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From: Barnes
Ministers have marked a third runway as being an ''historic moment for the UK ", but many people disagree with the cabinet. You may be thinking what is the point of a third runway after all pollution is already bad in London. True pollution is not brilliant in London but their are plus sides too for a third runway at Heathrow airport. First of all, Heathrow is already falling behind other airports due to it only having two runways which means delays are more common because if one fails there is only one which is nowhere near enough to keep one of the world's busiest airports running smoothly. They are also proposing to add a sixth terminal which would increase Heathrow's capacity by 50 million annually. With other airports having 3-8 runways it is no wonder Heathrow is struggling to keep up with  other airports. Another plus side of the Heathrow expansion plans are that customs will be quicker and it is possible that  ticket prices might get lower. For airlines like British Airways, their landing tax will be cheaper, delays will become less and less frequent and with the increase in amount of gates BA will be able to fly more flights daily with cheaper prices which means London will be accessible to more people which means more money for shops and of course the government which will mean cheaper prices for everyone! You may be wondering why didn't Heathrow expand before. Well of course we would have done it before if there were no downsides. But there are several. Pollution is one and houses will be knocked down to make way for the expansion. Those locals are already living with atrocious noise and the government will rehouse them. Children living in the area will have to move and will have to get an education elsewhere which is bad for local schools but at least they would have moved away from noisy Heathrow. Unfortunately, moving schools is always a hassle and leaving home is always is always a sad and tricky time where things can get really upsetting. But this does not mean they won't settle and in 20 years if the proposal goes to plan maybe it will turn out that it was a good move. Heathrow's expansion has been debated for decades now and ultimately we won't know what the right decision was until the 2040s. There were of course other options. One was building a new airport on the Thames Estuary and closing down Heathrow. Another option was keeping Heathrow operational and making it a secondary International Hub and making the main airport Gatwick. The recent vote which was held on Tuesday the 26'th  June  was won by the government  415-119. This clearly shows that the MPs and the government are now backing the Heathrow plans. You may think public transport will get really busy on the underground but a new tube line going directly to Heathrow will increase the amount of space on the tube for people going to Heathrow. INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT HEATHROW: Did you know in 2015 alone over 75 million passengers passed through Heathrow? Did you know British airways operate over 40% of the gates at Heathrow and is the airline with the most gates at Heathrow. Second is Virgin Atlantic and third is Aer Lingus. Did you know that Heathrow has over 35 restaurants?    
From: Barnes
It was the one and only Michael Rosen. It was standing room only in the big tent for this event and from the moment people started filing in and Michael started directing the flow of traffic he was just as warm, funny, brilliant and clever as usual. Barnes Literature Festival also hosted a Harry Potter show which was a great success. Sadly, J K Rowling herself was too busy to come. The great ideas they come up with at the festival are always amazing. This year stand up comedian Harry Hill came to talk about his children's book and I got the epic honour of introducing him. People from all over the world came to see him. A few hours later, the famous Dallas Campbell, who writes about space, gave a talk. Sadly he was late. Judith Kerr was also at the event, but she did not really come far because she lives in Barnes. What are they going to do next year I wonder? 
From: Barnes
Banning and partial banning of fast food advertising has been a cause for debate globally over the last few years. The call to ban has been in large part due to the influence these businesses have on childhood obesity rates. Another factor driving the debate is health issues in the general population from the consumption of fast foods. Diabetes, intestinal problems, and poor dental health are all contributed to by processed foods and high sugar content drinks that are the mainstay of fast food restaurants. We are now so overweight that we’ve forgotten what normal looks like, a bad situation to be in. So bad it’s understandable that people are looking for a scapegoat, which I think fast food has become. In their rush to judgement, I think people are overlooking real solutions to our problem such as exercise.
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Google has promised not to let its artificial intelligence be used in weapons or for anything that might weaken human rights, in the strongest stance yet taken by a big technology company to limit the potential harm from the powerful new science. It is a wonderful thing to have robots in our world, but what if they were used for bad instead of good? What if they were used for wrong instead of  instead of right? That would be terrible as they can act to do wrong. So google has promised to not let AI travel from the lab until it is ready. The commitment follows a storm of protest inside the company over the US military’s use of its vision recognition systems to guide drones even though the act will keep us safe. Robots like androids cost over £700,000.