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Stat Bunking Leicester City’s title charge.

As we all know, Leicester City have topped the Premier League for a long time now. Ranieri’s men are 5 points clear and just 4 games away from potentially lifting the muchly dreamed about Premier League Trophy. Known for their counter-attacking style, Leicester City have gained much admiration from football lovers from all around the world. But just how have they done it? How have they faired with rivals in other matters? Below you can see just how Leicester City have performed in all different aspects of the pitch.

Goals

 

They’ve managed an impressive 59 goals in just 34 games (an average of 1.7 goals per game), and are only beaten by Tottenham (64) and Man City (61) in terms of goals scored. An impressive feat considering they finished last season with a total of 46 goals and an average of 1.2 goals per game. According to stats, the rich form of record breaker Jamie Vardy and the signing of Japanese international, Shinji Okazaki, has payed dividends in what could be The Foxes first top flight title in their 132 year history.

Clean Sheets

 

As Liverpool fans will know, a title charge is not just about scoring the most goals. In the 13/14 season, the 101 goals Liverpool scored wasn’t enough for them to be crowned champions at the end of the season. The 50 goals they conceded proved too many for the Merseyside club as they finished in second place behind Manchester City who were ultimately crowned champions. As this season has unfolded, the Foxes have discovered an impressive defensive partnership. The defensive combination of international centre backs, Robert Huth and Wes Morgan has seen them keep an impressive 14 clean sheets this season, and with 4 games to go they have already beaten there 2014/2015 record of 10. Kasper Schmichael leads the table in the way of clean sheets in front of England international, Joe Hart and Manchester United superstar, David De Gea.

Possession

As the old saying goes ‘Possession is nine tenths of the law’. At least for previous title winners anyway. Leicester City have brought a new style of counter attacking football to the Premier League this season and their exciting style of football has stunned opponents who can’t seem to deal with their rapid attack. Attacking players, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have been almost on the same wave length this year as they have scored a combined total of 38 goals (65% of Leicester’s total goal tally this season). The unplayable duo have showed the footballing world that possession may be nine tenths of the law, but the remaining ten percent is all about what you do with it. The Foxes have a possession average of 44.1 percent, the second lowest throughout the division and only higher than Sunderland’s 42.8 percent. Even bottom placed Aston Villa have seen more of the ball with a possession average of 47.7 percent.

 

Late Goals

 

Leicester City are the Premier Leagues second most dangerous team, well at least according to stats showing what team scores the most last minute goals. An incredible 21 percent of their goals have been scored within the last ten minutes of play. They are second in the league table in terms of last minute goals with 12 only beaten by Manchester City (13). Second place Tottenham have scored 11. If you was to take the 12 last minute goals away from Leicester they would drop an incredible 7 places in the Premier League table.

Discipline

 

As well as remaining virtually injury free, the Foxes have been one of the cleanest sides in the division. This has enabled Claudio Ranieri to select unchanged sides and gather momentum at a time when other title challengers, namely Arsenal have suffered from suspensions and multiple injuries. In Fact, Leicester place 1st in comparison with other teams in the top ten league places. Leicester have picked up 2 red cards, one of which came last weekend (17th April) against West Ham when Jamie Vardy picked up a second yellow card for alleged simulation. They have also only received 47 yellow cards throughout the season so far cementing them as one of the league’s best-disciplined sides. In contrast, Aston Villa are the least disciplined side throughout the division after picking up a shocking 68 yellow cards in addition to 3 red cards.

Regardless of the last 4 games, this season will be remembered by Leicester fans for a very long time. Stats have shown that if Leicester continue what they are doing, they will be crowned champions in May, However, it is possible that additional pressures may have an impact on the side’s so far impressive performances. If Leicester are to be crowned champions then it will be considered one of Footballs greatest ever shocks, with many arguing that the feat would be greater than the heroics of Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest side in 1978, a feat that many have argued will never be beaten.

