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  11th May 2009  

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Packaging Regulations Obligated Data - 8 MAY 2009
The EA have now published the first cut of 2009 obligated data on the NPWD website. It shows a decline of 6% in reported packaging, but so far, 400 fewer businesses have reported than last year's total.

Batteries Regulations Guidance published 06 MAY 2009
BERR and Defra have published the Government Guidance Notes for the Batteries Regulations.

Final 2008 WEEE data released 05 MAY 2009
The EA have released the final data for 2008. There is little change from the previous numbers issued and the Agency have confirmed that market share targets will be based on the Settlement Centre data anyway. 

Batteries consultation responses published 05 MAY 2009
BERR have published the summary of responses to the Batteries Regulations consultation which explains the decisions taken by Government on the various questions raised.


The following is a list of responses from people asked to describe their job in one sentence:

  1. Read things that don’t matter, then write papers saying they do matter, for points that don’t matter, in order to get a job doing something totally unrelated: Student
  2. Take numbers on pieces of paper, rearrange them and put them on different pieces of paper: Tax Accountant
  3. Explain big words to sales people and then cower before customers while trying to convince them that the sales people really didn’t say what the customers understood: Customer Solutions Engineer
  4. Show you innovative ways to burn money in the spirit of patriotism: Fireworks Stand Manager
  5. Help people lie consistently to their bosses: Business Intelligence Consultant
  6. Teach your kids enough to complain but not enough to make a difference: College Teacher
  7. Make people who are already filthy rich somewhat richer by duping poor people into buying stuff they don’t need: Corporate Software Engineer
  8. Supervise the guys and gals who try to protect the good people from the bad, only to be hated by the good people AND the bad: Police Sergeant
  9. Make corporate propaganda feel like folksy truthisms: TV Ad Director
  10. Manage waste recycling, promotion & sales: Antiques Dealer
  11. Arrive after the battle and bayonet all the wounded: Auditor
  12. Sell gas: Energy and Telecom Business Analyst
  13. Provide arcane information on a need-to-know basis: Chief Accountant
  14. Manage urban renewal and pest control: B-52 Bomber pilot
  15. Persuade kids that it’s really fun being wet, cold and scared out of their minds: Sailing Instructor
  16. Ensure that stupid people stay in the gene pool: Lifeguard
  17. Spend most of the day looking out the window: Pilot
  18. Take a simple two-way promise and turn it into several complicated one-way promises which neither side can understand or hope to fulfill: Lawyer
  19. Bring a little rain into the lives of flood victims: Debt Collector
  20. Have people spend far more than they estimated: Building Inspector
  21. Make sure nothing ever happens: IT Security
  22. Copy and paste the Internet: Student

And on a similar vein - Newspaper Clipping

A survey of CV blunders reveals that job applicants are blowing their chances with gaffes such as listing their interests as "cooking dogs". Experts found that 94% of job hunters risked missing out on vacancies through CV blunders such as poor spelling, grammar or presentation on their CVs. Failure to use the comma led to embarrassing disclosures such as: "My interests include cooking dogs and interesting people." In some cases, applicants' attempts to impress potential employers failed through the odd missed word, with phrases such as: "I was responsible for dissatisfied customers." For others, the omission of a single letter consigned their CV to the dustbin: "I am a pubic relations officer." From a sample of 450 CVs, researchers found that 81% were laden with spelling and grammatical errors, while nearly half were poorly laid out. A mere six per cent were error-free, the study by career advisers Personal Career Management (PCM) concluded. Mistakes were not confined to applicants for menial roles either - many of the CVs riddled with errors were drafted by CEOs, professionals and recent graduates, researchers said. Corinne Mills, managing director of PCM, said: "Many of the people whose CVs end up in the waste paper bin are perfectly capable of doing the job. However, a poor CV means they will not get the opportunity to prove it. "Why would anyone want to employ a lawyer or a secretary who makes spelling mistakes or errors? If they can't pay attention to their own CV, why would you trust them to work on any of your documents?"