General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 In January 2015, Blackpool city council received a £2 million CCF grant towards the “Lightpool” project to deliver a radical transformation of the iconic Blackpool Illuminations, creating a compelling new visitor experience and a major boost to the local economy. The project is forecast to have increased visitor numbers by 2.6 million. Barrow-in-Furness has also benefitted from multiple rounds of coastal communities funding which has completely revolutionised business support in the coastal area from north of Millom across the Furness peninsula to Grange.This has included: Amble – the seafood town – Northumberland. Northumberland county council was awarded a £1.8 million CCF grant in 2014 to improve the economy of Amble through infrastructure works to transform the town into a visitor destination promoting seafood, attracting new visitors and creating jobs. The project has provided two new restaurants, improved facilities incorporating a Harbour Village with retail space, and enhanced access along the shore. I’m delighted to announce that applications are now open for the next round of the Coastal Communities Fund. Coastal Communities up and down the country from Barrow-in-Furness to Brighton have been boosted by this funding which has spurred inward investment, sustainable growth, new jobs and exciting economic opportunities for local businesses. By 2020, we’ll have invested nearly a quarter of a billion pounds in our seaside areas, providing thousands of jobs, training places and opportunities along the Great British Coast. Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) supports the economic transformation of UK coastal communities by giving funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs.Since 2012, the government’s CCF has awarded grants to 295 projects across the UK, totalling over £174 million. Analysis shows this has been money well spent, with every £1 invested having the potential to create an up to £8 boost to our coastal economies. Successful projects have included: Multi-million pound funding to transform the UK’s coastal communities through investment in jobs, skills and local businesses opened for bids today (26 February 2018) announced Coastal Communities Minister, Jake Berry.500 new businesses supporting 5,500+ plus jobs have been created thanks to the government’s Coastal Communities Fund.The opening of the next £40 million round of applications was announced by Coastal Communities Minister, Jake Berry, while visiting Barrow-in-Furness to see first hand how the fund has delivered major economic benefits for the Cumbrian town and wider coastal area.Coastal Communities Minister, Jake Berry, said: Cornwall council receiving a £1.95 million grant in 2014 to repair and re-launch the Grade II Listed Art Deco ‘Jubilee Pool’ in Penzance to create an all year round visitor attraction sustaining existing jobs and creating new positions (including much needed apprenticeships in an area with higher than average youth unemployment). Media enquiries If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Contact form https://forms.communit… Office address and general enquiries Social media – MHCLG Further informationProspective applicants for round 5 of the Coastal Communities Fund can access the full guidance to submitting their application on GOV.UK.Funding for round 5 will cover the period 2019-20 to 2020-21 with funds becoming available from April 2019.We are also looking to fund a small number of revenue projects which are ‘ready to go’ and can be fast tracked. Successful fast-track projects will be announced in summer 2018 and we will expect them to be able to start quickly. Email [email protected] The Tate St Ives was awarded a £3.87 million grant in 2015 to refurbish and extend the Tate Gallery in St Ives. The new facilities include a new apse gallery connecting the existing gallery to the new extension; a new suite of learning and event spaces; increased capacity for visitors in the reception, cloakrooms, café, new exhibition space, staff accommodation and training space. £900,000 in CCF round 1 (2012) being granted to Furness Enterprise Limited to create an innovation network which seamlessly connects local businesses with each other to streamline their supply chains. The funds also supported marketing of key sites, formation of 70 new start-up businesses and help to SMEs in providing training opportunities for unemployed residents to gain the skills they need to find a permanent job. £865,000 in CCF round 3 (2015) to Furness Enterprise Limited to accelerate regeneration in Barrow and the surrounding areas by strengthening supply chains and transforming skills as well as attracting inward investment and helping to provide specialist businesses support to local companies to up-skill and grow. A pilot scale internship scheme placing young people in high tech firms. This led to the OGDEN Trust agreeing to fund 60 placements from 2018 to 2020. Participation in the Manufacturing Forum and revolutionary proposals for a pan-Northern supply chain initiative connecting Northern businesses with manufacturers and service providers A new Furness Energy Forum bringing local businesses together to capitalise on energy supplier opportunities £444,000 in CCF round 4 (2017) to Barrow and Furness Coastal Communities Team to transform visitor facilities on Walney Island and covert an old, derelict built into a community run visitor hub. Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg
When presidential hopeful Donald Trump visits New Orleans, LA this Friday, March 4th, he’ll have some very loud company. A new group, calling themselves Trumpets Trump Drumpf, are planning a second line parade to correspond with the Trump rally at Landmark Aviation tomorrow afternoon.The name is a reference to a recent clip aired on Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, where the host points out that Donald Trump’s family changed their name to Drumpf. If you haven’t watched this top-notch piece of journalism from Oliver, tune in below:“We as musicians feel Donald Trump is the ultimate salesman,” says saxophonist Quay Frazier in an interview with OffBeat. “We refuse to be sold blanket statements and lies. People are angry because their wages have not risen in a generation, and they’re looking for a way out. Donald Trump is trying to capture this anger by putting the blame on Mexicans, Muslims, African-Americans, etc, but America is about love and was built by people of all shades and colors. Our music does not discriminate. Our mission is to trump Drumpf with trumpets, to overpower his hate speech with music of love. Let’s show him how it’s done!”More about the second line can be found here. Louisiana primaries are held this Saturday, March 5th, so be sure to get out and vote![H/T OffBeat]
