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But they may face challenges (such as regulatory changes) that lead to an evolving dividend outlook. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the yield obtained from any stock is sufficiently high given its risk profile and long-term prospects.Income stocks with affordable dividendsThe future prospects for all income stocks are arguably less certain now than they have been for a number of years. Therefore, it is logical for investors to demand a margin of safety so that there is less chance of dividends being reduced.For example, you may wish to only purchase those stocks that have dividends covered generously by net profit. This means that if sales and profitability fall in the coming months, there is a higher chance that they will be able to afford their dividend payouts. Furthermore, there may be a greater prospect of dividend growth that outperforms inflation in the coming years.Checking the dividend cover of any income stocks is straightforward. 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About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 5 May 2011 | News 21 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Awards Institute of Fundraising Recruitment / people AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Institute of Fundraising is inviting its members to honour outstanding contributors to fundraising by nominating them as Fellows. Fellowship is recognition, by fundraisers and others within the profession, of those who have made a major contribution to fundraising as well as to the work of the Institute.Nominations are scrutinised by a panel of Trustees and other members. Recommendations are then taken to the Board of Trustees and the successful nominees will be announced at the Institute’s AGM on 5 July.Bruce Leeke, Acting Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, said: “A Fellow could be someone who has done a lot to advance the professionalism of fundraising, or taken on our sector’s learning agenda; a fundraiser who has developed a new approach, or who has led well by example.”Recent Fellows include Mike Wade, Dominic Jenkins, Simon George, Daryl Upsall, Charles Gibbs, Isobel Michael, Michael Caudrey and Valerie Morton.The deadline for nominations is midday on 2 June 2011.www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/pressnews/topstories/nominateforwardthinkingfundraisersforfellowship Nominations sought for Institute Fellows
News April 29, 2021 Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria A Tamanrasset criminal court today denied a request for Karèche’srelease that was submitted by his lawyers. Organisation News “The decision to continue detaining Rabah Karèche isincomprehensible,” said Souhaieb Khayati, the head of RSF’s NorthAfrica desk. “We call for his immediate release and the withdrawalof all the charges against this journalist, who was just doing hisjob to report the news.” Karèche is facing up to ten years in prison on charges of “creatingan electronic account dedicated to spreading information likely tocause segregation and hatred in society,” “deliberately spreadingfalse information likely to endanger public order,” and “usingvarious means to undermine national security and unity.” March 25, 2021 Find out more RSF_en AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources ImprisonedImpunityInternetJudicial harassment Article 54 guarantees the freedom of the “print, broadcast andsocial media” but limits it to “the right to disseminateinformation, ideas, images and opinions within the framework of thelaw and respect for the constants and religious, moral and culturalvalues of the nation.” Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections May 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information One of Karèche’s lawyers, Amirouche Bakouri, told RSF he regardedhis detention as “exceptional,” even for Algeria, and describedArticle 54 of the Algerian constitution, protecting press freedom, as“nothing more than a political speech and a shop window for theinternational community.” to go further Receive email alerts News May 18, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Algeria Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Algerian authorities to free Rabah Karèche, the newspaper Liberté’s correspondent in Tamanrasset, 900 km south of Algiers, who has been held since 19 April after covering protests by the Ahaggar region’s Tuareg population against new territorial divisions. Algeria is ranked 146th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2021 WorldPress Freedom Index. AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources ImprisonedImpunityInternetJudicial harassment RSF’s Algeria correspondent, Khaled Drareni, to be retried
Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 6 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website More Cool Stuff Business News Community News Make a comment top box 1 The Weekend – and Perhaps Much of January – Will See Rain Published on Friday, January 4, 2019 | 8:37 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena residents should expect rainy weather this weekend as a moderate storm system moves through Southern California, bringing rain and mountain snow to most locations. After a break on Monday and early Tuesday, another storm is likely Tuesday evening through Thursday, the National Weather Service said.Julie Malingowski, an NWS meteorologist, said the weather outlook for the next couple of weeks indicates above-normal precipitation. Looking toward the next couple of months, the odds are also in favor of above-average precipitation, Malingowski told the Los Angeles Times.A NWS forecast discussion early Friday said rain totals are expected to be between a half to an inch in the valleys, and a half to 1.5 inches in the foothills and mountains, with possibly localized higher amounts of rain when thunderstorms occur.The NWS warned that rain falling on roadways can mix with oil buildup and create extra slippery conditions for motorists, especially at the onset of rain. Water could also pond on the roadways and create a heightened risk of vehicles hydroplaning while traveling at highway speeds.Saturday should be rainy, with an 80 percent chance as NWS predicts. Rain would be mainly after 5 p.m. Highs will be near 60, with a southeast wind at around five miles per hour.Saturday night should see rain before 11 p.m., followed by showers and possibly a thunderstorm. An east southeast wind prevails at around five mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.Sunday should have a 50 percent chance of showers, and should be mostly cloudy, with a high near 60, and a calm wind at five mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Sunday night should be partly cloudy, with a low around 43.Monday should be mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Monday night should be partly cloudy, with a low around 47.Tuesday is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 67. A slight chance of rain is possible Tuesday night, but it should be mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.Wednesday should see a chance of rain and should be mostly cloudy, with a high near 63. Wednesday night should also see a chance of rain, and should be mostly cloudy, with a low around 45.A slight chance of showers is expected Thursday, which should be partly sunny, with a high near 63.
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amphotora/iStockBy EMILY SHAPIRO and STEPHANIE WASH, ABC News(ATLANTA) — Atlanta police officer Devin Brosnan, who is facing charges in the fatal police shooting of Rayshard Brooks, has turned himself in, his attorney said.Brosnan arrived at the Fulton County jail shortly before 11 a.m. ET Thursday. Brosnan and former officer Garrett Rolfe were told to surrender by 6 p.m. Thursday.Brosnan’s bond was set and he was released shortly after. Brosnan will not appear in court for a bond hearing, his attorney, Don Samuel, said.Brosnan is facing two charges of violations of oath and a charge of aggravated assault for allegedly standing on Brooks’ shoulder after he was shot by Rolfe, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said.The deadly shooting unfolded on Friday in a Wendy’s parking lot. Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, was running away when he was shot by Rolfe, and at that time, Brooks “did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious physical injury,” Howard said Wednesday.Rolfe has been fired and is facing charges including felony murder and aggravated assault.If convicted of felony murder, Rolfe could face the death penalty, Howard said.The police-involved shooting began when officers were called to the parking lot for reports of a man, later identified as Brooks, asleep in his car. Police gave Brooks a Breathalyzer test, which registered a blood-alcohol level of .108%, above the legal limit of .08%.When officers tried to put him in handcuffs, Brooks struggled, wrestled with both officers on the ground and then grabbed an officer’s stun gun.Surveillance video showed Brooks running through the parking lot with the officers behind him. At one point, Brooks turned and allegedly shot the stun gun at Rolfe, who drew his weapon and opened fire.Brooks died from two gunshots to his back, the medical examiner determined.When the shot was fired, Rolfe made an “excited utterance,” and said, “I got him,” according to Howard.Attorneys for the officers said Wednesday that Rolfe’s actions were justified under the law.“Instead of merely trying to escape, Mr. Brooks reached back with his arm extended and pointed an object at Officer Rolfe. Officer Rolfe heard a sound like a gunshot and saw a flash in front of him. Fearing for his safety, and the safety of the civilians around him, Officer Rolfe dropped his taser and fired his service weapon at the only portion of Mr. Brooks that presented to him — Mr. Brooks’ back,” the attorneys said. “When Mr. Brooks turned and pointed an object at Officer Rolfe, any officer would have reasonably believed that he intended to disarm, disable, or seriously injure him.”Samuel, Brosnan’s attorney, called Brosnan’s behavior “exemplary.”“Brosnan never pulled out his gun,” Samuel said in a statement Wednesday. “He tried to pull out his taser when Mr. Brooks resisted arrest and fought with both of the officers. Devin was knocked to the ground and his head hit the pavement and he suffered a concussion.”After the shooting, “Devin tried to stabilize Mr. Brooks. Other officers arrived on the scene in less than one minute from when Devin caught up to where Mr. Brooks had fallen. He removed Mr. Brooks’ shirt and along with the other officer applied first aid, including CPR. Despite a crowd that was yelling, Devin did what he could to save Mr. Brooks.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Sir Richard Branson has fallen into that dangerous media category also occupiedby the likes of Robbie Williams, Chris Tarrant and Tony Blair – theover-exposed. One day they were all the darlings of the media, up on a pedestal; the next,they were over-exposed and heading earthwards. It can be a simple trigger – onesong too many about yourself, another contrived pause for the audience, or thatlast insincere promise. The press may have tired of them, but that doesn’t mean they have becomeunpopular with the important people – the public. Their songs still get tonumber one, they still attract huge TV ratings and still live in DowningStreet. And they still inspire, entertain or lead large numbers of people. Despite Richard Branson’s love affair with the press being over, he hasdelivered all three of these things for more than 30 years, and the people lovehim. Whenever there is a poll for a hypothetical leader, Branson always wins –if the public had had their way, he would be the Mayor of London and theDemocratic Republic of Britain’s head of state. Branson may have pulled one publicity stunt too many (surely it was a crimeagainst humanity for him to don a wedding dress for the launch of VirginBride), but I challenge you to name a better British business leader. In fact,just try naming 10 British business leaders, good or bad. In a square mile ofgrey suits, Branson is a noisy maverick, a bit of fun. But does being exuberant and fun make him the Greatest Briton in Managementand Leadership? To win this title – and I am confident he will win – I have toprove three things. First, that he is a great businessman; second, a greatleader and, finally, a great