• News Turkey wildfires explained
    Wildfires often have a devastating impact on communities and towns when they reach the stage of being fully out of control. Unfortunately, this has been the case in Turkey. In terms of the scale of the recent events, the Turkish Agriculture and Forestry Minister has stated that 53 forest fires have been separately recorded in […]
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  • News German gymnastics women’s team change uniforms
    Germany’s women gymnastics team have changed their uniforms in protest against the sexualisation of women in the sport. Rather than wear the traditional swimsuit-cut leotards, they have been wearing full-coverage bodysuits. The gymnasts competed at the European Championships in these bodysuits, with Sarah Voss explaining that they wanted young girls to feel safe in the […]
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  • News Mental health: Third of children denied care
    More than a third of children referred to mental health services last year were turned away. Around 73,000 of 195,000 patients were closed before treatment even began in the year 2020-21, according to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from the Labour Party. It is likely that these figures actually understate the number of children […]
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  • News Trafficking victims found in cannabis factory
    Scattered cooking pots. Matted covers clustered all over the floor. Cardboard for beds and full bottles of urine. This is what was discovered by Catalan police when rescuing sex trafficking victims inside a cannabis production facility. This horrific and bizarre crime scene has happened under the noses of mainstream media. Eight people have been arrested […]
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  • News Why have rape convictions fallen?
    Last week, it was revealed that rape convictions have fallen to their lowest ever in England and Wales. Authorities have been accused of decriminalising sexual assault as official statistics show that prosecutions have fallen to 1.4% in England and Wales over the last year. This is a record low for convictions since records began. Police […]
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  • Editorials Lockdown: The Damage on Children
    A study conducted by University College London has concluded that the harm of lockdown school closures extends to children, with the most common illness being anxiety. Around 60% of boys and 47% of girls are said to be the major casualties. It has long been known that lockdown has had a tremendous impact on mental […]
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  • Education Are the impending grades fair?
    Students across the country are concerned that they will not receive fair GCSE and A Level grades this summer. Rather than taking exams, students have been assessed by their teachers, based on a range of evidence including mock exams, coursework, and in-class tests using questions by exam boards. According to a poll by the Social […]
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  • News Wetherspoons financial woes but who really suffers?
    For years, Wetherspoons has been a staple of British pub culture. For many people, the cheap food and drink is hard to resist especially in expensive areas of the country. With recent calls to boycott the brand over its treatment of staff, has Wetherspoons taken a hit? The initial calls for boycotts against Wetherspoons began […]
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  • News Cat food recall as deadly disease spreads
    If you’ve recently visited a supermarket, you may have noticed that areas of the store stocking cat food products appear quite bare. This lack of stock is not due to supply shortages, but rather a far more serious issue. Across the country, there has been a serious rise in cases of cats tragically being inflicted […]
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  • News UK hairdressers to learn how to cut and style Afro hair
    In the UK, black people will know that they can’t just walk into any hairdresser in town and have their hair done. It is a common experience that most black people can relate to. There can be a look of fear and intimidation on stylists’ faces when confronted with an Afro or textured hair. Thankfully, […]
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  • News Deprived school funding has moved to wealthy areas
    A National Audit Office report has found that school funding for the most disadvantaged areas of England has fallen, while funding for the most affluent areas has increased. The report found that the average per pupil funding in the most deprived fifth of schools fell by 1.2% between 2017-18 and 2020-21. In contrast, this funding […]
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  • News Is human evolution and its history about to be rewritten?
    For years, the history of human evolution has been widely observed and studied by scientists. The subject has often found itself changing recently and now there might be another twist in this long, complex story. A recent discovery in a well in China could potentially suggest that another human species existed alongside Humans and Neanderthals, […]
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  • News Junk food adverts set to be banned before 9pm
    We all remember when we were young seeing adverts for junk food and begging our parents to buy us some from the shops. It’s hard to imagine a world where you aren’t subjected to endless food advertisements between programmes – but that could all change very soon. The UK government have made the decision to […]
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  • News Children can now report nude photos of themselves online
    If you are under 18 and worried that a nude photograph or video of yourself may end up online, you can report this using a new tool on the Childline website to prevent it from being uploaded. Childline, ran by the NSPCC, provides free help and support to under-18s and has teamed up with the […]
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  • News Mastering Politics: Myanmar coup continues
    Ever since elected leader Aun Sang Suu Kyi was overthrown by the Myanmar military junta in February, protests have swarmed streets and state-sanctioned violence has been amplified in cities. But on Wednesday, Myanmar freed over 2,000 of its detainees held since the beginning of the coup. Of those released were journalists and others who the […]
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  • Education Exam appeals could cause admissions chaos
    Schools have taken a serious hit as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. With working from home being introduced, many students may feel that their academic learning has taken a hit. Now, staff and students are concerned about potential appeals chaos. The impact on education from the coronavirus pandemic also further extends beyond primary and […]
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  • News Priti Patel to send asylum seekers abroad for processing
