20 THINGS TO KNOW AND TELL
Quick news to read yourself and share WITH FRIENDS...
1 PRIDE OF BRITAIN
The Pride Of Britain awards took place on Monday (30 October), celebrating the amazing achievements of ordinary people. Among those being recognised were the emergency services, including the firefighters who tackled the Grenfell Tower blaze, and a young girl who helped to save her mum’s life. Prince William attended the ceremony in London and spoke with the winners.
2 DEER ME!
The Iowa Department Of Transportation in the US had to issue an important statement, after lots of drivers asked why ‘deer crossing’ signs weren’t in more convenient places. It began: “Deer can’t read signs. Drivers can. This sign isn’t intended to tell deer where to cross…”!
3 DISNEY FIRST
Disney has included its first gay storyline in a kids’ show. In the new series of Andi Mack on the Disney Channel, the character of Cyrus will develop feelings for his friend Jonah. The story will explore Cyrus’ journey to accepting his feelings.
4 LIFE EXPECTANCY
Life expectancy in the US is falling, as people are working longer but dying younger. According to the journal Health Affairs, Americans in their late 50s already have more serious health problems than those of the same age 10-15 years ago.
5 TAX DODGING
Oxfam’s new campaign is about tax avoidance. Taxes pay for things like healthcare, but many companies use tricks to dodge tax. Oxfam says that a third of the tax that is dodged in poor countries could pay for care that would prevent eight million deaths a year.
6 ANIMAL CROSSING
Nintendo has announced the release of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on phones in November!
7 JFK MYSTERY
The US government has finally released thousands of secret files on the assassination of the American president John F Kennedy (JFK). He was shot dead on 22 November 1963 as he travelled through Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested, but he was also killed. There have been lots of conspiracy theories ever since about who else was involved, although it’s thought to be unlikely that any of the documents will reveal the truth.
8 POLL RESULTS
A plan to ban smacking in Scotland has led to calls for it to be banned everywhere in Britain. We asked you: Is smacking ever okay? Loads of you voted, with 79% of you saying NO.
“It is okay if it is just a gentle tap,” says First News Live! user oceangirl.
“There’s definitely better ways to teach your kids lessons than smacking them – if a child smacked another child because they were annoyed with them, they would get into trouble,” says First News Live! user Sashgirl06.
9 TOP ALBUM
Niall Horan has topped the US albums chart with his debut solo album, Flicker. The former 1D star took to Twitter to thank his fans.
10 NEW ANIMAL
A new orangutan species has been discovered! In the journal Current Biology, researchers reveal they’ve found a unique and isolated species living in Sumatra. There are believed to be only about 800 Tapanuli orangutans left. Before this discovery, scientists thought there were only six living species of great ape, apart from humans.
11 POPPY LEGEND
A 100-year-old Auschwitz survivor is still selling poppies! Grandfather Ron Jones has been selling poppies for more than 30 years.
12 SIMON’S FALL
Simon Cowell had to miss the first live shows of this year’s X Factor, after he fainted and fell down the stairs. “I’m on the mend now,” the music maestro said. “I know I was very lucky I didn’t hurt myself seriously.”
13 THE SNOWMAN
The Snowman theatre show is celebrating 20 years in London’s West End this Christmas! The show is based on the book by Raymond Briggs.
14 RADIO 1
Listening figures for BBC Radio 1’s breakfast show are at their lowest ever. The BBC said that young people don’t listen to radio as much now.
15 STRANGLER FUNGUS!
A very rare fungus has been found again in the UK – and it has a pretty spooktacular name! The powdercap strangler is a parasitic fungus that grows by “body-snatching” another fungus called the earthly powdercap. Using the earthly powdercap’s stem for support, the strangler infects and overcomes it, resulting in a two-colour toadstool!
16 FLIGHT FOR ONE
Imagine having the whole plane to yourself on holiday? One traveller found out what it was like when she flew from Glasgow to the Greek island of Crete. Karon Grieve paid just £46 for her Jet2 flight, but was treated like a VIP after two other passengers failed to turn up! The plane Karon travelled on normally carries 189 people.
17 STRICTLY STARS
Blue Peter presenters, past and present, are taking part in a Strictly Come Dancing special for Children In Need. Five stars of the kids’ show will compete to win a Pudsey Glitter Ball Trophy!
18 HAWKING’S WORK
An important piece of work by Professor Stephen Hawking was viewed more than two million times, after only a few days of it being made available to the public. The paper is called Properties Of Expanding Universes and was written when Hawking was studying at Cambridge University, where he now works.
19 TIME FOR CHANGE?
We all put the clocks back last weekend, but a group of MEPs is saying we shouldn’t do this any more. The Members of the European Parliament claim that changing the time every year damages our health and the economy.
20 JUNK FOOD
Cardiff has been named the junk food capital of Britain in a new survey. That’s based on the amount spent on fast food and takeaways.