Sue Ryder Care hits £1m extra target two years early AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 17 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Sue Ryder Care has reclaimed £1 million from the tax man through its ‘Sign on the Line’ campaign to link Gift Aid to donations of goods brought into its shops.Originally the charity thought it would take three years to reach the £1m figure, but it has achieved this in just one year. It is the first charity in the UK to develop a system with internet-based system company Eproductive to satisfy HMRC that an audit trail could be established to claim the money. Sue Ryder Care estimates that the system could mean an additional £10 million – £30 million for the charity sector as a whole.Alan Hodges, director of retail at the charity said: “We are obviously delighted. To secure an additional £1 million from the scheme two years earlier than predicted demonstrates how powerful an income generator this could be, not just for us, but the sector as a whole.“One of the additional benefits is ore contact with our donors. Staff are meeting with them face-to-face -tore. We then write to donors to tell them how much their donation has raised and, crucially, we can engage them in finding out more about what Sue Ryder Care does.”www.suerydercare.org.uk Howard Lake | 21 December 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Round 8 of Power to Change Community Business Fund announced Tagged with: Funding Advertisement 152 total views, 2 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 19 August 2019 | News 153 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 Power to Change has announced that round eight of its Community Business Fund will open to applications on 12 September. Community businesses across England will be able to apply for cash grants of between £50,000 and £300,000.So far, the fund has awarded grants worth over £26m to more than 140 community businesses across England. The North West has secured the biggest share of this cash (£5,020,000) while the South East has secured the least (£770,000).Community businesses will have until midday on 9 October 2019 to apply, and are encouraged to read the guidance and FAQs for the fund before making an application and to sign up to the Power to Change newsletter. Grant awards will be made to the successful organisations from January 2020.Power to Change will also be hosting a webinar on 12 September to provide an overview of the fund and its eligibility criteria.UMi is Power to Change’s grant administration partner for the Community Business Fund, and is available to answer any questions applicants have about this fund either by phone 0300 1240444 or via email [email protected] Further information is also available online.Alex Steeland, Programme Manager at Power to Change, said: “The Community Business Fund is designed to support existing community businesses to become more financially sustainable. This could be through increasing their trading income, securing an asset like a building, or reducing their costs. In previous rounds we have offered grants to cover refurbishment, vehicles, equipment, or staff costs and professional fees. We’re really keen to help with applications so we’ve organised webinars and a helpline to help give people the best chance of success.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12
Twitter Linkedin Breaking barriers: Trailblazing women in sports media Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ Facebook printThe Big 12 Conference added a pitch clock to conference baseball games this season.There will be two visible 15-second pitch clocks on the field; one behind home plate for the pitcher and fielders to see and one in the outfield for the catcher and umpire. This experimental rule comes after concern about the pace of baseball games across all levels.“That’s the whole point of an experimental rule,” Randy Bruns, the NCAA secretary-rules editor for baseball, said. “We’re trying to find what can keep the pace of play going.”Bruns said the pace of play in baseball is great until a runner gets on base, when it can drastically slow down. Catchers go speak with the pitcher or pitching coaches call the signs for the catcher.“The game times, depending on the style of play, are getting longer,” Bruns said. “We’re anxious to see how it is.” The experimental rule states that a strike will be issued to the count if the batter isn’t in the box before the 15 seconds expire. If the pitchers fail to throw a pitch before the time runs out, a ball will be awarded to the count.TCU Head coach Jim Schlossnagle said he believes this won’t be an issue for his team this season.“We play pretty fast, so I don’t expect any problems,” he said.Having both pitch clocks visible to the players, umpires, teams and fans will hold everyone accountable.“I think that’s the most important part,” Bruns said. “It is very visible. Everybody will see exactly what the time frames are.”Major League Baseball (MLB) has made a continuous effort to speed up the pace of its games. However, the MLB’s commissioner, Rob Manfred, recently deferred against adding pitch clocks to major league games for the 2018 season.