Press release: New review launched of press sustainability in the UK

April 20, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgNotes for Editors Recent estimates suggest that current average annual revenue per digital media user is only c.£15, compared to c.£124 per print media user: “UK News Media: an engine of original news content and democracy – A study on the economic contribution of the UK news media industry”, Deloitte, December 2016 An estimated two thirds of Local Authority Districts in the UK now not served by a local daily newspaper: “Monopolising local news: Is there an emerging local democratic deficit in the UK due to the decline of local newspapers?”, Gordon Ramsay and Martin Moore Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power, May 2016 Panel members are yet to be decided and will be made up of individuals with experience in some of the core sectors under review, bringing a range of voices and expertise to the process. The review will not address politically motivated disinformation and propaganda. A summary of the review’s scope (PDF, 40.9KB, 1 page) Robust high quality journalism is important for public scrutiny and underpins democratic debate – but as print circulations decline and more readers move online, the press faces an uncertain future. This review will look at the sustainability of the national, regional and local press, how content creators are appropriately rewarded for their online creations, and ensure that the UK has a vibrant, independent and plural free press as one of the cornerstones of our public debate. The NMA welcomes this announcement today on behalf of the national, regional and local news media industry. This review acknowledges the importance of journalism in a democratic society, the vital role that the press takes in holding the powerful to account and producing verified news which informs the public. Viable business models must be found that ensure a wide variety of media are able to have a long and healthy future. Through digital platforms, news content is more widely consumed than ever before but the revenues to sustain the investment in that quality content are challenged. This review on a sustainable future is very welcome.center_img The UK has always benefited from a strong, well established and diverse press sector. However over the past decade the way in which people consume news has been transformed.Many UK newspapers have a strong online presence but falling print circulations and changes to advertising trends have caused the press sector to experience declining revenues. Latest figures show that around two thirds of local authority areas don’t have a daily local newspaper.The review will investigate the overall health of the news media, looking at the range of news available and how the press is adapting to the new digital market – including the role and impact of online platforms such as Facebook and Google, and the digital advertising supply chain.DCMS Secretary of State Matt Hancock said: A key focus of the review will be the local and regional press, who face an uncertain future. The review will also assess the operation of the digital advertising supply chain including funding flows and its role in creating or reducing value for publishers. It will also look at ‘clickbait’ and low quality news and if there is more that can be done to tackle this issue and undermine any commercial incentives associated with it.Also within the review’s remit will be an examination of how data created or owned by news publications is collected and distributed by online platforms.A panel of experts will be appointed in the coming months to lead the review.As well as identifying challenges, the review will make recommendations on what industry and government action can be taken, with a final report expected later this year.David Dinsmore, News Media Association chairman, said:last_img read more

Horticulture Tour.

January 17, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgThe University of Georgia horticulture department and State Botanical Garden of Georgia will offer a tour of research plots, ornamental plant evaluations and gardens Friday, Sept. 28 in Athens, Ga.At the horticulture farm, see the latest research on landscape amendments. These include poultry-litter compost and products called stalite and zeolite.UGA Professor Mike Dirr will discuss the woody ornamentals in his plant evaluation program. At the new College Station Road shade garden, you’ll see Dirr’s collection of Calycanthus, camellia, Cephalotaxus, fothergilla, gardenia and more than 80 hydrangea cultivars.The annual and perennial trial garden on campus is always a favorite tour stop. Viewing an extensive evaluation of the newest annuals and perennials, you’ll want to make notes of those still doing well in the late-summer heat.Talk With FacultyThe tour will offer time to talk with UGA faculty from the Athens, Griffin and Tifton campuses. Lunch will be in the new Heritage Garden at the State Botanical Garden. The garden staff will be on hand to answer questions.Buses leave promptly at 9 a.m. from the upper parking lot of the State Botanical Garden at 2450 South Milledge Ave. (It’s about 1 mile outside the Athens Bypass). The tour will end at 4 p.m.The $20 fee covers the lunch and bus ride. The deadline to sign up is Sept. 21. Mail a check to “Georgia 4-H Foundation” to Extension Horticulture, Attn: Open House, 205 Hoke Smith Bldg., University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602.Driving directions to the State Botanical Garden are on the Internet at To learn more, phone (706) 542-2861, or e-mail Angela Anderson at [email protected]last_img read more

