Market crash: could this FTSE 100 stock be a recovery gem?

first_img Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images T Sligo has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by T Sligo I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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Investors are still trying to determine the damage the coronavirus will do to the global economy.In ordinary times, I hunt for companies selling products or services that are always in demand. Medical technology company Smith & Nephew (LSE: SN) would have firmly sat in this category. However, now things have changed, and the lockdown has hampered Smith & Nephew’s progress.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…I think it is now worth assessing whether or not Smith & Nephew is a stock that will rebound following the market crash.Market CrashThe coronavirus outbreak has caused some hospitals around the world to halt non-essential procedures to alleviate pressure on healthcare systems.However, things appear to be slowly turning back to normal, with hospitals proceeding with non-coronavirus related treatments. Those awaiting hip and knee replacements are likely to be behind patients awaiting urgent treatment for cancer and other time-sensitive procedures though. Smith & Nephew manufactures medical items, such as replacement hips, knees and shoulder joints. The business also provides acute and chronic wound management products. Its sports medication, ear, nose and throat business offers advanced products and instruments to repair and remove soft tissue.Consequently, it will come as no shock that its Q1 results featured some seriously disappointing numbers. The company reported that Q1 revenue was 7.6% lower than the previous year. April underlying revenue was down by 47%, even when offset with improved trading conditions in China. Its 2020 guidance was withdrawn due to the coronavirus outbreak, a step that other businesses have taken in the market crash.CEO Roland Diggelmann noted that “countries and healthcare systems around the world are facing an unprecedented challenge, and we are seeing a significant short-term impact”.Diggelmann stated that the recovery in China is “encouraging, as is the restart of elective surgeries in many other countries, and especially within the US.”Recovery gem?Despite short-term challenges, Smith & Nephew could be in a good position when things return to normal. The business has a strong balance sheet. Net debt was $1.8bn at the end of Q1 compared to $3.4bn of committed facilities.The business is committed to cutting costs, earmarking up to $200m of savings in 2020.As its products are usually in constant demand, Smith & Nephew shares are often bought for their defensive qualities. This translates to a stock price that is normally expensive.However, following the market crash and a drop of 12% in its share price in the year-to-date, the stock is trading at a price-to-earnings ratio of 23. Signs are pointing to a recovery, with a rise of 15% since the beginning of April.For those with a position in its stock, the next few months could be bumpy. However, for long-term investors, the market crash could have opened up a rare chance to pick up cheaper shares in a quality company. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Market crash: could this FTSE 100 stock be a recovery gem? I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.last_img read more

Shape up for Sevens Rugby

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “They do speed work at home, according to where we are in our training cycle. The aim is to move from a speed/endurance base towards shorter, faster sprint sessions. On the track, they might do eight 60m sprints at maximum intensity, or a rolling 5m followed by a 40m sprint.“Prehab exercises help strengthen bad ankles or shoulders, alleviate lower-back issues and correct muscle imbalances. We also included more contact sessions this year.“The guys work hard off the pitch too, on video analysis and psychology. In sevens you don’t have 80 minutes to make amends for mistakes, so they need to be mentally prepared for making game-deciding decisions under pressure.”This article appeared in the December 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here.For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170center_img Isoa Damudamu of the England Sevens team in action during sprint trainingThe new-look HSBC Sevens World Series kicks off in Australia on 25-26 November. Sevens players are placed under intense physical stress over the two days, and preparation is the key to success, as England’s strength and conditioning expert Brett Davison explains…“The England Sevens squad had a five-week break to recover from last season, during which they had a total break from weights and could eat or drink what they liked.“The guys tend to come back a bit overweight and under-conditioned. Pre-season is the time to get them back into shape. They have to be able to recover completely, and live normal lives before getting back into a tough 11-month cycle.“Pre-season consists of six weeks of hard graft, a week off, and a warm-up tournament before the trip to Australia, but the first thing all players took part in was a profiling day.“We discuss previous injuries and identify any potential weaknesses and muscle imbalances. It involves podiatry, doing medical questionnaires, functional movements and core control exercises.“Early training involves low-intensity skills work, with the mileage and load increasing each week, controlled by GPS.“The boys work in pairs or positions in the gym. We do circuit-based sessions, weights to protect their joints in contact, and plyometric work to help build explosive power.last_img read more