 

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Fabbrini talks to 1875 news

It’s not been the most electrifying of starts for Diego Fabbrini’s permanent Birmingham City career, but the skilful Italian claims that he is “loving life” and is “more at home than ever”.

In an interview with 1875 news, Fabbrini said” I love living here in Birmingham, the city is great, the fans are amazing, and the football club is great also. I am loving life and I’m more at home than ever”.

The arrival of the Italian playmaker saw Birmingham City splash out a sum of £1.5 million pounds, making it their most expensive signing since the 2011 capture of Craig Gardner from bitter rivals Aston Villa, when a reported fee or 3.5 million pounds was paid for his services.

Gary Rowett described the permanent signing of Diego as “Middlesbrough’s loss and Birmingham’s gain”.

As a result of Watford’s promotion to the Premier league, Fabbrini spent the opening half of the season on loan at the Teesside club. During his short stay, he scored 4 goals in 22 appearances, one of which a thunderbolt against Bolton Wanderers which was catalyst to Middlesbrough’s surge up the table. However, due to a slump in form and high competition for places, Fabbrini fell down the pecking order behind former Aston Villa star, Stewart Downing and Spanish playmaker, Kike Garcia.

Birmingham fans will also expect more from the one cap Italy international, who is yet to score his first goal for the club. The clubs biggest signing in 5 years has a healthy CV which boasts 7 Italian top flight goals, and club director Panos Pavlakis has urged fans to be patient and get behind him (Fabbrini).

“Given time, “he (Fabbrini) will more than repay the transfer fee the club spent to bring him here (to Birmingham City), I can only urge the fans to be patient and get right behind him like they always do.”

With Jon Toral injured, and Gary Rowett suggesting he may reshape his team line up, it could be that Diego Fabbrini will be given his chance to impress the St. Andrews faithful. Birmingham play Preston tonight at 7:45 in what will be pivotal in the battle for 9th place.

Professor Isabel Anderson’s tips for first time buyers

I spoke to Isabella Anderson of the University of Sterling. She is  a housing specialist that primarily focuses on homelessness. In a short interview, she gave me some tips to help young people get their first footsteps on to the property ladder. She also spoke about her concerns, and told me some things that young people should be looking out for when buying their first house.

Since the turn of the Millennium, house prices have seemingly fluctuated on and off making it difficult for young people to decide the right time to buy.Isabel said

” purchasing property is a dangerous game. You can make a purchase and then 12 months down the line, you may realise you’ve made the biggest mistake of your life. Look at historical and local trends. House prices are always more expensive in the summer, as they sit at 1-2 percent higher than the yearly average”

Credit score

I spoke to her about credit scores, and the fact that many of today’s youth population have never borrowed money, making it very hard to secure a loan and/or mortgage. She said…

“Unfortunately, those who are often the wiser, are left in a situation where lending becomes extremely hard. Banks have tightened lending policy’s due to government legislation, meaning that without substantial evidence of the ability to pay back; you often won’t be given any money at all without at least a guarantor”

She spoke about the importance of a good credit score and suggested tips such as , gaining a zero percent interest credit card, or paying for something small with credit. Be careful though, she said that late or failed repayments can ruin your chances of ever borrowing money again.

First time buyers

When talking to her about first time buyers, she gave some tips on what young people should look out for.

“As the years go on, it is becoming harder and harder for the youth of today’s society, to get their first steps onto the housing ladder. Higher deposit requirements and maximised property valuations mean that it’s unlikely that somebody under the age of 24 would be able to afford to leave home. Unfortunately, the demand for council housing is incredibly high, meaning that some who need homing, may be left with a very long wait, or worse. There is hope however, make sure to look at schemes such as the help to buy scheme, which will allow you to buy a house with a deposit of only 5 percent, providing you fill the criteria”.

Housing Professor says not enough is being done to educate about the right to buy scheme.

Housing specialist, Professor David Mullins believes that not enough is being done to educate those who are eligible to use the ‘right to buy scheme’.