    Home Secretary Priti Patel is to introduce laws next week that will allow the government to send asylum seekers abroad for processing. An asylum seeker is an individual who has been forced to leave their home country but their application to live in another country has not yet been concluded. People often seek asylum due […]
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  • News Why governments are taking UFOs seriously
    United States intelligence bodies are expected to deliver a report within the week where all the U.S. government knows of “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP) – commonly known as UFO – will be made public. UFOs have dominated debate and media once again after former President Donald Trump signed a 2020 Coronavirus bill, setting into motion […]
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  • News Boris Johnson to strip Electoral Commission of powers as he is investigated
    Just weeks after the Electoral Commision launched an investigation into Boris Johnson and the Downing Street flat refurbishment, he is planning to strip the body of its power to prosecute breaches of law. In May, the Prime Minister found himself at the heart of controversy as details of his expensive flat refurbishment were found to […]
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  • News Dumb as a Dog? Study shows canine intelligence equal to toddlers’
    Research shows “Walkies!” isn’t the limit of a dog’s understanding of language, people and intonation. A dog is instead born with the intellectual potential of a two-year-old toddler, recognising gestures and phrases from as young as eight weeks old.  In a recent report from The Independent, a neighbour’s security camera captures a very good Ottawa […]
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  • News Companies reject GB News advertising
    The new GB News platform has stirred up plenty of criticism in its early days. While much of this criticism was contained to public opinion of the show, recent events have led to companies distancing themselves from the show. As the current situation surrounding advertising on the platform continues to develop, it’s useful to understand […]
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  • health Overvaluation of services from NHS Test and Trace provider Serco
    NHS Test and Trace provides a system that aims to minimise the spread of Coronavirus. While on paper this system is extremely useful for stopping the spread, there have been numerous reports of underlying issues within the system. The most recent headline that Test and Trace has been caught up involves the government’s supplier, Serco, […]
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  • News Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is heading to space
    Fast cars, big mansions and fancy planes. These are the things you come to expect from billionaires. Nowadays, though, travelling to space is becoming a more common showcase of wealth – but why is Amazon founder Jeff Bezos launching himself out of the atmosphere? While you might typically expect there to be a motive for […]
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  • Environment Crisis for Sri Lanka as cargo ship is ablaze?
    While often devastating to the marine environment, cargo ship disasters remain a common issue. The most recent of the disasters, which could yet cause significant harm to the ocean, is the X-Press Pearl off the coast of Sri Lanka. What happened? On the 20th May 2021, the Singaporean cargo ship set fire while on the […]
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  • Education The School Funding Backlash Explained
    The resignation of Education Recovery Commissioner Sir Kevan Collins paints quite the picture. Only four months into his post, Sir Collins has quit in protest against the £1.4bn school funding pandemic catch-up budget for the next three years. It’s a decision that Labour has called “totally insufficient” and headteachers have labelled a “damp squib”. According […]
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  • News 26 of 30 towns awarded government funding have Tory MPs
    The government’s Towns Fund is no stranger to controversy – but the revelation that 26 of the 30 towns awarded the shared £725 million budget have Conservative MPs adds fuel to the fire. In March, Chancellor Rishi Sunak was forced to deny favouritism after the previous list of 45 towns receiving a chunk of the […]
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  • News Your medical records are on the market
    On today’s episode of “how quick can the UK spiral in to totalitarianism?”, your medical records are being prepared for sale. Advised by Matt Hancock, NHS Digital has recently announced that a patients GP medical records may be shared from July the 1st. The following data will be made available about any patient who does […]
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  • News French 18-year-olds given €300 culture pass
    French 18-year-olds are to be given €300 to spend at cinemas, theatres, museums, or on books. Should the move – dubbed as a ‘culture pass’ – be replicated in Britain? Given that cinemas and museums have been among many industries shut down in both countries, the potential boost in income from young people could be […]
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  • News Long working hours killing 745,000 a year, report finds
    A World Health Organisation (WHO) study has found that long working hours are killing 745,000 people per year. In the first global study of this kind, the WHO found that in 2016, hundreds of thousands died from strokes and heart disease due to the length of their working hours. The report also found that those […]
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  • News AstraZeneca scientist: vaccinating kids before world’s poorest is wrong
    Professor Andrew Pollard, who helped develop the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, has said that it is “morally wrong” to offer the jab to children in wealthy countries before adults in poorer nations. Professor Pollard is the director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and told a group of MPs that global vaccine inequality is “plain to […]
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  • News Radio One Big Weekend 2021
    Live music has become a distant memory. Standing alongside other music lovers singing lyrics back to your favourite artist word for word, in a baking hot arena or club a thing of the past. But Radio One may be about to change that. Hopefully, by June 21st, the curtain will once again be up on […]
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  • News NHS warns of ‘dangerous’ Instagram weight-gain drug
    NHS England has written to Instagram urging the platform to clamp down on sales of a “dangerous” weight-gain drug. The drug, Apetamin, is unlicensed but is sold and promoted on Instagram as a way of achieving the currently popular hour-glass figure. Recommended Reading: A message to Kim Kardashian about young women NHS England said in […]
