Swala Oil and Gas (Tanzania) Plc (SWALA.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2016 abridged results.For more information about Swala Oil and Gas (Tanzania) Plc (SWALA.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Swala Oil and Gas (Tanzania) Plc (SWALA.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Swala Oil and Gas (Tanzania) Plc (SWALA.tz) 2016 abridged results.Company ProfileSwala Oil and Gas (Tanzania) Plc is an oil and gas company with extensive interests in Tanzania and Burundi. Its current exploration operations include the Kilosa-Kilombero license in Tanzania with a 75% participating interest, and Block D in Burundi with a 100% participating interest. Swala Oil is a shareholder of PAE PanAfrican Energy Corporation (“PAEM”); a Mauritius-based company which owns PanAfrican Energy Tanzania Limited (“PAET”). PAET holds the rights granted by the government of Tanzania to explore, develop, market, produce and sell natural gas from the Songo gas fields in Tanzania. This includes rights to managing the associated infrastructure and distribution and marketing agreements with the private sector and state enterprises. Swala Oil and Gas (Tanzania) Plc is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange
United Docks Ltd (UTDL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Property sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about United Docks Ltd (UTDL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the United Docks Ltd (UTDL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: United Docks Ltd (UTDL.mu) 2018 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileUnited Docks Limited is a Mauritian real estate development company that indulges in real estate development, strategic investment, property management, warehousing as well as logistics solutions in the Republic of Mauritius. The company also engages in different segments of real estate which include business parks, office buildings and mixed-use developments. United Docks Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
First Mutual Holdings Limited (FMHL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about First Mutual Holdings Limited (FMHL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First Mutual Holdings Limited (FMHL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First Mutual Holdings Limited (FMHL.zw) 2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileThe Group has more than a hundred years of serving Zimbabwe by provision of economic dignity though its strategic business units. We have diverse interests in life assurance, health insurance, short term insurance; short term re-insurance; long term re-insurance; wealth management, property sector, funeral services and microfinance housed under the following subsidiaries; First Mutual Life, First Mutual Health, NicozDiamond Insurance, First Mutual Reinsurance, FMRE Property & Casualty (Botswana), First Mutual Wealth Management, First Mutual Properties, First Mutual Funeral Services and First Mutual Microfinance. First Mutual Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.
2008 2008 Year: Kilmore House / Intermode Pty. Ltd Projects Kilmore House / Intermode Pty. LtdSave this projectSaveKilmore House / Intermode Pty. Ltd Save this picture!© Derek Swalwell+ 8 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/283742/kilmore-house-intermode Clipboard “COPY” ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/283742/kilmore-house-intermode Clipboard photographs: Derek SwalwellPhotographs: Derek Swalwell, Courtesy of IntermodeSave this picture!© Derek SwalwellText description provided by the architects. Kilmore Residence is one of the first completed modular housing projects by Intermode. The modular house system was conceived to create a simple modern housing solution that, through innovative design and modular building methods, delivers affordable, contemporary design to a greater majority of people. The design, based on a 1,200mm module, encompasses standard building dimensions, proprietary systems and prefabrication to reduce the typical costs of an architecturally designed house, while maintaining the simple clean lines and open spaces conducive to modernist living.Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellThe site at Kilmore, 60km north of Melbourne, is approximately 500 acres and used for cattle farming. The site for the house is amongst paddocks and was chosen for its backdrop of existing burnt trees (destroyed during the Ash Wednesday bushfires) to the south, and extensive views of the property’s dam to the north-west. The modular design is based on the concept of a spine wall, a 1,200mm module along one side of the building that includes all service and storage areas, therefore enabling flexibility with operable glazing to all other elevations. Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellThe design brief for the Kilmore Residence was based on three key zones: 1.a living and dining area with central guest bedrooms 2.a master suite with study 3.a separate children’s area with second living and bedroomsSave this picture!© Derek SwalwellThe house was designed as a series of pavilions, some connected by glazed links and others freestanding, connected to the main house via extensive decking. The pavilions are darkly clad to sit boldly against the stark surrounding landscaping. Exploring the notion of the pavilions as stand-alone objects, the house forgoes the typical notion of ‘front and rear’. Instead the pavilions are used to define areas according to the seasons. Dark, intimate spaces protected from the elements are inhabited during the cooler months and decks and walkways are used for entertaining during the warmer months and have a strong connection to the outdoors and cool breezes.Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellThe 1,200mm modular system is applied across all building elements, from framing and truss design, through to cladding selections, glazing systems, joinery design and lighting layouts. Not only does this provide a cost effective solution with the incorporation of proprietary systems and ‘off-the-shelf’ items, but labour is significantly reduced, minimising the construction program. Subcontractors time on-site was reduced and little on site labour required as items arrived on site ready for installation. There was very minimal on-site waste. The modular house design offers significant environmental benefits, with passive design principles inherent in the systemised yet adaptable design. Combined with the use of renewable timber resources, extensive water storage, high performance wall, roof and glazing systems, the Kilmore Residence has exceeded the environmental expectations of modular design.Save this picture!Courtesy of IntermodeProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Vectorworks Young Architects Student ScholarshipArticlesEnergetic City 2050 Competition Winning Proposal / Team innergyArticles Share CopyHouses•Kilmore, Australia Photographs Houses “COPY” Architects: Intermode Pty. Ltd Area Area of this architecture project Australia Area: 850 m² Area: 850 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: CopyAbout this officeIntermode Pty. LtdOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKilmoreHousesAustraliaPublished on October 21, 2012Cite: “Kilmore House / Intermode Pty. Ltd” 21 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
to go further October 28, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cracking down remorselessly, Tehran shows its true face June 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Developments in the past two weeks confirm that the Iranian government is continuing its relentless crackdown on the media. A journalist was arrested for the second time in a year and courts imposed or upheld jail sentences on two women journalists whose journalist husbands are already in prison.Two of these developments took place on 22 October, just two days after Reporters Without Borders released its annual press freedom index, in which Iran was ranked 175th out of 178 countries.One was a raid by intelligence ministry officials on the home of Mohammad Reza Moghisseh, the editor of Biste Saleha and a contributor to various other pro-reform media, who was taken away to an unknown location. A member of a committee that has been monitoring arrests and human rights violations since the disputed June 2009 presidential election, Moghisseh was previously arrested on 14 October 2009 and spent 150 days in solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin prison. Sentenced to six years in prison by a Tehran revolutionary court, he was released on bail on 1 March pending the outcome of his appeal.The other development on 22 October was a Tehran appeal court decision to uphold the sentence of one year in prison followed by a 30-year ban on working as a journalist which a Tehran revolutionary court imposed earlier this year on blogger and reporter Jila Bani Yaghoob. She had been notified of the revolutionary court’s sentence on 8 June.Yaghoob and her husband, Bahaman Ahamadi Amoee, were arrested on 20 June 2009 along with around 20 other journalists during the demonstrations that followed the presidential election held eight days earlier. She was released on 24 August 2009 but her husband remained in detention and was given a five-year jail sentence.Yaghoob’s “We are journalists” blog was a winner in the “Reporters Without Borders Freedom of Expression” category in this year’s international “Best of the Blogs” competition that Deutsche Welle organized in Berlin from 13 to 15 April.The other woman journalist, Mahssa Amrabadi, was sentenced to a year in prison by a Tehran revolutionary court on 14 October. Arrested on 14 June 2009, two days after the presidential election, she was released on 22 August 2009 on bail of 200 million toman (165,000 euros).Her journalist husband, Masoud Bastani of the daily Farhikhteghan, is in Rajaishahr prison. Arrested on 4 July 2009, he was tried along many other journalists in the Stalinist-style mass trials that the government began organizing in Tehran in August 2009. A revolutionary court sentenced him to six years in prison on 1 November 2009.Journalist Hider Karimi of Sina, a weekly that has been closed since December 2009, was meanwhile released on 21 October on bail of 220 million toman (151,000 euros) after four months in prison. He was arrested on 9 June when intelligence ministry officials in plain clothes raided his home in the northwestern city of Khoy. IranMiddle East – North Africa News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists RSF_en Follow the news on Iran March 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News February 25, 2021 Find out more
