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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
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From: St Osmunds
On 29th October, Chancellor Phillip Hammond, who controls how the UK Government spends money and how they raise money, revealed his idea for the budget for the year ahead. The budget is announced every year and decides what people and businesses need to pay the Government and how all this money will be spent. One of Hammond's decisions was to give English schools a one-off payment of £400 million to "buy the little extras they need". Many parents and teacher were really angered by his choice and how he called it "little extras", saying that schools need  more money to pay for staff. He also reminded MPs of previously announced Government plans to give more money to the NHS, stating the health service was number one priority of the British people. Mental-health funding will be increased by more than £2 billion each year. Some of this money will pay for a mental-health expert at every school. The Chancellor is also in charge of deciding how to raise this money so that he can progress his plans. He will collect money in several different ways, including taxes and fundraisers. Hammond said that a new tax on big tech companies such as Google, this could give the Government an extra £400 million a year. He also announced plans to tax companies that make or buy packaging from other countries that contains less than 30% recycled plastic. He proved that this would encourage businesses around the world to use mor environment-friendly materials and as a result would save all the oceans and all sort of sea-life. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn told us, “What we’ve heard today are half measures and quick fixes, while austerity grinds on.” He also said the money for the NHS wouldn’t make a difference.
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
On Wednesday last month, Theresa May boogied along to ABBA's Dancing Queen for the entrance to her speech at the Conservative Party Conference. She is the first prime minister to show off her fancy footwork at a party conference. She did this dance to show her confidence as a prime minister. But some people weren't impressed. The Guardian described her as a dead cat moving! She did the same thing in South Africa and Kenya. Pretty funky, right!