RSF welcomes European Court judgment finding the UK’s mass surveillance regime threatening to the protection of journalistic sources

first_img Help by sharing this information Parliament passes most extreme surveillance law in UK history Follow the news on United Kingdom News News to go further Organisation News United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Online freedomsProtecting sources Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment News September 17, 2018 RSF welcomes European Court judgment finding the UK’s mass surveillance regime threatening to the protection of journalistic sources Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes the landmark judgment of the European Court of Human Rights of 13 September, finding that the UK’s mass surveillance regime has violated the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), including with respect to the protection of journalistic sources. October 27, 2016 Find out more January 30, 2018 Find out more RSF_en UK: Protection for journalists must be ensured in changes to the ‘Snoopers’ Charter’ The judgment specifically noted that the UK’s bulk interception of communications data and the regime for obtaining communications data from communications service providers violated Article 10 of the ECHR as there were “insufficient safeguards in respect of confidential journalistic material”.RSF has long expressed similar concerns with regard to the Investigatory Powers Act, adopted in November 2016, which replaced the ‘Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act’ (RIPA) and gave statutory effect to mass surveillance powers in the UK. RSF had specifically advocated the inclusion of safeguard provisions for whistleblowers, journalists, and their sources, and cautioned that without these safeguards, the law could serve as a “death sentence” for investigative journalism in the UK.“We welcome this judgment of the European Court of Human Rights, which reinforces the concerns that RSF and other rights groups have long expressed about the Investigatory Powers Act. This menacing law should be immediately amended to include specific safeguards for whistleblowers, journalists, and their sources, to protect investigative journalism in the public interest and prevent further erosion of press freedom in the UK”, said RSF UK Bureau Director Rebecca Vincent.The UK is ranked 40th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. November 18, 2016 Find out more United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Online freedomsProtecting sources Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment RSF urges UK parliament to reject menacing “Snoopers’ Charter” Receive email alertslast_img read more

Radio host gunned down, motive unknown

first_img Receive email alerts PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago News June 1, 2021 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Philippines Help by sharing this information News November 9, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio host gunned down, motive unknown Reporters Without Borders offers its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of DWJJ Radio host Julius Cauzo, who was gunned down by an unidentified man on a motorcycle yesterday in Cabanatuan City, in Nueva Ecija province.“The lack of security for journalists in the Philippines is alarming and impunity is virtually systematic,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Cauzo’s murder must be investigated and the criminals responsible must arrested. The motive has yet to be established and, in view of the threats he had received, the police should seriously consider the possibility that it was linked to his work.”With just two weeks to go until International Day to End Impunity on 23 November, Reporters Without Borders calls on justice minister Leila De Lima to carry out her promise, made last September, to set up a special interagency investigative unit to prevent crimes of violence against journalists and to end impunity for those that are carried out.The unit is supposed to give journalists active protection from the moment they first receive threats.Aged 51, Cauzo was shot as he was returning to the radio station to host his morning programme. He was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.He had received several death threats in connection his comments about local politicians and his criticism of corruption.The Philippines ranks 140th out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.center_img RSF_en News Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Organisation Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped May 3, 2021 Find out more News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Muslim Woman Converts To Hinduism & Marry Hindu Man- Uttarakhand HC Asks DM, ‘Why Conversion Application Hasn’t Been Processed?’, Grants Protection

