Reuters Institute studying COVID-19 impact on public engagement with news

first_imgThe short report also highlights the link between political orientation and perception of news outlets, as well as public concerns about false or misleading information. The Reuters Institute will continue to distribute surveys at two-week intervals in order to gain an overview of changing opinions and consumption habits. Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director of the Reuters Institute, said: “The Trust in News Project is a unique new effort to understand the drivers of trust around news… and help identify actionable, evidence-based recommendations for how to demonstrate trustworthiness and build trust with different communities in different contexts.” The study began in early April and preliminary data published on 28th April stated that 37% of the UK population were happy with media coverage of the pandemic. As part of the recently announced “COVID-19 news and information project”, the Oxford-based Reuters Institute will gather data on how the public navigates news sources during the pandemic. The research will also identify how information is distributed by governments and other key organisations. The COVID-19 news and information project serves as a timely addition to existing research on attitudes toward the media. Last month the Reuters Institute announced the launch of the Trust in News Project. A $4million grant from the Facebook Journalism Project was secured earlier this year which will fund the independent research project. Image Credit to CogSciLibrarian/ Wikimedia Commonscenter_img More information about the COVID-19 news and information project can be found here. A second factsheet, published on 5th May, expanded on these findings and showed a clear divide in public opinion. Of those surveyed, 30% believed the media had not been critical enough of the government response, 28% that coverage had been fair, and 29% that it had been too critical. The research will focus on trust in the context of digital news and look at trends in Brazil, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. A new research project, launched by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, will analyse public opinion towards media coverage of COVID-19.last_img read more

Vectren Installing Fiber Optic Wire On Vanderburgh County Transmission Lines Via Helicopte

first_imgCrews working for Vectren will soon begin work on a project to replace existing steel static wire running along transmission lines in Vanderburgh County, which is intended to expand communication capability between existing electric substations and improve data collection and system performance in Vectren’s transmission system. A helicopter will suspend a two-man crew in the air to complete work on the segment of the transmission line. The project will consist of replacing approximately eight miles of cable running along the north side of Evansville, N. First Avenue and ending on the west side of Evansville. This project will begin the week of Nov. 13 and is expected to last through the end of November.“We will now be able to interconnect instantly with our transmission lines where we’ve traditionally relied on land lines and mobile devices,” said Brad Ellsworth, president of Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana-South. “Making such enhancements to our technology in the field helps further improve the service our customers receive.”Enhancing the older steel wire with new fiber optic static cable allows for more prompt, efficient communication between substations when electric service lines are out or malfunctioning and provides real-time two-way communication back to Vectren’s control centers from the field. Using helicopter assistance reduces impact to residential and commercial properties that lie within the project’s path.Additional benefits customers can expect from the fiber optic wire replacement projects include:Faster outage restoration, through real-time identification of equipment issues and outagesImproved overall power quality and reliabilityEnhanced capabilities for physical and cyber security of assets within the Vectren South systemThis project is part of the company’s seven-year improvement plan to enhance reliability and modernize our electric infrastructure. The plan, part of the company’s Smart Energy Future strategy, includes upgrades to portions of Vectren’s network of substations, transmission and distribution networks that serve seven counties in southwestern Indiana. The plan features more than 800 projects and is estimated to cost $450 million over the plan’s seven-year period. Customers can learn more about Vectren’s grid modernization plan aFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

New sponsor joins NCW

first_imgBaking cases producer Chevler has joined Puratos as a sponsor of National Cupcake Week (NCW).Sales director Mike Wescomb said that the firm is proud to sponsor NCW and is happy to support all creative bakers taking part to develop new and innovative ideas.”As the UK’s leading manufacturer of baking cases, we are launching a gold, silver and multi-coloured cupcake range to help bring individuality to the market,” said Wescomb. Chevler is offering all bakers taking part in NCW a sample pack of this new range. Call 01844 344231 for details.l Don’t forget to enter our National Cupcake competition in the run-up to NCW.The deadline, 22 July, is almost here. Our panel of independent judges includes: Dan Lepard, Mich Turner and Fiona Burrell. Just send us a commercial-scale recipe and method, including topping, plus photography and an application form, which can be downloaded from BB’s website bakeryinfo.co.uk.Send your entries to [email protected] or post to Cupcake Competition, Elizabeth Ellis, William Reed Business Media, Broadfield Park, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 9RT.last_img read more

Delice drives Hot Eat range

first_imgDelice de France has launched a new Hot Eat panini sandwich range. The firm’s British Breakfast Muffin includes a free-range boiled egg, tomato chutney, Cumberland sausage and smoked crinkle-cut bacon. The muffin is individually wrapped in ovenable film, ensuring customers can bake multiple flavours in the oven, without the risk of cross-contamination.Classic Italian Ciabattas have been given a new twist, with new spicy meatballs and cheese and sweet chilli chicken varieties, while its Smoked Ham and Cheese Bloomer can be defrosted in 24 hours for ease of storage and service.MD Ian Toal said: “Whether served contact-grilled or heated in the oven as a grab-and-go option, we are confident the new range will meet different catering needs and drive sales.”last_img

