Frontline Activist Healthcare Workers: Red Flag Red Cross


Frontline health workers are people who are directly providing health services in places where they are needed most, especially in the battle field, war-torn regions or in remote and rural areas. Many are doctors, nurses, midwives, local pharmacists and community health workers.They are the first to render essential health services for millions of people. They provide proven health solutions while connecting the families and communities to the health system. Frontline health workers save lives and foster a healthier more prosperous world.

Frontline health workers are often the only link of millions of people to health care. They are relatively inexpensive to train and they are capable of giving many life-saving interventions. Most of the time, frontline health workers risk their lives to help many people and they deserve more support.The government must ensure better support to the frontline healthcare workers. Frontline activist healthcare workers red flag Red Cross to give attention particularly to those serving in the war-torn regions.

Red Cross hospitals have been a safe place  for frontline health workers to perform humanitarian services in the past. Today, healthcare facilities are target for bombing, killing dozens of innocent healthcare workers and patients. Over the last three years more than 1,000 healthcare workers experience violence that resulted in injury or death. The attacks on health care facilities can have an immense impact on people needing access to medical care. Ailments are becoming life-threatening to the people in the affected area when the facilities are gone. It would take years before Red Cross and other humanitarian  agencies to return to the region.

Stress and trauma are the invisible cost frontline health workers are paying from working in insecure environments. Witnessing and experiencing acts of violence can cause silent suffering for the health workers. It takes many years to overcome the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. The Guardian conducted a survey and revealed that up to 79% of frontline healthcare workers experience mental health issues as a result of their medical work. Check out almost 35% of all frontline healthcare workers suffer from trauma – greater than the general population.

Frontline activist healthcare workers like Christoph Hensch, a former Australian Red Cross staff member International Red Cross aid worker and past Executive Director of the Mandala Foundation are calling all the governments in the world to recognise the value of frontline health workers. War zones without medical health care and life saving assistance would be a disaster. Medical professionals providing humanitarian aid need to be acknowledged for their willingness to serve others even putting their lives on the line. Some healthcare workers are murdered, injured or kidnapped in the line of duty. Activists are appealing for the government to respect neutral and impartial aid healthcare providers around the world. Frontline health workers are willing to put their lives at stake to help others and they deserve to live a life without residual trauma.

Human Rights of Sex Workers in Europe

Human rights abuses against sex workers are alarmingly getting more common. In fact, an Amnesty Internal report narrated the troubling reality that sex workers face in Papua New Guinea, including the abuses made by the police. Albeit the legalization of prostitution in the country, sex workers are often discriminated and disadvantaged.

The sex workers in Papua New Guinea are no different from sex workers in Australia and in some more developed nations in the world. They, too, are greatly susceptible to abuses. In Australia, even if there’s the feminist empowerment among escorts in Melbourne and in other parts of the country that rally behind and fight against abuses on sex workers and the like, a big number of escorts still get beaten, discriminated, raped or harassed on a regular basis. They, too, are among the group of people who are often knocked back on availing the necessary health or housing services.

Common Abuses against Sex Workers

A public health fact sheet released by the Open Society Foundations enumerated the most common human rights abuses made to sex workers in Europe and Central Asia.  Police abuses and abuse within the health care are the most rampant exploitation made towards sex workers. For instance, prostitutes who were pressured on undergoing abortion or obligatory HIV testing, whether at work or by other means, have their Rights to Privacy, Equality and Non-Discrimination, and Security of Person violated. Moreover, when they are denied of treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), their Right to the Highest Attainable Standards is being disregarded.

Police abuses such as sexual or physical violence, extortion, or arbitrary arrest and detention are against the Right to Equality and Non-Discrimination, Right to Life and Right to a Fair Trial of sex workers.

Decriminalization of Sex Work

 Amnesty International has been actively calling on all the governments in the world to decriminalize prostitution. In addition, the organisation wants the government to impose further measures that will defend and safeguard the human rights of sex workers. Is decriminalization the solution to years-long battle against abuses to prostitutes, escorts and whatnot?

