McKee College News - Deadline day
Thursday 21st March 2013
Russian Meteor Shower By Rachael
On the early hours of the morning of Friday the 15th of February 11:42 Grenwich Mean Time or GMT.
A large meteor broke through the sound barrier and entered the Earths atmosphere at about thirty three thousand miles per hour.
Many civilians saw a vast bolt of bright white light shoot across the sky creating a 300 kiloton blast. The meteor's passing was seen in Yekaterinburg in Kazakhstan, to the south. Scientists say the meteor broke off into meteorites in the troposphere also known as the lower atmosphere.
The 40 ton meteor injured about 1,100 people, 48 of which were hospitalized due to the meteor breaking the sound barrier sending a sonic boom which shattered windows and shook buildings sending shards of glass and lumps of rubble everywhere, harming civilians, mostly from broken glass.
Scientists believe the meteors had been moving faster than normal because of its proximity to the Earth, but the Russian Emergency Minister had said these meteors were not expected to hit Earth for another 2000 years.
Astronomers had been tracking the meteor, which came as close as 17,200 miles of Earth, closer than some artificial satellites.
The meteor that passed over Russia in early February more than probably hit Earth after coming from beyond mars. One meteor was found to of smashed into the iced over Lake of Chebarkul.
Some say this meteor shower was a message from God, a warning perhaps, also "the Lord’s message to humanity," a senior local clergyman said. “From the Scriptures, we know that the Lord often sends people signs and warnings via natural forces.”
Balloon crash in Egypt
A tragic accident happened on the 26th of February 2013. 19 people died, 3 British were among the dead and 2 people were treated with injuries.
The hot air balloon went up at 06.00 and was scheduled to land at 07.00 when it exploded due to a gas leak. Also a landing cable got caught around a gas canister which caused a fire to break out. In Luxor Egypt. 21 people were on board only 2 people survived by jumping from the basket as it caught alight.
One of the Britons who were among the dead was Yvonne Rennie. Her funeral took place on Thursday 14th of March in Perth Scotland.
The bodies of 9 Hong Kong citizens were returned to Hong Kong on Tuesday 12th of March. The bodies had been identified as five women and four men their bodies were transferred to a public mortuary said a government spokeswoman.
Should make up be worn in school or not?
It’s a hot topic across the country, should students be allowed to wear make- up when going to school? Some say ‘why are girls being stopped, when it can lead to gaining confidence and being happy at school’. On the other hand some people think young girls should be able to come into school with natural faces, not looking like they’re ready for a night out.
Having interviewed several members of staff and students, opinions are divided. Most agreed that make up should not be worn at school at all. One member of staff said make-up should not be worn at school at all.
Head teacher, Andrew, said, “School is a place to work, not worrying about your personal appearance”
He went on to say “make up affects the learning because some students will be worrying about what they look like, spending ages in the toilets fixing themselves up. Some students parents don’t let their children wear make- up to school so it can cause jealousy and arguments”.
Paula’s quote was, “if I knew now what I know now, I would have never worn make up’
Because when she looks back at pictures of herself as a teenager, it looks like she has a mask on.
Lisa said, “I think girls should be allowed to wear a bit of foundation if it’s not too obvious”
And Jo said, “I think it should be natural looking, because I don’t think you should come to school looking like you’re ready for a night out”
Most Staff have the same opinion on make- up.
Andrea said, “Most girls are pretty enough without make up, its natural pretty. Make up sometimes then starts to look false and look very unattractive”
Danny said, “it doesn’t bother him what the girls wear for school, it’s up to them”
Other students in R3 felt it was appropriate for older girls to wear it, for example sixth formers.
In conclusion, it appears that perhaps the staff believe that make up should not be worn, whilst pupils do not agree, especially the girls.
The Balloon blast
Yvonne Rennie and her husband was stuck in a hot air balloon crash in Egypt on Tuesday 26th February.
A hot air balloon flying over Egypt's ancient city of Luxor caught fire and crashed into a sugar cane field on Tuesday, killing at least 19 foreign tourists in one of the world's deadliest ballooning accidents and handing a new blow to Egypt's ailing tourism industry.
The people in the balloon threw out some ropes and one hit the gas canister and set on fire
The hot air balloon is said to have been 1,000 ft (300m) in the air when it exploded and caught fire.