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first_imgWeight Watchers licensee Anthony Alan Foods has launched its first TV advertising campaign, which will cost £5m.The advert (a still of which appears below) promotes Cherry Bakewells, one of Weight Watchers’ best-selling cake lines.Marketing director Sarah Morgan said: “The advertising emphasises the combination of indulgence with a healthy option.”Advertising will also include posters and consumer magazines, as well as a major in-store promotional campaign with retailers, including Asda, Iceland, Morrisons, NISA, Sainsbury’s and Somerfield.last_img


first_img I am really pleased at the pace the work has developed and the Institute will continue to build on the work of DfE. Technical Education offers a real and exciting alternative to A Levels for young people, with T Levels now sitting alongside apprenticeships. We remain committed to the pace of the roll out and look forward to working with these suppliers as they develop the first T Level qualifications. More than 200 businesses, including Fujitsu, Skanska, and GlaxoSmithKline as well as many small and medium sized firms, have helped design the course content so far to make sure young people taking T Levels are equipped with the knowledge and skills that employer’s value. On 31 January, the Institute assumed responsibility for approving the content and procurement for T Levels and will continue to work with industry and the Awarding Organisations as the T Level roll out continues.Sir Gerry Berragan, CEO of the Institute, said: My panel recommended the single provider model for two reasons. Firstly, greater clarity. There are currently more than 3,000 Level 3 qualifications eligible for public funding for 16 to 18-year-olds, spread across more than 100 different awarding organisations. We cannot expect every employer in the land to know which of these qualifications are any good and actually deliver the knowledge and skills they are looking for in new recruits. Secondly, we wanted to remove any possibility of a race-to-the-bottom on quality, where awarding organisations are incentivised to compete for market share on the basis not of rigour but instead on which qualifications are easiest to pass. I am delighted that we have reached this milestone in the roll-out of the T Levels programme. With the first schools and colleges to offer T Levels in 2020 well advanced in their preparations, and now confirmation of these initial awarding organisations, I am confident that we remain on track to deliver the transformation to technical education that this country so desperately needs. Welcoming this announcement, Lord Sainsbury, Chair of the Independent Panel on Technical Education, said: Stewart Foster, Managing Director, NCFE Awarding said: A major milestone was reached today (13 February) as contracts to develop, deliver and award the first three T Levels have been awarded by the Department for Education (DfE) and Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute).T Levels will be the technical equivalent to A Levels, combining classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement. Following a competitive bidding process, Awarding Organisation NCFE has been awarded a contract to deliver the Education and Childcare T Level, and Pearson has been awarded contracts to deliver T Levels in Design, Surveying and Planning as well Digital Production, Design and Development. Around 50 further education and post-16 providers will teach these T Level programmes from September 2020.To protect the gold standard of T Levels and ensure they are a valued qualification recognisable by employers, one awarding body will have exclusive rights to deliver each T Level subject. This was a key recommendation made by Lord Sainsbury in his independent review of technical education in 2016.Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: At NCFE, we are committed to creating opportunities for learners to progress and succeed and we are therefore excited to be at the forefront of the implementation of T Levels. T Levels mark a revolution in technical education and the CACHE developed Technical Qualification will help ensure that learners entering the education and childcare workplace have been trained to the highest of standards. We would like to thank the sector for the huge amount of support offered to us throughout this process and look forward to continuing to work together. In December 2018, the government announced the next 7 T Levels to be taught from 2021 as: Health; Healthcare Science; Science; Onsite Construction; Building Services Engineering; Digital Support and Services; and Digital Business Services. The procurement to deliver this next wave is expected to be launched in spring 2019.To support the further education sector to deliver the new T Level programmes, the government will provide an additional half a billion pounds every year once they are all fully rolled out. The government is also investing £20 million to help prepare the sector for the introduction of T Levels. This includes the £5 