He said “It’s a great scheme, but unfortunately thousands of tenants around the Birmingham area aren’t aware that they are eligible, or are just simply unaware of the scheme all together”

The right to buy scheme was put in place to give those in council housing, a chance to take their first steps onto the property ladder. The scheme allows tenants to purchase their property at fraction of its estimated value, if they fulfil certain criteria.

However, a freedom of interest request to Birmingham City council has shown that since 2010, only 810 homes have been sold on the right to buy scheme, when in fact the majority of tenants in Birmingham are actually eligible. According to the report it also shows that 26,365 people are on waiting lists for council housing in Birmingham.

David Mullins said “It’s quite astounding that only a small amount of people have taken advantage of such a scheme. Whether or not you think you’re eligible, you should find out for certain because there is a good chance this scheme won’t be around forever”

He went on to say that “With Birmingham being such a hugely populated city, the council have an impossible job of pleasing everybody. It’s a real shame that families out there are in need, and it is something that the next government will need to prioritise”

“When questioned on these figures, a spokesperson for Birmingham City Council said “We are aware of this, and it is something that we are prioritising at the moment. However, it is unfortunate that the majority of our tenants are on a low income, meaning that they simply cannot afford to purchase, even at a discounted price”

They also said ” We have plans in place to create council accommodation for thousands of people before 2018. We are aware that Birmingham’s population has increased dramatically.

To find out if you are eligible, head to http://www.righttobuy.com. Here you will find all the information regarding the scheme, and there’s also some questions that will help you find out if you are eligible.

Labour MP claims for more than double the amount of mileage, than any other MP in the Birmingham region.

Labour MP claims for more than double the amount of mileage, than any other MP in the Birmingham region.

2014/2015 data shows that Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood has claimed for more than 16,000 miles driven over a nine month period.

At a rate of 0.44p per mile, Mr Mahmood has received £7428.15 in expenses. This sum more than doubles the amount of miles claimed by George Robinson, who has claimed for 7452 miles (second highest) receiving £3278.88 in expenses.

Mr Mahmood claims that the high amount of expenditure is down to long spanning medical reasons. He said” The additional mileage is down to kidney failure and a subsequent transplant. I was having to travel back and forth far more frequently as you can imagine rather than stay in London. It is worth noting however that as I was having to travel back and forth I do not claim any of the second home allowances which is normally a considerable sum”

In contrast to these sum’s , Meriden MP Caroline Spielman claimed for only 279 miles worth of mileage. This sum is 55 times less than the amount claimed by Khalid Mahmood. When questioned on the low amount of mileage claimed, she said “It’s not all about Westminster when you are an MP. There are also many other forms of transport much cheaper than driving”.

Khalid Mahmood was one of many Mp’s under scrutiny back in 2009. He was accused of using the tax payers money in order to stay at a 5 star London hotel with his girlfriend, Elaina Cohen. In total he spent 9 nights at the Bentley hotel , clocking up a tab of almost £1,350.

In An article by The Daily Telegraph, it claims that Khalid Mahmood and his girlfriend also called for room service, used the mini bar and also the hotel telephone. The report shows  however, that Khalid Mahmood only claimed for cost of accommodation.

In response, Mr Mahmood said ” You tell me how many hotels there are in London where you can get £175 rate and which are close to the Tube station? I tried looking for other places and that was the best I could get. “Because I regularly stay there I get a special deal and that is a bloody good rate.”

His colleague, David Drew chose to stay at the nearby Premier inn. At a rate of £100 per night.

NHS “best in the world” for mental health services

Health care professional Jenna Parsons believes that the health care system in the UK (NHS) is the “best in the world”

She said” It really is an amazing system. People, including myself will always expect more; however, ask yourself what other country attracts immigrants from all over the world, purely for its health system?

She went on to say “I’ve been in the job for over 18 years now, and can honestly say that you won’t find better health care, anywhere else on the globe ”

Jenna works with clients who suffer depression; mainly bi-polar disorder. Her job is to help those in need whilst informing her clients about the services on offer.

