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From: St Osmunds
On the 7th November, 21 Vietnamese migrants — 11 of them children, many as young as 12 — have been found in the back of a refrigerated lorry in the British port of New haven, East Sussex. They had been smuggled across borders, hidden between cases of sparkling water. Investigators believe a Romanian man was driving the lorry and he has been charged for entering the UK illegally. Vietnam consistently ranks as one of the top countries for potential victims of trafficking, abuse and and modern day slavery in the UK. The UK's leading children charity NSPCC reports that over 2100 children were identified as potential victims of trafficking last year. Child trafficking and modern slavery are child abuse, says the NSPCC. "Children are recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold". But is still unknown what the exact number of children being trafficked per day in the UK is. The charity said that is because "trafficking is a hidden crime and recorded statistics are almost certainly an under-estimate". But their staggering evidence suggests that 2 out of 5 potential victims of modern slavery found in the UK were children. The most common cases to be trafficked into the UK are people from Albania,Vietnam, Afghanistan and Eritrea. It is important to stay alert: children can be very blind when it comes to this matter and are easily targeted because they are so vulnerable. Human trafficking is around us but hardly ever seen with a naked-eye. So we need to beware of its dangers, keep a close eye when we are alone or with friends, and never talk or go with a stranger. By : Delfina
From: Barnes
Simon Cowell , the celebrity, ditched his mobile phone ten months ago. He has declared that he is now feeling happier since then, even though it was strange at first. The X Factor judge has said that he is very annoyed about adults being on their phones all the time.  "It has been so good for my mental health," he said. "It's a very strange experience but it really is good for you and it has absolutely made me happier. The thing I get irritated with is when you have a meeting - everyone's on their phone - and I was probably in that place. You just can't concentrate." Children and  teenagers are often accused of being on their phones too much. In America, there are health clinics for young people who are addicted to their phones. Also, in the UK there is an app that rewards you for being away from your phone. Could you do that? Who knows? However, it's not just kids. It's also adults. A 2017 survey told us that just over half of adults check their phones within 15 minutes of waking up. Now other celebrities are dumping their phones. The question is, could you do that?
From: Barnes
By Aoibhe, Joe and Lilly A nine year old girl has recently become addicted to Fortnite and was found by her father in a puddle of wee. This was because she didn't want to stop playing and she would rather wet herself than stop playing the video game. Once the girl's father found out about this, she then admitted that she had been staying up until 5am every morning playing the game. Because of this, she was falling asleep in class. After that, her parents were furious to find that their credit card had almost gone bankrupt because she had bought so many things on the game with real money instead of virtual money. Since then, the girl has received help from a rehabilitation clinic. The girl is gradually getting better. This is just one example of a wider controversy with a cartoon gun game originally made in 2011 but which became hugely popular when the latest version - battle royale - came out in 2017. There is an option to talk to people in your squad so you can you can protect yourself from cyber bullying.  Also, you can report players who are cheating or being offensive.  In battle royale there are numerous game modes including solo - a hundred all vs all and team terror - a 32 vs 32 player battle with npc (non player character) monsters who will attack anyone on any team. Lots of youtubers have become famous and rich playing fortnite including Ninja, Lachlan, Ali-A and Lazar Beam.  They make a living by playing fortnite. The  creator of Fortnite was called Darren Suggers. It is a 13, but  younger children play it. Some experts say it should be banned More than 40 million people worldwide have downloaded Fortnite since it came out last year. A survey of 2,000 people said that 38% thought that Fortnite should be time restricted so that you can play for only 2 hours.
From: St Osmunds
The most recent scientific study has concluded that a bad diet can cause depression. Interestingly it shows how very connected your gut is to your brain.  Just published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, the findings have come from an analysis by researchers from Britain, Spain and Australia who examined 41 previous studies on the links between diet and depression. Dr Camille Lassale, from the department of epidemiology and public health at University College London and one of the scientists behind this research, has concluded that "a pro - inflammatory diet can induce systematic inflammation, and this can directly increase the risk of depression." She also added: "A bad diet heightens the risk of depression" which can in extreme cases lead to suicide -- and which would not be a nice way to end up. This study has shown that the impact of a poor diet is like that of smoking, pollution, obesity and lack of exercise. It seriously affects your mood. It has left many scientists contacting hospitals and GP's urging them to make a change to the food they recommend or serve patients. They all advocate a Mediterranean diet, which can significantly lower the risk of depression because it consists of nuts, herbs, plants and fish. That combination is one of the healthiest and most balanced diets in the world out of thousands. Of course many depressive patients have taken up this diet and in some cases it is even curing them. Many people think this is absurd, but little do they know that it can cure depression on a global scale which of course would be extraordinary to people everywhere on the planet.This is a tremendous advancement because depression is a real sickness which is most often found in a city eco-system - where most people live. This makes people living in dense places even more prone to feeling low. They eat junk and then their mental health suffers. Many are so low they hide from everyone and end up killing themselves. On the other hand eating a balanced diet can make you have more energy and can definitely make you happy. Dr Camille Lassale and her scientist colleagues have shown the world how connected what you eat is to how you feel. And that can be really helpful to all of us humans living in many different countries and continents. By:  Olek