million Taking Teaching Further programme, which aims to attract more industry experts to work in the sector, and the £8 million T Level Professional Development offer to help teachers and staff prepare for the roll-out of the new qualifications.On Thursday 30 January 2019, eligible further education providers that will teach the first T Levels from 2020 were invited to bid for funding to refurbish their existing buildings or to build new spaces.The T Level Capital Fund was announced by the Chancellor in the 2018 Budget. It is designed to make sure young people taking the new technical courses have access to industry standard equipment and high quality facilities so they gain the skills and knowledge employers demand. The fund will be delivered in two parts, with funding for specialist equipment such as digital and audio visual kit, allocated to all providers in spring 2020. This is a major step forward in our work to upgrade technical education in this country. T Levels are a once in a generation opportunity to create high-quality technical education courses on a par with the best in the world, so that young people gain the skills and experience they need to secure a good job, an apprenticeship or progress into further training. We have made significant progress to implement these vital reforms which are on track for delivery from 2020. Working alongside the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education the Awarding Organisations will play a vital role ensuring T Levels are high-quality and deliver the skilled workforce employers need. Rod Bristow, President of Pearson in the UK, said: We are delighted to be delivering the first wave of T Level qualifications in Construction and Digital. The award of these licenses recognises our longstanding collaboration and partnership with employers of all sizes to design, develop and deliver world class qualifications in these industries. T Levels represent a significant opportunity to strengthen the recognition and value of technical education in England. We look forward to continuing to work with the Government, employers, and providers to ensure their successful implementation, and to support learners as they begin their programmes of study from next September.last_img read more


first_img  Ask for the name of the active ingredient in the product. Call yourcounty extension office to learn the appropriate use of that product. Telemarketers have been pushing pesticides to Georgia farmers and homeowners.But GregMacDonald, a Universityof Georgia scientist, warns people to be cautious when buying restrictedchemicals.”It’s not the actual selling over the phone that’s dangerous,” saidMacDonald, a weed scientistwith the UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences. “It’s the buying.”The most recent cases of telemarketed pesticide sales were to farmers.But homeowners have beentargets, too.Lora Lee Schroder, a consumer protection specialist with the GeorgiaDepartment of Agriculture,said some salespeople try to sell farm chemicals to homeowners. Buthomeowners can’t legally usethem.”They’re trying to sell these chemicals to homeowners with the pitchthat if it’s diluted enough,it’s safe around the house,” Schroder said. “Or (consumers are told)they can buy ag chemicals inbulk and save money. Either way, it’s an illegal use of the chemical.”Schroder said farm chemicals are formulated differently from those mixedfor home use.”Even though the active ingredient may be the same in both products,”she said, “the concentrations are different, and the products are designedfor different uses.”MacDonald said the main problem is that you can’t see the label on apesticide container sold overthe telephone. The label tells the buyer how to legally use the product,he said.”We’ve had one case of a company selling a herbicide to kill the weedsin pecan orchards,” hesaid. “The seller promised it would kill weeds for four years. Theproblem was that the productwould kill the pecan trees, too.”Most often, the sellers exaggerate the pesticide’s benefit or sell itfor a use for which it is nolonger labeled. But without seeing the label, the buyer can’t knowthe product’s real use.The label tells the buyer many important things: the chemical’s legaluse, how to dilute it for useon different plants or crops, proper safety precautions, remedies foraccidents with it and how tocontact the manufacturer with questions.Schroder said it’s a must to have a label on every product. “Withouta label affixed to a pesticidecontainer, the product is considered illegal,” she said. “And it’svery unsafe.”Without a label, you can forget what chemical is in the container andhow to treat any physicalinjury the chemical could cause.MacDonald suggests a few things to do to protect yourself from pushytelephone sales.   