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Businesses asked to step (or pedal) forward for funding

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Portsmouth businesses have been invited to bid for money for measures to increase cycling and walking to work.

Portsmouth City Council is offering Portsmouth businesses the opportunity to apply for funding from the Workplace Sustainable Travel Fund (WSTF) for physical measures to encourage employees to cycle or walk to the workplace

Businesses have until 14 October 2016 to apply for up to £3,000 each for measures which could include secure cycle parking, lockers and pool bikes. In addition the council will give successful applicants a selection of supporting items to help them promote walking and cycling including; cycle locks, lights, pedometers, reflective products and travel maps.

The council has been able to offer this money to businesses after successfully receiving funding from the Department for Transport's Sustainable Travel Transition Fund.

Cllr Jim Fleming, Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Traffic & Transportation, said: "I am pleased that we are able to offer local businesses the opportunity to bid for money to promote sustainable travel to their employees. Anything we can do to encourage people to cycle or walk as an alternative to car use has to be positive and we hope many businesses will bid for this funding."

For more information and to apply visit the Workplace Sustainable Transport Fund page on the PCC website. Applications must be received by 14 October 2016 and successful businesses will be notified on 21 October 2016.

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Awards honour for risk and security expert

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Alison Wakefield webUniversity of Portsmouth risk and security expert Alison Wakefield has been announced as a runner-up in a prestigious security industry awards.

For a second year running, Dr Wakefield – senior lecturer in security risk management at the University’s Institute of Criminal Justice Studies – was a finalist in the contribution to security section of the Women in Security Awards.

These are the security profession’s dedicated awards that honour the accomplishments, value and contributions of women within the wider world of security.

The annual awards, organised by Professional Security Magazine, are now in their fifth year.

Dr Wakefield, course leader in BSc Risk and Security Management and the Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management, said: “I was surprised and delighted to be shortlisted as a finalist among such an accomplished and inspiring field of candidates.

“The list of nominations indicates just a fraction of the outstanding women operating in this traditionally male sector, and the Women in Security Awards are a terrific initiative in bringing their contributions to the fore.”

Earlier this year Dr Wakefield was voted the third most influential person in security in an international list of the world’s most prominent thought leaders and pioneers.

In addition to her University roles, Dr Wakefield is vice-chairman of the Security Institute, the UK’s main member association for security practitioners, and academic adviser to the Chartered Security Professionals Registration Authority.

Her published works include Selling Security: The Private Policing of Public Space, which was shortlisted for the British Society of Criminology Book Prize 2003, and The Sage Dictionary of Policing.

For more information on the awards, and a full list of winners, go to http://www.professionalsecurity.co.uk/wis/

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HMS M.33 makes starring role on Strictly Come Dancing

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Contestants couple Louise Redknapp and dancing professional Kevin Clifton sprinkled a bit of dancing magic onto The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s (NMRN) World War One veteran ship HMS M.33 as part of their preparation for their first dance on the popular BBC show.

Visitors to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard watched as the couple practised their dance moves onboard the 100 year-old vessel in anticipation of their first dance, the jive, broadcast on Saturday 23rd September.

On hand to give them valuable advice about how to salute Royal Navy-style were crew members from the world’s most famous warship HMS Victory, which lies alongside the ship and is also run by The NMRN.

Warrant Officer1 Dickie Henderson welcomed the couple on board M33 to inspire them with their sailor-based jive. The ship saw action in the Gallipoli campaign in 1915. She was designed and built in seven weeks. The 72 crew were deployed and did not return for three years.

Dickie, who is Victory’s Executive Officer said: “It’s been really good fun and any opportunity to show off the Royal Navy on TV is just great.”

Louise Redknapp, formerly a member of girl-band Eternal and married to football pundit Jamie commented: “It’s amazing to be able to practise our dance on this incredible ship and how exciting to be able to bring a little of the Strictly sparkle to her.”

Kevin Clifton, four-time finalist on the show, said: “I’ve learnt to salute properly because apparently I wasn’t doing it right before and the crew weren’t impressed!”

