Scientist Robert Mistrík runs for president News

Better living standards and higher salaries, a decent and fair country and greater protection of nature are the most important goals with which Robert Mistrík wants to enter next year’s presidential elections. He officially announced his bid on Monday as an independent candidate. He has to gather at least 15,000 signatures in support of this candidacy. A chemist by profession, Mistrík co-founded the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) political party in 2009 but left it three years later.

 

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Experts urge action against age discrimination at work

Experts are calling for protection against age discrimination in the workplace ahead of the Ministry of Labor’s introduction of a draft act for the employment of middle-aged and elderly workers, which is to be released before the end of this month.

The nation’s working-age population — those aged 15 to 64 — began to decrease in 2016, the National Development Council’s population estimate report said.

As the overall population ages, the labor force would also age and affect the labor supply, the report said, recommending expanding labor sources by making better use of elderly workers.

The draft act is to focus on five main areas: prohibiting age discrimination, helping employees secure stable employment, helping unemployed workers find jobs, helping retired people re-enter the workforce and creating job opportunities, Workforce Development Agency Director-General Huang Chiu-kuei (黃秋桂) said on Sunday.

When people with similar experience and levels of education apply for the same job, 42.2 percent of companies are unwilling to hire a middle-aged or elderly worker, yes123 spokesperson Yang Tsung-pin (楊宗斌) said, citing a survey the company conducted on members of its online job board who are older than 45.

When filling “regular staff” positions, 75 percent of companies said they would consider age, he said.

Even though companies are not allowed to set limits on age or gender when hiring, “invisible” discrimination still exists, he added.

While government efforts to address gender discrimination have yielded considerable results, the government has yet to propose any policies or regulations on age discrimination, National Taiwan University Graduate Institute of National Development associate professor Hsin Ping-lung (辛炳隆) said.

As the population ages, more jobseekers will be middle-aged or elderly, and by then, companies will have no choice, he said.

Before then, the government could push for policies that encourage companies to hire more older applicants, he said.

This does not mean that the government has to create policies with the mindset that older workers are disadvantaged and offer different types of incentives, he said, adding that instead, it should solve the problem of age discrimination through promotional campaigns.

Digitalization is a common trend in the development of different industries, Yang said, adding that older workers who want to continue working should develop their social media skills and read about online trends to maintain their competitiveness.

The ministry has provided flexible job opportunities, personalized career consultation, training and other services through more than 300 public employment service centers, a ministry official said.

 

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2018/06/27/2003695635

Ruling on Sex Slaves as presented by Canadian Islamic organization

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Leaders of the Canadian Muslim community have repeatedly condemned ISIS inhuman practices blaming it of extreme and misguided interpretation of the Quran and of being deviated from the true Islamic teachings.

In a publication circulated to its followers in 2015, the Islamic State (a.k.a. IS, ISIS, ISIL, The Caliphate), provided the Islamic-based guidelines for “capturing apostate women” and taking “possession” of them as “slaves,” which means a permission to have intercourse with the female slaves even if it is against their will.

The following are selected excerpts of the Islamic guidelines issued by ISIS:

“Unbelieving [women] who were captured and brought into the abode of Islam are permissible to us… It is permissible to have sexual intercourse with the female captive… If she is a virgin, he [her master] can have intercourse with her immediately after taking possession of her. However, is she isn’t, her uterus must be purified…

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