It was a good week for those who enjoy messing about on the water in Devon last week. A new BSc (Hons) Sports Sciences course is being offered by Plymouth University in September. The course will cover sports science (physiology, biomechanics and psychology), a look at human interaction with the environment and surfing, scuba diving, wind surfing, wakeboarding, dinghy sailing, keelboat sailing, sea kayaking and lifeguarding
Good Week/Bad Week
Shrikes, the endangered bird of prey, has been re-introduced to Dartmoor after a 40 year absence.
Newton Abbot apiarists, who have a new £28,000 green education centre.
Plymouth Argyle, which may be saved in a take-over by fan favourite James Bent
First, which runs railgroup First Great Western saw a nine per cent rise in passenger revenues
Devon and Cornwall Police, after a survey revealed the number of officers and staff endorsing the force has fallen by nearly one-third.
Torbay’s elderly and vulnerable, as Torbay council aims to make £2.2 million in cost savings.
Trago Mills, which was fined £185,000 for dumping illegal waste
HMS Exeter, which is to be sold for scrap
Write stuff: Newton Abbot College Student Caitlin Hill has won two prizes for her story about the kidnapping of Shergar. She picked up first prize in the college’s short story competition, judged by Devon author Luisa Plaja and picked up £250 in the Wills Writing awards.
£1 million homes: Houses in the south west costing more than £1 million have been snapped up, according to figures from Lloyds TSB. 2010 showed a 35 per centre rise in the number sold, going from 199 homes in 2009 to 268 in 2010
Torbay’s Mega Bus: the budget bus has axed its service from Torbay after just a year, citing ‘unpredictable road conditions’ and ‘severe congestion’ saying the service was ‘consistently unreliable’. The bus is increasing the number of services to and from Exeter, though.
Agatha Christie’s Bluebells: The bluebells at Greenway, Agatha Christie’s South Devon home could be wiped out by the prevellance of the invasive three-cornered garlic.
Blue Chip Vacations in Exeter has seen a ‘healthy rise in bookings’ due to the vocalic ash that has halted flights throughout Europe. Managing director Alan Taylor said: “Naturally, people have become concerned about flight certainty, especially when the impact of threatened BA strikes is added into the mix. As a result, holidays in Devon and the South West have become increasingly popular, and we are actively looking to encourage visitors to the region.
Devon County Council and Exeter City Council are welcoming back the Halfords Tour Series cycle race in Exeter on Thursday, June 3. In 2009 more than 12,000 spectators turned out for the race and it generated an additional £470,000 in visitor spending in the city. This year’s event boasts 10 of Britain’s strongest cycling teams, and a line-up of some of Britain’s best Olympic and elite cyclists including Ed Clancy, Chris Newton and Rob Hayles.
Beetroot is the new super veg, according to new research from Exeter University, which reveals how drinking beetroot juice reduces energy expended by muscles. The new research builds on a previous study which showed that drinking beetroot juice can boost stamina by up to 16 per cent. See our science story
After spending £330,000 on the rebrand of the merged North and East Devon Colleges to create the much-maligned Petroc brand, the college needs to reduce running costs by £2 million, with possibly 99 jobs under threat.
Exeter’s Heavitree Arch, which is under fire again after the costs associated with the public art work have increased and the panels on the art work have found to be rusty and may be replaced. See Issue of the Week.
Petroc, the college which came underfire for its rebranding has picked up two awards for the name from the Transform Awards. It was awarded silver for public sector rebrand and won the regional rebrand. The renaming was necessary when North and East Devon College merged to become the largest college in the county.
Plymouth’s Blue Mile, the two-day event which takes place in Plymouth on July 3 and 4, and focuses on completing a mile in open water mile to improve health and well being as well as promote environmental issues has won the support of the World Wildlife Fund
Living Coasts egg collectors, who have been hindered in saving eggs from the nests of endangered bank cormorant in South Africa for the second year running. With the World Cup taking place in the country this summer it has been deemed too difficult and too costly to go this summer, meaning it will take longer to establish a colony at Living Coasts.
Intercom Trust, which has come under fire for specifying gay, lesbian and bisexual applicants only for a community helpline worker and administrator. In their defence executive director Dr Michael Halls said: “This position for a helpline worker and administrator requires the person to answer the helpline and speak to people who have often suffered terrible emotional damage.: