We owe a huge thank you to Powertraveller, who have just become a Bronze Corporate Partner, with a donation of £1000 spread over 3 years.
In addition, they have generously offered to provide a Powermonkey Extreme to the team of HIOWAA supporters who will be climbing Kilimanjaro in 2015. A waterproof, solar powered charger, the Powermonkey Extreme will allow the team to charge their mobile phones and cameras using solar power during the trek. Participants will also be able to buy other equipment at a discount.
Powertraveller Ltd designs, develops and manufactures a range of award-winning off-grid power solutions for electronics devices up to 24Volts.
Designed in the UK and tested to destruction in some of the world’s most inhospitable environments, the products in Powertraveller’s range are capable of charging anything from cell phones (including iPhone and BlackBerry), iPods and headlamps through to GPS, professional torches, iPads and laptops.
We are looking forward to working with Powertraveller over the next three years and especially in the run up to our Kilimanjaro trek in 2015.
Responding to the decision by Cleveland Fire Authority to close Marine fire station and cut 114 full-time firefighter jobs, Davy Howe, Fire Brigades Union secretary for Cleveland, said: “Local firefighters are deeply upset, angry and frustrated by this decision which we believe will put lives at risk.
“There are a lot of unanswered questions that need addressing, and this is not the end of our campaign to put public and firefighter safety first.
“We will leave no stone unturned in our ongoing fight against these cuts.”
Ahead of the meeting, 130 firefighters and their supporters demonstrated outside the meeting and lobbied councillors to protect fire services from the cuts.
74 firefighters were allowed into the meeting, with Howe making an impassioned appeal to the authority to consider the alternative proposals the FBU had put forward and retract the dangerous cuts.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Andy Johnson with Diana Flint, Sir Algernon Heber-Percy, Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority chairman Stuart West and Assistant Chief Fire Officer Louise MckenzieRead more
On 10th May, The Insurance Institute of Southampton is holding a Spring Fashion Event at St Mary's Stadium, Britannia Road, Southampton. The show will include popular High Street names and designer labels, with a chance to purchase at discounted prices after the show. The afternoon will include refreshments and a raffle and all proceeds will be shared by Naomi House and HIOWAA. To book your tickets please email [email protected]
International Women’s Day takes place on Saturday 8 March, and The UN theme for this year is “Equality for Women is Progress for All”.
Between 12 and 14 March, representatives from the Fire Brigades Union will be taking part in the TUC’s Women’s conference at Congress House in London.
The FBU has submitted two motions to the conference. In the first, the union calls upon the TUC women’s committee and affiliates to lobby UK Government’s and MP’s in support of the FBU’s campaign to achieve an affordable and workable occupational pension scheme for firefighters.
The second highlights the problems experienced by women in Afghanistan, where the government is considering the reintroduction of public stoning as punishment for adultery and has never ratified a long-awaited law setting penalties for rape, child marriage and “Baad” the local term used for the giving of girls to resolve disputes.
The motion calls on the TUC to campaign vigorously to raise the plight of women in...
Faced with a choice between offering up its intelligence on Davidson, whose conduct had already been the subject of hostile questioning at the inquiry, and potentially even more incendiary information that it had placed an officer inside the Lawrence family camp, the Yard made its decision - silence
We are, it seems still travelling down the "long and disturbingly twisty path towards the truth". I cannot even begin to imagine the impact of this new information on Stephen Lawrence's family. I remain in awe of their steadfast and indomitable pursuit of the whole account of what happened to Stephen and the ensuing investigations.
Some people, perhaps even a few police officers, will be thinking (and perhaps saying out...
When the Lord Chief Justice delivers a speech entitled “RESHAPING JUSTICE” it would be foolish as well as churlish not to note its content with some seriousness. Much of what he said to “Justice” on March 3rdmight have been of interest philosophically to Justices of the Peace as it would have been to many other groups and individuals but that part of his oration concerning the organisation and functioning of the magistrates` courts system deserves the minute attention of any magistrates who still believe that their future as arbiters of fact within our legal system for 93% of criminal cases which begin and end under our jurisdiction will still resemble current processes in a decade are living in the land of clouds and cuckoos.
In his opening he stated that, “The first (purpose) is to make clear that our system of justice does need reshaping to deal with the fundamental change that is occurring in the role of the State. It...
The Department for Communities and Local Government has said that it will raise the amount firefighters must pay towards their pensions from 1 April 2014 despite the concerns raised by the Fire Brigades Union during the recent consultation.
The same increases have also been announced in Scotland, and similar announcements from Wales and Northern Ireland appear imminent.
Responding, Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “Since their time in office, this government’s attacks on pensions and the fire and rescue service as a whole have been relentless, and yet again they have refused to listen to the concerns of firefighters.
“Firefighters are proud to work tirelessly for their communities, but the government’s response is to make their pensions unaffordable and jeopardise their retirement.
“Surely now it’s time to draw a line in the sand and say no more attacks on our pensions and no more cuts to our service.”
The increases will apply to members of both the 1992 and 2006 firefighters’ pension schemes.