20 THINGS TO KNOW AND TELL
Quick news to read yourself and share WITH FRIENDS...
1 TRAFFIC FREE
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced plans to turn part of Oxford Street into a pedestrianised road by the end of next year. If the plans go ahead, cars, buses and black cabs will be banned from driving down the busy shopping street.
2 TEEN AWARDS
Inspirational teenagers Ellie and Charlotte were honoured at BBC Radio 1’s Teen Awards. The girls, both supported by Barnardo’s, were recognised for their work supporting others. They attended the award ceremony and a reception at Kensington Palace (below).
3 WWE ACADEMY
The first-ever WWE Academy has arrived at KidZania London. It will give young people the chance to transform into a WWE Superstar! Finn Bálor, who we featured in last week’s First News, helped to launch it.
4 LEGO HOUSE
How would you like to win an overnight stay at the newly opened LEGO House in Billund, Denmark? Well, now’s your chance! All you have to do is describe one thing you would build together with your family if you had an infinite supply of LEGO bricks. Find out all the information and how you can enter at www.airbnb.com/ night-at/lego-house.
5 EQUALITY SURVEY Have you taken part in our equality survey? Equality is a big issue in the news at the moment, so we want to know your thoughts. Do you think boys and girls are treated the same? Visit first.news/equal to share your views and stories. 6 MINI BREAK
A hippo that tried to make a break for freedom from Ramat Gan safari park in Israel decided to change his mind and come back again! The hippo was spied on CCTV cameras walking out of the front gates at night, but after a little wander he then turned back round and returned home.
7 TOOTH DECAY
Tooth decay is the most common reason children aged between five and nine need treatment in hospital, according to analysis of NHS Digital data. Dentists say tooth decay is preventable and can be reduced by eating less sugar and regularly brushing your teeth.
8 POLL RESULTS
A robot has been granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia. We asked you: Can a robot have the same rights as a person? Loads of you voted, with 76% of you saying NO.
Yes! “I think yes because it is just a robot. What harm could it do? This technology could help us in the future, so why stop this technology from blossoming and growing?” says First News Live! user bingaling.
No! “I don’t think so. Robots are just machines, and I think we’re going a bit too far, making ones that are like humans,” says First News Live! user woof04.
Did you know this week is Orangutan Awareness Week? From 12-18 November, people across the world will take part in events to raise awareness about critically-endangered orangutans.
10 PARIS POEM
French President Emmanuel Macron has written a poem to a British schoolgirl, after she sent her own poem to the Élysée Palace, the official presidential residence. The girl, Sophie, wrote about the Eiffel Tower during a family holiday to France. The President wrote back with his own poem about the famous tower.
11 BAD BROADBAND
Residents of Australia have something rather unusual to blame for their bad broadband – cockatoos! The naughty birds have been found chewing through expensive internet cables!
12 MISTAKEN IDENTITY
A man in Germany rang the police after believing he’d found a Second World War bomb in his garden. But when officers arrived, they discovered that the unusual object was in fact a giant courgette!
13 BIGGEST LIAR
The world’s biggest liar competition takes place in Santon Bridge on 16 November. Each of the competitors has five minutes to tell the biggest and most convincing lie they can!
14 NEW PHONE
The new iPhone X is now on sale. It doesn’t come cheap, though: fans will have to fork out a whopping £999!
15 THE PARADISE PAPERS
Secret papers have been leaked, revealing where the Queen, big businesses and wealthy figures keep their cash. The papers reveal accounts in ‘tax havens’ abroad – places where people keep their money so that they can avoid paying taxes. Taxes are important, as they help to pay for things like healthcare and education. Ana Caistor Arendar, Oxfam’s Head of Inequality, says tax dodging “deprives poor countries of billions each year.”
16 SHOCK EXIT
Pop star Aston Merrygold became the sixth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing, leaving fans in shock! Aston and his dance partner Janette Manrara were among the favourites to win the show, before being voted off.
17 most powerful
Anna Wintour has been named the most powerful woman in media and entertainment, by Forbes magazine. Anna is the editor in chief of Vogue magazine in America. Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and JK Rowling are also featured on the list.
18 BAKE OFF BLUNDER
Prue Leith had a bit of a nightmare last week, after unveiling the winner of Bake Off before the show had aired! Prue revealed on Twitter that Sophie Faldo had scooped the top spot. She later apologised for the error, explaining she was in Bhutan, where there is a big time difference, and she thought viewers already knew!
19 HEDGEHOG WATCH
The once familiar hedgehog has declined dramatically over the past few decades. Now, a Big Hedgehog Watch Project has been set up to help. The Mammal Society wants you to let them know if and when you last saw a hedgehog. You can take part in the survey at www.mammal.org.uk.
20 MILK PRICES
The cost of milk is going up, as lots of dairies close and supplies are affected.