News story: National award for supporting young people in space

first_img I could not have done it without the team of student volunteers who give up their spare time to highlight the importance of the space sector, and provide opportunities for young people to launch their careers. Industry/ Project Team – Oxford Space Systems Industry/ Project Individual – Magali Vaissiere Academic Study/ Research – The UK Cassini-Huygens Team Team Education & Outreach – ESSERO-UK Space Ambassadors Individual Education and Outreach – Vix Southgate Media, broadcast and written – BBC2 ‘Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?’ Lifetime Achievement – Richard Peckham International Space Achievement – SpaceX Falcon Team I’m honoured to have been awarded with a Sir Arthur Clarke for my work with UKSEDS and SpaceCareers.uk. Robert served on the UK’s national student space society (UKSEDS) Executive Committee and Board of trustees, where he helped run the organisation and developed opportunities for fellow students by building partnerships with major space companies and supporting the organisation of the National Student Space Conference.Robert studied Physics (with Space Science and Technology) at the University of Leicester and completed his Aerospace Engineering PhD at the University of Strathclyde. He now works in the UK Space Agency’s Chief Engineer’s office as a Mission Analyst.The UK Space Agency recently (5 October 2018) unveiled a list of space sector work placements available to recent graduates or postgraduate students. The full list of placements can be found on SpaceCareers.uk.Earlier this year, the Agency announced an allocation of up to £4 million to find solutions to major challenges facing the NHS in its 70th anniversary with NHS England.The Agency’s Emily Gravestock, Head of Applications, was finalist for the Individual Industry/Project award for this collaborative work with the NHS.The Sir Arthur Clarke Awards were presented yesterday (1 November 2018) at the British Interplanetary Society’s Reinventing Space Conference.Other winners include: SpaceCareers.uk launched in 2015 and has since helped thousands of young people find their dream job in space.Robert Garner, Mission Analyst at the UK Space Agency said,last_img read more

Speech: The Potential for the First Free and Fair Elections in DRC History

first_imgThank you Mr President. I would like to thank both of our briefers, SRSG Zerroughi and Ms Mbela for their briefings. I’d particularly like to thank Ms Mbela for her brave work as a human rights activist in DRC and for making such clear recommendations to the Council, to her government and to the Electoral Commission and I hope to touch on some of those recommendations later.Mr President as both of our briefers and many of my colleagues today have made clear, the DRC is at a crucial point in her history. The elections scheduled for 23 December could lead to the country’s first ever peaceful democratic transfer of power. This would be a huge achievement for the 85 million Congolese people who have faced such devastating conflicts over their history.These elections are about more than simply democratic rights. Successful elections have the ability to enhance the political security and humanitarian stability in the DRC and the region which will in turn enable future security, growth, trade and prosperity.A stable, prosperous DRC is vital not only for the Congolese people but also for the region and the world. As we have seen over many years, insecurity in the DRC not only has a negative impact on millions of Congolese, but has devastated the wider region. Therefore it’s completely right that we as a Council hold regular discussions, follow the situation closely, and ensure follow-up to the Security Council visit just over a month ago, and in particular to take stock of progress against many of the commitments that we received from the government and other political leaders in the DRC.Mr President, I do think it’s important to register the positive developments that have happened in recent months. We welcome the positive steps taken by the government towards elections, including on voter registration and the publication of the final list of candidates for the elections. We also welcome President Kabila’s repeated commitment that he does not intend to stand for a third term as per the Constitution of the DRC. But as Ambassador Haley reminded us earlier today, democracy isn’t just about a single event; it’s about a process. So we call on all political actors in the DRC to create the conditions for free and fair and credible elections, in particular, by implementing the confidence building measures of the 31 December Agreement, ensuring that civil and political rights are upheld. This includes fully respecting the political space and allowing political parties to gather peacefully.We welcome President Kabila’s commitment to this Security Council during our visit that his government would allow peaceful protests by the opposition. We are therefore deeply concerned by the reports of further arrests and detentions of protesters and the continued detention of political prisoners. We call on President Kabila and his government to live up to their commitments to allow peaceful protest by the opposition and to release all political prisoners.Political parties and their leadership must also do their part and encourage their supporters to engage in the democratic process peacefully. Any violence will diminish the credibility of elections in the eyes of the Congolese people and the international community.We also call on the key political actors, including the opposition, to engage constructively with the electoral process, including on the vexed question of voting machines and the voter register. The efforts of the Electoral Commission are crucial to deliver a credible election. And we join Ms Mbela in calling on the electoral commission to engage with key stakeholders, to address concerns and restore confidence in the electoral process.One way of restoring confidence in the electoral process and the elections, and in particular in the voting machines, would be through the implementation of the recommendations of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. We were encouraged that during the Council’s visit to Kinshasa, the Electoral Commission said that they were determined to implement the recommendations by the Westminster Foundation. We would encourage the Electoral Commission to continue to implement those recommendations as soon as possible to increase confidence in the voting machines.Mr President, we commend the logistical support that MINUSCO has provided so far for the upcoming elections and welcome that they stand ready to give further support if needed on request from the government of the DRC. We call on the electoral commission to engage with MINUSCO as soon as possible on any logistical assistance that may be required.The United Kingdom stands ready to support the political process both in the region, where we’ve provided funding on voter education, civil society engagement, and women’s participation and domestic observation, and here at the United Nations.Mr President, in conclusion it’s not the politicians that stand to win or lose the most in these elections. It is the people of the DRC. The people who have seen devastating levels of conflict and resulting humanitarian suffering since independence. So we call on all leaders to put aside their personal ambition and to do what is right for their people: participate in and support potentially the first of many credible elections in the DRC.Thank you.last_img read more

