Suffolk takes more steps to walking

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More people in the county of Suffolk will find themselves leaving their cars at home and ditching public transport for short walks, over this next year.
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This is because today is the launch of the annual walking festival at RSPB Mismere, as part of Suffolk’s Year of Walking.
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It is shown that 45 percent of people will opt to use public transport rather than take a short walk says a report commissioned by the charity Living Streets.
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With the involvement of the University Campus Suffolk, ActivLives, Pigs Gone Wild, County Councillors, BBC Radio Suffolk presenter, Lesley Dolphin, and other local walking groups is a campaign filmed in order to present ways to encourage more walking in the Suffolk area.

Councillor Tony Goldson, a cabinet member for health, is enthusiastic about the year long project.

“You don’t have to be a regular walker, or a fitness enthusiast – it’s about incorporating walking in day-to-day life, from taking a lunch break to dropping children off at school.” says Goldson.

May is also National Walking Month, with lots of events available to get you into the swing of the exercise. Starting with the Suffolk Walking Festival, with over 70 different walk for various ages and abilities.

 Lesley Dolphin is launching the Walking Festival as the patron of the event. However she is also a supporter of the campaign as well.

“I have had the huge privilege of launching the walking festival over the past few years, and am thrilled that it’s gone from strength to strength.” the BBC Suffolk presenter says.

“I hope this year-long campaign will get even more people out and about to enjoy our incredible county.”
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 The Orwell Walk, Run and Cycle and Pigs Gone Wild will be two events in June to continue on the support of the campaign.
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Suffolk has around 3,500 miles of public footpaths to enjoy, and also two areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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Will.i.am free concert review #AneedAnightout

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With the release of Dial, a new technology launched by Will.i.am -producer and musician, two free shows went ahead last night in London to celebrate the release. 

It was a night to not miss with his first show bringing Lydia Lucy, The Voice UK star to the Royal Albert Hall stage with him. Other surprise acts such as Ricky Wilson – lead singer of the Kaiser Chiefs, The Black Eyed Peas (minus Fergie) and Pia Mia.

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The Dial beginning the concert

 

Will.i.am is definitely a character to lead a show like this one, with walking through the crowd to standing doing a DJ set 1 foot away from a part of the audience.

However it could be described as one of the most unusual shows that have taken place in recent history.

Being a release of the new technology, the smart watch – Dial, it most certainly wasn’t forgotten. At one point in the show, the producer used the Dial’s fitness application to track how many calories he burnt on stage, with the device commenting, “You move more when you perform with the Black Eyed Peas.”

The Dial then commenced to announce it was now, ‘The Black Eyed Pea Section’.

 

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The rapper getting involved with the audience with a DJ set

It became an emotional reunion for the Black Eyed Peas, with Will giving a short speech about how long he has known ex-band members Apl and Taboo and describing them as “my best friends”.

Will continued his band’s walk down memory lane saying: “This feels really good to be here, with the people who were the seed of everything,” and says this won’t be the last from the BEP.

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The Black Eyed Peas performing ‘Pump it’ with bassist

This event marked the first time the Black Eyed Peas have reunited for a show for 5 years. The absence of Fergie has led a rumor as to whether she has quit the band permanently.

However, Will.i.am made a joke of the situation when he suggested everyone may have thought his bass player was Fergie, but then continued to describe the bassist as an amazing artist.

Lydia Lucy came back on stage to join the BEPs to perform their almost 13 year old hit, ‘Where is the love?’, where the Voice UK Finalist showed off her vocal abilities.

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Lydia Lucy performing ‘Where is the love?’ with Apl, Taboo and Will.i.am

From tweets and hashtags of ‘#AneedAnightout’ (the title of the show) trending on Twitter, it is obvious that the show was a success.

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Final perfomance by Will.i.am with Pia Mia – Boys and Girls

Can citizen journalism be considered as professional journalism?

