25th May 2017

Current Affairs


South Shields have completed the quadruple after beating Cleethorpes town 4-0 in the final of the FA vase on Sunday at the famous Wembley stadium. Gavin Codgen won a penalty for shields in the 42nd minute which Carl Finnigan converted, giving the mariners a 1-0 lead going into half time. The Mariners wrapped up victory with 10 minutes to go as Robert Briggs’ expertly-delivered free-kick was headed home by Dylan Morse. Then a double from Shields’ top scorer this season David Foley (35) made sure Shields went up the famous Wembley stairs to lift the Vase and complete the quadruple

David Moyes has resigned as Sunderland manager after finishing the season in last place. The Black Cats ended on 24 points for the season. Moyes, 54, informed Chairman Ellis Short of his decision to step down at a meeting in London on Monday. This is the first time Moyes has been relegated as a manager, having warned supporters’ just two games into the season that his squad would struggle.


Year 9


Hello and welcome to HTC News. In recent news Google’s AI system AlphaGo won the first of three suspenseful matches against the world number one Go player, Ke Jie. The automated system was designed and created by DeepMind co-founder Demis Hassabis. The AI system won by only half a point and runner up of the match was humble in his defeat, “There were some unexpected moves and I was deeply impressed.” Alpha Go achieved victory by studying past matches and playing thousands against itself, the win has been considered a breakthrough for artificial intelligence. That’s all from me and be sure to check out the HTC news page for more stories.


Year 9

Election Special – Liberal Democrats

Hello, I’m Scott and welcome to HTC news. Today I will be looking at the Liberal Democrat party.  They were formed in 1988 when the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party merged.  The party is the most pro-European of the major political parties and this has led to one of their major parts of their 2017 manifesto being idea that the British public would be allowed a second referendum on leaving the European Union after the negations, it could be seen as a weakness to the chance of the Lib Dems getting into Number Ten due to the fact the referendum has already been held.  The leader of the party, Tim Farron is confident that his party will gain seats back during the election due to an increasing amount for the party in recent months.


Year 8

Election Special – Labour

Hello and welcome to HTC news. Today is our election special on Labour.

In the run up to the general election Labour have released their parties manifesto. Some key points of the manifesto are:

  • Taking Britain’s railways back into public ownership
  • Moving towards a publicly owned energy system
  • The “reasonable management” of immigration and no “bogus targets”
  • Building 100,000 affordable homes a year
  • Supporting the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system
  • Offering an immediate guarantee about the status of EU nationals in the UK
  • Refusing to leave the EU with no deal in place
  • And most importantly create an economy that will work for all.

They went in depth about the EU stating that they accept the referendum result and a Labour government will put the national interest first. We will prioritise jobs and living standards, build a close new relationship with the EU, protect workers’ rights and environmental standards, provide certainty to EU nationals and give a meaningful role to Parliament throughout negotiations.

They talk about how a conservative brexit will weaken workers’ rights, deregulate the economy, slash corporate taxes, side-line Parliament and democratic accountability, and cut Britain off from our closest allies and trading partners.

Labour thinks that leaving the EU with ‘no deal’ is the worst possible deal for Britain and that it would do damage to our economy and trade. They will reject not getting a deal as a viable option and if needs be negotiate transitional arrangements to avoid a ‘cliff-edge’ for the UK economy.

They also talked a lot about equality and talked about how their government will reform the Gender Recognition Act and the Equality Act from 2010 to ensure they protect trans people by changing the protected characteristic of ‘gender assignment’ to ‘gender identity’ and remove other outdated language such as ‘transsexual’. They will also bring in new laws on LGBT hate crimes into line with hate crimes based on race and faith, by making them aggravated offences.


Year 8


Hello internet welcome back to album legends (yes finally got a name). This is where I compare different albums that battle it out to see which one will recognised as an album legend. Previously we witnessed twenty one pilots album ‘Blurryface’ claim the top spot after beating out Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divide’ by half a point. Today our competitor is ‘Waiting on My Rocket to Come’ by Jason Mraz, as usual we will be limiting our song number to three so let’s go. The first song we’re talking about is a song called ‘Curbside Prophet’ which is my personal favourite of the album. ‘Curbside Prophet’ kicks off with a memorable guitar riff and that funky rap type style that follows Jason wherever he goes. The next song we’re reviewing is a song called ‘The Remedy’ which is all about trying to stay happy even when the world pulls you down and as usual it has Jason singing and playing acoustic guitar through the entire song. The last song we’re going to review is a song called ‘You and I Both’ as the title implies it’s a love song about someone who understands their lover will leave them, but looking at the music video it is about someone trying to get into a relationship. As much as I could talk about all the other songs these three for me are the ones that really stand out but anyways let’s get on to the rating of this amazing album.
I rate Jason Mraz’s album ‘Waiting on My Rocket to Come’ a solid 8/10 placing it tied second with divide on the leader board for this week.


Year 8

Produced by sixth form student LGraham.