“Baseball is tradition-oriented,” Bruns said. “There’s hesitancy because we’ve never had a clock. But basketball used to never have a play clock.”Minor league Double-A and Triple-A baseball teams have used a 20-second pitch clock since the 2015 season. Similar to the Big 12’s experimental rule, if a pitcher didn’t throw a pitch before the time ran out, a ball would be awarded to the count.“They’ve used it in the minor leagues with great success,” Bruns said. “It has a low impact on the game when everyone gets used to it. I’m anxious to see the impact.”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>TCU already has the two pitch clocks installed and running, even though conference play doesn’t start until March 23 against Kansas State. Right now, it’s just for practice as Schlossnagle said the rule won’t be enforced until conference play.Schlossnagle said while his team won’t need much adjustment to this experimental rule and is focused instead on how the team plays – not the pace of play.“I want to see them play good baseball and understand what winning baseball looks like,” Schlossnagle said. “A lot of times, as a young player, you don’t understand what that is. You think it’s getting a lot of hits and striking people out. It’s really about good defense and smart base-running, all the things that have been hallmarks of our team for a long time.” Alexa Hines ReddIt ReddIt Alumnus to reopen local bar Linkedin Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ Tunnel of Oppression highlights different groups, encourages change TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook TAGSBig 12Jim Sch Junior Luken Baker waits for a play at first base against Long Beach State on February 25.Photo Credit: Alexa Hines Previous articleHoroscope: March 4, 2018Next articleWomen and gender studies looks to offer a major program in the fall Alexa Hines RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter + posts Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ Seniors react to postponing May Commencement Alexa is the Audience Engagement Editor for TCU360. She is a journalism major and Spanish minor from Orange County, California. In her free time, Alexa loves reading about and watching sports. The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years
Government anti-“extremism” campaign hits Internet content and accessPrime Minister (now President-elect) Vladimir Putin said on 9 February 2012: “Negative phenomena exist everywhere, including on the Internet, and should not be used as a pretext to limit Internet freedom.” However, the authorities have used the justification of preventing violence to reinforce their control of the Internet, with the Federal Security Service (FSB) taking steps to close a number of online organizations in late 2011. Most of these groups have clearly called on their members to respect the law and not to let themselves be provoked into violence.The government list of “extremist” content, as well as the boundaries of the category itself, keep growing. It now includes everything touching on religion and issues of ethnicity, which have become taboo subjects on RuNet – as the Russian Internet is known. That list is the basis of official demands to take down content, and of actions to block site access (see the Russia chapter in the 2011 report on Enemies of the Internet).The process of domain name registration could affect freedom of expression online by leading to closure of more sites. New rules promulgated by Nic.ru, the biggest Russian domain name-registration company, allow the cancellation of domain names for inciting violence, “extremist” activity, advocating overthrow of the government, activity in conflict with human dignity or religious beliefs. The rules reflected new official regulations. Domain name-registration companies are authorized to suspend names in the .ru and .rf (pΦ) domains upon written notification from “agencies conducting an investigation.” That provision would potentially authorize prosecutors, the FSB, the police, or the drug enforcement agency (FSKN) to order such a move.In Tomsk, Siberia, the broadcast arm of Roskomnadzor, the federal mass communications supervisory agency, has recently pressured the regional television network TV-2 to stop transmitting two news programs by Dozhd, the first Internet TV network in Russia, whose content is critical of the government.Anatoly Baranov, owner of the forum.msk.ru discussion platform, states that the Yandex search engine filtered out news items from his site on Yandex.News searches.Danger of the spread of online monitoring and censorshipRoskomnadzor, whose regulatory authority extends to information technology and mass communications, has announced that it has installed online software to detect “extremist” material. The sites identified through this process will be given three days to take down content that meets this ill-defined standard. If a site does not comply, two additional warnings will be sent. The site will then be shut down.The software was to go into operation in test mode in December, 2011. Its full deployment has been postponed indefinitely. Nevertheless, it