Sentinel Unmanned Continue to Fly With BDS Support, Winning Place on Scottish Government Innovation Programme
Global pioneering designer, manufacturer and service provider of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), Sentinel Unmanned has reached the prestigious Accelerator Stage of the CivTech 5.0 programme.
Established by the Scottish Government, CivTech “drives daring and innovation in the public sector by collaboratively solving challenges to make people’s lives better—and in doing so, creates generations of sustainable, high growth businesses.” There is now a CivTech Alliance across the world with 11 member countries.
Within CivTech 5.0, ten challenges were issued by a variety of public bodies and a competitive process followed to identify the 2020 cohort, with over 100 applicants vying for a place in the initial Exploration stage.
Responding to the challenge set by Nature Scot (formerly Scottish Natural Heritage) of “How can we use technology to estimate herbivore populations and their impacts across Scotland in a greener and more cost-effective way?”, Sentinel was selected to take part in the Exploration Stage and was further successful in reaching the Accelerator Stage, where only one to two applicants work on each challenge for their Challenge Sponsor.
Sentinel are currently underway into a 14-week fast track programme to deliver a minimum viable product (MVP) which will be showcased on ‘demo day’ in early 2021.
The British Deer Society is concerned about the impact on mental health. This article offers some practice tips and links to resources to help us all get through.
A new lockdown has been implemented across England as of Thursday the 5th of November - similar restrictions are in place in Scotland, Ireland and Wales. This is important to reduce the risk of C-19 spreading and protect the NHS.
The first lockdown revealed the heart of communities: local initiatives to support the most vulnerable, a sense of togetherness, neighbours spoke to each other (sometimes for the first time|!) and we clapped for Carers. People reconnected with those with whom they had lost contact with. Communities helped each other.
The new Lockdown comes at a difficult time - winter and long nights, bad weather, along with economic challenges. Lockdown can lead to loneliness, isolation, and stress - worrying about health, jobs, finances, redundancy, the house and the future. Peoples routines have been changed, social opportunities and support networks are restricted. This impacts all of us young and old alike.
The British Deer Society is closely monitoring the situation since the Government announced over the weekend that there will be new national lockdown restrictions.
From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, the Government has issued the following restrictions for England:
- Stay at home, except for specific purposes.
- Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
- Closure of certain businesses and venues.
We have noted in the Governments update that you can leave home for specific purposes. Some key ones to be aware of include:
Work and volunteering
You can leave home for work purposes, or to provide voluntary or charitable services, where you cannot do this from home. This includes professional based culling – see below.
You can leave home for education (formal provision, rather than extracurricular classes such as music or drama tuition), and training. However, some BDS courses will be postponed due to accommodation difficulties or vulnerability as designated by the NHS and PHE, of course candidates.
British Deer Society and AA warn of a new danger as quieter roads, a twilight rush-hour and seasonal migrations combine
42% of young and least experienced drivers have encountered more deer and wildlife during or after the lockdown
Eastern England stands out as epicentre of increased incidences of dead and alive deer spotted by drivers
Quieter evening roads from a second wave of Covid nightlife restrictions threaten a resurgence of the deer and other wildlife collisions that marked the original lockdown and soon after, warns the British Deer Society and the AA. Roads with much less traffic lull animals into a false sense of security.
Two-fifths of people most likely to be driving later in the evening said they encountered more deer and other animals on the road during the first lockdown and afterwards. Latest Government statistics (14 October) * show Covid restrictions, even before wider restrictions in the past seven days, have cut car traffic to 85% of pre-lockdown levels.
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