Legalization is much different from decriminalization. Legalization intends to institute guidelines or laws that will oversee this industry. On the other hand, decriminalization aims to eliminate the laws that will criminalize sex workers. For instance, if a prostitute has been sexually or physically abused, he/she can go to the police and file a complaint without the trepidation of being imprisoned for being a sex worker.

Let us all bear in mind that sex worker rights are also human rights. They are all entitled to the same human rights as everyone else.

Work, Rest & Play: Popular Sporting Attractions

Popular Sporting Attractions

We all need to keep a balance on work, rest and play. After a busy week, you need to get out and have fun. The weekend is for play so we rounded up the most popular sporting attractions which an ordinary worker gets up to on the weekend.

Association Football / Soccer

With an estimated 3.5 billion fans all over the world, Association football, commonly known as football or soccer is the most popular and the biggest global sport today.  As per a report, the 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil reached 3.2 billion viewers at the time.

Football or soccer, is a team sport which shows passion and discipline. It’s amazing to see the support the fans give to their teams no matter what happens. It’s also unbelievable how much devotion the players give on the field. The expectation, the unpredictability, the players and the fans – these are just some of the many reasons why it has become the best sport on the planet.


Tennis is one of the most popular individual sports in the world. It’s a major sport of interest in Australia, Europe, Asia, Latin and North America. In tennis, the goal is to hit the ball over the net into the opponent’s court. The ball can only bounce one time. A player wins a point every time the opponent is unable to return the ball back within the court. There are four major grand slam tournaments in tennis: Wimbledon, US Open, French Open and Australian Open.


The sport of bullfighting has attracted lots of spectators from around the world.  It’s considered a blood sport wherein one or more bulls are fought and killed by humans in the bullring. In Spain, bullfighting is considered an art form with a special cultural value tied to their identity. The top venue for bullfighting is the Las Ventas bullring located in the centre of Madrid City. There is a less violent version of this sport in Portugal. In Portuguese bullfighting, the bull is not killed in front of the crowd but is killed later. Despite the controversies, bullfighting maintains its popularity in Latin America, particularly Spain.

Betting goes on at bullfights and oftentimes, the attendants or vendors act as bookmakers’ agents, calling the odds and taking bets.  Betting on bulls was never institutionalised, but is quite a common agenda.

Formula 1

The Formula 1 race has a strong following in Europe and Latin America, but is also getting a lot of attention around the world. The F1 season consists of a series of races, known as Grand Prix held worldwide on purpose-built F1 circuits and public roads. The races are broadcasted to over 200 countries with reported estimated viewing figures of around 500 million per race.

Horse Racing

Horse racing is one of the most ancient of all sports. Essentially, the principle is to identify which of the horses are the fastest over a set course or distance. It is primarily a gambling sport and is very popular in the US, UK, Asia and Australia. The attention is likely focused on major races, such as the Grand National, Kentucky Derby and the Melbourne Cup.

Disability-Friendly Workplaces Still Very Rare


The working rights of disabled people are still very much downgraded in our capitalist systems. In Switzerland they’re proposing a basic wage for doing nothing. Most disabled people would be more than happy to work full-time for that salary. What can be done to promote the work worthiness of our disabled brothers and sisters?

Disabled individuals have their work activities limited due to their condition. Most of their employment opportunities revolve around flexible jobs and hours which include making money through online jobs. Home based jobs are indeed very much popular venture for persons with a disability giving them the opportunity to work from home. All of this is made possible with the help of modern technology and high-speed Internet access which means new choices and good paying options for people who want the flexibility and convenience of careers.

This however, is considered to be a temporary solution especially since not everyone has the resources to spend in a computer setup while at the same time, are well versed in using the computer. For those individuals, they are left with little to no options with regards to their work. This is the reason why disability-friendly workplaces are still very rare in this present day and age. There is a lot of more that needs to be done in order to improve their working condition.

