Association of British Science Writers
The Association of British Science Writers is the UK society for science writers, science journalists and science communicators. Founded in 1947, the ABSW exists to help those who write about science and technology, there are three grades of membership. Ordinary members, open to people whose source of earnings is science writing and/or broadcasting. Ordinary membership is not open to those chiefly occupied in public relations, associate members, open to those whose work advances the public awareness of science and technology, but who do not qualify as ordinary members. Associate members do not have voting rights, student members, open to anyone in a full- or part-time educational course directed towards advancing the public understanding of science and technology. Student members have no voting rights and it is expected that they will progress to ordinary or associate membership if they embark on an appropriate career upon completion of their course. The association produces a newsletter for members, called The Science Reporter, the ABSW provides career advice to aspiring science writers, in the form of a helpful and recently updated booklet, So you want to be a science writer.
The ABSW administers the annual ABSE Science Writing Awards and we are pleased to announce a new award this year, with the inauguration of the Parliamentary Science Communicator of the Year Award. These awards have now been running for 40 years and are the worlds oldest established awards for science writing, the ABSW Bursaries aim to identify and train the science communicators of the future. Every year, seven bursaries have been available for full-time and two for part-time study, at present the scheme is under review by its sponsor, and currently it appears doubtful that it will accept another round of new applicants in 2007. The deadline for 2006 application has passed and funds have already been allocated, when the scheme operates, the bursaries cover, • Course fees and living expenses for post-graduate science communication courses. These are usually attended by students of science communication, and are an opportunity to network with working journalists and writers, moves are afoot to set up a North West Regional Chapter in Manchester.
The ABSW is a member of the European Union of Science Journalists Associations and the World Federation of Science Journalists, as well as the UKs Creators Rights Alliance
39th Regiment Royal Artillery
39 Regiment Royal Artillery is part of the Royal Artillery. Its name is pronounced three nine, The Regiment is one of the Depth fire units of 1st Artillery Brigade and it was formed in 1947, and placed into suspended animation on 20 February 2015. The Regiment is based at Albemarle Barracks in Northumberland, as of 2011, the regiment was equipped with the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System. They will be the first unit to deploy the new Fire Shadow loitering munition, training has already begun, the regiment recently deployed Batteries on Op Herrick and have fired the first GMLRS rounds in theatre. Under Army 2020, the regiment is being disbanded and its GMRLS launchers transferred to the other regiments, the regimental flag was lowered on 20 February 2015. The history of the regiment is as follows,1947 –39 Regiment RA was formed with the re-designation of 2 Medium Regiment RA and it was originally equipped with BL5.5 inch Medium Gun and was first stationed in the Middle East and Africa. The Regiment left the Middle East in 1948 after an Emergency Tour to Palestine,1955 – Converted to a 155mm Self Propelled Regiment.
1958 – Deployed to Cyprus to support operations against EOKA with batteries based in Episkopi, Dhekhlia, in 1960 the Regiment moved to support the BAOR, and was based in Dempsey Barracks in Sennelager for the next 35 years. 1969 – the Regiment was caught up in the Coup détat by Captain Gaddaffi in Libya, and the Regiments 2IC was captured and held hostage, but released unharmed. 1972 – Further reorganisation with 39 Medium Regiment now using the M109 Howitzer and M110 Self Propelled Guns, the Regiment completed four tours of Northern Ireland over the next seven years. 1977 - Redesignated 39 Field Regiment with H Bty,132 &176 Btys 1977 -43 Bty joined Regt. Equipped with Blowpipe 1980 - On 15 Mar 1980 granted Freedom of the City of Paderborn, Germany 1982 – Redesignated 39 Heavy Regiment was joined by 56 Bty RA, 34Battery and 76Battery. H Battery was placed into suspended animation and 132 Battery together with 176 Battery departed for the Royal School of Artillery at Larkhill. 1985 –132 Battery and 176 Battery rejoined the Regiment with the M110 Self Propelled Gun role and 56 Battery converted to a special weapons battery,1989 –39 Heavy Regiment took delivery of the MLRS, and was given a year to convert, complete training and become operational.