5 items you should never buy new

December 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgMost of us like the idea of buying something shiny and new, but that’s not always the best option for our budget. Despite the creative advertising campaigns that draw us in, remember buying new also means high mark ups and high rates of depreciation. Here are five things we should consider buying used to save money.CarsThat “new car smell” sure is enticing, but don’t forget that your new ride comes high dollar signs. There are many reasons why buying a used vehicle is better for your bottom line. One reason is that the original owner has already absorbed the depreciation associated with buying new. For example, if you buy a $30,000 car and sell it down the road, chances are you’ll be hit with depreciation of at least half the original cost. Secondly, buying used also means you’ll see lower insurance premiums, which can benefit your monthly budget.ClothingStyles change quicker than the blink of an eye, so instead of dropping serious dough on a brand-new wardrobe, consider hitting up your local consignment store. Many social media sites also provide access to high-end consignment or resale groups, offering quality clothing and accessories at reduced prices.Sports gearAs children bounce from sport to sport, you could end up spending an arm and a leg on various types of equipment. Instead of buying new at big retailers like Academy Sports, check out other options such as Play It Again Sports. This chain sells quality sporting goods for low prices and also allows customers to trade in or consign their used sports equipment.BooksThink about it: how often do you really go back and re-read your favorite page-turner? Chances are once they’re read, they go straight to the shelf to collect dust. Buying a new book may not seem like a huge purchase, but think about how much you’re spending over time. Instead of buying new, check out your local book exchange or online sites like eBay or Abe Books.Children’s apparelKids grow so quickly it’s hard to keep up. They barely stay in one size clothing for a significant period of time. Don’t make the mistake of buying them a brand-new closet full of clothes for every season. Instead take advantage of family hand-me-downs or gently used clothing from second-hand shops. You’ll be amazed at the name-brand items you can find if you’re willing to take the time to look. 58SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Drilon seeks higher payment of damages for wrongful death

September 25, 2020 0 Comments

Under the same bill, Drilon also soughtto set the minimum amount for moral and exemplary damages at P200,000. Drilon cited as an example the recentdecision on the Maguindanao Massacre where the court only granted compensationpayout of P100,000 for death indemnity, P100,000 for moral damages, andP100,000 for exemplary damages. “We are proposing these amendmentsto emphasize that the amounts provided in the law are only the minimum and thatthe courts are empowered to use their discretion in granting a higher amount,based on the rate of inflation and circumstances unique to the case,” hesaid. “It has been lamented that the gruesomenature of deaths subject of recently decided cases would have warranted ahigher award but that courts have been hesitant to depart from the amountsfixed by jurisprudence,” he added. “While it is clear from the wording ofthe law and the decisions rendered by the Supreme Court that the amountprovided is only the minimum, it has become common practice for our courts toaward death indemnity as well as moral and exemplary damages only within theminimum amount,” Drilon said. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon MANILA – Senate Minority Leader FranklinDrilon has proposed an increase in the minimum amount of damages that the courtmay grant for the wrongful death of a person caused by a crime or negligence. In his Senate Bill No. 1276, the Ilonggosenator aims to amend the Civil Code by increasing the minimum amount for deathindemnity, whether caused by crime or quasi-delict (negligence) to P300,000from P3,000. Drilon said that while the old CivilCode, which was enacted in 1949, set the amount for death indemnity to P3,000,the amount has increased in jurisprudence over time to P50,000 in 1990. Theamount remained stagnant, however, at P50,000 until 2013 when the SupremeCourt, in People v. Gambao, raised the minimum amount to P100,000. “Article 2216 of the Civil Code does notprovide a minimum amount for moral and exemplary damages and leaves it entirelyto the discretion of the courts. Jurisprudence similarly pegs the amount atP100,000,” he said./PN read more

Euro 2016: Republic of Ireland 1-1 Sweden – Clark own goal denies Boys in Green

December 29, 2019 0 Comments

first_img 3 3 Ciaran Clark’s own goal denied Republic of Ireland a dream start to life in Group E as they were held to a draw with Sweden on Monday evening.The Boys in Green took the lead early in the second half through a sublime Wes Hoolahan strike after getting the best of the first half.However, their hard work was undone with 20 minutes remaining when Clark put Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s cross into his own net to settle the game as a draw.And it doesn’t get any easier for Ireland as they face much-fancied Belgium on Saturday, while Sweden face Italy. Wes Hoolahan put Ireland ahead The inside of the Stade de France looked magnificent with the stands looking like a wall of yellow against a wall of green to create an electric atmosphere.Ireland and Sweden wrestled for the upper hand in the game in the early stages as neither side managed to carve out a chance of significant note with Jeff Hendrick coming closest, but his shot was turned away for a corner.The Boys in Green grew into the game as the first half aged and they came within a stud’s length of taking the lead but John O’Shea couldn’t quite get on the end of Clark’s knockdown across goal.Just prior to the half-hour mark, Robbie Brady rasped a long range effort which grazed the roof of Andreas Isaksson’s goal.And Hendrick came even closer a few minutes later when his curling effort thundered off the crossbar with Isaksson well beaten.Two minutes after the break and Ireland were ahead when Seamus Coleman reached the byline before lofting in a deep cross which was spectacularly thwacked home on the half volley by Hoolahan. 3 Sweden had the opportunity to hit straight back but Emil Forsberg smashed the ball over the bar when he really should have scored.Ibrahimovic had done very little in the game but came alive in the 71st minute when he got a yard of space and made his way to the dead-ball line before seeing his fierce cross headed past Darren Randolph and into his own net by Clark.And while both teams looked to nick a winner, they had to settle for a draw in the end in what is arguably Euro 2016’s toughest group.last_img read more