first_imgNews UpdatesMuslim Woman Converts To Hinduism & Marry Hindu Man- Uttarakhand HC Asks DM, ‘Why Conversion Application Hasn’t Been Processed?’, Grants Protection Sparsh Upadhyay25 Dec 2020 5:05 AMShare This – xThe Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday (23rd December) directed the District Magistrate, Haridwar to inquire from the appropriate authorities and persons as to why application of petitioner no.1 (Anjali @ Afsana) for conversion has not been processed and if processed when. The Bench of Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia and Justice Ravindra Maithani gave this order in a protection plea filed…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday (23rd December) directed the District Magistrate, Haridwar to inquire from the appropriate authorities and persons as to why application of petitioner no.1 (Anjali @ Afsana) for conversion has not been processed and if processed when. The Bench of Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia and Justice Ravindra Maithani gave this order in a protection plea filed by an interfaith couple apprehending that the brothers of Anjali @ Afsana may physically harm them. Both the petitioners asserted before the Court that they belong to different faiths and after petitioner no. 1 converted to the faith of petitioner no.2 i.e. Hindu, the two married on 16.12.2020. They also submitted before the Court that moved an application before the concerned District Magistrate, but no decision has been taken on it. [NOTE: As per Section 8(1) of Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion Act, 2018, one who desires to convert his religion, shall give a declaration at least one month in advance, in the prescribed proforma, to the District Magistrate or the Executive Magistrate specially authorized by District Magistrate that he wishes to convert his religion on his own and at his free consent and without any force, coercion, undue influence or allurement.] Court’s order This Court interacted with them and observed, “They seem to be articulate and they both have apprised this Court that they have a threat perception at the hands of the private respondent nos.3 and 4.” Giving the aforesaid direction to the DM, Haridwar, the Court, as an interim measure, directed the Senior Superintendent of Police, Haridwar to coordinate with the subordinate officers of Police and give suitable directions to the concerned SHO, to provide necessary protection to the petitioners “as there is a threat perception at the hands of respondent nos. 3 & 4.” The Court has also issued notice to respondent nos.3 & 4 (brothers of the girl). Three weeks’ time has been granted to the respondents to file counter affidavit. Matter has been posted for further hearing on 05th March 2021. In related news, the Uttarakhand High Court recently directed the District Magistrate, Dehradun to conduct a detail inquiry about non-compliance of Section 8(2) of the Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion Act, 2018 which mandate Religious Priests to give prior intimation to the concerned District Magistrate, before performing conversion of a person from one religion to another. A Division Bench comprising Justices Alok Kumar Verma and Sudhanshu Dhulia directed thus while granting police protection to inter-religious couples in two cases. In one case, a Hindu girl had converted to Islam and in the other case, a Muslim girl had converted to Hinduism. The Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion Act was enacted in the year 2018 with the stated objective “to provide freedom of religion by prohibition of conversion from one religion to another by misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement or by any fraudulent means or by marriage and for the matters incidental thereto”. Related Court’s Orders In the celebrated Judgment of Shakti Vahini v. UOI & others, the Supreme Court of India in the year 2018 held that “when two adults marry out of their volition, they choose their path; they consummate their relationship; they feel that it is their goal and they have the right to do so.” The Calcutta High on Monday (21st December) made it clear that if an adult marries as per her choice and decides to convert and not return to her paternal house, there could be no interference in the matter. Further, in November 2020, the Karnataka High Court held that the right of any major individual to marry the person of his/her choice is a fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution of India. In a controversial ruling, which was later on declared as bad in law, the Allahabad High Court had, on 23rd September 2020, dismissed a writ petition seeking police protection filed by a married couple. This was after the Court had noted that the girl was a Muslim by birth and she had converted her religion to Hinduism, just a month before the marriage was solemnized. Justice Mahesh Chandra Tripathi had referred to a 2014 judgment in Noor Jahan Begum @ Anjali Mishra & Anr. v. State of U.P. & Ors., in which it was observed that conversion just for the purpose of marriage is unacceptable. Overruling this Judgment and declaring it bad in law, the Allahabad High Court has, on 11th November, specifically observed that “Right to live with a person of his/her choice irrespective of religion professed by them, is intrinsic to right to life and personal liberty.” Importantly, the Bench of Justice Pankaj Naqvi and Justice Vivek Agarwal remarked, “We fail to understand that if the law permits two persons even of the same sex to live together peacefully then neither any individual nor a family nor even the state can have an objection to the relationship of two major individuals who out of their own free will are living together.” “We hold the judgments in Noor Jahan and Priyanshi as not laying good law,” the Court further ruled. Uttar Pradesh Government Brings in Anti-Conversion Law 17 days after the Allahabad High Court gave its path-breaking Judgment related to one’s freedom to choose his/her life partner, the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Anandiben Patel promulgated the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance 2020.Case title – Smt. Anjali @ Afsana & another v. State of Uttarakhand & others [Writ Petition (Criminal) No.2168 of 2020]Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

