Paris Plunges into Pain

On the night of the 13th November, Paris, France, was hit with a series of coordinated terror attacks from three groups, each made up of three people, of ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) members. The attacks were spread throughout the city and the nearby suburb of Saint-Denis.

At least 130 died, 350 were wounded and 99 are in intensive care due to these horrific events.

Just after 9.20pm (GMT+1)  at the Stade de France, as a large crowd was enjoying the first half of an friendly international football game between France and Germany, the first attacks were launched with two explosions going off virtually simultaneously four miles apart.

The next target was central Paris at 9:25pm. A separate team of gunmen arrived at the Right bank area of the city in a black Seat and moved to open fire on a restaurant and bar. As many people enjoyed a Friday night out, 15 people were killed in the Petit Cambodge Cambodian restraint in Rue Bichat and on the other side of the road at the Carillon bar.

The same unit of terrorists then drove 500 yards to the next location for the fourth attack. They opened fire on diners at the Casa Nostra pizzeria and killed at least 5 people.

At around 9.35pm La Belle Equipe bar in Rue de Charonne was hit after the militants drove around a mile south east to launch this attack. The balcony was sprayed with bullets killing at least 19 people.

The Bataclan concert venue, in Boulevard Voltaire,  was the target of the most deadly attack where at least 89 people lost their lives when gunmen, operating AK-47s and wearing suicide vests, stormed into the full house of 1,500 people who were watching the US rock group “Eagles of Death Metal” perform. Two of the militants blew up their explosive belts as heavily armed anti-terror police ended the two hours and fourty minute long siege at around 12.30am. A third terrorist was shot by police. The first policemen at the scene arrived about 20 minutes after the attack began at around 10pm. The attackers had retreated to an upper floor by the time a heavily armed Swat team arrived at around 10.15pm. All the people the police could find were evacuated and then the police went upstairs in to columns to the left and right of the auditorium. Some people emerged from various hiding places as the police continued. One officer, named only as Jean, who was involved in the raid said “They came out like zombies. They were in a terrible state and could hardly walk.” Nick Alexander, a British man, has been confirmed by family to have been one of the many to have lost his life at the Bataclan.

Police burst in to give order to the final assault when, protected by heavy metal shields, they burst open the doors and advanced down the corridor which was revealed to be full of 20 hostages at 12.20am.

The officers kept advancing and rushing screaming hostages out as the attackers opened fire. Police threw a stun grenade and fired their guns when they finally came face to face with the attackers. One attacker was shot down and the other detonated his suicide vest blowing up both their bodies. This assault lasted three minutes.

At around 9.50pm a third blast took place by a McDonald’s restaurant on the fringes of the Stade de France.

The noise caused by the explosion caused terror among spectators who had already been attempting to leave the stadium following the first two explosions. The match had continued, with many believing that the first noises had been fireworks, but word soon spread of what had happened outside the stadium, as people read updates on their phones.

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Memorial to Paris attacks at French embassy in Moscow

Is More Mobile Technology Needed?

Throughout this year there have been many disasters, and medical agencies have done a test to find if technology calms those affected more easily. The test proved that it is correct and there is now a rush for communication technology; and medical agencies even say that communication technology are as important to affected people as food and water.

    Many people who are affected by chaotic events in the world aren’t able to call for help or to tell their families whether they are safe.

This has now become a world notified issue because we are at one of the most chaotic times and tests have proven that tech is a great way to reassure people in time of desperation.

Every nation is at a rush to donate tech to the less lucky countries to help everyone in need of comfort during desperate times.

Big nations such as Great Britain and America are trying to donate as much communications tech as possible: such as mobile phones, tablets and PCs for ways of open communication for help or just comfort.

Already many networks from companies such as Vodafone have been placed, providing instant access communications access for a 1 km radius per network placement and many more communications networks are to be placed in the near future.

              by Harry – coordinator for the Science and Technology section. 

Swegway or Deathway?

Are you thinking of a getting a hoverboard (swegway) for Christmas? Well, don’t get your hopes up. Like millions, you might be disappointed to find out that over 15,000 of them have been confiscated by health organisations for being too dangerous.

You might be thinking that they aren’t safe because you might fall off; however, it has been proven that 88% of them have a high chance of overheating rapidly, setting fire and even exploding!

Trading standards that check the imported goods have realised that it might be unaware to children that their hover-boards might be dangerous; therefore, a member of the Trading Standard organisation said that an easy way of spotting an unregulated hoverboard is by checking that it has a CE certified UK plug.

BBC’s Watchdog have bought the hoverboard from a man called Adam (selling fake hover-boards) and he has said to them:

“I would firstly like to mention that these boards and plugs are being sold nationally across the country by thousands of people. As mentioned before I have only had one previous complaint which was bought forward to me by a customer who wanted a replacement board or a refund, once realising she wasn’t going to get either as her son broke the board and caused the damages to it she notified me about the plug, which I didn’t take seriously as our relation wasn’t on the best off terms, I was concerned all checks and procedures were undertaken for there to be a CE marking on the board, plug and adapter, perhaps your right and these markings could be fake which I wouldn’t have known about but that’s where I would have assumed customs would have stepped in as these boards are all cleared before being allowed to be bought into the country. I am selling a suitable product for the public. Moving forward I will now get these plugs checked by the health and safety executive as well as having a PAT test done, if these allegations are correct I will then issue a recall and discontinue the current charger in favour of another one. I have children myself and wouldn’t have been selling a product that I thought was unsuitable or could harm anyone in anyway. I hope you can understand that my intention wasn’t to sell an unsuitable product and will now question the authenticity off a CE marking.”

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The 2015 Christmas hit device on fire.

by Ben and Harry – Coordinators for the Science and Technology section.

Two Killed As Police Raid Flat

Trauma in St Denis as police raid Parisian suburbs

On the 18th November 2015, a woman has blown herself up and a man has been shot dead as the Paris police raid a flat in Saint-Denis. With force, the police used guns and offensive weapons to barge into the flat. A government spokesman has declared remains of a third body may be under the rubble. They were looking for the apparent “mastermind” of the attacks on Paris; his name is Abedlhamind Abaaoud.

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