To beer or not to beer? – Average price of pints set to rise

International research has showed that global warming may cause a decline in barley production one of the key ingredients to making which would affect the price and consumption in 34 regions.

A rise in the global temperature and an increased risk of drought in some areas would have a knock-on effect worldwide.  Researchers based in the US, China, Mexico and the University of East Anglia created a model to assess the effects of climate change or global production barley. The findings showed that in the UK, a drop from 3.7 billion to 1.3 billion litres in the amount of beer drank annually is predicted.

Nations famous for their production of beer, such as Belgium, Ireland and Czech Republic were forecast to be amongst the worst hit. This is because of the high beer consumption and brewing factories.

This means that the average price of a pint across the UK is predicted to rise over the coming years. For university students that choose to drink, this may be important information to note. Currently, the average price of a pint across the UK is highest in London, where it stands at £5.19. at less than half of the price however, you can get a pint for £2.35 in Carlisle.

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The National Union of Students has recently released the findings of a survey on students’ relationships to alcohol. The survey was completed by 2,215 students in higher education which explores students’ behaviour towards, attitudes to, and perceptions of alcohol use. They found alcohol use to be relatively common but many reported not drinking alcohol at all. The survey results also provide insight into the perceptions that students hold in relation to their peers, themselves and alcohol – these levels have also been rising through recent years.

With both drinking levels, and pint prices rising, it is important to consider the prices of alcohol when choosing to study at university. The top universities for nightlife are Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Northumbria. Of those universities, the average price pint varies around £3.80, with Northumbria being the cheapest at £3.74. There is a general trend between universities just below Scotland (Northern England) and good, cheap nights out.

Wherever you may decide to study, consider the average price pint, and whether the cost of a fun night out is worth the student debt hangover. ‘To beer or not to beer?’ – that really is the question.

For what it’s worth; profile of an incognito drug dealer

“This isn’t by any means the way I thought I’d support my family, but my children need to be raised and I’ll do whatever I need to do to see them happy.”

Charlie, (as he is referred to by his clients) works as a childcare assistant, just outside of London. He works to support his wife and two children. The pay is poor and in order to sustain their happiness and financial security, he deals and sells drugs.

Charlie and I took a walk through his childhood park

Charlie began studying Law at a Russell Group University, but dropped out in order to support his mother full time, who was suffering with Alzheimer’s. Coming from a low-income family, Charlie pinpoints the highlights of his childhood as being the moments in which he spent time with his family; “We sat and ate dinner together every night. It wasn’t often we had time to spend together in the week, but regardless, we knew that whatever stress Dad had been put under at work and whatever struggles Mum had experienced with raising me and my two younger brothers, there would always be food on the table and a roof over our heads.

“Money was always an issue, but as my brothers and I grew older, we learnt that the security of money would never be able to rectify the real troubles in life […] and you never really see them coming.”

Working as a childcare assistant and dealing drugs, Charlie supports his family financially with “little-to-none disposable income” at the end of the week. I spoke to his wife about the affect this has on their family.

“I know it’s wrong. But the moment I gave birth to my first born, I felt reborn. A feeling that cannot be quantified in numbers or words. You would do anything to protect them, to keep them safe, to provide for them. Yes, I know what [Charlie] does is wrong, but only a parent who loves their children as much as he and I do can understand why we have no other option.”

I asked Charlie how he would feel knowing he was sending his children off to childcare, knowing they were being looked after by a drug dealer. He said “There are people in all walks of life that are involved in drugs. You have to separate people and their actions. I believe there are seldom such things as good or bad people, only good or bad actions. A person can perpetuate bad acts but still love and care for things the way a good person may.

 “For what it’s worth, my clients trust my produce. It is what it says on the tin, so to speak. These days you find anything mixed in a pill; talcum powder, rice, even cement. People come to me in trust, they get what they need, and so do I.”

Meeting Charlie was a truly eye-opening experience. There were moments where his courage of conviction was alarming; his thought process behind his self-collusion of believing that dealing drugs was okay, was actually very logical.

If there was one thing that was certain however, it was that his love for his children was always at the pinnacle of all his actions.

Angry residents start petition against council’s sudden car park closure

SE16’s Tenda Road car park closure has sparked angry residents to start a petition against the council’s plans. 

Tenda Road Car Park used to accommodate upwards of fifty cars

The car park, once accommodating upwards of fifty cars at a time for local residents and workers, is now set to be used for council housing.

Despite providing prior notice of the project to the area’s residents, the council failed to provide alternative parking provision for drivers in the area after the car park’s closure in early September.

“They said they’d provide alternative parking, but as far as I know they haven’t even contacted us” said a member of staff at the South Bermondsey Community Nursery. 

Leo Pollak, Labour cabinet member for new homes and social regeneration, and councillor for South Bermondsey has stated on Twitter that “all 12 homes on Tenda Rd will be council homes, let at council rents on council tenancies, with at least 50% reserved for people on the estate who’re on the housing register. No ifs/buts.”

Immersive technology; the new ‘8D audio’ fad

The opportunity to use immersive technology is being seized by journalists who are seeking new and unique ways to communicate their stories to the public.

Of the Knight Foundations’ 11 chosen projects, one that particularly stands out is the ‘Spatial and Head-Locked Stereo Audio for 360 Journalism by NPR’.

The new ‘Twitter-fad’ is to listen to ‘8D audio’ versions of songs (on Youtube) that provide a fully 360-degree soundscape through a specially-encoded stereo file that has to be experienced through headphones.

Listeners are subject to a fully immersive experience. They are able to enjoy their favourite songs on a newly interactive level.

One ‘pitfall’ of immersive technology is the cost; all 11 of the Knight Foundations’ chosen projects cost over USD$15,000.

This high expense could distinguish well established journalists (who have the money to afford such technologies) and those less established.

As a result, smaller independent journalists may not have as many opportunities to use this technology.

Southwark Council bag first prize in National Transport Awards

Southwark Council have won the National Authority of the Year award for transport despite facing cuts in funding by the government.

The council have been recognised for their ‘Movement Plan‘ that aims to double the number of cyclists on the roads by 2028. This target is set to cost £30m and would lead to over 80,000 trips by bike made in the borough each day.

Richard Livingstone, cabinet member for Environment, Transport Management and Air Quality, said, “Our highways team works closely with communities across Southwark, making our roads safer, more attractive and open to a number of different users.

“It is wonderful to see them gain this esteemed recognition of their past successes and innovative future plans.”

Earlier this year, Southwark also won the Borough of the Year award at the London Transport Awards, a British Parking award for its kerbside strategy, and young transport professional awards.

The growth of citizen journalism

The growth in today’s Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram led world has provided a platform for the public to publish their own news; citizen journalism.

Unlike traditional journalists, the public are under no obligation to adhere to the moral and ethical rules of a higher news corporation.

Mobile phones allow anyone to photograph, record and write content to publish online. They give a platform for news to be spread globally by citizens that traditional journalists may not have. Traditional journalists often have to have their content checked and edited before release.

Citizen journalism allows members of the public to be ‘gatekeepers’ of the news in some ways; there is almost complete freedom in whatever content they choose to post, providing potential for fake news to be spread quickly.

Citizen journalism also breaks down the ‘gatekeeping theory’ as there is no filter (gate) upon the news that is published.

Twitter’s use of ‘trending hashtags’ is an example of how the number of views that relevant tweets get can be swiftly multiplied through likes and retweets. This often proves dangerous in the case of the dispersion of ‘fake news’.

Earlier this year an incorrect tweet saying that the Harry Potter movies were coming to UK’s Netflix spread:

The question however remains; do people trust citizen journalism, unsupported by money-making news corporations, or do they trust the safety of news outlets, in assumption that they refrain from producing fictitious content?

Southwark Council turns to public in new ‘Movement Plan’

Southwark Council’s new ‘Movement Plan’ is set to have a major impact upon transport routes and developments in Southwark over the next 20 years.

The councils’ aims include managing space, and improving community wellbeing; they have produced an online survey in order to hear what the public has to say regarding these developments.

Southwark Youth Advisors have been talking to members of the Southwark community regarding these changes.

Joshua, 22, has lived in Southwark all his life and expressed admiration to the council for this development; “it’s fantastic to see our voices not only being given airtime, but being listened to as well.”

@ana_captures_london stated on Twitter however that there are “high levels of pollution and issues with air quality” that the plan does not address.

Following the National Transport Awards where Southwark Council won first place in October this year, pressures are higher than ever for the council to give the public a say in their developments. 

How mobile news gathering is changing journalism

The growth of mobile news is becoming prevalent in today’s society due to decreasing levels of concentration, and increasing levels of competition between online news outlets. 

News titles or headlines are usually accompanied by a small video showing the news story to capture the viewers attention before they even have time to read the headline. 

Some news stories do not even have writing all together; they rely on short videos to relay the story. This can be seen on Snapchat’s ‘Discover’ platform (which often involves a misleading title and cleverly manipulated photo). 

The Instagram ‘Explore’ page works in a similar way. However, there is never any writing; the news tends to involve, again, a cleverly manipulated photo of a celebrity to grab the viewers attention.

The use of video is becoming extremely important in relaying news to mobile users as it provides a form of news in which the viewer does not require any effort at all to obtain it.

Mobile news is certainly adapting to decreasing attention spans regarding the news, primarily in the growth of short videos and often shorter and misleading captions/titles.

Peter Hugo’s ‘Portraits of Reconciliation’; a photographic analysis

A particular photograph that stood out to me was one in which a lady sat with her family’s killer behind, after having forgiven him and allowing him to work for her.

Cansilde Kampundu’s crossed arms and tired eyes show the pain and suffering she has gone through. She has clearly suffered many years of grief and heartache but has evidently reached a stage of forgiveness in her life, in order to move on. Her strong posture and folded arms also suggest she is a hard worker, disciplined and strong-willed. Overall, she seems to have taken the pain in her life and turned it into strength and power; traits echoed in her ability to forgive the perpetrator.

Juvenal Nzabamwita holds almost a smug and content expression. It is almost as if he appears to feel content with himself, knowing that he has been granted forgiveness. There appears to be little remorse for his actions in his position. His demeanour is relaxed and settled, again supporting these ideas. It is possible that he feels that he has ‘done his time’, and as a result, can move on and be forgiven.

The article can be found below:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/04/06/magazine/06-pieter-hugo-rwanda-portraits.html?_r=0

Borough apartments in the way of angry residents

“A boutique collection of just eight studio, one and two bedroom apartments and a fabulous three bedroom duplex penthouse positioned in the heart of Borough.”

Despite plans for completion in Summer 2018, these “luxury interiors” are still set to finish before 2019. Local residents have expressed their views concerning the delayed opening.

Situated on the Borough High Street, these studio apartments have been described as “out of place” by residents in the adjacent flats. This is due to the “crisp and clean architecture” upheld in a fairly industrial estate.

They also block the view of many surrounding residential areas. This has angered residents who were not notified of these building plans prior to the start of their construction.

Closely linked to Borough Station and London Bridge Station, the apartments hold close interconnections within and around London.

Investor and property developer of the project, the London Development Group, have stated that the housing development stems from a “passion for innovative design, meticulous attention to detail and strategic approach”. 

“Apartments and studios range from £525,000 to £800,000” stated Jackson Stops, the estate agent group managing the building.

Contact Nexus on 020 7620 3400 for more information on this development.