20 THINGS TO KNOW AND TELL
Quick news to read yourself and share WITH FRIENDS...
1 Solo success
Andy Murray’s brother-in-law, Scott Sears, has become the youngest person to trek solo to the South Pole. Lieutenant Sears, 27, completed the 702-mile trek on Christmas Day and had to pull a sledge and supplies for 38 days through freezing temperatures.
2 diamond buy
Venezuela doesn’t have enough money to pay for medical supplies, so their government is trying to buy them with gold and diamonds instead. The health minister is said to have put forward the diamond exchange for medicines.
3 Waddle on
An injured duck is able to walk again, after being given a prosthetic leg. Peg the duck lost her foot following a scrap with a turtle, but has a new spring in her step thanks to a group of American teenagers. Students from Armorel High School in Arkansas tested various different feet and eventually created the perfect one for Peg using a 3D printer.
4 Prehistoric find
An “amazingly preserved” prehistoric site has been found near Tel Aviv in Israel. Hundreds of flint axes and other artefacts were also uncovered. Experts say that 500,000 years ago the site would have been the perfect place for people to live, as the area had a stream and animals.
5 cabinet reshuffle Prime Minister Theresa May reshuffled her Cabinet last week. Some MPs, such as Boris Johnson, stayed in their roles, while others changed. Damian Hinds has been appointed as the new Education Secretary, after Justine Greening resigned rather than take up a new role. 6 lumiere london
More than 40 UK and international artists are set to transform London as part of the Lumiere London light festival, which kicks off on 18 January. Lots of London’s streets will be lit up.
7 new attraction
Alton Towers Resort has announced a mega new attraction for 2018. Wicker Man is the first wooden rollercoaster to be built in the UK for 21 years. It cost £16m to build and will take riders on a thrilling adventure featuring wood and fire! The ride is due to open in the spring.
8 sugar worries
Last week’s First News Poll Of The Week asked readers: Do you worry about the amount of sugar you’re eating and drinking? 64% of you answered YES, while 36% voted NO. Here are the top comments:
“I love eating sweet/ sugary snacks like chocolate and sweets but I am trying to get out of the habit of eating it so much.” – ginger2007 via First News Live!
“I don’t want to go on a diet but I think that watching how much sugar you eat in a day is a good thing to know because then you know that you need to level it down a little or not.” – anjana via First News Live! Turn to page 4 for this week’s First News Poll Of The Week.
9 no trousers
Last week, lots of people took to the London Underground in just their pants! That’s because they were celebrating the annual ‘No Trousers On The Tube’ day. Bizarre – and chilly!
10 Sign of the times
Walt Disney World has got rid of ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs at four of its hotels. The rooms will instead have cards that read ‘Room Occupied.’ The change is part of a safety and security overhaul, which means hotel staff will be able to check on rooms. They will still knock and announce themselves before entering, the company says.
11 Australian open
The Australian Open begins on 15 January. Serena Williams has pulled out of the tennis tournament, saying she’s not quite ready to compete at her best. The star gave birth to her daughter last September. Andy Murray has had to pull out through injury, too.
12 laser maps
The Environment Agency has announced plans to map England’s entire landscape by 2020. Aircraft carrying laser scanners will map England from the sky. It’s hoped the information will help to assess flood risks, but it could also be used by gamers and archaeologists.
Strictly Come Dancing star Alexandra Burke is engaged! The singer shared the news via Instagram, writing: “I said YES!”
US astronaut John Young, who flew to the moon twice, walked on its surface and flew the first ever space shuttle mission, has died aged 87, says NASA.
15 Social skills
The Children’s Commissioner for England is calling for all young people to be given advice about using social media. Anne Longfield wants digital literacy to be taught in all primary schools, to help children cope with the pressures of using social media in today’s world. A report called Life In Likes found that lots of children aged 8-12 are using Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp, even though these aren’t for under-13s.
16 pay protest
BBC China editor Carrie Gracie has stepped down from her job, in a row over equal pay. In an open letter, Gracie revealed that she was upset that her male colleagues were still being paid more than female editors for doing the same job.
17 Heroes honoured
Police and rail staff who helped victims of the Manchester terror attack last year have been honoured at a special ceremony. In total, 74 people were awarded for their “extraordinary acts of bravery” following the attack at Manchester Arena.
18 trump book
A new book about Donald Trump has hit the headlines. Fire And Fury: Inside
The Trump White House by Michael Wolff makes claims about Trump’s mental stability and fitness. Trump said the book was “full of lies and sources that don’t exist.” He called himself a “stable genius”.
19 teen stars
TeenStar are on the lookout to find the best singers and dancers from around the UK! Auditions start in February 2018. You can find out more at www.teenstarcompetition.co.uk.
20 royal baby
Zara (the Queen’s granddaughter) and Mike Tindall are expecting their second child. Congrats!