Security vs Human Rights in the 21C

Security is the most important issue for states, both internally and externally. Those in power want to keep their grip on that power, free from threats from terrorists domestically. The threat from outside agencies internationally may be unlikely but they still beat the drums via spending on weapons to deter any opportunistic military actions. Governments within countries like Australia, the US and the UK make political mileage out of any threat of terrorism. A strong leader is seen as a vote winner and tough policies on border security are likewise electoral gold. Security vs human rights is an unfair fight from the outset.

Wishy Washy Human Rights

Human rights are wishy washy things, in the minds of many ordinary Australians. They are associated with things like political correctness, which annoy those who like to call a spade a spade or a refo a refo. The dominant white Anglo-Saxon male does not like to be criticised in any way. Pauline Hanson , a white Australian senator, has called for special protection for this sensitive bully in the Australian playground. There is too much questioning about the prominent and privileged place enjoyed by white Australians going on, in her view. Too much diversity being served up on the fish and chip shop menu in 2018..

Toothless Tigers Roaming Canberra

Australia is fond of signing treaties and conventions, under the auspices of the United Nations, to protect the human rights of children, women, migrants, refugees, disabled people, first peoples and gay people. Australia is not so quick to legislate these protections into their own domestic laws. This leaves a lot of toothless tigers roaming the corridors of power in places like Canberra. Australians, apparently, are not ready for a Human Rights Act federally, which would see our rights protected properly in law. Human rights will remain wishy washy things, especially when compared to security issues in this nation.

Security Rarely Neglected in Australia

Security is rarely neglected when it comers to actual powers of enforcement in Australia. The Australian state does not shy away from legislating invasive special powers for our many police forces and justice agencies. Security is valued as important and a priority in the 21C. Click here to see another online example of a service, where security is taken seriously in Sydney. Locking up houses is a good way to deter criminals of all persuasions. Security vs human rights in the 21C, no contest, I’m afraid.

People Power Perennials

In the 21C, where liberal democracies are lauded like the sainted bodies of yesteryear, we remain entranced by people power. Social media lights up, when people take to the streets in support of their cause. We have seen it in the west and, more recently, in places like Egypt and Tunisia. People power can bring down governments, as was the case in the Philippines in 1986, with Corazon Aquino ousting long-time dictator Ferdinand Marcos. People power perennials include: The Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia; the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon in 2005; and the Saffron revolution in Burma in 2007.

Democratic Reforms Are Exciting to Witness

The resulting political organisations and regimes in these countries, may not be the perfect outcome that students of democracy are looking for, but they are a part of the process. When citizens come together to overthrow tyranny it is always an inspiring event. Democratic reform is exciting to witness, but it is never the final piece in the puzzle. We only have to look at the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States to understand that everything is always a work in progress. The Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia began a wave of democratic reform movements throughout the region.

Third World Despots Maintained by First World Powers

Catering for the masses is never an easy task. Too many despots have been maintained in their positions by first world powers seeking stability in the region. Witness Trump and the Saudi Arabia situation right now in 2018. A state sanctioned murder of a dissident Saudi journalist by the Saudi Prince and his regime is accepted by the American president. Keeping a friend in a region full of enemies is more important to the Americans than the life of a dissident. Right and wrong are no longer moral points on the compass, when it comes to international affairs, apparently. They have not been for a very long time in fact.

Feeding the Mob

People power perennials include feeding the masses with desirable fare. Great “armies march on their stomachs”, according to Oxford Reference it has been attributed to both Napoleon and Frederick the great. See for yourself a fine Sydney caterer with a menu for just about every occasion. Catering for the mob is always easier if you have something delicious to offer them. Victories are always sweeter with a celebratory repast to accompany the shared enjoyment of the occasion. Viva la revolution.

State Healthcare Priorities in 2018

When considering the healthcare priorities in nations like Australia, America, the UK and Germany, it remains based on statistical medicine. This means the decisions in the health departments are made to serve the greatest number of people via the results of studies commissioned by vested interests like large pharmaceutical companies. Medicine is in the service of drug companies, whose whole raison d’etre is to sell product at a profit. Individual human beings and their health issues must fit into the lowest common denominator to be treated by our healthcare infrastructure. There is no room for individualised diagnosis and healthcare.

Immunisation Remains at the Forefront of State Healthcare Priorities

In Australia, we spent $170 billion on health in 2015-16, this was an increase of around 50%, in real terms, on an average year in the previous decade. The government funded around two thirds of that figure and non-government sources the remainder, which include the individuals themselves. Immunisation, which is at the vanguard of statistical medicine, is at around 93% of 1 to 5 YOs in this country. Immunisation allows the government to ignore the individual rates of health and nutrition in an area by insisting on broad levels of immunisation for a whole range of possible health issues for everyone. Pharmaceutical companies would prefer to sell a medicine for a condition than for governments to ensure the prevention of the health condition through monitoring diet and nutrition in their citizens.

