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1 FORAGING WARNING
People are being warned against picking wild fruit and vegetables in London’s eight royal parks. There is a ban on foraging in the parks, but police still catch people doing it. The Royal Parks charity says it affects wildlife and could damage nature.
2 NEW JOB
Facebook has hired Nick Clegg to be its new vice president for global affairs. Clegg used to be the deputy prime minister of the UK. He will now move to California to start work at the social media company in
3 PETROL BAN
A group of MPs wants to bring forward a ban on the sales of new petrol and diesel cars. The Government is aiming to put a ban in place by 2040, but MPs say it should be 2032 instead. The group wants to encourage the widespread use of electric vehicles.
4 RYANAIR INCIDENT
Ryanair has been criticised for its handling of a racist incident on board one of its flights. A passenger travelling from Barcelona to Stansted Airport was filmed shouting racist abuse at a woman in her 70s, before the plane took off. Lots of people said the man should have been removed, rather than being allowed to fly. Ryanair has since said it “will not tolerate unruly behaviour like this” and referred the matter to the police.
5 MENTAL HEALTH
One in three young people are suffering from mental health troubles, a new survey has revealed. Some of the most common issues were depression, anxiety and restless sleep. More than 5,500 British teenagers took part in the survey by the charity Action For Children.
6 SHORTEST FLIGHT
Did you know the world’s shortest flight is just 90 seconds?! The flight runs between Westray and Papa Westray in Orkney. Loganair now wants to make the route even more unusual, by introducing electric planes. The airline has proposed to do this within the next three years, beating the likes of bigger companies such as EasyJet!
7 FLYING TOUR
The famous Red Arrows are going on tour! The display team will complete a nine-week tour of North America and Canada next year, to help promote Britain. The team will perform, visit schools and chat to business leaders.
8 POLL RESULTS
Pizzas and pies in restaurants look set to shrink because of plans to tackle child obesity. Last week, we asked you: Do you think pizzas should be smaller? Lots of you voted, with 52% of you saying YES and 48% saying NO. Here are some of your comments:
“I think pizzas should be made smaller because I think that childhood and adulthood obesity is a big problem that we need to tackle as soon as possible,” said First News Live! user, catonclan.
“I don’t think that pizzas should be made smaller, because it’s up to us to control what we eat,” said First News
Live! user, dotbaker.
9 BANKSY STUNT
Banksy has revealed that a stunt that saw him shred his own artwork actually didn’t go to plan! The famous artist intended to shred the entire picture when it was sold at auction, but only half of it shredded on the day.
10 LIONESS KILL
A lioness has killed the father of her three cubs at Indianapolis Zoo in America. Zookeepers said they tried to separate Zuri and her male companion Nyack, but had no luck. The lions were not thought to have shown any aggression towards each other before. The zoo is now reviewing what happened.
11 FINDERS KEEPERS
Police stations are scrapping their lost property service in England and Wales, to help save money. Items that have data on them, such as phones and computers, can still be handed in, as well as cash and bank cards.
12 BABY JOY!
Pippa Middleton and her husband James have welcomed their first baby – a little boy! Pippa is the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge.
13 YEEZY GIVEAWAY
Kanye West has given dozens of kids in Uganda a pair of his Yeezy shoes. The rapper delighted young people with the gifts during a trip to Africa with his wife, Kim Kardashian West.
14 TALKING TABLES
Sainsbury’s is testing out a new scheme to help tackle loneliness. The Talking Tables initiative encourages companies to set up special tables where people can talk to others. If anyone is feeling lonely, they can pull up a chair and enjoy a chat.
15 PLASTIC BAN
The Government has launched a plan to ban plastic straws, cotton buds and drink stirrers. It’s estimated that in England we use 4.7 billion plastic straws every year! The Government wants to crack down on single-use plastic items, as they take so long to break down and often end up in our waterways or oceans. The ban would come into effect between October 2019 and October 2020.
16 DISNEY DEBATE
Actress Keira Knightley has revealed that she’s banned her three-year-old daughter from watching some Disney films, because she doesn’t agree with the way women are portrayed in them. Cinderella and The Little Mermaid are among the films, as the stories both see the women waiting to be rescued by men. Keira says the girls should be empowered to rescue themselves.
17 MOON PUZZLE
An extremely rare lunar meteorite, named the Moon Puzzle, has sold for a whopping $612,500 (£468,500). The meteorite will go on display at the Tam Chuc Pagoda Complex in Vietnam.
18 WEDDING DONATION
A woman in America has donated her dream wedding to a complete stranger! Kolbie Sanders decided not to get married in the end, but had already paid for a fancy venue. She didn’t want it to go to waste, so gave it to another couple who might not have been able to afford it otherwise.
19 ULTRA RICH
Hundreds of people are now among the UK’s ultra-rich. There are now nearly 5,000 people with a wealth of more than £38m in Britain.
20 SAFER CITY
For the first time in 25 years, there were no shootings in New York City for a whole weekend (between 12-14 October). Mayor Bill de Blasio called it an “extraordinary” achievement for the city, which is home to 8.6 million people.