Lunar New Year 2020 - Year of the Rat
Happy New Year (Xi Nian Kuai Le) to all our readers! Wishing you all good fortune and prosperity in the New Year. This weekend many will be celebrating Lunar New Year, which officially begins on the 25th January 2020. The Lunar New Year falls between January and February every year, due to the Chinese traditional calendar being dependent on the Winter Solstice, which varies each year. The Chinese calendar follows a 12-year cycle with a different animal representing each year. This year is year of the Rat, which is characterised by intelligence, wit, alertness and flexibility. Some traditions of the Lunar New Year include:
1. Hanging decorations - red is the main colour for the festival, as red is believed to be an auspicious colour
2. Not getting a haircut or sweeping the house on New Year's Day - the idea is set around not sweeping or cutting away your new luck.
3. Eating dumplings, symbolising wealth
4. Giving red envelopes filled with money called Hong Bao
5. Giving offerings to ancestors at the temple.
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Samira Ahmed Wins Gender Discrimination case against BBC
Presenter Samira Ahmed has won the employment tribunal she brought against the BBC in a dispute over equal pay. Ahmed stated she was underpaid by £700,000 for hosting audience feedback show Newswatch compared with Jeremy Vine's salary for Points of View. The BBC released the salary details of its top earners in 2017 and noted that only a third were women.
It has emerged that 120 female employees have also pursued gender pay gap complaints against the BBC. This is a significant victory for Samira Ahmed and an example for other women and allies to continue standing up for equality. Additionally, BBC presenter Sarah Montague has recently been paid a £400,000 settlement from the BBC who admitted that she was severely underpaid for many years.
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Who is Your Inspiration?
At BAME Recruitment, we've created a series of short videos highlighting people that inspire our team members. This episode Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant, Andrew talks about his inspiration - Olympic Athlete Jesse Owens and his quote about #OneChance. Click on the video below.