Exam chaos continues as Btec grades pulled on eve of results day

first_img“Our review will remove these Pearson-calculated grades and apply consistency across teacher-assessed internal grades and examined grades that students were unable to sit. “ Wednesday 19 August 2020 8:50 pm Michael Searles A Pearson spokesman said “no grades will go down as part of this review” and insisted that it was to ensure BTec students were not at a disadvantaged to other students. Share Exam chaos continues as BTec grades pulled on eve of results day He added: “Although we generally accepted centre assessment grades for internal (i.e. coursework) units, we subsequently calculated the grades for the examined units using historical performance data with a view of maintaining overall outcomes over time.  Pearson apologised for the late decision and uncertainty it would cause. Almost 600,000 students face more exam chaos after BTec results were pulled by exam board Pearson on the eve of results day. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Exam chaos continues as BTec grades pulled on eve of results day The remainder were due to pick up their results tomorrow at the same time as GCSE students. whatsapp Almost 600,000 students face more exam chaos after BTec results were pulled by exam board Pearson on the eve of results day. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Exam chaos continues as BTec grades pulled on eve of results day whatsappcenter_img The decision was made earlier this week to grade A-levels and GCSEs via teacher-based assessments. Chief executive, David Hughes, added: “The timing is worrying, because thousands of students were due to get their results in the morning and others have already got results which we know will not go down, but might improve. “BTec qualification results have been been generally consistent with teacher and learner expectations, but we have become concerned about unfairness in relation to what are now significantly higher outcomes for GCSE and A-levels,” a statement read. The last minute move will affect 575,000 pupils, just under half of whom collected their grades last week. The Association of Colleges’ said it had asked Pearson to reassessed some grades that appeared unfair. Almost 600,000 students face more exam chaos after BTec results were pulled by exam board Pearson on the eve of results day. (AFP via Getty Images) “So it is vital for students that this is sorted in days rather than weeks so students have the chance to celebrate and plan their next steps.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5Definitionbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStory Almost 600,000 students face more exam chaos after BTec grades were pulled by exam board Pearson on the eve of results day. Exam regular Ofqual has said GCSE and A-level grades are now likely to be nine and 12 per cent higher respectively. Pearson said it would re-grade all its BTec results to bring them in line with A-levels and GCSEs, which now “have significantly higher outcomes”. Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Alaska Airlines gets U.S. approval to buy Virgin America

first_imgBusiness | Federal Government | Interior | Juneau | Nation & World | Southcentral | TransportationAlaska Airlines gets U.S. approval to buy Virgin AmericaDecember 6, 2016 by Associated Press Share:(Photo by Alaska Airlines/Virgin America)WASHINGTON — Alaska Airlines has won government approval to buy rival Virgin America after agreeing to reduce its flight-selling partnership with American Airlines.Parent company Alaska Air Group Inc. said Tuesday that it expects to close the $2.6 billion deal soon.The Justice Department filed a lawsuit and settlement agreement in federal district court in Washington. Seattle-based Alaska agreed to scale back a deal in which it and American sell seats on some of each other’s flights and split the revenue.Alaska is the nation’s sixth-biggest airline, and California-based Virgin is eighth. Together, they will become the fifth-biggest.The airlines still face a private lawsuit to block the deal. Alaska and Virgin executives have expressed confidence they can resolve that lawsuit, which is pending in federal district court in San Francisco.Share this story:last_img read more

