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First Tree Planted in War Centenary Wood

By Paul Malik

The first of 50,000 trees was planted today on the Dreghorn Military Estate, Pentland,  to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Margaret Murison, whose grandfather and great-uncle both fell on the same day during the Battle of Ypres, planted an oak tree with pupils from Currie Primary School to mark the opening of the new wood.

The wood is part of a national initiative set up by the Woodland Trust that aims to “create a living memorial of the conflict”.

The Woodland Trust said: “Over the next four years more than 50,000 trees including oak, birch and rowan will be planted on land that has been used by army personnel for training for more than a century on the MOD training estate at Dreghorn.”

Rory Syme, a spokesman for the Woodland Trust, said the tress selected for the wood were “native” to Britain and that their crimson autumnal foliage would create an “amazing memorial”.

Poppy seeds are to be sown in the area also, to create a vivid red hue across the Pentland Hills.

The area will still be an active army training ground and the MOD will inform the public as to when the woods are not accessible.

The First World War claimed the lives of more than one million British Soldiers. The first Battle of Ypres alone killed more than 55,000 British service personnel.

Roses are red, violets are blue, cooking for singles is on the menu

By Ray Philp and Jen McClure

Valentine’s Day has a sorry history of prescribed gestures of love. Cards, flowers, chocolates, champagne, kissograms; none rise above the flotsam of generic sentiment. Redblue Introductions offers a life-raft for singles searching for a more personal touch to their quest for love, by offering cooking classes for singles.

Redblue Introductions, in partnership with New Town Cookery School, host a cooking school for up to 16 people. Upon arrival, singletons are encouraged to socialise before entering the kitchen to begin cooking. While men are tasked with preparing the ingredients, females mingle between prospective partners/chefs/househusbands and take turns to assist. Once the meal is served, singles dine together to enjoy their meal with a glass of wine.

Annabel Latto, director of Redblue Introductions, says that the cooking classes offer something unique to singles with busy lifestyles, and those who opt out of online dating.

“A lot of people are disillusioned [by online dating] and want to go back to a traditional way of meeting people, which is why introduction agencies are doing really well at the moment.”

Latto emphasises the benefits of a personalised service, saying that face-to-face dating services such as cooking classes are an effective way of ‘vetting’ dishonesty more commonly ascribed to dating websites.

“Our clients are professionals, they don’t really have the time to meet people or they’ve tried online dating – [they] meet someone and they look completely different.”

One thing is for certain: whether you’re a dab hand with a chopping board or you don’t know your parsnips from your elbow, things are sure to get steamy in the kitchen.

For more information, visit http://www.redblueintroductions.co.uk

App learning

By Joel Sked

Lectures to hand

Studying at university has taken a step further into the digital age thanks to the latest smartphone innovation introduced by the University of Edinburgh.

With requests from students to allow them to view timetables and course information from their phone the university came up with the application which should work on Apple’s iPhones, Blackberry, Nokia’s and HTC phones.

The £80,000 Mobile Campus App project is set to be introduced in January and last for a minimum of three years.

It is an idea that was originally introduced by the University of Dundee, labelled the Dundee Connect app. It allows students to search for e-mail addresses of university staff, view library card records and locate campus maps amongst other add-ons. The application from the Edinburgh University goes one further and gives students information about their course with updates about assignments or timetable changes.

Despite reservations about students deciding against going to classes and staying in bed to ‘study’ on their phone Edinburgh students believe it will be a useful application as long as information is up-to-date.

Student Matthew Dickie, 21, said: “It seems a good idea in principle but it’s entirely dependent on it being interactively updated frequently as out of date information can be problematic.”

MA in Business Studies student Murray Hughes feels it will make the university much more accessible. He said: “It has the makings of a good idea. Students don’t check their e-mail everyday and are more likely to use an interactive app. It helps students like me who travel from outwith Edinburgh make sure we are not coming into  university only to learn the class has been cancelled or moved.”

The success of the new application will be watched closely by other universities including Edinburgh Napier.

Neil Austin, Head of Customer Service for Student Affairs, at Edinburgh Napier is keen to speak to those involved in the application at Edinburgh University. Especially after UCAS have been promoting an application for student recruitment.