Jenna was speaking in regards to questions asked about the upcoming general elections. Labour and conservative partoes have been competing for months in a bid to attract votes, and Jen believes that people should vote for they party which shows most compassion.

She believes that there should be more money and importance invested into the mental health sector, as we are at a stage now where awareness is at an all time high.

5 mind-changing reasons you need to go to university, despite the crushing costs!

by ryangeoghegan

We’ve all been there, you’ve entered the latter stages of your compulsory education; and Whilst many of you will begin to ponder the chance of going into further education; others simply dismiss the idea and plan a life prematurely in the working environment. Here are 5 key reasons that will help you make your mind up and convince you that university is the next step for you.

1. Crushing costs are not real costs.
Gone are the days where only the rich could go to university. There are now loans and grants available which will help cover the cost of accommodation and your expenses whilst at university. These loans are also easily repayable as you wont pay a penny untill you earn over £21,000 per year (a wage that may never be reached without a degree).

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2. High unemployment rates for adults under 24
If your Dad owns a high-flying engineering company, and wants to put you on the pay roll as soon as you finish school, then good for you! But for the majority of school leavers struggle to jump straight into employment. In fact TUC statistics show that only 58 percent of young adults aged 18-24 are in employment; This leaves a shortfall of 395,000 jobs for school leavers.
http://www.tuc.org.uk/economic-issues/economic-analysis/labour-market/labour-market-and-economic-reports/uk-has-shortfall

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3. The Excitement
Drinks, girls, parties, pizza, short days, long weekends, bunking off (not recommended). With a job there are extra responsibilities. Employers won’t put up with the same childish behaviour you had during your A-levels, so make the most of the last few years of your youth, have a laugh and meet some great people!

Booze-630x4204. To say you’ve done it!
You’ve done it. You have climbed to the top of the education ladder and  Its a big f*** you to that miserable old teacher that said you would never amount to anything other that a McDonald’s worker. Prove him wrong and make you and your family proud, whilst having a lot of fun alongside it.

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5. The money
Well you didn’t think all that effort would lead to nothing did you? According to the BBC those with a degree earn on average £12,000 a year more than those without a degree. That money could get you 4,000 pints of lager or even 24,000 freddos in todays economic climate.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-12983928

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5 mind-changing reasons you need to go to university, despite the crushing costs!

We’ve all been there, you’ve entered the latter stages of your compulsory education; and Whilst many of you will begin to ponder the chance of going into further education; others simply dismiss the idea and plan a life prematurely in the working environment. Here are 5 key reasons that will help you make your mind up and convince you that university is the next step for you.

1. Crushing costs are not real costs.
Gone are the days where only the rich could go to university. There are now loans and grants available which will help cover the cost of accommodation and your expenses whilst at university. These loans are also easily repayable as you wont pay a penny untill you earn over £21,000 per year (a wage that may never be reached without a degree).

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2. High unemployment rates for adults under 24
If your Dad owns a high-flying engineering company, and wants to put you on the pay roll as soon as you finish school, then good for you! But for the majority of school leavers struggle to jump straight into employment. In fact TUC statistics show that only 58 percent of young adults aged 18-24 are in employment; This leaves a shortfall of 395,000 jobs for school leavers.

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3. The Excitement
Drinks, girls, parties, pizza, short days, long weekends, bunking off (not recommended). With a job there are extra responsibilities. Employers won’t put up with the same childish behaviour you had during your A-levels, so make the most of the last few years of your youth, have a laugh and meet some great people!

Booze-630x4204. To say you’ve done it!
You’ve done it. You have climbed to the top of the education ladder and  Its a big f*** you to that miserable old teacher that said you would never amount to anything other that a McDonald’s worker. Prove him wrong and make you and your family proud, whilst having a lot of fun alongside it.

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5. The money
Well you didn’t think all that effort would lead to nothing did you? According to the BBC those with a degree earn on average £12,000 a year more than those without a degree. That money could get you 4,000 pints of lager or even 24,000 freddos in todays economic climate.

