SuperCam MVP

Carolina Panther’s 26 year old quarterback, Cam Newton, won this seasons MVP a day before losing the Super Bowl to now retired Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos in San Francisco.

In 2011, Cam Newton was the first pick of the NFL draft, chosen by his current club, Carolina Panthers. This season he has had an average passing yards of 239.8 per game, a total of 636 rushing yards and completed around 3837 passing yards in total; gaining the nickname “SuperCam” due to his athletic ability, his incredible jumping talent, and his unique celebration after winning a game, throwing a touchdown or scoring a touchdown himself!

His father, Cecil, allegedly broke the NCAA rules when he asked for enough money so that his son Cameron could attend Blinn College. He has brothers called Caylin and Cecil Jr, and has recently welcomed his first son, Chosen Newton, with his girlfriend, Kia Proctor, back in 2015.

This is his first NFL MVP award, and looking to the future, he will be looking for plenty more in a career that could possibly last another 14 years. Previous to this award he has won trophies such as:

  • Heisman Trophy-2010
  • Maxwell Award-2010
  • Associated Press College Football Player of the Year Award-2010
  • Walter Camp Award-2010
  • Pepsi next rookie of the year-2011
  • NFL Honors- AP Offensive Rookie of the year-2011
  • Pepsi Next rookie of the year-2011
  • Pepsi NFL Rookie of the week-2011
  • Ed Block courage Award-2015
  • AP most valuable player-2016
  • AP NFL Offensive Player of the year award-2016

In conclusion, Cam Newton looking into the future could possibly become one of the best NFL Quarter Backs of his generation.

By Cameron & Marcus





EU Referendum: The Future of Our Nation

The British public will decide, in just a few months, whether they would like Britain to remain in the EU.

David Cameron has confirmed the date for the referendum to be the 23rd June and those who are on the electoral roll will be eligible to vote in a similar way to the general elections, where polling stations will be opened and the future of our country decided.

The European Union is a political-economic union of 28 European countries. Founded in 1993, the objective of the union was to strengthen relations between the countries, create trading links and even prevent another war between European countries in the future.

The campaign has been given the shortened name of ‘Brexit’ and it has even been reported by The Sun that the Queen is backing a British departure from the European Union. It was initiated subsequent to the Conservative Party outlining their manifesto pledge to hold a referendum which would determine Britain’s future in the EU.

David Cameron, Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, has expressed his desire for Britain to stay in the EU. Cameron wants some reformation in the terms of Britain’s membership but adamantly wants Britain to stay. Discussing the future of the EU at Bloomberg, Cameron said: “I’m not a British isolationist… I believe something very deeply- Britain’s national interest is best served in a flexible, adaptable and open European Union and that such a European Union is best with Britain in it.” In a forthcoming speech, Mr Cameron will say, “The question is: where will our economy be stronger; where will our children have more opportunities?” The Prime Minister has also voiced his concerns that Brexit will result in ‘fewer jobs, less investment and higher prices.’

In a speech last month, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party, said that, “Our party is committed to keeping Britain in the EU… but we also want to see progressive reform in Europe.”

Nigel Farage, UKIP leader, said that, “It is safer to vote to leave and take back control of our borders.”

A key factor in the minds of deciding British people is the implications of our country staying in the EU and exiting the EU, and the effects on issues British people are passionate about.

Whilst being a part of the EU, there has been a huge influx of Eastern European people coming to live in Britain. UK independence would presumably mean that Britain would be subject to less Europeans immigrating to the UK and this would create more employment opportunities for Britons that would otherwise be taken by Europeans. However, if Britain stay in the EU, British people are able to move freely within the EU and also work in any of the member states. If Britain were to leave, it does not necessarily mean that there will be a significant decrease in Europeans working in our country- a key question is, how will Britain decide who to allow to work in our country?

Although we were previously informed that Brexit will inflate the cost of flights for British people, in particular on budget airlines, it is now being argued that an EU exit will not affect fares by Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary.