Poor People‘s March for jobs, justice

first_img‘Ignite revolution Dr. King called for’The following press statement was released by Witherspoon, president of the Baltimore chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.Next Saturday morning, many of us will mark the 45th anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign that Martin Luther King inspired, but did not live long enough to lead, by marching from Baltimore to Washington, D.C.C.D. WitherspoonWW photo: Brenda RyanOn May 11, the families of young Black and Brown people who have been killed by police will link arms with poor people, immigrant workers fighting for their rights, students, Walmart workers, union members, unemployed people and Occupy Wall Street activists, and walk 40 miles south down the highway to Washington, D.C.We will occupy Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue, a few blocks away from the White House and down the road from the Capitol. There we will erect a big tent and convene a People’s Power Assembly.We are doing this to bear witness to the truth, and to help spark the social revolution that Dr. King prescribed in the months before his death.Dr. King often said that truth crushed to earth will rise again. The brutal truth is that the powers that be are waging a war against virtually everything that Dr. King fought and died for.Fifty years ago, on the steps of the Lincoln Monument, King shared his dream with the world. Today more and more of us are living in a nightmare.Anyone who thought that having an African-American family or a Democrat in the White House would negate the urgent necessity for a social revolution has long awoken from that dream.Our young people are more likely to be in prison than in a job.Poverty, unemployment and desperation are more widespread today than they were when King was alive. The pauperization of the population is the biggest crisis today.The banks got bailed out after the 2008 global financial crash, and the stock market has soared through the roof. But for the rest of us — the people that Occupy Wall Street calls the 99% — there’s nothing but economic terrorism in the form of unemployment, evictions, foreclosures, low wages and cutbacks.The 1% have never been richer, greedier and more determined to eliminate, privatize or otherwise destroy every program that is helpful to the poor.Wall Street has ordered the politicians and the corporate media to justify the war against the poor.We’ve been told that the cutting of Social Security, health care and unemployment benefits and the closing of hospitals, schools and post offices are being forced upon us by harsh economic realities.We’ve been told that there’s no point in proposing a real jobs program because we can’t afford one.These things are presented to us as though they were inarguable facts. They are not.They are absurd and cruel lies put forward by the 1% in defense of a social and economic order that puts profits and greed before people’s needs. These lies are meant to demoralize us and persuade us that it’s useless to fight for a world based on equality, justice, solidarity and love.These lies, and the 1% whose interest they serve, must be defeated.When King proposed the Poor People’s Campaign in 1967, he said that a revolution of values was needed, one that would transform a profit-centered economy into a people-centered one.We will be marching on Saturday to ignite that revolution.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Supreme Court upholds conviction in Shane Geoghegan murder

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsSupreme Court upholds conviction in Shane Geoghegan murderBy Staff Reporter – January 18, 2017 1397 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleAction from CBC’s 30-5 SCT win over Crescent ComprehensiveNext articleWin cinema tickets Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Twitter Print Advertisementcenter_img WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Facebook WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGSBarry DoyleDundonfeaturedlimerickmccarthyShane Geoghegan Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Barry Doyle, who is appealing his conviction for the murder of Shane GeogheganBarry Doyle lost his appeal against his conviction for the murder of Shane GeogheganBARRY Doyle will continue serving his life sentence for the murder of Limerick man Shane Geoghegan after the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed his latest appeal on Wednesday.In February 2012, Doyle of Portland Row in Dublin had been given mandatory life sentence after he was found guilty of killing Mr Geoghegan in a case of mistaken identity on November 9, 2008.The convicted drug addict had been hired by the McCarthy/Dundon gang to carry out a shooting where a rival criminal had been the intended target.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up However Doyle shot Mr Geoghegan as he left a neighbour’s house on his way back to his own home across the road.After he was arrested and made his admissions to the murder, Doyle claimed that gardai induced him to confess.This was one of Doyle’s main claims in his appeal to overturn the conviction.18 months ago, the Court of Appeal upheld the conviction and the subsequent jail term after it found that the trial was conducted properly and the evidence put forward was in keeping with the normal rules.This Wednesday morning, the seven judge court returned a majority decision and subsequently dismissed the appeal on all grounds including the claim that he was denied the right to a solicitor during garda interviews.The judges also held that Doyle’s admission were not made as a result of threat or inducement by gardai.last_img read more