Sitka Tribe of Alaska receives $2M grant to help domestic violence victims

first_imgAlaska Native Government & Policy | Family | Housing | Sexual Abuse & Domestic Violence | SoutheastSitka Tribe of Alaska receives $2M grant to help domestic violence victimsNovember 28, 2017 by Katherin Rose, KCAW-Sitka Share:Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi building (Photo by KCAW)The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has landed more than $2 million in federal grant money to aid victims of domestic violence.The money is being awarded in three separate grants and will create five new positions to support women and children in Sitka.The first grant puts $600,000 towards facility improvements at Sitkans Against Family Violence, or SAFV, which provides shelter for domestic violence victims.The money comes the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.Sitka Tribe works with the Sitkans Against Family Violence frequently, grant administrator Rachel Henderson said. This grant provides direct support for the shelter and the people it serves.“Sixty-five percent of the people that use the SAFV shelter are Alaska Native. So we thought it was important in that regard to help tribal citizens,” Henderson said. “Also, most of the people that go there have low-to-moderate income, so it’s just helpful to the people in general that SAFV has an expanded or renovated facility.”The shelter was built in the 1960’s. Sitkans Against Family Violence bought the building in 1995 and made some changes, but no large renovations to the floor plan.With this money, the organization will expand the facility’s square footage and renovate the existing living space to accommodate more people. Currently, SAFV has space for 24 women and children.“It’s going to add an area for animals so people who are coming to the shelter can bring their animals with them,” Henderson said. “It’s going to have expand eight bedrooms so they can have four family-size bedrooms. It’s going to improve the bathrooms so that one of the bathrooms is more handicapped accessible.”Sitka Tribe also received two grants from the US. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.The first — for just over $899,000 — will be used to fund three positions for the next three years: an advocate for victims’ services at Sitkans Against Family Violence, a transitional housing program manager at Sitka Tribe of Alaska and a domestic violence investigator at the Sitka Police Department.All three positions will share a common goal of aiding victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.There was a crucial need to work with Sitka Police and Sitkans Against Family Violence to address the needs of women in the community from multiple angles, said Melanie Boord, Sitka Tribe of Alaska social services director.“There’s been a desperate need for transitional housing for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault,” Boord said. “There’s definitely a need for a more effective approach to investigating crimes of domestic violence. And also because of the diminished shelter funding, there’s also a need for enhanced victim’s services.”The second DOJ grant, the Legal Assistance for Victims grant, allocates $599,000 over the next three years to fund two positions.Naomi Palosaari of Sitka Tribe of Alaska said the money will first pay for a full-time attorney who will work out of Sitka Tribe.“They will see clients, they will screen them for eligibility, they will represent them in court, they will draw up paperwork,” Palosaari said. “They will be providing all legal services in recovery from domestic violence or assistance with domestic violence issues.”Sitka Tribe is now advertising for a family law attorney to fill that position. All other grant funded positions took effect on Oct. 1.Share this story:last_img read more

Alaska lawmakers agree on a lot of the budget, but settling on a PFD amount remains a big challenge

