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Trump’s Travel Ban Blocked Yet Again

The travel ban for Muslims from six mainly Muslim based countries has yet again been blocked, but this time, by the judge of Hawaii.

The travel ban was an order that said there would be a ninety day ban for six mainly Muslim countries an a hundred twenty day ban on Muslim refugees. President Trump used this order to “stop the terrorists from entering the United States but critics say it is very discriminatory towards the Muslim race.”

The first travel ban was issued back in January, but this caused protests among US citizens and refugees. Consequently, a judge in Seattle blocked the ban, therefore stopping the travel ban before it could take place.

Judge Watson said that the ban would cause “irreparable injury” by violating the First Amendment protections against religious discrimination. Hawaii also said that the ban would lower down tourism and the ability to recruit potential students and workers.

Mr Trump’s administration has argued, however, that as long as his interest is in keeping the country safe, he is not discriminating any religion.

Back in January when the ban was first ordered, it was protested against due to the fact that it would likely stop the process rights of certain individuals with valid visas and paperwork. The argument if whether the ban questioned the rights of the Muslim immigrants was kept silent. Until today.

Mr Trump was rather angry about the ban and said that he will continue the case until it is done.

Article 50 – What is it and why is it significant?


When will Theresa May trigger Brexit?

Article 50 is the article that will mean the UK leaves the EU. It is a one page agreement for all EU member states.

Over the next couple of years, Theresa May and the government will negotiate with several world leaders about Britain and it’s exit with the European Union (Brexit). They will have to come up with many trade agreements and new laws that will be put in place instead of our current EU laws. EU law makes up 13% of our current laws and plays a part in 62%. The UK is scheduled to leave the EU in April 2018 which could change the way we travel, work and trade.

Here is an explanation of the article that decides the requirement to leave the EU.

The first point in the article expresses that any member state of the European Union which decides to withdraw does so with it’s own constitutional requirements and that secondly any members state that wishes to leave shall notify the European Council of its intention.

Thirdly, the treaty will cease to apply to the state in question 2 years after the notification to leave the European Union is sent.

Finally, a majority vote must be defined in accordance with the Article 238 which states “The qualified majority shall be defined as at least 72% of the members of the Council, representing Member States comprising at least 65% of the population of the Union.”

Once Article 50 is put in place it can not be stopped, extended unless by unanimous consent and any deal must be decided by a majority vote. The UK will not take part in any internal EU discussions in the period after the article has been invoked.

The Conservative party predicts this article will be triggered by Theresa May before the end of March 2017.

Here we have an interview with a few members from the general public about what they think about Brexit and Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

by Ben and Jack – Correspondents for the General News section

Clash of the Politics!

Ann Coulter and Piers Morgan have a fierce debate 

This morning on iTV, Piers Morgan had a harsh argument with Ann Coulter about the 3-4 million Muslims being forced out of America. Ann Coulter suggests that America’s welfare is just for Americans and the mentally ill and thieves shouldn’t be allowed in the U.S.

“Why do we need them?” Ann conservatively said.

Ann Coulter said this with a sharp tone and a very discriminative meaning. She was basically saying that America doesn’t need immigrants to come and work; she thinks America isn’t poor and has enough people working for the citizens. She agrees with Trump’s actions and believes that all Muslims should be made to leave. Ann agrees with Trump and decides to back him up.


 Ann carries on with her outrageous speech and decides to carry on with her racist and discriminative argument.

 “Even before they started shooting, what are the point of Sayeed Farouk’s parents? His father was a truck driver.  Americans can drive trucks,” Ann stated.

“Maybe it would be slightly more helpful to deport you Ann Coulter,” said Piers with determination.

“Is that your argument?” Ann stated astonished. “No, that’s a good-bye,” said Piers with relief.

Apparently, Ann and Morgan have had other, “Clashes,” before, so this is no surprise. They had this argument because they both have very different views on this subject Ann is going along with Trump and Piers disagrees. Who is right? What do you think?


Muslims Outraged

muslim-protestsA group of protesters on Thursday the 17th of November in America were showing their opinion about the decision/opt from Donald Trump to kick out all Muslims from America. A 19 year old Muslim, who has heard Islamophobic comments before, is trying to avoid the reality that Trump won. He said, “There is more to come… There are a lot of Ilhans in our communities” He also stated that it will only attract more danger.

About a month later on the 12th of December 2016, Muslims went out onto the streets and started forming violent acts towards the Police. Anti-Trump demonstrators have voiced concerns that his presidency, due to start on January 20, would infringe on Americans’ civil and human rights. In Los Angeles on Thursday night, police arrested about 185 people, mostly for blocking roadways or being juveniles out past curfew, according to police.

Some protestors carried signs saying things such as “Trump Fuera” which means they want Trump out. They also carried Mexican flags with them. They covered the street the Republican National Committee chairman, acknowledged on Friday the tight race with the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, but said anti-Trump protesters have to accept the election results.

Protests still carry on as Christmas rolls up and hopefully it could blow over after the New Year.

By Joe.

Can music affect concentration?

A study was done at the Imperial College and the Royal College of Music to examine whether listening to music influenced concentration whilst doing a task.

Families often have arguments over whether children should be allowed to listen to music whilst revising and music has often been used in professional settings such as operating theatre. The study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, involved playing music into participant’s ears whilst they attempted to play the board game ‘Operation’ – where players have to remove pieces with tweezers without setting off a buzzer. The 350 people had to carry out the tasks whilst being played AC/DC, Mozart and then the background music of an operating theatre.

Whilst women weren’t effected by any of the music played the men seemed to have a higher level performance when listening to Mozart. However this was only the case for people who enjoyed listening to classical music and after this was considered there appeared to be no change in their performance.

The research teams could not come up with an explanation as to why women were less affected but suggested it might be a greater susceptibility among men to “auditory stress” – where sensitivity is affected by “loud or discordant music”.

Dr Daisy Fancourt, leader author of the research, regarded the study using the board game ‘Operation’ as “tongue in cheek” but that it was a component of wider research into how music could change people’s performance, including in settings such as operating theatres.

However questions were raised about whether different types of music could influence the effectiveness of how teams worked. “This study suggests that for men who are operating or playing a board game, rock music may be a bad idea,” Dr Fancourt said.

By Finnerty

Boxing Day Shopping Ban

On Monday afternoon, at Westminster Hall, the government debated on whether shops should be open on Boxing Day, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. A petition online that brought the matter to the MPs attention gained over 138,000 signatures; it stated:

“Retail workers work extremely hard during the Christmas run up and only get the one day”

Although thisFile:Shoppers on Dundas, near Yonge.jpg is understandable, many disagree as it is an opportunity to buy items with a large discount and generates lots of business and profit for all companies.

The speakers opposing the ban proposed that Boxing Day is a time when most families have time to shop for late gifts or new tech. However, Helen Jones, the MP supporting the petition and leading the debate, said:

“What I’ve not seen is anything to convince me that Boxing Day generates extra trade, as opposed to just moving it to another day”.

Others agreeing with her stated the days including and surrounding Christmas is a time to celebrate with friends and family, but if retail staff have to work, the main purpose of the holidays cannot be fulfilled.

While many disagree with the proposition of banning shops opening on the 26th December, the arguments put forward were very convincing and the matter may appear in parliamentary debates next year to more success.

– Autumn

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


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