Kerala Gold Smuggling Case : Swapna Suresh’s Conduct Suspicious; FIR Under UAPA Registered, Centre Tells Kerala HC

first_imgNews UpdatesKerala Gold Smuggling Case : Swapna Suresh’s Conduct Suspicious; FIR Under UAPA Registered, Centre Tells Kerala HC LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK10 July 2020 1:03 AMShare This – xThe application filed by Swapna Suresh seeking anticipatory bail in the Kerala gold smuggling case is not maintainable, in view of the fact that the National Investigation Agency(NIA) has taken over the probe, submitted the Central Government before the High Court of Kerala on Friday.Pointing out Section 21 of the NIA Act, Mr. Ravi Prakash, Central Government Counsel, submitted that the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe application filed by Swapna Suresh seeking anticipatory bail in the Kerala gold smuggling case is not maintainable, in view of the fact that the National Investigation Agency(NIA) has taken over the probe, submitted the Central Government before the High Court of Kerala on Friday.Pointing out Section 21 of the NIA Act, Mr. Ravi Prakash, Central Government Counsel, submitted that the High Court has no original jurisdiction to consider the anticipatory bail application, and that only Special Court can consider the same.The bench of Justice Ashok Menon expressed prima facie agreement with the submission.The CGC further submitted that custodial interrogation of Swapna Suresh was necessary for the investigation. The Customs acted on the source information that three persons, P S Sarit, Sandeep Nair and Swapna Suresh were involved in gold smuggling misusing the route of diplomatic baggage. Massive recovery of 30 kilograms of gold, worth Rs 15 crores, from the diplomatic baggage addressed to UAE Consulate at Thiruvananthapuram has been made. The CGC further said that statements of Sarit, and Sandhya(wife of Sandeep Nair), have been recorded under Section 108 of the Customs Act. These statements revealed that Swapna Suresh was involved in arranging the diplomatic papers for the delivery of the baggage. That stands corroborated by her statements in the bail application, the CGC said.”Custodial interrogation of Swapna Suresh is needed to ascertain if her involvement in the delivery of diplomatic cargo was innocent or not”, he submitted.Investigation is in the nascent stage. Substantial recoveries have been made. Statements of witnesses have been recorded, which reveal that Swapna Suresh was involved in arranging diplomatic papers for the smuggling of gold : CGC#KeralaGoldSmugglingCase— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) July 10, 2020He further said that Suresh’s conduct was ‘suspicious’. Customs officials have tried to serve summons on her, but without success. She has switched off her mobile phone and is absconding. He also submitted that Suresh does not have ‘clean antecedents’ on account of her involvement in a previous offence.The counsel for the National Investigation Agency submitted that it has registered an FIR under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967, on the allegation of “raising funds for terrorist activities”.The bar under Section 43D of the UAPA against the consideration of the pre-arrest bail application is also attracted, submitted the counsel.Senior Advocate K Ramakumar, appearing for the Central Government, submitted that even if it is assumed that the bail application was maintainable, relief should not be granted as the case was one affecting the “security of the nation and its economic stability”.The bench ultimately adjourned the hearing till next Tuesday, July 14, after Advocate T K Rajesh Kumar, petitioner’s counsel, sought for copies of the statement submitted by the Customs and the new FIR registered by NIA.The case is related to smuggling of 30 kilogram of gold through diplomatic cargo dispatched to UAE Consulate at Thrivananthapuram.In the bail application, Swapna Suresh, who is on the run, stated that she had worked as an Executive Secretary at the Consulate office from 2016 until her resignation in September 2019. Even after resignation, she used to assist the Consulate on “Work-on-Request” basis as they had sought her assistance in the light of her experience.Suresh claimed that she contacted the customs officials regarding the cargo only on the instructions of the Consulate General.”The petitioner has no connection and no involvement with respect to the smuggled gold. The petitioner has been falsely implicated in the above customs case”, she stated. Suresh has annexed the copies of email communications, stated to have been made between her and the Consulate, along with the bail application with an attempt to show that she was acting only as per the instructions from the Consulate. She added in the plea that she belongs to a respectable family with no criminal antecedents, and is living with her husband and two children. She also complained that a “media trial” is going on against her. The media is exhibiting her photographs in violation of right to privacy, and has sensationalized the case causing prejudice and harm to her, she stated.The Customs Preventive Commissionerate, Cochin, has registered a case for offences under Section 104(6)(c) and 135 of the Customs Act 1962 in relation to the illegal import of the stash of gold. They have so far arrested P R Sarit, who used to work as Public Relations Officer at the Consulate Office.On Thursday, the Ministry of Home Affairs permitted National Investigation Agency to take over the probe, stating that “organised smuggling operation may have serious implications for national security”.Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, had earlier written to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, seeking “effective and coordinated investigation into this incident by central agencies” in the matter. The case has snowballed into a political controversy due to Swapna Suresh’s alleged links with M Sivasankar IAS, who was both the Principal Secretary to the office of Chief Minister and Secretary to the Department of Information Technology.Following the controversy, Sivasankar was removed from both the posts. The opposition in Kerala has demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister over the case, alleging that his office was involved in it.  Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Eight police officers injured following South Belfast riot