He told Edinburgh Napier News: “We haven’t actually heard about the app but any innovation that can help our students is something that interests us and are keen to look into.

“We will have to research the the cost and accessibility to see how many students would use it. By 2013 more people will be using the internet on their phone than on their PC. It is certainly the way forward.”

Journal editors talk to Edinburgh Napier News

Our reporter, Anna Fenton, speaks to Matthew Moore, News Editor of The Journal and Constantine Innemee, Student News Editor tell Edinburgh Napier News their views on ‘Journalgate.’

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Sport media pulling off the saves

Sports journalism - the saviour (Photo courtesy of http://www.getreligion.org)

By Myles Edwards and Suhayl Afzal


Newspapers are relying heavily on sports journalism to survive, according to leading journalists and academics.

The latest circulation figures from ABC (an independent auditor on media performance) show that sales of each quality daily and Sunday newspaper have fallen again in the year leading up to October. 

Newspapers such as the The Guardian and The Observer have already ceased distribution of bulks (copies that readers can pick up free of charge from hotels and airlines), with the Times and the Sunday Times set to follow suit in January 2010.

The Sunday Times recorded a relatively low fall in circulation compared to that of other national newspapers, with a 3.37 percent drop in the past 12 months.  This is partly down to the popularity of its comprehensive sports section.

Jonathan Northcroft, Football Correspondent with the Sunday Times, believes that sport is integral to the future of newspapers.

He said: “There has never been a greater interest in top end sport than there is right now.  The Premier League is the most popular in the world, Test Cricket grosses more money than ever before and it’s the same for all the blue riband events such as the Olympics and Wimbledon.”

English Premier League - Global Audience

Mr Northcroft emphasised the importance of newspapers maintaining their high quality so that readership does not drop any further.

He added: “Sports journalism is delivering in a sector where people really want to consume content and will pay for exclusive news or to read a brilliantly written opinion piece.”

It could be argued that newspapers should not be overly dependant on sport in this difficult time for the media due to advertising downturns.  The high profile demise of Setanta in the UK is evidence of this view.

However, Mark Ogden, Northern Football Correspondent with the Telegraph said: “Newspapers still have the greatest impact and set the agenda. 

“If you watch Sky Sports News or listen to Five Live in the morning, their sports bulletins are often led by the big stories in that day’s newspapers.”

Academics also recognise the importance of the sport to the success of print media.

Michael Oriard, Professor of Literature and Culture at Oregon State University said sport both benefits from and contributes to success of newspapers.

He added: “Sport coverage attracts the reader, who in turn looks to daily newspapers to satisfy their growing desire for more and more sport.”

Scots warned unemployment to get worse

By Fiona Gardner and Lauren Redpath

Another 40,000  Scots are set to become unemployed next year according to a leading think tank.

Fraser of Allander Institute has predicted that Scotland’s economy won’t grow in 2010, despite the UK’s economic recovery already underway.

While businesses remain optimistic that the recession is coming to an end, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has  warned that Britain’s unemployment figures could rise to nearly 10% of the population by 2011.

With more job losses predicted, the situation will become more difficult for those already looking for work.

Edinburgh Napier News spoke to Zia Jaimson, 24, who was made redundant 5 months ago and is still struggling to find a job.

“I’ve registered with agencies, handed CV’s in and I go to about 3 interviews a month but it’s so hard to get work because there is so much competition and people with more experience than me going for the same job.”

Miss Jaimson worked in IT for the computing company Dell for three years and found out in June this year that her position no longer existed.

“By law Dell had to try to re-locate me within the company but the job they offered me was so far out of my specialism that I couldn’t do it.  Four of my colleagues were also laid off at the same time and none of them have found work yet either.

“I was given two months redundancy money which I have managed to last up until now but I need to find work as soon as possible.”

While job-hunting in central Edinburgh, Miss Jaimson told Edinburgh Napier News that she is doing part-time training to become a make-up consultant, to improve her chances of finding a job.

Speaking to the Daily Express, Scottish Tory Finance Spokesman, Derek Brownlee said, “Scotland has suffered hardest from Labour’s debt mountain, Labour’s jobs crisis and Labour’s recession.

“The fact remains that we were first in and last out of this downturn, and Scottish unemployment has rocketed by 50 per cent over the past year.”