The Regiment deployed to Saudi Arabia as part of 1st Armoured Division on Operation Granby, in a visit for VIPs it spectacularly failed to hit an island, during a demonstration of its firepower. 1993 – The Regiment was joined by 57 Battery Royal Artillery, who were to be equipped with the Phoenix UAV and this tour saw the Danish and Canadian Contingents leave, with only the Austrians and the British left. Argentina sent a force to control Sector One, the Austrians were in charge of Sector Three and this was the first time that British and Argentine army units had met since the Falklands war in 1982. 1995 –39 Regiment left Dempsey Barracks, and moved to Albemarle Barracks in Northumberland,1996 – The regiment deployed again to Cyprus in support of UNFICYP
Adlard Coles Nautical
Adlard Coles Nautical is the largest nautical publisher in the world, with over 300 books in print and publishing 60 new titles every year. The company publishes books on topics of interest to sailors and motorboaters, today Adlard Coles Nautical is part of Bloomsbury Publishing. Championship yachtsman Kaines Adlard Coles founded his own publishing company in 1947. He wrote many of the books, including pilots, sailing narratives and the classic Heavy Weather Sailing, a & C Black Publishers, which had bought Nautical Books in 1987, acquired the Adlard Coles company in 1990 and merged the two companies into the Adlard Coles Nautical imprint. In 2000 A & C Black was bought by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, in September 2014, Bloomsbury bought Conway Publishing and the maritime and military history list now complements the Adlard Coles Nautical imprint
Bupa is an international healthcare group, with its origins and headquarters in the United Kingdom but now serving 32 million customers in 190 countries. It is a private healthcare company, as opposed to the UKs National Health Service. Bupa was established in 1947 when 17 British provident associations joined together to provide healthcare for the general public, the firm is a private company limited by guarantee, it has no shareholders, and any profits are reinvested in the business. The service offered by Bupa began as private medical insurance, offering policies to individuals and other organisations, in 2007, the company announced the sale of its UK hospitals to Spire Healthcare. Approval was given in the year for a merger between Bupas Australian arm and insurance group MBF. The merger created what is now Australias largest private health insurance group, on 1 December 2008, Clinovias name was changed to Bupa Home Healthcare. In October 2010 the firm sold Bupa Health Assurance to Resolution Limited, in the end of 2012 Bupa acquired the largest private healthcare network in Poland, Lux Med, from the private equity fund Mid Europa Partners for €400m.
In February 2015 Bupa acquired a share in Chilean private healthcare network Cruz Blanca. It emerged in January 2016 that the company was to sell its domiciliary care business and it bought the dentistry chain Oasis in November 2016 for £835 million from Bridgepoint Capital. Oasis runs 380 UK dental practices, both NHS and private, with more than 1,800 dentists and it has an annual revenue of £277 million. It bought two homes in Poole from Primetower in October 2016. The company has its office in central London, with main UK contact centres in Staines. In November 2006, it acquired Clinovia, now known as Bupa Home Healthcare, in December 2007, it purchased DCA Agedcare Group in Australia and New Zealand, making it a leading player in these markets. Also in December 2007, it announced the purchase of Health Dialog and it decided that by trying to keep prices down and promote competition, Bupa was doing exactly what customers would expect. But it did warn that companies like Bupa need to ensure they communicate better with policyholders about what their premiums entitle them to.
Bupas former Irish subsidiary, Bupa Ireland, was set up in 1996 and eventually had 300 employees in Fermoy, in 2006 it announced its intention to close in response to the Irish Governments policy of risk equalisation. In 2007 the business was bought by the Quinn Group and traded as Quinn Healthcare, since 2012 it has been trading as Laya Healthcare
Ascential plc, formerly EMAP, is a British business-to-business media business specialising in exhibitions & festivals and information services. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE250 Index, Richard Winfrey purchased the Spalding Guardian in 1887 and purchased the Lynn News and the Peterborough Advertiser, he started the North Cambs Echo. Sir Richard Winfrey was a Liberal politician and campaigner for agricultural rights, during World War II Winfreys newspaper interests began to be passed over to his son, Richard Pattinson Winfrey. The Peterborough Advertiser Co. the West Norfolk and Kings Lynn Newspaper Co. and commercial printing sections at Rushden, Kings Lynn, the magazine division was founded on a hunch when the companys printing presses lay dormant between printing issues of the local papers. The staff gambled that a weekly angling publication would be a hit - and this was soon joined by another weekly heavyweight when EMAP bought Motor Cycle News from its founder in 1956 for a hundred pounds.
EMAP grew significantly in the late 1970s under the guidance of the successful partnership of Sir Robin Miller. In 1996 EMAP PLC agreed to sell its 65 newspaper titles, including the 300-year-old Stamford Mercury, scottish Radio Holdings was acquired by EMAP on 21 June 2005. In 2006, EMAP sold its French division to Italys Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, on 27 July 2007, EMAP announced that it was undertaking a review of the structure of the group in response to receiving a number of unsolicited proposals to purchase parts of the company. On 12 September 2007, EMAP announced that it had completed the disposal of its Australian consumer magazine division, on 29 January 2008, EMAP completed the sale of its radio and consumer media businesses to German company Bauer for £1. 14bn. In March 2012, the announced that it would be renamed Top Right Group. The EMAP name would continue to be used for the magazines operation, the database business was renamed 4C Group, and the events unit was renamed I2i Events Group.
