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Torment and Crisis in Britain

There have been big changes announced across the Irish Sea as to how the Covid crisis will be handled. There will be new strict lockdown restrictions and the public will face steep fines. Justice Secretary Robert Buckland announced last week that, “Christmas is going to be different this year, perhaps very different, pubs, restaurants, gyms, and non-essential shops will have to close for four weeks from Thursday.”

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a press conference in 10 Downing Street on Oct. 31, 2020 in London, England.

Unlike the restrictions in spring, schools, colleges, and universities can stay open. Boris Johnson has said the lockdown will hopefully cease on 2nd December but the lockdown may still endure – at this moment it is just very unclear. There is expected to be another vote on the next procedures to tackle the virus before it ends in The House of Commons. The UK has recorded 563 coronavirus deaths yesterday (12th of November) – these numbers are stark.

Documents seen by the BBC suggest the UK is on course for a much higher death toll than during the first wave unless further restrictions are introduced. Scientists estimated that, by mid-October, between 43,000 and 74,000 people were being infected per day. Matt Hancock has unveiled that hospital admissions are doubling every eight days, in weeks deaths may rise. 

The streets of the capital are empty

A scheme called the furlough was announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak. The scheme in question will pay up to eighty per cent of a person’s wage up to £2,500 a month, the government is reviewing the policy in January. The furlough scheme was to end at the start of November and was then changed to the second of December, the new end date is the end of March. Mr Johnson would like for things to return to normal before Christmas if people stick to the new rules in place.

The public in London have had some negative feelings about the lockdown. More than a hundred anti-mask protesters were arrested in London on the first night of lockdown. People were wearing guy Fawkes masks in support of people marching through the streets.

We can only wait and see how this full-fledged lockdown will go over for the next couple of weeks. How will the government keep the people at bay and the economy afloat? Will we see arrest and fines occurring and people retaliating more violently? When will this virus cease? Can people once again live ordinary lives maybe weeks, months another year – no one has the answer.  

Alex Martin – TY Press

Alex Martin and Sarah Jane O’Connor – TY Press


Sixth Year LCA Academic Awards

Congratulations to Samad Allison and Abbey Brennan who won Academic Achievement awards on Wednesday 11th November as the 6th year LCA students received their Session Two results.

A number of students received high scores including Hannah Corcoran, Courtney Manly, Jamie Courtney, Abbey McDade and Cian Knowles.
Well done to all the students who have worked very hard and showed great commitment, even during the lockdown.


The Imitation Game – Film Review

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen leech and Mark Strong.

Director: Morten Tyldum – Morten Tyldum is a Norwegian film Director. He is 53 born on May 19th 1967. He had his feature film debut with ‘Buddy’ (2003) a film that won popular reviews and critical acclaim.

Synopsis: A British mathematician called Alan Turing joins a cryptography team to help crack the German ‘Enigma’ code. Turing believes only a machine can defeat another machine so he builds one to not only speed up the process but to solve the enigma code altogether. He realizes he needs new teammates and to find these new teammates he puts a crossword puzzle in the newspaper that only a few could solve. After finding his teammates they move fast as the Germans change the code every day.

Film making: In the movie the costume choice was very accurate as it was set in 1951 and throughout the early 1940s. Men wore suits with suspenders – army men wore their uniform; women mostly wore dresses every day. In the movie there were no bright colours only very muted tones as it was set during WW2. Clothing choice is very important, not only does it help the movie it also helps the actors get into character. This was a strength of the film.

Review: When watching the movie, I thought the acting was very impressive and the costume gave you glimpse into what it was like to live during the war. The main strength of this movie was the acting of Cumberbatch who effectively portrayed a person with autism and the struggles they face with social interaction. It’s definitely worth watching and I give the film a 4/5 rating.

*The Imitation Game is currently available on Netflix Ireland

Chloe Behan – TY Press

Chloe Behan – TY Press


Typhoon Vamco Hits the Philippines

Typhoon Vamco made landfall on the Philippines capital Manila on Wednesday night following into Thursday morning, damaging homes, knocking over trees and upending satellite towers and street lights.

The typhoon was the equivalent to a category 3 hurricane. Thick mud and debris coated over 180,000 homes, flooding several villages and 350,000 people had to be evacuated from buildings.

The typhoon hit just after the country was hit by typhoon Goni, one of the world’s strongest typhoons this year.

The typhoon has killed 39 people, and military forces are in areas where the waters remain high, still searching for 32 others.

More than 35,000 police officers were sent out to areas all across the country, officers reported that this was the most difficult task they have had to do in their whole career. With the pandemic going on worldwide, and thousands of cases daily, rescue teams had to be extra careful.

At least four million homes across the country lost all power, but power was expected to return in about four days.

The Philippines is hit by about 20 typhoons and tropical storms each year, and also has several active seismic faults and volcanoes, making it one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries.

People woke up to high water outside and flooding in their house, which sent them up to the roof of their homes to seek high ground.

Sophie Jenkins – TY Press

Sophie Jenkins TY Press


LCA VPG Invite Virtual Speaker To The Class

On Wednesday 11th of November, classes 9A and 9B welcomed Martina O’Brien Community Programme Officer in Foroige to their classroom. Both classes completed a Community module as part of their 6th year curriculum. In preparation for the speaker, both VPG classes needed to do individual research and submit interview questions to Martina. Following on from the virtual talk, students needed to complete a key assignment. A number of students are considering studying youth work next year. This talk gave a valuable insight into the daily life of a Community Worker.

Well done classes 9A and 9B.

Thanks to Ms Jones for the news and photographs.