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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
At the opening ceremony of the world cup Robbie Williams made a rude hand gesture at the camera. Robbie was singing at the ceremony. He claimed that he was indicating there was only one minute till kick off when he raised his middle finger. But he was embarrassed. "At these things it's really important not to cause an international incident," Williams said. "And do you know what? I managed it."  Brazil legend Ronaldo was at the ceremony too. Later, Kyle Walker posted "nice of Robbie to say hello to Alli. " This was a reference to Alli's  hand gesture on England's 2-1 win against Slovakia.
From: St Osmunds
On Friday 14 June, 32 of the 195 countries in the world came to Russia to compete in the Fifa World Cup. It will be hosted in 11 different cities across that vast country -- with Moscow, the capital, hosting the final on 15th July.  The first match was Russia vs Saudi Arabia with Saudi Arabia loosing 5:0. For the first time in their history, Panama and Iceland qualified for the World Cup. 13 European teams are competing -- making it the continent with the most countries in the World Cup.  It is the 21st World Cup ever. The first extremely exciting game was Portugal vs Spain last Friday, which ended with a score of 3:3 with Ronaldo, the Portuguese striker, scoring the first and only hatrick of this World Cup so far (that's when one player scores three goals in one game). As well as thrashings in this World Cup there have some surprises, such as Germany loosing to Mexico 1:0 and Brazil drawing 1:1 with Switzerland. Still with many World Cup games to be played this will no doubt prove exciting til the end. By : Thomas and Jackson
From: Barnes
          Ireland thumped England on St Patrick's Day in Twickenham to win the 6 nations and the third Grand Slam in their history in thrilling fashion. A grand slam is when a team in a league wins all of their games and the league itself.  Ireland ignited the St Patrick's Day celebrations by completing the Grand Slam as England collapsed to a 24-15 defeat. This is what the table looked like at the end of the league: Position.        PLAYED WINS   DRAWS   LOSSES    POINTS SCORED       POINTS SCORED AGAINST   POINT DIFFERENCE    POINTS 1.Ireland 5 5 0 0 160 82 78 26 2.Wales 5 3 0 2 119 83 36 15 3.Scotland 5 3 0 2 101 128 -27 13 4.France 5 2 0 3 108 94 14 11 5.England 5 2 0 3 102 92 10 10 6.Italy 5 0 0 5 92 203 -111 1 "Every team that I've had that's been a champion team has had a run like this," Eddie Jones the head coach of the England squad said. "It's just about being instrumental in how you remake yourself. We've had to develop the internal part of the team, how our coaching staff and players work together, how our team must take more responsibility for the game ... We've made some really good development in those areas. For us it's been an enormously beneficial if not disappointing tournament because we're finding out how to be a better team." After his team united a nation on St Patrick's Day, coach Joe Schmidt said the age divide within his Ireland squad helped secure this year's Six Nations championship. "Youthful enthusiasm is being tempered by the experienced guys that certainly have been there before," modestly said Joe Schmidt the Ireland head coach. "That blend is working quite well for us at the moment." The question is who will win the Rugby World Cup next year in Japan?