As explained in my previous post citizen journalism is becoming more and more familiar with the general public, with opening up Facebook or Twitter before they even get started with their day, they could know the breaking news of the morning before even switching on the television. However there have been many of doubts about the amount of time, and research gone into these makeshift news products, which leads to a question about accuracy and even, authenticity. As these type of journalists are not paid, or qualified in the profession, there is a huge risk of not just inaccuracy but also legal issues if pursuing these leads further.

Objectivity is a main issue with citizen journalism, this is because although journalists naturally write to the objective of their audience and their paper they still keep a respectable fairly balanced view. Public individuals could be very biased about issues of politics, racism or sexism – this leads their views to being unbalanced and could raise risk of offending many people.

Quality is the second big issue with citizen journalism. Compared with professionals, who have more money invested in their company or business, citizen journalists are not paid and The Digital Journalist states: “an amateur, will always be on the outside of those lines. Imagine the White House throwing open its gates to admit everybody with a camera phone to a presidential event. You will not see many citizen journalists wandering around the battlefields of Afghanistan. It takes a lot of money to pay for travel, the gear, the armour vests, translators and so on.”

Legal repercussions are definitely a main problem with this type of journalism. With no controls over what is said, and no company lawyer to oversee a libel, or contempt issue before it is published, this could spark a law suit. A quote from Edward Greenburg, a New York City litigator is: “There are many cases at both the state and federal levels where judges determine just who is/is not a journalist. Cases involving libel often hinge on whether the actor was or was not a member of the “press””.

Can citizen journalism be considered as professional journalism? How is it changing newsrooms’ production practices?

What is citizen journalism?

The idea of citizen journalism is the active role of the general public collecting, reporting and publishing news and information themselves. This role has been brought into society in around the past decade with the growth of technology and the internet. The public now have the ability to witness news and share it globally on online platforms in a matter of seconds. This has given us a new field of journalism, which has had both negative and positive outcomes on the journalism profession. Citizen journalism has allowed more extraneous information like reports from war zones to be easily collected and shared with the world, giving people the chance to have media revealed instantaneously that would not have been available. An example of citizen reporting is the footage from the attack at Woolwich in 2013 where a man was beheaded in the street as an act of terrorism. Professional news reporters would not have been there instantly as the attack happened to gain this important interaction with the man who committed the crime, however a member of the public who was at the location managed to get this video of the explanation of the murder, this is live information of the event as it took place, all a reporter could do was speak to witnesses after the event occurred.

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This concept of the public being journalists is ultimately inevitable due to the development of smartphones and social media for example Facebook, it is an easy way to broadcast an event. Especially now with Facebook’s inclusion of a live video broadcasting ability, you can upload and get your post viral within an hour. However there are unfavourable factors to this new citizen journalism, one of these being that it is unregulated, which means it may not be accurate, and there may be an issue with the quality of the information or coverage.

 

What’s on in Suffolk: Bank holiday weekend

Saturday 30th April:

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Ever thought about what is unearthed underneath us in Suffolk? An Open Day in Bury St Edmunds gives you both adults and children a chance to learn about the recent archaeological discoveries. This gives local residents opportunity to tour the current excavations and  see the beginnings of what’s to come on the next part. Very exciting for people with a keen interest in the area’s history. Take a look: http://bit.ly/1VEtCBL

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Racing at the Guineas

 

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend at the Guineas Festival in Newmarket, with the town celebrating 350 years of Making History. The event starts the flat racing season with two Classic races, the QIPCO 2000 and 1000 Guineas. The event includes a Spitfire Flypast, opening of the 350 Time Capsule, and the reading of a specially commissioned poem. Children under 18 go free, there is face painting and bouncy castles for them as well, alongside the racing. The event opens at 11:30am, and first race is at 2pm.

 Sunday 1st May:

This year marks the 46th Ipswich to Felixstowe historic vehicle run, with over 500 vehicles from cars to lorries gathering at 11:30 in Christchurch Park and then congregating at Felixstowe Promenade.  The event is free to attend at any point in the journey.