carries the risk of system-wide monitoring of the Russian Web and could lead eventually to the taking down of all content that displeases the authorities.The justice ministry, for its part, has invited bids to create its own monitoring system of content on the Internet. Such a system would allow close examination of all content touching on Russian government and justice systems, and any European Union statement concerning Russia. Bloggers under pressurePrison sentences and violent attacks were less frequent in 2011, except during the election campaign period. Yet legal proceedings and pressures of all kind continue – above all when the activities of netizens focus on sensitive topics and powerful interest groups.Maj. Igor Matveev of the interior ministry garrison in Vladivostok has been prosecuted on charges that seem to have been prompted by his revelations last June of practices in the military region where he served. He reported that troops were served dog food in cans falsely labelled as containing beef stew. He faces a possible 10-year sentence.Yuri Yegorov, a former employee of the regional government of Tatarstan’s human rights ombudsman’s office, received a six-month suspended sentence last June, as well as two years of probation, for defamation. He had revealed a case of alleged corruption in the ombudsman’s office, headed by Rashit Vagiov, that took place from February to July 2007.Leonid Kaganov, a prominent blogger, was forced last May to house his site abroad. In 2009, the FSB had demanded, through his hosting service, the removal of an anti-Semitic poem that was on his site because he had mocked it.Roman Hoseyev is the target of administrative action for having quoted from “Mein Kampf” on a site in 2005, before the 2010 banning of the book in Russia. He had drawn comparisons between statements by US President George W. Bush and Hitler.No information has been received about the fate of a Navy conscript who blogged under the name Vasily, publishing on Twitter under the name Sosigusyan. He denounced hazing and poor living conditions in his unit. His Twitter account was hacked and the content about the military taken down, except for the last three posts, which were written by another person.Propaganda and cyber-attacksIn addition to mounting a campaign of repression against online oppositionists, the Kremlin deploys its own cyber-weapons. Several thousand Twitter accounts were hacked at the end of 2011 in order to flood social media with pro-government messages, using hashtags popular with oppositionists (notably, #navalny, from the name of the well-known political activist and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny, and #триумфалънпая, from Triumfalnaya Square in Moscow).Many Russian bloggers have pointed to a wave of “bots” unleashed against the LiveJournal social media platform. Oleg Kozyrev, an opposition blogger, has counted more than 2,000 of these software weapons.Oppositionist Navalny’s e-mail inbox has been hacked, with the contents displayed on a site called navalnymail.kz. According to several bloggers, this action could be part of a government-organized campaign to discredit Navalny.The wave of cyber-attacks peaked at the time of the legislative elections last December. A series of Distributed Denial of Service attacks paralyzed sites critical of the government before and during the vote, apparently to silence the dissidents. Access to LiveJournal, which hosts blogs critical of the Kremlin, was blocked for three days, starting on 1 December 2011. The site had already suffered a DDoS attack the month before.Among other Web targets are:- Echo of Moscow radio’s site, Echo.msk.ru- The independent daily Kommersant’s site, komersant.ru- The election-monitoring NGO’s site, golos.org- KartaNarusheniy.ru, an interactive map created by Golos to track reports of election fraud- Gazeta.ru, an independent news site- Lenizdat.ru, a Saint Petersburg-based independent news site- Slonl.ru and Newtimes.ru, opposition sites which posted the Golos map after Gazeta.ru took it down- Ridus.ru, a citizen-journalism site- Doshdu.ru, the site of Dosh, an independent news magazine about the Russian Caucasus- Zaks.ru, a news site on the northwest region.Some media organizations and opposition groups, having anticipated these developments, migrated to social networks and called on their readers to follow them on Twitter and Facebook in the event that their sites went down. Disputed elections, attempted control of online political debateMost traditional media organizations, notably television networks, are under Kremlin control, genuine political discussions have been possible only online. Any measure deemed necessary to uphold the country’s strongman, Putin, has been considered appropriate. Even before and during the legislative elections, debates had been hindered by cyber-attacks and by the arrests of journalists and bloggers. Those detained included Alexey Sochnev, the editor of the independent news site Besttoday.ru; Maria Plieva, a prominent blogger in Ossetia; and the president of Golos, Lilia Chibanova.Golos’ interactive election-fraud monitoring map proved to be a great success as the