The Rise of Complementary Medicine in Australia

The rise of complementary medicine and alternative natural healthcare has aggravated many in the medical establishment and health departments. As many as two thirds of adult Australians have sought out these kinds of practitioners and the products associated with them, according to market research. This is a telling statistic when examining the success of the healthcare establishment in this country. Check this out as an example of the type of quality alternative healthcare practitioner flourishing in Sydney.

Drug Companies are Running the Show

You only have to look at America to see everything that is wrong about the free enterprise healthcare model, when it operates without effective government oversight and guidance. The profit motive is not the best thing to underpin a healthcare program nationally. The companies selling the drugs have a vested interest in defining what health actually is. Look at clinical depression and the huge increases in that condition. Concurrent with that is the huge rise in the number of people being prescribed antidepressants to treat depression.

 

 

The Role of Lawyers in the Socialist Society

“As the lawyer awoke from surgery, he asked, “Why are all the blinds drawn?” The nurse answered, “There’s a fire across the street, and we didn’t want you to think you had died.”

Lawyer jokes, there are literally thousands of them out there, which must tell us something about this profession. When you get involved in other people’s business, and, indeed, your business is all about settling the disputes of others, you will be fanned with the flames of that conflagration.

“At a convention of biological scientists, one researcher remarked to another, “Did you know that in our lab we have switched from using mice to lawyers for our experiments?” Really, the other replied, “why did you switch?” “Well, for three reasons, Firstly, we found lawyers were more plentiful. Secondly, the lab technicians don’t get so attached to them. Thirdly, there are some things even a rat won’t do.”

Socialist Lawyers in History

What about the role of lawyers in the socialist society? Do we really need these rats in a socialist paradise? Karl Marx was a journalist for much of his professional life. His father was a lawyer and, quite, a successful one at that. Although Jewish by birth, Karl Marx’s father converted to Christianity at the age of 35, but that was more about anti-Semitism in Germany limiting his social mobility than any real religious fervour. There are lawyers who campaign vigorously for human rights and justice for the downtrodden. The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers has been operating for some 80 years under the socialist banner. This British group has been involved in many legal struggles to end inequality on numerous fronts, both internationally and domestically in the UK.

Lawyers in Australia

Lawyers in Australia are, also, involved in things like compensation law to rectify wrongs in the system and in our society. Click here to see an example of an Adelaide based firm of compensation lawyers doing great work.

I suspect that lawyers, like rats, will be around for a long time to come, in whatever political and economic system we may be governed under.

Protecting the Rights of Animals in 2018

When you think about us, human beings, as a species, and what we have done on this planet over the last 60 000 years or so, it makes you wonder. We have enslaved most other animal species for our own rewards. We have, even, invented gods who inspired scribes to write down justifications for the wholesale slaughter that we have committed all over the world. The domestication of animals, especially livestock, is unparalleled in history. We are so used to being able to pick and choose cuts of meat in our supermarkets, we don’t even think about it. What about protecting the rights of animals in 2018?

Thinking About Animals

Every life outside of our own species is up for grabs to enrich our own existence in some way. Cattle used to be wild animals. Dogs used to be wolves. Horses never used to carry anything on their backs or pull anything along. Many people will interject here and say, well, we could not have survived as a species otherwise. I would say in response, the victims of our enslavement and domestication programs have survived as representatives of their species. Have you seen how large a cow can grow just by eating grass? Have you seen a tall horse or a big kangaroo? The vegetarian diet does not inhibit size or strength.

Killing Animals May Decline as We Evolve

We used to hunt and kill whales for their oil and various other body parts. That reliance on whale oil for lighting is now obsolete. I hope that, as we move into the future, our reliance on killing animals for food and pleasure will also abate and become obsolete. Animal testing for beauty products is on the decline and there are many manufacturers of cosmetics no longer practicing this barbaric process. See here online an example of a popular cruelty free beauty brand available via an Australian seller. Killing animals may decline as we evolve and protecting the rights of animals in 2018 is the way forward.

The Egyptians Made Their Gods in the Image of Animals

As people concerned about the fairness and equality within our worlds, should we not, also, fight for the rights of those who cannot fight for themselves? Animals are gentle souls, in the main, despite the fact that Christianity denied them a soul at all. What a silly religion, like all religions essentially are. They are justifications for our barbarous behaviour made right by made-up divinities.  At least the Egyptians made their gods in the image of animals.

Beauty & Vanity in the Socialist Paradigm

In 2018, when self-aggrandisement and the self-perpetuating myth have never been more prevalent, what place do beauty and vanity have in the socialist paradigm. Socialism has been pilloried on the basis of the failures and excessive cruelties of communist regimes in places like the Soviet Union and North Korea. Socialism is now considered a good idea, which does not translate well into practice in the real world. Unions are besmirched, daily, by the Murdoch press and its conservative minions around the globe. The socialist cause does not fly its flag proudly but, rather, goes about its business quietly.

Look at Me, I Am Beautiful

Beauty and vanity are the polar opposite of quietly going about one’s business. The ‘look at me’ call is like a clarion leading a charge into battle for the attention of the world. Cosmetic surgery is pumping up the tires of men and women in wealthy nations everywhere. People are primping and perming. Beauty and vanity are the main stays for many in the reasons for living stakes in the 21C. We have become so enamoured of style over substance that nobody even notices it anymore.