Economically, Brexit is reported to damage growth, and major firms including BT, Marks & Spencer and Vodafone signed a letter, stating that an EU exit would negatively impact these companies and investment in the UK. In 2012, it was reported that the United Kingdom contribute €180.38m to the EU annually, with the figures published by the EU Budget Office.

A concern if we vote to leave is the exclusion of Britain from being involved with the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). The EAW ensures that criminals in an EU country who flee abroad to another member country can be arrested where they are and then extradited. Brexit would mean that Britain could fall victim to an unprecedented number of criminals escaping to our country without the EAW being in effect, meaning that criminals could be roaming the streets of our nation without the police having substantial powers.

It seems that in the debate regarding whether we should stay or leave, there are copious questions hindering our ability to reach a decision as individuals in a democratic society that allows us to vote and essentially decide the future of our country. Do we really understand the ramifications of an exit, or is it just a leap into the unknown? Is Britain better off as an independent country that can guarantee a better future for its people? Would an exit really control immigration and create jobs for our people, or will we face severe economic problems?

Let’s hope that the British public can come to a sensible decision that can guarantee a better Britain.

By Ryan


Mars Finds Plastic in Chocolate

We confide in the food industry; those who put products on our supermarket shelves. Yet, how can we trust them? The industry is getting harder to trust everyday.

Mars (a well-known brand that distributes chocolate all around the world) has lost our confidence. In Germany, a woman found a piece of red plastic in her Snickers. It has affected 55 countries, including Britain. Mars’ corporate affairs coordinator has said that it is “unknown” if other chocolates from the production line were affected. It took eleven weeks for this problem to be found out.

How can we depend on these companies to give us safe food? How can we feel secure eating this food if the companies don’t even know what goes into their products? How can we rely on these brands?


Eleonora and Aimee

Fernley’s and Ben’s 60 Second Report

‘Could vegetables grow on Mars?’ Is the question many scientists are asking themselves. Researchers in the Netherlands have successfully grown tomatoes, peas, radishes and other vegetables, in another soil (supplied by NASA) thought to be very similar to Martian soil. No-one ate the vegetables because substances in it may be poisonous.

The next story is about Professor Stephen Hawking and his views about the EU Referendum. Genius, Professor Stephen Hawking, has warned Brexit would be ‘a disaster for UK science’. If you want more about this story read this article:

If you are ever upset about the news here is some advice:

  • Just don’t worry; there is a very small chance this is going to happen to you.
  • Tell your mum or dad, or any adult that you trust.

by Ben and Fernley – Coordinators for the General News section.

Whales In Captivity

Tilikum. The largest whale – in captivity. ‘Famous’ for the death of Dawn Brancheu and is connected to others; but Tilikum is dying himself. A bacterial infection in his lungs is killing him slowly.


Tilikum is one of the many unfortunate creatures that get separated from their family. He was found near Iceland. The male whales would get the poachers in their boats to chase them, so that the females and the babies could escape. Yet, the poachers had aircrafts and the whales had to come up for air at some point. This is when they would get the nets to pick out the young ones. The whole time, the whales were waiting next to the boats, calling out to their calves. One of the ‘fishermen’ said it was “like kidnapping a child from their mother”. Sometimes, they would find dead orcas in the nets, which they would then fill the orcas with rocks so that they would sink.


This is what happened to Tilikum. He was sent to Sealand. Sealand was basically a bathtub for these creatures. Tilikum would spend two thirds of his life in a bathtub, with no stimulation. He would be kept with other females. The trouble with this is that orcas speak different languages, and also there is a hierarchy. In the ocean, there is an exit everywhere, but in there, there was nowhere to run. Tilikum would come out in the morning with rake marks (teeth marks) from the females and sometimes he would be bleeding.


During one of his shows at Sealand, a trainer (Keltie Byrne) fell into the tank. Tilikum dragged her down to the bottom of the pool, drowning her. The females were circling around him as he did it. It took two hours for the trainers to recover the woman’s body from the whales.


