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From: St Osmunds
Exactly a year ago, during the night of the 14th and 15th of June 2017, a huge fire engulfed Grenfell Tower (a twenty seven storey tower block in West London) in flames. There are seventy one known deaths but there are still believed to be more; hundreds have been left homeless. It is thought that what caused the fire was an exploded fridge but there are still more theories. But still, a year on, the building still looks as if it has just been cremated. Tonight it will be lit green, and many vigils will be held in the memory of all those who died. People were told to stay in there rooms because it was thought that the doors to every flat was fire-proof, but it wasn't. Hours later the fire brigade changed their and just told everyone to get out: for some people it was too late. It is now believed that the reason the bock of flats went up in flames so quickly, was because of the cladding on the exterior of the building. An enquiry into the fire has begun hearing evidence this month. We now need to remember all the families that have been devastated by this tragedy and ensure this never happens again. By- Raphaela
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From: Barnes
The Government in Wales is to introduce a ban on people smoking outside hospitals and schools by summer 2019 in bid to cut passive smoking and ‘un-normalize’ the act. Look around. What do you see? I see a dog. I see a cat. I see someone smoking. Smokers are pretty rare. There is one smoker for every 100 smokers. The Cardiff administration brought in the ban on smoking in indoor public places in April 2007, ahead of schools and in hospitals in Wales. While most hospitals already have no-smoking policies in their grounds, it is difficult for staff to enforce this. The government said people who flouted the ban could face fines. This will reduce suffering for non smokers.
From: St Osmunds
Did you know that there are more people speaking English in China (as their second language) than there are in the USA (where English is their first language) ? The Cambridge University Press just published a study that revealed that up to 350 million people in China have at least some knowledge of English - and at least another 100 million in India. That makes China the country in which English is spoken the most. In fact, according to the latest estimates of the World Economic Forum, around 1.5 billion people — or 20% of the global population — speak some English. And it is used widely as the only language for scientific and technological research.  Is is truly the world's "favourite language". But could this all change? According to a recent BBC report, advances in computer translation and voice-recognition technology are so great that people might soon be able to just speak their own language, and hear anyone answering back in their own language, machine-translated in real time. So English's days as the world's top global language may be numbered.  As  Robin Lustig, The Future of English, BBC World Service presenter puts it :"To put it at its most dramatic: the computers are coming, and they are winning". But David Crystal, author of English as a Global Language, thinks English will continue to dominate and not disappear in favour of Mandarin (the language spoken in China), for example.  “This is the first time we actually have a language spoken genuinely globally by every country in the world,” he said. But he does acknowledge that you cannot know exactly what the future holds for our language:  “There are no precedents to help us see what will happen.” Scientists believe that one language dies out roughly every 14 days. But English has so many speakers that it will probably continue to be the dominant language in the world for the rest of all our lives. But it might change, mixed with many other local words, and be a very different version of the English it is today. By : Hannah  
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This week sees the launch of the "Wild Immersion" films. The Wild Immersion is a virtual reality entertainment production company which makes incredible films about wild natural environments. The audience is placed in 360° experiences through virtual reality (VR) headsets and immersive places, as if they were transported into the action. The Wild Immersion hopes to become the main producer of virtual reality movies about true experiences anywhere and is funded by the Jane Goodall institute who wants these films to transpose people (who would never be able to travel) on a safari to the wildest places and then make them care deeply for the environment.  Jane Goodall, who turned 84 this year is the one person who has completely shaped the way I look at nature. She is the conservationist that inspires me the most because of the amazing research she carried out in Tanzania on chimpanzees and the way she has always campaigned for a better understanding of their world and ours. She loved to see the similarities and differences between chimps and humans' behaviour. She did not have a Science degree from any university but proved that you can become anything you want by hard work and determination. Jane grew up in London, England and deeply loved animals even as a child.  When she was one her dad gave a chimp stuffed toy - her parents' friends said that it would scare her and give her nightmares - but in fact it became her favourite animal. At the age of five she went to a farm to look at the hen house and was fascinated with the chicken's eggs. Where did they come from? She always wanted to know things and always asked questions to find out more. When she became older she became a secretary and worked a bit in the film-making world but none of these were the things she aspired to be. 1956 is the year her life changed. A friend of hers invited her to their family's farm in Kenya, and there she met the amazing palaeontologist Louis Leakey who gave her the opportunity to go travel to Tanzania to study a group of chimpanzees. On July 14, 1960, Jane Goodall began setting up her camp at Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania and made some astonishing discoveries about chimps and wrote many articles that gained international respect. Leakey later arranged for Jane to earn her Ph.D. in ethology (that's the science of animal behaviour) from Cambridge University. She was one of only eight people ever to have a doctoral dissertation accepted by Cambridge without first having an undergraduate degree. She has never stopped working since and is still travelling all over the world to make sure we understand how to best treat our environment and protect every creature that shares our planet.The numbers are chilling: 16,000 species are in danger of extinction, including a quarter of all mammals and one in five plant species. Her Wild Immersion series promises to be amazing and we can hope it will transform how everyone sees the world. As Jane Goodall said so well: "Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference. Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved. The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves". By : Isla