Is Beauty Something That Can Be Shared?

If socialism is political and economic organisation based on an equal share of state ownership, then, is the concept of beauty, something that can be shared? Can beauty and vanity fit under the socialist umbrella? Everything, seemingly, has a beauty spin put upon it these days. Check this out as an example of the proliferation of cosmetic services, now, promoted under the banner of dentistry. I remember when a dentist was a tooth puller and painful driller in search of dental hygiene. Today, it is all about a pretty smile and whiter than Snow White teeth.

The Meaning of Life in 2018

What is the meaning of life in 2018? What is your moral compass telling you about beauty and vanity in this day and age? “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Karl Marx? Engels? Fidel Castro? Comrade Stalin? Lenin? Kim Jong-un? Those North Korean dictator hair styles are something else, aren’t they? My sneaking suspicion is that we have always been terribly facile and, now, we just don’t care who knows. Human beings are big brained monkeys, mammals with a taste for animal flesh on an industrial scale. We like to look in the mirror and gaze upon our own visages. We like to primp and perm.

The Culinary Atlas: A Tasty Journey

A great way to gain real understanding about a certain culture or country is to cook and eat its food. The culinary atlas: A tasty journey, is how I describe this dynamic and worthwhile activity. If you want to go beneath the superficial generalities of appearance and Wikipedia excerpts, then, try and cook the food of a nation or community. Many of the great export cuisines of the world are peasant foods. These collections of recipes have been handed down via generations of their people and have migrated to the new world with them. You can journey to the soul of a people via their love affair with particular foods.

Peasant Food for the Famished & the Phoenicians

The peasants had the earthiest relationship with their food. They grew it, reaped it, prepared it and ate it, all in the shadow of the field or farm. The chickpea pulses of the people of the Levant on the Eastern Mediterranean, are their life blood. Hummus can be spelt in almost as many ways as it can be flavoured. The spices and the flat breads of this desert culture have spread far and wide. The Phoenicians were the great travelling traders of the ancient world. A rich and influential culture and civilisation, which still has its fingers in many dips around the world.

Cooking is Cool in the 21C

Cooking has become a favourite pastime of many in the 21C. What once was considered a chore beneath the dignity of the upper classes, has, now, become tres la chic. Slave labour is, now, a nifty hobby to pursue in your kitchen at home. Click here to discover Sydney’s best kitchen design and renovation specialists. If you are going to rattle the pans and sauté away to the strains of the Gypsy Kings, then, you need a good workspace, in which to make it happen.

An Exploration of Peasant Food Cuisines

The culinary atlas journey is best served by a spacious kitchen, where you can row your salmon kettle ashore. If you are to embark upon the exploration of peasant food cuisines, you will need a finely-honed blade, chopping board and ample benchtop space. You may wish to caress the granite surface and imbue yourself with ancient and earthy talismans. A good cook speaks the language of the four elements, fire, earth, air and water, as he or she goes about their humble business.

Corporate Pharmaceutical Giants: Making Money Out of Ill Health

I pose the question, should people be making money out of the ill health of others? An important role of government has always been that of providing healthcare to its citizens. The capitalist free enterprise system is heavily predicated on the profit motive. In recent decades, the world has been sold on the concept of ‘trickle down economics’, where the wealthy are largely left untaxed to get on with the business of making money, in the hope that money will trickle down to the many poorer people below them on the food chain. The United States of America has been the greatest proponent of the neoliberalist economic philosophy.

America the Land of Free Enterprise

In the US, corporate pharmaceutical giants are making money out of ill health on a mega scale. America has always been ‘the land of the free’, according to their patriotic spin. Perhaps, that should read ‘free market’, which is free of regulation and free of government oversight. Rampant profiteering is the order of the day in the USA, where people aspire to mega wealth. Donald Trump is the president of this nation. Barack Obama had to fight incredibly hard to get his Obamacare health insurance measures into law. This is a country that defends its rights for its citizens to bear arms.

Pharmaceutical Companies are Defining Health in the 21C

If companies are selling health, then, they have an economic motivation to define health. Witness the massive rise in the sales and consumption of antidepressant medications. Big Pharma courts the MDs and GPs in all the nations that practice free enterprise medicine around the globe. They buy these doctors expensive dinners and holidays in a tacit exchange for their services in prescribing their pharmaceutical products to their patients. This is, merely, one example of the many healthcare products and services, which are marketed via our capitalist free enterprise system.

Big Pharma Rules the Roost

Many of these services are unnecessary and surplus to the actual health and wellbeing of people within our societies. There are alternative healthcare products, which are not produced by these pharmaceutical corporate giants. Click here to see for yourself an example of a quality complementary medicine manufacturer in Australia. Unfortunately, many of these businesses are bought up by Big Pharma in a bid to rationalise the market and control the healthcare dollar spend globally. As governments become less and less powerful in this neoliberalist world, the checks and balances are further lost, and rampant profiteering remains.

Frontline Activist Healthcare Workers: Red Flag Red Cross

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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.

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

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.

Bullfighting

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.

  • Monster.com

Monster.com 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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