Press release: UK Statement on Allegations of Chemical Weapons Use in Aleppo

first_imgFCO Spokesperson: Email [email protected] The Syrian regime and its supporters have alleged that opposition forces carried out a chlorine attack on civilians in Aleppo on 24th November. We have seen nothing to support the claims made by Russia and Syria. It is likely that this was either a staged incident intended to frame the opposition, or an operation which went wrong and from which Russia and the regime sought to take advantage. We continue to work closely with international partners to establish more fully exactly what happened. We encourage those with relevant information to share it, and cooperate fully with the OPCW as it gathers information to further assess the incident. It is important for Syrians and the international community that the truth comes out. We frequently see the Syrian regime and its partners making false claims and using disinformation to cover their tracks. Allegations that the UK or its allies are in any way involved in this, or any other incident involving chemical weapons in Syria, are complete fabrications.center_img The United States has today also issued a statement on this incident – https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/12/287941.htmFurther informationFollow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Media enquiries For journalists The UK assesses it highly unlikely that chlorine was used in this incident, as the regime and its Russian allies have claimed. It is highly unlikely that the opposition was responsible.last_img read more

News story: D-Day 75: events to mark 75th anniversary of Normandy Landings announced

first_img 75 years ago the forces of 13 Allied countries gathered in Britain before launching the historic operation to liberate Europe. Winston Churchill rightly said that D-Day was “undoubtedly the most complicated and difficult” operation that had ever taken place. This June we will show our veterans that the debt to them is never forgotten for the price they paid for the freedom and peace we now enjoy. Events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day in June 2019 have been announced at an event at The D-Day Story in Portsmouth.Vice Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Gordon Messenger announced the official commemorations during a visit to The D-Day Story in Portsmouth. The Ministry of Defence has worked with The Royal British Legion and Portsmouth City Council to organise a series of events to take place in Portsmouth and Normandy.The centrepiece of the D-Day 75 programme will be a specially-chartered ship which will carry D-Day veterans to key commemorations in Portsmouth and Normandy in June. The ship, chartered with funds from The Royal British Legion and a LIBOR grant from HM Treasury, will offer the veterans and their carers accommodation and travel for the duration of their visit at no cost to them.Welcoming the announcement, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Earlier today, the Defence Secretary published an open letter to D-Day veterans inviting them to register to take part in the commemorations. The key commemoration events will include an inauguration at the site of the Normandy Memorial Trust’s British Normandy Memorial and The Royal British Legion’s services at Bayeux Cathedral and Bayeux Cemetery. The commemorations will conclude with an evening of music and entertainment for veterans beside the beaches at Arromanches.Portsmouth, from where much of the D-Day landing force sailed in 1944, will be the focal point of the UK commemorations and will host the UK national event on 5 June 2019. Portsmouth City Council is planning a series of events over five days to reflect the area’s unique role in one of the largest and well-known military operations in history.Cllr Gerald Vernon Jackson, Leader, Portsmouth City Council said: D-Day veterans or those who would like to help a veteran attend the commemorations are asked to register with The Royal British Legion using the forms available on their website.The Royal British Legion’s Commemorative Events Lead, Bob Gamble OBE, said: This June the city will be the focal point for reflection on the events of 1944. Veterans, military personnel and civilians will commemorate those lost and celebrate the achievements of the operation that sailed from Portsmouth 75 years ago. It’s fitting that we’re revealing the programme of events for D-Day 75 at The D-Day Story – the museum which has captured the human stories of those involved in that epic event. As we mark 75 years since the largest seaborne invasion the world has ever seen we salute the bravery and sacrifice of all those who took part in liberating Europe. We invite those who wish to attend the events to commemorate their historic achievements to get in touch with the Legion and join our all-costs-covered journey by ship back to France. The veterans will be the VIPs at this event and we will make sure their every need is catered for as they travel back to Normandy to take part in this landmark event.last_img read more