48 hour junior doctor protest begins at Colchester General

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By Molly Garlick and Joeann Murphy

Today we saw the start of a 48 hour junior doctor protest across the country, including Colchester General Hospital.  Around 30 protesters stood outside the hospital on the picket line in support of the strike organised by the British Medical Association.

This is the first strike of it’s kind as the junior doctors have not only removed themselves from general care, but also from the emergency wards. This hasn’t been done in the whole of National Health Services’ 68-year history.

Everyone on the picket line was clear about their message.  Rob Derrick, 32, who has been a junior doctor for five years said: “I would like to ask him, (Mr Jeremy Hunt) if he came in and needed an operation, would he want it done by me – when I’m absolutely knackered and have been working 70 hours a week and at 3 o’clock on a Saturday morning, or would he rather have me a little bit more fresh and able to actually give him the right drugs in the right order.”

This is the third of the three 48 hour organised strikes.

Stephanie Riding, 24, a foundation year one junior doctor, joined the picket line at 9am this morning. She believes that NHS staff are being spread thinly already and the length of shifts are unbelievably tiring. “Sometimes on a 9am until 9pm shift you won’t get a break until 5 in the evening and even then you only get half an hour.” she says.

“Very often, I have seen colleagues, and I have done it myself, where you’ll have written in the wrong notes or discharged somebody under the wrong patient’s name, thankfully I have been able to rectify these mistakes but it’s worrying how tired you actually get,”

“We are just human; yes we know we made the sacrifice and yes we did sign up for this but we did not sign up to have our contracts changed like this, you can’t just implement these changes like a dictator and expect us to be okay with it.”

The protester held up many signs with comments like, ‘Lets be blunt, do u trust Hunt?’ and ‘NHS not Hunts to sell’ are just a few of many.

Charlie Mukherjee, 31, Medical and Geriatric Registrar has been in the profession for 7 years and has been particularly affected by the Government’s changes throughout the years. He says: “Recruitment is bad and it’s getting worse, year on year there are more gaps in rotas and less staff to fill them,”

“I have had friends in this profession who have upped and left to Australia, who have gone to the city to pursue other avenues of in command, other friends who, on the way back from a night shift, not made it home.” Mr Mukherjee continues.

There was much public support shown at the picket line throughout the day, with many drivers pressing their horns as they pass. Many of which stopped with gifts of food for the protesters.

Long awaited cycle trail opens

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The official opening of a Wivenhoe Cyclist and Pedestrian path went ahead last Wednesday, with many supporters present to witness the event, including the Mayor of Colchester. The project, which cost £1.88 million, took a number of months before completion. Taking longer than planned, the road caused issues for Wivenhoe residents, students and university staff members.

The beginning of the cycle path, located next to the University campus, filled up with local residents and Colchester council representatives. Theresa Higgins, Mayor of Colchester, was also at the ceremony to open the road with her husband with their bicycles. Being cyclists themselves they are positive about the outcome for the town. “Although there was controversy on how long the road was closed for, ultimately it’s an asset to the area”, says the Mayor.

The University has played a major role in the funding for the new path, providing £250,000 towards the cost of the works. Bryn Morris, university registrar also attended the event. “It really is the result of lots of long hard work by the University, working collaboratively with the county council, the borough council and the town council actually to see this come to fruition.”, he says. Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation Rodney Bass gave a speech at the ceremony. “I’m sure it will bring a cycling dimension, which I know the university wanted, and we certainly want. I was accused of being anti-cyclist,” Bass said.

The road links with the Wivenhoe Trail, which connects the University of Essex and the town along Colchester Road, providing a scenic route for cyclists and pedestrians to travel around the area. Lola, a local resident and also a member of staff at the university explained how dangerous it was before the cycle path to commute around. “I love cycling through the countryside, but the primary thing for me is safety, I’m not really comfortable cycling on the roads so to have this cycle path put in place is very positive,” she says.