6 week lockdown being proposed for Northern Ireland

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 6 week lockdown being proposed for Northern Ireland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – December 17, 2020 Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic A six week long covid-19 lockdown is being proposed for Northern Ireland by its Health Minister.The Northern Executive is meeting this afternoon to consider introducing tighter Coronavirus restrictions after Christmas.Hospitality, retail and leisure facilities could all be shut under plans being proposed by Minister Robin Swann.It comes as a further 12 covid related deaths have been reported in the North and 656 new cases of the disease.Monaghan GP Dr Illona Duffy feels the lack of an all-island approach has allowed the virus to surge on both sides of the border:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/duffy4pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Previous articleFurther calls for funding to restore respite services in InishowenNext articleMichael Martin tests negative for Covid-19 News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

HONORED: Green celebrated at retirement ceremony

first_imgSkip By Jaine Treadwell HONORED: Green celebrated at retirement ceremony “The name Addie Green is synonymous with the Troy Public Library,” White said. “Addie has cultivated relationships with people for three decades. Her main concern with any policy changes and procedure has always been ‘how will this affect my patrons?’ Addie is committed to the Troy Public Library and its patrons. That type of commitment is not soon forgotten, nor should it be.”White said Green has been the first face of the TPL for 29 years and her face will be the first image recalled when people consider the city’s library.“And, I am thankful for that,” he said. For 29 years, the first face people have seen when entering the Troy Public Library and the last face seen when leaving is that of Addie Green, circulation supervisor.On Tuesday afternoon, Green was honored with a retirement reception at the Johnson Center for the Arts. Hugs were given, stories were shared and tears were shed as Green’s many friends and family members expressed their love for her and wished her happiness in her retirement years.William White, TPL director, said Green is one of those people who make an indelible impression on the lives of others, without even seeming to try. Latest Stories Print Article Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Trojans and Bulldogs split cross-county showdown The Pike County Bulldogs withstood a furious Charles Henderson comeback attempt in a 45-41 win over the Charles Henderson Trojans… read more Published 1:01 am Wednesday, December 19, 2018 “Addie has been the first face of the Troy Public Library for nearly 30 years,” Bullard said. “She welcomed everyone with a smile. It was wonderful working with her for all those years. Addie has been a treasured employee and is the dearest friend I’ve ever had.”Green greeted each friend and family member with the smile that is familiar to all of them.“They are all a part of me,” she said. “I know God placed me at the Troy Public Library so I could have so many wonderful people in my life.”Growing up, Addie Green had no dreams of working in a library.“We lived in a rural area didn’t have books in our home or any way to get any,” she said. “When I was at Ansley High School, Miss Sarah Kelly set up a library and I started volunteering and that’s when I got interested in books.”After graduation, Green attended John Patterson Junior College and got a job with OCAP/Head Start. After 14 years, she applied for a job as circulation supervisor at the Troy Public Library. Two weeks later, she was hired.“God put me where He wanted me to be,” Green said with a smile. “I’ve always been the circulation supervisor. I never wanted any other positon. I love people and I was right where I wanted to be. But now it’s time to slow down. I’ll go to the senior centers and travel. Just enjoy life.”And Addie Green will continue to be a familiar face at the TPL because it’s a place near and dear to her heart. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daycenter_img Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel You Might Like Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder Email the author Sponsored Content Troy Mayor Jason A. Reeves said, said the library just won’t be the same without “Addie’s smiling face.”“When I’ve walked through the library door over the years, Addie was the first person I would see,” Reeves said. “She was always smiling and she has such a sweet spirit about her. I have special memories of Addie and I have mixed emotions about her retirement. She deserves it but it’s sad to see her go. Addie Green is world class.”Every person in the long line of well-wishers had a story to share about Addie Green. Stories were told of how she committed to memory the reading habits of thousands of people, of how she was able to build a fiction collection so immediate and relevant to the Troy and Pike County communities. Stories were told of how “Miss Addie” could remember the name of most every library patron and often their children and sometimes their family pet. But most stories were of her friendliness, her quick smile and her willing spirit.To a one, they all said, “Addie was not just the librarian. She was my friend.”Karen Bullard, who headed the library’s genealogy department before her own retirement, worked with Green for nearly 28 years. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebrationlast_img read more

