Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Rabbit saved by pineapple juice

A very poorly pet rabbit has made a remarkable recovery thanks to pineapple juice!


Vets saved Finbar's life by giving him the fruity juice, as a last resort to remove a giant fur ball inside his stomach.
Finbar's owners knew something was wrong after he suddenly stopped eating and drinking, and seemed sleepy.
Vets at a pet hospital in Glasgow, thought something might be wrong with Finbar's intestines, so they prescribed drugs and liquid feeding at home to try and help him.
When Finbar didn't get any better, the vet decided to x-ray his intestines, showing that he had the biggest hairball staff at the hospital had ever seen. It filled his entire stomach.
In a last attempt to make Finbar better the vets gave him pineapple juice, which is thought to break down the fibres that hold hair together, and he's now made a full recovery!
FromCBBC Animals

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Sir Winston Churchill on new £5 banknote design

The Bank of England has announced a new design for the five pound note.

Five pound note
It will feature former British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill.
The wartime leader was chosen for being "a hero of the entire free world", Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King said.
The current face of the fiver is Elizabeth Fry, who, among other things, worked to improve conditions in prisons in the early 1800s.
A wide range of historical characters appear on the back of Bank of England banknotes.
The Bank of England governor has the final say about who gets picked.
Announcing the newest design, Sir Mervyn King said:
"Our banknotes acknowledge the life and work of great Britons. Sir Winston Churchill was a truly great British leader, orator and writer."
Winston Churchill
The plan is for Churchill to appear on the new £5 note in 2016.

Who was Sir Winston Churchill?

Winston Churchill became Prime Minister in 1940, successfully leading Britain through World War Two.
He became a symbol of the nation's spirit and determination in tough times, and is remembered by many today for making inspiring speeches.

From CBBC News

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Flood hit mice in Leicestershire get tennis ball homes

Harvest mice who live in a country park in Leicestershire will soon be setting up home in tennis balls.

Mouse in tennis ball
It's after the area was hit by seven major floods in six months, destroying the reed beds where the mice live.
Around 200 tennis balls raised on sticks will be put in the ground at Watermead Country Park North for the mice to raise their babies in.
Dale Osborne
They were donated by the public and Leicester Lawn Tennis Club.
Dale Osborne, senior ranger at the country park, said: "They will lay their young in there and they are so small you could probably get 10 in a tennis ball."


Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Tiny alleyway gets double yellow lines

An alleyway, which would not accommodate even the smallest car, has been painted with double yellow lines and in the second half of the alley was painted another set of double yellow lines, just in case...
Swindon council said residents had asked the authority to deal with illegal parking in alleyways, so here is the solution.

Just ridiculous! Watch this!

Adapted from BBC News

Giant snails invade Florida, damaging buildings

The state of Florida in America is fighting a growing infestation... of giant snails!

So biiiig!

Giant Snail

More than 1000 of the mighty molluscs are being caught each week in the Miami-Dade county area.
The giant African land snail can grow as big as a rat and damage buildings, as it gnaws through plaster.
It also attacks "over 500 known species of plants", according to Denise Feiber, from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Experts got together last week in Gainesville, Florida, for a Giant African Land Snail Science Symposium, to try and find out the best ways to get rid of the snails.
Ms Feiber said investigators were trying to trace where the snail infestation had started.
The worry is that Florida could soon be as badly hit by the creatures as some Caribbean islands like Barbados, where snail shells on the roads cause accidents, and pavements and walls are coated in slime.
From CBBC Animals

Sunday, 14 April 2013

The dog that ate 500 dollars in cash

A man in the US who left his dog alone in his car found it had eaten $500 in cash!

Sundance the dog
naughty Sundance!

Sundance the dog feasted on five of his owner Wayne's 100-dollar bills but left a one dollar bill uneaten.
Wayne had gone to a restaurant in Colorado to eat dinner. 12-year-old Sundance was left in the car and decided it was his dinnertime too.
Not wanting to lose the cash, Wayne collected the pieces of the 100 dollar bills from Sundance's droppings.
He's now taped up the 100 dollar bills and sent them to the US Treasury Department in the hope that they will replace them.
But he's been told that process could take up to two years.
From CBBC News

Friday, 12 April 2013

Goal-line technology: How Hawk-Eye will work

British-based Hawk-Eye has been awarded the contract to provide the system.
Hawk-Eye uses seven cameras per goal to detect the ball and claims its system is "millimetre accurate, ensuring no broadcast replays could disprove the decision".
British-based firm Hawk-Eye have been chosen as the provider of goal-line technology for the Premier League.
This video is produced by Hawkeye to show how the technology will work using a number of cameras placed around the ground.
It is similar to the systems used in tennis and cricket, and was ratified at meeting of the 20 top-flight clubs in London on Thursday.