Briton. His business record is no joke. While he claims to have only recently workedout the difference between net and gross, the 53-year-old has created abusiness empire of more than 270 branded companies. He is personally worth acool £1bn. While many have accused him of being a lucky chancer, this could not befurther from the truth. Branson does take chances, but he manages the riskcarefully. Look at his launches into the cola and mobile phones markets. In hiswar with the Coke giants, Branson ensured that the costs of producing VirginCola were negligible, so his risk only relates to the size of the marketingbudget. In the mobile phones market, the expensive part is setting up andmaintaining the communication network. But Branson hooked up with T-Mobile anduses its network, cutting overheads and allowing it to deliver better value tothe customer. This sort of opportunism, and his habitual re-investment in hisbusinesses, has led to the Virgin Group having an annual turnover of £3.5bn. But is he a great leader? People work for Virgin because they want to workfor Branson. He has imbued all of his companies with his enthusiasm, andconsequently, Virgin constantly vies with the BBC and the Foreign Office forthe top spot in graduates’ employer wish lists. Mike Broad is assistant editor of Personnel Today”Convention dictates that a company should look after its shareholdersfirst, its customers next and last of all worry about its employees,” saysBranson. “Virgin does the opposite. For us employees matter most. It justseems common sense to me that if you start with a happy, well-motivatedworkforce, you’re much more likely to have happy customers. In due course theresulting profits will make your shareholders happy.” A great Briton? Undoubtedly. We love an underdog, and Branson alwayspositions himself as the little man. He took on British Airways over their‘dirty tricks’ campaign and had his day in court. OK, he was less successful attaking on the ‘fat cats’ of Camelot – but he still received great publicsupport. “My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparentlyunachievable challenges, and trying to rise above them,” he says. We also love a self-made man. Branson doesn’t have an Oxbridge degree, or arich daddy. He is one of us (despite owning a Caribbean island). There have also been the big gestures. He flew to Baghdad to rescue the‘human shield’ prior to the Gulf War, and bid to run the National Lotteryfranchise on a not-for-profit basis. But he is no saint. He had an early run-in with the authorities over musicbootlegging, and more recently journalists made a lot of the offshore financingof his businesses to reduce his tax liabilities. While legal, it is hardly thework of a great philanthropist. In contrast, Bill Gates is spending his timecreating the world’s largest charity. But surely this just adds to Branson’s charisma; he’s a scruffy,balloon-flying maverick, who gets his kicks from challenging the establishedorder and creating businesses that he can be proud of. He doesn’t have a highercalling, but who cares? The 35,000 employees who have helped him create one ofthe world’s leading brands certainly don’t. “Some people say that my vision for Virgin breaks all the rules and istoo wildly kaleidoscopic; others analyse it down to the last degree and thenwrite academic papers on it. As for me, I just pick up the phone and get onwith it,” he says. Gates may be a great philanthropist, and one of the few businessmen with apersonal and corporate brand as strong as Branson’s, but who would you ratherhave lunch with? And, more importantly, who would you rather work for? Branson’s CV1950 Branson is born in Surrey1968 After leaving school with few qualifications, Branson launches Studentmagazine1971 Opens first Virgin record shop in London1973 Virgin record label is launched and releases Mike Oldfield’s TubularBells1984 Takes to the air with Virgin Atlantic1993 Wins libel action against British Airways2000 Fails in bid to run National Lottery2001 Significant expansion of Virgin companies, including Atlantic, Mobile,Money and ActiveMake your vote countHere’s a reminder of the nominees Geoffrey De Havilland Nominated by Linda Holbeche,director of research at Roffey ParkGeoffrey de Havilland was a pioneering pilot and led theaviation industry. He designed, tested and built planes that were vital to ourcountry’s success in the Second World War, such as the Mosquito fighter-bomber.He was a bold risk-taker, but treated his staff fairly. He ensured good workingconditions in his factories, trail-blazed sponsored apprenticeships, and wenton to launch the first commercial jet liner. Ernest BevinNominated by Brendan Barber,general secretary elect of the TUCDespite being the illegitimate seventh child of an impoverisheddomestic worker, Ernest Bevin rose to sit alongside Winston Churchill in theWar Cabinet. A manual worker until the age of 30, he rose rapidly through theunion ranks, working ceaselessly to deliver better living standards forworkers. In later life, he became foreign secretary and helped create thesettlement that led to Britain’s withdrawal from