first_imgHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – April 3, 2021 Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Previous articleAlmost 5,000 people facing prosecution for not paying Covid-19 finesNext articleGRA to meet with NIAC to discuss Garda vaccine decision News Highland Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Google+center_img Twitter Twitter Eight police officers have been injured following a riot that took place in South Belfast last night.Police attended the Sandy Row area at 8 O’Clock where a small protest escalated into an attack on police.Rioters threw a number of objects at officers, including metal rods, fireworks and manhole covers.Seven people were arrested at the scene. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Eight police officers injured following South Belfast riot Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Woman airlifted to hospital following accident near Lifford

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Previous articleWeekend scenes in Dublin ‘warrant early vaccination for Gardai’Next articleIreland on track to have one of lowest Covid rates in Europe News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Google+ Woman airlifted to hospital following accident near Lifford Pinterest A woman was airlifted to hospital yesterday evening following an accident on Croaghan Hill near Lifford. It’s understood that the woman sustained leg injuries with the emergency services alerted to the scene shortly after 5pm.The Rescue 118 helicopter airlifted the casualty to Letterkenny University Hospital.The woman’s injuries have been described as non-life threatening. By News Highland – March 1, 2021 Twittercenter_img Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Tropics getting more active as summer heat lingers on East Coast

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — The Pacific Basin is seeing active tropical development, with two storms being joined by a additional weather system that could become the third.Tropical Storm Erick became a hurricane overnight, with winds reaching 80 mph. It’s moving west at about 17 mph as a Category 1.Erick is forecast to travel west-northwest over the next few days and slide just south of Hawaii. Erick likely will strengthen a bit more on Tuesday before weakening as it gets closer to Hawaii.Tropical Storm Flossie, with winds of 65 mph, is heading west at about 16 mph. It’s expected to become a hurricane later today and perhaps a major hurricane by Wednesday.Similar to Erick, it’s traveling west-northwest toward Hawaii and expected to weaken before approaching the islands. It’s too early to tell if the storm will affect Hawaii.Meanwhile, in the Atlantic Basin, two different spots are being monitored for tropical developments, each of which appears unlikely to form at this time. It’s possible some of this storm action could send extra moisture to the Southeast later in the week.In the Northeast, another hot day is expected on Tuesday, with heat advisories expanded to include New York City and Albany, in addition to Boston and Hartford, which saw them on Monday.Parts of the Northeast could experience heat indices in the high 90s — about 5 to 10 degrees above normal.A cold front on Wednesday is expected to move toward the East Coast, leading to some scattered thunderstorms, especially in the Northeast. Storms could deliver heavy rain locally and lead to flash flooding.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Transgender employees: towards equal treatment