Engineer John Hutchinson elected to the Royal Society

first_img Read Full Story John W. Hutchinson, Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Engineering and Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Mechanics Emeritus, has been elected to foreign membership in the Royal Society.He was among eight foreign members and 44 new fellows welcomed on May 3 by the United Kingdom’s elite national academy.Hutchinson is a seminal scholar in the field of solid mechanics and materials engineering, and is more highly cited than any other researcher in this area.Hutchinson studied engineering mechanics as an undergraduate at Lehigh University. After earning his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Harvard in 1963, he spent a year in Denmark before returning to join the Harvard faculty, where he very soon made dramatic contributions to the study of buckling in elastic structures.Over a 50-year career at Harvard, he has been one of the major developers of nonlinear fracture mechanics. He has made groundbreaking contributions in micromechanics, including the plasticity of polycrystals, cracking of fiber-reinforced ceramics, and delamination of thermal barrier coatings (TBCs).For example, ceramic TBCs are widely used in aircraft and power generation turbines to shield the engine blades and other metal components from high temperatures. However, the use of TBCs contributes to an industry trend toward engines that operate at even higher temperatures, threatening the durability of the coatings.Concern for plastic deformation at the scale of microns led to his publications in strain-gradient plasticity, which have sparked a world-wide explosion in related research.last_img read more

So You Think You Can Dance’s Matt Dorame Joins iLuminate

first_img View Comments He wowed audiences as a Season 4 finalist on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance and now he’s lighting up off-Broadway. Matt Dorame has joined the cast of iLuminate at New World Stages. The new 2014 edition of the show opened on January 27.In addition to appearing on So You Think You Can Dance, Dorame has toured internationally with Los Angeles Classical Ballet, Odyssey Dance Theatre and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. He was also a principal dancer on MTV’s The American Mall.iLuminate, which first got attention as a contestant on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, tells the fantastical story of Jacob, a talented young artist who struggles to connect with the real world. He takes comfort in his magical paintbrush, which gives him the ability to turn the characters in his imagination into living creations. The show combines music, art, dance and technological magic to create a theatrical spectacle.last_img

Renewables top coal as Germany’s largest electricity source

first_imgRenewables top coal as Germany’s largest electricity source FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Renewables overtook coal as Germany’s main source of energy for the first time last year, accounting for just over 40 percent of electricity production, research showed on Thursday.The shift marks progress as Europe’s biggest economy aims for renewables to provide 65 percent of its energy by 2030 in a costly transition as it abandons nuclear power by 2022 and is devising plans for an orderly long-term exit from coal.The research from the Fraunhofer organization of applied science showed that output of solar, wind, biomass and hydroelectric generation units rose 4.3 percent last year to produce 219 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity. That was out of a total national power production of 542 TWh derived from both green and fossil fuels, of which coal burning accounted for 38 percent.Green energy’s share of Germany’s power production has risen from 38.2 percent in 2017 and just 19.1 percent in 2010.Bruno Burger, author of the Fraunhofer study, said it was set to stay above 40 percent this year. “We will not fall below the 40 percent in 2019 because more renewable installations are being built and weather patterns will not change that dramatically,” he said.The wind power industry produced 111 TWh from combined onshore and offshore capacity of just under 60 GW, constituting 20.4 percent of total German power output. Wind power was the biggest source of energy after domestically mined brown coal power which accounted for 24.1 percent.More: Renewables overtake coal as Germany’s main energy sourcelast_img read more

Offshore wind prices continue downward trend in U.K.

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:The cost of offshore wind in the U.K. could soon drop below the level where renewable developers get compensated to add capacity in the latest round of an auction that has subsidized the industry.Developers have submitted proposals in the so-called “contracts-for-difference” auction to win fixed prices for power produced from green sources. The result is due on Sept. 19. If the wholesale rate is at a higher level than the contract, generators pay the difference back, lowering costs for consumers.Iberdrola SA’s Scottish Power Renewables unit has submitted a bid for its 1.4-gigawatt East Anglia Three project, off England’s east coast. East Anglia One, which this week started to generate electricity from the first of its 102 turbines, won a similar auction in 2015, with a price of 119 pounds ($147) per megawatt-hour.This latest round could see bids less than half of that, according to an executive at the company. The slide in prices highlights how rapidly offshore wind has transformed from a niche technology to a core part of the global push to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.“It’s going to be at a price that’s cheaper than anything we’ve seen before in the U.K. and probably at a price sitting below the government’s own projections,” said Jonathan Cole, managing director of Iberdrola’s offshore wind business.The government’s reference price is in the range of about 48 pounds to 51 pounds per megawatt-hour for the time frame of the auction that covers the three years through 2025. Cole declined to say what the company bid.More: Offshore wind-power prices are plunging Offshore wind prices continue downward trend in U.K.last_img read more

The island of Hvar nominated for the best European destination

first_imgNext year, the sunniest island in Croatia will celebrate 150 years of organized tourism, and the title of the best European destination would be a great addition to the whole story.Namely, the Tourist Board of Stari Grad on Hvar last year was nominated for the title of European best destination organized by the European Best Destinations portal, and this year with one more experience, it decided to run again, but this time the whole island of Hvar is running. You can vote for Hvar hereIt is certainly commendable that the whole island of Hvar decided to run because the island of Hvar is one tourist destination. By the way, the island of Hvar can also be called the Island of UNESCO because the UNESCO list of cultural and intangible world heritage includes the Old Town and the Old Town Field, Agave Lace, the Procession of the Cross, Klapa singing and Mediterranean food.The title of the best European destination is as relevant as we make it relevantThe title of the best European destination is as relevant as we make it relevant. TZGZ succeeded in that and excellently branded the whole story about Advent in Zagreb, and in the end it “charged” through the increased arrival of tourists and branding of the city. On the other hand, Zadar, which was declared the best European destination last year, certainly did not make good use of this situation. It’s all about investing, and the money spent on promotion and branding is certainly not an expense, but an investment.Applying alone is not enough to achieve success, it is only the first step. After the initial application, the real work is just beginning, so it is necessary to make a good promotion plan in order to hear the vote on the nomination as far as possible and finally get a sufficient number of votes. Of course, the focus should be on our market because we are counting on local patriotism, which will bring us an initial buzz in a short time, but we should certainly communicate in English in order to “catch” the voices of foreign tourists. One of the segments, in my opinion, should target tourists from areas that are not nominated, but the most important thing is to communicate with tourists who have already visited Hvar and who are constantly returning to this beautiful island. All tourist employees of the island of Hvar, from hoteliers to hosts in family accommodation, who should voluntarily communicate via newsletter to their guest base as well as on social networks, must certainly get involved.The destination is the whole island and without synergy there is no long-term success, and also in this story everyone benefits. If Hvar doesn’t get the mentioned title, every promotion is great, including this one. The vote has started, and the first step is for us, you, to support our candidate for the best European destination.The island of Hvar is certainly that, with or without the mentioned title, but it is always nice to get recognition such as EBD, which should be used later through promotion.Support the island of Hvar for the best European destination, vote HERElast_img read more

South Korean investor to build ‘largest power plant’ in North Sumatra

first_imgThe North Sumatra governor expects the plant’s operations to attract 250 investors, which would, in turn, create more job opportunities for the locals.The province has 345,000 unemployed residents, according to latest available Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data in February.Indonesia is banking on several SEZs and industrial zones to stoke the growth of domestic industries, which has seen its share of gross domestic product (GDP) steadily decline over the past few decades. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in his annual speech on Aug. 14 reiterated his commitment to eliminating overlapping regulations and to building more industrial zones across Indonesia.The government is currently developing several industrial parks, such as the Batang industrial park in Central Java and one in Majalengka regency, West Java, to solve land acquisition issues usually faced by investors.It is planning to develop at least 27 industrial parks, according to the 2020-2024 National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN). Most of them will be developed outside Java Island. (nor)Topics : PT Hanlim Power Corporation, the local arm of a South Korean company, plans to build a 4,800 megawatt (MW) gas-fired power plant (PLTGU) in Batubara regency, North Sumatra, which is touted to be the largest in the province.The company signed a deal with North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi on Wednesday to expedite the issuance of land and administrative permits for the plant, which will power is the Sei Mangkei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and Kuala Tanjung Industrial Zone.“I understand we will face many challenges but seeing the governor’s enthusiasm, I decided to invest in North Sumatra,” said Hanlim chairman Paul Han R Lee. “This deal marks the first step to beginning construction.” Construction will begin in January 2021 at the latest, Edy said.The plant will be built in three equal stages of 1,600 MW each and is slated for full-capacity operations before Edy’s term ends on Sept. 5, 2023.He noted that the plant’s power would be directly distributed to the two zones, a decision that circumvents the legally sanctioned distribution monopoly of electricity giant PLN. The state-owned firm has been unable to guarantee the distribution of the plant’s power as it had not finished its latest electricity procurement plan (RUPTL), Edy explained, adding that Hanlim would have moved the project to Vietnam unless development began soon.last_img read more