Local NewsCrime Twitter Facebook ECTOR COUNTY FELONY DISPOSITIONS April 9, 2018 WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest By admin – April 9, 2018 Previous articleESTRICH: Census questions matter for allocation of resourcesNext articleThe Alamo’s Statewide Roadshow admin Twitter Facebook The following is a list of felony dispositions from the Ector County District Clerk’s Office. Listed attorneys do not necessarily represent who was involved when the case was disposed.ASSAULTVictoria Galindo Cortez, 27, had a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon dismissed March 28 because the victim could not be located. Judge James Rush presided. Kevin Acker was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Louis Mathis, 29, had two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon dismissed March 28, and a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon dismissed April 2 because the victim would not cooperate with prosecution and the case could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Rush presided. Don Fletcher was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Jubencio Morales, 61, had a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon dismissed March 29 as part of a plea agreement when he pleaded guilty to charges in another case in county court. Rush presided. J. Roxane Blount was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.BURGLARYVernon Lynn Black, 52, pleaded guilty March 29 to burglary of a habitation and was sentenced to two years in prison. Judge John Smith approved the deal. BJ Brown was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Joseph A. Galindo, 29, pleaded guilty April 3 to burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a theft and was sentenced to five years in prison. Galindo also had a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon dismissed. Judge Stacy Trotter approved the deal. Bret Mansur was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.CRIMINAL MISCHIEFAlfonzo Mackey, 28, had charge of criminal mischief, unauthorized use of a vehicle, evading arrest and aggravated assault against a public servant dismissed March 9 in the interest of justice. Trotter presided. Jason Leach was the defense attorney and Dusty Gallivan was the prosecutor.EVADING ARRESTTanner Shane Vestal, 23, pleaded guilty March 29 to evading arrest with a vehicle and was sentenced to four years probation and deferred adjudication. Rush approved the deal. Tony Chavez was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.EVADE MOTOR FUEL TAXOmar Zubia, 35, had a charge of evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax dismissed March 19. Smith presided. Bob Garcia Jr. was the defense attorney and Linda Deaderick was the prosecutor.FORGERYDequincy Aswond Melancon, 40, pleaded guilty March 8 to forgery of a financial instrument and had his probation revoked. Melancon was sentenced to 18 months in state jail. Smith approved the deal. Tony Chavez was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.George Anthony Arellano III, 31, pleaded guilty March 29 to forgery by passing and was sentenced to 14 months in state jail. Rush approved the deal. Mansur was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.INJURY TO CHILDEleazar Quezado Fierro, 61, was sentenced to nine months in state jail in an order adjudicating guilt March 27 on a charge of injury to a child. Judge Denn Whalen approved the deal. Bob Garcia was the defense attorney and Brooke Hendricks-Green was the prosecutor.POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCEJessica Marie Garza, 36, pleaded guilty March 5 to possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), four grams or more but less than 200 grams, and was sentenced to eight years in prison. Smith approved the deal. Adrian Chavez was the defense attorney and Gallivan was the prosecutor.Octavia Braziel, 25, had a charge of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), less than one gram, dismissed March 8. Trotter presided. Christina Jimenez was the defense attorney and Deaderick was the prosecutor.Justin Lane Hankins, 23, was sentenced to nine months in state jail in an order adjudicating guilt March 23 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram. Whalen approved the deal. Spencer Dobbs was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Samuel J. Breon Mims, 22, was sentenced to four years in prison in an order adjudicating guilt March 27 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), 50 pounds or less but more than five pounds. Whalen approved the deal. Thomas Morgan was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Marvin Shawn Byrd, 25, was sentenced to 16 months in state jail in an order adjudicating guilt March 29 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), five pounds or less but more than four ounces. Trotter approved the deal. Robert Hollmann was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Whitney Rochelle Davis, 30, had a charge of possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, dismissed March 29. Whalen presided. Blount was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Allen Ray Ewing, 40, pleaded guilty March 29 to possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, and had his probation revoked. Ewing was sentenced to 12 months in state jail. Trotter approved the deal. Leach was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Kevin Michael Kuzmich, 38, pleaded guilty March 29 to possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, and was sentenced to 18 months in state jail. Rush approved the deal. Richard Alvarado was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Natalie Delgado Macias, 20, pleaded guilty March 29 to possession of a controlled substance, one gram or more but less than four grams, and was sentenced to two years probation and deferred adjudication. Smith approved