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student receives award for Ghanaian toilet


A Chinese postgraduate has been named North West International Student of the Year after giving an African village its first public toilet.


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Tian Peng, who is studying at the University of Manchester, won the regional title in the British Council's Shine! International Student Awards 2011. The British Council competition asked international students to write a personal letter home about their experiences since arriving in the UK.


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Her letter spoke of her volunteer work for a not-for-profit social enterprise in Ghana and was picked as the North West winner from 1,220 entries.


She came up with the idea of the toilet after visiting Ghana while doing voluntary work. The toilet uses urine diverting dry toilet technology, which separates human waste and makes organic fertilizers for agriculture.


Take the smartstrand Challenge with mohawk


Mohawk’s SmartStrand carpet has been through the ultimate challenge and come up trumps at the feet of Ricko, the 12 year-old one and a quarter ton Rhino resident at Alabama’s Birmingham Zoo.


For two solid weeks Mohawk’s SmartStrand carpet was installed in Ricko’s enclosure, getting the full rhino treatment that left some severe staining on the deep cream pile. Seeming beyond repair, Ricko’s carpet was professionally cleaned using hot water extraction and Mohawk Floorcare Essentials spot remover. The result was a carpet rejuvenated and according to the zoo’s mammal curator, one that looked ‘as good as new.’ Ricko is still the only rhino in the world to have a luxurious carpeted enclosure.


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Consternation as youth unemployment is predicted to rise


Demos, the influential left-of-centre think-tank, has warned that the threat of youth unemployment is being severely underestimated and that the number of unemployed 16 to 24 year-olds is likely to grow to 1.2m by 2015. Its forthcoming report- The Forgotten Half - looks at the career path of young people who do not go to university, and calls for national insurance contributions for under-25s to either be waived or reduced in order to encourage more young people to enter the workplace.


In 2009 the number of school-leavers not in education, employment or training – NEETS – surpassed a million. Demos warned that while youth unemployment in the 1990s hovered around 10% and 15%, the recession has made 20% the new norm.


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Mark Woodhead, Chairman of the British Cleaning Council, commented: “This report paints a very worrying picture for the future and we must do everything we can to ensure that the talents and enthusiasm of the generation now entering the workplace are properly used. We call on the government to follow through with its commitment to apprenticeships, and implement progressive tax measures to make it more efficient to hire and retain workers embarking on their careers.”


Meanwhile, the Office for National Statistics is soon to publish the number of UK neets between October and December last year, with some economists predicting another rise. Unemployment figures published last week showed that 965,000 16- to 24-year-olds are unemployed, the highest level since records began in 1992.


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