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  • News Hugging could be allowed this month
    In our good news reporting trend this week, the news that hugging could be allowed on 17th May certainly fits the bill. According to The Times, ministers are expected to plough ahead with the third step of the ‘unlocking’ roadmap set out by the government. This includes approval for people to make physical contact with […]
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  • News Just 490 North East youth jobs from government scheme
    The government’s Kickstart scheme – intended to create 250,000 jobs for young people following the devastating impact of the pandemic – has led to just 490 jobs in the North East, according to figures from the Observer. The North East entered lockdown with the highest unemployment rate of any region in England and a recent […]
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  • Books From Child Hunger to Child Literacy
    Never one to see a person sit on the bench for long, Marcus Rashford is now ready to take on literacy after tackling child hunger last year. Teaming up with powerhouse publisher, Macmillan, the England footballer is launching a book club that will provide books to disadvantaged children in 850 primary schools across England and […]
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  • News Monet Water Lilies painting under the hammer
    Claude Monet is renowned the world over for his Water Lilies painting series, captivating minds for many years. Now one of his “monumental” paintings from that series is set to be auctioned in New York for around £29 million. Le Bassin aux Nympheas, a 40 inch x 79 inch work was painted from 1917 to 1919 […]
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  • News Labour opposes vaccine passports
    Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth has said that vaccine passports are essentially “a digital ID card” and that Labour cannot support them in their current form. Boris Johnson announced yesterday that vaccine passports – or ‘Covid status certificates’ – will be trialled this month at upcoming events, including the FA Cup final and a range […]
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  • News George Floyd murder trial so far
    Many need little reminder about the death of George Floyd last May. It sparked a worldwide anti-racism movement when police officer Derek Chauvin was videoed by onlookers kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes as he pleaded with the officer, telling him, “I can’t breathe”. Now the man accused of George Floyd’s murder, […]
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  • health The reality of young people’s mental healthcare today
    Roughly three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health condition. In 2017, suicide was the most common cause of death for young people, both male and female, aged between five and 19. But what is it like for young people who are trying to access support from the NHS? The picture, tragically, is […]
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  • News North East domestic abuse reports rise in lockdown
    Domestic abuse reports in the Northumbria Police region have risen by over 1,000 (5%) in lockdown, according to a Freedom of Information request filed to the force by Beep. 33,118 reports of domestic abuse were made during the period of 30th March 2020 to 30th January 2021, compared to 31,524 during the same period in […]
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  • News Myanmar: seven-year-old Khin Myo Chit shot dead
    On Tuesday in Myanmar’s second-largest city Mandalay, seven-year-old Khin Myo Chit was shot and killed by the military, who staged a coup to overthrow the country’s elected government in February. Khin’s family told Sky News how the military junta broke down the doors to their house and began shooting inside. U Maung Ko Hashin Bai, […]
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  • News Selena Gomez felt ‘violated’ by paparazzi as a teen
    Selena Gomez, an American singer and former child actress, has recently spoken about her experience with the paparazzi as a teen, explaining how she felt “violated” by the men who took photographs of her in a bikini on the beach when she was only 15 years old. Speaking to Vogue, Gomez talked about how she […]
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  • News Disadvantage gap: poorer students three grades behind
    Poorer A-level students in England are up to three grades behind their more affluent peers, research from the Education Policy Institute (EPI) has found. In some areas, including the North, the “disadvantage gap” meant poorer students were up to five grades behind. The research specifically found that lower GCSE grades, then fewer and lower level […]
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  • News Vaccine bus launched in Newcastle
    Go North East has converted one of its buses into a new mobile Covid-19 vaccine unit. The bus will travel around Newcastle, visiting communities who are unable to get to a vaccination centre, or where uptake has proven low. For its first few rounds, the bus will visit hostels in Newcastle to vaccinate the homeless, […]
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  • News At least 10 killed by police in Myanmar protests
    Police at Myanmar protests have killed at least 10 demonstrators, medics have said, making Sunday 28 Februrary the deadliest day of rallies since the military removed the nation’s elected government. The killings occurred as social media footage showed protesters running away from police charging at them, using live bullets, rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear […]
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  • News Uber drivers recognised as workers, Supreme Court rules
    A Supreme Court ruling on February 19th has stated that Uber drivers must now be treated as workers – but what does this mean in terms of Uber’s success, which has been steadily growing since its launch in 2009? Well, this means that Uber drivers must now be treated like all British workers, instead of […]
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  • News Gavin Williamson reveals exam changes
    On the 24th of February 2021, the government finally revealed their plans on how GCSE and A Level students will be graded this year. This announcement came a whole seven weeks after the initial reveal that no formal examinations would take place this summer. Many students remain outraged at how long they have had to […]
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  • Environment Six million at risk of air pollution lung damage
    A recent study conducted by the British Lung Foundation and Asthma UK has found that six million over-65s are at risk of developing lung damage and asthma attacks due to polluted air. The report found that British life expectancy is cut short by six months, on average, due to the effects of toxic air on […]
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