Spreading the word out and revealing the truth behind disability myths is one of the very first factors that need to be considered. It should be noted that workability is part of a range of disability myths that exists today a huge number of people need to be overcome. This in turn decreases the likelihood of disabled persons ever getting employed. As a result, their employment options become very much limited.

One way of helping spread awareness is by sharing the message not only to fellow supporters but also to the public. It is good to hear that modern technology has also contributed greatly in helping share the word about disability myths in a timely and effective manner. Just about anyone will be able to share the message over the internet with just a few clicks of a button. This is made even more convenient with the emergence of social media platforms which are used by millions of online users on a regular day to day basis.

There are a number of successful individuals who had disabilities but were able to find success in their respective careers. With that being said, there is more that needs to be done in order to make a disability-friendly workplace a common practice in several offices. Aside from spreading the word and helping uncover the truth about disability myths, people can also look or go to the local government for aid and encourage them to propose law that benefits disabled people particularly with their career opportunities. The more people seeking their aid, the higher the likelihood such bill will be proposed. Hopefully, in the near future we can find equality in terms of employment.

The Occupy Movement vs Late Capitalism


The Occupy movement launched protests around the world such as Occupy Wall Street, Occupy London and even Occupy Lisbon with their aims to combat late capitalism. However, they have their work cut out for them – capitalism goes from strength to strength, the rich get richer & the poor get the picture. Before we can delve further into their activity let us look at the occupy movement while at the same time what late capitalism brings to the people in the present.

Known as the international branch of the Occupy Wall Street movement, The Occupy movement aims to protests against social and economic inequality around the world. Just like any other movement, these individuals are driven by one main goal and that is to make the economic and political relations in all societies less vertically hierarchical and more flatly distributed. The Occupy movement is dived by local groups which often have different focuses however, the movement’s primary concerns revolve around large corporations as well as the global financial system and how they control the world in a way that disproportionately benefits a minority, undermines democracy, and is unstable.

The need for this movement arose when late capitalism became more prevalent most notably in this present day and age. Neo-Marxists coined the term “late capitalism” to point to capitalism from about 1945 onwards, with the implication that it is a historically limited stage rather than an eternal feature of all future human society.

The wealth was much more equally divided in the earlier stage of capitalism. There was more of a connection between the employee and employer especially since most businesses in the past were small locally supported shops. However, the wealth slowly began to move with the help of the industrial revolution which results to the gap of wealth grew to the situation we are experiencing today. As a result, co-ops forming, fair trade organizations, unions, are some of the examples of socialist structures that are slowly starting to take shape.

Late capitalism brought a number of problems in the market which includes relatively high levels of capital centralization having less intense competition/more collaboration between capitalists. There are also pervasive markets along with their pervasive commodification which resulted to higher barriers to market entry. Small time business owners also suffer from high levels of space/time compression due to the fact that late capitalism has monopolies and finance play a bigger role.

Small time business owners often go to money lending companies to help them get started today where competition is fierce. It is good to hear that people from different parts of the world are working hand in hand together and sharing their efforts by supporting the Occupy Movement. Web technologies as well as the social media itself have helped greatly in spreading the word about their activities in a timely and effective manner. This includes the likes of IRC, Facebook, Twitter, and Meetup which activists use on a regular basis to coordinate events from fellow supporters.

MayDay Rallies Protests & Celebrations Around The World


May 1st is known as a public holiday to honor workers from around the globe. Often referred to as May Day, this is a great time for employees to have their voices and demands be heard in an effort to convey their message to the public as well as have a say on the issue about employment. As such, May Day gave many workers the opportunity to join rallies and protest from fellow employees alike.

Protests and rallies mark May Day making it impossible to not have one from the other. Indeed, May Day is not complete without such activity oftentimes turning them into celebrations. In fact, traditional May Day rallies have been used by protesters in France to demonstrate over proposed reforms to the country’s labour rules.

