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Aftermath of Hurricane in the Mediterranean

Loads were affected as a ‘Medicane’ hit several countries causing disruption and chaos.

In late September, there were several reports of a hurricane (also known in this situation as a medicane), set to hit several countries, such as Greece and Italy. This ‘medicane’ brought heavy rainfall and strong winds through these countries from the Mediterranean Sea. The weather centre gave several severe weather warnings to all those affected.

What is a Medicane?

A Medicane (Mediterranean Hurricane) is a subtropical system. Although they generally occur twice a year, they often go unnoticed by weather agencies and few Medicanes hit hurricane level. This weather is a result of poor low pressure in an area of the Mediterranean sea.

What countries were affected?

The Medicane hit the Greek islands resulting in torrential rain and strong winds. Several schools have been forced to shut and trees fell down, hitting power lines in the northern suburbs of Athens, along with fire departments receiving over 350 calls just to remove debris.

There was also flash flooding in Tunisia and Libya which killed at least five people.

What’s happening in the Mediterranean now?

While the skies in Greece soon got back to being clear blue, the Met Office tweeted that we can expect more heavy rain in the Mediterranean over the coming days.

  • By Meghan Welsh, Reporter

  • Sources: The Weather Channel, Sky News, Accuweather

10 Ways to Prevent Climate Change


With the United Nations warning we have just 12 years to limit the effects of climate change, we need to act fast. So what can we do to prevent global climate change from happening?
What is Climate Change?

Climate change is a change in global or regional climate patterns. This includes an increase to the levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.

What you can do:

1. Use energy wisely

This can include changes such as changing to energy-efficient light bulbs and also to help do this you can unplug all of your computers, TVs and all other electronics when not using them. Another way you can save energy is by hanging wet clothes or towels to dry instead of using a dryer. Finally, when buying new appliances always make sure to look for the energy star label in order to help prevent climate change.

2. Green your commute

In order to ‘Green your commute’ you can reduce your transportation emissions by taking public transport or even maybe walking to school or work one day each week. You can also maybe ride a bike instead or car share with your friends or colleagues. By doing this you would help prevent climate change from happening.

3. Renewable sources

By investing in renewable sources like solar panels and wind turbines you can help put a stop to climate change as this helps save energy and money at the same time. This way climate change is being stopped.

4. Reduce our meat and dairy consumption

By producing animal products, especially beef and dairy, this causes the majority of food related greenhouse emissions. So to stop this from happening go help climate change is to reduce our intake of some meats and all dairy products and instead encourage plant-based diets.

5. Remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

Another thing we can do to end climate change is to remove all carbon dioxide from the surrounding atmosphere by planting forests and also by starting to bring in electric transport in order to stop fumes from producing into the atmosphere.

6. Help put a price on pollution

By putting a price on pollution like carbon it helps make polluting activities more expensive and makes other solutions more affordable therefore helping save money and the planet. By pricing carbon it is an efficient and business friendly way to reduce pollution and to also save money.

7. Put an end to coal plants and cut off the fossil fuel supply

There is still thousands of coal fired power throughout the world opening every year. In order to help climate change this all needs to be shut off and we need to prevent new ones from opening up. We also need to try and restrict the supply of fossil fuels. However the UK has pledged to end its coal use by 2025.

8. Consume less and waste less

We should try to consume less things to ourselves and try and share them with others. This way less will be wasted therefore helping stop climate change from happening.

9. Insulate your home

By insulating your home this can help keep it warm especially in the winter instead of using your heaters which use more energy therefore using more money. So by insulating our homes we can save money and energy, so helping reduce climate change.

10. Recycle

A final way we can reduce climate change is to recycle all of our homes waste like cardboard, plastic bottles etc. This way we are helping put a stop to climate change.

So make sure you try to reduce, reuse and recycle to help our planet and prevent climate change from happening.

