5 Biggest Stories of the Week

This week, the world is warming up, CiN raise loads of money, the Clarks Christmas switch-on and more!

1. 2016 to be world’s warmest year

Using data from the first nine months of 2016, scientists are 90% certain that this year will be the warmest on record. The factors that have the biggest impact on the earth’s temperature continues to be CO2 emissions. According to the World Meteorological Organization, 16 of the 17 warmest years on record have taken place this century.

2. Children In Need raise record breaking amount

The annual charity event managed to raise a whopping £46.6m. The live BBC One show took place on Friday, and was the first since TV legend Sir Terry Wogan died. In his memory, a fundraiser of the year trophy was given out. This year’s show included features from Strictly, Team GB, EastEnders, Bake Off, Michale Bublé and Little Mix, to name a few. Tess Daly and Greg James started off the show, saying, “Sir Terry was somebody who embodied Children In Need and was someone we will all miss very, very much.”

3. Teenager admits TalkTalk hacking offences

A 17-year-old admitted hacking broadband provider TalkTalk, saying he was just trying to show off to friends. He managed to gain access to email addressed, names, phone numbers and 21,000 back account numbers and sort codes. The teenager will be sentenced next month under the Computer Misuse Act. TalkTalk was fined £400,000 last month for poor security measures.

4. Girl wins ruling to preserve body

The 14-year-old teenager was terminally ill with a rare cancer, but wanted her body to be preserved in case she could be cured in the future. Her mother supported the cryogenic preservation, but her father did not. The High Court judge ruled in the mother’s favour, saying she should be allowed to decide what happens with the body, shortly before the girl’s death.

5. Clarks Village Christmas lights switch-on!

The official Christmas lights have been turned on in Street’s Clarks Village. The opening event drew in large crowds featuring musical performances and a visit from Santa himself. James Guy, Olympic swimmer; Jo Frith, Paralympic archer; and Ed Ling, Olympic shooter; pushed down the plunger and lit up the outlet village. The display features icicles, twinkling garlands, and a massive Christmas tree by the Homeware Pavilion. Pop in to have a look!

Be sure to check back next week for some exciting news regarding GBK and, of course, much much more!


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