the Empire.Alexander Graham BellNominated by Paul Pagliari, HRdirector of Scottish WaterAlexander Graham Bell had a visionary understanding of thepower and potential of communication. On 7 March 1876, Bell patented thetelephone at the tender age of 29 – six years after immigrating to America. Heshrank the world and started the information revolution that continues in ourworkplaces today. He helped establish the Bell Telephone Company, and lobbiedvociferously for the education of deaf people.Mike Brearley Nominated by Tim Yeo, Shadow Secretaryof State for Trade and IndustryMike Brearley was one of the finest England cricket captainsever. He led the team in 31 test matches, winning 18 and losing only four. Hewas an inspired leader and motivator, and will be remembered for bringing homethe Ashes in 1981 – overcoming seemingly impossible odds. Following hiscricketing retirement, Brearley wrote a definitive work on leadership entitledThe Art of Captaincy.John ReithNominated by Will Hutton, chiefexecutive of The Work FoundationThe greatest test of leadership is an organisation’s ability toprosper over time. John Reith achieved this as the first director general ofthe BBC. Unlike so many organisations in the UK, the BBC works. Its strongreputation for creativity and professionalism has created extraordinaryloyalty. The BBC informs, educates and entertains as part of its duty to thepublic – and it was Reith who unwaveringly insisted on this ethic.Anita RoddickNominated by Max McKeown, leadingmanagement authorAnita Roddick created a $1bn, top 50 brand in The Body Shop,and yet profit was never her motive. She wanted to create an organisation thatdelivered more than shareholder value – one that brought ethics into business,inspired women, and gave its staff the best working conditions and benefits.Roddick stood down from the board last year, promising to campaign for humanrights in the future. Jack Jones Nominated by Stephen Bubb, chiefexecutive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary OrganisationsIn the 1970s, the press claimed that Jack Jones – then generalsecretary of the T&G union – ran the country. He brokered the pioneering‘social contract’ between the Government, industry and the unions, which sawthe unions restrain pay claims for the good of the economy. He also forged theidea of ‘industrial democracy’, which led to employees being treated asstakeholders.Adrian CadburyNominated by Geoff Armstrong,director general of the CIPDSir Adrian Cadbury led his family firm towards being a globalplayer – as Cadbury Schweppes – and pioneered business thinking on managementethics, governance and social responsibility. He articulated the valuesunderpinning progressive people management, and showed practices could bedesigned to draw the best from employees. He led the seminal review ofcorporate governance in the 1990s that bears his name.Ernest ShackletonNominated by Ruth Spellman, chiefexecutive, Investors in PeopleLeadership in the 20th century was typically hierarchical, butErnest Shackleton led by example. Despite all three of his polar missionsending in failure, he brought every member of his party back safely, againstthe odds. He offers a tangible role model not based on modern managementtheory, but on real-life experience. Through his experiences, we realise theimportance of building teams and recognising the strength of individuals.Richard BransonNominated by Mike Broad, assistanteditor, Personnel TodaySir Richard Branson has entertained and inspired his staff andthe public for more than 30 years. He has risen from running a strugglingstudent magazine in a basement flat to driving a global brand that turns over£3.5bn. His companies – which employ 35,000 people – are all imbued with hisvalues of opportunism and fun, and Virgin Group has become the pre-eminentemployer of choice. The greatest briton: Richard Branson by Mike BroadOn 18 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
Industry news The US Navy’s 11th Virginia-class attack submarine was christened in Groton, Conn., Nov. 2, during a late-morning ceremony at the General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) shipyard.The ceremony marked the official naming of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) North Dakota (SSN 784). The ship is currently under construction by both GDEB and Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, through a teaming arrangement.Ship sponsor Katie Fowler, wife of retired Vice Adm. Jeff Fowler, was on hand to officially christen the submarine by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine against the back of the boat’s sail. “In the name of the United States, I christen thee North Dakota. May God bless her and all that sail in her,” said Mrs. Fowler just before giving the bottle a brisk swing.During keynote remarks, Commander Submarine Forces Vice Adm. Michael Connor told more than 4,500 dignitaries, Sailors, and shipyard personnel in attendance that the Navy needs the nuclear-powered attack submarine as soon as “practical.” “The Submarine Force eagerly awaits the day when USS North Dakota will assume the