Ask for more information. Get a copy of the product label to readfor yourself its uses and limitations.center_img   Get the name and address of the selling company and the name ofthe salesperson. Use this information to find out the company’s reputationfrom the Better Business Bureau.What can you do if you’ve gotten a real “bargain” over the phone and laterfind the product isunusable? Not much.Schroder said you can try to return it to the seller. But often thetelemarketing firm hasdisappeared, leaving its customers high and dry.But that poses another problem: What do you do with unusable chemicalson the farm or in thehome? Your county extension office can tell you how to safely disposeof illegal chemicals. Or theycan help find someone who can legally use them.MacDonald said sending an account of your bad experience to the localBetter Business Bureaucan help others avoid the same situation.Most often the telemarketers’ deal sounds too good to be true and probablyis. MacDonald saidthe safest way to buy pesticides is to buy from someone you know andtrust. “Otherwise,” he said,”it’s definitely ‘let the buyer beware.'”last_img read more


first_img“We are hoping the accounting system will be able to address some taxation issues that have been raised repeatedly by the BPK,” the finance minister told lawmakers.The government expects the accounting system to provide real-time information on tax arrears. Sri Mulyani noted that the rise in tax arrears recorded in 2019 was partly due to a delay in excise payments.According to data from the Finance Ministry, the tax arrears due to the government reached Rp 94.69 trillion (US$6.46 billion) in 2019, an increase of 16.22 percent from 2018.The latest accounting system is part of the government’s efforts to reform the country’s tax system as the COVID-19 pandemic puts additional pressure on the government’s finances in 2020 and 2021. As of July, the government had received Rp Rp 922.2 trillion in state revenue, down by 12.4 percent from the same period last year. This figure is about 54 percent of the year’s target and mainly consists of tax and excise revenue, which amounted to Rp 711 trillion.Meanwhile, state expenditures had risen 1.3 percent yoy to Rp 1.25 quadrillion as of July.Last year, the government took in Rp 1.96 quadrillion in state revenue, about 90 percent of its target, including Rp 1.54 quadrillion in tax and excise revenue.Read also: Weak state revenue reflects ‘fragile’ economic recovery: Sri Mulyani“The tax reform agenda should be strengthened and continued, particularly by expanding the tax base,” Sri Mulyani said.The finance minister added that the government would continue reforms by simplifying the bureaucracy and improving data quality, among other measures.“We realize that conducting tax reform is not an easy task,” she said.BPK auditor Agus Joko Pramono said recently that the government’s rising tax arrears suggested a weak internal monitoring system. He urged the government to resolve the issue to optimize tax collection.Speaking during the hearing, Dolfie OFP of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) urged the government to collect the mounting tax arrears, adding that they would reduce the government’s need to issue sovereign debt papers (SBNs).“[Collecting] tax arrears could increase revenue compared to issuing more SBNs,” he said.The government is planning to raise Rp 990 trillion through the issuance of bonds in the second half this year and to raise $5.5 billion from multilateral organizations.Topics : The government is seeking to improve its tax arrears accounting system after the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) discovered irregularities in the existing arrangement, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Wednesday.Addressing House Commission XI overseeing financial affairs, Sri Mulyani cited a BPK report on weaknesses in the internal monitoring system of the Tax Office and the Customs and Excise Directorate General.The government implemented a new accounting system in early July to improve tax collection and to respond to the BPK’s concerns, she said.last_img read more


first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) May 16, 2015For more than one and a half centuries, Liberians from different backgrounds and beliefs have been severely victimized by various forms of human and natural disasters including landslides, floods and fire outbreaks. There have been series of tragic scenes and alarming occurrences of fire disaster affecting citizens and foreign nationals. As a result of an ineffective national fire prevention and response mechanism, incidents of fire outbreak continue to pose serious threat to the safety and survival of many residents in Liberia.The livelihood of taxpaying citizens is endangered every other day by this tragedy (fire) as the Liberia National Fire Service crawls on its knees to help respond to the increasing wave of fire predicaments, particularly in Montserrado County. The repeated occurrence of fire outbreaks in recent time is really disturbing for a nation that is still striving to defeat poverty, unemployment, and underdevelopment. This disaster has made and continues to make many of our citizens hopeless, homeless, and jobless. In fact, some families have got nothing to live for as a result of this catastrophe. Of late, we have been witnessing severe casualties of fire outbreak in communities, schools, churches, mosques, business places, public buildings, etc. The terrifying sound of the siren from the water tanker has been so frequent in past weeks. The Liberia National Fire Service has been incapable of responding to these outbreaks due to inadequate budgetary support, training, and logistics. As a result of this existing inadequacy, our nation has suffered huge losses. Hundreds of Liberians including non-Liberians have fallen prey to fire destruction since 2006 up to present, while properties costing millions of dollars have been badly damaged.  