Attacks in Westminister – What went on and why?

 

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Attacks in Westminster – What went on and why?

On Wednesday the 22nd March a terrorist attack took place where a man named Khalid Masood killed four people in a mere 82 seconds. The police said the attack began at 14:40:08 when the hire car Khalid Masood rented mounted the pavement on Westminster Bridge, weaving along the footpath and road for 30 seconds until he crashed into the perimeter fence of the Palace of Westminster, he then left the car at 14:40:51 and 39 seconds later was shot by a police firearms officer, who was part of the close protection team of the defense secretary, Sir Michael Fallon. Police are trying to establish whether he had been inspired  by terrorist propaganda or if others encouraged, supported or directed him.

After crashing his hired Hyundai SUV into the railings in front of Parliament Yard, he burst through the gate to the Palace of Westminster with two large knives where he stabbed an unarmed police officer named PC Keith Palmer who was just 48 years old. He later died from his injuries.

The consequences of the attack are five deaths (including Khalid Masood himself) and fifty people were injured. Also, 15 people are still being treated in hospital.

Three members of the public died following the car rampage on Westminster Bridge. They were: mother-of-two Aysha Frade from London; US tourist Kurt Cochran from Utah and Leslie Rhodes, 75, from Streatham, South London.

PC Palmer and Khalid Masood also died despite attempts by paramedics to save them both.

Before the attack he had a string of criminal convictions including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences, but he had not been convicted of any terrorism offences.

Masood’s first conviction was in November 1983 for criminal damage and his last conviction was in December 2003 for possession of a knife. He was investigated by MI5 some years ago over concerns of violent extremism but was no longer deemed to be a threat.

Police have seized 2,700 items in searches about the attack, including “massive amounts of computer data.” Approximately 3,500 witnesses – including 1,000 from Westminster Bridge and 2,500 from with the Parliamentary estate, have contacted police about the attack and their view on it.

By Jack and Ben – Correspondents for General News section

Are your eggs really free range?

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Where have my free range eggs gone?

Recently eggs have been losing their free range status due to a virus which means that they have to be kept indoors. The virus is called H5N8 and it has killed nine swans already.

Abbotsbury Swannery which is in Dorset has seen 80 birds die in winter 2016, compared to a normal 30 to 40 birds that die normally.

Nine birds have been tested positive for the H5N8 strain of bird flu. Official figures show this is the highest number of wild birds tested positive for avian influenza in the UK.

Why could they lose their free range status?

Birds that are not in a Higher Risk Area can be allowed outdoors into fenced areas provided the areas meet certain conditions.

If they are in a Higher Risk Area then keepers must either keep their birds housed, in permanent or temporary sheds; or allow birds outdoors but only into a fenced run which is fully covered by netting.

Most egg producers in England can now let birds outside if they observe follow disease prevention measures. All eggs from birds that remain housed, from both inside and outside higher risk areas, are no longer considered to be free range and can’t be labelled as free range.

In addition to being found in poultry, the same strain of the virus has also been found in wild birds in England, Scotland and Wales.

Here is a short video by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs explaining all you need to know about the bird flu:

How many cases have they been of the virus H5N8?

The H5N8 strain of the disease has been confirmed at a farm in Northumberland, a poultry farm in Suffolk, in three linked premises on a commercial game farm in Lancashire, in three separate poultry farms in Lincolnshire, and in backyard flocks in North Yorkshire and Carmarthenshire.

What is the risk of the disease?

Public Health England advises “the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency has said there is no food safety risk for UK consumers.”

By Jack and Ben – Correspondents for General News section

Why are my trains being delayed?

Trains – Why are they being delayed?

Northern, Southern rail and Merseyside rail staff have gone on strike because certain rail companies are considering only having the driver as the staff on the train to save costs. However, this would mean that at least one person per train would lose their job and it would mean the driver, as well as driving the train, would have to do the conductor’s job. The rail employees are going on strike for 24 hours in a row over keeping guards on trains 100 managers were drafted to do conductor duties to allow some trains to run.

Transport bosses have appealed for people to work from home in order to minimise delays. It is said that 60% of Northern rail services will be cancelled as guards and drivers walk out for 24 hours over keeping guards on trains. The strike is happening between 12:01 am and 11:59pm on Monday 20th of March.

Arriva North West showed they wanted to help with the traffic when they tweeted:

“Northern Rail train tickets will be valid on Arriva buses in the North West to help passengers during RMT industrial action.” – 13th March

Andy Heath of Merseyrail said “It is unfortunate that many drivers took the decision not to work today.”

While Southern rail said it aimed to run most of its 2,200 trains, more than half of Arrivals services were cancelled because of the strike.

The RMT strike on southern is the 30th since a row over if a conductor is needed almost a year ago. Unions have argued that the changes mean conductor’s will be sacked but rail operators have vowed that this is not the case.

Northern rail said it plans to run 980 services during the strike (which is about 40% of Northern rail services normal timetable.)

We asked the public about their opinions on the rail strike and this is what we got:

“I understand why the railway workers went on strike and I agree with them.”

“If they went on strike again for similar reasons I would go with them as I agree with them.”

“Everyone has their right times to go on strike and this is not one of them this strike is very inconvenient for the public and any train users.”

The train strikes, although seen as an inconvenience by some people, are mainly respected and appreciated.

By Jack and Ben – Correspondents for General News section


Breaking News- 3,000 Year Old Statue Of Ramses II Found in Cairo.

