England National Team Call Ups

Gareth Southgate has named his 26 man squad for England’s matches against Germany in a friendly, and the World Cup qualifying match against Lithuania, and in his squad he has included a player who hasn’t featured for the Three Lions, since November 2013, in a game against Chile.

Sunderland star man, Jermain Defoe has been given, what many would consider, a deserved call up to the national squad, after his outstanding past few seasons with the struggling Black Cats.

Since joining Sunderland back in 2014, Defoe has scored 33 goals in 77 appearances in the Premier League. In this season alone, he has netted a total of 14 times in his 27 games.

There was no room for Arsenal players Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere, and Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Andy Carroll and Daniel Sturridge all miss out due to injury.

James Ward-Prowse, Michael Keane, Nathan Redmond and Michail Antonio are all included in the squad but are yet to play for England, while Jake Livermore has only made senior appearance for England.

Gareth Southgate’s full squad includes:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Fraser Forster, Tom Heaton

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand, Gary Cahill, Nathaniel Clyne, Phil Jones, Michael Keane, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, John Stones, Kyle Walker

Midfielders: Dele Alli, Michail Antonio, Ross Barkley, Eric Dier, Adam Lallana, Jesse Lingard, Jake Livermore, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Nathan Redmond, Raheem Sterling, James Ward-Prowse

Strikers: Jermain Defoe, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy

Sinner or Saint?

This October A Killer is set to be released from prison?

O.J Simpson could be released as early as October 2017 with serving only 9 years of his 33 year sentence for kidnapping, assault and robbery.

O.J Simpson, nicknamed The Juice, is a former American footballer but he is mostly known for being a convicted criminal and being the prime suspect in the infamous Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman murder case.

Did he kill them?

Maybe. Maybe not.
He was the prime suspect in the murder case of his ex wife and Ron Goldman after they were found stabbed death after midnight on June 13, 1994 and there was a substantial amount of forensic evidence against him.

A black, leather glove was found covered in O.J, Nicole and Ron’s blood at the murder scene. The matching pair was found in O.J’s home.
O.J Simpson’s sock was found covered in Nicole’s blood.
A footprint was found that was discovered to be the same size as O.J’s foot.

This could have possibly been enough evidence to convict him but O.J. had a defense team which included: Robert Shapiro, Robert Kardashian, Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., F. Lee Bailey and Alan Dershowitz. It was found that the evidence wasn’t handled properly and that it could have possibly be tampered with and things could have been planted to make O.J look like the murder.

Kris Jenner quoted from O.J’s ex wife , “He is going to kill me and he is going to get away with it!” This statement would have made it harder for Nicole and Ron’s families to see past the suspicion that O.J was in fact the murderer.

In trial, O.J Simpson put on the black leather gloves and “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit”. The gloves didn’t fit him. Surely someone who is rich and probably has a personal stylist would have gloves that would fit them or even had gloves personally made to fit them especially.

He is currently in prison for assault, robbery and kidnap.
Even till this day, no-one has been found guilty for the double murder however Simpson has been found liable for the murder and he has to pay millions to the families.

Unfortunately, nobody ever paid the price of prison for the murder of these two people.

Timeline of the night of the incident:

But if it wasn’t him, who was it?

By Ines and Madison

The new £1 coin.

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Here is an image of the new £1 coin.

All of us in the UK know about the new £5 note that was issued in late 2016. This was exciting for us and we all know we can still use our old £5 notes until a certain dead line in 2017.

However, word has broken out that a new £1 coin is to be released in March 2017, and is in final preparations before its release in March.

Millions of the new £1 coins are being made each day and will be put into circulation.

Like the old £5 note, the old £1 coin will be slowly removed from circulation and will be replaced by the new 12 sided £1 coin.
From March 28, the new currency will be put into public domain but it might take a while before most people get one as people will collect the first versions.

The new coins will be used alongside the old coins just like the £5 notes, until October 15th (the deadline) when all new coins will override the old coins and notes.

Within the system, currently 1 in 30 (1:30) coins is forged causing the new production of the new coins and notes. The government recommends returning all old currency before the legal deadline.
The returned old £1 coins will be melted down to produce the new version of it.
The new coin has a gold coloured outer ring and a silver inner ring.It is based on the design of the old 12 sided three penny bit which went out of circulation in 1971. There are also some rumours leaked about new £2 coin and new £10-20 notes.

by Adam and Harry (main contributors) Correspondents of the St Ambrose BBC School Report.

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?

Chocolate lovers are baffled after realising why the Kinder Egg toy cases are yellow?

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.

Did you know that in Singapore they have a Coke machine where every time you hug it, it gives you free coke?

BBC accidentally announced Mark E Smith’s death on his 60th birthday?
On April 18th 1930, the BBC announced “there is no news today” and played piano music instead.

“Monowi” is a town with a population of ONE, the mayor pays taxes to herself?

You once held a world record for being the “youngest person on the planet.”

Until 1974, it was illegal to appear in public if you were ugly in Chicago?

Karl Marx’ final words were “last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.”

A pig in Australia stole 18 beers from a campsite, got drunk and then tried to fight a cow?

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.

Why do people always assume the Asian is the nanny?

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.

By Matthew