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Reading Response 7

In the set reading, I found it interesting to see the low amount of theory investigated into platforms such as radio and music programming. I learnt that it is important for me as a media student understand the theory behind practical elements of the media, whilst also focusing on the areas I am specifically interested in, such as Journalism and Events management.  However the study of technologies should serve as background research, as we as students cannot be expected to contribute to the theory of new technology.

“Students of the media and culture industries, need to have some understanding of the balance book even if they are not studying for a profit making organisation” (Stokes, 2003: p102).

Here Stokes is explaining that even the academic theory of cultural studies can be money motivated.  I think that scholars will therefore be influenced to research for the ‘mass’; in this case, television.

I believe that television viewing figure websites such as BARB, make it easier to study the topic of television. Scholars can use BARB as a good source of secondary information. However a Journalist looking for similar levels of secondary information may be priced out of the same levels of information. We see this trend in a higher scale also ; in production. The BBC are funded by a television license; a type of funding no other organisation has the access to.

For my own research I am particularly interested in studying the history of the BBC.  I have discovered that this topic as a whole is too large. I understand that there are subsidiary categories in which I can engage with. For example : Why was the BBC formed. I also understand that I may need to tailor my research to focus on media texts.  Anything other than media texts, may leave me with a topic to difficult to have access for research.

Stokes (2003) explained that ‘archive researchers must first undergo significant planning, before during and after. It would also be a good idea for me to scope the information offer, before proceeding with my research’.

Although archive researchers focus on text, it may be important to gain a primary source of research, such as an interview. An interview can strengthen ones findings, whilst also gaining first hand sources of unedited material, and also unique research.

In conclusion I believe that the study of Media studies is different than most others. However to fully understand the research of media and  culture industries, you must first undertake a study yourself, before passing judgement.

References

Stokes, J. C. 2003. How to do media & cultural studies. London: SAGE.

Reading Response 6

In the set reading I learnt that through a decline of print news, and an increasing rise of online news outlets, producers of Media texts have been forced to change their approaches, in a bid to attract potential new buyers and advertisers, to help keep them going.  Media outlets have also been forced to introduce cost cutting measures which would have been nonexistent before the last decade.

“Who will be there to write its obituary when the final newspaper dies out, as Phillip Meyer (2004) argues, sometime in 2043? There is absolutely no question that the next ten years are going to be really bad for the newspaper industry.” (Freedman, 2008 ,p36)

Now in 2014 we can see that the original prediction was partially correct. The newspaper industry has not died out; however the sales of printed news have plummeted considerably, as a result of the growth in online journalism. It is my prediction that in the next ten years the trend will continue in a similar pattern.  A decline of readers, means an increase in price to a newspaper, if this trend continues, we should expect prices of printed news to soar over the coming years.

We also see competition for readers grow, as the number of news outlets in the UK grow significantly. This has a direct effect, as competition for advertising means less income, and therefore less money for labour, and less profit for the news outlet as a whole. Freedman (2004) explains that the competition for advertising has increased, therefore changing the playing field in terms of figures offered by advertisers, to outer mainstream news outlets.

Richard Bawden (2008) explains that the only way in which newspaper outlets can replicate its level of income from the past, is by embracing the internet. Bawden singled out Daily Mail as the corporation in which others should follow. One problem with the internet is that readers have shown a reluctance to pay for online Media, as many believe online content should be free. This would be the basis for a worthwhile investigation.

“Whenever new technology emerges which is expected to play a major role in the evolution of media, researchers, scholars, business executives and practitioners alike all participate in a game of prophesying revolution”(Steensen , 2012,  p311)

Steensen believes that with any new technology, there is a surrounding myth sensing the end of a previous technology (in this case, the end of printed journalism) however to understand developments, we must first look back at examples such as the telephone, the computer, and the radio.

References

Fenton, N. 2010. New media, old news. Los Angeles: SAGE.

Steensen, S. 2011. Online Journalism and the Promises of New Technology: a critical review and look ahead. Journalism Studies, 12 (3), pp. 311–327.