the deal. Acker was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Randy Aranda Martinez, 27, pleaded guilty March 29 to possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, and was sentenced to three years probation and deferred adjudication. Rush approved the deal. Robert Garcia was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Ricardo Mendoza, 22, was sentenced to 12 months in state jail in an order adjudicating guilt March 29 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram. Trotter approved the deal. Hollmann was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Jesus Manuel Ortega, 47, pleaded guilty March 29 to possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, and was sentenced to 180 days in state jail. Trotter approved the deal. Jason Schoel was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Dewayne Allen Press, 48, pleaded guilty March 29 to possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, and was sentenced to 12 months in state jail. Trotter approved the deal. Blount was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Amy Dion Brooks, 26, had a charge of possession of a controlled substance, four grams or more but less than 200 grams, dismissed April 3 because the co-defendant in the case pleaded guilty to the charge. Trotter presided. Tony Chavez was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Floyd Pigman, 51, pleaded guilty April 3 to possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, and was sentenced to one year in state jail. Rush approved the deal. Mike Holmes was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.PROHIBITED SUBSTANCE IN CORRECTIONAL FACILITYMiguel Angel Figueroa-Medina, 23, was sentenced to three years in prison in and order adjudicating guilt March 23 on a charge of prohibited substance in a correctional facility. Trotter approved the deal. Acker was the defense attorney and Julie Prentiss was the prosecutor.ROBBERYDevin Wayne Adams, 31, was sentenced to five years in prison in an order adjudicating guilt March 29 on a charge of robbery. Trotter approved the deal. Fletcher was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.SEXUAL ABUSE/ASSAULT OF CHILDGeoffrey Gatlin Jacks, 23, pleaded guilty March 29 to sexual assault of a child and was sentenced to eight years in prison. Smith approved the deal. Schoel was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.David Anthony Cortez, 34, pleaded guilty April 2 to continuous sexual abuse of a child and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Cortez also had another charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child dismissed April 3 as part of the deal. Smith approved the deal. Tony Chavez was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.TAMPER/FABRICATE PHYSICAL EVIDENCEJamie Mariah Williams, 37, was sentenced to five years in prison in an order adjudicating guilt March 22 on a charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair. Whalen approved the deal. John Bickham was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.TAMPER WITH GOVERNMENT RECORDVictor Alvarado Gonzalez, 27, pleaded guilty March 29 to tampering with a governmental record and was sentenced to two years probation and deferred adjudication. Rush approved the deal. Tony Chavez was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.THEFTTimothy Gibson, 55, was sentenced to 16 months in state jail in an order adjudicating guilt March 29 on a charge of theft of property, $2,500 or more but less than $30,000. Trotter approved the deal. Mansur was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Jonathan Byron Green, 42, pleaded guilty March 29 to theft of property, less than $2,500, with two or more previous convictions and was sentenced to 16 months in state jail. Trotter approved the deal. Lawrence Barber was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Lanette Francine Kerr, 43, had charges of theft and engaging in organized criminal activity dismissed April 2 as part of a plea agreement when she pleaded guilty to theft charges in another case in county court. Rush presided. Marc Chastain was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDERSamuel Llanez Trayon Jr., 30, pleaded guilty March 29 to violation of a protective order by committing assault and was sentenced to two years in prison. Smith approved the deal. Mansur was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed. WhatsApp
Auburn Police Department(AUBURN, Ala.) — Authorities have arrested a suspect in the case of a missing Alabama college student.Ibraheem Yazeed, 30, of Montgomery, Alabama, was taken into custody in Florida’s Escambia County early Friday morning. He is being held at the local county jail, according to Maj. Andrew Hobbs of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Yazeed was wanted on kidnapping charges in connection with the disappearance of Aniah Haley Blanchard, a 19-year-old student at Southern Union State Community College who was last seen Oct. 23 at a convenience store in downtown Auburn, Alabama. Investigators believe Blanchard is a victim of foul play.Late Thursday night, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the United States Marshals Service to assist in an arrest of the suspect on the Alabama-Florida line, according to Hobbs.Yazeed was driving along an interstate highway from Alabama into Florida and tried to flee the officers attempting to arrest him. He was ultimately apprehended in the Pensacola area of northeast Florida, just 3 miles from the border with Alabama, Hobbs said.Earlier Thursday, the Auburn Police Division in Alabama named Yazeed a suspect in Blanchard’s disappearance and obtained a warrant for his arrest for the charge of kidnapping. At the time, Yazeed was out on bond for the charges of kidnapping and attempted murder from another jurisdiction in a separate case. Police said he should be considered “dangerous and potentially armed.”Authorities released images of Yazeed showing him inside the Auburn convenience store at the time Blanchard was last seen there.