US, Portuguese Defence Leaders Talk Cooperation

first_img US, Portuguese Defence Leaders Talk Cooperation View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Portuguese View post tag: talk April 1, 2014 Back to overview,Home naval-today US, Portuguese Defence Leaders Talk Cooperation View post tag: US View post tag: Defence View post tag: Naval View post tag: leaders View post tag: Cooperation Authorities U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed yesterday Portuguese Minister of Defense Jose Pedro Aguiar-Branco to the Pentagon, and expressed to the minister his appreciation for Portugal’s many contributions to international security, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a Defense Department news release. The secretary specifically thanked Portugal for supporting NATO’s Baltic Air Policing rotation later this year, and Portugal’s support in combating piracy and maritime crime in the Gulf of Aden and off Somalia, Kirby said in the release.Kirby said Hagel also thanked Aguiar-Branco for Portugal’s hospitality towards U.S. airmen at Lajes Field.The two leaders “discussed the situation in Ukraine and reaffirmed both nations’ steadfast commitment to our collective defense obligations,” Kirby said.Both men, he said, agreed on the need for Russia to begin discussions with the Ukrainian government, as diplomacy remains the only acceptable means of resolving this crisis.“Secretary Hagel looks forward to seeing Minister Aguiar-Branco at the NATO Summit in Wales, this September,” Kirby said in the release.[mappress]Press Release, April 1, 2014, Image: US DoD View post tag: Defense Share this articlelast_img read more

Press release: Jail time to double for assaulting an emergency worker

first_imgChris Bryant MP, who laid the Private Members Bill, said: The growing tide of attacks on emergency workers – including ambulance workers, NHS staff, fire officers, prison officers and police – is a national scandal. All too often attackers get away with little more than a slap on the wrist. I hope this new law will help put a stop to that attitude. An attack on an emergency worker is an attack on all of us and attackers should face the full force of the law. Now it is for the prosecuting authorities and the courts to play their part in putting a stop to the violence, so that emergency workers can get on doing their job in peace. maximum sentence for assault against them to double from 6 to 12 months in prison courts must also consider the strongest penalties for other offences against emergency workers Assaulting prison officers or any emergency worker is not just an isolated attack – it represents violence against the public as a whole. Every day these public servants do extraordinary work on our behalf, and they must be able to do it without the fear of being assaulted. Our message is clear – we will protect our emergency services and violence towards them will not be tolerated. I’d like to thank Chris Bryant MP, and other colleagues from across the House for their tireless work introducing this important law. Physical assaults remain a fact of life for many healthcare workers, from A&E to community services. This bill is the first step towards changing that for good. From now on, anyone who wilfully assaults a healthcare worker will feel the full force of the law and can expect a tougher sentence if found guilty. The RCN has campaigned tirelessly for this law. Our negotiations have ensured it covers as many healthcare workers as possible, including community and district nurses, and alongside other emergency workers’ representatives we successfully expanded the scope of the bill to include sexual assault. Kim Sunley, National Officer at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), said: Assaults on emergency workers: Rory Stewart statementIndividuals who assault or attack emergency workers face longer jail terms as a new law backed by government receives Royal Assent today.A new offence will double the maximum sentence from 6 to 12 months in prison for assaulting an emergency worker. This covers police, prison officers, custody officers, fire service personnel, search and rescue services and paramedics.The new law will also mean that judges must consider tougher sentences for a range of other offences – including GBH and sexual assault – if the victim is an emergency worker.Ministers have acted to recognise the debt of gratitude the public feels towards our emergency services, and for the courage, commitment and dedication they show every day in carrying out their duties.Justice Minister Rory Stewart said: Being attacked should never be part of the job for our courageous emergency services workers, who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us. This law will ensure judges can properly punish those despicable individuals who think it’s acceptable to assault these hard-working men and women. Unfortunately I hear about cowardly attacks on police officers and firefighters all too often – they serve as a constant reminder of the threats that these public servants have to face, and this government will always stand with our emergency services. Notes to editors Recent years have seen an increase in assaults on emergency workers, with 26,000 assaults on police officers in the past year and over 17,000 on NHS staff. Assaults on prison officers rose by 70% in the 3 years to 2017, with an 18% increase experienced by firefighters in the past 2 years too.There is already a specific offence for assaulting a police officer, but for the first time similar protection will be extended to anyone carrying out the work of an emergency service. The law also provides extra protection to unpaid volunteers who support the delivery of emergency services.The government worked closely with Chris Bryant MP, who introduced the Bill, to draft the legislation and ensure its successful passage through Parliament. Following its Royal Assent today, the measures will come into force in November.Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd said: The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill will create a new offence of assault against an emergency worker in the exercise of their functions with a penalty that is increased from 6 months to 12 months. The Bill also creates a statutory aggravating factor. This means that when a person is convicted of a range of offences including sexual assault, ABH, GBH and manslaughter, the judge must consider the fact that the offence was committed against an emergency worker as an aggravating factor meriting an increase in the sentence within the maximum allowed for the particular offence. The Bill will cover emergency workers, this includes police, prison officers, custody officers, fire service personnel, search and rescue services and certain healthcare workers including ambulance personnel. Whereas attacking an emergency worker could previously see a charge of common assault and maximum sentence of 6 months in jail, this will be increased to 12 months. Attacking a person serving the public is already an aggravating factor in sentencing guidelines but this Bill will put that position on a statutory basis for emergency workers. The Justice Secretary is also bringing through a range of measures to protect prison officers, including rolling out body worn cameras, ‘police-style’ handcuffs and restraints, and trialling PAVA incapacitant spray.last_img read more