Then in October 2015 the company announced that the EMAP brand would be scrapped as all its titles move to digital-only format, in December Top Right Group rebranded as Ascential. The company was the subject of an initial public offering in February 2016
Economic Secretary to the Treasury
It is not a cabinet-level post. Since April 2014 the Economic Secretary to the Treasury has held the portfolio of City Minister. The office was created in November 1947, in 1961 the Economic Secretary became junior to the new office of Chief Secretary to the Treasury, which held a seat in cabinet. Following the establishment of the Department of Economic Affairs in 1964, the post of Economic Secretary to the Treasury was abolished on 22 December 1964. Although the Department of Economic Affairs closed in 1969, the Treasury post was not re-established until 11 November 1981 and these matters include banking and finance, including banks, personal savings, financial regulation, and foreign exchange reserves. He or she is involved in taxation as it impacts on these areas, such as tax on savings and pensions. In addition, the economic secretary advises on policy and works with other treasury ministers on the Comprehensive Spending Review. Colour key, Conservative Labour Secretary to the Treasury
The Heraldry Society
The Heraldry Society is one of the leading organizations in the world devoted to studying heraldry. In 1947, a twenty-year-old John Brooke-Little founded the Society of Heraldic Antiquaries and this title was changed to The Heraldry Society in 1950. It was incorporated in 1956 and is now a charity with the registered charity number 241456. The principal object of the society is to extend interest in and knowledge of heraldry, precedence, for fifty years, Brooke-Little served as the chairman of The Heraldry Society. In 1997, as Brooke-Little was ending his career as an officer of arms and he served in this role until his death in February 2006. In addition to being chairman and president of the society, Brooke-Little served as the Honorary Editor of the scholarly journal. Although based in London, the Society has an international membership, in December 2006 the patron of the Society, the Duke of Norfolk, became President of the Society, leaving the post of patron vacant
The journal was originally published by the Faraday Society. The journal has published by the Royal Society of Chemistry since that society merged into the RSC. From 1972 to 1991, it was known as the Faraday Discussions of the Chemical Society, traditionally there have been three Faraday Discussions a year, from 2014 nine conferences are organised annually. Anna Simpson is the editor of Faraday Discussions and the present chairman of the Standing Committee on Faraday Conferences is Andy Mount, the journal has a 2014 impact factor of 4.606. The majority of Faraday Discussions are held in the United Kingdom, although a number are held overseas, with the first Discussion in China in 2014. Proofs of the 20-25 invited and contributed selected papers are circulated to participants well in advance of the meeting, since each paper has been read in advance, the actual meeting is able to concentrate on discussion and debate. The whole of the proceedings is subsequently published including submitted discussion remarks which include those that the said, think they said.
Joint European meetings are held and there are international relationships worldwide both at Divisional and Specialist Interest Group level, official website Faraday Discussions Faraday Division
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom or Britain, is a sovereign country in western Europe. Lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland, the United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state—the Republic of Ireland. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland, with an area of 242,500 square kilometres, the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world and the 11th-largest in Europe. It is the 21st-most populous country, with an estimated 65.1 million inhabitants, this makes it the fourth-most densely populated country in the European Union. The United Kingdom is a monarchy with a parliamentary system of governance. The monarch is Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned since 6 February 1952, other major urban areas in the United Kingdom include the regions of Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester.
The United Kingdom consists of four countries—England, Wales, the last three have devolved administrations, each with varying powers, based in their capitals, Edinburgh and Belfast, respectively. The relationships among the countries of the UK have changed over time, Wales was annexed by the Kingdom of England under the Laws in Wales Acts 1535 and 1542. A treaty between England and Scotland resulted in 1707 in a unified Kingdom of Great Britain, which merged in 1801 with the Kingdom of Ireland to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Five-sixths of Ireland seceded from the UK in 1922, leaving the present formulation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, there are fourteen British Overseas Territories. These are the remnants of the British Empire which, at its height in the 1920s, British influence can be observed in the language and legal systems of many of its former colonies. The United Kingdom is a country and has the worlds fifth-largest economy by nominal GDP. The UK is considered to have an economy and is categorised as very high in the Human Development Index.
It was the worlds first industrialised country and the worlds foremost power during the 19th, the UK remains a great power with considerable economic, military and political influence internationally. It is a nuclear weapons state and its military expenditure ranks fourth or fifth in the world. The UK has been a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council since its first session in 1946 and it has been a leading member state of the EU and its predecessor, the European Economic Community, since 1973. However, on 23 June 2016, a referendum on the UKs membership of the EU resulted in a decision to leave. The Acts of Union 1800 united the Kingdom of Great Britain, Scotland and Northern Ireland have devolved self-government