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From: St Osmunds
180 children are currently held in the prisons of Madagascar accused of stealing vanilla. They are often held in appalling conditions for years without a proper trial. Many children around the world suffer a similar fate. In Madagascar, selling vanilla is a trading policy, it sells for at least $150 in exporting markets . Stealing vanilla is a highly common crime there. It is a big business for the African island, an expensive commodity and people will try to get hold of it and sell it to make some more money for their often very poor families. Children are suffering a great deal in Madagascar just for stealing something as small as vanilla. The prison conditions there are abysmal. All these children have are concrete beds without mattresses and all are confined to tiny cells, cramped together. They are prisoners alongside 2000 other adults, many of whom have committed really big crimes and the prisons are only meant to hold 280 prisoners. Some haven't seen their mums in years because their families are very poor and can't travel to the prison. A BBC investigation dated 1st October 2019, found out that many of these children can spend more than 3 years in prison for that theft without even a trial. And when they go to trial, most of them don't even get a lawyer to defend them. In prison, they are miserable, dirty and only get one meal a day and no-one to care for them when they fall ill. Those are only some of the many children being held in prisons across the globe, children in Iraq are being punished because of things their parents did , Palestinian children have been captured and are being put into Iran's prisons for doing nothing more than protesting against grown up politics.  Innocent children everywhere are suffering in terrible conditions, they only have each other to rely on. According to the latest figures from Human Rights Watch and the UN's Child Fund, UNICEF, an estimated 1 million children are behind bars around the world today. In my eyes, it's  wrong to send children to jail at such young ages, in such poor living spaces. Human wrights groups are protesting against this but people in power just won't listen ! By Zandile Photo Cred : Getty Images
From: Barnes
 Why should we stop flying?  What's the fastest way to cut your greenhouse gas emissions?STOP FLYING! Currently, airplanes are also the worst transport when compared to other forms of transport in terms of the impact of greenhouse gases. Short flights are more harmful to the climate per mile than longer flights. This is because they have more empty seats. Flying takes a LOT of energy. Unfortunately, this means more Carbon Dioxide goes into the atmosphere. This is very BAD for the environment. Green house gases stop heat from escaping. This means Earth gets hotter and more species get wiped out.
From: Barnes
Fatty tissue has been found in the lungs of overweight and obese people for the first time. Australian researchers analysed lung samples from 52 people and found the amount of fat increased in line with body mass index. They said their findings could explain why being overweight or obese increased asthma risk. Lung experts said it would be interesting to see if the effect could be reversed by weight loss. They found that it would only be possible if they lost 19kg in 2 days; around the loss of Tenzing Norgay in his voyage on mout Everest.
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Have you recently been to a park to find a Labradoodle running up to you? Well these adorable creatures are one man's life regret. The first ever Labradoodle was bred in the 1980's by a man named Wally Conron, but he now wishes they never set foot on earth. This is due to some serious health issues that the dogs have been found with. Wally Conron says they are his ''life's regret'' and he does not know why people still breed them today. This is because many people have begun experimenting with cross-over breeds which can lead to long term health issues. Apparently they are either 'crazy' or 'plagued by health problems.' Aproxamately 30,000 people in 2015 voted labradoodles to be their favourite dog with 1000 votes on greyhound in second place. Wally, who is Australian, created the labradoodle in the late 1980's. The first Labradoodle was bred in Hawii for a blind lady whose husband was allergic to long-haired dogs. After several years of problems Wally finally came up with the idea of a dog with the working ability of a labradoor  and the coat of a poodle. Many labradoor owners say they are calm and loveable creatures but Wally has the idea that they are a bit crazy. Do you agree with this? Do you have a  labradoodle at home? How does it behave?