The Football Association will install a system at Wembley Stadium in time for August's Community Shield.
Top-flight clubs voted to adopt the system during a meeting of the 20 Premier League chairmen on Thursday.
Hawk-Eye is known for providing tennis and cricket with ball-tracking technology. Its football system notifies the referee if the ball has crossed the goal line via a vibration and optical signal sent to the officials' watches within one second.
Inventor Paul Hawkins said: "It will not slow the game down - it is not going to become like rugby.
"In under a second we will provide the information to the watch, then afterwards we will show a TV replay that will definitively prove what we showed the referee was correct.
"Football's a great game. It does not need enhancements to add to the drama. Our technology is there to ensure decisions are correct."
How Hawk-Eye goalline technology works

England manager Roy Hodgson welcomed the Premier League's move, saying it would prevent "gross injustices" affecting results.
"It is something that people in football have wanted for a long time. There's been a big debate, and for a while it was pushed back but now everyone's on the same page and we've introduced it," said Hodgson.
"At least it will stop some of those gross injustices that we have seen in recent years where goals have obviously been scored and not allowed."
Once work is under way, installation of the system for the 17 Premier League clubs who avoid relegation and the three teams promoted from the Football League is expected to take up to six weeks to complete.
Richard Scudamore , chief executive of the Premier League, added: "When these incidents come along, they are so controversial, so seismic, that it is all about getting it right.
"If there is some technology available to help the officials get it right then it is right we should be doing it."

From BBC Sport

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Should teenagers have to earn their pocket money?

It's news that will delight your parents but may disappoint you guys!

Doing household chores or even a paper round for money could help young people become better savers in the future, according to a new study.
Researchers from the Royal Economic Society found that the more pocket money kids are given, the more likely they are to spend it all straight away.
But those who had to earn their cash from a young age were more likely to take care of their money and save.

From CBBC News

Friday, 5 April 2013

Film star Angelina Jolie praises Malala Yosafzai

Hollywood film star Angelina Jolie has praised the strength of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban.

Malala Yousafzai
She was speaking at a big meeting in New York where Malala launched a new charity to help pay for girls in Pakistan to go to school.
Last October, Malala was shot whilst on her school bus in Pakistan after campaigning for girls' education.
Her new charity will start by funding school lessons for 40 girls.

Angelina Jolie
Jolie said Malala was "a sweet, creative, loving girl".

'Happiest moment'

"Announcing the first grant of the Malala Fund is the happiest moment in my life," Malala said in a video message at the Women in the World conference.
Speaking in support of the charity, Angelina Jolie said that Malala would be "in charge" on the fund.
The star, whose voice you may have heard in films like Kung Fu Panda and Shark Tale, has donated $200,000 of her own money to the charity.
Malala started school again in the UK in March, after being flown to Birmingham for treatment after she was shot.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory out in 2015

Disney-Pixar are making a sequel to hit animation Finding Nemo, set to splash onto the big screen in 2015.

The new movie, Finding Dory, will focus on the forgetful Dory voiced by American TV host Ellen DeGeneres.
It will see the blue tang fish on her own adventure to reunite with loved ones.
According to Disney, the film will feature new characters along with familiar ones like Nemo and his dad, Marlin.
Finding Nemo won an Oscar for best animated feature in 2004 and is one of the most successful Pixar films of all time.


Tuesday, 2 April 2013

What's in your fish and chips?

Scientists from Salford University claim large amounts of white fish in Britain is labelled incorrectly and being swapped for cheaper types of fish.

They discovered seven per cent of cod and haddock - what you find in your fish and chips - was actually the cheaper pollock, or farmed fish from Vietnam.
Dr Stefano Mariani from Salford University is concerned consumers are being deceived: "Consumers should be able to go to a shop and know they are eating what they paid for."
Even though scientists say there's no serious health risk, Dr Mariani said it could be a problem for people with certain allergies if they don't know what they're eating.
Cod is sometimes being replaced by cheaper fish without the consumer knowing.

He wants tougher regulation and better labelling and is worried that if fish aren't labelled correctly, over-fishing of certain types could be harder to trace.
Mark Drummond, from the organisation representing fish and chip shops, also wants more accurate labelling.
He says it will protect the consumer but also the restaurants who are serving their customers honestly and not trying to cut costs through deception.

From CBBC News