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Month: February 2017

Why the Lords Won’t and Can’t Block Brexit

It’s been over a year now since the date for the European Referendum was set, way back in February 2016. We’ve had a whole year of being bombarded with the phrases ‘Brexit’ and ‘Article 50’, ‘Remainers’ and ‘Brexiteers’. It seems as if the whole country is sick of the whole affair – this author certainly is. But law is rarely a fast moving thing, and the bill to actually begin the process of leaving the European Union is yet to officially be confirmed by the Houses of Parliament. Its latest step has been to reach the House of Lords,…

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Why It’s Right for UKC to Keep Building

As Universities go, ours at Kent is very new. This doesn’t mean it is not prestigious though, before hitting 50 years old in 2015, the University of Kent was well within the world’s top 100 for young institutions. Higher education is very competitive and many institutions have to struggle against each other to convince the best students and staff to come to them, and bring up their reputation. The current renovation work at the University has a few aims. The library will shake off that depressing 60s vibe that still haunts the East side and, according to the library…

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Tigers in Trouble

Tigers are in trouble. Over the last 80 years, three subspecies of tigers have become extinct, averaging around one every 20 years or so. These figures mean that, according to figures by WWF, wild tiger numbers have dropped by more than 95% in the past century. And some scientists have predicted that unless we do something about it now, the remaining six species could become extinct over the next 10 years. Unless we act now. With the help of sponsors, WWF estimates that they can double wild tiger numbers to over 6,000 by 2022. A big risk to tigers…

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Domestic Violence: A Russian Regression

In February passed Yelena Mizulina’s law proposal to reduce most incidents of domestic violence from criminal offences to civil ones. In January, Mizulina suggested that it was inappropriate for the state to interfere in private family matters. Therefore, she concluded that “minor” incidents of domestic violence should be reprimanded less severely, with either a fine of $500 (which equates to £400 in the UK) or a sentence of community service. I was hopeful in my last article that a law as regressive as this would not be passed. Since the bill was passed, reports of domestic violence have increased…

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10 tips that will make you good at debating

The art of debating is one that many people shy away from because of the amount knowledge and research it requires. More than that, debating is generally associated with speaking in front of crowds, which is a nightmare for the average human. No one is born on stage, even renowned public speakers admit that they had to overcome stage fright. But there are a few things which will make it easier for you to become a well-rounded debater. Here Sibhekile Magagula provides the the top 10 tips that will improve your debating skills and confidence. 1. Be inquisitive Have…

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