“Further investigation and analysis of evidence has determined that Yazeed was at the same location Blanchard was last seen and is involved in taking Aniah against her will,” the Auburn Police Division said in a statement Thursday. “Additional charges and/or arrests are anticipated.”Blanchard, who is the stepdaughter of mixed martial arts competitor Walt Harris, last communicated with a friend on Oct. 23, just before midnight. Blanchard’s family reported her missing the following day.“We need her back; we have to have her back,” her mother, Angela Haley-Harris, told ABC News in an interview on Wednesday. “We can’t live without her, we can’t.”Blanchard’s vehicle, a black 2017 Honda CRV, was found abandoned near an apartment complex in Montgomery on Oct. 25. It had damage to the front left tire area, which is believed to have occurred between the time she was last seen and when the vehicle was found.Investigators later discovered evidence in the vehicle that indicates Blanchard “was harmed and is considered to be a victim of foul play,” according to the Auburn Police Division.Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Auburn Police Division Detective Section at 334-501-3140, Central Alabama Crime Stoppers at 334-215-STOP, or the 24-hour non-emergency number at 334-501-3100.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Job loss fears fuel pro-euro argumentOn 22 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Job loss fears fuel pro-euro argumentthreatening withdrawal of investment if Britain does not give a clearer commitment to join.“I have had conversations with inward investors over the last two weeks and they have told me categorically that Britain must join the euro,” he said. “They want to limit costs as far as possible, and exchange rate instability is reducing profits.”The AEEU estimates that 150,000 of its membership of about 750,000 are directly dependent on inward investors. These jobs would go if the parent firm relocated to a country which is part of monetary union.Sir Ken declined to name which companies are considering withdrawal.Many inward investors, principally from the Far East, have set up plants in Britain to benefit from the relatively low employment costs and access to the single market. But the usefulness of the single market is limited while the UK stays out of the single currency, adding to transaction costs. The high level of the pound has eroded the value of exports.New base boosts campaignThe AEEU has set up an office in Dundee to support its recruitment and recognition campaign.The union, which has pioneered partnership agreements, also announced two further recognition deals. One was at Dundee-based wheelchair manufacturer Lomax Mobility, which employs 140; the other was at assembly firm APW, with 130 staff – where the AEEU has over 70 per cent membership.AEEU leader Sir Ken Jackson plans to invite business leaders from the Dundee region to meet with union officials. Under statutory union recognition arrangements, due to come into effect in the spring, a union with majority membership in a company or business unit will qualify for automatic recognition.Consultation papers on the new law were published this month.web link www.dti.gov.uk/ir/consultz.htmIPD names claim danger areasBy Helen RoweConfrontational union recognition claims will emerge in the newspaper industry and the voluntary sector, the IPD has warned.Employee relations adviser Mike Emmott said the two areas were likely to prove the most problematic as the date nears for statutory recognition procedures, expected in the spring.Difficulties in the voluntary sector stem partly from unions finding it difficult to communicate with staff.“Typically they are small workplaces and the unions have had difficulty organising themselves to service their members.”Meanwhile, in newspapers, he said, a history of conflict had created a bitter legacy. “The background in newspapers is that strong trade unions which had considerable industrial muscle in the past led to management asserting itself. Unions were sidelined and this led to derecognition in some circumstances.”The Government’s Employment Relations Bill means employers now have to recognise unions where a sufficient number of staff is in favour.Owen Davies of Unison said, “Trade unions have not taken the voluntary sector as seriously as we should have done. That is changing now.”Dee Mair, group personnel manager at United News and Media, said no formal agreement has yet been reached between the Express and the National Union of Journalists.She said the Express has an “ongoing relationship” with the union although it does not negotiate over pay.“We are waiting to see what comes out of the legislation before we do anything,” she said.She added that full union recognition already exists at HTV which is also owned by the company.John Foster, general secretary of the National Union of Journalists, said, “About 35 per cent of regional and national papers are papers are talking to us at the moment although no full agreements have yet been reached.”
Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The national qualifications framework is set for a major shake-up if theviews of David Sherlock, chief inspector of the Adult Learning Inspectorate(ALI), are heeded. Sherlock is calling for a reduction in the number of vocational andoccupational qualifications from the current 2,000 to around 100 and a cut inthe number of awarding bodies. Such a rationalisation, he says, should make thevocational education and training world more intelligible to learners andemployers, cut costs, and ensure that fewer people drop out because they havechosen the wrong programme. Sherlock denies that axing qualifications would reduce learner choice andlimit flexibility. “Instead of having a basic structure which is absolutely rigid andbuilding flexibility within it, we’ve ended up with literally thousands ofqualifications and a plethora of awarding bodies,” he said. “We’vestarted in the wrong place by inventing specialist qualifications rather thanhaving equality of opportunity, flexibility and transferability as the keydesign principles. If you start on that basis you can easily decide you want alimited number of building blocks with approved combinations, but with awide-ranging choice of units so you can tailor an award.” Having more of arecognised common core would enable people to transfer between programmeswithout huge loss if they were to move, change jobs or find themselves in thewrong slot, he said. And all vocational and occupational awards would offerladders to higher education. The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) would be the key playerand it has been asked to bring forward to March 2004 its development of acredit accumulation and transfer system in line with the Government’s SkillsStrategy. Awarding bodies would also need to co-operate. “We can’t be held back from producing an award system by the pattern ofawarding bodies that we have at the moment,” said Sherlock. Steve Gale, operations manager at Avon Vale Training, a centre of vocationalexcellence for engineering training, agrees that cutting the profusion ofqualifications could be helpful, but has concerns about limiting choice. “I would be concerned that if we made qualifications too generic theywould have less value in industry,” he said. “We could have just oneNVQ in engineering as long as there were pathways into maintenance, productionand other areas. But we must not lose breadth and scope for specialisationwithin a core qualification: there has to be enough choice to cater for jobroles in our industry. Provided that the employer and candidate can see what’scovered and as long as we’re not devaluing or watering down the technicalcontent, it wouldn’t matter too much.” Phil Round, manager education and training at Jaguar Cars, believes Sherlockis right about the complexity of the existing situation. But he wants to gofurther in developing progression routes and ensuring people get credit fortheir achievements. “The Government quotes the percentage of people whoare qualified to level 2 and that’s not very high. If there were a push toaccredit all company training programmes I think you’d find a completelydifferent picture emerging. A lot of companies do training that gets no creditat all and we’ve never put onto the agenda how much that actually is. If wecould get FE colleges, the large training organisations and awarding bodiesplaying a role in that, wouldn’t it be great if on every course we had peoplegoing towards some sort of qualification.” Companies are aware of the training required to build the competences neededto become best in class, Round claimed. He would like to see a nationaltemplate that locked into qualifications to give everyone recognition andcorrect figures on skills levels. “When I look back over the last coupleof years my big wish is that all the training we’ve done here in Jaguar couldhave been accredited to give people recognition. What we’re trying to do is getthe complete pathway so that people can move from level 1 to level 5,” hesaid. By Elaine Essery Related posts:No related photos. Call for radical cut in number of vocational awardsOn 1 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today