Sealand probably thought that they were giving the whales a better life after they closed down. Tilikum was sent to Seaworld. Sealand were under the impression that none of these whales would be used for shows. Tilikum was used for breeding purposes. Although, because of his previous behaviour, he shouldn’t have been used for that. Fifty four percent of the orcas in Seaworld have Tilikum’s genes.


Nevertheless, Seaworld used Tilikum for shows, where he attacked again. The most famous of his attacks is the ‘Dawn Brancheu’ incident. She was a senior trainer, and was doing a ‘Dining with Shamu’. Tilikum scalped and dismembered the trainer and broke many bones before drowning her. Seaworld claimed that Tilikum had grabbed her ponytail playfully (and newspapers used this story) when in actual fact, Tilikum grabbed her arm and pulled her into the water.


He also killed an intoxicated man who snuck into Seaworld at night and got into Tilikum’s pool. He was found drowned in the morning with bite marks all over his body and mutilated. The stories that were told were that he got hyperthermia and drowned due to this, but his autopsy reports proved something else.


Orcas are highly intelligent creatures. They have an extra part of the brain, which is for emotions. Killer Whales feel a lot; they have strong emotions.  Seaworld had a calf called Kalina. She was separated from her mother and it was reported that her mother made noises all night. They figured out she was using long range vocals to locate her calf.  The adults never leave their mother’s side in the wild.


Orcas experience high amounts of frustration, aggressiveness and not only that; they experience a lot of pain. Whales in captivity die too young. We have actually found out that orcas have the same life expectancy as humans, yet the average life expectancy in Seaworld is 13 years old. His floppy dorsal fin is from stress. One percent of whales in the wild get a floppy dorsal fin, yet over ninety percent have it in captivity.


Tilikum is over 30 years old, yet he is still too young. He is just floating in a box until he dies. Trainers said that he would be still for hours, something that has never been seen in whales.


Whales shouldn’t be in captivity, they shouldn’t be used as entertainment, as money makers. It’s morally wrong. Orcas in the wild have never hurt a human, in Seaworld there are over 100 cases of Killer Whales showing aggression or hurting trainers.


Tilikum is just one example of these whales. Yet everyday whales endure this torture, they float around in a pool lifelessly. Seaworld cover up these stories, they reject these ideas.


Orcas don’t belong in a tank. They belong in the ocean were they can swim miles and miles with their family. Where they can pick their own mates. Where they can be free.



Highest Terror Threat in Europe For 10 Years

As of now, there has been a growing speculation of a terror threat in Europe.

In early November 2015, there were a series of attacks in the Capital of France, Paris. This revealed the failure of Europe’s ability to suspect upcoming terrorist attacks. The man behind it all, Abdelhamid Abaoud, was able to move through countries and back into Syria without any interruptions, despite being the outrageous subject of an International Arrest Warrant.

Other attackers were caught in the act, but were still able to succeed into escaping and are probably on the run right now.

“I think it is likely that we will have another attack,” admitted Mr Rob Wainwright (who is currently the director of the agency responsible for the co-ordination of the European Union’s law enforcement.)

He has expressed the fact that this terror threat has been the biggest they had faced for 10 years, but they have been working around the clock to prevent any harm that might hit their citizens in the future. They are also happy to say that the intelligence shared has significantly increased which shows their decisive determination to prevent another Paris-like attack.

But Mr Rob Wainwright is still cautious and certainly aware of the 5,000 young men that have been radicalised by ISIS (Islamic State of Islam and Syria).

We can only hope for the best in the future.


Written by Aimee

Samsung S7 and S7 edge

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is due to be released on Friday the 11th of March. This phone has had a long amount of development time to perfect every one of its features.

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The new Samsung S7 has a perfect design to allow maximum comfort while not compromising its size. The two makes have quad HD and the S7 has 577 pixels per inch whereas the S7 edge only has 534. The S7 is an amazing 5.1 inches in size but the S7 edge has a whopping 5.5 inches in size!