Ex-Paul boss heads up Euphorium

first_imgJames Fleming has been appointed by Tesco as chief executive of Euphorium Bakery, according to the latest reports.As reported by British Baker’s sister title M&C Report, the former head of Paul UK, who joined the supermarket business last October as chief operating officer for its commercial division, has stepped into the new role this month.Fleming previously worked at the BB75 retailer Paul UK for more than two years as its chief executive, as well as operations director at restaurant business Pizza Express. Euphorium Bakery opened its first site in a Tesco store last December at the supermarket’s West Cromwell Road branch in Kensington, London, a pilot store which consisted of a more than 100-seat capacity café, in addition to an in-store bakery. Tesco has recently purchased the restaurant group Giraffe for £48.5m, and has a stake in artisan coffee shop business Harris + Hoole in addition to Euphorium Bakery.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s hosts annual Spooktacular Magic Show

first_imgSaint Mary’s students are planning a chemistry show this week to help their club bond with the local community. The annual Halloween Spooktacular Magic Show for local children will take place Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Science Hall. The event is hosted by the Saint Mary’s Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SMAACS), an organization aimed at educating young kids — through various chemical demonstrations — about the art of science.Senior SMAACS president Morgan Matthews said this is the clubs biggest event of the year, which both the kids and SMAACS members look forward to.“This event is really enjoyable because we get to share our passion for science with little kids and hopefully encourage them to love science too,” she said. “It’s really great to look at their faces and see their reactions because they think it’s magic. Then we explain to them what’s going on and why it’s reacting in this way and you can kind of see them understand how it works and it’s really inspiring.”The show originally started off as a small event hosted for faculty kids, senior Courtney Weston said. It has now developed into more of a community outreach event where students are able to share their passion with younger generations in a fun way, she said.“This is a great event for kids because it’s fun, educational and interesting to see that chemistry is not just this hard subject at school, but it can also be fun,” Weston said. “You can see the application of it and what chemistry is about and how truly exciting and interesting it can be.”The event’s interactive demonstrations include invisible ink, dry ice bubbles, goo that they can take home and nebulae, Weston said. Every half an hour there will be a big demonstration by a SMAACS member, which includes elephant toothpaste, dry ice cylinders and a lava lamp.“Our hands-on demonstrations allow the kids to actually learn how to do the experiments themselves,” Matthews said. “This way they can learn that science isn’t just the practical stuff they teach you in the classroom but rather stuff they can do at home, like using a bottle of vinegar from your cabinet to create invisible ink.”Matthews said the event is not just for the kids, but also for SMAACS members, who will have opportunity to collaborate and interact with others who are also interested in STEM fields.“We dress in our lab coats and it’s all very exciting to be able to do something you enjoy on a personal level and be able to share that with others,” she said.One of the club’s main goals is to promote is interest in STEM subjects, Matthews said.“Most people lack confidence in these fields and usually people only realize they’re interested in it when they’re older,” she said. “So, our goal is to allow kids to start looking at science in a more engaging way and to get them interested in it from a young age.”In honor of National Chemistry Week, SMAACS is also hosting a fundraiser, selling snacks in the Science Hall from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. every day this week.“The magic show allows us to encourage the hands-on development of science in a way that is appealing to younger children,” Matthews said.Tags: chemistry demonstration, Halloween Spooktacular Magic Show, SMAACS, STEMlast_img read more

Wayne Rooney asked me who Martial was, says Schneiderlin

first_imgWayne Rooney asked French teammate Morgan Schneiderlin for the lowdown on 19-year-old Anthony Martial, who looks set to join Manchester United from Lyon, for a £36 million fee.Martial, who will become the world’s most expensive teenager, will sign a long-term contract at Old Trafford today. But United captain Rooney had no idea who the Lyon star was, according to new summer signing Schneiderlin.Martial, who has played less than 50 Ligue 1 matches, was granted leave by France national team boss Didier Deschamps on Monday to fly to England and finalise a deal reported to be worth up to €80m for the French club.”To be honest, yesterday [Sunday] on the plane, Wayne Rooney came to speak to me and asked me who Martial was, because the English press had started to speak,” Schneiderlin told reporters at France’s training base at Clairefontaine.”I told him he’s a great player with great potential, who has played some good matches with Monaco last season and the beginning of this year.”I told him he is technical and powerful. A little like Therry Henry, even if it’s the press who are making that comparison.” Schneiderlin is determined that Martial will not be weighed down by his hefty price-tag upon arrival in Manchester. “The size of the fee? If he wants my advice, it is to ignore it,” the former Southampton man added.”The media will talk a lot and will expect him to score many goals. But he must remember his qualities and play like he knows how. He can’t be paralysed by it. I think everything will go well.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more