first_imgRelated posts: Comments are closed. Eddie Redmayne’s role in movie The Danish Girl is raising awareness of transgender issues. Photo: Focus Features/Courtesy Everett Collection/REX Shutterstock Despite new guidance on recruiting and retaining transgender staff, employers remain confused about the law and good practice. Virginia Matthews reports on moves by campaigners and employers to boost transgender equality.In January 2016, the Government’s Women and Equalities Committee upbraided the NHS for its failure to comply with the law when it comes to catering for the needs of transgender patients.Calling for “outdated and misleading” gender recognition and equality legislation to be reworked, the committee also took swipes at the criminal justice system and education providers for their apparent inability to tackle transphobia head-on.More on transgender employeesUpdated good practice on transgender employeesTake steps to ensure that the workforce is inclusive of transgender peopleDeal with the situation where an employee is undergoing gender reassignmentDespite the committee’s stinging criticisms, this has been described as a “tipping point” for trans awareness, with the airtime devoted to everything from the recently released, male-to-female film The Danish Girl, to an emerging female-to-male storyline on television soap EastEnders.Yet the notion that society – and employers – have done any more than scratch the surface of a highly complex issue is wrong-headed, says Bernard Reed, trustee of the charity the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES), which offers virtual and face-to-face training sessions for employers across all sectors.“To describe 2015 as a tipping point is a dangerous fallacy and, in my view, you can’t take your foot off the accelerator for a moment when it comes to pursuing the trans agenda. The latest parliamentary report just published clearly states how much major work still has to be done.“Despite many years of solid work on race, disability, sex, sexual orientation and other characteristics protected in law, it’s not true to say that you have largely finished the job there either and to think otherwise is misguided and complacent.”Trans people are protected by two key pieces of legislation: the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) 2004, which allows people to legally change their gender and acquire a new birth certificate; and the 2010 Equality Act 2010, which includes transgender as a “protected characteristic”.The principles of both the Human Rights Act 1998 and the 1998 Data Protection Act are also relevant when an employee embarks on a transitioning process.Yet for the Women and Equalities Committee, the GRA’s “medicalised approach” runs contrary to the “dignity and personal autonomy of applicants”, while the Equality Act, it says, needs to be reworded to include the more inclusive term “gender identity”.It argues that the Act’s use of the term “gender reassignment” excludes wider members of the trans community, while “transsexual”, with its implications of sexual orientation, brings an unnecessary layer of complication into the mix.In legal terms, the situation is clear. Gender reassignment is a personal process, not a medical one, and an employee does not need to have either undergone surgery or even be having hormone treatment in order to be classed and protected as transgender.By living openly in their acquired gender, a transgender person has already made a fundamental social transition – although this can also be reversed without any loss of legal protection – and employers are obliged legally to acknowledge this.Whether it is recognising the right of a transgender member of staff to use the toilets and changing facilities that reflect their true gender – invariably a thorny issue, says Reed – or scrupulously adhering to confidentiality requests and updating staff records, the onus is on the employer.Yet despite the publication last year of two lengthy pieces of detailed guidance for employers – the “Transgender Policy Guide for Employers”, published by GIRES in March, and a government guide to “Recruiting and Retaining Transgender Staff”, produced in November – confusion persists, says Paul Deemer, head of equality, diversity and human rights at NHS Employers.“Although trans has received a lot of publicity recently, it’s both poorly understood and highly complex and can manifest itself in many different ways depending on the individual concerned.”Deemer believes that for customer-facing organisations, transphobia among members of the public can be a particularly difficult issue.“When it comes to a Saturday night in casualty and the potential for abuse from the public, you have to offer strong leadership and possibly even more visible protection to trans staff than you would if it was a case of racism or disability abuse. We have to accept that, in 2016, there will still be some people who have never come across a transgender person – and the same cannot be said of other protected characteristics – yet it remains the role of the employer to promote conversations about the difficult issues and to offer training and awareness-raising.”Although LGBT is a useful catch-all term for staff networks, the “T” in “LGBT” is about gender identity and not sexual orientation, while trans itself is an umbrella term representing a highly diverse section of the UK population.It includes those who identify as agender, androgynous, bi-gender, gender-neutral, gender-fluid, non-binary and pangender, as well as transgender, and it is thought to account for 1% of us in total.For RBS, which was embroiled in negative headlines last May when a transgender woman’s request to be referred to as “Ms” was denied as a result of what it termed “human error”, it all comes down to respect.“Being an inclusive bank for our own people and for customers means having the policies, procedures and processes that you need, and while it’s true that the ‘T’ in LGBT really came to the fore last year, we had already been working on this issue for at least 12-18 months,” says head of inclusion Marjorie Strachan.