The constitutional mandate of the Liberia National Fire Service has been undermined by the deliberate refusal of major State actors to increase the capacity or performance of LNFS through budgetary increment. We got no reason to shift unwarranted blame on ill-equipped and untrained firefighters who are trying their best to safeguard life and property. It is our duty now as societal watchdogs to even congratulate them for assisting us to prevent and respond to fire outbreaks especially in terrible zones around Monrovia. They (firefighters) are willing to contribute to nation-building; unfortunately, they have become ‘Crawling Eagles’ under a self-seeking regime of rascals and micro-crooks.   Before 1963, the Monrovia Municipal Fire Brigade was the only public entity responsible to combat fire disasters in Liberia. In October 1963 during the Presidency of William V. S. Tubman, the Legislature passed an Act establishing the Liberia National Fire Service under the Bureau of Public Safety in the Justice Department with the following responsibilities:Oversee the operation of an efficient firefighting organization and take all necessary measures for fire prevention and control.Inspect all public and private buildings to determine if there are fire hazards and in so far as possible eliminate hazardous conditions.Assist the Liberia National Police in arson investigations.Establish fire control units throughout the Republic.Prepare statistical reports on the occurrence and cause of fires.Is the Liberia National Fire Service implementing these responsibilities fully? Is this public safety entity living by its overall mission which states, “The Liberia National Fire Service exists to safeguard life and property of all residents, Liberians and non-Liberians alike, from the hazards of fire both potential and real throughout the length and breadth of the country, promote efficient fire prevention services, always improving firefighting methods and practices in keeping with international standards, encourage, pursue, and maintain the exchange of ideas, experience, and a cordial working relationship with other firefighting agencies locally and internationally?”The Liberia National Fire Service has been unable to achieve its overall mandate as a result of funding impediments, less manpower, unqualified and unskilled personnel, absence of modern fire equipment, non-enforcement of zonal laws, temporary facilities, and other competing challenges. The Liberia National Fire Service was more effective and efficient in providing public safety prior to the civil war. Incidents of fire outbreaks were ably controlled by firefighters during those days because adequate resources were available. The current state of LNFS is too troubling. If prompt interventions are not taken in order to avert potential fire destructions, our nation stands to risk a lot. It is time to prioritize public safety through capacity building of fire personnel.The need to reform LNFS cannot be overstated. The Liberia National Fire Service needs rapid transformation if this government is sincere and serious about protecting more lives and properties from potential fire disasters. Liberia has one of the most ineffective and inefficient firefighting forces in West Africa. Much has not been done since 2006 to empower this key public service agency. The need to increase the numerical strength of LNFS is a crucial step forward to enhancing public safety and protection. Our nation can only boast of a well-equipped firefighting force if policy-drivers and decision-makers become more sincere to themselves and those serve. According to a five year strategic plan produced by LNFS with support from UNDP, the current workforce of LNFS is 545 fire personnel and vast majority of these firefighters are unprofessional and untrained to combat fire disasters. It is a shame to have 30.7 acres of land situated at White Plains, but we cannot even point to a single fire and rescue academy or headquarter. Below is a statistical overview of fire personnel Liberians and non-Liberians depend on every day to prevent and control fire occurrences. Below High School…………182High School Graduate….…..253University Students……..…..75First Degree………………….34Post Graduate…………..……..1Total……………………..