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Light up the night at Pedal Portsmouth Glow Ride

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For the very first time, cyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to bring their hi-vis, glow-in-the-dark accessories and lights, and take part in the first ever Pedal Portsmouth Glow Ride along Southsea seafront on Saturday 22 October 2016 from 6pm - 7pm.

Portsmouth City Council is running this free family cycling event as a fun way to celebrate safe night-time cycling and reminding cyclists to 'Be Bright, Be Seen'. The Pedal Portsmouth Glow Ride will take place on a traffic-free route on Southsea seafront, making use of the road closures that are already in place for the Great South Run weekend.

With hundreds of cyclists and bikes lighting up the seafront it will be a real spectacle. The ride starts from near Blue Reef and will be open for an hour from 6pm - 7pm, allowing cyclists of all ages and abilities to enjoy cycling round the course at their own pace while lighting up the night. There will be prizes for the best-lit cyclists and glow goodies for those who pre-register.

This is a great opportunity for children, beginners and families to enjoy cycling together at dusk. There is parking at the Esplanade car park for those needing to bring their bikes by vehicle and British Cycling will be running guided rides to the event for those who would prefer to cycle in a group - see www.goskyride.com/portsmouth.

Councillor Jim Fleming, Portsmouth City Council's cabinet member for Traffic & Transportation said: "Following the success of our last two Pedal Portsmouth cycling events, we are delighted to offer something a bit different with our first Pedal Portsmouth Glow Ride.

"We hope lots of Portsmouth families will get into the spirit of the event by decorating their bikes and dressing up brightly and that it will encourage them to continue cycling safely all-year round. Make sure you sign up to be part of the spectacle!"

The registration desk will be open from 5pm. Sign-in will be quicker if you've already given us your details online. Sign up free of charge now on the Pedal Portsmouth Glow Ride Eventbrite.

If you have any questions about this event please post them on the Pedal Portsmouth Facebook page.

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Help scientists understand lugworms’ sex lives

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Love is in the air along our coastlines this autumn and scientists from the University of Portsmouth are asking the public to keep an eye out for signs of passion in the lugworm population.

The lugworm – Arenicola marina – is a vital source of food for wader birds and fish, and the species plays an important role in fisheries as a source of bait.

But spending their lives burrowed deep in the sediment, opportunities to find the perfect mate are limited. Instead, the males release sperm which collects in ‘puddles’ on the surface of the sand. When the tide comes in, the sperm is washed down into the burrows of the females and fertilises their eggs.

Very specific environmental conditions are needed to trigger the release of the sperm and the egg at the same time and very little is known about the process.

Now scientists are calling on members of the public to join the project as ‘citizen scientists’ and help to fill in the knowledge gaps.

Dubbed Spermwatch, the project is part of a wider conservation project called Capturing our Coast, a partnership between the universities of Portsmouth, Newcastle, Bangor and Hull, the Marine Conservation Society, the Earthwatch Institute, the Marine Biological Association and the Scottish Association of Marine Science. Capturing our Coast is a three-year programme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Dr Katrin Bohn, Capturing Our Coast Project Officer at the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Portsmouth, said: "Lugworms are fascinating. The entire population at a specific location reproduces for just a few days every year and only when certain environmental conditions are ideal.

“We want to know what those conditions are and also understand how climate change, for example, will affect that. By going out for a walk on any beach across the UK, members of the public can help us in answering those questions."

Dr Gordon Watson, Principal Lecturer at the Institute of Marine Sciences, said: “This is a great way for people to get involved in scientific research. It would be virtually impossible to collect these data without public involvement, so every bit of data the public collects is vital.”

Megan Evans of the Earthwatch Institute said: “Projects such as Capturing our Coast are important, because responsibility for the marine environment belongs to us all, and everyone should have an opportunity to contribute.”

Launch events:

  • 1 October 2016 between 3.30pm and 6.30pm, at Southsea beach near South Parade Pier
  • 2 October 2016 between 4.00pm and 6.30pm, at Lee-on-Solent near Beach Road car park

There are five set periods over the coming months in which people are asked to collect data.

It should take about 45 minutes and is ideal to form part of a beach walk – instruction books can be downloaded from http://www.capturingourcoast.co.uk/spermwatch

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