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18 Jul 19
Baking in Birmingham

I feel like this topic is hot right now because there are so many kitchen gadgets out there! It’s hard to establish what works & what isn’t worth your money at all. The other issue is of course space… you love the idea of having a gadget for each recipe, cooking method, etc. but it’s […]

18 Jul 19
AFROINSIDER

Algeria and Senegal square off in a repeat of a group stage match in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final on Friday. In that outing, The Teranga Lions were completely outfoxed by their opposition. Surely, they won’t be fooled twice? Out of all the teams who have taken part at the tournament, Algeria have […]

18 Jul 19
Arcynewsy

For Boris Johnson, the last of the 16 regional conferences will be the home game. Most of those present agree that he should become Prime Minister and not his rival Jeremy Hunt. "We need a Brexiteer now," says Nicola Stone, a pensioner from London. "Hunt was a remainer. That would be a second Theresa May […]

18 Jul 19
Capgemini UK
Recently, I caught up with Richard Thompson, PMO Manager and co-chair of OUTfront UK, our network for LGBT+ employees and allies, a community committed to fostering a supportive and safe environment at work and beyond. As Stonewall’s 2018 ‘LGBT in Britain: Work Report‘ found, 35% of LGBT people in any workplace have hidden their sexual orientation or gender identity at work because they were afraid of discrimination; there is more to do in all workplaces to foster LGBT+ inclusion. As an ally, I’m proud to be network co-chair with Richard, and over the last few years the network has tripled in size, support and sponsorship, along with being recognised as a Stonewall Top 100 Employer in 2018 and 2019 – Richard provided some more detail on recent OUTfront activity. Richard says: In our Stonewall Workplace Equality Index submission for 2019 we were recognised as being strong performers in “recruiting and supporting diverse network group membership.” Our work in this area stood out amongst other submissions and we were delighted to be invited to speak about the subject at the 2019 Stonewall London Workplace Conference. If you’ve never been to a Stonewall conference before – go! It’s a brilliant day of thought-provoking views, practical ideas and personal stories. The panel I was on focussed on a challenge that a lot of LGBT+ networks struggle with: to get active participation and representation from Trans, Bi and other identities, which means they are often dominated by gay men and lesbians. However, OUTfront UK has an active and visible Trans membership, and a Bi- role model who have shared their story in articles and appeared as presenters at events such as our Pride Talks to raise awareness. The panel also featured reps from Stonewall and the University of Birmingham, and the discussion was attended by over 200 people. I talked about how we embed inclusion into the structure of our network using the four Cs; Career, Culture, Client and Community. Each pillar has a representative who is considered a subject matter expert, to consult on multiple identities (Lesbian, Gay man, Trans, Bi, etc). This helps us to avoid volunteer fatigue and allows people to work to their strengths. For us, it’s also important that allies are fully involved in the network, actively volunteering and often being our most eloquent and powerful ambassadors. It’s part of our Active Inclusion ethos. Speaking at the conference was a really good experience and a great opportunity to showcase the positive environment that we have created. I was also able to gain some new contacts that will allow us to build on future initiatives and share our ideas as we continue our journey on conscious (and unconscious) LGBT+ inclusion. Pride Talks Following the success of our LGBT+ & Allies conference in 2017, in June 2019 OUTfront held (both face to face and virtually) its second annual series of Pride Talks, examining three different topics (“Gender as a construct”, “Why Allies matter” and “Views from our leaders”) with the support and expertise of GIRES and Stonewall. With 120+ attendees, including clients, across the sessions throughout the UK, the day was a resounding success, with great feedback for all sessions:S “Just a stark reminder about some of the difficulties people face that they shouldn’t have to. The fact that it’s still illegal to be yourself in some countries really does just boggle the mind.” “We have leaders in the organisation who are engaged in the conversation, and are either living what they talk about, or are champions of the cause… we aren’t viewing it as a one-and-done thing to boost our rankings with organisations like Stonewall… we do it to really make a change.” “[I will now] take proactive steps to ensure that LGBT people are included. Listen to LGBT people and learn. First step towards being a more active ally is to join the network.” Other OUTfront activity this Pride season and beyond: OUTfront UK network member and Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice @JoshPhipps has been featured in the @AmazingAppsUK parents pack. You can download a copy at http://ow.ly/GPLq50uJWkT Network members attended Birmingham, Glasgow and London Pride OUTfront UK has collaborated with other employee networks, from hosting debate sessions on the meaning of “Pride” with our regional gender networks, to reflecting on LGBT+ identities and associated challenges with our CBAME network. We will also be celebrating OUTfront UK’s 10th birthday later in 2019, following in the steps of our North American chapter, marking progress and next steps.
18 Jul 19
YamYamism

