Over 250 YouTube stars are being paid to promote a website called EduBirdie, a website that allows people to buy essays. The BBC Trending investigation found more than 1,400 videos with a total of more than 700 million views containing EduBirdie adverts. Some YouTubers say, if you cannot be bothered to do the work, EduBirdie has a “super smart nerd” who will do it for you. Youtube channels with tens of thousands of subscribers can be offered hundreds of dollars for each advert. Unlike most adverts on YouTube channels they are not labelled video ads. The YouTuber usually breaks off from what they are doing to endorse EduBirdie promising an A+ essay for money. Some YouTuber’s suggest using the service will free up time to play video games or take drugs. EduBirdie is run by a company called Boosta, which operates multiple essay-writing websites. EduBirdie has a disclaimer on their website which suggests the work should only be used as a sample or a reference.
Ahead of a symbolic vote on the issue this week, the government has reiterated it’s commitment to leaving the EU’s custom union.
Last Wednesday, the government suffered defeat on the EU Withdrawal Bill in the House of Lords when members voted in favour of staying in the customs union.
As a result, MPs will get a chance to debate the proposal on Thursday.
Although, a senior Downing Street source said government’s position would not change.
“We will not be staying in the customs union or joining a customs union.”
Labour has called for the UK to join a new customs union post-Brexit, saying it would leave the current one but negotiate a treaty afterwards that would “do the work of the customs union.”
What is a customs union?
A customs union is a form of trade agreement between two or more countries. The purpose of a customs union, like that of other trade agreements, is to make it easier for member states to trade.
Customs unions reduce administrative and financial trade barriers (such as customs checks and charges) and enhance economic cooperation.
It means they decide not to impose tariffs (taxes on imports) on each other’s goods and agree to impose common external tariffs on goods from countries outside their customs union.
However, they also limit the freedom of their individual members to strike their own trade deals.
by Ben – Correspondent for the General news section.
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
The former South Korean President – Park Geun-hye – was removed from office, because of her role in the recent corruption scandal.
At a time where tensions are so high, what will happen? A new president must be elected in sixty days, as Ms Park has been facing impeachment over the scandal. However what will this mean for the people? Whilst China and North Korea, the public must choose a new president.
Park has been accused of; bribery, extortion and abuse of power. Although she denies any wrong doing, we will see what happens. In speeches, she said that she was open for questioning, but has refused any opportunities.
Park Geun-hye has strangely been accused of cult activities. These allegations popped up after she reconnected with an old friend. This friend had set up the cult ‘The Church of Eternal Life’. Choi Tae-min (the leader) told Ms Park that he had been visited by the soul of her late mother, whom had been assassinated by North Korea. Choi’s daughter is said to have manipulated Park to force companies to donate billions to her non-profit organisations. One of the judges on panel said she “seriously impaired the spirit of… democracy and the rule of law.”
The recent viral video of professor Robert Kelly being interrupted by his two small children.
He managed to keep his cool as one and then two small children came charging into the room. The video has been viewed millions of times and many people happy but there has been some controversy over prof Roberts wife Ms Kim as a majority of people on social media including some media outlets.
They assumed that Ms Kim an Asian women was the nanny this had people this had people furious as it was later revealed Ms Kim was his wife just trying to control his kids. Twitter exploded with people calling people racist for assuming she was the nanny. Many hashtags were used including #stopbeingracist.
Another person wrote:
“LOVED that BBC video. But do NOT assume an Asian woman with a white man is the nanny. Such subtle racism.”
Not everybody thinks this is fair. As the look of panic of Ms Kim face may see that she is worried for her job. Others said that she acted in a way any mother would and ushered out her children in a hurriedly way as she did not want her husband to be disturbed. The professor was speaking about North and South Korea when his children barged in this has also added to people’s assumptions. Robert Kelly said it was his mistake and it had made him and his family YouTube stars.
At the the start, he was worried and embarrassed about it put later took it on the chin and made a joke out of it. He is just hoping people still read his work after the incident. He has been known as a BBC dad for a while now and expressed his love for his children. He also quashed all rumours of him not wearing pants.
When was asked if they fought over the incident he said no, nor did he punish his children for it. He was just mortified that maybe he won’t get called to speak on any TV networks again.
His children are 9 month old James and their 4 year old daughter. The video reached 86 million views as of Wednesday and it is still gaining. He said that is is grateful for his well wishes as they are just a regular family and that their young children can be a lot if work.
What sort of assumptions do people have about Asian women?
There has been great prejudice over mixed race couples as nobody assumes that someone from one race is going out with another this can be seen as subtle racism to most even if it’s not meant in that way. Jonathan Smith and his partner Tiffany Wong said they had experienced a lot of discrimination from complete strangers when they started dating as everyone just assumed that people date people from the same ethnic group.
Another Chinese student said that everyone assumed that she was studying to become a doctor or nurse. She said it affected her the way people acted around her.
There has been a terrible famine that has arrived in South Sudan, which is the first famine in six years. South Sudan had a brutal civil war that lasted 25 years. This resulted in South Sudan independence in 2011. But a conflict in December 2013 reopened deeply rooted tension that had not been reconciled.
South Sudan ranks as the 11th Country in the world for child hunger with 32.5% of children that are younger than the age of 5, underweight. This is because about 60% of South Sudan is inaccessible by road during the rainy season, complicating relief efforts by WFP and other agencies. Another reason is because disruption to trade routes and food markets mean the conflict is increasing hunger even in areas not affected by the fighting
With over a million people forced to leave their homes, the conflict is reversing some of the progress made recently. 270,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries since December. Between 4,000 and 5,000 pour into Ethiopia weekly, many with high rates of malnutrition.
Quotes for well known new reporting teams that have been to the site have said, “Waters offer desperate families refuge from war but little food.”-Itv News. This quote alone shows how little food they get.
To raise we have both entered a sponsored run and whatever we make will be donated to a charity that supports the famine in South Sudan.
by Ailis and Simmone