Showing posts from May, 2020

Return of the schools: Reasonable or Rushed?

Sophie Bond - Writer As you will be aware, there is the current debate as to whether schools should be returning before the summer for a month. While the schools have still been open, essentially as a form of childcare for key workers’ children, the government is planning on sending reception, years 1 and 6 back just before the summer holidays. But the issue at hand is whether schools are safe to reopen when the coronavirus is still a risk, and if parents should be sending their children back. The government has clearly stated that they will reduce the class sizes to only 15 pupils per class in order to help the social distancing rule to remain intact. In addition to this, only certain year groups are permitted to go back based on the scientific evidence they have received. It has been found that in the UK only 3 under 15s were registered to have died from Covid-19 on the 22nd May, suggesting that they are less susceptible to getting it in a strong form. In addition to that, there were

Nearly Two Decades Since 9/11, why is Guantánamo Bay Still Open?

Lily Frost- Writer This is the first of a series, exploring the origins and operations of Guantánamo Bay Detention Centre. In this first article I will outline how the prison has violated countless human rights conventions and how US authorities have avoided penalties for these breaches and ultimately why it should be closed. The attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon in New York City shook the world. With 2,634 civilians and 343 firefighters dead, America mourned and then shortly turned to discuss the people who might have been responsible. More importantly, public safety was questioned so the focus immediatly shifted to anti-terrorism measures. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, President Bush’s administration officials conferred and decided to take these attacks as acts of war, rather than crimes. However the Geneva Convention, which ensures the ethical treatment of all prisoners of war, proved to be a hurdle for the officials who didn't think the culprits of 9/11

The Goop Lab: Paltrow, Profiteering and Psuedoscience

Lily Frost - Writer If you haven't already seen the Netflix TV Series The Goop Lab with Gweneth Paltrow, Paltrow is the CEO of a company called Goop which is in their words a ‘modern lifestyle brand’. The series consists of six episodes where the Goop team go out in groups and explore topics that people, or more likely their readers, may be interested in. These topics are relatively controversial, resulting in an 18 certificate. Each episode explores one practice, they include: magic mushroom taking, cold-water shock therapy, female pleasure/masturbation, facial threading and vampire facials, energy fields and median readings. From those topics mentioned, you may already be thinking that whilst the practices covered seem slightly non-conformist, the Goop team are exploring healthy spiritual practices that shouldnt be criticised, right? Wrong. Through this TV series and the actions of Goop itself, there are certain implications made about wellness and health that peddle pseudosc

“Close the Tab” - Why the Tab Represents the Worst of Student Media

Daniel Priestley - Writer and Editor The Tab is a website launched by three students at Cambridge University. Their objective was to replace the old school stuffy media with something that catered more to the needs of students. Jack Rivlin (one of the three founding students) believes that the Tab aims “to speak to students in the language they speak to each other”. Since the launch the Website has expanded to over 80 universities in the UK and the US and is said to have a monthly audience of 50 million people but is relatively unknown to the non-student population. The company has obtained millions of pounds in funding from places such as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and Balderton Capital, a venture capital firm in London. The venture capital firm chose to invest because they were “impressed by the company’s high engagement rates and reader loyalty”. So why does this company represent the worst of student media? There are two key problems with the Tab: the content of the articles an