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1 advent calendar
Have you been checking out our online First News advent calendar? Every day throughout December we’ve got an exciting Christmassy surprise waiting for you on our website! So far, we’ve had an exclusive video message from Tom Fletcher, a giant Santa run and a festive gallery from Hogwarts! And there’s plenty more coming up, so make sure you don’t miss out! Visit live.firstnews.co.uk.
2 Royal news
More details have been revealed about the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The couple will marry in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in May 2018. Ms Markle, who is American, will also become a British citizen. The wedding is expected to be shown live on TV.
3 Saturday jobs
The number of children with Saturday jobs has gone down in the past five years. It’s believed that pressure to do well at school and achieve good exam results might be the cause.
4 wicked awards
The Wicked Young Writer Awards are back! The competition is a chance for young people aged between 5-25 to write about absolutely anything! Write on any theme that interests you, as there are categories for fiction and non-fiction. On the judging panel this year are author Cressida Cowell, former Labour MP Ed Balls and First News Editor Nicky Cox. Find out more: www.wickedyoungwriterawards.com.
5 Trump’s tweets
Prime Minister Theresa May has said it was “wrong” for Donald Trump to share a series of anti-Muslim videos on his Twitter account. Mr Trump shared videos posted by Britain First, a small extreme group. The president has been accused of spreading hate with the tweets.
6 Sock donation
A charity shop in Somerset found £5,000 rolled up inside a sock! Volunteers at the shop called the police to see if they could find the owner, but in the end noone’s description matched up, so the charity got to keep the cash.
7 xmas Excess
The British public is believed to overspend on food at Christmas by more than £1 billion! People in the West Midlands seem to bin the most sprouts, while the Northeast throws away the most mince pies. The info was released as part of a poll by Christian Aid. The charity has since made a video to highlight food waste.
8 poll results
A review of bike safety may mean that everyone who rides a bike on a UK road must legally wear a helmet and a highvisibility jacket. We asked: Should you have to wear a helmet when riding a bike? 77% of you voted YES.
“Of course everyone should wear helmets. Without them you could have a serious accident and the only reason people don’t want to wear them is because they think it doesn’t look cool,” says First News Live! user, Teddyowner.
“There should not be a law stating that you must wear a helmet. It should be up to personal choice. There should be a law instead about car drivers,” says First News Live! user, htc.
9 baby panda
A four-month-old panda cub has made his debut at Beauval Zoo, France. Brigitte Macron, wife of the French President Emmanuel Macron, announced the panda cub’s name was Yuan Meng, which means ‘fulfil a dream’.
10 fighting Fake
The BBC is launching a new initiative to tackle fake news. The project aims to help young people identify real news and filter out fake or false information. It’s targeted at secondary schools and sixth forms across the UK, and will include activities, a game and tutorials.
11 Sunny smiles
A new study has suggested that people who grow up in sunnier places are more likely to have warmer personalities. That’s because they are encouraged to go outside more when they are young and are more used to interacting with others. According to the study, the perfect temperature to become a sociable person is 22°C.
12 Xmas list
Prince George has asked for a police car for Christmas! Prince William revealed his son’s wish list on a recent trip to Finland, where he met a jolly Father Christmas.
13 No tickets
Could ticket-free train travel soon be a thing? Chiltern Railways is introducing technology to let people upload their payment details to a smartphone app, which will charge them automatically when they get on a train. 14 Clothes report Washing fleeces is more damaging to the environment than microbeads, says a new report. That’s because tiny fibres come off in each wash.
15 mental health
The Government is to invest £300 million in children’s mental health. Under new plans, young people in England will be able to access mental health support at school or college. Schools will be encouraged to appoint a senior person to look after mental health and help children gain access to specialist therapies and other NHS treatments if they need them. The Government also hopes to reduce waiting times for young people who need specific services.
16 Book boost
Chris Riddell’s Mr Underbed book is being reprinted, after all copies sold out! Last month, Riddell accused John Lewis of copying his monster character from Mr Underbed in their Christmas advert, which John Lewis denied. It doesn’t seem to have done anyone any harm, though, as sales of the book have now had a big boost!
17 ice challenge
The man who co-founded the ice bucket challenge has sadly passed away. Anthony Senerchia, who suffered from motor neurone disease, helped to launch the challenge on social media. People across the world took part, with millions of pounds being raised for the ALS Association.
18 Poison plot
A convicted war criminal stunned a court in the Netherlands last week, when he drank a bottle of poison in the dock. Slobodan Praljak was appealing against a 20-year jail sentence, but lost. He then drank from the small bottle and told the court he’d poisoned himself. Praljak later died in hospital. It’s not known how he got hold of the poison. As First News went to press, Bali’s Mount Agung volcano seemed to have calmed down, with dark ash being replaced by a plume of steam. The island is still on maximum alert.
20 New office
Facebook has opened a brand-new office in London, creating 800 jobs.