received a plethora of applications and interviewed three candidates – all who were serving as administrators elsewhere.This time, after Jerry Hodson resigned as curriculum/technology director, the hiring of Adams and Hatfield came simultaneously in the same meeting. There were no interviews or advertising of the vacancy of the high school principal position.The issue isn’t hiring within. The issue is the board disallowed the opportunity of others, who may have wanted to apply for the principal position.From an appearance standpoint, the board could have freed itself from public condemnation by opening up the application process even if it was only a month. If the intention was to elevate Hatfield all along, fine. But this way the board members could have said “he’s the best available candidate for the job.”Instead, the immediate hiring of Hatfield reeks of croneyism – even if that may not be the case.Follow us on Twitter. Commentary by Tracy McCue — It is obvious speaking with many people at various high school graduation parties throughout the community last weekend, there were concerns with the hirings made by the USD 353 school board.Two weeks ago, the board hired Dale Adams, the current high school principal as the curriculum/technology director. It then elevated Adam Hatfield from vice principal to head principal at WHS. This occurred a month after hiring Hatfield’s wife Carmen as a high school counselor to replace John Gifford.The two most common questions were:1) Does the USD 353 have a nepotism policy?2) Does the board have to at least advertise the position of high school principal before hiring someone?Personally, I have no qualms with the hiring of Adam and Carmen Hatfield to their respective positions. They have served the school district well for the past two decades. Who am I to judge their qualifications, or the hiring process since I am not part of the inner workings of the school district?But the issue isn’t the Hatfields, as it is nepotism.I do vaguely remember as a news reporter at the Wellington Daily News, writing a story about a nepotism policy adopted by the school board in the late 1990s or early 2000s. Unfortunately, I can’t find that article or whether it is within the confines of a school board policy handbook.I’ve heard conflicting reports from school employees whether USD 353 still has such a policy. Some have told me Wellington once had a nepotism policy in place in which two people from the same family could not be fellow teachers in the same building but not administrators. Others say, Wellington currently has none on the books.While a local nepotism policy is in question, the Kansas Association of School Board has addressed nepotism in a set of policy recommendations sent out to state school boards in June 2013. 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Thank you for your input. +17 Vote up Vote down Huh · 324 weeks ago Have you heard the song: They’re just good old boys. You raise some good questions. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago +24 Vote up Vote down Allen Ludden · 324 weeks ago There is definitely a problem with the school board and their hiring and their over all decision making. Everything they do just seems shady. Report Reply 1 reply · active 324 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Fred · 324 weeks ago You are targeting on the Hatfields, but look at others in the district. Board memeber – wife, Activities Director – wife. Let’s address the whole issue… of nepotism. Report Reply 1 reply · active 324 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down VOTE NO SKLBOND · 324 weeks ago Sounds like a whole lot of someones are double dipping the system. GRRRRRRRRRRR. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 324 weeks ago Fred I don’t think Tracy is targeting the Hatfield at all. He raises some good points. The activities director does not supervise his spouse and Bob White is elected. But the question is who supervises Carmen? Adam? I don’t think we should suspect them of any wrong doing as Adam is a stand up guy who did not ask to be put in this situation. But the situation exsists just the same. The real focus should be on the hiring practice. Why was the position of principal and counselor not advertised? Why was the position of curriculum director not advertised? So the look of as some say “good old boy system” raises eyebrows and leaves some with another reason to distrust this board and administration. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago +23 Vote up Vote down bystander · 324 weeks ago The board did a terrible job in transparency. It isn’t unusual for an asst. principal to be promoted, but there are always interviews. The most disturbing fact here is the appointment of Mrs. Hatfield to counselor with absolutely no experience and not interviewing other qualified candidates from inside and outside of the district. It isn’t what you know in USD 336, it’s who you know! Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down WHS_Grad · 324 weeks ago Two years ago when the previous vice principal left, where was the posting for the vice principal position? Yes, the principal position was posted, but the vice principal position could never be found. I checked the Wellington Daily News, the USD 353 website, emails within USD 353, and on a daily basis. Then Mr. Hatfield was announced as the new vice principal of the high school. This is not the first time that a position has been filled in this district without a job posting by the local school board. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago +18 Vote up Vote down sucolover · 324 weeks ago Surely Bob White excuses himself from discussions and votes on matters that would effect his wife, and therefore his family? On the other hand, this IS the Wellington BOE and we all know they make up their own rules as they go along. Very unprofessional group. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down omws · 324 weeks ago Here’s an idea: Open positions for interview and be honest in hiring. Adam Hatfield is taking a lot of shrapnel he more than likely does not deserve thru no fault of his. Same for Mr. Adams, although he doesn’t really have the qualifications…..yet. Who pays for those? Carmen Hatfield? Complete buffoonery that really confused the hiring for that position. Are you telling me the board hired someone who hadn’t even completed the education requirements for the position without interviewing anyone else? Shame on this board. Report Reply 1 reply · active 323 weeks ago +18 Vote up Vote down Guest · 324 weeks ago Think it could make for a very difficult situation for some students, to have a counselor who is the principles wife. Including the fact that Mrs. Hatfield has had no prior experience as counselor. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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