HMS Scimitar Returns from Casablanca, Morocco

first_imgAs part of her annual training requirement, HMS Scimitar must conduct long range navigation training, this should be done out of her normal operating area and the 200 nautical mile journey provided such an opportunity.“The visit to Casablanca was a fantastic opportunity to really test ourselves as professional mariners, it also gave us the chance to build upon our close friendship with our Moroccan allies”, said Lieutenant Rob GarnerThe crew of 10 sailors and Royal Marines led by Commanding Officer HMS Scimitar, Lieutenant Rob Garner, travelled out into the Atlantic Ocean and down the African coastline to visit the busiest port in Morocco.Her sister vessel HMS Sabre travelled to Tangiers for a Remembrance Service in November 2013 where she also completed mandatory training requirements.Lieutenant Garner said: “The visit to Casablanca was a fantastic opportunity to really test ourselves as professional mariners, it also gave us the chance to build upon our close friendship with our Moroccan allies, we paid a visit to Casablanca Naval Base where I called upon General Elfalssi of the Moroccan Army and Colonel Majors Saadi and Bakadir who are both officers in the Moroccan Navy.”On arrival Lieutenant Garner presented them with HMS Scimitar’s Crest which depicts the infamous Scimitar blade.[mappress]Press Release, May 16, 2014; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Scimitar Training & Education View post tag: Casablanca HMS Scimitar Returns from Casablanca, Morocco View post tag: Naval May 16, 2014 View post tag: Returns View post tag: Morocco View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: HMS Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Scimitar Returns from Casablanca, Morocco Share this article Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron Patrol Boat HMS Scimitar has recently returned from a visit to Casablanca.last_img read more