It should be noted that France isn’t the only country that is using May Day rallies to spread their message. For instance, thousands of communist party supporters in Russia have marched on the Kremlin demanding reforms.

Not all May Day celebrations however, end in a peaceful manner. For example, in Turkey, two policemen were killed and 23 people wounded when the May Day protests was overshadowed by a car bomb attack in the southeastern province of Gaziantep. There is also the city of Istanbul which had a history of being attacked twice on a row this year by the self-proclaimed Islamic State group which in turn led to tighter security measures done ahead of celebrations.

Scuffles at May Day protests are pretty common nowadays and recently, a brawl ensued in central London between protesters and police demonstrators gathered outside the offices of giant US firm Lockheed Martin in High Holborn. To keep things under control, around 4,000 officers were on patrol by stationed by the Metropolitan Police, City of London Police and British Transport Police.

People who do not wish to join May Day rallies and protests are still affected with previous celebrations reported that protesters went on to blockade parts of Melbourne during their protests. As a result, the journey home for some Melburnians became a long one with tram services being affected with the activity.

As mentioned earlier, peaceful protests oftentimes do not go as planned usually resulting to violence especially if participants are not controlled. This is often starts when demonstrators begin hurling projectiles such as rocks, bottles and even worse, Molotov cocktails to damage not only the police but also nearby properties.

The success of May Day celebrations and protests often becomes possible with the help of social media. Many rallies in the present were often initially created over the social media inviting fellow online users to come and join their cause. Social media is filled with billions of people all over the world and as a result, their message can be shared across all of their supporters in a timely and effective fashion. There is no wonder why May Day rallies rarely runs out of supporters as they are able to find people who share the same cause over the internet.

Research Your Future Employer: It’s Easier Than Ever

It is a routine for the Human Resource Department (HRD) to take a look at the candidates’ online profiles, the activities they were engaged in or the organisations they are associated with before they employ potential recruits. As a job applicant, prior to submitting an application or before taking a proffer, you should at least check out your future employer. Don’t worry, it’s easier than ever.

Before the Internet-age, making enquiries about the company you are interested in usually involves a visit at the local library. Nowadays, being able to research an employer for a fair assessment of the workplace is pretty straightforward, thanks to online company information such as those displayed on SEEK. For instance, through ACM Group Seek profile, those interested in joining the company will get a gist of how it’s like working with ACM Group.

Here are other resources that could help you land the job of your dreams and find a cool employer:

  • Glassdoor

With over 3 million employee-generated contents, Glassdoor features reviews of employees from various sectors and industries. The site also provides information regarding the salary range and possible questions during interviews.

  • LinkedIn

Most job hunters start their research in LinkedIn. The site’s “Search Companies” tool provides important numbers and data of thousands of companies. These include the business’ growth rate and their employees’ educational backgrounds and industry experiences.

  • CareerBliss

Like GlassDoor, CareerBliss provides salary information from thousands of the site’s users. In addition, CareerBliss gives users the chance to rank their employment experiences using metrics, such as job security and career growth.

  • gives insights about your future employer that are obtained from the company’s website. These include general information like company history, annual profits, clients and market reach.

Things to Research about Your Future Employer

  • Skill sets and know-how the company finds important

Before anything else, know what skill sets and industry experience the company is looking for. Search for their “Career Page” to get a general picture of the type of employees they want on their team.

  • Big bosses

These could be your future supervisors or the company’s president. Check their social media accounts and read the stuff they share or post about the company.

  • News and recent achievements

Look for company press releases to get an update about the organization’s recent activities and achievements. When scheduled for an interview, it is always handy to be well-informed with the company’s recent pursuits and accomplishments.

  • Opportunities for career growth

See to it that your future employer gives opportunities for career advancements. Do they provide trainings and seminars? Are the possible career paths for employees described in detail? How about staff development programs?

Remember that the information you gather about your future employer gives you an advantage on whether working with them is beneficial for you or not. Thanks to the Internet, researching like Sherlock Holmes can now be done in your home.

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