elections unfolded. Thousands of videos showing irregularities at voting places were posted to the site, prompting Russians to take to the streets in great numbers to denounce election fraud. Navalny and many journalists were arrested during these post-election demonstrations, The great majority of traditional media organizations – especially television networks – ignored these events. Instead, they provided largely favourable coverage of Putin’s party, United Russia, which swept the legislative elections.The social media site Vkontakte, which has more than 5 million members in Russia, found itself in the government spotlight. The FSB told the site’s founder and director, Pavel Durov, to shut down seven groups calling for demonstrations last December (including a group rallying to defend the ruling party). A Russian blogger estimated that up to 185,000 netizens subscribed to protest-organizing groups. A spokesman for Vkontakte said publicly that the site would not practice censorship and would not carry out the FSB order. Following the statement, Durov was summoned to appear before prosecutors in Saint Petersburg on 9 December.Regional discussion forums, very popular at the provincial level, with most participants anonymous, have become a favourite resource for political debate among Russian netizens, and a nightmare for the authorities. However, these sites are less powerful than the national media and easy to censor, though that has not prevented netizens from migrating to other sites, hosted abroad. At least three forums were closed or suspended during the months leading up to the early December elections.One of these sites is the Kostroma Jedis regional forum, which was targeted following the posting of two satirical videos criticizing Igor Slyunyaev, governor of the Kostroma region, some 300 km northwest of Moscow. In November, other forums were shut down or purged of all political content by their administrators. One such case occurred in the Arzamas, a city 410 km east of Moscow, affecting the mcn.nnov.ru site. Another took place in the west-central city of Miass, 95 km west of Chelyabinsk, affecting the forum.miass.ru site. It is not clear if these were cases of official action or self-censorship. In either case, the closing of these forums signifies a narrowing of the possibilities for political debate on the Russian Web.In the run-up to the presidential election in March, Golos, the election-monitoring NGO, put up a new version of its interactive map to track election fraud, with stronger defences against cyber-attack. Navalny, the activist and blogger, mounted a site, Rosvybory.org, to assist citizens in becoming presidential election observers.The campaign of repression mounted for the legislative elections illustrated the official attitude toward protest. And the official response was designed to create a deterrent to popular action in the presidential election period. Tensions grew during the months between the two elections. On 17 February, Reporters Without Borders denounced a wave of intimidation aimed at national independent media. Major targets included Echo of Moscow; Novaya Gazeta, an independent newspaper, and Dozhd, the online television operation. The latter organization received a fax on 16 February from the Moscow prosecutor’s office, demanding detailed information on the “network’s financing for coverage of mass demonstrations on 10 and 24 December.” These barely veiled accusations against Dozhd track precisely with statements by Prime Minister Putin, who had publicly accused demonstrators of having acted at the encouragement of the US state department. Roskomnadzor, the mass communications authority, had already required Dozhd to defend its coverage of the December protests. After examining in detail the images that the network had transmitted, the agency finally concluded that they contained nothing objectionable.Journalists were again arrested and beaten during the post-election demonstrations of 5 March 2012. The clear goal was to prevent coverage of the demonstrations. However, contrary to what was seen in December, cyber-attacks seem to have been set aside – for now.Export of the Russian model of Web control?Russia has played a leading role on the international scene in promoting its vision of the Internet and exporting its Web control strategy. Moscow has proposed to the UN, together with China, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, an Internet conduct code designed to provide “information security.”The impact of the Kremlin’s policy is all the greater because the RuNet sphere of influence extends throughout the region, influencing countries such as Belarus and Kazakhstan in their Internet monitoring and censorship programs. 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RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsLocal NewsUrban Co-op goes from strength to strengthBy Alan Jacques – January 22, 2017 3168 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articleCouncil scrutiny of Irish Cement plans welcomedNext articleBelltable:Connect’s €6,650 support award to Fringe Festival Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Email NOW in its fourth year of operation, Limerick’s Urban Co-op continues to go from strength to strength.Based at Tait House on the Roxboro Road since September 2016, the co-op is a well-stocked store, selling fruit and vegetables, whole foods, dairy, bakery goods and some frozen foods as well. Almost everything is organic.