In the field of psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values. This discomfort is triggered by a situation in which a person’s belief clashes with new evidence perceived by the person. When confronted with facts that contradict beliefs, ideals, […]

18 Jul 19
Clemson Junkies

Ranking the Tigers 2019 opponents from easiest to most difficult Let’s face it, Clemson plays a very favorable schedule in 2019, but that is something most already know. Playing in the ACC, the Tigers just don’t face many hurdles, especially in years in which the conference is down as a whole. On paper, 2019 looks […]

18 Jul 19
PottersHeart

Its been so long since I wrote my last blog I’ve nearly forgotten how to do it! We at PottersHeart have had an interesting nine months. In February of this year in obedience to Father, John & I left Potterspury for pastures new. We were firmly directed to a West Dorset town called Beaminster. We […]

18 Jul 19
CheltenhamFoodie

How do you think you could spend a great week? I certainly had one of the best weeks of my life last week, and I’ll tell you all how in my 7-day diary below.  But why am I doing this you ask? Have you ever tried a Bathtub gin? If not, you’re missing out! Bathtub […]

18 Jul 19
UAB Athletics Blog

Watch the full thing from earlier today here. Bill Clark On how it felt to win a conference championship: “Even when we think back, we get emotional. You know, it’s – you kinda get tears in your eyes just thinking about all the work, and it’s so happy for these players and the coaches and […]

17 Jul 19
Bham Now

There’s definitely no shortage of talented photographers in Birmingham. And seeing the city + the beautiful people in it through their lenses is one of our favorite things. We love sharing their work when we can. But we want to do more than just give credit in the captions. Here are 22 local photographers you […]

17 Jul 19
It's a long long way

By my own eccentric rules, last season was a poor one in respect of attending football matches, something I’m determined to put right. As ambitions go, mine probably seem strange to a normal person, but as one of them is to go to as many football grounds as I can before mind and body cease […]

17 Jul 19
The Balance Beam Situation

Saturday. US Classic. 1:00 ET juniors. 6:30 ET seniors. Be there, or be on Twitter making fun of it. By way of a preview, here are some notes on expectations, necessities, and whatever else comes to mind for each athlete in the senior division. We’ll go in alphabetical order, like we’re lining up for recess […]

17 Jul 19
wavemarket86's blogs

We buy houses, townhouses, condos, duplexes, multi-tenant buildings, and even some commercial properties from owners looking to sell quickly for a cash buyout. One of the top search features for a home is the school system but if you are not from Birmingham or its surrounding areas then it can be hard to know what […]

17 Jul 19
avenuenorth8's blogs

We buy houses, townhouses, condos, duplexes, multi-tenant buildings, and even some commercial properties from owners looking to sell quickly for a cash buyout. One of the top search features for a home is the school system but if you are not from Birmingham or its surrounding areas then it can be hard to know what […]

17 Jul 19
Taxi near Me Birmingham

Very important business clients arriving from overseas? The airport taxi you hire to pick them up is going to be the first point of contact and the first thing that casts an impression over them. You do know what they say about the first impression. Your clients don’t want to struggle through a tiresome journey […]

17 Jul 19
The official Washington D.C. news site - timworld.info

HOOVER, Ala. — Get this straight: Nick Saban isn’t against the transfer portal. Alabama’s 67-year-old head coach just doesn’t like the NCAA’s “liberal” trend of granting eligibility waivers that has led to what he fears most: “free agency” in college football. “I think the spirit of the transfer portal in and of itself is a positive […]