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17 June 2009
another 50p Tax!
THIS week the
Government has pledged to improve broadband infrastructure so every
home can access at least 2Mbps broadband speeds by 2012. This sounds
like a good idea, but as normal with this Government, it comes with
yet another tax. This time a tax on every fixed line broadband
connection in the UK. The cash raised by this new tax will,
according to the Government, help to ensure those in rural areas
have access to next-generation services. £175 million will have to
be raised according to the Government, by 2017 in order to make sure
the final third of the UK, who are still with our good connection,
get up to the speeds enjoyed by those with high-quality networks.
This new tax has come out of the blue and has angered many who are
already struggling with the normal monthly contributions, but the
Government says that households on low income will not be affected.
The extra £12 per year, on top of the VAT and will be collected by
broadband operators in the normal bills. Reacting to a call that
this tax is unfair, the Government has justified the collection by
saying that "We believe that it is only right to share a small
part of the saving users are getting on the significantly reduced
costs of broadband in the UK. This share of the savings will then be
plugged back into the infrastructure. We feel that the 'Next
Generation Fund' supplement of 50p per month on fixed lines
represents a fair and sensible national investment to ensure that
the overwhelming majority of the country can get access to next
generation broadband." Do you agree with this latest hidden
tax? Email us now to
FILMON.COM GIVES BUDDING FILM DIRECTORS THEIR BIG BREAK
CALLING all camera phone Spielbergs and Scorseses and digital
video camera Coppolas, Hitchcocks and Tarantinos!
FilmOn.com, the UK’s leading film and TV streaming portal is
offering film fans all over the UK the chance to take part in a
unique scheme designed to give the next generation of film makers
their big break – and all budding directors have to do is upload a 1
to five minute video clip onto:-
“The video can be anything from a film spoof or a funny video moment
to a completely new screenplay idea and entries will be judged on
their originality and creativity so don’t worry if you don’t have
the latest kit. The winning entry will win a once in a lifetime
opportunity to have a film project funded by FilmOn.com with a red
carpet premiere for the finished movie and entering couldn’t be
simpler - just go to www.festivaltv.com, create a free account and
upload your movie with the words ‘Fest Film’ and then the title of
your film. This competition provides a unique opportunity to break
into an extremely competitive industry. Participants have until the
end of July to upload their entries and we are looking to receive
entries from all over the country as we believe there is some great
talent out there that needs to be brought to a wider audience.”
says Alki David, founder of FilmOn.com.
So do you and your friends fancy filming a spoof of The Godfather or
Gone with the Wind or do you have a great original concept that you
think will take the film world by storm? If the answer is yes then
Warrington, is pleased to play host to a jam-packed night of action
from the world of extreme wrestling featuring the inimitable
‘The Boogeyman’ next month. Joining ‘The
Boogeyman’ in the ring will be EWW champs ‘The
Dominator’, ‘The Wonderkid’ Jonny Storm, ‘The Playboy’ Phil Bedwell and many more!
This fast-paced event is an ideal evening out for mum, dad and the
kids and is guaranteed to be action-packed and full of fun for all!
To book your tickets or for further information, please contact Box
Office team on 01925 442345 or visit:-
Listings Information:- EWW Featuring The Boogeyman, Sunday, 19
July 2009, 7.30pm, £12/£10
TESCO UK AND HER MAJESTYS COASTGUARD WORK TOGETHER IN AWARENESS
TESCO UK and
Her Majesty's Coastguard have developed a partnership to promote
dialling 999 and asking for the Coastguard if you spot anyone in
trouble, on the beaches, cliffs and seas around our coastline.
Tesco UK will be carrying the key message on the rear doors of
eighty articulated trailers that transport goods from four of Tescos
distribution hubs to their coastal stores.
Transport Director for Tesco UK said:- "We are pleased that we
can assist Her Majestys Coastguard in this awareness initiative. We
take our corporate social responsibility very seriously and we have
Community Champions in our stores who work extremely hard to engage
with the local communities who are our customers."
Peter Dymond, from Her Majesty's Coastguard said:- "We are
delighted that we are able to work in partnership with Tesco UK to
promote this key message. It is vitally important that people dial
999 and ask for the Coastguard when they spot anyone in trouble, on
the beaches, cliffs and seas around our coastline."
condemn proposal of top slicing of the Licence Fee as disastrous
MPs of the NUJ
Parliamentary Group express their disappointment at the Government’s
announcement to consult on the option of top slicing the Licence
Fee, as laid out by the Digital Britain Report published this week.
John McDonnell MP, Secretary of NUJ PG, said:- “Top slicing
the licence fee would be disastrous - weakening the corporation’s
ability to continue as a world respected public service broadcaster
and attacking the historic relationship between the licence fee
payer and the BBC. Before embarking on this ill-advised path, we
need an urgent investigation into other sources of funding in order
to provide news beyond the BBC without damaging what is the bastion
of broadcasting in this country.” Liberal
Democrat Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary and Vice-Chair of
the NUJ PG, Don Foster MP said:- “Maintaining the strength and
independence of the BBC is vital. Top slicing - in whatever language
- sets a precedence that undermines that independence. What
guarantees can we have that future governments will not take more
money from the licence fee to fund their pet projects, especially
when they are unhappy with what the BBC is doing?”
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