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up All items stocked have been requested by members and the staff will regularly tell you – “if we don’t have it, just ask, and we’ll try to get it for you.”So, how did it all start? A co-operative conference had been held in Limerick in late 2012 and shortly after, field trips were organised to see successful co-operatives in action. After visiting The Unicorn Grocery Co-op in Manchester and Park Slope Food Co-op in the US, a meeting was announced inviting anyone interested in setting up a community co-operative grocery store in Limerick.At the first meeting, 45 people turned up and showed a keen interest in the project. Committees were formed and many more meetings were held. Finally in July 2013, the co-op became a reality when 19 people formed Limerick Community Grocery. It began as a buying club where members ordered and paid online every Monday, and collected their boxed veg at a depot on Mulgrave Street each Friday. All labour was voluntary and costs were kept to an absolute minimum.In January 2014 the co-op opened as a walk-in shop. The product range grew, the opening hours lengthened and at the end of that year the co-op was hugely boosted by a grant from Limerick Regeneration.Three and a half years later, and now trading as The Urban Co-op, the membership has grown to almost 400. The building in Mulgrave Street was no longer fit for purpose so a move was necessary.The move to the Tait House compound on the Roxboro Road has been deemed “a re-birth” for the co-op. The space is bigger, brighter and full of potential.“We moved here in September and it has been a revelation,” said chairperson Deirdre MacMahon.“The atmosphere here is so different, we feel like part of the bigger Tait House family and we are particularly looking forward to co-operating with them on their Urban Farm project which will begin soon. This is an exciting initiative for Limerick City and the Co-op plans to be an important part of it,” she added.The move has brought many new customers and members, many of whom are on special diets, as the co-op stocks a good range of specialist foods including gluten-free flours, fermented foods, raw milk and bone broth. Members enjoy the easy-going atmosphere, free parking, well-informed staff and most importantly of all – good value. It is a child-friendly place to shop with friendly staff and volunteers. The kids can draw, use the blackboard or help their parents with the child-sized trolley.Membership is just €1 or €20 if members wish to get involved with the operation of the co-op and have a vote at meetings. The co-op also organises events, classes, and group meetings.The Urban Co-op is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 6pm. For more details visit www.theurbanco-op.ie. by Alan [email protected] Linkedin TAGSlimerickUrban Co-op Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash
October 2, 2019 /Sports News – National Sydney Leroux speaks on why returning to soccer after giving birth was ’emotional’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSuphaporn/iStock(NEW YORK) — After a difficult year filled with adversity, pregnancy and determination — professional soccer player Sydney Leroux promised herself that she would get back to the field after giving birth to her daughter no matter what it took.So, when she was able to return just three months after going into labor, the comeback was emotional.Leroux gave birth to her second child, now 3-month-old daughter named Roux, at the end of June. However, having her daughter at the beginning of the Orlando Pride’s season wasn’t always in her plan.“This year didn’t really go as planned for me and my family,” Leroux said. “I was supposed to have a baby in March and then go on and be able to play most of the season, but we lost that baby last year.”After her miscarriage, Leroux got pregnant again and would be due at the beginning of the Pride’s season. While many said she would miss all of this season’s games, Leroux knew she wanted to make it back to play this season — at least a part of it — like she had originally planned.“My plan was to be back this season regardless of what it looked like,” Leroux said. “I was going to make it happen.”Leroux played while pregnant and began training again, with the blessing of her doctor, just five weeks after giving birth to her daughter.“When you give birth your body is different,” Leroux said. “I still have baby weight from my pregnancy. You have to almost learn how to use your body again. It’s like your mind works but your body doesn’t keep up. I still feel like I have a ways to go but every day I feel stronger.”At Sunday’s game, Leroux walked onto the field for the first time that season with her daughter in her arms. Overwhelmed with emotion, Leroux burst into tears.