5. BIG NEWS Issue 668 5 – 11 April 2019 FirstNews 150 YEARS OF CHILDHOOD ACTION for Children is looking for the families of the first ever children in care, 150 years after the charity was first set up. The charity has released pictures (like the one to the right) of vulnerable children who lived in care homes back in Victorian Britain, in the hope that members of the public can identify some of their ancestors. The children featured were looked after in some of the country’s first ever care homes, established by Action for Children back in the late 1800s. Originally called National Children’s Home when they were first set-up, Action for Children took in those living on the streets, often those who had lost their parents. For its 150th year, the charity says that it wants to remember the lives of some of the first children it cared for and help descendants find out more about their ancestors. For the full gallery, head to www.actionforchildren.org.uk/archive. A RECORD BREAKING DRIVING CHANGES ICE DIVE HOW long can you hold your breath? For most of us, it’s maybe a minute at most. For Ant Williams, a free-diver from New Zealand, holding his breath isn’t much of a challenge at all. Last week, Ant and his team went to Norway’s fjords, where they dug a hole through two metres of ice, down to the Arctic sea below. With just a wetsuit, goggles, a nose-clip and a pair of flippers, Ant then dove into the icy, pitch-black water, down a record-breaking 70 metres – holding his breath the whole way. An accomplished free-diver, Ant can hold his breath for up to eight minutes in the open ocean. In the extreme cold of the Arctic, your heart beats faster to warm you up, making it much harder for you to hold your breath. According to Ant, diving is the easy part: “After reaching the world record depth of 75m under ice, I endured a long, tough swim back up to the surface. My legs felt like lead and the swim seemed to take forever, so it was a relief to make it back!” BY the time you learn how to drive, there’s a good chance that cars will be very different compared to how they are today! by Aaron Henderson toilets and shops – are planned for more than 100 places in the UK. Gridserve, the company behind the project, will invest £1 billion over the next five years to create the network. In London, an Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) is being brought in on 8 April to help reduce harmful emissions. Vehicles that produce these emissions will have to pay a fee each day they drive within the zone. The ULEZ will cover the same area as the current congestion zone. It’s hoped all of London will benefit from the ULEZ, as cleaner and greener vehicles are encouraged to be the only vehicles driving into central London. The European Commission has said that, within the next three years, loads of new safety features will be coming to vehicles produced in Europe, and the UK has said that we’ll be getting them too. One of the most talked about new features coming to cars, lorries and buses is a ‘speed limiter’, which will be able to detect speed limits using on-board GPS, and prevent drivers breaking the speed limit. In total, 15 new safety features have been proposed, including technology that can detect when a driver is drowsy or falling asleep, a system that will keep cars in the centre of a lane and sturdy black boxes – like those aeroplanes have – that will record a driver’s actions. Road safety group Brake has said that “the measures will provide the biggest leap forward for road safety this century.” In a recent survey of more than 2,000 drivers, Brake and Direct Line found that nine out of ten supported the measures. It’s not just the vehicles that will be changing either. Solar-powered charging stations – with space for 24 electric cars, vans or buses to charge, along with a waiting area with a cafe, Ant is a trained, professional diver, so don’t try holding your breath like this yourself.
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