• By Meghan Welsh, reporter
• Sources: Vox, David Suzuki Foundation, Broward, Independent

European Day of Languages

This week our school celebrated ‘European Day of Languages’ which took place on Wednesday 26th September.

Every year St. Andrew’s and St. Bride’s always makes an effort to celebrate this fantastic day. This year St Andrews and St Brides held a wide range of activities throughout the school week to raise funds for Mary’s Meals.

For example on Wednesday, during morning interval, face painting of both the French and Spanish flags took place in the street area. At lunch on the special day, the face painting continued but was joined by a sweet piñata and also a photo booth, which both took place in the street area down by the stage. Many of our pupils from all year groups took part in these activities not only to celebrate ‘European Day of Languages’, but to raise funds for our school’s local charity, Mary’s Meals. Throughout the day it wasn’t just celebrated out of classes but also was celebrated in classes, when a variety of themed lessons took place for the pupils to enjoy and to continue to celebrate this day.

  • By Meghan Welsh, Reporter
  • Sources:  On the ground reporting

Scotland Women’s Football: A Dream Come True

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For the first time in the history of Scottish Women’s football, the Scotland Women’s National team have made it to the World Cup in France 2019

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Victory: New Law For Puppy Farming

Finally a new law has been introduced for Puppy Farming called, Lucy’s Law.

What are Puppy Farms?

Puppy Farms are places where puppy farmers breed dogs to sell the puppies illegally, puppy farm conditions are so bad that they are regarded as inhumane. These innocent dogs are normally treated unfairly and forced to undergo several pregnancies a year.

What is Lucy’s Law?

Lucy’s Law is a campaign which is calling for a stop to the use of puppy farms and to stop the selling of puppies and kittens in pet stores. This law and campaign was named after a Cavalier King Charles spaniel named Lucy who was one of the dogs mistreated in a puppy farm, which left her weak due to the way these people treated her.

Lucy suffered years of abuse from this puppy farm resulting in, her fur missing in some areas and matted in others. Even the parts of her skin that were exposed suffered ammonia burns. The conditions in these farms are almost unbelievable!

Celebrity vet Dr. Marc Abraham was one of the many people who backed up this law, said:

“These dogs are kept like livestock in poorly ventilated, dark and cramped conditions. We have to act to protect them.”

 Lucy – The Dog Who Inspired The Campaign

Lucy was a Cavalier King Charles spaniel who is one of the many dogs to be part of unacceptable and heartbreaking conditions in these puppy farms. It’s because of Lucy’s story that this campaign developed. Lucy had been suffering on a farm for several years being abused and mistreated. For most of her life, she had been kept in a cage and used for breeding. However, once she could no longer have puppies the owners of the puppy farm said she was worthless.

Although when Lucy was 5 years old she was finally re-homed and adopted by Lisa Garner who has now gone on to make sure this law gets passed in memory of Lucy. It’s because of her story that there is finally something getting done to put a stop to these horrifying puppy farms. Sadly Lucy passed away 3 years after living with her beloved owner Lisa at age 8 and because of Lucy’s early passing, this prompted Lisa to organise this campaign in loving memory of Lucy.

What Will This Law Do?

Lucy’s Law will be the first law to be passed that will thankfully put an end to the horrors of puppy farming. Also, the government has agreed that it will also put a ban on the sale of puppies in pet shops, online dealers and other third-party sellers.

Environment secretary Michael Gove helped this campaign and declared at 10 Downing Street the ban of puppy farms,

“We will eliminate puppy farming. We will make sure third party sales of kittens and puppies end.”

This new law that will ban licensed sellers from selling puppies and kittens less than 8 weeks old, this law will come into force on October 1st 2018.


By Meghan Welsh, Reporter
• Sources: The Sun, BBC News, The Mirror

Highlights of Pope Francis’s Visit to Ireland

Compassion and forgiveness: Pope Francis has completed a two day visit to Ireland, the first papal visit in 40 years.
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