“We have had to make some very brass-tack changes, including introducing the title ‘Mx’ to our systems as a non-binary alternative, and have also done a lot of work on how a trans customer is greeted when he or she comes into the branch; as well as the dangers of making assumptions about gender from the way customers speak,” Strachan says.Although the transgender community already has a lengthy list of non-binary pronouns including “ve”, “xe” and “per” (short for person) to choose from, Strachan believes that for most large organisations and their overburdened IT systems, it’s more a case of keeping it simple.“Transgender is not a straightforward issue by any means, but it doesn’t help to overcomplicate it,” she says. “By adopting a neutral language-stance policy at the top and ensuring that this reaches all staff in all branches, we can hopefully make things easier for everyone.”Unconscious bias training is offered to all customer-facing bank employees, and, as of last year, the annual staff opinion survey asks whether peoples’ gender identification matches their sex at birth.“Just shy of 400 people, or 1%, of our population answered ‘no’ to that question, and, to be honest, the fact that it was quite a sizeable number was a surprise,” says Strachan.According to the organisation Inclusive Employers, firms that fall foul of equality law surrounding transitioning at work, for example, often do so through ignorance rather than malice or hostility.But if many of today’s employers may be bewildered by the implications of terms such as “pangender” or “non-binary”, the more fluid approach taken to gender and sexual orientation by many young people is likely to have a major impact on the diversity policies of the future, it believes.“The dialogue over transgender is an interesting and timely one,” says director Richard McKenna. “But given the greater open-mindedness of many of the young people coming into the workforce in great numbers today, I believe it is a conversation which can only become broader over time.”For Asda, it is very much a case of learning about transgender issues on the job, says Hayley Parker, diversity and inclusion manager at the supermarket, where around 1,690 employees (roughly 1%) identify themselves as transgender.“The main practical obstacle to maintaining a coherent trans policy across the whole business is its diversity and the fact that we have a very disparate and, at 180,000, large workforce spread over a whole range of different sites and functions,” she says.“But in 2014, our annual ‘Your Voice’ colleague survey clearly showed that our trans colleagues were very unengaged and very unhappy and this really spurred us on to do something positive.”Since the survey, the firm has launched a series of online video interviews with trans staff via its “Getting to know you” series and has established a closed Facebook group, to which Parker is invited. In the process, engagement has doubled, she adds.Although rare, Asda has experience of transphobic abuse meted out by customers and takes “reasonable steps” to protect employees.Any hint of third-party harassment towards trans staff, including pointing or whispering behind a hand, triggers a zero-tolerance policy, which can be enforced by anything from “an uncomfortable conversation” with security staff or the police, to the ultimate sanction of being blacklisted from all stores.“We already had a broad diversity and inclusion policy, but by shining a spotlight on our trans colleagues, we have given them far more confidence to be open about themselves,” says Parker.Members of the social media forum, who are encouraged to talk openly about their frustrations over everything from hormone treatment to day-to-day niggles with managers, have now begun to meet face-to-face.“Getting together really helps bridge the gap between having a well-written piece of paper on diversity and seeing how effective that policy really is day-to-day,” says Parker. Transgender people more likely to be out of work and on lower payTransgender people are more likely to be unemployed and to receive lower wages compared to non-transgender people, according to a… Diversity & Inclusion: Sign up to our free e-newsletter nowPersonnel Today’s fastest growing email newsletter focuses on all aspects of diversity and inclusion.Subscribe below to receive the latest…center_img Previous Article Next Article Transgender employees: towards equal treatmentBy Virginia Matthews on 15 Mar 2016 in Transgender, Blacklisting, Gender reassignment discrimination, LGBT, Employment law, Personnel Today, Discrimination CPD: Transition period – supporting employees through gender transitioningThe process of gender transitioning is complex and not undertaken lightly. As Dawn Wyvern explains in the first of a…last_img read more

USU Men’s Basketball Announces Addition of Steve Grabowski To Staff

first_img Written by June 12, 2019 /Sports News – Local USU Men’s Basketball Announces Addition of Steve Grabowski To Staff Tags: Craig Smith/Minot State/NAIA/NCAA Division II/North Dakota/Steve Grabowski/USU Men’s Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Wednesday, Utah State men’s basketball announced the addition of assistant coach Steve Grabowski to head coach Craig Smith’s staff.Grabowski comes to Logan after seven years on the staff at North Dakota. He helped lead the Fighting Hawks to the school’s first-ever NCAA appearance in 2017.While at North Dakota, Grabowski helped ensure the Fighting Hawks’ men’s basketball squad led the athletic department in community service over the course of the past three seasons.Grabowski came to North Dakota from his alma mater, NAIA Minot State of Minot, N.D., where he served as an assistant coach for the Beavers.During his seven years on the bench at Minot State, the Beavers advanced to a pair of NAIA Division II national tournament appearances, capturing a Dakota Athletic Conference regular-season championship and two tournament championships.Grabowski is a 2005 graduate of Minot State in physical education, after competing for the Beavers for four seasons. Brad Jameslast_img read more