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Hiring on basis of race, gender is wrong - Toronto Sun

Hiring on basis of race, gender is wrong - Toronto Sun | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Hiring on basis of race, gender is wrong
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Discrimination— the refusal to hire or promote anyone because of their race, gender, disability, sexual orientation — is repugnant and should never be tolerated in the public or private sector.
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Not hiring or promoting a person because of their race or gender is absolutely wrong. This article explains that there is a law that protects you from this kind of discrimination. Many of these cases have gone to court, and the person who is discriminated against often wins.

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Migrants with no English language could lose benefits - ITV News

Migrants with no English language could lose benefits - ITV News | Human Geography | Scoop.it
ITV News Migrants with no English language could lose benefits ITV News Immigrants who cannot speak English have no way of being a "full member" of British society, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said, amid suggestion benefits could be stripped...
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I think this article is interesting. People from England who do not speak English (mostly Bulgarian and Romanian), do not get benefits. The philosophy is that people who do not speak English are not fully a part of society and they should not be granted benefits.

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Outside The Traditional, Within The Contemporary | 艺术界 LEAP

Outside The Traditional, Within The Contemporary | 艺术界 LEAP | Human Geography | Scoop.it
The diametrical opposition of the refined and the vulgar in traditional Chinese society means the traditional folk culture resources of both groups are far more likely to receive approbation in contemporary artistic and cultural ...
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China hasn't been known for its art, but now that it has shifted from traditional to contemporary, it might be a different story. Chinese people are stereotyped for not being extremely artsy, so maybe with new art techniques with contemporary art, an art career in China may not be a dead end.

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My language academy is the Spain attraction!

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GLASGOW lawyer Samantha Henderson has swapped her legal contracts for books on English grammar by opening a language academy on a Spanish holiday island.

Via Charles Tiayon
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This article is about Samantha Henderson, a lady who opened up an English grammar school on a Spanish holiday island. She has already had over 100 people sign up who hope to improve their grammar and English speaking ability. Samantha also offers Russian and German. This eagerness to join her school shows that English is important for people to learn across the world and how much people value it because of our industry and world power.

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GLASGOW lawyer Samantha Henderson has swapped her legal contracts for books on English grammar by opening a language academy on a Spanish holiday island.

 

She decided on a change of career after falling in love with a Spanish teacher and last month launched her education establishment in the seaside town of El Medano on Tenerife.

Almost 100 students have so far enrolled and 28-year-old Samantha who trained and qualified as a commercial lawyer with Glasgow legal firm MacRoberts is hoping more will sign up.

The former Glasgow University student who speaks fluent Spanish said: "The demand for good quality language courses is quite staggering. We live in a closely interconnected world and more and more people are recognising just how valuable the ability to communicate efficiently can be to them."

Samantha, who studied Spanish while working on her law degree, offers courses which convert Spanish to English and English to Spanish. German and Russian are also on the curriculum.

She said: "There is considerable Russian investment in the Canary Islands and Russian tourism is becoming a major factor in the local economy. We offer Russian for tourism so that Canarians can interact with their latest guests as well as they have always dealt with their British and German visitors.

"We teach small groups, focusing on conversation and communication and the use of technology in language learning. We aim to make the classes dynamic and entertaining and try to break away from traditional teaching methodology which most academies here still follow."

Her school also offers English classes for local children and admits: "The main proportion of the clientele so far has been Spanish people wanting to improve their English."

She adds: "The Canary Islands have been affected as badly as - if not worse than - mainland Spain by the years of recession and European monetary turmoil which we have experienced over the past five years or so.

 

 

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JURIST - Hotline: California's Gender Blender: Boys Will be Girls?

JURIST - Hotline: California's Gender Blender: Boys Will be Girls? | Human Geography | Scoop.it

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This is a very interesting article and it is very controversial. First of all, I agree that every human deserves the right to define and be themselves. But secondly, how can Kindergarteners understand the difference between the genders and be able to identify themselves as the opposite? This article raises many concerns, such as , how will people identify whether a child is male or female? By their clothes? Voice? Body shape? 

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History lessons must not become a thing of the past

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Material from military archives shows the importance of understanding our past (RT @corkhtai: History lessons must not become a thing of the past http://t.co/jVkJEiCXhh via @IrishTimes #savehistory#sschat)...
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I thought this article was interesting be cause it talked about how we found evidence that a leader knowing his history helps in war. Knowing history can help us make smart decisions and understand what the consequences may be.

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2014: Let’s All Help to Build a Culture of Sustainability

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How you can make a difference As we all know, a new year is fast approaching. While the roll over to January 1 means nothing on a geological time scale, it does mean something on the human scale. I...
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This article discusses a pledge people can take for 31 days to be more environmentally aware. The hope is to create a culture of sustainability by helping people to think more about their environment and participate in their culture. This is a kickoff in 2014 and people can use their social networking to discuss their experiences.

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The 14 Pop Culture Events That Will Define 2014 - PolicyMic

The 14 Pop Culture Events That Will Define 2014 - PolicyMic | Human Geography | Scoop.it
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The 14 Pop Culture Events That Will Define 2014
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... the return of Ron Burgundy, and Kimye, so much happened that it's hard to imagine a year that will come close. But 2014 looks to be just as exciting, if not more so.
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This article is because when you think of gender discrimination, you usually think of women. However, this article explains that in many aspects of culture, men are overlooked, not paid attention to, or overruled. For example, there are a lot less suicide prevention programs for men than there are women. Also, in courts, women are beginning to have the greater trust of judges.

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Creating a culture of crowd-sourced innovation: A look back at Hacking Pediatrics

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A hackathon is most easily explained by relating it to the crowd-sourced, time-crunched challenges that we see every day in pop culture. From “Top Chef” to “The Apprentice” to “Extreme Makeover,” television is teeming with passionate individuals trying to solve a difficult task with incredibly constrained resources and time. What results is often remarkable by any standard and speaks to the power of concentrated, collaborative problem solving.

 


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This article explains how doctors, engineers, and all types of medical specialists followed a common cultural activity found on TV, called a hackathon. Commonly seen on shows where you are given a difficult task to accomplish in a certain amount of time and given restraints, a hackathon has proven to be a successful way of brainstorming and solving problems. So, a hackathon took place to "hack pediatrics'. This 36-hour challenge might be the start of a new technique of problem solving for America.

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