….545How can 545 persons protect over 3.5 million people from fire tragedy? This means one (1) firefighter is under statutory obligation to provide safety for 6,422 citizens. This is totally impractical and insensitive. Those who call themselves national leaders need to prioritize the wellbeing of our people by investing more resources to upgrade the current capacity of LNFS. It will interest you to know that the Liberia National Fire Service is still renting a private building as its headquarters. This is really appalling. The country needs a state-of-the-art facility in order for LNFS to effectively actualize its mandate.This is the strength of LNFS in terms of logistical capacity and we think more needs to be done in order to uplift our crawling National Fire Service:1. Three fire engines2. One water tanker3. Five vehicles4. Two ambulances5. Six motor bikes6. One 30-Kva Generator7. One repeater8. Three laptops and five desktops9. Two hundred pieces of uniforms and accessories10. Fifty pieces of handsets and accessories 11. 30.7 acres of landSometimes I wonder how we intend to attract more foreign companies and investments when we lack an effective system of disaster management. If our leaders are serious about industrializing this country in order to provide more jobs, then they need to build a strong national fire service force. Genuine development can only become a reality if potential fire outbreaks are prevented and ably handled.According to the strategic plan of LNFS, Liberia has incurred a total loss of $US8,544,031 from 2006 to 2009 as a result of fire outbreaks. The total number of casualties during this period was 77. LNFS has attributed incidents of fire outbreaks to low public awareness and knowledge, use of lanterns, homemade lamps, candles among others. Traffic congestion, congested neighborhoods due to non-compliance of zoning ordinances make it impossible sometimes for fire trucks to navigate populated communities. These are existing challenges that are also obstructing the operations of LNFS. As our population increases, we must being to find suitable solutions to some of these challenges.Besides Montserrado County, residents from other counties are completely disconnected from fire services. They have been fighting their own battles since 2006! This is really painful and we think genuine steps need to be taken in order to safeguard lives and properties nationwide. The need to have Fire Brigade in each county or political subdivision is critical to economic expansion. We can prevent fire disasters if those who manage State resources exhibit a high sense of patriotism and loyalty to nationhood. We can achieve this if we truly believe in a new Liberia. It is possible if only we begin to fully implement the Decentralization Plan! We hope this regime has not forgotten about the October 1963 Act that created the Liberia National Fire Service. We can make it better if we are sincere to ourselves and those we serve. It is always good to identify problems, but it is better to find solutions to those problems. As we have always done, these are recommendations that could help reduce the increasing rate of fire incidents and avert potential casualties:Revision of October 1963 National Fire Service Act (Public hearings and consultations are key during this process.Increase manpower and provide intensive local and international training for firefighters.Increase budgetary allotment especially salaries, allowances, and incentives. This will enhance motivation as well.Construct a modern fire service and rescue academy and headquarters. The construction of regional and county facilities (fire stations) is also a national imperative.Develop a realistic national fire service roadmap and disaster management/response mechanism. (Regular monitoring and evaluation structure is also crucial)Procure modern and adequate firefighting equipment/logistics.Establish fire service taskforce/brigade in each county, district, or community.Conduct quarterly fire awareness, education, and sensitization nationwide.Ensure each concession company, corporation, or industry has a fire brigade with modern equipment including fire extinguishers, trucks, etc.Ensure each house, school, church, mosque, or public building has access to fire extinguishers.Lobby with foreign fire service agencies to assist LNFSEnforce zonal laws. If these measures are put in place, public safety shall surely become a major priority under this regime and regimes to come. However, we want to encourage all community dwellers to remain very collaborative whenever there is fire outbreak. As we remain restless in making a strong case for our crawling national fire service, it is our hope that this government and its partners will speedily intervene to upgrade the current condition of the Liberia National Fire Service.About The Author: Martin K. N. Kollie is a Liberian youth activist, student leader, an emerging economist, and a young writer.  He is currently a student at the University of Liberia reading Economics and a member of the Student Unification Party (SUP).  His passion is to ensure a new Liberia of socio-economic equality and justice for ALL. He can be reached at: [email protected]last_img read more

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