watch and establish a legendary reputation worthy of the name North Dakota,” said Connor. “There’s still much to be done, and there is not a moment to lose.”PCU North Dakota is the second Navy ship named after the 39th state. The first was a Delaware-class dreadnought battleship.SSN 784’s name was chosen in honor of North Dakota’s proud military heritage. Seventeen North Dakotans have been awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in combat.In future years, the attack submarine will deliver speed, agility, stealth, endurance and firepower to combatant commanders directing U.S. military operations around the globe.Virginia-class subs have improved stealth and sophisticated surveillance capabilities. Their special warfare enhancements enable them to meet multiple mission requirements.North Dakota will be able to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces. Its reactor plant is designed so that it will not require refueling during the planned life of the ship, reducing lifecycle costs while increasing time at sea.North Dakota’s construction will continue during the next few months as its 138 crewmembers prepare to evaluate the ship’s seaworthiness and operational performance during sea trials. “The Navy and the nation count on our submarine force to deliver relevant and powerful capabilities where and when it matters, and nothing is more important to meeting that commitment than building the most capable submarines in the world,” said Rear Adm. Ken Perry, commander, Submarine Group 2.In addition to surveillance missions, North Dakota will be able to perform anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare; deliver and support special forces; and conduct mine delivery and minefield mapping operations. “Every phase of submarine construction requires world-class expertise and close partnership, and today’s christening at Electric Boat signifies a key milestone in that partnership toward delivering North Dakota to the fleet,” Perry added.PCU North Dakota is scheduled officially join the Navy fleet once commissioned in early 2014.The submarine measures 377 feet in length and has a beam of 34 feet. It will displace 7,800 tons and be capable of operating at more than 25 knots under water.[mappress]Press Release,November 4, 2013; Image: US Navy Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Christens 11th Virginia-Class Attack Sub November 4, 2013 US Navy Christens 11th Virginia-Class Attack Sub
Oxford University has expressed uncertainty over a government-proposed plan to introduce a post-qualification admission (PQA) system, despite being encouraged to back it by the Department for Education and Skills.The Director-General for Higher Education at the DfES, Sir Alan Wilson, outlined a move towards a PQA system in a paper launched on 9 September. In the foreward he states, “Under a PQA system, applications would be made when exam results are known. This would enable students to apply for places that best matched their ability and needs. Higher Education Institutes would consider applications on the basis of more accurate information about students than at present. This would allow them to make better quality decisions, based on reliable and fair assessment of each student’s ability.”Oxford University is amongst the institutions showing resistance to the PQA plan. A spokesperson for the University told Cherwell that Oxford “supports the idea [of PQA] in principle as long as it does not affect the University’s ability to maintain a high calibre of students. The fair way to do things is to assess everyone at once and give all the places at once, and the proposals wouldn’t allow that”. The University is still to respond formally to the PQA proposals sent out over the summer.Currently students are accepted by universities based on predicted grades, over half of which turn out to be incorrect according to a recent study by the Sutton Trust. The same study claims that the current system has disproportionately negative effects for students from lower-performance schools, as they are more likely to be predicted grades below their actual achievements.Under the PQA plan, universities would offer places to students at two different times during the year. The first offers would be made, as they are now, based on predicted grades and other achievements. However, universities would be required to set aside a stipulated number of places available only to students applying after the release of their final examination results.Wilson spoke about the implementation of the potential changes, “We are clear – and all the soundings we have taken so far confirm our view – that it is not the Government’s role to impose or to be primarily responsible for implementing change.“We heard strong arguments though that such a complex and far-reaching programme of reform is unlikely to be successful if it is left to develop in a wholly piecemeal fashion. We suggest that there is a clear need for leadership and co-ordination of the reform programme and that this role is for the various sector stakeholders acting in partnership.”ARCHIVE: 0th week MT 2005