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First female enlisted National Guard members graduate from Ranger School

First female enlisted National Guard members graduate from Ranger School

Business
Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The notoriously demanding U.S. Army Ranger School graduated its first enlisted female National Guard soldiers, the Army announced. Staff Sgt. Jessica Smiley of the South Carolina Army National Guard, and Sgt. Danielle Farber of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, completed their training at the U.S. Army Ranger School at Ft. Benning, Ga., on Friday. "My mindset going into this was to leave 100 percent on the table and never have a regret or look back and say, 'I should have pushed harder or I should have done something different,'" said Smiley, who serves with the Army Training and Doctrine Command. "My mindset today is that I did just that. I gave 100 percent. I did everything that I could, and now here I am." Smiley first applied for her state's Ranger/Sapper assessm...
Tourists face travel chaos as national strike begins across France

Tourists face travel chaos as national strike begins across France

World
Travellers heading to and from France face five days of chaos due to a general strike across the country over pension reform.Flights, trains and buses will all be hit by the biggest wave of industrial action the country has faced for decades - which begins on Thursday. There are no tickets available on Eurostar trains until Tuesday, with the company saying it has cancelled almost 100 services between now and then. Image: Flights, trains and buses will all be hit by the national strike Image: Many airlines have cancelled flights to and from France Airlines including Easyjet, British Airways and Ryanair have opted to cancel many of their flights to and from France, while Air Fran...
Javid: Tories ‘real party of labour’ as he raises National Living Wage

Javid: Tories ‘real party of labour’ as he raises National Living Wage

Business
By Greg Heffer, political reporter, in Manchester Chancellor Sajid Javid has declared the Tories are the "real party of labour" as he announced plans to raise the National Living Wage up to £10.50 per hour by 2024.In his speech at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Mr Javid hailed "a well-earned pay rise" for four million British workers. The chancellor also revealed the age threshold for entitlement to the National Living Wage will be brought down from 25 to 21."To help the next generation of go-getters to get ahead we will reward the hard work of all millennials too," he said.Currently, the National Living Wage is set at £8.21 per hour and those under the age of 25 are only entitled to the lower national minimum wage.
Night in national park ‘for every schoolchild’

Night in national park ‘for every schoolchild’

Science
Every schoolchild in England should get the opportunity to "spend a night under the stars" in an idyllic landscape, an independent review has suggested.Helping pupils connect with nature through visits would ensure protected areas such as national parks are "open to everyone", the review's author said.Julian Glover was asked to review England's 70-year-old national park system and areas of outstanding natural beauty by the environment secretary.He says they need to be "re-ignited".Mr Glover's review says challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss and a trend towards increased urban living mean fresh ideas are needed to give England's protect landscapes new purpose.Among his recommendations are a National Landscapes Serv...