News story: Labour market statistics March 2019

first_imgLatest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that Scotland’s unemployment rate is 3.4% which is the lowest on record and below that of the UK as a whole at 3.9%. Furthermore, the number of people employed in Scotland is close to the recent record high at 2,676,000. Although, Scotland’s employment rate, at 75.3%, remains below the UK’s rate at 76.1%.In response to today’s [19 March 2019] labour market statistics figures Scottish Secretary David Mundell said:“It is great news that employment continues to rise in Scotland.“Scotland’s two governments are working together to strengthen our economy and create jobs, with initiatives such as our growth deal programme beginning to reap rewards. In the last few weeks we have co-signed the £250 million Ayrshire growth deal and announced £345 million in joint government funding for the Borderlands.“The UK Government’s investment in growth deals in Scotland is now more than £1.35 billion, and shows our huge commitment to growing Scotland’s job sector.”For the three months to January, Scotland’s overall labour market provides a mainly positive picture: employment increased robustly (+13,000); unemployment fell moderately (-9,000) and activity has increased slightly (+4,000). However, monthly claimant count numbers are worsening over the month of February, as there are 105,700 people in Scotland claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and out-of-work Universal Credit (seasonally adjusted); this is up 6,600 on the month of January (provisional) and 18,900 up on the year before.last_img read more

Corporate report: Coronavirus Act report: May 2020

first_imgThe Coronavirus Act 2020 gives the government powers to take the right action to respond effectively to the progress of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, for example by making it easier for people to receive their Statutory Sick Pay.These powers are temporary and designed to be switched on when necessary, and off when no longer needed.The act requires ministers to report every 2 months on which powers are currently active.last_img

Premier’s bread division sees revenue plunge

first_imgRevenue contributed from Premier Foods’ Bread division has dropped by 27% in the half-year to 30 June 2012.Its divisional contribution fell from £30.7m in 2011 to £22.5m this year, as branded sales and its milling division took a hit on sales.Branded bread sales fell 2.9% to £184.3m, from £189.7m, while milling sales fell 8.3% to £95.2m.The company’s non-branded bread sales increased 1.5% to £68.8m, but this was not enough to stop Premier’s total bread sales registering a decline (-1.7%).The group’s Power Brands, which include Hovis, saw sales up 2% overall, with the grocery Power Brands achieving a sales rise of 4.9%. Overall group underlying trading profit increased by 3.2%.Michael Clarke, chief executive officer, said: “I’m pleased with the progress we are making to stabilise the business, refocus the portfolio and invest in our future growth. Our strategy of focusing on our Power Brands is starting to gain traction.”He said plans to simplify the business and drive further efficiency and effectiveness were proceeding ahead of plan and the company would deliver the previously announced £40m savings by the end of 2012.last_img read more

Federation of Bakers launches revised flour dust guidance

first_imgSource: Getty ImagesThe Federation of Bakers (FOB) has published revised guidance on dust control in bakeries.Called Dust Control and Health Surveillance in Bakeries, it addresses what the Federation describes as one of the most significant occupational health risks in the bakery industry – respiratory exposure to flour and other ingredient dusts.The review was carried out by the FOB Health & Safety Committee, which includes representatives from all sectors of the bakery industry including the Craft Bakers and Scottish Bakers.The ‘blue book’ first appeared in the 1980s and was last revised in 2008. It has now been updated again and reissued as a PDF download available from the Federation’s website.It provides information and advice for bakers and others working in the food manufacturing industry which, if followed, will help them reduce risk arising from employee exposure to flour and other ingredient dusts, said FOB.Following the guidance will also help employers in the industry meet their duty of care for employees and contribute to ensuring health and safety compliance, it added. In particular, the guidance provides advice on how to assess dust levels in the workplace and outlines a range of practical measures which can be taken to reduce dust exposures as low as reasonably practicable.“I am sure that as before the revised guidance will be read and used throughout the baking and wider food industry,” said FOB chief executive Gordon Polson.“I would like to thank all members of the FHSC who have given many hours of their time to the review of this essential industry guidance.”The Federation represents the UK’s largest baking companies who manufacture sliced and wrapped bread, bakery snacks and other bread products. Its members include: Fine Lady Bakeries, Jackson’s Bakery, Roberts Bakery and Warburtons.To find out more about the dangers dust can present in a bakery, read our feature: ‘Dust: a danger that can’t be ignored’.last_img read more

Entry list for Nationwide Series at Chicagoland

first_imgREAD: Top 10 Chase moments Click here to see an entry list for this weekend’s race. READ: Race breakdowns: The Chase READ: Fantasy preview: The Chase NASCAR Nationwide Series returns for second 2013 race at Chicagoland Speedway MORE: READ: Driver previews: The Chaselast_img