Archive for July, 2012

12 Jul 2012

Swansea Bay REC’s Annual General Meeting

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Swansea Bay REC held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 11th July 2012 at Swansea University’s Council Chambers. At the AGM, members had the opportunity to elect the organisation’s Chair, Vice Chair and members to serve on the Executive Committee.

Mrs Angella Gullam, RGN from Neath was elected Chair for the second year. Mr Nick Tregoning was elected as the Vice Chair for the ensuing year. Newly elected members of the Executive Committee included Mrs Aisha Rasul Iftikhar (pictured below) as well as Mr Arjan Ali, Dr Minkesh Sood, Mrs Amy Moore and Mr Nick Tregoning (the four pictured right).
The meeting was attended by the general members with special guests including Deputy Lord Mayor of Swansea, Cllr June Stanton & Deputy Mayoress, Mayor of Neath Port Talbot, Cllr Martyn Peters, Vice Chancellor of Swansea University, Professor Richard Davies, Police Commander Superintendent Joe Ruddy and Swansea Fire Service Chief Richie Webborn.

 

12 Jul 2012

Law changes possible on wearing of religious symbols at work

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The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron has recently said during the Prime Minister’s Question Time that he may consider bringing in laws protecting the rights of people to wear religious symbols whilst they are at work.

Issues have arisen out of the 2006 case of Nadia Eweida (pictured right), a British Airways employee who was sent home because British Airways felt that her wearing of a cross was in violation of their dress code. Eweida took her case to the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeals Tribunal and then to the Court of Appeal in 2010, all of whom upheld the employers action. British Airways have since changed their policy on dress code to accommodate the wearing of religious symbols.

She has now taken her case to the European Court of Human Rights seeking justice. She is joined in her fight by a former NHS worker, Shirley Chaplin from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospitals NHS Trust.  Chaplin had been told that her wearing of a crucifix was in breach of the NHS codes on wearing of necklaces in hospitals on safety grounds.

The Prime Minister’ comments seem to suggest that regardless of the results of the European Court’s ruling, workers will be able to wear articles of religious significance in workplaces, should the law be  changed to accommodate this.

03 Jul 2012

Swansea’s World Party 2012 – a Resounding Success

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Sunday 1st July started with a big bang in Singleton Park, Swansea where City & County of Swansea, in partnership with Swansea Bay REC,  delivered the World Party Event for the fourth consecutive year.

The event proved a success with visitors coming from as far afield as Swindon and Birmingham. More importantly, it was an opportunity for the citizens of Swansea to witness a multicultural meeting of minds where community organisations showcased culture and traditions within a group of marquees surrounding the field in a semi circle. The centre of attention was the main stage which featured local, national and international artists. The headline artists were the Asian phenomenon, The Stranger Family who delivered a blistering performance. The five member group were mobbed by young fans who sang along to their songs.

A talented group of local young people, A3 who became a national phenomenon on Britain’s Got Talents in 2010 also delivered street dance routines which defied belief. Arnold Matsena, the oldest of three brothers who are collectively known as A3, also has the distinction of becoming Mr Wales 2012. The young men came to live in Wales from Zimbabwe a few years ago and have adopted Wales as their home.

The World Party Event has become an annual event since it commenced in 2009. In past years it has been held outside the National Waterfront Museum. This year it moved to one of the nicest parks in the area. The event featured the best that each community could showcase in terms of culture and traditions. Dedicated marquees showcased each of the communities from around the globe with a common theme of a united and integrated Swansea. Community groups were also able to deliver perfromances on stage whioch ranged from a traditional Chinese dance to Capoeira from Barzil. Indian Bollywood dances were performed by pupils from a local primary school who had been coached by Sarita Sood, a locally resident Bollywood and classical Indian dance tutor.

The event had the honour of hosting His Excellency, the Ambassador of Indonesia to the UK. He took time from his busy schedule to come along from London to support the Indonesian marquee. He was met by the Lord Mayor of Swansea. The Ambassador was very complimentary of the efforts being made in Swansea in respect of showcasing traditional cultures from around the world and which are now part of the traditions of Swansea.

Pictures of this event will soon be featured in our pictures’ galleries on this website.