VANDERBURGH HUMANE SOCIETY RELEASES FIGURES AND STATISTICS DEMONSTRATING COMMUNITY IMPACT IN 2015

first_imgMany people know that spay/neuter is the only permanent solution to pet overpopulation. Simply finding homes for them is not enough… That has been proven for decades, as the shelters only get more crowded. Since we opened our Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic in July 2007, we have seen significant improvements for animals in our community. For example: In 2008, the first full year of our Clinic’s operation, we took 3,410 homeless animals into our shelter. But by offering low-cost spay & neuter services to the public, look how the Intakes numbers have declined!2009: 3,6032010: 3,3812011: 3,0642012: 2,9022013: 2,6112014: 2,3682015: 2, 378That’s a 25% decrease in Intakes since the Clinic opened!Adopted” refers to animals who actually were adopted through our facility.Sent to Rescue” means that the animals were transferred to other agencies that had more space. (Most of these are cats who went to Chicago.)Returned to Owner” refers to animals who were brought in as strays or “found” pets, but were eventually reunited with their families!Died, refers to animals who simply died from natural causes while in our care.Now, let’s look at a tougher number. Euthanasia rates. While this is a sensitive topic for many people, the fact is that shelters nationwide only have so much space and they only have so much money & staff to care for a certain number of animals. Thanks to our larger facility where we moved in 2004, we’re able to serve thousands more animals annually than most other agencies in the Tri-State.No one wants to see animals euthanized. We are not a “no-kill” shelter and we do not claim to be. VHS takes in thousands of animals from across the region that other local “no-kill” agencies simply turn away because they do not have room. The myth of no-kill is that every time an animal needs a place to go, a no-kill facility will welcome them with open arms and that the world is a wonderful place! The reality is: “no-kill” typically means “no-vacancy.” The waiting list to surrender animals to no-kill facilities is often months or years long. Pets who need a place to go simply cannot wait that long. At VHS, no owner-surrendered animal is ever turned away for lack of space. VHS does not have a time limit. We don’t simply keep animals up for adoption for a certain amount of time, and then euthanize them. We try as hard as we can with as many as we can and our save rate for 2015 was 82%. (The national average for open-admission shelters is around 50%.) We have programs in place to help us find suitable homes for as many as possible. But sometimes, for health or temperament reasons, we have a tough decision to make.In 2008, the first full year after the Clinic opened, we had to euthanize 1,804 animals. This is a pretty heartbreaking number, and it was pretty typical of most other years prior to that. But look at how euthanasia rates have changed since then:2009: 1,951 (more animals taken in than in 2008)2010: 1,3822011: 1,3382012: 1,0342013: 7802014: 5482015: 458We have decreased euthanasia by 66% since our Spay & Neuter Clinic opened!!This is an astronomical accomplishment, and there are almost no other contributing factors. Other agencies have cropped up since then, but they do not affect our numbers. For example, Another Chance for Animals pulls exclusively from Evansville Animal Control. It Takes A Village Canine Rescue deals with dogs only, whereas 2/3 of the animals we deal with are cats. Plus, while ITV occasionally rescues local dogs, many of theirs come from trips out-of-state to go acquire dogs from other shelters in states like Alabama. Other counties’ agencies, such as Posey Humane Society, Warrick Humane Society, and Gibson County Animal Services have significantly smaller capacities. In fact, we took in almost 1,000 animals from Warrick County alone last year.What about some of these other numbers?Our Clinic performed 7,323 spay & neuter surgeries. This includes our shelter animals (dogs, cats, and rabbits) being altered before they go home with their new families. It also includes animals fixed on spay/neuter transports for 15 agencies in all 3 local states.Our Pit Stop Program focuses on spaying/neutering pitbulls in Vanderburgh County at no cost to their owners. 66 pitbulls were fixed in 2015, and more than 200 in 2014. By reducing the number of unaltered pitbulls running the streets, we can greatly improve their chances of survival in shelters and eventually eliminate the negative stereotypes that these wonderful dogs face in the media.12, 317 medical treatments were administered to 733 sick or injured shelter animals in 2015. This includes, but is not limited to:upper respiratory infections in catsear infections in dogsdewormingflea & parasite treatmentcanine heartwormringworm2,776 kids were served through Humane Education programs at schools, Scout meetings, churches, and so on. We offer programs on things like responsible pet ownership, dog bite prevention, and many other topics!Around 200 families with 400+ pets were served through Emergency Pet Food Assistance. This program provides dog & cat food on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month to low-income families who are temporarily having financial problems and cannot afford food for their pets. Rather than having to relinquish their pets to a shelter, this helps ensure that more pets can stay in their homes until their families get back on their feet.What we want the public to know is: What we’re doing is working. The donations are working. But we can always improve.We encourage the public to make a difference by making a tax-deductible donation at www.vhslifesaver.org.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Parade Opens Baseball & Softball Season

first_img ×  1 / 37    2 / 37    3 / 37    4 / 37    5 / 37    6 / 37    7 / 37    8 / 37    9 / 37    10 / 37    11 / 37    12 / 37    13 / 37    14 / 37    15 / 37    16 / 37    17 / 37    18 / 37    19 / 37    20 / 37    21 / 37    22 / 37    23 / 37    24 / 37    25 / 37    26 / 37    27 / 37    28 / 37    29 / 37    30 / 37    31 / 37    32 / 37    33 / 37    34 / 37    35 / 37    36 / 37    37 / 37  ❮ ❯ Mayor Nicholas Sacco and led the annual Baseball and Softball Parade on Saturday, April 14, officially launching this year’s sports season. A huge number of revelers – including members of all the participating teams, proudly wearing their uniforms – paraded down Bergenline Avenue from 91st Street, making their way to the 76th Street Little League Field.The field, bleachers, and stadium surroundings have all undergone extensive renovations, making it a truly impressive state-of-the-art facility. After a brief round of celebratory comments, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Hugo Cabrera climbed the new mound to toss the ceremonial first pitches and inaugurate the field. Joining in the parade and festivities were Commissioners Frank Gargiulo, Julio Marenco, and Allen Pascual, along with Freeholder Anthony Vainieri and many township and school officials. The North Bergen High School Band performed along the way, and played the National Anthem at the new field.Photos by Art Schwartzcenter_img 1 / 37    2 / 37    3 / 37    4 / 37    5 / 37    6 / 37    7 / 37    8 / 37    9 / 37    10 / 37    11 / 37    12 / 37    13 / 37    14 / 37    15 / 37    16 / 37    17 / 37    18 / 37    19 / 37    20 / 37    21 / 37    22 / 37    23 / 37    24 / 37    25 / 37    26 / 37    27 / 37    28 / 37    29 / 37    30 / 37    31 / 37    32 / 37    33 / 37    34 / 37    35 / 37    36 / 37    37 / 37  ❮ ❯last_img read more

Skills just improve

first_imgFood and drink sector skills council Improve has revamped two levels of its bakery apprenticeships, in a bid to recruit more young workers to the sector. The revision includes a reduction in the hours apprentices spend in the classroom, so that more practical skills are delivered. The aim is to boost the average number of starters on the standard scheme from 65 to 90 per year and to reverse the decline in the number of people taking the advanced apprenticeship.Improve has made the changes following consultation with employers and has taken their recommendations into account. Learning frameworks manager Teresa Brookes said: “Bakery suffers from hard-to-fill vacancies, skills gaps and an ageing work force, with the majority of employees over 35. We see these revised apprenticeships as the ideal vehicle to bring more young people into the industry.”Advanced advantagesThe main overhaul has been made to the advanced apprenticeship – or modern apprenticeship in Wales – which takes around two years to complete and delivers a bakery NVQ Level 3. A key modification has been the removal of the technical certificates, introduced in January 2003 before the creation of Improve. “The technical certificate could be obtained by one of two routes – completion of a retail qualification or a BTEC National Award in food science and manufacturing technology,” says Ms Brookes. “Neither of these qualifications was workable. The retail qualification was largely irrelevant to most young people pursuing a career in bakery and the BTEC was only available at three colleges in England. Both also duplicated much of what was taught in the NVQ and resulted in extra classroom time, which proved impractical for apprentices and employers.”Recruitment to the advanced apprenticeship scheme in England and Wales has declined in the last three years, adds Ms Brookes, and consultation with employers suggested that this has been because of the technical certificate. “At the moment an average of just 15 learners begins an advanced bakery apprenticeship each year and completion rates are extremely poor,” she says. “By removing the technical certificates, we’re confident numbers will rise.”Meanwhile, the standard apprenticeship (foundation modern apprenticeship in Wales) delivers a bakery NVQ Level 2. The revised framework recognises that the knowledge element can be delivered and assessed through completion of the NVQ. Take-up into the standard apprenticeship scheme in England has remained consistent over the last few years, with an average of 65 students per year. “Our aim is to increase take-up by at least 35% over the next three years,” says Ms Brookes. For more information, contact Teresa Brookes at Improve on 0845 644 0448 or visit www.improveltd.co.uklast_img read more

One-week leaf pickup begins in Mishawaka Monday

first_img Previous articlePlanning for fans in the stands at the Indy 500Next articleTax refund scams targeting college students making a comeback Brooklyne Beatty Facebook Pinterest By Brooklyne Beatty – March 31, 2021 0 241 Twitter Twitter TAGSApril 12collectionIndianaleaf pickupMishawakaMonday Google+ One-week leaf pickup begins in Mishawaka Mondaycenter_img WhatsApp A week-long leaf pickup program will take place in Mishawaka beginning Monday.Residents should begin raking leaves to their curbside for a Monday, April 12 pickup, which will continue through Friday, April 16.Leaves will be picked up the day before the resident’s regular trash pickup day. For example, if a resident’s trash pickup day is on Wednesday, the Mishawaka Street Department will pick up leaves from that home on Tuesday.Those with trash pickups scheduled on Monday will have their leaves collected on Friday, April 16.Leaves should be raked to the edge of the curb and should be free of branches, twigs, stones or other foreign objects.Those with questions can call the Mishawaka Central Services office at (574) 258-1660. Pinterest WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Facebook Google+last_img read more