More Harvard officials to testify in trial challenging College’s admissions process Itzel Vasquez-Rodriguez ’17 took the stand during Harvard’s admissions trial last fall, lending her voice in support of Harvard’s use of race as one of many factors in selecting the College’s incoming class.Vasquez-Rodriguez said during her testimony in Boston’s federal courthouse that she knew from a young age that her Mexican American heritage set her apart. Her family spoke English and Spanish in their Southern California home and celebrated different holidays. She listened to different music than most of her peers. But Vasquez-Rodriguez cherished all of it because she knew herself to be the sum total of that history.“I felt like so much of my experience and so much of my perspective and world view has been colored by my ethno-racial identity, and I wanted a school that took that into consideration and that valued that — that part of myself,” she said. “Honestly, I probably would not have applied to Harvard if they didn’t take race into account. Again, I was coming from a pretty diverse area in Southern California, and I wanted to go to a school that reflected the diversity of the U.S. population and of the world population.”Upon hearing that the judge had ruled for Harvard, Vasquez-Rodriguez felt nearly vindicated.“I think it will have an impact for generations to come,” she said of the judgment. “I think this ruling and the media that is being generated around the ruling will encourage folks to really look into and understand what race-conscious policies look like, what they are, and what they are not. It shows the nation that these types of policies are something that we believe in; they are something that we are willing to defend.”Members of the Harvard and the higher education community and many participants in the trial have in recent days voiced satisfaction with last Tuesday’s ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs. That judgment held that Harvard does not discriminate against Asian American applicants or use race as a determinative factor in admissions decisions, and that its practices line up with Supreme Court precedent. Many said the decision in the lawsuit by the group Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. (SFFA) in 2014 was an affirmation that inclusion and diversity at Harvard and at colleges and universities across the country can remain a top priority. “I felt like so much of my experience and so much of my perspective and world view has been colored by my ethno-racial identity, and I wanted a school that took that into consideration and that valued that — that part of myself.” — Itzel Vasquez-Rodriguez ’17 Final arguments in admissions suit Mortara, a partner at the Chicago- and Denver-based law firm Bartlit Beck LLP, called Burroughs a dedicated professional and an even-handed judge who “issued a bad ruling.” He criticized the earlier Supreme Court judgments cited in her decision as well as her “views of the law and inferences of the facts,” which he deemed “absurd and wrong.” He also said that some statements in the opinion were “troubling.”“The judgment of history will be very different from what came out of this very bad ruling by this very good judge,” said Mortara.Many members of the broader higher education community breathed a sigh of relief after the ruling.“The decision represents a clear and decisive victory for Harvard and will be welcomed at universities across the United States,” said Terry Hartle, senior vice president for government relations and public affairs at the American Council on Education. Ruling finds that College does not discriminate Related Admissions lawsuit enters second week Judge upholds Harvard’s admissions policy Lawyers for Harvard defend University practices, warn of dire consequences if overturned Burroughs emphasized those values in her conclusion, quoting the testimony of Ruth Simmons, former president of Brown University and current president of Prairie View A&M University. Simmons noted that as the daughter of a janitor and a maid — former sharecroppers who had limited opportunities — she understood the benefits of diversity in education and the wider world.“I’ve spoken about the conflicts in society, how deeply they run, how they resurface from time to time,” Simmons said from the stand last fall. “How can we imagine a world in which we are not creating leaders and citizens who have the capacity to mediate those differences? I cannot imagine it. And so it’s with great conviction that I say that we must continue to offer diverse undergraduate education to our young people to save our nation.”Harvard’s Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William Fitzsimmons ’67, Ed.M. ’69, Ed.D. ’71, who has spent the past 40 years at Harvard as a member of the department that helps shape incoming classes, called Burroughs’ decision “thorough and thoughtful.” Fitzsimmons, a key witness at trial, said a diverse student body ensures Harvard undergraduates will learn as much from each other as they will from their coursework.“Certainly one of the best things about my own education at Harvard in the 1960s was the amazing amount I learned from my classmates,” said Fitzsimmons. “Today that opportunity is infinitely greater given the diversity of our students. Their wide range of economic, ethnic, cultural, and geographic backgrounds is astonishing by any standard.”Margaret Chin agrees.A Harvard graduate and professor of sociology at Hunter College and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Chin also testified in Boston’s John Joseph Moakley Courthouse last fall.“I wanted to defend race-conscious admissions and speak about how important a diverse learning environment is,” she said. “A diverse and inclusive learning environment with people from all kinds of backgrounds, all kinds of neighborhoods, all kinds of experiences, was extremely important in my understanding of the world. I feel that I benefited from that exposure and my whole life since graduating in 1984 has been shaped by my Harvard experience. My research focuses on how to decrease inequality in work, community, and education.”Besides testifying, Chin also wrote a declaration for Coalition for a Diverse Harvard, one of the many student and alumni groups that filed briefs in support of the College.“The percentage of Asian Americans on campus has increased from about 7 percent in my class, to now 25 percent for the class of 2023,” said Chin. “The process is working and a holistic process that recognizes their race also recognizes their whole selves and every aspect that makes them uniquely individual.”Some, however, were less sanguine about the outcome. Harvard senior Kelley Babphavong is of Laotian and Thai descent, and has followed the case closely for the past year. She said that while she believes in diversity and equity, she sees race in college admissions currently as “more of just a visual kind of diversity” that “doesn’t get to the heart of what diversity really is for me, and that’s more economic or on an ideological basis.”“I am excited to see this case appealed, and I think it will go all the way to the Supreme Court,” said Babphavong. “I am excited to see how race is defined and how race is used in college admissions in the future.”Last Friday, SFFA filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals. A number of legal experts believe the case ultimately will be decided by the high court.At Harvard Law School on Tuesday, SFFA attorney Adam Mortara spoke about the case with Randall Kennedy, the Michael R. Klein Professor, at an event co-sponsored by the Harvard Federalist Society and the Harvard Native American Law Students Association.