Govt dragging feet over equality says EOCOn 7 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. The head of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) says that currentGovernment policy is seriously undermining efforts to reduce inequality andimprove public services. Julie Mellor, chair of the EOC, told the Labour Party conference that theGovernment’s failure to change the law so that public bodies would have toactually promote sex equality themselves, was holding back the drive for parityin the workplace. She argued that true equality would not be achieved unless the legislationwas modernised. More than 247 MPs, including around 200 from the Labour party, backed anearly day motion for changes to the equality laws earlier this year. Mellor said: “Britain’s sex equality laws are almost 30 years old.Individuals can take legal action if they have been discriminated against, but[the laws] do little to ensure everyone is treated fairly. We need institutionsto change. “Reducing inequality is quite rightly a political priority today, butfailure to change the law seriously undermines that commitment,” she said.”It won’t be fulfilled unless public bodies are required to takeequality into account in the way they deliver services, in all aspects ofpolicy and in their employment policies.” The EOC has just published its Vision for UK Equality, in which it claimsthat a more equal society would increase prosperity, strengthen democracy,improve public services and lead to a higher quality of life. Mellor was speaking at a fringe meeting entitled ‘Altogether now: the birth ofthe single equalities commission’, at the Labour Party conference inBournemouth. www.eoc.org.uk
Cristiano Ronaldo and Sepp Blatter have been caught up in an extraordinary spat after the FIFA president claimed to prefer Lionel Messi in a speech to the Oxford Union.Blatter also appeared to mock the Real Madrid player’s fondness for preening his hair.Real demanded an apology, which Blatter issued via Twitter on Tuesday night, and the Portugal Football Federation have described the comments as ‘unfit and inappropriate’.Ronaldo’s response was to post a YouTube video of Blatter’s efforts to mimic him in front of laughing students and to tweet: ‘This video shows the respect and consideration that FIFA has for me, my club and my country. Much is explained now.’Blatter, speaking on Friday, was comparing Ballon d’Or nominees Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Messi, who were both shortlisted yesterday.He jumped to his feet, marched across the floor and said: ‘They are both exceptional players, but they are totally different. They are totally different stars.TRANSCRIPT OF SEPP BLATTER ON MESSI v RONALDO AT OXFORD UNION ‘They are both exceptional players, but they are totally different. They are totally different stars.‘Lionel Messi is a good boy, that every father and every mother would like to take home. He’s a good man, he’s very fast, and he’s not exuberant, he’s playing well, he’s dancing.“He’s a kind man, a good boy. That’s what makes him so popular, and naturally he’ll always get a lot of votes because he plays well and scores goal.‘The other one (Ronaldo) is something else. He is like a commander on the field of play. (Blatter then mock marches around the stage and receives a round of applause).‘This is the other side of football and it’s good to have commanders on the field. ‘They don’t have the same attitude and that gives life to football. One has more expenses for the hairdresser than the other but that doesn’t matter.‘I can’t say who is the best – there will be a contest again this year at the Ballon d’Or.>‘I like both of them, but I prefer Messi.’;
DETROIT (AP) — Correctly predicting the outcome of every game in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is no layup. There’s now a $1 billion prize waiting for anyone able to pull off the feat this spring.Quicken Loans Inc. announced Tuesday that it will team with investor Warren Buffett’s Omaha, Neb.-based Berkshire Hathaway on the “Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge.”The Detroit-based mortgage lender says any qualified entrant who correctly predicts the winners of every game in the tournament will be paid in 40 annual installments of $25 million. A winner also can elect to receive an immediate $500 million lump-sum payment or share in that payment if there’s more than one perfect bracket submitted.Submissions are limited to one per household.