20 THINGS TO KNOW AND TELL
Quick news to read yourself and share WITH FRIENDS...
1 Show the love
The public is being asked to ‘Show the Love’ for the planet this Valentine’s Day. The campaign is being run by the Climate Coalition, which is made up of more than 100 charities across the UK. A whole host of activities are planned between 5-14 February, including a green hearts campaign where celebrities, schoolchildren and sports stars will all don specially-designed green hearts to raise awareness of climate change.
2 Bottle scheme
Could a bottle deposit scheme help boost recycling and cut litter? Environmental groups believe Britain should introduce a scheme, where you put down a deposit for a bottle and then get it back if you return it. Similar schemes have already proved successful in Germany and Scandinavia.
3 CAT STATUE
The people of Saltney (on the border of England and Wales) have launched a campaign to raise money for a cat statue. Brutus “The Morrisons Cat” lived at the local supermarket, until he passed away in January. The popular kitty had 12,000 Facebook followers, so his fans want a permanent reminder of Brutus.
4 Lift off
Riding a bathtub through a tornado sounds just like a movie, right? But that’s exactly what happened to a lady in Texas! Mrs Williams and her son hid under a quilt in the bathtub to shelter from a tornado. Unfortunately it hit their home, taking off the roof and lifting the bath (with them in it!) up into the skies. Thankfully, they were both okay and landed nearby.
5 A trillionaire?
A report from Oxfam suggests that the world could get its first trillionaire in the next 25 years! The most likely person to achieve this is Bill Gates.
6 Barlow’s barnet
Gary Barlow shocked fans last week by revealing that he hadn’t washed his hair in 14 years! The BBC’s “Let It Shine” judge tweeted: “It’s such an important day I’ve washed my hair ! First time in ....... 14 years ! #nojoke.”
7 Fairy possum
Australia’s Leadbeater’s possum – nicknamed the fairy possum – could soon be extinct, according to a new report. The little creature is under threat from logging (the cutting down of trees), fires and climate change. Scientists are trying to figure out how they can help the species.
8 Poll results
Last week, we asked: Are selfies art or not? Loads of you took part in the poll, which was very close. But NO came out on top, with 54% of the vote. Check out what one of our readers had to say below.
9 access to all
A new scheme is helping young people with learning disabilities to get better access to music gigs. Gig Buddies Scotland matches volunteers with music fans who need to be accompanied to events.
10 Animal tweet off
Zoos across the world have been enjoying some friendly banter and sharing pictures of their animals on Twitter, using the hashtag #CuteAnimalTweetOff. It all started in America and quickly spread, as the zoos tried to outdo each other with the cutest pictures possible!
11 veil ban
Austria is the latest country set to ban full face veils from being worn in public places. Police officers, judges and magistrates will also be banned from wearing headscarves. The move is part of a big reform programme.
12 No fireworks
Officials urged residents in Beijing, China, not to let off fireworks when celebrating the Lunar New Year last week. It follows concerns about increasing smog and pollution.
13 Young songwriter
Have you got what it takes to write a smash-hit song? The Song Academy Young Songwriter Competition 2017 is here! Check out more information at www.songacademy.co.uk/says17.
14 Sumo champ
Thirty-year-old Kisenosato has been crowned the first Japan-born sumo champion in 19 years!
15 Slippers in school
A primary school in Derbyshire is letting pupils wear slippers in class! Staff at Findern Primary School said they came up with the idea after reading about a study. The study found that children who don’t wear shoes are more likely to behave better and get good grades. Do you think you’d do better if you wore slippers in class?
16 Special apple
Have you ever noticed that when you cut up an apple and leave it for a while, it starts to go brown? Well, scientists have created a genetically modified apple that doesn’t do this! The special apple was created in a laboratory in Canada and then grown for ten years in British Columbia and Washington state. It will go on sale soon for the first time, in America.
17 Comic relief
Lots of stars are lending their voices to a digital comic-strip game called The Red Noses, for this year’s Comic Relief. Among those taking part are Joe Sugg, Warwick Davis and Professor Stephen Hawking! Comic Relief’s big telethon takes place on 24 March.
18 Eurovision act
Former X Factor contestant Lucie Jones will represent the UK at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Lucie impressed the public with her track, Never Give Up On You, so will head to the singing competition in Ukraine this May.
19 First News Live!
Have you checked out First News Live! yet? Here’s one of our fans getting in on the reporting action! This is Morgan Hope’s guinea pig, Patches. So cute!
20 Magic actor
John Hurt, who played wand-maker Garrick Ollivander in the Harry Potter movies, has died aged 77.