• News Rough sleeping rises after lockdown
    Lockdown took a toll on many of us. When people began to struggle to keep up with rent payments and other housing-related issues, the government stepped in to provide aid. Now, that aid is slowly going away, and rough sleeping rates are beginning to climb back up. As a result of the financial strain and […]
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  • News FBI declassify 9/11 documents
    September 11th 2001 will forever stand out in human history as one of its darkest days. The impact of the terror attack created such devastation for a nation and sent shockwaves around the world. To this day, many people are still questioning those behind the attacks. The FBI has now declassified documents pertaining the 9/11 […]
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  • News Madagascar to endure first climate-induced famine
    According to reports from the United Nations, Madagascar is on the brink of the world’s first ever climate-induced famine after suffering severe droughts due to a lack of rain across the country for four years. There are at least 1.14 million individuals in desperate need of food and water in southern Madagascar, with harvests destroyed […]
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  • News 9,000 years of beers
    For many of us, an ice cold pint of beer served as a symbol of the easing of lockdown restrictions across the country. Whatever beers you had craved from the pub were first on your order. That’s how much it matters to us. Since beers are one of the most popular alcoholic beverages out there, […]
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  • News Dutch city allows removal of slave names
    In the Netherlands, one city has taken a step in addressing its colonial legacy and the effects on its black citizens today. Utrecht’s city council has decided to remove cost and bureaucracy to help people remove their ‘slave names’ and have the option to adopt one that recognises their African ancestry. In the Netherlands, if […]
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  • News North East suicide rate rises
    New figures have revealed that the North East had the highest suicide rate in England and Wales during 2020. Data from the Office for National Statistics showed an 11% rise in suicides in our region, rising from 190 in 2019 to 211 in 2020. The region with the lowest figure of deaths per 100,000 of […]
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  • News Claudia Lawrence breakthrough explained
    Fresh information in the case of missing person Claudia Lawrence has been discovered as North Yorkshire Police are searching a popular fishing spot. The case of Ms Lawrence has been widely reported for the twelve years she has been missing. But what exactly are the circumstances in which she disappeared? We take a look in […]
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  • Music Nevermind baby sues Nirvana
    When Nirvana released Nevermind in 1991, the group ascended to mainstream stardom overnight becoming one of the biggest sensations in alternative rock history. The group perhaps did not expect to be sued for the cover artwork of the album some 30 years later. The album artwork for Nevermind is arguably one of the most recognisable and iconic […]
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  • News Afghanistan: Women and LGBTQ people in fear
    The Taliban have returned to power in Afghanistan after 20 years of war and bloodshed. For them, it is a cause of celebration. However, to many, the beginning of an era of fear. During the past 20 years of Western occupation, women and LGBTQ+ people have enjoyed relative freedom. Women have been able to go […]
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  • News Johnny Depp talks “Hollywood boycott”
    Following what he calls a “surreal” five years of domestic abuse allegations and a messy split from ex-wife Amber Heard, Johnny Depp has revealed he feels “boycotted” by Hollywood. It follows his new drama Minamata being yet to secure a US release date. Minamata follows the real-life story of the devastating effects of mercury poisoning […]
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  • Music Britney Spears’ father stepping down as conservator
    After years of battles over Britney Spears’ conservatorship, the star’s father, Jamie Spears, has agreed to step down from his position as her conservator. Britney Spears has been under the conservatorship since 2008, when she suffered from various mental health problems under intense media scrutiny. In July, Ms. Spears declared that, as long as her […]
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  • Environment Lessons from the IPCC climate report
    A recent report from the IPCC on climate change has released some concerning projections for the future of the planet. What can we take from these reports and how can we try and prevent them? There are numerous concerns to unpack with regards to this report. One of the most concerning is the continuing rise […]
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  • News Haiti earthquake and the aftermath
    As unfortunate as it is, Haiti has long been prone to natural disasters. In 2004, tropical storms devastated the nation, killing 3,006 people. In 2010 an absolutely devastating earthquake took the lives of 200 – 300,000 people. Unfortunately, yet another earthquake has hit the nation. On the 14 August, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. […]
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  • News Wuhan lab leak cannot be ruled out
    Having emerged in Wuhan, China in late 2019, Covid-19 has proven to be extremely deadly and has had a profound impact globally on us all. While it hasn’t ever been confirmed, could the virus have emerged from research labs in Wuhan? The common explanation for Covid-19 is that a coronavirus mutated by transmitting between both […]
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  • Education Stormzy sending more black students to Cambridge
    Rapper Stormzy is pledging to send a further 30 black students to Cambridge on scholarships worth £20,000 per year. The scholarships will be funded by Stormzy’s Merky Foundation and the bank HSBC, covering tuition and maintenance costs for 10 new students per year, over the next three years. This is an extension of his first […]
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  • News Meteor showers over Britain
    We are in for a treat. Between now and 23 August, keen stargazers will be lucky enough to see a miraculous sight. As many as 150 meteors lighting up the sky per night. For those who don’t know, meteors are comets when they have broken up into pieces. They crumble as they come too close […]
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  • 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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