BBC School Report 2015

Please enjoy Springfield’s BBC School Report 2015!

Business News

By: Ryan

Today I’ll be talking to you about some of the latest business news. But first, it is important to understand what some of the terminology means. A share is simply a divided-up unit of the value of a company. If a company is worth £50 million, and there are 50 million shares in issue, then each share is worth £1 (usually listed as 100p in the money pages). As the overall value of a company fluctuates, so does the share.

An initial public offering, or IPO, is the first sale of stock by a company to the public. A company can raise money by issuing equity in a form of stock and shares. If a company has never issued equity to the public, it’s known as an IPO. When a company goes public through an IPO, an investment bank evaluates the company’s current, projected performance and health to determine the IPO for the business.

The bank can do this by comparing the company with the IPO of similar companies, or by calculating the net present value of the firm. Finally, after the valuation and investigations, the firm must meet with the stock exchange which will determine if the share price is fair.

As of March 18th, the stock market has encountered many leaps and falls. An example of a leap would be in the favour of the bank Standard Chartered where they have improved 8.2% within a day. This could be because of their highly experienced bankers with investment plans, which is very similar to Lloyds Bank. It is a relatively large private bank company with around 1700 branches. Their company assets have remained stable and are set to rise, and their share price has had a positive trend since its founding. They are a top notch organisation which owns other small companies. Standard Chartered are an underdog company and have many reasons to succeed.

NASA’s Curiosity Rover

By: Jay

NASA’s current Mars mission involves the Curiosity Rover.

The mission is the Curiosity Rover searching the Gale crater on Mars. The Curiosity Rover has been up on Mars since the 6 August 2012.

The Curiosity Rover is very well equipped to search over Mars’ rocky terrain. It even has a special chemistry camera which is capable of firing a laser to the length of 7 meters, or 23 feet. This camera identifies the chemical components in an object, and can even take samples of the object for later study.

Ebola

By: Kylah

The UK has announced a 2.5 million grant to help juveniles affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The money will be used be used to help those who have lost family or whose parents are being treated for this deadly epidemic.

International Development secretary Justine Greening said “children would not be left behind once Ebola is defeated.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron criticised the World Health Organisation’s response to Ebola. He said “lots of children have suddenly seen their parents experience Ebola or at worse have lost one or both parents. We need to make sure that we keep them safe and help them cope with the terrible experiences they have gone through. The whole world was slow to wake up to this.”

If Ebola is such a deadly serious disease, why do many people at our school joke about it?

Smoking in Cars Ban

By Mia

Smoking in cars: many smokers do it, but what about smoking in cars with children?

Soon, a fine of £50 will be issued to people who smoke or fail to prevent people from smoking in cars with young passengers. Regulations of this proposal have been laid before the government, and MPs will vote on these plans before the general election.

If these laws are passed, the £50 fine will be introduced on the 1st October 2015. The laws will be passed in England, Wales and Scotland. This could save the lungs, and therefore lives, of young people around the U.K, including people from our school.