“It was so emotional. It’s been a hard year,” Leroux said. “I think that’s what’s so emotional for me because I went through that experience last year with my team and I was able to come back with that same group for the end of the season.”Not only were her teammates supportive, Leroux said she felt the support of so many people during and after her comeback.“We had an away game and even fans from the other team were cheering for me and that was really special,” Leroux said. “There’s sports and then there’s really life. I feel like I didn’t necessarily see how hard it was because I was in it. There was a lot of support and people who read out who were really proud of me. That’s always a good feeling.”Leroux hopes her comeback will encourage other women who are striving for a balance between family and their careers.“We think when we have children and we start a family that we can’t continue on with our dreams and our hopes and our aspirations,” Leroux said. “I think it’s really important to see that life doesn’t have to stop and you can have a family and have a career and be able to do them at the same time.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written by
By DONALD WITTKOWSKIJackie McLeer joked that the seagulls “must have gotten the text message or memo.”The Ocean City resident looked around with amusement at the unusual sight of only a small number of the pesky, squawking birds hanging around the Boardwalk in front of the Music Pier at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday.Then it became apparent why so many gulls were missing. The purported text or memo conjured up by McLeer was about two intimidating falcons held by representatives of the company East Coast Falcons.The arrival of the trained falcons in Ocean City is part of Mayor Jay Gillian’s plan to rid the beaches, Boardwalk and other parts of town of the swarms of hungry gulls that have been menacing residents and tourists alike.“This is about public safety. With anything involving public safety, we’re going to do everything we can,” Gillian explained of the novel program to frighten the gulls away by using birds of prey.(Video courtesy of East Coast Falcons)The mayor noted that he decided to take action after witnessing one of the gulls aggressively dive down on a young child in a baby carriage and “smack the child in the face.”“That was the last straw for me,” Gillian said. “It’s an island-wide problem, tip to tip. Anywhere there are seagulls, we’re trying to get them back to their natural habitat.”“At least we’re trying to do something,” he continued. “If we just sit back and do nothing, someone’s going to get hurt.”Gillian has urged the public not to feed the gulls, emphasizing that the birds are congregating on the beaches, the Boardwalk and other areas where they can get easy meals instead of staying in their natural habitat. In Ocean City, it is against the law to feed seagulls and other wildlife.“Over time, the gulls in Ocean City have become increasingly aggressive in their quest for Boardwalk food and beach picnics. For the health and safety of both these birds and humans, the city must take action to return them to their natural diet and habitat,” the city said in a statement. Aggressive seagulls swarm people on the Boardwalk while trying to steal some food.After hearing numerous complaints from members of the public about gulls swooping in and brazenly stealing food right out of people’s hands, the city hired East Coast Falcons to solve the problem.“In my experience here, they’re more aggressive this year than they ever have been,” City Business Administrator George Savastano said of the gulls. McLeer said she has been avoiding the Boardwalk in the evenings out of fear of being attacked by gulls.“I get nervous,” she said. “I don’t come up here at night because there are swarms of them, usually around 4 or 5 p.m.”East Coast Falcons will use two falcons, a hawk and an owl to harass the gulls. The raptors will patrol the skies daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The idea is to frighten the gulls, not to harm or kill them, said Erik Swanson, a master falconer who owns the company.“Once they get acclimated to the area, then they’ll defend the area and scare away the gulls,” he said.Swanson expressed confidence that the plan will work in Ocean City. He pointed out that he has spent about 30 years using raptors to chase away geese, pigeons, starlings and other birds from golf courses, landfills, airports and other places where they have become a nuisance.Beachgoers fend off seagulls attempting to snatch some French fries.Swanson and his raptors will make their official Ocean City debut 11 a.m. Monday during a news conference in front of the Music Pier. The “bird abatement program,” as it is called, is believed to be the first of its kind for any shore town on the East Coast. The program will continue through August. If it is successful, it will return in summer 2020, the city said.