first_imgEconomy | State GovernmentAlaska lawmakers agree on a lot of the budget, but settling on a PFD amount remains a big challengeMay 21, 2021 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Alaska Senate President Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, talks to Senate Minority Leader Tom Begich, D-Anchorage, before the start of a floor session on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau, Alaska. (James Brooks/Anchorage Daily News via AP, Pool)While Alaska lawmakers agree over many parts of the state budget, they once again face a major challenge in determining the size of permanent fund dividends. But there are even larger obstacles to quick action on a proposed amendment that would put PFDs in the Alaska Constitution. They include uncertainty over everything from the price of oil to whether there will be new taxes.Gov. Mike Dunleavy recently proposed amending the Alaska Constitution to include permanent fund dividends at a level that’s currently $2,300. And when the state Senate passed its version of the budget on Wednesday, that’s the PFD it went with.That amount would be 50% of the annual draw from permanent fund earnings. A 2018 state law set that draw at 5 percent of the fund’s average value over the previous five years. The other 50% of the draw would pay for government services.Soldotna Republican Senate President Peter Micciche says voting for dividends similar to the amount under this 50-50 formula was a statement about where senators stand, even if the details of the budget must be worked out.“At some point, we’re going to have to get out of here,” he said. “But I think that the 50/50 is an important stake.”The dividend at that level is less than the roughly $3,500 Alaskans would receive based on the formula in state law, which the state hasn’t followed in six years.The $2,300 PFD amount received support from both conservative and liberal senators. So with the governor on board as well, why isn’t it on a clear path to being adopted?It comes down to another number: $1.5 billion. That’s how much the state would draw over the $3 billion it already planned to spend from permanent fund earnings this year. If the state spent that much every year, nonpartisan budget experts project there would be nothing left in the permanent fund’s earnings reserve within 10 years, and no money for PFDs.Nome Democratic Rep. Neal Foster chairs the committee that will recommend the PFD amount for this year to both chambers. The House Representatives didn’t include the PFD in its version of the budget and members of the House majority don’t want an overdraw. Foster says there will be give and take.“But at the end of the day, it’s still an overdraw and I know that there’s a lot of folks who really don’t want to do that.”Both Micciche and Foster believe some form of new revenue would be necessary to pay larger dividends than in recent years. But Gov. Mike Dunleavy hasn’t supported any large new taxes, and he says any broad-based statewide tax like a sales or income tax would have to be approved by voters.Foster says the governor’s position is a potential hurdle.“A lot of folks on both sides of the aisle are in agreement that, you know you seriously need to look at additional revenue, but if right off, right out of the starting gate, you’ve got that issue of, you know, the governor saying no new taxes unless it goes for a vote — that is a challenge,” he said.Micciche says the administration knows that setting dividends at 50% of the draw would leave a large hole in the budget. But Dunleavy used only generic language about revenue in his proclamation for a second special session. So Micciche wants Dunleavy to introduce specific revenue bills to fill the hole.Some lawmakers remain adamant that neither taxes nor a change in the dividend formula should happen until there’s a new limit placed on how much the state can spend.Wasilla Republican Rep. Cathy Tilton leads the House minority caucus.“We would definitely like to see some long-term budget reduction. Some big-picture budget reduction,” she said. “I’m not talking about going into agency (budgets), but what can we do to bring the cost and the spend of government down.”Another challenge to finding a long-term solution is getting lawmakers to agree on the size of the problem. A computer model used by the Legislature’s nonpartisan budget analysts forecast a deficit of roughly $1 billion per year over the next nine years with dividends equaling half of the draw.But the administration projects deficits that are somewhat more than half that size, roughly $600 million per year. Much of the difference between that number and what the legislative model forecast is due to the administration assuming that future budgets will include cuts that the governor hasn’t proposed yet.And lawmakers continue to talk about how the deficit would shrink if the permanent fund grows faster than projected. The fund has grown dramatically over the past year, and is now worth more than $77 billion dollars.Anchorage Democratic Sen. Tom Begich says the Legislature and Dunleavy must start off on the same page about the size of the gap.“It’s critically important for us to work off of the same assumptions,” he said. “And that’s the problem we have here. We have different sets of assumptions.”Two changes that happened in March made the apparent size of future state deficits much smaller. Between December and March the administration substantially increased its forecasts for both oil prices and production over the next decade.In December, the administration forecast that oil would be $57 per barrel in 2030, and oil production would be 481,800 barrels per day. In March, it forecast $71 per barrel oil in 2030, and production reaching 565,500 barrels per day.Altogether, the oil revenue forecast for 2030 increased by 70% in three months. It has the effect of cutting the projected deficit by an average of $600 million per year over the next decade.University of Alaska Anchorage economist Mouhcine Guettabi says lawmakers’ eyes have to be open to the risk involved.“I was really surprised that nobody seems to be talking about the big effect the revision is having on the conversation,” he said.Guettabi says it’s difficult to forecast the global and complex oil market.“This is a big bet — if you want to call it that — that there is this kind of big increase in oil prices, that there is some increase in production,” he said.He notes that oil production has fallen since 1988, so a decade-long rise would be a large change.And if the oil forecast is wrong, Guettabi notes that the state could be facing large deficits in the future, even if lawmakers can agree on a long-term plan for the budget.Share this story:last_img read more

Black Friday has eclipsed Boxing Day, says Dixons Carphone boss Sebastian James

first_imgWednesday 17 December 2014 8:31 pm Share Black Friday has eclipsed Boxing Day, says Dixons Carphone boss Sebastian James whatsapp whatsapp Express KCS Dixons Carphone boss Sebastian James said Black Friday was the new Boxing Day, after feverish demand for cut-price televisions and gadgets turned the American-made sales event into its busiest shopping day ever.The group said at its peak on 28 November, the retailer had five times the web traffic of an average day and put in place a queuing system for the first time to prevent a meltdown: “It was like starship enterprise with someone in the engine room saying it’s going to blow,” James said. He admitted the promotional event may have brought forward some purchases that would have been made closer to Christmas but said it managed to sustain “good margins” and  increase its market share. His comments came as Dixons Carphone posted a 30 per cent rise in pre-tax profits to £78m in its first half-year results since its merger this summer. Like-for-like revenue rose by five per cent over the six months to 1 November from £4.97bn to £5.02bn. “The integration of our business seems to be going better than I dared hope, and our integrated stores are trading very well,” James said.  He dismissed fears the company could suffer the same fate as Phones 4u, saying it has “good, multi-year contracts with all of our networks”.  It expects to benefit in the long term from Phones 4u’s demise and has been targeting its younger customer base.  Tags: Black Friday 2016 Company Dixons Carphone More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Expats beware: Working abroad could lose you money in the long run

