20 THINGS TO KNOW AND TELL
Quick news to read yourself and share WITH FRIENDS...
1 Jurassic world
The second trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has been released – and you can watch it on First News Live! now. Head to first.news/fallenkingdom to check it out.
2 Chinese new year
Chinese New Year begins on 16 February. Celebrations take place across the world, with parades, lion dances and fireworks displays. Chinese New Year takes place on a different date each year because it is based on the lunar calendar.
3 Dippy on tour
Dippy the dinosaur is making his first stop on his UK tour. He will be at Dorset County Museum from 10 February. Since he was first displayed in 1905, this is the first time that Dippy has been on show outside London.
4 young songwriter
Are you a young songwriter? Want your music to be heard by key players in the music industry, like Tom Odell and Guy Chambers? Then you need to enter your songs into the Young Songwriter 2018 competition! The closing date is 8 April 2018. The competition information and online entry form can be found at www.songacademy.co.uk/says18.
5 Distant worlds
For the first time, astrophysicists have discovered a group of planets outside our galaxy. Before, experts had only found planets within the Milky Way. They’ve now used a technique called quasar microlensing to identify planets in a galaxy 3.8 billion light years away!
6 millionth visitor
Four-year-old Lucas has become the millionth visitor to Kid Zania London! Lucas was visiting the attraction with his sister Kira for his birthday.
An American man is so convinced that the Earth is flat, he wants to send himself into space to prove it! Mike Hughes’ first plan was to launch himself into the sky from California with his own homemade rocket. As First News went to press, his latest attempt had been called off.
8 poll results
Soon, 16 and 17-year-olds will be able to vote in local elections in Wales. We asked you: Should all 16 and 17-yearolds in the UK be given the right to vote? Loads of you voted, with 81% of you saying YES.
“I think yes because young people have the modern world at their fingertips, and some elderly might not know what’s happening in the country as much as the youth,” says First News Live! user, 7diamond07.
“Why not? It’s an opportunity to change decisions. Go Wales,” says First News Live! user, big-fat-cat.
“I think everyone has the right to vote starting at an earlier age so yes,” says First News Live! user, soggy-nando.
9 Kebab treats
The binturongs at Drusillas Park have been enjoying some kebabs for breakfast! Keepers put courgettes, peppers, sweet potatoes and carrots onto long twigs to make up the delicious treats for the animals.
10 Maya ruins
More than 60,000 hidden Maya ruins have been discovered in Guatemala. Researchers used laser technology to uncover the huge network beneath a forest, which includes houses, palaces and highways. It’s believed that millions more people could have lived in the area than thought before. Experts say this is a major archaeological breakthrough.
11 wedding date
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding date has been set. The Queen’s granddaughter will marry at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on Friday 12 October.
12 New music
Nadine Coyle has announced she is releasing new music and going on a UK tour, performing the greatest hits of Girls Aloud. Some of their top songs include Love Machine and Biology.
13 Doping ban
Twenty-eight Russian athletes have had their doping bans overturned. It’s still unclear if any will be allowed to take part in this month’s Olympics.
14 Footie team
David Beckham now has his own football team. The former player is launching a team in Miami in Florida. It will compete in Major League Soccer in the United States.
15 plastic threat
Tiny plastic particles are posing a big threat to some of the world’s largest sea creatures. A study found that filterfeeding sharks, rays and whales could be at risk from serious contamination. That’s because these animals all take in a lot of water to catch their prey. The plastic could be affecting their digestive systems and even causing enough damage to kill them. People are being urged to reduce their plastic waste to help tackle the problem.
16 Animal workshops
Pets at Home will be offering free animal workshops for young people between 10-25 February. The workshops will focus on caring for gerbils, teaching children how rewarding these small furries can be and how to care for them.
17 dog mystery
A dog that mysteriously went missing ten years ago has reappeared alive and well! Abby disappeared while playing back in 2008. The Suierveld family thought she had died so, when the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley rang to say they’d found her, you can imagine their shock and delight!
18 WW2 bomb
A “severely damaged” World War 2 bomb has been found on a building site in Hong Kong. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate the area as police made the device safe. The bomb was made by the US and was aimed at Japanese ships.
19 gaga gigs
Lady Gaga has cancelled the rest of her UK tour, due to “severe pain”. The American singer was due to perform in London and Manchester, but said the pain impacted her “ability to perform live.”
20 Kylie’s kid
Reality TV star Kylie Jenner has given birth to a baby girl. The star shared the news with her fans on social media and released a YouTube video.