“When East Coast Falcon’s professionals fly the raptors overhead, gulls know instinctively to leave an unsafe place,” the city’s statement said. “Professional falconry-based bird abatement is a humane, effective solution for removing nuisance birds. The contractor is licensed to conduct the work, and the effort is approved by the Humane Society of Ocean City, which oversees animal control for the town.”Two of the falcons, named Blackberry and Tilda, made their presence immediately known on Saturday while being held by Swanson and fellow falconer P.J. Simonis at the Music Pier. Although they didn’t fly around, the falcons apparently got the attention of the gulls, which seemed to scatter and disappear, prompting McLeer’s “text or memo” joke.Swanson said the gulls immediately recognized the outline of the falcons and simply fled the area to save themselves from a predator.The falcons remained perched on the hands of Swanson and Simonis. They were outfitted with hoods over their heads to keep them calm.“Just one of these birds could abate the whole island,” Simonis said of the ability of the falcons to chase away the gulls.P.J. Simonis, center, and Erik Swanson show the falcons to people on the Boardwalk.People on the Boardwalk were able to speak to Swanson and Simonis and get a close-up view of the falcons.Jack Masters, an Ocean City summer resident who lives in Media, Pa., asked Swanson whether the falcons would be a threat to small pets. Masters and his wife have a small dog. Swanson assured Masters that the raptors will leave small pets alone, focusing their attention instead on the seagulls.“I think this is a great idea by the mayor,” Masters said of the gull abatement program.Without the raptors flying around, Masters believes the gulls would continue to pester small children while trying to snatch food.“These little kids with their French fries, it’s an invitation for the seagulls to swoop in and grab a meal. Something must be done to stop it,” he said. Jack Masters, a summer resident in Ocean City, speaks to falconers Erik Swanson, center, and P.J. Simonis about the raptors that will patrol the skies.
Going to university is one of the single biggest investments a person will make in their lifetime. So it is vital prospective students have all the right information in an easily accessible format to help them decide where to study. Technology and data have radically improved the experience of customers in a range of sectors, from energy to healthcare to shopping. It’s time for a transparency revolution to improve student choice in higher education. These tools could make a real difference to people’s lives by helping them choose a university that will harness their potential so they can go on to reach the top of their field. Contracts of up to £25,000 including VAT will be awarded to successful bidders to create a prototype that could be then taken on for further development. The aim of the competition is to spur private sector innovation, and we are providing the seed funding to cover the costs of the initial research and development.Interested coders or tech companies who would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity should apply via Innovate UK’s website.In support of the competition, the Department for Education is running a series of events in collaboration with the Open Data Institute, who have a strong track record in running competitions to encourage better use of public data in fields from housing to energy use. Further information is available on the ODI’s website. Universities Minister Sam Gyimah has launched a £125,000 competition for tech companies and coders to develop new digital tools to help students pick the university course that is best for them.The new tools will help level the playing field between applicants, giving all students access to evidence on earnings and employment outcomes from different degrees.Recent research published by the Government has shown that what students study and where really matters to their future life chances. In many other areas of life, from utility bills to hospital care, technology has put better information at our fingertips. These new tools will help enable a similar revolution in transparency in Higher Education.The competition, which opened on 25 June, will harness the creativity, talent and ingenuity of coders and developers to design accessible digital tools, such as mobile apps, that will make it easier for young people to find out what they might earn if they choose a particular subject at a specific university.This is part of a wider revolution in transparency in Higher Education data – the government is already publishing a wide range of data including on likely earnings and employability and teaching quality at universities, also known as TEF. Sam Gyimah now wants to make it even easier for young people to use information like this to help choose where to study.Research published by DfE concluded that when students are choosing a university, major influences include the potential for higher future earnings. Once developed, the new digital tools will analyse public data so students and their families can more easily compare and contrast information including average salary outcomes by subject and by university at the touch of a button. The data could also be compared with other data sets, covering issues such as cost of living and travel.Universities Minister Sam Gyimah said: