Dr Vicky Melfi, who works for the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, based at Paignton Zoo, is an authority on the Critically Endangered Sulawesi crested black macaque. She leads the Trust’s project called Selamatkan Yaki – Save Sulawesi Macaques – on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia.
Devon County Council will take direct control of issuing concessionary bus passes from Friday, April 1. This also includes changes to companion passes and journey start times.
RECOOP, an organisation which deals with resettlement and care for older ex-offenders and prisoners, has been awarded £134,000 for their work helping to reduce the number of older people re-offending in the South West, as part of Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales £2.5 million to support organisations working to improve the life choices and chances of people with mental health problems in the criminal justice system.
The focus of Fairtrade Fortnight this year is cotton, and the Met Office and Devon county councillors will be at an event for Fairtrade Fortnight which highlights the plight of cotton farmers
For the first time a book by John Milton which was bound in human skin will be on display as one of the exhibits at Devon’s annual Local History Day
Perry Sprung from Exeter, bagged the Outstanding Contributor to Sport Award at the Devon Sports Awards, which took place at the Exeter Chiefs’ Sandy Park and celebrated Devon sporting volunteers, officials and coaches – the driving force behind the scenes that help develop athletes in the county, coming from backgrounds including sports clubs, coaching sessions and community initiatives.
Devon County Councillor Stuart Hughes has called for a fair deal from Transport Minister Norman Baker in order to plug a £5 million funding gap caused by the concessionary travel scheme.
Devon County Council has revealed its plan to cut £54.6 million from its budget in the face of Government spending reductions.