With the S7, a new camera has been developed to have a clear-perfect image in a dark environment instead of a blurry mess. With the S7, mobile gaming just got a whole lot better with a dedicated game control centre and gameplay recording. And with the Galaxy S7 Edge and S7’s powerful processor, it just got highly realistic. The new S7 has a faster charging time and manages every bit of data used.

The water resistance has now been majorly upgraded to 30 minute underwater time or 1.5m deep. Samsung have developed a way to seal off the inner components of the phone whilst the audio jack and USB ports still being active and open so fiddling with flaps will not be necessary.

Samsung’s quote of main priority is its shortcut operating time to allow a quicker usage and in the brand new S7 that’s what you get maximum operating shortcut systems for easy use.

Samsung built a fine line of accessories especially for your Galaxy S7 edge and S7. They range from cases that do more than just protect, to chargers that give you power fast wherever you are.

Samsung KNOX is a new security app designed by Samsung dedicated to the new phone to maximise security from theft and hacking to secure all apps and details.

Samsung has an easy transfer system so if you are worried about losing apps; data etc., Samsung have sorted it out.

Finally the Samsung S7s have 32g storage and come in Black or Gold, topping off this one amazing device with all of these incredible improvements and features.


Written by Harry, co-ordinator of St Ambrose Barlow School Report.


Scientists claim they have discovered a “Ghost-like” octopod in the depths of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii.

The octopod has been nicknamed Casper after the cartoon ghost, as it is almost see-through and has a ghost-like appearance. Casper is almost certainly a new species. He was found at a depth of about 2.5 miles (4Km) off the Shore of Necker Island. The octopod lacked pigment cells giving it a lightly coloured appearance.

“It is almost certainly an undescribed species,” Michael Vecchione of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said, calling it a “remarkable little octopod”.

Deep-sea octopods fall into two categories – cirrate, or ‘Dumbo’, octopods with fins and octopods without fins. Caspar is one of the deepest sea octopods ever found.images (2)

By Matthew

Fossil Of Oldest Pine Tree Found

Scientists have recently unearthed the world’s oldest pine tree known to man. The charred remains of a pine tree dates back 140 million years ago when fire roamed the land.

Nowadays, the trees have evolved and adapted to fire. They are not completely resistant, but they have evolved. “Pines are well adapted to fire today,” Dr Howard Falcon-Lang (Royal Holloway, University of London) claimed.

The Fossils were preserved as charcoal and were only recognised as tree fossils when Dr Howard Falcon-Lang dissolved the ‘specimens’ in acid.

This is a remarkable discovery. Dr Falcon-Lang claims they are the most fire adapted specimen in the world.


By Lee

Maria Sharapova at fault?


The professional Russian Tennis player, Maria Sharapova, 28, has failed her drug test for the Australian Open.
The substance found was meldonium, a drug she has been taking since 2006 due to medical reasons. On the 1st of January 2016 the rules for meldonium, or mildronate, changed and it was made illegal for the sport, but Maria claims she had been taking it legally for the past ten years and did not know that the rule had been changed; otherwise she would have not failed the drug test.
This was not to say she doesn’t know what she had done wrong, she admitted, ‘I did fail the test and take full responsibility for it.’ She is facing up to a 4-year ban, however many people who personally know her, like ex-professionals, really believe this was an honest mistake. 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova felt like this, whereas Jennifer Capriati said she was ‘angry and disappointed,’ and also said, ‘In my opinion, if it’s all true every title should be stripped. This is other people’s lives as well.’
She claims that on the 22nd of December she received the email of Wada (World Anti-Doping Agency) however failed to click on the link that told her the rule changes. There is one way that Sharapova will not get a ban of up to 4 years, which is by applying for a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption). This allows the player to use a banned substance, without committing an anti-doping rule violation, if they have a medical condition that allows this, in Maria’s case her diabetes. Her contract with Nike has been terminated until further investigation and her other contracts: Evian, Tag Heuer, Porsche and Avon, could end up doing the same thing. On the other hand her racket sponsor, Head, have decided to back her and extend her contract through the current predicament.

By Cameron