20 THINGS TO KNOW AND TELL
Quick news to read yourself and share WITH FRIENDS...
1 Advent calendar
It’s officially December, which means lots of you will start opening advent calendars. But where did the idea come from? We discover more in this week’s I Don’t Get It video at
first.news/advent2017. First News is getting into the Christmas spirit with our own amazing online advent calendar, too! Check back every day to see what’s hiding behind the door…
2 Perfect world
What would your perfect world look like? More than 1,000 schoolchildren were asked this question, with some very intriguing results! According to the survey, kids would like to see Ariana Grande, Stormzy or Ed Sheeran as Prime Minister. They’d also like an end to bedtimes and the school day to be reduced to two hours a day. The survey was carried out by Jet2holidays.
3 new character
A new Little Miss character has been revealed! Little Miss Inventor has been created to inspire girls to get into science, technology, engineering and maths. The character will be launched on 8 March next year, which is International Women’s Day.
4 Teen award
A 14-year-old teen won Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Horse Film Awards. The awards are often called the Chinese Oscars. Vicky Chen beat a lot of well-known actors to scoop the title.
5 equality survey Thank you so much to everyone who’s taken part in our equality survey. We’ve had hundreds of replies and it’s been so interesting to hear your thoughts. If you’d still like to share your opinions, please do send your surveys in by Friday 8 December. The address is on page 29, or see first.news/equal. We’ll reveal the results in a future issue of the paper. 6 Free vending machine
Britain’s first vending machine for homeless people is set to launch in Nottingham. The special vending machine will be stocked with fresh fruit, socks and sandwiches. Homeless people will be able to access the machine using a key card and they can get three free items a day. The idea was created by the charity, Action Hunger.
7 Bafta kids awards
The British Academy Children’s Awards took place last week, honouring the best in children’s entertainment. Winners included Bear Grylls Survival School, Inside My Head: A Newsround Special and presenter Maddie Moate.
8 poll results
A chain of nursery schools in Dorset has banned the use of glitter in their classrooms because of the damage it does to the environment. We asked you: Should glitter be banned? As First News went to press, 59% of you were saying NO. MAYBE “If nurseries find a more ecofriendly idea, that would be great, but if not then try to minimalize the amount of glitter used,” said First News Live! user, turquoise4. NO! “Glitter shouldn’t be banned because children love using glitter as it adds sparkle and lots of people love sparkle!”, said First News Live! user, G1raffe.
9 Pay to live
Officials in Albinen in the Swiss mountains are so worried about the town’s tiny population that they plan to pay people to live there! Families who are willing to move there could be offered up to SwFr70,000 (£53,500).
10 Beach litter
Beach litter has risen by 10% in the UK, a new report has revealed. Food and drink litter makes up to 20% of all rubbish found on beaches. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) now wants the Government to put a cost on all single-use items like straws, plastic cups and lolly sticks, to try to stop people from littering as much.
11 rare Dragonflies
Sightings of rare dragonflies are on the rise in Britain! A scarlet darter dragonfly has been spotted here for the first time in 13 years, according to volunteers from the Migrant Dragonfly Project.
12 jail time
Oscar Pistorius has had his jail term increased for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The former Paralympic athlete will now spend 13 years and five months in prison.
13 car Crash
Two men and three boys were killed in Leeds after a stolen car crashed into a tree. Two 15-year-old boys were arrested by police.
14 in the money
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has become the first person in history to make a whopping $100 billion! Mr Bezos’ impressive stash of cash was boosted by sales on Black Friday.
15 Social media to blame? Social media has been blamed for causing panic on Oxford Street during Black Friday last week. People ran and hid after being led to believe that gun shots were heard near Oxford Circus underground station. The station and surrounding areas were evacuated so police could investigate, but nothing was found. It is believed two men had an argument on a tube platform. People posting incorrect information on social media were blamed for causing confusion. 16 Electric cars
Electric cars are meant to be a thing of the future, but councils have now been accused of interfering with their progress by stopping roadside chargers from being installed. Some people feel the chargers (needed to operate the cars) create “clutter” on the street. London mayor Sadiq Khan wants there to be tougher planning laws in place, so that the chargers can be built without having to get the permission of councils first.
17 junior euro
Russia’s Polina Bogusevich has won this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The competition took place in Georgia.
18 video apology
YouTube star Jack Maynard has apologised after a series of tweets he made in 2012 were discovered. The tweets used language that was “completely unacceptable.” Jack left I’m A Celebrity soon after.
19 x factor live
The acts appearing on The X Factor Live Tour 2018 have been announced. Rak-Su, Grace Davies, Kevin Davy White, Lloyd Macey, The Cutkelvins and Matt Linnen will all appear. A seventh wildcard act will also be decided via an online vote from all the acts that have featured on the show. The tour kicks off in February.
20 xmas pizza
Pizza Express has launched a roast dinner pizza, just in time for Christmas!