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Deadline Missed to Remove Flammable Cladding 3 Years on From Grenfell Fire

Izzi Vaughan | Editor in Chief 3 years after the Grenfell fire on the 14 June 2017, 307 high rise buildings in the UK are still clad in Aluminium Composite Material. The deadline to remove all ACM cladding from buildings in the country was set last year at June 2020 by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire, giving the government three years to remove the highly flammable … Continue reading Deadline Missed to Remove Flammable Cladding 3 Years on From Grenfell Fire

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Tim Brooke-Taylor Dies Aged 79

Luke Hetherington | Student Writer The legacy of the Monty Python troupe has been ingrained in popular culture and comedy for the last five decades, receiving international recognition and accolades. In the 1960s, a trio of comedians including Tim Brooke-Taylor (later known as The Goodies) worked alongside the fledgeling Pythons at Cambridge Footlights, before collaborating on programmes such as At Last the 1948 Show. As … Continue reading Tim Brooke-Taylor Dies Aged 79

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Summer Graduation Ceremonies Cancelled and End of Year Exams to be Conducted Online

Svilena Iotkovska | Editor in Chief As of the 18th of March, Paul Layzell has put out a statement on Royal Holloway’s Student Intranet, outlining what the effects of the Coronavirus will be on students’ education, assessments and Summer graduations. Following the suspension of face-to-face classes and lectures, the Principal has explained that the university’s next priority has been to review how students should complete … Continue reading Summer Graduation Ceremonies Cancelled and End of Year Exams to be Conducted Online

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New Coronavirus continues to wrack China

Eliot K. Raman Jones | Student Writer The deadly new coronavirus (2019-nCov) continues to spread, with a BBC News stat from 4th Feb. 2020 stating that 4,000 new cases were confirmed in China on Tuesday alone. The most recent death toll stands at 490 worldwide, but only two people have died outside of China: one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines. However, despite … Continue reading New Coronavirus continues to wrack China

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A virtual tie in the Irish election leads to uncertainty

Harvey Carlin | Student Writer Voters went to the polls to voice their frustration, but what comes next is unclear. Sinn Féin’s poor local elections results in 2019 have had more of an impact on the future of Irish politics than could have ever been imagined. The rough night that they experienced impacted the republican party’s decision to field a mere 42 candidates in February’s … Continue reading A virtual tie in the Irish election leads to uncertainty

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Conservatives win a majority in a historic victory

News Editor | James Neal Last night, Boris Johnson’s conservative party was swept to power with a 47 seat increase since the 2017 general election. The Prime minister now has a majority of 365 seats, the largest Conservative majority since the 1987 general election. In his victory speech, Johnson told activists that this signalled a “new dawn” for the nation, with the legislation paving the … Continue reading Conservatives win a majority in a historic victory

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Amazon Fires: ‘The Worst is Yet to Come’

Student Writer | Rebecca Thompson Devastation in the Amazon Rainforest persists as flames continue to spread. Due to escalating international pressure, the nation’s government has deployed the Brazilian Army to fight the fires. It has been assumed that the recent growth in the number of fires within the Amazon is a result of an extremely dry season. However, according to the Amazon Environmental Institute, it … Continue reading Amazon Fires: ‘The Worst is Yet to Come’

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Royal Holloway Rises to Become a Top 20 UK University

News Editor | James Neal Royal Holloway has risen five places to 19th place in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. The national rankings, published on Sunday, the 22nd of September, includes the performance of universities in the 2019 NSS, with Holloway students reporting a satisfaction score of 88% and other factors such as, degree results, employment rates and course completion numbers.  … Continue reading Royal Holloway Rises to Become a Top 20 UK University

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Amazon Wildfires Place Population in ‘Climate Emergency’

Niamh Houston | Opinion and Debate Editor Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is currently experiencing record numbers of fires, with many pointing to the environmental policies of the newly elected president, Jair Bolsonaro, as the cause. While on the campaign trail in 2018, Bolsonaro made controversial promises surrounding environmental policy including Brazil’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement and the opening of indigenous, environmentally protected territories to mining … Continue reading Amazon Wildfires Place Population in ‘Climate Emergency’

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Instagram Adopts Trial Features to Tackle Cyber Bullying and Improve Mental Health

Editor | Svilena Iotkovska Instagram is holding test runs and hiding the number of likes in several countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand in order to improve users’ mental health. While users will still be able to view who has liked their posts, Instagram will no longer state the number of likes.   This action has been brought about by … Continue reading Instagram Adopts Trial Features to Tackle Cyber Bullying and Improve Mental Health