first_img whatsapp Tags: NULL Share Sarah Spickernell Expats beware: Working abroad could lose you money in the long run center_img Thursday 18 June 2015 11:10 am whatsapp Moving abroad for work can be a very appealing prospect – there are higher salaries, lower tax rates and an undeniable sense of excitement. But doing so can often lead to financial losses down the line, according to financial advice firm AES International. They calculate that many of the 78,000 Britons leaving the UK each year to become expats in cities like Hong Kong, Beijing and New York are losing money because they are caught out by administrative steps they failed to take before setting sail.   “Moving overseas is obviously a hugely exciting time, but it can also be stressful and complex,” said Sam Instone, chief executive of AES.  “Often farthest from people’s minds are things like tax, inheritance and pension savings, but getting these right can help to secure the financial future people are often chasing when they move abroad.  If you want to make the most of living abroad and avoid losing money, these are the steps you should take:Let HMRC knowIf you don’t let HMRC know you’re leaving the country, they’ll continue to chase you for tax. The P85 form is the one you need to fill out to avoid paying two sets of tax for the years to come. Sort your mortgage so you can letLetting out your home in the UK can be one of the best sources of income while living abroad, but if you bought your property with a residential mortgage you’ll need to contact your mortgage provider. Otherwise you could face high charges and breach your mortgage contract.Update insuranceIf your insurance only covers the UK, you could find yourself in a sticky situation abroad. Therefore, make sure your insurance covers the country you’re heading for. Think about your pensions schemeWhen you leave, you need to decide whether to continue with a UK pensions scheme.  While you’re allowed to continue with a UK scheme, the amount you can put in each month is substantially lower than when a resident in the UK. If it goes above the £300 a month limit, you’ll receive a bill from HMRC.  Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Watch: Episode 4: Can a worm’s lifespan hold the secrets to human aging?

first_img Harvard Medical School researcher Nicholas Stroustrup built what he calls the “Lifespan Machine.” He uses it to study the lives of tiny worms to try and discover universal rules of aging. Matthew Orr/STAT Episode 4: Can a worm’s lifespan hold the secrets to human aging?Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2016/04/04/worms-aging-lifespan-machine/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0004:5504:55  Tags agingdeathHarvard Medical School By Carl Zimmer April 4, 2016 Reprints For my latest episode of “Science Happens,” I pay a visit to an extraordinary experiment in aging called the Lifespan Machine. It was created by Nicholas Stroustrup, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School. Stroustrup and his colleagues study tiny worms that only live a few weeks at most. By observing thousands of genetically identical worms live out their entire lives in precisely the same conditions, Stroustrup is discovering universal rules of aging — rules that might help explain our own decline, too. This story was originally posted Feb. 2, 2016. Science Happens!Watch: Episode 4: Can a worm’s lifespan hold the secrets to human aging? Why do we get old and die? It’s one of the biggest questions in life. And the answer might someday change the practice of medicine. Instead of treating one disease or another, doctors might instead treat aging itself. While that approach might not lead to immortality, it could potentially allow people to trade weak, frail old age for vigorous golden years.As important as the question is, it’s enormously hard to answer. That’s because it demands a lot of data. Scientists can pore over death records, but those won’t reveal what kind of genetic influences caused someone to die young, or what childhood secret allowed another to live to a ripe old age.Watch more: Scientists are building mini-brains to understand the human mindFortunately, our course of aging isn’t radically different from that of other species. So scientists have turned to animals to understand the aging process.advertisementlast_img read more

CIBC to keep capital yield fund open

Sentry reopens corporate class fixed-income funds Toronto-based CIBC Asset Management Inc. intends to keep one of its capital yield mutual funds open despite its use of character conversion transactions, the company announced on Tuesday. The Renaissance Corporate Bond Capital Yield Fund employs forward contracts to convert ordinary income into a capital gain, creating a tax benefit for investors. The federal government proposed eliminating the use of such strategies in the 2013 budget released in March. Keywords Character conversionCompanies CIBC Asset Management Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Invesco simplifies product offering Fiona Collie As a result, earlier this month the Ontario Securities Commission recommended that fund managers consider capping funds affected by the government’s proposed changes and many have done so. CIBC on the other hand, will keep this particular capital yield fund open without the tax beneift because it “has been one of the strongest fixed income funds in Canada, independent of the tax structure,” the firm stated in a press release. The government has granted a 180-day transition period in which the fund will continue to benefit from the derivatives strategy, according to CIBC. After that time the fund will continue to follow its investment mandate without the tax advantage. Fidelity completes capital yield fund mergers Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news read more

E-signatures get boost from pandemic

first_img Regulators aim to root out pandemic-driven liquidity issues Singapore’s financial regulator invests in innovation Fed keeps key rate near zero, sees inflation as ‘transitory’ Historically, regulators have required firms to provide physical copies of certain documents, but that’s now changing.The MFDA said that both the law and technology have evolved to facilitate greater use of electronic signatures. At the same time, the pandemic has pushed both fund dealers and the MFDA to largely operate remotely.“Given these developments, MFDA staff has been accepting documents in electronic format and intends to continue this practice,” the MFDA said.The self-regulatory organization said that its staff will also be revising certain requirements to clarify the ability of dealers to submit documents electronically as part of its rule-review project. Keywords Pandemics,  Coronavirus,  Electronic recordsCompanies Mutual Fund Dealers Association James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social media hand touching digital tablet peshkova/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The shift to remote working in response to the Covid-19 outbreak is giving regulators a push toward wider acceptance of electronic signatures.In a notice, the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) said that it has revised its rules to enable fund dealers to continue providing certain documents to the regulator with electronic signatures, including audit reports, subordinated loan agreements, guarantees and undertakings. Related newslast_img read more

Transport Ministry Moves to Enhance Road Safety

first_imgRelatedTransport Ministry Moves to Enhance Road Safety Advertisements RelatedTransport Ministry Moves to Enhance Road Safety Transport Ministry Moves to Enhance Road Safety UncategorizedDecember 12, 2008center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail With road fatalities for the year hovering close to the 300 mark, Transport and Works Minister, Michael Henry, has said that the Ministry is moving to implement measures aimed at enhancing safety on the island’s thoroughfares.Some of these measures include installing signs and proper road markings, and improving driving instruction and training.Speaking at the launch of the Jamaica Automobile Association’s (JAA) ‘Make Cars Green’ initiative at the JAA’s Swallowfield offices in Kingston on Wednesday (Dec. 10), Mr. Henry lamented the number of fatalities on Jamaica’s roads, noting that they are taking a toll on the nation’s resources.“The accidents ratio. is a great drain on the health service. It is a great impact on the lives of everyone. it is something that we can prevent. (By) being careful, planning carefully, looking at how driver’s licences are issued, looking at the value of life, that (is how) we (can) begin to address (the challenge),” he stated.He informed that the necessary equipment will be sourced to place the requisite markings on the roads, which will serve to better guide all users. He said new reflectors will be installed along the toll roads, while the signs along the thoroughfares will also be improved.“You will now see that there are signs on the bridges of the toll roads. These signs (however) are not large enough, by my feeling, so we will add to that. Additionally, we want the signs to have a specific meaning. The blue signs give you the direction, the brown signs should give you heritage sites, and the green signs should give you locations. I am hoping that we can implement (a) programme of driving by symbols… because in international countries, where people don’t speak the same language, you drive by symbols,” Mr. Henry outlined.In the meantime, the Minister appealed for motorists and other users of the roads, to exercise caution during the Christmas season.“I am making this appeal…for us to drive carefully…(and) cautiously. Speeding is a major (cause of) accidents. You are responsible for the car once you get behind the wheel. Therefore, by extension, you are responsible for (the) lives (of the persons) you are driving,” Mr. Henry implored.A project of the International Automobile Federation’s (FIA), the ‘Make Cars Green’ initiative aims to reduce the impact of cars of the environment, by encouraging ecologically sound motoring. In keeping with the initiative, motorists are encouraged to adopt a number of energy saving measures including purchasing energy saving vehicles, checking tyre pressures frequently, reducing load, saving on air conditioning, and keeping speed constant.The JAA hopes that the introduction of the project locally will help to raise the level of environmental awareness, and enhance road safety in Jamaica. RelatedTransport Ministry Moves to Enhance Road Safetylast_img read more