Breaking News- The 3,000 year old Statue Of Ramses II was found in Cairo.

Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found a statue submerged in groundwater in a Cairo slum that they say probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. The statue will go into the grand Egyptian museum in 2018 so the public can witness this colossus statue.

The poem, Ozymandias, is inspired by the Statue of Ramses II and the story behind it.

The meaning or themes of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem Ozymandias are fairly straightforward and are also highly traditional. Basically, the poem reminds powerful people that their power is only temporary. However much powerful people may wish to think that their power is immortal, they are only deceiving themselves. Earthly power is mutable, and indeed all human beings (Shelley may imply) need to remember this lesson.

Here is the poem.

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

 

Samsung Galaxy S8

There is a large battle in the tech world especially between the two tech giants of the phone world: Apple and Samsung. Despite the conflicts between both Apple and Samsung users, no one can doubt that everyone is excited for the brand new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ due to be released on March 29th in Barcelona.

The phone will be released on March 29th 2017 in Barcelona, where it will be available for sale and will gradually make its way to the shops globally and will be released in the Uk on April 21st 2017.

The new phone will be battery tested in a more thorough procedure to prevent incidents similar to the galaxy note 7 fiasco of 2016. Also more battery space has been added as an experimental way of preventing the phone to explode.

As well as in built fire/ explosion prevention systems, the S8 has leaked features which are still yet to be verified however have a good possibility to be included.

The first and probably most exciting feature of them all is the new iris scanner and facial recognition system. The system theoretically should be similar to that that is seen in films which makes the phone even more futuristic. This system (along with fingerprint) will be used as a lock system for even more privacy and protection of identification.

The other concept features will be reviewed in less detail as they are less exciting:
2. Narrower bezel and much bigger, dual curved display.
3. Ultra HD 4K resolution.
4. A revamped virtual or rear home button.
5. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (most likely for the Uk)
6. Dual rear cameras.
7. USB-C port.

As well as all of these amazing feature the Samsung Galaxy S8 comes in a variety of colours and ultimately should be a massive step in technology and a massive improvement to previous phones to be marvelled at.

Story by Harry (Main contributor), Adam and Logan (film contributors), correspondents of the BBC school report of St Ambrose Barlow

Did You Know?

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Children, parents and chocolate lovers alike are only now just realising why the Kinder Egg toy case are yellow. It represents the yolk inside the egg.

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Edrogan’s threats spark tension between Turkey and the Netherlands.

Protests broke out in Rotterdam after the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reacted angrily to the Dutch government comparing them to Nazi’s saying,” “Nazism is still widespread in the West,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected the comments as they were unacceptable and offered the Dutch her solidarity and full support.

On Monday, the Dutch foreign ministry issued a travel warning, coaxing its citizens of Turkey to be careful noting the diplomatic constrictions. The warning encouraged people to “avoid gatherings and crowded places”, came as Turkey’s foreign ministry lodged a formal protest with the Dutch envoy. The debate rolled over into the campaign for Wednesday’s general election in the Netherlands, with prime minster Mark Rutte defending in a live televised debate, his verdict to stop Turkish ministers addressing Dutch Turks.

His challenger, Geert Wilders of the far-right, anti-Islam Freedom Party, announced the actual problem was that Turks waving Turkish flags on a Dutch street had shown where their devotion lay. “It is essential to avoid further escalation and find ways to calm down the situation,” said a joint statement by foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn.

The Turkish politician Mevlut Canusoglu who has been minister of Foreign affairs since 24th November 2015 was due to address Turkish expatriates in Rotterdam to win reinforcement for an April 16th referendum vote on the Turkish Constitution. Over ruled by Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party’s, also known as AKP, these sweeping constitutional changes would allocate new powers to Turkey’s President and alter the way the country is governed.

Turkish politicians have sought to address rallies in European cities and towns that have a broad populations of Turkish expatriates, around 1.5 million Turkish nationals living in Germany are qualified to vote in the referendum, according to Turkish news agency Anadolu, but authorities in a proportionate amount of other countries have blocked their plans.

In the latest curve of the tensions, Cavusoglu angered the Dutch by threatening “severe sanctions if he was denied from travelling to the Rotterdam rally”. He also announced “If the Netherlands cancels my flight, we will impose severe sanctions on them that will affect it economically and politically,” the foreign minister said in remarks in a televised interview. He also stated, “If tension will increase between both countries because of my visit, then let it develop.” In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said: “Many Dutch people with Turkish heritage are voting in the referendum on the Turkish constitution.”

The Dutch will vote on Wednesday in national elections in a campaign that has focused strongly on the affair of immigration from Muslim countries. Fair-right politician Geert Wilders praised the verdict to bar the Turkish minister from speaking in Rotterdam, taking credit due to the influence of his party, the party of freedom or PVV.

The decision by the Dutch was driven by interest that Wilders might win next week’s election, according to Enes Bayrakli (assistant professor of political science at the Turkish-German University in Istanbul). He announced “I think it is a quite a serious diplomatic scandal because Turkey and Holland are allies in NATO and the EU. They have very good relations, and I think the Dutch government took this decision in order to give a message to Geert Wilders in the election. It’s a right-wing populist message. The government is quite concerned it will lose to Geert Wilders, but I think this is a wrong step.” He also stated that “This shows how ridiculous the action of the Dutch government is, in the EU there are no borders between countries. You cannot prevent people traveling from one country to another.” Later on he tweeted that the Turkish “do not have any business in the Netherlands”.

Luke, Joe and Lee.