20 THINGS TO KNOW AND TELL
Quick news to read yourself and share WITH FRIENDS...
1 Royal whatsapp
The royal family has a WhatsApp group! Mike Tindall, the husband of the Queen’s granddaughter Zara, has revealed that family members talk about weddings and babies. Meghan Markle is also hoping to break with tradition and make a speech at her wedding to Prince Harry in May.
2 Squirrel cull
Animal rights groups have told the environment secretary, Michael Gove, that a squirrell cull is ‘absolutely absurd.’ Gove is supporting a cull because he believes it will help to save trees and red squirrels who can catch diseases from grey squirrels. Opposers argue that grey squirrels do not have a big enough impact on these things.
3 Wicked news
The musical Wicked has announced a new year-long partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity). The musical will be doing lots of fundraising for the charity, and cast members will visit patients at the hospital to keep them entertained throughout the year.
4 Fast food
The number of fast food shops only a five-minute walk away from school has increased by 67% in the last five years. Experts say this is leading to more childhood obesity.
5 Sharing bags
‘Sharing bags’ of sweets and chocolates should be banned, say health campaigners. Action on Sugar say people can’t resist the urge to eat the whole bag, and this increases the risk of obesity. The group wants to introduce a 20% sugar tax on sweets to tackle the problem.
6 Gender pay gap
Male news presenters at the BBC have taken a pay cut to make it fairer for their female colleagues. John Humphrys and Huw Edwards are among those who have agreed to reduce their salaries.
7 bee problem
Beekeepers are being blamed for contributing to the decline of wild bees. The University of Cambridge says more and more people are keeping British honeybees, leaving wild bees struggling to find food. The experts say there needs to be more control on privately-managed bees, to ensure that the species don’t die out.
8 poll results
American researchers have claimed that spending too much time on your phone can make you unhappy. We asked: Do you think too much phone time can make you unhappy? 73% of you said YES.
9 President power
President Trump sure does travel in style! His jet, Air Force One, is to get two brand new fridges installed at a whopping cost of $24m (£17m). We bet they’ll be carrying lots of nice food! Did you also know that Trump has someone to look after his water? This person checks his water to make sure it isn’t poisoned!
10 Throat sweets
Lots of us take lozenges for sore throats, but new NHS advice says they don’t actually help our symptoms that much. Also, doctors are being advised to stop prescribing antibiotics for sore throats, as in most cases they won’t help.
11 Great Gorilla
One of the world’s oldest gorillas has died aged 60. Vila lived at San Diego Zoo Safari Park and was surrounded by her troop when she passed away. The oldest gorilla in captivity is 61-year-old Trudy who lives in Arkansas.
12 barbie movie
The release of the new live-action Barbie movie has been delayed until 2020. Anne Hathaway is believed to be taking on the lead role.
13 helping penguins
Foreign secretary Boris Johnson plans to ban fishing, drilling and container ships around the South Sandwich Islands to help protect penguins. Fishing is not expected to be banned in the entire area, but Johnson is set to introduce bigger no-go zones.
14 It’ll be back!
Enjoying Dancing on Ice this year?! Fans will be happy to hear that the show will be back for 2019, too!
15 Girl power
Education campaigner Malala Yousafzai has urged women to “change the world.” Talking about equality at this year’s Davos conference, where lots of business people and world leaders meet, Malala said: “We won’t ask men to change the world, we’re going to do it ourselves. We’re going to stand up for ourselves, we’re going to raise our voices and we’re going to change the world.”
16 Sandwich habit
The whopping amount of sandwiches that the UK eats each year has the same impact on the environment as eight million cars, say scientists. It’s estimated that Brits eat around 11.5 billion sandwiches every year! Now, the University of Manchester has worked out that the carbon dioxide equivalent of that is a huge 9.5 million tonnes! That’s the same amount as from 8.6 million cars in a year. An ‘allday breakfast sandwich’ with bacon, sausage and egg has ranked as the worst for the environment.
17 ikea founder
The man who invented IKEA has died aged 91. Ingvar Kamprad founded the Swedish furniture company when he was just 17 years old!
18 Charity walk
A war veteran who celebrated his 86th birthday by doing an 86-mile walk for charity has been honoured by the Prime Minister. Jeffrey Long has been given the Points of Light award, which recognises amazing volunteers.
19 sunbed race
Do you ever have to race to get a sunbed on holiday before everyone puts their towels down? Now, a new scheme from Thomas Cook is offering holidaymakers the chance to pre-book their beds around the pool before they even leave home!
20 LEGO birthday
The LEGO brick is now 60 years old! The building toy was first patented in 1958 in Denmark. To celebrate, Russell Cassevah broke a new world record – walking barefoot across a 36m path made of loose LEGO bricks. Ouch!