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Issue:- 7 June  2012

Everton Library, AKA:- "The Jewel On the Hill" wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

PLANS to secure millions of pounds for the restoration and reuse of the former Everton Library have taken a major step forward.  Heritage Works Buildings Preservation Trust; "Heritage Works", in partnership with Hope Street Ltd and Liverpool City Council has received initial support including £284,400 development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Jewel on the Hill project, to help progress detailed plans towards the application for a full grant.

This funding will allow a development stage to run from July 2102 until Autumn 2013 when the full grant application will be submitted and other matched funding sought towards what will be a £5 million project. If all is successful the building will be fully back in use by Autumn 2016.

The Jewel on the Hill project is the acquisition, restoration, redevelopment and re-use of the Grade II listed former Everton Library. The vision is of a beautiful building in a historic location developed as a 'creation centre' serving Everton and beyond; a hub for creative enterprise and a resource for creative education. Within the project an activity programme over 5 years will engage local people and others in learning about the heritage of the library and the surrounding area, and also about the practical skills involved in restoration.

It is envisaged that the Liverpool Arts organisation Hope Street Ltd will manage the restored building working with other local stakeholders to deliver an inclusive arts and heritage programme. This will include the launch of a reminiscence youth theatre, inter-generational arts projects, oral history projects. All of this will be in addition to its core activity of developing artists and art forms.

Everton Library is situated on St Domingo Road, at one of the highest points in the city, and is a local landmark with views over the city centre, North Liverpool, the river and the sea. The Jewel on the Hill project is an important part of the wider regeneration activity that will take place in Everton Park and the surrounding neighbourhoods over the coming years, aiming to create a vibrant new district by redesigning the park as a visitor attraction and by providing quality new housing development.

Heritage Works Chairman, John Glester said:- "We are delighted with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund in helping us move towards securing a positive and productive use for Everton Library. The Jewel on the Hill vision is the culmination of 5 years work with local stakeholder groups and can restore the present sad and derelict building to an integral part of community life whilst preserving an important part of Everton's heritage".

Hope Street Limited's Director, Peter Ward said:- "This is excellent news for Liverpool and particularly for the continuing regeneration of the north of the city. In recent years we have been working across the north of the city and have begun to develop some exciting projects with local residents, schools and community groups. This award will assist us in strengthening our links with the local communities and especially supporting the brilliant work being done by Liverpool City Council alongside the fantastic groups, schools and organisations based in and around Everton".

Sara Hilton, Head of HLF North West, said:- "We at the Heritage Lottery Fund are delighted to be giving our initial support for this exciting and ambitious project that will transform Everton Library. Bringing this fantastic piece of Everton's heritage back to life for the local community to use and enjoy and giving it a new sustainable use will be a real boost to the area and feed into wider regeneration plans. We are looking forward to working with the Heritage Works and its partners and seeing these plans progress."

Councillor Maria McEvoy , Liverpool City Council's Heritage Champion said:- "This is a fantastic, innovative scheme which will not only bring back into use this beautiful and historic building, but also engage the local community in finding out more about the heritage of the area where they live. This is an exciting time for the Everton Park area, with lots of regeneration planned, and it's wonderful that – with investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund - this much-loved local landmark will be able to play its part."

Do you have a LinkedIn account? Yes, read on!!!

IF you have a LinkedIn account, you might want to change your password! The networking website has been found to have been hacked by criminals who have posted an, as of yet unconfirmed, amount of passwords linked to the site’s members. It is reported that the company, based in California, USA , has sent out emails to members whose passwords were affected explaining how to reset them, since they are no longer valid on the site. But a new warning is also being issued to keep an eye out for fake emails saying that users need to change passwords. The data, that is thought to have been taken over several days, was then posted on underground websites where criminals frequently exchange stolen information, including scrambled passwords. The files that have allegedly been reported to have been found, only have passwords and not corresponding email addresses, but it is likely that the hackers who stole the passwords also have the corresponding email addresses. So to be safe and to stop them from being able to access any accounts with compromised passwords, change your password immediately. Also, it is worth noting that users of social media websites should not use the same passwords on other social media websites. If you have a  Twitter account, and a Facebook Account and any other websites, like Linkedin, and a user gets your password to any of those sites, they have access to them all! So always have different passwords for search and every site you use, if you can. Also if you ever get an email with a link on it that you have not requested, never use that link! Go direct to the site by typing in yourself and manage your profiles that way!

LinkedIn director Vicente Silveria told users that:- "Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid. These affected members will also receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords. There will not be any links in these emails. For security reasons, you should never change your password on any website by following a link in an email. These affected members will receive a second email from our Customer Support team providing a bit more context on this situation and why they are being asked to change their passwords."

The site on 6 June 2012 also had a notice posted on it saying:- "We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts. We are continuing to investigate this situation and here is what we are pursuing as far as next steps for the compromised accounts:-

► Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid.

► These members will also receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords. There will not be any links in this email. Once you follow this step and request password assistance, then you will receive an email from LinkedIn with a password reset link.

► These affected members will receive a second email from our Customer Support team providing a bit more context on this situation and why they are being asked to change their passwords.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our members. We take the security of our members very seriously. If you haven't read it already, it is worth checking out my earlier blog post today about updating your password and other account security best practices. It is worth noting that the affected members who update their passwords and members whose passwords have not been compromised benefit from the enhanced security we just recently put in place, which includes hashing and salting of our current password databases."

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